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"The process has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision,

but it also has to be unconscious,or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity & hence of guilt.

To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient +

then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed,

to deny the existence of objective reality + all the while to take account of the reality which one denies- all this is indispensably necessary." "1984"

00.Oct.2001 As -in- reported in "Gunning for Saddam," Czech officials announced they had evidence that the alleged Al Qaeda ringleader of the 11.Sep.2001 plot Mohammed Atta had met in Prague with an Iraqi intelligence officer
00.000.2001 -the previous spring.

00.Oct.2001 Immediately the news was seized upon by proponents of toppling Saddam Hussein.

00.Apr.2002 -spring of- the Iraq-Al Qaeda connection was being dismissed in news articles in The Washington Post + Newsweek + Time + The New York Times .

00.Apr.2002 -spring of- The Washington Post + Newsweek + Time + The New York Times reports quoted „USA administration officials + CIA + FBI analysts“ - almost all unnamed - who said that on closer scrutiny, there was no evidence

00.000.2001 at the time Atta was supposed to be in Prague „-in the spring of- there was no evidence Atta left or returned to the USA."

00.Apr.2002 -in- at a San Francisco meeting FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III went on the record saying the evidence wasn't there: "We ran down literally hundreds of thousands of leads + checked every record we could get our hands on, from flight reservations to car rentals to bank accounts..."

But a Prague connection linking Al Qaeda + Iraq remains very much alive for New York Times columnist William Safire, among others.

00.Apr.2002 -spring of-

09.May 2002 Within the week that media reports were discrediting the story, Safire - a hardliner on USA Iraq policy - fired off a column () laying out how the reports were part of a campaign by Bush [BGW968] administration officials to shoot down a troublesome story that would force the USA to act against Hussein.

09.May 2002 New York Times Safire chastised USA officials who refused to be named in the news accounts +

09.May 2002 New York Times Safire quoted a reported statement by the Czech interior minister who says his intelligence chief stands by their evidence of a meeting between Atta + an Iraqi agent.

09.May 2002 New York Times Safire concluded his column by noting he can play the unnamed source game too, citing a conversation with a "senior Bush [BGW968] administration official" who told him: "...we're still in the process of pursuing [the allegation of the Prague meeting] + sorting out the timing + venue.

09.May 2002 New York Times Safire citing a conversation with a "senior Bush [BGW968] administration official" „

00.000.2000 -in-There's no doubt Atta was in Prague + a subsequent meeting is at least plausible."

Was the USA government alerted to 11.Sep2001 attack?

This analysis is now being vindicated. See Also: Was the USA government alerted to 11.Sep.2001 attack?
Part 1: Warnings in advance

Part 2: Watching the hijackers
Part 3: The USA and Mideast terrorism
Part 4: The refusal to investigate
Further delay in USA congressional investigation into 11.Sep.2001attacks
Director of congressional probe into 11.Sep.2001terror attacks resigns
01.May 2002
The strange case of Zacarias Moussaoui: FBI refused to investigate man charged in 11.Sep.2001 attacks
05.Jan.2002 URL:
05.Dec.2000 At a public meeting in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site + national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in the USA, declared that the USA election crisis signified the onset of a revolutionary crisis in the heartland of world capitalism, with incalculable global implications.

North warned that remarks made by Justice Antonin Scalia in the USA Supreme Court last Friday, to the effect that the USA people did not have the right of suffrage in the election of the president, raised the spectre of

00.000.1857 -the infamous Dred Scott decision of- which accelerated the processes that led to the USA Civil War.

The Court was hearing an appeal by Bush [BGW968] against a decision by the Florida Supreme Court to delay the certification of his election victory by Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris because tens of thousands of votes had not been properly counted. “In the course of adjudicating this case, Scalia is proposing to go far beyond a technical question to introduce and legitimise a profoundly anti-democratic interpretation of the USA constitution,” North said.

How the Supreme Court eventually ruled, he declared, would reveal “how far the USA ruling class is prepared to go in breaking with traditional bourgeois-democratic and constitutional norms”.

Is it prepared to sanction ballot fraud and the suppression of votes and install into the White House a candidate who has attained that office through blatantly illegal and anti-democratic methods?”

Whatever the outcome, the past three weeks had demonstrated, he said, “a dramatic erosion of support within the ruling elites for the traditional forms of bourgeois democracy in the USA”.

09.Aug.2004 Websites:
09.Aug.2004 UK Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction
09.Aug.2004 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
09.Aug.2004 USA Environmental Protection Agency
09.Aug.2004 The greater the warming, the faster the snow melts. The worst-case predictions for Greenland, made by an inter-governmental panel of scientists, now involve an average warming of 8C.
At those temperatures, oceans that have risen by 2.5mm (less than one-tenth of an inch) a year will start to rise by a steady 7mm a year.
One medium-term side-effect of the destruction of the Greenland ice-sheet could be the loss of the Gulf Stream, which keeps Europe warm + temperate.

The fresh water from the ice mixes with the salt water in the sea, altering the salinity and changing the direction and behaviour of major currents.
The scientists on the Greenland survey admit they have no way of setting any kind of timetable to a rise in water levels or forms of climate change +

insist that further monitoring will have to take place over the next few years to get a clearer picture.

But they do admit that their findings are worrying and suggest a much more serious picture for global sea levels than had been available up until now.
It is likely to take hundreds of years for the entire ice-sheet to melt but, as this year’s survey has shown,

if the speed of the destruction increases, that timescale could be brought forward dramatically.
This article:
04.Aug.2004 Scientists alarmed at increase in melt rate of ice -

GREENLAND’S cover of ice is melting ten times quicker than previously thought, an increase that could lead to floods across the world, scientists have found.
Newly published research shows an alarming rise in the rate of collapse of the massive Greenland ice-sheet as a result of global warming.

Scientists now believe the ice-sheet is shrinking at the rate of ten metres a year, not the one metre previously thought.
If the entire ice-sheet melts, the resulting flood waters would raise the level of global seas by seven metres, submerging large areas of land, including sea-level cities such as London.
Greenland has the biggest ice-sheet in the northern hemisphere: almost 772,000 square miles of ice which is up to 1.9 miles thick, the base of which is below sea level.
The new research was published by the Geological Survey of Greenland + Denmark, which has been monitoring the ice-sheet for several years.

Icebergs from the ice-sheet crash into the sea regularly, but they have been doing so with increasing frequency over the past year.
The last major study of Greenland was by NASA, the USA space agency, four years ago. That found that the surface of the ice was receding by one metre a year.
Carl Boggild, the lead scientist, said the ice had dropped by two or three metres in just the past few months.
"There is a high melt rate due to warm winters and warm summers," he said.
Jonathan Gregory, of the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction, at UK University of Reading, along with colleague
s from Brussels and Bremerhaven, has also found that an average annual warming in the region of 2.7C would mean that the rate of melting would outpace the annual snowfall.
09.Aug.2004 Auch das FBI benutzte offensichtlich Telefonnummern + E-Mail-Adressen, die Khan und andere den pakistanischen Fahndern gegeben hatten, um Qaida-Terroristen aufzuspüren.

Nachdem seine Festnahme bekannt wurde, stellten die Ermittler jedoch einen starken Rückgang in der Kommunikation zwischen den Verdächtigen fest.
Trotz starker Kritik auch aus dem USA-Senat an der Entscheidung, die Festnahme Khans öffentlich zu machen, spielt der pakistanische Informationsminister Scheich Raschid Ahmed die Auswirkungen der USA Indiskretion herunter. Man sehe in die Zukunft, nicht in die Vergangenheit: "Wir haben positive Informationen + wir glauben, das wird positive Ergebnisse zeitigen."
Die in Pakistan gewonnenen Informationen hatten offenbar auch zur Festnahme von mutmaßlichen Extremisten in UK + USA geführt.

Das Magazin "Time" berichtete, bei der Razzia am 24.Jul.2004 seien unter anderem "drei Laptop-Computer und 51 Disketten voller Daten ... (+) 500 Fotos von potenziellen Zielen innerhalb der USA" sichergestellt worden.

09.Aug.2004 GEHEIMDIENST-LECK USA-Beamte gefährden Anti-Qaida-Aktion
Er galt pakistanischen Ermittlern als eine Schlüsselfigur bei der Fahndung nach Qaida-Mitgliedern: Mohammed Naeem Khan. Nach seiner zunächst geheim gehaltenen Festnahme wollten die Behörden mutmaßlichen Terroristen auf die Schliche kommen. Doch Mitarbeiter der USA-Regierung haben die verdeckte Operation auffliegen lassen.
Hamburg - Indem die USA-Behörden die Verhaftung des Qaida-Computerspezialisten Mohammed Naeem Khan in Pakistan ausplauderten, könnten sie diese wichtige Quelle zum Versiegen gebracht haben. Khan war CNN zufolge von den pakistanischen Ermittlern für eine verdeckte Operation benutzt worden, um weltweit Aktivitäten von Osama Bin Ladens Terrororganisation auszumachen.
Die Verhaftung Khans war jedoch in der letzten Woche von ungenannten Regierungsmitarbeitern in Hintergrundgesprächen mit Journalisten bekannt gegeben worden, um die Ausrufung der Alarmstufe "Orange" durch Heimatschutzminister Tom Ridge zu begründen. Khan war bereits im Juli festgenommen worden. Auf seinen Disketten waren detaillierte Informationen über bestimmte Anschlagsziele in den USA gefunden worden.

09.Aug.2004 "Debt burdens," the study said, "are at record levels because families have been stretched to the limit in recent years. With more income going to housing and other rising expenses related to medical care, education, vehicles, child care + so forth, families are relying on credit as a way to meet everyday needs. Remarkably, a family with two earners today actually has less discretionary income, after fixed costs like medical insurance and mortgage payments are accounted for, than did a family with only one breadwinner in the 1970's."
There is no plan from the administration that I've heard of to brighten this bleak picture of the USA economic landscape.

Kerry [KFJ965] + John Edwards have an opportunity in the presidential campaign to offer their prescriptions.

The first essential step for anyone serious about a search for solutions would be to recognize and acknowledge the sheer enormity of the problem.URL:,1518,312214,00.html
09.Aug.2004 Despite the rosy rhetoric that comes nonstop from the administration, millions upon millions of American families, including many that consider themselves solidly in the middle class, are in deep economic trouble. Friday's Wall Street Journal featured a page-one article with the ominous headline: "New Group Swells Bankruptcy Court: The Middle-Aged."
Personal bankruptcy filings in the USA are at an all-time high. The Journal story focused on "an emerging class of middle-age, white-collar Americans who make the grim odyssey from comfortable circumstances to going broke." Among the villains of this disturbing piece are the unstable job market and staggering amounts of personal debt.URL:,1518,312214,00.html
00.Jul.2004 's poor job-creation performance was widely described as unexpected. But it's important to keep in mind that it didn't occur in a vacuum and that there is no quick fix coming.

American workers are hurting. URL:,1518,312214,00.html
09.Aug.2004 In another four years, he says, "The economy will be better." His tax cuts, he insists, couldn't have been better timed.
09.Aug.2004 The true believers were jolted Friday by the news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that employers added a meager 32,000 jobs in 00.Jul.2004 .

