By CLYDE HABERMAN
NO ageism is intended, but we're willing to lay heavy
odds that it has been a long while since the Manhattan
district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau, found someone
older than he is to take to court.
Betty Coqui Brassell, 76, one of the defendants in the
Granny Peace Brigade, returning to Manhattan Criminal
Court Thursday after lunch.
With President Bush's approval rating at 33% it comes as no surprise that his presidency, if it were to end today, would be viewed by political historians as a failure, according to a new survey by the Siena College Research Institute (SRI). In its expert opinion poll, SRI said 8 out of 10 history and political science professors put Bush's ranking at "below average" or "failure," with over two-thirds saying there's little chance for him to improve his rating.
What is the subject of the [Downing Street] memo? It is that during at least eight months before the war, what was being publicly reported about what the Administration was doing ... was in large part a fraud. ... If you are a paper of record, having reported that fraud for eight months, the memo is not going to be an easy thing for you to cope with.
The California Democratic Party calls for the immediate investigation of the President and Vice President of the United States for committing the following alleged acts:
Misleading Congress and the American public about an unproven and unrealized threat to national security by Iraq in order to justify war thereby violating the federal anti-conspiracy statute and the False Statement Accountability Act.
The creators of "Meeting Face to Face: The Iraq-U.S. Labor
Solidarity Tour"--a documentary following Iraqi trade unionists as
they meet with U.S. workers and activists to share their
perspective on the war and occupation--are looking for an intern to
help publicize and distribute the film.
Responsibilities include arranging screenings, reviews, and web
links for the documentary. Outreach will be tailored toward labor,
By William Hughes
By Matthew Cardinale, Editor and National Correspondent, Atlanta Progressive News (May 01, 2006), http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com
(APN) ATLANTA -- 36 US House Representatives have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors of H. Res 635, which would create a Select Committee to look into the grounds for recommending President Bush’s impeachment, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.
The two latest co-sponsors, as of Friday, were US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) and US Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA).
By Avner Cohen and William Burr
Washington Post, April 30, 2006; Page B01
On Sept. 9, 1969, a big brown envelope was delivered to the Oval Office on behalf of CIA Director Richard M. Helms. On it he had written, "For and to be opened only by: The President, The White House." The precise contents of the envelope are still unknown, but it was the latest intelligence on one of Washington's most secretive foreign policy matters: Israel's nuclear program. The material was so sensitive that the nation's spymaster was unwilling to share it with anybody but President Richard M. Nixon himself.
A watchdog agency sees poor oversight in a defunct U.S. program to let private firms train Iraqis to guard oil and power infrastructure.
By T. Christian Miller, LA Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — An American initiative to use private security companies to protect Iraq's oil and power infrastructure collapsed amid reports of possible fraud, missing weapons and destroyed documents, according to a federal audit released Saturday.
Published on Monday, May 1, 2006 by the Guardian / UK
· Projects behind schedule despite massive outlay
· Roadside bomb kills 3 contractors, wounds 2
by Ewen MacAskill
A US congressional inspection team set up to monitor reconstruction in Iraq today publishes a scathing report of failures by contractors, mainly from the US, to carry out projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
CONTACT: Congressman Pete Stark
Yoni Cohen, Stark (202) 225-3202
Three years later, mission not accomplished
WASHINGTON - May 1 - U.S. Representative Pete Stark (D-Fremont), a member of the Out of Iraq Caucus, issued the following statement on the third anniversary of President Bush’s aircraft carrier landing and “Mission Accomplished” address.
“Mr. President, you and your administration lost the war in Iraq,” said Representative Stark. “In the three years since you declared major combat operations to have ended, more than 2,250 American soldiers have died unnecessary deaths. Rather than facilitate a lasting peace, the American occupation has led Iraq into civil war. At a cost of nearly $10 billion a month, the American presence continues to embolden our enemies and weaken our friends.”
After hyping Iraqi nuclear threat in 2002-03, conservative media now doing the same with Iranian nuclear program
Media Matters for America
Summary: On the third anniversary of President Bush's premature declaration of victory in Iraq, Media Matters has compiled examples of media that sounded alarms over Iraq's purported weapons of mass destruction capabilities now sounding similar alarms over Iran.
In recent months, Media Matters for America has noted numerous instances in which conservative commentators and media sources have hyped Iran's progress in developing a nuclear capability and have made assertions that contradict the public estimates provided by the United States intelligence community and independent experts. Many of these same commentators similarly touted Iraq's purported efforts to develop nuclear weapons in 2002 and early 2003 while making the case for war. On the third anniversary of President Bush's premature declaration of victory in Iraq, Media Matters has compiled examples of media that sounded alarms over Iraq's purported weapons of mass destruction capabilities now sounding similar alarms over Iran:
The sweetness of the change in Iraq is getting bitter - it is a bitter honey according to Dr Bayan Alaraj, whose charity World Wide Welfare is helping orphans and refugees who have returned home.
In 1982 one of Dr Bayan Alaraji’s patients told her that Saddam's regime was plotting the execution of her husband’s Alhakim family. The news prompted her to escape to Britain with her husband and two children. Today World Wide Welfare, the charity which Dr Alaraji set up to help Iraqis who fled to Iran after the 1991 uprising is assisting orphans and the needy in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf, Karbalaa&Basra. Attempts to work in Baghdad were also started, but had to be abandoned because of the security situation.
