Freitag, 22. Dezember 2006

A petition for the nurses in Libya: Free the Bulgarian Medics in Libya

From Slavena R.

Yesterday I posted an alert regarding the innocent Bulgarian nurses who were sentenced to death in Libya. (Please have a look at it, if you are interested. The title is "Innocent nurses sentenced to death in Libya")
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Today I found a link to a petition about it. It’s in French, but you could use the Babel Fish in order to translate it.

The link for the petition is
Probably you would like to sign it.

My own appeal was connected with a suggestion for giving additional support to the nurses by prayer and creative visualization. It’s probably a bit controversial and I received both positive and negative feedback. However, I would like to say a big THANK YOU to the Amnesty International Group members, who were mainly supportive. Even the only skeptical response finished with something in the direction of “well, as nothing else helped, we might as well try that”.

......I believe in seeking solutions......

However, it seems that even more prayers and positive thoughts are needed, so please keep sending them in the air! Myself, I do it whenever I can - when I sit in the train, when I wait in the car on a red light, when I’m preparing for going to bed.

Thank you for your support Love: Slavena

A friend of mine just sent me a link to another petition - this time in English. It was started after the nurses' first death sentence back in 2004 but people are still signing it.

The link is:

Please do whatever you feel you can. It is possible to sign BOTH petitions. The French one is very straightforward and needs little translation, it can be figured out. The English one has gained MANY signatures in the past few hours. Slavena says, in Amnesty International group, that it will take a miracle to save these innocent nurses. Can we help make one happen?

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Carter: US "Prime Culprit" in Nuclear Proliferation

Sherwood Ross writes, "Former President Jimmy Carter says by 'rejecting or evading almost all nuclear arms control agreements negotiated during the past 50 years, the United States has now become the prime culprit in global nuclear proliferation.'"

War Profits Trump the Rule of Law

RWE missbraucht laut Bundeskartellamt den Emissionshandel


Das Bundeskartellamt hat dem Essener Energiekonzern RWE seine vorläufige Beurteilung mitgeteilt, dass die Forderung von Industriestrompreisen im Jahr 2005 insoweit missbräuchlich war, als in den Preisen mehr als 25 Prozent des im Preis anteilig enthaltenen CO2-Zertifikatswerts überwälzt wurde. Das Bundeskartellamt ging dabei von "der wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Erkenntnis" aus, dass Opportunitätskosten "im Prinzip" in die betriebswirtschaftliche Kalkulation einfließen. Das setze "allerdings voraus, dass die zur Stromerzeugung unentgeltlich zugeteilten Emissionsberechtigungen beziehungsweise CO2-Zertifikate auch tatsächlich zum Verkauf zur Verfügung stehen", meint die Kartellbehörde. Grund für die Entscheidung der Behörde war offenbar weniger die Belastung der privaten Haushalte als vielmehr Beschwerden einflussreicher Wirtschaftsverbände: Zahlreiche Unternehmen der stromintensiven Industrie hätten sich - unter anderem über den Verband der Industriellen Energie- und Kra ftwirtschaft e.V. (VIK) und die Wirtschaftsvereinigung Metalle (WVM) - im Jahr 2005 über das Verhalten der Stromkonzerne in Bezug auf den CO2-Emissionshandel beim Bundeskartellamt beschwert.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Emissionshandel: "Der BDI unterstützt den Klimaschutz ohne Wenn und Aber" (22.12.06)

Die EU-Kommission hat am Mittwoch einen Richtlinienvorschlag veröffentlicht, wie zukünftig der Flugverkehr in das Europäische Emissionshandelssystem einbezogen werden soll. Danach sollen ab 2011 alle Flüge innerhalb der EU durch den Emissionshandel erfasst werden. Wenn Fluglinien mehr Emissionen verursachen, als ihnen Zertifikate zugestanden werden, müssten sie Emissionszertifikate hinzukaufen. Ab 2012 sollen dann die Flüge zwischen EU-Staaten und Nicht-EU-Staaten erfasst werden. Befürworter des Emissionshandelssystems hoffen, dass damit den stetig wachsenden Emissionen des Flugverkehrs "eine absolute Obergrenze auf heutigem Niveau" auferlegt wird. Nach Auffassung des Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) wäre aber ein Emissionshandel für den EU-Luftverkehr der "falsche Weg".

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life


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WE, THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THIRTEEN INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS, represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children.


