Sonntag, 8. Februar 2009

Full Circle

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "Among things that have not changed in Iraq is one that I hope never changes. After a four-year-long absence, each of my meetings here with former friends and fresh acquaintances seems to suggest that adversity has taken its toll on everything except Iraqi hospitality and Iraqi generosity."

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Burnley mobile phone mast prompts anger from residents

Lancashire Telegraph - Blackburn, England, UK

By Peter Magill

A MOBILE phone mast is looking likely for one of Burnley's busiest junctions - prompting anger from local residents. ...

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Extend Statute of Limitations On Cheney/Bush Crimes

One of the most important recommendations by John Conyers in his 487 page recent report "Reining In The Imperial Presidency" was to extend the statute of limitations on the crimes of Bush and Cheney, to allow a fair opportunity for them to be actually investigated by a real prosecutor. Of course the Justice Department was entirely derelict in enforcing the law as to them while they were still in office. To fully preserve and protect the rule of law, the statute of limitations must be extended now.

And sure enough, just the other day Cheney was out there gloating about how the statute of limitations was expiring on some of their most egregious offenses. For example, the midnight putsch to institute a regime of illegal wiretapping occurred in early March of 2004, not quite 5 years ago. We certainly did not expect Alberto Gonzales, who conspired in all of this, to enforce the law when he was attorney general, did we?

Extend Statute of Limitations Action Page: //www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum933.php

And while we're on the subject of Dick Cheney shooting off his unwelcome mouth again, we never expected you to "make nice with terrorists", Dick, as you so contemptuously smear any alternative to a policy of slaughtering thousands of innocent civilians in foreign countries and destroying their cities. No, Dick, we expected you to NOT stoop to beneath their level, which has made us all decidely less safe for the future.

In truth, if we count all our senseless casualties in Iraq, Dick, more died on your watch since than died on 9/11, which you dismally failed to protect us from in the first place in your arrogant insolence. Or was it deliberate treason, so you could justify your war to seize Iraq's oil fields? No, Dick, we were never expecting everyone in the world to "love" us, but we sure could do without a couple extra generations of millions of people bent on mortal revenge.

By, the way, did anyone else catch the story of Cheney throwing out his back moving his OWN boxes? What is a former vice president doing playing his own moving man, unless all those boxes contained incriminating evidence he would not allow anyone else to even touch? Must have been a lot of such evidence to throw his back out like that.

On a happier note, we are pleased to report that Thursday we completed the latest round of shipping of the new "Convict Dick & W" caps, the ones with a little embroidered cowboy hat hung on the "W", intended to ridicule the original cowboy from Connecticut himself, who always looked about as at home on that fake Crawford ranch as Zsa Zsa looked on Green Acres. So if you have not requested yours yet, you can get one from the return page after you submit the statute of limitations extension action page.

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And on the same return page from the action page above, you can also find the new local county prosecutor lookup, which we are using to call, write and email local district attorneys, asking them to bring murder charges against George Bush and Dick Cheney as urged by Vince Bugliosi. If any resident of your county was killed a war based on false pretenses, Bugliosi says that district attorney has grounds to bring murder charges. At the top of all these pages, there is a link to a terrific YouTube video you can watch on this of Bugliosi's House testimony.

The local prosecutor initiative is an important long term back up action, intended to keep the heat on at the same time for a special prosecutor at the federal level.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are not asking anyone to file a "formal" criminal complaint yourself. Common sense tells us that a state prosecutor will only act, in the exercise of their OWN discretion, if they believe there is a non-frivolous case to bring. But by speaking out, we can let them know there is community support for them to do so.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

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Senate Should Pursue Truth About Bush-Cheney Abuses
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KBR Wins Contract Despite Criminal Probe of Deaths

Kimberly Hefling, The Associated Press: "Defense contractor KBR Inc. has been awarded a $35 million Pentagon contract involving major electrical work, even as it is under criminal investigation in the electrocution deaths of at least two US soldiers in Iraq."

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Science and social justice

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Beyond the Bailout: Agenda for a New Economy

David Korten, YES! Magazine: "The financial crisis has put to rest the myths that our economic institutions are sound and markets work best when deregulated. Our economic institutions have failed, not only financially, but also socially and environmentally. This, combined with the election of a new president with a mandate for change, creates an opportune moment to rethink and redesign."

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AP CEO Urges Better Press Access to Military Ops

John Hanna, The Associated Press: "The Bush administration turned the US military into a global propaganda machine while imposing tough restrictions on journalists seeking to give the public truthful reports about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Associated Press chief executive Tom Curley said Friday."

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Record numbers are declared bankrupt as recession bites

UK: The number of people being made bankrupt hit an all-time high during the last three months of 2008, as the country's worst recession in three decades left thousands of individuals unable to pay their debts.

//tinyurl.com/at5vkl



Irish economy 'worst hit in eurozone'

For 15 years, Ireland's economy boomed, but today it is the country most severely hit by recession in the Eurozone. Every five minutes, a job is lost.

