Donnerstag, 14. Dezember 2006

Next-up News n°143

Umwelt-Rechtsbehelfsgesetz: Umweltverbände können gegen bestimmte Behördenentscheidungen klagen


Mit Inkrafttreten des Umwelt-Rechtsbehelfsgesetzes am 15. Dezember bekommen Umweltverbände mehr Klagerechte im Umweltschutz. Laut Umweltbundesamt können damit Vereinigungen, die sich den Schutz der Umwelt zur Aufgabe gemacht haben, bestimmte behördliche Entscheidungen von den Gerichten prüfen lassen. Vorraussetzung sei, dass die Umweltvereinigungen satzungsgemäß dem Umweltschutz dienten. Sie müssten aber nicht von der behördlichen Entscheidung betroffen sein. Sie können zum Beispiel gegen die Zulassung einer Industrieanlage oder einer Straße vorgehen, falls die Zulassung aus ihrer Sicht bestimmten Vorschriften des Umweltrechts widerspricht. Um klagen zu dürfen, brauchen die Verbände allerdings eine Anerkennung. Diese erteilt das Umweltbundesamt (UBA) in Dessau.

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Umweltminister Gabriel: Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung und Rechtsschutz in Umweltangelegenheiten gestärkt - Weg frei für Ratifizierung der Aarhus-Konvention

Mit drei neuen Gesetzen, die am 15. und 16. 12. 2006 in Kraft treten, verbessert Deutschland die Rechte der von Zulassungsentscheidungen betroffenen Öffentlichkeit. Bundesumweltminister Sigmar Gabriel: "Für die Bürgerbeteiligung und den Rechtsschutz von Verbänden in Umweltangelegenheiten ist das ein erheblicher Fortschritt. Wir erfüllen jetzt die internationalen Kriterien der Aarhus-Konvention, deren Instrumente für eine moderne Umweltpolitik unverzichtbar sind."

Mit dem Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligungsgesetz, dem Umwelt-Rechtsbehelfsgesetz und dem Aarhus-Vertragsgesetz wird EU-Recht umgesetzt und der Weg für die Ratifizierung der Aarhus-Konvention durch Deutschland freigemacht. Kernpunkte des Gesetzespakets sind die Einführung einer Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung bei der Aufstellung bestimmter umweltbezogener Pläne, die Präzisierung der geltenden Bestimmungen zur Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung bei Zulassungsverfahren für Industrieanlagen und Infrastrukturmaßnahmen nach den EU-Richtlinien zur integrierten Vermeidung und Verminderung von Umweltverschmutzung und zur Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfung (IVU- und UVP-Richtlinie) sowie die Eröffnung einer umweltrechtlichen Verbandsklage bei solchen Zulassungsverfahren.

Pressemitteilung des BMU v. 14.12.2006

Aus: FGF-Infoline vom 14.12.2006
Der Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk e.V. (FGF), gehören alle deutschen Mobilfunkbetreiber an.



First the American people spoke in overwhelming numbers on November 7, soundly repudiating current policy, with ENDING the Iraq war/occupation at the top of their list. The Bush administration heard nothing. Then the Iraq Study Group delivered its report, which despite its timid recommendations on actual troop withdrawal again sent the message that something had to change immediately. The Bush administration did not get it. Instead we are told that Bush is on a "listening" tour, apparently desperately trying to find some half-credible person somewhere who will tell him what he wants to hear, that no fundamental change of course is necessary.

We are told that Bush is asking all the "tough questions." We are told that Cheney is taking "copious notes." One has to wonder how intelligent decisions could have been made by any other previously insular method. But at the same time we hear that Bush is "resolutely defiant," and in fact plans on sending even MORE troops to Iraq. So what we are witnessing is yet another Karl Rove photo-op, a dog and pony show of attentiveness, with absolutely no intention of taking any advice they would not have given themselves in the first place.

When our founders drafted our Constitution, the thing they feared most was that a despot would arise to arrogate dictatorial power, which is why they made repeated references to the procedure of impeachment as the ultimate check and balance. Most of all they sought to guard against the kind of abusive, absolutist power that they had fought a revolutionary war to escape. And what Bush and Cheney have given us if a textbook example of what they strove so mightily to ensure against as our heritage.

