Created on Sunday, 22 June 2008 13:53
Written by Haiti Analysis
Charges Dropped Against Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste
by Wadner Pierre
and Joe Emersberger
he Court of Appeal of Port-au-Prince has announced the dismissal of all remaining charges against Father Gerard Jean-Juste. The Catholic priest is a prominent supporter of Famni Lavalas, the political party of ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Jean-Juste was arrested by the de facto government of Gerard Latortue in July of 2005, after being illegally arrested on a prior occasion in 2004. His imprisonment was such a flagrant act of political repression that Amnesty International designated the priest a "Prisoner of Conscience".
After getting a vial of Jean-Juste's blood past Latortue's police, Harvard professor and Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer verified that the jailed priest suffered from a form of lymphocytic leukemia that needed immediate treatment.
Read more: Haiti: Jean-Juste Charges Thrown Out
Created on Sunday, 22 June 2008 12:43
Written by The Real News
Whaling Still Going Strong Leading up to Annual IWO Meeting
by The Real News
[Text by The Guardian, video by Greenpeace.]
Divisions in the whaling world: Guardian: Chile vows to protect sea mammals, Japan committed to whaling, ahead of International meeting.
The Guardian reports on divisions in the whaling world. Chile vows to protect the sea mammals while Japan remains committed to whaling, ahead of next week's International Whaling Commission meeting
Created on Sunday, 22 June 2008 12:23
Written by Siv O'Neall
The Corporations â€“ Killers of Democracy
by Siv O'Neall
t's way too late at this moment to ask the question: Are we going to lose our democracy? We may not all have noticed it yet, but the Big Corporations stole our democracy a long time ago.
How did they manage? They bought up everything, from the heavy to the light industry, arms, oil, chemical, to the people in Congress who are supposed to protect us from abuse of power by applying the rules set down in the Constitution.
Read more: The Corporation: Democracy's Killers
But, above all, they bought up the media.
Created on Saturday, 21 June 2008 21:47
Written by Joe Hueglin
Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Denying the Durand Line
Read more: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Denying the Durand Line
by Joe Hueglin
he Durand Line
exists in international law. It exists on paper. The c.40 million people, 15 million on the Pakistan side, 25 on the Afghan, do not recognize this arbitrary line drawn by a foreigner in 1893 that makes them citizens of one country or another. They are all Pashtuns speaking a common language and living by their ancient honour code: Pashtunwali.
This weekend President Karzai threatened to send his troops into Pakistan. Not surprisingly US backs Afghan hot pursuit into Pak
. The U.S. has been attacking across the Line, last week killing eleven Pakistani soldiers. On Sunday there was a confirmed report that 2 US helicopters violate Pakistani airspace and that a US missile strike kills one in S Waziristan, not yet confirmed.
Created on Saturday, 21 June 2008 20:13
Written by Scott Horton
Torture from the Top Down
by Scott Horton
n a series of hearings, Congressional leaders are trying to get to the bottom of a few simple questions: Who initiated the use of torture techniques in the â€œwar on terrorâ€? What was the process by which it was done? On whose authority was it done?
William J. Haynes II
The use of torture techniques became a matter of public knowledge four years ago. In response to the initial disclosures, the Bush Administration first decided to spin the fable of a handful of â€œrotten applesâ€ inside of a company of military police from Appalachia and scapegoated a handful of examples in carefully managed and staged show trials.
Read more: Down from the Top Torture
When further disclosures out of Bagram and GuantÃ¡namo made this untenable, they spun a new myth, this time suggesting that the administration had responded to a plea from below for wider latitude.
