Dienstag, 8. April 2008

Brazilians destroy GM crops


Informant: Dorothee Krien



Ron Paul Statement After 10 Years of War with Iraq


Informant: Dorothee Krien



Reaping the debt paper whirlwind


Informant: Dorothee Krien

Urge Your U.S. Representative to Support the Bear Protection Act


Tell your Representative to become a cosponsor of the Bear Protection Act today


New Documents Detail FBI Eavesdropping On Americans' Emails, IMs and Phone Calls




NeuroSpin, IRM, Cerveau, Stress et Micro-Ondes


Info Veranstaltung 15.4. Obertrum


Aboriginal Leaders Sentenced to Six Months in Jail So Mining Can Proceed



World's Most Endangered Whale Will Be Sacrificed to Oil Companies



The Foreclosure Prevention Act (aka the Bank and Builder Bailout Act)



Bush Administration Sued for Allowing Continued Use of Four Pesticides

Government Sued After Approving 4 Pesticides


Bush Administration Sued for Allowing Continued Use of Four Pesticides

Informant: Dorothee Krien


CIA Rendered 14 Prisoners to Jordan



US Lawmakers Invested in Iraq, Afghanistan Wars



Der Streit um die grüne Gentechnik geht weiter

Percy Schmeiser freut sich, Rumänien erwägt ein Verbot von GV-Mais und deutsche Forscher ärgern sich über die Dreistigkeit von Monsanto.




Millions of Americans drinking prescription drugs and toxic chemicals in their tap water


Informant: Dorothee Krien


Drinking-Water Arsenic Exposure Modulates Gene Expression in Human Lymphocytes from a U.S. Population


Informant: Teresa Binstock


Live Blogging Petraeus

By David Swanson, http://betrayusreport.com

Petreaus and Crocker are back for four hearings over two days. This is the first one.

9:35 This ain't gonna be good: Chairman Carl Levin just opened the hearing by claiming the surge was a success!

9:35 Well, at least he did note that there had been no political success, which was how success was supposed to be measured.

9:37 He's listing the forgotten "bench marks" that have not been met, including the oil-theft law (which he doesn't call that, of course).

9:38 In 1/07 Bush said Iraqi government would handle all security by 11/07, Levin reminds us. Levin objects to stopping reductions of US troops in July on the grounds that that would take pressure off Maliki.

9:41 Levin paints a picture of the US rebuilding Iraq (huh?) and blames the Iraqis for not footing the bill for the reconstruction of their own $^%&%&(*! country. (Um, who blew the place up?)

Levin's opening statement full text.

9:45 It gets worse: Now John McCain is claiming glorious success. We did not "abandon Iraq to civil war, genocide, and terror." Violence is down, he claims. "Reconciliation has moved forward." (sic!) McCain claims that a stable, peaceful, democratic Iraq is within reach, and will be reached under a US occupation, after which troops will come home.

9:48 McCain's fear remains genocide, which is bizarre given the ongoing genocide brought on by the occupation.

9:49 Someone just shouted out in protest and was warned by Levin that protesters would need to be quiet or be removed by the Capitol Police.

9:51: McCain: Must keep supporting ($$$) Awakening councils. Must stay in Iraq to secure our interests (OIL???). McCain agrees with Levin in blaming the Iraqis: they need to start paying for their own occupation, destruction, and humiliation, and stop relying on American taxpayers to foot the bill for the slaughter.

9:55 Petraeus claims success and claims Iraqis are part of the success. The advocate for further occupation, slaughter, and resource theft becomes the defender of the good will and high performance of the Iraqis in the form of the puppet government's complicity.

9:58 Petraeus drags "al Qaeda Iraq" into it and blames that evil force.

10:00 Petraeus claims reduction in "ethno-sectarian violence" and gives only part of the credit to the success of segregation and ethnic cleansing. He does not mention Mahdi Army cease fire. He does not mention bribing of Awakening councils. And he does not explain why his claims of success should not mean it is time to bring troops home. Would admission of failure ALSO mean we need to leave troops in Iraq, or would we then get to bring them home?

10:03 Bizarrely, Petraeus is blaming everything on "al Qaeda Iraq." One encouraging note on that theme: only John McCain will take it as an argument for attacking Iran.

