Montag, 8. Juni 2009

Hold Your Applause

By Chris Hedges

Did they play Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world in the prison corridors of Abu Ghraib, Bagram air base, Guantanamo or the dozens of secret sites where we hold thousands of Muslims around the world?

http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22793.htm



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Held Seven Years, Former Aid Worker Tells ABC News He Was Tortured

Life Inside Gitmo: Former Detainee Speaks

Video and Text

He said he was kept awake for 16 days straight, and physically abused repeatedly.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22792.htm



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Words and War

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/06/08-0



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Obama
http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Afghanistan
http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Norman+Solomon

Obama Foreign Policy

Bill Moyers and Jeremy Scahill Discuss Obama Foreign Policy
http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/06/08



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Comey Emails Illustrate Concerns Over Torture Policies

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "Dick Cheney and his lawyer, David Addington, pressured the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2005 to quickly approve a torture memo that authorized CIA interrogators to use a combination of barbaric techniques during interrogations of 'high-value' detainees, despite objections from senior DOJ officials, according to emails written by James Comey, the agency's former deputy attorney general. In the emails, Comey also wrote that then Attorney General (AG) Alberto Gonzales was 'weak' and had essentially allowed Cheney and Addington to politicize the DOJ."

http://www.truthout.org/060809J



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DANGEROUS DRUGS - DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT

http://groups.google.com/group/omeganews/t/cbccd2344e9af3a0?hl=de

Wall Street Made This Mess And Is Making Fortune Cleaning It Up

MICHAEL LEWIS

huffingtonpost.com - Michael Lewis, the former Salomon Brothers trader who wrote "Liar's Poker" about the excesses of Wall Street during the 1980s, delivered a devastating critique of the financial industry and of the government bailout today on CNN. Lewis thinks that the government's rescue efforts have only served to postpone a "day of reckoning" for Wall Street.

http://caf.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=A9WCY0jwu8USXbP3i2Gk0Q%3D%3D



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=financial+industry
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Over 1/3 of a trillion of the bailout money is being declared "missing in action"

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/639.html



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“Legacy of debt” gives fiscal stimulus bad name

Bloomberg
by Caroline Baum

06/05/09

By the time the U.S. government unveiled its Public Private Investment Partnership in March, the toxic loans and securities clogging bank balance sheets had become ‘legacy assets.’ What if deficit hawks took the same tack and marketed the $787 billion fiscal stimulus as ‘legacy debt?’ ‘The $787 billion the U.S. Treasury will be borrowing or confiscating from you via taxation will saddle future generations with a legacy of debt,’ the press release might read. ‘Your children and grandchildren can look forward to higher taxes, a lower standard of living and minimal government support in their old age.’ Maybe the public would balk. And maybe some member of Congress would be bold enough to sponsor a measure to call off the still-uncommitted expenditures...

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=email_en&sid=amkTORldgMYA


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The trouble with Democrats

The Nation
by William Greider

06/05/09

The governing party faced an awkward dilemma. People were hurting and furious at the government’s generous bailouts for banks. But how could the Democrats do something for the folks without upsetting their friends and patrons in the banking industry? Democrats think they found a way. They are enacting a series of measures described as ‘breakthrough’ reform and ‘unprecedented’ defeat for the bankers. Only these achievements are more accurately understood as ‘reform lite.’ The house is on fire and Democrats brought a garden hose. The Democratic Party is changing in some promising ways, but what’s impressive is how much it has not changed...

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090622/greider


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Obama in Cairo: High words, low truths

CounterPunch
by Alexander Cockburn

06/07/09

As they drafted his speech to the Muslim world, delivered in Cairo on Thursday, President Obama’s speech writers strove to suggest that cordiality towards Islam is soundly embedded in America’s cultural history. … An early version of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ by Francis Scott Key, written in 1805 amid the routing of the Barbary states, offered a view of Islam markedly different from Obama’s uplifting sentiments in Cairo …. So America’s national anthem began as a gleeful tirade against the Mahommedans. And of course every member of the U.S. Marine Corps regularly bellows out the USMC anthem, beginning ‘From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.’ In short, America’s march to Empire was minted in the crucible of anti-Islamic sentiment...

http://counterpunch.org/cockburn06052009.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Leave China alone

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

06/08/09

Before an American secretary of state gets up on her hind legs and lectures the rest of the world about ‘the darker events of its past,’ complaining about the lack of ‘a public accounting of those killed, detained, or missing,’ let’s look at the record: in 1993, then-attorney general Janet Reno ordered the murder of 76 people in Waco, Texas, on grounds that didn’t sound all that credible at the time, and, in retrospect, turn out to have been entirely dubious and self-serving. Can it really be that the U.S. government — yes, the same people who ordered this and this — is hectoring China for unlawful detention? As a great philosopher once said, oh, puh-leeeeeeeze!

