Tom FeeleyGovernment And CitizenshipThu Apr 5, 2007 14:04
Government And Citizenship
By Charles Sullivan
When violence is the first resort of a government, the people have no business referring to it as a democratic republic. They must offer resistance to it. They must bring it into line with the values and code of ethics of the citizenry.
The Unearthing: An Awakening Has Arrived
With Truth Comes Awakening
By Manuel Valenzuela
It is our love for humankind, our respect for life, our desire for a better world, our hatred of wickedness and injustice and deception and all the evils the truth we seek has created and brought forth that compels in us the responsibility to bring honor and dignity to those whose voice and energy have been silenced.
The Botched U.S. Raid That Led To The Hostage Crisis
Exclusive Report: By Patrick Cockburn
A failed American attempt to abduct two senior Iranian security officers on an official visit to northern Iraq was the starting pistol for a crisis that 10 weeks later led to Iranians seizing 15 British sailors and Marines.
The Truth Sometimes Hurts!
By Joseph M. Cachia
As the Western media turns its attention to and prattles about the fate of the 15 Britons detained for allegedly trespassing into Iranian waters, the status of the five Iranian officials captured in a US military raid on a liaison office in Northern Iraq on January 11, remains a mystery.
Even Mormons Jumping Off Bush Bandwagon As War Takes Its Toll
By Bill Gallagher
Iraq is lost militarily and politically. Even the Mormons are now abandoning President George W. Bush's mad war. That's akin to the Swiss Guard deserting and leaving the pope to fend for himself with the Vatican under siege.
400 Die in Mogadishu's Worst Fighting in 15 years
Democracy Now ! - Audio Report:
Ethiopian tanks, artillery and helicopter gunships have fought against guerillas armed with machine guns, missiles and rocket-propelled grenades. The guerrilla forces comprise fighters allied to the Somali Council of Islamic Courts and clan militias who are opposed to the transitional government and the Ethiopian occupation.
Protesting Priests Escape Jail Before Torture Trail
By Bill Quigley.
Despite calls by federal prosecutors to jail two priests protesting against torture training at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, a federal judge has allowed them to remain free until their trial, which is set for June 4, 2007.
At least 49 kiled in another bloody day of U.S. occupation:
The bodies of 14 people were found shot in different districts of Baghdad on Monday, police said.
Time to Acknowledge and Address the Displacement Crisis:
The humanitarian and displacement crisis in Iraq is growing in intensity and gravity. The UN estimates that more than two million Iraqis are now refugees in neighboring countries and more than 1.9 million have fled for safer areas within Iraq.
Top Dem proposes cutting war funds:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday he wants to cut off money for the Iraq war next year, making clear for the first time that Democrats are willing to pull out all the stops to end U.S. involvement.
Bush calls Dems "irresponsible" on Iraq:
President Bush today called Democrats in Congress irresponsible for approving war bills that order U.S. troops to leave Iraq by certain dates. He said such efforts will backfire, keeping some troops in battle even longer.
Cheney: 'Withdrawal means Iraq defeat':
US vice-president Dick Cheney warned on Monday that the United States faces defeat in Iraq if Democrats succeed in imposing a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces.
How Bogus Letter Became a Case for War:
Intelligence Failures Surrounded Inquiry on Iraq-Niger Uraniu
In case you missed it:
CIA Analysis: The Predicament Mr. Bush And The Pentagon Have Gotten US Into :
CIA analyst Stephen Pelletiere (ret. prof at the Army War College) says that after Desert Storm, when Iraq refused to bow to US. pressure, holding out against American dominance, George W. Bush fabricated the present crisis so as to, once and for all, beat the Iraqis into submission - to control oil..."
In case you missed it:
Saddam: America's Best Enemy:
Historical account of the relationship between America and Saddam Hussein. Reveals the complicity of America in Saddam's atrocities. Forty years of secrets, incomprehension and incompetence led to the occupation of Iraq
Iran, Britain resolute on diplomatic crisis solution :
Britain has agreed to Iran's offer to resolve the issue of British captives through diplomatic talks, said a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office.
Iran outlines conditions for release of UK sailors:
Laying out what appeared to be a vague road map for the freeing of the British personnel, Mr Larijani said that, if it was found they had crossed into Iranian territory, there should be an apology and they would then be released.
UK promised to cease illegal incursions in 2004:
Iran's ambassador to Islamabad says that British forces trespassed Iranian territorial waters on at least five separate occasions in recent years.
Washington hurting British bid to free crew:
Tough words from U.S. highlight rift between White House and Downing Street
Bush sees no swap for British sailors in Iran:
The Iraqi government is trying to secure the release of five Iranians detained by U.S. forces in northern Iraq in January, as the British government seeks freedom for the British military personnel seized by Iran March 20 on charges of being in Iranian waters.
TV: kidnapped Iranian diplomat released in Iraq :
Iran accused the U.S. forces in Iraq of "supervising the operation," saying, "Iran holds America responsible for the safety and life of the (abducted) diplomat."
Former FBI agent missing in Iran: US:
The United States asked Iran on Monday to provide information about a former FBI agent believed to have gone missing several weeks ago while on private business there.
Russia refuses to deliver nuclear fuel to Iran till disputes solved :
Russia will not send nuclear fuel to the Russia-building nuclear power plant in Bushehr, southwestern Iran, until disputes between the two sides were solved, Russian media reported on Tuesday.
