New research on uranium’s effect on DNA supports concerns about US uranium weapons

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New research on uranium’s effect on DNA
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., April 10 (UPI) — A Northern Arizona University biochemist and her students report that uranium can damage DNA as a heavy metal independent of its radioactive properties.

Their research has enormous implications for the study of depleted uranium as a component in military munitions.

Phys.org news agency reported on April 7 that Stearns and her students are the first researchers to discover that when cells are exposed to uranium, the uranium binds to DNA and the cells can mutate, the uranium altering the cell’s DNA code. The end result can be that the affected DNA can produce a different protein or wrong amounts of protein, affecting cell growth, some of which can metastasize into cancer cells.

While scientists have long known that uranium can damage DNA as a radioactive metal, Stearns and her collaborators discovered that uranium could also damage DNA as a heavy metal, independent of its radioactive properties.

Sterns said, “Essentially, if you get a heavy metal stuck on DNA, you can get a mutation.”

While scientists have discovered that other heavy metals are known to bind to DNA, Stearns and her collaborators are the first to link this trait to uranium.

The results of the team’s research were published recently in Mutagenesis and Molecular Carcinogenesis journals.

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Cirincione: Time For Clear Public Understanding of Iranian Threat

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Interviewee: Joseph Cirincione
Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor
Council on Foreign Relations
April 4, 2006

“I believe a military strike would consolidate the hold of the Islamic government, not loosen it. If you want to keep President [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad in power for the next five years, launch a strike on an Iranian facility. There is no doubt in my mind that the Iranian people would rally around the government and would become convinced that what the government has been telling them is true, that the main threat to the Iranian people comes from the United States or the U.S.-Israeli alliance. I can’t think of any more counterproductive move if you have the goal of enabling the Iranian people to choose their own government, than to launch a military strike against Iran now.”

Read entire interview at http://cfr.org/publication/10331/

Bush’s Nuclear Option

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“On the brighter side, there are limits to the U.S. military’s loyalty to Mr. Bush, and high-ranking American military officers have stated that they are adamantly opposed to the use of bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapons (i.e., so-called “mini-nukes”). Moreover, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has publicly stated that the idea of a nuclear strike against Iran is ‘completely nuts.'”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=%20PE20060410&articleId=2247

Psy-War or Serious? Washington Mulls Iran Attack

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POLITICS-US:
Psy-War or Serious? Washington Mulls Iran Attack
Jim Lobe

WASHINGTON, Apr 10 (IPS) – Three years after the fall of Baghdad to U.S. forces, Washington is abuzz about new reports that the administration of Pres. George W. Bush is preparing to attack Iran, possibly with nuclear weapons…

‘”The attack would be over before anybody knew what had happened,” said Perle who told the AIPAC conference last month that a dozen B-2 bombers could handle the problem overnight.’

Read entire article at http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=32845

Would President Bush go to war to stop Tehran from getting the bomb?

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by Seymour M. Hersh
New Yorker Magazine
Issue of 2008-04-17

The Bush Administration, while publicly advocatin diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclea weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran an intensified planning for a possible major air attack. Current an former American military and intelligence officials said that Ai Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, an teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contac with anti-government ethnic-minority groups. The officials sa that President Bush is determined to deny the Iranian regime th opportunity to begin a pilot program, planned for this spring, to enrich uranium.

See full article at http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/060417fa_fact We will post the article in its entirely if the New Yorker link does not work.

Call to Support May 1 2006 Great American Boycott for Immigrant Rights

*A Call to Support the May 1 2006
Great American Boycott for Immigrant Rights*

*Rally & March
Monday, May 1
4:00 pm
Union Square*

Support the Fight for Immigrant Workers’ Rights
Justice for Hurricane Katrina Survivors
The People United Will Never Be Defeated!*

Dear Sisters and brothers,

We call on you to endorse and organize for the May 1 Great American
Boycott 2006 in support of Amnesty and full rights for undocumented
workers called by the March 25th Coalition Against HR4437 and many other
immigrant organizations. /(The May 1 national call is included below)/.
In NYC, The May 1 Great American Boycott 2006 Coalition will rally and
march on Monday, May 1 starting at 4:00 pm in UNION SQUARE, on 14th
Street in Manhattan.

