Freitag, 12. Januar 2007

Rachel's News #889

Rising Regional Anger: Middle East Shaking Its Head

In ordering more American troops into Iraq, President Bush said he was sending a message of hope to millions of Arabs and Afghans trapped in violence. But to many on the ground in the Middle East, the speech spoke volumes of a gaping disconnect between high-flown US promises and a deadly, turbulent reality.

War Surge May Face Anti-War Surge

It's starting to feel like President Bush's Iraq speech last night may have proved the last straw, providing a critical boost to the anti-Iraq War movement in the US.

Bush's Legacy: The President Who Cried Wolf

Keith Olbermann writes: "Only this president - only in this time, only with this dangerous, even messianic certitude - could answer a country demanding an exit strategy from Iraq, by offering an entrance strategy for Iran. Only this president could look out over a vista of 3,008 dead and 22,834 wounded in Iraq, and finally say, 'Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me' - only to follow that by proposing to repeat the identical mistake ... in Iran."


Keith Olbermann: Bush's legacy: The president who cried wolf

Video and Transcript

Only this president, only in this time, only with this dangerous, even messianic certitude, could answer a country demanding an exit strategy from Iraq, by offering an entrance strategy for Iran.


The Bush Who Cried Wolf


The government that cried wolf

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Darian Worden


Once again the government and media have done their best to exaggerate a threat to our safety. The hysteria over the alleged plot to attack Kennedy International Airport brings to mind Mencken’s observation that “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bald Produkte von Klontieren auf dem EU-Markt?

Ein britischer Landwirt hat erstmals ein IVF-erzeugtes Kalb einer geklonten Kuh eingeführt, die britische Lebensmittelbehörde hat damit keine Probleme.

Einblick in die schmutzige Trickkiste der Pharmaindustrie

TAZ von heute:

Über die Machenschaften von Elly Lilly spricht ein gefeuerter Manager.


"Ich habe Menschen bestochen"

John Rengen hat über dreißig Jahre für die "Globalplayer" in der Pharmabranche gearbeitet. Jetzt packt er aus und gibt einen Einblick in die schmutzige Trickkiste der Pharmaindustrie. Korruption, Bestechung und das Verschwindenlassen von unerwünschten Studienergebnissen gehören zum Geschäft

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Auch der Dissidentenfunk hat in seiner gestrigen Ausgabe berichtet:

Strafanzeige gegen den Vorstand des Pharmakonzern Lilly.

Der kalifornische Anwalt Ted Chabasinski hat den Vorstand des Pharmareisen Eli Lilly & Co. angezeigt. Hintergrund ist, dass Lilly am 8. Juni 2005 bekannt gab, man habe sich auf 690 Millionen Dollar Schadensersatz zur Beilegung von rund 8000 Klagen vor Gericht geeinigt. Die Klagen waren von Menschen, eingereicht worden, die nach der Einnahme des Neuroleptikums Zyprexa Gewichtszunahme, Diabetes, andere Stoffwechselstörungen litten, ja sogar von Todesfälle wurde berichtet.

Chabasinski macht nun den Vorstand von Lilly für die Unterdrückung von entsprechenden frühzeitigen Hinweisen verantwortlich, die zur Körperverletzung und sogar zum Tod führten. In einem Pressseinterview sagte er: „wenn das nicht kriminell ist, dann weis ich nicht was überhaupt kriminell ist“.

im Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte
Greifswalder Str. 4
10405 Berlin


Real existierender Lobbyismus


Der Druck der Pharma-Lobby war zu groß

Ein Interview der ZDF-Sendung "Frontal21" vom 6. Juni 2006 mit Horst Seehofer, ehemaliger Gesundheitsminister, dokumentiert eindrucksvoll die Machtverhältnisse und das Spannungsgeflecht zwischen Politik und Wirtschaft...

No one has an exit strategy because no one admits why we're there in the first place

Driving The Hearse Blindfolded

Heavyweights To Spar For Drugs

by Paul Precht,

With Big Pharma in far corner, the only contender we have is the feds. Let the fight begin.

Bring Back Black Radio News

by Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

The disappearance of news on commercial black radio has been particularly devastating to progressive politics.

Keep Steens Spectacular

Give Poor Farmers a Fighting Chance

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Tell Congress to Oppose Troop Escalation In Iraq

The occupation of Iraq has already resulted in the death of more than 3,000 Americans and 650,000 Iraqi civilians. More than 22,000 soldiers have been wounded. And no one can accurately predict the number of Iraqi casualties.

While promising a new strategy for Iraq, President Bush and his neo-conservative advisors are expected to make a bad situation worse by pouring more troops into Iraq.


Since our invasion of Iraq acts of terrorism around the world have increased by over 100%. No number of troops can solve this problem.

But Senator Joesph Biden, along with Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, have proposed a five-point plan that would bring peace to region without deploying more U.S.troops.


Tell Bush to Close Guantanamo NOW!

The Supreme Court recently ruled to block military tribunals for detainees at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In light of this decision, now is the time for President Bush to close the doors to Guantanamo for good!

Detaining persons without cause, denying due process in a court of law, and ignoring worldwide concerns about the inhumane treatment of detainees are rooted in values which run counter to the basic teachings of nearly every religion and spiritual practice and are acts one should never expect at any institution under US jurisdiction.

Oppose military escalation in Iraq!

Together, we can make a difference - please pass this on to everyone who cares!

Idaho Governor Calls for Gray Wolf Kill


Idaho Governor Calls for Gray Wolf Kill

Idaho's governor said Thursday he will support public hunts to kill all but 100 of the state's gray wolves after the federal government strips them of protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Perspectives 2007: Mobile Satellite Communications

Curbing Our Addiction to Foreign Oil

Country music legend Willie Nelson has introduced a new kind of crop-based diesel fuel he calls "BioWillie."

Solar's Outlook Shines, but Hurdles Remain

As utilities embrace renewable energy in an effort to cut pollution and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, some companies are turning to a source long on the sidelines of the US electricity market: solar power.

ElBaradei renews call for nuclear bomb-free world

Informant: Jackie Cabasso

From ufpj-news

U.S. is still in denial over global warming

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US Activists Campaign to Block Iraq Troop Increase

Anti-war activists took to the streets of US cities on Thursday for the first of what organizers promised would be thousands of protests against President Bush's plan to send more US troops to Iraq. Angered by what they described as Bush's defiance of a public that has turned against the Iraq war, activists said they also planned a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign on the airwaves and the Internet to pressure Congress to deny funding for the planned troop increase.

Pentagon Abandons Active-Duty Time Limit

Members of the National Guard combat brigades that have served in Iraq in recent years spent 18 months on active duty - about six months in pre-deployment training in the United States, followed by about 12 months in Iraq. Under the old policy, they could not be sent back to Iraq because their cumulative time on active duty would exceed 24 months. Now that cumulative limit has been lifted, giving the Pentagon more flexibility to extend combat tours and send forces earlier than planned.

The US-Iran-Iraq-Israeli-Syrian War

Robert Parry writes, "While some observers believe Israel or the Bush administration may be leaking details of the plans as a way to frighten Iran into accepting international controls on its nuclear program, other sources indicate that the preparations for a wider Middle Eastern war are very serious and moving very quickly."

Politics in the Service of War

William Rivers Pitt writes: "In a sense, there was a time when the war in Iraq seemed to serve American politics, albeit in a gross and cynical manner. The war served the politics of those who knew that fear, uncertainty and rampant nationalism would help them win elections. The war served the politics of those who knew their radical policy ideas would never see the light of day without that fear and uncertainty. The war served to distract the populace from a series of mistakes and deliberate misdirections, thus defending the political standing of the perpetrators. It worked, for a time, until the inherent flaws within the DNA of these cynical abuses of power overwhelmed the whole."

Beyond the surge

Common Dreams
by Yifat Susskind


Wednesday night, Bush the Decider announced his intention to throw gasoline on the inferno he ignited in Iraq. He will send in another 21,500 US soldiers, who will kill and injure many more Iraqis and may be killed themselves. Bush's move shows total contempt for the demands of public opinion and the better judgment of Congress, the Iraq Study Group, and his own top generals (two of whom had to be replaced in order to push the plan through). This decision is not just 'stay the course.' It is speed up the course even though you're headed straight off a cliff. ... So what now? We should demand that Congress take advantage of the hearings scheduled over the next few weeks to really interrogate Bush's proposal. We should demand that they refuse Bush's request (expected in February) for another $100 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And we should forcefully remind them that it's not nearly enough to say 'no' to a troop increase. There are already 132,000 US soldiers in Iraq. A new Iraq policy must begin by bringing all of them home...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Shut down Guantanamo, and make sure never again

Christian Science Monitor
by Helena Cobban


Thursday marks the fifth anniversary of the day the US military flew the first of some 700 battlefield detainees from Afghanistan to Guantanamo. Some of those same men are among the 395 still held at Guantanamo today. None of the detainees has ever had anything approaching a fair trial. Only 10 have ever had formal charges laid against them. Many are reportedly held in near-total isolation, and over the years both camp staff and released detainees have reported highly abusive treatment at the camp. Guantanamo is a stain on America's honor. Like the episodes of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Guantanamo (rightly) affects the standing of the US around the world. Even President Bush recognizes the problem: He has expressed a desire eventually to shut Guantanamo down. He and Congress should work speedily together to achieve this goal...

Trapped at Guantanamo

Boston Globe
by Melissa Hoffer


When I last saw my client, Saber Lahmar, in his cell at Guantanamo Bay, he told me a story. He said that a soldier entered his cell one day and inadvertently left the door ajar a few inches. An iguana darted in and went behind the door. The soldier left, leaving the iguana inside. At first, Saber said, the iguana appeared relaxed. It tried to crawl through a hole under a partition, but it could not squeeze through. After realizing it was trapped, it panicked and flew to the narrow opaque window next to the door, banging its head against the glass. 'This,' Saber said, 'is an animal after five minutes. I have been here five years.' No matter how hard one wishes, the bars of a steel cage do not stop time. No one is more aware of this fact than Lakhdar Boumediene, Mohammed Nechla, Mustafa Ait Idir, Hadj Boudella, Belkacem Bensayah, and Saber Lahmar -- six Bosnian Algerian men imprisoned at Guantanamo whom my colleagues and I have represented since July 2004, in a habeas corpus case, Boumediene v. Bush, challenging their detention . Today marks the fifth anniversary of the date the United States first began to fly plane loads of prisoners to Guantanamo. Our clients arrived on Jan. 20, 2002...

This is a US torture camp

Guardian [UK]
by Vikram Dodd


Surrounded by a turquoise sea, palm trees and white sand, the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was five years old yesterday. Tony Blair calls it an 'anomaly,' but the evidence is overwhelming. Camp Delta, which still houses 470 men never convicted of any crime, is a torture camp. That should be the starting point of any debate about what is acceptable in the west's fight with Islamist extremists. More than 750 men have passed through the camp, with nearly half being released. Many prisoners, past and present, have given consistent and repeated testimony of serious abuses and ill treatment. There is also significant evidence from US officials and government documents of widespread abuse at the camp...,,1988677,00.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Elected to stop war, Dems drift on Iraq

Fox News
by Susan Estrich

What are the Democrats so afraid of? The country opposes the 'surge,' as it is now known. The numbers for President Bush and his war have never been lower. You don't go to war with 36 percent of all Americans behind you. The military opposes the surge. The guys who were for more troops in the first place say it's too late now in any event. Everybody else recognizes that our surge doesn't solve someone else's civil war. Consider the testimony of General John Abizaid before the Senate Armed Services Committee in November...,2933,242905,00.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush on Iraq surge: a Kissinger ploy?

Mother Jones
by James Ridgeway


As usual, observers are grasping wildly for an explanations as to why Bush is doing what he's doing. No matter what one thinks of the President, when push comes to shove, it's hard to believe he really wants to drag out the war so it can be handed over to a successor in 2008; or that he is such a psycho he can't stop referring to defeat as victory. That's not the kind of stuff the Bush family legacy is made of. There may well be a much more sinister game plan here, one that centers around the emergence of Henry Kissinger over the last year as an adviser to Bush and other top officials in Washington...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Erbsen mit Mäuse-Genen gegen Schweine-Durchfall

Umweltinstitut München e.V. – Newsletter vom 12. Januar 2007

In Gatersleben (Sachsen-Anhalt) sollen genmanipulierte Erbsen freigesetzt werden. Die Gen-Erbsen sollen ein Medikament gegen Durchfallerkrankungen von Schweinen produzieren. Dazu werden in die Erbsen Mäuse-Gene eingebaut. Die Gen-Erbsen sollen in Zukunft als Antibiotika-Ersatz in Futtermittel gemischt werden. Der Versuch ist auf dem Gelände der Genbank in Gatersleben mit der weltgrößten Sammlung traditioneller Erbsensorten geplant. Hunderte Sorten werden jedes Jahr im Freiland angebaut, um deren Keimfähigkeit zu erhalten. Eine Kontamination der Genbank hätte verheerende Folgen für die Erhaltungs und Züchtungsarbeit und damit für die Ernährungssicherheit künftiger Generationen.

Das Umweltinstitut ruft zu Einwendungen gegen den geplanten Freisetzungsversuch auf. Weitere Informationen und eine Mustereinwendung zum Herunterladen und Ausdrucken finden Sie auf:

Hans Ulrich-Raithel, Dipl.- Ing. (FH) Vorstand
Umweltinstitut München e.V. Landwehrstr. 64 a
80336 München


75.000 gegen Erbsen mit Mäuse-Genen

Mit Ihrer Hilfe konnten wir die Rekordzahl von 75.000 Einwendungen gegen einen geplanten Feldversuch mit genmanipulierten Pharma-Erbsen sammeln. Die Erbsen enthalten Mäuse Gene und sollen ein Medikament gegen Durchfallerkrankungen von Schweinen produzieren: Und das nur 500 m entfernt von den Anbauflächen der Genbank in Gatersleben (Sachsen Anhalt), der weltgrößten Sammlung traditioneller Erbsensorten.

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Bush Isolates Himself Further

Jim Lobe offers his own analysis of "the surge"

"President George W. Bush's decision to escalate U.S. military intervention in Iraq and issue new threats against Syria and Iran appears to have left him politically more isolated than ever. Both Democrats and Republicans expressed regret that Bush appeared to reject the central recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, particularly its call to gradually withdraw U.S. combat troops, tie future support for the Iraqi government to its efforts at healing the sectarian divide, and directly engage Iran and Syria, along with Baghdad's other neighbors, to stabilize the country. At the same time, military analysts said the 21,500 troops Bush plans to add to the 132,000 already deployed to Iraq were unlikely to succeed in their mission to pacify Baghdad and al Anbar province."

Sick, Literally, of Fighting in Iraq

Pentagon doctors estimate that 12 percent of the 1.5 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. Many of those who have already served in Iraq will be returning as part of President Bush's new plan.

We Live in Misery

There is significant doubt that President Bush's "surge" can do anything to stop the unwavering sectarian violence in Iraq. In Iraq Diaries today, Hussein Iyad provides a glimpse at that violence in a simple and devastating piece.

Bush's last stand

by Pat Buchanan


Commenting on the speech on MSNBC, where he is a regular these days, Pat [Buchanan] went so far as to say that, on this basis, if he were a sitting Senator, he would vote 'aye' on the surge. Pat is motivated by a desire to avert a real disaster for American interests in the region, and sees this as 'Bush's last chance' to undo what he has wrought. But there are no do-overs when it comes to war. Bad policies have bad consequences. As ye reap, so shall ye sow. It's a principle ordained by heaven, and fully applicable to everyone on earth -- Americans included. The war both Pat and I opposed is having exactly the effect we envisioned. The idea that a 'surge' of some 20,000 troops will do anything but further irritate and inflame this open wound is a fantasy, and hardly a patriotic one. For it delays the necessity of looking reality square in the face, and -- worse -- prevents the public and the policymaking elites from absorbing the vital lessons of this radical misadventure: that interventionism leads to exactly the opposite of its stated intentions, and the business of Empire is a losing proposition...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

On "Bush's Sacrificial Americans"

"When the President announced that he had already 'committed more than 20,000 additional American troops to Iraq,'" writes the Nation Institute's Tom Engelhardt, "when he 'surges' them into Baghdad and al-Anbar Province, he is surging from Kenai, from Wasilla, from South Gate. And he is ensuring a spate of future Pentagon 'announcements' that will again take us to what's left of the hamlets, villages, small towns, and out of the way smaller cities of this country, the places Americans increasingly don't notice. When the President talks to us, as he did last night, about "a year ahead that will demand more patience, sacrifice, and resolve," this is who he is mainly sacrificing."

Surge of anger

by Michael Scherer


'I have to say, Madam Secretary, that I think this speech given last night by this president represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam,' announced [Nebraska Senator Charles] Hagel, who earned two Purple Hearts as an infantryman in that war. 'I've gone along with the president on this, and I bought into his dream,' Ohio Sen. George Voinovich added a few minutes later. 'At this stage of the game, I don't think it's going to happen.' Minnesota's Norm Coleman seemed to agree: 'The cost is too high,' he said of the plan for more troops. New Hampshire's John Sununu expressed mild disappointment. Added Alaska's Lisa Murkowski: 'I'm not convinced, as I look to the plan that the president presented yesterday, that what we are seeing is that much different than what we have been doing in the past.' And those were just the sentiments of Republicans...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Das ist keine Reform, sondern ein Monstrum

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

12. Januar 2007

Zum heute verkündeten Gesundheitskompromiss erklärt der Bundesgeschäftsführer Dietmar Bartsch (MdB):

Das ist keine Einigung, sondern erneut ist die SPD eingeknickt. Mit dem jetzt gefundenen Kompromiss wird die Zwei-Klassen-Medizin festgeschrieben. Die vollmundig angekündigte Reform ist Stückwerk und völlig unzureichend. Das Ergebnis widerspiegelt den Versuch, zwei unterschiedliche Konzepte zusammenzupressen. Entstanden ist ein völlig unübersichtliches Monstrum, das letztendlich Patienten, Ärzte, Apotheker und Krankenkassen belasten wird. Im Übrigen ist es eine Missachtung des Parlaments, wenn die Bundesregierung heute verkündet, dass die Gesundheitsreform - so wie jetzt vorgelegt - am 1. April in Kraft treten wird. Die parlamentarischen Beratungen beginnen erst.

The mess at State

Human Events
by Robert Novak


Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republicans and Democrats alike, were alarmed last week that John Negroponte was leaving as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) after less than two years to become deputy secretary of state. By way of explanation, he informed one Republican senator that he did not want to make the switch but that the White House prevailed on him. Just what career diplomat Negroponte was doing as the new intelligence czar in the first place is puzzling. But to pull him out just as his on-the-job training as DNI had been completed reflects a panicky desire to fill the deputy secretary's post that had been unfilled for an unprecedented six months. Five other key State Department positions are either vacant or soon to be vacant. Republicans in Congress, who do not want to be quoted, tell me the State Department under Secretary Condoleezza Rice is a mess...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Save America! Ron Paul for President!

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by Wonkette

While Democrats and Republicans on the Hill continue their 'Yeah but now I'm against it' routine, Texas Congressman Ron Paul doesn't have to issue any apologies. He was always against the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and he's running for president...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Ron Paul: Next President Of The USA?

