By Cindy Sheehan
I have a new friend. She is a 15 year young peace activist named Ava Lowery. She is disgusted with the war and with the Bush regime and she started to use her talents for animation to make cartoons that oppose Bush and the war in Iraq.
She first came to my attention when I read an article about all of the ugly hate mail she is getting on her site for a particularly poignant and brilliant animation she has called: "WWJD." It is a heartbreaking piece that has a child singing: "Jesus loves me" and during the song she shows pictures of dead, wounded, bloody, and screaming Iraqi children. She wanted to show how Jesus loves Iraqi children also which is apparently a frightening concept to the people who practice Bushianity.
Wednesday April 26,
5 PM, Lafayette Park, opposite the White House, Washington, DC
NUCLEAR OPTION OFF THE TABLE
An adhoc group of activists will join
Dr. Jorge E. Hirsch: Professor of Physics, UCSD
To deliver the letter to President Bush
Hirsh has been widely published in progressive and mainstream
publications. See a collection at http://antiwar.com/hirsch/
The Urgency of stopping the US next war in Middle East is upon us.
BEGINNING JUNE 7TH IN SPRINGFIELD, IL
CONCLUDING JULY 5TH IN NORTH CHICAGO
Join with social justice advocates this summer as we challenge the
wars in Iraq and Israel-Palestine and the criminal injustice system in
For 30 days we will walk through our country's heartland, calling for:
* An end to the U.S. occupation of and war in Iraq, with the immediate
withdrawal of all members of the U.S. military from Iraq.
Dear Steve Herrmann, Editor, News Online
I hope all is well at the BBC.
I would like to ask for your opinion about this BBC NEWS website’s article.
'Zarqawi' shows face in new video (BBC NEWS website, Tuesday, 25 April 2006) reads:
“A website has posted a video message which shows unmasked a man who appears to be the Iraqi insurgency's most wanted leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In the tape, the man says holy warriors are fighting on despite a three-year "crusade". US experts told the BBC they believed the recording was genuine.”
By Darren M. Allen Vermont Press Bureau
MONTPELIER — More than a dozen lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a resolution calling for President Bush's impeachment, making the Vermont Legislature the second in the nation to consider such a move.
Introduced by Rep. David Zuckerman, P-Burlington, and signed by 12 other Democrats, Progressives and the body's lone independent, the resolution requests that Congress "initiate impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush" under an obscure set of rules that allows state legislatures to directly seek such an action.
By Evan Derkacz, AlterNet
Forget bird flu, impeachment is spreading across the nation, state by state.
On Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Dave Zuckerman (Prog.-VT) dropped the third of three nearly unreported bombshells on the Bush administration. Zuckerman, along with 12 fellow lawmakers, introduced a formal resolution for the Vermont state legislature to call on the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach President George W. Bush.
By Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown
A fellow from a town just outside of Austin wrote a four-sentence letter to the editor of our local daily that astonished me: "I want the government to please, please listen in on my phone calls. I have nothing to hide. It is also welcome to check my emails and give me a national identification card, which I will be proud to show when asked by people in authority. What's with all you people who need so much privacy?"
By RYAN CORMIER, The News Journal, DE
Songs from Neil Young's overtly political new album "Living With War" are scheduled to get their live debut when Crosby Stills Nash & Young open their two-month summer tour in Camden, N.J. on July 6.
Young's album, which will debut online at www.neilyoung.com Friday, is being rushed into stores next month with Young unloading on the Bush Administration with songs like "Shock And Awe" and "Let's Impeach the President."
COMMENTARY: JOHN KELSO, Austin American-Statesman, TX
There was one good thing you could say about Scott McClellan, who resigned as White House press secretary Wednesday.
Perhaps no one had nothing to say better than Scott McClellan. Instead of press secretary, they shoulda called the guy White House news avoidance engineer.
If a press secretary's job is to make sure the public doesn't find out what the president is up to, Scott McClellan accomplished that in spectacular fashion.
By CLAUDINE SAN NICOLAS, Staff Writer
KAHULUI – Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan called on Mauians Sunday to protest the war in Iraq and encourage American soldiers to resist fighting.
"We have to be a peace movement," she told a crowd of 800 to 900 people at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater.
The event was Sheehan's second stop in a three-day tour of Hawaii. She continued to denounce President George W. Bush and defend her efforts to honor the memory of her son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, who was killed in action in 2004 in Iraq.
