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Military Recruitment and Counter-Recruitment Issues

 

"The federal government is not your best friend." -- Anonymous

 

A. Granting Counter-Recruiters Access to Schools

a. Searcey v. Crim - Federal Appellate Decision

b. CARD v. Grossmont - Federal Appellate Decision

c. Counter-Recruitment Victory in New York City

 

B. Denying Recruiters Access to Schools

a. Lloyd v. Grella (Rochester Schools Bar Recruiters)

b. Yale Law School Can Block Military Recruiters

c. Fifty-nine Percent of San Francisco Voters on Nov. 8, 2005, say "NO" to Recruiters in Schools

 

C. Other Relevant First Amendment Cases

a. Cornelius v. NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. - U.S. Supreme Court Decision

b. Perry Education Association v. Perry Local Educators' Association - U.S. Supreme Court Decision

 

D. Recruiters and Recruiting Practices

a. Recruiting Improprieties on the Rise (or, What the Recruiters Job is Like)

b. Recruiters Want Help from Parents

c. Do Recruiters Really Lie?

d. Deceptions in Military Recruiting - by Chris White

e. Some Good Questions for Recruiters

f.  Demanding Truth in Military Recruiting

g. Chris White of Veterans for Peace Warns Students

h. Against the War Machine: Military Recruiters Face Youth

    and student Resistance - by Ian Thompson

i.  Recruiters to Attempt to Acquire Ethics in One-day Stand-down

j.  Outing the Unethical Practices of Recruiters

k. Number of felons enlisted into Army & Marines rises dramatically in 2007; Convictions include sex crimes and manslaughter

 

D. Other Items Related to Recruitment Issues

a. What is counter-recruitment?

b. The Casey Sheehan Story - by Cindy Sheehan

c. Section 9528 of the NCLB Act - Recruiter Access to Student Information

d. "No Child Left Behind" Law and Whole Truth Programs

e. Links Related to Counter-Recruitment

f.  Stop-loss Provision (Read that Fine Print)
g. Some United States Military Websites

h. Tell me about the National Guard

i.  Selective Service Information - PowerPoint

 

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The Selective Service System, the Draft, and

Conscientious Objection

 

A. Material NOT taken directly from the Selective Service System's Website

a. Questions and Answers About the Selective Service System
b. Twenty Questions and Answers About Conscientious Objection

c. What is a Conscientious Objector? (A good but brief legal definition of conscientious objectors)

d. Who is a Conscientious Objector (A more comprehensive article from the Center on Conscience & War)

e. How to Compile Material to Support a Conscientious Objector Claim

f.  U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Rostker v. Goldberg, 1981 (Re: A legal challenge to the male-only draft)

g. "The Ambush of American Youth" - An important article by Bob Hoffman

h. Links to three very important Selective Service System Forms (Including Form 22 for COs)

i.  Selective Service's TWO mobilization ("Draft") plans - RIMS and RIPS (Important Information)
j.  Outline of PowerPoint presentation of the Selective Service System (85 frames)
k. Outline of PowerPoint presentation on Conscientious Objection (39 frames)

l.  Outline of combined PowerPoint presentations on the Selective Service System and Conscientious
    Objection (123 frames)

m. Army Medical Standards 40-501, Chapter 2 -- Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, and Induction

n.  Army Standards Relative to Tattoos (From AR 670-1), with Frequently Asked Questions

o.  Can members of the National Guard be drafted?

 

B. Information taken from the Selective Service System's Website (Be very careful about the

     advice here! The Selective Service System's advice is often incomplete or inferior. It is

     especially incomplete and inferior for people who either are, or may be, conscientious

     objectors.)

a. What is the Selective Service System? (Information from Selective Service website)

b. Selective Service System Background (Information from Selective Service website)

c. Selective Service System - Quick Facts and Figures (Information from Selective Service website)

d. Who must Register with Selective Service? (Information from Selective Service website)

e. FAQs on Selective Service (Information from Selective Service website)

f.  What happens in a draft? (Information from Selective Service website)

g. Women and the Draft (Information from Selective Service website)

h. Local Draft Boards (Information from Selective Service website)

i.  Applying for membership on a Local Draft Board (Information from Selective Service website)
j.  Induction Statistics (Information from Selective Service website)

k. Information for Registrants Booklet (Information from Selective Service website)

l.  The Appeal Process Within Selective service (Information from Selective Service website)

m. What the Selective Service System says about itself and its plans for YOU (Article from THE REGISTER)

 

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United States Wars and Record of Imperialism

 

"Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today - my own government."  

                                                         ---Rev. Martin Luther King, April 4, 1967

 

a.   My Most Comprehensive List of U.S. Uses of Military Force Since 1798

      and Foreign Interventions Since 1945

b.   United States Imperialism: Some Basic Lists, Information, and Statistics

c.   Quotations: Native Americans Meet the White People

d.   U.S. Reluctance to Use Force - A Bipartisan Lie

e.   Instances of U.S. Uses of Force from 1798 to 1993

f.    U.S. Militry Interventions Since 1890 - Zoltan Grossman

g Military Actions with Loss of American Life (as of 2004)

h.   How America Goes to War - A Comprehensive Treatment

i.    U.S. Military Interventions in Mexico

j.    Twenty-eight Countries Bombed by U.S. Since WW II

k.   War Is A Racket (whole book) - Major General Smedley Butler

l   Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence - Rev. M.L. King

m.  "U.S. Imperialism: A force for Good" - A neocon article by Max Boot

n.   "Washington Needs a Colonial Office" - A neocon article by Max Boot

o.   U.S. War Casualties and Veterans

p.   Post-Vietnam U.S. Combat Casualties
q.   "Isn't there a better way to send China a message?," The truth about the May 8, 1999,
       U.S. bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia

r.    George W. Bush is to say in a speech today [March 19, 2008], on the fifth anniversary
      of the current war, that his preemptive war against the sovereign country of Iraq was

      "right" and "worth the costs in lives and treasure."  Bush will say, "An emboldened

      al-Qaida with access to Iraq's oil resources could pursue its ambitions to acquire

      weapons of mass destruction to attack America and other free nations.  Iran could be

      emboldened as well with a renewed determination to develop nuclear weapons and

      impose its brand of hegemony across the broader Middle East.  And our enemies would

     see an American failure in Iraq as evidence of weakness and lack of resolve."

s.   U.S. Admits Using Cyberwarfare and Developing Plans for More Aggressive Use

t.   "New security agreement lets US strike any country from inside Iraq; Agreement calls for permanent
      U.S. bases in Iraq, and also for U.S. supervision over Iraq's Defense, Interior, and National Security
      ministries, as well as armament contracts, for ten years;
Agreement effectively gives the United

      States government control of Iraq's oil." Basil Adas, Gulf News Correspondent, June 03, 2008

u.   "United States troops trained Georgian troops up to just days before Georgia’s invasion of South
       Ossetia: Georgian [USA] boy helped train Georgian troops; Soldier returned home just days before
       invasion," Alexander Cain,
The Union-Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia [USA], August 20, 2008

v.   "American Hegemony," Very comprehensive notes of Josh Buermann on the U.S.
       record of trying to rule the world, April 5, 2006

 

 

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Secession, Middlebury Declaration, and the Second

Vermont Republic

 

"Whenever any form of government is destructive of these ends - life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government…in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."  --  Declaration of Independence, 1776

 

a.   The Middlebury Declaration - November 7, 2004

b.   The Second Vermont Republic

c.   History of the Second Vermont Republic

d.   Analysis of Lincoln's Arguments Against the Legality of Secession

e.   The Legality of Secession

f.    Decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Texas v. White

g.   First North American Secessionist Convention, Burlington, Vermont, November
       3-4, 2006 [Includes: Call for the Convention, Report on the Convention, the
       Burlington Declaration, and some news stories covering the Convention]

h.   Second North American Secessionist Convention, Chattanooga, Tennessee,
       October 3-4, 2007 [Includes: Call for the Convention, Reports, The Chattanooga
       Declaration, and several news stories reporting the Convention]

i.    "Lincoln’s Four Main Arguments against Secession," [Simplified version, but with
       extensive notes],
George Desnoyers, October 10, 2008

j.    "A Eulogy For the First Vermont Republic," Thomas H. Naylor, March 4, 1791

k.   "History of Vermont," From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [Also includes a brief
       history of Vermont adapted from information from the National Park Service.]

l.    Third North American Secessionists Convention, Manchester, New Hampshire,
      November 14-15, 2008 [Item includes two reports on the Convention, one from the
      Middlebury Institute & one from Keith Preston, and also "The Manchester Declaration,"
      approved by the Convention on November 15.]

 

 

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Other Political Topics

 

“What you don’t know can’t hurt them." -- Anonymous

 

a.  A REAL hero, or, George W. Bush Is No Smedley Butler

b. Puffery in Advertising

c. "Clinton Ends Campaign With Clear Call to Elect Obama," Adam Nagourney and Mark
    Leibovich, New York Times, June 8, 2008 [Full transcript of speech conceding and

    endorsing Barack Obama is attached.]

 

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The State of America and its Government

 

a.   Excerpts from Operation Northwoods documents (Operation Northwoods was a plan seriously considered
       by the Kennedy administration to stage mass casualty attacks on American targets in order to develop
       support for a war against Fidel Castro)

b.   Fascism Anyone - Article by Laurence W. Britt

c.   Living Under Fascism - Sermon by Davidson Loehr

d.   "They Thought They Were Free" - Milton Mayer

      (or, "How 'Decent Men' Become Nazis")

e.   FBI Plants Fake Candidate in West Virginia Race

f.    "American Hiroshima - the next 9/11?," An excellent article by Shaheen Chughtai

g.   Links to official documents related to U.S. Department of Defense strategy and posture

h.   Supreme Court to torture victim, "Drop dead!"

i.    Kissinger's 1974 plan for food control genocide - National Intelligence Review article of December 8, 1995

j.    Barack Obama's March 18, 2008 racial division speech in Philadelphia, "A More Perfect Union"

k.   Full Text of John Yoo's 81-page March 14, 2003 Torture Memo (Memo finally released on April 1, 2008)

l.    John Yoo's infamous Torture memo of March 14, 2003 - Part 1 (first 39 pages in pdf format)

m.  John Yoo's infamous Torture Memo of March 14, 2003 - Part 2 (pages 40-81 in pdf format)

n.   NY Times/CBS NEWS Poll published April 4, 2008 (Includes articles and complete poll results)

o.   NY Times/CBS NEWS Poll published April 4, 2008 (Complete poll in pdf format)

p.   U.S. Admits Using Cyberwarfare and Developing Plans for More Aggressive Use
q.   Puffery in advertising

r.   "Two Leaders Ousted from Air Force in Atomic Errors," Thom Shanker, New York Times, June 6, 2008

s.   Articles of Impeachment of President George W. Bush, in the United States House of

      Representatives, Monday, June 9th, 2008, A Resolution Offered and read in its entirety by Rep.

      Dennis Kucinich of Ohio

t.    "Study: World Gets Happier; U.S. is sixteenth happiest nation," LiveScience and Associated
      Press, June 30, 2008

u.   "Judge to Bush Administration: Make Guantanamo Top Priority," Matt Apuzzo, Associated
       Press, July 8, 2008

v.   "U.S. slips on development index: Priorities of U.S. government show up in life expectancy
       statistics; world’s richest country ranks 12th overall in ‘development,’ and only 42nd in life
       expectancy; U.S. leads developed countries in ‘children living in poverty’; at least 20,000
       U.S. infants die needlessly annually, "
BBC, July 17, 2008

w.  "United States troops trained Georgian troops up to just days before Georgia’s invasion of South
       Ossetia: Georgian [USA] boy helped train Georgian troops; Soldier returned home just days before
       invasion," Alexander Cain,
The Union-Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia [USA], August 20, 2008

x.   "Who's Counting? - Cheney's One Percent Doctrine, John Allen Paulos, July 2, 2006.
       [
What ever happened to respect for evidence? Are we to begin wars on a mere
      
suspicion, or someone’s miscalculation of a one percent probability? Vice President
      
Cheney feels that if there's a one percent chance, then act. Strangely, the Bush
      
administration used a contradictory rule regarding global warming. Despite near
      
unanimity among scientists on the fact and causes of global warming, the Bush
   
   administration did not act, apparently because the administration felt there was not at
      
least a ninety-nine percent probability. Go to war? One percent probability required.
      
Address global climate change, a far greater threat to mankind than Iraq was?
      
