Donnerstag, 27. April 2006

European Inquiry Says CIA Flew 1,000 Flights in Secret

Investigators for the European Parliament said Wednesday that data gathered from air safety regulators and others found that the Central Intelligence Agency had flown 1,000 undeclared flights over European territory since 2001.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042706N.shtml

Projected Iraq War Costs Soar

The cost of the war in Iraq will reach $320 billion after the expected passage next month of an emergency spending bill currently before the Senate, and that total is likely to more than double before the war ends.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042706M.shtml

Exxon Mobil Profit Rises on Soaring Prices

Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company, on Thursday reported that quarterly profit surged, driven by rising oil prices. Anger over gas prices is gaining traction in many midterm races around the nation as Democrats attack Republicans for being too close to oil companies.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042706J.shtml

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Oil-Spill Victims Turn to Congress

A group of Alaska fishermen are petitioning Congress to force Exxon Mobil to pay $4.5 billion in punitive damages awarded after the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. The effort coincides with Exxon Mobil's release of its quarterly profits statement - the company made $36 billion in profits last year.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/042706EC.shtml

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I'm writing you this date to present a request that you boycott "Exxon-Mobile" stations and products. As you know they are reaping extraordinary profits and have an abysmal environment record. The current CEO said today that the "American people" will just have to accept the situation and tough it out. Please, take your fuel needs to another oil company. Thank you.

In addition, those of you who are American citizens have primary elections this month. If applicable, please vote and donate your services and/or money to the candidates and party that represent your values. This is a very important election year - maybe the most important "off-year" election in our country's history. Thank you.

Yours in progression,

Larry

Government Pesters Wounded Soldiers Over Unwarranted Debts

Nearly 900 soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan have been saddled with government debts as they have recovered from war, according to a report that describes collection notices going out to veterans with brain damage, paralysis, lost limbs and shrapnel wounds.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042706C.shtml

Why all gold doesn't glitter

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Stop Violence Against Women

Welcome to Care2.com's Race to Stop Violence Against Women, where every click generates a donation to Amnesty International's programs to stop violence against women and girls worldwide.

Every time you click, you generate letters protesting violent practices against women and girls, or letters of support helping women on the frontlines cope in the face of injustice and threats to their lives.

Amnesty International's End Violence Against Women program is to protect millions of women worldwide from crimes like these:

- In the US, a woman is raped every 6 minutes; a woman is battered every 15 seconds.

- In North Africa, 6,000 women are genitally mutilated each day.

- This year, more than 15,000 women will be sold into sexual slavery in China.

- 200 women in Bangladesh will be horribly disfigured when their spurned husbands or suitors burn them with acid.

- More than 7,000 women in India will be murdered by their families and in-laws in disputes over dowries.

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Amnesty International USA is proud to announce its support of "Water," the profoundly moving and compellingly vibrant story of India’s "widow houses," where women of all ages are taken to live (even today) apart from society following the deaths of their husbands.

Sprinkled with humor, rife with universal emotions and alive with visual excitement, the story of WATER follows three widows who dared to stand up for themselves in the liberating time of Mahatma Gandhi.

Amnesty commends the filmmaker, Deepa Mehta for her courage to create such a provocative film that addresses human rights abuses in India. We encourage you to go out and see "Water" which opens in select cities on April 28th.

To take action to protect Indian women and girls from violence and to view the trailer, log onto //www.amnestyusa.org/water.

European Food Safety Authority Criticised for GMO Bias

//www.i-sis.org.uk/EFSACRGMOB.php

How Many SMOKING GUNS Does It Take To Make A Mushroom Cloud?

WE NEED CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES TO PUBLICLY AND VOCALLY CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT

Every day seems to bring new and even more damning evidence of the willful lies told by the White House to bait the American people into the invasion and occupation of Iraq, which has wrecked our budget, our military and our respect worldwide. Oil prices are soaring with no end in sight as a direct result of the administration's perverse and bungled military threats. The more they talk about nuking Iran the more gas prices will skyrocket. And people ask, what WILL it take to actually commence impeachment of Bush and Cheney?

What it will take --- are more people to speak out, and in particular brave and courageous NEW candidates for office, who are not afraid to speak the truth which must be spoken. And when they DO, like Charles W. Sanders is doing in the 3rd district of OH right now, we must throw the full weight of our support behind them. Charles has an action page getting thousands of submissions from all over the country calling for the IMMEDIATE impeachment of both Bush and Cheney. And you can submit it too, if you haven't done so already.

ACTION PAGE: //www.charleswsanders.org/petitions/pnum262.php

But more than that, Charles is running as many radio spots in his home district as he can, calling on all his constituents to raise their own voices, and to submit his action page to do so. And he needs your help in this, the last week of his primary campaign, to reach out to as many people as possible in this way, to help build the consensus that impeachment is long overdue.

When we talk about taking back Congress, that is what we will have to do, TAKE IT. Nobody is going give us anything we won't give to ourselves. And when we donate to a candidate like Charles W. Sanders who is showing just the kind of leadership we need, we can make an example of him, and show other candidates that if they show real backbone they will get the support of the people too.

DONATIONS LINK: //www.charleswsanders.org/donations3.html

Nobody can predict how the primary election in the Ohio 3rd district will turn out this coming Tuesday. But every dollar we put into getting direct call to action radio spots on the air will increase the momentum for positive change. It's time to stop complaining about the representatives we have, and show how SERIOUS we are about replacing them with those who are standing up for us. When you donate to Charles, you're not just promoting a particular candidate, you are investing in real change, because he is using that money to encourage OTHER people to speak out as well.

We NEED candidates like Charles Sanders to make an issue of the endless and repeated transgressions of the current administration. Charles needs your help to get his message out, to get YOUR message out, and has now just one more week before his primary to do so. Please make a contribution today to send Charles to Congress and fight for you on the issues you care about.

DONATIONS LINK: //www.charleswsanders.org/donations3.html

How many times have you felt helpless and wished you could influence the votes of representatives in other districts to prevail on a critical vote in Congress, but thought you could not do so effectively because you were not one of their own constituents? How much more would you support Charles if you do live in his district?

Here we have a courageous candidate who will fight for all the issues you care about, if only he is given the chance to make the run. Please donate whatever you can to help Charles get on the radio to recruit and mobilize even more people to speak out so we can have a real impact on these policy decisions now and for the future. What would you give to have a whole legislature of people like Charles Sanders? Won't you give him your support now to make that a reality?

We have been valiantly speaking out with action alerts based on one fundamental premise --- either our representatives in Congress would listen to and heed the voices of their people --- or else we would work to replace them in the next election.

The time for the replacement action is NOW.

DONATIONS LINK: //www.charleswsanders.org/donations3.html

If each of us will just contribute what we can, to the most worthy candidates we can find, it will make a real difference in the kind of Congress we will all have to deal with in 2007. Most importantly, strong showings NOW by candidates who DO have a backbone, and WILL stand up and fight, can send a powerful message to the rest that they better start shaping up or we will ship them out too. Make your donation today and it will have cascading positive effects in many other races for months to come.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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Das Ende der Mobilnetzbetreiber

WLAN, Wimax, gepushte E-Mails und Internet-Telefonie kratzen am klassischen Geschäftsmodell der Mobilnetzbetreiber. Das Ende einer Ära ist angebrochen.

//www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/22/22530/1.html

The Corporate Control Of Society And Human Life

//www.countercurrents.org/lendman250406.htm


Informant: shining

Dog & Cat Fur Petition to EU Commissioner, Markos Kyprianou

A message from Eleanor:

Original Message:

AFTER WATCHING A SHOCKING DOCUMENTERY LAST WEEK DONE BY HEATHER MILLS AND PAUL McCARTNEY I WAS ABSOLUTLY DEVASTATED! I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH CRULELTY IN ALL MY LIFE, IT WAS HORRIBLE. IT WAS GOING BEHIND THE SCENES LOOKING AT WHERE FUR IS COMING FROM, FUR THAT IS ON THE RISE BIG TIME ON OUR HIGH STREETS. FUR IS BECOMING EVEN MORE FASHIONABLE THAN IT WAS IN THE 60'S AND 70'S. MOST FUR IS IMPORTED FROM CHINA. CATS AND DOGS ARE KEPT IN CAGES WITH 6 TO 7 OTHERS ALL THEIR LIFE AND BEATEN AND KICKED AROUND UNTIL THEY MEET THE MOST HORIFIC DEATH EVER IMAGINABLE, THEY ARE PULLED OUT THEIR CAGE AND SKINNED ALIVE!!!!!!

THIS IS HAPPENING TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS EVERY DAY. I HAVE NEVER EVER SEEN SUCH EVIL, I CANT BELIVE THAT THIS IS LEGAL. PEOPLE IN THE WEST ARE BUYING THSES FURS, SOME MAY NOT REALISE WHAT BUYING THESE FURS MEANS BUT THEY ARE THE REASION THAT THIS IS HAPPENING, THEY ARE TURING A BLIND EYE BECAUSE THEY DONT WANT TO KNOW. IN THIS DAY AND AGE, WHY DO PEOPLE NEED TO WEAR REAL FUR?

PLEASE HELP PAUL AND HEATHER AND THESE POOR ANIMALS THAT DONT HAVE A VOICE OF THEIR OWN AND SIGN THE PETION ON HEATHER'S WEBSITE

//www.heathermillsmccartney.com/petition.php

PLEASE ALSO SPREAD THE WORD TO EVERYONE THAT YOU KNOW! IF AWARENESS IS RAISED, THEN HOPEFULLY TOGETHER WE CAN ALL PUT A STOP TO THIS

THANK YOU SO MUCH

Tell Sen. Feinstein Not to Whitewash Domestic Spying

To Our Friends in California,

This week the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering two bills that
would reward President Bush’s illegal actions by allowing the National
Security Agency (NSA) to continue spying on Americans in violation of
our laws. These bills are being pushed through even though Congress has
failed to learn key facts about the program.

Senator Feinstein sits on this committee and can stop both of these
bills dead in their tracks.

