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THE INJECTABLE CHIP

http://tinyurl.com/5jkmx

PATRIOT ACT II IN ALL ITS NAMES AND GUISES

http://tinyurl.com/7xbpn

Bush Spins Iraq and Its Ambiguities Into Deadly Lies

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1012-21.htm

Bush Funds US Spying on Internet Chat Rooms

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1012-02.htm

ENN Daily Newsletter October 12, 2004

http://tinyurl.com/7x8vk

Handel mit Walfleisch bleibt verboten

Antrag abgelehnt: Handel mit Walfleisch bleibt verboten (12.10.04)

Der Handel mit Walfleisch bleibt verboten. Nach Berichten der internationalen Wal- und Delfinschutzorganisation WDCS wurde ein Antrag Japans auf der Artenschutzkonferenz, den Handel zu legalisieren abgelehnt. Japan habe argumentiert, Wale seien so zahlreich, dass sie kommerziell genutzte Fischbestände stark dezimieren und aus diesem Grund durch Walfang kontrolliert werden müssen. Die Internationale Walfangkommission (IWC), an die CITES in Walfangfragen verweist, verbietet jedoch kommerzielle Walfangaktivitäten und hat CITES gebeten, so auch in Bezug auf den Handel mit Walprodukten zu verfahren.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php4?Nr=9488

Weiße Haie bleiben vorerst geschützt

Artenschutz: Weiße Haie bleiben vorerst geschützt (12.10.04)

Der Fang auf Weiße Haie bleibt weiterhin streng kontrolliert. Das entschied die Mehrheit der Länder auf der Artenschutzkonferenz in Bangkok. Am Mittwoch und Donnerstag wird endgültig festgelegt, ob diese Vor-Entscheidung gültig bleibt. Madagaskar und Australien stimmten in einem gemeinsamen Antrag für eine strikte Kontrolle des Handels mit diesen Fischen und ihren Produkten. Der Antrag wurde trotz des Gegendrucks von Fischereinationen wie China, Japan und Norwegen mit deutlicher Mehrheit angenommen. Diese Länder richteten sich schon oft gegen Beschlüsse, da sie die Einschränkung ihrer nationalen Souveränität in allen Fischereiaktivitäten befürchten.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php4?Nr=9485

Jagd auf Zugvögel gestoppt

EU-Vogelschutzrichtlinie: Jagd auf Zugvögel gestoppt (12.10.04)

Das Naturschutz-Netzwerk BirdLife International und der Dachverband der europäischen Jagdverbände, FACE haben am heutigen Dienstag in Brüssel eine Vereinbarung zur Einhaltung der EU-Vogelschutzrichtlinie unterzeichnet. Damit sollen Praktiken wie die alljährlich in vielen südeuropäischen Ländern stattfindende Jagd auf Zugvögel im Frühjahr oder die von der italienischen Regierung geplante Freigabe von weiteren Vogelarten für die Jagd bald ein Ende haben. Anlass für die Absprache waren wiederholte Verstöße in Frankreich, Italien und den neuen EU-Mitgliedstaaten Malta und Zypern gegen die Bestimmungen der Richtlinie. Diese hatten zu Konflikten mit Naturschützern und zu mehreren Urteilen des Europäischen Gerichtshofes in Luxembourg (EuGH) gegen Frankreich und andere Mitgliedstaaten geführt.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php4?Nr=9486

Classified Abu Ghraib Documents

Primary Sources: Classified Abu Ghraib Documents

by Center For Public Integrity

See the memos that show prisoner abuse was guided by high-level military intelligence.

http://www.tompaine.com/archives/primary_sources.php

Oil Wars

by Michael Klare, Alternet

Klare--a professor of world security studies--examines the underlying rationale justifying Congress' $420 billion defense budget: Oil.

http://www.alternet.org/story/20127/

Source: http://www.tompaine.com/opinion/#002246

Landwirte schließen Allianz gegen Gentechnik

Deutsches Ärzteblatt / 11. Oktober 2004 / http://www.deutschesaerzteblatt.de

Keine schlechte Idee - auch Mobilfunk schädigt genügend Landwirte !
Viele Grüße! Euere Manu K.

