Created on Sunday, 16 December 2007 00:54
Democratic Process: Another Day, Another Capitulation
by Chris Floyd
Industry Flexes Muscle, Weaker Energy Bill Passes (NYT)
he Democratic "opposition" in Congress â€“ you know, the party that represents the common people, good working folk and the most vulnerable in our society: the sick, the old, the poor, the children â€“ have just effected yet
another capitulation to Money Power, gutting an energy bill that would
have required Big Oil â€“ now reaping the most gargantuan profit margins
in the entire history of human enterprise â€“ to pay a pittance in new
Majority Leader Harry "Shaky Knees" Reid
The original bill would have also required utility companies to eventually produce a whopping 15 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources. These measures â€“ displeasing to the boardroom lords and their viceroy
in the White House â€“ were dutifully stripped out by Senate Majority
Leader Harry "Shaky Knees" Reid. So what happens now?
Read more: The Democrat's Progress: No Progress
Created on Saturday, 15 December 2007 16:23
Written by Robert Parry
Read more: Torture's Democrat Protectors
Surprise! Mukasey Covers Up Torture
by Robert Parry
ast month, Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Dianne Feinstein of California joined Republicans to ensure Michael Mukaseyâ€™s confirmation as Attorney General, even though he refused to acknowledge that the simulated
drowning of waterboarding was torture.
Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada helped the Bush administration, too, by rushing a floor vote on Mukasey before rank-and-file Democrats could get organized and push for a filibuster.
To show thanks, Mukasey now is slapping the Democratic-controlled Congress in the face by demanding it back off any oversight investigations into how and why the CIA in late 2005 destroyed videotapes of the waterboarding of al-Qaeda suspects.
Created on Saturday, 15 December 2007 13:04
Written by Michel Chossudovsky
"Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO
giants know something we donâ€™t
by F. William Engdahl
seed bank is being built inside a mountain on Spitsbergen Island near
the small village of Longyearbyen. Itâ€™s almost ready for â€˜businessâ€™
according to their releases.
Read more: The Doomsday Vault: Preparing for the End of Humanity
The bank will have dual blast-proof doors
with motion sensors, two airlocks, and walls of steel-reinforced
concrete one meter thick. It will contain up to three million different
varieties of seeds from the entire world, â€˜so that crop diversity can
be conserved for the future,â€™ according to the Norwegian government.
Seeds will be specially wrapped to exclude moisture. There will be no
full-time staff, but the vault's relative inaccessibility will
facilitate monitoring any possible human activity.
Did we miss
something here? Their press release stated, â€˜so that crop diversity can
be conserved for the future.â€™ What future do the seed bankâ€™s sponsors
foresee, that would threaten the global availability of current seeds,
almost all of which are already well protected in designated seed banks
around the world?
Created on Saturday, 15 December 2007 10:55
Written by Agence Global
House Judiciary Trio Calls for Impeach Cheney Hearings
by John Nichols
hree senior members of the House Judiciary Committee have called for the immediate opening of impeachment hearings for Vice President Richard Cheney.
Democrats Robert Wexler of Florida, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin on Friday distributed a statement, â€œA Case for Hearings
,â€ that declares, â€œThe issues at hand are too serious to ignore, including credible allegations of abuse of power that if proven may well constitute high crimes and misdemeanors under our constitution.
Read more: Impeachment Beginnings: Judiciary Committee Calls for Cheney
"The charges against Vice President Cheney relate to his deceptive actions leading up to the Iraq war, the revelation of the identity of a covert agent for political retaliation, and the illegal wiretapping of American citizens.â€
Created on Saturday, 15 December 2007 00:10
Written by Zoe Blunt
RCMP at the tree sit - eviction notice expected
by Zoe Blunt
i folks, This morning (Dec 14), eight RCMP officers are at the tree camp. We expect they will try to evict the camp either this weekend, or in the next week or two.
They may try to arrest people for trespassing right away, or they may apply to the court for an injunction.
Five people are in tree platforms and three are on the ground. These volunteers are defending the sacred cave and endangered species habitat from a destructive highway development just west of Spencer's Road and Goldstream Avenue in Langford.
We encourage folks to come out and witness today, this weekend, next week, or anytime. Please bring warm clothes for yourself, rain gear, video and still cameras with spare batteries and film, water bottles, and friends. Lawyers are standing by, and we are asking for additional legal help and media volunteers.
Read more: RCMP: Cooping the Langford Tree-Sit
Created on Thursday, 13 December 2007 22:37
Written by Atlantic Free Press
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
Read more: Whose UN in Lebanon?
Whose Mission is it fulfilling?
by Franklin Lamb
n Lebanon, almost nobody, and certainly not UNIFIL, drinks the local water and I have not seen anything remotely resembling Tijuana; certainly not in my Hezbollah neighborhood, Dahiyeh.
Rather, from Naquora to Kafr Shuba, along the 75 mile 'blue line' fine French, Spanish and Italian wines are, understandably, the preferred default UNIFIL boire.
What has UNIFIL been doing in Lebanon?
Created on Thursday, 13 December 2007 21:41
Billionaire Bailout: Central Bank Socialism
and America's True Values
by Chris Floyd
t is not exactly news that the Western world's fetishized "free market" is actually a mixed economy, combining cradle-to-the-grave socialism for the rich with ball-breaking, bomb's-away capitalism for everyone else.
Read more: Bailing out Again the Billionaires
This truism was on naked display once again this week as the central banks of the United States, Britain, Switzerland, Canada and the Eurozone announced plans to provide almost $100 billion
in taxpayer money to save their banking brethren from the consequences of their own greed and stupidity.
Created on Thursday, 13 December 2007 21:17
Written by Agence Global
GWOT: El Salvador
by Wes Enzinna
n September 2006, after the Salvadoran Congress passed the Special Law Against Acts of Terrorism, then-US Ambassador H. Douglas Barclay congratulated the Salvadoran people.
"The US and El Salvador are [now] partners in the war on terror," he beamed.
The law, modeled on the USA Patriot Act, establishes a special terrorism tribunal and allows for anonymous witnesses and undercover agents to participate in those trials. It also criminalizes acts such as public protests, street blockades and "publicly justifying terrorism" with punishments of up to eighty years in prison. More than a year later, this law has turned scores of Salvadoran citizens into fugitives.
Read more: The Salvador (re) Option
Created on Thursday, 13 December 2007 21:04
Written by Tom Engelhardt
A Tomdispatch Holiday One-Stop Shop from Hell
by Nick ("Tongue Firmly in Cheek") Turse
t's that time of year, again. Time to wander the web searching for Holiday gifts for all those hard-to-buy-for folks, the usual cast of characters who make the holidays especially nerve-wracking.
Well, have no fear and wander no more.
This year Tomdispatch takes care of all the fuss and muss. We've scoured the web and assembled a one-stop-shop that will make your gift-buying a breeze. So forget about that already over-the-Hillary Clinton nutcracker or the Rudy Giuliani head that you affix to a tree so it appears the Republican front-runner is a stalker lurking in your yard -- both so last year -- and enjoy the Fifth Anniversary TomDispatch Holiday List from Hell. Because if you don't, the terrorists win.
Read more: Your One-Stop Tour of Hell for Xmas