Dienstag, 12. Dezember 2006

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Iraq Report: "A Giant Step Sideways"

Despite the mainstream media's sound and fury, many analysts say the Iraq Study Group report has little to do with leaving Iraq any time soon. Instead, they fear the report's diligent research and assiduous recommendations serve to obfuscate the depth of the US-created crisis, change the nature of the occupation, pave the way for multinational privatization of Iraq's resources, and distract from increasingly stentorian calls for immediate withdrawal.


A Peace Prize for Iraq: The Economist's Solution to the War

Dean Baker writes: "The events of the last week should have dashed any hopes that the Iraq Study Group's plan would lead to a quick US withdrawal from Iraq and an end to the violence. President Bush has made it clear that he will not accept the ISG plan for a phased withdrawal of troops. Even if he did accept the ISG plan, it is not clear how much longer US troops would remain in Iraq, nor that the plan would lead to an end to the civil war.



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Darfur Violence is Spreading - Please Help

As you may have read in the news, the violence in Darfur is spreading into the neighboring countries of Chad and the Central African Republic.

I hope you'll take a moment to sign the petition to President Bush and the UN Secretary-General.

Bob Fertik

Dear Friend, Help Save Darfur

Millions of people face death, rape, torture, starvation and disease.

Please don't wait any longer to get involved.

Click here now to sign the petition to President Bush and the UN Secretary-General.

Did you know that 2.5 million people have already been driven from their homes in Darfur, Sudan?

Each day, these people face threats that are hard for many of us to even imagine -- rape, murder, disease, torture, and starvation.

These people need our help to stop this genocide and they need it NOW.

Please click here to sign the Save Darfur Coalition's petition urging President Bush and the UN Secretary-General to take immediate steps to stop the killing.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions of people in the region who desperately need outside help.

Please join the Save Darfur Coalition in urging the international community to prevent further killings, displacement, and rape by:

* Deploying the UN peacekeeping force that has already been authorized;

* Strengthening the understaffed African Union force that is already in Darfur;

* Establishing a no-fly zone;

* Increasing humanitarian aid; and

* Ensuring access for the delivery of food, medication and other essential supplies.

Please do not stand by while the violence continues – you can make a difference. Click here now to take the first step by signing our petition.

Then please forward this message to your friends and family and ask them to join you.

Thank you for your help.

All the best,

David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition

The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 175 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations whose mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of more than two million people in the Darfur region. To learn more, please visit http://www.savedarfur.org/.


Irak-Krieg: Annan übt scharfe Kritik an Bush-Regierung


UNO-Generalsekretär Kofi Annan hat zum Abschluss seiner Amtszeit scharfe Kritik an der Regierung von US-Präsident George W. Bush geübt. In einer Rede im Präsident-Truman Museum in Independence im US-Bundesstaat Missouri warf Annan der US-Regierung erneut vor, den Irakkrieg gegen "den internationalen Willen" begonnen zu haben.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14927

Bundesregierung will EU-Verfassung bis 2009 durchsetzen


Die deutsche Bundesregierung möchte weiterhin eine gemeinsame Verfassung für Europa durchsetzen. Während des deutschen EU-Ratsvorsitzes im kommenden Jahr möchte sie "dem Verfassungsprozess neue Impulse verleihen". Die Bundesregierung will aber einem Beschluss vom Dienstag zufolge offenbar weder eine Neuverhandlung des Vertragstextes noch eine Abstimmung über nur einen Teil des bestehenden Verfassungsentwurfs. Eine "Verfassung light" könne man sich nicht als Ergebnis der deutschen Ratspräsidentschaft vorstellen, hieß es in Regierungskreisen in Berlin. Vielmehr wurde das Ziel erneuert, bis 2009 zu einem Abschluss über die erste EU-Verfassung zu kommen - scheinbar in der bisherigen Version, die in Referenden in Frankreich und in den Niederlanden förmlich gescheitert ist.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14934

Has Politics Contaminated the Food Supply?


