Mittwoch, 9. April 2008

ACLU Maintains Vigilant Watch As Unconstitutional Guantanamo Hearings Resume This Week

Everything His President Wants to Hear

It's Time to Challenge Gen. Petraeus

Petraeus Testimony Contradicts What Troops on the Ground Report, Say Iraq Veterans Attending Hearings

UN: Food Price Rises Threaten Global Security


Food Price Rises Threaten Global Security

David Adam, writing for The Guardian UK, reports, "Rising food prices could spark worldwide unrest and threaten political stability, the UN's top humanitarian official warned yesterday after two days of rioting in Egypt over the doubling of prices of basic foods in a year and protests in other parts of the world." And, TIME's Kathie Klarreich reports: "Haitians are no strangers to hunger. But even the resilience of the hemisphere's poorest citizens can be pushed too far, and with world food prices spiking this year due to shrinking harvests, burgeoning demand and skyrocketing fuel prices, it should be little surprise that Haiti is once again erupting in angry violence."

Food and South Asia's Future

J. Sri Raman writes for Truthout: "The way to the political future of three major South Asian countries now lies through the stomachs of their poor millions. Escalating food prices may have far-reaching consequences for India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, each of which is currently passing through a crucial political phase."

Military Mom Says She Was Brutally Raped in Iraq

Maddy Sauer reports for ABC News, "Yet another woman has come forward saying she was brutally raped in Iraq while working for the U.S. contractor Kellogg Brown Root (KBR)."

Memo Proves Detention Is Illegal, Attorneys Say

Jerry Markon, writing for The Washington Post, reports, "An accused 'enemy combatant' told an appellate court yesterday that a controversial Justice Department memorandum exploring the legal boundaries of military interrogations proves that his detention was illegal."

Veteran Battles Pentagon's Vaccine

Writing for Truthout, Thomas D. Williams reports, "US Air Force Reserve Maj. Thomas 'Buzz' Rempfer, a 43-year-old Connecticut native, is hoping he is nearing the end of nearly a decade's perpetual and unprecedented battle with the Pentagon over the legality, safety and effectiveness of mandatory anthrax vaccinations."

Is General Petraeus Telling the Truth?

Videoüberwachung in Wiener Karl Popper Schuleüberwachung

impf-report Newsletter Nr. 11/2008

Residents celebrate phone-mast victory

10:54 - 09 April 2008

VIGILANT residents are celebrating after winning the first local victory against a phone mast firm.

Their diligence paid off when it came to persuading the planning inspector to dismiss the Orange phone company's appeal for an eight-foot mast in Gurney Court Road at its junction with Sandpit Lane in St Albans.

The residents had used the fact that the Y-junction was an accident blackspot and was used by the police for mobile speed cameras and a hard-standing had been put there for that purpose.

Campaigner Richard Morgan of Gurney Court Road said: "Once we informed the police of the mast plan they wrote to the inspector objecting on the grounds that a mast and its cabinet would obscure the sightlines they needed for their cameras.

"This was what won the day for us but unfortunately Orange won't go away. They are likely to come back and try again close by."


Anger over plan for mobile phone mast next to nature reserve

By Verity Ward

RESIDENTS have voiced their anger over plans to site a phone mast next to a South Tyneside nature reserve.

Mobile phone company O2 has made an application to the council to build a mast in Sunniside Lane, Cleadon, which leads on to Cleadon Hills.

However, ward councillors and residents say they want the plans to be thrown out.

Conservative Coun Jeff Milburn said: "It's ridiculous putting it in the location they want. This site is entirely inappropriate.


The Global Financial Crisis: Deceit, Deception and Distortion

by Joan Veon

What we have to understand is that in order to integrate the world economically, all that remains are the structural changes: from national accounting rules to global accounting rules, from national clearing and settlement to a global system of clearing and settlement; from national regulatory laws to a global system of regulatory laws; and to bring the U.S. into a 21st century global regulatory system by tearing down the current system and globalizing all our financial and securities laws. In other words, the very last vestiges of our economic sovereignty are being changed before our very eyes because of trumped up credit crisis........

