12
Mai
2004

Hilfsorganisation: Kindern in Irak droht humanitäre Katastrophe

London - Kindern in Irak droht nach Ansicht der Hilfsorganisation Child Victims of War eine humanitäre Katastrophe. Die Lage sei "weit schlimmer" als zu Zeiten der internationalen Sanktionen gegen Irak vor dem Krieg, sagte die Leiterin der Hilfsorganisation, Jo Baker, am Mittwoch in London. "Wenn es schlimmer ist als Sanktionen und Saddam, dann sprechen wir wirklich von einer humanitären Katastrophe". Jedes Kind sei auf irgendeine Weise traumatisiert. Seit Beginn der Besatzung durch die Koalitionstruppen sei mit Ausnahme von Lieferungen durch regierungsunabhängige Organisationen nicht die geringste Menge an Medikamenten in irakischen Krankenhäusern angekommen. (AFP)

12.05.04, 21:22 Uhr


Quelle:
//www.netscape.de/index.jsp?sg=News_Newsticker&cid=1226491

GLOBAL WARMING IGNITES TEMPERS, EVEN IN A MOVIE

By Sharon Waxman
New York Times
May 12, 2004

//www.nytimes.com/2004/05/12/movies/12AFTE.html

LOS ANGELES - Any studio that makes a $125 million movie about global warming is courting controversy. But 20th Century Fox does not seem to have fully anticipated the political firestorm being whipped up by its film "The Day After Tomorrow //www.thedayaftertomorrow.com/."

Environmental advocates are using the film's release, scheduled for May 28, as an opening to slam the Bush administration, whose global warming policies they oppose. Industry groups in Washington are lobbying on Capitol Hill to make sure the film does not help passage of a bill limiting carbon-dioxide emissions, which many scientists say contribute to global warming.

Meanwhile on Tuesday Fox sparred with celebrity advocates who complained that they had been disinvited to the movie's premiere, only to be reinvited later in the day.

All this is occurring as the entertainment industry is on the defensive, with television networks acknowledging they are censoring themselves to avoid being accused of promoting indecency and the Walt Disney Company distancing itself from a film critical of the administration's foreign policy.

In a telephone news conference on Tuesday former Vice President Al Gore compared the exaggeration of the film's premise to the approach of the Bush administration to global warming.

"There are two sets of fiction to deal with," Mr. Gore said. "One is the movie, the other is the Bush administration's presentation of global warming." He accused the White House of "trying to convince people there's no real problem, no degree of certainty from scientists about the issue."

The news conference was organized by moveon.org, an Internet-based liberal advocacy group.

Dana Perino, the spokeswoman for the Council on Environmental Quality, which coordinates environmental policy for the White House, said the administration's policies would reduce global warming threats without destroying jobs.

"While they're working on movies," she said, "we are advancing our
scientific knowledge, developing transformational energy technologies and reducing the greenhouse-gas intensity of the American economy."

Early this week Laurie David and Robert Kennedy Jr., vocal anti-Bush environmentalists, said that Fox had withdrawn their invitation to the film's premiere in Manhattan but later called to reconfirm the invitation.

In between, a Fox spokesman said the studio had arranged a special screening for them and Mr. Gore a day before the premiere, and another screening for scientists.

Ultimately Fox chalked the invitation issue up to miscommunication.

Invited or not, Ms. David, a prominent member of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said Fox rejected an offer to have the premiere serve as a fund-raiser for any one of numerous environmental groups. (Studios often use premieres as charitable fund-raisers.)

Before learning from Jim Gianopulos, Fox Studio's chairman, that her invitation to the premiere had been reinstated, Ms. David said: "Fox is completely disinterested in raising any consciousness. In fact they're bending over backward to disassociate themselves from the environmental community."

She continued, "Any connections to anything political they're afraid will hurt the opening."

A Fox spokesman denied any attempt to play down the movie's environmental message or to distance the film from activists. "Clearly the movie is entertainment, but all of this activity creates additional interest, making it more topical," Jeffrey Godsick, the spokesman, said. "It's been wonderful."

Directed by Roland Emmerich, "The Day After Tomorrow" imagines a
catastrophic climate change and the rapid arrival of a new ice age caused by global warming. Massive storms destroy Western Europe, Manhattan is covered in a sheet of ice, and tornadoes blast Los Angeles.

The film's trailer shows Dennis Quaid, who plays a paleoclimatologist, warning the vice president ‹ played by an actor who closely resembles Vice President Dick Cheney ‹ that "if we don't act now, it will be too late."

Fox, which financed the big-budget movie, is part of News Corporation, whose chairman and chief executive, Rupert Murdoch, is a strong supporter of Mr. Bush. Mr. Godsick said he did not know if Mr. Murdoch had seen the film.

Mr. Kennedy, an environmental lawyer, said on Tuesday that Fox's attitude toward environmentalists seemed comparable to other instances of self-censorship by media corporations in a politically charged climate.

"This is part of an unfortunate pattern that fits in with CBS canceling the Reagan mini-series and Disney refusing to distribute Michael Moore's film" "Fahrenheit 9/11," he said in an interview before his invitation to the premiere was reinstated. He was referring to recent controversies over political considerations affecting entertainment decisions.

"This is like back to the 1950's and 60's, where people in Hollywood were scared to death of Joe McCarthy, censoring artists, not distributing films, blackballing people," he said. "It's a classic thing that you're supposed to avoid in democracy, the merger of state and corporate power."

Mr. Godsick said that Fox, which plans to spend about $50 million to market the film, was not keeping any interested party at arm's length. The marketing strategy had no connection to the other recent episodes in Hollywood, he said.

"Look, different groups have different agendas," Mr. Godsick said. "Some are to politicize things, some are to go beyond that. The real power of the movie is to raise consciousness on the issue. That's a win-win for everybody."

The studio's Web site promoting the film, thedayaftertomorrow.com, does not include the words "global warming" in its synopsis of the story. But the site does include a section labeled "What can you do?" with a link to Future Forests, a nonprofit British group that promotes limiting carbon-dioxide emissions.

Mr. Emmerich ensured that the movie production participated in CarbonNeutral, a program that involves buying credits to offset carbon-dioxide emissions created during the movie's filming, Mr. Godsick said.

Fox marketing executives have expressed concern that the movie not be perceived as a scientific "treatise," as one executive put it, emphasizing that its appeal is as an action-adventure, roller-coaster-style experience.

