Donnerstag, 20. September 2007

A Republican minority is subverting the will of the majority

The media needs to get the story right

Next-up News n°311

"Body of War" a Disturbing Iraq War Critique

John DeFore, writing for Reuters, reports, "A matter-of-fact but pointedly critical commentary on the Iraq War, "Body of War" focuses on how soldiers got sent to Iraq and the shape in which they're coming back.


"Body of War" a disturbing Iraq war critique

Tomas Young joined the Army on September 13, 2001, after seeing President Bush stand in front of Ground Zero rubble and promise to hunt down those who attacked us. He expected to go to Afghanistan in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, but eventually found himself shipped off to Iraq. For about five days -- after which his unarmored vehicle was attacked, and an AK-47 round pierced his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed.

From Information Clearing House

Oil and Betrayal in Iraq

George Lakoff, writing for Truthout, states: "Think about what it means for our troops and for the people of Iraq. Our troops were told, and believed because they trusted their president, they were in Iraq to protect America, to protect their families, their homes, their friends and neighbors, our democracy. But they were betrayed. Those troops fought and died and were maimed and had their marriages break up for oil company profits."

Help expose the truth about aerial wolf hunting

SPD kritisiert Schäuble wegen Warnung vor "Nuklearterrorismus"

Der Streit um die Terrorabwehr hat zum offenen Krach in der großen Koalition geführt. Die SPD kritisierte am 20. September im Bundestag gemeinsam mit der Opposition in scharfer Form die Warnungen von Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) vor Nuklearterrorismus. Schäuble hatte am Wochenende davor gewarnt, dass Terroristen einen Anschlag mit nuklearem Material vorbereiten könnten, zugleich aber betont, es habe keinen Zweck, sich schon vorher in "Weltuntergangsstimmung" zu versetzen. Schäuble verteidigte am 20. September im Deutschen Bundestag seine Aussagen und berief sich dabei auf Al-Qaida-Terroristen Osama bin Laden und den Chef der UN-Waffenkontrolleure, Mohammed el-Baradei. Bin Laden habe schon 1998 Islamisten dazu aufgerufen, nach Atom-, biologischen oder chemischen Waffen zu streben.


Gefahr des Atomterrorismus: Atomausstieg jetzt statt Panikmache!

Die Ärzteorganisation IPPNW gratuliert Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble zu seiner Einsicht hinsichtlich der akuten Gefahr von terroristischen Atomanschlägen.äuble

Lincolnshire head opposes phone mast

20 September 2007

A head teacher in Lincolnshire has voiced anxiety about plans to put up a mobile phone mast near to his school.

T-Mobile has sought planning permission to erect a mast on West Street in Horncastle, near the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, the BBC reports.

The mobile operator insists that there is no evidence that masts pose a public health hazard.


Maliki Blasts Blackwater Firm

Irak: Premier Maliki zur Blackwater-Affäre


Maliki Blasts Blackwater Firm

Leila Fadel of the McClatchy Newspapers reports, "Blackwater security guards who protect top U.S. diplomats in Iraq have been involved in at least seven serious incidents, some of which resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki said Wednesday."


All the essential elements of governance in the Bush era come together in the Blackwater episode


Victim claims Blackwater killings unprovoked

Is White House policy fueling civil war?

Why Iraqi Farmers Might Prefer Death to Paul Bremer's Order 81

Nancy Scola writes for AlterNet: "Anyone hearing about central India's ongoing epidemic of farmer suicides, where growers are killing themselves at a terrifying clip, has to be horrified. But among the more disturbed must be the once-grand poobah of post-invasion Iraq, US diplomat L. Paul Bremer. Why Bremer? Because Indian farmers are choosing death after finding themselves caught in a loop of crop failure and debt rooted in genetically modified and patented agriculture - the same farming model that Bremer introduced to Iraq during his tenure as administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority."

