Donnerstag, 13. Juli 2006

American Policy in Middle East Caught in "a Perfect Storm"

Republicans Hinder Renewal of Voting Rights Act

After Latinos came out in greater force than they have in decades to protest a House-passed immigration bill, conservatives persuaded Republican leaders not to force a vote last month to extend for 25 years the law that requires bilingual ballots in precincts with large non-English-speaking populations. They joined with a group of Southern Republicans who object to extending the law's requirement that nine states have federal oversight decades after they quit hindering blacks' access to voting booths through Jim Crow laws.

Cheney's Office Cultivated Pro-Torture Environment

Steve Clemons writes, "Documents and memos that have already made their way into the public domain make it clear that the Office of the Vice President bears responsibility for creating an environment conducive to the acts of torture and murder committed by US forces in the war on terror."

You Are Not Safe

"One would think, looking at the priorities outlined by the National Asset Database, that the most populated cities, the most critical infrastructure, the most important financial and national security institutions, don't have a lot to worry about from terrorism. One would also think the country is made of money, and can dedicate gobs of cash to defend cornfields and potato farms instead of bridges and power plants," writes William Rivers Pitt.

Toying With Terror Alerts?

"In these perilous days, we must be ready to think the unthinkable," writes Joshua Michah Marshall. "No, I don't mean the possibility of a catastrophic terrorist attack. After 9/11, that's all too easy to imagine. No, I'm talking about a thought that even now seldom forces its way into respectable conversation: the quite reasonable suspicion that the Bush administration orchestrates its terror alerts and arrests to goose the GOP's poll numbers."

Bush's Geneva Convention Decision "Only Partial Compliance"

The Bush administration's belated decision to recognize the applicability of the Geneva Conventions to terrorism suspects in military custody is a step forward, Human Rights Watch said today. But because the Pentagon memorandum that codifies the change does not extend to detainees held by the CIA, it represents only partial compliance with the recent US Supreme Court decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.

Radio interview with Lt. Ehren Watada

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Bedenken zerstreuen: Waldzustandsbericht womöglich nur noch alle vier Jahre


Die Zukunft des jährlichen Waldzustandsberichts steht offenbar auf der Kippe. Nach einem Bericht der "Frankfurter Rundschau" bestätigte das Bundeslandwirtschaftsministerium Pläne, wonach die seit 1982 jeden Herbst erscheinende Analyse nur noch einmal pro Legislaturperiode herauskommen soll, also alle vier Jahre. Dies sei der Wunsch von Bundesagrarminister Horst Seehofer (CSU). Seehofers Ziel hierbei sei der Abbau von Bürokratie. Der Bericht werde zudem möglicherweise in einer Gesamtbilanz zur Lage von Landwirtschaft, Fischerei und Forst aufgehen, da auch der jährliche Agrarbericht in der bisherigen Form nicht mehr erarbeitet werden solle, schrieb die Zeitung.

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Sozialverband kritisiert Überforderung chronisch Kranker

"Einfallstor für Leistungsausgrenzungen": Sozialverband kritisiert Überforderung chronisch Kranker (13.07.06)

Der Sozialverband Deutschland hat Verschlechterungen für chronisch Kranke durch die geplante Gesundheitsreform angeprangert. "Es ist völlig unverantwortlich, ausgerechnet chronisch Kranke noch stärker zu belasten", sagte Verbandspräsident Adolf Bauer der "Berliner Zeitung". "Hier geht es um Menschen, die auf Grund ihrer dauerhaften Erkrankung schon jetzt hohe Kosten schultern müssen. Eine Einschränkung der Chronikerregelung lehnen wir daher entschieden ab." Bauer kritisierte auch, dass erstmals für Krankenversicherte das Prinzip des Selbstverschuldens eingeführt werden soll. "Diese Regelung ist ein Einfallstor für künftige Leistungsausgrenzungen", sagte er.

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The President is Always Right


Justice Department Head Counsel Steve Bradbury: The president is always right. For comparison, Nixon in '77: "Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal."

Voting Rights: Still Lacking

By Wade Henderson,

The House should stop pretending that minorities don't face obstacles to voting.

