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Irak 34

Ook de onafhankelijke Amerikaanse journalist Dahr Jamail, die acht maanden lang vanuit Irak berichtte, schrijft over het Irakese verzet tegen de Amerikaanse bezetting die het land in totale chaos deed belanden: 'Widespread sectarian violence generated by the recent bombing of the Shia Golden Mosque in Samarra has also brought widespread demonstrations of solidarity between Sunnis and Shias across Iraq. The revered Al-Askariyya Mosque in Samarra, 135 km northwest of Baghdad, is one of four sacred places for Shias in Iraq. The mosque was bombed at 6:55am Feb. 22 by men who tied up the guards and planted the explosives. This being the third attack on the Shias in as many days, outrage was immediate, violent and widespread. Bloody retaliatory attacks took the lives of three Sunni Imams and scores of civilians, while over 50 Sunni mosques were attacked.Yet the violence led also to demonstrations of solidarity after Shia and Sunni leaders called for calm and restraint. Shia cleric Grand…

Irak 33

Na een levenlang nauwelijks van de officiele presidentiele versie van de werkelijkheid te zijn afgeweken, blijkt nu ook de beroemde Amerikaanse tv-journalist Ted Koppel wakker te worden. 'Ted Koppel in 'NYT': Iraq for U.S. Is 'About the Oil.' In a surprisingly strong Op Ed on Friday, Ted Koppel, the former "Nightline" host who is now an occasional columnist for The New York Times, argues that when it comes right down to it, the U.S. adventure in Iraq is, as some charge, "about the oil." He likened the situation to H.L. Mencken's statement that when someone says something is "not about the money" it is indeed "about the money." The same is true in this case relating to oil. While it's wrong to say that we invaded the country to take over its oil supply, Koppel writes in the Times, "the construction of American military bases inside Iraq, bases that can be maintained long after the bulk of our military forces are u…

Martelen 22

Onze bondgenoot in de 'war on terror' heeft zijn gevangenis in Afghanistan uitgebreid. Daar zullen binnenkort ongetwijfeld de belangrijkste gevangenen van de Nederlandse militairen in Uruzgan gemarteld worden. De New York Times bericht: 'An Afghan Prison Expands, Filling Guantánamo's Role. While an international debate rages over the future of the American detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the military has quietly expanded another, less-visible prison in Afghanistan, where it now holds some 500 terror suspects in more primitive conditions, indefinitely and without charges. Pentagon officials have often described the detention site at Bagram, a cavernous former machine shop on an American air base 40 miles north of Kabul, as a screening center. They said most of the detainees were Afghans who might eventually be released under an amnesty program or transferred to an Afghan prison that is to be built with American aid. But some of the detainees have already been …

Irak 32

Sami Ramadani vluchtte voor het Saddam regime en is momenteel als hoofddocent verbonden aan de London Metropolitan University. Hij schrijft in 'De Guardian': 'Exit without a strategy. The popular response to Iraq's latest atrocities has been to blame the occupation, not rival sects. The shattered golden dome of Samarra is yet another milestone in George Bush's "long war" - in which a civil war in Iraq shows every sign of being a devastating feature. But what sort of civil war? I am convinced it is not the type of war that politicians in Washington and London, and much of the western media, have been anticipating. The past few days' events have strengthened this conviction. It has not been Sunni religious symbols that hundreds of thousands of angry marchers protesting at the bombing of the shrine have targeted, but US flags. The slogan that united them on Wednesday was: "Kalla, kalla Amrica, kalla kalla lill-irhab" - no to America, no to terr…

Propaganda 10

Begin 2003, nog voor de Amerikaanse aanval op Irak, schreef ik voor het tijdschrift de Humanist: 'Intussen had een dag na de aanslagen (van 11 september 2001) minister Rumsfeld, zonder zelfs ook maar één enkel bewijs van wie de daders precies waren, tijdens een kabinetsvergadering al geëist dat Irak ''een hoofddoel van de eerste ronde in de oorlog tegen terrorisme'' zou zijn, aldus de journalist Bob Woodward van de Washington Post die een boek schreef over de eerste 100 dagen na 11 september, vol vertrouwelijke informatie die hij van hoog geplaatste autoriteiten kreeg.' http://home.planet.nl/~houck006/oorlogomolie.html De Nederlandse commerciele media besteedden destijds geen aandacht aan Woodwards feitelijke verslag. Waarom zouden ze? De Bush regering had immers verklaard dat het Saddam-regime massavernietigingswapens bezat en daarom ten val moest worden gebracht. Journalisten die van mening waren dat de oorlog niet om niet bestaande massavernietigingswapens g…