Rund 12000 Landwirte schließen Allianz gegen Gentechnik

Berlin - In Deutschland wächst der Widerstand gegen die Gentechnik. Im ganzen Land verbündeten sich im vergangenen Jahr rund 11 600 Bauern gegen den Einsatz gentechnisch veränderter Organismen in der Landwirtschaft, wie der Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) am 11.Oktober mitteilte. Damit seien insgesamt fast eine Million Hektar Ackerland Gentechnik - frei. Das entspreche der Fläche von rund zwei Millionen Fußballfeldern.

BUND-Gentechnikexpertin Heike Moldenhauer betonte, der Wettbewerbsvorteil der deutschen und europäischen Landwirtschaft liege beim Gentechnik-freien Anbau. Sie berief sich auf Umfragen, wonach 70 Prozent der europäischen Verbraucher Gentechnik bei Nahrungsmitteln ablehnen. Der BUND forderte den Gesetzgeber auf, die geplanten Haftungsregeln für den Anbau von Genpflanzen schnell zu verabschieden. Ein entsprechender Vorschlag von Bundeslandwirtschaftsministerin Renate Künast (Grüne) liegt derzeit nach Einspruch des Bundesrats im Juli auf Eis.

Prepping For Debate

by Jonathan Tasini

TomPaine.com Exclusive

Here's a handy roadmap to the lies and obfuscations President Bush will be serving up tomorrow night.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/prepping_for_debate.php

Children’s Health Month in October

The Bush campaign’s spin machine has created another election-year ploy: Children’s Health Month in October

Bush’s Children’s Health Month web site advises parents on how to protect their kids from a dirty environment. How nice. But if President Bush were serious about children’s health, he would clean up the environment by strengthening air pollution laws and controlling toxics like mercury. Instead, he’s repeatedly let polluters off the hook and watered down environmental protections.

The health of our kids is too important to be used as a political prop. If Bush won’t protect our kid’s health, at least he shouldn’t get away with claiming that he is!

This Friday’s presidential debate gives us an important opportunity to hold Bush accountable. Please send an email to George Bush’s campaign, criticizing his environmental record. Call on him to speak at the next debate about how he would improve our children’s health.

http://www.demaction.org/dia/organizations/2020vision/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=189

For more information about the Bush administration’s environmental record and children’s health month, click here http://cta.policy.net/childrenshealthmonth/

Together, we can make a difference!

Best,

Tom and Rebecca
Your online team at
20/20 Vision

Tell a friend: http://www.demaction.org/dia/organizations/2020vision/thankYou.jsp?campaign_KEY=189

Yellow Journalism in Washington

http://www.lewrockwell.com/engelhardt/engelhardt8.html

Informant: Shanti Renfrew

Compulsory Mass Registration Of Cell Phones Next

Germany Imposes Draconian Internet Tax On Citizens
Compulsory Mass Registration Of Cell Phones Next

http://rense.com/general58/tax.htm


Informant: civl ecco

PLANS TO ATTACK IRAN FROM THE AIR BEFORE THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ?

http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a1130.htm


Informant: civl ecco

Bloomberg Administration Criminalizes Free Speech

Bloomberg Administration Criminalizes Free Speech, Says War Resisters League

http://www.commondreams.org/news2004/1011-23.htm

Cheney's Lamest Excuse Yet

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1011-25.htm

Bush Can't Admit Mistakes, But We Can

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1011-29.htm

Fellow American: Your country needs you now more than it ever has

The CIA's history with Saddam Hussein
http://www.secondterm.us/thanks.html

War for Wealth
http://www.secondterm.us/ma.html

Dishonorable Warfare
http://www.secondterm.us/pd.html

The effects of depleted uranium - GRAPHIC
http://www.secondterm.us/pl_lo.html

The "liberation" of Iraq
http://www.secondterm.us/liberation.html

Bush's "Victory" - Featuring Martin Luther King Jr.
http://www.secondterm.us/antivic.html

