Sonntag, 5. April 2009

'Jury's out' on future of Europe, EU doyen says

A meeting in June in Europe of the Bilderberg Group - an informal club of leading politicians, businessmen and thinkers chaired by Mr Davignon - could also "improve understanding" on future action, in the same way it helped create the euro in the 1990s, he said.

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Seven Reasons to Oppose a Troop Surge in Afghanistan


More Training, or Fewer Euphemisms?

Wilkins Ice Shelf breaking up

Ice Shelf About to Break Away From Antarctica


Antarctic Ice Shelf In Peril as Bridge Snaps

Michael Vincent, ABC News: "The Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica is in the final stages of collapse and scientists are concerned the event shows climate change is happening faster than previously thought."


Wilkins Ice Shelf breaking up

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Obama Adviser Paid Millions as Hedge Fund Director

The Associated Press: "Lawrence Summers, President Barack Obama's top economic adviser, earned millions over the past year as managing director of the hedge fund D.E. Shaw Group and through speaking fees, some from financial institutions now at the center of the government's rescue program."


Larry Summers, Tim Geithner and Wall Street's Ownership of Government

Big Brother row as police force starts using Google camera cars to fine wayward drivers

By Jaya Narain

Last updated at 3:17 PM on 05th April 2009

It is the latest symbol of Big Brother technology - a tiny Smart car fitted with a spy camera on a mast.

The cars are being used by police in the UK for the very first time to combat drivers who flout the law.

They will be able to zoom in and catch drivers talking on their mobile phones, eating, applying make-up or driving illegally.


The Dollar is Gonna Drop Like a Stone

Beyond the dollar

People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan said last week that the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should replace the dollar as the world's main currency.

The political reasons for his proposal are clear, its merits rather less so.

Peter Schiff: The Dollar is Gonna Drop Like a Stone


US unemployment hits 26-year high

Unemployment in the US has jumped to its highest level since 1983 after employers cut 663,000 jobs and workers' hours to the lowest on record, government figures have shown.

From Information Clearing House


It's a Depression

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "We should stop worrying about Wall Street. Worry about American workers."

There is no serious attempt to limit US military spending

Chomsky: NATO should immediately disband

"In reality there is little sign of change. You may have noticed that despite the financial crisis there is no serious attempt to limit US military spending since (Barack) Obama became president," he said.

From Information Clearing House

Lawsuit filed against Spain's ex-PM over Iraq

Spain's Supreme Court is to rule whether the former prime minister, Jose Maria Aznar, can be prosecuted for the country's involvement in the US-led invasion of Iraq.

From Information Clearing House

Crusade Against the Oligarchs of Wall Street

By Andrew Leonard

The United States is unwilling to take the same harsh medicine it would prescribe to a developing nation that exhibited the same critical problem: domination of the political process by self-interested economic elites.

The Quiet Coup

By Simon Johnson

The conventional wisdom among the elite is still that the current slump "cannot be as bad as the Great Depression." This view is wrong. What we face now could, in fact, be worse than the Great Depression'.

Another 663,000 Jobs Lost in March

Girding for a Depression


Today, the Labor Department reported the economy lost 663,000 payroll jobs in March. The economy is shifting to permanently lower levels of production and employment, as the recession nears turns into a depression.

Regressive Hypocrisy Again

By David Michael Green

Nobody does hypocrisy like the right in America. Nobody does it more shamelessly, more wantonly, or more promiscuously.

The Best Way To Rob A Bank Is To Own One

By Bill Moyers & William K. Black

Video - Audio and Transcript

The financial industry brought the economy to its knees, but how did they get away with it? With the nation wondering how to hold the bankers accountable, Bill Moyers sits down with William K. Black, the former senior regulator who cracked down on banks during the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. Black offers his analysis of what went wrong and his critique of the bailout.

Obama and Afghanistan

Disdain and indifference are the twin hallmarks of American diplomacy.

By A.G. Noorani

What is it that emboldened Obama to think that he would hit upon a cure for the ills in Kabul in record speed? The recipe prescribed in the speech does not reckon with the one fundamental issues that lies at the root of the problem - the presence of foreign troops on Afghan soil.

