Dienstag, 18. November 2008

Top judge: US and UK acted as 'vigilantes' in Iraq invasion

Former senior law lord condemns 'serious violation of international law'.

Straw defends his role in Iraq war after ex-law lord brands conflict 'illegal'

Lord Goldsmith and Lord Chancellor Jack Straw defended their actions after Lord Bingham, the former senior law lord and one of Britain's most respected judicial experts, described the military action by Britain and the US as a " serious violation of international law".


From Information Clearing House


Energiesparlampen: Das Ende eines Ökomythos

Elektrosmog von Sparlampen: Ein weiterer Erfahrungsbericht //groups.google.com/group/mobilfunk_newsletter/t/7f683ffec7267175

Energiesparlampen: Das Ende eines Ökomythos


Bailout Profiteers and the Multi-Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene

democracynow.org — The more details emerge, the clearer it becomes that Washington's handling of the Wall Street bailout is not merely incompetent. It is borderline criminal.



More Children Went Hungry in 2007

hosted.ap.org — Some 691,000 children went hungry in America sometime in 2007, while close to one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately even before this year's sharp economic downturn, the Agriculture Department reported. The department's annual report on food security showed that during 2007 the number of children who suffered a substantial disruption in the amount of food they typically eat was more than 50 percent above the 430,000 in 2006 and the largest figure since 716,000 in 1998. Overall, the 36.2 million adults and children who struggled with hunger during the year was up slightly from 35.5 million in 2006. That was 12.2 percent of Americans who didn't have the money or assistance to get enough food to maintain active, healthy lives.


Automakers: Millions of Jobs Will Vanish

The Big Three automakers warn that if they go under, the fragile U.S. economy will be dealt a blow far costlier than the $25 billion in aid the companies want. The question legislators, pundits, lobbyists and taxpayers are asking is: If we let these guys fail, how bad will it really be for the economy? Moody's Economy.com chief economist Mark Zandi estimates that 2.6 million jobs — about 1.9% of the U.S. workforce — would be lost if GM, Chrysler and Ford were to go under. That includes more than 255,000 people directly tied to the three companies and an additional 2.3 million whose jobs are indirectly dependent. Zandi argues the economy is too weak to absorb the fallout from an auto industry crisis.


Ron Paul Confronts Bernanke On Global Currency Plans


Banker Manipulation Of Gold And Silver Prices Further Exposed


Stripping Paulson of His Remaining Power and Money

David Sirota, The Campaign for America's Future: "US Senator Jim Inhofe said Saturday that Congress was not told the truth about the bailout of the nation's financial system and should take back what is left of the $700 billion 'blank check'' it gave the Bush administration. 'It is just outrageous that the American people don't know that Congress doesn't know how much money he (Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson) has given away to anyone,' the Oklahoma Republican told the Tulsa World."



Obama Team Signals No War Crimes Prosecution

Lara Jakes Jordan, The Associated Press: "Barack Obama's incoming administration is unlikely to bring criminal charges against government officials who authorized or engaged in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists during the George W. Bush presidency. Obama, who has criticized the use of torture, is being urged by some constitutional scholars and human rights groups to investigate possible war crimes by the Bush administration. Two Obama advisers said there's little - if any - chance that the incoming president's Justice Department will go after anyone involved in authorizing or carrying out interrogations that provoked worldwide outrage."



Her biggest battle


Menschenrechte im Betrieb: Arbeitnehmerdatenschutz


„Ein großer Teil des öffentlichen Raums wird bereits videoüberwacht. Für Beschäftigte, die etwa im Kassen- oder Schalterdienst arbeiten, ist die ständige Überwachung am Arbeitsplatz dadurch bereits flächendeckend Realität. Nach einem neueren Urteil des Bundesarbeitsgerichts ist eine Ausweitung der Videoüberwachung auch in nichtöffentlichen Arbeitsbereichen zu erwarten…“ Artikel von Martin Bechert in junge Welt vom 18.11.2008 //www.jungewelt.de/2008/11-18/005.php

Siehe dazu:

Videoüberwachung im Betrieb - Beachtung des Persönlichkeitsrechts der Arbeitnehmer - Grundsatz der Verhältnismäßigkeit - Einigungsstellenspruch

Beschluß vom 26.8.2008, 1 ABR 16/07 //juris.bundesarbeitsgericht.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bag&Art=en&Datum=2008-8&nr=12998&pos=4&anz=12

Aus: LabourNet, 18. November 2008


Trillions down and still bailing

Money Central
by Bill Fleckenstein


A hodgepodge collection of efforts has put us all on the hook for piles of money, and what do we have to show for it? A still-terrible market and a recession...


