Montag, 1. Januar 2007


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Informant: Debbie

The High Stakes in Iraq, For Them And For Us

Part One

Part Two

Informant: C. Clark Kissinger

From ufpj-news

World faces hottest year ever, as El Niño combines with global warming

Informant: NHNE


Associated Press December 31, 2006

Informant: NHNE

Due Process for Detainees Lacking Under New Gitmo Panel

An examination of the Guantanamo review boards by the New York Times suggests that they have often fallen short, not only as a source of due process for the hundreds of men held here, but also as a forum to resolve questions about what the detainees have done and the threats they may pose.

Cold Ground for a Summer Love

Marine Colin Joseph Wolfe left behind his girlfriend of one month, 19-year-old Kira Wolf, when he shipped out to Iraq in July. He was killed seven weeks later by a roadside bomb. This is their love story.

Next-up News n°148

- 31 Décembre 2006 Minuit : 200 millions de SMS . Conséquences : 20 millions d'euros pour les opérateurs et . . .
200 % d'augmentation d'irradition pour les riverains d'antennes relais.

Extrait Voeux du Président de la République . . . . . . La charte constitutionnelle de l'environnement ! .

Experten lehnen Handy-Verbot an Schulen ab

Air Force pursuing antimatter weapons Program was touted publicly, then came official gag order

Informant: Amy Sasser

From ufpj-news

Award for the Old Year, Plans for the New


By Michael Astor
Associated Press December 29, 2006

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Global warming could spell the end of the world's largest remaining tropical rain forest, transforming the Amazon into a grassy savanna before end of the century, researchers said Friday.

Jose Antonio Marengo, a meteorologist with Brazil's National Space Research Institute, said that global warming, if left unchecked, will reduce rainfall and raise temperatures substantially in the ecologically rich region.

"We are working with two scenarios: a worst case and a second, more optimistic one," he said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

"The worst case scenario sees temperatures rise by 5 to 8 degrees until
2100, while rainfall will decrease between 15 and 20 percent. This setting will transform the Amazon rain forest into a savanna-like landscape," Marengo said.

That scenario supposes no major steps are taken toward halting global warming and that deforestation continues at its current rate, Marengo said.

The more optimistic scenario supposes governments take more aggressive actions to halt global warming. It would still have temperatures rising in the Amazon region by 3 to 5 degrees Celsius and rainfall dropping by 5 to 15 percent, Marengo said.

"If pollution is controlled and deforestation reduced, the temperature would rise by about 5 degrees Celsius in 2100," said Marengo. "Within this scenario, the rain forest will not come to the point of total collapse."

Marengo's finding were part an 800,000 real ($373,000) study that began two years ago and that will continue until 2010. The study, financed by the World Bank and the British government, seeks to project climatic changes that will effect Brazil over the next 100 years. European governments frequently finance environmental and conservation studies about Brazil's Amazon rain forest.

Sprawling over 1.6 million square miles, the Amazon covers nearly 60 percent of Brazil. Largely unexplored, it contains one-fifth of the world's fresh water and about 30 percent of the world's plant and animal species -- many still undiscovered.

Marengo said he was optimistic that the worst-case scenario could be averted, but he said that would require a major effort by industrialized nations to reduce emissions of so-called greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

He said Brazil should do its part by reducing deforestation and burning in the Amazon region.

Destroying trees through burning contributes to global warming, releasing about 370 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every year -- about 5 percent of the world total -- scientists say.

About 20 percent of the rain forest has already been cut down and while the rate of destruction has slowed in recent years, environmentalists say it remains alarmingly high.

Informant: NHNE


RIA Novosti December 28, 2006

MOSCOW - This year Russia has registered the highest number of unfavorable and dangerous natural phenomena in the history of meteorological observation, a director of Russia's Hydrometeorology Center said Thursday.

Roman Vilfand said that between January and November, 371 dangerous natural phenomena -- including extreme cold, heat waves, strong winds and driving rains -- were registered throughout Russia.

"The year also ends unusually with the abnormally warm weather in late November and early December, when plants even began to bloom in some areas," Vilfand said.

