By Eric Schmitt and Tim Golden, New York Times
WASHINGTON - The military commander responsible for the American detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, confirmed Tuesday that officials there last month turned to more aggressive methods to deter prisoners who were carrying out long-term hunger strikes to protest their incarceration.
Will the US launch "Mini-nukes" against Iran in Retaliation for Tehran's "Non-compliance"?
By Michel Chossudovsky, GlobalResearch.ca
"We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark.... This weapon is to be used against Japan ... [We] will use it so that military objectives and soldiers and sailors are the target and not women and children. Even if the Japs are savages, ruthless, merciless and fanatic, we as the leader of the world for the common welfare cannot drop that terrible bomb on the old capital or the new. ... The target will be a purely military one... It seems to be the most terrible thing ever discovered, but it can be made the most useful."
By Jill Farber-Bramson
These are some photos taken at a vigil to stop illegal wiretapping that was held outside the offices of Congressman Joe Knollenberg in Farmington Hills, Michigan on February 22, 2006.
Appeals for calm fail to halt reprisals
By Michael Howard in Irbil, The Guardian
Iraqi Shiite men brandish their weapons and chant slogans as they protest the bombing of the holy Shiite shrine in Samarra. Photograph: Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images
Published on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 by MinutemanMedia.org
By Karen Dolan
Polls show that the American people are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the war in Iraq and want our beloved troops to come home as soon as possible. Nearly 80 communities nationwide have put these sentiments in city and town council resolutions that call for bringing our sons and daughters home from a war that has become a deadly quagmire and an occupation as unpopular in Iraq as in the United States.
By Carl Sheeler
Many of us are angry and divided. Today's radical politics have changed the rules of fairness. It's more about power, not progress. It's more about appealing to prejudices and fears. It's more broken promises and lying to the public. It's been about special interests, not public interest. Religion and values belong to all parties, not one.
This time it's CNN:
By Steve Mraz, Stars and Stripes, European edition
RAMSTEIN, Germany — Cindy Sheehan, mother of a soldier killed in Iraq and the woman who protested the war last summer outside President Bush’s Texas ranch, is scheduled to bring her anti-war message to U.S. military installations in Germany next month.
By Associated Press
NEW YORK - Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and REM frontman Michael Stipe will headline a New York concert to urge the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
The concert, dubbed "Bring 'Em Home Now!" will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 20, the 3rd anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Rufus Wainwright and Bright Eyes will also perform, it was announced Wednesday.
Geov Parrish - WorkingForChange.com
Last week, the Australian public TV network SBS did something no American network or newspaper has done, before or since. It obtained and broadcast new, previously unreleased photos and video footage of American torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Although the images, predictably, reverberated around the Middle East -- and added still more fuel and anger to the burgeoning anti-American Iraqi insurgency -- they hardly caused a ripple among an American media obsessed instead with the Vice President shooting a man in the face.
By Steve Bhaerman
Have you ever had a dream like this? You’re cruising on the freeway, and you hit the brakes to slow down -- and nothing happens. Then you go to turn the steering wheel, and once again you have no control. You try the gas. Same thing. None of the control mechanisms are working, and you are helplessly careening down the freeway in an out-of-control vehicle. At that point, you usually wake up.
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When the War Came Home is a personal and controversial narrative from Stacy Bannerman, the peace-activist wife of an Army National Guard reservist called to Iraq.
By Warren Whipple, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Liberal Democrats, these days, are mad about a lot of things. They think that the Democrats in Congress haven't done enough to oppose the Republican agenda. They're mad about the prescription drug plan and they're mad about the Patriot Act.
By Niko Kyriakou, OneWorld.net
San Francisco - Media reform groups are calling for a deeper investigation of Bush administration advertising and propaganda efforts following the release of a report that concludes the White House has spun a web of public relations (PR) contracts larger than previously thought.
By Olivier Bertrand, Libération
Mourad Benchellali, who left France in 2001 for a Taliban camp, recounts the horror of his detention by the Americans in Kandahar, then at Guantánamo.
