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Week of July 24 2006
by Becky Tavani
Lebanese to Rice: US Must Step Up
Human Rights Watch emphasizes US responsibility in raising civilian protection issues with Israel and in bringing the conflict to a swift close in their open letter to Condi Rice. Read it here.
Ralph Nader also has some strong advice to George W. Bush on how to end civilian bloodshed in Lebanon: “As the leading player in official Washington's puppet show, it is time for you to assert the interests of the American people and those of the broad Israeli and Palestinian peace movements, by standing up to the puppeteers. For without this conflict, Hezbollah would not be in today's news.” Read it here.
Israeli Cluster Munitions Hit Civilians in Lebanon
Human Rights Watch conducted detailed analyses of the U.S. military’s use of cluster bombs in the 1999 Yugoslavia war, the 2001-2002 Afghanistan war, and the 2003 Iraq war. Human Rights Watch research established that the use of cluster munitions in populated areas in Iraq caused more civilian casualties than any other factor in the U.S.-led coalition’s conduct of major military operations in March and April 2003, killing and wounding more than 1,000 Iraqi civilians.
TAKE ACTION: Hold the Bush Administration to account for its backing of Israel's killing of civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.
1) Get the facts and spread the word: Click here for background information and resources from a wide range of UFPJ member groups and allies.
2) The first batch of signatures from more than 300 organizations and individuals has been delivered, but it's not too late for you to sign on to our emergency letter to John Bolton.
3) Call the White House (202-456-1111), the U.S. State Department (202-647-4000) and your Congressional representatives (202-224-3121) to demand that the U.S. take immediate action.
4) Send a letter to your local paper and speak out against the latest assaults by the Israeli government on the people of Gaza and Lebanon.
6) You can help get much-needed medical supplies to Gaza -- click here for more information and to make a donation .
For more ideas of how you can take action, visit UFPJ’s website here.
Katrina Victims “Not Allowed” To Talk To Media
For more detail, read Democracy Now!: “FEMA's Dirty Little Secret: A Rare Look Inside the Renaissance Village Trailer Park, Home to Over 2,000 Hurricane Katrina Evacuees” by Amy Goodman who reported back in April 2006 on the silencing of Katrina refugees.
TAKE ACTION: FEMA’s website urges citizens to report “allegations of civil liberties or civil rights abuses” to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, who is Richard L. Skinner.
ABA Chides Bush on Bypassing Laws
Bush has issued at least 750 signing statements during his presidency, reserving the right to revise, interpret or disregard laws on national security and constitutional grounds.
"That non-veto hamstrings Congress because Congress cannot respond to a signing statement," said ABA president Michael Greco. The practice, he added "is harming the separation of powers."
The panel said presidents do not have the authority to declare that sections of the bills they sign are unconstitutional, and that they thus need not be enforced as Congress wrote them.
Abusive Techniques Were Authorized, Soldiers’ Complaints Ignored
In the 53-page report, “No Blood, No Foul: Soldiers’ Accounts of Detainee Abuse in Iraq,” soldiers describe how detainees were routinely subjected to severe beatings, painful stress positions, severe sleep deprivation, and exposure to extreme cold and hot temperatures. The accounts come from interviews conducted by Human Rights Watch, supplemented by memoranda and sworn statements contained in declassified documents.
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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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