Dienstag, 8. Juli 2008

Tell Congress to Resist Calls for Drilling



Seven Years Left to Reverse the CO2 Emissions Curve

"We Have Seven Years Left to Reverse the CO2 Emissions Curve"

Rajendra Pachauri, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change president and Nobel Laureate, says in an interview with Le Monde's Laurence Caramel and Stephane Foucart that humanity has only seven years to reverse the present greenhouse gas emissions trend before we cross a threshold of "serious danger."



Home Prices Fall in 23 of 25 U.S. Metropolitan Areas

The Sacramento, California, region saw the biggest drop, with prices falling 31.7 percent from April 2007. Sacramento was followed by the Las Vegas area (29.9 percent), San Diego (28.1 percent), Phoenix (25.5 percent) and Los Angeles (23.4 percent), Radar Logic said.


Long-term unemployment in the US climbs 37 percent in one year

The number of people out of work for more than six months has shot up by 37 percent since June of 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


U.S. businesses file for bankruptcy at a faster rate

Bankruptcy filings in the U.S. during the month rose 33 percent from a year earlier and may surpass 1 million in a year for the first time since bankruptcy laws were tightened in October 2005.


Pension plans suffer huge losses

Report says weak markets, credit crunch have drained $280 billion from plans of largest U.S. companies.


From Information Clearing House


Iran says it will hit Tel Aviv if attacked

Iran will hit Tel Aviv, U.S. shipping in the Gulf and American interests around the world if it is attacked over its disputed nuclear activities, an aide to Iran's Supreme Leader was quoted as saying on Tuesday.


From Information Clearing House


Iraqi torture victims slam UK 'contempt'

The eight Iraqis arrived in London yesterday for this week's long-awaited mediation into how much compensation the government is willing to pay to civilians who were tortured while held in British custody.


From Information Clearing House


The New Geography of Trade: North America Doesn't Exist

By Laura Carlsen

Fourteen years after implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a majority of the population in all three countries believes the agreement has had a net negative effect on their nation and it turns out that the North American Free Trade Agreement is a misnomer in every one of its terms-it wasn't an agreement, it isn't free trade, and North America doesn't exist. So now what?



ACLU Urges Senators to Oppose Unconstitutional Surveillance Bill



Trawlermen Cling on as Oceans Empty of Fish And the Ecosystem Is Gasping



HR 362 and the Alarming Escalation of Hostility Towards Iran



Cheney Reportedly Wanted Cuts In Climate Testimony



Cheney Aides Altered Congressional Testimony

Juliet Eilperin reports for The Washington Post: "Members of Vice President Dick Cheney's staff censored Congressional testimony by a top federal official on the health threats posed by global warming, a former Environmental Protection Agency official said today."



Cheney’s staff censored EPA testimony

Boston Globe


Members of Vice President Dick Cheney’s staff censored congressional testimony by a top federal official on the health threats posed by global warming, a former official of the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday. In a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, Jason Burnett, former EPA deputy associate administrator, said an official from Cheney’s office ordered that six pages be edited out of the testimony last October of Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


G8 Leaders' Climate Proposals 'Toothless'


A Women's Declaration to the G8: Support Real Solutions to the Global Food Crisis

G8 Accused of 'Failing the World' on Carbon Cuts

Ignoring the Climate Change Alarm

Extraordinary Force Used to Silence Protesters Critical of G8 and United States Policies

'Planet Burns While G8 Fiddles'

G8 to Poor Women: Let Them Eat Dirt


A Summit That's Hard to Swallow

James Chapman, of The Daily Mail: "Just two days ago, Gordon Brown was urging us all to stop wasting food and combat rising prices and a global shortage of provisions. But yesterday the Prime Minister and other world leaders sat down to an 18-course gastronomic extravaganza at a G8 summit in Japan, which is focusing on the food crisis. The dinner, and a six-course lunch, at the summit of leading industrialised nations on the island of Hokkaido, included delicacies such as caviar, milkfed lamb, sea urchin and tuna, with champagne and wines flown in from Europe and the US."


