Donnerstag, 19. Juni 2008

Arrests for War Resistance Increase Again

Truthout's Bill Quigley writes: "There have been over 15,000 arrests for resistance to war since 2002. There were large numbers right after the runup to and invasion of Iraq. Recently, arrests have begun climbing again. Though arrests are a small part of antiwar organizing, their rise is an indicator of increasing resistance."

Cynthia McKinney urges mass mobilization for Bush impeachment

A Government of Law, Not Fear

Cheney Linked to Torture; Feith Refuses to Testify

Cancer fears over mobile phone mast

By Nick Britten

Last Updated: 9:03PM BST 19/06/2008

A community has called for a mobile phone mast to be torn down after it emerged that 34 people living near it have caught cancer.

Worried residents fear the mast is emitting fatal doses of radiation after 14 people died and 20 other contracted the disease.

The mast was erected in a council-owned field in 1995, attached to a disused water tower, and locals said they have suffered a spate of health problems since 2001 when more antennae and dishes were added.

Wendy Baggott, 52, who lives 200 metres from the mast and leads a protest group, said her husband had contracted skin cancer twice. She said four people on her road alone have died from the disease.


McCain Defends 'Enron Loophole'

Informant: bugs

War Party leaders reach deal on war funding bill



House Democratic and Republican leaders have reached a deal on a war funding bill that will fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan into early 2009, several congressional sources said Tuesday. The bill includes $165 billion to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through the rest of this year and into early 2009, without any restrictions on the money...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Congressman Obey, Along With Other So-Called Anti-War Democrats, Funds War He Says He's Against


Congress Funds Another Year of War

Maya Schenwar, of Truthout: "In a step that sealed the fate of Iraq war funding until next June, the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve $162 billion for the occupation, with no strings attached. The vote follows a series of compromises and revisions over the past two months, ultimately resulting in major concessions from Democrats. The first House vote on war funding, taken last month, failed due to the combined influence of antiwar Democrats and conservative Republicans: a sizable number of hard-liners refused to fund the war with a bill that contained any inkling of 'conditions' placed on the funds."

Frieden durch Stärke? Die nukleare Abschreckung der USA

Ein gefährliches Ungleichgewicht

U.S. Torture of Detainees Caused Severe Pain, Long-Term Suffering

US spy base to be built in Western Australia

Australian defence support for United States military operations in the Middle East will be boosted by construction of a new top-secret US military communications base in Western Australia.

Spain and SA 'backed coup plot'

Spain and South Africa both "gave the green light" for a failed coup in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, a British mercenary has told a court in Malabo.

U.S. Torture of Detainees Caused Severe Pain, Long-Term Suffering

A team of doctors and psychologists convened by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) to conduct intensive clinical evaluations of 11 former detainees held in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay has found that these men suffered torture and ill-treatment by U.S. personnel, which resulted in severe pain and long-term disability. The men were ultimately released from U.S. custody without charge or explanation.

Guantanamo detainees were tortured, medical exams show

Medical examinations of suspected militants formerly held by the U.S. military at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba showed evidence of torture and other abuse that resulted in serious injuries and mental disorders, according to a human rights group.

Documents confirm U.S. hid detainees from Red Cross

The U.S. military hid the locations of suspected terrorist detainees and concealed harsh treatment to avoid the scrutiny of the International Committee of the Red Cross, according to documents that a Senate committee released Tuesday.

CIA Gave Torture Tips to Pentagon

Documents released by a Senate committee investigating the Pentagon's torture-based interrogation methods reveal that CIA advisers had a larger role in shaping the program than previously thought.

Waterboarding, slapping, sensory deprivation: all on US tactics list

It also emerged at the hearing that US officials "hid" Guantanamo prisoners who had been harshly interrogated from the international committee of the Red Cross, the body empowered to monitor compliance with Geneva Convention rules on treatment of military prisoners.

From Information Clearing House


The semantics of Bush’s torture policy

Consortium News
by Jason Leopold


The Bush administration built a legal framework — relying on semantics and secrecy — to subject detainees at Guantanamo Bay to brutal interrogation techniques and then to hide the reality from human rights observers, according to internal government documents...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


US POWs during the Korean War

RBS issues global stock and credit crash alert

The Royal Bank of Scotland has advised clients to brace for a full-fledged crash in global stock and credit markets over the next three months as inflation paralyses the major central banks.

From Information Clearing House

The United States and the European Union have granted unlimited powers to secret services and police

The Incredible Story of Youssef Nada

By Silvia Cattori

Under the cover of the " war against terror ", the United States and the European Union have granted unlimited powers to secret services and police. Emergency measures which were introduced on a provisional basis in 2001, outside any judiciary control, have become permanent. Since September 2001, at least 80,000 people, mainly Muslim, would have been kidnapped, kept in secret prisons, and tortured by CIA and FBI agents.

