Freitag, 8. Februar 2008

New Charges of Guantanamo Torture

Adam Zagorin, of Time Magazine, reports: "in 2005, CIA officials ordered the destruction of videotapes depicting the harsh interrogation of prisoners in the agency's secret overseas prisons. CIA Director Michael Hayden admitted that in December 2007 amid a public debate over the use of 'waterboarding' on detainees and whether or not the technique - which simulates drowning - constituted torture. At that time, Hayden said that only a few prisoners were ever subjected to 'special interrogation techniques,' which can include waterboarding, and that nothing was recorded on video after 2002. That claim is now coming under additional scrutiny, in part due to a classified briefing that will be delivered to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this Friday."

Paul Krugman: A Long Story

Paul Krugman, in a column for The New York Times, writes: "the economic news has been fairly dire this week. The credit crunch is getting worse, and a widely watched indicator of trends in the service sector - which is most of the economy - has fallen off a cliff. It's still not a certainty that we're headed into recession, but the odds are growing greater. And if past experience is any guide, the troubles will persist for a long time - say, into the middle of 2010. The problems now facing the US economy look a lot like the problems that caused the last two recessions - but this time in combination."

Bush Keeps War Cost Under Wraps

Truthout's Maya Schenwar reports: "President Bush's 2009 federal budget, released Monday, does not declare how much funding the administration expects to need for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan next year. The omission appears to break a law that requires the inclusion of the year's total war funds in the annual budget plan. The administration's budget includes an 'emergency allowance' of $70 billion, but states that more money will be requested once the war's 'specific needs' are determined."

How Big Media Hides the Real Economic News


Einzigartige australische Meereswelt vor Untergang

Die südaustralischen Gewässer einschließlich der Port Phillip Bucht vor Melbourne beherbergen die weltweit höchste Artenvielfalt an Meereslebewesen. Das niederländische Unternehmen Royal Boskalis Westminster will rund 26 Millionen Kubikmeter Sand und Sedimente aus der Schifffahrts-Rinne in der Port Phillip Bucht baggern. Mindestens 3,5 Millionen Kubikmeter giftiger Sedimente sollen zurück in die Bucht geschüttet werden – eine Gefahr für die einzigartige Meereswelt. Protestieren Sie beim australischen Umweltminister Peter Garrett. (Start: 08.02.2008)


CDC Withholds Report on Health Impacts of Chemical Pollution

Sheila Kaplan, reporting for The Center for Public Integrity, writes, "For more than seven months, the nation's top public health agency has blocked the publication of an exhaustive federal study of environmental hazards in the eight Great Lakes states, reportedly because it contains such potentially 'alarming information' as evidence of elevated infant mortality and cancer rates."

Blackwater's Blood Money: How Much for a Dead Son?

Aadel Faiq and Brian Ross, reporting for ABC News, write, "The father of a 9-year-old Iraqi boy killed by Blackwater security guards says the company has offered to build a monument and make an unspecified cash payment to compensate him for the death of his son, Ali."

Evidences that GMOs seriously damage the health of Animals/Humans

U.S. missile plan aims to encircle Russia

Informant: Kev Hall

Progressives Vow To Oppose Immunity in FISA Legislation

Particide in Six Easy Steps: Diligent Democrats Demonstrate Dumbness Daily

What Is the 'Change We Can Believe In'?

Waterboarding and Inquistion

Biofuel Crops Increase Carbon Emissions

US Army Shifts Focus to Nation-Building


New Weight in Army Manual on Stabilization

Michael R. Gordon, writing for The New York Times, reports, "The Army has drafted a new operations manual that elevates the mission of stabilizing war-torn nations, making it equal in importance to defeating adversaries on the battlefield."

Pictures Reveal Truth About Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling

Justice Dept. 'Cannot' Probe Waterboarding, Mukasey Says


White House: Waterboarding Is Legal

Greg Miller, writing for The Los Angeles Times, reports, "The White House said Wednesday that the widely condemned interrogation technique known as waterboarding is legal and that President Bush could authorize the CIA to resume using the simulated-drowning method under extraordinary circumstances."

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McCain: Sanctions, attacks await Iran

Informant: John Fitz

A Lease on Her Life

Sara Rich, the mother of Suzanne Swift, sat down with Truthout's Geoffrey Millard to discuss the command rape her daughter experienced while stationed in Iraq during 2004-2005. Sara is joined by retired Army Colonel Ann Wright, who provides contextual insight into the military.

