By Thomas Wagner in Baghdad
The Independent, UK
Insurgents stepped up their campaign to stop Sunni Arabs from joining government security forces yesterday, killing at least 15 police recruits in a suicide attack and fatally shooting three soldiers who had recently joined the Iraqi army.
Both attacks occurred in Anbar province, a mostly Sunni area west of Baghdad where some of Iraq's worst terrorist attacks and battles between Sunni-led insurgents and US forces have taken place since the Iraq war began more than three years ago.
Evening Echo, Ireland
Oscar-winner Tim Robbins blasted US President George W Bush's invasion of Iraq yesterday, and challenged the American media to stand up and criticise their leader.
The 47-year-old made his outspoken comments at a press conference promoting his stage adaptation of George Orwell's classic book 1984 in Atlanta, Georgia - and he drew comparisons between the Republican administration and the prophetic novel.
By Martin Sieff, UPI
WASHINGTON -- The main thrust of the Iraq insurgency is not currently aimed at U.S. forces, but it shows no signs of diminishing either.
In the 20 days from April 13 to May 2, 47 U.S. soldiers were killed or died in Iraq at an average rate of 2.35 per day, according to official figures issued by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The number of U.S. troop fatalities in April was 73, of whom 61 were killed by hostile action. This marked rises of more than 200 percent from the 34 fatalities in March, of whom 29 were killed by hostile action, according to official U.S. figures.
Representatives of 10 insurgent groups met Khalilzad seven times. Talks focused on US withdrawal from Iraq.
Dubai: Iraqi insurgents met with the US ambassador seven times but decided to break off contacts after formation of the new Iraqi government, a major Arabic-language newspaper said Tuesday.
In a rare interview with the London-based Asharq Al Awsat newspaper, an Iraqi insurgent leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the talks with US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad first took place in Amman, Jordan on Jan. 16 and continued in Baghdad at an undisclosed location outside the Green Zone.
He is bringing a resolution to the Senate to get U.S. soldiers out of Iraq.
De Moines Register - May 4, 2006 - By JANE NORMAN, REGISTER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Washington, D.C. — Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa called Wednesday for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by Dec. 31.
Harkin was expected to offer a resolution on the Senate floor saying that the United States should not maintain a permanent military presence or bases in Iraq and should not attempt to control the flow of Iraqi oil.
By Andrew Fischer/ Guest Columnist
http://www2.townonline.com (Brookline, Mass.)
In opposing the proposed Town Meeting resolution calling for President Bush’s impeachment, Anil Adyanthaya asked in the April 27 TAB, "Do Town Meeting members really want to tell Brookline’s schoolchildren that their president is a criminal and a liar who should be thrown out of office?"
No one wants to tell their children that the president is a criminal and a liar. Unfortunately, our president is a criminal and a liar. We can either tell our children the truth as we try to defend our democracy, our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, or we can stand idly by, our heads in the sand, as more harm is done to the security of our nation and to our civil liberties.
From World Can't Wait
World Can't Wait activists disrupting Rumsfeld speech in Atlanta, calling him a war criminal! Stopped the coverage on CNN to call it a developing story! Just now!
By Sidney Blumenthal, The Guardian UK
An imperial president is smothering the system of checks and balances, imperiling free speech.
The most scathing public critique of the Bush presidency and the complicity of a craven press corps was delivered at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday by a comedian. Bush was reported afterwards to be seething, while the press corps responded with stone-cold silence. In many of their reports of the event they airbrushed out the joker.
War Spending Bill Nears Senate Vote
The Associated Press
Thursday 04 May 2006
Washington - A must-pass Senate bill funding the war in Iraq and hurricane aid for the Gulf Coast faces a vote Thursday, but a veto threat imperils many provisions added by lawmakers.
The bill is now about $14 billion more than President Bush wants. That means items such as $4 billion in farm disaster aid and $1 billion in state grants not requested by Bush may have to be dropped during House-Senate negotiations.
Tentative Itinerary for President Bush when he visits Florida, May 8th thru May 10th.
On Monday, May 8th, Bush will be in Ft. Lauderdale
On Tuesday, May 9th, Bush will be in West Palm Beach and later Tampa
On Wednesday, May 19th, Bush will be in Orlando
I always make it a rule to call out an "Alert" whenever I hear something concerning Bu$h coming to Florida.