Moveon.org said it planned to have thousands of volunteers handing out leaflets about global warming outside theaters when the movie opens. Meanwhile in Washington a coalition of industry groups, including the National Association of Manufacturers, is working to make sure that the movie does not contribute to the passage of a bill limiting carbon-dioxide emissions.


THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW WEBSITE:
//www.thedayaftertomorrow.com/index.php

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Informant: NHNE

Omega-News Collection 13. May 04

Omega-News Collection 12. May 04
//omega.twoday.net/stories/216995/

RED CROSS: IRAQ ABUSE WIDESPREAD, ROUTINE
//omega.twoday.net/stories/215861/

A.N.S.W.E.R. FILES FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST FOR THE RELEASE OF THE WITHHELD EVIDENCE OF ABUSE OF PRISONERS
//omega.twoday.net/stories/217061/

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Amnesty Iraq Report in Full
//groups.yahoo.com/group/SCAMA-News/files/Amnesty.on.Iraq.pdf

At-a-glance: Amnesty Iraq report
//news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3703213.stm

Informant: ItalysBadBoy

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US forces battle Iraq resistance; children among dead
//seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/172558_iraq08.html

Rumsfeld: Worst of Iraqi prisoner abuse yet to be seen
//www.lowellsun.com/Stories/0,1413,105~4746~2135336,00.html

Is the War Party embarrassed yet?
//www.lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory8.html

"Sometimes they pretended to kill me"
//www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/05/08/torture/

Incompetence or sabotage?
//www.cato.org/dailys/05-08-04.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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This torture started at the very top
//www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1209555,00.html

Beatings and Humiliation Routine
//tinyurl.com/27sks

A prisoner recalls the abuse
//www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=518368.html

West's double standards
//www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1209672,00.html

Iraq Insurgents Defy U.S., Taunt Bush Over Jail Abuse
//www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5076284

Soldiers Back in U.S. Tell of More Iraqi Abuses
//www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5068071

David Kay, says he warned U.S. officials of Iraqi prisoner abuse
//tinyurl.com/2u292

Shame at the front line
//www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/06/1083635279507.html

Iraqi inmate: 'Treated like dogs'
//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3689371.stm

"I am your God”
//blog.newstandardnews.net/iraqdispatches/archives/000332.html

Delta Force, Navy SEALs involved in abuse?
//www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4917567

More torture at Camp Cropper detention centre at Baghdad airport
//english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/841A9F40-0DA5-4174-89D5-C8A70C3DAC15.htm

An illegal and immoral war
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6160.htm

Torture Is News But It's Not New
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6161.htm

Freedom Rider: White Supremacy in Iraq
//www.blackcommentator.com/89/89_freedom_rider_iraq.html

Abuse common in U.S. prisons, activists say
//tinyurl.com/2lyps
//archive.aclu.org/news/n081997a.html
//tinyurl.com/3ba2j
//www.spr.org/en/news/pre2002/082601.html
//writ.news.findlaw.com/colb/20030226.html
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6158.htm
//www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1211509,00.html

Doctor Who Treated Thousands of GIs Wounded in Iraq: "Severest Form of Injuries I've Seen in My Career"
//www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/06/149259

Amnesty: Girl aged eight shot dead by British soldiers
//politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1214017,00.html
//politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1214030,00.html
//news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=520103
//politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1214021,00.html

I, too, was tortured in Abu Ghraib
//www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1214079,00.html
//www.tucsoncitizen.com/breaking/051104_vigilantejustice.html

"The Panama Deception"
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4078.htm

Brutality: the home truths
//www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1213841,00.html

Just Trust Us
//www.nytimes.com/2004/05/11/opinion/11KRUG.html

Across America, War Means Jobs
//story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/20040511/ts_washpost/a15952_2004may10


From Information Clearing House

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Of Rumor and Reality
//www.fpif.org/commentary/2004/0404rumorreality.html

The Psychology of War: Iraq and Vietnam
//www.fpif.org/commentary/2004/0404iraq-vietnam.html

Sorry, Mr. President, but Iraq looks a lot like Vietnam
//www.fpif.org/commentary/2004/0404presidentvietnam.html

Neocons Aim Beyond Baghdad
//www.fpif.org/commentary/2004/0404neocons.html

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Report: U.S. has lost Iraq
//216.26.163.62/2004/ss_iraq_05_07.html


Informant: kevcross5

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USA: Pattern of brutality and cruelty -- war crimes at Abu Ghraib
//www.amnestyusa.org/news/document.do?id=b04794edfe431d1885256e8d0051a241


Informant: NHNE

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Photo evidence exposes 9-11 frameup
//groups.yahoo.com/group/TRUTHBAZOOKA/message/5
//www.cosmicpenguin.com/911/Eastman/m18h05.html


Informant: Planttrees

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Torture by the book
//www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1210574,00.html

Informant: Ozzy bin Oswald

Gentechnik: Venezuela will Aussaat transgener Pflanzen verbieten

Der venezolanische Präsident Hugo Chavez Frias hat ein Ausaatverbot gentechnisch veränderten Saatgutes auf venezolanischem Boden angekündigt - als evtl. stärkste Beschränkung für transgene Organismen in der westlichen Hemisphäre. Obwohl die genauen Detaills der künftigen Politik noch nicht veröffentlicht sind, soll es schnellstmöglich zu einem Vertragsabbruch mit Monsanto (Konzernbasis in den USA) kommen.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

//www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php4?Nr=8445

GM maize growing 'needs review'

By Richard Black
BBC science correspondent

A US study reveals new evidence to show how genes from biotech crops can spread to nearby non-GM plant relatives.

The data comes from research on maize engineered to produce powerful toxins in its leaves and stems.

These substances, normally produced by bacteria, and are lethal to
insect pests that try to eat the maize plant.

But an Arizona-Texas team says the way the crop is grown in some
countries may lead to insects becoming resistant to the GM plant and pesticides.

This is the first time that gene flow has been documented in the context of a refuge Professor Bruce Tabashnik, University of Arizona

The research is reported in the journal Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences.

In the study paper, the scientists say guidelines on how to cultivate
some GM crops should now be revised.

Mating success

The work concerns Bt maize (corn). This crop has been modified to
incorporate genetic material from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

This makes the plant tissues toxic to insects such as the European corn borer, a significant pest that hides in the stalks of the plant, making it difficult to control with chemical sprays.

In the US and some other nations, Bt maize has to be grown alongside so-called "refuges" of conventional varieties - a strategy aimed at preventing the insects from becoming resistant to Bt.

