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Intercept Reporter Files Suit Against Ferguson Police

The Intercept - Engl. - 8 saat 27 dak önce

An Intercept reporter is suing the St. Louis County Police Department after he was shot with rubber bullets and arrested while reporting on protests in the suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last August.

The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux is joined in the civil rights suit, filed today in federal court in the Eastern District of Missouri, by three German journalists who were also arrested. They allege that the police department, St. Louis County, and 20 unidentified officers violated their First Amendment rights of freedom of press and freedom of speech, used excessive force against them, and arrested them without probable cause. (The complaint is embedded below.)

On the night of August 18th, Ferguson police shot Devereaux and Lukas Hermsmeier, a freelance journalist for several German newspapers, apparently with rubber bullets, handcuffed them with plastic ties for hours, and held them overnight in jail. Devereaux and Hermsmeier say they clearly identified themselves as press when they encountered the police.

“It may sound naive but I never assumed the possibility of police officers shooting at journalists in a manageable situation like this,” Hermsmeier told The Intercept in an emailed statement.

The other two plaintiffs, reporters Frank Herrmann and Ansgar Graw, were arrested the same day while trying to interview and photograph police and protesters. All four journalists were arrested on the charge of “failure to disperse.”

Devereaux wrote about the arrest, and the men he met in the jail, as part of his Ferguson coverage for The Intercept last summer.

“I was exposed to so many stories of everyday people locked in a predatory system of excessive fines and dubious warrants,” Devereaux said. “It’s clear that a lot needs to be done to address the policing crisis in Ferguson and much of St. Louis County.”

“What happened to us last summer was just one example of the kind of overly aggressive and reckless behavior that police in St. Louis County have developed a reputation for,” said Devereaux.

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In Flammen

German Foreign Policy - 8 saat 40 dak önce
(Eigener Bericht) - Auch nach den jüngsten Luftschlägen vom gestrigen Montag billigt die Bundesregierung den Krieg eines von Saudi-Arabien geführten Militärbündnisses gegen Aufständische im Jemen. Man habe "Verständnis" für die bewaffnete Intervention, heißt es im Auswärtigen Amt. Saudische Luftschläge trafen gestern unter anderem ein jemenitisches Flüchtlingslager; dabei starben mindestens 45 Personen. Riads neuer Krieg richtet sich gegen einen angeblichen Machtzuwachs Irans, dem gute Verbindungen zu den schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen nachgesagt werden. Er entspricht den Interessen der NATO-Staaten: Man wolle verhindern, dass Teheran mit Hilfe der Huthis "neben der Meerenge von Hormuz auch noch die Meerenge zwischen dem Jemen und Afrika kontrollieren könnte, durch die jeden Tag Millionen Barrel Erdöl transportiert werden", erläutert ein renommierter Kommentator. Für ihren Krieg stehen den saudischen Streitkräften deutsche Kriegswaffen zur Verfügung, darunter Tornado- und Eurofighter-Kampfflugzeuge sowie - für den Fall eines Einmarschs saudischer Bodentruppen im Jemen - Sturmgewehre der Modelle G3 und G36. Beobachter halten eine vollständige Entgrenzung des jemenitischen Bürgerkriegs für durchaus wahrscheinlich. Die arabische Welt steht nach zahlreichen offenen oder verdeckten militärischen Interventionen des Westens unkontrollierbar in Flammen - vom Süden der Arabischen Halbinsel bis Nordsyrien, von Libyen bis Irak.

Mexico’s Journalists Grab a Tech Shield as their Fight Against the Establishment Escalates

The Intercept - Engl. - Pzt, 30/03/2015 - 21:21

Mexico, a country where tens of thousands have been killed in drug-related violence, and where government officials have been complicit in corruption, murders, and disappearances, seems like a natural place to launch a safe, anonymous way for sources to get information to journalists.

That’s the idea behind MéxicoLeaks, a platform launched this month by a consortium of news outlets and advocacy groups in Mexico. The site allows whistleblowers to anonymously submit information via the Tor browser, which masks their location.