Be in the Streets on April 10, the national day of action in support of
immigrant rights, and in NYC on April 29 for the March for Peace,
Justice, and Democracy � and then on to May 1.

This is an issue that all working people and progressive organizations
must embrace. The struggle for immigrant rights is a vital part of the
struggle against racism and repression, and for the full rights of all
working people. Let’s all be in the streets on May 1 in support of the
call coming from the Los Angeles March 25th Coalition Against HR4437.
Organize local protests on May 1. Organize boycotts and student
walkouts. Connect local issues that you�re organizing around with the
struggle for Immigrant Rights. We strongly encourage all who are
organizing May 1 events to make sure that their program and demands
reflect solidarity with immigrant workers and Hurricane Katrina
Survivors. Let�s build on the unity and momentum. To Endorse the NYC May
1st Action…

The NY Area May 1 Great American Boycott Supporters

*_How you can help:_

Endorse May 1 in NYC

Volunteer

List your local activity

Donate * to help with
organizing expenses for NYC Union Sq. May 1*

—————–
*Un llamado en apoyo al 1� de mayo de 2006
�El Gran Paro Americano� por Derechos Inmigrantes

Reuni�n y Marcha
Lunes 1� de mayo
4:00 pm
Union Square

Respalde la lucha por derechos de obreros inmigrantes
Justicia para sobrevivientes del hurac�n Katrina
�El Pueblo Unido Jam�s ser� vencido!
*

Queridas Hermanas y Hermanos,

Le invitamos a endosar y a organizar para �El Gran Paro Americano 2006�
�ste 1� de mayo en apoyo a amnist�a y derechos completos por
trabajador@s indocumentad@s llamado por March 25th Coalition Against
HR4437 y muchas otras organizaciones inmigrantes. /(El llamado nacional
del 1� de mayo es incluido abajo)/. En la ciudad de Nueva York, la
coalici�n del 1� de mayo del Gran Paro Americano 2006 se reunir� y
marchar� el lunes 1� de mayo comenzando a las 4:00 P.M. en �UNION
SQUARE� en la calle 14 en Manhattan.

Mant�nganse en las calles el 10 de abril, el d�a nacional de acci�n
respaldando derechos inmigrantes, tambi�n el 29 de abril en la ciudad de
Nueva York en la marcha por la Paz, Justicia, y Democracia – y luego al
1� de mayo.

�ste es un asunto que todo el pueblo obrero y organizaciones progresivas
deben abrazar. La lucha por derechos inmigrantes es una parte vital de
la lucha contra el racismo y la represi�n, y por derechos completos del
pueblo trabajador. Tod@s estemos en las calles el 1� de mayo en apoyo al
llamado que viene de la coalici�n de Los �ngeles llamado March 25th
Coalition Against HR4437. Organicen protestas locales �ste 1� de mayo.
Organicen paros y huelgas estudiantiles. Hagan esos enlaces de asuntos
locales que usted est� organiz�ndose con la lucha por derechos
inmigrantes. Animamos fuertemente a tod@s l@s que est�n organizando los
acontecimientos del 1� de mayo que est�n cierto que su programa y
demandas reflejen solidaridad con trabajador@s inmigrantes y
sobrevivientes del hurac�n de Katrina. D�jenos construir en la unidad y
la energ�a. Para Endosar la acci�n del 1� de mayo en NYC…

Partidarios Del Gran Paro Americano 1� de Mayo �rea Nueva York

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/*National Call*/

*MAY 1, 2006: CALL TO ACTION!

“EL GRAN PARO AMERICANO 2006” “THE GREAT AMERICAN BOYCOTT
2006”

“Un dia sin immigrante” “A day without an immigrant”

Nationwide Immigrant General Strike*

Immigrants contribute 7 billion in social security per year. they earn
240 billion, report 90 billion, and only are reimbursed 5 billion,
“where are the 85 billion?” They also contribute to the U.S. economy 25
billion more than they receive in healthcare, etc., etc., etc. According
to the anti-immigrant politicians and hatemongers, “immigrants are a
drain on society.” If this is true, then during the day on May 1st the
stock market will surge, and the economy will boom. If not, we prove
them wrong once and for all. We know what will happen!

