Montag, 14. Januar 2008

"Serious Questions" Open the Way for a Ban on GMO Corn

Gaelle Dupont and Herve Kempf report for Le Monde on the very likely ban of MON810 from France, which will likely invoke the escape clause with the European Union, which had previously authorized the transgenic corn's cultivation in the EU.

Media Did Pentagon's Bidding in Reporting Naval "Provocation" With Iran

Juan Gonzalez, from Democracy Now, interviews historian and national security policy analyst Gareth Porter about the media reporting on the alleged Iranian naval provocation in the Strait of Hormuz.

Legal Mist Stokes US-Iran Tensions in Strait

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi reports for the Asia Times: "Tension spiked markedly last week when Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) speedboats were involved in an 'incident' with three US Navy vessels, which claimed they were international waters. Yet there is no 'international water' in the Strait of Hormuz, straddled between the territorial waters of Iran and Oman."

Mast decision goes to court

HIGH Court judges will be called upon to decide whether a phone mast in Horsham should be taken down.

The dispute, between Horsham District Council (HDC) and mobile phone giant O2 UK Ltd, has been going on for nearly a year.

Today (Monday January 14) top judge Mr Justice Mitting gave the go-ahead for O2 to bring a High Court challenge which, if successful, will allow the mast to stay in place.

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EU-Vertrag: Unterschriften-Aktion für einen Volksentscheid

Die erste Campact-Kampagne im Herbst 2004 setzte sich bereits für einen Volksentscheid zur EU-Verfassung ein. Nach dem Scheitern der Verfassung hat die EU jetzt einen ähnlich weitreichenden Reformvertrag verabschiedet. Eine europaweite Kampagne fordert jetzt einen Volksentscheid über die EU-Verfassung ein.

Unterzeichnen Sie den Appell für einen Volksentscheid zum EU-Vertrag:

Aus: Campact-News 01/08


Kevin Miller's New "Generation Rx" Documentary Exposes Mass Betrayal of Children by FDA, Big Pharma

A new documentary on the dangers of mind-altering drugs will be arriving this year, and the film's creator Kevin Miller was kind enough to send us an advance copy of the film for review. Not many films have the potential to radically reshape...

Health: Antidepressants, Bipolar Disorder and the Chemical Enslavement of Humankind by Drug Companies

Big Pharma is constantly looking for new ways to develop its markets and generate more profits. This is the inescapable directive of all corporations: Be more profitable, regardless of the cost to society. In Big Pharma's case, the pursuit...

Informant: Dorothee Krien

RFID Implants Found to Cause Cancer Tumors

Small electronic chips approved by the FDA for implanting beneath human skin have been linked to cancer in laboratory animals, according to a research review conducted by the Associated Press. The radio frequency identification (RFID)...

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Stop ORV Damage to Utah's Wild Lands

Vorrang der Wirtschafts- vor der Gesundheitspolitik

"Tote Menschen können nicht einkaufen"

Das Thema Feinstaub demonstriert einmal mehr den Vorrang der Wirtschafts- vor der Gesundheitspolitik. Ein Gespräch mit dem Greenpeace-Verkehrsexperten Günter Hubmann.

Wahlkämpfer Koch strauchelt über die von ihm angezettelte Kampagne

Ausgerechnet in Hessen, wo Koch seit 1999 regiert, ist die Gewaltkriminalität von Jugendlichen deutlich stärker als im Rest Deutschlands gestiegen.

ACLU in Federal Court to Argue for CIA Contempt for Destroying Interrogation Tapes

Seven Down, One Year to Go for America

The Future of Guantanamo

The End of the Road for George W. Bush


On George Bush in the Middle East

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Iraq: Awoken to a New Danger

by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail

In Defending War Vote, Clintons Contradict Record

Walk For Impeachment Reaches End, But Fight Not Over


Impeachment Marcher Reaches Washington

Informant: John Calvert

Bad genetics kills: Beware the New “Doubly Green Revolution”

ISIS Press Release 14/01/08

JAN. 16 Call In Day

It's no longer a matter of if a recession happens but when it will happen and how long it will last

The Great Debt Crisis Begins


The Democrats' fizzle in the face of the power-grabbing Bush administration is doing serious damage to America's political psyche


How to Win Like a Conservative

US Shifts Sunni Strategy in Iraq

Peter Spiegel reports for the Los Angeles Times, "Eager to cement the security gains of last year's troop buildup, the US military has shifted its strategy from the streets to the corridors of power in a high-stakes effort to persuade Iraq's wary Shiite leaders to put thousands of predominantly Sunni men, many of them former insurgents, on the government payroll."

