The Anti-War Movement in Turkey

One of the great things about the recent International Peace Conference in London was meeting activists from around the world. How many in the US knew, for example, of the anti-war movement in Turkey, the Global Peace and Justice Coalition?

The Number of Iraqi "Citizens" Who Have Died

Eli Stephens
Left I on the News
http://lefti.blogspot.com

Am I the only one who thinks members of the Iraqi military and resistance
fighters are human beings?

I wrote two days ago that George Bush's assertion that 30,000 Iraqi

Corporate television news is undermining your right to know.

By IWT News

Thousands of people have died, and are still dying, in a war that a majority of people believe is based on half truths and misinformation. Congressman John Murtha said, "We've increased terrorism in the Middle East... We've increased instability in the Middle East." The world is a more dangerous place for all of us.

British Labor Activists Set Model for U.S.

By David Swanson

US Labor Against the War is growing rapidly and making great strides, but the labor movement in Britain is both larger and more forcefully against the war. I wrote these notes after speaking in London last week with Trevor Phillips, Press Officer of NATFHE - The University & College Lecturers' Union, and NATFHE rep on UK Stop the War Coalition steering group. I was in London for the Stop the War Coalition's International Peace Conference and this series of events.

Reporting from Tehran

AN AMERICAN IN IRAN
By Michael Shank

A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

Iran by any other name smells not sweet but suspicious. A renaming of
Iran is occurring and permanently embedding ideologically-driven

Billy Hayes' Speech at the International Peace Conference

By Billy Hayes, General Secretary (GS) of the Communication Workers Union (CWU)
http://www.billyhayes.co.uk

I am delighted to speak at the International Peace Conference.

It is a particular privilege to be speaking alongside representatives of the movement in Iraq.

Pentagon May Be Tracking Activists

Los Angeles Times - December 14, 2005 - By Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has a secret database that indicates the U.S. military may be collecting information on Americans who oppose the Iraq war and may be monitoring peace demonstrations, NBC reported Tuesday.

Pentagon To Seek $100 Billion More For War Costs

Los Angeles Times - December 14, 2005 - By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is in the early stages of drafting a request for up to $100 billion more for military costs in Iraq and Afghanistan, lawmakers say, a figure that would push spending related to the wars toward half a trillion dollars.

An American Nightmare Part II

A pseudohistory by Amy Branham

PART II – TO BATTLE

That night, George was restless. He heaved a sigh of relief as he looked out the bedroom window into the dark night. He made it through the day, somehow, and managed to avoid an ugly scene with the press. Donald Rumsfeld handled the disaster of the morning by giving a short statement at a press conference earlier in the day.

NBC Investigative Unit Says U.S. Military is Spying on Peace Groups

http://www.locustfork.net/blog/

The NBC Nightly News investigative unit reported tonight that they have obtained a database from military intelligence which shows the U.S. military has been actively spying on peace groups inside the United States. The report focused on a group in Florida, which expressed shock at the documents obtained by NBC.

Time for Them to Go

By Jim Oberg

As an American today, I find myself terribly ashamed of my country. Daily, in new revelations about the actions of my government, I learn about the unspeakable things being done in my name. The America I grew up loving, I must admit, has become the purveyor of terrible horrors against the world and our own citizens, and is steadily depriving we, the people, of our constitutional rights, our freedoms and our democratic process.

Republicans attack 'weak' Democrats

By E.J. Dionne, Jr. - Washington Post Writers Group

12.13.05 - WASHINGTON — After this week's elections in Iraq, will our national debate be about what the United States should do to salvage the best outcome it can from a war policy that has been riddled with errors and miscalculations? Or will we mostly discuss how politicians should position themselves on the war?

Republican Congressman Says Totalitarian Regime a Danger

Bob Barr says military dictatorship close
By Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones, prisonplanet.com

Former Republican Congressman and CIA official Bob Barr says that there is a danger recent developments describe a trend of America slipping into a totalitarian society and that the Bush administration are doing everything in their power to see that this happens.

A War and its Fearsome Consequences: How the World has Changed Post-Iraq

Published on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 by the Independent / UK

President Bush said yesterday that 'the year 2005 will be a turning point in the history of freedom'. But since the start of the war the days have been littered with unintended consequences.

The Green Party Supports Impeachment

The Green Party Supports Impeachment (PRESS RELEASE)
GREENS: IMPEACH BUSH NOW!

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.gp.org

The Downing Street Memo proves that invasion of Iraq wasn't the 'last resort' but Bush's intent all along, leading to cooked intelligence and other impeachable offenses; Greens note bipartisan and media complicity in overlooking evidence of deceit, urge public protest.

