Samstag, 15. November 2008

Next-up News Nr 737

Maliki Tells Bush He Now Backs New US Troop Deal

Leila Fadel, McClatchy Newspapers: "After months of tough negotiations and multiple revisions, Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has decided to back the controversial US-Iraq security agreement that calls for the complete withdrawal of American troops by the end of 2011, Iraqi and US officials said Friday."


2011 US Iraq Withdrawal Depends on Conditions on the Ground

By The Telegraph

"And so three years is a long time. Conditions could change in that period of time," said Adml Mullen, adding the United States will continue to talk with Baghdad "as conditions continue to evolve." Asked if the agreement could be changed, he said "that's theoretically possible".

Will The US Government Accept Responsibility For The Slaughter Of Over 1,000,000 Iraqis?

By Michael Schwartz

Historically, the U.S. government has a poor record of acknowledging its responsibility for death and/or destruction of other peoples, beginning with the genocide against Native Americans (never officially acknowledged), continuing through two hundred years of the slave trade and slavery (there has actually been a limp official apology), and culminating in the ongoing refusal to acknowledge one to three million deaths in Vietnam caused by the U.S. attempt to conquer that country.

America's Moronic Iraqi Policy

By Paul Craig Roberts

Klammheimliche Kürzungsabsichten der Hartz IV Regelsätze schockieren Erwerbslosen-Gruppen

Die Bundesregierung hat gestern das sogenannte Familienleistungsgesetz auf den Weg gebracht, dass nach Ansicht des Erwerbslosen Forums Deutschland eine heimliche Senkung der Hartz-IV Regelsätze bei Kindern- und Jugendlichen geebnet hat. Denn ein Kind oder Jugendlicher hat nichts von der Erhöhung der Kindergeld-Erhöhung, da dies sogleich vom ALG II Regelsatz abgezogen wird. So rechnet der Sprecher Martin Behrsing vom ELO-Forum vor, dass das Schulstarterpacket für Kinder aus ALG II Familien in Höhe von 100 Euro umgerechnet einen monatlichen Betrag von 8,33 Euro ergeben würde.

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What's Blackwater Doing in Alaska?

From Global Network

Global Push to Create Multi-National Spy Agency

by NWV News

Although the Government has contributed to the proposals being drawn up as part of unifying European countries and their resources, Britain's security services -- MI5, the internal agency, and MI6, the overseas intelligence agency -- will likely put up stiff opposition to these plans, claim Waterfield and Gardham.......

War on Terror = A cash cow

Mast row council made previous blunder


15 November 2008 07:00

The Norfolk council at the centre of a row over a controversial mast plan was previously criticised for a blunder by the Local Government Ombudsman, it emerged today.

In yesterday's Evening News, we launched our new campaign calling upon a mobile phone giant to scrap plans to build a mast on a site where it only won planning consent due to a council blunder.

People living in Reepham Road, Hellesdon thought they had successfully fought off plans for the mast, until it emerged last week it would be built after all because a letter sent by the council did not arrive quickly enough.

The campaign for O2 to reconsider its plans for the mast has already been backed by concerned families, MPs and local councillors.


The robot that can pull faces just like a human being

The Myth of Good Government

Put an End to Election Messes

The Boston Globe, Editorial Board: "Barack Obama's superior get-out-the-vote operation spared the country from another squeaker presidential election, with the claims of voter fraud and intimidation that have become so familiar in the previous two cycles. But that doesn't mean the problems in the nation's electoral system have disappeared. They're just not as visible at high tide."

Hard Labor at a Tender Age

Franco Ordonez and Ames Alexander, The Charlotte Observer: "Four months after turning 15, Lucero Gayton began work on the night shift at a House of Raeford Farms chicken plant. Starting at 11 each night, when most girls her age were asleep, the shy teenager with brown eyes was working 10-hour shifts, wielding a sharp knife, cutting muscles from thousands of freshly killed chickens."

Child Labor Going Largely Unchecked

Ames Alexander and Franco Ordonez, The Charlotte Observer: "Nery Castaneda tackled a job that was never intended for kids his age. One afternoon last fall, the 17-year-old Guatemala native ran a machine to grind damaged pallets into mulch. When a co-worker at the Greensboro plant returned from another task, he didn't see Nery - until he looked inside the shredder."

Brown Clouds Threaten World Food Supply

The Associated Press: "Thick brown clouds of soot, particles and chemicals stretching from the Persian Gulf to Asia threaten health and food supplies in the world, the UN reported Thursday, citing what it called the newest threat to the global environment."

Where Has Bailout Money Gone?

Lawmakers Critique Treasury Department's Handling of Bailout

Phil Mattingly, CQ Politics: "Lawmakers continued to lash the Treasury Department on Friday for abandoning a centerpiece of the bailout plan it pitched to Congress and for failing to rein in lavish executive pay at AIG and other corporate beneficiaries of federal aid."


Where Has Bailout Money Gone?

New Blackwater Iraq Scandal: Guns, Silencers and Dog Food

Brian Ross and Jason Ryan, ABC News: "A federal grand jury in North Carolina is investigating allegations the controversial private security firm Blackwater illegally shipped assault weapons and silencers to Iraq, hidden in large sacks of dog food, has learned."

October budget deficit hits record of $237.2B

The Treasury Department said Thursday that the deficit for the first month in the new budget year was the highest monthly imbalance on record. It was far bigger than analysts expected, over four times larger than the October 2007 deficit of $56.8 billion, and more than half the total for all of last year.

U.S. Economy: Retail Sales Drop in October by Most on Record

Retail sales and prices of goods imported to the U.S. dropped by the most on record, signaling the economy may be in its worst slump in decades.

From Information Clearing House

Obama and Bush are not so far apart says ambassador

SWEEPING INTERNATIONAL policy changes from the new Barack Obama administration are unlikely, United States Ambassador to Portugal Thomas Stephenson has warned.

From Information Clearing House


Ditch the Smooth Transition, The People Voted for Change

Naomi Klein, The Guardian UK: "The more details emerge, the clearer it becomes that Washington's handling of the Wall Street bail-out is not merely incompetent: it is borderline criminal. In a moment of high panic in September, the US treasury pushed through a radical change in how bank mergers are taxed - a change long sought by the industry."


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