Sonntag, 19. August 2007

America's biggest threat comes from within

Paul Craig Roberts is a Republican who served as undersecretary of the treasury under Ronald Reagan and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal's editorial page, so he's no kook or Commie. He warns, "Unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the United States could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran."

From Information Clearing House

British military sparks US fears of losing Basra

MILITARY advisers in the United States have warned that British troops face an "ugly and embarrassing" withdrawal from the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

British forces useless in Basra, say officials

"The short version is that the Brits have lost Basra, if indeed they ever had it. Britain is in a difficult spot because of the lack of political support at home, but for a long time - more - they have not been engaged in Basra and have tried to avoid casualties.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. Media Ignores Estimate of 1 Million Iraqi Deaths

Yesterday a radio interviewer in South Africa asked me what had been the response of the "mainstream media in the United States" to Just Foreign Policy's ongoing estimate of the Iraqi death toll from the U.S. invasion and occupation, which on Thursday crossed the one million mark.

From Information Clearing House

Sheep can never be shepherds: Tyranny Of The Few

By Mirza Yawar Baig

The real battle is for mindshare. And it is on the television screen. That is where governments of the developed world are made or unmade. Popularity is the god that the West worships. Because popularity translates into money and power. That is what we have to do: become popular. Setting off fireworks is not the way to do this. No matter what the provocation.

In Debt We Have Trusted For Over 300 Years

By Jim Kirwan

After decades of searching for the lynch-pin that literally holds everything about this corrupted world together; this morning brought an answer in a Forty-seven minute video. It asks a seemingly very simple question: Where Does Money Come From?

Recession Fear Forces Hand of US Central Bank

Pressure grows on world's largest economy

By Larry Elliott and Ashley Seager

The Federal Reserve, America's central bank, made a dramatic intervention to support share prices yesterday as it took fright that this week's meltdown in global financial markets could tip the United States into recession.

The Militarization of North America: Canada's Sovereignty in Jeopardy

By Michel Chossudovsky

Canadian jurisdiction over its Northern territories was redefined, following an April 2002 military agreement between Ottawa and Washington. This agreement allows for the deployment of US troops anywhere in Canada, as well as the stationing of US warships in Canada's territorial waters.

Convicting Padilla: Bad News for All Americans

By Dave Lindorff

With habeas corpus a thing of the past, with arrest and detention without charge permitted, with torture and spying without court oversight all the rage, with prosecutors free to tape conversations between lawyers and their clients, and with the judicial branch now infested by rightwing judges who would have been at home in courtrooms of the Soviet Union or Hitler's Germany, for all they seem to care about common law tradition, the only real thing holding the line against absolute tyranny in the U.S. has been the jury.


The Padilla precedent

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Prelude to an Attack on Iran

By Robert Baer

Reports that the Bush Administration will put Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on the terrorism list can be read in one of two ways: it's either more bluster or, ominously, a wind-up for a strike on Iran. Officials I talk to in Washington vote for a hit on the IRGC, maybe within the next six months.


Prelude to an Attack on Iran

Robert Baer reports for Time Magazine: "Reports that the Bush Administration will put Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on the terrorism list can be read in one of two ways: it's either more bluster or, ominously, a wind-up for a strike on Iran. Officials I talk to in Washington vote for a hit on the IRGC, maybe within the next six months. And they think that as long as we have bombers and missiles in the air, we will hit Iran's nuclear facilities."

How Rove Directed Federal Assets for GOP Gains

John Solomon, Alec MacGillis and Sarah Cohen of the Washington Post report that: "Thirteen months before President Bush was reelected, chief strategist Karl Rove summoned political appointees from around the government to the Old Executive Office Building. The subject of the October 1, 2003, meeting was 'asset deployment,' and the message was clear: The staging of official announcements, high-visibility trips and declarations of federal grants had to be carefully coordinated with the White House political affairs office to ensure the maximum promotion of Bush's reelection agenda and the Republicans in Congress who supported him, according to documents and some of those involved in the effort."

The torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

The Founders Had an Idea for Handling Alberto Gonzales

Adam Cohen, writing for The New York Times, says, "Members of Congress should keep in mind that the founders gave them the impeachment power for a reason - and Mr. Gonzales's malfeasance is just the sort they were worried about."

Army Reports Brass, Not Bloggers, Breach Security

Noah Shachtman, Wired, says, "For years, the military has been warning that soldiers' blogs could pose a security threat by leaking sensitive wartime information. But a series of online audits, conducted by the Army, suggests that official Defense Department websites post material far more potentially harmful than anything found on a individual's blog."

