Hardly. We went two days without any casualty reports. Even now, they report “killed” American soldiers, but not the total wounded. A person with a life-crippling wound is worthy of [...]
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Hardly. We went two days without any casualty reports. Even now, they report “killed” American soldiers, but not the total wounded. A person with a life-crippling wound is worthy of [...]
Bellingham’s ban on consumer fireworks is simple. Fireworks are illegal. No time outs for holidays. And don’t forget the troops!
Veteran Television Journalist Ali Velshi talks about Culture, Identity Politics and his role in “Spotlighting the Political Circus in the United States”.14 comments, most recent 11 months ago
Myopic leadership in the NFL is the problem.
A critical analysis of our United States relations with Asian countries since WWII - and the China bashing we now hear from Trump and his supporters.
The “Alt Right” movement must be condemned for its murderous actions in Charlottesville, Virginia. Their movement is not about “free speech.” Could it happen here? Yes, it has.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The Bellingham Bells should honor the fireworks ban in Bellingham.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Most - maybe all - reading this have much to be thankful for. Many may feel grief or despair because of the elections. They should not because what we have [...]
Neoliberalism: A political theory of the late 1900s holding that personal liberty is maximized by limiting government interference in the operation of free markets.5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
A dire prediction of the Trump presidency, one that hopefully will not come true. But if he does as he promised, as history suggests, then he may repeat history.
A friend writes to me this morning: “As usual, the very good writer Thomas Frank has something to say, & what he says is correct … but the Nile, Ganges, Mississippi &[...]
Ellen Murphy writes about the sailboat that sailed toward nuclear test site in Pacific in 1958 and will visit Bellingham August 20 - 22. Now protesting modernization of nuclear weapons.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
This veteran, Chris Brown, deserves our deep thanks for his achievement with Growing Veterans as Executive Director, a post that he has left. He will continue as President of the non-profit, helping veterans with combat trauma.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
As a veteran, I am a more than a bit sensitive about those who would profit over the condition of veterans in the US especially since those who send those [...]
Some personal thoughts on thanking our veterans for their service1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
Christopher Brown guest writes how traditional communal warrior reintegration practices could help our returning combat veterans.
Updated Nov 12. Howard Harris, the founder of the Bellingham silent peace vigil at the Federal Building in Bellingham, has died. He and Rosemary were leaders in our local peace movement.
On this Veterans Day, a note about how vets need our government to step up - as has never been done. And a personal note on the power of words.3 comments, most recent 4 years ago
The poet for the Whatcom Independent back 8 years ago, has accepted our invitation to submit occasional poems to NWCitizen.
An attempt at linking to one or more writers who can help us make sense of going to war with Syria. An alternative to Kerry-Obama.
Contacting Rick Larsen and Susan Delbene is actually a viable citizen exercise just now. Tell them to vote NO on bombing Syria.1 comment, most recent 5 years ago
Saturday afternoon - and a rally is taking place in downtown Bellingham against bombing Syria. Riley Sweeny and his Political Junkie site cover it.
Gee, can we make it any clearer? Publisher opinion. So sad that we have to write this to Obama - who got our vote in 2008 because he said we should not have optional wars.4 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Edward Snowden is a very courageous patriot, in the opinion of the publisher of NWCitizen.3 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Wikileaks founder spoke from a safe open window to the people of the world. His words are important to the future of democracy and freedoms.4 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Riley talks about the sobering reminder of our fallen soldiers at the Old Settler’s Parade2 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Egypt - just one citizen voicing his perspective on what is happening. Speaking freely.4 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Sarah Palin’s violence-laced rhetoric shares the blame for the Arizona massacre.18 comments, most recent 8 years ago
TSA puts young mother with a bag of breast milk through an illegal and unbelievable process.5 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Did you every wonder what was really going on inside the racist right?
