By David Swanson
US Labor Against the War is growing rapidly and making great strides, but the labor movement in Britain is both larger and more forcefully against the war. I wrote these notes after speaking in London last week with Trevor Phillips, Press Officer of NATFHE - The University & College Lecturers' Union, and NATFHE rep on UK Stop the War Coalition steering group. I was in London for the Stop the War Coalition's International Peace Conference and this series of events.
AN AMERICAN IN IRAN
By Michael Shank
A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet
Iran by any other name smells not sweet but suspicious. A renaming of
Iran is occurring and permanently embedding ideologically-driven
By Billy Hayes, General Secretary (GS) of the Communication Workers Union (CWU)
I am delighted to speak at the International Peace Conference.
It is a particular privilege to be speaking alongside representatives of the movement in Iraq.
Los Angeles Times - December 14, 2005 - By Reuters
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has a secret database that indicates the U.S. military may be collecting information on Americans who oppose the Iraq war and may be monitoring peace demonstrations, NBC reported Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times - December 14, 2005 - By Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is in the early stages of drafting a request for up to $100 billion more for military costs in Iraq and Afghanistan, lawmakers say, a figure that would push spending related to the wars toward half a trillion dollars.
A pseudohistory by Amy Branham
PART II – TO BATTLE
That night, George was restless. He heaved a sigh of relief as he looked out the bedroom window into the dark night. He made it through the day, somehow, and managed to avoid an ugly scene with the press. Donald Rumsfeld handled the disaster of the morning by giving a short statement at a press conference earlier in the day.
The NBC Nightly News investigative unit reported tonight that they have obtained a database from military intelligence which shows the U.S. military has been actively spying on peace groups inside the United States. The report focused on a group in Florida, which expressed shock at the documents obtained by NBC.
By Jim Oberg
As an American today, I find myself terribly ashamed of my country. Daily, in new revelations about the actions of my government, I learn about the unspeakable things being done in my name. The America I grew up loving, I must admit, has become the purveyor of terrible horrors against the world and our own citizens, and is steadily depriving we, the people, of our constitutional rights, our freedoms and our democratic process.
By E.J. Dionne, Jr. - Washington Post Writers Group
12.13.05 - WASHINGTON — After this week's elections in Iraq, will our national debate be about what the United States should do to salvage the best outcome it can from a war policy that has been riddled with errors and miscalculations? Or will we mostly discuss how politicians should position themselves on the war?
Bob Barr says military dictatorship close
By Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones, prisonplanet.com
Former Republican Congressman and CIA official Bob Barr says that there is a danger recent developments describe a trend of America slipping into a totalitarian society and that the Bush administration are doing everything in their power to see that this happens.
Published on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 by the Independent / UK
President Bush said yesterday that 'the year 2005 will be a turning point in the history of freedom'. But since the start of the war the days have been littered with unintended consequences.
The Green Party Supports Impeachment (PRESS RELEASE)
GREENS: IMPEACH BUSH NOW!
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
The Downing Street Memo proves that invasion of Iraq wasn't the 'last resort' but Bush's intent all along, leading to cooked intelligence and other impeachable offenses; Greens note bipartisan and media complicity in overlooking evidence of deceit, urge public protest.
By Raphael Zappala
Am I right that today is the 1000th day of this war…? In these horrific 1,000 days since the invasion of Iraq, 2,150 U.S. Soldiers have been killed, as of 3:50 PM EST. Bush does not care and states that the amount of Iraqi civilians killed in this war is 30,000. I do understand why he said that. If one is to check www.iraqbodycount.org, it does say that there are about 30,000 (30,892 to be exact) dead Iraqi civilians. However, this is just according to the confirmed deaths by the media’s stories. I will no way in hell say “only 30,000
Not swayed by last minute testimony, lawyers say
By RAW STORY, Jason Leopold and Larisa Alexandrovna
A few weeks after he took over the investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson in early 2004, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had already become suspicious that Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney’s then-chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter
From Tomdispatch today an important piece on the air war in Iraq: Dahr Jamail, "An Increasingly Aerial Occupation" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=42286
About two weeks ago, the New Yorker magazine's Seymour Hersh wrote "Up in the Air," the first serious mainstream report on the American air war in Iraq -- a subject Tomdispatch has been sending out pieces about for at least the last year and a half.
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.
TONIGHT! - 8pm and 11pm
on FOX NEWS
"O'Reilly Factor" Interviewing NY State Sen. Tom Duane + David Horowitz on
the "Bush Step Down" New York Times Ad - Monday Night
Tonight, Monday Dec 12, on "O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News TV network at
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.