Informant: NHNE

Funk-Internet wird versteigert


Routine and systematic torture is at the heart of America's war on terror


Informant: Marlene Martin


Strategien für regionale Carrier: Broadband Wireless Access


Die WiMAX-Funktechnik versorgt Gebiete ohne DSL


Versteigerung der Wimax-Frequenzen heute gestartet


Action to combat global warming may be stalled in Congress, but that's not stopping the states

Changing The Nation's Climate

The new Defense secretary must restore the accountability to civil law lost under Rumsfeld

Taking Back The Pentagon

China Has U.S. By The Purse

by Danny Schechter, TomPaine.com

The Bush administration says don't worry about our debt to China. Don't believe them.

Trampling the Opinions of Humankind


Government spying goes global

by Maureen Webb


The story which broke last week about a traveler risk scoring system called the Automated Targeting System, or "ATS," evokes an image of an Orwellian world in which the State compiles a secret dossier on every individual and sorts the population according to secret criteria, assigning each person a "risk score." The individual has no recourse to challenge his risk rating, and he has no way of correcting any false or incomplete information about him. In fact, he will never know what information is being used against him, or even the criteria on which he has been judged a risk to the State. It is a disturbing image, and the fact that the government has been conducting the ATS program in secret for four years has shocked many people. However, the ATS is hardly a surprise to those who have been keeping track of similar programs...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


More cheer for the holiday travel season

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


This holiday travel season, Santa Claus is not the only one who is checking to see whether you've been naughty or nice. For the last four years, the U.S. government has been snooping by computer into people's travel records and assigning them a risk score for being terrorists or criminals. Of all the government's violations of civil liberties since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security's Automated Targeting System (ATS) is probably one of the worst in terms of numbers of people affected...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


42 months of gains and losses

No Force, No Fraud
by Bob Smith


When I started No Force, I decided that there were already enough people writing and reporting on the War in Iraq, and I didn't want the war to obliterate attention to other relevant issues. An update is, however, appropriate in looking back. As of today, 2,931 Americans have lost their lives in Iraq, another 21,778 are wounded, and the conflict is still escalating. The latest surveys now show that less than 30% of Americans approve of the way Bush is handling the war. Nearly 2/3 of us do not think Iraq will end up with a stable, democratic government, and only 9% think we will exit with a clear-cut victory...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


In farewell, Annan scolds Bush administration



U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in his farewell address, urged the United States not to abandon its democratic ideals while waging war against terrorism. In remarks Monday at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library, Annan also said the Security Council should be expanded. 'Human rights and the rule of law are vital to global security and prosperity,' Annan told a packed crowd that included international media...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

All but Ageless, Turtles Face Their Biggest Threat: Humans


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Are Democrats Heading Over a Cliff?

"Having used Latino and labor votes to recapture control of the US Congress, some influential Democratic Party power brokers now seem intent on attacking the very base that produced their victory," writes David Bacon.


Presidential Tyranny Untamed by Election Defeat

Chris Floyd begins, "Like the two entwining strands of the double helix, law and power form the genetic structure of government. Law is nothing but empty verbiage without power to back it up, enforce it, embody it. And power without law is nothing but a mad ape, baring its teeth, thumping its chest, raping and beating where it pleases, taking what it wants: a bestial thing, born in the muddy swamp of our lowest, blindest, rawest biochemical impulses. Disconnect these strands and things fall apart, as Yeats says; the center literally cannot hold, and the blood-dimmed tide is loosed upon the world."



Mit Trommeln, Rasseln und Megaphon gegen Mobilfunk


Nachricht von Ulrich Weiner

Weizenbaum bezeichnet "Sicherheitsgesellschaft" als Katastrophe


Nachricht von Ulrich Weiner

Wissenswertes zum Umgang mit dem Handy


Nachricht von Ulrich Weiner

Krieg gegen den Terrorismus wird selbst zum Terror

Howard Zinn: „Krieg gegen den Terrorismus wird selbst zum Terror“. Der populäre US-Historiker in der amerikanischen Nachrichtensendung Democracy now!

