Tragedy in Baghdad

How U.S. forces set the stage for...
Tragedy in Baghdad
Socialist Worker
By Eric Ruder | September 9, 2005 | Page 16

AS ANTIWAR activists from Cindy Sheehan’s vigil in Crawford, Texas, left on a bus tour across the U.S., Iraq witnessed a terrible new tragedy that underlines the suffering caused by Washington’s occupation.

Nearly 1,000 Iraqis died and hundreds more were injured August 31 in a stampede on a crowded bridge in Baghdad. The victims were primarily Shiite religious pilgrims. The stampede--on a bridge that connects a Shiite district of Baghdad with an area that supports the predominantly Sunni resistance--began when a rumor ran through the crowd that a suicide bomber was about to strike.

How Does Bush Sleep at Night?

By: Jason Miller

What is it that enables George Bush to sleep at night when his avarice and iniquity as a ruler exceed that of Marie Antoinette? Could it be that he slept through his history lectures about the French Revolution while he was at Yale? Perhaps his capacity to sleep soundly stems from having the most powerful military in the history of humanity at his disposal. Being a member of a dynasty dating back to the 1930's would also tend to endow one with a sense of serenity as one plundered a nation's resources, shredded the U.S. Constitution, initiated illegal wars, bullied most of the world, slaughtered innocents in the name of "spreading freedom".

British MP George Galloway to speak in Toronto

Toronto appearance only Canadian stop on US speaking tour

TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Maverick British MP George Galloway will visit
Toronto September 16 to 17 for the only Canadian stop on a US speaking tour.
Galloway will tour eight US cities from September 13 to 24 to promote his new
book Mr Galloway Goes to Washington, an account of his experience testifying
before the US Senate in May 2005. Other speakers on Galloway's tour include
actress Jane Fonda, Gold Star Families for Peace member Cindy Sheehan and
pro-war writer Christopher Hitchens. Galloway will meet Hitchens in New York

Scoville rally to offer glimpse of peace

Pioneer Press
BY CHERI BENTRUP

You've heard about the peace movement. This is your chance to meet the activists and learn about their goals first hand.

The Oak Park Coalition for Truth & Justice is hosting its first Oak Park Peace Fair and Town Hall from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in Scoville Park, on the northwest corner of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue. No admission will be charged.

Booths representing about 40 peace organizations will be set up in the park, similar to Oak Park's Day in Our Village celebration held each June, said Kevin McDermott, one of the event organizers for the Truth & Justice Coalition.

Katrina’s aftermath: Santa Cruz man rides to the rescue

September 7, 2005
By NANCY PASTERNACK
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Gary Maclaughlin has a mission and a bus.

On the fifth day of his Hurricane Katrina disaster-relief tour Tuesday, the Santa Cruz construction worker delivered water, food and other supplies to residents in and around New Orleans.

As he drove into the city from the Causeway over Lake Pontchartrain, he described what he could see through the windshield of his 1990 full-size diesel school bus.

Helicopters dropping sandbags at the levee; a hospital ship; barges carrying oil drums.

"There’s a dump truck with a soldier sitting backwards with an AR-15 in his lap. Police and military are going in every direction at once," he said. "It’s an amazing scene."

In the rain, Alaskans stood for Sheehan's cause

Anchorage Daily News

Chantel Ayers-Kalish of Anchorage thanks everyone who turned out for the Cindy Sheehan vigil Aug. 17 on the Park Strip. "It was a joy and privilege to stand with so many people who support this woman and her cause. Even in a steady rain with umbrellas in one hand and candles in the other, Alaskans came together to show compassion and concern for a fellow citizen from afar. If only every day we would join together and support one another, perhaps we wouldn't need to be at war. Compassion and kindness can be contagious; wouldn't that be a joyful epidemic to witness?"

LINK TO ORIGINAL

Sheehan to attend protest in Batavia

Beacon News
By Ed Fanselow

BATAVIA — Cindy Sheehan, the California military mom whose 26-day vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch helped make her the new face of an anti-war movement, has announced that she will join a group of protesters outside the offices of House Speaker Dennis Hastert here today.

Sheehan originally said she wouldn't participate in the visit, which is part of a series of anti-war protests being organized around the country by the group Bring Them Home Now.

A spokesman for the group said Tuesday, though, that Sheehan decided at the last minute to join the Batavia rally as well as an evening vigil in Wheaton.

