Dienstag, 4. September 2007

Government overrules council mast decision

By Kelly Fenna

PHONE POINT: T-Mobile can now go ahead to site mast at club

PROTESTORS have criticised an appeal decision to allow a mobile phone mast to be built at Hoylake Sailing Club, writes Kelly Fenna.

The 12m-high telecomm-unications pole - designed to mimic' the club's existing mast - was last year refused by Wirral's planning committee after fierce public opposition.


Bush uses Vietnam in a desperate, hopeless attempt to recapture American hearts and minds

Iraq: Seven Years in Hell


Pattern Cited in Killings of Civilians by US Troops

The Associated Press reports, "New documents released Tuesday regarding crimes committed by U.S. soldiers against civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan detail a troubling pattern of troops failing to understand and follow the rules that govern interrogations and deadly actions."



Recession Time: The Housing Bubble Bursts the Economy

The Dirty Toilet Principle: The Fed and the Housing Bubble

Dean Baker writes for Truthout: "Fortunately for them, central bankers are not like custodians: To a very large extent, they get to assign their own grades. As a result, the Fed folks are likely to suffer few consequences even as millions of people lose their homes, tens of millions lose most of their life's savings and the economy stumbles into a recession. Being a central banker is good work, if you can get it."


Recession Time! The Housing Bubble Bursts the Economy

Dean Baker says, "The downturn in jobs reported last month by the Labor Department provided evidence of an economic downturn that even the economy's greatest cheerleaders could not ignore. Healthy economies do not shed jobs."



Conscience of a Conservative

Jeffrey Rosen writes for The New York Times Magazine: "In the fall of 2003, Jack L. Goldsmith was widely considered one of the brightest stars in the conservative legal firmament.... No one was surprised when he was hired in October 2003 to head the Office of Legal Counsel, the division of the Justice Department that advises the president on the limits of executive power.... Nine months later, in June 2004, Goldsmith resigned. Although he refused to discuss his resignation at the time, he had led a small group of administration lawyers in a behind-the-scenes revolt against what he considered the constitutional excesses of the legal policies embraced by his White House superiors in the war on terror."



California Ballot Proposal's GOP Ties

The Associated Press reports, "Lawyers behind a California ballot proposal that could benefit the 2008 Republican presidential nominee have ties to a Texas homebuilder who financed attacks on Democrat John Kerry's Vietnam War record in the 2004 presidential campaign."



The Politicization of the Department of Justice

Elizabeth de la Vega writes for Truthout: "The truth is, the high-level decay and politicization of the DOJ that has been so starkly exposed in the past months did not begin with the arrival of Alberto Gonzales in 2005. It began with the arrival of Bush and Cheney in January of 2001. From the moment they moved into the White House, they set about to pervert the functions of the office of the attorney general to advance not only their own personal and political agendas, but also those of the Republican National Committee."



Next-up News n°297


ACLU Releases U.S. Army Documents That Depict American Troops' Involvement in Civilian Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan



Anti-War Activists Descend On Washington To Whip Congress Into Shape



Bush PR Machine Works Myth and Magic on Iraq



Time to Take a Stand

Time For Congress To Take A Stand

Time to Take a Stand


Interview With Rep. Barbara Lee

Truthout: "Barbara Lee (D-California) remains stoutly determined to drag her Congressional colleagues, as well as the Bush administration, away from continuing to support the long list of foreign and domestic policy decisions that have damaged the Unites States at home and abroad. In this video, she sits with William Rivers Pitt to discuss several of these issues in detail."



Shame The Doubters Were So Quiet When We Went To War



On the Bribes the Shrinks Get from Big Pharma



Datenvorratsspeicherung: Richtlinie mit vielen Fragenzeichen



Mercury poisoning: Are you affected?


Informant: Dorothee Krien


Vorbereitung auf den Ausnahmezustand

Wie das Heimatschutzministerium mithilfe kirchlicher Gruppierungen und Scientology den "Ernstfall" probt.


Film on Trauma of Troops Back From Iraq Hits Venice

Mike Collett-White reports for Reuters: "The scars from the Iraq war do not heal when US soldiers return home, says a powerful new film starring Tommy Lee Jones that keeps the conflict at the heart of the Venice film festival this year. After Brian De Palma's 'Redacted' stunned audiences with its reconstruction of horrific events in Iraq, Paul Haggis' 'In the Valley of Elah' brings a more nuanced, yet moving account of the brutality some soldiers bring back to the United States."


