Mittwoch, 6. August 2008

Outraged Press Ignores McCain's Ties to GOP Race-Baiting Tradition

Rockies Wilderness at Risk From Latest Dash For Gas

'Split Verdict' Reached In 'Unconstitutionnal' Guantanamo Tribunal

ACLU: First Unconstitutional Military Commission Trial Ends in Conviction

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): Guantanamo Detainee Files First Petition Against U.S. Before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

The Hamdan War Crimes Trial: An Illusion of Justice


Doubt cast on U.S. version of terror suspect's arrest

As U.S. authorities took a purported al Qaida operative to court on attempted murder and assault charges Tuesday in New York, her family, the Afghan police and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan cast doubts on the accuracy of the American story.

From Information Clearing House


US Military Jury Finds Hamdan Guilty on One Terrorism Charge

Agence France-Presse: "Military jurors found Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Hamdan, not guilty Wednesday on terrorist conspiracy charges, but convicted him on the lesser charge of providing material support to terrorism. The split verdict marked a dramatic conclusion of the first trial before the special tribunals created by President George W. Bush to try suspects in the 'war on terror.'"


Verdict is in on Bush style justice

Toronto Star [Canada]
by Haroon Siddiqui


Osama bin Laden’s driver Salim Hamdan was convicted at Guantanamo Bay yesterday — in his second trial at the hands of the Bush administration. Had his first in 2004 not been interrupted by a successful appeal to the Supreme Court, he would have been acquitted. For what he has been found guilty of — providing material support to terrorism — was not then under the jurisdiction of the military tribunal that has sentenced him. Such is justice under George W. Bush. Such is the justice that awaits Omar Khadr and 80 others to be tried by the special military tribunals at Guantanamo. More than the detainees, though, it is the Bush administration that’s on trial. Thus the United States is on trial. There, the verdict is already in: Guilty. Guilty of torturing detainees. Guilty of obtaining evidence from torture. Guilty of introducing hearsay evidence in trials. Guilty of hiding evidence from the detainees...

“Justice” in the Hamdan case

Disloyal Opposition
by JD Tuccille


Whatever the justice of the verdict in the case against Osama bin Laden driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan — and the split decision seems at least defensible — the process by which that verdict was reached was fundamentally flawed. It’s impossible to place much faith in the result of a legal proceeding which stacked the deck in favor of the prosecution, violated fundamental American rules of due process, and in which the outcome was essentially preordained. One problem is that the sentence came first, with the trial to follow. Early on, the Bush administration labeled Hamdan an ‘enemy combatant’ and ordered him held indefinitely. So even a total acquittal would have been nothing more than a conversational topic for Hamdan to toss around during the course of an arbitrary sentence that could extend for the duration of his life...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Human Rights First Calls for the US Government to Respect the Limits of the Hamdan Sentence

Few Are Guilty, But All Are Responsible

The Food Crisis and Global Institutions

Alexandra Spieldoch, Foreign Policy In Focus: "In July, World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy organized a mini-Ministerial to complete the Doha Development Round, and couched it as a necessary means to address the food crisis. Not surprisingly, negotiations collapsed over ongoing disagreements about whether WTO members have the right to protect their food security and 'livelihoods' (jobs) from import surges. The failed talks signal a growing understanding that trade liberalization has destabilized local food systems and hurt farmers, contributing to both the long-term and short-causes of today’s food crisis. This marks a shift from the earlier globalization debates and deserves our attention."

America Out of Economic Ammunition

Writing for France's premier business newspaper, Les Echos, Jean-Marc Vittori paints a bleak picture of the lack of economic policy options that will be available to the next US president.

Is Big Oil Funneling Donations to McCain?

Greg Gordon, for McClatchy Newspapers: "Alice Rocchio is an office manager at the New York headquarters of the Hess Corp., drives a 1993 Chevy Cavalier and lives in an apartment in Queens, N.Y., with her husband, Pasquale, an Amtrak foreman. Despite what appears to be a middle-class lifestyle, the couple has written $61,600 in checks to John McCain's presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee, most of it within days of McCain's decision to endorse offshore oil drilling."

Exposed: Europe’s GM-Hype in Times of Food and Fuel Crisis

ISIS Press Release 06/08/08

Pro-GM brigade at large in the food and fuel crisis

The pro-GM brigade has been losing no time in exploiting the current global food and fuel crisis and the high price of animal feed to promote GM as the solution in the mainstream media. An offensive was launched on the European Union (EU) to relax its policy on GM imports and cultivation. At present only one GM crop, a GM maize, is approved for cultivation in Europe. The European Commission department of agriculture has joined forces with the biotech industry and the animal feed industry in claiming that it is the EU’s GM policy that is harming Europe’s livestock industry.

Leading the charge of the pro-GM brigade in Europe is Britain, in its role as chief ally of the largest GM exporter the United States. The UK Independent reported that [1], “Ministers are preparing to open the way for genetically modified crops to be grown in Britain on the grounds that they could help combat the global food crisis.” The main source quoted in the article is environment minister Phil Woolas. The night before promoting the GM agenda, the article said, Woolas held talks with the Agricultural Biotechnology Council, a biotech industry PR group representing Monsanto, Bayer, BASF, Dow, Pioneer (DuPont), and Syngenta. This industry lobby group is run by Lexington Communications, a PR agency intimately connected to the New Labour government [2]. The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has fallen in line, calling on the EU to relax its rules on importing GM animal feed in order to cut spiralling food prices [3]. In addition, a new report by the UK Cabinet Office on the food and feed crises focuses almost exclusively on the role of the EU's GMO regulations in creating delays for GM feed crop approvals [4].