The logic is simple: if rare, resistant insects do emerge from the GM
fields, their success will be restricted if they are breeding with
non-resistant pests on nearby fields. Their progeny are likely to die if they attack the modified maize.

But the new work shows that the Bt gene is finding its way into those refuge plants through pollen that is spreading tens of metres.

"[The refuge] is supposed to be toxin-free but in fact the seeds, that is the next generation - some produce the Bt toxin," Professor Bruce Tabashnik, from the University of Arizona Department of Entomology, told BBC News Online.

"This may increase the potential for some insects to become resistant." And this tolerance could also extend to Bt sprays as well.

Professor Tabashnik was involved in drawing up the current US guidelines on GM-free refuges, and his latest research is likely to lead to a major review within the US.

A number of other countries have similar regulations; and the finding could be relevant to other crops such as cotton in which the Bt modification has also been introduced.

Impact assessment

"[Contamination of non-GM plants] occurs at high levels near the Bt
maize and it declines as you move away from the Bt maize.

"And that allows us to infer that what's happening is there's pollen
moving from the Bt plants into the nearby refuge, and this is producing Bt toxin in the kernels of the plants in the refuge.

"This is the first time that gene flow has been documented in the
context of a refuge," Professor Tabashnik said.

"The guidelines need to be re-examined in the face of this new insight.

"The current thinking is that the refuges should be as close as possible to the Bt maize; and the reason for that is to encourage gene flow in the insects; in other words, mating between the non-resistant insects that come out of the refuge and the ones in the Bt fields which may have become resistant."

Commenting on the research, the UK campaign group GeneWatch said it demonstrated how little was still known about the environmental impact of GM crops.

"Bruce Tabashnik's work in this area is seminal, and so this study will I think be highly regarded and influential," said GeneWatch's Sue Mayer.

"It exposes how little we do know about the environmental impact of GM crops, and how much monitoring needs to be done. We keep hearing these statements about how it's all completely safe but really we need proper monitoring to find out."

Story from BBC NEWS:
//news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/3703567.stm

Published: 2004/05/11 12:54:29 GMT

© BBC MMIV

For more information go to:
//www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.html
//oregon.uoregon.edu/%7Ecsundt/documents.htm
//oregon.uoregon.edu/~csundt/documents.htm


Informant: Teresa Binstock

GM maize growing 'needs review'

By Richard Black
BBC science correspondent

A US study reveals new evidence to show how genes from biotech crops can spread to nearby non-GM plant relatives.

The data comes from research on maize engineered to produce powerful toxins in its leaves and stems.

These substances, normally produced by bacteria, and are lethal to
insect pests that try to eat the maize plant.

But an Arizona-Texas team says the way the crop is grown in some
countries may lead to insects becoming resistant to the GM plant and pesticides.

This is the first time that gene flow has been documented in the context of a refuge Professor Bruce Tabashnik, University of Arizona

The research is reported in the journal Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences.

In the study paper, the scientists say guidelines on how to cultivate
some GM crops should now be revised.

Mating success

The work concerns Bt maize (corn). This crop has been modified to
incorporate genetic material from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

This makes the plant tissues toxic to insects such as the European corn borer, a significant pest that hides in the stalks of the plant, making it difficult to control with chemical sprays.

In the US and some other nations, Bt maize has to be grown alongside so-called "refuges" of conventional varieties - a strategy aimed at preventing the insects from becoming resistant to Bt.

The logic is simple: if rare, resistant insects do emerge from the GM
fields, their success will be restricted if they are breeding with
non-resistant pests on nearby fields. Their progeny are likely to die if they attack the modified maize.

But the new work shows that the Bt gene is finding its way into those refuge plants through pollen that is spreading tens of metres.

"[The refuge] is supposed to be toxin-free but in fact the seeds, that is the next generation - some produce the Bt toxin," Professor Bruce Tabashnik, from the University of Arizona Department of Entomology, told BBC News Online.

"This may increase the potential for some insects to become resistant." And this tolerance could also extend to Bt sprays as well.

Professor Tabashnik was involved in drawing up the current US guidelines on GM-free refuges, and his latest research is likely to lead to a major review within the US.

A number of other countries have similar regulations; and the finding could be relevant to other crops such as cotton in which the Bt modification has also been introduced.

Impact assessment

"[Contamination of non-GM plants] occurs at high levels near the Bt
maize and it declines as you move away from the Bt maize.

"And that allows us to infer that what's happening is there's pollen
moving from the Bt plants into the nearby refuge, and this is producing Bt toxin in the kernels of the plants in the refuge.

"This is the first time that gene flow has been documented in the
context of a refuge," Professor Tabashnik said.

"The guidelines need to be re-examined in the face of this new insight.

"The current thinking is that the refuges should be as close as possible to the Bt maize; and the reason for that is to encourage gene flow in the insects; in other words, mating between the non-resistant insects that come out of the refuge and the ones in the Bt fields which may have become resistant."

Commenting on the research, the UK campaign group GeneWatch said it demonstrated how little was still known about the environmental impact of GM crops.

"Bruce Tabashnik's work in this area is seminal, and so this study will I think be highly regarded and influential," said GeneWatch's Sue Mayer.

"It exposes how little we do know about the environmental impact of GM crops, and how much monitoring needs to be done. We keep hearing these statements about how it's all completely safe but really we need proper monitoring to find out."

Story from BBC NEWS:
//news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/3703567.stm

Published: 2004/05/11 12:54:29 GMT

© BBC MMIV

For more information go to:
//www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.html
//oregon.uoregon.edu/%7Ecsundt/documents.htm
//oregon.uoregon.edu/~csundt/documents.htm

Norway opens whale-hunting season

Norway's whaling policy has attracted condemnation

Whaling vessels have left Norway for the Barents Sea to open this year's whale-hunting season, defying an international moratorium and protests.

The Norwegian government has set a quota of 670 minke whales for the season, which runs until 31 August.

The Scandinavian nation is the only country in the world that authorises whaling for commercial purposes.

Iceland and Japan are the only other nations to fish whales, though they claim to do so for scientific reasons.

National pride

Norway started commercial whaling again in 1993, despite an international ban on the practice seven years earlier.

It argues the hunt is needed to stop the whale population from growing so large that it devours huge stocks of fish. It says the minke whale population levels remain healthy and are not endangered by its annual hunt.

However, environmental group Greenpeace told AFP news agency that demand for whale meat in Norway was diminishing.

