Archive for Juli, 2013

31. Juli 2013

Iran and Syria sign $3.6bn oil deal Al J

Iran and Syria sign $3.6bn oil deal Al Jazeera | Tehran agrees to supply Damascus with oil in exchange for the right to invest in country devastated by conflict. http://ow.ly/nvX36

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31. Juli 2013

Edward Snowden Took Job With Access To N

Edward Snowden Took Job With Access To NSA Information Because Of Sequestration, Father Says http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/31/edward-snowden-sequestration_n_3683099.html

31. Juli 2013

[German-Foreign-Policy] Auf der Seite der Islamisten

DOHA/BERLIN (Eigener Bericht) – In mehreren arabischen Ländern nehmen
die Proteste gegen einen zentralen mittelöstlichen Verbündeten der
Bundesrepublik zu. Dabei handelt es sich um das Emirat Qatar, dessen
intensive Unterstützung für die Muslimbruderschaft und für dieser
nahestehende Kreise bei säkularen Kräften etwa in Tunesien, Libyen und
Ägypten auf wachsenden Widerstand stößt. Auf dem Tahrir-Platz in Kairo
wurden zuletzt immer wieder Flaggen Qatars verbrannt. In Tunesien
bezichtigen Gegner der dortigen Islamisten das Emirat, die
Auseinandersetzungen im Land anzuheizen, denen mittlerweile zwei
prominente säkulare Politiker zum Opfer gefallen sind. In Libyen ist
vergangene Woche ein entschiedener Gegner der libyschen
Muslimbruderschaft ermordet worden, der auch als Kritiker ihres
Finanziers Qatar aufgetreten ist. Berlin hingegen setzt die enge
Zusammenarbeit mit dem Emirat fort. Qatar hat teils umfangreiche
Anteilspakete an prominenten deutschen Konzernen erworben, vergibt
außerdem milliardenschwere Großaufträge an deutsche Firmen und kauft
deutsche Rüstungsprodukte in großen Mengen. Berlin intensivert auch
die Polit-Kooperation: Jüngst hat die „Core Group“ der einflussreichen
„Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz“ in dem Emirat getagt; zu den Themen,
die dort debattiert wurden, gehörte der Syrien-Krieg.

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http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/de/fulltext/58652

31. Juli 2013

Manning convicted! Sign the petition: Obama: Stop Prosecuting Whistle Blowers–Free Snowden and Manning

This past Sunday we purchased a small ad in the New York Times calling upon President Obama to stop prosecuting whistle blowers. It was paid for by donors to the ad. After today’s news, you might want to add your name, donate so we can send an even larger ad to other media, or at least just read the ad. You can do so at: http://www.tikkun.org/STOP

Today, U.S. soldier Bradley Manning was found guilty by a military court (justice is to military court as generosity is to selfishness), on 19 of 20 counts. The sentencing phase of the court-martial begins Wednesday, and Manning faces up to a maximum 136 years in prison. Yet what he did was to reveal information that should have been available to all Americans in order for us to know the illegal acts of our government, including in one instance the video-tape of American military personnel laughing as they shoot down innocent civilians who are coming to take away the bodies of others that these same military men had just killed. Instead of prosecuting the military murderers, the Obama Administration prosecutes the courageous hero who at huge personal risk revealed this information to the rest of us.

In the case of Edward Snowden, he revealed information that proved that the NSA is spying on millions of Americans, and that the denial by the head of the NSA about this under oath to a Congressional Committee was perjury. There is no plausible reading of the US Constitution that would empower the US government to spy on its citizens or kill innocent civilians abroad–so both Manning and Snowden are true American heroes, while the Obama Administration and its supporters are destroying American life and liberty supposedly in order to save it (as in Vietnam the general directing the war there said of a suspected Vietcong hideout in a village:“we destroyed the village in order to save it“).

Too many Americans have bought into the „national security“ excuse which the Bush and now the Obama Administration use to cover one illegal and civil/human rights-destroying act after another. Many of us who have never done anything to subvert our government may find ourselves being similarly accused, jailed, assaulted, or our passports withdrawn (as happened to Snowden without any judiciial process) as future governments accelerate this war against the American people that Obama has (probably unintentionally, but nevertheless morally culpably) started. If you wish to preserve American freedom, you need to stand with our Network of Spiritual Progressives, not only by signing and donating to the ad, but by joining our network at

https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/525/t/3999/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=3793

Among the charges, Manning was found guilty of the theft of more than 700 U.S. Southern Command records, the possession of records pertaining to Afghanistan; the theft of State Department cables and the possession of classified Army documents.

Wikileaks called the conviction of Manning „a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism.“

„It is a short sighted judgment that can not be tolerated and must be reversed,“ the group said in a statement released Tuesday. „It can never be that conveying true information to the public is ‚espionage.'“

We don’t agree with Wiki Leaks on this point. Leaking of how to make atomic weapons or other weapons of mass destruction and the names of secret intelligence operatives should not be allowed and might reasonably be punished. But punishing someone who has revealed secrets about our government telling lies to the American people, or acting unconstitutionally, or engaging in acts of murder, is unacceptable. These whistleblowers must be protected, honored and rewarded! Instead, by going after Snowden and Manning, the Obama Administration is sending a message to all whistle-blowers: don’t tell the public what the government is doing wrong, lest you risk being severely punished, accused of being a traitor, and finding yourself hunted, jailed, and hurt in many ways. Don’t think that because you trust Obama, things will never get out of hand. The precedents now being set by the Obama Administration will be used by future and potentially more fascistic presidential administrations and military commanders. We need to tell the Administration that we unequivocally oppose its approach to these issues. So please sign the ad http://www.tikkun.org/Stop

