Freitag, 13. April 2007

Warming threatens history-laden Arctic island

Informant: binstock

Christian leadership to change the world

For God's Sake

Paul Krugman writes: "Regent University, founded by the televangelist Pat Robertson to provide 'Christian leadership to change the world,' boasts that it has 150 graduates working in the Bush administration. Unfortunately for the image of the school, where Mr. Robertson is chancellor and president, the most famous of those graduates is Monica Goodling, a product of the university's law school. She's the former top aide to Alberto Gonzales who appears central to the scandal of the fired US attorneys, and has declared that she will take the Fifth rather than testify to Congress on the matter."

Senate Dems Warn Gonzales: We Want Real Answers

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday authorized subpoenas for documents from the White House and the Department of Justice relating to the firing of eight US attorneys last year. Senate Democrats threatened to issue the subpoenas if Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is not forthcoming in his Tuesday testimony before the committee.

Pelosi: "The President Is Not King"

On the "Today Show," Nancy Pelosi sat down with Campbell Brown to discuss her trip to Syria as well as the stand-off between the White House and Congress over war-funding. Pelosi said: "The president is not king, the president is the president of the United States. America is a democracy. We have to make decisions based on our judgment. Thus far, the president's judgment hasn't been good in terms of, say, for example, the war on Iraq. So with all due respect to the president and the role he has, we want respect for the role we have. And members of Congress have gone on fact-finding trips since our country began. We're not going to stop because the president wants to avoid the facts and doesn't want to engage in dialogue."

Neocon War Propaganda To Be Investigated

Government Files on Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq Released

Health freedom action alert: FDA attempting to regulate supplements, herbs and juices as "drugs"

New FDA guidelines threaten religious freedoms: Holy water could be regulated as "drugs" and rosaries as "medical devices"

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New FDA guidelines threaten religious freedoms

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Excellent summary:

Tyranny in the USA: The True History of FDA Raids on Healers, Vitamin Shops and Supplement Companies

* By Mike Adams NewsTarget/Truth Publishing, April 12, 2007

Informant: binstock

Erschossen an einer Straßensperre

Die US-Bürgerrechtsorganisation ACLU hat vom Pentagon aufgrund eines FOIA-Antrags Dokumente über Schadensersatzforderungen von Angehörigen getöteter Zivilisten in Afghanistan und im Irak erhalten, die einen Einblick in die Gefahren für Zivilisten erlauben, denen sie durch US-Soldaten ausgesetzt sind.

To the board of the World Bank: Fire Paul Wolfowitz

Drug Giants Accused of Ignoring Fake Medicines That Kill Millions

The world's major drug companies have been accused of turning a blind eye to the multi-billion-dollar trade in fake medicines that has resulted in an explosion of child malaria deaths in developing countries.

Bush Expands Influence Over Regulatory Agencies

The Bush administration's campaign for regulatory reform has now taken aim at guidance documents, with messages from federal agencies that tell businesses how to implement regulations. In Bush's latest approach toward weakening environmental and public-health regulations, the executive order creates opportunities for the White House Office of Management and Budget to block regulations and strip protections for children's health.

Education Department Oversight Questioned

Matteo Fontana, an Education Department official placed on leave over a potential conflict of interest in his management of the government's student loan program, filed disclosure forms that raise questions about the department's oversight of its own employees. Fontana held a significant financial interest in a company that he was charged with overseeing.

Top Democrat: "Do Not Yield to White House on Iraq"

In a memo to party leaders, Representative Rahm Emanuel said that as long as Democrats continue to ratchet up the pressure on Bush, the president loses ground. If Bush continues to refuse to negotiate, his "continued insistence on a blank check for the war will only further damage his standing with the American people." Emanuel said he believes Democrats should continue to push to negotiate with the president.

World Bank Staff to Wolfowitz: "Resign"

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz acknowledged Thursday that he erred in helping a close female friend get transferred to a high-paying job, and said he was sorry. His apology didn't ease concerns among the bank's staff association, which wants him to resign.


