3 thoughts on “Bush and the Iraq war, cartoon

  1. Public Power in the Age of Empire

    By ARUNDHATI ROY
    Public Power in the Age of Empire – By Arundhati Roy

    “Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe.”—Arundhati Roy

    The text of Public Power in the Age of Empire is based on a public address that Arundhati Roy delivered to an overflow crowd at the American Sociological Association’s 99th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, on August 16, 2004. The theme of the conference was “Public Sociologies.”

    Paperback, 59pp

    New Book on U.S. War on Iraq –

    CRIMES of WAR
    -IRAQ-
    Edited by Richard Falk, Irene Gendzier
    & Robert Jay Lifton

    Crimes of War – Iraq

    Crimes of War: Iraq is an independent inquiry into the U.S. role in Iraq, exploring the complex legal, historical, political, and psychological dimensions of war and occupation.

    These searing and illuminating essays, which include work by Philip Zimbardo, Cindy Sheehan, Arundhati Roy, John Prados, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Eric Herring demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that the war is illegal and criminal. The authors argue that the perpetrators of these policies should be held individually accountable.

    By showing the history and character of U.S. involvement in Iraq for several decades, as well as the psychological damage being done to those who participate in combat, this book reveals disturbing similarities—as well as differences—between the Iraq war and the U.S.’ war against Vietnam nearly forty years ago.

    Nation Books, paperback, 466pp

    New York Times Best Seller

    ARMED MADHOUSE
    By Greg Palast
    Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast

    Author of The New York Times bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Palast is best known in his native USA as the journalist who broke the story of how Jeb Bush purged thousands of Black citizens from Florida’s voter rolls before the 2000 election, thereby handing the White House to his brother George. Palast’s reports on the theft of election 2004, the spike of the FBI investigations of the bin Ladens before September 11, the secret State Department documents planning the seizure of Iraq’s oil fields and other exposés have won him a record six “Project Censored” prizes for reporting the news U.S. media doesn’t want you to hear.

    Palast’s Sam Spade-style television and print exposés about elections manipulation, War on Terror and globalization, have been seen and heard on BBC’s Newsnight and Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!

    Greg Palast, says Noam Chomsky, “upsets all the right people.”

    Hardcover, 360pp, Index

    Fallout from the most irresponsible proliferator on the planet:

    Poison DUst
    Radioactive DU Weapons
    in Iraq

    Poison DUst – Radioactive DU Weapons in Iraq
    The new Lightyear 2006 release includes details of a panel about Vieques, Puerto Rico, and a DVD-ROM display of further DU reports.

    You thought they came home safely from the war. They didn’t.

    Poison DUst tells the story of three young men from New York who could not get answers for their mysterious ailments after their National Guard unit’s 2003 tour of duty in Iraq. A mother reveals her fears about the extent of her child’s birth defects and the growing disablity of her young husband – a vet.

    Filmmaker Sue Harris skillfully weaves, through interviews, their journey from personal trauma, to ‘positive’ test results for uranium poisoning, to learning what radioactive Depleted Uranium weapons are. Their frustrations in dealing with the Veterans Administration’s silence becomes outrage as they realize that thousands of other GI’s have the same symptoms.

    Veterans, anti-war organizers, environmentalists and health care providers will find this wake-up call to today’s GIs invaluable.

    Today more than 1/3 of all 1991 Gulf War vets are on VA Disability Benefits. Meanwhile U.S. use of radioactive DU weapons has increased six-fold from 1991 to Gulf War II!

    Scientists expose the Pentagon Cover-Up!

    Music by Movement in Motion, Catherine Moon, the Fourth Wall Players, Pam Parker & Jobari Namdar-Parker.
    Directed and edited by Sue Harris and the Peoples Video Network.
    Final edits by Mike Sudyn, Flying Dreams.

    Strange Liberators
    Militarism, Mayhem and the Pursuit of Profit

    By Gregory Elich
    Introduction by Michael Parenti
    Afterword by Mickey Z

    Strange Liberators – Militarism, Mayhem and the Pursuit of Profit, by Gregory Elich

    “Just to have a book that links a defense of Yugoslavia and Zimbabwe is remarkable. Strange Liberators begins with Dr. King’s April 4, 1967 speech, that called the U.S. invaders of Vietnam ‘Strange Liberators.'”

    Strange Liberators goes from global sweatshops to Iraq to Korea to Yugoslavia to Zimbabwe before a concluding chapter on global warming. In every case, Elich exposes the lies spread by the bourgeoisie, which are so often echoed by those in the progressive movement.

    As well as everything else, it’s a compelling argument against those who insist we have to vote for the “lesser evil.” Elich shows how evil President Clinton was in planning nuclear war against People’s Korea in 1993 and 1994. As well as the 78 days of terror bombing against socialist Yugoslavia.

    Just for the chapter about the Lora concentration camp in Split, Croatia, it’s worth buying the book.

    “Using a wealth of historic evidence and revelatory analysis, deep research and eye-witness investigation, Gregory Elich treats what lawyers call the ‘hard cases.’…Issues that have been most thoroughly misrepresented in the corporate media and even by political commentators and activists who claim to be on the left. Elich wastes no time with genuflections to the dominant ideology. Instead, he sticks to the awful facts and glaring truths that compose the underlying reality of the U.S. global empire.He ties in his deeply informed case studies to the wider issues of U.S. imperial policy, the broader questions of war and peace, and the general crisis that faces the entire world and the planet’s ecology itself. Thereby he performs a most valuable service to persons all across the political spectrum.”—Michael Parenti, author of The Culture Struggle and To Kill a Nation.

