Donnerstag, 1. März 2007

Next-up news n°197

- Le Journal D'ICI (Albi) : " J'assigne Tarn Habitat ".

- France 2 : "Adolescents, Les Proies des Opérateurs" (reportage vidéo).

- Chevreuse 2 Mars 2007 Débat: Téléphonie Mobile et Santé,
avec Dr Pierre Le RUZ, Me Richard FORGET, Etienne CENDRIER, Corinne LEPAGE.

White House Backpedals on Claims of North Korea Nukes

The Bush administration has begun backpedaling from previous assertions that North Korea’s nuclear weapons efforts include a major uranium enrichment effort, charges that led five years ago to the unraveling of international monitoring of North Korea’s nuclear program and the acceleration of its drive to use plutonium for nuclear bombs.

Walter Reed Hospital Officials Knew of Neglect for Years

Top officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, including the Army's surgeon general, have heard complaints about outpatient neglect from family members, veterans groups, and members of Congress for more than three years.


Four-star bureaucrats

by Phillip Carter


Today we learned just how far the dysfunction at Walter Reed extends. Not only did these problems happen on Army Surgeon General Kevin Kiley’s watch — they literally happened across the street from his quarters. When told that soldiers were complaining about bureaucratic obstacles to medical care and substandard housing, the surgeon general ignored them. His staff summarily dismissed members of Congress — and their spouses — when they tried to advocate for wounded troops. Despite the fact that 150,000 military personnel live in the Washington area, including hundreds of generals and sergeants major, no one paid any attention to what was going on there. Despite promising publicly to fix the problems at Walter Reed, Army leaders have decided instead to torment the wounded troops by waking them up at 6 a.m. and ordering them not to talk with the press. It’s fast becoming clear that the entire military bureaucracy is rotten to the core — incapable of managing problems at Walter Reed, let alone fighting and winning a war...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Army Secretary Resigns in Scandal's Wake

Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey resigned Friday as the Bush administration struggled to cope with the fallout from a scandal over substandard conditions for wounded Iraq soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Waxman to Force Walter Reed Ex-Chief to Talk About Problems, Contract

Democratic congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is challenging the Pentagon, which is attempting to block the former chief of Walter Reed Army Medical Center from testifying before Congress next week.

Soldiers Move to Small Posts in Baghdad's Most Violent Areas

American soldiers are leaving their sprawling fortress-cities and establishing many small outposts in the capital's most violent neighborhoods in a major tactical shift under the two-week-old Baghdad security plan. American soldiers say these outposts pose new risks to their safety and require pulling soldiers off patrols to protect their lodgings.

Eklat im BND-Ausschuss: zensiert das Bundesinnenministerium Akten für den Untersuchungsausschuss?

Fehlende Akten des Bremer Landesamtes für Verfassungsschutz haben am 1. März für einen Eklat im BND-Ausschuss des Bundestages gesorgt. Sie gelten im Fall des langjährigen Guantanamo-Häftlings Murat Kurnaz als zentrales Dokument für die Weigerung Deutschlands, den Bremer Türken wieder nach Deutschland zurückzuholen. Aufgrund der fehlenden Unterlagen beschloss der Ausschuss einstimmig, die Befragung wichtiger Geheimdienst-Zeugen zunächst auszusetzen. Die Akten sollen nach bisheriger Darstellung der Bundesregierung belegen, dass Kurnaz ab 2002 als potenzieller islamistischer Gefährder galt. Jedoch widersprach der damals für Kurnaz zuständige stellvertretende Leiter des Bremer Verfassungsschutzes, Lothar Jachmann, dieser Sichtweise. Die Opposition vermutet, dass die Akten zunächst vom Bundesinnenministerium vorzensiert werden würden.


Opposition to further funding of the war in and occupation of Iraq

The Occupation Project, in its 4th week, continues applying pressure on elected representatives.

We expect that the House Appropriations Committee will vote on the supplemental spending bill on March 7th. Call Representative David Obey, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, to voice your opposition to any additional funding for this war. Please spread the word! Rep. David Obey: 202-225-3365

We expect the full House vote to happen by March 14th. It is essential that all of our representatives hear our opposition to further funding of the war in and occupation of Iraq. Please visit for full contact information for your representative, or call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

THE OCCUPATION PROJECT: WEEK 4 A recent visit to the Wausau, WI office of Representative David Obey, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, resulted in the arrest of 3 constituents who refused to leave when Obey did not reverse his position on war funding. Seven were arrested at the Des Moines, IA office of Sen. Grassley while 11 others were being arrested at Grassley's other office in Cedar Rapids. In St. Louis, after sitting down and discussing de-funding the war with Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO) last week, members of Veterans For Peace and Military Famlies Speak Out members returned to Carnahan's office and 2 members refused to leave before they secured Carnahan's public commitment to oppose any new funding. Carnahan did not publicly commit so 2 members were arrested on charges of trespassing. Four Occupation Project participants were arrested in Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office in Washington, D.C.. Three were arrested in the lobby of the building housing Ohio Sen. George Voinovich's office. Three others were arrested at the office of Rep. Virgil Goode in Charlottesville, VA.

There are now over 30 local Occupation Project campaigns happening across the country:

Join the efforts:



The Occupation Project Radio has 2 new interviews conducted by Scott Burgwin; Kathy Kelly talks about the national efforts of the project and Joy First of Madison Wisconsin talks about ongoing efforts in Wisconsin. There are over a dozen audio files with interviews and updates from local campaigns. Listen:

By Jeff Leys
February 27, 2007

[Editorial Note: Shortly after the following was written, reports broke in the media that Democratic party leadership in the House is backing away from Murtha's proposals on supplemental spending. In its place is the proposal that the full $93 billion will be approved by the House. This proposal would require that the President issue a waiver and notify Congress of any units deployed to Iraq which do not meet certain standards. Rather than acting to end the Iraq war, it would seem that the Democratic party leadership is playing political games with the lives of U.S. soldiers and Iraqi citizens.]

Democrats who have staked out an "antiwar" position, whether consistently over the years or more recently, are beginning to join with Congressman John Murtha in placing limited conditions upon the supplemental spending request submitted by President Bush to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the so-called global war on terror. Even Representatives who have consistently voted against prior supplemental spending requests for the war and who have consistently co-sponsored legislation aimed at ending the war or placed restrictions on the waging of the war are showing indications that they will support a Murtha formulated version of the supplemental spending bill. The danger is therefore very real that fewer votes will be cast against the supplemental spending bill than were cast against prior supplemental spending bills.

Read the complete talking points:

by Michael T. McPhearson, Executive Director of Veterans For Peace. Michael sat-in at Carnahan's St. Louis office which resulted in his being arrested.



Nordkoreas Atomwaffenprogramm auch ein Phantom der US-Geheimdienste?

Wie sich jetzt herausstellt, gab es weder 2002 noch später Beweise für ein nordkoreanisches Atomwaffenprogramm mit hochangereichertem Uran.

Spaniens Handynutzer im Streik

Protest gegen gleichzeitige Preiserhöhung der Anbieter, die einen Sieg der Konsumenten gegen das lukrative Aufrunden mehr als zunichte machen sollen.

Rachel's News #896

False Choices in the Debate on Voting Technology

Brad Friedman writes: "The good news is that over the course of the last few years, through the exhaustive and tireless work of an extraordinarily dedicated, rag-tag band of citizen patriots I call 'The Election Integrity Movement,' both the public and most of our politicians have finally come to understand that we have a serious problem with our electoral system. The bad news is that while they've finally discovered there's a problem - unreliable, inaccurate, hackable voting machines which count our public elections with secret software created by private companies - the politicians, specifically the Democrats, and many of their public advocacy groups, have gotten the solution wrong."

Fate of Many "Ghost Prisoners" Still Unknown

The US government should account for all "ghost prisoners" detained by the CIA in secret prisons around the world, urges a new report by Human Rights Watch. The report, "Ghost Prisoner: Two Years in Secret CIA Detention," contains detailed descriptions from a Palestinian detainee of his experience in a secret CIA prison before his release last year.

Rights Groups Report on Ghost Prisoners

William Fisher reports: "Six prominent human rights groups are charging that US authorities are secretly holding 39 terror suspects. One of the groups, the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, has filed a lawsuit in US federal court demanding the disclosure of information concerning disappeared detainees, including ghost detainees and unregistered prisoners."

Democrats Seek Testimony From Fired Attorneys

Senate Democrats are moving to compel some of the eight US attorneys who have been ousted to tell their stories publicly - under oath - after a federal prosecutor claimed he was fired for political reasons.

The coming war with Iran

Pentagon Whistle-Blower on the Coming War With Iran

Karen Kwiatkowski, a veteran of the Pentagon with first-hand experience of the administration's cherry-picking of intelligence, talks to James Harris from truthdig and reveals why Bush thinks he can win a war with Iran, why few politicians are serious about withdrawal and why, "When they call Iraq a success, they mean it."


The coming war with Iran

by Justin Raimondo


The timing of the recent incident in which 15 British sailors were arrested by Iran at the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab waterway for purportedly entering Iranian waters couldn’t have been more provocative if it had been planned that way. And perhaps it was. The question is, however, who did the planning? It happened on the eve of a vote in the UN Security Council to impose stricter sanctions on Iran and in the wake of escalating rhetoric from U.S. government officials blaming Iran for anti-occupation activity in Iraq. On top of that, recent events include the kidnapping of Iranian consular officials in Irbil, Kurdistan, by U.S. forces, reports of covert U.S. support for terrorist attacks inside Iran, the ‘disappearance’ of a major Iranian military figure in the elite Revolutionary Guards unit, and suspicions that the Mossad may have had a hand in killing a renowned Iranian nuclear scientist. Add it all up, and there seems little doubt as to who carried out what seems like a brazen provocation...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Kurnaz: der fortgesetzte Skandal

Tough Questions For Dem Hopefuls

by Margaret Kimberly, Black Agenda Report

Instead of giving Democratic candidates a pass, grill them on some of the most pertinent issues.

Union Busting As Homeland Security

by Dick Meister,

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff says that unionized luggage screeners would imperil national security.


Union-Busting as Homeland Security

"President Bush and his Republican allies in Congress agree that airport screeners play a vital role in the war against terror, yet continue to deny them the basic right of unionization by asserting that it would 'threaten national security'. It's the very least we can expect from George Bush and his Republican accomplices in their undiminished eagerness to protect the nation from the threat of unionization," writes Dick Meister.

Stop the Clash of Civilizations


Clash of civilizations?


Talk is rising of a 'clash of civilizations'. But the problem isn't culture, it's politics - from 9/11 to Guantanamo, Iraq to Iran. This clash is not inevitable, and we don't want it.

Please ask Europe’s Head of States to Say No to Biofuel Targets

EU-Regierungschefs entscheiden über Regenwald-Vernichtung

Auf dem EU-Gipfel am 8. und 9. März 2007 entscheiden 27 Regierungschefs über die zwangsweise Verwendung von Palmöl und anderen Plantagenprodukten aus den Tropen für die Energieerzeugung in Europa.

Palmöl- und Sojaanbau entwickeln sich zur Katastrophe für den Regenwald. Das Magazin Monitor berichtet darüber am Donnerstag, und auf der Webseite von Rettet den Regenwald haben wir Infos über Indonesien, Malaysia und Kolumbien zusammengestellt.

Bitte beteiligen Sie sich noch einmal an den Protesten auf

Es lohnt sich. Die Bedenken der Umweltschützer werden langsam gehört!

Bitten Sie auch Freunde und Bekannte, bei der Aktion mitzumachen. Vielen Dank für Ihre Unterstützung.

Herzliche Grüße

Reinhard Behrend
Vorsitzender Rettet den Regenwald
Friedhofsweg 28
22337 Hamburg
Tel. 040 - 4103804

A breach in the church-state wall

Christian Science Monitor
by Andrew B. Coan


Significant constitutional cases don’t always arrive at the ball dressed up as such. Sometimes they come in the modest trappings of an obscure technical dispute too dull to capture public attention. Wednesday, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in just such a case. Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation is unlikely to make headlines, but it could deal a sharp blow to the wall of separation between church and state. The plaintiffs are ordinary citizens who object to their federal tax dollars being used to fund the president’s program for ‘faith-based and community initiatives.’ In particular, they claim that several conferences sponsored by the program were propaganda vehicles for religion and therefore violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which forbids government promotion of religion...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The MCA, Gitmo detainees and habeas corpus

by Marjorie Cohn


Last week, in Boumediene v. Bush, two judges on a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the provision of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that strips the rights of all Guantanamo detainees to have their habeas corpus petitions heard by U.S. federal courts. If that decision is left to stand, the men and boys detained at Guantanamo can be held there for the rest of their lives without ever having a federal judge determine the legality of their detention. In my opinion, this appellate decision will likely be overturned by the Supreme Court next term...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Standing for a soldier’s right to conscience

by Susan Van Haitsma


In Mark’s court-martial, the fact that his conscientious objector claim had been denied prior to a looming second deployment could not be used as a defense to the charges of desertion and missing movement to which he pleaded guilty. However, it is important to note that the conscientious objector approval process in the military is considered by many to be a broken system. By law, the military must allow soldiers to apply for discharge as conscientious objectors when they have experienced, after enlisting, a ‘crystallization’ of their moral, ethical or religious beliefs about participating in war. However, J.E. McNeil, director of the Center on Conscience & War, says that, according to military figures, only about 50 percent of CO claims are being approved, and anecdotal evidence suggests the percentage may be even lower...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US commanders admit: We face a Vietnam-style collapse

