Donnerstag, 6. März 2008

Do you know how this war has affected the women of Iraq?

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TEXAS SIZE: VOTE-FRAUD?

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Taleban Declare War on Mobile Phone Firms

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The Taliban's war on mobile phones
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Taliban targeting mobile phone masts
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Klimaschutz: Vergebene Liebesmüh?

Lovelock: Die Katastrophe ist nicht mehr aufzuhalten.
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Top Iraq Contractor Skirts US Taxes Offshore

Farah Stockman, writing for The Boston Globe, reports, "Kellogg Brown & Root, the nation's top Iraq war contractor and until last year a subsidiary of Halliburton Corp., has avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicare and Social Security taxes by hiring workers through shell companies based in this tropical tax haven."

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Most Czechs against U.S. radar base

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Next-up news N°501

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Lou Dobbs: U.S. Heading For Stagflation Crisis

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Half of New Orleans's Poor Permanently Displaced: Failure or Success?

Bill Quigley writes for Truthout: "Government reports confirm that half of the working poor, elderly and disabled who lived in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina have not returned. Because of critical shortages in low-cost housing, few now expect tens of thousands of poor and working people to ever be able to return home."

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War hits home in Vermont

By AMY GOODMAN
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The Final Showdown: Please Call Congress Again Against Telecom Immunity

Before we tackle the telecom immunity issue, for hopefully the last time, let us take a moment to celebrate the magnificent win of Dennis Kucinich last night against an out-of-district corporate-financed interloper. Your magnificent response to our appeals to support him in his own time of need is what made it possible for us to hold the line there.

And yet one more time, we need to hold the line against the bully push from the White House for letting the telecoms off the hook for knowingly collaborating with their criminal actions in completely disregarding the law to wiretap million of ordinary peace loving U.S. citizens.

Please call your House member yet again, tollfree at 800-828-0498,
800-614-2803 or 866-340-9281, and let them know how disgusted you would be if they were to cave in yet again.

And then please consider visiting the action page that Shirley Golub, seriously challenging Nancy Pelosi for the House seat from San Francisco, has created to send an email to your House member to back up your phone call.

//www.shirley08.com/petitions/pnum811.php

Here's what Shirley Golub has to say on the subject:

No telecom immunity, or, for that matter, to anyone who cooperates with the illegal demands of the Bush administration. Warrantless wiretapping is a violation of the people’s right to privacy (please read the 4thamendment). When an administration takes an oath of office and then proceeds to act in an irresponsible manner, ignoring that oath, those corporations and/or individuals who assisted must not be "forgiven".

And certainly a request for a retroactive action additionally causes those who might consider illegal activities in the future to believe that their "indiscretions" will be pardoned. Our internet and phone communications have been violated, and these acts have been admitted to by Bush. Congress must defend our Constitution and stand strong for our rights.

And we should add some choice words of our own:

What we have in the House of Representatives is a leadership problem at heart. There has been no "new direction", a worn out threadbare slogan if there ever was one. It's just been the same old endless caving in and bending over. And the best and surest way to STOP it is to support real progressive primary challenges against the weak-kneed and ineffectual, like the challenge that Shirley is mounting now.

Shirley Golub Video: //www.shirley08.com

On the page above you can see the Shirley's latest YouTube video, running right now in heavy rotation on MSNBC cable in San Francisco, calling on her fellow citizens to join her in a weekly impeachment and primary challenge rally in front of Nancy Pelosi's district office every Thursday. And hundreds every week are.

Maybe you can't be in San Francisco this Thursday at noon at 450 Golden Gate Ave. But you be there in spirit by making a contribution to Shirley now, to run more and more of these TV spots, and print ads, and to put her on the radio and everything else with her "I'm on the table" message.

Or if you would, just send this email to other people you know, to encourage them to visit Shirley's site, you can help her to spread the impeachment now message, and inspire other candidates to step forward and do the same thing in their own districts. For if the speaker of the House can be successfully challenged, why not any member of Congress who still cannot find their spine with both hands?