The EU is considering ending all seal product trade

Berlinale 2008: Zwischen Glamour und Prekarität

amour fou berlinale

Die Kampagne „Mir reicht’s ... NICHT!“ veranstaltet u.a. eine Gala der prekären Perspektiven am 9. Februar 2008 (20 Uhr, Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz/Roter Salon), ein Abend mit szenischen Lesungen, Filmkunst und Berichten aus dem widerständigen Alltag. Mit Beiträgen von Berlinale Beschäftigten und Filmschaffenden, der Writers Guild of America, den Intermittents du spectacle, den Surfpoeten, Euromayday Hamburg-Berlin und vielen anderen mehr. Zu den Aktionen siehe:

Das Plakat mit Veranstaltungshinweisen (pdf)

Die „Mir reicht’s ... NICHT!“-Homepage

und dort u.a. das Blockbuster-Medley: euromayday goes Berlinale 2008

Prekäre Arbeit: Berlinale ohne Mindestlohn

„Pünktlich zum Filmfest machen die Beschäftigten der Filmbranche auf ihre schlechten Arbeitsbedingungen aufmerksam. Die Gewerkschaft fordert ihre Anerkennung als Saisonarbeiter..“ Artikel von Nina Apin und Felix Lee in der taz Berlin vom 06.02.2008

Laptop und Wischmop. Eine Kampagne gegen die Berlinale als Ausbeutungssystem

Artikel von Max Bitzer in junge Welt vom 07.02.2008

Zahltage in Oldenburg

Zahltage gibt es ab jetzt (Dienstags) auch in Oldenburg. Am 5. Februar
2008 waren über zehn AktivistInnen von der ALSO, hatten vier erfolgreiche Begleitungen und noch mehr erleichterte Leistungsberechtigte, jede Menge Beratung und gute Gespräche… Siehe den Flyer zur Aktion (pdf)


Nächster BUKO-Termin steht fest: Pfingsten 9.-12.05.08 in Dormund. Siehe dazu:

Zwischen Entdemokratisierung, sozialer Frage und Revolution

Kommuniqué aus dem Vorbereitungsprozess für den 31. Bundeskongress Internationalismus, BUKO 31 9.-12. Mai 2008 (Pfingstwochenende) im Ruhrgebiet/Bergischen Land

Dabei sein ist alles. Kämpfe für Selbstbestimmung und gegen globale Ausschlüsse

Aufruf zum buko31 (pdf)

Infos zum bisherigen Planungsstand gibt es im blog

Aus: LabourNet, 8. Februar 2008


Prekäre Superhelden auf der Berlinale

„Bei der Premiere des Kostümfilms „Die Schwester der Königin", einem der mit Spannung erwarteten Höhepunkte der Berlinale, gab es am Freitag, den 15. Februar 2008, eine überraschende Wendung. Als Scarlett Johansson und Natalie Portman den roten Teppich vor dem Berlinale Palast betraten, erklommen Prekäre Superhelden die dortige Großbildleinwand und entrollten ein Banner mit der Aufschrift „Mir reicht's nicht, Statistin in meinem eigenen Leben zu sein." Von der Leinwand herunter riefen sie: „Glamour, Glamour – prekär on tour!"..“ Bericht von Mir reicht's ... nicht! vom 18.02.2008 bei indymedia

Siehe dazu auch: Prekäre Superhelden auf der Berlinale – Video der Aktion

Aus: LabourNet, 21. Februar 2008ät

Kirche als Arbeitgeber: Kapitalistische Diakonie

„Die Namen sind wohlklingend: "Bolero", "Auxilia", "Parat" oder "Dia Logistik". Es sind Leiharbeitsfirmen, mit denen gemeinnützige Unternehmen aus dem diakonischen Bereich ihre Lohnkosten um zehn Prozent und mehr drücken. Jetzt hat die Mitarbeitervertretung der Bremer Stiftung "Friedehorst" sich mit einer Petition an den Bundestag gewand und um Abhilfe gebeten…“ Artikel von Klaus Wolschner in der taz-Bremen vom 08.02.2008

Siehe dazu auch:

Kirchliche Sozialwerke am Scheideweg: McPflege auf evangelisch?

