Congress Demands Rove Testimony on Attorney Firings
Congressional committees are now demanding the testimony of Karl Rove in the investigation into reasons behind the firings of eight US attorneys. Senator Charles Schumer, who has helped lead the Senate Judiciary Committee's examination of the dismissals of the federal prosecutors, cited new reports connecting Rove to those who wanted to oust at least one of the US attorneys.
Dems Abandon War Authority Provision (?!?)
Top House Democrats retreated Monday from an attempt to limit President Bush's authority for taking military action against Iran as the leadership concentrated on a looming confrontation with the White House over the Iraq war.
Treasury Casts a Wide Net Under Patriot Act
Under a little-noticed provision in the USA Patriot Act, the Treasury Department has ordered severe restrictions against foreign banks or countries for reasons beyond the stated purpose of the law and without producing evidence.
David Bacon | Guest Workers Fired After Protesting Slavelike Conditions
David Bacon writes: "Hundreds of guest workers from India are protesting conditions in a Pascagoula, Mississippi shipyard that immigrant-rights activists compare to slavery. Many gathered in a church on March 11 in this Gulf Coast port after their employer, Signal International, threatened to send some of the workers home. Signal is a large corporation that repairs and services oil-drilling platforms around the world."
Proposed UN Women's Agency Gains Key Ally
A coalition of more than 140 international, non-governmental organizations and women's groups is gratified that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expressing public support for the creation of a new UN agency for women.
A Quarter of US War Vets Diagnosed With Mental Disorder (How deplorable!!!!!)
A quarter of the Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans treated with US government-funded health care have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, according to a study published Monday. And when psychosocial disorders such as domestic violence were taken into account, the number of war veterans suffering from mental illnesses rose to 31 percent.
J. Sri Raman | Bush's Democracy Project in Bangladesh and Nepal
J. Sri Raman writes: "Who says that President George Bush and his men and women promote democracy only by destructive wars? They do so also through creative, unconventional diplomacy. Look at their latest achievements in Bangladesh and Nepal. In both these countries bordering India, whose ruling establishment is enlisted in the Bush crusade to save democracy (especially 'emerging' democracies), the cause has hit a major roadblock. And it is representatives of Washington who has placed a mega-sized boulder on the path to much-awaited elections in both cases."
VIDEO | Activists Announce Protests at Pentagon and on Campuses
By Geoffrey Millard, Lance Page and Scott Galindez
On Saturday, March 17, anti-war activists from around the country will gather near the Vietnam Memorial and march to the Pentagon. This event comes 40 years after the historic march on the Pentagon which many observers saw as a turning point in the movement against the Vietnam War. Student organizers are also planning events on campuses around the country between March 15 and 20.
VIDEO | Canaries in the Mine: Inuit Warn World of Human Cost of Climate Change
A Report by Sari Gelzer and Kelpie Wilson
"Global warming is a human rights issue," says Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit activist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. In her lifetime, Watt-Cloutier has witnessed the drastic effects of climate change that threaten her community's livelihood and cultural identity. Watt-Cloutier testified in a hearing on March 1, 2007 to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights which was set up to investigate the relationship between human rights and climate change in North and South America. The hearing was a result of a petition that she and 62 other Inuit in Alaska and Canada filed in 2005 in an attempt to hold the United States accountable for its failure to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.