Donnerstag, 28. Februar 2008

Congress to Bush: You've Lost Mail

Dan Froomkin writes in The Washington Post, "The Bush White House has made a mockery of the Presidential Records Act and its requirement that official White House records - including e-mails - be preserved for posterity." And, Daniel Schulman writes in Mother Jones, "Since as early as 2004, the National Archives has warned the White House that its system for preserving email records was inadequate-and that some of those emails may not have been archived at all, but the Bush administration has been slow to remedy the problem."

Attorneys Thwarted at Military Tribunals

The Associated Press reports, "The military is speeding ahead with plans to try six men at Guantanamo Bay for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks but none of the defendants, who face possible execution if found guilty, has seen a defense lawyer yet."

Scare Tactics Used to Promote White House Spy Bill

Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball, writing for Newsweek, report, "An aggressive campaign by the White House and its allies to win approval of a new electronic spying bill is escalating partisan tensions on Capitol Hill."

The World's Growing Food-Price Crisis,8599,1717572,00.html

Informant: Teresa Binstock


Food and the Specter of Malthus

Mark Thirlwell of The Financial Times writes: "Last week, financial markets experienced that 1970s feeling, as a combination of rising inflation and unemployment in the US triggered unwelcome memories of the decade of stagflation. Then came this week's report that the United Nations world food program might have to ration food aid. Set against a backdrop of rising food prices worldwide - global food prices have now risen by more than 75 percent since their lows of 2000, jumping more than 20 percent in 2007 alone - the news revived fears from a much earlier era, conjuring up the Reverend Thomas Malthus."

Prototype for a nationwide concentration camp system?

Fallacies and War: Misleading a Nervous America to the Wrong Conclusion

Which America Do You Live In?

ACLU: 900,000 Names on US Terror Watch Lists

Price Tag for Iraq, Afghan Wars: Three Trillion Dollars

Iraqi Leaders Veto Law Bush Administration Hailed as Political Breakthrough

Steve Lannen reports for McClatchy Newspapers: "Iraq's three-man presidency council Wednesday announced that it's vetoed legislation that US officials two weeks ago hailed as significant political progress.... The rejected bill, which sets out the political structure for Iraq's provincial governments and establishes a basis for elections in October, was only the second of 18 US-set political benchmarks that the war-tore nation needs to reach."

Liberal Democrats Seek Secret FISA Session

Mike Soraghan reports for The Hill: "Liberal House Democrats are pushing for a closed session to discuss the legal underpinnings of President Bush’s intelligence surveillance program. They believe that the more members know about it, the less likely they will be to support Bush’s wish to make it permanent." Meanwhile, The Washington Post's Dan Eggen reports, "Republicans are convinced that highlighting their counterterrorism policies will be a political winner in this presidential election year, and they have focused this week on Democratic opposition to their version of a new surveillance bill as a way to paint Democrats as soft on national security, according to GOP lawmakers and their aides."

Former Military Prosecutor to Testify for Detainee

William Glaberson reports for The New York Times: "Until four months ago, Col. Morris D. Davis was the chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay and the most colorful champion of the Bush administration’s military commission system.... Now, Colonel Davis has taken his most provocative step, completing his transformation from Guantanamo’s chief prosecutor to its new chief critic. He has agreed to testify at Guantanamo on behalf of one of the detainees, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a driver for Osama bin Laden."

Chomsky says élites recognize Iraq is a disaster

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

"Kampf der Kulturen" ohne Grundlage

Nach Ankündigung von Massenentlassungen: Politiker kritisieren Massenentlassungen

BVG-Urteil: Stromkosten bei Hartz IV

Phone mast plans delay

CONTROVERSIAL plans to erect a 20ft telephone mast on a social club are still up in the air.

The owners of Owton Manor Social Club, in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, want permission to install the O2 mobile telephone mast on their building.

The club applied for planning permission last year but the application was rejected over public health fears and concerns that the height and design would be detrimental to the area.


