Samstag, 22. Dezember 2007

Majority Democrats' Power Checked by GOP

Charles Babington of The Associated Press reports: "Democrats running Congress for the first time in more than a decade faltered at key points this year as they grudgingly passed important bills opposed by many, or even most, of their House members. When Republicans were in charge, they generally avoided a similar fate."

Truth and Consequences

In "Truth and Consequences," Countdown MSNBC's Keith Olbermann "collects the best of his Special Comments, presented with additional observations and other new material."

FBI Prepares Vast Database of Biometrics - Das FBI plant die weltgrößte biometrische Datenbank


FBI Prepares Vast Database of Biometrics

Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post, reports: "The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world's largest computer database of peoples' physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad."

Muzzling the lawyers

In this ignoble chapter in the history of U.S. justice, the American military's own uniformed lawyers have stood out for their attempts to uphold the rule of law.

From Information Clearing House

Military Evangelism Deeper, Wider Than First Thought

'Israel will attack Iran on its own': former CIA official

Citing conversations he had in Israel with officials in Mossad and the Israeli defense establishment, Riedel concluded that "Israel is not going to allow its nuclear monopoly to be threatened."

What Will Israel Do?

A unilateral military strike against Iran is much more likely following the latest intel report about Tehran's nuke program.

From Information Clearing House

Death Of The US Dollar: Your Future As A Sharecropper

Paul Craig Roberts and others talks about the ill health and possible demise of the dollar.

The Butcher's Apron

By Mike Whitney

Why do we keep throwing billions of dollars down a black hole just to maintain this pathetic charade that fools no one? Why not just load up the boxcars with pallets of crisp-new hundred dollar bills and ship them off to Crawford where they end up anyway. Let Bush worry about how to distribute the loot.

Twelve Days: Close the School of the Americas Down

Informant: Frank

Advancing Workers' Rights

Pat Eiding and Ellen Slack for The Philadelphia Daily News write about the historic significance of December as the month that the UN General Assembly adopted in 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which includes the right to employment and economic well- being. Eiding and Slack write: "Sadly, the US, a nation that prides itself on being a world leader, has not been a leader in the area of workers' rights - that is, the right of workers to organize and bargain collectively."

Union Protests "Atmosphere of Fear" at FreshDirect

Sewell Chan, The New York Times: "Nearly two weeks after FreshDirect let go of scores of immigrant workers, political leaders, labor organizers and other supporters of the workers rallied outside the company's warehouse and headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, this afternoon, accusing the company of ousting the workers to foil a coming unionization vote."

Nightmare Before Christmas

Bob Herbert, writing for The New York Times, says, "I had a conversation the other day with Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union. He mentioned a poll of working families that had shown that their belief in that mythical dream that has sustained so many generations for so long is fading faster than sunlight on a December afternoon."

Single brain cell's power shown

Time to withdraw all existing permits

CIA withheld Qaeda tapes

Informant: John Calvert

War on Earth: Bad will to men

Article by Charley Reese

A Real Defense for America: Bring all the troops home

says John Keller

Isolationism vs. Militarism

Subprime, Ron Paul and Paradoxes

John M. Regan, Jr., on the subprime crisis and justice.

MP to raise controversy over phone mast in Parliament

VILLAGERS battling to get a mobile phone mast removed from a North Yorkshire village will have their case raised in parliament.

Ryedale Tory MP John Greenway has written to villagers in Sheriff Hutton telling them he will be speaking to the House of Commons in January about a controversial phone mast in the village.



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