Usually caricatured by stereotypes of bed-sheeted Klansmen and goose-stepping neo-Nazis, the racist right continu
The power of censorship and news control is on display for all who care to look around. Today, the online maps of the country of Georgia have no roads. None. And very little other information. Ju5 comments, most recent 10 years ago
Some links. Juan Cole has his first take posted regarding the killing of Bhutto. Arianna Huffington knew her well and posted a personal remeberance. CNN reports with some amazing information o
Do we Americans believe in human rights? Do we believe that “all” are equal and have rights as our Declaration of Independence says we believe - or only citizens of the United States? Wednesday this w
20,000 Iraq & Afghan veterans with brain injuries are not counted as wounded by the Pentagon. Charming. Not surprising. USA Today has the report in today’s issue. Very nice to see investigative report
The Silver Beach Neighborhood forum went well last night with about 75 people attending. It was the first public chance for citizens to compare candidates and gauge them for their potential. I could n
All part of the US push for military control of the world. If you think our building 24 military forts in Africa is a good idea, then you should also be for us Americans knowing about it. And all the
Armed Service veterans are twice as likely to commit suicide as civilians. Just another intangible cost of the insane war in Iraq. (It applies to all male vets from all our recent wars.) Counting just
Close Gitmo - this afternoon, says General Colin Powell.
The Guantanamo prison in Cuba the US Military uses for torture, illegal imprisonment and secret trials is a permanent black spot
Evan will complete his week-long vigil at the old Federal Building in downtown Bellingham tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm - during the normal weekly peace vigil. During his week there, he has brought many
Check the website about his vigil. He is demonstrating while wearing his Army uniform - and he has every constitutional right to do so. But I predict the military will try and intimidate him. More and
The generals who can’t count straight are caught again. The top generals have been loose with the facts in their effort to justify the war but his interview on Memorial Day was sad because General Pa
This writer - living in a small town in Washington State - has no ability to add value above national writers who have covered the Iraq war and politics in Washington. Only on local issues - Bellingh
Rick Larsen voted for further war spending today - with no timelines. No surprise. He has been a war supporter all along. Let’s start now to find a true Democratic candidate or Independent or anti-war
All the fuss over whether the “surge” is a credible strategy, whether or not to schedule a troop withdrawal from Iraq or continue funding the war kinda misses the main point with which Americans still
According to the Washington Post, “President Bush warned Thursday that pulling out of Iraq too soon would trigger a bloodbath akin to that of the Cambodian killing fields of the 1970s, while Senate Ma
This from Juan Cole - on Tuesday. Lest we forget the trauma we are foisting on the world.
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3 US Troops Killed Massive Truck Bomb at Kirkuk<b
Rick Larsen’s attitude towards those citizens who are against the war in Iraq is exposed. In the case against Ellen Murphy by US Rep. Rick Larsen and the city of Bellingham, here is a statement from t
Four years ago today the ground invasion of Iraq started. George Bush used known false claims of danger to the US to justify the war. By early April the US had won a decisive war with total conquest o
Congressman Rick Larsen has (so far) successfully avoided the process server who is waiting to hand him a subpoena to appear in the trial of war protester Ellen Murphy of Bellingham. Whether or not La
Ellen Murphy is now allowed to enter the Federal Building in Bellingham. With the court dismissal of the Oct. 20 trespass charge, the lifetime ban on entering the building was also dropped. (This took
Ellen Murphy’s court date has been changed. Her jury trial will be on Tuesday, March 20 ( not Feb 27 as posted below last week). It was changed - after being set by the Muni Court at the earlie
The Pentagon, after weeks of delay, finally trotted out the “irrefutable evidence” that Iran is supplying deadly weapons to Iraqi “insurgents”. Wow! They produced two tables of weaponry with Iranian m
… welcome to the correct side of the Iraq war issue. Rick spoke yesterday at Bellingham city hall and, according to the Bellingham Herald, he switched his stand and now favors a partial pullout of
The news analysts are finally realizing that Bush’s speech was a declaration of war on Iran. I posted that minutes after the speech and revisited it yesterday. We are dragging out the detention of the
