Donnerstag, 23. Oktober 2008

The Decline of the Roman Empire Began Like That

Wealth Gap Creating a Social Time Bomb

John Vidal, The Guardian UK: "Growing inequality in US cities could lead to widespread social unrest and increased mortality, says a new United Nations report on the urban environment. In a survey of 120 major cities, New York was found to be the ninth most unequal in the world and Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington, and Miami had similar inequality levels to those of Nairobi, Kenya Abidjan and Ivory Coast. Many were above an internationally recognised acceptable 'alert' line used to warn governments."

Michel Rocard: "The Decline of the Roman Empire Began Like That"

In an interview with Sylvain Besson of Geneva's Le Temps, former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard, considered the sage of the French left in economic matters, puts the financial crisis into the context of the history of capitalism's shocks. He demands the system be re-equilibrated for the benefit of workers.

Officials: Suspected US Strike Kills 11 in Pakistan

Agence France-Presse: "Suspected US spy drones fired missiles early Thursday into a school set up by a top Taliban commander in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, killing 11 people, security officials said. The air strike apparently targeting veteran militant Jalaluddin Haqqani, a major target for US forces, was the latest in a string of attacks on Pakistani soil that have raised tensions between Islamabad and Washington."


Nine killed in US air strike on Pakistan school

US claim religious school belonged to a pro-Taliban cleric

A suspected US air strike killed nine people at a religious school in north-west Pakistan, intelligence officials said today.

U.S. Strikes in Pakistan Help Terrorists, Gilani Says

"Such acts are counterproductive and help terrorists to strengthen their position,'' Gilani told reporters yesterday after returning from a summit in China, where he said no nation has the right to attack Pakistan.

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Bigger Role For US CIA Drones in Pakistan

Princeton University Exposes Diebold Flaws

Informant: sasha karlik


Early Voters Face Intimidation, Machine Malfunctions

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: "Early voting has begun, and problems are already emerging at the polls. In West Virginia, voters using touchscreen machines have claimed their votes were switched from Democrat to Republican. In North Carolina, a group of McCain supporters heckled a group of mostly black supporters of Barack Obama. In Ohio, Republicans are being accused of trying to scare newly registered voters by filing lawsuits that question their eligibility. We speak to NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller, author of 'Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy.'"

Police Prepare for Post-Election Unrest

Alexandra Bolton, The Hill: "Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest. Public safety officials said in interviews with The Hill that the election, which will end with either the nation's first black president or its first female vice president, demanded a stronger police presence.... Democratic strategists and advocates for black voters say they understand officers wanting to keep the peace, but caution that excessive police presence could intimidate voters."

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US-Wissenschaftler: Neue RFID-Ausweise und Führerscheine sind unsicher

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Wie der Direktor der RSA Laboratories, Ari Juels, auf seiner Website erklärt, lassen sich die über eine Entfernung von bis zu 50 Metern per RFID auslesbaren ...

Big Oil's Last Stand

Antonia Juhasz, Foreign Policy in Focus: "Without viable and accessible alternatives, entire economies suffer when increasing proportions of national budgets must be used to purchase oil. And on an individual level, families, facing the same lack of alternatives, forgo basic necessities when gasoline prices skyrocket.... And the political tyranny exercised by the masters of the oil industry corrupts democracy and destroys our ability to choose how much we will sacrifice in oil's name."

GOP Pulls the Plug on Bachmann

The Associated Press: "National Republicans have yanked TV advertising for Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's re-election bid after she suggested Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may have 'anti-American' views and urged an investigation of unpatriotic lawmakers."

McCain Is Faltering Among Hispanic Voters

Larry Rohter, The New York Times: "In the early days of the presidential campaign, Senator John McCain seemed to be in a good position to win support among Hispanic voters. He had sponsored legislation for comprehensive immigration overhaul in Congress, made a point of speaking warmly about the contributions of immigrants and was popular among Latinos in Arizona, his home state, which borders three battleground states here in the Southwest: New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada. But less than two weeks before Election Day, those advantages appear to have evaporated."

Phone mast battle

23 October 2008

ANXIOUS residents are battling plans for a mobile phone mast on their doorstep.

Communications giant Vodafone has lodged an application to install a mast tower at the corner of Barley Lane and Eastern Avenue, Chadwell Heath.

But neighbours of the site, which already houses an Orange phone mast, have raised health concerns.

