Freitag, 27. April 2007

BUND warnt vor "Gentechnik-Durchmarschgesetz"

Der Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) hat Agrarminister Horst Seehofer aufgefordert, die bestehenden Mindeststandards für den Anbau gentechnisch veränderter Pflanzen nicht aufzuweichen. Die Landwirtschaft in Deutschland brauche kein "Gentechnik-Durchmarschgesetz". Das belege die hohe Zahl der Zusammenschlüsse von mehr als 30.000 Landwirten in über 100 "gentechnikfreien Regionen" mit einer Gesamtfläche von mehr als einer Million Hektar.

Gilded Once More

Paul Krugman writes: "One of the distinctive features of the modern American right has been nostalgia for the late 19th century, with its minimal taxation, absence of regulation and reliance on faith-based charity rather than government social programs. Conservatives from Milton Friedman to Grover Norquist have portrayed the Gilded Age as a golden age, dismissing talk of the era's injustice and cruelty as a left-wing myth. Well, in at least one respect, everything old is new again. Income inequality - which began rising at the same time that modern conservatism began gaining political power - is now fully back to Gilded Age levels."

Can Guantanamo Be Closed?

For all prospective Gitmo closers, the question remains: What are we going to do with individuals the Bush administration doesn't pretend to have sufficient evidence to try (even under its own deficient military commission process), but who, officials claim, are too full of potentially useful information to release?

Bush Administration Targeted Another Top Federal Prosecutor

The Bush administration considered firing the former US attorney in Minnesota as well, but he left his job voluntarily before the list of attorneys to be ousted was completed, two Congressional aides said Thursday.

Army Officer Accuses Generals of "Intellectual and Moral Failures"

An active-duty Army officer has published a blistering attack on US generals, saying that they have botched the war in Iraq and misled Congress about the situation there. Yingling's comments are especially striking because his unit's performance in securing the northwestern Iraqi city of Tall Afar was cited by President Bush in a March 2006 speech and provided the model for the new security plan underway in Baghdad.

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Threat to Roe, Meet Habeas, Real ID

Überwachung: Vertrauensseligkeit in den Staat

Die Mehrzahl der Deutschen scheint keine Probleme mit erweiterten Schnüffel- und Überwachungsmaßnahmen zu haben, wie sie von Innenminister Schäuble gefordert werden.Überwachungsmaßnahmenäuble

A War By Any Other Name

by Frida Berrigan,

After four years, apparently the Iraq War needs ... a new name.

Trickle Down Conservatism Infects America

by Rick Perlstein,

A single page of USA Today reveals conservatism's ugly side.

Senators Vow to Restore Rights to Detainees

Influential US senators vowed on Thursday to restore to foreign terrorism suspects the right to challenge their imprisonment, saying Congress made an historic blunder by stripping them of that right last year. "Creating a legal black hole where rights are denied is as un-American as it is illegal," said Anthony Romero of the American Civil Liberties Union.

US Attorney Under Attack for "Terror Trophy" Prosecutions

A small but increasingly vocal group of protesters is charging that a United States attorney in northern New York has pursued a series of terror-related "political prosecutions" to enhance his reputation as "a loyal Bushie," thus avoiding the fate of his eight colleagues who were recently fired by Alberto Gonzales's Department of Justice.

T-Mobile mast scheme rejected

Plans to site a 38ft mobile phone mast at a shopping centre in Rugeley have been thrown out by planning officers who used their delegated powers.

Concerns were voiced over T-Mobile’s bid to install a phone mast at Fernwood Shopping Centre, in Green Lane, amid possible health implications and the way it would look.

Planning officers at Cannock Chase District Council have now used their delegated powers to refuse planning permission for the equipment to be put at that location.

They decided it would have a detrimental effect on the appearance of the area.

Read the full story in the Express & Star.

