Donnerstag, 22. März 2007

Cameron stands encircled by zealous Anglo-neocons

An influential coterie of Tory MPs is bent on a foreign policy driven not by Britain's interests, but those of the US...,,2039547,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Amnesty urges governments not to cooperate with US military trials

The human rights group Amnesty International has called on foreign governments not to cooperate with United States military trials of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Detainee abuse in CIA secret prisons documented in ICRC report

Detainees held in secret prisons operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) throughout the globe were subject to abuse and sleep deprivation, according to a confidential report prepared by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

From Information Clearing House

Pledge To Impeach


We can't stop the war until we IMPEACH Bush & Cheney!

Anthony St. Martin addresses a Minneapolis audience to explain.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq as a weapons lab

For the neocons of this administration, as a friend said to me recently, Iraq was to be a laboratory that would reveal the face of imperial America.

From Information Clearing House

Wars will Cost Trillions to US People

The cost of the wars unleashed by President George W. Bush´s government could exceed $1 trillion by the end of his term of office, a study predicted on Wednesday.

From Information Clearing House

Final Countdown for Baghdad's Children

Baghdad's last refuge for orphaned and traumatised children is in danger of closing later this month when it finally runs out of funds.,,2038665,00.html

From Information Clearing House

FBI Violations May Number 3,000, Official Says

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The Justice Department's inspector general told a committee of angry House members yesterday that the FBI may have violated the law or government policies as many as 3,000 times since 2003 as agents secretly collected the telephone, bank and credit card records of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals residing here.

The Upcoming Iraq War Funding Bill


Only with the complicity of Congress have we become a nation of pre-emptive war, secret military tribunals, torture, rejection of habeas corpus, warrantless searches, undue government secrecy, extraordinary renditions, and uncontrollable spying on the American people. The greatest danger we face is ourselves.

Thrown To The Assassins

By David Case

They cheered the U.S. invasion; they offered to help, signed on as translators, risked everything they had to work for the United States. But when they had to run for their lives, America slammed the door.

Deaths In Iraq Have Reached 1 Million

On the fourth anniversary of the invasion by Allied troops, an Australian scientist insisted the true death toll dwarfed previous estimates.


ABC (Under)counting Iraqi Dead

Top ABC anchors are minimizing the death toll.

Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America's War On Iraq - At Least 655,000 + +

From Information Clearing House

US News Media's "War on Gore"

Robert Parry explores the continued media mistreatment of Al Gore, and asks: "Why did the US news media continue ridiculing Gore in 2002 when he was one of the most prominent Americans to warn that George W. Bush’s radical policy of preemptive war was leading the nation into a disaster in Iraq?"

Dems, It's Time to Go Fox Huntin'

Paul Begala says: "The Nevada Democrats did the right thing in refusing to allow Fox to pretend it is a neutral host for a Democratic debate. The more Fox is seen as 'fair and balanced,' the easier it is for the network to swift-boat Democratic candidates and propel misinformation into the mainstream media. Thank God Democrats are finally growing a spine and fighting back."

Senate Iraq Bill to Include Withdrawal Language

Intent on setting up a showdown with the White House over its handling of the Iraq war, Senate Democrats today will insert language into their supplemental spending bill placing strict limits on President Bush’s war plans and requiring a massive troop redeployment by next March.

Iraq Diaspora Is "Humanitarian Crisis"

A new investigation says there is another humanitarian crisis in Iraq - displaced people inside the country - and gives the United States and United Nations failing grades for helping them with their most basic needs.

Prosecutor Says Bush Appointees Interfered With Tobacco Case

The leader of the Justice Department team that prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies said yesterday that Bush administration political appointees repeatedly ordered her to take steps that weakened the government's racketeering case.

Political Meddling Alleged in Tobacco Lawsuit

The former leader of the Justice Department team that prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies said Wednesday that Bush administration political appointees repeatedly ordered her to take steps that weakened the government's racketeering case.

Waxman Provides Precedent for Subpoenas

In a letter late Wednesday, Rep. Henry Waxman presented numerous instances in which subpoenas were used by Congress to compel the testimony of presidential staff in former administrations.

EU-Verfassung mit Angriffskriegsverbot und Sozialstaatsgebot gefordert

Im Vorfeld der von Bundeskanzerlin Angela Merkel für den 25. März geplanten "Berliner Erklärung" fordern mehrere Künstler, Wissenschaftler und Politiker eine europäische Verfassung mit einem klaren Verbot von Angriffskriegen und einem Sozialstaatsgebot. Gemeinsam mit den Linksfraktionschefs Oskar Lafontaine und Gregor Gysi fordern unter anderem der Schauspieler Peter Sodann und die Liedermacher Konstantin Wecker und Reinhard Mey ein "Ende der Geheimdiplomatie" bei der geplanten Durchsetzung einer EU-Verfassung. Sie wollen statt dessen europaweite Volksabstimmungen über eine Verfassung. Entgegen des bisherigen Verfassungsentwurfs solle die Verfassung anstelle eines "Aufrüstungsgebots das Angriffskriegsverbot des Grundgesetzes und der UN-Charta" enthalten. "Statt Neoliberalismus im Verfassungsrang" werden eine Sozialstaatsregelung wie im deutschen Grundgesetz und "die sozialen Menschenrechte der UN-Charta" verlangt.


