NEW YORK (IPS) As the long-awaited trial of Guantanamo detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan opened this week at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, human rights groups filed suit demanding that the Department of Justice (DOJ) produce documents related to the...U.S.A
WASHINGTON (IPS) A new poll suggests that U.S. Jews hold views about the Middle East that are considerably more dovish than frequently acknowledged, with large majorities favoring diplomacy with Iran, supporting a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine, and advocating U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.
U.S. Jews also favor Barack Obama...
Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced a new article of impeachment against President Bush in the House last Thursday. In a single, pointed resolution, he charged the president with lying to Congress about the presence of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq, in order to obtain permission for a U.S. attack.
In the hour...U.S.A
Washington The Muslim Public Affairs Council, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Arab American Institute (AAI), and other organizations are concerned by an Associated Press report quoting "senior FBI, Justice Department, and U.S. intelligence officials" concerning new Department of Justice guidelines...
NEW YORK (IPS) Maher Arar, whose "rendition" to Syria is widely viewed as an egregious example of mistaken identity, has again been denied the right to appear in court, and congressional efforts to rein in the George W. Bush administration's widespread use of national security as a defence appear to be foundering.
America's automobile industry may be facing the biggest turnaround challenge in its history, a problem punctuated Tuesday as the carmakers released monthly sales results.
Times were tough enough in Detroit before gasoline hit $4 per gallon, but in the past two months the outlook has taken a turn for the worse.
Some presidents get carved into Mt Rushmore; others have airports, motorways, and even entire cities named in their honor. But when George Bush leaves office, his most visible memorial may be a moldering patch of human effluent.
In November, alongside casting their ballot for the next president, the people of San Francisco will...U.S.A
WASHINGTON Legendary Arab American consumer advocate Ralph Nader's remarks about Barack Obama's campaign and race garnered wide media attention. Last week, the third party candidate said the Democratic nominee for president was not challenging the white power structure and was feeding off of "white guilt."
OAKLAND (IPS) The battle lines over Pastor John Hagee have been drawn, redrawn, and are no doubt being drawn again as this is being written. The San Antonio, Texas-based mega-preacher with the multi-million-dollar empire has always been controversial, but these days, the pastor is a lightning rod for critics.
UNITED NATIONS (IPS) When Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic candidate for the November U.S. presidential elections, addressed one of the most influential pro-Israeli lobbying groups last week, he offered himself as a more trusted ally of Israel than his rival, Republican candidate John McCain.
In his address to the...
For years now, the U.S. political press corps has traveled with John McCain on his "Straight Talk Express," buying into his image as a paragon of truth-telling. But the real truth is that McCain routinely makes stuff up, as he did on June 11 in lying about Barack Obama's "bitter" comment.
During a political talk in Philadelphia,...
June 13th, 20080
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush late on Monday during a speech on the House floor.
Kucinich, a former contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, pointed to "high crimes and misdemeanors" committed by the Bush administration, including...
June 6th, 20080
Obama walks fine line at AIPAC
WASHINGTON Speaking last year at the same forum, he received scattered boos. But as Senator Barack Obama strode towards the podium Wednesday morning at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), he was greeted with a standing ovation.
The applause kept...
Washington Members of the press, bloggers and law enforcement officials could request a free copy of a special 200 page report on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) during the annual AIPAC Policy Conference held this week in Washington, DC.
"Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the...
President George W. Bush was rightly condemned when he implied that Democrats want to "negotiate with terrorists" because they are driven by "the false comfort of appeasement," while Republicans are committed to fighting terrorism. But in his speech before Israel's Knesset, Bush made another dangerous statement that got far less...U.S.A
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has said Israel holds at least 150 nuclear weapons, the first time a U.S. president has publicly acknowledged Israel's atomic arsenal.
Asked at a news conference at Wales's Hay literary festival how a future U.S. president should deal with the Iranian nuclear threat, Carter put the risk in...
WASHINGTON (IPS) From the people who brought you the "war on terror" and the "axis of evil" comes a new verbal tonic for combating that amorphous emotion.
Out with pejoratives like "Islamo-fascists" "jihadis" and "mujahadeen" and in with "words that work," that is according to a George W. Bush administration memo that was leaked...U.S.A
NEW YORK (IPS) Key elements of the George W. Bush administration's anti-terrorist detention policies appear to be unraveling, according to human rights and legal advocates.
In the past two weeks alone, a military judge has disqualified a Pentagon legal official from participating in the Guantanamo war crimes trial of Salim Ahmed...
Jewish activists draw attention to 60 years of forced exile and dispossession in Palestine
San Francisco Twenty Jewish activists were arrested while demonstrating opposition to Israel's 60 year-old policy of dispossession and highlighting the often-silenced struggle of Palestinian refugees.
May 16th, 20080
Hillary appears to be over, at least as president
It was a weary and wistful Hillary Clinton who sat down with CNN's Wolf Blitzer and other network anchors for extended interviews on the day after her West Virginia victory. She knew that no matter what she said and how well she said it, it would not be...
Hillary's speech on the night of her squeaker of a win in Indiana was pure chutzpah. Before the vote was even tallied and while it was still too close to call for CNN she announced she'd won the "tie-breaker" (even though she had already lost so badly in North Carolina that, even with her small margin in Indiana, she emerged from...U.S.A
In the wake of another damaging report detailing the bureau's abuse of its data-gathering power, Congress is seeking to limit the use of national security letters.
There's a move afoot on Capitol Hill to rein in some of the vast powers conferred upon government investigators by the PATRIOT Act, the...
If you're looking for a silver lining to the economic slowdown, Eric Tyson says it's the perfect impetus for your kids to learn smart personal finance habits.
Indianapolis With inflation on the rise (gas prices, grocery bills, health insurance premiums, etc.) and many companies being more conservative, more...U.S.A
At three clinics, Muslims constitute less than five percent of the patients
Just as Catholic and Jewish communities founded hospitals in the middle of the last century where their faith communities as well as the general population could receive quality healthcare, Muslim community based health organizations (MCBHOs)...
Senator Hillary Clinton, on the brink of elimination from the Democratic presidential race, revived her campaign this week with a crucial primary win in Pennsylvania. Despite his popular vote loss in Pennsylvania, Obama picked up at least 69 delegates to Clinton's 81, allowing him to hold on to a more than 100-delegate lead in the...U.S.A
NEW YORK (IPS) The U.S. government's anti-terrorist financing programs are based on the "guilt by association" tactics of the McCarthy era and have had a widespread negative impact on U.S. charities, critics say.
That is the view of Kay Guinane, director of the Nonprofit Speech Rights Program for OMB (Office of Management and...U.S.A
WASHINGTON (IPS) The nomination of Gen. David Petraeus to be the new head of the Central Command not only ensures that he will be available to defend the George W. Bush administration's policies toward Iran and Iraq at least through the end of Bush's term and possibly even beyond. It also gives Vice President Dick Cheney greater...U.S.A
Though Senator Barack Obama has never neither in his Senate votes nor in his campaign literature strayed from the conventional position of support for Israel, he has in this primary season been dogged by the issue. The flare-up last week surrounding Obama's allegedly "anti-Jewish" campaign co-chairman, sparked by a piece in the...
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