Archive for Juni 24th, 2015

24. Juni 2015

WIFO-Institut: Sanktionen kosten 2 Mio Arbeitsplätze

Die Auswirkungen der westlichen Sanktionen in Kombination mit der seit dem Vorjahr andauernden Wirtschaftskrise in Russland sind für die EU-Staaten und die Schweiz wesentlich gravierender als von der Politik bislang eingestanden.

Einem Bericht der Tageszeitung Die Welt zufolge hat das international angesehene Österreichische Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (Wifo) errechnet, dass europaweit inzwischen weit mehr als zwei Millionen Arbeitsplätze und rund 100 Milliarden Euro Wertschöpfung in Gefahr sind.

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http://drwn.de/de/wifo-institut-sanktionen-kosten-2-mio-arbeitsplaetze/

24. Juni 2015

Britischer Journalist: USA schaffen einen Feind aus dem Nichts l sputniknews

http://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20150624/302916472.html#ixzz3dz1CC9Pz

 

Die Bewohner der Europäischen Union wollen nicht „in der Feuerlinie“ eines neuen Kriegs stehen, den die USA in Europa provozieren könnten, sagte Jonathan Steele, Kolumnist der britischen Zeitung „The Guardian“, in einem Interview für RT.

Die USA hatten angekündigt, die Nato-Eingriffstruppen mit mehr Flugzeugen und Waffen versorgen zu wollen, um Europa zu helfen, „eventuelle Bedrohungen, die unter anderem von Russland ausgehen“, abwehren zu können. Washington will in Osteuropa Panzer, Kampfmaschinen und schwere Waffen für 5.000 Soldaten stationieren.

Dem Journalisten zufolge handelt es sich dabei lediglich um ein „Säbelrasseln“, und Russland stelle keine Bedrohung für die EU-Länder dar.
„Sie (die USA – d. Red.) behaupten, dass Russland eine Bedrohung darstellt. Wie Ashton Carter sagte, versucht Moskau, den Einflussbereich der Sowjetzeit in Europa wiederherzustellen. Das ist natürlich komplett übertrieben, wenn nicht unsinnig“, äußerte der britische Journalist.

In Bezug auf die militärische Präsenz der Nato in Osteuropa sagte Steele, dass die EU-Bürger nicht in einen neuen Krieg hineingezogen werden wollen, der in Europa ausbrechen könnte.

„Ich denke, viele von ihnen haben Zweifel. Sie wollen nicht in die Feuerlinie eines neuen blutigen Kriegs geraten, der sich in Europa entwickeln könnte. Neben den wirtschaftlichen Problemen sorgt dies für eine ernsthafte Beunruhigung“, so der Journalist.

Nach seinen Worten besteht das Problem darin, dass „die USA einen Feind aus dem Nichts schaffen“ und die Ukraine-Krise lediglich die Ukraine bedrohe und mit den baltischen oder mittel- und westeuropäischen Ländern nichts zu tun habe.

„Aber die Nato ist ein großes bürokratisches Imperium, das einen Grund für seine Existenz braucht. Es gibt also einen guten Anlass für US-Waffenhersteller, die Produktion von Waffen zu steigern oder Waffen an die westeuropäischen Länder zu liefern. Bei der Dämonisierung Russlands spielen somit starke Unternehmensinteressen eine große Rolle“, betonte Jonathan Steele.

24. Juni 2015

Griechische Oberschicht fordert Unterordnung des Landes unter EU-Forderungen l junge Welt

Sie hätten sich auch »Gregida« nennen können: Bereits zum dritten Mal innerhalb weniger Tage füllten am Montag abend Tausende Angehörige und Steigbügelhalter der griechischen Oberschicht den Syntagma-Platz in Athen. Unter dem Motto »Wir bleiben in Europa« demonstrierten sie dort für die unbedingte Unterordnung des Landes unter die Forderungen der Gläubiger.