»Es gibt viele Gründe, gegen die EU zu sein«

Bündnis mobilisiert gegen Gipfeltreffen der Europäischen Union am Wochenende in Berlin. Demonstration am Samstag. Ein Gespräch von Wladek Flakin in junge Welt vom 21.03.2007 mit Peter Adamski, Mitglied im Netzwerk Linke Opposition, dem Initiator des Berliner Bündnisses gegen den EU-Gipfel, das zu einer Demonstra­tion am 25.März aufruft

Anti-EU-Demo: grosse Teile der Route verboten

„Am 24 und 25.März treffen sich in Berlin die Regierungchefs der Europäischen Union um das 50 Jährige bestehen der sog "Römischen Verträge" zu feiern. Ein groses Protesbündnis aus verschiedenen Linken Strömungen mobilisiert seit Monaten dagegen. Der Berliner Polizei ist der Protest ein Dorn im Auge und plant deshalb den Demozug nicht bis zum Pariser Platz ziehen zu lassen, sondern auf der Friedrichstrasse höhe Friedrichstadtpalast (!!) aufzulösen. So sollen die Protestierenden auf der anderen Seite der Spree bleiben und nicht in die Nähe der Feierlichkeiten gelangen. Alle Spree-Brücken werden warscheinlich dicht gemacht werden…“ Bericht von „Berliner“ vom 22.03.2007 bei indymedia

Die EU-Grundrechte-Charta und die Verfassungsdebatte

Auf dem Weg zu einem neuen rechtlichen Fundament für die Europäische Union

Attacs 10 Prinzipien für einen demokratischen EU-Vertrag (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 23. März 2007

Ex-Umweltminister Töpfer gegen 3000 neue Atomkraftwerke

Siemensianer sprachlos

Der ehemalige deutsche Umweltminister und frühere Exekutivdirektor des UN-Umweltprogramms Professor Klaus Töpfer (CDU) hat auf einer Veranstaltung des Siemens-Konzerns der Atomenergie als Lösung für die Klimaprobleme eine klare Absage erteilt. Der CDU-Politiker war am 21. März in München Hauptredner des SiemensForums mit dem Titel "Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften im Zeichen des Klimawandels". Laut Töpfer bräuchte man weltweit rund 3000 neue Atomkraftwerke und wegen der Uranknappheit zudem noch einen Einstieg in die Brütertechnologie, um die Klimaprobleme mit Atomenergie wirksam zu bekämpfen. So stelle er sich die Zukunft für seine Enkelkinder nicht vor, so der CDU-Politiker, der als Umweltminister vor Jahren noch Stilllegungs-Forderungen für Atomkraftwerke zurückgewiesen hatte. Die auf der Veranstaltung anwesenden Siemensianer waren sprachlos. Die Siemens-Beteiligungsgesellschaft Framaome ANP ist der weltweit führende Anbieter von Atomkraftwerken.

Picking on Halliburton

Informant: Corey

Planners rejected bid for essential communication mast

Camden New Journal - by PAUL KEILTHY
Published: 22 March 2007

Cops silenced in Town Hall phone bungle

Planners rejected bid for essential communication mast

A RADIO ‘dead zone’ which prevents the £1.5 billion new police radios working in part of Hampstead is down to the refusal of Camden planners to authorise a new mast, police communications experts said last night (Wednesday).

Summoned to the Town Hall to explain why officers were reporting problems with the new Airwave radio system in buildings and on certain streets, Met radios expert Ch Supt Peter Goulding told councillors: “There are a very few streets at the top end of Hampstead where the coverage is slightly less than we would want it to be.

“This is… because of the shape of the hills in that particular area.”

To get full coverage, he said, it was necessary to install a telecommunications mast, alongside other ‘street furniture’ and phone masts. The application for planning permission had been denied last year, he added.

The Airwave digital radio system, which is expected to replace the ten-year-old analogue Metradio system by the end of next year, is run on a contract by phone giants O2 for the police nationally.

Designers hope that by operating more like a mobile phone than a walkie talkie it will allow police to communicate more effectively, especially in the Underground where radio problems were highlighted by reports into the response to the July 7 bombings.

O2 regional director David Robinson told the New Journal that the application to build a mast in West Heath Road, Hampstead, had been declined by the council’s development and control committee in December.

He said: “We have appealed it – and I would just impress on the local authority that we have that before them. There is a fall-back option on the roof of the Royal Free hospital, where there is already existing equipment.”
Because of a long-term roof replacement project at the hospital, it will not be possible to consider installing the mast until May.

