Samstag, 23. Februar 2008

Wall Street Bank Run

It doesn't look like an old-fashioned bank run because it involves the biggest financial institutions trading paper assets so complicated that even top executives don't fully understand the transactions. But that's what it is -- a spreading fear among financial institutions that their brethren can't be trusted to honor their obligations.

From Information Clearing House

Noam Chomsky talks about U.S. foreign policy

Interventions: Video

Noam Chomsky talks about U.S. foreign policy and other matters at an event hosted by Back Pages Books.

From Information Clearing House

Diplomacy for War

By Daniel M Pourkesali

The current administration has paid a lot of lip service in the last few years to the notion of a diplomatic solution while continuously preparing public opinion through media spin on a path toward war with Iran.

Why Hillary Clinton's Iraq Vote Does Matter

By Stephen Zunes

Hillary Clinton's decision to vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq in fact is of critical importance and should disqualify her - along with Senator John McCain, who also voted in favor of the war resolution - from ever becoming president.

In Tatters Beneath a Surge of Claims

Analysis by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail

The Iraqi government has issued instructions to all security and health offices not to give out the body count to the media. Dozens of bodies are found every day across Baghdad, residents say. Morgue officials confirm this.

Dahr Jamail: Beyond the Green Zone

Dahr Jamail - Unembedded Journalist talks about his amazing experiences reporting the Iraqi side of the war. Torture, white phosphorus and deadly attacks unfold in graphic stories of the American occupation.

Where's The Iraqi Voice?

By Noam Chomsky

According to Iraqis, there is hope of national reconciliation if the invaders, responsible for the internal violence, withdraw and leave Iraq to Iraqis.

Next-up news N°489

Schlechte Aussichten für den Klimaschutz

Das größte Hindernis beim Aufhalten des Klimawandels könnte das selbstsüchtige Verhalten des Menschen sein. Wir sind selbst bei großem Gesamtrisiko offenbar nicht bereit, bewusst unseren eigenen kleinen Beitrag zu leisten.


Wir Energiesäufer und Luxusverdiener - und wie wir unser Leben ändern müssen

Das Buch ist eindrucksvoll und enthält verlässliche auch dramatische Informationen. Es bringt manche Dinge für uns Luxus-Verdiener und Energiesäufer auf den Punkt: Wir müssen unser Leben ändern. Von Rupert Neudeck

Angst ist einzige Chance gegen Klimakatastophe

Die Verlustangst könnte weltweit dazu führen, dass Klimaschutz tatsächlich und effektiv wird.

Aus mit billigem Erdöl

Die OPEC kann nicht mehr! Offiziell spricht die OPEC davon, dass sie die Förderung zurück fahren muss, da zu viel Erdöl auf dem Markt sei.

Loophole Irks Contract Watchdogs

Lara Jakes Jordan, The Associated Press, says, "A multibillion-dollar loophole slipped into a proposed crackdown on contract fraud has drawn the ire of a key Republican senator and the government's top watchdog of US spending in Iraq."

McCain Disputed on 1999 Meeting

The Washington Post's James V. Grimaldi and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum write: "Broadcaster Lowell 'Bud' Paxson yesterday contradicted statements from Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign that the senator did not meet with Paxson or his lobbyist before sending two controversial letters to the Federal Communications Commission on Paxson's behalf."

The Pentagon spun a minor melee off the coast of Iran into a direct menace to US interests

Getting the Strait Story

Writing for The Media Consortium, Brian Beutler says, "The Pentagon spun a minor melee off the coast of Iran into a direct menace to US interests. Why isn't Congress concerned?"

Victory for phone mast campaigners

By Duncan Eaton

JUBILANT residents have scored a major victory in their campaign to pull the plug on a plan to put a phone mast near their homes.

As reported by the Daily Echo, a move by Vodafone to put a 14m mast on a green near the busy Bournemouth Road and Leigh Road junction in Chandler's Ford caused a storm of protest.

But now the mast plan has been crushed after councillors unanimously rejected the application.

Residents, pictured, launched their campaign a year ago when they spotted a notice about the proposed mast on a lamppost.


Cherokee Nation Being Threatened

160 Animal Welfare Petitions

New Impeachment For Real Video, Pelosi Primary Challenge Taking Off

The Pelosi primary challenge is San Francisco, the one and only thing that will actually put impeachment back on the table, is now a reality. This TV spot, calling on all constituents of the CA 8th district to rally once a week in front of Nancy Pelosi's district office, started running on MSNBC Cable TV in San Francisco today in heavy rotation.

New I'm On The Table Video:

By next Thursday we need to have thousands of people there, to demonstrate that we the people will no longer tolerate having our Constitution pushed off on to the floor. And to do that we need to get as many of these TV spots as possible out there, on full blown broadcast TV, everywhere.

At this critical juncture in the history of our democracy, your contribution is needed to help run these spots, to demonstrate that we the people will not remain silent in the face of dictatorship, which you can do from the same page above.

