25,000 Protest Against Climate Change in London
As many 25,000 people rallied in London on Saturday to mark the International Day of Climate Action. The march began with a rally at the US Embassy. Protestors carried banners reading "George Bush wanted for crimes against the planet." Meanwhile in Kenya, over 6,000 delegates have gathered for a new round of UN talks on climate change. On Sunday the United Nations warned that global warming could devastate the continent of Africa. A new UN report found that seventy million people could face risks of coastal flooding within 75 years linked to rising seas. More than a quarter of African wildlife habitats also risked destruction. Kenya’s Environment Minister Kivutha Kibwana told delegates "Climate change is rapidly emerging as one of the most serious threats that humanity may ever face."
Report: World Could Be Without Fish Within 40 Years
In other environmental news, a new study in Science Magazine is warning the world could be without edible fish in just over 40 years. The study found that fish stocks have collapsed in nearly one-third of sea fisheries, and the rate of decline is accelerating.
Military Papers Call for Rumsfeld to Resign
The editors of the nation’s four main military newspapers have called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign. The editorial appears today in the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times. The editorial states "It is one thing for the majority of Americans to think Rumsfeld has failed. But when the nation’s current military leaders start to break publicly with their defense secretary, then it is clear that he is losing control of the institution he ostensibly leads." The editorial goes on to say "Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed." The Army Times and the others papers are civilian owned but distributed to troops across the globe.
Neoconservatives Publicly Criticize Iraq War
Meanwhile Vanity Fair is reporting a number of prominent neoconservatives who advocated for the invasion of Iraq are now criticizing President Bush’s handling of the war. The list includes former Pentagon advisers Richard Perle and Kenneth Adelman; former Presidential speechwriter David Frum; and Michael Rubin, a former senior official in the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans. Richard Perle admitted that huge mistakes were made in Iraq. Perle criticized Vanity Fair because he claimed he had been promised that his remarks would not be published until after the mid-term election.
Bush Attempts to Silence Prisoners Once Held in CIA Jails
The Washington Post is reporting that the Bush administration has told a federal judge that prisoners once held in secret CIA jail should never be allowed to reveal to their civilian attorney details of how they were interrogated. The government says in new court filings that those interrogation methods are among the nation’s most sensitive national security secrets and that their release could cause extremely grave damage. Gitanjali Gutierrez, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights said the government is trying to conceal illegal or embarrassing executive conduct. Northwestern University law professor Joseph Margulies said that this means prisoners would be barred from even saying what the government did to them to elicit the statements that are the basis for them being held. Margulies said "Kafka-esque doesn’t do it justice. This is ‘Alice in Wonderland.’"
Christian Evangelical Leader Ted Haggard Admits Sexually Immoral Conduct
And the Christian evangelical leader Ted Haggard admitted on Sunday to being a deceiver and liar who had committed sexually immoral conduct. Up until last week Haggard was the president of the National Association of Evangelicals. But the minister was forced to resign after a male prostitute in Denver revealed that Haggard had regularly visited his apartment for the past three years for sex and drugs. Haggard at first denied the allegations. He wrote a letter to his congregation admitting that he had sinned. His letter was read by the Rev. Larry Stockstill, from the pulpit on Sunday. The letter read, "The fact is, I am guilty of sexually immoral conduct. I am a deceiver and a liar. There is a side of me so repulsive and dark that I have been warring against it most of my adult life."