Medicare's Hollow Heart

by Britt Cass,

The infamous "doughnut hole" is coming -- when millions will lose prescription drug coverage.


Medicare's Hollow Heart

"Everybody has heard of the costly and inefficient failure of the Republican Medicare prescription drug plan, Part D. But few people understand how for many Americans, even as they continue to pay a monthly premium, Part D provides no coverage at all," writes Britt Cass.

A Legal House Of Cards

by Jennifer Van Bergen,

Democracy is undermined by "terror" indictments based on nothing more than talk.

Mum urges families to fight mast plans

Norwich Evening News

A worried mother has urged families living on a sprawling estate to back her in a fresh fight against a 12.5metre mobile phone mast which could be built at the heart of their community.

Councillors on Broadland District Council's planning committee will meet next week to decide whether the O2 mast, with enclosed antennae and ground-based equipment cabinets, should be built on a highway verge on Dussindale Drive, Thorpe St Andrew.

Michelle Dickerson, a mum-of-two who lives on Association Way, off Dussindale Drive, said she intends to speak at the meeting in opposition to the mast and wants other people living on the estate to let the council know they do not want it.

“I'm quite willing to put my case forward for the children living in the area,” said Mrs Dickerson. “You have to register your intention to speak which I have done. If there are several people they only want one speaker for three minutes, but if they want me to do it, I will do it.

“I will take the children with me and go down and do it. It might just slip through if people leave it for someone else to do something about it.”

The mast was initially to be sited just yards from a plot of land at Vane Close, off Dussindale Drive, where work to build a £4million primary school has started.

The choice of site caused outrage among families living in the area, who campaigned against the mast, leading O2 to withdraw the application in March.

But Mrs Dickerson said it is now time for people to campaign again with the company wanting to site the mast on Dussindale opposite an existing 10m mobile phone mast operated by Orange.

“I'm looking at the site where it's going to be and it will be higher than the other one and will look like an eyesore,” she said.

Mrs Dickerson, who is a committee member of the Fitzmaurice Pavilion Nursery in Thorpe, said there was still time for parents to email their concerns ahead of the meeting which takes place at Broadland District Council at 9.30am on Wednesday, July 19,

As the Evening News reported last month a spokesman for O2 said the application was moved from a site where people were strongly opposed to it, but was needed to provide adequate access and cover for mobile users in the area.

The Evening News has campaigned against the installation of mobile phone masts near homes and schools until it is proved they are safe through our Put Masts on Hold campaign.

Anyone wanting to register comments about the application should log onto the planning section of Broadland's website at and add comments under application number 20061004 or call (01603) 431133 and ask for details about how to submit written comments.

Are you battling a mobile phone mast application where you live? Telephone Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on (01603) 772439 or email

Copyright © 2006 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

Camp for your Right

Camp for your right - Jugendliche werden nicht ausgebildet und andere nach
der Ausbildung nicht übernommen, statt dessen von der Bundesregierung
unter Hausarrest gestellt. Als Protest gegen diese Situation campen sie
nun von 10. - 14. Juliauf dem Sendlinger Tor Platz in München. Rund herum
finden mehrere verschiedene Aktionen dazu statt – siehe dazu die Seite der
der ver.di Jugend Bayern

und den Flyer (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 13. Juli 2006

Global government and its American leadership

News With Views
by Nancy Levant


Every 'elected' official knows full well that America is being systematically, secretly, illegally, and bureaucratically dismantled. After all, they've been quietly and steadfastly working at global governance for over 100 years. However, they have never been held to account, and they never, ever bring up the subjects of their treasonous legislating and back door dealings. They speak no evil, whatsoever. Instead, they play the terrorism game while double-timing to implement their custom made fascist system of total corporate ownership of the entire world -- including 'all human resources' (translation: all human beings)...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Minimum standards

by William Rivers Pitt


BBC News reported it this way: 'All US military detainees, including those at Guantanamo Bay, are to be treated in line with the minimum standards of the Geneva Conventions. The White House announced the shift in policy on Tuesday, almost two weeks after the US Supreme Court ruled that the conventions applied to detainees.' A small thing, one would think. We have been told time and again, after all, that we are engaged in a 'War on Terror,' and the rules of war should therefore apply. The fact that we are also fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan further simplifies the issue. With the Bush administration, however, nothing is so straightforward. The administration argument, on the surface, has been that because 'terrorists' are affiliated with no official government, they do not fall under the umbrella of Geneva protections. The real reason for the denial of protections, though, was the Cheney-born insistence that the powers of the executive are plenary and not to be restricted in any way. Holding people indefinitely without trial while subjecting them to torture, therefore, was a marvelous way to establish the precedent of limitless power...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Ending CIA rendition of terror suspects

