Freitag, 15. Dezember 2006

Erdölexporteure nehmen Abschied vom Dollar

Die Opec hat ihre Dollar-Positionen laut BIZ zuletzt um 5,3 Milliarden

CPS seeks views on road traffic prosecutions

Gefängnis für Telefonieren beim Autofahren

Weil Autos gefährliche Waffen sind, sollen in Großbritannien die Strafen für "gefährliches Fahren" verschärft werden - bis hin zu einer lebenslänglichen Haftstrafe für Totschlag.

EUCOM: Organisation von Gefangenentransporten nach Guantanamo in Stuttgart


Das europäische Hauptquartier der US-Armee (EUCOM) hat bestätigt, von seinem Sitz in Stuttgart aus Gefangenentransporte nach Guantanamo organisiert zu haben. "Wir haben Gefangene transportiert, und wir haben das noch am selben Tag bekannt gegeben", sagte EUCOM-Sprecher John Tomassi der "Stuttgarter Zeitung". Das US-Militär reagierte damit auf Berichte über die Verschleppung von sechs algerischen Häftlingen. Der EUCOM-Sprecher bezog sich der Zeitung zufolge auf eine Mitteilung vom 18. Januar 2002. Darin heiße es, dass sechs algerische Terrorverdächtige von Bosnien "an einen sicheren Ort" gebracht worden seien.

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Save wild Patagonia from "electrocution"

A European energy company is now scheming to build massive hydro-electric dams on every major river in Chilean Patagonia. We need your immediate action to stop this proposed "electrocution" of one of the wildest regions on earth.

Please go to right now and urge Chile's President Bachelet to consider the full range of alternatives before sacrificing this world-renowned wilderness to destructive hydro-development.

Endesa-Spain's disastrous proposal would flood thousands of acres of irreplaceable habitat for a vast array of rare wildlife including South American deer, southern river otters and many birds found only in Patagonia.

For the sake of its own profits, the company is claiming that stopping up Patagonia's mighty rivers to produce electricity -- which would then be transmitted thousands of miles -- is the only way to fuel Chile's economic growth. As part of the same plan, Brookfield Consortium, a Canadian company, would clearcut a 1,200-mile swath through five national parks and two wilderness reserves to make way for the world's largest transmission line.

But smarter alternatives to strengthening Chile's economy -- such as stricter energy efficiency standards and the use of localized, clean and renewable energy sources -- are readily available.

Chile's new president, Michelle Bachelet, has pledged to make environmental protection a priority in her administration. To fulfill that promise, she should take a hard a look at every possible alternative before sentencing wild Patagonia to electrocution.

Please go to and tell President Bachelet to spare the life of this untouched expanse of breathtaking rainforests, glaciers, fjords and rivers.

Thank you for helping to save Chile's last wilderness frontier.


Frances Beinecke
President Natural Resources Defense Council

McCain Bill Is Lethal Injection For Internet Freedom

Klimawandel bedroht Bayern

Protest Plans to Destroy Uganda's Few Remaining Rainforests for Plantations

Let the Ugandan President and Parliament know rainforests and their ecological services are more valuable than sugar and oil palm production

By Rainforest Portal, a project of Ecological Internet - December 15, 2006 Huge Ugandan rainforest tree Caption: Uganda's remaining ancient rainforests provide the water, air and soil necessary to sustain its citizens

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is pursuing legally dubious plans to destroy much of Uganda's last few rainforests to grow palm oil and sugar cane crops. Uganda has long been facing a deforestation crisis, with forests covering 20 percent of Uganda 40 years ago, but now just covering seven percent. The plans targets two forested areas: 10,000 hectares on the island of Bugala on Lake Victoria for oil palm by a company named Bidco; and 7,000 hectares, some one-third of Mabira Forest Reserve which has been protected since 1932, for sugar cane production by the Mehta Group.

Loss of forest cover in Uganda has had devastating ecological impacts which will be intensified by the proposed projects. Deforestation has been directly responsible for declining levels of waters in Lake Victoria, River Nile and other rivers resulting in a scarcity of drinking water and reduction in hydroelectric energy production. Local environmentalists say destroying Uganda's surviving forests could have further grave ecological consequences -- threatening hundreds of rare species, sparking soil erosion and removing a crucial buffer against pollution of Lake Victoria. Local people are critically dependent upon remaining forests for firewood and building houses.