Therefore, the “March 25th Coalition against HR4437 in Los Angeles,” the
organizers of the mega march of almost 2 million on March 25th, has
called for an emergency videoconferenced meeting on April 8th between
Los Angeles and any city that wishes to join the efforts toward “El
Gran Paro Americano 2006.” The following meeting will take place in
Chicago on April 22nd, we ask that all that wish to participate and be a
part of a national effort on May 1st and beyond, to attend by finding
facilities in your areas that can hold the meeting, technologically.

The points of unity are: No Work, No School, No Sales, and No Buying,
and also to have rallies around symbols of economic trade in your areas
(stock exchanges, anti-immigrant corporations, etc.).

Cities across the United States have marched during the week, therefore,
in essence observing a regional boycott, which is only felt regionally.
The March 25th Coalition against HR4437, calls for these regions to
develop a national network that will “connect the dots.” We believe with
numbers we have power, the power currently necessary to keep the
pressure on the White House to propose provisions that are just and fair
for all immigrants.

We will settle for nothing less than full amnesty and dignity for the
millions of undocumented workers presently in the U.S. We believe that
increased enforcement is a step in the wrong direction and will only
serve to facilitate more tragedies along the Mexican-U.S. border in
terms of deaths and family separation.

More details to come… Keep your eye on www.nohr4437.org

and or write to granmarcha2006@hotmail.com

and any tax deductible donations should be made to:

La Hermandand
Mexicana, 7915 Van Nuys Blvd. Panorama City, CA 91402.

Please organize your areas, and join this monumental event that will put
our mark on U.S. history.

*Endorse the May 1 General Strike >> Click Here
*

Stop the War Coalition Newsletter

STOP THE WAR COALITION NEWSLETTER
No 2006/8: April 6
Email office@stopwar.org.uk
Telephone 020 7278 6694
Web: www.stopwar.org.uk

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IN THIS NEWSLETTER
1) MILITARY FAMILIES LOBBY PARLIAMENT
2) A CARNIVAL OF CONDI PROTESTS
3) BUSH BLAIR CORPORATION
4) A STANDARD FOR ANTI-WAR ACTIVISM
5) STOP THE WAR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
6) FUNDING APPEAL

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1) MILITARY FAMILIES LOBBY PARLIAMENT
Tony Blair has refused to meet the families of those killed in Iraq. He has
not visited the many hundreds of soldiers wounded in his war nor attended
any of the funerals of those killed.

The families are demanding a meeting with Tony Blair because they need an
accounting for the reasons the country was taken to war and the reasons why
they have suffered so much.

On Wednesday April 26 the military families are organising a lobby of MPs in
parliament. Following the lobby they will be laying a wreath at the Cenotaph
and delivering a petition to Downing Street. They are calling on other
families and servicemen and women to join then to make clear to Tony Blair
that he cannot continue to ignore them.

The open letter the families have written to Tony Blair can be downloaded
from here:
http://www.mfaw.org.uk/

The petition demanding that Tony Blair meet the bereaved families can be
signed here:
http://www.petitiononline.com/MFAWAp06/petition.html
and downloaded for collecting signatures here:
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/new/resources/index.htm

The families are asking every anti war group and peace activist to contact
military veterans they know or anyone they know with family in the services,
and encourage them to join the lobby of parliament in London on the 26
April. Please circulate this call as widely as possible. Stop the War
Coalition will of course fund expenses for the military families attending
the lobby.

WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL 26
MILITARY FAMILIES LOBBY PARLIAMENT
12 noon – 2.30pm : meeting and lobbying MPs in parliament.
2.30 pm: proceed to the cenotaph for wreath laying, then to
downing street to deliver the petition.

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2) A CARNIVAL OF CONDI PROTESTS
Well, whose idea was the Condoleezza Rice visit? What a PR disaster it
turned out for these experts in spin. Everywhere she has been met by large
protests: on Friday 31 March at the Blackburn school, outside the Liverpool
Institute of Performing Arts, and on the steps of Liverpool Cathedral, where
at least 3000 gathered, and then on 1 April again in Blackburn, when a
thousand mainly locals braved torrential rain on the last day of Rice’s
tour.

It’s not just the size of the protests but the support. LIPA students turned
their backs on Rice. Blackburn school students refused to go into school.
Jennifer John sang Imagine at the concert but then went on to an unscheduled
Give Peace a Chance. That’s a really brave thing to do and apparently Straw
was furious.

