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Hinchey Votes Against New Iraq Spending Measure; Helps Push Through Critical Domestic Funds, Minimum Wage Increase PDF Print E-mail
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Written by OMH   
Friday, 25 May 2007

Hinchey Votes Against New Iraq Spending Measure; Helps Push Through Critical Domestic Funds, Minimum Wage Increase

Washington, DC -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement in response to the passage of a new Iraq spending measure in the House and a separate vote to pass new domestic funds and an increase in the minimum wage.

 

"Congress has an obligation to our servicemen and women and the American people as a whole to use the power of the purse to end this illegal occupation of Iraq and bring our troops home.  Unfortunately, the new Iraq spending measure fails to include withdrawal dates and readiness standards for our troops.  This new spending measure pretty much amounts to a blank check for President Bush who has shown himself to be the most incompetent president in our country's history.  It makes no sense to continue giving President Bush the keys to the car when he has repeatedly crashed into a wall with every other time.

 

"I fully recognize the tough position the House leadership faced in trying to put together a bill that would pass and ensure our troops in Iraq have the resources they need to stay safe.  However, I personally cannot support a measure that does not come close to adequately holding President Bush accountable and does not put this country on a timeline for getting out of Iraq.  I refuse to buy into this false argument that the only way to support the troops in Iraq is to fund their operations there.  The real way to support our troops is to fully fund their withdrawal from Iraq.  It is well past the time our troops begin to redeploy home and to other parts of the world where they are truly needed such as Afghanistan where the Taliban is regaining strength and al Qaeda continues to operate.  

 

"On the domestic front, I was very pleased to support a separate domestic spending measure that will ultimately be attached to the Iraq funding bill, which increases funding for military and veterans' health care, and provides urgently-needed emergency funding for agricultural disaster aid, children's health care, and Hurricane Katrina recovery.  Additionally, I was extremely pleased to support this domestic measure because it includes the first increase in the minimum wage in more than a decade.   For far too long, millions of Americans have been forced to scrape by on a paltry minimum wage of $5.15 per hour while major corporations enjoyed record profits.  While we work to get out of the disaster President Bush created in Iraq, it is critical that we also focus our attention to the many pressing domestic needs we have back home.  This domestic funding measure does just that."

 

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Part 8- Greg Palast and RFK in NYC- MayDay 2007 PDF Print E-mail
News Not In the News
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Friday, 25 May 2007
THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY IN THE CURRENT AMERICAN ELECTORAL SYSTEM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Roufberg   
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
Greg Palast

PSA from Greg Palast on THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY IN THE CURRENT AMERICAN ELECTORAL SYSTEM: Lecture at SUNY New Paltz - Friday June 1, LC 100.
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Are you aware that in the last few elections millions of Americans were prevented from voting and millions more cast votes that were not counted as cast? 

 

Did you know that every state in the Union except New York now uses computers to vote on and/or to count all votes secretly? 

 

  • The votes are counted by computers owned by private corporations who won't reveal any information or otherwise permit the public to examine the software.  There is no way to know how the votes were counted or whether they were counted at all. 

 

Did you know that numerous government and university studies have all agreed that there is no such thing as tamper-proof computer software and that an entire election can be rigged without detection of the tampering? 


Did you know that
New York is the only state that has yet to decide how our votes are going to be counted?

 

  • Because our founding documents assert that all power derives from the people and therefore only the people can choose their government, shouldn't the people decide if they want corporations to be permitted to control and conceal the vote counting from the public?  Shouldn't we decide how to protect the integrity of our ballots?

Learn what's happened in the last few years since citizens lost control over their elections. Then learn what we can do as New Yorkers, who still have a fighting chance. You won't find the facts in the main stream media so you must be present, Friday evening, June 1st, to know what is required of each of us to retain our right to self-rule. 

                                                                              

Northeast Citizens for Responsible Media is proud to bring these experts together for the first time in New York to provide you with this critical information you're not getting from main stream media.
                            

Greg Palast, BBC award-winning investigative journalist, NYT best-selling author, including his latest must-read Armed Madhouse

Steve Freeman, author of Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count

Jonathan Simon, Election Defense Alliance Landslide Denied: Major Miscount in 2006 Election

Doug Kellner, Co-Chair of the New York State Board of Elections

Bo Lipari, New Yorkers for Verified Voting
Nancy Tobi, NH Fair Elections Committee

 

PS COME EARLY

 

Thanks,
 
andi novick

Collateral Genocide: By Mike Ferner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Ferner   
Thursday, 10 May 2007

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Two elements are necessary to commit the crime of genocide: 1) the mental element, meaning intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, and 2) the physical element, which includes any of the following: killing or causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about the group’s physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births; or forcibly transferring children to another group.

