Freitag, 9. November 2007

Bundestag beschließt Vorratsdatenspeicherung: Massenklage angekündigt

Nach der Verabschiedung des Gesetzes zur Telekommunikationsüberwachung im Bundestag droht seitens der Gegner eine Massenklage vor dem Bundesverfassungsgericht. Der Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung kündigte am 9. November an, die mit rund 7000 Teilnehmern die bisher "größte Verfassungsbeschwerde" einzureichen, wenn das Gesetz im Bundesgesetzblatt veröffentlicht wird.Überwachung

Friedensaktivisten warnen vor möglichem Krieg gegen den Iran

Friedensforscher um Professor Mohssen Massarrat von der Universität Osnabrück appellieren an die Bundesregierung, nicht länger zum drohenden Krieg der USA gegen den Iran zu schweigen. "Wir sind sehr besorgt, dass die täglichen Kriegsdrohungen aus dem unmittelbaren Umfeld des US-Präsidenten in einen Krieg münden könnten", heißt es in einer Resolution, die auf einem Symposium in Osnabrück am 2. November verabschiedet wurde. "Die Indizien für unsere Befürchtungen sind erdrückend." Präsident Bush spreche offen davon, einen Dritten Weltkrieg verhindern zu wollen.

Salt Lake City Mayor Says "We Won't Take It Anymore!"

David Swanson

Salt Lake City Mayor Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson says: "Today, as we come together once again in this great city, we raise our voices in unison to say to President Bush, to Vice President Cheney, to other members of the Bush administration (past and present), to a majority of Congress, including Utah’s entire congressional delegation, and to much of the mainstream media: 'You have failed us miserably and we won’t take it any more.'"


Address by Mayor Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson

Iraqi Government to UN: "Don't Extend Mandate for Bush's Occupation"

Joshua Holland and Raed Jarrar, from AlterNet, report: "The United Nations Security Council, with support from the British and American delegations, is poised to cut the Iraqi parliament out of one of the most significant decisions the young government will make: when foreign troops will depart."

Pelosi Turns to Confront Bush on War Spending

Jason Leopold, Maya Schenwar and Matt Renner, reporting for Truthout, write: "A year after Democrats took control of both houses of Congress, due in large part to the public's frustration with the occupation of Iraq, Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a new plan Thursday that ties additional war funding to the withdrawal of US troops from the region."

Kucinich: A War Crime In Motion

Maher Arar: U.S. Officials Must Be Held Accountable for Sending Him to Torture in Syria

Cindy Sheehan: Faith and War


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All Cowboys Out Now

Cheney Tried to Stifle Dissent in Iran NIE

Health Care Excuses

Paul Krugman writes for The New York Times, "The United States spends far more on health care per person than any other nation. Yet we have lower life expectancy than most other rich countries. Furthermore, every other advanced country provides all its citizens with health insurance; only in America is a large fraction of the population uninsured or underinsured."

Decks Are Stacked in War Crimes Cases, Lawyers Say

William Glaberson, of The New York Times, reports, "The administration's problem-plagued military commission system started up here [in Guantanamo Bay] again Thursday, but it began with contentious new claims that the war crimes cases are unfairly stacked against detainees. Military defense lawyers said that on the eve of the hearing, military prosecutors told them for the first time of a government witness who might be able to help a detainee, Omar Ahmed Khadr, counter the war crimes charges on which he was arraigned Thursday."

Owe Aku and Black Hills Sioux nation treaty council defeat uranium corporation

From: Kent Lebsock

Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2007 3:58 PM
Subject: Lakota Land Victory


(From Owe Aku International Human Rights and Justice Program, New York City)

As explained in the following article, Owe Aku, a grass roots Lakota organization, just utilized the principle of free, prior and informed consent as set forth in the recently passed United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Plaintiffs, including Owe Aku and the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, argued that a third-party corporation could not come to the reservation for the purpose of uranium exploration without following established procedure and without providing adequate information thereby violating the principle of “free, prior and informed consent” as set forth in the Declaration on Indigenous rights. Does this mean that the Declaration may now be used as defacto precedence in Oglala Lakota tribal court?

Two weeks ago, members of Owe Aku’s leadership team were in New York presenting a documentary film called Standing Silent Nation on their struggle to develop industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota reservation. The New York trip was right in the middle of the uranium court case. Nonetheless they took the time to bring their efforts on a different issue to the people of New York . Production of industrial hemp would have been a solution to the overwhelming poverty and environmental degradation created by most industries in the region. So of course, the federal government put a stop to that. The Monday after the New York trip, Owe Aku was back on Lakota treaty territory taking on a mining company and, on Tuesday, WINNING.

