“The Founders desperately wanted us to know that we have the power to continue the Revolution….Impeachment is the embodiment of the spirit of the American Revolution.” John Nichols explains the historical and Constitutional imperative for Congress to uphold their sworn duty and use the tool of impeachment to rein in the unprecedented power grab of the Bush presidency.
Today is the 21st day of Leslie’s Hungry for Justice? Impeach him FAST! to pressure Congressman John Conyers and the House Judiciary Committee to begin impeachment proceedings against Vice President Dick Cheney. 400 people from Vancouver, Washington to Kennebunkport, Maine, have joined the fast, with more signing on every day.
Unfortunately, Leslie’s not feeling well. Last summer she was taken to the hospital for dehydration during her Lieberman fast and at the time she promised her son she would end her fasts before jeopardizing her health. We don’t want to lose the momentum established over these past three weeks, so we’re asking for your help. She would like to ceremoniously break bread in Congressman Conyers’ office to end her fast and then pass on the leadership role to a successor.
On Thursday, February 21st, David Earnhardt, the writer, director, and producer of the best film yet released on election fraud, “Uncounted,” showed the film and spoke about it in Charlottesville, Va., at an event hosted by the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice (CCPJ). The week of the event, Charlottesville’s daily newspaper and its two weekly newspapers wrote about the movie and the issue of election fraud: Daily Progress, The Hook, and C’ville Weekly.
CCPJ recorded a 50-minute video that includes Earnhardt’s opening remarks prior to the screening of the film, and his remarks and question-and-answer session at the end. During the Q&A, Earnhardt is joined on stage by CCPJ board member David Swanson.
Click here for more information and to see the video.
The culmination of Palestine Week at UNC wasn’t a keynote address by a renowned politician and wasn’t a lecture by a tenured professor in the history department. It wasn’t even a vigil marked by a candlelit Polk Place.
But the event’s organizers and performers would argue “Hip-Hop for Palestine,” a concert that took place Saturday night in the Great Hall, was perhaps the best way to tie the week’s events together.
The last performer, Kevin James, aka Son of Nun, was perhaps the most effective in ensuring the continuation of discussions about the occupation of Palestine and the United States’ role therein.
James stood in the middle of the crowd for his entire set, rapping about issues including the execution of Stanley “Tookie” Williams, founder of the Crips gang, and Hurricane Katrina, in addition to the situation in Palestine.
And James said he thinks both Saturday’s show and the week as a whole were effective in encouraging further discussion of the role of U.S. foreign policy in Palestine .
“From what I’ve heard about the week this far, it’s resulted in people taking sides on Palestinian issues,” he said. “People are learning what their opinions should be because they’ve seen these issues addressed in this way.”
Tracy Barker has brought charges against Halliburton/KBR stating that she was sexually assaulted and harassed while under their employ and falsely imprisoned in 2004 while working at Camp Hope and in 2005, in Basra. Barker is a military wife and mother of 5 who worked for a Halliburton/KBR subsidiary, in Iraq while her husband served in the US military. While there, Tracy states she was sexually harassed and sexually assaulted by a State Department employee and a Halliburton/KBR subsidiary. After these incidents, she said she was confined under orders by her employer to a living container where she was constantly watched including times while she used the bathroom. Food was brought to her as if she was a prisoner and she was denied medical attention and any outside communications. She also claims that when she attempted to leave the camp at one point she was brought to a staging area in the middle of Iraq left with no PPE gear and had to ride in a food truck for 19 dangerous hours through Iraq which took her back to Camp Basra.
Barker was forced several days later to wear the same clothing the night of the assault and paraded through a crowded dining area apparently to humiliate her. At this point she was still be refused medical attention.
Eventually, Tracy was able to use a cellphone of Kevin Rodgers, a National Guard. Tracy’s husband 1st Sergeant Galen Barker states that his wife contacted him through Rodgers. He then tried to get to Kuwait so that he could rescue his wife from Iraq. However, Tracy continued to be held against her will by Halliburton/KBR and the State Department that continued to stall her release. She was eventually rescued by Dr. David Pakkal of the State Department who took her immediately to Kuwait.
Several months after returning home in July of 2005, Tracy started receiving phone calls from other Halliburton employees who also alleged sexual harassment and rape while in Iraq. Barker learned that a State Department investigator and a Halliburton EAP representative had given her home phone number out to gang rape victims because they thought Tracy could help them, since she had been the first victim to ever speak out.