Bremer's Letters Counter Bush on Dismantling Iraq Army

Edmund L. Andrews of The New York Times reports, "A previously undisclosed exchange of letters shows that President Bush was told in advance by his top Iraq envoy in May 2003 of a plan to 'dissolve Saddam's military and intelligence structures,' a plan that the envoy, L. Paul Bremer, said referred to dismantling the Iraqi Army."



Securing (Or Not) Your Right to Vote

Steven Levy writes for Newsweek: "Vulnerabilities in election machines are so severe that voters have no way of knowing for sure that the choices they enter into the touchscreens and ballots will actually be counted. 'The studies show that these machines are basically poison,' says Avi Rubin, a Johns Hopkins computer-science professor and voting-security expert."



Cheney Orders Media To Sell Attack On Iran


Fox News Responds To Cheney Call For Iran Attack PR Blitz


Protesting Bush Outlawed At APEC


Health Problems Increases from Radiation of Gabala Radar Station in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Sheki / Тrend corr E. Guliyev / As a result of increasing electromagnetic radiation of Azerbaijan’s Gabala radar station, the population of nearby villages are requiring medical aid more frequently.



50 religious insights from George Bush

The Word according to Dubya

Informant: Gary

Gegen den Aufschwung der Arbeit in Armut



Mobilfunk verursacht keine Zellschäden?


For workers, it’s no holiday

Boston Globe
by Robert Kuttner


This Labor Day, America’s working families do not have a great deal to cheer. According to the new Census report on economic trends in 2006, median earnings for fulltime year-round workers last year fell by about 1 percent, even with a booming economy. Only the most affluent one-fifth of US households had net income gains between 2000 and 2006. The rest had declines, despite productivity growth averaging about 3 percent per year. The share of people with health insurance provided by employers declined, as did those with guaranteed pensions. And all of this discouraging news happened before the current financial turbulence. Housing values have now gone into their worse tailspin since the Great Depression. Even if the Federal Reserve manages to contain the effects on the broader economy, America remains on a course where the biggest gains go to a narrow elite, and ordinary people face increasing insecurity...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Can we win the ideological war?

The American Conservative
by Pat Buchanan


In his declaration of war on the United States, bin Laden listed three goals: expel U.S. forces from the sacred soil of Saudi Arabia, stop the persecution of innocent Iraqis through U.S.-UN sanctions, and end the Israeli repression and dispossession of the Palestinian people. Not only do these goals have broad appeal to Arab peoples, bin Laden has achieved victory in the first. After 9/11, U.S. forces were pulled out of Saudi Arabia at the request of the king. And while Bush calls this an ideological struggle, the enemy has allied itself with some very powerful ideas. As did Mao and Ho Chi Minh, our enemy has captured the flag of nationalism: We fight to get your troops off our land! We fight to get your hooks out of our government! Leave us to rule ourselves! More importantly, our enemy has rooted his cause in a 1,400-year-old religion that has 1.2 billion adherents, has survived crusades, invasions and occupations, and is growing again in militancy and converts...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


How popular movements can confront corporate power and win

by Michael Marx and Marjorie Kelly


Corporate power lies behind nearly every major problem we face — from stagnant wages and unaffordable health care to overconsumption and global warming. In some cases, it is the cause of the problem; in other cases, corporate power is a barrier to system-wide solutions. This dominance of corporate power is so pervasive, it has come to seem inevitable. We take it so much for granted, we fail to see it. Yet it is preventing solutions to some of the most pressing problems of our time. With global warming a massive threat to our planet and a majority of U.S. citizens wanting action, why is the U.S. government so slow to address it? In large part because corporations use lobbying and campaign finance to constrain meaningful headway...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Let the mourning bells toll

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

The destruction of America has been accomplished in the manner of a particularly skillful and diabolical con game: it has been done completely in the open. No one was fooled or misled. The ruling class has always stated explicitly exactly what they intended to do — and then they did it. You didn’t think they meant it, not really, not all the way down. But they did. They counted on the great majority of Americans not to believe what was directly before their eyes, or to identify its full, inevitable meaning. Most of you obliged. Most of you still oblige. They could not ask for more.”


