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Week of January 30 2006
Last Chance to Stop Alito, Push for Filibuster
Take Action: Make as many phone calls or faxes as possible before Monday at 4:30pm (EST). AfterDowningStreet and Bob Fertik have detailed lists of who needs to be called and in what order. If you are a constituent, make sure you say so. The Save The Court web site also has a way for you to send faxes to those who are still wavering.
Outsourcing Torture and Europe's Complicity
The report's conclusions include the following:
"In fact, we must go beyond ascertaining the existence or non-existence of secret detention centres in Europe. The issue at stake is even more important than that. The current US Administration obviously considers that the traditional instruments of the democratic State governed by the rule of law – justice, constitutional guarantees of a fair trial, respect for human dignity – are inappropriate for facing up to the terrorist threat. ... Is Europe prepared to accept such an approach? Can we really say that human rights are an obstacle to national security? Can there be any real security without respect for human dignity?"
Take Action: Be the media! Make sure this report is publicized throughout the U.S. and Europe. Write a letter to the editor of your favorite newspaper. Get it published on web sites and blogs.
Most Censored Stories from 2005
Murderer Fined $6000, Activists Face 6 Months in Jail
Meanwhile, 34 activists ranging in age from 19 to 81 face up to 6 months in prison for entering the Fort Benning, Georgia military base housing the School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) during a protest last November. In over 10 years of protests at the school, 183 people have served a total of over 81 years in prison for engaging in nonviolent resistance. Read a report and a press release on the SOA Watch web site.
Take Action: The SOA Watch web site has details on ways to spread the word regarding the upcoming trials and to show solidarity with the defendants.
Bush Crimes Commission
State of the Union Protests
Take Action: Let your friends and family in the U.S. know about these protests and encourage them to participate.
Defense Spending and Iraq Reconstruction
For a better idea of military contracts handed out on a daily basis, the Department of Defense web site includes a list published weekdays at 5pm, but only those contracts valued at 5,000,000 USD or more.
More reckless spending was reported by the Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction in an audit which accuses the U.S. led occupation of squandering tens of millions of dollars destined for reconstruction efforts. Read an AP article published on CorpWatch and a news roundup on the Christian Science Monitor.
But not all the news is bad. Halliburton reported record profits for 2005, making it the best in their 86 year history.
And on Democracy Now!, watch video (or read the transcript) of MOSAIC, a daily show on Link TV compiling news reports from Middle Eastern TV outlets, dubbed in English: How Middle East Media Cover Hamas Victory: Mosaic Compiles Arab T.V. News for U.S. Audience.
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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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