Sonntag, 24. Mai 2009

Obama pledges to keep U.S. 'dominance'

Barack Obama told graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy that of all of his duties as president, there is no higher honor than serving as their commander-in-chief, and in that role, he promised to maintain American military superiority.

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Credit Default Swaps

The Poison in the System

By Mike Whitney

The question now is whether Congress will pull their heads out of the sand long enough to do the people's work and pass the laws that will re-regulate the system. There is a remedy, but it requires action, and fast. Without course-correction, the prospect of a derivatives meltdown gets bigger by the day.

US Dollar Skids to New Lows, Expect it to Continue

By Jennifer Shotts

This week so far, the dollar has fallen 4% against the British pound reaching a new low for 2009, 3% against the euro and Japanese yen, and also against the Canadian dollar. With major price levels being broken, many banks are reevaluating year end predictions for the euro vs. the dollar to reach $1.50 or higher. Is this going to be the new trend of 2009, dollar's death spiral? Here's some reasons why many say its time to chuck the buck:

Are Investors in the US and Abroad Losing Faith in the Dollar?

By Mark Trumbull

Are US debtors, from the federal government to the cash-strapped state of California, going to default? Will the Federal Reserve resort to inflation - debasing the value of dollar assets - in its efforts to lift a debt-bound economy back to growth?

America's Nightmare: The Obama Dystopia

Manipulation, propaganda, imagery & PR wizardry

By Andrew Hughes

After 8 years of the Bush-Cheney nightmare during which we saw the wanton destruction of Afghanistan and Iraq, the cynical negation of centuries of Law designed to protect the most basic human rights and a foreign policy worthy of Genghis Khan, there came along the "Great Black Hope" in the persona of Barack Obama. The collective world consciousness turned uncritically to what was presented as a new era for peace, change and trust in Government.

Road safety investigation

Think you're safe while making a phone call while driving? Think again. A laboratory simulation showed that the risks are greater than you might imagine.


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The root of all war

Neocon Group Calls for Military Strikes on Media

Jeremy Scahill, "'There will always be a hostile third party in the fight,' Peters writes, calling the media 'the killers without guns.... Although it seems unthinkable now, future wars may require censorship, news blackouts, and, ultimately, military attacks on the partisan media. Perceiving themselves as superior beings, journalists have positioned themselves as protected-species combatants.'"

Provoking the Inevitable

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "The Sahwa played a critical role in the reduction of overall violence in Iraq. When the US decided to pay off the resistance (to the tune of $300 per month per fighter) that was effectively shredding occupation forces from late 2003 until mid-2006, the number of US military personnel being killed began to decline, and has, until recently, continued to decline. The Sahwa were also effective in finding and eliminating al-Qaeda in Iraq, so the fact that we are now seeing a renewing of horrific attacks against the Shia should not come as a surprise as the Sahwa continue to leave their security posts around the country. The Maliki government in Baghdad, which has perceived the Sahwa as a threat from the beginning of the group's formation, is systematically eliminating the perceived threat. Maliki has broken his promise to integrate the Sahwa into the government security apparatus, while continuing to forgo payment to Sahwa forces working in security positions around much of Baghdad."

Green Zone Deaths Raise Security Fears

Ernesto Londono, The Washington Post: "An American working for a small company with a Defense Department contract was found dead in a vehicle in the fortified Green Zone on Friday morning, US officials said. Another American working for a contractor was killed later in the day in a suspected rocket attack near the US Embassy, US officials said. It appeared to be the first fatal rocket attack in the Green Zone in more than a year."

Risiko von weltweiten Naturkatastrophen steigt

UNO-Studie: Zu wenige Vorkehrungen in armen Ländern.,Risiko+von+weltweiten+Naturkatastrophen+steigt,6,a12878.html

Deutschlands Städte vernachlässigen Anpassung an Klimawandel

NABU-Projekt „StadtKlimaWandel“ für mehr Lebensqualität in Städten.,Deutschlands+Staedte+vernachlaessigen+Anpassung+an+Klimawandel+,6,a12871.html


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