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Rachel Corrie 2

Richard Corrie was een Amerikaanse vredesactiviste die door het Israelische leger werd vermoord. Het toneelstuk 'My name is Rachel Corrie' kan niet in New York worden opgevoerd. Harper's Magazine onderzoekt waarom niet. 'Too Hot for New York. The slim book that was suddenly the most controversial work in the West in early March was not easy to find in the United States. Amazon said it wasn't available till April. The Strand bookstore didn't have it either. You could order it on Amazon-UK, but it would be a week getting here. I finally found an author in Michigan who kindly photocopied the British book and overnighted it to me; but to be on the safe side, I visited an activist's apartment on Eighth Avenue on the promise that I could take her much-in-demand copy to the lobby for half an hour. In the elevator, I flipped it open to a random passage: "I can't cool boiling waters in Russia. I can't be Picasso. I can't be Jesus. I can't save t…

Demonstratie tegen de Oorlog

Net als in vele andere stedene in de wereld demonstreerden vanmiddag in Amsterdam in de ijzige kou enkele honderden mensen tegen de oorlog in Irak.
En tegen de Nederlandse troepenzendingen naar Afghanistan.
En tegen de geplande oorlog tegen Iran.
Ik zag slechts 1 parlementslid, Harry van Bommel van de SP, die ook een toespraak hield. Betrekkelijk veel oudere mensen ook. Er demonstreerden zelfs enkele Amerikanen.

De Nederlandse Terreur

Na al het liegen en bedriegen tegenover onze naieve parlementsleden komt nu toch de aap uit de mouw. De NRC bericht: 'Nederlandse hulp bij arrestaties in Afghanistan. Door optreden van Nederlandse special forces in Zuid-Afghanistan zijn ten minste tweemaal Talibaan- of Al-Qaedastrijders in Amerikaanse detentie terechtgekomen. Tot nu toe had het ministerie van Defensie alleen bekendgemaakt dat twee Afghanen die bij een schietincident met Nederlanders gewond waren geraakt, zich in Amerikaanse hechtenis bevinden. Het lot van de gevangenen is niet duidelijk. De Tweede Kamer is over de arrestaties niet volledig geïnformeerd. De Amerikaanse mensenrechtenorganisatie Human Rights Watch stelt dat „Nederlandse troepen hiermee het risico lopen dat ze handelen in strijd met de mensenrechten. We hebben Europese landen vaak met het vingertje zien wijzen. Dat ze intussen heimelijk hun medewerking aan deze praktijken verlenen, is zeer teleurstellend’’, aldus S. Zia-Zarifi, directeur onderzoek van…

De Volkskrant

Na drie jaar oorlog doet de Volkskrant een rondje langs de velden. Het resultaat is opmerkelijk te noemen: 'Peiling: Wat hebben de Amerikanen in drie jaar in Irak bereikt? Op 20 maart 2003 vielen Amerikaanse en Britse troepen Irak binnen. Hoe zien Irakezen in Nederland hun land drie jaar na het begin van de oorlog? Shlimo Haddad van de Dutch Asyrian Society: ‘We mogen blij zijn dat de Amerikanen en de Britten nog in Irak zitten! Het zou echt een chaos zijn als ze er niet waren. Shi’ieten, soennieten, Koerden, iedereen wil de baas zijn. En als die elkaar niet bestrijden, doen de mensen dat binnen hun eigen groep. Een oplossing voor het geweld willen ze niet. Ze profiteren ervan. Iedereen in Irak wil eigen baas zijn en doet maar wat.’ Faisal Nasser van het Iraaks Platform Nederland: ‘De Irakezen worden geplet tussen de slechte omstandigheden en de daden van terroristen. De aanslagen, de chaos en de dagelijkse onveiligheid zijn verwoestend voor de moraal. En soms lijken ook de Amerik…