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2009/06/07/leave-china-alone/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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UK: Police deny targeting kids for DNA

Register [UK]

06/05/09

Police officers in Camden, north London, are deliberately targeting kids under-18 for arrest just so their DNA samples can be taken. The Met denies any such action has taken place, but an anonymous police officer told The Ham and High: ‘It is part of a long term crime prevention strategy. We are often told that we have just one chance to get that DNA sample and if we miss it that might mean a rape or a murder goes unsolved in the future’...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/05/dna_children_london/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Fed Intends to Hire Lobbyist in Campaign to Buttress Its Image

The Federal Reserve intends to hire a veteran lobbyist as it seeks to counter skepticism in Congress about the central bank's growing power over the U.S. financial system, people familiar with the matter said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aZjQKyLci1AM&refer=us



Treasury bloodbath soaks top fund managers

Investors have been blindsided by one financial catastrophe after another over the last 18 months, but throughout the tumult, the government bond market has been their friend. Until now.

http://www.reuters.com/article/email/idUSTRE55468F20090605


From Information Clearing House



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Bush FBI sent 18 armored agents to search my house

Wiretap whistleblower says: The Bush Administration's FBI sent 18 agents in body armor to the home of a man who revealed details of the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program, according to a little-noticed account of the whistleblower published Thursday.

http://snipurl.com/jn91o


From Information Clearing House



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Bush+legacy
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Major problems found in war spending

In its first report to Congress, the Wartime Contracting Commission presents a bleak assessment of how tens of billions of dollars have been spent since 2001. The 111-page report, obtained by The Associated Press, documents poor management, weak oversight, and a failure to learn from past mistakes as recurring themes in wartime contracting.

http://snipurl.com/jn8uj


From Information Clearing House



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=war+spending

Iraq's New Death Squad

The Iraq Special Operations Forces (ISOF) is probably the largest special forces outfit ever built by the United States, and it is free of many of the controls that most governments employ to rein in such lethal forces.

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090622/bauer


From Information Clearing House



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Iraq+Special+Operations+Forces
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Anatomy of a typical US military propaganda campaign

One month later, after the bombings of a village in western Afghanistan that killed up wards of 150 civilians, we now get this half assed admission of culpability on the part of the US military.

http://snipurl.com/jn8k9


From Information Clearing House



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Medvedev: Russia, China Should Dump Dollar in Trade

By Reuters

Russia and China should consider switching to domestic currencies in bilateral trade without going to the dollar, Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Kommersant daily published on Friday.

http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22781.htm



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The Great, International, Demonic, Truly Frightening Iranian Threat

By William Blum

The fact that Obama says he's willing to "talk" to some of the "enemies" like Iran more than the Bush administration did sounds good: But one doesn't have to be too cynical to believe that it will not amount to more than a public relations gimmick.

http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22782.htm



http://freepage.twoday.net/topics/Is+Iran+next/
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Barack Bonaparte: 'Soft Power' and Personal Charm

By Hizb ut-Tahrir

When the European conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt as part of his quest for world domination, he told the people: "You will be told that I came to destroy your religion; do not believe it ... I have more respect than the Mamelukes for your God, His Prophet, and the Koran" and many more sweet words besides.

http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22779.htm



We Wanted a World Leader, We Saw Only a US President

Obama's long-awaited speech demonstrated little to suggest America will pursue any course beyond its own interests

By Ahdaf Soueif

This is hard. It's hard because we so need to believe that Obama is about change, that he's wise, that he's good, that he has the interests of the world - rather than just the interests of the United States - at heart.

http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22780.htm



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Full extent of masts is exposed

Times Online - Auckland - Auckland, New Zealand

By MARIANNE KELLY

THIRTY-FIVE mobile phone sites in East Manukau are already in action ... Newcomer 2degrees has four masts and service cabinets in place, ...

http://www.times.co.nz/cms/news/2009/06/full_extent_of_masts_is_exposed.php

How Pharma and Insurance Intend to Kill the Public Option

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "I've poked around Washington today, talking with friends on the Hill who confirm the worst: Big Pharma and Big Insurance are gaining ground in their campaign to kill the public option in the emerging health care bill."

http://www.truthout.org/060709E



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Pioneers of Torture

http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2009/06/07/pioneers-of-torture/



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Conspiracy, Census and the Case for Secession

http://lewrockwell.com/orig8/barnett9.html

Is Secession Treason?
http://www.lewrockwell.com/case/case35.1.html



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And We, Like Sheep…

http://www.lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w97.1.html



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Wall Street’s man in Washington, Secretary of the US Treasury, was sent to Beijing

http://www.lewrockwell.com/bonner/bonner387.html



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The Case Against the Fed

http://lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard202.html



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Councillors sorry after Castle Bromwich phone mast error

Jun 8 2009 by Nick McCarthy, Birmingham Post

Councillors have apologised to residents after a mobile phone firm legally installed a mast three years after the council refused permission.

Officers at Solihull Council forgot to tell T-Mobile that it was refused permission in May, 2006.

They were supposed to write to the company within 56 days of rejecting the application, but they did not.

The council is now powerless to stop T-Mobile, despite rejecting the application in the first place.

Read More...
http://tinyurl.com/m4hqtq

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Outrage as Solihull Council blunders yet again over Castle Bromwich phone mast

http://www.solihullnews.net - Solihull, Birmingham, UK

A BLUNDER by Solihull Council has allowed a telecoms giant to press ahead with a mobile phone mast, incensing residents in Castle Bromwich. ...

http://tinyurl.com/l52rzp

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http://www.next-up.org/France/Drome.php#1


- Image du jour: Élections Européennes "Michèle Rivasi, une victoire historique d'espoir"
http://www.next-up.org/divers/image_semaine1.php#1

Italy antiterror law stunts Wi-Fi, critics say

Philip Willan, IDG News Service01.09.2009

Italy’s antiterrorism law, renewed by government decree at the beginning of this year, is being accused of stifling the development of Wi-Fi technology in the country.

Read More...
http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/01/09/italy-antiterror-law-stunts-wi-fi-critics-say


Informant: Martin Weatherall



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