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http://www.jungewelt.de/2015/06-24/028.php

24. Juni 2015

Jürgen Habermas in der SZ – Betreuender Journalismus, der sich Arm in Arm mit der politischen Klasse um das Wohlbefinden von Kunden kümmert

Wikileaks deckt wieder auf, was Schmidt-Eenbom und von Bülow schon lange geschrieben haben. Hier nun nochmal aktueller.
Dazu passt auch die Aktuelle Äusserung von Habermas
„Zur postdemokratischen Einschläferung der Öffentlichkeit trägt auch der Gestaltwandel der Presse zu einem betreuenden Journalismus bei, der sich Arm in Arm mit der politischen Klasse um das Wohlbefinden von Kunden kümmert.“
Jürgen Habermas in der SZ vom 23.6.2015

24. Juni 2015

U.S. Conference of Mayors Passes Anti-War Resolution – World Beyond War

http://worldbeyondwar.org/u-s-conference-of-mayors-passes-anti-war-resolution/

U.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopts Resolution “Calling for Effective Implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Disarmament Obligation and Redirection of Nuclear Weapons Spending to Meet the Needs of Cities”

San Francisco, CA – At the close of its 83rd Annual Meeting today, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), for the 10th consecutive year, adopted a strong resolution in support of Mayors for Peace, noting that August 6 and 9, 2015 will mark the 70th anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Recalling that at the conclusion of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, the U.S. and the other nuclear-weapon states reaffirmed their “unequivocal undertaking … to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals” pursuant to Article VI of the Treaty, and agreed to “convene a conference in 2012 … on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction,” the USCM “reaffirms its call on the U.S. government to support commencement of a process to negotiate the global prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.”

In its resolution, titled “Calling for Effective Implemention of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Disarmament Obligation and Redirection of Nuclear Weapons Spending to Meet the Needs of Cities,” the USCM also “expresses its support for the successful conclusion of negotiations with Iran on a comprehensive nuclear deal and urges the U.S. government to support the convening of a conference on establishing a Middle East Zone free of weapons of mass destruction at the earliest possible date.”

Citing the fact that over the next decade the U.S. plans to spend $348 billion to maintain and modernize its nuclear forces, the USCM declares that “the needs of America’s cities can only be met by adopting new priorities to create a just and sustainable economy, infrastructure and environment,” and “calls on the President and Congress to reduce nuclear weapons spending to the minimum necessary to assure the safety and security of the existing weapons as they await disablement and dismantlement, and to redirect those funds to address the pressing needs of cities.”

In conclusion, the USCM “reaffirms its support for Mayors for Peace and its “2020 Vision” and joins Mayors for Peace in urging the policymakers of the world, especially from nuclear-armed states, to visit the atomic bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as soon as possible to see the reality of the atomic bombings for themselves and listen to the survivors’ appeal for peace and disarmament.”

Mayors for Peace, an international organization, founded in 1982 and led by the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, aims through its 2020 Vision Campaign to achieve the global elimination of nuclear weapons by 2020.  Mayors for Peace membership has grown by more than ten fold since 2003, as of June 1, 2015 counting 6,706 cities in 160 countries and regions including 204 U.S. members, representing some one billion people, one-seventh of the world’s population.

The USCM is the nonpartisan association of American cities with populations over 30,000. As explained by its outgoing President, Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, who chaired the final plenary, resolutions adopted “will become the official policy of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.”

In 2004, the USCM adopted a resolution declaring that “weapons of mass destruction have no place in a civilized world,” and called on the U.S. President to support a decision of the 2005 NPT Review Conference to “commence negotiations on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons,” and since 2006 has adopted annual resolutions in support of Mayors for Peace, its Cities Are Not Targets project and its 2020 Vision Campaign, and calling for U.S. leadership in global elimination of nuclear weapons and redirection of nuclear weapons spending to meet the urgent needs of cities.

The 2015 resolution comes at a time of heightened nuclear tensions between the U.S. and Russia, 
and as the deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran approaches. On May 22, the month-long five 
year NPT Review Conference ended without agreement on a final outcome document due to objections 
by the United States, backed by the United Kingdom and Canada, to rescheduling the Middle East 
Conference. The agreement would have provided that even if states in the region could not agree 
on an agenda, the conference would be convened by Mary 1, 2016, with or without Israel’s consent 
or participation. Israel, the only nuclear-armed state in the region, is not a member of the NPT.

