Created on Monday, 14 July 2008 02:43
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The Wedding Crashers: A Short Till-Death-Do-Us-Part History of Bush's Wars
by Tom Engelhardt
t was a tribal affair. Against a
picture-perfect sunset, before a beige-colored cross and an altar made
of the very Texas limestone that was also used to build her family's
"ranch," veil-less in an Oscar de la Renta gown, the 26 year-old bride
said her vows.
More than 200 members of her extended family and friends
were on hand, as well as the 14 women in her "house party," who were
dressed "in seven different styles of knee-length dresses in seven
different colors that match[ed] the palette ofâ€¦ wildflowers -- blues,
greens, lavenders and pinky reds." Afterwards, in a white tent set in a
grove of trees and illuminated by strings of lights, the father of the
bride, George W. Bush, danced with his daughter to the strains of "You
Are So Beautiful." The media was kept at arm's length and the vows were
private, but undoubtedly they included the phrase "till death do us
That was early May of this year. Less than two months
later, halfway across the world, another tribal affair was underway.
The age of the bride involved is unknown to us, as is her name. No
reporters were clamoring to get to her section of the mountainous
backcountry of Afghanistan near the Pakistani border. We know almost
nothing about her circumstances, except that she was on her way to a
nearby village, evidently early in the morning, among a party 70-90
strong, mostly women, "escorting the bride to meet her groom as local
Read more: Death from Above: The Wedding Crashers
Created on Monday, 14 July 2008 00:27
Written by Press Release
War Resisters: Robin Long's Hearing Set for Vancouver Mon. July 14
by Vancouver War Resisters
Read more: Robin Long's Hearing Set for Vancouver Mon. July 14
reetings everyone; Robin is scheduled to be transported to the Lower Mainland from Kamloops sometime tomorrow. Meanwhile, the hearing for his application for a stay of deportation will be at 9:30 am in Vancouver.
We will gather at 8:30 am at 701 W. Georgia St. (north side of W. Georgia between Granville & Howe St.)
Created on Sunday, 13 July 2008 23:31
Written by Press Release
Pastors for Peace Caravan Returning from Cuba Monday July 14 to Request Release of Seized Computers Destined for Cuba
by Pastors for Peace
he Pastors for Peace US/Cuba Friendshipment Caravan will return to the US on Monday June 14 after delivering nearly 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba, and will request the return of the 32 donated computers for Cuba that were seized from their caravan by US officials on July 3.
"We will continue to challenge this dumb, foolish, petty,
counterproductive, mean-spirited, and immoral blockade until it is
ended," said Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr., executive director of
IFCO/Pastors for Peace.
Read more: Pastors Want Answers for Seized Computers
The caravan is returning to the US on the same day as the
Venceremos Brigade and several other organizations engaging in
challenging US restrictions on travel to Cuba.
Created on Sunday, 13 July 2008 22:31
Written by American News Project
Voices from a Raid
by American News Project - Immigration arrests from work-site raids have increased tenfold in the last five years.
American News Project: Immigration arrests from work-site raids have increased tenfold in the last five years. As politicians on both sides of the aisle grapple with the issue, families are caught in the middle. ANP went to Annapolis, MD to see how people were coping in the aftermath of the state's largest immigration roundup in years.
Created on Sunday, 13 July 2008 22:17
Written by Atlantic Free Press
Walking with Integrity: The Peoples' Walk Carries Sacred Items to the East
by Brenda Norrell
Tohono O'odham and other Native Americans focused on protecting the rights of passage for Indigenous Peoples at the borders have made it to DC area. The Peoples Walk, arriving from the south, includes Tohono O'odham, Hopi/Pueblo, Dine', Lakota and other Native Americans. Walkers in the Peoples Walk are carrying sacred items and completing their journey.
Read more: The Peoples' Walk Arrives in DC
While in Washington D.C., the walkers will meet with international leaders and international organizations, but will not meet with leaders of the United States government. The U.S. government has betrayed Native people, carried out genocide and is currently involved in the promotion of xenophobia and Nazi-style tactics at the borders, oppressing Indigenous Peoples at the southern and northern borders in their traditional homelands.
Created on Sunday, 13 July 2008 11:00
Written by Jason Leopold
Read more: Bush Farewell: A Legacy of Continued Secrecy
Bush Looks to His (Secret) Legacy
by Jason Leopold
eorge W. Bush, who has expanded his power to access the e-mails and other electronic communications of Americans, is resisting congressional demands that White House e-mails be saved for later research by historians.
Bush signaled he would veto a House-passed bill that seeks to overhaul the Presidential and Federal Records Act to ensure that e-mails and other government documents are preserved in the age of the Internet.
Created on Sunday, 13 July 2008 10:30
Written by Press Release
Farm Worker who died connected to "Two-Buck Chuck"
Read more: Dying California Farm Workers: What About Two-Buck Chuck?
e told you about the tragic death of 17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez who died while laboring in a Stockton area vineyard in 100 plus degree heat. According to a Wednesday AP story
, the San Joaquin County Coroner has officially confirmed that Maria died of heat stroke. Maria had been working 8 hours in the blistering heat without shade or sufficient water. The closest water supply was a 10 minute walk away. (Click to read Maria's story
According to worker charges filed with Cal OSHA, the land owner where Maria suffered heat stroke continues to utilize labor contractors that don't abide by the law. And Friday, a month after Maria's passing, another charge was filed for lack of water and shade at one of the company's locations.
Created on Sunday, 13 July 2008 09:58
Written by The Real News
Canada: This is the dirtiest oil in the world
What happens when the world's biggest oil companies target a northern wilderness?
[They don't show the huge tar lakes they leave because it would shock
the public opinion. They don't talk about the smell in the whole region
nor about the workers getting sick from breathing air. They don't
mention cancer statistics either.----------- This video could have been
produced by the oil industry and it would be no different.-----------
We could commute with a car doing hundreds of miles per gallon but car
makers sleep with the enemy.----------- Lithium energy storage was
developped but was engineered to be unapplicable for electric
vehicules. The motor wheel development was slowed.----------- They want
us to believe that hybrids are the way to go ? Same as a car just add
many different parts and software to control their life
cycle.----------- The only sensible choice, a full electric light
vehicule, does not create enough added value, it's too simple, too
efficient, too sturdy.----------- Give me a few lithium batteries that
were developed by Hydro-Que]
Created on Sunday, 13 July 2008 09:28
Written by Chris Hedges
FISA Bill's Real Target: What Remains of Our Open Society
by Chris Hedges
f the sweeping surveillance law signed by President Bush on Thursday -- giving the U.S. government nearly unchecked authority to eavesdrop on the phone calls and e-mails of innocent Americans -- is allowed to stand, we will have eroded one of the most important bulwarks to a free press and an open society.
Read more: Remains of Our Open Society: FISA's Real Target
The new FISA Amendments Act nearly eviscerates oversight of government surveillance. It allows the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to review only general procedures for spying rather than individual warrants. The court will not be told specifics about who will be wiretapped, which means the law provides woefully inadequate safeguards to protect innocent people whose communications are caught up in the government's dragnet surveillance program.