Sonntag, 14. Oktober 2007

It is time to confront the reality that we are lying to ourselves

Leading Shiite Politician Calls for Total US Withdrawal From Iraq

Agence France Presse reports that "A key Shiite member of Iraq's ruling coalition called Saturday for the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from his country and rejected the possibility of permanent bases."

Meldedaten Impfkomplikationen 1987 bis 2005

Groups on Left, Right Ask Candidates to Reject Bush's Wider Powers

The New York Times: Spies, Lies and FISA

The lead editorial in Sunday's New York Times takes George W. Bush to task over the recent debate surrounding the issue of domestic surveillance, accusing the White House of "pumping out the same fog of fear and disinformation it used to push the [eavesdropping] bill through Congress this summer."

Violent side of Brazil's soya industry

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Land of the Free? Not Any More

by Joel Turtel

We may still have fundamental freedoms of speech and the press, but America is in a transition from liberty to despotism, a halfway house on the road to tyranny. We already have economic tyranny in America. If you add up all the taxes you pay, including income taxes, Social Security, sales, real estate, gasoline, telephone, and dozens of other hidden taxes, government loots over forty percent of your hard-earned income in taxes.......

Democrats bow to Wall Street, saving tax break for billionaires

The Democratic Party leadership in the US Senate has effectively killed proposals put forward earlier this year to close a tax loophole that allows billionaire managers of hedge and private equity funds to enjoy tax rates on their income that are far lower than those imposed on average American workers.

Millions of Americans in Economic Battle to Make Ends Meet

While families at the top of the income ladder have seen their incomes rise faster than inflation, those in the middle and bottom have seen theirs fall.

From Information Clearing House

Florida boot camp staff cleared in teen's death

"You kill a dog, you go to jail. You kill a little black boy, nothing happens," he said, in an apparent reference to NFL quarterback Michael Vick, who pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges in August and faces up to five years in prison.

From Information Clearing House

ACLU Sues Immigration Authorities To End Practice Of Injecting Deportees With Anti-Psychotic Drugs

One of the drugs that ICE is accused of using on detainees is a powerful anti-psychotic drug that is not approved for use without a physician seeing a patient in person to prescribe it first. The drug Haldol, which is used to treat schizophrenia or other mental illnesses, was used on some detainees.

From Information Clearing House

In the last two centuries has Iran invaded any other nation?

From Information Clearing House

Namibia deports two Americans for recruiting for Iraq

Namibia has ordered two Americans to leave the country for trying to recruit Namibians to work as security guards in Iraq and Afghanistan, the information minister said.

From Information Clearing House

Marine company won't face charges

Charges won't be pursued against a Marine company pulled from Afghanistan by a general on suspicion of killing innocent civilians, a lawyer in the case said.

From Information Clearing House

Guru of Greed: The Cult of Selfishness

By Leonard Doyle

Fifty years after it was first published, Ayn Rand's most influential book offers a vital clueto why so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests.

US Demands Air Passengers Ask its Permission to fly

If you're not on the list, you're not getting on

By Wendy M. Grossman

US demands air passengers ask its permission to fly: Under new rules proposed by the Transport Security Administration (TSA), all airline passengers would need advance permission before flying into, through, or over the United States regardless of citizenship or the airline's national origin.

Privatizing Terror, Outsourcing Diplomacy

By Wajahat Ali

"Isn't it interesting that the same government individual, who has been reported by one investigative committee to have made the initial decision for Blackwater to get its first contract, is the brother of the current State Department Inspector General, who was found, by the same committee, to have intervened in preventing an investigation into Blackwater's illegal activity?"

How Can Man Kill Innocent People so Simply?

By Laith

I don't know how to express my feelings when Leila my boss and I visited the man who lost his wife in the incident of Al Nosoor Square 13 days ago. I saw him fighting his tears and he didn't allow them to run away from his eyes. I could feel the difficulty he faced when he was talking.

Seven Countries in Five Years

By Joe Conason

Wesley Clark's new memoir casts more light on the Bush administration's secret strategies for regime change in Iran and elsewhere.

Ex-Phone Chief Says N.S.A. Sought Data Earlier

Großer US-Lauschangriff wurde schon vor den 9-11-Attentaten vorbereitet

854 Millionen Menschen unterernährt

Der neue Welhungerbericht der Deutschen Welthungerhilfe (DWHH) ist erschreckend. Nach dem am Freitag veröffentlichten Bericht haben weltweit 854 Millionen Menschen nicht genug zu essen.

Afrika hat 284 Milliarden US-Dollar durch Konflikte verloren

Oxfam fordert weltweite Handelskontrollen für konventionelle Waffen.

The empowering and disruptive impact of mobiles

Ongoing study reveals how mobile phones affect our private lives

A quarter of British young people are addicted to their mobile phones.

One third of Britons aged 16-24 say they would feel unwanted if they received no calls or messages for one day.


Briten leiden unter Handy-Sucht

Kein anderes europäisches Land derart von Mobiltelefonie besessen
Großbritanniens Bevölkerung ist süchtig nach Mobiltelefonen. Zumindest ein Viertel aller Handynutzer der jungen Generation (unter 25 Jahren) behauptet von sich selbst, "abhängig" zu sein, so das Ergebnis einer aktuellen Studie der London School of Economics und dem Mobilfunkhändler Carphone Warhouse.

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Anger over phone mast

13 October 2007 | 15:00

FURIOUS residents today spoke of their anger at a telecommunication company's bid to install a phone mast near to their homes.

If granted planning permission, the 12.5-metre mast will be installed on land between Belle Vue Road and Woodbridge Road, in Ipswich.

Residents claim the mast poses a potential health risk, is unsightly and unnecessary.


Voting Machines Giving Florida New Headache

Abby Goodnough, The New York Times, says, "Across the nation, jurisdictions that experimented with touch-screen voting after 2000 are starting to scale back or abandon it based on a growing perception that the machines are unreliable and concern that they do not provide a paper trail in case questions arise."

Torture: What's in a Name?

Writing for Truthout, Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III says, "For months, President Bush has tried to defend the extreme tactics being used by the CIA to interrogate individuals suspected of terrorist activities. This, in spite of recently released documents from the Justice Department indicating that in 2005, then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales issued a secret opinion authorizing physical abuse to extract information."


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