It accuses the Norwegian government of persisting with its controversial whaling policy to prop up national pride.

Grenade-tipped harpoons

Controversy has also focused on the manner in which the whales are killed.

Environmentalists say the grenade-tipped harpoons that explode inside the beast are unnecessarily cruel.

Whalers argue it is one of the quickest methods for killing a whale.

The first whaling vessels left Norway to hunt in the North Sea last week. But the main catches are made in the area of the North Atlantic known as the Barents Sea.

//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3701805.stm


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Marco Camenisch goes on trial for murder & attempted murder

Yesterday Swiss eco-activist Marco Camenisch, who is serving 10 years imprisonment for using explosives to destroy nuclear power station pylons, went on trial accused of murder and attempted murder.

As ELP supporters will be aware, Marco was initially jailed for his anti-nuclear actions in Switzerland in 1980. However in 1981, along with other prisoners, Marco escaped from prison. During the escape there was a shoot out between some of the prisoners and the prison wardens during which one prison warden died and another was injured.

Following his escape, Marco then went on the run for over ten years, carrying out a number of anti-nuclear actions (mainly blowing up electricity pylons) before finally being arrested in Italy in 1992. However after he was arrested it was suggested by the media and police that Marco may have been responsible for a Swiss boarder police officer who was shot dead in 1989.

After his arrest in 1992 Marco was held on remand, by the Italian authorities, before eventually put on trial in 1993 where he was found guilty of carrying out a number of anti-nuclear actions in Italy and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

That sentence came to an end in 2002 and he was immediately extradited to Switzerland to complete the remainder of his 10 year prison sentence.

However after Marco was returned to Switzerland there was a lot of speculation that he might be charged with the murder of the boarder guard in 1989.

Marco has always denied killing the Swiss boarder guard. He has also always denied killing or injuring the prison warders during his escape from prison. However despite his innocence, Marco has been charged with the death of the Swiss boarder guard and the attempted murder of the Swiss prison warder in 1981.

These new charges against Marco can be seen as yet another attempt by the authorities to try and break Marco's spirit and an attempt to damage his international support base.

After all the years in prison, Marco, who defines himself an ecological anarchist, has never let the authorities change his mind about his political convictions. Instead, whilst behind bars, he has remained a political activist and by means of writing letters, he has organized a far-reaching international network of political and personal contacts.

Don't be under any illusion. The authorities want to break Marco. They hate the fact he has remained steadfast to his political identity and they loath his continued refusal to cooperate with the judicial authority. It is therefore no surprise that he has had these new charges laid against him.

It is up to the international prisoner support movement to make sure Marco receives all the support he can get and to remind the authorities that the support for Marco is as strong as ever.

Show your support for Marco by sending letters of support (in either English, German, Italian, Spanish or French) to:

Marco Camenisch
Flughafengefangnis
ZURICH-FLUGHAFEN
Postfach 8058
Zurich
Switzerland

For more information on Marco and his history, check out his prisoner profile on //www.spiritoffreedom.org.uk or check out the multi-lingual website //www.freecamenisch.net


In the run up to the run up to the start of Switzerland's political trial against Marco Camenisch a large number of Marco's supporters have carried out various protests, in both Switzerland and Italy, in support of Marco.

According to the British media, the Swiss police alone have revealed that they have made 98 arrests of Marco's supporters, most of whom are eco-anarchists and anti-globalisation activists.

In Italy as a result of one demonstration four people where remanded into custody. Two of whom (both Italians) have now been released. However the other two remain held prisoner by the authorities. One of the two is a woman from Zurich, Switzerland, called Andi, who is believed to be held because she is a known eco-radical and the authorities don't like her politics. The exact charges against her are unknown but her imprisonment can be regarded as political. The identity of the second person is still as yet unknown but it is believed they may be German or French.

Although we don't yet know Andi's prison location, ELP pledges our support to Andi and all of Marco's supporters who have been arrested and we will bring you regular updates about what's going on as and when we receive them ourselves.

In the meantime, we urge everyone to check out the multi-lingual website //www.freecamenisch.net This website has pages written in English, Italian, Spanish, German and French.

A.N.S.W.E.R. FILES FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST FOR THE RELEASE OF THE WITHHELD EVIDENCE OF ABUSE OF PRISONERS

PRESS RELEASE
May 10, 2004

A.N.S.W.E.R. FILES FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE CIA FOR THE RELEASE OF THE WITHHELD EVIDENCE OF ABUSE OF PRISONERS HELD IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND GUANTANAMO

The antiwar coalition A.N.S.W.E.R. today filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency seeking the release of photographs, video and other information pertaining to conditions of detention and interrogation by U.S. forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo. The request was filed by attorneys Mara Verheyden-Hilliard and Carl Messineo, of the Partnership for Civil Justice.

"We filed this request on behalf of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition because the government has a legal obligation not to conceal or cover-up criminal action that it has undertaken. The people of the United States have the right to learn the truth about U.S. military operations and the barbaric and criminal treatment of detainees in Iraq and elsewhere," stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard. "The full release of the information will, we believe, reveal that torture and humiliation of prisoners is not aberrational but rather is an institutionalized mechanism of occupation and conquest."

A.N.S.W.E.R. steering committee member Elias Rashmawi of Free Palestine Alliance, stated, "For many people in the United States the recent disclosures of the murder and torture of Arab and Muslim prisoners held in U.S. detention constitutes a shocking and startling revelation. For the Arab people, however, we recognize in these horrible photos the same horrendous tactics that are routinely employed by the Israeli Defense Forces against Palestinian and other Arab prisoners. These tactics are the tools of occupation, now being exported to Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo.

"These acts are an indication of the sadistic and collective intent to fully dehumanize a people. These were not acts of an interrogation of an occupying army for the purpose of obtaining forced confessions, itself a horrifying crime; these are a pervasive assault against a people in their entirety, their values and their being, in the most offensive and brutal manner. This is what occupation looks like. We are certain that as these practices are exposed to the people in the U.S. they will reject the U.S. government's attempts to carry out this brutality in their names."

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) is preparing to mobilize thousands of people to march from the White House to the Pentagon on June 5, 2004. There will be coordinated demonstrations on June 5 in San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities.

