NATION’S LARGEST PEACE GROUP DENOUNCES CYNICAL BUSH PLAN TO LAY MEMORIAL WREATH IN HONOR OF MAHATMA GANDHI ON TRIP TO INDIA
Bush attempting to finalize controversial nuclear aid to India on trip
Silver Spring, MD – Peace Action today denounced the plan for President George Bush to lay a memorial wreath in honor of Mohandas K. Gandhi when visiting India this week. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley announced the plan at a White House press briefing Friday.
“Mahatma Gandhi was a man of non-violence and peace, and is a hero to people all over the world. As his war-strewn presidency shows, George Bush knows nothing about non-violence. Gandhi would in no way condone his actions. Bush should reconsider this cynical, disrespectful display of symbolism,
By Kevin Zeese, http://democracyrising.us
Nearly Three-Quarters of US Troops in Iraq Say End the Occupation Within a Year
A unique poll of active duty troops in Iraq shows a huge disconnect between the Commander in Chief and his troops in battle. It is evident that the President views the war very differently then the troops on the ground. The loss of the troops may be the final straw in the illegal occupation turned into a failed war. The foreign policy establishment had already told the President they thought the Iraq War was a mistake. The people have been saying the war was a mistake. All that is left are President Bush and the hawkish leaders of the two parties – only they are calling for staying the course or sending more troops.
By Jack Brown
Look me in the eye
Tell me why
People had to die?
Give me the reason.
Tell me to my face.
Tell the human race
Now's the time and place
So many are grievin
By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
At least tens of thousands of veterans with non-critical medical issues could suffer delayed or even denied care in coming years to enable President Bush to meet his promise of cutting the deficit in half - if the White House is serious about its proposed budget.
By Norman Solomon, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Evidently the president's trip to India created an option too perfect to pass up: The man who has led the world in violence during the first years of the 21st century could pay homage to the world's leading practitioner of nonviolence during the first half of the 20th century. So the White House announced plans for George W. Bush to lay a wreath at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial in New Delhi this week.
By Ellen Knickmeyer and Bassam Sebti, Washington Post
Morgue count eclipses other tallies since shrine attack.
Baghdad - Grisly attacks and other sectarian violence unleashed by last week's bombing of a Shiite Muslim shrine have killed more than 1,300 Iraqis, making the past few days the deadliest of the war outside of major U.S. offensives, according to Baghdad's main morgue. The toll was more than three times higher than the figure previously reported by the U.S. military and the news media.
Former UN Human Rights Chief in Iraq Says US Violating Geneva Conventions, Jailing Innocent Detainees
The Washington Post is reporting 1,300 Iraqis have died in violence since
Wednesday¹s bombing of the Askariya shrine in Samara. In his first interview
since returning from Iraq, John Pace, the human rights chief for the the
By Larisa Alexandrovna, http://rawstory.com
In an exclusive series of interviews with Raw Story Managing News Editor Larisa Alexandrovna, controversial Neoconservative scholar and Iran Contra figure Michael Ledeen discusses his background, alleged controversies, and offers remarkable revelations regarding the Bush administration's "War on Terror."
Institute for Public Accuracy
White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley announced that,
while in India, President Bush plans to participate in a "wreath-laying
ceremony in honor of Mahatma Gandhi."
By Miriam Raftery
A rally and candlelight vigil to protest illegal wiretapping held by MoveOn in the heart of conservative El Cajon, California on Wednesday, February 22nd drew a crowd of 72 citizens as well as honks of approval from many passing motorists.
Group to Tell Congress to Stop War Funding, Bring Troops Home Now
WASHINGTON, DC - Wednesday, March 1st, Stacy Bannerman, wife of a National
Guard soldier who returned from Iraq will testify in front of the House
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi in the morning. He departs for India and Pakistan at 1:25 PM. POTUS will be joined by Secretary Rice. [First Read, www.msnbc.msn.com , 02/27/06]
By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
The U.S. news media is experiencing a cognitive meltdown as it tries to hold onto the traditional view of the United States as a beacon for human rights while facing the new reality in which George W. Bush has plunged the nation into the dark arts of torture, assassination and “disappearances
By Mike Ferner
Washington – Holding a banner that read, “GOD FORGIVE AMERICA,‿ seven peace activists were arrested yesterday in front of the White House, in a civil disobedience protest against the war in Iraq.
Arrested by U.S. Park Police were Brian Terrell, Ed Bloomer, and Elton Davis, all from Catholic Worker communities in the Des Moines, Iowa area, David Goodner, University of Iowa student, Eileen Hansen, a Catholic Worker from the Winona, Minnesota, Jeff Leys, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), and Bernie Meyer, a retired social services worker from Olympia, Washington.