But MéxicoLeaks has already caused a scandal, culminating in the firing of one of Mexico’s most popular journalists, radio personality Carmen Aristegui, and her staff of reporters. Although MéxicoLeaks promises a secure channel for activists who otherwise face brutal retribution for speaking out, its launch comes at a time when other protections for journalists, including their job security and physical safety, are crumbling.

Aristegui and her reporters say that the radio network that runs their show used their involvement with MéxicoLeaks as a pretext to fire them. The real goal, they believe, was to suppress oppositional journalism. “They seemed so determined to strike us down,” Irving Huerta, a 27-year-old investigative journalist with Aristegui’s unit, told The Intercept in an interview.

Staffers on Aristegui’s program had previously clashed with the network over exposés on the First Lady of Mexico’s real estate dealings, among other critical reports, Huerta says, and he believes powerful people wanted to see the show end.

“It seems that there was something bigger behind them, telling them what to do, giving them confidence and support even in the face of how this has discredited them, the many listeners they’ve lost,” Huerta said.

When MéxicoLeaks launched, on March 11, MVS, the radio station that airs Aristegui’s show, abruptly distanced itself from the initiative in ads that ran on its own network. Huerta and another reporter were fired soon after, ostensibly because they had not asked permission before using the company logo in conjunction with the project. Aristegui demanded they be reinstated, and then, on March 16, her show was terminated. A huge public outcry has ensued, with protests even from political commentators who generally disagree with Aristegui.

Before Aristegui was fired, MVS also put forward a new set of guidelines subjecting news shows to evaluation by outside companies, giving MVS management more input into news programming, and requiring reporters to disclose their personal ties to religious groups, political parties, and other associations.

“It was a series of rules that were obviously impossible, unacceptable,” Huerta said. “It was an attempt to pressure our working conditions.”

Huerta suspects outside players influenced MVS’s decision. But then again, he noted, their radio station is only one of many businesses of the family conglomerate that owns it, “so who knows where their true interests are?”

The fight over the guidelines was not the first time Aristegui had clashed with MVS higher-ups. She was fired (and then rehired) in 2011, after she ran with allegations that then-president Felipe Calderón had a drinking problem. Last fall, reporters with her team published an investigation into La Casa Blanca (the White House), an opulent Mexico City mansion bought on favorable terms by President Enrique Peña Nieto’s wife from a top government contractor. The scandal shook Peña Nieto’s government, which was already losing face over its response to the disappearance of 43 students from a college in the southern state of Guerrero.

MVS told Aristegui’s team not to publish the Casa Blanca story, Huerta said. “They told Carmen and the reporters on that story, ‘If you come out with this, it’s going to be very bad for our other businesses. We’re going to be crushed.’” Ultimately, Aristegui’s team ran the report independently of the station, on their own website, but continued to follow the scandal on the radio show. (MVS told the New York Times over the weekend, “It’s false that we censored Carmen Aristegui from broadcasting the report of the White House.”)

Of course, journalists in Mexico face more lethal forms of suppression. Two years into Peña Nieto’s presidency, 10 reporters have been assassinated, and four have disappeared, according to the free speech advocacy organization Article19. Journalists regularly face attacks and threats from both narco-traffickers and government officials and are often detained. In its annual report on the state of media in Mexico, Article19 found that the frequency of attacks is on the rise under Peña Nieto, and many of them can be traced to government officials (I met Huerta while in Mexico last week at a conference hosted by Article19, for which the group furnished travel and lodging).

Sometimes censorship takes a surreal turn. A weekly newsmagazine in Cancun regularly has its issues faked, with critical articles replaced by ones favorable to the local government.

MéxicoLeaks won’t solve direct attacks on journalists, but it could be critical to help sources and citizen activists protect themselves. (The tech behind it is similar to SecureDrop, which The Intercept uses.)

“We’ve had sources who come to us saying, ‘I have very important information, but I don’t want my name revealed, I fear for my life,’” Huerta said. “And before, we’ve told them to send us things by mail, because we hadn’t gotten to this point of having secure electronic communication.”