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The moral poverty that “self-esteem” requires war

by David J. Theroux

According to an August 31st news release from the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), the ‘war on terror’ is being lost because of ‘compromise,’ ‘appeasement,’ and a ‘lack of self-esteem.’ For these Randians, America needs to ‘adopt self-interest and victory.’ The ARI appears to believe that the U.S. is just not tough enough and lacks the courage to kill and keep on killing, bomb and keep on bombing, torture and keep on torturing, tax and keep on taxing, etc. — all in the name of ‘reason’ and ‘liberty’ of course. Apparently, I have missed something here. It would appear that the supporters of preemptive war in Iraq and elsewhere have had anything but a ‘lack of self-esteem.’ Indeed, the very bravado and imperial adventure of invasion and occupation would seem utterly contrary to ‘compromise’ and ‘appeasement.’ … One wonders who exactly the ARI believes Bush is appeasing, other than interest groups who have pushed for and are benefiting from the neo-mercantilist spending and hegemonic bonanza of the war and the enormous explosion of federal government power?


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


War with Iran looks more likely

by Alan Bock


For months — perhaps even a couple of years — I have been downplaying the likelihood that Bush would be so foolish as to start a war with Iran, especially in light of how much more difficult such a war would be than the war on Iraq and how thinly the military is stretched. It’s not that I don’t think the neocons want such a war or that Bush isn’t just irresponsible enough to do it. I have figured that the military would point out the logistical problems and simply let him know in no uncertain terms that it can’t be done. And I still think that’s a possibility, perhaps even likelihood. Over the last few weeks, however, I have to admit I’ve become a bit less certain...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Islands Walfang endgültig stoppen!



Gegen das Verschwinden im deutschen Abschiebesystem

Bundesweite Demonstration gegen Abschiebehaft

„Am 02.09.2007 fand vor den Toren der Justizvollzugsanstalt (JVA) Büren eine bundesweite Demonstration gegen Abschiebehaft statt. Zeitgleich begannen 60 Abschiebehäftlinge in der JVA Büren einen Hungerstreik, um ihre sofortige Freilassung durchzusetzen…“ Bericht von Büren Gruppen Paderborn vom 02.09.2007 bei indymedia http://de.indymedia.org/2007/09/193161.shtml

Aus: LabourNet, 4. September 2007


Wieder Toter in Berliner Abschiebehaft

„Wieder ein Toter in Berliner Abschiebehaft. 28-Jähriger starb am Neujahrsmorgen an den Folgen seines Suizidversuchs. Am kommenden Samstag findet deswegen eine Protestdemonstration vor der Berliner Abschiebehaftanstalt in Köpenick statt…“ Bericht von antifa aus berlin südost vom 02.01.2008 bei indymedia http://de.indymedia.org/2008/01/204081.shtml

Siehe dazu auch:

Erster Suizid im Abschiebegefängnis Berlin-Köpenick. Pressemitteilung der Dokustelle Antirassistische Initiative Berlin vom 2.1.08 mit Hintergrundinfos http://www.fluechtlingsinfo-berlin.de/fr/pdf/ari_suizid_020108.html

Infos zur Protestdemo http://www.fluechtlingsinfo-berlin.de/fr/pdf/Demo_Koepenick_050108.html

Aus: LabourNet, 3. Januar 2008


Post-Mortem America: Bush's Year of Triumph and the Hard Way Ahead


Informant: sasha karlik


Bush's Bogus Bailout: Tony Soprano Economics 101

Carolyn Baker

We have only begun to see the reverberations of the mortgage meltdown. They will be as sweeping and mindboggling as global warming or an earthquake measuring 10 on the Richter scale.


Former Subprime Leader Ameriquest Closes

Ameriquest Mortgage Co., once the nation's largest subprime lender, will close with barely a whimper, after the other assets of its parent company were sold Friday to Citigroup Inc.


From Information Clearing House


From Cold War to Class War

Audio interview with financial economist and historian, Dr. Michael Hudson. Dr. Hudson has been appointed Chief Economic Advisor for the Kucinich for President campaign, and is writing a new tax policy for the United States.


From Information Clearing House


American Inquisition

Interviews with journalists, psychologists and legal scholars attempt to peel away the layers of denial and secrecy that obscure the truth about a practice that is widespread, illegal, and ongoing.