A Worthless Gust of Hot Air

The Independent UK: "The leaders of the world's eight largest economies committed themselves to 'avoiding the most serious consequences of climate change'. They also set themselves a goal of halving global emissions by the middle of the century. It is hard to fault the target. But how is it going to be achieved? There is no detail in the communique; no medium-term targets; no commitment to agreeing a legally binding successor to the Kyoto protocol at Copenhagen next year. There is not even agreement on the date from which CO2 cuts will be measured. By far the biggest problem, though, is the lack of detail on the method. These leaders can set all the long-term goals they like, but without realistic means of achieving them, any document they produce will simply be a gust of hot air."


The Anti-Climate Summit

Foreign Policy in Focus columnist Walden Bello writes: "The G8 position is a giant step backward. It may have effectively undermined the prospects for an effective global climate strategy for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol that is expected to be finalized at the crucial UN meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009."



The G8 Misdirection Corporate media seeking to hide Bilderberg plans behind G8 screen


Not Fooled by the Media


Informant: Dorothee Krien


Taking Aim at the Next Karl Rove

Alexander Bolton reports for The Hill: "Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who has primary jurisdiction over the executive branch, is considering legislation to eliminate Karl Rove-type advisers in future administrations. The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hints broadly that such a bill could ban the use of federal funds to finance such a politically partisan office."



Lieberman wants stronger action against Iran

Sen. Joseph Lieberman says Arab nations, not just Israel, want US to stop Iran's nuke program.



Brave New Films: 43,000-name Petition to Expel Lieberman From the Senate Democratic Caucus to be Delivered by BNF and Netroots Activists



Why does US need military bases around the world?

Aijaz Ahmad: What would a rational American foreign policy look like?


Request for legal representation re close EMF exposures


Plans for mast do not need approval

Banners put up in protest over plans for a mast. Controversial plans for a mast to be built in a Shropshire village do not need prior permission and are able to go ahead - despite a wave of objections from residents.


Längere Laufzeiten bringen Extraprofit

8. Juli 2008

Zur anhaltenden Debatte um längere Laufzeiten für Atomkraftwerke erklärt der Bundesgeschäftsführer Dietmar Bartsch:

Längere Laufzeiten für Atomkraftwerke bringen weder Sicherheit in der Energieversorgung noch günstigere Preise für die Verbraucher. Längere Laufzeiten bedeuten Extraprofite für die Energiekonzerne und eine weitere Belastung der künftigen Generation mit radioaktiven Abfällen. Die Endlagerung ist nicht geklärt, weder in Gorleben noch anderswo. Darüber hinaus tragen sie nicht relevant zur notwendigen Verringerung des Kohlendioxid-Ausstoßes bei. Die Brennelemente durchlaufen unzählige Produktionsschritte, bei denen erhebliche Mengen an Klimagasen anfallen. Bei der Forderung um längere Laufzeiten oder gar den Bau neuer Atomkraftwerke handelt es sich um den durchsichtigen Versuch, die aktuelle Preisdebatte für eine langfristige Verankerung des Irrweges immer neuer fossiler Großkraftwerke zu nutzen. Von Uranimporten ist Deutschland ebenso abhängig wie von Öl- und Gasimporten. Im Überfluss sind die Uranvorkommen auch nicht vorhanden. Nach dem "Ölschock" könnte der "Uranschock" kommen, vor allem aber bergen AKWs ein tausendfach größeres Gefahrenpotential. DIE LINKE lehnt die permanent von Unionspolitikern geforderte Verlängerung der Laufzeiten von Atomkraftwerken ab. Nach dem vereinbarten Atomkonsens wird das letzte deutsche Atomkraftwerk erst 2021 abgeschaltet. Eine Verlängerung der Laufzeiten wäre ein Weg zurück in die Vergangenheit. Bleibt abzuwarten, ob die SPD dem Druck des Koalitionspartners stand hält oder wie gewöhnlich einknickt. DIE LINKE will neben der gebotenen Verbrauchsreduzierung an dem Erfolg versprechenden Kurswechsel hin zu erneuerbaren Energien festhalten. Werden diese genauso gefördert wie über 40 Jahre lang die AKWs, besteht für die Energieversorgung kaum Gefahr. Schon heute zeigt sich, dass "Ökostrom" mit dem zunehmenden Ausbau billiger wird. Dieser Prozess wird sich mit dem weiteren Ausbau und der Effizienzsteigerung fortsetzen. Darüber hinaus handelt es sich bei erneuerbaren Energien um eine dezentrale Technologie, die in jeder Kommune in Eigenverantwortung genutzt werden kann - ein Dorn im Auge der Macht der großen Energiekonzerne. Niedrigere Energiepreise sind durch längere Laufzeiten der Atomkraftwerke nicht zu erwarten, weil sich der Strompreis an der Leipziger Börse am Preis der teuersten Stromproduktion orientiert. Die Großkonzernen haben bislang nichts von ihren Extragewinnen aus den längst abgeschriebenen Kernkraftwerken an die Verbraucher weitergeben, warum sollten sie das künftig tun?



