Freitag, 14. September 2007

A Surge, and Then a Stab

Paul Krugman writes for The New York Times, "To understand what's really happening in Iraq, follow the oil money, which already knows that the surge has failed." Krugman

Next-up News n°306

Most Science Studies Appear to Be Tainted By Sloppy Analysis

Under the Influence? Drug companies, medical journals, and money

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Virtually all U.S. doctors accept money, freebies from drug companies

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Bush Won't Admit Wrong

by Joseph L. Galloway, McClatchy Newspapers

Leaving aside all the happy talk, the fact is Bush's war policy has failed utterly.

Ethiopia: Cruel Poisoning of Street Dogs

Take action! Ask Addis Ababa's mayor to stop this cruel campaign and use humane alternatives instead.

Japan: Protest the Mass Slaughter of Dolphins

Take action! Learn how you can get involved

Whale Victim of Illegal Killing

Take action! Contact the U.S. government and the U.S. Embassy in your country

Bush Troop Announcement=Fake Withdrawal

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Barbara Lee: Exit Plan for Bush Comes at the Expense of Our Troops

Iraq, Deep In Your Bones

Facts Belie Petraeus' Case, Say Humanitarian Groups

The President Asserted Progress on Security and Political Issues. Recent Reports Weren?t Often So Upbeat.

Die EU will das Unmögliche

Durch milliardenschwere Subventionen sollen Überwachungsprogramme mit "sozial akzeptablen Lösungen hinsichtlich Bürgerrechten und Privatsphäre" entwickelt werden.Überwachung

Versinkende Staaten: Im Südpazifik kämpfen ganze Nationen ums Überleben in einer wärmeren Welt

Keine Gefährdung durch Mobilfunk?ährdung+durch+Mobilfunkährdung+durch+Mobilfunk

UN General Assembly Backs Indigenous Peoples' Rights

Gerard Aziakou reports for Agence France-Presse, "The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a non-binding declaration upholding the human, land and resources rights of the world's 370 million indigenous people, brushing off opposition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States."

Senate Committee Seeks CIA Nominee's Withdrawal

Joby Warrick reports for The Washington Post, "Members of the Senate intelligence committee have requested the withdrawal of the Bush administration's choice for CIA general counsel, acknowledging that John Rizzo's nomination has stalled because of concerns about his views on the treatment of terrorism suspects."

The Democrats have more than enough votes to end the Iraq War if they choose to do so

Media Misrepresent Democrats' Options on Iraq War

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting reports: "Following a pattern set when Congress passed supplemental funding for the Iraq War last May, major media outlets continued to 'explain' the politics of the war in incomplete and misleading ways.... Congress does not have to pass legislation to bring an end to the war in Iraq - it simply has to block passage of any bill that would continue to fund the war. This requires not 67 or 60 Senate votes, or even 51, but just 41 ... the Democrats have more than enough votes to end the Iraq War - if they choose to do so."

Bush Speech Full of Contradictions

Glenn Kessler reports for The Washington Post, "In his speech last night, President Bush made a case for progress in Iraq by citing facts and statistics that at times contradicted recent government reports or his own words."

Petraeus out of step with US top brass

Asia Times
by Gareth Porter


As the highly public face of President George W Bush’s policy in Iraq, especially the ’surge,’ General David Petraeus has done his boss proud in following the White House script. This spokesman’s role, however, has created a deep rift between him and the nation’s highest military leaders. Most notably, he is on a collision course with Admiral William Fallon, chief of Central Command...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Petraeus and the “Central Front” myth

Consortium News
by Robert Parry


Gen. David Petraeus echoed many of George W. Bush’s dubious arguments for fighting an open-ended war in Iraq, including the emotional appeal that al-Qaeda sees Iraq as the ‘central front’ in its global jihad and wants to drive the Americans out in humiliation. But the intelligence data actually points to a near-opposite conclusion: that al-Qaeda sees Iraq as a diversion for the United States and wants to keep American forces bogged down there for the foreseeable future...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Petraeus: GOP man on horseback?


by Justin Raimondo

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Civilian death toll in Iraq may top 1 million