After returning home, Tracy asked government officials to assist in securing justice. On the civil side, the State Department has not disciplined the State Department official who has admitted to State Department investigators some of the events that Tracy described. Not only does this assailant remained employed with the State Department, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia has refused to seek an indictment against him for his conduct. Rather than terminate the employment of the official, Tracy says that the State Department offered her a payment of $3,500 to drop charges against its employee for the admitted assault. Tracy refused the offer, and continues in her pursuit for justice not only for herself, but for others who have experienced the same or similar treatment while serving our country abroad.
As for her former employer, Halliburton and its subsidiaries requested that Tracy’s case against them be resolved through a arbitration that they contend is required by her employment contract. In private, there is no judge or jury, but the case is decided by an arbitrator selected from a list of arbitrators. Recently, a federal district judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas agreed with Halliburton’s position and granted Halliburton’s Motion to Compel Tracy’s case against her former employer and its subsidiaries to continue proceeding in arbitration. Tracy’s attorney, Stewart Hoffer of Houston, Texas, has recently been hired to assist Tracy with the Halliburton case as well as the case pending against the State Department official.
While Tracy continues her pursuit for justice in her own individual case, Tracy wanted to ensure that her experience, and the experience of others, did not go unnoticed by our elected officials. Accordingly, Tracy was invited to testify before a congressional subcommittee on December 19, 2007 North Carolina’s long time Congressman Bob Etheridge on December 19, 2007. Although Tracy was unable to testify at that hearing, she did provide some documentation to the committee, including a sworn statement of Letty Surman, a former Human Resources employee with Halliburton/KBR and who was an eyewitness to some of her ordeals. Surman’s affidavit detailed Tracy’s workplace experience, In addition to assisting Congress, Tracy has been in touch with Jana Crowder, a resident of Knoxville, Tennessee who, in her spare time, works to help contractors returning from overseas secure assistance with obtaining benefits. To that end, Jana and Tracy have created the War Zone Workers foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping United States citizens and legal residents working abroad for federal contractors, corporations, or government entities secure benefits under existing laws designed for their protection and to provide resources so that contractors can obtain immediate medical and mental healthcare upon their return home.
Tracy Barker is also working with Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah to pass legislation designed to ensure that contractors receive medical care through their employer after returning home.
Tracy Barker’s lawyer, Stewart Hoffer, has first-chaired thirteen trials to verdict in multiple state and federal courts around the country. In addition, Mr. Hoffer has represented numerous other clients in litigation and administrative proceedings in state and federal courts not only in his home state of Texas, but also in Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan, Nebraska and New York.
As a testament to Mr. Hoffer’s abilities, for five consecutive years since 2003, Mr. Hoffer has been voted by his peers as a “Texas Super Lawyer,” three times for employment litigation and twice for business litigation. Also, in 2004, “H” Texas Magazine twice chose Mr. Hoffer as one of Houston’s top lawyers – once in multiple practice areas and once for business litigation.
Political hip hop artist, former Baltimore City high school teacher, activist, cancer survivor, sickle cell battler, and recipient of praise by Public Enemy’s Chuck D as “[Leaving] a mean look on somebody’s face” for being “More than relevant!,” S.O.N. doesn’t just entertain his crowds he empowers them. The name Son of Nun is a biblical reference to the one who took over where Moses left off. Inspired by the Maroons in his Jamaican heritage and countless freedom fighters past and present, S.O.N. seeks to help pass the torch to the next generation.
Growing up with illness influenced his perspective at an early age, as did being the product of a single parent household. Painful sickle cell crises and hospital stays made other problems seem more manageable, and seeing his mother struggle to make ends meet was a powerful challenge to the sexist stereotypes he’d encounter as he met the world. Far from being an attention seeker S.O.N. was quiet and reserved, when diagnosed with thyroid cancer he was confronted with the possibility of losing his voice during the surgery to remove the gland. This taught him to value his voice.
He attended a state college in Baltimore where he became politically aware and active while tutoring students in the city. S.O.N.’s writing reflected this process as he began to articulate what he was learning through spoken word, dnb, and hip hop. He taught high school history in the Baltimore City Public Schools for 4 years while being an advisor for a student group and helping to coach debate.