„Eine gemeinsame Welt existiert nur in der Vielfalt ihrer Perspektiven“, befand die politische Theoretikerin Hannah Arendt. Der renommierte Historiker Howard Zinn leistet mit seinen kritischen Gesellschaftsanalysen wohl einen Beitrag dazu, jene gemeinsame Welt zu erschaffen, von der Arendt sprach. Als er Anfang Oktober mit dem Haven Center’s Award for Lifetime Contribution to Critical Scholarship ausgezeichnet wurde, hielt er zu diesem Anlass eine Rede, in der er den Irak-Krieg kritisch hinterfragt und einen Kampf gegen den Terrorismus, der selbst als Krieg auftritt, verurteilt. Das Nachrichtenprogramm Democracy Now! strahlte die Rede Zinns jüngst aus…“ Siehe dazu die Pressemitteilung des Verlages Schwarzerfreitag (pdf), wo derzeit Howard Zinns „Geschichte des amerikanischen Volkes in 9 Taschenbüchern“ erscheint. In der Pressemitteilung finden sich neben einer deutschen Zusammenfassung der Rede Zinns auch Hintergrundinformationen zur Person, der Link zu Democracy now und weitere Infos zu Buchreihe http://www.labournet.de/irakkrieg/zinn.pdf

Siehe dazu auch: Eine Geschichte des amerikanischen Volkes Band 1: Kolonialismus, Rassismus und die Macht des Geldes

Die Vorstellung der Buchreihe im LabourNet Germany unter Internationales > USA > Arbeits- und Lebensbedingungen: http://www.labournet.de/internationales/usa/leben.html

und dort die Leseprobe: http://www.labournet.de/internationales/usa/zinn.html

Aus: LabourNet, 12. Dezember 2006

Geld gegen Wissen: Hochschulen werden Dienstleister der Wirtschaft

Artikel von Karl-Heinz Heinemann in Freitag vom 1.12.06

Aus: LabourNet, 12. Dezember 2006

Die Rente mit 67 ist erst der Anfang: Programmierte Altersarmut

Rente mit 67 ... Wir sagen NEIN! Protestkundgebung gegen Rente mit 67 in Cannstatt am Donnerstag, den 14. Dezember

Aufruf vom Aktionskreis Cannstatt für soziale Gerechtigkeit zur Kundgebung in Cannstatt, Marktstrasse vor dem alten Rathaus am Donnerstag, den 14. Dezember um 16.30 Uhr (pdf). Im Aktionskreis haben sich Betriebsräte und gewerkschaftliche Vertrauensleute aus Cannstatter Betrieben mit Arbeitslosen und Cannstatter Bürgern zusammen geschlossen, um den Widerstand vor Ort gemeinsam und langfristig aufzubauen. http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/wipo/rente/rente67_cann.pdf

Letzter goldener Handschlag. Gesetzesentwurf für die Rente mit 67: Programmierte Altersarmut mit Ausnahme-Zuckerl

Artikel von Robert Kurz in Freitag vom 8.12.06 http://www.freitag.de/2006/49/06490102.php

Die Rente mit 67 ist erst der Anfang

Die Regierung treibt den späteren Ruhestand voran. Experten erwarten nichts weniger als eine wirtschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Revolution. Dossier von Timo Pache in Financial Times Deutschland vom 11.12.2006 http://www.ftd.de/politik/deutschland/140292.html

Aus: LabourNet, 12. Dezember 2006

Kapitalverwertung macht krank: Wer krank macht, soll zahlen!

