Friday, February 24, 2006
NEW* MEHLMEN in Naples, FL: Ken Mehlman is in the Sunshine State today. Mehlman attends donor maintenance events at a luncheon in Naples, FL and at an evening event in Boca Raton, FL. He will be joined in his Florida travels with Gov. Jeb Bush to talk about the political landscape with people who have given to the RNC in the past, meeting with activists, past donors, party loyalists. [The Note, ABCNews.com, 02/24/06]
San Francisco Chronicle - February 24, 2006
By David Sirota
AT FIRST glance, it seems strange that President Bush threatened to use the first veto of his presidency to defend the right of the United Arab Emirates to manage six major U.S. ports.
By Naomi King, The Maroon
Although most of the university community was unaware of her surprise visit, peace activist Cindy Sheehan stopped by Loyola on Valentine's Day. A group of about 50 students, faculty and staff informally met with Sheehan the day after she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
By Simon Jenkins, http://tls.timesonline.co.uk
THE POLITICS OF GOOD INTENTIONS
History, fear and hypocrisy in the New World Order
224pp. Princeton University Press. £18.95 (US $29.95).
By Missy Comley Beattie
I know we’re not supposed to wish that time will pass more quickly. But with George Bush in the highest office, I find myself wanting the days to spin faster towards the midterm elections in hopes of, finally, seeing some Democrats take back Congress so that we have checks and balances. That would mean, though, that Dems must come together instead of acting like scattering roaches, speeding across the linoleum when the light is turned on in the kitchen. First, though, Republican opponents will have to agree on a platform that is a departure from Bush and business as usual.
As the situation worsens in Iraq, one wonders what it will take for newspapers in this country to endorse the notion of a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq starting, oh, how about now? A look back at critical editorials on the eve of invasion shows how timidly they have acted since.
Published on Thursday, February 23, 2006 by the Guardian / UK
· Revelations 'fly in face' of government answers
· Ministers criticised over attitude to human rights
By Richard Norton-Taylor and Ian Cobain
Running against the war: For ex-Pasadena Mayor Bill Paparian, the road to Washington runs through Baghdad
By Joe Piasecki, Pasadena Weekly
Call peace a one-issue candidacy, but perhaps it's the biggest of our time: Why are we in Iraq, and when will it end?
Civil rights attorney Bill Paparian, once known as Pasadena's maverick mayor, not only wants answers; he wants the troops out - and is running for Congress on the Green Party ticket to try to get the job done.
By Leon Thompson
Seventy-two people participated in the candle-light vigil held in the middle of Congressman Duncan Hunter's district. Two school girls read from the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States.
Congressional candidate Derek Cassidy (in photo) spoke powerfully about the change in the political dialogue, and indeed the political climate, in East County San Diego. Investigative reporter, Miriam Raftery, spoke about the chilling effect on free-speech the President's illegal wire-tapping has already produced.
CONTACT: Dave Meserve,
Arcata City Councilmember
Arcata City Council “2006 New Years Resolution
The (Downing Street) memo says…
…We gotta work to make the facts fit the false charges
Pull the wool over the eyes of the filthy masses
Stab the people in the back for the corporate choice
Roll the propaganda out using The People’s Voice
We don’t want to talk about it…
The press scribble scribble every half-truth spoke
Then shoot it round the country like an April Fools joke
More than 100 dead in revenge attacks; seven US soldiers killed.
Baghdad - Iraq's most powerful Sunni Muslim party quit talks to form a new government Thursday after reprisal attacks for the bombing of an important Shiite mosque.
Monday, March 6, 2006 6-8 pm
** NO US-ISRAEL ATTACK ON IRAN
** ISRAEL STOP THREATENING NEIGHBORS WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS
** NUCLEAR FREE MIDDLE EAST
** EQUAL RIGHTS AND RIGHT OF RETURN FOR PALESTINIANS
By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive
Dwight Scarbrough used to be in the Navy. He was a machinist on submarines, some of them nuclear, in the Pacific from 1975-1980.
