Sonntag, 27. April 2008

Rogers asked to move antenna further from homes

Michel Thibault, Translated by: Dan Rosenburg

Like many of his fellow citizens, Chateauguay Mayor Sergio Pavone does not approve of the Rogers Communications firm project to erect a 35-foot tall mobile-phone relay station in a residential sector of town.


Prosecute the Mortgage Sharks

Michelle Singletary writes for the Washington Post, "Based on my investigation of one mortgage operation, which has continued to arrange loans despite state sanctions, what's needed is more criminal prosecution, not another commission with little power. After all, we're talking about loan officers responsible for explaining mortgage products, some of which have complicated terms and high fees, the types of products that have led this nation into its current economic mudslide."

In the Rezko Trial, A New Name Surfaces: Karl Rove

Michael Isikoff for Newsweek reports on the curveball that prosecutors threw last week in the trial of Chicago developer and political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko: "Former Illinois state official Ali Ata is expected to testify about a conversation he had with Rezko in which the developer alleged Rove was 'working with' a top Illinois Republican to remove the Chicago US attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald."

Witness: Fundraiser Spoke of Plan to Fire US Attorney

Mike Robinson, of The Associated Press, reports: "a government witness testified Monday that a prominent political fundraiser for the governor told him three years ago that Chicago's chief federal prosecutor would be fired and replaced by someone chosen by then-U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Restaurant owner Elie Maloof testified that Antoin 'Tony' Rezko told him that the person picked to replace Patrick J. Fitzgerald as US attorney in Chicago would end a federal investigation into corruption under Gov. Rod Blagojevich."

Rezko Witness: Hastert Linked to Alleged Plot

The Chicago Tribune's Bob Secter and Jeff Coen report, "The name of former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert was added Monday to the roster of political heavyweights linked by witnesses to an alleged plan to dump Chicago's top federal prosecutor and kill a criminal investigation into a top fundraiser for Governor Rod Blagojevich."

House Committee Threatens Rove With Subpoena

Ben Evans, of The Associated Press: "The House Judiciary Committee threatened Thursday to subpoena former White House adviser Karl Rove if he does not agree by May 12 to testify about former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman's corruption case. In a letter to Rove's attorney, committee Democrats called it 'completely unacceptable' that the Republican political strategist has rejected the panel's request for sworn testimony even as he discusses the matter publicly through the media."


Witness: Hastert linked to alleged Rezko plot

Chicago Tribune


The name of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was added Monday to the roster of political heavyweights linked by witnesses to an alleged plan to dump Chicago’s top federal prosecutor and kill a criminal investigation into a top fundraiser for Gov. Rod Blagojevich. A witness at the corruption trial of Blagojevich insider Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko testified that Rezko told him in February 2005 about an effort under way to fire U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald and replace him with someone more compliant to be hand-picked by Hastert, then the top Republican in the House...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The New Economics of Hunger

Anthony Faiola reports for The Washington Post, "The food price shock now roiling world markets is destabilizing governments, igniting street riots and threatening to send a new wave of hunger rippling through the world's poorest nations."

Marching in defence of seed sovereignty

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Flying the Flag (Arming the World)

Informant: Dorothee Krien


In The Great Tradition

Obama Is A Hawk

By John Pilger

In 1941, the editor Edward Dowling wrote: "The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it." What has changed?

Pharma Not in Business of Health, Healing, Cures, Wellness

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Europe is Closing Its Doors to Iraqi Refugees: Where Will They Go?

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Step Aside Dollar, Is Rice the New Global Currency?

Informant: Dorothee Krien

The Road to 'Operation Iraqi Freedom'

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Letters Give CIA Tactics a Legal Rationale

Mark Mazzetti, writing for The New York Times, reports, "The Justice Department has told Congress that American intelligence operatives attempting to thwart terrorist attacks can legally use interrogation methods that might otherwise be prohibited under international law."

Northeim: Gericht sagt Nein zum Mobilfunkmast

Forscher warnen vor Geo-Engineering

Jülicher Atmosphärenforscher warnen zusammen mit US-Kollegen vor den Folgen des sogenannten Geo-Engineering, bei dem mit großtechnischen Mitteln die Folgen des Klimawandels bekämpft werden sollen. In einem Aufsatz, der heute in der Online-Präsenz der Wissenschaftszeitschrift Science erscheint ("The sensitivity of polar ozone depletion to proposed geoengineering schemes", Simone Tilmes, Rolf Müller, und Ross Salawitch, Science Express, 10.1126/science.1153966), kritisieren die Forscher insbesondere die Idee, mit Hilfe von Millionen Tonnen von Sulfaten in der Atmosphäre in einer Höhe von 10 bis 25 Kilometern ließe sich die globale Erwärmung abbremsen, die der Nobelpreisträger Paul Crutzen vor zwei Jahren lanciert hatte. ...

