Organizer says well-known activist Cindy Sheehan has agreed to participate
Thursday, March 02, 2006
The Mobile Register, AL
By GEORGE WERNETH
A six-day march to protest the war in Iraq will begin March 14 in Mobile, make stops on the Mississippi coast and end in New Orleans, a spokesman for the local chapter of Veterans for Peace announced Wednesday.
The spokesman, Paul Robinson, said that anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Casey, a U.S. soldier, was killed in Iraq, has agreed to participate, although he did not know Wednesday where she would join the march.
We have just received word that Faraj Rabat Mizbhan of the independent
Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions is urging trade unionists, peace activists
and opponents of the occupation to demonstrate in their tens of thousands
across the world on 18 March. Basra and Baghdad will also be organizing
demonstrations on the day.
"We are indebted to the people who have raised their voices against the
By Kevin Vaughan and Felix Doligosa Jr., Rocky Mountain News
AURORA — Controversy over a high school teacher's comparison of President Bush to Adolf Hitler erupted into a day of turmoil Thursday — with a student protest, a threatened lawsuit and dueling talk shows.
At the center of the storm was Overland High School teacher Jay Bennish, whose lecture in a world geography class last month also included harsh words about capitalism, U.S. foreign policy and the invasion of Iraq.
The New York Times
By ANAND GIRIDHARADAS and HARI KUMAR
MUMBAI, March 2 — For the second day in a row, there were raucous protests across India today against President Bush's visit, with the most militant here in India's commercial capital.
As Mr. Bush was having lunch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the capital, New Delhi, tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out at the Azad Maidan, a field in Mumbai made famous by Gandhi's civil disobedience protests against British rule.
Statesman News Service, India
NEW DELHI, March 2. — The Parliament was today rocked by protests by Left and Samajwadi Party members against the visit of US President George W Bush.
Agitated Left MPs as well as those from SP shouted slogans against Mr Bush’s visit in both Houses of Parliament from the moment proceedings began this morning, forcing adjournments in the first half of the day’s business. SP members, wearing red caps, trooped into the Well of Lok Sabha. They were joined by Left MPs in raising slogans like, “Bush go back.
MUMBAI: Nearly 150,000 people gathered in this metropolis on Thursday to protest US President George Bush's ongoing India visit, calling him "the biggest terrorist" and burning his effigies.
Protesters from various Muslim organisations and Leftist outfits held demonstrations at the Azad Maidan in south Mumbai. They carried placards reading, "Bush go back" and "Don't sell India to Bush", and shouted slogans like "Death to Bush".
Congressional Progressive Caucus
“62 Strong and Growing
By Joel Seidman, MSNBC.com
Filing suggests official other than Libby discussed Plame to reporters
WASHINGTON - In a filing Thursday at U.S. District Court in the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby CIA/Leak case, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald -- in a 19-page affidavit -- offered few clues about the identity of the official or officials involved in the leak of former CIA employee, Valerie Wilson Plame's name to reporters, other than Libby himself.
(March 2, 2006)—In the latest effort by the Iraqi government to curb the escalating violence in the nation’s capital city, the prime minister’s office says private vehicles will be banned in Baghdad and its outskirts until Friday afternoon.
There are fears of more attacks, because Friday is a day when Muslims attend prayer services.
Violence Thursday claimed at least 36 lives.
By Carol D. Leonnig and Mary Beth Sheridan, The Washington Post
Defunct charity's suit details wiretapping.
Documents cited in federal court by a defunct Islamic charity may provide the first detailed evidence of US residents being spied upon by President Bush's secret eavesdropping program, according to the organization's lawsuit and a source familiar with the case.
The al Haramain Islamic Foundation, a Saudi organization that once operated in Portland, Ore., filed a description of classified government records in a lawsuit Tuesday and immediately asked a judge for a private review.
By Mike Dorning
The Chicago Tribune
Washington - In an early sign of the imagery that may flood the nation's television screens as congressional elections approach this fall, a conservative political group closely aligned with the Bush administration has launched a blitz of television ads to shore up sagging public support for the war in Iraq.
The television commercials feature vivid portraits of smoke pouring from the World Trade Center and the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Madrid and London as veterans of the Iraq war and parents of fallen soldiers make the case for continuing the US military campaign in Iraq.
By Nicolas J. S. Davies
Over a year ago an international team of epidemiologists, headed by Les Roberts of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, completed a "cluster sample survey" of civilian casualties in Iraq. Its findings contradicted central elements of what politicians and journalists had presented to the US public and the world. After excluding any possible statistical anomalies, they estimated that at least 98,000 Iraqi civilians had died in the previous 18 months as a direct result of the invasion and occupation of their country. They also found that violence had become the leading cause of death in Iraq during that period. Their most significant finding was that the vast majority (79 percent) of violent deaths were caused by "coalition" forces using "helicopter gunships, rockets or other forms of aerial weaponry," and that almost half (48 percent) of these were children, with a median age of 8.