Every dollar you can donate, to help make this campaign more and more visible, is real pressure on all members of Congress, to let them know in the most personal way their own seats are on the line if they continue to shirk their Constitutional duty to impeach. For if the speaker of the House can be challenged from within her own party, so too with any of them. And even if you cannot make a donation right now, you can make a real difference by passing the link below to all your friends and propagating it as widely as possible.

On The Table Donations:

Shirley Golub is an ordinary citizen, who heard the call of conscience in her heart, to literally put herself on the table, and say "As long as I'm on the table, Nancy, impeachment is too." She is even now inspiring other candidates all over the country to step forward and do the same thing in their own districts while there is still time. That is why your contribution right now is so important, to make her historic run a national news story.

There is no progressive in the country who doesn't think that Pelosi MUST be seriously challenged in her own party for the Democratic nomination in June. Even Cindy Sheehan, who is running as an independent in the general election in November, has posted a very graceful statement on her site that she is "not opposed" to a primary challenge as well, and that "in a perfect world" there would be one too.

Even were it not for the gross abuses of power and the lies that have already been committed, if yet a new Constitutional outrage were to be perpetrated tomorrow, are we to do NOTHING because only a year remains in the current presidential term? Are we to now say that it's OK for the resident of the White House to operate as a unmitigated despot for every last year of the four. And if so, what is to save us the other three years?

We don't need a year of investigations and hearings to impeach. Every signing statement that defies each law Congress has passed, which asserts that law can only "purport" to constrain unprecedented imperial powers, is an act of contempt against the people the United States and its Congress assembled.

Any judge in a court of law would instantly haul a person off to jail upon such a display of contempt. These facts are clearly on the table and there is nothing to dispute about them. It but remains for Congress to vote on what to do about it . . . and impeach. Votes in the House are supposed to take 15 minutes. THAT is how long it REALLY takes to impeach.

On The Table Donations:

So please make a donation now to save our country and our system of government. Who knows what horrors the White House has planned and set in stone in this last year to try to again pervert our presidential election decision making? An unprovoked attack on Iran, maybe a new World War? Some have even suggested a false flag terrorist attack on America itself. They have stopped at nothing so far, and will surely continue to stop at nothing, unless stopped themselves by impeachment.

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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Drug Trade Group Spent $22 Million Lobbying

Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press, reports: "The pharmaceutical industry's main trade group spent more than $22 million lobbying the federal government in 2007, a 25 percent boost from the year before that paid off on some key issues."

As South American Rivers Dry Up, Miners Tap Ocean

Terry Wade, Reuters, "Vast mines in Peru and Chile that supply the world with crucial metals have started to pump water from the Pacific Ocean high into the Andes Mountains because of chronic water shortages exacerbated by climate change."

Justice Reviews Role in Waterboarding

The Associated Press: "The Justice Department has opened an internal investigation into whether its top officials improperly authorized or reviewed the CIA's use of waterboarding when interrogating terror suspects, according to documents released Friday."

Waterboarding Focus of Inquiry by Justice Department

Scott Shane, writing for The New York Times, reports, "The Justice Department revealed Friday that its internal ethics office was investigating the department's legal approval for waterboarding of Qaeda suspects by the Central Intelligence Agency and was likely to make public an unclassified version of its report."

Military Subpoenas CBS Haditha Video

The Associated Press reports that military prosecutors are seeking unaired footage of a CBS interview given by a Marine squad leader who faces voluntary manslaughter and other charges in the deaths in Haditha, Iraq. CBS is "set to ask a military judge Friday to throw out the subpoena during a pretrial hearing" for the Marine.

Key McCain Ally Indicted

Ari Berman writes for The Nation: "Another GOP congressman has been indicted. This time it's Rick Renzi, indicted by a federal grand jury in Arizona today on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and extortion as part of a multimillion-dollar land deal that allegedly improperly benefited Renzi and his business partners. Renzi, a three-time representative from Arizona's First Congressional District ... also happens to be a close ally of Senator John McCain."

Republican Congressman Indicted in Land Swap Scam

David Stout and Paul Giblin, The New York Times, report: "Representative Rick Renzi, a Republican who represents a vast region of Arizona, has been indicted on charges of using his office to enrich himself through a complex land swap scam, federal prosecutors announced on Friday in Phoenix."

Is mercury good for you?

Secretive Agency Forced to Review Grazing Impacts on 100,000 Acres in Yellowstone Ecosystem

Next-up news N°487

The State of Conspiracy

InfraGard: An Unhealthy Government Alliance

Stop the Science Funding

Neocons vs. the Real Constitution

On the secret Fed orientation

The McCain Manipulation Machine

Informant: Gomez

Texans protest against planned NAFTA superhighway

Informant: Gomez

France making play in Persian Gulf geostrategically in flux

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Move Over, Oil, There's Money in Texas Wind

John McCain’s lobbyist friends

John McCain: with a LOT of help from his "friends"

Former Telcom CEO: Bush’s Illegal Spying Began Months Before 9/11 Attacks


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