Laternendemo für Mobilfunk-freie Schulen und Kindergärten

Mit der Bitte um Weiterleitung!

Wir möchten Sie zu einer "Demo der besonderen Art", zu einem stimmungsvollen Laternenspaziergang durch die Salzburger Altstadt einladen.

Wir bringen unser 10 m langes Protest-Banner von der "Donnerstags-Mobilfunk-Mahnwache" mit. Bitte bringen Sie, wenn möglich, Laternen und Transparente mit Ihren Anliegen mit. Wir wollen in erster Linie auf die Gesundheitsvorsorge für Kinder und Jugendliche im Zusammenhang mit Mobilfunk, aufmerksam machen.

Mit diesem Termin am Freitag Nachmittag, möchten wir auch den Berufstätigen und Familien eine Teilnahme ermöglichen.

Wir laden auch alle diejenigen zu unserem friedlichen Protestspaziergang durch das vorweihnachtliche Salzburg herzlich ein, die zur Veranstaltung "Mobilfunk - Mensch und Recht", anreisen.

* Treffen: Freitag, 16. Dezember, 15.30 Uhr am »Platzl« - mitten im Zentrum, direkt bei der Staatsbrücke, Anfang Linzergasse

* Start: 15.45 Uhr

* Stationen: Alter Markt, Residenzplatz, Toscaninihof (Edmundsburg)

* Ziel: Edmundsburg am Mönchsberg. Hier ist der Tagungsort von »Mobilfunk – Mensch und Recht«, Beginn 17.00 Uhr. Der Spaziergang endet gegen 16.30 Uhr, so dass die Veranstaltung besucht werden kann.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Michael Meyer
Schulforum Mobilfunk - Risiko Mobilfunk Österreich Plattform Sozialstaat Österreich - Netzwerk Zivilcourage, A - 5165 Berndorf, Stadl 4, Tel/Fax 0043 - 6217 - 8576

9/11 Evidence Ignored By Apathetic American Public


From Our bill of rights

Deutsche Sicherheitsdienste informierten angeblich CIA über el Masri

"Verschleppt und misshandelt": Deutsche Sicherheitsdienste informierten angeblich CIA im Mai 2004 über el Masri (13.12.05)

Deutsche Sicherheitsdienste haben angeblich den amerikanischen Geheimdienst CIA im Mai 2004 und möglicherweise auch schon früher über den Deutsch-Libanesen Khaled el Masri informiert. Der "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" berichtete unter Berufung auf Koalitionskreise, Vertreter der SPD hätten im Laufe interner Beratungen am Montag eingeräumt, dass es eine Information gegeben habe. El Masri war nach eigenen Angaben Ende 2003 verschleppt und von der CIA fünf Monate in einem Gefängnis in Afghanistan festgehalten und misshandelt worden. Deutsche Sicherheitsbeamte schließen angeblich nicht aus, dass die CIA dabei auf Informationen deutscher Stellen zurückgegriffen hat.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Tell Congress to STOP the Public Land Giveaway

Congressional Bill Would Sell National Public Lands Dirt Cheap

Congress may decide as early as next week on a bill that would sell off millions of acres of public lands at bargain basement prices -- including lands in national forests, national monuments, wilderness areas, and even national parks -- to mining corporations and real estate developers.

Please contact your members of Congress immediately to ask them to oppose the sell-off of America's public lands and to remove this giveaway from the budget bill in conference.


European investigator says CIA did have illegal secret prisons in Europe


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

McCain's Defining Moment

by Ray McGovern, TomPaine.com

Torture helped Bush implement a policy of unchecked aggression. Torture may help McCain end it.


America's Shame in Montreal

Talk is cheap, and nonbinding talk is even cheaper. And talk alone will not get the developing world into the game. Why should India and China make major sacrifices while the United States, in effect, gets a free ride?


Iraq: 1000 Days of War - 1000 days of getting it wrong

A country dragged through Shock and Awe, insurrection and democracy.



1000 days of getting it wrong

by Patrick Cockburn


Iraqis expected much from the fall of Saddam Hussein. They had endured 23 years of war and sanctions. The Iraqi armed forces, even supposedly elite units like the Special Republican Guard, simply packed up and went home. Nobody wanted to die for the old regime. Instead they hoped to enjoy the fruits of their oil wealth for the first time and begin to live like Kuwaitis or Saudis. Instead the US installed a colonial regime. Iraqis were marginalized and their opinions ignored. Iraqi professionals with PhDs and fluent in several languages found themselves being ordered about by young Americans whose only qualification was links to the Republican party...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Swiss Government Cites Evidence of Secret CIA Prisons, Transfers

A Swiss investigator probing claims of secret CIA prisons in Europe said his committee has evidence that supports allegations that prisoners were transferred between countries and temporarily held "without any judicial involvement."


Democrats Talk Fight on Patriot Act Revision

Opponents of a compromise to renew the Patriot Act launched last-minute efforts to block it Monday, saying Congress needs time to include more protections for civil liberties.


At the Gates of San Quentin

Norman Solomon writes: No buzzards were gliding overhead, but several helicopters circled, under black sky tinged blue. On the shore of a stunning bay at a placid moment, the state prepared to kill.


The emperor has spoken

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman


It’s a measure of the imperial nature of the modern American presidency that George W. Bush misstates the truth even as he defends himself against the charge that he misstates the truth. It takes extraordinary disrespect for the American people to look them in the eyes and say that Congress had seen the same intelligence about Saddam Hussein's nonexistent weapons of mass destruction as he did, and that a Senate committee had cleared his administration of twisting the WMD intelligence to serve its Iraq war agenda...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Chipping away at our liberties

The Moderate Voice
by Jack Gantt


Welcome to Amerika, 2005. People have no rights at all. If you do not have the right to own property, you simply cannot have any other rights. Free speech? Sorry, you can be arrested for standing in the wrong place, since you cannot own land, so that right is gone. Freedom of religion? Sorry, if you are in a church the government doesn't like, they can take it from you and demolish it, because you have no right to own property. Right to bear arms? Nope. If you cannot own property, government can, quite literally, take anything away from you that you own. How about the right to be secure in your own property and 'their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures?' Nope. If you cannot own property, then this right simply does not apply. The government can just claim that your house is their house, and they can do whatever they like in their own house...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Return civil liberties stolen by Patriot Act

Star Bulletin
by staff


House and Senate negotiators agreed last week to make 14 of the Patriot Act's 16 provisions permanent. Those essentially expanded surveillance and investigative powers of the federal government. ... A bipartisan group of six senators has vowed to fight the bill on the Senate floor, with Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., threatening to use a filibuster to block a vote. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, proposed a three-month extension to work out a better compromise. Proponents of the bill, including the White House, refer to it as a compromise, but no Democratic negotiator went along with it. Further Republican concessions are needed to gain bipartisan and public support...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Is Bush governing in a fantasy world?

Human Events
by Bruce Bartlett


In its latest issue, Newsweek magazine has a disturbing portrait of George W. Bush as an aloof, out-of-touch president, isolated by his own governing style. Because of his intolerance for dissent, he has effectively surrounded himself with yes-men (and women) fearful of telling the president anything he doesn't want to hear. Written by veteran reporters Evan Thomas and Richard Wolffe, the Newsweek story confirms reports we have heard for the last five years about Bush's disinterest in the policy process or even the day-to-day politicking that ordinarily goes with the job. He dislikes meeting with members of Congress, is not a big consumer of news that does not come to him through official channels and relies almost exclusively on a small cluster of close aides, ignoring his Cabinet and the rest of the federal establishment. The result is that Bush appears to live in a sort of fantasy world utterly divorced from reality...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

From freedom to torture not in my back yard

Free Market News Network
by Bernie Quigley


It is startling to read an apologist for torture lobbying his special agenda in a New England newspaper. We have never experienced this climate before in New England. Perhaps the editors are from elsewhere. They seem to be. Maybe they are from Los Angeles. Perhaps they have become disassociated by not being from anywhere at all and live a life of genre and generational politics without any of the traditional moral bearings linked to regional life and provincial tradition. This is the curse of Hamiltonian federalism. The country becomes a series of special interests vying for power. No one is from anyplace. Jefferson's federalism develops the whole man and woman -- mind, body, spirit, culture, region and religion. But Hamilton is all about influence and lobbying influence with money. States lose their influence, regions lose their character and identity and so do the people in them. Torture is just another unpleasant fish stall in the marketplace of ideas...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Making the world safe for theocracy

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


The much-ballyhooed elections in Iraq later this week are likely to dig the Iraqi hole a little deeper for the Bush administration. The Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most revered Shi'ite Muslim cleric in Iraq, has indirectly ordered fellow Shi'a to cast their ballots for representatives of the Shi'ite religious parties that now control the interim Iraqi government. A permanent Shi'ite-Kurdish government may prove even more intransigent than the interim government in addressing Sunni concerns about being cut out of Iraq's oil revenues -- thus accelerating the incipient civil war in that nation...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US makes strides against "ecoterrorism"

Christian Science Monitor


The arrest of six animal rights activists and environmental radicals last week is the clearest sign in years that law-enforcement authorities now are able to infiltrate the shadowy world of 'ecoterrorism.' But the apprehension of four men and two women in five states around the country - all charged with firebombings and other criminal acts committed years ago in the Pacific Northwest - also indicates how hard it is to do that. While the arrests are significant, many more crimes carried out in the name of protecting animals and the environment remain unsolved. ... Groups such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) usually claim credit for such acts. But as far as law-enforcement officials can tell, there is little organization or structure to the groups...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Groups urge 11th hour rally against Patriot Act renewal

New Standard News


With Congress expected to renew several of the more controversial portions of the USA Patriot Act as early as this week, civil libertarians and privacy rights advocates are highlighting what they see as serious flaws in the new legislation. Their only hope is that public sentiment and political action will sway enough lawmakers to force changes to the law. ... Opponents of the reauthorizing the Patriot Act contend that the expanded surveillance provisions are overly broad and that many unconstitutionally abridge personal freedoms. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy rights advocate, Congress should let every sunsetting section die on New Year’s Eve. 'Several provisions can be used against Americans in a wide range of investigations that have nothing to do with terrorism,' the group alleged in an extensive analysis of fifteen of the provisions scheduled to expire on December 31. 'Others are too vague, jeopardizing legitimate activities protected under the First Amendment.' ... The American Civil Liberties Union largely agrees. In a statement released shortly after President Bush used his weekly radio address to urge lawmakers to quickly pass the reauthorization, ACLU Washington Director Caroline Frederickson called the joint Senate-House Conference Committee report a 'concession to the White House and a curtailment of the Constitution'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Totalitarian regime a danger

Prison Planet News


Former Republican Congressman and CIA official Bob Barr says that there is a danger recent developments describe a trend of America slipping into a totalitarian society and that the Bush administration are doing everything in their power to see that this happens. ... Barr said that legislation like the Patriot Act and its imminent re-authorization and expansion were more of a threat to the American way of life than any terrorist attack. ... Speaking on the topic of the second amendment, Barr said that his position as a board member on the NRA enabled him to judge the difference between how the Clinton and Bush administrations approached the issue. Barr echoed the sentiments of many other prominent conservatives in expressing his frustration about how the Bush administration was even more anti-second amendment than the Clinton office...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

International Anti-War Conference Statement

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Saturday 10 December 2005 The Conference was a great success, a significant step forward for the worldwide anti-war movement. Sheik Hassan Al Zagani of the Al Sadr movement was refused a visa to enter the UK and faces further attacks - read the statement

Well over 1000 people packed packed into the Royal Horticultural Society Hall, London on Saturday for the peace conference. More were in an overflow hall and still more were turned away in the days before the conference began.

They came from the US; a sizeable delegation of activists from the east and west coasts and points between. From Iraq, Iran, as well as from Pakistan, India, the Philippines, Canada, Poland, Greece, Italy, Spain and many other European countries, to share experience and plan activity and organisation for the future.

Delegates and individuals came from across Britain; including national delegations from PCS, Amicus, CWU, TSSA and NATFHE. It was one of the biggest conferences of its kind and definitely the most diverse, with many different nationalities represented, young and old, students, school students, peace activists, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and Christians.

They came to hear the Iraqi delegates - although the British government refused to allow entry to the al Sadr representative, Hassan al Zargani. We were joined by Sheikh al Khallisi from the Iraqi Foundation Congress, Hanna Ibrahim from the Women's Will Organisation, and Hassan Jumaa from the Iraqi Oil workers' Union, and to hear from US visitors, including Cindy Sheehan, Judith le Blanc from United for Peace and Justice and Phyllis Bennis.