The Candidates Discover the Economy

The editors of The New York Times write, "The presidential candidates are only beginning to recognize what many voters have already figured out through painful, personal experience: the economy is in trouble and unlikely to improve without some sensible government response." Meanwhile, Michael Barbaro and Louis Uchitelle, of The New York Times, report, "Strong evidence is emerging that consumer spending, a bulwark against recession over the last year even as energy prices surged and the housing market sputtered, has begun to slow sharply at every level of the American economy, from the working class to the wealthy."

Responding to Recession

Paul Krugman writes for The New York Times: "Since this is an election year, the debate over how to stimulate the economy is inevitably tied up with politics. And here's a modest suggestion for political reporters. Instead of trying to divine the candidates' characters by scrutinizing their tone of voice and facial expressions, why not pay attention to what they say about economic policy?" William Greider, writing for The Nation, also weighs in on the Democratic candidates' economic plans.

From Cairo, Arab reaction to Bush visit


Bush Mideast Speech Draws Cool Response

Hannah Allam reports for McClatchy Newspapers: "President Bush on Sunday described Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and called on Arab allies to help his administration curb the threat 'before it's too late'.... But Bush appears unlikely, based on the regional reaction to his address, to find many Arabs to heed his alarms against Iran, a powerful neighbor and trading partner."

RFID-Chips zur Überwachung von Straftätern

Heise Newsticker - Germany

Die britische Regierung erwägt, verurteilten Straftätern RFID-Chips zu implantieren, um so die überfüllten Gefängnisse zu entlasten und die Zahl der ...


England: Implantate mit RFID-Chips statt Gefängnis

Arm trotz Riester: Sparen fürs Sozialamt

„Rund zehn Millionen Riester-Verträge wurden bislang abgeschlossen. Gerade Geringverdiener nutzen die hoch gelobte Riester-Rente, um im Alter ihre schmale Altersversorgung etwas aufzubessern. Doch viele von ihnen müssen jetzt damit rechnen, dass der Staat im Alter ihre Riester-Rente kassieren wird. Das zeigt ein Papier der Deutschen Rentenversicherung, das MONITOR vorliegt. Statt für den Lebensabend, sparen viele Bürger für das Sozialamt…“

Text der MONITOR-Sendung von Ingo Blank und Dietrich Krauß vom 10. Januar 2008

Video der MONITOR-Sendung

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Anrechnung von Riester-Rente auf Grundsicherung bedeutet Betrug

„Mit scharfer Kritik hat das globalisierungskritische Netzwerk Attac auf die Nachricht reagiert, dass die Riester-Rente auf die Grundsicherung im Alter angerechnet wird. "Das ist handfester Betrug: Millionen Menschen, die sich ihre Riester-Beiträge vom Mund absparen, um im Alter nicht vollständig zu verarmen, werden überhaupt nichts davon haben, sondern nur die Banken und Versicherungskonzerne reicher gemacht haben", sagte Werner Rätz, Mitbegründer von Attac und Aktiver der bundesweiten Attac-Arbeitsgruppe "Soziale Sicherungssysteme". Wie das Fernseh-Magazin "Monitor" am Mittwoch bekannt gemacht hat, greift das Sozialamt neben anderen Formen der Altersvorsorge auch auf die Riester-Rente zurück, wenn der Anspruch auf die gesetzlich verankerte Grundsicherung berechnet wird. In Beratungsgesprächen für Riester-Renten erwecken Banken und Versicherungen hingegen den Eindruck, der Staat schließe im Bedarfsfall die Versorgungslücke zwischen Rentenanspruch und Grundsicherung. Die Zahl der künftigen Rentner, die im Alter auf die staatliche Grundsicherung angewiesen sein werden und für die sich daher die Riester-Förderung in Luft auflöst, geht in die Millionen…“ Presseerklärung von attac vom 11.1.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 14. Januar 2008

Families no to mobile phone mast


A MOBILE phone mast protest is making waves among residents in Jarrow.

