Freitag, 30. Januar 2009

Leading Human Rights Groups Request Full Access To Guantánamo Prison

It’s Not the Lobbying, It’s the Agreeing

Homelessness Surges as Funding Falters

Speak Out for Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs

Black-tailed prairie dogs were once abundant across the Great Plains, from Canada to Mexico. But after decades of habitat loss, poisonings and disease, these furry creatures have declined more than 95% in the last 150 years -- and are gone completely in large parts of their range.

Now, federal officials are considering protection for the black-tailed prairie dog under the Endangered Species Act as a terrible plague continues to wipe out vast numbers of the remaining prairie dog colonies, and as federal agencies continue to poison prairie dog colonies on our public lands..

Urge federal officials to protect black-tailed prairie dogs -- and the health of the Great Plains. Hurry -- the deadline for comments is Tuesday, February 2nd.

A Long-Lived Privilege?

Michael Isikoff, Newsweek: "Just four days before he left office, President Bush instructed former White House aide Karl Rove to refuse to cooperate with future congressional inquiries into alleged misconduct during his administration.... The letter told Rove that President Bush was continuing to assert executive privilege over any testimony by Rove - even after he leaves office."

Economy: Sharpest Decline in 26 Years

Chris Isidore, "The US economy suffered its biggest slowdown in 26 years in the last three months of 2008, according to the government's first reading about the fourth quarter released Friday. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation's economic activity, fell at an annual rate of 3.8 percent in the fourth quarter, adjusted for inflation."


Economy Goes From Bad to Worse — The bad economic news keeps piling up. Three milestones showing the depths of the downturn were reached: The number of workers filing unemployment claims hit an all-time high, sales of new homes fell to an all-time low, and production of durable goods dropped for the fifth straight month, boosting inventories to their highest level since at least 1992. And it's not over yet. The Commerce Department is scheduled to release its initial estimate of the U.S. gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services produced by the economy — for the fourth quarter of 2008. The report will essentially wrap into one sobering number all the grim developments that have been accumulating for weeks and months.

Leihsystem läuft - Datenschützer warnen: Technik redet wie ein Buch - West Germany, Germany

RFID-Ausweise mit Speicherchip sind aber bestellt. Der Bielefelder Datenschutzverein FoeBuD macht mit seiner Kampagne "Stop RFID" auf die Gefahren des ...

BGH-Präsident kritisiert "Deals" in Strafprozessen

Der Präsident des Bundesgerichtshofs (BGH), Klaus Tolksdorf, hat die weit verbreitete Praxis des sogenannten Deals in Strafprozessen scharf kritisiert. Solche Absprachen zwischen Verteidigung, Staatsanwaltschaft und Gericht über das zu erwartende Urteil wirkten "insgesamt verheerend", weil sie die gesamte Justiz in Misskredit bringen könnten, sagte Tolksdorf am Donnerstagabend (29. Januar) vor der Justizpressekonferenz (JPK) in Karlsruhe.

Uproar as mast given go-ahead

By Roisin McGroarty

THE green-light has been given for a phone mast to be installed in Holmston despite locals warning that it’s a “health hazard.”

Councillors have decided on placing the 12 metre pole next to homes and Kyle Academy at the north side of Holmston Road with promises that will boost the area’s broadband and mobile phone signals.

Several residents had objected about the visual aspects and safety implications of Vodafone’s mast on council grounds with several attending last Thursday’s regulatory panel in protest.


Obama Calls Wall Street Bonuses "Shameful" as Dodd Vows to Reclaim Money

Dawn Kopecki and Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg: "President Barack Obama fed a swelling populist revolt against Wall Street bonuses, calling it 'shameful' that banks doled out $18.4 billion as taxpayers bail out companies and the U.S. remains mired in a recession. The bonuses are 'the height of irresponsibility,' Obama said today before meeting Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. Firms need to 'show some restraint and show some discipline,' Obama said."