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The easy revolution

Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

03/13/08

Currently, in Congress, because of the intense pressure received from constituents, the Democrats are taking serious steps to make sure that no bill coming out of Congress grants immunity to the telecom companies that helped the government to illegally spy on the American people. This is very good news, and it happened because of people like you, who have given the Democrats reinforcement. We will have more to say about it in the days ahead...

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Mit Spaltaxt gegen Funkmast

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National Dragnet Is a Click Away

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Impeachment: The Ultimate Stimulus Package

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STAR WARS PROTEST: Vandenberg Air Force Base



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School phone mast plan dropped

"I wrote a letter of objection to the council on health grounds because it is less than 400 metres from the school. We don't know what the long-term affect these masts will have on health and there could be a danger.

"After all, its not that long ago that people never thought twice about passive smoking, but now we know there are dangers. Who can say that it might not be the same with mobile phone masts."

Adrian Lewis, chairperson of the primary school's parent council, was also concerned about the proposal and sent a letter of objection.

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BT Allergy in North India Crying Out for Attention

As follow up to your articles More Illnesses Linked to Bt Crops, and Mass Deaths in Sheep Grazing on Bt Cotton (SiS 30) describing health problems associated with genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton in India, I draw your attention to further symptoms of allergy reported this year in Sadalpur Village near Hisar in Haryana State, India. Farmers say skin itching is very common and even buffaloes and dogs are affected.

The itching started to appear during the Bt cotton season this year. The village Ayurvedic Hospital Compounder says that on average, 10 cases of skin allergy/itching symptoms in humans come to the hospital every day, and there is an increasing trend over the past three or so years. Even cotton factory workers in the area are complaining of itching problem. Itching is observed mainly on the skin and in reproductive organs.

Animals are also affected. On average, 5-10 cases of skin allergy/itching in buffaloes are presented at the village veterinary hospital daily.

Thousands of sheep have died in Andhra Pradesh in past years, but there is still no real action on the part of Indian Government. Even the local and national media are not paying any attention to this problem. We have asked the local and national TV channels and newspapers to investigate into the problem caused by Bt cotton in humans and animals.

I am really afraid for the future of India and our farmers. Sooner or later, the effects of transgenic pollution will be more pronounced and will affect people who do not live in cotton fields or villages next to cotton fields.

Why do we still allow Bt cotton to be grown in India? Isn’t the death of thousands of sheep enough for us to wake up and speak and support the truth?

How can the scientific community be so dead to issue like deaths and health problems due to Bt cotton? I am really ashamed at the silence of scientific community though I am one among them.

In India, we are really fed up with the insensitivity of our Government and other regulatory authorities. People say that India is one of the largest democracies, but I feel we do not deserve this reputation if that means the Government cannot protect its citizens against this poisonous crop.

Dr Sudhir Kumar Kaura is a geneticist and biotechnologist based in Hisar, Haryana State, India, and can be contacted at Tel: 09354172987 in India and 00919354172987 from outside India. E-mail: lokvaani@rediffmail.com

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Bootle councillor's fury over phone masts on housing estate

Mar 6 2008

by Mark Johnson, Bootle Times

A FURIOUS councillor has spoken out about the number of phone masts being put up in Netherton despite being turned down by Sefton’s planning committee.

Cllr Mark Dowd is angry that the Bristol-based Planning Inspectorate regularly over-rides decisions made by Sefton councillors.

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Mobile phone mast near school scrapped

PLANS to put up a mobile phone mast close to a school have been scrapped following a public outcry from worried parents.

O2 wanted to erect a15 metre mast in Wellgreen Lane, just yards from Iford and Kingston Primary School.

More than 100 parents and 225 residents signed a petition against the plan citing concerns about alleged health risks.

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The question McCain needs to answer

Frontiers of Freedom
by Randall H. Nunn

03/05/08

Many Republicans — this writer included — are not happy with the thought of Senator John McCain as their presidential nominee. Many of these same Republicans are not happy with the Republican Party’s drift toward big government and away from conservative principles. Instead of capitalizing on their control of both houses of Congress and the White House and ushering in decades of Republican control of the government, the administration has missed opportunity after opportunity to show real leadership and make government our servant rather than our master. And Senator McCain promises more of the same, with even more of a tilt to the left. Given this, why should conservatives vote for Senator McCain?

