Washington will Atomkrieg anzetteln?

Nordkorea droht mit Waffenarsenal

Nach den diplomatischen Verstimmungen mit den USA schlägt Nordkorea harte Töne an und wirft Washington vor, einen Atomkrieg anzetteln zu wollen.

“Wir werden unsere Fähigkeiten zur Kriegsführung weiter ausbauen“, hieß es am Freitag in der Zeitung „Rodong Sinmun“.Die USA hatten Nordkorea jüngst vorgeworfen, das Atomprogramm nicht wie vereinbart bis zum Jahresende lückenlos offengelegt zu haben. Die Regierung in Washington kündigte daher an, ihren Chefunterhändler Christopher Hill in den kommenden Tagen erneut in die Region und nach Russland zu schicken. Die nordkoreanische Führung hatte die Vorwürfe entschieden zurückgewiesen und der Regierung in Washington Kriegstreiberei vorgeworfen.Gemäß einer Vereinbarung sollte die Regierung in Pjöngjang bis zum 31. Dezember die Einzelheiten ihrer Atomaktivitäten auflisten, um im Gegenzug Hilfslieferungen zu erhalten. Dies war im Rahmen der Sechs-Parteien-Gespräche vereinbart worden, an denen auch Südkorea, China, Russland und Japan beteiligt sind. In dem Abkommen ist auch geregelt, dass Nordkorea mit dem Abbau seiner Atomanlagen beginnt. In einem weiteren Bericht der nordkoreanischen Staatsmedien hieß es am Freitag, das Land habe den Abbau verlangsamt, da die Hilfslieferungen nicht rechtzeitig eingetroffen seien.

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G8-Gegner”Rechtswidrige Ermittlungen”

Die Großrazzien der Bundesanwaltschaft gegen Globalisierungsgegner vor dem G8-Gipfel in Heiligendamm waren rechtswidrig. Die obersten Ankläger der deutschen Justiz seien gar nicht zuständig gewesen, urteilte der Bundesgerichtshof.
Fahrzeuge der Polizei stehen am 9. Mai 2007 vor dem linken Szene-Treff „Rote Flora“ im Hamburger Schanzenviertel

Die militanten G8-Gegner hätten sich nicht zu einer terroristischen Vereinigung zusammengeschlossen. Deshalb sei nicht der Generalbundesanwalt zuständig gewesen, sondern die Strafverfolgungsbehörden der Bundesländer, erklärte der 3. Strafsenat des Bundesgerichtshofs am Freitag in Karlsruhe. Der Entscheidung war die Beschwerde eines der Verdächtigen vorausgegangen. Der ihn betreffende Durchsuchungs- und Beschlagnahme-Beschluss wurde aufgehoben.

Einen Monat vor dem Gipfel ging die Bundesanwaltschaft am 9. Mai 2007 mit einer groß angelegten Polizeiaktion in mehreren Städten gegen Gegner des Regierungstreffens vor. 900 Beamte durchsuchten insgesamt 40 Wohnungen, Büros und andere Einrichtungen der linksautonomen Szene in Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen und Niedersachsen.

Insgesamt 21 Gipfelgegner standen im Verdacht, eine terroristische Vereinigung gegründet zu haben. Der Generalbundesanwalt rechnete der Vereinigung zwölf gewalttätige Aktionen mit einem Gesamtschaden von rund 2,6 Millionen Euro zu, die im Zeitraum Juli 2005 bis März 2007 ausgeführt wurden.

Die Ermittlungen hatten auch eine Debatte über die Verhältnismäßigkeit der Sicherheitsmaßnahmen und des Vorgehens der Polizei ausgelöst.

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“STATIC ELECTRICITY” MISCONCEPTIONS

Some elementary science textbooks contain subtle errors which pose barriers to students' understanding. "Static Electricity" is one subject which is rife with errors. Since the errors in textbooks seem to act like "viruses" which can "infect" our minds , I hope that the following discussion will act as a sort of "antivirus." (grin!) It should help those who read this webpage, and with luck my article might utilize some of the same rumor-dynamics as the viruses. These ideas might take off and spread through the elementary education population, and "immunize" large numbers of people against these particular misconceptions. So, please feel free to print this out and pass it to everyone you know! Don't miss OTHER ARTICLES

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    Bali mob want Amrozi dead

    CHAOTIC scenes marred yesterday’s third anniversary of the Bali bombings as a former Indonesian president suggested his country’s military or police may have been behind one of the 2002 bombings.

    A violent mob of 2000 angry protesters stormed Bali’s Kerobokan jail, breaking down a wall outside the prison and demanding the execution of three of the Bali bombers.Chanting “Kill Amrozi, kill Amrozi”, the crowd removed part of the jail’s main steel door before riot police stopped them from entering the prison where some of the Bali bombers are held.

