Mittwoch, 30. April 2008

Arrest Bush

US Senator Russ Feingold Statement at Hearing on 'Secret Law and the Threat to Democratic and Accountable Government'

AFL-CIO Working Families Mobilize to Counter McCain's Insurance Industry-Friendly Healthcare Plan

Peace Activists Protest War by Refusing Taxes

No Country for Old Men

Report: Chevron Complicit in Human Rights Abuses


Environmental Group: Chevron Complicit in Burma Human Rights Abuses

Inter Press Service's Marwaan Macan-Markar reports, "An environmental group is warning U.S. energy giant Chevron to clean up its act in Burma or face legal proceedings where the multinational's links to gross human rights violations in the military-ruled country could be exposed."

McCain Health Plan Would Strip Millions of Coverage

Roger Hickey writes for Campaign for America's Future, "Today Arizona Senator John McCain will deliver what his handlers are hyping as a major address on health care. McCain's plan is a dangerous fraud."

How to Talk About Health Care

Bernie Horn, of The Campaign for America's Future, writes: "John McCain will be spending the week promoting his health care scheme. The crux of the plan is to abolish employer-based health insurance and throw middle class working Americans to the wolves. It is market fundamentalism at its worst."

Myriad Crises, but Inertia in Official Washington

Carl Hulse, reporting for The New York Times, writes: "Americans are pumping their paychecks into their gas tanks, and the economy is in a stall. Food scarcities threaten governments overseas and spur hoarding at home. Foreclosures are up, home sales are down. Progress in Iraq and Afghanistan is halting. Despite this confluence of crises on the nation's doorstep, official Washington is beset by election-year inertia."

Six Crises That Jostle the World

Writing for Paris's Le Monde, Marie-Beatrice Baudet highlights the unique conjunction of the interdependent financial, monetary, food, energy, economic and environmental crises, as well as the disparate interests of the actors involved.

Kein Klimaschutz mit Kohlekraftwerken

Siphoning Off Corn to Fuel Our Cars

Steven Mufson, of The Washington Post, reports: "across the country, ethanol plants are swallowing more and more of the nation's corn crop. This year, about a quarter of US corn will go to feeding ethanol plants instead of poultry or livestock. That has helped farmers like Johnson, but it has boosted demand - and prices - for corn at the same time global grain demand is growing. And it has linked food and fuel prices just as oil is rising to new records, pulling up the price of anything that can be poured into a gasoline tank."

Mass Protests against GM Crops in India

ISIS Press Release 30/04/08

Kavitha Kurunganti reports from Tarnaka, India

India-wide coalition against GM Brinjal in the wake of toxic GM cotton

As India edges closer to what is probably the last year of field trials for Bt Brinjal (eggplant, aubergine) before commercial approval may be granted, large scale resistance has been building up all over the country.

Bt Brinjal, if allowed in India, would be the first food crop in the world with the Bt gene inserted into it that is to be directly consumed by human beings. Indians feel that they are about to be made guinea pigs by USAID, and by Monsanto and Cornell University that have developed this crop.

For the past six years, Indian farmers have experienced the stark realities of GM crop cultivation in the country in the form of Bt cotton. Reports continue to pour in from various districts of Andhra Pradesh including Adilabad, Warangal and Nalgonda on animal illnesses and deaths after grazing on Bt cotton fields. Farmers and shepherds have been reporting the toxic effects of Bt cotton on livestock since 2003 (see Mass Deaths in Sheep Grazing on Bt Cotton, SiS 30). But the regulators continue to rubbish the reports. Farmers and workers experience allergic reactions during harvest of Bt cotton, with scores of victims in different states (see More Illnesses Linked to Bt Crops, SiS 30). However, the governments have not even begun to acknowledge that.

To make matters worse, the ecology of cotton pests has altered drastically and Bt cotton farmers are dealing with newer pests and diseases. Last season’s infestation of mealy bug, a sucking pest, has resulted in pesticides sales shooting up steeply in several states including Punjab.

For farmers who wish to remain GM-free or organic, they find it almost impossible to get non-GM seed. Hundreds of organic farmers are placing special orders directly with seed companies for non-transgenic seed, as it is not readily available from retailers.

It is at this juncture that farmers’ unions, consumer organizations, environmental groups, development organizations and concerned scientists have stepped up their protests against Bt Brinjal, realizing that the experience with Bt cotton cannot be allowed to be repeated, especially with a vegetable crop that is directly consumed by people.

