Mittwoch, 1. August 2007

Why Is Half Of Iraq In Absolute Poverty?

By Layla Anwar

What have Iraqis done to you? Did they invade you? Did they steal your homes? Did they imprison you? Did they torture you? Did they rape you? Did they occupy your lands? Of course, some of you will come and present me with your usual condescending, paternalistic, patronizing lists of political theories, attempting to explain the inexplicable.

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Here's how the Democrats should deal with Republican obstructionism

Challenging The Filibuster

by Ady Barkan, The American Prospect
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US Officials: Militias Are Main Threat to Iraq

Mark Seibel and Leila Fadel of McClatchy Newspapers report, "Despite President Bush's recent insistence that al Qaida in Iraq is the principal cause of this country's violence, senior American military officers here [in Baghdad] say Shiite Muslim militias are a bigger problem, and one that will persist even if al Qaida is defeated."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080107F.shtml

Next Step: Stop the Raids

Truthout's David Bacon writes: "Everywhere in this country, immigrant communities are growing, defying the raids intended to terrorize them - organizing and speaking out. This movement is a powerful response to Congress's inability to pass a pro-immigrant reform bill. It can and will resist and stop the raids, but its potential power is far greater. Like the civil rights movement four decades ago, the political upsurge in immigrant communities makes a profound demand - not simply for visas, but for freedom and equality."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080107E.shtml



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Bush Authorized Multiple Spying Programs

Dan Eggen of The Washington Post reports: "The Bush administration's chief intelligence official said yesterday that President Bush authorized a series of secret surveillance activities under a single executive order in late 2001. The disclosure makes clear that a controversial National Security Agency program was part of a much broader operation than the president previously described."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080107C.shtml



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Bishampton mast protesters to take campaign to company bosses

By Sally Jones

PROTESTERS against plans to install a mobile phone mast in the village of Bishampton are to take their fight to the firm's headquarters.

Around 60 villagers will descend on T-Mobile's offices in Hatfield later this month in the on-going row over the siting of the mast.

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UN Debates Urgent Action to Avert Global Warming

//www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jul2007/2007-07-31-05.asp


Informant: Bob Banner

New Nuclear Facility Undermines International Security

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/0801-05.htm

National Lawyers Guild Release Report On Government Threats to First Amendment

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/0801-03.htm

The American Military's Lose-Lose Dilemma in Iraq

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/01/2916/



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Murdoch: Bad for Journalism, Bad for Democracy

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/01/2897/

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All Rupert, All the Time

Eric Alterman, writing for The Nation, argues: "The genius of Murdoch's propaganda network is that by aping real news organizations, he helps himself to all kinds of tax breaks and constitutional privileges unavailable to nonmedia moguls, to say nothing of effects on elections and popular opinion. That he devalues the privileges and responsibilities of the press in America matters little to Murdoch, who appears to care nothing for traditional notions of respectability and treats journalists as no more important than the people who use his newspapers to wrap fish and chips."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080107H.shtml



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The Mercenary Revolution: Flush With Profits From the Iraq War

A Very Private War
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The Mercenary Revolution: Flush With Profits From the Iraq War

Jeremy Scahill, of the Indypendent, reports: "With almost no congressional oversight and even less public awareness, the Bush administration has more than doubled the size of the U.S. occupation through the use of private war companies. There are now almost 200,000 private 'contractors' deployed in Iraq by Washington. This means that U.S. military forces in Iraq are now outsized by a coalition of billing corporations whose actions go largely unmonitored and whose crimes are virtually unpunished.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081507L.shtml



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Gonzales Has Starring Role in DC Farce

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A New Order of The Ages

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The President Cannot Ignore an Impeachment

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Now Who's "Bush-Cheney Lite"?

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/01/2918



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Warming of Glaciers Threatens Millions in China

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/01/2911/

Thousands of Unpaid Teens Bag Groceries for Wal-Mart

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/01/2920/



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US Military Doctors Criticized Over Force-Feeding

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/01/2912/



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Budget Office Analysis Says War Could Cost $1 Trillion

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/01/2909/

House Passes a Vast Ethics Overhaul

Jeff Zeleny and David D. Kirkpatrick report for The New York Times: "The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved sweeping ethics rules that would require lawmakers to disclose the names of lobbyists who gather more than $15,000 in political contributions for them within a six-month period. The measure would also impose new restrictions on accepting gifts, discounted airfare and other long-held perquisites of office."

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US Attorney Became Target After Rebuffing Justice Dept.