Dick Cheney

Het spoor leidt naar Dick Cheney. Truthout bericht: 'The White House turned over last week 250 pages of emails from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office. Senior aides had sent the emails in the spring of 2003 related to the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald revealed during a federal court hearing Friday. The emails are said to be explosive, and may prove that Cheney played an active role in the effort to discredit Plame Wilson’s husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a vocal critic of the Bush administration’s prewar Iraq intelligence, sources close to the investigation said. Sources close to the probe said the White House “discovered” the emails two weeks ago and turned them over to Fitzgerald last week. The sources added that the emails could prove that Cheney lied to FBI investigators when he was interviewed about the leak in early 2004. Cheney said that he was unaware of any effort to discredit Wilson or unmask his wife’…

Martelen 21

Onze bondgenoot in de 'war on terror' martelt en de bewijzen stapelen zich op. Het Amerikaans persagentschap Knight Riddder bericht: 'FBI memos reveal allegations of abusive interrogation techniques. Military interrogators posing as FBI agents at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, wrapped terrorism suspects in an Israeli flag and forced them to watch homosexual pornography under strobe lights during interrogation sessions that lasted as long as 18 hours, according to one of a batch of FBI memos released Thursday. FBI agents working at the prison complained about the military interrogators' techniques in e-mails to their superiors from 2002 to 2004, 54 e-mails released by the American Civil Liberties Union showed. The agents tried to get the military interrogators to follow a less coercive approach and warned that the harsh methods could hinder future criminal prosecutions of terrorists because information gained illegally is inadmissible in court. Maj.…

Nederland en Afghanistan 40

De beginnende oorlog in Afghanistan gaat jaren zoniet decennia duren en gaat miljarden kosten. Desondanks wil de NAVO en de Nederlandse regering die oorlog voeren. Deze absurde strijd zal gefinancierd worden door bezuinigingen elders. De Guardian bericht: 'Nato Will Be in Afghanistan for Years, Says Military Chief. Afghanistan has huge problems and Nato forces will be there for "years and years", the commander of Canada's expeditionary forces, which have taken a lead role in the hostile south of the country, warned yesterday. More than 3,000 British troops will join the Canadians in southern Afghanistan over the coming months. It is the latest move in Nato's commitment to deploy troops throughout Afghanistan in what is widely regarded as a hugely risky test for the alliance. The build-up of Nato forces in the south of the country is the alliance's "biggest operational, and perhaps strategic, challenge in years, if not decades", Major General Michel…

De Prijs van een Oorlog

Hoeveel kost de oorlog van de neoconservatieven? De New Yorkse publicist Mark Engler schrijft: 'In the center of the CostOfWar.com home page, an upward-racing ticker, presented in a large, red font, keeps a steady tally of the money spent for the U.S. war in Iraq. Every time I visit, it takes a moment to sort through the counter's decimal places and make sense of it. The hundreds of dollars fly by too quickly to track. The thousands change a little faster than once a second. As I write, the ticker reads $239,302,273,144. It is worth staring at the site for a while to see the vast sums accumulate. Yet this exercise in wartime accounting quickly becomes unsatisfying. First of all, few Americans have any frame of reference for evaluating a number like $239 billion. The National Priorities Project, the organization hosting the counter, attempts to remedy this by allowing visitors to compare war costs with expenditures on pre-school, health care, and public housing, noting, for ex…

De Handelaren in Angst

De regering Bush zakt steeds verder weg in het moeras van leugens en bedrog. De New York Times-columnist Paul Krugman schrijft: 'Osama, Saddam and the Ports. The storm of protest over the planned takeover of some U.S. port operations by Dubai Ports World doesn't make sense viewed in isolation. The Bush administration clearly made no serious effort to ensure that the deal didn't endanger national security. But that's nothing new - the administration has spent the past four and a half years refusing to do anything serious about protecting the nation's ports. So why did this latest case of sloppiness and indifference finally catch the public's attention? Because this time the administration has become a victim of its own campaign of fearmongering and insinuation. Let's go back to the beginning. At 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld gave military commanders their marching orders. "Judge whether good enough hit S. H. [Saddam Hussein] @ same time…