Joanna Lopes, of Freshwell Avenue, Chadwell Heath, raised health concerns about the mast, which is close to Newbridge School, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, Little Heath School, Hainault Road, and King George Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes.


Phone mast battle is lost by Blundellsands residents

Oct 23 2008

by Janine Yaqoob, Crosby Herald

BLUNDELLSANDS residents have lost their battle to prevent a phone giant from installing a phone mast on a church.

Vodafone Ltd’s application to put up a 2.4m flagpole antenna on top of Blundellsands United Reformed Church in Warren Road was approved subject to conditions at last Wednesday’s planning meeting

Opposers turned out in force at Bootle Town Hall, but to no avail as the committee ruled they had no objections to the proposal.


Tanz um das Milliardenpaket: Die Kunst der Täuschung

Verfassungsbeschwerden gegen Bankenrettung


24. Oktober 2008

Panikmache statt seriösem Krisenmanagement?

In der vergangenen Woche hat die Bundesregierung in beispielloser Weise ein 500- Milliarden-Rettungspaket für die Banken durchs Parlament gejagt. Das Paket müsse vor Börsenöffnung am Montag geschnürt sein, sonst drohe ein Finanzkollaps, so die Bundesregierung. Dazu erklärt das Mitglied des Parteivorstandes Axel Troost, gleichzeitig finanzpolitischer Sprecher der Bundestagsfraktion:

Merkwürdig ist, dass außer der BayernLB bisher keine Bank das Paket nutzen will und der befürchtete Zusammenbruch ebenfalls ausgeblieben ist. Entweder hat die Bundesregierung das Parlament bewusst getäuscht und mit einem vorgeschobenen Krisenszenario die angemessenen demokratischen Beratungen unterdrückt. Oder der Bundesfinanzminister hat die Lage wieder einmal komplett falsch eingeschätzt und die Gefahren dramatisch überschätzt, was erneut belegen würde, dass Peer Steinbrück nicht die geeignete Person ist, um die Krise zu bewältigen. Oder wurde das Paket gar auf die BayernLB zugeschnitten, um das Totalversagen des CSU-Filzes aufzufangen? DIE LINKE lehnt die Überlegungen zu einer Fusion der BayernLB mit der LBBW zu einer großen Landesbank Süd ab. Wie die WestLB muss die BayernLB aus dem Finanzkasino aussteigen und ihre spekulativen Geschäfte dichtmachen. Die drohenden Probleme bei der Kreditversorgung der Realwirtschaft sind die perfekte Gelegenheit, sich endlich wieder auf das solide Bankgeschäft zu besinnen. Dafür brauchen wir aber keine Mega-Landesbank mit fusionierter Kasino-Abteilung, sondern eine seriöse und leistungsfähige Landesbank mit regionaler Verankerung. Vorher muss allerdings der CSU-Filz ausgemistet werden.


Provision und Korruption

Interview mit Nicole Maisch zum Verbraucherschutz in der Finanzbranche.


Die nächste Runde

Für einen kurzen Moment sah es so aus, als würde der Kasinokapitalismus aus seinen Fehlern lernen. Das war ein Trugschluss. Artikel von Jens Berger in Freitag vom 23.07.2009

Finanzkrise: EU-Staaten verschleiern Kosten der Bankenrettung

Die Länder müssen künftig nur noch begrenzt ausweisen, wie viel sie für die Bankenrettung ausgeben. Das geht aus internen Dokumenten der Statistikbehörde Eurostat hervor. Artikel in Die Zeit online vom 22.7.2009

Tektonische Verschiebungen in der Weltwirtschaft. Warum das US- Konjunkturprogramm zum Scheitern verurteilt ist

„Der US-amerikanische Geograph David Harvey ist einer der allgemein anerkannten Theoretiker der globalisierungskritischen Bewegung. Er prägte den Begriff „Akkumulation durch Enteignung“, um u.a. die destruktiven Umverteilungsmechanismen der aufgeblähten Finanzmärkte zu kennzeichnen. In seinem Buch „Der neue Imperialismus“ untersuchte er die Verbindung von Neoliberalismus und Gewalt. Jetzt hat er auf der Webseite seine Analyse der Krise und der Antikrisenprogramme vorgelegt… Artikel von David Harvey, dokumentiert beim Friedenspolitischen Ratschlag

Aus: LabourNet, 24. Juli 2009ück


Informant: MoJo

Mobile mast

TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES TMN, Optimus and Vodafone have agreed to remove a mobile phone mast in Ferragudo, following protests and a petition signed by more than 1,000 residents and visitors.