Gesundheitsreform 2006 – weiterer Ausstieg aus der Parität

Früh übt, wer morgen Zähne zeigen will

"Soziales Kapital" stärkt die Gesundheit, sagen Gesundheitswissenschaftler - und kritisieren harsch die geplante Gesundheitsreform. Artikel von Ulrike Baureithel in Freitag vom 8.12.06 http://www.freitag.de/2006/49/06490401.php

Teuer und krank – unser Gesundheitswesen

Referat des Medizinsoziologen Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Deppe bei einer isw-Veranstaltung am 13. Oktober 2006 in München. Es setzt sich mit grundsätzlichen Fragen des Gesundheitswesens im neoliberalen Kapitalismus als auch mit dem aktuellen Stand der Gesundheitsreform Stichwort: Gesundheitsfonds – auseinander. (pdf) http://www.isw-muenchen.de/download/deppe20061013.pdf

Gesundheitsreform 2006 – ein Beitrag zu sozialer Gerechtigkeit?

Die Entscheidung für eine Stärkung der sozialen Gerechtigkeit im deutschen Gesundheitssystem ist – wieder einmal – vertagt worden. Artikel von Kai Mosebach und Rolf Schmucker in spw – sozialistische Politik und Wirtschaft vom 05.12.2006 http://www.linksnet.de/artikel.php?id=2752

Kapitalverwertung macht krank: Wer krank macht, soll zahlen!

KLARtext entwickelt zur Zeit Thesen zur Gesundheitsreform. Sie stellen einen noch unfertigen Entwurf ins Netz, damit sich Mitglieder und Freunde von KLARtext an der Diskussion beteiligen können. Thesenentwurf zur Gesundheitsreform vom 03.07.2006 (pdf) http://www.klartext-info.de/rauenthal06/Gesundheit_thesenentwurf060703.pdf

Rückmeldungen, Vorschläge, Kritik und auch Beiträge zu den noch offenen Punkten an: info @klartext-info.de

Aus: LabourNet, 12. Dezember 2006

Suit by Iraqis and Afghans claims Rumsfeld ordered torture



On the neocons' various palinodes


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Bush No Friend of Labor

"While President Bush points to low unemployment and a resurgent stock market as signs of a strong economy, most Americans don't feel so bullish," say Dmitri Iglitzin and Steven Hill. "Median incomes are flat, healthcare costs are soaring, pensions are being de-funded and corporate employers are threatening to shred the social contract with their employees that has prevailed for 60 years. The balance of economic power has become increasingly one-sided, and one reason is that a key institution — the National Labor Relations Board, the country's chief arbiter of labor disputes — remains solidly in anti-worker hands."


Climate Scientist Says "Kyoto" Barred

A federal climate scientist in Boulder says his boss told him never to utter the word Kyoto and tried to bar him from using the phrase climate change at a conference. The allegations come as federal investigators probe whether Bush administration officials tried to block government scientists from speaking freely about global warming and attempted to censor their research.


Iraqi Exodus Could Test Bush Policy

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have fled their homeland are likely to seek refugee status in the United States, putting intense pressure on the Bush administration to re-examine a policy that authorizes only 500 Iraqis to be resettled here next year. The official US policy has been that the refugee situation is temporary and that most of the estimated 1.5 million who have fled to Jordan, Syria, and elsewhere will eventually return to Iraq. But US and international officials now acknowledge that the instability in Iraq has made it too dangerous for many refugees, especially Iraqi Christians, to return any time soon.


Baker-Hamilton's Fine Print: Stay in Iraq

Niall Ferguson writes: "Last week saw the publication of a masterpiece of persuasion. But whom will it persuade? And with what sticks and carrots? Most commentators have interpreted the report of the Iraq Study Group as a well-crafted admission of defeat.... Rather, the report's aim is to convince legislators that withdrawal from Iraq - no matter how much their constituents may yearn for it - is not an option."



Military recalling soldiers with PTSD to active duty


Informant: jensenmk

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Next-up News n°141


History will not treat us kindly: our government wrecked havoc on the world and destroyed our own culture

By Tim Andersen

We will be remembered as the Americans who insulated themselves from reality and remained self-absorbed, concerned with their own personal comfort and privilege while our government wrecked havoc on the world and destroyed our own culture.