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After Gitmo

CounterPunch
by Joanne Mariner

03/05/08

By groups of five, six, 12 and sometimes even 18, the prisoners at Guantanamo are slowly being sent home. Quietly, without any of the fanfare that accompanied their arrival, they’re put on planes and returned to their countries of origin. … No apologies; no compensation; no suggestion of a mistake. Just a briefly-stated explanation that the person’s detention is not necessary...

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Democrats need to be careful

Fox News
by Susan Estrich

03/05/08

It’s time for Democrats to be careful. We have the two strongest candidates to run for president since Bill Clinton. We have a race that is not likely to end until June, at the earliest. We have a party that is desperate to defeat the Republicans and change the course of the country’s future on both foreign and domestic policy and a country that supports change and overwhelmingly believes that the country is on the wrong track. The Republican battle is over, and the Democratic race is still heating up...

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OPEC blames record oil prices on US

USA Today

03/05/08

Oil rallied to a record near $105 a barrel Wednesday after OPEC decided to maintain output and federal data showed lower U.S. crude inventories. U.S. crude futures settled up $5.00 at $104.52 a barrel. The gain came after weekly data from the federal Energy Information Administration showed U.S. crude inventories fell by 3.1 million barrels last week...

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Monsanto, mit Gift und Genen

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Stop the Forest Liars: "Certified" Old-Growth Rainforest Logging Does NOT Protect Biodiversity, Ecosystems or Climate

ACTION ALERT UPDATE

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Rainforest Portal a project of Ecological Internet //www.rainforestportal.org/ March 5, 2008

TAKE ACTION Outrageous support by big environmental groups for first-time industrial logging of primary and old-growth rainforest wildernesses based upon vague claims that FSC certification makes it sustainable, well-managed and now even "carbon positive" is a big lie and must end

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Many of the world's largest environmental groups continue to support Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) "certified" industrial logging of the world's last primary and old-growth forests. They have fallen for, and now espouse, the big lie that first time logging of ancient forests containing centuries old trees can be done in an ecologically well- managed and sustainable manner. These otherwise well-regarded organizations should know better, yet there is no chance ancient forest logging will ever end when they continue their misguided greenwashing of "certified" ancient forest destruction.

This is not a minor policy difference: whether and when old-growth logging ends will critically determine the likelihood of the Earth's climate, species, ecosystems and human livelihoods being maintained. Please join us in calling upon Greenpeace, WWF, Rainforest Action Network, NRDC, Forest Ethics, Friends of the Earth and Rainforest Alliance to immediately end their support for first time logging of primary and old-growth forests. These groups must withdraw from FSC, commit to working to end ancient forest logging as a keystone response to the biodiversity and climate change crises, and support local sustainable community development based upon standing and intact forests.

Take Action: //www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=fsc_forest_liars

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Update of the "Stop the Forest Liars: "Certified" Old-Growth Rainforest Logging Does NOT Protect Biodiversity, Ecosystems or Climate" still current and able to be sent at: //www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=fsc_forest_liars

March 26, 2008
OVERVIEW & COMMENTARY by Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet

Mongabay reports below that the Forest Stewardship Council
(FSC) is coming under increasingly harsh criticism. Ecological Internet (EI) and many others believe FSC is imploding as claims of environmental and social benefits of ancient forest logging and industrial monoculture plantations are exposed as myths. FSC's future (if it is to have one) depends upon changing its guidelines to end support for both business as usual old-growth logging and large-scale monoculture plantations.

If unwilling to end their involvement in ancient forest logging, FSC and supporters must be protested until they are shutdown. Global ecological sustainability depends critically upon strictly protecting all remaining relatively natural ecosystems, particularly primary forests. All ancient forests are of high conservation value. There is no alternative to continued logging of centuries old trees found in primary forests. The era of ancient forest logging must end if global ecological collapse is to be averted.

