Mittwoch, 21. April 2010

Rainforest Resistance in Brazil: Tribes Ready to Defend Amazon

The psychiatric drugging of infants and toddlers

by Evelyn Pringle


The United States has become the psychiatric drugging capital of the world for kids with children being medicated at a younger and younger age. Medicaid records in some states show infants less than a year old on drugs for mental disorders. The use of powerful antipsychotics with privately insured children, aged 2 through 5 in the US, doubled between 1999 and 2007, according to a study of data on more than one million children with private health insurance in the January, 2010, ‘Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The making of American foreign policy

by Justin Raimondo


We’re an empire now, and it’s perfectly rational for every state actor in the world who wants something from Uncle Sam to not only show up at the imperial court in Washington and seek the favor of the most powerful ruler in world history, but also to make an appeal to his subjects. Since Congress long ago ceded its war-making and oversight powers to the executive, an American president, once in office, can wreak considerable havoc in the conduct of our foreign affairs. Yet even Caesar operates under certain constraints: i.e. the vicissitudes of domestic politics, which require him to hand out favors to his supporters in order to remain in power beyond the next election. It is safe to say, with certain rare exceptions, that every political leader acts purely out of his own self-interest: that is, with an eye to either achieving political office or else retaining that office once elected. This is merely a restatement of a simple axiom: every ruling class acts to preserve its rule...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Beharrlich gegen die Hetze: Erwerbstätige und Erwerbslose gemeinsam

Freibrief für Luftschlag in Afghanistan

Bundesanwaltschaft stellt Verfahren gegen Oberst Klein ein: "Bombenabwurf zulässig".

IWF: Hauptgefahr geht gegenwärtig von Staatsschulden und drohendem Staatsbankrott aus

Die wichtigste Aufgabe sei nun die Konsolidierung der Haushalte und die Regulierung des Finanz- und Bankensystems.

New Face of Foreclosure: The Unemployed

Fraudulent Foreclosures Across The Country

In courtrooms across the country, judges are foreclosing on homes based on improperly prepared documentation, some of which may even be fraudulent.


New Face of Foreclosure: The Unemployed

The Treasury Department estimates 6 million home loans nationally are at least 60 days delinquent on payments, but through the end of March, the government reported that only 230,801 Americans had modified their loans through the Making Home Affordable program.

From Information Clearing House

Detainee-torture allegations spread to Britain

Allegations that Afghan detainees were routinely handed over to Afghan authorities for torture - up to now a largely Canadian scandal - are poised to envelop fellow NATO countries with a London court case that claims Britain exposed hundreds of prisoners to abuse in similar circumstances.

Detainee transfer documents buried in Canadian military shipping containers

Records of Afghan detainee transfer orders showing whether Canadian military commanders took the risk of torture into account are buried in sea shipping containers and "may take years" to locate, the Military Police Complaints Commission was told Tuesday.

From Information Clearing House

Bad Trouble Ahead

Fears About Internet Freedom: New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access

Draft of Secretive International Copyright Treaty Leaked Confirms Fears About Internet Freedom

By Michael Geist

On the table: losing internet access due to infringement allegations, and widespread data sharing across national borders.

US Ban on Arab Satellite TV Channels


Early December the US House of Representatives voted by an overwhelming majority to pass a bill in order to stop satellite TV channels from 17 Arab nations from being transmitted to American audiences due to their engagement in 'anti-American incitement to violence'.

Cyberattacks: Washington is hyping the threat to justify regulating the Internet

Networks have been under attack -- and successfully handled by operators -- as long as they've been around. Be wary of calls for more government supervision of the Internet.

Obama FCC Expected to Abandon Net Neutrality, Universal Internet

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is "leaning toward" siding with the most powerful phone and cable lobbyists on a crucial decision: whether the FCC will have any authority to protect an open Internet and make it available to all.

New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access

The decision, by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, is likely to trigger a vigorous lobbying battle, arraying big phone and cable companies and their allies on Capitol Hill against Silicon Valley giants and consumer advocates.

From Information Clearing House


The Case for Net Neutrality

Bill Moyers Journal: "The Internet has transformed business, politics and culture - but will a corporate agenda kill freedom of the web? With radio and television dominated by mega-corporations, more and more Americans have turned to the Internet for news - but a recent court ruling gives Big Telecom more control over broadband."


Free Press: 250,000 People Ask the FCC to Save the Internet

Obama's FCC to Abandon Net Neutrality?


