Freitag, 19. April 2013

Imperial Overreach: Forces Driving Pentagon Spending and US Asia-Pacific Military Strategies

Dr. Joseph Gerson, Truthout: While US foreign and military policy focus on preserving US Asia-Pacific hegemony, the US government forgets that military strength ultimately depends on economic strength, educational achievement and social cohesion, and tests the limits of popular tolerance for the military-industrial-Congressional complex.


Washington s Drive For Hegemony Is A Drive To War

By Paul Craig Roberts

Are Americans aware that Washington is conducting military exercises all over the world, is surrounding Russia and China with military bases, and now has an Africa Command? Have Congress and the American people signed off on Amerika Uber Alles?


DGB: 1. Mai 2013, Unser Tag: Gute Arbeit. Sichere Rente. Soziales Europa.

Aus: LabourNet, 19. April 2013

Drones and death lists: The new face of warfare
by Philip Giraldi


However one judges the Obama foreign policy, and even conceding faint praise due to the president s clear reluctance to enter into another major war, there has been a fundamental shift in how the United States conducts what it regards as counter-terrorism operations, the new form of hot war for the twenty-first century...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The Dis-Uniting of America

Robert Reich, Truthout: Anyone who wants to understand the intensifying divisions in the United States needs to see how dramatically we are segregating geographically by income and wealth.

Time to Step Up and Speak Out Against Big Oil

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: We need to get the bought-and-paid-for politicians out of the way and get our press to actually cover the horrors of tar sands oil and the reality of climate change.


Canadian Official Proposes Yet Another Tar Sands Pipeline

Documents Show Exxon Lied in Aftermath of Tar Sands Pipeline Rupture

Child poverty in US among the highest in developed world

The report reveals a staggering level of child poverty in the ''developed'' world, with the standards of living in the United States, which has the highest gross domestic product, ranking near the bottom on all metrics.

High student debt is dragging down the U.S. economy

Nowadays, younger Americans are becoming less likely to take out loans to buy a house or a car. One possible reason? They are too overloaded with student debt.

From Information Clearing House


More Children in Greece Are Going Hungry

Children picking through school trash cans for food; needy youngsters asking playmates for leftovers; and an 11-year-old boy, Pantelis Petrakis, bent over with hunger pains.

From Information Clearing House

World military expenditures in 2012 totaled $1.75 trillion

The report revealed that, as in recent decades, the world s biggest military spender by far was the U.S. government, whose expenditures for war and preparations for war amounted to $682 billion, 39 percent of the global total.

Click on the map to view information on the top 15 military expenditure spenders for 2012: Interactive map.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. takes step toward possible military intervention in Syria

The Pentagon is sending about 200 troops to Jordan to help deliver aid to refugees and to plan for possible military action, including a rapid buildup of forces.

Looking at both sides in the Syrian conflict: Retired British Ambassador

Why our government can help the French to fight al-Qaida in Mali and simultaneously send assistance to its supporters in Syria is difficult to understand.

Hagel, Dempsey Warn of Involvement in Syria

Hagel also provided the first details of the Pentagon s efforts in assisting Jordan s military for the possibility of having to secure Syria s chemical weapons stockpile, including $70 million worth of training and equipment.

From Information Clearing House

Arbeitsarmut ist in Deutschland gewachsen

2010 lag Deutschland EU-weit mit dem größten Anteil von Arbeitslosen, die armutsgefährdet waren, an der Spitze.

OECD: Einkommensunterschiede sind während der Krise mehr gewachsen als zuvor

Daten aus den Jahren von 2007 bis 2010 zeigen, dass Jugendliche und Kinder Risiken der Verarmung besonders ausgesetzt sind.


5 Jahre Krise in Europa: 10 Millionen Arbeitslose mehr

Europa im fünften Jahr der Wirtschaftskrise. Die ''Arbeitslosigkeit'', insbesondere die Jugendarbeitslosigkeit, ist dramatisch angestiegen. In der EU sind 26 Millionen Menschen ohne Arbeit, zehn Millionen mehr als vor der Krise. Die UN-Organisation ILO warnt vor sozialen Unruhen. Eine Untersuchung von isw-Mitarbeiter Fred Schmid vom 15. April 2013 (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 24. April 2013


Arbeitslosigkeit als Urlaubsparadies

''Man kann den Kampf um das Bewusstsein der Menschen nicht gewinnen, wenn man permanent den Kampf um deren Unterbewusstsein verliert.'' Ständig werden wir aber von ''eingebetteten'' Medien mit sinnverdrehenden Formulierungen bombadiert: ''Sozial ist, was Arbeit schafft'', ''Fördern und Fordern'', ''Friedenserzwingende Maßnahmen''. Holdger Platta nimmt diesmal den Slogan ''soziale Hängematte'' ins Visier. Artikel von Holdger Platta vom 30. April 2013 im Blog "Hinter den Schlagzeilen - Konstantin Weckers Webmagazin"

Aus: LabourNet, 2. Mai 2013


Deutschland: Hochsteuerland für Armutslöhner! Ab 5,42 Euro brutto/Std. verlangt der Staat Lohnsteuer

''Alle reden von Steuerskandalen, von Steueroasen, in die Uli Hoeneß, Gunter Sachs und andere Millionäre Gelder verschoben haben. Wir reden von Frank Müller. Frank ist Lagerfacharbeiter. Als Leiharbeiter in der Automobilindustrie bekommt er 10 Euro/Std. (bei 38,5 Std./Woche 1.670 ? im Monat). 10 Euro sind ein Armutslohn. An diesem Armutslohn bedient sich das Finanzamt monatlich mit 142,00 ?. (?) Senkung des Körperschaftsteuersatzes zurücknehmen! Spitzensteuersatz der Einkommensteuer kräftig anheben!'' Flugblatt Steueroasen vom Juli 2013 bei Klartext (pdf), unterschrieben von Aktionsbündnis Sozialproteste (ABSP), attac Aschaffenburg-Miltenberg, Erwerbslosen Forum Deutschland, Klartext.e.V., Labournet Germany und Rhein-Main-Bündnis gegen Sozialabbau und Billiglöhne (RMB)

Aus: LabourNet, 17. Juli 2013

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