Neil Young's harsh words

The rocker assails Bush in a new collection. `I was waiting for ... some young singer ... to write these,' he says.
By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times

To anyone who's followed Neil Young's socially crusading, four-decade musical career, it was hardly a surprise to learn earlier this week that he's just recorded a 10-song collection that takes President Bush to task and sharply criticizes the war in Iraq.

Almost 70 lawmakers sign Bush impeachment letter

By Associated Press, via Boston Globe

NEWFANE, Vt. --Almost 70 Vermont legislators have signed a letter urging Congress to begin an investigation of President Bush's domestic surveillance program and the reasons for the war in Iraq and, which would lead to impeachment proceedings, if warranted.

The letter written by Rep. Richard Marek, D-Newfane, was signed by 56 members of the House and 13 members of the Senate. No Republicans have signed the letter.

Guantanamo Detainee List Draws Wave of Complaints

By Paul Garwood, Associated Press

Kabul, Afghanistan -- A chorus of complaints against the Bush administration erupted yesterday after the Pentagon released a previously secret list of the names and nationalities of 558 people held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Britain said its citizen should be freed after being held for years without charges. Afghanistan's peace and reconciliation commission vowed to send a delegation to the prison to make sure Afghans are not being mistreated. China demanded custody of a group of Muslim separatists so it can prosecute them on terrorism charges.

West Point Graduates Against the War Launches Campaign Against the Deceit of the US Government

http://www.westpointgradsagainstthewar.org

NEW YORK - April 21 - Three alumni of the United States Military Academy at West Point have launched a grassroots movement to convert the disgrace of governmental lies and evasions about the assault on Iraq into a force to redeem the honor of their country. At issue –which directly assaults the West Point honor code which forges the character of all graduates – are the falsehoods by administration officials, culminating in Secretary of State Colin Powell’s presentation to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, which catapulted the United States into a preventive war.

Iran: The Day After

What Iran really wants is serious negotiations with the U.S. So why are we gearing up for a preventive military strike?
By Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies, http://www.motherjones.com

The airwaves and the headlines are full of talk of a U.S. military strike against Iran. That is as it should be - the danger of such a reckless move is real, and rising, and we should be talking about it. The Bush administration claims that negotiations are their first choice. But they have gone to war based on lies before, and there is no reason to believe that they are telling the truth this time.

A Practical Guide to Diffusing the Iran Crisis and Halting Nuclear Proliferation

By Alice Slater, GRACE Policy Institute
www.gracelinks.org

There most definitely is a diplomatic solution to the crisis being manufactured over Iran’s nuclear ambitions--but it goes much further than the current impotent suggestions being offered for jaw-jaw rather than war-war with Iran. The US must honor its own disarmament agreement under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, put a halt to the development of new nuclear weapons, and take up Putin's offer of several years ago to cut our mutual nuclear arsenals of about 10,000 weapons to 1,000. Once the US and Russia get down to reasonable numbers approaching the arsenals of the other nuclear weapons states--China, UK, France and Israel, who have stockpiles in the hundreds, and India, Pakistan, and North Korea who have less than one hundred bombs in their arsenals-- then we can take up China's offer to negotiate a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons and call all the nuclear weapons states to the table. Civil society has already produced a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention drafted by scientists, lawyers, and policy makers in the international Abolition 2000 Network, which was introduced into the UN General Assembly by Costa Rica as a discussion document. It lays out all the steps for dismantlement, verification, guarding, and monitoring the disassembled arsenals to insure that we will all be secure from nuclear break-out.

Feingold Gets Big Spike in PAC Donations

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER

WASHINGTON Apr 20, 2006 (AP)— Sen. Russ Feingold's call for censuring President Bush appears to have paid dividends for the senator's political action committee.

Feingold's leadership PAC, the Progressive Patriots Fund, pulled in $282,000 last month, according to a report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. In February, the PAC raised $105,000.

Feingold, D-Wis., announced in March that he introduce a resolution to censure Bush over the administration's eavesdropping program.

Seven CIA Flights Went Through France

By Natalie Nougayrède and Piotr Smolar, Le Monde

The number of secret CIA flights that went through France could be revised upward from two to seven. In a letter dated April 11 and addressed to the Bobigny prosecutor - the only one authorized to open a judicial inquiry - the lawyer for the International Federation of the League of Human Rights (FIDH), Maître Patrick Baudouin, draws the magistrate's attention to new factors that Maître Baudouin extracted from the conclusions of an Amnesty International report published April 5th.

Peace in Iraq Call-In Day

Peace in Iraq Call-In Day
Monday, April 24
800-620-4394

Tell the Senate -
Not one penny more for the War!
No permanent U.S. bases in Iraq!

On Tuesday, April 25, the Senate will take up the supplemental spending bill for 2006. The current proposal includes $67 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. It is expected that the Senate will pass the spending bill easily.

How many innocent Iraqis must die, how many young Americans? How much more destruction, pain and hatred before the Congress finds the will to end this war?

This is the Way the World Ends

By Don Williams

The end of the world "comes in on little cat feet," to borrow a phrase Carl
Sandburg once used to describe fog.