Sponsor: Alderman Gene Schulter
In The Chicago City Council
Whereas George W. Bush has, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has threatened the security of the American people, by:
Council for a Livable World
The Senate will vote around 11:00 AM this morning on final passage of the bill. First, there will be consideration of two last amendments, Thune amendment No. 3704 to provide $20 million for veterans’ medical facilities and a Vitter (R-LA) and Landrieu modified amendment No. 3728 to provide $200 million for flood protection in Louisiana.
Many pending (offered for consideration but not voted upon) amendments were struck down yesterday as non-germane, including a Levin (D-MI), Collins and Reed amendment No. 3710 to pressure the Iraqi government to put together a coalition government and a Warner (R-VA) amendment to repeal the requirement for the Navy to retain 12 operational aircraft carriers. Other amendments dealing with withdrawal of American troops from Iraq by the end of 2006 were not offered because they were not germane.
Summary: Right-wing radio host Glenn Beck is set to host a one-hour talk show as part of CNN Headline News' prime-time programming, beginning May 8. Media Matters for America has previously questioned CNN's decision to hire Beck and now offers a compilation of Beck's latest outrageous statements.
Since reports in January that CNN had hired right-wing radio host Glenn Beck for a one-hour talk show as part of CNN Headline News' prime-time programming, Beck has continued providing CNN with new reasons to reconsider its decision. At the time Beck was hired, Media Matters for America documented a number of statements Beck made that CNN was either not aware of or did not consider disqualifying. Since then, he has said Mexico "is run by nothing but criminals," called Cindy Sheehan a "prostitute," and suggested to a 7-year-old African-American girl, reportedly the author of a controversial poem, that she should "go to Africa." Despite these and other recent comments, CNN Worldwide executive vice president Ken Jautz, in an April 10 CNN Headline News press release, touted Beck's "incredibly engaging" on-air style and "his no-nonsense approach" as reasons his show will be "the perfect next step in the evolution of the Headline Prime line-up[.]"
Thursday, May 4, 2006
NEW* ROMNEY in East Providence, RI: Governor Mitt Romney attends a 6:00
PM closed press fundraiser for Governor Don Carcieri (R-RI). [The Note,
NEW* BODMAN in Washington, DC: Secretary Bodman participates with the
Energy Ministers of Canada and Mexico as part of the North American
Energy Working Group Ministerial Meeting at the US Department of Energy,
There are now 37 Congress Members backing an invesigation into grounds for impeachment. Rep. Hilda Solis has joined the list of cosponsors of House Resolution 635, introduced by Congressman John Conyers.
May 2, 2006
The Ann Arbor News
Ann Arbor Council calls for end to Iraq war
Saying the Iraq war had become a disaster for both countries, the Ann Arbor City Council passed a resolution calling for the end of combat operations and the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
The resolution passed by a 10-1 vote at the Monday night meeting.
Council Member Marcia Higgins, D-4th Ward, cast the lone vote against the resolution. Higgins said she agreed with everything in the resolution, but she didn’t think the council should pass a resolution that represents the entire city when she knows there are people in her ward who disagreed with it.
By Scott Ritter
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has just released a report concerning Iran's nuclear programme, in which it notes that Iran has failed to comply with the UN security council's demands to cease its nuclear enrichment programmes. The IAEA report finds that Iran has, in defiance of the security council, in fact carried out a successful test to enrich uranium to the low levels needed in the production of nuclear energy. The IAEA also found that Iran had failed to provide a level of cooperation and transparency necessary for the IAEA to exclude the possibility of an Iranian nuclear weapons programme being carried out under the guise of civilian nuclear energy activities.
or so a good rumor has it
By Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe
HAS GEORGE W. Bush come to believe he's king?
That's the question that springs to mind upon reading Charlie Savage's front-page report in Sunday's Globe detailing the president's sotto voce assertion that he can disregard laws if he thinks they impinge on his constitutional powers.
That novel claim resides in the ''signing statements" the administration issues outlining its legal interpretation of laws the president has signed -- interpretations that often run contrary to the statute's clear intent.
