Springfield, MA, March 10, 2006--Rev. Lennox Yearwood, a Washington, DC-based social and anti-war activist, will be the keynote speaker at a Town Hall Meeting here on Saturday, March 18, that is part of a series of events to mark the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.
Rev. Yearwood is the head of the Hip-Hop Caucus, a coalition of national groups doing youth outreach, and has received national recognition for his efforts on behalf of those left homeless by the Gulf Coast disaster. On Feb. 6, he presented testimony outside the Capitol in Washington from still-homeless victims who were being evicted from hotels in the New Orleans area. The event, dubbed "The Katrina Summit," led to a postponement of some evictions.
By Danny Schechter, http://www.opednews.com
"Violence is as American as Cherry Pie." -- H.Rap Brown
NEW YORK, March 13, 2006 — As the "Sopranos" return to the airwaves for a new season, the likeable Lorraine Bracco, who plays show shrink Dr.
Melfi, was on the Colbert report suggesting that the HBO drama has one social value, it shows violence as it really functions in our culture.
Odd, isn't it, that we have to turn to fiction to be confronted with reality. What does that say about how well the news we consume on TV every day serves us?
Join U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Dr. Joseph Lowery, and U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney at the SOUTHERN REGIONAL MARCH for PEACE IN IRAQ and JUSTICE AT HOME
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2006
a date linking the 3rd anniversary of the war, March 20, with the 38th anniversary of Dr. King’s death, April 4
Gather at the King Center on Auburn Avenue at 12 noon
March step-off at 1 pm; Rally at Piedmont Park 2 – 4 pm
NYTimes Op-Ed By TANYA BIANK, Alexandria, Va.
HERE'S a message from the military home front: Our volunteers are tired and need hired help. While husbands (the United States military is 85 percent male) crisscross the ocean for second, third and even fourth tours in Iraq, military wives (the overwhelming majority of volunteers are wives) are burdened not only with running households, caring for children and holding down jobs, but also with assisting families of deployed soldiers.
Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by TomPaine.com
by Tom Porteous
Make no mistake. The current posture and policy of the United States are leading inexorably towards a military showdown with Iran that could have profoundly negative consequences for Iran, for the region and for the United States.
For all the studied vagueness and ambiguity of senior United States and European officials, for all the talk of a long diplomatic process, of economic sanctions and political isolation, at the end of this road lies the opening of another front in America's "Long War."
Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by The Nation
by John Nichols
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold will ask the Senate today to officially censure President Bush for breaking the law by authorizing an illegal wiretapping program, and for misleading Congress and the American people about the existence and legality of that program.
If the Wisconsin Democrat's move were to succeed, Bush would be the first president in 172 years to be so condemned by Congress.
Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by Knight Ridder
By Matthew Schofield
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Senior Iraqi officials Sunday confirmed for the first time that death squads composed of government employees had operated illegally from inside two government ministries.
"The deaths squads that we have captured are in the defense and interior ministries," Minister of Interior Bayan Jabr said during a joint news conference with the Minister of Defense. "There are people who have infiltrated the army and the interior."
Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by the Independent / UK
By Robert Verkaik
British businesses have profited by at least £1.1bn since coalition forces toppled Saddam Hussein three years ago, the first comprehensive investigation into UK corporate investment in Iraq has found.
The company roll-call of post-war profiteers includes some of the best known names in Britain's boardrooms as well many who would prefer to remain anonymous. They come from private security services, banks, PR consultancies, urban planning consortiums, oil companies, architects offices and energy advisory bodies.
By Larry C. Johnson
Is there a civil war in Iraq? Let's imagine that the events, which happened on Sunday, March 12, 2006 in and around Baghdad, occur tomorrow in and around New York City. The only thing I've changed are the place names. The events are real. Would we put up for a minute with President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld idly dismissing this events as mere sectarian strife?