World Bank Staff Seek Wolfowitz's Ouster

Claims Detail Grim Civilian Toll

Newly released documents have made public hundreds of claims for damages by Iraqi civilians requesting compensations for the death and injury of family members as a result of operations by Coalition Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ACLU, which filed the Freedom of Information Act request for the documents, points out that the Defense Department has instituted numerous policies to limit the dissemination of information about casualties. The newly released documents show that the families of more than 500 Iraqi civilians killed by U.S. soldiers have asked for compensation for their dead relatives but only a third have been granted it.

Abdullah Leaves


In this installment of the Hometown Baghdad project, we get a brief but intimate and powerful glimpse at the emotional impact of Iraqis leaving friends behind in Baghdad for the relative security of another country. Millions of Iraqis have done it. Some predict more than a million more will flee this year.

See, Share, Boycott: Stop Canada's cruel seal hunt

Nein zur Karlspreisverleihung an Javier Solana!

Bush And The Iraq Timetable

by Robert Parry,

Bush's refusal to set an Iraq withdrawal date encourages the insurgency.

U.S.-style consumerism is destroying the fields of China and Brazil

The only thing the National Drug Control Strategy has eradicated is our tax money

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New Red Cross Report: Civilians Without Protection

Quotes of Iraqis describing the layers of violence in their country, pulled from a recent Red Cross report, construct a powerful first-hand narrative.

“Toughness” of imperial presidency not due our respect

by Lewright B. Sikes


In a Tennessee Voices piece Tuesday (You don’t have to like Bush, but you’ve got to respect his toughness), John Rebrovick writes that he is ‘thankful’ that George W. Bush is ‘president for one overriding reason: He has recognized and engaged the enemy, and despite all the handwringers, bitter opposition and the low favorability ratings, he has held that line in the sand which his father drew nearly 20 years ago.’ … As a retired historian, I cannot let these remarks stand without seriously challenging them in the name of one of the 20th-century leaders of my profession, George Santayana, who said: ‘Those who do not know the past are doomed to repeat it’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Newsweek hides global warming denier’s Big Oil ties

by Joshua Holland


So Newsweek is running an opinion piece about global warming titled: ‘Why So Gloomy?’ The piece is authored by Richard Lindzen, a well-known meteorologist, and his thesis about the potential melt-down of our climate can be boiled down to this: Don’t worry, be happy! At the bottom of the article, is this brief biographical sketch of the author: Lindzen is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research has always been funded exclusively by the U.S. government. He receives no funding from any energy companies. Sounds like he’s on the up-and-up, no? After all, the guy’s not one of those scientists who denies global warming and then cashes nice checks from a bunch of big energy firms, right? Maybe those wing-nuts are right when they deny that there’s a scientific consensus about human activities contributing to global warming. Hmmm. Oh, but wait. That name … Lindzen … sure does sound familiar...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The new Watergate?

by Marjorie Cohn


The Bush administration is shocked, shocked, that the firing of a few U.S. attorneys has caused such a stir in Washington. After all, the Oval Office says, the President can choose whomever he wants to prosecute federal cases. But the Supreme Court declared in Berger v. United States that a prosecutor’s job is to see that justice is done, not to politicize justice. The mass ouster of the top prosecutors had more to do with keeping a grip on power — by manipulating voting rights — than with doing justice. And like the Watergate scandal, the evidence points to a cover-up...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

McCain, the militarist

by Justin Raimondo


McCain poses as a hard-headed realist, who wants ‘a strategy that deals with how things really are in Iraq,’ but he underestimates the precariousness of the U.S. position — a miscalculation underscored by the attack on the Iraqi parliament in the supposedly secure precincts of U.S. power, the Green Zone. When the history of this war is written, this breach in the walls of the American sanctum sanctorum will be seen as the turning point, the moment when the outcome — a defeat for the U.S. — became readily apparent for all with eyes to see. Imagine, if you will, how the Iraqis see this signal event — an explosion that felled not only some of their elected representatives, but also killed the myth of American power — and it is clear why the war is lost...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Vets “not well-served,” disability panel chief says



The way the government rates service members’ disabilities is inconsistent, and the Army might be shortchanging injured soldiers, the chairman of a special commission said Thursday. Testifying before a Senate panel, retired Lt. Gen. James Terry Scott, chairman of the Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission, detailed problems in the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs ratings systems...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Flawed System May Hurt Disabled Soldiers

The Army might be shortchanging injured soldiers by rating the severity of their disabilities with a system that is both unwieldy and inconsistent, the head of a special commission said on Thursday. Pentagon officials denied that those who rate the disabilities would cheat service members, but pledged to investigate.