DOCUMENTARY TO BE SHOWN FRIDAY AT MCC

The Maui News

WAILUKU – “The Downing Street Basement Tapes

Letter from Cindy Sheehan

ACTION ALERT * UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
www.unitedforpeace.org | 212-868-5545 | Click to subscribe

Letter from Cindy Sheehan

Sept. 7, 2005

www.unitedforpeace.org/septmobe

Dear Friends and Supporters of Peace,

On August 31st, we closed down Camp Casey on the outskirts of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. In the three and a half weeks that we were in Crawford, thousands of people passed through - some for just a few hours and some for days or weeks. Throughout the country, hundreds of thousands of people responded to my vigil, calling on the President to meet with me and, just as importantly, adding their voices to the growing cry for an end to the war in Iraq.

War foes pleased by turnout in Madison

Wisconsin State Journal
ELIZABETH WACHOWSKI bwachowski@madison.com 608-252-6120
September 4, 2005

A group of veterans and military families spoke Sunday night before a crowd of Madisonians opposed to the war in Iraq, spreading their message that supporting the troops doesn't necessarily mean supporting the war.

The "Bring Them Home Now Tour," an offshoot of military mom Cindy Sheehan's monthlong protest in front of President Bush's ranch in Texas, attracted a near-capacity crowd to the Barrymore.

Tour speaker Stacy Bannerman, whose husband served an extended tour of duty in Iraq, said she wasn't surprised by the attendance, noting that Madison has a history in the anti- war movement dating back to Vietnam.

“The War in Iraq is Increasingly Unpopular and Must End

Written by Kevin Zeese
Tuesday, 06 September 2005
Interview with Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich, along with fellow Democrat Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) and Republicans Walter Jones (R-NC) and Ron Paul (R-TX), introduced the first bi-partisan bill calling for an exit strategy from Iraq (H.J.Res. 55). Around this bill and other Iraq withdrawal efforts Republicans are quietly meeting behind closed doors and progressive Democrats have formed the "Out of Iraq Caucus" to push for an exit strategy. Rep. Kucinich is leading the Congress to a real consideration of an exit strategy from Iraq.

Theocracy Lite

By Katha Pollitt
The Nation

So now we know what "noble cause" Cindy Sheehan's son died for in Iraq: Sharia. It's a good thing W stands for women, or I'd be worried. The new Constitution, drafted under heavy pressure from the Administration, sets aside the secular personal law under which Iraqis have lived for nearly half a century in favor of theocracy lite. "Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation," Article 2 begins - the spin is that this language is a victory because Islam is not the source. "(a) No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam." On the other hand, "(b) No law can be passed that contradicts the principles of democracy" and "(c) No law can be passed that contradicts the rights and basic freedoms outlined in this constitution" - as in, for example, Article 14: "Iraqis are equal before the law without discrimination because of sex," religion, ethnicity and so on.

Gallup: Americans to Bush -- Withdraw Troops from Iraq

Gallup: Americans to Bush -- Withdraw Troops from Iraq

By E&P Staff

Published: September 06, 2005 12:55 PM ET

NEW YORK Two separate Gallup polls, detailed today in the organization's weekly report, show that Americans favor withdrawing some or all U.S. troops from Iraq.

Perhaps most revealing was a new poll which asked 1,007 Americans, "If you could talk with President Bush for 15 minutes about the situation in Iraq, what would you, personally, advise him to do?" The poll taken in late August found that 41% said they would tell him to pull troops out of Iraq and end our involvement there.

Hurricane Katrina-Our Experiences

Hurricane Katrina-Our Experiences

Larry Bradshaw
Lorrie Beth Slonsky

Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreen's store at the corner of Royal and Iberville streets remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly visible through the widows. It was now 48 hours without electricity, running water, plumbing. The milk, yogurt, and cheeses were beginning to spoil in the 90-degree heat. The owners and managers had locked up the food, water, pampers, and prescriptions and fled the City. Outside Walgreen's
windows, residents and tourists grew increasingly thirsty and hungry.

Hearing and Rally on Ending the War: September 15 in DC

On Thursday, September 15, in Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey will hold a hearing on exit strategies for Iraq.

A coalition of organizations demanding an end to the war will hold a rally at 5 p.m. that evening in front of the White House.

Please ask your Congress Member and Senators to take part in both events.
Email them here: http://tinyurl.com/7vjej

Or call the switchboard toll free: (888) 818-6641.