A large informal network called “Coalition for GM Free India” was formed in 2006, representing organizations and individuals from more than 15 states of India. The Coalition has been active since then in raising awareness among civil society groups, media and the general public, and in creating an informed debate on GMOs. The Coalition also sees resistance to GM crops in a larger framework of democratization of policy-making in science and technology for the country. Members believe that farmers’ science and knowledge, especially with regard to ecological farming, is the only sustainable way forward for farming in India.

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Halliburton Bribe Case Haunts Cheney

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Burger King filmte Betriebsratsgründung

Überwachung in der Fast-Food-Firma: Burger King hat in München die Gründung eines Betriebsrates auf Video aufgezeichnet. Die Gewerkschaft NGG ist entsetzt und will klagen - das Unternehmen rechtfertigt die Aufnahmen mit Sicherheitsgründen. Artikel in Spiegel-Online vom 29.04.2008,1518,550416,00.html

Aus: LabourNet, 30. April 2008


Burger King feuert zwei Mitarbeiter

„Ärger nach der Betriebsratswahl: Ein Streit zwischen Mitarbeitern und Management von Burger King spitzt sich zu. Die Fastfood-Kette soll eine Betriebsratswahl auf Video aufgezeichnet haben - zwei Wahlvorstände eigneten sich das Band an. Jetzt wurden sie fristlos entlassen…“ Artikel auf Spiegel-Online vom 09.05.2008,1518,552640,00.html

Siehe dazu:

NGG: Burger King hat den Boden der Rechtsstaatlichkeit verlassen - Burger King kündigt fristlos 2 Wahlvorstandsmitglieder

„Unanständig, moralisch verwerflich und rechtsmissbräuchlich! So bezeichnet die Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten die Vorgehensweise der Geschäftsführung der Burger King Deutschland GmbH. Am gestrigen Donnerstagabend erhielten 2 Wahlvorstandsmitglieder ihre fristlose Kündigung, die Burger King durch einen Boten zustellen ließ. Des Weiteren wurde ein Hausverbot ausgesprochen, damit sie als Wahlvorstand die Betriebsratswahl nicht weiter durchführen können…“ Pressemitteilung der NGG-Bayern vom 09.05.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 13. Mai 2008Überwachung

Ikea: Videoüberwachung am Arbeitsplatz

„Das Möbelkaufhaus Ikea hat einem Fernsehbericht zufolge seine Mitarbeiter überwacht. Sie seien ohne Zustimmung des Betriebsrates mit Hilfe von Kameras beobachtet worden, teilte das ZDF-Magazin "Frontal 21" am Dienstag in einem Vorabbericht mit. Zudem seien illegale Protokolle über den Gesundheitszustand von Mitarbeitern angefertigt worden. Auf die Betriebsräte wird dem Bericht zufolge massiver Druck seitens ihrer Vorgesetzten ausgeübt. "Wer Betriebsrat geworden ist, der hat seine Karriere vermiest, der kann eigentlich darauf warten, dass er irgendwann mal zur Aufgabe seines Arbeitsplatzes gezwungen wird", sagte die ver.di-Sekretärin im Bezirk Baden-Württemberg, Christina Frank, dem Magazin…“ Artikel in der Frankfurter Rundschau vom 29.04.2008

Siehe dazu:

Ausbeutung bei IKEA: Die Wahrheit über ein "unmögliches Möbelhaus"

Kranke, ältere und allein erziehende Mitarbeiter werden unter Druck gesetzt, Betriebsräte massiv behindert. Mitarbeiter und Gewerkschaft erheben schwere Vorwürfe gegen den Möbelkonzern IKEA. Beitrag von Christian Esser im ZDF-Magazin Frontal21.,1872,7229148,00.html

"Sie haben da Ausbeutung pur"

Interview von Christian Esser mit Christina Frank im ZDF-Magazin Frontal21,1872,7229177,00.html

Ausbeutung bei IKEA

Das Video der Sendung Frontal21 vom 29.04.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 30. April 2008überwachung

1. Mai: Startschuss Bündnisplattform gegen Regelsatzblockade

Truth or Neo-Consequences

Consortium News
by Morgan Strong


Neoconservatives, who helped push the United States into war in Iraq, have found a new target — law-abiding Muslims and Arab-Americans who are trying to build careers in academia. A case in point was the tenure battle over a Barnard anthropology professor...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Next bubble: Food