Earth Prophecy
And the way out

Earth Meanders by Dr. Glen Barry
December 23, 2006

Imagine the panic as Americans and others in the world that are ecologically ignorant and isolated realize food does not come from grocery stores but from healthy agro-ecosystems with dependable climatic patterns and rich soil. That water does not come from the tap, but from aquifers and rivers. That weather need not follow reliable cycles, that natural resources are finite, and that social order depends upon all the above. I prophesize that within my lifetime environmental destruction and unsustainable living will lead to widespread global ecological collapse and social disintegration; leading eventually to extinction for most life forms including humans and Gaia - the Earth system itself. This is the Earth Prophecy.

None of what follows need happen, and I close this essay by repeating the policies that offer the way out. We have all the tools and knowledge on hand to prevent global ecological and social collapse. Yet the hour is late, widespread political and personal will essentially absent, and the momentum behind Earth destroying trends so pernicious and constant that barring major social change unprecedented in scale and ambition, the Earth and her inhabitants are going to die a hard and brutal death. Globally as the climate becomes wildly unpredictable, droughts and floods prevalent, and the land and oceans lifeless; starvation and disease will become rampant, economies will fail, and social cohesion will break down leading to unprecedented violence and death as the truth of existence is revealed to a formerly air-conditioned, consumer society fighting to survive.

Firstly, what do I mean when I say the Earth is dying? The prevailing sentiment is whatever the fate of humanity; the Earth’s biota shall sufficiently persist to maintain other life forms. Evolution will be set back by a sixth major extinction event, but over geological time life will bounce back. I am not convinced this is the case. Given the magnitude and speed of the assault upon every aspect of Gaia’s biosphere and ecosystems - toxins interacting, oceans dead and empty, failed water ecosystems, a dysfunctional atmosphere, and the virtual annihilation of native terrestrial habitats - it is not inconceivable that the planet could essentially become lifeless. Maybe entirely, or possibly some bacteria, dandelions and rats hold on - in either case the Earth is dead.

It is prophesized that advanced, complex life including humans and the Earth as a living system are imminently threatened with extinction. Humanity’s manner of existing threatens advanced life for a very long time if not forever. The coming eco- collapse is going to be brutal and violent. And it could all be averted, or at least some semblance of humanity and ecosystems achieved post-collapse, given people power and political will now.


When will ecological collapse start? I would say it has already as polar bears drown, bears refuse to hibernate and penguins die off. What has become of winter? Falling water tables, eroded soils, desertification, extreme weather, melting ice caps, it is all happening now. Climate change is but one of many aspects of our alienation from the Earth; as soils, water, oceans, forests are all failing along with the atmosphere. Global ecological apocalypse is upon us and the day is late. Only pampered, isolated modern humans could refuse to acknowledge we have a problem. Malthus was right and we are as a species and planet fully feeling the ramifications of believing there are no limitations upon resources and that exponential growth of many types including population, economic growth and resource use can be sustained. Technology puts off limits to growth, it does not supersede them.

The ecological foundation of being is failing. And as a result here is just a sampling of what we can expect. The effects of human consumption and fossil fuel use are going to spawn tremendous climate feedbacks. The Amazon, Congo and Asia/Pacific rainforests (those that remain) will largely die releasing their carbon. Melting permafrost and ocean methane hydrates, along with heat absorbing open Arctic waters, will further consolidate and ensure run-away climate change of such magnitude that adaptation is futile.

China is going to implode under the weight of its own runaway economy, followed closely by India, the U.S. and Europe. The collapse of these over-developed regions will destabilize the entire world, leading to military adventurism to access resources including water, energy and fertile land. Rising seas, extreme weather, degraded soils, desertification, dead oceans, scarce water - and the resultant militarization to maintain over-consumption - are going to make billions of refugees. And as these human beings lack places to run too; they will die from disease and starvation, and from violence including murder, rape and slavery by those in technologically rich, well stocked compounds seeking to protect what they have.

As energy supplies are disrupted and run out the whole industrial, agricultural, transport and production system will grind to a halt. Those that have access to land and seeds - from small farms to suburban lawns - will be called upon to raise their own food, while fighting off marauders and with shortages of seeds and tools of self-sufficiency. Two approaches will emerge to combat the gravest threat ever to civilization. One will strive to return to, and restore the Earth. The other will try to engineer a way out of a crisis caused by over-engineering with such things as fertilizing the oceans with iron, installing space mirrors, and releasing sulphur pollution. The latter can only fail as the biosphere is too complex to be engineered, and unknown effects guaranteed.