Jeder, der Familienangehörigen in Pflegeeinrichtungen unterbringen muss, stöhnt über die hohen Kosten. "McPflege" findet in der Realität statt, nur sagt es niemand so offen, weil das pietätslos wäre. Kommentar Klaus Wolschner in der taz-Bremen vom 08.02.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 8. Februar 2008


Unter Gottes Dach

In Deutschland regeln die christlichen Kirchen die Arbeitsbedingungen ihrer 1,3 Millionen Beschäftigten selbstbestimmt. So will es das Grundgesetz. Betriebsräte? Mitbestimmung? Streikrecht? Fehlanzeige…Artikel von Annette Jensen in ver.di Publik 04/2008

Lohndumping für den kirchlichen Auftrag

Ein Interview von Annette Jensen mit Dr. Wolfgang Teske,Vizepräsident des Diakonischen Werks Deutschland, in ver.di Publik 04/2008

Aus dem Text: „ver.di PUBLIK: Die Kirchen haben eine eigene Arbeitsgesetzgebung und Streiks sind verboten. Halten Sie das für noch zeitgemäß? Wolfgang Teske: Die Dienstgemeinschaft und darauf aufbauend der Dritte Weg sind zeitgemäßer denn je. Sie ermöglichen einen Interessenausgleich, bei dem Streik und Aussperrung ausgeschlossen sind. Damit ist auch in Situationen, in denen sich Dienstgeber und -nehmer nicht einig sind, eine umfassende Versorgung der Kranken, Alten und Behinderten gewährleistet - und für die ist die Diakonie ja schließlich da…“

Aus: LabourNet, 28. April 2008


Evangelische Kirche zahlt Dumping-Löhne

Das diakonische Werk der evangelischen Kirche zahlt seinen Mitarbeitern so wenig Gehalt, dass sie zusätzlich noch Hartz IV beantragen müssen. Unchristlich sei die Gehaltspolitik aber nicht, so die Diakonie. Artikel in der Financial Times Deutschland vom 29.04.2008

Siehe dazu:

Unchristliche Diakonie: Warum sich ausgerechnet kirchliche Arbeitgeber gegen Mindestlöhne wehren

Die Sendung von Monika Anthes und Gottlob Schober im SWR Report vom

Unchristliche Diakonie

Das Video der Sendung vom im SWR Report vom 28.04.2008 (Video)

Aus: LabourNet, 30. April 2008


Diakonie räumt Sozialdumping ein

Viele Mitarbeiter bei diakonischen Einrichtungen in Deutschland können einem Medienbericht zufolge von ihrem Einkommen nicht leben. Sie müssten zusätzlich "Hartz IV" beantragen, berichtete das ARD-Politikmagazin "Report Mainz" am Montag in Baden-Baden. Dieses Sozialdumping widerspreche den Grundsätzen der Kirchen.


Bei der Kirche arbeiten und von Hartz IV leben. Die Diakonie bezahlt ihre Mitarbeiter so schlecht, so dass viele zusätzliches Hartz IV beantragen müssen

Von sozialen und karitativen Einrichtungen erwarten viele nicht, dass der Lohn der Angstellten oft derart niedrig ist, dass viele zusätzliche ALG II Leistungen beantragen müssen. Doch leider ist dies diakonische Realität. Das ARD Magazin "Report" berichtete in der letzten Sendung, dass Mitarbeiter, die in der Diakonie arbeiten, mehr für den Gotteslohn arbeiten und dafür Hartz IV beantragen müssen. Die Diakonie bestreitet innerhalb der Sendung die Vorwürfe nicht und gibt der Bundesregierung die Schuld an der Lohnpolitik. Angeblich seien dort die "Weichen der Lohnpolitik" gestellt worden.

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Credit crisis: Precursor of great inflation

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thorsten Polleit


The so-called ‘credit crisis’ is gaining momentum. Investors increasingly question the solidity of the banking system, as evidenced by banks’ tumbling stock prices and rising funding costs. With bank credit supply expected to tighten, the profit outlook for the corporate sector, which has benefited greatly from ‘easy credit’ conditions, deteriorates, pushing firms’ market valuations lower. In fact, peoples’ optimism has given way to fears of job losses and recession on a global scale...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Inserting “terror” into campaign 2008