Effort to Shift Course in Iraq Fails in Senate

David M. Herszenhorn and Carl Hulse report for The New York Times, "A proposal that Democrats put forward as their best chance of changing the course of the Iraq war died on the Senate floor on Wednesday, as Republicans stood firmly behind President Bush."

Science and Scientist Abused

ISIS Press Release 20/09/07

ISIS Letter to Nature Biotechnology

Please circulate widely and write your own letter to Nature Biotechnology

To: Andrew Marshall, Editor, Nature Biotechnology
Richard Charkin, Chief Executive, MacMillan Ltd
Annette Thomas, Managing Director of Nature Publications,
Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature Publications,
c/o and

We are writing on behalf of the Institute of Science in Society* to express our deep concern over your recently published article about Dr Irina Ermakova and her work (“GM soybeans and health safety - a controversy re-examined”, Marshall, A. Nature Biotechnology 25, 981 – 987, 2007, ). The article is grossly unfair to Dr Ermakova and certainly not in the best traditions of scientific publishing.

We have been told Dr Ermakova was given to understand that she would be the co-author of an article describing her work. What actually appeared was one written by you, containing comments by a panel composed entirely of people linked to the biotech industry. These comments were never shown to Dr. Ermakova before the article was published, and she was given no right of reply.

There are journals that routinely publish criticisms of papers along with the papers themselves. This can be an effective way of drawing attention to important but possibly controversial work, while not allowing it to go unchallenged. These journals generally adhere to some important rules. The target paper is written by the researcher(s); not by a journalist.

Comments from other scientists are published along with the paper, followed by a general reply by the author(s). Some of the commentators may be known to be critical of or even hostile to the author’s point of view, but the panel will include others who are not. That is quite different from what you have done.

You were wrong not to make it clear to Dr Ermakova how you proposed to use her contribution, even to the extent of not showing her the proofs of what would actually appear in your journal. Such practice is more appropriate to a tabloid newspaper than to a serious scientific journal, and a public acknowledgement of the oversight from you would be in order. You were also wrong not to allow Dr. Ermakova to reply to the criticisms. She must now be given the appropriate platform in your journal to respond fully to the criticisms of her work, without further comment either from you or from your panel of committed biotech supporters.

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
Professor Peter T. Saunders, Institute of Science in Society
PO Box 51885
London NW2 9DH
e-mail: m.w.ho
Tel: 44-(0)20-7272-5636

*The Institute of Science in Society is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing critical and accessible information on cutting-edge science and to promoting social accountability and ecological sustainability in science

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Tell Secretary of State to Cancel all Blackwater Contracts

Google a victim of EarthLink woes with cancellation of S.F. Wi-Fi

I posted the following on the SFGate website in response to their article "Google a victim of EarthLink woes with cancellation of S.F. Wi-Fi"

I find it a bit perplexing why there is no mention of the dangers posed by WiFi. But then again if one thinks about the money and power the cell phone industry possesses, then it is possible to also imagine the cause of this media blackout. Having said that, the German government has recently warned its populace against using WiFi - and that of cell phones only in emergencies. In Austria, the Vienna Physician's Association has issued similar warnings. A recent report - called the BioInitiative - issued by a group of internationally renowned scientists, researchers, and public health professionals has clearly stated that present levels of ambient radiation are dangerous and 1000 times what they should be. The European Environmental Agency has also highlighted the risk on its website. Over forty million Americans take sleep medication for insomnia. A recent British report has stated one in forty children now suffer from Autism. Brain tumors are now the number one cause of death in children.

If anyone else is interested, please do go to their website (you have to register) and make your own comments.