Juan Cole provides an excellent if longish read on Bush’s new plan for the Iraq war. In particular he points out how many of the infiltrators and weapons are coming not from Syria or Iran but from Jor
In his speech tonight, Bush gave no specific time lines for expected results. The first words from news commentators referred to six months for results. But Bush can avoid any accountability in six mo
Freaky. There are reports - rumors? - that Israeli Air Force pilots are training for a bombing run into Iran. If Israel drops nuclear bombs on Iran then you know W asked them to do it - for they have
Why should the execution of Saddam be a concern to all of us? Because it was a lynching - and Bush and company participated. Personally I think Bush wanted Saddam dead quick out of fear that we may be
3,000 service persons killed in Iraq? Oh we are beyond that - up to 3,002 this morning - and could climb past 4,000 this year if we ‘stay the course’. More telling for me is we are approaching 50,000
As the 3,000th US service person is killed in Iraq today or tomorrow, the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center will hold a candlelight vigil at the Maritime Heritage Park this evening starting at 4:30 pm
The US - the Bush administration - had Saddam Hussein executed this evening. How sad - how stupid on several levels - and how oh so immoral. There are tyrants of several countries who murder their peo
A good historic moment is upon us today. The Iraq Study Group Report was presented this morning to our nation’s leaders and to us citizens. I think this report and its 79 recommendations provide a sup
While we’re being proud to be Americans, don’t forget that George Bush just pushed through legislation that makes it legal for our boys at Abu Ghraib to have tortured and makes it legal for them to ke
Zetta Bracher, President of the local Democratic Women’s Club, has an idea for getting consensus on our “new direction” in Iraq.
When it became apparent that there were no weapons of mass destr
The war in Iraq is widely regarded to have been the “hot button” issue of the last election. I don’t buy it. Americans seem to like a good fight. After all, we get into a lot of them. The problem with
Congratulations, Americans. That was certainly worth voting for! Voters thoroughly routing the entrenched Neo-Con administration will help restore our world image, so badly damaged since re-electing t
Heading into the last days of this election season, George Bush and his Neo-Con Republicans have been strumming a familiar tune to promote their candidates. Republicans, they say, will
The Pentagon is blocking liberal websites, such as Wonkette, from our military in Iraq. Blatant censorship and violation of free speech and press - don’t let the soldiers know there are questions abou
We will have sent over 100 young Americans to their deaths in Iraq in October. The highest in almost two years. And the 4th month of increasing deaths. And perhaps up to 1,000 to a life with injuries
Why we need to vote for Rick Larsen and win a Democratic Party majority in the House of Representatives is illustrated in this new TV ad for Democrats. The ad highlights the absurdity of Bush now sayi
Want to do something to end the war in Iraq? Then vote for Rick Larsen. And Maria Cantwell. Rick’s seat is not secure. If even a small percent - say 5% - of liberals who are strongly anti-war refuse t
Gentle reader - if you are liberal and against the war, then please please vote for Rick Larsen. Hold your nose, but vote for him. And, a bit easier, vote for Maria Cantwell. I am meeting frien
We started to see it yesterday and by next weekend it will be well known. Bush is setting a timetable for pullout from Iraq - and the “October” surprise may well be a plan for getting out of Iraq - “w
Actually, International - but not local and that is the point. AlJazeera reports on a scholarly Islamic letter to the Pope - pointing out the factual errors in that inflammatory speech of his last mon
The “Terrorist Detainee” bill passed the US House of Representatives by 253 to 168 vote yesterday. Aka the Military Commissions Act of 2006. House Resolution 6166, passed on Roll Call 491 of the secon
Bush wants to continue torturing captives. Why are we even discussing this? The Nazis and Soviet Russia tortured people to get information - not the USA. Now here is Bush demanding the authority to t
Anti-War demonstration next Tuesday in New York will probably be big. Bush will be speaking at the UN on that day to further his Iraq war. Demonstrators are being denied permits - and we can expect a
Yes. Is there truth in what we are being told by our corporate media and the Bush administration? No. Want an example of a lie and some truths that you are not being told? Then read Juan Cole’s blog p
Especially American Jews? Does this show a prejudice against Jewish persons? Racism? Anti-Semite feelings?