We need you to call Senator Feinstein right now.
//action.aclu.org/site/R?i=a2iY3CIWQ0w0obNW0m580Q..

In Los Angeles: (310) 914-7300
In San Diego: (619) 231-9712
In San Francisco: (415) 393-0707
In Fresno: (559) 485-7430
In Washington, DC: (202) 224-3841

• Tell her to oppose both Senate Bill 2453 and Senate Bill 2455.
Congress needs to get the facts about the NSA spying program before
making it legal.

• Both bills would have the effect of whitewashing the illegal NSA domestic spying program. Conservatives and progressives agree that this
program should not be made legal.

• Congress has a duty to get the facts, not help the Bush administration cover them up. The Senate Judiciary Committee must uphold its responsibility to the Constitution and the American people by opposing these misguided bills.

• Tell Senator Feinstein to get the facts about the warrantless NSA domestic spying before making it legal.

Calls are needed to several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please take a moment and forward this email to your friends and family who live in California, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Delaware, South Carolina, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois. They can look up their member’s phone number here.

//action.aclu.org/site/R?i=Kmd7tcK2hi3Q6NoQ66X7hw..

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:
S. 2453, a bill written by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), would supposedly restore judicial review of wiretaps, but the law already requires judicial review and the president has ignored it. Senator Specter’s bill would allow the courts to approve programs of surveillance, diminishing the Constitution’s requirement there be probable cause that an American is doing something wrong before their communications can be seized.

S. 2455, a bill written by Senator Mike DeWine (R-PA), would also attempt to rewrite probable cause to allow warrantless surveillance of Americans’ calls and emails without evidence that they are conspiring with suspect terrorists. It would make judicial review of wiretaps optional and would reduce the amount of information the president is required to give Congress about the program.

Sincerely,

Caroline Fredrickson
Director, ACLU
Washington Legislative Office


Informant: Scott Munson

Massive Logging Plan Proposed in Six Rivers National Forest

//www.indybay.org/news/2006/04/1817944.php

by repost Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2006 at 5:50 PM

The Forest Service has proposed over 900 acres of logging in our Six Rivers National Forest near Ruth Lake in the headwaters of the Mad River. Upper Mad River Forests Need Your Help Please send a letter to the Forest Service by May 30th.

The Mad River Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest has just announced a massive timber sale called Little Doe and Low Gulch that would remove trees in 87 logging units covering 923 acres. We need your help to convince the Forest Service to abandon destructive aspects of the proposed sale.

The area that would be logged is in the headwaters of the Mad River, south of Ruth Lake and just north of the Yolla Bolly Wilderness. The Upper Mad River Watershed is a popular recreation destination and still provides much-needed habitat for rare species such as the Northern spotted owl, Bald Eagles, Peregrine falcons, Northern goshawks, Pacific fishers and Western pond turtles.

Unfortunately, aggressive logging of this watershed has already placed
8 out 14 known spotted owl pairs in the area into "take" (the agency euphemism for death) and more logging is on the way.

While the Forest Service admits its intensive logging program over the past 40 years has greatly harmed old-growth forests and critters in the Mad River watershed, the agency just can't break its addiction to clearcutting. A little over 220 acres of the proposed logging call for "regenerating" (clearcutting) mature forest stands, turning them into flammable industrial tree plantations. The remainder of the proposed logging would focus on thinning smaller trees.

The proposed logging also relies on dragging trees out of the forest with tractors, rather than cable helicopter yarding techniques, which are much more gentle on the soil. 69 logging units call for tractor dragging, while only 7 units call for helicopter yarding. Removing all of the trees the Forest Service wants to log would require the construction of 25 "landings" in the forest to pile logs until they could be hauled out. The sale area is so remote that hauling costs will be high, which means the Forest Service will try to sell many big trees in an attempt to make the sale cost-effective to log.

Please take a moment to let the Forest Service know that you value the forests, water and wildlife of the Upper Mad River Watershed.

Initial (scoping) comments on their logging proposal are due by May
30th.

TALKING POINTS

- Please ask the Forest Service to extend the comment deadline. Many areas in the proposed sale remain under snow at this writing, while many roads are likely to remain impassable for some time. It is important that at least some members of the public be able to fully inspect the proposed sale in order to provide well-informed comments.

- Clearcutting (regeneration harvest) is inappropriate for this watershed and will greatly increase the controversy surrounding this timber sale. Please focus on thinning smaller trees that are growing too densely due to past logging or fire suppression. Please protect all remaining mature and old trees and stands.

- New road construction and tractor yarding inevitably harm soil resources. Please protect our soil and water by avoiding new road construction and tractor yarding.

-The Mad River Watershed has been seriously degraded by past logging and overzealous road construction. Its time for the Forest Service to change course and promote a sustainable forest and sustainable communities by investing in restoration rather than short-term exploitation.

WHO TO WRITE

Robert Delgado Mad River District Ranger Star Route Box 300 Bridgeville, CA 95526

Fax (707) 574-6273

e-mail: comments-pacificsouthwest-six-rivers-mad-river@fs.fed.us

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Informant: Scott Munson

Take Action: Protect Animals During Disasters-Pets Act

We all know what happened to the animals during Katrina. They were left behind to fend for themselves. Many people refused to leave their homes because of this crazy scenario. I would be one of those people. Go to https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2006_PETS2 and send this petition to your congressperson. They've made it easy for you...you just fill in the form.

With love to all the Animals and those who are Guardians to life...


Informant: Scott Munson

What is the value of a tree?

April 26, 2006 edition -

//www.csmonitor.com/2006/0426/p20s01-sten.html

Backstory: What is the value of a tree?

Antoinette Campbell loses an oak: Her a/c bill goes up $120 a month - the toll on her city is even bigger.

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Antoinette Campbell was justifiably shocked when city workers mistakenly chainsawed a 60-foot oak tree last May that shaded the eastern facade of her Washington, D.C., home.

"It was a personal something I had with that tree," says Ms. Campbell.

Besides the emotional distress, the error had an unexpected consequence: She noticed her air conditioner began running a couple hours earlier each morning.

Conventional wisdom is that just one shady tree can save a homeowner $80 a year in energy costs, but Campbell claims her bills skyrocketed once the oak disappeared - up to $120 more some months.

Yes, humble street trees cool the air, reduce pollution, and absorb storm-water runoff, say forestry experts. But the benefits aren't only ecological, they say. Property values are 7 percent to 25 percent higher for houses surrounded by trees. Consumers spend up to 13 percent more at shops near green landscapes. One study even suggests patients who can see trees out their windows are hospitalized, on average, 8 percent fewer days.

Events around the country for Friday's National Arbor Day will highlight the fact that citizens and civic leaders are finally investing in the so-called "urban tree canopy."

But efforts like these aren't a moment too soon. Overall, urban trees in America are threatened, says Deborah Gangloff, executive director of American Forests. "Every city we've looked at, about three dozen, shows a decline of about 30 percent of the urban tree canopy in the past 10 to 15 years," she says. In some cities, the loss from disease, development, and neglect has been catastrophic. In Washington, D.C., for example, 64 percent of heavily forested areas disappeared between 1973 and 1997 - forest that once covered a third of the district now covers a tenth.

And the creep of suburban sprawl seems unstoppable. In the next 50 years, total American land mass reclassified from forest to urban is expected to equal the size of Montana, suggests US Forest Service data. To reverse the trend, cities like Jacksonville, Fla., San Francisco, Albuquerque, N.M., Des Moines, Iowa, and Indianapolis have ambitious reforestation plans. Los Angeles wants to plant 1 million trees. The Sacramento region has a goal to double the urban canopy in 40 years; Baltimore plans to double its own a decade sooner. Washington, D.C. is partnering with tree-planting groups and nonprofits like the Casey Trees Endowment Fund, an organization with a $50 million grant to combat the precipitous canopy decline.

The fund's urban forester program trains volunteers like Campbell, who lost her oak, to conduct on-site censuses that, combined, will locate, measure, and identify every tree in the city. The data is crunched by a US Forest Service computer model, which produces a precise environmental and economic value for each tree. For example: A 50-foot American linden at the corner of Potomac Ave. and E Street in the southeast quadrant of Washington stores 1,476 kilograms of carbon and removes 124 grams of sulfur dioxide from the atmosphere each year. To remove that same amount of pollution would otherwise cost society $5.44 annually. Multiply that by D.C.'s 1.9 million trees and the benefits add up.

Urban trees also reduce the runoff of pollutants into waterways, a problem caused by impervious surfaces like concrete. Foliage slows rain so it gets absorbed better, rather than overwhelming drainage systems, explains Ms. Gangloff. For example, a 2005 study of municipal trees in Boulder, Colo., found that the average tree intercepts 1,271 gallons of precipitation annually, saving the city $523,311 in storm-water retention costs.

For cities struggling to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality goals and build adequate wastewater treatment facilities, trees offer high return on investment. The Boulder report estimates the city gets a $3.67 return on every dollar spent on the urban forest.

"It's worth considering the value of these trees when making policy decisions," explains Dan Smith, a Casey Trees spokesman. The value of tree maintenance, for example, can't be minimized, he says, because a 30-inch-diameter tree removes 70 times more pollution per year than a 3-inch tree does. This is why he's unhappy that over the past five years, federal support of urban greening - such as tree-cover analysis, goal-setting, and technical support - has declined.

Like the urban trees themselves, the programs must also be nurtured. And that's nothing to shake a stick at.

Full HTML version of this story which may include photos, graphics, and related links //www.csmonitor.com/2006/0426/p20s01-sten.html


Informant: Scott Munson

Why are biofuels, palm oil, fueling deforestation?

