Thursday, 12. August 2010

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Why Russia's and Pakistan's Extreme Weather Is About To Become the Norm

Ignoring the Obvious: The Floods and Fires, the Droughts and Disasters Will Continue

Union of Concerned Scientists: Drought in Russia; Floods in Pakistan and China; High Temps in the U.S. Consistent with Climate Change Projections

Scientists: Disasters 'Fit Perfectly' with Climate Change Predictions


How Climate Change Affects You

By Amy Goodman

"We will start seeing more and more years like this year when you get these amazing events that caused tremendous death and destruction".

Ignoring the Obvious

The Floods and Fires, the Droughts and Disasters Will Continue: I've just returned from Niger. There, tens of thousands of people are facing extreme hunger because of the droughts of the last two years.

In Weather Chaos, a Case for Global Warming

The climate is changing," said Jay Lawrimore, chief of climate analysis at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. "Extreme events are occurring with greater frequency, and in many cases with greater intensity."

From Information Clearing House


Time to Declare Global War on Flooding


Laura Flanders, GRITtv: "The flooding in Pakistan has displaced 2 million people, killed at least 1600 and affected 14 million. It should be affecting all of us. A disaster of global proportions, requiring a global response, as Gwynne Dyer noted on our show not long ago, it offers a hint of what we can expect if climate change continues on apace. While it's not a cause and effect equation, if we want to know what rising waters look like? Look at Pakistan."

Record Summer Heat Wave a "Sample of What's to Come"

Elizabeth McGowan, SolveClimate: "Oppressive temperatures gripping Southern and Eastern US states this summer will only worsen if little is done to curb greenhouse gases, according to an August report update from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), a conservation group.... This hot summer is a continuation of what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says is already the hottest January through June on record."


Why no rush to aid Pakistan?

Frauenrechte in Afghanistan, ein Feigenblatt für den Krieg - Afghan Women Have Already Been Abandoned

Nicht nur das "Time Magazine" möchte uns glauben machen, dass es beim Einsatz am Hindukusch auch um die Rechte der Frauen geht. Das Leben der meisten Afghaninnen ist hart und so manches Schicksal tragisch. Doch die Anwesenheit der internationalen Truppen hilft ihnen nicht. Artikel von Barbara Vorsamer in der Süddeutschen Zeitung vom 11.08.2010

Aus dem Text: „Auf dem aktuellen Titel des US-Magazins Time prangt das Bild einer Frau ohne Nase. Daneben steht: Was passiert, wenn wir abziehen. Das ist ein einprägsames, emotionales und überzeugendes Argument für den Einsatz in Afghanistan. Allein: Es ist falsch. Bibi Aishas tragische Lebensgeschichte ereignete sich zwischen den Jahren 2003 und 2009 - zu einer Zeit, zu der die internationalen Truppen in Afghanistan waren. Kein Nato-Soldat hinderte die Taliban an ihrer grausamen Rechtsprechung. (...) Das Coverbild des Time Magazine hält Maaß in Verbindung mit der Aussage "Was passiert, wenn wir abziehen" für eine unzulässige Instrumentalisierung. Die Expertin betont: "Internationale Soldaten sind nicht nach Afghanistan geschickt worden, um Frauenrechte zu schützen." Im Afghanistankrieg werden Frauen als Feigenblatt missbraucht. Gekämpft wird nicht wegen ihnen - und auch nicht für sie.“

Siehe dazu:

Afghan Women and the Return of the Taliban - Was passiert, wenn wir abziehen

Gekürzte Version des Artikels von Aryn Baker aus dem Times Magazine vom 09.08.2010,8599,2007238,00.html

Aus: LabourNet, 12. August 2010


Afghan Women Have Already Been Abandoned

By Ann Jones

I know Bibi Aisha, the young Afghan woman pictured on the August 9 cover of Time, and I rejoice that her mutilated nose and ears are going to be surgically repaired. But the logic of those who use Aisha's story to convince us that the US military must stay in Afghanistan escapes me.


Tales from the Northwest Frontier

by Philip Giraldi


A recent example of a magnificently false and malicious narrative appeared in Time magazine, which featured a cover photo of an Afghan woman with her nose cut off. The magazine suggested that the United States has to remain in Afghanistan to prevent similar mutilations, a concept that is both breathtaking in its irrelevance and suggestive of borderline imbecility on the part of the magazine’s readers. Time‘s tale is a throwback to the days of the British Empire, the white man’s burden, a bizarre narrative in which America’s bold warriors are sacrificing their lives to protect the weak and helpless across the Khyber Pass and along the Northwest Frontier. Would that it were so, but devastated wedding parties targeted by drone pilots sitting in air-conditioned comfort in Nevada tell a different story...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Public frustrated at Congress, political parties



To borrow the famous line from the 1976 film ‘Network,’ Americans are mad as h... at Washington — and they’re not going to take it anymore. That, at least, is the conclusion from the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which finds: that less than half the country approves of President Obama’s job; that the percentage believing the current Congress is either below average or among the worst is at an all-time high …

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

British taxpayers funding US arms lobbyists

Government paying a secretive lobbying firm to push American politicians to award contracts to British defence companies.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. Is Bankrupt and We Don't Even Know

By Laurence Kotlikoff

The IMF has effectively pronounced the U.S. bankrupt.

From Marx to Goldman Sachs

The Fictions of Fictitious Capital

By Michael Hudson

How has planning become centralized in the hands of Wall Street and its global counterparts, not in the hands of government and industry as imagined almost universally a century ago? And why has Social Democratic, Labour and academic criticism become so silent in the face of this economic Counter-Enlightenment?