De Armen en Berooiden

Common Dreams bericht: 'Poorest Nations Hit Hardest by WTO Agenda, Study Finds. WASHINGTON - According to "Winners and Losers" by Sandra Polaski, a researcher with the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the so-called Doha Development Round, which launched the current trade World Trade Organisation talks, will not actually generate development benefits for poor nations as initially promised. “There are both net winners and net losers under different scenarios, and the poorest countries are among the net losers under all likely Doha scenarios," says the study. While critics of the 149-member World Trade Organisation (WTO) have long argued the same point, the findings of the report bolster their position even as the world's richest nations aggressively pursue new markets. The 116-page study is based on unemployment models in developing countries that separate agricultural labour markets from urban unskilled labour markets. Polaski, a forme…

Wapen Handel

De Independent bericht: 'Embargoes on Global Arms Trade Have Been Total Failure, Says UN.
All United Nations arms embargoes have been breached with impunity, with only a handful of the weapons traffickers responsible for the trade in death ever facing prosecution, according to a report. Despite the UN naming hundreds of companies - including those in Britain - for allegedly violating embargoes imposed on countries engaged in bloody conflicts and repression, the system for bringing them to book has abjectly failed. The report, by leading human rights groups, presented to the UN Security Council today, asks for urgent measures to control the proliferation, including agreement on an international arms trade treaty. The call for reform is backed in a letter by, among others, the Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams and Oscar Arias; the former UN high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson; the actors Helen Mirren, Christopher Ecclestone and Tony Robinson; the aut…

VN Mensenrechten

Common Dreams bericht: 'U.N. Creates New Watchdog Over U.S. Opposition... Since the United States has no veto in the General Assembly, the resolution was adopted by an overwhelming majority. The U.S. opposition couldn't block the establishment of the new Human Rights Council. "With the exception of the usual additions of two tiny dependent island-states, the United States and Israel stand alone in defying virtually the entire world's support for the new Human Rights Council," says Phyllis Bennis, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies. As the work of selecting the first group of members for the new Council begins, each candidate state must agree to being vetted before membership as well as being examined fully at some point during its three-year term, she said. "The United States, despite its opposition to the Council, has claimed it will 'work with' the Council, and we can anticipate it will expect to win a seat in the …

De Oorlogsstaat 30

Ik hoop dat iemand van onze wakkere parlementsleden in de gaten houdt hoeveel ons avontuur in Afghanistan kost, want voor de Verenigde Staten blijven de kosten gigantisch stijgen. Common Dreams: 'U.S. War Spending to Rise 44% to $9.8 Bn a Month, Report Says. U.S. military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan will average 44 percent more in the current fiscal year than in fiscal 2005, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service said. Spending will rise to $9.8 billion a month from the $6.8 billion a month the Pentagon said it spent last year, the research service said. The group's March 10 report cites "substantial'' expenses to replace or repair damaged weapons, aircraft, vehicles, radios and spare parts. It also figures in costs for health care, fuel, national intelligence and the training of Iraqi and Afghan security forces -- "now a substantial expense,'' it said. The research service said it considers "all war and occupation costs,'' w…

Trouw Misschien Wel 2

De internet-editie van Trouw bericht vanochtend: 'Irak / Actie Samarra vooral symbolisch. Van onze redactie buitenland. De Amerikaanse actie bij de Iraakse stad Samarra is een ’routine-operatie’ tegen opstandelingen, en niet de grote luchtoperatie die donderdag was aangekondigd. De operatie ’Zwermer’ ging gisteren zijn tweede dag in, en beperkte zich tot een aantal dorpen buiten Samarra. Daar zoekt het Iraakse leger samen met Amerikaanse soldaten naar strijders van Al-Kaida en Iraakse soennitische milities. Daarbij zijn dertig mensen vastgezet. Zes wapenopslagplaatsen zijn ontdekt, maar leiders zouden zijn ontkomen. De Amerikanen hadden de actie aan de vooravond van de derde verjaardag van de Amerikaanse invasie gepresenteerd als ’de grootste luchtactie sinds april 2003’. Maar behalve dat er vijftig helikopters zijn ingezet om soldaten in te vliegen, lijken hevige gevechten uit te blijven. ' Zie: http://www.trouw.nl/hetnieuws/wereld/article252025.ece/Irak+/+Actie+Samarra+voora…

