Montag, 29. Juni 2009

Next-up News Nr 1012

- Wi-fi radiation: measurements reveal the facts.

Next-up News Nr 1013

- Suède: "la téléphonie mobile rend-t-elle fou?"

We Were Acquitted of Speaking Against Wars

Informant: David Swanson

From ufpj-news

Some Veterans of Recent Wars Find Homelessness at Home

Jia-Rui Chong, The Los Angeles Times: "It was, back then, a joke Luis Pinto shared with his Army buddies in Iraq. As they were all eating food out of tin cans, living out of rucksacks, moving constantly from place to place, Pinto cracked, 'If I become homeless, I'm ready.' But five years later he didn't actually expect to find himself sleeping in alleys in Whittier or in friends' cars, too busy getting high to hold down a regular job. A suicide attempt on March 16 was the shock he needed to start putting his life back together."

Sticks and stones

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Ivan Osorio


The Stoning of Soraya M. is a difficult film to watch, but worth taking the time to do so. The film, which opens today, depicts the stoning death of a young Iranian woman falsely accused of adultery. It highlights the outrage that the barbaric practice of stoning continues to occur anywhere, but at times does more than that. Based on the book of the same title by Iranian-French journalist Freidoune Sahebjam, the film (directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh) focuses on a specific event that illustrates the way in which a repressive, illiberal society can close in on an individual, ultimately taking away his or her very life and personhood...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

I want my money back

Common Dreams
by Marie Marchand


I’m not that young, so I possess some cynicism. But I’m not that old either, so I manage some idealism. Sure, I am used to being betrayed by my government. But I thought my days of calling the White House in tears were over. To think that Barack Obama preyed on this naive hope in me and millions like me is unforgivable...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US: Rising government debt raises prospects of eventual inflation

USA Today


Inflation is as dead as the Wicked Witch of the West in a waterfall. The consumer price index has actually fallen 1.3% in the past 12 months. So why is everyone so worried about soaring prices? In a word: debt. The government owes the world $11.4 trillion — $37,000 for every person in the U.S. In the next fiscal year, the government will add $1.8 trillion to the deficit...

Death by Obamanomics?

The Weekly Standard
by Irwin M. Stelzer


Death by a thousand cuts. Or in the case of the efficiency of the U.S. economy, by at least four: energy policy, health care policy, trade union resurgence, and fiscal madness...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Mighty Mekong River Must Forever Flow Freely



By Ecological Internet's Rainforest Portal with Rainforest Rescue & June 28, 2009


The mighty Mekong River in Southeast Asia faces a devastating threat from eleven new proposed dams. If even one of the dams are built in Cambodia, Laos or Thailand; they would block major fish migrations and otherwise ecologically disrupt this vitally important river, placing at risk millions of people who depend upon the Mekong for their food security and income. Help "Save the Mekong" and this affinity campaign in seeking to pressure regional governments to shelve the plans.



British Rum Maker Got a $2.7 Billion Payout from TARP

I'm getting so tired of these stories. I mean, what's the point? Americans are perfectly happy to stay home and watch TV while our elected officials rob us blind and we struggle along without needed health care.

Mounting U.S. jobless claims force states to borrow

The lengthy recession has proved discouraging for the swelling ranks of unemployed Americans, and forced U.S. states obligated to pay them jobless benefits to pile debt on their already strained budgets.

From Information Clearing House

Liberty, Interrupted

U.S. forces to continue patrolling in Basra after June 30

U.S. forces will continue their patrols in Basra even after the U.S. forces withdrawal from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, said the head of the U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team (P.R.T.) in the province, explaining that the patrols are essential for his team's protection.

Odierno: U.S. troops already out of Iraqi cities

The top US commander in Iraq says the U.S. military has already reached its goal of withdrawing from Iraqi cities by the end of the month.

From Information Clearing House

Could Afghanistan Become Obama's Vietnam?

Obama must call off this folly before Afghanistan becomes his Vietnam

Senseless slaughter and anti-western hysteria are all America and Britain's billions have paid for in a counterproductive war.

From Information Clearing House


Could Afghanistan Become Obama's Vietnam?

Obama's War: What is the US Trying to Achieve in Afghanistan?

A Bloodless Coup: The Transition From Democracy To A Bank-run Society

By Mike Whitney

The banks created the financial crisis, and now they are its biggest beneficiaries. They don't need to worry about risk, because Bernanke has assured them that they will be bailed out regardless of the cost.

A Fight For The Amazon That Should Inspire The World

The uprising In the Amazon is more urgent than Iran's - it will determine the future of the planet

By Johann Hari

While the world nervously watches the uprising in Iran, an even more important uprising has been passing unnoticed - yet its outcome will shape your fate, and mine.

Iran's Coming Revolution: For Civil Rights Or Beyond?

By Shamus Cooke

Once the radical traditions of Iranian society are re-discovered and properly organized, the inevitable conclusion will be a democratic social system, directed towards meeting the needs of its people, not the profits of businessmen or Mullahs.

7 Years In Chains

Detained At 14, Tortured and Released At 21


El-Gharani was treated with appalling brutality. After being tortured in Pakistani custody, he was sold to US forces, who flew him to a prison at Kandahar airport, where, he said, one particular soldier "would hold my penis, with scissors, and say he'd cut it off.

"Even Guantánamo Bay Is Better Than This"

By William Fisher

"They did things that you would not do against animals let alone to humans," said one inmate.

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to Blame Over Iraq War, says Army Report

By Rupert Hamer

Flawed US plans were rubberstamped by Blair. Brown blocked vital funding for five months.


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