Council admits phone mast blunder

The phone mast that has sprung up in Exning Road

By Robert Andrews

A COUNCIL blunder that led to a mobile phone mast being put up in Exning Road has left residents fuming.

The 30ft mast which resembles a lamp post, has been installed by mobile phone company O2 on the new leisure centre site next to Newmarket College.

Jim Stevenson, community liaison manager for O2, claimed the company had written to nearby residents telling them the mast was going to be put up.

But residents contacted by the Journal said they had received nothing, while some did not even realise the new structure was a phone mast.


Gitmo’s shambolic trials

by Andy Worthington


This has been another terrible week for Guantanamo’s Military Commissions, established by Dick Cheney and his close advisors in November 2001 to try, convict and execute those responsible for 9/11 through a novel process so far removed from the US court system and the military’s own judicial procedures that the tainted fruit of torture would be allowed, and secret evidence could be withheld from the accused...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The liars are at it again

The Price of Liberty
by Ed Henry


Social Security supports itself with revenue from Payroll Taxes. What’s more, Social Security produces an annual surplus that the government steals and spends elsewhere, what would be labeled a capital crime were it committed in the private sector. Last Year, fiscal 2007, that surplus was $82.4 billion. What’s more, the accumulated surpluses amount to the mind boggling figure of $2.2 trillion as of the end of the last calendar year. All of this is faithfully reported in the U.S. Treasury’s Monthly Statement, table 8, and third from the last page. Follow these reports and it will be difficult to believe that Social Security needs to be ‘fixed’ or requires ’saving.’ The only thing Social Security needs is to force the government to keep its grubby hands off surpluses and allow the Social Security Administration to do what’s right with the people’s money...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

No country for grouchy old men

Denver Post
by David Harsanyi


Political observers have questioned whether Americans are ‘ready’ to elect a woman or an African-American to the presidency. A more pertinent question, actually, is whether Americans are ready to elect a grouchy old white guy. According to a Gallup poll, only 5 percent of Americans would never vote for an African-American, while 11 percent claim they would never vote for a woman. Believe it or not, comparatively, those are optimistic numbers — if you believe in polls that solidify your world view, like I do. Republican candidate John McCain is hamstrung by a more worrisome factor. He will be 72 by the time the November election rolls around...

Bei BMW ist Rendite wichtiger als Menschen

28. Februar 2008

Mit Empörung reagiert Klaus Ernst, stellvertretender Vorsitzender der Partei DIE LINKE und bayerischer Metallgewerkschafter, auf die Ankündigungen von BMW, weltweit über 8.000 Arbeitsplätze zu streichen. Er erklärt dazu:

Wenn ein Unternehmen wie BMW trotz Rekordgewinnen von 3,7 Milliarden Euro mehrere tausend Arbeitsplätze streichen will, dann ist das das beste Beispiel von kurzfristiger Gewinnsucht. Betriebspolitik für die Rendite und auf Kosten der Beschäftigten – das ist das Motto, das offensichtlich auch bei BMW Einzug hält. Für die betroffenen Beschäftigten klingt es dabei wie Hohn, wenn die Managerkaste stolz verkündet, durch die Personalmaßnahmen sechs Milliarden Euro einsparen zu wollen. Dass dies ohne betriebsbedingte Kündigungen vonstatten gehen soll, liegt an einem entsprechenden Tarifvertrag der IG Metall und ist auch gut so. Für die betroffenen Leiharbeitnehmer/innen kann dies jedoch nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass ihnen ohne die Beschäftigung bei BMW die Kündigung durch ihren Verleihbetrieb drohen kann. Als LINKE fordern wir deshalb die massive Eindämmung dieser modernen Form der Sklaverei.

The Drug Industry's Long and Ignoble History of Secrecy

Jeremy Laurance of The Independent UK writes: "Discovering, testing and bringing a new drug to market can take more than a decade and cost as much as 500 million pounds [$994.5 million]. Over the past 30 years, as the costs have mounted, so have the pressures to protect new chemical agents which could become potential blockbusters."