And please come to these events yourself if you can (but remember that we are building toward a mass mobilization on September 24; if you can only come to DC once, come then).

WOOLSEY CALLS ON DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO PLAN FUTURE OF IRAQ

NEWS from CONGRESSWOMAN LYNN WOOLSEY, 6th District, California

For Information Contact:
Susannah Cernojevich (202) 225-5187

WOOLSEY CALLS ON DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO PLAN FUTURE OF IRAQ

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) is calling on Members of Congress and the President to work together to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.

What: Hearing on the Future of Iraq

When: Thursday, September 15, 2005
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (may change once location is determined)

Who: U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey

Camp Casey Photos

From Jon Orlando:

www.honestphotos.net

Here are three photos from Camp Casey,

including one of Mary and Kini -

the two women from Colorado

who sang the sing-along on Saturday.

TWO MORE PHOTOS BELOW FOLD

Parents Nationwide Take Action to Protect Children's Privacy From Military Recruiters

New film reveals devastating impact of aggressive military recruitment.

(PRWEB) September 6, 2005 -- Parents across the nation are taking action as part of the Leave My Child Alone Coalition's Back-to-School Opt Out month, just as a new film reveals the devastating impact of aggressive military recruitment on American families.

At over two hundred community events across America, parents are taking steps to opt their children from a provision in the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires public high schools to pass on lists of private student information to the military for recruitment purposes. At school board meetings, back to school events and meet ups in 37 states and in major US cities, parents are taking a stand to opt out.

Firing Michael Brown Is Not Enough. How About Bush and Cheney?

By Norman Solomon

Calls for firing Michael Brown are understandable. Aptly described as "the blithering idiot in charge of FEMA" by columnist Maureen Dowd a few days ago, he's an easy and appropriate target.

President Bush met with Brown last Friday and publicly told him: "You're doing a heck of a job."

In the grisly wake of the hurricane, Brown's job performance cannot be separated from Bush's job performance. To similar deadly effect, the president has brought to bear on people in New Orleans the same qualities that he has inflicted on people in Iraq -- refusal to acknowledge basic realities, lethally misplaced priorities, lack of compassion (cue the guitar), and overarching arrogance.

Central Florida Veterans for Peace Membership Drive

Calling All Veterans: Central Florida Veterans for Peace Membership Drive

The Central Florida chapter of Veterans for Peace, Inc. is seeking new members. To learn more about the national organization of Veterans for Peace, Inc. please visit their web site at www.veteransforpeace.org. If you are a Military Veteran (peacetime and/or wartime service) living in the following counties of Central Florida (Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, St. John's, Volusia) and are agreeable to the organization's Statement of Purpose we urge you to join us. The VFP's Statement of Purpose can be viewed at http://www.veteransforpeace.org/../OrganState.htm or by scrolling below. Veterans for Peace extends Associate Membership status to all those who agree with our Statement of Purpose. Veteran status is not required for Associate Membership.

Impeach George W. Bush Now!

By Earl J. Prignitz
September 6, 2005

I have a very serious question to ask the media and I hope that my question will not be treated lightly. I would like to know why the media hasn't published polls asking whether the American people believe George W. Bush should be impeached for lying to the United States Congress and the American people about reasons for going to war with Iraq? The Downing Street memo is proof that the war was pre-planned and not due to weapons of mass destruction.

When the Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998, many pollster throughout the country asked about the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Local mother joins Camp Casey

Pulse of the Twin Cities
Local mother joins Camp Casey
Cindy Sheehan to speak in Mpls Saturday
by Julia Curran

Editor’s note: As we were going to press, Women Against Military Madness announced that Cindy Sheehan will speak in Minneapolis Sat., Sept. 3, at a time and place to be announced. Sheehan is the mother of a fallen soldier who inspired a mass protest outside George W. Bush’s compound in Crawford, Texas. For more information contact Women Against Military Madness at 612-827-5364 or visit WorldWideWAMM.org.

The mainstream media, so easily drawn into the political rhetoric of the Iraq war, prefers dealing in abstractions, numbers and money, oil and faraway names. In these stories humanity, if it appears at all, is a quirky supporting character tacked on at the end.

