Montag, 20. August 2007

Establishment Media Ignores Ron Paul Straw Poll Success

Psychologists' Group Rules on Interrogation Abuse

Shankar Vedantam reports for The Washington Post: "The American Psychological Association ruled Sunday that psychologists can no longer be associated with several interrogation techniques that have been used against terrorism detainees at U.S. facilities because the methods are immoral, psychologically damaging and counterproductive in eliciting useful information."

America Watches Its Stars Wane and Its Stripes Fade

Philippe Grangereau reports for Liberation on how the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts have damaged the global image of the US. Another contributing factor in damage is the US government's treatment of its own citizens: Luis Lema in Le Temps deplores the "counterproductive" stripping of Jose Padilla's rights before he was ultimately granted a trial, while Laurent Suply reports for Le Figaro on how US citizens will soon be subject to spy satellite surveillance by their own government.

Matt Cooper: Rove Leaked Plame's Identity to Me

Logan Murphy reports for Crooks and Liars that former Time Magazine reporter Matt Cooper, speaking on "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning, indicated Karl Rove did leak Valerie Plame's identity to him.

Bishampton protestors mast anger

By James Connell

PROTESTORS fighting to a stop a mobile phone mast returned home after their protest at the headquarters of T-Mobile to find the mast was already being put up.

Thirty five villagers from Bishampton, near Pershore, took a coach trip to Hatfield, the headquarters of the telecommunications giant, to mount a peaceful protest against the plans.


Wald statt Biosprit

Wälder aufzuforsten verringert Kohlendioxid-Emissionen weit besser als die Nutzung auf der gleichen Fläche gewonnenen pflanzlichen Biosprits.


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

Canada's forests are not disposable

Menzies Backs Demands for Army to Leave Iraq

Colin Brown reports for The Independent UK, "Sir Menzies Campbell has backed calls by military chiefs for British forces to pull out of Iraq because they can 'achieve nothing' by staying."

Trial Nearing for Abu Ghraib Director

The Associated Press reports: "The former director of the Abu Ghraib prison's interrogation center, accused of approving the use of dogs and nudity to intimidate some captives, is the last person charged in the scandal to face a court-martial.... Kurt Goering, director of research and policy at Amnesty International USA, said the trial could shed light on high-level approval of interrogation tactics tantamount to torture."

Editorials Mostly Ignore Padilla Verdict

William Fisher reports for Truthout, "The conviction of Jose Padilla - whose larger implications are being labeled by legal experts as one of today's most significant constitutional issues - has been largely ignored by editorial writers at the nation's newspapers."

US Foreign Policy Experts Oppose Bush Surge

David Morgan reports for Reuters, "More than half of top US foreign policy experts oppose Bush's troop increase as a strategy for stabilizing Baghdad, saying the plan has harmed US national security."

US Army Weakened, Exhausted by Iraq War

Lolita C. Baldor reports for The Associated Press, "Sapped by nearly six years of war, the Army has nearly exhausted its fighting force and its options if the Bush administration decides to extend the Iraq buildup beyond next spring."

Warming Will Exacerbate Global Water Conflicts

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Hartz IV ist ein System zur Massenverarmung

Harald Thomé, Vorsitzender des Erwerbslosenvereins Tacheles, berät
Arbeitslose - und kann Schauriges berichten. Interview von Ch. Schäfer in
der Süddeutschen Zeitung vom 16.08.2007

Aus: LabourNet, 20. August 2007

Urge your Representatives to Sign the Pledge for Peace Petition

Why interventionism fails

by Justin Raimondo


Aggressive wars are immoral: mass murder is unforgivable, and our foreign policy of global interventionism puts us in the same moral class as any of the European imperialist powers that blundered their way through Africa, Eastasia, the Americas, and the Middle East. Anti-imperialism is, first and foremost, a moral position, especially for Americans, who have always utilized the world stage to dramatize their own virtue. Yet the question of how, when, and if we ought to intervene abroad, either militarily or in some other, less obtrusive manner, can also be settled in its own terms. The case against interventionism can be made in a purely practical, empirical framework: i.e. it can be shown that it just doesn’t work. Not because the wrong people are in charge, not due to incompetence, the wearing of ideological blinders, or some other disability or shortcoming on the part of policymakers — but because it is simply not possible, no matter who is in charge...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Gilded Age Crime: Poor Go Homeless, Wealthy Get Bailouts

The Hill
by Brent Budowsky


It is good that today the Fed cut the prime by 50 points, but it is bad, and terribly wrong and unjust, that in the last week the Fed has essentially used Americans’ money to bail out the wealthy who made the profits, while doing zero for the foreclosed and homeless. When the banks, hedge funds and private equity firms make bad deals, they keep the personal profits, while the corporate profits are protected by bailouts. Meanwhile, when the average Americans in the middle class, or the poor, fall a little behind, they get the boot, they lose their jobs, they are thrown into the street without homes and often without food...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A small step toward free, fair and open elections

Liberty For All
by Brian Irving


Two North Carolina towns will take a step toward restoring free, fair and open elections in North Carolina when they conduct their October 9 municipal elections using the Instant Runoff Voting system. Libertarians commend town officials in Cary and Hendersonville, and the State Board of Elections, for testing this voting system improvement. We only wish other municipalities were as progressive and hope that next year 10 counties will follow Cary’s example...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

War Protestors in front of Cheney's House topple paper statue

Informant: Cal

Defense agency proposing more outsourcing



The Defense Intelligence Agency is preparing to pay private contractors up to $1 billion to conduct core intelligence tasks of analysis and collection over the next five years, an amount that would set a record in the outsourcing of such functions by the Pentagon’s top spying agency. The proposed contracts, outlined in a recent early notice of the DIA’s plans, reflect a continuing expansion of the Defense Department’s intelligence-related work and fit a well-established pattern of Bush administration transfers of government work to private contractors...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Attorney general back to his old Texas death-penalty tricks

From People Against Prison Abuse

Concerns Raised on Wider Spying Under New Law

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Mortgage Lender Lays Off Nearly 6,000

First Magnus Financial Corp., a national mortgage lender that is suspending operations, says it has laid off 99 percent of its nearly 6,000 employees nationwide and closed all of its more than 300 offices.

From Information Clearing House

Bush to Tighten Ties With Mexico, Canada

Bush joins Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon in Montebello, Quebec, on Monday in hopes of expanding cooperation among their countries, which enjoy the largest trading partnership in the world.

Meet the Powerful Business Members of the North American Competitiveness Council

The North American Competitiveness Council, part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, was established by the American, Canadian and Mexican governments at the June 2006 trilateral meeting in Cancun, Mexico. Comprised of 30 senior private sector representatives, 10 from each country.

From Information Clearing House

Somalia Reopen to Oil Majors

Big oil groups that declared force majeure and quit Somalia 16 years ago will be given the chance to resume their activities under the anarchic country's proposed hydrocarbon law.

Bush Blunders, Somalia Suffers

Somalia is another country that mistakes made by the U.S. in the past have caused problems leading to current, recent and probably future mistakes.

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