Mexicans have turned to Twitter, especially, to spread security alerts and denounce violence from cartels and government officials, but they do so at their own peril.

Huerta cited the example of the activist known by her twitter handle, “Felina,” who tweeted about cartel activities and posted regularly to an activist website. Cartels flyered the city, offering tens of thousands of dollars in rewards for anyone who helped unmask the site’s administrators. Felina — apparently a doctor named Maria Del Rosario Fuentes Rubio — was found out, and her killers tweeted photos of her execution. “Close your account don’t put your families at risk like I did,” read one final message.

Citizens in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz have been jailed on terrorism charges for tweeting about reported gang attacks.

Huerta sees the overwhelming public response in support of him and his colleagues on Aristegui’s program as a sign of the need “not just to safeguard this news program that we had, but to protect the whole profession of journalism.”

“Because there’s an attempt to turn back to the authoritarian practices of years past,” he said, “which we can’t permit in a democratic society.”

Photo: Eduardo Verdugo/AP

 

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New Canadian Counterterrorism Law Threatens Environmental Groups

The Intercept - Engl. - Pzt, 30/03/2015 - 19:28

Geraldine Thomas-Flurer, who campaigns for environmental protection on behalf of indigenous First Nations in Canada, wasn’t surprised when, in 2012, she found out that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had been keeping tabs on her. The Toronto Star that year obtained documents showing that federal police had monitored private meetings held between her coalition and local environmental groups.

Now she just laughs when asked whether she’s comforted by assurances from government officials that new surveillance and policing powers outlined under a proposed Canadian Anti-Terror Law wouldn’t be aimed at peaceful protesters.

The passage of the terrorism bill would represent a new “open season on First Nations who are speaking out,” she says.

Across Canada, police surveillance and intervention have long been a reality for groups working to stop development of fossil fuel extraction, including pipeline construction and fracking. The sense that somebody’s watching is part of the price Thomas-Flurer, of the Saik’uz nation, has paid for coordinating the Yinka Dene Alliance, a coalition of six First Nations in British Columbia that have banned the passage of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline through their territory.

The coalition is part of a movement that has slowed the development of the pipeline, which would carry more than 500,000 barrels per day of crude from landlocked Alberta’s oil sands to a port on Canada’s west coast, so much so that a recent CBC News article questioned whether the project was “being quietly shelved.”

The new law, called C-51, would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP broad powers to thwart what bill proponents see as an evolving terrorist threat. Lawyers and activists say the bill’s vague language would give Canada’s police forces wide discretion to decide who they target and how.

The proposed legislation was prompted by last year’s attack by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who killed a ceremonial soldier who had been guarding the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then barged into Canada’s packed parliament building, before being shot and killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. It was the second Canadian “lone wolf” attack in a week, both carried out by radicalized followers of Islam, unclaimed by any extremist group.

“I have been saying that our laws and police powers need to be strengthened in the area of surveillance, detention, and arrest,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared one day after the shooting, “I assure members that work, which is already under way, will be expedited.”

Five months later, C-51 is moving through parliament, and is expected to pass this summer. Given politicians’ focus on radicalization, new policing powers would likely hit hardest in communities of Muslims. “They’re the bogeyman of today,” said Ziyaad Mia, a spokesperson for the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association. “But I think they’re a canary in the coal mine.”

The Anti-Terrorism Act would create a new criminal offense that could land an offender up to five years in prison for promoting “terrorism offences in general,” a term that has befuddled Kent Roach and Craig Forcese, professors of law at the University of Toronto and University of Ottawa, respectively. “No person (including ourselves) can fairly say they know how this new crime will be interpreted and applied,” they wrote in a C-51 backgrounder.

Other parts of the act would expand the power of police to make preventative arrests if they believe “on reasonable grounds that the detention of the person in custody is likely to prevent a terrorist activity.” The bill would also lengthen the time a person can be detained without charges from three days to seven, in cases where a police officer believes that a “terrorist act may be carried out,” and it would codify a no-fly list.