Now he heads up the Vets for Peace chapter in Boise, Idaho.
US and Coalition Casualties
There have been 2,485 coalition deaths, 2,282 Americans, one Australian, 101 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, two Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Hungarian, 26 Italians, one Kazakh, one Latvian, 17 Poles, two Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians in the war in Iraq as of February 23, 2006, according to a CNN count. (Graphical breakdown of casualties). The list below is the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast Guardsmen whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. At least 16,742 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. View casualties in the war in Afghanistan and examine U.S. war casualties dating back to the Revolutionary War.
7 US Soldiers Killed in Resistance Attacks, 111 Iraqis Killed, 168 Sunni Mosques Attacked, 10 Imams Killed, 15 Imams Abducted
Violence After Mosque Attack Kills 111
By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS, Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Gunmen shot dead 47 civilians and left their bodies in a ditch near Baghdad Thursday as militia battles and sectarian reprisals followed the bombing of a sacred Shi'i shrine. Sunni Arabs suspended their participation in talks on a new government.
Mark Engler's "How Costly Is Too Costly? Finding the tipping point for Vietnam -- and for Iraq" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=62903
Tomdispatch has long attended to the "costs" of George Bush's decision to invade Iraq -- especially in human lives -- both in terms of American troops sent into action there and of the Iraqis who have suffered grievously. Less attention has been paid here (and elsewhere) to the literal costs of the war, not just to who is being bled, but to what is being bled dry. Mark Engler, who has previously written on the business community and the war for Tomdispatch, now takes up the financial costs of this war and pursues the subject vigorously -- considering possible "tipping points" (in terms of how much is too much) for the American public, the business community, and the Bush administration. He does so, in the context of our Vietnam experience with the same.
By Norman Solomon
Death is always in the news. From local car crashes to catastrophes
in faraway places, deadly events are grist for the media mill. The
coverage is ongoing -- and almost always superficial.
By Shea Drefs, Arizona State University
An unknown naked young woman was spotted riding a bicycle around the Memorial Union Wednesday, police and witnesses said.
Tempe resident Elizabeth Brown, 23, said she was eating outside the MU at about 11 a.m. when she saw the woman riding toward the union.
"She was just wearing a Sun Devils baseball cap and a pair of sneakers," she said.
The woman had "Pro-choice" airbrushed on one leg, "Impeach Bush" on the other and "No oil" on her chest, Brown said.
Conyers, Eleven Other Judiciary Committee Members Challenge Administration's Interpretation of Foreign Investment Law
Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Contact: Jonathan Godfrey: 202-226-6888
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
MISHAWAKA, Ind.-- President Bush said Thursday that the U.S. must continue fighting in Iraq until Iraqis are trained well enough to fight themselves.
"When a country adopts democracy in their own style, adapting to their own history and own tradition, they become a peaceful nation," Bush said.
Ditmars is the author of the just-released book "Dancing in the No
Fly Zone: A Woman's Journey Through Iraq" and has covered Iraq since
Bob Dole consults for Dubai company
Deal concerns Sen. Elizabeth Dole
Barbara Barrett, Washington Correspondent - Feb. 23, 2006
North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole's husband, former Sen. Bob Dole, has
Support Americans in Iraq and the Gulf Coast—Bring Our Troops Home NOW!
March 19th is the start of year four of the invasion of Iraq and the war on its people. Veterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Gold Star Families for Peace, and hurricane survivors' organizations (SOS, PHRF, Common Ground, United Peace Relief, MS Immigrant Rights Alliance, and others) are organizing a five-day march along Gulf Coast Highway 90 to demand:
Katrina vanden Heuvel, http://www.thenation.com
While there are plenty of important questions to discuss regarding port security in the United States, all of these issues were present before the Dubai World Ports (DP World) controversy.
Andhra Pradesh - Hyderabad
Left parties gear up for protest against US President's visit
February 21, 2006
The Hindu, India
`Bush go back' slogan in all districts on March 2 and 3