Sep. 23, 2004 | OneWorld US by Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bush administration has failed to realize the hopes and dreams of women and girls in much of post-Taliban Afghanistan, according to several human and women’s rights groups who warned Wednesday that the time to redress the situation is fast running out. Washington has largely failed so far to take women’s roles into account in relief and reconstruction projects, to provide remotely adequate funding for women’s groups, and above all, to secure most of the country against the violence and misrule of warlords and armed groups, according to […]
According to Michael Moore, most Americans are much more progressive than we know, perhaps more than they themselves know. If Mike is right, it would be worth sending any friends that you suspect might be unaware of how anti-Bush they really are to some of the vote matching sites on the net. The Christian Science Monitor’s Election 2004 Quiz The VotingCatholic.org Catholic Voting Project Voting Quiz The PoliticalCompass.org Political Categorization Quiz The OnTheIssues.org PresidencyMatch-2004 Quiz
September 21, 2004 | The Guardian by Neil Clark ‘Wars, conflict – it’s all business,” sighs Monsieur Verdoux in Charlie Chaplin’s 1947 film of the same name. Many will not need to be convinced of the link between US corporations now busily helping themselves to Iraqi state assets and the military machine that prised Iraq open for global business. But what is less widely known is that a similar process is already well under way in a part of the world where B52s were not so long ago dropping bombs in another “liberation” mission.
by Bob Nichols Project Censored Award Winner Oklahoma City – Twenty three or more of the bomb makers at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, called simply “The Plant” locally, have caught “acute hemolytic anemia.” [ see the McAlester News Capital-Democrat news stories ] All the sickened production employees worked on the 2000 Pound Penetrator Bomb (“Bunker Busters”) line. [ link ] It is also possible that they have radiation poisoning from handling, ingesting, swallowing, breathing, and being exposed to Uranium oxide, uranium, and other forms of the deadly metal in the air. There are 22,000,000 pounds of uranium stored on base according to […]
22 Sept. 2004 | Salon.com In war, you deny information, spread lies and use psychological warfare. An expert on military information operations explains how Bush has mastered this technique — and used it against the American people. by Sam Gardiner On Thursday, Iraq’s interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, will speak before a joint meeting of Congress, and from what he said in London on his way to the United States, it looks like Americans are going to be getting more of the strategic information operations that have been crucial to Bush’s policy on Iraq from the beginning. On Monday, Allawi […]
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004 | michaelmoore.com 9/22/04 Dear Mr. Bush, I am so confused. Where exactly do you stand on the issue of Iraq? You, your Dad, Rummy, Condi, Colin, and Wolfie — you have all changed your minds so many times, I am out of breath just trying to keep up with you! Which of these 10 positions that you, your family and your cabinet have taken over the years represents your CURRENT thinking: 1983-88: WE LOVE SADDAM. On December 19, 1983, Donald Rumsfeld was sent by your dad and Mr. Reagan to go and have a friendly meeting […]
[ According to the new Johns Hopkins study twenty-four countries ranked better than the United States in infant mortality rates in 2000. Out of 191 countries, the United States ranked 33rd in its death rate for children under age 5. The United States, out of 187 countries, ranked 68th in immunizing children against diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus; 89th for polio; and 84th for measles. U.S. teens ranked 18th out of 28 industrialized countries in a self-reported survey of not feeling healthy. [P]artial explanations for the United States? low rankings may be the country’s income inequity and inadequacy of the health services system. The United States […]
September 23, 2004 | Washington Post [Page A04] by Jonathan Weisman Congressional negotiators beat back efforts yesterday to expand and preserve tax refunds for poor families, even as they added $13 billion in corporate tax breaks to a package of middle-class tax cuts that could come to a vote in the Senate today.