“We actually don’t know what [C-51 is] going to entail in terms of regular surveillance and intelligence. It’s very murky,” says Jeff Monaghan, a sociologist at Queen’s University, who has studied Canada’s counterterrorism apparatus. “We’re going to find out about what disruption [of national security threats] really means in the next 10 years.”

Monaghan has tracked the way Canada’s counterterrorism efforts have crept into the work of environmental activists since 9/11. Government threat assessment reports he collected via Access to Information requests show a shift between 2005 and 2010 toward focusing resources on “extremist” groups, including ones that organize around environmental issues and indigenous rights.

One government assessment from 2008 declared that attacks carried out by domestic “extremist” activist groups “are seven times more likely to occur than terrorist attacks.”

Monaghan says C-51 would intensify that mission creep. Although called the Anti-Terrorism Act, C-51 would widen the state’s policing and surveillance powers even beyond “terrorism in general.”

The bill seeks to expand the reach of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which currently is allowed only to gather information but not to act on it, a separation created as a remedy to 1970s-era abuses perpetrated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police against Québécois nationalists. Under the proposed law, CSIS can “take measures, within or outside Canada,” to reduce “a threat to the security of Canada.”

As part of the bill, the “Security of Canada Information Sharing Act” would allow Canadian government agencies, with minimal oversight, to exchange collected information about “activities that undermine the security of Canada,” including actions that threaten the country’s “territorial integrity” or interfere with its “critical infrastructure.” That lands the work of the Yinka Dene Alliance squarely within the boundaries of C-51’s sphere of intensified surveillance.

This isn’t the first time Canadian intelligence has targeted domestic groups.

A 44-page Royal Canadian Mounted Police document, “Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Assessment,” obtained by Montreal’s La Presse last February demonstrated how Canada’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies see anti-extraction activists and indigenous dissidents as serious threats.

The assessment mentions Greenpeace several times, is titled “Criminal Threats to the Canadian Petroleum Industry,” and describes a “well-financed, anti-Canadian petroleum movement, that consists of peaceful activists, militants and violent extremists, who are opposed to society’s reliance on fossil fuels.”

“I was actually shocked,” said Greenpeace Canada’s climate and energy campaign director Keith Stewart, who has read report after report over the years showing government efforts to thwart the organization’s use of blockades and other acts of civil disobedience against energy industries. “I’m accustomed to reading these things usually in much more couched language that’s drier, more bureaucratic.”

Still, C-51’s architects and supporters maintain that the bill does not sacrifice dissent. “Let’s speak practically,” Justice Minister Peter MacKay said at a press conference last week. “If they’re not burning police cars or blowing up critical infrastructure, this is not going to be criminalized.”

This assurance isn’t comforting to Thomas-Flurer. Although the group’s tactics are non-violent, she won’t argue if you call her and her allies a threat to Canada’s oil industry infrastructure. When asked when construction on the Northern Gateway pipeline could potentially start, she replies, “Never.”

Women in her community “will die for a cause if they have to,” she says. “If it means standing in front of a bulldozer and getting killed, they’ll do it — I’ll do it.”

 

Photo of a protester detained by Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers during a demonstration against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion on Burnaby Mountain outside Vancouver, British Columbia, November 20, 2014.  (Ben Nelms/Reuters/Landov)

 

 

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Jemen: Saudische Luftwaffe greift Flüchtlingslager an

Hintergrund.de - Pzt, 30/03/2015 - 17:51

(30.03.2015/hg/dpa)

Bei saudischen Luftangriffen auf ein Flüchtlingslager im Nordwesten des Jemens sollen Dutzende Menschen getötet oder verletzt worden sein. Jemenitische Sicherheitskreise berichteten der Deutschen Presse-Agentur am Montag, Kampfflugzeuge hätten vier Angriffe auf das Flüchtlingslager Al-Masrak nahe der Grenze zu Saudi-Arabien geflogen. Dort hätten sich rund 700 Flüchtlinge aufgehalten. Unter den Toten seien auch Frauen und Kinder, hieß es weiter. Die Nachrichtenseite Al-Mashad al-Yemeni berichtete von zehn Toten und 83 Verletzten. Eine unabhängige Bestätigung für die Angaben gab es zunächst nicht.