Los Angeles Times


A car bomb blew up in the capital’s Shiite Muslim neighborhood of Sadr City on Thursday, killing at least four people, as a new survey suggested that the civilian death toll from the war could be more than 1 million. … ORB said it drew its conclusion from responses to the question about those living under one roof: ‘How many members of your household, if any, have died as a result of the conflict in Iraq since 2003?’ Based on Iraq’s estimated number of households — 4,050,597 — it said the 1.2 million figure was reasonable. There was no way to verify the number, because the government does not provide a full count of civilian deaths. Neither does the U.S. military. Both, however, say that independent organizations greatly exaggerate estimates of civilian casualties...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Civilian Death Toll in Iraq May Top 1 Million

Neue Studien stärken Mobilfunk?

Phone mast plan blocked

13 September 2007

A MOBILE phone mast will not be erected close to two schools after the landlord of the proposed plot rejected the proposal.

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation's (LGCHF) board of management has refused permission for mobile phone company O2 to erect a 15.6m high telecommunications column with a floodlight attachment on land at the Sports Centre, Whitethorn Lane in Letchworth GC.


War Against Iran

Handy-Strahlung keine gesundheitliche Gefahr?

Handy-Strahlung keine Gefahr?

Protesters win church mast battle


CAMPAIGNERS have scored a victory after a move to put a mobile phone mast on a church tower was thrown out by councillors.

City planners had recommended the mast - which was to be disguised as a flagpole - be given the go-ahead.

But the council's planning committee yesterday turned down the application, saying it would damage the character of the area.


Nigeria: Are Base Stations Dangerous to Health?

This Day (Lagos)

13 September 2007
Posted to the web 13 September 2007


Of recent, fears have been expressed in Nigeria about the safety or otherwise of citing of telecoms base stations and telecoms masts in residential areas especially with reports of alleged development of cancer amongst some residents in the United Kingdom. Efem Nkanga, in this report finds out if the fears are real or imagined.


US Suffers Decline in Prestige

Stephen Fidler reports for The Financial Times, "The US has suffered a significant loss of power and prestige around the world in the years since George W. Bush came to power, limiting its ability to influence international crises, an annual survey from a well regarded British security think-tank concluded on Tuesday."

The "Feel Good" Approach to Climate Distortion

Joe Brewer, of the Rockridge Institute, writes: "An article published today in the science section of the New York Times clearly demonstrates the importance of frames and narratives when discussing important political issues. John Tierney's article 'Findings: 'Feel Good" vs. 'Do Good' on Climate' is currently among the most popular articles of the day. This widely read article is filled with distortions, redirections, and spin designed specifically to undermine public acceptance of one of the gravest threats we face as a global community."

Nuclear Steps Undermine Peace

Jimmy Carter writes for The Daily Times: "By abandoning many of the nuclear arms agreements negotiated in the last 50 years, the United States has been sending mixed signals to North Korea, Iran, and other nations with the technical knowledge to create nuclear weapons. Currently proposed agreements with India compound this quagmire and further undermine the global pact for peace represented by the nuclear nonproliferation regime."

Kürzung des ALG II wegen "Pflichtverletzung": die Rechtswidrigkeit des § 31 SGB II

Nach der Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts ist der Staat aus Art. 1 Abs. 1 GG i.V.m. dem Sozialstaatsgebot des Art. 20 Abs. 1 GG verpflichtet, dem mittellosen Bürger die Mindestvoraussetzungen für ein menschenwürdiges Dasein erforderlichenfalls durch Sozialleistungen zu sichern (vgl. nur BVerfG, Beschluss vom 29. Mai 1990 – Az.: 1 BvL 20/86 u.a. = BVerfGE 82, 60, 85).

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Fears over phone mast near school

13 September 2007

TEACHERS and governors have strongly objected to plans to build a 15-metre high phone mast just yards from their school.

People living and working in the area around the site were notified about the planning application in a letter from Uttlesford District Council (UDC) dated Monday, September 3.


Ron Paul for President?,8599,1661290,00.html

Informant: Gomez

Weakness Dooms Dems

by Art Levine, The Huffington Post

The party faces long-term disaster without the will to effectively oppose the war.

