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Week of July 03 2006
by Becky Tavani
Israel's Collective Punishment on Palestine Heightens
Israeli troops and tanks rolled into the southern Gaza Strip, in the biggest raid since Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005. Israel has kidnapped 64 Palestinian governmental ministers and politicians. It bombed the home of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh.
Perhaps equally as appalling is the lack of any serious coverage by the US media of the kidnappings of Palestinian government officials by Israel. Geov Parrish covers this phenomenon of pro-Israel US media in a recent editorial in WorkingForChange.com.
Marjorie Cohn, in an editorial in CommonDreams.org, claims that Israel has simply used the killing of two Israeli soldiers to justify the destruction of a democratically-elected Hamas government.
These latest events were most recently sparked by the Gaza Beach bombing in early June. Human Rights Watch investigates the denials by the Israel Defense Forces’ of any involvement in the incident, despite significant evidence to the contrary.
Take Action: Israel’s use of U.S. taxpayer-supplied weapons to target civilian infrastructure is a violation of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act; United for Peace and Justice calls upon the White House and Congress to investigate these violations of U.S. law and take appropriate action to shut off future weapons transfers to Israel as a result. Their website lists a number of actions to take, including calling the White House (202-456-1111) and the U.S. State Department (202-647-4000) to demand that the U.S. take immediate action. See United for Peace and Justice for more.
Justices Say U.S. Must Follow Geneva Conventions
The court's ruling unquestionably rejected the president's assertion of executive power. And the result may be an election year debate on some of the most basic, and controversial, tenets of the Bush presidency, including its claims of unfettered authority and its approach to international agreements such as the Geneva Convention. Read more from Democracy Now.
Despite the setback, the White House noted that meeting the high court's objections required little more than having Congress put its stamp of approval on a system of military tribunals. And some congressional Republicans quickly agreed and vowed to swiftly pass approval in Congress. Read more about the GOP reaction here.
Bush vs. New York Times
In a stirring editorial published yesterday entitled Our Nation Needs Fewer Secrets, former President Jimmy Carter praised the Freedom of Information Act and how it upholds our democracy.
Frank Rich also wrote a great editorial last Sunday in the NYTimes about the assault on the free press as just another desperate ploy to hide lethal mistakes. Read Can't Win the War? Bomb the Press!
And of course NY and LA Times editors Dean Baquet and Bill Keller had plenty to write in defence of their decision to publish the story on secretly monitored bank transactions. Read their collective editorial here.
About 150 protesters sat in front of the White House on Monday to savor their last meal before starting a hunger strike that some said will continue until American troops return from Iraq.The demonstration marking the Independence Day holiday was organized by CodePink, a women's anti-war group that called on volunteers to abstain from eating for 24 hours from midnight on Monday. Some protesters said their fast would continue beyond July 4th. The demonstration aimed at highlighting the costs of the war, in which more than 2,500 U.S. soldiers and thousands of Iraqis have died, said CodePink spokeswoman Meredith Dearborn.
Those fasting are demanding:
Read more here.
For photos of yesterday’s event in Washington, click here.
Take Action: Visit CodePink’s website and sign up to join fast. Make an impact on congress & sign the voters’ pledge saying that you will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or President who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign:
Also, sign the Declaration of Peace urging Congress to establish a comprehensive plan to end the war in Iraq and oppose future military invasions.
Ex-Soldier Charged in Killing of Iraqi Family
Several soldiers allegedly planned the attack over drinks after noticing the girl near the traffic checkpoint they manned in Mahmudiyah, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The soldiers allegedly worked out an elaborate plan to carry out the crime and then cover it up, wearing dark clothes to the home, using an AK-47 assault rifle from the house to kill the family, and allowing authorities to believe that the attack was carried out by insurgents, investigators said. Though military officials set her age at 20, neighbors and hospital officials said she was only 15. Read more here.
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Upshot of our Nov. 9th group discussion on current politics: It wasn't the Russians that got us Trump. Or Comey. Or even the massive GOP election fraud. It was the DNC.* Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:
Upshot of our Nov. 9th group discussion on current politics:
It wasn't the Russians that got us Trump. Or Comey. Or even the massive GOP election fraud. It was the DNC.*
Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:
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