//news.mongabay.com/2006/0425-oil_palm.html


Informant: Scott Munson

Top spy's story on pre-war intel finally told

//www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=20711


Informant: Kev Hall

Massiver Anstieg bei Telefonüberwachung

27.04.2006

Bonn/Berlin (dpa) - Die Überwachung von Telefon- und Internetanschlüssen hat im vergangenen Jahr massiv zugenommen. Es gab 42 508 richterliche Anordnungen zur Telekommunikations-Überwachung - fast 24 Prozent mehr als im Vorjahr. Das teilte am Donnerstag die Bundesnetzagentur in Bonn mit. Einen deutlichen Anstieg habe es vor allem im Bereich Mobilfunk gegeben. Insgesamt wurden 34 855 Mobiltelefone und 5 389 Festnetzanschlüsse abgehört. Nach der Strafprozessordnung dürfen Überwachungsmaßnahmen bei... mehr //tinyurl.com/h6jbt

Please help save the North Woods: Wisconsin's North Woods are once again threatened

Subject: [Clan of the Earth Mother] Please help save the North Woods

Wisconsin's North Woods are once again threatened!

Last year, the Environmental Law & Policy Center won three federal lawsuits which required the U.S. Forest Service to reconsider their plans to cut thousands of acres of timber in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Now the Forest Service released their proposed, revised plan to do exactly the same thing!

The Chequamegon-Nicolet was recently identified as one of the "10 most endangered national forests" in the nation. It is one of the most heavily-logged national forests in the Eastern region (which stretches from Minnesota to Maine). At the cutting rate employed over the last 10 years, every single log-able acre would be cut in 45 years. The harmful impacts of such extensive logging on waterways, habitat and related natural resources and conservation goals are significant.

Please send an email to the U.S. Forest Service to let them know how disappointed you are that they have ignored the federal court. Tell the Forest Service that you value the North Woods and want Wisconsin's natural heritage protected for future generations.

Just click to //actionnetwork.org/campaign/WisconsinsNorthWoods1_06 to send a letter.

Thanks!


Informant: Blue Ridge Mama

Join Us To End the Culture of Corruption

//www.dccc.org/r/10814/482695

US-Überwachungsprojekt "Total Information Awareness" weiter aktiv

//www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/72463

If you're poor, you're likely to remain poor

Bootstraps Don't Beat Trust Funds

Broad new study shows myth of rags-to-riches is pretty much a myth. If you're poor, you're likely to remain poor.

//www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/04/27/bootstraps_dont_beat_trust_funds.php

An Intel Story Finally Told: Denouncing The Iraq Deception

by Robert Scheer, The Nation

The intelligence on Iraq was fine, says Tyler Drumheller. The policy was stupid.

//www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/04/27/denouncing_the_iraq_deception.php

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An Intel Story Finally Told

The shocking account of Tyler Drumheller, former top CIA spy in Europe, aired Sunday on '60 Minutes.' So why isn't anyone talking about it?

//www.alternet.org/columnists/story/35505


From Information Clearing House

From Gas Crisis To Cure

by Deron Lovaas and Gal Luft, TomPaine.com

It's time to stop the blame game and embrace long-term solutions to America's oil addiction.

//www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/04/27/from_gas_crisis_to_cure.php

Calling for a phone signal? Do you love or loathe mobile phones?

By Carron Taylor

Love them or loathe them, mobile phones will likely be working at deep level Tube stations near you by 2008.

Transport for London (TfL), which manages the London Underground, is about to begin a two-month feasibility study looking at what is needed to install mobile phone transmitters underground.

A spokesman for TfL said it would be looking at four deep-level stations in central London to see what was needed for the scheme to operate, which would allow passengers to access digital broadcast services as well.

He said a survey into what passengers wanted, carried out over a year ago, revealed they wanted a phone signal on platforms and in station passageways, but not on Tubes or in tunnels.

He said: "We are very much led by what our passengers want. What we now need to do is investigate the issue of space."

He said once the technology had been looked at another survey into "passenger perceptions" would take place to find out how they would feel about the technology being extended to carriages.

"Our message would be if the technology was ever extended it would need to be respectful. It is an option if passengers want it, but if they did we would have to be acutely sensitive to those who did not," he said.

A spokeswoman from the anti-mast campaign group Mast Sanity spoke out against the development.

Sian Meredith said that when you are inside a metal box, in this case a Tube carriage, and people used their mobile phones they emited lots of microwave radiation.

She said: "Apart from a possible terrorist threat, who knows what we could be experiencing. It's highly irresponsible to have such emission levels in such an enclosed space, there's nowhere for it to escape."

Ms Meredith said another worrying factor concerned what protection was going to be afforded to train drivers and people with electro-sensitivity.

"There are ongoing surveys looking into the issue of microwave radiation which haven't made their conclusions yet. How can this technology be put in such a confined space without us knowing what the effects will be?" she added.

A spokesman for TfL said the technology would not be up and running before early 2008 but the contract would likely go out to tender next year.

What's your opinion? Email dtilley@london.newsquest.co.uk

12:31pm today

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My contribution... Sylvia

Betreff: Tube phone coverage
Von: SylviaWright
Datum: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 11:37:34 EDT
An: dtilley@london.newsquest.co.uk

I wonder if any decision maker has considered (or cares) whether the safety guidelines - such as they are - will be exceeded by dozens of people making mobile calls and using their laptops wirelessly at the same time within a confined metal box? Especially in view of the fact that 02 recently recalled on of its phones as it was in danger of catching fire!

Regards

Cllr Sylvia Wright


From Mast Sanity/Mast Network


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Mobile coverage for London Underground
//freepage.twoday.net/stories/1844661/

Anti-mast campaigner council bid

27 April 2006

A MAN who is urging a mobile phone company to scrap plans to install a mast near a school is standing as an independent candidate in next week's elections.

Gary Cripps, a member of action group Orange Squash, has announced his plans to stand in the Lesnes Abbey Ward to 'give the people one voice'.

The 31-year-old salesman is standing in the elections in the hope of stopping more masts being installed near schools and hospitals.

The father-of-two locked horns with mobile phone giant Orange earlier this year, when they announced plans to install a mast near Bedonwell Junior School, Bedonwell Road, Belvedere.

He said: "It is not because we are a political group, but despite collecting thousands of petitions, large corporations and the government refuse to listen to the concerns of our communities.

"We believe the only way we can truly force the ear of governing bodies or organisations impacting our local environment is to voice our own, and our neighbours concerns, at the forthcoming local elections."

Mr Cripps also believes mobile phone companies should be made to pay for the use of the mast and not the taxpayer.

He added: "One of the main philosophies of Orange Squash is true cost of ownership. This means that the owners [of masts] and users should pay for all the costs and not the local residents."

Mr Cripps also expressed concern over the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge and the Belvedere Incinerator.

Orange is currently in a consultation period with members of Orange Squash and other residents over the proposed mast in Bedonwell Road.

Bosses at Orange are yet to decide if a planning application will be submitted to Bexley council.

Resident Alan Eaton, the brainchild behind Orange Squash, recently submitted a 200-signature petition to bosses at Orange.

For more details view //www.orangesquash.org .

Copyright © 2006 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

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Maybe we should all consider forming an Independent Anti mast campaign group for the next election. I feel completely the same as Gary, I was extremely disappointed as not one Sutton Coldfield Councillor attended SCRAM's AGM meeting on Friday, despite sending out invitations to all of them, what level of commitment does that show?

Good luck to Gary Cripps in this forth coming election, I wish he was standing for the local councillor's election here as he would certainly get my vote.

Eileen O'Connor
SCRAM (Seriously Concerned Residents Against Masts)
//www.scram.uk.com

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I think it is great that someone is prepared to stand on this ticket. However, I have to say I don't hold out much hope for him to have very much influence, even if he is successfully elected.

Here in Burnley , we recently held a well attended public meeting. One Councillor, who is a member of the Development Control Committee, spoke from the audience, to express her belief that more precaution was needed in the planning process and that no masts should be placed close to Schools, Hospitals or Residences. She later told me that she had been told that by declaring her interest at a public meeting she had barred herself from considering any future mast planning applications. It seems that it is OK to vote if you support the idea of placing masts anywhere, but barred if you object. Further, Councillors in a particular ward, where a mast application is pending, cannot speak to a colleague who is on the Development Control Committee about that specific mast, as that would be considered to be lobbying. So much for democracy !

Incidentally, I heard some time ago that when John Prescott accepted the money for 3G licence fees and gave the operator three years to provide 80% coverage to the UK, he also said, albeit covertly, that during that 3 years they would have a virtual carte blanche to place masts where they wanted, but after then, the rules would be tightened. This places the Government in a position where they dare not change the rules or they would have the operators claiming their money back. Money that has already been spent. This would also explain why the Minister talked out the Curry Private Member's Bill in March.

Dennis Cannon



I had this from our council too about declaring an interest. This was Chris Maile's response:

'This story has circulated quite a bit lately and of course it is nonsense, at best an over zealous local planning authority, if any such dictate was to come out of the ODPM it would be challengeable as being ultra vires (without authority) indeed on average we get 30% of planning inspectors refuse mast applications technically in the name of Precott as the relevant Secretary of State.'

Sarah P


From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

A democratic dictatorship

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

04/26/06

Given all the discussion and debate about whether President Bush will order his military forces to attack Iran, now would be a good time to review the state of liberty in America. No one can deny that we now live in a country in which the ruler has the omnipotent power to send the entire nation into war on his own initiative. To use the president's words, when it comes to declaring and waging war against another country, he's the 'decider.' It wasn't always that way...

//www.fff.org/comment/com0604i.asp


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

It's not about democracy

AntiWar.Com
by Charles V. Pena

04/27/06

The notion that the United States can be made more secure by spreading freedom and democracy around the world is based on two assumptions. The first assumption, that democratic nations are peaceful countries, is rooted in the post-World War II reconstruction of West Germany and Japan because the two former members of the Axis were transformed from being America's mortal enemies to being close allies and economic trading partners. According to professor R.J. Rummel at the University of Hawaii, between 1816 and 1991 there were 353 wars and none of them were between two stable democracies. Although there may be a certain amount of truth to this logic, it is not necessarily true that all future democracies will be friendly to the United States -- especially democracies in Muslim countries...