Ch Supt Goulding told the New Journal that the streets which were not fully covered by the new system “could not be divulged for operational reasons”. He added that police vehicles had full reception across the borough and that the problem affected hand-held radios.

The discussion of the radio problem at the Housing and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee followed concerns raised by Camden police’s Supt Roger Smalley in February.

He told a community consultative group that officers trialling the new system: “Are finding that there is not complete coverage. This can cause some effectiveness reduction in reacting to incidents. There is also a health and safety consideration for officers.”

All content © New Journal Enterprises, 2006


Report on TETRA

TETRA: A Critical Overview into the Death of Officer Neil Dring

A Popular Revolt

Next-up News n°212

Corporate Muzzling Of Politics

by George Farah,

The Commission on Presidential Debates effectively keeps any real politics out of the debates.

Congress is failing to prevent unconstitutional spying on anti-war groups

Dissent Is Not Terrorism

by Chris Pifer,

Why the Progressive Caucus Should Vote No on War Money

By David Swanson

The Supplemental spending bill proposed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi funds the war. It gives Cheney and Bush roughly another $100 billion. And you can be quite sure they will spend it as they choose, which may include attacking Iran. In fact, a measure in the bill requiring Bush to get Congress's approval before attacking Iran (an attack that would violate the US Constitution and the UN charter) has been removed.

The bill also requires Iraq to turn much of its oil profits over to foreign corporations. This illegally rewards the Bush and Cheney gang for their illegal war.

Beyond that, the bill does a number of things to nudge Bush in the direction of limiting the war, but most of them are for show.

This bill pretends to ban torture. Torture was always illegal. The framers of our Constitution sought to leave such practices behind in England. The US is a party to international treaties banning all torture. Nonetheless, the last Congress, the Republican Congress, banned torture, and Bush used a signing statement to announce his intention to ignore the ban. Now Pelosi wants credit for pretending to ban torture again. You cannot ban torture under a dictator who has publicly announced that he will ignore your bans. You can only end torture by ending the pretense that there is not a dictator living in the Vice President's house.

The bill also intends to pretend to limit how many days a soldier or Marine can be kept in Iraq. The Republican Congress did this in 2003, and Bush threw it out with a signing statement.

Some previous presidents had used signing statements, but never to announce their intention to disobey the law. And in many cases, including the two I've just mentioned, we know that Bush has in fact disobeyed those laws.

And don't imagine that Nancy Pelosi is unaware of this. She's a step ahead of you. She's included in the bill a right for the president to waive the restrictions. So, this time, no signing statement will be needed. Instead we'll get a waiver. I'm sure that'll make the soldier on his or her third tour of Iraq feel better when they're told that they're going to stay a little longer this time. In polls last year our troops in Iraq said they wanted to all come home last year.

What else does the Pelosi bill do? Well, it requires Bush to report periodically that progress is being made, and then at sometime next year, depending on what Bush claims, it requires at least some troops to move to Afghanistan. Congressman Obey says that's where the war should be. The bill says nothing about bringing anyone home, and nothing about leaving no permanent bases in Iraq. In fact, it includes so many loopholes - for protecting bases, protecting other troops, training Iraqis - that most US troops will be able to stay in Iraq forever.

That doesn't sound like much of an anti-war bill. It gets worse. The two most disturbing things about the bill to my mind are the way it treats the president and the way it throws in unrelated benefits in order to bribe various congress members to support it. The bill asks Bush to report on progress in Iraq. A reporter asked Pelosi if there was any mechanism for determining whether Bush tells the truth. Pelosi replied that she was sure he would.

There's that pretense again, that everything-is-normal it-can't-happen-here pretense.

The bill also includes many measures that could easily be addressed in other bills, many of them worthwhile and long overdue, including aid to veterans, Katrina victims, farmers. The dishonesty involved in packaging a war bill this way was made clear when Congressman Obey yelled at military mother Tina Richards that she needed to support this bill or she would be opposing health care for veterans. In the last Congress, Obey declined to support a bill to provide health care to veterans.

Barbara Lee's amendment takes a different approach, one that does not involve micromanaging the war or funding it. The amendment would restrict spending to withdrawing troops. We have a list of which members are saying they will vote No on the supplemental unless it has Lee's amendment:

These are our heroes. These are the only members of Congress who are genuinely acting in support of our troops.

If Pelosi's bill passes and survives in a recognizable form following a conference committee, Bush has promised to veto it. But there's a decent chance he'll "signing statement" it instead. He wants the money, and he knows Pelosi won't fight for the toothless restrictions in the bill if he deletes them with a signing statement. To do so, she would have to call him a criminal.

Instead, she's already saying that if her bill does not pass, she'll have to support one the Republicans like, one with no limitations at all. But it is not true that she'll have to do that. She can support a bill like Lynn Woolsey's or Dennis Kucinich's or Jerrold Nadler's or Jim McGovern's and pressure conservative Democrats to join the rest of her caucus.

