Mittwoch, 1. November 2006

How Arab Americans Will Vote in 2006

James J. Zogby writes: "Arab Americans will vote overwhelmingly Democratic this year, expanding on a trend that began in 2002. Bottom line, it is frustration with the Bush administration's domestic and foreign policy that is shaping Arab American preferences."

Hispanic, Asian, Native Citizens Face Voting Barriers

Voting rights groups are concerned that millions of US citizens with limited English proficiency could have problems when trying to vote this year. The groups worry voters will either have trouble finding ballots in languages they understand or will experience intimidation and discrimination at the polls.

A Way to Restore Confidence

"Widespread concern over recent reports from Princeton University on Diebold machines' susceptibility to tampering, and from New York University on e-voting more generally, confirm what computer scientists have long known and contended: There is little reason for confidence in election results obtained from electronic voting machines. Yet voters in the United States are denied the one powerful technique that might restore confidence in election results - an independent exit poll," write Steven F. Freeman and Joel Bleifuss.


A way to restore confidence

Voters in the United States are denied the one powerful technique that might restore confidence in election results -- an independent exit poll.,0,4018585.story

From Information Clearing House

Turning the Corner Into Madness

"The dire predictions President Bush is making about 'cutting and running' from Iraq are almost identical to the horrifically inaccurate ones Presidents Johnson and Nixon made about Vietnam," writes Robert Scheer.

Proposition 89: Clean Elections or Power Grab?

A bill that could fundamentally change California elections may fall through the cracks. Under the current system in California, candidates for governor must be able to raise millions of dollars or use their own money to finance their campaigns. The "Clean Elections" system would allow candidates who can demonstrate significant grass-roots support to run using public money.

More Than Ever, Insurgents Are Targeting US Forces

October's death toll, the highest for American forces in nearly two years, came during a period without conventional battles or catastrophic helicopter crashes. Rather, the 103 troops killed in Baghdad and across Iraq were victims of a steady onslaught of assaults, primarily by their longtime nemeses, Sunni Arab insurgents.

U.S. soldier commits suicide to avoid torturing detainees

Informant: Quechick Barnyard

Abramoff Friend Describes Handouts to Senator Burns's Staff

Staffers for Republican senator Conrad Burns ate so much free sushi at disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's Washington restaurant that people joked that they would have "starved to death" without the lobbyist's free meals.

Were it not for the influence of war profiteers, there would be no war


David Swanson writes: "Were it not for the influence of war profiteers, there would be no war. Not the war in Iraq. Not the possible war in Iran. Not virtually any war."

A Dangerous Step toward Space Warfare

Informant: Kev Hall

Stop massive brown bear hunt in Slovenia

Avoided Deforestation Now to Fight Climate Change

We could lead the Mideast to peace, but only if we stop refusing to do the right thing

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The only "fence" the Republicans are going to build is one keeping them away from future voters

The Offensive Fence

From the classroom to the boardroom, the American dream has been hijacked

America 101

Phone mast erection to avoid planning ban

01 November 2006
By Fiona Gray

Families are furious a mobile phone mast could go up on their doorstep because a neighbouring borough refused it.

Mobile network giant Orange has applied to Hackney council to rig up a mast on Royal Gate Apartments, in Rutland Road, near Victoria Park, only yards away from Lauriston Primary School to serve users in Tower Hamlets.

According to a planning application submitted to Hackney council last month, Tower Hamlets council has a "no negotiation policy" with mobile phone operators and the mast cannot be placed in the borough.

Tony Gregory, who lives in the Royal Gate Apartments, heads a residents' campaign which includes a petition of 900 signatures so far.

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Sociocrats are Not Elite or Liberal

by Erica Carle

Those who wish to establish a new world order to destroy our national sovereignty and independence are merely followers of a destructive concept that has become the dominating idea controlling their minds and their lives. They are group dependent. They are not truth seekers or independent thinkers. They are weak charactered subservient followers who need to be involved in group goals to give them identity......

