Freitag, 2. Juni 2006

Fmr. Chief UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix Calls for Permanent Worldwide Ban on WMDs

Informant: Kev Hall

Petition to stop the quarrying of the Thornborough Henges Complex

A message from Eleanor





Original Message

Dear Friend

For four years I have been striving to stop international mining conglomerate Anglo American Plc from quarrying the largest prehistoric religious site in Britain.

I have recently had a small success, as the application for further quarrying was rejected, but the quarrying continues and I'm informed that the UK planning system will almost certainly allow the quarry to expand on appeal.

Without government intervention this supremely important site, only six miles from my house will suffer further damage simply for gravel that can be easily obtained elsewhere.

If you have not already done so, please sign my petition, regardless of where you live.



Petition to stop the quarrying of the Thornborough Complex.

In the UK, the largest prehistoric religious site, the Thornborough Henges Complex, is being quarried for gravel by Tarmac Ltd. The company is part of the massive Anglo American Corporation, and are not only destroying one of Britain’s most important ancient sites, but also they are using there financial muscle to make it appear to the general public that this is of benefit to British heritage!

Please help us try to stop this, Thornborough is not the only important ancient site Tarmac are quarrying, lets us send a clear message to the British government that this must stop.

Note: Two versions of the same petition – in case you have trouble loading one.

To HM Government - stop quarrying at Thornborough Henges

More information at

Mehrfachverwendung von Einwegartikeln bei Operationen

Sehr geehrte Frau Bundesministerin Schmidt,

in der Sendung. "Kontraste" vom 1.6.2006 wurde berichtet, dass Einwegartikel (z.B. Instrumente und Zubehör zu Operationsgeräten) wiederaufbereitet und dann wieder zu Operationen verwendet werden. Bei einer Überprüfung von wiederaufbereiteten Einwegartikeln wurden gravierende Hygienemängel (z.B. tropfte bei Betätigung eines überholten Geräts noch Sekret heraus) und technische Mängel entdeckt!! Der Anblick war so ekelerregend, daß ich beinahe jetzt noch k... muß!!!!!!!!!

Ist der Sparzwang bei den Krankenhäusern schon so groß, daß man Todesfälle bei Operationen akzeptieren muß?!?

Falls Deutschland schon so bankrott ist, dann soll man doch die 7000 deutschen Soldaten aus den verschiedenen Krisengebieten zurückholen und die großzügige Geldverteilung bei Staatsbesuchen durch Mitglieder der Bundesregierung verbieten.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

G. Pischeltsrieder

Rachel's News #857

Homeless Youth Initiative

A message from Eleanor

This petition sums up the needs of the young homeless so well! Please sign to urge Congress to address these needs. Every young person deserves the chance of a decent life. Please forward if you possibly can!


Homeless Youth Initiative Congress should take the following actions related to runaway and homeless youth:

Congress and the Executive Branch should take the following steps to ensure an appropriate response to the needs of runaway and homeless youth:

Expand funding for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, which establishes three national programs:

The Basic Center Program which provides temporary shelter for youth in crisis and counseling for those youths and their families.

The Transitional Living Program which assists older homeless youth to move successfully toward independence.

The Street Outreach Program which connects youth on the streets to services and prevents sexual abuse and exploitation of these youths.

Ensure that services, supports and opportunities for young people are part of the local continuum of care and efforts.

Enhance funding for the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program and enforce the requirement that all barriers to public school enrollment, attendance and success of homeless children and youth are eliminated.

Ensure that, for short periods of time, alternatives to mainstreaming are available to homeless youth under the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program, to provide supplementary services to meet the unique needs of these youth.

Provide federal leadership to encourage cooperation at all levels of government and to involve leaders in state and local government and nonprofit organizations to better address the problems of runaway and homeless youth.

Provide federal support for aggressive campaigns and increased coordination to prevent child abuse and neglect, and provide early, effective intervention.

Improve homeless youths' access to health care, education, job training programs, and national service.

Support legislation for better low-income housing options and improved access to housing programs for young adults, including Section 8 vouchers for youth receiving services or graduating from transitional living programs or aging out of the foster care system.

Land Acquisition Program Suffers in House, Next Chance: Senate Action

Take Action

Despite the tens of thousands of phone calls and emails that WildAlert subscribers made to Congress last month, the House made deep cuts in the Land and Water Conservation and Forest Legacy Programs, both key to protecting land at risk of development. The Interior Department also suffered deep cuts to its programs.

