Freitag, 6. Juni 2008

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ACTION: Sensibilisation de Nicolas SARKOZY, Président de la République

Risk of a Raw Materials Bubble

Les Echos's reporter Nicolas Madelaine wonders, "... aren't financial investors making the prices of foodstuffs and oil climb artificially? In spite of the assurance from financial milieus - which maintain that speculators merely go along with increases essentially due to the progress of physical supply and demand - this question is justified. For the debate is far from being settled."

A Tale of Two Conservatives: Comparing Bush and Hoover on the Economy

David Madland and Jacob Pawlak write for Center for American Progress: "It may seem premature to compare President George W. Bush to Herbert Hoover, the president who helped steer the economy into the Great Depression in 1929, and then presided over steady economic deterioration until the end of his term in 1933. After all, the current economic downturn under President Bush’s watch hasn’t even officially been declared a recession, while under Hoover the United States experienced four straight years of severe economic decline. Yet close inspection of the economic track records and ideology of these two presidents reveals that they are quite similar."

Autofahrer klagen gegen Kfz-Massenscanning

Zwei Autofahrer aus Niedersachsen und Bayern haben Klage gegen den anlasslosen Massenabgleich von Kfz-Kennzeichen mit polizeilichen Dateien erhoben. Trotz der jüngsten Entscheidung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts in der Angelegenheit hätten sich nur Niedersachsens Innenminister Uwe Schünemann (CDU) und sein bayerischer Amtskollege Joachim Herrmann (CSU) bislang geweigert, die Massenkontrollen des Straßenverkehrs in ihren Ländern einzustellen, heißt es in einer am 6. Juni veröffentlichten Mitteilung der Kläger. Entgegen den klaren Vorgaben des Grundgesetzes werde in Niedersachsen und Bayern "ein massenhafter Abgleich von Nummernschildern ohne besonderen Anlass routinemäßig praktiziert", heißt es in den eingereichten Klageschriften.

The Global Crisis: Food, Water and Fuel, Three Fundamental Necessities of Life in Jeopardy

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Congress must lead on global warming legislation

Scientists warn against GM foods

By Rashme Sehgal

Asian Age, June 5 2008

New Delhi: Scientists warn that the genetically modified (GM) foods that are set to hit the market will do so without having undergone mandatory safety assessments.

Thirty-two crops are currently being researched across 111 government and 50 private institutes with 14 having entered the trial stage.

These, they decry, will increase health risks to the general public.

BT brinjal is expected to hit the market within the next six months without undergoing the necessary trials. Switzerland and other European countries have placed a moratorium of 12 years for all GM foods.

Dr Pushpa Bhargava, a genetic biologist and former vice-chairman of the National Knowledge Commission, warned against the flouting of scientific norms to push GM foods into the market.

Speaking at a "Food Safety, Bio Safety and GM Foods" meet organised by Navdanya, Dr Bhargava stated that no comprehensive risk assessment had been done on the effect of Bt plants on either the soil or the surrounding fauna.

Dr V.S. Vijayan, chairman of Kerala State Biodiversity Board, pointed out that tests currently being done to study toxicity and allergenecity were being conducted by Monsanto, the world's largest supplier of seeds, which is pushing for this technology in India, or else by groups who received the samples by the applicant itself.

Key chronic toxicity tests that have long term effects that can result in cancer and other diseases have not been conducted.

It was shocking that in West Bengal, trials on Bt okra started in mid-August 2007 on the basis of approval by the panchayat members.

"What knowledge do panchayats have about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and GM foods especially since they are susceptible to all kinds of pressure? The State Biotechnology Coordination Committee had not approved these trials and the agriculture university monitoring them had given it a damning report," Dr Bhargava added.

Many scientists believe many of the tests being claimed may never have been conducted in the first place.

Think Simply.. Think Wisely. Curb Semantics. Speak the Truth.

The same article I sent some months ago can be found in another Indian magazine that seems to be highly interesting in presenning the big picture of globalisation.

Here's are some representative articles

Farmer suicides in Chhattisgarh: A state in denial

Protecting vanilla farmers against global cartels

Can a Bhopal happen again?

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Help Stop Virginia's 100th Execution - TAKE ACTION!

