Montag, 16. April 2007

Care For The Wild International

Wolfowitz's Departure

"Paul Wolfowitz's credibility at the head of the World Bank is now too damaged for him to remain. He must resign, and if he refuses, the board of directors must replace him."

Justice Probes Abramoff Ties to White House

The Justice Department's Public Integrity Section is investigating connections between disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the White House, a probe that may be affected by missing White House emails.

Way Off Base

Paul Krugman writes: "The public hates this war, no longer has any trust in Mr. Bush's leadership and doesn't believe anything the administration says. Iraq was a big factor in the Democrats' midterm victory. And far from being a risky political move, the confrontation over funding has overwhelming popular support: According to a new CBS News poll, only 29 percent of voters believe Congress should allow war funding without a time limit, while 67 percent either want to cut off funding or impose a time limit."

Qualitätstourismus bedeutet Umweltzerstörung

Ballermann, Betonburgen, Billigtourismus. Dieses Image will die spanische Urlaubsinsel Mallorca abstreifen. Seit Jahren setzt man auf Qualitätstourismus, dessen Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt aber noch gravierender als die des Massentourismus sind.

Symphony of Bullets

In this installment of the Hometown Baghdad project, Adel, Ausama and Saif let us listen and look out their windows. Gunfire is constant. Days are spent laying low inside the house. Classes are missed. The young men also display their own guns, kept to defend their families from the constant and unpredictable violence outside. Watch for an unexpected moment of levity at the end.

"Face The Nation" missed an opportunity to nail Cheney on some critical issues

Weekend Watchdog: Unanswered Questions

The country came together to take a stand on climate change

Green Activists Stepped It Up

by Bill McKibben, Grist

Some in Congress think that compromise is the way to end the war, the rest of us don't have to

Are We Politicians Or Are We Citizens?

by Howard Zinn, The Progressive

Taxing the wealthy at higher rates than the poor is a moral issue

The Hidden Truths Of Progressive Taxes

by George Lakoff and Bruce Budner,

The best president money can buy

Christian Science Monitor
by Daniel Schorr


An amazing race — I said amazing race: the campaign, not the hymn. The budding election contest has come to look as though it will be settled not by who makes the most appealing arguments, but by who raises the most money. So, until last week, Sen. Hillary Clinton was regarded as the almost inevitable choice for Democratic nominee. But then came reports of money raised during the first quarter of this year. And, lo and behold, Sen. Barack Obama had raised about $25 million, nearly matching Senator Clinton’s $26 million. All of a sudden, The Wall Street Journal was talking of a hot primary race. On the Republican side, Mitt Romney pulled ahead with $23 million, and it begins to look now as though the contest for president will be dominated almost completely by money as America heads into its first billion-dollar campaign. That being so, it strikes me that a lot of time and effort are being expended on money raising that could well be saved for the general election...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A conversation with three Iraq vets against the war

by Ron Jacobs


A group of antiwar vets who did time in Iraq and Afghanistan have been making their presence known for the past couple of years in the US and, like their predecessors that organized Vietnam Veterans Against the War, these men and women have formed an antiwar group known as Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). According to an article in a publication titled North Carolina at War published by the Institute for Southern Studies, IVAW has members in at least 41 states and on some military bases overseas. I recently got in touch with some of its members. What follows is a transcript of a hopeful and occasionally heartrending exchange I had with these three folks...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

All the rights in the Bill of Rights have been usurped in one form or another

The right to freedom of speech is allowed as long as it fits the prescribes of political correctness and hate crime law... (written 11/02; posted 04/13/07)

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

American heroes: Remember Pat Tillman

Liberty For All
by R. Lee Wrights and Sean Haugh

Pat Tillman did not make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of a game called football. Pat Tillman made the ultimate sacrifice so that someone else would not have to. What better way could we honor his memory than making sure other brave sons and daughters of American citizens never have to make that ultimate sacrifice? What better way is there for us to show our support for all of the brave men and women who have served their country gallantly than to bring them home? (written 05/04; posted 04/14/07)

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Global Women Activists Speak Out Against War, Imperialism

Condemnation of the United States' war in Iraq was rife at the 14th Congress of the Women's International Democratic Federation which concludes this Friday in Caracas. Over 1,000 delegates representing 165 organizations from 80 countries participated.