Paul Raymond Doyon MAT (TESOL), MA Advanced Japanese Studies, BA Psychology

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

Kinderarmut ist ein Skandal

20. September 2007

2,5 Millionen Kinder in Deutschland leben in Armut. Zum Weltkindertag fordert DIE LINKE kurzfristig wirksame Maßnahmen zur Überwindung der Kinderarmut. Dazu erklärt das Mitglied des Parteivorstandes Caren Lay:

In kaum einer anderen vergleichbaren Industrienation ist der Zusammenhang zwischen sozialem Status und Bildungschancen so hoch wie in Deutschland. Das ist ein Skandal. Ich freue mich, dass Vize-Kanzler Münterfering dies endlich erkannt hat und vielen Forderungen der Partei DIE LINKE folgt. Insbesondere entsprechen die Forderungen nach gebührenfreiem Mittagessen in Kita und Schule und kostenfreiem Kitabesuch genau dem, was die Linksfraktion in vielen Landtagen seit Jahren fordern. Bisher ist die Umsetzung dieser Forderungen allerdings an fehlender Unterstützung von SPD und CDU gescheitert. Feuilletonistische Betrachtungen des Vizekanzlers helfen den betroffenen Kindern nicht weiter. Arme Kinder können nicht warten, bis die neuen Erkenntnisse des Herrn Müntefering in der SPD endlich praktische Politik werden. Wir erwarten von der Bundesregierung und insbesondere von der SPD, dass sie kurzfristig wirksame Maßnahmen zur Überwindung der Kinderarmut ergreifen und vor allem folgende Forderungen der LINKE unterstützt:

kostenlose und ausreichende Kindertagesbetreuung in Ost und West, kostenloses, gesundes Mittagessen in Kitas und Schulen, Einführung einer bedarfsorientierten Kindergrundsicherung von mindestens 420 Euro.

DIE LINKE wird mit ihrer geplanten Kita-Kampagne für den flächendeckenden Ausbau von Kitas in Ost und West streiten. Denn mit einem frühkindlichen Bildungsangebot, das armen Kindern uneingeschränkt offen steht, legen wir die Grundlage dafür, dass jedes Kinder in Deutschland die gleichen Chancen bekommt. Es darf nicht sein, das Kinder in Deutschland eine Kita nicht besuchen, weil ihre Eltern die Gebühren nicht bezahlen können oder weil Kinder arbeitsloser Eltern in vielen Orten nach wie vor vom Kita-Besuch ausgeschlossen werden.

Please urge your Senators to vote for the Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act


Can Iraq (or Anyone) Hold Blackwater Accountable for Killing Iraqi Civilians?


The Real News Network Alert

New Item: Will Blackwater be expelled from Iraq?

After recent alleged killings of civilians by Blackwater operatives, the Iraqi Interior Minister on Tuesday said he wanted to expel the security firm from Iraq. Due to an overextended military, the Bush administration is attempting to protect Blackwater—the largest such firm in Iraq.

In a Real News interview, Jeremy Scahill author of Blackwater, says: "The United States government has gutted the Iraqi legal system and basically tried to prevent them from holding accountable mercenaries who commit crimes inside of Iraq."

Iraqi Interior Minister on Tuesday revokes Blackwater’s license.

The Real News Network


Checkbook Imperialism: The Blackwater Fiasco

Robert Scheer writes for Truthdig: "Please, please, I tell myself, leave Orwell out of it. Find some other, fresher way to explain why 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' is dependent upon killer mercenaries. Or why the 'democratically elected government' of 'liberated' Iraq does not explicitly have the legal power to expel Blackwater USA from its land or hold any of the 50,000 private contractor troops that the US government has brought to Iraq accountable for their deadly actions."


Hessians Redux: Blackwater, U.S. and England

By Dr. Sam Hamod

'Trophy' video exposes private security contractors mercenaries shooting up Iraqi drivers

The video of Aegis Defence Services, shows security guards opening fire with automatic rifles at civilian cars. All of the shooting incidents apparently took place on "route Irish", a road that links the airport to Baghdad.

180,000 Private Contractors Mercenaries Flood Iraq

The United States has assembled an imposing industrial army in Iraq larger than its uniformed fighting force and responsible for a such a broad swath of responsibilities the military might not be able to operate without its private-sector partners.

From Information Clearing House

BGE: Großer Nutzen und kein Schaden einer unkapitalistischen Forderung gegen den Fetisch Lohnarbeit

Kann der Kampf gegen die Lohnabhängigkeit ohne BGE gewonnen werden?

„Vor Jahren (1999) schrieb ich über „Fetisch Arbeit und die Gewerkschaftslinke“. Seit dem hat sich Dreierlei geändert: Erstens habe ich gelernt, zwischen „Arbeit“ und „Lohnarbeit“ zu unterscheiden und würde es heute Fetisch „Lohnarbeit“ nennen. Zweitens hat sich meine Position zum BGE geändert, das ich zwar als Alternative zu diesem „Fetisch Lohnarbeit“ begrüßte, aber damals wegen m.E. mangelnder Auswirkungen auf bestehende und künftige Arbeitsverhältnisse kritisierte. Drittens schließlich hat sich bei vielen der Gewerkschaftslinken etwas verändert…“ Artikel von Mag Wompel vom September 2007

Dieser Artikel erscheint, leicht gekürzt unter dem Titel „Realisierbar ist, wofür wir kämpfen! Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen (BGE) – eine unkapitalistische Forderung gegen den Fetisch Lohnarbeit“ in Graswurzelrevolution 322 vom Oktober 2007

Aus: LabourNet, 20. September 2007

America bullies its enemies: Fight now, ask questions later

by David Clark


When I think of all the reasons put forth for going to war in Iraq, I think of the little clown car at the circus. How did the Bush administration and the Pentagon get so many phony reasons out of one little war? Now the number of ways to get out of war in Iraq is approaching clown-car status with the latest report on how the surge is working or not working, depending on whom you talk to. There have been 762 U.S. soldiers killed since the start of the surge. Every political way forward raises more questions as well as casualties...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Don’t get fooled again

Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter


We have heard Bush administration officials express optimism for a reduction in the U.S. military presence many, many times before. Indeed, the Pentagon’s original plan envisioned — quite astonishingly — having no more than 50,000 to 60,000, and perhaps as few as 30,000 troops remaining in Iraq by the end of 2003. Periodically thereafter, U.S. officials indicated that a partial withdrawal of troops was likely in the not-too-distant future. In December 2005, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld informed reporters that adjustments ‘will reduce forces in Iraq by the spring of 2006 below the current high of 160,000 during the [Iraqi] election period to below the 138,000 baseline that had existed before the most recent elections.’ Six months later, Gen. George Casey, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq stated: ‘I am confident that we will be able to continue to take reductions over the course of this year.’ But the promises of troop drawdowns were always set months into the future — and the future never seemed to arrive...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush calls for expansion of spy law

Battle Creek Enquirer


President Bush said Wednesday he wants Congress to expand and make permanent a law that temporarily gives the government more power to eavesdrop without warrants on suspected foreign terrorists. Without such action, Bush said, ‘our national security professionals will lose critical tools they need to protect our country’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Bush Asks Congress to Extend NSA Program

Michael A. Fletcher reports for The Washington Post, "President Bush today called on Congress to make permanent a law that gives the government broad authority to eavesdrop without warrants on phone calls, e-mail and other communication between people in the United States and suspected terrorists abroad."

US contractors in Iraq outnumber US troops



The United States has assembled an imposing industrial army in Iraq larger than its uniformed fighting force and responsible for a such a broad swath of responsibilities the military might not be able to operate without its private-sector partners. More than 180,000 Americans, Iraqis, and nationals from other countries work under a slew of federal contracts to provide security, gather intelligence, build roads, forge a financial system and transport needed supplies in a country the size of California...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

House Rules Cmte Holds up Election Reform

The House Rules Committee is still holding up "The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007" (HR811). More groups join those supporting HR811.