People in Tynemouth Road are unhappy about plans to site the 15m mast near their homes.

Pensioner Margaret Bryden has collected a petition against the plans by mobile phone company O2 for the mast and ancillary telecommunications equipment.

Mrs Bryden, 67, said: "Nobody in the Tynemouth Road area is happy about this.

"I think the mast will be a real eyesore, plus the safety of mobile phone masts has still not been proven, so far as I'm concerned.

"I collected more than 60 names on the petition in no time at all, and I should think we'll have more than 100 signatures by the time we're finished."


Urge the Bush administration to defend all U.S. waters against pollution

Iran, again: the War Party is pushing us into attacking

by Justin Raimondo


We were lied into war by the same people who are now trying to sell us their version of an alleged ‘provocation’ — but who are the real provocateurs? Well, we don’t know the answer to that question, but given the track record of our own government, it would hardly come as a shock if it came out that the US version is a complete fabrication. As for the Iranians, no doubt their rather abbreviated clip has been edited to conform to Tehran’s official story, and yet, in the balance of things, theirs is the more credible account...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sheldon Richman


Let’s face it, politics is a superficial activity in which (most) candidates try to create a mood by pushing buttons expected to stimulate positive responses in significant constituencies. If one button doesn’t have the intended effect, you push another and keep pushing until you have assembled a winning coalition. That’s all you need to know about electoral politics. It explains the staged events, the self-serving declarations about the passion to ’serve,’ and the hubristic claims to the mantle of leadership...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Warfare State

by Jacob Hornberger


Amidst all the political fanfare about ‘change,’ if anyone was hoping for a change away from the machismo, militarism, and empire that has held our nation in its grip, last night’s Republican presidential debate confirmed that change isn’t going to come from that direction (Ron Paul excepted, of course). What was fascinating was watching how conflicted these people are within their own minds. They first point out that yes, America is faced with economic problems. They then point out that it’s all because Washington, D.C., is ‘broken’ and that each of them is the man who can finally fix the nation’s capital. They then say that the U.S. should continue expanding its overseas empire, especially in the Middle East. Of course, no department or agency of the federal government should be abolished...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Torture is illegal, immoral and ineffective

Capital Times
by Bonnie Block


Torture is not going to keep us safe. In fact, there is a strong likelihood that it will make us less safe, because the practice of torture results in extremism and a desire for revenge. Furthermore, there is absolutely no way of finding every single person plotting a terrorist attack even in a police state — which is exactly what we will become if we try to swoop up anyone who might be a potential terrorist. Fortunately our choice is not between practicing torture and becoming victims of terrorism. Torture is a response of fear and despair. We can choose instead to respond with courage and hope...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Mullen: Close Guantanamo

Lincoln Courier


The chief of the U.S. military said Sunday he favors closing the prison here as soon as possible because he believes negative publicity worldwide about treatment of terrorist suspects has been ‘pretty damaging’ to the image of the United States. ‘I’d like to see it shut down,’ Adm. Mike Mullen said in an interview with three reporters who toured the detention center with him on his first visit since becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last October...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Less Than Human

By Scott Horton

Friday marked the sixth anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at the American GULAG constructed to house prisoners taken in the Bush Administration's War on Terror in Guantánamo. Around the world, thousands gathered in public commemorations in London, Stockholm, Dublin, Brussels and Bahrain.