According to Uganda’s National Forest Authority (NFA), the plan to log Mabira reserve endangers 312 species of tree, 287 species of bird and 199 species of butterfly. Nine species found only in Mabira and nearby forests risked going extinct. The forest absorbs pollution in an industrial area, sinking millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide, and helps maintain central Uganda's wet climate. Their removal would bring drier weather and hurt crop yields. Mabira is a watershed for two rivers contributing to the Nile, an ecological stabiliser between two major industrial towns and it protects Lake Victoria. According to the Uganda Tourism Board, eco-tourism generated some $300 million for Uganda last year.

At the end of November, more than 2,000 protesters from Uganda, the United States, Israel and other places signed a petition urging President Museveni not to parcel out land from the Mabira Forest Reserve. Local NGOs have described the situation - with the President questionably pushing the projects while the parliament remains largely silent - "as a governance crisis, disrespect for constitutionalism and the rule of law… forest reserves are protected by the constitution and environmental laws and that change of land use can only be approved by Parliament… ongoing actions also question Uganda's commitment to respect international law and obligations."

The whole matter seems to reflect a desperate power grab by the President to reward cronies under false and illusory promises of industrialization. The government has no legal mandate to give out constitutionally protected forest reserves to be cut down by private companies. Recently the president asked the NFA boss to do just that, and forced him to resign after he refused to license the rainforest destroying palm oil development.

Please contact President Yoweri Museveni, the entire Ugandan parliament, and Ugandan ministries and embassies and insist that these projects be abandoned, and Uganda's remaining rainforest strictly protected as ecological reserves while restoring forests where they historically occurred.

Mayors: More Americans Hungry, Homeless in 2006

More Americans went homeless and hungry in 2006 than the year before, and children made up almost a quarter of those in emergency shelters, said a report released on Thursday by the US Conference of Mayors.

Fitzgerald Mum on Cheney in Leak Case

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said Thursday that he does not expect any government officials to refuse to testify in the CIA leak trial, but he did not specifically say whether Vice President Dick Cheney or other top White House officials were on his witness list.

Rice Rejects Engaging Iran, Syria on Iraq

US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has rejected a bipartisan panel's recommendation that the Bush administration engage Syria and Iran in efforts to stabilize Iraq, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The Federal Hate Crimes Bill: Federalizing Criminal Law While Threatening Civil Liberties

New York Times: A Gag on Free Speech

"The Bush administration is trampling on the First Amendment and well-established criminal law by trying to use a subpoena to force the American Civil Liberties Union to hand over a classified document in its possession," write the editors of the New York Times. "The dispute is shrouded in secrecy, and very little has been made public about the document, but we do not need to know what's in it to know what's at stake: if the government prevails, it will have engaged in prior restraint - almost always a serious infringement on free speech - and it could start using subpoenas to block reporting on matters of vital public concern."


Federal 'Hate Law' Could Be Introduced This Week

Informant: Amy Sasser

From ufpj-news


Democrats Set To Renew Attack On Free Speech

McCain 's Shameless Call for Escalation in Iraq

Allen Uthman writes: "Early indicators of the depths to which McCain will stoop to win include his freshly-appointed campaign manager, professional scumbag Terry Nelson. Nelson, Bush's national political director for his 2004 re-election campaign and an unindicted co-conspirator named in Tom Delay's money-laundering indictment, is responsible for the infamous below-the-belt white bimbo ad that helped sink Harold Ford Jr.'s senatorial campaign this year by exciting the powerful anti-miscegenation Neanderthal demographic in Tennessee. The appallingly racist ad drew so much heat that Nelson was fired by Wal-Mart, but McCain apparently has lower standards."

Wartime values to save the planet,20867,20930396-30417,00.html

Britain Backs Airport Growth Despite Global Warming

Argentine Province Halts Mining on Pollution Fears

Informant: binstock

Wimax: Frequenzversteigerung abgeschlossen

Fünf Unternehmen bauen drahtloses WiMAX-Internet auf

WiMAX -Versteigerung beendet

Wie Handystrahlen das bayerische Oberammergau vergiften

76 Mio. Euro Strafe im griechischen Vodafone-Abhörskandal

Der Fluch der ETSI-Schnittstelle

Take action against slavery past and present!

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2007, which marks the 200th anniversary of Britain's abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, is now only weeks away. Please visit and sign the Declaration if you have not yet done so; send e-cards to your friends and family; and find other ways to take action against slavery past and present.

We will be in touch early in the new year with exciting news of a range of events and activities that are taking place to mark the bicentenary. You can also find details of many of these here .

