Mittwoch, 11. April 2007

Help Save the Delta Smelt!

Take a Stand for Wolves!

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Iraqis Finally Unite, Against the US

Robert Scheer writes: "You have to hand it to Senator Joe Lieberman for having the chutzpah to cite the fiercely anti-American rally that dominated the anniversary of Iraq's fourth year of US occupation as evidence that the troop 'surge' is working. After a weekend in which ten US soldiers were killed - four more were killed on Monday, bringing the total to 45 already in April - and the citizens of once bustling Baghdad cowered in their homes under a US-imposed round-the-clock curfew, President Bush had the good sense for once to say not a word about the glorious 'liberation' of Iraq."

"Surging" Toward Failure in Iraq

Robert Parry writes: "The underlying military reality is that the United States has long since 'lost' the war in Iraq. As many military and intelligence analysts recognize, it is not winnable in any normal sense of the word. The 'surge' of sending tens of thousands more US troops into Iraq only guarantees that the final body count will be higher and the piles of IOUs bigger."

Iraq's Wounded: On Their Own

Nearly 37,000 Iraqis were injured last year alone. Though programs exist to help them, many find hope only when they take matters into their own hands.

Oxford Research Group: Iraq Policy "Spawned New Terror"

The Oxford Research Group has concluded that British and US policy towards Iraq has "spawned new terror in the region."

The FBI's Terrorism Trade-Off

While there hasn't been a terrorism strike on American soil since the realignment, few are aware of the hidden cost: a dramatic plunge in FBI investigations and case referrals in many of the crimes that the bureau has traditionally fought, including sophisticated fraud, embezzlement schemes and civil rights violations.

Nordkorea soll mit Billigung der USA Waffen an Äthiopien geliefert haben

Einem Bericht der "New York Times" vom 8. April zufolge lieferte Nordkorea mit Billigung der USA Waffen an Äthiopien. Nach dem ersten nordkoreanischen Atomtest erließen die Vereinten Nationen (UN) auf Initiative der USA am 9. Oktober 2006 ein Embargo gegen Nordkorea. Trotz der Sanktionen soll Nordkorea an Äthiopien Waffen und Ersatzteile für sowjetische Panzer geliefert und damit offensichtlich den UN-Beschluss unterlaufen haben. Die New York Times berichtet, angeblich gestützt auf Informationen verschiedener US-Regierungsbeamter, dass die US-Regierung von Äthiopien über die Lieferung in Kenntnis gesetzt worden sei. Die US-Regierung hätte sich entschieden, den Transport nicht zu blockieren, da sich Äthiopien in Somalia im Kampf gegen Islammilizen befinde. Mitarbeiter des US-Verteidigungsministeriums sprachen von einer eindeutigen Verletzung des UN-Beschlusses.

Kurzfassung des UN-Klimaberichts soll "wahre Gefahr" verschleiern

Die Kurzfassung des vergangene Woche veröffentlichten neuen UN-Klimaberichts verschleiert nach Ansicht eines der Autoren der Studie das wahre Bedrohungspotenzial durch den Temperaturanstieg. Nur "die Spitze des Eisbergs" der drängenden Fakten zum Klimawandel seien in die jetzt beschlossene Zusammenfassung für politische Entscheidungsträger eingegangen, behauptet der Umweltwissenschaftler der Universität Kassel, Joseph Alcamo.

Russia threatening new cold war over missile defence,,2054142,00.html

Informant: Kev Hall

Barack and Iraq

By David Swanson

I shortchanged Barack Obama in my report on MoveOn's candidates' interviews

From ufpj-news

Presidential Candidate: U.S. In Danger of Dictatorship

URGENT: Take Action TODAY to Help End Raccoon Dog Fur Farming

Tomorrow -- Thursday, April 12th -- the European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will vote on the banning of cat and dog fur in the EU. Related to this ban, the MEPs will decide whether to outlaw the importation of raccoon dog fur because of the inherent difficulties of distinguishing between canine and raccoon dog fur at customs inspections. They will also vote on whether to include Felis silvestris (wild cats) in this ban because it resembles fur from domestic cats.

