Created on Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:32
Written by Dana Siegelman
Contempt for Karl Rove
by Don Siegelman
esterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Karl Rove in contempt of Congress, moving us one step closer to the truth, one step closer to restoring justice, and one step closer to preserving our democracy.
Read more: The Contemptible Mr. Rove
It's a huge step forward, and I'm so thankful that the committee voted for contempt.
But now is not the time to celebrate -- now is the time to take action. The House Judiciary Committee is on the record, but now we need the full House of Representatives to vote to hold Karl Rove in contempt as well.
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2008 06:58
War Without End, Amen: Into the Afghan Abyss with Obama
Read more: Into the Afghan Abyss with Obama
by Chris Floyd
have disagreed vehemently with Patrick Buchanan on almost every issue
over the years, but he is right on the money when he says that Barack
Obama's Afghanistan strategy is an eerie replication of Lyndon
Johnson's Vietnam strategy, and will almost certainly have the same
result: years and years of death and ruin, ending in defeat. Buchanan
charts it out:
...[W]ithout any visible strategy for
victory, Barack is recommending the same course LBJ took after the
death of JFK. Johnson bombed North Vietnam in 1964, landed Marines in
1965 and built U.S. forces from 16,000 advisers on Nov. 22, 1963, to
525,000 troops in January of 1969. Gradual escalation, which is exactly
what Barack is recommending....
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 21:36
Written by Chris Cook
Rove Cited for Contempt of Congress
by C. L. Cook
The vote was split along party lines, with the Democratic party majority moving the motion forward by a 20-14 margin. The committee says Rove broke the law by failing to appear before the committee on a subpoena issued for July 10.
Read more: Rove Cited for Contempt of Congress
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 07:41
Written by The Real News
Palestine: The Facts on the Ground
by The Real News
Very few people know the facts on the ground in Palestine as well as Mustafa Barghouti. Barghouti, born in Jerusalem and a resident of Ramallah, is a member of Parliament and the leader of the Palestinian National Initiative, a democratic, reformist alternative to the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.
The Real News spoke to Mustafa Barghouti in Washington about the facts on the ground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Read more: Palestine from the Ground
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 07:22
Written by Chris Cook
Roadblocks to Peace: Canadians Kill Kids in Kandaharby C. L. CookC
are largely aware of the number of "their" troops killed during the
nation's near seven-year entanglement in Afghanistan, but finding out
how many Afghans have perished at the hands of those troops is
impossible; because like Colin Powell, the Canadian Forces "don't do
UPDATE: Graham Thomson follows up
his story of the children's death Sunday in an interview with the grieving father. Thomson quotes Rozi Muhammed;
- "I was knocked unconscious. When I woke up, the Canadians came
and gave us some treatment. After that, I collected some of the pieces
of the children. My wife was crying, she was in a very bad way."
Read more: Roadblocks to Peace: Canadians Kill Kids in Kandahar
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2008 17:36
Written by Press Release
Sami Al-Arian Subjected to Worst Prison Conditions since Florida
by Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace
espite grant of bail, government continues to hold him.
Make a Difference! Call Today!
Last April, your calls to the Hampton Roads Regional Jail pressured prison officials to stop their abuse of Dr. Al-Arian after only a few days. Friends, we are asking you to make a difference again by calling.
Pamunkey Regional Jail: (804) 365-6400 (press 4 then 3001 to
speak to the administration, then ask to leave a message for the
superintendent; after working hours, press 0).
Read more: Sami Al-Arian Subjected to Worst Prison Conditions since Florida
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2008 10:25
Written by Press Release
Torturing Each Other: The Widespread Practices of Arbitrary Detention and Torture in the Palestinian Prisons
by Al Haq
This report documents and analyses arbitrary arrests, acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment against individuals in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by various Palestinian security or military agencies and personnel.
Read more: Torturing Each Other
These illegal practices have had a horrific physical and psychological effect on hundreds of Palestinian citizens and the society at large.
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2008 10:08
Written by Mike Whitney
Thar She Blows: The Last Hurrah for the Banking System
by Mike Whitney
The Bush administration will be mailing out another batch of "stimulus" checks in the very near future. There's no way around it. The Fed is in a pickle and can't lower interest rates for fear that food and energy prices will shoot to stratosphere. At the same time, the economy is shrinking faster than anyone thought possible with no sign of a rebound.
That leaves stimulus checks as the only way to "prime the pump" and keep consumer spending chugging along. Otherwise business activity will slow to a crawl and the economy will tank. There's no other choice.
Read more: Last Hurrah for the Banking System
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2008 07:47
Written by Richard C. Cook
Louis T. McFadden (1876-1936): An American Hero
Read more: An American Hero: Louis T. McFadden (1876-1936)
by Richard C. Cook
r. Ron Paul, the Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential nomination, is not the first U.S. politician to point to the abuses of the Federal Reserve System and call for its abolishment. Similar pleas to get rid of the Fed were made by Reps. Wright Patman (1893-1976) and Henry Gonzales (1916-2000), both Democratic congressmen from Texas and chairmen of the House Banking Committee.
Few recall, however, how controversial the Fed was when it was first proposed and then maneuvered through a recessing Congress just before Christmas 1913. Rep. Charles Lindbergh, Sr., R-MN and father of the future aviator, called the Federal Reserve Act â€œthe worst legislative crime of the ages.â€
Created on Monday, 28 July 2008 03:39
Written by Jason Leopold
Read more: What Does it Take to Get a Guy Outta Here?!
Kucinich: 'How Many More Hearings to Prove Pres. Bush Violated Constitution?'
by Jason Leopold
he Ohio congressman and former 2008 Democratic presidential candidate is frustrated that his colleagues continue to hold hearings and investigate the Bush administration's alleged constitutional violations, but refuse to hold President George W. Bush accountable for what Kucinich believes are High Crimes and Misdemeanors.
â€œHow many more hearings do we need to have to prove this administration has violated the constitution, taken the law into its own hands, and condoned torture.â€?â€ Kucinich said in an interview. â€œThere is a point at which you reduce congress to a debating society which diminishes Congressâ€™s role.â€
Kucinich has spent the past year making a case for impeaching President Bush. Last year, he introduced a resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. But that effort failed. In fact, it barely received any media coverage.