Monday, August 22, 2005

Greg Palast, Ohio news (via BuzzFlash) and Dahr Jamail

Bonnie e-mails to request that on Mondays "at some point" could links be provided for the Sunday evening entries. She notes she can scroll down (and does) but those are favorites and she's not able to get online Sundays.

The two entries were "Reporting from outside the US mainstream media" and "Reporting from outside the US mainstream media focused on Iraq" (and remind me next week, Bonnie, and I'll do it in an entry that goes during the day and not at night).

Tori e-mailed to ask that we note Greg Palast's "ARMSTRONG BIKES WITH PRESIDENT OVER SHEEHAN GRAVE:"

Armstrong set an upbeat tone when he said, "You know, I overcame cancer to become a hot-shot biker. It takes hard work and a belief in yourself that says, "Never give up, never say 'die.'" A Presidential spokesman said that given the Commander-in-Chief's limited work schedule and attention span, he would not have time to see Mrs. Sheehan. However, a place in the schedule had to be made for Mr. Armstrong because the celebrity peddler, like the President, has several major corporate sponsors with urgent needs.
Armstrong said he thought it inappropriate to politicize the office of the president, noting that his own appearance at the ranch was arranged by the Discovery Channel, "for craven commercial purposes only."

Via BuzzFlash, Nancy e-mails to note Angela D. Chatman's "Special prosecutor subpoenas election workers" (Cleveland Plain Dealer):

In a Dec. 31 letter to the board and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, Kerger charged that the elections board staff broke the law because:
It failed to randomly select the 36 precincts used to represent at least 3 percent of the total vote for the December recount.
It conducted "test-run" recounts without witnesses.
It did not allow witnesses to observe irregularities in the review of cases where the presiding judge transported ballot assemblies, ballots and other items.
It repeatedly fed trays of ballots back through the counting machines without keeping records of the counts.
It failed to investigate discrepancies between the certified recount vote totals and the certified original totals.

And from an e-mail sent out to everyone who signs up for them at Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches:

*This is an appeal written by Iraqi Doctors concerning what is happening in western Iraq. It is both extremely informative as well as an important appeal. Operations in many of these areas are ongoing today,despite the fact that this press release is a week old:
*As US/ Iraqi military attacks continue in Haditha, Rawa, Parwana andHeet in the West of Iraq, Doctors for Iraq is warning of an urgent health and humanitarian crisis unfolding on the ground.
Haditha, Rawa and Parwana have been under attack for the past three weeks with US/ Iraqi military activities intensifying over the past few days. The main hospitals in the area are reporting shortages of medicine oxygen, sugerical kits, anti-biotics and other basic medicines.
Civilians have fled to neighbouring towns and villages such as Ana and are in need of basic foods, water and shelter. Shop keepers are unable to open their premises because of the US/ Iraqi operation, and trucks with urgent food supplies are facing serious difficulties entering the seiged areas.
Eyewitnesses and medical personal have told Doctors For Iraq that snipers are operating inside some of the seiged cities. Haditha hospital estimates that at least eleven civilians were killed during the attack and 15 injured. The US military prevented ambulances from entering the
areas and medics from working freely. The area remains under siege.
Local people say that US marines invaded the town of Rawa and carried out air strikes bombing many buildings and homes. It unclear how many civilians have been killed or injured in the areas where the military is carrying out operations A school building in Parwana was bombed with people inside the school. It is unclear how many people were inside the school and who they were.
Doctors for Iraq has organised for medical aid to reach some of the hospitals and a medical team has been sent to the affected areas.
The military operations in the West of Iraq have left the healthcare system paralysed. Hospitals in the area are unable to provide sufficient medical services for the population. The new military attacks are further compounding the suffering of people in the area.
Doctors for Iraq is calling for the *_immediate_* *_end_* of US/ Iraqi military attacks in the area.
Doctors for Iraqi is calling for an independent investigation into the serious breaches of the Geneva Convention, the alleged killing of civilians and obstructing medical personal from carrying out there work. We need urgent medical supplies to be delivered to the hospitals in the area.
For more information or to find out how you can send medical aid to the areas contact:
Dr. Salam Ismael_Salam.obaidi@doctorsforiraq.org_
Or Aisha Ismael_Press.officer@doctorsforiraq.org_

That's in full. I can't find it up on Jamail's site (Iraq Dispatches) but I may be missing it.

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