December 2006

by Heather Wokusch OpEdNews 12/15/06

Blaming everything on a handful of people at the top, no matter how destructive and abusive they’ve been, misses a critical point. Systems tend to self-perpetuate. Remove one player and the next comes in to ensure business as usual. (more…)

By Stephen Lendman ICH 12/17/06

Noted historian Eric Foner in a December 7 article on OpEd calls George Bush “the worst president in US history….(who) in his first six years in office….managed to combine the lapses of leadership, misguided policies and abuse of power of his failed predecessors.” (more…)

The US Occupation of Iraq

By ANTHONY ARNOVE Counterpunch 12/16/06

The tragedy unleashed by the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq defies description. According to the most recent findings of the Lancet medical journal, the number of “excess deaths” in Iraq since the U.S. invasion is more than 650,000. “Iraq is the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world,” according to Refugee International: nearly two million Iraqis have fled the country entirely, while at least another 500,000 are internally displaced. (more…)

Criminalizing Compassion in the War on Terror:
Muslim Charities and the Case of Dr. Rafil A. Dhafir

By Katherine Hughes Published in the Nov/Dec issue of Fellowship magazine

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But … the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’” Martin Luther King, Jr. (more…)

His wife and brother arrived at Fairton FCI to visit him and were told he had been moved.Please write to him to let him know that he is not alone and not forgotten:

Rafil A. Dhafir
P.O. Box 33
Terre Haute
IN 47808

BY CON COUGHLIN – The Daily Telegraph U.K. 12/15/06

WASHINGTON – The hard core of detainees held at America’s Guantanamo Bay detention camp will be held indefinitely even if there is insufficient evidence to bring them to trial, a senior Bush administration official said. (more…)

Canada’s Secret Trial Detainees on Hunger Strike at Guantanamo Bay North, Kingston, Ontario

Denial of Medical Treatment, Lack of Personal Safety Among Key Issues

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2006 — For the second time this year, three men held at the Kingston Immigration Holding Centre (KIHC) — a $3.2 million facility within Millhaven Penitentiary for security certificate detainees — have gone on hunger strike to protest their conditions of detention. (more…)

By JOHN GRANT 12/12/06

THERE’S A RANCID odor escaping from the cracks in the Jose Padilla case. Padilla is the American citizen arrested in Chicago and declared by President Bush to be an “enemy combatant.” He was then kept for nearly two years in a South Carolina brig without access to a lawyer, family or friends. (more…)

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