650,000 Iraqi dead given voice in Congress

The briefing was to discuss the October 2006 study Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey, which appeared in the British medical journal The Lancet. This study estimated that 655,000 more Iraqis had died (”excess deaths”) since the invasion than would have died if the prewar rate of death (mortality) had continued. It further estimated that about 600,000 of these had died from violence.


Sunni and Shiite Resistance Remain Mystery to U.S., Iraq Report Charges

Nearly four years after the invasion of Iraq, the United States still does not understand the enemy that American troops are fighting, according to last week’s report by the Iraq Study Group.


Iraqi President Calls U.S. Security Training a Failure

President Jalal Talabani said Sunday that the American program to train Iraq’s security forces had been a repeated failure and he denounced a plan to increase the number of American advisers working with the Iraqi Army, saying it would subvert the country’s sovereignty.


Lawmakers seek to oust Iraqi prime minister

The talks are aimed at forming a new parliamentary bloc that would seek to replace the current government and that would possibly exclude supporters of the radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a vehement opponent of the US military presence.


White House denies move to oust al-Maliki

The White House is flatly denying a report that key Shiite leaders are maneuvering to oust Iraq's prime minister.




The militarily organized practice of torture, the sexual abuse, and all other abuses of men and women, clandestine incarcerations and forced disappearances, are not new in the history of the Third World, and of Latin America in particular. It has been instead an historical constant of colonial, neocolonial and neoliberal domination.



The Americans don't see how unwelcome they are, or that Iraq is now beyond repair

By Patrick Cockburn

Manipulation of facts was often very crude. As an example of the systematic distortion, the Iraq Study Group revealed last week that on one day last July US officials reported 93 attacks or significant acts of violence. In reality, it added, "a careful review of the reports ... brought to light 1,100 acts of violence".



How can Christian ministers excuse and condone the un-American and un-Christian actions and policies of modern politicians?

Is It Ignorance Or Misplaced Trust?

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

For the life of me, it is difficult, even exasperating, to understand how my fellow Christian ministers can excuse and condone the un-American and un-Christian actions and policies of modern politicians. What in the world is going on? Are they blind to what is happening, or do they just not care?.....



Daily Life Under the Occupation



Rebellion in Washington



Is Foreign Policy a One-Man Show?



The Love of Omnipotent Government



No Slave Armies



Forget Bird Flu: the real problem is dirty hospitals


On the American injustice system



Behavior modification comes to mind at this juncture in American history



Corps Post-Katrina Plan Promotes More Wetlands Destruction



What's the Opposite of a Pyrrhic Victory?



The Other War We Can't Win



What We Leave Behind: From Kosovo to Lebanon, Cluster Bomb Casualties Continue to Mount



What We Leave Behind

"Indiscriminate weaponry like cluster bombs hides who is responsible and removes culpability," writes Frida Berrigan. "Without responsibility, how can there be law? The big bomb releases the little bombs, which might kill a soldier tomorrow, a farmer next month, or a child a year from now. Cluster bombing is different from strafing a village, massacring a family or executing a suspected militant. Hands and consciences remain clean while bodies are shredded and pulped. There is no My Lai massacre or No Gun Ri atrocity with cluster weapons. Rather, a permanent state of terror is created where all human activity is dangerous and costly."



The Gravitational Physics of a Settlement in Iraq



Is the Rocking Horse King Riding into the Sunset?



Desperate for Answers to All-Important Iraq Riddle



Small Nuclear War Would Cause Global Environmental Catastrophe



Small Nuclear War Could Severely Cool The Planet

Informant: NHNE

Muhammad Yunus Warns of Dangers of Globalization


Informant: Bob Banner


Chinese have ownership in U.S. cargo monitors


Informant: ranger116

Iraq police academy set to implode: Crumbling campus symbolizes law-and-order woes


Informant: ranger116

Iraq has taken US global power down a notch


Informant: jensenmk

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