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1//Inter Press Service News Agency, Italy

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's months-long diplomatic effort to get five other powers to agree to a tough United Nations Security Council resolution on sanctions against Iran now seems certain to fail, because of Russian and Chinese resistance. The beneficiaries of that failure in Washington will be Vice President Dick Cheney and other hardliners, who have been anticipating that such a development would help them persuade President George W. Bush to begin the political-diplomatic planning for an air attack on Iran. ... Rice appeared to concede Friday that the United States will not get agreement on the kind of sanctions on Iranian officials for which she has been pushing. She said she was for "maintaining unity but I am also in favour of action. We will just have to look at what the options are." ... According to an article by the neoconservative Lawrence F. Kaplan in The New Republic Oct. 2, aides to Cheney have been convinced from the beginning that Rice's Iran strategy would not be an obstacle to their own plans because they knew that it would fail. The aides to Cheney insisted that the administration is not yet prepared politically for a shift to the military track, according to Kaplan. But once Rice's diplomatic effort becomes a highly visible failure, Cheney and his allies in the administration are poised to begin the process of ratcheting up pressure on Bush to begin the political planning for an eventual military attack on Iran.

Wednesday, 06 December 2006 02:28

Peter Michaelson: Six Reasons for Global Warming

by Peter Michaelson

All of the reasons for our failure to address global warming are known. But they are not known widely and deeply enough to send us rushing down the street on bicycles or even in four-cylinder cars.

by Cindy Sheehan

(On the day John Bolton resigned, we four women who were arrested at the U.N. on March 6th went on trial here in NYC. We will be on trial this entire week. Our charges are resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and trespassing. The following is an article I wrote the day after our arrest.


On Monday, BuzzFlash reported that the outgoing Republican Congress is trying to sabotage the newly elected Democratic majorities by leaving nine of the eleven major annual appropriations bill for them to pass, collectively worth some half trillion dollars. Democrats will have to deal with this unfinished business before they can even think about instituting the new agenda the American people just voted for, leaving Republicans able to whine that the Democrats suddenly increased spending.


The very process of getting those subpoenas out there, getting witnesses out there, getting this evidence that we already have in the public record, into a hearing format, is essential. The more we can illuminate the truth, the more people are going to understand ... we have to have these hearings in Congress. That is what I’m advocating.


Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates looked pretty slick in his Senate confirmation hearing today. He readily agreed we are not winning in Iraq, "what we are now doing is not satisfactory," and that we need a new plan that should eventually involve "a dramatically smaller number of U.S. forces than are there today." At times, Gates almost sounds like a Democrat from two years ago.

Tuesday, 05 December 2006 04:19

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 5, 2006


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Subject: Iraq Study: Will Bush Listen to Advice? - Newsweek National News - MSNBC.com

"It's like the father with a baby and a bicycle," one Maliki aide told Bush. "You have to let him fall and if he scrapes himself you can run and pick him up. But if you hold on too long, trying to mentor everything, he will never be able to ride on his own."

This analogy probably made a great deal of sense to W... since his daddy’s hands are firmly re-grasped over his on the handles of the Free World bicycle he now finds himself wobbling on top of.

John L. Johnson
Laingsburg, Michigan


Former President George H.W. Bush broke down in tears yesterday as he praised his son Jeb, the outgoing governor of Florida. Talking about his leadership, honor, and ability to handle defeat, the ex-prez needed several moments to compose himself during multiple points in the speech.

by Danny Schechter, Mediachannel.org

An Economic Crunch is Coming While Media Coverage Lags

New York, New York: If the economy is going so great, why do I sense it's so lousy? At the risk of being dismissed as a Chicken Little or the Grinch of Christmas Coming, or even worse, as some Al Gore wanabee ridiculed for warning of too many glaciers melting away in the global warming sun, I am amazed at why our media is looking away from economic bubbles bursting at home, and more focused on the war than our own economic crisis.


A peek at the "culture of corruption" plans for our future: "Republicans over the next two years will focus on holding Democrats accountable, and recommitting to reforms that deliver for hardworking families." Err, exactly where was accountability for the past six years? Busy little money grubbers that they are, with their hands in the pockets of big business and cozying up to whosoever was willing to shell out the "perks" and the money! Where was the concern for "hardworking families" then? Was "concern" hidden away like most everything else in the text of the bill that limits bankruptcy, or maybe in the law that prohibits negotiating drug prices, or maybe it was in that bill giving companies tax breaks when shipping jobs overseas. And now that the Democrats are again in charge, the Repuglicans are stepping up to the political "accountability" plate; they are planning to fight the fight, though I seriously doubt it's for all those "hardworking families," because the Repuglicans have had a taste of what "corruption" born of power can do for them and they damn sure don't want to give it up!!! 

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