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Everyone, The senior senator from my state, Paul Wellstone, died today in a plane crash, along with his wife and daughter, three aides, and two pilots. The story fronts most major news American news outlets, so I'll add no more here. I will note that the major regional newspaper carried a fullpage ad this morning thanking Wellstone for his courageous vote against the war powers resolution. (Wellstone's lead in the polls has been climbing since, though no one foresaw this outcome. The race was fiercely fought, with $19.4 million already spent.) Wellstone was a member of the Senate's Foreign Relations committee, and he managed to have testimonty from Phyllis Bennis read into the record of the recent Senate hearings. The link is here: http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0802-02.htm Earlier this year, Ramzi Kysia voiced the frustration felt by many in working with compassionate figures like Wellstone, who face systemic constraints. But Ramzi added in a follow-up that the criticism was not directed at Senator Wellstone (whom Ramzi considered one of our finest elected officies), but rather at the anti-sanctions/anti-war movement and our failings in effectively projecting our case. I second Ramzi's appreciation of Senator Wellstone, who will be missed. Regards, Drew Hamre Golden Valley, Minnesota _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk