Montag, 29. Januar 2007

Kommunikationsfalle Handy

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DC Protest Against "The Surge": The eIraq Photo Gallery

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Mandela Calls for Gandhi's Non-Violence Approach

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela joined top leaders, Nobel laureates and elder statesmen on Monday calling on the world to reinvent Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent approach to solving conflicts.

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US "Poised to Strike at Iran's Nuclear Sites" From Bulgaria and Romania

President Bush is preparing to attack Iran's nuclear facilities before the end of April, and the US Air Force's new bases in Bulgaria and Romania would be used as back-up in the onslaught, according to an official report from Sofia.

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Hagel Interview More Anti-War Than Most Dems

Republican senator Chuck Hagel sounds off on the sorry state of Congress, the president's lies, and the vote for war that he now regrets. In an interview for GQ, Hagel explains how he was deceived by the president, and won't let it happen again.

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Next-up News n°168

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Frattini und der Datenschutz

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Anti-War Marches Draw Hundreds of Thousands

On The Scene At The Antiwar March

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Bush said the magic words: "climate change" but is that enough to avert catastrophe?

A Few Degrees Warmer
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Politiker haben mental abgedankt

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

ein heutiger Artikel im HANAUER ANZEIGER mit der Headline "Politiker haben mental abgedankt" ist absolut lesenswert.

Viele Politiker haben die reale Nähe zur Basis schon lange verloren.

Der Cicero Chefredakteur Dr. Wolfram Weimer bewertet aus seiner Sicht die politische Situation in Berlin.

Nachfolgend einige ausgewählte Passagen des Artikels, der in voller Länge als pdf-Datei beigefügt ist.

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Dass unter dem verstärkten regionalen politischen Einfluss einzelner Medien immer öfters der investigativer Journalismus behindert wird, ist leider ebenfalls festzuhalten.

M.f.G.
Alfred Tittmann


Brisante Worte beim Neujahrstreffen der CDU: Cecero -Chefredakteur sieht Deutschland auf dem Marsch in die Mediendemokratie.......

Unsere Hauptstadt Berlin ist nicht mehr das Zentrum politischer Entscheidungsfindung zum Wohle Deutschlands, sondern nur noch eine Seifenblase, ein Zirkus, in dem die Politiker Hauptdarsteller einer professionellen Medieninszenierung sind.....

Wir sind auf dem Marsch in eine Mediendemokratie.....

Schließlich habe Berlin sich entschieden, keine Politik mehr zu machen, sondern nur noch Entscheidungen mit Symbolkraft statt Konsequenzen zu tätigen.......

Dieser dramatische Wandel zur Mediendemokratie ist problematisch......

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"Ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste - Mobilfunkbetreiber erobern Lauterbach"
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Today I'm the only one in class

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China lässt den Dollar fallen

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US Air Raids in Somalia May Be Inefficient, Harmful

US air raids in Somalia to flush out suspect al-Qaeda operatives may be ineffective in fighting terrorism and risk making the country's Muslim population more radical, regional experts warn.

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Debris of Super-Power Pride Endangers Peace in Space

"Calculations of the damage done in space by China's anti-satellite missile test of January 11 continue. What needs to be stressed far more is the serious setback the test can spell for terrestrial efforts to assure humanity of an outer space free from weapons and wars," writes J. Sri Raman.

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Peril in Bush Health Proposal

With his proposal to uproot a tax break that has been in place for more than 60 years, Bush has touched off an impassioned debate over the future of the employer-based system that provides health insurance to more than half of all Americans.

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Which Side Are You On?

David Bacon writes: "Today, many Congressional leaders - Democrats and Republicans - want to allow corporations and contractors to recruit hundreds of thousands of workers a year outside the US and put them to work here on temporary visas. Labor schemes like this have a long history. From 1942 to 1964, the bracero program recruited temporary immigrants. They were exploited, cheated, and deported if they tried to go on strike. Growers pitted them against workers already in the country to drive down wages."

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Bush Administration Is Focus of Leak Inquiry

Jason Leopold begins: "On the evening of September 27, 2003, Ari Fleischer logged onto a computer and read a story published on the Washington Post's web site - a story that would be printed above the fold on the front page of the paper the next morning. 'Bush Administration Is Focus of Leak Inquiry,' the headline read. 'CIA Agent's Identity Was Leaked to Media.' By the time he finished reading the story, Fleischer's heart 'went into his throat.'"

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Global Warming: The vicious circle

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Brief an Bürgermeister Dr. Schirmbeck, Taucha, wegen Trafostation

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Compiled Animal Petitions

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Tell Nestle et.al "Stop Aiding Destruction of Tiger/Rhino Habitat!"

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From Linda H.

Hedgehog follies

The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

01/25/07

In the beginning, George W. Bush sent American forces into Iraq with no apparent thought about the sectarian tensions that could explode once Saddam Hussein was ousted. Now, nearing the end of his presidency, Bush is sending more American forces into Iraq with no apparent regard for the verdict of the American people, rendered in November’s election, that they’ve had it with his war. And, by the evidence of all available polling, with Bush himself. The decline in Bush’s support to Watergate-era Nixonian depths since he announced that his new Iraq policy was his old Iraq policy, only more so, stems, I suspect, from three conclusions that the public has reached about the president and his war...

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Slave wages

Hawaii Reporter
by Malia Zimmerman

01/26/07

Nancy Pelosi led the effort in the U.S. House during her first week as speaker to increase the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour from $5.15. In the process she ensured that American Samoa, a U.S. territory, is exempt from the wage hike, but did not exempt the Marianas Islands. The distinction is not unimportant. StarKist and Del Monte, two big fish- and tuna-canning companies with packing plants in American Samoa, are headquartered in California, the former in Ms. Pelosi’s San Francisco district...

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The new George W. Bush

Fox News
by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

01/27/07

The Bush administration — as we know it — has come to an end. Clinton changed when the Republicans took over Congress in 1994 … and we’ll see something similar happen with Bush and his administration before our very eyes. The right wing won’t like it, but Bush must feel that now that the Republican base has failed to produce a GOP dominated Congress, he must wander to the center in search of higher approval ratings. Why does Bush care? He can’t, since he’s finished all his runs for re-election. He cares because no president can govern effectively with a 30 percent approval rating. He becomes a target for any stray pot shot from any member of Congress, former foe, or former friend. Regardless of his formal powers as commander in chief, he will find his wings clipped soon enough by a rebellious Congress, unless he can rally more than one-third of the nation to his cause...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The fight we’re in

The American Prospect
by Terence Samuel

01/26/07

The president’s State of the Union plea to the Congress and the country to give war just one last chance in Iraq was actually a deft performance for a man faced with so few options for wriggling out of the corner he’s boxed himself into. Despite the tandem military and political disasters that have torpedoed his presidency, Bush on this occasion tried to lead by example, doing what he is asking of the rest of us — and, particularly, the people fighting and dying in Iraq — to do: He soldiered on, blindly, wishfully. ‘Every one of us wishes this war were over and won,’ he said in one blazing moment of truth. But wishful thinking aside, the urgent question before Congress is: What course of action — emphasis on action — will most quickly and effectively roll back the president’s state of denial and force an end to the carnage in Iraq, at least where Americans are concerned?

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Why the election spending scandal?

Classically Liberal
by TCS

01/27/07

There are a lot of complaints on the Left as to increased spending on elections. And while their solution is the same solution they offer for every other problem in life — give control to the State to run things — they never ask why it is that spending is constantly increasing? The issue is not that hard to understand. People spend millions because the office is worth far more than that. It is not the value which determines the office. It is the power which determines the value of the office. In modern day America most legislation has nothing to do with protecting people from violations of their rights. Most legislation is not a measure to protect but to redistribute rights and wealth from one group to another. Modern day politics is almost entirely about transfers...

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Crowds on both coasts protest Iraq war

Yahoo! News

01/28/07

Convinced this is their moment, tens of thousands marched Saturday in an anti-war demonstration linking military families, ordinary people and an icon of the Vietnam protest movement in a spirited call to get out of Iraq …. The rally on the Mall unfolded peacefully, although about 300 protesters tried to rush the Capitol, running up the grassy lawn to the front of the building. Police on motorcycles tried to stop them, scuffling with some and barricading entrances. … United for Peace and Justice, a coalition group sponsoring the protest, had hoped 100,000 would come. They claimed even more afterward, but police, who no longer give official estimates, said privately the crowd was smaller than 100,000. … Bush reaffirmed his commitment to his planned troop increase in a phone conversation Saturday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The president was in Washington for the weekend. He is often is out of town during big protest days...

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Aktionswoche gegen Sozialkahlschlag

vom 29.1. bis 2.2.2007 in München

Termine und Berichte beim ak gewerkschaften an der uni münchen
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Weltwirtschaftsforum in Davos: Global-Player-Diktatur

Ohne demokratische Legitimierung weitere Schritte zum entfesselten Agieren internationaler Konzerne vereinbart. Artikel von Wolfgang Pomrehn in junge Welt vom 29.01.2007 //www.jungewelt.de/2007/01-29/018.php


WEF: Farbangriff gegen Schweizer Think Tank Avenir Suisse
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Davos: Protestaktionen gegen Calderón am WEF

„Heute protestieren wir in Davos mit lautstarken Aktionen gegen die Anwesenheit des illegitimen Präsidenten Mexikos, Felipe Calderón und den Staatsterror in Oaxaca. Micheline Calmy-Rey verspricht, die Repression in Mexiko bei Gesprächen mit Calderón zu thematisieren. Trotz der militärischer Belagerung von Davos gelang es um 12 Uhr mehreren Dutzend DemonstrantInnen, mit T-Shirts („Calderón foltert und tötet“), Transparenten („Ulises und Bundespolizei raus aus Oaxaca“) und Sprechchören auf die brutale Unterdrückung in Mexiko aufmerksam zu machen…“ Bericht von OaxacaInfo vom 27.01.2007 bei indymedia //de.indymedia.org/2007/01/166946.shtml


WEF: Breite Proteste in der Schweiz, Bildersammlung

„Wie jedes Jahr fand in der Schweiz in Davos das alljährliche WEF (World Economic Forum statt.)Die Proteste, die in den vergangenen Jahren massiver Repression ausgesetzt waren, waren auch dieses jahr wiede landesweit present. Dutzende Farb- und Feuerwerksanschläge auf Banken und andere Einrichtungen, Demos in Davos, Delemont, Basel, Zürich, St. Gallen, Tessin... Kreative Aktionen, Transparente usw... Eine kleine Bildersammlung“ von Smash WEF vom 28.01.2007 bei indymedia //de.indymedia.org/2007/01/167033.shtml


Aus: LabourNet, 29. Januar 2007

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Widerstand gegen die Jahrestagung des World Economic Forum, Davos 08

Von Heiligendamm über Davos nach München

Special bei indymedia Schweiz //ch.indymedia.org/de/2008/01/56050.shtml


WEF - Erste Bilanz und ein Demoverbot

„Nachdem der Gemeinderat die bereits erteilte Bewilligung für die Anti-WEF-Kundgebung zurück nahm, haben trotz Verbot über 1000 Menschen versucht ruhig in der Bundeshauptstadt gegen das World Economic Forum in Davos zu demonstrieren…“ Bericht von Niccolò Machiavelli vom 21.01.2008 bei indymedia //de.indymedia.org/2008/01/205737.shtml


Proteste gegen WEF in Bern und St. Gallen

„Morgen (23. Januar) beginnt das Weltwirtschaftsforum (WEF) im Schweizer Skidorf Davos mit einer Eröffnungsrede der US-Außenministerin Condoleeza Rice. Mehrere tausend PolitikerInnen und KapitalistInnen aus aller Welt werden sich in Davos treffen, unter anderem die Ehrengäste Henry Kissinger und Tony Blair. Die ersten Proteste gegen das WEF fanden am Samstag statt, in Bern und in St. Gallen…“ Artikel von Wladek Flakin vom 22.01.2008 bei indymedia //de.indymedia.org/2008/01/205819.shtml


"World Action Day"

"Kämpfen wir gegen den Neoliberalismus"

Aufruf des Weltsozialforums zur weltweiten Aktionswoche vom 19. bis 26. Januar 2008 in dt. Übersetzung bei Linke Liste Mannheim //uecicx.han-solo.net/cms_2_lilima/index.php?page=1.0.0&getlistarticle=237&listrange=current


Millionen weltweit sagen Nein zu neoliberaler Globalisierung. Attac beim Globalen Aktionstag des Weltsozialforums am 26. Januar

Pressemitteilung vom 20.1.08 //www.attac.de/aktuell/presse/presse_ausgabe.php?id=817

Infos und Programm von und bei attac //www.attac.de/aktuell/071207_WSF.php

Jan. 26, 2008 - Act together for another world! Infos und Aktivitäten weltweit //wsf2008.net/de/index2.php


Aus: LabourNet, 23. Januar 2008



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Next-up News n°167

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Datenschutz ist Pflicht, nicht Kür

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

29. Januar 2007

Auf die Initiative des Europarats findet heute erstmals europaweit der Europäische Datenschutztag statt. Aus diesem Anlass erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katina Schubert:

Keine weiteren Einschränkungen des Datenschutzes zugunsten der Sicherheitsbehörden das ist die Aufgabe der Bundesregierung. In Zeiten zunehmender Technisierung und Verdatung von Kommunikation über Internet, Mobilfunk u.a. ist es im Gegenteil nötig, eine umfassende Aufklärungskampagne über den Datenschutz und die individuellen Rechte der Nutzerinnen und Nutzer von moderner Telekommunikation zu führen. Der Datenschutz ist mit dem "Volkszählungsurteil" des Bundesverfassungsgerichts von 1983 in den Rang eines Grundrechts erhoben worden und damit keine Schönwetterveranstaltung. Datenschutz ist auch kein Täterschutz, sondern begründet das Recht auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung, also das Recht, selbst über die eigenen Daten, ihre Erhebung und ihre Verwendung zu bestimmen. Das schließt auch das Recht ein, zu wissen, wer welche Daten über mich wo und zu welchem Zweck erhebt, speichert und verwendet. Allen Versuchen auf Bundes- und europäischer Ebene, das Recht auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung mit Blick auf die Sicherheitslage auszuhöhlen oder einzuschränken, stellen wir uns entschieden entgegen. "Freiheit stirbt mit Sicherheit" - wenn die Grundrechte der Menschen unterminiert und damit grundlegende Elemente der Demokratie beschädigt werden.

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Erster europäischer Datenschutztag

Schäuble: Biometriepässe stärken den Datenschutz

„Bei einer Diskussionsrunde über den Schutz der Freiheit durch den Staat im Rahmen des ersten europäischen Datenschutztages prallten die Meinungen von Koalitionspolitikern und den Hütern der Privatsphäre in der Landesvertretung Sachsen-Anhalt in Berlin am Montagabend frontal aufeinander. "Ob man etwas zu verbergen hat oder nicht, darauf kommt es nicht mehr an, wenn der Präventionsstaat alle Daten abgreift", beklagte der sachsen-anhaltinische Landesdatenschutzbeauftragte Harald von Bose. So könne der Generalverdacht Alltag werden mit gravierenden Auswirkungen auf die Ausübung der Grundrechte. Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble warf dem Datenschützer daraufhin vor, "Unsinn" zu reden. Natürlich müsse das Grundrecht auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung genauso geschützt werden wie jedes andere auch. Es gebe aber "ein zunehmendes Spannungsverhältnis mit der Sicherheit"…“ Artikel von Stefan Krempl vom 30.01.2007 in heise online //www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/84463


Erster europäischer Datenschutztag: Placebo für die Datenschützer?