John Pilger 4

De onderzoeksjournalist John Pilger schrijft: 'The Next War -- Crossing The Rubicon. Has Tony Blair, the minuscule Caesar, finally crossed his Rubicon? Having subverted the laws of the civilised world and brought carnage to a defenceless people and bloodshed to his own, having lied and lied and used the death of a hundredth British soldier in Iraq to indulge his profane self-pity, is he about to collude in one more crime before he goes? Perhaps he is seriously unstable now, as some have suggested. Power does bring a certain madness to its prodigious abusers, especially those of shallow disposition. In The March of Folly: from Troy to Vietnam, the great American historian Barbara Tuchman described Lyndon B Johnson, the president whose insane policies took him across his Rubicon in Vietnam. "He lacked [John] Kennedy's ambivalence, born of a certain historical sense and at least some capacity for reflective thinking," she wrote. "Forceful and domineering, a man inf…

De Dollar Hegemonie 4

Al in 2004 wezen goed geinformeerde Amerikanen erop dat een belangrijke reden voor de Bush-regering om het Saddam-regime omver te werpen het feit was dat de Irakezen wilden overstappen op de euro als munteenheid om de olie te laten betalen. Dat zou een geweldige klap voor de Amerikaanse dollar-hegemonie betekenen en voor de federale begroting van het wereldrijk dat de grootste buitenlandse schuld in de geschiedenis der mensheid heeft. Meer dan een jaar lang hebben de commerciele massamedia dit feit genegeeerd, omdat het niet pastte binnen de officiele versie van de werkelijkheid, die voorschreef dat de Verenigde Staten een altruistische natie is die overal de democratie wil brengen. Maar door internet is de vrije nieuwsgaring weer nieuw leven ingeblazen en dat kunnen de commerciele media niet langer meer negeren. Het wordt namelijk dan te duidelijk dat ze alles behalve neutraal en onafhankelijk berichten. Vandaar dat de Volkskrant na een jaar nadrukkelijk stilzwijgen vanochtend enige…

Iran 16

De goed geinformeerde auteur Dilip Hiro schrijft in Tom Dispatch over Iraans nucleaire activiteiten: 'These days, however, Iranian leaders are learning that transparency has its virtues. Following the publication in the March 13 Sunday Times of a leak from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office regarding his country's possible plans to raid Iran's uranium enrichment facility at Natanz, President Muhammad Khatami escorted a party of 30 local and foreign journalists to the underground facility. That dispelled some of the fear-filled mystique about the place created by the story Israeli officials had planted. Among the structures the visiting journalists saw was a huge empty hall meant for the installation of thousands of centrifuges at some future date. A few weeks later, Iran broke another taboo. It took Elahe Mohtasham, a representative of the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies, on a day-long visit to the Uranium Conversion Facility in Isfa…

Israelisch Expanionisme 4

De Israelische Vredes Groepering B'tselem bericht: 'Under the Guise of Security: Routing the Separation Barrier to Enable Israeli Settlement Expansion in the West Bank. The fact that the Separation Barrier cuts into the West Bank was and remains the main cause of human rights violations of Palestinians living near the Barrier. Israel contends that the Barrier's route is based solely on security considerations. This report disputes that contention and proves that one of the primary reasons for choosing the route of many sections of the Barrier was to place certain areas intended for settlement expansion on the "Israeli" side of the Barrier. In some of the cases, for all intents and purposes the expansion constituted the establishment of a new settlement. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the expansion plans of four settlements and the connection between the plans and the route of the Separation Barrier. The report also presents the principal findings in …

Irak 31

Waar iedere verstandig deskundige voor waarschuwde dreigt nu werkelijkheid te worden: een Irakese burgeroorlog als indirect gevolg van het gewelddadig beleid van de neoconservatieve extremisten in de regering Bush. De International Herald Tribune bericht: 'Shiite fury explodes in Iraq; scores are killed. At least 47 people, some of them prominent Sunni Arab clerics, were killed in revenge attacks in Baghdad in the chaotic 24 hours following the bombing of one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, in the town of Samarra, an Interior Ministry official said Thursday. At least 40 more bodies were found south of Baghdad, and more were being discovered throughout the day across Iraq. Sunni Arab politicians broke off talks with Shiite and Kurdish leaders over the formation of a new government, saying they would not engage in discussions until apologies had been made for dozens of attacks that took place Wednesday against Sunni mosques and leaders. Thousand of Shiites took to the streets…