All the particular violations of law of the Bush Administration which have become public knowledge already, the illegal wiretaps, the authorization at the highest level of torture, preemptive attacks on other countries on flimsy and mendacious justification, these are just the inevitable symptoms of the root cause. The highest constitutional crime of all is to act as a king. And the confession to that crime was the exclamation, "I'm the decider." The instant charade of intense "listening" is nothing more than an attempt to lull, to stall, to buy time, and ultimately to defy the other two branches of government and the people of the United States ourselves, while every day up to ten or more of our troops die for nothing in an illegal war of hubris.


We no longer have any choice whether or not to press for impeachment. There is no other democratic way left for us to stop the runaway train of seized power. To NOT act as mandated by the Constitution is to toss that revered document into the same trash basket as Bush and Cheney have, smirking as they did all the way. No matter what the disastrous consequences of their actions they will never give up an iota of the power they have stolen without being directly confronted with impeachment. They would not hear any other message. THAT is the message we must send most urgently now.

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

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Paving the Way for a Perilous Deal

J. Sri Raman writes: "'At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.' That was India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, waxing poetic on the eve of India's Independence on August 15, 1947. 'In the wee hours of December 9, 2006, as the world slept,' Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can claim, 'India awoke to a new nuclear status.'"

DOJ Eases Oversight Rules on Corporate America

Under the revisions, federal prosecutors will no longer have blanket authority to ask routinely that a company under investigation waive the confidentiality of its legal communications or risk being indicted. Instead, they will need written approval for waivers from the deputy attorney general, and can make such requests only rarely.

Democrats Say They're Inheriting a Financial Mess

Democrats, who will shape fiscal policies in the new Congress, issued a scathing report Wednesday on the "financial mess" they'll inherit from their Republican counterparts next month.

Bush Has Created a Catastrophe in Middle East

Timothy Garton Ash writes: "What an amazing bloody catastrophe. The Bush administration's policy towards the Middle East over the five years since 9/11 is culminating in a multiple train crash. Never in the field of human conflict was so little achieved by so great a country at such vast expense. In every vital area of the wider Middle East, American policy over the last five years has taken a bad situation and made it worse."

Soldiers Sue Military Over Mandatory Anthrax Inoculations

Two years after an earlier lawsuit temporarily halted mandatory anthrax vaccinations for all 2.4 million service members and some military contractors, another group of military service members and Pentagon civilian contractors are going to federal court to block the controversial vaccine's forced use once again.

Tears of Rage; Tears of Grief

Chris Floyd reports that "just nine months after an American raid that killed 11 civilians, including five children under the age of five, another ground and air assault on suspected insurgents in the area left behind a pile of corpses, including at least two children. As with the earlier incident, Friday's attack has produced conflicting stories of what really happened, but the end result is clear: a multitude of grieving, angry Iraqis further embittered against the American occupation."

US-Regierung betont "Recht auf Selbstverteidigung" im Weltraum

Die USA müssen ihre Weltraumsysteme schützen, die auch von Terroristen angegriffen werden könnten, aber lehnen kategorisch neue Abkommen zur Beschränkung des Rüstungswettlaufs ab.

Erhebliche Strahlenbelastung für Kinder durch Warensicherungen



Astrid Peter 12-12-06

Erhebliche Strahlenbelastung für Kinder durch Warensicherungen

US Scientists Reject Interference

10,000 US researchers have signed a statement protesting political interference in the scientific process. The statement, which includes the backing of 52 Nobel Laureates, demands a restoration of scientific integrity in government policy. According to the American Union of Concerned Scientists, data is being misrepresented for political reasons. It claims scientists working for federal agencies have been asked to change data to fit policy initiatives.

A Way Forward, a Look Back

"The abrupt resignation of the Saudi ambassador to the United States and the postponement of George W. Bush's new Iraq policy speech mark a troubling new chapter for a US strategy for the Middle East that continues to spiral toward catastrophe," writes Robert Parry.