There may be a role for certification of plantations and regenerating forests, yet these FSC certifications are also troubled by conflicts of interests by certifiers, flawed certifications in violation of guidelines, and terribly insufficient standards for industrial monoculture-based plantations. Only management of natural mixed species, toxic free and community supported secondary and planted forests is worthy of claims of being environmentally and socially beneficial.

It is ludicrous to expect the public to differentiate FSC certification from other "green" seals and business as usual industrial ancient and plantation logging. A much more truthful, ecologically sufficient and accessible public message is that all ancient forest logging must end as a matter of planetary survival, and we must meet our needs for wood products from regenerating, ecologically managed natural forests for the benefit of local peoples.

Once united behind a goal of ending ancient forest logging, the forest protection movement can work to end all industrial destruction and gain permanent protections for all remaining primary and old-growth forests (with appropriate compensation and continued small scale use for local peoples), promote the ecological restoration and certified management of regenerating and planted natural forest ecosystems, and assist local peoples with community based eco-development projects based upon growing secondary and standing ancient forests. This is the sufficient, ecology and people based forest protection agenda, and the only one worthy of your support. g.b.

To comment: //www.rainforestportal.org/issues/2008/03/fsc_failing_the_worlds_forests.asp

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Title: FSC has 'failed the world's forests' say critics Timber certification body under attack from environmentalists for slipping standards
Source: Copyright 2008, Mongabay, //www.mongabay.com/
Date: March 26, 2008
Byline: Jeremy Hance

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has come under increasingly harsh criticisms from a variety of environmental organizations. The FSC is an international not-for-profit organization that certifies wood products: its stamp of approval is meant to create confidence that the wood was harvested in an environmentally-sustainable and socially- responsible manner. For years the FSC stamp has been imperative for concerned consumers in purchasing wood products. Yet amid growing troubles for the FSC, recent attacks from environmental organizations like World Rainforest Movement and Ecological Internet are putting the organization's credibility into question.

Last week the World Rainforest Movement released a scathing press release calling a decision by the FSC to certify eucalyptus plantations in Brazil its "death certificate." The eucalyptus plantations are owned by Veracel, a partnership between Aracruz Celulose of Brazil and Stora Enso of Sweden- Finland, which has a shaky environmental record. The press release alleges that Veracel "has a very well known record of harmful actions, including violating local communities' rights over land, to environmental pollution, water depletion and ecosystem destruction." World Rainforest Movement's greatest concern, however, is that by certifying Veracel's eucalyptus plantations, the FSC is stating that large-scale monoculture plantations are environmentally sound, socially responsible, and beneficial to local people. Whereas research has shown that monoculture plantations support little biodiversity, result in CO2 emissions relative to natural forests, and undermine the efforts of local people to manage forests in a sustainable manner. In calling this decision the FSC's "death certificate" the World Rainforest Movement asserts that "the certification of Veracel is not an isolated fact, but the last piece in a chain of failures."

As this press release emerged, the FSC was already under criticism by another environmental organization, Ecological Internet. In early March Ecological Internet began a campaign stating that the FSC's support for logging old-growth forests was completely at odds with its purpose. The campaign targets some of the world's most influential environmental and well- respected NGOs, asking them to withdraw their support from the FSC. These include Greenpeace, WWF, Rainforest Action Network, NRDC, Forest Ethics, Friends of the Earth and the Rainforest Alliance. Ecological Internet claims that, much like supporting monoculture plantations, the support of ancient forest logging diminishes biodiversity, causes net carbon losses, and harms the forest's ecology.

"It has become evident to environmentalists in the know that FSC has become an obstacle to ending ancient forest destruction, addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, and promoting desirable ecologically based practices in regenerating and planted forests," Ecological Internet founder Dr. Glen Barry told mongabay.com. "The organization is plagued with conflicts of interest, poor quality assurance mechanisms, and generally has failed the world's forests. As such, we are in the uncomfortable position of protesting greenwashing NGO FSC supporters, who are finding it quite difficult to acknowledge they have been critical in creating and maintaining the FSC myth."

