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* Bush Challenged in Utah and Idaho * Iraqi Constitution


Currently in Utah, Zappala is available for a very limited number of interviews. Her oldest son, Pennsylvania National Guardsman Sgt. Sherwood Baker, was killed in Baghdad in April 2004 while protecting the Iraq Survey Group, which was looking for weapons of mass destruction. She is a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace. Her article headlined “Dust Devils and Grief in Crawford,” co-written with her son Dante, appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Aug. 14 of this year.
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The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported that Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson called for protests during President Bush’s appearance Monday before a national veterans convention. “This administration has been disastrous to the country,” Anderson said.

The president of the Salt Lake City chapter of Veterans for Peace, Davis said today: “We are protesting the Bush agenda of these aggressive wars; we support the troops, let’s bring them home now, and treat them right when they come back.” Smith is a member of Military Families Speak Out.
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After his stay in Salt Lake City, Bush is going to Idaho to the Tamarack Resort. Davis is a member of the local group Valley County Citizens for Peace, which will be holding a peace rally this evening in Donnelly, Idaho, the town nearest to the resort.

Mahmoud is the U.K. head of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. She wrote the article “Iraq Must Reject a Constitution that Enslaves Women,” which appears in today’s edition of the London-based Independent.
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Saeedpour is editor of Kurdish Life and founder of the Kurdish Library. She can comment on the Kurdish role in Iraq and other crucial issues.
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Juhasz wrote the recent piece “Bush’s Economic Invasion of Iraq” for the Los Angeles Times, in which she stated: “What hasn’t been on the table [in the constitution process] is at least as important to the formation of a new Iraq: the country’s economic structure. The Bush administration has succeeded in maintaining a stranglehold on issues such as public versus private ownership of resources, foreign access to Iraqi oil and U.S. control of the reconstruction effort — all of which are still governed by administration policies put into place immediately after the invasion. The Bush economic agenda favors foreign interests — American interests — over Iraqi self-determination.” Juhasz is a Foreign Policy In Focus scholar and the author of the forthcoming book The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time.

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