Freitag, 12. September 2008

Global Starvation Ignored by American Policy Elites

By Peter Phillips

Over 30,000 people a day (85% children under 5) die of malnutrition, curable diseases, and starvation. The numbers of unnecessary deaths has exceeded three hundred million people over the past forty years.

Global Starvation Ignored by American Policy Elites

By Peter Phillips

It turns out that while farmers grow enough food to feed the world, commodity speculators and huge grain traders like Cargill control the global food prices and distribution. Starvation is profitable for corporations when demands for food push the prices up.

US a Step Closer to Iran Blockade

By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

The United States government has imposed new sanctions on Iran, this time targeting its shipping industry, by blacklisting the main shipping line and 18 subsidiaries, accusing the maritime carrier of being engaged in contraband nuclear material, a charge vehemently denied by Iran.

Leaked Draft Agreement Calls for Indefinite Iraq Occupation

By Amy Goodman

I think both the candidates, Obama and McCain, are planning to leave troops in the long run. So from an Iraqi point of view, I don't think there is a major difference in the U.S. foreign policy in Iraq between the two candidates, because both of them are not for ending the intervention in Iraq. Both of them are for keeping troops in Iraq. They call it residual force; they call it whatever they want to call it. But they want to continue interfering in Iraq militarily and politically in the long run.

Assessing the Republican Party Platform

Palin Would Support War With Russia


Palin Links Iraq to Sept. 11 Attack

By Anne E. Kornblut

Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans."

Sarah Palin is a Disaster in Waiting

By Joan Burnie

Sarah Palin, with her rigid belief that God and the gun can solve everything, scares the lipstick off me.


The "lipstick pit-bull" goes to war

Sarah Palin wouldn't "blink" against Russia, Iran, Pakistan, "the terrorists"...

Weakened Warriors: When the Military Gets Combat Fatigue

Bruce Falconer, Mother Jones: "That the Bush presidency has placed an enormous strain on the nation's armed forces is hardly news. (The 'active army is about broken,' Colin Powell told CBS's Face the Nation as far back as 2006.) Less frequently noted are the long-term consequences of Iraq and Afghanistan for the military-consequences that could last, many experts now say, for a generation or more."

We fear eyesore is here to stay

Norwich Evening News - Norwich, England, UK

While neighbours were delighted when the two mobile phone masts on the former petrol station site in Fakenham Road, Taverham were removed earlier this year, ...

GOP Working to Keep Poor African-Americans From Voting in Many States

Jonathan Alter, Newsweek: "It was a mainstay of Jim Crow segregation: for 100 years after the Civil War, Southern white Democrats kept eligible blacks from voting with poll taxes, literacy tests and property requirements. Starting in the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court declared these assaults on the heart of American democracy unconstitutional. Now, with the help of a 2008 Supreme Court decision, Crawford vs. Marion County (Indiana) Election Board, white Republicans in some areas will keep eligible blacks from voting by requiring driver's licenses. Not only is this new-fangled discrimination constitutional, it's spreading."

Phone mast would 'damage skyline

Rochdale Observer - UK

At last week’s meeting of the general purposes committee, members
discussed a planning application submitted by mobile phone giant Orange to erect the mast ...

The suppression of dissent in America

by Linn Washington Jr.


In presenting a compelling examination of the plight of death row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal the documentary ‘In Prison My Whole Life’ also probes one of the deeper contradictions of America: persistent suppression of dissent. For a nation that extols the provisions of the First Amendment, politicians and police have histories of running roughshod over the rights of citizens to exercise their constitutional freedoms of speech, assembly and presenting grievances to government.The recent actions against peaceful demonstrators and non-mainstream journalists by federal and local law enforcement personnel during the Republican National Convention in St Paul, Minnesota is yet another example of suppression of dissent...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Panama's 9/11

Breakthrough in row over Southport Pier phone mast - New mast ban stymied

Southport Visiter - Southport, UK

DEBATE over placing a mobile phone mast at the end of Southport Pier could be reignited by a decision taken by councillors. Southport Area Committee passed ...