US Occupation brings "freedom"
http://www.secondterm.us/occupied.html

Bush Greatest Speeches
http://www.secondterm.us/leader.html

Bush's Mini-Nuke Weapons
http://www.secondterm.us/nuke.html

Bush at his best
http://www.secondterm.us/antiwar2.html

God Told Me to Strike Saddam
http://www.secondterm.us/god.html


DitziSis

ENN Daily Newsletter October 11, 2004

http://tinyurl.com/7xb2e

IS THE STATE OF WASHINGTON UNDER MARTIAL LAW tonight?

http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=57128

Detained Al Qaeda Suspects Have Disappeared

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,135113,00.html

Safe Food : An election issue

http://tinyurl.com/4purc

THE "SECRETS" OF WORLD BANKERS

http://home.wanadoo.nl/schouwerwou/diverse%20info/diverse/Financial%20Powers.htm

"Mobiles Lernen"

Zukünftige Chancengleichheit für Schüler ade?

M.f.G.
Alfred Tittmann
c/o HESSISCHER LANDESVERBAND MOBILFUNKSENDERFREIE WOHNGEBIETE e.V.

LAPTOP-KLASSEN

GEW nennt Finanzierung durch Eltern "skandalös"

Frankfurt · 11. Oktober · pgh · Die Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW) hat das Vorhaben, an allen hessischen Schulen so genannte Laptop-Klassen mit von Eltern finanzierten Geräten einzurichten, als skandalös und unsozial verurteilt. "Eine Klassenbildung entsprechend dem Geldbeutel der Eltern ist ein eklatanter Verstoß gegen die hessische Verfassung", sagte der stellvertretende Landesvorsitzende der GEW, Christoph Baumann.

Diese Form der Selektion beeinträchtige die Chancengleichheit. Soweit Laptops für den Schulunterricht erforderlich seien, müssten diese vom Land und den Schulträgern finanziert werden, anstatt die Anschaffung vom Geldbeutel der Eltern abhängig zu machen.

Baumann reagierte damit auf einen Bericht der Frankfurter Rundschau vom Samstag. Wie dort berichtet, plant das hessische Kultusministerium, das Projekt "Mobiles Lernen" bis zum Jahr 2010 auf alle hessischen Schulen auszudehnen.

Dabei werden Klassen mit einheitlichen Laptops ausgestattet, die intensiv für den Unterricht genutzt werden. Die Anschaffung der meist über 1000 Euro teuren Geräte geht zu Lasten der Eltern. Können oder wollen diese die mobilen Rechner nicht finanzieren, müssen ihre Kinder reguläre Klassen der gleichen Jahrgangsstufe ohne Laptop-Ausstattung besuchen. Hessens Kultusministerin Karin Wolff (CDU) hatte das Projekt als zukunftsweisend gelobt.

Frankfurt & Hessen: Geldfragen

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Dokument erstellt am 11.10.2004 um 21:36:10 Uhr
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Omega: es wäre wohl besser, sich um die Gesundheit der Schüler Gedanken zu machen, als um die Finanzierbarkeit der Laptops. Höchst wahrscheinlich sind die Schüler gesundheitlich im Vorteil, die sich keinen kabellosen Laptop leisten können.
Siehe hierzu:


Gesundheitsgefahren durch kabellose Laptops

Siegfried Schwarzmüller, GFW Hessen

Gefahr durch hochfrequente Strahlung

Unter dem Primat der„Effizienzsteigerung“ geschehen derzeit in den Schulen fast unbeachtet und unreflektiert Dinge, die früher zu regen Diskussionen und Aktionen geführt hätten Oft ohne hinreichende Information und Beteiligung der Beschäftigten werden z. B. in Hessen an rund 100 Schulen unter dem Deckmantel von „Medienkompetenz", einer „neuen Lernkultur" und eines „besseren Unterrichts" Schülerinnen und Schüler mit Laptops ausgestattet. Der Einsatz dieser mobilen Computer hat vordergründig sicher einige Vorteile wie Raumersparnis und Flexibilität bei der Handhabung...

