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4 comments3 Nov 2005 @ 14:00 by dempstress : Well sorry
but I'm sure it was carried in the broadsheets here (UK).......at least the figure of 100,000 was broadly quoted. Not, I'm afraid that it can make much difference now. We (albeit against the will of many of us) have made this mess and there's no easy, just-add-water solution to clearing it up.
13 Nov 2005 @ 08:25 by jazzolog : A Message From Alyssa
Alyssa Bernstein is just one of many new friends discovered during last year's political campaigns. She's Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University [link] with a special interest in human rights. Her view sums up the war in Iraq as succinctly as any I've seen: "The aim of democratizing a country... is not a morally acceptable justifying reason for using military force against it." [link] There's a nice picture of her here [link] a couple years ago as she received her Phd. (She's blushing now as she realizes how much Google has on her already.) Anyway, Alyssa's concerns always are serious...and this message she's asked me to forward deserves your urgent attention.
Thanks again for your mailings.
Here is something I'd like you to distribute to your mailing list, please.
Please read these few paragraphs (below) about an urgent issue. Ohioans
should immediately contact Senator DeWine: T: (202) 224-2315 F: (202)
The following is quoted and/or adapted from the blog by "hilzoy" at
Last night (Nov. 10) the Senate passed an amendment that strips detainees
of any right to a petition of habeas corpus. It does allow the DC Circuit
Court of Appeals to hear claims from them. The problem, though, is that
those claims are very, very limited. To quote the new version: they "shall
be limited to the consideration of whether the status determination of the
Combatant Status Review Tribunal with regard to such alien was consistent
with the procedures and standards specified by the Secretary of Defense for
Combatant Status Review Tribunals."
Our country should never be the sort of place where the Secretary of
Defense can just drop someone into a legal black hole, where the laws
cannot reach, and whence there is no appeal. And we should not tolerate
attempts to turn it into such a place. We claim to be a nation of laws;
habeas corpus is one of the foundations of those laws, and it is too
precious, and too important to the country we want to be, for us to throw
The good news is: We can still do something about this. Sen. Bingaman has
an amendment which will strike the jurisdiction-stripping provision of
Graham's amendment. It should come up for a vote early next week. So
please, please, call your Senators again, and ask them to support
Bingaman's amendment to Graham's amendment to S. 1042.
Some particularly crucial Senators:
Collins (ME) T: (202) 224-2523 F: (202) 224-2693
Dewine (OH) T: (202) 224-2315 F: (202) 224-6519
Mccain (AZ) T: (202) 224-2235 F: (202) 228-2862
Snowe (ME) T: (202) 224-5344 F: (202) 224-1946
Warner (VA) T: (202) 224-2023 F: (202) 224-6295
Hagel (NE ) T: (202) 224-4224 F: (202) 224-5213
Conrad (D Nd)T: (202) 224-2043 F: (202) 224-7776
Landrieu (D LA) T: (202)224-5824 F: (202) 224-9735
Lieberman (D CT) T: (202) 224-4041 F: (202) 224-9750
Nelson (D NEB) T: (202) 224-6551 F: (202) 228-0012
Wyden (D OR) T: (202) 224-5244 F: (202) 228-2717
Thanks to everyone who calls.
7 Dec 2005 @ 11:01 by jazzolog : Prayers For The Peacemakers
Prayer vigils are being held around the world today for the members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, kidnapped almost 2 weeks ago in Iraq by the Swords of the Righteous Brigade and threatened with execution by them tomorrow. There is not much coverage about the situation in the US, as our Secretary of State continues her tour of Europe. The Toronto Star reports this morning at least one concerned man is on his way to Baghdad to plead openly for them---in Arabic [link] , but perhaps most of us feel helpless, numb, or don't want to think about it.
The www.CPT.org website offers opportunity to lend support to the families and to make a donation. The Peace and Justice Support Network of the Mennonite Church lists prayer vigils you may attend, but there is nothing officially going on in Athens. They are inspiringly active in Columbus though. [link]
There is an evening silent prayer service tonight at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at 8:30. It is not part of the vigils, but is a way to pray together. The service is called Compline, and derives from Latin meaning "completion." While a choir will participate tonight, it is above all a service of quietness and reflection. The church is open to everyone, with the understanding we will depart in silence. Our priest Michael Jupin presides. Good Shepherd is located on the OU campus at 64 University Terrace, and the telephone is 740 593-6877. firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Dec 2005 @ 08:46 by jazzolog : Kidnapper Deadline Extended
Update 17: Iraqi Kidnappers Extend Deadline Two Days
12.07.2005, 06:21 PM
Kidnappers extended a deadline Wednesday for the threatened killing of four captive peace activists and posted a video of two of the hostages wearing robes and shackled with chains.
The original deadline set by the group calling itself the Swords of Righteousness was Thursday. Al-Jazeera said it was extended until Saturday.
Norman Kember, 74, of London, Tom Fox, 54, of Clear Brook, Va., and the Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, were taken hostage in Baghdad two weeks ago. They were working for the Christian Peacemaker Teams, an anti-war group.
The four Christian peace activists are among seven Westerners who have been abducted in Iraq since Nov. 26. Others include another American, a German and a Frenchman.
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