The session on military families was a major highlight as we heard from former soldiers and relatives of the dead some of the most moving personal stories and political analysis of why they opposed the war and occupation.

Other sessions were on bringing Bush and Blair to account and building an international movement. All stressed the importance of immediate troop withdrawal, the need to guard against other forms of military or economic intervention, the connection between the war and attacks on our liberties and, of course, our opposition to torture.

The conference heard from Anas al Tikriti, who has been in Iraq trying to obtain the release of kidnapped peace activist, Norman Kember, and issued a statement calling for his release. We also issued a statement for more international coordination, an international weekend of action on March 18/19 2006 and for continued campaigning around other issues.

**Read report of Peace Conference from Democracy Rising (USA). More: http://democracyrising.us/content/view/386/151


This international conference, embracing representatives of the Iraqi, British and American and many other peoples, drawn from all parts of society, declares that the crisis caused by the invasion and occupation of Iraq is the central problem in world politics today and demands urgent resolution. It affirms that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was unlawful, in breach of the Charter of the United Nations and justified by the invading powers with lies designed to manipulate public opinion. It declares that the occupation of Iraq by US and British military forces has brought misery and suffering to the people of Iraq. The occupation represents the denial of their national rights, impedes social, economic and political development and threatens the wider peace in the Middle East and the world. It has accounted for the loss of tens of thousands of lives of the Iraqi peoples, as well as more than 2,000 soldiers from the occupying armies. This conference therefore demands an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq, as called for by the majority of the Iraqi, British and American peoples. It demands the withdrawal of the occupying military forces and the return of full sovereignty to the Iraqi people, who should be allowed to determine their own future free of external interference. We salute the struggle of the Iraqi people for national freedom and the worldwide movement against the war and the occupation. We pledge to step up our campaign against the occupation until it is ended. To this end, we call on the anti-war movement in all countries to:

* Organise international demonstrations on March 18-19 2006, the third anniversary of the war and invasion, calling for the immediate withdrawal of troops and an end to the occupation.

* Campaign for a full international public inquiry into the assault on Fallujah last year.

* Give full support to the campaigns of military families in the US, Britain and the other occupying countries.

* Develop an international coordination from this conference to plan further events.

* Campaign against the privatisation of Iraqi oil.

* Oppose any attack on Iran or Syria.


This international Peace Conference of 1,400 anti-war activists from Britain, the USA and many other countries demands the release of all illegally detained prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. We urge the release of the four Chritian peace campaigners, Norman Kember, Tom Fox, James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden, and we ask those holding them to return them to their families unharmed.

Ashley Smith


Report on Historic International Anti-War Conference

From: David Swanson

Below is a detailed summary of the International Peace Conference organized by the "Stop the War Coalition" this weekend in London. This historic event, which I participated in, that demonstrates the worldwide depth and breadth of the anti-war movement. It also endorses a major worldwide mobilization against the Iraq war and occupation on the third anniversary of the war March 18-19, 2005. There are hotlinks in the article which, if they do not appear, can be seen on the version published on DemocracyRising.US.

Please forward it to people interested in the Iraq War.

Kevin Zeese

Bob Reuschlein: note the many women speakers: Among the Iraqi delegates present were Sheikh al Khallisi from the Iraqi Foundation Congress, Hanna Ibrahim from the Women's Will organization, and Hassan Jumaa from the Iraqi Oil Workers' Union. The conference heard from Anas al Tikriti by telephone, who has been in Iraq trying to obtain the release of kidnapped peace activists. Among the prominent US delegates were Cindy Sheehan of Gold Star Families for Peace, Judith le Blanc from United for Peace and Justice, Medea Benjamin from Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis of Institute for Policy Studies.

International Anti-War Movement Builds at UK Conference Major Worldwide Demonstrations Planned for Third Anniversary of Iraq War

By Kevin Zeese

Andrew Murray the Chair of the Stop the War Coalition opened a conference in London on December 10th describing it as an "historic event" that brings together peace activists from around the world. Indeed, the conference included delegates from the United States, Britain, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, the Philippines, Canada, Poland, Greece, Italy, Spain and many other European countries. And as the day wore on it became evident that the potential historic nature of the conference would be seen depending on the actions taken as a result of the event.

No doubt, the international peace movement deepened, broadened and increased its solidarity at the conference. Approximately, 1,200 people packed the Royal Horticultural Society Hall in an event that remained full throughout the day until 8 PM at night.

The conference passed two resolutions: One deplored the holding of illegally detained prisoners and called for the release of four Christian Peace Workers who are currently being held hostage. The other described the Iraq War as the "central problem in world politics today and demands urgent resolution" and laid out plans for the future – including a major international demonstration on March 18-19 – the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

Among the speakers that attendees came to hear were Iraqi delegates. This was made controversial when the British government refused to allow entry to the al Sadr representative, Hassan al Zargani. In a statement he said:

"The British and American governments send armies to occupy Iraq but are frightened of one person speaking at a peace conference in London. So much for the democracy which they claim to install in Iraq. They were not satisfied with banning me from Britain, but have now succeeded in expelling me and my family from Lebanon in this inhumane and vindictive way."

Among the Iraqi delegates present were Sheikh al Khallisi from the Iraqi Foundation Congress, Hanna Ibrahim from the Women's Will organization, and Hassan Jumaa from the Iraqi Oil Workers' Union. The conference heard from Anas al Tikriti by telephone, who has been in Iraq trying to obtain the release of kidnapped peace activists. Among the prominent US delegates were Cindy Sheehan of Gold Star Families for Peace, Judith le Blanc from United for Peace and Justice, Medea Benjamin from Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis of Institute for Policy Studies.

The Current Situation

Tony Benn, the President of the Stop the War Coalition, who began his service in Parliament in 1950 and retired in 2001 in order to "devote more time to politics," opened the session on the current situation in Iraq, Britain and the U.S. by making the point that the peace movement was "the most powerful political movement of my lifetime as it represents the desires of a majority of the people." He expressed concern about the "religious justification for war because it means there will be no peace since God is claimed on both sides." He described the anti-war movement as not a "protest" movement but one that "demands that troops be brought home, opposes an attack on Syria or Iran, supports the Palestinian peoples right of return, seeks removal of nuclear weapons and demands our civil liberties – the basis of democracy – be protected." He concluded with the important point that "we need to use the resources of the world for the benefit of the people of the world. We have the power to destroy ourselves but also the resources to resolve the basic problems facing the human race."

Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies described the current situation as "dual occupations posing in the name of democracy," referring to the occupation of Iraq and the Palestinian territories. Bennis described the tremendous shift in U.S. public opinion with only 30 percent currently supporting President Bush on Iraq, three-quarters not believing he told the truth regarding weapons of mass destruction and 60% wanting the U.S. to bring our troops home. She noted that with these figures it is evident "we don't have a democracy that is responsive to the people." She concluded saying that a "partial withdrawal is not enough – we must demand an end to the occupation, end to torture, and demand peace."

Professor Sami Ramadani of the London Metropolitan University, a political refugee from Saddam's regime, emphasized the "Big Lie" phenomena and how it applied to Iraq. He said the public now "overwhelmingly recognizes that the Iraq War was based on a 'big lie.'" He went on to point out that "the continuation of the occupation is based on another big lie – that the Iraqi people are so hopelessly divided, hate each other so much, that they are prepared to kill each other once the occupation forces leave." He pointed out that the occupation forces have tried to divide Iraqis through promoting death squads. He quoted Lt. General William Boykin describing the Phoenix Program of Vietnam which were death squads and General William Downing, the head of U.S. special operation forces who said that death squads started operating immediately after the March 2003 invasion. He warned that people need to be careful not to be fooled by bits of news every day about Iraqi divisions because this is how big lies are developed and it is the lie that keeps U.S. and British forces in Iraq.

Mazin Younis of the Iraqi League described his investigations into human rights abuses in Iraq. He described multiple visits to Basra and was shocked to learn of the abuses that were occurring at the hands of British troops. He put a human face to the tragedy by describing a young Iraqi girl, Aysha Saleem, who was injured by shrapnel after a bomb destroyed her home killing 8 members of her family. He described how she survived because her grandmother who slept with her every night "shielded her from the explosion." An eyewitness account says how the grandmother was torn apart but Aysha was protected. The other members of Aysha's family killed were her three year old brother, Omar, her father, her mother, Atika, who was 24 and six months pregnant —the baby was born and was alive for a couple of hours after the attack."

Ayatollah Jawad al-Khalisi President of the Iraq National Foundation Conference said he came to "help heal the wounds the war has opened." He described how the current hostage taking of Christian Peace Workers is a blow against "our efforts for peace." And, how they were doing their "best to have them released unharmed." He urged more demonstrations by the anti-war movement as they have a big, positive impact in Iraq. He understood how the soldiers came from the poorer classes in Iraq, how they welcome their families speaking out and how "we have sympathy for all these people." The Ayatollah, who had been imprisoned and tortured under Saddam's regime, pointed out how the occupation forces are "imprisoning people where Saddam's secret police imprisoned people and are doing the same things that Saddam did." Today, people in Iraq are afraid to go out as they do not know what will happen to them. When he is asked about Iraq elections he describes them and the constitution as "a 'big lie' sold by the Western media – fake elections and a fake constitution." Echoing Sami Ramadani he said Iraqis can live together "these differences have existed for a long time but we have lived together for long time. The occupation has escalated problems, increased divisions in an attempt to divide the Iraqi people and redraw the map of the Middle East in favor of their interests." He said "the war is illegitimate and illegal – no subsequent UN resolutions change that reality. And, the resistance is legitimate." He was careful to point out that terrorism is not legitimate and rejected it. He concluded: "Occupation is the worst act of terrorism as it strips people of their dignity. Human rights have no value under occupation as soldiers and mercenaries can kill anyone at any time."

In my comment I said whenever President Bush speaks about Iraq Americans must determine whether to believe him. Two big important areas of false statements that need to be responded to include the under counting of U.S. casualties. President Bush likes to say he supports the troops, speak in front of military and veteran audiences so it is important for these people in particular to know he intentionally undercounts their injuries. Secondly, people in the United States and Great Britain must not believe the claim that the U.K. and U.S. will be able to stabilize Iraq. With the history of an illegal invasion, the killing of civilians, the torture of prisoners and the use of chemical weapons in Fallujah, we cannot win the hearts and minds of Iraqis.

Military Family and Iraq Veterans

A panel on military families and Iraq war veterans featured many prominent peace advocates from those communities. The British peace mother, Rose Gentle, described the death of her son, Gordon, as "a murder by my government." She says her "sons life is worth more than oil." Another British mother, Ann Lawrence said her son Mark had a duty to serve his country but "their country and government had a duty to them and it brings us no comfort that Mark died for a lie in an illegal war." John Stockton's son Simon told him before going to Iraq "Dad, there is a madman over there and he can deploy weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes." But, Mr. Stockton said: "The madman turned out to be the man in charge of our country." Reg Keys, whose son Tom died in Iraq, ran against Tony Blair in the last election said: "This country spends 700 hours debating the killing of foxes and seven hours debating the killing of people – we have our priorities wrong." He has come to conclude his son did indeed die for a noble cause that being "we will not tolerate wars based on false pretenses."

Among the soldiers that spoke were Ben Griffin who served 8 years in the Army but became a conscientious objector after seeing what was really happening in Iraq. He described Iraq as "like a gold rush, indigenous people having our way of life forced on them brutally while multinational corporations plunder their resources." He was particularly critical of "production sharing agreements that pass Iraqi oil onto multinational oil companies." He said "Blair promised an ethical foreign policy and now we've become the lap dog of American imperialism." He said "I volunteered for the Army and went to Iraq of my own free will but I did not volunteer to be lied to, to fight an illegal war and protect the interests of multinational corporations."

Related to this were comments by Chris Nineham of the Stop the War Coalition who described how British and U.S. troops are losing faith, how they have low morale and their primary goal is to get out of Iraq alive and in one piece. He discussed the history of the Vietnam War and how when soldiers in Vietnam turned against their officers the war was impossible to continue. He pointed to several U.S. and British military reports that indicated that this is beginning to occur in Iraq.

Kelly Dougherty of the U.S. group Iraq Veterans Against the War served in the Army National Guard for eight years in the Balkans and one year in Iraq. She helped form Iraq Vets Against the War because she believes the voices of Veterans need to be heard. She described how when she was in Iraq she spent a lot of her time protecting Halliburton convoys, including protecting broken down Halliburton vehicles – waiting for them to return to get them and then when they didn't return burning them. She described how soldiers wanted to help Iraqis but "we could not help but see how our bombs hurt." She described how military convoys are ordered to never stop and how this results in Iraqi civilians being killed by convoys driving over them. She says her friends coming back from Iraq are missing limbs, can't sleep, abuse alcohol and drugs, commit suicide "because they cannot reconcile what they did in Iraq." She concluded: "Occupation does not make us safer. Our humanity is on the line. Freedom in Iraq cannot really start until the U.S. forces leave."

Medea Benjamin of Code Pink excited the crowd with a speech that recited how the United States and Great Britain abusive actions were not consistent with democracy. She announced that next year a new organization would be formed women opposed to war that would further expand the role of women in the leadership of the anti-war movement.

The panel concluded with Cindy Sheehan who said "ending the Iraq war is so important, so urgent. There is no more important job than peace and bringing the war criminals at Ten Downing Street and the White House to justice." She described how the media often ask "stupid questions" like "Your son volunteered?" Her response "Are you saying he got what he deserved?" Or, "Do you want Iraq to descend into chaos?" She responds "What is your definition of chaos? Look at Iraq today." And, "Do you think you're being used?" Her response, "Do you think you are being used!?" She urges people to get active, take action and not to stand for the abuses of government saying "They will only take away our freedoms if we let them do it."

Bringing Bush and Blair to Account

Tariq Ali, a noted novelist, historian and campaigner of the new left, spoke on a panel concerning bringing Bush and Blair to account. He said that "while there are difficult times ahead, this occupation cannot last. The Iraqi people will determine their own future, not Bush or Blair. All this talk of invading Syria or Iran is bravado – the do not have the troops."

Hassan Juma, President of the Southern Iraqi Oil Workers' Union, described how union workers have continued to fight for their rights despite abuse and incarceration; how they see the war is really about the United States and Great Britain taking Iraq's oil saying "the U.S. has evil intentions and is willing to kill for its own benefit." Juma described Iraq oil as "a national treasure for Iraqis." He said "We will die for our objectives" and listed as their first objective "all occupation forces leave immediately and unconditionally leaving Iraqi people to decide their own fate, their own future."

Hanna Abrahim of the Iraq organization Free Will described how occupation forces kidnap women as hostages, "not as terrorists, but to threaten their men, to let them know their women can be taken and held." She says "one woman who was released, said the first question they asked her was 'are you a virgin?' but the occupiers do not realize this will cause more men to resist. It will bring more terrorism." She says "America is bringing terrorism to Iraq." She describes as "absurd" the notion that "we need war in order to have peace." She concludes that Bush and Blair are "bringing shame to their own countries."

Ann Wright a former U.S. military and State Department official described how "two and a half years ago I would have been the least likely person to be here having served 29 years in the U.S. military and 15 years in the State Department." But, she resigned in March 2003 when the Iraq War began and now says "We need to indict and bring criminal charges against the leadership of the United States and Great Britain." She also pointed out how the U.S. is having such difficulty recruiting that they send recruiters to other countries like Mexico, noting that "100 Mexicans have died in Iraq and on some of the Pacific Islands most of the men are gone because they have been recruited by the U.S. Army." She described one of her proudest moments as when she recently went to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting where Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was testifying and stood up and shouted "Stop the war, stop the killing!" And, she was also arrested over Thanksgiving in Crawford for challenging a new ordinance that prohibited camping alongside the road. She urged others to take similar action, urging Britons to challenge the new ordinance preventing demonstrations near Parliament.

British Green Party representative, Paul Ingram described how "this is personal. Bush and Blair need to be held accountable." Further, he said "the new Iraqi government will have on its desks 'production sharing agreements' which will hand over Iraqi oil to U.S. companies. And, military forces will stay to enforce these agreements."

David Swanson of After Downing Street urged the impeachment of President Bush. He pointed out how the corporate media ignored the Downing Street Memos until our coalition forced them to cover it by getting it covered on the web. The furor grew so widely that USA Today even published excuses as to why they were so late in reporting on the memos. He said "What we are doing is getting the Romans to oppose the empire when many do not even realize they are part of an empire and others think the empire is good." But, today a majority of Americans support impeachment if Bush lied to send us to war. He concluded "we need an international alliance to impeach Bush and Blair."

John Rees of the Stop the War Coalition emphasized how "if we heard of a military convoy overrunning civilians in colonial India we would not believe it – but it is happening today." He said "with the participation of the large anti-war delegation from the U.S. the media can no longer say the anti-war movement in Britain is anti-American – we are opposed to the policies of the U.S. government, not to its people." He applauded the work of the international anti-war movement saying "they would not be talking about a draw down of troops if it were not for our pressure along with the success of the Iraqi resistance. We must keep marching until they stop killing and settle for nothing less than total withdrawal."

One of the British crowds favorite was Walter Wolfgang, a small 82-year old Jewish escapee from the Nazis who was manhandled out of Labor conference on September 29, 2005 for daring to yell "nonsense" at Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. To the roar of the crowd, Wolfgang proclaimed "many of those who supported the war but now say it was wrong also say 'but we can't leave' – now that's nonsense!" He broached the common sense position "because we have caused the problem by engaging in an unjustified invasion we cannot be part of the solution." He concluded to cheering "We cannot afford the world to revert to barbarism. We must win. We shall win. We can overcome."

Building an International Movement

Ismael Patel of Friends of Al Aqsa described these as the "most dangerous times not only because we have the technology to destroy the world but because we have leaders that have chosen to divide us saying they are 'with us or against us.'" Herbert Docena of Focus on Global South said "it should not be up to Bush and Blair to determine the terms of withdrawal, that is like letting the rapist determine the victim's therapy." He urged "real solidarity with the Iraqi people" and "putting down the lie that Iraqis are all terrorists." Sabah Jaward of Iraqi Democrats Against the Occupation said "The U.S. is seeking global domination, this requires a global response."

Judith LaBlanc of the U.S. based United for Peace and Justice described these as "times of great danger and great suffering, but also a great moment for this historic movement." She pointed to the AFL-CIO urging an end to the war after local organizing showed widespread support in the labor movement. She also described the Dakota Indian tribe showing their support for an end to the war by presenting Cindy Sheehan with a quilt made by 500 Dakota families. She said "our movement is only as strong as the international movement. And we cannot accept partial withdrawal. It must be complete withdrawal with no military bases left behind."

Dr. Azzam Tamini of the Muslim Association of Britain urged the international peace movement to seek peace not only in Iraq but in Palestine as well. Those who occupy both countries he says "seek their victims to capitulate their lives and resources. The occupiers would pay billions for peace but money can't buy dignity. Millions are willing to stand up and die for dignity." "Peace," he went on to say "must be armed by justice, with no fear of political power or weapons." He also described truth as an essential for finding a real peace and asked "Why do Europeans and Americans continue to deny what they did to Palestinians and Iraqis. Millions are refugees because they want Israel to exist in my land."

Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn who is an anti-war activist said "the international peace movement has been built but it will exist by its actions." He noted there are conflicts throughout the world that should not be accepted or ignored. The cause of all these conflicts he said "global inequality – global corporations that fund the U.S. military in order to get the resources from weaker and poorer countries. Only rational sharing and fair use of resources will lead to peace."

The final speaker, Member of Parliament George Galloway, said to a cheering crowd that "everything this great movement said about Iraq turned out to be true. Everything our enemies, not just the politicians but the corporate media, said turned out to be a lie. We've already had our first victory, Tony Blair will not be able to join Bush in any attack on Iran or Syria." He described the power of the truth when he discussed his famous trip to the United States to appear before a Senate committee, saying "The reason my visit to the Senate on May 17 was as popular as it was because I got up close to the killers and crooks and told them the truth." He applauded the U.S. people for seeing the truth saying "amidst the fog of war and disinformation" in the media. He concluded we must not stop until "Bush and Blair are brought to account." Further he said we must realize that "all of those who voted for this slaughter are guilty of murder. There is no point returning those who voted for the war, those who voted for an illegal war must be removed in the next election."

The article was written by Kevin Zeese, Director of Democracy Rising. You can comment on this article on his blog spot which regularly covers developments on the Iraq War. Zeese is also a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.


From ufpj-news

Byrd Warns Frist against 'Nuclear Option'

"If he ever tries to exercise the nuclear option, he's going to see a real filibuster if I'm living and able to stand on my feet or sit in my seat," Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) said in a Senate debate with Frist (R-Tenn.) "If the senator wants a fight, let him try it," said Byrd, the Senate's senior Democrat. "I'm 88 years old, but I can still fight, and fight I will for freedom of speech. I haven't been here for 47 years to see that freedom of speech whittled away and undermined."


Zustände wie im Kapitalismus

Gewerkschaft und Öffentlichkeit decken auf: "Zustände wie im Kapitalismus" bei Aldi, Lidl, Schlecker und Co.

Artikel in GegenStandpunkt 4-05

Aus: LabourNet, 13. Dezember 2005

Field-Testing a DNA Canine Melanoma Vaccine


Spreading human rights and democracy or empire?


Informant: InfoNature.Org

Eltern fragen: Machen Handys krank?


Gehirntumor bei einem 6-jährigen Mädchen im Département Pas-de-Calais (Frankreich)



Dr. Claus Scheingraber 8-12-05

Es gibt Neues aus Frankreich, meine Kontaktperson hat mir folgende Nachricht gesandt:

Herzliche Grüße

Claus Scheingraber

Von: Marion DUPUIS
Gesendet: Dienstag, 6. Dezember 2005 18:49
An: Claus Scheingraber
Betreff: Neues aus Frankreich !

Ein interessanter Artikel ist in der Regionalzeitung ("Le Dauphiné Libéré", vom 6. Dezember 2005 - unter dem Titel "Drôme" (ein Département Frankreichs im Rhônetal) erschienen. Titel: TELEPHONIE - "die Handys und Mobilfunkantennen werden in Frage gestellt"

"Am 9. November wurde der Criirem (Centre de Recherches et d' Informations indépendantes sur les rayonnements électromagnétiques) offiziell ins Leben gerufen. Eine links und rechts im Parlament weitgehend unterstützte Initiative, und dies von den gleichen Abgeordneten, die am vergangenen 13. Juli den Gesetzesvorschlag einbrachten, mit dem Ziel, in den Schulgebäuden die Benutzung von Handys zu untersagen und die Errichtung von Mobilfdunkantennen einzuschränken.

Die Initiative dieser Gründung geht von Michèle Rivasi, der einstigen Gründerin der Criirad (Commission de recherche et d'information indépendante sur la radioactivité) aus. Die einstige Abgeordnete der Drôme, Leiterin von Greenpeace Frankreich zwischen 2003 und 2004, Biologieprofessorin in einer Schule in Pierrelatte, zieht das Warnsignal in Bezug auf die Auswirkungen der Strahlungen der Handys und der Mobilfunkantennen auf die Gesundheit.

Eine Sorge, die durch Ereignisse in den letzten Tagen noch verstärkt wurde. SFR beschloss nämlich, einen seiner Mobilfunkmasten im Département Pas-de-Calais (ganz im Norden Frankreichs) abzumontieren, nachdem ein Gehirntumor bei einem 6-jährigen Mädchen aufgetreten war (ein anderes Mädchen aus der gleichen Schule war vergangenes Jahr auch schon an einem solchen Hirntumor gestorben), dessen Schule mit Kindergarten ganz in der Nähe dieses Mastes liegt.

Der aus Experten von ganz Europa zusammengesetzte Criirem verweist auf ausländische Untersuchungen und fordert die Entfernung der in der Nähe von Schulen und anderen sensiblen Einrichtungen befindlichen Mobilfunkantennen und die Einhaltung des Vorsorgeprinzips bei den Bürgermeistern und Mobilfunkbetreibern.

Der Criirem kritisiert auch die mangelnde Unabhängigkeit der Gutachten der Franz. Agentur für sanitäre Sicherheit in der Umwelt, das im Jahr 2003 veröffentlicht wurde.