Created on Saturday, 21 June 2008 19:41
Written by Jason Leopold
At Congressional Hearing, Conyers Talks About â€˜Impeachable Offenseâ€™
by Jason Leopold
The Public Record
n an opening statement Friday morning before former White House press secretary Scott McClellanâ€™s highly anticipated testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee, the panel's Democratic Chairman, John Conyers, said the Bush administration may have committed an an â€œimpeachable offense
â€ by launching a â€œpropaganda campaignâ€ to win support for a U.S. led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
The Judiciary Committee is receiving testimony from McClellan about whether White House officials, including President Bush and Vice President Cheney, obstructed justice or broke other federal laws in an attempt to cover-up the roles of senior administration officials who unmasked covert CIA operate Valerie Plame's identity to the media.
Read more: Congress: Conyers Hints at Impeachment
Created on Saturday, 21 June 2008 19:35
Written by Robert Parry
Read more: Legalizing Bush Crimes
Democrats Legalize Bush's Crimes
by Robert Parry
June 20, 2008
ouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims that a key positive feature of the new wiretap â€œcompromiseâ€ is that the bill reaffirms that the President must follow the law, even though the same bill virtually assures that no one will be held accountable for George W. Bush's violation of the earlier spying law.
In other words, in the guise of rejecting Bushâ€™s theories of an all-powerful presidency that is above the law, the Democratic leadership cleared the way for the President and his collaborators to evade punishment for defying the law.
Created on Saturday, 21 June 2008 19:22
Written by James J. Brittain
Was the U.S. Involved in Killing the FARC-EP Leaders?
by James J. Brittain
While virtually every country in Central and South America, including the Caribbean, has waged in on the debate of the Colombian state conducting an illegal military campaign within Ecuadorian sovereign territory, resulting in the deaths of various high ranking officials in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Peopleâ€™s Army (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-EjÃ©rcito del Pueblo, FARC-EP), the United States have remained virtually silent. Such silence from the US is quite perplexing consdiering the administrations of Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush have wielded a twenty-two year old assault on this insurgency movement.
The United States have deemed the FARC-EP to be, what it considers, a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). Therefore, would one not expect, during the so-called â€˜war on terror,â€™ some attention from Washington - other than a few sentences by state officials - following the deaths of both Comandante RaÃºl Reyes and Comandante IvÃ¡n RÃos within less than six days of each other; two of the seven highest-ranking members of the organization (lest we forget the hourly visual barrage of images related to the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003 or his execution in 2006). The following makes a case that the United Statesâ€™ silence has far more to do with a plausible connection to the deaths of Comandante Reyes and Comandante RÃos rather than simple disinterest.
Read more: Who Killed FARC Big Two?
Created on Saturday, 21 June 2008 18:09
Written by Press Release
War Resisters - your chance to help the campaign
by War Resisters Support Campaign
ear friends; the two things that we need help with most right now in Vancouver are housing for war resisters and your participation in our outreach and lobbying in Conservative ridings and keeping up the media visibility.
Below is a housing appeal, please pass it on freely.
Also in Vancouver we will be doing another visit to a Conservative riding, probably either Emerson's in Vancouver or Nina Grewal in Fleetwood-Port Kells. That is tentatively planned for Saturday June 28.
Read more: Canadians Supporting U.S. War Resisters
As well, we would like to get to some Canada Day events with our petitions and leaflets - there will be a National Day of Action to call Immigration Minister Diane Finley on Wednesday July 2 - and July 1 would be a great day to get the word out. Please try to join us at some of these activities!
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2008 21:33
Written by Jason Leopold
Democrats Give White House Another Blank-Check For Iraq
by Jason Leopold
A Democratic engineered emergency supplemental bill to continue funding the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan to the tune of $162 billion is expected to win bipartisan support, aides to leaders in the House said late Wednesday.
Read more: Another Blank-Check For Iraq
The bill, as currently drafted, does not contain any conditions for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq nor does it restrict how President Bush can conduct military operations. The legislation ensures both wars are funded well into 2009 and comes nearly two years after Democrats won majorities in Congress and the Senate largely on promises to resist handing the Bush administration "blank-checks" for Iraq and a pledge to immediately bring U.S. troops home.