Montag, 22. Juni 2009

Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent

Support Our Troops

Leslie Thatcher, Truthout, reviews Marjorie Cohn and Kathleen Gilberd's "Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent" and interviews the authors: "Although regular Truthout contributor, National Lawyers Guild president and Thomas Jefferson School of Law professor Marjorie Cohn and longtime activist co-author Kathleen Gilberd conceived 'Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent' as 'a practical guide, not an abstract analysis' and have certainly produced a primer on the available legal and honorable means for redress of the many grievances the US military may suffer, they have also authored a deeply suggestive meditation on the military 'we have' and how it may have come to be the source of so many and such varied grievances."

Feds To Get Power To Target Websites Making "False Claims"

New FTC guidelines would allow government to scrutinize content of websites, "patrol what bloggers say and do"

Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, June 22, 2009

The Federal Reserve refuses to disclose where trillions of dollars in bailout money went and yet the FTC is more concerned about snooping into the financial affairs of bloggers who make a few bucks off affiliate relationships, according to new guidelines set to be introduced later this year that would give the government a foot in the door to regulate and shut down blogs for making “false claims”.

Agents Say DEA Is Forcing Them Illegally to Work in Afghanistan

Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Newspapers: "As the Obama administration ramps up the Drug Enforcement Administration's presence in Afghanistan, some special-agent pilots contend that they're being illegally forced to go to a combat zone, while others who've volunteered say they're not being properly equipped. In interviews with McClatchy, more than a dozen DEA agents describe a badly managed system in which some pilots have been sent to Afghanistan under duress or as punishment for bucking their superiors."

Memo Reveals US Plan to Provoke an Invasion of Iraq

Jamie Doward, Gaby Hinsliff and Mark Townsend, The Observer UK: "A confidential record of a meeting between President Bush and Tony Blair before the invasion of Iraq, outlining their intention to go to war without a second United Nations resolution, will be an explosive issue for the official inquiry into the UK's role in toppling Saddam Hussein. The memo, written on 31 January 2003, almost two months before the invasion and seen by the Observer, confirms that as the two men became increasingly aware UN inspectors would fail to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) they had to contemplate alternative scenarios that might trigger a second resolution legitimising military action."

What Bush Told Blair Could End the Wars

David Swanson, Let's Try Democracy: "On January 31, 2003, prior to the full-scale invasion of Iraq in March, President George W. Bush met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the White House. After their meeting, they spoke to the media and claimed not to have decided on war, to be working hard to achieve peace, and to be worried about the imminent threat from Iraq to the American people. They claimed that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and had links to al-Qaeda, and - Bush implied, but avoided explicitly stating - to the attacks of September 11, 2001. They also claimed to have UN authorization for launching an attack on Iraq. These were all blatant lies ..."


Brown was 'begged by Blair' to hold ´ in secret

In secret messages passed via Britain's top civil servant Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell, Mr Blair feared he would become the accused in a show trial. Mr Brown's decision to hold the inquiry sparked outrage last week.

From Information Clearing House

US Opposition to GMOs Gathers Momentum

ISIS Report 22/06/09

Scientists and physicians in the heartland of genetic modification are alerting policy-makers and the public to the dangers of GM crops. Prof. Peter Saunders

Safety and agronomic performance under fire

Great upheavals may be afoot in the United States, the world’s leader in genetic modification (GM), and biggest producer of GM crops. Within the past several months, doctors have issued a strong statement calling for a moratorium on GM foods on grounds of safety, and scientists have declared GM crops an agronomic failure. The evidence they presented is familiar to readers of SiS.

ISIS has submitted close to 60 reports on GMOs (genetically modified organisms, including those used for drugs) to the US’ Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drugs administration over the past ten years. But this may be the turning point, now that the Obama administration, unlike its predecessor, clearly intends to look at the evidence when taking a decision.

Two key documents issued by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AEEM) in May [1] and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in April [2] capture the rising opposition to GMOs from doctors and scientists, who are actively alerting the public.