//www.antiwar.com/pena/?articleid=8897


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Email lands group on Pentagon's "credible threat" list

Palm Beach Post

04/24/06

With the zap of a single e-mail, a group of graying peaceniks known as The Truth Project was catapulted into the clutches of the mightiest military power on earth. The group and its activities -- mostly handing out leaflets at local high schools and meeting at Lake Worth's Quaker Meeting House -- were branded a 'credible' potential threat by the Pentagon, its existence posted in a secret electronic gallery of suspected terrorists. The Pentagon has since apologized -- but why The Truth Project's two dozen or so middle-age members were considered a credible threat has remained a mystery. Unlike other, more visible protest groups, they worked within government channels -- politely requesting Palm Beach County school system permission to spread their message on campus. The military now says The Truth Project was brought to the Pentagon's attention by a 'concerned citizen' who dispatched an e-mail on Nov. 13, 2004. While not offering specifics, Commander Gregory Hicks, a Pentagon spokesman, said the e-mail 'probably' was forwarded to federal authorities by a local police agency...

//tinyurl.com/gx9be


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Two More Free Nations Fall To Biometric Prison

//groups.yahoo.com/group/infowarsnews/message/872

Vogelgrippe als Grund für Irankrieg?

Link zum Beitrag / Hintergrundinfo oder Pressehinweis: //www.hh-online.com?lid=23935 und //links.net-hh.de?lid=23935


Infopool / metainfo hamburg //www.hh-online.com

We Can All Agree on This, Right?

William Fisher raises an overlooked but heartbreakingly simple humanitarian issue in the current immigration debate: battered women seeking asylum. This is far from a new issue. It has been kicking around for years - and it has been kicked around for years.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042706Z.shtml

The Fight Against Hidden Disease

"It is easier to make individuals feel guilty than to condemn those economic actors that don't hesitate to put products or technologies on the market capable of generating an increase in the incidence of cancers." Researcher Henri Pézerat argues that "cancer prevention has not only a medical, but also a social dimension."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042606H.shtml

Rumsfeld Critics May Get Their Day on the Hill

The six retired generals who have called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation may soon get a chance to bring their complaints to Capitol Hill.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042606D.shtml

Despite Conflicts, Drug Judges Continue to Vote Yea or Nay

Medical experts who sit on FDA drug advisory committees frequently disclose financial conflicts of interest, but those disclosures rarely result in the members being disqualified from voting, a public watchdog group reported.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/042606HB.shtml

The Feds Want to Sell My Land

A mile-long roadless area near Eagles Nest Wilderness is among the 21,000 acres for sale in Colorado. So are two popular rock-climbing areas in Boulder Canyon and a snowboarding site around St. Mary's Glacier. For spelunkers, Pluto Cave in California is part of a sale tract with spectacular views of Mount Shasta.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/042606EB.shtml

Stop the Fossil Foolishness

Kelpie Wilson says that President Bush is clearly not providing the leadership we need in order to break the "oil addiction" he mentioned in his SOTA. But if the Republicans aren't going to take any meaningful action on energy issues, can the Dems fill the vacuum?

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042606R.shtml

Many middle-income Americans lack insurance

More than 40 percent of Americans making between $20,000 and $40,000 a year went without insurance for at least part of the year last year, according to a study published on Tuesday.

//news.yahoo.com/s/nm/uninsured_dc


From Information Clearing House

Wiretapping may void Va. terror case

The Bush administration's use of warrantless wiretaps may have backfired, with the reversal by an appellate court of a Virginia terror conviction.

//washingtontimes.com/upi/20060426-090430-3946r.htm


From Information Clearing House

The meaning of Tony Snow - White House Snow Job

There is something profoundly disturbing about the appointment of Fox News's Tony Snow as spokesman for the White House.

//tinyurl.com/pemps


From Information Clearing House

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White House Snow Job

Sidney Blumenthal remarks: "The hiring of Tony Snow, the former Fox News anchor and talk show host, as White House press secretary is an attempt to put a human face on a damaged administration at war with the press ... Snow arrives in the West Wing at a parlous moment. In the latest Gallup poll, Bush has plummeted to 32% approval, diving without any landing in sight. Rather than change any of his fundamental policies, he has dug himself deeper into his bunker."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042706A.shtml

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Guffaws about a Fox Guarding the White House //www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0427-06.htm

EU Cites CIA Kidnapping, Secret Flights

European lawmakers said Wednesday they had discovered a "widespread regular practice'' of human rights violations by the CIA in Europe.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article12854.htm

Azerbaijani President Rules Out Participating in Action Against Iran

President Aliyev told the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington Wednesday that his country and Iran have an agreement that forbids aggression from either side.

//www.voanews.com/english/2006-04-26-voa48.cfm


From Information Clearing House

Rice fails to win Greek support on Iran

Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, has won no public pledge of support from Greece for punitive sanctions against Tehran, as thousands protested on the streets of Athens against her visit.

//tinyurl.com/pev84


From Information Clearing House

Iran's Euro Oil Exchange to open next week

Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh said on Wednesday that the establishment of Oil Stock Exchange is in its final stage and the bourse will be launched in Iran in the next week.

//tinyurl.com/pthml


From Information Clearing House

Iran threatens to defend itself if attacked

Iran vowed on Wednesday to strike at U.S. interests worldwide if it is attacked by the United States.

//tinyurl.com/nxnaq


From Information Clearing House

War pimp alert: Blair warns over Iran threat

Downing Street has urged the world to take the threat posed by Iran "very seriously", as the United Nations deadline for it to cease uranium enrichment looms.

//www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1818475.html?menu=



Iran split

UK: Foreign Office lawyers have formally advised Jack Straw that it would be illegal under international law for Britain to support any US-led military action against Iran.

//www.sundayherald.com/55316


From Information Clearing House

Impeaching Bush, State by State

Forget bird flu, impeachment is spreading across the nation, state by state.
//www.alternet.org/story/35467


From Information Clearing House



//omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=impeach

Target Letter Drives Rove Back to Grand Jury

Karl Rove's appearance before a grand jury in the CIA leak case Wednesday comes on the heels of a "target letter" sent to his attorney recently by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, signaling that the Deputy White House Chief of Staff may face imminent indictment, sources that are knowledgeable about the probe said Wednesday.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article12858.htm

Crisis building in White House over Iraq war

A week ago, it was the generals. Now it's the colonels and majors and captains. Moreover, these officers are in uniform and have none of the security from retribution of the generals who had all already retired.

//tinyurl.com/fqq2d


From Information Clearing House

Torture from the Top

Firing Rumsfeld won’t fix the problem. Rumsfeld is carrying out Bush policy. This Administration has sanctioned torture in the name of terror.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article12850.htm

More top brass blast Rumsfeld

Two retired generals and an admiral denounce his leadership -- and say he's protected by a handpicked ring of high-ranking yes men.

//fairuse.100webcustomers.com/fuj/salon6.htm



63.26% of those polled at Army Times website say Rumsfeld should resign:
//www.armytimes.com/static.php?f=view.php


From Information Clearing House

Rove likely to be indicted: Testifies in leak case

By James Vicini and Andy Sullivan

President George W. Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, testified on Wednesday before a federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's identity, his lawyer said.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article12857.htm

Is Our Democracy Sleepwalking Into a Nightmare?

By Gene Lyons

Has the White House lost its collective mind ? Do the president and his minions believe that Americans can be stampeded into another needless war to save his party from the consequences of the catastrophe in Iraq ? Is the Bush administration seriously thinking of bombing Iran for political purposes? Of a nuclear strike ? Is it actually possible, as has been said, that George W. Bush believes himself to be on a divine, messianic mission ? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then our democracy may be sleepwalking into its worst crisis since the Civil War.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article12853.htm



Genocide

By Norma Sherry

Why is it that as a human race we think killing, raping, mayhem, mutilation and butchery is an acceptable means for change? For years we’ve watched as religious disagreements waged on as wars destroying entire nations.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article12852.htm

You can help stop a nuclear catastrophe - You can help save the world

Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 14:00:05 -0700
Subject: You can help stop a nuclear catastrophe
From: Steven Staples, Abolition 2000
sstaples@polarisinstitute.org

View this as a web page - //www.abolition2000.org/site/lookup.asp?c=cdJIKKNpFqG&b=1584679


April 26, 2006

One day one of these nuclear weapons will be used.

Russia - 16,000
United States - 10,000
China - 400
France - 350
Israel - 200
Britain - 185
India - 40
Pakistan - 40

Wanting to join the club are North Korea and Iran.


There's a threat looming over us, every day.

It's a quiet threat. And a growing threat.

And unless we do something about it - the unthinkable will happen.

One day a nuclear weapon will be used if we do nothing.

That's why I'm asking you to support the Abolition 2000 strategic plan by making your 2006 contribution.
( //www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M7161494812778196826867665 )

It's well over a decade since the end of the Cold War, but still more than 12,000 nuclear weapons remain on high alert and poised for attack. India, Pakistan and Israel (unofficially) have joined this dangerous club.

North Korea has sufficient enriched nuclear fuel to build a half-dozen nuclear bombs.

Iranians believe the bomb will protect them from the United States' pre-emptive war strategy and save them from the same fate that Iraq now suffers - tens of thousands dead, infrastructure bombed back to the Middle Ages, a collapsed society and foreign occupation.

This fear is not unfounded. John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, publicly threatened Iran when he said the U.S. would use "all the tools at our disposal." Keep in mind George W. Bush's pre-emptive war doctrine and U.S. policy of first use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear countries.

The Bush administration has also abandoned the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and is spending an estimated $9 billion each year on the new Star Wars.

And hawks in the government and the military are pushing for a new generation of nuclear weapons, such as the so-called reliable replacement nuclear warheads, and new "bunker busters" that will penetrate deep into the earth to destroy underground bunkers - both with the explicit purpose to make nuclear weapons 'more useable' and more 'palatable' to public opinion.

But it's not just the United States that is at fault. I cannot fathom why in the United Kingdom, Tony Blair's government insists on replacing its nuclear-weapons submarines with a new generation of more accurate and more destructive nuclear weapons - at a cost of 25 billion pounds!

Recently former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara summed it up in Foreign Policy magazine, "I would characterize current U.S. nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary, and dreadfully dangerous."

We cannot let fear stop us - otherwise, one day these weapons of mass destruction will be used.