Rove, Others Were Warned to Save Emails

Karl Rove and other White House employees were cautioned in employee manuals, memos and briefings to carefully save any emails that might discuss official matters, even if those messages came from private email accounts, the White House disclosed Friday. Despite these cautions, emails from Rove and others discussing official business may have been deleted and are now missing.

Bank Concerned as Wolfowitz Says He Won't Resign

The furor over Wolfowitz appeared to overshadow the agenda of the World Bank's annual spring meeting of finance and development ministers this weekend as Wolfowitz said yesterday that he intends to continue in his job despite the controversy over his role in arranging pay raises and promotions for his girlfriend.

US Wrestles With Iraq Refugee Issue

The number of Iraqi refugees continues to grow exponentially. More than two million Iraqi refugees have fled from persecution and sectarian violence, mostly traveling to Jordan and Syria. In addition, at least 1.8 million are displaced within Iraq. According to Human Rights First, tens of thousands of these refugees have been targeted because of their work for the US government, non-governmental organizations or the media. Since April 2003, the Bush administration has admitted exactly 692 Iraqi refugees into the US, and the number of those in need is growing by an estimated 50,000 a month.

Tell Congress to Help Get U.N Boots on the Ground in Darfur

Kucinich Says Clinton and Obama Continue to Vote for War Funding

Kucinich for President 2008

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Kucinich Says Clinton and Obama Continue to Vote for War Funding, they and Edwards Refuse to Oppose a Bush-Cheney Attack on Iran.

NEW YORK CITY (April 16, 2007) MONDAY – Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is challenging his fellow candidates' votes to authorize and fund the war in Iraq, and their positions on Iran.

"Clinton, Edwards, and Obama share responsibility for wasting hundreds of billions of dollars in an unnecessary war. And the American tax payers on this day need to remember that," Kucinich charged. Hillary Clinton and John Edwards voted to authorize the war. Clinton and Barack Obama continue to vote to fund it.

At a New Hampshire town meeting yesterday, someone asked Clinton about her vote to authorize the war, and asked if she had read the intelligence reports prior to her vote. Senator Clinton is reported to have said that if she had known then what she knows now, she never would have voted to give the President the authority to go to war.

"If Senator Clinton and the others had done their job they would have known, and they would have voted correctly as I did," declared Kucinich, who campaigned yesterday in New Hampshire and Connecticut and appeared live on CNN's night show from New York City.

"I didn't just vote against the war, I shared an in depth analysis with Members of Congress that I wrote in October 2002, after reviewing intelligence reports," Kucinich said.

Kucinich's 2002 Analysis:

"The information that Senator Clinton said she was lacking was available to anyone who wanted to see it," said Kucinich who ran 7 points ahead of Clinton in the Moveon poll released last week. "Now that she and all the others who voted incorrectly know what they didn't know then, they are still voting the wrong way," Kucinich stated, referring to votes on war funding.

Kucinich also talked about Senator Obama's presidential campaign, where Senator Obama claims to have opposed the war from the start and implies that if he had been in the Senate at the time he would have voted against it. "Senator Obama has a 100 percent record of voting for funding the war in Iraq, as does Senator Clinton," Kucinich said.

Last month, in under a week, the Democrats appropriated $97 billion in supplemental funds for the war and approved the 2008 Bush budget, which not only budgeted $145 billion for the war in 2008, but allocated an additional $50 billion for 2009.

"So much for Democratic timelines," Kucinich observed. "This war needs to end now and Democrats should stop funding it now. The money's in the pipeline now to bring the troops home, and I've written legislation, HR 1234, to begin a process to stabilize Iraq as the U.S. troops leave."

HR 1234:

Kucinich challenged his fellow candidates on Iran as well, saying: "All of them, Clinton, Edwards, and Obama, who now say that President Bush was wrong to attack Iraq, are parroting the Bush-Cheney doctrine on preemptive and 'preventive' war on Iran, as they openly state that for Iran 'All options are on the table.'"

Kucinich, the only candidate who has consistently voted against the invasion of Iraq and the funding of the occupation, noted: "Their lack of good judgment raises questions not only about their ability to win in November of 2008, but also raises questions as to whether they have the good judgment, foresight and independence necessary to be President of the United States".

