Donnerstag, 26. März 2009

Suspected US Drone Kills Four in Northwest Pakistan

Alamgir Bitani, Reuters: "Missiles believed to have been fired by a US drone aircraft killed four people in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on Thursday, hours after a similar strike killed seven in neighboring South Waziristan."

Suicide Numbers on Rise With Combat Stress

Alan Gomez, USA Today: "In Maj. Thomas Jarrett’s stress management class, troops are urged not to accept post-traumatic stress disorder as an inevitable consequence of war. Instead, Jarrett tells them to strive for 'post-traumatic growth.'... The class is part of an urgent initiative aimed at halting an epidemic of suicides, which has killed almost as many American troops this year as combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan combined."

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Alzheimers: Appeal to First Lady Maria Shriver

Top Constitutional Scholar: Secret Bush Memos Reveal Plan For "Massive Military Takeover Of US"

Enough Is Enough: Let's Stop Wall Street Loan-Sharking

Should Tim Geithner Resign?

Chomsky on Geithner & Bank Bailouts

Hidden Homeless Emerge as US Economy Worsens

Arctic meltdown is a threat to humanity

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Der Londoner G 20-Gipfel

Trade Unions to G20: Half Measures Will Not Fix Broken Global Economy

The “Global Unions G20 London Declaration”, developed by the ITUC and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) at the OECD

Days of Action: G20 London Summit

Special bei indymedia UK

London: Proteste beim G20 Gipfel – 1. und 2. April 2009

Übersetzung des Aufrufs von Stop the War Coalition in Linke Zeitung

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London Calling for a New Deal

Während der britische Premierminister Brown sich vom G 20-Gipfel größere Popularität erhofft, bereitet eine große Protestbewegung Demonstrationen und Aktionen vor. Artikel von Fabian Frenzel in der Jungle World vom 26. März 2009

Tage der Unruhe. Ein neuer Big Bang?

„Überall in Westeuropa gehen an diesem Wochenende Zehntausende auf die Strasse. Und fast überall kooperieren etablierte Organisationen und spontane Basis­initiativen, die vor kurzem noch nichts voneinander wissen wollten…“ Artikel von Pit Wuhrer in der WoZ vom 26.3.09

Die Wut erreicht die Straße

„Manager werden als Geiseln genommen, Banker bedroht, Villen attackiert. Der Unmut über die Verantwortlichen der Wirtschaftskrise erreicht eine neue Dimension: Die allgemeine Wut richtet sich zunehmend gegen Einzelpersonen…“ Dossier von Lutz Meier (Paris), Sebastian Bräuer (Washington), Titus Kroder (London) und Lukas Heiny (Hamburg) in der FTD vom 26.03.2009

Aus: LabourNet, 26. März 2009

West Dorset MP backs protest against Lyme mast

9:51am Thursday 26th March 2009

By Adrianne Maslen

WEST Dorset MP Oliver Letwin is backing worried Lyme residents in their fight to stop plans for a new mobile phone mast close to homes, businesses and a school.

The O2 transmitter is planned for a derelict piece of land on Lyme Regis Industrial Estate to improve network coverage in the area.

Nearby residents have launched a Fight the Mast campaign and sent a petition with 60 signatures to planning authority West Dorset District Council. MP Oliver Letwin has added his voice to the campaign and last week met with senior management at the district council, a meeting he said left him ‘quite optimistic about the outcome’.

Mr Letwin said: “Of course, this is all very difficult – because we all want to be able to use our mobile phones, and none of us wants a mobile mast anywhere near us. A careful balance, therefore, has to be struck.

“But it never fails to amaze me how much chutzpah the operators of these systems have.


Bernanke’s latest move: Bold or just plain reckless?