Saudi-Arabien und seine arabischen sunnitischen Verbündeten hatten in der vergangenen Woche mit Luftschlägen gegen die schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen begonnen. Damit unterstützen

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Syrien: Dschihadisten erobern Provinzhauptstadt

Hintergrund.de - Pzt, 30/03/2015 - 17:51

Von SEBASTIAN RANGE, 30. März 2015 - 

Unter Führung der mit al-Qaida verbündeten al-Nusra-Front haben Aufständische die nordsyrische Stadt Idlib erobert, Hauptstadt der an die Türkei angrenzenden gleichnamigen Provinz. An der Offensive sollen sich bis zu zweitausend Kämpfer beteiligt haben. Nach tagelangen Gefechten gelang es ihnen am Sonntag, das gesamte Stadtgebiet zu erobern, nachdem sich die syrische Armee aufgrund des Ansturms zurückziehen musste. Auf beiden Seiten soll es über einhundert Tote gegeben haben, die Zahl ziviler Opfer ist nicht bekannt. Dutzende Soldaten sollen von den islamistischen Kämpfern gefangen genommen worden sein. Laut Darstellung der oppositionellen Syrischen Beobachtungsstelle für Menschenrechte seien fünfzehn

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Politik der Destabilisierung und der Entgrenzung des Militärischen

IMI Tübingen - Pzt, 30/03/2015 - 15:58
Liebe Freund_innen und Freunde, zum vierten Mal finden hier die Königsbronner Gespräche statt und zum zweiten Mal gibt es hiergegen sichtbaren Protest. Das Ziel solcher Veranstaltungen ist es, in der Fläche und auch in der Provinz Ideologie zu produzieren und (…)

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Deutsche gedenken Deutschen Veranstaltung " Moltkestollen 3. April 1945. Jahrestag einer Katastrophe"

Indymedia antimil - Pzt, 30/03/2015 - 14:11
von: ichkriegzustände am: 30.03.2015 - 14:11

Die Bombardements auf Kiel im April 1945, waren Thema eines Geschichtsprojektes einer

12. Klasse der Hebbelschule.

Im Fokus stand der Tod von 271 Deutschen im Luftschutzstollens Moltkestraße.

Der Anlass wurde genutzt um heute (Montag, 30.03.) ab 11 Uhr eine Gedenkstunde am

ehemaligen Standort „Moltkestollen“ abzuhalten. Mehr 50 Menschen folgten der Einladung.

Der NDR war mit einem Team vor Ort.

Obamas Krieg gegen die Zivilisation

Indymedia antimil - Pzt, 30/03/2015 - 12:43
von: anonym am: 30.03.2015 - 12:43

„Die nationale Souveränität ist im Zeitalter Obamas ersetzt worden durch ein beliebig anwendbares Gebot der ‚humanitären’ Einmischung, das nur von den Stärksten eingesetzt werden kann.“
Die Welt lernt jetzt kennen, was der Kandidat für den Senat der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika Barack Obama am 2. Oktober 2002 meinte, als er vor einer Versammlung in Chicago sagte, dass er nicht gegen alle Kriege ist. „Ich bin gegen einen dummen Krieg. Ich bin gegen einen überstürzten Krieg.“
Wir wissen jetzt, dass Präsident Obama sich festgelegt hat auf umfassende, kompromisslose, grenzenlose Kriege gegen jeden möglichen Widerstand gegen die imperiale Herrschaft der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika – also Unternehmungen, die er weder für überstürzt noch für dumm befindet.
Auf dem Spiel steht das Überleben – nicht der Einwohner und der Regierung der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, die in ihrer Existenz von nirgendwo her bedroht sind, sondern eines Imperiums, dessen selbstdefinierte strategische Interessen den gesamte Globus umfassen.
Hinter Washingtons Wahnsinn steht eine erschreckende Logik: Wenn die Struktur des Systems zusammenbricht, muss sie überall abgestützt werden.
Präsident Obamas Beitrag zum Zerfall der globalen Ordnung ist beeindruckend: er ist ein großer Innovator. Während andere Führer der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika sich damit begnügten, einfach regelmäßig gegen das Internationale Recht zu verstoßen, hat Obama die Satzungen neu geschrieben. Das Konzept der nationalen Souveränität wurde ausgeschaltet zugunsten einer Art von universalem Bewährungs-Status, der von einer pyramidenförmigen „Internationalen Gemeinschaft“ mit den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika an der Spitze überwacht wird.
Die Nationale Selbstbestimmung, das grundlegende Fundament des Internationalen Rechts – wird jetzt behandelt wie eine Konzession, die je nach Laune irgendeiner Koalition ausgestellt oder entzogen wird, die die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika zusammenzustellen imstande sind. .......... http://antikrieg.com/aktuell/2014_03_01_obamas.htm ..............