Guardian [UK]
by Simon Tisdall


An elite team of officers advising the US commander, General David Petraeus, in Baghdad has concluded that they have six months to win the war in Iraq — or face a Vietnam-style collapse in political and public support that could force the military into a hasty retreat. The officers — combat veterans who are experts in counter-insurgency — are charged with implementing the ‘new way forward’ strategy announced by George Bush on January 10. The plan includes a controversial ’surge’ of 21,500 additional American troops to establish security in the Iraqi capital and Anbar province. But the team, known as the ‘Baghdad brains trust’ and ensconced in the heavily fortified Green Zone, is struggling to overcome a range of entrenched problems in what has become a race against time, according to a former senior administration official familiar with their deliberations...,,2023865,00.html

Candidates who shun corporate cash are winning

by Jim Hightower


It’s instructive that only hours after changing the House rules last month to stop lobbyists from doling out certain freebies to lawmakers, Democrats celebrated. How? With a fundraising gala that drew some 200 check-writing lobbyists, still free to pay and play. Well, say the cynics, the Democrats’ hypocrisy just shows that you can’t change the system — special interests will always find their way around any restrictions reformers can dream up. Horsestuff. Look to the states and cities, and you’ll find examples of citizens reclaiming their politics and government from the exclusive grasp of the monied powers. Their reform mechanism is a rather simple notion called ‘clean elections’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The fall of modernity

The American Conservative
by Michael Vlahos


We are losing our wars in the Muslim world because our vision of history is at odds with reality. This is a well-established condition of successful societies, a condition that inevitably grows more worrisome with time and continuing success. In fact, what empires have most in common is how their sacred narratives come to rule their strategic behavior — and rule it badly. In America’s case, our war narrative works against us to promote our deepest fear: the end of modernity...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Pakistan does not accept dictation from any side or any source

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The angry American

The Weekly Standard
by Duncan Currie


Webb comes from a Marine family and earned the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts in Vietnam, then ascended to Navy secretary under President Reagan. That’s the real ’secret’ to Webb’s sudden transformation from longtime Republican to anti-Bush Democrat to liberal hero: He combines the most salient qualities of Dean, Kerry, Edwards, and Clark that Democrats found so attractive in the last presidential cycle...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

I’m just loving all this leadership

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Breaking the presidential pattern


by Alan Bock

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The wrath of Ron Paul

The Nation
by John Nichols


With the Bush administration preparing formal plans for a quick attack on Iran … a number of current and potential presidential contenders have been positioning themselves as the anti-Iran War candidate. … But the most muscular criticism of the administration’s saber rattling is coming from another possible candidate. … The speaker is Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican who has just finished a swing through New Hampshire do determine whether he should enter the race for his party’s nomination. Paul is not without his flaws. But this Constitution-wielding contender, who voted against authorizing Bush to invade and occupy Iraq and has steadily opposed that war since its launch four years ago, would certainly make the GOP debates worth watching — and perhaps applauding...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Pardons reemerge as issue in Clinton run

Boston Globe


Six years ago, the launch of Hillary Clinton’s career in the US Senate was marred by allegations that her brothers had received payments from people pardoned by President Bill Clinton in the waning months of his presidency. Now, in the wake of the launch of her presidential campaign, the pardon controversy has reemerged in an obscure court case in which Senator Clinton’s brother Tony is battling an order to repay more than $100,000 he received from a couple pardoned by President Clinton. Tony Rodham, who acknowledged approaching the president about a pardon for the couple, is the second of Hillary Clinton’s brothers to receive money from people who were eventually pardoned by President Clinton. Hugh Rodham received $400,000 from two people, one of whom was pardoned and one whose sentence was commuted...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US blasted for treatment of detainees

South Florida Sun-Sentinel


The U.N. human rights chief expressed concern Wednesday at recent U.S. legislative and judicial actions that she said leave hundreds of detainees without any way to challenge their indefinite imprisonment. Louise Arbour referred to the Military Commissions Act approved by Congress last year and last month’s federal appeals court ruling that Guantanamo Bay detainees cannot use the U.S. court system to challenge their detention. The case is likely to go to the Supreme Court...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Ostermärsche 2007

Ostermärsche und -aktionen 2007 auf der Sonderseite des Netzwerk Friedenskooperative

Ostermarsch.Info mit Übersichtskarte und Terminen

Aus: LabourNet, 1. März 2007

Der in Deutschland stationierte Agustín Aguayo entzieht sich Einsatz im Irak

Aktionen zum Prozess gegen US-Verweigerer in Würzburg, 3.-12. März
2007. Friedensgruppen fordern Untersuchung des Fall Aguayo durch die deutsche Bundesregierung

