Freitag, 8. Januar 2010

Double Standards: How Our Lawlessness Strengthens Our Enemies

Shahid Buttar, Truthout: "We have failed to even investigate torturers, yet we have prosecuted and imprisoned millions for lesser offenses. And we allow mass murderers the benefit of constitutional rights that we deny detainees at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere. Until policymakers examine and fix these double standards, they will continue to undermine our foreign policy, as well as our domestic criminal justice system."

Fear and Paranoia as Guantanamo Marks Its Eighth Anniversary

Andy Worthington, Truthout: "On the eighth anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo, the fate of the 198 prisoners still held is, in many ways, no clearer than it was a year ago. President Obama has released 42 men since taking office on January 20, 2009, but has already admitted that he will miss his self-imposed deadline for the prison's closure on January 22."

Row brews over Patcham phone mast


By Andy Chiles

Campaigners have responded angrily to being told a new mobile phone mast can be installed next to a park without planning permission. ...

Phone mast approval angers parish council


Published at 09:40, Friday, 08 January 2010

A PHONE mast is to be sited just 800 metres north of Hadrian’s Wall, despite objections from parish councillors, who described the idea as “completely unacceptable”.

Telefonica O2 UK will be erecting a 27.5 metre lattice tower and base station at West Heddon Nursery, which lies within the official setting of the World Heritage Site.


Warum rückt nach dem gescheiterten Anschlag in Detroit Kuba ins Visier?

Wie gefangen die Obama-Regierung in den alten Strukturen ist, zeigt die Entscheidung, Reisende aus Kuba neben solchen aus islamischen Ländern schärferen Kontrollen zu unterziehen.

FDP beschwört die geistig-politische Wende

FDP: Bambi und Spongebob im Opernhaus

Auf ihrem Dreikönigstreffen in Stuttgart beschwören die Liberalen mit verbalem Gehampel die geistig-politische Wende.

Rights Groups Urge Congress Not to Block Disclosure of Details About CIA Rendition, Secret Detention, and Torture

Human Rights Watch (HRW): US: 1 in 10 Children in Juvenile Facilities Report Sexual Abuse by Staff

Danish Prime Minister Announces Invasion of Somalia


Africom commander says U.S. supports Somali government to retake Mogadishu

A senior U.S. military commander said on Tuesday the United States would support the Somali transitional government to retake the national capital Mogadishu.

Folly in Somalia

We and the rest of the world ought to leave the Somalis to their own devices.

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Whaling Standoff on the High Seas


Anti-whalers vow “no surrender” as superboat sinks

Agence France-Presse


Defiant anti-whaling activists on Friday vowed to fight on after their high-tech superboat sank in Antarctic seas following a collision with a Japanese ship. Peter Hammarstedt, first officer of the Sea Shepherd group’s ‘Bob Barker’ ship, said the celebrated ‘Ady Gil’ was abandoned in the Southern Ocean after a tow line snapped. … Footage of the incident showed the ‘Shonan Maru 2′ ploughing across the New Zealand-registered Ady Gil’s bow and firing water cannon while its crew dived for safety...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Whale Wars: Sea Shepherd Lodges Piracy Charge Against Japanese Whalers
Dan Murphy, The Christian Science Monitor: "Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society allege piracy following the collision between the antiwhaling ship Ady Gil and Japan's Shonan Maru Number 2 earlier this week."

Why Is the Whistleblower Who Exposed the Massive UBS Tax Evasion Scheme the Only One Heading to Prison?

US Scientists Demand Government Ban on Mountaintop Mining

Off-Shore Drilling, Auto Emissions, Mountaintop Mining From Obama Administration

The American Elite

By William Blum

You get the picture? Boy wonder, intellectual shining light, distinguished leader of men, outstanding American patriot.

A Portrait of Social Misery

By Tom Eley

The new decade finds the US working class suffering a level of social misery not seen since the Great Depression. Unemployment, poverty, hunger, utility cutoffs, homelessness, foreclosures and bankruptcies have become common experiences for millions.

Six million in the US with no income but food stamps

Some six million Americans-one in 50 people in the US-are living on no income other than $100 or $200 a month in food stamps, according to an analysis of state data by the New York Times.

Severe unemployment worsens in cities

The number of U.S. metropolitan areas with jobless rates above 15% increased in November, according to government figures released Tuesday, despite the biggest one-month drop in the national rate in more than three years.

Obama's C-SPAN Lie?

See Eight Clips of Obama Promising Televised Healthcare Negotiations.

Make Us All Citizens of the World

By Paul deLespinasse

We must make it a criminal act to give or sell food to anybody who cannot document that they are a citizen or here with official government approval.

Suburban homeless: Rising tide of women, families

Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits - a "perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing," in one official's eyes.

A Sight All Too Familiar in Poor Neighborhoods

Shantana Smith, a single mother who had not paid rent for three months, watched on a recent morning as men from Eagle Moving carried her tattered furniture to the sidewalk.