Da röhrt der Hirsch 2 ...

Amazonas-Box/Frieden-etc. - Pzt, 30/03/2015 - 00:19

das schöne Motiv aus der Gartenlaube von 1988 hat mich schnell motiviert als es um erneute Alpenwanderungen ging ...

Ostermontag, wieder Ostermarsch Draußen, seit 1992!

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Unter Geiern

German Foreign Policy - Pzt, 30/03/2015 - 00:00
(Eigener Bericht) - Anhaltende Abwehr der Athener Regierung bringt zahlreiche deutsche Vorhaben für den Umbau von Wirtschaft und Verwaltung des griechischen Staates in Gefahr. Federführend sind das Auswärtige Amt (AA) und das Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit (BMZ). Kurzfristiges Ziel ist die Schließung deutscher Produktionsengpässe durch beschäftigungslose griechische Zulieferer und durch griechische Arbeitslose. Zum mittelfristigen Aktionsprogramm gehört die finanzielle Abschöpfung griechischer Kommunen und die Bereitstellung billiger griechischer Hilfskräfte für das deutsche Gesundheitswesen ("Pflege-Urlaub auf Rhodos"). Um zukünftig auch für höhere Anforderungen kompatibel zu sein, wird von Athen ein "Innovationssystem" verlangt, das "Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Verwaltung" zugunsten "unternehmerfreundlicher Strukturen" vernetzt. Als Koordinatorin der Maßnahmen firmiert eine "Deutsch-Griechische Versammlung" (DGV), die "im Geiste der Graswurzelbewegung" tätig sein soll. Die DGV verfügt über keinerlei Rechtsfunktion. Ihre Berliner Anschrift ist eine Adresse der Bundesregierung. Die als zivilgesellschaftlich verkleidete Organisation, die unter anderem dem AA und dessen "Deutsch-Griechischem Jugendwerk" zuarbeitet, setzte das Bundeskanzleramt auf dem ersten Höhepunkt der sogenannten Schuldenkrise ein.

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No to NATO - Paz, 29/03/2015 - 16:47

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No to NATO - Paz, 29/03/2015 - 14:54

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Indymedia antimil - Paz, 29/03/2015 - 13:44
von: Roadside Dokumentarfilm am: 29.03.2015 - 13:44

Bereits kurz nach Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges begann der Kalte Krieg. Vor diesem Hintergrund plante die Bundesregierung unter Kanzler Adenauer schon 1949 die Wiedereinführung einer Armee. Gegen dieses Vorhaben gab es in der Bevölkerung große Proteste. Die Adenauer-Regierung reagierte schnell. Innerhalb weniger Wochen wurde ein politisches Strafrecht eingeführt, das seine Wurzeln im Strafrecht der Nazizeit hatte. Alle Bürger, die gegen die Wiederbewaffnung oder für die Wiedervereinigung waren, galten nun als Staatsfeinde.

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Save the date: 60 Jahre BRD in der NATO

No to NATO - Cts, 28/03/2015 - 09:46
6. Mai 1955 bis 2015
Herausforderungen für Friedenspolitik und Friedensbewegung Wann: Freitag 15. und Samstag 16. Mai 2015 Wo: Universitätsclub, Konviktstraße 9, 53113 Bonn Wer: Internationales Netzwerk „No to war – no to NATO“ in Zusammenarbeit mit der Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Das Programm gibt es die nächsten Tagen hier.

