Freitag, 1. Juni 2007

Bill to Ban Terminator Introduced in Canada

News Release ETC Group
May 31, 2007

A bill to prohibit field testing and commercialization of Terminator seed technology was introduced in the Canadian Parliament today. Terminator refers to plants that are genetically engineered to render sterile seeds at harvest - a technology that aims to maximize seed industry profits by preventing farmers from re-planting harvested seed.

"Canada needs to pass this bill into law because genetic seed sterilization is dangerous and blatantly anti-farmer - suicide seeds threaten to intensify corporate control over Canadian agriculture and offer no benefits for farmers," said Colleen Ross of the National Farmers Union.

Initially developed by the US Department of Agriculture and multinational seed companies, "suicide seeds" have not been commercialized anywhere in the world due to an avalanche of opposition from farmers, indigenous peoples, civil society and some governments. In 2000, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity recommended a de facto moratorium on field-testing and commercial sale of Terminator seeds; the moratorium was re-affirmed in 2006. India and Brazil have already passed national laws to prohibit the technology.

"Canada has led a behind-the-scenes push to undermine the United Nations moratorium," points out Pat Mooney, Executive Director of the Ottawa-based ETC Group, "so it's time the Canadian Government listened to the people."

"Researchers are continuing to develop and win patents on Terminator because seed sterility is simply too lucrative for industry to abandon," said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. "A national law to prohibit the technology is the only way to insure that Terminator is never commercialized in Canada. The Government of Canada must show its commitment to the international community and not bow to industry pressure," said Sharratt.

The full text of the Canadian bill will be available here on June 1:

For further information: Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, tel: +1 613 241 2267
email: coordinator

Hope Shand, ETC Group, tel: +1 919 960 5223
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Should The Oil Companies Be INVESTIGATED For Anti-Trust Price Gouging?

The price of gasoline continues to set new records, despite the fact that crude oil prices have dropped somewhat, and despite record windfall profits for the oil companies. Today, presidential candidate John Edwards called for an investigation of just what's going on with this industry that continues to receive fat subsidies from the public pocketbook.


A wave of oil company mergers has made this already cartel dominated market even less competitive. And the American public is being slowing squeezed to death economically, while the oil companies themselves literally rake in excess trillions. Where will the greed stop? What was the role of the oil companies in colluding in the invasion of Iraq, which created the instability, and the excuse, to massively jack up the price of crude oil in the first place?

Isn't it convenient that the oil companies just never seem to provide for enough refining capacity so that there is an sufficient supply for everyone? Why is it that on the few occasions that they have been called to testify before Congress they were shielded by corrupt members of Congress from testifying under oath? When will we replace cronyism with real oversight?

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Playing to the Crowd: Talk About Warming

The editors of The New York Times write: "President Bush has been feeling the heat on global warming. He's been feeling it from Congress, from state governors, from the business community and, most recently and powerfully, from America's closest foreign allies who are fed up with his passivity on the issue and desperate for him to show some real leadership."

Politicians Feed Terrorism

"Were it not for the blindness of the political class - with the Bush administration first in line - Islamist terrorism would have quickly been given a pounding," according to internationally-reputed criminologist Xavier Raufer.

Words in a Time of War

Mark Danner writes: "The image remains, will always remain, with us; for truly the weapon that day was not box cutters in the hands of 19 young men, nor airliners at their command. The weapon that day was the television set."

Iraq War Veteran's March Draws Hundreds of Supporters

An Iraq war veteran dressed in desert fatigues has been marching around the California State Capitol in Sacramento, 24 hours a day, since 8:00 AM on Memorial Day, to remember the US troops killed in Iraq and the futility of the war itself, spurring hundreds of supporters to walk with him and offer him support.

White House Nears Completion of New Torture Guidelines

The White House is close to completing a new set of guidelines on the use of "enhanced interrogative techniques" by US agents, even as critics say that such techniques are "immoral," "amateurish" and "indistinguishable" from Nazi war crimes.

