Samstag, 29. Dezember 2007

DOD Contractor: Millions in Earmarks, Little of Use

Robert O'Harrow Jr. reports for The Washington Post: "The National Defense Center for Environmental Excellence opened its doors in 1991 with a $5 million earmark from a powerful lawmaker. Operating in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the privately run center has received at least $671 million worth of federal contracts and earmarks since then to research and develop pollution-abatement technology and other systems for the Defense Department."'Harrow

Senator wants to protect Great Lakes

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Iraq Slashes Food Rations, Putting Lives at Risk

Informant: John Calvert

Impeachment Sends Message

Informant: John Calvert

Täter gefasst: Videoüberwachung als Erfolgsmodell?

Warum der Überfall von München kein Argument für mehr Videoüberwachung oder härtere Strafen ist.überwachung

Planning shake-up pledge in wake of masts blunder

by Liam Murphy, Liverpool Daily Post

Dec 29 2007

PLANNING procedures in Wirral are to be revamped following an investigation into a potentially costly blunder by the authority over phone masts.

Chief executive Stephen Maddox has promised councillors issues raised by an independent report into the blunder will “be embraced”.


Vanishing wild bees will sting ecosystem

Activists look for arrest of Bush, Cheney

Both Sides Cite Science to Address Altered Corn

Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times: "A proposal that Europe's top environment official made last month, to ban the planting of a genetically modified corn strain, sets up a bitter war within the European Union, where politicians have done their best to dance around the issue."

Remember This: 350 Parts Per Million

Bill McKibben for The Washington Post says the most crucial development in the fight against global warming this month was the findings of NASA scientist James Hansen, who has "offered a simple, straightforward and mind-blowing bottom line for the planet: 350, as in parts per million carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."

Global Warming Isn't Heating Up Campaign Trail

Ellen Goodman, The Seattle Times: "The inconvenient truth of the 2008 election year is that climate change is still way down the dance card of most-talked-about topics. It's ranked No. 12 among Democratic candidates, and No. 15 among Republicans."

Dollar Falls Versus Euro for Sixth Day as New Home Sales Drop

The dollar dropped against the euro for a sixth day, the longest decline since October, after a U.S. government report showed sales of new homes fell to a 12-year low last month.

Defaults moving beyond sub-prime

Thought the mortgage meltdown was just a sub-prime affair? Think again. There's another time bomb waiting to explode, experts say: risky loans made to people with good credit.

Housing prices are headed way down

The cold, hard truth is that foreclosures are serving only to hasten the painful process of shifting housing prices back to a level the market can sustain. Prices must and will fall. Everywhere. Probably 25% to 30% from their peak.

From Information Clearing House

Navy JAG Resigns Over Torture Issue

"There was a time when I served with pride ... Sadly, no more."

From Information Clearing House


Waterboarding response leads Gig Harbor JAG to resign his commission

From Next-up

Informant: jensenmk

Venezuelan president warns of U.S.-backed murder plot

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez here on Wednesday warned of a murder plot against him which may prevent him from going to Guatemala next month.

From Information Clearing House

Bush Will Veto Defense Policy Measure, Spokesman Says

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada condemned Bush's veto of the $696 billion defense policy measure. The Democratic leaders noted that the bill includes "urgent national security priorities,'' a 3.5 percent pay raise for U.S. troops and improved veterans' health care.

From Information Clearing House

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade: A Profile In Courage, Honor And Hope

By Stephen Lendman

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade was an American contingent of about 2800 volunteers who fought on the side of the Second Spanish Republic during the country's 1936 - 1939 Civil War against the fascist Nationalist rebellion under General Francisco Franco. From 1937 through 1938, it aimed to stop international fascism under Hitler and Mussolini that led to WW II. This essay explains who the "Lincolns" were, why they're important, and what their relevance is to America today under George Bush.

Vermont group wants Cheney, Bush charged with war crimes


Will Brattleboro Indict Bush?

Vermont town seeks Bush, Cheney arrests

Informant: John Calvert

TETRA: Assurance Evaluation du risque

Speed camera problem could stop mast

A PROPOSED mobile phone mast on a busy St Albans road is dangerous as it will obstruct a speed camera, according to neighbours as well as police.

An equipment cabinet on the eight-metre mast at the corner of Sandpit Lane and Gurney Court Road would obscure images of speeding motorists from a mobile camera van for which a special lay-by has been constructed.

The planning application by Pha Communications Ltd has already been refused by the district council, but the company has appealed.


La réglementation de l’implantation des antennes relais de radiotéléphonie mobile

Concerned About Global Warming?

Ron Paul, grass farming and global warming

Many people within the libertarian community are skeptical about the science behind global warming. I happen to think the threat of global warming is of uncertain magnitude but of real concern. Most people who share my concern are eager for the government to step in and regulate carbon emissions, and for this reason find it difficult to bring themselves to support Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, fearing that a Paul administration would stand back and do nothing to combat global warming. But this is hardly the case. In fact, a Paul presidency would be a great asset to anyone concerned about global warming...

What Bhutto's Assassination Means to America

On Pakistan and US foreign policy

What Bhutto's Assassination Means to America


Pakistan Government Reveals How Benazir Bhutto Was Killed


Mystery shrouds the death of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto. In an explosive revelation, Pakistan's Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz on Friday said that Bhutto did not die of bullet wounds.

