Donnerstag, 8. Februar 2007

Workers Threatened and Intimidated for Trying to Join Laborers' Union

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Rechnungshof kritisiert private Berater von Bundesministerien

"Neutralität des Verwaltungshandelns"

Der Bundesrechnungshof will offenbar im ersten Quartal die externen Mitarbeiter in allen Ministerien zählen lassen. Um zu ermitteln, "wer die Personen bezahlt, die in den Ministerien, beispielsweise an Gesetzen mitarbeiten", werde ein Fragebogen verschickt, sagte Rechnungshofsprecher Michael Reinert der Wochenzeitung "Die Zeit". Geklärt werden solle, ob und in welcher Funktion die Ministerien Mitarbeiter von Unternehmen oder Verbänden beschäftigten. Zudem werde gefragt, warum externe Beschäftigte in das jeweilige Ministerium eingebunden und wie deren Arbeitsergebnisse verwendet würden. Es sei nötig zu prüfen, ob "die Neutralität des Verwaltungshandelns gewährleistet" sei, wenn beispielsweise "Personen an Gesetzen mitarbeiten und von Verbänden oder Unternehmen bezahlt werden".

From the Folks Who Brought You Iraq

Mr. Cheney, Tear Down This Wall

Nicholas D. Kristof writes: "Mr. Vice President, did you push Mr. Libby to dig into Joe Wilson's background and discredit him? What did you mean when you wrote, in a note to Scott McClellan that has been entered into evidence, 'not going to protect one staffer + sacrifice the guy the Pres. that was asked to stick his head in the meat grinder because of incompetence of others.'"

States Continue to Lead on Global Warming

Ten Global Warming Myths Debunked

Major Companies Join Global Warming Fight

Geldscheine mit einem Wert von 4 Milliarden Dollar wurden mit Flugzeugen in den Irak gebracht und versickerten dort

Paletten voller Geldscheine

363 Tonnen Geldscheine mit einem Wert von 4 Milliarden Dollar wurden
2003 und 2004 mit Flugzeugen aus New York in den Irak gebracht und versickerten dort.

UN-Abkommen gegen Verschleppungen verabschiedet

57 Staaten haben das Abkommen, das deutlich gegen die Praxis der USA gerichtet ist, bereits unterschrieben - u.a. die US-Regierung und Deutschland nicht.

Brzezinski: Iraq War a Calamity

Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US national security adviser, told Congress the war in Iraq is a calamity and likely to lead to "a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large."

Progressive Democrats Aim to Cut Iraq War Funding

Matt Renner reports, "The Congressional Progressive Caucus is leading the Democratic effort in the House to stop the president's escalation plan in its tracks and bring US troops home within the year."

Tell Target their Gold Policy is Off the Mark

It's time to impeach George W. Bush

The Ombudsman

by Bill Barnstead

It's time to impeach George W. Bush. Not for Iraq. Not for Afghanistan. But for the American factory worker because the president has broken his word to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The president allowed Congress to dilute the Bill of Rights under his watch to benefit our neighbors to the south, and as the commander-in-chief of our military, the President is responsible for securing our borders. Bush made a farce of that act by placing National Guard troops with empty weapons on the border.......

'Man In The Hood' Tells Of His Tale In Abu Ghraib

Informant: NHNE

Gewerkschaft Ver.di setzt auf klimapolitischen Amoklauf

Gestern lud Ver.di in Berlin zu einer Demonstration gegen die Energiepolitik der EU-Kommission ein. Diese will klimaschädliche Braunkohle zurückdrängen und eine Entflechtung der Stromkonzerne erreichen. Ver.di-Chef Frank Bsirske kämpft gemeinsam mit den Stromkonzernen dagegen. Wir sind entsetzt! Wir brauchen starke Gewerkschaften, aber solche, die sich für zukunftsfähige, ökologisch verträgliche Arbeitsplätze einsetzen.

Schreiben Sie dem Kollegen Bsirske Ihre Meinung:

Weitere Infos:,1

Christoph Bautz

Aus: Campact-News 03/07


Klima: ver.di-Chef antwortet auf E-Mails

Im letzten Newsletter haben wir Sie aufgerufen, Ver.di-Chef Frank Bsirske zu schreiben und gegen seine Position zur Klimapolitik zu protestieren. Gut informierte Kreise berichten, Bsirske habe über 350 individuelle E-Mails erhalten. Der Ver.di-Chef hat mittlerweile auf die Schreiben geantwortet. Wir haben unsere Kritik daraufhin noch einmal ausführlich belegt.

Lesen Sie mehr:

Aus: Campact-News 04/07

Is Texas Governor Subjecting Children to Questionable Vaccine?

Texas HPV Vaccination: Parents can opt Out

by Devvy

This immediately set off a firestorm on the Internet and talk radio. Those of us who live in Texas know Rick Perry for the corporate lackey he is and how he has sold out this state with the Texas-Trans Corridor (1) to foreign interests and is a proponent of the SPP (Security & Prosperity Partnership), although he will deny it, his actions prove otherwise......

Is Texas Governor Subjecting Children to Questionable Vaccine?

by Donna Voetee

King Perry’s intrusive executive order bypassed the legislature and the proper means of enacting a new law. In a political move usually reserved for( tyrants and dictators, he has unilaterally decreed that all 11- and 12- year old girls shall submit to a controversial vaccine for sexually-transmitted cervical cancer, Gardasil. Since these children are minors and depending on their parents for their protection and well-being, essentially this is an edict for all parents to surrender their children to the state for medical experimentation......

On an Environmentally Collapsing, Poverty Racked Planet, the Disease that is Economic Growth

Earth Meanders,
By Dr. Glen Barry
February 8, 2007

Environmental sustainability and abject poverty are the issues of our and all time, the resolution of which will either save the Earth and relatively civilized society, or continued neglect lead to global ecological and social collapse. The big lies underlying ecological crises and wealth inequities are that economic growth will solve these problems, is endless, and is always desirable. Corporation's and government's emphasis upon exponential economic growth in a finite biosphere is the disease destroying the Earth.

In a growth driven capitalist market economy, there can never be such a thing as "Sustainable Growth". It is time to dust off the Club of Rome's findings in the 1970s, and acknowledge that limits to growth have been put off by technology, not eliminated. How can we speak of sustainable growth when the economic system is not even sustaining large portions of the world's population that now lives in utterly miserable poverty?

We are well into the disintegration of the biosphere and human habitat as a result of policies promoting unfettered economic growth at the exclusion of virtually all other values.

How grotesque that some shall live the life of opulent splendor gluttonously consuming while most wither in abject hunger and despair. I am stunned at humanity's - and particularly the rich, powerful and celebrity types' - inability to see the big picture. Nearly half of the world is living in grinding poverty polluting little while about 20% consume exorbitantly destroying the Planet's biosphere. It is like a disturbing Alice in wonderland world - Africa starves, suffers wars, murder and rape; while we in the North overfeed and entertain ourselves while shitting our pollution on the poor.

Global inequities are obscene. How much longer will the have- nots sit passively by watching the good life of democratic consumption from which they are excluded? Why can't anyone tell the Americans and Europeans they must have less? The greatest threat to the American way of life is that it is not able to be universalized. Rich North and poor South conflict is inevitable.

Have you ever spent time with a family living on $1 a day? About a billion people find themselves in this situation. Where subsistence is still possible people are fed and housed, but there is no room for error. Finding potable water and firewood are a constant struggle. No fancy health care, leisure, travel or electronic toys. Just a grinding struggle to survive as the population grows and the environment continues to deteriorate. Soon this will be the human norm.

The global food supply is near the breaking point. The world is now eating more food than farmers grow, pushing global grain stocks to their lowest level in 30 years. Oceans are overfished. Hunger is already a stark and painful reality for more than 850 million people, including 300 million children. In a world of starvation, the rich are starting to drive themselves around powered by food (biofuels) that could have gone to the poor.

Capitalism will evolve to emphasize a steady state economy and protection and renewal of natural capital - limiting production and consumption to natural systems' constraints - or it will continue ecocidal eating of life giving ecological systems to power a growing wasteful throw away society. The cycle of ever more energy needed to support growing populations all aspiring to consume like a fat ass America must be broken.

Market fundamentalism must be challenged. The failure of markets to place a price upon carbon causes climate change. Widening gaps in income threaten social harmony. The inequalities are grotesque, and the degree of blame for climate change, deforestation and other environmental crises skewed towards the rich. I am stunned. Sickened. We gotta rise up, rise up.

Stabilization of climate change and global ecological sustainability will never be achieved without sharp reductions in economic disparities between the Earth's peoples. Strictly speaking it is too late to achieve global ecological sustainability - where natural ecosystems operate as they have.

Yet we must work to bring human populations and aspirations back into a reasonable balance with ecological systems in order that humanity and the Earth have any future at all. In order that all have enough to meet basic needs, and a biosphere to house themselves and others, there needs to be less of us and less disparity. This will require massively reducing carbon emissions now, cutting population by three quarters, and by necessity bringing the Earthly garden into our care with massive protected areas and widespread regional scale ecological restoration.

There are different ways of showing love, and love is more than between two people or a family. Do you love your Earthly home habitat and the human and other species' families with which we share it? I suggest more love of being and less of you. I am opinionated as hell, but even I do not fully know how we are going to feed, house and clothe the world while shrinking its population, repairing planetary ecosystems and learning to live sustainably. But I do know that we must try.

Stop Canada's cruel and senseless seal hunt!

From Rosemary R.


Should the seal hunt be banned?

Please click yes, as every click helps in stopping the Canadian Seal Hunt.

Thanks, Earle


Belgium Becomes First EU Nation to Ban Seal Products

IFAW’s seal campaign continues to gain momentum as European countries propose legislation for banning products derived from Canada’s commercial seal hunt. In January, Belgium became the first country in the European Union to implement a national ban on seal products. Belgium joins Mexico, Croatia and the USA in the effort to shut down markets for commercial seal hunt products.

IFAW has been successful in urging other European countries, including Germany, the Netherlands and Austria, to begin legislative action to propose similar national bans. On a larger scale, the European Union is considering the possibility of a multinational ban. This European mobilization is putting increased pressure on the Canadian government both at home and abroad. IFAW continues to work closely with policy-makers in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, urging them to implement national bans as well.

By closing down markets for seal pelts, the global community sends a strong message to Canada that the commercial seal hunt needs to be ended once and for all

Take action to stop the seal hunt

Save the Tongass from Destructive Logging

From Rosemary R.

Keine Panik vor Handystrahlung?

Handys können Krebs auslösen

Zunahme der Hirntumore bei Handy-Vieltefonierern: Risiko steigt um 39 Prozent

Lösen Handys Krebs aus, Krebs durch Handy-Strahlung?

Handy am Ohr: Hirntumor?

Langzeitstudie aus Dänemark: kein Krebsrisiko durch Handy-Strahlung?

Kein Beweis für ein erhöhtes Risiko durch Handys?

Elektrosmog als Krebsrisiko: Kein Krebsrisiko durch Handy-Strahlung?

Flucht aus Oberammergau: Pfarrer flüchtet vor Handy-Strahlung

Wissenschaft zu Mobilfunk

Prozess gegen US-Kriegsdienstverweigerer Watada geplatzt

„Die Verhandlung gegen einen amerikanischen Irak-Kriegsdienstverweigerer ist überraschend geplatzt. Der Offizier habe irrtümlich ein Dokument unterzeichnet, das gegen ihn verwendet werden sollte, begründete ein Militärgericht die Aussetzung des Prozesses…“ Artikel bei Spiegel online vom 08. Februar 2007,1518,465028,00.html

Prozess gegen in Mannheim inhaftierten US-Verweigerer beginnt am 6. März. Agustín Aguayo soll wieder in den Irak

Beim Termin in den Leighton Barracks der US-Armee am Donnerstag in Würzburg wurde gegen den US-Kriegsdienstverweigerer Agustín Aguayo offiziell wegen "Desertion" und "Verpassens der Verlegung der Einheit" Anklage erhoben. Ihm droht eine Haftstrafe von bis zu sieben Jahren. Das Verfahren wird am 6. März um 9 Uhr in den Leighton Barracks in Würzburg beginnen. Es ist öffentlich…“ Artikel von Christel Mertens im Online-Flyer Nr. 80 vom 31.01.2007 von Neue Rheinische Zeitung

Siehe dazu auch:

„US-Kriegsdienstverweigerer flieht aus der Armee. Der in Deutschland stationierte Agustín Aguayo entzieht sich Einsatz im Irak“ - Sonderseite auf der Homepage von Connection e.V. mit allen Hintergründen und Links

Aus: LabourNet, 8. Februar 2007

Wal-Mart droht Massenklage

Bundesberufungsgericht in USA lässt Verfahren wegen Benachteiligung von Frauen zu. Jetzt könnten 1,6 Millionen Mitarbeiterinnen nachträglich mehr Lohn fordern. Artikel von Sven Kulka in der taz vom 8.2.2007

Court says Wal-Mart must face bias trial

Artikel von David Kravets bei Associated Press vom 06.02.2007

Aus: LabourNet, 8. Februar 2007

Is the Republican Party going the way of the Whigs?

Intellectual Conservative
by Patrick Johnston


The past decade, we have entered a transition in politics that will soon bring about a prominent shift in the political spectrum. If the Republican Party doesn’t return to principled conservatism, the party faithful will hold a graveside service for the GOP within two decades, and none of the new leaders will even attend. The two primary parties may have enacted libraries of laws to insulate their political power from third party challenges, and they may have monopolized the public discussion between their political candidates in their carefully crafted political debates, but they do not have a monopoly on the minds of the people...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

More important than running for president

Human Events
by Newt Gingrich


I know this answer confuses the political consultants and reporters who preoccupy themselves over the minutiae of the presidential campaign horse race. But for now, I’m not focused on Nov. 4, 2008. I’m focused on Sept. 27, 2007. Because on that day — the 13th anniversary of the unveiling of the Contract With America — the new organization that I’ve founded, American Solutions, will do something more urgently needed than presidential posturing. On September 27, American Solutions will reach out across the country to all 511,000-plus elected office holders in America, their staff, and the citizens who are serving or seeking to serve in these offices. Our goal is to create a wave of change that meets America’s challenges, seizes our opportunities and builds a better future for all Americans...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Why protest matters

by Sharon Smith


Hundreds of thousands of antiwar protesters amassed on the streets of Washington, D.C. on January 27, emboldened by the optimism of an antiwar majority that has finally found its voice….. It is politically naïve, however, to expect that a single demonstration of any size would be enough to persuade the world’s lone military superpower to reverse its bloodthirsty course.A demonstration is not a protest movement. Such a movement requires an ongoing commitment to grassroots struggle. The large turnout on January 27 represents the potential to revive the antiwar movement, after an extended period of dormancy...

Loyalty to an ideal or to a person?

Frontiers of Freedom
by Randall H. Nunn


The Republican Party suffered a blow in the 2006 elections, losing control of both houses of Congress. Many have hoped that the party would analyze the results of that election and correct the problems before the 2008 elections. However, the signs thus far are not encouraging, as the party leadership seems fractured, indecisive and unsure of itself. Rather than trying to focus on core principles and representing the base that elected them, too many of the Republican leaders are pandering to interest groups and adjusting their positions based on polls and conventional wisdom as laid down by the mainstream media...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Sean Penn's prophetic open letter to President Bush

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Urge Your Senators to Fix the Military Commissions Act

International Criminal Tribunal for Bush et al.

Francis A. Boyle Law Building
504 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Champaign, IL 61820 USA
217-333-7954 (Voice)
217-244-1478 (Fax)
(personal comments only)

-----Original Message-----
From: Boyle, Francis
Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 4:52 PM
Subject: FW: International Criminal Tribunal for Bush et al.
Importance: High


1. The UN General Assembly has the authority to set up such a tribunal by a majority vote as a "subsidiary organ" under UN Charter Article 22.

2. The Statute should be modeled upon the Statute for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which the United States supported at the UN Security Council, so as a matter of law it is unobjectionable.

3. There should be added to the ICTY Statute an additional crime of Crime Against Peace, as defined by the Nuremberg Charter (1945), the Nuremberg Judgment (1946) and the Nuremberg Principles (1950), and as codified by US Army Field Manual 27-10 (1956) paragraph 498.

4. The purpose of the ICTU (International Criminal Tribunal against the United States under the Bush regime) would be to investigate and prosecute United States war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Peoples of Iraq just as the ICTY did for the victims of international crimes committed by Serbia and the Milosevic Regime throughout the Balkans.

