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McHugh attaches strings to Iraq funding

The Bush Administration has asked Congress for more than $90 billion to continue fighting the war in Iraq this year. North Country Congressman John McHugh says he's not willing to give it without strings attached. McHugh has introduced a bill that would authorize half of the President's request, and then assess how well the Iraqi government and U.S. military are using the money. The Iraqi Government Accountability Act establishes six benchmarks, which include securing Baghdad, disarming militias, and providing for economic development. McHugh spoke with David Sommerstein yesterday.  Go to full article
Hillary Clinton says Bush war plan "won't work" (File photo)
Hillary Clinton says Bush war plan "won't work" (File photo)

Clinton, McHugh blast Bush war plan

New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says she'll introduce legislation that would cap the number of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. She and North Country congressman John McHugh held a joint press conference in Washington yesterday. Both were intensely critical of President Bush's plan to expand the number of U.S. troops in Iraq. They also called on the White House to commit more resources to Afghanistan, where soldiers and civilian aid workers face growing attacks from Taliban and Al Quaeda. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Clinton, McHugh critical of Bush war plans

New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says she'll introduce legislation capping the number of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. She and North Country congressman John McHugh held a joint press conference in Washington yesterday.

Both were intensely critical of President Bush's plan to expand the number of U.S. troops in Iraq. They also called on the White House to commit more resources to Afghanistan, where soldiers and civilian aid workers face growing attacks from Taliban and Al Qaeda. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Sen. Clinton and Rep. McHugh in Iraq. Photo by Cpt. Tommy Mitchel, US Army
Sen. Clinton and Rep. McHugh in Iraq. Photo by Cpt. Tommy Mitchel, US Army

Clinton, McHugh talk fuels speculation

North Country congressman John McHugh delayed his return to the U.S. after suffering dehydration during trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Republican stopped over in Germany for an extra day. He'll join New York's Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at a press conference this afternoon to discuss their findings during the Mideast trip. As Brian Mann reports, the lawmakers are expected to be critical of President Bush's planned military build-up in Iraq.  Go to full article
Protest in Saranac Lake (Photo:  G. Brill)
Protest in Saranac Lake (Photo: G. Brill)

Peace protesters oppose Bush's "troop surge"

President Bush's plan to send more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq sparked protests yesterday around the country. Hundreds of marchers crammed a traffic island in Times Square in New York City. Protesters also gathered in this region, with marches in Elizabethtown, Glens Falls, and in Saranac Lake. Brian Mann sent this audio postcard from a rally in Riverside Park in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

Commentary: Five Years in Guantanamo

It's the fifth anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Commentator Martha Swan finds parallels in the infamous Dreyfus Affaire - which shook France over 100 years ago. Swan is a teacher and a peace activist.  Go to full article

Clinton says she's already spoken with Gates

Newly re-elected Senator Hillary Clinton says she has already spoken with the man who's been suggested to replace Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Heard up North: A local platform for national issues

There's been a trend now for the past few years - of local town councils considering referendums on national issues. Last week, town officials in Keene rejected a local resolution that would have raised objections to the Bush Administration's handling of civil liberties since 9/11. The White House says the measures - whihc include suspending the right of habewas corpus - are necessary to prevent terror attacks in the U.S. Local peace organizers may have lost this battle. But for one activist, the local forum has at least got her message heard.  Go to full article

Canton rally protests Bush policies

Nearly 100 people rallied yesterday in Canton against new laws outlining military tribunals and interrogation techniques that passed in Washington last week. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Prairie Summer
Prairie Summer

Lebanon, first-hand

World leaders are beginning to call for deployment of an international peace force in Lebanon. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said an international force could stop the bombardment of Israel from Lebanese territory. That, in turn, would stop retaliatory airstrikes from Israel. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says no more suffering should be inflicted on civilians in either of the neighboring countries. Prairie Summer has lived in southern Lebanon for the last half year, working with teenagers. While there, she finished her master's degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University. She grew up in Russell, outside Canton, and graduated from Canton High School in 1997. Coincidentally, she was on her way home to the North Country when the fighting began last week. She told Martha Foley she's fallen in love with Lebanon and is planning to return there as soon as she can.  Go to full article

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