Dienstag, 8. Dezember 2009

Driven insane: Parliament 'misled over rendition of militants captured in Iraq'

The government has been accused of misleading parliament over the rendition of two alleged militants captured in Iraq and then turned over to the Americans to be secretly sent to Bagram in Afghanistan. One of the men has allegedly gone mad and is being treated for mental problems, according to the legal charity, Reprieve.


Study faults Guantanamo death probe

Minimum standards 'not met' in investigation into alleged suicides of three detainees.

From Information Clearing House


Obama to mention Afghan war in peace prize speech

U.S. President Barack Obama will not shirk from mentioning Afghanistan and his decision to send more troops to the war zone when he accepts the Nobel Peace Prize this week, the White House said on Monday.


From Information Clearing House


Who Wants War?

By Ron Paul

One has to ask, if the people who elected these leaders so obviously do not want these wars, who does? Eisenhower warned of the increasing power and influence of the military industrial complex and it seems his worst fears have come true.


Going South

By Ximena Ortiz

Disproportionate military spending threatens economic wellbeing. Industry has its hand so deep in the government's purse that private enterprise is becoming public property. The currency falters, the infrastructure crumbles. And a supine media, once a watchdog of the powerful, happily licks the strongman's hand.


The United States, its abandonment of law and worse

By Christopher King

We have entered a period of government lawlessness, led by the United States, with inevitably serious consequences for everyone. Nuclear war is a possibility.


Larry Summers is Steering the Economy Towards "Structural Adjustment"

By Mike Whitney

There's no fixed number of greenbacks in a vault at the Treasury which limit how much the federal government can spend. Since the US pays its debts in its own currency--it can print as many dollars as it pleases.



Iraqi Cab Driver was Source for Iraq WMD Claim

By John Byrne

A British parliamentarian claimed in an report published Tuesday that an Iraqi cab driver was the source of an infamous claim made by Prime Minister Tony Blair that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.



Leistungspolitik stresst Belegschaft

Am Briefkasten, nachts, um halb vier ... Kurzfristig eingeschobene Kündigungen

„Eine bemerkenswert rustikale Strategie verfolgte ein kurzentschlossener Arbeitgeber, der mit dem Betriebsrat vor Gericht in einem Vergleich ausgehandelt hatte, dass vor Weihnachten keine Kündigungen ausgesprochen und Verhandlungen über Kurzarbeit aufgenommen würden. Der Gerichtsvergleich war widerruflich geschlossen worden, so dass dieser erst am Folgetag um 12.00 Uhr wirksam würde. (..) Da dem Arbeitgeber der geschlossene Vergleich bis auf die Sache mit den Kündigungen zusagte, widerrief er nicht, sondern ließ noch in der Nacht allen 198 Beschäftigten noch vor der Frühschicht kündigen - teilweise durch Einwurf nachts um vier in den Briefkasten…“ Artikel von Markus Kompa in telepolis news vom 07.12.2009 //www.heise.de/tp/blogs/8/146695

Stress im Job: Beschäftigte im Dauerstress

„In vier von fünf Betrieben arbeiten Beschäftigte dauerhaft unter hohem Druck. Das zeigen Auswertungen einer aktuellen Betriebsrätebefragung. Häufigste Ursache für den Dauerstress ist zu wenig Personal…“ Pressemitteilung der IG Metall vom 01.12.2009 //www.igmetall.de/cps/rde/xchg/SID-0A456501-AF02B262/internet/style.xsl/view_2715.htm