"We have filed a FOIA request today because it is obvious that the Bush Administration, the Pentagon and the CIA have conducted a massive cover-up over many months to prevent the people of the world from learning the truth about their operations," according to Brian Becker of A.N.S.W.E.R. "This criminal war and occupation must end. As during the Vietnam War, the people are continuing to build the anti-war movement until all foreign troops are removed from Iraq. We are standing in opposition to all colonial occupation and intervention from Haiti to Palestine to Korea, the Philippines, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and elsewhere. In each and every instance the occupiers have resorted to murder and torture in their pursuit of conquest and empire."

TO SEE A COPY OF THE FOIA REQUEST, go to:
//www.internationalanswer.org/pdf/Iraq_FOIA_DoD.pdf
and
//www.internationalanswer.org/pdf/Iraq_FOIA_CIA.pdf

The economics of EMF guidelines/standards

To All

It seems that most, if not all standard setting bodies uncritically accept differing exposure limits for public / occupational exposures. Taking EMF for example, at 50 Hz the ICNIRP guidelines give 1000mG for residential and 5000 mG for occupational.

As ICNIRP is supposed to be a 'health based' guideline this seems a bit strange - making about as much sense as claiming that one has an increased biological resistance to environmental risks while in the workplace. - BUT the real issue is economics, not health. ICNIRP and its ilk made more sense when viewed as 'economics based' guidelines.

Currently the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear safety Agency (ARPANSA) has taken a responsible position by convening two committees attempting to come up with a revised Australian ELF standard, considering the 4 mG /doubling of the risk of childhood leukaemia evidence. I have presented the case that there is no valid scientific reason to differentiate between public and occupational exposures. Whatever standard limits are agreed upon, the limits should apply for one and all. Hopefully this does not mean that we all get saddled with the old 5000 limit!

As I see it the dual exposure system originates from the old "compensating wage differential" (CWD) which was promoted by Chauncey Starr for the nuclear power industry. Recommended reading is: "RISKY BUSINESS Nuclear Workers, Ethics, and the Market-Efficiency Argument" by Kristin Shrader-Frechette, from Ethics & the Environment Volume 7, Number 1
See: //www.iupjournals.org/ethics/ee7-1.html

I have copied and pasted a bit from my summary of this paper:

". . . Starr also mentions the concept of "voluntary" risk by individuals as a function of income benefits. In other words the acceptance of an increased risk in the workplace is an exponential function of his/her wage , or known as the compensating wage differential (CWD) originally formulated by Adam Smith. This assumption, with Starr as a main proponent, was to become enshrined in ionizing radiation exposure standards (as well as in other polluting industries) and later carried over to the non-ionizing exposure standards as well, where it is accepted that maximum exposure levels can vary greatly between public (involuntary) and workplace (voluntary) exposures. Starrs view has since been widely accepted among the risk assessment profession.

The compensating wage differential (CWD) has been justified on the grounds that workers in hazardous environments receive, as compared to other workers in less hazardous workplaces, a"hazard-pay premium", or as we call it in Australia "danger money". The theory being that the workers will willingly trade safety for extra wages. We see this enshrined in US legislation where, before 1990, ionizing workplace standards allowed nuclear workers to receive up to 10 times as much radiation in any year as a member of the public. After 1990 the public exposure limit was lowered but not the workers exposure. Thus allowing a workplace limit 50 times greater than the public . Starr (1969) justifies this on the grounds that occupational and public exposures to ionizing radiation are not analogous because environmental risks accepted 'voluntarily", through one's occupation, can be regulated by means of standards less strict than those of public risks, precisely because of the CWD. In other words, a classic economic solution of how to control occupational hazards. However a key ingredient for this assumption to work is that workers must have an adequate knowledge of their particular risk situations. By being aware of the risks involved then can then make decisions based on a wage differential. However, numerous surveys by risk assessors, including Starr have found that most people are generally unaware of the hazards they face, thus making CWD decisions impossible for those people.

Kristin Shrader-Frechette in the paper "RISKY BUSINESS Nuclear Workers, Ethics, and the Market-Efficiency Argument" details reasons for doubting that the CWD can provide an ethical justification for hazardous working environments because it may not even exist at all.

Some surveys have shown that when all workers are lumped together from lowest to highest paid, then risk and salary do increase as the CWD predicts. However when workers are separated into two groups, with white, male, unionized, college-educated, or skilled workers in a primary group, and the other being made up of non-white, female, non-unionized, non-college educated, or non-skilled workers in a secondary group, the CWD theory fails.

So while primary group workers enjoy a CWD, secondary workers do not. Hence, the alleged CWD for the entire grouping appears to me merely an artifact of data aggregation . In fact, the primary group CWD actually may exacerbate unequal treatment of those in the secondary group (non-white, female, non-unionized, etc.), because it covers up the lack of CWD in the secondary group, once the data are aggregated.

Shrader-Frechette points out that some surveys have shown that for non-unionized workers, there is a negative compensating wage differential; as risk increases wages get lower. When one compares wage rates across jobs, not adjusting for skill requirements, one observes that hazardous jobs pay twenty to thirty percent less than safe employment. Thus it is obvious that, even if there is a genuine CWD for some priviliged workers, the CWD may not provide general ethical justification for workplace environmental injustice, and this is especially the case in using CWD theory for standard setting.

Starr and other CWD proponents try to have it both ways when it comes to worker and public perceptions of risk in standard setting. They maintain that. Once employees are adequately educated regarding the risks they face, regulations ought to follow employees' risk preferences. In addition they would also say that regulators have no right to tell workers they cannot follow their preferences for higher risks. However, when these same proponents of the CWD wish to justify government imposition of a standard for public exposure they take the opposite tack. - Arguing, when faced with citizen's demands for stricter regulations on risks, that the public's risk perceptions, even of highly educated laymen, are subjective, intuitive, and generally inaccurate. CWD proponents would then argue that regulators should rely only on risk assessments calculated by the experts because these assessments are "rational" preferences.
. . . SNIP

Regards

Don Maisch


Omega see also:

Russia and RF bioeffects
//omega.twoday.net/stories/230108/

Taxpayers Losing Millions as Bush OK's Logging in Roadless Forests

May 12, 2004

The Tongass and Chugach National Forests contain some of the largest remaining stands of roadless ancient temperate rainforest in the U.S. They hug the coast of southeast Alaska, providing habitat for numerous wildlife species—river otters, grizzly bears, bald eagles, mountain goats, wolves, salmon, and more. Vital local industries, including commercial fishing and tourism, depend upon the health of the Tongass and Chugach. [1]

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, enacted in January 2001, protects areas like these from commercial logging. It also protects against oil and gas drilling, as well as extensive off-road vehicle use. [2] In May 2001, Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman expressed support for the Roadless Rule, calling it "the right thing to do." [3]

But when the state of Alaska filed a lawsuit in 2001 the Bush administration chose not defend the rule. [4] Instead, last June it proposed exempting the Tongass from the Roadless Rule's protection.