TV Nieuws uit het Midden Oosten

Via de website van de Amerikaanse journalist Dahr Jamail kunt u naar vertaalde nieuwsuitzendingen uit het Midden Oosten kijken, gebracht door het programma Mosaic van het niet commerciele televisienetwerk Link TV: 'Mosaic features selections from daily TV news programs produced by national broadcasters throughout the Middle East. The news reports are presented unedited and translated, when necessary, into English. Mosaic includes television news broadcasts from selected national and regional entities listed on the right. These news reports are regularly watched by 280 million people in 22 countries all over the Middle East. Mosaic: Selected TV World News from the Middle East, Thu, 16 Mar 2006 Segments include:--- American occupation forces lunch wide military operation near Samarra --- 1 boy killed, 6 injured in clash between protestors and Kurdistan alliance forces --- British public figures call for international investigation on British, US war crimes in Iraq --- Russian Forei…

Het failliete Amerika 11

De New York Times bericht: 'Senate Approves Budget, Breaking Spending Limits. Washington - The Senate narrowly approved a $2.8 trillion election-year budget Thursday that broke spending limits only hours after it increased federal borrowing power to avert a government default. The budget decision at the end of a marathon day of voting followed a separate 52-to-48 Senate vote to increase the federal debt limit by $781 billion, bringing the debt ceiling to nearly $9 trillion. The move left Democrats attacking President Bush and Congressional Republicans for piling up record debt in their years in power. Despite calls by Republican deficit hawks to hold the line, Senate Republicans joined with Democrats to approve more than $16 billion in added spending for social, military, job safety and home-heating programs, exceeding a ceiling established by President Bush. In separate action, the House advanced $92 billion in war spending and hurricane recovery money. Even with the added m…

Iran 18

De Independent bericht: 'Bush Threatens Force to End Iran's Nuclear Threat. The United States sent a clear message to Iran yesterday that if all attempts fail at a diplomatic solution to the current stand-off, it is prepared to use force to end Tehran's perceived nuclear threat and its role as a fomentor of international terrorism. Offering a robust reaffirmation of the Bush administration's doctrine of pre-emptive action to deal with threats to national security, the latest four-yearly National Security Strategy published by the White House declares that the US "may face no greater challenge from a single country than from Iran". Tehran's suspected military nuclear programme is only part of the problem. More generally, the 49-page document says that Iran endangers regional stability with its threats against Israel, its sponsorship of terrorism, its disruptive influence in Iraq and its efforts to thwart a Middle East peace settlement.
Scott McClella…

Philip Freriks 4

Gisteravond was mijn favoriete dyslecticus Philip Freriks weer goed op dreef. Na een reeks verrukkelijke versprekingen zei hij zonder blikken of blozen over de Amerikaanse luchtaanvallen in Irak: 'De bedoeling is om soennitische opstandelingen uit te schakelen. De Amerikanen kammen de omgeving uit van de stad Samarra. Daar verbergen zich veel soennitische opstandelingen die de afgelopen weken tientallen aanslagen hebben gepleegd.' Hoe hij dat allemaal weet is een godsraadsel. Geen enkele journalist kan in Irak vrij rondreizen. Alleen zwaar gecensureerde verslaggevers kunnen er onder begeleiding van het Amerikaanse leger rondkijken. Alles is van horen zeggen. Desalniettemin beweert Freriks van alles en nog wat met een pedante stelligheid waarvan je steil achteroverslaat. Dit bericht komt regelrecht uit de propagandakoker van het Amerikaanse leger. Kan er dan echt niemand bij het NOS-Journaal deze malloot op zijn step de elementaire regels van de journalistiek bijbrengen? En kan…