Dr. Barry's criticism of NGOs that support the FSC has touched off sharp debates within and without these organizations. The situation has become so tense that the Rainforest Alliance— usually a group that does the pro-forest campaigns—recently faced environmental protesters at a 'Green Leaders' cocktail party for their support of the FSC and old-growth logging. The Rainforest Alliance has said they will join in a debate regarding their support of old-growth logging.

Both of the reports emerged after face-saving efforts by the FSC in Indonesia where an inquiry by The Wall Street Journal last year prompted the organization to effectively revoke certification for a Singapore-based Asia Pulp & Paper Co. (APP) project on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The admission, which environmentalists said showed the FSC had relaxed its certification standards to the point at which APP could qualify for the eco-label despite a poor environmental record, threatened to undermine the credibility of its labeling scheme.

A report released this week by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Telepak on illegal logging in Southeast Asia has provided further trouble for the FSC. The report uncovered that corporations are getting away with lying about certification. Furniture companies YourPriceFurniture.com and Kybotech Ltd. both claimed that all their products were FSC certified when the claim was patently untrue. Both companies sell wood furniture that has never received FSC certification. According to the report, Kybotech Ltd. when pressed admitted that "certain furniture sets were not actually certified."

Such reports of FSC's difficulties—both globally and locally— are not being ignored. In what may be the beginning of a large-scale abandonment of the FSC, last Tuesday the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) withdrew its long-time support of the FSC. In a statement the SSNC said that the "FSC functions badly in Sweden. The standard is weak, the lack of observance is substantial and the forest companies will to improve FSC is weak." Sweden is not alone. Certification practices in the FSC in Ireland and the US have come under increased scrutiny, causing outcry amid many local environmental groups. Last year Norway went as far as banning use of all certified wood products in public buildings.

While its future seems increasingly precarious, the FSC still possesses widespread support from large environmental global players. Further no one has yet proposed a viable replacement for the FSC should the organization not survive rising criticism.

In the meantime consumers are left increasingly in the dark when trying to purchase environmentally-sustainable and socially-responsible wood products. Caught in an environmental Catch-22, eco-conscious consumers who want to avoid supporting large-scale monoculture plantations and old-growth logging, seem forced to avoide both FSC certified and non-certified furniture.

The FSC did not reply to Mongabay's request for comment.



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FDA/Drug safety

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Supremes could also reopen doors for courts to award damages when drugs main and kill consumers

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Ten steps to close down an open society

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Crimes by Homeland Security agents stir alert

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Here we go again: EU, US say onus on Iran to disprove nuclear allegations

The European Union and the United States challenged Iran today to prove that allegations it was involved in nuclear weapons work were false, as Tehran claims.

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Ahmadinejad calls UN Security Council a political tool of big powers, dismisses sanctions

Ahmadinejad said Iran will only talk to the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency over its nuclear program, not the Security Council.

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Iran minister says no new nuclear talks after sanctions

Iran will not hold new talks on its nuclear programme after the imposition of fresh sanctions by the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told AFP on Wednesday.

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Iran sanctions vote signals a global rift

Some developing nations may be starting to sour on push by world powers to control lucrative nuclear technology.

//www.csmonitor.com/2008/0305/p01s08-wogi.html



China Jumps Off the Iran Sanctions Merry-Go-Round

China's response to the new UN Security Council sanctions on Iran provide a useful perspective on Chinese policy and its movement toward a new, post-Bush and post-terror alternative doctrine for managing international crises.

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The Iran hawks’ latest surge

Salon
by Gregory Levey

03/07/08

With McCain the presumptive Republican nominee, national security and instability in the Middle East are certain to return to the spotlight in the general campaign, as many McCain supporters believe those issues play to his strengths. The director of foreign policy for McCain’s campaign said in an interview Wednesday that McCain remains ’skeptical’ of the latest NIE’s findings, and outlined McCain’s views on Iran in terms similar to those of some hawkish lobbyists working behind the scenes in Washington. On Monday, the U.N. Security Council voted to impose a new round of sanctions on Iran. The latest round will freeze the assets of some Iranian officials and companies connected to the nuclear program, as well as prohibit trade with Iran in certain supplies that have both civilian and military uses. Although hawks are somewhat heartened by this development, U.N. sanctions have effected little change in Tehran in the past, and for many of them the latest round is not enough...