Consortium News
by Robert Parry


As Campaign 2008 reaches a critical point, George W. Bush’s top intelligence officials are raising new alarms about a revitalized al-Qaeda recruiting Westerners, possibly including Americans, to carry out terror attacks inside the United States...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Lies and the Murdoch empire

Freedom's Phoenix
by Stephen Lendman


Today’s media barons control the world as opinion makers. Like in Orwell’s world, they’re our national thought control police gatekeepers sanitizing news so only the cleansed residue portion gets through with everything people want most left out — the full truth all the time. They manipulate our minds and beliefs, program our thoughts, divert our attention, and effectively destroy the free marketplace of ideas essential to a healthy democracy they won’t tolerate. None more ruthlessly than Murdoch and the infoentertainment empire he controls. Its flagship US operation is Fox News that Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) calls ‘the most biased name in news …. with its extraordinary right-wing tilt.’ In response, Murdoch defiantly ‘challenge(s) anybody to show me an example of bias in Fox News Channel’ because in his world the entire political spectrum begins and ends with his views.

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

CIA boss: Waterboarding may be illegal

Belleville News-Democrat


Debate over waterboarding flared Thursday on Capitol Hill, with the CIA director raising doubts about whether it’s currently legal and the attorney general refusing to investigate U.S. interrogators who have used the technique on terror detainees. Vice President Dick Cheney, meanwhile, said ‘it’s a good thing’ that top al-Qaida leaders who underwent the harsh interrogation tactic in 2002 and 2003 were forced to give up information that helped protect the country...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Study: Ethanol may add to global warming

Associated Press


The widespread use of ethanol from corn could result in nearly twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the gasoline it would replace because of expected land-use changes, researchers concluded Thursday. The study challenges the rush to biofuels as a response to global warming. The researchers said that past studies showing the benefits of ethanol in combating climate change have not taken into account almost certain changes in land use worldwide if ethanol from corn — and in the future from other feedstocks such as switchgrass — become a prized commodity...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush Administration Argues Veterans Not Entitled to Mental Health Care

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle: "Veterans have no legal right to specific types of medical care, the Bush administration argues in a lawsuit accusing the government of illegally denying mental health treatment to some troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan."

Polar Bears' Plight Raised in Drill Bids for Oil, Gas

Steven Mufson, The Washington Post, "The Interior Department yesterday announced $2.6 billion in winning bids from companies seeking to drill for oil and gas in Alaska's Chukchi Sea despite protests from environmental groups and members of Congress that oil and gas exploration would endanger polar bears."

The FBI Deputizes Business

Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive: "Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The members of this rapidly growing group, called InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does - and, at least on one occasion, before elected officials."

Mukasey Rejects Criminal Probe Into Waterboarding

Dan Eggen, The Washington Post: "Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said this morning that waterboarding was deemed legal by the Justice Department at the time it was used by the CIA on three al-Qaeda captives, and as a result the Justice Department 'cannot possibly' investigate whether a crime occurred."

Lieberman Stripped Of Superdelegate Status

Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for president, will be disqualified as a superdelegate at the Democratic convention "under what is informally known as the Zell Miller rule."

From Information Clearing House

FBI's Sought Approval for Custom Spyware in FISA Court

The software, called a "computer and internet protocol address verifier," is designed to infiltrate a suspect's computer and collect various information, including the IP address, Ethernet MAC addresses, a list of open TCP and UDP ports, running programs, operating system type and serial number, default browser, the registered user of the operating system and the last visited URL, among other things.

From Information Clearing House

Freedom Of Information?

Government blocks access to secret military papers on Diego Garcia.

Bush Goes After FOIA

The President's attack on the Freedom of Information Act is his latest attempt to preserve state secrecy.

From Information Clearing House

C.I.A. Destroyed Tapes as Judge Sought Interrogation Data

At the time that the Central Intelligence Agency destroyed videotapes of the interrogations of operatives of Al Qaeda, a federal judge was still seeking information from Bush administration lawyers about the interrogation of one of those operatives, Abu Zubaydah, according to court documents made public on Wednesday.

From Information Clearing House

Act Against Iraq Poverty

Please Sign the International Petition!

From Information Clearing House

The Demise of the American Middle Class

By Richard Backus

The high paying jobs created in Mexico under NAFTA, the whopping $3.50 per hour ones, are moving to China because even this princely wage level is much too generous according to U.S. businessmen.