Editor's Note: Ray McGovern and 15 others took action today in the halls of Congress. The 16 donned orange jumpsuits similar to those worn by detainees at Guantánamo Bay. They wore gags over their mouths decorated with one word - torture. Not another word needed to be said as they walked the halls of Congress. McGovern, a 27-year veteran of the CIA, also returned his Intelligence Commendation Award medallion which was given to him for "especially commendable service." He delivered the medal to Congressman Pete Hoekstra along with the letter below. --smg/TO
Published on Thursday, March 2, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
By David Michael Green
How does it feel to have a shotgun blasted in your face by two guys with almost as many DUIs as draft deferments?
Just ask Iraqis. For that matter, just ask Americans.
Both countries are unraveling now, if at different velocities, and the cause is the same for each. The sheer incompetence of George Bush and Dick Cheney is eclipsed only by their pathological compulsion to externalize their own self-loathing, both of which maladies have now been fully visited upon an unprepared and now – literally and figuratively – much tortured world.
Published on Thursday, March 2, 2006 by The Nation
By John Nichols
According to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, a new poll shows that 72 percent of U.S. troops serving in Iraq favor complete withdrawal from that country within a year.
Despite the claims of the armchair strategists in the White House and its amen corner in the media, who suggest that calls for withdrawal represent a failure to "support the troops," the troops themselves are ready to come home.
Published on Thursday, March 2, 2006 by the Guardian/UK
Occupation has achieved nothing positive. It is time to bring our troops home and let the Iraqi people decide their own future.
By Pauline Hickey
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 humor 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.
From Tomdispatch today: "George's Inferno, and Other Images from a No-Name War" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=65191
No one has paid the slightest attention to a strange phenomenon of the last three years: Unlike the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War of 1991, our present conflict in Iraq has no name. For my latest dispatch, I've done a little research on this, searching, for instance, not only the Pentagon and White House websites, but going through many months of polling questions to Americans on the war. Pollsters, for instance, speak of "the situation in Iraq," but never the Iraq War (capital I, capital W).
By John Nichols, www.thenation.com
The Nation -- San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is not the first local government body to pass a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, nor will it be the last.
But because San Francisco is one of America's best-known and best-loved cities --unless you're Fox News bloviator Bill O'Reilly, who last fall went on air to suggest landmarks there that terrorists might want to strike -- the news has drawn wider attention to the burgeoning movement for impeachment. It has also exposed another embarrassing rift between top Democrats and grassroots party activists and elected officials around the country.
Eat The Press
“Eat the Press
Police Arrive Suddenly to Break Up Incident, Fire Indiscriminently and Beat the Film Crew as Taliban Escape
All as Bush Rolls Into Town Touting 'Success' of Afghanistan Campaign
BRAD BLOG Guest Blogger David Edwards post some extraordinary video from a British television report showing the Taliban in Afghanistan to be alive and well -- terrorizing journalists, avoiding police, and even growing poppy ... all as Bush rolls into town to celebrate his "success" in routing them out.
By Justin Jouvenal, http://www.sfexaminer.com
If it was up to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would be shown the door.
Never shy about wading into controversial national issues, the board on Tuesday approved a strongly worded resolution calling for the impeachment of the president and the vice president for a laundry list of alleged crimes.
By DANIEL BARLOW Southern Vermont Bureau, http://www.rutlandherald.com
NEWFANE — After sounding off on local budgets and electing library trustees, voters will be asked Tuesday if President Bush should be impeached for launching the war in Iraq.
The final article to be discussed at Newfane's town meeting next week urges the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Bush for a number of alleged misdeeds, including using "falsehoods to lead our nation into war."
By Richard M. Mathews
At MoveOn's forum, 6 of the top 20 suggestions call for impeachment,
including the number one suggestion (titled "Red Herring Alert"). Go to
the forum to vote for MoveOn to act on impeachment. Be sure to click on "agree"
as well as rating these as five stars. The larger the vote count on
By Leah Samuel, ColorLines RaceWire
Young, poor people of color who signed up with the U.S. military to get college money may have ended up fighting in Iraq. But their peers back home who take the community college route to higher education may also end up fighting overseas.
Money problems for community colleges, as well as their students, are forcing both to buy into what can only be called "homeland security education." The federal government is offering colleges a way to survive and the students a way to get educated: money specifically earmarked for the war on terror.
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.