Bulletin 136

Subject: Fwd: Re: On U.S. Forces in the Middle East, an up-date: FROM CEIMSA-IN-EXILE.

9 September 2004
Grenoble, France

Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,

Our Research Center, CEIMSA-IN-EXILE, continues to receive mail everyday, despite the attempts at censorship we are now resisting at
Stendhal University. Much support and solidarity has been expressed over these past weeks, and the local newspaper, Le Dauphiné Liberé, described this week in its article, "Polémique a l'Université Stendhal" (published on 7 September), in fairly accurate terms the issues of our conflict with Standhal University administrators.

Meanwhile, at the global level, the war in the
Middle East continues, and, as the American elections approach, the number of casualties are increasing (not to mention the faltering American economy caused by the bloated military budget) : 1,000 Americans killed in Iraq , 11-12,000 killed in the resistance.

Below, in item
A. the Council for the National Interest (CNI) has sent us a commentary on an article recently published in the Washington Post, in which the The American Israel Public Affairs Committee ( America 's Pro-Israel Lobby, AIPAC) attacks CNI's position on the role of the United States in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

B. is an article from MoveON, the largest organized anti-war movement in the United States since the Vietnam protests of the 1960s. Organizers of his contemporary social movement have sent us an article, Sad News from Iraq : Vigils TOMORROW, which describes one more tactic to end the war, and the causes of the war in America .

Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies/
Director of Research
Stendhal University-Grenoble 3

from: CNI

Subject: AIPAC Attacks CNI!

In a Washington Post article today, AIPAC attacked our recent full-page ad in the Washington Times, saying that CNI was trying to convince people that AIPAC "is doing something wrong." The article, titled "AIPAC Says U.S.-Israel Ties Are Under Attack" and appearing on Page A10, portrays an organization on the defensive after recent revelations that it has been the subject of a two-year FBI counterintelligence investigation.

The relevant CNIF ad, "Hold Israel Accountable," appeared in the September 1st edition of the Washington Times and featured facts on
Israel 's Apartheid wall, illegal Jewish settlements, and covert operations and espionage committed by Israel against the United States , including the most recent case of Larry Franklin. The FBI believes AIPAC may have passed classified information relating to Iran from Mr. Franklin, a Pentagon official working for Undersecretary of Defense, Douglas Feith, on to the Government of Israel.

Such efforts to acquire classifed information by penetrating the
U.S. government and spying on behalf of Israel are nothing new in the history of U.S.-Israeli relations. But attempts to use that information to influence U.S. government policy on Iraq , Iran , Syria , and Palestine are more serious crimes than espionage. This goes far beyond lobbying. It brings into question, as Pat Buchanan and others have already said, whether the lobby should be forced to register as an agent of a foreign government and lose its tax-exempt status.

CNI stands by every word of its ad, which was delivered to all Republican Convention delegates.

Hanan Ashrawi on C-SPAN's Washington Journal and NPR's Diane Rehm Show Tomorrow

In addition to our public hearing this Friday, Hanan Ashrawi will be on two national broadcasts tomorrow (Thursday, September 9th):

C-SPAN (main TV channel, as well C-SPAN Radio)
Washington Journal
9 am - 9:30 am

National Public Radio (NPR)
The Diane Rehm Show
10 am - 11 am
Hanan Ashrawi will appear with, or follow, David Siegel, spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington

And remember that Hanan Ashrawi will also appear at our public hearing this Friday, September 10th:

Friday, September 10th
10 am - 12 noon
Room 2237, Rayburn House Office Building
Hanan Ashrawi will appear with Amb. Ed Peck. We will inform you if C-SPAN will provide coverage.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Council for the National Interest Foundation click here:

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from: MoveOn

Subject: Sad News from Iraq: Vigils TOMORROW

Over 1,000 US soldiers have now died in Iraq. Tomorrow night, we re holding vigils with the Win Without War coalition to honor these soldiers and their families. Host a vigil, or find one in your area.

Dear MoveOn member,

In the past four days, clashes with Iraqi insurgents have claimed the lives of 17 American soldiers. With these deaths, we mark a grim milestone: over 1,000 military men and women have now died in this misconceived war.

Their caskets have been hidden from view, and the President won't visit their graves. And this morning, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld diminished their deaths by calling the toll relatively small. But it is now time for us to publicly recognize the sacrifice these soldiers have made, and to demand that our leaders serve those in harm's way better in the future.

Tomorrow night at
8pm, we're joining with the Win Without War coalition to hold hundreds of candlelight vigils. Gathered together silently in towns across the country, we'll reflect on this terrible moment and honor the fallen. And by focusing attention on the dead, we'll help pressure our national leaders to get us out of this mess.

Can you host a vigil? It's a small commitment of time -- you just need to identify a good location and pull together some candles and printed materials for attendees. To sign up too host a vigil, go to:


If you can't host, we welcome everyone to attend a candlelight vigil tomorrow night. You can search for one near you at:


865 soldiers have died since President Bush declared, "Mission Accomplished." And yesterday, top Pentagon officials told the New York Times that "insurgents controlled important parts of central
Iraq and that it was unclear when American and Iraqi forces would be able to secure those areas." The attacks are increasing, the death toll is rising, and there's no exit strategy to get us out.

In the moments before the war in
Iraq began, Win Without War and MoveOn members gathered in thousands of vigils around the country and the world to make a plea for peace. As of this morning, 1,003 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq -- along with tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians, and hundreds of soldiers from other countries. It is time to come togetherr again. We'll gather with candles, representing our mourning for those who have died and our hope for those who still live.

We all support our troops. We hope that they all return safely to the waiting arms of their families and loved ones. But hiding the caskets of the dead does not honor the men and women who are in harm's way. It is time to recognize them, and tomorrow night, we will.

Can you join us? To get involved, go to:


--Carrie, Joan, Lee, Marika, Noah, Peter, and Wes
MoveOn.org Team
September 8th, 2004

P.S. We've posted an excerpt, below, from one of the many articles which capture the stories of some of the men and women who have died. You can see the pictures, names, and stories of all of the men and women who died in
Iraq at: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/

Iraq war claims 1,000th U.S.casualty
Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Every name in the roster deserves a story:

Caleb Powers, 21, a Marine Corps lance corporal from Mansfield who donated his time to the children's society that had cared for him as a boy.

Army Spc. Jeremiah Schmunk, 20, a fun-loving man who wore a wig and dress to school to invite a girl to a Sadie Hawkins dance in his hometown of Warden.

Army Spc. Jake Herring, a 20-year-old 180-pounder from Kirkland who was the undersized but tenacious center and co-captain of his high school football team.

John "Sully" Sullivan, a 28-year-old heavy metal "shredder" who traded guitar for weapons as a member of the Army's 101st Airborne Division.

The youngest soldiers from Washington to die in Iraq were only 19. They were: Marine Pfc. Cody Calavan of Lake Stevens; Army Pfc. Duane Longstreth from Tacoma; and Army Spc. Nathan Nakis from Sedro-Woolley.


A thousand dead is a terrible toll. But even the number one is a harsh statistic for families who pick up the telephone and get the news no one wants to hear.

"It's just not the same here anymore," said David Scott, a father still grieving a year after his son's death. "There's an empty spot -- and it's felt all through our house."


Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies/
Director of Research at CEIMSA-IN-EXILE

UFR d'Anglais
Université Stendhal
Grenoble, France