10:04 Now Petraeus is dragging Iran into it too and blaming the Quds Force for recent attacks and claiming it is a "threat to Iraq." We should watch this in "coming weeks" he said, ominously.

10:05 Now 540,000 Iraqis serve in the complicit puppet Army and can even do things on their own "albeit with some coalition assistance."

10:07 Iraqi puppet govt is spending tons of money on its forces. They're really really good and almost ready to kill people on their own, BUT they're not ready enough for any US troops to leave. In fact, they're just at that perfect level of development to require US assistance more than ever.

10:10 Here it is. He's begging for $ now. It's cheaper to bribe people not to kill us than to replace the absurdly costly vehicles they blow up.

10:13 He's telling the senators what will happen, not asking them. "A failed state in Iraq would..." "Would"??!! What do you call this? He says that beginning in July they will stop withdrawing "Surge troops" for 45 days, to allow the US election season to dissolve any nascent spinal molecules in Democrats.

10:15 Ambassador Crocker claims success or at least substantial (but reversable!) progress. He's bragging about the passage of various laws, although of course NOT the "benchmarks" that were promised/threatened a year and a half ago.

Here's a PDF of Crocker's prepared statement.

10:22 The attacks on Basra were good because the Iraqi puppet government's complicit forces led the way. (Nevermind that they failed.)

10:25 Crocker claims unconstitional rogue non-treaty treaty being negotiated with Iraq will not establish permanent bases and not tie the hands of the next US administration.

10:28 Iraq bying 40 commercial aircraft for $5 billion from the US (woo hoo!) and is putting tons of money into its own reconstruction. Hmm, think any Iraqis are going to get on those planes and EVER COME BACK to a hell hole full of war, power outages, water shortages, disease, joblessness, and Blackwater mercenaries? Crocker is talking about "cleaning the streets." I almost HOPE that's some sort of sick metaphor, which would at least indicate a grip on reality.

10:35 Iran is training "criminal elements" and "militia elements" clashing with "Iraqi forces" in Basra and Baghdad. "Iran has a choice to make."

10:36 "Gains" are substantial and important but fragile and reversible. So everything is working, and therefore we should proceed as if it is not, and KEEP TROOPS IN IRAQ. The enemy is al Qaeda. We are continuing our occupation of Iraq for the benefit of the Iraqis out of the goodness of our hearts. (Never mind that they want us to get the ^$&%^&!! out.)

10:40 Levin gets first question. Levin is complaining about the post-July 45-day evaluation, followed by assessment. He calls it an open-ended occupation. He's quibbling over Gates' wording ("brief pause"). Unwilling to cut of the funding for this madness, what else can he say?

10:44 Someone just shouted "Bring them home!" repeatedly, and Levin asked the police to remove him. His voice sounded a bit like our friend Zool's.

10:46 Petraeus tells Levin he saw the plans for attacks on Basra, but admits it didn't go well, claims Maliki did not heed his (Petraeus's) advice. Levin complains of misuse of American troops. Not one word about the Iraqi people.

10:48 McCain questioning. Petraeus claims Maliki gave little notice of his plans.

10:56 Kennedy says Gates said the non-treaty treaty would not include a commitment to defend Iraq. Agree?

10:56 Crocker: yes. No binding commitments that would trigger the advise and consent process with the Senate.

10:58 Kennedy wants Iraqis to pay for their own reconstruction :-(

10:59 When violence was up you said we had to stay. If violence is down, you say we have to stay. (Yes, this is one of the bigger pieces of nonsense.) But Kennedy asks no QUESTION about it, which could have been POWERFUL. Instead, he asks why the Iraqis don't do more. (Those damn Iraqis!)

11:01 Kennedy buys the al Qaeda nonsense but objects to attack on Basra because al Qaeda is not there.

11:02 Kennedy asks about Vice President Cheney's involvement but gets nowhere.

11:02 Warner kisses up to Petreaus and Crocker.

11:06 Warner wants to know if, contrary to the belief of 80 percent of Americans, this occupation is "worth it" and making Americans safer. Petreaus says yes. Crocker claims al Qaeda's capacities have been lessened in Iraq (!!!). (Never mind that al Qaeda barely existed until the United States occupied Iraq.)