Bush war plan draws fire on Capitol Hill

Waterloo Courier


President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq ran into a wall of criticism on Capitol Hill on Thursday as administration officials drew confrontational, sometimes mocking challenges from both Democrats and Republicans. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in response that the administration might abandon the increase if the Iraqi government doesn't do its part, but he provided no timetable. 'I think most of us, in our minds, are thinking of it as a matter of months, not 18 months or two years,' he told the House Armed Services Committee...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Die Armen und die Superreichen

Phone mast plan rejected

By Benjamin Parkes

Plans to put up a mobile phone mast in Calne were unexpectedly thrown out by planning councillors who said the structure would spoil the image of that part of the town.

Applicant O2 wanted to build the 15-metre mast with two pavement cabinets on the corner of The Pippin behind the Oxford Road Liberal Club and promised to make it look like surrounding streetlights to minimise visual impact.

That promise wasn't enough for councillors on the North Wiltshire District Council planning committee who agreed with objections from residents and rejected the application on January 10.

Chairman Toby Sturgis, a Conservative, read out a letter from Calne resident Patricia Cullop, which said: "Anyone with half a brain would see that putting this gross pole in the middle of the town would discourage people from visiting and ruin the appearance of the area."

Another speaker, a resident of Calne, said: "The visual amenity of Oxford Road would be impaired by this mast and I think the equipment boxes would cause obstructions for blind people and those with mobility problems."

Conservative councillor Tony Trotman said: "There were 14 letters of objection written by residents and rightly so.

"The scale and the size of the mast is inappropriate especially since it is at the start of a conservation area leading down to The Pippin.

"It beggars belief that O2 could even consider this as a good position for a phone mast."

A representative for the mobile phone company, who was present at the meeting, said: "O2 wants to provide a good phone signal to the people of the area, indeed we have an obligation to improve our service in rural locations.

"We conducted a wide search of the area and selected this site because it is on top of a hill and in the town centre.

"We have taken the appearance of the area into account and the mast would be disguised as a lamppost."

Liberal Democrat councillor Helen Dixon disputed whether the disguise would work.

She said: "This pole is 15-metres high but I have never seen any lampposts that tall. It is too big to replicate a street light and would impact negatively on the local environment."

A district council planning officer, who recommended the mast plan be approved, said: "Unfortunately everyone wants to use mobile phones but nobody wants the masts that provide the network coverage, in their communities."

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Mast rejected near hotel

Telecommunications giant Hutchinson 3G has failed in its attempts to install a "completely inappropriate" 12-metre high mast in Kenilworth town centre.

The plans, which included the construction of a black antenna on a verge outside the DeMontfort Hotel, were rejected by members of Warwick District Council's planning committee at a meeting held at Leamington Town Hall on Wednesday.

Among the objectors to the proposal was Kenilworth Town Council, which stated the location was "completely inappropriate and unsuitable".

Speaking on behalf of the council at the meeting, Coun George Illingworth told members he had received a number of letters raising concern about the application and believed he would have received many more if it had not been for the time of year.

He added that many people did not believe the application would be allowed to get as far as it had and feared approval could set a precedent for other mobile phone companies.

Speaking on behalf of the Conservation Area Advisory Forum, Joanna Illingworth also raised concerns. She said: "This application, because it is on the street, is close to Kenilworth's main conservation area and is visible from it."

Coun Michael Coker (Con, Kenilworth Abbey) added: "The area is an important part of the regeneration of the town. Smalley Place is set to be the site of a civic centre. It is the gateway to the town and an important part of it."

This view was shared by committee chairman Coun Richard Tamlin (Lab, Bishops Tachbrook) who raised objections to the plans previously, and because of which, removed himself from Wednesday's debate and vote.

Coun Bertie Mackay (Ind, Stoneleigh) spoke of the equipment that would accompany the mast.

He said: "The problem is not the mast, it is the totality of the equipment. The large box is 1.5m high and that in itself has an enormous impact."

Coun Ann Blacklock (Lib Dem, Kenilworth Abbey) told members she did not share the same concerns.

She explained she had not had any letters or concerns raised to her about it and said that she believed people were "not that bothered". The application was refused by four to two.

12 January 2007

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Students right to oppose mast

Students at New College are right to be worried about the proposed phone mast in Queens Drive. Parents of children attending Churchfields School have equal reason to be concerned.

It is often said by those with an interest in promoting phone masts, that there is no proof of adverse effects on health.

There is, however, a great deal of evidence that radiation can affect concentration, scramble DNA, and cause cancer and other illnesses.

People are being exposed, without their consent, to radiation which has been shown to be harmful in numerous scientific studies.

The idea that unelected bodies (the mobile phone companies in this case) have a right to expose people to risks unless they can prove harm, amounts to enrolling the population in a giant biological experiment without their consent.

Considering that children, the most vulnerable of all, are included in this experiment, it is shameful that their interests are disregarded so cynically in the pursuit of profit.

The Government-sponsored Stewart Report advocates the precautionary approach' because of gaps in current knowledge about the potential harm that low level radiation can cause.

It seems that this is being ignored by the phone industry, which continues to erect masts in populated areas as if no gaps in our knowledge exist.

Our councillors must pay heed to this problem. I am glad to read that Peter Mallinson is taking an interest.

Let us hope, for our children's sake, that he can persuade others on the council to throw out the proposal for the mast in Queens Drive. Only time will tell.