Nederland en Afghanistan 39

De Afghaanse papavervelden staan er weer goed bij. Met een beetje goede wil kunnen Nederlandse militairen straks zo aan de slag bij de wederopbouw van de opiumhandel die de Afghaanse krijgsheren nog rijker en machtiger maakt en met wie de Nederlandse troepen gaan samenwerken, zoals ze dat nu al doen in andere delen van het land. Natuurlijk blijft er dan ook wat aan de strijkstok hangen zoals blijkt uit Nederlandse marinemensen die ineens betrokken blijken te zijn bij de cocainehandel die ze hadden moeten bestrijden. Dat is niet zo vreemd want we blijven immers een handelsnatie, die in het verleden via de opbrengsten van onze opiumhandel het koloniaal bestuur van 'ons Indie' financierden. De Independent bericht: 'British Army helpless as Afghan drug crop doubles. The enormity of the problems in tackling Afghanistan's massive opium crop has become apparent as the first wave of British troops are deployed in one of the most dangerous parts of the country. British Governme…

Irak 30

De krijgers staan klaar, de burgeroorlog kan beginnen. De Independent bericht: 'Destruction of holiest Shia shrine brings Iraq to the brink of civil war. Iraq took a lethal step closer to disintegration and civil war yesterday after a devastating attack on one of the country's holiest sites. The destruction of the golden-domed Shia shrine in Samarra sparked a round of bloody sectarian retaliation in which up to 60 Sunni mosques were attacked and scores of people were killed or injured. The bomb attack has enraged the majority Shia population, who regard the shrine in the same way that Roman Catholics view St Peter's in Rome. In a number of respects civil war in Iraq has already begun. Many of the thousand bodies a month arriving in the morgues in Baghdad are of people killed for sectarian reasons. It is no longer safe for members of the three main communities ­ the Sunni and Shia Arabs and the Kurds ­ to visit each other's parts of the country.
"Iraq is in a Weimar…

De Oorlogsstaat 21

De Oorlogsstaat is sinds de Tweede Wereldoorlog permanent in staat van oorlog. Is een dergelijke staat een democratie of iets anders? Wie profiteert daarvan: zeker niet de miljoenen slachtoffers en ook niet de miljoenen belastingbetalers, maar wie dan wel? Information Clearing House: 'War Corporatism: The New Fascism. A video by Simon Robson aka. Knife Party and friend, Barry McNamara. It's an animated look at the dogs of War Corporatism unleashed upon the world by Bush and the PNAC as stated in the September 2000 document Rebuilding America's Defenses.' Zie: http://informationclearinghouse.info/article12017.htm

Martelen 22

Al Jazeera bericht over onze bondgenoot in de 'war on terror': 'Report: Nearly 100 dead in US custody. Nearly 100 prisoners have died in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2002, the Human Rights First organisation has said ahead of publication of a new report.
At least 98 deaths occurred, with at least 34 of them suspected or confirmed murder and manslaughter (deliberate or reckless killing), the group of US lawyers told BBC television on Tuesday. Their dossier claims that 11 more deaths are deemed suspicious and that between eight and 12 prisoners were tortured to death. However, charges are rare and sentences are light, the report said. The report comes a week after new photographs of alleged prisoner abuse at Baghdad's US-run Abu Ghraib prison emerged.' Lees verder:
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0049D873-A7CD-4FF9-8A1B-324E601A2B82.htm Of: http://informationclearinghouse.info/article12019.htm

De Terrorist Mladic

Drie simpele vragen. Deze man is de terrorist Ratko Mladic, onder wiens bevel tenminste 7500 Bosnische moslims vermoord zijn. Meer dan 10 jaar geleden werd de Srebrenica-aanklacht door het Joegoslavie tribunaal uitgebracht, waarvoor deze generaal zich moet verantwoorden in Den Haag. Maar nog steeds is deze oorlogsmisdadiger niet opgepakt door het regime in Belgrado, onder andere omdat hoge Servische militairen erop tegen zijn dat deze terrorist wordt uitgeleverd. Mladic verschuilt zich niet in de Afghaanse grotten van Tora Bora, maar ergens in Servisch gebied in Europa. Vraag: waarom stuurt de Nederlandse regering wel militairen naar Afghanistan om er terroristen op te pakken, en niet naar Servie om de terrorist Mladic te arresteren? Waarom heeft de Europese Unie geen economische boycot afgekondigd tegen Servie om zo de komst naar Den Haag van deze schurk te bespoedigen? En: waarom zijn onze politici zo muisstil over dit onderwerp, terwijl ze normaal niet bij de camera weg te meppen z…