United States warships turn towards Venezuela as US military takes control of Hurricane devastated regions

United States warships turn towards Venezuela as US military takes control of Hurricane devastated regions; Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Frias vows '100-year war'
http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=45817

Russian journalist Sorcha Faal writes: Russian Military Analysts are reporting today that a 'significant' portion of the US Navy Armada that had been heading towards their country's devastated southern regions have turned towards South America.

Reports state a planned Invasion of Venezuela to overthrow its President and reassert 'control' over Venezuela's vast oil reserves.

The Venezuelan President having been notified of this most troubling development has ordered his military forces to be on top alert and has 'vowed' a 100-year war against the military leaders of the United States..

Beyond the Political Spin: New Orleans Realities

Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
(202) 347-0020 * http://www.accuracy.org * ipa@accuracy.org
___________________________________________________

PM Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Beyond the Political Spin: New Orleans Realities

Interviews Available

ROBIN ROCQUE, robinrocque@hotmail.com
Rocque said today: "I'm one of the fortunate. My family evacuated
New Orleans early Sunday morning, before the horror. We sat in my
uncle's living room, in Arcadia, La., and stared at the television. I
am a native New Orleanian and I had a difficult time identifying my

Woolsey Renews Push for Exit Strategy in Iraq

Erin P. Billings
6 September 2005
Roll Call

In her latest attempt to pressure the Bush administration to revise its Iraqi policies, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), is planning to bring several national security experts before a hearing next week to discuss strategies to conclude the conflict.

Woolsey, co-chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Caucus, is leading a bloc of House Democrats in calling on the White House to conclude the United States' role in the Iraq conflict. She is also helping to lead a group of about 50 Members who recently formed the Out of Iraq Caucus.

The unofficial Sept. 15 hearing, to which both Democrats and Republicans have been invited, will focus on ways to end the war and plans for transferring power back to the Iraqi people, Woolsey said.

The Tipping Point On Iraq

TomPaine.com
Robert Dreyfuss
September 06, 2005

Robert Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. His book, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, will be published by Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books in the fall.

September 2005 could go down in history as the month in which Iraq policy finally turned around. By all indications, members of Congress returning to Capitol Hill this week will come back having heard, loud and clear, from their constituents that it’s time to end the war in Iraq, victory or no. And it’s not just Democrats.

No One Could Have Predicted

Gone with the Water
By Joel K. Bourne, Jr.
National Geographic OCTOBER 2004

The Louisiana bayou, hardest working marsh in America, is in big trouble-with dire consequences for residents, the nearby city of New Orleans, and seafood lovers everywhere.

It was a broiling August afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Big Easy, the City That Care Forgot. those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey. Those inside paid silent homage to the man who invented air-conditioning as they
watched TV "storm teams" warn of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing surprising there: Hurricanes in August are as much a part of life in this town as hangovers on Ash Wednesday.

Pass Resolution of Inquiry into Bush Lies This Week

Ask Your Congress Member to Co-Sponsor H Res 375, which will be acted on in the International Relations Committee on Sept. 14. Every member should co-sponsor, whether or not they serve on that committee.

If passed, H Res 375 will require the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq."

We have the Downing Street Memos from the UK.  This Resolution, if passed, will demand similar evidence from the US.  It has the support of most, and possibly all, of the Democrats on the IR committee, and of at least one Republican on that committee.  We need every Dem and three Republicans to pass it.

Email Your Congress Member.
Phone and Fax Your Congress Member.
Or call switchboard tollfree at (888) 818-6641.
Fill out feedback form.
Here are current co-sponsors.
More Info.
Send this letter to all your friends!

The Two Americas

By Marjorie Cohn
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Saturday 03 September 2005

Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds. More than 1.5 million Cubans were evacuated to higher ground ahead of the storm. Although the hurricane destroyed 20,000 houses, no one died.

What is Cuban President Fidel Castro's secret? According to Dr. Nelson Valdes, a sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, and specialist in Latin America, "the whole civil defense is embedded in the community to begin with. People know ahead of time where they are to go."

Schedules

SENATE
Meets at noon for debate and at 2:15 p.m. to consider the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 and the estate tax bill.

SENATE COMMITTEES
2:30 p.m. -- Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on gasoline prices and factors contributing to high prices. Witnesses include Guy Caruso, administrator of the Energy Information Administration; James Overdahl, chief economist for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and Johnnie Burton, director of the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service.

HOUSE
Meets at 2 p.m. to consider commemorating the 60th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of World War II in the Pacific, and calling on the president to issue a proclamation recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act.

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