Freitag, 5. Mai 2006

Legitimate outrage comes when the president acts in flagrant violation of the Constitution, defending his actions unconvincingly, disingenuously or not at all

Constitutional Cafeteria

It seems that Bush has asserted the right to ignore, as the Boston Globe puts it, "vast swaths of the law" simply because he thinks that these laws are unconstitutional. Michael Kinsley writes, "Legitimate outrage comes when the president acts in flagrant violation of the Constitution, defending his actions unconvincingly, disingenuously or not at all."

How Not to Fight Terrorism

David Cole writes, "At a secret CIA 'black site' prison, the United States is holding the alleged mastermind of Sept. 11, Khalid Sheik Mohammed. And at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, it has Mohamed al-Qahtani, who the government now claims is the real would-be 20th hijacker. But the administration can't try either of these men, because any such proceeding would turn into a trial of the United States' own tactics in the war on terrorism."

The Bush Agenda: Corporate Domination

About the following interview with Antonia Juhasz, Joshua Holland writes, "Juhasz shows that the invasion of Iraq - an invasion that was as much economic as military - was the centerpiece of a larger project: the creation of a New American Century in which the end-goal of American foreign policy is to enrich the corporate elites, and dissent at home will not be tolerated."

UN Hears Evidence of US Violations of Ban on Torture Treaty

The UN was grilling the United States on its compliance with the global ban on torture today for the first time since Washington declared war on terrorists, focusing on allegations of secret CIA prisons and flights transferring suspects to other countries for possible torture.

GOP $100 Rebate Ridiculed by Consumers

The rise and fall of the Republican $100 rebate offers a window on how Washington sometimes works in a slapdash way, featuring in this case Congressional aides who misread the political climate and lawmakers desperate to hang onto their jobs. It is a story, as well, of how concepts and plans can be reduced to sound bytes that make them seem absurd.

US Secret Prisons Hurt Intelligence Efforts

Allegations that CIA flights through Europe carried people bound for ill-treatment are damaging transatlantic intelligence cooperation, a lawyer acting for the State Department said on Thursday.

Bush doesn't bother with vetoes, he simply declares his intention not to enforce anything he dislikes

Veto? Who Needs a Veto?

"President Bush doesn't bother with vetoes; he simply declares his intention not to enforce anything he dislikes," write the editors of the New York Times. "Charlie Savage at The Globe reported recently that Mr. Bush had issued more than 750 'presidential signing statements' declaring he wouldn't do what the laws required. Perhaps the most infamous was the one in which he stated that he did not really feel bound by the Congressional ban on the torture of prisoners."

Ray McGovern spoke truth to power

Ray, You da Man!

"Today, Ray McGovern, the man who used to give George Bush senior his daily intel update, spoke truth to power," writes Larry C. Johnson. "Rumsfeld, to his credit, permitted Ray to speak rather than having him carried out of the auditorium. In retrospect, Rummy probably regrets that decision."

"Elitär": Innenminister beschlossen "Einbürgerungsstandards"


Die Innenminister von Bund und Ländern haben sich auf ihrer Konferenz in Garmisch-Partenkirchen auf Einbürgerungsstandards verständigt. Als Voraussetzungen für die Einbürgerung werden ein "rechtmäßiger Daueraufenthalt" von generell acht Jahren (in Ausnahmen sechs Jahre) und das Beherrschen der deutschen Sprache genannt, ferner der Besuch eines Einbürgerungskurses, das Bekenntnis zur freiheitlich-demokratischen Grundordnung mit Einbürgerungsgesprächen in Zweifelsfällen sowie ein Ausschluss verfassungsfeindlicher Bestrebungen.

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Gen-Gerste in Hessen - TU München vorläufig an Freisetzung von Gen-Kartoffeln gehindert


Das Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit (BVL) hat einen für dieses Frühjahr geplanten Freisetzungsversuch der Technischen Universität (TU) München mit gentechnisch manipulierten Kartoffeln gestoppt. Nach Darstellung des Umweltinstituts München "musste" das Bundesamt "die Notbremse ziehen" und das Verfahren neu aufrollen, nachdem das Umweltinstitut "zahlreiche falsche Angaben in der amtlichen Bekanntmachung beanstandet hatte". Damit werde es zumindest in diesem Jahr nicht mehr zu einer Aussaat der genmanipulierten Pflanzen in Olching im Landkreis Fürstenfeldbruck kommen.

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Permanent wird die Bevölkerung mit neuen Überlegungen für die Erhöhung von Gebühren, Steuern und Abgaben sowie mit Dementis, Beschwichtigungen, Drohungen und Relativierungen durch hypothetische noch weitergehende Schritte konfrontiert

Analyse: Bundesregierung diskutiert weitere Kostensteigerungen für die Bevölkerung (05.05.06)

Permanent wird die Bevölkerung mit neuen Überlegungen für die Erhöhung von Gebühren, Steuern und Abgaben sowie mit Dementis, Beschwichtigungen, Drohungen und Relativierungen durch hypothetische noch weitergehende Schritte konfrontiert. Ein Spiel mit verteilten Rollen. Der Fantasie von Wirtschaft und Politik für die immer weitere Erhöhung der "Lebenshaltungskosten" der breiten Bevölkerung sind offenbar keine Grenzen gesetzt. Umgekehrt läuft das gleiche Spiel, wenn es darum geht, "die Wirtschaft zu entlasten" oder Besserverdienenden ein Elterngeld von 1800 Euro zu bezahlen. Aktuell erregt ein Bericht der Zeitung "Die Welt" die Gemüter. Demnach sollen Patienten nicht mehr nur einmal im Quartal zehn Euro zahlen, sondern künftig bei jedem Arztbesuch fünf Euro. Das Bundesgesundheitsministerium wies den Bericht am Freitag "kategorisch" als "Unsinn" zurück. Der CDU-Gesundheitsexperte Jens Spahn sagte dagegen lediglich: "Wir diskutieren offen über alles, entschieden ist nichts".

