Freitag, 10. August 2007

Documents Reveal CIA Involved in Rendition of Canadian to Syria

Colin Freeze reports for The Globe and Mail: "Canada suspected Maher Arar was to be sent to the Middle East to be tortured after the RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] gave intelligence to the CIA, newly uncensored documents reveal."

Nuclear Power and Iranians

Truthout's Geoffrey Millard writes, "Despite having the world's third-largest oil reserve, UN sanctions (instigated under US pressure) have forced Iran to look into other forms of energy. With its lack of refineries and an embargo on American products, to include parts for both refineries, Iran's oil does little to help the average Iranian... The people of Iran feel that nuclear power could be a good way to get over their power shortage without giving in to the West."

Boyle calls for end to 'serial Nuremberg crimes against the peace'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Institute For Public Accuracy: One Million Iraqis Killed?

Human Rights First: ABA Slated to Vote on Resolution Condemning Executive Order on CIA Interrogations

Yet Again, The Democrats Roll Over


Yet Again, the Democrats Roll Over

Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas writes in her most recent syndicated Hearst Newspapers column that "President Bush has the Democrats' number on Capitol Hill. All he has to do is play the fear card and invoke the war on terror and they will cave."


AT&T Censors Criticism of Bush

The So-Called Protect America Act

A Personal Vision for Cindy Sheehan's Campaign


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

FISA Revised: A Blank Check for Domestic Spying

Analysts See 'Simply Incredible' Shrinking of Floating Ice in the Arctic

St Stephen's Church, Burnley Wood - phone mast row

Church phone mast row

AN unholy row has broken out between a church and some of its parishioners over the placing of a mobile phone mast in its tower.

St Stephen's CE Church, a Grade II listed building in Oxford Road, Burnley Wood, held a meeting in church for parishioners who have raised concerns.


Rekordschmelze des arktischen Eises

Nach Auswertung von Satellitendaten ist das arktische Meereseis in diesem Sommer dramatisch abgeschmolzen.

Eis weiter auf dem Rückzug

Neue Rekorde in der Arktis.

Natürliche Schwankungen dämpfen Klimaerwärmung - bis 2009

Nach einem neuen Klimamodell, das die nächsten zehn Jahre vorhersagt, wären ab 2009 neue Klimarekorde in Folge zu erwarten.


Rekordschmelze des arktischen Eises

William Chapman von der Polarforschungsgruppe an der University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign meldet einen neuen Rekord im Hinblick auf die Folgen der Klimaerwärmung.

Bush considers corporate tax cuts while pledging to veto more children's health insurance


WiMAX-Technologie-Test im Großraum Bonn

T-Com bringt Internet mit bis zu 25 MBit/s nach Hamburg und Stuttgart


Funk DSL Anbieter schließt DSL Lücken in Wachtberg

Durch den Ausbau des Funk DSL Netz der Firma disquom/etquom scheint eine flächendeckende DSL Versorgung in Wachtberg realisierbar

Die Königswinterer Firma disquom Funktechnik GmbH wird das Funk DSL in Wachtberger weiter ausbauen und damit einen großen Teil der vorhandenen Lücken in der DSL Versorgung schließen. Nachdem im letzten Jahr das Funk Netz in Werthhoven erfolgreich gestartet wurde, kann nun das Netz in Wachtberg ausgebaut werden. Durch Bau einer zusätzlichen Antenne auf dem Ölberg können nun auch die zahlreichen anderen Ortschaften die keine oder schlechte DSL Anbindungen haben an das disquom Funk DSL Netz angeschlossen werden...

Nachricht von Stefan Beyer

Immobiliencrash zieht globale Kreise: Internationale Finanzmärkte geraten ins Wanken

Globale Finanzmarktkrise: "Massenvernichtungswaffen" im Spiel
Feuerwehreinsätze der Zentralbanken

Bush Administration Decides to Let START Die

Informant: Kev Hall

US Public Sees News Media as Biased, Inaccurate, Uncaring: Poll

Agence France-Presse reports, "More than half of Americans say US news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, and don't care about the people they report on, a poll published Thursday showed."

Bush Can't Recall on Tillman

The Associated Press reports, "President Bush said Thursday he can't recall when he learned that Army Ranger Pat Tillman died by friendly fire, not at the hands of the enemy in Afghanistan, as the Pentagon originally claimed."

