Friday, March 3rd 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Creating a Nuclear Weapons Free Middle East

St. Stephen's Church (16th and Newton St. NW, Washington DC)
Refreshments will be served.

Taking Protest to Congress Members' Homes - and Gated Communities

Democratic candidate Steve Young on the right in the suit. This was on the nearest street corner outside the gated community (ultra rich) where Congressman Campbell (R-CA-48) lives. -- By Mark Hull-Richter

Forum on Iraq to Air on C-Span

David J. Theroux, The Independent Institute

"Innovative Solutions for Iraq," held on February 16, will air on C-SPAN2 on
Saturday, February 25th, and Monday, February 27th. This Policy Forum was

My LTTE to the NY Times re: the UAE ports deal

My LTTE to the NY Times re: the UAE ports deal

Edited on Thu Feb-23-06 03:05 PM by brooklynite
Democratic Underground

I would like to join David Brook's plea for an end to the xenophobic anti-Arab reactions to the Dubai ports deal being made by our politicians and pundits ("Kicking Arabs in the Teeth", Feb 23). But, in doing so, I have to wonder where his concern has been for the past four years. Ever since 9/11, the Administration and its supporters, who pride themselves on "controlling the message", have apparently been happy to let firebrands like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Rev. Pat Robertson stir up the conservative base in support of the Administration's war and security policies with anti-muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric that garners at most an occasional "tut, tut" when the oratory goes too far. Now that a business deal with the Arab world is pending, its not surprising that the angry emotional responses can't be curtailed. Perhaps a call for less teeth kicking would have been more productive at the start of our "War on Terror", rather than at this late date.


Bush and his ties to UAE--interview with Lou Dobbs

Bush and his ties to UAE--video link via "Can of Fun"

The Spirit of Gandhi, the Passion of Jesus

By Pablo Paredes, t r u t h o u t |

Thoughts on the plight of Fernando Suarez Del Solar.

"I can't sit here and do nothing while this war keeps claiming kids and stealing souls." This was the response I received from Fernando Suarez Del Solar when I questioned his newest and boldest idea for bringing an end to the bloodshed in Iraq.

Progressive Democrats of America Impeachment Actions

This guide is being provided to suggest ideas and actions that you can take to help ensure the impeachment of President George Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney. We encourage you to use any or all of these tools and to be creative.

Dubai and The Bush Dynasty Deal with the Devil


The Bush family has always had a deal with the devil.

As Kevin Phillips, the man who originally crafted the GOP "Southern Strategy" for Nixon, told BuzzFlash, the Bush family only excels at two things: corporate cronyism and stealing elections.

New Jersey to file suit against sale of port operations

By ANGELA DELLI SANTI, Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey will file actions in federal and state courts seeking to stop an Arab company from taking over operations at Port Newark, Gov. Jon S. Corzine said Tuesday.

Cheney's coup

A 3-year-old executive order that vastly expanded his powers illuminates how the vice president and his minions led us into war.
By Sidney Blumenthal,

After shooting Austin lawyer Harry Whittington, Dick Cheney's immediate impulse was to control the intelligence. Rather than call the president directly, he ordered an aide to inform White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card that there had been an accident but not that Cheney was its cause. Then a host of surrogates attacked the victim for not steering clear of Cheney when he was firing. Cheney attempted to defuse the subsequent furor by giving an interview to friendly Fox News. His most revealing answer came in response to a question about something other than the hunting accident.

Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy

Lewis Lapham has been the Editor of "Harper's" magazine for 30 years
(retiring as Editor Emeritus this spring). In the March issue (not available
online), Lapham calls for the impeachment of George W. Bush in that

Arab Co., White House Had Secret Agreement

By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration secretly required a company in the United Arab Emirates to cooperate with future U.S. investigations before approving its takeover of operations at six American ports, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. It chose not to impose other, routine restrictions.

How Neo-Cons Sabotaged Iran's Help on al Qaeda

Published on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 by Inter Press Service
By Gareth Porter

WASHINGTON - After the Sep. 11 attacks, U.S. officials responsible for preparing for war in Afghanistan needed Iran's help to unseat the Taliban and establish a stable government in Kabul. Iran had organised resistance by the "Northern Alliance" and had provided arms and funding, at a time when the United States had been unwilling to do so.

U.S. Concedes to Force-Feeding Detainees

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.

Is the Bush Administration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust?

Will the US launch "Mini-nukes" against Iran in Retaliation for Tehran's "Non-compliance"?
By Michel Chossudovsky,

"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."

Vigil to Stop Wiretapping

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.


Iraq slips towards civil war after attack on Shia shrine

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

One by One, Towns are Urging Peace

Published on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 by
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.

Fighting Back: What kind of country do we want for all Americans?

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.

Sheehan to protest at U.S. posts in Germany in March

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.

Cindy Sheehan, musicians to hold Iraq protest concert

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.

The reality of war

Geov Parrish -

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.

Wake Up, America! We're Not in Kansas Anymore, Toto

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.

When the War Came Home by MFSO member Stacy Bannerman

Thursday March 2
at IPS, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600

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.

What the Hell Happened, Sir?

By Warren Whipple, t r u t h o u t |

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.

Watchdogs Urge Full Probe of Bush Propaganda Spending

By Niko Kyriakou,

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.

Months of Blows and Panic

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."


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