Samstag, 30. Juni 2007

Cheney against environment: Leaving No Tracks

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Democrats Plan to Press GOP on Iraq

With the immigration bill dead, troop-withdrawal deadlines vetoed and other high-profile initiatives stalled, Democratic leaders closed six months in control of Congress mired in low approval ratings and plotting a legislative blitz on an issue they once tried to escape: Iraq.

Greenpeace, Come Clean and Stop Supporting Ancient Rainforest Logging



By Rainforest Portal, a project of Ecological Internet, Inc.

June 30, 2007


There is no such thing as certified, sustainable logging of primary forests. Tell Greenpeace to release their suppressed report on industrial certified forestry, and to resign the chair and withdraw from the Forest Stewardship Council

There is no denying the fact that Greenpeace supports Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) efforts to certify logging of primary and old-growth forests as environmentally acceptable. It is a matter of public record. FSC's international board is chaired by a Greenpeace forest campaigner and they have long promoted FSC as the source of "green" timber. Greenpeace supports industrial ancient forest logging even as they are apparently suppressing their own report on specific problematic forest certifications. Transparency and depth of ecological understanding are not Greenpeace's strength. When the whole notion of certified logging in ancient rainforests is questioned, the Greenpeace PR machine shifts into full gear and seeks to mislead rather than respond substantively to the concerns of those working to end ancient forest logging as a key response to climate change and requirement for global ecological sustainability... It is a difficult decision to campaign against this greenwashing; but FSC, Greenpeace and WWF are so insular, and so defensive of their failed support of industrial certified forestry, that true forest conservationists no longer have an option... Primary forests are irreversibly diminished when logged. Environmental groups cannot support nonsensical promises of "certified sustainable" ancient forest logging with impunity any longer... Greenpeace has invested years of effort into this nonsense, and presumably now would find it nearly impossible to admit they have been wrong. Let's renew our call that Greenpeace end their support for ancient forest logging, while publicizing the matter and urging their supporters to cancel their membership until they do so.



Chairman Filner Says PTSD Misdiagnoses Cheat Vets

"The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee plans a summer attack on the military's disability review system, hoping that congressional hearings focusing on what he called the 'terrible scandal of deliberate misdiagnosis' of mental health problems could lead to an overhaul of government policies," states Rick Maze of the Army Times.

Judges Behaving Badly

"A $54 million lawsuit over a pair of pinstriped trousers that went missing from a Washington, DC, cleaners was thrown out by a judge this week. It had attracted worldwide ridicule. The fact that the case was brought, not by a random loony, but by a former judge has added to the sense that something is wrong not just with America's litigation laws, but with the kind of men and women Americans choose to sit in judgment over them," opines the Economist.

Dick Cheney's Dangerous Influence

Eleanor Clift writes: "Under the guise of national security, Cheney has gotten away with curbing civil liberties, condoning torture and launching an unnecessary war. He's also chipped away at environmental regulations and done myriad favors for his friends in the business world. He shapes tax policy and energy policy and whatever else strikes his fancy, installing himself as president of Corporate America. Cheney's above-the-law arrogance finally met its match this week."

Another Lawyer in Attorney Firings Scandal Quits

"A Justice Department official who was considered as a possible replacement for one of several fired US attorneys announced her resignation Friday," according to the Associated Press.

Calls to Get Out of Iraq Escalate

"A CBS News poll shows Americans are increasingly dissatisfied with the Iraq war, President Bush and the Congress, as well as the overall direction of the country."

When Is Enough Enough?

"There comes a time when people are supposed to get angry," says Bob Herbert. "The rights and interests of black people in the US have been under assault for the longest time, and in the absence of an effective counterforce, that assault has only grown more brutal."

US Soldiers "Firing Blindly" on Civilians

"American soldiers rolled into Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City slum on Saturday in search of Iranian-linked militants and as many as 26 Iraqis were killed in what a US officer described as 'an intense firefight,'" writes Hamid Ahmed of the Associated Press.

Kurnaz-Anwalt Bernhard Docke zur Datenlöschaffäre der Bundeswehr

"Ich wurde jahrelang belogen"

Interview mit Kurnaz-Anwalt Bernhard Docke zur Datenlöschaffäre der Bundeswehr.

Bandsalat für Fortgeschrittene

Die Wahrheit über das deutsche Geheimdienstmilieu und seine traurigen Datensicherungsroboter.

New mobile phone mast fight

People living in the west side of the city are trying to fight off plans for a mast near their homes before it reaches the planning stage.

T-Mobile has sent out consultation letters in the Waterworks Road area to gauge reactions to its plans for the 15ft mast on an industrial estate.

The mast would only be about 200 yards from Wensum Middle School, whose headteacher Kim Breen said today: “I would be concerned if it was that close to the school. I would like to see what the health implications would be and the building implications.”


Plant Trees, Harvest Water

Informant: Teresa Binstock


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

DOE's Dispersal of Radioactive Waste into Landfills and Consumer Products

Informant: MoJo

Will BAE Scandal of Century Bring Down Cheney?

