Yesterday, President Bush did something highly out of character for him: He answered a question—from a citizen, no less—directly. In public. Just when we'd all gotten used to Scott McClellan constantly telling us that he can't comment, the president answered lawyer Didi Goldmark's question of how many Iraqis had been killed with, "I would say 30,000, more or less, have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis."
By David Sirota
There is a time for humor, and there is a time not for humor. But then, as they say, all humor has a grain of truth to it. And if that's the case, then yesterday's behavior by President Bush - and the reaction to it - is a disturbing commentary about both the current White House, and about ourselves.
Allegations that the CIA abducted and illegally transported terror suspects across European borders are credible, an investigator has said.
Swiss senator Dick Marty has submitted a report on the claims, made in the media, to a meeting of the human rights committee of the Council of Europe.
Ending the War in Iraq, Building a Broad Movement for Peace and Justice, And Our Experience with A.N.S.W.E.R.
From the Steering Committee, United for Peace and
Justice December 12, 2005
United for Peace and Justice aims to build the
Detainees may lose right to habeas corpus in deal with White House to prevent veto of McCain amendment against torture
Please call: Senators Levin (D-MI), Graham (R-SC), Warner (R-VA), McCain (R-AZ)
By Joe Libertelli, PDA
An April 22, 2005 article by Elizabeth Schulte entitled "Why Inside-Outside is Getting Nowhere/Backing Democrats has Pulled the Anti-war Movement to the Right" was recently resurrected and forwarded to the UFPJ list by Dave Silver. In it, Ms. Schulte pulled a long quote from my very short article, "Transformation of the Democratic Party: John Kerry's Statement on the Iraq War; Political Ecology 101" yet still managed to get it completely out of context and reverse its meaning. Its full text can be found at http://www.pdamerica.org/articles/news/kerry_position.php.
By Kevin Zeese, www.DemocracyRising.US
Major Worldwide Demonstrations Planned for Third Anniversary of Iraq War
Andrew Murray the Chair of the Stop the War Coalition opened a conference in London on December 10th describing it as an “historic event
By HELEN THOMAS
How long will the American people tolerate the shaming of their nation by the inhumane treatment of prisoners of war and the spiriting of detainees to secret prisons outside the United States?
RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) - A leading Sunni Muslim Arab politician was shot dead in Iraq on Tuesday just two days before the nation votes for a new parliament.
Mizhar al-Dulaimi, head of the Free Progressive Iraqi Party, was killed while campaigning in the center of Ramadi, capital of the restive Anbar province in western Iraq, police said. Three of his bodyguards were wounded.
By Cindy Sheehan
Dermot Ahern, Irish "Secretary of State" has agreed to meet with me this afternoon in Dublin. This is huge. He just met with Condi last week, he is the Prime Minister's brother, and he usually meets with heads of state.
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Cindy Sheehan is on her way to Ireland to meet tomorrow with the Irish Minister for Foriegn Affairs Dermmot Ahern, and with other Irish officials, including several Members of Parliament. Ireland is a land of writers -- let's hope for a good report!
By WILL LESTER, Associated Press
Most Iraqis disapprove of the presence of U.S. forces in their country, yet they are optimistic about Iraq's future and their own personal lives, according to a new poll.
The Kucinich Plan to Bring Our Troops Home
"The war in Iraq is over and the occupation has turned into a quagmire. The United States troops have become the targets of criminals and terrorists who are flowing into Iraq for the chance to kill Americans. The cost of the occupation keeps rising: The President has already asked for more than $155 billion to pay for it, and there is no end in sight. The United Nations is now in an impossible situation, where most of the members view the war and occupation of Iraq as a U.S. folly. Under these circumstances, the UN is unlikely to help. And UN assistance with a U.S. occupation would not allow the establishment of an Iraqi government that was acceptable to the Iraqi people.
Michael Berg has taken to the streets of Wilmington
By RYAN CORMIER
The News Journal
Just after the sun dipped beyond the horizon on a busy Friday rush hour, two young men in a darkened car pulled to a stop on Wilmington’s Delaware Avenue.