The way out

Clearly there is much individuals can do to reduce consumption and lead an eco-conscious lifestyle. And by all means we should eat less or no meat, drive little, consume only quality items we need but disavow conspicuous needless consumption, and a hundred other things. But the uptake of such beliefs is spotty, human numbers too great by at least four times to sustain anything approximating our present lifestyles, and thus personal action alone is unlikely to in itself nullify the Earth Prophecy. In addition to taking personal action, we need to organize and work for a movement that envisions and implements societal changes truly adequate to avoid ecological and societal collapse.

On other occasions I have written in depth regarding what is necessary in terms of Earth policy if humanity is to have a future. There are two critical variables that influence the Earth Prophecies likelihood, and whether the coming ecosystem collapse kills the Earth system and its inhabitants, or whether it is weathered and after much death and suffering a new, simpler yet fuller ways of ecologically restorative living embraced. The first is how quickly humanity embraces reduction of industrial greenhouse gas emissions as a central organizing principle of global community and responsibility. We should have started in earnest in the booming 90s, but barring that we need to have started and made real progress in decarbonizing our economies within the decade, and continue until emissions are reduced to the extent that global heating can be managed. Further keys to address climate change include renewable energy subsidies, energy efficiency and conservation, and leaving our coal in the ground.

Ecological Internet's "Sustainability Solutions Initiative" runs through the whole gamut of the top ten governance policy initiatives necessary to avert the coming ecological apocalypse. A more full accounting of this new project meant to identify sufficient policies to save the Earth can be found at . Let me paraphrase here. We need to go far beyond better light bulbs and hybrid cars and fundamentally reorganize human existence. In addition to the adequate climate policy above, major initiatives are needed in the realm of population control and reduction; terrestrial, aquatic and hydrological ecosystem protection and restoration including no more logging or other industrial development in ancient forests; the pursuit of sustainable economies requires a rethinking of both agriculture and economics, and the embrace of appropriate green technologies. And finally the world can not be saved and the prophecy averted without strengthened global governance, global demilitarization and a reallocation of these funds to the programs above and urgent efforts to tackle terrible inequitable poverty which plagues the world.

Maybe world environmental leaders like Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio and Laurie David will embrace this ambitious yet sufficient agenda. Or maybe they will continue talking, hawking light bulbs and virtually marching. But as all hell starts breaking loose, and society and individuals refuse to make the types of changes listed above, there is another option I have considered academically in depth - and that is an Earth Revolution to topple the whole rotten, polluting, inequitable and Earth killing economic system (see ) .

If all else fails, a band of Earth insurgents must rise to eliminate Earth destroyer’s property, principles and economic system. A vast, well financed network of Earth rebels will develop to make a last ditch effort to save salvation. Simultaneously such a movement would promote practitioners of truly sustainable agrarian, relocalized and democratic living to step in to provide the solutions to reconstitute humanity and the Planet post collapse and revolution. We must be prepared with seeds, workable permaculture methods, and ways to help people reconnect to the Earth to feed and house themselves while nurturing a sick global patient - Gaia, the Earth system.

Let us all recommit ourselves this year to organizing, advocating and protesting to stop and reverse Earth destruction; at the personal, campaign and global policy level. And let us prepare for the final battle to avert global ecological Armageddon, by living as sustainably as possible given social constraints and preparing the knowledge, seeds, tools and methods to fight for a future for Homo sapiens, the millions of species with which we share existence, and the Earth's being. I love the Earth so much and my heart is breaking, yet the above is a truthful examination based upon decades of learning and action. It is my gift to you this solstice season. Let us together find the way out from this horrific Earth Prophecy.



Nature responds to warming signs

Some insects and microscopic organisms have already shifted their behavior in response to the changing climate.

By Robert C. Cowen

If you're wondering whether the climate really is changing, consider the midges and be wise. In some remote North American mountain lakes, cold-water forms of these tiny insects have given way to warm-water species. This is one of several recently announced findings that indicate climate change is being felt in diverse ways.

Microscopic plants called phytoplankton are becoming less productive as surface water warms over vast areas of the ocean. Extreme rainfall events are increasing over India as the environment warms. These trends highlight the need to adapt to changes already under way even while debate continues over the extent to which humans are jiggering the climate.

