Durham, NC town mtg. on impeaching Bush and Cheney next Thursday

Come discuss the case for impeaching Bush and Cheney,
the process, and what citizens can do, Thursday, April
27th, 7-9pm in the Auditorium (to the right at the entrance)
of the Durham Main Library (300 North Roxboro St.).
Featured are NC NAACP 2nd Vice Pres. Rev. Curtis
Gatewood, civil rights lawyer Al McSurely, Raleigh activist
and author Stan Goff, and the Raging Grannies.

This meeting was organized by the non-partisan Grass

Operation Refuse War: A Week of Action Uniting Resisters

In Celebration of International Conscientious Objectors Day
May 11-16 2006
New York City and Washington DC
www.operationrefusewar.org

Through workshops, actions, and an international conference, Operation Refuse War will highlight the difficulties that current conscientious objectors face as well as help build relationships and connections between the various communities within the anti-war movement. The focus of the events is on supporting contemporary American conscientious objectors and their families, as well as examining the current potential of conscientious objection (in its various forms) as a strategy for building an anti-war movement. In addition, Operation Refuse War will bring together international and American conscientious objectors to share their experiences and ideas.

Open Letter to President of San Francisco State University

President Robert A. Corrigan, Ph.D.
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 338-1381
corrigan@sfsu.edu

Dear Dr. Corrigan:

On Friday, April 14 ten SFSU students protested military recruitment at the university's career fair. Campus police interrupted their protest and physically took the students from the school's gymnasium where they were protesting. The police then notified the students that they were banned from campus.

ExxonMobil CEO fills tank with huge pay perks

By Brett Arends, Boston Herald

The tale of Texas oil industry greed that unfolded yesterday is a wonder to behold.

I’m not talking about the Enron trial, but the executive pay figures released by ExxonMobil.

Chairman Lee Raymond, who retired on Dec. 31, walked away after 12 years running the company with more than $430 million.

You read that right. It includes $48.9 million he collected last year.

Why Gas Costs More

Democratic senator wants SEC investigation of ExxonMobil's $400m 'retirement package'
By RAW STORY

Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) said ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond's $400 million retirement package is a "shameful display of greed" and said oil companies have "hooked their hose up to the pocketbooks of American citizens and are sucking money from ordinary Americans into the treasury of the giant oil companies," RAW STORY has learned.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Week of April 17-21, 2006

NEW* HUCKABEE in Nashville, TN: Governor Huckabee joins Tennessee
Governor Phil Bredesen for a town hall meeting with Tennessee students
to discuss improving student wellness. The governors also will visit a
local job site to learn how Tennessee companies are helping their
workers stay healthy. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 04/18/06]

Thursday, April 20, 2006
NEW* FRIST in Dallas, TX: Senator Bill Frist addresses the Salesmanship

Grand Jury Hears Evidence Against Rove

By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t

Just as the news broke Wednesday about Scott McClellan resigning as White House press secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove shedding some of his policy duties, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald met with the grand jury hearing evidence in the CIA leak case and introduced additional evidence against Rove, attorneys and other US officials close to the investigation said.

Guest Column: The case for impeachment—part two

By W. Harrison (Bill) Goodenow
http://www.rockrivertimes.com

It is clear that George W. Bush’s handlers are doing an extreme makeover of his television persona, from his usual combativeness to a “kinder and gentler” imitation of his father. The conversion was most evident at his March 21, 2006, press conference, where he laudably refrained from bristling at accusatory questions, and came across as understanding why people have valid concerns about the way the war in Iraq is going.

Cheney visits Spokane

"Clifford Schneider, a retired military man, held a sign of a swastika made from Bush/Cheney campaign bumper stickers. “It’s just time to get out and take a stand,” he said."

Amid local protests, vice president speaks at Fairchild Air Force Base
by Stephanie Childs

Vice President Dick Cheney arrived at Spokane’s Davenport Hotel amidst flashing lights and chanting voices Monday afternoon. The $500 per person reception was intended to rally support for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McGavick.

Midwest Student Antiwar Conference: Turning Antiwar Sentiment into Action!

University of Illinois Chicago
750 S. Halsted
Chicago Illinois

On Saturday, April 22nd, the Campus Antiwar Network will be holding their Midwest regional conference in Chicago at UIC. "Turning Antiwar Sentiment into Antiwar Action," is a day long event featuring workshops, guest speakers and an after party concert at Jak's Tap.