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The Melting of America: The Story of a Can't-Do Nation

Rhode Island's Jobless Tell Different Story About 'Recovery'


Avatar Obama and the United States of Hype

Angel Luis Lara, La Jornada (Translation: Ryan Croken): "We live in the era of hype. The word, which bounces and bounds throughout the matrices of our information age, refers to a cultural product that has been so juiced up with marketing that its popularity takes off independently and regardless of its quality. It is the wrapping that matters: the advertisement is louder, more important and more real than what is advertised."


The 2010 political timebomb is unemployment

The Nation
by John Nichols


American employers eliminated 4.2 million jobs in 2009 and sent unemployment soaring into double digits for the first time in more than a quarter century. Since the fall of last year, the official jobless rate has been over ten percent, while the unofficial rate (taking in the severely underemployed and those who have given up looking) has been over 17 percent. And, despite the ridiculous ‘green-shoots’ speculation of the Obama administration and overblown ‘recovery’ fantasies of the financial media that has blown every major economic story of recent years, the situation is getting worse. Analysts had predicted that December layoffs would number around 8,000. Instead, the figure was more than ten times higher: 85,000. Unemployment held steady at 10 percent — not because the job market is stabilizing, but because tens of thousands of Americans gave up looking for work and are no longer counted among the unemployed...

Shadow of homelessness

Freedom's Phoenix
by Nick Bravo


It’s easy for the masses to make excuses about homelessness, that the people who are homeless are crazy, or criminals, or drug addicts, or in some other way the worthless floatasm of society that should be pushed to the edge and out of the sight of ‘polite society.’ The homeless are scorned, ridiculed, pitied, taken advantage of in many ways and where can the homeless go for help? Not the police, the police more often than not are given free range to abuse and victimize the most disenfranchised members of society. In many ways the homeless are the perfect prey for societal predators who sadistically thirst for the thrill of harming one of their own kind...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Geithner, AIG, and the Fed Conspiracy


Geithner's New York Fed Pushed AIG to Keep Sweetheart Deals Secret

AIG Bonuses: Back at the Trough


Tip of the Iceberg

Eliot Spitzer, William Black and Frank Partnoy, New Deal 2.0: "In a December New York Times op-ed, we called for the full public release of AIG email messages, internal accounting documents and financial models generated in the last decade. Today, a Bloomberg story revealed that under Timothy Geithner's leadership, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York told AIG to withhold details from the public about its payments to banks during the crisis. This information was discovered when emails between the company and the Fed were requested by representative Darrell Issa, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee."

AIG-Gate: The World's Greatest Insurance Heist

Ellen Brown, Truthout: "Rumor has it that Timothy Geithner is on his way out as Treasury Secretary due to his involvement in the AIG scandal that is now unraveling in hearings before the House Oversight and Reform Committee."


Bailout watchdog investigating Fed’s AIG secrecy

Thibodaux Daily Comet


An independent investigator is launching two probes into the government’s rescue of American International Group Inc. and the insurer’s subsequent payments of billions to big banks. Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, says the Fed withheld documents he requested when auditing AIG’s ‘backdoor bailouts’ of banks it did business with, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. ...

Pay czar playing hardball with AIG

ABC News


Ken Feinberg, the Obama administration’s pay czar, is insisting that bailout recipient AIG fulfill pledges from its employees to return portions of their controversial 2009 retention payments, ABC News has learned. When the insurance giant — the recipient of a record $182 billion in taxpayer aid — dished out $168 million last March, there was massive popular backlash...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Geithner Told To Quit After E Mails Reveal Involvement In AIG Cover-up

John Mica slams Treasury Secretary's "lame excuses" during fiery hearing

Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s denial that he played any role in the AIG cover-up is contradicted by emails which confirm that both Geithner and the New York Federal Reserve were both intimately involved in keeping details about payments to banks including Goldman Sachs from the public.

Bloomberg: Maybe A Secret Banking Cabal Does Run The World After All

AIG cover-up proof that "conspiracy theorists" aren't so crazy, writes columnist

Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, January 29, 2010

In another measure of how what the establishment labels “conspiracy theory” is quickly becoming mainstream, Bloomberg News carries a story today acknowledging that those derided as “crazy” for warning that the world is run by a secret banking cabal have largely been proven right in light of the AIG cover-up.


Secret Banking Cabal Emerges From AIG Shadows

By David Reilly

The idea of secret banking cabals that control the country and global economy are a given among conspiracy theorists who stockpile ammo, bottled water and peanut butter. After this week's congressional hearing into the bailout of American International Group Inc., you have to wonder if those folks are crazy after all.

West’s Afghan War: From Conquest to Bloodbath


What If The People Of Afghanistan Could Choose?


'Afghan Insurgency Can Sustain Itself Indefinitely': Top U.S. Intel Officer

The Taliban not only has the "momentum" after the most successful year in its campaign against the United States and the Kabul government. "The Afghan insurgency can sustain itself indefinitely," according to a briefing from Major General Michael Flynn, the top U.S. intelligence officer in the country.

Obama wants $14.2 billion more to train Afghan forces

President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for another $14.2 billion to train Afghanistan's army and police over the next two years, a move a key lawmaker welcomed on Monday as part of a long-term U.S. commitment to that country's military.

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