Have you noticed that while the local papers seem quite responsive to area news and even manyÂ personal views, the positions ofÂ the majorityÂ of their syndicated columnists areÂ hopelessly backward-looking and narrow-minded?Â Whether the topic is health care, climate change, living wage, social improvement, or the Iraq war, these can invariably be counted on to be resistant and obstructiveÂ to practically any consideration ofÂ changeÂ or progress.
This, of course, isÂ not the spirit and attitude on which our nation was founded, indeed, as thoseÂ familiar with the writings of the founders well know,Â quite the opposite.Â There are many analysts and commentators capable of suggesting new ideas and approaches that could help leadÂ usÂ all forward instead of backward, as we probably agree,Â has been the case for farÂ too many years now.
Who has not felt in the air and in their bones the desperate, crying needÂ for fresh, new, creative, and relevant ideas and proposals to meet theÂ numerous challenges of the times in which we live?Â Instead, we getÂ presented withÂ stale, old, mind-numbing, obsolete concepts from such national opinion- makers.Â Certainly theÂ American public and residents of this area desireÂ andÂ deserve much better than that.Â WhyÂ don’t we allÂ politely but emphaticallyÂ requestÂ our papers and other local media for needed improvement in this civic matter?
In order to welcome new,Â vitalÂ understandings we often have to let go of former, outmoded ones.Â Â We just can’t move, can we,Â both forward and backward at the same time!Â What things areÂ you welcoming or letting go of in your personalÂ or cultural life?Â What new ideas do you thinkÂ need to be envisioned and proposed between now and the November 4, 2008 elections?Â Thanks for considering it;Â I awaitÂ all replies.
AlterNet IPS News
Posted on October 29, 2007, Printed on October 30, 2007
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fled France today fearing arrest over charges of “ordering and authorizing” torture of detainees at both the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the U.S. military’s detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, unconfirmed reports coming from Paris suggest.
U.S. embassy officials whisked Rumsfeld away yesterday from a breakfast meeting in Paris organized by the Foreign Policy magazine after human rights groups filed a criminal complaint against the man who spearheaded President George W. Bush’s “war on terror” for six years. Continue reading
By Gregor Peter Schmitz and Cordula Meyer, Der Spiegel
Posted on October 26, 2007, Printed on October 28, 2007
US Vice President Dick Cheney — the power behind the throne, the eminence grise, the man with the (very) occasional grandfatherly smile — is notorious for his propensity for secretiveness and behind-the-scenes manipulation. He’s capable of anything, say friends as well as enemies. Given this reputation, it’s no big surprise that Cheney has already asked for a backroom analysis of how a war with Iran might begin.
In the scenario concocted by Cheney’s strategists, Washington’s first step would be to convince Israel to fire missiles at Iran’s uranium enrichment plant in Natanz. Tehran would retaliate with its own strike, providing the US with an excuse to attack military targets and nuclear facilities in Iran.
This information was leaked by an official close to the vice president. Cheney himself hasn’t denied engaging in such war games. For years, in fact, he’s been open about his opinion that an attack on Iran, a member of US President George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil,” is inevitable.
Given these not-too-secret designs, Democrats and Republicans alike have wondered what to make of the still mysterious Israeli bombing run in Syria on Sept. 6. Continue reading
Dear Delco Wage Peace & Justice Members/Supporters:
More than 100 members of Delaware County Wage Peace and Justice joined with approximately 5,000 anti-war citizens (police estimate) for a spirited march and rally in Philadelphia yesterday (SEE Philadelphia Inquirer, 10-28-07).
About 50 stalwart Delco WP&J members braved the early morning rain storm to ride the R-3 peace train to 30th street station. Our Delco contingent joined a “human chain” demonstration that stretched from the Veterans hospital at 38th & Woodland in Philadelphia to the Independence Visitors Center at 5th and Market. Activists from Delco WP&J and Coalition for Peace Action of Delco lined up between 33rd and 31st streets on Walnut Street for one hour, then marched to Independence Hall.
The October 27th action in Philadelphia was a part of nationally coordinated peace protests that mobilized over 100,000 people in cities across the United States.
Congratulations to Sue Edwards, who organized the event for Delco WP&J, and all the folks who marched through the rain and/or joined the rally in Philadelphia.
To learn how to join our efforts to bring our troops home from Iraq, to keep them out of Iran, and to redirect war funding to health care and other human needs, visit www.delcowagepeacejustice.org