CBS fires Imus

Houston Chronicle


The chief of CBS Corp. said the furor over Don Imus’ racist remarks had escalated beyond mere disgust with the talk show host. But it was Imus who ultimately paid the price. CBS abruptly fired Imus on Thursday from the radio show that he has hosted for nearly 30 years, a day after MSNBC said it would no longer televise it. Imus’ description of the Rutgers women’s basketball team as ‘nappy-headed hos’ set off a national debate about taste and tolerance. … For Imus’ critics, his recent remarks were the latest in a line of objectionable statements by the ringmaster of a show that mixed high-minded talk about politics and culture with crude, locker-room humor. Imus apologized, and tried to explain himself before the Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio audience, appearing alternately contrite and combative. But many of his advertisers bailed in disgust, particularly after the Rutgers women spoke of their hurt... [editor’s note: Personally, I suspect that things are working out just the way Imus planned, and that he’ll quickly pick up a more lucrative deal from satellite radio than he was getting from CBS - TLK]


Imus’s last outrage?

Boston Globe
by Joan Vennochi


Money talks, and in the case of Don Imus, it is saying: ‘You’re history.’ Prominent advertisers are distancing themselves from the legendary broadcaster. Staples, the office supply chain, asked MSNBC to remove its advertising from the television simulcast of Imus’s radio program. Procter & Gamble withdrew all its advertising from MSNBC’s daytime schedule. American Express Co. and General Motors Corp. also pulled advertisements from the show, which is broadcast on CBS Radio and MSNBC television. The simulcast was later canceled. These sponsors understood what Imus’s star-powered stable of pundits and politicos did not: When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. They showed more courage than anyone in the Imus crowd. But look what it took for Imus to finally shock them...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Dolphins trained to kill?,0,7918357.story

Informant: binstock

New Dam Threatens People and Environment in Myanmar

A deal signed between Thailand and Myanmar would clear the way for the first large-scale hydropower plant on the Salween River in northeastern Myanmar. The project could displace and negatively impact upon tens of thousands of poor and marginalized people from ethnic minorities in that country, warns WWF.

Take Action to Restore Habeas Corpus, Protect People from Abuse and Arbitrary Detention

McDonald's, KFC under fire for labor rights violations

From LabourNet, 13. April 2007

Export von Zwangsarbeit nach Asien und Lateinamerika

„Wer heute westliche Konsumgüter wie Kleidung, Spielzeug oder Elektronikartikel mit der Aufschrift „Made in China“, „Made in Bangladesh“ etc. kauft, weiß kaum unter welchen menschenverachtenden Arbeitsbedingungen sie hergestellt werden. Das „Made in …“ steht Synonym für Ausbeutung und Zwangsarbeit in so genannten Sweatshops…“ Artikel von Michael Schumacher vom März 2007 bei forced labour

Aus: LabourNet, 13. April 2007

Import prohibition for dog and cat fur

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Rachel's News #902

Kein Schritt weiter nach "1984"

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

13. April 2007

Zu den Vorschlägen von Bundesinnenministers Schäuble, der Polizei automatisierten Zugriff auf digitalisierte Passbilder und Fingerabdrücke zu ermöglichen und den verstärkten Unterstützungsrufen aus der Union erklärt die stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Linkspartei.PDS, Katina Schubert:

Geht es nach Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble, werden die Bundesbürgerinnen und Bundesbürger unter Generalverdacht stehende, gläserne Menschen, deren Daten allzeit verfügbar und verdachtsunabhängig den staatlichen Behörden zugänglich sind. Der, von ihm geforderte, Vollzugriff der Polizei auf Passbilder und Fingerabdrücke stellt einen weiteren großer Schritt in Richtung Überwachungsstaat dar. Nach dem Schüren einer diffusen Terrorangst, nach Videoüberwachung, gewünschtem Bundeswehreinsatz im Inneren und Online-Durchsuchungen höhlt Minister Schäuble die Bürgerrechte weiter Stück für Stück aus. Der Beifall aus den eigenen Reihen ist ihm sicher. Die Bürgerrechte sind verfassungsmäßig geschützt - noch. Ein weiteres Untergraben des Rechts auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung muss unter allen Umständen verhindert werden. Die bürgerlichen Freiheitsrechte sind für die Linke ein hohes Gut. Wir teilen die Bedenken des Bundesdatenschutzbeauftragten Peter Schaar ausdrücklich. Eine Bewegung in Richtung 1984 wird es mit der Linken nicht geben.äuble

Lückenloses Importverbot für Hunde- und Katzenfell!

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Tell the FCC: We Need More Diversity in the Media

Jobless claims rise dramatically

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level in two months.

From Information Clearing House

Wolfowitz under fire: Promoted girlfriend at World Bank

Wolfowitz 'sorry' for favouritism

The former deputy US defence secretary refused to say if he might have to resign as the World Bank's board of governors met to discuss the row.

Wolfowitz pay scandal laid bare

The World Bank early Friday released more than 100 pages of documents that exposed the pivotal role played by its president, Paul Wolfowitz, in awarding startling pay hikes to his girlfriend.

From Information Clearing House


Wolfowitz under fire: Promoted girlfriend at World Bank

Scotsman [UK]


The World Bank president, Paul Wolfowitz, yesterday said he made ‘a mistake for which I am sorry’ over his handling of the promotion and pay increase for his girlfriend, Shaha Riza. ‘I proposed to the board that they establish some mechanism to judge whether the agreement reached was a reasonable outcome,’ Mr Wolfowitz said in a statement handed out before a news conference ahead of meetings of finance ministers in Washington this weekend. ‘I will accept any remedies they propose,’ he added. … The controversy erupted last week when the bank’s staff association questioned the promotion and pay increase for Ms Riza, prompting an investigation by the bank’s board of member countries. Mr Wolfowitz said he admitted his relationship with Ms Riza to the board when he joined the bank and took the advice of the board’s ethics committee to promote and relocate her...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Clinton suffers virtual defeat in MoveOn vote on Iraq

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, lagged behind her main competitors, as well as some lower-tier candidates, in a straw poll taken after a virtual town hall meeting on Iraq.

From Information Clearing House

Ukraine President Yushchenko rejects US anti-missile system

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko on Thursday rejected any discussion of deployment of US anti-missile systems to his country, ending months of waffling by leaders of the former Soviet republic.

Standing up to the west

It should come as no surprise that Russia is preparing its own military response to US plans to build a missile defence system in eastern Europe.,,2054758,00.html

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Media obscures Iran's nuclear program with 'Fog Facts'

Yesterday, the AP ran a story about Iran's nuclear program that was a perfect example of the phenomenon. Consider the opening four paragraphs.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq policy 'spawned new terror'

The British and US policy towards Iraq has "spawned new terror in the region", a think tank report has said.

From Information Clearing House

Tour extension hits families, soldiers hard

Active-duty soldiers will now serve 15 months in Iraq and Afghanistan instead of 12, an extension that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates portrayed as needed to maintain predictable troop levels, but it came as another painful sacrifice for the volunteer U.S. Army.

From Information Clearing House

Refugees Speak of Escape from Hell

"America is the reason why Iraq was invaded, so we would like the American administration to give aid to us refugees," she added. "I would like people to read this and tell Bush to help us."

From Information Clearing House

Troops accused of killing suspects

Corpses lay unclaimed in deserted streets of central Baghdad yesterday and accusations of extrajudicial execution hung over the US-trained Iraqi Army after the most intensive gun battle in the capital since the American military launched its last-ditch security plan to prevent the collapse of the city.

Under siege: A special report from war-torn Mosel

"If you go in the streets by yourself, you'll be dead in 15 minutes," says Khasro Goran, the deputy governor of Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city.

From Information Clearing House

Custodians of Chaos

By Kurt Vonnegut

In this extract from his memoirs, Kurt Vonnegut is horrified by the hypocrisy in contemporary US politics.