„Heute, am 28. Januar 2007, findet der erste europäische Datenschutztag statt. Das ist gut, doch ist er nicht nur kein Grund zum Feiern, vielmehr wird er auch von vielen gar nicht wahrgenommen und auch von den meisten Ländern nicht einmal aufgegriffen. Daran tragen auch die Datenschutzbeauftragten eine Mitschuld…” Artikel von Twister (Bettina Winsemann) in telepolis vom 28.01.2007 //www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/24/24534/1.html


Europäischer Datenschutztag

Sonderseite bei „Virtuelles Datenschutzbüro“ //www.datenschutz.de/eu_datenschutztag/


Aus: LabourNet, 30. Januar 2007

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Durchsuchung online

Schaar: Pläne zur Online-Durchsuchung aufgeben

„Der Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit, Peter Schaar, begrüßt die heutige Entscheidung des Bundesgerichtshofs, nach der sog. verdeckte Online-Durchsuchungen im Strafverfahren unzulässig sind (…) Selbst wenn künftig eine ausdrückliche Rechtsgrundlage für Online-Durchsuchungen geschaffen werden sollte, ändert dies nichts daran, dass Online-Durchsuchungen das Vertrauen in die Sicherheit des Internets erheblich beschädigen. Ganz praktisch stellt sich nämlich die Frage, wie Online-Durchsuchungen durchgeführt werden sollen. Bisher wurden Nutzer und Hersteller von Computerprogrammen gewarnt, wenn staatliche Stellen – etwa das Bundesamt für die Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik – Sicherheitslücken festgestellt hatten und es wurden ihnen Wege zu deren Behebung aufgezeigt. Sollen etwa in Zukunft derartige Warnungen unterbleiben, weil staatlichen Stellen ansonsten das Eindringen in Computer über das Internet erschwert würde? Oder sollen die Hersteller zukünftig ‚Hintertüren’ in ihre Software einbauen, die Online-Durchsuchungen ermöglichen?...“ Pressemitteilung vom 5. Februar 2006 //www.bfdi.bund.de/cln_029/nn_533554/DE/Oeffentlichkeitsarbeit/Pressemitteilungen/2007/PM-04-07-Online-Durchsuchung.html


Vorauseilender Ungehorsam

„Wäre das Private unverdächtig, zöge es sich nicht zurück. Wäre es erhaben über jeden Verdacht, dann würde es sich zeigen. Nur der verbirgt sich, der etwas zu verbergen hat. Der Verborgene ist der Verdächtige, der Verdächtigste ist also der Private. Das ist absurd? Gewiss. Das widerspricht dem Geist und dem Buchstaben des Grundgesetzes? Natürlich. Das kann doch nicht wahr sein? Wahr ist es selbstverständlich nicht, aber wirklich ist es schon…“ Leitartikel von Christian Bommarius in Berliner Zeitung, 06.02.2007 //www.berlinonline.de/berliner-zeitung/print/meinung/626433.html


Verdeckter Zugriff auf Festplatten

„Online-Durchsuchung privater Computern, Hacken in staatlichem Auftrag und behördliches PC-Screening - droht uns das wirklich? Der Bundesgerichtshof hat gestern entschieden, dass die "verdeckte Online-Untersuchung" unzulässig sei. Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble hat im Gegenzug gefordert, die rechtlichen Grundlagen dafür zu schaffen…“ Artikel von Burkhard Schröder in telepolis vom 06.02.2007 //www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/24/24587/1.html


Vorratsdatenspeicherung: 10.000 wollen gegen Abbildung ihrer Kommunikation nach Karlsruhe ziehen

„Der Widerstand gegen die von der Bundesregierung geplante sechsmonatige Speicherung aller Telefon-, Handy- und E-Mail-Kontakte geht weiter. Nachdem sich im Januar über 30 Datenschutz-, Bürgerrechts-, Juristen-, Wirtschafts- und Medienverbände gegen die "weitreichende Registrierung des Verhaltens der Menschen in Deutschland" ausgesprochen haben, meldet der Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung heute den zehntausendsten Teilnehmer an der vom Arbeitskreis vorbereiteten Verfassungsbeschwerde. Der Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung ist sich sicher, dass die Gerichte nach der Rasterfahndung und den Online-Durchsuchungen auch die Vorratsdatenspeicherung für unzulässig erklären werden…“ Pressemitteilung des Arbeitskreises Vorratsdatenspeicherung vom 06.02.2007: //www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=81&Itemid=55


Aus: LabourNet, 6. Februar 2007



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Phone masts earn council £275,000

By Rob Devey

PHONE MAST: Stapleton Avenue, Bolton

RENT from mobile phone masts erected on land and buildings owned by Bolton Council have boosted the Town Hall's bank account by £275,000.