Please email -- or better yet call -- the committee members representing your country and politely urge them to vote for a comprehensive cat and dog fur ban that includes raccoon dogs and Felis silvestris. Find out which MEPs on the committee represent your country and get their contact information. Be sure to mention that you are a citizen of the country represented by the MEPs you contact.

Here are some talking points for you to consider. Note that, under the circumstances, you are likely to be more influential if you present your viewpoint on the dog and cat fur ban from a practical enforcement perspective rather than offering ethical arguments against fur farming per se.

- In order to ensure that an effective ban on cat and dog fur is implemented in the EU, MEPs must also outlaw the importation of fur from raccoon dogs and felis silvestris. Otherwise, if fur from these species remains legal, fur from dogs and cats could be mistaken by customs for fur from raccoon dogs and wild cats.

- Finland is the only country in the EU that produces raccoon dog furs in large amounts (Poland produces a couple of thousand each year). Yet raccoon dog farming represents a minor part of Finland's fur business, and banning the use of these animals for fur will not have a significant impact on the country's economy or the Finnish Fur Breeder Association.

- The cat and dog fur ban in EU legislation has been requested by millions of citizens in the EU, including Finnish citizens and the Finnish Government. The MEPs should make sure that the ban will be effective by including raccoon dogs and Felis silvestris.

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization with more than 85,000 members and supporters dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by protecting their rights and welfare. IDA's efforts include educational events, cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on rescue through our sanctuaries in Mississippi and Cameroon, Africa.

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, California 94901 - P: (415) 388-9641
F: (415) 388-0388
email: ida

Iran TV shows images of diplomat - Much is at stake in the interpretation of the UK-Iran sailor crisis

Informant: Henry Duke


Much is at stake in the interpretation of the UK-Iran sailor crisis

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

No War On Iran

Cities for Peace announces a powerful new tool for grassroots to mobilize against an attack on Iran! Please visit the No War On Iran section of the website, link to the section below. You will find a toolkit and model resolution stating that your town/city does not support an attack on Iran. Portland, OR and Berkely have already passed such resolutions. Let us know if you will be working on this! Thanks!


From ufpj-news

When will we break with the Democrats?

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Iraq's Wounded Struggle for Compensation

A profile of an amputee returned to work highlights the struggle of Iraq's wounded: 35,000 last year alone.

Video Diary: Powerless

In this video diary, produced by the Hometown Baghdad project, we get a sort of meditation on power. Not political power, but electrical power. Iraq is a country run on generators. The government supplies only a few hours of electricity a day. It's a factor rarely considered when attempts are made to understand Iraqi life in a time of war.

Federal Panel Altered Findings on Voter Fraud

A federal panel responsible for conducting election research played down the findings of experts who concluded last year that there was little voter fraud around the nation, according to a review of the original report obtained by The New York Times.

Democrats May Block Bush Nominees

Angry Senate Democrats are mulling a two-pronged strategy to retaliate against the Bush administration for appointing three controversial figures to key executive branch posts during last week's recess, including possibly shortening the August recess to no more than 10 days and blocking all future White House nominations.

Congressional Report: Gross Mismanagement of Iraq Funds

A damning report issued last month by the nonpartisan research arm of Congress says the Department of Defense continues to overstate its financial needs - by tens of billions of dollars - to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The agency also casts serious doubt on President Bush's statements that money to fund the war will dry up by the end of the month if his budgetary demands are not immediately met.

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"A Great Little Racket": The Neocon Media Machine

Informant: Andrea Ball

In honor of the fallen

Frontiers of Freedom
by Kristia Cavere


The worst nightmare became a reality for our family on the evening of February 27, 2007, when an Army officer and chaplain visited my mother and told her that her son, and my brother, Sergeant Jonathan (Jon) Cadavero was killed earlier that day in Baghdad, the result of a roadside bomb. There are no words to adequately describe the grief and devastation our family is feeling. During the past three weeks, amongst the throngs of sympathizers and those offering condolences, a subtle, almost hesitant, question has been slowly surfacing as to how we feel about the president and this war now...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Take a Moment for Death

William Rivers Pitt writes: "This is the 'surge' you've heard about, three months along now, and that smothering euphemism is brutally appropriate. Critics tried to label this newest fiasco an 'escalation' in the media when it began, so the truth of it wouldn't be buried under kinder, gentler, politically soothing terminology. Yet "surge" is the word, and the lethality of it all is only lost when we fail to take a moment to encompass it."

Voting is a scam and promotes a false sense of freedom

Liberty For All
by Donna Mancini


Voting does not produce freedom! In America we get to ‘vote.’ Whoop-de-do! We have a choice of Dictator ‘A’ or Dictator ‘B!’ What is the real difference? In reality we are not even remotely ‘FREE!’ We are being told what to do and how to do it!

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Patriot games

Free Market News Network
by Jim Babka


In truth, the federal government already had all the power and resources it needed to prevent the 9-11 attack. It knew who the terrorists were and what they were doing in advance, but Big Government still failed to protect us. The follow-up was predictable. Government officials exploited their own failure to … * launch a fraudulent invasion of Iraq, * erect a huge new bureaucracy in the form of the Department of Homeland Security, * saddle the American people with the Patriot Act and the Real ID Act. Notice the pattern? Failure leads to new powers that lead to new failures … * Iraq is a disaster. * The Department of Homeland Security is a mess. * The REAL ID Act is a nightmare. * And the Patriot Act is being abused …

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Ethanol will not be our clean, green savior

by Murray Dobbin


Citizens in industrialized societies will cling to their extravagant lifestyles and massive over-consumption for a while yet, it seems. Global climate change is still seen by most people — even those who have no doubt of its human origins — as something that can be fixed by legislation, tougher rules and punitive penalties on big polluters — and that allegedly clean and green quick fix, ethanol. Yes, we can all keep our individual chunks of steel, rubber and glass, those symbols of 20th century excess and irrationality, so long as we shift to burning alcohol...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Failure to relaunch

The American Prospect
by Matthew Yglesias


Ever heard of the Logan Act? If not, you’re lucky — a normal, decent person who hasn’t been exposed to oodles of right-wing propaganda. For the record, however, it was passed during the John Adams administration, during the era of the Alien and Sedition Acts, and subjects to criminal sanctions any citizen ‘who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

America’s plan for Baghdad

Independent [UK]
by Robert Fisk


Divide and rule. A new counter-insurgency strategy to carve up the city into sealed areas. The tactic failed in Vietnam. So what chance does it have in Iraq? Faced with an ever-more ruthless insurgency in Baghdad — despite President George Bush’s ’surge’ in troops — US forces in the city are now planning a massive and highly controversial counter-insurgency operation that will seal off vast areas of the city, enclosing whole neighbourhoods with barricades and allowing only Iraqis with newly issued ID cards to enter. The campaign of ‘gated communities’ — whose genesis was in the Vietnam War — will involve up to 30 of the city’s 89 official districts and will be the most ambitious counter-insurgency programme yet mounted by the US in Iraq...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Why US pump prices are on the rise, again

Christian Science Monitor


Memorial Day is almost seven weeks away, but consumers are already paying prices at the pump usually associated with the peak of summer. In California, motorists are forking over an average of $3.25 a gallon. Nationally, the average price has hit $2.87 a gallon. There are even reports of isolated shortages, particularly in the Southeast. Refiners’ profit margins on gasoline are the biggest they’ve been since hurricane Katrina. According to energy specialists, the bad news at the pump stems from multiple problems at refineries: Fires and other outages — some even attributed to animals — have resulted in curtailed production. ‘It just keeps piling on and piling on,’ says John Kilduff, a senior vice president at Fimat USA, an energy trading company in New York. ‘It looks like the national average will hit $3 a gallon by Memorial Day’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

House questions info on Tillman, Lynch

Del Rio News Herald


A U.S. House committee announced Tuesday it would hold hearings on misleading military statements that followed the friendly fire death of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan and the rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch in Iraq. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said an April 24 hearing would be part of its investigation into whether there was a strategy to mislead the public...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Spy chief eyes broader FISA powers

Memphis Commercial Appeal


President Bush’s spy chief is pushing to expand the government’s surveillance authority at the same time the administration is under attack for stretching its domestic eavesdropping powers. National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell has circulated a draft bill that would expand the government’s powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, liberalizing how that law can be used...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Immigration activists call for May 1 boycott



Immigration activists are calling for a repeat of last year’s boycott and massive marches for immigrants’ rights that drew more than 1 million people to the streets in dozens of cities nationwide. The so-called ‘Great American Boycott II’ is being planned for May 1, organizers for the March 25 Coalition said Monday. The group is made up of immigrant rights organizations and others who frequently plan rallies around the country...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Army Reserve falters on recruitment

USA Today


The Army Reserve, whose troops drive trucks on bomb-riddled roads and help set up local governments in Iraq and Afghanistan, is struggling to recruit soldiers. The Army Reserve missed its recruiting goal by 5% last year and is 9% short of its target this year, records show. Halfway through the 2007 budget year, it was nearly 1,300 soldiers short of its midyear goal of 14,273...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Air travel poses major threat to biodiversity, say scientists,,2054273,00.html

Informant: binstock

Vast forests with trees each worth £4,000 sold for a few bags of sugar,,2054203,00.html

Informant: binstock


Vast Forests With Trees Each Worth £4,000 Sold


Plant trees, lots of them, you can never plant enough!

Largest Pet Food Recall Ever: A Genetic Engineered Food Disaster?

Informant: binstock

Millions of India Farmers Join Lawsuit Against Monsanto & Biotech Industry over GMO Contamination

Informant: binstock

Mast 'betrayal' angers group

By Linda Piper

Gary Cripps from mast pressure group Orange Squash BE3798

ANGRY parents and residents are trying to mount a legal challenge against Bexley Council's decision to allow a phone mast next to a school.

Bedonwell Junior School, Bedonwell Road, Belvedere, has been fighting for 10 years to remove an Orange phone mast.

Now, within months of getting rid of it, Bexley has given planning permission to T-Mobile to site another structure on the school's perimeter wall, less than 100m away from the previous mast.

The decision was made on the casting vote of the planning control committee chairman Councillor June Slaughter on March 29, after the vote was tied six-six.

Pressure group Orange Squash, which was at the meeting, claims Cllr Mrs Slaughter was not impartial and influenced the vote in favour of permission.

Gary Cripps from Orange Squash says the group has asked for a transcript of the meeting.

There is also concern about a "training" meeting for councillors, which residents and parents fear may have influenced councillors and changed council policy on dealing with proposals for masts near schools.

Bexley admits there were two training sessions for council officers and councillors on mobile phone masts on February 27, "to ensure they were kept up-to-date on the issues involved".

They were run by an independent telecommunications expert with no connections to any mobile phone operators.

Bexley says it has not changed its policy and every mast application is treated on its merits.

Mr Cripps, of Bedonwell Road, says Orange Squash plans a big new campaign against the mast and will alert other schools in the area.

He said: "Masts rejected near their schools will all now be fair game."

Mr Cripps says Bexley has allowed the 28ft mast, which will be disguised as a telegraph pole, on one of the borough's most cluttered corners.

He claims when residents asked Bexley for safety railings on the kerbside at the corner, on the junction of Bedonwell Road and King Harold's Way, they were told it was too cluttered.

The group has taken its concerns to the council's chief executive Nick Johnson and council leader Councillor Ian Clement, as well as writing to Cllr Mrs Slaughter.

Debbie Collins, one of the parents who led the fight against the Orange mast at the school, was so worried about potential risks, she withdrew her daughter, Rhiannon, from the school.

Mrs Collins has now protested to Cllr Clement, who supported the parents' fight at the time.

She said: "Of all the places, and knowing how contentious this issue is, what possible justification could there be for this decision?"

Mrs Collins has demanded Cllr Mrs Slaughter's resignation over the issue, saying "she has utterly betrayed the trust of the public."

She added: "I so angry, I am almost speechless.

"It is deliberately rubbing salt into the wound. I am absolutely horrified."

Headteacher Ivor Gordo attended the planning control meeting and begged councillors not to approve the T-Mobile mast.

He described how bad he felt when, within six months of signing a contract with Orange to allow a mast on the school site in return for a rent of £7,000 a year, public fears surfaced about the health risks, especially for young children.

Mr Gordo added: "When it was removed last year, I felt so relieved."

During the furore over the Orange mast, a number of parents took their children away from the school and more than 1,000 people signed a protest petition or wrote to the council.

There was also a march by 120 children and their parents along Bexleyheath Broadway to stage a demonstration outside the civic offices.

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More Uninsured Means More Healthcare Corporate Profits

The nation is entering a health care crisis, many leaders and experts say. An estimated 46 million people do not have health insurance because they cannot afford it, and the U.S. has one of the poorest health profiles of the developed world.

From Information Clearing House

Praying for the Apocalypse

This theology of despair is empowered by widespread poverty, violent crime, incurable diseases, global warming, war in the Middle East and the threat of nuclear calamity.

From Information Clearing House

Welcome to America: Canadian Student spent 11 hours in Georgia jail for minor traffic violation

23-year-old fingerprinted, forced to strip naked, don jail outfit and left in cell with inmates while officials checked her immigration details.

From Information Clearing House

UK: Secret paper reveals Labour's lies over ID cards

The Government faces damaging claims of misleading voters over ID cards after documents revealed it always planned to make the controversial scheme compulsory.

From Information Clearing House

Guantanamo force-feeds detainees

Rights groups called on the US to halt the "brutal" tactic, which includes strapping detainees to a chair.

From Information Clearing House

How Syria Helped US in "War on Terror"

And How Bush Said "Thanks"

From Information Clearing House

The NeoCons' Decision to Bomb Iran

"We are conducting military operations inside Iran right now. The evidence is overwhelming, from both the Iranians [and] Americans, and Congressional sources."

US Navy builds Stingray-esque base in Indian Ocean

Reports have emerged that the US Navy is upgrading its submarine base at the isolated tropical atoll Diego Garcia, which is formally British territory.

From Information Clearing House

Inside Story of the Forged Iraq-Niger Docs

We had the chance to see how the documents were badly faked. And the most surprisingly thing was that we had the chance to identify the person who had a main role in faking the documents. And the name of this guy was Rocko Martino, a former Italian SISMI agent.

From Information Clearing House

U.S.-Made Mess in Somalia

By Ivan Eland

The media often report overseas developments, but don't always explore their underlying causes, which, in many cases, conveniently lets the U.S. government off the hook. The recent internecine violence in Somalia provides a classic example.

Somali clashes kill more than 1,000

Recent fighting between Ethiopian-backed government troops and Islamic insurgents in Somalia's capital killed more than 1,000 civilians and wounded 4,300, according to a report by the largest clan in the battle-scarred city.

Somalia - Yemen: More than 15,000 Somali refugees live in squalid conditions

Amnah Abdul-Hamid, 26, escaped war in Somalia in search of a better life in Yemen. But since arriving four years ago, her two children have died of diarrhoea and she is now sick and destitute.

From Information Clearing House

Death from Above

By Mickey Z.

To them, "Death from Above" is a source of martial pride and patriotic passion.

What Lack of Courage Cost

By Patrick J. Buchanan

The Democratic Congress thus faces this April a humiliating climb-down.

Bush Now Finds Himself Alone and Friendless

By Bill Gallagher

Henry Kissinger, is leaving the USS Shrub to save face. His departure underlines the willingness of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to continue sending young Americans to die in a venture they know has failed.

Doomsday for the Greenback - The Federal Reserve Monopoly Over Money

By Mike Whitney

The American people are in La-la land. If they had any idea of what the Federal Reserve was up to they'd be out on the streets waving fists and pitchforks. Instead, we go our business like nothing is wrong.

The Federal Reserve Monopoly Over Money

By Ron Paul

Few Americans give much thought to the Federal Reserve System or monetary policy in general. But even as they strive to earn a living, and hopefully save or invest for the future, Congress and the Federal Reserve Bank are working insidiously against them. Day by day, every dollar you have is being devalued.

What a US attack on Iran might look like

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Call your members of Congress now toll free at 800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 or 800-614-2803 to tell them it's time to END THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ.


With possibly one exception, the rest of our would be presidents of the United States would be hard pressed to put together a functional backbone of an Iraq policy. Instead of triangulating speeches, posturing and jockeying for position, they should be bravely stepping forward without equivocation to call for an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq. Who of them will speak out, even as we ourselves need to keep speaking out now?

Isn't there some middle ground of a choice between an out of control dictator and a flock of well financed chickens (of both parties)? Who will lead where the American people have already arrived? Will it be the candidate who declared they are losing their patience, but not quite for another year and a half until they can get elected themselves? Or will it be the candidate who was the first to declare legislative surrender and predict that the Democrats would cave in, again, on a time line for disengagement in the new supplemental war profiteering bill? Or will somebody else FINALLY get it? Who will take the lead, and not just try to take political advantage? Whoever it is WILL be the next president of the United States.

Today in Iraq tens of THOUSANDS of their people marched in just one city demanding that we end the occupation.

Yes, it's an occupation. It stopped being a war when Bush declared victory four years ago. A spokesman for Bush's National Security Council gave the spin that the massive demonstration was wonderful evidence that the Iraqi people can now "freely gather and express their opinions". One would suppose in his mind it is even more wonderful to be able to completely ignore what they were saying because we're pointing guns at their heads. It is so much like the way they ignore the laws of our own U.S., what lingering attorney general Gonzalez once called the "opinions" of Congress.

The flimsy pretense that any of this was for the glorious benefit of the Iraqi people is in utter shreds. For those still arguing for burying our heads even deeper in the sand it's all about us now. They say we can't leave because WE can't afford to lose, because WE need to have access to all that oil. Who will admit we have already lost, when 90% of the Iraqi people hate us for being the unwelcome occupiers we have become? There are no smiles for us there anymore, let alone any flowers. Who will tell the truth to the American people that the Iraqis already know so grimly, that from the beginning this was all about stealing their oil and absolutely nothing else?

Would anybody like to venture a guess now much energy independence for America we could have purchased with an investment of a trillion dollars, the projected committed cost already and climbing of the colossal Iraq misadventure? We could have been swimming in biofuel by now. That's assuming we had a strategically shrewd chief executive in the first place. Is there any doubt left that the longer we persist in this senseless carnage the worse it is going to get? Is there any doubt that the Iraqis will get their country back? Will they have to finally chase us out, or will we leave with some slight grace remaining?

Bush accuses Congress of telling the generals how to run the war, and most of our Senators and House members run to cower in their cloak rooms from the rhetoric. No George, it's not them, it's we the American people who are telling you how to run YOUR war, at the cost of our money and our bodies, an occupation you barged into against the best of advice of all the generals you have canned as punishment for their wise counsel. We want out of Iraq and we are willing to take full responsibility for the consequences. And we are calling our members of Congress every day to demand they represent us by taking that responsibility as well.


And if we get "hit" again, George, and it's not because you were negligent in responding to the real threats, or derelict in effectively fortifying our actual homeland defense, and it's not because you turned potential friends into determined enemies with your military hostilities, you'll be able to claim for the history books that you were far, far, far right. Then you'll have something to put in your half billion dollar presidential library besides war wreckage and millions of mostly redacted documents. You'll probably have to even classify your own press releases to try to hide from your official lies of record.

But in the meantime, the coalition of the missing in action, our former allies, saw the handwriting on the wall quite some time ago, and they're all on their way outta there. Are the White House and a majority in Congress the only ones who can't read the message in blood? The occupation has got to end. The occupation is going to end. Who will have the political courage to admit the facts of death as they are on the ground, and put an end to it NOW?

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.


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Virtual Election Season

Informant: David Swanson

From ufpj-news

Megastars to rock the world in giant Live Earth concerts

Informant: NHNE

Who's Keeping an Eye on High-Stakes Hedge Funds?

London's Cayman Islands: The Empire of the Hedge Funds

Informant: Neo Mulder


Who's Keeping an Eye on High-Stakes Hedge Funds?

NOW takes a close look at hedge funds - secretive, unregulated and often very risky investment accounts that have brought incredible wealth and power to some, but with the potential to spell dire consequences for ordinary Americans.

Racism Is to Be Expected From Don Imus


The secrets of successful racism

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Trash Talk Radio

Gwen Ifill writes: "The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University had an improbable season, dropping four of their first seven games, yet ending up in the NCAA women's basketball championship game. None of them were seniors. Five were freshmen. For all their grit, hard work and courage, the Rutgers girls got branded 'nappy-headed ho's' - a shockingly concise sexual and racial insult, tossed out in a volley of male camaraderie by a group of amused, middle-aged white men. The 'joke' - as delivered and later recanted - by the radio and television personality Don Imus failed one big test: it was not funny."


Imus And Beyond

by Isaiah J. Poole,

Too many public figures have dignified Imus' career of contemptible racist, homophobic and sexist remarks.

The Student-Loan Scam

Ban The Banks

The Ethanol Hoax

Why Must Nuke-Power Lemmings Again Flock to the Radioactive Sea?

An Orwellian PR Stunt

Sometimes, These Colors Must Run

'Granny D' Pushes 'Politics of Love'

Elliott Abrams and Déjà Vu All Over Again

Watada is a vindicator, not a violator of the rule of law

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Say It Loud: Subpoena!

Informant: David Swanson

From ufpj-news

Hersh says US Iran warplanners have been working nonstop for weeks

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Monica Goodling, One of 150 Pat Robertson Cadres in the Bush Administration

Informant: NHNE

IPCC climate change “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”

Assessment chapters available on-line

Informant: NHNE

2nd Iraq tour for 13,000 Nat'l Guard; US may extend tours of 15,000 already there

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


How a Banana Republic Sends Troops to War

by David Brownlow

There is no record of the governor refusing to send our troops to Iraq or Afghanistan - even though their deployments had nothing to do with fulfilling their only legal mission, which is to "execute the laws, to suppress insurrection, or to repel invasion." Contrary to the oath Mr. Kulongoski swore to defend the U.S. and Oregon Constitutions, he allowed his authority to be used on illegal "orders" that sent thousands of our young men and women off to fight and die in foreign wars........

Down with Findon Valley mast

COUNCILLORS voted against plans for a mobile phone mast in Findon Valley after receiving a 1,000-signature petition from concerned residents.

At a meeting of Worthing council's planning committee on Thursday, councillors agreed the siting and design of the 11.7 metre mast was inappropriate.

Mobile phone giant T-Mobile wanted to put the monopole mast at the junction of Findon Road and Cissbury Avenue.

A spokesperson from the company said it would help it provide a wider mobile phone coverage in the area.

But Sue Smith, assistant head teacher at nearby Vale First and Middle School, said the school was very much against the plan for the health and safety of the children.

She added: "We are already in the radius of another mast and feel this one would be better off being put there too.

"On this site we have several pre-schools, churches, a doctors' surgery, a library and many other services so I think it's inappropriate."

Representatives from local businesses and the Findon Valley Residents' Association also made representations against the mast.

10 April 2007

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More Uninsured Means More Health Care Corporate Profits

Drug prices, health insurance, doctor visits and hospital stays are too expensive for many people to afford, while insurance and drug company profits continue to climb. The nation is entering a health care crisis, many leaders and experts say.

Challenge to Emissions Rule Is Set to Start

The fight over cars and carbon dioxide moves today from the Supreme Court to a federal courtroom in Burlington, Vermont, in a case that automakers say could reshape vehicles sold on the East and West Coasts. The industry is suing to block a 2004 California regulation on global warming from taking effect.

Millions Face Hunger From Climate Change

Warming temperatures could result in food shortages for 130 million people by 2050 and threaten to cause drought and higher seas in Australia and New Zealand by 2030, according to a UN report released Tuesday.

The Mortgage Mess

In February 2007, some 131,000 foreclosure filings were recorded by RealtyTrac, a Web site that compiles default notices, auction sales and bank repossessions. "Based on our numbers for the first two months of 2007, foreclosure activity is running at a rate that would project to a 33 percent increase over 2006," RealtyTrac's CEO James J. Saccacio said in a news release last month. These statistics represent the end of a process that is costing many borrowers their homes.

Conyers Sends Gonzales Document Subpoenas

The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed new documents Tuesday from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as part of its investigation into the firings of federal prosecutors, with the panel chairman saying he had run out of patience.


House Panel Subpoenas Gonzales for Documents

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today seeking hundreds of pages of new or uncensored records related to the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year, officials said.

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House subpeonas documents from AG

Albuquerque Tribune


The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed new documents today from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as part of its investigation into the firings of federal prosecutors, with the panel chairman saying he had run out of patience. ‘We have been patient in allowing the department to work through its concerns regarding the sensitive nature of some of these materials,’ Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, wrote Gonzales in a letter accompanying the subpoena...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Democrats Subpoena DOJ in Attorney Firing Investigation

Matt Renner reports that Democrats in the US House of Representatives served a subpoena on Tuesday demanding all previously undisclosed documents relating to the firings of eight US attorneys in 2006. The Senate is considering a similar action.