Icy G8 Meeting for US, Russia

Michael Hirsh writes: "Compared to a decade or so ago, the belief in the messianic power of democracy and markets has reached a new low. Why another face-off between Washington and Moscow isn't as impossible as you might think."

Bush Administration Calls for Permanent US Bases in Iraq

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and a senior US commander said yesterday that they favor a protracted US troop presence in Iraq along the lines of the military stabilization force in South Korea. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nevada) responded by accusing Bush of "equating US troop involvement in the endless Iraqi civil war to the post-Korean War security model, telling Americans that he may keep our troops mired in Iraq for as long as half a century."

Villagers’ fury at phone mast plan

Published on 01/06/2007

A SERIES of 100-foot high telecommunication masts are to spring up along the Tyne Valley railway line.

For Network Rail has exploited a loophole in the planning regulations which means the masts – twice the height of normal mobile phone masts – do not need planning consent.

Mobile phone mast applications usually attract considerable opposition, due to public fears about radiation.

Feelings are running particularly high in Bardon Mill, where one of the five masts in the district will be sited.

The village was subjected to a purge by Tynedale Council last year, when local businesses were ordered to remove advertising signs from the A69 trunk roads because they were unsightly.

Since then, business in Bardon Mill has nosedived spectacularly as traffic sweeps by unaware of the village’s attractions.

However, angry residents have pointed out that the new mast will be twice the height of local landmark, the Errington Reay Pottery chimney, and will be a real blot on the landscape.

“How can there be one rule for local people, and another for the railway?” asked one villager.

Another Bardon Mill resident Stephen Gibbon said: “Network Rail appears to have disregarded the findings of the Stuart Report into mobile phone masts, which says they should not be erected near domestic properties.

“This one will be only 34 metres away from the nearest house.”

The masts will be spaced every four or five miles along the line, which is one of the oldest in the world.

Householders along the length of the line are finding that work has already started on laying the groundwork for the towers.

Robert Allcock, from Riding Mill, said work was well under way on a mast right outside his house at Low Shilford.

He said: “The Network Rail website says it takes care to site these masts away from houses, and that it consults with residents within 100m of masts.

“The project manager covering the work here told me today that in fact what the company does is write to us after it has built all the foundations and is ready to assemble the actual mast, just to notify us that it is finishing the job.”

Mr Allcock has already contacted Hexham’s MP Peter Atkinson, and Tynedale Council’s director of planning Helen Winter to express concern about the development.

Helen Winter, director of planning at Tynedale Council, said: “In response to the serious concerns raised by residents we have spoken to Network Rail, who have consequently agreed put all work on hold and to undertake a full review of all five mast sites in Tynedale. We will be keeping in close contact with Network Rail as they review the sites.

“Although they informed us of their proposals in October 2006 as far as the council is concerned the responsibility for consultation with the community lies firmly with Network Rail themselves. It is important that concerns are raised directly with Network Rail via their National helpline on 08457 114141.”

The Tyne Valley line towers are part of a national network of more than 2,000 masts going up across the entire rail system.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We are sorry that people have concerns about the introduction of these masts.

“They are an essential part of a new national safety system which will provide the UK's first nationwide train driver-to-signaller communication network.

“It fulfils a key recommendation from Lord Cullen's report into the Ladbroke Grove rail accident and will provide a safer railway for passengers.

“The masts will only be used for railway purposes, are not mobile phone masts and will be well within UK safety and international emissions guidelines.

“If we have to site a mast within 100m of residential buildings we write to residents before starting work to inform them.”

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Schäuble ohne Gesicht

Die Bundesratsausschüsse wollen alle Horrorszenarien der letzen Jahre zusammengefasst in die Neuregelung der Telekommunikationsüberwachung integrieren.äubleüberwachung

Die USA wollen mithören

Die US-Regierung hat ein umfassendes Lauschsystem für die mexikanischen Sicherheitsbehörden gekauft und eingerichtet - und will darüber auch selbst Telefon- und Internetkommunikation abhören.