Amy Goldstein and Carrie Johnson report for The Washington Post that US attorney John L. Brownlee has testified he received a call from Michael J. Elston, then chief of staff to the deputy attorney general, the night before a guilty plea was to be secured from the manufacturer of an addictive painkiller, OxyContin. Elston, a Justice aide involved in the removal of nine US attorneys, called Brownlee at the request of an OxyContin executive urging him to slow down the prosecution. Brownlee went on to settle the case regardless, and eight days later, his name appeared on a list of attorneys suggested to be fired.

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US Attorney was targeted after rebuffing DoJ

Washington Post

08/01/07

The night before the government secured a guilty plea from the manufacturer of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, a senior Justice Department official called the U.S. attorney handling the case and, at the behest of an executive for the drugmaker, urged him to slow down, the prosecutor told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. John L. Brownlee, the U.S. attorney in Roanoke, testified that he was at home the evening of Oct. 24 when he received the call on his cellphone from Michael J. Elston, then chief of staff to the deputy attorney general and one of the Justice aides involved in the removal of nine U.S. attorneys last year. Brownlee settled the case anyway. Eight days later, his name appeared on a list compiled by Elston of prosecutors that officials had suggested be fired...

//tinyurl.com/2r7h3e


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Cheney Says He Will Not Close Guantanamo Prison

Michael Abramowitz reports for The Washington Post, "Vice President Cheney said yesterday that he would not close the prison housing suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, going public with a perspective that differs from that of others in the administration, including President Bush."

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Keeping Our Promises

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Residents fight phone mast plans

Southfields residents are battling plans for eight mobile phone masts in their area.

Orange have bombarded Wandsworth Council with applications for sites including Viewfield Road, Wimbledon Park Road, Victoria Drive, Princes Way, Augustus Road and West Hill.

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US-India Nuke Deal May Spark Asian Arms Race

//www.ipsterraviva.net/Europe/article.aspx?id=5041


Informant: John Burroughs

From ufpj-news

Take Action: Tell Congress NOT to Cave in to Fear

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Pupils 'are wi-fi guinea pigs'

The association is concerned the full facts are not known

Pupils are being used as guinea pigs until research establishes whether there are any risks from the use of wi-fi in schools, teachers warn.

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Children being used as 'guinea pigs' in mass Wi-Fi experiment, warn teachers

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Anyone have some comments to add to this article?


Mark G.

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The Guardian article was c..., yes, and the comments so far all scathing about people who question wi-fi, so we need to redress the balance. But how many letters and comments will they let through? Who is the Guardian guarding?

BUT, good article in todays Daily Mail. Maybe we should keep the anti wi-fi etc flame alight by emailing their journos about these issues? Article below.

//tinyurl.com/2m3ahg


Gary



From Mast Sanity/Mast Network



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Unsäglich und verlogen

1. August 2007 Ulrich Maurer

Zur Debatte um die Anhebung des Hartz IV-Satzes erklärt das Mitglied des Geschäftsführenden Parteivorstandes Ulrich Maurer:

Im Verein fordern jetzt die Hartz IV-Verursacher von SPD und Grünen eine Anhebung des Hartz IV-Satzes wegen gestiegener Lebensmittelpreise. Dadurch soll vermittelt werden, der aktuelle Satz von 347 Euro im Monat entspräche nicht mehr der Lebenswirklichkeit der Betroffenen. Das ist eine unsägliche und verlogene Argumentation – die Hartz IV-Sätze entsprachen nie auch nur annähernd den Bedürfnissen derjenigen Menschen, die zur Armut per Gesetz verdammt waren. DIE LINKE fordert seit langem wenigstens eine Erhöhung des Satzes auf 420 Euro, um den Empfängerinnen und Empfängern eine Teilhabe an der Gesellschaft zu ermöglichen, von der sie sonst qua Gesetz ausgeschlossen sind. 7,4 Millionen Menschen sind auf ALG II angewiesen, soviel wie noch nie seit dessen Einführung. Derart vielen, an den sozialen Rand Getriebenen, kann man nicht mit einer Debatte um ein paar Euro kommen. Hartz IV muss überwunden werden, nur so eröffnet man Menschen eine Perspektive.

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Things you must believe to be a voter

Strike the Root
by Retta Fontana

07/30/07

The emperor is not actually naked. If you voted for him, his use of force (war/rulings/deceptions/power grab/secrecy) is different and right, not like the last one. He is actually anointed by your god, capable of getting direction from said god for the rest of us to carry out...

