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BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

News from Iraq we don’t hear much about: “A disturbing report tonight about who's really running things within Iraq's democratically-elected government. There may actually be a government behind the government in Baghdad, making the sectarian conflict, if possible, even worse. ARWA DAMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: …‘not much is known about the office, but it is raising alarm bells from Baghdad all the way to Washington. It's called the Office of the Commander in Chief, set to be a shadowy entity created by Iraq's prime minister. Multiple U.S. military and intelligence sources say the office has the power to overrule other Iraqi government ministries and is being used as a smokescreen to hide "an extreme Shia agenda" that is worsening Iraq's sectarian divide. According to a U.S. intelligence source, the office is "... ensuring the emplacement of commanders it favors and can control." Specifically, removing from command or detaining Iraqi police and army officers perceived as too aggressive in cracking down on Shia militias. Allegations the government vigorously denies.'" Sounds like the Iraqi Prime Minister has taken a page right out of the Rove/Bush/Cheney play book on how to run a government, up to and including how to “frame a name” to conceal the real deal!!! Indeed, “the Office of the Commander in Chief” and “ensuring the emplacement of commanders it favors and can control” sounds all too familiar and would be outrageous if it weren’t so tragically real!

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Tester calls on Mercer to resign

This morning, the Washington Post reported that William Mercer was violating federal law by serving both as Montana's U.S. Attorney and as a high-ranking official at the Department of Justice. Instead of abiding by federal law, Mercer had the law changed.

Wednesday, 02 May 2007 07:15

Cindy Sheehan: Four Dead in Ohio

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

May 4, 2007 will be the 37th year since the Kent State, Ohio massacre where four anti-war protesters were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen during a protest against Richard Nixon's announced escalation in Vietnam.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,  

I remember when Bush made this appointment of MacDonald and reading that she was all wrong for the job to begin with, and, of course, by now, that's a common pattern in Bush's appointments.  

Wednesday, 02 May 2007 05:50

BuzzFlash Mailbag for May 2, 2007

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Subject: NCLB and Iraq Funding Bill

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Uh-Oh, something else for George Bush to whine about,. His good friend and ally, Tony Blair, is leaving public office! What's a president to do without the support he needs to dominate the world??? Here's a hint -- Resign and return to that "ranch" in Texas where the only damage you can do is to those pesky "bushes" that need trimming!

The now massive U.S. Attorneys scandal
In which both Kyle and Monica have mired themselves
Has become sufficiently unique because
They didn't have to quit; they could've fired themselves.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Larry Beinhart

There is no real name for the movement that took over America six years ago and continues to run it. That's part of the reason for its success. Its very vagueness makes it hard to attack. In actuality, it is not a single entity. It is made up of three main parts.

Wednesday, 02 May 2007 02:56

Rory O'Connor: The Price of Press Freedom

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Rory O'Connor

Thursday is World Press Freedom Day, a day when all of us -- citizens, media professionals, governments, non-governmental organizations, and what has come to be known as "civil society" -- should remember and celebrate the crucial role a free press plays in democracy and development. Throughout the world, May 3 also serves as a much-needed annual reminder that our human right to freedom of expression is all too often violated -- and that many journalists face jail or even death to give us each day our daily news.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

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