Montag, 23. Februar 2009

Freed Guantanamo Detainee Says US Behind His Torture

Tough Times in Troubled Towns: America's Municipal Meltdowns

Nick Turse, "When Barack Obama traveled to Elkhart, Indiana, to push his $800 billion economic recovery package two weeks ago, he made the former 'RV capital of the world' a poster-child for the current economic crisis. Over the last year, as the British paper The Independent reported, 'Practically the entire [recreational vehicle] industry has disappeared,' leaving thousands of RV workers in Elkhart and the surrounding area out of work. As Daily Show host Jon Stewart summed the situation up: 'Imagine your main industry combines the slowdown of the auto market with the plunging values in the housing sector.' Unfortunately, the pain in Elkhart is no joke, and it only grew worse recently when local manufacturers Keystone RV Co. and Jayco Inc. announced more than 500 additional job cuts."

New Era Of Chaos Has Taken Hold

Steve Watson Monday, Feb 23rd, 2009

Banking collapse has already happened; Crisis is worst ever; has effectively disintegrated; Mass social insurrection likely

A wave of economists, investors and other financial experts issued a series of dire warnings concerning the global financial crisis over the weekend, stating that a new era of chaos has taken hold all over the globe.

Expectancy of riots leads authorities to prepare for mass civil unrest

Phone mast gets go ahead after council mistake


A HIGHLY contested mobile phone mast will be built close to three Colchester schools after a council missed a deadline to refuse the application.

Despite a wave of public opposition and planning bosses rejecting the mast, the 12-metre structure is to be built at the junction of Norman Way and Lexden Road.

It has been revealed that Colchester borough councillors missed a deadline to decide the application by two days, leaving residents and councillors “shocked and bitterly disappointed”.


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AFN-Sender strahlt zu stark - Arbeiter müssen sich schützen - Gutachter beauftragt

Hier ein schöner Bericht aus der Frankfurter Neuen Presse. Technik muss geschüzt werden. Der Mensch ist wurscht. Dort werden auch Wohnungen gebaut für junge Familien. Mal gespannt wie es weiter geht.

Gerhard Kampschulte

"The Most Dangerous Man in America"

"You can’t sweep unlawful activities under the table"

by Mark Benjamin

President Obama vowed that ‘the United States will not torture’ only two days into his new administration. But one big question Obama hasn’t answered is whether and how to investigate notorious Bush-era interrogation and detention policies. On Thursday, 18 human rights organizations, former State Department officials and former law enforcement and military leaders asked the president to create a nonpartisan commission to investigate those allegedly abusive detention practices. Retired Maj. Gen. Tony Taguba, who investigated the famed abuses at Abu Ghraib, signed on to the effort. He explained his support in an interview with Salon...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bill of Rights under fire

by Paul Craig Roberts


The US Constitution has few friends on the right or the left. During the first eight years of the 21st century, the Republicans mercilessly assaulted civil liberties. … The Bush brownshirt regime revealed itself as lawless, the worst criminal organization in American history. Now we have the Democrats, and the assault on civil liberty continues. President Obama doesn’t want to hold Bush accountable for his crimes and violations of the Constitution, because Obama wants to retain the powers that Bush asserted. Even the practice of kidnapping people and transporting them to foreign countries to be tortured has been retained by President Obama. The civil liberties that Bush stole from us are now in Obama’s pocket...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Watch out for stimulus profiteers

The Nation
by Anthony Shorris


With a slimmed-down but much-needed stimulus package now in place, and with a substantial portion of it still aimed at rebuilding America’s aging infrastructure, we need to act sensibly as well as quickly and dramatically. Unless we ensure the program reflects the realities of the marketplace for construction services, we risk being unable to implement the programs we need, or worse, handing billions of taxpayer dollars over to stimulus profiteers. Spending as much as the additional $150 billion for infrastructure that is included in the new legislation (still well below what is needed for the nation’s aging systems and less than what many economists had hoped for) would still mean a substantial increase in total annual US investment, potentially as much as a one-third hike in activity over the next year. The Congressional Budget Office reports total infrastructure spending as around $400 billion annually...

Here’s the real story behind the Tea Party Protests

DC Examiner
by Mark Tapscott


‘Tea Party’ protests have sprung up in multiple cities across the country since Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the economic stimulus bill into law as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As much as I rejoice in the sight of legions of fed-up Americans taking to the streets to protest the central government’s colossal waste of the first fruits of their labors, it is important that people understand that the original Boston Tea Party was neither spontaneous nor a mere lark. The Boston Tea Party was a planned act of insurrection and both the participants and cheering bystanders knew the consequences would be fateful...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama’s policy on civil liberties: Bush Lite?

by Ivan Eland


Barack Obama entered the presidency as one of the most rhetorically pro-civil liberties politicians in recent memory. And shortly after taking office, he drew applause from friends of liberty for promulgating executive orders closing Guantánamo and CIA secret prisons, ending CIA torture, suspending kangaroo proceedings at military tribunals, and pledging more openness than the secretive Bush administration. Unfortunately, instead of prosecuting Bush administration officials, including George W. Bush, for violating criminal statutes against torture, illegal wiretapping of Americans, and other misdeeds — thus avoiding the bad precedent of giving a president a free pass on illegal acts — Obama appears ready to vindicate the prior administration’s anti-terrorism program by adopting Bush Lite...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The US and Afghan Tragedy

Khushal Arsala and Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus: "One of the first difficult foreign policy decisions of the Obama administration will be what the United States should do about Afghanistan. Escalating the war, as National Security Advisor Jim Jones has been encouraging, will likely make matters worse. At the same time, simply abandoning the country - as the United States did after the overthrow of Afghanistan's Communist government soon after the Soviet withdrawal 20 years ago - would lead to another set of serious problems."

The American Tradesmen: Weary Cogs in the Engine of the American Empire

Want To Understand the Economic Crisis?

Obama's 18,750 projects, or our economic graves?

Robots have the perverse side effect of making war seem easy

Informant: Kev Hall

Drivers on cell phones kill thousands

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