http://omega.twoday.net/stories/191214/


KOMMENTAR

Geldfragen

VON PETER HANACK

Eltern sind gefordert. Klassenräume streichen, das neue Spielgerät auf dem Schulhof finanzieren, Grundschüler ehrenamtlich vor und nach dem Unterricht betreuen, in Schulküchen kochen - all das machen Eltern, und die meisten tun es gerne. Schule wäre ohne das Engagement der Eltern nicht das, was sie ist: Ort des Lernens und Lebens, der über die Unterrichtszeit hinaus funktioniert.

Eltern zahlen für guten Unterricht. Übungshefte, Bücher, Bastelmaterial, Werkzeug. Vieles von dem, was für das Lehren und Lernen benötigt wird, wird aus Elternbeiträgen finanziert. Immer mehr Eltern schicken ihr Kind auf eine Privatschule - schlechte Ergebnisse öffentlicher Schulen bei internationalen Vergleichstests haben diesen Trend beschleunigt. Internationale Schulen werden zur Hälfte von deutschen Kindern besucht, bei 1000 Euro Schulgeld im Monat und mehr.

Eltern investieren in gute Ausbildung - und wenn sie es sich leisten können sogar in Laptops. Wie gut Schulen funktionieren, welche Qualität des Unterrichts sie bieten wird immer mehr zu einer Frage des Geldes. Des Geldes der Eltern.

Frankfurt & Hessen: GEW nennt Finanzierung durch Eltern "skandalös"

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WLAN in Schulen
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1053669/

Mit dem Laptop in den Unterricht
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1054537/

WLAN via Laptops
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1041099/

Gesundheitsgefahren durch kabellose Laptops
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/191214/
http://tinyurl.com/88sg2

Elektrosmog im Klassenzimmer
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1870495/

Feds seize Indymedia servers

[ ... ]

Rackspace UK complied with a legal order and handed over hard disks without first notifying Indymedia. It's unclear if the raid was executed under extra-territorial provisions of US legislation or the UK's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). Provisions of RIPA make it a criminal offence to discuss warrants, so Rackspace would not be able to discuss the action with its customer Indymedia, or with the media.

[ ... ]

http://indymedia.org/en/static/fbi

On Thursday, 7 October around 18 GMT two Indymedia servers hosted by Rackspace in the UK went down.

The servers (ahimsa) host the sites of more then 20 local collectives, radio streams for several radio stations, BLAG (a Linux distribution as well as miscellanous other projects.

[ ... ]

The next day, 8 October Rackspace stated that they responded to a "Commissioner's subpoena". "Rackspace is acting as a good corporate citizen and is cooperating with international law enforcement authorities. The court prohibits Rackspace from commenting further on this matter."

[ ... ]

Indymedia failed to get information from authorities in the US and the UK. According to an AFP report, published on 8 October, "the FBI acknowledged that a subpoena had been issued but said it was at the request of Italian and Swiss authorities. 'It is not an FBI operation,' FBI spokesman Joe Parris told AFP." Indymedia could not get direct confirmation of this statements.

[ ... ]

Directly affected Indymedia sites:

The list of affected local media collectives includes Ambazonia, Uruguay, Andorra, Poland, Western Massachusetts, Nice, Nantes, Lilles, Marseille (all France), Euskal Herria (Basque Country), Liege, East and West Vlaanderen, Antwerpen (all Belgium), Belgrade, Portugal, Prague, Galiza, Italy, Brazil, UK, part of the Germany site, and the global Indymedia Radio site.

