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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

  • Lt. Ehren Watada Faces Court-Martial for Refusing to Serve in Iraq


    Last week, a military judge ruled Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada cannot present evidence challenging the war’s legality nor explain what motivated him to resist his deployment order. He is the first officer to refuse to go to Iraq. With his court-martial less than two weeks away, Lt. Watada is facing up to six years in prison. [includes rush transcript]

  • Peace Activist Bert Sacks Challenges U.S. Fine for Bringing Humanitarian Aid to Iraq in 1997


    While First Lieutenant Ehren Watada faces court-martial for refusing to deploy to Iraq to fight, Bert Sacks was fined $10,000 for going to Iraq to bring humanitarian aid. In 1997, Bert Sacks brought medicine to Iraqi civilians in defiance of the U.S. sanctions. Sacks is now petitioning the Supreme Court to take up his case. [includes rush transcript]

  • Legal Scholars: Congress Has Constitutional Power to Limit Scope of Iraq War & Block Escalation


    President Bush delivers his State of the Union address tonight, where he is expected to restate his intention to escalate the war by adding over 21,000 troops to Iraq, regardless of whether Congress supports him or not. However constitutional law experts say Congress has the power to cap the number of soldiers sent to fight and to limit the use of appropriated funds for the war. [includes rush transcript]

  • Over 50,000 March in Istanbul in Funeral Procession for Slain Turkish-Armenian Editor Hrant Dink


    Dink was assassinated on Friday outside his office shortly after receiving death threats by Turkish nationalists for his writings about the Armenian genocide of 1915. We speak to Zanku Armenian of the Armenian National Committee of America. [includes rush transcript]