Das Comeback der Protest-Veteranen



Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déjà Vu



Personal freedoms and the Internet

The Free Liberal
by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)


The most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren’t infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Congress Studies How People Track Your Online Use

Joelle Tessler, of The Associated Press: "Executives from major Internet players - Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. - are due for a grilling about online privacy in a Senate committee Wednesday, but the company likely to get the most scrutiny is a small Silicon Valley startup called NebuAd Inc. NebuAd has drawn fierce criticism from privacy advocates in recent weeks for working with Internet service providers to track the online behavior of their customers and then serve up targeted banner ads based on that behavior. According to Ari Schwartz, vice president of the Center for Democracy & Technology, a civil liberties group, NebuAd's business model raises many of the same concerns as an earlier generation of 'adware' companies."



Schulpolizei für das Lumpenproletariat


Bush, crusader for honest elections



Will Foreclosures Affect Voting Rolls?

According to The Associated Press, "Election officials worry that Ohio's home foreclosure problem will pose a problem this November for voters still registered at their former address, a newspaper reported Sunday."



The Iraqi Oil Ministry's New Fave Five

Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com, writes: "According to recent reports, the proposed Iraqi service contracts, which may be paid off in cash or crude oil, will be worth $500 million each. That is roughly what the Pentagon paid out on June 18 alone - the day before the Times broke its story about Big Oil's return to Iraq - for natural gas and aviation fuel. Over half the total amount, in excess of $268 million, was handed over to one of the oil giants set to benefit from the Iraq deal: BP (formerly British Petroleum). Only days earlier, two of the other majors from the coterie of potential no-bid contractors, ExxonMobil and Chevron, nabbed contracts from the DoD - in ExxonMobil's...


Iraq's Complicated Oil Fields

Spencer Ackerman, of The Washington Independent: "In mid-June, Iraq's oil minister, Husain Shahristani, announced that he would grant no-bid development contracts for Iraq's oil fields to Western oil giants. Exxon, Shell, BP and Total stood to earn billions off the deals, since Iraq possesses nearly as much potential oil reserve -- and perhaps even more -- as Saudi Arabia, the nation with the world's most oil. Within days, The New York Times reported that a team of US State Department advisers urged Shahristani and other ministry officials to grant the contracts to the oil barons."



Financial market losses could top 1,600 billion dollars

Bridgewater, one of the world's biggest hedge funds, based its calculations on the state of risky debt-based US assets, such as mortgages, credit and credit card demands.


Retail Property, Vacancies Q2 Worst in 30 Years

U.S. store closings and cutbacks turned the second quarter into the worst for strip mall owners in 30 years, as budget-conscious consumers flocked to low-cost warehouse-style grocery centers, according to a report by real estate research firm Reis.


From Information Clearing House


British MPs accuse Washington of lying over rendition flights

They described false assurances given by the US about its use of Diego Garcia for the controversial flights as "deplorable".


From Information Clearing House


Medvedev warns US on missile shield: Sergei Prikhodko

Medvedev's aide, said that the Russian president had warned Bush that a possible deployment of the system in Lithuania instead of Poland "would be absolutely unacceptable for the Russian federation".


From Information Clearing House


Officials say Israel could not attack Iran without US support

Israeli defense officials have told local media they are concerned that Israel is being used as a pawn by rival factions in the White House.


Britain must act to prevent an attack on Iran

All the evidence suggests that an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites would be a disaster for the greater Middle East, for the world economy and for western security. It would not even benefit Israel, which is adequately protected by its own nuclear deterrent.


Living forever by bombardment

Every time some Middle Eastern country tries to obtain nuclear weapons, Israel will bomb it. Bomb - and bombard. Beyond the problematic assumption that we are allowed to do what others are not allowed, and what is secure in our hands is dangerous in the hands of others, this kind of conduct will lead to disaster.