In for a scare

The Weekly Standard
by Irwin M. Stelzer


Next week at this time voters will troop to the polls to elect all 435 members of the House of Representatives, 33 of the 100 senators, 36 of the 50 state governors, and hundreds of state, city, and local officials. Opinion polls suggest that the Republicans are in for a drubbing, due to a combination of unhappiness with the Bush team's conduct of the war in Iraq, its perceived incompetence in responding to hurricane Katrina, and a variety of scandals, sexual and financial. The administration quite naturally wants to change voters' focus to other matters, and has dusted off the old Clinton slogan, 'It's the economy, stupid.' ... The administration's problem remains: almost nothing it can say about the economy can distract voters from Iraq, which they seem to see as an unwinnable war being fought because squabbling Iraqis and their leaders just can't get a grip on the security problem...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Straying from a failed course

Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway


Last week, President Bush decided to cut and run from staying the course. The Iraq message has shifted, even if little else has, and one felt a little sorry for Republican candidates who had been parroting 'stay the course' throughout the election campaign only to find that the party line has suddenly changed. Others, who have been trying to distance themselves from those toxic coattails, might find some solace in the president's last-minute, and somewhat desperate, attempt to defuse the Iraq issue in time for Nov. 7. To admit that the war is going badly, even to admit to a couple of mistakes, cannot have been easy for such an inflexible individual as Bush, who is unreceptive to what some in his administration sometimes derisively call reality...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush losing support of military

Common Dreams
by Bob Burnett


One of the most memorable Iraq war images was President Bush's May 1, 2003, speech from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. As Bush announced, 'Major combat operations in Iraq have ended,' framed by the banner, 'Mission Accomplished,' he was surrounded by hundreds of cheering troops. At the time, it would have been hard to predict that three years later major combat operations would not have ended, the mission would not be accomplished, and Bush would be losing the support of the military. How did George Bush manage to lose the backing of our armed forces, which at one time was highly supportive of his Administration?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Baghdad is under siege

Independent [UK]
by Patrick Cockburn


Sunni insurgents have cut the roads linking the city to the rest of Iraq. The country is being partitioned as militiamen fight bloody battles for control of towns and villages north and south of the capital. As American and British political leaders argue over responsibility for the crisis in Iraq, the country has taken another lurch towards disintegration. Well-armed Sunni tribes now largely surround Baghdad and are fighting Shia militias to complete the encirclement...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Republicans were hard pressed to find anything they would not allow the government to do

Polls that encourage and polls that terrify

Classically Liberal
by "CLS"


The most recent polls in Virginia are good news unless you are a big government Republican. With one week before the election the race between former Reagan official Jim Webb, the Democrat, and George Allen, a big government Republican enamoured with George Bush has not just narrowed. It's been doing that for months. But the last poll says Webb now has a slight lead. ... Another poll, however, indicates some real dangers to civil liberties from Republicans. Zogby International asked Republicans, Democrats and independents whether they would support various measures in the 'war on terror.' Republicans were hard pressed to find anything they would not allow the government to do...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Renzi-Simon race a challenge for voters

Arizona Republic


A week before they choose who will represent them in Congress, voters across rural Arizona face a challenge: sorting out ethical issues surrounding the two main candidates. On the Republican side, two-term incumbent Rep. Rick Renzi is the subject of an inquiry about conflict of interest. On the Democratic side, challenger Ellen Simon won't say why she routed a home sale through her husband, a move experts say likely was an impermissible effort to cut her income-tax obligations. The two are vying for the 1st Congressional District seat representing a territory that runs from north of the Grand Canyon to Casa Grande. Libertarian David Schlosser, the third candidate, is campaigning as an alternative for 'voters disgusted by the corrupting influence of money, politics and special interests'...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Rangel: Cheney an "SOB"

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Plan withdrawn for phone mast

Published: 1st November 2006

ROMILEY villagers are celebrating defeating an attempt by phone giant Orange to put a mast in the village centre.

The application, which was to put a near 40ft mast outside Romiley Forum, had been due for a decision at last night's meeting of the Werneth Area Committee, but was withdrawn by the firm on Monday, following villagers’ concerns for the health of children at the local Romiley Primary School less than 100 metres away.

Head teacher John Furse had complained to Stockport Council and demanded assurances be given by Orange as to the future "health and well-being" of the school's 450 pupils.

Coun Syd Lloyd who had been due to hear the application said: "The contested application has been pulled by the phone operator. I don't know why it was withdrawn but it must have been because of the publicity and the strength of public feeling against it. However, I understand that Orange is still planning to site a mast somewhere in Romiley."

Darren Stannage, the manager of the Forum- based NK Theatre Arts charity, who had warned the mast could also affect the theatre's sound equipment and lead to its closure, said he was delighted at the outcome.