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Save the Internet: Congress is selling out the Internet

A message from Lyn

Original Message:


Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an iPod? Everything we do online will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law next week that gives giant corporations more control over what we do and see on the Internet.

Internet providers like AT&T are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality--the Internet's First Amendment and the key to Internet freedom. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. doesn't have to outbid Amazon for the right to work properly on your computer.

If Net Neutrality is gutted, many sites--including Google, eBay, and iTunes--must either pay protection money to companies like AT&T or risk having their websites process slowly. That why these high-tech pioneers, plus diverse groups ranging from MoveOn to Gun Owners of America, are opposing Congress' effort to gut Internet freedom.

You can do your part today--can you sign this petition telling your member of Congress to preserve Internet freedom? Click here:

I signed this petition, along with 250,000 others so far. This petition will be delivered to Congress before the House of Representatives votes next week. When you sign, you'll be kept informed of the next steps we can take to keep the heat on Congress., which monitors various causes that circulate on the Internet, explained:

Simply put, network neutrality means that no web site's traffic has precedence over any other's...Whether a user searches for recipes using Google, reads an article on, or looks at a friend's MySpace profile, all of that data is treated equally and delivered from the originating web site to the user's web browser with the same priority. In recent months, however, some of the telephone and cable companies that control the telecommunications networks over which Internet data flows have floated the idea of creating the electronic equivalent of a paid carpool lane.

If companies like AT&T have their way, Web sites ranging from Google to eBay to iTunes either pay protection money to get into the "fast lane" or risk opening slowly on your computer. We can't let the Internet--this incredible medium which has been such a revolutionary force for democratic participation, economic innovation, and free speech--become captive to large corporations.

Politicians don't think we are paying attention to this issue. Together, we do care about preserving the free and open Internet.

Please sign this petition letting your member of Congress know you support preserving Internet freedom. Click here:


CIA Director Porter Goss Resigns

Das große Keuchen: Chinas Wirtschaftswunderjahre sorgen für dicke Luft

Die Spitzelrichtlinie: weg vom Schutz der Grund- und Freiheitsrechte, hin zur Überwachung total (Vorratsdatenspeicherung)

Mit der verpflichtenden Vorratsdatenspeicherung könnte ein neues Zeitalter in Europa anbrechen.


Kommunikationsfreiheit und Datenschutz > Vorratsdatenspeicherung

Die Spitzelrichtlinie. Mit der verpflichtenden Vorratsdatenspeicherung könnte ein neues Zeitalter in Europa anbrechen

„Die am 15. März 2006 vom Europäischen Parlament beschlossene Richtlinie über die Vorratsspeicherung von Daten wurde am 13. April im Amtsblatt der EU unter L 105/54 veröffentlicht. Am 3. Mai 2006 ist sie in Kraft getreten (Richtlinie 2006/24/EG). Was der europäische Gesetzgeber da von den EU-Staaten verlangt, ist das glatte Gegenteil dessen, was Rechtsstaaten europäischen Standards bisher gewohnt waren. Es ist auch das Gegenteil dessen, was er selbst noch vor wenigen Jahren verordnet hat (RL 2002/58/EG). Weg vom Schutz der Grund- und Freiheitsrechte, hin zur Überwachung total. Aber wohlgemerkt nicht zur Überwachung aufgrund eines konkreten Anlasses nach reiflicher Abwägung der Güter. Nein, Überwachung von allem und jedem, ohne Anlass, nur vorbeugend für den Fall des Falles…“ Artikel von Franz Schmidbauer in telepolis vom 05.05.2006

Aus: LabourNet, 8. Mai 2006

Scientists track weather with mobile masts

Progressive Federalism Under Attack

George And Mahmoud Play Chicken

Cleaning Up Congress

by Craig Holman,

The so-called lobbying reform bill that just passed only adds fuel to the fight for real change on Capitol Hill.

Mobilfunk, Elektrosmog, Mikrowellen - Diagnose Krebs

MomsRising: necessary change to the lives of mothers and families

A message from Ruth

Hi Everyone,

I hope you'll join me and others in one of the most exciting grassroots movements on the Internet today: MomsRising.

MomsRising gives people a voice in the motherhood and family issues that are shaping our lives. This is particularly important because frankly American mothers and families are in trouble. A full quarter of families with children under six live in poverty, at least 9 million children don't have any health care, and far too many parents can't afford to stay home with sick children.

MomsRising is working to promote common sense family-friendly policies. You can sign online petitions and pledges that will be shared with political, community, and business leaders, as well as receive email alerts on timely issues, and read The Motherhood Manifesto book all for free.

MomsRising is building a vibrant online community and has great personal stories posted, as well as hot issues and timely actions for change. There are also current event discussion topics to spark group or personal conversations--and information about how start small groups, as well as how to get more involved working toward solutions.

By working together we can ignite a major movement that brings common sense, necessary change to the lives of mothers and families.