Siehe dazu: Arbeitsbedingungen: Leistungspolitik stresst Belegschaft

„In Deutschlands Unternehmen hat sich in den vergangenen Jahren eine neue Leistungspolitik ausgebreitet - und mit ihr Zeitdruck und seelische Belastungen. Hektik, Überlastung und die Angst vor dem Verlust des Arbeitsplatzes - solche Stressmomente sind in Unternehmen inzwischen weiter verbreitet als körperliche Belastungen. Selbst in Firmen mit einem hohen Anteil gewerblich Beschäftigter machen den Belegschaften vor allem psychische Probleme zu schaffen, berichtet Elke Ahlers. Die Arbeitswissenschaftlerin hat eine WSI-PARGEMA-Befragung von über 1.700 Betriebsräten zu Gesundheitsproblemen am Arbeitsplatz und den Ursachen ausgewertet. Dauerhafter Arbeitsdruck sei nicht mehr nur eine Angelegenheit der Führungskräfte. Er habe inzwischen den Kern der Belegschaft erreicht und erfasse vor allem mittlere Angestellte mit Fachausbildung. So arbeiten in 84 Prozent der Betriebe manche Beschäftigte ständig unter hohem Zeit- und Leistungsdruck; in 43 Prozent gilt das sogar für große Teile der Belegschaft. Von starken körperlichen Belastungen berichtet dagegen nur jeder fünfte Arbeitnehmervertreter. Laut ihrer Studie erklärten 79 Prozent der Betriebsräte, dass die seelischen Belastungen in den vergangenen drei Jahren zugenommen haben…“ Böckler Impuls 19/2009 //www.boeckler.de/32014_102179.html

Aus: LabourNet, 8. Dezember 2009

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Swine Flu: The' Pandemic' That Ended With A Whimper



Most Britons Reject Swine Flu Vaccine

What do most of the British know that all those receiving the swine flu vaccine don’t?



Five good reasons to avoid a war with Iran

Campaign For Liberty
by Philip Giraldi


As America’s founding fathers clearly understood war is a serious business and should only be engaged in when there is a threat to vital national interests. The US Constitution stipulates that there must be a declaration of war from congress, a safeguard inserted in the document to prevent presidents from going to war without a clear national consensus behind them. Nevertheless, even though the federal government has fought many wars in the past hundred years only two were preceded by an actual declaration by Congress, World War I and World War II. Every other war has been both illegal and unconstitutional, including the current involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and on various fronts in the so-called global war on terror...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Neuer Rekord beim Bankensterben in den USA

Während die Arbeitslosigkeit gesunken sein soll, wurden erneut sechs Regionalbanken geschlossen.



Bush Officials Continue to Play in Shaping the Debate About Climate Change


Rainforest Action Network (RAN): Hundreds Rally at W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining


Obama Reverses Campaign Promise and Approves Offshore Drilling


Obama Administration OKs Oil Drilling in Arctic off Alaska

Obama Offshore Oil Plan a Disaster for Wildlife and Climate


The real reason for drilling

Fox Business News
by John Stossel


Today, the President is set to announce his new energy plan which includes allowing oil drilling off Virginia’s shoreline – a reversal of a long-standing ban on most offshore drilling: White House officials pitched the changes as ways to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil and create jobs — both politically popular ideas — but the president’s decisions also could help secure support for a climate change bill languishing in Congress. I applaud the President’s willingness to finally allow some drilling off America’s coasts but, let’s be honest: this is not going to make a dent in our ‘reliance’ on foreign oil. We consume 20 million barrels per day, and produce only 5. We could drill everywhere that we’re not allowed and we’d probably only goose production up to 6 million...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The Reason for 15 Million Unemployed: Poor Thinking at the Top

Dean Baker, Truthout: "The United States has more than 15 million people unemployed. This is not their fault. It is the fault of really bad policy decisions by people who get paid more than almost all of the unemployed ever did or ever will. The failure of economic policymakers to recognize and attack an $8 trillion housing bubble led to the downturn. The continuing failure of economic policymakers to think creatively is why 15 million people remain unemployed."



The Psychological Implosion of Our Soldiers

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "'The ground has been laid for another crisis, another shooting ... it's volatile here, nothing has been resolved,' Luther told Truthout from his home in Killeen, Texas, on the outskirts of Fort Hood. 'The average Joe on the street thinks things are resolved here, but they are anything but resolved. We are primed to have more soldier-on-soldier violence if something doesn't change right away.'"


Is US Prepared to Care for More Casualties From Troop Buildup?