Critics say that such scaremongering is a cynical attempt to force the EU to drop its “zero tolerance” approach to GM and GM-contaminated imports. Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said at UK's National Farmers Union (NFU) conference [5], "I think the debate about higher prices and being able to meet the demand of people in the world for food is a perfect opportunity to make the case [for GMO crops]... We may have a window of opportunity here and I would encourage you to exploit that."

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Hiroshima Marks Bomb Anniversary With Hope for US Change

Agence France-Presse reports: "The mayor of Hiroshima on Wednesday urged the next US president to work to abolish atomic weapons as the city marked the 63rd anniversary of the world's first nuclear attack. Some 45,000 people, including Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, gathered at a memorial to the dead within sight of the A-bomb dome, a former exhibition hall burned to a skeleton by the bomb's incinerating heat. They stood up and offered silent prayers at 8:15 am, the exact moment in 1945 when a single US bomb instantly killed more than 140,000 people and fatally injured tens of thousands of others with radiation or horrific burns. Delivering a speech at the memorial, Hiroshima mayor Tadatoshi Akiba noted the United States was one of only three countries which oppose a UN resolution submitted by Japan calling for the abolition of nuclear arms."


Hiroshima: a wake-up call to our neglected conscience

63 years ago, for the first time in the history of mankind, US military dropped a nuclear bomb. Its target on August 6th at 8.15 am was the city of Hiroshima in South Japan. Only three days later, the second nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. 140,000 people died in Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 and 73,000 a short time later in Nagasaki.


The Lies of Hiroshima Live On, Props in the War Crimes of the 20th Century

Hiroshima, Ninevah, and Los Alamos


Targeting civilians: The Path to Hiroshima and Nagasaki

by Kevin Young


How did the sort of logic that condoned the targeting of civilian populations prevail over the countervailing moral norms codified in international law in previous decades? As historians have pointed out, the development of the military tactic of ‘area bombing’ early in the war was a crucial stepping stone to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Area bombing refers to the aerial use of explosive and/or incendiary bombs against entire geographic areas, usually cities, rather than against conventional military targets. The logic of area bombing expands the definition of ‘military’ to include industries, residential areas, and even the working population of laborers involved in economic production...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

"There will be other wars"

How the surge has energized McCain.

‘Mast ugly and unnecessary’

By Nigel Baudains

A TEMPORARY mobile phone mast in a field opposite Fort Grey is not needed, according to people living nearby.

The Airtel-Vodafone equipment was delivered to the site on Monday and installation work began yesterday.

Bella Farrell said the mast was unnecessary, unsightly and possibly unhealthy. She said she represented the many mothers who enjoyed the beach with their children.


Jeder elfte Bundesbürger ist von Hartz IV Sozialleistungen abhängig

Seit der Einführung der Hartz IV Arbeitsmarktreform im Jahre 2005 sind ununterbrochen sieben Millionen Bundesbürger von Hartz IV Sozialleistungen abhängig. Im Mai 2006 gab es einen Höchstand von ca. 7,4 Millionen Menschen, die das Arbeitslosengeld II oder Sozialgeld erhielten. Viele der Betroffenen verweilen in sogenannten Ein-Euro-Jobs und haben keinerlei positive Perspektiven.

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Twisting reality

Antiterrorismuskampf statt Bomben?

Eine Studie der Denkfabrik RAND weist nach: militärische Gewalt ist das am wenigsten geeignete Mittel, um dem Terrorismus den Garaus zu machen.

Volunteer to surrender your freedom

Imperialism With a Black Face

Obama Pardons Bush


Obama and McCain: Pawns of the global elite

by Patrick Wood

Both are rigidly backed by important members of the Trilateral Commission who hijacked the Executive Branch of the U.S. government starting in 1976 with the election of Jimmy Carter......

Nuclear Ban? Start With U.S.

'Defending Our Freedom': On Military Lies

The Global Food Crisis It's Beginning

The Looming Federal Default: Sooner or Later?

How the West (Except for the U.S.) Ended Slavery

Hundreds of banks will fail, Roubini tells Barron's

The United States is in the second inning of a recession that will last for at least 18 months and help kill off hundreds of banks, influential economist and New York University Professor Nouriel Roubini told Barron's in Sunday's edition.

From Information Clearing House

Marketers Admit to Buying Space On News Casts

According to a survey of 252 U.S. chief marketing officers, nearly one in five "say their organizations have bought advertising in return for a news story.

From Information Clearing House

Marching Off Into Tyranny

By Paul Craig Roberts

War Veterans Battle a New Enemy: Sleep

Jia-Rui Chong, The Los Angeles Times: "By the time the sun began to rise one recent Friday over his Mira Mesa neighborhood, Mitch Hood had been up for about 18 hours. Hood, 25, spent two tours with the Marines in Iraq. Now, like many other veterans, he faces a new enemy: sleep."

The PATRIOT Act's War on Charity

Maya Schenwar, Truthout: "Since the PATRIOT Act's passage almost seven years ago, many of its adverse effects on activist organizations and peace groups have become plain.... But according to a new report, the worst effects on nonprofit organizations have garnered little attention."


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