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Week of December 12 2005
Banning Torture Senator John McCain’s proposal to ban torture has been met with great resistance by the White House and is in serious danger of becoming ineffective due to various factors. To learn more about this issue read the article "Ban Torture or Protect Torturers?" on The Nation.
Banning Alito President Bush’s choice to nominate Samuel Alito to replace Sandra Day O’Connor as Supreme Court Justice is a dangerous one. Alito’s past is mired with controversial issues that should make any concerned citizen worry. Learn more about his record and let your voice be heard by visiting Alito's America or write to your senator.
Exiting Iraq Apparently, Congress still has to be convinced of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. Visit the MoveOn web site and send them a clear message:
Joe Lieberman on Not Questioning Bush on Iraq Recently, Senator Joe Lieberman made a remark that questions his moral fiber and Party allegiance. To find out more and to sign a letter censuring the Senator visit the Democracy for America web site.
Urge Senators to Filibuster the Patriot Act House and Senate negotiators have agreed to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act and have left many of the dangerous provisions intact. Some senators had threatened to filibuster the Patriot Act if this happened, so it’s time to encourage these senators to follow through. Visit the People for the American Way web site to sign the petition requesting a filibuster.
Election Reform Still Needs Your Support The 2006 elections are coming up in less than a year and reforms in the U.S. electoral process still haven’t been made, but the Common Cause web site has some things you can do to ensure a more democratic process in 2006.
Harold Pinter’s Nobel Speech
Harold Pinter recently gave an acceptance speech upon winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in which he severely criticized the United States for its politics. To read his speech visit The Guardian. You can also see the video on the Nobel Prize site.
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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.
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!"