The Senate is expected to take up this measure soon. Even if you have already written to your Senators, we need you to contact them before this important vote. Please click here to tell your Senators to provide adequate funding for land acquisition projects in all states.

Oil, if found in the Arctic Refuge, would irreparably scar the Refuge's spectacular coastal plain

On the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, caribou calves prance in the summer sunlight just as they have done for thousands of years. Meanwhile, in Washington, politicians dance around the issue of America's energy security as they have for what seems an eternity.

Last Thursday the House voted 225-201 to open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling. This was actually the strongest pro-Refuge showing in recent years, but was little more than a political stunt to give the impression that Congress is actually "doing something" about rising energy costs. Of course we all know that oil, if found in the Arctic Refuge, would do next to nothing to reduce our costs at the pump but would irreparably scar the Refuge's spectacular coastal plain.

Have you visited the Coastal Plain lately? Click here.

Learn more about the vote.

Best wishes,

Kathy Kilmer
Director, E-Communications

Tell the Forest Service the Boise River is more precious than gold

USFS is considering Canadian mining company's proposal that threatens
the Boise River with a cyanide-leach open-pit gold mine

Atlanta Gold, a Canadian mining company, wants to build an open-pit cyanide heap-leach gold mine sixty miles northeast of Boise, Idaho's capital city. The mine would be in the headwaters of the Boise River and threatens Boise's drinking water supply, as well as fish, wildlife, and public health and safety.

Please take action.

Atlanta Gold's mine proposal would:

* blast two giant open pits blasted into the mountains
* remove over 1,000 feet of mountain
* dump more than 25 million tons of arsenic-containing mine waste into a valley above the mine
* truck dangerous, toxic chemicals on narrow, unpaved, riverside roads including -- 1.4 million pounds of sodium cyanide, 2 million pounds of ammonium nitrate, 2.3 million gallons of diesel fuel

A cyanide or disel fuel spill could pollute the Boise River and reservoirs where much of the areas drinking and irrigation water comes from. Over 20% of Boise's drinking water comes from the Boise River.

What You Can Do:
Please tell the U.S. Forest Service to protect the Boise River!
Please act by June 9th. Tell the USFS that the Boise River is more precious than gold.


Alan Septoff


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Cunningham Investigation Expands to Another GOP Lawmaker

San Bernardino County, California, has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury for records connected to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis and a lobbying firm with strong ties to Lewis.

Iraqi Prime Minister: 'US Troops Attack Civilians Daily'

Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki lashed out at the American military on Thursday, denouncing what he characterized as habitual attacks by troops against Iraqi civilians.

A Sign of What's To Come

The telephone and cable companies are engaging in cynical wordplay when they cry "hands off" the Internet

by Art Brodsky,

Net Hypocrisy

Who Owns the Internet Superhighway?

Big business wants a fast lane on the information superhighway, but who'll get left on the side of the road? The future of equal access on the Internet. Next Time on NOW.

Head of France's Nuclear Watchdog 'Lied Over Chernobyl Fallout'

Professor Pierre Pellerin, who was the head of France's nuclear safety watchdog 20 years ago, has been formally accused of deliberately concealing the seriousness of contamination of parts of the French countryside from the French people.

US Impedes Efforts to Curb Nuclear Weapons Worldwide, Says Hans Blix

Hans Blix, the former chief United Nations weapons inspector, said today that American unwillingness to cooperate in international arms agreements is undermining the effectiveness of efforts to curb nuclear weapons.

Willkommen in der Zukunft: Wer nicht arbeitet, soll auch nicht essen


"Wer nicht arbeitet, soll auch nicht essen"

Workfare statt Welfare: Irina Vellay zu einer ersten Studie über den "dritten Arbeitsmarkt" der Ein-Euro-Jobs.

Handy-Ortung für Jedermann

Claverhouse mast given go-ahead

02 June 2006

The Scottish Executive has once again overruled councillors to allow a mobile phone mast to be put up in Dundee, writes Grant Smith.
Vodafone will now be able to expand its 3G network with a 13.5m mast and antennas at Forfar Road, next to the Claverhouse West industrial estate.

It has become almost routine for phone companies to successfully appeal against the refusal of planning permission, with only one case out of nine being rejected by the Executive’s inquiry reporters unit during 2005/06.

