Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Democracy Now!: Sudan; torture & Gonzales -- Sunday: "A Night Against the War" at Joe's Pub in NYC

Democracy Now! reporting in depth what the New York Times skims. (Yes, that's Marcia's latest slogan.) (It also happens to be true.)

Headlines for February 2, 2005
- Democrats Threaten to Block Social Security Overhaul
- Questioning of Michael Chertoff Begins Today
- Ashcroft Defends Patriot Act & Attacks on Critics
- Rumsfeld Calls For Nuclear Bunker Buster Research
- Democratic Leader Threatens to Block Social Security Overhaul
- 14 Colombian Soldiers Killed in Rocket Attack
- Soaring Medical Bills Bankrupting Many

Should the Mass Killing in Sudan Be Considered a Genocide? A Debate Between Africa Action and Kofi Annan’s Adviser
A new United Nations report on Sudan criticized the government and its militia of systematically abusing and killing civilians in the country’s western Darfur region. But the report coconcludes that the Sudanese government did not pursue a policy of genocide.

Debate on Alberto Gonzales Continues; Democrats Lash Out At His Role in Approving Torture
The full Senate continues debate today on the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales to Attorney General. During 8 hours on the floor Wednesday, some Senate Democrats sharply criticized Gonzales’ role in laying the legal groundwork that led to the torture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. We hear excerpts from speeches by Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Edward Kennedy.

[Orrin Hatch pushes the few bad apples theory on Abu Ghraib reflecting . . . a few bad brain cells?]

No Mercy: Gonzales Clemency Memos to Bush Facilitated Texas Executions
Journalist Alan Berlow reports Alberto Gonzales, “repeatedly failed to apprise the governor of crucial issues in the cases at hand: ineffective counsel, conflict of interest, mitigating evidence, even actual evidence of innocence.”

This Sunday, Amy Goodman, Dahr Jamail and others will be at Joe's Pub:

Sunday February 67:30 PM $20

On February 6th, while much of America will be watching the Superbowl, leading organizers and voices of the antiwar movement in America will gather at Joe’s Pub in The Public Theater for an inspiring evening of testimonies and performances to renew the spirit of peace. Iraq Veteran, former Marine Sgt. Jimmy Massey will read from his memoir "Cowboys From Hell," describing the indiscriminate killing of civilians during the invasion that lead to the chaos now engulfing the country of Iraq. United For Peace and Justice Director Leslie Cagan will speak on directions for the peace and justice movement. Host of Democracy Now! Amy Goodman will lead a conversation with acclaimed independent journalist Dahr Jamail via satellite live from Baghdad, on the elections and current conditions. America’s two most prominent Iraqi-American artists, pop/folk musician and Artemis Records recording artist Stephan Smith, who’s being hailed as “this generation’s Woody Guthrie,” and playwright-actress Heather Raffo, whose play “Nine Parts of Desire,” depicting the plight of women in war torn Iraq, is receiving widespread acclaim, will perform. Other guests are being confirmed. A live conversation with a doctor currently working in one of Baghdad's main hospitals is also planned. And surprise guests.

For more information, go to the web site for Joe's Pub ( and one more time, it's this coming Sunday.

[Note, this post has been corrected.]