The Bush Bust of '08

"It's All Downhill From Here, Folks"

By Mike Whitney

The FDIC has begun the "death watch" on the many banks which are currently drowning in their own red ink.

Gladio: Death Plan For Democracy

By: Peter Chamberlin

Anyone with a shred of human decency should feel compelled to fight this evil.

The Limits of Individual Morality

By James Rothenberg

To the extent that one's patriotism manifests itself as allegiance to the state, such patriotism will involve a forfeiture of individual morality. This is less a statement about the merits of allegiance than it is about its limits.

A Silly Pretext For War With Iran

No Arab or Islamic country armed even with the smallest of atomic bombs will be ready to hit Israel. And that, is because Israel is a small country interwoven and surrounded by Palestinian and Arab nations. The explosion of an atomic bomb will kill the Palestinians and Arabs too. The radio-active fallout will reach the entire Middle-East including Iran itself.

McCain: Straight Talk and Militarist Madness

By Justin Logan

In the New Hampshire primary, exit polls revealed that 38 percent of those voting in the Republican primary who "strongly disapprove" of the war in Iraq cast their ballot for John McCain.

Anger as mobile phone mast gets the go-ahead

A GROUP of residents were left deflated after hearing an inspector granted planning permission for a mobile phone mast that they fought against.

The bad news arrived when they opened letters and emails from the Planning Inspectorate about the appeal decision which was made on Tuesday.

Horsell Way resident David Parker, an IT consultant, said: “I am very angry. I am very surprised. I thought we had a strong case as Vodafone were caught out on one or two things.”


McCain Madness

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Make no mistake about it: the establishment wants one of its own to succeed George Bush. In order for that to happen, they must manipulate the primaries to ensure that, no matter who wins in November, one of their fellow elitists will still wield power in Washington, D.C. On the Democratic side, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fit the bill. And on the Republican side, John McCain is the ultimate insider.......


Dont give up on Ron Paul

The Case for Impeachment

Informant: Lew Rockwell

The US Torture State

Informant: Lew Rockwell

The Illusion of 'Competence'

On the Pentagon, the CIA, the NSA

Russia Threatens Nuke Strike

Informant: shane_digital



Informant: zebra77a

Ron Paul's Name Crossed Out On New York Ballot Papers

Informant: shane_digital


Ron Paul Missing from Ballot in Rockland County, NY

Telekom Austria verzichtet auf WiMax

WiMax für Telekom Austria gestorben

WiMax ist für Telekom Austria gestorben

Telekom Austria begräbt Wimax-Pläne

Cellular tower safety questioned

Conyers Says He's on Edge of Starting Impeachment

By David Swanson

We may have some improvements before Monday, and you can modify to suite you, but please start planning if you can to get out an action alert like this Sunday night or Monday morning - THANKS

Congressman Conyers Is Waiting for a Push to Start Impeachment Hearings

On Thursday, Chairman John Conyers' House Judiciary Committee held a hearing at which Attorney General Michael Mukasey said that he would not investigate torture or warrantless spying, he would not enforce contempt citations, and he would treat Justice Department opinions as providing immunity for crimes.

None of this was new, but perhaps it touched something in Conyers that had not been touched before. Following the hearing, he and two staffers met for an hour and 15 minutes with two members of Code Pink to discuss activism and impeachment, including Congressman Robert Wexler's proposal to begin impeachment hearings on Cheney.

Conyers expressed fear of what might happen followin g an impeachment, the danger of installing a Bush replacement or losing an election. He cited “potential ramifications that have not yet been examined yet” that could have the “opposite effect.” Conyers told Ellen Taylor and Manijeh Saba: "You need to be more than brave and courageous. You need to be smart."

Help us let Conyers know that the smart thing right now would be bravery and courage.

On Rosa Parks' birthday last week, Leslie Angeline began a fast for impeachment. Taylor and over 20 other activists have joined the fast [ ]. Conyers has agreed to meet with Angeline to discuss impeachment on Tuesday.

The Chairman told Taylor and Saba that he is listening to several advocates for impeachment, including Liz Holtzman and D avid Swanson, and asked "So what could happen if two women pushed me over the edge?" Conyers leaned out of his chair for dramatic effect.

Let's push Conyers over the edge by flooding his office with phone calls, faxes, and Emails on Monday and Tuesday. Let him know that only impeachment hearings:
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3-will hold brazen criminals accountable, and
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