Freitag, 4. September 2009

Why the Wars Roll on

Ralph Lopez, Truthout: "As public opinion tips against the US military presence in Afghanistan, and Congress talks about 'doubling down,' as the pullout from Iraq is accompanied by steadily increasing violence, and talk turns to slowing or halting the pull-out, the question the anti-war public must ask itself is: What now? War funding for Iraq continues despite two consecutive Democratic majorities elected expressly to stop it ... Very few people know that on average 80 percent of their Congress members' and senators' campaign funds come from outside the district, and largely from outside the state. They come from industries like defense, telecommunications and financial services. What do they get for these contributions, even in cases when the Congress member votes against those contributors' positions on certain bills?"

Protesters fight on against mobile phone mast

By Pete Castle

September 04, 2009

TAXPAYERS are set to foot the bill for local authority mistakes after a planning inspector found that Elmbridge Borough Council had acted “unreasonably” when rejecting plans for a mobile phone mast.

The proposed Vodafone mast in Lower Green Road, Esher, was originally turned down by councillors in September last year, against the advice of planning officers.


Phone mast plans branded a 'disgrace'

12:32pm Thursday 3rd September 2009

By Neil Docking

APPLETON ANGRY residents branded the decision of councillors to approve plans for a 15-metre telephone mast by protected woodland in Appleton a disgrace at a meeting at Warrington Town Hall last Wednesday.

Protestors jeered and shouted ‘shame on you’ after Warrington Borough Council’s development control committee voted 5-3 in favour of Telefonica O2’s plans for the telegraph column and equipment cabinets on land off Longwood Road.


Swine flu Operation fax to stop the vax

Step Two---Spread this Message Worldwide Remember, they are about to convene in Washington to discuss how to continue society when 50% of the population is 'out of commission'. They are telling us right in our face so AGAIN!! Politics has no place here! Be a caring soul and share this regardless of the ignorant attacks you may receive. Put your LOVE and COMPASSION before anyone's ignorance. LOVE is going to win this WAR.

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Obama is leading the US into a hellish quagmire

by Mark Ames


America now has more military personnel in Afghanistan than the Red Army had at the peak of the Soviet invasion and occupation of that country. According to a Congressional Research Service report, as of March of this year, the U.S. had 52,000 uniformed personnel and another 68,000 contractors in Afghanistan — a number that has likely grown given the blank check President Obama has written for what’s now being called ‘Obama’s War.’ That makes 120,000 American military personnel fighting in Afghanistan, a figure higher than the Soviet peak troop figure of 115,000 during their catastrophic 9-year war. Just this week, General McChrystal, whom Obama appointed to command American forces in Afghanistan, is talking of sending tens of thousands more American troops. At the height of the Soviet occupation,Western intelligence experts estimated that the Soviets had 115,000 troops in Afghanistan — but like America, the more troops and the longer the Soviets stayed, the more doomed their military mission became...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama’s war speech: An unconvincing flop

by Justin Raimondo


After 92 days of waiting for the Word from on high, the nation received its marching orders from our commander-in-chief — and it was a flop of major proportions. As his West Point audience looked on disdainfully — applauding only twice, and then tepidly — President Obama tried to make the case that his escalation of the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan is really just a prelude to withdrawal. But is it?

Imperial blues

Our Future Blog
by Robert Borosage


President Obama made the best possible case for dispatching more troops to Afghanistan last night. But his speech left me with a haunting foreboding. Surely this is the way that great imperial powers decline. Their soldiers police the ends of the earth. There is always another enemy, always a threat — sometimes imagined, often real — that must be faced. And meanwhile, the productive economy declines, the rich live increasingly off investments abroad, the poor depend on public sustenance, the middle declines. No battle is so costly that it cannot be afforded; no battle so unimportant that the nation must not be mobilized. The soldiers become professionals, ‘volunteers’ in our terms. The institutions of the Republic — the Congress, the Senate — are scorned, often deservedly so. The executive decides the questions of war and peace. The secret state expands. The country finds itself constantly at war...