Sumatran Deforestation Driving Climate Change and Species Extinction

Jessica Aldred of The Guardian UK reports: "The destruction of Sumatra's natural forests is accelerating global climate change and pushing endangered species closer to extinction, a new report warned today."

Contaminant Levels High in US National Parks

The Associated Press writes: "Pesticides, heavy metals and other airborne contaminants are raining down on national parks across the West and Alaska, turning up at sometimes dangerously high levels in lakes, plants and fish. A sweeping, six-year federal study released Tuesday found evidence of 70 contaminants in 20 national parks and monuments - from Denali in Alaska and Glacier in Montana, to Big Bend in Texas and Yosemite in California."

Soldier Had Friend Shoot Him to Avoid Iraq Deployment

Molly Hennessy-Fiske, writing for The Los Angeles Times, reports, "Investigators say a GI had a friend wound him in the leg and made up a story about it so that he would avoid duty in Iraq."

Yellowstone and Department of Livestock Continue to Capture and Slaughter Wild Bison

Manufacturing data fuel US recession fears

US manufacturing orders on Wednesday recorded their biggest decline in five months and new home sales slumped to a 13-year low, compounding fears that the US economy may be sliding into recession.

U.S. Economy: Confidence Falls, Producer Prices Rise

U.S. consumer confidence fell to the lowest level in five years and wholesale inflation picked up, limiting the Federal Reserve's room to maneuver as it tries to avert a recession.

U.S. new-home sales for January fall 2.8%

The decline marked a 13-year low and constituted the latest sign of prolonged weakness in the U.S. housing market. January's sales pace was down 33.9% compared with January 2007.

U.S. Home Foreclosures Jump 90% as Mortgages Reset

Bank seizures of U.S. homes almost doubled in January as property owners failed to make higher payments on adjustable-rate mortgages.

US mortgage finance firm Fannie Mae posts 2.1 bln loss

Fannie Mae, a leading US financing provider for mortgages, said Wednesday it swung into a loss of 2.1 billion dollars in 2007 amid a deepening housing downturn and warned of "another tough year."

Key home price index shows record decline

U.S. home prices dropped 8.9 percent in the final quarter of 2007 compared with a year ago, Standard & Poor's said Tuesday, the steepest decline in the 20-year history of its housing index.

From Information Clearing House

ElBaradei is quietly managing to disarm Iran

The latest International Atomic Energy Agency report suggesting progress has been made by Iran is quietly disparaged by the Bush administration as another clean pass for the rash theocracy. The point that Mr ElBaradei's critics miss is that he is judiciously achieving the goals that they seemingly desire - the disarmament of the Islamic Republic.

UN Nuclear Chief: US, Russia Must Disarm

Russia and the United States should reduce their nuclear arsenals and lead the way toward a world free of atomic weapons, the U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said Tuesday.

From Information Clearing House

Sharif slams US war on terror in Pakistan

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that the current method in the war on terror is not in 'anyone's interests' and that Pakistan will have to formulate its own strategies.

From Information Clearing House

Can Turkey Succeed in Northern Iraq?

Turkish military leaders as well as Turkish papers have reported ringing success in northern Iraq, but how effective has the invasion been? US and Iraqi leaders are impatient, while Kurdish militants have probably melted away.,1518,538169,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Into the Valley of Catastrophe

Barbarians At the Gates

By Manuel Valenzuela

It has been the support of tyrants, dictators, generals, kings, princes and sheiks which has had the most profound effect in the lives of tens of millions of Arabs and Muslims, altering, perhaps indefinitely, the very foundations of a culture, and religion, that has for centuries been bombarded by the Judeo-Christian values of the western world.