It’s also the hundreds and thousands of little things that make up a demo:
the homemade placards and the different slogans that come forward; the bands
like the samba band in Liverpool; the coffin which a kind Liverpool
undertaker lent us free of charge on condition we returned it; the music and
poetry and creative ways people express themselves.

So these demos were real carnivals of protest where everyone felt great and
that we’d achieved a great thing. The north west has said she’s not welcome
here. Even the civic reception with Muslim leaders looked very sparsely
attended on TV.

There are a lot of thanks due to a lot of people but especially Merseyside
Stop the War Coalition, and Blackburn Stop the War and their colleagues
across Lancashire.

And we should be grateful to Condoleezza for building such big protests
which will only help Stop the War in the north west. Maybe they’ll send us
Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld next.

THIS IS AN EDITED VERSION OF LINDSEY GERMAN’S REGULAR
BLOG ON THE STOP THE WAR WEBSITE:
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/lindsey/

FOR A SUMMARY OF HOW THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA
REPORTED THE CONDI VISIT FIASCO GO TO:
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/new/Coniworldpress.htm

FOR PHOTOS OF THE CARNIVAL OF PROTESTS SHE FACED ON
HER VISIT, GO TO:
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/04/337313.html

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3) BUSH BLAIR CORPORATION
This is the text of a letter from Stop the War Coalition to Mark Thompson,
Director-General of the BBC, which was handed in to BBC offices when they
were picketed across the country on Tuesday 4 April.

Dear Mr Thompson,

We write to protest in the strongest possible terms against the failure of
the BBC to broadcast any reports of the anti-war demonstration in London on
March 18 on any of its TV news bulletins.

This demonstration was one of a large number held around the world to mark
the third anniversary of the start of Iraq war, a significant landmark. We
estimate that 80-100,000 people attended the London protest. Speakers at
the concluding rally included the chief foreign representative of the
al-Sadr movement in Iraq, a major force in that country?s politics,
parliamentary figures from the Labour, Liberal Democrat, Plaid Cymru and
Respect parties, the well-known musician Brian Eno and the parents of
several of the British soldiers who have died in Iraq, as well as an SAS
soldier who had recently served there.

It defies belief that you found this event unworthy of the slightest
mention. Such an attitude can only undermine belief in the power of
peaceful democratic protest. We would like to quote from just one of the
many e-mails received on this subject:
My daughter and her friend joined the march on Saturday. It was their first
independent project as ‘citizens’ and they were elated to be doing it. On
returning home they both looked to see what coverage of the march there was
on the BBC. As you say, there wasn’t. This was a disappointment to two
idealistic young people eager to make their voices heard. It was not a good
experience of ‘living in a democracy’.

We also note that the Defence Secretary John Reid was afforded the
opportunity to attack the demonstration?s purpose on the Today programme on
the morning of March 18 ? thereby incidentally establishing its
news-worthiness ? without any representative of the organisers, or any
alternative view, being given a chance to comment.

This would seem to us to indicate a systematic hostility to the anti-war
movement and to those critical of the government?s Iraq policy,
notwithstanding that we speak for most of the country on this matter if
opinion polls are to be believed. We believe that this represents an
abandonment of the BBC?s charter obligations to impartiality and fairness on
matters of political controversy.

We would be grateful for an explanation of BBC policy on these matters, and
in particular as to why news of Saturday?s demonstration was blanked out by
BBC News, and would ask you to make time for a meeting with us to discuss
this further.

Yours sincerely,
Andrew Murray (chair)
Lindsey German (convenor)
Stop the War Coalition

STOP THE WAR COALITION HAS RECEIVED NO REPLY FROM
MARK THOMPSON. IF YOU WANT TO WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER
OF COMPLAINT TO MR THOMPSON, YOU CAN DO SO ON
mark.thompson@bbc.co.uk

If you wish to complain to Peter Horrocks, Head of BBC Television News:
email: peter.horrocks@bbc.co.uk

FOR REPORTS AND PHOTOS OF THE BBC PROTESTS ON 4 APRIL
GO TO:
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/new/beebdemo.htm

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4) A STANDARD FOR ANTI-WAR ACTIVISM
From the USA come these complimentary remarks about Stop the War Coalition
in David Swanson’s review of the Verso/StWC book NOT ONE MORE DEATH. David
is no slouch himself when it comes to anti-war campaigning and we very much
appreciate his comments.