In this instance, the ruling reverses a 15 to 10 vote by councillors that the mast would result in “visual clutter” because there were already another two masts a short distance away.

There had also been a petition with 116 signatures and a letter of objection from the Mill O’ Mains residents’ association, which raised health concerns about the possible effect of emissions on pupils at a nearby primary school.

In their appeal, Vodafone argued that the telephone pole-like mast would be designed and positioned as sensitively as possible to minimise its visual impact.

Sharing one of the existing mast sites was not a good option because a taller, thicker pole would have to be used to accommodate the extra antennas.

In his judgement, Executive reporter Ron Jackson noted that Vodafone was intending to put up a fence around the mast’s base station and plant trees to provide screening.

There were already several street lighting columns, large road signs and a CCTV camera pole in the area and one more mast would make little difference.

He said, “I consider that it would not be visually intrusive in that particular urban location.

“It would simply appear as another pole, of which there are many at that location.”

Mr Jackson rejected the residents’ association concerns about emissions, saying he had found nothing to substantiate them. In any case, the Executive had ruled that emissions need not be taken into account when deciding on planning applications.

Claverhouse councillor Andy Dawson said he was “sorely disappointed” by the outcome of the appeal, which he felt was undermining the role of elected members.

“We have people coming into the town and overturning our decisions when we have the local knowledge. This wasn’t the first time and I don’t think it will be the last.”

Willkommen im Hochsicherheitsland

New "Iraq Massacre" Tape Emerges

The BBC has uncovered new video evidence that US forces may have been responsible for the deliberate killing of 11 innocent Iraqi civilians. The video appears to challenge the US military's account of events that took place in the town of Ishaqi in March. The US said at the time four people died during a military operation, but Iraqi police claimed that US troops had deliberately shot the 11 people.

Who's calling?

Foundation for Economic Education
by Becky Akers


As we all know, thanks to USA Today, in 2001 the National Security Agency (NSA) pressured AT&T, Verizon, BellSouth, and Qwest to divulge 'call-detail' records for their customers. Only Qwest refused, though Verizon and BellSouth now claim 'inaccuracies' in reports that they helped the Feds spy on us. Whether you called from your home, cell, or office phone, whether you dialed next door, Netcong, or the Netherlands, the NSA apparently knows what number was dialed and the duration of the call. These records don't include names or street addresses, but -- comforting thought -- the government could match that information with the call-details any time it pleases. 'It's the largest database ever assembled in the world,' an unidentified source told USA Today. The newspaper went on, 'The agency's goal is ‘to create a database of every call ever made’ within the nation's borders, this person added'...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The meaning of Haditha

Justin Raimondo
by AntiWar.Com

Last year, I wrote about the 'El Salvador option' -- the emerging strategy of this administration in fighting a losing war, which amounts to throwing off all constraints and simply terrorizing the Iraqi people into cowed submission. We are now seeing the results of this policy of desperation in practice. Haditha is not just an 'isolated incident,' but evidence of a new strategic orientation by the U.S. military -- a scorched-earth policy designed to stave off the humiliating prospect of impending defeat...

Beware of oil pundits

Free Market News Network
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa


Those who espouse clever government-led solutions to high oil prices should bear in mind that new discoveries have outpaced consumption for a number of years, but too much bureaucratic interference has hampered supply. Restrictions on building new refineries and pipelines in the U.S. have kept prices up and increased America's dependence on foreign energy. Half of Europe's motorists already use diesel fuel, but the lack of refining capacity to turn heavy crude into diesel has made the rest of the world rely a lot more on light crude, pushing up its price. And, of course, supply would be higher if almost 80 percent of oil reserves did not belong to incompetent government-owned companies around the world, such as in Russia, Sudan and Nigeria. Not to mention that huge tariffs on imports of Brazilian sugar cane have hampered the development of ethanol in the U.S. (Brazil's use of ethanol as an energy source has been a huge success.) Why make matters worse by meddling further?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Blacking out speech

National Review
by Newt Gingrich


In the election of 1800, Thomas Jefferson became president and swept his party into power due, in part, to the country’s overwhelming opposition to the Sedition Act of 1798. This act was a deliberate attempt by the Federalists in power to silence their political opponents. The McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law enacted in 2002 is an equally dangerous modern-day assault on the First Amendment. It could more accurately be called the McCain-Feingold censorship law because it stifles political speech, protects incumbent politicians and consolidates power in Washington. This law is of the Congress, by the Congress, and for the Congress, because it protects members of Congress by silencing opposing points of view...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Terrorism invoked in ISP snooping proposal