11:09 Now Warner is back on message, blaming the Iraqis. Over a year ago Clinton was booed at the Take Back America conference for blaming the Iraqis for how they're handling our occupation. What do you want to bet she nonetheless blames them in the course of this hearing?

11:10 Again it gets worse. Lieberman is up. And he's kissing up. The Dems must love Lieberman because he claims they oppose the occupation of Iraq. The media buys that, and they don't have to actually DO anything, such as CEASING TO FUND THIS CRIME.

11:12 Lieberman is upset that his colleagues don't kiss up to Petraeus and Crocker ENOUGH. But he really wants to talk about the threat from Iran.

11:14 Petraeus is helping to hype the VERY SCARY THREAT FROM MURDEROUS IRANIAN QUDS FORCE.

11:14 Lieberman wants to know if Iranians are responsible for the murder of hundreds of Americans and thousands of Iraqis. Petreaus shocks the room by saying Yes.

Where is Senator Byrd???

11:18 Sen. Inhofe says the far left will tell people that "our troops" are brutal and torture detainees. And, of course, that's "not true." He knows because he interviewed some happy detainees! Petraeus agrees and claims that detainees request to stay on rather than being released, in order to complete job training or religious training. (What religion, I wonder, are we training them in?)

Why don't these senators carry pom-poms to help the cheering?

11:26 Sen. Jack Reed wants to know if Petraeus thinks the Mahdi Army will shut down at the request of Maliki. Petraeus says it depends on providing jobs. Reed says he doubts that would be enough.

But I think I've had enough. Every Senator in the room intends to support or allow the passage of a bill this month or next to throw another $102 billion dollars of our grandchildren's money into this bloody pit. Not one is willing to announce a filibuster. This is all just so much talk.

UPDATES: http://betrayusreport.com



Das Bundeskanzleramt wusste offenbar schon 2001 von US-Misshandlungen

Lange war unklar, wann die deutsche Bundesregierung erstmals erfuhr, dass die USA Terrorverdächtige misshandeln. Nun steht offenbar fest, dass das Bundeskanzleramt knapp einen Monat nach dem 11. September 2001 gewarnt wurde. Das brachte der "Fall Khafagy" zu Tage, der nun im BND-Untersuchungsausschuss des Deutschen Bundestages untersucht wird. Khafagy wurde den Angaben zufolge gemeinsam mit einem Begleiter in Bosnien-Herzegowina festgenommen und in die US-Basis "Eagle Base" in Tuzla gebracht und dort eingesperrt. US-Soldaten sollen die in dem Land stationierte Bundeswehr um Amtshilfe gebeten haben. Aus Deutschland sollen darauf ein Übersetzer des Bundesnachrichtendienstes (BND) und Beamte des Bundeskriminalamts (BKA) angereist sein. Sie machten sich laut ARD-"Tagesschau" daran, "blutverschmierte Papiere zu übersetzen und ihre Erkenntnisse nach Deutschland zu übermitteln". Vermutlich am 1. Oktober weigerten sich dann offenbar zwei BKA-Beamte und der BND-Dolmetscher weiterhin für die US-Armee tätig zu werden, weil ihnen die Amerikaner freimütig von Menschenrechtsverletzungen erzählt hätten. Wieder zurück in Deutschland habe ein BKA-Beamter einen Einsatzbericht geschrieben, in dem er die Verhältnisse in dem US-Gefängnis geschildert habe. Er habe zudem darum gebeten, das Kanzleramt zu informieren. Tatsächlich sei eine Notiz für die Sitzung am 10. Oktober 2001 verfasst worden. An den entsprechenden Sitzungen nahm laut Tagesschau regelmäßig unter anderem der damalige Kanzleramtschef und heutige Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier teil. Doch die Warnung des BKA-Beamten hinderte deutsche Sicherheitsbehörden und die damalige Spitze im Kanzleramt offenbar nicht daran, in den folgenden Monaten und Jahren eng mit den USA im "Anti-Terror-Kampf" zusammenzuarbeiten und Informationen über Verdächtige auszutauschen.



