March 29th, 2006

Chris Keeley

A look back and a look ahead

Subject:        A look back and a look ahead
Date:   Tue, 28 Mar 2006 17:06:24 EST
From:   Ray Close
To:  



Dear Friends:
Two years ago (on 14 April 2004, to be exact), I wrote the following
short essay concerning the political future of Iraq, pegged to the
scheduled official turnover of "sovereignty" to the Iraqis, a process
that actually took place promptly a few weeks later.

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Chris Keeley

the memo received little attention by mainstream media in this country until Monday when the New Yo

New York Times Finally Reports On Secret UK Iraq Memo
In Washington the White House is denying reports that President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed in January 2003 to attack Iraq regardless of whether diplomatic efforts at the United Nations succeeded or whether inspectors found weapons of mass destruction. According to the contents of a once-secret British memo, Bush penciled in the start date of the invasion to be March 10. The contents of the memo first became public almost two months ago in the book “Lawless World” by British international law professor Philippe Sands. But the memo received little attention by mainstream media in this country until Monday when the New York Times ran a front-page article. Earlier this month, however, attorney Phillipe Sands appeared on Democracy Now in one of his first U.S. interviews to discuss the importance of the memo: “[I]t confirms the absence of evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Why would the British prime minister and the American president be talking about the possibility of provoking a material breach if they had clear and compelling evidence? But more importantly, it also confirms, as some have thought and some have said, that the road to a second resolution was a sham. The decision had already been taken that already, by the end of January, a start date for the war was penciled in and the decision was set in stone and that both Bush and Blair had agreed.”
Chris Keeley

Do you think we need a third party?

Fmr. Democratic Senator and Presidential Candidate Gary Hart: “Both Houses of Congress Belong to the President’s Party”
Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/28/1431259
Gary Hart, the former Colorado senator and two-time democratic presidential candidate, joins us in our firehouse studio. He was the youngest member of the Church Committee that investigated illegal wiretapping, CIA assassination plots and other abuses of governmental power. He also met with Condoleezza Rice five days before 9/11 and warned her of a terrorist attack. Collapse )
Chris Keeley

Native women are sexually assaulted at a rate 3.5 times higher than all other racial groups.

South Dakota Abortion Ban Draws Fiery Opposition from Native Americans
Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/28/1432205
Cecilia Fire Thunder, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, recently made waves when she said a clinic on the Pine Ridge reservation could provide abortions if South Dakota’s new abortion ban goes into effect. The ban is set to go into effect July 1st. It would prohibit all abortions except to save the life of the mother – with no exceptions for rape or incest. Under the law doctors will face up to five years in prison and a five thousand dollar fine for performing an abortion. Fire Thunder said earlier last week she would “personally establish a Planned Parenthood Clinic on my own land." She later said she would support a clinic being set up on any reservation in South Dakota.

According to Fire Thunder, the state law would not apply to Indian lands because of tribal sovereignty. In a press release Friday, Planned Parenthood expressed gratitude, but said they didn’t have the resources to open a reservation clinic. South Dakota is home to 8 tribes, and has one of the largest Native American populations of any state.

Currently only one clinic in the state performs abortions: the Planned Parenthood clinic in Sioux Falls at the extreme eastern part of the state. Doctors from Minnesota come to the clinic eight days a month. Native American women who live in the Western part of South Dakota must either travel more than four hundred miles to Sioux Falls or to an area of Nebraska, which lies almost 300 miles southeast of the Pine Ridge reservation.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

"Of Israel, Harvard and David Duke" (WP, March 26)

Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 17:37:22 +0300
From: John Whitbeck
To: Robert Keeley



Dear Bob,

Since I presume that you still grit your teeth and read the Post, I
would be grateful if you would keep an eye out to see whether the
ombudsman dares to deal with this disgrace.

All the best,
John

----- Original Message -----
*From:* John Whitbeck <mailto:jvwhitbeck@awalnet.net.sa>
*To:* ombudsman@washpost.com <mailto:ombudsman@washpost.com>
*Sent:* Tuesday, March 28, 2006 6:16 PM
*Subject:* "Of Israel, Harvard and David Duke" (WP, March 26)


TO: The Ombudsman, The Washington Post
FM: John Whitbeck (Jeddah and Paris)

The /Washington Post/ has finally decided to cover the Mearsheimer/Walt
"controversy". How it has chosen to do so is bizarre but revealing.

Under the title "Of Israel, Harvard and David Duke" (a headline at the
same bottom-crawling journalistic level as the /New York Sun's/
"Neo-Nazi" headline), this unsigned piece first lists, under the heading
"The Essay", five rather uninteresting quotations from the study (the
first three non-controversial statements of fact and the last two
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