In a radical departure from earlier statements, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has said that requiring Internet service providers to save records of their customers' online activities is necessary in the fight against terrorism, CNET has learned. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller privately met with representatives of AOL, Comcast, Google, Microsoft and Verizon last week and said that Internet providers -- and perhaps search engines -- must retain data for two years to aid in anti-terrorism prosecutions, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussion who spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush "worst" president since WWII

USA Today


Of the 11 presidents since World War II, President Bush is the 'worst,' said 34% of those surveyed in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. That was double the percentage of the next 'worst' president, Richard Nixon (17%). The 'best' president, chosen by 28% of those surveyed, was Ronald Reagan. President Clinton came in second in that category, at 25%. (Clinton was named "worst" president by 16%.) Quinnipiac researchers say the nationwide telephone survey of 1,534 registered voters was conducted May 23-30 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Phone mast gets a poor reception

RESIDENTS in South Shore are fighting moves to put a mobile phone mast near a children's playground.

A planning application has been lodged with Blackpool Council to mount a six metre mast close to Highfield Road Park.

Communications company Orange wants to put the antennae, along with a satellite dish and six equipment cupboards, on top of Moulton Printers on Highfield Road.

But neighbours say that while the safety of masts is still uncertain they should not be sited in residential areas.

They are now collecting signatures on a petition and are determined to block the plans.

Peter Brown, 51, of Highfield Road said: "There are just too many unanswered questions about these masts. We are not saying they are definitely dangerous, we are just saying that until people can tell us they are definitely not dangerous, they shouldn't be putting them in densely populated areas like this where it is next to a children's playground, a nursery and hundreds of homes."

Annie Carr, who lives opposite the proposed site, has even vowed to picket the printing firm if councillors approve the scheme.

The 57-year-old said: "It is a case of better safer than sorry. While there is any doubt about dangerous radiation we don't want one here.

"We have delivered petitions to most of the shops on Highfield Road and we want as many people as possible to sign them so we can show the council how much opposition there is to the mast.

"I have been looking into concerns about mobile phone masts and it is frightening.

"I know some people argue there are no dangers associated with them but then again they said there was no problem with thalidomide, asbestos and BSE."

The group is supported by Highfield ward councillor, Susan Fowler.
She said: "Until it is categorically proven they pose no threat they should not be put in built up areas.

"Back in November 2000 people power successfully saw off plans to put a similar mast in Fishers Field.

"Hopefully, we can do that again."

Geoff Williams, North West co-ordinator of anti-antennae campaign group, Mast Sanity, believes mobile phone masts are linked to cases cancer, leukaemia and brain tumours.

He said: "I have lived under the shadow of a mast for years and it has devastated the health of my family.

"Radiation can have frightening implications for people's health. There have been clusters of cancer cases near where I live."

The planning application was submitted to council planners on May 18 and the consultation period expires on June 15.

A Gazette investigation last year found that thousands of Blackpool children were playing in the shadow of huge mobile phone masts.

It revealed that around one in four of the resort's schools were within 100m of an antennae.

Among them were St Cuthbert's in Lightwood Avenue, South Shore, and Palatine High School in St Annes Road, South Shore.

The UK has over 45,000 masts used to provide coverage for 55 million mobile phone subscribers in the UK.

No-one from Orange was available for comment.

02 June 2006

All rights reserved © 2006 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.

Marcy Winograd is Pro-Impeachment and Pro-Peace

Make Calls for Marcy Winograd from Your Home

Marcy Winograd is a pro-impeachment, pro-peace Democrat who is poised to pull off a huge upset in her primary challenge to Rep. Jane Harman, a pro-war, pro-illegal-spying, corporate hawk in California's 36th District. Once elected, Marcy will be a leading national voice for our progressive movement! She'll speak for all of us, not just for her constituents in CA's CD 36:

YOU can help make it happen! Your volunteer phone calls, from anywhere in the country, can help turn out the pro-impeachment, pro-peace vote for Marcy between now and Tuesday June 6th! The PDA phone-calling system makes it easy. To volunteer, Email:

Audio interview of Marcy Winograd:

Article on Marcy Winograd by David Swanson:

Other California pro-impeachment candidates in next Tuesday's primary:

* CA12: Kevin Hearle
* CA28: Charles Coleman, Jr. (Impeach Team)
* CA29: Bob McCloskey (Impeach Team)
* CA42: Mark Hull-Richter (write-in)
* CA52: Karen Marie Otter

What You Can Do for Peace Next Wednesday

Demand an Open Debate on Iraq: National Call-In Day June 7 Call your Representative 202-224-3121 An open debate on Iraq is overdue!