Iraq: US Officials Will Ask for More Time

Steven R. Hurst reports for The Associated Press: "The military and diplomatic public relations machines are running full bore. The message: 'Things are getting better, but we need more time.' Pushing that assessment most eloquently and fervently is Ambassador Ryan Crocker, a career diplomat and one of the State Department's most seasoned Middle East hands."

Cheney Urging Military Strikes on Iran

Warren P. Strobel, John Walcott and Nancy A. Youssef report for McClatchy Newspapers, "Vice President Dick Cheney several weeks ago proposed launching airstrikes at suspected training camps in Iraq run by the Quds force, a special unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to two US officials who are involved in Iran policy."


Cheney urging strikes on Iran

At a news conference Thursday, Bush said Iran had been warned of unspecified consequences if it continued its alleged support for anti-American forces in Iraq. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker had conveyed the warning in meetings with his Iranian counterpart in Baghdad, the president said.

Cheney Urges Strike on Iran

McClatchy report that VP Dick Cheney has been urging a military strike on Iran, but that Bush has decided for the moment to hit Shiite allies of Iran inside Iraq. (Since the majority of Iraqi Shiites are allies of Iran, he will have a lot of targets).

From Information Clearing House


Cheney advocating strike at Iranian 'training camps'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Blue Dog Democrats, Staunch Bush Allies

Matt Renner reports for Truthout: "A tightly-knit group of self-styled moderate and conservative Democrats in the House of Representatives known as the Blue Dog Coalition supported controversial legislation granting the Bush administration expanded powers to spy on Americans. The group was instrumental in passing legislation that was opposed by a vast majority of Democrats."

Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

Informant: MoJo

The Government's FAQ on WMD and NBC Terrorism

Informant: Kev Hall

The NAFTA superhighway

The Nation
by Christopher Hayes


When completed, the highway will run from Mexico City to Toronto, slicing through the heartland like a dagger sunk into a heifer at the loins and pulled clean to the throat. It will be four football fields wide, an expansive gully of concrete, noise and exhaust, swelled with cars, trucks, trains and pipelines carrying water, wires and God knows what else. Through towns large and small it will run, plowing under family farms, subdevelopments, acres of wilderness. … And this NAFTA Superhighway, as it is called, is just the beginning, the first stage of a long, silent coup aimed at supplanting the sovereign United States with a multinational North American Union...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

How we can take the Constitution back from the brink

by Tara Lohan


At no time in our country’s history has the abuse of power by the executive branch been more flagrant and more dangerous to democracy. In just the past month, the Bush administration has ordered employees to ignore congressional subpoenas, asserted broad new parameters for executive privilege and issued an executive order that could permit seizing assets of Americans deemed at its discretion to be hurting the war effort in Iraq. Meanwhile, the administration continues to spy on its own citizens, including widespread data mining of telephone records and emails. Since taking office, Bush has pushed his authority past the bounds of the Constitution, and now a new group is ready to push back. The American Freedom Campaign has stepped up to the plate and is working to build bipartisan grassroots support ‘to reverse the abuse of executive power and restore our system of checks and balances’...

Will the real Colin Powell please stand up?

by Sidney Blumenthal


Wilkerson and Bodine have spoken out before. But Armitage’s debut in particular has the White House fuming and fretting that it somehow signals Powell’s emergence as a full-throated critic in the middle of the September P.R. offensive. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, according to sources close to him, has voiced anger and concern about whether Powell will step forward and what he might say, and other presidential aides are wondering how to cope with that nightmarish possibility. Two months ago, Powell declared the surge a near-certain failure. … Hadley and others are taking Powell’s early skepticism toward the surge and willingness to express it as a potential sign that he will swoop down on them just after Petraeus asks for more forbearance for the president’s policy. Powell is the White House’s ticking-time-bomb scenario. He was Petraeus before Petraeus, the good soldier before the good soldier, window-dressing before window-dressing...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

American foreign policy at point zero

by Gabriel Kolko


Political conflicts are not solved by military interventions, and that they are often incapable of being resolved by political or peaceful means does not alter the fact that force is dysfunctional. This is truer today than ever with the spread of weapons technology. The U.S. is not exempt from the facts that have guided international affairs for centuries. The U.S. has already lost the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the very same reasons it lost all of its earlier conflicts. It has the manpower and firepower advantage, as always, but these are ultimately irrelevant in the medium- and long-run. They were irrelevant in many contexts in which the U.S. was not involved, and they explain the outcome of many armed struggles over the past century regardless of who was in them, for they are usually decided by the socio-economic and political strength of the various sides — China after 1947 and Vietnam after 1972 are two examples but scarcely the only ones...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

PANIKARTIGE VERKÄUFE: Hypothekenkrise reißt Börsen ins Minus,1518,499190,00.html

Oil Drilling off Alaska: Cheney's Ill-Advised Crusade

Matt Vespa writes in The San Jose Mercury News: "On June 29 the Bush administration quietly approved a keystone of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy policy: furthering our addiction to oil through the 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program." Vespa continues, "the program governs the sale of all offshore oil and gas leases in federal waters over the next five years and anticipates the drilling of more than 10 billion barrels of oil and more than 45 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in some of our most pristine and sensitive marine habitats."

