Mittwoch, 7. November 2007

Filibuster Remains a Possibility for Mukasey

Keith Perine and Seth Stern, reporting for Congressional Quarterly, write, "Michael Mukasey appears headed for confirmation as attorney general before Thanksgiving, but Senate Democratic leaders are leaving open the possibility that there might be an attempt to filibuster the nomination."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110707D.shtml



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Next-up news n°365

//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/next_up_news_n365.htm

Iran, Syrien und Nordkorea im Visier von US-Atomraketen?

Nach einem Dokument aus dem Jahr 2002 hatte das Pentagon bis zum 1. März 2003 einen Angriffsplan mit Nuklearwaffen auf "regionale Staaten" vorbereitet.

//www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/26/26564/1.html

Reiche werden reicher, Arme bleiben arm

//www.tagesschau.de/wirtschaft/volksvermoegen2.html

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Zwei Drittel der Bevölkerung ohne nennenswertes Vermögen. Erstmalige Analyse der Vermögensverteilung auf Personenebene

„Rund zwei Drittel der Bevölkerung in Deutschland verfügen über kein oder nur ein sehr geringes Vermögen. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt das DIW Berlin in seinem aktuellen Wochenbericht. Grundlage ist die Vermögenserhebung im Rahmen des sozio-oekonomischen Panels (SOEP), die erstmals eine Analyse der Vermögensverteilung auf individueller Ebene erlaubt. Im Durchschnitt beträgt das individuelle Nettovermögen rund 81 000 Euro. „Aufgrund der sehr ungleichen Verteilung liegt der mittlere Wert nur bei etwa 15 000 Euro", sagte DIW-Forscher Markus Grabka…“ Pressemitteilung des DIW Berlin vom 07.11.2007 //www.diw.de/deutsch/pressemitteilungen/74800.html

Siehe dazu auch:

Vermögen in Deutschland wesentlich ungleicher verteilt als Einkommen Artikel von Markus M. Grabka und Joachim R. Frick im Wochenbericht
45/2007 des DIW Berlin (pdf) //www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/74780/07-45-1.pdf


Die Reichen werden immer reicher. Dank - BDI, SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP, BündnisGrün, NPD, DVU, u.a.m.!

Kommentar von Reinhold Schramm vom 7.11.07 //www.labournet.de/diskussion/wipo/finanz/addiw.html


Aus: LabourNet, 8. November 2007



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Skepticism Greets New US Africa Command

The Associated Press reports: "Just a few years ago, the US military was rarely seen in the oil-rich waters of West Africa's Gulf of Guinea. This year, it plans to be there every day. The strategic importance of Africa and its natural resources is on the rise, and the Defense Department last month created a new unified US military command for the continent called Africom."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110707P.shtml



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Judge Allows Abu Ghraib Lawsuit Against Contractor

Josh White reports for The Washington Post, "A federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday that a civil lawsuit alleging abuse and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq can go forward against a US military contractor, setting the stage for what could be the first case in a US civilian court to weigh accountability for the notorious abuses in 2003."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110707N.shtml



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Chuck Schumer's Senate

Truthout's Executive Director Marc Ash writes: "On the day that Senator Charles Schumer used his vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee to all but assure that George W. Bush's latest pick, Michael B. Mukasey for attorney general, would be confirmed, The New York Times obliged him by publishing - in a featured Op-Ed - his reasons for doing so. The Times did not see fit to publicize any other senator's thoughts on the matter. That is fitting, because the only voice that mattered in the end was Chuck Schumer's."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110707J.shtml



Democrats Hit Out at Mukasey's Torture Pledge

Manu Raju reports for The Hill, "Senate Democrats on Tuesday pilloried Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey for his assurances to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) that he would enforce a law to prohibit waterboarding if Congress were to enact such a measure."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110707L.shtml



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Für ein gentechnikfreies Europa

//groups.google.de/group/archive_news/t/34eb6a15e34a5b78

Tell Japan: no more dead dolphins!