Informant: Debi Clark

Von der Kunst der TerrorpräventionÜberwachung

Why You Are Being Deceived by the News Media

The article on the media is very important.

A few multinational corporations now control what's news and what's not, and this does not work to your benefit.

Rewarding Polluters Fuels Gulf Of Mexico Dead Zone

Informant: DK

Bid to block masts rejected

Jun 30 2007

By Dave Black, The Journal

A call for a temporary ban on approving any new mobile phone masts pending the outcome of a Government review has been rejected following advice from legal experts.


Création de la Fédération Départementale de la Drôme des Associations et Collectifs

Seymour Hersh details Bush's-Cheney's plans for Iran


U.S.: Iran, NKorea missile threat rising

War pimp alert

The top U.S. missile defense official warned Thursday that the ballistic threat from Iran and North Korea was rapidly growing and defended Washington's plans to base parts of its anti-missile shield program in Central Europe.

From Information Clearing House

US pressures European banks and energy firms away from Iran

The United States is piling pressure on European banks and energy firms to avoid doing business with Iran, sending a blunt message that reputations are at stake if they do so, officials and analysts said.

From Information Clearing House

Bill would deny supply of gasoline to Iranian government

Under the proposed legislation, any company that provides Iran with gasoline or helps it import gasoline after the end of the year could lose its access to U.S. customers.

From Information Clearing House

The Bases Are Loaded: Will the U.S. ever leave Iraq?


Official policy promises an eventual departure, while warning of the dire consequences of a "premature" withdrawal. But while Washington equivocates, facts on the ground tell another story. Independent journalist Dahr Jamail, and author Chalmers Johnson, are discovering that military bases in Iraq are being consolidated from over a hundred to a handful of "megabases" with lavish amenities.

The Scourge of Nationalism

Slandering the Dead: The American Massacre at al-Khalis

Mcmansions, SUVs, Mega-Churches and the Baghdad Embassy

Life Among Dim and Brutal Giants

By Phil Rockstroh

A massive emblem of the arrogance of power, the embassy is a testament to how the noxious vapors of cultural self-deception can be made manifest in reenforced concrete, armed watchtowers and razor wire.

U.S. Shields an Accused Iraqi Killer

The American Embassy in Baghdad is offering de facto protection to the Iraqi culture minister, who an Iraqi judge this week charged with the attempted murder of a fellow parliamentarian, Mithal al-Alusi.

From Information Clearing House

Thanks for Dick Cheney

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

When someone in high elected office shows the nation how vulnerable our Constitution is, we should be thankful for the wakeup call. Like many ruthless dictators, evil kings, and monster generals, Dick Cheney is the leading practitioner of the ends-justify-the-means mentality, where only his vision of the desired ends counts.

CIA Terror Bombings, Bob Gates, and The Rise of Hezbollah

By Michael Schwartz

While the atrocities reported in the "family jewels" are certainly atrocious in their own right, they are actually a tiny corner of a larger history that includes all manner of crimes against humanity, from mayhem against individuals to full fledged state terrorism.

Metalworkers Continue Massive Anti-FTA Strike

The Korean Metal Workers' Union, South Korea's largest single union, has been protesting for the past four days against a pending free trade agreement (FTA) between South Korea and the United States, reports Yonhap News. South Korea and the US finished negotiations for an FTA in April and is expected to be signed in Washington on Friday, before being ratified by the legislative bodies of both countries.

Death of the Amazon

Sue Branford and Jan Rocha of The New Statesman report that while there is hope stemming from a new generation of young Brazilian environmental technocrats who use satellite technology to save the rainforest, loggers, miners and farmers continue to find ways to evade laws that protect the Amazon.

Bald Eagles Soar off Endangered Species List, but Will Act Be Weakened?

The success of the bald eagle's rebound from the brink of extinction is being heralded by conservationists. But its removal from the Endangered Species List coincided with the Supreme Court weakening the very act that led to the eagle's recovery, John Roach of National Geographic reports.

Gore: Live Earth Concerts to Deliver Climate SOS

Al Gore says the July 7 Live Earth concerts will be asking people around the globe to sign a climate change pledge, reports Michelle Nichols for Reuters. The concerts, to take place in Johannesburg, London, New Jersey, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo, will be broadcast in more than 100 countries.

Dems Push White House on Privilege Move

"The Bush administration and Congress are in a legal tug-of-war over executive and legislative branch powers," reports The Associated Press. House and Senate Judiciary Chairmen John Conyers and Patrick Leahy sent a letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding, on Friday, demanding an explanation of why the White House claimed executive privilege on subpoenaed documents, reported Jesse Lee of The Gavel.

Supreme Court to Review Guantanamo Cases, Rejecting Bush's Arguments

Supreme Court justices reversed course on Friday in their decision to further review whether Guantanamo detainees can use civilian courts. The move was unexpected, given that the court turned down an identical request in April. The Bush administration says that civilian courts do not have jurisdiction to hear detainee cases, reported Pete Yost for the Associated Press.

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Genetic Engineering in Hawai'i

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