//www.strike-the-root.com/72/fontana/fontana1.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Need and public policy: Handle with care

Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary M. Galles

07/31/07

In public-policy debates the word most commonly invoked as the ace in the hole is ‘need.’ However, ‘need’ needs careful handling. ‘Need’ has the political advantage, but the logical disadvantage, of lacking a clear meaning. That allows it to be systematically abused to distort understanding and to reach desired conclusions that justify picking people’s pockets to pay for what someone else wants...

//www.fee.org/in_brief/default.asp?id=1470


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Americans stuck in political stupor

Frontiers of Freedom
by Joel S. Hirschhorn

07/31/07

The latest bipartisan George Washington University Battleground Poll rightfully received media attention because of its depressing data. There is historic political pessimism and cynicism. But something is more troubling than the data on the dire views of Americans about their elected representatives and government. It is that 72 percent of voters still believe that ‘voting gives people like me some say about how the government runs things.’ Unbelievable! Such confidence in a system that has failed them...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Privilege’s limits

Boston Globe
by Harvey Silverglate

07/31/07

The development of the doctrine of ‘executive privilege’ — the notion that presidential advisers may withhold executive communications from congressional scrutiny — recalls the Dickensian line that ‘the law is a ass.’ Although the public and courts have largely taken the existence of this privilege for granted, they ignore both the text and original understanding of the Constitution. Congress was granted the privilege, not the executive branch. The Founders never envisioned, and the Constitution does not provide for, a presidential privilege allowing White House advisers to flaunt congressional subpoenas, especially in the context of an investigation of potential executive branch impropriety, as in the US attorneys scandal. … If the Founding Fathers thought the president needed a privilege, they would have provided for it...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The system relies on your adherence to playing by the rules, their rules

The Price of Liberty
by Ron Ewart

07/30/07

The system has two Achilles Heels. It relies on your tax dollars, and it relies on your adherence to playing by the rules, their rules. If you dry up the dollars and significantly resist their rules on a grand scale, the veneer of their system breaks down like a cracking egg shell. The ’system’s’ first reaction to resistance is to bring out the police (law enforcement). They have already done that, and we have now become a police state to enforce all the rules and administrative procedures they have perpetrated against us. But there are not enough police in the world to stop a truly massive resistance, especially a resistance founded on freedom and liberty. People are already resisting by quietly not following the rules. Some get caught — and pay a terrible price. Others get off scot-free but they don’t advertise or gloat about their resistance. Eventually, the ’system’ will go too far and squeeze the people in just the right places...

//www.thepriceofliberty.org/07/07/30/ewart.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The Emperor’s Circus 2008

No Force, No Fraud
by Bob Smith

07/31/07

The political conventions of the Democrats and Republicans have become a nasty joke. They have become the ‘roman circus,’ the entertainment spectacles for the staged glorification of all the political Caesars and the minions who hitch their wagons to them. St. Paul will host the 2008 Republican convention, just a bit shy of hosting the Olympics. When it happens, it will dominate the local scene. All media will move to observe and report. Hotels will fill, restaurants and bars will do extraordinary business, traffic will come to a standstill, vendors will proliferate … all to take advantage of the thousands of political hacks arriving to celebrate the coronation of already-chosen candidates. How will such massive celebrations be financed? Oh … you and I will pay for it...

//libertyed.org/noforce/2007/07/emperors-circus-2008.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Good News is No News

CounterPunch
by Chris Floyd

07/31/07

An important development has been taking place in the real ‘war’ on terror — not the profit-making, fear-and-domination machine of the Bush Administration’s devising, but the genuine struggle to quell the violence of Islamist extremism. Yet despite the potential of this breakthrough, an overwhelming majority of Americans have never heard of it. Certainly it has not been featured — or even mentioned — by the corporate press and government PR engines in the United States. And why not? Because it is a breakthrough toward peace — and peace, as we all know, is not boffo box office...

//www.counterpunch.org/floyd07312007.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Will Bush cancel the 2008 election?

Common Dreams
by Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis

07/31/07

It is time to think about the “unthinkable.”The Bush Administration has both the inclination and the power to cancel the 2008 election. The GOP strategy for another electoral theft in 2008 has taken clear shape, though we must assume there is much more we don’t know. But we must also assume that if it appears to Team Bush/Cheney/Rove that the GOP will lose the 2008 election anyway (as it lost in Ohio 2006) we cannot ignore the possibility that they would simply cancel the election. Those who think this crew will quietly walk away from power are simply not paying attention. The real question is not how or when they might do it. It’s how, realistically, we can stop them...