//takeaction.oceana.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=17309



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Die Schere zwischen arm und reich in Deutschland klafft immer weiter

7. November 2007

Herausforderung an Politik

Zu den Berichten über eine unveröffentlichte DIW-Studie zu den sozialen Gegensätzen in Deutschland erklärt Bundesgeschäftsführer Dietmar Bartsch:

Die Schere zwischen arm und reich in Deutschland klafft immer weiter. Dies ist nicht neu und wird von der LINKEN immer wieder angeprangert. Neu ist, dass dies durch Zahlen einer aktuellen DIW-Studie untermauert wird. SPD und Union werfen der LINKEN bei diesem Thema gern Populismus und Schwarzmalerei vor. Das DIW ist keine "Vorfeldorganisation" der LINKEN. Wer es ernst mit einem "Aufschwung für alle" meint, der sollte sich die Fakten genau ansehen: Während die reichsten zehn Prozent fast zwei Drittel des Volksvermögens unter sich aufteilen, kommt die Hälfte der Bürgerinnen und Bürger mit ihrem Einkommen gerade mal so über die Runden. Ostdeutsche, Frauen und Migranten sind besonders benachteiligt. Union und SPD führen die Politik der sozialen Ausgrenzung und Verarmung ganzer Bevölkerungsgruppen fort. Ob Mindestlohn, Pendlerpauschale, Verlängerung des Arbeitslosengeldes I, Kindergeldkürzung oder Erbschaftssteuer - alle Entscheidung der Großen Koalition in den vergangenen Tagen wurden erneut zu Lasten von Arbeitnehmern und sozial Benachteiligten getroffen.

13 Millionen Einkünfte für Herrn Ackermann und 2,5 Millionen Kinder in Armut - das fordert jede und jeden zu einer anderen Politik heraus. Schöne Parteitagsreden allein reichen nicht aus. Dazu bedarf es konkreter Politik.

//www.die-linke.de/presse/presseerklaerungen/detail/artikel/herausforderung-an-politik/



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Is Hillary Clinton a corporate stooge?

Mother Jones
by Jonathan Stein

11/05/07

In his second appearance of the day at the town civic center in Waverly (pop. 8,968; flag count: one giant and two large American flags), [John] Edwards offered this, ‘The presidential candidate who has raised the most money from Washington lobbyists is not a Republican. It’s a Democrat. The candidate who has raised the most money from the health industry — insurance companies and drug companies — is not a Republican. It is a Democrat. … And the candidate who has raised the most money from the defense industry, is not a Republican. It is a Democrat. And all those descriptions fit the same candidate. They’re all Senator Clinton.’ That’s the dominant angle of attack Edwards uses on the Democratic frontrunner, who’s recent stumbles perhaps emboldens him to continue on the offensive...

//tinyurl.com/2j2qeq


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Democratic majority meaningless once again

Boston Globe
by Derrick Z. Jackson

11/06/07

Evidence of a Democratic majority in Congress keeps fading away. The party rode antiwar sentiment back into leadership of the House and Senate a year ago, but we are no closer to withdrawal. And now we have the nomination of Michael Mukasey for attorney general. In his Senate confirmation hearings, Mukasey refused to say whether he thought interrogation methods such as the simulation of drowning, known as waterboarding, should be considered torture. Showing fairly shallow knowledge for the next standard-bearer of justice, he said, ‘I don’t know what’s involved in the technique. If waterboarding is torture, torture is not constitutional’...

//tinyurl.com/2noptz


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Waterboarding is torture and its use takes us back to the Dark Ages

Tennessean
by Bob Hoyt

11/06/07
//tinyurl.com/2m6vcg



On the path to barbarity

Guardian [UK]
by John Laughland

11/06/07

Arguments in favour of the legalisation of torture have not lost their capacity to shock. The fact that US attorneys-general and the senior legal adviser at the state department have said they are in favour of it seems proof to many of America’s slide into barbarism. In reality, however, their pro-torture arguments are no different from the claims made in favour of ‘humanitarian war’ and of other forms of military intervention — arguments that, unfortunately, have become increasingly popular since the end of the cold war...

//www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2205833,00.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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ACLU Learns of Third Secret Torture Memo by Gonzales Justice Department

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/1106-14.htm



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Veterans For Peace Warns Senators To Vote No On Mukasey Nomination

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/1106-07.htm



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How Much is Enough?

