Donnerstag, 15. Dezember 2011

Obama: Twisted Version of American Exceptionalism' Laid Bare

Jason Leopold, Truthout: 'Obama declared the week of December 10th as Human Rights Week, the same week Congress is set to pass the National Defense Authorization Act ... legislation that would grant the president the power to indefinitely imprison without charge ... anyone suspected of terrorist activity in the US. When the US voted in favor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it promised to uphold several ideals, including one that said, 'no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention, or exile.'


The Myth of American Exceptionalism


Zinn worries about an administration that deploys Christian zealotry to justify a war against terrorism.

How Have We Become the United States of Fear?

Mark Karlin, Truthout: 'Tom Engelhardt: Americans ... are now remarkably detached and insulated from the wars fought in our name and, increasingly, even those wars are fought with an eerie detachment, at least the drone part of them. In essence 1% of Americans who run things send 1% of Americans (those in the armed services) out to fight their wars and the other 98% are left out of things. It s not exactly the definition of a democratic republic, is it?'

Occupy Wall Street in New York plant dann neue, ganztägige Aktionen

Siehe dazu die Webseite von OWS

Proteste an US-Westküste: Occupy-Aktivisten blockieren Häfen

Rund tausend Occupy-Demonstranten haben an der US-Westküste mehrere Häfen blockiert. Die Organisatoren begründeten die Proteste als Solidaritätsaktionen für ausgebeutete Hafenarbeiter. Doch nicht alle Arbeiter freuten sich über die Unterstützung. Meldung auf Spiegel-Online vom 13.12.2011,1518,803325,00.html

Siehe dazu:

Highlights of the #D12 - West Coast Port Shutdown

Eine kurze Zusammenfassung der wichtigsten Proteste bei OccupyWallStreet

West Coast Port Blockade

Die Webseite zur Hafenblockade am12.12.2011

Dreadlocks vs. Hardhats: Unions say no to Occupy Portland s call for a waterfront strike

Jeff Smith, Chef der lokalen Gewerkschaftsabteilung der International Longshore and Warehouse Union, erläutert, warum er die Occupy-Bewegung in 'seinem' Hafen nicht sehen will. Artikel in Willamette Week Newspaper vom 07.12.11

Longshore and Shipping News

Weitere Infos zu den Gewerkschaftspositionen auf der Nachrichtenseite der Coast Longshore Division, International Longshore and Warehouse Union

Aus: LabourNet, 15. Dezember 2011


Occupy Bewegung und Gewerkschaften: Nicht so problemlos...

Der Aufruf von occupy Oakland, am 12. Dezember die Häfen der US-Westküste zu blockieren, ist von Ort zu Ort auf sehr unterschiedliches Echo gestoßen. Und auch bei den Gewerkschaften, insbesondere bei der im US-Gewerkschaftsspektrum eher linksaußen angesieldeten ILWU, die Hafenarbeitergewerkschaft, in deren Reihen es offensichtlich sehr viele Debatten um diese Aktion gegeben hat, wie in dem ausführlichen Überblick 'West Coast Port Shutdown Sparks Heated Debate between Unions, Occupy' von Evan Rohar am 12. Dezember 2011 in den LaborNotes deutlich wird:

Siehe dazu auch: 'With Port Actions, Occupy Oakland Tests Labor Leaders' von MALIA WOLLAN und STEVEN GREENHOUSE am 13. Dezember 2011 in der New York Times - als ein Beispiel dafür, wie genüßlich die bürgerliche Presse versucht, diese Differenzen auszuschlachten..:

Sowie: In 'Solidarity Divided: Occupy Protesters Shut Down Ports Without Union s Support' berichtet der Autor Mike Elk am 13. Dezember 2011 in Working in These Times über Gewerkschaftsmitglieder, die den Beschluss des Vorstandes, sich nicht an der Aktion zu beteiligen, kritisieren:

Und: Bereits im Vorfeld der Aktion am 09. Dezember 2011 in 'Occupy vs. Big Labor' hatte die Autorin Emily Loftis in die gesamte Situation auch auf das Wirken großer Unternehmen und die mit ihnen unterzeichneten Abkommen, sowie das Zurückschrecken der Gewerkschaft vor eventuellen juristischen Schritten der Gegenseite mit in die Betrachtung aufgenommen - und die Stimmen vieler Gewerkschaftsmitglieder für die Aktion gesammelt:

Aus: LabourNet, 16. Dezember 2011

Deepwater Horizon Report Highlights Unaddressed Risks of Offshore Drilling


Global 'Land Grabs' A Wakeup Call for Poor Countries

Occupy Economics Departments


Bodies in Alliance: Gender Theorist Judith Butler on the Occupy and SlutWalk Movements

Kyle Bella, Truthout: 'The demand is for a radical economic and political restructuring of the world. And most people would say that s impossible. And it may or may not be achieved, but I think that s less important than articulating what a just and fair world can be. This can t be the kind of movement where you have your six demands ... There is no one individual who runs it. It is a structure, a system.'