Bush Administration Uses Subpoenas to Suppress Critics

The subpoena raises the possibility that the Bush administration has found a new tool to stop the dissemination of secrets, one that could avoid the all but absolute constitutional prohibition on prior restraints on publication. The disputed document, according to the ACLU, is three and a half pages long and unremarkable and "has nothing to do with national defense." The ACLU said the subpoena was an effort to chill speech about the Bush administration. "The government is involved in a very conscious effort to suppress its critics," said Anthony D. Romero, the ACLU's executive director.

White House Seeks New Ruling to Keep Cheney Visitors Secret

The Bush administration, responding to an October order by US District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina to release two years of White House visitor logs to the Washington Post, asked an appeals court Wednesday to overrule a federal judge and allow the White House to keep secret any records of visitors to Vice President Cheney's residence and office. The newspaper, researching the access lobbyists and others had on the White House, sought Secret Service records for anyone visiting Cheney, his legal counsel, chief spokesman, and other top aides and advisers.

Holiday Gifts For Polluters

by Frank O'Donnell,

EPA plays Santa to corporate interests, while more Tiny Tims are left to get sick.

Business wants us to forget that before Sarbanes-Oxley there was Enron and WorldCom

SarbOx Under Assault

Why assume that American troops in Iraq prevent sectarian violence?

The Bloodbath We Created

Pollution Leaves Beloved Dolphin Of Yangtze 'Functionally' Extinct

By Edward Cody
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, December 14, 2006; A21

SHANGHAI, Dec. 13 -- For millions of years, the Chinese river dolphin basked in the waters of the mighty Yangtze, a gray phantom more than six feet long with a sharp snout and tiny eyes. The endearing creature, which the Chinese call baiji, was the stuff of legend, a goddess to some, and the delight of fishermen who occasionally saw one break the water's surface.

But China's relentless growth closed in on the baiji over the past 25 years, fouling its habitat with sewage and filling the Yangtze with ships whose propellers disrupted the dolphin's sonar-based sensory system. The numbers declined year after year, until scientists estimated recently that only 50 were left along the river's 1,500-mile main course through central China. The baiji, they warned, risked extinction.

News came Wednesday that they were right: Development in China has in all likelihood extinguished the baiji, erasing the species from the planet. An expedition of some of the world's leading experts, equipped with sophisticated viewing equipment and ultra-sensitive microphones, announced it had ended its mission after five weeks on the river without detecting any sign of surviving baijis.

"It's possible that there are two or three left that we missed somehow, but functionally they are extinct," said August Pfluger, a Swiss conservationist whose Foundation was one of the expedition's sponsors. "It's finished. This is very, very sad."

Pfluger said the baiji's disappearance is a testament to the filthiness of China's rivers and lakes -- the government recently estimated that 70 percent are unacceptably polluted -- just as the threat to giant pandas was evidence of man's incursion into the wooded mountainsides of central China. The difference, he said, is that world conservationists and the Chinese government mobilized to save the panda, but the baiji was allowed to wither away.

"It's nobody's fault," he said. "You can't point to somebody and blame him. In the middle of the most flourishing economy in the world, a little dolphin, nobody cares."

Actually, the baiji was not so little. Fully grown, it measured 6 feet 5 inches to 8 feet long and weighed up to 220 pounds. Its snout was long and narrow. Almost sightless, it relied on sonar-type signals to navigate the Yangtze and sense the presence of the fish that were its main diet.

Scientists estimated the baiji migrated up the Yangtze from the East China Sea as far back as 20 million years ago. It was one of four species of dolphins that make fresh water their exclusive habitat. The three others have survived in the Ganges and Indus rivers on the Indian subcontinent and the Amazon in South America.

As China developed economically, pressure on the baiji grew swiftly. Industrial and residential waste flowed into the Yangtze. The riverbed was repeatedly dragged and reinforced with concrete. Ship traffic multiplied, and the size of the boats grew. Fishermen employed wider and more lethal nets, robbing the dolphin of its food and occasionally killing one in the catch.

Wang Ding, a Chinese expert from the Wuhan Institute of Hydrobiology known as "Mr. Baiji," told reporters that the population had already dwindled to 400 by the 1980s. By 1997, a systematic count by the Agriculture Ministry turned up 13. A four-boat survey in 1999 saw four. The last time anyone made a confirmed sighting was last summer, Pfluger said. On Wednesday, the latest exploration, by two ships with scientists from six nations, turned in its count: zero.

