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By Norman Solomon
Thursday 08 December 2005
Christmas came 11 days early for Donald Rumsfeld two years ago, when the news broke that American forces had pulled Saddam Hussein from a spidery hole. During interviews about the capture, on CBS and ABC, the Pentagon's top man was upbeat. And he didn't have to deal with a question that Lesley Stahl or Peter Jennings could have logically chosen to ask: "Secretary Rumsfeld, you met with Saddam almost exactly 20 years ago and shook his hand. What kind of guy was he?"
Insurgents holding four members of a Christian Peacemaker Team kidnapped in Iraq had threatened to kill them tomorrow if Iraqi detainees are not released from U.S. custody. The group holding them has just announced that they have extended the deadline to December 10. Please continue to keep all involved in your thoughts and prayers. May their captors' hearts be softened.
Mayor of London Calls Bushies "A Gang of Thugs"
By David Swanson
Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, England, threw a bash for anti-war activists this evening and denounced the Bush Administration as "a gang of thugs." He praised the work of those present from the US and the UK who have worked to end the war, including offering high praise for Cindy Sheehan, who also spoke.
By World Can't Wait
We are aiming to blast out with the next phase of the battle to drive out the Bush regime by placing a full page ad in the NY Times within the next week.
Attached you will find a PDF file of the ad. This is a draft. Signatories are continuing to arrive so the list is not final. This ad needs to run now, before the colleges go on break. Please, donate all you can: $hundreds, $thousands, $ten thousand +. We need to raise $45,000 by Wednesday, December 7. So let us know as soon as possible what you can donate.
Published on Monday, December 5, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By Maya Schenwar
When the Solomon Amendment, the law that requires universities to allow military recruiters on campus, first passed in 1995, the bill's co-sponsor Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) declared an intention to "send a message over the wall of the ivory tower of higher education." On December 6, the "ivory tower" will send a message back. In court, the oral argument will be presented for FAIR v. Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court case which will decide the fate of the Solomon Amendment. On the street, thousands of students, teachers and peace activists will participate in the National Day of Counter-Recruitment, holding rallies and educational events in almost every major city. The day of protest, organized by Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) and endorsed by Cindy Sheehan, Howard Zinn and Kathy Kelly, is expected to be the largest student counter-recruitment action organized around the Iraq War to date. [See CAN's website at http://www.campusantiwar.net for detailed information and a full list of endorsers.]
Operation Ceasefire was honored to recieve this award from one of Washington DC's oldest and well respected peace organizations at their annual awards dinner. For more information on The Washington Peace Center visit http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.org/
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.
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.
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,
- REVISED - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dana Thompson (202) 225-7080
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
By Lisa Schirch, Associate Professor of Peacebuilding, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University
Today the hostage takers threatened to kill the hostages next Thursday unless all Iraqi detainees are released. We must continue our efforts, press releases, vigils, prayers, etc to hold them in the Light.
Before I went to Iraq in August, I reflected with friends on how I wanted to respond if I was taken hostage. It was a gruesome reflection on a "what if" and many refused to think through it with me. But I wanted to have a plan. I never would have been so hopeful or imaginative to have my "what if" abductors offer me baklava and a chance to air my political views on global TV.
Please join us in taking action this weekend aimed at helping free former
CJP student Tom Fox and his colleagues from Christian Peacemaker Teams.
The abductors announced today that they will kill the hostages next
Please sign petition at
Four members of Christian Peacemaker Teams were taken this past Saturday, November 26, in Baghdad, Iraq. They are not spies, nor do they work in the service of any government. They are people who have dedicated their lives to fighting against war and have clearly and publicly opposed the invasion and occupation of Iraq. They are people of faith, but they are not missionaries. They have deep respect for the Islamic faith and for the right of Iraqis to self-determination.
Seven students at Hampton University in Virginia face disciplinary action
for staging a walkout during the World Can't Wait day of action against the
Bush administration one month ago. Shortly before they appear before a
Bush Gossip & Tonight's Ten Minutes on Air America' Majority Report
Barbara Bush is allegedly TICKED off at Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Andy Card, nearly all of them -- except Karen Hughes -- for how her boy is faring in the hearts and minds of Americans.
By David Swanson
Two weeks ago, I wrote about a candidate considering a run for Secretary of State of Massachusetts, an unusual candidate in that he is a national leader in the fight for voting rights and campaign reform. Today John Bonifaz officially anounced his candidacy! This is, as I argued two weeks ago, a race of NATIONAL importance.
By Robert McChesney
A host of recent developments have made it clear that the Bush White House is doing battle against the journalistic standards and practices that underpin our democracy. With its unprecedented campaign to undermine and stifle independent journalism, Bush & Co. have demonstrated astonishing contempt for the Constitution and considerable fear of an informed public.
Dear Vice President McMorris, Dean Hopewell, and Dean Long:
Progressive Democrats of America,PDAmerica.org, with associates in fifty states and over 70 active chapters nationwide, hereby expresses it'sunconditional support for all students at Hampton University facingexpulsion or disciplinary action for peaceful protest. In times such asthese, when the conscience, soul, and fundamental morality of all Americancitizens is being strained by our government's actions (or inaction), thenotion that students will be sanctioned by a reputable university forexpressing their opinions in non-violent acts of civil disobedience runscounter to the values of free expression all Americans revere andhonor. Pressing social issues such as the HIV crisis, genocide in Darfur,Sudan, a racist response to Hurricane Katrina and the pre-hurricanecommunity, and the immoral illegal War in Iraq, must be addressed. And whobetter to demand accountability than the generation that will inherit theseproblems?
By David Swanson
Tonight the Democratic National Committee sent me a note that began thus:
"This is it -- your last chance to help place billboards in Jean Schmidt's district sending her a clear message: 'Shame on You, Jean Schmidt: Stop Attacking Veterans. Keep Your Eye on the Ball -- We Need a Real Plan for Iraq.'"
But that's a stellar example of an unclear message. She's supposed to keep her eye on a ball - what ball? "A Real Plan for Iraq." What plan? Can you imagine walking up to a murderer as he's stabbing a victim over and over and advising him in the sternest voice that he NEEDS to get a REAL plan? No, he needs to stop it, damn it.
Join the Catholic Workers on Friday, Dec. 2, to welcome Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia.
Iraq war veteran, Camilo Mejia, refused to return to Iraq after a U.S. furlough. His war experiences had turned him against all wars, and he applied for conscientious objector status. He was sentenced to one year in prison.
National Call-In Day on Iraq War – Tuesday, Dec. 6
By Sue Udry, Legislative Action Coordinator, United for Peace and Justice
On Tuesday, December 6, Congress will reconvene in Washington, D.C. -- and United for Peace and Justice, in conjunction with Win Without War, is calling for a massive national grassroots call-in day against the war.
Drop the Charges and Stop the Harassment Against the Hampton University Students Against the Bush Regime!
Students who act as part of the national movement to Drive Out the Bush
Regime because The World Can't Wait, especially when they remain firm in
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!
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
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
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