    Australian’s Schapelle Corby, model Michelle Leslie and the Bali Nine are being held in the same compound.

    The violence co-incided with the claim by former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid that Indonesian police or military officers may have played a role in the first Bali bombing.

    Wahid told SBS’s Dateline program that he had grave concerns about links between Indonesian authorities and terrorist groups and believed that authorities may have organised the larger of the two 2002 Bali bombings which hit the Sari Club, killing the bulk of the 202 people who died.

    Officials and experts were quick to play down his claims which, if true, would have grave diplomatic consequences for Australia’s relationship with its nearest neighbour.

    Asked who he thought planted the second bomb, Mr Wahid said: “Maybe the police … or the armed forces. The orders to do this or that came from within our armed forces, not from the fundamentalist people.”

    Speaking in Jakarta last night, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said “it’s just rubbish”.

    Singapore-based terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna said the report had “absolutely no credibility”. “The Indonesian police have been doing a great job of hunting down the terrorists.”

    He said Indonesia’s political leaders were committed to combating terrorism and there was “no evidence to suggest TNI (Indonesian military) involvement, either”. “I can’t understand why a man of his standing would be raising such issues,” Mr Gunaratna said.

    Greg Fealy, an Indonesian expert at the Australian National University, said Wahid’s claim was a “bizarre suggestion”. “There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the Indonesian police are in cahoots with the terrorists.”

    Wahid’s claims will not help the investigation into last week’s Bali bombings, which left 23 people dead, including four Australians.

    The protesters who tried to storm Kerobokan jail yesterday were seeking the three death-row ringleaders of the 2002 bombings – Amrozi bin Nurhasyin, his elder brother Mukhlas and Imam Samudra. But the three were moved for security reasons to Batu prison on Nusakambangan, an island south of Java, before yesterday’s third anniversary of the attacks.

    Dateline also reported claims that Indonesian intelligence had close links with many local terrorist groups. “There is not a single Islamic group either in the movement or the political groups that is not controlled by (Indonesian) intelligence,” said former terrorist Umar Abduh, who is now a researcher and writer.

    He has written a book on Teungku Fauzi Hasbi, a key figure in Jemaah Islamiah, who had close contact with JI operations chief Hambali and lived next to JI spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir.

    He says Hasbi was a secret agent for Indonesia’s military intelligence while at the same time a key player in creating JI.

    Documents cited by SBS showed the Indonesian chief of military intelligence in 1990 authorised Hasbi to undertake a “special job”. And a 2002 document assigned Hasbi the job of special agent for BIN, the Indonesian national intelligence agency.

    Security analyst John Mempi told SBS that Hasbi, who was also known as Abu Jihad, had played a key role in JI in its early years.

    “The first Jemaah Islamiah congress in Bogor was facilitated by Abu Jihad, after Abu Bakar Bashir returned from Malaysia,” Mr Mempi said. “We can see that Abu Jihad played an important role. He was later found to be an intelligence agent. So an intelligence agent has been facilitating the radical Islamic movement.”

    Meanwhile the investigation into the second Bali bombings appears to have stalled.

    Bali police chief Made Mangku Pastika yesterday denied the detention of 45-year-old construction worker Hasan was significant in the investigation into the triple suicide bombings, while senior police refused to confirm local reports that a man named Yanto was one of the bombers.

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    Rising inflation keeps urban poor struggling in China

    CHINA’S poor are struggling because of rising inflation and medium income earners are precluded from up-market consumption, according to a research body under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

    The conclusions came in an annual report conducted by the Sociology Research Institution which analyzes and predicts China’s social developments, China.com reported yesterday.

    The report found 10 percent of low income families in urban areas had per capita incomes 38.3 percent of the national average while 10 percent of the rural poor had per capita incomes just 33 percent of the national average.

    Almost half the incomes of poor families went on food and medical costs took another 15 percent, the report said.

    Lives of the impoverished, mostly farmers, the unemployed and laid-off workers, became even harder with last year’s rising inflation.

    China’s consumer price index, the main gauge of inflation, climbed 6.9 percent in November, marking the fourth consecutive month when the index rose more than six percent. The price rises have already affected ordinary people, according to a previous report by Xinhua news agency.

    The rocketing CPI was caused mainly by food prices which comprise about a third of the index.

    “Controlling food prices and maintaining their stability are extremely important foundations for our social stability,” said Li Peiyuan, director of the sociology institution.

    Medium income earners were found to lack the purchasing power for up-market products priced above 10,000 yuan (US$1,369.86), the report said, without defining “medium” incomes.