Reporter in brief

Please follow this link to read about the latest news about slavery worldwide. This month we have news of India's ban on child domestic work, slavery in Latin America, and a recent Anti-Slavery International visit to Mauritania to discover more about slavery there. These web pages contain news, stories and features from the October 2006 edition of our quarterly magazine, the Reporter.

Thanks for your support in the campaign against slavery.

Sarah Williams
Campaigns Officer
Anti-Slavery International

Next-up News n°144

Congress v. Big Pharma - Big Pharma Juggernaut Rolls to Victory


Big Pharma Juggernaut Rolls to Victory - Health Freedom Reels

by Byron Richards

AER legislation will enable doctors to viciously attack vitamin supplements based on Big Pharma propaganda, and with the help of the FDA have effective dietary supplements removed from the market. Despite considerable grass roots pressure the House buckled under to Hatch pressure and AER legislation was ramrodded through in despicable fashion while Americans slept. Americans will pay a heavy toll..... (Part 1) (Part 2)

Poverty Is A Threat To Peace

by Muhammad Yunus,

A vision of a world where poverty is seen only in museums, from the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.

Unprogressive Democrats

by Michael Kazin,

Lessons from Truman, Roosevelt and Johnson on how to deal with today's Blue Dogs.

New York City bans science

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Steven J. Milloy


The New York City Board of Health this week banned the use of trans fats by restaurants. The decision is directly traceable back to the 'research' of Harvard University's Alberto Ascherio and Walter Willett, the promoters-in-chief of trans fats hysteria. Now that the Board has deemed their dubious trans fats research suitable for dictating public policy, New Yorkers ought to hope that Ascherio and Willett don't press the Board to implement some of their other published research that is similar in 'quality' to their trans fats work...,05655.cfm

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Death by consensus

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman


When John Kerry came back from fighting in Vietnam, he famously inquired, How do you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake? Regarding the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group (ISG), a lot of people would like to know, How do you ask a man to be the last to die for a bipartisan compromise? Just when you think Washington has hit the rock bottom of cynicism, it finds even lower rungs to descend...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

War without end

by Tom Engelhardt and Michael Schwartz


It turns out, of course, that when you control both sides of a war game or the range of opinion on a panel, you are assured of the results you're going to get. The problem comes when you only control one side of a situation; and when, as American commanders learned in the early days of the Korean War and again in Vietnam, whether due to racism or imperial blindness, you also discount and disrespect your enemies. Unfortunately for the Bush administration, it turned out that, while you could fix the war games and the intelligence, you couldn't be assured of fixing reality itself, which has a tendency to remain obdurately, passionately, irascibly unconquerable...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Suppressed document lays bare Iraq lies

Independent [UK]


The Government's case for going to war in Iraq has been torn apart by the publication of previously suppressed evidence that Tony Blair lied over Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. A devastating attack on Mr Blair's justification for military action by Carne Ross, Britain's key negotiator at the UN, has been kept under wraps until now because he was threatened with being charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act. In the testimony revealed today Mr Ross, 40, who helped negotiate several UN security resolutions on Iraq, makes it clear that Mr Blair must have known Saddam Hussein possessed no weapons of mass destruction...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Gender Equality and Well-Being of Children Inextricably Linked

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Millions of children across the world will continue to suffer from lack of food, health care and education as long as their mothers are forced to live with abusive conditions at home and discrimination in the workplace.

New Forest Plan Rule Nukes NEPA

The US Forest Service finalized rules Tuesday that will allow forest officials to ignore the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when amending or writing new forest management plans.

Communities Near Coal Plants Need to Know Health Threat

TXU Energy plans to build 11 of 19 new coal-burning power plants in Texas. The new coal-burning power plants proposed by TXU would threaten the health of Texans. The company's existing Texas plants rank among the worst polluters in the nation. Not one of TXU's new plants would use so-called "clean coal" technology.

The Fight to Unionize the World's Largest Pork Processing Plant

NOW's journalists are the first-ever TV reporters allowed to film inside the Smithfield Packing plant. The North Carolina facility has history of intimidation, spying and rights violations.

Pentagon: Navy May Have Violated Detention Standards in South Carolina

A previously undisclosed Pentagon report concluded that the three terrorism suspects held at a brig in South Carolina were subjected to months of isolation, and it warned that their "unique" solitary confinement could be viewed as violating US detention standards.

Judge: Immigrant Detainees' Treatment Unconstitutional

In the first legal decision on a federal law that denies access to US courts to detainees in the war on terrorism, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that foreign prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could not sue for freedom. But, in a split decision, US District Judge James Robertson also ruled that the law's denial of that right to the more than 12 million legal immigrants living in the United States was unconstitutional.