According to Common Cause today: "For nearly two weeks now, we've been poised for a House vote on critical reform legislation that would ensure ballots are backed by paper records in the 2008 elections."

Here are two new ways you can help in just a few minutes of your time:

Back to Common Sense Voting - a new 1-page flier by (MD) Please fax a copy to your House Rep today

Easy-to-use email form created by Common Cause:

Find your House member's Contact info:

Here are the Rules Cmte Members (including All fax numbers):

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules H-312 The Capitol Washington, DC 20515, 202-225-9091


2469 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: (202) 225-3615 Fax: (202) 225-7822

438 Cannon Building Phone: (202) 225-6101 Fax: (202) 225-5759

2353 Rayburn Office Building Tel: (202) 225-1313 Fax: (202) 225-1171

222 Cannon House Office Building Phone: (202) 225-7163 Fax: (202) 225-0566

435 Cannon Building Phone: (202) 225-6131 Fax: 225-0819

1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone:(202) 225-4115 Fax: 202-225-6790

317 Cannon House Office Building Phone: (202)225-3376 Fax: (202)225-5652

327 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-3665 Fax: 202-225-1891

1721 Longworth House Office Building Phone: (202) 225-3401 Fax: (202) 225-2266


DAVID DREIER, CA (R) Ranking Minority Member
233 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 Office (202) 225-2305 Fax (202) 225-7018

2244 Rayburn House Office Building
(202) 225-4211 Fax: 202-225-8576

1214 Longworth
(202) 225-5816 Fax: (202) 225-3251

1514 Longworth House Bldg.
(202) 225-2231
(202) 225-5878 fax

Kathy Jackson of Voting Matters/Oregon best rebuts those who want no independent election audits because some prior internal election auditing or prior financial auditing has been corrupted:

"That kind of argument is like saying we should eliminate crime by eliminating our criminal code of laws: it won't stop robbery and murder but they won't be crimes any more. H.R. 811 sets performance standards for federal elections. If you care about election integrity you can argue that the standards are not rigorous enough or that there should be stiffer penalties for violation but you cannot logically argue that there should be no performance standards and therefore no audit."

The US House should vote "Yes" for House Resolution 811 with its 2008 requirement for election audits in tact.

For a simple, straightforward, and easy-to-read analysis of H.R. 811 see:


Please donate to the National Election Data Archive. We urgently need to raise sufficient funds to hire an additional staff person to keep up with the growing work-load. NEDA could accomplish a lot more if there were sufficient donations to pay just one person's salary. (Our financials are available here for your review: PLEASE donate whatever amount you can by credit card, PayPal, or by mailing a check. Even $5 or $10/month would be a big help. Please donate. We need your on-going help. Thank you. See

Please forward this announcement widely. We need to all contact our US Representative by this Wednesday, September 5.

"Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph" Haile Selassie

Please act now at this crucial juncture in history - to protect our future.


Kathy Dopp Executive Director, National Election Data Archive

P.O. Box 682556 Park City, UT 84068 phone 435-658-4657


A newly released description of an open source paper ballot optical scan voting system which election officials may program themselves without hiring vendors to do the ballot programming

1-page list of groups opposing HR811 – all of them supported by corporate memberships, including voting vendors who oppose the independent scrutiny of vote counts by independent audits

3-page analysis of HR811

Rebuttals to the misinformation being spread by opponents of election reform

A short, nearly exhaustive list of problems caused by using touch-screen electronic-ballot DRE voting machines:

A list of DRE problems by John Hopkins University Computer Scientist Avi Rubin who is an expert in the security of electronic voting, the director of the National Science Foundation's project ACCURATE Center, and is also an election judge in Baltimore County.

