Last year, the unofficial Dean of the White House Press Corps, Helen Thomas,
spoke about the State of Israel on camera. (Previously)
: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine,"
and that the Jews "can go home"
to "Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else,"
sparked media outrage,
prompted her to issue an apology and retire
. After months of being out of the the public spotlight, she has now given her first long-form interview, which will appear in the April issue of Playboy Magazine
. In it, she explains what she meant, tells us how she would like to be remembered and expands upon her positions regarding Israel, Jewish political influence, Presidents Bush and Obama, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
President Martti Ahtisaari wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
A former Finnish President, an UN envoy, a social democrat, a school teacher and founder of Crisis Management Initiative
has negotiated for peace in many troubled areas for three decades. Last fall
and last summer
CMI (without Ahtisaari's presence) called former Northern Ireland and South African militants to use their experience for finding Iraqi factions a way out of bloodshed. A plan for
. Negotiations ending 30-year conflict in Aceh, Indonesia
. Negotiating Namibia independence
Got conflict? Mr. Ahtisaari is your man.
Memorial Day orators
will say that a G.I.'s life is priceless. Don't believe it. I know what value the U.S. government assigns to a soldier's life: I've been handed the check. It's roughly what the Yankees will pay Roger Clemens per inning once he starts pitching next month.
I'm an Italian Confusionist
and I want to bring peace to Iraq. Confused yet? Confusionism
. Not confusionism
. More confusionists
who are fond of sports. And, the originator of it all
. first link is LiveLeak, last link is MySpace; proceed, therefore, at your own risk.
I Know I'm Not Alone:
10 minute embedded video interview of Michael Franti regarding his jaunt to Iraq (and Palestine/Israel), originally broadcast on CBC's The Hour.
Unwanted guests in Crawford?
Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son in Iraq, and is now very active as a founder of Gold Star Families for Peace
, is at Bush's ranch as he starts his 5-week vacation. "I want to ask George Bush: Why did my son die?"
She's not leaving until she gets to meet with him personally, altho it won't be the first time she met the President.
Former Senator Max Cleland-- who lost both legs and an arm during the Vietnam War, didn't have any luck when he tried to get through to Bush at Crawford last year.
Will this grieving mother do any better?
Why does the National Council of Churches hate America?
The NCC -- a coalition of 36 Christian denominations -- makes a firm statement against the war in Iraq: "This year our nation is at war as we observe the 4th of July, a day that honors those founders who spoke out for independence from tyranny. Today in Iraq a cruel dictator has been deposed, yet the suffering of the Iraqi people continues. Mandated elections have been held, yet the future of Iraq remains as uncertain as ever. Day by day the cost of this war for the United States, for Iraq, for peace grows clearer. No weapons of mass destruction have been found; no link to the attacks on September 11, 2001 has been shown. It has become clear that the rationale for invasion was at best a tragic mistake, at worst a clever deception." Mainstream Christians are starting to take back Christianity from the theocrats
The Girl Who Tried to Save the World.
A good article from Rolling Stone on the life and final days of CIVIC Worldwide
founder Marla Ruzicka (previously discussed here
Numbered Among the Dead
The life's work of Marla Ruzicka, a 28-year-old American activist, had become door-to-door polling in Iraq to assess the number of civilian casualties of the war. She became one on Sunday, dying in a suicide bomb attack
. "The Marines have nicknamed me Cluster Bomb Girl because I would hear of places where they had gone off," she said in a 2003 interview
, "and I would ask them to help me clear the area."
Is a political solution on the horizon in Iraq?
Time Magazine reports that US military commanders are negotiating with Sunni nationalist insurgents or the first time.
"There are some hints of compromise: insurgent negotiators have told their U.S. counterparts they would accept a U.N. peacekeeping force as the U.S. troop presence recedes. Insurgent representative Abu Mohammed says the nationalists would even tolerate U.S. bases on Iraqi soil. 'We don't mind if the invader becomes a guest,' he says, suggesting a situation akin to the U.S. military presence in Germany and Japan."
--a new group applying their marketing and communication expertise
to help prevent the draft. Take a look--maybe this new approach can get thru?
The intent was to send a friendly message to people. We're not their enemies and they're not ours.'
The Fellowship of Reconciliation,
a peace organization around since WW1,
instrumental in helping to create many of the most famous and effective social service and nonprofit organizations (ACLU, SCLC, etc), and their latest endeavor, IRAQ photo project. We are one family. When one person suffers, we all suffer
is just one of the messages in the photos. Can empathy help, or has the situation gone too far?
Iraqi Indicted for Proposal to Open Talks With Israel
Bringing democracy to the Middle East--let freedom ring. "A court of Iraq's interim government has brought criminal charges against a prominent politician for attending an antiterrorism conference in Israel and publicly suggesting that Iraq should open talks with Israel.
The indictment and arrest warrant, based on a 1969 law promulgated by the Baath Party that bars Iraqis from having contacts with enemy states, are likely to anger the United States government, which has sponsored Iraq's new courts and is a close ally of Israel." So it goes...
Peace breaks out. War surrenders!
Grand Ayatollah Sistani has returned to Iraq, and is leading a nationwide march to the holy city of Najaf to peacefully resolve the conflict. Moqtada al-Sadr's people have called upon their supporters to join the march too. Will Sadr and his Mahdi Army walk away free men? Double secret probation, maybe?!
Unprepared for Peace in IraqLet us reject the blinders of isolationism, just as we refuse the crown of empire. Let us not dominate others with our power -- or betray them with our indifference. And let us have an American foreign policy that reflects American character. The modesty of true strength. The humility of real greatness.
Presidential Candidate George W Bush, 2000
Footnotes: March 26, 2003: U.S. Plans For Post-Conflict Iraq Receive Mixed Grade - CSIS Scorecard Cites Gaps, Shortcomings in Administration's Plans; March 2003: Plotting the Aftermath; August, 26, 2003: Do What It Takes in Iraq
--and, on an ancillary note: WMD: Intelligence Without Brains
And they say irony is dead.
Bush and Blair are nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, for...
...I guess for waging war.
Light of reason
is an effort to peacefully demonstrate your dissent with the current war on Iraq. I fully expect the more conservative elements to say that peace is anti-patriotic but let's face, we can support the troops and still hate the war.
Prayers for peace.
I'm agnostic and my feelings on the current Iraq crisis are confused. However, one thing is almost certain: many innocent people will die
in the following weeks (months, years), most of them relegated to statistics. The future is uncertain.
Miss Germany wants to disarm Saddam - uhm - the old fashioned way.
Would you give it up for peace? Would you lay down (for) the ... ultimate sacrifice? Miss Germany seems to say "Ja!" ... from India via Pakistan (if that
isn't a sign that peace is possible, I don't know what is ...)
Anyone go to the anti war protest in London today?
The number of the people has been estimated from between 3000 (by the police) to 350,000 (by the organisers
). I reckon 200,000. Either way, its the largest peace protest ever in the country. Me and my friends sign was a great success, with many people commenting on it/photographing it. It was the only black one we saw, so easily stood out. It said 'Its all about the oil' on one side, and on the other there was a picture of Bush looking stupid, and 'No to War'. The protest was peaceful (or was when I left) and on the whole, a success. The only question is, will Bush and Blair take any notice?