In an economy the size of USA's, that's roughly equivalent to no jobs at all.
09.Aug.2004 While the president sings from his economic hymnbook, American workers are hurting. By BOB HERBERT
I suppose there are people who still believe that enormous tax cuts for the very wealthy will lead to the creation of millions of good jobs for working people. In the twilight of his first term, the president, stumping for votes in regions scarred by the demon of unemployment, continues to sing from the tattered pages of his economic hymnbook:
"The economy is strong,'' he says again and again and again, "and it's growing stronger."
At a riverfront rally under cloudy skies in Davenport, Iowa, last week, Mr. Bush [BGW968] told a crowd of 5,000, "We are turning the corner and we're not going back."
Vorwurf Geldfälschung: Haftbefehl gegen irakischen Politiker Tschalabi

09.Aug.2004 Sudan: Regierung und Rebellen vereinbaren Friedensgespräche

09.Aug.2004 Rekord-Ölpreis: Schwere Zeiten für Luftfahrt- und Autoaktien

09.Aug.2004 USA-Wahlkampf: Welche Wirtschaftsbosse Kerry [KFJ965] unterstützen

09.Aug.2004 Sozialhilfe: Zahl der Empfänger deutlich gestiegen

09.Aug.2004 Japan: Mehrere Tote bei Unglück in Atomreaktor

09.Aug.2004 Wall Street: Das Ende der IPO-Blase

09.Aug.2004 Opinion: Admit We Have a Problem

09.Aug.2004 Tiefsee-Expedition: Forscher entdecken fünf neue Tierarten

09.Aug.2004 Ausverkauf an der Börse: Dax sackt auf Jahrestief (Wirtschaft,

09.Aug.2004 New York: Terroristen sollen Hubschrauber-Attacken geplant haben (

09.Aug.2004 Gedenken in Nagasaki: Das Grauen kam um 11.02 Uhr

09.Aug.2004 Frankreich: Algen-Invasion im Mittelmeer

09.Aug.2004 Wettrennen ins All: Rakete explodierte beim Jungfernflug

09.Aug.2004 Motassadeq-Prozess: Die letzte Chance

09.Aug.2004 Leser-Surftipps: Noch mehr Unsinn (Netzwelt,

09.Aug.2004 Geheimdienst-Leck: USA-Beamte gefährden Anti-Qaida-Aktion

09.Aug.2004 Luftfahrt: Hoher Ölpreis macht Airlines zu schaffen

09.Aug.2004 Terror im Irak: Ölpreis erreicht neuen Rekordstand (Wirtschaft,

09.Aug.2004 USA-Terrorprozess: Zweiter Oklahoma-Bomber erhält 161mal "lebenslänglich"

09.Aug.2004 Wall-Street-Schluss: Kaum Veränderung bei Rekord-Ölpreis

09.Aug.2004 SUDAN: Oil profits behind West's tears for Darfur

09.Aug.2004 Ex-deputy Mossad director accuses IDF of losing its morality: There is a feeling among the public that the IDF under your command has entirely lost the sacred value of military ethics following the death + destruction the IDF is spreading at checkpoints".

09.Aug.2004 Foreign observers to audit election: The Bush [BGW968] administration has invited a team of international monitors to observe the USA presidential election in November, but the group will not come from the United Nations, as some congressional Democrats had urged.

09.Aug.2004 Bush [BGW968]-backers-only policy riles voters at RNC rallies : A Republican National Committee practice of having people sign a form endorsing President Bush [BGW968] or pledging to vote for him in November before being issued tickets for RNC-sponsored rallies is raising concern among voters.

09.Aug.2004 Dom Stasi: Take This, Jeb + Shove It: “My brother Jeb has assured me the state of Florida,” If you think that the upcoming presidential election is beyond being rigged by the Republicans again, you are dead wrong. You are dead wrong. You are dead wrong!

09.Aug.2004 Agent Orange, the Next Generation: One suit filed on behalf of as many as four million Vietnamese says their land and people were so poisoned by Agent Orange that supplying it to the military amounted to war crimes by the chemical companies.
Casualty Ward: These are real doctors and nurses at the Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany, facing horrors seldom seen by the American public — already over 12,000 battlefield casualties from Iraq.
09.Aug.2004 Back Home, Disabled Vets Fight Injuries, Red Tape: The yellow ribbons are faded and fraying outside the neatly appointed house where Jay Briseno lies tethered to a respirator, his nearly motionless, 21-year-old body a shrunken shadow of the young man who last year went marching off to war.

09.Aug.2004 Paul Krugman: Media coverage 'Afghanizes' Iraq: One thing is clear: Calls to "stay the course" are fatuous.The course we're on leads downhill. American soldiers keep winning battles, but we're losing the war:

09.Aug.2004 Sheila Samples: Open Letter To CNN : Since you have no problem going back to the 60's to dig up trash about Senator Kerry [KFJ965], let's see some "coverage" of Bush [BGW968]'s cocaine habit, 40 years of being nothing but a falling-down-drunk, abandoning his duty station in time of war, his fraudulent stock dealings.

09.Aug.2004 Dangers from terrorism scant compared to other risks, experts say : "My grave concern is that we are hyping ourselves into a state of panic which is going to discredit us internationally even if it has some utility in the short run for the administration," Brzezinski said.

09.Aug.2004 Superiors Hindered Terror Prosecutors : Prosecutors in the first major terror trial after 11.Sep.2001 were hindered by superiors from presenting some of their most powerful evidence, including testimony from an al-Qaida leader and video footage showing Osama bin Laden's European operatives casing American landmarks, Justice Department memos show.

09.Aug.2004 Big Business Becoming Big Brother : The government is increasingly using corporations to do its surveillance work, allowing it to get around restrictions that protect the privacy and civil liberties of Americans 09.Aug.2004 Japan Nuke Plant Accident Kills 4 People: A nonradioactive steam leak killed four people and injured seven Monday in the worst-ever accident at a Japanese nuclear power plant, officials said.

09.Aug.2004 USA out to sabotage Iran's atom bomb programme: The urgency stems, in part, from "increasingly strong private statements" by Israeli counterparts that they may be forced to take military action to stop Iran achieving its dream of a nuclear arsenal.

09.Aug.2004 Iran on nuclear hit list: THE USA could not rule out taking covert action against Iran to disrupt its nuclear weapons program, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said yesterday.

09.Aug.2004 Edited highlights of the Zarif interview: Text of Financial Times interview with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian ambassador to the United Nations

09.Aug.2004 Israel begins distribution of radiation protection pills in towns near nuclear reactor: Distribution began Sunday in Dimona, where one reactor is located + in other nearby towns + villages in southern Israel's Negev desert, a military statement said.

09.Aug.2004 In case you missed it?: Israel plant a second Chernobyl: Vanunu: Israel's nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has warned that the Middle East is at risk of a "second Chernobyl" in the event of an accident at the Jewish state's aged Dimona plant, a newspaper reported.

09.Aug.2004 Bush [BGW968]'s policy endangers USA security : The Bush [BGW968] administration has thwarted a 10-year effort by the international community to lure Pakistan, India and Israel into accepting some oversight of their nuclear production programs.

09.Aug.2004 Spinning A War With Iran: Rice Says World Is Determined to Prevent a Nuclear-Armed Iran

09.Aug.2004 Iraq Stops Pumping Oil In South: Official : Iraq's Southern Oil Company has stopped pumping oil after militia threatened to attack local oil infrastructure, a company spokesman said Monday.

09.Aug.2004 Abu Ghraib Victims Speak : Most recent polls show between 80 % and 90 % of Iraqis call Americans not liberators, but occupiers. And by a clear majority, Iraqis want Americans to leave the country as soon as possible. How did USA lose the Iraqis' support? For many Iraqis, the answer is Abu Ghraib.

09.Aug.2004 Iraq issues warrants for Chalabis : An Iraqi judge says he has issued two arrest warrants for former Governing Council member Ahmed Chalabi and his nephew, Salem. Ahmed Chalabi is wanted on counterfeiting charges

09.Aug.2004 Chalabi says will return to Iraq to face warrant: Chalabi, was on holiday in Iran when he heard a USA-appointed Iraqi judge has issued a warrant against him in connection with counterfeiting dinars + against his nephew for alleged murder.

09.Aug.2004 In case you missed it: USA Alternative To Saddam Has Criminal Record

09.Aug.2004 Saddam trial chief faces Iraqi murder charge: Salem Chalabi, the man organising the trial of Saddam Hussein, was facing a murder charge himself last night after an Iraqi judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

09.Aug.2004 Iraqis Denounce USA-made 'Bloodbath' In Najaf: Sunni and Shiite leaders slammed what they saw as a "bloodbath" + called upon the international community to step in to rein the Americans.

09.Aug.2004 Pakistan protests over USA sting : Pakistan has protested to the United States over what it says was an FBI sting operation involving a fake plot to kill Pakistan's UN envoy.

Islamabad called the operation bizarre + mind-boggling.

09.Aug.2004 The Iraq Reconstruction Fiasco: Very little has actually been built in Iraq + most of what has been done has been paid for out of Iraq's own revenues. This is more than an embarrassing case of dysfunctional aid management and shifty accounting. It helps explain why so many Iraqis have come to resent the American occupation

09.Aug.2004 We should send Bush [BGW968] to be Iraq’s president: The solution to the entire situation is to send Georgie Boy to Iraq as the interim president. He wanted a democracy; let him do the job.

09.Aug.2004 Israeli group says transportation policy in West Bank apartheid-like : A leading Israeli human rightsgroup on Monday criticised Israel's transportation policies in the West Bank, saying the policies are reminiscence of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

09.Aug.2004 USA senators targeted in 'outing' campaign: "It's about exposing hypocrisy, about ending a conspiracy of deceit and silence," Mr Rogers says.

"These people work for politicians who are working to discriminate against gays. Then they seek protection from the very people their bosses are trying to hurt. It's surreal."

09.Aug.2004 Die "Initiative für soziale Gerechtigkeit" ist nach Aussagen eines Sprechers dagegen, "dass ein ganzes Volk entmündigt wird". Die Demonstranten riefen in Sprechchören: "Wir sind das Volk".
09.Aug.2004 In Halle und Dessau gingen laut Polizei jeweils etwa 3000 Menschen auf die Straße. Neben der Bundesregierung wurde dort jedoch auch die Opposition heftig kritisiert.

09.Aug.2004 Magdeburg - Schwerpunkt der Kundgebungen war Ostdeutschland, besonders Sachsen-Anhalt. Allein in Magdeburg zählten die Veranstalter 15.000 Teilnehmer. "Scheiterhaufen für Holzköpfe wie Schröder und Co", stand auf einem Plakat. "Wir haben die Schnauze voll", "Weg mit der Agenda 2010" und "Gegen Hartz und Armut", hieß es auf Spruchbändern. Auch der Rücktritt von Kanzler Gerhard Schröder wurde gefordert. Die Polizei schirmte die Demonstranten gegen eine heranziehende Neonazi-Gruppe ab.
Die Proteste verliefen weitgehend friedlich. Zu den Kundgebungen hatten Einzelpersonen, Gewerkschafter, Arbeitsloseninitiativen, die globalisierungskritische Organisation Attac + zum Teil auch die PDS aufgerufen.

Bernd Sauerhering, der mit seiner Frau + seinem 13-jährigen Sohn an den Protesten teilnahm, sagte, die Arbeitsmarktreform bringe viel Unsicherheit.

"Wenn man Leute bestraft, die nicht arbeiten wollen, ist das in Ordnung. Aber warum trifft man auch die, die nicht arbeiten können?" Er sei seit eineinhalb Jahren arbeitslos, sagte der 42-Jährige.

Seine 38-jährige Frau Martina sagte: "Wir wollen beide arbeiten. Sie müssen Arbeitsplätze schaffen."
09.Aug.2004 Zehntausende protestierten gegen Hartz IV und Schröder
"Weg mit der Agenda 2010" und "Gegen Hartz und Armut" stand auf den Spruchbändern.

Mehrere zehntausend Menschen gingen bei den Montagsdemonstrationen nicht nur in Magdeburg und Leipzig, sondern bundesweit gegen die Reformgesetze der rot-grünen Regierung auf die Straße.
Montagsdemos: Zehntausende protestierten gegen Hartz IV und Schröder

08.Aug.2004 Looking back, Woodrow Wilson was re-elected president 00.000.1916 on a platform that he had "kept us out of war" and on the implied promise that he would "keep us out of war."

Yet, five months later he asked Congress to declare war on Germany.

In that five-month interval the people had not been asked whether they had changed their minds.

The 4,000,000 young men who put on uniforms and marched or sailed away were not asked whether they wanted to go forth to suffer and die.

Then what caused our government to change its mind so suddenly?


An allied commission, it may be recalled, came over shortly before the war declaration and called on the President.

The President summoned a group of advisers. The head of the commission spoke. Stripped of its diplomatic language, this is what he told the President and his group:

"There is no use kidding ourselves any longer.

The cause of the allies is lost.

We now owe you (USA bankers, USA munitions makers, USA manufacturers, USA speculators, USA exporters) five or six billion dollars.

If we lose (and without the help of the USA we must lose) we, England, France and Italy, cannot pay back this money...and Germany won't.


Had secrecy been outlawed as far as war negotiations were concerned + had the press been invited to be present at that conference, or had radio been available to broadcast the proceedings, USA never would have entered the World War. But this conference, like all war discussions, was shrouded in utmost secrecy. When our boys were sent off to war they were told it was a "war to make the world safe for democracy" and a "war to end all wars."