Learning From Past Blunders

By Paul Barratt

The US in particular - has been highly selective in its outrage about nuclear proliferation. The force of the proposition that any proliferation whatsoever is unacceptable has been undermined by an attitude that who was proliferating mattered more than the proliferation itself.


If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It!

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Mr. Bush is following in Reagan's footsteps. With Israeli military maneuvers threatening war and provoking Iran without any protest from the international community, Mr. Bush has ordered a naval buildup in the Persian Gulf for 'protecting' the safe flow of oil. No doubt, the U.S. navy will be hard at work provoking Iran and the tension caused will enable the U.S. to demand more 'protection money' from the Arab states.


From Information Clearing House


A Regional War that Is Spreading to Pakistan

Author Ahmed Rashid talks to SPIEGEL about the double crisis in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Taliban is gaining strength in northwestern Pakistan and is exploiting weaknesses in Islamabad and Kabul.


From Information Clearing House


They Are Slaughtering Somalis Like Goats

By Mike Whitney

While George Bush was busy railing at Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe at the G-8 summit in Toyako, Japan, his Ethiopian proxy-army in Somalia was grinding out more carnage on the streets of Mogadishu.


Eritrea: President Accuses U.S. of 'Genocide' in Somalia

The Eritrean president, Isayas Afewerki, has said the current economic, political and security crises being witnessed in the world are the consequences of the "vulgar adventurism" of the US Administration.


"Nobody Is Watching "

America's Hidden War in Somalia

By Paul Salopek

It is a standoff war in which the Pentagon lobs million-dollar cruise missiles into a famine-haunted African wasteland the size of Texas, hoping to kill lone terror suspects who might be dozing in candlelit huts.


From Information Clearing House


Al-Maliki Wants US Pullout Timetable

By Robert Dreyfuss

The long-running showdown over the proposed US-Iraq treaty, aimed at legitimizing the American occupation of Iraq, is coming to a head, and it doesn't look good for the United States.


Breaking Iraq and Blaming Iran

British Black Ops and the Terror Campaign in Basra

By Andrew G. Marshall

Understanding the anatomy of the conflict that has raged in Basra since 2003 is a pivotal study in understanding the wider "War on Terror." The British, for nearly a century maintaining a destabilizing presence in the region, notably in Basra, have not given up their Empire's long-standing tradition of "Divide and Conquer."


Iraq demands troop withdrawal timetable in U.S. defence pact talks

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday he is negotiating a deal with Washington that will for the first time set a timetable for a withdrawal of foreign forces as part of a framework for a U.S. troop presence into next year.


Iraqis Consider Alternative Deal For U.S. Presence

An adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, says the move was made because of public and political opposition in Iraq to a status of forces agreement.


Cold Shoulders

by Kathy Kelly

Umm Hamdi doesn't want her son to pick up a gun or lay an explosive device, for Iraq or for anyone. She would rather see him pick up a book. She cries herself to sleep at night wishing she could just see him. But she can't bring her daughters back to the maelstrom of violence her native country has become with the U.S. invasion.


Nouri al-Maliki ready to oust US from Iraq green zone

"By the end of the year, there will be no green zone," he added. "The separation by huge walls makes people feel angry." Dabbagh acknowledged that getting rid of the green zone would be a huge undertaking, given the thousands of American soldiers, private contractors and foreign workers who live inside.


From Information Clearing House


Iraq Insists On Withdrawal Timetable For US Troops


Iraq official: US could be out by 2011



A deadline should be set for the withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces from Iraq, and the pullout could be done by 2011, an Iraqi government spokesman said Tuesday. Ali al-Dabbagh said any timetable would depend on ‘conditions and the circumstances that the country would be undergoing.’ But he said a pullout within ‘three, four or five’ years was possible...


The shift
Is the tide turning against the War Party?

by Justin Raimondo


The tectonic plates of the geopolitical landscape are shifting, visibly, as the consequences of our crazed foreign policy are being felt at home and abroad. That alarming crunching sound you hear is the impact of the sudden realization that, in Iraq, the government our troops are fighting and dying for is openly demanding that we leave. As I’ve written on previous occasions, this has been a long time coming, but now, alas, the moment has finally arrived: the ‘liberated’ peoples of Iraq, under the tutelage of their elected leadership, are now telling us that it’s time to say good-bye...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


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