During the 45-day public comment period, about a quarter of a million citizens sent in comments. Laurie Cooper, manager of the Alaska Rainforest Campaign, told BushGreenwatch that "99 percent of these were in favor of keeping protections on both the Tongass and the Chugach. The public is very much in support of protecting our last wild forests."

Nonetheless, last December the Bush Administration announced the exemption of the Tongass from the Roadless Rule. [5] According to Cooper, the indefinite, supposedly temporary, exemption of the Tongass opens up 9.3 million acres of ancient forest for road development and timber sales. If extended to the 5 million eligible acres of the Chugach, a quarter of the land originally covered by the Roadless Rule will be unprotected.

Cooper sees no economic justification for this level of logging. "Despite what the Forest Service or the Bush administration would like to portray, the decline of the timber industry is not due to the protection of these wild roadless areas," she says. "There was a series of pulp mill closures, as well as an increase in supply from other regions of the world that made it uneconomical to log in the Tongass."

Logging in the Tongass actually costs American taxpayers millions of dollars. According to the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, "A recent analysis by the Southeastern Alaska Conservation Council estimates that U.S. taxpayers spent $170,000 for every direct timber job created by logging in the Tongass National Forest in 2002--an amount equal to more than four times the average U.S. household income ($42,409) for the same year." The timber program could lose up to $30 million a year through non-competitive and under-valued timber sales. Plus, there is a $900 million backlog of deferred maintenance and capitol improvements to existing Tongass roads. [6]

"For 2001, spending on the planning process, as well as road construction, cost $36 million," says Cooper. "And in return, receipts were $1.2 million. It’s a federal subsidy to keep the timber industry operating in the Tongass."

The Bush administration wants to make the Tongass and Chugach exemptions permanent. It may use them to gut the Roadless Rule, which also protects some 44 million acres of forest in the lower 48 states. The administration is said to be preparing an extensive revision of the rule to give governors options to apply for exemptions in their states. [7]

As Cooper noted, Undersecretary of Agriculture Mark Rey was previously a top lobbyist for the timber industry.


TAKE ACTION
Tell Congress to protect the roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest , and end taxpayer-subsidized logging, with Alaska Rainforest Campaign’s free fax form.


SOURCES:
[1] "The Land and Its People," Alaska Rainforest Campaign.
//www.akrain.org/rainforest/info/landpeople.asp
[2] "The Rule of the Roadless," Grist Magazine, Jan. 5, 2001.
//www.gristmagazine.com/daily/daily010501.stm
[3] "An Anniversary Marked By Controversy,", Alaska Rainforest Campaign.
//www.akrain.org/action/default.asp
[4] "Tongass National Forest Exempted from Roadless Rule By Bush Administration," The Wilderness Society.
//www.wilderness.org/WhereWeWork/Alaska/WR108-TongassExemption.cfm
[5] Ibid.
[6] "Tongass Roadless Exemption Threatens Taxpayers," Taxpayers for Common Sense.
//www.taxpayer.net/forest/01_15_TongassBriefing.pdf
[7] The Wilderness Society, op. cit.


//www.bushgreenwatch.org/mt_archives/000116.php

Omega-News Collection 12. May 04

It was about "regime change" from the get-go
//www.fff.org/comment/com0405d.asp

Bush policies share blame for prison abuse scandal
//www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?news_id=2930

Our own worst enemy
//www.americannewsreel.com/artman/publish2/cat_index_19.shtml#85

Amnesty: UK troops shot civilians
//www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/05/10/iraq.british.troops/

Between Iraq and a hard place
//www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/shaffer69.html

The misunderestimated man
//slate.msn.com/id/2100064

Power turns good soldiers into "bad apples"
//tinyurl.com/3938m

Congress toughens war oversight role
//www.csmonitor.com/2004/0511/p02s01-usfp.html

To neocons, reality is "treason"
//www.antiwar.com/roberts/?articleid=2541

Ruled by force and lies
//www.libertyforall.net/2004/may23/Ruled.html

A history of maltreatment
//www.progress.org/2004/fold351.htm

Speaking of liberty
//babelogue.citypages.com:8080/bsmith/2004/05/11

Cold turkey
//www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/cold_turkey/

Sick people -- and no, we don't mean Lynndie England
//tinyurl.com/2uugv

Cruelty cuts across nationality, gender lines
//tinyurl.com/26vv7

Beyond apologies
//tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/10359

Images & abstractions & genitals
//www.counterpunch.org/christian05102004.html

After Abu Ghraib, is the war still winnable?
//www.affbrainwash.com/archives/011820.php

A time for truth
//www.antiwar.com/pat/?articleid=2553

The America we know
//www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18659

Irrelevant casualties
//www.libertyforall.net/2004/may23/Casualties.html

The fallout of war
//www.strike-the-root.com/4/seese/seese5.html

This free speech issue should be a slam dunk
//www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v04/n706/a09.html?397

Picture this
//tinyurl.com/2yuqz

The logic of occupation
//www.yellowtimes.org/article.php?sid=1925


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Soldier: Foul photos of inmates were prized
//www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/nation/8629607.htm

Top brass 'picked man who ordered torture'
//www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9519057^401,00.html

People Court Pronounces U.S. Guilty
//www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=23664

Sadism in war old habit
//www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/05/09/452554.html

Outside the law
//www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1213194,00.html

Sometimes They Pretended to Kill Me
//www.veteransforcommonsense.org/newsArticle.asp?id=1718
//thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1433692002

What about the other secret U.S. prisons?
//www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=518058.html

If we see our enemies as inhuman, then we ourselves end up as savages
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6169.htm

Those Who Deny the Crimes of the Past
//www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=5135

Coalition 'tortured Iraqi POWs'
//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3034031.stm

How a Pentagon email sought to contain the prison abuse scandal
//www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,634638,00.html

The Media War against Iraq
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6165.htm

We have met the evildoers... and they are us
//zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=5496

Failure And Betrayal
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6167.htm

Poll shows majority want UK troops to pull out
//news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=519735

Blair faces resignation call
//www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=507187

War tab swamps Bush’s estimate
//www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/05/09/MNGOU6IK1J1.DTL&type=printable