Senate Panel Rejects Case for War

Greg Miller, of The Los Angeles Times: "In a long-awaited report, the Senate Intelligence Committee rebuked President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney today for making prewar claims -- particularly that Iraq had close ties to Al Qaeda -- that were not backed by available intelligence. The report, which was supported by some Republicans but criticized by many others, accuses the president and other members of his administration of repeatedly exaggerating the evidence of an Al Qaeda connection to take advantage of the charged climate after the September 11th attacks."


Senate Finds Pre-War Bush Claims Exaggerated, False

Cheney blocked talks with Iran

Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff Larry Wilkerson on how Cheney turned down talks with Iran.

Winter Soldier's next chapter

Informant: Ashley Smith

From ufpj-news

Plan for mobile phone mast on Chevin refused

By Jim Jack

CONSERVATIONISTS are celebrating a decision to kick out a scheme that would have put a second phone mast up within Otley's Green Belt.

It was a blunder by Leeds City Council (LCC) that allowed Orange to erect the first in Thompson's Yard, on East Chevin Road two years ago - a mast LCC is still trying to have removed.

Last month residents were preparing for a second fight when an application to put up an 02 mast on the same site was lodged.


House demands action on mobile phone masts

IMMEDIATE measures must be taken in order to protect the public, and especially children, from the electromagnetic radiation of mobile telephone masts, the Chairman of the House Health Committee said yesterday.

The Committee had discussed the dangers of having masts in such close proximity to schools and other areas where children gather.

“It is well known that small children, infants and embryos are very sensitive to the harmful energy of electromagnetic radiation and for this reason, the public is especially sensitised to the issue,” said Eleni Theocharous of DISY after the meeting.


Athlone residents oppose mast in Rugby Club

Three resident groups in Athlone opposed to a mast at Buccaneers Rugby say they'll bring their cause to An Bord Pleanala if necessary.

Today is the deadline for appeals to Athlone town Council against a planning application for the structure.


The hearings McCain voted against

It’s not exactly a national emergency

by Don Bacon


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

National debt erodes public trust

Consortium News
by Andrew Yarrow


America’s $9.3-trillion-and-growing national debt rightly has been blamed for many economic ills that lurk on our nation’s horizon, but it also had the stealth effect of further eroding Americans’ waning belief in the benefits, efficacy and trustworthiness of government...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Feinstein fights McCain on tax break for big oil in Burma

New York Sun


The Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president, Senator McCain, is locked in a disagreement with a Democratic senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, over whether to permit Chevron to do business with the regime in Rangoon. One of them is taking a hard-line human-rights stand against the military junta in Burma. The other is carrying water for the interests of America’s second largest oil company...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Die Zeit der schlechten Wirtschaftsdaten hält an

Hohe Inflation, teure Rohstoffe, Turbulenzen an den Finanzmärkten, hohe Zinsen und platzende Immobilienblasen machen den Ökonomien schwer zu schaffen.

Help close Guantánamo: Sign the petition, and stand up for the rule of law

The Way to a Just Foreign Policy

US Marine Acquitted of All Charges in Haditha Killings: Military

On the latest Kagan war propaganda

Informant: Lew Rockwell

When to Quit: Guidelines

No-smoking hospital seeks mobile mast

By Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Friday June 06 2008

A HOSPITAL which banned smoking on its campus on health grounds has applied for a mobile phone mast to be erected on its roof.


US banks fear $5 trillion balance impact

Analysts at Citigroup warn the planned tightening of accounting rules for off-balance sheet vehicles would force US banks to reconsider arrangements and could result in up to $5 trillion (£2.5 trillion) of assets coming back on to their books

Bankruptcy toll increases

Nationally, the total number of bankruptcies filed in the first quarter rose 26.9 percent, to 245,695, compared with the year-ago period, according to data released Tuesday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.,0,2920814.story

Soaring diesel hurts truckers

Many are parking their rigs - or going bankrupt: In the first quarter of this year 935 trucking companies, about 2 percent of the nation's total, filed for bankruptcy.

From Information Clearing House

Senate report says Bush misused Iraq intelligence

United States President George Bush and his top policymakers exaggerated Saddam Hussein's links to terrorism and ignored doubts among intelligence agencies about Iraq's arms programnes as they made their case for war, a Senate committee reported on Thursday.