S.O.N. has shared the stage with artists like Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, and Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine as well as activists like Howard Zinn, Cindy Sheehan, Rosa Clemente, and Liam Madden from Iraq Veterans Against the War. Music from his 2004 debut cd “Blood And Fire” has earned him spots on compilations with iconic artists ranging from The Last Poets to Sonic Youth, won him a “Best of Baltimore” award from the Baltimore City Paper, and took “Best Song of the Week” on NPR’s website. S.O.N.’s forthcoming cd, “The Art of Struggle,” is a collaboration with producer DJ Mentos and will be released in early 2008.
An Emmy-winning producer/director of 31 years, David has produced a wide range of television and video productions including documentaries, entertainment programs, and educational videos. His work has been recognized with numerous Emmy, Iris and Telly national awards. A national documentary on children’s rights, a biographical documentary about jazz legend Helen Humes, and a comedy special featuring an up-and-coming Jay Leno are among Earnhardt’s many credits.
After seventeen years in television, Earnhardt started a new phase of his career in 1993 with Earnhardt & Co., which has grown to be one of Nashville’s most prestigious production companies. Originally co-founded by David and Patricia Earnhardt in 1993, the company specializes in high quality video presentations for a variety of nonprofit organizations. Longtime creative professional Mac Pirkle joined the firm as a partner in 2002 – and the company was soon after renamed Earnhardt Pirkle, Inc., acknowledging the strength of their partnership. Earnhardt Pirkle has produced projects for more than 250 clients and has won more than 60 national awards in its 14-year history. Mac Pirkle and Patricia Earnhardt are executive producers of UNCOUNTED.
David Earnhardt is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he majored in film studies. He was born in Alexandria, Virginia – and grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. UNCOUNTED is Earnhardt’s first full-length documentary film.
UNCOUNTED is an explosive new documentary that shows how the election fraud that changed the outcome of the 2004 election led to even greater fraud in 2006 – and now looms as an unbridled threat to the outcome of the 2008 election. This controversial feature length film by Emmy award-winning director David Earnhardt examines in factual, logical, and yet startling terms how easy it is to change election outcomes and undermine election integrity across the U.S. Noted computer programmers, statisticians, journalists, and experienced election officials provide the irrefutable proof.
UNCOUNTED shares well documented stories about the spine-chilling disregard for the right to vote in America. In Florida, computer programmer Clint Curtis is directed by his boss to create software that will “flip” votes from one candidate to another. In Utah, County Clerk Bruce Funk is locked out of his office for raising questions about security flaws in electronic voting machines. Californian Steve Heller gets convicted of a felony after he leaks secret documents detailing illegal activities committed by a major voting machine company. And Tennessee entrepreneur, Athan Gibbs, finds verifiable voting a hard sell in America and dies before his dream of honest elections can be realized.
UNCOUNTED is a wakeup call to all Americans. Beyond increasing the public’s awareness, the film inspires greater citizen involvement in fixing a broken electoral system. As we approach the decisive election of 2008, UNCOUNTED will change how you feel about the way votes are counted in America.
When, in the fall of 2002, Dr. Hussein Hassouna arrived in Washington as the Arab League’s new ambassador, he brought a wealth of experience to a very difficult job. His task is to represent the League in a city where Arabs and the Arab World are often misunderstood and frequently criticized, especially in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington by young Arab men.
“I know the Washington scene,” he says, having worked with the State Department, the National Security Council and other key U.S. Administration organizations during his time as a diplomat here, representing his native Egypt.
After spending 30 years in the Egyptian diplomatic service, including a stint as deputy chief of mission in Washington during the critical period around the negotiation of the Camp David accords in the late 70s, and rising to the post of assistant minister of foreign affairs, Ambassador Hassouna moved to the Arab League, which posted him as its ambassador to the United Nations in New York. After five years of work there, he was appointed to the Washington post.
Dr. Hassouna feels there was a need to improve American understanding of the Arab World: “I wanted to promote an Arab-American dialogue on various issues and thereby strengthen ties between the United States and the Arab World.”
Having lived and worked in the United States for over a decade, he sees many areas in which the two sides have common ground. “I believe despite existing issues that might divide the U.S. and the Arabs, there are many more that unite us.”
One of the main problems he has faced is that the image of Arabs and the Arab World has largely been shaped by the mass media focusing on negatives, such as the religious extremist and terrorist elements in the Middle East.
But how to project more balanced and positive images of the Arab World to Americans, and to Washington decision-makers in particular?