„Zum Prozess gegen den US-Kriegsdienstverweigerer Agustín Aguayo rufen Friedensgruppen zu Aktionen in Berlin und in Würzburg auf. Der Prozess wird am 6. März um 9.00 Uhr in den Leighton Barracks in Würzburg beginnen. Agustín Aguayo ist dort wegen "Desertion" und "Verpassen der Verlegung der Einheit" angeklagt. Ihm droht eine Haftstrafe von bis zu sieben Jahren. Neben Aktionen in Deutschland wird es auch Protestveranstaltungen in den USA und Großbritannien geben…“ Pressemitteilung vom 1. März 2007 von Connection e.V., Military Counseling Network (MCN), American Voices Abroad
(AVA) Military Project und Stop the War Brigade samt Übersicht der Termine und weiteren Infos

Unterstützen Sie den in Mannheim inhaftierten US-Verweigerer Agustín Aguayo ! Schicken Sie ihm eine Solidaritätspostkarte !

Soli-Aktion von und bei Connection e.V.

Verweigerer in Mannheim nicht anerkannt. US-Gericht ignoriert Empfehlung der UN-Menschenrechtskommission

“Nach zwei Jahren Verfahrensdauer hat nun auch das Berufungsgericht in Washington D.C. dem im US-Militärgefängnis in Mannheim eingesperrten Agustín Aguayo die Anerkennung als Kriegsdienstverweigerer verweigert. Anfang März soll gegen ihn ein Strafverfahren durchgeführt werden. Wegen des Vorwurfs der "Desertion zur Vermeidung eines gefährlichen Einsatzes" und des "Verpassens der Verlegung der Einheit" drohen ihm bis zu sieben Jahren Haft…“ Artikel von Endy Hagen und Rudi Friedrich im Online-Flyer der Neuen Rheinischen Zeitung Nr. 84 vom 28.02.2007

Aus: LabourNet, 1. März 2007

Iran: Die Kriegstrommeln werden immer lauter

„Obwohl die Hardliner in der US-Regierung schon lange auf einen bewaffneten Angriff gegen den Iran hinarbeiten, werden die Kriegstrommeln seit Anfang des Jahres immer unüberhörbarer. Die Anzeichen mehren sich, dass sich Washington tatsächlich auf einen Angriff vorbereitet, wie jüngste Maßnahmen überdeutlich machen…“ Artikel von Jürgen Wagner als IMI-Standpunkt 2007/014 vom 26.2.07

Kein Blut für Öl! Aktion gegen Iran-Krieg - am 3. März in Köln

Artikel von Hildegard Miensopust im Online-Flyer der Neuen Rheinischen Zeitung Nr. 84 vom 28.02.2007

Aus: LabourNet, 1. März 2007

Eine (teure) Rufnummer für die Arbeitsagentur

Eine einheitliche Servicenummer soll für Arbeitssuchende den Kontakt zum nächsten regionalen Callcenter ermöglichen

„In den meisten Arbeits- und Sozialagenturen ist es nicht mehr möglich, ohne Termin zu einem Sachbearbeiter zu gelangen. Doch diese Termine sind spärlich gesät und da die Sachbearbeiter mit einer Vielzahl von Kunden (wie es im Servicebereich nun heißt) stets beschäftigt sind, übernimmt die Terminvereinbarung eine zentrale Stelle. Weitergehende Auskünfte, die nur der Sachbearbeiter leisten kann, sind schwer zu erhalten – meist ist mehr als eine Nachricht auf dem Anrufbeantworter des Sachbearbeiters nicht möglich, um in direkten Kontakt mit seinem "Casemanager" zu treten. Erreicht man diesen doch einmal direkt, lassen Akten- und Informationssuche den Anruf nicht selten zur halbstündigen Angelegenheit werden. Diese Problematik dürfte sich auch durch die ab März geltende einheitliche Rufnummer der Bundesagentur für Arbeit nicht lösen lassen, die Nummer schafft letztendlich mehr neue Probleme für die Arbeitssuchenden…“ Artikel von Twister (Bettina Winsemann) in telepolis vom 28.02.2007

Aus: LabourNet, 1. März 2007

Hartz IV: GEZ und Telekom

ARD und ZDF kassieren Arme ab. ARD und ZDF treiben von Langzeitarbeitslosen hunderte Millionen Euro Rundfunkgebühren ein, obwohl diese nicht zahlen müssten. Kritiker sprechen von Abzocke.

