Three Italians, one Romanian dead in Iraq attack

Rome - A bomb attack on a foreign troop convoy in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah killed three Italian and one Romanian soldier Thursday, Italian military officials said.

A fourth Italian soldier was also seriously wounded and was being treated in a nearby Italian military hospital.

Military sources said the attack took place around 8.50 a.m. near the Italian headquarters in Nasiriyah, where Italy has more than 2,000 troops stationed.

Sister of Iraqi vice president shot dead

By Terry Friel

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a sister of one of Iraq's vice presidents on Thursday, the latest high level assassination, as Washington's top diplomatic and defense officials visited to underscore support for a new government.

Meysoun al-Hashemi, sister of Sunni Arab Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi, was gunned down in her car. Hashemi's brother was killed on April 13 and the brother of another leading Sunni politician was also kidnapped and killed this month.

Albuquerque Veterans Affairs Nurse Joins with VA Whistleblower and National Security Whistleblower Coalitions

Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Fudin, Veterans Affairs Whistleblower Coalition, fudinj@gmail.com, Tel- (518-588-5651) or Sibel Edmonds, National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, sedmonds@nswbc.org

Albuquerque Veterans Affairs Nurse Joins with VA Whistleblower and National Security Whistleblower Coalitions to Support Freedom of Speech and Protection of Veterans

Laura Berg has been a registered nurse at the Albuquerque, New Mexico Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital for over 15 years. In her current role as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she has recently observed returning veterans with a myriad of psychiatric disturbances resulting from experiences encountered in the Middle East. Berg’s work history has been exemplary, with consistent outstanding performance ratings.

House will debate Iraq

By Alexander Bolton, The Hill

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Republican
colleagues yesterday that they will have a full and lengthy floor
debate on the Iraq war, a dramatic change of course for GOP leaders
who had previously resisted Republican and Democratic calls for such
a debate.

Four House Republicans have signed a Democratic-sponsored discharge
petition that would begin 17 hours of debate over Iraq on the House

Bush and Co. Chain Gang Breaking Rocks on the Road to Impeachment

(New York, NY) The Backbone Campaign will launch the "Bush and Co. Chain Gang" at the Saturday, April 29 March for Peace, Justice and Democracy in New York City. The march begins north of Union Square and proceeds south along Broadway to Foley Square. The Backbone Campaign will also parade its giant, 70-foot puppet of a human spine, festooned with slogans of an interlocking progressive agenda.

"The Backbone Campaign is insisting on both accountability AND a bold, inspiring vision for the future. The March for Peace, Justice and Democracy comes at a crucial moment," says Bill Moyer, Executive Director of the Backbone Campaign. "This march represents and affirms the diversity, unity, and potential of the progressive movement."

Impeachment Forum Tomorrow in Sacramento

The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party hosts forum: “Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate, and Action.”

“As California goes, so goes the nation.”

With growing numbers of Americans calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, California is presented with an opportunity to help change the course of history. Recognizing the importance of this discussion, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and its co-sponsors are pleased to host the forum: “Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate, and Action,” to be held at the California Democratic Party annual convention on April 29, 2006 in Sacramento, California.

Family distressed after wrong body returned

By MERAIAH FOLEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS

SYDNEY, Australia -- The grieving relatives of an Australian soldier killed in Iraq were distressed to learn that the wrong body accidentally was sent home, the defense minister said Thursday.

Pvt. Jacob Kovco, 25, died in a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad last week after he was accidentally shot inside the city's secure green zone, military officials said.

Front of White House Turns Out to Be Free Speech Zone After All

By Lynn Robinson

[Please note that this was intended testimony, but was not delivered because the judge granted our motion for judgment of acquittal.]

Your Honor,

I am Lynn Robinson, defendant pro se. Thank you for letting me speak to
you today. I feel we are not guilty of demonstrating without a permit, for
seven reasons.