De Verloren Oorlog

Remi Kanazi schrijft voor de politieke website www.PoeticInjustice.net. Hij woont in New York City en is een Palestijns Amerikaanse freelance journalist. In Information Clearing House schrijft hij: 'Accepting Reality: America Lost the War in Iraq. America has lost the war in Iraq. The chance for victory vanished long ago with the hearts, minds, arms, legs and lives of the Iraqi people. The insurgence hasn’t won; rather the American government never obtained the formula to win. America, led by war-bent hawks (Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz) entered this war with many interests. Among them, the control of a major supply of Mideast oil, military bases, reconstruction contracts for cronies (i.e. Halliburton and Bechtel), a new ally/puppet in the region, securing Israeli dominance, showcasing new products for the arms community, and the greater concept of making Baghdad a haven for US corporate e…

Amerikaanse Doodseskaders

Dit zijn de lijken van vier Amerikaanse nonnen die in 1980 door het Salvadoraanse leger in koele bloede werden vermoord. Deze militairen werden door de Verenigde Staten opgeleid en gefinancierd om het terreurbewind in El Salvador in het zadel te houden. Daarbij verloren tenminste 75.000 burgers het leven en raakten 300.000 kinderen en volwassenen invalide. Momenteel strijden troepen uit El Salvador in Irak voor 'de verspreiding van de democratie en de mensenrechten' en zijn dus strikt genomen onze bondgenoten in het Midden Oosten. In januari 2005 berichtte Newsweek: '''The Salvador Option.'' The Pentagon may put Special-Forces-led assassination or kidnapping teams in Iraq. What to do about the deepening quagmire of Iraq? The Pentagon’s latest approach is being called "the Salvador option"—and the fact that it is being discussed at all is a measure of just how worried Donald Rumsfeld really is. "What everyone agrees is that we can’t just go on…

Irak 48

Net als in Vietnam schakelen de Amerikanen over op grootscheepse bombardementen, nu de grondoorlog in Irak zo goed als verloren is. Het Amerikaanse persbureau Knight Ridder bericht: 'US Military Air Strikes Significantly Increased in Iraq. Baghdad - American forces have dramatically increased air strikes in Iraq during the past five months, a change of tactics that may foreshadow how the United States plans to battle a still-strong insurgency while reducing the number of US ground troops serving here.
A review of military data shows that daily bombing runs and jet-missile launches have increased by more than 50 percent in the past five months, compared with the same period last year. Knight Ridder's statistical findings were reviewed and confirmed by American Air Force officials in the region. The numbers also show that US forces dropped bombs on more cities during the last five months than they did during the same period a year ago. Air strikes hit at least 11 cities between O…

Breken met Bush

De demonstratie en dodenherdenking 'Breken met Bush - niet
meer doden' die het Platform tegen de 'Nieuwe Oorlog' a.s.
zaterdag in Amsterdam organiseert mag zich van verschillende
kanten in een toenemende ondersteuning verheugen. De
demonstatie begint op 18 maart om 13.00 uur op het Museumplein; na een demonstratieve optocht door Amsterdam zal om 15.30 uur op hetzelfde Museumplein de dodenherdenking van start gaan waarbij met name stilgestaan zal worden bij de tienduizenden burgerslachtoffers in Irak en Afghanistan en de ruim 100 journalisten onder hen. De demonstratie en dodenherdenking vinden plaats in het kader van het internationaal actieweekend van 18 tot 20 maart; drie jaar na het begin van de Amerikaans-Britse invasie in Irak. In bijna 250 verschillende steden wereldwijd, de helft in de Verenigde Staten zelf, wordt gedemonstreerd tegen de Amerikaanse oorlogspolitiek in het algemeen en de aanhoudende militaire en economische bezetting
van Irak. Juist deze week werd bek…

Collateral Damage?

Het resultaat van het gewelddadig ingrijpen van onze bondgenoot in de zogeheten 'war on terror.' 'Operation Enduring Freedom' kent nu in feite voor het merendeel alleen nog maar 'Collateral Damage.' Het persbureau Reuters bericht: 'Iraq: U.S. military kills five children, two men and four women. Eleven members of an Iraqi family were killed in a U.S. raid on Wednesday, police and witnesses said. The U.S. military said two women and a child died during the bid to seize an al Qaeda militant from a house.Television pictures showed 11 bodies in the Tikrit morgue -- five children, two men and four women. A freelance photographer later saw the bodies being buried in Ishaqi, the town 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad where the raid took place.The U.S. military said in a statement its troops had attacked a house in Ishaqi early on Wednesday to capture a "foreign fighter facilitator for the al Qaeda in Iraq network"."Troops were engaged by enemy fire…

Land of the Free. Home of the Brave!

