Montag, 24. März 2008

In Iraq, jailed women tell of abuse

Some don't know why they were arrested, and many are held for months without seeing a judge. Justice officials deny the accusations, but evidence points to deep-rooted problems.

Schoolgirl in Baghdad

Noor Salman is 16-year-old Iraqi girl living in Baghdad. She writes about her experiences of life in the five years since the US-led invasion.

From Information Clearing House

Inflation Hits the Poor Hardest

Inflation is walloping Americans with low and moderate incomes as the prices of staples have soared far faster than those of luxuries.

From Information Clearing House

Bush Plans To Monitor Internet Data

According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House is proposing a six billion dollar secretive system that would monitor Internet traffic and collect personal data.

From Information Clearing House

Gorbachev slams US anti-missile plans in eastern Europe

You believe that (the system) will be used against Iran? No, the whole system is aimed against Russia and China," Gorbachev said in an interview broadcast by Czech public television today.

From Information Clearing House

US deploys nuclear sub to Persian Gulf

An American nuclear submarine has crossed the Suez Canal to join the US fleet stationed in the Persian Gulf, Egyptian sources say. Egyptian officials reported that the nuclear submarine crossed the canal along with a destroyer on Friday and Egyptian forces were put on high alert when the navy convoy was passing through the canal.

From Information Clearing House

Turning Off The Tap On Right To Water

By Maude Barlow

As it stands, Canada and the United States are the only two countries to go on record at the United Nations to oppose the right to water.

Why All the Foreign Bases?

By Sam Baker

Why does the US need new military bases in Bulgaria and Romania? According to Chalmers Johnson, in his book "The Sorrows of Empire," America already possesses more than 725 overseas bases. This incredible estimate comes from two official sources: The Department of Defense's "Base Structure Report," and "Worldwide Manpower Distribution by Geographical Area.

Rewriting History? The Saddam's Files

By Michael Isikoff

They show terror plots, but raise new questions about some U.S. claims.

Where Has All The Rage Gone?

By Tariq Ali

Renegades occupy posts in every west European government defending exploitation, wars, state terror and neocolonial occupations.

The Naive Armchair Warriors Are Fighting A Delusional War

By Alastair Crooke

Calls for the west to use force to restore its values in the face of radical Islam reveal a profound detachment from reality.

Happy Anniversary, America!

By David Michael Green

Watching George W. Bush in operation these last couple of weeks is like having an out-of-body experience. On acid. During a nightmare. In a different galaxy.

Curveball: 'I Am Not To Blame' for U.S. War in Iraq

By Maddy Sauer

Defector Says He Never Claimed Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction.


How German Intelligence Helped Justify the US Invasion of Iraq:

Five years ago, the US government presented what it said was proof that Iraq harbored biological weapons. The information came from a source developed by German intelligence -- and it turned out to be disastrously wrong. But to this day, Germany denies any responsibility.,1518,542840,00.html

A Little Sugar Makes the Medicine Go Down

America's Next 9/11

By Paul Craig Roberts

There is so much that Americans do not know about secret schemes serving undeclared agendas. Those who have attempted to clue in fellow citizens are invariably frustrated, because Americans have been trained to dismiss the messenger who brings news of "false flag" events as a "conspiracy theorist."

Deep Pangs of Irony: Courting Water to Conquer War

Look Beyond War and Peace to Global Justice

Invest In People Not Weapons

Rain Can't Dampen Impeachment Protest

Peru Tribe Battles Oil Giant Over Pollution

Watchdog Group Names Top Corporate Abusers

By Way Of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War

Informant: John Fitz

We're now in the midst of an epic financial crisis

Paul Krugman writes for The New York Times: "We're now in the midst of an epic financial crisis, which ought to be at the center of the election debate. But it isn't. Now, I don't expect presidential campaigns to have all the answers to our current crisis - even financial experts are scrambling to keep up with events. But I do think we're entitled to more answers, and in particular a clearer commitment to financial reform, than we're getting so far."