Life On The No-Fly List

by Naomi Wolf, Chelsea Green Publishing

Activists are not being beaten. But they are sometimes intimidatingly detained and released.


Government terrorism lists are a holiday turkey

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


As the holiday travel season rolls around again, the government’s terrorism watch list and no-fly list get ever more bizarre. Of course, for starters, the list has always been unconstitutional, because the government does not have probable cause to believe the vast majority of those on the list have committed a crime (otherwise they could arrest them outright instead of just banning them from flying on airplanes). The FBI’s terrorism watch list, from which the smaller no fly-list is derived, has 1,000,000 people listed, but according to officials, only a mere 400,000 of them are real people — the rest are aliases. Whew, I was getting worried there for an instant. Wait a minute, 400,000 is still a whopping number. An amazing 1,600 people are added to the terrorism list per day, merely on the much lower standard that they present ‘reasonable suspicion’ of being terrorists...

From Information Clearing House

Failure of Energy Policy, Failure of Foreign Policy

by Bill Scher

Bush said in 2000 his foreign policy would get oil prices down. Now, oil prices are at a record high.

Do These 12 Republicans Want At Least 10 More Years In Iraq?

by Bill Scher

Do Senate GOPers want to tell their constituents they support the real Bush-Petraeus plan?

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The Congressional "hearings" on Iraq and their implications for American democracy

A Strange Debate

Writing for Geneva's "Le Temps," Luis Lema deconstructs the Congressional "hearings" on Iraq and their implications for American democracy.

Ex-Ney Aide Volz Gets Probation for Role in Abramoff Lobbying Scandal

Susan Crabtree, writing for The Hill, reports, "Neil Volz, the former chief of staff to ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), walked out of court Wednesday without as much as an ankle bracelet."

Week of Antiwar Events to Start With a "Die-In"

The Washington Post's Michelle Boorstein and Allison Klein report, "A week of events meant to crank up a national demonstration against the war in Iraq is set to begin Saturday, with a 1,000-person "die-in" at the U.S. Capitol led by current and former American troops and accompanied by taps and a mock 21-gun salute."


Protesters aim to inspire anti-war civil disobedience

Washington Post


A week of events meant to crank up a national demonstration against the war in Iraq is set to begin Saturday, with a 1,000-person ‘die-in’ at the U.S. Capitol led by current and former American troops and accompanied by taps and a mock 21-gun salute. The die-in will be the culmination of a march and rally. Organizers hope the event will spur people in the antiwar movement to move from protesting to performing acts of civil disobedience that ‘get in the way of the war machine,’ said Brian Becker, national coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, at a news conference yesterday at the National Press Club...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Key US Ally Killed in Iraq

The Associated Press reports, "The most prominent figure in a U.S.-backed revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Iraq was killed Thursday by a bomb planted near his home in Anbar province, 10 days after he met with President Bush, police and tribal leaders said."

Phone mast fury erupts

by By Tracy-Ann Carmichael

Two controversial phone masts will be erected at sites in the Burgh after councillors gave the green light.

But the move left residents who protested against the plans outraged, and they say they will fight on.


Hysterie: Tierschutzbund kritisiert Massentötung von Geflügel

Der Deutsche Tierschutzbund fordert ein Ende der Massentötung von Geflügel zum Schutz gegen die Weiterverbreitung der Vogelgrippe. Die Tötung von 67.000 Enten in zwei niederbayerischen Betrieben sei völlig übertrieben. "Diese Tötungsserien sind mehr von Hysterie als von Augenmaß und verantwortlichem Handeln geprägt", kritisierte Tierschutzpräsident Wolfgang Apel am 13. September in Bonn. Er gab der Massentierhaltung eine Mitschuld an der Ausbreitung des Vogelgrippeerregers. "Statt endlich in Seuchenpräventionspolitik zu investieren, wird in Tötungsmaschinen investiert, die Tierleichenberge wachsen", beklagte Apel und forderte eine Rückkehr zu kleinbäuerlichen Strukturen.

