Sonntag, 13. Mai 2007

The Flight From Iraq

At a meeting in mid-April in Geneva, convened by the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, the numbers presented confirmed what had long been suspected: the collapse of Iraq had created a refugee crisis, and that crisis was threatening to precipitate the collapse of the region.

AfroColombians Oppose Free Trade Agreement

Later this spring the US Congress is expected to debate a free trade treaty that President George Bush has already signed with Colombia. Like all such agreements, it will create more favorable investment conditions for US corporations and banks, by removing legal protections for the land inhabited by AfroColombian and indigenous communities, cutting the public budget for social services, and privatizing public enterprises like electricity. Colombian workers and farmers fear these measures will lead to a huge loss of jobs, and are organizing to resist the treaty.

Pentagon Opens Inquiry of Troop-Support Group

The Pentagon is looking into complaints that Defense Department officials charged with building public support for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan might have engaged in improper fund-raising and unauthorized spending. The inspector general is examining whether officials who run “America Supports You,” a three-year-old Pentagon program lauded by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, helped arrange a fund-raiser for a private foundation set up last December by former Bush administration appointees. The foundation raises money to help troops and their families.

Sozialproteste machen mobil gegen prekäre Beschäftigungär


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Informant: Jessica

Governors Say War Has Gutted Guard

As wildfires, floods and tornadoes batter the nation, the readiness of the National Guard to deal with those disasters, as well as potential terrorist assaults, is so depleted by deployments to foreign wars and equipment shortfalls that Congress is considering moves to curtail the president's powers over the Guard and require the Defense Department to analyze how prepared the country is for domestic emergencies.


Retired general: Iraq strain on National Guard will do harm



The National Guard isn’t as strong as it should be because of the war in Iraq and American communities will suffer as a result, retired Air Force Gen. Melvyn Montano said Saturday. Delivering the Democrats’ weekly radio address, Montano said the strain means it will take longer for Greensburg, Kansas, to recover from a devastating tornado that leveled the town a week ago...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hacker-Test für US-Wahlmaschinen

Army Career Behind Him, General Speaks Out on Iraq

John Batiste has traveled a long way in the last four years, from commanding the First Infantry Division in Iraq to quitting the Army after three decades in uniform and, now, from his new life overseeing a steel factory here, to openly challenging President Bush on his management of the war.

URGENT: Sheldon Horses at Risk

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) intends to skirt the issue of continued management of wild horses on the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in Northern Nevada by directing public attention to “gathering options.” The current Environmental Assessment (EA) does not address comprehensive options for managing wild horses and burros. We need your public comments to address the real issues and STOP the planned gathers of wild horses NOW! To manage wild horses at Sheldon Wildlife Refuge, FWS must:

1. Suspend all gathers until a comprehensive conservation plan has been completed for the management of wild horses and burros at the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge.

2. Manage wild horses and burros as wildlife, not “feral animals,” and consider them a part of the bio-diversity of species on the refuge. Horses have resided in the area long before it was designated as a Wildlife Refuge, and are considered by the public and FWS as part of the visitor experience for “viewing wildlife.” They are also of historic significance and share habitat areas with adjacent wild horses and burros managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

3. Gather scientific data on all wild horses and burros, as would be done with any species managed by the federal government. Currently, there is inadequate data for the continued management of wild horses and burros at the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge.

Persons seeking more detailed information on the EA should visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife website. A 30-day comment period on the EA began on April 17th, 2007. Written comments or questions should be e-mailed to or sent to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 111, Lakeview, OR 97630. Comments must be received by May 17th, 2007. Please send a copy of your comments to Rep. Nick Rahall via an online comment form as well as to IDA, 3010 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901, fax to (415) 388-0388 or email

Thank you for taking action on this important issue.

For Five Years We've Called It Blood for Oil



Informant: David Swanson

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Reflection of America That Was

by Joyce Morrison

Kids didn’t dare say they were bored. Moms were very creative at finding work to be done. The only store where you could buy “junk” was the Five and Dime store. There wasn’t a huge selection and kids didn’t have money to waste so they learned to save the pennies they earned. Today’s young people think they are “due” everything they want - including cell phones, computers, I pods and cars….and the parents work two jobs to provide these “necessities.”......

Contingencies for nuclear terrorist attack

Government and military officials has been quietly preparing an emergency survival program that would include the building of bomb shelters, steps to prevent panicked evacuations and the possible suspension of some civil liberties.

From Information Clearing House

Moscow eliminates Iran's ability of attaining nuclear war heads

General Baluyevski repeated Russia's opposition to American plans to install anti-missile defenses in Europe and dismissed US assertions that the defense lines were needed to defend against potential threats from Iran.

From Information Clearing House

UN watchdog denies Iran blocked nuke visit

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog has denied a report that Iran blocked its inspectors from visiting a nuclear facility where it is enriching uranium.

From Information Clearing House

Our need for beauty in the midst of war

Flowers in war are a kind of beautiful obscenity, an attempt to create Paradise in Hell.

Who Are the 59 Democrats Who Voted Against the McGovern Bill?

It would have mandated the beginning of withdrawal ("redeployment") of U.S. forces from Iraq within 90 days. 59 Democrats joined almost all Republicans in voting no. The roll call is here.