From reform to crisis

Liberty Unbound
by Jim Walsh

The United States is a debtor nation. As the country’s ‘family and friends,’ American citizens should pay attention to that rational decision-maker. As the country plunges into a recession, it is asking us to lend it money. Again. We’re making the loan; but our relationship is going to change... (for publication 12/08)


Funny business

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap


So let me get this straight. Ford, GM and Chrysler build products that nobody buys (alongside some that do get sold). The unsold products sit around in storage sites waiting for buyers. Lack of sales causes lack of income. Therefore we should print even more dollars, take dollars away from everyone who earns or owns them, to give to the automakers. Since our new socialist government is going to be more equitable than the old mercantilist one, the dollars given to the automakers will be distributed not to the mis-managers, but to the proletariat. About the only way I can figure to do this in an egalitarian fashion, is to give those dollars to the workers who, in turn, keep producing autos (at $85/hour union scale wages, of course)...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Financial Crisis Tab Already In The Trillions

By CNBC.com

CNBC, has been keeping a running tally of actual spending as well as the commitments involved. Try $4.28 trillion dollars. That's $4,284,500,000,000 and more than what was spent on WW II, if adjusted for inflation, based on our computations from a variety of estimates and sources.



Sixties radicals are back, but why?

Independent [UK]
by Johann Hari


After condemning Obama for vaguely knowing Ayers, John McCain boasted about his ‘close friendship’ with Henry Kissinger — and nobody noticed the dissonance. While Ayers didn’t kill anybody, Kissinger played a key role in killing three million people, overwhelmingly civilians, in a bogus cause. Can it be right to damn one as a terrorist and laud the other as a great statesman?


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Lieberman’s best option

The Nation
by John Nichols


Democrat-turned-independent-turned-John-McCain-backer Joe Lieberman faces an election of sorts on Tuesday. … Arguments have been made that, because of his support for McCain and his neo-conservative stances on foreign-policy issues, Lieberman should be stripped of all his committee assignments. And some pound-of-flesh critics propose expelling him from the caucus...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Japan’s whaling fleet sets out for Antarctic



The main ship in Japan’s whaling fleet set out for the Antarctic on Monday for its first hunt in the region since limping home with just over half its planned catch in April following clashes with militant anti-whaling activists, environmentalist group Greenpeace said. The Nisshin Maru set out from Innoshima in western Japan, Greenpeace said, part of a plan to take about 850 minke whales and 50 fin whales. Last year six ships took part in the hunt. The vessel’s movements will be followed by a ship belonging to Sea Shepherd, an anti-whaling group that skirmished repeatedly with the fleet at sea last year in an attempt to halt the hunt...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


UK: Pilots threaten to strike over ID cards

Independent [UK]


The first wave of ID cards to be issued to British citizens has prompted airline pilots to threaten a strike rather than accept the documents. Aviation workers have warned that proposals to make airport staff register for the cards from next year would do little to improve security. The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa), which represents 10,000 of the 12,000 commercial pilots and flight engineers in Britain, said its members were being treated as “guinea pigs”. Jim McAuslan, Balpa’s general secretary, said the Government’s “early warning system should be flashing” over opp”...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Why do we need another mast?

Sitefinder website which has revealed there are already eight masts in Hellesdon.


18 November 2008 07:00

Campaigners against a controversial mobile phone mast today asked why it was needed when there were already several masts in the immediate area.

The Evening News last week called on bosses at telecommunications giant O2 to scrap plans to build a mast on Reepham Road, Hellesdon, where it only won planning consent due to a planning blunder by Broadland District Council.

And today it has emerged that there are already eight masts in the Hellesdon area, all within less than a mile of the proposed site being considered by O2.


Irak: Abzug der US-Truppen Ende 2011

Das irakische Kabinett bestätigt das Abkommen über die amerikanischen Militärstützpunkte.


Stop Bush's Midnight Raid Upon Oregon's Wild Forests and Rivers




By Ecological Internet's Forests.org, //forests.org/ November 17, 2008

TAKE ACTION Like his Presidency, it is time for President Bush's looting, plundering, and pillaging of America’s natural beauty, ecological treasures and vital ecosystems to end


The Bush Administration is rushing out long-term plans that would convert over 2 million acres of Oregon's national forests, with their towering trees, rushing rivers, and superb wildlife habitat, to empty clearcuts. Much of the forests under siege are in the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Crest, which contains some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the continent. There are some 20,000 miles of rivers, where wild Pacific salmon thrive. Ancient old-growth forests are abundant -- home to huge Douglas fir, western hemlock and western red cedar trees -- some well over 400 years old.

