Wednesday, 1. September 2010

17 Percent of America in Anti-Poverty Programs

One out of every six Americans are in government anti-poverty programs, according to USA TODAY. More than 50 million Americans are in Medicaid. Forty million receive food stamps and 10 million receive unemployment benefits.

Homelessness Up 50% In New York City

If you think you've been seeing more people sleep on city streets, statistics back up the perception. The homeless population living on New York City streets has gone up 50 percent in the past year, according to city statistics reported by the blog.

From Information Clearing House

The GOP's Masterplan: Obstruct, Smear, Lie, Repeat

By Mike Whitney

By the time the Republicans were swept from office in 2008, the economy was in freefall. Unemployment was rising at 750,000 per month, and all of the main economic indicators were plunging faster rate than after the Crash of '29.

A Speech for Endless War

Norman Solomon, Truthout: "While now trumpeting the nobility of an Iraq war effort that he'd initially disparaged as 'dumb,' Barack Obama is polishing a halo over the Afghanistan war, which he touts as very smart. In the process, the Oval Office speech declared that every US war - no matter how mendacious or horrific - is worthy of veneration ... With his commitment to war in Afghanistan, President Obama is not only on the wrong side of history. He is also now propagating an exculpatory view of any and all US war efforts - as if the immoral can become the magnificent by virtue of patriotic alchemy."

Another False Ending: Contracting Out the Iraq Occupation

Bill Quigley and Laura Raymond, Truthout: "Another false ending to the Iraq war is being declared. Nearly seven years after George Bush's infamous 'Mission Accomplished' speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Obama has just given a major address to mark the withdrawal of all but 50,000 combat troops from Iraq. But while thousands of US troops are marching out, thousands of additional private military contractors (PMCs) are marching in. The number of armed security contractors in Iraq will more than double in the coming months."


Oval Office Lovefest

By Mike Whitney

Barack Obama kicked off campaign season in grand style last night with a celebratory "The Iraq War is Over" speech from the Oval Office.

Obama's Re-branded Occupation Of Iraq

By Mike Ferner

A veteran's perspective makes it clear that two major points must be made in response to President Obama's announcement regarding combat troops leaving Iraq.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Picture Album


These Pages Depict The Horror And Reality Of War.

President Bush's "Bring Them On" Picture Album


These Pages Depict The Horror And Reality Of War.

Take No Prisoners

Another proud moment in U.S. Military History.

U.S. Marines execute an Iraqi to the cheers of fellow marines


This video should only be viewed by a mature audience.

They're Leaving as Heroes?

By William Blum

A Trillion-Dollar Catastrophe.

Yes, Iraq Was a Headline War

By Simon Jenkins

The west is leaving Iraq in a pool of blood, dust and dollars. It remains wedded to Iraq's twin sister in folly, Afghanistan.

Iraqi women miss Saddam Hussein's days

Women in Iraq bear double burden, feel less secure or free following US-led invasion.

CBO: US war in Iraq costs $709bn

The cost, published in the CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook, comprises of military expenditure, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations.

From Information Clearing House


Farewell to Iraq, but No Talk of Mission Accomplished

"Iraq Is a Shattered Country"–Nir Rosen on Obama Declaring an End to US Combat Mission in Iraq

Obama Wants Us To Forget the Lessons of Iraq

Two Wars Don’t Make a Right


US forces 'still in fight at end of combat mission'

The Pentagon's Double Envelopment of President Barack Obama

Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout: "President Obama seemed reluctant last year when he announced his decision to enlarge the US military presence in Afghanistan. He demonstrated his uncertainty by combining the decision to send an additional 30,000 soldiers and Marines with a commitment to begin discussions for withdrawal in December of this year in order to begin a withdrawal process in July 2011 ... Now, one general after another is walking away from any discussion of a major review of policy, let alone withdrawal, with on-the-record comments in support of an extended stay in Afghanistan."

