Samstag, 21. Februar 2009

Obama backs Bush: No rights for Bagram prisoners

Informant: Duane Roberts


No Rights for Detainees in Afghanistan

Nedra Pickler and Matt Apuzzo, The Associated Press: "The Obama administration, siding with the Bush White House, contended Friday that detainees in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights. In a two-sentence court filing, the Justice Department said it agreed that detainees at Bagram Airfield cannot use US courts to challenge their detention. The filing shocked human rights attorneys."


Obama sides with Bush on Bagram detainees

President Barack Obama's administration has sided with predecessor George W. Bush on the rights of detainees at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, saying they cannot challenge their detention in US courts.

Britain's omertà on torture is a crime

David Miliband claims the UK is bound by a pledge of confidentiality to the US not to discuss shared intelligence on terrorism. On the contrary, says Binyam Mohamed's lawyer. If it relates to the violent abuse of suspects, to suppress it is illegal.

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Rachel's News #999

Obama Widens Missile Strikes Inside Pakistan

Informant: Duane Roberts

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US-Drohnen in Pakistan stationiert?

Erst gab es einen Versprecher, dann tauchten Bilder von Google Earth auf und schließlich kommen die ersten Bestätigungen über ein für die pakistanische Regierung heikles Thema.

Prince of Darkness Denies Own Existence


Perle's Deceptions

By Philip Weiss

Blaming the neocons for the Iraq war is a conspiracy theory, Perle said.

Fabled Enemies

US bank stocks fall to 17-year low

US banking shares hit their lowest level since 1992 on Thursday as fears mounted that the government would be forced to nationalise a key institution.,s01=1.html?nclick_check=1

Fed offers bleak economic outlook

The Federal Reserve cut its economic outlook for 2009 on Wednesday and warned that the United States economy would face an "unusually gradual and prolonged" period of recovery as the country struggles to climb out of a deep global downturn.

J.C. Penney reports 51 percent slide in 4Q profit

J.C. Penney Co. reported a 51 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit Friday as customers sharply cut spending on clothing and other items. The results beat Wall Street expectations, but the chain projected a wider first-quarter loss than analysts had predicte.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq's 1.6 million displaced need urgent help

Their number remains "worryingly high" and the majority are suffering from food shortages, substandard and expensive accommodation, while work is scarce.

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Change? What Change? US expands prison in Afghanistan

The US military is about to complete a $60m expansion to its prison at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan, where it holds more than 600 so-called enemy combatants.

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Der Spiegel Exposes the Brazilian Ethanol Madness

Why the Promise of Biofuels is a Lie

By Robert Bryce

For years, the US has been inundated with claims that it should follow Brazil's lead on biofuels. These arguments have largely been made by a small, but influential group of neoconservatives who claim that the US should quit using oil altogether. They claim that using more ethanol - produced from sugar cane, or corn, or some other substance - will impoverish OPEC and America will once again be returned to prosperity.

Inside The Meltdown

Video By PBS

On Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, the astonished leadership of the U.S. Congress was told in a private session by the chairman of the Federal Reserve that the American economy was in grave danger of a complete meltdown within a matter of days. "There was literally a pause in that room where the oxygen left," says Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)

Investigating Bush's Crimes

By Scott Horton

Obama's problem is that a growing number of Americans are concerned about what the Bush administration did and are eager to press the issue. The extent of public concern has been reflected in several recent public opinion polls, including one in February by USA Today showing that nearly two-thirds of Americans support investigations of the Bush administration's use of torture and warrantless wiretapping; roughly 40 percent support criminal investigations.

Who Will Be There For Obusha, When The Floor Drops Out?

By David Michael Green

I didn't have high expectations that Obama would turn out to be Eugene Debs, come back from socialist heaven (Stockholm?), and so I can't say that I'm surprised he's not. But I am pretty shocked and disgusted at some of the decisions we've seen so far, including many that Dick Cheney would have little problem praising (in some cases, because Cheney made them originally).

Canada Hosting War Crimes Suspect George W. Bush

By John Mcnamer

The Canadian government has knowingly allowed the violation of both Canadian domestic law and international human-rights law by failing to stop former U.S. president George W. Bush from crossing the border for a paid speaking engagement with a private Calgary audience.

From Information Clearing House

The Hidden Link Between Factory Farms and Human Illness

Laura Sayre, Mother Earth News: "You may be familiar with many of the problems associated with concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. These 'factory farm' operations are often criticized for the smell and water pollution caused by all that concentrated manure; the unnatural, grain-heavy diets the animals consume; and the stressful, unhealthy conditions in which the animals live. You may not be aware, however, of the threat such facilities hold for you and your family's health - even if you never buy any of the meat produced in this manner."

The New Deal and the New New Deal

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "The stock market reached a six-year low today. Why? Some blame loose talk (including that of former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan) about nationalizing the nation's banks. Others blame Obama's new plan for helping homeowners who may not be able to pay their mortgages. But the real culprit is the accelerating decline in aggregate demand - consumers, businesses, and exports. Companies are losing money because their customers are disappearing. That's precisely why the stimulus is so important - indeed, why many of us fear it's too small."'s+Blog

Jobless Hit With Bank Fees on Benefits

The Associated Press: "First, Arthur Santa-Maria called Bank of America to ask how to check the balance of his new unemployment benefits debit card. The bank charged him 50 cents. He chose not to complain. That would have cost another 50 cents."

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