Informant: David Swanson

From ufpj-news


The Democratic illusion

by Justin Raimondo


Anyone who had illusions about the Democratic Party as the electoral vehicle of choice for the antiwar movement has got to be dispirited by the ‘big three’ presidential wannabes: John Edwards, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. None have come out clearly and unequivocally for withdrawal from Iraq, and all refuse to rule out military action against Iran. The situation appears even worse when we look at who’s advising them when it comes to foreign policy. A recent cover piece in the New York Observer throws the spotlight on these otherwise obscure (yet important) figures — hat tip: Matt Yglesias — and the result isn’t pretty...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Zur Inhaftierung britischer Soldaten durch iranischen Küstenschutz

The US Government Has Already Been Overthrown!

Informant: reggie501

From ufpj-news

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Bush Is Mobilizing The ENTIRE National Guard

Informant: ranger116

Gonzales: 'I have nothing to hide'

Informant: ranger116


Ex-DOJ Official's Statements Contradict Gonzales

The former Justice Department official who carried out the firings of eight US attorneys last year told Congress that several of the prosecutors had no performance problems and that a memo on the firings was distributed at a November 27 meeting attended by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Gonzales has said that he never saw any documents about the firings and that he had "lost confidence" in the prosecutors because of performance problems.


Gonzales calls role in firings indirect

Richmond Palladium-Item


Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, fighting to save his job, said in prepared Senate testimony Sunday he has ‘nothing to hide’ in the firings of eight federal prosecutors but claimed a hazy memory about his involvement in them. Two Republican senators said Gonzales has yet to shore up his credibility amid shifting explanations of his role in the dismissals...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


08:00 - 16 April 2007

Concerns have been raised about plans to install a mobile phone mast next to a children's play park in Oldfield Park.

Phone company T Mobile has applied to Bath and North East Somerset Council for permission to put up a 15m tall mast with three antennas, along with an equipment cabinet, at Monksdale Road next to The Sandpits children's play area.

But neighbours have raised formal objections to the proposal and other local people have raised concerns.

Oliver Lindburg, of Monksdale Road, said: "I am anxious about the possible effect of this on a child. The health risks may not have been proven - there is less money put into investigating this than into developing the business of mobile phones."

Oldfield Park businessman and chairman of Moorland Road Traders' Association Barry Cruse said: "My immediate reaction is that this is right next to a children's playground and in a very populated residential area.

"It's not on. I'm sure it will be fought tooth and nail. The trouble with these sorts of applications is not enough people know about it before it happens.

"Hopefully we can make a stand and get everybody involved.

"It will affect everybody as everybody sends their kids to play in Sandpits and I'm sure they would think twice about letting their children play there if there was a phone mast right next to it."

T Mobile wants to install the mast to fill a hole in its network coverage of The Oval and Moorfields areas. The company investigated and rejected as unsuitable, for a variety of reasons, 13 other potential sites.

In a statement to the council it acknowledged that people were likely to raise concerns about the issue and said it had discussed the issue with planning officers and local councils. It said it had concluded that the plot was the best site available and that the visual impact of the mast could be shielded. It added there were no proven health risks.

The site is next to an allotments site and Bath Allotments Association has told the council it believes the land should be used for more allotments.

The proposed installation meets government health and safety guidelines.

Under current rules, the council could only refuse planning permission for the mast on grounds of siting and appearance.


Kangaroo Tribunals Give a Kafkaesque Edge to Guantanamo

Overselling Capitalism with Consumerism

Their Arms and Their Man: Musharraf Gives and Takes For Bush-Cheney

Need For 'Czar' Shows Chaos of War

Silence of The Hawks

Lenders Misusing Student Database

Lenders Sought Edge Against U.S. in Student Loans


Lenders Misusing Student Database

Some lending companies with access to a national database containing confidential information on tens of millions of student borrowers have repeatedly searched it in ways that violate federal rules, raising alarms about data mining and abuse of privacy, government and university officials said.

Global Warming Called Security Threat

E-Mails Contradict Testimony in US Attorneys Scandal

Top Wolfowitz Postings Went to Iraq War Backers


Top Wolfowitz Postings Went to Iraq War Backers

Of the top five outside international appointments made by embattled World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz during his nearly two-year tenure, three were senior political appointees of right-wing governments that provided strong backing for U.S. policy in Iraq. Wolfowitz, who became the Bank's president in June 2005, has long insisted that his own role as deputy defense secretary under U.S. President George W. Bush, in which he was a key architect of the Iraq war, would never influence his decisions at the Bank.