No Regrets: "I Freed Millions From Barbarism, Says Bush"

By Ned Temko

Bush defends his legacy, issues a stern warning to Iran ... and reveals his plans for a freedom institute devoted to 'universal values'.

The tragic legacy of a disastrous president

Perhaps Mr Bush's most significant legacy, as far as Britain is concerned, will be the destruction of the instinctive trust of America and its leaders that once prevailed here. It is no exaggeration to say that Mr Bush has done more damage to relations between our two nations than any president in living memory.

Torture Began At The Top

By Tim Rutten

Apart from understanding how and why the Bush/Cheney administration tricked the American people into going to war in Iraq, no question is more urgent than how the White House forced the adoption of torture as state policy of the United States.

Kucinich on Impeachment

By Dennis Bernstein

We've lost our country to deception, to fear. We need to regain our country. We need to regain America's moral standing, not only before the eyes of our own people, but before the eyes of the world. We need a program which will lead us to truth and reconciliation. Impeachment was put in the Constitution for the sake of protecting the democracy.

Law School to Plan Bush War Crimes Prosecution

By Massachusetts School Of Law

"This is not intended to be a mere discussion of violations of law that have occurred," said convener Lawrence Velvel, dean and cofounder of the school. "It is, rather, intended to be a planning conference at which plans will be laid and necessary organizational structures set up, to pursue the guilty as long as necessary and, if need be, to the ends of the Earth."

From Information Clearing House


The elephant in the room

by Dave Lindorff


The unwillingness of the nation’s news media to seriously consider the need for Congress to respond to and challenge the president’s clear abuses of power — even as they themselves condemn of those abuses of power — is a blot on the journalistic profession perhaps worse, and of more lasting consequence, than their failure to act as watchdogs and critics during the run-up to the Iraq War, when they acted more as patriotic cheerleaders than as news organizations. As impeachment advocates, including Rep. Kucinich, have pointed out, unless this president and vice president are impeached by the current Congress, any — and probably every — future president will feel empowered by unchallenged precedent to ignore laws passed by the Congress, to go to war without Congressional approval, to spy on Americans in violation of the law, to ignore court orders, to abrogate international treaties, and to lie to Congress and the American people. Unless Congress asserts its rights under Article I, it will no longer even be a co-equal branch of government, but instead will have been reduced to nothing more than a debating society...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Solar powered electric car: Not a dream, it works

The oil supermajors are moving into Iraq

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Claiming the Spoils: Big Oil Returns to Iraq


Big Oil Firms Ready to Sign Agreements With Iraq

Ernesto Londono and Simone Baribeau, of The Washington Post: "Iraq is preparing to award contracts to several Western energy companies to help develop its vast oil resources, allowing them to consolidate their positions in a country that has seemed less threatening in recent months as security has improved. The two-year, no-bid contracts will be awarded to companies that have been advising the Iraqi Oil Ministry in recent years, said Asim Jihad, a spokesman for the ministry. He said officials expect that U.S.-based Exxon Mobil and Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, France's Total and British oil company BP will secure the biggest contracts."

Gesetz zur Neuausrichtung der arbeitsmarktpolitischen Instrumente

Weitreichende „schlimme“ Änderungen im SGB II (Hartz IV) und SGB III geplant

„Es liegt ein neuer Referenten-Entwurf für ein „Gesetz zur Neuausrichtung der arbeitsmarktpolitischen Instrumente" im SGB II (Hartz IV) und SGB III vor. Er enthält viele und weit reichende Änderungen. Vor allem werden die Maßnahmen und Eingliederungshilfen grundlegend neu sortiert. Anders als der Titel vermuten lässt, gehen die Änderungen aber auch über die arbeitsmarktpolitischen Instrumente hinaus und betreffen beispielsweise die Sanktionsregelungen; besonders bei Hartz IV. Nach Informationen der Koordinierungsstelle gewerkschaftlicher Arbeitslosengruppen (KOS e. V.) soll noch vor der parlamentarischen Sommerpause ein „richtiger" Gesetzentwurf eingebracht werden und die Neuregelungen zum 1.1.2009 in Kraft treten…“ Meldung im erwerbslosenforum

Siehe dazu:

Referentenentwurf für ein "Gesetz zur Neuausrichtung der arbeitsmarktpolitischen Instrumente"

Der Referentenentwurf “Gesetz zur Neuausrichtung der arbeitsmarktpolitischen Instrumente“ liegt nun vor (pdf)

Dieser wird gravierende Änderungen bei der Arbeitsmarktförderung für den Personenkreis ALG I und natürlich auch ALG II nach sich ziehen. Insgesamt birgt er fast nur negative Änderungen für Erwerbslose, Rechtsansprüche werden in Vermittlungsbudgets ungewandelt, bei Bildungsmaßnahmen findet nun Vergaberecht Anwendung, eine Reihe neuer Sanktionen werden eingeführt, ABM für SGB II’er gestrichen, Verschärfung bei der Zumutbarkeit von Arbeit, Eingliederungsverwaltungsakt-Verstoß wird nun sanktionierbar, Wegfall der schriftlichen Belehrung bei Sanktionen nach § 31 Abs. 2 SGB II …


