Mittwoch, 13. Juli 2011

Monsanto and the Gates Foundation Push GE Crops on Africa

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: 'Skimming the Agricultural Development section of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation web site is a feel-good experience: African farmers smile in a bright slide show of images amid descriptions of the foundation s fight against poverty and hunger. But biosafety activists in South Africa are calling a program funded by the Gates Foundation a 'Trojan horse' to open the door for private agribusiness and genetically engineered (GE) seeds, including a drought-resistant corn that Monsanto hopes to have approved in the United States and abroad.'


Obama Bush-League World: Making Earth a Global Free-Fire Zone

Hawk Nation: A Guide to the Catastrophic Debt Ceiling Debate


The debt ceiling and the warfare state
by Justin Raimondo


In any event, on the debt limit issue, the stance of those who want a more peaceful, less interventionist foreign policy is - or ought to be -- clear. If we raise the debt ceiling, we are, in effect, giving the War Party a blank check. The pressure to cut military spending will end, and the spigot will be turned back on. Calls to cut back on military operations overseas - coming, these days, from fiscal conservatives as well as the usual liberal-left suspects - will have much less resonance in Washington...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

As Troop Numbers Wane, The Drones Will Rise


Is the Obama National Security Team a Pilotless Drone?

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: 'The Global War on Terror (or GWOT in acronym-crazed Washington) was the bastard spawn of the disorientation and soaring hubris of the days after the 9/11 attacks, which set afire the delusional geopolitical dreams of Bush, Cheney, their top national security officials, and their neocon supporters. And here s the saddest thing: the Bush administration s most extreme ideas when it comes to GWOT are now the humdrum norm of Obama administration policies - and hardly anyone thinks it s worth a comment.'

The CIAs Secret Sites in Somalia

The CIA uses a secret prison buried in the basement of Somalia s National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters, where prisoners suspected of being Shabab members or of having links to the group are held. Some of the prisoners have been snatched off the streets of Kenya and rendered by plane to Mogadishu.

Mainstream Media Won't Report on CIA's Secret Sites


As the CIA expands covert missions, it's no surprise than many of their operations go unreported. Jeremy Scahill of The Nation says, though, that many outlets are aware of some injustice carried out by the CIA and are just failing to report them.

From Information Clearing House

US forces 'still attacking Iraq Shiite insurgents'

US forces are carrying out operations against Shiite insurgents, almost a year after the military announced a formal end to its combat operations in Iraq, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday.

From Information Clearing House


Panetta's Iraq Invasion Gaffe


US Kills 45 People In Pakistan

US attacks over the past 24 hours in Pakistan have killed at least 45 militants, local officials said on Tuesday.

US Kills 58 People In Pakistan

At least eight people were killed in a 3rd U.S. drone strike launched on Tuesday in Pakistan' s northwest tribal area bordering Afghanistan, bringing to 58 the total number of people killed in four strikes launched in the last 24 hours.

US has killed at least 2,587 people in Pakistan in last 9 years

Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Kiani, recently rejected US claims that there existed some private agreements between the two countries on drone hits and American intelligence activities in Pakistan.

US kills four people in north-west Pakistan:

At least four people were killed Monday and two more injured in a suspected US drone strike in Pakistan s restive north-western area along the Afghan border, intelligence officials said, dpa reported. 'The identities of those killed were still unknown.'

Gunboats and Gurkhas in the American Imperium

By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

A complicit government in Pakistan, enabled by US interlocutors, continues to support US drone strikes.

Imran Khan- led PTI calls for military action against drone attacks

The Pakistan Tehrik-e- Insaf (PTI) has said the United States-led drone attacks in the tribal areas were unacceptable and tantamount to state terrorism against Pakistani citizens and added that it was time for the government to order military action against such strikes.

From Information Clearing House


Pakistan: 52 killed in back-to-back US drone strikes

The Nation [Pakistan]


As many as 52 suspected militants were killed and several others sustained injuries in four back-to-back US drone attacks in South and North Waziristan, officials said on Tuesday. The latest strikes by the unmanned US drones targeting different localities in both the tribal agencies were carried out in less than 24 hours...