5. The establishment of ICTU would provide some small degree of justice to the victims of US war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Peoples of Iraq--just as the ICTY has done in the Balkans.

6. Furthermore, the establishment of ICTU by the U.N. General Assembly would serve as a deterrent effect upon US leaders such PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH, VICE-PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY, SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO GONZALES and members of Congress as well as top generals that they will be prosecuted for Their further infliction of international crimes against Iraq.

7. Without such a deterrent, the US administration along with the US Congress might be emboldened to attack other states such as Iran.

*since the USA has refused to become a party to the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court, this is the only effective legal redress the rest of the world has against US Officials.


Please send a copy to j.russow and to the President or Prime Minister of your country [if you think your country might be sympathetic]

For further information; please contact Francis Boyle at FBOYLE@LAW.UIUC.EDU or Joan Russow (PhD) Global Compliance Research Project at j.russow

Battle Looms Over Right to Unionize

With Democrats in control of Congress, labor will try to make unionizing as simple as signing a card. Business is already challenging this move as an assault on the secret-ballot process. The battle will begin on Tuesday when lawmakers introduce the Employee Free Choice Act. The act would not only streamline unionizing, but also assure newly organized workers a contract and sanction lawbreakers.

US Family-Oriented Job Policies Weak

The United States lags far behind virtually all wealthy countries with regard to family-oriented workplace policies such as maternity leave, paid sick days and support for breast-feeding, according to a new study by Harvard and McGill University researchers. The data comes as politicians and lobbyists wrangle over whether to scale back the existing federal law providing unpaid family leaves or to push new legislation allowing paid leaves.

Sea Bird Tied to Logging Fight Dwindles

The marbled murrelet, a threatened sea bird whose rare trait of nesting in old-growth forests made it a factor in logging battles in the US Northwest, is also declining dramatically in Alaska and Canada, where most of the birds live, according to a US government review. The review was released as the Bush administration considers whether to take the marbled murrelet off the threatened species list in Oregon, Washington and California. In those states, protection for the old-growth trees it nests in has dramatically reduced logging on some national forests.

Holding Bush to Account for Climate Lies, Neglect

John Nichols writes: "Climate change is real. And the cynical ploy by conservative politicians and commentators of suggesting otherwise has slowed the American response to a crisis scientists say has grown so severe that - no matter what is now done to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases - the gases that have already been produced or are in production will continue to contribute to global warming and the rise of oceans for more than 1,000 years."

Bush's Inner "Reality" Poisons Troop Plan

"The president has included an extraordinary fatal flaw in his plan for additional US troops in Iraq, a fact that may not make much sense to his advisers and allies, but is psychologically understandable in terms of a mechanism that governs his inner reality. As with many other aspects of the president's sometimes odd behavior, the root of this new self-subverting plan lies not in political expediency, in the advice he's received, or in his intellectual abilities as such, but in a psychological twist that begins with his long and well-documented history of failure (and his sense of his own failure) within his family of origin," according to John P. Briggs, M.D., and J.P. Briggs II, Ph.D.

I am counting on your support for the work in Japan while I am confronting with the whalers in Antarctica

Pub regulars win phonemast fight


08 February 2007 08:53

Regulars at a city pub are today raising their glasses after people power helped convince council bosses to throw out plans for a mast near their local.

Bosses at telecommunications company T-Mobile have been told to axe proposals for a 12m mast on Grove Road after more than 100 people signed a petition against it.

City council planning officers used delegated powers to refuse consent for the mast, which would have been installed next to a parade of shops and opposite an eight-apartment development which is currently under construction.

Chris Higgins, landlord of the Trafford pub, which is close to the site of the proposed mast, said he was pleased the council had thrown out the plans.

“We often feel that our voice isn't heard, but we're pleased at this result,” he said.

More than 100 people signed a petition which started after Mr Higgins began canvassing the views of regulars at his pub.

He said: “What we were doing was asking for people's opinions as a lot of residents frequent the pub - a lot of people weren't even aware it was taking place.”

Mr Higgins said concern about the mast did not just revolve around the possible health effects, but also the physical impact of the mast in a built-up, residential area.

“They're not aesthetically pleasing at all - they are tall and ugly,” he said.