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Theater of death

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber


I will make this point very slowly. I will use simple words. The Democrats and Republicans, the governing class, and the foreign policy establishment all agree that that our foreign policy should be directed to ensuring global hegemony for the United States. … They all agree that the United States is ‘entitled’ to direct events around the world, and that we must have the most powerful military the world has ever seen to make certain that our will can never be thwarted. They all agree that we must always have our way. … Historically, the Democrats have been in the vanguard of this policy, and they have been its most vociferous advocates, beginning with Woodrow Wilson. The Democrats have initiated more overseas interventions, both covert and by means of outright war, than the Republicans, by far. If you have any remaining doubts on this score, read Barack Obama’s recent foreign policy address. A more complete compendium of the vacuous but deadly phrases expressing belief in ‘American exceptionalism,’ our indisputable ‘right’ to rule the world, and the religious belief in U.S. ‘indispensability’ would be close to impossible to find...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A surge in US casualties

by Patrick Cockburn


Ever since President George Bush announced that US soldiers would play a more active role in the war in a speech on 10 January, US casualties have been creeping up. Although it is the figure of 3,332 US soldiers dead since 2003 that is heavily publicised, many of the 24,314 wounded have suffered severe injuries that would have killed them in previous wars but they survive because of advances in medicine. US losses have been surprisingly steady over the past three years, with 849 soldiers killed in 2004, 846 in 2005, 822 in 2006 and 329 so far this year. But the US strategy since the start of the ’surge’ in Baghdad on 14 February has been to make greater use of US troops and give less priority to training Iraqi forces. This is likely to lead to an increase in US casualties that are often a function of the number of patrols being made...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A US recipe for endless war in Iraq

Asia Times
by Gareth Porter


The notion of a two-sided war in the Sunni heartland of Iraq between al-Qaeda and US forces bolsters the Bush administration’s position that any talk of a timetable for withdrawal is defeatist. To avoid such accusations, the Democrat legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal contains large loopholes that would allow US troops to carry out operations in the Sunni area indefinitely. This political gamesmanship ignores the anti-al-Qaeda Sunni resistance organizations, which represent a clear alternative to an endless US occupation...

Dealing with the devil

by Marc Ash


The Marines have a rule: they never, ever leave fallen Marines on the battlefield. No such call to honor and duty concerns our political leaders. Those now seeking the latest one hundred billion dollars say that the money is needed to support our troops. That is not true. Our troops have been abandoned in a foreign land, their only purpose, to justify another one hundred billion dollars, and another. The money itself becomes the rational[e] for continuing the war...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Is this any way to run a country?

by Michael S. Rozeff


Since the two parties run the national team, we the owners are merely asked to sign a check already made out in amounts we cannot control to one of two candidates that we do not select. This is a process not greatly removed from voting for a leader in a one-party system. The long and short of it is that the team runs us. We do not run the team. This is why, despite the unpopularity of the current president and the current war, and despite the mid-term election results, the head coach remains in office and continues running up losing scores with the national team...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Our captive media

by Justin Raimondo


That the media is the handmaiden of power in 21st America comes as no surprise: after all, this is what decadence is all about — a quest for comfort above any principle, and safety (especially career safety) above all. In any age or era, cowardice is the rule rather than the exception: in a truly decadent society, however, bravery is almost unknown — and, in any case, atavistic individuals likely to exhibit it are almost entirely excluded the higher up one travels in the social hierarchy. The worst rise to the top, while the best achieve only obscurity — until the society is so top-heavy with venality that the whole structure is in danger of collapsing...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Bush legacy of death

from Reason to Freedom
by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster


Thanks to George W. Bush children and young people in Iraq never have a ‘normal’ day, a day when they can feel safe and go about their lives. Every day in Iraq children, young people, women and the elderly along with good, decent, men simply trying to survive are snuffed out horribly. Their homes are invaded, going to the grocery store is fraught with fear; they live with one hour of electricity a day. That is how it is. When their loved ones are shot there are no counselors and George Bush, the man who did this to them and to us, leads no memorial service. Now, more than ever, we need to remember what is happening to a country Bush decided to invade to alleviate his feelings about his father and help out his friends who wanted to ensure that the flow of profits from the lives and blood of Americans would continue. Bush and his friends have made violence an ordinary part of our lives...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Rice to Congress: I’m above the law