Earlier, the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring said extreme deviations in weather patterns were observed before, but over the past decade they have become more and more frequent.

Following near-record low temperatures during last winter's cold spell, which saw the mercury plummet to -31°C (-23.8°F) January 19 -- one degree above the all-time low for Moscow -- European Russia experienced record warm temperatures this month.

But Vilfand said this year's unusually warm start of winter in Russia should not be associated with global warming. Rather, he said, the reason for this year's unusual weather was a strong anticyclone over Greenland, which 'orchestrated' the weather over European Russia.

Informant: NHNE

Baghdad Burning: End of Another Year

From the Riverbend blogspot: "A day in the life of the average Iraqi has been reduced to identifying corpses, avoiding car bombs and attempting to keep track of which family members have been detained, which ones have been exiled and which ones have been abducted. 2006 has been, decidedly, the worst year yet. No - really."

DOJ Probes Interior Officials' Ties to Oil Program

The Justice Department is investigating whether the director of a multibillion-dollar oil-trading program at the Interior Department has been paid as a consultant for oil companies hoping for contracts.

While You Were at War ...

"In every administration, there are usually only about a dozen barons who can really initiate and manage meaningful changes in national security policy. For most of 2006, some of these critical slots in the Bush administration have been vacant. And with the nation involved in a messy war spiraling toward a bad conclusion, the key deputies and Cabinet members and advisers are all focusing on one issue, at the expense of all others: Iraq. National Security Council veteran Rand Beers has called this the '7-year-old's soccer syndrome' - just like little kids playing soccer, everyone forgets their particular positions and responsibilities and runs like a herd after the ball," says Richard A. Clarke.

Climate Change: The Crack of Doom?

December 30, 2006 by The Scotsman
(Edinburgh, Scotland)

by Raymond Hainey

ITS collapse was so violent that it was picked up by earthquake monitors
150 miles away - a thundering warning to the world that the Arctic was heating up faster than scientists had imagined.

[foto] his handout photo provided by NASA shows a Modis (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) Image showing the Ayles Ice Shelf collapse, center, in the early afternoon of Aug. 13, 2005. Within days of breaking free, the Ayles Ice Shelf drifted about 30 miles offshore before freezing into the sea ice. A giant ice shelf, covering 41 square miles, had broken off from the Canadian mainland and floated off into the sea.

Yet for 16 months, experts were unaware that the Ayles ice shelf - just one of six remaining in the Canadian Arctic - had drifted off until a scientist began examining old satellite images.

Yesterday, scientists said the dramatic discovery capped a year of new studies, which have revealed that the world is heating up faster than had been thought.

From the slowing Gulf Stream, to the warmest British summer on record, to unusually warm water in the Caribbean, researchers have mapped our rapidly changing climate.

Scientists were yesterday still coming to terms with the im-portance of the Ayles ice shelf collapse.

"This is a dramatic and disturbing event," said Dr Warwick Vincent, an Arctic ice expert at Laval University in Quebec.

"It shows we are losing remarkable features of the Canadian North that have been in place for many thousands of years. We are crossing climate thresholds and these may signal the onset of accelerated change ahead."

Dr Vincent added that he had never seen such a dramatic loss of sea ice, a chunk the size of the Hebridean island of Rum or 11,000 football pitches, in a decade's study of the Arctic.

He said: "It is consistent with climate change. We're not able to connect all the dots, but unusually warm temperatures definitely played a major role."

The Canadian view was backed by Dr Ian Moffatt, a Stirling University climate-change expert, who warned that the Earth appeared to be warming faster than had been thought.

Dr Moffatt called for a massive international effort to develop new, green energy sources before it was too late.

Dr Moffatt said that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had predicted an increase of one to five deg C over the next 50 to 100 years, but it was beginning to appear that temperature change was at the upper end of the IPCC predictions.

"This ice loss is a serious problem, because it's indicating a bigger breakdown than was predicted," Dr Moffatt said.

But there are solutions, Dr Moffatt stressed: "The key feature is we start looking at alternative energy sources, rather than just talking about it."