By FRANK RICH, New York Times
LIKE the hand that suddenly pops out of the grave at the end of "Carrie," the past keeps coming back to haunt the Bush White House. Last week was no exception. No sooner did the Great Decider introduce the Fox News showman anointed to repackage the same old bad decisions than the spotlight shifted back to Patrick Fitzgerald's grand jury room, where Karl Rove testified for a fifth time. Nightfall brought the release of an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll with its record-low numbers for a lame-duck president with a thousand days to go and no way out.
May 1 (Bloomberg) -- Iran is asking United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council to take unspecified action in response to what it says is the threat of a U.S. attack against its nuclear facilities.
A letter from Javad Zarif, Iran's ambassador to the UN, describes ``public and illegal threats of resort to force'' by the U.S., according to a copy provided by Iran's mission to the world body. Zarif seeks an ``urgent, concerted and resolute response'' from Annan and the Security Council.
The sad death of a young soldier highlights John Howard's greatest blunder, writes Phillip Adams
HAVING driven one president to his political grave, you'd have thought Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward wouldn't be too popular with oval officers. Yet the opposite is true. Richard Nixon's successors have granted him considerable, even unprecedented, access. Woodward has been given more on and off the record interviews with presidents and administration heavies than the rest of the White House press corps put together.
Angus Reid Global Scan, Canada
Many adults in the United States believe the coalition effort will lower their country’s international prestige, according to a poll by Hart/McInturff released by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News. 48 per cent of respondents think the war in Iraq will be more like the Vietnam War.
Conversely, 35 per cent of respondents compare the coalition effort with the Korean War, and 11 per cent believe it is similar to World War II.
Angus Reid Global Scan, Canada
Adults in the United States remain upset over their country’s involvement in the coalition effort, according to a poll by Hart/McInturff released by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News. 52 per cent of respondents think removing Saddam Hussein from power was not worth the number of U.S. military casualties and the financial cost of the war.
The coalition effort against Hussein’s regime was launched in March 2003. At least 2,397 American soldiers have died during the military operation, and more than 17,700 troops have been wounded in action.
By Luke Thomas, www.sanfranciscosentinel.com
Congresswoman and Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have a "whole different policy" regarding the war in Iraq when, and if, she becomes the majority speaker in congress in November.
"Well, if I become speaker of the house, we have a whole different policy. You have to think completely differently. You talk about an agenda for change, an agenda for progress, an agenda that says if you want peace, work for justice," Pelosi told the Sentinel.
May 1 (Bloomberg) -- Favorability ratings of Republicans in Congress are at their lowest since December of 1998, when the party suffered a backlash after the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton, a USA Today/Gallup poll shows.
The April 28-30 survey found 36 percent of Americans said they have a favorable view of the party's performance, according to results published by the Gannett News Service. Democrats haven't benefited from public dissatisfaction with the Republicans. While 48 percent said they viewed Democrats favorably, the party's rating has fallen 4 points since October.
Protest album made in 3 weeks
By Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune
Only weeks after the release of a gently moving concert documentary, "Heart of Gold," Neil Young is back with a snarl.
In three weeks beginning in late March, he performed, recorded, mixed and mastered 10 songs for a new album, "Living With War," that play like a string of bulletins from the front line of a battlefield.
Young calls for the impeachment of the president, and describes a world where TV commercials push pain relief while soldiers come home in boxes. The music is equally blunt: a guitar-bass-drums trio augmented by trumpet and a choir, but powered by feedback and rampaging drums.
Dennis Kucinich speaking from the Floor of the House
Speaking in opposition to H.R. 282, the Iran Freedom Support Act, Congressman Kucinich said:
"Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Texas [Ron Paul] for the point that he made that is well taken.
"With all due respect to my colleagues who may have a difference of opinion about this bill, I think that most American people know that this administration has already made a mess of international relations with respect to the illegal and unwarranted invasion of Iraq.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iranian forces again shelled a border area used by Iranian Kurdish rebels, forcing some families to flee their homes Monday but causing no casualties, a Kurdish official said.
Mustafa Qader, a member of the political bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, said the shelling began at about 9 a.m. Sunday and continued until 5:30 a.m. Monday.
"It was so heavy that it forced families in these villages to flee the area to find shelter with their relatives," Qader said in a telephone interview from Sulaimaniyah, which is 160 miles northeast of Baghdad. advertisement
Pakistan Daily Times
BAGHDAD: A bomb exploded in an outdoor market in a city south of Baghdad on Monday, killing four Iraqi civilians and wounding two, police said.
In the capital, the bullet-ridden, handcuffed and blindfolded bodies of three Iraqi men were found, a drive-by shooting killed a Shia grocer in his shop, and three roadside bombs exploded, one of them wounding two Iraqis, said police.
By LAUNCE RAKE, Las Vegas Sun
LAS VEGAS -- Contrary to the Pentagon's earlier denials, a government official overseeing a test explosion at the Nevada Test Site in June says the blast could help with the development of nuclear weapons.
The detonation could simulate "a number of weapon concepts," said Doug Bruder, director of the counter-weapons of mass destruction program for the Defense Department's Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Pray for peace By John Stauber, http://www.gnn.tv
A sneak peak at the controversial new album reveals a new American classic
I’m listening to Neil Young’s new album, Living With War. It’s not my first time; I was lucky enough to be at a private listening last week in California. But now, along with millions of others connected to the Internet, I’m hearing it live today through my computer speakers, streaming for 24 hours, courtesy of Mr. Young and his absolutely brilliant bunch of guerrilla marketers and movement builders (stream the album here).