Donnerstag, 7. März 2013

Guantanamo Hunger Strike ''Potentially Life-Threatening''

Attorneys Allege in Letter to Prison Officials

Jason Leopold, Truthout: For the past three weeks, nearly all of the 166 prisoners detained at Guantanamo have been engaging in a hunger strike to protest the conditions of their confinement, which they claim have worsened as many enter their eleventh year of captivity.

The Militarization of the National Security State

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Karlin interviews Melvin Goodman, who speaks about our huge military-industrial complex, the power of the Pentagon and presidents intimidated by the military.


Children 'Traumatized and Re-Traumatized by Drones'


Pentagon s link to Iraqi torture centres

General David Petraeus and 'dirty wars' veteran behind commando units implicated in detainee abuse.

From Information Clearing House


The US 'Dirty War' Veteran Who Trained Iraqi 'Death Squads'

The Economics of World Government

Can Civilization Survive Capitalism?

By Noam Chomsky

Capitalism as it exists today is radically incompatible with democracy.

Can Civilization Survive Really Existing Capitalism?


UCD Philosophy Society Inaugural Lecture April 2013.

Three (more) Things They Don t Tell You About Capitalism

By Jules Peck

Ever increasing economic growth (the rational for capitalism) long since ceased to bring increasing marginal returns to wellbeing. In the 'rich world' wellbeing has flat-lined since the 1970s.


The Price We Pay for Globalized Capitalism

Holder: Obama Could Order Lethal Force in U.S.


President Barack Obama could order the use of deadly force against an American inside the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) released Tuesday.

Obama Administration Claims Right to Murder Citizens Within the US

By Joseph Kishore

Where the executive branch and military decide that police action is not the ''best means'' of responding to an undefined threat, the military will be deployed to kill people at will.

Drone Strikes On US Soil

Rand Paul in His Own Words: Cliffs Notes for the Filibuster

By Conor Friedersdorf

''Are we so complacent with our rights that we would allow a president to say he might kill Americans?''

Paul fires back: Sens. McCain, Graham think 'whole world is a battlefield'

Paul criticized the hawkish senators for thinking the laws of war should take precedence over the Bill of Rights. The two had criticized Paul s statements about drone policy during the Kentucky Republican s nearly 13-hour filibuster on Thursday.

Holder s Letter Raises More Questions Than It Answers

By Washington s Blog

Secretive, unaccountable agencies are making life and death decisions which effect our most basic rights. They provide ''secret evidence'' to courts which cannot be checked...and often withhold any such ''evidence'' even from the judges.

Targeted assassinations reflect official US policy

They are longstanding. They occur worldwide. No one is safe anywhere. Heads of state are vulnerable. So are US citizens.

Lady Justice, Humiliation And John Brennan s Heavy Baggage

By Ray McGovern

It is no overstatement that for the first time since World War II, many foreign intelligence chiefs are likely to have very mixed reactions to being seen, even in Washington, with a freshly minted CIA Director with the heavy baggage that Brennan carries.

US Police Use of Military Technology and Tactics


''Equipping state and local law enforcement with military weapons and vehicles, military tactical training, erodes civil liberties and encourages increasingly aggressive policing''.

Eric Holder Under Investigation By House Judiciary Committee For Lying Under Oath

Will he too receive an extended absence of leave (with pay) after pleading the fifth, or will the circle of lies slowly but surely start to unwind?

From Information Clearing House


Holder: Obama Can Target US Citizens on US Soil for Killing

Rand Paul s Filibuster of John Brennan

Senate Approves Obama s 'Kill List' Architect to Lead CIA


Wyden joins Paul s filibuster on drones

The Raw Story


Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon on Wednesday joined a filibuster over the use of drone strikes against U.S. citizens, urging Congress to take action on the issue. 'Every American has the right to know when their government believes that it is allowed to kill them,' he remarked. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) began the filibuster Wednesday morning amid the nomination of John Brennan as the next director of the CIA. He began the filibuster because U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday the United States could 'hypothetically' use lethal military force against American citizens in 'an extraordinary circumstance.' Wyden said he planned to vote in favor Brennan, but still supported Paul s filibuster...