First, I feel that our right to free speech was denied on October 26. We

Impeachment, Vermont Style

A former Justice Department official finds a back-door congressional maneuver and launches his own campaign to impeach President Bush.
By Joseph Rosenbloom, http://www.prospect.org

A. Jeffry Taylor is a 62-year-old lawyer and Democratic activist in Rutland, Vermont. As a young lawyer in the Los Angeles office of the Justice Department, he prosecuted antitrust cases during the Watergate era. The corruption he witnessed firsthand within the Nixon administration (a high-ranking Justice official once told him not to pursue a case, he recalls, because the suspects were “friends of the President, and we don’t sue friends of the President. Are you dumb?”) gnaws at him still. His blood is boiling now because of what he regards as another President’s unlawful conduct -- namely, what he regards as President George W. Bush’s flagrant violations of the Constitution’s due-process guarantees.

Presidents Bush and Schmidly — don’t fence me in

Lenzy Krehbiel
The Daily O'Collegian

Add two more First Amendment freedoms this administration just doesn’t seem to get: freedom of speech and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

On Monday afternoon, I received an e-mail forwarded to me by a professor that outlined some of the details laid out by the commencement committee for next Saturday. One of the points mentioned in the list was that signs would not be allowed in the stadium graduation morning and protesters and picketers will be limited to designated areas outside the stadium. It did not say where.

So the U.S. is not a Free Speech Zone?

OSU working on protest zones for commencement
Morgan Pratt, The Daily O'Collegian

Hundreds of students and at least six Tulsa and Oklahoma City organizations must wait until the U.S. Secret Service visits campus Monday to find out where they will be allowed to protest during President George W. Bush’s appearance at OSU commencement in Boone Pickens Stadium on May 6, OSU and local officials said.

Little boy's wait ended in tragedy

Daily Telegraph, AU
By Shannon McRae

ON the wall of the Kovco kitchen is a calendar marked, "Countdown until my Daddy comes home ..."

Friday, April 21 is the last day marked on the calendar - the same day Private Kovco accidentally shot himself dead while serving in Iraq.
Shelley Kovco yesterday spoke to The Daily Telegraph from her home in Victoria about her devastation at losing her husband of four years.

Iraq families' quest to meet PM

By Liam Allen, BBC News

"All we want to do is to tell Tony Blair what we think which is he should bring the lads home - they need to be with their families. They don't need to be shot at in Iraq."

Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq want a meeting with the PM
The words of Christine Brierley, 58, from Batley, West Yorkshire, echo those of all the family members of soldiers killed in Iraq who gathered in Whitehall on Wednesday.

Iraq group says kills 3 "apostates"-Web video

DUBAI, April 26 (Reuters) - An Islamist militant group in Iraq said on Sunday it had shot dead three "apostates" for cooperating with U.S. forces and posted an Internet video of their execution.

The footage from Army of Ansar al-Sunna showed three Arab looking men sitting on the ground outdoors and answering questions from an off-camera speaker.

A statement accompanying the recording said the video showed "the confessions of three apostates working in ... a company dealing with American forces that destroyed weapons and ammunition of the former Iraqi army".

President receives cold reception, protesters rally outside Cisco Systems

"I go wherever he is, because he still hasn't talked to me," Sheehan said. "I think it's so important for everyone who is against this to get out and show it."
Milpitas Post, CA
by Rachel McMurdie

President George W. Bush's visit to North San Jose was marked by protest Friday, as hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Cisco Systems Inc., where the president spoke with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, education leaders and Cisco officials on the state of education and the need to put more emphasis on math and science in schools.

The Outlaw World

By Brian Urquhart, http://www.nybooks.com

Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules from FDR's Atlantic Charter to George W. Bush's Illegal War
by Philippe Sands
Viking, 324 pp., $25.95

Lawless World: The Whistle-Blowing Account of How Our Leaders Are Taking the Law into Their Own Hands
by Philippe Sands
Penguin, updated edition, 404 pp., £8.99 (paper; to be published in the US in September)

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan, three others ready for trial

AP

NEW YORK Cindy Sheehan and three other peace activists are ready for trial on charges from their arrest last month during an anti-war demonstration at the U-S Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Sheehan's lawyer told the court today that he is ready for trial once he receives materials requested from prosecutors.

Sheehan is the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq. Last summer she camped outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, to protest the war.

Impeachment resolution nets 24 co-sponsors, sent to committee

The Vermont Guardian

MONTPELIER— A formal resolution introduced late Tuesday in the state Legislature calling on Congress to draft articles of impeachment against Pres. George W. Bush has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee for review.