Fox News


U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday she has already answered the questions she has been subpoenaed to answer before a U.S. congressional committee and suggested she is not inclined to comply with the order. Rice said she would respond by mail to questions from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the Bush administration’s prewar claims about Saddam Hussein seeking weapons of mass destruction, but signaled she would not appear in person. ‘I am more than happy to answer them again in a letter,’ she told reporters in Oslo, where she is attending a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. The comments were her first reaction to a subpoena issued on Wednesday by the committee chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, a Democrat from California...,2933,268684,00.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

May 07 Execution Alert

94 Percent of Doctors Tied to Drug Companies

The ties between doctors and drug manufacturers are close indeed, with virtually all doctors reporting some kind of relationship with industry, even if it's as seemingly innocuous as accepting free food and beverages, a new study has found.

Texas Legislators Block Shots for Girls Against Cancer Virus

A revolt by lawmakers has blocked Gov. Rick Perry's effort to make Texas the first state to require sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.

What's Really Squeezing the Middle Class?

David Leonhardt on why the middle class is being squeezed: "In an economy where volatility was the main problem, you might want to protect jobs by making it harder for companies to cut them. In an economy where inequality was the problem, you would want to protect people. You would help them pay for health insurance, retirement, their children's education and other basic needs when the market, left to its own devices, was not doing so."

Beyond Eco-Apartheid

Is the Green Movement too White? Van Jones proposes a solution: "The idea of 'social uplift environmentalism' could serve as the cornerstone for an unprecedented 'Green Growth Alliance.' Imagine a coalition that unites the best of labor, business, racial justice activists, environmentalists, intellectuals, students and more. That combination would rival the last century's New Deal and New Right coalitions."

Fired US Attorney Lam Receives Outstanding Attorney of the Year Award

Carol Lam has been named Outstanding Attorney of the Year by the San Diego County Bar Association, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. Lam is one of eight former US attorneys across the country whose dismissals ignited a political firestorm and calls for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Thin ice: From Canada's north, ground-level view of warming

Informant: binstock

Wie man Journalisten professionell bearbeitet

Einen Einblick in die professionelle Begleitung von Journalisten durch die PR-Abteilung eines Unternehmens lieferte gerade Microsoft. Der Journalist Fred Vogelstein schrieb für das amerikanische Magazin Wired einen Artikel über Microsofts neue Offenheit im Internet. Dabei erhielt er versehentlich ein Briefing über sich selbst und Anmerkungen für seine Interviewpartner, die Microsoft und die PR-Firma Waggener Edstrom zusammengestellt hatten.


Vermischung von Journalismus und PR bei der Frankfurter Rundschau

Im Rahmen einer Kooperation von Frankfurter Rundschau und Schulen erprobten Schüler ihre journalistischen Fähigkeiten und setzten sich "kritisch" mit dem Unternehmen McDonald's auseinander. Das wäre alles schön und gut, hätte das ganze nicht einen ziemlich bitteren Beigeschmack: McDonald's selbst unterstützte und finanzierte das Vorhaben.

Denkfabriken und Unternehmenssteuer

Aus Anlass der Anhörung zur Unternehmenssteuerreform hat LobbyControl diese Woche von Finanzminister Steinbrück Aufklärung gefordert über die Rolle von Denkfabriken wie der Stiftung Marktwirtschaft oder der Bertelsmann-Stiftung bei der Ausarbeitung der Unternehmenssteuerreform. In einer Anfrage auf Basis des Informationsfreiheitsgesetzes verlangt LobbyControl u.a. Einsicht in entsprechende Gutachten, Stellungnahmen oder Akten über Treffen des Finanzministeriums mit den Stiftungen.

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Foxford mast plan sent back to the drawing board

by Fiona McGarry

Mobile phone company O2 has been sent back to the drawing board once again, after two unsuccessful attempts to secure permission for a 30 metre mast outside Foxford.

The company had sought permission, on two occasions, to build the mast at Clossaghroe, to the anger of a number of local people. However, its latest attempt has been judged by the county council to be invalid. Planners have told the phone company that, during a visit, the council’s area engineer found the site notice was not erected on the local road.

