Mittwoch, 24. Juni 2009

The Bosses: Those Diehards With No Self-Awareness

Pierre-Yves Gomez, Le Monde: The resignation of Societe Generale's former chairman Daniel Bouton "highlights the fundamental question facing the big financial institutions today: how are they to renew the management elites that often control their governance, even as the crisis demonstrates the failure of their policies?"

Help Ban Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining


Mountaintop Removal Damage 'Irreversible,' Senate Hears

Stop Building Tanks

George Monbiot, The Guardian UK: "The last time we faced a crisis on the scale of the global climate crash, the rational solution was to build tanks. Now the rational, least painful solution is to stop building tanks, and use the money to address a real threat."

Iran's Mousavi "Under 24-Hour Guard"

The Independent UK: "The Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi is under 24-hour guard by secret police and no longer able to speak freely to supporters, according to the film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf."

Iran in Turmoil

Right now, the best source of up-to-the-minute reports on the evolving Iranian situation is from people in Iran sharing via social networking. We think twitter looks like perhaps the best source. We're going to be picking up selected tweets that appear to provide the best insight into what is happening. *Remember,* this is social networking, but it can also be used for social engineering. Verifiability is always an issue. Read with a cautious eye. -ma/TO


The Islamic Republic cracks - USA

Twenty-one percent of Iran's population now under the age of 25, but they
are hardly the faithful army Khominei had in mind. US-people know from the
'60s ...


Mousavi says he won’t end his challenge

Thibodaux Daily Comet


Iranian authorities briefly arrested dozens of university professors who met with embattled opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, his Web site said Thursday, but he vowed to persevere with his election challenge despite the apparent attempt to isolate him from his supporters. The declared winner of the June 12 balloting, hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accused President Barack Obama of meddling in Iran’s affairs...

Iran: Six Mousavi supporters reportedly hanged

Jerusalem Post [Israel]


As the Iranian authorities warned the opposition on Tuesday that they would tolerate no further protests over the disputed June 12 presidential elections, a report emerged of the hangings of six supporters of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. Speaking after Iran’s top legislative body upheld the election victory of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sources in Iran told this reporter in a telephone interview that the hangings took place in the holy city of Mashhad on Monday. There was no independent confirmation of the report. On Monday, witnesses said thousands of policemen and Basij militiamen carrying batons were deployed in Teheran’s main squares to prevent any recurrence of the opposition protests. Drivers who so much as shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ or beeped their horns had their windows smashed by the Basiji and riot police...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Moussavi digs in on Ahmadinejad election win

'From now on we will have a government the legitimacy of which the majority of the people, including me, will not acknowledge,' Moussavi said in his first reaction to the official confirmation of Ahmadinejad's re-election.

Mousavi to disclose tell-all documents

As the Iranian opposition continues to express skepticism about the election result, defeated candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi says he will present documents that prove electoral fraud.

Protesters' blood will not go in vain: Mousavi

Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi vowed not to let the blood of protesters killed in postelection crackdown go in vain as he met with the family of a young man shot to death during the turmoil, reformist Web site reported Wednesday.

From Information Clearing House

Zum Lissabon-Vertrag aus dem EU-Parlament

ggf. bitte weiterleiten.

Dr. Matthias Weisser

Nachricht von Gerd Zesar

Celebrate torture day by punishing torturers

Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

Since 1997, every June 26 has been formally recognized as the International Day of Support for Victims of Torture. Political leaders around the globe take the occasion to proclaim their opposition to barbarism. On June 26, 2003, President George W. Bush proudly declared: ‘The United States is committed to the worldwide elimination of torture, and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture and in undertaking to prevent other cruel and unusual punishment’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

CREW and 22 Orgs Call for Hearings on Revisions to Military Commissions Act

Urges Light on Legal Issues Surrounding Guantanamo

A Plea To President Obama: End Mountaintop Coal Mining

Congress Needs to Hear From Us Today on Afghanistan

Will Obama Regulate Wall Street?

Obama Running Scared

Civilians 'Bear the Brunt of War'

Preparing for Future Wars: Pentagon Embraces 'Hybrid' Warfare

Zurück zum Atom?

Die Atomwirtschaft feierte ihre globale Renaissance, doch könnte dieser kostspielige und gefährliche Boom sehr bald an einem "Peak Uran" scheitern.

Iran: Zuckerbrot und Peitsche

Das Regime will nun auch gegen Mussawi vorgehen und jeden Protest endgültig zerschlagen, will aber auch die Stimmen in jeder Urne bekannt geben.

U.S. Tops List of Countries with the Largest External Debt

The top five countries with the largest external debt are as follows:

California Collapsing

California is America's most populous state with 38 million people. Its GDP of $1.8 trillion is the largest in the U.S. Its economy is bigger than those of Russia, Brazil, Canada, or India. And it's collapsing.

From Information Clearing House

Anger Mounts After U.S. Troops Kill 13 Iraqi Protesters

From Information Clearing House

Kissinger Calls For "Regime" Change In Iran If Protests Fail


Talking on BBC Newsnight Henry Kissinger says that while the US will not intervene in the current crisis, if the protests fail and a "popularly based" government is not installed (ie the one he wants), then "we may conclude that we must work for regime change in Iran from the outside".

The Making Of A War Criminal


"A fascinating, bombshell documentary that should shame Americans, regardless of whether or not ultimate blame finally lies with Kissinger. Should be required viewing for civics classes and would-be public servants alike." -- Brent Simon, Entertainment Today.

The Pathological Narcissism of the NeoCon Right

Video and Transcript

Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes of the Nation discusses how the pathological narcissism of the NeoCon right who seem to think the entire world revolves around America.

