January 18th, 2007

Chris Keeley

“Doomsday Clock” Reaches 5 Minutes to Midnight

“Doomsday Clock” Reaches 5 Minutes to Midnight
Is the world entering a second nuclear age? The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists gave its answer Wednesday with the first change to the Doomsday clock in five years. Executive Director Kennette Benedict made the announcement in Washington.

    Kennette Benedict: "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the minute hand of the Doomsday clock two minutes closer to midnight. It is now five minutes to midnight. This change reflects global failures to solve the problems solved by nuclear weapons and by climate change."
The Doomsday Clock was created sixty years ago to warn the world of the dangers of nuclear proliferation. The clock change comes one week after the Bush administration announced fresh plans in building the nation’s first new nuclear warhead in nearly two decades.
Chris Keeley

Jimmy Carter op ed in WashPost 1/18/07

*A New Chance for Peace?*

By Jimmy Carter
Thursday, January 18, 2007; A23

I am concerned that public discussion of my book "Palestine Peace Not
Apartheid" has been diverted from the book's basic proposals: that peace
talks be resumed after six years of delay and that the tragic
persecution of Palestinians be ended. Although most critics have not
seriously disputed or even mentioned the facts and suggestions about
these two issues, an apparently concerted campaign has been focused on
the book's title, combined with allegations that I am anti-Israel. This
is not good for any of us who are committed to Israel's status as a
peaceful nation living in harmony with its neighbors.

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Chris Keeley

Lohan told People magazine then that she had been going to the meetings for a year.

Zelnick confirmed to The Associated Press in December that Lohan was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

Lindsay Lohan

LOS ANGELES -- Lindsay Lohan has checked into rehab. "I have made a proactive decision to take care of my personal health. I appreciate your well wishes and ask that you please respect my privacy at this time," said the 20-year-old actress in a statement issued Wednesday through her publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnick.

Us Weekly reports that Lohan entered the posh Wonderland Center in Los Angeles at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, arriving in a sports utility vehicle and clutching a Jamba Juice.

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Chris Keeley

A message from Ed Peck re an important website--1/18/07


I would like to suggest that you take a few moments for a painful but
perhaps necessary introduction - for almost all of you, I am sure - to
another facet of what we have done, and are doing wrong in and to Iraq.
Neither a particularly pleasant nor easy read, it does provide the
possibility of a better understanding of why far too many people in far
too many places no longer see us as a source of compassion,
understanding and dialogue.

Mr. Bert Sacks has a blog www.bertoniraq.blogspot.com
<http://www.bertoniraq.blogspot.com> in which he details both the
explicit intent and the devastating effects of the US-induced UN-imposed
/total* */embargo on Iraq at the end of the first Gulf War.  His own
involvement in taking medicines to Iraqi children dying of water-borne
diseases (our intentional aerial destruction of the electricity grid
rendered sewage treatment as well as water purification facilities
inoperative) is documented, as is the Government's punishment of his
courageous, purely humanitarian act.  His struggles in the legal system,
capped by a petition to the Supreme Court filed earlier this month, is
also covered.

It is a litany of distressingly open and blatantly admitted efforts
by successive Administrations to inflict savagely inhumane, protracted
punishment on the helpless people of Iraq, to force them to depose
Saddam, something they could not do (and some did not want to do).

As another painful but necessary step, I also urge you to Google
Albright-Stahl interview, to see the American Ambassador to the UN
unabashedly state that the death of 500,000 Iraqi children is ". . .
worth it."  Note that it does not matter whether the number is accurate,
or whether we were indeed responsible: the world has seen her say it,
thousands of times (it was aired once here, in May of '96), and it is as
indelible, as ineradicable a moment as the photos of 9/11 or those from
Abu Ghraib.

(It is not in any way my intention to demean or to denigrate Dr.
Albright, who had the very difficult task of defending and explaining
our foreign policies.  It was not a slip of the tongue, however, since
she went on in an effort to justify the deaths.)

With apologies,