Well, eighteen years after, the world has less of democracy than it had then. Besides, what business is it of ours whether Russia or Germany or England or France or Italy or Austria live under democracies or monarchies? Whether they are Fascists or Communists? Our problem is to preserve our own democracy.

And very little, if anything, has been accomplished to assure us that the World War was really the war to end all wars.

08.Aug.2004 In the WWI. we used propaganda to make the boys accept conscription. They were made to feel ashamed if they didn't join the army.

So vicious was this war propaganda that even God was brought into it. With few exceptions our clergymen joined in the clamor to kill, kill, kill. To kill the Germans. God is on our is His will that the Germans be killed.

And in Germany, the good pastors called upon the Germans to kill the please the same God. That was a part of the general propaganda, built up to make people war conscious and murder conscious.

Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. This was the "war to end all wars." This was the "war to make the world safe for democracy." No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits. No one told these USA soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with USA patents. They were just told it was to be a "glorious adventure."

Thus, having stuffed patriotism down their throats, it was decided to make them help pay for the war, too. So, we gave them the large salary of $30 a month.

All they had to do for this munificent sum was to leave their dear ones behind, give up their jobs, lie in swampy trenches, eat canned willy (when they could get it) and kill and kill and kill...and be killed.

08.Aug.2004 The Senate (Nye) committee probe of the munitions industry and its wartime profits, despite its sensational disclosures, hardly has scratched the surface.

Even so, it has had some effect. The State Department has been studying "for some time" methods of keeping out of war. The War Department suddenly decides it has a wonderful plan to spring. The Administration names a committee – with the War and Navy Departments ably represented under the chairmanship of a Wall Street speculator – to limit profits in war time. To what extent isn't suggested. Hmmm. Possibly the profits of 300 and 600 and 1,600 per cent of those who turned blood into gold in the World War would be limited to some smaller figure.

08.Aug.2004 Does war pay? It paid them. But they aren't the only ones. There are still others. Let's take leather.

For the three-year period before the war the total profits of Central Leather Company were $3,500,000. That was approximately $1,167,000 a year. Well, 00.000.1916 Central Leather returned a profit of $15,000,000, a small increase of 1,100 per cent. That's all. The General Chemical Company averaged a profit for the three years before the war of a little over $800,000 a year. Came the war + the profits jumped to $12,000,000. a leap of 1,400 per cent.

International Nickel Company – and you can't have a war without nickel – showed an increase in profits from a mere average of $4,000,000 a year to $73,000,000 yearly. Not bad? An increase of more than 1,700 per cent.

USA Sugar Refining Company averaged $2,000,000 a year for the three years before the war. 00.000.1916 a profit of $6,000,000 was recorded.

Listen to Senate Document No. 259. The Sixty-Fifth Congress, reporting on corporate earnings and government revenues. Considering the profits of 122 meat packers, 153 cotton manufacturers, 299 garment makers, 49 steel plants + 340 coal producers during the war. Profits under 25 per cent were exceptional. For instance the coal companies made between 100 per cent and 7,856 per cent on their capital stock during the war. The Chicago packers doubled and tripled their earnings.

And let us not forget the bankers who financed the great war. If anyone had the cream of the profits it was the bankers. Being partnerships rather than incorporated organizations, they do not have to report to stockholders. And their profits were as secret as they were immense. How the bankers made their millions and their billions I do not know, because those little secrets never become public – even before a Senate investigatory body.

08.Aug.2004 Take our friends the du Ponts, the powder people – didn't one of them testify before a Senate committee recently that their powder won the war? Or saved the world for democracy? Or something? How did they do in the war? They were a patriotic corporation. Well, the average earnings of the du Ponts for the period 1910 to 1914 were $6,000,000 a year. It wasn't much, but the du Ponts managed to get along on it. Now let's look at their average yearly profit during the war years, 1914 to 1918. Fifty-eight million dollars a year profit we find! Nearly ten times that of normal times + the profits of normal times were pretty good. An increase in profits of more than 950 per cent.

Take one of our little steel companies that patriotically shunted aside the making of rails and girders and bridges to manufacture war materials. Well, their 1910-1914 yearly earnings averaged $6,000,000. Then came the war. And, like loyal citizens, Bethlehem Steel promptly turned to munitions making. Did their profits jump – or did they let Uncle Sam in for a bargain? Well, their 1914-1918 average was $49,000,000 a year!

Or, let's take United States Steel. The normal earnings during the five-year period prior to the war were $105,000,000 a year. Not bad. Then along came the war and up went the profits. The average yearly profit for the period 1914-1918 was $240,000,000. Not bad.

There you have some of the steel and powder earnings. Let's look at something else. A little copper, perhaps. That always does well in war times.

Anaconda, for instance. Average yearly earnings during the pre-war years 1910-1914 of $10,000,000. During the war years 1914-1918 profits leaped to $34,000,000 per year.

Or Utah Copper. Average of $5,000,000 per year during the 1910-1914 period. Jumped to an average of $21,000,000 yearly profits for the war period.

Let's group these five, with three smaller companies. The total yearly average profits of the pre-war period 1910-1914 were $137,480,000. Then along came the war. The average yearly profits for this group skyrocketed to $408,300,000.

A little increase in profits of approximately 200 per cent.

08.Aug.2004 Hell's bells! Are these 40,000,000 men being trained to be dancers?

Not in Italy, to be sure. Premier Mussolini knows what they are being trained for. He, at least, is frank enough to speak out. Only the other day, Il Duce in "International Conciliation," the publication of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said:

"And above all, Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace... War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the people who have the courage to meet it."

Undoubtedly Mussolini means exactly what he says. His well-trained army, his great fleet of planes + even his navy are ready for war – anxious for it, apparently. His recent stand at the side of Hungary in the latter's dispute with Jugoslavia showed that. And the hurried mobilization of his troops on the Austrian border after the assassination of Dollfuss showed it too. There are others in Europe too whose sabre rattling presages war, sooner or later.

Herr Hitler, with his rearming Germany and his constant demands for more and more arms, is an equal if not greater menace to peace. France only recently increased the term of military service for its youth from a year to eighteen months.

08.Aug.2004 In the WWI. a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the USA during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few – the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

08.Aug.2004 Prozac 'found in drinking water'
08.Aug.2004 In the decade leading up to 2001, the number of prescriptions for antidepressants went up from nine million per year to 24 million per year, says the paper.

The Environment Agency report concluded that the Prozac in the water table could be potentially toxic and said the drug was a "potential concern".

The exact amount of Prozac in the nation's drinking water is not known.

08.Aug.2004 An Environment Agency report suggests so many people are taking the drug nowadays it is building up in rivers and groundwater.

A report in Sunday's Observer says the government's environment watchdog has discussed the impact for human health.

A spokesman for the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) said the Prozac found was most likely highly diluted.


The newspaper says environmentalists are calling for an urgent investigation into the evidence.

It quotes the Liberal Democrats' environment spokesman, Norman Baker MP, as saying the picture emerging looked like "a case of hidden mass medication upon the unsuspecting public".

He says: "It is alarming that there is no monitoring of levels of Prozac and other pharmacy residues in our drinking water."

Experts say the anti-depression drug gets into the rivers and water system via treated sewage water.

Prescriptions increase

(IPS) WASHINGTON - As Karl Marx might have said, ''A spectre is haunting Washington -- the spectre of Iran-Contra''.
Even some of the people and countries are the same.

And the methods - particularly the pursuit by a network of well-placed individuals of a covert, parallel foreign policy that is at odds with official policy - are definitely the same.
Boiled down to its essentials, the Iran-Contra affair was about a small group of officials based in the National Security Agency (NSC) + the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

that ran an ''off-the-books'' operation to secretly sell arms to Iran in exchange for hostages.
They used the proceeds to sustain the Nicaraguan contras - USA-sponsored rebels fighting Managua's left-wing government -

in defiance of both a congressional ban + of official USA policy as enunciated by the State Department and President Ronald Reagan.

It was never clear whether Reagan understood, let alone approved, the operation.
The picture emerging from the latest reports about the manipulation of intelligence in the drive to war with Iraq, as well as efforts by administration hawks to deliberately aggravate tensions

with Syria + Iran + North Korea in defiance of official State Department and USA policy, suggest a similar but much more ambitious scheme at work.
As with Reagan, in this case, too, it is difficult to determine whether Bush [BGW968] - or even his NSC director, Condoleezza Rice - fully understands, let alone approves, of what the hawks are doing.
There was some hint of a parallel policy apparatus dating back just after the terrorist attacks of 11.Sep.2001.

It was known early on, for example, that the Pentagon leadership, without notice to the State Department, the NSC, or the CIA, convened its advisory Defense Policy Board (DPB), headed by Richard Perle,

to discuss attacking Iraq within days of the attacks.
The three agencies were also kept in the dark about a mission undertaken immediately afterward by former CIA director + DPB member James Woolsey to London

to gather intelligence about possible links between Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda, as if the CIA or the Pentagon's own Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) could not be trusted.
While Woolsey's trip recalls the more benign shenanigans of the Iran-Contra crowd, consider some of the more recent press reports.

Iran-Contra alumnus Michael Ledeen (and close Perle associate) has renewed ties with his old acquaintance, Manichur Ghorbanifar, an Iranian arms merchant

who became the key link between the NSC's Oliver North, the operational head of Iran Contra + the so-called ''moderates'' in the Islamic Republic. To what end?

It appears that certain elements in the Pentagon leadership, specifically Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, are trying to sabotage sensitive talks between Teheran + the State Department

on co-operation over al-Qaeda and other pressing issues affecting Afghanistan and Iraq.
They think Ledeen's old friend Ghorbanifar can help, according to 'Newsday', which reported Friday that two of Feith's senior aides -

without notice to the other agencies - have held several meetings with the Iranian, whom the CIA has long considered ''an intelligence fabricator and nuisance''.

USA aircraft and Special Operations Forces (SOF) intercepted and destroyed a residential compound and two small convoys that were heading from Iraq into Syria in mid-June, killing as many as 80 civilians.

They then subdued and arrested five Syrian guards across the border, taking them back to Iraq, where they were held and interrogated over the strong objections of the State Department for five days.
For what purpose?

The Pentagon says it thought senior Hussein officials were trying to make a run for it on a smuggling route.

But an expose last month by 'The New Yorker' suggested that the raid + arrests may have been part of a deliberate effort to inflame tensions with Damascus + thus put an end to remarkably close co-operation between Syria, the CIA and the State Department in the campaign against al-Qaeda.