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/07/31/2874/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Voting machines still flawed

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

07/31/07

Florida’s optical scan voting machines are still flawed, despite efforts to fix them, and they could allow poll workers to tamper with the election results, according to a government-ordered study obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. At the request of Secretary of State Kurt Browning, a Florida State University information technology laboratory went over a list of previously discovered flaws to see whether the machines were still vulnerable to attack...

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E-vote vendors attack critical state review

San Jose Mercury News

07/31/07

Voting machine vendors and election officials at a hearing Monday assailed Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s ‘top-to-bottom’ review of electronic voting systems for failing to consider real-world responses to potential hacking and vote-rigging. Voting-rights activists, meanwhile, urged her to scrap all e-voting systems and return to paper ballots. … A report filed last week showed that all three systems — Sequoia, Diebold and Hart InterCivic — were easily hacked by a team of computer experts Bowen had commissioned to probe the machines for weaknesses...

//www.mercurynews.com/politics/ci_6505840


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Doctors blast Guantanamo treatment as unethical

CNN

07/31/07

Military doctors violate medical ethics when they approve the force-feeding of hunger strikers at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, according to a commentary in a prestigious medical journal. The doctors should attempt to prevent force-feeding by refusing to participate, the commentary’s three authors write in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Closing arguments in Iraq killing court-martials

MSNBC

07/31/07

A Marine accused of masterminding a plot to kidnap and kill an Iraqi civilian told his squad, ‘Gents, we just got away with murder’ after firing three fatal rounds into the man’s head, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III is charged with murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and other offenses in the April 26, 2006, killing...

//www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20059629/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Army opens rape-slaying court-martial

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

08/01/07

A soldier testified Tuesday that another in his unit bragged to him about an attack in which a 14-year-old girl was raped and killed and her family slain. Sgt. Anthony Yribe, 23, testified during the second day of the court-martial of Pfc. Jesse Spielman, who is accused of being a lookout while other soldiers assaulted the girl and her family in March 2006...

//www.timesleader.com/news/ap?articleID=27426


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Vorratsdatenspeicherung: »Auch Standort des Benutzers wird gespeichert«

Die Regierungskoalition plant, ab 2008 aufzeichnen zu lassen, wer mit wem in den zurückliegenden sechs Monaten per Telefon, E-Mail oder Handy in Verbindung gestanden oder das Internet genutzt hat. Bei Handytelefonaten und -textnachrichten soll auch der jeweilige Standort des Benutzers festgehalten werden. Letztendlich können daraus Informationen über die persönlichen und geschäftlichen Beziehungen, die Bewegungen und die Lebenssituation jedes Bürgers gewonnen werden. Der Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung bereitet Massenverfassungsbeschwerde vor. 5000 Menschen beteiligen sich bereits.

Quelle: Junge Welt
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As stocks wobble, one group remains unfazed: managers who profit from public pension funds

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The House energy bill could be a big improvement but not without your help

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Impeach Gonzales

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"Dead Zone" Returns to Oregon Coast

A story from The Associated Press says, "The return of oxygen-depleted water off the Oregon coast is a sign of a warming climate, which could have ill effects on populations of sea creatures, scientists said Monday."

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Energy Bill Aids Expansion of Atomic Power

Edmund L. Andrews and Matthew L. Wald of The New York Times report: "A one-sentence provision buried in the Senate's recently passed energy bill, inserted without debate at the urging of the nuclear power industry, could make builders of new nuclear plants eligible for tens of billions of dollars in government loan guarantees."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/073107EA.shtml

Storm of Legislation Coming Before August Recess

The Hill's Jim Snyder says, "Congress, and by extension K Street, has a busy week ahead as Democratic leaders try to shake a do-nothing tag by passing a series of bills before the month-long August recess."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/073107T.shtml

Iraq in Chaos As Parliament Recesses

The Los Angeles Times's Ned Parker writes: "Legislators joked and chatted, showing no sense of urgency about breaking a deadlock between Sunni and Shiite Muslims over national reconciliation as Iraq's Parliament held its final session Monday before a monthlong recess."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/073107S.shtml

Yellowstone Trees in trouble

//www.jacksonholestartrib.com/articles/2007/07/31/news/wyoming/73b546306ae54d9e8725732800801daa.txt


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Losing Forests to Fuel Cars

//www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/30/AR2007073001484.html


Informant: Teresa Binstock



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Paulson: US should boost debt limit

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Monday said the United States may be unable to pay its bills this fall unless Congress raises the government's borrowing authority, now capped at $8.965 trillion.