I hope you'll join us today at:

Have a great weekend,


Fowl Play in Bird Flu

Die mit dem Speer phishen

No Dirty Gold Newsletter -- Spring 2006

Going Nukular

Petitions regarding 9/11: really incomprehensible issues in the handling of the catastrophy on 9/11

A message from Stephanie

Original Message:

Dear friends,

It seems I can't sign as a Swedish citizen, but I'm glad to pass this on - I rely on the independent group of scholars that there are some really incomprehensible issues in the handling of the catastrophy on 9/11. If you are busy, please check out only the second petition below - and you'll see why a new more thorough investigation is needed, if you weren't of the opinion before - I couldn't believe my eyes, that so much important information has been handled so sloppily, to say the least! Supporting you to demand the truth, because 9/11 has affected the whole world's history, wishing you justice and peace, and feeling great compassion for all who have suffered because of the tragedies on and after 9/11, sending them and all of you greetings!



Original Message:

Review the following petitions regarding 9/11. Sign those you agree with and forward to your friends please. If you are not interested in political involvement, not to worry, no pressure, just disregard and go on with what you were doing. 9/11 affected all of us and is about all of us. I believe Knowledge is power. What we don't know can hurt us. I don't know what I believe about a conspiracy, however, I'm open to reading public records, educating myself and making an informed decision - I think that's being patriotic and a true American. Thanks for listening.

Peace & light,

Jennie B.

Original Message:

Please sign and pass on these four petitions:


2. Scholars Call for Release of 9/11 Information to Congress, sponsored by Scholars for 9/11 Truth

3. The SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TREASON INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR ACT sponsored by Campaign for Cooperation in Space.

4. Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks sponsored by Citizens for Legitimate Government

New to 9-11 Research?

No. 2 is a Care2 PetitionSite Petition:

No. 3 is also a Care2 PetitionSite Petition:

Please at least take a look at all the petitions! and sign them if you agree there should be an investigation. Help the victims of the attacks, their families, firefighters and their families, NYPD and their families. They are fighting to get at the TRUTH!

"The Most Comprehensive Minute By Minute Timeline On 911"

VENEZUELA TO LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION INTO 9-11 Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones/Prison | March 31 2006

Billionaire philanthropist Jimmy Walter and WTC survivor William Rodriguez this week embarked on a groundbreaking trip to Caracas Venezuela in which they met with with the President of the Assembly and will soon meet with Venezuelan President himself Hugo Chavez in anticipation of an official Venezuelan government investigation into 9/11.

Rodriguez was the last survivor pulled from the rubble of the north tower of the WTC, and was responsible for all stairwells within the tower. Rodriguez represented family members of 9/11 victims and testified to the 9/11 Commission that bombs were in the north tower but his statements were completely omitted from the official record.

Jimmy Walter has been at the forefront of a world tour to raise awareness about 9/11 and has still yet to receive any response to his million dollar challenge in which he offers a $1 million reward for proof that the trade towers' steel structure was broken apart without explosives.

Don't be scared to actually PRESS THE BUTTON ["Navigation for 9/11 Newbies"] and start doing your OWN research! We want everybody to do their OWN research and come to their OWN conclusions and not take ANYBODY'S word for ANYTHING, not even OUR word!!!! By lots and lots of people doing this research, the TRUTH WILL FINALLY BE KNOWN!!!!

If you have time to read only ONE petition, read the Scholar's Petition IN FULL.



Time to Act for Peace With Iran: Write to UN Security Council Now

Congress: up to its ears in earmarks

Fox News
by Susan Estrich


While most of the country has been discussing immigration, Republicans in Congress have been making fools of themselves debating which earmarks they're willing to own up to. This is the issue that reportedly brought Speaker Dennis Hastert to his knees in the Republican Conference, begging his colleagues for support. Yes, would they admit to each other who was sponsoring special hurricane relief of $500 million for Northrup Grumman, or spending $700 million to move a railroad that had already been rebuilt, or spending $15 million to encourage people to eat seafood? Earmarks are the special interest goodies added to bills to benefit a particular person (no, not one of us) or company, one that usually has a relationship with the lawmaker who makes this wonderful gesture for him or her. This is how Washington works, and if you have a good lawyer and a good lobbyist, it's all legal...,2933,194163,00.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


International Society for Individual Liberty
by Jarret Wollstein


Increasingly economic doomsayers are warning that 'the world is running out of oil,' and in fact we have already passed peak annual oil production. Their forecast: Ever-higher oil prices and food prices, electricity brownouts and blackouts, the end of the automobile and the suburbs, and even the collapse of western civilization. Some pundits are even calling for the U.S. to launch a global 'oil war' to seize remaining, dwindling supplies. Absolute nonsense says Princetown Geologist Ken Dreffeys ...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Religious climate change?

The Weekly Standard
by Mark D. Tooley


On the Religious Left, the great hope these days is that the Religious Right is melting down over Global Warming. Liberal evangelical activist Jim Wallis rejoiced about the crack-up in a recent column, claiming that 'the Religious Right is losing control' thanks to environmentalist evangelicals. Wallis, head of 'Sojourners' and author of God's Politics: Why the American Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Just Does Not Get It, is predicting a 'sea change' among evangelicals since the Religious Right has 'now lost control of the environmental issue'...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

EPA refuses to investigate a failure one of its own engineers calls 'irrational and corrupt'

by Rebecca Clarren


In the Rockies, a gas-extraction process called 'fracking' may be releasing a carcinogenic stew of chemicals. Dozens of people say it has made them seriously ill, but the EPA refuses to investigate -- a failure one of its own engineers calls 'irrational and corrupt'... [subscription or ad view required]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cheney's sharp criticism miffs Russia

Detroit Free Press


Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday accused Russia of cracking down on religious and political rights and using its energy reserves as 'tools of intimidation or blackmail.' It was a hard slap at Vladimir Putin as the United States seeks Russia's cooperation in punishing Iran. Cheney's criticism -- some of the administration's toughest language about Russia -- came just two months before President Bush joins Putin in St. Petersburg for a summit of major industrial powers...