ALERT RADIO/TV: Audio Commentary from Pollster John Zogby is available for download and broadcast through this link
Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay "as long as they are needed"
By Brooklyn Parents for Peace
A delegation of 8 members of Brooklyn Parents For Peace met today with Representative Gerald Nadler at his office on Varick Street in Manhattan.
The purpose of the meeting was to have a dialogue on the present situation in Iraq. Specifically, our group wanted to bring up the question of the $72.4 billion "emergency" supplemental appropriation that the Bush administration has requested. This would continue the financing of the war in Iraq and add to the already $320 billion spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The vote on this request is imminent and requires immediate action.
Insight Magazine reports: "Vice President Dick Cheney is expected to retire within a year. Senior GOP sources envision the retirement of Mr. Cheney in 2007, months after the congressional elections. The sources said Mr. Cheney would be persuaded to step down as he becomes an increasing political liability to President Bush. The sources reported a growing rift between the president and vice president as well as their staffs."
If this is right, good riddance, of course, but criminal prosecution of Cheney for his crimes does not end when he steps down -- it just gets easier.
One thing does change: People stop being afraid to impeach Bush because Cheney is VP.
Some, of course, would start being afraid to impeach Bush because Jeb or whoever else is VP. Which makes as much sense as the other insane fear. Every criminal president will have a VP. Remember Ford? How'd he do come election time?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's job rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, amid strong opposition to the Dubai Ports World deal and increasing pessimism over the war in Iraq, according to a CBS News poll released on Monday.
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, New York Times
When President Bush held a public meeting with troops by satellite last fall, they were miraculously upbeat. And all along, unrepentant hawks (most of whom have never been to Iraq) have insisted that journalists are misreporting Iraq and that most soldiers are gung-ho about their mission.
By Paul Craig Roberts
02/27/06 "ICH" -- -- America is headed for a soft dictatorship by the end of Bush’s second term. Whether any American has civil rights will be decided by the discretionary power of federal officials. The public in general will tolerate the soft dictatorship as its discretionary powers will mainly be felt by those few who challenge it.
Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by the Independent/UK
Everyone in the Middle East rewrites history, but never before have we had a US administration so wilfully, dishonestly and ruthlessly reinterpreting tragedy as success, defeat as victory, death as life - helped, I have to add, by the compliant American press
Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by the New York Times
By Michael Slackman
CAIRO - Shortly before the American-led invasion of Iraq, Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, warned that the attack would "open the gates of hell." Now, three years later, there is a sense in the Middle East that what was once viewed as quintessential regional hyperbole may instead have been darkly prescient.
Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by the New York Times
By Robert Pear
WASHINGTON - Governors of both parties said Sunday that Bush administration policies were stripping the National Guard of equipment and personnel needed to respond to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, forest fires and other emergencies.
ABC News Reporter Recounts Life in a Country on the Brink of Civil War
By HODA ABDEL-HAMID
Feb. 27, 2006 — Last Wednesday we woke to the news that the Al Askari shrine in Samarra had been bombed and its magnificent golden dome vanished. The 72,000 pieces of gold that made the dome had scattered to the ground.
People across the world overwhelmingly believe the war in Iraq has increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks worldwide, a poll for the BBC reveals.
Some 60% of people in 35 countries surveyed believe this is the case, against just 12% who think terrorist attacks have become less likely.
By Rajesh Ramakrishnan, Countercurrents.org
The official invitation to President George Bush to visit India is a slap in the face of India's history of struggle against imperialism and has therefore evoked strong opposition from a sizeable section of Indians. The United States Government has a long history of imperialist aggression and war crimes against developing countries. The ravaging of Latin America and South East Asia, and the attack on Yugoslavia, are fresh in public memory. The barbaric attack on Afghanistan and the occupation of Iraq are the bloodiest conflicts of our times. The cruel torture of Iraqi civilians by the US military in the prisons of Abu Ghraib has been beamed worldwide by the media. The recent call of the UN Human Rights Commission to close down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp confirms that torture and abuse are part of the US war machine, evoking memories of Nazi concentration camps. Resistance to this war and occupation is growing within the US and UK. The people of Iraq are still waging a heroic struggle for independence from occupation. The Bush Administration continues to use the September 11 incident to justify a global military onslaught to capture key resources, markets and strategic regions. The threat of military attack looms large over Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela and now Iran. Falsely painting the Iranian civilian nuclear energy programme as a weapons programme, President Bush, who presides over the largest nuclear weapon stockpile in the world, is preparing for a military attack on Iran.