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Iraqi cabinet OKs deals with oil giants

Speaking to reporters as he arrived for a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, al-Shahristani said the Oil Ministry was still working on the compensation details with the Development Fund of Iraq, which is controlled by the United States and the United Nations.

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U.S. working on two agreements on future Iraq ties

David Satterfield, the State Department's coordinator for Iraq, told Congress the administration planned a "status of forces" agreement with Iraq similar to those it had with many countries, providing the legal basis for U.S. troop presence.

//www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N04521793.htm


From Information Clearing House



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Democracy is ill served by its self-appointed guardians

By Simon Jenkins

Our sonorous moralising lies behind so much bloodshed in the past 50 years. A sense of history surely counsels humility.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19461.htm

Debt is Destroying America

by Jon Christian Ryter

When he made his mid-morning TV address on Thursday, Feb. 27, President George W. Bush spoke briefly on the economy, sounding more like a wishful Herbert Hoover trying to conjole the economy out of the doldrums than a student of backyard capitalism assuring his neighbors that the economy of the United States is still healthy even though the nation continues to hemorrhage jobs­and money as our trade deficit grows and the United States assumes the undisputed title as the world's largest debtor nation........

//www.newswithviews.com/Ryter/jon221.htm



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Americans very afraid of financial meltdown underway

by Devvy Kidd
//www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd347.htm



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Big Oil Should Pay Its Share of Taxes

"On February 28, the Gazette ran an AP story headlined 'House OKs $18 Billion in new taxes on big oil companies.' In paragraph 10, the careful reader learned that a bill passed the previous day by the US House of Representatives seeks to 'roll back two lucrative tax breaks for the five largest US oil companies.' Excuse me? Since when is rolling back tax breaks the same thing as 'new taxes'?" writes James K. Boyce of The Daily Hampshire Gazette.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/030508EB.shtml



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Fed Says Economy Has Weakened This Year

"The economy has weakened since the start of this year as shoppers turned even more cautious given the severe housing slump and painful credit crunch.... Many economists fear that the country is teetering on the edge of a recession or is in one already," reports Jeannine Aversa of The Associated Press.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/030508T.shtml



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New FBI Privacy Violations Confirmed

Lara Jakes Jordan of The Associated Press reports: "FBI Director Robert Mueller says an upcoming Justice Department report will show the bureau improperly used national security letters to obtain personal data on Americans during terror and spy investigations."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/030508S.shtml



FBI Chief Confirms Misuse of Subpoenas

Dan Eggen reports for The Washington Post, "FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told senators yesterday that agents improperly used a type of administrative subpoena to obtain personal data about Americans until internal reforms were enacted last year."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/030608K.shtml



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Top Obama adviser is lobbyist for Pfizer, Carlyle Group, Monsanto and NRA

//www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=334x1271



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Military wants to fortify cyberspace against China

//www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/05/air_force_cyber_command/



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Oppose Elephant Killing in South Africa

//www.idausa.org/campaigns/wildlife/article_080305.html

The National Election Data Archive Supports Better Election Auditing Procedures for Colorado

//groups.google.de/group/freepage-news/t/88e0325f22e1ad95?hl=en



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Kathy+Dopp

Gilda Rovan is opposing two cell phone towers

//groups.google.com/group/mobilfunk_newsletter/t/ef41163943834a25

On Net Neutrality and the ongoing attack on internet freedom

Don't let them destroy the internet. Spread the word, take action!



//www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP_3WnJ42kw


Informant: shane_digital



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=net+neutrality
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=internet+freedom

The China Syndrome

//www.lewrockwell.com/orig9/klare1.html



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Michael+T.+Klare

Cancel the Presidential Election!

//www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/cancel-the-election.html



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