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From Information Clearing House



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Rice: Iran Biggest Threat To U.S. Interests In The Middle East

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has warned that Iran poses the biggest threat to her country's interests in the Middle East, as she begins an important regional tour on Tuesday aimed at uniting U.S. allies against Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah.

//tinyurl.com/29fe9l


From Information Clearing House



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Appeal court quashes media gag over White House meeting

An attempt to prevent the press from repeating British concerns about US military tactics in Iraq, including the killing of civilians in Falluja and President Bush's alleged suggestion that the offices of the Arabic satellite TV station al-Jazeera should be bombed, was quashed by the appeal court yesterday.

//www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2138236,00.html


From Information Clearing House



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A Little Easier to Occupy from the Air: U.S.

Air Force and Navy aircraft dropped five times as many bombs in Iraq during the first six months of this year as over the first half of 2006, according to official information.

//www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=38726


From Information Clearing House

"Violence has destroyed my family"

Housekeeper and mother of three Anisah Kaseb, 58, says the relentless violence in Iraq has damaged her family psychologically: Her younger son committed suicide and her daughter now requires psychological help.

//tinyurl.com/2d7ehh


From Information Clearing House

Britain will take troops out of Iraq regardless of US, says PM Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown has paved the way for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq by telling George Bush he would not delay their exit in order to show unity with the United States.

//news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article2819582.ece


From Information Clearing House



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Congress Eyes Pay Raise For Itself

By Rob Hotakainen

After raising the minimum wage by 70 cents an hour this week, many members of Congress are ready to give themselves a pay increase of roughly $4,400 per year. That would take their annual salaries to nearly $170,000.

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Who owns you?



The game is rigged! Nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care.
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The Liberator

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

An agreement was struck with OPEC to price oil in U.S. dollars exclusively for all worldwide transactions. This gave the dollar a special place among world currencies and in essence "backed" the dollar with oil. In return, the U.S. promised to protect the various oil-rich kingdoms in the Persian Gulf against threat of invasion or domestic coup.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18102.htm



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Ron Paul and the Empire

//www.lewrockwell.com/latulippe/latulippe80.html


Informant: Gomez



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D e r B e s c h ä f t i g u n g s p a r k

Quelle: Deutscher Einheit(z)-Textdienst von Werner Lutz 7/02

"Nein, wir können das nur telefonisch machen, tut mir leid. Wissen´s, die Leut´ werden später zwar auch wieder sagen, sie hätten von alledem nichts gewußt, aber trotzdem...

Wie gesagt, unser Beschäftigungspark ist vorläufig nur ein Modellversuch von der Bundesanstalt in Zusammenarbeit mit den Ländern... - Wie? - Ja, er ist quasi eine therapeutische Einrichtung für Sozialhilfeempfänger, Langzeitarbeitslose und Frührentner...

Wie? - Nein, ich darf im gegenwärtigen Versuchsstadium noch keine Fernsehreporter hierher lassen. Nein, auch den Standort darf ich nicht bekanntgeben, nur vielleicht soviel, er liegt in einer landschaftlich wundervollen Gegend, mit vielen Bergwerken, Steinbrüchen und Sümpfen...

Verpflegung? Aber selbstverständlich, äähh, natürlich mehr so eine Diätkost, wenn´s wissen, was ich meine. Also abends haben wir zum Beispiel immer so eine Wassersuppe oder so etwas., Aber die Gäste sollen ja hier auch nicht fett werden, das ist schließlich ein Kuraufenthalt.

Ja, um noch einmal ein paar Sätze zu sagen zur Entstehungsgeschichte: dieser Beschäftigungspark soll allen Arbeitsunwilligen dienen, denn um diesen Personenkreis geht es ja eben - damit sie langsam aber sicher endlich aus dem gesellschaftlichen Leben ausgegliedert werden und das öffentliche Bild nicht mehr beeinträchtigen...

Wie? Wo wir die Leute herkriegen? Na, die werden einfach abgeholt, was denken Sie denn? Vorerst wie gesagt nur im Modellversuch, ein Auswahlprinzip gewissermaßen, später dann sicher flächendeckend.

Wie? Ja, von den Familien abgeholt, freilich. - Nein, da gibt es überhaupt keine Vermißtenmeldungen. Wissen Sie, wenn ein arbeitsloser Vater oder Bruder, der der Familie sowieso nur auf der Tasche gelegen hat und vielleicht trinkt, plötzlich fort ist, dann sind doch alle drüber froh, oder?

Ja, und bei uns bleibt er halt dann bis zur Endlö... - ja, bis die Kur halt zu Ende ist.