Press freedom falls around the world

Christian Science Monitor


The glory days of global press freedom appear to be long past, with a Washington-based freedom watchdog organization finding that a retrenchment of press freedoms continued in 2009. In its annual report on press freedom in the world, Freedom House finds an overall decline for the eighth year in a row — with noticeably negative movement in China, the Middle East, and parts of Latin America. The trend is particularly worrying, advocates say, because press freedom often acts as a kind of bellwether of the direction an array of political and social freedoms are taking. … Press freedom reached new heights in the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall, and not just in states of the former Soviet Union that were expanding freedoms generally...

Government controlled speech on the Internet?

Hawaii Reporter
by Bartlett D. Cleland


Whether it is ‘little punk staffers,’ or talk radio chatter, or the various Tea Party groups, suddenly a chorus of our elected representatives on Capitol Hill is calling such comments or speakers ‘dangerous’ or ’scary.’ Really? Occasionally impolite perhaps, but more likely they just don’t like what’s being said, and then feel free to engage in their own overblown hype undergirded with hubris...

FCC announces plan to seize control of Internet

Business Week


U.S. regulators will claim authority over companies offering Internet access in a setback for AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. and a win for Web content providers such as Google Inc., Inc. and EBay Inc. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski plans to say tomorrow that the agency will extend rules used for telephone service to Internet providers, a commission official, who declined to be identified, said today in an e-mailed statement. The agency will pledge to stop short of provisions such as the authority to control rates...

Stand up to the enemies of Internet freedom

Christian Science Monitor
by Bernard Kouchner


In 2015, 3-1/2 billion people — half of mankind — will have access to the Internet. There has never been such a revolution in freedom of communication and freedom of expression. But how will this new medium be used? What new distortions and obstacles will the enemies of the Internet come up with?

From banning books to banning blogs

by Bradley Smith & Jeff Patch


The Obama administration has announced plans to regulate the Internet through the Federal Communications Commission, extending its authority over broadband providers to police web traffic, enforcing ‘net neutrality.’ Last week, a congressional hearing exposed an effort to give another agency — the Federal Election Commission — unprecedented power to regulate political speech online. At a House Administration Committee hearing last Tuesday, Patton Boggs attorney William McGinley explained that the sloppy statutory language in the ‘DISCLOSE Act’ would extend the FEC’s control over broadcast communications to all ‘covered communications,’ including the blogosphere...

Meet your new Commander-in-Geek

by Katherine Mangu-Ward


On Friday, newly-created U.S. Cyber Command — that’s USCYBERCOM to those in the know — got itself a general. One small problem: It’s not clear that anyone, even four-star general and National Security Agency head Keith Alexander, knows what U.S. Cyber Command is supposed to do now that it exists. The commerical Internet has been around since about 1995, but in recent years folks at the Pentagon and White House seem to have been struck with a similar thought: ‘Hey, we should do something about those Internets, huh?’ The longing for a cyber command of some kind dates back at least to President George W. Bush, and the project continued merrily along under President Barack Obama with the inexorable force of a government program that nobody really wants, but no one wants to be the one to kill...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Wall Street Culture of Greed Under Attack

By Linda McQuaig

Unsuspecting investors lost billions, while the hedge fund manager, John Paulson, personally walked away with $1 billion.

A Finance Overhaul Fight Draws a Swarm of Lobbyists

By Edward Wyatt and Eric Lichtblau

With so much money at stake, it is not surprising that more than 1,500 lobbyists, executives, bankers and others have made their way to the Senate committee that on Wednesday will take up legislation to rein in derivatives, the complex securities at the heart of the financial crisis.

Anderson Cooper and Class Solidarity

By Joe Bageant

There is no way the world's working people can win in the long run, which is getting pretty damned short, or even survive, except by joining the worker struggles, of China, Asia and Africa and India. The idea that American workers are the same as the Asian and Latin American and African working people goes down hard in American gullets.

"Lehman's failure is a story in large part of fraud"

Black's Knockout Testimony

By Mike Whitney

On Tuesday, Former regulator William Black appeared before the House Committee on Financial Services and beat the living-tar out of Lehman CEO Dick Fuld for 8 full minutes. It was a moment of sheer, unalloyed pleasure that will be savored for a long time to come.


Shorting the middle class: The real Wall Street crime

Huffington Post
by Arianna Huffington


The press is all abuzz with news of the SEC suing Goldman Sachs for fraud. While this is certainly big news in itself, even more important is what it says about what the financial elite has been doing to America for the last 30 years: shorting the middle class. The SEC’s action is a perfect moment for us to look at the bigger picture of how the American people were sold on the promise of never-ending prosperity while Wall Street was overseeing a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the richest Americans...