Innenminister unterzeichnen Abkommen zu digitalem Polizeifunk

Nach jahrelangem Vorlauf wurde nun der bundesweite Aufbau eines abhörsicheren Digitalfunknetzes der Polizei beschlossen. Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) und seine Länder-Kollegen unterzeichneten am Freitag in Berlin ein Verwaltungsabkommen zum Start des digitalen Sprech- und Datenfunksystem für alle Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben (BOS). Die Bundesanstalt für den BOS-Digitalfunk kann auf dieser Basis mit dem Aufbau des neuen Netzes beginnen, mit dem die analoge Funktechnik ersetzt werden soll. Für den Rüstungskonzern EADS und den Elektroriesen Siemens lockt ein milliardenschweres Geschäft.


Bayern forciert Netzaufbau für digitalen Polizeifunk

No War - No G8: Globalisierungsgegner besetzen Teile des "Bombodroms"

Militarisierung der Innen- und Außenpolitik

Einige hundert Globalisierungsgegner haben am 1. Juni in der Kyritz-Ruppiner Heide gegen den "Bombodrom" genannten geplanten Bombenabwurfplatz demonstriert und einen Teil des Areals für besetzt erklärt. Am Nachmittag zogen mehrere hundert Demonstranten in das von der Bundeswehr gesperrte Gelände an der Landesgrenze zwischen Brandenburg und Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Ulrike Laubenthal von der veranstaltenden Organisation "No War - No G8" sagte: "Wir bleiben heute Nacht hier". Die Proteste richteten sich gegen eine "Militarisierung der Innen- und Außenpolitik" sowie gegen die Politik der G8, deren Staats- und Regierungschefs sich in der kommenden Woche in Heiligendamm treffen. Der Inspekteur der Luftwaffe, Klaus Peter Stieglitz, hatte unlängst deutlich gemacht, dass der Bombenabwurfplatz der Bundeswehr als Übungsgelände für Auslandseinsätze dienen soll.


Schwarzer Tag für das Versammlungsrecht

Das OVG Greifswald bestätigt das weiträumige Demonstrationsverbot um Heiligendamm, da die Duldung von Protestveranstaltungen als "unfreundlicher Akt" von den ausländischen Regierungen empfunden werden könne.


Akkreditierung nur, wenn es das BKA erlaubt

Fast 5000 Journalisten haben sich schon für den G8-Gipfel angemeldet, aber nicht alle scheinen willkommen zu sein.

Bush's G-8 Greenwash

The president's latest pledge to host talks on pollution is just more greenhouse gas.

War Made Easy

How The "Free Press" Sold Us The War

Norman Solomon's "War Made Easy" provides sharp analysis of the media's complicity with war, and the Iraq War in particular: "You didn't have embedded reporters with people who were being bombed, you only had embedded reporters with the bombers."

Maybe It's Not A Lack Of Courage

War is more deeply ingrained than many of its critics imagine.


War Made Easy

Video: Norman Solomon discusses pro-war propaganda generated by U.S. governments during military operations and the influence the media has on public opinion. From the invasion of the Dominican Republic to the current war in Iraq Solomon explores ways the media is used to bolster support for military intervention.

War Made Easy

War Made Easy exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.

From Information Clearing House

Talking Politics Liberally

by David Alpert,

Borrowing from the Founding Fathers, here's one way to spread the progressive message.

Are the Media out to Get John Edwards?

Media Coverage Doesn't Cut It

by Jeff Cohen,

The media ignores poverty while attacking Edwards for mentioning it.


Are the Media out to Get John Edwards?

"Give me a break about John Edwards's pricey haircut, mansion, lecture fees, and the rest," writes Jeff Cohen. "The focus on these topics tells us two things about corporate media: One we've long known - that they elevate personal stuff above issues; the other is now becoming clear - that they have a special animosity towards Edwards."