Don’t ignore Constitution during election season

Capital Times
by Kathleen Taylor


America is in the midst of an election season, nearing an Election Day with what likely will be far-reaching consequences. Public interest is extraordinarily high, and candidates are debating many critical issues. Yet we have heard little or nothing about the Constitution and its Bill of Rights — the touchstone of our individual freedoms. …. Over the last two centuries, through activism, dissent and dedication, citizens have expanded the scope and depth of our liberty. And today, more Americans enjoy the ‘blessings of liberty’ than at any time in history. Yet, in recent years, our federal government has grown more powerful and secretive, assuming powers it does not rightfully have. Our government has: spied on Americans without the approval of Congress or the courts; allowed the CIA to torture and abuse hundreds of people, including Americans, in secret prisons throughout the world; held prisoners indefinitely without charge; placed hundreds of thousands of Americans on terrorist watch lists without an explanation or opportunity to appeal; and restricted the free flow of scientific information and set up barriers to the use of scientific materials. No matter who wins the election, we must remember that the Constitution applies to everyone...

Election day

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Richard I. Kurlish


Election day is just around the corner. No doubt you are all, if not eager, than at least resigned to do your civic duty by voting for the candidate of your choice, be they Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or one of the lesser breeds of beasts that we call “politicians”. Little aware that by doing so you contribute to your own continued enslavement, and the continued enslavement of future generations of not only your fellow Americans and human beings worldwide, but the very enslavement of the “liberties” that any right thinking human being holds dear. The light of liberty dims with each vote, and the cry of LIBERTY is ever muted amid the roar of political rhetoric...

Land of the free, home of the brave, adieu!

Liberty & Power
by Robert Higgs


In moments of rhetorical enthusiasm, freedom lovers often declare that the love of liberty cannot be stamped out. They are wrong. It can be, and it has been. For most people, however, no stamping is required. All that is necessary is that people, whether they approve or not, be made subject to extraordinary government powers, which are always justified by the supposed dangers of the moment. Keep people in this condition for a few years, and most of them will accommodate themselves to it, first in their actions and eventually in their thinking, as well. After a while, they will have lost not only their old liberties, but also their yearning to be free...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

9/11 and the Imperial Adventure in Afghanistan

by Larry Everest


The war in Afghanistan is not a “good war” gone bad. It’s been an unjust, imperialist war of conquest and empire from its inception. Part 1 documents the U.S. rulers’ efforts in the 1990s, after the Soviet Union’s collapse, to begin forging an unchallengeable global empire, which laid the groundwork for the so-called “war on terror.” Part 2 details how, immediately after 9/11, the Bush regime conceived and launched the so-called “war on terror” in order to achieve these imperialist aims, which had been a decade in the making. About five hours after hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center and then the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, George W. Bush’s Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld turned to an aide and told him to begin drawing up plans for war. His instructions: “Go massive. Sweep it all up. Things related [to the attacks] and not"...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A little thing called inflation

Asia Times
by Richard Daughty


Inflation in the UK is at its highest in 16 years, yet British and other European governments are plowing squillions of dollar funds into their economies (courtesy the equally dumb US Federal Reserve), and the head of a funds firm is saying that inflation doesn’t matter? Like nuclear bombs don’t matter?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

America must live within its means

Independent [UK]
by Hamish McRae


On present trends China will take over from the US as the world’s largest economy in about 20 years’ time. Of course that is not certain but if the Goldman Sachs economic growth model continues to reflect correctly the way the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are gaining growth vis-à-vis the present developed nations, something like that will happen. That raises a stark question for the US: is it really wise to be so in hock to your greatest commercial rival, the only country that has threatened your economic supremacy for more than a century?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Cold War that wasn’t

