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by Danny Schechter
News Dissector, MediaChannel.org

Memphis: I felt the presence of Dr. King this past weekend in Memphis. Of course, this is the city in which he gave his life, and as America marks his birth, it was hard not to be reminded of his death when you visit the scene of the crime, the fully restored Lorraine Motel.


Always the master of creative rhetoric, the White House's political spin machine has reached a new low. Backtracking over the original justifications for the Iraq War as they become increasingly erroneous, the Bush Administration has finally come up with a way to maintain their insistence that Iraq is "the central front on the war on terror."

Monday, 15 January 2007 05:08

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 15, 2007


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Subject: Bush - Admit You Have a Problem

To the editor,

President Kennedy once said, "We should never negotiate out of fear, but we should never fear to negotiate." Even President Bush now acknowledges the situation in Iraq is a mess. Even worse would be a scenario where neighboring countries become embroiled into a regional or world conflict. In this light, I found it deeply disappointing that Secretary of State Rice said to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday that the US would not negotiate with other countries in the Middle East because we might be seen as supplicants (asking for help).

The source of the rotten smell that alarmed many residents of Manhattan last week remained a mystery, but it may have been wafting out from underneath Wall Street. It's certainly no mystery why a rotten smell would be emanating from the bowels of wealth and power.

by Brent Budowsky

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.


by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

Most of us who are parents will live to see our children reach adulthood, and will even live to be grandparents, and yet we all spend thousands of dollars paying for life insurance, just in case we were to die before our kids get through college.

Most of us will never suffer a house fire, but over the years we spend tens of thousands of dollars insuring our houses against that disaster (we also spend huge sums of tax dollars paying for fire stations and equipment). Most of us will never have a serious accident, and yet we all spend even more money insuring our cars, just in case we do.


On this, a day to remember Martin Luther King, Jr., it would be wise for us all to remember his values, his ideals, and all that he stood for in America. His was a determination to change a nation peacefully. "(CNN) -- From the time he first emerged as a civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., lived with the threat of death, but he never wavered in his commitment to non-violence." He was courageous when he faced aggression! Something we should all reflect on in these days when preemptive invasions and wars are uncompromisingly pursued by the current administration in Washington, D.C.!

by Tony Peyser
Yeah, I heard that Rudy made the city
Safe for all kids and all moms
But how many of those squeegee guys
Were packing roadside bombs?


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by Cindy Sheehan

Asif Iqbal is a quiet, but funny and quick-witted 25 year old British man of Indian descent who was detained illegally in Guantanamo Bay prison for 2 and ½ years before his government was finally able to obtain his release.

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