She will be compelled to do so by public opinion if the Progressive Caucus stands strong.

Voting for her war bill would only encourage her to come back with a worse one once it fails. And if Lee's amendment gets a vote and progressives vote for it, that will not be seen as any excuse for then turning around and voting to fund the war.

The groups that have not recognized any excuses for voting for this war bill include United for Peace and Justice, Progressive Democrats of America, US Labor Against the War, After Downing Street,, Peace Action, Code Pink, Democracy Rising, True Majority, Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Backbone Campaign, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Voters for Peace, and disgruntled former members of MoveOn.

The public is already seeing through the charade. The Pelosi bill will be remembered as the pro-war vote, the vote in which the Democrats bought and became owners of the war, unless the Progressive Caucus stops it. Those who stop it will be our heroes and will have earned the power to lead the way toward a better bill. We are going to remember who votes No, who votes Yes, who votes Present, and who does not vote. This one is going to be carved in stone for posterity. This is the vote you get elected in order to make.

From ufpj-news

They won’t listen to us over phone mast

What happened to politicians and councillors that actually cared and did their jobs... their jobs being looking after the local people in their wards?

I have contacted my local councillors, very concerned about the proposed T Mobile mast in Roughmoor Way.

This mast will be sited approximately 50 metres from our houses, approximately the same from George Tweed Gardens (an old folks' home) and it will enclose Brookfield School within three masts.

Nobody has got back to me.

We only have until the March 26 to object (we only learnt about it on March 8).

Have I got it all wrong or are our MPs and councillors meant to act on the concerns of the people?

Or is this a case of ground rent from T Mobile being more important than us?

Apparently, all we have to do is ask our councillor to bring the case to planning to be discussed and allow us time to object.

We did this and what a surprise - nothing has happened.

These masts are not to be taken lightly.

Many studies report the fourfold increase in malignant tumours within 500m of them.

The small paragraph in the supporting statement from T Mobile quoting The Stewart Report (May 2000) fails to mention that Sir William Stewart retracted that statement and admits he tested for thermal effects and not the more harmful non-thermal effects.

The Human Rights Act has been used many times of late and my neighbours are in "justifiable fear of ill health" - maybe this will kick the complacency out of my councillors and MPs.

Come on, do your job - unless your job is to put Swindon tenants at risk, forget about them and collect your ground rent.

J Eatwell.

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Europäische Atomgemeinschaft blockiert Erneuerbare Energien

Deutsche EU-Ratspräsidentschaft soll Atomkraft Absage erteilen

Anlässlich des 50. Geburtstags der Römischen Verträge fordern wir die Abschaffung der Europäischen Atomgemeinschaft (EURATOM). Denn der am 25. März 1957 unterzeichnete Vertrag fördert eine Reihe von Risiken und verbaut klimafreundlichen Energien den Weg.

Forderung: Stopp für alle Genversuche in Gatersleben

Das Umweltinstitut München kritisiert die Überlegungen zur Evakuierung der Genbank in Gatersleben. Das Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit (BVL) hat, wie erst jetzt bekannt wurde, im vergangenen November das Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK) aufgefordert, die von ihm betriebene Genbank zu verlagern. Zeitgleich hatte die Behörde jedoch einen Versuch mit genmanipuliertem Weizen in unmittelbarer Nähe genehmigt. Das Umweltinstitut München fordert Landwirtschaftsminister Horst Seehofer deshalb auf, endlich personelle Konsequenzen zu ziehen sowie eine für April geplante Freisetzung von genmanipulierten Pharma-Erbsen in Gatersleben zu unterbinden.

Demonstration am Montag, 21. Mai 2007 in Gatersleben (Sachsen-Anhalt)

Anlässlich des internationalen Tages der biologischen Vielfalt ruft das Umweltinstitut München zusammen mit zahlreichen weiteren Organisationen zum Protest gegen Freisetzungsversuche mit Pharma-Erbsen und Gen-Weizen auf dem Gelände der Genbank in Gatersleben auf.

Weitere Info:

Sexual Assault Reports in US Military up 24 Percent

Reports of sexual assaults involving members of the US military increased by 24 percent in 2006 over the previous year. In an annual report to Congress, the Pentagon said the increase may have been due to a change in the military's policy, allowing victims to report alleged assaults confidentially. "There were 2,947 total reports of alleged sexual assault cases involving members of the armed forces," the report said.

US Looks to Sell Arms in Gulf to Try to Contain Iran

The State Department and the Pentagon are quietly seeking Congressional approval for significant new military sales to US allies in the Persian Gulf region. The arms sales, which would come on top of a recent upgrade of US Patriot antimissile interceptors in Qatar and Kuwait and the deployment of two aircraft carriers to the Gulf, have sparked concerns that further military buildup in the volatile region would bring Washington closer to a confrontation with Iran.