Immigration Screening Could Snag Too Many Workers

A screening system, called Basic Pilot, run by the Department of Homeland Security is so far being used by only about 16,700 employers nationwide. But it would dramatically expand into a national electronic employment verification system under a Senate proposal; within 18 months, it could be used to check every new hire in the country.

Russia: G8 Must Focus on Energy, Not Just Economy

The world should rethink its emphasis on unfettered economic growth and boost efforts to create environmentally friendly sources of fuel, a draft statement by oil and gas giant Russia said ahead of a G8 summit.

The Peak Oil Crisis: Preparing for Depletion

"News on the gasoline stockpile situation was delayed this week due to the Memorial Day holiday," writes Tom Whipple. Whipple says that: "There are two areas of energy consumption we, as individuals, can do something about: transportation and buildings."

The Peak Oil Crisis: Polity on Trial

Tom Whipple writes in Falls Church News-Press, "The coming storm will bring one of the most severe tests of the cohesiveness of governments and peoples that the world has known for a long time."

Locals have new ally in fight against mast near to houses

By Lucy Stephens

The gnome in place at the Sheriff Hutton mast

CAMPAIGNERS protesting against a mobile phone mast in their community have won support from an unusual source - a garden gnome.

The small figurine has appeared next to a 15-foot mast in Sheriff Hutton, near York, which has been the subject of a fierce protest campaign by local people.

The gnome appeared next to the mast this weekend bearing the legend: "Masts stunt growth. I used to be six foot tall."

Local campaigner John Botting said: "It's generated quite some response.

"I don't know who put it there. It arrived over the course of the weekend, it's taking pride of place and it looks very happy there."

Mr Botting said other residents concerned about the mast, including himself, were now thinking of buying other gnomes to keep the new village arrival happy - and to provide a public protest against the mast.

The saga over Sheriff Hutton's mast has been rumbling on for well over a year, since it was put up by phone provider Orange.

Officials from Ryedale District Council had failed to make representations about the mast within the allotted timescale - which meant it was put up anyway.

So far, Orange has not switched it on.

Local villagers are angry about the mast, and have clubbed together to find the £60,000 that it would cost to take it down - through asking for loans and remortgaging their homes.

But campaigners say they have reached a stalemate in talks with Orange.

Mr Botting said: "It's just been so hard for us. They're very determined to turn it on and this is one way for us to see we don't want this - the village doesn't want it. Site it somewhere else - the village is prepared to pay."

Campaigners are protesting because they fear the health impact of having the mast close to their homes.

But Martin Grey, of Orange, said there was no scientific basis for relocating the mast because of its proximity to properties.

He said direct action by "a limited number of residents" had prevented the mast being used. Orange intended intended to take forward plans to connect power to it.

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How Democrats can save America

Edwards Calls for Probe of Oil Industry

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards on Thursday called for a federal investigation into possible anti-trust violations by the oil industry and criticized oil companies for raising gas prices. "There's absolutely no justification for the gas companies to be as profitable as they are and have the taxpayers subsidizing the industry," Edwards said.

Senate Panel Questions CIA Detentions

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday questioned the continuing value of the CIA's secret interrogation program for terrorism suspects, suggesting that international condemnation and the obstacles it has created to criminal prosecution may outweigh its worth in gathering information. The committee rejected by one vote a Democratic proposal that would essentially have cut money for the program by banning harsh interrogation techniques except in dire emergencies, a committee report revealed.

Is Bush Stalling on Climate Change?

President Bush's announcement that the US will convene a series of meetings on climate change may be a stalling tactic. The US is expected to block several initiatives at the G8 summit next week. Tony Juniper said: "It's a classic spoiling tactic from the Americans. Now, whenever an issue is raised at the G8 which they don't like the look of, they can fold their arms, not get involved, and say they are going to talk about it at one of these new meetings next year."

Bush Unveils New Climate Strategy

Accused of dragging his feet on global warming, President Bush on Thursday proposed talks among the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases - a strategy that critics immediately labeled as counterproductive, since a process already exists for international climate talks.