Comrade Cheney vs. President Putin

by Justin Raimondo


So what is this 'blackmail' Cheney is talking about? It is the Russians abandoning the doctrine of socialist internationalism and putting good old capitalist theory into practice. Instead of continuing to offer oil and natural gas to Ukraine at below-market prices, they insist on charging the price set by the international market. To Cheney, this is 'blackmail:' an economist would call it capitalism. I don't know if this signifies Cheney's formal conversion to Marxism, but surely it ought to dispel the myth that our Vice President believes in anything approaching the free market. Or, perhaps, he believes that capitalism is a system reserved for the U.S. Whatever is going on here, the brazen hypocrisy of Cheney's remarks are hard to take: here, after all, is the vice president of a nation that imposes draconian economic sanctions on countries that fail to kowtow to its every edict, making accusations of 'blackmail!' Here is a nation whose president refuses to take the nuking of Iran off the table as a distinct possibility -- and it's the Russians who are the blackmailers. Go figure! Cheney, however, was just getting started...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Rumsfeld heckled, challenged on Iraq

Hostile War Critics Confront Rumsfeld

Las Vegas Review-Journal


Already under fire from some retired military brass who want him to resign, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was greeted at a speech in Atlanta by unusually hostile anti-war protesters. 'This man needs to be in prison for war crimes,' shouted Gloria Tatum, 63, of nearby Decatur, Ga., before being hauled away by security officials. Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst and noted critic of the war in Iraq, waited patiently in line to question Rumsfeld, then let loose. 'Why did you lie to get us into a war that caused these kind of casualties and was not necessary?' McGovern said. 'I did not lie,' shot back a feisty Rumsfeld, who waved off security guards ready to remove McGovern .... Rumsfeld said: 'People need to trust each other and their government. The idea that people in government are lying is fundamentally destructive of that trust.'" [editor's note: Then stop lying, Mr. Rumsfeld! - TLK]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


In case you missed it on the news

VIDEO: Rumsfeld Called Out On Lies About WMD

Informant: Jack Topel

Meeting planned in phone mast row

Handynetz schlägt Wetterradar

05.05.2006 - Technik

Meteorologen messen Niederschläge anhand der Dämpfung von Mobilfunksignalen

Die Mobilfunknetze sind ideale Instrumente zur Messung von Niederschlägen, sagen Forscher aus Israel. Der Regen dämpft die von den einzelnen Sendemasten ausgesandten Funksignale, so dass sich aus dieser Abschwächung die Stärke und der Ort des Regens ablesen lassen. Da besonders in den Städten die Dichte von Sendern sehr hoch ist, ergibt sich ein engmaschiges Messnetz, das sehr präzise Messungen ermöglicht. Diese können durchaus mit der Niederschlagsmessung mit Regenmessern oder mit einem Wetterradar mithalten, erklären die Wissenschaftler.

Die Wissenschaftler um Hagit Messer erprobten ihre Idee am Beispiel eines Regentages in Israel im Januar 2005. Sie verglichen die Werte, die Wetterkundler auf einem insgesamt etwa 21 Quadratmeter großen Gebiet mit gewöhnlichen Regenmessern gesammelt hatten mit ihren Messergebnissen, die sie aus den Sendedaten eines israelischen Mobilfunkanbieters ermittelt hatten. Dabei stellten sie eine sehr gute Übereinstimmung fest. Die Genauigkeit der Daten war sogar noch deutlich höher als die von Vergleichsmessungen mit einem Wetterradar. Ein solches auch Niederschlagsradar genanntes Gerät sendet Mikrowellen aus und kann aus der von den Regentropfen zurückgeworfenen Strahlung die Dichte des Niederschlags bestimmen.

Damit sei die Niederschlagsmessung mithilfe des Mobilfunknetzes eine gute Ergänzung oder sogar Alternative zu herkömmlichen Verfahren, schreiben die Forscher. Die erforderlichen Daten sind von den Netzbetreibern leicht zu ermitteln und die Senderdichte ist vielerorts sehr hoch. So seien nicht nur billige, sondern auch sehr genaue Regenmessungen mit einer räumlichen Auflösung von durchschnittlich ein bis drei Kilometer und in Echtzeit möglich, erklären Messer und ihre Kollegen. Das Verfahren eigne sich nicht nur zur Messung von Regenfällen, sondern auch für die Bestimmung der Konzentration von Schnee, Hagel, Nebel, Graupel und sogar Staub in der Luft.

Hagit Messer (Universität in Tel Aviv) et al.: Science, Bd. 312, S. 713

ddp/ – Ulrich Dewald

©, Konradin Relations GmbH 2006


Das Handynetz als Wetterstation


Bei schlechter Verbindung regnet es

Dass das Wetter die Qualität von Mobilfunk-Signalen beeinflusst, wollen Wissenschaftler zur preiswerten Umwelt-Beobachtung nutzen.


Ursache der globalen Klimaerwärmung: Elektromagnetische Welle erzeugen Schwingungen und erwärmen die Luftmolekühle

Schäden an Bäumen durch Mikrowellen

Freeport Mine 'Poisoning' West Papua's Environment

The giant Freeport mine is polluting West Papua's rivers and estuaries and a world heritage-protected national park. Documents leaked to an environmental group show that the world's largest gold and copper mine has dumped a billion tons of mine waste into surrounding rivers, polluting forests and river systems with heavy metals such as copper and arsenic.

Sakhalin Weighs Environmental Cost of Shell Project

A Shell oil pipeline being built in Russia crosses 1,100 rivers and water courses and threatens spawning fish and the critically endangered Western Grey Whale.