David Goldstein, McClatchy Newspapers: "As the Obama administration ramps up the war in Afghanistan, veterans advocates say the government must develop a better plan to handle the wounded when they come home. Eight years of war have overtaxed the health care systems that treat service members and veterans, several said, and President Barack Obama's decision to deploy 30,000 to 35,000 more troops in Afghanistan will compound the stress."


Veterans Group Calls On Soldiers to Refuse Orders to Deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "In response to President Barack Obama's announcement on December 1 to deploy 30,000 additional troops to the occupation of Afghanistan, the organization March Forward!, with comprising both veterans and active-duty members of the US military, has called on all soldiers to refuse their orders to deploy. 'March Forward! calls on all service members to refuse orders to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq,' reads a press release from the group from December 3. 'We offer our unconditional support and solidarity. Join us in the fight to ensure that no more soldiers or civilians lose their lives in these criminal wars.'"



DOJ Watchdog Report on Yoo, Bybee Torture Memos to be Released Soon, Agency Spokeswoman Says

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder told lawmakers in testimony before Congress that a long-awaited Justice Department watchdog report that is said to be highly critical of the legal work three attorneys who worked at the agency's powerful Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) conducted for the Bush administration on torture will be released at the end of the November."



White House wants suit against Yoo dismissed

The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing former Bush administration attorney John Yoo of authorizing the torture of a terrorism suspect, saying federal law does not allow damage claims against lawyers who advise the president on national security issues.


From Information Clearing House


David Margolis: Hatchet Man for Holder/Obama on OPR Torture Memos Report Firedoglake (blog) ... a form of mind control. The phenomenon of "CP" was first observed in the post-traumatic reactions of Korean War military and civilian POWs. ...



Klimaschutz wird aus dem Gesetz gestrichen


Telefon-Demo gegen Lex E.on


Neue Klima-, Handels- und Agrarpolitik gefragt

Biolandwirte, Wissenschaftler und Umweltschützer fordern eine Agrarwende.


America Without a Middle Class



The Shame and Folly of Obama's Afghan War

Surging Into Disaster

The Shame and Folly of Obama's Afghan War


The Bush-Obama War

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Now it's Barack Obama's war. After campaigning against "George Bush's War" in the Middle East, Obama has escalated that war. By transferring thousands of America's forces from Iraq to Afghanistan, and by sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, the liberal Democrat has demonstrated that his administration is not so different from that of his "conservative" Republican predecessor. While I was crisscrossing America during the campaign season last year, I repeatedly........




William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "Ever since President Obama's speech last Tuesday, all media, political and public attention has been focused exclusively on the war in Afghanistan. The president mentioned Iraq a few times in the speech, mostly to blame that situation for the situation in Afghanistan. At one point, however, he seemed to be making the shocking claim that the war in Iraq has been a success. 'We have given Iraqis a chance to shape their future, and we are successfully leaving Iraq to its people,' he said. Hm."



White House Chorus: We Will Occupy South Asia for 'Long Time'

Escalating Afghan War Mocks Hopes of Peace, Good Will


Best performance in a farce

by Kelley B. Vlahos


Within the last 11 months, while 500 coalition soldiers have perished and thousands have been wounded on the battlefields of Afghanistan, the Obama administration has treated the rest of us to an elaborate, Oscar-worthy performance of how to act in charge from the back seat of a car. In other words, instead of approving the tens of thousands more in reinforcements military leaders said they needed to win right away, the president spent most of 2009 trying to look deliberative and in charge — and pleasing no one. Turns out the escalation was hardwired from the beginning. He’ll do what the military wanted all along. It makes one wonder which is worse — the escalation itself, or leaving the operation foundering in virtual limbo for a year while this kabuki theater ran its course...


The march of folly

by Patrick Cockburn


It will be a long and unnecessary war. President Obama is sending 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan to prove that the US can impose its will on the country and crush by military means what is still a relatively small scale insurrection. The real reasons for escalating the conflict are very different from those declared by Mr Obama...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


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