By Hasan Suroor, The Hindu, India
LONDON: Angry relatives of British soldiers killed in Iraq, marched to Downing Street on Wednesday to demand a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair saying that he should have the "courage'' to meet the families of young men he sent to a war "based on a series of lies''.
Protesters complained that their repeated requests for a meeting had been turned down and they suspected that Mr Blair wanted to avoid answering "embarrassing'' questions about the justification for the Iraq invasion. They called him a "coward'' for refusing to meet them.
By Audrey Gillan, The Guardian
The mother of a British sergeant killed in Iraq last October delivered an impassioned letter to Tony Blair yesterday calling for the removal of British troops from an occupation which "has not achieved anything positive".
Pauline Hickey, mother of Sergeant Christian Hickey, 29, of the 1st Battalion, the Coldstream Guards, who died while on foot patrol in Basra, criticised the lack of armoured Land Rovers for her son's regiment, pointing out that Cherie Blair travels in a government-provided bulletproof vehicle. She wrote: "I would question as to whom is at most risk, the British troops in a war zone or your wife driving round London."
Marking the third year of war and occupation one activist sends an open letter to the peace and anti-war movement.
Dear friends in the peace and anti-war movement, I am simply one activist calling you to increase your efforts this March to end the war and occupation.
Another year of war and occupation is about to pass and it is time for people to renew and increase their efforts for peace. It is time to act to show our resistance to warfare and occupation. It is time to dissent against the continued occupation of Iraq and the militaristic policies of the Bush Administration and the cowardly complicit US Congress. It is time to confront The War Machine, The Pentagon.
By William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
The video is gut-wrenching.
There they sit, a whole room full of hurricane experts and disaster managers, shouting down a telephone line at George W. Bush, warning him a full day ahead of time that Hurricane Katrina is a catastrophe waiting to happen. There stands Max Mayfield, Director of the National Hurricane Center, emphatically explaining that Katrina is far larger and more dangerous than Hurricane Andrew, that the levees in New Orleans are in grave danger of being overtopped, and that the loss of life could be extreme.
Srinagar, Mar 2:
About 40 people, including some police personnel were injured when police fired several rounds in air and burst teargas shells to disperse anti-Bush demonstrators in different areas of Kashmir today.
A report from Kargil said shops and business establishments in the town were closed in the afternoon in protest against Bush’s visit to India.
By Murray Waas, National Journal
Two highly classified intelligence reports delivered directly to President Bush before the Iraq war cast doubt on key public assertions made by the president, Vice President Cheney, and other administration officials as justifications for invading Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein, according to records and knowledgeable sources.
The first report, delivered to Bush in early October 2002, was a one-page summary of a National Intelligence Estimate that discussed whether Saddam's procurement of high-strength aluminum tubes was for the purpose of developing a nuclear weapon.
By Media is a Plural
Sources close to the ongoing Department of Defense investigation into the controversial Able Danger data mining intelligence program, which purportedly identified Mohammed Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers a year before the worst terror attacks in US history, say the mystery person who actually obtained a much-disputed photograph of Atta for the Able Danger team has now been identified.
By Senator Harry Reid
Last night, the Associated Press released tapes containing a shocking piece of information. According to the accompanying article, "In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, risking lives in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage of the briefings." 
[Now if only they could all back McGovern's bill to get us out of Iraq!]
‘Out of Iraq’ Caucus Membership
(As of April 21, 2006)
Rep. Maxine Waters, Chair, Co-Founder
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Co-Founder
Rep. John Conyers, Co-Founder
Rep. Charlie Rangel, Co-Founder
Rep. Barbara Lee, Co-Founder
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Co-Founder
Rep. William Delahunt, Co-Founder
Rep. John Lewis, Co-Founder
By Congressman John Conyers
Before sharing some thoughts with you, I wanted to make sure all of you know about an important event in New York City at 8pm tonight. Harper's Magazine is hosting a public forum entitled "Is There a Case for Impeachment?" It will be moderated by Sam Seder of Air America Radio's the Majority Report. I will be on the panel with Lewis H. Lapham, the editor of Harper's and recent author of an article I highly recommend "The Case for Impeachment" (the web article is an excerpt, get the magazine for the whole thing).
In its coverage Thursday of the latest White House Katrina scandal, the New York Times has unbelievably missed the entire main story that President Bush lied to Americans when, four days after the Hurricane hit, he declared on ABC's Good Morning America that"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." But a new videotape released Wednesday by the Associated Press clearly shows the president, along with Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, being warned the day before the storm struck that the levees in fact were in serious jeopardy. Yet the Times' story makes absolutely no mention of this contradiction. In fact, its opening paragraph is so way off the mark as to almost exonerate the Bushies over their inept response to the storm:
By Medea Benjamin, AlterNet
On April 5, 2003, U.S. forces pushed into downtown Baghdad. The next day, they encircled the city and heavy fighting broke out. Bombs leveled entire buildings, tanks thundered down the streets, and the sounds of gunshots reverberated through the air.
There was intense fighting in the neighborhood where Vivian Salim and her family lived. Terrified, she and her husband Izzat grabbed their three children and jumped into the car, trying to escape to a safer place. They were driving down the street when they crossed paths with a U.S. tank. With no warning, the soldiers in the tank began shooting straight at the car. Salim screamed, pleading with them to stop, but the soldiers just kept shooting.
By Dave Lindorff
Well, now we have it.
If you're one of those people with a yellow "Support the Troops" magnet on your car, you might consider doing what 72 percent of those troops in Iraq want, which is to go home.