Certain ''high-level circles within the administration'' were reported by the right-wing 'Washington Times'

Friday to be hoping to persuade Chinese military officers to co-sponsor a coup d'etat with their North Korean counterparts against leader Kim Jong Il.
While it is not clear the proposals have been acted on concretely, the Times noted that the Pentagon leadership disagrees strongly with the State Department's efforts

to engage Kim in talks to persuade him to abandon his nuclear-weapons programme in exchange for a non-aggression pledge.
Just before Korea agreed to resume talks last week, Undersecretary of State John Bolton, widely considered to be much closer to the Pentagon hawks than his superiors at State, delivered a blistering attack on Kim in what was seen by analysts here as a deliberate provocation.
Item: Anonymous ''senior administration officials'' informed a prominent conservative columnist of a covert CIA operative (whose name he then published) jeopardising her career and possibly exposing numerous ongoing covert actions and agents who worked with her.
To what end? The agent is the wife of Joseph Wilson, a retired career foreign service officer who publicly exposed President Bush [BGW968]'s now-infamous assertion that Iraq had tried to buy uranium yellowcake in Africa as a fabrication.
While some analysts have said the disclosure of his wife's identity, a felony under USA law, was an attempt to discredit him, he charged this week that the move ''was clearly designed to intimidate others from coming forward'' to tell what they know about the administration's manipulation of intelligence.
No one knows yet whether such intimidation will work, but recently retired intelligence and foreign service officials and military officers + a growing number of anonymous active-duty officials, have indeed been coming forward with consistent stories about the manipulation and exaggeration of intelligence in order to justify the war against Iraq and, more recently, efforts to hype evidence about the alleged unconventional threat posed by Syria.
Taken collectively, what these officials describe and what is already on the public record suggest the existence of a disciplined network of zealous, like-minded individuals centred in Feith's office and around Perle in the DPB and operating with the approval of Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld + Vice President Dick Cheney.
This network includes high-level political appointees, such as Bolton, who are scattered around several other key bureaucracies, notably in the State Department, the NSC staff, and, most importantly, in Cheney's office.
Cheney, of course, has a direct link to Bush [BGW968] (and all the heads of agencies) independent of Rice, while his powerful chief of staff and national security adviser, I. Lewis ”Scooter” Libby, also enjoys exceptional access and influence.
Indeed, the two men's frequent visits (as well as those of another DPB member, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich) to CIA headquarters before the Iraq war have been cited by retired and anonymous intelligence officers as having exercised an intimidating influence on analysts who disagreed with the more sensational assessments about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaeda produced by Feith's office.
Newsday's disclosure that Feith's office has been used for secret contacts with Ghorbanifar suggests that its work goes well beyond assessing intelligence and making policy recommendations.
According to one career military officer who worked for eight months in the Near East/South Asia bureau (NESA) in that office, the political appointees assigned there and their contacts at State, the NSC + Cheney's office tended to work as a ''network'' and often deliberately cut out, ignored or circumvented normal channels of communication both within the Pentagon and with other agencies.
''I personally witnessed several cases of staff officers being told not to contact their counterparts at State or the (NSC) because that particular decision would be processed through a different channel,'' wrote retired Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowsky last week. ''What I saw was aberrant, pervasive and contrary to good order and discipline.''
In an interview with IPS, she insisted that her views of Feith's appointees and operations were widely shared by other professional staff + quoted one veteran career officer ''who was in a position to know what he was talking about'' as telling her before the Iraq war: ''What these people are doing now makes Iran-Contra look like amateur hour.''
''I think it's time for a serious investigation (of Feith's office),'' she said. ''I just hope Congress will take it on.''
08.Aug.2004 Schleuserschiff: 26 Flüchtlinge vor der italienischen Küste gestorben

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08.Aug.2004 Rifkin has been influential in shaping public policy in the USA and around the world.   He has testified before numerous congressional committees and has had consistent success in litigation to ensure responsible government policies on a variety of environmental, scientific and technology related issues.   He has been a frequent guest on numerous television programs, including CNN’s Crossfire , Face the Nation , The Lehrer News Hour , 20/20 , Larry King Live , Today + Good Morning America .   The National Journal named Rifkin as one of 150 people in the USA that have the most influence in shaping federal government policy

08.Aug.2004 Mr. Rifkin is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends ( in Washington, DC.   The foundation examines the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of new technologies introduced into the global economy.
08.Aug.2004 Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, is the author of seventeen books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society + the environment.   His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and are used in hundreds of universities around the world.   His 1995 book, The End of Work , is an international bestseller that is widely credited with helping shape the current global debate on technology displacement, corporate downsizing and the future of jobs.   His 1998 bestseller, The Biotech Century, addresses the many critical issues accompanying the new era of genetic commerce and is the most widely read book in the world on the biotech revolution.   Mr. Rifkin’s 2000 bestseller, The Age of Access , explores the vast changes occurring in the capitalist system as it makes the transition from geographic markets to e-commerce networks and from industrial to cultural production.   In his 2002 bestseller, The Hydrogen Economy , Rifkin takes us on an eye-opening journey into the next great commercial era in history.   He envisions the dawn of a new economy powered by hydrogen that will fundamentally change the nature of our market, political and social institutions, just as coal and steam power did at the beginning of the industrial age.

In his newest book, The European Dream: How Europe’s Vision of the Future is Quietly Eclipsing the USA Dream (to be published in August 2004), Mr. Rifkin argues that while the great USA Dream is fading, a powerful new European Dream is beginning to capture the attention and imagination of the world.   The nascent European Dream, says Rifkin, is, in many respects, the mirror opposite of the USA Dream, but far better suited to meet the challenges of a globalizing society in the 21st century.   Rifkin draws on more than twenty years of personal experience working in Europe, where he has advised heads of state and political parties, consulted with Europe’s leading companies + helped spur grass-roots, environmental + social justice campaigns.

2004 "Ferner will ich hier die Gelegenheit nehmen, das Unwesen zu rügen, welches seit einigen Jahren auf unerhörte Weise mit der deutschen Rechtschreibung getrieben wird." Arthur Schopenhauer, der mit diesen Worten vor genau hundertsechzig Jahren im zweiten Band seines Hauptwerks "Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung" seine Philippika gegen willkürliche Sprachveränderungen einleitet, hat damals nicht gesiegt.

Wäre es nach ihm, dem bärbeißigen, reaktionären Privatier gegangen, man hätte eine Zensurbehörde eingerichtet, die das gesamte Druckwesen überwacht und die Abweichungen von der herkömmlichen Schreibweise mit Strafen belegt hätte. Wie viele Leser haben die Seiten gegen die Tendenzen der Verkürzung und Verhunzung der Sprache gefunden? Zu seiner Zeit waren es wenige + die wenigsten von ihnen mochten seinen Zornausbrüchen folgen.
Unnütze Bücher - Schopenhauer hat nicht gesiegt, er konnte nicht siegen, weil er vor allem die Zeitungen angriff und jene Schreiberlinge, die "so viele unnütze Seiten, unnütze Bogen, unnütze Bücher" schrieben. Er hatte etwas entdeckt und in seiner pedantischen Art an allem, was ihm erreichbar war, an Büchern und Zeitungen verifiziert: daß es nämlich ein anhaltendes Bemühen gab, die Wörter und Sätze zu verkürzen, ihnen vermeintlich Entbehrliches, Umständliches zu nehmen.

08.Aug.2004 15.Aug.2004 läuft ein Ultimatum ab, das die Brigaden der italienischen Regierung gestellt haben, um bis dahin ihre rund 3.000 Soldaten aus dem Irak abzuziehen.

"Der Waffenstillstand ... den wir angeboten haben, ist fast vorüber", erklärte die Gruppe heute.
Die "Brigaden Abu Hafs al-Masri" haben in der Vergangenheit bereits mehrfach mit Anschlägen gedroht + die Verantwortung für Terrorakte übernommen, an denen sie nachweislich nicht beteiligt waren.

Sie selbst bezeichnen sich aber in ihren Veröffentlichungen stets als Teil des Terrornetzwerks al-Qaida.
08.Aug.2004 Auch bei anderen Fragen zeige sich, dass die Deutschen am offensten + experimentierfreudigsten seien - zumindest, was Sex betreffe, sagte Salzman.

"Auch die sexuelle Gleichberechtigung von Mann und Frau ist in Deutschland am weitesten fortgeschritten."

Die Studie vermittle den Eindruck, dass vor allem in den vergangenen zehn Jahren eine sexuell sehr freizügige Generation von Deutschen herangewachsen sei. URL:,1518,312072,00.html
08.Aug.2004 Die Deutschen sind das sexuell freizügigste Volk", fasste die Leiterin der Studie, die USA-amerikanische Trendforscherin Marian Salzman, heute die Ergebnisse ihrer Untersuchung zusammen.

Der Rest der Welt müsse in dieser Hinsicht sein Deutschland-Bild der veränderten Wirklichkeit anpassen.

Für die Studie im Auftrag der Werbe- und Marketing-Agentur Euro RSCG Worldwide waren über 3000 Deutsche + jeweils etwa 2000 USA-Amerikaner, Briten, Franzosen + Chinesen befragt worden.
Auf die Frage "Hatten Sie jemals einen One-Night-Stand?" antworteten 57 % der Deutschen mit Ja. Danach folgten Franzosen (54 %), Briten (45 %), Amerikaner (44 %) und Chinesen (26 %).
08.Aug.2004 Diese Maßnahme werde nötig, weil auf Grund des sinkenden Gasverbrauchs pro Haushalt sowie der steigenden Zahl der Gasanschlüsse deutscher Haushalte insgesamt das so genannte Durchleitungsvolumen sinke. Damit reduziere sich der Gasdruck. Endgeräte wie Heizungen oder Herde benötigten jedoch für eine einwandfreie Funktion einen gleich bleibenden Gasdruck, sagte Fröhlich. Mit den beigefügten Zusatzstoffen erhöhe sich zwar der Druck wieder, allerdings verändere sich auch der Heizwert des Gases nach unten. "Die Verbraucher bezahlen letztlich für qualitativ schlechteres Gas einen höheren Preis", sagt der technische Referent.
Der Bundesverband der deutschen Gas- und Wasserwirtschaft (BGW) argumentiert dem Magazin zufolge, dass es in seltenen Fällen notwendig sein könne, kurzzeitig Zusatzstoffe wie etwa CO2 dem Versorgungssystem zuzuführen. Als Grund gebe die Branche jedoch nicht etwa zu niedrigen Gasdruck an, sondern einen zu hohen Brennwert, der beim Naturprodukt Erdgas mitunter auftreten könne und der durch die Maßnahme lediglich wieder auf Normalmaß reduziert werde. Schon 1989 flogen laut SPIEGEL einige kommunale Unternehmen auf, weil sie mehr Gas an ihre Kunden verkauften, als sie selbst von ihrem Lieferanten bezogen hatten.

08.Aug.2004 Gas mit Luft verdünnt
Deutsche Energieversorger verdünnen aus dem Ausland importiertes Erdgas in größerem Umfang mit Zusatzstoffen wie Luft oder Flüssiggas-Luft-Gemischen. "Gas wird zunehmend gestreckt. Dadurch steigt der Verbrauch", sagte Uwe Fröhlich vom Bundesindustrieverband Heizungs-, Klima-, Sanitärtechnik dem SPIEGEL.
08.Aug.2004 Die Ursache für die zunehmend schlechte Stimmung in der SPD-Mitgliedschaft sieht von Larcher vor allem in den "Hartz IV"-Gesetzen. "Es ist doch absurd, über die Anrechnung der Kinder-Sparbücher der Langzeitarbeitslosen als aufzubauendes 'Vermögen' zu schwadronieren, aber keinen Gedanken an einen Solidaritätsbeitrag der Millionäre und Multimillionäre zu verschwenden." Sie könnten ihr Riesenvermögen unversteuert genießen. Dazu nutzten sie zudem noch die vielen Steuerschlupflöcher, um sich bei der Einkommensteuer arm zu rechnen. Noch nicht einmal die Reform der Erbschaftsteuer sei von der rot-grünen Koalition in Angriff genommen worden, kritisierte der SPD-Linke.

08.Aug.2004 Bislang fiel es der SPD und Bundeskanzler Schröder nicht schwer, die im Entstehen begriffene Linkspartei weitgehend zu ignorieren. Schließlich hatten sich nur unbekannte SPD-Renegaten in der "Wahlalternative Arbeit und Soziale Gerechtigkeit" zusammengefunden. Doch das ist seit heute anders: Der frühere SPD-Chef Oskar Lafontaine, hat in einem SPIEGEL-Interview seine Mitarbeit in dem Linksbündnis Aussicht gestellt + die Linksabweichler haben ihn heute umgehend freudig in ihren Reihen begrüßt.
08.Aug.2004 Linkspartei freut sich schon auf Lafontaine
Der frühere SPD-Chef Oskar Lafontaine hat seiner Partei ein Ultimatum gestellt: Entweder sie schickt Kanzler Schröder in die Wüste und ändert ihre Politik, oder er werde sich ab 2006 in einer neuen Linkspartei engagieren. Die "Wahlalternative Arbeit und soziale Gerechtigkeit" hieß Lafontaine bereits herzlich willkommen. SPD-Chef Müntefering reagierte empört.
08.Aug.2004 Der USA-Soldat, durch dessen Meldung der Gefängnisskandal ins Rollen gekommen war, erklärte unterdessen, dass er sich lange mit der Frage gequält hatte, ob er seine Mitsoldaten anschwärzen solle oder nicht. Schließlich habe er sich jedoch dafür entschieden, damit die Misshandlungen nicht weitergingen. Der Soldat Joseph Darby machte seine Aussage telefonisch von einem geheim gehaltenen Ort aus im Rahmen der Anhörung im Fall Lynndie England. Unter anderem zitierte Darby den ebenfalls der Misshandlung von Gefangenen Beschuldigten Charles Graner mit den Worten: "der Christ ist in mir weiß, dass dies falsch ist. Aber der Gefängniswärter in mir kann nichts dagegen tun, dass es ihm Spaß macht, einen erwachsenen Mann dazu zu bringen, Angst zu haben."
08.Aug.2004 Die wegen ihrer obszönen Posen auf Fotos mit nackten Gefangenen bekannt gewordene USA-Soldatin Lynndie England hat die Misshandlungen in Abu Ghureib als taktische Maßnahme bezeichnet. Unterdessen berichtet die "New York Times", dass die USA-Truppen in dem Gefängnis einen Prostituiertenring unterhalten haben

