By DEMOCRACY NOW!
We have an extended conversation with Tony Benn, one of Britain¹s most
distinguished politicians and the longest serving MP in the history of the
Labour party. Benn discusses the new revelations the British government
helped Israel build the atom bomb. Benn also speaks about U.S. and U.K.
relations, extraordinary rendition, Guantanamo Bay, torture, religion, and
the state of the media.
March 9 -12, 2006
ALLEN, BARBOUR, BROWNBACK, FRIST, HUCKABEE, McCAIN and ROMNEY in Memphis, TN: The Southern Republican Leadership Conference will take place at The Peabody Hotel. [www.srlc.org]
Friday, March 10, 2006
UPDATED* McCAIN in Memphis, TN: Senator McCain speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference at The Peabody Hotel, at 10:00 PM. [WashingtonPost.com, 02/13/06]
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the President of Peru at 11:15 AM. [First Read, www.msnbc.msn.com, 03/10/06]
Group of Military Families, Veterans to Confront Senator Kerry at entrance of Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge Today, Call on Senator to "Bring Our Troops Home Now"
Cambridge, MA - Today at 5:45 p.m. when Senator John Kerry arrives at the
JFK School of Government for a "meet and greet" with a group called Harvard
Democrats, there will be a different group to "meet and greet" him at the
$25,000 to Lobby Group Is Tied to Access to Bush
By Philip Shenon, New York Times
Washington - The chief of an Indian tribe represented by the lobbyist Jack Abramoff was admitted to a meeting with President Bush in 2001 days after the tribe paid a prominent conservative lobbying group $25,000 at Mr. Abramoff's direction, according to documents and interviews.
The payment was made to Americans for Tax Reform, a group run by Grover G. Norquist, one of the Republican Party's most influential policy strategists. Mr. Norquist was a friend and longtime associate of Mr. Abramoff.
By Dr. Trudy Bond
First they came in January, 2005. Just for the weekend, in a part of downtown Toledo that sees little action, so as not to disturb civilians. Just an urban military training exercise, though I was arrested, handcuffed, taken to jail and charged for standing on a sidewalk. They were back again in February, 2006. This time with no forewarning by the media, simply an anonymous notice in the Toledo Blade: Marine Corps Reservists Plan Downtown Exercises. They were back again today, March 9, a busy weekday morning in downtown Toledo, with their M16s, headquartered next to the city bus terminal and across the street from a major bank, prepared to stay through the weekend. This time they have barricades with large signs blocking the sidewalks. So much for urban training in an area that will be sparsely populated. Who did they come for this time?
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
On March 8, BuzzFlash ran an interview with Al Franken. The interview included this exchange:
BuzzFlash: You must be ecstatic that you didn't do an interview for the film "The Aristocrats." Are you familiar with the film?
Al Franken: I am. But I haven't worked up my "aristocrat." I suppose if I'd been asked to, I would have worked one up.
FOUR Japanese soldiers have killed themselves since returning from Iraq due to trauma, a reports said today.
A Defense Agency spokeswoman confirmed the four deaths but said it was "difficult to identify the reasons for their suicides."
The Asahi Shimbun said, however, that a number of Japanese troops were emotionally scarred by their experience in Iraq - Tokyo's first mission since World War II to a country where fighting is under way.
David A. Caputo, President
New York City, NY
Dear President Caputo,
As President of an accreditied university, you must be aware that the
United States of America is waging an illegal and immoral war in Iraq.
You must know that, contrary to what Bush and other members of our
government told us, Saddam had no WMD’s or ties to al Qaeda.
You must also know that Bush went against most international law and
PNAC: Rebuilding America's Defenses - A Biopsy on Imperialism; Part II: "Special Interests" - The Persian Gulf
By Sarah Meyer
Published on Thursday, March 9, 2006 by the Anchorage Daily News
CODEPINK: Group gathers on International Women's Day
by Debra McKinney
Decked in pink scarves, pink hats, pink skirts and pink pants, a group of women, and a few men, made a call for peace Wednesday afternoon.
"Honk for Peace," their pink signs said.
"Bring them home."
"Save USA: Dick, take George hunting."
A man looking a little nervous stopped in his tracks as this procession from the group Codepink worked its way down Anchorage's Fourth Avenue. He could read the signs, but what he wanted to know was, what was up with all the pink?
More than 250 medical experts have signed a letter condemning the US for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The experts, from seven nations, said physicians at the prison had to respect inmates' right to refuse treatment.
The letter, in the medical journal The Lancet said doctors who used restraints and force-feeding should be punished by their professional bodies.
By Gordon Trowbridge, http://www.armytimes.com
The U.S. should pull its forces out of Iraq if that country descends into a sectarian civil war, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said March 7.
Sen. John Warner, R-Va., a strong supporter of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, said he was speaking only for himself and not other Republicans, and that he doesn’t believe the term “civil war
By RON FOURNIER, AP Political Writer
More and more people, particularly Republicans, disapprove of President Bush's performance, question his character and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll documenting one of the bleakest points of his presidency.
Nearly four out of five Americans, including 70 percent of Republicans, believe civil war will break out in Iraq — the bloody hot spot upon which Bush has staked his presidency. Nearly 70 percent of people say the U.S. is on the wrong track, a 6-point jump since February.