"I am very pleased that this application has been withdrawn. People hopefully have seen sense and have realised it's not the place to have a mast."

However, as the Stockport Express went to press last night the Werneth committee was discussing whether to approve an even bigger 56ft mobile mast by 02 on land owned by Network Rail at Romiley Railway Station. The application which was supported by Stockport Council officers stated that the new antenna, dish and cabinet are painted ivy green.

Lynne McGarty, the chairman of Bredbury and Romiley Community Association and a representative of Romiley Against Masts said last week that the group would oppose last night's application for the mast at the station on the grounds of visual amenity.

A council spokesman, said: "The application to erect a telecommunications mast at Romiley Village Centre has been withdrawn. The applicant Orange gave no reason for the withdrawal of the application."

Peter Devine

First published by the Stockport Express

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White House, Kerry exchange accusations

Monroe News Star


The White House and Sen. John Kerry traded their harshest accusations since the 2004 presidential race on Tuesday, with President Bush accusing the Democrat of troop-bashing and Kerry calling the president's men hacks who are 'willing to lie.' The war of words, tough even for this hard-fought campaign season, came after Kerry told a group of California students on Monday that those unable to navigate the country's education system 'get stuck in Iraq'...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Desperate Republicans turn violent



A campaign appearance by Sen. George Allen turned physical when a liberal blogger was wrestled to the ground after heckling the senator about his divorce and court records. ... Stark's comments Tuesday and the confrontation that followed were captured by WVIR-TV in Charlottesville. Three men, all wearing blue Allen lapel stickers, grabbed Stark, put him in a chokehold, dragged him backward and pushed him to the floor at one point outside a meeting room...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Actions on the Climate Crisis To Be Held Nov. 4th in 21 States Around the USA

For immediate release

October 31, 2006

For more information:

Raya Ariella, 413-243-5665
Ted Glick, 973-338-5398

Actions on the Climate Crisis To Be Held Nov. 4th in 21 States Around the USA

In Concert With 48 Other Countries for the International Day of Climate Action

Just three days before the November 7th election, thousands of Americans will be participating in local actions in 21 states calling for the federal government to take action now to address the global warming climate crisis.

November 4th is the second International Day of Climate Action. Last year, on December 3rd, 80,000 people internationally in 20 countries participated in the first international day. This year there are 48 countries where actions are being organized.

November 4th was chosen as the day of action this year because it falls just before a major United Nations Climate Conference taking place Nov. 6-17 in Nairobi, Kenya. Activists within this mushrooming, grassroots international movement are calling for delegates in Nairobi and the nations of the world to respond to the accelerated pace of climate change by dramatically strengthening the Kyoto Protocol.

In the USA, activists will be calling upon the U.S. government to join the 166 other countries of the world that have endorsed the Kyoto Protocol. They will be demanding that the federal government enact legislation next year to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% as soon as possible.

They are also calling for an end to all federal subsidies for coal, oil, natural gas and carbon-intensive agriculture and for those monies to be used instead to jump-start a renewable energy economy based on wind, solar, tidal power, biomass, small-scale hydropower and other non-nuclear, sustainable energy technologies.

A wide range of actions will be taking place on November 4th.

In Boston, Massachusetts a coalition of groups is organizing the “Boston Coal Party,” channeling the spirit of the Boston Tea Party by featuring colonial-themed street theater in which participants dump boxes of coal, just as our ancestors dumped British tea over 200 years ago.

In Essex County, N.J. scores of bicyclists will ride for 7 ½ miles through the towns of Montclair and Bloomfield in a Bike Ride for a Healthy Planet.

In Virginia 250 or more young people will converge for a youth environmental summit at the College of William and Mary organized by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

In Pennsylvania, Florida, Colorado, Michigan, Vermont and Washington, Greenpeace USA’s Hot Seat campaign is organizing “aerial art” actions involving large numbers of people arranged on the ground to make a statement about the need for action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In St. Louis, Mo. the World Aquarium has set up a Global Warming Display, is providing information about their sustainable actions via lighting, insulation, food choices, etc., and encouraging visitors to take action.

The University of California at Berkeley will experience a Climate Change Fair on campus the evening of November 3rd.

And in Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Maine, activists in both communities will be out with a clothesline filled with “dirty laundry” that exposes the environmental rollbacks and contributions to global warming.

