Freitag, 18. Juli 2008

The Costs of War: The Parents' Agony

Ann Wright writes for Truthout: "Every day for a parent of a person in the United States military is a long day, filled with concern for their daughter or son. Parents of nine US Army soldiers were notified of the deaths of their family members in Afghanistan this week. July 16 and 17, 2008, have been extraordinarily long days for another group of parents."

Ex-Verfassungsrichter kritisiert Regierung wegen Online-Durchsuchung

Die Bundesregierung muss nach Ansicht des ehemaligen Bundesverfassungsrichters Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem ihre Erkenntnisse zur Effektivität neuer Überwachungsmaßnahmen stärker offen legen. "Es fällt auf, wie wenig belastbare Aussagen es über die Erfolge des Einsatzes neuer Überwachungsmittel gibt", sagte Hoffmann-Riem am Freitag (18. Juli) in Karlsruhe. Bei neuen Überwachungsinstrumenten wäre es hilfreich, wenn die Verantwortlichen dem Bundesverfassungsgericht zur Prüfung der Erforderlichkeit und Angemessenheit der Maßnahmen "belastbare Befunde zugänglich machten und nicht 'mauerten'", sagte er.Überwachung

EU-wide ID card scheme could use mobile phones

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Summers Hotter as Climate Changes

David A. Fahrenthold and Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post: "Climate change will have a 'substantial' impact on human health in the coming decades, making wildfires and hurricanes more likely, cooking up more smog, and making summer heat waves longer, hotter and deadlier, according to a new report today from the Environmental Protection Agency. The report details how rising temperatures could slowly but significantly shift the rhythms of nature that Americans are used to - with disruptive, sometimes even deadly, consequences. In the West, it found, changing weather patterns could thin the snowpacks that feed rivers, with repercussions for both hydroelectric dams and water supplies."

As Economy Sours and Oil Rises, Washington Postures

David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers: "During a week of economic turmoil and wildly fluctuating energy prices, Washington lawmakers did little to calm consumers, opting instead to spent a lot of time trying to land political punches. Republicans kept talking about the importance of allowing drilling off US coastlines. Democrats countered with how releasing some oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve might help drive down oil prices."

Rachel's News #968

The Pentagon and the Hunt for Black Gold

Obama, McCain Allergic to New Iraq Reality

Stigmatizing War

Ashcroft Defends Waterboarding In Front of House Judiciary Committee

ACLU Seeks Answers on Torture from Former Attorney General Ashcroft


'Justifying' Torture: Two Big Lies

Informant: Dorothee Krien

U.S. Perpetuates Mass Killings In Iraq

By Peter Phillips

The United States is directly responsible for over one million Iraqi deaths since the invasion five and half years ago. In a January 2008 report, a British polling group Opinion Research Business (ORB) reports that, “survey work confirms our earlier estimate that over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the conflict which started in 2003…. We now estimate that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 is likely to have been of the order of 1,033,000. If one takes into account the margin of error associated with survey data of this nature then the estimated range is between 946,000 and 1,120,000”.

This report comes on the heels of two earlier studies conducted by Johns Hopkins University published in the Lancet medical journal that confirmed the continuing numbers of mass deaths in Iraq. A study done by Dr. Les Roberts from January 1, 2002 to March 18 2003 put the civilian deaths at that time at over 100,000. A second study published in the Lancet in October 2006 documented over 650,000 civilian deaths in Iraq since the start of the US invasion. The 2006 study confirms that US aerial bombing in civilian neighborhoods caused over a third of these deaths and that over half the deaths are directly attributable to US forces. The now estimated 1.2 million dead, as of July 2008, includes children, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, cab drivers, clerics, schoolteachers, factory workers, policemen, poets, healthcare workers, day care providers, construction workers, babysitters, musicians, bakers, restaurant workers and many more. All manner of ordinary people in Iraq have died because the United States decided to invade their country. These are deaths in excess of the normal civilian death rate under the prior government.

The magnitude of these deaths is undeniable. The continuing occupation by US forces guarantees a mass death rate in excess of 10,000 people per month with half that number dying at the hands of US forces— a carnage so severe and so concentrated at to equate it with the most heinous mass killings in world history. This act has not gone unnoticed.

Recently, Dennis Kucinich introduced a single impeachment article against George W. Bush for lying to Congress and the American people about the reasons for invading Iraq. On July 15 The House forwarded the resolution to the Judiciary Committee with a 238 to 180 vote. That Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction and Iraq’s threat to the US is now beyond doubt. Former US federal prosecutor Elizabeth De La Vega documents the lies most thoroughly in her book U.S. Vs Bush, and numerous other researchers have verified Bush’s untrue statements.

The American people are faced with a serious moral dilemma. Murder and war crimes have been conducted in our name. We have allowed the war/occupation to continue in Iraq and offered ourselves little choice within the top two presidential candidates for immediate cessation of the mass killings. McCain would undoubtedly accept the deaths of another million Iraqi civilians in order to save face for America, and Obama’s 18-month timetable for withdrawal would likely result in another 250,000 civilian deaths or more.

