Montag, 16. Februar 2009

Do We Still Pretend That We Abide by Treaties?

Attack of the Killer Robots

Anti-Terror Tactics "Weaken Law"

BBC News: "Anti-terror measures worldwide have seriously undermined international human rights law, a report by legal experts says. After a three-year global study, the International Commission of Jurists said many states used the public's fear of terrorism to introduce measures. These included detention without trial, illegal disappearance and torture. It also said that the UK and the US have 'actively undermined' international law by their actions."

Boys With Toys

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "It is not the threat of violence that weighs on the people of Iraq. It is the omnipresent occurrence of violence that has resulted in the desperate nation wide chant, 'We are tired. All we want is for normal life to return.'"

Linke fordert Verbot von Genmais-Anbau

Die Agrarpolitikerin der Linken, Kirsten Tackmann, forderte am Montag (16. Februar), die Bundesregierung müsse den Anbau von Genmais "komplett verbieten". Sie verwies auf sinkenden Flächenanmeldungen für gentechnisch veränderte Pflanzen (GVP) im bundesweiten Standortregister. "Der Genmais MON 810 wird zunehmend zum Ladenhüter. Keiner braucht ihn und fast niemand will ihn", so Tackmann. Immer weniger Landwirte entschieden sich für "die Risikotechnologie Agro-Gentechnik".

Hausbesitzer kämpft gegen UMTS-Antenne

Stuttgart - Vor vier Jahren hat Volker Stöckle der Deutschen Funkturm GmbH per Vertrag den Bau einer Mobilfunkantenne auf dem Dach seines Mietshauses im Stuttgarter Westen gestattet. Nun will er aus dem Vertrag aussteigen. So einfach ist das aber nicht - obwohl er mit der Stadt am gleichen Strang zieht.

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Is the US Repeating Soviet Mistakes in Afghanistan?

Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers: "Twenty years to the day after the last Soviet soldier left Afghanistan, Dastagir Arizad ticked off grievances against President Hamid Karzai and the United States that are disturbingly reminiscent of Moscow's humiliating defeat. 'Day by day, we see the Karzai government failing. The Americans are also failing,' said Arizad, 40, as he huddled against the cold in the stall where he sells ropes and plastic hoses. 'People are not feeling safe. Their lives are not secure. Their daughters are not safe. Their land is not secure. The Karzai government is corrupt.'"

Former Guantanamo Guard Tells All

Scott Horton, Harper's Magazine: "Army Private Brandon Neely served as a prison guard at Guantanamo in the first years the facility was in operation. With the Bush Administration, and thus the threat of retaliation against him, now gone, Neely decided to step forward and tell his story. 'The stuff I did and the stuff I saw was just wrong,' he told the Associated Press. Neely describes the arrival of detainees in full sensory-deprivation garb, he details their sexual abuse by medical personnel, torture by other medical personnel, brutal beatings out of frustration, fear, and retribution, the first hunger strike and its causes, torturous shackling, positional torture, interference with religious practices and beliefs, verbal abuse, restriction of recreation, the behavior of mentally ill detainees, an isolation regime that was put in place for child-detainees, and his conversations with prisoners David Hicks and Rhuhel Ahmed."

An American Foreign Legion: Is the US Military Now an Imperial Police Force?

William Astore, TomDispatch: "A leaner, meaner, higher tech force - that was what George W. Bush and his Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld promised to transform the American military into. Instead, they came close to turning it into a foreign legion. Foreign as in being constantly deployed overseas on imperial errands; foreign as in being ever more reliant on private military contractors; foreign as in being increasingly segregated from the elites that profit most from its actions, yet serve the least in its ranks. Now would be a good time for President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to begin to reclaim that military for its proper purpose: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Now would be a good time to ask exactly why, and for whom, our troops are currently fighting and dying in the urban jungles of Iraq and the hostile hills of Afghanistan."


An American Foreign Legion

Arbeits-Unrecht in Deutschland

Konferenz am 14. März 2009 in Köln: Arbeit und Arbeitslosigkeit in der Krise des Neoliberalismus

„Die Verletzung von Arbeits- und Sozialrechten ist zu einer systemischen Erscheinung geworden. Dabei geht es nicht nur um die Verletzung bestehender Rest-Rechte, sondern auch um verrechtlichtes Unrecht und um den Bruch von Menschenrechten durch Privateigentümer und Staat. In der Krise des Neoliberalismus nehmen Corporate Crime und State Crime eher noch zu. Eine nationale und internationale Gegenbewegung steht auf der Tagesordnung. Wir laden Experten, Aktivisten und Betroffene zu Vorträgen, Workshops, Diskussionen und Gesprächen ein.“ Siehe dazu:

Alle Informationen zur Konferenz auf der Seite von Buisinesscrime

Arbeits-Unrecht - ein Aufruf von Werner Rügemer

Rechtsbrüche, Unrechts-Gesetze, rechtliche Grauzonen, öffentliche Diskriminierung, Erpressung: Beschäftigte wie Arbeitslose werden ausgequetscht und erniedrigt. Bestandsaufnahme und Widerstand sind nötig. Werner Rügemer beschreibt die Brisanz der Entwicklung und weist auf eine Konferenz zum Thema. Konferenzaufruf bei den Nachdenkseiten vom 9. Februar 2009

Siehe dazu auch:

Versuche von Unternehmen, die Gewerkschaften mit Hilfe „gelber“ Organisationen zu schwächen, haben eine lange Tradition. Doch die Dreistigkeit nimmt zu.

Ein Beitrag von Daniel Behruzi in BIG Business Crime 01/2009 für die Konferenz „Arbeits-Unrecht in Deutschland“ am 14.März 09 in Köln, erschienen bei linksnet

Aus: LabourNet, 16. Februar 2009

Obama’s “war on terror”

Freedom's Phoenix
by Stephen Lendman


The language is softened and deceptive. The strategy and tactics are not. The ‘war on terror’ continues. Promised change is talk, not policy. Just look at Obama’s ‘war cabinet,’ discussed in an earlier article. It assures: — the ’strongest military on the planet’ by outspending all other countries combined; — continued foreign wars; — possible new ones in prospect; on February 7, vice-president Joe Biden outlined continuity of the Bush administration’s policy toward Iran, including ‘preventive’ wars under the National Security Strategy; demands also that Iran abandon its legal nuclear program meaning nothing going forward will change …

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Obamateur hour

National Review
by Mark Steyn


Few pieces of political ‘wisdom’ are more tediously recycled than a well-retailed bon mot of British prime minister Harold Macmillan. Asked what he feared most in the months ahead, he gave an amused Edwardian response: ‘Events, dear boy, events.’ In other words, you can plan all you want but next month, next year, some guy off the radar screen will launch a war, or there’ll be an earthquake, or something. Governments get thrown off course by ‘events.’ It suggests a perverse kind of genius that the 44th president did not wait for a single ‘event’ to throw him off course. Instead he threw himself off …

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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