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Week of April 17 2006
The Iran Plans (continued)
Take Action: Read talking points by David Keppel of Traprock Peace Center and sign the petition, to be delivered to the White House: Don't Attack Iran. Sign the CodePink letter to Kofi Annan. Read a letter by Normon Solomon to MoveOn about their failure to oppose bombing Iran and their reply. If you are a member of MoveOn, let them know what you think.
Retired Generals Call for Rumsfeld's Resignation
Giving even more reason to call for his resignation, recently release documents demonstrate that Rumsfeld "closely monitored the late 2002 interrogation of a key Guantanamo Bay prison detainee at the same time that the prisoner was subjected to treatment that a military investigator later called degrading and abusive.'" Read the article on the Boston Globe.
Fallout Over the Israel Lobby Paper
Meanwhile, The Guardian reports on increased arms sales from the U.K. to Israel, nearly doubling in one year. Read "Huge jump in arms sales to Israel."
No More Money for Iraq War
Last year not one member of the Senate voted against the supplemental, but just a few weeks ago, a record 71 Members of Congress voted against the supplemental in the House (up from 43 against the previous Iraq supplemental!), showing the growing concerns in Congress about the costs and direction of the war. See the roll call vote.
Take Action: Contact your Senators and urge them oppose new funds for war in Iraq. Use the form on the Peace Action web site or call them directly (much more effective!) See contact info on the Senate web site.
Good Leak, Bad Leak
Take Action: Read an analysis of the Washington Post editorial by FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) and send your thoughts to the newspaper's editor and ombudsman.
US Building Massive Embassy in Baghdad
Taxes and Military Spending
For a fun look at the federal budget, see the True Majority Oreo Cookies Analysis.
Immigrant Protests in U.S.
This massive outpouring should be an example to us all. Read a tongue in cheek editorial on the Los Angeles Times entitled "Real Americans Pout, Don't Protest: One More Job for Immigrants."
Easter in Crawford, Mother's Day in DC
CodePink is making plans for Mother's Day with a Call for Peace 24 hour vigil Washington, D.C., May 13-14.
Take Action: Tell your friends and family in the U.S. See the CodePink web site for details on how to participate from afar, including a letter writing campaign to Laura Bush.
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Petition to put an end to the sanctions against Syria - their only effect is to take a terrible toll on the population, causing them to migrate! Sign the petition promoted by the Italian-based Committee to lift sanctions against Syria. For more information...
Did someone tell you that U.S. military intervention in Iraq was over? Not true: we're at it again. This time the pretext to drop bombs is "curbing ISIS" (which was created by the U.S. in the first place, to overturn Assad in Syria and al-Malaki in Iraq, and is now out of hand. Like what happened to "our" creature al Qaeda in Afghanistan). And the death toll continues to rise...
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