    Products for basic living are still the mainstream for the household expenditure for the medium income group although it pays close attention to price fluctuations for up-market goods such as houses and cars, the paper said.

    According to the report, the per capita disposable income in urban areas rose 13 percent in 2007, surpassing the forecast gross domestic product growth of 11.4 percent last year.

    The per capita disposable income in rural areas may have reached eight percent last year, the fastest growth in 11 years, the paper noted.

    The paper also revealed that the disposable income of urban high income earners was almost 2.26 times the national average.

    The rich pursue a high quality lifestyle, spending a great deal of their income on overseas travel, luxury hotels, golf and up-market imported products, the paper said.

    The report also revealed that even with a growing skills shortage, university students were having a harder time finding job. Around one million of the nearly five million graduates last year didn’t find a job.

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    Denmark and the ratification of the renamed EU-constitution

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    ole krarup1 Besides referendums there exists a variety of political and legal tools to prevent unitaristic and homogeneous Europe to emerge. TEAM will try to collect and present some examples of the struggle against enforced political unification. First examples will be mainly describing legal aspects but we are always interested in learning new ways. You are invited to apply any of them or shape new ones within the practice of your national frameworks and then share your experience with us.

    First story – Denmark and the ratification of the renamed EU-constitution

    Denmark has had so far six referendums on EEC/EU of which the first was in 1972 when a majority voted in favor of joining the EEC…

    Following referendums have been held when EU evolved through major changes, either because the Danish Constitution rendered a referendum necessary or because it had become an established tradition to ask the people on important EU matters.

    The Danish Constitution allows ceding of sovereignty – to a limited extent – to international authorities if 5/6 (83%) of the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) votes in favor or if it’s accepted at a referendum. This is why the Danes voted on the Maastricht Treaty – and rejected it.

    In 2004 the Prime Minister promised a referendum about the EU-Constitution but has broken his word after the French and Dutch referendums.

    The “legal experts” from the Ministry of Justice have later concluded that “there is no ceding of sovereignty” with the Renamed Constitution and therefore there exists no ground for a referendum. Their main course of argument was that the Constitution doesn’t surrender any authority to EU in the areas where it already doesn’t have it.

    But the truth remains that in more than 50 areas where until now decisions have been passed by unanimity from this Renamed Constitution on they are going to be voted merely by a majority. However this seems to be of no importance to these government’s lawyers.

    As a diversion the government now speaks of having a referendum about the four Danish opt-outs. Perhaps this is even not a diversion; one of the opt-outs is on justice and home affairs. It’s an area where the Renamed Constitution will transfer a lot of power from the member-states to EU but as long as Denmark has its opt-out legal experts can continue arguing whether these changes have any consequences to us or not. Therefore we can be pushed to ratify the Constitution without a referendum and be asked to vote for a removal of the opt-out afterwards! Of course from the democratic point of view such procedure is totally unacceptable.

    In the parliament the Liberal-Conservative government and the opposition parties of Social-Democrats and Social-Liberals (all of them in favor of the EU and of the Renamed Constitution) all agree with such procedure. The right wing Danish Peoples Party and the leftist Red-Green Alliance are – for different reasons – both against the EU and the Constitution and demand a referendum about the new treaty, not about the opt-outs. Also the pro-EU Socialist People´s Party is in favor of a referendum about the Constitution but there remains a comfortable majority in the parliament which is prepared to deprive Danish people of the right to have a vote on it.

    Major cross-political EU-critical organizations like The People´s Movement against the EU and the June Movement have established a network of groups and individuals from different organizations and even from the pro-EU parties who are in favor of a referendum. They might still exert some pressure on the parliamentarians before the ratification process starts in the beginning of January 2008.

    But if this attempt fails the People´s Movement is determined to use all legal means to prevent the ratification. The People´s Movement has demanded that a group of independent legal experts should analyze the consequences of the Renamed Constitution and the ratification procedure. They might come to different conclusions than the lawyers from the Ministry of Justice!

    If the government refuses to appoint such a group of independent experts, Mr. Ole Krarup, professor of Law and former MEP for the People´s Movement (picture above) is preparing a court case against the Prime Minister. In Denmark there is no Constitutional Court, but the Supreme Court has once before accepted a similar case against the former Prime Minister and assessed whether the Maastricht Treaty was compatible with the Danish Constitution or not. The Supreme Court concluded that it was but that there exist limits to the extent to which sovereignty could be ceded.

    So even if the Danish parliament disregards democracy there remain legal ways of postponing or preventing the ratification of the Renamed Constitution. And one thing is for certain: around 70% of the voters demand to be heard. The People´s Movement is collecting signatures in the streets demanding a referendum and the more arrogant the political elite will behave easier it will be to attract these signatures.

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