Midges aren't waiting. David Porinchu at Ohio State University in Columbus and colleagues discovered this when they traced the history of midge populations in six small lakes in the Great Basin of the western United States. Dr. Porinchu told a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco last week that sediments record a shift from cold-water to warm-water midge populations in these remote lakes over the past 25 years. "Climate change has had an overriding influence on the composition of the midge communities within these lakes," Porinchu concludes. Lake water has warmed less than 1 degree C. Yet that's enough to stir the temperature-sensitive insects to adapt.

Climate change is not so benign for the Indian subcontinent. Three weeks ago, B.N. Goswami at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and colleagues reported an analysis of monsoon seasons from 1951 to 2000. As described in the journal Science, their work shows what they call "significant rising trends in the frequency and magnitude of extreme rain events." Total seasonal rainfalls have not changed because there is a balancing decline in light to moderate rain events. But the changes in rainfall timing and the severe flooding caused by extreme events can hurt farming and destroy villages. The researchers expect these trends to continue as the climate warms.

Michael Behrenfeld at Oregon State University in Corvallis and colleagues have studied nine years of satellite data showing phytoplankton productivity over ocean areas. These tiny plants underlie marine food chains. They are a vital component of Earth's ecological system supplying much of the air's oxygen, among other services. Scientists can't yet predict how global warming may affect overall marine productivity. They need to know more about the links between climate change and Earth's biological systems. Dr. Behrenfeld's team has taken a major step toward that understanding. They explained two weeks ago in Nature that there is a "simply astonishing" lock-step link between phytoplankton productivity and ocean surface temperatures. Cooler temperatures encourage convection that brings nutrients up from below into the sunlit zone. Then the tiny plants thrive. Warmer surface water cuts back that convection. Phytoplankton, starved for nutrients, are less productive.

This finding gives new insight into the effect of climate change on the web of ocean life. "The evidence is pretty clear that the Earth's climate is changing dramatically," notes research team member Gene Carl Feldman with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Informant: binstock

Grizzly Bears in Peril

Urge officials not to use bombs and other explosives to control avalanches in Glacier National Park.

To: Superintendent Mick Holm

I am writing in support of Alternative B for Glacier National Park's Avalanche Hazard Reduction Draft Environmental Impact Statement. This alternative is the most effective way to reduce the risk to human safety from avalanches, while protecting the park's magnificent wildlife and wilderness character.

The use of military artillery, including dropping bombs from helicopters and firing howitzer shells, is simply inappropriate in a national park. Further, it is not always reliable, especially in Glacier's extreme winter conditions. A safer and more environmentally benign alternative is readily available. Upgrading the neglected system of snow sheds and incorporating wildlife overpasses would better protect the public and reduce the mortality rates of threatened wildlife, especially grizzly bears.

Glacier National Park is fortunate to support one of the largest remaining grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 states. I strongly support the Alternative B proposal to preserve Glacier's magnificent wild landscape while protecting one of the grizzly bears' last remaining habitats.

Climate set to go from bad to worse

Rachel Kleinman

December 23, 2006

IT WAS a week in which the city's air quality dropped to its lowest level in 20 years as early bushfires continued to blacken all in their path; Melbourne's water storages dipped to a 22-year-low, and the city sweltered through its fourth day above 35 degrees since the beginning of summer.

But while Victorians look to the horizon and pray for immediate relief, there is evidence that our intemperate climate is only going to get worse in future. A lot worse.

Climate modelling by the CSIRO forecasts that we can expect the state to get hotter and drier in the years to 2030, with more days in the high 30s and more extreme weather events such as flash flooding and storm surges.

The national science agency first carried out modelling for the state in
2001, with further work in 2004 and joint research with Melbourne Water in 2005. But the climate impacts and risk group's principal research scientist, Kevin Hennessy, says its projections carry new significance in light of the extreme drought and heightened public awareness of climate change.

"Water resources, agriculture, forests, fisheries, energy, coastal settlements, tourism and health will all be affected," Mr Hennessy says.

And the combined effects of climate change in metropolitan Melbourne have not yet been teased out of the research.

"(The) effect of heatwaves, such as increased heat-related illness and death, fire activity, smoke pollution, use of air-conditioners and demand for energy (can all be expected).

"Then there is the buckling of railway lines and melting of tar on roads. All these would have major implications for emergency management, road maintenance, hospital admissions, and peak power capacity," Mr Hennessy says.