31. Juli 2013

Totaler Überwachungsstaat #StopWatchingU

Totaler Überwachungsstaat #StopWatchingUs
#antikriegtv #stopwatchingus #freebrad http://ow.ly/nvMpG

31. Juli 2013

1.960 Architekten und Ingenieure fordern

1.960 Architekten und Ingenieure fordern neue 9/11 Untersuchungen
#antikriegtv #stopwatchingus #freebrad http://ow.ly/nvMhm

31. Juli 2013

Chinas Lebenslinien (I) (Debatte über Chinas Aufrüstung)

BERLIN/BEIJING (Eigener Bericht) – Das außenpolitische Establishment
Berlins intensiviert die Debatte über die Aufrüstung Chinas, über
Territorialstreitigkeiten in den ostasiatischen Meeren und über
etwaige deutsche Reaktionen. Nach 30 Jahren im Schnitt zweistelligen
Wirtschaftswachstums sei China jetzt „an einem Punkt angekommen“, an
dem sich „wirtschaftliche Stärke in politischen Einfluss und
militärische Macht“ umsetze, hieß es schon im vergangenen Jahr auf
einer Tagung der Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik in der
deutschen Hauptstadt. Verschiedene Experten kommen jetzt zu dem
Schluss, die Volksrepublik ziele vor allem darauf ab, offensive
Operationen auswärtiger Mächte im Chinesischen Meer, die Chinas
Interessen beschädigen, zu unterbinden und darüber hinaus die eigenen
Seehandelswege in Richtung Westen zu schützen. Diese werden derzeit
von den westlichen Staaten kontrolliert, denen es also jederzeit
möglich wäre, Beijing empfindlich unter Druck zu setzen. In der Tat
weitet auch Berlin seine militärpolitischen Aktivitäten entlang der
chinesischen Seehandelsrouten aus; im Auswärtigen Amt heißt es, auch
die EU müsse in Zukunft noch stärker als bisher in Ost- und
Südostasien Einfluss nehmen.

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http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/de/fulltext/58653

31. Juli 2013

Bradley Manning: The Verdict is In

The verdict is in: While Bradley Manning was not found guilty of aiding the enemy, he has been found guilty of 19 charges. This verdict is a blight on the history of America and the legacy of Obama’s presidency, which has prosecuted more whistleblowers than any other administration in the history of the US. Help us spread the word by sharing this image (pictured to the right).

Heroic whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg said, „Not since the leaking of the Pentagon Papers have the inner workings of war been exposed to the public in such an explosive fashion as with the WikiLeaks‘ revelations of US military ventures abroad. I admire the courage of Bradley Manning for sacrificing himself to make the public aware of the futility of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.“

But it’s not too late to help Bradley. Find out what is happening in your community or plan your own event. Major General Buchanan still has the ability to reduce Manning’s sentence. Email himand/or call him (202-685-2900) now to say Manning should only be sentenced to time served. Then spread the word by sharing this image. Manning’s lawyer says our support means a lot to Bradley. We can’t give up now!

Onwards to peace,

Alli, Allie, Amanda, Dooler, Emerson, Emily, Gianna, Hannah, Heidi, Jessika, Jodie, Maggie, Medea, Nancy K, Nancy M, Natalie, Noor, Rooj, Sergei, and Tighe

31. Juli 2013

[Elsa Rassbach] German Government Faces Opposition to Acquiring Drones

Activist and journalist Elsa Rassbach explains the situation with the German government and their move to acquire weaponized drones. There is currently a strong opposition to Germany’s drone acquiring that is making progress in their work. Rassbach also talks about the reaction in Germany to the NSA spying revelations and the protests for Obama’s visit that the media did not cover.

31. Juli 2013

[freebraddeinternational] „Bradley Manning’s alleged disclosures have exposed war crimes, sparked revolutions, and induced democratic reform. He is the quintessential whistleblower.

Bradley Manning acquitted of “Aiding the Enemy” charge, month-long sentencing
phase now determines fate By the Bradley Manning Support Network. July 30,
2013

“We won the battle, now we need to go win the war,” shared defense attorney
David Coombs following today’s verdict. “Today is a good day, but Bradley is
by no means out of the fire,”
http://www.bradleymanning.org/featured/bradley-manning-not-guilty-of-aiding-the-enemy-convicted-on-19-other-counts

Stellungnahme von Bradley Manning ‘s : Familie zur Urteilsverkündung
Vor allem möchten wir den tausenden Menschen danken, die für Brad´s
Angelegenheit demonstriert haben, die finanzielle und emotionale Unterstützung
gaben während dieser langen und schwierigen Zeit, vor allem Jeff Paterson und
Courage to Resist und dem Bradley Manning Support Network. Ihre Unterstützung
machte es einem jungen Soldaten möglich, sich nicht nur gegen die volle Macht
der US-Armee sondern auch gegen die Regierung der Vereinigten Staaten zu
verteidigen.
http://www.freebradleymanning.net/?p=5895

Julian Assange:
Bradley Manning, a whistleblower, was convicted by a military court at Fort
Meade of 19 offences for supplying the press with information, including five
counts of ’espionage’. He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years.

The ’aiding the enemy’ charge has fallen away. It was only included, it seems,
to make calling journalism ’espionage’ seem reasonable. It is not.

Bradley Manning’s alleged disclosures have exposed war crimes, sparked
revolutions, and induced democratic reform. He is the quintessential
whistleblower.

Full Statement:
http://wikileaks.org/Statement-by-Julian-Assange-on.html

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