Some news items that may or may not be of interest:
Brian Haw, who has held an anti-war vigil outside the Houses of Parliament for six years, has been immortalised in art in London’s Tate Britain gallery.
Police seized Mr Haw’s placards last year, saying he was in breach of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act.
Now former Turner Prize nominee Mark Wallinger has recreated the protestor’s camp, and his banners, in the Tate.
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WASHINGTON – In a victory for “President” Bush,
quotation marks added by me a divided federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Guantanamo Bay detainees cannot use the U.S. court system to challenge their indefinite imprisonment. A Supreme Court appeal was promised.
The 2-1 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismisses hundreds of cases filed by foreign-born detainees in federal court and also threatens to strip away court access to millions of lawful permanent residents currently in the United States.
It upholds a key provision of the Military Commissions Act, which Bush pushed through Congress last year to set up a Defense Department system to prosecute terrorism suspects. Now, detainees must prove to three-officer military panels that they don’t pose a terror threat.
Democrats newly in charge of Congress promised legislation aimed at giving detainees legal rights. Attorneys for detainees said they would appeal Tuesday’s ruling to the Supreme Court.
“We’re disappointed,” said Shayana Kadidal of the Center for Constitutional Rights. “The bottom line is that according to two of the federal judges, the president can do whatever he wants without any legal limitations as long as he does it offshore.”
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US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country’s military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.
It is understood that any such attack – if ordered – would target Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control centres.
The US insists it is not planning to attack, and is trying to persuade Tehran to stop uranium enrichment.
Guardian Comment: Once George Bush has got hold of a bad idea he just can’t let it go
Related – The Airborne Division – I Bomb Iran
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46 out of 49 countries agreed to a cluster bomb ban (Guess which three opposed it)
OSLO, Norway – Forty-six countries agreed Friday to push for a global treaty banning cluster bombs, a move activists hope will force the superpowers that oppose the effort â€” the U.S., China and Russia â€” to abandon the weapons.
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Some of you may know that the ScouseVeg website is maintained by a British Expat now living in the United States. Observing the mainstream media here has left me worried for Americans and for the rest of the world. One final comment via the Guardian by David Thomson sums it up nicely:
“It’s an embarrassment that we pause for movie awards – and treat war and peace as a game show
We are in the culture of “non-binding decisions”. What I mean by that is that, at this moment, you can measure the hallucinatory experience of living in the US according to a range of decisions that don’t matter. For instance, who is the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby
and where will she be buried ? Who will win American Idol ?
Is Britney still in rehab ? Will Barry Bonds take over the home-run record of Henry Aaron ? How high will the sea level rise if global warning sets in ? And, this week, what is going to win best picture at the Oscars on Sunday…?”
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The comment speaks truth. Last week if you went to CNN or any American based news websites , nearly all their coverage was given to Anna Nicole, Britney and American Idol. Some see it as a government conspiracy because all this pushed all the bad news for the Bush Admin off the front pages.
The question remains – will they start the bombing of Iran coincide with the announcement of the Best Picture at the Oscars…?
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Photo via Yahoo News: A float depicting U.S. President George W. Bush being spanked by the Statue Of Liberty passes by during the Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz, western Germany, on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007.