A predicted drop in water run-off will be another significant outcome of climate change. Already this year, the state's water storages have fallen to record low levels as a result of the drought. By 2030, the CSIRO has predicted that run-off will have decreased by between 5 and 35 per cent on 2001 levels.

CSIRO research also predicted a sea-level rise of between 3 and 17 cent, along with more frequent storm surges — temporary rises in sea levels caused by very low pressure.

"This means we will see more events similar to the storm that hit Melbourne in February 2005, when Middle Park Beach was almost washed away," Mr Hennessy says. "It will also mean more long-term, gradual erosion."

According to the Bracks Government's Melbourne 2030 planning blueprint, metropolitan Melbourne is expected to absorb an additional 1 million people over the next 24 years — a factor not included in the CSIRO's projections — straining water resources and boosting energy use even further.

The Federal Government's agricultural economics agency, ABARE, predicted this week that Australia's domestic energy consumption would be 46 per cent higher by 2030 than in 2005.

The Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment has stressed that despite the doom and gloom predictions, it is working hard to prepare for climate change.

"This means working with everyone from agricultural scientists, coastal sewerage planners and public health specialists to prepare Victoria for what looks certain to be a hotter, drier future," a spokeswoman told The Age.

Mr Hennessy says the CSIRO's focus has now shifted away from fine-tuning the forecasts towards finding solutions. "The emphasis now is on adaptation and solutions, not just for individuals but for whole communities to be more resilient."

Informant: binstock

Leaned On as Never Before, Reservists Weigh Re-enlistment

Those deciding whether to remain in the Guard and Reserve must take into account the possibility that they'd have to serve longer and more frequently on active duty than they do now. Under current mobilization policies, part-time troops can be called to serve involuntarily on active duty for no more than 24 months during a five-year period. Army officials want the Pentagon to lift those restrictions so that National Guard and Reserve troops can be pressed into service more often.

Congress Closes With a Pork-Filled Flourish

The dialysis industry, the coal industry and other interests that donated to lawmakers get lavish end-of-session breaks.

GOP Congressman's Remarks on Muslims Criticized

Representative Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) is coming under sharp criticism for lashing out against the decision by Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who will become the first Muslim member of Congress next month, to use the Koran during a swearing-in ceremony.


Lawmaker says Muslim threatens U.S. values

In a letter sent to hundreds of voters this month, Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va., warned that the recent election of the first Muslim to Congress posed a serious threat to the nation’s traditional values.

Lawmaker stands firm on Quran criticism

A congressman said Thursday that he will not retract a letter warning that unless immigration is tightened, "many more Muslims will be elected" and use the Quran to take the oath of office.

From Information Clearing House

Uncensored Op-Ed on Iran

In response to the White House's intervention in the normal prepublication review process and the demand for substantial deletions in their article for the New York Times about Iran, Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann write, "National security must be above politics. In a democracy, transparency in government has to be honored and protected. To classify information for reasons other than the safety and security of the United States and its interests is a violation of these principles. It is for this reason that we will continue to press for the release of the article without the material deleted."


The Leverett-Mann article on U.S.-Iran relations

From ufpj-news

Informant: Charles Jenks

Asleep and dreaming

Common Dreams
by Todd Huffman


Being as most Americans are quite preoccupied this week searching high and low for more ways to spend money to save money in order to celebrate the birth of a man who preached giving away all one's earthly possessions, most everyone except readers of People Magazine will miss the President's awful quote. We need to send it wide and send it far, to the North Pole and to Bethlehem, to Kabul and to Baghdad, and to anyone serving or related to someone serving in the military. Our soldiers need to know that while their nation loses sleep worrying for them, wishing for their safe return home from their Mesopotamian nightmare, their commander-in-chief sleeps easily, more easily than they'd ever assume...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Memo to parents: Fire all the experts

by Tony Zizza


It seems both children and teenagers are struggling over having to deal with the task of organizing their own schoolwork and work area. Who is to blame? Parents? Of course? Children and teenagers themselves who choose to focus their attention on electronic devices and being lazy? Of course not times two. We are all supposed to turn a blind eye to a stone cold fact. That is, perhaps single parents who want to go it alone, or parents who worship their double income more than anything else, are finding out that parenting actually involves them doing the -- parenting. Here is something that will never change. Children and teenagers need boundaries. They must be accountable for their actions and inactions. Parents must start doing 'the parenting' themselves. Stop overscheduling them. Stop hiring experts outside the family to clean up the mess. This is unbelievable...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Will Bush save the mullahs in Iran?