Greater than ninety-nine percent probability is required. Doesn’t this contradiction
    
  indicate that probabilities are really not the measure, but that both actions and inaction
      
within the Bush administration are being determined by pure ideology?]

y.   "The One Percent Doctrine," Article from Wikipedia plus an excellent July, 2, 2006,
       article by John Allen Paulos

z.    IMPORTANT U.S. Government Announcement, November 13, 2008

 

 

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The War against Iraq

 

a. Searchable database (380,000 words) formed of 935 Bush administration lies involving Iraq and the present war

b. Transcript of September 16, 2005 Debate between

    George Galloway and Christopher Hitchens

c. Draft Iraqi Constitution - August 24, 2005

d. Changes Sunnis Want in Draft Iraq Constitution

e. First-hand Account from a U.S. Marine of U.S. Troops Murdering Civilians in Iraq-Speech by David Airhart

f.  Leading Iraqi Shiites, Kurds, and Sunnis at Cairo Conference say Resistance to Occupation is Legitimate

g. US troops have trouble counting again: murder five on way home from funeral and admit to killing three

h. Iraqi Leaders Call for Pullout of all Foreign Troops by the End of 2006

i.  War Opponents' Support of Troops

j.  The Case for Bush, Rumsfeld, et al. as War Criminals

k. "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq," National Security Council document released on November 30, 2005

l.  "U.S. military planting stories in Iraqi newspapers," a Los Angeles Times article of November 30, 2005

m.Congressional Budget Office says wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to cost $2.4 TRILLION by 2017

n. Interesting Articles on Iraq War Desertions

o. Chicago man immolates himself to protest the war against Iraq

p.Tell me about use of the National Guard in the war against Iraq

q. High School Student Protests of the U.S. War against Iraq (six articles)

r.  George W. Bush is to say in a speech today [March 19, 2008], on the fifth anniversary
    of the current war, that his preemptive war against the sovereign country of Iraq was

    "right" and "worth the costs in lives and treasure."  Bush will say, "An emboldened

    al-Qaida with access to Iraq's oil resources could pursue its ambitions to acquire

    weapons of mass destruction to attack America and other free nations.  Iran could be

    emboldened as well with a renewed determination to develop nuclear weapons and

    impose its brand of hegemony across the broader Middle East.  And our enemies would

    see an American failure in Iraq as evidence of weakness and lack of resolve."

s. NY Times/CBS NEWS Poll published April 4, 2008 (Includes articles and complete poll results)

t.  NY Times/CBS NEWS Poll published April 4, 2008 (Complete poll in pdf format)

u. U.S. Admits Using Cyberwarfare and Developing Plans for More Aggressive Use

v. NY Times article on Petraeus and Crocker testimony of 04/08/08 with full text of the two opening

     statements and charts prepared for Petraeus testimony

w. The Timeline for Who Said What on Iraq and WMDs: a brief guide to who said what regarding
      Iraq's alleged WMD, before, during and after the war on Iraq
x.  Looking Back on Progress in Iraq Five Years After “mission accomplished”: Statements from
     Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and White House press secretary Dana Perino

y.  "Bush's crimes are not our soldiers'," letter to The Berkshire Eagle, May 14, 2008
z. "Winter Soldier Rules of Engagement," Erin Thompson, Z Magazine, May 1, 2008 (This article is about
     the Winter Soldier testimony given by U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on March 13-14,
     2008.  The testimony paints a very different picture of the way the wars are conducted than the U.S.
     government wants us to see.)

aa. "Were the experts - including McCain - right about anything?," Christopher Cerf, Victor S.

       Navasky, and Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, May 29, 2008 [Reprinted in The Nation, May

       29, 2008 and many other places]

ab. "New security agreement lets US strike any country from inside Iraq; Agreement calls for permanent
       U.S. bases in Iraq, and also for U.S. supervision over Iraq's Defense, Interior, and National Security
       ministries, as well as armament contracts, for ten years;
Agreement effectively gives the United

       States government control of Iraq's oil." Basil Adas, Gulf News Correspondent, June 03, 2008

ac. "Bush Blackmailing [or Extorting] al-Maliki with $50 Billion of Iraqi Money in U.S. Federal Reserve,"

       Informed Comment, June 6, 2008

ad. "Bush's crimes are not our soldiers'," George Desnoyers, Letter to the editor of The Berkshire Eagle,

       May 14, 2008
ae.  "Bush signs $162 billion war spending bill: The bill brings the total spending allocation for the war against
        Iraq to more than $650 billion, and the total spending allocation for the war in Afghanistan to about
        $200 billion,"
USA Today (From staff and AP wire reports), June 30, 2008

af.   "Relative of Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki Inexplicably Shot Dead by U.S. Soldiers," Big News Network,
        June 30, 2008

ag.  "In Maliki's hometown, grief and questions after deadly U.S. raid: Details begin to come forth
        concerning the deliberate murder of PM Nouri al-Maliki’s cousin by U.S. Special Forces in
        Karbala province," Qassim Zein and Hannah Allam, McClatchy, June 29, 2008

ah.  "U.S. agrees to scrap immunity for security guards in Iraq," Jay Deshmukh, AFP, July 1, 2008

ai.   "New Iraq report card: 15 of 18 benchmarks satisfactory," Anne Flaherty, Associated Press,
        July 1, 2008

aj.   "Wall Street drools over prospect of capturing Iraq oil wealth," Patrick Martin, WSWS,
        March 6, 2007
ak.  "U.S.-backed crackdown in Basra aimed at opening up Iraq’s oil and gas," James Cogan,
        WSWS, April 25, 2008
al.   "Big oil cashes in on Iraq slaughter," Bill Van Auken, WSWS, June 20, 2008

am. "Iraq’s Puppet Regime Begins Sell-out of Iraq’s Oil to West: Government throws door open to foreign
         oil firms; U.S. and U.K. firms stand in pole position,"
Ahmed Rasheed, Reuters, June 30, 2008

an.  "U.S. advisers steered Iraqi oil contracts to Western firms," Bill Van Auken, WSWS,
         July 1, 2008

ao.  "Iraq Nears Agreement With U.S. On Military Pact," Salam Faraj, AFP, July 2, 2008

ap.  "Big Oil's Coup in Iraq," Richard Thompson, BBC News, July 2, 2008

aq.  "Obama wades into controversy with Iraq comments: Will he or won't he end the war
         as he has previously promised? People want to know.,"
John Whitesides, Reuters,
        
July 3, 2008

ar.   "Bush administration encouraged Hunt oil deal in Kurdistan, undermining Iraqi 'national
        unity',"
David Walsh, WSWS, July 4, 2008

as.  "The War Against Iraq Was About Oil All Along, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Bill
        Moyers Journal,
alternet.org, July 5, 2008

at.  "Iraq raises idea of timetable for U.S. withdrawal," Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sebastian
       Abbot, Associated Press, July 7, 2008

au.  "Iraq now insisting on withdrawal timetable for U.S. forces," Sally Buzbee, Associated
        Press, July 8, 2008

av.  "Bush administration might reduce U.S. troops in Iraq shortly before November election;
      
Administration considering small pre-election troop reduction; Move could help
       'victory' over the horizon,"
Christopher Michaud and Eric Walsh, Associated Press,
       July 12, 2008

aw. "British soldiers commit sickening sex assault on Iraqi boy, 14; Brits prove themselves in
        same league as U.S. when it comes to torture and abuse;
Just days after the MoD has to

        pay out millions to the father of a man UK soldiers beat to death, fresh claims of abuse

        emerge," Andrew Johnson, UK Independent, Sunday, July 13, 2008

ax.  "New Iraqi confidence and assertiveness worries U.S.; Long-term U.S. dominance seen

        threatened; U.S. concerned about loss of control as dynamic changes from U.S. rule

        disguised as partnership to Iraqi assertiveness in U.S.’s face," Robert Burns, Associated
        Press, July 13, 2008

ay.  "Nouri al-Maliki ready to oust U.S. from Iraq green zone," Marie Colvin, [London] Sunday
       Times
, July 13, 2008

az.  "Bush seeks 'time horizon' on Iraq: Bush finds way to signal Iraq that U.S. will leave Iraq,
        but without using the words ‘timeline’ or ‘timetable’, words considered favorable to
        Obama," BBC, July 18, 2008

ba.  "PM al-Maliki: U.S. should get out as soon as possible: Al-Maliki agrees with Obama that
        16 months is 'the right time frame for a withdrawal'; PM says he is not endorsing Obama;
         in a clear slap at Bush's derogatory reference to an 'artificial' timetable for withdrawal,
         al-Maliki says, 'Artificially prolonging the tenure of U.S. troops in Iraq would cause
         problems'," Associated Press, July 19, 2008

bb.  "As wars lengthen, the toll on military families mounts: Long and repeated deployments
         doing great harm to families; domestic violence up, with terrible consequences, such as
         the murder of a 14-year-old boy trying to defend his mother from a knife attack; child
         abuse and neglect by mothers are increasing; infidelity a big problem; ‘critics complain
         of persistent shortcomings - a dearth of updated data on domestic violence, short shrift
         for families of National Guard and Reserve members, inadequate support for spouses
         and children of wounded and traumatized soldiers’," David Crary, Associated Press,
         July 19, 2008

bc.   "McCain refuses to admit serious error: Candidate denies he misstated timing of the

         'surge' and 'Anbar awakening'," Tom Raum, Associated Press, July 23, 2008

bd.   "The 'Sunni Awakening' in Anbar: Was it the product of the 'surge'? Or did it occur well
         before the surge, having been referred to in Bush's January 10, 2007, speech
         announcing the planned surge?," SourceWatch, July 23, 2008

be.   "The Myth About the Surge and the Anbar (or Sunni) Awakening," by LithiumCola,
         September 10, 2007

bf.    "Iraqi leader says foreign troops must leave: Statement of Prime Minister al-Maliki
         is the strongest yet. He insists on a firm deadline for U.S. troops to be gone from
         Iraq. He undercuts Bush’s idea of a time "horizon," something which is never
         reached as you move toward it. PM is also opposed to immunity for U.S. troops
         from prosecution in Iraqi courts.",
Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Robert H. Reid,
         Associated Press, August 25, 2008

bg.   "Agreement regarding the activities and presence of U.S. forces, and its
          withdrawal from Iraq
," (Leaked August 6, 2008, Draft of U.S.-Iraq Security
          Agreement, English version,
September 3, 2008, from Wage Peace Campaign,
          AFSC website)

bh.  "FINAL [??]  STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT: An agreement regarding the
         temporary U.S. presence in Iraq and its activities and withdrawal from Iraq, between
         the United States and the Iraqi government
," October 13, 2008

bi.   "Iraq says it will not be bullied into signing pact with U.S.: Iraqis have serious concerns
         with Status Of Forces Agreement which are related to Iraqi sovereignty,
Jay Deshmukh,

         AFP, October 22, 2008

bj.   "Final Text of Iraq Pact Reveals U.S. Debacle," Gareth Porter (source: AntiWar.com),
        From CASMII,
October 23, 2008

bk.  "U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework and Status of Forces Agreement: Congressional
        Response: A CRS Report for Congress," A report prepared by the Congressional
        Research Service for Members and Committees of Congress, Matthew C. Weed,

        July 11, 2008

bl.   "U.S. Using Extortion to Force Iraq to Sign Status of Forces Agreement," McClatchy, October 27,
        2008

bj.   "Iraq wants all U.S. troops gone by end of 2011," Robert H. Reid, Associated Press,
        October 30, 2008

bk.  "Iraqi Shiite clerics warn against okaying U.S. security pact," Sameer N. Yacoub,
       
Associated Press, November 7, 2008

bl.   "Iraqi Cabinet approves revised security pact proposal: Twenty-seven of thirty-seven
        cabinet members said to vote in favor of the agreement. Status of Forces Agreement
        gives Iraq to the United States on a silver platter. Parliament to begin debate this
        week; Vote planned by November 24.",
Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press,
        November 16, 2008

bm. "Rice says U.S. will enforce the SOFA anyway, regardless any Iraq vote; Iraqi factions
        haggle ahead of vote on U.S. pact,"
Hamza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra,
        Associated Press, November 26, 2008

bn.  "Iraqi parliament OKs SOFA allowing U.S. troops for three more years; Deal sent to
         the three-person Presidential Council for ratification, which is expected; Fifty-five of
         275 legislators skip vote on pact," Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press,
         November 27, 2008

bo.  "Iraqi parliament okays presence of U.S. troops for three more years: Only about 150
         members of the 275-member parliament voted in favor; Legislators escape
         accountability as vote was by a showing of hands; A bloc of thirty lawmakers loyal to
         Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who wants U.S. forces to leave Iraq immediately,
         chanted protests and hoisted banners that said 'No, no to the agreement' during the
         25-minute session in parliament.",
Christopher Torchia and Qassim Abdul-Zahra,
         Associated Press, November 27, 2008

bp.   "CFR Backgrounder on SOFAs," Greg Bruno, Council on Foreign Relations,
        
November 17, 2008

bq.   "Iraqi council gives final approval to pact with U.S.," Associated Press, December 4,
         2008

br.    "Surprise! U.S. government and PM Nouri al-Maliki intend to subvert SOFA: Iraq's
         chief government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh reveals U.S. troops to stay in Iraqi
         cities after June,
Robert H. Reid, Associated Press, December 13, 2008

bs.   "Bush shoe-thrower in hospital after corporal punishment: Iraqi Journalist severely
         beaten for attempted assassination by shoe,"
AFP, December 16, 2008

bt.    "U.S. troops to stay in Iraqi cities after June: Coalition forces commander Gen.
         Raymond Odierno and Iraqi government chief spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh, in
         separate statements, agree that the SOFA timeline is meaningless,"
Robert H.
         Reid, Associated Press, December 13, 2008

 

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George W. Bush Administration