You might not know it if you get your news from TV or your local paper--or even if you read the New York Times but skip the opinion page—-but Zogby International, a leading polling organization, just did a major poll of 944 American soldiers and marines in Iraq and found that nearly three quarters of them thought the US should exit Iraq within a year. More than half thought the US should leave within six months, and 29 percent said the US should leave "immediately." (That's what the Commander in Chief and the vice president, both of whom avoided having to fight in Vietnam, like to call "cutting and running.")
ALLEN in New Hampshire: Sen. George Allen is expected to visit the
state during the month of March. [UnionLeader.com, 1/26/06]
BUSH: President Bush will push job training by religious charities and
host a one-day summit in March with corporate leaders and foundations
executives to encourage them to give more money to churches and
religious charities. [Bloomberg, 1/3/05]
Thursday, March 2, 2006
By Faisal Aziz, Reuters
KARACHI (Reuters) - A suspected suicide car bomb attack outside the U.S. consulate in Karachi killed an American and at least three other people on Thursday, but President George W. Bush said "terrorists" would not stop his visit to Pakistan.
The blast came less than 48 hours before Bush was due to hold talks in Pakistan on Saturday, though he is not expected to visit the southern city of Karachi during his short visit.
Nation-wide protests greeted U.S. President George Bush as he was ironing out the final glitches in the Indo US Civilian nuclear with the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi today.
A rally organised by the Left Parties along with the Samajwadi Party today witnessed large scale protests as thousands of people participated in it, carrying red flags and shouted anti-Bush slogans.
By Arianna Huffington
It says everything you need to know about the current state of TV news -- indeed the current state of our media culture -- that on a day that saw Iraq moving closer to all-out civil war, with at least 76 Iraqis killed and 179 wounded in sectarian attacks, the CBS Evening News devoted one minute and thirty-nine seconds to coverage of Iraq... and one minute and fifty-six seconds to coverage of Anna Nicole Smith's appearance in front of the Supreme Court.
Saudi Group Alleges Wiretapping by U.S.
Defunct Charity's Suit Details Eavesdropping
By Carol D. Leonnig and Mary Beth Sheridan
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 2, 2006; Page A01
Documents cited in federal court by a defunct Islamic charity may provide the first detailed evidence of U.S. residents being spied upon by President Bush's secret eavesdropping program, according to the organization's lawsuit and a source familiar with the case.
Tired of the crimes, cronyism, and incompetence killing your friends, taking away jobs, and leaving your family without food and medicine? Well, here's some late night reading to send you on your way towards fighting back the next day.
Baghdad official who exposed executions flees
Thursday March 2, 2006
Faik Bakir, the director of the Baghdad morgue, has fled Iraq in fear of his life after reporting that more than 7,000 people have been killed by death squads in recent months, the outgoing head of the UN human rights office in Iraq has disclosed.
"The vast majority of bodies showed signs of summary execution - many with their hands tied behind their back. Some showed evidence of torture, with arms and leg joints broken by electric drills," said John Pace, the Maltese UN official. The killings had been happening long before the bloodshed after last week's bombing of the Shia shrine in Samarra.
Viewpoint: Impeachment moving toward center stage
By Joe Baker, Senior Editor
The Rock River Times
Rhode Island is a small state, but its voice could become very loud. Across the country there is a groundswell of Americans favoring the immediate impeachment of President George W. Bush and his crew.
A recent Zogby poll showed U.S. citizens favor impeachment by 52 to 43 percent. Rhode Island may turn out to be the state that launches a national drive to replace our government. Already, one candidate in the primary race for a Senate seat reports his billboard has drawn very strong reaction. The billboard states: “Be Patriotic Impeach Bush.
Mr Blair, you sent my son to die in a war based on lies
Occupation has achieved nothing positive. It is time to bring our troops home and let the Iraqi people decide their own future
Thursday March 2, 2006
Dear Prime Minister,
Ref: Sgt Christian Ian Hickey of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, who became 97th fatality of the Iraq conflict
As a parent yourself, you will be aware that the most precious thing we have in our lives is our children. Until four months ago, I had been blessed with two grown-up sons. I still cannot get used to speaking about one of my sons in the past tense. My youngest son Christian, 30, was a member of the armed forces; he was an exceptional character, full of fun, with great sense of humour and was a generous, caring person who brought the best in people. He was an excellent soldier, who had progressed rapidly through the ranks, and became full sergeant at the age of 29. I enclose summary from the Coldstreams' website (Shinycapstar.com) to show I am not biased as his mother.
By Larry C Johnson
Whoops! I meant, "Denial in Iraq". The denial in question is why most of the US media and the Bush Administration persist in refusing to accept the reality of the civil war already well underway in Iraq? What do we need in order to be convinced? Guys wearing blue and butternut squaring off in an peach orchard in Gettysburg?
Before plunging further into this topic I recommend you take a look at Pat Lang's interview by the Council on Foreign Relations. Pat's basic point is that there is a political process underway in Iraq that consists of the Shias consolidating their power. This process is neither peaceful nor benign. There is a war underway, but many Americans simply do not want to admit to the reality on the ground.
Published on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 by the Reuters
By Y.P. Rajesh
NEW DELHI - Tens of thousands of Muslims and communists took to the streets across India on Wednesday, protesting against the visit of U.S. President George W. Bush, hours before his arrival.
A member of the Students Federation of India (SFI) holds a badge during a protest against U.S. President George W. Bush in the southern Indian city of Bangalore February 28, 2006. About 5,000 personnel including snipers, commandos and U.S. marines using helicopters, bomb detectors and electronic jammers will protect Bush during his visit to India this week, officials said on Monday. (REUTERS/Jagadeesh Nv)
By The Times, UK
From Raekha Prasad in Delhi and Zahid Hussain in Islamabad
ALMOST 100,000 Muslims shouting “Death to Bush
By Deccan Herald News Service , India
Condemning US President George W Bush as an “imperialist aggressor