Cheney and Libby: Lying About Lying

Here is the real news from the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial: Evidence released during the case indicates not only that Libby lied to the grand jury (the crime for which he was convicted), but that the Office of the Vice President — specifically Vice President Dick Cheney, Libby and Cathie Martin, Cheney's press secretary — tried to cover up the Bush administration's original lies to Congress and the American people about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction with more lies.

The Sheikh and the Torture Senator

Ann Wright writes: "I am horrified that US senators have been complicit in knowing of criminal acts of our intelligence agencies and doing nothing to stop them. Graham told 400 of us in the audience on February 22 that he knew of the torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Graham is a military lawyer and a civilian lawyer. He knew that the torture of Sheikh Mohammed was a criminal act and did nothing to stop it."

Investigation Finds Gap in Justice-White House Emails

A 16-day gap in email records between the Justice Department and the White House concerning the firing of US attorneys last year has attracted the attention of Congressional investigators. The Justice Department on Monday handed over 3,000 pages of documents to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, but the documents included no correspondence about the firings in the critical time period between November 15 and December 2, 2006, right before the attorneys were asked for their resignations.

Republican RICO-Style abuse of power

Consortium News
by Stephen Crockett


There is nothing as corrupt as using the governmental powers of law enforcement, to selectively prosecute your political enemies and to cover-up criminal behavior by your political organization and allies, while in a position of political power. This situation is the essence of the current scandal concerning the firing of U.S. Attorneys by the Bush White House...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Don’t tell Americans how we treat “enemy combatants”

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


The case of accused terrorist Jose Padilla is moving toward a jury trial on April 16 in U.S. District Court in Miami. It is still unclear whether the presiding judge in the case, Marcia Cooke, will order an evidentiary hearing on Padilla’s motion to dismiss the charges based on the government’s outrageous pre-trial conduct while Padilla was in military custody as an ‘enemy combatant’ in the ‘war on terror.’ (Under post-9/11 jurisprudence, the government has the option of treating accused terrorists either as ‘enemy combatants’ or as federal-court defendants.)...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

TV Evangelist John Hagee Wants War With Iran, and He Wants It Now!

by Bill Barnwell


If anyone still thinks that the radical end-times “prophecy” movement is not a threat to peace and stability, think again. At the popular level, in terms of the TV preachers and the hot-selling prophecy books, the dispensational pre-trib stuff still reigns supreme. Most conservative-leaning Evangelical churches in America today are heavily influenced by popular dispensational theology to some degree. Even churches and pastors that don’t teach pretribulationalism still are influenced by dispensationalism to varying degrees. The most dangerous element of this prophetic paradigm, however, is its doom-and-gloom view of the world. And in most cases, those who have a fascination with the end of the world have a particular fascination with war and militarism as well. More problematic, it assumes that their wars of choice are not just their own foreign policy preferences or personal opinions. Rather they are ordained by God...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


TV Evangelist John Hagee Wants War With Iran, and He Wants It Now!

If anyone still thinks that the radical end-times "prophecy" movement is not a threat to peace and stability, think again.

From Information Clearing House

House panel defies Bush, votes for subpoenas



House Democrats voted Wednesday to give their leaders the authority to force White House officials to testify on the firings of U.S. attorneys. The House Judiciary subcommittee vote was to authorize subpoenas. It does not mean that subpoenas will be issued; only that they could be if the four White House officials Democrats want to question do not voluntarily testify under oath...


Senate Panel Joins House Subcommittee in Authorizing Subpoenas

A Senate panel probing the firing of eight U.S. attorneys joined a House subcommittee in authorizing subpoenas to compel testimony by Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's top political adviser, and other White House officials.

From Information Clearing House

Democrats set Iraq deadline in war bill

Mansfield News Journal


Senate Democrats on Wednesday revived legislation urging President Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq in a year, attaching the plan to a $122 billion measure needed to fund the war. The move puts Democrats on track for another confrontation with Bush over the increasingly unpopular war and with Republicans, who are expected to try to block the measure...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Showdown looms in attorney firings probe

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

President Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress careened closer to a full-blown legal showdown over the firing of federal prosecutors Wednesday as a House subcommittee voted subpoenas for top administration officials in defiance of the White House. ‘After two months of stonewalling, shifting stories and misleading testimony, it is clear that we are still not getting the truth about the decision to fire these prosecutors and its cover-up,’ said Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif.” (03/22/07)

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Meinungs- und Pressefreiheit: Journalisten fürchten um den Informantenschutz

„Das Internet wird zunehmend für kriminelle Machenschaften genutzt. Deshalb fordern Politiker zusätzliche Kompetenzen für die Fahnder. Journalisten sehen die Entwicklung allerdings skeptisch. Sie fürchten um den Schutz ihrer Informanten, so das Fazit der gestrigen Podiumsdiskussion im Haus der Presse in Berlin…“ Veranstaltungsbericht vom 21.03.2007 bei news aktuell