„Nach Berechnungen der Frankfurter Rundschau kassieren die öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten etwa 560 Millionen Euro jährlich von Hartz-IV-Empfängern, die eigentlich gar nicht bezahlen müssten. Heinrich Alt, Vorstandsmitglied der Bundesagentur für Arbeit, beziffert die Gesamtsumme sogar auf rund 700 Millionen Euro…“ Artikel von Pitt von Bebenburg in Frankfurter Rundschau vom 28.02.2007

Siehe dazu auch:

Rundfunkgebühren: Opfer des Verfahrens

Artikel von Pitt von Bebenburg in Frankfurter Rundschau vom 28.02.2007

Aus: LabourNet, 1. März 2007

Agenda Ausgrenzung: zum fünften Jahrestag der Einsetzung der Hartz-Kommission

13 Täuschungsmodule

Artikel von Antonín Dick in junge Welt vom 21.02.2007

Aus: LabourNet, 1. März 2007

Gegen Stellenabbau und Lohndrückerei bei der Telekom


Ver.di zeigt Muskeln: Telekom-Beschäftigte demonstrieren heute in Bonn gegen Zerschlagung des Konzerns. Mehr als 60000 Angestellte von Ausgliederung bedroht. Artikel von Daniel Behruzi in der jungen Welt vom 28.02.2007

Telekom: Kampfbereite Beschäftigte in Bonn

„Ich wäre auch noch viel weiter gefahren, um hier zu demonstrieren“, meinte ein Kollege der aus München angereist war. Der Telekomvorstand hatte vor der Demonstration angekündigt, 55.000 Beschäftigte in eine neue Servicegesellschaft auszugliedern. Sie sollen bis zu sechs Stunden pro Woche länger arbeiten und weniger Geld bekommen. Auch aus Halle, Leipzig, Bremerhaven, Dortmund, Berlin, Suhl und anderen Städten waren die Telekombeschäftigten zum Teil in der Nacht aufgebrochen, um am Mittwoch vor der Telekomzentrale in Bonn zu protestieren. Darunter auch Männer und Frauen vom CallCenter VCS die bereits von der Telekom an die Walter-Telemedien-Gruppe verkauft worden sind…“ Artikel von Georg Kümmel, Köln in vom 01.03.2007

Großdemonstration gegen Stellenabbau und Lohndrückerei bei der Telekom

„Am 28. Februar demonstrierten in Bonn rund 13.000 Beschäftigte der Deutschen Telekom AG gegen die Vernichtung ihrer Arbeitsplätze und gegen die Senkung ihrer Einkommen. Dort trat zugleich der Telekom-Aufsichtsrat zusammen, um unter anderem über die "Auslagerungspläne" des Vorstandes für T-Service und Call-Center zu beraten. Dagegen leistet die Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft Widerstand. Bei der Kundgebung sprachen die Vorsitzenden von ver.di und DGB, Frank Bsirske und Michael Sommer, sowie das zuständige ver.di-Bundesvorstandsmitglied Lothar Schröder…“ Sonderseite von ver.di zur Demo

Aus: LabourNet, 1. März 2007

Überwachung bedeutet weniger Freiheit


Freiheit statt Angst - Demo gegen Sicherheits- und Überwachungswahn. Aufruf zur Demo in Frankfurt (Main) am Samstag, den 14. April ab 15 Uhr

„Bürgerrechtler rufen zu einer bundesweiten Demonstration gegen die ausufernde Überwachung durch Staat und Wirtschaft auf. Am Samstag, den 14. April 2007 werden besorgte Bürgerinnen und Bürger in Frankfurt am Main unter dem Motto "Freiheit statt Angst" auf die Straße gehen. Treffpunkt ist der Hauptbahnhof um 15 Uhr. Der Protestmarsch durch die Stadt wird mit einer Kundgebung vor der Paulskirche enden…“ Pressemitteilung vom 14.03.2007 beim Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung

Für weitere Infos siehe die Demo-Homepage:

Aus: LabourNet, 15. März 2007

Beacon of Hope

The German mcs network sent me an item on a worldwide campaign to raise awareness of toxic injury and the dangers of chemicals in general.


Approval of GM Crops Illegal, US Federal Courts Rule

On attacking Iran, Hersh says that 'if [Bush] does it, it'll be this year'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Climate Pact Is "No Post-Kyoto Answer"

A six-nation alliance of big polluters, drawing in China, Japan, the US and India, was not the answer to the search for a wider post-Kyoto pact to combat global warming, Britain's top climate diplomat said on Tuesday.

Climate Panel Recommends Global Temperature Ceiling, Carbon Tax

A panel of scientists has given the United Nations a detailed plan for combating climate change, and is calling on the international community to act quickly to prevent catastrophe.

Senate Stalls on Iraq

A weekend of confusion among Democratic senators over possible action on Iraq was capped off by an announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada that the Senate would wait on any Iraq-related legislation. "Iraq is going to be there ... it's just a question of when we get back to it," Reid said.