B Jones (chairman).

SHOC (Stop Harming Our Children)

© Copyright 2001-2007 Newsquest Media Group

Bei Versuchen, betriebliche Gewerkschaftsorganisationen zu gründen, wird jede/r Fünfte entlassen

...und die USA sind eine bürgerliche Demokratie und die kapitalistische Globalisierung samt Abwärtsschraube passiert einfach so... Wie dem nachgeholfen wird, ist in dem (englischen) Papier "Dropping the Ax: Illegal Firings During Union Election Campaigns" von John Schmitt und Ben Zipperer nachzulesen, das am 4. Januar 2007 beim Center for Economic and Policy Research veröffentlicht wurde:

Aus: LabourNet, 12. Januar 2007

CIA says it cannot reveal interrogation method documents

The CIA cannot reveal "alternative interrogation methods" used on terrorists because doing so would cause exceptionally grave damage to national security by telling enemies how the agency gathers intelligence, the government has told a judge.

The CIA in the Dock: A Milan prosecutor is making the CIA nervous

Despite the opposition of his own government he wants to indict 26 US agents and five Italian secret agents for the kidnapping of a terror suspect. Rome and Washington would prefer that the embarrassing trial would just go away.,1518,druck-458821,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Guantanamo Unclassified: Prisoner # ISN 940


Adel Hamad, husband and father, aid worker and teacher, has been detained at Guantanamo Bay since 2003.

Guantanamo inmates ‘driven insane’

Prisoners held at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp in Cuba are being driven insane by a tightening of conditions and the situation of their indefinite detention without trial, according to lawyers and rights activists involved with the US camp.

From Information Clearing House

Somali elders say about 100 killed in US, Ethiopian air strikes

U.S. special forces in occupied Somalia

U.S. and Somali officials said Wednesday a small American team has been providing military advice to Ethiopian and Somali forces on the ground.

Somali elders say about 100 killed in US, Ethiopian air strikes

Clan elders and residents in occupied Somalia have said that about 100 civilians were killed this week in US and Ethiopian air strikes on suspected Al-Qaeda targets in the region.

Somalia air strike failed to kill al-Qaida targets, says US

The US air strike on occupied Somalia failed to kill any of the three top al-Qaida members accused of terror attacks in east Africa.,,1988300,00.html

Russia protests U.S. action in Somalia

U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Moscow Daniel Russel was called in to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday to give explanations on the American air strikes inside Somalia.

U.N. Backs Deployment of Troops to occupied Somalia

Russia's U.N. Ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, the current council president, told reporters after a closed-door meeting Wednesday that members regard Somalia as "a high priority matter" and are concerned about instability, security, and the humanitarian situation.

From Information Clearing House

To Counter Iran’s Role in Iraq, Bush Moves Beyond Diplomacy

In promising to stop Iran from meddling in Iraq, President Bush returned Wednesday night to a strategy of confrontation in dealing with Tehran, casting aside what had been a limited flirtation with a more diplomatic approach toward it.

Condoleezza Rice: US to target anti-Iraq activity

Her statement comes hours after US forces stormed an Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi town of Irbil - prompting condemnation from Tehran.

Iranians detained in raid on consulate in Iraq

American forces raided the Iranian consulate in the mainly Kurdish city of Erbil in northern Iraq before dawn today, detaining at least five Iranian employees in the building and seizing some property, according to Iraqi and Iranian officials and witnesses.

From Information Clearing House

We Don't Want Your War!

Flash video presentation

Text of Bush's address on Iraq

Text of President Bush’s address on Wednesday, as prepared by the White House.

From Information Clearing House

Gates looks to add 92,000 troops to military

Goal could cost $15 billion; more reserve units to be cycled back into Iraq

Iraq wants no part of more U.S. soldiers

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Who Rules America?

By James Petras

In the broadest and deepest sense, understanding how the US political system functions, the decisions of war and peace are taken, who gets what, how and why, requires that we address the question of ‘Who rules America?’

Bush's new strategy: the march of folly

By Robert Fisk

George Bush dare not see these armies of the past, their ghosts as palpable as the phantoms of the 3,000 Americans ­ let us forget the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis ­ already done to death in this obscene war, and those future spirits of the dead still living amid the 20,000 men and women whom Bush is now sending to Iraq.


Bush's new strategy

Independent [UK]
by Robert Fisk

So into the graveyard of Iraq, George Bush, commander-in-chief, is to send another 21,000 of his soldiers. The march of folly is to continue. ... It will take time ­ oh, yes, it will take years, at least three in the words of Washington's top commander in the field, General Raymond Odierno this week ­ but the mission will be accomplished. Mission accomplished. Wasn't that the refrain almost four years ago, on that lonely aircraft carrier off California, Bush striding the deck in his flying suit? And only a few months later, the President had a message for Osama bin Laden and the insurgents of Iraq. 'Bring 'em on!' he shouted. And on they came. Few paid attention late last year when the Islamist leadership of this most ferocious of Arab rebellions proclaimed Bush a war criminal but asked him not to withdraw his troops. 'We haven't yet killed enough of them,' their videotaped statement announced...