Ambassador Hassouna has worked to coordinate activities among Arab embassies in Washington so that they can be more effective in their approaches to key U.S. government institutions, such as the Congress, White House and State Department.
He personally makes a point of taking up as many invitations as possible, to address fora on Middle Eastern issues at think tanks and universities, or to grant media interviews. However, he laments that most U.S. media networks prefer to use American experts on the region, rather than consulting Arab representatives themselves, who naturally are better qualified to represent the Arab viewpoints on key issues.
“I think there is a need today for Arab views to be heard, on how to solve the Arab-Israel problem, how to restore stability to Iraq, how to deal with international terrorism, and other key issues,” he says.
He points out, too, that many parts of the Arab World, including his homeland Egypt, have for many years been victims of terrorism, and have extensive experience of fighting terrorism to share with America and the rest of the western world.
For the ambassador there are some very fundamental issues at stake, in particular how one views human civilization. He believes that, “We all belong to a common civilization, with common goals and aspirations.” In which case, theories that we are witnessing a clash between Western Civilization, on the one hand, and Islamic Civilization, on the other, need to be put aside in favor of constructive dialogue between representatives of Western and Islamic-based Arab nations and cultures. “We need to explain that Islam is a religion of tolerance, and solve U.S.-Arab disagreements through dialogue.”
He believes that relations could be much improved if there was a more vigorous focus on economic ties, given the great potential for them to be greatly developed. At the moment, the level of U.S.-Arab trade is around $45 billion a year. Arab investment in America is around $300 billion, while U.S. investment in the Arab World is around $70 billion.
Of Arab-Americans, the ambassador says, “We respect their American identity, but they have an Arab historic and cultural heritage…and can serve as bridges.” He believes that a stronger Arab-American voice in U.S. politics will provide a good balance to other influential forces. “They can balance other voices and pressure groups,” he says. “This can have an impact on U.S. foreign policy, making it more sensitive to Arab feelings and aspirations.”
But Ambassador Hassouna is always eager to return to cultural themes. “I believe we have to focus on culture, because culture brings people together,” he says. “We all belong to a universal culture.”
There are of course the more mundane issues that any ambassador to Washington has to deal with, such as immigration problems faced by those he represents. Since 9/11, Arabs have been in the spotlight, and many U.S. residents from Arab countries of concern have had to register with the authorities.
“We do understand the security problems of the U.S., but wise procedures have to be applied in a reasonable and flexible way. Otherwise friends of the U.S. will be deterred from coming here. Already tourism and visits for education and health purposes have been significantly affected, and some official visitors have been stopped for questioning and searched at U.S. airports.”
These and related concerns were aired at a meeting he organized for Arab ambassadors and officials of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (before it became part of the new Department of Homeland Security). “I think they were keen to find solutions,” the ambassador said of the INS officials at the meeting.
He appreciates the open doors he encounters in Washington and beyond, and considers this part of “traditional American openness and hospitality, and willingness to listen and learn, without sticking to formalities.” He says his Egyptian wife, Nevine, is also actively moving through diplomatic and social circles in Washington, getting the message out in her own, special way.
Dr. Hussein Hassouna has the following credentials:
Ambassador of the League of Arab States to the United States
Ambassador of the League of the Arab States to the United Nations
Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt for international Legal Affairs & Treaties (1996-1997)
Ambassador of Egypt to Morocco (1992-1996)
Ambassador of Egypt to Yugoslavia (1989-1992)
Director of Cabinet to the Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt (1986-1989)
Director, Egyptian Press & Information Bureau- Paris, France (1983-1986)
Political Counselor, Egyptian Embassy, Washington, DC(1978-1982)
Special Advisor to Egyptian Foreign Minister on Legal and
International Organization Affairs (1976-1978)
Member, Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations, New York
Representative of Egypt to major United Nations conferences, Non-
Aligned, African and Arab meetings.
Member, Egyptian delegation to successive Middle East peace negotiations in Cairo, Tel Aviv and Washington DC, leading to the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
L.L.B. & PhD in International Law, Cambridge University, England.
Lectured at major universities in the United States, Canada, England and France, including Yale, Georgetown, UCLA, McGill, Cambridge and Sorbonne.
Board member of the International Law Institute
Board member of the Center for Global Training in Rule of Law
Board member of the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce
Board member of the Advisory Committee/ Academy for Educational
The American Society of International Law
Egyptian Council of Foreign Affairs
Author of a book on Middle East conflicts and articles on international law and world affairs in various publications, including the American Journal of International Law, World Policy Journal, and United Nations publications.