Wie? Todesfälle? Nein, die gibt es bei uns überhaupt nicht. Wissen Sie, wir kennen hier nur statistische Größen. Das sind Ausfälle und Verluste. Und da sagen wir eigentlich nur: heute war ein guter Tag oder heute war ein schlechter Tag.

Wie? Kleidung? Nein, wir haben eigentlich nur solche Anzüge, wissen Sie, das ist so ähnlich wie ein Schlafanzug mit einem Aufnäher drauf, vielleicht haben´s die schon einmal gesehen im Fernsehen. Wir haben uns da einein größeren Posten an Second-Hand-Ware schicken lassen aus Polen, ich weiß jetzt gar nicht, wo die genau herkommen. Über unserer Einfahrt hängt übrigens auch so ein Schild, daß Arbeit frei macht oder so was ähnliches, das stammt glaube ich auch von dieser Firma...

Aber die Insas.. - äähh, unsere Kurgäste sind ja so froh, sage ich Ihnen, und es geht Ihnen auch allen schon besser. Und wie gesagt, wenn wir das erst einmal flächendeckend machen, was meinen Sie, wie schnell wir keine Arbeitslosen mehr haben.

Wissen´s, und genau deswegen dürfen wir jetzt eben noch keine Fernsehreporter hierher lassen. Obwohl die Leut´ sicher später auch wieder sagen, sie hätten von alledem nichts gewußt, aber trotzdem... - Ja, und weil es doch eine Überraschung sein soll zu den nächsten Bundestagswahlen, daß bis dahin alle Arbeitslosen weg sind..." //www.einheiztext.de/


Aus: SOGA-NEWSLETTER Nr. 7 - 31. Woche 2007

„Bürgerrechte, die haben Sie jetzt nicht mehr“

Zu wenig Lohn zum Leben

Mitarbeiterin Arbeitsagentur Kiel: „Bürgerrechte, die haben Sie jetzt nicht mehr.“

Es ist schwer, einen wie Volker Kreis (Name v. d. Red. geändert) zu finden. Jemand, der darüber reden mag, wie es so zugeht bei einem privaten Zustelldienstleister für Briefe und Pakete. Einem bundesweit agierenden Unternehmen, das seinen Mitarbeitern so wenig zahlt, dass es zum Leben nicht reicht. Und der fast 50-Jährige ist beileibe kein Einzelfall. Trotzdem hält die Mauer des Schweigens Artikel von Jürgen Küppers in den Kieler Nachrichten vom 27.07.2007 //www.kn-online.de/news/archiv/?id=2191883


Aus: SOGA-NEWSLETTER Nr. 7 - 31. Woche 2007

440.000 arbeitende Arme in sozialversicherungspflichtigen Vollzeitjobs

1,18 der rund 5,36 Millionen ALG-II-Bezieher in prekärer Beschäftigung

Die von der SPD-Grünen-Regierung im Januar 2003 beschlossenen Hartz-IV-Gesetze haben ihr wichtigstes Ziel offenbar erreicht. Die Verpflichtung Langzeiterwerbsloser, so gut wie jede Tätigkeit zu jedem Lohn annehmen zu müssen, hat zu einer rasanten Ausweitung des Niedrigstlohnsektors geführt. Bei der Vorstellung der Halbjahresbilanz zum Arbeitslosengeld II (ALG II) räumten die Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA) und der Deutsche Städtetag am Mittwoch in Berlin ein, dass mittlerweile 1,18 der rund 5,36 Millionen ALG-II-Bezieher erwerbstätig sind, 440000 davon sogar in sozialversicherungspflichtigen Vollzeitjobs. Ihre Einkünfte sind jedoch so gering, dass sie auf ergänzende Leistungen angewiesen sind, um überhaupt überleben zu können. Über eine halbe Million erwerbstätiger Menschen ist auf die Übernahme der Mietkosten durch die Kommunen angewiesen.

Quelle: Junge Welt
//www.jungewelt.de/2007/07-26/062.php


Aus: SOGA-NEWSLETTER Nr. 7 - 31. Woche 2007



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Death-Tech Reality

Nancy Levant

It is this writer’s opinion that we are led by abject and career criminals, who also happen to be connected to a network of global wealth siphoning financial systems. America is witnessing pathological classism where the multi-billionaire rich are literally conquering everyone else. One mistake that we the people have made for decades has been staying riveted to “breaking news.” We tend to miss the real news that is pre-empted, or in other words, hidden from our view........

