The Unreal Death of Journalism

By Norman Solomon

Death is always in the news. From local car crashes to catastrophes
in faraway places, deadly events are grist for the media mill. The
coverage is ongoing -- and almost always superficial.

Naked biker draws stares

By Shea Drefs, Arizona State University

An unknown naked young woman was spotted riding a bicycle around the Memorial Union Wednesday, police and witnesses said.

Tempe resident Elizabeth Brown, 23, said she was eating outside the MU at about 11 a.m. when she saw the woman riding toward the union.

"She was just wearing a Sun Devils baseball cap and a pair of sneakers," she said.

The woman had "Pro-choice" airbrushed on one leg, "Impeach Bush" on the other and "No oil" on her chest, Brown said.

Conyers, Eleven Other Judiciary Committee Members Challenge Administration's Interpretation of Foreign Investment Law

Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Contact: Jonathan Godfrey: 202-226-6888

Protesters greet Bush in northern Indiana


MISHAWAKA, Ind.-- President Bush said Thursday that the U.S. must continue fighting in Iraq until Iraqis are trained well enough to fight themselves.

"When a country adopts democracy in their own style, adapting to their own history and own tradition, they become a peaceful nation," Bush said.

Sectarianism in Iraq: Roots and Alternatives

Ditmars is the author of the just-released book "Dancing in the No
Fly Zone: A Woman's Journey Through Iraq" and has covered Iraq since

Dubai Hires Viagra Pitchman; Wife Concerned

Bob Dole consults for Dubai company
Deal concerns Sen. Elizabeth Dole
Barbara Barrett, Washington Correspondent - Feb. 23, 2006

North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole's husband, former Sen. Bob Dole, has


Support Americans in Iraq and the Gulf Coast—Bring Our Troops Home NOW!

March 19th is the start of year four of the invasion of Iraq and the war on its people. Veterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Gold Star Families for Peace, and hurricane survivors' organizations (SOS, PHRF, Common Ground, United Peace Relief, MS Immigrant Rights Alliance, and others) are organizing a five-day march along Gulf Coast Highway 90 to demand:

The Truth About Dubya and Dubai

Katrina vanden Heuvel,

While there are plenty of important questions to discuss regarding port security in the United States, all of these issues were present before the Dubai World Ports (DP World) controversy.

Is Bush Expecting Flowers and Chocolate in India?

Andhra Pradesh - Hyderabad
Left parties gear up for protest against US President's visit
February 21, 2006
The Hindu, India
Staff Reporter
`Bush go back' slogan in all districts on March 2 and 3

Violence After Mosque Attack Kills 111

By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS, Associated Press

Gunmen shot dead 47 civilians and left their bodies in a ditch near Baghdad Thursday as militia battles and sectarian reprisals followed the bombing of a sacred Shiite shrine. Sunni Arabs suspended their participation in talks on a new government.

Is There One in Your Closet?

Click the Shirt!
If y'all don't buy enough of these shirts, then the poor students in San Diego whom I'm flying out to talk to on March 3rd will go broke and face the Bush bankruptcy bill and have Army recruiters put up tents in the front yard. Buy the shirts!!

Dubya Found Out What He Was Doing By Reading Newspaper - Or So He Claims

Bush learned of port sale from papers
TIM HARPER, Toronto Star

WASHINGTON—The White House has conceded U.S. President George W. Bush mounted an impassioned defence of the pending sale of shipping operations at major American ports to a United Arab Emirates company even though he didn't know about it until he read it in newspapers.

Iraq Freedom Congress Statement

We received this statement relayed through
an e-mail message from Amjad Al-Jawhary of
the Federation of Worker Councils and
Unions of Iraq. The translation has been

the (Mis) Intelligence Summit: A God Damn Google Goldmine

The (Mis) Intelligence Summit: A God Damn Google Goldmine!
by eps [Subscribe]
Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 12:01:52 AM PDT
Daily Kos

(Sometimes, a simple Google search can lead to an endless supply of intersting tid-bits. Here's what happens when I crosscheck a few names from a NewsMax article. Cross posted at )

Lou Dobbs Quickvote

Lou Dobbs
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Vote Here (While they'll let you.)

Current results as of noon est:

More confident 1% 164 votes

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Iraq: A Poisonous Mix

A Poisonous Mix
by Judd Legum, Faiz Shakir, Nico Pitney
Amanda Terkel and Payson Schwin
The Progress Report

Two months after parliamentary elections that split largely along ethnic lines, Iraq still has no government and sectarian violence threatens to foment existing tensions and throw the country into a full-blown civil war. Since insurgents bombed one of Iraq's holiest Shiite sites yesterday -- destroying the "gleaming dome of the 1,200-year-old Askariya shrine" -- 90 Sunni mosques have been attacked and at least 50 people, including three Sunni clerics, have been killed. "This could be a tipping point,'' says Juan Cole, a historian of Islam at the University of Michigan and author of the blog Informed Comment. Although Bush continues to insist that Iraq's political progress is "amazing" and State Department officials downplay the violence, the White House still has no plan to reduce sectarian tensions. The New York Times recently reported, "Of all of the changes that have swept Iraqi society since the American invasion almost three years ago, one of the quieter ones, yet also one of the most profound, has been the increased identification with one's own sect. In the poisonous new mix of violence, sectarian politics and lawlessness, families are turning inward to protect themselves." By invading Iraq without a plan for stability, President Bush has created a new haven for international terrorists and brought the country to the brink of a full-blown sectarian civil war.