New mast ban stymied

St. Albans Observer - St. Albans, England, UK

By Alex Lewis

RED Tape is preventing a blanket ban on mobile phone masts near homes in St Albans. The district council is drawing up guidelines to control ...

Tower activists urge MPs to change law

4:00AM Friday September 12, 2008

By Patrick Gower

Residents worry about the effects of electromagnetic fields close to their homes. Photo / Paul Estcourt

Urgent law change is required to stop cellphone companies forcing towers upon communities wherever and whenever they want, MPs were told yesterday.

Sue Grey, of Ban the Towers, told the select committee considering the group's 3100-signature petition of eight neighbourhoods with unwanted celltowers that often "only find out about them when workmen are climbing on the roof".

Residents of Waiheke Island's Surfdale Beach found out about a Vodafone tower only when a woman recovering from breast cancer asked workers in "unmarked white vans" what they were doing.


U.S. More Vulnerable to Attack

Human Rights Are Crumbling

Stephane Bussard, Le Temps: "The 1990s marked a significant advance in international justice. The May 1999 indictment of Serbian leader Milosevic was emblematic of the progress achieved in the fight against impunity. The attempt now afoot by certain Security Council members, including France and Great Britain, to torpedo an International Criminal Court trial even before it's launched could very well squander the benefits of the 'moral decade.'"

Banks Helped Foreigners Escape US Taxes

Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press: "Big Wall Street investment banks have designed and marketed schemes enabling non-U.S. taxpayers, including offshore hedge funds, to evade millions of dollars in taxes each year on U.S. stock dividends, Senate investigators have found."

Pentagon Oversight Takes a Step Forward

Matt Renner, Truthout: "During a sparsely attended Senate hearing Wednesday, three Senators addressed major flaws in the auditing and oversight mechanism of the worlds largest customer - the US Department of Defense (DoD). The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) oversees the hundreds of billions of dollars that Whistleblowers from inside the DCAA and Pentagon spending experts say that this system has resulted in billions of tax dollars wasted by DoD. Referring to the amount of money that may have been wasted, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) said that without the graft 'we'd have enough money to bail out all the Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's of the world.'"

Israel asks U.S. for arms, air corridor to attack Iran

The security aid package the United States has refused to give Israel for the past few months out of concern that Israel would use it to attack nuclear facilities in Iran included a large number of "bunker-buster" bombs, permission to use an air corridor to Iran, an advanced technological system and refueling planes.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. Intelligence Sees It Russia's Way

American intelligence confirms that the latest military actions in South Ossetia were started by Georgia and Russia's position in the conflict was correct, says Republican California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

From Information Clearing House


Noam Chomsky

In August 2008 during the Russia-Georgia-Ossetia war. George Bush, Condoleezza Rice and other dignitaries solemnly invoked the sanctity of the United Nations, warning that Russia could be excluded from international institutions "by taking actions in Georgia that are inconsistent with" their principles. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations must be rigorously honored, they intoned - "all nations," that is, apart from those that the US chooses to attack: Iraq, Serbia, perhaps Iran, and a list of others too long and familiar to mention.

War Pundits Telling U.S. Allies to Commit National Suicide?

By Gary Brecher

I'd hate to be Georgia right now. So many American pundits have plans for the Georgians, brilliant schemes designed to get Georgia into a big war with the Russians. "Here's what you oughta do." It's like listening in on bar talk -- some drunk trying to talk a 98-pound weakling into a rematch with the hulking thug who just put him on the floor. Funny thing, they never want to prove their theory themselves.