Foundation for Economic Education
by William Anderson


With the Federal Reserve System’s announcement that it would purchase long-term government bonds, as well as the now-worthless mortgage securities from the ‘nationalized’ Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke supposedly is making a move that the New York Times calls ‘bold but risky.’ I have another term for it: reckless. There can be no doubt anymore as to what the government is doing as the economy implodes; it is printing money as fast as it can in hopes that people will grab the cash and start spending...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama’s budget: It’s absolutely insane

Fox News Forum
by Peter Ferrara


At his press conference last night, President Obama insisted once again that he inherited the budget deficit, and ‘we’re doing everything we can to reduce that deficit.’ But the deficits over the next 10 years that Obama proposed in his budget are not George Bush’s deficits. They are the deficits that Obama has proposed, resulting from the $1 trillion in increased spending he adopted in the no-stimulus stimulus bill, and the $400 billion supplemental spending bill he supported and also adopted the following week, and the $275 billion housing bailout he proposed the next week, and the $1 trillion bank bailout plan his Treasury Secretary just proposed this week, and the $638 billion he has proposed as a ‘downpayment’ on a new national health insurance entitlement. … Does this sound like he is ‘doing everything we can to reduce that deficit?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama’s blind faith in Geithner

Boston Globe
by Joan Vennochi


President Obama got frosty during Tuesday night’s press conference when asked about the bonuses paid to employees of American International Group, the failed company that received an $180 billion taxpayer bailout. He said he needed time to get angry ‘because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.’ When Obama finally got mad, he got mad at Wall Street. But he knows who else deserves the cold shoulder. The list of bonus conspirators includes his own economic team, which is headed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. The controversial AIG contracts, which provide for so-called retention bonuses, were written in March 2008. A year later, after taxpayers became 80 percent owners of AIG, the bonuses were protected by Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, via a special provision inserted into the federal stimulus bill...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Government censorship is indefensible

Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson


I’m trying to be as understanding of other points of view. Many people do have good intentions and are just lacking facts and don’t think things through. They know the economic system really is rigged against the masses. They really do want to protect the children. They really are afraid of terrorism. They go on to advocate policies that will exacerbate rather than alleviate their concerns, but their concerns are understandable. But there are some causes where I just don’t see any ‘good intentions’ at all. They seem to me to be nothing but just attempts by selfish people to use the government to get back at enemies or force their utopia on everyone else. One example is campaign laws restricting speech...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

“Bernanke Bucks” and the danger of hyper-inflation

by Bruce McQuain


Right now, in lieu of dollars, our Federal Reserve is in the midst of printing trillions of ‘Bernanke Bucks.’ I hesitate to call them dollars, even though they’re similar in their look and feel. But in essence they are worth little more than the paper they’re printed on. And although you can’t tell them from the dollars circulating out there, their presence makes the those dollars worth less. The more BB’s there are out there, the less the remaining dollars are worth. It is called ‘monetizing the debt.’ Or to pick up on Keyne’s point, we’re right in the middle of debauching our currency. Now, there are several reasons for doing what is being done, and you may or may not agree with them. But it really doesn’t matter. Whether you agree or disagree, printing money for the right reasons or the wrong reasons still has the same effect...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Prosecuting the Bush administration’s torturers

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington


It’s a sign of how much the Bush administration skewed America’s moral compass that we are currently facing the possibility that the only way to bring the torturers to account is through a ‘Nonpartisan Commission Of Inquiry’ — essentially, a toothless truth and reconciliation commission — of the type proposed by Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. We know that both President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder believe that the Bush administration approved the use of torture...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Topolanek: Obama plan will debilitate all markets

USA Today


The president of the European Union Wednesday lambasted President Obama’s costly economic recovery program as ‘the way to hell.’ Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, criticized the $787 billion U.S. stimulus program in unusually sharp comments that highlighted a continuing divide between Europe and the U.S. on crisis-fighting steps...

States could lose billions in taxes to stimulus



President Barack Obama told the nation’s governors in February that the states’ $229 billion share of the federal stimulus package ‘will ensure that you don’t need to make cuts to essential services that Americans rely on now more than ever.’ But while one hand of the federal government is offering Medicaid, education and other direct assistance to the states, the other hand could reduce state tax revenues by billions of dollars...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp$787

Erster dokumentierter Fall von E-Voting-Betrug

Im US-Bundesstaat Kentucky wurden fünf Personen unter dem Vorwurf der Wahlfälschung festgenommen.