Americans want their sons and daughters home. Children want their mothers and fathers home. The Iraqis want their nation back. Most of the troops think they should leave in the next six months. These are the compelling majority opinions that must be addressed. Facing this is a moral and non-partisan challenge.

But, after more than three years, $300 billion, and the death of over one hundred thousand Iraqis and nearly 2,500 American soldiers, Congress still refuses to debate real alternatives to the President's stay-the-course policy. It is a policy that over 80% of Iraqis, more than 70% of U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq and a majority of Americans say is a failure.

As a people who seek peace and justice, we have a unique opportunity to demand that Congress stop passing the buck. So far, 122 members of the House of Representatives have signed a 'discharge petition' calling for immediate debate and consideration of ALL alternatives to the policy of open-ended occupation of Iraq. All we need is 96 more members to sign the petition for debate to begin. We need your help!

Call your U.S. Representative on June 7th. Ask your Representative to sign H.Res. 543 OR thank them if they have already signed and ask them to ask a colleague to sign H.Res. 543.

Here are lists of those who have and have not signed:

The pressure we are applying is already having an impact. There have been news reports that some Republican members of Congress, hoping to dodge a real discussion about Iraq, will offer a tightly-controlled debate framed by supporters of the war. This alternative is clearly an election-year effort to sell the war to the public rather than address the failed policy and the need to bring the troops home. This alternative won't allow members who oppose the war to offer plans to bring the occupation to an end.

Tell your Congress Member that you demand to see a debate with an "open rule," meaning that any amendments can be introduced, debated, and voted on. The surest route to that debate is for them to sign the discharge petition and ask their colleagues to do the same.

Call 202-224-3121 and give the operator your Representative's name, or go to power search on Congress for the local district office:


Join Us at Democracy Fest, July 14-16 in San Diego

Join progressives from all over the country for the third annual Democracy Fest from July 14 to 16 at San Diego State University, a long weekend of organizing and partying. Speakers include Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ed Schwartz, Ann Wright, Margorie Cohn, David Sirota, Robert Greenwald, Ralph Miller, Kevin Spidel, David Swanson, and many more. Learn more and sign up here:

Have You Seen Howard Berman?

Remember when we worked our tails off to pass a bill in the House International Relations Committee to launch an investigation into the White House Iraq Group's efforts to sell the public a fraudulent war?

We had 109 cosponsors. Two Republicans on the Committee voted with us. We lost by one vote. Democrat Howard Berman was AWOL, appearing in a parade in California. Listen to this brilliant ad by Charles Coleman, who is running against Berman in the primary.

Impeach Bush Yard Signs - No Yard's Complete Without One

Col. Ann Wright Speaks Out on Impeachment

Listen to Ann Wright's PSA

Watch Liberty News TV Report on Impeachment

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Wenn das neue Gesetz durchkommt, werden sie zu Sklaven

"Die Immigrantenproteste, die in den letzten Wochen mit diversen Massendemonstrationen und einem Streik am 1.Mai in den USA stattfanden und sich gegen das neue Einwanderungsgesetz der Bush-Administration richteten, übertreffen die Sans Papier-Proteste in Westeuropa bei weitem. Sie sind ohne Frage die größte und massivste derartige Bewegung in den letzten Jahrzehnten und bilden – trotz der „We are America“-Parolen – einen bedeutenden Ansatzpunkt, um diesen Sektor der Lohnabhängigen aus ihrer Rolle als allzeit erpressbare Arbeitskraftreserve des Kapitals herauszuholen. Gelänge dies zumindest zum Teil und ließe sich ein Brückenschlag zum (überwiegend weißen) Kernbereich der US-amerikanischen Arbeiterklasse herstellen, würde dies die politischen und sozialen Kräfteverhältnisse für die Blue collars insgesamt (und damit auch für die schwache US-Linke aller Couleur) deutlich verbessern. Bis dahin ist es allerdings noch ein weiter Weg. Zur gegenwärtigen Situation interviewte die Korrespondentin der linken italienischen Tageszeitung „il manifesto“ für die Ausgabe vom 30.4.2006 den heute 57jährigen Vorsitzenden der Landarbeitergewerkschaft Farm Workers Union (FWU), David Bacon" - so beginnt das Interview"Wenn das neue Gesetz durchkommt, werden sie zu Sklaven !“ übersetzt und kommentiert von Antifa-AG der Uni Hannover & Gewerkschaftsforum Hannover am 11. Mai 2006:

Aus: LabourNet, 2. Juni 2006

Beobachtung durch Verfassungsschutz ist ein Skandal

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

02. Juni 2006

Zu der heutigen Spiegel-Vorabmeldung, dass der Verfassungsschutz Bundestagsabgeordnete der Linkspartei überwacht, erklärt das Mitglied des Parteivorstandes Bodo Ramelow:

Die vom Spiegel benannten Fakten sprechen eine deutliche Sprache. Bundestagsabgeordnete der Linkspartei.PDS werden vom Verfassungsschutz beobachtet. Ich empfinde das als fortgesetzten Skandal und als Kriminalisierung der Gesamtpartei. Die mir zugestandene Akteneinsicht und die zugesandten Dokumente zeigen, dass mich der Verfassungsschutz intensiver beobachtet als bislang bekannt war. Aber es geht nicht um Bisky, Bartsch und Ramelow, sondern darum dass offenbar nicht nur wie bislang vorgegeben Teile der Linkspartei, sondern die gesamte Partei unter Generalverdacht gestellt und ausgeschnüffelt wird. Das heißt alle Mitglieder, Funktionäre und Abgeordneten können betroffen sein. Ich werde der Bundestagsfraktion vorschlagen, dass alle Abgeordneten der Fraktion Akteneinsicht beantragen und notfalls gerichtlich erstreiten. Gleiches empfehle ich den Abgeordneten in Landtagen und weiteren Funktionärsträgern. Es wird Zeit, dass die fortwährende Bespitzelung von demokratisch gewählten Mandatsträgern ein Ende hat. Ich fordere den Präsidenten des Verfassungsschutzes auf, die Beobachtung unverzüglich zu beenden. Offenbar wird von den führenden Köpfen in Köln der Kalte Krieg fortgeführt. Es ist gefährlich, wenn 16 Jahre nach der Herstellung der Deutschen Einheit Menschen eingeschüchtert werden sollen, die sich politisch für soziale Gerechtigkeit und linke Ideen engagieren wollen.

Save the whales by not buying Japanese

The Monitor's View

Japan's export titans often get their way with their government. Right now they want senior politicians to end their controversial visits to a Tokyo war memorial that also honors war criminals - the visits are bad for business in China. But they should add this request: Don't overturn a ban on commercial whaling.

Japan has spent heavily to influence poor countries that are members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). It just announced a fresh $410 million aid package to South Pacific nations. Its aim is to reverse a 1986 IWC ban that has allowed many whale species to begin a long, slow recovery. In mid-June, the 66 nations of the regulatory body will gather, and Japan is expected to succeed in winning the votes of many cash-poor IWC members. Overturning the ban requires a 75 percent vote, but Japan may first secure a 51 percent vote to conduct balloting in secret.

The prospect of the IWC allowing the slaughter of whale species not fully recovered has yet to raise much fuss in many antiwhaling nations. But it should, given the importance of whales in the health of oceans.

If the UN General Assembly or the US does not act soon, then a consumer boycott of Japanese products is needed. That will catch the attention of Japanese corporate leaders, who can then pressure politicians leading the pro-whaling campaign.

These politicians regard the ban as Western "culinary imperialism" aimed at Japan's tradition of eating whale meat. But the issue is conservation, not culture, and the Japanese data and arguments that many whale species are fully revived should remain suspect, and certainly not acted on in a secret IWC ballot.

It's not even clear if the Japanese people want to consume whale meat in large quantities. Less than 1 percent now eat the meat that is sold from the more than 1,000 whales Japan catches annually "for scientific research" (allowed under IWC rules). Some of the meat has ended up simply as doggie treats.