Aus: LabourNet, 22. März 2007

Unternehmensteuer-Reform 2008: Viel Geld fürs Kapital

„Konzerne und Banken brennen gerade das größte Profit- und Dividendenfeuerwerk aller Zeiten ab, da sorgt sich die Große Koalition eilfertig um zusätzliche Gewinntreibsätze. Sieben Jahre nach Inkrafttreten der rot-grünen Unternehmensteuerreform, die Spitzenverdiener, Unternehmer und Konzerne mit zig-Milliarden Steuergeschenken beglückte, zieht die Große Koalition ein neues Steuerentlastungsprogramm für das Kapital durch. Waren bei Eichels "Jahrhundert-Reform" die Steuergeschenke an Reiche und Konzerne aber noch mit Entlastungshäppchen für Lohnsteuerzahler garniert, werden jetzt Verbraucher und Arbeitnehmer ungeschminkt für die Steuerentlastungsorgie der Konzerne, Unternehmer und Geldvermögenden zur Kasse gebeten: in Form der Erhöhung der Mehrwertsteuer und Streichung bzw. Kürzung bisheriger Lohnsteuervorteile…“ Bewertung von Fred Schmid im isw-wirtschaftsinfo 39 (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 22. März 2007


Bundestag billigt Unternehmensteuerreform

„Der Deutsche Bundestag hat am Freitag die Regierungspläne zur Reform der Unternehmensbesteuerung gebilligt. In namentlicher Abstimmung votierten 391 Abgeordnete für das Vorhaben, 149 stimmten dagegen und 17 Abgeordnete enthielten sich der Stimme. Die Reform soll noch vor der Sommerpause vom Bundesrat beschlossen werden…“ Artikel von Andreas Kißler im Manager Magazin online vom 25.05.2007,2828,ticker-27110105,00.html

"Steuergeschenke“-Vorwurf. Attac attackiert Unternehmenssteuerreform

„Das globalisierungskritische Netzwerk Attac hat die verabschiedete Unternehmensteuerreform scharf kritisiert. Sie ginge definitiv zu Lasten der Arbeitnehmer. Der Bund der Steuerzahler forderte die alte Entfernungspauschale sowie eine Senkung des Soli-Zuschlages und der Einkommensteuersätze….“ Artikel in Spiegel online vom 26. Mai 2007,1518,485154,00.html

Die Unternehmensteuerreform 2008 – die Unternehmen zahlen wieder weniger Steuern

Artikel von Klaus Schmidt vom 02.04.2007 (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 30. Mai 2007

Berliner Bankenskandal: Und die Grossen lässt man laufen…

Landgericht: Bewährungsstrafen und Freisprüche im sog. Bankenverfahren

„Im Prozess um die Vergabe von Krediten der BerlinHyp an die Aubis Unternehmensgruppe ist heute – am 79. Verhandlungstag – das Urteil verkündet worden. Die 36. große Strafkammer des Landgerichts Berlin erkannte bezüglich fünf der angeklagten Vorstandmitglieder der BerlinHyp auf Freiheitsstrafen zwischen einem Jahr und einem Jahr und vier Monaten mit Strafaussetzung zur Bewährung wegen Untreue in einem Fall. Wegen weiterer dreier angeklagter Taten erfolgte Freispruch; die übrigen Angeklagten sprach die Kammer insgesamt frei…“ Pressemitteilung der Pressestelle der Berliner Strafgerichte Nr. 18/2007 vom 21.03.2007

»Empfang« für einen Verurteilten. Peter Grottians Laudatio für Bankskandaleur Landowsky

„Während gestern im Prozess um den Berliner Bankenskandal das Urteil verkündet wurde, trafen sich vor dem Gerichtsgebäude in Berlin-Moabit die Mitglieder der »Initiative Bankenskandal«, um das Ereignis in gebührender Weise zu begehen...“ Auszüge der Laudatio von Peter Grottian, erschienen in ND vom 22.3.07 – wir danken der Redaktion!

Landowsky-Urteil: "Manager müssen in Deutschland nicht hinter Gitter"

„Dubiose Parteispenden, faule Kredite, Milliardenrisiken für die Steuerzahler: Die Berliner Bankenaffäre ist ein Lehrstück in Sachen Wirtschaftskriminalität. Trotzdem muss keiner der Verantwortlichen ins Gefängnis. Der Jura-Professor Hans-Peter Schwintowski hält das für den eigentlichen Skandal…“ Interview von Anselm Waldermann in Spiegel online vom 21. März 2007,1518,473074,00.html

Aufräumen nach dem Urteil im Berliner Bankskandal

Meldung bei netzwerkIT vom 22.03.2007

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Phone mast near school

Unholy row over church phone mast

A Devon village pub landlord says he will not let churchgoers use the pub car park if a mobile phone mast is installed at the village church.

Marldon church and its parochial council wants to let T-Mobile install the mast on top of the church tower in return for being paid £4,000 a year.

