Mittwoch, 20. August 2008

McCain's Warped Worldview

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/08/20/11089/



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Journalists and Their Good Friends in the White House

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/08/20/11099/



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World Water Crisis Underlies World Food Crisis

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/08/20/11083/



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Next-up news Nr 661

http://groups.google.com/group/omeganews/t/ca83277c2e90e549?hl=de

Court: Passengers Can Challenge No-Fly List

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle: "Critics of the government's secret no-fly list scored a potentially important victory Monday when a federal appeals court ruled that would-be passengers can ask a judge and jury to decide whether their inclusion on the list violates their rights."

http://www.truthout.org/article/passengers-can-challenge-no-fly-list



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The Limits of American Power

http://groups.google.com/group/omeganews/t/549e4da0eb9ca890?hl=de



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Is McCain Another George W. Bush?

Jack Cafferty, CNN: "Russia invades Georgia and President Bush goes on vacation. Our president has spent one-third of his entire two terms in office either at Camp David, Maryland, or at Crawford, Texas, on vacation. His time away from the Oval Office included the month leading up to 9/11, when there were signs Osama bin Laden was planning to attack America, and the time Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city of New Orleans. Sen. John McCain takes weekends off and limits his campaign events to one a day. He made an exception for the religious forum on Saturday at Saddleback Church in Southern California. I think he made a big mistake. When he was invited last spring to attend a discussion of the role of faith in his life with Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, McCain didn't bother to show up. Now I know why. It occurs to me that John McCain is as intellectually shallow as our current president."

http://www.truthout.org/article/is-mccain-another-george-w-bush



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Bei Hartz IV: Keine Persönlichkeits- und Datenschutzrechte

20. August 2008

Über den Umgang mit persönlichen Daten von Hartz-IV-Empfängerinnen und Empfängern war bislang wenig bekannt. Hierzu erklären die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende, Halina Wawzyniak und der Datenschutzbeauftragte der Linksfraktion, Jan Korte (MdB):

Während sich die Grünen in populistischen Forderungen nach der Aufnahme des Datenschutzes ins Grundgesetz ergehen, offenbart sich, dass die Ausführungen der von ihnen beschlossenen Hartz-IV-Gesetze eklatante Mängel im Bereich des Datenschutzes aufweisen. So sieht die Bundesregierung entgegen ausdrücklicher Forderungen von Datenschützern keinen Grund Einzelgespräche zwischen Sachbearbeitern und Hartz-IV-Empfängern in einem Einzelzimmer (Diskretionsraum) verpflichtend vorzuschreiben. Bislang werden lediglich Empfehlungen hierfür ausgesprochen. Obwohl sich die Bundesregierung bei der Beantwortung einer Kleinen Anfrage der Linksfraktion mehr Zeit zur Recherche erbat, war sie nicht in der Lage, konkrete Fragen der LINKEN gewissenhaft zu beantworten. So konnte beispielsweise die Bundesregierung die Zahl der nach den Hartz-IV-Gesetzen zulässigen Hausbesuche, die einen der stärksten Eingriffe in das Persönlichkeitsrecht der Leistungsempfänger darstellen, nicht angeben, weil diese zentral nicht erfasst werden. Datenschützer hatten hingegen gefordert, dass der Grund des Hausbesuches in der Akte zu vermerken ist. Auch die Überprüfung der Rechtmäßigkeit des Verlangens nach Kontoauszügen von Leistungsbeziehern ist nicht möglich, da auch hierzu die Bundesregierung keine Aussagen machen kann. Es steht zu vermuten, dass die Betroffenen bei dieser laxen Handhabung des Datenschutzes nicht erfahren, dass sie unter bestimmten Bedingungen die Berechtigung haben, Kontodaten zu schwärzen. Besonders skrupellos aber gebärdet sich die Gebühreneinzugszentrale (GEZ). In einer offensichtlichen Sammelwut – so geht es aus der Antwort auf die Kleine Anfrage der Linksfraktion hervor - hat sie den Vorschlag abgelehnt, automatisch eine sog. Drittbescheinigung zur Vorlage bei der GEZ zu übersenden. Erschreckend ist zudem, dass die Forderung nach einem behördlichen Datenschutzbeauftragten nicht umgesetzt wurde, sondern lediglich bei der Bundesagentur für Arbeit ein Beauftragter sitzt. Angesichts der aktuellen Debatten über einen verstärkten Datenschutz klingt diese Aussage der Bundesregierung wie Hohn. Nach der unzureichenden Antwort der Bundesregierung ist eines sicher: Hartz IV ist nicht nur herzlos, es macht die Menschen auch rechtlos. Die Bundesregierung soll nicht nur vom Datenschutz reden, sondern endlich ihre Verantwortung dafür wahrnehmen. Das geht auch ohne Grundgesetzänderung, weil der Datenschutz bereits im Grundgesetz steht und für alle Bürgerinnen und Bürger gleichermaßen gilt.

http://www.die-linke.de/presse/presseerklaerungen/detail/artikel/bei-hartz-iv-keine-persoenlichkeits-und-datenschutzrechte/



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Promise of talks on phone mast bid

Protesters angry at proposals for a mobile phone mast near their homes in Telford have won an important victory in their David and Goliath battle with telecoms giant Vodafone.