The Evening News has fought against the installation of mobile phone masts near homes and schools until it is proved they are safe through our Put Masts on Hold campaign.

Last month it was reported how John Pillow, manager of Mobility 2000 on Grove Road - next to the site of the proposed mast - said he was concerned about the effect the mast would have on his business.

In a letter sent out to people living in the area, planning officer Sue Fletcher said the application would be refused after the consultation period expired yesterday. “We have delegated powers to deal with non-major applications where there are objections but we are refusing consent, so it will not be reported to committee,” she said.

“Had we been recommending approval and there were objections, it would be a committee decision. Anyone who made a representation (to date about 18 including a petition) will receive a letter notifying them of the decision.”

A spokesman for T-Mobile said they were awaiting the reason for refusal and would make a decision about what to do next after that.

“We still have to provide a service for that area, so we will be looking at the options available to us,” he said.

Are you battling against a mobile phone mast where you live? Call Peter Walsh on 01603 772439 or e-mail peter.walsh

Copyright © 2007 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

Phone mast ‘unlikely’ to be given go-ahead

08 February 2007


Not looking like a reality – the computer generated view of the proposed telephone mast

MOBILE phone giant O2 is considering whether to submit a planning application for a massive telecommunications mast in Royston.

And it has been told that any such proposals would probably be turned down.

Under planning rules North Herts District Council has to be approached to comment on the proposals before a planning application is submitted.

A district council spokesman said it has been told about the proposals to erect a 73ft mast on a site at the Royston telephone exchange.

The district council had told O2 that it would be "unlikely" to accept a proposal due to its height and its position on the edge of a conservation area.

National Grid Wireless, which is acting as agent for O2, said it was currently examining responses to the mast proposal.

Once this has taken place it will decide on "a way forward".

Meanwhile, Dr Stephanie North, a member of protest groups that includes residents in Palace Gardens and Kneesworth Street, Royston, said: "We will have to wait to see where it goes from here."

She said the district council had made a "sensible response" to the proposal.

"It is now back in the court of the company," she said.

National Grid Wireless said it chose the site at the telephone exchange because it had a lack of coverage in the area.

"The telephone exchange was the only site able to provide the coverage lacking in the area," it said.

It added: "The visual impact of the proposed mast has been kept to a minimum.

"It is a slim design and its height is needed to provide the required coverage.

Copyright © 2007 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

US Marchers sent message and deserved better

Streit um 1200 Milliarden Dollar

Will China Choke on US Dollars?

The dragon twitched. The dragon, which is China, twitches every so often, and when it does, ears prick up across the world of trade and finance. Dragons can, as you know, breathe fire when they choose to, and should the Chinese dragon emit a plume or two of smoke.

From Information Clearing House

A troubled U.S. military presence on Ecuador's coast

President Rafael Correa, whose rejection of a U.S. military presence in Ecuador reflects widespread resentment over Washington's foreign policy in a region where the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush now has few reliable allies.

From Information Clearing House

Remote Polish airstrip holds clues to secret CIA flights

In late 2002 and 2003, there was a flurry of unusual activity at Mazury-Szczytno International Airport, a former military facility that happens to be near a Polish intelligence training complex where European investigators suspect the CIA maintained a secret interrogation and detention facility.

From Information Clearing House

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn't want us to see

The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed about 250.000 people and became the most dreadful slaughter of civilians in modern history. However, for many years there was a curious gap in the photographic records.

From Information Clearing House

Mahathir fires war crimes volley at Bush

Malaysia’s former premier and outspoken critic of the West Mahathir Mohamed yesterday slammed US President George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair as war criminals and murderers.

From Information Clearing House

Billions missing: Bremer quizzed over cash for Iraq

Paul Bremer told a Congressional committee investigating allegations of waste and fraud that he had done his best to kick-start Iraq's economy. - Much of the money went missing and critics say there was no system to track how it was used.

War is a racket!

$12 Billion Missing: Waste in War: Where Did All the Iraq Reconstruction Money Go?

In his opening statement, Rep. Waxman claimed $12 billion dollars were sent to Iraq between May 2003 and June 2004 and is unaccounted for by the U.S. government.

