Dienstag, 25. März 2008

Protection of Iraqi Civilians is Paramount



Estimate: 120 Veteran Suicides Per Week


Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA): "The Truth About Veteran Suicides"


VA confirms 18 vets commit suicide every day

In a stunning admission, top officials at the Veterans Health Administration confirmed that the agency's own statistics show that an average of 126 veterans per week -- 6,552 veterans per year -- commit suicide, according to an internal email distributed to several VA officials.


US: Vets' Lawsuit Opens Door on Suicides, Poor Care

"The suicide problem is out of control," said Gordon Erspamer, an attorney representing the groups Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth in a class action lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "Our veterans deserve better."


From Information Clearing House


"VA Lying About Number of Veteran Suicides"

Writing for McClatchy Newspapers, Les Blumenthal writes: "The Veterans Administration has lied about the number of veterans who've attempted suicide, a senator charged Wednesday, citing internal e-mails that put the number at 12,000 a year when the department was publicly saying it was fewer than 800."



16 National Religious Organizations Oppose New Nuclear Bomb Plant


Iraq War Botched and Illegal



The Torture President



Spike in Iraq Deaths Follows Grim Milestone of Dead US troops



Drastischer Eisverlust in der Antarktis

US-amerikanisch und britsiche Wissenschaftler berichten vom Auseinanderbrechen eines gewaltigen Schelfeisblockes.


Das neue Gesicht des Hungers - World Food Program Issues 'Emergency Appeal' For Funds

World Food Programm: Immer mehr Bedürftige werden über die hohen Preisanstiege von den Nahrungsmittel-Märkten ausgeschlossen.



World Food Program Issues 'Emergency Appeal' For Funds

Warnung vor "Industrialisierung und Amerikanisierung der Gesundheitsversorgung"

Der Verband der Freien Ärzteschaft hat erneut seinen Aufruf zu vorübergehenden Praxisschließungen in der Woche nach Ostern aus Protest gegen die Gesundheitspolitik begründet. Mit der Aktion wolle man "darauf aufmerksam machen", dass in Deutschland "eine Industrialisierung und Amerikanisierung der Gesundheitsversorgung" bevorstehe, sagte der Präsident der Freien Ärzteschaft, Martin Grauduszus, am 25. März im Nachrichtensender n-tv. Die Gesundheitsversorgung werde "für die Patienten viel teurer werden, die Arztpraxen werden reihenweise verschwinden, die Versorgung wird anonym in medizinischen Versorgungszentren an Kliniken durchgeführt werden", sagte Grauduszus.


Angeblich steigende Krankenkassen-Beiträge durch Gesundheitsfonds

Wenige Monate vor dem Start des Gesundheitsfonds wächst die Sorge vor steigenden Kassenbeiträgen in der Gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung (GKV). Der Chef der Kaufmännischen Krankenkasse (KKH), Ingo Kailuweit, rechnet "spätestens zum 1. Juli mit einer neuen Beitragserhöhungswelle". Auch der Wirtschaftsweise Bert Rürup sagte: "Es spricht einiges dafür, dass es zu einem Anstieg kommt." Das Gesundheitsministerium warf am 25. März Kailuweit unseriöse Behauptungen vor und wies auch die Kritik Rürups am geplanten Gesundheitsfonds zurück.


Torture Bracelet To Control Dissenting Americans?



Mobile phone masts get the go ahead for Southfields

By Chloe Lambert

Two phone masts will be built in Southfields despite complaints from hundreds of residents.

Last summer mobile phone giant Orange sparked outrage when it applied to build eight masts in the area.


Worried Yet? Saudis Prepare for "Sudden Nuclear Hazards" After Cheney Visit


Informant: a


Worried Just a Bit? Bush Launches Economic 'Shock and
Awe' on Iran


Informant: Kev Hall


Anbar: US Trophy for Iraq Security Losing Its Shine

Reuters reports: "Tensions are simmering again in once bloody Anbar province, Washington's prize good news story for security in Iraq. Along the main road through Anbar's second city of Falluja, a former insurgent stronghold and scene of fierce battles with US forces in 2004, markets and car workshops are re-opening for business. But many say that growing anger at a lack of jobs, basic services and political progress threatens to shatter peace in the western province, which makes up about a third of Iraq."



"Mortgage Rescue" Scams Hit Close to Home

Pierre Thomas, Jack Date and Theresa Cook report for ABC News: "As the mortgage crisis continues to unfold, the FBI says incidents of suspicious financial activity banks reported to the bureau has skyrocketed, jumping from 28,000 cases in 2005 to 48,000 last year. Among the factors fueling this two-year, 71 percent increase is a spike in scams targeting citizens facing foreclosure, one of which is known as the 'home foreclosure rescue scam.'"