Paul s filibuster targets drones, hits hawks
Orange County Register

by Conor Friedersdorf


When Rand Paul mounted his epic filibuster last week, he focused almost 13 hours of rhetoric on President Obama s targeted killing program. 'Can drones kill Americans on U.S. soil?' Sen. Paul asked. It was a worthy subject for an extended debate. But the filibuster was significant for another reason. Besides honing in on the specifics of targeted killing, his attention-grabbing speech served as a demonstration project for civil libertarians, who have struggled ever since the 9/11 terror attacks to protect the Constitution. Just think of all the questions it helped to answer. Could an ambitious Tea Party champion from the South make common cause with a progressive Oregon Democrat? Yes!

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


What Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Exposed About the Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Only because Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and now others, have been willing to stand up to the administration and demand transparency on drone strike policy are Americans learning the chilling truth about the executive's elastic definition of ''imminence'' in ''imminent threat.''

Holder s Letter Does Not Rule Out Targeting US Citizens Outside of Country (Non-Citizens Can Be Killed Anywhere)

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network Rand Paul s filibuster forces the Attorney General to acknowledge that a US President cannot order the killing of US citizens on American soil but does not rule out the global campaign of targeted assassinations.


Attorney General Eric Holder: If the President Does It, It s Legal

Blix Warns on Repeating Iraq Scenario


''In the case of Iraq, there was an attempt made by some states to eradicate weapons of mass destruction that did not exist, and today there is talk of going on Iran to eradicate intentions that may not exist. I hope that will not happen.''

Time s Ticking Clock on War With Iran

Can you threaten to start a war to stop something that doesn t exist? Open the March 11 issue of Time magazine and you ll see the headline ''The Path to War: Inside Barack Obama s Struggle to Stop an Iranian Nuke.''

From Information Clearing House


Hans Blix, Former UN Inspector: 'Don t Repeat Iraq War with Iran'

FDP schafft Armut in Deutschland ab, zumindest auf dem Papier

Die heuchlerische Debatte um den veränderten Armutsbericht geht weiter, die grundsätzlichen Fragen werden kaum gestellt.


Dossier: Armuts- und Reichtumsbericht 2012

Armutszeugnis: Der Armuts- und Reichtumsbericht beschönigt Prekarisierung und individualisiert soziale Probleme

Wie arm darf es in einem reichen Land zugehen, ohne dass es zu peinlich wird und ggf. nach gesellschaftlichen Ursachen und politischen Verantwortlichkeiten gefragt wird? Die Beantwortung dieser Frage löst Kontroversen aus, manchmal selbst innerhalb einer Regierungskoalition, und sie hat offenbar einen gewissen Einfluss auf die Feststellung, wie arm es in einem reichen Land tatsächlich zugeht.

Entsprechendes Gerangel gab es um den ersten Entwurf zum 4. Armuts- und Reichtumsbericht (ARB-E alt) zwischen Arbeitsministerin von der Leyen und Wirtschaftsminister Rösler. Dessen Version des Armuts- und Reichtumszeugnisses, das die jeweilige Regierung sich ausstellt, hat das Kabinett nun am 6. März gebilligt. Tenor seiner Präsentation: »Deutschland geht?s so gut wie lange nicht« (Zeit, 6. März 2013). Das ist aus seiner Sicht sicher keine glatte Lüge, doch letztlich eine Frage von Perspektive und daraus folgender Methode, oder, um mit »Macbeth« zu sprechen: »Wie sie lügen mit der Wahrheit«. Mehr zum Zusammenhang von Methode und Perspektive im folgenden Kommentar. Artikel von Wolfgang Völker

Aus: LabourNet, 26. März 2013ösler

Irak: Der Wiederaufbau-Pfusch

''Nicht ein einziges Projekt, dass von den Vereinigten Staaten gebaut und tatsächlich fertiggestellt wurde.''

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