Asu: HLV-Info-080427-030-kb

Hartz IV verursacht Niedriglöhne

Immer mehr Menschen müssen mit Niedriglöhnen auskommen. Hartz IV hat den Billiglohnsektor ausgebaut

Der Sektor der Niedriglöhne steigt in Deutschland kontinuierlich an. Nach Angaben des Duisburger Instituts "Arbeit und Qualifikation" war im Jahre 2006 rund jeder 5. Beschäftigte im Niedriglohnsektor beschäftigt. Seit dem Jahr 2005 stieg die Niedriglohnbeschäftigung stetig um 43 Prozent. Insgesamt arbeiten in Deutschland 6,5 Millionen Menschen im sog. Billig-Lohn-Sektor. Im Vergleich dazu arbeiten in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerkia (USA) jeder Vierte im Niedriglohn Bereich. Zahlreiche Experten sprechen davon, dass Deutschland auf dem Weg ist, die USA in diesem Segment zu überholen.

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Eine Rente, die unter das Existenzminimum fällt, verstößt gegen die Verfassung

Das Bundessozialgericht stellte aktuell fest, das die ALG II Berechnungen bei Partnerschaften mit Rentnern stellenweise falsch sind. In einem aktuellen Urteil (BSG, Aktenzeichen: B 14/7b AS 58/06 R) des Bundessozialgerichtes in Kassel heißt es, dass die Berechnungen des Arbeitslosengeldes II (ALG II) teilweise fehlerhaft seien. Dieses Urteil bezieht sich auf den Lebensumstand, wenn Rentner mit erwerbslosen Partner zusammen leben und eine Partnerschaft bilden.

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Pentagon Reports on Iraq's Military Are Suspect, Audit Says

The U.S. public and lawmakers should be skeptical of the Pentagon's quarterly reports on Iraq's progress toward building a viable military and police force, according to a new audit.

From Information Clearing House

Western leaders should be charged with war crimes over the illegal invasion of Iraq

By Mick Meaney

The former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, has echoed calls for Western leaders to be charged with war crimes over the illegal invasion of Iraq.

Iraqis Dying for Us to Leave

By Dahlia Wasfi

If America were invaded by violent foreigners who coveted our resources and brought death and destruction, we would fight back-NOT to defend the Bush administration and Congress, but to defend the people and lives we love.

The Republican Erosion of America

By Angel Of Mercy

Historical fact: Prior to the rise of the radical right some 30 years ago, America was the most innovative, most prosperous, most vital nation on the face of the Earth. And it wasn't just an obscenely rich fraction of one percent skewing the numbers, it is today.

Katastrophale Folgen eines regionalen Atomkriegs

Nach einem regional begrenzten nuklearen Schlagabtausch mit 100 Atomwaffen der Stärke der Hiroshima-Bombe würde die mittlere Temperatur auf der Erdatmosphäre um 1.25 ºC sinken.

Hiroshima: Der Mahnruf des missachteten Gewissens

Vor 63 Jahren warfen US-Soldaten erstmals in der Menschheitsgeschichte eine Atombombe. Ihr Ziel am 6. August, morgens um 8.15 Uhr, war die südjapanische Stadt Hiroshima. Nur drei Tage später fiel die zweite Atombombe auf Nagasaki. Am 6.August 1945 starben in Hiroshima 140.000 Menschen und kurz danach in Nagasaki 73.000.

WWF: Eis in Arktis schmilzt noch schneller als erwartet

Arktis könnte bereits im Sommer 2013 eisfrei sein.

Thermostat der Erde aus dem Gleichgewicht

Dürre in Ostafrika: 14 Millionen Menschen akut von Hunger bedroht

14 Millionen Menschen stehen in Somalia, Kenia und in Teilen Äthiopiens vor einer akuten Hungerkrise, warnt die internationale Hilfsorganisation CARE.

Kein Geld zur Rettung des Planeten?

9. UN-Umweltgipfel in Bonn (19.-30.5.2008): Gastgeber Deutschland setzt im Vorfeld die falschen Signale.

Wird Hillary Clinton der nächste Bush?

Direct and indirect cellular effects of aspartame on the brain

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Les Ondes électromaléfiques

Residents unite against phone mast plans

26 April 2008 | 18:00

A GROUP of campaigners are standing firm against an application to put up an enormous mobile phone mast outside their homes.

Residents in Stoke Park, Ipswich are trying to block plans for the 12.5m pylon to be erected in the middle of the densely populated area.



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