Five of the town's 142 antennae are on local authority property, including a primary school and a leisure centre.

The figures, revealed following a request by The Bolton News, have sparked criticism that the council is putting financial gain ahead the health of the borough's residents.

Cllr Andy Morgan, who last year called for a blanket ban on masts on local authority land, said: "In the scheme of things, £275,000 is not a lot and certainly isn't an amount worth taking a risk for when there is no conclusive proof that masts are not a threat to health.

"I don't think any sum of money could justify taking that risk, especially where children are concerned. In the long run we just don't know what the effects will be on people who come near these things."

The five masts in the borough - at Brandwood Primary School, Daubhill; Horwich Leisure Centre; the Rainford House flats in Haydock Street on the School Hill Estate, Bolton; garages at Duddon Avenue in Breightmet and green belt land at Stapleton Avenue, in Heaton - have generated a total of £275,154 in revenue.

The council has pocketed £238,732 of that amount, with £36,421 in rent paid for a mast at Brandwood Primary School going direct to the school.

The rest of the money has gone into a central revenue pot and has not been earmarked for specific areas, like health or education Mike Chapman, who was headmaster at Brandwood Primary School when the mast was built, in April 1998, said he had taken expert advice at the time and came to the conclusion the mast would not be dangerous.

PHONE MAST: Rainford House, School Hill

The mast at Horwich Leisure Centre was installed in December 1998 and has generated £35,117 in income for Bolton Council.

Since being installed in October 1992, the mast on Rainford House has earned the council £81,624, while the mast in Duddon Avenue has brought in £59,449 and the mast at Stapleton Avenue has recouped £62,542 in rent.

Cllr Morgan said: "When people go to schools and leisure centres they might not be aware of the masts and do not have any choice but to go near them.

"I think as a good local authority and employer we should put the safety of our residents and staff first."

In many cases, residents have launched protests over the erection of mobile phone masts on public land.

Michelle Daubney organised a protest petition after councillors allowed Vodafone to install four, 20-metre high mobile phone antennae at St John the Evangelist Church, in Church Street, Farnworth.

More than 200 parents of pupils signed the petition.

Miss Daubney, of Hesketh Walk, Farnworth, whose five-year-old son, Jack, attends the school, said: "You cannot put a price on a child's health.

"There is no conclusive evidence that these masts are safe so the council shouldn't be taking risks to line their pockets.

"It is irresponsible and if we find out they are unsafe in ten years time it will be too late."

Despite public fears over the risk of radiation from mobile phone masts, scientific evidence suggests that they pose no serious danger to health.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: "All the phone masts in Bolton comply with strict Government guidelines. Various studies have been conducted into the possible health issues that may arise, but the information to date suggests that there is no cause for any concern over public health.

The council's position is backed up by Dr John Stather, of the radiation protection division at the Health Protection Agency, who said there is no cause for concern.

Omega this is not true. See under:
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U.S. Detention Camps? KBR awarded Homeland Security contract worth up to $385M

KBR, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Co, said Tuesday it has been awarded a contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security to supports its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an emergency.

//tinyurl.com/yxq3fr


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Outsourcing Iraq war a grave threat to democracy

We should say no to the wider use of mercenaries
//www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/4500876.html


From Information Clearing House



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Gitmo case rankles Germany

A tale of torture and imprisonment told by a man with a scratchy voice and a beard flowing to his waist has shaken the German parliament and sparked an intelligence agency scandal that has engulfed Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16265.htm



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Bush's backdoor attack: Iran via Hizbullah

New policy authorizing attacks on Iranian agents in Iraq also allows for covert ops against Iran-backed terror groups all across ME, including Hizbullah.

//www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3357358,00.html


From Information Clearing House

US must explain Mideast military build-up: Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday said he would demand an explanation from the United States over its military build-up in the Middle East and criticised Washington for "hardline" policies against Iran.