Petraeus, tell us something we don’t already know

The American Prospect
by Matthew Yglesias


General David Petraeus’ testimony Tuesday and Wednesday of this week will be another chapter in U.S. foreign policy’s long-running ‘is the surge working?’ debate. The General and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will offer up some good news counterpoints to the not-so-good news out of Basra from the last weekend of March. But in the ways that matter, there’s no need to debate in the present tense — the surge isn’t working, it’s already worked, and the question is what the Democrats plan to do about it. To evaluate the surge, you have to consider its goals...

A convenient culprit

Guardian [UK]
by Dilip Hiro


Early reports suggest that in his testimony to a congressional committee today, General David Petraeus will claim that the Iranians assisted the Mahdi Army militia to fight the forces of Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki in the recent week-long battle in Basra. He is expected to offer this “evidence” to oppose any reduction in US troops in Iraq.This is the latest instance of Washington dangling the Iranian menace to persist in its disastrous course in Iraq, starting with its illegal invasion of the country on false pretences...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Did Petraeus part ways with the neocons?

The Real Story examines General Petraeus' testimony and the contending forces in Iraq.

If government limits speech, our freedom evaporates

by staff


It is easy these days to look at TV programming and feel the urge to clean house. Crime shows lay out the most grisly of acts committed by real or imaginary violent criminals. Reality shows peer into the most embarrassingly personal details (again, real or imaginary) of the lives of would-be or former celebrities. But when the government decides it should do the cleaning in the name of public decency, everyone should be concerned about where we are headed as a nation. This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case of the Federal Communications Commission vs. Fox Television Stations, in which the agency fined Fox over ‘fleeting’ use of profanities on live awards shows aired in 2002 and 2003. … For the record, the profanities were variations on the ‘f-word’ and ’s…,’ uttered by Bono, Nicole Richie and Cher, words this newspaper chooses not to spell out — the operative word for purposes of this editorial being ‘chooses’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Haitian rioters storm presidential palace



Hungry Haitians stormed the presidential palace Tuesday to demand the resignation of President Rene Preval over soaring food prices and U.N. peacekeepers battled rioters with rubber bullets and tear gas. Rioters were chased away from the presidential palace but by late afternoon had left trails of destruction across Port-au-Prince...

Protests over food prices paralyze Haitian capital


Haitians erected flaming barricades and tried to storm the National Palace on Tuesday as protests against rising food prices, which have killed five people, paralyzed the impoverished nation’s capital.Some demonstrators in the city carried empty plates to show the government they had nothing to eat.U.N. peacekeepers fired rubber bullets and tear gas to control the angry mob after the protesters used large steel garbage containers as battering rams to try to smash the gates of the whitewashed palace in downtown Port-au-Prince, witnesses said...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Starving Haitians Riot As Food Prices Soar


How World Bank policies led to famine in Haiti

Raj Patel: International trade rules have ravaged Haiti's domestic food production.

Protest Australia's Continued Ancient Forest Logging in the Face of Abrupt Climate Change



By Climate Ark &, projects of Ecological Internet and April 8, 2008

TAKE ACTION Australia's new "climate friendly" government preaches global forest protection for climate benefits internationally, while continuing to industrially clear its own native primary forests in Tasmania and elsewhere, and this unseemly hypocrisy must end

Australia continues to industrially clear their last native ancient forests, even as their government promotes forest protection internationally to combat climate change. Australia's new government led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has ratified Kyoto, appears genuinely committed to global climate change policy, and speaks often of how Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the world must protect primary forests to solve global climate change. Yet in an act of unseemly doublespeak, the country that is perhaps most impacted by climate change continues to log its last centuries old trees found in ancient forest ecosystems vital for holding both carbon and water. Why is forest protection a good idea internationally but not for Australia's much reduced and climate impacted natural habitats? Australia's new government must be called upon to stop their hypocrisy and end logging of their own old growth forests as a keystone response to climate change, biodiversity loss and ecosystem sustainability.



