Jan 282007
 

This website will be offline later today for complicated technical reasons I don’t understand, according to the folks who host the site.  Our email will also be disfunctional during that period, so be patient.  We should be back online late tonight.

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Jan 282007
 

The following (from a NOW press release) is excerpted from NOW President Kim Gandy’s remarks at the Jan. 27 march in Washington, DC.  What a wonderful, clear vision of why women  are so invested in ending this war!

“Today women are marching because our daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, friends and partners are dying in Iraq, for a war based on lies and greed. Women are marching because the cost of this war is bankrupting our treasury and devastating human needs programs that we fought decades to build.

Women are marching because there is rape and assault of female soldiers and female Iraqis with little consequence, and our soldiers come home physically and psychologically damaged to a completely inadequate healthcare system.

Women are marching because we voted in November, in huge numbers, for candidates who said they opposed the war, and we’re here to hold them accountable. Women are marching because we have reached a boiling point, and…

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Jan 282007
 

The following is the lead paragraph for an AP report of the latest violence in Iraq.  Equating  mortar shells to raindrops is repugnant and unacceptable.

“BAGHDAD, Iraq – Mortar shells rained down Sunday on a girls’ secondary school in a mostly Sunni area of western Baghdad, killing five pupils and wounding 20, witnesses and police said. At least seven other people died in a series of bombings and shootings across the capital, mostly in Shiite areas.”

The article goes on to detail military casualties throughout Iraq before coming back to discuss these deaths and those of other civilians in more detail, as if the deaths of schoolgirls are not as important beyond the initial shock value as the deaths of soldiers/militants/insurgents–whatever you want to call guys with weapons shooting at whatever and whoever strikes their fancy.

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Jan 262007
 

Over the last several years, the National Organization for Women has done an excellent job of making clear why issues such as Katrina and the war in Iraq are women’s issues.  Unfortunately, this leads to NOW being in a bit of an odd position as they laud Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency as the,

“first woman ever to enter the race for U.S. president as the clear frontrunner for a major party’s nomination.”

NOW is absolutely correct, that much like Nancy Pelosi becoming the first Speaker of the House, this is a very significant milestone.

In the same newletter congragulating Clinton, NOW also has a statement explaining why they are against the war in Iraq that urges NOW members to join in the demonstrations in Washington, DC on Jan 27th.  The conundrum of course is that Clinton has been, by and large, a supporter of the war.  As NOW notes, the field of 2008 presidential
“contenders include a woman frontrunner, an African American, a Latino, and several pro-choice, pro-peace, pro-family men”.

Unfortunately, Clinton’s record does not qualify her as a pro-peace candidate.  Which leaves NOW in the uncomfortable position of opposing the war but congragulating one of it’s supporters.  Stay tuned…

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Jan 262007
 

(Crossposted from WIMNOnline’s Womens Voices blog)
According to Media Channel, CBS reporter Lara Logan is asking for letters to CBS urging that they air a segment she did called “Battle for Haifa Street” that takes a no-holds barred look at the reality in Baghdad, including civilians saying that the U.S. presence there is only making things worse, and dead bodies that show signs of torture. While the segment is available on the CBS website, it hasn’t been shown on television. When asked why they haven’t aired the segment, Media Channel reports that CBS’s Sandy Genelius said,

“There are discussions and even disagreements everyday about what goes on air,? and noted that “One of the characteristics that makes Lara so special is her passion for her job. Of course she wants her pieces to be broadcast!?

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