Throughout the trip, experts from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Hubbs-SeaWorld Institute, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, the Japanese Fisheries Agency and Wang's Wuhan Institute manned giant binoculars and underwater microphones to probe for signs of surviving baijis.

"We had some of the best scientists in the world, real experts, and I was the only one who has actually seen one in the wild," Pfluger said, recalling a sighting in 1997 during the first such expedition. "When I saw this animal then, it was very emotional."

As the population headed toward extinction in recent years, scientists and conservationists had argued over the best way to preserve the baiji.

Chinese officials suggested capturing as many as possible and moving them to a 15-mile-long offshoot of the Yangtze that would be protected from contamination. Other experts doubted that could be done, noting that baijis do not instinctively breathe and probably would perish if sedated. Meanwhile, a baiji that was being preserved in captivity died in 2002.

The arguments seemed to turn moot Wednesday. Wang, though, held out hope, however remote, that some baijis may have survived undetected and could still be rescued. He told Chinese reporters that if 20 or so could somehow be found and moved into a preserve, the species could be saved.

But for Pfluger, 45, an economist by training and a longtime conservationist by avocation, it was time to move on to the finless porpoise, another rare and threatened species in the Yangtze.

Chinese scientists estimated in 1993 that 2,700 finless porpoises lived in the river. Fewer than 1,000 live there now, they have concluded, and the just-finished expedition saw fewer than 400. To prevent their extinction, Chinese conservationists have established a colony of about 30 in a nature preserve -- well away from the polluted river -- and are hoping they can reproduce outside their natural habitat.

"Their numbers are declining at an alarming rate," Wang said in the expedition's announcement. "If we do not act soon, they will become a second baiji."

Informant: binstock


Spring gets out of sync

This year will be Britain's warmest since records began, say scientists,,1971636,00.html

Informant: binstock

Interior Department disregarding science in decisions

Informant: binstock

Kids: Shopping wichtiger als Natur

Where have all the flower children gone?

by Jacob Weisberg


The American experience in Iraq, as many analysts have pointed out, looks a lot like the American experience in Vietnam. But one element seems to be missing: antiwar protests. There were enormous demonstrations around the world, including in New York and San Francisco, on the eve of the invasion in February 2003. Support for the Iraq war and the president's handling of it are significantly lower than comparable polling numbers for Vietnam and LBJ at an analogous point in 1968. Yet since the war began, antiwar protesters haven't been numerous, visible, or influential. Where have all the flower children gone?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

McCain, Inc.?

Human Events
by Robert Novak


Some 30 invited corporate representatives and other lobbyists gathered at the Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to hear two senior mainstream Republican senators pitch the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. They were selling him to establishment Republicans as the establishment's candidate. Nothing could be further from McCain's guerrilla-style presidential run in 2000 that nearly stopped George W. Bush. ... It is beginning to look like 'McCain, Inc.' -- that is, party regulars, corporate officials and Washington lawyers and lobbyists moving toward John McCain, the man it feared and loathed eight years ago. The GOP, abhorring competition and detesting surprises, likes to establish its presidential nominee well in advance...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Impeachment resolution gains momentum

Brattleboro Reformer


The push to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney is once again gathering momentum, and this time it's coupled with a resolution to bring troops home from Iraq. Five percent of the voters in 40 towns across Vermont have signed a petition that would place both questions on ballots as nonbinding resolutions at town meeting in March. It goes hand in hand with a separate resolution to bring troops home from Iraq. The state is also gearing up for a Washington D.C. rally against the war through United for Peace and Justice, an international organization. Vermont has a number of local chapters...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Joint Chiefs advise change in war strategy



The nation's top uniformed leaders are recommending that the United States change its main military mission in Iraq from combating insurgents to supporting Iraqi troops and hunting terrorists, said sources familiar with the White House's ongoing Iraq policy review. President Bush and Vice President Cheney met with the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday at the Pentagon for more than an hour, and the president engaged his top military advisers on different options...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Kevin Smith - Bognor Regis Observer 14.12.06

Three controversial TETRA antennae could be installed in Bognor Regis town centre. News of the proposed installation comes less than three years after a community campaign to keep the town free from the telecom equipment. Strong fears surround the alleged health risks of the masts which are switched on around the clock providing a modern communication system for the emergency services.

