A Song for Peace

From Superpower to Tinhorn Dictatorship

By Paul Craig Roberts

02/27/06 "ICH" -- -- America is headed for a soft dictatorship by the end of Bush’s second term. Whether any American has civil rights will be decided by the discretionary power of federal officials. The public in general will tolerate the soft dictatorship as its discretionary powers will mainly be felt by those few who challenge it.

Defeat is Victory, Death is Life

Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by the Independent/UK
Everyone in the Middle East rewrites history, but never before have we had a US administration so wilfully, dishonestly and ruthlessly reinterpreting tragedy as success, defeat as victory, death as life - helped, I have to add, by the compliant American press

Chaos in Iraq Sends Shock Waves Across Middle East and Elevates Iran's Influence

Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by the New York Times
By Michael Slackman

CAIRO - Shortly before the American-led invasion of Iraq, Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, warned that the attack would "open the gates of hell." Now, three years later, there is a sense in the Middle East that what was once viewed as quintessential regional hyperbole may instead have been darkly prescient.

Bush Policies Are Weakening National Guard, Governors Say

Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by the New York Times
By Robert Pear

WASHINGTON - Governors of both parties said Sunday that Bush administration policies were stripping the National Guard of equipment and personnel needed to respond to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, forest fires and other emergencies.

Witnessing an Iraqi Meltdown

ABC News Reporter Recounts Life in a Country on the Brink of Civil War
By HODA ABDEL-HAMID

Feb. 27, 2006 — Last Wednesday we woke to the news that the Al Askari shrine in Samarra had been bombed and its magnificent golden dome vanished. The 72,000 pieces of gold that made the dome had scattered to the ground.

Iraq makes terror 'more likely'

By BBC

People across the world overwhelmingly believe the war in Iraq has increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks worldwide, a poll for the BBC reveals.

Some 60% of people in 35 countries surveyed believe this is the case, against just 12% who think terrorist attacks have become less likely.

The Emperor's Visit: Whither India?

By Rajesh Ramakrishnan, Countercurrents.org

The official invitation to President George Bush to visit India is a slap in the face of India's history of struggle against imperialism and has therefore evoked strong opposition from a sizeable section of Indians. The United States Government has a long history of imperialist aggression and war crimes against developing countries. The ravaging of Latin America and South East Asia, and the attack on Yugoslavia, are fresh in public memory. The barbaric attack on Afghanistan and the occupation of Iraq are the bloodiest conflicts of our times. The cruel torture of Iraqi civilians by the US military in the prisons of Abu Ghraib has been beamed worldwide by the media. The recent call of the UN Human Rights Commission to close down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp confirms that torture and abuse are part of the US war machine, evoking memories of Nazi concentration camps. Resistance to this war and occupation is growing within the US and UK. The people of Iraq are still waging a heroic struggle for independence from occupation. The Bush Administration continues to use the September 11 incident to justify a global military onslaught to capture key resources, markets and strategic regions. The threat of military attack looms large over Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela and now Iran. Falsely painting the Iranian civilian nuclear energy programme as a weapons programme, President Bush, who presides over the largest nuclear weapon stockpile in the world, is preparing for a military attack on Iran.

My years in captivity

Moazzam Begg was abducted and handed over to US forces. Here he tells of endless interrogations, of torture - and one bright moment
By The Guardian

Shackled and hooded, I arrived in Bagram from Kandahar in spring 2003, hoping I was prepared for the worst - whatever that might be. I knew what processing would mean, from Kandahar, and sure enough it included another humiliating strip-search in front of several guards and medics. I was taken, shackled but unhooded, to one of the interrogation rooms on the first floor, and made to sit down facing the door. Above it there was a bright security light glaring in my face. This first interrogation was short. I was faced with two civilian interrogators. They only asked me some basic personal details, but they told me to expect much longer and more intense interrogations in future.

Well, It's Not Like We Needed That $2.4 Billion for Anything Useful, Right?

Army to Pay Halliburton Unit Most Costs Disputed by Audit
By James Glanz, The New York Times

The Army has decided to reimburse a Halliburton subsidiary for nearly all of its disputed costs on a $2.41 billion no-bid contract to deliver fuel and repair oil equipment in Iraq, even though the Pentagon's own auditors had identified more than $250 million in charges as potentially excessive or unjustified.

Will Fight for Oil

By TED KOPPEL, New York Times Guest Columnist

The American people ... know the difference between honest critics who
question the way the war is being prosecuted and partisan critics who claim
that we acted in Iraq because of oil, or because of Israel, or because we

Bush in India: Just Not Welcome

Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by The Nation
By Arundhati Roy

On his triumphalist tour of India and Pakistan, where he hopes to wave imperiously at people he considers potential subjects, President Bush has an itinerary that's getting curiouser and curiouser.

Senator Feinstein's War Profiteering: Enabling Bush

By Joshua Frank, http://www.pressaction.com

It happens all the time. If the antiwar movement takes on the Democrats for their bitter shortcomings a few liberals are bound to criticize us for not hounding Bush instead. It doesn’t even have to be an election year to get the progressives fired up. They just don’t seem to get it. “How can you attack the Democrats when we have such a bullet-proof administration ruling the roost in Washington,

White House rejects Demo call for investigation of NSA snooping

By Katherine Shrader, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The White House today rejected the call by several House Democrats for a special counsel to investigate the Bush administration's eavesdropping program.