By JOHN M. CRISP, Scripps Howard News Service
During our history's most prominent presidential dalliance, Monica Lewinski gave Bill Clinton a copy of Nicholson Baker's "Vox," a fictional erotic phone conversation between two strangers. Baker's new book, "Checkpoint," is another extended dialogue, this time between two old friends, Ben, a historian, and Jay, who's so outraged by the deaths of innocent Iraqi civilians at a Marine checkpoint that he decides to assassinate President Bush.
By Michael J. Sniffen, Associated Press
Alexandria, Virginia - An angry federal judge considered Monday whether to dismiss the government's death penalty case against confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui after a federal attorney coached witnesses in violation of her rules.
"I do not want to act precipitously," US District Judge Leonie Brinkema said in scheduling a special hearing on the case Tuesday, but she said that it was "very difficult for this case to go forward."
By Washington Business Journal
Private equity firm The Carlyle Group established a team to acquire public-purpose facilities such as ports a day after a United Arab Emirates company said it would transfer newly acquired operations at American ports to a U.S. organization.
D.C.-based Carlyle Group announced an eight-person team would invest in public-purpose infrastructure projects such as ports, transportation and water facilities, airports, bridges and stadiums. The team will begin work March 13.
KATRINA SURVIVORS, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, CLERGY, NATIONAL LEADERS AND PROGRESSIVE ACTIVISTS HOLD MARCH & RALLY TO STOP EVICTIONS OF EVACUEES, PROTECT THE VOTE AND PUSH CBC BILL TO ENABLE DISPLACED TO RETURN AND REBUILD THEIR COMMUNITIES
AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS TO CHALLENGE LEGITIMACY OF UPCOMING ELECTION IN NEW ORLEANS!
When/What: March 14, 2006 Press Conference, March, and Rally to demand federal action to prevent the displaced from being abandoned again. A day of action to prevent evictions, protect Katrina vote, and to pass the Katrina bill – H.R. 4197, “The Hurricane Recovery, Reclamation, Restoration, Reconstruction and Reunion Act
By William Goodman, AlterNet
The groundswell for President Bush's impeachment is growing, and last week the establishment media finally took notice.
The Wall Street Journal ran a story analyzing how a planned impeachment of President Bush will play out as an "election issue," including a helpful pie chart showing 51 percent of Americans support Congress in considering Bush's impeachment if he "didn't tell the truth about the reasons for the Iraq war."
Democrats object as Frist tries to get Senate vote on Feingold resolution
By Tom Curry, MSNBC
WASHINGTON - A short, but sharp partisan skirmish broke out on the Senate floor Monday when Majority Leader Bill Frist tried to schedule a vote for Monday night or Tuesday on Wisconsin Democrat Sen. Russ Feingold’s resolution to censure President Bush.
Frist said Democratic senators ought to be on the record voting for or against the Feingold resolution.
By David Swanson
When we watch a video of Bush being informed of the danger of Hurricane Katrina and recall that he claimed that there was no way he could have known of that danger, our faith in his good intentions may be shaken.
And when we learn that Bush has long since authorized wiretapping without court approval, what are we to make of his public statements (such as last June 9, or July 14, 2004, or April 20, 2004) when he reassured us that all wiretapping requires court approval?
ADDRESS TO THE DEAKIN SOCIETY, MELBOURNE
"REFLECTIONS ON THE SITUATION IN IRAQ"
During our recent celebrations of the Coalition's ten years in power, I have, as Prime Minister, been publicly reflecting on our Party's many great achievements, as was appropriate to do. But on this occasion, among old friends and senior colleagues, I wish to share some unsettling thoughts about the situation in Iraq.
NEW YORK, NY: New York Senate Democratic Candidate Jonathan Tasini today released the following statement on the proposal by Sen. Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, to censure President George W. Bush.