 

a. Searchable database (380,000 words) formed of 935 Bush administration lies involving Iraq and the present war

b. Keep this list! (Things "good Americans" can say in the future when asked

    about their actions and inactions during the present Bush administration)

c. National Security Strategy of the USA - September 17, 2002 (Bush Policy on Preeemptive War, etc.)
d. National Security Strategy of the USA - March 16, 2006 (Updated Bush Policy on Preemptive War, etc.)

e. Gonzales Unfit for U.S. Attorney General

f.  John Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations???? - Some Quotations

g. U.S. Torture Policy Goes to the Top

h. Citizen Arrested for Civilly Asking Question

i.  The Case for Bush, Rumsfeld, et al. as War Criminals

j.  "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq," National Security Council document released on November 30, 2005

k. "U.S. military planting stories in Iraqi newspapers," a Los Angeles Times article of November 30, 2005

l.  Supreme Court to torture victim, "Drop dead!"

m. Letter to Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

n. Congressional Budget Office says wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to cost $2.4 TRILLION by 2017

o. Pentagon Revises Nuclear Strike Plan, but Again Rejects a "No first use pledge" - September 11, 2005
p. Eight Reasons Why U.S. Field Commanders May Use Nuclear Weapons (U.S. policy)

q. George W. Bush is to say in a speech today [March 19, 2008], on the fifth anniversary
    of the current war, that his preemptive war against the sovereign country of Iraq was

    "right" and "worth the costs in lives and treasure."  Bush will say, "An emboldened

    al-Qaida with access to Iraq's oil resources could pursue its ambitions to acquire

    weapons of mass destruction to attack America and other free nations.  Iran could be

    emboldened as well with a renewed determination to develop nuclear weapons and

    impose its brand of hegemony across the broader Middle East.  And our enemies would

    see an American failure in Iraq as evidence of weakness and lack of resolve."

r.  Full Text of John Yoo's 81-page March 14, 2003 Torture Memo (Memo finally released on April 1, 2008)

s. NY Times/CBS NEWS Poll published April 4, 2008 (Includes articles and complete poll results)

t.  NY Times/CBS NEWS Poll published April 4, 2008 (Complete poll in pdf format)

u. U.S. Admits Using Cyberwarfare and Developing Plans for More Aggressive Use

v. Four articles about the November 3, 2002, U.S. bombing in Yemen which murdered six, including an American citizen

w. "Bush Blackmailing [or Extorting] al-Maliki with $50 Billion of Iraqi Money in U.S. Federal Reserve,"

      Informed Comment, June 6, 2008

x.  Articles of Impeachment of President George W. Bush, in the United States House of

     Representatives, Monday, June 9th, 2008, A Resolution Offered and read in its entirety by Rep.

     Dennis Kucinich of Ohio

y.  Supreme Court's Decision on Habeus Corpus Rights of Guantanamo Detainees, BOUMEDIENE ET
     AL. v. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ET AL.

z.  "White House sorry about Berlusconi bio gaffe," Deb Riechmann, Associated Press,
      July 8, 2008

aa.  "Judge to Bush Administration: Make Guantanamo Top Priority," Matt Apuzzo, Associated
        Press, July 8, 2008

ab.  "Bush Tells Congress to go Fuck Itself: Bush claims executive privilege on CIA leak in Plame
        case; Move prevents AG Mukasey from testifying; contempt citation postponed but likely;
        records sought on FBI interviews of Cheney," Laurie Kellman, Associated Press, July 16, 2008

ac.  "United States troops trained Georgian troops up to just days before Georgia’s invasion of South
        Ossetia: Georgian [USA] boy helped train Georgian troops; Soldier returned home just days before
        invasion," Alexander Cain,
The Union-Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia [USA], August 20, 2008

ad.  "Nine Secret Bush-Era Documents Released: Nine Secret Memos Said to Provide a Blueprint
         for Police State,"
truthdig.com, March 4, 2009

ae.   "Justice Department Releases Four More Bush Administration Torture Memos: Bradbury
         and Bybee memos are released in response to long-running ACLU lawsuits; Obama
         promises criminals they will not be prosecuted by his Department of Justice; The
         Nuremberg Defense (“I just did what I was told; they said it was legal.”) persuades Obama
         to allow torturers to get off scot free.", ACLU,
April 16, 2009

 


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Pictures from Antiwar Protests

 

Pictures from the September 24, 2005 Protest in Washington, D.C.

 

 

    

                                The REAL chain of command?

 

 

 

       Protesters opposed to the coming war against Iraq -- Washington, D.C., October 26, 2002

   

 

My Christmas card photo for 2007

 

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The Most Dangerous Rogue Government on Earth

 

a.   Rogue Nations: What and Who Are They?

b.   Pentagon Wants Policy to Allow Pre-emptive Use of Nuclear Weapons

c.   "Rebuilding America's Defenses" - Neocons' Mein Kampf

d.   National Security Strategy of the USA - September 17, 2002 (Bush Policy on Preeemptive War, etc.)
e.   National Security Strategy of the USA - March 16, 2006 (Updated Bush Policy on Preemptive War, etc.)

f.    Eight Reasons Why U.S. Field Commanders May Use Nuclear Weapons (U.S. policy)

g.   Pentagon Revises Nuclear Strike Plan, but Again Rejects a "No first use pledge" - September 11, 2005
h.   The Case for Bush, Rumsfeld, et al. as War Criminals

i.    "American Hiroshima - the next 9/11?," An excellent article by Shaheen Chughtai

j.    Excerpts from Operation Northwoods documents (Operation Northwoods was a plan seriously considered
      by the Kennedy administration to stage mass casualty attacks on American targets in order to develop
      support for a war against Fidel Castro)

l.    Supreme Court to torture victim, "Drop dead!"

n.   Kissinger's 1974 plan for food control genocide - National Intelligence Review article of December 8, 1995

o.   Full Text of John Yoo's 81-page March 14, 2003 Torture Memo (Memo finally released on April 1, 2008)

p.   U.S. Admits Using Cyberwarfare and Developing Plans for More Aggressive Use

q.   "New security agreement lets US strike any country from inside Iraq; Agreement calls for permanent
       U.S. bases in Iraq, and also for U.S. supervision over Iraq's Defense, Interior, and National Security
       ministries, as well as armament contracts, for ten years;
Agreement effectively gives the United

       States government control of Iraq's oil." Basil Adas, Gulf News Correspondent, June 03, 2008

r.    Supreme Court's Decision on Habeus Corpus Rights of Guantanamo Detainees, BOUMEDIENE ET
       AL. v. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ET AL.

s.   "Who's Counting? - Cheney's One Percent Doctrine, John Allen Paulos, July 2, 2006.
       [
What ever happened to respect for evidence? Are we to begin wars on a mere
      
suspicion, or someone’s miscalculation of a one percent probability? Vice President
      
Cheney feels that if there's a one percent chance, then act. Strangely, the Bush
      
administration used a contradictory rule regarding global warming. Despite near
      
unanimity among scientists on the fact and causes of global warming, the Bush
   
   administration did not act, apparently because the administration felt there was not at
      
least a ninety-nine percent probability. Go to war? One percent probability required.
      
Address global climate change, a far greater threat to mankind than Iraq was?
      
Greater than ninety-nine percent probability is required. Doesn’t this contradiction
    
  indicate that probabilities are really not the measure, but that both actions and inaction
      
within the Bush administration are being determined by pure ideology?]

t.   "The One Percent Doctrine," Article from Wikipedia plus an excellent July, 2, 2006,
       article by John Allen Paulos

u.   "Nine Secret Bush-Era Documents Released: Nine Secret Memos Said to Provide a Blueprint
       for Police State,"
truthdig.com, March 4, 2009

v.   "Justice Department Releases Four More Bush Administration Torture Memos: Bradbury
       and Bybee memos are released in response to long-running ACLU lawsuits; Obama
       promises criminals they will not be prosecuted by his Department of Justice; The
       Nuremberg Defense (“I just did what I was told; they said it was legal.”) persuades Obama
       to allow torturers to get off scot free.", ACLU,
April 16, 2009

 

 

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Military Budget of the United States

 

a.  Reduce the U.S. Military Budget

b.  Defense budget requested for fiscal 2009 - From Winslow T. Wheeler (pdf file)

c. "The Chaos in America's Vast Security Budget," Winslow T. Wheeler, The Defense Monitor, March/April 2008

 

 

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Civil Liberties and Human Rights in the United States

 

a. Human Rights Record of the U.S. in 2003

b. Citizen Arrested for Civilly Asking Question

c. Full Text of John Yoo's 81-page March 14, 2003 Torture Memo (Memo finally released on April 1, 2008)
d. Full text of Massachusetts Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage (Goodridge decision, Nov. 18, 2003)
e. Full text of California Supreme Court decision overturning California's gay marriage ban (pdf)

f.  DC police end civil liberties for motorists in Trinidad area, Allison Klein and Elissa Silverman, Washington Post, June 10, 2008

g. Supreme Court's Decision on Habeus Corpus Rights of Guantanamo Detainees, BOUMEDIENE ET
    AL. v. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ET AL.

h.  "Nine Secret Bush-Era Documents Released: Nine Secret Memos Said to Provide a Blueprint
      for Police State,"
truthdig.com, March 4, 2009


 

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The War on Terrorism

 

a.  What is al-Qaeda (or al-Qaida)?

b.  Why We Know More Terrorism Is Coming

c.  Does U.S. Interventionism Breed Terrorism? (an excellent account of the historical record)

d.  "American Hiroshima - the next 9/11?," An excellent article by Shaheen Chughtai

e.  Supreme Court to torture victim, "Drop dead!"

f.   Congressional Budget Office says wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to cost $2.4 TRILLION by 2017

g.  ACLU: U.S. Terror Watch Lists at 900,000 - Article by Justin Rood

h.  Full Text of John Yoo's 81-page March 14, 2003 Torture Memo (Memo finally released on April 1, 2008)

i.   U.S. Admits Using Cyberwarfare and Developing Plans for More Aggressive Use

j.   Four articles about the November 3, 2002, U.S. bombing in Yemen which murdered six, including an American citizen

k.  Supreme Court's Decision on Habeus Corpus Rights of Guantanamo Detainees, BOUMEDIENE ET
     AL. v. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ET AL.

l.   "Judge to Bush Administration: Make Guantanamo Top Priority," Matt Apuzzo, Associated
     Press, July 8, 2008

m. "DOJ prosecutor flagged by U.S. terror watch list: ACLU says terror watch list now tops one
      million; thousands of innocent Americans have been questioned, searched, or otherwise
      hassled; as of October 2006, 30,000 Americans had asked to have their names cleared,"
     
Lara Jakes Jordan, Associated Press, July 14, 2008

n.   "Obama sides with Bush on Bagram detainees; President decides to refuse Bagram
       detainees habeas corpus rights,"
Agence France Presse, February 21, 2009

o.   "Nine Secret Bush-Era Documents Released: Nine Secret Memos Said to Provide a Blueprint
       for Police State,"
truthdig.com, March 4, 2009

 

 

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Miscellaneous Topics

 

a. Hey, what's the difference between ethics and morality?

b. Be in control of your life: boundaries and boundary-setting

c. Decision of Bankruptcy Judge James F. Queenan, Jr. in the case of Elizabeth Dovydenas

     v. The Bible Speaks (The Bible Speaks was ordered to return more than $6.5 million due

     to a finding that Dovydenas had been unduly influenced by Pastor Carl H. Stevens and

     associates.)

d.  "Two Leaders Ousted from Air Force in Atomic Errors," Thom Shanker, New York Times, June 6, 2008

e.  "Study: World Gets Happier; U.S. is sixteenth happiest nation," LiveScience and Associated
      Press, June 30, 2008

f.   "Listening Process," WIN Magazine, Special Issue devoted to growing the peace
       and antiwar movement, Spring/Summer 2008, June 23, 2008.

g.  "Who's Counting? - Cheney's One Percent Doctrine, John Allen Paulos, July 2, 2006.
      [
What ever happened to respect for evidence? Are we to begin wars on a mere
     
suspicion, or someone’s miscalculation of a one percent probability? Vice President
     
Cheney feels that if there's a one percent chance, then act. Strangely, the Bush
     
administration used a contradictory rule regarding global warming. Despite near
     
unanimity among scientists on the fact and causes of global warming, the Bush
   
  administration did not act, apparently because the administration felt there was not at
     
least a ninety-nine percent probability. Go to war? One percent probability required.
     
Address global climate change, a far greater threat to mankind than Iraq was?
     