Nutzung der Terrorhysterie für innen- und außenpolitische Zuspitzungen

Während der Sondersitzung des Innenausschusses des Bundestages warnte die Linksabgeordnete Ulla Jelpke davor, "Terrorhysterie zu schüren und dann für weitere innen- und außenpolitische Zuspitzungen auszunutzen." Die "Szenerie" erinnere an vergangenes Jahr, "als Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble das gescheiterte Kofferbombenattentat nutzte, um den Widerstand der SPD gegen die Einrichtung der Antiterrordatei zu brechen", so die Abgeordnete. "Damit wurde die vom Grundgesetz gebotene Trennung von Polizei und Geheimdiensten faktisch aufgehoben."äuble

Wieder keine Krebsgefahr durch Handys?

Hauseigentümerverband: Antennen unerwünscht

Jahrelang hatte der Hauseigentümerverband nicht das Geringste gegen Handyantennen auf Hausdächern. Doch nun findet der Verband auf einmal: Sendemasten gehören nicht in Wohnsiedlungen.

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States Get Boost in Push to Make Fuel Economy Rules

Justin Hyde for The Detroit Free Press reports that "The US auto industry suffered a major legal setback Wednesday when a federal judge in Vermont rejected its attempt to block states from setting tough new fuel economy rules, saying the industry failed to show the rules were illegal, unsafe or unattainable."

9/11: For the Record

Six years later, a critical question continues to haunt America's national psyche: How could the most powerful nation on earth have been so utterly unprepared to protect its homeland? On Friday, September 14, 2007, on PBS, Bill Moyers Journal connects the dots of what happened that day and the warning signs leading up to it.


9/11 Explains the Impotence of the Anti-war Movement

September 11: The Epitome of American Arrogance

By Lucinda Marshall

In what can only be called the epitome of American arrogance, concern for the plight of the Iraqi people, particularly the 4 million of whom are now refugees is absent from the rhetoric, the clear implication being that that our suffering, which is the result of our own failed policies, is far more important than the suffering we have inflicted upon others.

Compromise on Iraq Oil Law Appears Collapsed

James Glanz for The New York Times reports that a carefully constructed compromise on a draft law governing Iraq's rich oil fields seems to have collapsed. The oil law is part of a list of benchmarks that the Bush administration has been pressing the Iraqis to meet.

The Next Attorney General

The New York Times editorial team writes about what they hope for in the next attorney general and say that the potential nominees that have surfaced do not meet their standards: "The Justice Department is a disaster zone. It should be the embodiment of America's commitment to the rule of law, but it has been contaminated by partisan politics.... To replace Alberto Gonzales, President Bush must appoint an attorney general who is above politics, and the Senate should only confirm a nonpolitical lawyer of unquestioned integrity."

Baghdad Residents Protest Wall Dividing Shia, Sunni

Ali Yussef for Agence France-Presse reports that "Hundreds of Shiites and Sunnis marched on Wednesday in protest at the building by US troops of a tall concrete wall separating their northwest Baghdad neighborhoods."

Thompson Surge Means Conservatives Are Desperate

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

President Bush has already made it clear that he intends for American troops to remain in Iraq for years--if not decades--to come. And it also seems clear that the GOP presidential candidates (except Ron Paul) plan to follow Bush's madness. Republicans need to wake up to reality: people are sick of George Bush, and they are sick of the Iraq war. Good grief! In less time than our troops have been in Iraq, our men and women in uniform defeated the combined forces of Germany, Japan, and Italy during World War II. In Iraq, we have not been able to secure the city of Baghdad........

Poll: 54% Want Our Troops Home in 6 Months

Mobilfunkbedingte Mietzinsminderung

The party's over for American consumers

The new numbers on consumer confidence are out. They show American consumers very confident that the economy is going down the tubes.

Pensions caught in credit crisis

Several funds, identified among `other' investors, could face short-term loss from commercial paper.

From Information Clearing House

Rumsfeld Redeploys to Right-Wing Think Tank

He's heading down the familiar path well trod before him by other Bush officials, aides and advisors, defeated Republican candidates, and retired military officers; he's headed for a secure and well-funded post at a major right wing think tank.

