Donnerstag, 24. Juli 2008

Rachel's News #969

ACLU Obtains Key Memos Authorizing CIA Torture Methods

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Rising Food Prices Pushing East Africa to Disaster, Warns Oxfam

For The Guardian UK, Xan Rice reports: "More than 14 million people in the east Africa region require urgent food aid due to drought and spiralling cereal and fuel prices, aid agencies say. In an emergency appeal launched today, Oxfam warns that millions of people in Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Djibouti and Kenya are fast being pushed 'towards severe hunger and destitution.' Earlier this week the UN said it needed £200m to avert a humanitarian disaster."


Food & Water Watch: Trade Negotiations Cannot Solve Food Crisis Created by WTO and World Bank


Food sovereignty, not more deregulation, is the answer to global food crisis

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Let Them Eat Free Markets

David Moberg writes for In These Times on how deregulation is fueling the world food crisis: "In April, crowds of angry Haitians - reduced to eating mud cakes to staunch hunger - erupted in deadly protests against high food prices, forcing the prime minister to resign. The price of rice, a staple of the Haitian diet, had risen 16 percent on the world market last year, then shot up 141 percent from January to April. Around the world, similar riots - or fears of them - have pushed governments to restrict exports, reduce tariffs, attack hoarding and take other desperate measures as prices of virtually all major food commodities have spiked - and often fluctuated wildly."


Nahrungsmittelkrise in Ost-Afrika: Über 20 Millionen Menschen von Hungersnot bedroht

Oxfam versorgt 500.000 Hungernde mit Lebensmitteln und Trinkwasser.

Bush Administration Does Not Rule Out "Pre-Emptive" Pardons

Charlie Savage reports for The New York Times: "Felons are asking President Bush for pardons and commutations at historic levels as he nears his final months in office, a time when many other presidents have granted a flurry of clemency requests.... As the administration wrestles with the cascade of petitions, some lawyers and law professors are raising a related question: Will Mr. Bush grant pre-emptive pardons to officials involved in controversial counterterrorism programs?"


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Veteran's Ad Hits McCain on Troop Pullout

According to The Associated Press: "A veterans group critical of the war in Iraq accuses John McCain of wanting to occupy Iraq indefinitely, against the wishes of the country's leaders, in an ad that will air later this week. The group,, calls attention to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's desire for a troop withdrawal timetable. The group will spend $100,000 to run the ad on the MSNBC and CNN cable channels from Friday through the middle of next week."

Democrats Rack Up Wins

In The Hill, Mike Soraghan reports: "Democrats are marching through their legislative agenda as they near the fall election season, scoring several key victories and forcing President Bush to abandon his veto threats. The latest triumph came Wednesday when Bush dropped his opposition to a massive housing-rescue bill and the House subsequently passed the measure, 272-152. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can add that win to her party overriding Bush on a water resources bill, the farm bill and an effort to stave off sharp cuts to doctors under Medicare. They also forced the president to back down on GI education benefits and unemployment compensation - both of them included against his wishes in the emergency war-spending bill."

Using Law to Justify Torture

Daphne Eviatar, of The Washington Independent, reports: "For months now, Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey has refused to investigate whether Bush administration officials committed war crimes by authorizing the torture of suspected terrorists. His reasoning? Any actions were authorized by the administration’s lawyers, and so cannot constitute a crime. As he wrote to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), one of 56 House Democrats who last month called on Mukasey to appoint a special counsel: 'It would be both unwise and unjust to expose to possible criminal penalties those who relied in good faith on ... prior Justice Department opinions.' But can the alleged use of torture be so easily waived away?"

Residents still fighting for mast's removal

RESIDENTS are fighting to get rid of a 72ft mast 'temporarily' erected at the bottom of their garden on Chewton Street in Eastwood.


US-Friedensbewegung stoppt Weg in den Irankrieg

Government bailout redistributes wealth from poor to rich

Liberty For All
by Mary J. Ruwart


Instead of investors losing most of what they paid for their stock, you and I will pick up the tab. The promised bailout has to come from our pockets, because we are the government’s only source of income. Government must tax us or create inflation by borrowing (the most likely scenario). The buying power of our savings and paychecks will plummet. People on fixed incomes (e.g., seniors) will be hurt the most...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Slammed: Welcome to the Age of Incarceration

Mother Jones
by Jennifer Gonnerman


The number first appeared in headlines earlier this year: Nearly one in four of all prisoners worldwide is incarcerated in America. It was just the latest such statistic. Today, one in nine African American men between the ages of 20 and 34 is locked up. In 1970, our prisons held fewer than 200,000 people; now that number exceeds 1.5 million, and when you add in local jails, it’s 2.3 million — 1 in 100 American adults. Since the 1980s, we’ve sat by as the numbers inched higher and our prison system ballooned, swallowing up an ever-larger portion of the citizenry. But do statistics like these, no matter how disturbing, really mean anything anymore? What does it take to get us to sit up and notice? Apparently, it takes a looming financial crisis...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Phone mast row in Laverstock

By Morwenna Blake

A PLAN for a new 40ft mobile phone mast in Laverstock has caused uproar amongst residents who claim it would be a health hazard, a danger to wildlife and a blot on the landscape.

Phone company Vodafone has applied for planning permission to site the mast on land owned by Salisbury District Council at Cow Lane, within 100m of homes and close to both Chafyn Grove and Godolphin schools.


Where's the outrage at outrageous fiscal behavior?

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Biofuels to Turn Kenya's Rich Tana Delta Wetlands into Ecological Wasteland


By Climate Ark, and EcoEarth.Info, July 23, 2008


Let the Kenyan government know destroying ecosystems for toxic sugar monocultures is unethical, and ask them to please follow their own environmental laws by permanently cancelling the project

Kenya has recently approved plans to destroy some 20,000 acres of the globally important and ecologically sensitive Tana Delta for sugar and biofuel production. Covering 130,000 hectares, these wetlands' diverse riverine vegetation -- forests, swamps, dunes, beaches and ocean -- will be forever altered by widespread vast fields of toxic, monoculture sugar cane and biofuel mill. The project threatens 350 species including birds, lions, hippos, nesting turtles, elephants, sharks, reptiles and the Tana red colobus, one of 25 primates facing extinction globally. Biofuel production worldwide continues to destroy crucial natural ecosystems required for local and global sustainability. While hailed as a climate change remedy, this destruction of natural habitats for biofuel production almost always releases more carbon than saved. Using food such as sugar for fuel has raised food prices, leading to riots globally, including in Kenya. Please respectfully request the project be permanently cancelled.



Why only President Omar al-Bashir and not U.S. President George Bush too?

ICC Prosecutor's Indictment of Sudan President al-Bashir Called Double Standard of Justice.

Bush Labor Department Cheats Workers

Mark Gruenberg for Press Associates, Inc.: "Enforcement of wage-and-hour laws, to ensure workers get at least the minimum wage and the overtime pay they deserve, has dropped drastically under the GOP Bush government, impartial investigators and a low-income workers' advocate told Congress. As a result, low-wage workers are routinely cheated."

Ex-EPA Official Says White House Pulled Rank

Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post: "A former Environmental Protection Agency official yesterday contradicted EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson's Congressional testimony on one of the administration's key global warming decisions, saying the White House ordered Johnson to block California's bid to regulate vehicles' tailpipe emissions."

Pentagon Pressured, Intimidated Auditors

Dana Hedgpeth of The Washington Post: "Auditors at an oversight agency of the Pentagon were pressured by supervisors to skew their reports on a major defense contractor's work, hiding wrongdoing and charges of overbilling, according to an 80-page report from the Government Accountability Office."

Demand your representative co-sponsor the Articles of Impeachment


America Must Hear The Truth, And Congress Must Prosecute Impeachment

At long last, the outcry from the American people for Constitutional justice has compelled the House Judiciary Committee to convene its first hearing, this Friday, July 25th. But will they be real hearings, where members of Congress actually honor their duty to protect and defend the Constitution, or just a fly by with action on impeachment itself still expressly off the agenda.

The difference has always been and remains YOU. Your emails, your phone calls, your faxes, have made the difference so far and will continue to make the critical difference now. Please submit the new action page which will send your personal message to all your members of Congress, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, and letter to the editor of your nearly daily newspaper.