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/11/06/5059



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Western Hunger for Biofuels Causing Starvation in the Poor World

The Guardian UK's George Monbiot says, "Even the International Monetary Fund, always ready to immolate the poor on the altar of business, now warns that using food to produce biofuels "might further strain already tight supplies of arable land and water all over the world, thereby pushing food prices up even further." This week, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will announce the lowest global food reserves in 25 years, threatening what it calls "a very serious crisis." Even when the price of food was low, 850 million people went hungry because they could not afford to buy it. With every increment in the price of flour or grain, several million more are pushed below the breadline."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/110607EC.shtml



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The Farm Bill Grows a Crop of Lobbyists

Kevin Bogardus, The Hill, reports: "Union officials, immigration advocates and energy lobbyists are all eyeing the $280 billion agriculture bill, which the Senate began debating Monday. As perhaps the last major policy bill moving this year, groups with little interest in cattle or crops may end up playing a role in what Congress makes of the nation's farm policy."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/110607LA.shtml



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Experts Say Climate Change Threatens National Security

Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters, writes: "Climate change could end globalization by 2040 as nations look inward to conserve scarce resources and conflicts flare when refugees flee rising seas and drought."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110607S.shtml



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Weg frei für mehr Videoüberwachung und Handy-Ortung in Berlin

//www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/98528



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Gestopfte Gans? Nein Danke!

//tinyurl.com/35wya6

Kucinich's Cheney Impeachment Resolution Stays Alive in House, Moved to Committee

//www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,308738,00.html


Informant: Bob Banner



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Central bankers see more pain for U.S. economy

The worst crisis I've seen in 30 years

After more than 15 years of extraordinarily benevolent economic conditions worldwide - cheap oil, cheap money, growing trade, the Asia boom, rising house prices - things are unravelling at bewildering speed. The system might be able to handle one shock; it is undoubtedly too fragile to handle so many simultaneously.

//www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2205121,00.html



Central bankers see more pain for U.S. economy

Central bankers past and present warned on Tuesday of more pain to come for the U.S. economy and that banks worldwide could take several months yet to reveal full losses from U.S. subprime mortgage lending.

//news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071106/bs_nm/economy_credit_dc_5



Markets fear banks have $1 trillion in toxic debt

A new phase in the credit crunch, one of "$1 trillion losses" seems to be dawning. The crisis at Citigroup and renewed doubts about some of the world's leading banks disquieted stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic yesterday, with the fractious mood set to continue.

//news.independent.co.uk/business/news/article3132507.ece


From Information Clearing House



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$460B Military Bill Omits War Funds

House and Senate negotiators agreed Tuesday on a $460 billion Pentagon bill that bankrolls pricey weapons systems and bomb-resistant vehicles for troops, but has little for Iraq and Afghanistan.

//www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-7054530,00.html


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The torture of Ali al-Marri

The last "enemy combatant" on the US mainland
//www.andyworthington.co.uk/?p=156


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U.S. Plan Envisioned Nuking Iran, Syria, Libya

Despite years of denials, a secret planning document issued by the U.S. military's nuclear-weapons command in 2003 ordered preparations for nuclear strikes on countries seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction, including Iran, Saddam Hussein-era Iraq, Libya and Syria.

//www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/004639.php


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The state of emergency in Pakistan

Scott Horton Interviews Eric Margolis

Eric Margolis, discusses the state of emergency in Pakistan, the history of the Musharraf dictatorship, his relationship with Dick Cheney, the return of Benazir Bhutto, her accusation that Musharraf was behind the recent suicide bomb attacks.

//www.antiwar.com/blog/2007/11/05/eric-margolis-3/



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Sinking Currency, Sinking Country

By Patrick J. Buchanan

The dollar is plunging because America has been living beyond her means, borrowing $2 billion a day from foreign nations to maintain her standard of living and to sustain the American Imperium.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18675.htm



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America's Road to Tyranny

By Vincent L. Guarisco
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18670.htm



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It is inexplicable that so many of the American people can be so dazed and confused

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18671.htm



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National Lawyers Guild Unanimously Passes Impeachment Resolution

//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/28354


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Oakland City Council unanimously adopts No War on Iran Resolution

//clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/attachments/17677.pdf


Informant: Jackie Cabasso

From ufpj-news



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Air Strikes First, Questions Later

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/11/06/5048/



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Bush Turns Civil Rights Commission Into 'Conservative Rights' Commission

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/11/06/5041/

Anti-Torture Protesters in DC Act Out Waterboarding

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/11/06/5043/



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How Multinational Companies Hide Profits, Avoid Taxation

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/11/06/5053/

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