De New York Times bericht: 'WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold accused fellow Democrats on Tuesday of cowering rather than joining him on trying to censure President Bush over domestic spying. ''Democrats run and hide'' when the administration invokes the war on terrorism, Feingold told reporters. Feingold introduced censure legislation Monday in the Senate but not a single Democrat has embraced it. Several have said they want to see the results of a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation before supporting any punitive legislation. Republicans dismissed the proposal Tuesday as being more about Feingold's 2008 presidential aspirations than Bush's actions. On and off the Senate floor, they have dared Democrats to vote for the resolution. ''I'm amazed at Democrats ... cowering with this president's numbers so low,'' Feingold said. The latest AP-Ipsos poll on Bush, conducted last week, found just 37 percent of the 1…

Irak 47

De San Francisco Chronicle bericht: 'Ordinary Iraqi families getting ready to fight. They're stockpiling weapons, food and fuel. Baghdad -- Om Hussein, wrapped in her black abaya, lists the contents of the family's walk-in storage closet: three 175-pound cases of rice, two 33-pound cases of cooking fat, six cases of canned tomatoes, three crates of assorted legumes, a one-month supply of drinking water, frozen chicken livers in the freezer. And in the garage, jerry cans filled with fuel are piled floor to ceiling. Om Hussein, who was reluctant to give her full name, and her Shiite family are preparing for war. They've stocked up on food. They bought a Kalashnikov rifle and a second car -- so that there is space for all 13 members of their extended family should they need to flee in a hurry.
"We are afraid of what will happen in the coming days," she says. "Maybe there will be a monthlong curfew, or maybe fighting in the streets will force my family to sta…

De Dollar Hegemonie 6

Information Clearing House bericht over de Dollar Hegemony: 'Global Economic Hegemony: A New Kind of Warfare? An Interview with Dr Krassimir Petrov,Ph.D (Teaches Macroeconomics, International Finance & Econometrics at the American University in Bulgaria). Afghanistan, Iraq and now Iran and potentially Syria on the cards for a military intervention, I was intrigued to find out what exactly is driving the neo-conservatives in the echelons of power at the Whitehouse and the few coalition allies to the U.S. to continue their strategy of potential military strikes despite what is universally accepted has been a disastrous foreign policy in Iraq. I interviewed Dr. Krassimir Petrov who has recently wrote an article titled “The Proposed Iranian Oil Bourse” to enlighten me on this subject. The interview focused on two articles, namely the one cited above and by W.R. Clark titled “Petrodollar Warfare: Dollars, Euros & The Upcoming Iranian Oil Bourse.” The response is a combination o…

Arundhati Roy 2

De Indiase schrijfster Arundhati Roy wierp tijdens een speech in San Francisco de volgende vraag op: 'When language has been butchered and bled of meaning, how do we understand "public power"? When freedom means occupation, when democracy means neo-liberal capitalism, when reform means repression, when words like "empowerment" and "peacekeeping" make your blood run cold - why, then, "public power" could mean whatever you want it to mean. A biceps building machine, or a Community Power Shower. So, I'll just have to define "public power" as I go along, in my own self-serving sort of way. In India, the word public is now a Hindi word. It means people. In Hindi, we have sarkar and public, the government and the people. Inherent in this use is the underlying assumption that the government is quite separate from "the people." This distinction has to do with the fact that India's freedom struggle, though magnificent, was…

