Mittwoch, 9. September 2009

Is Obama Tossing Out the Constitution With His New Anti-Terror Plan?

"NOW," PBS: "Closing Guantanamo Bay's prison will do little to close the debate on what we should do with alleged terrorists. 'NOW,' as part of a collaboration with the nonprofit investigative unit ProPublica, investigates the controversial tactic of 'preventative detention,' a government plan that may detain suspects indefinitely without trial or even formal charges."

Conference focusing on dangers of electromagnetic bomb

Buffalo News

They said the detonation of a nuclear device or another weapon that releases an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, could fry America's energy grid, ...

Spanish judge resumes torture case against six senior Bush lawyers

The Spanish newspaper Público reported exclusively on Saturday that Judge Baltasar Garzón is pressing ahead with a case against six senior Bush administration lawyers for implementing torture at Guantánamo.

From Information Clearing House

'This Mission Is Insane'

SPIEGEL Interview with Former Army Doctor in Afghanistan : I didn't want to go on seeing young men die senselessly. Lots of other doctors felt the same way and left as well. Modern warfare like this has made doctors like us superfluous.,1518,647751,00.html#ref=rss


Karzai slams deadly NATO airstrike

'What an error of judgment. More than 90 deaths for a simple lorry, which was moreover immobilized in a riverbed. Why didn't they send ground troops to recover the fuel tank?' Karzai said.


UK: Gordon Brown faces Labour motion to pull out troops from Afghanistan

Conference activists say war in Afghanistan 'is unwinnable'.

From Information Clearing House

The next financial crisis

The New Republic
by Peter Boone and Simon Johnson


[T]he Fed may well have mitigated our current crisis by sowing the seeds for the next one. All modern economies need a financial system that can connect people who want to save with those who have good investment projects. This is essentially what banks do. But, unfortunately, this process often goes wrong. And that is precisely what is happening now. Our banks have gotten into the habit of needing to be rescued through repeated bailouts. During this crisis, Bernanke — while saving the financial system in the short term — has done nothing to break this long-term pattern; worse, he exacerbated it. As a result, unless real reform happens soon, we face the prospect of another bubble-bust-bailout cycle that will be even more dangerous than the one we’ve just been through. If you’ve studied U.S. economic history, none of this will come as a surprise...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US attack killed 9 people in Pakistan

An unmanned aircraft, suspected to be US operated, fired two missiles at a militant hideout in Pakistan's ungoverned tribal region bordering Afghanistan, killing nine people, a security official said.


Anti-Americanism rises in Pakistan over U.S. motives

Pakistanis are reacting to what many here see as an "imperial" American presence, echoing Iraq and Afghanistan, with Washington dictating to the Pakistani military and the government. Polls show that Pakistanis regard the U.S., formally a close ally and the country's biggest donor, as a hostile power.

From Information Clearing House

'A Free People Will Not Permit Torture'

By Ramsey Clark

Fear is the principal element in both public acceptance of torture and individual submission to it. The frightened public is persuaded that only torture can force confessions essential to prevent catastrophic acts-terrorism in the present context. The frightened victim is persuaded torture will be unbearable, or be his death.


"We're The Children Of Barnum & Bailey"

By Bill Moyers

Forget what you learned in civics about the Founding Fathers - we're the children of Barnum and Bailey, our founding con men. Their freak show was the forerunner of today's talk radio.

Phone masts on debate's agenda

Plan for mobile phone mast on Aberdeen street

Aberdeen Evening Express - Aberdeen,Scotland, UK

By Sally Hind

Plans for a 49ft (15m) mobile phone mast have been lodged with Aberdeen City Council by Vodafone. The plan for Ferryhill's Polmuir Road came ...>


Phone masts on debate's agenda - Wolverhampton, England, UK

People are being urged to go along and give their views to allow the council to produce a policy for phone mast applications in the borough. ...


Plan for second mast on street is uprooted by tree

Stoke & Staffordshire

FAMILIES are close to winning the fight against plans to build a second mobile phone mast in their street. Residents in Gallowstree Lane, Thistleberry, ...