The Nation
by Mark Ames


You may not have noticed it, but a couple of weeks ago, the New York Times slipped in a story that completely contradicted a narrative that it had been building up for two straight months, one that was leading America into another war — a so-called ‘New Cold War.’ The article exposed the awful authoritarian reality of Georgia’s so-called democracy, painting a dark picture of President Mikhail Saakashvili’s rule that repudiated the fairy tale that the Times and everyone else in the major media had been pushing ever since war broke out in South Ossetia in early August. That fairy tale went like this: Russia (evil) invaded Georgia (good) for no reason whatsoever except that Georgia was free. Putin hates freedom, and Saakashvili is the ‘democratically elected leader’ of a ’small, democratic country.’ Yes, it was only a month ago that we were stupid and crazy enough to think that the United States had no choice but to launch a costly new cold war against a nuclear power, even though we still haven’t closed the deal on a couple of mini-wars against Division-III opponents, and we were on the verge of bankruptcy...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

GOP spent $150,000 in donations on Palin’s look

Arizona Republic


When the Republican Party decided to coordinate expenses with John McCain’s presidential campaign, who knew it would be color coordinated. The Republican National Committee spent about $150,000 on clothing, hair styling, makeup and other ‘campaign accessories’ in September for the McCain campaign after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined the ticket as his running mate. The McCain campaign now says the clothing will go to a ‘charitable purpose’ after the campaign. The expenses include $75,062 spent at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis Minn., and $41,850 in St. Louis in early September. The committee also reported spending $4,100 for makeup and hair consulting. The expenses were first reported by

Palin: God will do the right thing on election day
CNN Political Ticker


In an interview posted online Wednesday, Sarah Palin told Dr. James Dobson of “Focus on the Family” that she is confident God will do “the right thing for America” on Nov. 4.Dobson asked the vice presidential hopeful if she is concerned about John McCain’s sagging poll numbers, but Palin stressed that she was “not discouraged at all.”“To me, it motivates us, makes us work that much harder,” she told the influential Christian leader, whose radio show reaches millions of listeners daily. “And it also strengthens my faith because I know at the end of the day putting this in God’s hands, the right thing for America will be done, at the end of the day on Nov. 4.” …. She also thanked her supporters — including Dobson, who said he and his wife were asking “for God’s intervention” on election day — for their prayers of support.“It is that intercession that is so needed,” she said. “And so greatly appreciated. And I can feel it too, Dr. Dobson. I can feel the power of prayer, and that strength that is provided through our prayer warriors across this nation. And I so appreciate it...

Questions persist about McCain, Palin

by Saritha Prabhu


With two weeks to go before Election Day, I have two concerns — Sen. McCain’s medical records and Gov. Palin’s paltry media appearances. … I’ve been concerned about the seeming lack of full disclosure of McCain’s medical records. He tried to get this issue out of the way early, when he disclosed it back in May. … And now we come to Gov. Palin’s paltry media appearances. At least Dick Cheney waited until he was V.P. to go into a bunker, but Palin seems to have gone into a figurative bunker while still a V.P. candidate. … In a way, she is between a rock and a hard place: if she withholds press appearances, many voters will doubt her qualifications to be V.P.; but if she appears freely in the media, opens her mouth and launches into her now-famous syntax, she removes all doubt...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

"Under water" mortgages are growing threat to U.S.

Long before she filed for bankruptcy, Ann Neukomm was "under water" -- she owed more on her mortgage than her house was worth -- a situation more and more Americans are finding themselves in.

From Information Clearing House

Lies and more lies: the 10 dirtiest tricks in US electoral history

An already nasty race is getting even nastier with both parties trading allegations of voting irregularities and underhand tactics. Here, I take a look at the 10 dirtiest incidents in US electoral history - in no particular order.

From Information Clearing House

Canada had Role in Torture of its Nationals

Canadian officials played an "indirect" role in the wrongful jailing and torture of three Canadian nationals in Syria and Egypt, an inquiry said Tuesday.

From Information Clearing House

Army official: Aggression to drive Iran beyond its borders

The deputy chief of Iran's Armed Forces General Headquarters said on Wednesday that any aggression on Iran will drive the country's operation beyond its borders, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

From Information Clearing House

An expense account to envy: taxpayers foot the tab

- Say you misplaced $185,481 somewhere? Just expense it - Iraq style! A U.S. contractor hired to teach Iraqis about good government physically lost that amount in cash, then claimed the loss as "an expense."

From Information Clearing House

Can Iraq End the Colonial Era?

We need to find out if the colonial period has ended or not. If an agreement is worked out that allows American troops, subcontractors and modern mercenaries to remain above the law of the land in Iraq, we will all suffer for years to come, says Rami G. Khouri.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq says will not be bullied into signing US security pact

Iraq warned on Wednesday it would not be bullied into signing a security pact with the United States, despite US leaders warning of potentially dire consequences if it failed to approve the deal.