Further information on these and the many other local actions in the USA can be found at .

Information on what is happening internationally can be found at .


A message from Bruce

Introduction To U.S. History Uncensored

I have been and will continue to be accused of hating America and lacking gratitude for the benefits of being born in this nation. To this accusation I can only call on the wisdom of the great American writer Mark Twain who stated that “We should be loyal to our country at all times and to our government when it deserves it.”

United States National Debt

An Analysis of the Presidents Who Are Responsible For Excessive Spending

From Information Clearing House

Paulson re-activates secretive support team to prevent markets meltdown

Paulson re-activates secretive support team to prevent markets meltdown Judging by their body language, the US authorities believe the roaring bull market this autumn is just a suckers' rally before the inevitable storm hits.

From Information Clearing House

Orange County charges 11 with phony voter registration

Fraudulent voter registration charges were filed this week by prosecutors who said Democrats were unwittingly signed up as Republicans.

From Information Clearing House

Jefferson County Voters Continue To Raise Concerns About Voting Machines

KFDM reported about people who had cast straight Democratic ticket ballots, but the touch-screen machines indicated they had voted a straight Republican ticket.

From Information Clearing House

Dr. Helen Caldicott: The Dangers of a Nuclear War

Authoritative analysis of the devastating impacts of a nuclear attack on Iran

Dr. Helen Caldicott: The New Nuclear Danger
Goldman School of Public Policy
1 hr 8 min 23 sec - Apr 6, 2007

Dr. Helen Caldicott, M.D. is the Founder & President of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute. She is also the Founder of Physicians for ... all » Social Responsibility. In her unique style, she makes a compelling case against the use of Nuclear Power. She cuts through the rhetoric and tells it as it is. Filmed at UC Berkeley 2003. If video/audio out of sync, use this link: «

Informant: Dorothee Krien

War pimp alert: Iran Bigger Threat Than North Korea

A senior U.S. diplomat on Tuesday described Iran as more dangerous than North Korea and said that besides developing a nuclear weapon, the Islamic state was undermining regional stability.

From Information Clearing House

George Galloway demands Blair held to account for Iraq

‘It’s a very modest motion before the house - a call for a committee of inquiry comprising seven members of the privy council. It therefore speaks volumes that the government is opposing this attempt at the mildest of scrutiny into its conduct up to and including the outbreak of the disastrous war on Iraq.

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Evidence Suggests: U.S. Bribed President Of Kyrgyzstan

By Aram Roston

President Akaev, agreed to let the Pentagon open an air base in his country for operations in Afghanistan.

Senator Allen's Staff Tackles Blogger

Staff members of GOP Senator George Allen of Virginia appear in a video to have physically accosted a blogger who asked questions at a rally in Virginia. The blogger, Mike Stark, says he will press charges.

GOP Ineptitude and Some Advice for Dems

Abandoning the See Saw of Centrism

A Global Catastrophe of Our Own Making

The Day That Changed the Climate

Climate change has been made the world's biggest priority, with the publication of a stark report showing that the planet faces catastrophe unless urgent measures are taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Drastic Action on Climate Change Is Needed Now

A new report ... demonstrate[s] what many of us suspected: that it would cost much less to prevent runaway climate change than to seek to live with it. Useful as this finding is, I hope it doesn't mean that the debate will now concentrate on money. The principal costs of climate change will be measured in lives, not pounds. As Stern reminded us yesterday, there would be a moral imperative to seek to prevent mass death even if the economic case did not stack up.


Drastic Action on Climate Change is Needed Now and Here's the Plan

GOP Congressman Has Close Ties to Arms Contractor

In November at the five-star Hotel Splendido overlooking the harbor in Portofino - a playground of the Italian rich - Representative Curt Weldon, (R-Pa.), was the center of attention. The second-ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, Mr. Weldon was a main speaker at a conference sponsored in part by the Italian military giant Finmeccanica. At the gathering of Italian, British and American political leaders, Mr. Weldon spoke on behalf of Italian arms makers who were seeking a bigger share of Pentagon contracts.

It is all reminiscent of the 2004 presidential campaign, time will tell if it works this time around

Fondation Santé et Radiofréquences: OPA sur la recherche ?. . . inadmissible !

Bulletin n°1 : Dossier (partie1) - Fondation Santé et Radiofréquences: - OPA sur la recherche ?. . . inadmissible !