08.Aug.2004 Das geschädigte Hirn weise eine erhöhte Erregbarkeit auf, neue Verbindungen zwischen Gehirnzellen würden aufgebaut, in Einzelfällen sogar neue Zellen gebildet. "Das verletzte Gehirn erhält für eine gewisse Zeit Fähigkeiten, die es vorher nicht hatte", erklärt der Mediziner. "Es gibt ein Zeitfenster, das man nutzen sollte."
Mit Medikamenten und spezifischen Trainings sei es möglich, in dieser Zeit durch den Schlaganfall entstandene körperliche und geistige Ausfälle zu kompensieren.
Der Neurologe glaubt, dass bei einem Schlaganfall schnell mit der Behandlung begonnen werden sollte. Die Betroffenen sollten umgehend eine Spezialklinik aufsuchen. Wer nach drei bis höchstens sechs Stunden dort behandelt werde, habe beste Chancen ohne große Schädigungen davon zu kommen.
08.Aug.2004 Nach einem Schlaganfall erweist sich das geschädigte Gehirn als extrem lernfähig. Für einen Zeitraum von etwa sechs Monaten fällt das Gehirn in ein jugendliches und damit lernfähigeres Stadium seiner Entwicklung zurück, haben Jenaer Forscher herausgefunden.
08.Aug.2004 Nach einem Bericht der Sonntagszeitung "The Observer" ist die Regierung in London verärgert darüber, dass amerikanische Geheimdienstquellen immer wieder vertrauliche Informationen an die Presse durchsickern ließen.
Der britische Innenminister David Blunkett kritisierte heute indirekt den USA Terroralarm der vergangenen Woche. Die britische Öffentlichkeit in ähnlicher Weise zu warnen, wäre "lächerlich" und "Unsinn", schrieb der Labour-Politiker in einem Beitrag für den "Observer". Er sehe es nicht als seine Aufgabe an, "die Medien im Sommerloch zu füttern".
In der britischen Presse wimmelte es am Wochenende wieder von Berichten über angebliche Anschlagspläne. Der "Sunday Telegraph" etwa folgerte aus dem Umstand, dass der in Pakistan festgenommene Khan im vergangenen Jahr drei Wochen bei seiner Großmutter in Reading bei London gewohnt hatte, er habe dort einen Anschlag auf den Flughafen Heathrow vorbereitet.
08.Aug.2004 Die "New York Times" beruft sich in ihrem Bericht über die geplanten Anschläge auf einen hohen Mitarbeiter eines USA-Geheimdienstes. Der ungenannte Informant sagte, die Pläne seien den USA-Behörden durch einen Pakistaner in die Hände gefallen, der Ende Juli in Pakistan festgenommen wurde und auch Informationen über die Gefährdung von USA Finanzzentren geliefert habe. Nach Angaben des Terrorexperten des Geheimdienstes stehen die neuen Informationen im direkten Zusammenhang mit der Verhaftung von Noor Mohammed Khan, einem angeblichen al-Qaida-Mitglied. Laut USA-Regierungskreisen soll Khan eine zentrale Rolle in der Internet-Arbeit von al-Qaida gespielt haben.
Die Regierung von Präsident Bush [BGW968] hat mehrfach auf mögliche Terrorgefahren im Vorfeld des Urnenganges hingewiesen. Heimatschutzminister Tom Ridge sprach schon vorher von einer möglichen Gefährdung des demokratischen Prozesses.
08.Aug.2004 Laut einem Zeitungsbericht will das Terrornetzwerk al-Qaida die Präsidentschaftswahlen in den USA am 2. November mit einem Anschlag stören. Die Informationen stammen aus dem Verhör eines Pakistaners, dessen Verhaftung auch zu den erhöhten Sicherheitsmaßnahmen für die USA-Finanzzentren geführt haben soll.
08.Aug.2004 In einem Gebäude fanden die Soldaten dem Zeitungsbericht zufolge weitere Gefangene in einem ähnlich schlechten Zustand. Als Kommandeur Hendrickson über Funk um Instruktionen gebeten habe, sei er jedoch angewiesen worden, die Häftlinge an die irakischen Sicherheitskräfte zurückzugeben und das Gelände zu verlassen. Wer diesen Befehl erteilte, wollten weder Hendrickson noch andere von der Zeitung befragte Soldaten sagen. Die USA-Botschaft in Bagdad erklärte dem "Oregon" zufolge auf Anfrage, der Vorfall sei gegenüber dem irakischen Innenministerium angesprochen worden.
Guantanamo-Häftling widerruft Geständnis
Ein tunesischer Gefangener im USA-Militärstützpunkt Guantanamo Bay auf Kuba hat derweil vor einem Prüfungstribunal seine Misshandlung in Afghanistan beklagt. Der 35-jährige Gefangene habe gesagt, dass er nach seiner Festnahme in Afghanistan öfter im Dunkel und ohne ausreichende Wasser gehalten worden sei, sagte ein Mitglied des Guantanamo-Tribunals gestern.
Der Tunesier habe behauptet, dass er wegen solcher Misshandlungen bei den Vernehmungen gelogen und deshalb auch zugegeben habe, in Afghanistan militärisch trainiert worden zu sein. Vor dem Tribunal habe er nun gesagt, dass diese bei den Vernehmungen gemachte Aussage nicht wahr sei.
08.Aug.2004 England hat ausgesagt, dass sie von Geheimdienstbeamten zu den Aufnahmen angestiftet wurde. Die Misshandlungen bezeichnete sie gestern als "Einschüchterungstaktik".
AFP/ THE WASHINGTON POST Lynndie England mit Gefangenem in Abu Ghureib: Misshandlung in 13 Fällen
Die Staatsanwaltschaft wandte sich gestern gegen die Vorladung zahlreicher weiterer Zeugen durch die Verteidigung. Dies sei für die bloße Entscheidung darüber, ob ein Prozess gegen England eröffnet werden sollte, nicht notwendig - schließlich sei die Existenz der Fotos nicht von der Hand zu weisen. Verteidiger Hernandez erklärte dagegen, die Vorladung von Englands Vorgesetzten bis hin zur politischen Führung sei notwendig, weil die Regierung Aussagen wichtiger Zeugen über die Rolle von Offizieren und Geheimdienst bei den Misshandlungen nicht offen gelegt habe.
USA-Soldaten belasten Vorgesetzte
08.Aug.2004 Fort Bragg - Militärrichterin Denise Arn erklärte, vor einer Fortsetzung wolle sie die Anträge der Verteidigung prüfen, hochrangige Zeugen wie USA-Vizepräsident Dick Cheney und Verteidigungsminister Donald Rumsfeld vorzuladen. Englands Verteidiger Rick Hernandez äußerte vor Reportern die Einschätzung, die Anhörung werde vermutlich in drei Wochen fortgesetzt.
Die Anhörungstermine vor dem Militärausschuss in Fort Bragg im USA-Bundesstaat North Carolina dienen dazu, über die Eröffnung eines Prozesses gegen England zu entscheiden. Ihr wird Misshandlung von Gefangenen in 13 Fällen vorgeworfen. Die Militärpolizistin war auf mehreren der aus dem Gefängnis Abu Ghureib veröffentlichten Fotos zu sehen, die den Folterskandal auslösten.

08.Aug.2004 Richterin prüft Vorladung Rumsfelds
Einem Medienbericht zufolge sollen USA-Kommandeure im Irak Misshandlungen bewusst geduldet haben. Ein aus Guantanamo Bay entlassener Tunesier sprach von erzwungenen Geständnissen. Die Anhörung der schwer belasteten USA-Soldatin England wurde derweil ausgesetzt, um eine Vorladung von USA-Verteidigungsminister Rumsfeld zu prüfen.

08.Aug.2004 Iranischer Diplomat entführt
Extremisten im Irak haben nach eigenen Angaben einen iranischen Diplomaten entführt. Die Geiselnehmer bezeichnen sich als Islamische Armee im Irak. Sie warnten Teheran eindringlich davor, sich in irakische Angelegenheiten einzumischen.

Bagdad - Ein heute vom arabischen TV-Sender al-Arabija ausstrahltes Video zeigt einen Mann, bei dem es sich laut Ausweisdokumenten um Faridun Dschihani, den Konsul des Irans in der südirakischen Stadt Kerbela, handeln soll. Neben der Warnung vor Einmischungsversuchen von Seiten Teherans stellten die Geiselnehmer in dem Video keine konkreten Forderungen.
Sollte sich die Entführung bestätigen, wäre Dschihani der zweite ranghohe Diplomat, der im Irak in die Hände von Extremisten fiel. Am 23. Juli war vor einer Moschee in Bagdad der ägyptische Diplomat Mohammed Mamduh Helmi Kutb verschleppt worden. Drei Tage später wurde er wieder freigelassen.
Nach der Verhaftung von vier iranischen Staatsbürgern unter Spionagevorwurf in Bagdad hatte Teheran heute zudem den irakischen Botschafter einbestellt. Dabei gehe es auch um jüngste anti-iranische Äußerungen irakischer Politiker, sagte ein Sprecher des iranischen Außenministeriums. Beide Länder werfen sich vor, sich in die inneren Angelegenheiten des jeweils anderen Landes einzumischen.
Dennoch will Teheran an seiner Einladung an Iraks Regierungschef Alawi festhalten. Die offizielle Einladung zu einer Visite werde in Kürze erfolgen, sagte der Sprecher des Außenministeriums. Ein weiteres Konfliktthema ist die Rückgabe von militärischen und zivilen Flugzeugen, die während des Golfkrieges von 1991 von den Irakern nach Iran in Sicherheit gebracht worden waren. Teheran werde die Flugzeuge nur an die Vereinten Nationen ausliefern oder später an eine offizielle neue irakische Regierung zurückgeben, verlautete heute aus Teheran.

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00.Sep.1999 "Please, don't kill me." Devil May Care " by Tucker Carlson, Talk Magazine,p. 106
"Bush [BGW968]'s brand of forthright tough-guy populism can be appealing, + it has played well in Texas. Yet occasionally there are flashes of meanness visible beneath it.
While driving back from the speech later that day, Bush [BGW968] mentions Karla Faye Tucker, a double murderer who was executed in Texas last year.

In the weeks before the execution, Bush [BGW968] says, Bianca Jagger and a number of other protesters came to Austin to demand clemency for Tucker. 'Did you meet with any of them?' I ask.
Bush [BGW968] whips around and stares at me. 'No, I didn't meet with any of them,' he snaps, as though I've just asked the dumbest, most offensive question ever posed.

'I didn't meet with Larry King either when he came down for it. I watched his interview with [Tucker], though.

He asked her real difficult questions, like 'What would you say to Governor Bush [BGW968]?' 'What was her answer?' I wonder.
'Please,' Bush [BGW968] whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, 'don't kill me.'
I must look shocked - ridiculing the pleas of a condemned prisoner who has since been executed seems odd and cruel, even for someone as militantly anticrime as Bush [BGW968] - because he immediately stops smirking.
'It's tough stuff,' Bush [BGW968] says, suddenly somber, 'but my job is to enforce the law.'

As it turns out, the Larry King-Karla Faye Tucker exchange Bush [BGW968] recounted never took place, at least not on television.

During her interview with King, however, Tucker did imply that Bush [BGW968] was succumbing to election-year pressure from pro-death penalty voters.

Apparently Bush [BGW968] never forgot it. He has a long memory for slights." [Carlson, Talk, 00.Sep.1999 ]
[Ed. Note: During the Larry King-Faye Tucker exchange, Tucker never asked to be spared.] URL:
17.Jun.2004 New Information Shows Bush [BGW968] Indecisive, Paranoid, Delusional

The carefully-crafted image of Bush [BGW968] as a bold, decisive leader is cracking under the weight of new revelations that the erratic President is indecisive + moody + paranoid + delusional.