Healthcare Headaches for Working Families and Small Business Owners

Approximately 45 million Americans have no health insurance, even though most of them are working. Will a new bill solve the problem, or make it worse? On May 5 on PBS, NOW looks at families who coped with both catastrophic illness as well as shockingly inadequate insurance.

Nixon, Wiretaps and Government Secrets

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now! interview John Dean and Daniel Ellsberg, two figures who played central roles in the fall of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal of a generation ago.

Let's Hear It for the Voice of Democracy!

William Fisher discusses Cheney's recent declaration that Russia is breaching civil rights. "But what was President Bush thinking when he chose Vice President Dick Cheney to go to Lithuania as the messenger? Could there be anyone less credible on subjects like democratic reform and open government?" wrote Fisher.

Send Iraqi Women a Mother's Day Message: Let's Unite to Bring the US Troops Home and Put an End to the Bloodshed

This Mother's Day, during our 24-hour vigil in front of the White House, we will honor all the mothers -- US and Iraqi -- who have lost sons and daughters in the conflict in Iraq. We will call for our troops to come home so that no more mothers will suffer the unbearable grief of losing a child to Bush's war. And with your help, we'll also send a message of sorrow, friendship and peace directly to the women of Iraq and their families.

How? For the first time ever, a group of Americans will challenge the free press in Iraq to print an advertisement calling on the people of both nations to work together to end the occupation. Below is an English version of the ad we'll be taking out in newspapers all over Iraq on Mother's Day. We'll also set up a special website in Arabic that so that Iraqis with access to computers (and electricity!) can communicate with us directly.

Let's make this Mother's Day a special one. Come to Washington to join us during part or all of our 24-hour vigil at the White House. You'll be in the best of company, including Susan Sarandon, Dolores Huerta, Randi Rhodes, Jill Sobule and Patch Adams, and grieving parents Cindy Sheehan, Fernando Suarez del Solar and Elaine Johnson. Click here for more info, to sign up, and to send a notice about the vigil to your friends.
And join us in this first-ever effort, through ads in Iraqi newspapers, to reach across oceans, across borders, across cultures to show our love and compassion for the Iraqi people.

With hope for peace,

Allison, Dana, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Rae and Tiffany

P.S. Any extra funds will be used to bring Iraqi and Iranian women to Washington DC for Mother's Day and to send them around the United States on a speaking tour, following the tremendous success of the tour we organized in March. One of our new speakers is Dahlia Wasfi, a powerful Iraqi-American doctor who gave a searing testimony at a Congressional hearing on April 27, 2006. Click here to hear her testimony.
Contact if you'd like Dahlia or another Iraqi woman to visit your community.

English version of the ad:

From American Women to Iraqi Families on Mother's Day: Let's Unite to Bring the US Troops Home and Put an End to the Bloodshed

In the United States, today is Mother's Day. But many mothers -- in the US and Iraq -- have little to celebrate. We've buried too many of our loved ones in this conflict. We've seen too many lives crippled forever by physical and mental wounds. We've watched in horror as our precious resources are poured into war while our families' basic needs of food, shelter, education and healthcare go unmet. We've seen the growing plague of fear, hatred and intolerance seep into our homes and communities.

This is not the world we want for ourselves or our children. That's why we are marking this Mother's Day by holding a 24-hour protest outside the White House in Washington DC to call for an end to the occupation of Iraq, an occupation that has fueled an endless cycle of violence.

We have seen in poll after poll that the majority of Americans and Iraqis want the US troops to return home. Even the majority of US troops (72%) think they should return by the end of this year. It is time for the politicians in both countries to listen to us, the people.

We want you to know that we will continue to organize protests and pressure our government to end this illegal occupation of your country so that you, with the help of the international community, can begin to heal your wounded nation.

We have also been circulating a petition demanding an end to the occupation and an end to US permanent bases in Iraq; the petition also calls for money for rebuilding to go directly into the hands of Iraqis -- not US companies ( ). We will be delivering these to George Bush, Iraqi officials, and the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. You can read our petition here and join the call. You can also contact us at with your ideas of how we can work together, family to family, to promote peace.

This Mother's Day, we extend our hand in friendship to Iraqi mothers and their families. We look forward to the day when we can work together in peace.

Mast proposal to face fight

By Colleen McDonnell

Plans to put up a mobile phone mast outside a school in Hampton has caused uproar among councillors and residents who say they are "outrageous".

The mobile phone company O2 sent a letter to Hampton Community College last week to announce that it plans to submit an application to erect a base station outside the school.

The letter from O2 said the mast would be proposed to go up at the junction of Dean Road and Rectory Grove.

Hampton North councillor, Geoffrey Samuel, said: "This is an outrageous proposal.

"The intended site is just opposite the present entrance to the nursery, which will be the main entrance for students when the now-agreed new building opens next year.

"It is all the more deplorable as alternative sites are available."

Cllr Samuel found out about the mast by accident and vowed he would do his best to get the proposal rejected.

He said the owners of flats beside the site have not been notified nor have the residents of Dean Road.

A petition will be organised to ensure the application is rejected.

Hampton resident Catriona Nason co-established Schools and Hospitals Against Mast Emissions (SHAME) to fight the Ashley Road, Hampton, phone mast. SHAME is now a national campaign.

Mrs Nason said: "It is wholly unacceptable to place a mast near children and certainly there are better sites.

"People need to make sure that their local authority knows they do not want this mast.

"Richmond council's planning department are aware of the issues from previous cases, and I cannot believe that they would not block this mast, but they may have their hands tied. It is up to parent power to stop these plans now."