"Voters Have Reason to Worry – A Response to Election Officials and Others Who Urge Voters to Trust"

E-Voting Ballots Not Secret; Vendors Don't See Problem, August 20th,
2007 by Princeton Computer Science Professor Ed Felten

Cost Comparisons between Using Optical Scan versus DRE Voting Systems: and select "Voting Systems"

EU prüft Funkchip-Pflicht für Tiere


Mastvieh bekommt RFID

Contact Your Senators And Tell Them To Support Feingold-Reid To End The War

The ADHD Alarm

by Shane Ellison M.Sc

Commenting on the troublesome threesome, Dr. Nissen of the world renowned Cleveland Clinic stated that, "We have got a potential public health crisis. I think patients and families need to be made aware of these concerns. This is out-of-control use of drugs that have profound cardiovascular consequences. We have got a potential public health crisis. I think patients and families need to be made aware of these concerns."

Informant: Dorothee Krien

The Senate's Failure to Close Debate and Vote on Habeas Amendment

Amnesty International Responds to the Senate's Failure to Close Debate and Vote on Habeas Amendment.

Die Mechanik der Finanzkrise

America's Addiction to Debt Finally Crashes the System

Market evangelists created the wreckage, but ordinary working people will bear the greatest burden.

Almighty US dollar turns into 'American peso'

Since 2001 the dollar has lost more than half its value against the euro. It now costs nearly $1.40 to buy one euro. And it isn't just the euro that seems to be growing stronger against the US dollar. It has declined against many other major world currencies, and even including minor ones like our peso, reflecting the dollar's loss of purchasing power.

Current Foreclosure Crisis Deemed the Worst in U.S. History

According to the most recent foreclosure numbers released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the U.S. is embroiled in the worst foreclosure crisis in recorded history. More than 14 percent of subprime borrowers are defaulting, and prime borrowers are beginning to follow suit.

Housing construction falls to 12-year low

Data indicate real estate slump is worsening

Housing layoffs

Struggling companies in the mortgage and housing sectors have cut more than 80,000 jobs this year.

Paulson Asks Congress to Lift Debt Limit: The limit is $8.965 trillion

Unless Congress votes to raise it, the country would be unable to borrow more money to keep the government operating and to pay debt obligations coming due.

From Information Clearing House

Are Democrats planning still worse FISA capitulations?

The enactment in August by the Democratic Congress of new eavesdropping powers for the President was one of the worst, if not the single worst, acts of capitulation to the Bush White House.

From Information Clearing House

Republicans pushed 'bogus' terror threat to expand FISA, lawmaker says

Republicans and the Bush administration used a 'bogus' terror threat that raised specific fears of an attack on the Capitol to scare lawmakers into adopting a dramatic temporary expansion of the government's spy powers last month, a former top intelligence committee Democrat said Wednesday.

From Information Clearing House

ElBaradei: No reason to go beyond diplomacy in dealing with Iran

When a country speaks of using force, it should bear in mind that such a move will work only if all other options have been used and proved useless and that its implementation should be within the framework of the UN Security Council, he noted.

Rice warns U.N. arms chief on Iran offers

"It is not up to anybody to diminish or to begin to cut back on the obligations that the Iranians have been ordered to take" by the U.N. Security Council, Rice said.

From Information Clearing House

Iran targets military bases of aggressors

Iran's Ambassador to Kuwait City Ali Jannati said on Wednesday that in case of any military attack on Iran, the country will target all US military bases used for Washington's attack.

From Information Clearing House

Guns, not roses, for Iraq

The U.S. is selling billions in weapons to Iraq. Is the Pentagon's plan making the country secure or arming it to the teeth for civil war?

From Information Clearing House

Richardson: Troops Add to Iraq Unrest

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson on Wednesday called for the U.S. to end the war in Iraq, arguing that the troops exacerbate the sectarian violence and the billions spent could be used for health care and other needs.

From Information Clearing House

GOP Rep.: There Are 'Too Many Mosques In This Country'


When asked to clarify his statement, King did not revise his answer, saying "I think there has been a lack of full cooperation from too many people in the Muslim community.

