Sonntag, 19. Juli 2009

TARP Watchdog Says Treasury Lacking Bank Data

Silla Brush, The Hill: "The top watchdog over the financial bailout package said the Treasury Department is rejecting 'common sense' by not requiring banks receiving billions of dollars in government money to say how they are using the money. In a report to be released on Monday, Neil Barofsky said banks that have received money from the $700 billion bailout package passed last year are able to indicate how they are using taxpayer money and that Treasury should require banks to be more transparent."

Once World's Bread Basket, Iraq Now a Farming Basket Case

Mike Tharp, McClatchy Newspapers: "Once the cradle of agriculture for civilization, the Land Between Two Rivers - the Tigris and Euphrates - has become a basket case for its farmers. Just ask Naji Habeeb, 85. His family has been growing rice in this village 135 miles southeast of Baghdad for generations. Thin green shoots stick out of the flat paddies, shin-deep in brown water. The Iraqi government, he claims, still owes him half of what he's due from last year's crop."

Fifty thousand General Motors retirees face destruction of benefits

The bankruptcy of General Motors, and the organization of a "new" auto company in its place, is being carried out at the expense of tens of thousands of active and retired auto workers, along with dealerships, other small businesses, and entire communities.

Unemployment tops 10 percent in 16 states in June

The national unemployment rate is 9.5 percent, a 26-year high, and is expected to hit 10 percent by year-end.

From Information Clearing House

Mr. President, we are still torturing?

Padilla vs. Yoo: An Update

There are two interesting developments in Jose Padilla's lawsuit against former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo, who was one of the authors of the infamous torture memos.

Mr. President, we are still torturing?

The Bagram detention center itself has continued to operate with currently more than 600 prisoners and is being planned to expand its capacity to more than 1,100 as President Obama sends more troops into Afghanistan.

Caught on Camera

40 prison guards kick and punch juvenile inmates... already handcuffed

From Information Clearing House

US bombs kill six in Pakistan

Another US missile strike on Friday killed six people in North Waziristan tribal agency bordering Afghanistan.

From Information Clearing House

Relentless rise of Afghanistan casualties laid bare

The deaths and "life-changing" injuries suffered by British troops in Afghanistan are rising relentlessly as the political battles over whether the force is properly equipped continue to rage in London.

From Information Clearing House

US Income Inequality Continues to Grow

By Don Monkerud

Wages for most Americans didn't improve from 1979 to 1998, and the median male wage in 2000 was below the 1979 level, despite productivity increases of 44.5 percent. Between 2002 and 2004, inflation-adjusted median household income declined $1,669 a year. To make up for lost income, credit card debt soared 315 percent between 1989 and 2006, representing 138 percent of disposable income in 2007.

Legal Immunity For Swine Flu Vaccine Manufacturers Questioned

Obama's Speech to the NAACP

By Tom Eley

The main thrust of president Barack Obama's speech before the centenary meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Thursday was to blame working class African-Americans for the social crisis engulfing them.

Clinton Outlines Continuation of Bush Policies Under Obama at CFR

By Jeremy R. Hammond

Setting aside the platitudes that comprised most of Clinton's speech and looking closely at her remarks that actually spoke meaningfully towards U.S. policy under the Obama, a picture emerges, one not of a change of course from Bush but rather of near perfect continuity between the two administrations.

Hit teams at work

Lots of vague news about some kind of assassination program run out of the Oval Office during the Bush II administration.

You've got to hand it to Congress, the news media and even the "alternative" press for being so clueless.

What kind of people does the White House hit team go after - and why?

It's no mystery.


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Explains the Autism Coverup

Next-up News Nr 1033

- EHS Refuge Zone Free (active): photos report

Report Gives Sobering View Of Warming’s Impact on U.S.

A new U.S. government report paints a disturbing picture of the current and future effects of climate change and offers a glimpse of what the nation’s climate will be like by century’s end. By Michael D. Lemonick, reposted with permission from Yale’s.


Study: World to Warm Faster Than Predicted

Climate Change to Force 75 Million Pacific Islanders From Their Homes

Climate Change Seen as Threat to US Security

Energiewende oder der Untergang des Abendlandes

Die Botschaft ist ja dem Grundsatz nach schon angekommen: Fossile Energieträger, sowohl Öl als auch Koh­le und Gas, werden knapp. Und zwar viel schneller als bisher angenommen. Die Prognosezeiträume haben sich in den letzten Jahren mehrfach halbiert. Rettendes Uran ist ebenfalls nicht in Sicht. Gastkommentar von Hans Kronberger,Energiewende+oder+der+Untergang+des+Abendlandes,5,a13272.html

Ältere Atomkraftwerke vor der Wahl vom Netz nehmen

NABU: Union und SPD sollen sich jetzt für mehr Sicherheit einsetzen.,Aeltere+Atomkraftwerke+vor+der+Wahl+vom+Netz+nehmen,6,a13294.html

Verheerender Uranabbau

Der Atomkraftlobby kommt der Klimawandel wie gerufen. Hat sie doch endlich wieder einen Vorwand, ihre Energie ins Spiel zu bringen und den Ausstieg vom Atomausstieg zu fordern.,Verheerender+Uranabbau,6,a13276.html


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