Montag, 18. Februar 2008

Civilian killed by U.S. fire near Ramadi

"The victim was driving a taxi cab when U.S. soldiers opened fire at him for drawing near the patrol at an intersection," the source added.

From Information Clearing House

It is almost impossible to talk about the manner in which public ignorance contributes to grave national problems

By Susan Jacoby

This is the last subject that any candidate would dare raise on the long and winding road to the White House. It is almost impossible to talk about the manner in which public ignorance contributes to grave national problems without being labeled an "elitist," one of the most powerful pejoratives that can be applied to anyone aspiring to high office.

U.S. Headed For Fiscal Crisis?

'Europeans Hide Behind the Unpopularity of President Bush'

An Interview with Henry Kissinger

We are in a war against radical Islam that is trying to overthrow the moderate elements in the Islamic world and which is fundamentally challenging the secular structures of Western societies. All this is happening at a difficult period in European history.

The Trials of Henry Kissinger

The Making Of A War Criminal

"A fascinating, bombshell documentary that should shame Americans, regardless of whether or not ultimate blame finally lies with Kissinger. Should be required viewing for civics classes and would-be public servants alike." -- Brent Simon, Entertainment Today.

Canada's Secret War in Iraq

By Richard Sanders

Most Canadians still proudly believe that their government refused to join the Iraq War. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here are some of the ways in which we joined the fray.

Un nuovo studio scientifico che porta su clusters conferma il rischio aumentato di tumori

- APA: Un nuovo studio scientifico che porta su clusters conferma
il rischio aumentato di tumori intorno alle antenne della telefonia mobile.

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ACLU in Geneva to Testify on Ongoing Racial and Ethnic Injustice

No Cow Left Behind

By Kerry Trueman

Massive Meat Recall Represents Terrible Failure of USDA Oversight

Military Tribunals and You

Screw the Voters, Let Superdelegates Decide

It's up to the Superdelegates to Prove Democrats Believe in Democracy

RNC Donor Event Outlines Obama Attack Plan

Just In Time For Republican Convention, St. Paul To Get Taser Shipment

Britain Releases Secret File From Before Iraq War


Britain Releases Iraq WMD Dossier Draft

Britain's Foreign Office on Monday released an early version of a 2002 dossier of prewar intelligence on Iraq that became vital to Tony Blair's case for war.

Read the draft here

From Information Clearing House


British Prewar Intelligence "Sexed Up"

Nigel Morris reports for The Independent UK: "Fresh evidence that the Iraq weapons dossier was 'sexed up' emerged as the Government finally published the secret first draft of the document. As expected, the earliest version of the document did not include the now notorious claim that Saddam Hussein could launch weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of an order to do so."

Consumers May Not Be Able to Avoid Cloned Food

impf-report Newsletter Nr. 06/2008

Harte Zeiten für die Kreissparkasse: Wie lange noch wird sie ihre 16 Sendemasten halten können?

A Ron Paul write-in?

Liberty & Power
by Sudha Shenoy


The kaleidoscope of circumstance has turned & Ron Paul has categorically ruled out a third party run. He has, however, called for a march on Washington DC in 3-4 months’ time, to show the democratically-elected rulers of the US that at least some of their subjects are still defiant. As is now clear, what people find so attractive & compelling, are the genuinely liberal ideas & ideals that Paul articulates so well. This is why his voters cross party lines & so many were previously a-political. But only a minute fraction of all these will be able to travel to DC. Can I suggest, therefore, that this march be only the first prong in a two-pronged attack: Let there be a Ron Paul write-in, in November...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Ron Paul: Direct descendent of the founders

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


As the nation’s major media outlets crown John McCain (George W. Bush on steroids) as the Republican nominee for president, their nearly criminal neglect of Ron Paul’s candidacy in the 2008 presidential campaign is nearly complete. ‘Big media’ have never deemed Paul a ‘major candidate,’ as their paltry coverage of him shows. In fact, the media often brand the ardent groundswell of popular support for Ron Paul as an odd curiosity. The problem is that if Ron Paul is a kook — as they imply — then so are the nation’s founders. His policy prescriptions of more limited government at home and military restraint abroad put him far closer to the spectrum of opinion at the founding than any other candidate in the 2008 race. The media barons would never dream of implying that founders were loony tunes. But the country’s current massive government, with its intrusive activism at home and abroad, is so far removed from the founding vision that the modern-day manifestation of such values appears downright weird to today’s press corps...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The star-spangled delusion