Greater than ninety-nine percent probability is required. Doesn’t this contradiction
    
 indicate that probabilities are really not the measure, but that both actions and inaction
     
within the Bush administration are being determined by pure ideology?]

h.  "The One Percent Doctrine," Article from Wikipedia plus an excellent July, 2, 2006,
      article by John Allen Paulos

 

 

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Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice E-Newsletters


January 2, 2008               March 11, 2008

 

January 7, 2008               March 31, 2008

 

January 14, 2008             April 28, 2008

 

January 28, 2008             May 30, 2008

February 20, 2008           September 2, 2008

 

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Anarchism

 

A.  Anarchism

a.   "Anachist Communists: A Question of Class," A thorough explanation and discussion
       of Anarchist Communism which contrasts it with other systems of anachism

 

B.   Anarchisms: Past and Future (Fall 2008 Course by Andrej Grubacic and ZEO)

a.   "The Zapatistas," Zapatista Army of National Liberation [EZLN], From Wikipedia,
        the free encyclopedia

b.    "Das Kapital," An article about Marx's Das Kapital from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

c.    Material from the 1872 IWMA's Commission to Investigate the Alliance

d.   "Fictitious Splits in the International," Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, January-March, 1872,
       A pamphlet written in preparation for the confrontation with Bakuninists at the Hague in
       September 1872.

e.   "The Program and Rules of the International Alliance for Socialist Democracy Founded in
       Geneva in October 1868," [There are actually three items here: (1) the Program and Rules
       of the International Alliance for Socialist Democracy, (2) a repeat of the Program and Rules
       of the International Alliance, but with Karl Marx's margin notes included, and (3) an IWMA
       statement on the International Alliance written by Karl Marx and endorsed by the IWMA's
      
General Council on December 22, 1868.]

f.    "Mikhail Bakunin," Article from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

g.   "Basic Bakunin," A 1993 pamphlet published by the [British] Anarchist Communist
       Federation. (This electronic form includes some additions to the original print edition.)

h.   "The First International," Inaugural Address of the International Working Men’s
       Association, Karl Marx, Address written:
Written: October 21-27, 1864 [Source: Original
       printed pamphlet, 'Inaugural Address and Provisional Rules of the International Working
       Men’s Association
.'
 The provisional rules referred to in the pamphlet's title were referred
       to as 'General Rules' inside the pamphlet.]

i.    "On the International Workingmen's Association and Karl Marx," Mikhail Bakunin, 1872
       (Written after Bakunin's expulsion from the IWMA)

j.    "Paris Commune of 1871," From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

k.   "Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871," From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

l.    "Letter of the General Council to the Alliance of Socialist Democracy," March 9, 1869
      [In this letter, the IWMA General Council tells the International Alliance for Socialist
      Democracy that, as itself an international group, it is not eligible for membership in the

      IWMA, and says that the Alliance would have to disband to make its sections eligible for
      IWMA membership.]

m Confidential letter on Mikhail Bakunin, from Karl Marx to Dr. Ludwig Kugelman, written
       on March 28, 1870 [The last sentence of this long letter is: "
Thus the game of this highly
       dangerous intrigant – at least on the terrain of the International – will soon be played out."]

n.   "Report on the Alliance: Presented in the name of the General Council to the [IWMA's]
       Hague Congress," written by Friedrich Engels, August 1872

o.   Reply of the Alliance of Socialist Democracy to the March 9, 1869, letter from the General
      Council of the International Workingmen’s Association,
June 22, 1869

p.   Documents from the IWMA's 1872 Investigation of the Alliance

q.   "Mikhail Bakunin & Karl Marx, and the Life, Death & Legacy of the First International,"
      
George Desnoyers, November 2008

r.    "Letter from Marx to Friedrich Bolte, November 23, 1871 [Note: this letter abstract is
       important for its revelation of Marx's attitude toward anarchists in November, 1871.]

s.   "General Rules" of the International Workingmen's Association, October 1864 [These
       are the rules written by Karl Marx between October 21 and October 27, 1864.
They
       were first published
in The Bee-Hive Newspaper, November 12, 1864, and in the
       pamphlet, Address and Provisional Rules of the Working Men's International
       Association ...
, London, November 1864.]
 

 

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Afghanistan & Pakistan

 

a.  "Why the U.S. needs the Taliban," Ramtanu Maitra, Asia Times, July 30, 2003

b.  "U.S. Rejects Officials' Reports of Eleven Afghan Civilian Deaths," Reuters,
      January 20, 2004

c.  "Rumsfeld Wants Expedited Inquiry into U.S. Mistreatment of Remains of Killed
      Taliban Fighters:
Muslims greatly offended by U.S. soldiers’ abuse of human remains,"
      Robert Burns,
Associated Press, October 22, 2005

d.  "U.S. Kills at Least 17 in Pakistan on Wrong Information: al-Qaida Leader Not at Site of
      Airstrike," Riaz Khan,
Associated Press, January 14, 2006

e.  "Taliban back, and using Iraq-style violence," Jim Krane, Associated Press, October 7,
      2006

f.   "Afghanistan: Five years later," Fisnik Abrashi and Jason Straziuso, Associated Press,
      Saturday, October 07, 2006

g.  "NATO Official: NATO killed too many civilians," Jason Straziuso, Associated Press,
      January 3, 2007

h.  "NATO: Afghanistan on road to 2009 stability," Slobodan Lekic, Associated Press,
      February 11, 2007

i.   "Pakistan denies hot pursuit entry to coalition troops," Munir Ahmad, Associated Press,
      March 3, 2007

j.   "Afghan, U.S. reports on firefight differ: U.S. Marines accused of murdering up to 10
      civilians and wounding 35," Rahim Faiez,
Associated Press, March 4, 2007

k.  "Six years later, US expands Afghan base; 'Enduring' U.S. presence planned," Jason
      Straziuso,
Associated Press, October 6, 2007

l.   "Extremist Troubles in Afghanistan are not from Islamic Fundamentalists," Hamid Golpira,
    
 Tehran Times, February 27, 2008
m. "
Afghan Leader Criticizes U.S. on Conduct of War," Carlotta Gall, The New York Times,
    
 April 26, 2008
n.  "
400,000 troops needed to pacify Afghanistan: Mc Neill," Associated Press of Pakistan,
      June 4, 2008

o.   "Pakistan blames U.S. coalition for troops' deaths: At least eleven Pakistani troops killed
       and 13 wounded," Riaz Khan,
Associated Press, June 11, 2008

p.  "Nearly 700 Afghan civilians killed in 2008 violence, says UN," AFP, June 30, 2008

q.   "Bush signs $162 billion war spending bill: The bill brings the total spending allocation for the war against
       Iraq to more than $650 billion, and the total spending allocation for the war in Afghanistan to about
       $200 billion,"
USA Today (From staff and AP wire reports), June 30, 2008

r.   "Afghan official accuses U.S. of killing another 22 civilians: civilian deaths continue to
      mount; slaughter included women and children; civilians were evacuating the area as
      per U.S. instructions; U.S. won’t acknowledge deaths,"
Reuters, July 04, 2008

s.  "Forty-seven more Afghan civilians killed by U.S. bombs in two attacks in Nuristan province,
      group says.  Thirty-nine of the dead were women and children.  Victims were walking on a
      road from the bride’s village to the groom’s village.  The bride was among those killed.  The
      U.S. has yet to admit civilians died in the two attacks and says civilians are never targeted. 
      U.S. spokesman says ‘our forces go to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties.’"
Amir
      Shah, Associated Press, July 11, 2008

t.   "Afghan survivors tell of wedding bombing," BBC News, July 13, 2008

u.  "Pakistani support for U.S. dwindling because of air raids," Barbara Plett, BBC, July 14, 2008

v.  "U.S. Afghan bombing 'kills dozens': Afghan and Pakistani civilian toll continues to mount;
      NATO again denies civilian casualties; Bush continues to ignore demonstrations and, frankly,
      not give a shit," Alastair Leithead, BBC, July 17, 2008

w. "U.S. Murders at Least Eight Pakistani School Children with Missile Attack: U.S. missiles
      hit Pakistan school,"
BBC, October 23, 2008

x.   "Obama sides with Bush on Bagram detainees; President decides to refuse Bagram
       detainees habeas corpus rights,"
Agence France Presse, February 21, 2009

y.   "Obama considering greatly expanding Afghanistan's security forces," Reuters, March 18,
       2009

 

 

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Canada

 

a.   "Canadian Judge Finds Treatment of Omar Khadr Described by U.S. Official Violated
       Human Rights,"
CBC, June 25, 2008

b.   "Canada Complicit in Torture of Canadian, Omar Khadr, 16: PM Harper says Canada
       won't intervene despite latest Khadr developments,"
CBC, July 10, 2008

c.   "Gitmo video offers glimpse of torture & interrogations of Canadian, Omar Khadr, 16:
     
Pentagon denies Khadr was mistreated; Canadian Federal Judge ordered the
      Canadian government to release the video to the defense team after the court ruled the
      U.S. military's treatment of Khadr broke human rights laws, including the Geneva
      Conventions; Tapes were made by U.S. authorities and are U.S. property," Charmaine
      Noronha, Associated Press, July 15, 2008

d.  View some of the released Khadr interrogation documents

 

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Capitalism

 

a.   Capitalism," A comprehensive article on Capitalism including three articles from the
       Wikigroup: the article on capitalism, the article from Wikiquotes on capitalism, and

       the article on definitions of capitalism

 

 

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China

 

a. "Isn't there a better way to send China a message?," The truth about the May 8, 1999,
     U.S. bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia

 

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The Cold War

 

a. Cold War Information and Resources

 

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Columbia

 

 

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Conferences (past & present)

 

a.   Flyer for People to People in Iran event in Troy, NY, on March 5, 2008

b.   Directions to Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY

c.   Peace and Sustainability Conference, Albany, NY, April 11-12

d.   Dr. Robert Bowman's visit to Pittsfield on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 (Time and place
       to be announced) - This item contains information about Dr. Bowman, a letter from him
       to peace activists, and information from a flyer for his 2008 Patriot Tour

e.    Iraqi Refugee Support Committee's Welcoming Picnic for Iraqi refugees recently
       relocated to the Albany area; hosted by the Islamic Center of the Capital District;
       sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women’s Association for Family
       Affairs, and Women Against War; event to be held Saturday, July 19, 2008, 1:30 –
       5:30 pm (rain or shine)
.

f.    The 10th Anniversary Kateri Tekakwitha Peace Conference, "Nurturing Peace,"
    
  National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine, Rt. 5, Fonda, NY,
August 15-16, 2008

g.   Conference: How to Prevent War on Iran AND on the U.S. Constitution; DATE:  Saturday,
       October 18, 2008; PLACE:  Susan B. Anthony Lounge of Berkshire Community College
       (BCC), 1350 West St., Pittsfield, MA.; REGISTRATION TIMES: 8:30 to 9:00 AM; Click
       this link for full details and directions to the college.

h.   Conference: How to Prevent War on Iran AND on the U.S. Constitution; DATE:  Saturday,
       October 18, 2008; PLACE:  Susan B. Anthony Lounge of Berkshire Community College
       (BCC), 1350 West St., Pittsfield, MA.; REGISTRATION TIMES: 8:30 to 9:00 AM; Click
       this link for full details of the conference, BUT NO DIRECTIONS TO THE COLLEGE
.  

i.    Biographical sketch of Dr. Joseph Gerson, coming to the October 18 conference at BCC

j.    Biographical sketch of Dr. Joseph Gerson including lists of books, recent articles,
      important speaking engagements, major campaigns and events organized, honors received,
      and research-related travel

k.   "Empire, Its Consequences, and the Search for Peace," Dr. Joseph Gerson, Speech
      delivered at
Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, October 18, 2008.

      This speech was delivered at a conference, “How to Prevent War on Iran AND on the U.S.
      Constitution.” After the conference, several people asked Dr. Gerson for a copy of his
      speech. He has graciously made it available to conference participants.

l.    "Reports from Discussion Groups," October 18, 2008 Conference, “How to Prevent War
      on Iran AND on the U.S. Constitution”

m.  Directions to Berkshire Community College

n.   Teach-in on April 17, 2010, 1-5 PM, at the Edwards Church in Northampton.  Presented by
       the Alliance for Peace and Justice.  Partially funded by the Bruce MacMillan Fund.  Features
       panelists Bruce Gagnon, Sut Jhally, and Michael Klare.

 

 

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Congress

 

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Constitution of the United States of America

 

a. "Examination of Violent Crime and Freedom in American Society," a defense of the individual's right to bear arms,
     by Bruce L Jones, March 7, 1997

 

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Cuba

 

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Economics

 

a. Economics in One Lesson, Henry Hazlitt, 1978 edition.

 

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Elections and voting

 

a. FBI Plants Fake Candidate in West Virginia Race

b. Ohio's 2004 election results: Amy Goodman's Dec. 17, 2007 interview of Harvey Wasserman

c. Complete Ohio elections study report issued on December 14, 2007 - Project Everest: Evaluation
     and Validation of Election Related Equipment, Standards and Testing

 

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Genocide

 

a.   "Is the U.S. Really a Signatory to the U.N. Convention against Genocide?", An Essay
       against Genocide, by John Bart Gerald

 

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Government Surveillance, Spying on Citizens, Fusion Centers, Real ID, etc.


