Foreign Policy

  US Poverty Rate Rises for 4th Straight YearAugust 30, 2005 00:00 The Nation's poverty rate has risen to over 12%, or 37 million Americans. The rate has risen for the past four years and was only higher in recent decades during the Reagan and former Bush administrations.
 
  Uzbek Parliament Kicks out USAugust 26, 2005 00:00 The Parliament of Uzbekistan voted to support the Uzbek president's move to oust the US from it's military base that was used as a staging platform for the war in Afghanistan. The president decided to kick the US out after the US and other western governments complained about the violent suppression of a riot earlier this year.
  War Hawks Upset over Iraqi ConstitutionAugust 25, 2005 00:00 US hawks are divided over the draft Iraqi constitution in which law will be decided by Islamic law, clerics can serve in judicial posts, and in which women and religious minorites have lesser rights than Muslim men. What did they expect?
 
  No Ratified Iraqi Constitution Despite US PressureAugust 23, 2005 00:00 Despite intense US pressure, the Iraqi parliament still has not ratified a draft of a new constitution. In any event, the country seems headed on a track to become another Muslim theocracy.
 
  Pat Robertson Calls for Assination of Hugo ChavezAugust 23, 2005 00:00 Christian broadcaster and former US Presidential candidate Pat Robertson has called for the assasination of Venezulan leader Hugo Chavez. Robertson claims that Chavez is one of the greatest threats in our hemisphere and that it would be cheaper than a war to eliminate him.
  Iraq War has Forced US to Deepen Ties with ChinaAugust 23, 2005 00:00 The expense of the Iraq war has forced the Bush Administration to secretly deepen its ties to China to prevent the Asian powerhouse from calling in the vast debt that the US owes it.
  Halliburton Employee Admits Taking BribeAugust 23, 2005 00:00 US Veep Dick Cheney's former company Halliburton suffered another setback as a subsidiary's employee admitted taking bribes. Halliburton so far has won $9 billion in Iraq-related contracts.
  US Lobbying Firms Doing China's WorkAugust 19, 2005 00:00 American's should be appalled that the third largest lobbying firm and many other US firms are taking money from China to promote and lobby for the transfer of fundamental US resources and interests to the Asian nation. Actions by these companies seem to highlight greed over national interest.
  Powell Aide Despised UN Iraq Weapons SpeechAugust 19, 2005 00:00 Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's aide Col. Lawrence Wilkerson has described the Valentine's Day 2003 speech that Powell gave to the UN to justify war on Iraq as the lowest point in his life. The aide describes how the Bush team gave Powell a menu of possible reasons for going to war, most of which seemed unsubstantiated.
  US Attempting to Restrict China Textile ImportsAugust 18, 2005 00:00 The US and China are involved in ongoing talks to attempt to settle surging textile imports into the US.
  State Dept. Warned Military Planners on Lack of PreparationAugust 18, 2005 00:00 US State Department senior officials sent a memo to US Military planners in February 2003 warning that a lack of preparation and relucance of the US to engage in policing activity could lead to problems after the initial conflict.
 
  Canadian Grannies Plan to Protest CheneyAugust 15, 2005 00:00 A group of Canadian grandmothers plans to protest US Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Alberta, Canada, to tour a multi-billion-dollar oil sands project. The grandmothers don't want Canada to be treated as Cheney's personal stockpile of oil.
  Iran War Could Drag US Populace into Support for RightAugust 15, 2005 00:00 A war with Iran could significantly increase world hostility toward the US, forcing the US population to unite behind the Republican party, suggests this article. An Iran preemptive war could happen in time for mid-term elections next year and would probably be supported by Tony Blair.
  Nuclear Proliferation: President at Odds with CongressAugust 15, 2005 00:00 The President is trying to spread nuclear technology, while Congress is trying to stop him. The House Energy Committee voted recently to prevent the passage of nuclear technology to countries such as India who aren't signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
 
  Rice Clueless (Lying?) on Iraq ConstitutionAugust 15, 2005 00:00 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is either clueless or lying when she states that the Iraqi's have made great progress on their constitutional convention. They have yet to decide on the role of religion in government, womens rights, or the status of the Kurdish people in the government. Sounds like lots of progress.
  Insurgency? How About Civil War: Mayor of Baghdad DeposedAugust 10, 2005 00:00 Militia forces have deposed the mayor of Baghdad, installing their own government in the city in a move that seems to confirm that the US is really not in control at all in Iraq.
 
  Rumsfeld Blaming Iraq for IED'sAugust 10, 2005 00:00 US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is now blaming Iran for allowing bomb-making material to come into Iraq over the shared border. Rumsfeld's statements are a diversion from the fact that coalition forces are unable to prevent bomb materials from coming into the country. Also, the US is attempting to cast Iran as a terrorist state to increase pressure on the country to abandon its civilian nuclear program.
 
  Ann Wright Calls for More US Memo LeaksAugust 04, 2005 00:00 Ann Wright, former Ambassador to Afghanistan who quit over disagreement with the Bush administration, suggested that we need more transparency in our government. The only way to do so according to Wright may be for more federal officials to leak memos.
  CNOOC Abandons Bid to Buy UnocalAugust 03, 2005 00:00 The China national oil conglomerate, CNOOC, has abandoned its bid to purchase US oil producer Unocal after political pressure seemed sure to hold up the deal. Like a US company would ever have the opportunity to purchase core Chinese natural resource companies.
  Free Press Not Protected in IraqAugust 03, 2005 00:00 US freelance journalist Stephen Vincent was abducted and murdered in Basra. Colleagues speculate that he was killed because of some bold articles suggesting that insurgent forces have infiltrated the Iraqi police force and that the police force is responsible for assassinations.
  Bush Signs CAFTA Into LawAugust 03, 2005 00:00 Wasting no time, President Bush signed CAFTA into law after a contentious battle in the House of Representatives.
  Bush to Place Bolton in Recess AppointmentAugust 01, 2005 00:00 President Bush has subverted his own party and the Democrats by making an unpopular recess appointment of John Bolton to the post of US Ambassador to the UN. The temporary appointment has been opposed by party leaders on both sides.
  Iran to Restart Nuclear ProgramAugust 01, 2005 00:00 In defiance of US and European objections, Iran is planning to restart a nuclear fuel program that the government states is for civilian nuclear power. The US and EU have come out against the plan because the fuel could also be used as nuclear weapons, with proper enrichment procedures.
  Cheney's Nuclear DrumbeatAugust 01, 2005 00:00 Vice President Dick Cheney sounded the alert that Iraq was pursuing nuclear weapons long before any evidence in the case was even sought. The author and a friend chronicle the early days of Cheney's "Big Lie" in the lead up to war in Iraq.