Dr Moffatt said the cost of developing cleaner energy could be high, but not as high as once feared. And he warned: "If we don't pay these costs, it will cost us the Earth."

Extensive ice loss could also lead to the extinction of animals such as the polar bear, Dr Moffatt predicted.

And he said that global warming could plunge Scotland into a deep freeze, because huge amounts of fresh water trapped in ice could melt into the Atlantic and kill off the Gulf Stream, which passes past the UK and Ireland and keeps the land temperature up.

Dr Moffatt explained: "If we get a large quantity of ice going into the North Atlantic and it begins to melt, salinity is reduced, it cools the sea and turns off the great ocean currents.

"We could see Edinburgh, which is on the same latitude as Moscow, becoming very cold."

Duncan McLaren, the chief executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said the future of the planet looked bleak - but he pointed to rays of hope in

He said: "This year will go down as the year that the vast majority of people woke up to climate change. People are now seeing the reality of climate change."


GLOBAL problems attributed to climate change in 2006 include:

INDIA: Lohachara in the Bay of Bengal, submerged by rising sea levels, was the first inhabited island to be wiped out by global warming.

UK: Britain notched up its highest average temperature since records began in 1659.

EUROPE: The skiing industry in the Alps looks bleak after the warmest successive period for 500 years.

AFRICA: The Sahara desert continues to expand, turning farmland into sand and fuelling civil war in Darfur, Sudan.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS: The Caribbean island group lost nearly half the coral reefs in study sites.

GREENLAND: Glaciers are melting, with a 250 per cent loss of ice.

AUSTRALIA: The bushfire season is starting earlier and burning more fiercely.

Copyright © 2006 The Scotsman

Informant: binstock

Nutricide: Criminalizing Natural Health, Vitamins, and Herbs

I encourage you to watch this video. It deserves our due diligence.



From ufpj-news

Living in America’s Fringe Economy

Millions of Americans live on the margins of the American economy, depending on the likes of payday lenders and pawnshops, who charge excessive interest rates and superhigh fees for their services.

U.S. tumbles to #5

For the second year running, we’re not naming the U.S. as the best place in the world to live. In our 2007 Quality of Life Index, the U.S. again fails to claim top honors.

From Information Clearing House

The case for Iran

Alarmist assessments of Iran's nuclear program lack a key component: evidence.

Merkel: Öfter mal das Handy ausschalten


Merkels Rat an die Deutschen: Macht das Handy aus und geht spazieren ...

Only Congress Can Stop the War

Blundering Into Somalia Yet Again

U.S. trainers prepare Ethiopians to fight

As soldiers of Ethiopia’s Christian government continued to rout Islamist militiamen in southern Somalia this week, 2nd Cpl. Wonderfraw Niguse celebrated his own victory on the parched scrublands of eastern Ethiopia hundreds of kilometers to the north.

From Information Clearing House

3,000 troops dead: 3,000 precious lives, so unnecessarily lost

Tacoma observances tonight (Dec. 31) as 3000th US soldier dies in Iraq

The reading of the 3,000 names

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


The real cost of the Iraq war

by Michael Munk

[T]he most consistent propaganda effort since the invasion aims to keep public attention away from the actual amount of blood being shed by American military victims of the war and their families. That cost now exceeds 50,000 casualties -- a far cry from the 3,000 to which most of the public is restricted to know. 'Casualties' in the military sense is the total number made unavailable for duty from all causes, including deaths and wounds suffered in combat as well as injuries, accidents and illness in a war 'theater' such as 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' (the official Pentagon name for the invasion and occupation). So whether caused by 'hostile' (24,965 as of Dec.27) or 'non-hostile' (25,406 as of Dec. 2) causes, the Pentagon's own web sites record a toll of more than 50,000 so far in 'OIF...

