Montag, 9. Juni 2008

The high cost of attacking Iran

Informant: sasha

Insonnia, forse la colpa è del cellulare

Politics and Hunger

The New York Times writes, "One might expect that food riots in Egypt and Haiti would convince the world's wealthy nations of the need to do more to feed the world's poorest. If not, maybe the threat of 100 million more people falling into poverty due to soaring food prices would spur them to help. Yet at last week's United Nations food summit, the world's more-developed nations proved, once again, that domestic politics trumps both humanitarian concerns and sound strategic calculations."

Globale Intervention: 1,34 Billionen Dollar für Rüstung

Die Rüstungsausgaben sind im vergangenen Jahr weltweit erneut gestiegen. Insgesamt beliefen sich die Ausgaben 2007 für Rüstungsprojekte auf rund 1,34 Billionen Dollar, teilte das Stockholmer Friedensforschungsinstitut SIPRI am Montag (9. Juni) mit. Dies sei gegenüber dem Vorjahr eine Steigerung von sechs Prozent. Auf der Rangliste der Staaten mit den höchsten Rüstungsausgaben liegt Deutschland den Angaben nach mit 36,9 Milliarden Dollar auf Platz sechs. Die USA führen die Liste mit 547 Milliarden Dollar - fast die Hälfte aller Ausgaben - an.üstung

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The Iran Trap


The war in Iraq is pure murder

by Chris Hedges


Troops, when they battle insurgent forces, as in Iraq, or Gaza or Vietnam, are placed in ‘atrocity producing situations.’ Being surrounded by a hostile population makes simple acts, such as going to a store to buy a can of Coke, dangerous. The fear and stress push troops to view everyone around them as the enemy. The hostility is compounded when the enemy, as in Iraq, is elusive, shadowy and hard to find. The rage soldiers feel after a roadside bomb explodes, killing or maiming their comrades, is one that is easily directed, over time, to innocent civilians who are seen to support the insurgents...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Lawmakers Urge Special Counsel Probe of Harsh Interrogation Tactics

Stop the execution of Mohammad Feda'i and Saeed Jazee

Rural US Takes Worst Hit as Gas Tops $4 Average

Clifford Krauss, of The New York Times: "Gasoline prices reached a national average of $4 a gallon for the first time over the weekend, adding more strain to motorists across the country. But the pain is not being felt uniformly. Across broad swaths of the South, Southwest and the upper Great Plains, the combination of low incomes, high gas prices and heavy dependence on pickup trucks and vans is putting an even tighter squeeze on family budgets."

Guantanamo Interrogators Told to Trash Notes

Michael Melia, of The Associated Press: "The Pentagon urged interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to destroy handwritten notes in case they were called to testify about potentially harsh treatment of detainees, a military defense lawyer said Sunday. The lawyer for Toronto-born Omar Khadr, Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, said the instructions were included in an operations manual shown to him by prosecutors and suggest the US deliberately thwarted evidence that could help terror suspects defend themselves at trial."

Making the World Safe For Gluttonous Oil Profits

Wetterkatastrophen und Klimawandel: Wie lange sind die Schäden noch bezahl- und versicherbar?

The Political Cartel of Republicrats and Democrats

by Phillip Collins

With the presidential elections steadily approaching, a question is being asked with increasing frequency: Who are you voting for? Personally, this questions aggravates me. Why? Because it is framed within a distinctly Hegelian framework. This framework consists of the confining dialectics of left vs. right, liberal vs. conservative, and, of course, Democrat vs. Republican. The latter of these dialectics is, for me, the most frustrating. Why? Because there’s no real difference between Republicans and Democrats........

Housing bubble and bust

Liberty Unbound
by Edmund Contoski

The popular definition of ‘inflation’ is a general increase in the level of prices. But what causes the price level to rise? It is an increase in the money supply without a corresponding increase in goods and services; there is more money with which to bid up the prices of available goods and services. Inflation used to mean an increase in the money supply without an increase in physical assets, namely gold or silver. Higher prices are the result. Replacing the traditional meaning of inflation with the popular one, which refers to the effect rather than the cause, has obscured the fact that government is the cause since it controls the money supply. ‘Inflation,’ writes economist Kelley L. Ross, ‘does not occur because of a ‘wage-price spiral,’ an ‘overheated’ economy, excessive economic growth, or through any other natural mechanism of the market. A government debasing the currency would not have fooled anyone a century ago. Now, through deception, a government can try to blame inflation on anything but its own irresponsible actions’... (for publication 07/08)

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The tipping point for media reform

Common Dreams
by Megan Tady


There are moments in every decade when monumental struggles for social change finally tip in favor of the public interest. We’ve seen the relief of a 40-hour work week, the long-awaited arrival of women’s right to vote, and the even longer fight to end segregation. This decade — now — we’re facing another tipping point. Our fight is to reform our broken media system, and to stop heavy-handed corporate control of what Americans read, watch and hear.Ensuring that our press act as watchdogs for the American people is at the heart of a thriving democracy...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Identity cards “could be used to spy on people”

Telegraph [UK]


Britain is in danger of becoming a ’surveillance society’ and new safeguards are needed to protect people’s privacy, an influential committee of MPs has warned. Fears are growing that the compulsory ID card scheme may be used to carry out surveillance on people and that a new children’s database may be used to identify likely future criminals. The Home Affairs Select Committee is calling on ministers to introduce new safeguards to minimise the amount of information collected and stored on Britain’s citizens following a series of data scandals...

UK commissioners: Society “demonising” children

BBC News [UK]


British children are being ‘demonised’ by a society that is locking too many of them up, according to watchdogs. The joint report by children’s commissioners for all parts of the UK said attitudes towards youngsters were hardening across the country. The experts said crime committed by children had fallen between 2002 and 2006, but the numbers criminalised had gone up by just over a quarter...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Post-mortem of Hillary Clinton's 'inept bid for the presidency'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Bush Pardons Himself Against War Crimes


Iraq War: Senate Intel Report Phase II - War Crimes

Notes from an anti Ron Paul convention in Minnesota

On inflation and war

Biodiversität predigen, Waldrodung fördern

Agrodiesel in Deutschland enthält Soja- und Palmöl.ätöl

Cell towers a health risk at Lodi schools?

Trustee raising concerns over deal

By Keith Reid

Record Staff Writer
June 08, 2008 6:00 AM

LODI - Lodi Unified Trustee Bonnie Cassel is speaking out against contract agreements reached between the district and two wireless telephone companies to install cell phone towers on high school campuses.

Cassel, who was the lone dissenter in a 6-1 vote to approve the contracts in February, says the district should think twice about allowing companies to install cell phone towers that emit radiofrequency radiation, because she believes they could cause long-term health effects.


Informant: Martin Weatherall

Volle Zustimmung für eine Veränderungssperre



...Volle Zustimmung gab es für eine so genannte Veränderungssperre, die eine vom Stadtrat im Herbst beschlossene Zurückstellung des Bauantrages für einen Richtfunkmast auf der Laubenheimer Höhe sichert. Hintergrund ist, dass eines Mobilfunkbetreiber beabsichtigt, auf der Höhe einen Funkmast zu errichten, da der bisherige Standort im Berliner Viertel längerfristig nicht mehr zur Verfügung steht. "Wir wollen verhindern, dass ein weiterer Funkmast errichtet wird", erklärte Ortsvorsteher Bernd Sack (CDU). ...

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