    Softcover, 401pp, Extensive Notes

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  2. Military Commissions Act of 2006 (S. 3930)
    Posted by: “hapi22” hapi22@earthlink.net robinsegg
    Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:50 am (PST)
    Military Commissions Act of 2006 (S. 3930)

    Status: Sent to President (Bush signed this legislation on Oct. 17,
    2006)

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s109-3930
    This text was automatically converted from PDF format. Formatting
    glitches are a result of that process.

    Download PDF version at:

    Click to access s3930.pdf

    – – – – – –
    Some analysis at:
    http://writ.news.findlaw.com/scripts/printer_friendly.pl?page=/mariner/20061009.html

    and
    http://writ.news.findlaw.com/commentary/20060926_huq.html
    – – – – – –

    Congressional info on S.3930, at:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:SN3930:

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  3. Posted by: “Compañero” companyero@mindspring.com chocoano05
    Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:03 pm (PST)
    Congress’ shameful retreat from American values

    Garrison Keillor
    October 4, 2006

    I would not send my college kid off for a semester abroad
    if I were you. Last week, we suspended human rights in
    America, and what goes around comes around. Ixnay habeas
    corpus.

    The U.S. Senate, in all its splendor and majesty, decided
    that an “enemy combatant” is any non-citizen whom the
    president says is an enemy combatant, including your
    Korean greengrocer or your Swedish grandmother or your
    Czech au pair, and can be arrested and held for as long
    as authorities wish without any right of appeal to a
    court of law to examine the matter. If your college kid
    were to be arrested in Bangkok or Cairo, suspected of
    “crimes against the state” and held in prison, you’d
    assume that an American foreign service officer would be
    able to speak to your kid and arrange for a lawyer, but
    this may not be true anymore. Be forewarned.

    The Senate also decided it’s up to the president to
    decide whether it’s OK to make these enemies stand naked
    in cold rooms for a couple of days in blinding light and
    be beaten by interrogators. This is now purely a
    bureaucratic matter: The plenipotentiary stamps the file
    “enemy combatants” and throws the poor schnooks into
    prison and at his leisure he tries them by any sort of
    kangaroo court he wishes to assemble and they have no
    right to see the evidence against them, and there is no
    appeal. This was passed by 65 senators and will now be
    signed by President Bush, put into effect, and in due
    course be thrown out by the courts.

    It’s good that Barry Goldwater is dead because this would
    have killed him. Go back to the Senate of
    1964–Goldwater, Dirksen, Russell, McCarthy, Javits,
    Morse, Fulbright–and you won’t find more than 10 votes
    for it.

    None of the men and women who voted for this bill has any
    right to speak in public about the rule of law anymore,
    or to take a high moral view of the Third Reich, or to
    wax poetic about the American Ideal. Mark their names. Any
    institution of higher learning that grants honorary
    degrees to these people forfeits its honor. Alexander,
    Allard, Allen, Bennett, Bond, Brownback, Bunning, Burns,
    Burr, Carper, Chambliss, Coburn, Cochran, Coleman,
    Collins, Cornyn, Craig, Crapo, DeMint, DeWine, Dole,
    Domenici, Ensign, Enzi, Frist, Graham, Grassley, Gregg,
    Hagel, Hatch, Hutchison, Inhofe, Isakson, Johnson, Kyl,
    Landrieu, Lautenberg, Lieberman, Lott, Lugar, Martinez,
    McCain, McConnell, Menendez,
    Murkowski, Nelson of Florida, Nelson of Nebraska, Pryor,
    Roberts,
    Rockefeller, Salazar, Santorum, Sessions, Shelby, Smith,
    Specter, Stabenow, Stevens, Sununu, Talent, Thomas,
    Thune, Vitter, Voinovich, Warner.

    To paraphrase Sir Walter Scott: Mark their names and mark
    them well. For them, no minstrel raptures swell. High
    though their titles, proud their name, boundless their
    wealth as wish can claim, these wretched figures shall go
    down to the vile dust from whence they sprung, unwept,
    unhonored and unsung.

    Three Republican senators made a show of opposing the
    bill and after they’d collected all the praise they could
    get, they quickly folded. Why be a hero when you can be
    fairly sure that the court will dispose of this piece of
    garbage.

    If, however, the court does not, then our country has
    taken a step toward totalitarianism. If the government
    can round up someone and never be required to explain
    why, then it’s no longer the United States as you and I
    always understood it. Our enemies have succeeded beyond
    their wildest dreams. They have made us become like them.

    I got some insight last week into who supports torture
    when I went down to Dallas to speak at Highland Park
    Methodist Church. It was spooky. I walked in, was met by
    two burly security men with walkie-talkies, and within 10
    minutes was told by three people that this was the
    Bushes’ church and that it would be better if I didn’t
    talk about politics. I was there on a book tour for
    “Homegrown Democrat,” but they thought it better if I
    didn’t mention it. So I tried to make light of it: I told
    the audience, “I don’t need to talk politics. I have no
    need even to be interested in politics–I’m a citizen, I
    have plenty of money and my grandsons are at least 12
    years away from being eligible for military service.” And
    the audience applauded! Those were their sentiments
    exactly. We’ve got ours, and who cares?

    The Methodists of Dallas can be fairly sure that none of
    them will be snatched off the streets, flown to Guantanamo
    Bay, stripped naked, forced to stand for 48 hours in a
    freezing room with deafening noise. So why should they
    worry? It’s only the Jews who are in danger, and the
    homosexuals and gypsies. The Christians are doing fine. If
    you can’t trust a Methodist with absolute power to arrest
    people and not have to say why, then whom can you trust?

    ———-

    Garrison Keillor is a syndicated columnist and host of “A
    Prairie Home Companion.”

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