“I support Sen. Russ Feingold’s proposal that the U.S. Senate censure George Bush for his illegal wiretapping of American citizens. Feingold is right when he asserts that the Bush Administration, ‘repeatedly misled the public prior to the public disclosure of the National Security Agency surveillance program by indicating his administration was relying on court orders to wiretap suspected terrorists inside the United States.’
By Mike Ferner
Washington, March 14 -- Last Wednesday evening, the House Appropriations Committee voted to throw another $67,000,000,000 at the murderous work in Iraq and Afghanistan. That night members of the committee, righteously indignant and nearly unanimous, gave President "Bring ‘Em On" Bush a loud slap in the face.
Whoa! You mean the most powerful committee in Congress voted 62-2 to stop funding our national war crimes orgy? Of course they did…and then we all lived happily ever after.
Events in Charlottesville, Virginia
Town Hall Forum on the War in Iraq
March 13, 7 - 10 p.m. McLeod Auditorium, University of Virginia, school of nursing.
FEATURING: Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski; Ray McGovern; Gael Murphy; David Swanson; Tia Steele; Eman Ahmad Khamas.
Film: "Occupation Dreamland"
March 15, 7 p.m. Wilson Hall 301, University of Virginia campus.
March for Peace and Impeachment
At least 36 people have been killed in three car bomb attacks in Baghdad, bringing the total killed in the day to more than 55, Iraqi officials say. The near-simultaneous blasts reportedly targeted two markets in the capital's Shia district of Sadr City.
The first two blasts occurred at the Ula market, followed by a third in the Kayara market. A fourth was defused.
Sadr City, a stronghold of radical cleric Moqtada Sadr, has been relatively free from violence recently.
By Sally Kalson, Post-Gazette
Look closely at the face of collateral damage in Iraq before you answer.
Pittsburghers were captivated this week by the 7-year-old Iraqi boy who arrived here for reconstructive facial surgery at Children's Hospital, having been badly disfigured in an American bombing raid in 2004.
On a shoestring budget, the American group No More Victims arranged for his medical care, got visas for the child and his father, paid their expenses in Jordan until the documents came through, and is still trying to raise the cash to cover the travel. A Massachusetts philanthropist kicked in $50,000 for the hospital bill. A single mom in Banksville has taken father and son into her home during their stay.
Wisconsin Democrat Asks Senate to Rebuke the President for NSA Wiretaps
By ED O'KEEFE, ABC
March 12, 2006— - In an exclusive interview on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold called on the Senate to publicly admonish President Bush for approving domestic wiretaps on American citizens without first seeking a legally required court order.
"This conduct is right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors," said Feingold, D-Wis., a three-term senator and potential presidential contender.
By Sean Rayment, The Telegraph UK
An SAS soldier has refused to fight in Iraq and has left the Army over the "illegal" tactics of United States troops and the policies of coalition forces.
After three months in Baghdad, Ben Griffin told his commander that he was no longer prepared to fight alongside American forces.
He said he had witnessed "dozens of illegal acts" by US troops, claiming they viewed all Iraqis as "untermenschen" - the Nazi term for races regarded as sub-human.
Sen. Russ Feingold said Sunday that Congress needs to censure President Bush as a possible first step towards impeachment for authorizing the wiretapping of terrorists based in America, adding that Bush's alleged lawbreaking was "much more serious, clearly, than anything Bill Clinton ever did."
"This conduct is right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors," Feingold told ABC's "This Week." "What the president did, by consciously and intentionally violating the Constitution and the laws of this country with this illegal wiretapping, has to be answered."
Feingold Says Congress Must Condemn the President's Violation of the Public's Trust Through Illegal Wiretapping Program
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Russ Feingold has announced that he will introduce a resolution in the U.S. Senate on Monday to censure the President of the United States. Feingold's resolution condemns the President's actions in authorizing the illegal wiretapping program and then misleading the country about the existence and legality of the program. Feingold calls the resolution an appropriate and responsible step for Congress to take in response to the President's undermining of the separation of powers and ignoring the rule of law.