Sudan/Darfur is Test Case for Obama's "Humanitarian" Aggression

By Glen Ford

When imperial doctrine claims the right to intervene whenever disasters overtake sovereign countries - and proceeds to create and exacerbate those disasters - then no government is safe against regime change. President Obama "appears to be fine-tuning a 'humanitarian' interventionist doctrine that is applicable to any point on the planet."

It was Never about Democracy

By Mamoon Alabbasi

American foreign policy has always backed Arab dictators to remain in power and oppress their own people. These 'puppet presidents' or 'drag-queen kings' are kept in power - with US weapons and intelligence - for as long as they continue to serve American interests, not those of their own peoples.

The Pentagon Minerva Research Initiative

By James Petras

The Pentagon's military strategists have recognized that they have suffered political losses, with strategic consequences in their recent military invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. US military support for the Israeli invasions of Lebanon and Gaza, the US-sponsored Ethiopian occupation of Somali, the coup attempts in Venezuela (2002) and Bolivia (2008), have also failed to defeat popular incumbent regimes. Worse still, civilian, family, community and national networks have reinforced the anti-colonial movements providing essential logistical support, intelligence, recruits and legitimacy.

EMFacts website updated

G20: Nebelwerfer statt Regulierung


G20-Gipfel: Die Ergebnisse, genau gesehen

Was haben die Staats- und Regierungschefs beim G20-Gipfel besprochen, wer hat sich durchgesetzt - und was bringt's? Markus Sievers und Hans Georg Schröter schauen genau hin. Dossier in der Frankfurter Rundschau

Siehe dazu:

Ökonom Heiner Flassbeck fordert nach G-20-Gipfel weitere Staatsmaßnahmen: “Der große Wurf war es nicht”

„Der Chefökonom der UN-Konferenz für Handel und Entwicklung, Heiner Flassbeck, kritisiert die Beschlüsse des G-20-Gipfels als nicht ausreichend. Es sei nicht erkennbar, dass die Staaten aus den Fehlern gelernt hätten und die Spekulationen beschränken werden. Flassbeck fordert Einschränkungen der kreditfinanzierten Aktienspekulationen sowie der Währungs- und Rohstoffspekulationen…“ Text des Interviews von Reinhard Bieck im Deutschlandradio vom 3.4.09

EU und Bundesregierung müssen G20-Beschlüsse schnell umsetzen

„Als „ein erfreulich konkretes Dokument“, das eine gute Handlungsgrundlage für die EU und die Bundesregierung darstellt, hat der DGB-Vorsitzende Michael Sommer die Ergebnisse des Londoner G20-Gipfels gewürdigt…“ DGB-Pressemitteilung vom 03.04.2009

G20-Proteste: Friedlich und entschlossen

„In London wird kreativ protestiert, doch die Medien zeigen nur Gewalt. Es ist erstaunlich, wie stark die Berichterstattung von der Realität vor Ort abweicht…“ attac-Bericht vom 2.4.09

Billionenprogramm für die Konjunktur. Angst vor Mega-Inflation wächst

„Die G-20-Regierungschefs lassen sich wie Heilsbringer feiern: Billionen von Dollar nehmen sie in die Hand, um die weltweite Rezession zu bekämpfen. Doch die Rechnung zahlen andere. Neben den Steuerzahlern bluten vor allem die Sparer - ihnen droht eine gewaltige Inflation…“ Artikel von Christoph Rottwilm in Spiegel online vom 05.04.2009,1518,617264,00.html

Lasst die Banken pleitegehen

„Die Krise spitzt sich zu, die Notrufe, ob von Opel oder Schaeffler, werden lauter. Die Bundeskanzlerin sieht Deutschland in der schwersten Wirtschaftskrise seit 1945. „Eine solche Rezession, die gleichzeitig in allen Ländern der Welt stattfindet, hatten wir seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg noch nie“, verkündet Angela Merkel am 11. März via „Bild“-Zeitung dem deutschen Wahlvolk. Gleichzeitig will die Bundesregierung weiterhin „Maß halten“. Dennoch tut sie, was in ihren Kräften steht, um alle Banken zu retten. In diesem Punkt sind die CDU-Kanzlerin und der SPD-Kanzlerkandidat völlig einer Meinung. Aber, so muss einmal gefragt werden, ist wirklich jede Bank systemrelevant?...“ Artikel von Hermannus Pfeiffer in Bläter für deutsche und internationale Politik Ausgabe 04/2009

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