1000

By Raphael Zappala

Am I right that today is the 1000th day of this war…? In these horrific 1,000 days since the invasion of Iraq, 2,150 U.S. Soldiers have been killed, as of 3:50 PM EST. Bush does not care and states that the amount of Iraqi civilians killed in this war is 30,000. I do understand why he said that. If one is to check www.iraqbodycount.org, it does say that there are about 30,000 (30,892 to be exact) dead Iraqi civilians. However, this is just according to the confirmed deaths by the media’s stories. I will no way in hell say “only 30,000

Fitzgerald was long suspicious Rove had hidden evidence

Not swayed by last minute testimony, lawyers say

By RAW STORY, Jason Leopold and Larisa Alexandrovna

A few weeks after he took over the investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson in early 2004, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had already become suspicious that Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney’s then-chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter

An Increasingly Aerial Occupation

From Tomdispatch today an important piece on the air war in Iraq: Dahr Jamail, "An Increasingly Aerial Occupation" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=42286

About two weeks ago, the New Yorker magazine's Seymour Hersh wrote "Up in the Air," the first serious mainstream report on the American air war in Iraq -- a subject Tomdispatch has been sending out pieces about for at least the last year and a half.

But We're Not Counting

By TomPaine

Yesterday, President Bush did something highly out of character for him: He answered a question—from a citizen, no less—directly. In public. Just when we'd all gotten used to Scott McClellan constantly telling us that he can't comment, the president answered lawyer Didi Goldmark's question of how many Iraqis had been killed with, "I would say 30,000, more or less, have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis."

When Humor Tells Us Troubling Truths...About Ourselves

By David Sirota

There is a time for humor, and there is a time not for humor. But then, as they say, all humor has a grain of truth to it. And if that's the case, then yesterday's behavior by President Bush - and the reaction to it - is a disturbing commentary about both the current White House, and about ourselves.

CIA abduction claims 'credible'

By BBC

Allegations that the CIA abducted and illegally transported terror suspects across European borders are credible, an investigator has said.

Swiss senator Dick Marty has submitted a report on the claims, made in the media, to a meeting of the human rights committee of the Council of Europe.

UFPJ Statement on ANSWER

Ending the War in Iraq, Building a Broad Movement for Peace and Justice, And Our Experience with A.N.S.W.E.R.

From the Steering Committee, United for Peace and
Justice December 12, 2005

United for Peace and Justice aims to build the

Urgent Alert on Torture

Detainees may lose right to habeas corpus in deal with White House to prevent veto of McCain amendment against torture

Please call: Senators Levin (D-MI), Graham (R-SC), Warner (R-VA), McCain (R-AZ)

Dems and the Anti-War Movement

By Joe Libertelli, PDA

An April 22, 2005 article by Elizabeth Schulte entitled "Why Inside-Outside is Getting Nowhere/Backing Democrats has Pulled the Anti-war Movement to the Right" was recently resurrected and forwarded to the UFPJ list by Dave Silver. In it, Ms. Schulte pulled a long quote from my very short article, "Transformation of the Democratic Party: John Kerry's Statement on the Iraq War; Political Ecology 101" yet still managed to get it completely out of context and reverse its meaning. Its full text can be found at http://www.pdamerica.org/articles/news/kerry_position.php.

International Anti-War Movement Builds at UK Conference

By Kevin Zeese, www.DemocracyRising.US

Major Worldwide Demonstrations Planned for Third Anniversary of Iraq War

Andrew Murray the Chair of the Stop the War Coalition opened a conference in London on December 10th describing it as an “historic event

Reduced to double talk in defending torture policy

By HELEN THOMAS

How long will the American people tolerate the shaming of their nation by the inhumane treatment of prisoners of war and the spiriting of detainees to secret prisons outside the United States?

Prominent Sunni politician shot dead in Iraq

RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) - A leading Sunni Muslim Arab politician was shot dead in Iraq on Tuesday just two days before the nation votes for a new parliament.

Mizhar al-Dulaimi, head of the Free Progressive Iraqi Party, was killed while campaigning in the center of Ramadi, capital of the restive Anbar province in western Iraq, police said. Three of his bodyguards were wounded.

My Meeting With Irish Foreign Minister

By Cindy Sheehan

Dear Friends,

Dermot Ahern, Irish "Secretary of State" has agreed to meet with me this afternoon in Dublin. This is huge. He just met with Condi last week, he is the Prime Minister's brother, and he usually meets with heads of state.

The World Can't Wait for Bush to Step Down

TONIGHT! - 8pm and 11pm
on FOX NEWS

"O'Reilly Factor" Interviewing NY State Sen. Tom Duane + David Horowitz on
the "Bush Step Down" New York Times Ad - Monday Night

Tonight, Monday Dec 12, on "O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News TV network at

Cindy Going to Ireland

Cindy Sheehan is on her way to Ireland to meet tomorrow with the Irish Minister for Foriegn Affairs Dermmot Ahern, and with other Irish officials, including several Members of Parliament. Ireland is a land of writers -- let's hope for a good report!

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