Unknown News
by Mahdi Abdul Finkelstein


Because governments no longer back their currencies with gold, increases in money supplies have resulted over the past several decades, which greatly exceed the growth in planetary production. Therefore, in the years following the implosion of the internet stock bubble and the real estate bubble, both of which had global reach, another bubble was “needed” by the “investors” managing the excess trillions of dollars...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Another damaging FBI inspector general report on the bureau’s abuse of its expanded authorities

Heat-seeking missives

In These Times
by Brian Beutler


There’s a move afoot on Capitol Hill to rein in some of the vast powers conferred upon government investigators by the USA PATRIOT Act, the infamous, hastily crafted law written in response to the September 11th attacks. New legislation has been introduced in both Houses of Congress intended to curb the FBI’s ability to collect private data on virtually anybody using a tool called a national security letter (NSL). The bills come in the wake of yet another damaging FBI inspector general report on the bureau’s abuse of its expanded authorities. ‘The privacy of American citizens is a core value in our society,’ said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a former federal prosecutor and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee at an April 23 hearing on the FBI’s use of NSLs. ‘I think this is our next really big civil liberties issue’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Powering Down the Patriot Act

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Vets say they feel misled about GI benefits



Cheated. Baited and switched. That’s how veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan say they feel about military recruiters who sold them on how the GI Bill would benefit them. Soldiers, Marines and airmen, speaking at a Capitol Hill rally Tuesday, said they are not given enough funds from the bill to cover college expenses as they were promised...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Gates: 2nd carrier in Gulf a ‘reminder’ to Iran



Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that sending a second U.S. aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf could serve as a ‘reminder’ to Iran, but he said it’s not an escalation of force. Speaking to reporters after meeting with Mexican leaders, Gates said heightening U.S. criticism of Iran and its support for terror groups is not a signal that the administration is laying the groundwork for a strike against Tehran...

Not so by the way …
The Power of Narrative

by Arthur Silber


One last point about the attack on Iran that will very likely come before Bush leaves office, and probably sometime this summer at the latest, a point that no one discusses: in the unfolding, bloody chaos following such an attack, chaos that will extend through the fall and long after, just exactly who do you think will be most helped by the hysteria that will engulf us, fueled by the always helpful mainstream media that will faithfully regurgitate and amplify the government propaganda? McCain — or the Democratic presidential candidate, whether it be Obama or Clinton? If you think the Democrat will be helped the most, I suggest you do your best to wake up from that coma...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Navy Adds Carrier in Gulf as "Reminder" to Iran

David Morgan, of Reuters, reports: "the US Navy has temporarily added a second aircraft carrier in the Gulf as a 'reminder' to Iran, but this was not an escalation of American forces in the region, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters during a trip to Mexico, Gates flatly denied a suggestion that the presence of two US carriers in the Gulf could be a precursor to military action against Tehran."


Presstitute and war pimp alert:

"Hostile" Iran Sparks U.S. Attack Plan

"What the Iranians are doing is killing American servicemen and -women inside Iraq," said Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Manufacturing Consent For An Attack On Iran:

US Report: Iran World's Most Significant Terrorism Sponsor

The report identified Iran as the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism with support for hard-line Palestinian factions opposed to U.S.-led peace efforts, Lebanese Hezbollah militants, and Iraqi insurgents.

US Denies Report It Is Ramping Up Military Plans Vs Iran

"I'm not aware of any ramping up or revision of war plans for Iran," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters traveling with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates

White House downplays arrival of second U.S. aircraft carrier in Gulf

"They reinforce that the U.S. has an enduring commitment to the region and to our allies, and we continue to protect our allies and interests wherever necessary," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino during a White House briefing.

Waships 'to remind Iran of US power'

The decision to send a second US aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf should be a "reminder" to Iran of Washington's military might but was not an escalation of force in the region, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday.,25197,23623738-15084,00.html

Top Russian official says Iran's nuclear program is strictly peaceful

A senior Russian government official said on Wednesday after talks with the Iranian leadership that the Islamic Republic was not developing nuclear weapons.

Iran dumps U.S. dollar for oil trades

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the depreciating dollar a "worthless piece of paper" at a rare summit last year in Saudi Arabia attended by state leaders from OPEC countries.

From Information Clearing House

Was death of 'depressed' ex-Iraq commander, 42, a suicide?

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Obama vows to back Bush's war commander

Democratic presidential front-runner Senator Barack Obama said on Sunday he would endorse Bush's nominee to direct US military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout a region extending from North Africa to Central Asia.

