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My LTTE to the NY Times re: the UAE ports deal
Edited on Thu Feb-23-06 03:05 PM by brooklynite
I would like to join David Brook's plea for an end to the xenophobic anti-Arab reactions to the Dubai ports deal being made by our politicians and pundits ("Kicking Arabs in the Teeth", Feb 23). But, in doing so, I have to wonder where his concern has been for the past four years. Ever since 9/11, the Administration and its supporters, who pride themselves on "controlling the message", have apparently been happy to let firebrands like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Rev. Pat Robertson stir up the conservative base in support of the Administration's war and security policies with anti-muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric that garners at most an occasional "tut, tut" when the oratory goes too far. Now that a business deal with the Arab world is pending, its not surprising that the angry emotional responses can't be curtailed. Perhaps a call for less teeth kicking would have been more productive at the start of our "War on Terror", rather than at this late date.
This guide is being provided to suggest ideas and actions that you can take to help ensure the impeachment of President George Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney. We encourage you to use any or all of these tools and to be creative.
We would like to let you know about an exciting opportunity for you to increase the impact and media attention for your March 18-19 anti-war events. CODEPINK will be bringing a delegation of Iraqi women to the US for March 8, International Women’s Day, as part of their campaign Women Say No to War (see www.womensaynotowar.org ). Some of these women are available to stay on for the anti-war protests marking the anniversary of the war.
Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard toll free at 888-818-6641 and ask to speak to your Representative (or one of your Senators). Give them this message:
"I strongly oppose the war in Iraq. I want all our troops brought home safely, without delay. I urge Representative X to vote against the President's $72.4 billion 'emergency' supplemental request for the war."
Take these to a meeting with your Congress Member: PDF.
How to Join a Pro-Impeachment Grassroots Movement http://www.pdamerica.org
How to Sign a Petition to Congress http://democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/65
How to Publicize Bush and Cheney's Crimes http://www.afterdowningstreet.org
How to Promote Investigation in Congress http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5768
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS delivers remarks to the Asia Society
at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, at 10:45 AM. POTUS will preview the
goals and themes for his upcoming trip to India and Pakistan. [White
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
From the National Steering Committee of World Can't Wait, 2/21
When the President used the State of the Union address January 31 to relentlessly push his case for unending war on the world, unimpeded domestic spying, faith-based initiatives and an attack on stem cell research and abortion, some reported this as a "moderate speech with no new proposals." But there was a different response in the streets of more than 60 cities, when tens of thousands perceived Bush’s address as a State of Emergency. Then, Saturday, over two thousand came right to the White House to demand "Bush Step Down and Take Your Program with You!"
By Editor and Publisher
Scooter has come to Web, with the launch of a new site, the Libby Legal Defense Trust.
Dedicated to defending the recently-indicted former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, I. Lewis Libby, the site features testimonials and fundraising appeals. Using a credit card, you can quickly contribute anywhere from $50 to $10,000 (or more)--or enroll in a monthly payment plan.
KYIV, UKRAINE CONFERENCE ON 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHORNOBYL BRINGING TOGETHER EXPERTS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE
WILL FOCUS ON NEW INFORMATION ON CHORNOBYL CONSEQUENCES, FACTS ON NUCLEAR POWER TODAY & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CHOICES
With the 20th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster rapidly approaching, organizers of the Chornobyl+20: Remembrance for the Future conference today announced more details about conference speakers and format. The international conference will be held April 23-25, 2006 at the House of the Teacher in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
NEW* HAGEL in Blaine, MI: Sen. Hagel speaks at the Metro North Chamber
of Commerce. He also speaks about Iraq, terrorism, and Bush's domestic
surveillance program, and takes questions on Minnesota Public Radio
No 2006/3: February 12
IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
1) MARCH 18: FROM LONDON TO BAGHDAD
2) MUSLIM COMMUNITY SUPPORTS 18 MARCH
3) THE MEDIA AND THE WAR
End the War Now! Impeach Bush & Cheney
EVENTS in CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
Town Hall Forum on the War in Iraq
Monday, March 13, 7 p.m. McLEOD AUDITORIUM - UVA School of Nursing.
Eman Ahmad Khamas, Iraqi journalist, activist living in Baghdad, defends women’s rights, documents crimes committed by U.S. and Iraqi forces.
Lt.Col.Karen Kwiatkowski, retired from Office of the Sec. of Defense on Near East South Asia Policy, outspoken critic of the Pentagon's pre-war propaganda development.
