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By Leslie Cagan, National Coordinator, UFPJ
Last night we had the second conference call briefing for UFPJ member groups on Iran and the signs that the Bush administration seems to be gearing up for a military strike or war against Iran.
Both of the briefing calls (one last week and the one last night) went very well. The fact that more than 125 people from groups all around the country participated between the two calls shows the depth of concern within our coalition and the peace movement as a whole that Bush appears to be moving toward expanding the Iraq war into Iran.
As Atrios notes, CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr said this morning:
The bottom line, Heidi, is the US certainly does have intelligence tying these Iranian weapons shipments to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah ali Khamenei. It’s not something that the Bush White House wants to talk about in public too much because they really do not want to ratchet up tensions with Iran, the facts aside.
By Marcy Winograd
Tuesday, in Glendora, California, at the home office of hawkish GOP Congressman David Dreier, aides to the lawmaker shoved peace activists out of Dreier's office and locked the door after the activists issued a citizen's arrest warrant for the lawmaker. With John Gannon of Free Speech TV rolling the camera, activists demanded to see "whoever is in charge around here."
Two six-foot tall beefy Dreier aides emerged from their offices, admonishing peace activists to make an appointment if they wanted to talk about Dreier's position on the US occupation of Iraq.
By DEMOCRACY NOW!
"From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Iraq": Craig Unger on How the Neoconservatives Are Pushing For An Attack on Iran
"Once again, neocon ideologues have been flogging questionable intelligence
about W.M.D.," Unger writes. "Once again, dubious Middle East exile groups are
making the rounds in Washington-this time urging regime change in Syria and
Iran. Once again, heroic new exile leaders are promising freedom."
Gen. Pace Equivocates, Tony SnowJob Reamed in WH Press Conference...
Pace Questions Whether Iran Arming Iraq JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - The top U.S. military officer said Tuesday the discovery that roadside bombs in Iraq contained material made in Iran does not necessarily mean the Iranian government was involved in supplying insurgents.... (more w/video)
Katherine Hughes and the case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir. And, David Swanson and an accounting of the 110th Congress of the United States of America in the second half. And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things you can get up to in and around Victoria in the coming week. LISTEN.
By Jeffrey Phillips
Congressmen John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich have suggested that they are for impeachment of Bush if he attacks Iran. Here's a two-and-a-half-minute audio clip of both of them being interviewed by John Nichols. Here's the full broadcast from which this is taken. Here's a statement Kucinich made on the floor of the House, which he refers to in this broadcast: "The degree to which this President continues to take steps to go to war against Iran without consulting with the full Congress is the degree to which he is increasingly putting himself in jeopardy of an impeachment proceeding."
Video: Washington State Senator Eric Oemig on Why He Is Introducing Resolution to Petition the U.S. House for Impeachment
By DEMOCRACY NOW!
Court Martial of First Officer to Refuse Iraq Deployment Ends in Mistrial
Blackwater USA Takes Congressional Hot-Seat as Landmark Hearing Probes
Mercenary Firm¹s Role in Iraq
The Missing Billions: Ex-Iraq Occupation Chief Paul Bremer Questioned on
Oversight, Spending of Iraqi Money
Cheering Movers and Art Student Spies: Was Israel Tracking the Hijackers
Before the 9/11 Attacks?
By Bill Simpich and Scott Galindez, t r u t h o u t
Ft. Lewis, Washington - On the second day of the court-martial of First Lt. Ehren Watada, it seemed at times that the prosecution witnesses were really defense witnesses.
The day began with opening statements. The prosecution laid out the following charges:
Charge I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 87
By Evan Derkacz, Alternet
Fool the press once, shame on you... fool them twice...
It's 4 years and a day since Colin Powell gave his "damning" and almost entirely false speech to the UN that put the final nail in the coffin of what is now over 3,000 American soldiers and over a half million Iraqis.
The press lapped it up, coming as it did from the administration's most skeptical cabinet-member and resident "centrist."
IRAQ VETERAN DENNIS KYNE: "AIN'T GOING' BACK AGAIN"
IRAQ WAR VETERAN DARRELL ANDERSON: "DIE FOR YOUR WAR -- TELL ME"
LT. EHREN WATADA RALLY, VET AND FOLKSINGER FROM PORTLAND
At this link you can find Selectman Dan Dewalt discussing impeachment in Vermont, Senator Ortiz Y Pino discussing impeachment in New Mexico, Paul Koretz and Cindy Montanez on California, and a comparison of Vietnam and Iraq war lies.
By Doreen Key
My interview with Lieutenant Ehren Watada airs tomorrow, Wednesday, at 5 PM PacificTime on KPFK (90.7 FM in L.A. -- 98.7 FM Santa Barbara). Lt. Watada is the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq -- a war he feels is "illegal and immoral." He is a TRUE hero and an inspiration to all in the art of civil disobedience!
Hope you can tune in . . . For those outside L.A. and Santa Barbara, listen live at www.kpfk.org
By Evan Derkacz
Special call to any reader able to translate this video... please contact PEEK@alternet.org and we'll thank you with a complimentary DVD...
Juan Cole notes that Bush isn't hated in the Arab world so much as he's mocked:
When I hear Bush and Cheney keep talking about "getting the job done" in Iraq, the thing that most amazes me is that they don't know they are laughingstocks in the region. It isn't just that they are widely hated, or distrusted, or viewed as failures. It is that people are laughing at them. No surge can fix that.
Pictorial essay of Tehran before the bombs fall, set to Cat Steven's "Peacetrain".
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http://www.lucasgray.com/video/peacetrain.html">Watch the video.