Bulletin n°1 : File (part 1) - Health and Radiofrequencies Foundation: - OPA (takeover bid) on research ? . . . inadmissible !

Bulletin n°1: Dossier (partie 2)
- Fondation Santé et Radiofréquences :
- La Vérité ? . . . ICNIRP dépend de l'OMS !
(Interviews France Inter nouvelle Etude SUISSE: Médecins généralistes)

Bulletin n°1: File (part 2)
- Health and Radiofrequencies Foundation :
- The Truth ? . . . ICNIRP depend on WHO !
(interviews France Inter with extracts scripts and
New SWISS Study: General practitioners)



toujours à la recherche de trouver un soutien dans le projet de mettre en place un cours de sensibilisation de nos élèves, je vous demande de regarder la vidéo avec l'extrait de l'interview avec le Dr.Carlo que vous trouver à la fin du texte "OPA sur la Recherche? Inadmissible! "

Cela ne prend pas plus que quelques minutes!

Il est absolument nécessaire que nos enfants soient informés du danger que l'utilisation fréquente du téléphone portable peut avoir sur leur santé.

Les jeunes sont de plus en plus exposés aux champs électromagnétiques des appareils comme le téléphone portable, le DECT, les écrans en général, le Wifi etc. D'après le Professeur Johansson, l'électrosensibilité - dont je souffre - s'installe comme une allergie. Il faudrait donc limiter le temps de l'exposition aux champs électromagnétiques "inutils" comme par exemple le temps passer devant les jeux vidéo pour les personnes prédisposés à developper cette allergie et protéger les jeunes là ou cela est possible.

Merci d'avance pour nos enfants - nous avons le droit de les protéger et de les informer selon l'article 17 du règlement qui concerne les enfants des Droits de l'Homme!!!

Sibylle Gabriel



If there were ever a more urgent reason to replace each and every member of Congress virtually without exception, one need only look at the breathtaking new martial law powers granted to the Bush administration this month. It has always been a sacred tenet of our Democracy that the U.S. military should not be deployed AGAINST American citizens. But literally in the dead of night and almost without comment, an amendment to the Insurrection Act was slipped into the just passed Defense Authorization bill stating, and get this:

"the President may employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when . . . the President determines that domestic violence has occurred"

So let's just say for example that the electronic election results in 8 days are so far out of line with pre-election and exit polling data so as to defy credulity. And let's just say that people organized massive peaceful protests of the theft of their elections. And let's just say that the Bush administration provoked "police" riots, or even had their own provocateurs commit violent acts so as to justify a military crackdown. Voila . . . now you have American soldiers shooting at otherwise peaceful political protesters. And you thought Kent State was a party!

And if you don't think that could ever happen, then why the hell have they pushed for such changes, which are now the law of the land?

The whole concept of the president as an unaccountable determiner, or "decider", insulated from any kind of oversight by Congress or the Courts has been the hallmark of the Cheney/Bush executive coup, which just keeps steamrollering along while our presumptive protectors in Congress are asleep at the switch, or cowering in their cloakrooms.

Shame on each and every member of Congress who allowed this to happen with hardly as much as peep or a whimper. Shame on them for their lack of diligence and lack of oversight. Shame, shame, shame on Democrats as well as Republicans. Are there any, any at all worth keeping, who will actually fight for the people and their rights? The list of keepers must now be short indeed.

But there are some candidates who ARE fighting to be the people's voice. There are candidates who were calling for our troops in Iraq to start coming home, and standing strong on that call, BEFORE the general public began to realize the scale of the Iraq disaster, doomed as it was from the start by its illegal and immoral underpinnings.

And what we are asking you to do, in this last 7 days before the upcoming election, is to donate anything you can, if you have not done so already, to help the brave candidates on the Peace Team to get their Lie/Die TV spots on the air, so the people know that there is at least somebody out there taking a stand on principle.


So far you have contributed over $60,000 in just the last couple weeks to this valiant effort. It may not be the millions of dollars that other candidates may throw around, but it has made a real difference. Because of you, the courageous Peace Team candidates are getting a hearing they would have otherwise had. A number are definitely within striking distance if only we do everything we can to support them.

But most of all we thank you for your own courage in continuing to speak out, which will be all the more important regardless of who wins particular elections in this round. We must always keep the heat on the members of Congress we may be stuck with for the time being, until we can replace them with somebody better.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours.