When Americans No Longer Own America

Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
By Thom Hartmann

The Dubai Ports World deal is waking Americans up to a painful reality: So-called "conservatives" and "flat world" globalists have bankrupted our nation for their own bag of silver, and in the process are selling off America.

German Intelligence Gave US Iraqi Defense Plan, Report Says

By Michael R. Gordon, New York Times

Washington - Two German intelligence agents in Baghdad obtained a copy of Saddam Hussein's plan to defend the Iraqi capital, which a German official passed on to American commanders a month before the invasion, according to a classified study by the United States military.

Not One Penny More for War! National Call-In Day Tuesday Feb. 28

Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard on Tuesday Feb. 28th at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative (or one of your Senators). Give them this basic message in your own words: "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." More Info:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/8237

The Republicans who run Congress will include small amounts of money for all sorts of good things in the supplemental or group of supplementals to be voted on. This will provide your Representative all sorts of noble excuses for voting for a lot more money for war. Tell them this position will only be credible if they cosponsor Rep. Jim McGovern's bill, which simply ends funding for the war:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/end

To see how your Representative has voted on the war, download the UFPJ Congressional Scorecard (in Excel spreadsheet format) by clicking here:
http://tinyurl.com/ex2bs

Did the US organize the attack on the Golden Mosque?

By Michael Schwartz

A lot of people are wondering how to interpret the bombing of the Golden Dome, and whether this signals the beginning of the Iraqi civil war that so many people have been predicting for quite a while. The best commentaries I have seen are pasted in below, and both of them urge a very different analysis of the events in which the bombing and its aftermath was an attempt to forestall a growing Shia-Sunni movement to demand U.S. early and undoncditional US withdrawal form Iraq.

Working up the nerve toward 'impeachment'

By DOUGLAS TURNER, http://www.buffalonews.com

WASHINGTON - The "I-word" got a little movement last week. A resolution to begin the process for "possible impeachment" sprouted as an exotic political weed just before Christmas.

On the Recent Violence in Iraq

By Phyllis Bennis and Erik Leaver
Institute for Policy Studies
24 February 2006

** It remains unclear who was responsible for the attack on the golden-domed Askariya Shi'a mosque in Samarra. In the two days following the bombing over 200 Iraqis were killed, and the country was put under a day-and-night curfew.

Impeachment issue hangs on accountability

By TED FERTIK, www.yaledailynews.com

The following is a case for impeaching the president and the vice president. I hope people will talk about this issue seriously and tell their representatives to support the resolutions introduced by Rep. John Conyers calling for an investigation of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to determine whether Articles of Impeachment should be introduced.

About That Anthrax

By David Swanson

So, the word Anthrax is back in the news, but only because a man contracted it through what is reportedly a freak accident, not because Saddam Hussein's vast stockpiles have been found, not because Bush has apologized for inventing those vast stockpiles, not because Forest Whitaker has agreed to play Colin Powell in "The Sting II: Hustling the United Nations," not because impeachment proceedings have begun, and especially not because the U.S. corporate media has revealed any memory of the fact that somebody mailed anthrax to the U.S. Senate less than five years ago.

Grand Theft Baghdad

By Charlie Cray, www.tompaine.com

Charlie Cray is the director of The Center for Corporate Policy in Washington, D.C., and co-author of The People's Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy (Berrett-Koehler, 2004).

Resolution of the Maine Democratic State Committee Concerning the War in Iraq

Maine Democratic Party caucuses to be held on Sunday, February 26, 2006.

Scott Ruffner, PDA Maine Organizer, former Kucinich delegate and peace and justice activist from Bangor, got this resolution passed on January 22, 2006.

An Anarchic Civil War

By American Progress Action Fund

Almost three years into a war that has seen the loss of nearly 2,300 American servicemen and women, the infliction of more than 16,600 American casualties, and a cost to American taxpayers of more than $250 billion, the government of post-war Iraq still struggles to exceed the level of service and security provided in pre-war Iraq. In January, the White House hoped that the continuing drumbeat of insurgent activity would disappear from the nation's newspapers and TV sets. "The more Iraq disappears off the front pages and onto Page A17 or A18, the better for us," said a White House adviser. But recent violence in Iraq demonstrates that the war continues to remain a central issue in the minds of most Americans, one that has demanded A1 coverage and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With his unwillingness to change course, President Bush continues to be held captive to the events on the ground. Unless and until Bush is willing to embrace a new approach, the U.S. plans for a drawdown this year continue to look bleak. The Center for American Progress has a sensible, alternative approach -- Strategic Redeployment -- that more people outside the administration are beginning to embrace.

Total Information Awareness Lives On

By DEMOCRACY NOW!

More than two years ago Congress halted plans for a controversial plan
called Total Information Awareness to create the world's largest
surveillance database to track your phone calls, purchases, Internet usage,

Peace Rally Planned in Indianapolis

Event Type:Peace Rally
Date: March 18, 2006
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Monument Circle, Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana
Event Cost: Free with an opportunity to make a donation
Website: www.hoosiersforpeace.org

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