Considering that such clear language comes from a UN treaty which is legally binding on our country, things could start getting a little worrisome for Uncle Sam – especially when you realize that since our government began waging economic and military warfare on Iraq we’ve killed well over one million people, fast approaching two.

This summer will be one year since researchers from Johns Hopkins University collected data for a study which concluded 655,000 additional deaths were caused by the military war, and things have only gotten worse. Then consider that the economic war killed an additional 500,000 Iraqi kids under the age of five during only the first seven years of sanctions which were in force for a dozen years, according to just one 1999 U.N. report.

Based on the Johns Hopkins estimate of Iraqis killed in the war, one could conservatively estimate that another 2.6 million people have been wounded. The U.N. estimates that between 1.5 million and 2 million Iraqis are now “internally displaced” by the fighting and roughly the same number have fled their country, including disproportionate numbers of doctors and other professionals.

If you are sitting down and possess a healthy imagination, try conjuring up similar conditions here in our land.

• Start with the fact that few people buy bottled water and what comes out of the tap is guaranteed to at least make you sick if not kill you
• Three times as many of our fellow citizens are out of work as during the Great Depression
• On a good day we have three or four hours of electricity to preserve food or cool the 110-degree heat
• No proper hospitals or rehab clinics exist to help the wounded become productive members of society
• Roads are a mess
• Reports of birth defects from exposure to depleted uranium have begun surfacing around the country.

Reflect for a minute on the grief you’ve felt from a single loved one’s death. Then open your heart to the reality of life if we suffered casualties comparable to those endured by the people of Iraq.

• In the former cities of Atlanta, Denver, Boston, Seattle, Milwaukee, Fort Worth, Baltimore, San Francisco, Dallas and Philadelphia every single person is dead.
• In Vermont, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, Kansas, Mississippi, Iowa, Oregon, South Carolina and Colorado every single person is wounded.
• The entire populations of Ohio and New Jersey are homeless, surviving with friends, relatives or under bridges as they can.
• The entire populations of Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky have fled to Canada or Mexico.
• Over the past three years, one in four U.S. doctors has left the country.
• Last year alone 3,000 doctors were kidnapped and 800 killed.

In short, nobody “out there” is coming to save us. We are in hell.

Of course our government didn’t intend to commit genocide in Iraq, it just sort of happened. The Iraqis kept getting in the way while we were trying to complete the mission. Mistakes were made as we were building democracy, but surely no genocide was intended. Indeed, we are the international deciders of what is and what isn’t genocide, and we know full well that intent is a requirement.

It was only “collateral genocide” and lord knows we did our very best to avoid it. We are, after all, Good Americans.

Majority Of Iraqi Parliament Calls For Timetable For U.S. Withdrawal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by NYT   
Thursday, 10 May 2007

Today, the New York Times highlights a visit to Capitol Hill by Iraqi national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie and reports that al-Rubaie is “trying to persuade American lawmakers who have all but run out of patience that still more patience is required.”

The Times piece fails to note that in June 2006, Rubaie was calling for a significant troop reduction. He wrote in the Washington Post, “We envisage the U.S. troop presence by year’s end [2006] to be under 100,000, with most of the remaining troops to return home by the end of 2007.”

Rubaie’s call for “more patience” is increasingly out of touch with Iraqi opinion. AlterNet reports a significant development that has yet to be noted in the U.S. media — a majority of Iraqi parliament members have signed a petition calling for a U.S. withdrawal:

On Tuesday, without note in the U.S. media, more than half of the members of Iraq’s parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country. 144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal, according to Nassar Al-Rubaie, a spokesman for the Al Sadr movement, the nationalist Shia group that sponsored the petition.

[…]

Reached by phone in Baghdad on Tuesday, Al-Rubaie said that he would present the petition, which is nonbinding, to the speaker of the Iraqi parliament and demand that a binding measure be put to a vote. Under Iraqi law, the speaker must present a resolution that’s called for by a majority of lawmakers, but there are significant loopholes and what will happen next is unclear.

A new Gallup poll finds a majority of Americans — roughly 60 percent — are united with the Iraqi parliament.

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