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News :: Human Rights
Filibuster Wars
28 May 2005
Filibuster Wars
Power Grab at the Height of the Empire

The Senate was heading for a major showdown, as the Republican majority and Vice President Cheney conspired to strip the Democrat minority of their ability to even filibuster the most extreme judicial nominees.

Then, after playing chicken for two weeks, a "Gang of 14" Senators suddenly announced they had reached a "historic compromise based on mutual trust" -- and they announced that they had saved the Senate from destruction. And the media oohed-and-aaaahed over the last minute development.

But it quickly became pretty obvious, that nothing here was an obstacle to the most dangerous plans for remaking the courts.

And did the compromise "safe the filibuster" as the media said? In fact, the compromise said "If you don't take the filibuster, we promise not to use it." Which, if you think about it, gives the top reactionaries what they want.

Part of this "compromise" is that the Democrats immediately stopped their opposition to Precilla Owen and several other of Bush's judicial nominees -- these are people who are literally monsters of an extreme kind, who had been stalled in the Senate (in some cases for years.) So this "compromise" meant that these vultures are headed for powerful courts.

And, it is also clear that huge new showdowns lie just ahead -- as the White House and Senate brace for a struggle over putting extreme rightwing judges on the supreme court.

The following article (written just before the "compromise" was announced) lays bare the stakes and dynamics of this whole crisis.
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News :: International
Prison Atrocities
28 May 2005
Pictures say a thousand wors
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LOCAL Announcement :: Human Rights
Showing Indonesian Films Focusing on Women's Issues.
28 May 2005
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LOCAL Announcement :: Environment : Globalization : Organizing : Social Welfare : Technology
BioDEMOCRACY Spokescouncil June 4 in Philly
28 May 2005
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LOCAL Interview :: International
Boston filmmaker talks about the need for a Department of Peace in this article and interview
27 May 2005
Modified: 08:08:09 PM
Brookline filmmaker, David Rothauser, is going to Japan this summer to complete a mixed-documentary on the nueacler victims known as Hibakusha. People can help in myriad ways. Please see the article on the film:

Below Mr. Rothauser talks about his proposal for a Department of Peace in an article and accompanying interview.
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Commentary :: Politics
Whigged Out: The Democrats Have Become a Vestigial Opposition
27 May 2005
Modified: 04:35:05 PM
They’ll stand tall on small stuff like judicial nominees or a UN ambassador appointment, but when it’s an issue of substance—funding for the war, a pro-lender bankruptcy bill, or the PATRIOT Act, the Democrats are all compromise or cave-in. Where’s the opposition?
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Commentary :: Human Rights
Which side are you on?
27 May 2005
We are on the edge of a precipice. We may have already been pushed into the abyss. It really depends on who is in control.
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LOCAL Interview :: Education : Human Rights : International
Brookline Filmmaker, David Rothauser, to film Hibakusha documentary in Asia (How you can help)
27 May 2005
Modified: 04:45:41 AM
Boston-area filmmaker and peace activist David Rothauser, whose documentary on Sacco and Vanzetti has been shown to activist groups in theatres and on PBS television, and who is a recipient of the Sacco and Vanzetti Memorial Award along with other notables such as Howard Zinn, is headed to Japan this summer to make a mixed documetary-drama about the "Hibakusha" or nuclear weapons victims. Filming will also take place in Hawaii and Korea, with victims of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings taking part, and with the assistance of a wide range of Japanese who have flocked to the filmmaker's assistance after his plan was posted on several Japanese websites.

David needs help, both monetary and logistical. Please see below, or write to :

paul (at)

(1) Synopsis of the film
(2) How you can help
(3) Link to article on Japanese peace constitution and interview with the filmmaker.
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Commentary :: Human Rights
Hiding of articles
27 May 2005
This word is very much overused whenever something seems unfavorable for Israel.
Yet Israel can do no wrongs!
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News :: Politics
One-Man Truth Squad: Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss!
26 May 2005
I’ve seen him at every major Anti-War demonstration in Washington, D.C. going back to the massive protest action of Oct. 26, 2002. His name is Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss. On May 26, 2005, he was in front of the White House sending warm greetings to the new Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, who was meeting with President George W. Bush. Rabbi Weiss is an unrepentant foe of Zionism. He is also a one-man Truth Squad!
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