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Iraq War: Four More Years?

JAMES PAUL
Paul is executive director of the Global Policy Forum, which will soon be releasing a detailed report titled “War and Occupation in Iraq.” Parts of the report are now available online.

MEDEA BENJAMIN
GAEL MURPHY
Benjamin and Murphy are co-founders of the women’s peace group CodePink. Benjamin said today: “Gael and several other peace activists were arrested Thursday morning while attempting to enter the public Appropriations Committee [meeting in connection with the] vote on the Supplemental Bill allocating $100 billion for the war in Iraq. The Democrats were given a mandate for peace in the November election, but are allowing a bill to go to the House floor that will let the war drag on into 2008 instead of using their power of the purse to cut funds for the war. Now, Gael has been forcefully arrested for simply trying to get into what was supposed to be a public hearing about the war funding.” Video is here. (Gael Murphy’s arrest begins at 5:45 into the video).
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KATHY KELLY
Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Kelly was in Iraq when the “shock and awe” bombing began. She has helped organize the “Occupation Project,” which encourages citizens to participate in nonviolent civil disobedience to end the war. She has written several pieces in recent months about Iraqi refugees who she has met with in Jordan.
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AARON GLANTZ
Glantz — an unembedded journalist and author of the book How America Lost Iraq — has reported extensively from Iraq since the spring of 2003.

ASEEL ALBANNA
Now in Washington, D.C., Aseel AlBanna is with Iraqi Voices for Peace. She was born and raised in Baghdad and studied architecture.

JOHN QUIGLEY
Professor of international law at Ohio State University, Quigley is author of the book The Ruses for War: American Interventionism Since World War II, which was originally published in 1992. A second edition, to be published in June, details the falsehoods that the Bush administration used to take us to war in Iraq in 2003.

YASIR SHALLAL
Shallal is an independent businessman in the Washington, D.C., area and a board member of the Iraqi American Alliance.
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DAVID ENDERS
Author of the book Baghdad Bulletin, Enders is a freelance correspondent with 18 months of experience in Iraq, focusing especially on America’s Shiite “allies.”
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KELLY DOUGHERTY
Executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Dougherty was in Iraq from March 2003 to February 2004 with the Colorado National Guard. She will be in D.C. this weekend.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167