Irak 29

Nu Irak aan de vooravond staat van een burgeroorlog is het belangrijk te weten dat ook de Irakese bondgenoten van onze bondgenoot de Verenigde Staten gewoon doorgaan met martelen. De Times of Malta bericht: 'US ''aware'' of Iraq torture. The US is "aware" of torture taking place in Iraqi prisons, according to the outgoing Maltese UN human rights chief in Iraq. "Yes, torture is happening now, mainly in illegal detention places. Such centres are mostly being run by militia that have been absorbed by the police force," says John Pace, who retired last week as human rights chief for the UN assistance mission in Iraq. In a frank interview with The Times, Dr Pace says photos and forensic records have proved that torture was rife inside detention centres. Though the process of release has been speeded up, there are an estimated 23,000 people in detention, of whom 80 to 90 per cent are innocent. He says the Baghdad morgue received 1,100 bodies in July a…

Irak 28

Hoe de neoconservatieven in hun eigen propaganda zijn gaan geloven en Irak er voor boet. Information Clearing House: 'Video Iraq : The ReckoningTonight we reveal the consequences of our misadventure in Iraq: First transmitted Channel 4 - UK - 11/21/05. Peter Oborne, political editor of the Spectator, reports on the West's exit strategy for Iraq. He believes the invasion of Iraq is proving to be the greatest foreign policy failure since Munich. Oborne argues that the plan to transform Iraq into a unified liberal democracy, a beacon of hope in the Middle East, is pure fantasy. Reporting on location with US troops in Sadr City, and through interviews with leading figures in Britain and the US, Oborne argues that the coalition and its forces on the ground are increasingly irrelevant in determining the future of Iraq - a future that's unlikely to be either unified, liberal or democratic. The film includes interviews with Richard Perle, Peter Galbraith, Deputy Chief of Army sta…

De Oorlogsstaat 20

Jason Miller is a 39-year-old activist writer with a degree in liberal arts. When he is not spending time with his wife and three sons, researching, or writing, he is working as a loan counselor. He is a member of Amnesty International and an avid supporter of Oxfam International and Human Rights Watch. In Information Clearing House schrijft hij: 'Since 9/11, Fox News and the Bush Regime have brain-washed them into believing that terrorists and their sympathizers are lurking around every corner, poised to infect them with a lethal virus, slice them with box cutters or obliterate them with a suicide bomb. In the black and white perspective of the Neo-Tories, you are with us or against us. If you do not fit into their narrow and misguided notion of conservatism, you must be a "liberal". The American media/propaganda machine (which the Empire's power moguls have brilliantly portrayed as "liberal" to obfuscate the fact that six corporate conglomerates own 90% o…

Irak 27

Information Clearing House maakt de rekening op: '“She opened it and out flew all the terrible things like greed and envy, hatred and cruelty, poverty and hunger, sickness and despair, and more .. .”The fable of Pandora’s Box applies well to Iraq. War supporters wish us to judge the invasion and war on the removal of the brutal Saddam Hussein. A broad up-to-date analysis yields a disturbingly more negative assessment, with implications reaching far into the future.Are the Iraqi people better off today? No. A 2004 Lancet study based on U.S. approved research methods puts the war’s Iraqi death toll at 100,000. However, Johns Hopkins epidemiologist Les Roberts, who led the study, said that the results were based on “conservative assumptions.” Deaths increased 1.5 times since the invasion, mostly among women and children, and caused by diverse factors, like U.S. air strikes and military interventions, devastated water and health care systems, and militia or death squad activities. Int…

Fukuyama Ontdekt de Werkelijkheid

De neoconservatieve ideoloog Francis Fukuyama heeft ontdekt wat mensen met enig gezond verstand allang wisten. De New Scotsman bericht: 'NEOCONSERVATISM has failed the United States and needs to be replaced by a more realistic foreign policy agenda, according to one of its prime architects. Francis Fukuyama, who wrote the best-selling book The End of History and was a member of the neoconservative project, now says that, both as a political symbol and a body of thought, it has "evolved into something I can no longer support". He says it should be discarded on to history's pile of discredited ideologies. In an extract from his forthcoming book, America at the Crossroads, Mr Fukuyama declares that the doctrine "is now in shambles" and that its failure has demonstrated "the danger of good intentions carried to extremes". In its narrowest form, neoconservatism advocates the use of military force, unilaterally if necessary, to replace autocratic regim…