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Andean Farmers Oppose Syngentas Terminator Potatoes

'Insulted' Andean farmers pick GM potato fight with multinational Syngenta

Informant: binstock


'Insulted' Andean farmers pick GM potato fight with multinational Syngenta

Friday January 12, 2007

A coalition of indigenous farmers in South America will today (12 January) launch an international protest against the multinational corporation Syngenta, claiming that its plans threaten their region's biodiversity, culture and food sovereignty.

In an open letter signed today by representatives of 34 indigenous communities in Peru, the coalition says Syngenta’s claims that its patent for 'terminator technology' potatoes is neither relevant nor applicable in the region are "deeply offensive".

The Indigenous Coalition Against Biopiracy in the Andes says that by commercialising such potatoes, the corporation would threaten more than 3,000 local potato varieties that form the basis of livelihoods and culture for millions of poor people.

It wants Syngenta to publicly disown the patent, which describes a genetic- modification process that could be used to stop potatoes from sprouting unless a chemical is applied.

Terminator technology refers to genetic modifications that 'switch off' seed fertility, and can therefore prevent farmers from using, storing and sharing seeds and storage organs such as potato tubers.

Although there has been a global moratorium on the field-testing and commercial use of terminator technologies since 2000, research into them continues and some countries and corporations want the ban relaxed.

"Syngenta's pursuit of terminator potato patents in Europe, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt and Poland — in addition to granted patents in Australia and Russia — demonstrates its investment in the technology and interest in commercialising it," states the letter. "No trade barriers nor regulatory system would be in place in Peru to keep terminator potatoes from contaminating native potatoes."

Peru and its Andean neighbours are the potato's centre of diversity — with nearly 4,000 unique varieties that farmers have developed over generations. Before reaching its position, the coalition undertook a lengthy discussion with farmers across the region.

Farmers are concerned that terminator potatoes will enter the Andean production system and destroy their traditions of storing and exchanging potato tubers for future planting. This is central to the farmers' culture and has contributed to the region's immense diversity of potato varieties. They also fear that pollen from the modified potatoes could contaminate local varieties and prevent their tubers from sprouting.

"We feel greatly disrespected by corporations that make a single genetic alteration to a plant and then claim private ownership when these plants are the result of thousands of years of careful breeding by indigenous people," says Argumedo.

"Making farmers depend on chemicals they do not want to use, and preventing them from saving and reusing seeds and tubers, merely increases corporate control over the global food system."

Last year, a Syngenta shareholder hand-delivered a letter outlining the coalition's concerns to the corporation’s CEO Michael Pragnell.

"We received an insulting letter in reply," says Alejandro Argumedo of Asociación ANDES, a founding member of the coalition. "Syngenta disregards our culture, values and our right to use the tubers of a resource that our peoples have nurtured for millennia. Introducing 'terminator technology' potatoes could create major problems for farmers in the Andes."

Syngenta says it has a policy not to use terminator technology but defines the term solely as a "hypothetical process, which leads to plants with infertile seeds", adding that it was patented by another company in 1998.

In March 2004, however, Syngenta was granted its own patent (US patent 6,700,039) for a genetic modification process that stops tubers — plant storage organs such as potatoes — from sprouting unless an external chemical is applied.

"While distancing itself from the prevention of seed germination, Syngenta remains keen to prevent potato tuber development," says Argumedo. "For Andean farmers, this is the same thing."

The coalition is calling for support from the international community, including the World Council of Churches, which lobbies for political change that supports the word’s poorest communities.

In May 2006, the council’s general secretary Samuel Kobia issued a statement condemning terminator technology. "Preventing farmers from re-planting saved seed will increase economic injustice all over the world and add to the burdens of those already living in hardship," he said.

The coalition finalised its letter at a meeting held on 11-12 January in Lares, Cusco, Peru. The meeting was organised by Asociación ANDES
(the Quechua-Ayamara Association for Sustainable Livelihoods) with support from the International Institute for Environment and Development.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Alejandro Argumedo (ANDES) 00 51 1 955 82372

Mike Shanahan Press Officer International Institute for Environment and Development Email: mike.shanahan Tel: +44 (0)20 7872 7308 Fax: +44 (0)20 7388 2826

NOTES TO EDITORS The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see: http://

The Association for Nature and Sustainable Development (ANDES) is a non-profit Peruvian indigenous organisation that aims to improve the quality of life of Andean indigenous communities by promoting the conservation and sustainable use of their bio-cultural heritage through rights-based conservation-development approaches. See: http://

Founded in 2002 in Lima, Peru, the Indigenous Coalition Against Biopiracy is an informal network of indigenous communities, community- based organisations and individuals working together to protect their collective biocultural heritage, which is the basis of their culture and sustenance. The coalition primarily aims to create a space to analyse and discuss the threat of biopiracy to indigenous communities as well as strategies to confront its increasing influence on a local and global level.