By Paul Krugman, New York Times
The Conservative Epiphany, Bush's New Critics, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: Bruce Bartlett, the author of "Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy," is an angry man. At a recent book forum at the Cato Institute, he declared that the Bush administration is "unconscionable," "irresponsible," "vindictive" and "inept." It's no wonder, then, that one commentator wrote of Mr. Bartlett that "if he were a cartoon character, he would probably look like Donald Duck during one of his famous tirades, with steam pouring out of his ears."
In the 1950s, the interfaith peace organization Fellowship of Reconciliation launched an ambitious campaign to challenge the American people and government to look beyond politics and to feed the hungry. They organized a “Feed Thine Enemy
By Edward Epstein, San Francisco Chronicle
Washington -- House liberals, led by a Bay Area duo, proposed a $60 billion cut in President Bush's proposed $439 billion military budget on Wednesday, with the savings to go to a variety of domestic programs and for deficit reduction.
The proposal from members of the House Progressive Caucus, which is co-chaired by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, is a daring venture in an election year when proponents risk being painted as advocating weakened national security while the country is at war in Iraq and Afghanistan and fighting terrorism.
The Nation -- "If we say we need it, the American people can afford it," a high-ranking Pentagon official once told Vice Admiral John Shanahan years ago.
By "it" he meant weapon system after weapon system. Today America can't afford it. But still the Pentagon wants it all and what Shanahan terms the "Military-Industrial Congressional Complex" happily says yes, under the guise of appearing "strong on defense."
By Deborah White
Calls for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and cohort Vice-President Dick Cheney grow louder and stronger with each passing week. This past week, members of the mainstream media and others joined the swelling chorus of voices pushing for Congressional impeachment hearings.
The March 2006 issue of Harpers magazine features an essay entitled The Case of Impeachment, in which author Lewis Lapham concludes, "Before reading the report, I wouldn't have expected to find myself thinking that such a course of action was either likely or possible; after reading the report, I don't know why we would run the risk of not impeaching the man.
Late last year, Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell and Post polling director Richard Morin were involved in a flap over the Post’s refusal to conduct a poll measuring public support for the impeachment of president Bush.
Morin made conflicting and less than convincing arguments for his reluctance to conduct the poll. He said first that such a question was inherently biased, and then that “it is not a serious option or a topic of considered discussion.
By Pete Perry
After my action today here are some of the questions and statements I encountered from the Capitol Hill Police...
"What group are you with? Are you with ANSWER?"
"Have you tried to communicate your message to the elected officials by other means?"
"You know you can get a permit for the park over there, or you don't even need a permit to stand on the sidewalk ont he other side of the street (C Street) and hold a sign if you wish. However, you were disrupting a committee hearing."
By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday urged quick passage of a $91 billion spending bill that includes money to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying that despite a surge in sectarian violence in Iraq, the process of creating a stable government is proceeding satisfactorily.
Appearing with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Rice said most Iraqis are convinced that their hopes for a stable and secure nation will succeed despite the persistent insurgency.
Department of Veterans Affairs Facing Staggering Burden of Providing Health Care to Returning Troops
DONNA, Texas, March 9, 2006 — - Eugene Simpson doesn't like to complain. Paralyzed in a bomb attack in Iraq, his initial care was excellent, but ever since then he has felt adrift.
"There are thousands of soldiers in worse condition than I am and they're okay," he said. "They're making it."
By Sidney Blumenthal, The Guardian UK
A videotape of Bush's briefing before Hurricane Katrina exposes him as out of touch with reality.
On the eve of George Bush's presidential campaign in 2000, the neoconservative Kenneth Adelman cast him as Prince Hal, who "puts the indiscretions of his youth behind him" and "redeems his father's reign." After September 11, Bush was wreathed with regal laurels as Henry V by a clerisy of pundits. From Ground Zero to the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln ("Mission Accomplished") the president struck bold poses, but his choreographed gestures have especially illuminated his hollow crown in the darkened breach of New Orleans.
By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
Despite a dip in his opinion polls, George W. Bush’s transformation of the United States into an authoritarian society continues apace, with new “compromises
By Missy Comley Beattie, http://www.opednews.com
"We invited her to discuss her concerns with a US Mission employee. She chose not to come in but to lay down in front of the building and block the entrance. It was clearly designed to be a media stunt, not aimed at rational discussion."
This is the statement of Richard Grenell, spokesperson for the United States Mission to the UN. And it's a lie. I know because I was arrested with Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin, and Rev. Patti Ackerman as an attempt was made to deliver a petition signed by more than 100,000 women who are calling for peace. (www.womensaynotowar.org ) If you haven't signed, please do this immediately.
By David D. Kirkpatrick and Carl Hulse, New York Times
Washington - DP World, the United Arab Emirates state-owned company that had agreed to buy several port terminals in the United States, said today that it will transfer those properties to an American-owned company, bowing to a political groundswell against the acquisition.
The decision came just hours after a delegation of Republican leaders in Congress told President Bush in an Oval Office meeting that Congress would act within days to block the company's acquisition of the United States port terminals in the name of national security, lawmakers present said.
By Tom Hayden
The strong possibility that Pentagon commanders might recommend the beginning of American troop withdrawals this week is vanishing, derailed by the Feb. 22 bombing of the Shiite shrine in Samarra as well as the Democratic Party’s default on the war.
The British press has been more forthright in reporting troop withdrawal plans since last September’s peace rallies. Just a month ago [Feb. 2] the London Times announced an “acceleration