More + more this brings back memories of the Nixon White House,” says retired political science professor George Harleigh, who worked for President Nixon during the second presidential term that ended in resignation under fire. URL:

I haven’t heard any reports of President Bush [BGW968] wondering the halls talking to portraits of dead Presidents but what I have been told is disturbing.”

17.Jun.2004 Two weeks ago, Capitol Hill Blue revealed that a growing number of White House aides are concerned about the President’s mental stability.

They told harrowing tales of violent mood swings, bouts with paranoia + obscene outbursts from a President who wears his religion on his sleeve.

Although supporters of President Bush [BGW968] dismissed the reports as “fantasies from anonymous sources,” a new book by Dr. Justin Frank, director of psychiatry at George Washington University, raises many similar questions about the President’s mental stability.

"Bush [BGW968] is a case study in contradiction," Dr. Frank writes in Bush [BGW968] On The Couch: Inside the Mind of the President . "Bush [BGW968] is an untreated ex-alcoholic with paranoid + megalomaniac tendencies."

In addition, a new film by documentary filmmaker + frequent Bush [BGW968] critic, Michael Moore shows the President indecisive + clearly befuddled when he learned about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 11 11.Sep.2001 . URL:
28.Jul.2004 President Bush [BGW968] is taking powerful anti-depressant drugs to control his erratic behavior, depression + paranoia, Capitol Hill Blue has learned.

The prescription drugs, administered by Col. Richard J. Tubb, the White House physician, can impair the President’s mental faculties + decrease both his physical capabilities + his ability to respond to a crisis, administration aides admit privately.

It’s a double-edged sword,” says one aide. “We can’t have him flying off the handle at the slightest provocation but we also need a President who is alert mentally.”

Tubb prescribed the anti-depressants after a clearly-upset Bush [BGW968] stormed off stage on 08.Jul.2004 refusing to answer reporters' questions about his relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth J. Lay.

Keep those motherfuckers away from me,” he screamed at an aide backstage. “If you can’t, I’ll find someone who can.”

Bush [BGW968]’s mental stability has become the topic of Washington whispers 28.Jul.2004 in recent months.

04.Jun.2004 Capitol Hill Blue first reported on- about increasing concern among White House aides over the President’s wide mood swings and obscene outbursts.

Although GOP loyalists dismissed the reports an anti-Bush [BGW968] propaganda, the reports were later confirmed by prominent George Washington University psychiatrist Dr. Justin Frank in his book Bush [BGW968] on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President.

Dr. Frank diagnosed the President as a “paranoid meglomaniac” + “untreated alcoholic” whose “lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over state executions + pumping his hand gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad” showcase Bush [BGW968]’s instabilities.

I was really very unsettled by him + I started watching everything he did + reading what he wrote + watching him on videotape. I felt he was disturbed,” Dr. Frank said.

He fits the profile of a former drinker whose alcoholism has been arrested but not treated.”

Dr. Frank’s conclusions have been praised by other prominent psychiatrists, including Dr. James Grotstein, Professor at UCLA Medical Center + Dr. Irvin Yalom, MD, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University Medical School.

The doctors also worry about the wisdom of giving powerful anti-depressant drugs to a person with a history of chemical dependency.

Bush [BGW968] is an admitted alcoholic, although he never sought treatment in a formal program + stories about his cocaine use as a younger man haunted his campaigns for Texas governor + his first campaign for President.

President Bush [BGW968] is an untreated alcoholic with paranoid + megalomaniac tendencies,” Dr. Frank adds.

The White House did not return phone calls seeking comment on this article.

Although the exact drugs Bush [BGW968] takes to control his depression + behavior are not known, White House sources say they are “powerful medications” designed to bring his erratic actions under control.

While Col. Tubb regularly releases a synopsis of the President’s annual physical, details of the President’s health + any drugs or treatment he may receive are not public record + are guarded zealously by the secretive cadre of aides that surround the President.

Veteran White House watchers say the ability to control information about Bush [BGW968]’s health, either physical or mental, is similar to Ronald Reagan’s second term when aides managed to conceal the President’s increasing memory lapses that signaled the onslaught of Alzheimer’s Disease.

It also brings back memories of Richard Nixon’s final days when the soon-to-resign President wandered the halls and talked to portraits of former Presidents.

The stories didn’t emerge until after Nixon left office.

One long-time GOP political consultant who – for obvious reasons – asked not to be identified said he is advising his Republican Congressional candidates to keep their distance from Bush [BGW968].

We have to face the very real possibility that the President of the USA is loony tunes,” he says sadly. “That’s not good for my candidates, it’s not good for the party + it’s certainly not good for the country.”

08.Aug.2004 "The president has made it very clear that we will not tolerate dishonesty in the boardroom. This administration worked to uncover abuses + scandals in the corporate arena.

And certainly the president's concern is with those workers + other people who have been harmed by corporate wrongdoing," McClellan said.

Democrat Kerry [KFJ965]'s campaign had a different view, accusing the administration of dragging its feet on Enron. "It was three years too late," Kerry [KFJ965] spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said of the Lay indictment.

Lay's relationship with the Bush family dates from at least 1990 when he was co-chairman of former President Bush [BGHW948]'s economic summit for industrialized nations, which was held in Houston.

Lay also was co-chairman of the host committee for the Republican National Convention when it was held in Houston 00.000.1992.

The Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based nonprofit group, said the Lays had given $139,500 to Bush [BGW968]'s political campaigns over the years.

Those donations were part of $602,000 that Enron employees gave to Bush [BGW968]'s various campaigns, making Enron the leading political patron for Bush [BGW968] at the time of the company's bankruptcy in 00.000.2001 .

In addition to Lay's political campaign donations, he and his wife contributed $100,000 to Bush [BGW968]'s 00.Jan.2001 inauguration.

Lay also was a fund-raiser for Bush [BGW968], bringing in at least $100,000 for the president's 2002 campaign. That put Lay in "Pioneer" status as one of the president's top money-raisers.

08.Aug.2004 Robert Fisk On How Iraq Is About to Explode : Robert Fisk reveals how the so-called Iraqi government controls little in Iraq beyond Baghdad. +

we speak with Christian Science Monitor report Scott Balauf who just left Najaf. Democracy Now Audio Report. This is a must listen report

08.Aug.2004 Loathed by the rich : Why Hugo Chávez is heading for a stunning victory

08.Aug.2004 Peace pastor faces penalties for Iraq trip: The Rev. Frederick Boyle lost his New Jersey ministry, half his pay + 25 pounds, all for his opposition to the war in Iraq.

The pacifist Methodist could lose much more, his freedom and more in fines, on charges that he violated a USA Treasury Department ban on travel to Iraq.

08.Aug.2004 USA Offers Citizenship To 7000 Ahiska Muslims: The USA has agreed to grant citizenship to 7,000 Ahiska Muslims who will be settled in Pennsylvania.

"We thank the USA administration for its humanitarian decision".

08.Aug.2004 Unabashed Racist Wins GOP Primary in Tenn. : An unabashed racist will represent the Republican party in the 02.Nov.2004 election for a congressional seat after a write-in candidate failed to derail his effort. 08.Aug.2004 Judaeophobia in the Service of Israel : One of the best methods at the moment to fight Judaeophobia is to stop the Israeli crimes!

08.Aug.2004 Oldest Inmate In Decades Executed: A 74-year-old man became the oldest USA inmate put to death in decades after courts and the governor refused to stop his execution.

08.Aug.2004 Stocks: Jobs figure sparks steep sell-off on Wall St. : The

00.Jul.2004 job report reflects the weakest increase in hiring since 00.Dec.2003 + comes after a revised gain of just 78,000

00.Jun.2004 even less than previously reported.

08.Aug.2004 Some Presidential Cousins of Senator John Forbes Kerry [KFJ965] And President George Walker Bush [BGW968]

08.Aug.2004 AP Poll: Kerry [KFJ965] Gains Ground on Defense : Democrat Kerry [KFJ965] is putting the pressure on President Bush [BGW968] on his strongest issue, national defense, but the incumbent retains an advantage there, an Associated Press poll found.

08.Aug.2004 Chart: Bush [BGW968] Ratings vs. Terror Alerts : There are few things that are quite evident from the chart: - Whenever his ratings dip, there's a new terror alert. - Every terror alert is followed by a slight uptick of Bush [BGW968] approval ratings. - Whenever there are many unfavorable headlines, there's another alert or announcement (distraction effect).

08.Aug.2004 Pakistani Qaeda suspect named during email sting: USA officials providing justification for anti-terrorism alerts revealed details about a Pakistani secret agent + confirmed his name while he was working under cover in a sting operation, Pakistani sources say.

08.Aug.2004 Terrorism suspect's suit tells of USA abuse: Documents in Guantanamo case describe extreme isolation

08.Aug.2004 Bush [BGW968]'s 2005 Budget Is Insane : I received a letter from Representative Ellen Tauscher, my congresswoman. She told me about President Bush [BGW968]’s upcoming budget + what she said scared the hell out of me. 08.Aug.2004 You show yours, I'll hide mine : What the USA did, in effect, was to torpedo a new global treaty banning the production and supply of materials essential to the building of nuclear weapons.

08.Aug.2004 Al Qaeda-linked cell vows to hit Italy: "The truce we had offered withdraw your troops has almost ended.

Our cells in Rome and in all other Italian cities are prepared and ready to carry out their mission after the end of the truce on the 15th of this month,"

08.Aug.2004 Anti-Islamic books' success fuel fears of racism in Italy : Human rights groups warned yesterday that racism was becoming increasingly tolerated in Italy after the country's biggest-selling newspaper published a book by a veteran journalist which warns of an Arab invasion of Europe.

08.Aug.2004 Bin Laden Sent Suspect to USA, Officials Say: USA intelligence officials now believe that Issa al-Hindi, the alleged Qaeda operative now in UK custody, was dispatched to the USA in early 2001 by the mastermind of the 11.Sep.2001 plot at the direction of Osama bin Laden to case potential targets in New York City.

08.Aug.2004 Is Osama Bin Laden Really a 'Wahhabi'?: The term "Wahhabi" is often misused for less than honest purposes...

08.Aug.2004 In case you missed it?: Video: Secrets of the Iraq War: The story of spying, bribery + secret deals done by USA with Saddam's senior commanders to betray their former boss + the story of what happened to the feared Republican Guard. A must watch documentary.

08.Aug.2004 Iraqi Government Shuts Al-Jazeera Station : A spokesman for Al-Jazeera called the closure ``unwise'' and said it restrained freedom of the press.

08.Aug.2004 Internet Video Shows USA Hostage Beheaded in Iraq : A video found on an Islamist website shows what appears to be the execution of an USA hostage in Iraq.

08.Aug.2004 S.F. Man Says Beheading Video Is a Hoax : The man shown in the video, reached by The Associated Press in San Francisco, said he videotaped the staged beheading at his friend's house using fake blood. 08.Aug.2004 Deepening anti-USA rage casts doubt on Iraq leaders' ability to restore order: And as in previous battles, Iraq's Achilles' heel was revealed: Allawi and the interim government must go to the USA military, an institution that's widely reviled by many Iraqis as an occupational force run amok.

08.Aug.2004 Iraq's Unelected VP Raps USA For 'uncivilised' Najaf Deaths: Iraqi Vice President Ibrahim al-Jafari implicitly criticised the USA on Friday, saying the reported deaths of 300 insurgents in Najaf was "not a civilised way" to rebuild his nation.

08.Aug.2004 War Allies Face Opposition At Home : Some of USA's staunchest allies in Iraq are vowing to stay the course in the face of persistent bloodshed, but at home their citizens increasingly want out.

08.Aug.2004 The Pakistani Valerie Plame?: Here is a bizarre story. Apparently one of the "senior Al Qaeda members" captured in Pakistan was actually a Pakistani undercover agent providing the USA with intelligence.

08.Aug.2004 The Bush [BGW968] administration blew the cover Monday of double agent Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan:

The Bush [BGW968] administration just blew the cover of one of the most important assets inside al-Qaeda that the USA has ever had.

08.Aug.2004 Intelligence officials beat a retreat on airport scare: Anyone following the USA + UK media or listening to USA security chiefs would be in little doubt that the two countries were facing an imminent attack by al Qaeda. But information is emerging that calls into doubt the level of threat.