Tell the new prime minister of Japan: Dolphins should be protected, not hunted

Die Bundesregierung schürt Zwietracht

1. September 2010

"Das Haushaltsbegleitgesetz könnte auch von Herrn Sarrazin stammen", erklärt die Vorsitzende der Partei DIE LINKE, Gesine Lötzsch, zur heutigen Diskussion des Haushaltsbegleitgesetz im Bundeskabinett. Gesine Lötzsch erklärt:

Die Krisenverursacher und Krisengewinnler der Finanzkrise von 2008 werden auch im Haushalt 2011 nicht zur Kasse gebeten. Die Sanierung des Haushaltes wird auf den Schultern von 1,7 Millionen armen Kindern und schwangeren Arbeitslosen abgeladen, denen in Zukunft das Elterngeld gestrichen werden sollen. Sarrazins Buch kam für die Bundesregierung zur rechten Zeit. Keiner soll mehr über die Ackermänner reden, die Milliarden an Steuergeldern verzockt haben, alle sollen jetzt die untauglichen Vorschläge des Herrn Sarrazin diskutieren. Da macht DIE LINKE nicht mit! Wir werden weiter die Verursacher der Krise benennen und fordern, dass sie zur Kasse gebeten werden. Wenn die Banken für den Schaden, den sie angerichtet haben, selbst aufkommen müssten, dann wäre das ganze Kürzungspaket obsolet.


Sparpaket im Bundestag beschlossen, Gesetzentwurf der Bundesregierung mit Details vorgelegt

Das Sparpaket der Bundesregierung – Haushaltsbegleitungsgesetz genannt – beinhaltet zu fast 40 % Kürzungen im Sozialbereich, einer der schwerwiegendsten Eingriffe ist die Abschaffung der Rentenversicherungspflicht im SGB II, aber auch Streichung des „Armutsgewöhnungszuschlages“, die Streichung der Nichtanrechnung des Elterngeldes für SGB II-Leistungsbezieher, sowie die Kürzung des Wohngeldes nach dem Wohngeldgesetz durch Herausnahme der Heizkostenkomponente [Bewertung von Harald Thomé]. Siehe den „Gesetzentwurf der Bundesregierung für ein Haushaltsbegleitgesetz 2011 (HBeglG 2011)“ (pdf),templateId=raw,property=publicationFile.pdf

Mangel im Überfluss

„Ohne großes Aufsehen hat die Bundesregierung ein »Sparpaket« beschlossen, das die Ressentiments gegen die prekäre Unterschicht in Form von Gesetzen festschreibt…“ Artikel von Felix Klopotek in der Jungle World vom 9. September 2010

Aus: LabourNet, 9. September 2010är

No surprise at Obama’s Guantanamo trial chaos

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington


The problem in both cases is that trials by military commission are inappropriate for any of the prisoners held at Guantanamo, who are either accused of terrorist activities, and should be tried as criminals in the federal court system, or are soldiers seized in connection with their support of the Taliban, wrongly imprisoned in an experimental prison established to permit coercive interrogations, instead of being held in a prisoner of war camp in accordance with the Geneva Conventions...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iraq: An end or an escalation?

Campaign For Liberty
by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)


Amid much fanfare last week, the last supposed ‘combat’ troops left Iraq as the administration touted the beginning of the end of the Iraq War and a change in the role of the United States in that country. Considering the continued public frustration with the war effort, and with the growing laundry list of broken promises, this was merely another one of the administration’s operations in political maneuvering and semantics in order to convince an increasingly war-weary public that the Iraq War is at last ending...

Acts of contrition

by Justin Raimondo


Now, Johnnie will come marching home — or will he? We’re told all ‘combat troops’ are being pulled out, but this is just a matter of redefining a redundancy: after all, what, exactly, are ‘non-combat troops?’ Soldiers engage in combat, and our soldiers are still there, although a great many are now ‘private’ contractors: the actual numbers haven’t gone down appreciably. It’s just a matter of word play: of finding the right phrases, the most convincing weasel words to make it all seem right...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A Closer Look at Our Basic Needs in a Time of Crisis

Jon Letman, The Hawaii Independent: "Ours is a nation obsessed with security. Two months after the bitter sting of the 9/11 attacks, the federal government formed the Transportation Security Administration and, one year later, the Department of Homeland Security ... Yet as we approach our ninth year of war and occupation in Afghanistan and our eighth in Iraq, Americans have seen security at home eroded by financial collapse, a neglected infrastructure, a hemorrhaging job market, anemic social services and public health care crisis, volatile energy and food markets, and the complex realities of climate change."