By REP. LYNN WOOLSEY
Mr. Speaker, exactly three years ago yesterday, President Bush gave his single most insightful speech to date, about how the military operations in Iraq had become “Mission Accomplished.”
Why was this speech important? Because in a single stroke, it revealed more about the President and his administration than all his other speeches combined.
Anyone who pays attention to the news will recall how on that day President Bush, adorned in a fighter pilot suit, rode shotgun in a military jet that landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. A massive banner declaring “Mission Accomplished” was brashly displayed in the background during the President’s subsequent speech.
President Bush's actions threaten basic freedoms and the American system of checks and balances.
By Dave Lindorff and Barbara Olshansky, Philadelphia Inquirer
Who would have thought, just seven years after the Clinton impeachment farce, we'd again be considering impeachment? Yet here we are, five years into the Bush presidency, and again impeachment is in the air.
For some time, opponents of the Iraq War have been calling for impeachment. You could see their signs at marches, but given Republican control of the House, it was hard to take the idea seriously.
By Cindy Sheehan
I (and every single other individual on this planet working for peace and justice) am often accused of being "anti-American" for dissenting against my feral government that has gone wild with lawlessness and greed; even though dissent from our government is as American as apple pie. Some people believe that if one is critical of the Bush criminal regime, then one is anti-American.
They terrorize other government officials, and they’re so secretive that their names aren’t even revealed to a harmless federal employee directory. And they’ve helped ruin the country. Meet Dick Cheney’s staff.
By Robert Dreyfuss
Bad heart, errant shotgun, and Halliburton stock options in tow, Dick Cheney has ruled the White House roost for the past five years, amassing enough power to give rise to the joke that George W. Bush is “a heartbeat away from the presidency.”
Held in New York City, April 29-30
by Steve Jackson (UMD), Heather Squire (Brooklyn College), and
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (NYU), with help from Wes Hannah (Cornell)
See photos and video coming soon at
The theme of the conference was FROM PROTEST TO RESISTANCE: REAL
STRATEGIES TO END THE WAR IN IRAQ, and indeed one of the main
schievements of the conference was to begin to answer what kind of
HARDBALL 5:00 PM EST
May 2, 2006 Tuesday
HARDBALL Special Report: the path to war.
CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: Tonight, a HARDBALL SPECIAL REPORT. Finally, how we got to war. Let`s play HARDBALL.
Good evening. I`m Chris Matthews. Welcome to a HARDBALL SPECIAL REPORT on how we got to war. Tonight, we have brought together two CIA veterans who just retired to answer the question, did President Bush lead out country to war based on faulty intelligence, or did his administration twist and cherry-pick the information for a war they had already decided to start?
Both Houses of Congress Have Now Passed Amendments Banning Additional Spending on Permanent Bases in Iraq
By David Swanson
So, will a conference committee undo the will of both houses behind closed doors?
Will Bush simply ignore Congress?
Will the bases be defined as non-permanent due to eventual planned destruction through global warming?
Or will we actually stop building military bases in Iraq?
Here's a report from John Isaacs:
After a brilliant debate - well, no debate whatsoever either for or against -- the Senate approved by voice vote the Biden amendment No. 3855 barring spending of any funds in Title I of the bill to establish permanent United States military bases in Iraq, or to exercise United States control over the oil infrastructure or oil resources of Iraq.
By Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Death in Iraq. It is relentless and incessant.
Know what it is like when scores of your fellow citizens are being killed every single day while the world proceeds unheedingly on? As a journalist I've had but a taste of that poison during my eight months in Iraq. Try it out: be an Iraqi for a day, into your fourth year of being occupied, humiliated, tortured and killed, doing all you can just to survive.
Published on Wednesday, May 3, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by Jeff Cohen
Every presidential election since 1980 has had a Bush or a Clinton on a major party ticket. And the pundits say we're likely to see a Clinton atop the next Democratic ticket.
Unlike the last seven presidential elections, I dream of a 2008 contest that is Bush- and Clinton-free. Our country needs new leadership and fresh ideas beyond the realm of just two families.
"But under pressure from the rank-and-file, House Majority Leader
John Boehner (R.,Ohio) said yesterday that he hopes to set aside time
late this month or early June on a resolution related to the war.
"The Congress ought to have a conversation about it," he said."