The plan increases logging by 400% and would target 100,000 acres of old-growth forests for destruction. Oregon Governor Kulongoski is the only elected official standing between the Bush Administration and western Oregon's forests, rivers and salmon. He is allowed a 60-day "consistency review" period to propose recommendations for changes to land use plans. Please encourage the governor to propose significant amendments, pushing this decision to the Obama administration.

TAKE ACTION NOW: //forests.org/shared/alerts/send.aspx?id=oregon_midnight_raid

DISCUSS THIS ALERT: //forests.org/blog/2008/11/alert-stop-bushs-midnight-raid.asp


20 Reasons to Shut Down the Guantánamo Trials



Air Power: On one thing that really motivates the Military



The Triumph of Imperial Christianity



States want their own federal financial bailout

Led by California with a $28 billion hole in its budget, 41 states are in financial trouble, and many of their leaders are looking to Congress to bail them out.


State of Denial: America in Recession

Policymakers Fear 'R-Word': Over the past 72 hours, Japan and the Eurozone have owned up to what U.K. policymakers previously admitted: Those economies are in recession.


US banking giant cuts 50,000 jobs

Citigroup, one of America's largest financial institutions, is to cut about 50,000 jobs as the bank struggles with heavy losses stemming from the current financial crisis.


The Six Unknowns That Are Roiling the Stock Market

The stock market's behavior is downright strange lately. Professionals with decades of market experience scratch their heads as the market falls to its lowest point of the year, then surges almost 7% in an afternoon-all for no apparent reason.


Florida pension fund plummets

The State Board of Administration, which manages many of Florida's public investments, has seen its assets plummet by $62-billion, a third of their value, in the last 13 months.


Foreclosures up 25 percent: RealtyTrac

That means one in every 452 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing in October, the firm said in its report released on Thursday.


From Information Clearing House


ElBaradei`s Iran report not to contain any new point

ElBaradei has in his reports repeatedly stressed that the IAEA has obtained no document proving Iran's diversion from international regulations regarding nuclear activities.


From Information Clearing House


Pakistan The Next US Target

Bill Kristol, a Fox Television commentator and arch American neoconservative revealed recently what many had long suspected was US thinking about the current international situation.


Zardari government policy towards Undeclared US War on Pakistan

The delegation then stated 4 clear courses of action that illustrated that Pakistan was not as impotent as the regime chooses to portray it.


Major change in store for U.S. policy on Pakistan

"Pakistan is the most dangerous country in today's world," according to Mr. Obama's chief adviser on South Asia, former CIA officer Bruce Riedel.


From Information Clearing House


The Ballot Heard 'Round The World

By David Michael Green

The America of 2012 or 2016 will be nearly unrecognizable from the swamp in which we've been mired since 2000, and all those changes will be for the better. And they will have hugely salutary effects well beyond our borders as well.



US's Road to Recovery Runs Through Beijing

By Francesco Sisci and David P Goldman

For the past decade, poor people in the developing world have financed the consumption of rich people in America. America has borrowed nearly $1 trillion a year, mostly from the developing world, and used these funds to import consumer goods and buy homes at low interest rates. The result is a solvency crisis of the American household, which shows up as a solvency crisis for financial institutions.


The G-20 Washout

By Mike Whitney

The financial crisis is being used by Wall Street big-wigs to restructure the economy and create a permanent class of working poor.


The G-20 Economic Summit Won't Change the "Financial Crime Scene"

By Richard C. Cook

I worked in the U.S. Treasury Department for 21 years and learned first-hand the history and operations of public finance in the U.S. I have seen the disastrous results of the debt-based financial system and how it has driven our nation, government, and people into bankruptcy. I have also seen how these simple measures of monetary reform would be easy to implement and would begin to turn the situation around within weeks or months.



The Bailout's Next 60 Days

The New York Times, Editorial Team: "A month into the Bush administration's $700 billion bank bailout, the effort has become as fractured as the ad hoc rescues that it was supposed to replace. As a result, the modest easing the bailout initially brought about in the credit markets is now being reversed over doubts about the Treasury's stewardship of the plan."



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