At What Price, Safety?

By Cindy Sheehan

I am consistently amazed at things that right-wing nut jobs throw at me to justify their support of an unjustifiable war. Seriously, when you watch Generals, Ambassadors, Senators and Congress Reps and pundits who still cheerlead for a miserable, failed and murderous policy you can almost see the skepticism in their eyes, too. They know they are lying for their masters now, if they, like George and Dick didn't always know they were lying.


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Petraeus Lets Slip the Ugly Truth of this War

By Andrew Sullivan

When historians look back on the past week in Washington, I suspect they will see it as a seminal moment. It was the moment when the president and his party recommitted themselves to an indefinite, decades-long Iraq occupation, and when the Iraq war was formally handed over to the next president, with forces near the maxed-out 2006 level.

African-Americans Remain at Economic Rock Bottom

Hazel Trice Edney, writing for the National Newspaper Publishers Association, reports that "Black people in America had less health care last year than they did in 2005 and they remained at the economic rock bottom of America - also below Hispanic-Americans."

"Too Late to Avoid Global Warming," Say Scientists

Reporting for The Independent, Cahal Milmo writes, "A rise of two degrees centigrade in global temperatures - the point considered to be the threshold for catastrophic climate change which will expose millions to drought, hunger and flooding - is now "very unlikely" to be avoided, the world's leading climate scientists said yesterday."

Effort to Get Companies to Disclose Climate Risk

The New York Times's reporter Felicity Barringer writes, "Two environmental groups and the financial officers of 10 states and New York City are asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to require companies to disclose the risks that climate change may pose to their bottom lines. The petition is expected to reach the SEC today, representatives of the groups said.

African Skies Rain Death, Destruction on Villagers

Reuters correspondent Miriam Imrie reports that "more than 300,000 people [have been] driven from their homes in north Ghana alone by torrential rains and floods that have swept over East and West Africa in recent weeks, destroying homes and schools and washing away crops and livestock."

Republicans Block Detainee Rights Bill

Reporting for The New York Times, David Stout writes "A move to give terrorism suspects the right to challenge their detentions in federal court fell short in the Senate today, even though it had majority support."


Senate Bars Bill to Restore Detainee Rights

By Susan Cornwell

The Senate voted on Wednesday against considering a measure to give Guantanamo detainees and other foreigners the right to challenge their detention in the U.S. courts. The legislation needed 60 votes to be considered by lawmakers in the Senate, narrowly controlled by Democrats; it received only 56, with 43 voting against the effort to roll back a key element of President George W. Bush's war on terrorism.

A recession is underway due to the collapse of the housing market

Got Bling?

by Devvy Kidd

While cable news networks saturate their airwaves with ad nauseum coverage of O.J. Simpson's run of the mill arrest, as expected, Bernard Bernanke, Chariman of the privately owned, unconstitutional "Federal" Reserve, lowered the benchmark interest rate a full half percentage point down to 4.75 percent. The rationale is to try and stave off a recession which is already underway due to the collapse of the housing market.........

Bush moving 'to place America on path to war with Iran'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Journalist Test Drives The Pain Ray Gun

The New Military Frontier: Africa

Dems Frustrate War Critics

Homer, Alaska Citizens for Impeachment Stage Rally

US Caused More Deaths In Iraq Than Saddam

About our interlocking media and government elites

Next-up News n°310

Pentagon, State Department Debunk Bush Fabrications on Iran

Gareth Porter reports for IPS News: "Petraeus's contradictory statements on the Quds Force are emblematic of a US administration propaganda line that has in essence fallen apart because it was so obviously out of line with reality. Nine months after the George W Bush administration declared that it was going to go after Iranian agents in Iraq who were threatening US troops, the US military still has not produced any evidence that Quds Force operatives in Iraq were engaged in assisting the militias fighting against US troops."


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