[ ... ]

relayed by Chris


Quelle: quintessenz-list Digest, Vol 19, Issue 5

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IndyMedia shutdown was FBI operation

Computing [UK]

10/11/04

The UK branch of an independent network of news sites is back online after the FBI ordered its hosting company to hand over the hard disks of its servers. Indymedia, a radical news portal that claims to offer 'non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political issues' was taken offline following a court order served by the FBI. Indymedia said the order was apparently issued by a US District Court and served by the FBI on behalf of an unnamed government...

http://www.computing.co.uk/news/1158660


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Infiltrating the U.S. Military

Gen. Boykin’s “Kingdom Warriors” On the Road to Abu Ghraib and Beyond

By Katherine Yurica

First the hard right dominionists took over the Southern Baptist Convention with its 16 million members and a fortune in corporate businesses. Then they took over the Republican Party. Now there is evidence dominionists are trying to take over the U. S. military. The article examines several new questions: Is there a direct connection between the Southern Baptist Convention and Pentecostal churches like John Ashcroft's Assemblies of God to General Boykin, Stephen Cambone and Donald Rumsfeld? Is it true that U.S. taxpayers are paying the seminary bills to educate chaplains who are planning to supplant the U.S. government? Was a chaplain sent to Abu Ghraib to torture prisoners on Rumsfeld's orders? Do not miss this solid article.

http://www.yuricareport.com/Dominionism/InfiltratingTheUSMilitaryGenBoykinsWarriors.html

Best Regards,

Katherine Yurica
Publisher
The Yurica Report

Iraq War Veteran's Suicide - He was Swallowed by Pain

The article below is the fifth in a series by the Dayton Daily News detailing the readjustment concerns faced by returning combat veterans. As the Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed last week, VA has no idea of the scope of the problem. And VA doesn't know if it has the resources to assist these veterans.

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/NewsArticle.cfm?ID=2200

Mental health care: need and value

Here is an issue that should be front and center during this election: taking care of our soldiers when they return home from war. The Roanoke Times Editorial Board writes, "From Iraq veterans to the uninsured of Western Virginia, the need for and financial benefits of treatment are evident. Yet funding is a challenge."

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/NewsArticle.cfm?ID=2199

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VA Funding Fails to Meet Increased Demand for Services, Groups Say

Oct 11 - In the wake of a July study’s revelation of a "significant risk" of increased mental disorders for soldiers returning from active combat duty in the Middle East, some veterans' groups voiced their concerns that Congress has allocated insufficient funds to effectively address this problem. The July 1 report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was the product of a 2003 study by a group of doctors from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/NewsArticle.cfm?ID=2201

A son's fallen soldier

The Iraq War comes home. According to Newsday, "Yesterday, Brandon Pettaway, a sixth-grade student at Southampton Intermediate School, buried his dad, Staff Sgt. James L. Pettaway Jr. Pettaway, 37, an Army reservist who lived in Baltimore, died last Sunday at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds he suffered in Iraq Aug. 27."

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/NewsArticle.cfm?ID=2198

Families Make Plans to Skip Military Draft

The article below indicates families with teen-aged children are taking the threat of a military draft very seriously. As soldiers are placed on "stop loss" and more Reserve and National Guard are ordered to fight in the deepening quagmire in Iraq, the prospect for forced military conscription of both men and women aged 18 to 34 increases.

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/NewsArticle.cfm?ID=2197

The military draft and a credibility gap

Young people smell a rat, and now the press smells the odor of misleading statements about the draft. The Roanoke Times Editorial Board says there is a "credibility gap" with the current administration, and that "Talk of a draft won't be silenced by promises from an administration that can't shoot straight." Another interesting fact about this editorial is that is comes from rural Virginia, indicating that Washington's Iraq War policy may be seriously out of touch with middle America.

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/NewsArticle.cfm?ID=2196

Help Protect America's Special Places

http://tinyurl.com/3tqrd

Atomkrieg-Pläne der EU

http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/de/news/article/1097359200.php

Steirischer MOBILFUNK Herbst

Liebe MitstreiterInnen und Interessierte!