Work with the campaign office
By Carol Wolman, http://www.opednews.com
Congresspeople have two offices, a congressional office, which handles their current business, and a campaign office, which handles their upcoming election, which occurs every two years. Staying in Congress is a prime goal, as committee assignments and power depend on seniority,- the number of times the person is re-elected. Therefore, the campaign office is ongoing. Often the same staff covers both offices locally.
IMPEACH BUSH & CHENEY Bumper Stickers
New "Impeach Bush & Cheney!" bumper stickers are now available! The sticker is a 11 1/2 inches by 3 inches, black with white lettering. Below the message is "Progressive Democrats of America" and www.pdamerica.com, along with the union bug. Centered in bold white lettering across the middle of the sticker is: "Impeach Bush & Cheney"!
From Mourning to Resistance 3 Years too Many – Stop the War!
March on the Pentagon, March 20, 2006, Washington, D.C.
Join the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance to STOP the WAR NOW!
Marking the end of the 3rd year since the war began.
February 20, 2006
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
One Maritime Plaza
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Dear Congresswoman Kaptur:
In June of 2005, nine months ago, a few representatives of the Northwest Ohio
Peace Coalition met with you for the express purpose of discussing the
By David Swanson
1.-Impeachment is where people's energy is, all over the country. If we want a large and growing and democratic movement, we should listen to our members.
2.-Exposing the lies and the crimes related to this war is, more than anything else, building opposition to the war, as well as to future wars. There is no better way to expose the crimes than to demand an investigation that could lead to impeachment. (As demanded by H Res 635.)
The new issue of Harper's magazine, http://www.harpers.org , has a cover story (not online yet) by the editor Lewis Lapham laying out the case for impeachment. And Harper's has planned the following event:
By Bob Blumenthal, www.pdamerica.org
In Morris County, NJ there is an intersection at Kinnelon Road and
Route 23. Between 7:30 am and 9:00 am, about 8,000 cars pass this
point. In early December, I decided to stage a one man protest against
By David Swanson
The following are remarks I made last Wednesday night in Santa Cruz, California, at an event held in the Veterans Hall, where the star speaker was Medea Benjamin, and where a group of Raging Grannies with pink aprons and rolling pins belted out anti-Bush songs of their own creation that brought down the house. Medea was tremendous, and I recommend watching the video once they get it online.
U.S. Tour of Duty's Real Intelligence Project, KPFT 90.1, MonkeyWrench Books and Light in the Darkness Publications present two emergency public discussions about Iraq, Iran and America's constitutional crisis with
"Mourning to Resistance": Sundown Candlelight Vigil & Peace Ceremony marking the 3rd Anniversary of the War of Occupation in Iraq
Sunday, March 19th 2006 6:15PM
Philadelphia, PA USA
The reading of names of the war dead - Iraqi and U.S. - and the intonement of bells and drums will accompany the candlelight vigil. The ceremony for peace will include music, readings, and a circle of peace.
Have you made plans yet to mark the third anniversary of the Iraq War?
From time to time, our movement gathers in mass mobilizations (as we will on April 29 in New York City). As dramatic and inspiring as those events are, the heart and soul of the peace movement is community-based, local work, which is why United for Peace and Justice has called for nationally coordinated local actions on the third anniversary of the Iraq War.
U.S. Tour of Duty's Real Intelligence Project, Los Angeles City Beat, and Progressive Talk AM 1150 present an emergency public discussion about Iraq, Iran and America's constitutional crisis with
Former UN Weapons Inspector SCOTT RITTER and GORE VIDAL
PRESIDENTS' DAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2006
Both Richard Nixon and George W. Bush carried out an ILLEGAL wiretapping program
Against people in the United States.
George W. Bush LIED to the people and Congress about the justifications for going to war on Iraq!
Action Alert: Missing From ABC's WMD 'Scoop' -- Star defector Hussein Kamel said weapons were destroyed
On February 15, ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross delivered an exclusive report on World News Tonight and Nightline that purported to be a bombshell. ABC had obtained tape-recorded conversations from mid-1995 that seemed to show that Iraq had been concealing its weapons of mass destruction program. The tapes, according to Ross, "will only serve to fuel the continuing debate about Saddam's true intentions and whether he, in fact, did hide weapons of mass destruction." But ABC viewers were left in the dark about information that would undermine the tape's most important revelations.
By David DeGraw, www.MediaChannel.org
The House Armed Services Committee recently held a hearing about the controversial Able Danger data-mining program. The secret intelligence program, which used advanced computerized link and pattern analysis techniques, purportedly identified four 9/11 hijackers a year before the worst terror attacks on American soil.