Und dies, während die frz. Mobilfunkbetreiber jetzt gerade zu ganz hohen Geldstrafen für finanzielle Absprachen verurteilt worden sind. Der Criirem will völlig unabhängige Informationen liefern.

Ausserdem setzt sich der Criirem zu Ziel, alles ins Werk zu setzen, um die Gesetzgebung dazu zu führen, sich weiterzuentwickeln, um die Einstrahlungen in Frankreich gesetzlich einzuschränken. "

Jean-Xavier PIERI



Krebscluster in der Nähe von Funkantennen

Schweres Mikrowellensyndrom weit unterhalb der Grenzwerte der 26. BImSchV




Mit freundlichen Grüßen übersandt

Volker Hartenstein, MdL a.D.

Namen und Adressen der angesprochenen Personen wurden von mir aus den beigefügten "Fachlichen Stellungnahmen" aus Datenschutzgründen entfernt.


Lieber Herr Hartenstein,

insbesondere die Datei Völklingen gibt mehr als Anlaß zum Nachdenken.

Dietrich Moldan (Bayern)

Dr.med.Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam
Praktische Ärztin

96049 Bamberg

Tel. 0951-12300
Fax 0951-2972506

6. Dez. 2005

Fachliche Stellungnahme

Patienten: B., …………….., Völklingen

B., …………….., Völklingen

MR., …………...,Völklingen

M., …………….., Völklingen

Diagnose: Schweres Mikrowellensyndrom weit unterhalb der Grenzwerte der 26. BImSchV

Akute Gesundheitsgefährdung der Anwohner der Mobilfunkanlage Stählingerstr.1

Verdacht auf synergistische Schädigung durch UMTS, Richtfunk- und Fernsehsender

Frau MR. und Frau B. hatten am 22.11.05 verzweifelt bei der Ärzteinitiative Bamberger Appell um Hilfe gebeten. Ihre Krankheitssymptome, die wenige Wochen nach Inbetriebnahme eines Mobilfunksenders in unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft auftraten, seien so massiv und bedrohlich, dass sie sich nur noch für jeweils kurze Zeit zu Hause aufhalten könnten. Sie müssten auswärts bei Bekannten oder Verwandten schlafen. 30 weitere Anwohner seien betroffen. Sie hätten sich seit September an ihren Bürgermeister, an das Gesundheitsamt, an das LfU, an das Innenministerium, an die Bundesnetzagentur, an die Hausbesitzerin und an den Betreiber gewandt, bisher ohne Erfolg.

Daraufhin habe ich die vier oben genannten Anwohner am 23.11. abends und am 24.11. morgens in ihren Häusern besucht (ich hatte am 24.11.nachmittags gemeinsam mit Herrn Dr. Bergmann, Freiburger Appell und Frau Hentschel, Bundesverband Elektrosmog einen Termin bei Herrn J.Ryan, Europäische Kommission, Generaldirektion Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz, zum Thema Gesundheitsgefährdung durch Mobilfunk).

Herr B., 56 J., erkrankte ab Mitte Juli. Als ehemaliger Telekom-Mitarbeiter machte er sich keinerlei Gedanken, als im Juni 2005 auf dem Nachbarhaus eine Mobilfunkanlage montiert wurde. Er ist im Ruhestand und hielt sich ganztägig in seinem Haus auf, beschäftigt mit Renovierungsarbeiten. Es begann mit Übelkeit, Schwindel, Kopfschmerzen und Schmerzen in der Schilddrüse. Dann kamen hinzu: heiß brennende Schmerzen im Gesicht, am Hals und an den Schultern, Rot- und Braunverfärbung der Haut, sonnenbrandähnliche Flecken im Gesicht und am Körper (entstehend während der Nacht), brennende sowie gerötete Augen, schwerste Schlafstörungen bis hin zu völliger Schlaflosigkeit, Unruhe, Reizbarkeit, Kontrollverlust über das eigene Handeln, Wortfindungsstörungen, Vergesslichkeit, Herzrasen, Blutdruckschwankungen, massiver Haarausfall, nächtliches Schwitzen, ständiger Durst, Gewichtsabnahme von 10 kg in drei Wochen, Taubheitsgefühl der linken Gesichtshälfte, Schleier vor dem linkem Auge, braun-gelbe, fahle Gesichtsfarbe.

Als er völlig erschöpft war, nicht mehr aufstehen konnte und zu seiner Frau sagte: "Ich warte auf den Tod", sorgte sie sofort für einen Ortswechsel zu den Kindern.

Bei Frau B., 54 J., (sie war tagsüber viel unterwegs, um Materialien für die Renovierung zu besorgen) traten die ersten Symptome Anfang August auf. Sie hatte häufig einen steifen Nacken, war benommen und litt unter Kopfschmerzen und Schlafstörungen. Dann begannen die Augen stark zu brennen, anzuschwellen und sich zu röten. Sie litt unter Herzrasen, Herzstolpern und anfallweise hohem Blutdruck (180/110mm Hg, normalerweise 110/70 mm Hg). Es war ein Gefühl, als würde das „Blut kochen“. Nächtliches Nasenbluten, Gelenk- und Gliederschmerzen, Tinnitus links, Sehstörungen, Haarausfall, Übelkeit.

Während eines längeren Aufenthaltes bei ihrem Sohn haben bei beiden die Krankheitssymptome nachgelassen.

Herr B. Junior ist mit seiner Frau aus dem Anwesen Volksgarten 1 ausgezogen. Er litt unter starken Kopfschmerzen und Schlafstörungen.

Frau MR., 40 J., erkrankte Ende Juni mit schweren Gelenk- und Muskelschmerzen am ganzen Körper, so dass sie etwa drei Wochen lang fast nicht laufen konnte. Eine symptomatische Behandlung erfolgte beim Hausarzt, der jedoch die Ursache der Erkrankung nicht abklären konnte. Gleichzeitig litt sie unter Haarausfall. In der Folge traten auf: Schlafstörungen, Unruhe, Kopfschmerzen, Gereiztheit, Ohrgeräusche, Konzentrationsstörungen, Vergesslichkeit, Wortfindungsstörungen. Seit Oktober kamen hinzu: Herzrasen, hoher Blutdruck (190/130 mmHg), kalte Hände und Füße, heißes Gesicht, brennende Augen, Juckreiz am ganzen Körper, nächtliches Schwitzen, Übelkeit. Sie schläft daher seit mehreren Wochen nicht mehr zu Hause.

Ihre zwei Vögel (Wellensittich, Nymphensittich) hätten sich im Verhalten geändert. Sie seien verstummt und bewegungsarm. Ihr Hund habe seit 4 Monaten Bindehautentzündung, Juckreiz und habe sich im Zimmer einen anderen Platz gesucht.

Bei Frau M. Karin, 65 J., begann es mit Schlafstörungen und Kopfschmerzen. Dann folgten Unruhe, Benommenheit, Reizbarkeit, Tinnitus, Vergesslichkeit, depressive Stimmung, Gelenk- und Gliederschmerzen, Juckreiz am ganzen Körper, Herzrhythmusstörungen, hoher Blutdruck, kalte Extremitäten, heißer Kopf, rote, brennende Augen, Haarausfall, nächtliches Schwitzen und Übelkeit. Sie wisse nicht mehr weiter und habe nicht mehr die Kraft das Haus zu verlassen. „Lieber sterbe ich als wegzugehen.“

Frau St., …………., begegnete ich auf der Strasse. Sie klagte über ständigen Juckreiz an den Beinen, Schlafstörungen und Augenbrennen in den letzten Wochen.

Weitere 26 Anwohner haben auf Unterschriftenlisten folgende Symptome vermerkt: brennende, gerötete oder tränende Augen, Nervosität, Kopfschmerzen, Schlafstörungen, hohen Blutdruck, Juckreiz, Hitzegefühl, Taubheitsgefühle, Ohrenschmerzen, Schwindel und/ oder Übelkeit.

Besucher bei der Familie B. hätten nach einer halben Stunde über Unwohlsein, Benommenheit, Kopfschmerzen, müde und brennende Augen geklagt und seien fortan nicht mehr gekommen.

Der 11-jährige Enkel habe ebenfalls bei Besuchen unter Kopfschmerzen gelitten.


Die Erkrankungen des Ehepaars B., von Frau MR. und von Frau M. wurden verursacht durch die Inbetriebnahme des Mobilfunksenders in der Stählingerstraße 1 (einschließlich Richtfunk) im Juni 2005.


- Die Betroffenen waren bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt weitgehend beschwerdefrei;

- sie leiden an der für das Mikrowellensyndrom charakteristischen Kombination von Symptomen;

- viele Anwohner sind im gleichen Zeitraum an ähnlichen Symptomen erkrankt;

- etliche der genannten Symptome sind eindeutig sichtbar ( Rötung und Bräunung der Haut, Augenschwellung, Augenrötung, fahle Gesichtsfarbe, Haarausfall) und messbar (Blutdruck, Herzfrequenz, Gewicht);

- einzelne Symptome treten auch bei Besuchern nach kurzer Zeit auf;

- ein großer Teil der Symptome verschwindet nach Verlassen des Wohnviertels;

- mehrere Menschen sind bereits weggezogen und mehrere schlafen regelmäßig an anderen Orten, weil die Symptome so quälend, unerträglich und bedrohlich sind.

Die besondere Schwere der Krankheitsbilder (Herzrhythmusstörungen, Blutdruckentgleisungen, hirnorganische Symptome, Suizidgedanken) erfordert eine sofortige Beendigung der Hochfrequenzbelastung ausgehend von dem Mobilfunksender auf dem Nachbarhaus sowie eine Erhebung der Erkrankungen an diesem Mobilfunkstandort. Die Menschen leiden unter denselben Symptomen, welche Ärzte in den letzten 15 Monaten bei 800 Anwohnern an 152 Standorten vorgefunden haben.

Die bisherige Weigerung der zuständigen Behörden und Wissenschaftler, diese längst überfälligen Erhebungen an diesem wie auch an anderen Mobilfunkstandorten durchzuführen, ist nicht mit dem Grundgesetz vereinbar. Es kann nicht länger hingenommen werden, dass weitreichende und schwere Gesundheitsschäden der Betroffenen billigend in Kauf genommen werden. Angesichts der Tatsache, dass Ärzte seit mehr als 10 Jahren kausale Zusammenhänge zwischen Hochfrequenzbelastung und Erkrankung beobachten, ist das Versäumnis der zuständigen Behörden und der Wissenschaft aus ärztlicher Sicht als unterlassene Hilfeleistung zu bewerten.

Aus ärztlicher Sicht besteht für die Anwohner eine akute Gefährdung ihrer Gesundheit. Daher ist ein sofortiges Einschreiten der Behörden geboten.

Ich habe mit Frau B. am 24.11.05 um 8 Uhr 30 Herrn Fery, Untere Bauaufsichtsbehörde, und Frau Hennrich, Rechts- und Ordnungsamt, aufgesucht und sie davon in Kenntnis gesetzt, dass aus ärztlicher Sicht eine akute Gesundheitsgefahr besteht.

Ich habe dies in Anwesenheit von Herrn Fery auch dem Leiter des Gesundheitsamtes, Herrn Dr.Baltis telefonisch mitgeteilt und um sofortiges Einschreiten gebeten.

Das Messprotokoll der Bundesnetzagentur über die am 7.10.05 von ihr durchgeführten Messungen lag dem Amt noch nicht vor. Nur die Summenwerte der elektrischen Feldstärke mit einem Höchstwert von 2,3 V/m sind im Protokoll der Stadt festgehalten. Für die Bewertung ist die Kenntnis der selektiven Messung unabdingbar. Die von mir durchgeführte orientierende Summenmessung (800-2500 MHz) mit HF 38 B von Gigahertz Solutions ergab im Dachgeschoss 700 µW/m². Aus welchem Frequenzbereich stammt also der Hauptanteil der elektrischen Feldstärke?

Für Fragen stehe ich gerne jederzeit zur Verfügung.

Bamberg, den 6.12.2005

Dr.med.Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam

Dr.med.Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam
Praktische Ärztin

96049 Bamberg

Tel. 0951-12300
Fax. 0951-2972506

Bamberg, den 20.11.05

Fachliche Stellungnahme

Patient: M., geb.: ………..

………………, 754xx ……….