Iraq's Missing Billions


Exposed: How American Contractors With The Help Of U.S. Government Raped Iraq.

From Information Clearing House


Waxman to Bremer: Show me the money

Mother Jones
by Daniel Schulman


Depending on who you ask, today’s hearing by Henry Waxman’s Committee on Government Reform, convened to examine the Coalition Provisional Authority’s handling of reconstruction funding in Iraq, was either a demonstration of aggressive oversight or a shameless exercise in political grandstanding. … While the impetus for the hearing was a point of contention, there was one thing everyone could agree on regardless of their political persuasion: No one — not the committee members or the distinguished panel assembled to testify — had any idea how billions of dollars in reconstruction funds were ultimately spent. Shipped to Iraq by the ton on C-130 cargo planes laden with bricks of U.S. tender, the funding in question, held in the Development Fund for Iraq and totaling some $8.8 billion, was doled out by the CPA to Iraq’s fledgling government ministries between October 2003 and June 2004. Ostensibly, the cash went to pay for such things as salaries and overhead. Where it actually wound up is another story entirely...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

CIA-Sponsored Kidnappings And Torture Undermine Anti-Terror Efforts

By Eric Mink

Imagine agents of a foreign government — say, Russia or China — deciding that certain Americans might be plotting against their country. Imagine those agents seizing the Americans while they're on vacation abroad. Imagine those agents then secretly transporting the Americans for interrogation to a third country notorious for its use of torture in interrogations, where they are — no surprise — tortured.

It's Bush vs. America and Bush wins

Iran's Pursuit of the Bomb and U.S. War Preparations

From Mega Surge to Dual ollback

By Siddharth Varadarajan

The U.S. will not leave Iraq without first militarily weakening Iran. Washington has scuttled every initiative that could have provided a diplomatic solution to the troubles with Tehran.

It Is No Use Blaming Iran For The Insurgency In Iraq

By Patrick Cockburn

Confrontation with Iran, diverting attention from the fiasco in Iraq, may be their best chance of holding the White House in 2008.

International Anti-Fur Coalition plans protests in U.S. and 26 other countries on February 13th

One Week to Global Day of Action against the Chinese Fur Industry

Urge your elected officials to support efforts to ban horse slaughter in the U.S.

Horse Protection Bills Reintroduced to Congress

So-called ‘seeds of mutiny’ in Iran likely wishful thinking

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen: Der Weg zum Armutsfreien Sozialstaat

We've given war a chance: how about trying something else?

The Christian Right’s War on America

Informant: Lew Rockwell

It Can’t Happen Here? It Has Happened Here

Slaughter and Spin in the Battle for Najaf


Slaughter and Spin in Najaf

Chris Floyd asks, "What happened in Najaf? It is, of course, hard to see anything clearly through the natural confusions of a nation in chaos and the deliberate manipulations of the powerful and their sycophants, but there are independent Iraqi sources - nonsectarian, nonaligned, democratic - who have been providing eyewitness accounts and analyses of stories in the wide-ranging Iraqi press, which is almost entirely ignored by the Western media.

Inspector throws out mast plan

By Jane Reader

A VICTORY for common sense. That is how a decision to refuse permission for a mobile phone mast to be put up near homes has been described.

Phone giants O2 appealed to the government when Bournemouth council turned down its application for a mast on land at the back of Warnford Road.

But an inspector has backed residents and has told O2 to go back to the drawing board.

Inspector Phil Grainger, appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said the proposed mast would adversely affect the quality of life for nearby residents, who have been concerned about health implications.

"It would be plainly visible from some houses and the concern caused would detract from the well-being of their occupiers," the inspector concluded. "I dismiss the appeal."

O2 applied for permission for the mast due to concerns over limited reception in the area.

But the inspector concluded it had not properly examined other potential sites further away from homes and schools, such as Iford playing fields or Iford Meadows.

Cllr Dr John Millward said: "This is a victory for common sense and it will give hope to other people who are campaigning against phone masts. As far as I am concerned there is no doubt that this technology is harmful."

The proposed mast would have been disguised as a telegraph pole, another element which provoked criticism from Dr Millward.

He added: "People should know where they are and how many of them there are - they should not be disguised." But he warned: "People want mobile phones with good reception but they don't want masts. It is something everyone should think about."

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