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Tuesday, 30 January 2007 01:46

Kathy Kelly: Engagement with War

by Kathy Kelly

Earlier this week, I received a joyful phone call from Baghdad. Members of a family I've known since 1996 announced that one of their younger daughters was engaged. Broken Arabic and broken English crossed the lines – "We love you! We miss you!" My colleague here in Amman, who also knows this family well, shook her head smiling when I gave her the happy news. "What an amazing family," she said. "Imagine all that they've survived." A few hours later, the family sent us a text message: "now bombs destroy all the glasses in our home – no one hurt."

by Michael Winship

Last week, I attended a reunion of "The 51st State," a robust, local public television news and public affairs program that graced the airwaves of New York City's Channel Thirteen back in the early 1970's. I didn't have the pleasure of working on the show -- it went off the air shortly after my arrival in Manhattan -- but a lot of my friends and colleagues did, and it was a treat to see all of them again.

Cut me some slack! We’re supposed to be pacified
That Ari swears he didn’t know this was classified?


edited by Gloria 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.


January 20, 2007, marked the sixth year of America being held hostage by a rogue government.

The latest in a daily series of symbols of this betrayal is how our GIs continue to be pawns in the chess game of death being played out by Cheney and Bush – and Bush and Cheney are as suited to playing chess as Britney Spears is to singing opera.

Monday, 29 January 2007 08:58

Shirley Smith: Pelosi's Mideast Trip



Well, Pelosi saw a whole lot more than Clinton ever sees on her visits. I still say the people will have to speak for impeachment because that puts Pelosi between a rock and a hard spot politically. If she does what the majority of people want her to do, she will not be accused of doing so just to get into the White House.


The Bush Administration is employing private armies to fight in Iraq. These "private military contractors," that is, mercenaries, are often ex-U.S. special forces soldiers with additional paramilitary training operating below the radar. Their legal status in Iraq falls under neither civilian nor military jurisdiction, and they earn far more money than American troops.


[as sent by email to Rep. Conyers' supporters]

On Saturday, I was thrilled to join hundreds of thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., including my good friends at Progressive Democrats of America and Code Pink, in protesting the Iraq War and demanding a cut-off in funds to the immoral war in Iraq. As one who has been part of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements in the 60?s, I can say that the energy and enthusiasm I saw today is entirely comparable.



We Americans are supposed to be proud of this? These people never did anything to the US and, even if they wanted to, they didn't have the needed power to do it. Bush would never attack anyone who had the weapons to attack back. The Iraqis didn't have the weaponry then that they have now. Bush knew he couldn't parachute onto a ship and be a swaggering, pants up the rear, big shot as if Iraq really did have WMD, because if they did have them, they damn sure would have used them ... has the whole world gone blind? Is the truth that hard to see?

by Paul Rogat Loeb

With the federal minimum wage now 28 percent lower, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than it was fifty years ago, Senate Republicans are nonetheless threatening to filibuster its increase. This leaves the Democrats with a choice, which will set the tone for future legislation. They can cave to Republican demands to add questionable business tax breaks, a response Montana Democrat Max Baucus embraces. Or they can use their time, while the debate goes on, to highlight the fundamental issues at stake, hammering the Republicans with their opposition to this most modest step toward helping low-income working Americans. Ted Kennedy did this when he challenged the $200 billion of amendments offered in an attempt to derail the bill, and then asked "When does the greed stop?” 

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