Silently, deceptively it arrives, largely because talking heads on TV and
syndicated columnists allow a fog of disinformation and distraction to
settle in. For instance, you likely know lots more about the Duke lacrosse
team than about this news from the L.A. Times of April 6:

Real News on Iran

www.TheRealNews.com

Today we present to you a new interview with Eric Margolis on the developing confrontation between the US and Iran.
Please go to www.TheRealNews.com (formerly Independent World Television) to see the interview.

Eric Margolis is a journalist, author, contributing editor to The American Conservative magazine and member of
The Real News advisory committee. This interview is an example of the provocative analysis and opinion that will be

Stop the war on Iran before it starts!

By Colin Buchanan, www.iransolidarity.endofempire.org

Public meetings addressed by Professor Abbas Edalat, founder of The
Campaign against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran
(www.campaigniran.org ). Professor Edalat is a London-based Iranian who has
worked tirelessly to alert us to this dangerous escalation of the war. He
recently spoke at the New York, 18th March, antiwar demonstration and his

Congressional Hearing on Iraq Planned

By David Swanson

Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee will host a hearing on the Iraq War next Thursday, April 27, 8:30-11 a.m., in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (with an overflow room planned for anyone wanting to attend who can't fit in). The two Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are continuing to do what the "leadership" of both parties does not, respond to the demands of the majority of Americans, who disapprove of current policy.

Congressman Continues FOIA Request Battle with Depts of Defense, State over Iraq War-Related Documents

Conyers Sends New Letters to Agencies, Continues to Amend Request by 52 Congressmen, Argues Fees Should be Waived as Agencies Keep Up Stonewall
DoD, State, Question House Members' Ability to 'Disseminate Info to Public'

Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) is continuing his negotation, on behalf of more than 50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, for the release of documents related to the Bush Administration's plans for War in Iraq long prior to the beginning of hostilities, according to new letters written to the Departments of Defense and State by the ranking member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and obtained exclusively by The BRAD BLOG...
FULL STORY, COMPLETE TEXT OF LETTERS TO DoD, STATE:
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002717.htm

The Backbone Campaign is Headed to New York City

March for Peace, Justice, and Democracy on April 29, 2006.
Join the Backbone Brigade. Animate the giant Backbone and Chain Gang.
www.backbonecampaign.org

The March for Peace, Justice and Democracy comes at a crucial moment. It represents and affirms the diversity, unity and potential of our progressive movement. At the Backbone Campaign, we are dropping everything to be there, and we hope you will too. Check out all the details at april29.org.

Blood Is Thicker Than Blackwater

By Jeremy Scahill, The Nation

It is one of the most infamous incidents of the war in Iraq: On March 31, 2004, four private American security contractors get lost and end up driving through the center of Falluja, a hotbed of Sunni resistance to the US occupation. Shortly after entering the city, they get stuck in traffic, and their small convoy is ambushed. Several armed men approach the two vehicles and open fire from behind, repeatedly shooting the men at point-blank range. Within moments, their bodies are dragged from the vehicles and a crowd descends on them, tearing them to pieces. Eventually, their corpses are chopped and burned. The remains of two of the men are strung up on a bridge over the Euphrates River and left to dangle. The gruesome image is soon beamed across the globe.

Save The Internet

Congress is about to sell out the Internet by letting big phone and cable companies set up toll booths along the information superhighway.

Companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are spending tens of millions in Washington to kill "network neutrality" -- a principle that keeps the Internet open to all.

A bill moving quickly through Congress would let these companies become Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow -- and which won't load at all -- based on who pays them more. The rest of us will be detoured to the "slow lane," clicking furiously and waiting for our favorite sites to download.

Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

By Democracy Now!

Author Stephen Kinzer discusses his new book, "Overthrow: America's Century
of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq." In it, he writes that the invasion of
Iraq "was the culmination of a 110-year period during which Americans
overthrew fourteen governments that displeased them for various ideological,
political, and economic reasons."

Listen/Watch/Read
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/04/21/132247

Cheney Taps Iranian Expatriate Arms Dealer to Undermine Diplomacy with Iran

By Larisa Alexandrovna

The Department of Defense and Vice President Dick Cheney have retained the services of Iran-Contra arms dealer and discredited intelligence asset Manucher Ghorbanifar as their “man on the ground,” in order to report on any interaction and attempts at negotiations between Iranian officials and US ambassador to Iraq, Zelmay Khalilzad, current and former intelligence officials say.