Pakistan threatens to withdraw troops from Afghan border



Pakistan could pull back troops fighting Islamist militants near the Afghan border if the United States cuts off aid, the defense minister said on Tuesday in an interview with Pakistani media. The United States Monday said it would hold back $800 million - a third of nearly $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan - in a show of displeasure over Pakistan s removal of U.S. military trainers, limits on visas for U.S. personnel and other bilateral irritants...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama must firmly fulfill his obligation to take care of the least of our fellow Americans

Don t Cut Care, Mr. President!


Don t You Dare: Obama Peddles Worst of GOP Thinking on Medicare

Wall Street s Opposition to Dodd-Frank Reforms Echoes Its Resistance to New Deal Financial Safeguards

Sanders: Cutting Medicare Is Not the Answer

Why is the Pentagon Not Part of the Deficit Discussion?

By David Morris

Republicans ignore incompetence, bloat and corruption at the Pentagon.

Paul Ryan says U.S. facing debt crisis like other countries

Powerful House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Tuesday said the United States is facing a debt crisis comparable to other countries and officials in Washington need to get in front of it before it spirals out of control.

US trade deficit grows to 31-month high

From Information Clearing House


Rep. Paul Ryan s Class War


Murdoch News Corp Generated $10.4 Billion Profits And Received $4.8 Billion In 'Taxes' From The IRS

By Tyler Durden

News Corp, which after generating $10.4 billion in profits over the past 4 years, and which would have been expected to pay the IRS $3.6 billion at the statutory corporate tax rate, instead received $4.6 billion back from Uncle Sam.

Rupert Murdoch is effectively a member of Blairs cabinet

Only a spin doctor would deny that the media baron has a say in all major decisions taken in Downing Street.

From Information Clearing House


Gordon Brown Alleges Shuttered Murdoch Paper Hired 'Known Criminals'

John F. Burns, Jo Becker and Alan Cowell, The New York Times News Service: 'Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown brought new and alarming charges on Tuesday to the broadening scandal enveloping Rupert Murdoch s media empire in Britain, accusing one of the most prestigious newspapers in the group of employing 'known criminals' to gather personal information on Mr. Brown s bank account, legal files and tax affairs. The claims came a day after reports that two Murdoch newspapers may have bribed police officers or used other potentially illegal methods to obtain information about Queen Elizabeth II as well as Mr. Brown.'

Murdoch Gets Rich Off High-Profile Evangelicals

Frank Schaeffer, AlterNet: 'Here s what you might not know about Rupert Murdoch: he s one of the leading religion publishers in the world. Rupert Murdoch is one of America s number one publishers of evangelical and other religious books, including the 33-million seller Purpose Driven Life by mega pastor and anti-gay activist Rick Warren. Murdoch is also publisher of 'progressive' Rob Bell's Love Wins.'

The Fourth Estate is Bankrupt

By William Bowles

The abysmal failings of Western 'democracy' are all around us. We have governments that regardless that an 'opposition' exists are effectively one-party states and have been ever since the early years of the 20th century.

United States: Investigate Bush, Other Top Officials for Torture

By Human Rights Watch

Overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration obliges President Barack Obama to order a criminal investigation into allegations of detainee abuse authorized by former President George W. Bush and other senior officials, Human Rights Watch said.

U.N. Official Says U.S. Is Breaking Rules In Torture Investigation

By Eyder Peralta

The United Nations chief torture investigator said the United States was violating U.N. rules, after the country denied him unmonitored access to Bradley Manning.

US Torture: Crimes with Impunity

Human Rights Watch wants George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld investigated for war crimes.

From Information Clearing House


Calls Mount to Investigate Bush Era Officials for Torture


US ethanol refiners consuming more corn than farmers

On the debt-ceiling show, and whats going to happen to the economy

Jim Rogers Calls U.S. Debt Ceiling Talks 'A Sham'

Future of America: Harder Than Anything You have Experienced in Your Lifetime

Giving Up on the Economic Recovery


As Debt Ceiling Talks Go On, Silence on Unemployment

Lufthansa tankt Regenwaldöl


Euro-Land ist abgebrannt

Wahrnehmen will das allerdings niemand so recht.

Europa blüht ein heißer Euro-Sommer

Die Schuldenkrise zieht nun auch das große Italien abwärts und die Lage in Spanien spitzt sich fatal zu.


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