A. Information Not from the U.S. Department of Justice

a.   "What about Fusion Centers and Real ID?", Information Compiled by the
       American Civil Liberties Union, May 2009

b.   "Commonwealth Fusion Center," Information on the Fusion Center for the
       Commonwealth of Massachusetts located in Maynard, Massachusetts

c.   Fusion Centers - Information extracted from Wikipedia article in May 2009


 

B. Information from the U.S. Department of Justice

a.   "Fusion Centers and Information Sharing," U.S. Department of Justice

b.   "Defining Fusion Center Technology Business Processes: A Tool for Planning,"
       U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Department of Justice, April 2009

c.   "Baseline Capabilities for State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers," U.S.
       Department of Justice, September 2008

d.   "National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan (NCISP)," U.S. Department of Justice,
       October 2003

e.   "Fusion Center Guidelines: Law Enforcement Intelligence, Public Safety, and the
       Private Sector Executive Summary," August 2006

f.    "Fusion Center Guidelines: Law Enforcement Intelligence, Public Safety, and the
       Private Sector" (Full Text of Document in PDF), U.S. Department of Justice,
       August 2006

 

 

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Gun Control and Second Amendment

 

a "Examination of Violent Crime and Freedom in American Society," Bruce L. Jones, Inland
     Empire Mensa, March 7, 1997 [This article contains many quotations from the "Founding
     Fathers" and others either directly or indirectly related to the right to bear arms.]

b.  Full text of the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, 07-290 (pdf version)

c.  Full text of the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, 07-290 (html version)

d.  "District of Columbia v. Heller," From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, June n26, 2008
e.  "DC gun ban thrown out by U.S. Supreme Court: Supreme Court rules in favor of gun
     ownership rights," Mark Sherman, Associated Press, June 26, 2008

f.   "Landmark Ruling Enshrines Right to Own Guns," Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times,
     June 27, 2008

 

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Holocaust

 

a.   Holocaust Denial, a comprehensive article from Wikipedia

 

 

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Impeachment of President George W. Bush

 

a.  Articles of Impeachment of President George W. Bush, in the United States House of

     Representatives, Monday, June 9th, 2008, A Resolution Offered and read in its entirety by Rep.

     Dennis Kucinich of Ohio

 

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India

 

a.   Articles relating to the July 18, 2005, U.S.-India nuclear agreement, and the U.S. coercion
      placed on India to cast anti-Iran votes at IAEA meetings

b.  "Gandhi defends India-U.S. nuclear agreement: Major opposition in India over deal with
      U.S.; pact’s ability to pass through India’s parliament in serious doubt; government
      releasing prisoners and bribing members of minor parties in effort to swing election;
      Sonia Gandhi denies deal has sacrificed ‘our independence in foreign policy’ despite
      the known tie of pact to India’s votes against Iran at IAEA meetings,"
Chris Morris, BBC
      News in Delhi, July 17, 2008

c.   "IAEA approves India-specific Safeguards Agreement," AndhraNews.net, August 1, 2008

d.   "Nuclear Supplier Group OKs Landmark U.S.-India Nuke Deal: India promises not to
       allow proliferation; NSG approval follows last month’s IAEA signoff on U.S.-India
       agreement, William J. Kole,
Associated Press, September 6, 2008

e.   "History and make-up of the Nuclear Suppliers Group," September 6, 2008

f.    "Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement," From Wikipedia, September 6, 2008

g.   Full Text of India-IAEA Safeguards Agreement of July 9, 2008 [Approved August 1, 2008]

h.   Full text of the Hyde Act, an act overwhelmingly passed by Congress setting restrictions and
      conditions on any exceptions from the 1954 Atomic Energy Act made for India in the India-
      United States nuclear agreement proposed by President George W. Bush

i.    "The India-U.S. Nuclear Agreement: Ten Articles Relating to Important Events and Timelines"

j.    "Agreement for Cooperation Between the Government of India and the Government of the
       United States of America Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy," August 1, 2007
       (This is the Full Text of the "123 Agreement" between India and the United States)

k.   "More support in U.S. for Hyde Act than for the 123 Agreement," Pramit Pal Chaudhary,
       Hindustan Times, August 4, 2007

l.    "Full text of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s August 13, 2007, Nuclear-Deal Speech before
       India's Parliament,"
Rediff India Abroad, August 13, 2007

m.  "Previously secret U.S. letters produce several embarrassing revelations on nuclear deal,"
      
Brahma Chellaney, Rediff India Abroad, September 3, 2008

n.   "Secret letters say US will pull out of deal if India tests: Letters were kept secret for nine
       months. Letters were considered ‘sensitive’, because they reveal several 180 degree
       discrepancies from what Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was telling the members
       of India’s Parliament," The Rediff News Bureau, September 3, 2008


 

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International law and the U.S.

 

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Iran

 

a.   Iran and its government (Some information taken from the CIA's World Factbook for 2008)

b.  "A Sea Of Lies: The “Vincennes Incident” off the coast of Iran on July 3, 1988; The inside
      story of how an American naval vessel blundered into an attack on Iran Air Flight 655 at the
     height of tensions during the Iran-Iraq War, and how the Pentagon tried to cover its tracks
     after 290 innocent civilians died "
Roger Charles, Newsweek, July 13, 1992

c.  "Iran Signs Additional Protocol on Nuclear Safeguards," IAEA Staff Report, December 18, 2003
d.  Articles relating to the July 18, 2005, U.S.-India nuclear agreement, and the U.S. coercion
      placed on India to cast anti-Iran votes at IAEA meetings

e.  "The 1997 IAEA Additional Protocol at a Glance," IAEA, January 2008

f.   "IAEA and Iran: Chronology of Key Events from September 2002 to November 2004," IAEA,
      November 2004

g.  Letter to Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

h. Something's Rotten in Denmark (Islam-bashing in the West  --  Tehran Times editorial for March 16, 2008)

i.   Items relating to the IAEA, the UN Security Council, and the enrichment of uranium by the
     Republic of Iran (from Joe Gerson's March 8, 2006 letter supporting ElBaradei's call for

     diplomacy with Iran to the present)

j.   "Iran is not the cause of nuclear proliferation," Cyrus Safdari, Iran Affairs, May 20, 2008

k.  "The Politics of Reporting on IAEA Reports," Farideh Farhi, Iran Affairs, Informed Comment: Public

      Affairs, November 16, 2007

l.   "Iran did NOT violate the NPT," Cyrus Safdar, Iran Affairs, January 22, 2008

m. "Iran Nuclear Report: Don't believe the media reports, but read it for yourself," Cyrus

      Safdari, Iran Affairs, May 27, 2008

n.  IAEA Board of Governors May 26, 2008 Report to the UN Security Council,
     "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security

     Council resolutions 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007) and 1803 (2008) in the Islamic Republic of Iran"

       (This is the restricted report of ElBaradei which will be discussed at the June meeting of the Board of
       Governors and will then almost certainly become the Board's report to the Security Council.)

o.   "New York Times again misrepresents IAEA report on Iran," Cyrus Safdari, Iran Affairs, May 27, 2008

p.  "Remember, Bush threatened nuclear genocide against Iran,", Cyrus Safdari, Iran Affairs,

      May 22, 2008

q.  "ElBaradei under pressure to release report," Bernama (Malaysian National News Agency),

      May 28, 2008 (This news article is the fairest of all news reports I've seen so far on

      the ElBaradei report on Iran delivered to the IAEA Board of Governors on May 26,

      2008, and leaked to the press soon after (apparently first to AFP).  The report is now

      available on the Internet both as an html file

      [http://www.endusmilitarism.org/IAEA_Rpt_May_26_2008.html] and in its pdf format

      [http://www.iranaffairs.com/iran_affairs/files/IAEA_Iran_Report_May2008.pdf]. The

      report will be discussed by the IAEA Board of Governors in early June, at which time

      it is expected to become the Board's own report. -- George Desnoyers)

r.  Rice says there is no point in talking to Iran unless it stops its enrichment

     program; says true diplomacy must be combined with pressure tactics (I

     did not make that up), Matti Friedman, Associated Press, June 3, 2008

s.  "Iran accepted Pickering Enrichment Proposal.  Did anyone notice?," Robert Naiman, Daily

     Kos, June 3, 2008  (This article analyzes the importance of a statement made by Mohammad

     Khazaee, Iran's ambassador to the United Nations.  Khazaee indicated that Iran will not stop

     its enrichment program, but that Iran may accept a proposal to have the program managed by

     an internationally owned consortium inside Iran that could produce nuclear fuel with Iranian

     participationA May 13 proposal by Iran to the UN secretary general suggested six months of

     negotiations on regional security, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, energy cooperation, and

     narcotics trafficking, as well as ways to improve international nuclear safeguards and monitoring

     and prevent the diversion of nuclear material.  This March 13 proposal had referred to the

     consortium idea but had included no details.  Nevertheless, the question arises, "Why aren't

     people paying attention to Iran's May 13 proposal?")

t.  "Iran will revise cooperation with IAEA if bias persists," Tehran Times Political Desk, June 2, 2008

u.  "Latest IAEA Report on Iran's Nuclear Program  and the U.S. Media," Nader Bagherzadeh,

     CASMII, June 2, 2008

v.  "NAM (presently representing 119 non-aligned countries, with 15 more countries having observer

      status) behind Iran on nuclear question," CASMII and Press TV, June 4, 2008

w.  "McCain at AIPAC: Drumbeats of War? McCain ignores facts and claims Tehran poses an

       unacceptable risk," Aijaz Ahmad, The Real News, June 4, 2008

x.  "New security agreement lets US strike any country from inside Iraq; Agreement calls for permanent
      U.S. bases in Iraq, and also for U.S. supervision over Iraq's Defense, Interior, and National Security
      ministries, as well as armament contracts, for ten years;
Agreement effectively gives the United

      States government control of Iraq's oil." Basil Adas, Gulf News Correspondent, June 03, 2008

y.  "Analysis: Growing Talk of Attack on Iran," BBC, June 6, 2008

z.  "U.S. Should Change Course and Hold Talks With Iran," George Desnoyers, Endusmilitarism,

      June 8, 2008

aa.  Iran's May 13, 2008, proposal to the United Nations for "Constructive negotiations" [Item includes

       an introductory note, plus transcripts of both the one and one-half page cover letter which

       accompanied the proposal and the two and one-half page proposal for negotiations itself.]

ab.  "Bush again warns Iran 'all options' on table, including nuclear attack," BBC, June 11, 2008

ac.  "Twenty Reasons to Oppose Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran," CASMII, November 9, 2007

ad.  1981 Algiers Accords [The Algiers Accords of January 19, 1981, were brokered by the Algerian
        government between the USA and Iran to resolve the Iran hostage crisis that arose by the capture
        of American citizens in the American embassy in Tehran and holding them hostage for over 440
        days. By this accord the American citizens were set free. Among the provisions of the Accords, it
        was stated: The U.S. would not intervene in Iranian internal affairs.
There is considerable evidence
       
of clandestine operations by the U.S., British, and Israeli agents who are arming, training and
       
funding terrorist entities such as Jundollah in Baluchistan, Arab separatists in Khuzestan, and PJAK
       
in Kurdistan. U.S. participation in these concrete attempts at promoting the disintegration of Iran, as
       
well as the 100 million dollars in congressional funding for ‘democracy' promotion in Iran, clearly
       
violate the 1981 Algiers Accords, constitute aggression, and are interference in Iran's domestic
       
affairs and Iranian people's rights of sovereignty.
]

ae.  "Israeli politician threatens Iran with attack over nukes," CNN, June 6, 2008

af.   "War Against Iran Near: Bush accuses Iran of placing world in danger," June 14, 2008

ag.  "5+1 group welcomes Iran's diplomatic package: Jalili," Tehran Times Political Desk, Associated
        Press, June 23, 2008

ah.  "Strike on Iran could turn Mideast into fireball, official says," Associated Press, CNN, June 21, 2008

ai.   "Israeli air exercise probably message to Iran, U.S. official says," CNN, June 20, 2008

aj.   "The Myth of Diplomacy with Iran," Cyrus Safdari, Iran Affairs, June 21, 2008

ak.  "Iran's nuclear program?: The REAL issue behind the conflict," Cyrus Safdari, Iran Affairs, June 19,
        2008

al.   "EU nations agree to increase sanctions against Iran," CASMII & AFP, June 23, 2008

am. "Bomb Iran? What's to Stop Us?," Ray McGovern, Antiwar.com, June 20, 2008 [Ray McGovern was a
        CIA analyst for 27 years – from the John F. Kennedy administration to that of George H. W. Bush.
        This article, especially the quotes it contains following the 90-minute June 4 meeting between
        George Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, will make clear to readers just how certainly

         war against Iran is going to happen, and how soon it almost certainly will occur.  It is imperative that
        
antiwar activists act quickly and loudly.]

an.  "Iran right and U.S. wrong on enrichment issue," George Desnoyers, June 23, 2008

ao.   "Pentagon 'three-day blitz' plan for Iran," Sarah Baxter, The Sunday Times [London],
         September 2, 2007

ap.  "U.S. escalating covert operations [terrorism] against Iran," Reuters, June 29, 2008

aq.  "Bush Administration Steps Up its Terrorist Activities in Iran: Goal is to prepare the
         battlefield for a larger war aimed at regime change,"
Seymour M. Hersh, The New
        Yorker,
July 7, 2008

ar.   "Iran's Nuclear Program: Sanctions or force? A false dilemma!", Cyrus Safdari, Iran
         Affairs
, June 28, 2008

as.  "Warning from Israeli 'Spy': 12 Months to Iran Nukes," Cyrus Safdari, Iran Affairs,
        June 29, 2008

at.   "CASMII Exclusive: Interview with Iran's Ambassador to IAEA," Mohammad Kamaali,
        CASMII, Sunday, June 29, 2008 [
In this interview Dr Soltanieh explains the reasons
       
behind Iran's determination to develop an indigenous uranium enrichment capability
       
and why Iran believes the countries pursuing or relying on nuclear weapons are making
       
a mistake. He also gives his viewpoint on how international institutions such as the UN
       