Owe Aku has had a long term, multi-phases action and education campaign in place to stop uranium mining in and around Lakota treaty territory for the past several years. This has included extensive research on the process of uranium mining, the environmental and health effects, the direct effects on Pine Ridge and the possibility for oppositional coalitions. Earlier this year though a uranium mining company calling itself (for no apparent reason) Native American Energy Group (“NAEG”) descended on Pine Ridge and, through deceit and less than ethical maneuvering, started taking steps to expand uranium mining within reservation borders.

Owe Aku took immediate action, going door-to-door on the reservation educating the people about uranium mining, and eventually filing an action in tribal court. Unlike NAEG, Owe Aku was not represented by attorneys but, as is the case with all our work, was represented by our own members. In this case, our Executive Director Debra White Plume, often found herself examining witnesses and testifying. Given the Court’s ruling, an excellent job was done using tribal and treaty law, as well as some international standards.

The mission of Owe Aku is to preserve, restore and revive traditional Lakota values. Owe Aku’s efforts are focused at the most basic grassroots level in order to create real change – both in our people’s lives and in the world around us. Throughout our work, our goal is to find positive solutions to economies and societies based solely on consumption and exploitation of people and resources.


Pine Ridge , SD … On October 29, OST Chief Judge Lisa Adams issued an exclusion order to remove the Native American Energy Group (N.A.E.G.) from the Pine Ridge reservation, declaring that the company has been trespassing on tribal lands. The finding gave NAEG 30 days to vacate the reservation.

The Judge also noted that N.A.E.G. ignored a tribal resolution that accepted the OST Environmental Technical Team’s recommendation that the Tribe not enter into any working relationship with N.A.E.G. Further, the order stated that OST Member, Eileen Janis, failed to inform N.A.E.G. about OST ordinances prohibiting exploration and mining for uranium.

Plaintiffs in the case, Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council (Oglala Delegation) and Owe Aku, were pleased with the exclusion order. “Judge Adams showed great respect for the Treaty Council during this hearing. However, we must update the language in our outdated Tribal Law and Order Code to combat new mining and exploration techniques. N.A.E.G. is gone, but they could try and return in another form and there are many other companies out there that will try to bribe their way onto our homeland,” stated Floyd Hand, Treaty Council delegate.

N.A.E.G., a New York-based oil/gas/mining company, approached OST tribal officials in early 2007 with a written proposal to embark on a multi-phase plan to mine uranium on the reservation. Once this proposal was disclosed to the public, tribal members expressed outrage that a mining company had been on the reservation for so many months without following protocol. The Treaty Council, along with Owe Aku, a non-profit environmental activism group, took action and filed a motion in early September, to exclude the company from Pine Ridge.

“The Pine Ridge Reservation and 1868 Ft Laramie Treaty Territory has been declared a nuclear free zone by both the Tribal Government and the Treaty Council. The court action brought by Owe Aku and the Treaty Council to stop this company from desecrating our sacred Mother Earth has been decided in our favor. It has been a challenging experience to fight an energy company, but worth the effort to protect our Treaty Territory . Companies who come to our land need to come with full disclosure of their intentions to do business with our people, our leaders need to enforce such a policy so we are not faced with a similar situation in the future,” said Debra White Plume of Owe Aku.

Kent Lebsock , Director of Program

Owe Aku, Bring Back the Way

International Human Rights & Justice Project

Pine Ridge and New York


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Republican supports impeachment

Iran Sanction Shuffle: Is the US dancing alone?

The ability to burn salt water

Go to my youtube page and you will see every video I could find on this
amazing John Kanzius. A cure for cancer and the ability to burn salt

Preparing for life after oil

by Michael T. Klare


This past May, in an unheralded and almost unnoticed move, the Energy Department signaled a fundamental, near epochal shift in US and indeed world history: we are nearing the end of the Petroleum Age and have entered the Age of Insufficiency. The department stopped talking about ‘oil’ in its projections of future petroleum availability and began speaking of ‘liquids.’ The global output of ‘liquids,’ the department indicated, would rise from 84 million barrels of oil equivalent (mboe) per day in 2005 to a projected 117.7 mboe in 2030 — barely enough to satisfy anticipated world demand of 117.6 mboe. Aside from suggesting the degree to which oil companies have ceased being mere suppliers of petroleum and are now purveyors of a wide variety of liquid products — including synthetic fuels derived from natural gas, corn, coal and other substances — this change hints at something more fundamental: we have entered a new era of intensified energy competition and growing reliance on the use of force to protect overseas sources of petroleum...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