Asia Times
by David Young


Since the end of World War II, no US administration has indulged American idealism to the degree — and with the recklessness — that President George W Bush has. Previous presidents were better able to balance our raw idealism with our realist objectives, even though they often spoke the language of morality to the American people — telling us that we were the planet’s moral beacon — while quietly ensuring that our impulses be checked by a cold dose of caution and realism. For better or worse, it was inevitable that our own idealism (or more cynically, our self-righteousness) would lead us to overreach...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Scientists: Warming risks Antarctic sea life

BBC News [UK]


Unique marine life in Antarctica will be at risk from an invasion of sharks, crabs and other predators if global warming continues, scientists warn. Crabs are poised to return to the Antarctic shallows, threatening creatures such as giant sea spiders and floppy ribbon worms, says a UK-US team. Some have evolved without predators for tens of millions of years. Bony fish and sharks would move in if waters warm further, threatening species with extinction, they say. In the last 50 years, sea surface temperatures around Antarctica have risen by 1 to 2C, which is more than twice the global average...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Celebrate President's Day: Impeach the President!

Take Action against the war March 19th, 2008

Check out--and circulate!--this 3-minute promotional video for March 19th!

Ted Glick

Privatisierungtendenzen im Bildungssektor: 1.600 Schulen lassen sich von Bertelsmann evaluieren

Die scheinselbstständige Schule. Der „Zwang“ zur Privatisierung macht vor dem Bildungswesen nicht Halt

Artikel von Hermann Werle aus MieterEcho 326 vom Februar 2008 (pdf)

Privatisierungtendenzen im Bildungssektor. 1.600 Schulen lassen sich von Bertelsmann evaluieren

Artikel von Hartmut Schurig in blz - die Zeitschrift der GEW BERLIN Nr. 01 / 2008 zu Privatisierungstendenzen im Bildungssektor

Vattenfall auf dem Stundenplan. Gewerkschafter und Bürgerbeauftragte warnen vor Privatisierung an Schulen

„Um die Privatisierung öffentlicher Aufgaben ging es am Sonnabend auf der Konferenz „Bildung ist keine Ware“, zu der die GEW Berlin und das Berliner Bündnis gegen Privatisierung eingeladen hatten. Sie machte deutlich, wie weit Private bereits in den hoheitlichen Bereich vorgedrungen sind…“ Artikel von Birgit v. Criegern im ND vom 18.02.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 18. Februar 2008

Der Fiskus schlägt zurück

„Die Wirtschaftspresse kommentiert die Ursachen und Folgen der Steuerbetrugsfälle in Deutschland. Die Zeitungen kritisieren die fehlenden EU-Regeln gegen Steuerhinterziehung, die hohe Steuerlast und den staatlichen Eingriff in die Privatsphäre in Deutschland – sowie den destruktiven Steuerspartrieb. Viel Lob ernten die deutschen Strafjuristen…“ Presseschau von Daniel Lenz im Handelsblatt vom 18.2.2008

Siehe dazu auch:

BND als Organ zur Bekämpfung der „Raffgier"?

Kommentar von LZ vom 17.02.2008 bei Linke Zeitung

Und aus der Rubrik „was haben wir gelacht“:

Steuerskandal: Ackermann gibt den Moralisten

„Deutsche-Bank-Vorstandschef Ackermann hat von den deutschen Top-Managern angesichts der Steueraffäre von Post-Chef Zumwinkel mehr Vorbildfunktion und Führungsstärke gefordert…“ Artikel in Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 18.02.2008,tt2m4/wirtschaft/artikel/974/158548/

Durchsuchungen: Wenn der Staatsanwalt klingelt

„Staatsanwaltschaft, Polizei, Steuerfahndung, Kartellbehörden oder andere Ermittlungsbehörden kommen meist ohne vorherige Anmeldung. Damit Sie nicht überrumpelt werden, hat Ihnen Strafrechtsexperte Franz-Josef Schillo von der Wirtschaftskanlzei Nörr Stiefenhofer einen Überblick mit den wichtigsten Verhaltensweisen zusammengestellt…“ Artikel im Handelsblatt vom 15. Februar 2008

Spontane Demonstration vor Haus von Ex-Postchef Zumwinkel

„Rund 30 Menschen haben sich am Sonntag zu einer spontanen Demonstration vor dem Kölner Haus des ehemaligen Post- Chefs Klaus Zumwinkel versammelt. Die als Clowns verkleideten Demonstranten boten vor der Gebäude symbolisch "Steuerschlupflöcher" zum Verkauf an…“ WDR-Meldung vom 17.2.08

Dazu auch:

„Clownsarmee übernimmt Kapitalverteidigung“

„Der Proletarier-Mob stürmt die Reichenviertel, die Bild-Zeitung titelt "Schnappt euch die Bonzen!", und die Polizei hat die Seiten gewechselt: Die Leistungsträger der Gesellschaft schreien nach dem Sondereinsatzkommando der Clownsarmee. Ein Sondereinsatzkommando der Kölner Clownsarmee hat am Sonntag, dem 17. Februar 2008 erfolgreich den Ansturm von mindestens 200.000 wütenden Proletariern auf das Kölner Villenviertel Marienburg zurückgeschlagen. Der Einsatz war notwendig geworden, nachdem die bundesdeutsche Polizei offenbar nicht mehr gewillt ist, ihren verfassungsgemäßen Aufgaben - Aufrechterhaltung der öffentlichen Ordnung, insbesondere Kapitalverteidigung - nachzukommen. Stattdessen hatte sie sich in den letzten Tagen wiederholt auf die Seite des Lumpenproletariats geschlagen und die Privatsphäre der Marienburger Villenbewohner verletzt…“ Bericht von ClownIn vom 17.02.2008 bei indymedia

Aus: LabourNet, 18. Februar 2008

US customs agents can examine, copy data from searched laptops

"A new alert for travellers: be careful what you store on your laptop or your BlackBerry when entering the United States," warns CNN's John Roberts. "Customs agents can examine your computer and even keep your private information."

From Information Clearing House

The fall of the Dollar Empire

OPEC considers dumping US dollar

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries plans to discuss a proposal by Iran and Venezuela to price oil in non-dollar currencies.

The fall of the Dollar Empire

The following is an interview with Hamid Varzi an economist and banker based in Tehran about the US economic crisis.

Dollar Has Biggest Weekly Loss in 2008 on Signs Growth Slowing

The dollar had its biggest weekly loss this year against the euro after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke signaled he may cut interest rates further amid mounting concern that the economy is headed for a recession.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. must take action against Iran

Presstitute and war pimp alert

Iran recently acquired the capability to deliver satellites into space. It stands to reason that they can now also deliver a nuclear warhead; however, with the open situation of our borders and ports we should have great concerns over a covert delivery of a nuclear weapon.

Manufacturing Consent For War With Iran

US: Iran Must Confess to Nuclear Arms

The U.S. on Friday demanded that Iran confess to trying to make atomic weapons, suggesting that anything short of that would doom an International Atomic Energy Agency probe of Tehran's nuclear past.

From Information Clearing House

Half of Baghdad without water

Power failures and maintenance have disrupted running water supplies to almost half of the capital, Baghdad, home to nearly 6 million people.

From Information Clearing House

More U.S. troops seen in Iraq by summer

The United States will probably have more troops in Iraq this summer than it did before pouring in forces last year -- even after a planned drawdown, a U.S. general said on Friday.

From Information Clearing House

Russia: US Satellite Shot a Weapons Test

Russia said Saturday that U.S. military plans to shoot down a damaged spy satellite may be a veiled test of America's missile defense system.

Experts Scoff at Sat Shoot-Down Rationale

The Pentagon says it has to shoot down a malfunctioning spy satellite because of the threat of a toxic gas cloud. Space security experts are calling the rationale highly unlikely. "Having the US government spend millions of dollars to destroy a billion-dollar failure to save zero lives is comedic gold"...

From Information Clearing House

'Dodgy dossier' was 'wrong', its author says

John Williams, a former Foreign Office aide, said last night that publication of his document would expose how members of Tony Blair's team were locked in a mindset that made military action inevitable.

Secret draft of Iraq war dossier to be revealed

The secret first draft of the notorious Iraq dossier that helped to take Britain to war is expected to be released tomorrow, in a victory for freedom of information campaigners.

Brown should listen to the military and quit Iraq now

The best way to improve Britain's standing in the Middle East is to admit to a terrible blunder and withdraw.

From Information Clearing House

Congress's Betrayal of the American Worker

By Richard Backus

The public's inability or unwillingness to face up these betrayals will result in the destruction of the working class in the U.S.

US Elections: The Iraq Factor

By Ramzy Baroud

Obama, - has proven to be just as self-serving and easily manipulated as the rest. If he can so readily support the starvation of 1.5 million people, who is to guarantee that he will not renounce his moral stances on issues pertaining to Iraq, Iran, and indeed America itself?

Bernanke's State of the Economy Speech

"You are all Dead Ducks"

By Mike Whitney

Even veteran Fed-watchers were caught off-guard by Chairman Bernanke's performance before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday. Bernanke was expected to make routine comments on the state of the economy but, instead, delivered a 45 minute sermon detailing the afflictions of the foundering financial system. The Senate chamber was stone-silent throughout. The gravity of the situation is finally beginning to sink in.

