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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Today's Journal - May 9, 2007

Today's Journal - Wedneday, May 9, 2007

Feingold Rejects Compromise, Pushes Exit Strategy:

Fifty-seven percent of Americans say that Congress should not compromise with President Bush in the Iraq War funding fight. That's the number that, according to a new CNN poll, wants Congress to give Bush another bill with a withdrawal timetable.

Pelosi threat to sue Bush over Iraq bill :

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is threatening to take President Bush to court if he issues a signing statement as a way of sidestepping a carefully crafted compromise Iraq war spending bill. http://tinyurl.com/2qkoaa

The human cost of war in Afghanistan:

The killing of large numbers of civilians by American forces, through indisciplined firing or as a result of their heavy reliance on air-strikes, has been a bitter feature of the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq-just as it was in Vietnam. http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=9141410&fsrc=RSS

Most US.adults back Iraq pullout timetable -poll:

Six out of 10 U.S. adults support setting a timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, even though a clear majority predict civil war there if U.S. forces withdraw next year, according to a poll published http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N09214897.htm

Bush to veto new Iraq Bill:

THE White House has warned Democrats that President George W. Bush would veto an Iraq funding Bill that would bankroll the war in Iraq for just three months.http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21704627-5001028,00.html

World Bank criticises Israel:

In a harsh report (pdf), the bank criticised Israel for extending legitimate security measures to expand and protect settlement activity and the relatively unhindered movement of settlers and other Israelis in and out of the West Bank.http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,2075622,00.html?gusrc=ticker-103704

Doha Debates: Video:

'This House believes the pro-Israeli lobby has successfully stifled Western debate about Israel's actions.'http://tinyurl.com/yu6fnh

"It Takes an Enormous Amount of Courage to Speak the Truth":

World-Renowned Holocaust, Israel Scholars Defend DePaul Professor Norman Finkelstein as He Fights for Tenurehttp://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/09/1514221

US drops charges against suspected terrorist:

A U.S. judge threw out all charges against suspected terrorist and former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles on Tuesday, allowing him to go free days before he was set to be tried for immigration fraud.http://www.ft.com/cms/s/89d4dbe6-fe30-11db-bdc7-000b5df10621.html

Infant Mortality Soars In Iraq By Andrew Buncombe

Two wars and a decade of sanctions have led to a huge rise in the mortality rate among young children in Iraq, leaving statistics that were once the envy of the Arab world now comparable with those of sub-Saharan Africa

Anti-Capitalism In Five Minutes Or Less By Robert Jensen

One of the common responses I hear when I critique capitalism is, “Well, that may all be true, but we have to be realistic and do what’s possible.” By that logic, to be realistic is to accept a system that is inhuman, anti-democratic, and unsustainable. To be realistic we are told we must capitulate to a system that steals our souls, enslaves us to concentrated power, and will someday destroy the planet

Early CIA Involvement In Darfur Has Gone Unreported By Jay Janson

There has been a glaring omission in the U.S. media presentation of the Darfur tragedy. The compassion demonstrated, mostly in words, until recently, has not been accompanied by a recognition of U.S. complicity, or at least involvement, in the war which has led to the enormous suffering and loss of life that has been taking place in Darfur for many years

When We Forget To Remember By Sheila Samples

Surely Americans must know that a crisis without precedent is underway in this country. The first target in the Straussian neocon's war of terror was the Constitution and, by extension, the American people. We are hurtling headlong into tyranny and, as Harold Pinter so aptly put it -- those whom we elected to protect both us and the Constitution have either lost their voices or seem to have forgotten the tune

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