Emotions either against or in favor of whaling are usually strong. Many Japanese see hypocrisy in those who argue against the killing of such intelligent animals, but who also eat lamb or pig. Environmentalists see Japan as little concerned about nature's well-being beyond its shores. And the resurgence of nationalism in Japan - something its business chiefs sometimes oppose - may be behind this pro-whaling initiative.

Persuasion through facts and logic about the health of whale stocks are unlikely to prevail at the IWC, given Japan's long determination to overturn the ban for cultural reasons and its monied clout over weak members.

Some antiwhaling groups want the US to withhold support for a permanent Japanese seat on the UN Security Council. But that tactic is meaningless, given China's stance against Japan obtaining a seat.

Barring quick US or UN action, a temporary consumer boycott of Japanese products would carry the most certainty of saving the ban.

Forcing Japan to back down isn't a pleasant prospect. But neither is the risk of some whale species going extinct.

One side has to give, and for Japan, it's the easier give.

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Copyright © 2006 The Christian Science Monitor. All rights reserved.

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Phone mast anger

By Tamlyn Jones

Jun 2, 2006

A sports ground used by children could soon be housing a 12-metre high mobile phone mast in a "black-hole" area for coverage. Residents have already voiced their opposition to the scheme.

Telecommunications firm O2, wants to build the tower at Little Stoke Cricket Club, near Stone, as they seek to increase their 3G coverage in the area and boost the service to customers using the West Coast Mainline train service.

Little Stoke runs a variety of teams in local leagues, some as young as under 11.

O2 warned this week that if councillors follow officers' recommendations to refuse permission for the mast, then the company would continue to push for other sites nearby.

Regional spokesman for O2 James Stevenson, said: "That's a good place we are trying to keep the network going but it is a bit of a black hole.

"We spoke to the planners about this one they said they could not see any difficulties with the site we had picked.

"It is surprising that they have come back and said they don't want it.

"Even if this is refused we will continue to look in this area."

An amended plan is also due to be submitted by O2 which would see the mast increased by 50cms to account for signal disruption by nearby trees.

The application has sparked anger among residents nearly 60 people have lodged objections with Stafford Borough Council.

One of the residents even enlisted the professional expertise of a solicitor.

Residents said the mast, in Uttoxeter Road, would be visually intrusive, too close to properties and expressed concerns at the cricket club's involvement.

Mr Stevenson added: "We understand how people feel about it.

"We would come and see them (the residents ) if they wanted.

"It is an area we have got to get up and running.

"The network up there is not robust enough at the moment."

Two other nearby sites had been considered High Street and Stone Cricket Club but Little Stoke was considered the best by O2.

The mast would be sited on a rise which has prevented an application being submitted for a 15m tower further towards Stone.

In deciding to recommend refusal, planning officers said there was not enough evidence that the required coverage could not be achieved in a less visually intrusive manner.

Officers also claimed that the mast would be harmful to the amenities of the surrounding area.

The application will be discussed next Wednesday (June 7) by Stafford Borough Council's planning committee.

© Express & Star Ltd, 1997-2006

Don't Spy On Me

Government assaults on privacy are increasing all around us, even as the people's ability to speak without fear of reprisal is dwindling. Still, most of us have never found ourselves in a direct confrontation with the government over whether to remain silent or speak out for our beliefs.

Barbara Bailey, Peter Chase, George Christian and Janet Nocek -- four librarians who were gagged by the FBI -- have faced our government's abuses of power in a deeply personal way. You and I can only hope that we would respond with the courage and commitment to principle that they demonstrated.

This week, these Connecticut librarians were finally able to speak publicly about their months-long battle against secret government demands for their patrons' library records. At great personal risk, they fought back against a government intent on using the Patriot Act to seize library records without a legal order and to bar them from telling anyone what was happening.

These courageous Americans stood up for their patrons' rights and for the rights of every library user in America - and they refused to flinch. Everyone who cares about the state of freedom and privacy in our country today owes them a debt of gratitude.

More importantly, we owe it to them to join the fight and stand up to the government's abuse of power in whatever way we can. You can do your part today by joining in the nationwide consumer campaign to stop illegal NSA spying. We need your help holding our phone companies and state and federal regulators to the same fundamental American principles upheld by our four Connecticut librarians.

Act now to stop phone companies from abusing your privacy.