Diagnose: Mikrowellensyndrom mit folgenden Symptomen

Chronische Cephalgie (besonders re Hinterkopf)

Hämmerndes Dauergeräusch im Kopf

Schmerzen und Schwellung li Gesichtshälfte

Schwere Schlafstörungen

Unruhe, Depressive Stimmung

Konzentrationsstörungen, Vergesslichkeit

Zahnschmerzen und avitale Zähne unklarer Genese

Osteolysen in Kiefer

Conjunktivitis sicca, conjunktivale Injektion


Rosaceiforme Dermatitis (therapieresistent)

Tinnitus, Hörsturz

Herr M. hatte sich im Oktober 2005 wegen unerträglicher Schmerzen im Kopf und Gesicht und wegen quälender Dauergeräusche im Kopf an die Ärzteinitiative „Bamberger Appell“ gewandt.

Daraufhin habe ich ihn und einige Nachbarn am 15.11. und 16.11.05 zu Hause besucht.

Ende November 2001 waren bei ihm Unruhe, Schlafstörungen und Ohrgeräusche aufgetreten. Die aufgesuchten Ärzte konnten keine organische Ursache finden. Wenn er sein Wohngebiet damals verließ, fühlte er sich wieder wohl. Die einzige Veränderung, die in seinem Wohnumfeld stattgefunden hatte, war die Errichtung eines Mobilfunksenders auf dem Nachbarhaus. Da Herr M. darin die Ursache seiner Beschwerden vermutete, wandte er sich an die Gemeinde und an die zuständigen Behörden mit der Bitte um Abklärung und Abhilfe – leider ohne Erfolg. Daraufhin führte er Abschirmmaßnahmen an Dach, Wänden und Fenstern (2002, 2004) durch. Diese brachten jedoch nicht die erhoffte Besserung. Herrn M.s Gesundheitszustand verschlechterte sich weiter. Zahnschmerzen, Gesichtsschmerzen, Kopfschmerzen, Augenentzündung, Linsentrübung und Hörsturz kamen hinzu. Die behandelnden Ärzte waren weitgehend hilflos. Ihm half jedoch im Jahr 2004 ein Auslandsaufenthalt bei seiner Tochter in den USA in einer mobilfunkfreien Gegend.

Bei seiner 56-jährigen, berufstätigen Frau traten die Beschwerden etwas später auf. Zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt leidet sie unter Schlafstörungen, Erschöpfung, Kopfschmerzen, Schwindel, hohem Blutdruck, Haarausfall, Augenbrennen und Gelenkbeschwerden.

Herr M. sieht krank, angespannt und mitgenommen aus. Die ständigen Schmerzen im rechten Hinterkopf und in der linken Gesichtshälfte und das hämmernde, pulsierende und rauschende Geräusch im Kopf quälen ihn aufs äußerste.

Ich war mit ihm an beiden Tagen mehrere Stunden zu Messungen unterwegs. Ihn plagten diese Schmerzen und Geräusche ununterbrochen außer an einem Ort, an den er mich führte.

Dabei handelt es sich um eine kleine Straße, die von seinem außerhalb des Ortes gelegenen Gartengrundstück aus in eine Mulde im Hang führt. Die Beschwerden verschwanden dort nicht ganz, aber sie waren etwas leichter. An diesem Ort betrug der Messwert 0,5 µW/m².

Sämtliche Messungen wurden von mir mit dem Gerät HF 38 B von Gigahertz Solutions durchgeführt. Es ermöglicht eine orientierende Summenmessung der Hochfrequenz von 800 bis 2500 MHz.

Im Haus von M. s lagen die Messwerte zwischen 5 und 300 µW/m² An der Außenseite des Hauses betrug der Wert 400µW/m²

Für die Auswirkungen auf die Gesundheit muss die bereits über einen langen Zeitraum vorhandene Hochfrequenzbelastung durch den starken Mittelwellensender in Mühlacker (ca.3 km) mitberücksichtigt werden. Synergismen sind möglich. Mehrfach wurde Versagen von Autoelektronik beobachtet, ebenso wie Störungen von Fernsehgeräten.

Bei folgenden Anwohnern des Mobilfunksenders Schönenberger Str. 22 habe ich Messungen und Befragungen durchgeführt:

G. F. u. I., ………..

B. M. u. B., …………….

B.W., …………….

G. M., …………………..

J. M., ………………

C. , …………………

Außerdem bei Anwohnern des Mobilfunksenders Raster, Gewerbegebiet:

SB., …………………..

B., ……………………..

Die Messprotokolle einschl. Kurzanamnesen befinden sich in der Anlage.

Beim Besuch in diesen 8 Haushalten bin ich auf 21 Menschen getroffen, die ebenfalls unter den charakteristischen, durch Hochfrequenz ausgelösten Krankheitssymptomen leiden (s. Anlage über die Erhebungen in Oberfranken). Ein schmerzgeplagter Anwohner hat sich am 17.11.05 das Leben genommen.


Die Erkrankung von Herrn M. wurde ausgelöst durch die gepulsten hochfrequenten elektromagnetischen Felder ausgehend von der 2001 in Betrieb gegangenen Mobilfunk-sendeanlage auf dem Nachbarhaus.


Herr M. ist seit Inbetriebnahme der 2. Mobilfunksendeanlage im November 2001 dauerhaft erkrankt.

Er leidet an vielen der für das Mikrowellensyndrom charakteristischen Symptomen.

Mehrere Nachbarn sind ebenfalls am Mikrowellensyndrom erkrankt.

Die aufgesuchten Ärzte konnten keine organischen Ursachen finden.

Bei einem längeren Auslandsaufenthalt ohne Mobilfunkexposition war er beschwerdefrei.

Die Schwere des Krankheitsbildes (unerträgliche, therapieresistente Schmerzen und quälende Kopfgeräusche) erfordert eine sofortige Beendigung der gepulsten Hochfrequenzbelastung ausgehend von den Mobilfunksendeanlagen auf dem Nachbarhaus sowie eine Erhebung der Erkrankungen an diesem Mobilfunkstandort.

Die Weigerung der zuständigen Behörden und Wissenschaftler, diese längst überfälligen Erhebungen an diesem wie auch an anderen Mobilfunkstandorten durchzuführen, ist nicht mit dem Grundgesetz vereinbar. Es kann nicht länger hingenommen werden, dass weitreichende und schwere Gesundheitsschäden der Betroffenen billigend in Kauf genommen. Angesichts der Tatsache, dass Ärzte seit mehr als 10 Jahren kausale Zusammenhänge zwischen Hochfrequenzexposition und Erkrankung beobachten, ist das Versäumnis der zuständigen Behörden und der Wissenschaft aus ärztlicher Sicht als unterlassene Hilfeleistung zu bewerten.

Dr.med.Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam

Anlagen: Messprotokolle und Krankheitssymptome von Ehepaar M. und 8 weiteren Haushalten, Ärztliche Erhebungen in Oberfranken, Stellungnahme der Landesuntersuchungsanstalt für das Gesundheits- und Veterinärwesen Sachsen betreffend Familie Schlenz (2005), Tagungsband 1.Bamberger Mobilfunksymposium Januar 2005,

26 Fallbeispiele.

Namen und Adressen der angesprochenen Personen habe ich aus Datenschutzgründen anonymisiert

Dr.med.Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam
Praktische Ärztin

96049 Bamberg

Tel. 0951-12300
Fax. 0951-2972506

25. November 2005

Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit und Familie

Frau Staatsministerin Orosz

01097 Dresden

Betreff: Akute Gesundheitsgefährdung für die Anwohner folgender Mobilfunkbasisstationen:

09481 Scheibenberg, Pfarrstr.

01328 Dresden-Weissig, Radeberger Str.

01159 Dresden, Alfred-Thiele-Str

Sehr geehrte Frau Ministerin,

gestatten Sie, dass ich mich wegen äußerst beunruhigender ärztlicher Beobachtungen an Sie wende.

Anwohner der oben aufgeführten Mobilfunkstandorte hatten sich in den letzten Monaten mehrfach an die Ärzteinitiative „Bamberger Appell“ gewandt mit der Bitte um Hilfe.

An den Standorten in Dresden habe ich selbst am 1.7., 2.7. und 3.7. und am 2.10.05 Hochfrequenzmessungen und Befragungen durchgeführt.

Die Messungen erfolgten mit dem Gerät HF 38B der Firma Gigahertz Solutions. Es ermöglicht eine orientierende Summenmessung des Frequenzbereiches 800 – 2.500 MHz.

In Scheibenberg hat Dr. Hopf, Landesuntersuchungsanstalt für das Gesundheits- und Veterinärwesen Sachsen bei der betroffenen Familie S. die Expositionsverhältnisse erfasst.

Der längst geplante Bericht an Sie hat sich verzögert, da mehrere hundert Anfragen pro Woche bei der Ärzteinitiative eingehen. Frau S. befindet sich in einer Notlage, ihr verzweifelter Anruf aus Scheibenberg zwingt mich als Ärztin jetzt sofort zu reagieren.

Wegen der Hochfrequenzbelastung im eigenen Haus hat das Ehepaar S. die letzten 6 Monate größtenteils bei Verwandten, Bekannten und im Urlaub verbracht. Dort fühlten sie sich wohl und waren weitgehend beschwerdefrei. Herr S. fährt alle 2 Wochen zur Therapie seiner Chron. Myeloischen Leukämie (aufgetreten 1997) nach Frankfurt/Main. Da jetzt der Winter kommt mussten sie wieder ins eigene Haus zurückkehren.

Schon in der zweiten Nacht litt Herr S. unter Schlafstörungen, Herzschmerzen und Herzrhythmusstörungen. Obwohl das Ehepaar im Erdgeschoss im Wohnzimmer schläft (niedrigste Exposition) stellten sich die seit mehreren Jahren aufgetretenen Symptome

(Kopfschmerzen, Nervosität, Ohrgeräusche, ständige Müdigkeit, Augenentzündungen, Akne) wieder ein. Aus ärztlicher Sicht ist dies nicht hinnehmbar, denn:

* für einen Menschen mit einer schweren Grunderkrankung ist ein unbelastetes Schlafumfeld unabdingbar, damit sich das angegriffene Immunsystem überhaupt noch erholen kann und nicht völlig kollabiert.

* unter Hochfrequenzbelastung auftretende Herzrhythmusstörungen können lebensbedrohlich werden.

Aus ärztlicher Sicht besteht dringendster Verdacht auf ursächlichem Zusammenhang zwischen Beschwerden und Hochfrequenzbelastung. Daher ist es für mich völlig unverständlich, dass der Sender auf dem Nachbarhaus entgegen der Empfehlung der Landesuntersuchungsanstalt weiter aufgerüstet wurde.

In Dresden-Weissig kam es nach Wiederinbetriebnahme des Senders Radeberger Str. im September 2005 zu unerträglichen Gesundheitsstörungen bei etlichen Anwohnern. Sie sind verzweifelt. Sie leiden unter Schlafstörungen, Alpträumen, Kopfschmerzen, Unruhe, Schwindel, Benommenheit, Tinnitus, quälenden Kopfgeräuschen, Gelenkbeschwerden, Muskelschmerzen, Herzschmerzen, Herzrhythmusstörungen, erhöhtem Blutdruck. In folgenden Haushalten habe ich Messungen und Befragungen (s. Anlagen) durchgeführt:

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Die Messwerte in den Häusern lagen zwischen 50 und 4.600 µW/m². Für die gesundheitlichen Auswirkungen ist von Bedeutung, dass die Anwohner auch durch die Sendeanlagen auf dem Hutberg belastet werden.

Etliche Anwohner sind in zeitlichem Zusammenhang mit der Wiederinbetriebnahme des Mobilfunksenders an den für Hochfrequenzbelastung charakteristischen Symptomen erkrankt. Aus ärztlicher Sicht besteht daher kein Zweifel an einem kausalen Zusammenhang.

In der Alfred-Thiele-Str., Dresden, ist der Mobilfunksender seit knapp 2 Jahren in Betrieb. Kein Vertreter der zuständigen Bundesbehörden (BfS, BMU, SSK) hat sich vor Ort informiert und die Behörden weigern sich, Gesundheitserhebungen vor Ort durchzuführen, obwohl ihnen folgende Fakten bekannt sind:

* die Exposition in den umliegenden Holzhäusern ist besonders hoch (bis zu 15.000µW/m²).

* viele vorher gesunde Menschen sind an den typischen Symptomen erkrankt.