Syngenta AG is a multinational corporation with staff in 90 countries that markets seeds and crop protection products. The company's sales in 2005 were approximately US$8.1 billion. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SWX: SYNN) and the New York stock exchange
(NYSE: SYT). See:

Syngenta’s website states that: "Syngenta and its predecessor companies have a long-standing policy not to use the so-called 'terminator' technology to prevent seed germination." It defines terminator technology as "a hypothetical process, which leads to plants with infertile seeds" and states that it was patented in 1998 (not by Syngenta and its predecessor companies). The website adds that: "Syngenta believes that other methods of controlling the activity of genes, such as chemical switch technology, will provide new benefits for farmers and consumers… Other techniques involving the control of the activity of genes in plants could bring a variety of benefits for farmers and consumers. These include boosting the natural disease or pest resistance abilities within a crop plant during susceptible periods of growth, reducing losses after crops have been harvested, or helping avoid frost damage by controlling the timing of plant development." See: position.aspx (link 4)

Full details of Syngenta’s patent (US patent 6,700,039) are online at:

In 2000 the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recommended that governments not field-test or commercialise genetic seed sterilisation technologies - thus creating a de-facto international moratorium. In 2006, the CBD rejected a proposal — backed by Australia, Canada and New Zealand — to allow field trials of the crops on a case-by-case basis.

The potato (Solanum tuberosum) originated in the highlands of South America, where it has been consumed for more than 8,000 years.

The World Council of Churches' general director’s full statement on terminator technology is online at:

Biopiracy refers to the monopolisation (usually through intellectual property rights) of genetic resources and traditional knowledge or culture taken from people or regions that developed and nurtured those resources.

In November 2006, the Andean Parliament passed a resolution to declare the countries of the Andean Community (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) free of genetically modified potatoes. The resolution urges governments of the Andean countries to stop any field trial, manipulation and experimentation with genetically modified potatoes to eliminate the risk of loss of genetic variability of potatoes. It also calls for an end to any activity related with propagation in the environment, commercial use, transportation, use, commercialisation and production of GM Potato, inside the Andean Community.

See for information on the Andean Parliament.

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H.R. 1 Puts America In A Giant Bird Cage

Pastor Chuck Baldwin

The implementation of this report was new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's first priority for the 110th Congress. She succeeded. I well remember my father telling me, "A bird in a cage is safe, but it is not free." That proverb pretty much summarizes H.R. 1. When fully implemented, the new law will create a federal police leviathan that will place the American people into a giant bird cage......

The American people need to heed the warning of Winston Churchill who said, "If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

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ödp verlangt klare Position gegen Förderung der grünen Gentechnik

Pressemitteilung der ödp München

Vor der Entscheidung in wenigen Tagen: ödp verlangt von CSU-MdEP Bernd Posselt klare Position gegen Förderung der grünen Gentechnik

Die Münchner ödp hat den CSU-Europaabgeordneten Bernd Posselt in einem Schreiben zu einer klaren Position gegen die im Januar anstehende Entscheidung zur Nutzung der landwirtschaftlichen Gentechnik aufgefordert. Das Europaparlament wird in wenigen Tagen über einen Initiativbericht des Agrarausschusses befinden, der nach Ansicht des stv. Vorsitzenden der ödp München, dem Ernährungs- und Gesundheitsexperten Thomas Semonsky „der grünen Gentechnik trotz aller Widerstände seitens der bayrischen Landwirte und Verbraucher zum Durchbruch verhelfen soll“.

In dem vorliegenden EU-Entwurf werde das „Lissabon-Ziel“ der Schaffung von 20 Mio. neuen Arbeitsplätzen propagandistisch mit der grünen Gentechnik in Zusammenhang gebracht und auch das Märchen von der Hilfe für die Armen der Welt durch Gentechnik erneut bemüht: „In Indien bringen sich zu tausenden die Bauern um, weil ihre Felder durch Gentechnik verdorben wurden - und im Europaparlament werden die Propagandalügen der Gentechnik-Konzerne aufgetischt“, empört sich Semonsky.

Natürlich werde auch die unhaltbare Behauptung von der friedlichen Koexistenz zwischen Bio-Höfen, traditionell-konventionellen Landwirten und GVO-Landwirtschaft erneuert. Besonders problematisch sei aber die Forderung nach europaweiter Beschleunigung und Vereinheitlichung der Genehmigungsverfahren. „Damit haben nationale Regelungen keine Chance mehr; Österreich und andere Gentechnikkritiker sollen so ausgetrickst werden.“

Der ödp-Ernährungs- und Gesundheitsexperte sieht dringenden Handlungsbedarf seitens der bayerischen Europaabgeordneten: „Es besteht jetzt erhebliche Gefahr für den Bestand der bayerischen Landwirtschaft. In unserer kleinräumigen Struktur kann es keine Koexistenz sondern nur ein Entweder–Oder geben. Das sieht mittlerweile angeblich auch CSU-General Söder so; er sollte dringend ein ernstes Wort mit seinen Parteifreunden im EU-Parlament reden“, fordert Semonsky.

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