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Week of January 23 2006
March 18 2006, Protest the War in Iraq Preparations are underway throughout the world for protests on the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. See the sites below for more information on the growing list of protests:
Take Action: Tell your friends! Encourage your friends and family to participate.
Poll: 52% Say Impeach Bush If He Spied Illegally In a new Zogby poll commissioned by the AfterDowningStreet Coalition (because no one would), more than half the respondents agreed with the following statement:
"If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."
Take Action: A search in google news for "zogby poll impeachment" will turn up no major (or even minor) newspaper in the U.S. Be the media! Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. See tips for writing the letter on Fair and Media Matters. Find addresses for media outlets on the Congress.org web site. And write the major pollsters asking why they haven't asked voters about impeachment.
Take Action: See the No Crony web site for an easy way to contact your Senators. Or, to be more effective, call or send your own personal message to your senators.
U.S. Defense Budget: Even Bigger Than You Thought The Center for Defense Information has published a tutorial on the recently passed defense appropriations bill: What is the Actual Size of the 2006 Defense Budget? The answer is a few hundred billion more than what we've been told.
Take Action: Make sure this gets media coverage. Write a letter to the editor of your favorite newspaper. See tips for writing the letter on Fair and Media Matters. Find addresses for media outlets on the Congress.org web site.
CNN's Headline News Hires Hate Radio Host Ken Jautz, president of CNN Headline News, describes him as "cordial", but talk radio host Glenn Beck is best known for his hateful and violent comments. One would question hiring someone for a primetime show who has:
Contemplated murdering Michael Moore: "I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out--is this wrong?"
Wishes death upon Dennis Kucinich: "Every night I get down on my knees and pray that Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames."
Called Michael Berg, whose son had been beheaded in Iraq, "despicable" and a "scumbag" for having criticized Bush.
Claims that it took him "...about a year to start hating the 9/11 victims' families..."
And for Katrina victims, "I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9/11 victims."
Take Action: Contact Ken Jautz of Headline News to ask for an explanation of this new hire. Details on the FAIR and Media Matters web sites.
Record Number of Journalists Killed in 2005 In a report just released entitled "Targeting and Tragedy", the International Federation of Journalists condemned a “culture of neglect and indifference” in the rising numbers of journalists killed, with 150 in 2005. The report also cites "18 cases of unexplained killings of journalists and media staff by United States soldiers." They also plan to organize worldwide protests on April 8, 2006, the anniversary of the Hotel Palestine attack in Baghdad.
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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!"