John Yoo's Tortured Explanations

Writing for Truthout, Michael Winship examines the recently released legal memo by John Yoo, former deputy in the Office of Legal Council. Winship writes: "Contrary to claims the abuses at Abu Ghraib and other prisons were contrived by subordinates on the ground - i.e., 'hicks with sticks' - Yoo's 81-page memo rationalizes motive and establishes the bar for virtually every human rights violation that has taken place in the name of fighting the global war on terrorism."


Former Bush Administration Lawyer Asked to Testify Before Congress

Elana Schor of The Guardian UK says, "The Bush administration lawyer who provided a legal basis for the brutal interrogation tactics used by the US military and CIA was called to account today by Congressional Democrats."



Lawyers Move To Get Torture Memo Author Yoo Tried As War Criminal


Center for Constitutional Rights Supports National Lawyers Guild Call for Dismissal and Prosecution of John Yoo



3,5 oder 5 Millionen Arbeitslose?

DGB kritisiert "verfälschte" Hartz-IV-Bilanz der Bundesregierung

Der Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB) hat die von Bundesarbeitsministerium, Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA) und Deutschem Städtetag vorgelegte positive Bilanz zur "Hartz IV"-Reform als verfälscht kritisiert. "Den positiv klingenden Zahlen der BA liegt viel statistische Kosmetik zu Grunde", sagte DGB-Vorstand Annelie Buntenbach der "Berliner Zeitung". "Die Gesamtzahl der 'Hartz IV'-Empfänger im erwerbsfähigen Alter liegt immer noch bei etwa fünf Millionen und ist damit höher als 2005." Zuvor hatten das Bundesarbeitsministerium, die Bundesagentur für Arbeit und der Deutsche Städtetag bekannt gegeben, dass die Zahl der Arbeitslosen in Deutschland infolge der "Hartz IV"-Reform um 1,7 Millionen auf 3,5 Millionen zurückgegangen sei.

Cashing in on the War on Terror


Informant: Dorothee Krien


Petraeus, Crocker Testify Before Impatient Lawmakers

Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post reports on Petraeus's testimony before Congress: "In a reprise of their testimony last September, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker came to Capitol Hill today to tell lawmakers that security has improved in Iraq and that the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has taken steps toward political reconciliation and economic stability."


Fighting Intensifies in Iraq's Capital

Reporting for the Los Angeles Times, Tina Susman writes: "Three more U.S. troops were killed Monday as Iraqis struggled to bury their dead amid fierce street battles between Shiite Muslim militias and Iraqi and American soldiers in the nation's capital. In one of the most intense days of fighting here involving U.S. troops in recent months, American helicopters fired at least four Hellfire missiles and an Air Force jet dropped a bomb on a suspected militia target."




Climate Change in Rocky Mountain National Park

Greeley Tribune - Greeley, CO, USA
Wetlands, which are critical to the survival of more than 30 percent of the species in the Park, will decrease as invasive species favored by warming trends ...

Corporate Croesus

The editors of The New York Times write: "As accustomed as we are to the other-worldly rewards lavished on captains of finance and industry, it is still galling that the chiefs managed to finagle a raise last year as many of the companies they led were in trouble. A study published on Sunday by The Times of many of the biggest companies found that chief executives who had held their jobs for at least two years got an average pay increase of 5 percent last year, despite poor results at many of their companies."


At Justice, New Pressure to Release Documents

Carrie Johnson reports for The Washington Post: "Despite repeated congressional requests, some made as long as three years ago, key legal opinions and other department documents remain under wraps. That has prompted Democrats to accuse the Bush administration of trying to run out the clock."



Truckers Protest, the Resistance Begins - US truckers call for nation-wide shutdown

Barbara Ehrenreich writes for Barbaraehrenreich.com: "Until the beginning of this month, Americans seemed to have nothing to say about their ongoing economic ruin except, 'Hit me! Please, hit me again!'... Then, on April 1, in a wave of defiance, truck drivers began taking the strongest form of action they can take - inaction. Faced with $4/gallon diesel fuel, they slowed down, shut down and started honking. On the New Jersey Turnpike, a convoy of trucks stretching 'as far as the eye can see,' according to a turnpike spokesman, drove at a glacial 20 mph. Outside of Chicago, they slowed and drove three abreast, blocking traffic and taking arrests. They jammed into Harrisburg PA; they slowed down the Port of Tampa where 50 rigs sat idle in protest. Near Buffalo, one driver told the press he was taking the week off 'to pray for the economy.'"


