News from around the world
- Bush sneaks through host of laws to undermine Obama - After spending eight years at the helm of one of the most ideologically driven administrations in American history, George W. Bush is ending his presidency in characteristically aggressive fashion, with a swath of controversial measures designed to reward supporters and enrage opponents.By the time he vacates the White House, he will have issued a record number of so-called 'midnight regulations' - so called because of the stealthy way they appear on the rule books - to undermine the administration of Barack Obama, many of which could take years to undo.
Source: The Guardian [17th Dec 2008]
- Anti-war protesters banned from demonstrating against Bush - London police have announced a ban on anti-war campaigners hoping to protest against President George Bush's visit to Downing Street this Sunday. The Whitehall ban has been immediately condemned as a "totalitarian act" by the playwright Harold Pinter, while Stop the War organisers are urging people to defy it and to demonstrate nearby in Parliament Square."In what is supposed to be a free country the Stop the War Coalition has every right to express its views peacefully and openly. This ban is outrageous and makes the term 'democracy' laughable," Pinter said today.
Source: The First Post [13th Jun 2008]
- Bush to veto CIA waterboarding ban bill: aide - President George W. Bush will veto legislation on Saturday banning U.S. intelligence agents from using waterboarding and other controversial interrogation methods, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said on Friday.
Source: Reuters [8th Mar 2008]
- Bush orders clampdown on flights to US - The US administration is pressing the 27 governments of the European Union to sign up for a range of new security measures for transatlantic travel, including allowing armed guards on all flights from Europe to America by US airlines.
Source: The Guardian [11th Feb 2008]
- From the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld . . . - In a series of internal musings and memos to his staff, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld argued that Muslims avoid "physical labor" and wrote of the need to "keep elevating the threat," "link Iraq to Iran " and develop "bumper sticker statements" to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war.
Source: Washington Post [1st Nov 2007]
- Straitjacket Bush - The president's warmongering remarks on the Iranian threat suggest he is psychotic. Really. - Forget impeachment. Liberals, put it behind you. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney shouldn't be treated like criminals who deserve punishment. They should be treated like psychotics who need treatment.
Source: LA Times [29th Oct 2007]
- Carter says U.S. tortures prisoners - Former President Carter says the U.S. "has abandoned the basic principle of human rights." "I don't think it. I know it," Carter told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
Source: CNN [11th Oct 2007]
- Bush’s torturers follow where the Nazis led - I remember that my first response to the reports of abuse and torture at Guantanamo Bay was to accuse the accusers of exaggeration or deliberate deception. I didn’t believe America would ever do those things. I’d also supported George W Bush in 2000, believed it necessary to give the president the benefit of the doubt in wartime, and knew Donald Rumsfeld as a friend.
Source: The Times (Editorial comment) [8th Oct 2007]
- Bush 'threatened retaliation' against countries that refused to back Iraq war - US President George W. Bush threatened nations with retaliation if they did not vote for a UN resolution backing the Iraq war, according to a transcript published Wednesday of a conversation he had with then-Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. In the transcript of a meeting on February 22, 2003 - a month before the US-led invasion of Iraq - published in the El Pais daily, Bush tells Aznar that nations like Mexico, Angola, Chile and Cameroon must know that the security of the US is at stake.
Source: Lebanon Daily Star [27th Sep 2007]
- Bush gaffes cap off calamitous Apec summit - Speaking in Sydney at the Asia Pacific Economic Council (Apec) summit ofworld leaders, Mr Bush thanked "Austrian" Prime Minister, John Howard, infront of a summit of business leaders, for being a gracious "Opec" host.
Source: The Times [16th Sep 2007]
- Why Did Bush Invade Iraq? - Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He says, "That the American people and their elected representatives continue to tolerate a war that has killed and maimed thousands of their own soldiers, destroyed the infrastructure of a country, killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and created 4 million refugees for no known reason raises serious questions about the morals of the American people.
Source: CounterPunch [16th Sep 2007]
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