From Information Clearing House

Prosecutors: Ex-soldier accused of killing Iraqi family, raping teen was 'chatterbox'

Pfc. Steven D. Green, 22, told FBI agents that "George Bush and Dick Cheney ought to be the ones that are arrested," according to court documents. He also said "You probably think I'm a monster" and "Guess I'm looking at spending the rest of my life in jail," the documents said.,0,6623125.story

From Information Clearing House

The US vs. Pakistan

With Allies Like These: "As a Pakistani, nobody likes someone to enter their home. It raises doubts about American credibility and the sincerity of their alliance with Pakistan," says the Major.

World will tremble if Pakistan falls: Pakistan is on the verge of default

It needs $3 billion within a month to maintain its debt service schedule and $10 billion over two years.

From Information Clearing House


Pakistan Stares Into the Abyss

Andrew Buncombe, Anne Penketh and Omar Waraich, The Independent UK: "Pakistan was locked in crisis last night, with the government pressed by Washington to deepen its conflict with Islamic militants in the lawless regions on the Afghan border, and obliged to call in the International Monetary Fund to stave off financial catastrophe.... A new US intelligence estimate meanwhile has warned that the renewed insurgency, coupled with energy shortages and political infighting, means that Pakistan, which is the only Muslim nation with nuclear weapons, is 'on the edge.'"


Pakistan Rejects 'America's War' On Extremists

The Economic Crisis and Latin America

By Eric Toussaint

We need to learn the lessons of the 20th century in order to apply them at the beginning of this century. During the decade of the 1930s, that followed the crisis that exploded on Wall Street in 1929, 12 countries in Latin America suspended for a prolonged time the repayment of their foreign debt, prinicipally to North American and Western European bankers.

Elections USA: Do They Matter?

100 million nonvoters send a stinging message of disenchantment

By Linda Averill

Legions of people opt out of voting in the U.S. But they are not civic slackers. They're on to something. Whether disinterested or disgusted, they are casting a vote of no confidence in the electoral system. And it is entirely justified.

Howard Zinn: Vote for Obama But Direct Action Needed


Howard Zinn says real change will come when people take direct action to stop house foreclosures.

Arms For The Poor

By Jeff Huber

Those poor kids at the Pentagon. They receive more funding than the rest of the world's military establishments combined, but it's just not enough. Pentagon officials have prepared a new defense spending estimate-one they plan to spring on us just before young Mr. Bush exits stage right-that projects a requirement for $450 billion more over the next five years than previously announced.

A Banquet For Death

Maybe U.S. Needs Yard Sale

By Eric Margolis

Russia could buy back Alaska or perhaps Canada could pick up sunny Florida.

New York Voter Rolls Drop 1.6 Million Names

Rick Karlin, The Times Union: "Jokes about people voting early and often aside, some 1.6 million names are being removed from New York's voting rolls by Election Day - a loss of 14 percent of the state's previous tally of 12 million voters. The removals, in which people are purged because they've died or moved from their listed address or simply become inactive, may be the largest sweep of registration records in recent memory, according to an elections watchdog."

Sorry, I Can't Find Your Name

The New York Times: "Before Mississippi's March presidential primary, one county election official improperly removed more than 8,000 voters from the eligible-voter rolls, including a Republican Congressional candidate. Fortunately, the secretary of state's office learned of the purge in time and restored the voters."

Organic Farming "Could Feed Africa"

Daniel Howden, The Independent UK: "Organic farming offers Africa the best chance of breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition it has been locked in for decades, according to a major study from the United Nations to be presented today. New evidence suggests that organic practices - derided by some as a Western lifestyle fad - are delivering sharp increases in yields, improvements in the soil and a boost in the income of Africa's small farmers who remain among the poorest people on earth."

Stocks Decline as Earnings Reveal Fallout From Credit Crisis

Michael M. Grynbaum, The New York Times: "The malaise on Wall Street simply will not lift. Despite cheaper oil and looser credit, stock investors on Wednesday could not shake their fears about the consequences of an economy that many believe is already in a recession. Worries about the corporate sector sent the Dow Jones industrials down more than 500 points for the day."

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Naomi Wolf, The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot

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