We owe our children and ourselves a future without the shame of mass murder on our collective conscience. The only resolution of this dilemma is the immediate withdrawal of all US troops in Iraq and the prosecution and imprisonment of those responsible. Anything less creates a permanent original sin on the soul of the nation for that we will forever suffer.

Peter Phillips is a Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University and director of Project Censored a media research group. He is the co-editor with Dennnis Loo of the book Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney.

Bedrohen die iranischen Raketen Europa?

Das Pentagon und die iranische Regierung ziehen plötzlich am selben Strang, natürlich aus entgegen gesetzten Propagandastrategien.

Urgent: Help Animals in EU Laboratories Today!

U.S. `Misery Index' Climbs to 15-Year High on Prices

The jump in consumer prices reported today by the Labor Department means the so-called Misery Index, the sum of the unemployment and inflation rates, is the highest since President Bill Clinton took office in January 1993.

From Information Clearing House


US unemployment highest in 20 years

Consumer prices rose 1.1 percent in June, highest one month rise in 26 years.

Energy crisis threatens U.S. survival, Gore says

"I don't remember a time in our country when so many things seemed to be going so wrong simultaneously," Gore said.

From Information Clearing House


Al Gore Lays Down Green Challenge to America

Zachary Coile for The San Francisco Chronicle: "Former Vice President Al Gore, seeking to shake up an energy debate that is focused mostly on drilling, challenged the United States to shift its entire electricity sector to carbon-free wind, solar and geothermal power within 10 years, and use that power to fuel a new fleet of electric vehicles."


Warming Is Major Threat To Humans, EPA Warns


Al Gore will 100 % Erneuerbare Energien in 10 Jahren

World's poorest increase despite growth

Recent rising food costs threaten to undercut what modest progress has been achieved, while three quarters of people living in least developed countries (LDCs) still survive on less than $2 a day, it said in a report.

From Information Clearing House

Gates warns of militarization of US foreign policy

"The Foreign Service is not the Foreign Legion, and the U.S. military should never be mistaken for a Peace Corps with guns," said Gates.

From Information Clearing House


Refugees International: Report Challenges Militarization of US Foreign Aid, Calls for US Africa Policy Reforms

Bring Omar Khadr Home

By John S. Hatch

About six years ago Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen then fifteen years old, was captured by American troops in Ayub Kheyl Afghanistan. After dropping five-hundred pound bombs on the house in which he and others were hiding, Khadr was shot three times in the back.

Who Cares about Omar Khadr?

By Debbie Menon

The case against him is insane. - He is a child soldier, which means he is a victim of war not a war criminal.

Status Report on the Collapse of the U.S. Economy

By Richard C. Cook

The financial system, including mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is bankrupt, as the debts it is based on cannot be repaid.


The Do-It-Yourself Economy

Ellen Goodman, "For every task shipped abroad by a corporation, isn't there another one sloughed off onto that domestic loser, the consumer? For every job that's going to a low-wage economy, isn't there another going into our very own no-wage economy?"

Memo to Obama, McCain: No One Wins in a War

By Howard Zinn

For someone like myself, who fought in World War II, and since then has protested against war, I must ask: Have our political leaders gone mad? Have they learned nothing from recent history? Have they not learned that no one "wins" in a war, but that hundreds of thousands of humans die, most of them civilians, many of them children?

McCain-As-War-Hero Myth

By Ted Rall

Israel Planing a September/October Surprise?

By Ray McGovern

Israel Will Attack Iran

By Steven D., Booman Tribune

Yes, you read my title correctly. Today's New York Times includes an op-ed piece by Benny Morris, a Professor of Middle Eastern history at Ben Gurion University. He claims Israel will most certainly attack Iran within the next 4 to 7 months, and if conventional weapons are unsuccessful to knock out Iran's nuclear program, than Israel will escalate to the use of nuclear weapons.

Iran's Air Force to test new armaments in large-scale war games

"The Air Force exercises, Protectors of Velayat Air, which will be held soon, will test the newest armaments developed by specialists of the country's defense ministry," Najar said.

Iran, N. Korea still part of "axis of evil": W.House

U.S. President George W. Bush in 2002 branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea part of an "axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world" -- and he believes two of them still are, the White House said on Monday.

From Information Clearing House

Al-Marri And The Power to Imprison U.S. Citizens Without Charges

By Glenn Greenwald

Of all the constitutionally threatening and extremist powers the Bush administration has asserted over the last seven years, the most radical -- and the most dangerous -- has been its claim that the President has the power to arrest U.S. citizens and legal residents inside the U.S., and imprison them indefinitely in a military prison, without charging them with any crime.


Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA): Can the President Detain Anyone Indefinitely?


Gitmo ‘Justice’ for US citizens?