Candidates' plans would increase defict

Plans outlined by the three main U.S. presidential contenders will increase the federal deficit, adding to the national debt significantly, budget experts say.

From Information Clearing House

BP's first-quarter profit jumps 63 percent

The oil company on Tuesday reported a profit of $7.6 billion compared to $4.4 billion in the first quarter of 2007.

Shell profits up 25 pct on record high oil prices

Anglo-Dutch energy giant Royal Dutch Shell said Tuesday that first-quarter net profits leapt 25 percent to 4.58 billion pounds because of record-breaking crude oil prices.

Exxon Mobil reports $11B in quarterly profits

Exxon Mobil Corp.'s first-quarter profit rose 17 percent from a year ago, as soaring crude oil prices helped the company reach its second-largest U.S. quarterly profit ever.

From Information Clearing House


BP and Shell post big profits in era of record oil prices;_ylt=AjPUwmuuCRZhw4IeObzclKKs0NUE

Informant: Teresa Binstock


Shell Firms Shielded US Contractor From Taxes

It's the Profits Stupid! The Rise and Rise of Exxon's Take From America


It's the Profits Stupid!

Nomi Prins writes in The Women's International Perspective, "How sad. Exxon Mobil, the universe's largest publicly traded company, which also happens to be enjoying some of its biggest profits ever thanks to the almost doubled price of oil during the past year, didn't quite live up to Wall Street expectations this week. In fact, its stock fell nearly four percent the day it announced its first quarter of 2008 earnings."

Ex-Prosecutor Tells of Push by Pentagon on Detainees

The former chief prosecutor here took the witness stand on Monday on behalf of a detainee and testified that top Pentagon officials had pressured him in deciding which cases to prosecute and what evidence to use.

From Information Clearing House

The Lords of Capital Decree Mass Death by Starvation

By Glen Ford

Having crushed the planet's peasants and converted food into just another commodity for global manipulation, the Lord's of Capital have unleashed upon humanity the threat - no, certainty - of mass starvation.

Neocons say: Pakistan, is threat to world peace

Try 'Pakistan First'

By Jim Hoagland

The war in Afghanistan will not be won or lost in Afghanistan alone. It must also be won inside Pakistan, where things go from bad to worse for U.S. policy, which has been a set of forlorn wishes that seem to boomerang.

The Iraq War Morphs Into The Iranian War

By Paul Craig Roberts

Emptying the Breadbasket

In The Washington Post, Dan Morgan writes: "Wheat's fall from favor, little noticed when it was cheap, has been long coming. Though still an iconic symbol of American abundance - engraved on currency and praised in song - the nation's amber waves of wheat have been increasingly shoved aside by other crops. The 'breadbasket of the world,' which had alleviated hunger and famine since World War I, now generally supplies only a quarter of world wheat exports."

America's University of Imperialism

A Litany of Horrors

The RAND Corporation and the Rise of Imperialism


Chalmers Johnson reviews a new history of the RAND Corporation

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


America's University of Imperialism
Soldiers of Reason by Alex Abella

Reviewed by Chalmers Johnson

Wohlstetter's activism on behalf of American imperialism and militarism lasted well into the 1990s. According to Abella, the rise to prominence of Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi exile and endless source of false intelligence to the Pentagon, "in Washington circles came about at the instigation of Albert Wohlstetter, who met Chalabi in Paul Wolfowitz's office". (In the incestuous world of the neo-cons, Wolfowitz had been Wohlstetter's student at the University of Chicago.)

Dave Barry Explains the Tax Rebate

But What About the Children?

Earth Day Preachin'

According to Ken Ward in Grist, "We are racing toward the end of the world and have no plan of escape, but it is considered impolite to acknowledge that fact in public."

White House Undermines EPA on Cancer Risks

According to H. Josef Hebert of The Associated Press, "The Bush administration is undermining the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to determine health dangers of toxic chemicals, by letting nonscientists have a bigger - often secret - role."


White House blocked EPA studies, GAO reports

Informant: Teresa Binstock

The Pentagon's "Monstrous Wrong"

Writing for AlterNet, Penny Coleman says, "The silverbacks are grooming and posturing at the microphones. Camo and khaki, wall to wall. Bob Ireland, an Air Force psychiatrist and consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General, welcomes the audience to the Department of Defense's sixth annual Suicide Prevention Conference and makes jokes about how suicide prevention has been the DOD's bastard child, homeless and parentless."

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