Of course I say no, but then the knowing smiles greet me. It has been suggested to me
Today, Israel broke the UN cease fire agreement with a helicopter raid into northern Lebanon - along with fighter jets bombing the area. Why mention this? Because it fits the pattern over the many yea
Juan Cole’s Informed Comment blog has it in a nutshell today. Check the Aug 5 post in his archive if you click this link after today. Israel is destroying Lebanon and grinding down the spirit of the p
Long but good article on how the US manipulates world events so as to go to war with other countries. Iraq and now Iran.
Did you know that for years, Israel and Hezbolah have traded prisoners a
Sec of State Rice visits Lebanon and offers $30 million to help relieve the destruction and death there that is caused by $hundreds of millions of US dollars in bombs given to Israel to destroy Lebano
Lebanese fleeing the Israelis - as ordered by Israel - are being strafed and bombed by the Israelis.
Nice war. An early October surprise. Takes the losing war in Iraq off the front pages. The
Conservative Pat Buchanan has it right in his column posted Thursday. We should not be supporting Israel in its war of destruction of Lebanon. He rips up the extreme right wing-nuts who support Israel
The USA try and stop the Mid East war? Don’t kid yourself. We are air-shipping more bombs to Israel - bombs that will help destroy the city of Beirut and kill more civilians - women and children. No m
The pogrom to prevent a Palestinian State continues. Terror and murder are the normal weapons. Again the chance to form a nation and live normally is being destroyed by Israel. This is the plan and we
Alice in Wonderland is the appropriate description of the Bush administration and how it wages incompetent war on terrorism while it wrecks the good country of Iraq and drives our beloved United State
Diego Garcia is small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Today it is a major US military base - and has no other inhabitants. But 40 years ago it was not ours and had a couple thousand inhabita
The Army announced it will court marshal a Colonel Jordan for torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. His immediate boss, a Colonel Pappas will testify against him with immunity from prosec
the 60 Minutes piece last night with Tyler Drumheller, the CIA chief in Europe during the years we prepared to invade Iraq. He blows the Bush Administration claim that the intelligence failed Bush. He
a film about our present-day United States. It won at Sundance and for good reason. For those of us who are beginning to wonder if we made a “mistake” going to war in Iraq, this film is for you. You w
and fabricated excuses for an invasion. Proof was printed today in the New York Times. In January, 2003, Bush and British PM Blair talked about how they could start the invasion even though they knew
The Pentagon - that world-renowned planning organization - is complaining that Russia tipped off Saddam to our military moves during the invasion of Iraq three years ago. How did Russia supposedly get
Juan Cole has it - how the Mid East could end up if Bush continues with his insane war. See the Mar 19 post for the map showing Iraq partitioned and the new countries of Kurdistan, Qaedistan and Shiit
Juan Cole continues to provide the best available analysis of our Iraq involvement - at least that I have found. While his stance is not supportive of the Bush imperial goals, those in support of the
Draft Dodger Dick Cheney wants to continue sending young Americans to death in Iraq. And being maimed - and being mentally unstable the rest of their lives. Dick didn’t want to go to Viet Nam to fight
I watched the US House of Representatives on C-Span last night - live. A sad display. They have now all gone home for a 2-week vacation - even before they have finished taking away the safety nets for
From the year 2000 when Bush took office, till recently, the Bush Administration has slammed the Clinton administration for not being concerned about Iraq and Saddam. Now that the lies of Bush are bei
GW Bush says we critics of his war are rewriting history. He says no one knew the intelligence was false in the spring of 2003 and going to war had broad support. Well, this common citizen in the far