Consortium News
by Robert Parry


A conservative-dominated U.S. Appeals Court has opened the door for President George W. Bush or a successor to throw American citizens – as well as non-citizens – into a legal black hole by designating them “enemy combatants,” even if they have engaged in no violent act and are living on U.S. soil.The federal Appeals Court in Richmond, Virginia, ruled 5-4 on July 15 that Bush had the right, while prosecuting the “war on terror,” to hold Qatari citizen (and Peoria, Illinois, resident) Ali al-Marri indefinitely as an “enemy combatant.”But some of the court’s more liberal judges expressed alarm, saying the legal reasoning that denied al-Marri meaningful due process not only trampled on American legal traditions but could be used to lock up U.S. citizens as well...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs): What you need to know about low energy lighting

Angry villagers in fear of health risk

How Bicton BEAT the Tetra Mast!

Just to share with you the enjoyment of a Shropshire (UK) village community´s hard won victory over Airwave Tetra (O2), who applied for a planning permission for a Tetra Mast in the middle of their village, next to their hommes and near to 4 schools. Eleanor Howells, Bicton, Shropshire, has sent me an account of events during the villagers fight to get the mast application turned down, and after all their hard work they have succeded, the application has been refused, and O2 now say they will install the mast far away from the villages homes and schools.

I hope those of you with websites or newsletters you will publish this, as this might help other fighting communities with a strategy to success.

I have named it: How Bicton BEAT the Tetra Mast! Advice to other community groups fighting mast applications next to their homes and schools!


So here is Eleanors account:

What we did to get the proposed Tetra mast in Bicton turned down! Firstly we formed a group, three families, we had all received letters about the proposal from the planning office. Luckily for us one member of the group had plenty of experience with planning issues. I would advise anyone who is going through this to find someone who really knows the ins and outs of planning. We also found the advise and support from David Baron extremely helpful.

My first job was to start a petition, even though it only counts as one object, it gave me the chance to speak to nearly everyone in the area. I gave out a leaflet with a map of the area, the mast site marked on it and a circle measuring out 600m from the mast. This helped a lot, as some neighbours felt the mast was nowhere near their house. Also we put a little bit of info about Tetra and website addresses for mast sanity, mast victims and tetra watch.

We contacted all the local schools (4 within 480m of the mast). They had not heard or been informed about the mast either. Each school sent out letters to the parents informing them of the proposal and gave out website addresses for Tetra watch etc. They also asked parents to right objections to the planning office.

We contacted every business in the area to inform them and ask them to write objection letters too.

At first we didn't have much luck with our MP as it wasn't something his office thought he could deal with. so we asked villagers to email him, our borough and county councillors, local news papers and the MP. This worked and The MP came out to the proposed mast site. We had over a hundred villagers at an hours notice to meet with him their. We took photos and sent them into the local press.

Because this mast site would have been so close to cattle contain in a very large shed, we contacted The RSPCA, VIVA and other local animal rights groups. They all wrote to the planning office and the farmer allowing the mast.

We held a public meeting within a week of finding out about the plans, again taking leaflets to each and every house hold. We had over 200 people turn up on the night. First we explained what tetra was and how it worked. Then someone else went though the health issues connected to masts. Then on to the planning application it's self, focusing on the mistakes Airwaves had made and lack of consultation. That night we again asked everyone to write objections. I also helped out people who didn't know what to write.

We got in touch with friends of the earth. They had a lot on at the time, but helped by writing objections. The mast was very close to a SSSI.

We held a protest in our town centre, outside the O2 shop (on the day the new iphone 3G went on sale). Our MP turned up and about 50 residents, with banners, handing out leaflets about Tetra. Local press were there and we made the front page, with a great picture.

The final step was to get as many people as possible to attend the planning meeting. We had over a hundred residents, again with banners etc. The local radio station came along and did an interview.

We had a speaker for our 3 minute speech at the meeting. He didn't raise any health issues as this is not a consideration for the planning committee. He just spoke about the mistakes in the application and mainly pointed out that there was an existing site that gave better coverage and wasn't near any homes. The vote to refuse the mast was unanimous.

This is just part of this campaign, other members of the group dealt with the planning application, going through it and noting any weak points and mistakes. Other members of the group were constantly on the phone to anyone who could help. It was more than a full time job, it really takes over your life and i can't imagine how i would feel right now if the application and gone though.

Eleanor Howells

If you want to read about the start of the Bicton story it is here:


A PLANNING application for a mobile telecommunications mast in Carlogie Road, Carnoustie, has had neighbours reaching for their landline 'phones to complain.

The application has been made by Tyco Electronics UK, 122 Dundyvan Road, Coatbridge, Ml5 1DE on behalf of Vodafone.

The site is adjacent to a bus shelter, just outside the 30 mph speed limit in Carlogie Road.

Mr Roger Geddes, 7 Panbride Road, is appalled that the site for the structure, which would be a total of 14.2 metres high, is not only in very open countryside, but on ground owned by Angus Council according to the application details.


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United for Peace and Justice: Peace Advocates Act to Stop War With Iran

Playing Games With Iran

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Rep Jim Guest Puts A Human Face on REAL ID

Rep. Jim Guest describes what a typical day would be like for American citizens who are forced to carry a National ID Card.


TOTAL INVASION OF PRIVACY: Are you ready for state-to-state check points, routine ID check roadblocks, and the final merger of government, pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, and our public schools? It's happening right now!


Informant: William Lewis

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