Rep. Dave Zuckerman, P-Burlington, the lead sponsor of the measure, was joined by 23 of his colleagues, all Progressives and Democrats except for one independent.

Operation Divine Strake Is Sheer Madness

The Chattanoogan

A so far little noticed plan to simulate a nuclear strike on an underground bunker will be carried out this summer in Nevada. It has so far been given little attention. The sheer clutter of daily news stories indicating that our government is off its rocker has served well to desensitize us to these frequent and shocking revelations.

The bomb, named Divine Strake will involve detonating an ungodly amount of explosives in order to help design a new line of 'smart nukes' to use against bunkers, specifically with Iran in mind. A group of scientists have written the president and explained that even a small, one ton device in Iran would likely kill millions of people by the fallout and spread of radiation to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Google it.

Three Iraqis killed in bomb blast in Baghdad

Three Iraqis were killed and four others wounded when a bomb inside a minibus went off in eastern Baghdad on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.

"An explosive charge went off inside a minibus at about 12:15 p. m. (0815 GMT) in Fudhailiyah neighborhood," the source said on condition of anonymity.

The blast killed three passengers aboard the minibus and wounded four others, the source said.

Death darkens Blue Star gathering

By ROGER W. HOSKINS, Modesto Bee

The sobering news that another local Marine had lost his life in Iraq cast a shadow over the monthly meeting in Modesto of the Central Valley Chapter of Blue Star Mothers and Families.
The support group for families of serving GIs collectively sagged Tuesday night under the weight of the news that Lance Cpl. Aaron W. Simons, 20, of Modesto died Monday in Iraq.

Top White House aide Rove testifies in leak case

By James Vicini and Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Karl Rove appeared on Wednesday before a U.S. grand jury probing the leak of a CIA officer's identity but his lawyer said there was still no sign the top presidential adviser will face charges in the case.

Rove remains under investigation but has not received any indication from Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald about whether he would be charged, attorney Robert Luskin said.

Taking the President to Court

By Congressman John Conyers, www.dailykos.com

As some of you may be aware, according to the President and Congressional Republicans, a bill does not have to pass both the Senate and the House to become a law. Forget your sixth grade civics lesson, forget the book they give you when you visit Congress - "How Our Laws Are Made," and forget Schoolhouse Rock. These are checks and balances, Republican-style.

Reason to Impeach #635

Reason to Impeach #635

If we don't impeach Bush now; the next time a presidential election is stolen, we'll have a President Cheney with a presidential pardon in his pocket. If you think impeachment is a long shot now; think of how it will be then.

BREAKING! Activists Occupy Frist's Office

Urgent: call Senator Frist's office at 202-224-3344 and demand that he meet with the Iraqi women.

David Swanson just called from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office to report that he and a group of women activists are occupying the office to demand a meeting with Senator Frist to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

The activists include three Iraqi women who testified at this morning's Out of Iraq hearing:

  • Dr. Dahlia Wasfi
  • Aseel Albanna
  • Faiva Al-araji (right)

They are joined in the protest by:

  • Cindy Sheehan
  • Ann Wright
  • Medea Benjamin
  • Gael Murphy

The Iraqi women want to meet with Frist today because they are leaving the U.S. tomorrow. They represent the 82% of Iraqis who want the U.S. out of Iraq.

Urgent: call Senator Frist's office at 202-224-3344 and demand that he meet with the Iraqi women.

Lyrics to "Let's Impeach the President" by Neil Young

Let’s impeach the president for lying
And leading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door
He’s the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
And bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war
Let’s impeach the president for spying
On citizens inside their own homes

LiveBlogging the Iraq Hearings

It's Thursday morning and Rep. Lynn Woolsey is hosting historic hearings on getting out of Iraq.

Read the liveblog report by Karen at DemocracyCellProject:

Watch it on politicsTV

Photo Album - photos by Marcia Jansen and David Swanson.

Lots going on in D.C. - will post report here on hearing later today or tonight. -- David

Speaking Events

January 29: David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.

February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.

April 7-9: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest

June: UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va. April 29: possible multi-issue protest in DC.

August 2-6: Democracy Convention in Minneapolis.

Find more events here.

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