Dave Meserve lives and works in Arcata, California where he served as a city council member from 2002 to 2006, after running on the platform that “The federal government has gone stark, raving mad. Therefore, we must organize locally to protect our civil liberties, defend the Constitution, and build a sustainable community.”
In 2003, he successfully sponsored Arcata’s ordinance (a law, not a resolution) that forbids police and other city employees from cooperating with federal officials in enforcing unconstitutional portions of the USA PATRIOT Act.
As a council member, he also introduced and passed resolutions calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney and opposing the invasion and occupation of Iraq. On a local level, he helped get solar panels on city hall and supported transportation alternatives to the single occupant automobile.
Since then, his work has emphasized the importance of building local resistance to all of the post-911 federal policies that violate constitutional and human rights at home and around the world.
Dave is a founding member of the Redwood Peace and Justice Center, an associate member of Veterans for Peace Chapter 56, and currently serves as co-chair of the Arcata Nuclear Weapons Free Zone and Peace Committee.
He is currently working on a ballot initiative ordinance that prohibits military recruiting of any person under the age of eighteen.
Dave earns his living as a home designer and builder, and his politics are driven by a belief that a just and sustainable world is possible. He wants to do his part to provide a peaceful and healthy future for his children, his grandchildren, and all those who will inherit whatever sort of earth we leave for them.
Leslie Angeline and Ellen Taylor are both members of the womens peace activist group Code Pink.
Last year, Leslie was in Washington D.C. working with CodePink when she heard Senator Lieberman’s call for a military strike against Iran. She tried to meet with him to talk about pursuing a position of diplomacy rather than war, and he repeatedly refused to see her. Leslie started a fast and after 23 days he finally agreed to meet with her.
Leslie and her boyfriend Jes run the ‘A Journey for Peace and Freedom website. Together both Jes and Leslie visited Iran, as part of a Global Exchange “Citizen Diplomacy” Delegation. They plan to travel throughout the United States to encourage other cities to pass resolution condemning the use of military force against Iran and calling for an end to the war in Iraq. They will also be showing a slide show and talking about how warmly they were received in Iran. They hope to establish heart connections between the American people and the Iranian people.
Recently, Leslie and her fellow Code Pink member Ellen Taylor have been meeting with Congressman John Conyers to discuss many issues such as the War in Iraq and Impeachment. They are also fasting for impeachment. They discuss this and much more with host David Swanson on The People Speak Radio.
There are a couple of closely related definitions, from two different but related websites:
Exopolitics is the study of the key individuals, institutions and political processes associated with extraterrrestrial life.” from Dr. Michael Salla’s website, http://www.exopolitics.org/ .
The science of relations between our Earth and advanced, intelligent civilizations in the Universe.” from Alfred Webre’s website, http://www.exopoliticsradio.com/home.html .
As defined above, we see that exopolitics seeks to research and explore the realm of extraterrestrial life as it relates to humanity, politically, socially, culturally and very likely, economically. I recommend anyone finding this article interesting spend some time looking over information on those websites.
Exopolitics does not seek an answer to the question, “Are we alone?” To this field of study that question has been answered satisfactorily many times over by the countless reports of sightings, abductions, and contacts, including highly credible ex-military and ex-government civilian employees who have come forward to give testimony on their experiences not only with “UFO” sightings, but with extraterrestrial technology and extraterrestrials themselves. Dr. Steven Greer of the Disclosure Project (www.disclosureproject.org) has carefully recorded, on video and in print, expert testimony from over 400 witnesses to this extraterrestrial technology and contact.
University of Cincinnati students were given an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of abuses carried out by U.S. forces in Iraq during Truth, Lies and Torture: Stories from Iraq. The event took place Jan. 24 in the Great Hall of Tangeman University Center.
Three speakers protesting the Iraq war, Fedaa Jasim, an Iraqi-American, Aidan Delgado, an Iraq War veteran and Marty Webster, national coordinator of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, shared stories of abuse and voiced their opinions of the current situation in Iraq.
Aidan Delgado, honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector, shared his story of time spent in Iraq as a soldier.
“The war had a corrupting effect on me and the members in my unit,” Delgado said.
Delgado witnessed Abu Ghraib detainees being abused.
In one instance, prisoners were chanting and demonstrating against the living conditions within the camps. The guards panicked and opened fire with rubber bullets immediately killing three prisoners, Delgado said.