08.Aug.2004 A plot, or not? Why Heathrow bomb plan was a media dream

08.Aug.2004 Soldiers' Rescue Attempt in Iraq Rebuffed: Oregon National Guard soldiers attempted to stop Iraqi jailers from abusing dozens of prisoners, but were ordered to return the prisoners to their abusers and leave, according to a published report.

08.Aug.2004 Intelligence analyst questions USA efforts in Iraq : “A good 90 % of the guys we were fighting were guys that just wanted us out of their country,” McGerald said. “If we had a foreign army here, it would be the same.”

08.Aug.2004 "Iraqi Government" Won't Grant Cease-Fire : USA commanders, who said they were acting under orders from the new Iraqi government, gave little sign that they intended to heed appeals for a cease-fire from clerics and others claiming to represent al-Sadr.

08.Aug.2004 Iranian diplomat taken captive in Iraq: An Iranian diplomat, accused of inciting sectarian strife in Iraq, has been taken captive, Iranian state television in Tehran has reported.

08.Aug.2004 Iran-Iraq ties strain further: Relations between Iran and Iraq have worsened after Tehran said it would not discuss serious issues with Baghdad's interim authorities and an Iraqi Islamic group kidnapped an Iranian diplomat.

08.Aug.2004 Coded letters from Briton in Guantanamo reveal 'regime of violence' : The letters from Martin Mubanga, one of the last remaining UK detainees in Guantanamo Bay, were carefully written to escape the military censors

08.Aug.2004 Iraq reinstates death penalty: Capital punishment was suspended after the toppling of Saddam Hussein 00.Apr.2003 .

The official said the death penalty would go into effect once it had been published in a government gazette.

08.Aug.2004 Resistance raise stakes in Iraq: The USA presidential election campaign is now entering its vital phase: a further collapse of the USA project in Iraq could doom the re-election chances of Bush [BGW968].

08.Aug.2004 Why Bush [BGW968] could be a fan of terror : USA won't turn against its President this November, not as long as al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden stay on the front pages

08.Aug.2004 Al Qaeda seeking to launch new USA attacks: : "They want something bigger than 9/11, they want a catastrophic attack," Frances Townsend, USA President Bush [BGW968]'s homeland security adviser, told the Fox News Sunday program.

08.Aug.2004 Bush [BGW968] campaign is crying wolf : The first thing to notice about the elevated orange terror alert is that it is confined to Democratic stronghold cities and states. The next is to realize that no battleground states will be subjected to formal elevated alerts, lest the security interruptions sour the swing voters residing therein.

08.Aug.2004 The Anatomy of "Terror Experts" : The Terrorist Experts are the "set-up" people, the motivators.

08.Aug.2004 Biographer claims tape shows Nixon prolonged war: 1972 recording reveals president weighed election in policy talks

08.Aug.2004 Neoliberalism and the Demise of Democracy: Free market fundamentalism rather than democratic idealism is now the driving force of economics and politics in most of the world

08.Aug.2004 'Broke' Iraq too poor to pay UN: Iraq's USA-installed interim government, which is planning to spend about USA$2 billion on its military this year, has declared it is too poor to pay the $14.6 million it owes the United Nations.

08.Aug.2004 Australia accused of lying about Iraq: A group of more than 40 former Australian diplomats and defence chiefs has accused Prime Minister John Howard's government of deceiving the Australian people about the reasons for invading Iraq.

08.Aug.2004 Eric Margolis :The lies that led to war: New information from European intelligence sources is detailing how the forgeries made their way from the Niger embassy in Rome to the White House

08.Aug.2004 In case you missed it?: WAR is a racket. It always has been : A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

08.Aug.2004 Aljazeera vows to cover Iraq despite closure: Iraqi police officers arrived in the early evening at the Baghdad office to implement the closure decision. The station's lawyers said police officers did not carry an order from a court as the country's law requires in such a case.

08.Aug.2004 Al-Jazeera 'no more biased than other TV channels': Many analysts of journalism argue that al-Jazeera should not be silenced but allowed to blossom. It has sprung, after all, from a tradition of Arab journalism straitjacketed by autocratic regimes determined to use the airwaves for their own purposes.

08.Aug.2004 Nader fails to make California ballot: Nader had submitted slightly more than half of the 153,805 signatures required two hours before Friday's deadline, according to the secretary of state's office. 08.Aug.2004 Arbitrary Imprisonment: a Symbol of Tyranny : By refusing to hear the Padilla case the Supreme Court condemned an innocent man to continued incarceration without any opportunity to challenge the terms of his detention. Their refusal serves as a de facto guilty verdict and overturns the long held principle of "guilty until proven innocent."

08.Aug.2004 9 million lost health coverage since 2001, study says:

08.Aug.2004 Prozac 'found in drinking water' : An Environment Agency report suggests so many people are taking the drug nowadays it is building up in rivers and groundwater.

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Suppose You Wanted to Have a Permanent War As Senator Arthur Vandenberg told Harry Truman

00.000.1947 at the outset of the Cold War, gaining public support for a perpetual global campaign requires that the government “scare hell out of the USA people.” by Robert Higgs Intervention Magazine,

08.Aug.2004 Unterdessen haben ehemalige Verteidigungsexperten und Diplomaten aus Australien in einem offenen Brief die Beteiligung ihres Landes am Irak-Krieg kritisiert.

Die Entscheidung von Ministerpräsident John Howard, die USA-geführte Invasion zu unterstützen, sei "auf der Grundlage falscher Annahmen + der Täuschung der australischen Bevölkerung" getroffen worden,

erklärten heute die insgesamt 43 Unterzeichner.

Umfragen zufolge sind bis zu drei Viertel der Australier der Meinung, der Irak-Krieg sei nicht gerechtfertigt gewesen.
Howard hatte den Krieg in erster Linie mit der Existenz irakischer Massenvernichtungswaffen begründet. Bislang wurden aber keine solchen Waffen gefunden.

Die Entscheidung des Regierungschefs, sich mit 2000 Soldaten an der USA-geführten Invasion zu beteiligen, hatte in Australien zu den größten Friedensdemonstrationen seit dem Vietnam-Krieg geführt.

08.Aug.2004 Bagdad/Nadschaf - Zur Begründung hieß es, die Todesstrafe sei notwendig, um gegen Extremisten vorzugehen, die das Land mit Anschlägen, Entführungen und Gewalt destabilisierten.

Ob sie auch gegen den gestürzten Regierungschef Saddam Hussein verhängt werden könnte, wollten die Regierungsmitglieder nicht sagen.
Die Wiedereinführung von Exekutionen sei "keine offene Tür, jeden hinzurichten, der der Regierung missfällt", sagte Staatsminister Adnan al-Dschanabi. "Dies ist nicht Saddams Gesetz", betonte er.

Unter Saddams Herrschaft konnte die Todesstrafe bei mehr als 100 Straftatbeständen verhängt werden.

Während der USA-Besatzung war sie ausgesetzt.

Sobald sich die Sicherheitslage im Irak verbessere, werde die Todesstrafe wieder zurückgenommen, erklärten al-Dschanabi + Menschenrechtsminister Bachtiar Amin.
08.Aug.2004 T
odesstrafe wieder in Kraft -Der Irak führt die Todesstrafe wieder ein.

Die Regierung teilte heute in Bagdad mit, das Strafmaß könne bei Mord, Gefährdung der nationalen Sicherheit oder Drogenhandels verhängt werden.

Kurz zuvor verkündete Regierungschef Alawi eine - bedingt gültige - Amnestie für Aufständische.
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00.000.1987-00.000.1989 Damals waren 28 Staaten betroffen, darunter auch so weit entfernt liegende Länder wie Indien.

08.Aug.2004 Nouakchott - Es drohe der Verlust von rund 80 % der Ernte, sagte Mohamed Lemine von der mauretanischen Landwirtschaftsvereinigung der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters am Wochenende. Die Wüstenheuschrecke vernichtet sowohl die Hirse-Felder als auch die für den Export bestimmten Wassermelonen und Erdnüsse.
Bereits im Oktober letzten Jahres hatten die Vereinten Nationen vor einer Plage gewarnt, da die Witterung mit außergewöhnlich starken Regenfällen nach vielen Jahren der Trockenheit für die Entwicklung der Tiere optimal war. Jetzt, so schätzt die Welternährungsorganisation FAO, wird die Bekämpfung rund 80 Millionen Dollar kosten. Nur neun Millionen stünden bisher bereit.

Allein Niger und Mauretanien benötigen nach eigenen Angaben rund 20 Millionen Dollar, extra Flugzeuge + tausende zusätzlicher Liter Pestizide.

Der Gesamtschaden könnte sich nach Schätzungen der FAO bis zum Jahresende auf 245 Millionen Dollar steigen.

08.Aug.2004 Wenn die im Westen Afrikas grassierende Insektenplage nicht eingedämmt wird, droht einer Million Menschen eine Hungersnot. Über drei Viertel der Ernte sind bedroht.

Auch die Vereinten Nationen haben schon gewarnt.
08.Aug.2004 Im Alter von 76 Jahren war er in seinem roten Overall in Kuwait im Einsatz.

Adair + seinen Leuten gelang es, 117 Ölquellen, die während des Golfkrieges in Brand gesteckt worden waren, zu löschen.

Eine Umweltkatastrophe konnte dadurch vermieden werden.

08.Aug.2004 Der berühmteste Feuerwehrmann der Welt starb heute im Alter von 89 Jahren in seiner texanischen Heimatstadt Houston in einem Krankenhaus.

Im ersten Golfkrieg löschte Adair 117 brennende Ölquellen - damals bereits stolze 76 Jahre alt.
08.Aug.2004 Zoogeln, also Googeln nach dem Zufallsprinzip, geht ganz einfach: Starten Sie ihren Browser und öffnen Sie die Website von Google.

Schließen sie die Augen + tippen Sie ohne nachzudenken ein paar beliebige Buchstaben auf Ihrer Tastatur.

Alternativ können Sie natürlich auch einfach ein Radiergummi auf das Keyboard werfen, oder Ihren Hund über die Tasten laufen lassen.

Egal wie - Hauptsache im Google-Suchfeld steht eine absolut zufällige Zeichenkette - etwa "wefh" oder " N;KJBF". Anschließend einfach Enter drücken - und staunen

08.Aug.2004 Die Nato-Staaten hatten sich Ende Juli nach zähen Verhandlungen geeinigt, im August mit der Ausbildung irakischer Sicherheitskräfte zu beginnen.

Die Bundesregierung prüft dazu die Entsendung von Bundeswehr-Soldaten in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE).
Das USA-Präsidialamt kritisierte Kerry [KFJ965]s Äußerungen scharf. "Diese Art von Entscheidungen sollten auf den Empfehlungen der Feldkommandeure basieren und ich bezweifele, dass Senator Kerry [KFJ965] die Unterstützung der Feldkommandeure hat", sagte ein Präsidialamtssprecher.

08.Aug.2004 Derzeit sind rund 138.000 USA-Soldaten im Irak im Einsatz.

Wegen der angespannten Sicherheitslage wurde die Dienstzeit vieler Soldaten verlängert.

08.Aug.2004 Auch die Zustimmung zur Irak-Politik des USA-Präsidenten sowie zu seiner Wirtschaftspolitik ging der Erhebung zufolge weiter zurück.

Insgesamt waren noch 51 % der Ansicht, Bush [BGW968] gehe beim Kampf gegen den internationalen Terrorismus den richtigen Weg. 48 % teilten diese Meinung nicht. In der Arbeitsmarktpolitik lag Kerry [KFJ965] deutlich in Führung.

55 % der Befragten trauten ihm zu, neue Stellen schaffen zu können. Nur 39 % glaubten, dass Bush [BGW968] hier erfolgreicher sein würde.
08.Aug.2004 Im Juli hatte Bush [BGW968] mit insgesamt 49 % Zustimmung noch vor Kerry [KFJ965] gelegen, auf den damals 45 % entfielen. Der unabhängige Kandidat Ralph Nader kam auf drei %.

Die Fehlerquote der Umfrage, die das Ipsos-Institut im Auftrag der Nachrichtenagentur AP vom vergangenen Dienstag bis Donnerstag durchführte, wurde mit 3,5 % angegeben.