'I Lost My Career, My Life And My Dignity'

By Jamie Doward

Last week, the Court of Appeal ruled that Lotfi Raissi could claim compensation for his arrest and imprisonment after being wrongly accused of training 9/11 pilots. Here, in his first interview since the landmark decision, he tells of his prison hell, nervous collapse and the terrible toll his ordeal has had on his personal and professional life.

Barak Obama Fronts Wall Street's Infrastructure

Swindle - What Change Really Means

By Bruce Marshall

Since 9/11 America has certainly turned into a top-down police state, but true post-modern fascism requires a popular movement to usher it into power. Bush has created a dictatorship out of the Presidency, now the next step towards fascism is being marketed to exploit the desire for change.

The largest threats to the long-term financial health of the United States

The Terrorists Still at Ground Zero

By Alexander Cockburn

On January 10 Moody's, in concert with the other main bond rating firm, Standard and Poor's, gave the United States its top AAA credit rating. The terrorist blackmail threat came in the form of a demand by Moody's that the U.S. government "reform" Social Security and Medicare: "In the very long term, the rating could come under pressure if reform of Medicare and Social Security is not carried out as these two programs are the largest threats to the long-term financial health of the United States and to the government's Aaa rating."

1st Phase of Iran Oil Bourse Inaugurated on Kish Island


The stock market was inaugurated in a video conference ceremony from the capital Tehran attended by ministers of oil, finance and economic affairs as well as chairman of Iran's Stock Exchange and a number of other officials and financial experts.

Iran & Russia can rid world of dollar's slavery

Iran's Ambassador to Moscow said Iran and Russia, as major energy suppliers, can rid the world of US dollar's slavery by promoting oil and gas deals using different currencies, IRNA reported.

Iran Oil Bourse may use Russian ruble

The Russian national currency, ruble, is an option for dealings at the Iran Oil Bourse, set to be launched soon, an Iranian official says.

From Information Clearing House

The Increasing Encirclement of Iran

By Daan de Wit
Translation by Ben Kearney

In his testimony McConnell emphasizes Iranian attempts to enrich uranium as well as Iran's capacity to fire long-range weapons. The combination of these two are now being presented at the highest levels of power as the central argument for branding Iran as a danger to world peace. As if the National Intelligence Estimate never even existed.

How and why our nation went to war with Iraq is not only incomprehensible, but reprehensible

If Only Saddam Had Injected HGH

By Scott Ritter

That Congress puts the so-called integrity of a game ahead of its own Constitutional mandate of oversight of legitimate governance is a travesty. That this travesty is carried out in the face of a pledge by a Democratic-controlled Congress to effectively and responsibly carry out its duty to investigate how and why our nation went to war with Iraq is not only incomprehensible, but reprehensible.

Keep Kucinich In Congress

Because of the abysmal approval ratings of Congress itself, there is a real groundswell of "throw the bums out" voting, as evidenced by the 24-point victory in the primary challenge this week by progressive Donna Edwards. But we need to very careful not to let the exceptionally good be swept out with the bad.

That is why we need everyone to see this new Dennis Kucinich ad, to protect his seat from a hostile primary challenge in his own district.

Thank You Dennis Video:

For weeks big money has been running terribly false attack ads against Dennis trying to smear him out of Congress. And Dennis needs your help to fight back by running the ad on the page above in his own district. So if you can make any kind of donation, please use the easy form on the same page above to do so.

And to thank you for your valiant support, Dennis wants you to have as his gift to you a copy of his special Kucinich commemorative edition pocket constitution, with your donation of $100 or more. And if you are one of the few who have not be blindsided by Cheney's gut-the-economy agenda, Dennis Kucinich will personally autograph your copy with your donation of $1,000 or more.

Please note that even if you had already donated the full legal limit to his brave presidential run, which had a real impact in shifting the debate, you can donate another $2,300 for his congressional seat defense.

But even if you can't make a donation right now, there is still something incredibly important you can do to help, and that is to send links to the video to anyone you can. So ask all your friends to visit the page below too.

Thank You Dennis Video:

So please do what you can to spread the word that this is a must win, must-keep situation. It is only because of the courage of Dennis Kucinich in standing strong to protect and defend the Constitution that we are where we are now, with more and more members of Congress clamoring for meaningful impeachment hearings, and the House still holding the line against that craven telecom immunity thing.

Let us not be complacent. Let us not take anything for granted just because Dennis is so amazing on every issue. We have to make sure that we empower Dennis to remind his constituents what a magnificent job he has been doing for them and for us all. And nothing would push impeachment forward more than the most clearcut victory for Dennis in his primary.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.


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Radioactive waste dump causes concern 30 years after radiation leak

Killing with kindness

What Do We Stand For?

Drip, Drip, Drip: Then the Dam Collapses

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