Wenn Frau/Mann die Bürgerinitiativen gegen Mobilfunkantennen von Murau, Bad Aussee und jetzt auch noch die untenstehende Meldung aus Tauplitz ins Kalkül zieht, drängt sich doch, neben der epidemiologischen Ausbreitung dieses Anti-Sender-Virus in der Steiermark, auch eine prinzipielle Folgerung auf:

Offensichtlich wehren sich BürgerInnen, denen die Tatsache eines ins Haus (Ort) stehenden Senders bekannt wird, gegen diese meist unerwünschte Zumutung immer massiver und geschlossener. Das könnte doch bedeuten, dass andern Orts, informierte BürgerInnen ebenso reagieren würden, wenn sie wüssten, dass Mobilfunksender geplant sind. So, wahrscheinlich mittlere Weile überall, also auch in Salzburg und in den anderen Gemeinden, in denen die Bevölkerung unbekannterweise mit dem UMTS- und dem weiteren GSM-Mobilfunk-Netzausbau beglückt werden soll.

Das sollte doch den zuständigen politisch Verantwortlichen endlich zu denken geben. Information muss Pflicht werden.

Die Forderung nach lückenloser Aufklärung und Bekanntgabe aller geplanten Sender ist die logische Konsequenz, denn offensichtlich will das "informierte" Wahlvolk die flächendeckende Versorgung mit Hochfrequenz-Elektrosmog gar nicht...

Vielleicht ist das überhaupt eine, bisher vernachlässigte, Argumentationslinie.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Michael Meyer, Plattform Sozialstaat Österreich - Netzwerk Zivilcourage, A-5165 Berndorf, Stadl 4, 0043-6217-8576, michael_meyer@aon.at

Global warming clock ticks faster

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/10/11/nwarm11.xml

Informant: Teresa Binstock

A stark warning to America's thirsty west

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1324367,00.html


Informant: Teresa Binstock

CHEMTRAILS - The TOOL of GENOCIDE

http://tinyurl.com/6grop


Informant: h5tech_47460

CHEMTRAILS ARE CAUSING DROUGHT PERIOD

Powder sucks moisture out of thunderstorm

Copyright © 2001 Nando Media

By AMANDA RIDDLE, Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (July 19, 6:51 p.m. PDT) - In its latest test, a powder promoted as a potential way to weaken hurricanes sucked the moisture out of a thunderstorm Thursday.

An airplane dropped $40,000 worth of the Dyn-O-Gel granules into a cloud 10 miles offshore. A television station's weather radar confirmed the cloud then lost moisture.

"The people in the tower visually confirmed that there was a tall buildup and the next moment it was gone," said Kevin Sullivan, control tower supervisor at the Palm Beach International Airport.

The granules, made by a company called Dyn-O-Mat, fell into the ocean as a gel-like substance that dissolves in salt water.

Company chief executive Peter Cordani said he hopes to sell the product to the federal government after more tests. The product is dropped in a line from the outer portion of the hurricane to its eye. The company contends that by dropping moisture out of the swirling mass, the storm is weakened.

The company said a granule absorbs 2,000 times its weight in water.

Hugh Willoughby, hurricane research director at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Miami, was skeptical that the powder could reduce a hurricane's strength by more than a few mph in wind speed.

"It might be that this stuff would be great for making it rain," he said Wednesday.

On the Net: http://www.dynomat.com/index.shtml


Informant: h5tech_47460

Gift an Schulen

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/monitor_30_09_04.htm


Mit freundlichem Gruß

Dagmar von Lojewski-Paschke
für AG Innenraumschadstoffe und Gesundheit Bereich Schulen
im BBU e.V.

Weitere Beiträge im Forum zu dieser Sendung.