By Nicholas von Hoffman, New York Observer
The newest fall guy for the brass is U. S. Army dog handler Sgt. Michael J. Smith, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Found guilty by a court martial, the young sergeant will spend six months in jail, be demoted and then thrown out of the service with a dishonorable discharge.
According to the Associated Press, “Smith let his unmuzzled Belgian shepherd threaten three detainees at the prison, conspired with another dog handler to try to frighten prisoners into soiling themselves and directed his dog to lick peanut butter off other soldiers’ bodies.”
By BETH DUFF-BROWN, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's new Conservative government banned the media from showing live images of the flag-draped coffins of four Canadian soldiers when their bodies were returned Tuesday from Afghanistan, angering political opponents and some families.
The government also has stopped lowering flags to half-staff outside Parliament each time a Canadian soldier is killed, prompting Liberals to accuse Prime Minister Stephen Harper of trying to play down the growing human cost of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan.
By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
Like an aging rock star singing a beloved oldie, George W. Bush can count on cheers whenever he delivers a favorite line from the Bush Doctrine enunciated after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks: Any country that harbors a terrorist is equally guilty as the terrorist.
Bush got a round of applause at an Indianapolis speech on March 24, 2006, when he declared “one of the lessons learned after September the 11th is that we must hold people to account for harboring terrorists. If you harbor a terrorist, if you feed a terrorist, if you house a terrorist, you’re as equally guilty as the terrorist.”
The Mirror, UK
EXCLUSIVE These are four mates who dreamed of joining the Army together. But two years after serving in Basra they say they are suffering from post-traumatic stress..
By Ros Wynne-Jones
THERE are no smiles. Just the grim determination of four young men who believe they are about to fulfill their destinies as soldiers.
Lance Corporal James Piotrowski and Guardsmen Elliott Nash, Chris McDade and John Connelly had grown up together, played soldiers together and joined up together. And four days after this picture was taken, they went to war together.
The longer he searches, Eric Hornbeck becomes more worried that his son is either dead or "he has postwar trauma and he's holed up somewhere."
The Associated Press - SAVANNAH, Ga.
When his father called looking for him, Spc. Robert Hornbeck answered his cell phone and spoke just a few words before the connection went dead: "Dad, I'm on the stairs."
Outside the downtown DeSoto Hilton hotel, Eric Hornbeck called back but got no answer. This was the spot he'd been given to pick up his son and an Army buddy after a night of bar-hopping until last call at 3 a.m.
Pakistan Daily Times
KARBALA: Six employees of an Iraqi mobile telephone company were gunned down west of the Shia holy city of Karbala, bringing to 12 the number of people killed on Tuesday in attacks across Iraq.
The six Iraqis were employed with the MTC Atheer operator, Major Mahdi Saleh of Karbala’s crime department said. “We received reports that gunmen had killed six workers of the mobile company this morning,” Saleh said. The Karbala police dispatched a team to the site, he said, adding “we now have recovered their bodies”.
AP, BAGHDAD, IRAQ
Apr 25: A bomb hidden in a minibus exploded near the offices of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, killing two Iraqi civilians and wounding three, police said.
The minibus had just pulled to the side of the street in a market, about 400 yards from al-Sadr's offices, said witness Naim Madkour, 36, a perfume shop owner. It had been picking up passengers, but he couldn't see if it had any inside at the time of the blast.
By Nancy A. Youssef, Knight Ridder Newspapers
BAGHDAD, Iraq - In the first surge of violence since Iraq's politicians agreed on a new prime minister, eight car bombs struck Baghdad on Monday, an onslaught unusual not only for the number of explosions but also because none of them was triggered by a suicide attacker.
Police said the use of remote controls to set off the bombs differentiated them from the suicide explosions that Sunni Muslim insurgents often favored and suggested that the blasts were intended as warnings to the new government - though from whom was unclear. No one claimed responsibility.
By Tova Gabrielle, Online Journal Guest Writer
The Bush administration's insane and aggressive war against the Middle East is not something remote like a bad dream that fades in the morning: If we do not unite and protest, this administration will come for us as well, as it already has with its unwarranted aggression against peaceful resistance and marches, undocumented immigrants (of which most of us are descendents), free speech, and, most recently, our individual privacy.