Iraq Troop Withdrawls Too Little Too Late

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO): Iraq Troop Withdrawls Too Little Too Late

The Government, the Media and Afghanistan

Camp Injustice: Legacy of Tribunals Will be Secrecy and Torture, Not Justice

McCain Staffers Have Marched To K Street and Back

Schlappe für Kohlelobby

Britisches Gericht erkennt die Gefahren von Kohlekraftwerken an.


"Saubere Kohle ist eine dreckige Lüge"

Aktivisten der Umweltschutzorganisation Robin Wood haben am Dienstag (14. Oktober) einen Verladekran des Großkraftwerks Mannheim besetzt und in etwa 40 Meter Höhe ein Transparent mit der Aufschrift "Saubere Kohle ist eine dreckige Lüge" entrollt. Mit ihrer Aktion protestieren sie gegen das Vorhaben der Großkraftwerk Mannheim AG und deren Eigner MVV, EnBW und RWE, den extrem klimaschädlichen und versorgungstechnisch überflüssigen 911 Megawatt-Kohlekraftwerksblock an den Rhein zu stellen.

The whales need you more than ever

Koks, PR-Sex und Geschenke von der Ölindustrie

Drei Untersuchungsberichte zum Geschäftsablauf im Innenministerium sorgen für Schlagzeilen in den USA.Ölindustrie

Rachel's News #976

9/11 Anniversary Exposes War on Terror Faultlines

Who ran the government on 9/11?


9/11 Anniversary Exposes War on Terror Faultlines

Republicans Have Hijacked 9/11


Olbermann Slams Republicans For Exploiting 9/11


On the eve of the seventh anniversary of 9/11, Keith Olbermann delivered a special comment slamming Republicans for their exploitation of 9/11 for political purposes.


An Investigation Into 9/11


ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11, has one central thesis - that the official version of the events surrounding the attacks on 9/11 can not be true. This brand new feature documentary from Italian production company Telemaco explores the latest scientific evidence and reveals dramatic new witness testimony, which directly conflicts with the US Government's account.

A Murderous Theatre of the Absurd

This is what happens when a crime is redefined as war


Murder, Conspiracy To Defraud the United States, and Various Other Domestic Crimes

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"The common sense of mankind demands that law shall not stop with the punishment of petty crimes by little people. It must also reach men who possess themselves of great power and make deliberate and concerted use of it to set in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched."

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"The Charter of this Tribunal evidences a faith that the law is not only to govern the conduct of little men, but that even rulers are, as Lord Chief Justice Coke put it to King James, 'under God and the law.'"

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"And let me make clear that while this law is first applied against German aggressors, the law includes, and if it is to serve a useful purpose it must condemn aggression by any other nations, including those which sit here now in judgment."

From Opening Statement of The Chief Prosecutor, Supreme Justice Robert H. Jackson, at Nuremberg.

"The same disaster has now happened twice in forty years, in Viet Nam and Iraq. It must never happen again. As at Nuremberg, we need to take steps to insure that leaders will never do it again." - Lawrence R. Velvel, Dean of the Massachusetts School of Law

Informant: David Swanson

From ufpj-news


Veterans For Peace Calls for U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan and the Prosecution of Dick Cheney and George Bush for Crimes Against Humanity


War crimes conference

Planning for the prosecution of high level American war criminals.

How to Avoid Another Depression

Paglia, Obama, and the Resurrection of the Culture Wars

The Beginning of the Realignment of American Politics

An Anatomy of Collateral Damage in the Bush Era

The Value of One, the Value of None: An Anatomy of Collateral Damage in the Bush Era

Tom Engelhardt, "We have no idea just how many civilians have been blown away by the US military (and allies) in these years, only that the 'collateral damage' has been widespread and far more central to the president's War on Terror than anyone here generally cares to acknowledge. Collateral damage has come in myriad ways - from artillery fire in the initial invasion of Iraq; from repeated shootings of civilians in vehicles at checkpoints, and from troops (or even private mercenaries) blasting away from convoys; during raids on private homes; in village operations, and, significantly, from the air."


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