The church's bell-ringers are against the plans and threatening to stop ringing if the mast goes ahead.

The Rev Peter Bellenes says people should calm down and allow a debate.

'Health risks'

T-Mobile is offering to pay the church £75,000 over 20 years to house the mast.

The parochial church council said it was a financial option it had to consider to keep and maintain the church, parts of which date to the 15th Century.

Bell-ringers say they are concerned about potential health risks if they are playing in the church tower.

T-Mobile said studies showed people living near to mobile phone base stations faced "extremely low" potential health risks from exposure to microwave radio transmissions.

It said the overall evidence indicated that such stations were unlikely to pose a risk to health.

Omega this is not true. See under:

Julian Cook, landlord at the Church House Inn, said if the move went ahead he would end the practice of letting Sunday morning worshippers use the pub car park.

The Rev Bellenes described the move as "sad".

He said people had become polarised early on in the debate, and it was time for people to be "less entrenched".

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2007/03/22 10:31:28 GMT


Next-up News n°211

Pelosi war-funding bill is 'backroom power politics of the worst sort'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


The Pelosi-crats and the war
by Justin Raimondo


The Pelosi bill, in short, is the most partisan, most dishonest piece of legislation possible, under the circumstances. With one hand it proffers a veritable cornucopia of goodies — benchmarks on ‘troop readiness,’ an end to extended deployment, ‘rest periods’ between deployments, and, most delectable of all, a deadline of October 1, 2007, for the Iraqis to get their act together, or else we’re out of there. With the other hand, however, the Pelosi-crats hand the ball back to the Bush administration, ensuring that nothing will come of it but a campaign issue for the Democrats. It’s all smoke-and-mirrors...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US Senator Russ Feingold Statement on the Misuse of Patriot Act Powers

Belated Remorse Can't Excuse Iraq War Votes

You Want A New Direction? Here's One

Cindy Sheehan: White Hot Rage


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Old Fighters On A New Front

US-Led Terror War Victimizes World's Minorities

Group Blasts FDA Plan To Allow Food From Clones

House OKs Subpoenas for Top Bush Aides

Free Trade Enslaving Poor Countries

Rep. Lynn Woolsey Speaks Out Against Supplemental


Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey is leading efforts to block the Supplemental bill in the House to fund the war. Here's a video (wmv) of her speaking about this at a rally on Sunday in Fresno, California. Here's a video (wmv) of David Swanson on the same topic at the same rally. Here's an edited video (Quicktime) that includes Woolsey, Swanson, and others. Here's a video (wmv) of part of the march through Fresno that preceded the rally. Videos courtesy of Mike Rhodes. Event sponsored by Peace Fresno. Here's a current list of Congress Members planning to vote against funding the war.

Please go to this page and see who should be called and asked to vote No:

Make a few phone calls for peace, please. If we stop this bill, we will compel the Democratic leadership to write a better one. They will not be able to get away with proposing an even worse one, and such a proposal would be virtually indistinguishable from this meritless toothless bill. In the meantime, by organizing the opposition in Congress to this war, we will create an opposition party, a democratic wing of the Democratic Party. That is the party that will pursue the necessary strategy for peace: impeachment.

It may be Friday before we know whether Lee's amendment to fund a withdrawal will be granted a vote. If no vote is allowed, our demand is clear: vote No on the supplemental. If Lee's amendment gets a vote but fails, our demand is the same: vote No on the supplemental. To vote for the Lee amendment and then to vote Yes to fund the war amounts to announcing that you know the war is wrong but will support it anyway. That is unacceptable. Only voting against this war funding is acceptable to the peace movement, also known as the majority of Americans.

Informant: David Swanson

From ufpj-news

JUSTIZSKANDAL IN WASHINGTON: Bush-Regierung soll Verfahren gegen Tabakindustrie torpediert haben,1518,473143,00.html

Urge Canada's Minister of International Trade to Stop the Seal Hunt


IDA Joins International Day of Action to End Canadian Seal Massacre

Protests in San Francisco and Los Angeles expose cruelty of annual "hunt".


Call off the Butcher from Newfoundland

Some of you may have received this e-mail from Captain Watson already. If you haven't, please write to Prime Minister Harper at this address: and request that the seal hunt be cancelled, before there are no more seals left.

Regards, Earle

-------Original Message-------

From: Paul Watson Date: 3/20/2007 3:38:13 PM
Subject: Call off the Butcher from Newfoundland - Sea Shepherd Demands that DFO Be Responsible

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is demanding that Canadian Fisheries and Oceans Minister Loyola Hearn takes a responsible position on the Gulf of St. Lawrence harp seal hunt for 2007.

“If Canada goes ahead with the seal hunt this spring, it will be a gross and wilful crime against nature, science and the Canadian people.” Said Captain Paul Watson. “Loyola Hearn must decide if he is Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans or Newfoundland’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. So far he has been speaking only for Newfoundlanders, not Canadians.”