Bush's failed Mideast policy is creating more terrorism
//hollings.senate.gov/~hollings/opinion/2004506A17.html

'Poor paying for war on terror'
//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3696683.stm


From Information Clearing House

--------

Restoring Our Honor
//mailhost.groundspring.org/cgi-bin/t.pl?id=82967:740526

Washington's Hidden WMD Program
//mailhost.groundspring.org/cgi-bin/t.pl?id=82970:740526

Press Groups Concerned over US Restrictions on Iraq's Media
//mailhost.groundspring.org/cgi-bin/t.pl?id=82971:740526

The Empire behind the Bush's Wars
//mailhost.groundspring.org/cgi-bin/t.pl?id=82972:740526

Omega-News Collection

It was about "regime change" from the get-go
//www.fff.org/comment/com0405d.asp

Bush policies share blame for prison abuse scandal
//www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?news_id=2930

Our own worst enemy
//www.americannewsreel.com/artman/publish2/cat_index_19.shtml#85

Amnesty: UK troops shot civilians
//www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/05/10/iraq.british.troops/

Between Iraq and a hard place
//www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/shaffer69.html

The misunderestimated man
//slate.msn.com/id/2100064

Power turns good soldiers into "bad apples"
//tinyurl.com/3938m

Congress toughens war oversight role
//www.csmonitor.com/2004/0511/p02s01-usfp.html

To neocons, reality is "treason"
//www.antiwar.com/roberts/?articleid=2541

Ruled by force and lies
//www.libertyforall.net/2004/may23/Ruled.html

A history of maltreatment
//www.progress.org/2004/fold351.htm

Speaking of liberty
//babelogue.citypages.com:8080/bsmith/2004/05/11

Cold turkey
//www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/cold_turkey/

Sick people -- and no, we don't mean Lynndie England
//tinyurl.com/2uugv

Cruelty cuts across nationality, gender lines
//tinyurl.com/26vv7

Beyond apologies
//tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/10359

Images & abstractions & genitals
//www.counterpunch.org/christian05102004.html

After Abu Ghraib, is the war still winnable?
//www.affbrainwash.com/archives/011820.php

A time for truth
//www.antiwar.com/pat/?articleid=2553

The America we know
//www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18659

Irrelevant casualties
//www.libertyforall.net/2004/may23/Casualties.html

The fallout of war
//www.strike-the-root.com/4/seese/seese5.html

This free speech issue should be a slam dunk
//www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v04/n706/a09.html?397

Picture this
//tinyurl.com/2yuqz

The logic of occupation
//www.yellowtimes.org/article.php?sid=1925





Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


--------

Soldier: Foul photos of inmates were prized
//www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/nation/8629607.htm

Top brass 'picked man who ordered torture'
//www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9519057^401,00.html

People Court Pronounces U.S. Guilty
//www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=23664

Sadism in war old habit
//www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/05/09/452554.html

Outside the law
//www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1213194,00.html

Sometimes They Pretended to Kill Me
//www.veteransforcommonsense.org/newsArticle.asp?id=1718
//thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1433692002

What about the other secret U.S. prisons?
//www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=518058.html

If we see our enemies as inhuman, then we ourselves end up as savages
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6169.htm

Those Who Deny the Crimes of the Past
//www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=5135

Coalition 'tortured Iraqi POWs'
//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3034031.stm

How a Pentagon email sought to contain the prison abuse scandal
//www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,634638,00.html

The Media War against Iraq
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6165.htm

We have met the evildoers... and they are us
//zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=5496

Failure And Betrayal
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6167.htm

Poll shows majority want UK troops to pull out
//news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=519735

Blair faces resignation call
//www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=507187

War tab swamps Bush’s estimate
//www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/05/09/MNGOU6IK1J1.DTL&type=printable

Bush's failed Mideast policy is creating more terrorism
//hollings.senate.gov/~hollings/opinion/2004506A17.html

'Poor paying for war on terror'
//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3696683.stm


From Information Clearing House

--------

Restoring Our Honor
//mailhost.groundspring.org/cgi-bin/t.pl?id=82967:740526

Washington's Hidden WMD Program
//mailhost.groundspring.org/cgi-bin/t.pl?id=82970:740526

Press Groups Concerned over US Restrictions on Iraq's Media
//mailhost.groundspring.org/cgi-bin/t.pl?id=82971:740526

The Empire behind the Bush's Wars
//mailhost.groundspring.org/cgi-bin/t.pl?id=82972:740526

Urgent - Greenpeace on Trial

Dear friends,

Greenpeace is going on trial on Monday for protecting the rainforest in the Amazon.

For the first time ever, the US government has decided to prosecute an entire organisation for exercising its right to free speech through non-violent protest.

The trial begins on May 17th, and results from a protest against an illegal shipment of mahogany headed for the Port of Miami in Florida two years ago. Unable to find a suitable law against calling attention to environmental crimes, the Attorney General has charged Greenpeace under an obscure 19th-century law designed to stop prostitutes from boarding sailing vessels.

If we are found guilty, it will mean being branded a criminal organisation.

While Greenpeace is in the dock, those who logged, imported and sold the illegally imported mahogany continue to operate.

Not only is this a wholly unwarranted and politically motivated attack on an organisation that was attempting to prevent a crime, but it also sets a dangerous precedent for the future of free speech and the right to civil protest in the US. It could also be used as an example in other countries to curb non-violent direct action. The case has been attacked in articles and editorials in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and Miami Herald. Senator Patrick Leahy of the US Judiciary Committee wrote to US Attorney General John Ashcroft saying his selective prosecution of Greenpeace could "have a chilling effect on free speech and activism of all kinds." Al Gore called the case "highly disturbing" in a speech to MoveOn members. Fellow environmental and civil rights groups have rallied to demand Ashcroft drop the case. But Ashcroft's not listening.

Now it's your turn to make sure we don't let this case go unchallenged. We need your help. Sign on to our letter demanding Bush and Ashcroft prosecute illegal loggers rather than Greenpeace. To date, 37,000 people have joined this appeal. We want to have 50,000 signatories by Monday. We need to show the US government that people all over the world are watching this trial. We need to remind them they can't silence Greenpeace without silencing everyone who supports Greenpeace.