Harald Thome hat dankenswerterweise Synopsen und Zusammenfassungen erstellt:

Eine erste inhaltliche Zusammenfassung (pdf):

Synopse zum SGB II–Bereich (pdf):

Synopse zum SGB III-Bereich (pdf):

Synopse zu anderen SGB's (pdf):

Aus: LabourNet, 19. Juni 2008

Langzeitarbeitslose: Auf Dauer ohne Chance

„Kommunal- und Arbeitsmarktpolitiker streiten, wer künftig die 50 Milliarden Euro verwalten soll, die jährlich für die sieben Millionen Langzeitarbeitslosen ausgegeben werden. Jetzt ist erstmals durch Zahlen belegt, dass die Hilfebedürftigen kaum etwas von der enormen Summe haben. Im Durchschnitt konnten im ersten Halbjahr 2007 nur drei bis vier Prozent der Menschen, die auf Arbeitslosengeld II angewiesen sind, einen sozialversicherungspflichtigen Job ergattern. Das ergibt eine Studie, die die Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA) am heutigen Mittwoch vorlegen wird und die der Frankfurter Rundschau vorliegt…“ Artikel von Katharina Sperber in der FR vom 18.06.2008

Siehe dazu:

Systemvergleich in der Grundsicherung: Arbeitsgemeinschaften und Arbeitsagenturen schneiden gut ab

„Die Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA) stellt heute eine aktuelle Broschüre vor, in der eine zentrale Frage zur Arbeit der Grundsicherungssicherungsstellen beantwortet wird: In welchem Umfang gelingt es, Bezieher von Arbeitslosengeld II in Beschäftigung zu bringen?..“ Presse-BA-Info vom 18.06.2008

Übergänge aus Grundsicherung in Beschäftigung

Die Studie der BA (pdf)

"Ich bin unzufrieden". Frank-Jürgen Weise, Chef der Bundesagentur für Arbeit, über die Versuche, Langzeitarbeitslose in Jobs zu vermitteln.

Interview von Katharina Sperber in der FR vom 18.06.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 19. Juni 2008

Morden man coats home in foil to counter mast's effects

By Ben Thompson

Simon Densley, 37, is worried about radiation from the Love Lane mast

A Morden man who coated his house in aluminium foil to counter the effects of a phone mast is now petitioning the Prime Minister.


The local paper Wimbledon Guardian has done a story on Yasmin’s and my visit to Downing street two weeks ago. Please excuse the fact that the report says that I helped ‘establish’ mast sanity. I didn’t tell him that – honest!

It may attract some comments and require some counter comments and it might not be appropriate for me to do the commenting.


Great lots of replies needed please!

Secret US Air Force Team to Perfect Plan for Iran strike

By Sarah Baxter, Washington

It is led by Brigadier-General Lawrence "Stutz" Stutzriem, who is considered one of the brightest air force generals. He is assisted by Dr Lani Kass, a former Israeli military officer and expert on cyberwarfare.

Legalizing Occupation: Bush's Last Manoeuvre in Iraq

By Ramzy Baroud

Co-opting the UN has helped secure temporary legitimacy to the occupation. The international body, once rendered irrelevant, became a major hub for American diplomacy seeking to legitimise its occupation in a country that refuses to concede. Even willing Iraqi leaders, perfectly rehearsed elections and mass suppressions have failed to bring the desired stability and validation.

How to Train Death Squads and Quash Revolutions from San Salvador to Iraq

Leaked U.S. Military Manual


Its contents are both history defining for Latin America and, given the continued role of US Special Forces in the suppression of insurgencies, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, history making.

Santé: les EHS s'expriment

- RTL 9 TV : "Santé: les EHS s'expriment" (vidéo reportage HD)

Are you annoyed at the old style, cheap light bulb is being phased out?

Mercury in "Green" light bulbs: Use full spectrum bulbs instead

Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture

If people actually wanted change, they could have picked Ron Paul

Phone mast will go ahead

18 June 2008

A TELEPHONE mast is to be erected despite being refused planning permission by a council.

Bexley council's decision to block a 12-metre high Orange mobile telephone mast opposite 103 Woolwich Road, Belvedere, was overruled in an appeal last Tuesday.


There Will Necessarily Be a Break

Le Nouvel Observateur's European service Chief Jean-Gabriel Fredet talks about likely changes in US foreign policy following the Bush presidency, "which moreover, is certainly one of the worst in the entire history of the United States."

Bush v. the Bill of Rights

The New York Times: "In the waning months of his tenure, President Bush and his allies are once again trying to scare Congress into expanding the president's powers to spy on Americans without a court order."


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