By Stephen Pearcy
Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!
For most people, the last several weeks probably involved holiday gatherings with friends and family. Locally, we saw little, if any, direct action.
By Norman Solomon
t r u t h o u t | Perspective, www.truthout.org
The picture was perfect. It provided a moving portrait, an image that journalists called "iconic." It was true to the moment. Yet the photograph was deceiving in a way that media images often are - showing us what's more apparent than real.
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective, www.truthout.org
The wires have been humming since before the New Year with reports that the Bush administration is planning an attack on Iran. "The Bush administration is preparing its NATO allies for a possible military strike against suspected nuclear sites in Iran in the New Year, according to German media reports, reinforcing similar earlier suggestions in the Turkish media," reported UPI on December 30th.
Gilbert Achcar interviewed by Bill Weinberg
January 07, 2006 World War 4 Report -- published on Znet
Gilbert Achcar is the author of The Clash of Barbarisms: September 11 and the Making of the New World Disorder (Monthly Review Press, 2002) and Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq in a Marxist Mirror (Monthly Review Press, 2004). A native of Lebanon, he teaches international relations at the University of Paris, and is a frequent contributor to Le Monde diplomatique. On Nov. 3, he spoke in New York City at an event organized by the Campaign for Peace and Democracy entitled "The Case For Immediate Withdrawal: Wrestling with the Hard Questions." The following day, he spoke with WW4 REPORT's Bill Weinberg at his apartment in Lower Manhattan. -----------------------------
By b. emily sykes
Our photgragher missed a great meeting so no pictures. Sorry. No one wanted to leave and everyone wanted to come again to Social Justice Center in San Anselmo. Republicans were mentioned as potential next step targets even though someone said. "If you can't convince your own party why do you think the Republicans will listen?" Turns out the only Democrat in the meeting was just getting info to present to the party to form an impeachment task force. The rest of us seem to be Green. People have called today who missed the mtg. and want to be on our "list". 45 attended.
By Lana Kitchel
Red Bluff Peace & Justice Coalition of California (zip code 96055)had a good turnout. We held signs and collected signatures for Rep. Conyers'petition.
Thank you for all you do!
By Ruth Hull-Richter
Individuals from age 14 to 87 from all over conservative Orange County filled the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim to attend an Out of Iraq Town Hall sponsored by the Patrick Henry Democratic Club.
By Larry Everest
As the new year begins, January looms as a crucial month, possibly shaping events for the year and far beyond. In this critical moment, there's an urgent need - and great possibility - for delivering a powerful and compelling indictment of the Bush administration for war crimes and crimes against humanity right here in the U.S. This is the mission of the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity, whose final session will be held January 20-22 in New York City. The situation, and our responsibility to world humanity, call for nothing less.
Mark Bebawi and Pokey Anderson produce and host 'The Monitor' for Pacifica's KPFT (www.kpft.org) in Houston. The show is aired live every Sunday at 6pm (Central Time). The Monitor has been visited by many distinguished guests covering multiple areas of interest such as global debt, war & peace, corporate corruption, Foreign Policy issues, the Middle East, the US intelligence apparatus, women's issues, and voting verifiability. Previous Guests include: Kevin Phillips, Joe Wilson, John Dean, Charles Lewis, Joseph Stiglitz, Daniel Ellsberg, Ray McGovern, Arianna Huffington, David Cobb, John D'Emilio, Gore Vidal, Robert Fisk, Scott Ritter, Mark Crispin Miller, Medea Benjamin, Jim Hightower, Ted Rall, Michael Parenti, Kate Kendall, Laura Flanders, Rania Masri, Chalmers Johnson, Amy Goodman, Robert Parry, Brad Friedman, William Rivers Pitt, John Sayles, Pratap Chatterjee, Howard Zinn and many more. Here's a show with Ray McGovern: mp3.
From an article in The Guardian:
The real cost to America of the Iraq war is likely to be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, up to 10 times more than previously thought, according to a report written by Nobel prize-winning economist and a Harvard budget expert Joseph Stiglitz.
The study, which expands on traditional estimates by including such costs as lifetime disability and healthcare for troops injured in the conflict as well as the impact on the American economy, concludes that the U.S. Government is continuing to underestimate the cost of the war....