There is hope. And when you hear people like Robert McNamara and many, many other former generals speak out against nuclear weapons you know there is a chance we can abolish nuclear weapons.

Antinuclear demo on May 1, 2005. The Times Square news ticker says "Thousands of antinuclear antiwar activists stage rallies at U.N. Central Park."

And when you know that around the world hundreds of groups have joined together through Abolition 2000 to create the Abolition Now! Campaign - you know there is the reality that one day, not too far away, we will see the end of nuclear weapons.

Abolition 2000 has a vision of ridding the world of nuclear weapons by 2020.

We know the vast majority of people in every country, in every part of the world support the abolition of nuclear weapons - that's why this vision is built upon a realistic plan.

Today I want to give you the choice to join us. When you decide to join us you'll be part of a growing movement that will one day will rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Abolition 2000 comprises more than 2000 organizations around the world who have endorsed our founding 1995 nuclear abolition statement. It has built an international network with other civil society networks, governments, parliamentarians and mayors.

These are powerful networks that help us build an international grassroots movement and enable us to influence international policy makers.

But this work depends on you. It depends on your commitment to making the world a safer place. That's why I ask that you make your most generous donation on-line right now.

Go to //www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M7161499212778196826867665 Abolition2000.org . It's simple. It's convenient. And it's a secure to make your gift of peace to the world through Abolition 2000 on-line right now. //www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M7161499312778196826867665

It's your commitment and generous gifts that give us the tools to plan and organize. With your donations we're launching the Abolition Now! Campaign, which will take action to abolish nuclear weapons:

Build close relations with diplomats and international experts who will open the doors to power and give us the information we need to speak with accuracy. Seize opportunities in the international media to make sure our vision for a nuclear weapons-free world is known around the globe. Work directly with key countries that will help push our agenda forward at international forums and institutions. And provide millions of people around the world the opportunity and tools to actively participate in events and make their voices heard loud and clear.

A realistic plan of action is built upon attainable steps of action. Every action that the Abolition Now! Campaign takes will support the long-term goals of achieving nuclear disarmament.

Already we have achieved so much - building, consolidating and founding an international campaign. We're beyond the "ideas stage"; we're now rolling up our sleeves and going out to do the hard work.

And this is when we most need your help. It takes the vision of people like you to understand that these first steps are vital to reaching our long-term goal.

So over the next short while we have some concrete goals to reach:

Work with Mayors for Peace initiative, an international group of hundreds of mayors. Working with the mayors lets us reach out to millions of people, builds legitimacy and gives people a direct means to affect government decision-making. Establish a research program, including working with international experts, universities and research institutes - it helps us speak with knowledge and authority and gives us access to global media interventions. Support initiatives that recognize the 10th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. This is an opportunity to highlight how the spread of nuclear power is enabling nuclear weapons proliferation - we need to promote non-nuclear and sustainable sources of energy. Focus attention on the 10th anniversary of the International Court's opinion that the use of nuclear weapons is illegal. Petition the British government to not replace the Trident and to help reduce global tensions by joining other governments like South Africa, Brazil and Canada that no longer have nuclear weapons. Ensure that the U.S. withdraws its nuclear weapons from Europe. And finish the interactive upgrade of our Abolition Now! Campaign web site - so you can take action along with thousands and thousands of other individuals.

I started this letter by saying there is a threat looming over us. And it's true. The threat of nuclear weapons is growing. And sadly, one day, we will use nuclear weapons if we do not rid the world of this danger.

That's why I'm committed to Abolition 2000 and our strategic Abolition Now! Campaign. I do not want to wake up one morning to the news that the United States, or India, or Russia, or IranŠ has dropped a nuclear weapon on a city of millionsŠ.

And then have to wait with my loved ones as we prepare for nuclear Armageddon.

The work you and I do now to rid the world of this danger is long and difficult. But we must remain dedicated.

Without your commitment, one day a nuclear weapon will be used.

That's why I ask you to join me now.

Please make your most generous donation to Abolition 2000. //www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M7161506512778196826867665

It's simple. You can help save the world.


Sincerely yours,

Steven Staples
General Secretary,
Abolition 2000


Polaris Institute, a Canadian registered non-profit organization, is the financial agent for Abolition 2000. Donations are not tax deductible.

Donations by mail and inquiries may be directed to:

Abolition 2000 c/o Polaris Institute, secretariat Attn. Karen Craine, Program Assistant Kcraine@polarisinstitute.org
180 Metcalfe Street, suite 500 Ottawa ON K2P 1P5 Canada Tel. 613 237-1717 Fax 613 237-3359 //www.ceasefire.ca/ //www.polarisinstitute.org/


The Polaris Institute is a public interest research organization federally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization with Industry Canada under the Canada Corporations Act. Unfortunately, donations to the Polaris Institute are not tax deductible.


Search /RENEGADE/ for articles that mention nukes - //fornits.com/renegade/peaars.cgi?keywords=NUKES&increment=weeks&many=52 [only articles for the last one year will be indexed]


-- Peace! *STRIDER*

'FT' echoes 'American Theocracy' on finance-caused instability & the euro as 'undollar'

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/4412/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

USDA proceeding with huge RFID program

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/4413/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Save Our Elections!

//tinyurl.com/phmc6

For an Alliance Against war in support of Iranian workers’ struggles

Call for a campaign: For an Alliance Against war in support of Iranian workers’ struggles

//www.etehadchap.org/antiwar.html
etehadchap@yahoo.co.uk

Kein Krieg gegen Iran: für nukleare Abrüstung und Frieden im Nahen Osten

Iran - Kriegsvorbereitungen

Kein Krieg gegen Iran - für nukleare Abrüstung und Frieden im Nahen Osten

Unterschriftenaktion des Kölner Friedensforum //www.friedensforum-koeln.de/


Call for a campaign: For an Alliance Against war in support of Iranian workers’ struggles

(englischer) Aufruf von Workers Left Unity Iran vom 20 April 2006 //www.etehadchap.org/antiwar.html

Unterstützungsadresse: etehadchap@yahoo.co.uk


Krieg und die Medien

Gelder und Bilder des Krieges. Die Rolle von Wirtschaftsvertretern und Journalisten in bewaffneten Konflikten

"Wer den Verlauf kriegerischer Auseinandersetzungen aktiv beeinflussen will, muss weder selbst den Abzug betätigen noch in irgendeiner Kommandozentrale über Angriff, Rückzug oder den Einsatz von Massenvernichtungswaffen entscheiden. Dauer und Intensität eines Konfliktes hängen ebenso von der wirtschaftlichen Attraktivität des umkämpften Gebietes ab, und die mediale Aufbereitung spielt nicht erst im Zeitalter des "Embedded Journalism" eine entscheidende Rolle. Wie weit der Einfluss von Privatwirtschaft und Medien tatsächlich geht, lässt sich in den meisten Fällen allerdings schwer abschätzen und so gut wie nie beziffern. Zwei aktuelle Studien dokumentieren immerhin das Ausmaß beider Phänomene…“ Artikel von Thorsten Stegemann in telepolis vom 16.04.2006 //www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/22/22372/1.html


Aus: LabourNet, 27. April 2006

Es geht um die Ausplünderung des Kongo

EU im Kongo

Bundeswehreinsatz im Kongo. Die Wahrheit, scheibchenweise

„Die UN hat der Kongo-Mission der EU einstimmig zugestimmt, Deutschland wird mit mindestens 500 Soldaten beteiligt sein. Neue Details über den Einsatz bringen Verteidigungsminister Jung in Not…“ Artikel von Martin Winter und Peter Blechschmidt in der SZ vom 26.4.2006 //www.sueddeutsche.de/ausland/artikel/581/74507/


Globale Friedenskämpfer? Globale Versager?

Die EU-Mission im Kongo sollte Anlass sein, über Evolution und Erosion des Peacekeepings der Vereinten Nationen nachzudenken. Artikel von Wolfgang Kötter in Freitag vom 14.04.2006 //www.freitag.de/2006/15/06150701.php


EU-Truppen im Kongo - Den Bock zum Gärtner gemacht? Auch in Österreich ein Thema: Stellungnahme aus Linz

„Die EU will erneut eine Militärmission in den Kongo entsenden. Mit 1.500 Mann, der Großteil davon deutsche und französische Truppen, sollen, so die offizielle Begründung, die Wahlen im Juni überwacht werden. Blickt man in die Geschichte und Gegenwart des Kongos, so drängt sich freilich die Frage auf, ob nicht der Bock zum Gärtner gemacht wird, wenn ausgerechnet Europäer als „Helfer“ in den zentralafrikanischen Staat entsendet werden…“ Stellungnahme der Werkstatt Frieden & Solidarität, Linz, bei der AG Friedensforschung //www.uni-kassel.de/fb5/frieden/regionen/Kongo/linz.html


»Es geht um die Ausplünderung des Kongo«

Aufbauprogramm der Weltbank von Interessen internationaler Holz- und Bergbaukonzerne bestimmt. Ein Gespräch von Wolfgang Pomrehn in junge Welt vom 18.04.2006 mit Knud Vöcking, Weltbank-Referent der deutschen Umwelt- und Menschenrechtsorganisation Urgewald //www.jungewelt.de/2006/04-18/005.php


Aus: LabourNet, 27. April 2006

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Die EU im Kongo. Neues Licht auf EU-Verwicklung in Kongo-Kämpfe

„Gibt es ein Bild, in dem die so genannte Europäische Sicherheits- und Verteidigungspolitik zu fassen ist, so das der EU-Botschafter, die von der Präsidialgarde ihres Verbündeten Joseph Kabila in der kongolesischen Hauptstadt Kinshasa beschossen werden, deshalb stundenlang im Keller des Hauptquartiers seines Rivalen ausharren müssen, bis sie schließlich von der eigenen EU-Truppe gerettet werden. Jetzt aber stellt sich heraus, dass alles noch grotesker ist, als bisher dargestellt. Denn nach Angaben der International Crisis Group wurden die Gefechte in Kinshasa Mitte August auch noch von kongolesischen Polizeieinheiten ausgelöst, die von der EU trainiert und aus dem EU-Entwicklungsfond ausgerüstet wurden…“ Artikel von Tobias Pflüger und Christoph Marischka in telepolis vom 18.10.2006 //www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/23/23774/1.html


Am Congo gibt’s Alles! Wie über Wahlen ein Land an die "internationale Gemeinschaft" verscherbelt wird.