    Blaming Islam: Examining the Religion Building Enterprise

    The blame game is led today by neoconservative pundits who often present Islam as the new villain to be confronted by American military power. They have consistently presented Muslims as incapable of democratic rule.


    From Information Clearing House


    SPIN: The Art of Selling War

    Directed by Josh Rushing, a veteran Marine Corps media spokesman, "SPIN: The Art of Selling War" is an investigative documentary that looks at the standard justification for going to war by the American administrations of past and present.


    From Information Clearing House

    Iraq with an N? Anatomy of a Rumor That Has to be Taken Seriously

    The Democrats have to stand up this week, loud, clear, and demonstrative, and declare that they will not get hustled into supporting a mindless, counterproductive attack on Iran.


    From Information Clearing House


    Who's profiting from the Iraq war?

    The current request for Iraq-related spending for 2008 is $116 billion, which would raise total Iraq war spending to $567 billion. Who's getting all that money?


    U.S. Poverty Data Raise New Questions About Cost of War

    It is one of the most affluent countries in the world, but sill millions of people in the United States find it very difficult to put a nice meal on their dinner table.


    From Information Clearing House

    Welcome to the new US embassy

    At a time when millions of Baghdadis outside the green zone receive only a couple of hours of water and electricity daily, Iraqis observe that this project has been completed on time, on budget, and is entirely self-sufficient with its own fresh water supply, electricity plant, sewage treatment facility, maintenance shops and warehouses.


    From Information Clearing House


    Iraqi joy at British 'defeat' as Bush makes surprise visit to Baghdad

    US President George Bush has made an unannounced visit to Iraq on the day British troops completed their pull out of Basra.


    From Information Clearing House


    The Predicted Financial Storm Has Arrived

    By Gabriel Kolko

    We are at an end of an era, living through the worst financial panic in many decades. Now begins global financial instability. It is impossible to speculate how long today's turmoil will last-but there now exists an uncertainty and lack of confidence that has been unparalleled since the 1930s-and this ignorance and fear is itself a crucial factor. The moment of reckoning for bankers and bosses has arrived.



    Ignominious end to futile exercise that cost the UK 168 lives

    Patrick Cockburn

    The withdrawal of British forces from Basra Palace, ahead of an expected full withdrawal from the city as early as next month, marks the beginning of the end of one of the most futile campaigns ever fought by the British Army.


    From Information Clearing House


    The Basra Endgame And The Trading Of Blame

    By Leading Article

    The sad reality is that neither we nor the Americans will be leaving Iraq with much credit and attempts by either side to pass the buck are almost pointless. Worse, these futile quarrels are in danger of distracting attention from the real question; what in this terrible situation, mostly of our own making, can we now do for the suffering people of Iraq?


    The Bases Are Loaded


    Will the U.S. ever leave Iraq? Official policy promises an eventual departure, while warning of the dire consequences of a "premature" withdrawal. Independent journalist Dahr Jamail, and author Chalmers Johnson, are discovering that military bases in Iraq are being consolidated from over a hundred to a handful of "megabases" with lavish amenities.



    Fake Photos Helped Lead US to War in Iraq


    Add faked photos to the list of lies told by the Bush/­Cheney Administration before its invasion of Iraq.



    Who Put the Lie in Lieberman?

    By Simon Floth

    On July 11 this year congress loaded and pointed a gun at Iran in the form of Lieberman's amendment to the Defense Authorization act (S.AMDT.2073, amending H.R.1585 and S.AMDT.2011). That was more than six weeks ago, yet the most pivotal feature of the amendment, and indeed of history in the making, has gone entirely unremarked: It is a demonstrable non-sequitur.



    We can fight this mast together


    01 September 2007 07:56

    Families are being urged to object to plans for a 15ft mobile phone mast on an industrial estate.

    Campaigners tried but failed to halt the application for the mast on the Peruzzi scrap metal yards site in Waterworks Road before it reached the planning stage.

    An application for the mast on a concrete base with two cabinets and ancillary equipment has been submitted for approval to Norwich City Council.


    Council blunder over phone mast

    A council blunder resulted in a mobile phone mast being erected in Sunderland, despite the fact planning permission had been refused.