Occupy Supporters Should Reach Out to Local Economic Justice Campaigns

Annette Bernhardt and Anastasia Christman, Truthout: 'The promise of the 99 percent banner is that it can forge common cause among constituencies that often remain balkanized from one another - by class, race, gender, immigration status, sexual identity and politics. But in order for that collective learning to happen, people have to get involved - all kinds of people, in all kinds of struggles. And the good news is, there s a wide and rich menu of campaigns to choose from.'

Panetta Says Drone Campaign Over Iran Will Continue

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, said that the stealth drone campaign along the Iran-Afghanistan border will 'absolutely' continue despite the loss of a valuable and sophisticated drone to Iran.

From Information Clearing House


Ethics of Drone Strikes Questioned

Iraqis burn US flags to celebrate troop withdrawal

Hundreds of Iraqis set alight US and Israeli flags on Wednesday as they celebrated the impending pullout of American forces from the country in the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah.

Iraq s leader becoming a new 'dictator,' deputy warns

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is amassing dictatorial power as U.S. troops leave the country, risking a new civil war and the breakup of the nation, his deputy warned Tuesday.

Former Ambassador: 'US to control Iraq oil always'

American troops will not go far from Iraq - they will be re-deployed to next door Kuwait. 'This is just a re-shuffle of the cards. Americans could always come back because the bases will be kept intact, while 20,000 personnel means that most of the staff will be there,' Ranjit Singh Kalha said.

From Information Clearing House


In Wake of US Occupation Remains a Devastated Iraq

US Weapons Makers Set to Profit from Iraq s Destroyed Forces

As Iraq War Nearly Ends, So Should Afghanistan War


Malaise visible as US military declares war 'over' in Iraq


Secret Accounts of Iraq Massacre Found in Junk Yard

Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times News Service: 'The Marines sat down, swore to tell the truth and gave secret interviews discussing one of the most horrific episodes of America s time in Iraq: the 2005 massacre by Marines of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha ... Four-hundred pages of interrogations, once guarded as secrets of war, were supposed to have been destroyed as the last American troops prepare to leave Iraq. Instead, they were discovered ... at a junkyard outside Baghdad.'

Ron Paul: A Hope for Americans


Ron Paul beats Mitt Romney in two Iowa polls

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won the Insider Advantage poll and tied Mr. Paul in the Iowa PPP poll.

From Information Clearing House


Not Newt

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum


'If you're looking for a profligate authoritarian, Gingrich is your man.'

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

We Have Crossed the Rubicon

Say 'Thanks' Before Waving Good-Bye to the US

Freedom Versus Order? Since When?

Massive Downward Revisions Imminent: National Association of Realtors Miscounted Millions of Home Sales Over Last Five Years

NATO 15,000 troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014

NATO has decided to keep around 15,000 troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of 2014, the organization s chief of staff in Europe, General Manfred Lange said.

10 Facts About US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Fact 1: It is not the case that all US troops will be removed from Afghanistan by 2015.

From Information Clearing House

American Heroes: The Haymarket Martyrs and Occupy Wall Street

By Charles Sullivan

America pays homage to statesmen like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams - it s so called founding fathers. But working people have never known or have forgotten those who gave their lives in the struggle for social and economic justice in the workplace.

Ron Paul: Defense Bill Establishes Martial Law In America


Top tier presidential candidate Ron Paul has decried the 'indefinite detention' provision of the National Defense Authorization Act, warning that it represents an arrogant, bold and dangerous attempt to establish martial law in America.

An Open Message to Police and Military


You may tell yourself that you will take a draw your line in the sand later, that there is a certain point where you will say no, but in reality, you crossed the line a long time ago. You are standing on the wrong side of history right now.


Obama will NOT veto 'indefinite detention' bill

NATO Dreams of Civil War in Syria

By Pepe Escobar

What is NATO really up to in Syria?

Welcome to Syria s Civil War

The video, circulated by Syrian opposition activists, purports to show a member of the Free Syrian Army firing a rocket-propelled grenade at a Syrian government tank on Monday.

US: Syrian regime is 'dead men walking'

'State Department special coordinator on Middle East affairs Frederic Hof told US lawmakers 'It is difficult to predict how much time they have'...

Russia accuses West of 'immoral' stance on Syria

Russia s foreign minister has accused the West of an 'immoral' stance on Syria, saying it should condemn the opposition as well as security forces. Sergei Lavrov said opposition groups were trying to provoke a 'humanitarian catastrophe' to get foreign help.

'NATO wants a simmering civil war in Syria as a prelude'

Washington is ready to discuss Russia s UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria, describing some provisions as however 'unacceptable' and still not acknowledging that the anti-regime protesters are well-armed.

'US training & arming rebels in Syria'

Russia, surprisingly to Western powers, has put forward a UNSC resolution on Syria, calling on the Syrian parties to end violence and start talks. Meanwhile, Syria s vice-president is visiting Moscow to discuss peaceful solutions for the crisis.

US Takes Full Control Over NATO Operation in Libya: Lavrov

By Itar-Tass

''We are concerned about the attempts to repeat the Libyan scenario in Syria.''

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