Hunt on for more CIA interrogation tapes


The CIA has launched an internal search for more audio- or videotapes depicting interrogations of suspected terrorists, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The hunt is part of the agency’s response to several investigations — by the Justice Department, Congress and the CIA’s own inspector general — into the destruction in 2005 of videotapes documenting CIA interrogations of two senior Qaeda operatives. Current and former officials said they doubt the agency itself recorded any other interrogations, but added that the CIA might have received recordings made by friendly intelligence services that questioned Qaeda suspects... (for publication 01/21/08)

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

How to resolve policy debate on climate change & save humanity


Saving the Planet, Saving the Economy

By prioritizing the climate crisis, we're also transforming foreign policy, preventing future resource conflicts, helping families by providing affordable clean energy, establishing healthier trade policies and strengthening our economy by creating millions of good-paying, green-collar jobs.


Blackwater Truck Repairs "a Hurdle" for FBI

Lara Jakes Jordan and Matt Apuzzo of The Associated Press report: "Blackwater Worldwide repaired and repainted its trucks immediately after a deadly September shooting in Baghdad, making it difficult to determine whether enemy gunfire provoked the attack, according to people familiar with the government's investigation of the incident."

Überwachung, leicht gemacht und rechtlich zweifelhaftÜberwachung

Computer hackers 'may be behind Hillary Clinton's shock New Hampshire victory'

Dennis Kucinich cited "serious and credible reports, allegations and rumours" about the integrity of the surprise result.

Kucinich asks for NH recount, but he'll have to pay for it

The New Hampshire Secretary of State's office said Kucinich can have a recount but he will have to pay for it. Under state law if a candidate loses by less than 3 percent they can pay a flat $2,000 for the recount. If they lose by more than 3 percent they have to pay the entire cost.

Asian voters in US 'got raw deal'

Many Asian American voters faced discrimination from voting officials during 2006 mid-term elections in the US, a civil rights group has alleged.

From Information Clearing House

Saudi cannot be launchpad for Iran attack

A leading Saudi newspaper on Saturday ruled out any attempt by the United States to use the oil-rich Gulf kingdom as a launchpad for a possible war on Iran over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.

From Information Clearing House

Are You Ready for a Recession?

The Dow Jones Index has suffered its worst start to a new year since 1904 and there are more looming signs of recession are on their way.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. Issues National ID Standards, Setting Stage for a Showdown

The federal government issued national standards on Friday that states would have to meet in order for driver's licenses they issue to qualify as identification at airports and federal buildings, setting the stage for a confrontation with states that have voted not to cooperate.

From Information Clearing House

Kucinich says he'd pull out of Iraq in 3 months

A wildly cheering crowd of several hundred Thursday night heard Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich promise that if he is elected president, he will eliminate the Patriot Act. "I'm the only one in Congress who voted against it," he said, pausing, "because I read it."

From Information Clearing House

121 Iraq, Afghanistan veterans kill after return to US

At least 121 US veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have either committed homicide or are suspects in homicide cases upon their return to life in their own country, the New York Times reported Sunday.

From Information Clearing House


Traumatised Veterans 'Have Killed 120 in US'

Bush Disowns U.S. Intel

Tells Israelis Iran NIE 'Doesn't Reflect My Own Views'

Iran agrees to clear up nuclear questions

The UN atomic watchdog has said that Iran has agreed to clear up remaining questions on its nuclear programme, including any military activity, in four weeks.

Confront Iran danger early: Bush

Mr Bush said Iran threatened the security of all nations and should be confronted "before it's too late".

Iranian diplomats released from U.S. captivity in Iraq talk about ordeal

The U.S. which claims democracy and human rights has violated these rights and the immunity of diplomats and intensified Iranians hatred towards itself, he stated.

From Information Clearing House

George Galloway telling it like it is to Richard Perle

Consuming Our Way to Unhappiness

By Terrence McNally

Everywhere we turn lately, ads -- holiday, post-holiday, and year-end -- have been encouraging us to shop in a concerted and somewhat desperate effort to salvage the economy. But where does all the stuff we're buying actually come from?

