By Ivan Eland
Published by The Modern Tribune
After condemning the suggestion of many Democrats that the U.S. should create a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq, the Bush administration’s Pentagon is tentatively constructing just that. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, returning from a visit to Iraq, seemed to support that plan by insisting that the training of Iraqi troops was going so swimmingly that the current level of U.S. forces in Iraq would not need to remain much longer. What gives?
By Bronwen Maddox
CONDOLEEZZA RICE, pausing at Andrews Air Force Base before boarding her flight to Europe, told Europe bluntly it should be grateful for the US’s tough methods in the War on Terror, even if that included controversial CIA techniques.
By Brian Bogart
Fall term is essentially over for the Strike for Peace Campaign at University of Oregon, and the grades are excellent. Camped across from the administration building, Strike for Peace began the term hoping to persuade faculty senate members that an examination of ties between schools and military funding is warranted because of the obscurity and extreme lethality of the ever-increasing military industry under our current national leadership.
* Extraordinary Rendition Scandal Reaches New Heights: Rice on the Offensive
in Europe Over Bush Administration's Use of "Torture Flights" *
The scandal over the Bush administration's use of so-called "extraordinary
By Larry C. Johnson
It is time for FOX NEWs and one of its “military
Rumsfeld touts progress in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says you can't judge progress in Iraq based on the number of Americans killed.
Rumsfeld tells students of international studies at Johns Hopkins in Washington that Americans should be optimistic about what's happening. He says people have to stop defining success as "the absence of terrorist attacks."
By U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
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Iraq War - Democrats Believe American Troops Should Be Redeployed In Accordance with a Comprehensive Exit Plan
An analysis of claims that there was any evidence of Iraq trying to buy uranium from Niger:
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Don't let it bring you down,
It's only castles burning,
Find someone who's turning,
(Thurs. 12/1/05 - Sat. 12/3/05)
A great weekend was had!
Many from PDA, DFA and others from the grassroots attended a DNC meeting for the first time.:)
PDA organized getting grassroots participants democratically (small d) educated about and involved in a DNC meeting.:)
Here's contact info for Roll Call that you may find yourself wanting as you read this article.
Roll Call phone: 202/824-6800, Email.
Will Democrats Resist What Republicans Couldn't in 1998?
December 5, 2005
By Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call Contributing Writer
So far, the Democratic establishment has wisely resisted the temptation to make personal attacks on the president or to respond to the call for President Bush’s impeachment emanating from the party’s vocal "progressive" wing.
By Paul Tait
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military is abusing its United Nations mandate in Iraq by detaining thousands of people without due process of law, a senior U.N. official said.
The Iraqi government installed after the U.S. invasion of 2003 is also guilty of major human rights abuses, including holding people without charge in secret jails "littered" across the country, John Pace, human rights chief for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), told Reuters.
Join CINDY SHEEHAN, HOWARD ZINN, DAHR JAMAIL, war resisters PABLO PAREDES and CAMILO MEJIA, Progressive Democrats of America director TIM CARPENTER, Iraq Vets Against the War & Campus Antiwar Network member DAVID AIRHART, and -- by a unanimous vote of the city council --BERKELEY, CA in supporting this day of counter-recruitment actions this Tuesday, December 6! (Full endorsement list below.)
By David Swanson
On Tuesday in New York, Jonathan Tasini will announce the launch of his campaign for United States Senate, challenging Hilary Clinton in the Democratic primary.
A Democrat, at least one who convincingly opposes Bush, is very likely to win the general election in this race. This means that the primary is the real election, and the question is what kind of Democrat we want to have in the Senate.
Condoleezza Rice flies into row over 'rendition' of terror suspects
Ian Cobain and Luke Harding in Berlin, The Guardian
The British government is guilty of breaking international law if it allowed secret CIA "rendition" flights of terror suspects to land at UK airports, according to a report by American legal scholars.
From Tomdispatch tonight, Michael Schwartz's "Arguing about the War, The Top Ten Reasons for Staying in (Leaving) Iraq" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=41214
In this unique piece for our moment, Schwartz answers ten critical questions actually posed to him by a war supporter in response to a piece he did advocating immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
By David Cole
The Los Angeles Times
When Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales announced shortly before Thanksgiving that Jose Padilla had been indicted, it came as some surprise that what he was actually charged with had virtually nothing to do with what the United States had been saying about Padilla for the more than three years that he was held in military custody as an "enemy combatant." In news conferences, Gonzales' predecessors had described Padilla as public enemy No. 1: an Al Qaeda operative accused of plotting to detonate a "dirty bomb" and to blow up apartment buildings.
By Colin Nickerson and Farah Stockman
The Boston Globe
Rice trip comes amid probes of detentions.
Berlin - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flies into a hornets' nest of criticism tomorrow as she begins a four-country swing through Europe amid mounting outrage over allegations that the United States has conducted covert counter-terrorism missions on the continent.
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report
The attorney representing Karl Rove in the federal investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson has made a desperate attempt to ensure President Bush's deputy chief of staff does not become the subject of a criminal indictment.
By Peter Wallsten, Tom Hamburger and Josh Meyer, LA Times
WASHINGTON — The FBI has reopened an inquiry into one of the most intriguing aspects of the pre-Iraq war intelligence fiasco: how the Bush administration came to rely on forged documents linking Iraq to nuclear weapons materials as part of its justification for the invasion.
By David Swanson
On Saturday, December 10, in London, England, leaders of the peace movement against the Iraq war from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Iraq will meet to strategize. There is hope that the tide has already turned against the occupation, and that a coordinated international effort will be able to mobilize sufficient public pressure to bring the war to a complete end.
Dick Cheney, president of vice, is coming to Houston next Monday evening, Dec. 5, to raise funds for local corruption czar Tom DeLay. Join with others to give them the "welcome" they deserve.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The Proof is in the Military's Own Autopsy Reports
Death By Torture: US Media Ignores Hard Evidence
By PETER PHILLIPS
Military autopsy reports provide indisputable proof that detainees are being tortured to death while in US military custody. Yet the US corporate media are covering it with the seriousness of a garage sale for the local Baptist Church.
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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE HOLDS PUBLIC CALL TO ACTION AND POINTS TO NEW DEATHS OF AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ AS FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT COMPREHENSIVE EXIT PLAN IS NECESSARY
In Georgia, Even Republican Voters Are Voicing Unhappiness With Iraq Involvement
By Shailagh Murray, Washington Post
CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- The annual Christmas parade is crawling down Main Street, and amid the marching bands and flatbed creches, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) is throwing candy to kids from the cab of a pickup truck.
HAMPTON UNIVERSITY REPRESSION
By John Robinson, http://www.campusantiwar.net
Hampton University students faced disciplinary hearings on Dec 2, 2005
at 9:00 am in the Student Center cyber lounge. As I arrived I
By Michael Smith, The Sunday Times
A BRITISH general is facing possible criminal charges over one of the most controversial incidents of the Iraq war, The Sunday Times has learnt.
The allegations levelled against Major-General Peter Wall relate to alleged attempts by senior officers to prevent an investigation into the deaths of a British tank commander and an unarmed Iraqi civilian.
Frank Rich: 'All the President's flacks'
A column set to appear in Sunday's New York Times by Frank Rich explores the similarities between former Times reporter Judith Miller and Washington Post's Bob Woodward, RAW STORY has learned.
List of Iraqi civilian martyrs killed in Fallujah by chemical weapons used by the Americans in their assault on the city in April 2004