Court showdown today over military recruiting

By Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY

A question before the U.S. Supreme Court today is whether colleges' free-speech rights are violated by a law that could allow the government to withhold money from schools that limit military recruiters' access to campus.

No exceptions to the ban on torture

By Louise Arbour, International Herald Tribune

GENEVA The absolute ban on torture, a cornerstone of the international human rights edifice, is under attack. The principle we once believed to be unassailable - the inherent right to physical integrity and dignity of the person - is becoming a casualty of the so-called war on terror.

Bombers Kill At Least 36 at Baghdad Police Academy

By Robert F. Worth, The New York Times

Baghdad, Iraq - Two bombers wearing explosive belts blew themselves up in a crowded courtyard in the Baghdad police academy this morning, killing at least 36 people and wounding 72, Interior Ministry officials said.

We Welcomed the Big Dick to Houston

By Amy Branham

Last night's protest in Houston outside the Cheney/DeLay fundraiser was enthusiastic and invigorating. Initially organizers expected around 150-200 participants, but there were actually close to 300 protesters coming and going throughout the evening. It was an evening of nonviolent, peaceful protests against the war in Iraq, corporate greed and just about any other unethical issue you can think of that Vice President Cheney and Tom DeLay stand for.

We equaled the number of participants at the fundraiser, with estimates of the attendees there being around 300.

Diane Wilson of Code Pink was also there, inside the fundraising event, along with another Code Pinker, Katie Helms. While Cheney was at the podium giving his speech, Diane stood up and interrupted him, taking off her cape to display her own protest for all to see.

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman
lists.essential.org

The first lady today announced the theme for the 2005 holiday season at
the White House.

It is this:

It's Time to Play Beat-The-Bully

By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers, www.democraticunderground.com

We all know this from our schooldays and our workplaces: the thing about bullies, especially the really cocky ones, is that they're often very insecure. They swagger and strut their stuff, and get in your face aggressively, but once you organize opposition and indicate you're not afraid of them anymore, thus stripping them of their essential power over you, they're lost in the world of ordinary mortals.

What Did the Democrats Know and When Did they Know It?

The Lies of John Edwards
By JOHN WALSH, www.counterpunch.org

The apology of John Edwards, former Senator and 2004 Democratic vice presidential candidate, for voting for the Iraq war in 2002, has been widely praised. But his apology is based on a lie, one that other Democrats are likely to embrace and one which will serve their ambitions but hide the truth. We should have no illusions about this, for to believe otherwise is to set ourselves up for the continuation of Bush's war by a Democrat.

Speak and Act Before It Is Too Late: Let Go of CPT Peace Workers in Iraq

By Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer

The November 27th kidnapping of four members of Christian Peacemaker Teams
(CPT)-Tom Fox (54), of the United States, Norman Kember (74) of Great
Britain, and James Lonely (41) and Hameet Singh Sooden (32) of Canada-who

Help World Can't Wait Run Ad

By World Can't Wait

We are aiming to blast out with the next phase of the battle to drive out the Bush regime by placing a full page ad in the NY Times within the next week.

Attached you will find a PDF file of the ad. This is a draft. Signatories are continuing to arrive so the list is not final. This ad needs to run now, before the colleges go on break. Please, donate all you can: $hundreds, $thousands, $ten thousand +. We need to raise $45,000 by Wednesday, December 7. So let us know as soon as possible what you can donate.

Working From the Top Down

By, Tim Goodrich, Co-founder, Iraq Veterans Against the War / Western Region
ivaw_west@ivaw.net

So often in our quest to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home, we work from the bottom up. This happens when we have people in the streets protesting, people calling their elected officials and Iraq war vets and other credible sources speaking at public forums. While this is all great and our efforts are working, we frequently forget another valuable method for effecting change. I believe that it is equally important to work from the top down.

Counter-Recruitment Day Sweeps U.S. Colleges

Published on Monday, December 5, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By Maya Schenwar

When the Solomon Amendment, the law that requires universities to allow military recruiters on campus, first passed in 1995, the bill's co-sponsor Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) declared an intention to "send a message over the wall of the ivory tower of higher education." On December 6, the "ivory tower" will send a message back. In court, the oral argument will be presented for FAIR v. Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court case which will decide the fate of the Solomon Amendment. On the street, thousands of students, teachers and peace activists will participate in the National Day of Counter-Recruitment, holding rallies and educational events in almost every major city. The day of protest, organized by Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) and endorsed by Cindy Sheehan, Howard Zinn and Kathy Kelly, is expected to be the largest student counter-recruitment action organized around the Iraq War to date. [See CAN's website at http://www.campusantiwar.net for detailed information and a full list of endorsers.]

Hidden in Plane Sight: US Media Dodging Air War in Iraq

By Norman Solomon, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

The US government is waging an air war in Iraq. "In recent months, the tempo of American bombing seems to have increased," Seymour Hersh reported in the December 5 edition of The New Yorker. "Most of the targets appear to be in the hostile, predominantly Sunni provinces that surround Baghdad and along the Syrian border."

Washington Peace Center Awarded Operation Ceasefire: Peace Event of The Year Award

Operation Ceasefire was honored to recieve this award from one of Washington DC's oldest and well respected peace organizations at their annual awards dinner. For more information on The Washington Peace Center visit http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.org/

US Can Head for the Exits in Iraq, but Shouldn't the Flames Be Doused?

