Kucinich: Port Deal Not Dead; Introduces A Resolution to Obtain Documents And Force Congressional Oversight
Congress Must Act To Prevent Similar Deals In The Future
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), Ranking Member of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, today, introduced a rarely used Congressional procedure called a Resolution of Inquiry to demand documents from the Administration about the security review of the port deal that would have allowed a United Arab Emirates (UAE) company to take control of six US ports.
By Cindy Sheehan
As I lie here in bed recuperating from the injuries that I received from a federal agent and the NYPD in front of the US Mission to the UN (USUN) the other day, I have had time to reflect on the experience, the state of our union and its descent into a fascist state.
STAR OF HOPE
Global Agenda for a Peaceful Future
By John McConnell: 90 year old founder of Earth Day.
Faced with a growing global danger of total catastrophe, we need a worldwide agenda that will enable us to continue the human adventure.
The original Earth Day (March 21, 1970) followed two events I was responsible for -- the global Minute for Peace (December 22, 1963) and my Star of Hope Satellite proposal which obtained front page attention around the world in 1957.
There are now 30 Congress Members sponsoring House Resolution 635, which would create a select committee to investigate and make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.
Michael Capuano and Bernie Sanders are the two latest Members to sign on. Sanders received a great deal of pressure after five towns in Vermont passed resolutions calling on him to introduce articles of impeachment. Sanders initially posted this statement saying it would be impractical to talk about impeachment. He has not introduced articles, but backing this bill sure amounts to "talking about it." This success demonstrates the usefulness of
By Don Williams
I'm learning to love ugly letters to the editor. Honestly, they help sell
books, fill my writing classes, and they let me know who my friends are when
we meet in public. Sometimes they prompt brave admirers to write lovely
letters in my behalf-something I truly appreciate.
I'm also learning to appreciate angry emails. If emails full of bluster and
indignation, along with others brimming with praise, didn't arrive almost
jay woodson (215) 868-8377 firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON - March 9 - "Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war." Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1967
Over 4 years after U.S. centers of military and financial imperialism were attacked, the U.S. military and coalition forces continue to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Bush administration has appointed 28-year-old former White House
staffer Doug Hoelscher as the executive director of the Homeland
Security Advisory Committees.
In his new position, Hoelscher will gather expert advice "on behalf of
the president and the Homeland Security secretary" from 20 other
advisory boards covering "key areas of homeland security, including
By Fred Kaplan, http://www.slate.com
It's a tossup which is more galling: that Donald Rumsfeld digs himself
a few feet deeper with each remark he makes before a congressional
committee, or that his interrogators don't seem to notice.
Take this morning's hearing before the Senate appropriations
committee, at which Rumsfeld appeared alongside not only the chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq
By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian UK
4,500 inmates to be moved to other jails. Buildings will be handed over to Iraqi government.
Abu Ghraib, the prison which will be forever linked with images of Iraqi detainees stripped naked and humiliated by their American jailors, is to be closed, US military officials said yesterday. The sprawling, low-slung prison in the western suburbs of Baghdad, a torture chamber under Saddam Hussein that gained even more notoriety with the photographs of abuse committed by US troops, is likely to close within three months.
By American Progress Action Fund
Yesterday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee to request $65 billion in emergency security funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, on top of the $369 billion the United States has spent already. This appearance came amidst deep dissatisfaction among the U.S. public over the war (only 30 percent approve of President Bush's handling of Iraq), increasing sectarian violence, and a troubling human rights situation. The testimony by Rice and Rumsfeld did little to reassure the American people that the administration is using taxpayers' money wisely, amounting to "more or less a recitation of the administration's standard formulations on Iraq," according to the New York Times. Rice and Rumsfeld's testimony yesterday ignored the U.S. responsibility for Iraq's current state of instability. The administration's post-invasion failure to properly train security forces, oversee detainee interrogations, and plan for reconstruction have left a situation of chaos and insecurity in Iraq. (American Progress has a plan to move forward.)
WASHINGTON, D.C. PREMIERE SCREENING - JUST RELEASED
Wed., March 15 - The Ides of March
AFL-CIO - 815 16th St. NW
Peace Fair/Reception - 6 pm
Movie - 7 pm
Discussion - 7:30 pm
Afterwards: Candlelight walk to the White House
SEE: A 30-min. movie on the June 2005 tour of six Iraqi labor leaders
to 25 U.S. cities, sponsored by U.S. Labor Against the War. This
documentary captures the energy and emotions of the tour while
Below is my letter to the President of PACE University. Send your own to email@example.com
Learn more at http://www.traprockpeace.org/pace_repression/
To President David A. Caputo
From David Swanson
I visited your university a couple of years ago for a presidential
candidates debate, and the whole event was very well done. I still have a
Pace sweatshirt. But I will feel less comfortable wearing it, knowing that
you are charging two of your students with freedom of speech and assembly.
These are not crimes, but protected rights under the first amendment to the
By DEMOCRACY NOW!
We have an extended conversation with Tony Benn, one of Britain¹s most
distinguished politicians and the longest serving MP in the history of the
Labour party. Benn discusses the new revelations the British government
helped Israel build the atom bomb. Benn also speaks about U.S. and U.K.
relations, extraordinary rendition, Guantanamo Bay, torture, religion, and
the state of the media.