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Final Push Needed to Stop Australia's Tasmanian Ancient Forest Pulping for Throw-Away Paper Consumption

By Ecological Internet's Climate Ark, and Forest Protection Portal, August 30, 2008

TAKE ACTION Gunns of Australia's controversial plans to build a huge pulp mill to make disposable consumer items largely from clearfelling ancients forests is close to failing, let us together make a final decisive push to warn off potential investors and environmental approvals and achieve its permanent withdrawal

Plans by Australian woodchip giant Gunns Ltd., to continue clearcutting of Tasmania's ancient forests to feed a massive new paper pulp mill, appear to be near final collapse. Gunns is scrambling to raise the cash needed to build the AU$2 billion pulp mill and to meet a looming federal government environmental approval deadline. Chief executive of Leighton Holdings, the proposed builder of the mill, has even stated the project is dead. Join us in supporting massive local protests, and calling upon Australia's Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett to not extend the environmental approval process, and for the several European pulp interests to steer clear of funding the project or risk years of protest and conflict. Let's join together with local protests and ensure the Gunns pulp mill proposal is permanently withdrawn from consideration.



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Slowing Deforestation May Be Worth Billions

Alister Doyle of Reuters reports: "A slowdown of deforestation from the Amazon to the Congo basin could generate billions of dollars every year for developing nations as part of a UN scheme to fight climate change, a study showed on Monday."

Fed Officials Worried About Recession

Jeannine Aversa of The Associated Press reports: "Worries about a deep recession - not a shallow one - drove Federal Reserve policymakers to slash a key interest rate last month, meeting minutes show."

1 in every 350 Americans is considered a possible "terrorist"

Almost 1 million people will be put on the "watch list" by years end. This is incredible and utterly insane. How can the government expect us as citizens to believe that 1 in every 350 people need to be watched.

From Information Clearing House

Uganda: U.S. Army Set to Recruit Citizens

Ugandans who want a career in the United States military, can sign up at the annual convention of the Uganda North American Association, organisers say.

From Information Clearing House

Lieberman Tells Petraeus: Iraq Has Shown 'More Political Progress' Than America

Lieberman was in typical form this morning, prefacing his questions with high-flown, melodramatic praise for Petraeus.

From Information Clearing House

Beyond the New Deal

By Howard Zinn

Still, in today's climate of endless war and uncontrolled greed, drawing upon the heritage of the 1930s would be a huge step forward.

Russia may pierce US missile shield

Informant: Kev Hall

Pat Buchanan Slams McCain

Mini-Nukes and Micro-Nukes

The real history of Africa and Africans

On neocon fibbers for war and the police state

Informant: Lew Rockwell


The formula for a police state

by Anthony Gregory


Having a double standard that favors police is the formula for a police state. Whether in investigations, arrests, trials, or punishment, police should never get away with anything for which a member of the public would face severe consequences. A police state is at our doorstep when the public fears the government and law enforcers enjoy impunity for negligent or malicious behavior. Freedom and justice are empty promises without equality under the law, including for the lawmen...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Muqtada al-Sadr and the American Dilemma in Iraq


Iraqi Cleric Sadr Threatens 'Open War'

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al Sadr has threatened "open war" if the crackdown by Iraqi and US forces against his loyalists continues.,,30200-1313362,00.html?f=rss

Iranian ambassador lashes U.S. offensive in Baghdad's Sadr City

"We criticize the pounding of cities and the siege of people, which will aggravate the situations and make things worse," ambassador Hassan Kazemi Qomi told a news conference at the Iranian Embassy.

Iran: Claims of support for Iraqi insurgency unfounded

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called on Iran Thursday to end its backing for Shia militias. She also told reporters in Washington that she has no plans to meet Iran's foreign minister at the conference next week.

Purple Patch: The echo chamber of history

The Iranians used to call the United States the 'centre of world arrogance', and I would laugh at this, but I have begun to understand what it means.

Battle to retake Basra was 'complete disaster'

The British-trained Iraqi Army's attempt to retake Basra from militiamen was an "unmitigated disaster at every level", British commanders have disclosed.

Rice: Muqtada a Coward

Najaf Tense; Veterans Depressed, Unemployed

By Juan Cole

Rice has her 'bring'em on moment' in Iraq, talking trash to the Mahdi Army and calling Muqtada al-Sadr a 'coward.' Muqtada al-Sadr eluded Saddam Hussein for 4 years after Saddam killed his father and two elder brothers; and in 2004 he twice took on the US military. He may be a lot of things, but he is not a coward.

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