Traditional breeding outperforms GM

The UCS report, Failure to Yield [2] confirms that after 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, GM crops have failed to increase yields. And “traditional breeding outperforms genetic engineering hands down.” It also makes three recommendations

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Wahlmanipulationen im Iran offiziell bestätigt

Datenskandale: '"Die Dunkelziffer ist hoch"

Der Bundesdatenschutzbeauftragte Peter Schaar zu wachsenden Kontrollen im Betrieb und dem Datenschutz beim Shoppen. Interview von Heike Jahberg im Tagesspiegel vom 22.06.2009;art131,2829102

Überwachung von Mitarbeitern ist gängige Praxis

„Die Überwachung von Mitarbeitern ist nach Einschätzung des Bundesdatenschutzbeauftragten Peter Schaar gängige Praxis in deutschen Unternehmen. Als Indiz nennt der den starken Absatz so genannter Spionagesoftware. Sie dient angeblich nur der Wartung der EDV, lässt sich aber auch für andere Zwecke missbrauchen…“ Artikel in die Welt vom 22. Juni 2009

Unter Beobachtung

Auch die Post hat illegal Daten ihrer Beschäftigten gesammelt. Die Regierung plant schärfere Gesetze - auch zugunsten der Verbraucher. Artikel von Heike Jahberg und Barbara Junge im Tagesspiegel vom 22.06.2009;art131,2829092

Koalition versagt beim Datenschutz. Parlamentarier kapitulieren vor Schreckgespenstern der Wirtschaft

„Die große Koalition hat beim Datenschutz versagt. Das kritisiert der Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (vzbv), nachdem der am Montag ausgehandelte Kompromiss zur Novelle des Bundesdatenschutzgesetzes durchgesickert ist. Vorstand Gerd Billen: „Die Regierungsfraktionen haben das Selbstbestimmungsrecht der Verbraucher auf dem Altar der Wirtschaftsinteressen geopfert“. Der Koalitionskompromiss sei die Krönung der Datenschutzskandale der jüngsten Vergangenheit. „Die Parlamentarier von Union und SPD dürfen sich jeden nun kommenden neuen Datenschutzskandal als persönlichen Verdienst ans Revers heften“, so Billen…“ Pressemitteilung vom 16.06.2009

Datenbanken der Sicherheits- und Repressionsbehörden

„Dieser Wiki versucht, ein wenig Transparenz in den Sumpf von Datenbanken zu bringen, in denen die Polizeien, Staatsanwaltschaften, Dienste und all die anderen in der BRD unsere Daten speichern…“ Datenschmutz-Homepage

Aus: LabourNet, 22. Juni 2009Überwachung

More masts for council offices

Monday, June 22, 2009, 09:20

FUTURE phone masts in Stoke-on-Trent should be installed on council property and away from schools to limit potential health risks, according to a council committee.

Members of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's health overview and scrutiny committee have spent the last year assessing claims that emissions of radiation from mobile phone equipment pose a health hazard.


ObamaCare will save money? Don’t believe a word of it

Fox News Forum
by John R. Lott, Jr.


President Obama is selling government health insurance to the American people as the way to save money. That government health insurance will merely provide competition to keep private insurance companies from gouging their customers. Indeed, Obama even claimed on Monday, in a speech before the American Medical Association, that a government insurance system is essential to holding down medical costs: ‘if we fail to act, federal spending on Medicaid and Medicare will grow over the coming decades … and impose a vicious choice of either unprecedented tax hikes, overwhelming deficits, or drastic cuts in our federal and state budgets.’ There are a couple of problems with Obama’s argument. Government is just not known for its cost effectiveness or quality. And the way for government enterprises to survive is with massive taxpayer subsidies and charging customers prices below the firm’s actual costs, driving more efficient private firms out of business...

Obama’s impossible healthcare reform promises

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sheldon Richman


In his drive to ‘reform’ health care — that is, redesign 18 percent of the U.S. economy — Barack Obama is clearly terrified that his mission will crash and burn if people think it will cost them their freedom of choice in doctors and insurance. He is surely convinced that this is what scuttled the Clinton plan in 1993 (he’s right), and he is determined not to let it happen again. So he must persuade us that this freedom will be safe under his plan...

Obama’s false financial reform

The Nation
by William Greider


The most disturbing thing about Barack Obama’s call for financial reform was the way in which the president falsified our predicament. … ‘A culture of irresponsibility took root from Wall Street to Washington to Main Street,’ Obama explained. ‘And a regulatory system basically crafted in the wake of a 20th century economic crisis … was overwhelmed by the speed, scope and sophistication of a 21st century global economy.’ That is not what happened, to put it charitably. … The regulatory system was not overwhelmed by historic forces. It was systematically gutted and dismantled by the government in Washington at the behest of the banking interests...

Does Obama plan for Wall Street measure up?

Robert Reich's Blog
by Robert B. Reich


In a word: No. The plan doesn’t stop stop bankers from making huge, risky bets with other peoples’ money. It does increase capital requirements and oversight, but it doesn’t require bankers to take their pay in long-term stock options or warrants, and it doesn’t even hint that banks should go back to being partnerships instead of publicly-held corporations … Nor does the plan do anything to prevent banks from becoming too big to fail. It doesn’t hint at a return to the days before the late 1990s when commercial banks were separate entities from investment banks...