USA Rekordhalter bei Anzahl der Gefängnisinsassen

'Gitmo Is Like Being Alive in Your Own Grave'

''Guantanamo brings images of a man in orange overalls, his face down and a soldier holding him by the neck, like a dog on a leash," says 14-year-old Zahra Paracha. "Animals are treated better."

U.S. transfers 16 detainees from Guantanamo prison to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Defense Department announced on Thursday that it transferred 16 detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Saudi Arabia.

From Information Clearing House

The End of Pax Americana

With hindsight, we may see 2006 as the end of Pax Americana. Ever since World War II, the United States has used its military and economic superiority to promote a stable world order that has, on the whole, kept the peace and spread prosperity.

From Information Clearing House

Bush to seek $100 bln more war funds-US House report

Such a large request would mark a rapid escalation in the cost of the Iraq war at a time when public support is plummeting and Bush is looking for new answers to stem violence that threatens to spin out of control.

McCain Calls For More U.S. Troops In Iraq

Sen. John McCain said today that America should deploy 15,000 to 30,000 more troops to Iraq.

From Information Clearing House

Death Of The Dollar


An absolute must see for anybody holding their wealth in U.S. Dollars


Death of the Dollar


Max Keiser, investigates the US economy and reveals how the American officials have maintained the image of a strong dollar since coming off the Gold Standard. We hear from authors and leading economists who claim that central banks have been helping to manipulate the gold markets and keep the prices down.

From Information Clearing House

Survey indicates Iraqis in despair

By Al Jazeera

More than 90 per cent of Iraqis believe the country is worse off now than before the war in 2003, according to new research obtained by Al Jazeera. - Nearly 66 per cent of respondents to the Iraqi survey thought violence would decrease if US forces were to leave.

Top Gen: "Anti-Terror" Fight A War Of 100 Yrs

"Generational" struggle. December 14, 2006 -- Americans have to be ready to fight a war with radical Muslims that may last 50 to 100 years, according to a top war-on-terror general.

From Information Clearing House

California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Free Speech on the Internet

Informant: Mitchel Cohen

From ufpj-news

U.S. Army In Serious Trouble

Informant: NHNE

USA: Aspekte des alltäglichen Rassismus

Die 50 Notwehrschüsse der New Yorker Bullizei haben zumindest eines hervorgebracht: eine etwas breitere gesellschaftliche Debatte über aktuellen Rassismus. Eine - im Verhältnis zur Sachlage - winzig kleine aktuelle Materialsammlung "Rassismus 2006" von Mitte Dezember 2006 kann dazu nicht mehr, als einige Schlaglichter werfen - auf Sachverhalte wie etwa den, dass der höchste Anteil an Strafgefangenen afroamerikanische Frauen sind..:

Aus: LabourNet, 15. Dezember 2006

American Democracy needs a paper nothing less than a paper ballot

Stop Blaming Theology For Your Apathy

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Are we now going to sit down in apathy and indifference and allow this country to be overtaken by the forces of secularism, socialism, and globalism? Are we not willing to fight for right? Are we so weak and cowardly that we would surrender our freedoms and liberties without a struggle?.....

A Holiday War-on-Terror Travel Guide

Statism, Post-modernism, and the Death of the Western World

Socialized Medicine in a Wealthy Country

Centralized Medicine

Americans Overwhelmingly Opposed to EPA's Plans to Cut Back Toxic Reporting

The Bloodbath We Created

Health Scare, Democracy Scare

Bless All The Dear Children In Thy Tender Care

Secure? We Are What We Eat

Bush's 'New Way Forward' Is into Quicksand

Public Ever More Pessimistic on Iraq War

Execution of Florida Inmate Takes 34 Minutes

Scientists Worried about Bush Clampdown on US Geological Survey

Democrats Expected to Increase U.S. Military Spending

War Crimes Committed by the United States in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability

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

From ufpj-news

Thousands of ducks mysteriously dying in Idaho

Informant: NHNE

Use of a "mystery" weapon: was this the horrific DIME (Dense Inert Metal Explosives) weapon that has been under development by the US military?

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

From ufpj-news


Dense Inert Metal Explosives

Mobile phone prohibition makes school

South Korea regulates the mobile phone use by teenagers

Südkorea regelt Handy-Nutzung von Teenagern


Kinder und Handys

Handyverbot macht Schule

Quelle: Aargauer Zeitung
Datum: 14.12.2006
Title: Handyverbot macht Schule

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Charles Cavanaugh


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