From Information Clearing House


What We Already Know About Iraq From the People Who Launched the War

Iran says answered bomb allegations and "matter over"

Iran said on Thursday it had given U.N. investigators more than 200 pages of answers to questions about intelligence reports that it secretly researched how to make atom bombs and declared "the matter is over".

Olmert to ask Bush to step up action against Iran

Ehud Olmert will ask President George W Bush Wednesday to step up US and international action against Iran and prepare for a possible military strike against its nuclear facilities, the Yediot Ahronot daily reported.

From Information Clearing House

Mortgaging America

By Eric J. Weiner

Investment funds run by foreign governments are keeping the U.S. afloat.

New Agreement Lets US Strike Any Country From Inside Iraq

By Basil Adas

A proposed Iraqi-American security agreement will include permanent American bases in the country, and the right for the United States to strike, from within Iraqi territory, any country it considers a threat to its national security, Gulf News has learned.

US-Iraq Security Deal Aims To Enslave Iraqis


"The essence of this agreement is to turn the Iraqis into slaves before the Americans, if it is sealed," the former president of Iran said. "This will not happen. The Iraqi people, the Iraqi government and the Islamic nation will not allow it."

Majority Of Iraqi Legislators Call For Timetable For U.S. Withdrawal

Thirty-one Iraqi legislators, representing a majority of the Iraq Parliament, have expressed "widespread disapproval of the proposed U.S.-Iraq security agreement if it does not include a specific timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. military troops."

Iraqi lawmakers tell Congress of misgivings about security agreement with US

"The Iraqi government right now still does not have full rein of its sovereignty because of the thousands of foreign troops now on its land," Nadim al-Jaberi, an Iraqi Shiite lawmaker, told a House panel on Wednesday.

Iraqi Reactions to Security Agreements

"Will Iraqi political and religious sides succeed in aborting the controversial draft agreement? What would be the ramifications on Iraq and its neighbouring regional countries if the agreement were signed?"

From Information Clearing House


New US-Iraq deal to allow US to strike any country from inside Iraq

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

The Uprising: Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington

Voting Concerns in Ohio Ahead of Presidential Election

Daniel P. Tokaji, Election Law at Moritz, "It's election year in Ohio, likely to be pivotal in the presidential contest. Everyone expects a close race. Yet there's great concern about whether the state's election infrastructure can hold up to the pressure that will be upon it. Of special concern is the voting equipment to be used, particularly in the state's largest and most diverse county."

Lawmakers Grill Officials Over Veterans' Mental Health Care

Agence France-Presse: "US senators on Wednesday grilled Veterans Affairs Administration (VA) officials over an email that urged staff to make fewer diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and branded troubled soldiers seeking help as 'compensation-seekers.'"

"Is It Just About Hillary?"

Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III writes for Truthout, "In the weeks leading up to the end of the Democratic primary process, it became clearer and clearer Senator Clinton would not be able to amass the committed or super delegates needed to secure her party's nomination. Even though she was mathematically unable to secure her party's nomination, she was not willing to step aside, admit defeat and begin the healing process within the Democratic Party? She had plenty of time to prepare herself and her supporters for the inevitable. Contrary to her campaign slogan, she was not really working for 'you' the American people, she was working for Hillary."

Attention Geeks and Hackers

William J. Astore, for, writes, "Part of the Air Force's new 'above all' vision of full-spectrum dominance, America's emerging cyber force has control fantasies that would impress George Orwell. Working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Department of Homeland Security, and other governmental agencies, the Air Force's stated goal is to gain access to, and control over, any and all networked computers, anywhere on Earth, at a proposed cost to you, the American taxpayer, of $30 billion over the first five years."

Obama Confronts Lieberman on McCain Advocacy

Jake Tapper reports for ABC News, "Senator Joe Lieberman, the self-described 'Independent Democrat' who caucuses with the Democratic party in the Senate even though he has endorsed Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), got some tough talk from Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) yesterday about his advocacy for the presumptive Republican presidential candidate and the general tone of the campaign, Democratic sources tell ABC News."

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