* die Landesuntersuchungsanstalt sieht einen Zusammenhang zwischen Erkrankung und Hochfrequenzexposition

* die Krankenkasse bestätigt den Verdacht

* die erkrankte Familie K. ist aus dem eigenen Haus vor einem Jahr ausgezogen.

* die Familie wird in unbelastetem Wohnumfeld wieder gesund

* selbst Pflanzen sind dort zugrunde gegangen

In folgenden Haushalten habe ich Messungen durchgeführt:

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K., …………………………….

Die Messwerte lagen zwischen 20 und 15.000 µW/m².

Ein zentrales Symptom der Hochfrequenzbelastung ist die chronische Erschöpfung gepaart mit depressiver Stimmung und dem Gefühl der Hilflosigkeit. Die Bewältigung eines normalen Alltags stellt viele Betroffene vor eine unlösbare Aufgabe. Sie resignieren, ergeben sich ihrem Schicksal und sehen sich nicht in der Lage, sich gegen eine Körperverletzung zu wehren, die ihnen jegliche Lebensqualität nimmt und keine Hoffung auf eine Verbesserung ihrer aussichtlosen Situation zulässt.

Dies ist in der Alfred-Thiele-Straße der Fall.

Im Umkreis der oben aufgeführten Mobilfunkbasisstationen besteht akute Gefahr für die Gesundheit der Anwohner. Ich bitte Sie daher unverzüglich einzuschreiten. Die von den Mobilfunksendeanlagen ausgehende Hochfrequenzbelastung muss beendet und der Gesundheitszustand der Anwohner erfasst werden.

Die Weigerung der zuständigen Behörden und Wissenschaftler, diese längst überfälligen Erhebungen an diesem wie auch an anderen Mobilfunkstandorten durchzuführen, ist nicht mit dem Grundgesetz vereinbar. Es kann nicht länger hingenommen werden, dass weitreichende und schwere Gesundheitsschäden der Betroffenen billigend in Kauf genommen werden. Angesichts der Tatsache, dass Ärzte seit mehr als 10 Jahren kausale Zusammenhänge zwischen Hochfrequenzexposition und Erkrankung beobachten, ist das Versäumnis der zuständigen Behörden und der Wissenschaft aus ärztlicher Sicht als unterlassene Hilfeleistung zu bewerten.

Dr. med. Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam


* Messprotokolle
* Berichte von Anwohnern
* Ärztliche Erhebungen in Oberfranken und 26 Fallbeispiele
* Tagungsband 1. Bamberger Mobilfunksymposium
* einzelne Arztatteste betreffend Folgen von Hochfrequenzexposition


Brief des ärztlichen Qualitätszirkels "Elektromagnetische Felder in der Medizin-Diagnostik, Therapie, Umwelt" an Minister Gabriel


Mikrowellensyndrom: Zusammenfassung von Erhebungen von Dr. med. Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam



BImSchV und Mobilfunk

Wie die amerikanische Inquisition arbeitet

(SPON) Der Deutsche Khaled el-Masri ist inzwischen weltberühmt. Jeder kennt den Mann, der von der CIA entführt wurde. Ein Besuch bei dem Mann, der es mit der CIA aufnimmt.

G.Wendebourg / metainfo hamburg

Link zum Beitrag / Hintergrundinfo oder Pressehinweis:
http://www.hh-online.com?lid=23176 und

Infopool / metainfo hamburg www.hh-online.com

KHALED EL-MASRI: Kronzeuge gegen die CIA

Can mobiles cause depression? Cellphone smog could aid depression

Cellphone smog could aid depression: Study

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, December 12, 2005

Concerns expressed on possible effects of mobile phones on humans have been dismissed by people involved in the business, but a recent research suggests that the electromagnetic "smog" from mobile phones and electronic goods could be playing a role in aiding depression.

In a study done in Australia pertaining to the period between 1968 and 2002, the researchers came to the conclusion that the suicide rates increased during geomagnetic storms, triggered by solar flares during these years.

"The sample was huge, involving 51,845 males and 16,327 females between 1968 and 2002. It would be useful to replicate this again; we did a previous study and found similar results. This suggests that electromagnetic radiation does affect behaviour" says Prof Michael Berk, Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.

The study by Prof Berk came in support of the hypothesis that mood, and indeed suicidality, can be influenced by disturbances in the electromagnetic field in our environment and may have an adverse impact on mental health.

Man-made disturbances in the electromagnetic field are those caused by the power distribution grid and electrical devices.

It is here that the day to day devices like microwave ovens and mobile devices that emit magnetic fields come into the picture.

According to Prof Berk, two previous, but less comprehensive studies had also shown a positive relationship between geomagnetic storm activity and an increased incidence of suicide.

Blood pressure was shown to increase significantly for males and females when there was an increase in geomagnetic activity.A positive trend was also noticed between geomagnetic activity and subjective psycho-physiological complaints.

On the connection between mobile phones and depression, doctors are sceptical. " Depression is a psychiatric disorder and I am sure in 99 per cent case, it is the case. This is not seasonal as the study suggests," says Dr Samir Parikh, a Consultant Psychiatrist in New Delhi. "Magnetic field exposure is not a sufficient cause of depression or suicide," he says.

"Moreover, electromagnetic radiation is not always dangerous. Extremely high frequencies of electromagnetic waves (EHF-therapy) are used by doctors to treat various forms of depression in the western countries," says Dr Parikh.

"We cannot be sure what mobiles phones etc do and their effects may differ. This suggests at least that we should look," says Prof Berk.

In another study done this year on the impact of standard mobile exposure on 18 children, 10-12 years of age, it was noticed that there was a tendency for reaction time to be shorter during exposure to microwave radiation. Further, the scientist involved in the study were of the opinion that effects of radiation from a GSM handset could be different from a analogue handset.

So what do the studies done so far on mobile devices' effects say? They are inconclusive and that's the way the mobile manufacturers would like to see them.

© HT Media Ltd. 2005.



EMF influences on depression

Following is an article from irishhealth.com reported by Sylvie in France about an Austalian study! I have not heard about this study but here is what the Irish are saying about it.

While we are on the topic, about a year ago I had the opportunity to ask Yuri Grigoriev, chairman of the Russian National Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP) about the possibility that cell phone use by teenagers may be linked to a rise in teenage depression. He verified that this was a known problem from their understanding.

Don Maisch

Can mobiles cause depression?

[Posted: Mon 12/12/2005]

An electromagnetic ’smog’ from mobile phones and electronic goods could be contributing to depression, according to a new study.

The study, carried out on nearly 70,000 people in Australia between 1968 and 2002, supports the hypothesis that a person’s mood can be influenced by disturbances in the electromagnetic field in our environment and that this can affect our mental health.

Man-made disturbances in the electromagnetic field are those caused by power distribution grids and electrical devices, such as microwaves and mobile phones.

The researchers said suicide rates increased during ‘geomagnetic storms’ during the years covered by the study.

They found that blood pressure was shown to increase significantly for males and females when there was an increase in geomagnetic activity.

A positive trend was also noticed between geomagnetic activity and subjective psycho-physiological complaints.

Some commentators, however, feel the results of the Australian study are inconclusive and that there is not enough evidence to date that magnetic field exposure is a cause of depression or suicide.

Visit irishhealth.com’s Depression Clinic at-



More on that Australian study on depression and geomagnetic storms

The following article from The Times of India is a better reporting of that Australian study on depression and geomagnetic storms between 1968 and 2002. I contacted the Irishhealth.com for the reference for their story and all they could say was thay they had deleted it!

The Times of India:
(Sent by Robert Riedlinger)

Mobile phone “smog” could be aiding depression

[ Monday, December 12, 2005 11:36:43 amPTI ]

NEW DELHI: Concerns expressed on possible effects of mobile phones on humans have been dismissed by people involved in the business, but a recent research suggests that the electromagnetic “smog” from mobile phones and electronic goods could be playing a role in aiding depression.

In a study done in Australia pertaining to the period between 1968 and 2002, the researchers came to the conclusion that the suicide rates increased during geomagnetic storms, triggered by solar flares during these years.

“The sample was huge, involving 51,845 males and 16,327 females between 1968 and 2002. It would be useful to replicate this again; we did a previous study and found similar results. This suggests that electromagnetic radiation does affect behaviour,” says Prof Michael Berk, Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.

The study by Prof Berk came in support of the hypothesis that mood, and indeed suicidal thoughts, can be influenced by disturbances in the electromagnetic field in our environment and may have an adverse impact on mental health.

Man-made disturbances in the electromagnetic field are those caused by the power distribution grid and electrical devices. It is here that the day to day devices like microwave ovens and mobile devices that emit magnetic fields come into the picture.

According to Prof Berk, two previous, but less comprehensive studies had also shown a positive relationship between geomagnetic storm activity and an increased incidence of suicide.

Blood pressure was shown to increase significantly for males and females when there was an increase in geomagnetic activity. A positive trend was also noticed between geomagnetic activity and subjective psycho-physiological complaints.

On the connection between mobile phones and depression, doctors are sceptical. “Depression is a psychiatric disorder and I am sure in 99 per cent case, it is the case. This is not seasonal as the study suggests,” says Dr. Samir Parikh, a Consultant Psychiatrist here. “Magnetic field exposure is not a sufficient cause of depression or suicide,” he says. “Moreover, electromagnetic radiation is not always dangerous. Extremely high frequencies of electromagnetic waves (EHF-therapy) are used by doctors to treat various forms of depression in the western countries,” says Dr Parikh.

“We cannot be sure what mobiles phones etc do and their effects may differ. This suggests at least that we should look,” says Prof Berk.

In another study done this year on the impact of standard mobile exposure on 18 children 10-12 years of age, it was noticed that there was a tendency for reaction time to be shorter during exposure to microwave radiation. Further, the scientist involved in the study were of the opinion that effects of radiation from a GSM handset could be different from a analogue handset.

So what do the studies done so far on mobile devices’ effects say? They are inconclusive and that’s the way the mobile manufacturers would like to see them.



Here’s the study!

From Iris Atzmon:


Bioelectromagnetics. 2005 Nov 22; [Epub ahead of print]

Do ambient electromagnetic fields affect behaviour? A demonstration of the relationship between geomagnetic storm activity and suicide.

Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences-Barwon Health, University of Melbourne, Geelong, Australia.

The relationship between ambient electromagnetic fields and human mood and behaviour is of great public health interest. The relationship between Ap indices of geomagnetic storm activity and national suicide statistics for Australia from 1968 to 2002 was studied. Ap index data was normalised so as to be globally uniform and gave a measure of storm activity for each day. A geomagnetic storm event was defined as a day in which the Ap index was equal to or exceeded 100 nT. Suicide data was a national tally of daily male and female death figures where suicide had been documented as the cause of death. A total of 51 845 males and 16 327 females were included. The average number of suicides was greatest in spring for males and females, and lowest in autumn for males and summer for females. Suicide amongst females increased significantly in autumn during concurrent periods of geomagnetic storm activity (P = .01). This pattern was not observed in males (P = .16). This suggests that perturbations in ambient electromagnetic field activity impact behaviour in a clinically meaningful manner. The study furthermore raises issues regarding other sources of stray electromagnetic fields and their effect on mental health. Bioelectromagnetics. (c) 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

PMID: 16304696 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]



Bioelectromagnetics. 2005 Nov 22; [Epub ahead of print]

Do ambient electromagnetic fields affect behaviour? A demonstration of the relationship between geomagnetic storm activity and suicide.

Berk M, Dodd S, Henry M.



More on depression and EMR

From Alfonso Balmori:

On this topic see also:

1) Environmental power-frequency magnetic fields and suicide. Perry FS, Reichmanis M, Marino AA, Becker R, 1:Health Phys. 1981 Aug;41(2):267-77.

2) Reichmanis, M., Perry, F. S., Marino, A. A., and Becker, R. O. 1979. Relation between suicide and the electromagnetic field of overhead power lines. Physiol. Chem. Phys. 11:395-403.

3) Savitz D., Boyle CA., Holmgreen P., Prevalence of depression among electrical workers. Am. J. Indust. Med. 1994. 25: 165-176.

4) Verkasalo, P. K., Kaprio, J., Varjonen, J., Romanov, K., Heikkila, K., and Koskenvuo, M. 1997. Magnetic fields of transmission lines and depression. Am. J. Epidemiol. 146:1037-1045.

Best regards.