Iran 15

Hoe de commerciele media onderdeel zijn geworden van de oorlogspropaganda beschrijft Mike Whitney in Information Clearing House: 'Iran was not referred to the Security Council for Noncompliance. How powerful is the corporate information-system we call the mainstream media? Is it powerful enough, for example, to mislead the public into believing that Iran has been “referred” to the United Nations Security Council for violations to the NPT, thus paving the way for another war on the back of false information? The IAEA DID NOT report on Iran’s “noncompliance” to the Security Council, because there is no evidence that Iran has done anything wrong. In fact, as nuclear physicist Gordon Prather points out in his recent article, “March Madness”, “THE BOARD DIDN’T REPORT ANYTHING.” Then why does the media keep insisting that Iran is being called before the Security Council for noncompliance? Could it be that the media is simply executing an agenda that is deliberately designed to deceive? …

Het failliete Amerika 12

Het aantal armen in de Verenigde Staten ligt naar alle waarschijnlijkheid veel hoger dan de officiele cijfers aangeven. Common Dreams bericht: 'Calculating Poverty in U.S. Fuels Debate. WASHINGTON - Every year, the Census Bureau uses a 40-year-old formula to determine how many poor people there are in America, a method that many experts think was outdated years ago. The Census Bureau acknowledges the issue by also announcing alternative poverty rates based on different measurements of income and poverty. This approach has fueled an academic and political debate, but has yet to produce policy changes. In August, the bureau announced that 12.7 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2004, making it the official poverty rate. Last week, the bureau said the rate might be as high as 19.4 percent, or as low as 8.3 percent, depending on how income and basic living costs were defined. One outside analyst said he could cut the poverty rate in half using census data and a pocket calculator…

De Oorlogsstaat 19

Omdat de oorlogsstaat in permanente staat van oorlog is, wordt het voor het Amerikaanse leger steeds moeilijker om genoeg rekruten te ronselen. De Boston. Com bericht: 'Struggling for recruits, Army relaxes its rules. Fitness, education, age criteria change... With more than 2,200 dead and 16,700 wounded, and a large percentage of Americans disapproving of the war in Iraq, the US military is struggling to meet its recruiting goals. With little fanfare, the Army has eased enlistment restrictions, allowing soldiers previously considered too heavy, too old, too sickly, or too uneducated to head off to basic training. In January, the enlistment age for active-duty Army recruits was raised from 35 to 40. Late last year, a key drug test for recent use of marijuana was softened. Last fall, a high school equivalency program was put in place for high school dropouts. And last spring, a ban on childhood asthmatics was removed. But in a country where the rate of teenage obesity climbed from …

Irak 26

Le Monde bericht over het economisch failliet van de Irak bezetting: 'The confession came Thursday in Washington. As the Bush administration prepares to ask Congress for a supplementary expense budget to cover the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice came before the Senate Finance Committee to explain that the Iraqi situation was improving in spite of all the difficulties. Ms. Rice was caught out in mid-flight by the Democratic Senator from North Dakota: "The Inspector General for Iraqi construction told us the opposite a few days ago," declared Kent Conrad. "We have the Inspector General saying things are getting worse even though we have provided a lot of money. Who are we to believe?" The Secretary of State mumbled. Then she had to admit the facts. The facts are terrible. Inspector General Stuart Bowen came before the Senate February 8. Nominated by Congress at the end of 2004 to put some order into the delays, the chaos, the fra…

De Israelische Terreur 5

De dagelijkse Iraelische terreur in Palestijns gebied. De voormalige Amerikaanse president Jimmy Carter waarschuwt in de Washington Post de Palestijnenen niet verder onder druk te zetten door ze te straffen voor hun democratische keuze van Hamas: 'During this time of fluidity in the formation of the new government, it is important that Israel and the United States play positive roles. Any tacit or formal collusion between the two powers to disrupt the process by punishing the Palestinian people could be counterproductive and have devastating consequences. Unfortunately, these steps are already underway and are well known throughout the Palestinian territories and the world. Israel moved yesterday to withhold funds (about $50 million per month) that the Palestinians earn from customs and tax revenue. Perhaps a greater aggravation by the Israelis is their decision to hinder movement of elected Hamas Palestinian Legislative Council members through any of more than a hundred Israeli c…

