By Juan Cole, Truthdig.com
The ongoing trial of Saddam Hussein could prove increasingly uncomfortable for the Bush administration. The first crime of which the deposed dictator is accused, the secret execution of 143 Shiites arrested in 1982, seems an odd choice for the prosecution, and politics may be behind it. Hussein is accused of using poison gas against Iranian troops, of genocide against the Kurds and of massacring tens of thousands to end the 1991 uprising after his defeat in the Gulf War. The problem for the Bush administration with these other, far graver charges, is that the Americans are implicated in them either through acts of commission or omission.
By Danny Schechter, TomPaine.com
By Democracy Now!
* Video Broadcast of Kidnapped Members of Christian Peacemaker Teams that
Helped Expose Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal *
The Christian Peacemaker Teams has confirmed that four peace activists
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By Larry C. Johnson
Yesterday's press conference with Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and JCS Chief General Peter "Perfect" Pace gave us some insight into why Abu Ghraib could occur and how Rumsfeld's lack of leadership allowed such reprehensible behavior by U.S. troops.
By Norman Solomon
Newspapers across the United States and beyond told readers Wednesday
about sensational new statements by a former top assistant to Colin
Powell when he was secretary of state. After interviewing Lawrence
By American Progress Action Fund
After two-and-a-half years and 2,110 U.S. troop fatalities, the Bush administration released what it calls a "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq" (NSVI). The problem is, it's not a new strategy for success in Iraq; it's a public relations document. The strategy describes what has transpired in Iraq to date as a resounding success and refuses to establish any standards for accountability. It dismisses serious problems such as the dramatic increase in bombings as "metrics that the terrorists and insurgents want the world to use." Americans understand it's time for a new course in Iraq. Unfortunately, this document is little more than an extended justification for a President "determined to stay his course." (For a bold new approach, check out American Progress's plan, Strategic Redeployment)
By STEVEN R. WEISMAN and IAN FISHER, New York Times
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 - The Bush administration, responding to European alarm over allegations of secret detention camps and the transport of terror suspects on European soil, insisted Tuesday that American actions complied with international law but promised to respond to formal inquiries from European nations.
By Charles R. Babcock, Washington Post
The two defense contractors who allegedly made many of the illicit payments to convicted Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) worked together for several years as relatively small players in the Pentagon's multibillion-dollar procurement system.
November 30, 2005
Professor Carolyn Eisenberg
Dear Professor Eisenberg:
The war in Iraq is on the minds of many of you who have written or who have called my office asking questions and expressing frustration. When the President addresses the nation tomorrow on the war, the American people want and deserve to know how we got there, why we are still there, how we have executed the war and what we should do now. In short, the President must explain his plan for the war in Iraq.
By Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), In These Times
We must stop accepting that low-wage, low-benefit, part-time jobs are the best our children can do. We need to ensure a livable wage for all.
Funding a war in Iraq and providing tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans does more damage than Republicans in Congress care to admit. As they clamor on about patriotism, their funding priorities are costing America its future.
From Tim Carpenter, PDA National Director
I am writing personally to urge you to join me and the entire PDA team in helping get out the vote for Steve Young, PDA's first Congressional endorsement, in a special election to be held this coming Tuesday, December 6, 2005 in Orange County California. Steve is running against two conservatives, Republican State Senator John Campbell and American Independent, Jim Gilchrist, founder of the border vigilante group, the Minute Man Project. If they split the Republican vote, and PDA helps turn out at least 100,000 voting Democrats in the district, Steve and PDA will make history. A victory for Steve is a victory for all Progressives!
By Mark Mazzetti and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Troops write articles presented as news reports. Some officers object to the practice.
WASHINGTON — As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq.
Deborah Davis may be the civil liberties, anti-big brother Rosa Parks of our times.
She's an unlikely candidate, a 50-year-old mother of four, with one of her sons serving in Iraq. And she was just reading a book on a public bus in Denver, minding her own business, when, suddenly, she stood up for the Constitution.
U.S. Tour of Duty presents
HOW WE GOT INTO IRAQ AND HOW TO GET OUT
Featuring in person: SCOTT RITTER
(Former UN Weapons Inspector, Author of "Iraq Confidential")
Monday, December 5, 7:30-9:00 PM at Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Avenue, Venice, CA (1 block north of Venice Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd.)
Here we have another egregious case of campus repression of peaceful
student protest, this time at the historically black Hampton
University in Virginia. I am asking for a statement in support of
Courtesy of Ward Sutton / The Village Voice
Latest on No Quarter
By Larry C. Johnson
As a diehard Redskins fan, I am well versed in denial. And the same can be said for our erstwhile Secretary of Defense and most of the media who cover him. Consider today's spectacle at the Pentagon as Rumsfeld insisted repeatedly that things are going well in Iraq and only getting better. Best of all, according to Rummy, Iraqi military and police forces are growning stronger each day. He said it so it must be so.
The Hill Newspaper
ImpeachPAC, a political action committee, launched earlier this month. But there is a serious catch: It only supports candidates who favor the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney for what it says are their “Iraq war lies.
By David Sirota
If you thought it impossible to top the image of Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA) driving around a Rolls Royce and living on a yacht thanks to defense industry cash, just stop and take a look Lloyd Grove's story today in the New York Daily News. Yes, you are reading it right – a defense contractor has gotten so rich off taxpayer cash he actually held a $10 million bat mitzvah for his daughter, featuring 50 Cent, Tom Petty and Aerosmith, among others. That's right - a $10 million bat mitzvah.
Meet, greet and support Japanese peace activists and Members of the Diet (Parliament) in DC in their quest to stop the deployment of a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Yokosuka Harbor
When: Next, Wednesday, December 7, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nov 30, 2005, 1 am (Baghdad)
Update on Missing Persons in Iraq
We were very saddened to see the images of our loved ones on Al Jazeera
television recently. We were disturbed by seeing the video and believe
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Michael Winship
In October 1973, with President Nixon ensnared in the Watergate imbroglio, the sideshow known as the vice presidency of Spiro T. Agnew came to an abrupt end. He resigned from office and pled no contest to federal charges of tax evasion.
Phoenix, AZ: November 29 - Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) leaders, and famous friends
will host a reception for Democratic National Committee Members in Phoenix, Arizona. This December 1 event is the latest milestone for
Read this in connection with the article on death squads below.
Our Troops Must Stay
By JOE LIEBERMAN, Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2005
I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood -- unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn.
America can no longer afford to use military force as a substitute for a
serious energy policy
By Tom Z. Collina
Tomorrow, President Bush will give a major address on Iraq at the Naval
Academy in Annapolis. He will speak to a nation that is understandably
Sunnis Accuse Iraqi Military of Kidnappings and Slayings
By Dexter Filkins, The New York Times
Baghdad - As the American military pushes the largely Shiite Iraqi security services into a larger role in combating the insurgency, evidence has begun to mount suggesting that the Iraqi forces are carrying out executions in predominantly Sunni neighborhoods.
Last night on Anderson Cooper 360, amidst his continuing admirable attempt to keep New Orleans as a center of attention in this country, Cooper interviewed Michael Ware, Baghdad bureau chief for Time Magazine. About that exit strategy?
By Robert Dreyfuss, TomPaine.com
Robert Dreyfuss is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2005). Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone.He can be reached at his website: www.robertdreyfuss.com.