Alfonso Balmori



Comments on depression and EMR

From Betty Vanables:

Hi Don, a little more on depression your readers might find of interest Regards, Betty


From files of the EMR Safety Network Int’l

A female, mid sixties, had experienced bouts of depression over a number of years which were attributed medically to her disturbed sleep and personal problems. Though she had an aversion to drug therapy anti-depressants seemed the only solution, to which she resorted from time to time. Learning of EMR health effects she took steps to remove EMR from her bedroom with subsequent pleasing results in quality of sleep, lack of depression, general wellbeing, improved energy levels. Three years later circumstances necessitated a change in household arrangements that once again exposed her to the original levels of EMR. Over the next 8 –10 weeks this woman experienced a distinct lowering of energy and wellbeing and a deepening depression the cause of which she could not discern. She lost interest in life and found it extremely difficult to start the day. Recalling her information on EMR she once again removed EMR from her sleeping area which resulted in her mood and depression lifting and a return to a cheerful manner and regaining an interest in her activities. Over a period of 10 days or so this lady experienced a gradual return to a depression-free healthier frame of mind.

Following are a few references linking depression and EMF/R where electromagnetic field therapy was used in treating Parkinson’s Disease. (PD) (Ref.1) Some success has been achieved in treating the tremours of PD with EMF under controlled conditions with therapeutically administered doses at specific frequencies. These conditions are quite unlike those where random exposures to EMF have adverse effects on people, as their testimony reveals. Dr Sandyk’s study reveals a number of neuropsychiatric diseases including depression , which are influenced by environmental cues, including magnetic fields.


1..Magnetic Fields and Seasonality of Affective Illness, Implications for Therapy. Intern. J of Neuroscience Sandyk R., et al. 1991. Vol 58.pp261-267

2.. Beale I L, Pearce N E, Conroy D M, Henning M A and Murrell K A, 1997. Psychological Effects of Chronic Exposure to 50 Hz Magnetic Fields in Humans Living Near Extra-High-Voltage Transmission Lines. Bioelectromagnetics, 18, 584-594.

3.. Dowson D I, Lewith G T, Campbell M, Mullee M and Brewster L A, 1988. Overhead High-Voltage Cables and Recurrent Headache and Depressions. The Practitioner, 232, 435-436.

4..Perry F S, Reichmanis M, Marino A A and Becker R O, 1981. Environmental Power-Frequency Magnetic Fields and Suicide. Health Physics, 41, 267-277.

5..Perry S, Pearl L and Binns R, 1989. Power Frequency Magnetic Field: Depressive Illness and Myocardial Infarction. Public Health, 103, 177-180.

6.. Poole C, Kavet R, Funch D P, Donelan K, Charry J M and Dreyer N A, 1993. Depressive Symptoms and Headaches in Relation to Proximity of Residence to an Alternating-Current Transmission Line Right-of-way. American Journal of Epidemiology, 137, 318-330.

7.. Reichmanis M, Perry F S, Marino A A and Becker R O, 1979. Relation Between Suicide and the Electromagnetic Field of Overhead Power Lines. Physiology Chemistry & Physics, 11, 395-403.

8..Savitz D A, Boyle C A and Holmgreen P, 1994. Prevalence of Depression Among Electrical Workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 25, 165-176.

9.. Van Wijngaarden E V, Savitz D A, Kleckner R C, Cai J and Loomis D, 2000. Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields and Suicide Among Electric Utility Workers: A Nested Case-Control study. WJM, 173, 94-100.

10.. Verkasalo P K, Kaprio J, Varjonen J, Romanov K, Heikkilä K and Koskenvuo M., 1997. Magnetic Fields of Transmission Lines and Depression. American Journal of Epidemiology, 146, 1037-1045.



More on depression and EMR

And lo and behold, our friend nitric oxide synthase answers to this:


"Further Immunohistochemical Evidence for Impaired NO Signaling in the Hypothalamus of Depressed Patients" (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 973:91-93 (2002))

and: http://www.iran-daily.com/1384/2398/html/science.htm

"Surprising Links Between Depression, Suicide, Epilepsy"



"Low nNOS protein in the locus coeruleus in major depression." (J Neurochem. 2004 Dec;91(5))

(And of course NO modifies serotonin.)

Again not a whole answer, but a further nudge that EMFs affecting enzymes like NOS explains rather a lot of what we see.


From Mast Network


Suicides linked to electromagnetic radiation

Risikodiskussion Mobilfunk



Dipl.-Ing. Otto Einsporn 12-12-05

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

bitte erlauben Sie mir, Ihnen im Anhang einen Brief an Frau Dr. Caroline Herr, Uni-Gießen, mit der höflichen Bitte um Kenntnisnahme und zur weiteren Verwendung nach Ihrem Ermessen zuzusenden.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Otto Einsporn

Bürgerinitiative MwW e.V. Dipl.-Ing. Otto Einsporn VDI Waldstraße 48, 63477 Maintal, Tel.: 06109 65260, Fax: 06109 66417, e-mail: oeinsporn@t-online.de


Frau Dr. Caroline Herr, Institut für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Risikodiskussion Mobilfunk

Sehr geehrte Frau Dr. Herr,

Anlass für dieses Schreiben sind Ihre in öffentlichen Veranstaltungen immer wieder uneingeschränkt vorgetragenen Behauptungen, dass durch Mobilfunkstrahlung ausgelöste gesundheitliche Risiken bis heute nicht nachgewiesen konnten. Insbesondere heben Sie immer darauf ab, dass ein kausaler Zusammenhang zwischen Mobilfunkstrahlung und Gesundheit bisher nicht festgestellt werden konnte.

Nun können Entscheidungen über kausale Zusammenhänge zwischen Umwelt und Gesundheit durchaus auf der Basis epidemilogischer Beobachtungen von Auswirkungen getroffen werden, ohne dass ein Wirkungsmechanismus in Teilen oder vollständig bekannt ist. Prominentes Beispiel ist die Beobachtung des Londoner Arztes John Snow im Jahr 1854, der alle Todesfälle einer Durchfallepedemie in einem Stadtplan eintrug und als Verursacher einen bestimmten Brunnen ausmachte, um den sich die Todesfälle massiv häuften. Der Verdacht, dass das Trinkwasser der Auslöser des tödlichen Durchfalls war, wurde durch den Rückgang der Erkrankungen nach der Sperrung dieses Brunnens bestätigt. Das eigentliche Agens, nämlich die Cholerabakterien, wurde erst 30 Jahre später durch Robert Koch entdeckt. Die weitere Abklärung des Wirkmechanismus über Choleratoxine und die Hemmung eines Enzyms in der Dünndarmschleimhaut erfolgte erst nach weiteren 70 Jahren.

Epidemiologische Untersuchungen über den Zusammenhang zwischen Mobilfunkexposition und verschiedenen gesundheitlichen Symptomen liegen heute aus Frankreich, Spanien, Österreich, Israel u.a. und auch aus Deutschland vor. Allein die in der Broschüre der Bamberger Ärzteinitiative aus 500 Berichten ausgewählten 26 Kasuistiken zeigen, dass Menschen an Mobilfunkstrahlung schwer erkrankt sind, ohne dass die behandelnden Ärzte die Ursache erkannten. Die alles entscheidende Therapie war: Beendigung der Exposition!

Und der wissenschaftliche Originalbeitrag der Nailaer Ärzte Dr. Eger et.al. in Umwelt-Medizin-Gesellschaft (17) 4/2004 über den Einfluss der räumlichen Nähe von Mobilfunksendeanlagen auf die Krebsinzidenz zeigt auf, dass sich in einem Abstand bis zu 400m um die seit 1993 betriebene Mobilfunksendeanlage das Malignomrisiko gegenüber weiter entfernt wohnenden Patienten verdreifacht hat und die Patienten in durchschnittlich jüngerem Alter erkrankten. Derartige reale gesundheitliche Gefährdungen durch Mobilfunkstrahlung, werden heute u.a. in den Veröffentlichungen des BfS, der SSK, im TNO-Report, in der REFLEX-Studie und von zahlreichen wissenschaftlichen Institutionen weltweit bestätigt. Ein rational denkender Wissenschaftler würde keine Forderung nach einer vollständigen wissenschaftlichen Abklärung der Wirkungskette Mobilfunk-Gesundheit erheben, sobald aus epidemiologischen Untersuchungen wie den vorstehend beschriebenen schlüssige Verdachtsmomente vorliegen.

Und wenn die Professoren Bernhardt und Leitgeb, Mitglieder der ICNIRP, in einem Schriftwechsel mir gegenüber bestätigen, dass den Grenzwerten nach der 26. BimSchV ausschließlich die thermischen Wirkungen der Mobilfunkstrahlung zugrunde liegen und hinsichtlich nichtthermischer Wirkungen noch gründlich geforscht werden muss, dann impliziert das ja wohl, dass sie nichtthermische Wirkungen nicht ausschließen.

Schon in der Veröffentlichung der deutschen Strahlenschutzkommission SSK im Bundesanzeiger Nr.43 vom 03.03.1992 steht: „Über spezielle Effekte, die nicht auf Erwärmung beruhen, wird in der Literatur seit 15 Jahren berichtet. Die Membraneffekte wurden vielfach bestätigt, so dass ihre Existent heute als gesichert gilt. Hervorzuheben ist, dass die SAR-Werte hierbei teilweise kleiner als 0,01 W/kg sind und damit erheblich unterhalb thermisch relevanter Intensitäten liegen.“ Prof. Dr. Breckow, der am 09.09.2004 in Maintal noch öffentlich behauptete, dass es für nichtthermische Wirkungen der Mobilfunkstrahlung keine wissenschaftlichen Nachweise gibt, korrigierte sich denn auch mir gegenüber schriftlich, dass das Alter der SSK-Aussage kein Indiz für deren mangelnde Aktualität ist.

Auch für die Wirkungskette Mobilfunk-Gesundheit gilt wie für andere Bereiche die Formel

Intensität x Zeitdauer = Wirkung.

Weit unterhalb der Intensität der nur die thermischen Wirkungen berücksichtigenden gesetzlichen Grenzwerte nach der 26. BimSchV sind heute bei mehrtausendfach geringeren Intensitäten zahlreiche nichtthermische Wirkungen von Mobilfunkstrahlung nachgewiesen. Sie können über Einwirkungszeiträume von Jahren bis Jahrzehnten zu unabsehbaren gesundheitlichen Schäden für die von der Strahlung Betroffenen führen. Eine reduktionistische *) Betrachtungsweise, bei der nur die hohen Intensitäten der angeblich die Gesundheit schützenden gesetzlichen Grenzwerte im Kurzzeitversuch betrachtet werden, erzeugt dagegen eine falsche Perspektive von Sicherheit und stellt die gesundheitsgefährdende Wirklichkeit der Mobilfunkstrahlung auf den Kopf.

In der sich menschlich, gesundheitlich und politisch dramatisch zuspitzenden Risikodiskussion Mobilfunk wäre es wünschenswert, wenn Ihnen, Frau Dr. Herr, die Vielzahl der Untersuchungen über Effekte mit potentieller gesundheitlicher Relevanz als Folge elektromagnetischer Exposition zu einer wissenschaftlich objektiven Sichtweise des Themas „Mobilfunk und Gesundheit“ verhelfen könnten. Den von 36990 Bürgern, Ärzten, Wissenschaftlern und wissenschaftlichen Institutionen unterschriebenen „Freiburger Appell“ als Panikmache zu diffamieren ist in einer konstruktiven vorwärts gerichteten Risikodiskussion Mobilfunk wenig hilfreich.

Mit verbindlichen Grüßen

Otto Einsporn

*) Reduktionismus = Betrachtungsweise, bei der nur einem Faktor ein ihm nicht zustehendes Übergewicht zugestanden wird.



Man spricht von massiver Wahlfälschung durch Zwang und Nötigung im Dorfe Pulow bei Lassan (Wolgast)

Ist Ihnen bekannt, dass am Donnerstag, den 15. Dezember 2005 im Verwaltungsgericht Greifswald Domstr 7 Saal N1 von 8Uhr30 bis 16Uhr über die massiv beeinflusste letzte Kommunalwahl verhandelt wird?

Es lohnt sich sicher, die Vorkommnisse zur Aushebelung der kommunalen Demokratie zu betrachten.

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Americans fast for detainees


Informant: Walter Lippmann

Soll die NÖ-Handymastensteuer abgeschafft werden oder nicht?

