Sonntag, 1. Januar 2012

Iraq: Remembering Those Responsible

Stephen Zunes, Truthout: 'In any case, of critical importance at this juncture is that we not allow the narratives on the war to understate its tragic consequences or those responsible for the war, both Republicans and Democrats -to escape their responsibility. The US invasion and occupation of Iraq has resulted in the deaths of up to half a million Iraqis, the vast majority of whom are civilians, leaving over 600,000 orphans.'


While Iraq is being partitioned

Iraq will be divided into three parts.

From Information Clearing House


162,000 Civilan Deaths in Iraq Since 2003 Invasion


The Chemtrail/Geo-Engineering Coverup Revealed


Governments must tackle record gap between rich and poor, says OECD

The gap between rich and poor in OECD countries has reached its highest level for over over 30 years, and governments must act quickly to tackle inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Report 'The Hunger-Makers'

The Hunger-Makers: How Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Other Financial Institutions Are speculating With Food at the Expense of the Poorest.

The Erosion of Civilizations

'Fascinating insights into what be our most precious natural resource and gives important pointers toward sustainable land management.' Bioscience


MF Global Sold Assets to Goldman Before Collapse

MF Global unloaded hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of securities to Goldman Sachs in the days leading up to its collapse, according to two former MF Global employees with direct knowledge of the transactions.

From Information Clearing House

Wüste oder Paradies

Sepp Holzer hat revolutionäre neue Wege für die heimische Landwirtschaft aufgezeigt, indem er eigentlich Selbstverständliches machte: Die Natur beobachten, daraus Schlüsse ziehen und danach handeln.


Das Buch 'Umweltkatastrophen' von Bernd Hamm wurde zum Umweltbuch des Monats Dezember 2011 gewählt.

Greenpeace 2012: Schutz des Klimas ist größte Herausforderung

Umweltschützer drängen auf Rettungsschirme auch für ökologische Schulden.

Sieben Milliarden Menschen und eine Erde

Auf ihrem aktuellen Titel begrüßt das Umweltmagazins zeo2 den siebenmilliardsten Erdenbürger und wagt einen Blick in die Übermorgenwelt.

Deutsche Umwelthilfe zieht Bilanz des Jahres 2011 und blickt in die Zukunft

Zusammenhang zwischen Finanz- und Umweltkrise: Energiewende kommt, aber nicht von allein.

Warnsignal Klima: Genug Wasser für alle?

Experten schreiben zu Klimafragen.

Das Ende der Artenvielfalt

2010 veröffentlichte der holländische Toxikologe Henk Tennekes ein international beachtetes Fachbuch mit dem Titel 'Desaster in the Making'.

Die Hungermacher

'Dann muss man auch mal Stellung beziehen.' Der Journalist und Buchautor Harald Schumann, 54, hat für foodwatch den Report 'Die Hungermacher' verfasst. Sonst arbeitet er als Redakteur beim Tagesspiegel in Berlin. Im foodwatch-Interview spricht Schumann über seine Erfahrungen mit Finanzspekulanten, Überraschungen bei der Recherche und über journalistische Neutralität.

Solarstrom bereits billiger als Haushaltstrom

Deutschland ist auf gutem Weg vom Atom-, Kohle- und Ölstaat zum Solarstaat. 2011 lieferten die erneuerbaren Energien etwa 21% des Stromverbrauchs. Die Photovoltaik hat auch 2011 wie schon 2010 den größten Sprung nach vorn gemacht. Rund 3.5% des Stroms liefert bereits die Sonne.

Das war 2011 solar

Der Bau von Photovoltaik-Anlagen hat im abgelaufenen Jahr in gleich in dreierlei Hinsicht neue Dimensionen erreicht. Jetzt kommen nämlich die richtig großen Anlagen, die je für sich zehntausende von Haushalten mit Strom versorgen. Und sie tun dies zu Preisen, die bald absolut konkurrenzfähig zu herkömmlichen Energien sind, dank einer gigantisch gewachsenen Branche. Ein Kommentar von Solarmedia-Autor Guntram Rehsche.


Solar-Deckel bringt nichts

Solar-Ausbau wird den Strompreis auch bei weiter kräftigem Zuwachs nur noch sehr moderat steigern. Preisvorteile der Erneuerbaren werden nicht an Verbraucher weiter gegeben.

Next-up News Nr 1887

- 2012, l'année du changement ...

Fracking Cracks the Public Consciousness in 2011

Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica: 'This was the year that 'fracking' became a household word?. In a landmark finding, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that hydraulic fracturing was the likely culprit in a spate of groundwater contamination that had forced residents to stop using their water ? This was also the year fracking went global. While France banned fracking outright and South Africa enacted a temporary moratorium, multi-national energy companies began exploring shale reserves in Poland, Argentina and China.'

Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2011 Year in Review

Andrew Stelzer, National Radio Project: 'From Egypt to Wisconsin, and from Wall Street to any town USA, 2011 was a year in which people raised their voices to call for justice. As we head into 2012, there s optimism about the possibilities for change. On this edition, we look back at some the most important issues of 2011: attacks on organized labor, the Egyptian revolution, and the struggle to address climate change.'