Activists Stepping up Fight Against Warming With Rallies, Lobbying

Italian Officials in Washington to Oppose New Base

Informant: David Swanson

From ufpj-news

Give Congress the Backbone to Stand Up to Bush on Iraq

Sind Flugverkehr und Klimaschutz vereinbar?

Mit der Bitte um Veröffentlichung senden wir Ihnen folgende Pressemitteilung der ödp München.

Der 1. Infostand der Münchner ödp in 2007 steht an „Sind Flugverkehr und Klimaschutz vereinbar?“

Wie jedes Jahr informiert die Münchner ödp alle Bürgerinnen und Bürger über wichtige Themen. Bürgernah und kompetent stehen Gesprächspartner an den kommenden Info- ständen zur Verfügung.

Den Anfang macht dabei ein Infostand mit dem ödp-Klimaexperten Tim Woll zu dem kontroversen Thema „Flugverkehr und Klimaschutz“. „Derzeit widmet die Öffentlichkeit dieser Thematik wenig bis keine Aufmerksamkeit. Künftig sind Konflikte aber unaus- weichlich.“, so Tim Woll. Einerseits nimmt bei Wirtschaft und Verbrauchern das Bedürfnis nach nationaler und in- ternationaler Mobilität und Flexibilität zu. Dieses Bedürfnis wird zunehmend durch den Flugverkehr erfüllt, denn durch die verfehlte Subventionspolitik der Bundesregierung und der EU bleiben Flugreisen extrem billig, während Bahnreisen immer teurer werden. Andererseits trägt die Luftfahrtbranche mit ihrem rasanten Wachstum immer stärker zur Erwärmung des Weltklimas bei. Obwohl die Branche nur ! 3 % des weltweiten CO2 – Ausstoßes verursacht, schädigt sie das Klima nachhaltig, da sie ihre Abgase direkt in der Atmosphäre abgibt. Die Emissionen wirken dort viermal stärker als eine vergleichbare Abgasmenge, die in Bodennähe abgegeben wird.

Diesen Konflikt vor Augen laden die Münchner Ökodemokraten ein: „Kommen Sie am Samstag, 21. April zur Münchner Freiheit. Diskutieren Sie mit uns Auswege aus dem Verkehrsproblem. Informieren Sie sich über den Klimakiller Flugverkehr“. Wir sind ab 9:00 Uhr vor dem Postamt gegenüber Karstadt für Sie da

Weitere Bürgerinformationsstände:

Samstag, 21.04.2007 Ort: Leopoldstr. 57 (West) vor Postamt gegenüber Karstadt, Münchner Freiheit

Samstag, 28.4.2007 Ort: Schleißheimer Str. 158 (Ost) vor Basic Bio-Supermarkt

Samstag, 05.05.2007 Ort: Hanauer Str. (West) vor Haupteingang Olympia-Einkaufs-Zentrum (OEZ)

Samstag, 12.5.2007 Ort: Fritz-Hommel-Weg Ecke Theodor-Dombart-Str. (Schwabinger Bauernmarkt)

Samstag, 19.5.2007 Ort: Leopoldstr. (West) vor Postamt gegenüber Karstadt, Münchner Freiheit

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Herbert Brunner
Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei (ödp)
Stadtverband München
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D-80333 München
Fon 089/45 24 74 15 × Fax 089/55 06 99 86
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Veranstaltungshinweise: Wir laden Sie herzlich ein zu unseren kostenfreien Vorträgen. Immer in den Räumen der Gregor-Louisoder-Umweltstiftung: Brienner Str. 46, U2/U8 Königsplatz und U1/U7 Stiglmaierplatz.