Get the U.S. out of Iraq

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:
Monday, September 27, 2004

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-487-0693,
mclarty@greens.org
Nancy Allen, Media Coordinator, 207-326-4576, nallen@acadia.net

GREEN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES ISSUE A '2004 UNITY STATEMENT'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party candidates for Congress have issued a 'Green Party 2004 Unity Statement', featuring a list of progressive and ecological positions on vital issues in the 2004 election.

The 27 candidates, organized as the Coordinated Congressional Campaign, address topics that most Republican and Democratic candidates have ignored, including the need for single-payer national health insurance, decisive steps to prevent global warming (such as rejoining the Kyoto agreement), and repeal of the USA Patriot Act.

The statement's call to "Get the U.S. out of Iraq" is consistent with the Green Party's outspoken opposition to the invasion and occupation. The text of the statement is appended below.

430 Green candidates have declared so far in 2004. Greens are running races in 40 States, for 74 different kinds of offices. As of mid September, Green candidates have won 29 elections in 2004.

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Vote Green -- Green Party candidates announce the Green Party 2004 Unity Statement to stand together in campaigning for our families, our communities, our nation and our planet. We promise to work for a fair economy, a safe environment, a strong democracy, and a sane foreign policy.

2004 UNITY STATEMENT

GET THE US OUT OF IRAQ

We are squandering the wealth of our nation on war, not in defense of our country but to gain control of the resources of another sovereign nation. Instead of fighting for oil, we need to make the transition to renewable sources of energy. We need to work for peace by cooperative non-violent ways. We need to export the values of the constitution not bullets or bombs.

SECURITY THROUGH PEACE AND JUSTICE

Crimes against humanity must be dealt with swiftly and justly, in accord with international law and without violating or curtailing civil rights.

Peace will be attained through diplomacy, commitment to human rights, and by reducing the gulf between the rich and the poor. The Patriot Act must go, and a Department of Peace must be created. We will end weapons sales to repressive governments, and will demand compliance with UN resolutions as a starting point for peace negotiations.

HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR ALL AMERICANS

That so many Americans remain uninsured is intolerable in the most medically and economically advanced nation in the world. An uninsured person is far more likely to die than someone with health care coverage, at any age. The Greens' single payer universal health care plan will not only provide care for all: it will save money and save lives. Provide full funding for, and guarantee access to, all reproductive health and family planning services.

RESTORATION OF DEMOCRACY

Allow a voice for all people, understanding that corporations are not people! Provide public campaign financing and access of third parties to government, by revising election laws and implementing Instant Runoff Voting and Proportional Representation. Enforce the Voting Rights Act; end election fraud.

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Turn the tide of global warming and assure a safe, uninterrupted supply of energy by drastically reducing fossil fuel use and supporting production of decentralized, renewable energy sources. Fund the rapid shutdown of nuclear power plants; include funds for retraining displaced workers. Jump-start the renewables market through investment policies. Restore conservation measures, including meaningful automobile fuel efficiency standards.

CORPORATE REFORM

Mandate corporate accountability. End corporate personhood. Get a fair share of taxes from corporations and stop corporate flight to off-shore tax havens. End corporate welfare as we know it. Eliminate trade treaties like GATT, NAFTA, and FTAA: they are abominations that undermine national sovereignty. Implement new treaties that protect communities, business, labor, the environment, and national sovereignty. Require rigorous clinical safety and environmental impact testing of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.

FAIR TRADE, FAIR LABOR

Abolish slave labor and the corporate practice of paying sub-poverty level wages. Refuse trade where sweatshop or prison labor is involved. Protect workers' right to organize; repeal Taft-Hartley. Reform the tax code to promote sustainable productivity. Tax unearned wealth before income. Develop jobs programs and an inviolable social safety net to protect people during low points in the economic cycle.

PREVENTIVE SOCIAL SPENDING AND POLICIES

End the failed War on Drugs and fund prevention and treatment. Fund public education for all, including vocational and post-secondary schooling. Provide equal opportunity for minorities and women. Abolish the death penalty. Make restitution to historically oppressed groups by providing funding for infrastructure in minority neighborhoods and by committing to eradicating institutionalized racism. Bring back the Equal Rights Amendment. Protect a woman's right to control her own body.