Iran Warns Russia Over Nuclear Fuel Deliveries:
Iran has warned that if Russia does not deliver atomic fuel for the Islamic Republic's first power station, the move would justify Tehran's controversial work to make its own nuclear fuel.
ABC News pushing Bogus Iran nuke story:
This is nothing more than disinformation, a well timed leak doled out to Ross and ABC. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Russia says concerned force might be used against Iran :
Russia is concerned that Iran will be exposed to a military strike, first deputy foreign ministery Andrei Denisov said Tuesday.
Russia anxious about military action against Iran near its border :
Russia is concerned about a possible attack on Iran and insists that military action near its border is totally unacceptable, the first deputy foreign minister said Tuesday.
Clashes in Somalia kill 381 in 4 days :
Four days of fierce fighting between Ethiopian-backed government forces and Islamic insurgents has killed 381 people, a local human rights organization said Monday, as the government warned residents to abandon their homes ahead of a new military offensive.
65 Killed as Janjawid 'raid Chad villages' :
At least 65 Chadians were killed and up to 8,000 driven from their homes when Sudanese Janjawid fighters attacked and destroyed two villages in east Chad over the weekend, Chad's military has said
US-led occupation troops kill 10 "Taliban" in Afghanistan :
US-led coalition and Afghan troops killed at least ten Taliban fighters today in an attack on a compound in the southern province of Helmand after a tip-off that a junior commander was hiding there.
Clash kills Afghan policeman, 2 insurgents :
One Afghan policeman and two Taliban militants were killed as they exchanged fire in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, provincial police chief Asmatullah Alizai said Tuesday.
Stranger than fiction:
British pilots asked to consider suicide flight:
During a training exercise, Air Vice-Marshal David Walker put it to newly qualified pilots that they should think of flying suicide missions in a "worst case scenario" when a terrorist attack was imminent.
Pakistan: 10 more die Waziristan tribe declares war on foreigners :
Ten more people were reported dead and scores of others were injured in renewed fighting between the warring sides, as the Ahmadzai Wazir tribe on Monday gave a call to all the tribesmen to go after the foreign militants and their local supporters to purge the area from outsiders.
Israel: US House Speaker 'won't rest till captives are home':
Before leaving Israel for Syria and Lebanon, Nancy Pelosi tells kidnapped soldiers' families she will demand their release
Israel's deputy Prime Minister cancels his visit to Ankara :
Congressman Tom Lantos on Thursday night called Foreign Minister Abdullah G?l and reacted to the invitation of Hamas. Lantos reportedly threatened the Turkish government with cutting its support to block an Armenian genocide resolution in the U.S House of Representatives.
Historian to quit Israel for UK:
Ilan Pappe, a senior lecturer in the University of Haifa's Department of Political Science, says he is moving to the UK because it is "increasingly difficult to live in Israel" with his "unwelcome views and convictions."
Orwell at Guantanamo:
Here's what the Bush administration has done to the values, traditions and honor of the United States of America: An accused terrorist claims he confessed to heinous crimes so that agents of the U.S. government would stop torturing him, and no one is shocked or even surprised.
Police Log Confirms FBI Role In Arrests:
A secret FBI intelligence unit helped detain a group of war protesters in a downtown Washington parking garage in April 2002 and interrogated some of them on videotape about their political and religious beliefs, newly uncovered documents and interviews show.
The Once and Future Republic of Vermont:
Vermont was once an independent republic, and it can be one again. We think the time to make that happen is now. Over the past 50 years, the U.S. government has grown too big, too corrupt and too aggressive toward the world, toward its own citizens and toward local democratic institutions
Democracy for sale:
Clinton, Edwards Top Fundraising Records:
Two Democratic presidential candidates broke previous fundraising records during the first three months of the year, with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton setting a high bar of $26 million in new contributions for the quarter.
China: Moon rover unveiled :
Scientists in Shanghai are developing a nuclear-powered lunar rover for China's first unmanned mission to the moon in 2012, newspapers reported on Monday.
Europe tops US in stock market value:
Europe has eclipsed the US in stock market value for the first time since the first world war in another sign of the slipping of the global dominance of American capital markets.
Top US lender in Chapter 11 move :
New Century Financial, one of the largest sub-prime lenders in the US, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Trillions in Debt, Can the Middle Class Hang On?:
How do we stop the credit industry's predatory business model and get Americans out of debt when incomes aren't rising as fast as the costs of healthcare and housing?
Residues of medicines turning up in waters:
Residues of birth control pills, antidepressants, painkillers, shampoos and a host of other compounds are finding their way into the nation's waterways, and they have public health and environmental officials in a regulatory quandary.
Britain's dirty cities more dangerous than an A-bomb :
Air pollution in major cities is potentially more damaging to health than being exposed to the radioactive fallout of an atomic bomb, according to a report published today.
Undercover agents slip bombs past DIA screeners :
"It really is concerning considering that we're paying millions of dollars out of our budget to be secure in the airline industry," said passenger Mark Butler who has had two Army Swiss knives confiscated by screeners in the past. "Yet, we're not any safer than we were before 9/11, in my opinion."
Peace & Joy
"The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen -- a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a [person's] life." -- Justice William O. Douglas - (1898-1980), U. S. Supreme Court Justice Source: Osborne v. United States
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences."- C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), British Novelist
We are confronted with the necessity of a battle which must be continued until it has been won. That choice has already been made for us, and we have no option to simply wish it away. Malcolm X
The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. - Audre Lorde
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