McCain Says US Succeeding in Iraq

The Associated Press reports: "Fresh off his eighth Iraq visit, Sen. John McCain declared Monday that 'we are succeeding' and said he wouldn't change course - even as the US death toll rose to 4,000 and the war entered its sixth year."



Legal moves in phone mast row

By Danielle Beeton

Council bosses are in talks with legal experts over a mobile phone mast which was put up after an administrative mix-up.

Phone giant O2 erected the 15-metre mast in Ashdown Road, Farringdon, last year after wrongly receiving an approval letter from Sunderland City Council.

Now the council is embroiled in a legal battle to pull the mast down.


Stop the 'weaponization' of space


Informant: Kev Hall


Bell won't answer call as residents slam tower to be built 'near kids'



Leave us alone!

Frontiers of Freedom
by Helen and Peter Evans


Grover Norquist has just published a new book. Its title is ‘Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives.’ The ever-surprising founder of Americans for Tax Reform has given us a brilliant analysis of American society that sheds a revealing new light on politics and is actually fairly encouraging to Republicans as we approach this November’s presidential election...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


USA Patriot Act for dummies

Nolan Chart
by Jake Morphonios


The result of all of these actions has been the deliberate, persistent, and unnecessary erosion of the basic rights that protect every citizen and non-citizen in the United States. A free society demands the rule of law. Without it, democracy is meaningless...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


New housing crisis, old isms

In These Times
by David Sirota


The Federal Reserve Bank’s decision last week to address the housing crisis by extending $200 billion of taxpayer-financed credit to Wall Street banks was met with a stunned reaction typical of surprising events. But really, the move was the expression of longstanding isms that routinely package corruption as sound public policy. Some background: During the housing boom, banks doled out home loans to financially strapped borrowers, often on predatory terms. On the creditor side, these same banks packaged many of the loans as complex securities and sold them off to unwitting investors, generating a handsome profit on the paper transactions. At the same time, Wall Street used campaign contributions to coerce Congress into blocking anti-predatory-lending bills and repealing a landmark law regulating how banks could buy and sell securities...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Students “lured” into armed forces

BBC News [UK]


Teachers are accusing the Ministry of Defence of using ’sophisticated’ methods to lure youngsters, often in deprived areas, into the armed forces. National Union of Teachers delegates in Manchester will debate a motion later calling for an end to ‘recruitment’ in schools in England and Wales. Teachers say pupils are not made fully aware of what they are signing up to...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Coming War on Venezuela


Informant: Cort Greene


Why We Said No: Three Diplomats' Duty

Ann Wright, John Brown and Brady Kiesling, writing in The Huffington Post, say: "Five years ago this month, the three of us left the US Foreign Service in opposition to the war on Iraq. We were not pacifists. We were professional, non-partisan diplomats bound by our oath of loyalty to the US Constitution. Our job was to build effective relationships with key figures outside the United States. We used our language skills, respectful curiosity, and understanding of local politics to promote US national interests as our president and secretary of state directed."



Telecom Lobbyists Tied to McCain

Matt Kelley, reporting in USA Today, writes, "Republican presidential candidate John McCain has condemned the influence of 'special interest lobbyists,' yet dozens of lobbyists have political and financial ties to his presidential campaign - particularly from telecommunications companies, an industry he helps oversee in the Senate."



Financial Meltdown

Dean Baker, writing for Truthout, says: "Progressives usually fight for the interests of those at the middle and bottom at the expense of those on top. However, during this period of unprecedented financial crisis, when the Wall Street rich are begging for the helping hand of the government, most progressives appear to be on the sidelines. Rather than taking advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to reduce inequality and educate the public about how the economy really works, progressive voices have been unusually quiet."



Microblogging Against the War

Using Twitter to coordinate a huge protest.

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Many Americans, it seems, don't like to hear themselves and their country criticized



On Five Years in Iraq



The Woman Behind the Camera at Abu Ghraib

In The New Yorker, Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris write: "All that the soldiers of the 372nd Military Police Company, a Reserve unit out of Cresaptown, Maryland, knew about America's biggest military prison in Iraq, when they arrived there in early October of 2003, was that it was on the front lines. Its official name was Forward Operating Base Abu Ghraib. Never mind that military doctrine and the Geneva Conventions forbid holding prisoners in a combat zone, and require that they be sped to the rear; you had to make the opposite sort of journey to get to Abu Ghraib."



FRONTLINE: "Bush's War"


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