Former President Jimmy Carter Supports Call For New 9/11 Investigation

Big Brother: Europa will an Deine Daten

In der Europäischen Union arbeiten Politiker wie Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble stark daran, die gemeinsame Pläne zur inneren Sicherheit auszubauen - nicht unbedingt zum Vorteil der Bürgerrechte. Ein Überblick von Von Michael Hörz anlässlich des Europäischen Datenschutztages im Tagesspiegel vom 28.01.2009;art123,2717009

Aus: LabourNet, 30. Januar 2009äuble

DGB-Kampagne: »Rente muss zum Leben reichen«

Altersarmut ist eine Folge politischer Fehlentscheidungen - DGB startet Kampagne "Rente muss zum Leben reichen"

Unter dem Motto „Rente muss zum Leben reichen“ hat der DGB am Mittwoch in Berlin seine Kampagne zur Stärkung der solidarischen Alterssicherung in Deutschland gestartet. Ziel ist es, die Ursachen der drohenden Altersarmut deutlich zu machen und die Politik dazu zu bewegen, die notwendigen Reformen rasch auf den Weg zu bringen. Siehe dazu die Pressemitteilung vom DGB vom 28.01.2009

»Rente muss zum Leben reichen«
Die Kampagnenseite des DGB


Eine Materialzusammenstellung zur Kampagne von Reinhold Schramm vom 28.01.2009 (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 30. Januar 2009

The big stimulus

by Justin Raimondo


Putting aside Bizarro economics, for now, and my wholesale rejection of same, there is one way we can stimulate the economy with a mighty injection of cash into the hands of one and all. No, not another government subsidy, but the cutting of the single largest federal expenditure down to a manageable size: the U.S. military budget. Larger than all the other ‘defense’ budgets in the world combined, this unimaginable sum is not even known, for sure, but of one thing we can be certain: the hidden costs are much more than anyone suspects...

$646,214 per government job

Cato Institute
by Alan Reynolds


House Democrats propose to spend $550 billion of their two-year, $825 billion ’stimulus bill’ (the rest of it being tax cuts). Most of the spending is unlikely to be timely or temporary. Strangely, most of it is targeted toward sectors of the economy where unemployment is the lowest. The December unemployment rate was only 2.3% for government workers and 3.8% in education and health. Unemployment rates in manufacturing and construction, by contrast, were 8.3% and 15.2% respectively. Yet 39% of the $550 billion in the bill would go to state and local governments. Another 17.3% would go to health and education — sectors where relatively secure government jobs are also prevalent. If the intent of the plan is to alleviate unemployment, why spend over half of the money on sectors where unemployment is lowest?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Relatives of two Gitmo dead sue Pentagon



Families of two Saudi detainees who committed suicide in June 2006 while being held at Guantanamo Bay have sued the Pentagon, alleging Thursday that torture and brutal conditions at the offshore prison led the men to their deaths. The New-York based Center for Constitutional Rights said the parents of Yassar Talal al-Zahrani and Salah Ali Abdullah Ahmed al-Salami are seeking unspecified damages for the ‘illegal detention, torture, inhumane conditions, and ultimate deaths’ of their sons...

Judge” refuses to delay Gitmo detainee’s “trial”



A military judge at Guantanamo on Thursday rejected a White House request to suspend a hearing for a USS Cole bombing suspect, creating an unexpected challenge for the Obama administration as it reviews the U.S. war-crimes trials process. The judge, Army Col. James Pohl, said his decision was difficult but necessary to protect ‘the public interest in a speedy trial.’ The ruling came in the case against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the 2000 Navy destroyer bombing that killed 17 U.S. sailors in Yemen.” [editor’s note: “Speedy trial” my a... . He’s been in US custody for more than six years - TLK]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Media Myths on Economic Recovery Package Continue

Media Matters

Indonesian NGO Backs Villagers in Fight Against Palm Oil

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America's Policy on Bombing

Bill Moyers Journal: "On the heels of the American drone attacks on suspected terrorist compounds in Pakistan, Bill Moyers Journal takes a closer look at America's history of, and current policy on, bombing; explores the ethics behind these assaults when civilians become the victims, and asks: Does bombing work? Bill Moyers sits down with historian Marilyn Young, author of the forthcoming 'Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History' and former Pentagon official Pierre Sprey, who developed military planes and helped found the military reform movement."

Iraq to Deny New License to Blackwater Security Firm

Ernesto Londono and Qais Mizher, The Washington Post: "The Iraqi government has informed the US Embassy in Baghdad that it will not issue a new operating license to Blackwater Worldwide, the embassy's primary security company, which has come under scrutiny for allegedly using excessive force while protecting American diplomats, Iraqi and US officials said Wednesday."


Blackwater Mercs Likely to Stay in Iraq, Despite Gov't Ban

Iraq's government says it won't give Blackwater a license to operate in the country. So does that mean the firm's cadre ... will be gone from Iraq, forever? Not exactly.

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