James Stevenson, community relations manager for O2 , said: "We want to improve the network facilities that we have in that area. The area is growing, there are more and more people and more and more people want to have better services. We are putting the mast there to give them a better network service."

Mr Stevenson said O2 would listen to anyone who wishes to contact him with their feelings about the siting of the mast.

9:50am today

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group

Immigrants Tell Stories of Detention and Deportation

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been conducting widespread deportation raids and immigration roundups. We speak with two young immigrant women who tried to follow the path to citizenship and were subsequently jailed. One of them was deported and has been separated from her three year-old son.

From Information Clearing House

Feds to Fund Unproven Faith-based Prisoner ‘Rehab’

The administration plans to grant $3 million to private contractors to develop inmate rehabilitation programs centered on a single faith.

From Information Clearing House

Faulty Testimony Sent 2 to Death Row

Panel Finds

Faulty evidence masquerading as science sent two men to death row for arson in Texas and led to the execution of one of them, a panel of private fire investigators concluded in a report released Tuesday in Austin.

From Information Clearing House

Our monarch, above the law

HAS GEORGE W. Bush come to believe he's king?

From Information Clearing House

US: Government creating "climate of torture"

Amnesty International today made public a report detailing its concerns about torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners and detainees both in the US and in US detention sites around the world.

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U.S. Torture and Abuse of Detainees

Each day brings more information about the appalling abuses inflicted upon men and women held by the United States in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the world.

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A new weapon in the 'war of ideas'

A global war of ideas is set to begin and Anglo-American dominance of international TV news about to end. Arab and Muslim perspectives will get wider play after Al-Jazeera introduces a global television channel that will telecast news in English.

From Information Clearing House

American Torturer Sues U.S. Over Afghanistan Arrest

An American released Sunday after serving time in Afghanistan on charges of torturing people in an illegal jail appeared in federal court Thursday to press a lawsuit that accuses the State Department and FBI of instigating his arrest and conviction.

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Iran stands in the way of US designs

The latest US National Security Strategy document, published this year, labeled Iran as the most serious challenge to the United States posed by any country.

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US threats make their mark on Iranians

“On the one hand the Americans say the issue with Iran is our nuclear programme, and on the other they allocate $70m for overthrowing the Islamic Republic,” he said, referring to president George Bush’s decision to fund groups wanting regime change in Tehran.

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Setting the Record Straight about Iran’s Nuclear Program

Before the international community is lead to another “crisis of choice”, it is imperative that the public knows all the facts and is empowered to make an informed and sober decision about an impending catastrophe.

US Seeks Targeted Sanctions If Iran Won't End Enrichment

Bolton said targeted sanctions would also likely include "restricting trade in dual use and other sensitive items." He didn't rule out tougher sanctions at some future date.

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UN resolution on Iran: full text of draft:

Full text of a draft UN Security Council resolution put forward by Britain, France, the United States and Germany as the council’s proposed response to Iran’s nuclear programme.

Iran Makes Fuel Rods for Reactors

It said these Iranian-produced rods were already in use in a 5-megawatt reactor built by the United States — before Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution — at the nuclear research center in Tehran.

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War pimp alert: Iraqi president: Syria exporting terror, Iran great danger

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani accused Syria of exporting terrorism to Iraq and Iran of posing a great danger to his country.

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For God's Sake, Tell Me Where To Begin?

By Layla Anwar

Junior member of parliament in the Green Zone brothel makes 30'000 dollars a month plus fringe benefits. Now do you want to know how much the matron makes? No joke here. Jalal Talabani makes 1 million dollars A MONTH plus fringe benefits. This heavy hooker has pocketed in 2 years, 24 million dollars! Whilst the majority of the Iraqis don't have a piece of bread..

US Accused Of Killing Children

Muhannad al-Fahadawi, a doctor at the main hospital, said two girls and a boy aged 8 were among at least 11 people he believed had been killed in the violence.

Success is not the transition to death by electric drill

By David Clark

The argument of last resort for those who supported regime change has always been that at least Saddam has gone and the torture chambers have been closed. Even that has turned out to be an illusion, with the news that the director of the Baghdad morgue has had to flee Iraq under threat of death for revealing that thousands of Iraqis are being killed by death squads, many of them linked to the interior ministry.

The Salvador Option has been invoked in Iraq

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‘The Salvador Option’

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TeenScreen: Stealing Our Children's Future

US Sabotages Global Chance for Optimum Health When World Food Body Endorses Pro-Health Stand for First Time

Let's Get Ready for a Real Battle!

Health advocates gained a huge advantage this week at the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) when the mandated implementation pro-health, pro-nutrition World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (GS) was put in place. This pro-health, pro-nutrition stance is unprecedented within Codex.

Next, CCFL's recommendations will be presented to the Codex Commission (Geneva, Switzerland, July 3-7, 2006). Since WHO mandated Codex implement the GS, the principles laid down this week are immensely important because they set the stage for health forces to have an impact they have not been able to exert before. Click here to read how it happened .

Because of the courageous South African delegate, Ms. Antoinette Booyzen, a group of pro-health principles will become part of Codex. Of course, this powerful advance was opposed by the US which declared its opposition to optimal health and its endorsement of advertising junk food to children! It was not a proud moment.

Ready or Not, Here They Come

Will the other side just lie down and go away? Of course not. There's too much at stake. But now is the time for us to marshal our forces, lay our strategy and get our ducks in a row. Click here for important steps you can take now to help get us ready for the next phase of this battle. This wonderful sea change could be the beginning of a new era in health freedom if we play our cards right. Thank you, South Africa!