The prisoners were living in utter squalor and filth, with freezing conditions and not enough clothes or blankets. The sick and dying prisoners were served “decaying food infested with maggots,” Delgado said.
“If only Americans could see, they would never tolerate this,” Delgado said.
Delgado projected pictures ranging from lone limbs to his sergeant holding a skull to get his message across.
“I felt the fighting spirit bleed out of me,” Delgado said. “[I remember thinking] we’re exactly the same.”
Abuse was not the only thing Delgado highlighted.
“There are also many things to be proud of, we gave supplies and rations to the Iraqis and there was charity within the units,” Delgado said.
Delgado, Jasim and Webster all agree the situation in Iraq is not being portrayed in full scope.
George McGovern has never forgotten his roots. He was born in Avon, South Dakota, on July 19, 1922, the son of a Wesleyan Methodist minister. The family moved to Mitchell, South Dakota, in 1928, and George graduated from Mitchell High School in 1940. He was an outstanding student, and his proficiency in debate won him a scholarship at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, where he enrolled in the fall of 1940. There he met fellow student Eleanor Stegeberg of Woonsocket, South Dakota. George and Eleanor were married on October 31, 1943, and their five children were all born in Mitchell.
As a college student, McGovern was twice elected class president and won the state oratorical contest with the topic “My Brother’s Keeper,” an avowal of his belief in one’s responsibility to humankind.
World War II interrupted McGovern’s education in 1943. He flew 35 combat missions as a B-24 bomber pilot in Europe, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war he returned to Dakota Wesleyan University, graduating in 1946. McGovern then attended Garrett Seminary for one year before enrolling at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American history and government.
McGovern returned to Dakota Wesley an University in 1950 as a professor of history and political science, where he became a beloved and respected faculty member. He left the university in 1955 to reorganize and revitalize the South Dakota Democratic Party, from which his illustrious political career was launched. He was elected to Congress in 1956 and reelected in 1958. As a congressman, he was an advocate for the American farmer and represented the nation’s heartland with distinction.
After McGovern lost his first bid for the U.S. Senate in 1960, President John F. Kennedy named him the first director of the Food for Peace Program and Special Assistant to the President. In this position he oversaw the donation of millions of tons of food to developing nations. McGovern was then elected to the Senate in 1962 and reelected in 1968 and 1974. As a member of the Senate committees on agriculture, nutrition, forestry and foreign relations, and the Joint Economic Committee, he led the way in expanding key nutrition programs.
In 1972, Senator McGovern was selected as the Democratic Party nominee for president, the only South Dakotan so honored by any major political party.
In 1976, President Gerald Ford named McGovern a United Nations delegate to the General Assembly, and, in 1978, President Jimmy Carter named him a United Nations delegate for the Special Session on Disarmament. After leaving the Senate in 1980, McGovern was a visiting professor at numerous institutions, including Columbia University, Northwestern University, Cornell University, American University and the University of Berlin. He served as the president of the Middle East Policy Council from 1991 to 1998, when President Clinton appointed him ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. In 2001 he was appointed the first United Nations global ambassador on hunger. In this position, McGovern continues his leadership in the battle against world hunger.
A prolific author, McGovern has lectured at more than 1,000 colleges and universities around the world. He has also received many honorary degrees and distinguished awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor, which was bestowed upon him by President Bill Clinton on August 9, 2000.
A war hero, 22-year U.S. Congressman and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, George McGovern will long be remembered for his courage in speaking out against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, his friendship and respect for the common man, and his work on behalf of American farmers and hungry children throughout the world.
On January 6, 2008, the Washington Post published a major op-ed article by McGovern entitled, “Why I Believe Bush Must Go: Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse.”, expressing his support for impeachment efforts against President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney:
Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly “high crimes and misdemeanors,” to use the constitutional standard.
He characterized impeachment as “…a way to signal to the American people and the world that some of us feel strongly enough about the present drift of our country to support the impeachment of the false prophets who have led us astray. This, I believe, is the rightful course for an American patriot.”
In closing, McGovern opined:
I believe we have a chance to heal the wounds the nation has suffered in the opening decade of the 21st century. This recovery may take a generation and will depend on the election of a series of rational presidents and Congresses. At age 85, I won’t be around to witness the completion of the difficult rebuilding of our sorely damaged country, but I’d like to hold on long enough to see the healing begin.