Airwave MM02 has stated it wants to site the new antennae on the top of the town's only multi-story block of flats. It envisages putting up the structures, each about nine metres high, on the roof of the plant room which stands on the top of the roof of the 15-storey building in Queensway. The company's move comes after it was forced to remove the only previous TETRA mast in Bognor in May 2004.

A concerted campaign resulted in the mast being taken down from the roof of the Reynolds depositary in Canada Grove. Company owner Dominic Reynolds backed the campaign once they discovered the mast's presence three months earlier. His support for them meant 02 subsidiary Airwave had to dismantle the mast. Protestors spoke about sleepless nights, headaches, nausea and nosebleeds being caused by the effects of the continuous transmissions.

District councillor Paul Wells (Bognor Hotham) said: "I am extremely disappointed that, after all the hard work that went into removing the TETRA mast in 2004, 02 should want to put up another one in the heart of the town. There were a lot of concerns and fears of local residents about the alleged health risks caused by the previous mast. Now two years later, we are back to square one with regard to having to fight this matter. To have this particular system right in the middle of Bognor where people live and work is unacceptable in my opinion. I can't believe that 02 want to put this mast here after the previous campaign."

A TETRA mast is working in Felpham on the Bognor Regis Golf Club course.
02 threatened to take the club to court last march when it tried to cancel the contract to enable the mast to be sited between its fairways. Alan Taylor of Felpham Residents Against TETRA, said: "We did have a campaign to have the mast removed because we didn't want it there. Some people have alleged it has caused them some distress. If the police are so confident that the system is safe, they should have put the mast on the top of the police station."

Don Proctor, the planning director of RPS Planning, which has issued the consultation documents about the mast, provides details of the intended antennae. He says in a letter; "We are committed to seeking to address concerns regarding telecommunications equipment particularly where the siting of such equipment is near to sites such as schools and hospitals or near to residential areas."

02 has consistently maintained that the TETRA masts pose no danger to the public. It has been said that they meet all the relevant health and safety requirements.

Informant: Dances Alone

Eine demokratische wirtschaftspolitische Alternative zum neoliberalen Umbau Europas

EuroMemorandum 2006 der EuroMemorandum Gruppe vom Dezember 2006, dt. Kurzfassung mit 51 Seiten (pdf)

Siehe dazu: Das ungerechte Europa.

„Europas Wirtschaft ist stark. Aber nicht überall. Die großen sozialen Unterschiede gefährden den politischen Zusammenhalt. Die beiden größten Probleme sind die wachsende Armut und die Massenarbeitslosigkeit, selbst in Ländern, die ein exorbitantes Wachstum vorzuweisen haben. Experten warnen deshalb davor, die neoliberale Wirtschaftspolitik fortzusetzen…“ Dokumentation in der Frankfurter Rundschau vom 14.12.2006

Aus: LabourNet, 14. Dezember 2006

Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal


Anthony Arnove speaks on Ending the Iraq War Now at YouTube and TraprockPeaceTV. This 16 minute video states his persuasive case for immediate withdrawal. or

Anthony Arnove, author of “Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal” spoke at the plenary session of the Campus Antiwar Network’s Midwest Regional Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago on April 22, 2006.

He makes the case for immediate withdrawal, and points out the lies that led to war, and the lies that sustain the occupation of Iraq.

Read also Anthony Arnove's current article - The Case for Immediate Withdrawal - in Socialist Worker.