Is the US bankrupt?

by Bruce McQuain


Note the two words — ‘immediate’ and ‘permanent.’ In order to pay off the huge debt our ‘betters’ in Washington DC have run up over the years, strictly from the revenue side, our taxes would have to see an ‘immediate’ and ‘permanent’ doubling. Sounds like bankruptcy to me...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

U.S. Urges Allies to Crack Down on WikiLeaks

By Philip Shenon

The Obama administration is pressing Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allied Western governments to consider opening criminal investigations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and to severely limit his nomadic travels across international borders, American officials say.

Hopium and Hypocritium

By Cindy Sheehan

The arrogance of the Bush administration could never be surpassed, right? Wrong!


Pentagon And US State Department Launch Unhinged War On WikiLeaks

Banken nicht "länger wie heilige Kühe" verehren

Wann werden Manager einer Bank untreu?

In Zukunft werden Manager noch schwieriger belangt werden können.

Die US-Notenbank wirft die Druckmaschinen wieder an

Um die schwache Wirtschaft zu stützen, kauft die FED wieder Staatsanleihen in großem Stil auf .

Banken nicht "länger wie heilige Kühe" verehren

Ungarn setzt nun vor allem auf eine Abgabe für Finanzkonzerne, um das Haushaltsdefizit zu senken.

Wenig Hilfe für Pakistan?

Anders als in Haiti oder beim Tsunami Ende 2004 kommt die Hilfe für das regionale Pulverfass Pakistan nur langsam in Gang.


18. August 2010

Humanitäre Hilfe statt Kriegseinsätze

Zum Welttag der humanitären Hilfe der Vereinten Nationen am 19. August erklärt Christine Buchholz, Mitglied des Geschäftsführenden Parteivorstandes:

Die humanitäre Hilfe der Bundesregierung für Pakistan sind Peanuts im Vergleich zu den Ausgaben für den Krieg in Afghanistan. Die Bundesregierung hat Pakistan Soforthilfe erst von einer Million Euro, dann 15 Millionen Euro versprochen. Allein der Afghanistan-Einsatz der Bundeswehr kostete letztes Jahr eine Milliarde Euro. Angesicht der drohenden humanitären Katastrophe in Pakistan gilt es, dieses Missverhältnis zu beseitigen. Hunderttausende Menschen in den pakistanischen Grenzregionen waren bereits auf der Flucht vor den Bombardierungen durch die USA. Nun wird diese Region durch den Monsunregen überschwemmt. Ein langfristiges Hilfsangebot gegen sozialen Missstände und die Folgen des Klimawandels muss aufgelegt, der NATO-Krieg und militärische Aufrüstung beendet werden. Zudem wird angesichts der Überschwemmungskatastrophe zum wiederholten Mal deutlich, wie unentbehrlich ein internationales Klimaschutz-Abkommen ist. Die Industrienationen müssen den klimapolitischen Stillstand vor dem Klimagipfel in Cancun am Jahresende überwinden.

WHO List Reveals Flu Advisors With Financial Ties to Pharma, Vaccine Manufacturers


WHO Releases Conflicted Swine Flu Pandemic Panel Members List

War, Killing Civilians and Rush Limbaugh


Claims of Afghan Civilian Deaths Spark Protest


Afghanistan: villagers block road after claims of civilian deaths

A crowd of about 300 villagers blocked a main road in eastern Afghanistan Aug. 12 and chanted "Death to the US!" The protest came after a raid by US forces in which they said three innocent villagers were killed at Zarin Khil, Sayed Abad district, Wardak province.

From Information Clearing House

Your Common Sense and Austrian Economics vs. Bernanke and Keynes

The Federal Reserve Is a Pawn Shop

US Depression Will Lead to Another Fake War


Israel may not ask for American 'green light' to attack Iran

By Natasha Mozgovaya

Israel might attack Iranian nuclear sites within a year, if Iran stays the current course and the U.S. administration doesn't succeed in persuading Israel's leadership that U.S. President Barack Obama is ready to stop Iran by force if necessary.

More than 50 Percent Chance Israel Would Strike Iran in 2011

Goldberg writes that an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear program could "stand a good chance of changing the Middle East forever; of sparking lethal reprisals, and even a full-blown regional war that could lead to the deaths of thousands of Israelis and Iranians, and possibly Arabs and Americans as well.

The Point of No Return

By Jeffrey Goldberg

As Washington and Jerusalem study each other intensely, here's an inside look at the strategic calculations on both sides-and at how, if things remain on the current course, an Israeli air strike will unfold.

The morning after the attack on Iran

How will the international community respond the next day?

How Would Iran Respond to US Attack?

By Mahan Abedin

American political and military leaders would be mistaken if they believed they could get away with a "limited" military strike on Iran, designed to destroy that country's nuclear infrastructure.

A Neocon Preps US for War with Iran

By Ray McGovern

Goldberg and the Israelis want us to buy into a syllogism without a valid major premise. Their argument presupposes that Iran has made the decision to develop nuclear weapons and is hard at work on such a program, which is what they want Americans to believe whether there's evidence or not.

How Propagandists Function: Exhibit A

By Glenn Greenwald

From Information Clearing House


Iran Contra and the oil gangsters

How the spooks took over the US

Army Weak: Soldiers Expose Deployment of Unprepared Troops

Change That's Not: 'Obama on Bush Route'

Serial Denial and the Permanent War System

Obama's Pakistan Katrina? Helicopters for War, But Not Flood Relief

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