Don't let Bush and Ashcroft silence you. Take action now:

//www.greenpeaceusa.org/bin/view.fpl/10048/action_id/195.html

Find out more about the case below:

//www.greenpeace.org/international_en/news/details?item_id=472552

Meet some of the people involved and the history of the action and prosecution:

//www.miaminewtimes.com/issues/2004-04-29/feature.html/1/index.html

Send this fun animation about the case to your friends:

//www.greenpeaceusa.org/bin/view.fpl/8035/article/931.html

"Spy chips" raise civil liberties fears

Guardian [UK]

"The introduction of tiny 'spy chips' on shop-bought goods from underwear to crisp packets risks a GM-style consumer backlash unless adequate safeguards are put in place, a leading consumer interest group claimed today. The National Consumer Council (NCC) said government, regulators and businesses needed to work together to make sure that radio frequency identification (RFID) tags were not seen as an invasion of privacy. The tags allow for individual products as common as a can of baked beans to be given a unique identity number which would allow a retailer to monitor the progress of its stock from warehouse to checkout."

//www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1214395,00.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Eil-Aktion : Yasuni-Nationalpark in Ecuador gefährdet

Der Yasuni-Nationalpark in Ecuador ist durch eine Ölstraße gefährdet. Rettet den Regenwald beteiligt sich an den internationalen Protesten.
Bitte helfen auch Sie und schicken Sie eine Protestmail unter //www.regenwald.org

Es gibt auch Lichtblicke: Der ehemalige Umweltminister Emil Salim aus Indonesien hat einen Bericht über die schädlichen Folgen der
Ölförderung für die Weltbank erarbeitet. Nun müssen nur noch die
Konsequenzen daraus gezogen werden. Mehr Infos dazu und eine Aktion unter //www.regenwald.org

Bitte leiten Sie diese Nachricht an möglichst viele Freunde und
Bekannte weiter! Mit bestem Dank für Ihre Hilfe und Ihr Engagement

Reinhard Behrend

Rettet den Regenwald e. V. Friedhofsweg 28 22337 Hamburg Tel. 040 - 4103804 info@regenwald.ORG //www.regenwald.ORG

Gen-Weizen erfolgreich zerstört

Gestern gab Monsanto bekannt, Genweizen vom Markt zu nehmen. Auch weil die Absatzchancen bei den Verbrauchern sinken, und weil das Roundup System demnächst den Patentschutz verliert.

Dafür wollen sie auf Soja und Mais setzen, wobei bei Mais festgestellt wurde, dass dieser sich auskreuzt und dann das BT- Gift auch in konventionellen Mais der Nachbarschaft zu finden ist.

Dazu kommt, dass zukünftig erwartet wird, dass nicht Genprodukte durch den doppelten Verfahrensweg massiv teuerer werden, der Verband schätzt bis 60%.

Wer Zeit hat, sollte die Situation der Bauern in Indien genauer untersuchen.. dort ist die Abhängigkeitsspirale durch genmanipuliertes Saatgut schon sichtbar.

Grüsse Bernd


Gen-Weizen erfolgreich zerstört

Was indische Bauern seit Jahren vormachen, übernimmt jetzt Greenpeace in Deutschland: Gen-Weizen, der in Sachsen-Anhalt nach dem Willen der Landesregierung, aber gegen den Mehrheitswillen der Bevölkerung angebaut wurde, haben Umweltaktivisten einfach zerstört. Und wie reagiert die Betreiberfirma auf diesen Selbsthilfeversuch aus der Gesellschaft? Ein Firmensprecher der hessischen Firma Syngenta erklärte, seine Firma ziehe sich zurück. Es sei fraglich, ob ein weiteres Engagement in Deutschland noch Sinn mache.

//www.sonnenseite.com/fp/archiv/Akt-News/4770.php


Viele Grüße aus Westhausen!

Bernd Schreiner

Anti-chemtrail Commercial im kanadischen Lokal-TV - Anti-chemtrail Commercial on TV

Die Einwohner der kanadischen Kleinstadt Powell River bekommen auf ihrem lokalen TV-Sender etwa alle 20 Minuten einen "Anti-Chemtrail-Werbeclip" vorgeführt.

Die Audiospur des Clips ist auch per Internet abrufbar und eignet sich - so die Eigendefinition - auch dazu, um Chemtails gegenüber "Laien" zu erklären:

//www.geocities.com/canadianchemtrails/Commercial.html


Quelle/Source: //ecolog.twoday.net/stories/216754/

Urwaldzerstörung: Indonesisches Tropenholz in EU-Gebäude

Nach Greenpeace-Recherchen stammt das Sperrholz für die Renovierung des Gebäudes des EU-Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschusses von Firmen, die illegal eingeschlagenes Holz aus den letzten Urwäldern Indonesiens verkaufen. Die Umweltschützer lieferten umweltfreundliches FSC-zertifiziertes Sperrholz ins Gebäude, das die EU statt des Raubbauholzes verwenden soll. Auf einem Transparent steht: "EU: Stop illegal Timber Imports". Greenpeace fordert die EU-Umweltminister auf, bei ihrem Treffen diese Woche im irischen Waterford die gesetzliche Grundlage für ein Importverbot von illegal gefälltem Holz zu schaffen.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:
//www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php4?Nr=8423

Muhen gegen Müller

muhen, schreien oder flüstern Sie Müllermilch Ihre Meinung! Ab sofort können Verbraucherinnen und Verbraucher ihre Stimme bei uns abgeben und Müller mitteilen, was sie von Gentechnik in Futtermitteln halten.

Die Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller hatte Greenpeace in einem Schreiben mitgeteilt, dass angeblich alles in ihrer Macht stehende getan wurde, um Gen-Pflanzen im Tierfutter der Kühe auszuschließen. Doch Recherchen von Greenpeace ergaben, dass Müller weder Verträge abschließt noch Kontrollen durchführt. Zu guter Letzt fanden wir erhebliche Anteile von genmanipulierter Soja in Futtermittelproben von vier Müllermilch-Höfen.

Höchste Zeit zu protestieren. Klicken Sie rein in unsere Aktionsseite:

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und geben Sie Ihre Stimme ab oder verschicken Sie eine E-Card.

Letzte Woche wurde übrigens das erste gekennzeichnete Produkt gefunden. Wir haben es jetzt selber vorliegen. Es handelt sich um das Produkt "Tofu Mix (Soybean Curd Mix)", hergestellt von House Food Industrial Co. Ltd. in Japan und wird in einem Asia-Markt in Hannover verkauft. Halten Sie danach Ausschau und fordern Sie die Filialleiter auf, das Produkt aus den Regalen zu nehmen, falls Sie eins sichten.

Viel Spaß beim Muhen,
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