//www.newswithviews.com/Levant/nancy100.htm



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Bush Policies Promote Global Jihad

by Cliff Kincaid

There’s more at stake, of course, than the future of the Republican Party, and Bush going down in history as the Republican Jimmy Carter. In the name of promoting freedom and democracy, Bush will have accelerated and acquiesced in the spread of global Jihad that ultimately targets America itself for destruction......

//www.newswithviews.com/Kincaid/cliff166.htm



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Why We Need More Investigations Like Cheney Needs More Power

//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/24608


Informant: Cal



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Dr. Paul has requested Urgent Assistance for the Iowa Straw Poll Primary on August 11, 2007

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Action Needed - Each of these Cities in Iowa Need Ron Paul Meetup Groups - //groups.yahoo.com/group/EdWard-MD/message/229

Registering Repug:

List of the different States Primary Dates - //www.vote-smart.org/election_president_state_primary_dates.php Louisiana Voter Registration - "When must I register to vote before an election? (R.S. 18:135) Louisiana statutes require you to be registered 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that particular election."

How can I change my party affiliation? (R.S. 18:107(B)) Your party affiliation can be changed by simply sending your Registrar of Voters a written note requesting your party change (including signature), or by completing another application. Please note: if you are changing your party right before an election, it must be done 30 days prior to an election. Party changes received after book closing for an election cannot be in effect until the next election. //www.sos.louisiana.gov/elections/elect-regist.htm

Contacts for LA Registrars of Voters - Email, Address and Phone - //www.sos.louisiana.gov/elections/MISC/CoC_RoV_List_Web.pdf - In LA, your party affiliation must be changed PRIOR to 01/09/08.

Voting Reform in Effect in 2008:

US Must Have True and Accurate Voting - We must continue to put pressure on our so called representatives to insure that 2008 will be our first non-fixed national election. This must be approached on a state and national level. HBO: Hacking Democracy - //www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hacking+democracy&search=Search City of New Orleans, LA & 36 Other State's Elections Fixed - //www.thepriceofliberty.org/06/07/17/ward.htm

Don't forget to vote in the GOP Online StrawPoll - //www.freedomworks.org/strawpoll/ - Email verification required to have your vote counted.

Dei Jurum Conventus - (God's Rights (Unity)/Convention)

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Arge kürzt bei Krankenhausaufenthalt 121 Euro im Monat

Weniger Arbreitslosengeld II für Kranke in Hamburg

Empfängerinnen und Empfängern von Arbeitslosengeld II wird bei einem Krankenhausaufenthalt der Regelsatz um 35 Prozent gekürzt. Dies hat der Senat auf eine Kleine Anfrage der GAL-Bürgerschaftsfraktion eingeräumt (s. Anhang). Gudrun Köncke, arbeitsmarktpolitische Sprecherin der GAL-Bürgerschaftsfraktion, ist entsetzt über diese Praxis der Arge: "Kranken Menschen die Unterstützung zu kürzen, weil sie angeblich durch einen Krankenhausaufenthalt einen Vorteil erhalten, ist bodenlos zynisch. Wer Krankenhausverpflegung als Einkommen berechnet, arbeitet nicht für sondern gegen die betroffenen Menschen. Die Führung der Arge hat ihre Aufgabe offensichtlich nicht begriffen."

Die Arge team.arbeit.hamburg kürzt wegen der dort bereitgestellten Verpflegung bei stationärem Aufenthalt im Krankenhaus ab dem ersten Tag den Regelsatz. Monatlich werden bei Erwachsenen 121,45 Euro und bei Kindern zwischen 61,50 und 82 Euro einbehalten. Nicht nur Sicht der GAL sind diese Kürzungen unrechtmäßig. Schon in der Anfrage hat die GAL auf eindeutige Gerichtsurteile verschiedener Sozialgerichte hingewiesen, die solche Kürzungen aufgehoben haben. Gudrun Köncke kritisiert, dass der Senat als Träger der Arge sich taub stellt, statt korrigierend einzugreifen: "Der Senat muss dafür sorgen, dass diese Kürzungen sofort eingestellt werden und schon erfolgte Kürzungen wieder rückgängig gemacht werden." //www.gal-fraktion.de/cms/default/dok/191/191743.arge_kuerzt_bei_krankenhausaufenthalt_12.htm

Wenn beim Dienstleistungszentrum der ARGE in Neumünster ähnliches vorkommt, sollten sich die Betroffenen umgehend die Beratung der SOGA aufsuchen, wir helfen weiter. //www.soga-nms.net/40368.html


Aus: SOGA-NEWSLETTER Nr. 7 - 31. Woche 2007

Arbeitslose als Ersatzcops gegen Bettler

In Berlin werden Arbeitslose als 1-Euro-Jobber "zur Erhöhung der Sicherheit" im öffentlichen Nahverkehr eingesetzt.