Classically Liberal


Decades of US aid and military support for the Shah and his dictatorship alienated many Iranians. Iran had a large, educated middle class that didn't want the Shah and didn't want the mullahs either. And they would be happy to dispose of the theocrats today. But the bumbling, confused foreign policy of global central planning by the Bushites put the Iranian opposition between a rock and a hard place. Happy to dispose of the mullahs they couldn't and wouldn't want to be seen as doing the bidding of Bush. American involvement in Iraq set back the more secular, more liberal reform movements of Iran. It was not Bush's desire to stifle dissenters in Iran. It was just another one of the many foreseeable consequences of American interventionism which Bush ignored...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Why "surging troops" won't work

Free Market News Network
by Noel Gibeson


The notion of surging troops in the first place seems an act of desperation by both political dynasty parties in the United States; the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. George the II wants to surge troops to appease his conservative political base, while the Democrats want to do it to show that they are tough on national security issues (they are not) and to show the world that they 'tried everything.' Both these legacy parties want to increase the size of the Army and the Marine Corps to prepare for future quests overseas. Who will the United States invade next; Iran, Syria, or both. Having a larger army will lead to further adventurism in other countries. If the American People do not want this to happen, then they need to say so now. They must threaten to vote politicians of both parties out of office if those politicians dare to vote to increase the size of the Army and the Marine Corps...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Federal Subsidies Turn Farms Into Big Business

The shift in subsidies to wealthier farmers is helping to fuel consolidation of farmland. The largest farms' share of agricultural production has climbed from 32 percent to 45 percent while the number for small and medium-size farms has tumbled from 42 percent to 27 percent.

USDA Stocks Organics Board With Business Reps

Food-safety activists are protesting the government's attempt to stack an organic-food advisory board with representatives of corporate agribusiness and food commerce.

Europe Adds Air Travel to Carbon Trading Scheme

In the face of stiff opposition from the airline industry, the European Union moved forward Wednesday with plans to impose extra charges on foreign and domestic carriers that pollute too much.

Rachel's News #886

FDA Preparing to Close Laboratories Despite Budget Hike

America’s Open Wound

Facing Up to Holiday Blues

Media Follies 2006: The Year's Most Overhyped and Underreported Stories

Who Will Pay For Haditha?

The Last Tide Could Come at Any Time, Then These Islands at the End of the Earth Will Simply Vanish

Massive Migration Sweep Creates Havoc for Workers' Families

Climate Change vs Mother Nature: Scientists Reveal That Bears Have Stopped Hibernating

Finanzierungsmodelle für ein Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen

Councils cashing in on phone mast rents

Newbury phone mast rejected

Fri, December 22 2006

By Paul Gavin, Reporter
Email: newburytoday
Phone: 01635 564631

Plans to erect a 3G phonemast in central Newbury are turned down by planning committee

PLANS to construct a mobile telephone mast in central Newbury have been rejected. Hutchinson 3G wanted to put a 12 metre high mast on the junction of Paddock Road and Meadow Road. But the plans were rejected by the West Berkshire Council western area planning committee on Wednesday evening as committee members argued that the proposed development would have an unacceptable impact on the character of the area. District councillors were also concerned about the possible health risks caused by placing a mobile phone mast close to St John the Evangelist Nursery and Infant School.

© Copyright 2006 Newbury Weekly News

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Urge Your Representative to Support Truth in Fur Labeling Act

While it is strictly illegal to sell cat and dog fur in the U.S., the law is difficult to enforce because fur worth $150 or less can be sold without labels specifying the species of animal the fur comes from. H.R. 4904, the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, would close that loophole by requiring all fur garments to include labels with important information about the material’s origins. Please “Take Action” to urge your Representative to support and co-sponsor the Truth in Fur Labeling Act.

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Urge California Coastal Commission to protect whales from Navy sonar

The U.S. Navy is seeking permission from the California Coastal Commission to conduct training exercises involving powerful explosives and sonar devices that flood vast areas of the ocean with deafening noise, making them extremely harmful - even lethal - to whales and other species. Please "Take Action" to thank the Commission for protecting whales by requiring the Navy to provide information ensuring that their activities will not threaten the survival of these highly intelligent and endangered marine mammals.

