Position on Iran: Middle East Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone

By www.peace-action.org

Peace Action renews the call for a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East. Re-opening negotiations toward achieving that goal is the best way—perhaps the only way—to halt without violence the prospect of a nuclear arms race in that deeply troubled part of the world. Additionally, achieving a Nuclear Free Zone in the Middle East would bring the world one step closer to eliminating both the problem of nuclear proliferation and the threat of nuclear war and could serve as a model solution for resolving similar tensions in other regions of the world.

Giving George W. Bush a Third Term

By Jozef Hand-Boniakowski, Veteran For Peace and co-editor of http://www.metaphoria.org

Recently, I dropped into my town's local Vermont country store to pick up a
couple of bottles of a diet tea beverage. I typically avoid the local

U.S. Soldier Convicted of Murder Receives No Jail Time

DEMOCRACY NOW!:

* Hamas Wins Sweeping Victory in Palestinian Parliamentary Elections *

In the Occupied Territories, unofficial results indicate Hamas has won a
sweeping victory in the first Palestinian parliamentary elections in a

Activists speaking truth to power at National Security Agency have case dismissed

By Max Obuszewski

On July 2, 2005 Ellen Barfield and I were arrested and charged with “disturbance on protected property,

Congress Shut Down Surveillance Program in 2003

By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

Back in 2002, with the country still reeling from the 9/11 attacks, fear that terrorists would again wreak havoc in the US led the White House to develop a sophisticated system aimed at identifying terrorists associated with al-Qaeda who lived in the United States undetected, and stopping them before they could strike again.

Belafonte continues his Bush onslaught; gov’t put on trial

By CLAUDIO E. CABRERA, www.amsterdamnews.com

Hundreds of people came together in New York City this past weekend for a historic three-day tribunal indicting the Bush administration for crimes against humanity.

Belafonte is not alone

By WILBERT A. TATUM
Publisher Emeritus and Chairman of the Board, http://www.amsterdamnews.com

It was a one day story. Harry Belafonte spoke about the government of the United States and the government of Venezuela as well as other countries in the Caribbean. Belafonte had some harsh but totally true words to say about the president of the United States, George W. Bush. Bellafonte called him a terrorist and he was right. The response by George W. Bush, through his spokesman, was to dismiss Belafonte’s remarks as one dismisses the remarks of a crazy man. Harry Belafonte is not a crazy man. George W. Bush, by every definition available to us, is a terrorist. Where, then, are we as a nation and finally as a people?

State of Union Protest Gets Permit After All

A message from Debra Sweet, the World Cant Wait National Office:

The federal government was forced to back off today, and concede The World
Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime a promised permit to rally outside

The Unseen War in Iraq

When troops are cut, we'll still be bombing the hell out of the place

By Sydney H. Schanberg, Village Voice

In every war, some things are seen more clearly than others and are therefore reported more fully. The air war in Iraq is not one of them. American air power has been dominant in most of the modern wars, but bombing and strafing take place either completely out of sight or in areas not accessible to close observation by the press. Rarely does the military allow reporters to go along on combat sorties.

Video: NSA Deputy Director Admits Bush Spying Program Avoids 'Probable Cause' Standard

Deputy Director of the NSA, Gen. Michael Hayden lead the PR blitz to frame the matter of the NSA's Domestic Spying program in advance of the Feb 6th Senate hearings. He took questions from reporters at The National Press Club on Monday and confirmed that a feature of the NSA program was lowering of the legal standard from 'probable cause' to 'reasonably believe' (a.k.a. 'reasonable suspicion') as required by the FISA court.

Taking the People's Demand to Capitol Hill

Starting Tuesday, a huge truck with this billboard on the side will begin driving around the U.S. Capitol.

On the other side of the truck will be this:

Who Lied Us into War, Bush or Tenet?

By David Swanson

Here's an interesting article arguing that Bush was duped by Tenet into believing the hype re WMDs and ties to al Qaeda. I find the case entirely unconvincing. Yes, Tenet said the case was a "slam dunk," but he said this in response to Bush complaining that the evidence was not good enough and asking "Is this the best you got?" Bush wasn't after the truth.

The Killing Fields: Ghosts of the Walking Dead

By Manuel Valenzuela, http://www.opednews.com

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Vietnam and Iraq: Six Stages of Deception

On the eve of the 38th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, it is instructive to study the parallels between the Vietnam debacle and the current situation in Iraq.

by David Robson and Richard Krohn, http://baltimorechronicle.com/

Politics of War

t r u t h o u t | Programming Note

Airdate: Friday 27 January 2006 at 8:30 p.m. on PBS
(Check local listings at http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html.)