Martelen 21

Een extra 340 miljoen euro heeft de Nederlandse regering uitgetrokken om namens ons het misdadige beleid van de regering Bush in het Midden Oosten te steunen. Ondertussen protesteren steeds meer Amerikaanse autoriteiten tegen die terreur. De New York Times bericht: 'One of the Pentagon's top civilian lawyers repeatedly challenged the Bush administration's policy on the coercive interrogation of terror suspects, arguing that such practices violated the law, verged on torture and could ultimately expose senior officials to prosecution, a newly disclosed document shows. The lawyer, Alberto J. Mora, a political appointee who retired Dec. 31 after more than four years as general counsel of the Navy, was one of many dissenters inside the Pentagon. Senior uniformed lawyers in all the military services also objected sharply to the interrogation policy, according to internal documents declassified last year. But Mr. Mora's campaign against what he viewed as an official policy o…

Propaganda 10

Propaganda is soms bijna onzichtbaar. De onafhankelijke journalist William Bowles geeft enkele voorbeelden. 'Media Misinformation RoundupHow the BBC and the Guardian transform torture into bad PR and “history” for the occupiers. The Western propaganda onslaught is relentless and most goes unnoticed largely because it appears to be ‘objective’ reporting. What is important to note with this alleged news is the insidious nature of the way events are presented to us, cloaked in seemingly innocuous language, yet an entire mindset is embedded in the way events are presented. Take this piece on the BBC’s Website, "Oil attacks costing Iraq $6.25bn
Iraqi oil exports have been hit by attacks on oil pipelines. Attacks by insurgents on Iraq’s oil industry cost the country $6.25bn (£3.6bn) in lost revenue during 2005, according to the Iraqi oil ministry. A total of 186 attacks were carried out on oil sites last year, claiming the lives of 47 engineers and 91 police and security guards, a s…

Iran 14

Dit zijn de Bushehr nucleaire reactors. 'In 1974, the German contractor Siemens began construction of two 1,200-1,300 megawatt electric (MWe) pressurized water nuclear reactors near Bushehr. The German program included 2100 German workers and roughly 7000 Iranian workers. The Shah of Iran intended that this program would provide Iran with the infrastructure essential for industrializing the country.' William O. Beeman, a Brown University professor of anthropology and Middle East Studies, is author of "The 'Great Satan' vs. the 'Mad Mullahs': How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other." Hij schrijft: 'U.S. instigated Iran's nuclear policy in the '70s. The White House staff members who are trying to prevent Iran from developing its own nuclear-energy capacity, and who refuse to take military action against Iran "off the table," have conveniently forgotten that the United States was the midwife to the Iranian nuclear program…

Het failliete Amerika 11

De Observer bericht: '37 Million Poor Hidden in the Land of Plenty. Americans have always believed that hard work will bring rewards, but vast numbers now cannot meet their bills even with two or three jobs. More than one in 10 citizens live below the poverty line, and the gap between the haves and have-nots is widening. The flickering television in Candy Lumpkins's trailer blared out The Bold and the Beautiful. It was a fantasy daytime soap vision of American life with little relevance to the reality of this impoverished corner of Kentucky. The Lumpkins live at the definition of the back of beyond, in a hollow at the top of a valley at the end of a long and muddy dirt road. It is strewn with litter. Packs of stray dogs prowl around, barking at strangers. There is no telephone and since their pump broke two weeks ago Candy has collected water from nearby springs. Oblivious to it all, her five-year-old daughter Amy runs barefoot on a wooden porch frozen by a midwinter chill.
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De New York Times bericht: 'At a Scientific Gathering, US Policies Are Lamented. David Baltimore, the Nobel Prize-winning biologist and president of the California Institute of Technology, is used to the Bush administration misrepresenting scientific findings to support its policy aims, he told an audience of fellow researchers Saturday. Each time it happens, he said, "I shrug and say, 'What do you expect?' " But then, Dr. Baltimore went on, he began to read about the administration's embrace of the theory of the unitary executive, the idea that the executive branch has the power or even the obligation to act without restraint from Congress. And he began to see in a new light widely reported episodes of government scientists being restricted in what they could say in public. "It's no accident that we are seeing such an extensive suppression of scientific freedom," he said. "It's part of the theory of government now, and it's a theor…