"Between the Fences": A Review

Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "[Tony] Hefner has authored a book, 'Between the Fences: Before Guantanamo, There Was the Port Isabel Service Processing Center,' which details the struggles of a guard at an immigration detention facility in Texas' Rio Grande Valley to bring to light the numerous instances of sexual and physical abuse, extortion and intimidation experienced by both guards and immigrants at the facility on a regular basis."


Declare 9-11 “Government Blowback Day”

Strike the Root
by Lawrence Ludlow


This September 11, let’s help to change the ‘meme’ that has been used by the U.S. government to terrorize Americans into submission and to cynically manipulate the grief of those who lost loved ones in the 9-11 attack of 2001. This year in your community, join hands with others who understand the meaning of the event. Carry signs and wear black armbands. Remind people that the civilian victims of September 11, 2001 were the inevitable result of blowback from the U.S. government’s policy of international meddling...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Entire US-Mexico Border to Be Guarded by Predator Drones

Taylor Barnes, The Christian Science Monitor: "The entire 2,000-mile US-Mexico border will be monitored by drones starting Wednesday when a new Predator drone begins flying from Corpus Christi, Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. There are already three drones operating along portions of the border. Aside from the new drone launched today, money for two more was included in $600 million legislation President Barack Obama signed earlier this month, which ramps up border security ahead of midterm elections on Nov. 2 and as Mexico's heated drug war gains more attention. Meanwhile, Napolitano calls the border safer than ever."

The August Day Plutocracy Would Love Us to Forget

Why Failure of Climate Summit Would Herald Global Catastrophe: 3.5°

Arctic Warms, Sea Ice Shrinks, Extinction Risk Grows

Zweite Strafanzeige gegen Thilo Sarrazin

Linke werfen Sarrazin Volksverhetzung und Störung des öffentlichen Friedens vor.

"Viel später wird man dann die Skelette der Hunde in der Wüste zählen"

Der Schriftsteller Feridun Zaimoglu zur Integrationsdebatte rund um Sarrazin.

Wie aus der die bürgerlichen Mitte Sozialrassismus wieder hoffähig gemacht wird

Die neue Zuchtwahl

Ob Arbeitslose oder Migranten: Wie aus der die bürgerlichen Mitte Sozialrassismus wieder hoffähig gemacht wird.

USA-Made Mess in Iraq: Sanctions, Invasion, Occupation


Obama says 'combat mission has ended' in Iraq, insurgents say 'nothing has changed'

Iraq war revisionism at the New York Times


The Speech President Obama Should Give About the Iraq War (But Won’t)

A Trillion-Dollar Catastrophe. Yes, Iraq Was a Headline War

What Obama Won't Say Tonight

CODEPINK: The Iraq Debacle Is Not Over, Women Speaking Out Against Continued Presence in Iraq


Media Manipulates the "End" of the War in Iraq

Michael Corcoran, Truthout: "Just as the media lied to help us get into a war, they are now lying us out of one. In the introduction to season five of HBO's critically acclaimed series, 'The Wire,' Det. Bunk Moreland and fellow murder investigators laughed as they duped a hapless, young street gangster into confessing to a murder by pretending a copy machine was a polygraph test. 'The bigger the lie, the more they believe,' he said. The statement reflects the political dialogue in this country perfectly over the last month, ever since Barack Obama touted the troop drawdown in Iraq in an August 2 speech in Atlanta and leading up to tonight's Oval Address celebrating the 'end of combat operations in Iraq.'"

On the minds, methods, and coming irrelevance of the ruling class

Bernanke: Stop the Printing Press

On more stimulus and unlimited money printing


Mo’ money, mo’ problems

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by CJ Maloney


The recent decision by the Federal Reserve to keep its balance sheet stuffed to bursting with whatever the Wall Street banks decide to throw onto it came as no surprise and crushed any hope that the Fed would tone down its policy of quantitative easing (QE) — or credit easing (CE), as Mr. Bernanke prefers to call it. With the US economy stalled despite the trillions of ’stimulus’ funds larded out to the politically connected, the people who helm the Federal Reserve likely felt they had no other choice...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Walking in Reagan's Shoes

By Mike Whitney

Ordinary working people are hurting bigtime, still waiting for the prophet Obama to lead them to the promised land. But Obama has abandoned "Big Government" as the answer, whether it be a second round of stimulus, government jobs programs, or expanded welfare assistance. He'll have none of it.

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