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Week of June 05 2006
by Stephanie Westbrook
More Civilian Massacres in Iraq Come to Light
Meanwhile, 7 marines and a navy corpsman face murder charges in the killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian in Hamandiya on April 26, 2006. Nancy Youssef of Knight Ridder interviewed Hashim Ibrahim Awad's family in which they gave their version of the facts.
Take Action: United for Peace and Justice has put together a list of talking points to aid you in writing letters to the press. See the Congress.org web site for media contact information and the Media Matters web site for tips on effective letters. And June 7 is National Call-in Day to demand an open debate on Iraq in Congress. Sign the Declaration of Peace. Pledge to vote only for anti-war candidates in the U.S. elections.
Signs of An Ailing Democracy
The Hursti report was a result of a request made by Bruce Funk, County Clerk of Emery County, Utah. Funk asked the watchdog organization Black Box Voting to analyze Diebold machines the county was considering implementing. Following the release of the report, Funk was forced to resign. Democracy Now! has more on the report as well as Funk losing his job.
And then there was the article by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr on Rolling Stone, Was the 2004 Election Stolen? This is an exhaustive article on the 2004 elections, with a great deal of focus on the battleground state of Ohio. Rolling Stone also published an editorial, A Call for Investigation. Kennedy was on CNN to defend the article; see the video on Crooks and Liars.
Thom Hartmann also wrote an excellent article summarizing the issues and the media coverage: Stand Up for Democracy With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
More details on the results in Ohio can be found in the article How They Stole Ohio by Greg Palast.
The bad news wasn't all about electronic voting. The New York Times published the editorial Block the Vote with details on recent laws aimed at discouraging voting. Jack Cafferty of CNN railed against the same laws; see the video on Crooks and Liars.
Take Action: Urge your representatives to sponsor H.R. 550, the "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act." Write a letter to the editor of your favorite newspaper about voting issues. See the Congress.org web site for media contact information and the Media Matters web site for tips on effective letters. Tell your friends and family in the U.S. to join "The Waiting Room Project". Simply purchase a copy of Rolling Stone and leave it, open to the RFK article, in waiting rooms, on the subway, bus or commuter trains.
Democracy Now! interviewed Habib Rahiab, an Afghan-born human rights activist who was forced to flee Afghanistan two years ago because of his work documenting human rights abuses. Watch the video or read the transcript: Afghanistan in Turmoil.
For more insight into the reasons behind the frustration, see the recent report by CorpWatch, Afghanistan, Inc, detailing the failed reconstruction plans as well as the article "Pink 'iPods' for Democracy!" about an $8.3 million contract to distribute 65,800 MP3 players to remote Afghan villages.
Blackwater in New Orleans
For an idea of salaries and job descriptions at Blackwater, see job postings in Yahoo Hot Jobs.
Soldiers Say No To Iraq
And the first U.S. military officer is poised to publicly refuse orders for Iraq. Read about LT (whose name will be made public shortly in a press release).
Read also about Suzanne Rich, who served in Iraq and then refused to return.
Take Action: Support war resisters! See the Thank You LT web site to sign a petition and/or send a statement.
Another Call to Shut Down Guantànamo
Meanwhile, the number of prisoners on hunger strike has risen to 89. Read an article on the BBC.
Take Action: Call on Congress to shut down Guantánamo.
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It wasn't the Russians that got us Trump. Or Comey. Or even the massive GOP election fraud. It was the DNC.*
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