Security Council are in practice used as instruments of political pressure by a select
       
few member states, ultimately undermining the authority and credibility of those
       
institutions.]

au.  "U.S. Wants to Have It Both Ways on Iranian Non-intervention Pact," Reese Erlich, The Baltimore
        Sun,
November 29, 2007 [
The 1981 Algiers Accords, successfully defended by Bush as
       
legally binding on the U.S. (with a 2004 Appeals Court victory), declares, “It is now and will
        be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or
        militarily, in Iran’s internal affairs."
]

av.  "CIA agent: Evidence that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program was ignored, Cyrus Safdari,
       
Iran Affairs, July 01, 2008

aw.  Information on Two Important AIPAC-Sponsored Congressional Bills Relating to Iran (as of
        July 1, 2008)

ax.  "U.S. admiral urges caution on Iran," Justin Webb, BBC News, July 2, 2008
ay.  "Anniversary of a Massacre: The USS Vincennes Incident of July 3, 1988," Cyrus Safdari,
       
Iran Affairs, July 3, 2008

az.  "U.S. admiral: Iran strike on Israel 'likely'," Amir Oren, Haaretz.com, July 4, 2008
ba.  "Response expected tomorrow on world powers’ incentives package to Iran," Reuters,
         July 04, 2008

bb.  "Iran Issues Response to Nuclear Offer from 5+1: Iran Responds Obliquely to Nuclear
         Plan," Elaine Sciolino, The New York Times, July 5, 2008

bc.  "U.S. Exports to Iran Increased More than Tenfold During Bush Years: U.S. ships
         cigarettes, bras, more to Iran," Sharon Theimer, Associated Press, July 8, 2008

bd.  "New U.S. nuclear sanctions placed on Iran," BBC News, July 8, 2008

be.  "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Plays Down War Talk: Ahmadinejad
         displays ignorance of U.S. system; says American people will not allow Bush to
         start war against Iran," BBC News, July 8, 2008

bf.   "U.S. tells Iran to not test any more missiles: Pentagon plumbing Iran's latest missile
        tests for clues on Iran’s capabilities," Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press, July 9, 2008

bg.  "Iran missile test called 'provocative'; But Israel’s recent 200-plane exercise in the
         Mediterranean wasn’t?,"
BBC News, July 9, 2008

bh.  "Iran "heightens tension" in Mideast with rocket tests ...really?," Cyrus Safdari, Iran
         Affairs,
July 09, 2008

bi.   "Seymour Hersh: U.S. Training Jondollah and MEK for Bombing Preparation," CASMII,
        July 8, 2008

bj.   "Bush turns to diplomacy (?) to deter Iran; If Iran will suspend its fully legal enrichment
        activities, the 5+1 will suspend their illegal sanctions. But use of force still threatened.,"
        Barry Schweid, Associated Press, July 10, 2008

bk.  "Iran test-fires more missiles in Persian Gulf," Nasser Karimi, Associated Press,
         July 10, 2008

bl.   "McCain again jokes about killing Iranians," MD/HGH, Stop War on Iran, July 9, 2008

bm. "Red Alert - Apparent Missing Nuclear Weapon could be used for cover story to launch
         globally catastrophic war against Russian ally, Iran; It could be used in a 'terrorist'
         strike against a U.S. target, for which Iran would be blamed and then 'obliterated,'
         possibly (depending on timing) providing McCain with the bump he needs to win the
         U.S. presidency,"
Edited by George Adams, The Canadian – Canada’s new socially
         progressive and cross-cultural national newspaper,
July 11, 2008

bn.  "A Letter from Iran to the U.S. Congress," by Mehrdad (Khalil) Shahabi, July 8, 2008

bo.  "Ahmadinejad favors expanded contact between Iranian, U.S. citizens," Tehran Times,
         July 14, 2008

bp.  "President George W. Bush backs Israeli plan for strike on Iran; Bush has already given
         the ‘amber light’ to Israel, and claims the right to give the ‘green light’ for an Israeli attack
         on Iran,"
Uzi Mahnaimi,
Sunday Times [London], July 13, 2008

bq.  "The Legal Case Against War With Iran," Mary Ellen O’Connell, Jurist, University of
         Pittsburgh School of Law, February 13, 2007

br.   "How to Get Justice for Ahmadinejad: Rationalizing war against Iran," Michael M. Rosen,
       
TCS Daily, January 12, 2007
bs.   "Retired Military Leaders Oppose Provocative House Resolution on Iran," CASMII
         [Source: Council for a Livable World], July 13, 2008

bt.    "U.S. sees participation in Iran talks as 'smart step': Bush sends envoy to participate in
         talks; stuns world by doing something smart," Sue Pleming,
Reuters, July 16, 2008

bu.   "U.S. to establish presence in Tehran: UK Guardian: Bush move an endorsement of
         Obama's stance on talks with Iran,"
Andrew Dobbie and Sue Pleming, Reuters,
         July 17, 2008

bv.   "Gandhi defends India-U.S. nuclear agreement: Major opposition in India over deal with
         U.S.; pact’s ability to pass through India’s parliament in serious doubt; government
         releasing prisoners and bribing members of minor parties in effort to swing election;
         Sonia Gandhi denies deal has sacrificed ‘our independence in foreign policy’ despite
         the known tie of pact to India’s votes against Iran at IAEA meetings,"
Chris Morris, BBC
         News in Delhi, July 17, 2008

bw.  "Live Debate over Iran's Nuclear Program: Zimmerman(?) responds to Casey, and Cyrus
         Safdari umpires,"
Iran Affairs, July 16, 2008

bx.   "Six world powers to give non-power Iran a test: 5+1 will test Iran's desire to end nuclear
         row at the expense of its right to enrich;
U.S. envoy will make an appearance at talks, but
         U.S. insists that ‘real negotiations’ can only begin after Iran has verifiably stopped its fully
         legal uranium enrichment program; Iran maintains its enrichment program will not be
         stopped, even if a suspension of illegal UN sanctions is promised in return," Mark John,
         Reuters,
July 18, 2008

by.   "Iran 'appeasement' the last time: This is not the first time Iran has been threatened with
          the use of force because it wanted to be in control of its own energy resources," Cyrus
          Safdari,
Iran Affairs, July 19, 2008

bz.  "‘Diplomacy’ [Bush-style] failed! Real diplomacy was never tried! Iran didn't cave in to our
         threats and ultimatums; Iran
refuses to stop its fully legal enrichment activities for a
         promise that the illegal sanctions against Iran will be lifted," Cyrus Safdari,
Iran Affairs,
         July 19, 2008

ca.   "Obama urges Iran to end dispute: Obama tells Iran to freeze its nuclear enrichment
         program; calls program ‘illicit;’ offers no explanation as to why Iran hasn’t the same right to
         a full-cycle nuclear energy program as all other signatories to the NPT," BBC, July 26, 2008

cb.   "Non-Aligned Movement countries endorse Iran's nuclear stance: Vote is unanimous; one
         hundred fifteen NAM nations at conference in Tehran approve three-page declaration
         supporting Iran’s right to produce its own nuclear fuel," Associated Press,
July 31, 2008

cc.   "U.S. reaffirms weekend deadline for Iran in nuclear showdown," Lachlan Carmichael,
        
AFP, August 2, 2008

cd.   "Ahmadinejad says Iran won't give up nuclear rights: President says Iran will not give up ‘a
         single iota' of its nuclear rights; deadline imposed by 5+1 is rebuffed; Iran remains open to
         international talks as it had proposed earlier,"
Nasser Karami, Associated Press, August
         3, 2008

ce.   "Attacking Iran Because of South Ossetia: Could the conflict between Russia and Georgia
         be the excuse the Bush administration has been looking for to bomb Iran? Will the Bush
         team accept that the last major confrontation between it and the ‘bad guys’ will be one that
         the ‘bad guys’ won? Or will the Bush administration lash out in what they deem is a ‘blaze
         of glory’ by attacking Iran, a fight they feel they can’t lose?,"
Stephen Kinzer, UK Guardian,
         August 20, 2008

cf.   "Driving Force of U.S. Policy toward Iran? The U.S. Raid on the Nuclear Fuel Market," Rudo
        de Ruijter, Independent researcher,
March 2, 2007

cg.   Iran's Agreement with the IAEA - December 13, 1974

ch.   "An Objective Analysis of Ahmadinejad’s ‘World Without Zionism’ Speech: Let’s go beyond
         the cut & paste snippets which caused the ruckus, and objectively look at the speech’s
         structure, purpose, and context. Only after filling in these blanks, omitted in nearly all of
         the world’s press reports, does one learn the truth, that Ahmadinejad’s words – even if
         unwise in their timing – were neither new for Iran, nor surprising.", Arzu Celalifer, [With some
         editing by G. J. Desnoyers],
Turkish Weekly, October 30, 2005 (This article is especially
         good in its explanation of the context of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s October 25,
         2005, speech, “The World Without Zionism,”  delivered to approximately 3000 students in
         Tehran. When the context of the speech is understood, even if Ahmadinejad did say “wipe
         Israel off the map,” which has been seriously disputed, the speech should still not have
         created the furious uproar it did.)

ci.    "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Israel," From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, August 26,
         2008

cj    "Message to the American People from Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,"
        November 28, 2006

ck.  "‘Wiped off the Map’ – The Rumor of the Century," Arash Norouzi, January 25, 2007

cl.    "Statement by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Iran's Nuclear Issue," CASMII Press
         Release, August 23, 2008 (Full text of NAM statement included)

cm.  "Nuclear Supplier Group OKs Landmark U.S.-India Nuke Deal: India promises not to
         allow proliferation; NSG approval follows last month’s IAEA signoff on U.S.-India
         agreement, William J. Kole,
Associated Press, September 6, 2008

cn.   "Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is freely interviewed on NPR: Morning Edition's
         Steve Inskeep interviewed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on September 22,
         2008; President Bush refuses to submit to similar open interview,"
Joel Riddle, National
         Public Radio, September 22, 2008 [Includes full text of the Ahmadinejad interview]

co.   IAEA Director General’s September 15, 2008, Report on Iran [The report itself, in html
         followed by an analysis by Cyrus Safdari of Iran Affairs]

cp.   "Re-framing the nuclear dispute: The logical near-impossibility of disproving a negative
         requires the Iranian government to re-frame the nuclear enrichment controversy,"
Cyrus
         Safdari,
Iran Affairs, September 24, 2008

cq.   "New National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) Issued by Sixteen U.S. Spy Agencies: NIE
         says Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003," Pamela Hess, Associated
         Press, December 3, 2007

cr.    "Director General Mohamed ElBaradei Opens IAEA Meeting with Address to the Board
         of Governors," September 29, 2008 [Four articles, including the full text of ElBaradei's
         opening statement]

cs.   "Iran and ‘clandestine nuclear activity’", Cyrus Safdari, Iran Affairs, September 29, 2008

         [This excellent short article explains well the spin placed on IAEA reports in order to
         make it appear that Iran is guilty of 'clandestine nuclear activity' when there is absolutely

         no evidence that is the case.]

ct.   "The Alleged Iranian 'Speedboat Incident' of January 6, 2008:
        the 'gunboat-incident-that-never-was'," a collection of four articles [
Note: To understand
        the possible implications of the "
gunboat-incident-that-never-was," these four articles
        should be compared with the truth about the Vincennes Incident of July 3, 1988, paying
        particular attention to the provocative nature of the mission the Vincennes was on.  Also,
        there is a lot of similarity between the January 6, 2008,
gunboat-incident-that-never-was
        and the fictitious event Lyndon B Johnson used to justify ramping up the Vietnam War. In
        August 1964, the U.S. claimed the North Vietnamese navy attacked two of their
        destroyers. Recent releases of previously classified information by the U.S. National
        Archives show conclusively that the U.S. government knew "no attack happened that
        night"; they just wanted a casus belli.]

cu.  "Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities," National Intelligence Estimate (NIE),
       
November 2007 (Released to Public in December 2007)

cv.  "Iranian FM Mottaki Reveals How the U.S. Launders its Bullshit," Cyrus Safdari, Iran
        Affairs
, October 3, 2008

cw.  "U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence Activity -- Cultural Intelligence for Military Activity: Iran,"
         A comprehensive Cultural Field Guide to Iran, UNCLASSIFIED//FOUO

cx.   "Inside Iran's Fury: Scholars trace the nation's antagonism to its history of domination
         by foreign powers,"
Stephen Kinzer, Smithsonian, October 2008

cy.   "Joint Experts' Statement on Iran," Ambassador Thomas Pickering et al., November
         2008

cz.   "U.S. invites Iran to conference on Afghanistan," Robert Burns And Anne Gearan,
     