Open letter to Congress

Intellectual Conservative
by Jack Ward


The economy is in shambles, unemployment is increasing, the deficit is rising, the debt is outrageous, and Congress is spending money like it is Monopoly money. President Obama promised that the stimulus spending would create up to 4 million jobs over the next two years. Assuming that the promise could be fulfilled, with the rising unemployment it will take 4 million jobs to break even. But the economy doesn’t seem to be Congress’s primary concern. Congress is working on legislation that will increase energy and health care costs — exactly what the economy doesn’t need...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Government doesn’t solve our problems, it creates them

Hawaii Reporter
by Janae Rasmussen


The state and national budget crisis is the center stage spotlight of our nation’s problems. The solutions that are being accepted across the nation are to use Democratic ideas to ’solve’ these problems, such as raising taxes. The democrats are using the excuses that they are raising taxes to ‘make it fair’ and that the burden is ‘equally distributed.’ The idea that big government will somehow cure the problems that they caused is absurd...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

This is government

The Liberty Papers
by tarran


She is being called Neda. The person who uploaded the video to Youtube claims that he was nearly half a mile away from the demonstrations when a sharpshooter shot a teenage girl standing nearby with her father. Within a few seconds, she was dead, her eyes turn to the camera before being obscured by the pools blood that pour out of her mouth and nose. Many people are arguing that this is the sort of thing that democracy is supposed to prevent. Of course, democracies also shoot people opposed to the government’s policies. Why? because government, at its heart, is an organization that uses force to get its way...

Silence isn’t golden

The American Spectator
by Philip Klein


Since a wave of protests broke out in Iran last weekend following its presidential election, the American media has promoted the Obama administration’s view that it could do more to help demonstrators by staying on the sidelines than actively offering rhetorical support. The theory is that if President Obama publicly encourages those taking to the streets in Iran, it will only backfire by allowing the Islamic regime to paint protesters as tools of America. As Obama himself put it, ’sometimes the United States can be a handy political football …’ But Amir Fakhravar says this approach is dead wrong. And he speaks with authority...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

'Food Inc.' puts the gross in 'groceries'

Updated Sat. Jun. 20 2009

Angela Mulholland, News

The images of chickens struggling to stand under overgrown breasts, and cow carcasses being forced through massive meat grinders may make viewers of "Food Inc." avert their eyes. But director Robert Kenner hopes his film is ultimately an eye-opener.

Kenner's thoughtful, if occasionally revolting, documentary bills itself as an exposure of the food industry's underbelly that will make you "never look at dinner the same way."

Informant: Martin Weatherall

Are We Misconstruing Islam?

Back in the U.S.S.A.

The West's Global Hegemony


Kill the Indian, Save the Man

Dahr Jamail and Jason Coppola, Truthout: "In 1845, an American columnist, John O'Sullivan, writing about the proposed annexation of Texas, claimed that it was America's 'manifest destiny to overspread the continent.' ... Perhaps Americans seriously believe that the US was preordained by God to expand and exercise hegemony over all that it surveys?"

Déjà Vu All Over Again, Once More

Push for Local Control of Cell Phone Towers Gaining Traction, Tower Opponents Say

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

By Susan Jones, Senior Editor

( – A grassroots group says local governments, not the U.S. government, should regulate telecommunications towers, which some people consider a threat to health and the environment.

The Coalition for Local Oversight of Utility Technologies (CLOUT) points to California, where the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on June 2 to actively seek federal legislation that would repeal portions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.


USA: Anstoß für lokale Kontrolle von Mobilfunkmasten

Eine Basisgruppe fordert, dass lokale Regierungen und nicht die U.S.-Regierung Fernmeldetürme regulieren sollten, welche einige Menschen als Bedrohung für die Gesundheit und die Umwelt ansehen.

Aus: FGF-Infoline vom 19.06.2009
Der Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk e.V. (FGF), gehören alle deutschen Mobilfunkbetreiber an.

UN: One Billion People Are Hungry Every Day

Alessandra Rizzo, The Associated Press: "The global financial meltdown has pushed the ranks of the world's hungry to a record one billion, a grim milestone that poses a threat to peace and security, UN food officials said yesterday. Because of war, drought, political instability, high food prices, and poverty, hunger now affects 1 in 6 people, by the UN estimate. The financial meltdown has compounded the crisis in what the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization called a 'devastating combination for the world's most vulnerable.'"


Investors Add Spice to Rising Food Prices


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