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August 24, 2005 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
Stepping up their response Tuesday to an antiwar movement that has gained momentum in recent weeks, President Bush and his aides said heeding protesters' wishes to withdraw troops from Iraq would "weaken" the United States' broader efforts to combat terrorism. Bush made his remarks in a surprise appearance during a vacation day at an Idaho mountain resort.
August 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
A Utah television station is refusing to air an antiwar ad featuring Cindy Sheehan, whose son's death in Iraq prompted her vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch. The ad began airing on other area stations Saturday, the first day of the national convention here of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which Bush has been invited to address.
August 21, 2005 | Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
As antiwar activists set up a second roadside tent city and scores of motorcyclists conducted a rolling counter-rally, President Bush on Saturday launched a verbal campaign to shore up support for the war in Iraq. Bush also did a little biking of his own, taking Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong on a sweaty, two-hour trail ride on the 1,600-acre ranch where the president and First Lady Laura Bush are spending the month of August.
August 18, 2005 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
Antiwar demonstrators staged candlelight vigils around the country Wednesday evening, freshly energized by the tenacity of Cindy Sheehan, the California mother of a fallen soldier, who has camped out for almost two weeks near President Bush's central Texas ranch, demanding a face-to-face meeting with him. In Washington, 400 to 500 demonstrators gathered silently in front of the White House -- one of a dozen or so vigils scheduled for the nation's capital and its suburbs.
June 17, 2005 | Anne-Marie O'Connor, Times Staff Writer
Donald Duncan is a familiar kind of man, his face lined and weathered, his husky voice flavored by a regional American accent. His eyes are thoughtful as he tells a familiar American story, of how he dreamed of being a war hero, until the brutality he witnessed in Vietnam destroyed the convictions that made him willing to fight and die. "Everything I grew up with," the former Green Beret begins haltingly, as if he still can't believe it. "This is just not the way you treat human beings."
May 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
Thousands of activists marched past the United Nations on Sunday, urging diplomats reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to remember the horrors of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki six decades ago and not allow them to be repeated. Chanting "No War, No Nukes" and carrying signs saying "No More Hiroshima, No More Nagasaki," the marchers headed to Central Park, where they formed a human peace symbol. Organizers put the number of protesters at 40,000.
February 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Peace activists from around the United States gathered in St. Louis as part of a three-day meeting to develop plans to pressure the Bush administration to exit Iraq. The gathering, which brought together representatives from more than 35 states and Canada, was coordinated by United for Peace and Justice, an umbrella coalition of about 1,000 anti-war organizations.
December 27, 2004 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
When their teenage son dreamed of joining the Marines to help children in war-ravaged countries, Fernando and Rosa Suarez del Solar left behind a thriving Tijuana laundry business to start over in San Diego. And when Lance Cpl. Jesus Suarez del Solar, 20, was killed more than a year ago near Baghdad, his parents saw a mission uncompleted. "After he died, I promised myself that we would finish his job," said Fernando Suarez del Solar, 49.
December 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A massive airdrop of paper birds intended to promote peace failed to halt violence in Thailand's south, as attacks targeted soldiers and local officials. Five people were wounded hours after Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Sunday's airdrop of nearly 100 million origami cranes over the region had boosted peace.
April 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
An antiwar group planning a massive demonstration at the start of the Republican National Convention has been denied a permit to use Central Park because the crowd would be too large, officials said Wednesday. United for Peace and Justice said it planned to appeal. The city parks department denied the group's request to rally on the park's Great Lawn after a march through city streets. A permit request for the march, submitted separately to the police department, is pending.
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