CIA, Iran & the Gulf of Tonkin

Gulf Shenanigans: No Laughing Matter

By Ray McGovern

When the Tonkin Gulf incident took place in early August 1964, I was a journeyman CIA analyst in what Condoleezza Rice refers to as "the bowels of the agency." As current intelligence referent for Russian policy toward Southeast Asia and China, I worked very closely with those responsible for analysis of Vietnam and China.

States Within The USA Need To Rebel

By Jim Kirwan

We know people no longer have any rights in the USA - now the same is apparently true for our supposedly sovereign States as well?

Preparations For War With Iran?

By William H. White

Why would Bush go to the Mideast now? It is likely he went to nail down commitments from the Israelis and acquiescence from the Saudis prior to a planned attack on Iran.

Iraqi Children Pay Heavy Price of War

By Dr. Cesar Chelala

One child dies every five minutes because of the war, and many more are left with severe injuries.


Strafrecht kann weder Ersatz noch darf es Lückenbüßer sein für Kinder- und Jugendhilfe, für Sozial- und Integrationspolitik

RFID: Extraction Radiation Ethics - RFID: Extraction Radiation Ethique

Les prisonniers vont "être pucés comme des chiens"

Bernanke Finds his Voice

Informant: Bob Banner

Ron Paul fighting against ridiculous odds

Fighting against ridiculous odds

These Ron Paul guys really make things HAPPEN!!

Informant: shane_digital

Shadows of Nuremberg

by Dr. Edwin Vieira, JD

The terms “preemptive strike” and “preemptive war” are euphemisms. The unvarnished nouns are “attack” and “aggression.” Aggression is a “war crime” under the contemporary Law of Nations. That was the fundamental principle applied in the Nuremberg Trials: namely, that the Nazi leaders had conspired to, and did, seize control of and misuse the government and armed forces of Germany for the purpose of waging unlawful wars of aggression­ against Germany’s neighbors........

Disinformation and Conspiracies

by Devvy Kidd

I believe that Ron Paul believes his advisers. You can agree or disagree. Many of you have written to express your disappointment. You're not alone. Tomorrow is Michigan and more machines; I'll be watching from my hotel room. I have no doubt there will be lots of precinct "watchers" and exit polling going on, but the only thing that counts in the end is a true count of the votes which is determined internally with machines. That will not happen with any flavor of machines being used in Michigan despite assurances from the state.......

Real ID: From “No Fly” to “No Drive” Lists?

Informant: shane_digital

Did Hillary Really Win New Hampshire? On those Diebold machines

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Today, being described as a “constitutionalist” can have fatal consequences

Informant: Lew Rockwell


This is What A Police State Looks Like

January 13, 2008

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Related: Inside the Martial Law Act of 2006

James Bovard
January 9, 2008

Martial law is perhaps the ultimate stomping of freedom. And yet, on September 30, 2006, Congress passed a provision in a 591-page bill that will make it easy for President Bush to impose martial law in response to a terrorist "incident." It also empowers him to effectively declare martial law in response to what he or other federal officials label a shortfall of "public order" — whatever that means.

It took only a few paragraphs in a $500 billion, 591-page bill to raze one of the most important limits on federal power. Congress passed the Insurrection Act in 1807 to severely restrict the president's ability to deploy the military within the United States. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 tightened those restrictions, imposing a two-year prison sentence on anyone who used the military within the United States without the express permission of Congress. (This act was passed after the depredations of the U.S. military throughout the Southern states during Reconstruction.)

But there is a loophole: Posse Comitatus is waived if the president invokes the Insurrection Act.

The Insurrection Act and Posse Comitatus Act aim to deter dictatorship while permitting a narrow window for the president to temporarily use the military at home. But the 2006 reforms basically threw any concern about dictatorial abuses out the window.

Section 1076 of the Defense Authorization Act of 2006 changed the name of the key provision in the statute book from "Insurrection Act" to "Enforcement of the Laws to Restore Public Order Act." The Insurrection Act of 1807 stated that the president could deploy troops within the United States only "to suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy." The new law expands the list of pretexts to include "natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition" — and such a "condition" is not defined or limited.

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The Dangerous Nation That Threatens All Others

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Regulation and the recession: on more ways the government harms us

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