In a letter to O2, planners have also advised the company that the proposed development contravenes the County Development Plan in relation to telecommunications antennae. “The planning authority wish to advise that in rural areas antennae must, where possible, be located at least 500 metres from rural dwellings and sited in forestry plantations for screening,” the council’s letter said.

Mayo County Council has now advised O2 to strongly consider sharing an existing mast in the Foxford area.

The news will be welcome to more than 50 people calling themselves “the residents of Clossaghroe and the surrounding townlands”. The group objected to each of O2’s mast applications on the grounds of possible damage to scenic areas outside Foxford, and the impact on rural families living close to the proposed development.

In a letter to planners, the residents had asked: “We ask you what kind of message would be given to the visiting tourists that use this walk. If they approach Clossaghroe, they are to be faced with the sight of a fenced compound and a 30 metre tower in a beautiful scenic area. The message would not be a positive one. Especially at a time when the Government is investing approximately €20 million in attracting hill-walkers to this country.”

© Mayo Advertiser Ltd,2007

MP calls for tighter measures on mobile phone masts

Apr 27 2007

By Lisa Wright

A NEW Bill that aims to bring mobile phone masts under tighter controls is being backed by one of the borough's MP.

The Telecommunications Mast (Planning Control) Bill was presented to Parliament by Liberal Democrat Local Government Secretary Andrew Stunell MP on March 28 and is listed for Second Reading on June 29.

It also aims to bring in the 'pre-cautionary principle', giving extra safeguards for schools, homes, and medical facilities from the risk of Lorely Burt (Lib Dem, Solihull): "The positioning of phone masts has upset many people across Solihull as masts have been put up close to schools, hospitals and residential areas. There are dozens of stories of people coming home from work to find a mast that they knew nothing about at the end of their garden.

"The Conservatives did a deal with the phone companies when they were in government to cut planning controls for masts. Under the current ridiculous rules it is easier to get planning permission for a 15 metre mast than it is for a five metre conservatory."

She added that the Bill would allow planning authorities to take account of health concerns and will require the industry to produce more evidence about the radiation emitted, and to justify the need for each mast.

© owned by or licensed to Midland Newspapers Limited 2007

New 12.5 metre tall mobile phone mast earmarked for Brean

U.S. asks court to cut lawyers' access to Guantánamo

A Justice Department filing proposes new limits on the lawyers' contact with their clients and access to evidence in their cases.

From Information Clearing House

Barack Obama: Neocon Warrior

"These are the ways we will answer the challenge that arrived on our shores that September morning more than five years ago. A 21st century military to stay on the offense, from Djibouti to Kandahar. "

From Information Clearing House

Sheehan Wants Bush, Cheney to Pay for 'Destruction of the World'

Anti-war activists Wednesday urged Democratic leaders in Congress to pursue articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney, introduced the previous day in the House of Representatives.

From Information Clearing House


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Clinton: US might have to confront Iran

New York Senator Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that it might be necessary for America to confront Iran militarily, addressing that possibility more directly than any of the other presidential candidates.

Iran Says It Will Defend Itself By Striking U.S., Israel if Attacked

Iran will strike U.S. interests around the world and Israel if attacked over its disputed nuclear program, a senior official was quoted on Thursday by the official IRNA news agency as saying.

From Information Clearing House

Paul Wolfowitz must bear a large part of the responsibility that is usually laid at the door of his superior alone,,2065440,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Senate passes Iraq bill, forces historic showdown

Missing from the vote were GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, both staunch advocates of the president's Iraq policy. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., sided with Republicans in opposing the bill.

Senator McCain argues for immediate troop withdrawal from Somalia 1993


Standing on the bodies of 655,000 Iraqi dead

McCain: Terrorists will come here

"If we leave Iraq there will be chaos, there will be genocide, and they will follow us home," the Arizona senator said, calling the war against al-Qaida "a struggle between good and evil."

From Information Clearing House


Iraq Showdown Looms After Senate Vote

With Thursday's vote by the Senate to begin withdrawing troops, the stage has been set for confrontation between Congress and the president. And with US war casualties mounting, Bush, whose low public-approval ratings have been the longest-running of any president in more than 50 years, will likely have a difficult time holding on to nervous Republicans as the election season approaches.