From Information Clearing House

Riverbend: Goodbye, Baghdad

We've decided to leave our home. The only other option is extending the nightmare of life in Iraq.,,2077281,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Bush's Pacification Plan Has Failed, It Will be a Long War

Peace, when it finally comes to Iraq, will inevitably be the result of a package deal of which a timetable for a US withdrawal is likely to be a central part. Despite Mr Cheney's claim that the US still seeks victory in Iraq.

From Information Clearing House

The Hidden War for Oil

By Carl Bloice

The role of the major US media in the lead up to the invasion and the suffering now taking place in the Horn of Africa.

The Kissinger Connection

By Patrick Foy

It was Kissinger's protégé and partner, Ambassador L. Paul "Jerry" Bremer III, the Managing Director of Kissinger Associates, Inc. for more than a decade, whom Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush placed in charge of the occupation of Iraq when Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush inexplicably cashiered the honest and fair-minded Lt. General Jay Garner, after scarcely a few weeks on the job.

Majority of Iraq Lawmakers Seek Timetable for U.S. Exit


Officials with Mr. Sadr's bloc said 144 of Parliament's 275 members - including Sunnis, Shiites and at least one Kurd - had signed. The document is being developed into a draft bill by Parliament's legal and foreign relations committees, said Bahaa al-Araji, a member of the Sadr bloc and head of the legal committee.


This female dog was shot in Egypt today at 1,15 in the afternoon, her agony lasted for 15 minutes, because it is only one bullet for each dog (to save money). This dog was pregnant. We ask you to do something, to write to your embassies in Egypt and to take action. We are doing what we can but we need help. This is one of the 77 pictures we took today, many other dogs were massacred today. This is the first picture. I will send you more with some addresses of the responsibles in Egypt.

Amina Abaza
SPARE president



Informant: Jessica U.

Health concerns over mobile phone masts prompt review

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

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Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers

Video The story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war.

Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.

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Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers


The story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war.

Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.

Click to view.

Meeting the food security challenge through organic agriculture

States should integrate organic agriculture objectives within national priorities, FAO says.

Climate change has to have top political priority

Mojib Latif, 52, is a professor at the Leibniz-Institute for Marine Sciences in Kiel. Part of his research consists of developing climate models and studying man’s influence on climate. For his achievements, he received the “Sverdrup Gold Medal” from the American Meteorological Society and he is the author of several popular science books on climate change.

Keine Gentechnik in Bio-Lebensmitteln durch die Hintertür

Bio-Lebensmittel werden gesetzlich garantiert ohne Gentechnik hergestellt. EU-Agrarminister wollen Gentechnik in Biolebensmitteln zulassen.

Klimaschutz größte Menschheitsaufgabe des 21. Jahrhunderts

Die diesjährige Ministerkonferenz der UN-Kommission für nachhaltige Entwicklung (UN Commission for Sustainable Development - CSD) berät in New York Politikempfehlungen zu nachhaltiger Energiepolitik, Klimaschutz, industrieller Entwicklung und Luftverschmutzung.

Tatorte des Klimawandels

WWF-Rangliste: Zehn der 30 schmutzigsten Kraftwerke in der EU stehen in Deutschland.

Gabriels Kohlepolitik erntet Kritik

Im obersten umweltpolitischen Beratergremium der Bundesregierung gibt es offenbar Kritik an der Kohlepolitik von Bundesumweltminister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD).

Neue Politik für Klimaschutz und schnelleren Ausbau erneuerbarer Energien

Hermann Scheer forderte in Freiburg vor Studenten den beschleunigten Umstieg zu erneuerbaren Energien, um bis 2050 die vollständige Versorgung mit erneuerbaren Energien zu erreichen.

Wirksamer Klimaschutz kostet weniger als UN-Fachleute bisher annahmen

Das Umweltbundesamt (UBA) geht davon aus, dass wirksamer Klimaschutz in Deutschland weniger kostet als bisher im UN-Bericht geschätzt.

Biolandbau verbessert Welternährung

Der Biolandbau ist kein Luxus für reiche Länder, sondern trägt besonders in ärmeren Ländern nachhaltig zur Qualität und Sicherheit der Ernährung bei.

Was ist ein Baum wert?

Den dicksten Brocken der Ge­samtleistung des Baumes von 659,50 Euro pro Jahr bildet die Produktion von Sauerstoff, was laut BdB mit 500 Euro zu Buche schlägt.


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

Neue Studie warnt vor Atomenergie

Die Grünen im Europäischen Parlament stellten soeben eine neue Studie über Unfälle in Atomkraftwerken seit Tschernobyl 1986 vor.

Niedrigere Waschtemperatur halbiert Energieverbrauch

Je höher die Waschtemperatur desto höher der Stromverbrauch. Rund zehn Prozent aller Waschgänge in deutschen Haushalten werden noch immer bei 90 Grad durchgeführt.

Tempolimit in Deutschland

Bundesregierung lamentiert über Klimakatastrophe und boykottiert Tempolimit mit irreführenden Fakten.

Entwicklungshilfe dreht Armen den Hahn ab

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Deutschland muss während der G8-Präsidentschaft Boden gutmachen – für das Menschenrecht auf Wasser.


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