The full text of the resolution is posted at http://wslfweb.org/docs/USCM-Res-6-22-15.pdf

Official version:http://usmayors.org/83rdAnnualMeeting/media/resolutions-adopted.pdf

The 2015 Mayors for Peace USCM resolution was sponsored by:

Mayor T. M. Franklin Cownie, Des Moines, Iowa

Mayor Joy Cooper, Hallandale Beach, Florida

Mayor John Dickert, Racine, Wisconsin

Mayor Denny Doyle, Beaverton, Oregon

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Mayor Frank Ortis, Pembroke Pines, Florida

Mayor Geraldine Muoio, West Palm Beach, Florida

Mayor Stodola, Little Rock, Arkansas

Mayor Roy Buol, Dubuque, Iowa

Mayor Chris Koos, Normal, Illinois

Mayor Luigi Boria, Doral, Florida

Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison, Wisconsin

Mayor Michael Brennan, Portsmouth, Maine

24. Juni 2015

SZ – Artikel über Griechenland und Ecuador in Bezug auf illegitime / illegale Schulden

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/griechenland-varoufakis-kreuzzug-1.2530549

24. Juni 2015

Sieg im zweiten Kalten Krieg (DGAP-Experte will Russland-Konflikt drastisch verschärfen) – german-foreign-policy.com

Ein Mitarbeiter der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP) plädiert für eine massive Verschärfung der Konfrontation mit Russland und will Organisationen in EU-Staaten, die von russischen Bürgern unterstützt werden, zu „Agenten des Aggressors“ erklären lassen. Wie Wladislaw Inosemzew in einem aktuellen DGAP-Papier verlangt, müsse der Westen „die notwendigen Ressourcen mobilisieren, um den zweiten Kalten Krieg zu gewinnen“. Dazu gehörten politische wie vor allem auch wirtschaftliche Maßnahmen. Die Schritte, die der DGAP-Mann vorschlägt, laufen auf einen umfassenden Wirtschaftskrieg gegen Russland und ernste Schritte gegen „Putin-Versteher“ (Inosemzew) hinaus. In Berlin wird unterdessen weiter über die Russland-Politik diskutiert. Wirtschaftskreise dringen hartnäckig auf eine Beendigung der Sanktionen, weil sie Geschäftseinbußen in Milliardenhöhe und den Verlust eines strategischen Marktes befürchten. In der Bundesregierung werde daher wieder über Konzepte à la „Wandel durch Handel“ nachgedacht, berichtet ein Insider. Derlei Konzepte zielen darauf ab, trotz der politischen Konfrontation profitable Geschäfte für deutsche Unternehmen zu ermöglichen – wie im ersten Kalten Krieg.

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http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/de/fulltext/59142

24. Juni 2015

Veterans Urge Drone Operators to Refuse Orders to Fly – World Beyond War

Letter Reinforces Call Made in National TV Ad Campaign

http://worldbeyondwar.org/veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders-to-fly/

Hastings on Hudson, NY – An increasing number of United States military veterans are counseling United States military drone operators to refuse to fly drone surveillance/attack missions – the veterans are even helping sponsor prime time television commercials urging drone operators to “refuse to fly.”

In a letter released today by KnowDrones.com, 44 former members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines whose ranks range from private to colonel and whose military service spans 60 years, “urge United States drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/ assassination missions.  These missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals’ rights to life, privacy and due process.”

Among those signing the letter are retired U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright, who resigned from her State Department post in 2003 over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and former Marine Captain Matthew Hoh, who, in spite of pleadings by Obama Administration officials, resigned his State Department post in Afghanistan in 2009 in protest over U.S. strategic goals and policy there. Also signing are former U.S. Army Captain and CIA official Ray McGovern; former U.S. Navy Lt. Barry Ladendorf, president of Veterans for Peace; and former U.S. Army Sgts. Aaron Hughes and Maggie Martin, co-directors of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Speaking to the issue of disobeying military orders, the letter says: “Those involved in United States drone operations who refuse to participate in drone missions will be acting in accordance with Principle IV of the Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and the Judgment of the Tribunal, The United Nations 1950,” that states:

 “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him of responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible.”

“The people signing this letter know that they are asking drone operators to take a heavy step,” said Nick Mottern, coordinator of KnowDrones.com, “but we feel it is perfectly legitimate to advise military people to stop taking part in illegal activity that has killed thousands without due process, is terrorizing thousands more and is wracking their own ranks with moral injury and PTSD.”

To advance the “Refuse to Fly” initiative, KnowDrones.com has been airing 15-second television commercials (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESdmex_AA3I&feature=youtu.be) on CNN, FoxNews, MNBC and other networks in areas near drone intelligence and control centers in the U.S. The paid spots, the cost of which has been partially covered by members of Veterans for Peace, show the human toll of drone attacks and urge drone operators to refuse to fly.

