Samstag, 3. Mai 2008

Contractors Gone Wild

In Mother Jones, Bruce Falconer writes: "Allegations of widespread mismanagement and corruption among private contractors in Iraq are nothing new; if anything, tales of cronyism, over-billing, and embezzlement have become so frequent that our national tolerance for them seems only to have increased as the Iraq War has drawn on. Even so, the testimony earlier this week of three whistleblowers before the Senate's Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) stands out for the sheer outrageousness of their accusations - namely that US private contractors looted Iraqi palaces and ministries, stole military equipment, fenced supplies destined for US troops, and even operated a prostitution ring that may have contributed to the death of fellow contractor."

Bush's Conspiracy to Create an American Police State

Government Itself Won't Swear To Official Theory of 9/11

Informant: Dorothee Krien

A Global Clarion Call to Bold Action

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Pentagon setzt auf Online-Nachrichten

Die vom Pentagon finanzierten Nachrichten-Websites sollen die Menschen beeinflussen und die gegnerische Propaganda bekämpfen - natürlich nur durch die reine Wahrheit.

US Army sucht autonome Insektenroboter

Den Soldaten sollen intelligente Schwärme von kriechenden, kletternden, fliegenden oder schwimmenden Mini-Robotern helfen.

US-Dollar: The (not so) long Goodby

Es häufen sich die Anzeichen, dass die globale Dominanz des Dollars schneller vorüber sein könnte als bislang angenommen.

Voting Rights Are Too Important

Two editorials, one from Adam Cohen of The New York Times and the other from The Boston Globe editorial staff, explore the ramifications of the Supreme Court decision this week that upheld a voter ID law in the state of Indiana that will require voters to show photo identification at the polls. Adam Cohen calls for Congress to uphold the Constitution and act to regulate federal elections, while The Boston Globe scolds: "Voting is a fundamental right. ID rules should be no more stringent than is necessary to keep the voting process secure and orderly. That's what Indiana had - until partisan legislators saw an opening and exploited it."

GMO: A Dangerous Experiment

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Dawn of an Energy Famine

Jeremy Leggett, for The Guardian UK, reports, "This week the shape of the global energy crisis came into its sharpest focus yet. The world needs renewable energy fast, but as BP and Shell announced record profits, they also demonstrated that they are in essence retreating from renewables, perhaps with the exception of biofuels. They intend to focus their record billions on expanding production of what remains of traditional oil and gas, plus tar sands and liquid fuels from coal - ruinous in their effect on the climate."

US Rejects Canadian's Child Soldier Defense

Jane Sutton reports for Reuters: "A Canadian captured in Afghanistan at age 15 can be tried for murder in the Guantanamo war crimes court, a US military judge ruled in rejecting claims that he was a child soldier who should be rehabilitated rather than prosecuted."

Next-up news N°562


Informant: Charles Connolly

The War Party's Strategy: Divert, Distract, and Demonize

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Bernanke, the Illusionist

Artificial Foods and Corporate Crops: Can We Escape the 'Frankenstate'?

Taking a technological approach to agriculture has put the future of the world's food supply in jeopardy.

From Information Clearing House

Warships In The Persian Gulf Are Empty Exercises Of Power

American warships, do not in the slightest meet the Iranian "threat" head on. They do the reverse: They strengthen the most radical mentalities of ancient Persia that remain locked in the memories of the country's history. In fact, they only strengthen perfervid anti-Western feelings.

From Information Clearing House

Bush details $70 billion war request for 2009

President's request raises war, terror bill to $875 billion

From Information Clearing House


Bush's $70 Billion War Funding Request for 2009

Andrew Taylor reports for The Associated Press: "President Bush sent lawmakers a $70 billion request Friday to fund US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan into next spring, which would give the next president breathing room to make his or her own war policy. Friday's request fills in the details of the $70 billion placeholder that the White House asked for when it sent its budget to Congress in February."

Somalia: A Victim of Bush's Recklessness

How the West ended Somalia's brief flirtation with stability

By Matthew Carr

The violence that is currently ripping Somalia apart is a direct consequence of the Bush administration's reckless military adventurism and the Manichean fantasy world of the 21st century's terror wars.

Secret Bush "Finding" Widens War on Iran

Democrats Okay Funds for Covert Ops

By Andrew Cockburn

Six weeks ago, President Bush signed a secret finding authorizing a covert offensive against the Iranian regime that, according to those familiar with its contents, "unprecedented in its scope."

Elite Policy And The "Axis of Evil"

By Noam Chomsky

The official story right now is that after having been forced to accept an agreement on dismantling its nuclear weapons facilities, North Korea is again trying to evade its commitments in its usual devious way-"good news" for superhawks like John Bolton, who have held all along that the North Koreans understand only the mailed fist and will exploit negotiations only to trick us.

Human Rights First Supports Senate Bill on Ending Secret Prisons

Amnesty International Urges the Bush Administration to Release or Provide Fair Trials to All Remaining Guantanamo Detainees

Bush, Congress Must Hold Oil Industry, Speculators Accountable for High Gas Prices

US Government Admits It Destroyed Videotape in Enemy Combatant Case


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