Christian Science Monitor
by John K. Cooley


It's time for the Bush administration, and those European governments that have aided its 'renditions' of suspected terrorists, to come clean about the process and return to international, legal procedures that govern the treatment of detainees. Renditions refer to the Central Intelligence Agency's process of secretly nabbing suspects in one country -- with at least implicit, if not explicit, cooperation of agents for that government -- and transferring them to another for interrogations. The suspects are often 'rendered' to secret prisons in countries such as Egypt, Syria, or Afghanistan. They may be placed in isolation, denied due legal process, and in some cases, allegedly tortured. Until recently, European governments have been extremely critical of the US rendition process and have mostly denied hosting secret prisons and transit points in their countries...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Protecting us from ourselves

Frontiers of Freedom
by Greg Reeson


Whether it's games at recess, fireworks, or clothing requirements for motorcycles, our society has become overly protective in the name of safety. Personally, I think it's stupid to ride a motorcycle without a helmet and eye protection and I would never subject myself or my family to that sort of risk. My concern is that over regulation of behavior takes away individual choice and responsibility as authority figures and government officials come up with new ways to run our lives for us, all in the name of protecting us from ourselves...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Voter registration issues cloud elections

National Center for Policy Analysis
by staff


The key to victory in some of this year's elections may be who wins the battle over voter registration rules, say observers. A relatively obscure area of election law has sparked a flurry of lawsuits over who gets to register new voters and how they perform the task. Several lawsuits have been filed in states that helped decide the 2004 presidential election and could be key this year in determining which party ends up with control of Congress...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The man who has been to America

Mother Jones
by McKenzie Funk


The Bush administration's late embrace of the Geneva Conventions may or may not be sincere. Either way, it comes too late for hundreds of prisoners who've spent years of their lives in U.S. detention -- like Muhibullo Abdulkarim Umarov...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The failure of Republicanism

Intellectual Conservative
by Steven D. Laib, JD, MS


What has happened, apparently, is that the conservative voter expected Presidents Bush, father and son, to follow in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan. They have also expected legislative representation in the same vein. When this didn't happen they have become more frustrated, and less supportive of a political party that shows many of the trappings of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society; a position they do not personally support. They are not satisfied with a party that says 'vote for us because the opposition will be so much worse that you can't afford to let them get in office.' They are also dissatisfied with party functionaries who refuse to fight, and fight dirty if necessary, to win the points that are supposed to make up a conservative agenda...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Save the State Parks: STOP THE TOLLROADS

Informant: bigraccoon

Congress, President Still Ignoring Obligation to Native American Health Care

Despite a widely acknowledged obligation to provide for the well-being of Native Americans, the federal government has allowed Native health and health care to decay horribly.

British Banker With Ties to Enron Found Dead

A British banker who was questioned by US authorities in connection with the Enron scandal has been found dead, British media said Wednesday. The man's body was found Tuesday in a park in east London. Police would not immediately say how he died, but homicide officers were investigating - standard procedure on all suspicious deaths.

GOP Senator Clashes With Bush Nominee Over Support for Torture

A key Senate Republican clashed yesterday with President Bush's pick for a federal appeals court, taking aim at the nominee's past support for harsh interrogation methods at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Illegal Killing of Whales and Dolphins In the Mediterranean Must End

White House Pressures Alaska Legislature to Accept New Oil Tax/Gas Pipeline Deal

Would Transfer Billions to Oil Companies

Stealth Strategy by US Chamber of Commerce to Influence Elections

Economic Recovery: Not Raining on the President's Parade

Road to Victory in Iraq 'Unclear,' US Auditors Conclude

Pentagon Switch on Geneva Elicits Hope, Scepticism

US Democracy Crusade Falls by the Wayside

Global Gun Control Conference Harpooned by U.S. Opposition

Prisons at Center of Damning Report on U.S. Human Rights

Les Sacrifiés d'Orange

Affaire Orange/Mariton/ASL

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Les antennes relais du Bel-Air, une menace pour la santé?