GOP-Issued Laptops Now a White House Headache

When Karl Rove and his top deputies arrived at the White House in 2001, the Republican National Committee provided them with laptop computers and other communication devices to be used alongside their government-issued equipment. Now, that dual computer system is creating new embarrassment and legal headaches for the White House, the Republican Party and Rove's once-vaunted White House operation.

Easter in Crawford, Texas: Hell Freezes Over

Activist/actress Mimi Kennedy talks about Easter near the Bush ranch: "You can't park close to the checkpoint anymore. We walked the rest of the way, Pink Police in the lead, hiding eggs for activists - especially the two children with us, Ella and Julian - to find and put in two baskets that the children and Cindy would attempt to deliver to George Bush."


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Privatized War

Yves Eudes studies some of the players in the booming private military market: "Migration towards the private sector is a fundamental tendency: 'During my last tour in Iraq, there were 40 new recruits in my unit. Since then, we've all left the Army, and today, 35 work for military companies. On top of that, the government is paying for my training here as a form of reintegration into the job market.'"

EU-Kommissar Dimas fordert Deutschland zu mehr Klimaschutz auf

Einen Tag nach Vorlage des UN-Klimaberichts hat EU-Umweltkommissar Stavros Dimas Deutschland zu mehr Engagement für den Klimaschutz aufgefordert. "Die Klimaschutzziele der Europäischen Union können nur dann durchgesetzt werden, wenn mit Deutschland auch die größte Volkswirtschaft Europas mitzieht", sagte Dimas der Tageszeitung "Die Welt". Deutschland erfülle in wichtigen Bereichen wie den erneuerbaren Energien eine Vorreiterrolle, in anderen Bereichen wie dem Bodenschutz gebe es hingegen Nachholbedarf. Auch die deutsche Autoindustrie könne noch mehr tun.

Ostermärsche 2007: Protest gegen Rüstung und Krieg

Mehrere Zehntausend Menschen haben bundesweit bei Ostermärschen der Friedensbewegung gegen Kriegseinsätze protestiert. Die Veranstalter der Ostermärsche sprachen von rund 80 Protestaktionen in ganz Deutschland. Sie standen unter dem Motto: "Kriege beenden! Völkerrecht durchsetzen! Spart endlich an der Rüstung!" Die Forderung nach einem sofortigen Abzug der Bundeswehr aus Afghanistan sowie "die Kriegsdrohung gegen den Iran" waren zentrale Themen bei den Ostermärschen. Kritik wurde hierbei auch an der deutschen Iranpolitik geübt, die sich "nur in der Kosmetik vom harten Kurs der USA" unterscheide. Die Ostermarschierer wiederholten ihre Forderzung an die Bundesregierung, die Marine von der Küste Libanons abzuziehen. "Es wäre fatal, wenn sich Deutschland plötzlich inmitten eines Kriegsszenarios wiederfände, das im Pentagon entworfen wurde", sagte der Sprecher des Friedensratschlags, Peter Strutynski.

Mehrere zehntausend Iraker demonstrierten gegen US-"Besatzung"

Medienberichten zufolge haben am vierten Jahrestag des Einmarsches der von den USA geführten Koalitionstruppen in Bagdad mehrere zehntausend Iraker gegen die Präsenz ausländischer Soldaten protestiert. Sie riefen den Angaben zufolge "Tod Amerika" und "Nein zur Besatzung". Der schiitische Prediger Muqtada Sadr hatte zu den Protestkundgebungen aufgerufen. Er selbst trat nicht auf, rief aber die Mitglieder seiner Mahdi-Miliz dazu auf, ihre Anstrengungen zur Vertreibung der Besatzungstruppen zu verdoppeln. Einem Marsch der Anhänger Sadrs von Basra Richtung Norden schlossen sich offenbar auch Mitglieder der sunnitischen Irakischen Islamischen Partei an. Sie seien mit den Schiiten einig, den Irak von allen Besatzungstruppen zu befreien.

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