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Health Care & Environment
12.17 Brazilian police foil million-dollar fraud to export precious wood to China [clear-cutting forests harshly impacts all life above and below ground-level for decades; it decreases oxygen production and seguestration of CO2 and increases area, frequency and duration of drought]
12.13 English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, first tests reveal [Are similar tests of U.S. waters conducted by the EPA anymore? We think not...]
News Media Matters
12.17 A Report to Our Readers
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
12.17 'Making America Stupid Again': Outrage Over Forbidden 7 Words You Can't Say at Trump's CDC [“Stupid is as stupid does.” –Forrest Gump]
12.16 Poverty in US set to increase due to Donald Trump's policies, says UN official [oligarchy-controlled countries are wonderful for the very rich]
12.16 Republicans Despise the Working Class [oligarchy-controlled countries are wonderful for the very rich]
12.17 Venue of last resort: the climate lawsuits threatening the future of big oil [something else Republicans are packing the courts for...]
12.15 Who Pays for Judicial Races? The Politics of Judicial Elections 2015-16 [desperately packing the courts at all levels to protect white power & unregulated capitalism]
12.13 US Concern Over 'Pervasive' High-Level Corruption Surging Under Trump: Poll [anyone surprised?]
12.17 Trump’s Misuse of Intelligence on Iran [immoral behavior that could lead to War]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
12.17 How a Philadelphia nun became the unlikely face of conscientious capitalism [Why don't we teach morality in Law & Business schools?]
12.16 The Republican Tax Bill Provides Huge Benefits to People Who Don’t Work. But Only if They’re Rich. [oligarchy-controlled countries are wonderful for the very rich]
12.16 The United States Is Now as Unequal as Russia. And That’s Before the Tax Bill. [oligarchy-controlled countries are wonderful for the very rich]
12.16 EU to force firms to reveal true owners in wake of Panama Papers [what are the chances oligarchy-controlled countries (esp. America and Russia) ever agree to fight tax evasion and money landering? International agencies must all mandate common regulations as a condition for UN membership, trade agreements, world bank loans, etc.]
12.15 FCC Chair Ajit Pai 'Shows Just How Dumb He Thinks Americans Are' With Video Mocking Net Neutrality [he won't discuss how giving more monopoly power to cable ISPs will increase consumer costs and stifle innovation]
12.13 The “Death Tax” Cargo Cult [we lack for morals and sanity in U.S. media & politics]
International & Futurism
12.17 Africa’s new elite force: women gunning for poachers and fighting for a better life [a good model that converts victims of abuse and cruelty into positive activists with good jobs...]
12.14 Israeli undercover soldiers seen arresting Palestinian protesters [Palestinians need more and better weapons for a fair fight]
Code Pink Challenges White House
Reading an “Open Letter” to First Lady Laura Bush, Sarandon mocked President George W. Bush as a warmonger and derided him for calling himself “The Decider.”Washington, D.C.--On Sunday, May 14, 2006, a colorful protest action sponsored by “Code Pink: Women for Peace” was staged directly in front of the White House. It included a mini-parade, a sing-along and plenty of roses waving around. The event, a 24-hour vigil, began the day before. Its theme was “Declare Peace on Mother’s Day.” On a warm but cloudy afternoon, it featured speeches, from 2 to 4 PM, by activists such as Cindy Sheehan, a leader in the “Gold Star Families for Peace" and Susan Sarandon, a member of the Screen Actors Guild and a celebrated film actress.
Reading an “Open Letter” to First Lady Laura Bush, Sarandon mocked President George W. Bush as a warmonger and derided him for calling himself “The Decider.” She reminded Laura Bush that Americans really “don’t want their kids to go off to war and die.”
Sarandon was also one of the principal speakers at a large anti-war rally, which was held on the National Mall, on October 26, 2002. Since then, the Bush-Cheney Gang has been caught up in a web of sordid scandals, such as the disgraceful torturing of detainees at Abu Ghraib; spying on U.S. citizens; the Valerie Plame affair, featuring the Neocon, Irving “Scooter” Libby; and the case of the sleazy lobbyist and fixer, Jack Abramoff. Meanwhile, the administration is suspected, too, of creating a framework, via Homeland Security Agency and the Patriot Act, for a possible Police State.
Colman McCarthy, an ex-pundit for the Washington Post, said, “Unless we teach our children peace, someone else will teach them violence.”Showing up for the event, with his bicycle in tow, was Colman McCarthy, an ex-pundit for the Washington Post. He said, “Unless we teach our children peace, someone else will teach them violence.” He is also the founder of the Center for Teaching Peace. Famed African-American Comedian Dick Gregory emphasized that “the power of mothers” was one of the “strongest” of all the powers and that, if harnessed properly, it is a power that could radically change the present pro-war attitudes. Karen Kwiatkowski also spoke at the rally. She is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel and a sharp critic of the Iraqi conflict. She recently worked in the Pentagon. “Our nation was marched into war based on lies and false patriotism.” she charged. Dr. Dahlia Wasfi, who has just returned from Iraq, said she was outraged that the “Mossad is training U.S. troops in Northern Iraq.” She also railed over the fact that while Paul Bremer was the Viceroy of Iraq he “couldn’t account for $9 billion” in funds from his tour of duty there. Meanwhile, she added, Americans were “’drowning” as a result of Hurricane Katrina because of the gross failures of the federal government to protect them.
On March, 2003, Ann Wright, a high-ranking diplomat in the U.S. Department of State, resigned her position rather than endorse the Iraqi War. She seemed to sum up the feelings of the hundreds of people in the crowd when she declared, to a loud round of applause, “It’s time to take our country back!”
The Ladies in Pink are making a critical difference on the issues. As they chanted out in unison, in front of the White House, “Stop the killings, not one more! Mothers say ‘no’ to war,” I could imagine their call being heard across America.
© William Hughes 2006. Hughes, a Baltimore attorney, is the author of Saying ‘’No’ to the War Party (IUniverse, Inc.). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUTHOR NOTE: The splendid historian Will Durant considered Ancient Iraq (Babylon) to be one of the prime wellsprings of the culture of the peoples of the Christian West. He pointed out that it had sourced the “foundations of mathematics, astronomy, medicine, grammar, lexicography, archeology, history, and philosophy.” The Myth stories concerning the Creation, a God/Man rising from the dead, a Holy Virgin Mother and the Flood and Ark; the “Epic of Gilgamesh"; along with the legendary “Hammurabi-the-Lawgiver” also came from this sacred land. See Our Oriental Heritage, Vol. 1.
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This story was published on May 15, 2006.