Watada hearing in mid-August

Informant: jensenmk

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Microchips for Illegals?

Les habitants font barrage à la nouvelle antenne-relais

"L'Antenne-relais n'est pas passée"

Enron Fraud case: Key NatWest Three witness found dead

A KEY witness in the case of the NatWest Three has been found dead. The dramatic development comes on the eve of the extradition to the US of the three British bankers.

From Information Clearing House

Congressman Tom Feeney - Texas Tribe Sues Abramoff, Reed

Feeney, a close ally of the religious right and of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, is known as an eccentric lawmaker. He's also one of the most corrupt members of Congress according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, in part because he went on a golfing trip to Scotland in 2003 that was paid for by Jack Abramoff.

Texas Tribe Sues Abramoff, Reed

It's still unclear whether Ralph Reed has anything to fear from Justice Department prosecutors, but he's not going to get away without at least one legal headache.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. May Want More Bank Data

The administration debates whether to force American institutions to turn over information on all international wire transfers.

From Information Clearing House

Germans locked down for Bush visit

German anger at orchestration of visit by Bush to see Merkel

The reception party includes 300 soldiers dressed in civilian clothes. Ordinary people have been told to stay indoors. All shops in the town's historic market have been shut, and cars, rubbish bins and flowerpots have been removed.,,1818414,00.html

Germans locked down for Bush visit

EAST Germany is sealed off again with barbed wire, tanks, warships and fighter planes.

From Information Clearing House

Caracas rejects US probe into its oil policy

US officials say Mr Chávez is using Venezuela’s bumper oil revenues to undermine democracy in Latin America, but Venezuela maintains it is merely helping communities impoverished by US-backed economic policies.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. data mining riles Latin America: Nicaragua

For a people who have grappled with American meddling for more than a century, Nicaraguans were surprised to find that Uncle Sam's long reach may now extend right into their private lives.

U.S. government purchase data on Mexico’s 65 million registered voters

A probe has been launched into how the Atlanta-based corporation ChoicePoint Inc. was able to purchase data on Mexico’s 65 million registered voters as well as six million licensed drivers in Mexico City.

Italian Probe of CIA Abduction Broadens to Domestic Spying Scandal

Two Italian intelligence officers have been arrested on charges they helped CIA agents abduct a Muslim cleric off the streets of Milan three years ago.

From Information Clearing House

Gorbachev: 'Americans Have a Severe Disease'

"We have made some mistakes," he said, referring to recent attacks on Russia's democracy. "So what? Please don't put even more obstacles in our way. Do you really think you are smarter than we are?"

From Information Clearing House

Putin rebuffs 'colonialist' West

He singled out US Vice-President Dick Cheney, who earlier this year accused Mr Putin of backsliding on democracy.

Bushists Back Hard-Right in Russia

The reason Putin is now attracting continuous criticism from the lords of the West has nothing to do with the very real contraction of democracy and increasing authoritarianism in Russia.

From Information Clearing House

Halt business With Pentagon

Twelve major suppliers of petroleum products to the Pentagon, including ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Valero, have been asked by a group of peace organizations and activists, including Cindy Sheehan and Howard Zinn, to stop doing business with the U.S. military until all U.S. troops and mercenary forces are out of Iraq.

Merchants of death in Iraq

Iraqi Girl Blog: Atrocities

From Information Clearing House

Fight For Your Life And Your Health

by Elissa Meininger

Most people think that The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was created to protect the public from harm and to make sure that manufacturers followed the law in developing, testing and marketing their products. With the almost daily revelations about the corruption in medical research.....

Welcome to Bush’s America

Soviet-Style Rule in Iraq

Arrested for Failing to Obey a Lawful Order to Cease Protesting a Unlawful War

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