See also Anthony Arnove’s debate on occupation of Iraq, in Brooklyn, April 6, 2003

"Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal" is coming out in paperback:

Hear audio of the CAN conference and see photos at

Other new videos at TraprockPeaceTV

John Rees, Stop the War Coalition (UK) on antiwar activism and turning words to deeds. rees-on-activism/

Wal-Mart - Chain of Exploitation by sprawl buster, Al Norman

Charles Jenks
Chair of Advisory Board Traprock Peace Center
103 Keets Road Deerfield, MA 01342

From ufpj-news


Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal

Last Summer, Electronic Iraq featured an interview with Anthony Arnove, author of the book Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal. Now available on paperback, the book remains relevant to anybody trying to understand the argument for withdrawal - an argument often presented without nuance. Arnove's argument is nuanced and direct and deserving of a wide hearing by people on all sides of the withdrawal issue.

Sicherheitsexperten warnen vor Nutzung des Nike+iPod Sport Kit

The Torture Regime: on how it grew

Informant: Lew Rockwell

DuPont Still Hiding Teflon Hazard Study

Nearly two months after DuPont claimed to have evidence that a chemical it uses in the Teflon-manufacturing process is safe for workers, the chemical giant still refuses to release its full findings. Now unions have joined in pressuring DuPont to release the study and other information on the health effects of a chemical used to make Teflon that the Environmental Protection Agency says is potentially harmful to humans.

What the Government Won't Say About Global Warming Will Hurt Us All

Joan E. Bertin and Jay Dyckman write: "Even on the surface, Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency is a hot case. It asks whether the EPA is mandated to regulate greenhouse gases in order to reduce global warming. Twelve states, three cities, and a coalition of environmental organizations point to the Clean Air Act and say yes. The agency says no. But lurking beneath the surface of the Supreme Court dispute are more far-reaching and fundamental questions about government's power to censor scientific knowledge."

Judge: White House Handling of Katrina Housing "Legal Disaster"

A federal judge called the Bush administration's handling of a Hurricane Katrina housing program "a legal disaster" Wednesday and ordered officials to explain a computer system that can neither precisely count evacuees nor provide reasons why they were denied aid.

Grant Collins IVAW member: "It's My Duty to Speak Out"

A Film by Scott Galindez

Marine Corporal Grant Collins describes what it was like to participate in the war in Iraq. He also describes what it is like to live with giving orders that resulted in the deaths of civilians.

QuickTime Video (8 Minutes):

Informant: NHNE

Corporations Control Your Dinner - U.S. eases its tactics on suspect firms

Competition and economic fairplay are almost defunct in the U.S. food system. Consumers will pay more for fewer choices; farmers will get paid less --- don't pass go, and don't collect $200 --- that will go to the commodity trader living down on Park Place.

U.S. eases its tactics on suspect firms

The new policy limits prosecutors' demands in corporate fraud cases. It revises methods put in place since Enron and other scandals.

From Information Clearing House

60 million Americans living on less than $7 a day

US income figures show staggering rise in social inequality

From Information Clearing House

Newly Released FBI Documents Disclose Grave Deficiencies in the War on Terrorism

The National Whistleblower Center, a nationally recognized FBI Watchdog group, has released to the public extensive sworn and documentary evidence concerning the FBI’s actual response to the attacks of September 11, 2001.

From Information Clearing House

Pinochet is gone, but his methods are still with us

A new report collating first-hand accounts gives us the clearest view yet of the torture going on in the US's secret prisons.,,1970868,00.html

Abusive Interrogations

Unlike the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association considers it acceptable for its members to participate in coercive interrogations at Guantanamo and the various other American detention centers around the world.

Pinochet: A Declassified Documentary Obit

As Chile prepared to bury General Augusto Pinochet, the National Security Archive today posted a selection of declassified U.S. documents that illuminate the former dictator's record of repression. The documents include CIA records on Pinochet's role in the Washington D.C. car bombing that killed former Chilean ambassador Orlando Letelier and his American colleague Ronni Moffitt.

From Information Clearing House

Fla. Senator Defies Bush, Visits Syria

In a direct affront to the Bush administration, a Democratic senator spent an hour Wednesday with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, asking him to do more to stabilize Iraq.

From Information Clearing House

The cost: An army and a leg

Expensive as nation-building efforts in Iraq have been for US forces, some observers fear that a preemptive strike to disrupt Iran's alleged nuclear-weapons program could backfire and cost the United States an army.

From Information Clearing House

General foresees 'generational war' against terrorism

The American people need to prepare for a long-duration war against radical Muslims who are set to fight for 50 to 100 years to create an Islamist state in the region, a top Pentagon strategist in the war on terror says.