Organisatorisches:

  • Anmeldungen bitte an: kongress@ialana.de (Betreff: NATO 60)
  • Wir bitten um finanzielle Unterstützung dr Teilnehmenden (5,00 € reduziert, 10,00 € regulär, 15,00 € Soli-Beitrag)
  • Spenden und finanzielle Unterstützungsbeiträge der Teilnehmenden bitte an:
    • IALANA
      Sparkasse Marburg Konto: 1000 6680 83 BLZ: 533 500 00
      IBAN: DE64 5335 0000 1000 6680 83 BIC: HELADEF1MAR
      Verwendungszweck: NATO 60

NATO: Aufrüstung gegen Russland

IMI Tübingen - Cts, 28/03/2015 - 01:26
Die Zeitung gegen den Krieg, in der dieser Text erschienen ist, kann hier bestellt werden.   Tschechien wird vom 22. Juni bis 3. Juli 2015 mit mehr als 400 Soldaten gemeinsam mit den USA, Ungarn, Litauen und der Slowakei ein (…)

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New York Times Accidentally Undermines John Bolton “Bomb Iran” Op-Ed in Own Pages

The Intercept - Engl. - Cum, 27/03/2015 - 18:55

The New York Times yesterday published an op-ed by the characteristically bellicose John R. Bolton, headlined ‘To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.’ Bolton, now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration.

In an unusual touch, a link added to the original online edition of Bolton’s op-ed directly undermines Bolton’s case for war:

…Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear program. Nor will sanctions block its building a broad and deep weapons infrastructure. The inconvenient truth is that only military action like Israel’s 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor in Iraq…can accomplish what is required.

U.S. and Israeli politicians often claim that Israel’s bombing of Iraq in 1981 significantly set back an already-existing Iraqi nuclear weapons program. The truth is almost exactly the opposite. Harvard Physics Professor Richard Wilson, who visited the ruins of Osirak in 1982 and followed the issue closely, has said the available evidence “suggests that the bombing did not delay the Iraqi nuclear-weapons program but started it.” This evidence includes the design of the Osirak reactor, which made it unsuitable for weapons production, and statements by Iraqi nuclear scientists that Saddam Hussein ordered them to begin a serious nuclear weapons program in response to the Israeli attack.

This perspective rarely appears in mainstream U.S. media outlets. One time it did, however, was in a 2012 Washington Post op-ed titled “An Israeli attack against Iran would backfire — just like Israel’s 1981 strike on Iraq.”

And it was that Post op-ed to which the Times chose to link as backup for Bolton. In other words, anyone looking for additional facts about Bolton’s case were led to an explanation of how what Bolton was saying was factually wrong, and that following the advice of people like Bolton would be disastrous.

Sewell Chan, Deputy Editor of the Times op-ed section, said that the link was “mistakenly added by an editor, not the writer, during the fact-checking process.” The Times said it plans to replace the link with one sending readers to a Times news article.

Bolton helped force out José Bustani, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in 2002. According to Bustani and others, Bolton was infuriated that Bustani was making plans for his organization to determine whether Iraq still possessed chemical weapons, since it would undermine the Bush administration’s plans for war. Bolton also appears to have played a key role in the notorious U.S. claims that Iraq was seeking yellowcake uranium from Niger.

Bolton claimed in a 2002 speech that Cuba is making “at least a limited offensive biological warfare research and development effort.” When a government intelligence analyst had disputed stronger language in Bolton’s original draft of his speech, Bolton and his staff berated him and attempted to have him removed from his job.

For its part, the Times famously helped the Bush administration make its case for invading Iraq by providing a conduit for false pre-war claims by government officials. (In addition, the Times’ 2002 story about Bolton’s Cuba speech was written by Judith Miller, the same reporter responsible for much of the Times’ worst coverage of Iraq.)

Photo: AP

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