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Fact-Checking and Spin-Checking President Bush: A Critical Assessment at Accuracy.org/2003

The Institute for Public Accuracy today released an in-depth analysis of key claims in President Bush’s State of the Union Address, drawing on the work of more than 20 analysts. The critique — available at www.accuracy.org/2003 — focuses on issues of foreign policy and the domestic economy. Contributing analysts who are available for interviews include:

JILL NELSON
Author and columnist, Nelson is available for a general assessment of the address.

DEAN BAKER
Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

DIANA ZUCKERMAN
Zuckerman is president of the National Center for Policy Research for Women and Families.

DOUG HENWOOD
Editor of Left Business Observer, Henwood is author of the book Wall Street.

Dr. IDA HELLANDER
Hellander is executive director of Physicians for a National Health Program.

SALIH BOOKER
Executive director of Africa Action, Booker has focused on the AIDS pandemic.

RAJ PATEL
Policy analyst at Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, and a visiting fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, Patel can address Bush’s AIDS proposal and other aspects of his economic program.

JACQUELINE CABASSO
Executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation and co-author of the report “The End of Disarmament and the Arms Races to Come.”

SUSAN WRIGHT
Editor of Biological Warfare and Disarmament: New Problems/New Perspectives.

BARBARA OLSHANSKY
Co-author of Against War with Iraq and author of Secret Trials and Executions.

MICHAEL RATNER
Co-author of Against War with Iraq and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

RAHUL MAHAJAN,
Mahajan is author of the book The New Crusade: America’s War Against Terrorism and the forthcoming The U.S. War on Iraq: Myths, Facts, and Lies.

KARIMA BENNOUNE
Bennoune is professor of international law at Rutgers University.

JOHN BURROUGHS
Executive director of the New York-based Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy, Burroughs is co-editor of the just released book Rule of Power or Rule of Law? An Assessment of U.S. Policies and Actions Regarding Security-Related Treaties.

ANAS SHALLAL
A “Partner for Peace” in the Seeds of Peace program, one of the founders of the Mesopotamia Cultural Society and an independent Iraqi-American business owner in Washington, DC.

Dr. LAILA AL-MARAYATI
Al-Marayati is founder and director of the Muslim Women’s League.

STEPHEN ZUNES
Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco, Zunes is Middle East editor for the Foreign Policy in Focus Project and author of the recently released book Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism.

BERT SACKS,
Sacks has been to Iraq several times, most recently with Congressmen Jim McDermott and David Bonior. He has violated U.S. law in taking medicine without authorization to Iraq and has been fined $10,000.

DIANE PERLMAN
A clinical psychologist and contributor to The Psychology of Terrorism, Perlman notes a good deal of “projection” in Bush’s speech.

AS’AD ABUKHALIL
Author of Bin Laden, Islam and America’s New ‘War on Terrorism’ and the forthcoming The House of Bush and the House of Saud, AbuKhalil is professor of political science at California State University at Stanislaus.

GLEN RANGWALA
Rangwala is a lecturer in politics at Cambridge University in Britain.

JAMES JENNINGS
President of Conscience International, a humanitarian relief organization, Jennings recently returned from Iraq with a group of 32 professors. He previously taught Middle Eastern history at several U.S. universities and has made many trips to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last several years.

RICHARD COUTO
Professor in the Ph.D. program for leadership and change at Antioch University, Couto is author of Making Democracy Work Better. He recently returned from Iraq with Jennings and other acedemics.

LEAH WELLS
Wells is peace education coordinator for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

MIKE ZMOLEK
Zmolek is coordinator of the National Network to End the War Against Iraq.

JOHN BERG
Director of graduate studies of the government department at Suffolk University.

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167