March 9 -12, 2006
ALLEN, BARBOUR, BROWNBACK, FRIST, HUCKABEE, McCAIN and ROMNEY in Memphis, TN: The Southern Republican Leadership Conference will take place at The Peabody Hotel. [www.srlc.org]
Friday, March 10, 2006
UPDATED* McCAIN in Memphis, TN: Senator McCain speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference at The Peabody Hotel, at 10:00 PM. [WashingtonPost.com, 02/13/06]
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the President of Peru at 11:15 AM. [First Read, www.msnbc.msn.com, 03/10/06]
Group of Military Families, Veterans to Confront Senator Kerry at entrance of Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge Today, Call on Senator to "Bring Our Troops Home Now"
Cambridge, MA - Today at 5:45 p.m. when Senator John Kerry arrives at the
JFK School of Government for a "meet and greet" with a group called Harvard
Democrats, there will be a different group to "meet and greet" him at the
$25,000 to Lobby Group Is Tied to Access to Bush
By Philip Shenon, New York Times
Washington - The chief of an Indian tribe represented by the lobbyist Jack Abramoff was admitted to a meeting with President Bush in 2001 days after the tribe paid a prominent conservative lobbying group $25,000 at Mr. Abramoff's direction, according to documents and interviews.
The payment was made to Americans for Tax Reform, a group run by Grover G. Norquist, one of the Republican Party's most influential policy strategists. Mr. Norquist was a friend and longtime associate of Mr. Abramoff.
By Dr. Trudy Bond
First they came in January, 2005. Just for the weekend, in a part of downtown Toledo that sees little action, so as not to disturb civilians. Just an urban military training exercise, though I was arrested, handcuffed, taken to jail and charged for standing on a sidewalk. They were back again in February, 2006. This time with no forewarning by the media, simply an anonymous notice in the Toledo Blade: Marine Corps Reservists Plan Downtown Exercises. They were back again today, March 9, a busy weekday morning in downtown Toledo, with their M16s, headquartered next to the city bus terminal and across the street from a major bank, prepared to stay through the weekend. This time they have barricades with large signs blocking the sidewalks. So much for urban training in an area that will be sparsely populated. Who did they come for this time?
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
On March 8, BuzzFlash ran an interview with Al Franken. The interview included this exchange:
BuzzFlash: You must be ecstatic that you didn't do an interview for the film "The Aristocrats." Are you familiar with the film?
Al Franken: I am. But I haven't worked up my "aristocrat." I suppose if I'd been asked to, I would have worked one up.
FOUR Japanese soldiers have killed themselves since returning from Iraq due to trauma, a reports said today.
A Defense Agency spokeswoman confirmed the four deaths but said it was "difficult to identify the reasons for their suicides."
The Asahi Shimbun said, however, that a number of Japanese troops were emotionally scarred by their experience in Iraq - Tokyo's first mission since World War II to a country where fighting is under way.
David A. Caputo, President
New York City, NY
Dear President Caputo,
As President of an accreditied university, you must be aware that the
United States of America is waging an illegal and immoral war in Iraq.
You must know that, contrary to what Bush and other members of our
government told us, Saddam had no WMD’s or ties to al Qaeda.
You must also know that Bush went against most international law and
PNAC: Rebuilding America's Defenses - A Biopsy on Imperialism; Part II: "Special Interests" - The Persian Gulf
By Sarah Meyer
Published on Thursday, March 9, 2006 by the Anchorage Daily News
CODEPINK: Group gathers on International Women's Day
by Debra McKinney
Decked in pink scarves, pink hats, pink skirts and pink pants, a group of women, and a few men, made a call for peace Wednesday afternoon.
"Honk for Peace," their pink signs said.
"Bring them home."
"Save USA: Dick, take George hunting."
A man looking a little nervous stopped in his tracks as this procession from the group Codepink worked its way down Anchorage's Fourth Avenue. He could read the signs, but what he wanted to know was, what was up with all the pink?
More than 250 medical experts have signed a letter condemning the US for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The experts, from seven nations, said physicians at the prison had to respect inmates' right to refuse treatment.
The letter, in the medical journal The Lancet said doctors who used restraints and force-feeding should be punished by their professional bodies.
By Gordon Trowbridge, http://www.armytimes.com
The U.S. should pull its forces out of Iraq if that country descends into a sectarian civil war, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said March 7.
Sen. John Warner, R-Va., a strong supporter of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, said he was speaking only for himself and not other Republicans, and that he doesn’t believe the term “civil war
By RON FOURNIER, AP Political Writer
More and more people, particularly Republicans, disapprove of President Bush's performance, question his character and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll documenting one of the bleakest points of his presidency.
Nearly four out of five Americans, including 70 percent of Republicans, believe civil war will break out in Iraq — the bloody hot spot upon which Bush has staked his presidency. Nearly 70 percent of people say the U.S. is on the wrong track, a 6-point jump since February.
By Paul Krugman, New York Times
The Conservative Epiphany, Bush's New Critics, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: Bruce Bartlett, the author of "Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy," is an angry man. At a recent book forum at the Cato Institute, he declared that the Bush administration is "unconscionable," "irresponsible," "vindictive" and "inept." It's no wonder, then, that one commentator wrote of Mr. Bartlett that "if he were a cartoon character, he would probably look like Donald Duck during one of his famous tirades, with steam pouring out of his ears."
In the 1950s, the interfaith peace organization Fellowship of Reconciliation launched an ambitious campaign to challenge the American people and government to look beyond politics and to feed the hungry. They organized a “Feed Thine Enemy