From Information Clearing House


Stanford Faculty Protest Rumsfeld Selection to Think Tank

Next-up News n°305

Japan: der modernisierte Kapitalismus produziert auch hier Armut

Wer seine Miete nicht bezahlen kann, obwohl er einen Job hat, muß nicht in der sozialdemokratischen Hartz-Republik leben: Das gibt es auch in Japan. Was schon immer galt - dass nämlich die Verhältnisse in Japan zumindest eines sind: nämlich ganz anders als in bundesdeutschen Medien dargestellt - gilt auch im Zeitalter des digitalen Kapitalismus. Aspekte der sozialen Lage im heutigen Japan in dem Überblick "Armut in Japan" vom 13. September 2007:

Aus: LabourNet, 14. September 2007

Democracy is Dead, It's Movement Time

The rightwing seizure of power since 9/11 has effectively strangled the remaining institutions of American democracy. No alternative is left but mass movement, to confront the usurpers.

From Information Clearing House

Al-Jazeera man 'close to death' at Guantanamo Bay

An al-Jazeera journalist captured in Afghanistan six years ago and sent to Guantanamo Bay is close to becoming the fifth detainee at the US naval base to take his own life, according to a medical report written by a team of British and American psychiatrists.

Algeria renews rejection for building US bases on its territories:

Algeria renewed refusal to building US military bases on its territories but said the rejection was not against Washington but any foreign presence in general.

From Information Clearing House

Testy times seen for US-Japan ties

US-Japan ties face challenging times with the abrupt resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after an uphill battle to renew a law for providing military help to US-led forces in Afghanistan.

From Information Clearing House

Brown faces domestic pressure over 'proxy war'

Gordon Brown faces anger over the deployment of UK troops to Iraq's border with Iran and warnings that the strategy could drag Britain into confrontation with Tehran.

From Information Clearing House

President Petraeus? Iraqi official recalls the day US general revealed ambition

The US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, expressed long-term interest in running for the US presidency when he was stationed in Baghdad, according to a senior Iraqi official who knew him at that time.

From Information Clearing House

Fallon Derided Petraeus, Opposed the Surge

Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), derided Petraeus as a sycophant during their first meeting in Baghdad last March, according to Pentagon sources familiar with reports of the meeting.

Meet Gen. David Petraeus

His Militia Strategy Plunged Iraq Into a Civil War, And Now He's Back for More

From Information Clearing House


Fallon Derided Petraeus, Opposed the Surge

Gareth Porter reports for Inter Press Service: "Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), derided Petraeus as a sycophant...Fallon was strongly opposed to Petraeus's role as pitch man for the surge policy in Iraq adopted by Bush in December as putting his own interests ahead of a sound military posture in the Middle East and Southwest Asia...The CENTCOM commander believed the United States should be withdrawing troops from Iraq urgently."

More than 100,000 Iraqis in jail: U.S. troops hold 23,600 Iraqis almost all of them without trial

The U.S. has promised to release 50 of them every day throughout Ramadan. But the U.S. is not the only authority with the right to jail Iraqis. Iraqi armed forces and police can also imprison Iraqis without trail and informed sources say there are more than 82,000 Iraqis in government jails.\\2007-09-13\\kurd.htm

From Information Clearing House

US troops who criticised Iraq war strategy killed in Baghdad

Staff Sergeant Yance Gray, 26, and Sergeant Omar Mora, 28, were among a group of seven soldiers serving in Iraq who wrote a piece excoriating America's conduct of the war. The piece was published in the New York Times last month.,,2167858,00.html

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How America is Losing Patience with a Failing System

By Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington

Onus on workers to buy health insurance as rising costs force firms to end perk.

Keith Olbermann's Top 9/11 Story

The Promotion Of Failure In Bush Administration.

The World's Ingredients: Injustice, Hypocrisy, and Hope

War Against Iran and the Logic of Dominance

By Gareth Porter

If the Bush administration launches an attack on Iran, the reason won't be that Iran was about to obtain a nuclear weapon. The real reason will be that United States, as the world's only superpower, wants to establish clearly that it -- not Iran -- is the dominant power in the Middle East. That would make us all less secure, but the insistence on asserting dominance in the Middle East is the essence of the Bush administration's policy.

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