Published on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 by TruthDig
by Molly Ivins
One of the consistent deformities in American policy debate has been challenged by a couple of professors, and the reaction proves their point so neatly it’s almost funny.
A working paper by John Mearsheimer, professor of political science at the University of Chicago, and Stephen Walt, professor of international affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, called “The Israel Lobby” was printed in the London Review of Books earlier this month. And all hell broke loose in the more excitable reaches of journalism and academe.
From US Labor Against the War
Labor is fully mobilizing for a huge turnout Saturday. If you won't be there, you'll miss an historic moment in labor opposition to U.S. foreign policy and this horrific war.
It's our time to stand up and be counted.
Join the LABOR CONTINGENT.
The labor contingent will assemble at 10:30 a.m. on 19th Street between Broadway and Park Ave. South. The pre-march Labor Rally will start at 10:45 a.m. The march to Foley Square kicks off at noon. There will be a Peace, Justice and Democracy Grassroots Action Festival in Foley Square. Be sure to visit the Labor Tent.
McCARTHYITE SMEAR JOB: A TOP MIDDLE EAST SCHOLAR, JUAN COLE, IS FALSELY ACCUSED OF BEING "ANTI-SEMITIC" TO STOP YALE FROM HIRING
BY: JOE AMERICAN
How would you feel if your career was destroyed because someone had publicly
launched false-but-damaging allegations against you? Right-wing WSJ columnist
John Fund has launched a disingenuous diatribe against one of the USA's top
Middle East scholars, U. Michigan History Professor Juan Cole, in his latest
Opinion Journal column, "Cole Fire: Yale Is Set To Ditch Taliban Man And Hire A
Fox Commentator to Join White House, Officials Say
By JIM RUTENBERG, The New York Times
WASHINGTON, April 25 - Tony Snow, the Fox News radio and television commentator, has agreed to become the White House press secretary, and could be officially named to the post as early as Wednesday, administration officials said on Tuesday.
Unlike the soft-spoken current press secretary, Scott McClellan, who announced his resignation last week, Mr. Snow is something of a showman, having earned his living in a world in which success hinges upon being provocative.
By Shay Totten | Vermont Guardian
BURLINGTON — A Progressive lawmaker today will introduce a formal resolution in the state Legislature calling on Congress to draft articles of impeachment against Pres. George W. Bush.
Rep. Dave Zuckerman, P-Burlington, claims support from at least a dozen lawmakers, including Democrats, Progressives and one independent, and expects to have more co-signers before handing the resolution into the House clerk later today.
By Judith Scherr, Berkeley Daily Planet
A resolution on tonight’s (Tuesday) City Council agenda, calling on the House of Representatives to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney, is not just another feel-good Berkeley measure.
Rather, it’s part of a burgeoning nationwide effort to recognize the crimes of the nation’s top executives and remove them from office, according to Councilmember Kriss Worthington, who has sponsored the resolution calling on the council to ask the House of Representatives to impeach Bush and Cheney and has co-sponsored a second resolution calling for a similar measure to be placed before the voters in November.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Two roadside bombs - one targeting a U.S. military convoy and the other an Iraqi police patrol - exploded in Baghdad on Tuesday, wounding three Iraqis, officials said.
In Mosul, a mostly Sunni city 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, a roadside bomb seriously wounded an Iraqi policeman, and a drive-by shooting killed a Kurdish civilian as he was leaving his home, said police Maj. Gen. Wathiq Mohammed.
By Sherwood Ross, Middle East Times
NEW JERSEY -- American troops are already in Iran "to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups", according to a report in the April 17 issue of The New Yorker, published in New York City.
The covert military units have been working with the Azeris, in the north, the Baluchis, in the southeast, and the Kurds, in the northeast, wrote Seymour Hersh, a prize-winning investigative reporter. A government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon told Hersh the troops "are studying the terrain, and giving away walking-around money to ethnic tribes, and recruiting scouts from local tribes and shepherds".
(AP) BAGHDAD A bomb hidden in a minibus exploded near the offices of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, killing two Iraqi civilians and wounding three, police said.
In other violence, a car bomb, four roadside bombs and two drive-by shootings killed two Iraqis and wounded nine people -- six Iraqis and three U.S. soldiers, police said. The corpses of six Iraqis bearing signs of torture also were discovered, five in Baghdad and one, in Basra, identified as Salih Talib, a member of the National Accord Party of the former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.