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Mexican Soldiers Freelancing for Drug Cartels on US Soil

Gun-toting members of the Mexican military are crossing regularly into U.S. territory, where they are partnering with drug cartels and criminal gangs to protect sophisticated smuggling operations, according to Texas sheriffs and lawmakers.

From Information Clearing House

Militarism and the American Empire

Chalmers Johnson

Distinguished social scientist and public intellectual Chalmers Johnson, joins host Harry Kreisler for a conversation on the nature of the American Empire and its costs and consequences for the future of American democracy and power in the world.


The West will turn Turkmenistan into base for pressure upon Iran

Saparmurat Niyazov was one of key factors of stability in Central Asia. With his death, the USA will have an opportunity to play the “Turkmen card” to exert pressure upon Iran and Afghanistan, Member of Novosibirsk Regional Council (Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party), PhD Anatoly Kubanov said to a REGNUM correspondent on December 21.

From Information Clearing House

Syria in Bush's Cross Hairs - US confirms backing Assad opposition

A classified document suggests the Administration is considering a plan to fund political opposition to the Damascus government. Some critics say it would be an unwarranted covert action.,8599,1571751,00.html

US confirms backing Assad opposition

The Time Web site revealed a report Wednesday that said the US government was working to affect its support for the opposing factions before the Syrian election in March 2007, in an effort to push towards a true democratic regime in the Syrian state.

From Information Clearing House

Flouting the laws of war

DAVID Hicks has been accused of some ill-defined war crimes. But is he the victim of a policy promoted by the Australian Government that is itself a war crime?

From Information Clearing House

War Crimes Report Advertised In The Military Times Newspapers

“We felt that the people who are ordered to fight in Iraq, and those who support U.S. presence Iraq, ought to know of the opportunity to learn about the many ways in which the United States has violated and continues to violate international law there,” said Nick Mottern, Director of, publisher of the war crimes report.

U.S. Occupation Forces Squad Leader Charged in Killings Of 24 Iraqi Civilians

Squad leader charged in killings of 24 Iraqi civilians; More Marines expected to be charged.

From Information Clearing House

Iraqi Girl tells of US Attack in Haditha

Ten-year-old Iman Walid witnessed the killing of seven members of her family in an attack by American marines last November. The interview with Iman was filmed exclusively for ITV News by Ali Hamdani, our Iraqi video diarist.

Brown's first job must be to break free of US shackles

A new prime minister has the opportunity to do what Blair never could - leave Iraq and face the consequences.,,1976577,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Mobile phone masts at schools earn councils 'thousands'

A sizeable percentage of the American people no longer seem capable of distinguishing between good and bad government

My Christmas Greeting

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

America has never been perfect. Nothing that man touches is. However, America was the greatest experiment in limited government and individual freedom that the world has ever known. Sadly, the powers that be are currently experimenting with the old, antiquated ideas of collectivism and globalism. Sadder still, a sizeable percentage of the American people have lost touch with their heritage and no longer seem capable of distinguishing between good and bad government.....

What They Think of Us

Our Country Is in Danger!

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Der nun schon über zwei Monate andauernde Streik in den Goodyear Werken der USA und Kanadas ist nicht nur wegen seiner Dauer und der grossen Zahl Streikender von besonderer Bedeutung: Pünktlich zum Solidaritätstag am 16. Dezember liess die US-Army lancieren, dass die Produktionsrückgänge der Reifenhersteller schon dazu geführt habe, dass nur noch Truppen im aktuellen Einsatz mit Ersatzreifen versorgt würden - und, wenn es zu weiteren Lieferproblemen käme und die kämpfenden Truppen beeinträchtigt würden, erwäge man, das Taft-Hartley (Streiksverbot-) Gesetz anzuwenden... Auf der anderen Seite war der Solidaritätstag an vielen Orten ein echter Erfolg - breite Teile der Bevölkerung beteiligten sich. Der (englische) Bericht "A Reportback from a Kansas Mutual Aid member from the Goodyear Workers’ Action" von Dave Strano (KMA) vom 20. Dezember 2006 aus dem von der Schliessung bedrohten Werk in Topeka, Kansas legt Schwerpunkte auf die Beteiligung der Rentner an der Soliaktion und auf gewerkschaftliche Debatten:

Aus: LabourNet, 22. Dezember 2006

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