Yours in health and freedom,

Rima E. Laibow, MD
Medical Director

PS: If you would like to read the WHO Global Strategy, click here .

Ray McGovern Grills Rumsfeld on Iraq War Lies

Stephen Colbert unplugged the Bush myth machine

Informant: Lew Rockwell


You got to listen to Stephen Colbert


Bush in distress: reaction shots at the WH Correspondents Dinner

The camera is fixed on Bush at around 17:00 minutes
Video here:
Thread here:

Informant: sasha


GOOD for Stephen Colbert.... we need more courageous Patriotic Americans like him !!!


Transcript of Stephen Colbert's WHCA Speech: You Be the Judge

By E&P Staff

Published: May 04, 2006 10:25 AM ET NEW YORK Four days after the event, the controversy over Stephen Colbert's routine at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night -- and the media's reaction to it -- continues to build, with followup stories in The New York Times, Los Angeles, and dozens of other places, including

E&P published the first account of the affair on Saturday night, and has presented numerous stories -- and dozens of letters to the editor -- since. But you be the judge. Here is a transcript of his speech, delivered in his usual faux-Bill O'Reilly voice. It closed with a video segment, not transcribed here.


COLBERT: Wow, what an honor. The White House Correspondents' Dinner. To actually sit here, at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush, to be this close to the man. I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You know what? I'm a pretty sound sleeper -- that may not be enough. Somebody shoot me in the face.

Is he really not here tonight? Dammit. The one guy who could have helped.

By the way, before I get started, if anybody needs anything else at their tables, just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers. Somebody from the NSA will be right over with a cocktail.

Mark Smith, ladies and gentlemen of the press corps, Madame First Lady, Mr. President, my name is Stephen Colbert and tonight it's my privilege to celebrate this president. We're not so different, he and I. We get it. We're not brainiacs on the nerd patrol. We're not members of the factinista. We go straight from the gut, right sir? That's where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up.

I know some of you are going to say "I did look it up, and that's not true." That's 'cause you looked it up in a book. Next time, look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that's how our nervous system works. Every night on my show, the Colbert Report, I speak straight from the gut, OK? I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the "No Fact Zone." Fox News, I hold a copyright on that term.

I'm a simple man with a simple mind. I hold a simple set of beliefs that I live by. Number one, I believe in America. I believe it exists. My gut tells me I live there. I feel that it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and I strongly believe it has 50 states. And I cannot wait to see how the Washington Post spins that one tomorrow.

Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, welcome. Your great country makes our Happy Meals possible. I said it's a celebration. I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.

I believe in pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps. I believe it is possible -- I saw this guy do it once in Cirque du Soleil. It was magical. And though I am a committed Christian, I believe that everyone has the right to their own religion, be you Hindu, Jewish or Muslim. I believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior.

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe it's yogurt. But I refuse to believe it's not butter. Most of all, I believe in this president.

Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in "reality." And reality has a well-known liberal bias.

So, Mr. President, please, pay no attention to the people that say the glass is half full. Sir, pay no attention to the people who say the glass is half empty, because 32% means it's 2/3 empty. There's still some liquid in that glass is my point, but I wouldn't drink it. The last third is usually backwash.

Okay, look, folks, my point is that I don't believe this is a low point in this presidency. I believe it is just a lull before a comeback. I mean, it's like the movie "Rocky." All right. The president in this case is Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed is -- everything else in the world. It's the tenth round. He's bloodied. His corner man, Mick, who in this case I guess would be the vice president, he's yelling, "Cut me, Dick, cut me!," and every time he falls everyone says, "Stay down! Stay down!" Does he stay down? No. Like Rocky, he gets back up, and in the end he -- actually, he loses in the first movie.

OK. Doesn't matter. The point is it is the heart-warming story of a man who was repeatedly punched in the face. So don't pay attention to the approval ratings that say 68% of Americans disapprove of the job this man is doing. I ask you this, does that not also logically mean that 68% approve of the job he's not doing? Think about it. I haven't.

I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound -- with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.

Now, there may be an energy crisis. This president has a very forward-thinking energy policy. Why do you think he's down on the ranch cutting that brush all the time? He's trying to create an alternative energy source. By 2008 we will have a mesquite-powered car!

And I just like the guy. He's a good Joe. Obviously loves his wife, calls her his better half. And polls show America agrees. She's a true lady and a wonderful woman. But I just have one beef, ma'am. I'm sorry, but this reading initiative. I'm sorry, I've never been a fan of books. I don't trust them. They're all fact, no heart. I mean, they're elitist, telling us what is or isn't true, or what did or didn't happen. Who's Britannica to tell me the Panama Canal was built in 1914? If I want to say it was built in 1941, that's my right as an American! I'm with the president, let history decide what did or did not happen.

The greatest thing about this man is he's steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday. Events can change; this man's beliefs never will.

As excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president's side, and the vice president's side.

But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on NSA wiretapping or secret prisons in eastern Europe? Those things are secret for a very important reason: they're super-depressing. And if that's your goal, well, misery accomplished.

Over the last five years you people were so good -- over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times, as far as we knew.

But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the Decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know - fiction!

Because really, what incentive do these people have to answer your questions, after all? I mean, nothing satisfies you. Everybody asks for personnel changes. So the White House has personnel changes. Then you write, "Oh, they're just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic." First of all, that is a terrible metaphor. This administration is not sinking. This administration is soaring. If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg!