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- Partie 1 : Présentation Vidéo Dossier Étude de Cas.

- France 3 : "Bâtiment 13 du Campus de Beaulieu à Rennes 14 cas de cancers"

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Obama's Triple Surge Into Afghanistan

Cheney War Crimes: Just Look at the Statute

The American Way of War

Federal Judge Says No to Modified Crops on US Refuge Land

Amnesty International Lambastes US for Treatment of Immigrant Detainees

Pentagon Exploring Robot Killers that Can Fire on Their Own

E.U. President Calls U.S. Stimulus the 'Way to Hell'

Transatlantic tension over the handling of the global economic crisis intensified Wednesday when the prime minister of the Czech Republic, which holds the European Union presidency, described the President Obama's stimulus measures as the "way to hell."

Should USA still be AAA?

Despite soaring budget deficits, investors are still buying U.S. Treasurys. Still, some critics say the government debt isn't nearly as safe as widely assumed.

From Information Clearing House

Guantánamo: The Definitive Prisoner List

The following list is the culmination of a three-year project to record the stories of all the prisoners held at the US prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

From Information Clearing House

'Billions wasted' in Iraq

BETWEEN $US3 billion and $US5 billion have been wasted in the US-effort to rebuild Iraq since 2003, the US official assigned to oversee reconstruction efforts in that country said today. Stuart Bowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, warned politicians on Capitol Hill that mistakes made in trying to rebuild Iraq were being repeated in Afghanistan.,23599,25244033-1702,00.html?from=public_rss

From Information Clearing House

One Small Problem With Geithner's Plan: It Will Bankrupt The Banks

By Henry Blodget

When a bank says an asset is worth 60 cents and the market says it's worth 30 cents, someone has to cover that spread. The genius of Geithner's plan is that it pawns most of the cost (and most of the risk) off on the taxpayer without the taxpayer noticing.

Is the Bailout Plan Breeding a Greater Crisis?

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US finances its trade deficit by turning over to foreigners ownership of existing US assets and their future income streams, which, of course, increases the flow of income away from Americans.

"We're All In This Together"

No we are not, that's the point.

By Cindy Sheehan

President Obama basically said that we can't demonize every investor who earns a profit, because "we are all in this together." Sorry, but I am going to have to call a big fat "bs" on this one.

Is the U.S.A. the World's Greatest Nation Now?

By Bob Kendall

According to the Los Angeles Homelessness Services Coalition, 3.5 million people in a given year will experience homelessness with 1.5 million of them children. The current national jobless figure stands at over 8 percent and is rising while there are 37 million Americans on food stamps.

FBI and American Muslims at Odds

By Alexandra Marks

The situation worsened in February, when it became public that the FBI had planted an informant at a California mosque who, a coalition of more than a dozen Muslim American groups charges, actively tried to recruit terrorists.

Despite Obama's Vow, Combat Brigades Will Stay in Iraq

Change... What Change?

By Gareth Porter

Despite President Barack Obama's statement at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina Feb. 27 that he had "chosen a timeline that will remove our combat brigades over the next 18 months," a number of Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs), which have been the basic U.S. Army combat unit in Iraq for six years, will remain in Iraq after that date under a new non-combat label.

Welcome to Pipelineistan

By Pepe Escobar

Our good ol' friend the nonsensical "global war on terror", which the Pentagon has slyly rebranded "the Long War", sports a far more important, if half-hidden, twin - a global energy war. I like to think of it as the Liquid War, because its bloodstream is the pipelines that crisscross the potential imperial battlefields of the planet.

US general: American forces may not leave key Iraqi cities

The top US ground commander in Iraq says that while Iraqi forces have made huge strides, Iraqi officials are likely to ask for US help in the key cities of Baquba and Mosul, meaning that American troops may stay there after the deadline for redeployment to major bases. Senior military commanders say US troops will also likely stay on in the southern city of Basra.

Iraq: Poor sell kidneys just to survive

Despite Iraq's massive wealth - it has among the largest oil reserves in the world - poverty is rife. A 2007 study by the United Nations found one-third of Iraqis lived in poverty, with five per cent of the population in extreme poverty.

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