NOW goes inside the American war machine to ask are we fighting for the right reasons?

Angry Soldiers Demand 'Trade' Federation

By Audrey Gillan and Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian UK

Courts martial and equipment failures fuel rank and file discontent.

A groundswell of discontent among members of the armed forces is leading to calls for the formation of a federation to campaign for the rights of the 250,000 servicemen and women in the UK.

Call the Media on Its Lies

"Impeachment is not likely to gain political traction, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. 'Only hard-core Democratic partisans want to see Bush impeached, so it just turns people off.'" -- The Dallas Morning News
The reporter: mmittelstadt@dallasnews.com

The pundit: sabato@virginia.edu

The facts:Among American adults, 53% agreed and 42% disagreed with the statement:

"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."

France: Judge Bruguière—utilising anti-terrorism as a political instrument

By Antoine Lerougetel, www.wsws.org

On January 9, Nizar Sassi was released from jail on the orders of Judge Jean-Louis Bruguière. The young Frenchman, indicted for no crime, had been detained by the American authorities for two-and-a-half years and a further one-and-a-half years by the French.

Bush PR blitz races to frame spying debate: Critics allege abuse of power

Note By David Swanson:
In the article below we find this lie:
"Impeachment is not likely to gain political traction, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. 'Only hard-core Democratic partisans want to see Bush impeached, so it just turns people off.'"
published unchallenged by these facts.
Please correct Mr. Sabato: sabato@virginia.edu

_____________
By MICHELLE MITTELSTADT / The Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration raced this week to defend its warrantless domestic spying program, with several aims in mind, experts say: Win over a conflicted public; force Democrats into an arena that plays to GOP strength; and head off talk of impeachment and special prosecutors.

US activist rejects prospective invasion of Venezuela

By El Universal

US activist Cindy Sheehan Wednesday in Caracas repulsed the possibility of a US invasion of Venezuela, as claimed repeatedly by President Hugo Chávez, Efe reported.

Bush Pot Calls Hamas Kettle Black

By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net

Talk about chutzpah!

President Bush has told Hamas, which just managed a stunning upset of Fatah in the Palestinian elections, that the movement must "renounce violence" if it is to be bestowed the blessing of having the U.S. recognize it as the government of the Palestinian people.

Spying and Lying in 21st Century America

Introducing the latest policy analysis from Foreign Policy In Focus
http://www.fpif.org/

Spying and Lying in 21st Century America
By Col. Daniel Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Since the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the historical protections of speech, assembly, protest, and privacy enjoyed by U.S. citizens and legal residents (“U.S. persons

Impeach or Indict Bush and Cheney

By Ronnie Dugger, Texas Democracy Foundation, http://www.texasobserver.org

The year 2006 will be historic for the nation, and probably for humanity. Texans Bush and Rove and their conspirators in the second Bush presidency have disgraced American democracy at home and in the world with debasements of our nation and our values that have now entered their climactic phase. What part will the rest of us Texans play in this decisive year?

State of the Union

Watch a Video of Bush's Promises in Past State of the Union Speeches, with data showing we've moved, in each case, in the opposite direction:
http://thinkprogress.org/sotu

Kerry Now Says He Supports Filibuster on Alito

Progressive Democrats of America reports that Senator Kerry now supports a filibuster on Alito. Call him and thank him and encourage him to stick with it: (202) 224-2742.

CONYERS AND OTHERS CALL ON CONGRESS TO BREAK LOGJAM AND PASS PATRIOT ACT

Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/index.html
Contact: Dena Graziano 202-226-6888

Video of Eyes Wide Open

From AFSC

Please take a few minutes to watch the powerful new music video for the title track of bluesman Robert Cray’s Grammy-nominated album, Twenty. The video, now up our Wage Peace Campaign website, features AFSC’s Eyes Wide Open exhibit and takes a strong stand against the Iraq War. It tells the story of a young soldier who struggles with his memories of a senseless war.

ACLU Georgia Uncovers Pentagon Spying Files

By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News (January 25, 2006)
http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/pages/25/index.htm

(APN) ATLANTA–The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia released new documents on Pentagon spying on peaceful protesters, in a downtown press conference today at the Martin Luther King Federal Building. The documents are respondent to their Freedom of Information Act requests to several federal, state, and local agencies, regarding the Pentagon spying which occurred against local peace activists here in Georgia.

Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
 
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
 
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
 
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

Find Events Here.

 

 

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