Truckers Slow It Down to Save on Diesel

The Associated Press: "Struggling with record diesel prices, the trucking industry's main trade group on Thursday introduced a plan to reduce fuel consumption and emissions over the next decade mainly by having its members slow down."



The American Driver


US truckers call for nation-wide shutdown

Truckers' protest urges Congress to stop subsidizing oil industry and build new refineries.



Fuel protests spread around the world


Remember: They Are Liars

William Rivers Pitt writes for Truthout, "George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice, along with a slew of administration underlings and a revolving-door cavalcade of brass hats from the Pentagon, have been making claims regarding Iraq for many years now."


Secret US Plan for Military Future in Iraq

Seumas Milne reports for The Guardian UK, "A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made for an open-ended military presence in the country."



No international support for attack on Iran

Aijaz Ahmad: Iran stands firm on nuclear issue, brokered peace agreement in Iraq.


Mercenaries in Iraq immune to law

Journalist Jeremy Scahill on "Corporate Pillaging and Military Contractors" panel at Winter Soldier.



Schools Prepare Pupils to Accept a Police State

by Beverly Eakman


EU-Arbeitnehmer sollen die Zeche für die Finanzkrise zahlen

Erneut predigen die EU-Finanzminister Lohnzurückhaltung, diesmal um gegen die Inflation vorzugehen

„Bei dem Treffen in Slowenien forderte der Rat für Wirtschaft und Finanzen ([extern] Ecofin) die Arbeitnehmer zur Lohnzurückhaltung auf, um die Inflation nicht weiter anzuheizen. Damit haben die EU-Finanzminister in Brno klar gestellt, wer für die Finanzkrise zahlen soll. Wurde trotz hoher Gewinne von Unternehmen und Banken lange Lohnzurückhaltung gepredigt, um das zarte Pflänzchen Wachstum nicht zu beschädigen, soll nun damit die Inflation gebremst werden. Tausende Gewerkschafter demonstrierten am Samstag in der slowenischen Hauptstadt für höhere Löhne und Globalisierungskritiker bezeichnen die Absichtserklärung zur Bekämpfung von Finanzkrisen, wie die Einrichtung von "Stabilitätsgruppen", als einen schlechten Witz…“ Artikel von Ralf Streck in telepolis vom 07.04.2008 http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/27/27666/1.html

Siehe dazu auch:

"Die Löhne sind der wahre Notstand Europas"

Interview von Rosso Vincenzo mit Generalsekretär des EGB John Monks anlässlich der "Eurodemo" gegen das Treffen der EU-Finanzminister am
5. April 2008 in Ljubljana bei „scharf links“ http://scharf-links.de/57.0.html?&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=1003&tx_ttnews[backPid]=56&cHash=dcab9a5901

Zur Demonstration europäischer GewerkschafterInnen in Ljubljana siehe http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/realpolitik/kombilohn/mindestlohn-eu.html

Aus: LabourNet, 8. April 2008


How the US Military-Industrial Complex Seeks to Contain and Control the Earth and Its Eco-System


Informant: Dorothee Krien


Fordern Sie den dänischen Umweltminister Poulsen auf, sich auf der nächsten IWC für den Walschutz einzusetzen



No, really, you should go

The New Republic
by Jonathan Chait

Last week, Senator Pat Leahy suggested that Hillary Clinton ought to quit the presidential race. How insensitive! How boorish! Pundits gasped, Clinton took umbrage, and even Barack Obama was forced to concede that Clinton has the right to run for as long as she desires. The persistent weakness of American liberalism is its fixation with rights and procedures at any cost to efficiency and common sense. Democrats’ reluctance to push Clinton out of the race is the perfect expression of that delicate sensibility. There is some point at which a candidate’s chance of winning becomes so low that her right to continue is outweighed by the party’s interest in preparing for the general election. Does Clinton have a chance to become president? Sure. So does Ralph Nader. Clinton’s chances are far closer to Nader’s than to either Obama’s or John McCain’s... (for publication 04/23/08)