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Peter Schiff: Stimulus Bill Will Lead to "Unmitigated Disaster"

Schiff scoffs at the notion the economic decline is starting to level off and concedes no government action means a "terrible" recession. But the path of increased government intervention will lead to "unmitigated disaster," says Schiff.

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84% of cities in money trouble

Some 84% of cities say they are facing financial difficulty, according to new survey. Things won't improve this year.

//money.cnn.com/2009/02/04/news/economy/city_troubles/index.htm



State can run out of money, but can't file for bankruptcy

Federal law permits individuals, businesses and local governments to file for bankruptcy reorganization and sometimes debt forgiveness. States are not covered by the law. No U.S. state has ever declared bankruptcy.

//www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=269994&src=109


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U.S. Military Violated Iraq Security Agreement Twice

The two episodes highlight the difficulties the Americans and Iraqis are encountering as they try to comply with the security agreement's requirement that American troops have "full coordination with Iraqi authorities," particularly in places where there are still active counterinsurgency operations.

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Will Obama Start the Next Trade War?

By Shamus Cooke

It is no exaggeration to say that the U.S.-China economic relationship, which is central to the functioning of the larger world economy, is already in tatters. This precarious partnership was dysfunctional from the beginning: China was to build the world's products and lend money to the U.S. so that these products would then be purchased.

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Biden indicated that the US would press ahead with plans for a missile defence project

Joe Biden tells Munich conference: 'US will talk to Iran and ally with Russia against terror'

By Philip Sherwell

He indicated that the US would press ahead with plans for a missile defence project based in Poland and the Czech Republic, while adding riders about the cost and effectiveness of the programme. Moscow was enfuriated when the Bush administration announced the scheme, although the Kremlin has taken a more conciliatory approach since Mr Obama entered the White House.

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How Bush Threatened Britain

By Andrew Sullivan

In order to prevent any details of its torture record being publicly disseminated, the Bush administration threatened the British government with withdrawal of intelligence sharing if they allowed a court to publish the redacted evidence. Foreign secretary David Miliband denied this on Wednesday, but the letters from the US have been released by Channel 4 News. And their message is unmistakable.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article21925.htm



Britain: Foreign Office colludes with US to cover-up torture of Binyam Mohamed

By Robert Stevens

A High Court ruling by two British judges regarding the torture of a Guantánamo detainee has unleashed a major political crisis. The judges have stated that they have been pressured by the United States into concealing evidence that should be made available in any country governed by the rule of law. This took the form of threats to withdraw security cooperation, instigated under the Bush administration and continued under Barak Obama's presidency.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article21926.htm



"Yes I Am Emotional About Torture SIR!"

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Shami Chakrabarti SAVAGES UK Minister Geoff "Buff" Hoon over the US attempts to BLACKMAIL Britain into silence over evidence of Torture.

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Christian Support for Killing Iraqis

By Jacob G. Hornberger

After the WMDs failed to materialize, American Christians had an option: They could have called for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops. Instead, they did the exact opposite. They supported the continued occupation of Iraq, with full knowledge that U.S. troops would have to continue killing Iraqis in order to solidify the occupation.

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War Reporters Used To Prefer Morality Over Impartiality

By Robert Fisk

In an age when the BBC can refuse help to the suffering because of its "impartiality" - whether we still report war with the same power and passion as the men and women of an earlier generation.

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Tibetan glaciers rapidly melting

Glaciers high in the Himalayas are dwindling faster than anyone thought, putting nearly a billion people living in South Asia in peril of losing their water supply.

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Kann Atomenergie das Weltklima retten?

30 Jahre lang galt in Schweden das Bauverbot für Atomkraftwerke. Das hatten die Schweden in einer Volksabstimmung 1980 so festgelegt. Doch in dieser Woche hat die konservative Regierung in Stockholm den Ausstieg aus dem Ausstieg beschlossen. Neue Kernkraftwerke sollen gebaut werden. Begründung: Atomstrom helfe dem Klima. Stimmt das? Und ist Schweden damit Vorbild für Deutschland?

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Ausstieg aus dem Atomausstieg?

Die schwedische Regierungsallianz hat am 5. Februar 2009 ihr neues Energie- und Klimapaket vorgelegt und angekündigt, das alte Gesetz zum Atomausstieg zurückzuziehen. Der Neubau von Reaktoren soll nun wieder erlaubt werden. Gastkommentar von Dr. Lutz Mez

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Rückzug von Eis auf dem Dach der Welt: Gefährdet Gletscherschmelze im Himalaja Wasserversorgung für 500 Millionen Menschen?

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Dürre in China Vorbote einer globalen Wasserkrise

„Obwohl China zu den wasserreichsten Ländern der Erde gehört, wird das Süßwasser immer knapper und wird bald hunderte Millionen Menschen in ihrer Existenz bedrohen.“

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