Tuesday, 6. September 2011

Endless War and the Culture of Unrestrained Power

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/09/06-2

Peace Prizes for War Presidents, Missile Tests on Day of Peace
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/09/06-0



http://www.sharenews-blog.com:8090/helma/twoday/sharenews/search?q=Obama
http://www.sharenews-blog.com:8090/helma/twoday/sharenews/search?q=endless+war
http://www.sharenews-blog.com:8090/helma/twoday/sharenews/search?q=Glenn+Greenwald

Massive Justice Department attack on banks?

OpenMarket.org
by Hans Bader

09/02/11

The highly-politicized Obama Justice Department is already suing banks that it perceives as not making enough loans to minorities, and forcing them both to award preferential loans to high-risk borrowers based on race, and to cough up money in 'settlements,' some of which goes to left-wing 'community' groups that are allied with the Obama administration. I earlier questioned the legal logic behind these lawsuits, noting that racial disparities are often not sufficient evidence of discrimination in many areas of the law...

http://tinyurl.com/3tq8tqq


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



http://www.sharenews-blog.com:8090/helma/twoday/sharenews/search?q=Obama
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Council of Europe demands truth on CIA 'black sites'

CNN

09/05/11

The human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe urged countries that have hosted secret CIA prisons to come clean Monday, as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches. Thomas Hammarberg said Poland, Romania and Lithuania were among at least seven countries that hosted 'black sites' for 'enhanced interrogation' during the 'war on terror'...

http://tinyurl.com/3cxr7oa


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



http://www.sharenews-blog.com:8090/helma/twoday/sharenews/search?q=global+war+on+terror
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Freedoms the Military Should Defend

http://lewrockwell.com/vance/vance256.html



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Republicans ramp up 2012 voter suppression campaign

http://www.ufppc.org/us-a-world-news-mainmenu-35/10529/

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Getting Those Republican Attacks Right

Dean Baker, Truthout: 'At this point, Republican politicians are beginning to sound almost like wind-up toys when they complain about job-killing taxes and regulations that keep businesses from hiring. The media should at least do the Republicans and the public the courtesy of attempting to discern if these complaints make any sense. (McClatchy gets high marks for this effort.) If the charges are true, then there are logical implications that can be explored. The media should be taking the time to see whether the evidence is consistent with Republican claims. The tax side of the story is pretty simple. The Republicans are making things up.'

http://www.truth-out.org/getting-those-republican-attacks-right/1315315684



Forbes: Koch Brothers Now Worth $50 Billion

Brad Johnson, ThinkProgress: 'Forbes estimates that Tea Party petrochemical scions Charles and David Koch have a fortune of $25 billion each, making them the fourth richest Americans, behind only Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Larry Ellison. Their combined wealth of $50 billion is exceeded only by the Microsoft founder s $59 billion fortune. Buoyed by aggressive speculative trading on volatile energy markets, the Koch brothers accumulated $15 billion in wealth since March 2010, a 43 percent increase.'

http://www.truth-out.org/forbes-koch-brothers-now-worth-50-billion/1316699020

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More for Them, Less for You
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/09/07-1



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How Global Investors Make Money Out of Hunger

In recent years, the financial markets have discovered the huge opportunities presented by agricultural commodities. The consequences are devastating, as speculators drive up food prices and plunge millions of people into poverty. But investors care little about the effects of their deals in the real world.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,783654,00.html



Famine spreads to sixth region of Somalia

UN unit says tens of thousands, half of them children, have already died as famine conditions continue to spread.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/09/201195104317598222.html


From Information Clearing House



http://www.sharenews-blog.com:8090/helma/twoday/sharenews/search?q=financial+market
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Revealed: Australians kill Afghans with drones

Australia s special forces commander has defended his troops' use of US drones to kill 'insurgent leaders' in southern Afghanistan, a deadly military tactic that gives the enemy no chance to surrender.

http://bit.ly/pUCkTc


From Information Clearing House



http://www.sharenews-blog.com:8090/helma/twoday/sharenews/search?q=Afghanistan
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Time for Americans to Participate in Power

By Kevin Zeese

The Roman philosopher and statesman, Marcus Tullius Cicero said 'Freedom is participation in power.' By that standard Americans are not free.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29038.htm



H a r l a n C o u n t y USA

Video Documentary

Least we think that America was built by the starched shirts and expensive suits featured on FOX News and CNN. This documentary will help to remind us that our freedoms and working conditions were not won by U.S. soldiers in foreign lands but through the suffering and sweat of our fathers and grand fathers in their struggle against commercial interests.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13730.htm

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Stopping Bashing Government Workers
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/09/06-4



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How Tony Blair Was Taken Into The Murdoch Family Fold

By Dan Sabbagh

Tony Blair, is godfather to Rupert Murdoch's nine-year-old daughter, Grace. The former Labour prime minister was present at the star-studded baptism of the child on the banks of the Jordan, at the spot where Jesus is said to have undergone the same ceremony.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29033.htm



http://www.sharenews-blog.com:8090/helma/twoday/sharenews/search?q=Tony+Blair
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30,000 Bombs Over Libya

By Thomas C. Mountain

NATO leaders are having to scramble to keep the NTC afloat. Images of pallets stacked 6 feet high with 200 million Libyan Dinars flown in from London show just how touch and go it has become for the NTC s attempts to maintain its influence.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29035.htm



The Truth About the Libyan Conflict and Consequences for the Continent

The invasion of Libya has little to do with protecting civilians, all to do with strategic interests and is a wicked blow to Africa; argues Charles Abugre.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201109052174.html


From Information Clearing House

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UK: Inquiry to examine intelligence ties to Libya

LaCrosse Tribune

09/05/11

A British inquiry into the country s pursuit of terrorism suspects will examine new allegations about cozy ties between U.K. intelligence officials and Moammar Gadhafi s regime, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday. Security documents discovered after the fall of Tripoli have offered embarrassing examples of the warm relationships that British and American spies had developed with their Libyan counterparts...

http://tinyurl.com/3mptz5d



Libya and mainstream pundits

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

09/02/11

A fascinating example of the mindset of American mainstream journalists is provided by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who wrote a glowing piece this week praising the U.S. government s humanitarian intervention in Libya. It s entitled 'Thank You, America!' Kristof s article comes across as a glorious paean to the U.S. government - how good and wonderful the government is - how it has made tremendous sacrifices to bring freedom to this one small part of the world...