Top Chinese official signals move away from dollar

U.S. Dollar Falls Sharply Across The Board

The U.S. dollar fell sharply against most of its major rivals on Tuesday, as commodity prices and global equities posted gains.


UN Says New Currency Is Needed to Fix Broken 'Confidence Game'

The dollar's role in international trade should be reduced by establishing a new currency to protect emerging markets from the "confidence game" of financial speculation, the United Nations said.


Top Chinese official signals move away from dollar

The Chinese are becoming increasingly wary of the growing supply of U.S. dollars, leading the head of the nation's green energy initiatives to signal a move away from dollar reserves and toward, gold, euros and yen, according to a published report.


4 Signs that China is Moving Out of the Dollar

The U.S. Treasury Department revealed that China actually REDUCED its note and bond holdings by $25 billion in June. Although China did NOT sell shorter-term Treasury bills - and isn't expected to - it's still the largest amount of Treasuries China has ever sold in a single month.


More US wealthy opt to surrender their citizenship

As offshore havens comply with transparency demands, a growing number of ultra-wealthy Americans are handing back their passports.


Fed: Consumers Slash Debt by Record $21.6B in July

The Federal Reserve reported Tuesday that consumers ratcheted back their credit by a larger-than-anticipated $21.6 billion from June, the most on records dating to 1943.


Van Jones decries 'lies and distortions,' quits as Obama's environmental advisor

Jones says he has become a distraction to the administration's healthcare agenda because of his videotaped insult of Republicans and his signature on a petition suggesting a 9/11 conspiracy.

From Information Clearing House

Obama Has Awakened a Sleeping Giant

Help for Obama's Speech to Congress

Glenn Beck, Obama's White House, and the Progressive Movement

Free Press Calls on Obama Administration to Resist Extremism in the Media

ACLU: Supreme Court Urged To Deny Appeal On Torture Photo Case

Healthcare vs. Warfare: The Future Costs of the Afghanistan War

The Tuned Feds

The Great Fakeroo Recovery

Afghanistan by the Numbers

Tom Engelhardt, "Here may be the single strangest fact of our American world: that at least three administrations - Ronald Reagan's, George W. Bush's, and now Barack Obama's - drew the US 'defense' perimeter at the Hindu Kush; that is, in the rugged, mountainous lands of Afghanistan. Put another way, while Americans argue feverishly and angrily over what kind of money, if any, to put into health care, or decaying infrastructure, or other key places of need, until recently just about no one in the mainstream raised a peep about the fact that, for nearly eight years (not to say much of the last three decades), we've been pouring billions of dollars, American military know-how, and American lives into a black hole in Afghanistan that is, at least in significant part, of our own creation."


Men With Guns in Kabul and Washington

Norman Solomon, Truthout: "For those who believe in making war, Kabul is a notable work product. After 30 years, the results are in: a devastated city. A stale witticism calls Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai 'the mayor of Kabul.' Now, not even. On block after block in the Afghan capital, AK-47s are conspicuous in the hands of men on guard against a near future. Widely seen as corrupt, inept and - with massive election fraud - now illegitimate, Karzai's government is losing its grip along with its credibility."

Afghanistan: Ein Krieg, der notwendig ist, aber keiner sein soll

Am Hindukusch steuert die NATO auf die größte militärische Pleite seit ihrer Gründung zu.

378.000 Euro gegen die Demokratie

Bundesregierung legt auf Drängen der Linksfraktion Zahlen über Engagement der Naumann-Stiftung in Honduras offen.

Loser-Rally in den USA

Börsenkurse von Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual und Indymac schießen in die Höhe.

SEC rechtfertigt Madoff-Skandal

Die US-Börsenaufsicht erhielt umfangreiche Hinweise auf Betrügereien und hat fünf ergebnislose Untersuchungen durchgeführt. Die einzige Folge war, dass Madoff seine angebliche Seriosität mit dem Verweis auf die SEC-Untersuchungen zusätzlich unterstreichen konnte.

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