Sonntag, 12. August 2007

US Overpays Millions for Iraq Security

Steve Fainaru reports in Sunday's edition of The Washington Post that the US military "has paid $548 million over the past three years to two British security firms that protect the US Army Corps of Engineers on reconstruction projects, more than $200 million over the original budget, according to previously undisclosed data that show how the cost of private security in Iraq has mushroomed."

USA machen Jagd auf verräterische Emotionen

Die Welt - Germany

Aus der Ferne sollen Laser und Mikrowellen den Körper nach versteckten
Gegenständen abtasten. Ferngesteuerte Sensoren registrieren Puls,

Lawyers Group Call For End to Bush's Terror Policies

Mark Sherman of The Associated Press reports that the American Bar Association has criticized President Bush's terror policies, demanding that the president's "recent order on CIA interrogations of terror suspects be overturned because it still allows harsh treatment in violation of international treaties."

Shuffling Off to Crawford, 2007 Edition

New York Times columnist Frank Rich says the White House's public relations strategies for the war in Iraq are again gathering steam to America's peril.

How the Fight for Vast New Spying Powers Was Won

Joby Warrick and Walter Pincus report in Sunday's Washington Post about the jockeying between the Bush administration and Congress that led the White House to use the threat of a terrorist attack to resurrect Cold War-era wiretap powers over Democrat objections.

Tension Grows Between US Soldiers and Mercenaries

Deborah Hastings of The Associated Press reports that mercenaries in Iraq "operate with little or no supervision, accountable only to the firms employing them. And as the country has plummeted toward anarchy and civil war, this private army has been accused of indiscriminately firing at American and Iraqi troops, and of shooting to death an unknown number of Iraqi citizens who got too close to their heavily armed convoys."

How do we tackle the rise in the number of children on anti-depressants?

Informant: Teresa Binstock

At World Bank, climate change isn’t part of the equation

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Subprime or Subcrime? Time To Investigate and Prosecute

Peace Is Not Presidential: The Candidates On The Pentagon

From Sniper To War Resister: My Journey

A Measure of Who We Are

US Doles Out Millions For Street Cameras

Democrats Say Leaving Iraq May Take Years

Making sense of coming off psychiatric drugs

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Next-up News n°277

Next-up News n°276

Fatigue Cripples US Army in Iraq

Peter Beaumont reports for Sunday's UK-based Observer newspaper that "exhaustion and combat stress are besieging US troops in Iraq as they battle with a new type of warfare. Some even rely on Red Bull to get through the day. As desertions and absences increase, the military is struggling to cope with the crisis."

Bush war czar talks of draft as Petraeus predicts 9-10 more years in Iraq

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Help the Spotted Owl and Northwest Forests

Withdraw faulty spotted owl recovery plan now!

Despite claims, Bush can show no 'smoking-gun' evidence of Iranian misdeeds

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Health scare over mobile phone masts

By Wafa Issa, Staff Reporter
Published: August 09, 2007, 23:15

Dubai: Residents living near mobile phone transmission masts have voiced their concerns over the possible health risks because of the proximity of their homes to the base stations.


A House Without Doors: Vote Fraud in America

Informant: Cal

NSA to spy on 38% of world telecom traffic

From Our bill of rights

Separation of oil and state

Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life.

From Information Clearing House

US sparks worldwide panic

THE market's biggest one-day fall in almost six years knocked almost $53 billion off the value of Australia's top 200 companies.

Bank of Japan injects one trillion yen into money markets

The injection followed the European Central Bank's move Thursday to pump a record 94.8 billion euros (130.2 billion dollars) into the eurozone banking market as lenders struggled for funds in a flight to safety from the growing defaults in the US home loans market.

From Information Clearing House

BAE profits soar on Iraq conflict

The UK's largest defence firm, BAE made a pre-tax profit of £657m ($1.4bn), compared with £378m a year earlier.