Phillies 2008: Peace with Iraq

Rational Review
by George Phillies


For three thousand Americans, their relatives, and their families, peace with Iraq is now too late. Those three thousand Americans made the ultimate sacrifice for their country: They died fighting a pointless war in a foreign land. We cannot undo the sacrifice that they made. We should seek to ensure that more Americans do not go forth, courageously, only to make the same sacrifice in the distant desert sands of Iraq...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Aaron Glantz reports on "Iraq Vets Left in Physical and Mental Agony"

"On New Year's Eve," Glantz writes, "the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq passed 3,000. By Tuesday, the death toll had reached 3,004 - 31 more than died in the Sep. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. But the number of injured has far outstripped the dead, with the Veterans Administration reporting that more than 150,000 veterans of the Iraq war are receiving disability benefits. Advances in military technology are keeping the death rate much lower than during the Vietnam War and World War Two, Dr. Col. Vito Imbascini, an urologist and state surgeon with the California Army National Guard, told IPS, but soldiers who survive attacks are often severely disabled for life.


Military Families Mourn 3,000th Troop Death, Participate in Nationwide Vigils and Call on Congress to End the Iraq War

Vigils, Rallies Commemorate 3000 U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq


A Heartbreaking Milestone

December 31, 2006

What a tragic way to start the New Year--3,000 troops dead. 3,000 precious lives, so unnecessarily lost. 3,000 families left to mourn their children, their siblings, their spouses, their parents.

It has been said that when George Bush launched this unjust war, he imagined the conflict would last no longer than 10 days, with a maximum of 100 casualties. Now we have been in Iraq longer than the US was involved in World War II, and more Americans have died in Iraq than on American soil during the attacks of 9/11. Of course the Iraqi casualties, all too often overlooked, continue to be even more staggering.

As the execution of Saddam Hussein fills the news, we are reminded that fighting violence with violence, that this cycle of revenge, will only lead to more of our soldiers dying. And we're worried that with the media focusing on Saddam's death, our 3,000th soldier death will be unduly glossed over. Let's not let that happen.

[ The execution of Saddam Hussein ]

We recommend organizing or joining a vigil to mark this latest heartbreaking milestone. You can find vigil information and further suggested actions here And join us in Washington, DC from January 27-29 when we'll bring our Women Say Pull Out NOW message to the mass mobilization. Let us use the grief in our hearts to fuel our work for peace.

If we raise our voices loud enough--in pain and outrage and hope--we can bring our troops home in 2007.

With heavy but optimistic hearts, Dana, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jodie, Liz, Medea, Nancy, Patricia, Rae, Samantha, and Sonia


Another Thousand Lives

By Bob Herbert

If there were politicians here at home with some of the courage of the troops in the field, we could begin saving lives rather than watching helplessly as the Bush White House continues to sacrifice them. Three thousand and counting is enough.


Time to Reflect as Iraq Toll Hits 3,000

Perhaps no place illustrates the toll of the Iraq War more vividly than Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. In this "garden of stone," in ruler-straight rows, rest one-tenth of the Iraq War's American dead, whose number has reached 3,000.

3,000 Dead: So Who's Counting?

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan writes on the hours leading up to the death of the 3,000th US soldier in Iraq: "As I was lying on a freezing-cold floor, dressed in black and white prison stripes in Waco, Texas, the other night, feeling sorry for myself for a minute, I thought of our brave young people in Iraq whom corporate greed has sentenced to a prison of a war that is turning more nightmarish by the minute, and I didn't feel so bad. As Bloody BushCo are contemplating escalating the mayhem, I know that many groups and communities are already planning candlelight vigils. However, candlelight vigils will not stop 3,001 or 3,002 - and saints forbid that we will be mourning number 4,000 sometime too soon in the too-near future."

US Peace Groups Rally After 3,000th Soldier Killed

US peace groups pledged on Sunday to start the new year with protests and vigils to mark the death of the 3,000th US soldier in Iraq and to press their call for an end to the war.

A Mile of Flags

Cindy Sheehan writes: "On December 31st, our 3,000th child was killed for the lies of another president. While Gerald Ford lies in state, our 3,000th troop will be brought home on his final airplane flight in the cargo area. This fine young example of humanity will be sneaked into the US as if he, and not his commander in chief, were a criminal. His family will be left to mourn alone, and his body will not be guarded night and day. After the funeral (which Bloody George will not attend), he will be forgotten by the country that sent him to die in a war that is as corrupt as the day is long, but his family will never be able to recover from his loss."


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