The Ice conditions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are the worst in recorded Canadian history. There is very little ice and that means that many seal pups have been born and lost in the water or survived only a few days on rotting ice pans. To go in and slaughter the survivors from this tragedy is simply irresponsible.

This is very much a conservation issue and the Minister has been ignoring science and the interests of conservation of the harp seal species in order to appease a small handful of Newfoundland sealers.

“If the Minister goes ahead and allocates a quota, he will be known to future generations as the “Butcher from Newfoundland who destroyed the seals,” said Captain Paul Watson.

The very fact that the Minister has not announced a quota for the harp seals is testament to the fact that the Minister and DFO have no idea what they are doing with regard to the seals. Never before has a quota decision not been announced before March 15th.

“It appears that the Minister is between a rock and a hard place,” said Captain Watson. “He wants to kill seals but there are few seals to kill and he has no idea what the numbers are. This is not a responsible position, it is reflective of a government ministry that is incompetent and has no business managing resources.”

Captain Paul Watson Founder and President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (1977- Co-Founder - The Greenpeace Foundation (1972) Co-Founder - Greenpeace International (1979) Director of the Sierra Club USA (2003-2006) Director - The Farley Mowat Institute Director -

"Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only, Reckless O soul, exploring, I with thee and thou with me, For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all." - Walt Whitman
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Computerexperte warnt vor Ausbreitung von Staatstrojanern

Keine "Hintertür" für Polizei-Trojaner

Standardsoftwarehersteller: im Dienste des Kunden oder der Behörden?


Computerexperte warnt vor Ausbreitung von Staatstrojanern

Computerexperten warnen im Zusammenhang mit einer möglichen Zulassung von Online-Durchsuchungen bei Computern vor einer unkontrollierten Ausbreitung von Trojanern, die von Sicherheitsbehörden entwickelt werden. "Von den Summen, die den staatlichen Entwicklern zur Verfügung stehen, konnten die Programmierer von Schadsoftware bisher nur träumen", sagte der Viren-Experte Magnus Kalkuhl, Viren-Analytiker beim russischen Sicherheitsunternehmen Kaspersky Lab, der Zeitung "Thüringer Allgemeine". Träfen die so genannten Staatstrojaner in einem bereits infizierten Computer auf andere Schadsoftware, könnte ihr Code entschlüsselt werden. Die Folge wäre eine Professionalisierung der Szene.

Honeybees mysteriously disappear across USA causing national tragedy

Informant: Neo Mulder


Honeybees mysteriously disappear across USA

Bush Administration Reinterprets Species Law

Tired of losing lawsuits brought by conservation groups, the Bush administration issued a new interpretation of the Endangered Species Act that would allow it to protect plants and animals only in areas where they are struggling to survive, while ignoring places they are healthy or have already died out.

Veterans Boost Democrats' Iraq War Exit Efforts

When Representative Patrick Murphy stood up at the House Democratic Caucus meeting Tuesday to urge support for a bill mandating a timeline to withdraw US forces from Iraq, the boyish Pennsylvania lawmaker urged his colleagues to vote their conscience. But as several lawmakers wiped away tears, he concluded with a more emotional appeal "for those 19 guys I served with who died."

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity: First Stop the Bleeding

"In the coming weeks a Congress that is willing to assert its prerogative as a coequal branch of government has a unique opportunity to stop the needless deaths and maiming of US troops in Iraq and bring them home in an orderly way this year. To do that, it must use its constitutionally mandated authority - the power of the purse," say the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

Gore urges US action to avert global warming catastrophe

Former Vice President Al Gore today told the US Congress that climate change posed "a crisis that threatens the survival of our civilisation and the habitability of the Earth''.

From Information Clearing House

From the Mind That Brought You Torture

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales suddenly finds himself in hot water over the U.S. attorneys scandal, but the truth is, the Senate should never have confirmed him in the first place.

Bush shields aides in lawyer furore

George Bush, the US president, has said he will block any attempts to get his aides to testify under oath over accusations senior government lawyers were fired for political reasons.

From Information Clearing House

The Bring the Troops Home Amendment

Anti-war Democrats Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey and Maxine Waters will today ask the House Rules Committee to allow consideration of an amendment by Lee to the Iraq War supplemental appropriations bill that would use the power of the purse to force the withdrawal of U.S. troops and contractors from Iraq by the end of this year.

From Information Clearing House

The Architects Of War: Where Are They Now?

President Bush has not fired any of the architects of the Iraq war. In fact, a review of the key planners of the conflict reveals that they have been rewarded - not blamed - for their incompetence.

From Information Clearing House

Spain judge says Bush and Iraq war allies should face war crimes charges

Garzon called the war in Iraq "one of the most sordid and unjustifiable episodes in recent human history." Garzon also criticized those who joined the US president in the war against Iraq as having equally responsible for joining the war effort despite their doubts.

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