They could have filibustered

Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau


It was 53-40 for Mukasey. 6 Democrats jumped ship. I won’t blame each and every member of the party (and I invite you to re-read that as many times as you deem necessary), but as far as I can tell a filibuster was possible. 40 Democrats voted against Mukasey, and one of the 7 not voting was The Dodd. (Respect The Dodd.) If it had gone to a filibuster, the Dodd could have been brought in to make it 41 votes. (The Dodd abides.) So a filibuster was possible. The lack of a filibuster suggests that there are some serious institutional/leadership issues here...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Stealing Ohio 2004: The Case Heats Up

What our attitudes toward cruelty can tell us about who we are as Americans

Bill Moyers interviews best-selling historian Thomas Cahill in a far-ranging interview that takes viewers from the Coliseum in Rome to death row in Texas and examines what our attitudes toward cruelty can tell us about who we are as Americans.

FCC Considering New Media Rules

John Dunbar for The Associated Press: "For the second time in four years, the government is rewriting media ownership rules, a process that probably will allow big companies to get even bigger."

Congress Overrides Bush Veto of Water Projects Bill

Christopher Doering for Reuters: "Congress on Thursday overturned President George W. Bush's veto last week of a popular water projects bill, marking the first time lawmakers have mustered enough votes to override the president."

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Topping Nixon, Bush disapproval soars to highest level ever recorded in Gallup poll

Informant: John Stroebel


Bush Finally Tops Nixon -- In Unpopularity -- As Call for Iraq Pullout Hits New Peak

For almost two years, President Bush has been threatening to unseat Richard M. Nixon as the most unpopular president in the history of the Gallup poll, and it finally happened this week.

From Information Clearing House

Phone mast must go to make way for homes

Our photograph shows the Kestrel Way mast, as seen from The Cricketers pub in Horsell in 2005.

A PHONE mast that has towered over homes and a school for the past nine years is to be given its marching orders.


Foreclosures up nearly 100%:

The number of homes entering some stage of foreclosure jumped almost 100% in the third quarter from the same time a year ago and 30% from last quarter.

From Information Clearing House

The Economic Consequences of Mr. Bush

US debt tops $9 trillion for first time-Treasury

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday publicly held U.S. debt breached $9 trillion this week for the first time ever, just five weeks after Congress had raised the statutory borrowing limit.

Federal Liabilities Now Equal $175,000 for Every American

Deficit spending and promised benefits for federal entitlement programs have put every man, woman, and child in the United States on the hook for $175,000, says a new report by David Walker, comptroller general of the United States.

Card Debt a $915 Billion Disaster-in-Waiting

Think the estimated subprime debt load carried by the big international banks is big, at $1 trillion? How about this: Americans now owe nearly as much - a record $915 billion - on their credit cards alone.

The Economic Consequences of Mr. Bush

The next president will have to deal with yet another crippling legacy of George W. Bush: the economy. A Nobel laureate, Joseph E. Stiglitz, sees a generation-long struggle to recoup.

From Information Clearing House

"Severe" consequences if US bombs Iran

There would be "severe" consequences in many forms if the United States bombs Iran, Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Thursday.

From Information Clearing House

Will 'armloads' of US cash buy tribal loyalty?

Paying tribes to keep the peace is nothing new. It was one of Mr. Hussein's tools in his selective patronage system designed to weaken and control all institutions outside his Baath party. The British also tried it when they ruled Iraq last century.

From Information Clearing House

House Readies Another Iraq Funding Vote

House Democrats said Thursday they would send President Bush $50 billion for combat operations on the condition that he begin withdrawing troops from Iraq.,,-7062241,00.html

From Information Clearing House

The Long Fall: A Market Without Parachutes

By Mike Whitney

America is finished, washed up, kaput. Foreign investors and central banks around the world have lost confidence in US markets and are headed for the exits. The dollar is sinking, the country is insolvent, and its leaders are barking mad.

U.S. Says Attack Plans for Iran Ready

By Associated Press

Among the possible targets, in addition to nuclear installations like the centrifuge plant at Natanz: Iran's ballistic missile sites, Republican Guard bases, and naval warfare assets that Tehran could use in a retaliatory closure of the Straits of Hormuz, a vital artery for the flow of Gulf oil.

Israel Plans Nuclear Strike on Iran

By Uzi Mahnaimi, New York and Sarah Baxter, Washington

ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.

Israel, US meet to discuss common Middle East strategy

The US and Israeli teams discussed Iran's "destabilizing" regional impact. They shared their latest assessments of Iran's nuclear program.

Israel still fails to understand that strongarm tactics won't win it secrurity

Israel provided yet another example on Thursday of the double standards by which it feels entitled to operate on the world stage. Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz demanded that the international community replace Mohamed ElBaradei as the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, saying that he has not done enough to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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