    Moral Turpitude

    by Lynn Stuter

    Time and again, Americans have watched their fresh-faced, newly elected representative depart for Washington DC with the firm resolve to “make a difference” … “change the course of America” … “get America back on track.” Within a short time, the constituents no longer recognize that fresh-faced newly elected representative they sent off with the hope that “this one will be different.” What happens to change their elected representatives to the point they no longer recognize them?........



    America Needs Statesmen, Not Politicians

    by Geoff Metcalf

    The serial failures of our elected officials are largely a function of ego and laziness. Ego on the part of pols who assume a pretentious sense of entitlement and laziness on the part of we the people for not making the time or effort to hold them accountable for what they do and don’t do......



    Retired British Generals Slam US Over Iraq

    Tariq Panja reports for The Associated Press: "A second retired British general slammed the United States over its Iraq policy, saying in a newspaper interview published Sunday that it had been 'fatally flawed.' Major General Tim Cross, the most senior British officer involved in the postwar planning, said he had raised serious concerns about the possibility of Iraq falling into chaos, but said former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dismissed the warnings."



    Battle Lines Drawn for Bush, Congress on Iraq

    Agence France-Presse reports: "Bush and his Democratic foes in Congress this week fire the opening shots in a long-brewing clash likely to seal the fate of US war strategy in Iraq. Lawmakers return from their summer break for a week of hearings and political theater to set the stage for Bush's critical progress report on the war, due by September 15."


    Leahy Links Gonzales Answers to Next AG Confirmation

    The Associated Press reports: "Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) said Sunday that finding out whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied or otherwise misled Congress will help senators pick a worthy successor. Leahy has asked Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine to look into whether Gonzales gave inaccurate testimony about the firings of several US attorneys last year."



    Snow Job in the Desert

    Paul Krugman writes for The New York Times: "Until recently I assumed that the failure to find W.M.D., followed by years of false claims of progress in Iraq, would make a repeat of the snow job that sold the war impossible. But I was wrong. The administration, this time relying on Gen. David Petraeus to play the Colin Powell role, has had remarkable success creating the perception that the 'surge' is succeeding, even though there's not a shred of verifiable evidence to suggest that it is."



    Labor Day Hypocrisy

    Stephen Lendman writes for Truthout: "Labor Day has been commemorated on the first Monday in September each year since the first one was celebrated in New York in 1882. Around the world outside the US, socialist and labor movements are observed on May 1 to recognize organized labor's social and economic achievements and the workers in them. This day gets scant attention in the US, but where it's prominent it's common to remember the Haymarket Riot of May 4, 1886, in Chicago. It followed the city's May 1 general strike for an eight-hour day that led to violence breaking out on the Fourth."


    Travails of the Super-Rich

    Barbara Ehrenreich writes for the Nation: "On Labor Day we customarily give a nod to America's underpaid and overworked blue- and pink-collar workers - janitors, flight attendants, forklift operators and the like. But this year let's go a step further and salute the most reviled and despised of the people who make our economy happen - the mere mention of whom causes the average forklift operator to spit on the floor. You are thinking, perhaps, of telemarketers, human traffickers and the friends who answer the phone when you to try to make a claim on your health insurance. But I'm talking about our CEOs."



    Probe as phone masts fuel scare


    A STUDY into the potential health risks of mobile phone masts could be carried out soon in Muharraq. The proposed investigation was due to be discussed by the Muharraq Municipal Council yesterday, but has been postponed since only four of eight councillors showed up for its first meeting after the summer break.

    It has been forced onto the council's agenda by 150 Busaiteen residents, who have signed a petition against phone masts in their area.


    Monex's RFID "VeriChip" Human Implants


    Truly religious people who think for themselves are making connections between the violations of our privacy and some of their Biblical warnings.

    While we don't all agree on Bible issues, we do agree that it's as valid a concern for us as it is for them that we NEVER see the day when the government can basically "erase" our existence by making it impossible for us to buy anything if they "cut off" our money supply through this chip.

    This is very dangerous and its implications go far beyond these four or five sentences. It is another great reason why Ron Paul is as much the logical candidate for anyone who considers themselves religious as someone, like me, who doesn't. We must work together.

    Frank J. Gonzalez
    Miami, FL

    "Ron Paul is the George Washington of the 2nd American Revolution. Still, thanks to Washington, Paul reconquered 232 years later with ballots instead of bullets."

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