Ron Paul: Bernanke Deliberately Destroying Dollar

San Jose Police To Use Crowd Control Sound Wave Weapons

The Obama Craze: Count Me Out

Informant: Duane Roberts

Protest Huntingdon Life Sciences Customers in New York City

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WAR's March Madness - Day 2
Protest Huntingdon Life Sciences Customers in New York City
Sunday, 3-2-08 at 2:00 PM

Join Win Animal Rights as we conclude the opening weekend of our March Madness Campaign. To find out more about March Madness, visit the WAR website and click on the Skull & Bones.

On Sunday, we turn our attention back to the puppy killing, animal torturing scum of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). HLS is a company whose primary business is death and suffering. 500 animals are killed there every day. On Sunday, March 2nd, we will focus on key executives of two of Huntingdon Life Science's most important customers: Novartis and Bristol-Myers Squibb. We will start the day with a protest at one of New York City's busiest Staples Stores. Staples has been caught delivering supplies to HLS in unmarked trucks. Cheeky, eh? Next week we will be posting an action alert with full details and contact information on your local Staples stores.

Date/Time: Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 2:00 PM
Meet at: Staples, 2248 Broadway (80th & 81st) - New York City
If you are late: call 646-267-9934

We will be at the location noted above for approximately one hour, after which we will move on to other upper westside locations. Please dress for the weather. Cold weather gear (gloves, scarves, hats, layers of socks and good walking shoes) will help you to be comfortable as we travel between locations.

When making your plans, please consider that there are 70,000 animals trapped inside of Huntingdon Life Sciences right now. Some are violently ill while others pace their cold steel cages and dank concrete pens waiting to be poisoned or mutilated for toothpaste or some new chemical or food additive. You are their only hope. Please, please stop whatever you are doing and make plans to join us on Sunday when we will visit the homes of key executives that are responsible for supporting Huntingdon Life Sciences. If you cannot join us, you can send messages to:

Dr. Arun Nadiga Novartis Investor Relations
608 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10020
Phone: 1.212.830.2444

Note: in previous e-mails we asked you to contact Ronen Tamir of Novartis. We are pleased to report that Mr. Tamir recently left Novartis and is working for a company that does not do business with HLS.

James D. Robinson III Chairman - Board of Directors Bristol-Myers Squibb
345 Park Ave. New York, NY 10154

As always, please keep all correspondence with the above polite and informative. A picture is worth a thousand words. You can find pictures at:

Visit the WAR Calendar for future events:
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For more info contact Win Animal Rights at: centcom Call: 646.267.9934 or visit the WAR website at:

Informant: Ima Vegan


Shelters in need of funding

Help Stop Net-and-Bolt Killing of Wild Deer

IDA Protests Plan to Kill California Sea Lions on the Columbia River

Bundestrojaner: Verfassungsrichter toben und erfinden neues Grundrecht

Walkout fear over phone mast

The Nelson Mail

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Leaders of a Nelson playcentre, upset over plans to build a 22m-high cellphone tower metres from where dozens of preschoolers play, fear parents will pull their children out.

Telecom is set to build a cellphone mast at its Atawhai exchange site at Atawhai Crescent in June.

The exchange is next to the playcentre, which cares for up to 70 children, from newborns to six-year-olds.


Flooded Village Files Suit, Citing Corporate Link to Climate Change

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Stop the Shots! Are Vaccinations Killing Our Pets?

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Stop Fed Intervention

William Buckley's Permanent Thing: The imperial state

It Does Happen In America: The Political Trial of Don Siegelman

Parents’ protest: mobile mast makes waves

Published: February 28, 2008, 09:30

By Indira Dharchaudhuri, Senior Sub-Editor

The Dubai British School (DBS) has lodged a complaint with du for erecting a disguised mobile mast next to the school’s primary unit.

The mast, which is also adjacent to a mosque and to a shopping centre which also houses Spinneys, was erected without consulting school authorities, said Peter Moore, DBS Primary Head Teacher.

DBS staff and parents are worried the mast is a "potential health hazard since its radiation poses serious threats like childhood leukaemia – a common concern in the UAE," said Lucy John, an anxious parent.


In Pakistan, 'enforced subservience to the US' did in Musharraf

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