Police Abandoned Security Posts Before Bhutto Assassination

By Nick Juliano

No autopsy performed on body; docs say bullet wounds not found.

In Memory of Benazir Bhutto

Cut U.S. Ties to Musharraf

By Medea Benjamin

Musharraf's use of US funds to crack down on the country's democratic forces has led to growing anti-American sentiments among the nation's moderate, secular forces. The U.S. government should withhold assistance until Musharraf steps down and a caretaker government restores the independent judiciary, lifts restrictions on the press and sets up the conditions for fair elections.

They Don't Blame al-Qa'idam, They Blame Musharraf

By Robert Fisk

Weird, isn't it, how swiftly the narrative is laid down for us. Benazir Bhutto, the courageous leader of the Pakistan People's Party, is assassinated in Rawalpindi - attached to the very capital of Islamabad wherein ex-General Pervez Musharraf lives - and we are told by George Bush that her murderers were "extremists" and "terrorists". Well, you can't dispute that.

Bhutto said she'd blame Musharraf if killed

Two months before her death, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto sent an e-mail to her U.S. adviser and longtime friend, saying that if she were killed, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf would bear some of the blame.

Bush, Musharraf, and the Slaying of Bhutto

Musharraf never faced a serious demand from the Bush administration to protect Bhutto.

U.S. Brokered Bhutto's Return to Pakistan

For Benazir Bhutto, the decision to return to Pakistan was sealed during a telephone call from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice just a week before Bhutto flew home in October.

Tariq Ali: A tragedy born of military despotism and anarchy

Even those of us sharply critical of Benazir Bhutto's behaviour and policies - both while she was in office and more recently - are stunned and angered by her death. Indignation and fear stalk the country once again.,,2232700,00.html

Pakistan: The "Other" Bhutto

A graduate of Columbia University, the 25-year-old spends her days writing and campaigning against her aunt, who, she says, is "one of the most corrupt leaders the world has seen."

Anglo-American Ambitions Behind the Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the Destabilization of Pakistan

By Larry Chin

The Pakistani election, if it takes place at all, is a simpler two-way choice: pro-US Musharraf or pro-US Sharif.

Pakistan TV station shows Bhutto shooter, contradicts government

The footage clearly shows Bhutto collapsing into her armoured- vehicle before the suicide blast, contradicting official government claims that she recoiled only after the blast and cracked her skull on the sunroof.

Benazir Bhutto: US Policy Causes World Terrorism

Condemning what she called "A False Choice for Pakistan", the late Benazir Bhutto laid "terrorism" at the White House doorstep, blaming US policies for causing, fueling and inspiring what US regimes call "terrorism".

Bolton: US 'helped precipitate' conditions for Bhutto's assassination

John Bolton, former US ambassador to the United Nations, said it was a mistake to collaborate with Bhutto's "desire to get back into the game in Pakistan" and view her as an alternative to the country's current leader, Pervez Musharraf.

From Information Clearing House


The Battle After Bhutto

Truthout's J. Sri Raman says that "Bhutto may have been Bush's candidate as Musharraf's successor or subordinate in a system with a mere semblance of democracy. But those in Pakistan and elsewhere, who stay loyal to her memory and do not miss the primary lesson from her martyrdom, must resist and rebuff Washington-led efforts to save and strengthen the country's military and militarists further."

Pakistan Government Shifts Story on How Bhutto Died

Saeed Shah and Warren P. Strobel report for McClatchy Newspapers: "Violence and recriminations grew Friday over the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, as Pakistan's government changed its account of how she died while her supporters charged that the government withheld personal protection she'd requested."


Pakistan and 9/11


Bhutto told Frost Osama is dead


The Dream that was Benazir Bhutto

by Shahid Mahmood


New video footage shows Bhutto was shot dead

A dramatic new footage of former premier Benazir Bhutto assassination today lent credence to her Pakistan People's Party's claim that she was shot dead, a claim vehemently contradicted by Pakistan government.

Watch New Video Footage of Bhutto's Death

Channel 4 News has exclusively obtained dramatic new footage which shows in clear detail the moment of Benazir Bhutto's death.

Hospital lawyer: Pakistani police stopped doctors from conducting Bhutto autopsy

The police chief of the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi prevented doctors from performing an autopsy on the corpse of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, according to a lawyer on the hospital's board.

Bhutto 'blocked from hiring US bodyguards'

President Pervez Musharraf refused to allow the foreign contractors to operate in Pakistan, according to senior aides.

Musharraf Is 'A Total Failure'

An interview with Pakistan's main opposition leader Nawaz Sharif : Everybody in this country holds him and his policies responsible for the murder.,1518,525943,00.html

Pakistan to delay vote by at least four weeks: officials

Pakistan will delay parliamentary elections by at least four weeks after a wave of violence triggered by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, senior government officials told AFP on Monday.

Sharif demands Mush`s resignation

Former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif today demanded his resignation and renewed call for the formation of a government of national consensus to ensure free and fair general elections on January 8 as scheduled.

Prof. Michel Chossudovsky: The Destabilization of Pakistan

The process of US sponsored "regime change", which normally consists in the re-formation of a fresh proxy government under new leaders has been broken.

Bush's best-laid plans

The Bhutto assassination demonstrates anew the folly of the administration's efforts to manage history.

From Information Clearing House

A Deadly Status Quo: That's the cost of not supporting Ron Paul

The real enemy is not terrorism (or communism), but statism

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