Four Ways Democrats Can End the War in Iraq

School opposes phone mast proposal

Exclusive By Helen Thomas

A PROPOSED mobile phone mast near a Hilperton primary school has angered governors, parents and residents.

T Mobile wants to build the mast near the junction of Ashton Road and Hilperton Road, which is only about 100metres from The Mead Primary School.

Chairman of the governors Peter Smith said: "I was horrified to learn of this proposal. "I cannot believe an organisation such as T Mobile would consider it to be reasonable to locate a mast adjacent to a school when they should have learned from experience elsewhere in the country it's not socially acceptable.

"I think we'll look back in years to come and question our sanity if we allow this to happen."

He arranged an extraordinary meeting for governors on Wednesday night to discuss the school's options and said he had already been inundated with letters from concerned parents and governors.

Meanwhile, local residents have started a petition against the mast and had gathered almost 100 signatures by Tuesday.

T Mobile has not yet submitted an application for the mast but pre-application guidelines suggest it should inform those living in the area.

Stuart Wellman, of Ardent Property and Planning, which is acting as agents for T Mobile, said the company put up notices on telegraph poles and wrote to the district council as well as the school.

However, the school was on half-term last week and Mr Smith said he only learned of the plans through district council leader Sarah Content.

District councillor Ernie Clark, who is also chairman of Hilperton Parish Council, said he had started a campaign to inform residents because he believes T Mobile's consultation was inadequate.

"There is no footpath near the notices and no one really looks at notices on poles," he said.

"I sent out a couple of hundred leaflets and have had quite a response already.

"The real concern is there is no real proof that radio waves that come from these things aren't in the long term. We don't know the long term side effects.

"I can't believe this is the best site they can find. There must be a better location out there."

Mr Wellman said the company had considered other locations but considered the Hilperton site the most suitable. He said: "The mast looks like a replica lamppost. It is 12m tall and does not cause visual intrusion," adding that the mast is low powered and would emit 347 times below the maximum permitted levels of radio exposure.

# West Wiltshire District Council has received notifcation T Mobile also intend to put up a mast about a mile from Trowle Common, Trowbridge on land owned by Wessex Water.

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Zuverlässigkeit von Wahlcomputer-Hersteller nach versuchter Erpressung höchst zweifelhaft

Die niederländische Initiative ("Wir vertrauen Wahlcomputern nicht") hat mit Hilfe des dortigen Informationsfreiheitsgesetzes skandalöse Praktiken des Monopolherstellers der Software der auch in Deutschland verwendeten NEDAP-Wahlcomputer aufgedeckt.

Die Software zum Betrieb der Wahlcomputer und zur Berechnung der Wahlergebnisse ("Integriertes Wahlsystem") wird von einer Drei-Mann-Firma, die dem Holländer Jan Groenendaal gehört, hergestellt und gewartet. Die Firma programmiert im Auftrag von NEDAP auch die Software der in Deutschland verwendeten NEDAP-Wahlcomputer. Der deutsche Vetreiber, HSG Wahlsysteme, nimmt lediglich kleinere Anpassungen und die Eindeutschung vor. Die Monopolstellung der Firma von Groenendaal wirkt sich also auch direkt auf den in Deutschland ohnehin umstrittenen Wahlcomputer-Einsatz aus.

Angesichts der immer massiver werdenden Fragen nach der Überprüfbarkeit und Manipulationssicherheit von Wahlcomputern sieht Groenendaal nun offenbar seine Felle davonschwimmen. Er hat, wie durch befreite Dokumente belegt wird [1] [3], offenbar versucht die holländische Wahlbehörde zu erpressen, seine Mini-Firma aufzukaufen, da er "dringend in den Ruhestand" möchte. Andernfalls hat er unverhohlen damit gedroht, alle Aktivitäten einzustellen, die für die in den Niederlanden anstehenden Wahlen notwendig sind. Damit wäre die Durchführung der Provinzwahlen am 7. März gefährdet. Laut dem holländischen Innerministerium habe man die Drohung jedoch nicht ernst genommen und arbeite schon 20 Jahre "zur vollsten Zufriendenheit" mit ihm zusammen.

In den Niederlanden berät derzeit eine unabhängige Kommission nach den von der der Initiative aufgedeckten Manipulationsmöglichkeiten und Sicherheitsproblemen von Wahlcomputern die Zukunft des Wahlverfahrens und den Ablauf der Wahlen.