Quarter of America's Oil Flows Through Sinking Louisiana Land

Nicholas Varchaver reports for Fortune Magazine on a new energy crisis that is occurring as southern Louisiana, the conduit for more than a quarter of America's oil, sinks into the sea.

Science vs. Politics Gets Down and Dirty

Dan Vergano for USA Today reports on the standoff between the Bush administration and the nation's scientific community.

Bush Administration and Timber Industry Deal Accelerates Northwest Logging

Michael Milstein reports for The Oregonian that "Northwest national forests are hurriedly boosting federal logging to the highest levels in years with a new infusion of cash, even as they close campgrounds and other recreation sites because money for them is drying up."

Who's Paying the Price for America's Income Inequality?

In America, the top one-tenth of one percent of earners makes about the same money per year collectively as the millions of Americans in the bottom fifty percent combined. This is putting a tight squeeze on the middle class, while leaving millions of others in the cold.

GOP Perk Slipped Into Transportation Bill

David D. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times reports on the case of Coconut Road as an obvious lucrative favor made in exchange for campaign contributions.

School Aid for Vets Opposed by Bush Administration

Alexandra Bahou and Anna Schecter report for ABC News: "The Bush administration opposes a Democratic effort to restore full educational benefits for returning veterans, according to an official's comments last week."

‘Two months ago, I refused to continue to be a part of the occupation’

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Next-up News n°274

Global warming will step up after 2009: scientists

Informant: NHNE

Welcome to America

When writer Elena Lappin flew to LA, she dreamed of a sunkissed, laid-back city. But that was before airport officials decided to detain her as a threat to security.,12271,1231089,00.html

From Information Clearing House

U.S. Stocks Tumble on Credit Concerns; Banks, Brokers Retreat

"The fear is feeding on itself,'' said Jeffrey Kleintop, who helps oversee more than $173 billion as chief market strategist at LPL Financial Services in Boston. "It's what you don't know that seems to be taking over the market.''

Dow Plunges 387 on Subprime Concerns

Wall Street plunged again Thursday after a French bank said it was freezing three funds that invested in U.S. subprime mortgages because it was unable to properly value their assets. The Dow Jones industrials extended its series of triple-digit swings, this time falling more than 380 points.

From Information Clearing House


Bank freezes funds, markets plummet on sub-prime fears

USA Today


For investors, the only thing worse than bad news is uncertainty, and thanks to a French bank’s decision to freeze $2.2 billion in funds Thursday, uncertainty rocked the markets and sent the Dow Jones industrials tumbling 387 points to 13,271. BNP Paribas said in a statement that it barred the doors on three funds that were invested in subprime mortgages because the bank didn’t feel it could calculate a fair value for those assets. Two financial services firms in Germany have also halted redemptions from funds connected to the U.S. subprime market. Those moves come on the heels of the collapse of two Bear Stearns hedge funds that were heavily invested in subprime mortgages...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Pat Tillman Case: Facts and Lies

The Pat Tillman case could bring down the Cheney/Bush Administration for every key top level official, both Pentagon and white House, is involved and they are all apparently lying.

From Information Clearing House

Russia sparks Cold War scramble

Russian bombers have flown to the US island of Guam in the Pacific in a surprise manoeuvre reminiscent of the Cold War era.

From Information Clearing House

Republican Commission: Iraq War is Over

It doesn't say that America "lost." According to the conservative NY Sun, "A commission formed to assess the Iraq war and recommend a new course has ruled out the prospect of victory for America."

