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Week of October 10 2005


Oil For Food
Read a two part series by Joshua Holland of Alternet on what the right has called "the biggest corruption scandal in recorded history."

Part I: Kofi and the Scandal Pimps
Part II: Iraq and Oil-for-Food: The Real Story


Miers Supreme Court Nomination
President Bush has nominated Harriet Miers for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, and she has no judicial experience whatsoever. A number of groups have mobilized to urge the senate to reject this crony nomination. For more information and to send a message to your senators and/or the editor of your favorite newspaper, see the Save The Court, No Crony and Move On web sites.


Bush Opposes McCain Amendment on Torture
The Senate recently voted 90-9 in support of an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill proposed by John McCain prohibiting the United States and its soldiers from subjecting prisoners to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment." Unfortunately, President Bush is threatening to veto the bill because of this amendment. See the True Majority web site to send a message to the White House demanding Bush support this amendment.


Pro Torture Nine
As note above, only nine senators voted against the McCain amendment explicitly prohibiting torture. Curious to see who the Pro Torture Nine are? See the roll call vote on the amendment and if you are a constituent (and even if you are not) of one of those senators, give them a call and let them know what you think. See the Senate web site for contact information.


Defense Appropriations Act 2006: $445.000.000.000
Last week, the Senate voted for a $445 billion military spending bill for fiscal year 2006. As usual, not one single senator voted against this bill. See the roll call vote for yourself and contact your senator with your thoughts on the ever expanding military budget.


Nobel Peace Prize
This year's prize goes to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei. Read the article "Nobel Peace Prize Seen as Warning to Big Powers" by Thalif Deen of Inter Press Service.


Extend the 60 Day Deadline for Katrina Victims
The 60 day deadline for victims of hurricane Katrina to register for assistance with FEMA is approaching. Due to the devastating effects of the hurricane as well as the delays caused by the poor handling of the disaster, many families have not yet registered. The best solution would be for FEMA to extend the registration period for another 60 day, and it has the authority to do so. See the Extend the Deadline web site to send a message to FEMA.


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Our Film Series is on vacation. It will start up again on October 12th with "I am Not Your Negro"

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Photo of a school in Yemen bombed by Saudi Arabian jets supplied by the U.S. and fueled in the air by the U.S. Air Force. Tell Trump to STOP THIS CARNAGE, not fuel it! Click here.

Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:




Click here to sign a 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! And click here to see the video by the Italian Committee to lift sanctions against Syria.



Iraq Deaths Estimator
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 al-Malaki in Iraq and then Assad in Syria, and is now out of hand. Like what happened to "our" creature al Qaeda in Afghanistan). And the death toll continues to rise...
Write your senators and tell them: "Enough! U.S. out!! Iraq has shown it can curb ISIS by itself!"

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