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2011-09-02.asp


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



http://www.sharenews-blog.com:8090/helma/twoday/sharenews/search?q=Libya
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Die japanische Regierung nimmt mit ihren mangelhaften Maßnahmen nach dem Reaktorunfall den Tod von tausenden Kindern in Kauf

'Nur Menschen, die unglücklich sind und zu wenig lachen, sind von Radioaktivität bedroht'.

http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/35/35398/1.html



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Der Afghanistan-Einsatz und der Kampf gegen den Terrorismus

Mission never accomplished?
http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/35/35436/1.html



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Hungersnot am Horn von Afrika

Klimawandel trägt Mitschuld
http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/35/35442/1.html



http://www.sharenews-blog.com:8090/helma/twoday/sharenews/search?q=Klimawandel
http://www.sharenews-blog.com:8090/helma/twoday/sharenews/search?q=Hungerkrise

Neue Hartz IV-Regelung verfassungswidrig?

Weder die Hartz IV-Neuregelung noch das von der Regierung beschlossene Bildungspaket halten nach Gutachten die Vorgaben des Bundesverfassungsgerichts ein.

http://www.heise.de/tp/blogs/8/150416

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Gutachten: Hartz IV weiterhin verfassungswidrig

'Anlässlich der Vorstellung der Gutachten von Johannes Münder und Irene Becker zur Bewertung der Regelbedarfe im SGB II und SGB XII im Auftrag der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung erklärte DGB-Vorstandsmitglied Annelie Buntenbach am Montag in Berlin: 'Die im Auftrag der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung erstellten Gutachten bestätigen den DGB in seiner Rechtsauffassung, dass die Regelbedarfe im Hartz-IV-System und in der Sozialhilfe weiterhin verfassungswidrig sind. Das Anfang des Jahres im Vermittlungsausschuss gefundene Kompromissergebnis bleibt hinter den Anforderungen des Bundesverfassungsgerichts deutlich zurück?? DGB-Pressemitteilung vom 5.9.2011 http://www.dgb.de/presse/++co++0786fa80-d7a1-11e0-4c77-00188b4dc422

Dort auch ein Link zu einer Zusammenfassung der Studie sowie eine Leseprobe aus der Veröffentlichung der Studie als Sonderheft Soziale Sicherheit zu Regelbedarfe Hartz IV. Siehe dazu auch:

Neues Gutachten: Neue Regelungen zu Hartz-IV-Sätzen: in wesentlichen Punkten verfassungsrechtliche Probleme

'Die neuen Regeln zur Bestimmung des Hartz-IV-Satzes verstoßen in wesentlichen Punkten gegen verfassungsrechtliche Vorgaben, so ein neues Rechtsgutachten im Auftrag der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung?' Pressemitteilung der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung vom 5.9.2011 http://www.boeckler.de/14_37784.htm


Neuregelung der Hartz-IV-Sätze: Zu wenig zum Leben

'Sind 364 Euro im Monat genug zum Leben? Ja meint die Bundesregierung. Nein sagt die IG Metall. Denn das entspricht noch nicht einmal dem Existenzminimum. Bei der Neuregelung von Hartz IV im März 2011 sind Menschenwürde und Verfassungsauftrag auf der Strecke geblieben. Die IG Metall will Musterprozesse führen, um bedarfsgerechte und Existenz sichernde Leistungen durchzusetzen?' IGM-Pressemitteilung vom 05.09.2011 http://www.igmetall.de/cps/rde/xchg/SID-7B270B33-99F6F2CA/internet/style.xsl/neuregelung-der-hartz-iv-saetze-8470.htm


Aus: LabourNet, 6. September 2011

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Die Fakten liegen klar auf der Hand ... Justitia politisch etwa erblindet?

'Die unerwartete Rekordverdächtigkeit der Sozialgerichts-Entscheidung in Sachen Bildungspaket liegt nicht nur in ihrem außergewöhnlich schnellen Beschluss - 16 Tage nach Einreichung beim Gericht: 'abgelehnt', wie erwartet,' bemerkt Hartz4-Plattform Sprecherin Brigitte Vallenthin.

'Ebenso rekordverdächtig erscheint uns das Umschiffen der zahlreichen Begründungen für Verfassungswidrigkeit - und ein auffälliger richterlicher Gebrauch des Wörtchens 'sogenannte' - immerhin 10x auf gerade mal 2 ½ Seiten Beschlusstext. Ich fürchte, wir müssen das im Sinne des gängigen Sprachgebrauchs als abfällig wertende Formulierung verstehen,' so Brigitte Vallenthin.

'Ein Spiegel unguter gesellschaftlicher Stimmung der latenten Missachtung von Kindern - die zwar stets für Sonntagsreden herhalten müssen, wenn s ernst wird aber bitte die Klappe halten sollen.'

Zum vollständigen Bericht:

http://www.sozialticker.com/kinder-lobby-bitte-die-klappe-halten_20110906.html


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