Council leaders have promised to put pressure on the company to rethink its plans. Objectors fear the mast, planned for a site off Alma Avenue, Malinslee, could pose a health risk to youngsters who use a nearby play area and BMX track.

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http://www.shropshirestar.com/2008/08/20/promise-of-talks-on-phone-mast-bid/

How conservative Republicans let lobbyists gobbled up D.C.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/16/arts/idside16.php


Informant: Lew Rockwell



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Government Projects Do Not 'Create Jobs'

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig9/morehouse1.html

Britain's terror laws have left me and my family shattered

I am innocent yet was detained without charge in solitary confinement for days on end. It was a devastating experience.

http://tinyurl.com/5noe6e


From Information Clearing House



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A $100 billion bill

Washington is headed toward another dismal milestone in Iraq. With more than 4,000 U.S. soldiers dead and a conflict that's outlasted World War II, now add a $100 billion bill for private contractors by year's end.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/08/14/EDM512BA7J.DTL


From Information Clearing House



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Large U.S. Bank Collapse Seen Ahead

By Jan Dahinten

The worst of the global financial crisis is yet to come and a large U.S. bank will fail in the next few months as the world's biggest economy hits further troubles, former IMF chief economist Kenneth Rogoff said on Tuesday.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20557.htm



Jim Rogers Predicts Bigger Financial Shocks Loom

Fueling a Malaise That May Last for Years

By Keith Fitz-Gerald

Rogers talked extensively about the ill-advised bailouts of Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the potentially ruinous fallout from the financial "Super Crash" that's about to engulf the U.S. market.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20558.htm



The Greenback Blues: Something's Gotta Give

By Mike Whitney

Don't be fooled, most paper money is steadily losing value due to the wild expansion of credit which started at the Federal Reserve.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20547.htm

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World Markets Fall Sharply Amid Fear of Economic Slowdown

Larry Elliott, The Guardian UK: "Share prices dropped sharply on the world's financial markets yesterday amid fears that the year-long credit crunch is entering a dangerous new phase marked by a severe economic slowdown and failing banks."

http://www.truthout.org/article/world-markets-fall-sharply-amid-fear-economic-slowdown



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How Foreign Policy Affects Gas Prices

By Ron Paul

How does foreign policy affect gas prices? One important factor is that oil on the world market has been priced in dollars exclusively since 1973. Only two leaders have gone against this arrangement - Saddam Hussein in 2000 and more recently Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the recently opened Iranian Oil Bourse which trades in non-dollar currencies. But since oil is otherwise exclusively traded in dollars, this means that oil producers have vast amounts of assets held in dollars.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20548.htm



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How Washington's encirclement of Russia threatens us all

The New Cold War Turns Hot

By Antony Black

The flare-up of hostilities in the Caucasus should bring to mind a similar case of the 'guns of August' almost a century ago. Then, a similar flashpoint (in Serbia) signalled the start of WW1. Fortunately, the nightmare conflagration of a WW3 has (hopefully) yet to be similarly ignited - though, truth to tell, it is not for the want of fuel heaped on the geo-political pyre by the global mafia don and its uncritical, cheerleading mass media.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20550.htm



Americans play Monopoly, Russians chess

By Spengler

The fact is that all Russian politicians are clever. The stupid ones are all dead. By contrast, America in its complacency promotes dullards. A deadly miscommunication arises from this asymmetry. The Russians cannot believe that the Americans are as stupid as they look, and conclude that Washington wants to destroy them.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20551.htm



Putin Makes His Move

Accident of geography puts Georgia in Russia's way

By ROBERT KAGAN

The man who once called the collapse of the Soviet Union "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the (20th) century" has re-established virtual czarist rule in Russia and is trying to restore his country's dominant role in Eurasia and the world. Armed with wealth from oil and gas; holding a near-monopoly over the energy supply to Europe; with a million soldiers, thousands of nuclear warheads and the world's third-largest military budget, Vladimir Putin believes that now is the time to make his move.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20553.htm

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America’s role in the Russo-Georgian war

Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway

08/19/08

In years to come, the short, sharp Russo-Georgian war may be remembered as the nadir of American post-Cold War power and influence - the moment in the closing months of George W. Bush’s hapless administration when all the damage that he has done to America’s position in the world came into focus. The United States encouraged Georgia into thinking it was under American protection, built up and trained its armed forces with a little help from the Israelis, established one of the biggest embassies in the region to make it a center of American influence in the Caucasus, and, despite private warnings, issued public statements of undying support. And now America’s client is wiping blood from its nose. The wreckage of Georgia’s towns and countryside, however, is not as complete as the ruin of Bush’s policies...

http://tinyurl.com/5t9qqn


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Saakaschwili hatte die Rückendeckung der USA

Wie es zu dem Krieg im Kaukasus kommen konnte, wer von ihm profitiert und wie die Perspektive aussieht. Ein Interview mit Kai Ehlers.

http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/28/28544/1.html



Der Bär zeigt wieder Krallen
http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/28/28548/1.html

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Erdölinteressen im Kaukasus: NATO, EU und Russland proben den Kalten Krieg in Georgien

http://freepage.twoday.net/stories/4926752/



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