Funeral for Constitution Held in San Diego

By Barbara Cummings

Jeeni Criscenzo, candidate for congress in San Diego's 49th district held a funeral for the constitition in Vista last night. Jeeni's candidacy has invigorated north county and her tireless walking in the precincts is an inspiration to us all.

Hell Is Now

Hell Is Now
Suz Krueger, Democracy Cell Project

Hell in Iraq just became one giant step closer to Hell in America.

The sacred Askari Mosque was destroyed by an explosion today.

As a result, there will be Hell to pay.


The Honorable David M. Walker
Comptroller General
U.S. Government Accountability Office
441 G. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548

Dear Mr. Walker:

I would like the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' (CFIUS) approval of Dubai Ports World's (DPW) attempt to purchase Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co (P&O), a company which manages several terminals at ports across the nation. Public reports have revealed that DPW is a foreign corporation controlled by the government of the United Arab Emirates, a nation where some of the hijackers on September 11, 2001 operated during various periods.

Bush budget targets military health costs

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration wants many military retirees to
pay more for health care, a proposal that could force the Republican-run
Congress to choose between savvy politics and budget discipline.

Legendary South African Journalist Alistair Sparks on Wiretapping and Torture, Under Apartheid and Bush


We spend the hour with legendary South African editor and reporter Allister
Sparks. Sparks gained fame as editor of South Africa's Rand Daily Mail in
the late 1970s where he helped bring down a South African Prime Minister. He

Where to Protest Peacefully

Thursday, February 23, 2006
NEW* ROMNEY in Charleston, SC: Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the Citadel at 11:00 AM. [The Note,, 02/23/06]

NEW* BUSH in Mishawaka, IN: POTUS delivers remarks at a Chocola for Congress Reception at Bethel College Indiana, at 12:35 PM. [White House Press Release]


Friday, March 3rd 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Creating a Nuclear Weapons Free Middle East

St. Stephen's Church (16th and Newton St. NW, Washington DC)
Refreshments will be served.

Taking Protest to Congress Members' Homes - and Gated Communities

Democratic candidate Steve Young on the right in the suit. This was on the nearest street corner outside the gated community (ultra rich) where Congressman Campbell (R-CA-48) lives. -- By Mark Hull-Richter

Forum on Iraq to Air on C-Span

David J. Theroux, The Independent Institute

"Innovative Solutions for Iraq," held on February 16, will air on C-SPAN2 on
Saturday, February 25th, and Monday, February 27th. This Policy Forum was

My LTTE to the NY Times re: the UAE ports deal

My LTTE to the NY Times re: the UAE ports deal

Edited on Thu Feb-23-06 03:05 PM by brooklynite
Democratic Underground

I would like to join David Brook's plea for an end to the xenophobic anti-Arab reactions to the Dubai ports deal being made by our politicians and pundits ("Kicking Arabs in the Teeth", Feb 23). But, in doing so, I have to wonder where his concern has been for the past four years. Ever since 9/11, the Administration and its supporters, who pride themselves on "controlling the message", have apparently been happy to let firebrands like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Rev. Pat Robertson stir up the conservative base in support of the Administration's war and security policies with anti-muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric that garners at most an occasional "tut, tut" when the oratory goes too far. Now that a business deal with the Arab world is pending, its not surprising that the angry emotional responses can't be curtailed. Perhaps a call for less teeth kicking would have been more productive at the start of our "War on Terror", rather than at this late date.


Bush and his ties to UAE--interview with Lou Dobbs

Bush and his ties to UAE--video link via "Can of Fun"

The Spirit of Gandhi, the Passion of Jesus

By Pablo Paredes, t r u t h o u t |

Thoughts on the plight of Fernando Suarez Del Solar.

"I can't sit here and do nothing while this war keeps claiming kids and stealing souls." This was the response I received from Fernando Suarez Del Solar when I questioned his newest and boldest idea for bringing an end to the bloodshed in Iraq.

Speaking Events



March 24, Boone, NC.


March 25, Asheville, NC
Battery Park Apartments, 1 Battle Square, rooftop room, noon - 2 p.m.
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War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Published April 5, 2016
Tour begins here:

April 11, Washington, DC, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Streets.
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April 12, Baltimore, MD, 7:30 p.m. at Red Emma's.
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April 14, Bellingham, WA, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.
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April 15, Seattle, WA
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Ave (8th and Seneca) 
Seattle, WA 98101
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April 16 Portland, OR


April 24, Oneonta, NY at Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta.
5:30 discussion with students.
7:00 talk and Q&A with everyone.
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May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event


June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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