The ads have appeared in Las Vegas near Creech AFB and in northern California near Beale AFB. They are currently airing in upstate New York near Hancock Air National Guard base outside Syracuse and the Air Guard base near Niagara Falls; more showings will be scheduled soon elsewhere in the U.S.

Below is the letter:  

RETIRED AND FORMER U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL URGE DRONE OPERATORS TO REFUSE TO FLY MISSIONS

As retired and former members of the United States military, we urge United States drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/ assassination missions.  These missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals’ rights to life, privacy and due process.

At least 6,000 peoples’ lives have been unjustly taken by United States drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, the Philippines, Libya and Syria.  These attacks are also undermining principles of international law and human rights, such as those enumerated in the United Nations International Declaration of Human Rights, written in 1948 under the guidance of Eleanor Roosevelt with the blood of the atrocities of World War II freshly in mind.  The United States is a signatory to this declaration.

Those involved in United States drone operations who refuse to participate in drone missions will be acting in accordance within accordance of Principle IV of the Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and the Judgment of the Tribunal, The United Nations 1950:

“The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him of responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible.”

So, yes, you do have a choice – and liability under the law. Choose the moral one. Choose the legal one.

Signed:

Kenneth Ashe E3 US Army Vietnam 1969 – 1971

Wendy Barranco   SPC US Army 2003 – 2006

Barry Binks E5 US Army 1964-1967

Russell Brown CPL US Marine Corps 1966- 1968

Ben Chitty PO2 US Navy 1965 – 1969

Gerry Condon PVT US Army 1967 – 1969

Bill Distler E5 US Army 1966 – 1968

Arthur H. Dorland   YN3 US Navy 1964 – 1967

Kelly Dougherty   Sgt. – E-5 US Army National Guard   1996 – 2004

Jonathan Engle   SFC (E-7) US Army 2004 – 2013

Mike Ferner HM3 US Navy 1969 – 1973

Bruce Gagnon   SGT US Air Force   1971 – 1974

Bill J. Gilson   AE2   US Navy   1954 – 1958

Mike Hastie   E5 US Army 1969 – 1972

Michael Hearington   E1 US Army 171st Infantry 1970 – 1971

Dud Hendrick CAPT US Air Force 1963 – 1967

Herbert J. Hoffman   SPC3 US Army 1954 – 1956

Matthew Hoh   CPT US Marine Corps 1998 – 2008

Matt Howard   CPL US Marine Corps 2001 – 2006

Aaron Hughes   SGT (E-5) Illinois National Guard  2000 – 2006

Tarak Kauff   PVT   US Army Airborne Infantry   1959 – 1962

Barry Ladendorf   LT US Navy 1964 – 1969

Erik Lobo PO3 US Navy 1976 – 1982

Maggie Martin   SGT E-5 US Army 2001 – 2006

Kenneth E. Mayers   MAJ US Marine Corps Reserve 1958 – 1966 (active duty) 1967 – 1978 (Reserves)

Ray McGovern   CPT US Army   1962 – 1964

Nick Mottern     LTJG US Navy 1960 – 1963

Carroll Nast CAPT US Air Force 1969 – 1979

Tom Palumbo SGT US Army/US Army Reserve 1978 – 1992

Bill Perry   US Army 101st Airborne/Tet Offensive 1966 – 1968

Kyle Petlock   0-1 US Air Force 2000 – 2002

Charles R. Powell   E4 US Air Force   1961 – 1965

Doug Rawlings SPC4 US Army Vietnam 1969 – 1970

John C. Reiger   SPC5 US Army 1959 – 1962

Jovanni L. Reyes   SSG US Army 1994 – 2005 Active Duty. 2005 – 2007 Reserves

Hannah Roberts   LT (03) US Navy 2009 – 2014

Steven E. Saelzler   E1 US Army Vietnam 1969 – 1970

Benjamin Schrader   E-4 US Army 2001 – 2005

Chuck Searcy   E5 US Army 1966 – 1969

Robert L. Stebbins   1stLT US Army 1956 – 1958

Will Thomas E3 US Navy 1961 – 1963

Cres Vellucci E-5 US Army Vietnam 1969 – 1971

Zachary Wigham   SSgt. Massachusetts Air National Guard 2006 -2012

Ann Wright Colonel US Army (Retired)

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