From Information Clearing House

Buildup in Iraq gaining support

Strong support has coalesced in the Pentagon behind a military plan to "double down" in the country with a substantial buildup in U.S. troops, an increase in industrial aid and a major combat offensive against Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shiite leader impeding development of the Iraqi government.

Army, Marine Corps To Ask for More Troops

The Army and Marine Corps are planning to ask incoming Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Congress to approve permanent increases in personnel, as senior officials in both services assert that the nation's global military strategy has outstripped their resources.

U.S. Commander Says Withdrawal Won't Be Soon

The outgoing top U.S. operational commander in Iraq said on Tuesday that military might alone would not win the war and that the withdrawal of U.S. troops would not happen quickly.

From Information Clearing House

For God And Country?

Inquiry Sought Over Evangelical Video


In this video, much of which was filmed inside the Pentagon, four generals and three colonels praise the Christian Embassy, a group that evangelizes among military leaders, politicians and diplomats in Washington. Some of the officers describe their efforts to spread their faith within the military.

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What is a Jeffersonian Democrat?

Jefferson Davis

By Charley Reese

What, you might well ask, is a Jeffersonian Democrat? - He believes the Constitution is a binding contract, not a rubbery document that can mean anything a judge or a politician says it means. He believes in a system of checks and balances. In short, he believes in the Declaration of Independence.

US staying the course for Big Oil in Iraq

By Pepe Escobar

Washington at large and President George W Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney in particular may apply every contortionist trick in the geopolitical book to save their skins in Iraq - and the reasons are not entirely political.

The Solution to Iraq

By Sadiq H. Wasfi, Ph.D and Dahlia S. Wasfi, M.D.

No human being, regardless of race, creed, skin color, ethnicity, or religion, accepts humiliation and subjugation. As such, our military death toll will grow until the day when the rape and pillage of the “New American Century” ends and the troops come home. How much more agony should we force the children of Iraq and America to take.

Let no one ever again say "I didn't know"


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Informant: C. Clark Kissinger

From ufpj-news

Bush shows strain at Pentagon press conference

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Congress and the White House have forgotten the antiwar vote on Nov. 7

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

America's Young Adults Face Serious Economic Challenges

Rummy's One Last Lie for the Road

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

Staying the Course with James Baker and the Iraq Study Group

America Loses Another War

Release Secret Documents Now

Climate Change Catching Voter Attention around World

EPA Rule on Mercury Emissions Doesn't Go Far Enough

Memorial Can't Keep Pace with War Dead

Americans Hit `New Level of Discontent' Over Iraq

Americans See Widening Rich-Poor Income Gap as Cause for Alarm

Pentagon's Plan: More US Troops in Iraq

Für Militär und Rüstung ist immer Geld da

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

13. Dezember 2006

Heute sollen im Haushaltsausschuss des Bundestages mehr als acht Milliarden Euro für die Bundeswehr freigegeben werden. Dazu erklärt der Bundesgeschäftsführer Dietmar Bartsch (MdB):

Für Rüstungsausgaben findet sich im Bundeshaushalt immer genügend Geld. Diesen Beweis wollen SPD und CDU heute erneut im Haushaltsausschuss antreten. Es geht um mehr als acht Milliarden Euro, die die Bundesregierung 2007 für die Rüstung ausgeben will. Schaut man sich die einzelnen Posten an, geht es vorrangig um Projekte, die neben einer Landesverteidigung auch Bestandteil offensiver Einsatzszenarien sein können. Die gebetsmühlenartig in allen Debatten wiederholte Behauptung, es sei kein Geld für mehr Gerechtigkeit, für mehr Sozialleistungen, für mehr Bildung etc. vorhanden, wird damit ad absurdum geführt. Der Bundeshaushalt 2007 mit insgesamt 270 Milliarden Euro ist nicht Nichts. Es ist immer eine Frage des politischen Willens und der demokratischen Mehrheiten, wofür das Geld ausgegeben oder eben nicht ausgegeben wird.

Dollar collapse would result in 'amero'

Informant: Amy Sasser

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