From Information Clearing House

Chevron joins French firm to pursue oil field in Iraq

The San Ramon oil giant and France's Total SA have agreed to jointly develop one of the war-torn nation's largest oil fields, if the Iraqi government allows them, according to a report published Wednesday.

From Information Clearing House

At least losing all those AK-47s builds a market,,2146645,00.html

Military action in Iran should be the next step

Barring an uprising by the Iranian population, our only viable solution is a military action.

From Information Clearing House

Military Families Face Deployment Stress

On the day her husband left for Iraq on his third tour in six years, Jennifer James slipped into the shower to cry, thinking no one would hear her.,,-6843652,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Howard warns Maliki: act or face pullout

JOHN Howard has demanded the Iraqi Government make faster progress towards resolving the country's political differences or face the prospect of a withdrawal of Australian troops and those of other Western nations.,25197,22224976-31477,00.html

From Information Clearing House

No End in Sight

By Roger Ebert

Remember the scene in "A Clockwork Orange" where Alex has his eyes clamped open and is forced to watch a movie? I imagine a similar experience for the architects of our catastrophe in Iraq. I would like them to see "No End in Sight," the story of how we were led into that war, and more than 3,000 American lives and hundreds of thousands of other lives were destroyed.

Myths of Mideast Arms Sales

By William D. Hartung

The Bush administration's proposal to send $20 billion worth of arms and $43 billion in military aid to U.S. allies in the Middle East has been promoted by repeating a series of time-worn myths that should have long since been abandoned. With a shooting war in Iraq and a war of words with Iran well under way, the last thing the region needs is a new influx of high tech weaponry.

Bush Plots A Coup

Manifesto for the Earth

Action Now for Peace, Global Justice and a Sustainable Future. By Mikhail Gorbachev

ödp protestiert gegen Ausweitung von Patenten auf Leben

Brehme: "Schwerer Verstoß gegen Menschenrechte und religiöse Werte".

180 Milliarden Euro für Kohleförderung

Deutschland hat in den letzten Jahrzehnten 160 bis 180 Milliarden Euro Steuergelder in die Förderung der klimazerstörenden Kohleenergie investiert. Aber bei erneuerbaren Energien wird um jeden Zehntel Cent gestritten.

Nur wenige Deutsche sind bereit, auf Flugreisen zu verzichten, um Umwelt belastende CO2-Emissionen zu verringern

Umfrage zu Klimaschutz und Luftverkehr

Korallenriffe verschwinden schneller als Regenwälder

Rund 1.500 Quadratkilometer Riffe gehen jährlich verloren.

Das Kartell: Deutschland im Griff der Energiekonzerne

ZDF | 14.8.2007 | 21 Uhr

Der Markt versagt, und die Politik schaut weg. Gegen die Tricks von E.ON, RWE & Co. scheinen Verbraucher machtlos zu sein. Die Frontal21-Dokumentation mit Theo Koll berichtet über die Hintergründe dramatischer Fehlentwicklungen. Sie zeigt, wie Verbraucher abkassiert werden, wie die Politik Deutschlands mächtigen Energie-Monopolisten ausgeliefert ist und sucht Antworten auf die Frage: Wer rettet uns vor diesem Kartell? Mit einem Interview mit Hermann Scheer - Präsident von Eurosolar.

Immer mehr Stromkunden steigen um

Die Deutschen sind zu fast 80 Prozent gegen Atomenergie, aber noch immer beziehen über 90 Prozent Atomstrom.

"Klimalüge", "Klimaschwindel" und "Klimahysterie" wissenschaftlich widerlegt

Immer wieder behaupten einige Wissenschaftler, das Thema Treibhauseffekt sei auf ein großes Komplott von Wissenschaftlern zurückzuführen, die mit ihren Theorien lediglich viel Forschungsgelder kassieren wollten. Diese Thesen einiger Wichtigtuer werden von Journalisten gerne und ausführlich aufgegriffen.


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