“The Stop the War Coalition in the UK has set a standard for anti-war
activism that we in the United States struggle to match. They’ve held larger
protests, convened more significant conferences, and moved their agenda
further in public opinion, in Parliament, and in the courts than we have
done.

On Tuesday they organized protests nationwide outside the studios of the
BBC, which of course already provides a level of openness and honesty in its
reporting that those of us in the Land of the Free can only fantasize about.

Many in the U.S. turn to the BBC for better news than the muck our networks
produce. Many of us who want to end the war in Iraq look to the Stop the War
Coalition’s leadership and are grateful for the protests they create when
Condoleezza sets foot on their soil, and for the statements, posters,
pamphlets, and books the coalition produces.

The newest book from the Stop the War Coalition is called “Not One More
Death”. It’s as good a statement as I’ve seen of why this war is cruel and
destructive and why we must devote our energies to ending it as soon as
possible.”

NOT ONE MORE DEATH is available from the Stop the War office, price £5:
Order by telephone 020 7278 6694 or online at
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/new/NotOneMoreDeath.htm

DAVID SWANSON’S WRITINGS ARE AVAILABLE AT:
http://www.opednews.com/author/author9.html
David is also a leading organiser in the campaign to have George Bush
impeached for his illegal war in Iraq. SEE:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/

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5) STOP THE WAR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
SATURDAY 10 JUNE
FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE
EUSTON ROAD, LONDON WC1
As well as the usual resolutions and elections to be discussed and voted on,
the fifth annual national StWC conference on Saturday 10 June will include a
wide range of workshops lead by keynote speakers (see below). The
conference is open to delegates from groups affiliated to Stop the War
Coalition and to paid up individual members who wish to attend as observers.

FOR FULL DETAILS OF THE CONFERENCE ARRANGEMENTS AND
REQUIREMENTS GO TO:
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/new/Conference.htm

Early registration for the conference is recommended to ensure your place as
either a delegate or observer. All affiliated groups must complete 2006
re-affiliation before submitting delegate names.

FIFTH ANNUAL STOP THE WAR CONFERENCE
SATURDAY 10 JUNE
FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE
EUSTON ROAD, LONDON WC1

SPEAKERS CONFIRMED ARE:
Craig Murray, Tony Benn, Louise Christian, Rose Gentle, George Galloway MP,
Elaheh Rostami Povey (Action Iran), Lindsey German (National Convenor, StWC)
Yvonne Ridley (Islam Channel), Kate Hudson (Chair CND), Karma Nabulsi, John
Rees, (Respect), Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sabah Jawad (Iraqi Democrats), Loukas
Christodoulou, Explo Nani Kofi (African Liberation Support Group), Jane
Shallice, Dahabo Isse, AR Lokongo, Andrew Murray, Andrew Burgin, Chris
Nineham, Salma Yaqoob

WORKSHOP TOPICS WILL INCLUDE
– Iraq Today: Towards Democracy of Civil War?
– Why Iran is Under Threat
– Where Now for Palestine?
– Is Latin America the Next Target?
– The Forgotten Wars in Africa
– Civil Liberties and Guantanamo
– Islamophobia and the Anti-War Movement
– Military Families Against the War

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6) FUNDING APPEAL
Tony Blair is spending 2.8 million pounds on the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan every day. Killing thousands of people and destroying their
country is an expensive business.

Tony Blair gets this money to destroy human life and resources from the
taxes of ordinary people, most of whom have opposed his warmongering from
the start. Stop the War Coalition also relies on contributions from
ordinary people to sustain our campaign to help bring the end to Blair’s
wars and to hold him to account for his war crimes.

As always after organising a large national demonstration, we have accrued
large expenditures which need to be covered. To encourage our supporters to
give a donation to ensure Stop the War Coalition is able to continue
organising the peace activities which have brought us an international
reputation for anti-war activism, we are offering a complimentary copy of
our new book NOT IN OUR NAME (list price 5 pounds) to everyone who donates
10 pounds or more to our campaign. You can donate in three ways:

a) By telephone with debit/credit card: 020 7278 6694
b) Online at http://www.stopwar.org.uk/new/involved/joinonline.htm
c) By post to Stop the War Coalition, 27 Britannia Street, WC1X 9PG

Many thanks to all who have contributed in the past.