Campus Antiwar Network (CAN) is the largest and leading independent, democratic, grassroots network of students opposing the occupation of Iraq and military recruiters in our schools at campuses all over the country. CAN's goal is

ARMBANDS FOR PEACE

Welcome to the Resistance

On April 17, 2006 Randi Rhodes made the suggestion that we need to start
a wearing armbands to show our resistance the dangerous warmongering
Bush administration. We are all terrified he's about to start a nuclear
war with Iran. It's past time to protest daily. So a few of her
listeners got together and we decided to start the Armbands for Peace
movement. A silent daily protest by wearing a simple black armband that

Iran: Don't Do It

By Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospect, tompaine.com

Should we go to war with Iran? The short answer is, "No." The long answer is, "Hell no."

As the rumbles of war are heard over the horizon, many feel they've heard this whole story before. But with all due respect to those who correctly ascertained in advance that backing Bush's march on Baghdad was insane, following the neoconservatives to Teheran would be far, far, far more insane.

Ad Critiquing WaPo Posted on WashingtonPost.com

Media Matters for America -- the leading voice against conservative misinformation in the U.S. media – is running an ad critical of a recent Washington Post editorial that promoted falsehoods directly contradicted by the paper’s own reporting.

The ad by Media Matters appears on the Post web site, posing the question: “Do Washington Post editorial writers read their own newspaper?” The ad links to a Media Matters web page with more information about an April 9 Washington Post editorial, titled “A Good Leak” that contained numerous false claims about President Bush’s authorization of the disclosure of portions of a 2002 National Intelligence Estimate.

Permanent US Bases in Iraq are Immoral

By Adil E. Shamoo, http://www.commondreams.org

Last February, former President Jimmy Carter said on the Larry King
show, "Some of our top leaders never intend to withdraw military
forces from Iraq and they are looking for [staying] ten, 20, 50
years." He continued, "I have never heard our leaders say that .ten
years from now there will be no military bases of the United States in
Iraq."

A World at 36/7 Speed, A Tomdispatch Interview with Katrina vanden Heuvel

From Tomdispatch this morning, "A World at 36/7 Speed, A Tomdispatch Interview with Katrina vanden Heuvel" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=78700

The eighth in my series of interviews, this one offers a look at Nation magazine editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel's day at the office and, through that, at a media/information world working in 36/7 time. ("The Internet," she comments, "is expanding so exponentially that it's not even as confined as the 24/7 cable-media culture").

After Thousands of Activists Demand Investigation, FCC Launches Payola Probe

Free Press calls for a crackdown on Big Media's abuse of the public airwaves

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission has launched a formal investigation into growing payola scandal at four of the nation's largest radio broadcasters. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the FCC has issued "letters of inquiry" seeking documents from Clear Channel Communications, CBS Radio, Entercom Communications and Citadel Broadcasting.

Envoys Remain Split on Plan Against Iran

By Peter Finn, Washington Post

Degree of sanctions by UN at issue.

Moscow - Senior diplomats from the U.N. Security Council's five permanent members ended two days of talks about Iran's nuclear program Wednesday with consensus for action against the Islamic state, but they continued to be divided as to what form it should take, U.S. Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns said.

"Nearly every country is considering some form of sanctions, and this is a new development," Burns told reporters after the meeting. "Every country said that some type of action had to be taken . . . to, in effect, erect a barrier to Iran's progress. So the challenge for us will be what can we all agree on."

Bill Bulges With Unforeseen Spending for Guns, Tanks

By Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post

Senate to take up measure as military fights to keep guns, tanks working.

With the expected passage this spring of the largest emergency spending bill in history, annual war expenditures in Iraq will have nearly doubled since the U.S. invasion, as the military confronts the rapidly escalating cost of repairing, rebuilding and replacing equipment chewed up by three years of combat.

20,000 Kidnapped in Iraq Since January: Report

Agence France-Presse

Karbala - Nearly 20,000 people have been kidnapped in Iraq since the beginning of this year alone, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The survey, which underscores the massive social upheaval caused by rebel activity and increasing sectarian conflict, does not give the number of people killed. However, it says that 15,462 people have been wounded.

The 19,548 people kidnapped includes 4,959 women and 2,350 children, according to the report prepared by a group of 125 non-governmental organisations and made public in the Shia holy city of Karbala.

The Worst President in History?

By Sean Wilentz, Rolling Stone

One of America's leading historians assesses George W. Bush.

George W. Bush's presidency appears headed for colossal historical disgrace. Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again, there seems to be little the administration can do to avoid being ranked on the lowest tier of U.S. presidents. And that may be the best-case scenario. Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history.