We've seen, time and time again, how intent the government is on invading our privacy from the books we read to the phone calls we make. And we know that neither timid politicians nor quick-to-cooperate companies can be counted on to defend our privacy.

The story of these patriotic librarians reminds us all that there is a limit to how much power we should relinquish without protest or action.

The government gagged them by claiming that their story, told in public, would jeopardize national security. This administration has repeatedly abused this claim to silence its critics and conceal extreme practices they know Americans do not support.

Because when the people can see the truth, they speak out. The Bush administration may not want to hear the growing outcry against their actions. But the ACLU, our clients and our supporters will not stop speaking out until the abuses of power come to an end.

Since the news of possible cooperation between phone companies and the NSA in illegal spying operations surfaced, nearly 60,000 Americans have added their names to our demand to the Federal Communications Commission and state agencies with the authority to regulate the phone companies.

We can't stand idly by while corporations, federal regulators and even our elected leaders fail to champion our rights or uphold our basic system of checks and balances. The power to right these wrongs ultimately resides in the hands of the American people.

It's up to us. That's why I'm urging you to honor the courage of these librarians by making this the moment that you speak out. Remind regulators of their duty to investigate what may be the most massive abuse of customer privacy in American history.

Act now to stop phone companies from abusing your privacy.

Right now, it is absolutely essential that we challenge phone companies that, with stunning eagerness, have been swift to join the government in violating your and my freedom. Please take action today.


Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director ACLU

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Blair has been blinded by an imperialist illusion

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No More Pro-War Candidates, No More Wars of Choice

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Maliki: Haditha a 'terrible crime'

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Values training in Iraq

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The really big question with no answers

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A Time For Mutiny?

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Iraqis' Accounts Link Marines to the Mass Killing of Civilians

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American Capitalism and The Moral Poverty of Nations: of Faustian Bargains and Disposable Human Beings

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While our heavily entrenched corporate elites and affluent decision-makers cut their own taxes, reduce spending on social programs, and lavish insane amounts of the working poor’s and middle class’s tax money on a military which exists to protect and expand their pecuniary interests, they offer the weakest members of our society, our homeless people, a quality of life that would repulse a sewer rat.

Politicians Lie? Say it Ain't So!

By Michael Boldin

The federal government extracts over Two Trillion Dollars from us every single year. Yet, with all this unthinkable wealth, it has been incapable of reducing poverty, improving our schools, preventing 9-11, catching those who perpetrated the attacks, making health care affordable, reducing crime, and so on. Going even further, each year, it passes new laws that make it legal to pry into your life even more.

Endgame in Iran

By Mike Whitney

US carrier groups are already moving to the Gulf and the finishing touches are being put on the battle plans. Lt General Sam Gardiner expects that an attack will come as early as June 2006.

Justice Denied

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Three years last April will have passed since the killing of my husband. We spent the same number of years together, three years of happy and blessed marital and paternal life that were cut short by the dark forces of American democracy.

Iraq War Vets talk about random civilian killings

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Newsnight follow a group of former US soldiers who have returned from Iraq deeply affected by the experience. As they march across America to protest, shocking interviews emerge on the indiscriminate killing of Iraqi civilians.

Click here to watch.

The 10,000th Haditha: U.S. accused in more Iraq civilian deaths

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Months after Time magazine reported that U.S. Marines had carried out a My Lai-style massacre of at least two dozen innocent Iraqi civilians, the average "support our troops" American is waking up and smelling the butchery.

More Lots More

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I can only hope that my fellow citizens are not being told that this latest outrage tumbling out of Iraq is some isolated incident; that Herr Rumsfeld will diligently investigate it, and dispense timely justice to all guilty parties (below the rank of Lieutenant, of course).

U.S. accused in more Iraq civilian deaths

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'Massacre Marines blinded by hate'

Corporal claims that his comrades, who were accused of killing Iraqi civilians, lost control.,,11069-2205982,00.html

The Line of Atrocity: From the White House to Haditha

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Worse to come for US, UK in Iraq, Afghanistan, says expert

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'Please stop the American troops killing any more people',,1788624,00.html?gusrc=rss

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U.S. troops routinely attack civilians, Iraqi leader says

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Iraqi army and police officers and several people who said they were witnesses and relatives of the dead said U.S. soldiers killed two women, aged 60 and 20, and a mentally handicapped man in their home on May 4 after insurgents fired on the troops.

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