Impeachment Hearing Action Page:

And we have a new national progressive radio activist in the person of Harrison, who is filling for Randi Rhodes this week in her regular time slot for her regular show in every market but Los Angeles. And this week Harrison is going to be all over impeachment with special guests, giving out action sites, toll free phone numbers for Congress and everything.

Please make sure to tune in to listen to Harrison for the rest of this week on any NovaM outlet for the Randi Rhodes show and you will hear what progressive activist radio is supposed to sound like, and demonstrate to station management that we need to hear more of Harrison.

And if you don't have your new orange "IMPEACH BOTH!!!" cap yet, you can get one for any donation of any amount at this page. It's the perfect thing to wear to the next impeachment rally, and we are not setting price because we want everyone to wants one to be able to get one now.

Impeach Both Caps:

Many members of Congress have publicly conceded that gross "impeachable" offenses have been committed by the president and vice president. What they must clearly understand is that these high crimes DEMAND impeachment. It is not some strategic political option. It is an Constitutional imperative. That is the message we must send in greater numbers now than ever before.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.


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- AREVA site nucléaire de Romans sur Isère (incident). (vidéo HD)

Anti-War Movement Successfully Pushes Back Against Military Confrontation With Iran

Mehr Überwachung oder Sicherheit?


Macht Deutschland sicher: Her mit den Fingerabdrücken


Ein E-Ausweis – drei Typen von Bürgern

Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung: Finger weg vom Fingerabdruck!

„Der Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung lehnt das schwarz-rote Vorhaben ab, Personalausweisinhaber künftig biometrisch und elektronisch erfassen zu lassen. Die Aktivisten rufen zum Boykott der freiwilligen Überwachungsfunktionen auf…“ Pressemitteilung des Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung vom 25.07.2008:

Aus dem Text: „… Hintergrund: Der noch heute bestehende Zwang, dass jeder Bürger einen Ausweis besitzen muss, ist 1938 von der Regierung Adolf Hitler eingeführt worden, um die Bevölkerung besser kontrollieren und jüdische Mitbürger einfacher verfolgen zu können. Anders als etwa in Großbritannien wurde der deutsche Ausweiszwang nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg nicht wieder aufgehoben. Bis heute werden zudem Personalausweis- und Passregister über die gesamte Bevölkerung geführt. Im vergangenen Jahr haben CDU/CSU und SPD einen deutschlandweiten elektronischen Zugriff auf die Register eingeführt. Seither sind Gesichtsbilder der gesamten Bevölkerung für die Polizei elektronisch abrufbar…“

Chaos Computer Club über den Pass: "Die werden jeden Quatsch unterschreiben"

Der Bundeskabinett beschließt den E-Ausweis, der schlau wie ein Computer sein soll. Experte Frank Rosengart vom Chaos Computer Club warnt vor unkalkulierbaren Risiken. Interview von Mirjam Hauck in Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 23.07.2008,tt3m1/computer/artikel/948/187354/

Aus dem Text: „… Frank Rosengart: Das ist ein komischer Kompromiss, den die große Koalition hier gefunden hat. Die SPD versucht sich gegen zu viel Überwachung zu positionieren und hat sich in dieser Frage durchgesetzt. Aber auch wenn die Angabe des Fingerabdrucks optional bleibt, werden die Meldestellen die Bürger zukünftig nötigen, diese biometrischen Daten preiszugeben. Mit der Freiwilligkeit ist es vorbei, wenn es beispielsweise bei der Einreise nach Deutschland zwei Schalter gibt, und man an dem für Passinhaber ohne Fingerabdrücke eine Stunde anstehen muss, während die anderen nur drei Minuten warten müssen. Die einen gelten als verdächtig, die anderen als unverdächtig? Rosengart: Ja, und das obwohl sich Fingerabdrücke sehr leicht missbrauchen lassen. Als wir im Frühjahr Wolfgang Schäubles Fingerabdruck auf einer Folie veröffentlichten, haben wir gezeigt, wie leicht man damit die üblichen Biometriesysteme überlisten kann…“

Aus: LabourNet, 25. Juli 2008Überwachungäuble

As elites talk of 'success' in Iraq, millions face worsening conditions

Informant: jensenmk

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