Das Ergebnis für Kerry [KFJ965] reflektiert die positive Reaktion der Öffentlichkeit auf den Nominierungsparteitag der USA-Demokraten in der letzten Juli-Woche.
In den Einzelwertungen konnte Kerry [KFJ965], der auf dem Parteitag nicht zuletzt als Held des Vietnam-Kriegs gefeiert wurde, vor allem seine Position im Sicherheitsbereich ausbauen.

Demnach waren 43 % der Befragten der Meinung, der demokratische Politiker könne die USA besser verteidigen als Bush [BGW968] - ein Anstieg um acht %punkte seit 00.Mär. 2004 .

Bush [BGW968] lag auf diesem Gebiet mit 52 % zwar weiterhin in Führung, doch sank das öffentliche Vertrauen in seine Fähigkeit zur Landesverteidigung um sechs %punkte.
08.Aug.2004 Der demokratische Präsidentschaftskandidat Kerry [KFJ965] hat USA-Präsident Bush [BGW968] in den Meinungsumfragen überholt.

Demnach erhielten Kerry [KFJ965] + John Edwards 48 %, die Amtsinhaber Bush [BGW968] und sein Vize Richard Cheney kamen auf 45 %. Kerry [KFJ965] versprach, einen Großteil der USA-Soldaten aus dem Irak abziehen zu wollen.
08.Aug.2004 Auf den Forumsseiten
analysiert Robert Kagan Kerry [KFJ965]s Ernennungsrede, in der der Präsidentschaftskandidat der Demokraten erklärt hatte, Amerika "zu einer langgehegten Tradition zurückzuführen: Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika ziehen nie in den Krieg, weil sie es wollen; wir ziehen nur in den Krieg, wenn wir dazu gezwungen sind." Dazu Kagan: Kerry [KFJ965]s 'Notwendigkeits-Doktrin' würde die USA zu einem Pazifismus und Isolationismus führen, den keine andere Regierung seit den dreißiger Jahren je versucht hat. Alle Kriege aus humanitären Gründen wären ausgeschlossen . Sie sind alle gewollte Kriege. Für jemanden, der vorgibt, bessere Beziehungen zum Rest der Welt zu suchen, ist das eine erstaunlich enge, auf egoistische Interessen abhebende Politik - ganz im Gegensatz zu Bush [BGW968]s angeblichem 'Unilateralismus'."
08.Aug.2004 Gleich dreimal Film: Aus den USA berichtet Andrian Kreye über den so kritischen wie seriösen Dokumentarfilm
"Outfoxed", der Rupert Murdochs Medienimperium beschreibt. Am interessantesten daran: Die Verbreitung über die erfolgreiche Gegenöffentlichkeitsbewegung MoveOn.

08.Aug.2004 Der große Aufmacher ist ein Vorabdruck aus dem neuen Buch von Jeremy Rifkin , zur Zeit
Präsident der Washingtoner "Foundation on Economic Trends". Es ist eine "Hommage an den jungen, alten Kontinent" Europa : "Während der amerikanische Geist in der Vergangenheit schwelgt, reift ein anderer Traum heran, beflügelt durch den Aufstieg der anderen Supermacht von globaler Bedeutung: der Europäischen Union." Und weiter im hymnischen "Obwohl er noch in den Kinderschuhen steckt, ist der Europäische Traum die erste transnationale Vision - eine, die als Basis für den nächsten Schritt in der menschlichen Entwicklung geeigneter erscheint als die amerikanische."
08.Aug.2004 In einem online ohne jede Namensnennung wiedergegebenen
Feuilletongespräch geht es ums Thema soziale Abstiegsangst . Am interessantesten dabei kulturbetriebssoziologische Auskünfte wie diese (überhaupt liest es sich wie eine der Bestandsaufnahmen von Heinz Bude): "Ich hatte bis 35 ein extrem verbummeltes Leben . Ich bin angefangen auf der Basis von fünf Mark am Montag und stand vor der Frage: Kaufst Du Dir Zigaretten oder den Spiegel. Ich hatte dabei Arbeitsphasen, in denen ich einen Monat lang das Gesamtwerk eines Schriftstellers gelesen und einen weiteren Monat gebraucht habe, darüber einen Text zu schreiben, für den es dann 800 Mark gab. Ökonomisch trat ich also auch extrem auf der Stelle. Ich hatte aber die Gewissheit, dass es an mir liegt, ob ich über diese Brücke gehe. Man lässt mich gehen, wenn ich denn durchhalte. Es gab nicht das Gefühl einer von außen herangetragenen Aussichtslosigkeit . Die Brücke stand nicht im Niemandsland. Sie führte ins feuilletonistische Leben."
08.Aug.2004 Im Feuilleton : Knapp, aber süffisant
kommentiert Brigitte Werneburg die gestrige FAZ -Kritik von Patrick Bahners an den Äußerungen von Friedrich Christian Flicks Schwester : "Kann es sein, dass die FAZ deshalb so konfus und meistenteils nur auf der Randspalte über die Flick-Sammlung berichtet, weil Heinz Berggruen , der Kunsthändler und -sammler, ihr herausgehobener Gastautor ist? Heinz Berggruen, der das Patronat über F. C. Flicks Berlinpläne hält? Dem man verpflichtet ist?"

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08.Aug.2004 In den Überresten von Bilder und Zeiten bilanziert Kim C. Priemel die Firmengeschichte des Flick-Konzerns .

08.Aug.2004 Spiegel und Springer Verlag kehren jetzt also auch zur alten Rechtschreibung zurück - oder zur "bewährten", wie es jetzt heißt. Henning Ritter
sinniert aus diesem Anlass und inspiriert von Schopenhauer über den ureigensten Zusammenhang von Sprache und Konservatismus : "Es gilt zu bewahren , weil von außen herangetragene Zwecke an der Sprache abgleiten können oder die subtile Verkettung von Bedeutungen, die in ihr schon realisiert ist, zerstören: 'Die Sprache, zumal eine relative Ursprache wie die deutsche, ist das köstlichste Erbteil der Nation und dabei ein überaus kompliziertes, leicht zu verderbendes und nicht wieder herzustellendes Kunstwerk, daher ein noli me tangere .'"
08.Aug.2004 Weiter entdeckte die "Cassini", dass Titan, der größte Mond des Saturns, völlig von einem Dunst aus Methan und Kohlen-Monoxid umgeben ist. Dies verleihe dem Mond ein Glühen.

08.Aug.2004 Neuer Ring und heftige Stürme
Knapp einen Monat nach dem Anflug der Raumsonde "Cassini" auf den Saturn gibt es neue Beobachtungen:

Die Sonde entdeckte einen neuen Strahlungsgürtel um den Saturn und lieferte neue Erkenntnisse über die Stürme, die auf dem Planten toben.
08.Aug.2004 Bereits zu Wochenbeginn hatte der Uno-Generalsekretär beklagt, dass kaum ein Mitgliedsland der 191 Staaten umfassenden Weltorganisation bereit sei, Truppen für den Schutz der Uno-Mission im Irak zu entsenden. Inzwischen räumte auch der Uno-Botschafter der USA, John Danforth, erhebliche Schwierigkeiten bei der Aufstellung einer solchen Schutztruppe ein.

Die USA + UK bemühten sich nach Kräften, Staaten zur Bereitstellung von Soldaten für den Uno-Schutz zu bewegen. Die Verhandlungen drehten sich aber im Kreis, sagte Danforth.
Nach Angaben von Uno-Diplomaten haben lediglich Aserbaidschan, Georgien, Nepal, Pakistan und die Ukraine "ein gewisses Interesse" an der Entsendung von Soldaten zum Schutz der Uno-Mission bekundet. Sie würden aber verlangen, dass die Uno oder die USA sämtliche Kosten dafür tragen.

08.Aug.2004 "Seit Dezember hat sich die Sicherheitslage im Irak nicht verbessert", schrieb Annan. "In absehbarer Zukunft werden die Vereinten Nationen ein herausgehobenes, stark gefährdetes Ziel für Angriffe im Irak bleiben."
Demnach wird Qazi seinen Posten in Bagdad zunächst nur mit einem kleinen Mitarbeiterstab antreten.

Immerhin erhalten die Vereinten Nationen damit erstmals seit vergangenem 00.Okt.2003 wieder einer Präsenz im Irak.

Damals wurde das Personal nach einer Reihe von Anschlägen abgezogen, denen am 19.Aug.2003 auch Qazis Vorgänger Sergio Vieira de Mello zum Opfer gefallen war.
08.Aug.2004 Dschaisch Ansar al-Sunna hat sich bereits zu mehreren anderen Anschlägen im Irak bekannt. Die Gruppe hat Verbindungen zur kurdischen Extremistenorganisation Ansar al-Islam.
Annan sieht Uno im Irak weiter als Angriffsziel
08.Aug.2004 heute ordnete Die irakische Übergangsregierung die Schließung des Büros des arabischen Fernsehsenders al-Jazeera in Bagdad an. Sie soll zunächst für einen Monat gelten.

Das verkündete heute Mittag ein irakischer Beamter.

Zur Begründung sagte Innenminister Falah al-Naqib, dass die in dem Satellitensender ausgestrahlten Bilder von mit dem Tode bedrohten Geiseln die Terroristen anspornten.
Die Kampagne al-Sarkawis zielt offensichtlich darauf ab, junge Männer für den so genannten Heiligen Krieg zu gewinnen.

Der kuwaitischen Zeitung "Al-Sijassah" zufolge ist die professionell produzierte CD-ROM vor allem für Fundamentalisten in diesem Scheichtum bestimmt.

Unterdessen hat sich eine andere militante sunnitisch-islamische Gruppe zu zwei Autobombenanschlägen auf irakische Sicherheitskräfte in dieser Woche bekannt.

Zwei entsprechende Erklärungen verbreitete die Gruppe Dschaisch Ansar al-Sunna gestern auf ihrer Website.
08.Aug.2004 TERROR IM IRAK Enthauptungsvideo ist eine Fälschung Wie die Nachrichtenagentur AP berichtet, handelt es sich bei dem heute verbreiteten Hinrichtungsvideo um einen missratenen Streich:

Ein 22-jähriger USA-Amerikaner hatte zum Spaß seine eigene Hinrichtung inszeniert. Die Gruppe, der das Band irrtümlich zugeschrieben wurde, rief heute alle Muslime zum Kampf gegen die "westlichen Kreuzritter" auf.
07.Aug.2004 Terror im Irak: Enthauptungsvideo ist eine Fälschung

07.Aug.2004 Saturn-Sonde: Neuer Ring und heftige Stürme

07.Aug.2004 Heute in den Feuilletons: "Nachfolgende Generationen gerettet!"

07.Aug.2004 Umfrage: Kerry [KFJ965] baut Vorsprung aus

07.Aug.2004 Surftipp: Heute schon gezoogelt?

07.Aug.2004 With a little help from my friends: Schwarzenegger kann doch Englisch

07.Aug.2004 Terrorgruppe: Anschläge gegen Italien angekündigt

07.Aug.2004 Hemmungslos: Deutsche lieben freizügigen Sex

07.Aug.2004 nergieversorger: Gas mit Luft verdünnt

07.Aug.2004 Ex-Staatssekretär Pfahls in Haft: "Etwas besser als im Kongo"

07.Aug.2004 Comeback-Drohung: Linkspartei freut sich schon auf Lafontaine

07.Aug.2004 USA-Folter in Abu Ghureib: Lynndie England spricht von Einschüchterungstaktik

07.Aug.2004 Hirnforschung: Schlaganfall macht Gehirn jünger

07.Aug.2004 Terror-Fahndung: "Qaida plant Anschlag vor den USA-Wahlen"

07.Aug.2004 Folter-Anhörung: Richterin prüft Vorladung Rumsfelds

07.Aug.2004 Spanien: Eta bekennt sich zu Anschlägen in Urlaubsorten

07.Aug.2004 Irak: Iranischer Diplomat entführt

07.Aug.2004 Irak: Todesstrafe wieder in Kraft

07.Aug.2004 Sudan: Regime verlangt nach Schützenhilfe der Arabischen Liga

07.Aug.2004 Westafrika: Heuschrecken könnten Hungersnot auslösen

07.Aug.2004 Der Mann, der alles löschte: Der "Höllenkämpfer" Red Adair ist tot

07.Aug.2004 Rotes Meer: 12 Taucher verschwunden