PREVENTIVE FOREIGN SPENDING AND POLICIES

No trillion dollar first-strike space weapons; no more nonfunctioning helicopters. Drastically reduce the military budget, eliminating all expenditures for offensive weapons. Allocate a portion of the savings to relieve debt in developing countries. Commit our funds to humanitarian, not military aid.

SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES AND FAMILY FARMS

Rewrite corporate charters. Promote local development in order to ensure long-term economic health. Replace petrochemical-based fertilizers with organics, to protect our water supply from toxic runoffs. Ban use of genetically modified agricultural products.

SURVIVAL OF THE PLANET

Sign the Kyoto protocol, and adhere to it. Strengthen and enforce environmental regulations. Restore the Clean Air Act standards on coal-generating emissions. Fund studies to identify, and eliminate, the environmental causes of cancer. Fully fund the Toxic Waste Superfund through renewed corporate taxation. Ensure the health of the planet for survival's sake, and to ensure the health of human beings today. Outlaw patenting of genetically engineered life forms. Include pollution remediation costs in production costs ("eco-taxing"), and phase out non-sustainable production. Repeal the Price-Anderson Act.

Signers to the 2004 Unity Statement

Terry Baum 8th U.S. House District of California http://www.TerryBaum.com

Stuart Bechman 24th U.S. House District of California
http://www.ventura.cagreens.org/bechman

Patrick Driscoll 5th U.S. House District of California
http://www.driscollforcongress.org

Patricia Gray 12th U.S. House District of California http://www.patgray.org

Thomas Lash 46th U.S. House District of California
http://www.TomLashforCongress.org

Larry R. Mullen 19th U.S. House District of California
http://www.crockford.org/mullen

Bob Kinsey 4th U.S. House District of Colorado
http://www.kinseyforcongress.org

Adam Eidinger At-Large U.S. House District of Columbia
http://www.adam4shadow.com

Daryl Northrop U.S. Senate from Iowa http://www.NorthropforSenate.org

Patsy Allen 3rd U.S. House District of Maryland
http://www.mdgreensforcongress.org/patsy_allen.htm

Maria Allwine U.S. Senate from Maryland
http://www.mdgreensforcongress.org/maria_allwine.htm

Harley Mikkelson 5th U.S. House District of Michigan
http://www.harleymikkelson.com

Jay Pond 5th U.S. House District of Minnesota http://www.votejaypond.org

Van Presley 8th U.S. House District of Minnesota http://www.votevan.org

Steve Larrick 1st U.S. House District of Nebraska http://www.votelarrick.org

Dante Salvatierra 2nd U.S. House District of Nebraska
http://www.dantesalvatierr.org

Joseph Fortunato 8th U.S. House District of New Jersey
josephfortunato@comcast.net

Toy-Ling Washington 9th U.S. House District of New Jersey topoet@aol.com

David McReynolds U.S. Senate from New York
http://www.mcreynoldsforsenate.org

Teresa Keane U.S. Senate from Oregon
http://www.votekeane.org

Dorothy Schieber 6th U.S. House District of Pennsylvania moonirams@yahoo.com

Faye Walters 4th U.S. House District of South Carolina
http://www.fayewalters.com

Patrick Diehl 2nd U.S. House District of Utah
http://www.greenpartyofutah.org/diehlforcongress.html

Robert Losey 9th U.S. House District of Washington

Mark Wilson U.S. Senate from Washington http://www.votemark.org

Mike Miles 7th U.S. House District of Wisconsin
http://www.milesforcongress.com

Carol Ann Rittenhouse 6th U.S. House District of Wisconsin
http://www.rittenhouseforcongress.com


MORE INFORMATION

The Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org
1700 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20009.
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193

2004 Green candidates and elections
http://www.greens.org/elections/

Cobb/LaMarche 2004
http://www.votecobb.org


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