IMI-Analyse 2006/023 von Christoph Marischka in AUSDRUCK vom Oktober 2006 //www.imi-online.de/2006.php3?id=1426


Aus: LabourNet, 18. Oktober 2006



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Kongo

Wal-Mart: der hohe Preis der Niedrigpreise

Werden Sie Wal-Mart gefährlich?

Interview von Rolf von der Reith mit Robert Greenwald über Tyrannei als Epidemie und die Macht der Kunden. Anlass ist die Veröffentlichung des Filmes des New Yorker Journalisten »Wal-Mart – der hohe Preis der Niedrigpreise« auf DVD. Die DVD kann im einschlägigen Handel für ca. 10.-Euro gekauft werden. Das Interview im Neuen Deutschland vom 26.04.2006 //www.nd-online.de/artikel.asp?AID=89448&IDC=3


Aus: LabourNet, 27. April 2006

Schütze Deine Bahn vor „Heuschrecken“-Investoren

Zehn Fragen – zehn Antworten: Schütze Deine Bahn… vor der Zerschlagung
und Privatisierung… vor „Heuschrecken“–Investoren… vor
privatisierungswütigen Managern und Aufsichtsräten

Artikel auf der Seite der Initiative "Bahn von unten" online vom 17.04.2006
//www.bahnvonunten.de/zehnfragen.htm


Aus: LabourNet, 27. April 2006

Das Ende des Kapitalismus: mehr Beschäftigung braucht eine andere Verteilung

Das Ende des Kapitalismus

Vortrag, den Elmar Altvater Anfang Januar vor dem Berliner Bildungsverein Urania gehalten hat, dokumentiert in der WoZ vom 20.4.06 //www.woz.ch/artikel/2006/nr16/wirtschaft/13243.html


Arbeitsgruppe Alternative Wirtschaftspolitik

„Mehr Beschäftigung braucht eine andere Verteilung“

Memorandum 2006 der Arbeitsgruppe Alternative Wirtschaftspolitik
(Kurzfassung, pdf) //www.memo.uni-bremen.de/docs/memo06-kurz.pdf


Aus: LabourNet, 27. April 2006

Perspektiven der Proteste: zurück zu den sozialen Fronten der Globalisierung

Zurück zu den sozialen Fronten der Globalisierung

„Dies ist ein Appell, die Diskussion über Bewegung, Widerstand, Selbstorganisation und Konstitution der revolutionären Subjektivität stärker von der Makroebene der Foren und Forderungen an die sozialen Fronten der unmittelbaren Kämpfe zurückzuholen. Die Erfahrungen aus dem Streik bei Gate Gourmet und seiner Ausstrahlungen ins soziale Terrain sind dafür ein guter Ausgangspunkt…“ Appell von Detlef Hartmann //www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/aktionen/persp_dh.html


Kollektiv: Auf ein Neues!

„Die sozialen Zusammenhänge in einer als gemeinsam erlebten Bewegung wie in den Untergrundszenen der DDR oder in der autonomen Bewegung der 80er in der alten BRD gibt es nicht mehr. Verarmung, Zukunfts- und Existenzangst schlagen viel direkter auf die Einzelnen durch. Das hat nicht nur damit zu tun, dass einzelne sich viel stärker als früher um die individuelle Karriere kümmern. Es hat auch damit zu tun, dass Jobs seltener geworden sind und die Art dieser Jobs die Individualisierung fördert. Der Druck, sich zu behaupten, ist viel größer geworden. Die Konkurrenz untereinander schlägt bis in die politischen Gruppen durch. Die BRD-Linke ist in der sozialen Realität angekommen – aber wie verhält sie sich darin?...“ Artikel erschienen in Wildcat Nr. 76, Frühjahr 2006 //www.wildcat-www.de/wildcat/76/w76_kollektiv.htm


Fünfzehn Thesen

Fünfzehn Thesen von Werner Rätz und Thomas Seibert zur vorläufigen Beantwortung der Frage, wie man in nahezu aussichtsloser Lage wenigstens eine andere Richtung einschlägt. //www.nadir.org/nadir/kampagnen/euromayday-hh/de/2006/04/438.shtml


Aus: LabourNet, 27. April 2006

Proteste gegen Ein-Euro-Jobs

Protestball sorgte für Paranoia… Am 25.04.2006 fand im Alstertal-Einkaufszentrum in Hamburg eine Öffentliche Vorführung von Erwerbslosen statt.

„Um ca. 12:30 betraten ca. 10 Personen des Bündniss gegen Ein Euro Jobs die Öffentliche Informationsveranstaltung der " Die Jobkarawane zieht weiter" und informierten sich erst über die Angebote für Ein Euro JobberInnen und welche Qualifikationsmaßnahmen die verschiedenen Vertreter von Ein Euro Job Trägern anzubieten haben…“ Bericht von Tom vom 25.04.2006 bei indymedia //de.indymedia.org//2006/04/144756.shtml


Aus: LabourNet, 27. April 2006

Prekäre Arbeit und Prekarisierung

Wenn ein jeder zum Krämer wird

Die Zahl der prekär Beschäftigten wächst. Aber das Prekariat hat nicht dieselben Interessen wie die Industriearbeiterschaft und ist sehr heterogen. Artikel von Enno Stahl in Jungle World vom 26.4.06 //jungle-world.com/seiten/2006/17/7611.php


Vorwärts, du junge Garde ... Gedanken über die aktuelle Debatte ums Prekariat

Artikel von Susanne Lang und Florian Schneider in Arranca!-Ausgabe 31 //arranca.nadir.org/arranca/article.do?id=306


Kosten rebellieren II – internationale Versammlung zu Prekarisierung, Migration und Grundeinkommen

Übermorgen ist es endlich soweit, Zeit für letzte Informationen: Im Forum des LabourNet (Grundinformationen zum Kongress) befinden sich Beschreibungen oder Aufrisse zu fast allen im Programm angekündigten Workshops //www.labournet.de/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=7


Aus: LabourNet, 27. April 2006

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Prekäre Arbeit und Prekarisierungsdebatte > Beiträge zur Prekarisierung allgemein

"Jede Revolution beginnt mit einem Auflauf."

„Macht kommt von machen. Deshalb stellen wir in unserer Macht-Kolumne "Basishelden" Menschen vor, die ihre Trägheit überwunden haben und sich politisch engagieren, um an der Basis etwas zu verändern. Heute füllt Kirsten Huckenbeck vom "Workers Center Rhein-Main" unseren Basishelden-Fragebogen aus. Das "Workers Center" beschäftigt sich vor allem mit den Arbeitsbedingungen von Migranten mit und ohne Papieren in Deutschland und mit ihren politischen und sozialen Rechten…“ Interview von heinrich-geiselberger in jetzt.de vom 21.7.06 //jetzt.sueddeutsche.de/texte/anzeigen/324568


Die Tagelöhner der Moderne. Sie sind qualifiziert, arbeiten rund um die Uhr – und sind trotzdem arm dran

Artikel von Simone Schmollack im ND vom 08.08.06 //www.nd-online.de/artikel.asp?AID=95066&IDC=2


Sommer der Prekären. Italien: Prekäre Arbeitsverhältnisse unter Berlusconi und Sozialdemokrat d’Alema ausgeweitet

Artikel von Toni Stengl in junge Welt vom 15.8.06 //www.jungewelt.de/2006/08-15/003.php


Aus: LabourNet, 16. August 2006

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Das Monster Prekariat

„Wie es oft bei der Ausbreitung und Entfaltung neuer Begrifflichkeiten der Fall ist, hat auch die explosive Verbreitung des Begriffsfelds Prekarität – Prekarisierung – Prekariat in den letzten Jahren beträchtliche Verwirrung entstehen lassen. So muss es nicht verwundern, dass es im Laufe der Entstehung der sozialen Bewegung, für die dieses Begriffsfeld zur wichtigsten Referenz wurde, immer wieder zu unterschiedlichen Bewertungen der zentralen Begriffe kam, wie auch zu Bedeutungsverschiebungen je nach sozialem, geografischem und zeitlichem Zusammenhang: Selbst in den Mobilisierungkontexten der Euromayday-Bewegung bedurfte und bedarf es noch immer eines intensiven Austauschprozesses, um eine einigermaßen genaue Differenzierung des Begriffsfelds zu gewährleisten...“ Artikel von Gerald Raunig in Nr. 21 der grundrisse //www.grundrisse.net/grundrisse21/gerald_raunig.htm


Prekarität ist überall

Vortrag von Pierre Bourdieu während der »Recontres européennes contre la précarité«, Grenoble, 12.-13. Dezember 1997. Aus dem Französischen übertragen von Andreas Pfeuffer (pdf) //www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/realpolitik/prekaer/bourdieu.pdf


Mehr arbeiten, viel mehr und für viel weniger

„Die dem Buch „Lisbonne revisité" entnommenen Daten über die Entwicklung der Arbeitsplätze während der letzten fünfzehn Jahre in der EU lassen keinen Zweifel offen: Die Zerstörung von Millionen festen und zeitlich unbegrenzten Arbeitsverhältnissen fällt mit der Schaffung von dreizehn Millionen neuen „flexiblen" Arbeitsplätzen überein, das heisst, Teilzeit- oder Zeitarbeitsverträge, zu denen andere, verdeckte Formen ausbeuterischer Arbeitsplätze, wie denen von Stipendiaten, Praktikanten, Praktikums- oder Ausbildungsverträgen, etc., hinzugerechnet werden müssten….“ Artikel von Alicia Stürtze in Linkezeitung vom 28.03.2007 //www.linkezeitung.de/cms/content/view/2379/32/


Aus: LabourNet, 30. März 2007

People Turn to ExxposeExxon.com as Anger toward Exxon Grows

//www.commondreams.org/news2006/0426-01.htm

Cindy Sheehan: Peace Takes Courage

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0426-22.htm

No More Amnesty

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0426-21.htm

The Take-Down Lieberman Campaign

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0426-31.htm

Watchdogs Say House Ethics Reform Is a "Scam"

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0426-02.htm

The Long War Posture

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0426-24.htm

Iran Threatens Global Retaliation if US Attacks

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0426-03.htm

Banning Photos Added to Public's 'Distrust' of Bush Regime

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0426-05.htm

UN Condemned for Promoting 'Peaceful' Nuclear Technology

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0426-04.htm



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Chernobyl

Hell on Earth: Chernobyl 20 Years Later

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0426-01.htm

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Chernobyl's Elusive Bottom Line

A study by the international environmental watchdog Greenpeace says that in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia alone, by 2056 the Chernobyl accident will have claimed the lives of more than 93,000 people through thyroid cancer, leukemia, and blood and respiratory diseases.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050406F.shtml



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Chernobyl

MOBILE PHONES & HEALTH

From Karen Barratt

A chance for input ? I dread to think what a new leaflet will say.

Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 10:29 AM
Subject: MOBILE PHONES & HEALTH

Hi Karen,

I thought this link might interest you.
//www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2006-04-25b.64843.h&s=mobile+phone#g64843.r0

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Hmm - how difficult it is to get the answers we want from the govt. I would like to have the question asked in a different way, perhaps 'When and how will the government come clean to the public about the uncertainty over health effects from mobile phones and masts, and about the major studies suggesting real problems and warning against complacency, e.g. studies x, y and z, since the publication of Stewart in 2000.

Does anyone have a suggestion as to how we can get that sort of question tabled?

Sarah L

Approval for phone mast plan as safety guidelines are met

THE Planning Service is satisfied the equipment O2 proposes to install at Dromore's Barban Hill meets public health guidelines and has recommended the application be approved. O2 took its application to erect equipment at an existing Orange Radio Base Station in the Dromore Rugby Club grounds to the Planning Appeals Commission ahead of a Planning Service determination. But in a letter to Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson, the Planning Service announced its opinion that the application be approved. This is despite two letters of objection to the plans. Divisional Planning Manager Hilary Heslip said that as long as the proposal was within the guidelines set down by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection it was not necessary for the Department to consider that aspect. While the letter said the planning system was not the place for determining health safeguards, it added that health issues were regarded as a material consideration and had been considered in formulating an opinion on the application. It was for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to decide what measures were necessary to protect public health, it said, and where emissions from mobile telecommunications equipment were concerned DHSSPS accepted the need for, and contributed financially towards, further research. However, DHSSPS considers the ICNIRP guidelines for public exposure to electromagnetic fields, as accepted by the World Health Organisation, to be based on the best evidence available to date. "Accordingly," the letter went on, "where concern is raised about the health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields, if the proposed development meets the ICNIRP guidelines in all respects it should not be necessary for the Department to consider this aspect further." The O2 application was accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity with ICNIRP Public Exposure Guidelines, stating that the proposal was within the international guidelines.

Omega read "Base Stations, operating within strict national and international Guidelines, do not present a Health Risk?" under: //omega.twoday.net/stories/771911/

27 April 2006

All rights reserved © 2006 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.

//www.dromoreleader.com/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=3402&ArticleID=1468145

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WHO, EMF, Electromagnetic Radiation and Mobile Phones
//omega.twoday.net/stories/1194586/

Im CIA-Brutkasten rappelt es

//quintessenz.at/cgi-bin/index?id=000100003589

Heldentum: Deutsche Kernkraftwerke sind sicher

//www.telepolis.de/r4/artikel/22/22505/1.html



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Tschernobyl

Wer über positive Wirkungen von Hartz IV schwadroniert, ist entweder zynisch oder ignoriert schlichtweg die Realität

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

27. April 2006

Zur aktuellen Situation auf dem Arbeitsmarkt erklärt der Bundesgeschäftsführer Dietmar Bartsch:

Natürlich freue ich mich mit allen Arbeitslosen, die im vergangenen Monat einen Arbeitsplatz gefunden haben. In diesem Sinne ist die so genannte Frühjahrsbelebung auf dem Arbeitsmarkt die alle Jahre wieder stattfindet - positiv zu bewerten. Diese Freude vernebelt mir aber nicht den Blick auf die 4,79 Millionen statistisch bei der Bundesagentur erfassten Männer und Frauen, die nach wie vor keine Arbeit haben. Und wenn man weiß, dass in der Realität natürlich viel mehr Arbeitslose einen Arbeitsplatz suchen, dann erst wird die wahre Dimension der strukturellen Probleme deutlich. Weit und breit kann ich keine Lösungsvorschläge für die Überwindung dieser Strukturkrise entdecken, unter der nach wie vor ganz besonders Ostdeutschland zu leiden hat. Alle die, die jetzt aus der alljährlichen Frühjahrsbelebung und aus den Wachstumsprognosen der Wirtschaftsforschungsinstitute bereits positive Anzeichen für den Arbeitsmarkt herauslesen, sind in meinen Augen nichts anderes als notorische Gesundbeter. Und wer gar in diesem Zusammenhang über positiven Wirkungen der Hartz-Gesetze schwadroniert, ist entweder zynisch oder ignoriert schlichtweg die Realität. Alle Experten sind sich einig, dass wir in den kommenden Jahren mit mindestens 4,5 Mio. arbeitslosen Männer und Frauen rechnen müssen. Zur Erinnerung, vor Hartz IV lag Arbeitslosigkeit in den Jahren 2003 und 2004 jeweils bei 4,38 Mio. Die Linkspartei.PDS ist nach wie vor die einzige Partei, die fordert: Hartz IV muss weg, weil dieses Gesetz auf der Illusion basiert, eine bessere Vermittlung durch die Bundesagentur für Arbeit könne gegen die strukturelle Arbeitslosigkeit helfen. In ganz Ostdeutschland und in vielen strukturschwachen Gebieten Westdeutschlands gibt es jetzt und in den kommenden Jahren einfach nicht genügend Stellen, auf die wenigstens die Hälfte der gegenwärtig Arbeitslosen vermittelt werden könnten. Deshalb befürchtet z.B. das Forschungsinstitut der Bundesagentur für Arbeit in Nürnberg zu Recht, das die Arbeitslosigkeit in Ostdeutschland in den kommenden Jahren sogar noch leicht steigen wird. Es bleibt also bei unserer Forderung: Da nach Überzeugung aller Experten auch in einem wie auch immer gearteten Wirtschaftsaufschwung nicht die Stellen geschaffen werden, die die Massenarbeitslosigkeit zumindest deutlich verringern würden, brauchen wir öffentlich geförderte Beschäftigung, um das drohende Desaster beim weiteren Sozialabbau und bei der Verarmung breiter Bevölkerungsschichten aufzufangen.

//sozialisten.de/presse/presseerklaerungen/view_html?zid=32567

Mast victory

Susie Goldacre, right, and Alex Tucker, of Rose Hill, tear up their protest poster describing the possible building of a mobile phone mast near Humphris Garage

It was a close call, but campaigners have won their fight to stop a phone company erecting a mast in their community.

Oxford City Council refused Vodafone permission to build a 10m mast outside Humphris Garage, Rose Hill, in October, but the phone company appealed against the decision.

However, campaigners heard this week that the planning inspectorate had thrown the appeal out on the grounds of visual impact and appearance, and inadequate consideration of alternative locations.

Resident Mike Knibbs, one of those who protested against the mast, said: "I'm delighted at the news. It would only have been 24m from my property and I'm sure those emissions are still questionable. It's a victory for common sense."

Fellow campaigner Susie Goldacre said: "It's very good news. Here's a situation where a community comes out in support of an environment that looks better and functions better, and it succeeds. It's thanks to all the people that supported us."

The application was initially recommended for approval by officers, but was turned down by the council's south east area committee after it heard that 350 letters of opposition had been received.

City councillor Ed Turner, who represents Rose Hill and Iffley, said: "I'm chuffed to bits. It's quite rare for a council to win an appeal after refusing something which officers had said should get the green light, but it would have been such a blot on the area.

"I was always sure we'd made the right decision and I'm glad the planning inspectorate agreed."

An appeal by T-mobile against refusal of permission for a mast about 400m away in Courtland Road, Rose Hill, was turned down last month.

In February, North Oxford residents protested against plans to install a mast to serve Vodafone and 02 inside SS Philip and James Church in Woodstock Road. The application was refused.

In November, children in Ardley-with-Fewcott, near Bicester, formed an action group and launched a petition against plans for a mast in Fritwell Road.

Last May, hundreds of signatures were collected against an application from Three for a phone mast on the tower of St Michael's and All Angel Church in Jack Straw's Lane, Oxford.

While this application was given permission, plans for another mast in Marston Road were turned down after strong opposition.

8:59am today

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group

//www.oxfordmail.net/news/headlines/display.var.743011.0.mast_victory.php

Step forward for O2 mast

By Claire Green

A STEP forward has been taken in a bid to stop mobile phone giant O2 from building a phone mast on Shoreditch Road.

Taunton Deane Council is planning to take out a discontinuance notice against the O2 mast in Shoreditch Road, but in order to do so it needs to get planning permission granted for an alternative site.

Following consultations with the council's telecommunications consultant and planning officer the council has found an alternative mast site that would serve the same area as the existing mast, but it would be in an area of land adjacent to the motorway, surrounded by trees, instead of in a street.

The application has been registered and a consultation will begin in the next few days, with the application hopefully completed in eight weeks.

Once a decision has been made, the planning committee will be able to consider serving a discontinuance order on O2 for the Shoreditch Road mast, in the knowledge of the like compensation claim O2 might make.

Cllr John Williams, leader of the council, said: "As an authority we have committed ourselves to robustly pursue this issue with the ultimate aim of having the mast relocated to a more suitable site.

"It is sad that a major company has shown such gross insensitivity to the local community, and used its power to attempt to bulldoze its way through the system without listening to the genuine concerns of the local community and of this authority.