Betreffend der NÖ-Handymastensteuer und des NÖ-Mobilfunkpaktes möchte ich Ihnen namens der Bürgerinitiative Gablitz beiliegenden offenen Brief senden.

(Gablitz, 12. Dez. 2005 – Vorgeschichte der NÖ-Handymastensteuer; Gegenüberstellung der NÖ-Handymastensteuer und dem NÖ-Mobilfunkpakt; Beispiel Gablitz, alternative Lösungsmöglichkeiten.)

Das Dokument ist auf unserer Website abrufbar:

Für Rückfragen stehe ich jederzeit zur Verfügung.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Mag. Robert Marschall,
Erster Sprecher der Bürgerinitiative Gablitz,
Anton Haglgasse 14/1/3
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E-Mail: marschall@schutz-vor-elektrosmog.at ,
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Bankrupt: 46 trillion US liability

The Charleston Gazette, W.Va. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Dec. 10 - When Gov. Joe Manchin took over state government nearly a year ago, West Virginia faced $10 billion unfunded liabilities in state pensions, Workers' Compensation, health insurance and other long-term obligations. Commendably, Manchin eliminated much of this burden through bold steps such as privatizing Workers' Comp and boosting the coal severance tax.

Meanwhile, the Mountain State's debt was infinitesimal, compared to stupendous, colossal, astronomical, cataclysmic, monumental federal shortfalls that have grown under President Bush.

U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, head of the Government Accountability Office, declared in an Oregon speech last week that federal unfunded liabilities "were $20 trillion at the end of fiscal 2000 and are at $46 trillion today."

Astounding! During the Bush term -- as war spending soared and enormous tax giveaways were handed to the affluent -- potential long-range national debt more than doubled. This plunge toward bankruptcy was discussed in a Thursday commentary by Charleston financial consultant Howard Swint.

The comptroller general serves 15-year terms and cannot be ousted, which makes him free from political pressure. Previously, Walker wrote in Business Week:

"Both U.S. government spending and tax cuts are spiraling out of control. Recent increases in federal budget deficits have far outpaced the cost of the global war on terrorism and incremental homeland security costs. Although the $319 billion fiscal 2005 deficit was considerably lower that the previous year's, it is still imprudently high -- especially given that federal spending is expected to increase dramatically when the Baby Boomers begin to retire later this decade.

"Less well known, the federal government's long-term liabilities and net commitments, such as those relating to Social Security and Medicare, have risen from just over $20 trillion in fiscal 2000 to more than $43 trillion in fiscal 2004, in large part because of passage of the Medicare prescription drug bill in December 2003. This translates into a burden of more than $150,000 per American and $350,000 per full-time worker, up from $72,000 and $165,000 in 2000."

Facing gigantic future debt, Gov. Manchin wisely reduced the burden -- but Republicans in Washington do just the opposite: They keep demanding more tax cuts for the wealthy, eliminating revenue needed to pay Washington's perilous future debt. After the Bush administration ends, successors will be trapped, forced to find ways to pay the $46 trillion obligation that is being ignored and worsened today. Comptroller General Walker quoted George Washington's 1796 farewell address, in which he warned Congress against "ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear." But Washington's sensible advice is being trampled by today's leaders.


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Take action against cruel anti-immigrant bill that threatens millions.

Take Action!

Vote may occur any day!

The U.S. House of Representatives votes this week on a Republican-backed bill that would make it a felony to be an undocumented worker and gut the due process rights of legal immigrants and U.S. citizens.

On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, the House Judiciary Committee passed along strict party lines the measure by Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.). This GOP-sponsored bill, H.R. 4437, would among other things make the crime of being here illegally an "aggravated felony," meaning the entire undocumented population, including 1.6 million children, would be permanently barred from the U.S. Extreme provisions buried in the bill would target legal immigrants, citizens and those applying for citizenship--taking away basic rights like a day in court and a meaningful defense.

H.R. 4437 subverts America's most deeply held values, including a day in court, checks and balances, and freedom from unjust and arbitrary detention. Instead of fixing our broken immigration system, this bill will make matters worse by turning millions of decent, hard-working people into criminals, driving them further underground and pushing more workers into the black market of smugglers and criminals. What we need is a system allowing people already here to earn the right to stay by continuing to perform work crucial to the U.S. economy, reforms such as the bipartisan, broadly supported AgJobs bill, cosponsored by both Democrats and Republicans.

The cruel and extremist Sensenbrenner bill is headed for a vote by the entire House this week. Your House representative needs to hear from you about why this bad bill should not pass. Instead, he or she should support comprehensive immigration reform such as the AgJobs bill (H.R. 884.) Please call and e-mail your U.S. Representative. Ask him or her to vote against this bill.


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The Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ] December 11, 2005


WASHINGTON -- Two Democratic congressmen from New Jersey who voted for the Iraq war three years ago now say they made a mistake.

Reps. Steven Rothman (D-9th Dist.) and William Pascrell (D-8th Dist.) said they based their 2002 vote on faulty intelligence supplied by the Bush administration that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that Saddam Hussein posed a direct threat to the United States.

If they could do it all over again, the two lawmakers said during interviews last week, they would vote "no."

"I made a mistake. I must be held accountable," Pascrell said. "But I also point to the president and blame him. He must be held accountable. I am not in denial. He is."

Added Rothman: "If I knew then what I know now, I would not have voted to authorize the president to go to war. . . . Practically all of the information had persuaded me a pre-emptive strike against Saddam Hussein was necessary. It turns out to have been factually wrong."

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-1st Dist.), the only other New Jersey Democratic congressman to vote for the invasion, recently has criticized the administration's handling of the war, but still says "Saddam Hussein was a threat to this country who needed to be removed."

The comments come as public opinion has grown increasingly negative about the president's handling of the war, in which more than 2,100 American troops have been killed and about 16,000 wounded, and calls for an immediate withdrawal have intensified.


President Bush has mounted a campaign of speeches defending the 2003 invasion, declaring that progress is being made and assuring the American people he has a strategy to defeat the Iraqi insurgency and eventually bring the troops home.

The president has refused to set a timetable or cede ground to some Democrats who see the war as counterproductive and want a troop withdrawal to start immediately. Bush has said he will rely on the judgment of senior military commanders and not be guided by "artificial timetables set by politicians in Washington."

Last week, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he expects some 20,000 U.S. troops to return home from Iraq after this week's elections there, and suggested some of the remaining 137,000 forces could pull out next year "if conditions permit."

The state's seven Democratic House members, like their counterparts nationally, are divided over how the U.S. should now proceed. Some want a troop withdrawal to start immediately while others favor a more cautious approach. All six New Jersey Republican congressmen support the war. They argue a precipitous exit would aid America's enemies, hurt U.S. national security interests and lead to greater chaos in Iraq.

"It is a much more difficult war than we thought it would be," Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3rd Dist.) said. "But we have to stay the course. I subscribe to the notion that showing weakness by pulling out of Iraq would embolden those who oppose us."

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.) said he has no regrets about voting to go to war, firmly believes Saddam was a threat to U.S. security and feels progress is being made in Iraq.

"The absolutely wrong message would be sent if we were to set specific dates for troop pullout or promote the notion of an immediate withdrawal," Frelinghuysen said. He said troop decisions must depend on circumstances in Iraq and the advice of the military, not domestic political considerations.

That view is shared by Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.), Christopher Smith (R-4th Dist.), Scott Garrett (R-5th Dist.) and Michael Ferguson (R-7th Dist.). All voted for the war except Garrett, who was not yet in Congress.

Four state Democrats - Reps. Rush Holt (D-12th Dist.), Donald Payne (D-10th Dist.), Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.) and Pascrell - said they back the position of Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the hawkish Marine veteran who has called for Bush to start withdrawing troops immediately.

"If the United States gets out of the way of being a flash point, the Iraqis will come up with a solution of their own to deal with the insurgents," Payne said. "We should still give them economic aid and military support, but a drawdown should begin early next year. We need to keep reassessing the situation, but the goal should be removal of our troops within a year."

A more gradual approach to removing the troops is supported by Reps. Andrews, Rothman and Robert Menendez (D-13th Dist.), who officially was named by Gov.-elect Jon Corzine Friday to succeed him in the Senate.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is in that same camp. He has called on Bush to come forward with a "concrete plan" to stabilize Iraq so troops can start to be removed, but has not urged an immediate withdrawal.

Andrews said he supports a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops "as soon as practicable," meaning when the Iraqis are capable of taking on greater responsibility. He said a small troop withdrawal could probably begin relatively soon, but added, "I don't support a hard and fast time deadline."

Menendez criticized Bush for needlessly starting and then mishandling the war, but said he is not ready to endorse an immediate pullback of U.S. troops. He said there need to be established "benchmarks" showing Iraqi capability to take over the job that can be tied to a phased-out military presence.

--Robert Cohen covers politics and government. He can be reached at rcohen@starledger.com or (202) 383-7800.


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MARCH 18 - 19: A Call to Action

On March 18 and 19, the Third Anniversary of the War--

World Unity Against The WAR - Bring All the Troops Home Now!

End All Occupations

Stop the War Abroad and the War at Home

Justice for Katrina Survivors

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Unite Against Racism, Poverty & War

In New York City - March from Harlem to Times Square!

Demonstrations in Boston; Detroit; Denver; Baltimore; Atlanta; Los Angeles; San Diego; Raleigh, NC; Washington, DC; Buffalo; and across the country!

The Troops Out Now Coalition joins the world movement against the war in calling for coordinated mass protests and resistance to the war and occupation of Iraq on the weekend of March 18 and 19, the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion. It must be clear that the people will not be fooled by partial withdrawal plans. We demand the withdrawal of all occupation troops now.

Let's stand together with our sisters and brothers across the world against all colonial occupations from Iraq and Palestine, to Afghanistan and Haiti, to the Philippines, South Korea and Puerto Rico. Stop the threats on Iran and Venezuela. Hands Off Cuba. Together we demand no more new wars.

Bush's arrogant response to the demand to withdraw the troops from Iraq is a renewed vow to continue the criminal colonial occupation of Iraq and elsewhere until "victory". The leaders of the Democratic Party, for all their criticism of the way that the Bush regime has conducted the war, remain war supporters.

If we've learned anything over the past 3 years, it is that the only force that we can rely on to stop the war and occupation, bring the troops home, and to stop the plan for world empire by military force is the people mobilized into a mass, militant movement that makes itself felt in the streets.

In the U.S., TONC urges all anti-war caolitions and organizations, at the national and local level, to work together on the mobilizations in March for this is the best way to insure that the popular opposition to the war be turned into mass opposition in the streets. It is not necessary that all coalitions have identical views BUT it is necessary that we not allow differences to be an obstacle to unity.

With the level of opposition to the war stronger than ever, we could bring the entire country to a halt on March 18 and 19. We, as a movement, can do that only if we commit to forging unity.

TONC will be organizing for March 18 and 19 in every city large and small, from Boston, to Los Angeles, from Atlanta to Detroit. In New York City, TONC invites everyone to join us in a mass march from Harlem to Times Square for a rally on Saturday, March 18. By marching from the capital of the African-American community in the U.S. to the center of the city, we hope to underscore the reality that we are fighting to stop two wars-- the war abroad and the war at home against racism and poverty.

Amongst the many challenges that we face as anti-war activists and organizers, nothing is more important than linking the concrete struggles of poor and working people, especially people of color in this country, to the anti-war struggle. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's denial of clemency to death row inmate, Stanley "Tookie" Williams, is only the latest example of the systemic racism that oppresses, tortures and kills people in many different ways.

Our unity is strengthened by supporting full rights for immigrant workers here in the U.S. - not sweeps, arrests, deportation and fear. And our unity is strengthened by standing with people struggling for the right to return to their homes - this includes tens of thousands of people in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast kept from their homes by the criminal neglect and racism of FEMA to the Palestinian people struggling for the right to return to their historic homeland.

The racism and lethal hostility of the government towards poor and working people, exposed by the response to Hurricane Katrina, has made the strengthening of links all the more urgent. TONC proposes that all anti-war and progressive forces demonstrate solidarity with the struggle of Katrina survivors by making the demand for justice for Katrina survivors central to the March protests by engaging communities of color; making the protests relevant to these communities; coordinating with the survivors of Katrina and the activists involved in the Katrina struggle.

Let's keep the movement where it needs to be-- in the streets and let's work together like never before.

Troops Out Now Coalition
39 W 14th St Suite 206
New York NY 10011

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