Sonntag, 29. Januar 2012

Four Psychologists at the Gates of Hell: A Fable for Our Time

Roy Eidelson, Truthout: ''In 2005, despite evidence that psychologists were involved in abusive and torturous interrogations of national security detainees, [the] American Psychological Association (APA) ... concluded that psychologists play a critical role in keeping such interrogations 'safe, legal, ethical and effective'....With this stance, the APA, the largest association of psychologists worldwide, became the sole major professional health care organization to support practices contrary to the international human rights standards that ought to be the benchmark against which professional codes of ethics are judged.''

Psychologists and Torture, Then and Now

Laura Melendez-Pallitto and Robert Pallitto, Foreign Policy in Focus: ''History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce. The ?tragedy? occurred half a century ago when CIA-funded psychological research on electroshock treatment, sensory deprivation and the like found its way into the Agency?s counterintelligence interrogation manual. The ?farce? was played post-9/11, as psychologists became involved once again in aiding counterintelligence interrogators?. Psychologists were complicit in designing and using techniques to break subjects rather than aid them, and in so doing they made a mockery of their ethical obligation to ?do no harm.?"


Obama s Human Rights Insouciance

Stop The War Protests Against Iran And Syria Intervention

Hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered in central London today at a demonstration against Western intervention in Iran and Syria. The rally, organised by the Stop the War Coalition, took place outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square with a number of speakers addressing the 200-strong crowd.

Americans oppose war: But does govt care?

With harsh US rhetoric and tensions around Irans' nuclear program snowballing by the hour, American polls nonetheless show that most Americans think a war with Tehran would be a grave mistake. But do the leaders care?

Student speaker at Stop the War Coalition


'Hands off Iran and Syria' protest, January 28th 2012.

From Information Clearing House


Police Get Help With Confronting Veterans

The Justice Department is funding an unusual national training program to help police deal with an increasing number of volatile confrontations involving combat veterans.

From Information Clearing House

We Can Now See the True Cost of Globalization

Sunday Observer Editorial

The worldwide public realizes there is something deeply wrong with todays' world economic system.

US Plans for Perpetual War

By Renee Parsons

With the worlds' largest military force including an incomparable nuclear arsenal and a budget to match, exactly who are we protecting the Homeland from and what condition will it be in when they arrive?

Is the World Really Safer Without the Soviet Union?

By Mikhail Gorbachev

Judging by the weapons programs of the United States and a number of other countries, they are setting their sights on a new arms race.

New U.N. Draft Resolution Gives Syria 15 Days to Comply

By Josh Rogin

The draft resolution on Syria calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to his deputy and says additional measures would be taken if he doesn t comply within 15 days.

War Against Iran Is Underway

By Leonid Savin

Washingtons' choice of pretexts for an aggression comprises at least three options, namely (1) Irans' nuclear dossier; (2) an engineered escalation in the Strait of Hormuz; (3) allegations that Iran supports international terrorism.

Asia challenges US, Europe over Iran

China, India and Turkey have warned that they won t support a ban on Iranian oil imports and will try and prevent the US from blocking Iranian oil supplies. Japan and South Korea are planning to follow suit.

Pentagon Seeks Mightier Bomb vs. Iran

The Defense Department has spent about $330 million so far to develop about 20 of the bombs, which are built by Boeing Co. The Pentagon is seeking about $82 million more to make the bomb more effective, according to government officials briefed on the plan.

China faces tough call in Iran showdown

A showdown between the West and Iran will partly be turned into a West-China showdown, namely whether China should comply with the West s geopolitical decision. In previous major world political conflicts, China has sought to avoid direct confrontation with the US and Europe.

From Information Clearing House


Avoiding a Catastrophic War with Iran

Nathaniel Batchelder, Common Dreams: ''Pray cooler heads will guide America in the dialogue and decision-making over Irans' position in the world. Iran does not have nuclear weapons, and there is no certain evidence that such a program is under way. Certainly Iran has the right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and the interests of world peace demand that these issues be resolved without military action that could launch a catastrophic war.''


Reject the Ruling Psychopathology

Verdeckte Einsätze, Drohnenangriffe, Spezialeinheiten?

US-Präsident will die Rüstungsausgaben senken und setzt statt auf das konventionelle Militär und den offenen Krieg auf Geheimoperationen und Roboter in der medialen und juristischen Grauzone.

Bundestag genehmigt den Einsatz von Drohnen

Nicht nur das Parlament schweigt weitgehend, auch die Medien und die Öffentlichkeit scheinen kein Problem mit einem womöglich massiven Eingriff in die Privatsphäre und der Demonstrationsfreiheit zu haben.


''Die Gefahr kommt aus der Luft, von einem hochtechnisierten, unbemannten Gerät. Die Bundeswehr hat bereits mehr als 330 Drohnen verschiedener Größen in Dienst gestellt. Etwa 70 werden im Afghanistan-Krieg eingesetzt. Das geht aus einem Bericht der Bundesregierung von letzter Woche hervor. Das Papier beantwortet eine Anfrage der Bundestagsabgeordneten Andrej Hunko und Ulla Jelpke (beide Die Linke). Die hatten sich nach der Nutzung unbemannter Luftfahrzeuge bei Militär und Polizei erkundigt?.'' Artikel von Matthias Monroy aus junge Welt vom 23. Februar 2012 beim Friedensratschlag

Aus: LabourNet, 27. Februar 2012

Artensterben schlimmer als Klimawandel?

Die Bewahrung der Artenvielfalt und des ökologischen Gleichgewichts ist eine größere Herausforderung als die Dämmung der negativen Folgen des Klimawandels.


Globale Arbeitslosenzahl stagniert trotz Wachstum bei 200 Millionen

Jeder dritte Arbeitnehmer auf der Welt ist arbeitslos oder lebt trotz Arbeit in Armut.

Atomstrom als teuerste Form der Energiegewinnung

Japan wegen Fukushima erstmals seit vielen Jahren im Handelsdefizit.

Solidarische Bildung: Experimente selbstorganisierter Wissensproduktion

Das bestehende Bildungssystem erhebt zwar den Anspruch demokratischer Bildung, tatsächlich besteht seine Funktion jedoch in der Herstellung und Aufrechterhaltung sozialer Ungleichheiten.

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