By IAN JAMES, Associated Press Writer
The American singer and activist Harry Belafonte called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world" on Sunday and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents exploded a suicide car bomb and launched two mortar shells at Iraq's Interior Ministry during National Police Day celebrations Monday, killing 21 people and injuring 24, police said.
By Dogen Hannah
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in northern Iraq, killing all 12 people aboard, and five Marines were killed in western Iraq, the U.S. military announced Sunday.
Urging Citizens To Rise Up And Take Action
MADISON, Wis. -- A group of Madison citizens wants to impeach President George W. Bush.
More than 300 people packed the Labor Temple Saturday afternoon to discuss weapons of mass destruction, wiretapping and the war in Iraq.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters,
Jeff Key (Iraq Veterans Against the War),
Erin Sikorsky-Stewart (State Political Director, California Peace Action)
More speakers TBA
Submitted by Ruth
Includes Cindy Sheehan, Sean Penn, Norman Solomon:
From a friend of Cindy Sheehan's
**WARNING** FYI.....This is pretty graphic.....
I was thrilled yesterday to wake to an email from Micah. The last
correspondence I had from him was the email on Dec. 26. Then 2 guys in his
By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News
US Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), US Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), and US Rep. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), did not preclude the possibility of Bush’s impeachment, when asked about the topic in interviews this weekend.
From: International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration
TRIBUNAL INDICTS BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOR WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
INDICTMENTS TO BE DELIVERED TO THE WHITE HOUSE ON TUESDAY JAN. 10th
Date: Sunday, January 08, 2006
By: Kweisi Mfume, Special to BlackAmericaWeb.com
The war in Iraq remains a grave political tragedy that has little if anything to do with finding the perpetrators of the 9-11 attacks on this nation. Thousands of troops and billions of dollars have been committed to fight a war that was based at best on questionable premises and misleading statements. Twice in the last six months, I stood with other concerned Americans in protest of the ongoing war in Iraq and in support of families whose sons and daughters have been killed and severely wounded there and in Afghanistan.
Our event was a wonderful success. Of coures, no mainstream corporate press covered it, but our indymedia were there in force. Forty folks attended, and we all went over to our local activists' hangout, the Five Points Farm Market, for a reception with Congressman Bobby Scott, and that lasted almost another 2 hours.
On January 7 The Central Colorado Coaltion on the Iraq War, based in Salida, CO, sponsored a Town Hall Meeting and Debate on the Iraq War along with 163 other town hall forums across the country. The meeting was held at the Senior Citizens Center with a capacity of 155 and filled to the walls.
Dissent of military action in Iraq encouraged at forum
BY TEHANI SCHNEIDER, DAILY RECORD (New Jersey)
MORRIS TWP. -- A panel of five peace activists who oppose the war in Iraq urged fellow anti-war activists to stay unwavering and vocal in their dissent during a forum held Saturday at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship.
By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
A clandestine National Security Agency spy program code-named Echelon was likely responsible for tapping into the emails, telephone calls and facsimiles of thousands of average American citizens over the past four years in its effort to identify people suspected of communicating with al-Qaeda terrorists, according to half-a-dozen current and former intelligence officials from the NSA and FBI.
Impeach Blair over Iraq: UK general
From correspondents in London
January 08, 2006
A LEADING British Army officer believes Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached for his role in the war in Iraq, the Mail on Sunday reported.
By Jonathan Schwarz
The relevant excerpts from State of War appear at the bottom of this post
After the Downing Street Memo was leaked last May, the U.S. and U.K. governments were eventually forced to admit it was genuine. However, they never revealed any background to the memo—most importantly, who did Richard Dearlove, head of British intelligence, meet with in Washington just before the July 23, 2002 high-level U.K. government meeting the memo memorialized? This would go a long way to answering why Dearlove believed "Military action was now seen as inevitable" and "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
State of War, the just-released book by New York Times reporter James Risen, sheds important new light on these issues.
Published on Sunday, January 8, 2006 by the Observer/UK
Hunger Strikers are Tied Down and Fed Through Nasal Tubes, Admits Guantánamo Bay Doctor
By David Rose
New details have emerged of how the growing number of prisoners on hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay are being tied down and force-fed through tubes pushed down their nasal passages into their stomachs to keep them alive.
By Jeff Richardson, Education Director, America in Solidarity
Our event in Tacoma, Washington, was totally awesome!
We had over three hundred people in this beautiful church, First United
Methodist on MLK Jr Way, great sound system, lots of enthusiasm, folks