Herr Groenendaal tat sich schon in der Vergangenheit mit gewagten Sprüchen hervor. Er behauptete, dass man auf NEDAP-Wahlcomputern nicht Schach spielen könne. Kurze Zeit nach dieser vollmundigen Behauptung konnte jedoch live im Fernsehen gezeigt werden, wie der Wahlcomputer problemlos Schach spielte [4]. Anstatt nun seine Niederlage einzugestehen und sich auf's Altenteil zurückzuziehen, forderte er, wie in den befreiten Dokumenten belegt wird, Rop Gonggrijp, den Gründer der Initiative, als "Gesellschaftsfeind und Terroristen" ins Gefängnis zu stecken. Sollte Gonggrijp Mitglied der holländischen unabhängigen Kommission für das zukünftige Wahlverfahren werden, drohte Groenendaal mit der sofortigen Einstellung aller Arbeiten an der Wahlsoftware.

Angesichts der nun aufgedeckten massiven Mängel an geistiger Klarheit und Demokratieverständnis des Besitzers der Monopol-Software, mit deren Hilfe auch in Deutschland in 52 Städten und Gemeinden in 6 Bundesländern gewählt wird, fordert der Chaos Computer Club die sofortige Rücknahme der Betriebsgenehmigung für NEDAP-Wahlcomputer. Es stellt sich die Frage, wie das Bundesinnenministerium überhaupt die Entstehung einer derartigen Situation dulden konnte. Offenbar hat sich bisher niemand dafür interessiert, wie die Software für die Wahlcomputer zustande kommt und welche Erpressungsmöglichkeiten und systemischen Risiken dabei billigend in Kauf genommen werden.

In den Niederlanden ist die Rolle von Groenendaals Firma derzeit Gegenstand intensiver parlamentarischer Fragen [5]. Der Chaos Computer Club fordert die Abgeordneten des Bundestages auf, dem Krisenherd Wahlcomputer mehr Aufmerksamkeit zu widmen und aktiv für die Rücknahme der Betriebsgenehmigung einzutreten.


Gov't estimates 754,000 homeless people

The nation has three-quarters of a million homeless people, filling emergency shelters through the year and spilling into special seasonal shelters in the coldest months, the government said Wednesday.

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Canada scraps anti-terrorism laws

The Canadian parliament has refused to extend controversial anti-terrorism legislation enacted after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US which allows for preventive arrests and compels testimony.

From Information Clearing House

Inside Navy's secret brig

Officials at the Navy's brig in Hanahan developed elaborate plans to dodge public scrutiny of its operations to detain enemy combatants, plans that include destroying "critical info," scrubbing public Web sites, and warning brig staff about the temptations of "high priced offers from news agencies," a Navy report shows.

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Pentagon's number two suggests terror war will end in Oct. 2008

The Department of Defense's number two official appears to imply in a memo that the Global War on Terrorism will end just in time for the presidential election in November 2008.

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U.S. intelligence chief offers bleak view of terror fight

The new U.S. director of national intelligence provided a somber analysis Tuesday of the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan and on the Pakistani border, saying that Iraq was at "a precarious juncture," with security and political trends moving "in a negative direction."

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Top US spy: Iran training Iraqis in Iran, Lebanon

War pimp alert

Iran is training Iraqi Shi'ites to use armor-piercing munitions inside Iran and at camps in Lebanon run by the Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah, the top U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday.

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Troubles for the Iraq Oil Deal

Parliamentarians and Iraq's oil unions have already begun mobilizing against the draft legislation, arguing that it is a desperate attempt by al-Maliki's government to satisfy Western demands, which could damage Iraq's economic future and speed the country's ultimate disintegration.,8599,1594388,00.html

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Tuesday's Market Meltdown: Greenspan's "Invisible Hand"

By Mike Whitney

Whether the Chinese stock market contagion persists or not is immaterial; the American economy is headed for the dumpster and it’s all because of the wizened former fed-chief, Alan “Great Depression” Greenspan.

Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic

An interview with Chalmers Johnson

In his new book, CIA analyst, distinguished scholar, and best-selling author Chalmers Johnson argues that US military and economic overreach may actually lead to the nation's collapse as a constitutional republic. It's the last volume in his Blowback trilogy, following the best-selling "Blowback" and "The Sorrows of Empire." In those two, Johnson argued American clandestine and military activity has led to un-intended, but direct disaster here in the United States.

Audio and transcript

US Turnabout?


Gradually but emphatically the facts of the U.S. policy of first igniting the sectarian divide in Iraq then playing the emerging sectarian protagonists against each other are unfolding by the day to reveal the context as well as the real goals of the American strategy in the occupied country.

Oppose Importation of Dolphins Captured in Japanese Drive Fishery

Urge President of Dominican Republic to reject marine park's import permit

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Service Members Sign Appeal Calling for Troop Withdrawal

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