Do., 10. Mai 2007, 19.30 Uhr "Impfen, Pro und Contra - die individuelle Impfentscheidung" Referentin: Brigitte Maurer, Heilpraktikerin und Homöopathin

Do., 14. Juni 2007, 19.30 Uhr „Aktiver Nichtraucherschutz – was ist in München und Deutschland möglich?“ Referent: Axel Napolitano, Pro Rauchfrei

Do., 12. Juli 2007, 19.30 Uhr "Meereskraftwerke – eine Energiequelle der Zukunft. Technische Möglichkeiten und aktuelle Projekte" Referent: Dr.-Ing. Wilfried Knapp, TU München

Do., 9. Aug. 2006, 19.30 Uhr "Wer bezahlt eigentlich mal Ihre Rente und unsere Staatsschulden?“ Referent: Martin Schmidt-Bredow, Zeitbank für München

Do., 13. Sept. 2006, 19.30 Uhr "Krieg um's Öl oder Frieden durch Erneuerbare Energien" Referent: Ulrich Haushofer, Stb., Gehrlicher Solar

Do., 11. Okt. 2007, 19.30 Uhr "Gentechnik, Functional Food und Politik – die Globalisierung des Brotzeittellers" Referent: Thomas Semonsky, ganzheitlicher Ernährungsberater

Do., 25. Okt. 2007, 19.30 Uhr "In Würde altern – für eine gute ambulante Pflege und streng kontrollierte Altenheime!" Referentin: Johanna Schildbach-Halser, Nachbarschaftshilfe Rosenheim, ödp-Bezirksrätin

Do., 08. Nov. 2007, 19.30 Uhr "Vorwärts in die Steinzeit? Wie die Industriegesellschaft sich selbst zerstört“ Referent: Martin Kraus, M.A., Philosoph

Do., 22. Nov. 2007, 19.30 Uhr Film:"Lacoma und der Konzern(ein energiepolitisches Gesellschaftsspiel) – Auswirkungen des Braunkohletagebaus für Mensch und Umwelt" Do., 13. Dez. 2007, 19.30 Uhr "Der Global Marshall Plan – Initiative für eine weltweite Ökosoziale Marktwirtschaft" Referent: Frithjof Finkbeiner, Global Marshall Plan Initiative

ödp – Profil In der ödp arbeiten Menschen zusammen, die dem Streben von Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft nach "Immer mehr" das Prinzip Verantwortung entgegensetzen: "So leben, dass Zukunft bleibt!". Angestrebt wird eine Wende im Lebens- und Wirtschaftsstil - weg von der Überfluss- und Verschwendungswirtschaft, hin zu Nachhaltigkeit und "echter" Lebensqualität.

Kapitalismus: Die Hungerlohn-Gesellschaft

Wirtschaftsweiser will Stundenlöhne unter drei Euro,1518,477314,00.html


Kapitalismus: Die Hungerlohn-Gesellschaft - Immer mehr Berliner arbeiten Vollzeit und brauchen trotzdem Finanz-Hilfe vom Staat

„Versprochen: Dieser Text langweilt nicht mit Statistiken oder Politikergequatsche. Dafür haben wir keine Zeit: In Berlin leben immer mehr Menschen, die von früh bis spät arbeiten aber trotzdem Geld vom Staat brauchen - Hartz IV trotz Vollzeit-Maloche! Der KURIER sagt, wie es ist, wie es so weit kommen konnte. Und was man tun kann. (…) Was können wir tun? Am besten Hungerlohn-Chefs noch heute anzeigen! Unternehmer dürfen sich nicht mehr auf Partys dafür feiern lassen, dass sie Löhne drücken. Das heißt: Nerven Sie Politiker, melden Sie solche Firmen den Gewerkschaften! Und sagen Sie es uns, der Presse. Denn Hungerlohn-Bosse fürchten nichts mehr, als böse Schlagzeilen.“ Artikel von Kevin P. Hoffmann im Berliner Kurier vom 16.04.2007

Aus: LabourNet, 16. April 2007

European Nations Pile Pressure on Wolfowitz

European countries on Saturday piled pressure on World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz over a scandal involving a promotion for his girlfriend, with Britain saying it had damaged the bank and Germany questioning whether he still had the credibility to lead the institution.

The Fantasy Behind the Scandal

The New York Times writes: "The more we learn about the White House's purge of United States attorneys, the more a single thread runs through it: the Bush administration's campaign to transform the minor problem of voter fraud into a supposed national scourge."

On Tuesday, All Eyes Will Be on Gonzales

For Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, his testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee is all about him, and whether he can restore enough credibility to keep his job. But many of the Democrats who control Congress and the committee have already written off Gonzales.

Kinder und Kommunikationselektronik: Eltern machen offenbar Kinder (unbeabsichtigt) dumm

The Long Road to Ruin for the Amazon Forest

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