With landmark votes, Congress poses 'bold wartime challenge' to Bush

Informant: jensenmk

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U.N. report and Times data paint grim Iraq picture

Academics are being assassinated, prisoners are being tortured, women are being murdered by their own families in so-called "honor killings," and civilians continue to be cut down by rampant violence, the United Nations said today in a report painting a grim picture of life in Iraq.

From Information Clearing House

A nation divorced from reality and conscience

By Carla Binion

A nation that doesn't care enough about the truth to investigate tenaciously and impeach Bush and Cheney if the probe warrants, is a nation divorced from reality and conscience.

Dying for W

By Robert Parry

George W. Bush admits he has no evidence that a withdrawal timetable from Iraq would be harmful. Instead, the President told interviewer Charlie Rose that this core assumption behind his veto threat of a Democratic war appropriation bill is backed by "just logic."

Bush Veto Of Iraq Bill Could Come 4 Years After 'Victory' Speech

President Bush next week is expected to receive, and swiftly reject, legislation ordering U.S. troops to begin coming home from Iraq this fall. The veto could fall on the fourth anniversary of the president's Iraq 'victory' speech.

Tell Us The Mission (Accomplished)


From Information Clearing House

Rice Rebuffs Congress On Iraq War Subpoena

By Agence France Presse.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signalled Thursday that she would not comply with a subpoena to appear before Congress to testify about discredited assertions on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

Senate Orders Iraq Troop Withdrawal To Begin By Oct. 1

By Anne Flaherty
Associated Press

A defiant Democratic-controlled Senate passed legislation Thursday that would require the start of troop withdrawals from Iraq by Oct. 1, propelling Congress toward a historic veto showdown with President Bush on the war.

U.S. Congress Approves Iraq War Withdrawal Plan

By Richard Cowan

In an unprecedented slap at President George W. Bush's war policy, the U.S. Congress on Thursday approved legislation that links withdrawal of combat troops to paying for the war, ensuring a certain veto.


Senate Votes to Bring Troops Home

The Senate narrowly passed a $124 billion war spending bill early this afternoon after an emotional debate about the best way forward in Iraq. The vote will send the measure to President Bush, who has vowed to veto it because it would require American troops to begin withdrawing by October 1.

Jose Padilla and the Zucchini Prosecution

By Mike Whitney

Get this: Jose Padilla just spent 5 years in solitary confinement for a crime, which the government now admits, never took place. The notion that a man can be imprisoned without proof of a crime is "preemptive justice", which is no justice at all. It denies the "presumption of innocence" and cedes absolute power to the state.

Senators skirmish over Gitmo detainees

Informant: John Stroebel

Warning Over School Wi-Fi Systems,,30100-1262990,00.html

New Probe of White House Already Crumbling

The "Stab in the Back" Trap

Eli Broad and Bill Gates: New American Propagandists

When Journalism Became Transcription and Reporting Disappeared

The Real Scandal At The World Bank

Scott Ritter: Mr. Bush, Tear Down These Walls!

FBI Opening Far Fewer Civil Rights Inquiries

Investigation Uncovers Carbon Credits Smokescreen

New Disclosures of Rove Political Briefings At Federal Agencies

Democrats' Timetable Allows U.S. War in Sunni Region to Go On

U.S. Officials Exclude Car Bombs in Touting Drop in Iraq Violence

The average Mobile Phone contains more bacteria than a toilet seat

- France 5 (extrait) Magazine de la Santé au Quotidien: Infections Nosocomiales et Téléphones portables (vidéo Fr).

- France 5 (extract) The Magazine of Daily Health: Nosocomial Infections, Cell Phones (video Uk).

- Francia 5 (estratto) La Rivista della Salute al Quotidiano. Infezioni Ospedaliere, i Telefoni Portatili (video It).

- Francia 5 (extrato) la Revista de la Salud al Diario: Infecciones Nosocomiales, los Telefonos Moviles (video Sp).

- Frankreich 5 (auszug) Das Magazin Gesundheit im Alltag: Nosokomiale-Infektionskrankheiten, die Handys (Video De).


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