WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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The risk of war on the Korean Peninsula remains high, and the US government is raising it higher by opening an economic front. In September 2005, one day after regional negotiations produced an agreement with the potential to defuse North Korean-US tensions, the US government charged North Korea with counterfeiting US$100 bills. Calling this alleged North Korean effort a direct attack on US sovereignty and technically an act of war, Washington imposed an ever-tightening and ever-widening web of financial restrictions on the country. ...
BushCheney are planning a War on Iran. That is very clear. That it must be stopped is also very clear. That it will be stopped is clearly uncertain. These men control the U.S. Armed Forces and clearly have no regard either for the consequences of their actions nor the U.S. Constitution. However, there are two players on the stage who could bring the mad dash to nuclear holocaust or at the least the creation of permanent war in the Middle East (in my view the primary goal of BushCheney) to a halt. They are the Congressional Democratic Party and the media. Both blew it on the War on Iraq. Both have a chance to do the job right here.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
In November, the nation clearly voted, by a margin of some seven million votes, for an end to the interminable war in Iraq and a return to sanity in Washington.
Today, less than three months later, with a new Democratic majority in both houses of Congress, we have the president not pulling troops out, but sending more troops to Iraq, where the death toll is mounting faster than ever (25 U.S. troops killed in one day last weekend alone). And worse yet, a Navy armada is being assembled in the Persian Gulf with the clear intention of attacking Iran, a nation that poses no immediate threat to the U.S.
And where is Congress? So far, mulling a pair of non-binding resolutions expressing Congress's disagreement with the president's escalation of the war in Iraq.
Wow! That's really telling him!
How can it be that a president who has lost the support of the public -- President Bush, in the latest polls, remains at a dismal 33 percent approval rating -- is able to lead the country in this way from one colossal disaster to an even worse disaster?
The answer is that we, the American People, are letting it happen.
We have become so disengaged from our government and from the basic concept of participarty democracy that if we do anything at all -- and more than half of us don't -- we just go to the polls and cast a vote (which may or may not be counted). Having done that, we go back home, recline on our sofas and bitch. Which is to say we do nothing.
Well, we have a chance this weekend to change that.
United for Peace and Justice, ImpeachforChange, and other groups have organized what looks likely to be the largest anti-war march on Washington since the days of the Vietnam War -- and in mid-winter no less. In the march, scheduled for Saturday, January 27, we expect people coming in by bus and train from at least 31 states. Then comes a massive lobbying of Congress on Monday, January 29.
The lobbying message is that Bush's wars must be stopped -- and that the president should be impeached.
Congress knows what it has to do -- cut off funding for the war and pass a measure barring the president from attacking Iran without prior congressional approval, and entertain bills of impeachment.
What senators and representatives need is a stern and loud reminder from the public that they can no longer hide behind the flag or behind administration lies. They are going to have to take a stand for sanity and for the Constitution, which they are sworn to defend and uphold.
No one should sit this one out!
Be in Washington on January 27. (If you absolutely cannot go, then join the virtual march.
No more war in Iraq! Bring the troops home now!
No attack on Iran!
Impeach President Bush!
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
With all due respect to Roberta Flack (who popularized the song "Killing Me Softly With His Song, Killing Me Softly"), the mainstream press is still caught up in a fictional narrative of an earnest cowpoke decisively leading America.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky
Andy Jackson once said: one man with courage can make a majority.
Al Gore's golden moment has come. Academy Award nominations have
arrived. An Inconvenient Truth has been nominated for documentary feature, a triumph of entertainment, information, and education that can move the market and make a difference.
Subject: Dazzled or Baffled?
There's an old saying: "If you can't dazzle them with your brilliance, baffle them with your bull crap" (I'm trying to be civilized). This old saying describes the Bush Mob to a T.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"Prominent lobbyist Perle: U.S. will attack Iran if it obtains nukes." Oh, and by the way, given past history, George Bush will attack Iran even if they don't obtain nuclear weapons. In case you haven't noticed, Richard Perle is the same guy who claimed Iraq had "Weapons of Mass Destruction," and Iran has always been part of the plan to dominate the world! Get ready for yet another preemptive invasion!!!
POWER PLAYS -- WORLD ENERGY WATCH
edited by Gloria R. Lalumia
The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
I couldnt even get through your whole post here. My son leaves for Iraq between now and the beginning of March. We had a phone conversation the other night about his funeral. HIS FUNERAL. Yeah, I had to go over paperwork with him on the phone to plan a funeral in case. I cant sleep, I am a mess, I dont want to leave the house and I am going to wind up getting fired from my job and losing my home because I cannot pay the rent due to not being able to work. On top of all of this, I have an autoimmune disease that flares terribly when I am stressed. Can you say Stress in this situation. I will be in Washington DC next weekend if I have to walk there. No, I dont have a car and I havent a penny but I will get there somehow to stop this Bloody mess we are into. I am so afraid. I have never been so terrified and depressed in my whole life and I dont know what to do. I cannot even find a local support group for families that have children in the military. Why isnt this low life of a president getting impeached, I dont understand it.