He Got Out While the Getting Was Good

The New York Times columnist Frank Rich writes: "Back in those heady days of late summer 2002, Andrew Card, then the president's chief of staff, told The New York Times why the much-anticipated push for war in Iraq hadn't yet arrived. 'You don't introduce new products in August,' he said, sounding like the mouthpiece for the Big Three automakers he once was. Sure enough, with an efficiency Detroit can only envy, the manufactured aluminum tubes and mushroom clouds rolled off the White House assembly line after Labor Day like clockwork."

War Profiteering Corruption from Lexington County to the White House

Seven US Soldiers Speak Out: The Iraq War As We See It


Seven Returning Troops: "The War As We Saw It"

In The New York Times, seven soldiers write: "Viewed from Iraq at the tail end of a 15-month deployment, the political debate in Washington is indeed surreal. Counterinsurgency is, by definition, a competition between insurgents and counterinsurgents for the control and support of a population. To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched. As responsible infantrymen and noncommissioned officers with the 82nd Airborne Division soon heading back home, we are skeptical of recent press coverage portraying the conflict as increasingly manageable and feel it has neglected the mounting civil, political and social unrest we see every day."

UK Military Commanders Tell PM to Withdraw from Iraq Without Delay

Kinder- und Jugendarmut wegen Hartz IV

Kindheit und Jugend unter Hartz IV

„Die aktuell diskutierte Kinder- und Jugendarmut ist die direkte Folge von Hartz IV Mehr als 2,5 Millionen der ca. 15 Millionen Kinder und Jugendliche in Deutschland leben auf Sozialhilfe- bzw. Hartz-IV-Niveau. Das ist das Ergebnis der [extern] Arbeitsmarktstatistik der [extern] Bundesanstalt für Arbeit aus dem Jahr 2006. Dort wurden erstmals Kinder und Jugendlichen in Hartz IV-Bedarfsgemeinschaften gesondert aufgeführt…“ Artikel von Peter Nowak auf telepolis vom 19.08.2007

Aus: LabourNet, 20. August 2007

Broad Surveillance Powers Raise Concern

James Risen and Eric Lichtblau, of the New York Times, report that "broad new surveillance powers approved by Congress this month could allow the Bush administration to conduct spy operations that go well beyond wiretapping to include - without court approval - certain types of physical searches on American soil and the collection of Americans' business records, Democratic Congressional officials and other experts said."

Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Behavior Detection Officers’ are watching passengers’ facial expressions for signs of danger

Informant: Bob Banner

Steuerzahler sollen Parteien sanieren,1518,500679,00.html

Xghajra parents appeal against mobile phone mast

Parents from Xghajra and the local council are up in arms after neighbours installed a mobile phone antenna on their roof in Triq Awrat.

When the MEPA application permit was displayed on their building, some residents wrote to MEPA stating their objections. However, they have now discovered that in spite of their objection, the antenna was installed because there are new legal notices 115 and 187, which state that no MEPA approval is needed for such installations!!

When the mobile company was contacted, it said that such antennae are not harmful; however the parents have other reports showing that radiation issued within 500m of installations are harmful especially for children, even though the radiation is below the stipulated limit.

Children are more prone to such hazards as they absorb the radiation far more than adults. The radiation kills parts of the cells of the body that fight cancer.


Finanzministerium verweigert Transparenz

IPCC-Bericht liegt in deutscher Übersetzung vor

Zwar wurde nicht der ganze Bericht übersetzt, aber die wichtigen Zusammenfassungen der drei Berichte für Entscheidungsträger.

Biodiesel gefährdet Naturschutzgebiete in Afrika

Umweltschützer kritisieren deutsches Unternehmen in Äthiopien.

Wasser wird kostbarer als Gold

Ohne Essen kann ein Mensch mehreren Wochen leben, aber ohne Wasser nur mehrere Tage. Wasser ist unser wichtigstes Lebensmittel und unser Lebenselixier.

Hochwasser von Deutschland bis Vietnam

Regen kennzeichnet nicht nur den Sommer in Deutschland. Regen - das kann man den Meldungen aus aller Welt entnehmen - wird immer öfter zum Problem.

Mogelkampagne der Energie-Großkonzerne

"Mit dem 'Informationszentrum klimafreundliches Kohlekraftwerk' polieren sich die Stromkonzerne mit Schwarzer Magie."


Trotz Verbot: Pharmakonzerne manipulieren Ärztefortbildungen

Accelerated plant growth by electrical field

Beschleunigtes Planzenwachstum durch Elektrofeld

Der Urzeit-Code: Revolutioniert er die Welternährung?

Ist es möglich, Getreide schneller und ertragreicher wachsen zu lassen - ohne Hilfe von Gentechnologie? Ja, betont derJournalist Luc Bürgin in seinem neuen Sachbuch "Der Urzeit-Code" ... und lüftet darin das Geheimnis einer kontroversen biologischenEntdeckung beim Pharmariesen Ciba (heute: Novartis).


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