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Ask President Bush to Skip a Meal

Unconstitutional: Loss of Civil Liberties

Informant: Martin Greenhut

North American Union Already Starting to Replace USA

Informant: Quechick Barnyard

US-Heimatschutzministerium ignoriert RFID-Risiken

How many have died in Iraq since 1981?

Informant: jensenmk

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One Soldier Against the Empire

The Federal Military Is Losing Its Wars

Politicians do not have superhuman abilities and are not our secular saviors

Chivalry does not exist in a place where mothers are considered warriors and are encouraged to leave their own children in order to kill someone else's

Gemeinsam für eine andere Politik in Europa!

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

01. November 2006

Heute beginnt in der Linkspartei.PDS ein Aktionsmonat zum Thema Wir in der Europäischen Linken. Dazu erklärt Helmut Scholz, Mitglied des Parteivorstandes der Linkspartei.PDS und Mitglied des Vorstandes der Partei der Europäischen Linken:

Die Linkspartei.PDS wird den Monat November nutzen, um am Vorabend der deutschen EU-Ratspräsidentschaft ihr Engagement und ihre Verpflichtung für Europa deutlich zu machen. Zugleich wollen wir konkrete Möglichkeiten zur weiteren Gestaltung Europas aufzeigen. Wir wollen nicht am Tellerrand der nationalen Politik hängen bleiben. Linke Alternativen für eine andere Politik in Deutschland sind nur dann zu erreichen, wenn sie gleichzeitig europäisch diskutiert bzw. formuliert werden und Antworten auf die Fragen der von der neoliberal geformten EU-Politik betroffenen Menschen geben. Die Linkspartei.PDS hat deshalb im Monat November zahlreiche Aktionen geplant, die das gemeinsame Handeln für eine Veränderung der Politik in Europa befördern sollen. Dazu gehören u.a. ein Treffen von Gewerkschaftern aus ganz Europa am 11. November in Berlin, die Beteiligung am internationalen Aktionstag Gegen Gewalt an Frauen am 25. November oder die Einbeziehung von europapolitischen Zusammenhängen in das Bundesjugendtreffen am 25./26. November in Göttingen. Die Diskussion über die Verfasstheit Europas, die Dienstleistungs- und Gesundheitsrichtlinien, eine europäische Energiepolitik, die Mitgliedschaft Rumäniens und Bulgariens oder auch der Türkei in der EU, die bevorstehende deutsche EU-Ratspräsidentschaft die politischen Entscheidungen über das Antlitz der EU werden noch immer ohne breite gesellschaftliche Debatte getroffen. Die Kluft zwischen den realen Erwartungen der Menschen an eine verständliche und ihre Sorgen um Arbeitsplatz und soziale Absicherung ernst nehmende Politik und der täglich erfahrenen Realität wird immer größer. Das muss geändert werden. Die Europäische Union und Europa haben nur dann eine Zukunft, wenn der Zivilgesellschaft Mitsprache und Entscheidungsbefugnis sowie breiterer Raum bei der Gestaltung der europäischen Integration eingeräumt werden. Die Linkspartei.PDS sieht ihre Mitgliedschaft in der Partei der Europäischen Linken (EL) als Aufgabe, um nationale und europäische Politikansätze zusammenzuführen. Die Europäische Sozialforumsbewegung, das für diese Woche vorgesehene Zusammengehen von Gewerkschaftsverbänden im Internationalen Gewerkschaftsbund spiegeln das Verständnis sozialer und gewerkschaftlicher Strukturen wider, gemeinsam dem neoliberalen Zeitgeist einer entfesselten Marktwirtschaft entgegenzutreten. Die Partei der Europäischen Linken ist vor zwei Jahren gegründet worden, um als politische Linke in die gesellschaftlichen Debatten über die Perspektiven unseres Kontinents einzugreifen, im Wettbewerb mit anderen europäischen politischen und gesellschaftlichen Kräften eigene Vorstellungen und konkrete politische Antworten zur weiteren Entwicklung der EU, einschließlich deren künftiger Verfasstheit, einzubringen. Das Erarbeiten linker Alternativen für ein demokratisches, soziales, friedensfähiges, emanzipatorisches und ökologisches Europa muss zugleich in ein Zusammenwirken mit den Bewegungen, Verbänden und der kritischen Zivilgesellschaft münden.


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