Uncle Sam Is Making the Wrong Choices

Norman Solomon, 'Charities and other nonprofits are struggling to cope with deep economic wounds that have been festering for years. The dire consequences are far more widespread than private agencies can possibly heal?. Only the federal government can use the Keynesian tool of deficit spending to bring down unemployment. But Washington is paralyzed by ideology. Job stimulus funding, inadequate from the outset, has dwindled. And the momentum is moving in the wrong direction.'

What 19th Century Farmers Can Teach Occupiers About How to Keep Going

Ashley Sanders, War Is A 'Not so long ago, Americans witnessed the beginning of a mass democratic uprising.... They did it to reject debt. They did it to fight foreclosures. They did it to topple a world where the 1 percent determined life for the other 99. And they did all of it against incredible odds, with a self-respect that stymied critics. The year? 1877. The people? Dirt-poor farmers who would come to be known as Populists.'

Let s Double Our Efforts to Raise a Ruckus

Michael Moore, 'On December 30th, in 1936, 75 years ago, hundreds of workers at the General Motors factories in Flint, Michigan, took over the facilities and occupied them for 44 days. My uncle was one of them.... I can think of no better way for us to honor the original Occupiers than by all of us participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement in whatever form that takes in each of our towns. We need direct action all winter long if we are to prevail.'


The Plan is for the United States to rule the world

By David Armstrong

The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming military superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage.


Climate Change: Our Real Bequest to Future Generations


Stimulus was designed to provide pork and payoffs, not to revive the economy
by Hans Bader


Harvard University economist Jeffrey Miron argued that the $800 billion stimulus package wasn t even designed to stimulate the economy, but rather to benefit special-interest groups, since it flunked even old-fashioned Keynesian policy prescriptions about how to revive the economy. Recently-disclosed memos obtained by the New Yorker provide more evidence for this argument...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Party Line, Nuclear Style

Gregg Levine, 'As we close out 2011, readers of this space will likely not be surprised to hear the following: The crisis at Japan s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility continues and continues to poison the planet; accidents and events at nuclear reactors across the United States continue at a headshaking pace; the nuclear industry continues its full-court press against any new safety rules that might spring from lessons learned from Fukushima or the domestic events.'

Urging Obama to Stop Rush to Iran War

Ray McGovern and Elizabeth Murray, Consortium News: 'A torrent of war propaganda against Iran is flooding the American political scene as U.S. neocons...see an opening for another war in the Middle East?. President Obama needs to put an abrupt halt to the game of Persian Roulette about to spin out of control in the Persian Gulf.'


The Year Dissent Came Back

Joe Macare, Truthout: '2011 should be known as the year that dissent came back with a vengeance to the USA. The Occupy movement has been the culmination of a year of protest in a country that has not often been comfortable with mass political action?. 2011 has fundamentally changed the terms of the debate: that it s the 99% who will define what change we want, what our world will look like and how to get there.'

Triad of Business, Cops and Politicians Attack Occupy

Carl Finamore, CounterPunch: 'A political campaign by San Francisco s well-heeled 'property owners' was launched to influence police and politicians to aggressively demobilize Occupy SF and to dismantle their encampments?. As we see from the San Francisco example, it is the economic establishment and their political cronies that unleashed police violence and it is that layer that must be overcome before the majority enjoys any real economic and social justice.'

Neuer Liebling der 'Pitchfork Republicans'

Nach einem ausgiebigen Werbefeldzug mit Gewehr macht Rick Santorum in den Umfragen einen großen Sprung nach vorne.


Obama signs law suspending Bill of Rights

After HR1540/NDAA2012 signing statement Obama should
return Nobel Prize


Obama Crowned Himself on New Year s Eve


Obama Signs NDAA Military Bill

Mark Landler, The New York Times News Service: 'President Obama, after objecting to provisions of a military spending bill that would have forced him to try terrorism suspects in military courts and impose strict sanctions on Iran s oil exports, signed the bill on Saturday.... Civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, still oppose the law, in part because of its authorization of military detention camps overseas.'


Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law


'The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.

R.I.P. Bill of Rights 1789 - 2011

By Mike Adams

We are now a nation living under military dictatorship, whether you realize it or not.


Amnesty: Obama NDAA signing gives al Qaeda 'propaganda victory'

The Raw Story


The human rights group Amnesty International blasted President Barack Obama for signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on New Year s Eve. The $662 billion defense spending bill contained highly controversial provisions regarding the military detention of terrorism suspects. While signing the bill, Obama issued a signing statement, a controversial way for the president to circumvent Congress? intent, in which he pledged that the new laws would not violate Americans? constitutional rights. But Amnesty said the signing statement was not enough...

No more signing statements!

Tenth Amendment Center
by Timothy Reeves


Oftentimes, politicians try to make their atrocious acts more palatable by promising not to use the full scope of power that they are usurping. But does it really matter what any single politician actually does in this respect if the succeeding politician swears to no such oath? If they are able to do it under the law, eventually they or one of their successors will!

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


He signed it. We will fight it

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