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Bush Speech Full of Contradictions
Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:06

Bush's speech blatantly contradicts government reports; Kelpie Wilson writes about climate films and the need to acknowledge and confront our planetary crisis; Pentagon censors 9/11 suspect's tape; White House report to Congress shows only one out of 18 goals met in Iraq; media misrepresent Congress's options to end the war; Senate committee requests withdrawal of Bush's choice for CIA general counsel due to his support for torture; UN General Assembly adopts non-binding declaration upholding indigenous peoples' rights; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at

t r u t h o u t | 09.14

Bush Speech Full of Contradictions
Glenn Kessler reports for The Washington Post, "In his speech last night, President Bush made a case for progress in Iraq by citing facts and statistics that at times contradicted recent government reports or his own words."

Kelpie Wilson | "The 11th Hour" and Generation Z
Kelpie Wilson writes for Truthout: "One of the most motivational snippets from the film ["The 11th Hour"] is where eco-entrepreneur Paul Hawken talks about the more than one million environmental and humanitarian groups working in the world today, followed by this statement from designer Bruce Mau: 'It is almost as if we had distributed an ambition without ever having written it down so people all over the world knew what they ought to be working on knowing they only had one pixel in a mosaic of the image of a sustainable future.' The idea of being a pixel in the larger collective vision is appealing. And as more people join to create the vision, more will be motivated to join."

Pentagon Censors Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's 9/11 Tape
Pauline Jelinek reports for The Associated Press: "The Pentagon has released a censored audiotape of suspected Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - deleting a part officials said could be used to recruit future terrorists. The tape of Mohammed's 40-minute hearing before a US military proceeding in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was edited to exclude a 10-minute passage about the kidnap and beheading of US journalist Daniel Pearl and Mohammed's explanation for why Islamic militants are waging jihad against the United States, as well as information the government said was classified."

White House Iraq Report Shows Little Progress
Anne Gearan reports for The Associated Press, "A new White House report on Iraq will show improved progress on just one of 18 political and security goals - efforts to allow former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party to rejoin the political process."

Media Misrepresent Democrats' Options on Iraq War
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting reports: "Following a pattern set when Congress passed supplemental funding for the Iraq War last May, major media outlets continued to 'explain' the politics of the war in incomplete and misleading ways.... Congress does not have to pass legislation to bring an end to the war in Iraq - it simply has to block passage of any bill that would continue to fund the war. This requires not 67 or 60 Senate votes, or even 51, but just 41 ... the Democrats have more than enough votes to end the Iraq War - if they choose to do so."

Senate Committee Seeks CIA Nominee's Withdrawal
Joby Warrick reports for The Washington Post, "Members of the Senate intelligence committee have requested the withdrawal of the Bush administration's choice for CIA general counsel, acknowledging that John Rizzo's nomination has stalled because of concerns about his views on the treatment of terrorism suspects."

UN General Assembly Backs Indigenous Peoples' Rights
Gerard Aziakou reports for Agence France-Presse, "The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a non-binding declaration upholding the human, land and resources rights of the world's 370 million indigenous people, brushing off opposition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States."


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