Ihre Aufgabe ist es auch, friedliche Bettler zu verjagen, von denen sich die BVG in ihren Geschäftsinteressen gestört fühlt. Im Eingangsbereich eines Neuköllner U-Bahnhofes sitzt in einer Ecke, einige Meter von Fahrkartenautomaten und Kiosk entfernt, eine alte Frau mit einer Spendenschale vor sich und murmelt vor sich hin, man möge ihr doch bitte ein wenig Geld geben. Die Passanten strömen an ihr vorbei, ohne sie zu beachten. Gestört fühlt sich niemand.

Plötzlich eilen zwei Männer mit einem großen Hund herbei. Sie tragen als Einheitsdress hellblaue Hemden und dunkle Hosen, als wären sie uniformiert. Sie werfen der alten Frau vor, dass sie sie bereits zum zweiten Mal an diesem Ort anträfen, und fordern sie auf, den U-Bahnhof sofort zu verlassen. Gehe sie nicht unverzüglich oder würden sie sie in nächster Zeit erneut dort antreffen, so kündigen sie an, würden sie sofort die Polizei holen. Der Hund schaut die alte Frau, die er, solange sie sitzt, deutlich überragt, grimmig an. Er trägt einen Maulkorb, aber den können seine Herrchen gegebenfalls abnehmen. Die alte Frau erhebt sich langesam und verlässt den Bahnhof.

Die beiden Uniformierten stellen sich mit zufriedener Miene quasi in Formation an die Seite und beobachten sie genau, bis sie außer Sichtweite ist. Auf den Oberarmstücken ihrer Hemden tragen sie Abzeichen, auf denen "ARGE Berlin" steht. Sie sind demzufolge keine Angestellten der BVG, sondern gehören zu den Arbeitslosen, die seit letztem Jahr im Rahmen sogenannter "im öffentlichen Interesse liegender Arbeitsgelegenheiten mit Mehraufwandsentschädigung" (vulgo: 1-Euro-Jobs) durch die Berliner U-Bahnen streifen, um dort "die Sicherheit zu erhöhen". Ihresgleichen sieht man in letzter Zeit des öfteren, jeweils zu zweit, uniformiert und mit Hund.

Interessant wäre allerdings zu erfahren, was das Bedrohen und Verjagen von friedlichen Bettlerinnen, die niemanden in irgendeiner Weise belästigen, mit der "Erhöhung der Sicherheit" zu tun haben soll. Zwar ist ein solches Vorgehen gängige Praxis diverser Firmen, die Teile des öffentlichen Raumes für ihre Geschäftsinteressen privatisiert haben. Diese engangieren jedoch dafür private Sicherheitsdienste, die sie selbst bezahlen müssen.

Die BVG hingegen darf kostenlos auf "im öffentlichen Interesse liegende Arbeitsgelegenheiten" zurückgreifen. Wer eine solche "Arbeitsgelegenheit" ablehnt, wird von den Jobcentren mit Kürzung des ALG II um 30 Prozent bedroht, beim zweiten Mal um 60 Prozent, beim dritten Mal um 100 Prozent, jeweils für drei Monate. Wenn ihm oder ihr die verbleibende Summe dann nicht zum Leben reicht, darf er/sie selbst betteln gehen - bis er/sie von anderen "im öffentlichen Interesse" tätigen Arbeitslosen verjagt wird.

Interessant wäre, wenn die Berliner Jobcenter und die Bezirke als Mitträger der Jobcenter einmal darlegen würden, welchem "öffentlichen Interesse" die hier geschilderten Arbeitsgelegenheiten eigentlich dienen. Sollten sie dazu nicht in der Lage sein, liegt ein Rechtsbruch vor, der schleunigst abzustellen wäre. Interessant wäre aber auch zu wissen, warum die rot/rote Regierung in Berlin, diese Ein-Euro-Jobs nicht auf Basis der Freiwilligkeit erlädigen läßt.

//de.indymedia.org/2007/07/188452.shtml


Aus: SOGA-NEWSLETTER Nr. 7 - 31. Woche 2007

House moves toward impeachment of Gonzales

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From The Nation



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PUTTING THEIR HEART AND SOLE INTO PEACE

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/6524/


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From ufpj-news



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Crimes Against Humanity By Big Pharma

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ADHD fraud exposed
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MORE ON THE CRIMES OF BIG PHARMA AND ON THE CRIMES OF PSYCHIATRY
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