"I understand the concerns and frustrations of the community, but I can assure them that we are doing all that is essential to ensure that, when we do take action against the mast owner, it will be affective."

7:14am today

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group

//www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/display.var.742944.0.step_forward_for_o2_mast.php

ödp fordert „Alkohol am Steuer“ - Bioethanol hat Zukunft

Seit Jahren propagiert die ödp als werteorientierte Umweltpartei den Umstieg auf Biokraftstoffe. Diesem Grundsatz folgend hatte ödp-Stadträtin Mechthild von Walter das Umrüsten aller MVG-Busse in München auf Pflanzenölbetrieb beantragt. Die MVG hat bislang trotz steigender Benzinpreise und zunehmender Klimaprobleme lediglich zwei Testfahrzeuge (einen Kleinwagen und einen Transporter) auf den Betrieb mit Pflanzenöl umgerüstet hat. Um das Thema stärker an die Öffentlichkeit zu tragen und Interessierten mögliche Informationsquellen an die Hand zu geben, veranstaltete die ödp am 13. April 2006 in den Räumen der Gregor-Louisoder-Umweltstiftung einen Vortrag zum Thema "Biokraftstoffe in der Praxis - vom Pflanzenöl zum solaren Wasserstoff". Referent war Marcus Reifenberg vom Verein Mobil ohne Fossil.

Reifenberg erläuterte zunächst die verschiedenen Arten von Biokraftstoffen, die derzeit am Markt sind. Dabei ging er auch auf Bioethanol ein, das aus stärke- und zuckerhaltigen Getreidesorten, Zuckerrüben, Kartoffeln und anderer Biomasse hergestellt wird. Der entscheidende Vorteil dieses Biokraftstoffes besteht in dem hohen Ertrag, der pro Hektar Anbaufläche erzielt werden kann.

In diesem Zusammenhang legte der Referent den Anwesenden nahe, sich kostenlos auf der Internetseite //www.ethanol-statt-benzin.de als Flexi-Fuel-Autofahrer, Tankstellenbetreiber, Flexi-Fuel-Autohändler oder einfach als Interessierter zu registrieren. Ziel sei es, den biogenen Treibstoff in Deutschland zur selben Marktpräsenz wie in Schweden zu verhelfen. Als weiteres gutes Beispiel führte er Brasilien an, wo mittlerweile fast nur Flexi-Fuel-Autos verkauft werden, die über ein Eintankantriebssystem verfügen, das jede beliebige Mischung von Benzin und Ethanol ermöglicht. Üblicherweise tankt man hierbei ein Treibstoffgemisch aus 85% Bioethanol und 15% Benzin, das man auch als E85 bezeichnet. Deutschland ist hier zwar noch im Hintertreffen, schließt aber auf. So ist E85 in München bereits an einer Tankstelle in der Baaderstraße erhältlich. Die sogenannten Flexi-Fuel-Autos werden schon von einigen Kfz-Herstellern produziert, u.a. von Ford, VW und Volvo; verkauft werden sie in Deutschland bislang allerdings nur von Ford.

Als weiteren Biokraftstoff diskutierte Reifenberg Pflanzenöl, einen nachwachsenden Rohstoff, dessen großer Vorteil darin bestehe, dass mit der Produktion regionale Wirtschaftskreisläufe angekurbelt werden könnten. Pflanzenöl behauptet sich sich mehr und mehr als Dieselersatz, ist aber wegen der notwendigen Umbaukosten nur für Vielnutzer wie Speditionen oder Flottenfahrzeug-Halter interessant. Reifenberg betreibt selbst eine Rapsöl-Tankstelle in Oderding bei Weilheim/Obb und besitzt deshalb fundierte Branchenkenntnisse. Unter Anderem berichtete er, dass Rapsöl als Dieselersatz wegen der begrenzten Anbauflächen eine maximale Substitution von 7% in Deutschland und etwa 20 % in der EU-25 erreichen könne. Diesem Nachteil stehe allerdings der entscheidende Vorteil gegenüber, dass jeder Prozentpunkt Erdölimport, der durch heimischen CO2-neutralen Kraftstoff ersetzt werden könne, unserer Wirtschaft und zugleich dem Klima helfe. Die Kraftstoffnorm für Abgaswerte erreiche Rapsöl ohnehin, sogar auch Euro IV, und es sei bei 80 Grad Celsius genauso zähflüssig wie Diesel und deshalb gut motorverträglich. Zwar sei BtL (Biomass to Liquid), wie das sog. Sun Diesel der Fa. Coren, noch im Versuchsstadium und besonders aufwändig in der Produktion, auf Wasserstoff als Treibstoff müsse man aber im Vergleich dazu noch länger warten. Die zur Herstellung von „solarem“ Wasserstoff erforderlichen Ökostrommengen wären besser und viel effizienter ins allgemeine Stromnetz einzuspeisen.

Als dritten Biokraftstoff erwähnte Reifenberg das Biogas, das derzeit hauptsächlich als Substitut für Erdgas zur Stromerzeugung verwendet werde. Betrachte man das enorme Potential an Biomasse in Deutschland, so stünden hier noch enorme Entwicklungen an.

Zusammenfassend forderte Reifenberg eine Änderung der politischen Rahmenbedingungen für Biokraftstoffe. Von zentraler Wichtigkeit sei dabei, dass die geplante Besteuerung, die der Bundesrat am 19. Mai 2006 beschließen will, abgewendet werde. Anderenfalls werde die aufstrebende Branche der Biokraftstoffe, abgewürgt. Die 5,75%-Beimischungspflicht, die die Bundesregierung bis 2010 vorsieht, dürfe nicht dazu führen, dass die Mineralölkonzerne noch mehr am Sprit verdienten. Darüberhinaus sei es Pflicht der Politik, die alarmierenden Zeichen des Klimawandels nicht länger zu negieren, sondern sofort zu handeln. Als zentrale Signale nannte er beispielsweise den Rückgang der Gletscher und die Auflösung der Permafrostböden in Sibirien und Alaska, die wiederum erhebliche Folgen nach sich zögen.

Im Anschluss an den Vortrag fand eine Diskussion statt, in der Markus Hollemann, Regionalbeauftragter der ödp-München, forderte, dass die Alternativen zu den fossilen Kraftstoffen konsequent gefördert und verwendet werden müssten. In diesem Zusammenhang wies er auch auf den Stadtratsantrag der ödp hin, der die Landeshauptstadt München auffordere, sich für die Freistellung von der Mineralölbesteuerung von Biokraftstoffen einzusetzen. (Dieser Antrag und ein druckfähiges Bild eines Pflanzenöl-Buses ist unter //www.oedp-muenchen.de zu finden.)


Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Thomas Semonsky
Stellvertretender Stadtvorsitzender
Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei (ödp)
Stadtverband München
Fon 089/45 24 74 15 × Fax 089/244 365 397
E-Mail muenchen@oedp.de www.oedp-muenchen.de

Veranstaltungshinweise:

Alle Vorträge finden jeweils am zweiten Donnerstag im Monat in den Räumen der Gregor-Louisoder-Umweltstiftung statt: Brienner Str. 46, zwischen U2/U8 Königsplatz und U1/U7 Stiglmaierplatz.

Do., 11. Mai 2006, 19.30 Uhr 'Die 12 Salze des Lebens - Mit Schüßlersalzen gesund durch das Jahr' Referentin: Angelika Gräfin Wolffskeel von Reichenberg, Heilpraktikerin und Buchautorin

Do., 08. Juni 2006, 19.30 Uhr 'EU-Feinstaubrichtlinie - zahnloser Papiertiger?' Referent: Dr. Stefan Taschner, Mobilitätsexperte, Green City

Do., 13. Juli 2006, 19.30 Uhr 'Die Welt vor einer neuen Energiekrise? - Solare Zukunft ohne Erdöl und Atomenergie?' Referent: Dr. Herbert Kuhn, Ingenieur, Energieberater

Do., 10. Aug. 2006, 19.30 Uhr 'Limbische Wahrheiten – Gehirnforschung, Marketing und Ökologie' Referent: Günther Hartmann, Berater im Stadt- und Regionalmarketing

Do., 14. Sep. 2006, 19.30 Uhr 'Pflegenotstand - Keine Perspektive im Alter?' Referentin: Christiane Lüst, Dipl.-Soz. Päd., Initiatorin des Münchner Pflegestammtischs

Do., 12. Okt. 2006, 19.30 Uhr 'Ein Jahr nach der Bundestagswahl - Wo steht Deutschland heute?' Referent: Prof. Dr. Klaus Buchner, ödp-Bundesvorsitzender

Do., 09. Nov. 2006, 19.30 Uhr 'Das 1,5-Liter-Auto ist machbar - Entwickler berichten' Referent: Uli Sommer, Chefentwickler Loremo-Projekt

Hartz IV: Abkassieren im Krankheitsfall

//www.mdr.de/exakt/2759196.html

Why Do So Many Americans Hate America?

//www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/davis1.html

Our Democratic Dictatorship: on the land of the free

//www.lewrockwell.com/hornberger/hornberger84.html

Nuclear Regulatory Confusion

//www.lewrockwell.com/block/block59.html

Is Price Gouging the New WMD?

//www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/spence2.html

The Sicker and Sicker Dollar

//www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul319.html

Objectors await phone masts verdict

South Warwickshire News

Apr 26 2006

VODAFONE could be dealt a triple whammy in Rugby today as plans for three mobile phone masts look set to be turned down.

A total of 330 people have objected to the proposals for masts in Shakespeare Gardens and Beech Drive, Bilton, and Hollowell Way, Brownsover, which would boost 3G coverage in the areas.

Planning officers say their recommendations to reject each of the 12metre (39ft) masts is based on their size and location, and has nothing to do with health considerations.

A report to the planning committee of Rugby Borough Council says if a health certificate is provided it is not necessary for the council to further consider the risks.

Cllr Claire Edwards (Lab, Brownsover South) who objected to the Hollowell Way plans, said: "It's about getting the balance between everybody having a mobile phone and not having a mast outside your home or in an area where it's intrusive.

"The fact that so many people have said they do not want them should be taken into account."

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