Dodging the real questions on Afghanistan

The American Prospect
by Tim Fernholz


The debate is over, the speech delivered, and 30,000 more American soldiers are headed to Afghanistan at the behest of President Barack Obama. He didn’t look too happy about it. No one should be surprised, especially not his supporters. This was the candidate who called Afghanistan the good war, promising to nearly double the number of troops there. Now, after last summer’s fraud-riddled presidential election and the contemporaneous increase in the Taliban insurgency’s strength, he is trebling America’s military commitment to the conflict. … Afghanistan is not an easy case. … Beyond policy disagreements, the politics, both domestic and international, left the president painted into a corner. But his speech Tuesday night didn’t add much energy to his case for escalation because he did not leave the narrow confines of conventional wisdom on Afghanistan — conventional wisdom that many, even in Washington, have questioned...

Obama’s war begins

by Fred Kaplan


When Bush left office, the United States contributed slightly less than half of the allied troops in Afghanistan. By the time Obama’s escalation takes hold, this share will have risen to 70 percent. This is becoming more, not less, of an American war. It is also not yet clear why President Obama picked 30,000 as the magic number of troops. Was it a compromise between the 40,000 recommended by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and some lower number reportedly suggested by Vice President Joe Biden? Was it driven, at least in part, by budgetary factors? More to the point, what will they do once they get there?

The Obama surge

Mother Jones
by David Corn


Prior to the speech, polls showed that about half of the American public was skeptical about the Afghanistan war. Presumably, these Americans already know al Qaeda’s plotters are evildoers. So this speech is not likely to sway millions. But what’s been said a few thousand times in the past few days is definitely true: Obama has now made the Afghanistan war his own. This speech was just the opening shot in what will be a never-ending campaign to explain and justify a war that itself may be never-ending...

Time to leave

USA Today
by Christopher Preble


Our social-engineering project in Afghanistan is a costly folly, one we could have avoided by heeding the proper lessons from the disastrous wars in Vietnam and Iraq. The president’s decision to double-down in Afghanistan parallels the Bush’s administration’s notion that unstable areas such as Afghanistan must be made ’safe for democracy’ or they will inevitably threaten U.S. national security...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A Seven-Step Program to Return America to a Less Muscular Patriotism

William Astore, "I have a few confessions to make: After almost eight years of off-and-on war in Afghanistan and after more than six years of mayhem and death since 'Mission Accomplished' was declared in Operation Iraqi Freedom, I'm tired of seeing simpleminded magnetic ribbons on vehicles telling me, a 20-year military veteran, to support or pray for our troops."

US Extends 'Blackwater' Contract

The Army Is Making the Same Old Mistakes in Afghanistan: British Soldiers

UN Chief: 'We Are Heading Towards an Abyss'

Outsourcing des Krieges

In Afghanistan sind erstmals mehr Mitarbeiter von Privatfirmen als US-Soldaten für das Pentagon tätig.

Inflation’s Moral Hazard: Easy Money Erodes Character

Can a Central Bank Go Broke?

What Cheney teaches us: Democracy is a very dangerous form of government


Suzan Filipek

A city zoning administrator denied T-Mobile a new cell tower base station in St. Andrews Square in a 22-page report released last month. "The overwhelming number of letters and e-mails bear testimony to the pervasive sense that T-Mobile's proposed structure would not be beneficial, but on the contrary, detrimental to the character of the community," wrote city Associate Zoning Administrator Maya Zaitzevsky.

Upon hearing the Aug. 12 decision, Patricia Carroll, a board member of the St. Andrews Square Neighborhood Association, said, "This was a wonderful example of neighborhood teamwork and a wonderful victory for our neighborhoods."


Experimente an Gefangenen

Ärzte und Psychologen, die an den Folterungen in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Bagram und anderswo beteiligt waren, werden von der Menschenrechtsorganisation Physicians for Human Rights beschuldigt, Kriegsverbrechen begangen zu haben.

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