Zusätzliche Antennen auf geplantem Mobilfunkturm in Stapel sollen verhindert werden

Daniela Sadri: "Die Gesetzeslage ist momentan noch auf der Seite der Mobilfunkindustrie. Die Geschichte wird dies im Nachhinein als großen Irrtum offenlegen. In einigen Jahren wird die Beweislast so erdrückend sein, dass selbst die Mobilfunkbetreiber die Zusammenhänge nicht mehr leugnen können. Dann werden die Volksvertreter gut dastehen, die sich von den Unbedenklichkeitsbeteuerungen der Mobilfunkindustrie nicht haben beeinflussen lassen, sondern den unabhängigen, wissenschaftlichen Studien gefolgt sind.“ (Auszug)

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Mad Bee Disease

Honeybees are vanishing en masse

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Fearmongering, Bush-style

Boston Globe
by Joan Vennochi


George W. Bush complaining about political fear mongering is like Lindsay Lohan complaining about out-of-control celebrities. Look in the mirror, and either one would see the object of their disdain. Despite the irony, the president is criticizing opponents of his immigration proposal for taking a page out of the Bush political playbook. ‘If you want to scare the American people, what you say is the bill’s an amnesty bill,’ Bush griped. ‘That’s empty political rhetoric trying to frighten our citizens.’ He is obviously blind to yet another consequence of the Bush doctrine. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Live by fear mongering, die by fear mongering...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Being hope

Common Dreams
by Kathy Kelly


Earlier this week, the American Friends Service Committee asked me to speak about finding hope in hard times as part of an interfaith service to conclude their ‘Eyes Wide Open’ display in Chicago’s Grant Park. The display arranged 3,438 soldiers’ boots to commemorate U.S. military people killed in Iraq, along with life sized pictures of Iraqi civilians and a collection of numerous civilian shoes to remember hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have been killed in Iraq since 2003. I asked the audience to join me in recalling experiences I had while imprisoned at the Pekin Federal prison for ‘crossing the line’ at Fort Benning, Georgia...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Soaring pork prices, no corn for ethanol

Christian Science Monitor


Ethanol production has put the Chinese government in an unpleasant bind, as fears rise that the environmentally friendly gasoline additive is also fueling politically dangerous increases in the price of food — particularly pork, a key staple. With the ethanol industry gobbling up a growing share of China’s corn harvest, authorities have stomped on the brakes to slow what one official report calls ‘blind’ investment in distilleries. ‘China cannot sacrifice food security for energy: that seems to be the majority view in the government now,’ says Zhang Zhongjun, deputy head of the Beijing bureau of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)... [editor’s note: One of the few times when “expensive pork” is a good thing? - SAT]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Plame sues CIA over memoir

USA Today


Valerie Plame, the former undercover CIA officer whose 2003 exposure touched off a leak investigation, is accusing the government of delaying publication of her new book. Plame and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, sued the CIA in a New York federal court Thursday. They accused the government of illegally refusing to let Plame write about the specific dates she worked for the agency...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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America's Problem Prisons

The number of inmates in American prisons is outpacing the system's ability to hold them all. On Friday, June 1, NOW goes inside an Illinois prison that has an innovative plan to keep released inmates from coming back. The Sheridan Correctional Center is trying to redefine "tough on crime" by being the largest fully dedicated drug prison in the country.

Judge Will Release Letters in Libby Case

A federal judge said Thursday he will release more than 150 letters he received regarding next week's sentencing of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. The letters are expected to show that, despite his conviction in March of perjury and obstruction in the CIA leak case, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney retains support from current and former government officials.

The Scales of Justice

Murray Waas reports how a Missouri Republican operative interacted with the Justice Department in pursuit of a partisan agenda.

Please help us show other nations that Bush does not represent us!