From Information Clearing House

US 'loses track' of Iraq weapons

The US military cannot account for 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to the Iraqi security forces, an official US report says.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq's middle class escapes, only to find poverty in Jordan

Rents are high, schools cost money, and under-the-table jobs pay little. A survey of 100 Iraqi families this spring found that 64 percent were surviving by selling off their assets.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq imposes 'Saddam style' ban on oil union

Iraq's energy ministry is using a Saddam-era decree to crack down on trade unions and stifle dissent against foreign exploitation of the country's vast oil reserves, the Basra-based oil workers' union claims.,,2141676,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Tough "security" sends Iraq's Falluja back centuries

While some welcome the increased security, many complain that it is a form of collective punishment against a town which is synonymous with the insurgency against U.S. forces in Iraq's western Anbar province.

From Information Clearing House

US withdrawal needed for security, Iran tells Iraq

An end to violence in Iraq depends on the United States withdrawing its troops, Iran told Iraq's prime minister on Thursday, seeking to deflect accusations from Washington that it is responsible for bloodshed there.

From Information Clearing House

Murder Charges Dropped Against US Marine in Haditha Killings

Sharratt was accused of killing three Iraqi brothers in response to a roadside bombing in the Iraqi city.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. occupation force soldier told to 'finish off' Iraqi is no murderer, attorney says

The lawyer for a Georgia soldier charged with the premeditated murder of an detainee in Iraq said Wednesday that the detainee had already been shot when a platoon sergeant then ordered Army Spc. Christopher P. Shore to shoot and "finish him off."

From Information Clearing House

Iraq: Over 1 Million Killed Since U.S. Invasion

The number is shocking and sobering. It is at least 10 times greater than most estimates cited in the US media, yet it is based on the only scientifically valid study of violent Iraqi deaths caused by the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003.

From Information Clearing House

If Climate Change and Global Ecology Are Really So Bad, Where Is the Urgency?

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Earth Meanders -- A series of personal essays by Dr. Glen Barry

August 10, 2007

Hate to say it, but I told you so. Global ecological collapse is upon us and the human family is entering a Hobbesian struggle for survival of the Earth and all her species including humans. Even mainstream leaders tell us we have a decade to act before utter ecological ruin and despair is assured. If things are really so bad, where is the urgency? Will you fight for being?

Many mega-consumers in the over-developed world, until now responsible for most environmental destruction, live in a world of entertainment, abundance and great comfort. We sit stupefied in front of our home entertainment systems, addicted to vicariously watching the lives of glamorous stars, as the Earth dies. Movies and TV are the modern day bread and circuses meant to control and keep blind consumers blindly consuming.

A lifetime of global change and ecology research leads me to conclude humans are on the brink of global ecological collapse and only dramatic, even revolutionary, global policy responses can save us now. The Earth system has been cut deeply, hurt in so many ways, that barring major social and personal transformation, it is not inconceivable that complex life is finished. There has been enough awareness building. It is time to act bravely and with resolve.

These are dangerous times. And those concerned with the fate of the planet and her species are faced with a dilemma. They can follow a failing, star-studded, corporate driven reformist agenda which seeks to greenwash business as usual environmental policy responses. Or you can concern yourself with what is truly required to maintain the biosphere, ecological patterns and processes, relatively civilized human society; and yourself, family and friends.

Human populations have increased six fold in just over 125 years, who has a plan to reduce global population? Billions live on a dollar or two a day while a handful of billionaires enjoy more wealth than entire nations. The whole world increasingly embraces as the meaning of life ostentatiously living like celebrities. Meanwhile climate, forests, oceans and water are failing worldwide. The sky is falling.

Humanity is facing global ecological Armageddon within a decade or generation at most. Responses to date have been half-hearted, and do little or nothing to strike at over-population and over- consumption as the underlying causes of a failing biosphere.

There is little hope when Greenpeace promotes ancient forest logging, when Al Gore states climate change can be addressed without economic sacrifice, when Leonardo DiCaprio assures us at the 11th Hour he only uses private jets when absolutely necessary. These are our leaders? Their vision lacks concrete actions adequate to achieve equitable and just ecological sustainability.

Academically, at what point if ever will armed struggle on behalf of Gaia be justified? I ask not to encourage violence, but to ascertain what we are willing to sacrifice to save the Earth and her humanity. Given the failure of large environmental groups and well-known environmental activists to present a coherent and adequate vision to save the Earth, what are we left with? Changing light bulbs? Renewable energy? Simultaneous global rock concerts? Will these get us there?

Is the very ecological fabric of being worthy of fighting for at all costs? I do not know. But if indeed there is only a decade to save the planet, our being, and very existence; are we not justified in imagining more robust responses? I speak not of token arson or mild larceny, but of a global eco-insurgency adequate to topple the whole disgusting planet eating industrial growth machine and replace it globally with decentralized ecologically sustainable agrarian democracy. The vision is of people living peacefully with the land, air, water, oceans and all life; and within their ecological and bioregional limits.