Peace Be With You, Kurt Vonnegut


A Man Without a Country

The War on Terror is a marketing campaign for security industries and terrorism experts

Creating a Market for Security

By Paul Craig Roberts

The War on Terror is a marketing campaign for security industries and terrorism experts. The latter are pulling in the consulting fees, and the former are rapidly inventing new products that enable "our" government to watch our every move and to know our location at every moment.

Iran May Be The Greatest Crisis Of Modern Times

By John Pilger

We are being led towards perhaps the most serious crisis in modern history as the Bush-Cheney-Blair "long war" edges closer to Iran for no reason other than that nation's independence from rapacious America.

Firing Gonzales For All the Right Reasons

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Bush's Gravest Impeachable Crime


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Farmer forced to sleep in his jeep

A farmer was forced to sleep in his jeep a mile from his own farmhouse following the installation of a phone mast on his land.

John Ryan of Cashel told the Kilkenny Advertiser on Monday that "to allow a phone mast to be installed on my land back in 2003 was the worst decision of my life, as my health has been badly effected since. For the past few years there has been awful pressure in my head and tightening in my chest which only began to happen after the mast had been installed on my farm. In my opinion these masts should only be installed far away from houses and farm dwellings."

Mr Ryan also said that his herd of cows have also been effected following the installation of the mast. "They are continually agitated and in 2004 we had four deformed calves born on the farm, which was unheard of before. We have also had situations of cows coming in calf on more than one occasion, which is completely unnatural."

Mr Ryan also revealed that he was hospitalised during 2004 when he was told that the rhythm of his heart was not correct. "The doctors told me that the mast was effecting my health, and that it should be turned off. During that particular time I was forced to sleep away from home in my jeep because I just could not sleep in my own bed. It was a terrible time."

John Ryan also said that "things could improve this coming August as the mast contract will be up then and it may be removed. We won't be in favour of it staying anyway, so hopefully life will return to what it was a few years ago."

On the subject of phone masts Mary White, the Deputy Leader of the Green Party who will be contesting the general election in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency in a few weeks time said that Mr Ryan whom she has met on a couple of occasions "has suffered terribly on a personal level, and it is quite obvious that some people are very sensitive to the presence of phone masts."

Mary White told the Kilkenny Advertiser that "since the mobile companies are making millions they should be investing in fibre optic cables which must be a priority to elimimate masts. Another alternative should be the use of satellites, because the health of the general population must be protected as far as possible."

Just recently, an expert group commissioned by the Government said that there is no evidence of health effects from mobile phone masts. Its 'Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields' report found no health hazard from mobile phones, phone masts, or power lines. The report added that the chance of any harm from electronicmagnetic sources was very small according to present knowledge.

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© Kilkenny Advertiser,2007

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'War on terror' leaves many Americans exposed to crime

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Subpoena Karl Rove

First-Ever Documents Released on Civilian Deaths Caused by US Forces

Tackle Climate Change Impacts on Developing Countries

The US has Returned Fundamentalism to Afghanistan


Afghanistan in a downward spiral

In addition to long-lasting problems such as military conflict, narcotics and warlordism, the Afghan government is increasingly facing new dilemmas which emanate from people's dire social and economic conditions.

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Cindy Sheehan: Number 3291


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Senators Expand Inquiry of Political Prosecutions

Why 'Nappy' Is Offensive

Awful Truth About Hillary, Barack, John and Whitewash

Warming Could Spark N. American Water Scramble: U.N.

Wolfowitz Stamped Lover's Pay

Retired Generals: Bush is 'Breaking the Army'

Some White House E-Mails on Fired Attorneys May be Lost


White House Can't Say If Lost E-Mails Include Firings

The Bush administration acknowledged that some lost White House e-mails might have dealt with the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, as a Senate panel stepped up demands for more information on the removal of the prosecutors.

Leahy Doubts Bush Aides on Lost E-Mails

President Bush's aides are lying about White House e-mails sent on a Republican account that might have been lost, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy suggested Thursday, vowing to subpoena those documents if the administration fails to cough them up.,,-6552441,00.html

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US Compensation Payments to Iraqi Civilians Made Public


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