   Associated Press, March 5, 2009

da.   "Obama reaches out to Iran with video message," Philip Elliott, Associated Press,
          March 20, 2009

db.   "Iran's supreme leader dismisses Obama's videotaped overtures; Ayatollah Ali
         Khamenei wants to see new behaviors from the U.S., not new words,"
Ali Akbar
         Dareini, Associated Press, March 21, 2009

dc.   "How high did Khamenei set the bar in his response to Obama? Iran's response to
         U.S. is called a sign of theocracy's mind-set,"
Brian Murphy, Associated Press,

         March 21, 2009

 

 

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Israel & Palestine

 

a.  UN's November 29, 1947, Partition Plan for Palestine

b.  UN's November 29, 1947, Partition Plan for Palestine (pdf format)

c.  Israel's "Land Redemption" Program

d.  "The Lavon Affair: Israel bombs UK and US targets in Egypt; targets bombed on July 2
      and July 14, 1954; Israeli President Moshe Katsav publicly honors the surviving
      operatives in March, 2005, and presents each with a certificate of appreciation,"
      Wikipedia, July 19, 2008

e.  List of UN Resolutions Concerning Israel

f.   Sixty-five UN Security Council Resolution against Israel from 1955 to 1992

g.  May 14, 2008 to mark sixty years of Middle East division
h.  "A Human Rights Crime in Gaza," a trip report by Jimmy Carter, May 9, 2008

i.   "Sixty Years of Palestinian Displacement, Occupation and Suffering," Stephen Lendman, May 8, 2008
j.   Chronology of Palestine (1876-1949) and Information Related to the Nakba (Catastrophe, Cataclysm)

k.  "On the Future of Israel and Palestine: An Interview with Ilan Pappé and Noam Chomsky," Frank Barat,

      Counterpunch, June 2008

l.   "U.S. admiral: Iran strike on Israel 'likely'," Amir Oren, Haaretz.com, July 4, 2008

m. "Israel's Olmert says peace deal closer than ever," Amy Teibel, Associated Press,
       July 13, 2008

n.  "AIPAC spying trial date set for October 28, 2008," Cyrus Safdari, Iran Affairs,
     
July 17, 2008

 

 

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John McCain

 

a.   "A Sunday in Baghdad's Shorja Market With John McCain," Frank Rich, New York
       Times, April 8, 2008

b.   "McCain believes Iraq war can be won by 2013: Candidate gives mystical speech
       revealing conditions at the end of his first term,"
Glen Johnson, Associated Press,
       May 15, 2008

c.   "McCain (MIs)Speaks: How the experts - and John McCain - got nearly everything
       wrong on Iraq,"
Christopher Cerf, Victor S. Navasky, and Tom Engelhardt, From
       TomDispatch, May 30, 2008

d.   "John McCain’s 'Stroll' through the Shorja Market, One Year Later: How McCain
       Flunked the Test,"
Joseph A. Palermo, April 1, 2008

e.   "McCain aide hopes for terror attack on U.S.", BBC, June 24, 2008

f.    "McCain adviser Gramm quits campaign after embarrassingly idiotic 'whiners'
       remark," Devlin Barrett,
Associated Press, July 18, 2008

g.   "Who the hell is Sarah Palin? Let us tell you.," MoveOn, July 30, 2008

h.   "McCain throws fit: says Rep. John Lewis unfair to remark on McCain’s campaign
       almost entirely made of negative advertisements," Ann Sanner,
Associated Press,
       October 13, 2008

 

 

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Mexico

 

A.  Mexico (Non-Zapatista)

 

B.  Zapatistas

a.   "Emiliano Zapata," Article from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

b.   "The Zapatistas," Zapatista Army of National Liberation [EZLN], From Wikipedia,
        the free encyclopedia

 

 

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Morality & ethics

 

a. Hey, what's the difference between ethics and morality?

 

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Native Americans

 

a. Quotations: Native Americans Meet the White People

 

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NATO

 

a.   Chronology of NATO's 1999 Operation Allied Force in Yugoslavia (over Kosovo), March 24 to June 24

b.   "Poland rejects U.S. missile shield offer," Patryk Wasilewski and Gareth Jones, Reuters,
      
Friday, July 4, 2008

c.   "United States troops trained Georgian troops up to just days before Georgia’s invasion of South
       Ossetia: Georgian [USA] boy helped train Georgian troops; Soldier returned home just days before
       invasion," Alexander Cain,
The Union-Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia [USA], August 20, 2008

 

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Nonviolence

 

a.  Why Non-violence?

b.  200 Tactics of Nonviolence from Gene Sharp's 1973 book, The Politics of Nonviolence

 

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North Korea

 

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Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

 

a.   Toward True Security: Ten Steps the Next President Should Take to Transform U.S. Nuclear

       Policy (A February 2008 report by the Federation of American Scientists, Union of Concerned

       Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council, and several independent experts in nuclear

       weapons policy)

b.   "Driving Force of U.S. Policy toward Iran? The U.S. Raid on the Nuclear Fuel Market," Rudo
       de Ruijter, Independent researcher,
March 2, 2007

c.   Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Members

d.   THE TREATY ON THE NON-PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ( NPT ), Signed -
       July 1, 1968,
Became Effective - March 5, 1970, and Extended Indefinitely - May 11, 1995

e.   The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) - Wikipedia article as of August 26, 2008

f.    "IAEA approves India-specific Safeguards Agreement," AndhraNews.net, August 1, 2008

g.   "Nuclear Supplier Group OKs Landmark U.S.-India Nuke Deal: India promises not to
       allow proliferation; NSG approval follows last month’s IAEA signoff on U.S.-India
       agreement, William J. Kole,
Associated Press, September 6, 2008

h.   "History and make-up of the Nuclear Suppliers Group," September 6, 2008

i.    Full Text of India-IAEA Safeguards Agreement of July 9, 2008 [Approved August 1, 2008]

j.    "Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement," From Wikipedia, September 6, 2008

k.   "Arms Control Association Comments  on Proposed Indo-U.S. Nuclear Pact: U.S. proposal
       for India-specific exemption from Nuclear Suppliers Group Guidelines circulated. Despite
       Congressional warnings, the proposal fails to include
the Hyde Act conditions and
       restrictions." Arms Control Association, August 13, 2008

l.    Full text of the Hyde Act, an act overwhelmingly passed by Congress setting restrictions and
      conditions on any exceptions from the 1954 Atomic Energy Act made for India in the India-
      United States nuclear agreement proposed by President George W. Bush

m.  "Reinforcing the Global Nuclear Order for Peace and Prosperity: The Role
       of the IAEA to 2020 and Beyond," A
Report prepared by an independent Commission of
       Eminent Persons at the request of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy
       Agency, May 2008


 

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Nuclear weapons

 

A.  Articles About the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb Against Japan in WW II

a.   "The Gar Alperovitz Discussion: The Discussion Resulting from the Publication of Gar
       Alperovitz's book, The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, and a Review of the Book
       by John Bonnett" [This item is given first because of its thoroughness.  It is
       perhaps the best discussion of the decision to use the atomic bomb that can
       be found on the Internet.]

b.   "Hiroshima: Was it Necessary," Doug Long, copyright © 1995-2000 [This is an excellent
       article covering most of the important questions asked and/or debated relative to the
       subject. Be sure not to miss the section on "Additional thoughts relative to the article."]

c.   "Was President Truman Duped? Contrast: Harry S. Truman’s Diary Versus the Official
       Bombing Order He Signed on July 25, 1945, and also Versus the Minutes of the May
       10-11, 1945, Meeting of the Targeting Committee

d.   "Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Who Disagreed? Quotations from notable dissenters over the
       the use of atomic bombs against Japanese cities," compiled by Doug Long

e.   "
International Law on the Bombing of Civilians," a compilation by Gene Dannen, [Note:
       The compilation is not intended to be exhaustive.  Instead, it is intended to illustrate the
       general principles involved, especially in relation to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.]

f.    "The Franck Report," Report of the Committee on Political and Social Problems, June 11,
       1945.  The Franck Report,
written by a seven-man panel of Manhattan Project scientists at the
       University of Chicago, urged that the atomic bomb be demonstrated "before the eyes of
       representatives of all United Nations, on the desert or a barren island."  The Report continued:
       
"The best possible atmosphere for the achievement of an international agreement [on control of
      
nuclear weapons] could be achieved if America would be able to say to the world, 'You see
      
what weapon we had but did not use. We are ready to renounce its use in the future and to join
      
other nations in working out adequate supervision of the use of this nuclear weapon.'  This may
       sound fantastic, but then in nuclear weapons we have something entirely new in the order of
       magnitude of destructive power, and if we want to capitalize fully on the advantage which its
       possession gives us, we must use new and imaginative methods. After such a demonstration
       the weapon could be used against Japan if a sanction of the United Nations (and of the public
       opinion at home) could be obtained, perhaps after a preliminary ultimatum to Japan to
       surrender or at least to evacuate a certain region as an alternative to the total destruction of this

       target."  The Franck Report of June 11, 1945, accurately predicted the nuclear armaments race
      
that took place because the politicians did not heed the warnings given by the seven
      
enlightened men who wrote the report.

g.   Minutes of White House meeting on Monday, June 18, 1945, at 1530, Three Versions [Three
       versions of the minutes were declassified and released: the Original Version, before any
       corrections; the Second Version, after one round of corrections; and the Final Version, after
       two rounds of corrections]

h.   "President Truman Did Not Understand: An interview of Dr. Leo Szilard, the first scientist who
       conceived of how an atomic bomb could be built," U.S. News & World Report, August 15, 1960

i.    "The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb: Truman and the Bomb, a Documentary History," Robert
       H. Ferrell, 1996 (Contains descriptions of the book's chapters and links to important documents
       related to President Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb against Japanese cities

j.    "President Truman’s Deception of the Nation as to the Nature of the First Japanese Target of the
       Atomic Bomb," Excerpt from President Truman's Speech to the Nation on August 9, 1945.  (
In a
      
radio speech to the nation on August 9, 1945, President Truman called Hiroshima "a military
     
 base."  It seems likely, considering his July 25 diary entry, that he was not aware that Hiroshima
       was a city.  Otherwise, he was being untruthful about the nature of the target.  See item above:
       "Was President Truman Duped?," which contrasts Truman's diary entry for July 25, 1945, with the
       official bombing order he signed on the same day and with the minutes of the May 10-11, 1945,
       meeting of the Targeting Committee which indicate that the Committee favored bombing a city
       with a large population over bombing a purely military target.)

k.   "Methodology for Estimating Casualties or KIA," George Desnoyers, August 2008

l.    "Casualty Estimates: D. M. Giangreco’s Rebuttal of Barton J. Bernstein," July 31, 1998. (This article
       is important on the subject of WW II casualty estimates for a proposed invasion of Japan. 
It is
       especially thorough on the estimate of 63,000 casualties made by Fleet Admiral William D.
       Leahy
.
 That estimate was ultimately accepted by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space
       Museum during the long [1981-2004] fight over the Museum's Enola Gay exhibit.)

m.  "Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy’s Estimate of 63,000 American Casualties in an Invasion of
       Japan, and the Use of the Number by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum," Excerpt
       from: "
Casualty Estimates: D. M. Giangreco’s Rebuttal of Barton J. Bernstein,” July 31, 1998

n.   Chronology on Decision to Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki

o.   Tainted Decision: The Atom Bomb and America's Rush to End World War II, Major Lee T.
       Wyatt, III (U.S. Army), 1986

p.   "CASUALTY PROJECTIONS FOR THE U.S. INVASIONS OF JAPAN, 1945-1946: PLANNING
      
AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS," D. M. Giangreco, Journal of Military History, 61 (July 1997):
       521-82 (Article also on line at http://home.kc.rr.com/casualties/ )

q.   "Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,
       September 9, 2008

r.    "Operation Downfall: The U.S. Plan to Invade Japan to Force Surrender, From Wikipedia, the
       free encyclopedia, September 9, 2008

s.   "Debate over the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki," a pretty thorough presentation
       of arguments pro and con,
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

 

B. Policy Related Articles

a.   Eight Reasons Why U.S. Field Commanders May Use Nuclear Weapons (U.S. policy)

b.   Pentagon Revises Nuclear Strike Plan, but Again Rejects a "No first use pledge" - September 11, 2005

c.   Toward True Security: Ten Steps the Next President Should Take to Transform U.S. Nuclear

      Policy (A February 2008 report by the Federation of American Scientists, Union of Concerned

      Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council, and several independent experts in nuclear

      weapons policy)

d.   "Reinforcing the Global Nuclear Order for Peace and Prosperity: The Role
       of the IAEA to 2020 and Beyond," A
Report prepared by an independent Commission of
       Eminent Persons at the request of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy
       Agency, May 2008

e.   "U.S. nuclear weapons decline charged in technology, handling, and deterrent  capabilities,"

       Robert Burns, Associated Press, October 26, 2008


 

C. Threatening the Use of Nuclear Weapons

a.  "The Words None Dare Say: Nuclear War," by George Lakoff, CommonDreams.org,
      Feb. 28, 2007

b.  "U.S. nuclear threats: Then and now," Robert S. Norris and Hans M. Kristensen, Bulletin
      of the Atomic Scientists
, September/October, 2006 (html version)

c.  "U.S. nuclear threats: Then and now," Robert S. Norris and Hans M. Kristensen, Bulletin

      of the Atomic Scientists, September/October, 2006 (pdf version)

d.  "Remember, Bush threatened nuclear genocide against Iran,", Cyrus Safdari, Iran Affairs,