Mourad Benchellali left Vénissieux in June 2001. He was 19-years-old when he left for Afghanistan. Four and a half years later, he has just come back, after several successive Hells. Two months in a Taliban training camp, then capture in Pakistan - to be handed over to the Americans. And torture - in Kandahar, then at Guantánamo. Upon his return, the French justice system kept him in detention for eighteen months before freeing him last month. His profile has filled out. Mourad wears his frizzy hair long, in a pony tail. No one recognizes him and he prefers that. He wants to turn the page. But first, to relate what he saw in Guantánamo. He testifies at length for Libération: about the channels he used to get to Afghanistan, about training with the Taliban, about the tortures he endured. His recitation is precise, since the many interrogations, he says, have "engraved" the slightest details into his memory. It is impossible to verify what he says, but his testimony is corroborated by that of other Guantánamo "lodgers."
By Nigel Morris, The Independent UK
An award-winning film director who reconstructed scenes of torture and abuse at Guantánamo Bay has called for the immediate closure of the US-run camp.
By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive
Laura Berg is a clinical nurse specialist at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, where she has worked for 15 years.
Shortly after Katrina, she wrote a letter to the editor of the weekly paper the Alibi criticizing the Bush Administration.
By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
The Bush administration is letting the United Arab Emirates take control of six key U.S. ports despite its own port’s reputation as a smuggling center used by arms traffickers, drug dealers and terrorists, apparently including the assassins of Lebanon’s ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
March 25, 2004 12:04 IST
The Central Intelligence Agency did not target Al Qaeda chief Osama bin laden once as he had the royal family of the United Arab Emirates with him in Afghanistan, the agency's director, George Tenet, told the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States on Thursday.
We would like to let you know about an exciting opportunity for you to increase the impact and media attention for your March 18-19 anti-war events. CODEPINK will be bringing a delegation of Iraqi women to the US for March 8, International Women’s Day, as part of their campaign Women Say No to War (see www.womensaynotowar.org ). Some of these women are available to stay on for the anti-war protests marking the anniversary of the war.
Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard toll free at 888-818-6641 and ask to speak to your Representative (or one of your Senators). Give them this message:
"I strongly oppose the war in Iraq. I want all our troops brought home safely, without delay. I urge Representative X to vote against the President's $72.4 billion 'emergency' supplemental request for the war."
By Chris Smith, UFPJ
Amendments (additions to the bill that fall within the scope of the bill) and riders (non related additions) must not change “codified
In April 2004, the United States launched its first assault on Fallujah, the
Sunni town west of Baghdad that had come to symbolize Iraqi resistance to
the U.S. occupation. The siege was one of the bloodiest assaults of the US
By Sean Huze, http://www.veteranfilms.com
Homecoming is the first in what we hope will be a series of short films related to the war in Iraq and/or the veterans’ experience upon return. Homecoming focuses on the turmoil war inflicts on its combatants and their families and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Produced by Sand Storm Productions in association with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the hope is that the film will raise both awareness and funds so that IAVA can make this veteran’s issue a part of mainstream media and conversation.
By Gareth Smyth, The Financial Times
An explosion in Iraq has destroyed the golden dome of one of the most revered shrines in Shia Islam sparking nationwide protests and sectarian reprisals against Sunni mosques despite appeals for calm from government and religious leaders.
Take these to a meeting with your Congress Member: PDF.
How to Join a Pro-Impeachment Grassroots Movement http://www.pdamerica.org
How to Sign a Petition to Congress http://democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/65
How to Publicize Bush and Cheney's Crimes http://www.afterdowningstreet.org
How to Promote Investigation in Congress http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5768
The deadly terror lurking around the corner may not be such a big, ominous threat after all
By James A. Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
Americans receive a steady stream of warnings and alarms about new and horrific perils that await them. Pandemics, dirty bombs, cyber attacks, bioterror and other exotic threats are always on the verge of being unleashed onto a shamefully unprepared republic. Yet, judging from statistics on life expectancy, violent deaths and war, we live in much less perilous times than any generation before us.