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Losing the war for reality

Consortium News
by Robert Parry


When future historians look back at the sharp decline of the United States in the early 21st Century, they might identify the Achilles heel of this seemingly omnipotent nation as its lost ability to recognize reality and to fashion policies to face the real world...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Local defense contractors score billions

Arizona Republic


President Bush’s $515.4 billion 2009 defense budget, now before Congress, bodes well for Arizona’s more than 6,000 military contractors and subcontractors. The spending package, the largest since World War II, funds most major programs and does not include any significant cuts. The 2009 budget is a boon to scores of small businesses that do subcontract work. It’s also generous to the state’s major defense contractors. There is $2.3 billion for missiles made by Raytheon Corp. in Tucson, $800 million for the Boeing Co. to remanufacture Apache Helicopters in Mesa and $728 million to upgrade Abrams tanks with new engines built by Honeywell International Inc. in Phoenix. ‘There is plenty of work for everyone,’ said Brad Curran, an aerospace and defense-industry analyst in the San Antonio office of military-research firm Frost & Sullivan...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Soldiers in Modern Wars All Die in Vain



Petraeus to Defend False "Proxy War" Line


Petraeus's Ponzi Scheme


Petraeus unlikely to recommend troop cuts



Pentagon officials told CNN on Monday they do not expect Gen. David Petraeus to recommend or predict additional U.S. troop cuts in Iraq when he testifies before Congress this week. Nevertheless, some officials hope that by year’s end, an additional brigade or two could be pulled out, according to an aide to a senior general...


“Never existed”

Tom Paine/Our Future
by Rick Perlstein


A key objective of the Congressional testimony by Gen. David Petraeus this week will be to defend the George W. Bush administration’s strategic political line that it is fighting an Iranian ‘proxy war’ in Iraq. Based on preliminary indications of his spin on the surprisingly effective armed resistance to the joint U.S.-Iraqi ‘Operation Knights Assault’ in Basra, Petraeus will testify that it was caused by Iran through a group of rogue militiamen who had split off from Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army and came under Iranian control. But the U.S. military’s contention that ‘rogue elements’ have been carrying out the resistance to coalition forces was refuted by Sadr himself in an interview with al-Jazeera aired Mar. 29 in which he called for the release from U.S. detention of the individual previously identified by Petraeus as the head of the alleged breakaway faction...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Iraq Costs Each American Household $100 a Month

Bill Adair of The St. Petersburg Times evaluates Barack Obama's claims about the costs of the war on average Americans: "Sen. Barack Obama says the war costs each household about $100 per month. We do the math and find he's right. The cost of the Iraq war has often been expressed in billions or trillions.... In a speech on March 20, 2008, Obama took a different approach and emphasized the personal cost of the war."



General Entrap-Us or General Entrapped?

Writing for TomDispatch, Ira Chernus explains that "supporters of Bush's Iraq policy have insisted that violence there really has been subsiding, hence that his surge strategy has worked. When Democrats and other war critics rejected that claim, they sparked a battle over who has the right, and the proper criteria, to evaluate the surge and its post-surge effects. So violence-lowering success in Iraq also became a symbolic measure of the president's political success here at home."



World Health Day Warns of Global Warming Risks

According to Anna Boyd in eFluxMedia, "This year's World Health Day (April 7) highlights the idea that global warming carries more health risks now than ever and the situation is getting worse, as weather experts forecast raised temperature for the years to come."


Study Finds Climate Target Is Not Radical Enough

Ed Pilkington, reporting for The Guardian UK, writes: "One of the world's leading climate scientists warns today that the EU and its international partners must urgently rethink targets for cutting carbon dioxide in the atmosphere because of fears they have grossly underestimated the scale of the problem. In a startling reappraisal of the threat, James Hansen, head of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, calls for a sharp reduction in CO2 limits."



"Body of War," a Turning Point for Iraq Documentaries

Interview With Phil Donahue, Co-Director of "Body of War"

Geoffrey Millard reviews "Body of War" and interviews Co-Director Phil Donahue. Introducing the film, Millard writes for Truthout: "With Iraq documentaries having fared poorly at the box office, a new film, 'Body of War,' could mark a turning point because it brings to the big screen a subject that has yet to be broached by a major movie."