Wall Street gangsters

John Stossel's Take
by John Stossel


Greedy speculators aren’t to blame. Greed is a constant. Greedy speculators helped create the boom. It was a wonderful boom. The Dow went from 800 to 14,000 in 28 years. (Bet you don’t remember than in 1982, the Dow was as low as 780) Even at Dow 11,000, it has been a great period of growth. Those greedy speculators gave us the iPhone and e-mail and Lipitor. Give regulators more power and we won’t get the next iPhone. It’s nice to wish that we could have an all knowing, benevolent regulator-in-chief, but that’s a pipe dream...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Goldman Plays, We Pay

Corporate Crime Reporter: Let the Bankers Play Golf: Bring Back Three-Six-Three


Where's RICO?

James Howard Kunstler, Truthout: "It's interesting and instructive to read The New York Times' lead story this morning, 'Top Goldman Leaders Said to Have Overseen Mortgage Unit.' While it pretends to report all the particulars of the huge scandal growing out of Friday's SEC action against Goldman Sachs (GS), the story really comes off as an attempt to create an alibi for the so-called 'bank.'"


Claim That Goldman Probes Are Politically Motivated

Graceful Decline: The End of Pax Americana

Bankrupt Empire

By Doug Bandow

The FDIC shut down a record 140 banks last year and is running low on cash. Last year the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation figured its fund was running a $34 billion deficit. Federal pensions are underfunded by $1 trillion. State and local retirement funds are short about $3 trillion.

Graceful Decline: The End of Pax Americana

By Christopher Layne

The epoch of American dominance is drawing to a close, and international politics is entering a period of transition: no longer unipolar but not yet fully multipolar. President Barack Obama's November 2009 trip to China provided both substantive and emblematic evidence of the shift.

'Too Fat' for Empire?

Military Generals Target School Lunches

By Mary Clare Jalonick

A new report being released Tuesday says more than 9 million young adults, or 27 percent of all Americans ages 17 to 24, are too overweight to join the military.

Americans Down on Federal Government

By Steven Thomma

Just 22 percent say they trust the government almost always or most of the time, among the lowest in a half century of polling.

The death of the American Century: The dream is dying

It was this: a belief that the world has a special love for Americans, for our earnest innocence and gawky immediacy, for our willingness to share the obvious truth and light of democracy with people still struggling in the darkness of history, for our random energy, syncopated music and lopsided, baseball-playing grins.

From Information Clearing House


Schooling Generations in American Exceptionalism

Dallas Darling, Truthout: "'One of the most important aspects of citizenship is to acquire the concept of American Exceptionalism, or the idea that the "United States" and its people differ from other nations ...'(1) It was with these words and this concept: American exceptionalism, that objective five (citizenship requirements) of Texas' social studies curriculum was revised. And if the ultraconservative Texas State Board of Education Review Committee, which consists mostly of wealthy politicians and prominent business leaders, has its way, teaching American exceptionalism to millions of students might just accomplish George Orwell's 1946 axiom: 'From the totalitarian point of view, history is something to be created rather than learned.'"

Nevermind Our Secret Torture Jail, We Killed al Qaida Leaders

Torture Prisons in Iraq

By Robert Dreyfuss

The Los Angeles Times reports today that the government of Iraq held hundreds of Sunni men in a secret torture prison where they were suffocated with plastic bags, shocked with electricity, and sodomized.

Iraq: Nevermind Our Secret Torture Jail, We Killed al Qaida Leaders


So let's total this up: The US helps Iraq kill two top al Qaida leaders in Iraq, but the US sits on the development for more than 24 hours, and it wasn't clear that Maliki had the DNA evidence before he claimed credit for the mission. But it sure led the day in terms of American interest in foreign news.

Dead? Again?

The death of the two top leaders of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia - one of whom was supposedly fictional - did little to illuminate the secrets of their shadowy lives and the state of the insurgency in Iraq today.

Bush Insider Reveals Guantanamo Deception: Hundreds of Innocents Jailed

By Bill Quigley

Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson, Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, provided shocking new testimony from inside the Bush Administration that hundreds of the men jailed at Guantanamo were innocent, the top people in the Bush Administration knew full well they were innocent, and that information was kept from the public.

Iraqis allege 'secret jail' abuse

Video report

Al Jazeera has obtained interviews with two men who were allegedly tortured in the al-Muthanna air base prison in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

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