//www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/255134/1/.html


From Information Clearing House

Davos Ponders a U.S.-Iran War

In the row over Iran's controversial nuclear programme, Russia warned the United States Saturday against additional unilateral sanctions against Tehran now that a compromise resolution has been passed by the United Nations Security Council.

//www.ichblog.eu/content/view/151/1/

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Whisperings in Davos

Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway

02/06/07

Only in hindsight can one tell when a great power has reached its peak. Some say that Britain’s war to extend its empire over the intransigent Boer farmers in South Africa a century ago marked the beginning of decline. But even earlier, the ardent colonialist Joseph Chamberlain had spoken of his country as weary and staggering ‘under the too-vast orb of its fate.’ The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, with its unique convening powers, is as good a place as any to detect mood swings among those who do so much of the world’s work, and the theme of this year’s meeting was ‘the shifting power equation.’ There was a hint in the alpine air of resignation and sadness among those who admire America that the United States was stumbling along, lost in Iraq and headed in the wrong direction toward Iran. There was lament about good will lost, of power and prestige dissipated, and the dangers inherent in the rising tide of self-inflicted anti-Americanism...

//tinyurl.com/ytomgc


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Mayday from the Circus Tent

//www.ichblog.eu/content/view/149/2/

Turkey warns of endless war if Iraq split

Turkey urged the United States not to leave a power vacuum when it exits Iraq nor allow the country to split, saying a divided Iraq would slip into “endless war” involving all of its neighbours.

//tinyurl.com/234frt



Turkey mulls 'invading' Iraq

Turkey's parliament went into secret session this week to debate sending troops to invade and occupy northern Iraq for security purposes.

//tinyurl.com/2fv8vp


From Information Clearing House

500,000 US protesters oppose more troops for Iraq

Tens of thousands of protesters crowded Washington Saturday to demand Congress cut off funds for the Iraq war and stop troop increases ordered by President George W. Bush.

//www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=19321


From Information Clearing House

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200 plus photos of march
//www.traprockpeace.org/antiwar_march_012707/

From ufpj-news



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This Marine's death came after he served in Iraq

When Jonathan Schulze came home from Iraq, he tried to live a normal life. But the war kept that from happening.

//www.startribune.com/462/story/963363.html


From Information Clearing House

Liberty Bound

Video
//www.ichblog.eu/content/view/174/41/



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Dick Durbin denounces Cheney as “delusional”

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16266.htm



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Muslims fight for Political, not Religious reasons

By Salim Lone

Those Muslims who fight against occupations invoke their religion in order to mobilise the people. That is no different from others invoking freedom, democracy or human rights as rallying cries for war. What should determine our view of all wars are not the rallying cries but whether they are "just."

//www.ichblog.eu/content/view/173/1/

How America's Conflict with Iran Will Begin

Translated By Mutasem Sinnokrot

“The first open signs of an American collision with Iran will occur in Iraq, after the liquidation of the major [Shiite] militias and paramilitaries allied with them.”

//www.ichblog.eu/content/view/152/2/

Hegemony and Appeasement

//www.ichblog.eu/content/view/153/2/

Thousand of photos of Jan. 27 march

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/5638/


From ufpj-news

Informant: Charles Jenks



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Status WiMAX 2007

//omega.twoday.net/stories/3014289/

Rep Goode's HCR 40 Will Stop NAFTA Superhighway And NAU

//www.rense.com/general75/rep.htm


Informant: Amy Sasser

From ufpj-news



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Rallies show Watada gaining support

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/5641/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news



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How the Government Lies About Social Security

by Devvy Kidd

Few people either remember this little fact or simply have no idea how the system even works, they have simply followed orders all their life and "contributed." Social security is a tax, a voluntary tax. No one is required under any law to obtain a social security number. If that were the case, the government would automatically issue everyone a number. Think about it......

//www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd27.htm



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=com/Devvy

The myth of McCain: once the presumptive next US president, the Republican frontrunner's popularity has nose dived

//www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1999819,00.html


Informant: Lew Rockwell



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From seeming invincibility to near-disgrace: on Bush and his war

//www.sobran.com/columns/2007/070111.shtml


Informant: Lew Rockwell



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Beware of Child Predators

//www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance102.html



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US plans to 'fight the net' revealed

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