Now, it's not all bad guys out there. Some are heroes: Christopher Buckley, Jeff Sacks, Ken Burns, Bob Schieffer. They've all been on my show. By the way, Mr. President, thank you for agreeing to be on my show. I was just as shocked as everyone here is, I promise you. How's Tuesday for you? I've got Frank Rich, but we can bump him. And I mean bump him. I know a guy. Say the word.

See who we've got here tonight. General Moseley, Air Force Chief of Staff. General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They still support Rumsfeld. Right, you guys aren't retired yet, right? Right, they still support Rumsfeld.

Look, by the way, I've got a theory about how to handle these retired generals causing all this trouble: don't let them retire! Come on, we've got a stop-loss program; let's use it on these guys. I've seen Zinni and that crowd on Wolf Blitzer. If you're strong enough to go on one of those pundit shows, you can stand on a bank of computers and order men into battle. Come on.

Jesse Jackson is here, the Reverend. Haven't heard from the Reverend in a little while. I had him on the show. Very interesting and challenging interview. You can ask him anything, but he's going to say what he wants, at the pace that he wants. It's like boxing a glacier. Enjoy that metaphor, by the way, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is.

John McCain is here. John McCain, John McCain, what a maverick! Somebody find out what fork he used on his salad, because I guarantee you it wasn't a salad fork. This guy could have used a spoon! There's no predicting him. By the way, Senator McCain, it's so wonderful to see you coming back into the Republican fold. I have a summer house in South Carolina; look me up when you go to speak at Bob Jones University. So glad you've seen the light, sir.

Mayor Nagin! Mayor Nagin is here from New Orleans, the chocolate city! Yeah, give it up. Mayor Nagin, I'd like to welcome you to Washington, D.C., the chocolate city with a marshmallow center. And a graham cracker crust of corruption. It's a Mallomar, I guess is what I'm describing.

Joe Wilson is here, Joe Wilson right down here in front, the most famous husband since Desi Arnaz. And of course he brought along his lovely wife Valerie Plame. Oh, my god! Oh, what have I said? [looks horrified] I am sorry, Mr. President, I meant to say he brought along "Joe Wilson's wife. "Patrick Fitzgerald is not here tonight? OK. Dodged a bullet.

And, of course, we can't forget the man of the hour, new press secretary, Tony Snow. Secret Service name, "Snow Job." Toughest job. What a hero! Took the second toughest job in government, next to, of course, the ambassador to Iraq.

Got some big shoes to fill, Tony. Big shoes to fill. Scott McClellan could say nothing like nobody else.


"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge - even to ourselves - that we've been so credulous." - Carl Sagan

"In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us."-Thich Nhat Hahn - Vietnamese monk, activist and writer.


Beating Up On Colbert

We need more journalists, faux or otherwise, willing to offend the president in polite company.


Did you hear the one about the satirist and the President?

Common Dreams
by Heather Mallick


History was made last week at the White House Press Correspondents' Dinner. But it took a non-journalist -- a comedian in fact -- to do the job the well-fed journalists failed to do: take on George W. Bush. The thing is, you likely won't have heard about it. The mainstream media ignored the keynote speech by Stephen Colbert, which made Bush look like a smashed toadstool and the American press look like the compost a mushroom grows in. Hot spit, it was great. I was weeping with laughter while the portly millionaires of the American media sat there going whiter with shock (even as their younger female companions smirked) and the president looked as if he were about to have Colbert whacked...

White House press corps plays it safe

San Francisco Chronicle


The performance of Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents Association electrified liberals a year ago, as Bush- and media-bashers cheered the courage of the comedian who satirized the president sitting just a few feet away while skewering the media elite in the audience for their lack of aggressiveness. The performance — and the traditional media’s initial lack of reporting on his remarks — made Colbert a hero with the truth-to-power crowd; a video of his remarks was one of the year’s most downloaded. Of course, the scowl on the president’s face and the snippy comments of some of the scorned media types afterward offered a less giddy review. And it was another example of how a story ignored by the mainstream media could achieve a major buzz in the blogosphere and on video-sharing sites....

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Apocalypse Again: on Iraq as one big My Lai

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Eminent Dominion: on federal power

The Return of the Death Squads


Death Squads
Exposed: The reality of U.S. occupation Of Iraq

Channel 4 Video Investigation

This shocking film investigates the links between the death squads and high-ranking Shia politicians. It reveals how the Shia militia that these politicians control have systematically infiltrated and taken over police units and even entire government ministeries. It investigates how these units are closely linked to the death squads, indeed they often are the death squads. And the killers act with impunity -- there's little investigation into their activities.

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Fantasies of American Power

On Resisting Evil: on our compelling moral obligation

Handy am Steuer: 20-Jähriger tödlich verunglückt

dpa-Meldung, 28.04.2006 (13:02)

Ravensburg - Mit Handy am Steuer ist ein 20 Jahre alter Autofahrer am Freitagmorgen in Ravensburg tödlich verunglückt. Er kam in einer Kurve mit seinem Wagen von der Straße ab und prallte gegen einen Baum, teilte die Polizei mit. Dabei erlitt er so schwere Verletzungen, dass er noch am Unfallort starb. Der Mann hatte sich nach Polizeiangaben während der Fahrt mit seinem Handy beschäftigt.

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Declassified FBI Files Reveal Years of Surveillance of Peaceful Demonstrations by FBI's Counterterrorism Division

Gas Price Calculator Puts Price Tag to Consumer Anger Over Gas Prices

Cheap Oil, Cheap Labor, and Costly Habits

Where Are All the Leaders of Faith?

Secret Service Records of Abramoff Visits to White House Will be Incomplete

Report Blames Top U.S. Officials for Alleged Torture of Detainees

The Innocence Project: Guilty until Proven Innocent

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