Phil Donahue, discusses his new documentary called "Body of War"

Video and Transcript

This documentary tells the story of a former Iraq war soldier, Tomas Young and follows his physical rehabilitation and his decision to actively protest the Iraq war.



Navy Sonar Blamed for Death of Beaked Whales

The Independent UK's Michael McCarthy writes: "Anti-submarine sonar may have killed a group of whales found dead in the Hebrides in one of Britain's most unusual strandings, scientists believe."



Military Sonar Blamed for Mass Dolphin Strandings


Iraqi Widows, Orphans Left Stranded

Kim Gamel and Bushra Juhi of The Associated Press report: "August 1, 2007, changed the life of 28-year-old Maysa Sharif. It was the day she became one of nearly a million Iraqi women who have lost husbands as the country has suffered through three wars and Saddam Hussein's murderous regime. Such vast numbers of widows would tax any society, and all the more Iraq's."




Home Prices Fall in 21 U.S. Cities Amid Foreclosures

The median price of an existing single-family home dropped 8.7 percent in February from a year earlier, the most in four decades of record keeping, the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors said in a March 24 report.


From Information Clearing House


Foreclosures Come to McMansion Country

Andy Sullivan of Reuters reports: "Million-dollar fixer-upper for sale: five bedrooms, four baths, three-car garage, cavernous living room. Big holes above fireplace where flat-screen TV used to hang. The US housing crisis has come to McMansion country."



Egyptian workers riot over rising food prices

Thousands of demonstrators angry about rising prices and stagnant salaries torched buildings, looted shops and hurled bricks at police who responded with tear gas Sunday in a northern industrial town as Egyptians staged a nationwide strike.


From Information Clearing House


Protesters face Egyptian riot police - 07 April 2008



McCain makes upbeat Iraq speech

John McCain, the Republicans' choice to run for president, has said that the US can succeed in Iraq, but warned against any hasty withdrawal of US troops.


From Information Clearing House


Petraeus' return promises high political drama

Petraeus' appearance this week also could place the Democratic presidential candidates in a position much like Bush's: Testifying before them will be a battlefield general with whom they disagree. Clinton is on the armed services panel, Obama on foreign relations.


From Information Clearing House


Tax Policy Favors Investors Over Wage Earners

By Gerald E. Scorse

"Investors" do not grow jobs (except in the financial sector). The seed money that nourishes start-ups and expansions comes from a tiny subset of real investors; the rest of us merely place our bets at the tables down on Wall Street.



Batten Down The Hatches: This is the Big One

By Ashley Seager

"Whole cities of pain. A continent of pain," said the great, if eccentric, Wall Street money dealer Jim Cramer recently. He was talking about the economic pain spreading across the United States, of course.



Breaking Through the News Filter

By Peter Chamberlin

American media dispenses misinformation which promotes the idea of world war against the Muslims, while systematically censoring international news content to propagate the idea of "bad Muslims."



The Myth of U.S. Cultural, Religious, Political, and Social Superiority


One of the most astonishing facts about the Bush presidency is simply that it continues to exist

Back to Disaster: Channeling Hoover at Home, Tet Abroad

By David Michael Green

One of the most astonishing facts about the Bush presidency is simply that it continues to exist. Only a combination of certain critical conditions have kept the man and his government from suffering the same fate as Mussolini or Ceaucesceu.



Christian Idolatry

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

There it is: countless millions of professing Christians will eagerly abandon their commitment to constitutional government and Biblical principles in order to accommodate a Republican Presidential candidate. In the minds of many Christians, the Republican Party is more important than the U.S. Constitution. It is more important than conservative principles or even Biblical injunctions. In essence, the Republican Party has become an IDOL in the hearts and minds of many professing believers.......



Recollecting the Civil War: The Beginning of Wars for Democracy


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Informant: Lew Rockwell

Bush Revolution in Legal Affairs


Informant: Lew Rockwell


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No Vaccinations, No Autism


Informant: Lew Rockwell



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