Four U.S. soldiers, Iraqi election worker killed as election nears
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- International concern for four Western humanitarian workers heightened Saturday as the hours before their execution deadline turned into minutes, then passed with no word on their fate.
Dec 10, 2005, 9:42 AM EST
LONDON (AP) -- Hundreds of anti-war protesters, including American Cindy Sheehan, attended an international peace conference in London on Saturday to condemn the Iraq conflict.
By Elaine C.Smith, Sunday Mail (Scotland)
LIKE most people, I despair at the rising death toll and violence in Iraq.
I have been in two minds about whether troops should stay and at one point I did feel that leaving could only make things worse for the Iraqis.
Two peace campaigners who have become the faces of the anti-war movement in the UK and the US have meet.
Cindy Sheehan, a Californian mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq, visited Brian Haw who has held a four-year anti-war vigil outside Parliament.
By Charlotte Higgins, arts correspondent, Guardian
There was no plush bar, no glitterati babble over bubbly. The audience gathered in a drab school foyer in central London. Like many theatre first nights, there was a guest list ("Katharine Hamnett plus 2, Jeremy Corbyn plus 5, military families plus 25"), but no lavish hospitality.
LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who won wide attention with a vigil outside President George W. Bush's ranch in the name of her soldier son killed in Iraq, is the subject of a new play by Nobel laureate Dario Fo.
By Cindy Sheehan
Today was bitterly cold as I walked from the Charing Cross Tube Station to Parliament Square in London. I was heading there with my traveling companion, Julie, to go and visit Brian Haw after several exhausting, but productive days in England and Scotland.
The foreign spy service warned the U.S. various times before the war that there was no proof Iraq sought uranium from Niger, ex-officials say.
By Tom Hamburger, Peter Wallsten and Bob Drogin
The Los Angeles Times
Sunday 11 December 2005
The foreign spy service warned the US various times before the war that there was no proof Iraq sought uranium from Niger, ex-officials say.
Paris - More than a year before President Bush declared in his 2003 State of the Union speech that Iraq had tried to buy nuclear weapons material in Africa, the French spy service began repeatedly warning the CIA in secret communications that there was no evidence to support the allegation.
From the NY Times Op-Ed section, by Kanan Makiya, professor at Brandeis University and author of "Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World":
WASHINGTON and Baghdad will be tempted, with the adoption of a new Constitution and the election on Thursday for a four-year government, to declare victory in Iraq. In one sense, they are right to do so. The emerging Iraqi polity undoubtedly represents a radical break not only with the country's past but also with the whole Arab state system established by Britain and France after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
But in the larger sense, such optimism is misguided, for none of the problems associated with Iraq's monumental change have been sorted out. Worse, profound tensions and contradictions have been enshrined in the Constitution of the new Iraq, and they threaten the very existence of the state.
From doonesbury.com's Daily Dose (click on the image below):
London, Day 3: Workers of the World
By David Swanson
Tomorrow is the international peace conference in London, and today we spent some time at the Stop the War Coalition office, where they were preparing. The office space is in the building of, and is provided by, NATFHE, the University and College Lecturers' union.
By David Swanson
Today Cindy Sheehan, Brian Haw, and a crowd of other peace activists paid a visit to #10 Downing Street, the home of British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- and birthplace of the Downing Street Minutes. Sheehan is known around the world as the mother whose campaign has demanded an explanation from George Bush for her son's death in Iraq. Haw is known to all of Britain as the man who has lived in Parliament Square for the past four years, demanding an end to the war, and even running for Parliament from an address of the sidewalk across from Parliament.
George Bush will be speaking about the war at the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia on Monday. Tickets for the event are sold out, however, the luncheon tickets that are closest to Mr Bush were sold for $10,000. I would like to be at a table close enough to Mr Bush so that he could meet with me.
By pastor Anthony B. Robinson in SeattlePi.com:
You might not expect a West Point graduate, Vietnam vet and career soldier to come out with a book titled "The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Addicted to War." But that's what Andrew Bacevich, who now directs the program in International Relations at Boston University, has done.