      May 22, 2008

e.  "Bush again warns Iran 'all options' on table, including nuclear attack," BBC, June 11, 2008

f.   "Empire and Nuclear Weapons," by Joseph Gerson, Foreign Policy in Focus, December 4,
      2007, Edited by John Feffer, an adaptation from the book, Empire and the Bomb, Joseph
      Gerson, University of Michigan Press, 2007

 

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Barack Obama

 

a.   Barack Obama's March 18, 2008 racial division speech in Philadelphia, "A More Perfect Union"

b.   "Obama Is a True Expansionist," John Pilger, http://www.antiwar.com, June 13, 2008

c.   "Barack Obama's First Day as President: How Obama could achieve more popularity
       worldwide than even Muhammad Ali ever had," George Desnoyers, November 9, 2008

d.   "Obama to use executive orders for immediate impact," Stephen Ohlemacher,
       Associated Press, November 9, 2008

e.   "Obama's true colors: Black, white, or neither?", Jesse Washington, Associated Press
       December 13, 2008

f.     Inaugural Address of President Obama, Tuesday, January 20, 2009

g.   "Obama sides with Bush on Bagram detainees; President decides to refuse Bagram
       detainees habeas corpus rights,"
Agence France Presse, February 21, 2009

h.   "Nine Secret Bush-Era Documents Released: Nine Secret Memos Said to Provide a Blueprint
       for Police State,"
truthdig.com, March 4, 2009

i.    "U.S. invites Iran to conference on Afghanistan," Robert Burns And Anne Gearan,
     
 Associated Press, March 5, 2009

j.    "Obama reaches out to Iran with video message," Philip Elliott, Associated Press,
       March 20, 2009

k.   "Justice Department Releases Four More Bush Administration Torture Memos: Bradbury
       and Bybee memos are released in response to long-running ACLU lawsuits; Obama
       promises criminals they will not be prosecuted by his Department of Justice; The
       Nuremberg Defense (“I just did what I was told; they said it was legal.”) persuades Obama
       to allow torturers to get off scot free.", ACLU,
April 16, 2009

 

 

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Poland

 

a. "Poland rejects U.S. missile shield offer," Patryk Wasilewski and Gareth Jones, Reuters,
     
Friday, July 4, 2008

 

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Polls and opinion

 

a. NY Times/CBS NEWS Poll published April 4, 2008 (Includes articles and complete poll results)

b. NY Times/CBS NEWS Poll published April 4, 2008 (Complete poll in pdf format)

c. Results from Polls on Religion and Public Life [to April 2008]

 

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Race in the U.S.

 

a.  Barack Obama's March 18, 2008 racial division speech in Philadelphia, "A More Perfect Union"

b.  "Race questions cast doubt on presidential polls: Doubts raised concerning the “Wilder Effect”
      (or "Bradley Effect"); Do whites still lie to pollsters about willingness to vote for a black candidate?,"
     
Jesse Washington, Associated Press, August 12, 2008

 

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Religion

 

a. Results from Polls on Religion and Public Life [to April 2008]

 

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Russia

 

a.  "Bush, doing poorly at home, tries his hand at running Russia and ranking the world's
      governments;
Just being 'friendly,' and demonstrating his 'good relationship,' Bush
      says Russians have derailed reforms," Jennifer Loven, Associated Press, June 5, 2007

b.  "U.S. criticizes 'bellicose' Russia: U.S. belittles Russia's concerns over the U.S. tracking
      radar deal with the Czech Republic as being a threat to Russia which must be countered,"
      BBC News, July 8, 2008

c.  "Rice advises Russia on how to behave: Says Russia should back off regional threats
      and just accept U.S. missile defense system in Europe,"
Anne Gearan, Associated
      Press, July 9, 2008

d.   "Provoke Russia and Get Georgia in Trouble, But Attack Iran: Could the conflict between
       Russia and Georgia
be the excuse the Bush administration has been looking for to bomb
       Iran? Will the Bush team accept that the last major confrontation between it and the ‘bad
       guys’ will be one that the ‘bad guys’ won? Or will the Bush administration lash out in what
       they deem is a ‘blaze of glory’ by attacking Iran, a fight they feel they can’t lose?,"

       Stephen Kinzer, UK Guardian, August 20, 2008

e.   "Bush tells Russia not to recognize Georgia's breakaway provinces: U.S. president, not
       doing so well at home, tries hand at ruling Russia,"
Jeremy Pelofsky, Reuters, August 25,
       2008

f.    "United States troops trained Georgian troops up to just days before Georgia’s invasion of South
       Ossetia: Georgian [USA] boy helped train Georgian troops; Soldier returned home just days before
       invasion," Alexander Cain,
The Union-Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia [USA], August 20, 2008

 

 

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Somalia

 

a. Articles on U.S. Involvement and Bombings in Somalia

 

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Sudan (and Darfur)

 

a.   "International Criminal Court to Look into Sudan War Crimes," Anthony Deutsch,
       
Associated Press, June 5, 2005

b.   "Iran and Sudan accuse U.S. of creating Mideast strife," Aziz El-Kaissouni, Reuters,
       February 28, 2007

c.   "Federal judge rules against Sudan in bombing of USS Cole," Sonja Barisic,
      
Associated Press, March 14, 2007

d.   "United Nations Approves Darfur Peacekeeping Force," Edith M. Lederer,
     
 Associated Press, August 1, 2007

e.   "Dangers to UN staff increase following ICC arrest warrant for President Bashir; ICC
       prosecutor
attempts to have Sudanese President Omar Bashir arrested; Sudan’s
       Foreign Ministry refuses to recognize the ICC and says any of its decisions are
       “non-existent”; non-essential UN staff to be evacuated," BBC, July 14, 2008

f.   "Sudan to conduct its own Darfur trials," Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press,
       October 13, 2008

 

 

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Torture

 

a.  U.S. Torture Policy Goes to the Top

b.  Full Text of John Yoo's 81-page March 14, 2003 Torture Memo (Memo finally released on April 1, 2008)
c.  John Yoo's infamous Torture memo of March 14, 2003 - Part 1 (first 39 pages in pdf format)

d.  John Yoo's infamous Torture Memo of March 14, 2003 - Part 2 (pages 40-81 in pdf format)

e.  "Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by U.S. Personnel and Its Impact," A Report
      by Physicians for Human Rights, June 2008 (html version for easier navigation through report)

f.   "Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by U.S. Personnel and its Impact," A Report

      by Physicians for Human Rights, June 2008 (pdf version for better accuracy, especially in footnotes)

g.  "Inside the Interrogation and Torture of a 9/11 Mastermind," Scott Shane, The New York Times,
     
June 22, 2008 (A largely sanitized and self-serving account of U.S. torture and interrogation; U.S.
      excuses torture on grounds of worries over new 9/11 style attacks)

h.  "British soldiers commit sickening sex assault on Iraqi boy, 14; Brits prove themselves in
      same league as U.S. when it comes to torture and abuse;
Just days after the MoD has to

      pay out millions to the father of a man UK soldiers beat to death, fresh claims of abuse

      emerge," Andrew Johnson, UK Independent, Sunday, July 13, 2008

i.   "Canadian Judge Finds Treatment of Omar Khadr Described by U.S. Official Violated
       Human Rights,"
CBC, June 25, 2008

j.   "Canada Complicit in Torture of Canadian, Omar Khadr, 16: PM Harper says Canada
       won't intervene despite latest Khadr developments,"
CBC, July 10, 2008

k.   "Gitmo video offers glimpse of torture & interrogations of Canadian, Omar Khadr, 16:
     
Pentagon denies Khadr was mistreated; Canadian Federal Judge ordered the
      Canadian government to release the video to the defense team after the court ruled the
      U.S. military's treatment of Khadr broke human rights laws, including the Geneva
      Conventions; Tapes were made by U.S. authorities and are U.S. property," Charmaine
      Noronha, Associated Press, July 15, 2008

l.    View some of the released Khadr interrogation documents

m.  "MPs call for inquiry into MI5 role in torture of Brits: New allegations that abuse of Britons
       was outsourced to Pakistani agencies,"
Ian Cobain, The Guardian, July 15, 2008

n.   "Justice Department Releases Four More Bush Administration Torture Memos: Bradbury
       and Bybee memos are released in response to long-running ACLU lawsuits; Obama
       promises criminals they will not be prosecuted by his Department of Justice; The
       Nuremberg Defense (“I just did what I was told; they said it was legal.”) persuades Obama
       to allow torturers to get off scot free.", ACLU,
April 16, 2009


 

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Turkey

 

a. "Court cases sharpen Turkey divide: Speculation rampant over political parties’ intentions
     and depth of support; military coup among worries; country severely divided between
     advocates of Islamic rule and advocates of secular rule,"
Roger Hardy, BBC News,
     July 14, 2008

 

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United Kingdom

 

a.   Statement by Respect Coalition Party MP George Galloway on the July 7, 2005 subway bombings

b.   "British soldiers commit sickening sex assault on Iraqi boy, 14; Brits prove themselves in
       same league as U.S. when it comes to torture and abuse;
Just days after the MoD has to

       pay out millions to the father of a man UK soldiers beat to death, fresh claims of abuse

       emerge," Andrew Johnson, UK Independent, Sunday, July 13, 2008
c.   "MPs call for inquiry into MI5 role in torture of Brits: New allegations that abuse of Britons
       was outsourced to Pakistani agencies,"
Ian Cobain, The Guardian, July 15, 2008

 

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United Nations

 

a.  UN's November 29, 1947, Partition Plan for Palestine

b.  UN's November 29, 1947, Partition Plan for Palestine (pdf format)

c.  UN Security Council Reform: An urgent need, and what should be done

d.  Information Gathered by UNSCOM Was Shared with the U.S. Military and Used in Targeting
     During the December 1998 Operation Desert Fox Bombings of Iraq (a collection of articles)

 

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United States Supreme Court

 

a. Full text of the Supreme Court decision in Scott v. Sandford, March 6, 1857 (Dred Scott Decision)
b. Full text of the Supreme Court decision in Scott v. Sandford, March 6, 1857 (Dred Scott Decision) (pdf format)

c. Full text of decision in United States v. Cruikshank et al., 92 U.S. 542 (1875) (murder of blacks okay)

d. Supreme Court to torture victim, "Drop dead!"

e. Cornelius v. NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. - U.S. Supreme Court (1st Amendment case)

f.  Perry Education Association v. Perry Local Educators' Association - U.S. Supreme Court (1st Amendment case)

g. U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Rostker v. Goldberg, 1981 (Re: A legal challenge to the male-only draft)

h. Decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Texas v. White

i.  Supreme Court's Decision on Habeus Corpus Rights of Guantanamo Detainees, BOUMEDIENE ET
    AL. v. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ET AL.

j.  Full text of the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, 07-290 (pdf version)

k. Full text of the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, 07-290 (html version)

 

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Venezuela

 

a.  Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

b.  Why do Pat Robertson and Some Other Rick Folk Want Hugo Chavez

     Assassinated? (Or, Good Things Happening in Venezuela)

 

 

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Vietnam

 

a"Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" - Rev. M. L. King

 

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Waging Peace

 

a.   "Roadmap for Peace: More than 30 organizations agree: Our current foreign policy
       hasn’t worked.",
With AFSC leadership, more than 30 organizations developed five
       key principles
on war, weapons, sustainable agriculture, the environment, and human
       rights.

b.   "Listening Process," WIN Magazine, Special Issue devoted to growing the peace
       and antiwar movement, Spring/Summer 2008, June 23, 2008.

 

 

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War, Laws of

 

a.    The Nuremberg Principles

b.   "International Law on the Bombing of Civilians," a compilation by Gene Dannen, [Note:
       The compilation is not intended to be exhaustive.  Instead, it is intended to illustrate the
       general principles involved, especially in relation to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.]

c.   "Law of War," a fairly comprehensive article from Wikipedia with many links and references

d.   Charter of the United Nations

e.   Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928, from Wikipedia, with full text of the Treaty added

f.    "A Short History of War Law," [International Law and UK Law]

 

 

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Yemen

 

a. Four articles about the November 3, 2002, U.S. bombing in Yemen which murdered six, including an American citizen

 

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Yugoslavia & successor states

 

a.  Chronology of NATO's 1999 Operation Allied Force in Yugoslavia (over Kosovo), March 24 to June 24

b.  "A Review of NATO's 1999 War Over Kosovo," Noam Chomsky, Z Magazine, April-May, 2001

c.  "Ten facts about Kosovo you're NOT hearing from the media," From a December 4, 2002, Internet article

d.  "What NATO Should Do in Kosovo," From a December 4, 2002, Internet article

e.  Kosovo declares independence from Serbia on Sunday, February 17, 2008

f.   Summary of events in the partition of Yugoslavia (1991 through 2008)
g.  "Kosovo's Serbs feel heat from all sides: New Serbian government hints of new priorities,
      particularly with respect to UN and EU; the matter of Kosovo seems to be taking second
      place to Serbian membership in the EU,"
Patrick Jackson, BBC, July 14, 2008

 

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