A hypothetical Earth revolution must know when and how to strike. As global ecological mayhem intensifies, it will become increasingly evident when to begin wholeheartedly targeting SUVs, coal power plants, ancient forest loggers and their apologists. The goal must be prompting swift industrial collapse and lead to a continued insurgency adequate to stop its regeneration, even as people's needs are met by returning to the land in relocalized communities practicing true egalitarian democracy and sustainable permaculture. It is crucial that the first strike not result in the entire Earth insurgency being arrested, suppressed and dismantled.

War in defense of the Earth and our habitat is not mere tokenism; it is a fight for all life and continued being. Given the failure of the environmental movement and existing political and economic structures to enunciate and implement policies adequate to stop ecosystem destruction and meet all basic human needs, it is time to ask yourself whether you will simply lie down and die without fighting for mother Earth and your children's children? My best advice is to educate yourself, band together in landed communities, organize and protest; and begin to stealthily prepare yourself for an Earth Revolution should we fail. Gaia will say when.

Earth Meanders is a series of personal essays that places questions of environmental sustainability within the context of other contemporary issues. Comments can be made, and past writings can be found, at: . Emailed comments will be posted there as well. Permission is granted to reprint this essay provided it is properly credited.

Disaster in Iraq

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

What Unites Iraqis: Not Losing Control of Their Oil to Western

CIA Engineered Controlled Opposition?

Informant: Gomez

The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: The Untold Story

By Gary G. Kohls

62 years ago, on August 9th, 1945, the second of the only two atomic bombs (a plutonium bomb) ever used as instruments of aggressive war (against essentially defenseless civilian populations) was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, by an all-Christian bomb crew. The well-trained American soldiers were only "doing their job," and they did it efficiently.

Eventually, The US Will Have To Negotiate Its Way Out

By Seumas Milne

Expectations of an early withdrawal from Iraq are premature. Only broader resistance is likely to break the American grip.

Bush Has Cautionary Words For Maliki On Iran

By Matt Spetalnick

U.S. President George W. Bush insisted on Thursday that Iran is a destabilizing force in Iraq despite Tehran's assertion to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that it is helping secure his country.

Parents of vet who killed himself sue VA for wrongful death

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Spinning the Iraq War Death Toll

Informant: Alan Dicey

Next-up News n°275

It turns out Hillary Clinton made ‘naïve' comments on nuclear weapons, too

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Animals matter to me: take a stand for animals and sign the petition

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Animals matter. They can feel pain and can suffer, and we all have a responsibility to put an end to cruelty to animals wherever we find it. In partnership with the RSPCA, WSPA, CIWF and other like minded organizations, Humane Society International seeks to collect 10 million signatures to let the governments of the world know we are serious about achieving a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare at the United Nations.

You can help us: Take a stand for animals and sign the petition.

Make animals matter to government. Tell your government that animals matter to you.

U.S. Hegemony Spawns Russian-Chinese Military Alliance

By Paul Craig Roberts

This new potent military alliance is a real world response to neoconservative delusions about US hegemony. Neocons believe that the US is supreme in the world and can dictate its course.

Fighting the Democrats' Complicity with Bush


Fighting the Democrats' Complicity with Bush

By Francis A. Boyle

The Democrats in Congress have taken no effective steps to stop, impede, or thwart the Bush Jr. administration's wars of aggression against Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, or anywhere else, including their long-standing threatened war against Iran. To the contrary, the new Democrat-controlled Congress decisively facilitated these serial Nuremberg crimes against peace on May 24, 2007 by enacting a $95 billion supplemental appropriation to fund war operations through September 30, 2007.

EZB reagiert auf Kreditkrise

China könnte Dollar-Reserven als "politische Waffe" nutzen

Während Hilary Clinton im Präsidentschaftswahlkampf das China-Bashing für sich entdeckt, drohen chinesische Finanzpolitiker unverhohlen, die gewaltigen Dollarbestände auf den Markt zu werfen, sollte der Yuan gegenüber dem Dollar plötzlich dramatisch aufgewertet werden müssen.

The Ultimate Con - 911 video is out now

Informant: Cal


9/11 Commission Ignored Firefighter's Account of Explosions Inside WTC

Sponsoring für Bundesministerien: Korruption ganz legal?

Homeland Security To Covertly Scan Behaviour


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