The Statement You Will Be Signing:

On behalf of the United States of America, I apologize for the actions of our president, George W. Bush. His rejection of global warming measures to be endorsed at the upcoming G8 meeting is shameful, and does not represent my views or those of the American people.

TSA Violated Privacy Law

Report Says

The U.S. government's stalled program to screen domestic air passengers against terrorism watch lists, violated federal law during a crucial test phase, according to a report to be issued today by the Homeland Security Department's privacy office.

From Information Clearing House

Prisoner Rape and the War on Drugs

It is widely accepted that the U.S. "war on drugs" has been both costly and ineffective. Less known is the devastating link between current U.S. drug policies, prison overcrowding, and rape behind bars.

From Information Clearing House

Nigeria files criminal charges against Pfizer over clinical trial

Officials in Nigeria have brought criminal charges against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. for the company's alleged role in the deaths of children who received an unapproved drug during a meningitis epidemic.

From Information Clearing House

Terrorism Defined

Probably no word better defines or underscores the Bush presidency than "terrorism" even though his administration wasn't the first to exploit this highly charged term. We use to explain what "they do to us" to justify what we "do to them".

From Information Clearing House

Scott Horton Interviews Warren Richey About the Jose Padilla "Trial"

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The Christian Science Monitor's Warren Richey covers the trial of Jose Padilla and his fellow accused.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. "imperialism" means new arms race

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a scathing attack on the West on Thursday, accusing Washington of imperialism and of starting a new arms race.

Putin: Missile Tests Are Response to US

In a clear reference to the United States, Putin harshly criticized "diktat and imperialism'' in global affairs and warned that Russia will keep strengthening its military potential to maintain a global strategic balance.

Putin threatens to target missiles at Europe

Speaking to reporters ahead of this week's G-8 meetings, Mr Putin said Russia would have to respond to the threat of US missiles in Europe.

From Information Clearing House

Who lost Russia?

by Pat Buchanan


By 1988, Ronald Reagan, who had famously branded the Soviet Union ‘an evil empire,’ was striding through Red Square arm-in-arm with Mikhail Gorbachev. Russians were pounding both men on the back. They had just signed the greatest arms reduction agreement in history — eliminating all Soviet SS-20s targeted on Europe, in return for removal of the Pershing and cruise missiles Reagan had deployed in Europe. … on the eve of the G-8 summit, Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia would re-target missiles on NATO. We must, he said, counter Bush’s decision to put anti-missile missiles in Poland and radars in the Czech Republic. Why are we doing this?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Nuclear watchdog's attack warning

The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog has given one of his sternest warnings against using military action to halt Iran's uranium enrichment programme.

Nuclear watchdog's attack warning

Audio Interview

Dr ElBaradei said the jury is out on whether Iran wants nuclear weapons: The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog has given one of his sternest warnings against using military action to halt Iran's uranium enrichment programme.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. ranks low, on new peace index

The United States is among the least peaceful nations in the world, ranking 96th between Yemen and Iran, according to a new index released on Wednesday that evaluates 121 nations based on their peacefulness.

From Information Clearing House

Iran says dead rebels had U.S.-made arms

Rebels killed in clashes with Iranian forces this week had recently infiltrated border areas of the Islamic Republic carrying U.S.-made arms, an Iranian commander was quoted as saying on Thursday.

From Information Clearing House

Words from the front-lines

From Information Clearing House

Adeela Harith, Iraq "I have to scrounge around rubbish bins to feed my children"

Adeela Harith, a 39-year-old widow and mother of three, says she misses the days when her husband was daily bringing them food and when they used to sleep in a safe house in comfort. As a recently-widowed displaced person, she has no support and is now collecting left-overs from rubbish bins to feed her children.

From Information Clearing House

"It's the Way Our System Works"

The Appropriate Disillusionment of Andrew Bacevich and Cindy Sheehan

By Gary Leupp

If there is a positive aspect to this despair, it is this very realization: the system is the problem. It has not so much "failed" us as we have failed to understand what Sheehan and Bacevich are concluding: it isn't designed to work for us but for them.

