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by Cindy Sheehan

Journey for Humanity and Accountability, Day 14

Our Constitution established a tri-partite system of government, with the notion that each branch of government would act as a check on the other two. Unfortunately, for the last 6 years, the Republicans in Congress have largely viewed themselves as defenders of the Bush Administration, instead of a vital check on overreaching by the Executive Branch. By doing so, I believe they have acted to the detriment of our Constitutional form of government.

by Danny Schechter

Last week, there was panic in the streets of New York after a steam pipe exploded in mid-Manhattan. One person died, another is in coma, but the real fear is that asbestos belched into the air could eventually have a deadly effect on many more people like it did at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 9/11. In that event, city officials such as Rudy Giuliani did not insist on protective clothing and safety rules. Thousands of rescue workers are still dying.

by Linda Milazzo

For the United States of America, the only Westernized nation (other than Belarus) where the execution of humans is sanctioned by law, the quality of their mercy is decided by their peers. In this death penalty nation, the burden on those citizens who determine life or death can be a heavy weight to bear.

Time and again, capital punishment has painful consequences for the juror, as well as the condemned. For the condemned, the consequences are obvious, although the degrees of the horrors may vary. There is the anguished anticipation of the death, and the flawed methods of the execution, which in far too many cases produce painful inhumane results. Just studying the details of botched executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977, leaves a history of error too grotesque to ignore.

By Norman Solomon

It was a chilling moment on a split-screen of history. While the Senate debated the Iraq war on Tuesday night, a long-dead senator again renounced a chronic lie about congressional options and presidential power.

by Harvey Wasserman

The massive earthquake that shook Japan this week nearly killed millions in a nuclear apocalypse.

It also produced one of the most terrifying sentences ever buried in a newspaper. As reported deep in The New York Times, the Tokyo Electric Company admitted that "the force of the shaking caused by the earthquake had exceeded the design limits of the reactors, suggesting that the plant's builders had underestimated the strength of possible earthquakes in the region."

by Marjorie Cohn

As Congress debates whether to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, George Bush is trying to buy time. He and Dick Cheney have no intention of ever pulling out of Iraq.

Thursday, 19 July 2007 02:15

Cindy Sheehan: Give War a Chance

by Cindy Sheehan

Journey for Humanity and Accountability: Day 9

Being in the Deep South has been a very interesting experience. As George's approval numbers hover down somewhere in Congress's range and approval for their war is shrinking, we have encountered very little opposition to our message, but the opposition we have encountered has been vile, abusive, and potentially dangerous.

by Jesse M. Reiter

Over the last several election cycles, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its powerful corporate backers have been silently purchasing state Supreme Court seats across the country. As a result, many state supreme courts, which were once fair and neutral, now favor big business interests. This in turn has left average citizens without a voice in our court system and is making our system less democratic.

by Stephen Crockett

"Out of control, elitist power mongers" would be the best phrase to describe the political mindset of the Bush Republican machine. The current Bush Administration and their Senate allies are completely unwilling to bend to majority rule on the Iraq War or the other major issues of today. In the Republican elitist world, the people are to be ruled over instead of represented by Republican officeholders and judges.

by Jimmy Lohman

The 59,130,092 Americans who voted for the re-election of "Bush-Cheney in '04" need to make some serious amends to the nation and world they have destroyed. They could start by burning their voter registration cards and making a commitment to never again darken the voting booths of this former democracy with their grossly incompetent, hopelessly inept electoral decision-making. Get a hobby, people. Grow vegetables, learn an instrument, take up knitting, do anything, but please, please don't ever cast another vote. You have proven incapable of being a responsible citizen, so don't even try. It's OK, we will forgive you if you promise never to vote again.

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