Why American Policy SUCKS: Juicy Details on Corporate Lobbying

By Jill Richardson

I know everyone's aware of the problems lobbying poses to our country, but good lord, if people saw the sheer magnitude of it (and the comparatively paltry amounts spent in the people's interest) they would be outraged. So here goes. Here's the list of the top 100.

The Faith of Entrepreneurs

The Miracle of the Market

Don't Get Trapped in the Next Bubble

Bankruptcies Are Good News: They're the clean-up from the Fed's destructive boom

Why America is a Bank-owned State

By Samah El-Shahat

America has become a bank-owned state, allowing its banking oligarchs to suffocate the economy so they can survive at any price.

Touring Empire's Ruins: From Detroit to the Amazon

Greg Grandin, "The empire ends with a pull out. Not, as many supposed a few years ago, from Iraq. There, as well as in Afghanistan, we are mulishly staying the course, come what may, trapped in the biggest of all the 'too-big-to-fail' boondoggles. But from Detroit."

Recession Fuels Dating Violence, Curbs Prevention

Amy Littlefield, Women's eNews: "A survey released earlier this month finds that teen dating violence rates are higher than ever, with the economic crisis apparently worsening rates of abuse of between parents and among teens. Those June 10 results come out as school budget cuts hinder education programs focused on preventing dating violence."

On the death of Neda Agha-Soltan

Written by Henry Adams, Randy Talbot, Hank Berger, and Bill Bridges
Wednesday, 24 June 2009

On Tuesday, the New York Times devoted two front-page stories and an Op-Ed to the death of Neda Agha-Soltan in Tehran on Sat., Jun. 20. -- "Her death is stirring wide outrage in a society that is infused with the culture of martyrdom," Nazila Fatih wrote.[1] -- On his website, Mehdi Karroubi, one of the defeated candidates in the Jun. 12 Iranian presidential election, called Neda a martyr: “A young girl, who did not have a weapon in her soft hands, or a grenade in her pocket, became a victim of thugs who are supported by a horrifying intelligence apparatus.” -- Little is known about her: "Her friends and relatives were mostly afraid to speak, and the government broke up public attempts to mourn her. She studied philosophy and took underground singing lessons — women are barred from singing publicly in Iran. Her name means voice in Persian, and many are now calling her the voice of Iran." -- The government is reported to have "ordered the family to bury Ms. Agha-Soltan immediately and barred family members from holding a memorial service." -- "[T]he very public adulation of Ms. Agha-Soltan could create a religious symbol for the opposition and sap support for the government among the faithful who believe Islam abhors killing innocent civilians," Nazila Fatih said. -- A second front-page story in the Times focused on the media angle of the story and the government of Iran's efforts to control it. -- The information wars in the aftermath of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan are an example of "the new arena of censorship in the 21st century, a world where cellphone cameras, Twitter accounts, and all the trappings of the World Wide Web have changed the ancient calculus of how much power governments actually have to sequester their nations from the eyes of the world and make it difficult for their own people to gather, dissent, and rebel," Brian Stelter and Brad Stone said.[2] -- The Iran crisis is "a laboratory for what can and cannot be done in this new media age — and providing lessons to other governments, watching with calculated interest from afar, about what they may be able to get away with should their own citizens take to the streets," they said. -- Government agents are now "[t]hreatening people who have cameras," and this is "only the latest in a series of steps by the authorities." -- "Even before the election, the country was known to operate one of the world’s most sophisticated Web filtering systems, with widespread blockades on specific Web sites," said Stelter and Stone. "According to a spate of news reports in April, including one in the Washington Times, some of the monitoring technology was provided by Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture of Nokia, the Finnish cellphone maker, and Siemens, the German technology giant." -- In an Op-Ed, Roger Cohen reported seeing a prayer after her death broken up when "the regular city police joined in. This was too much for the Basij militia, the regime’s plainclothes shock troops, who arrived on motorbikes and, wielding sticks, broke up the gathering of about 60 people."[3] -- Cohen described the Basijis as "[t]eenagers, brainwashed from early childhood, scarcely able to grow a feeble beard, they have been ferried into the capital in large numbers, given a club and a shield and a helmet and told to go to work." -- He pointed out that "Martyrdom is a powerful force in the world of Shia Islam. Mourning on the third and seventh and 40th days after a death form a galvanizing cycle. Hers is already another name for the anger smoldering here, whose expression, in my experience, has been bravest and most vivid among women." -- A link to the video (warning: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC) showing Neda Agha-Soltan's death is also posted below.[4] -- In 36 hours, hundreds of people have contributed to the Wikipedia article about her death.[5] ...

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Iranians Mourn Slain Woman as Power Struggle Continues

Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers: "Defying an official ban, hundreds of people held a graveside tribute Thursday for the woman who's become a symbol of the Iranian opposition after she was killed while protesting the country's disputed election. Witnesses said the crowd gathered around 5 p.m. Thursday at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery, an hour's drive south of Tehran, for a memorial service for Neda Agha-Soltan."


Iran: Military charges family of dead son “bullet fee”

Raw Story


The family of Kaveh Alipour, a 19-year-old Iranian killed amidst protests in Tehran, was allegedly charged a ‘bullet fee’ by Iranian security forces, according to a report Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal. ‘Upon learning of his son’s death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a ‘bullet fee’ (a fee for the bullet used by security forces) before taking the body back,’ relatives purportedly told the Journal. Details of Alipour’s death remain unclear — he was apparently not part of the protests and may have been killed in crossfire...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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