Christopher Hitchens, Clueless in a Class by Himself

Latest on NoQuarter.typepad.com
By Larry C Johnson

In his latest diatribe, Christopher Hitchens declares Joe Wilson clueless
and then proceeds to demonstrate that he is the one floundering in fantasy
land and devoid of clear reason. Maybe this is a consequence of sleep
deprivation (lack of sleep can have deleterious effects on one's mental
acuity). I cannot explain his addled ways, but look at what Hitchens writes

NSA DIRECTOR ODOM DISSECTS IRAQ BLUNDERS

By Michael Hammerschlag, http://hammernews.com

Former National Security Agency Director Lt. General William Odom dissected the strategic folly of the Iraq invasion and Bush Administration policies in a major policy speech at Brown University for the Watson Institute- America’s Strategic Paralysis . "The Iraq War may turn out to be the greatest strategic disaster in American history. In a mere 18 months we went from unprecedented levels of support after 9-11..to being one of the most hated countries…Turkey used to be one of strongest pro-US regimes, now we’re so unpopular, there’s a movie playing there- Metal Storm, about a war between US and Turkey. In addition to producing faulty intel and ties to Al Qaida, Bush made preposterous claim that toppling Saddam would open the way for liberal democracy in a very short time... Misunderstanding the character of American power, he dismissed the allies as a nuisance and failed to get the UN Security Council’s sanction… We must reinforce international law, not reject and ridicule it.”

Where to Protest Peacefully

Week of April 17-21, 2006
HUCKABEE in Nashville, TN: Governor Huckabee joins Tennessee Governor
Phil Bredesen for a town hall meeting with Tennessee students to discuss
improving student wellness. The governors also will visit a local job
site to learn how Tennessee companies are helping their workers stay
healthy. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 04/18/06]

April 21-23, 2006
FRIST in Nashville, TN: Senator Frist's VOLPAC hosts its 5th Annual

Enemy of the Planet

By Paul Krugman, The New York Times

Lee Raymond, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, was paid $686 million over 13 years. But that's not a reason to single him out for special excoriation. Executive compensation is out of control in corporate America as a whole, and unlike other grossly overpaid business leaders, Mr. Raymond can at least claim to have made money for his stockholders.

There's a better reason to excoriate Mr. Raymond: for the sake of his company's bottom line, and perhaps his own personal enrichment, he turned Exxon Mobil into an enemy of the planet.

In the Silence, War Continues

Published on Thursday, April 20, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by Larry Beinhart

During the first half of the 20th Century the United States spearheaded the movement to make war illegal.

Based on the standards that were set then, based on international and American law, and based on the facts, a clear-cut and convincing case can be made that the invasion of Iraq was a crime.

It is impossible to imagine that George Bush and Dick Cheney and the rest of their group will actually be brought into court and charged, and perhaps that is the reason that the response has been silence. We do not even discuss what makes a war legal or illegal. It has not and will not be debated on the floor of the US Senate. It won’t be the subject of an investigation in the Washington Post or the New York Times. It won’t be a segment on 60 Minutes or an item the NBC Nightly News. Anyone who says that the invasion of Iraq was a war crime will probably be dismissed as a member of the loony left.

Our Dirty War

By Bob Herbert, New York Times

I said, "Some of these folks have never been heard from again, right?"

"Yup," said Curt Goering. "That's right."

Mr. Goering is the senior deputy executive director for policy and programs at Amnesty International USA. We were discussing a subject — government-sanctioned disappearances — that ordinarily would repel most Americans.

In past years, stories about torture and "the disappeared" have been associated with sinister regimes in South and Central America. The attitude in the United States was that we were above such dirty business, that it was immoral and uncivilized, and we were better than that.

Flowers used to protest war

By KEN OSBORNE, The State News, MI

Last month while protesting the war in Iraq outside Congressman Mike Rogers', R- Brighton, Lansing office, Terry Olson came up with an idea.

"Right in the middle of the week — it was a long, hard, grind of a week — I looked up and saw the flower shop and thought it would be nice to do something positive to deliver our message," said Olson, who is a member of the Greater Lansing Network Against War & Injustice, or GLNAWI.

The One Certainty About Iraq: Spiralling Costs for Americans

Poor Planning, Need for New Equipment Could Push War Costs to $1 Trillion
By KEITH GARVIN

April 20, 2006 — There are many uncertainties about the progress made by coalition forces and the future prospects for stability and democracy in Iraq, but there is at least one indisputable fact: The Bush administration vastly underestimated the costs of the Iraq war.

Not only in human lives, but in monetary terms as well, the costs of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq far exceed the administration's initial projection of a $50 billion tab. While the number of American casualties in Iraq has declined this year, the amount of money spent to fight the war and rebuild the country has spiralled upward.

War Costs Approach $10 Billion a Month

Published on Thursday, April 20, 2006 by San Francisco Chronicle
Military faces huge maintenance tab and spending to replace depleted equipment
by Jonathan Weisman

Annual war expenditures in Iraq will almost certainly come close to doubling since the U.S. invasion, as the military confronts the rapidly escalating cost of repairing, rebuilding and replacing equipment chewed up by three years of combat.

Ten killed in Iraq bombings and shootings

Khaleej Times, (AFP)

BAGHDAD - Ten people were killed across Iraq Thursday in a series of bombings and shootings, as the education ministry denied a grisly report that two teachers had been slaughtered in front of their pupils.

The education ministry “denies the information” which was aimed at “spreading panic among students and disrupting classes,” a statement said.

On Wednesday, a government national security statement said armed men had burst into a pair of Baghdad schools and slit two teachers’ throats in view of the children. It gave no date for the slayings, however.

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