PROMINENT U.S. PHYSICISTS SEND LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH, CALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS AGAINST IRAN ‘GRAVELY IRRESPONSIBLE’

Thirteen of the nation’s most prominent physicists have written a letter to President Bush, calling U.S. plans to reportedly use nuclear weapons against Iran “gravely irresponsible” and warning that such action would have “disastrous consequences for the security of the United States and the world.”

The physicists include five Nobel laureates, a recipient of the National Medal of Science and three past presidents of the American Physical Society, the nation’s preeminent professional society for physicists.

Important Film to See: "Sir, No Sir"

http://www.boomantribune.com

by wilfred

I just saw the new documentary Sir, No Sir http://sirnosir.com which was wonderful. It takes us back to 1962 and the War in Vietnam and how the resistance was born and grew. Just as importantly it shows us how it has been co-opted and revised since then by the conservatives:

The Vietnam War has been the subject of hundreds of films, both fiction and non-fiction, but this story-the story of the rebellion of thousands of American soldiers against the war-has never been told in film.This is certainly not for lack of evidence. By the Pentagon's own figures, 503,926 "incidents of desertion" occurred between 1966 and 1971; officers were being "fragged"(killed with fragmentation grenades by their own troops) at an alarming rate; and by 1971 entire units were refusing to go into battle in unprecedented numbers.

Movements: From Antiwar, to Peace, to Democracy

We need to take this historic opportunity to evolve the antiwar movement into a democracy movement.
by Mike Ferner, http://baltimorechronicle.com

Who among us has not felt Cindy Sheehan’s frustration with a system that successfully keeps millions of our fellow citizens sitting on their complacent butts, even when they tell pollsters they are against this criminal war?Not a day too soon the antiwar movement has begun a desperately-needed discussion.

Shame on the Post's Editorial Page

By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com

If a full and truthful history of the disastrous Iraq War is ever written, there should be a chapter devoted to the pivotal role played by the Washington Post’s hawkish editorial page and the many like-minded thinkers who are published in the newspaper’s Op-Ed section.

As arguably the most influential newspaper in the nation’s capital, the Post might have been expected to encourage a healthy pre-war debate that reflected diverse opinions from experts in the fields of government, diplomacy, academia, the military and the broader American public. War, after all, is not a trivial matter.

An Early Look at Eric Boehlert's "Lapdogs" of the Press

By E&P Staff

NEW YORK Eric Boehlert, former senior writer for Salon, in his forthcoming book, “Lapdogs,” details what he calls “the double standard adopted for Bush and Republicans that became the unfortunate news norm&hellip.timidity became entrenched and the results plain to see.” That may explain why the subtitle of his book, due to be published by Free Press on May 11, is “How the Press Rolled Over for Bush.”

Resolution on Congressional War Powers and Iran

Rep. Peter DeFazio
April 12, 2006

Expressing the Sense of Congress that the President cannot initiate military action against Iran over its nuclear program without first obtaining authorization from Congress.

Whereas Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power "to declare war," to lay and collect taxes to "provide for the common defense" and general welfare of the United States, to "raise and support armies," to "provide and maintain a navy," to "make rules for the regulation for the land and naval forces," to "provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions," to "provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia," and to "make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution...all...powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States";

Congressman DeFazio Letter to Bush

The Honorable George W. Bush
President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Bush:

We are concerned by the growing number of stories that your Administration is planning for military action against Iran. We are writing to remind you that you are constitutionally bound to seek congressional authorization before launching any preventive military strikes against Iran.

Raging Grannies and Raging Americans

By Cindy Sheehan

I am sitting here watching CSPAN where Congress is holding a special hearing into Chinese human rights violations: Which is of course an important issue that needs to be addressed. An Amnesty International report just came out and of all of the countries in the world the US is the fourth in numbers of executions behind China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. China by far executes the most people with seeming barbaric abandon.

Cheney has tapped Iranian expatriate, arms dealer to surveil discussions with Iran, officials say

By Larisa Alexandrovna

The Department of Defense and Vice President Dick Cheney have retained the services of Iran-Contra arms dealer and discredited intelligence asset Manucher Ghorbanifar as their “man on the ground,” in order to report on any interaction and attempts at negotiations between Iranian officials and US ambassador to Iraq, Zelmay Khalilzad, current and former intelligence officials say.

Blackwater in the Crosshairs: Families of Four Private Security Contractors Killed in Fallujah File a Ground-Breaking Lawsuit

DEMOCRACY NOW!

The families of four private security contractors killed in Fallujah in
March 2004 have filed a ground-breaking lawsuit charging Blackwater USA with
fraud and wrongful death. Blackwater has fought to have the case dismissed
by claiming that all liability lies not with the company but the U.S.
government.

In an expose in the new issue of the Nation magazine, independent journalist

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