Torture in Our Own Backyards: the Fight Against Supermax Prisons

Jessica Pupovac writes for AlterNet: "Imagine living in an 8-by-12 prison cell, in solitary confinement, for eight years straight. Your entire world consists of a dank, cinder block room with a narrow window only three inches high, opening up to an outdoor cement cage, cynically dubbed, 'the yard.' If you're lucky, you spend one hour, five days a week in that outdoor cage, where you gaze up through a wire mesh roof and hope for a glimpse of the sun. If you talk back to the guards or act out in any way, you might only venture outside one precious hour per week."

Vermont Argues Iraq War Is "Mission Expired"

Terry J. Allen, of In These Times, reports, "While Congress runs out the clock on President Bush's Iraq War, some Vermont legislators hope to spark a state-by-state movement to quickly withdraw National Guard troops and stanch the flow of blood and treasure."

For Wounded Veterans and Their Families, a Journey Without Maps

Lawrence Downes writes for The New York Times: "How much more can this country keep demanding of Justin Bunce, Daniel Verbeke and Michael McMichael? The men - a marine, a sailor and a National Guardsman - went to Iraq to fight as ordered, served honorably and suffered grave injuries. When they came home another struggle began, to find the care to make them whole again."

Families Torn by Citizenship for Fallen

The Associated Press reports, "as the war continues, more and more immigrants are becoming citizens in death - and more and more families are grappling with deeply conflicting feelings about exactly what the honor means."


09:00 - 24 March 2008

A Mobile phone company has come under fire for putting up a phone mast in Swansea despite being told it may not do so. Council officers refused Vodafone planning permission for the 10-metre transmitter in Townhill last year.

So locals were furious when they saw the firm had ignored the ruling and was going ahead with the scheme anyway. Now they are demanding the mast is taken down straightaway.


Iraq recession or Iraq depression?

by Justin Raimondo


Well, I guess that makes it official: Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives ‘expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the current economic slowdown in the United States is directly related to the enormous costs of the ongoing occupation of Iraq, consigning the United States to what can only be called the Iraq recession.’ If passed — and, during an election year in which the war is wildly unpopular, anything is possible — does this mean Congress will vote against funding the conflict? No way, Jose! That’s politics, folks, but what we’re really talking about here is economics –– i.e., the bottom line...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Spitzer was outed by nemesis’s letter to FBI

Fox News


A lawyer for Republican political operative Roger Stone sent a letter to the FBI alleging former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer used a high priced call girls while in Florida, the Miami Herald reported. ‘The governor has paid literally tens of thousands of dollars for these services. It is Mr. Stone’s understanding that the governor paid not with credit cards or cash but through some pre-arranged transfer,’ the Nov. 19 letter read. Best known for putting an end to the 2000 presidential election recount effort in Miami-Dade County, Stone is a longtime Spitzer rival...,2933,340739,00.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Back to the 1930s ­ "Papiere, Bitte"

by Dennis Cuddy

As I’ve indicated many times previously, the power elite wants a World Socialist Government, but how will they get the people of the U.S. to accept Socialism? Well, first there will have to be a crisis. For example, today oil and commodity (e.g., corn) prices are skyrocketing (the price of wheat has tripled in the past 10 months). And with increased demand from China, India, etc., global demand will eventually outrun supply. This crisis will lead to calls for “National Planning” similar to that under FDR in the 1930s.......

Woman believes son was victim of Iraqi war

Amarillo Globe News


Joan McDonald believes her son was a casualty of the war in Iraq, but the Army says that while he did suffer a severe head wound in a bomb blast, the cause of his death is undetermined, keeping him off the casualty list. She and her family are demanding more answers in the death of Sgt. James W. McDonald...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

It would have to happen on Easter Sunday that the 4,000th American soldier would die in Iraq

Destroying a City To Surge It

Possibilities for a Nuclear-Free World

War Dream

The Bungled War

War and Economic Destruction

The Media Must Take Dr. Paul’s Lead and Ask Specific Foreign Policy Questions

Anger Over Culling of Yellowstone’s Bison

Informant: Teresa Binstock


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