By Ivan Eland
Published by The Modern Tribune

After condemning the suggestion of many Democrats that the U.S. should create a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq, the Bush administration’s Pentagon is tentatively constructing just that. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, returning from a visit to Iraq, seemed to support that plan by insisting that the training of Iraqi troops was going so swimmingly that the current level of U.S. forces in Iraq would not need to remain much longer. What gives?

Tough words from Rice leave loopholes

By Bronwen Maddox

CONDOLEEZZA RICE, pausing at Andrews Air Force Base before boarding her flight to Europe, told Europe bluntly it should be grateful for the US’s tough methods in the War on Terror, even if that included controversial CIA techniques.

Resolution for a New World

By Brian Bogart

Fall term is essentially over for the Strike for Peace Campaign at University of Oregon, and the grades are excellent. Camped across from the administration building, Strike for Peace began the term hoping to persuade faculty senate members that an examination of ties between schools and military funding is warranted because of the obscurity and extreme lethality of the ever-increasing military industry under our current national leadership.

Extraordinary Rendition Scandal Reaches New Heights

DEMOCRACY NOW!

* Extraordinary Rendition Scandal Reaches New Heights: Rice on the Offensive
in Europe Over Bush Administration's Use of "Torture Flights" *

The scandal over the Bush administration's use of so-called "extraordinary

The Hype of Paul Vallely

By Larry C. Johnson

It is time for FOX NEWs and one of its “military

Rummy Says All Is Swell in Iraq

Rumsfeld touts progress in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says you can't judge progress in Iraq based on the number of Americans killed.

Rumsfeld tells students of international studies at Johns Hopkins in Washington that Americans should be optimistic about what's happening. He says people have to stop defining success as "the absence of terrorist attacks."

Democrats Believe American Troops Should Be Redeployed In Accordance with a Comprehensive Exit Plan

By U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

REVISED (note change below) -
Contact: Dana Thompson (202) 225-7080

Iraq War - Democrats Believe American Troops Should Be Redeployed In Accordance with a Comprehensive Exit Plan

Uranium from Africa and the Butler Report: The Alleged French Connection

An analysis of claims that there was any evidence of Iraq trying to buy uranium from Niger:
http://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/006195.php

Don't Let It Bring You Down

By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Don't let it bring you down,
It's only castles burning,
Find someone who's turning,

A GRASSROOTS REPORT BACK FROM THE DNC MTG. IN PHOENIX, AZ

(Thurs. 12/1/05 - Sat. 12/3/05)

A great weekend was had!

Many from PDA, DFA and others from the grassroots attended a DNC meeting for the first time.:)

PDA organized getting grassroots participants democratically (small d) educated about and involved in a DNC meeting.:)

Roll Call Rolls Out Republican Lies

Here's contact info for Roll Call that you may find yourself wanting as you read this article.
Roll Call phone: 202/824-6800, Email.

Will Democrats Resist What Republicans Couldn't in 1998?
December 5, 2005
By Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call Contributing Writer

So far, the Democratic establishment has wisely resisted the temptation to make personal attacks on the president or to respond to the call for President Bush’s impeachment emanating from the party’s vocal "progressive" wing.

UN official says US detentions abuse Iraq mandate

By Paul Tait

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military is abusing its United Nations mandate in Iraq by detaining thousands of people without due process of law, a senior U.N. official said.

The Iraqi government installed after the U.S. invasion of 2003 is also guilty of major human rights abuses, including holding people without charge in secret jails "littered" across the country, John Pace, human rights chief for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), told Reuters.

NATIONAL DAY OF COUNTER-RECRUITMENT

Join CINDY SHEEHAN, HOWARD ZINN, DAHR JAMAIL, war resisters PABLO PAREDES and CAMILO MEJIA, Progressive Democrats of America director TIM CARPENTER, Iraq Vets Against the War & Campus Antiwar Network member DAVID AIRHART, and -- by a unanimous vote of the city council --BERKELEY, CA in supporting this day of counter-recruitment actions this Tuesday, December 6! (Full endorsement list below.)

Progressive Primary Challenge to Hilary Launched

By David Swanson

On Tuesday in New York, Jonathan Tasini will announce the launch of his campaign for United States Senate, challenging Hilary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

A Democrat, at least one who convincingly opposes Bush, is very likely to win the general election in this race. This means that the primary is the real election, and the question is what kind of Democrat we want to have in the Senate.

UK 'breaking law' over CIA secret flights

Condoleezza Rice flies into row over 'rendition' of terror suspects
Ian Cobain and Luke Harding in Berlin, The Guardian

The British government is guilty of breaking international law if it allowed secret CIA "rendition" flights of terror suspects to land at UK airports, according to a report by American legal scholars.

Arguing about the War, The Top Ten Reasons for Staying in (Leaving) Iraq

From Tomdispatch tonight, Michael Schwartz's "Arguing about the War, The Top Ten Reasons for Staying in (Leaving) Iraq" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=41214

In this unique piece for our moment, Schwartz answers ten critical questions actually posed to him by a war supporter in response to a piece he did advocating immediate withdrawal from Iraq.

Torture Makes Justice Impossible

By David Cole
The Los Angeles Times

When Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales announced shortly before Thanksgiving that Jose Padilla had been indicted, it came as some surprise that what he was actually charged with had virtually nothing to do with what the United States had been saying about Padilla for the more than three years that he was held in military custody as an "enemy combatant." In news conferences, Gonzales' predecessors had described Padilla as public enemy No. 1: an Al Qaeda operative accused of plotting to detonate a "dirty bomb" and to blow up apartment buildings.

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