The War Prayer Video

By Mark Twain

A Markos Production

War Is a Government Program

By Sheldon Richman

"Wars are seldom caused by spontaneous hatreds between people, for peoples in general are too ignorant of one another to have grievances and too indifferent to what goes on beyond their borders to plan conquests. They must be urged to the slaughter by politicians who know how to alarm them."

Climate Change Resource Page

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Christian right hate group foments anti-Muslim intolerance

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Spiegel in der Kritik


Noch mehr "Spiegel"

Nach der Lektüre seines Buches "Machtwahn - Wie eine mittelmässige Führungselite uns zugrunde richtet" habe ich auf der Internetseite des Autors Albrecht Müller

folgendes zum "Spiegel" gefunden:

5. April 2007 um 15:36 Uhr Spiegel-Leser bezahlen ihre eigene Gehirnwäsche - mit 171,60 € im Jahr. Helfen Sie ihnen, sich dieser zu entziehen. Wir starten zu diesem Zweck eine weitere Aktion zum Aufbau einer Gegenöffentlichkeit: Sie finden unten eine Analyse mit Kommentar zu einem Spiegel-Artikel dieser Woche. Er hat den Titel „Konjunktur. Wirtschaftswunder 2.0“ (Ausgabe Nr. 17 Seite 80 bis 82). Der Autor schwärmt von der „Kraft des deutschen Aufschwungs“ und ordnet ihn selbstverständlich vor allem den Reformen zu. An diesem Text kann man gut zeigen, wie systematisch und wie dreist Spiegel-Leser in die Irre geführt werden. Eine Reihe von Aussagen stimmen einfach nicht, anderes wird falsch und unsinnig interpretiert. Drucken Sie bitte die Analyse aus und geben Sie Kopien an Spiegel-Leser weiter.....

Diese Info von meiner Seite heisst nicht, dass ich ich Ansichten Müllers in allen Punkten teile.

Erwähnenswert finde ich jedoch die im Buch dargelegten Kenntnisse von Personen-, Organisationen- und Medien-Verpflechtungen und die ungeheuren Ausmasse der gegenseitigen Begünstigungen und Zuschiebung unvorstellbarer Geldmengen zur Machterhaltung. Mich intersieren immer die Mechanismen: Wie geht das?

Leider überfordern die vielen Detailinformationen mein Langzeitgedächtnis, so dass ich anregen möchte, ein sachliches und auf Fakten begründetes Who-is-Who-Nachschlagewerk der so bezeichneten "Elite" und ihrer Organisationen zu fertigen, ohne Polemik, und zwar für diejenigen, denen es genau so geht wie mir mit dem Gedächtnis. Im Grunde geht es dabei darum, die Vorgänge transparent zu machen, die alle zusammen genommen die Dinge so aussehen lassen, als ob es einen grossen unbekannten Masterplan für die Welt gäbe - und dabei sind es doch "nur" die menschlichen Schwächen (Angst und Gier....) , die sich selbstabdichtend organisiert haben und dabei zum eigenen Selbsterhalt die Ausbeutung der arbeitenden Menschen seit vielen Generationen verschleiern. Natürlich hat diese Investition in die Verschleierung der Mechanismen, wie man geschickt an der Wertschöpfung anderer ohne eigene Leistung teilhaben kann, Früchte getragen. Und die Medien spielen ihre hervorragende Rolle:.

Kurzum: Hut ab, nicht schlecht gelungen! Und das Gegenmittel?

Es macht in diesem Zusammenhang durchaus Sinn, sich mal näher mit dem Phänomen "Geld" zu befassen, z.B. in dem Film "Money as Dept" unter . Es lohnt wirklich, sich diesen Film bis zum Ende anzusehen. Was ich daraus gelernt habe ist, dass eine Strategie, die Welt zu verändern, an der Psychologie des Geldes ansetzten muss. Aber das führt vielleicht jetzt viel zu weit....

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