NRC Propaganda

Eerst de feiten. Op dit moment gaat 93 procent van het Amerikaanse federale budget bestemd voor internationale betrekkingen naar de militairen en slechts 7 procent naar het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken. In 153 van de 189 VN-lidstaten zijn Amerikaanse militairen gestationeerd. De Verenigde Staten heeft geen militair-industrieel complex maar is er 1. De militairen vormen de grootste bureaucratie binnen de Amerikaanse regering. De VS heeft een permanente oorlogs economie. Zie: http://www.bear-left.com/original/2003/0309permanent.html De gerespecteerde en gematigde Amerikaanse geleerde Chalmers Johnson schrijft: 'The only truly common elements in the totality of American foreign bases are imperialism and militarism - an impulse on the part of our elites to dominate other peoples largely because we have the power to do so, followed by strategic reasoning that, in order to defend the newly acquired outposts and control the region they are in, we must expand the areas under our cont…

Israelisch Expansionisme 7

Vorige week vrijdag schreef ik dit stukje: 'De Volkskrant berichtte vanochtend: ''Israël zal uiterlijk in 2010 de definitieve grenzen van de joodse staat vaststellen tenzij Hamas Israël erkent en afziet van geweld. Dat heeft waarnemend premier Ehud Olmert donderdag gezegd in een interview met The Jerusalem Post. Het is voor het eerst dat Israël een deadline noemt voor het vaststellen van de definitieve grenzen.'' Zie: http://www.volkskrant.nl/buitenland/article243192.ece Kennelijk gaat de Volkskrant ervan uit dat haar lezers zo onnozel zijn dat ze zich niet zullen afvragen waarom een land dat sinds 1948 bestaat pas over vier jaar laat weten waar zijn grenzen liggen, dus 62 jaar na dato. Om de Volkskrant-redactie al vast een beetje op weg te helpen: 'In 1938, Ben-Gurion made it clear of his support for the establishment of a Jewish state on parts of Palestine ONLY as an intermediary stage, he wrote: "[I am] satisfied with part of the country, but on the bas…

Het Israelisch Terrorisme 3

De beelden doen denken aan dictaturen, aan fascistische staten, aan terreur. En de Europeanen kijken gelaten toe, zoals ze tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog gelaten toekeken en zoals ze gedurende het Joegoslavie-bloedbad gelaten toekeken. Daarna, ja daarna richtten ze tribunalen op om de wreedheden, de oorlogsmisdaden en de misdaden tegen de menselijkheid te veroordelen. Zo houden ze hun geweten schoon. Maar nu, nu kijken de Europeanen er naar en zien ze hoe joden de Palestijnen behandelen zoals ze zelf ooit eens de joden behandelden. De in Martinique geboren Franse zwarte dichter en denker Aimee Cesaire vatte het zo samen: 'The colonizer, who in order to ease his conscience gets into the habit of seeing the other man as an animal, accustoms himself to treating him like an animal, and tends objectively to transform himself into an animal... They thought they were only slaughtering Indians, or Hindus, or South Sea Islanders, or Africans. They have in fact overthrown, one after another…

Marcel Gauchet

De Franse intellectueel Marcel Gauchet is directeur van de Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales en hoofdredacteur van het tijdschrift "Le Débat." Le Monde stelde hem de volgende vraag: 'The West Is Blind to the Impact of Globalization on the Economy and on Morals. You described a "disenchanted" world in the 1980s: doesn't the brutal return of religion to the international political scene surprise you? No. I was surprised, as everyone was, by the Islamic Revolution in Iran, but since then, I have continued to think that we're not anywhere near the end of the surprises produced by the "departure" of religion, which is accelerating in the West - the case of the United States being atypical - and the reactivation of religious identities in the rest of the world, especially the Islamic world. I insist: it's not a "return" of religion in good and due form that we are witnessing, but rather a revival of identities with a religio…

Howard Zinn 3

De Amerikaanse historicus Howard Zinn schrijft: 'Lessons of Iraq War start with U.S. history. On the third anniversary of President Bush's Iraq debacle, it's important to consider why the administration so easily fooled so many people into supporting the war. I believe there are two reasons, which go deep into our national culture. One is an absence of historical perspective. The other is an inability to think outside the boundaries of nationalism. If we don't know history, then we are ready meat for carnivorous politicians and the intellectuals and journalists who supply the carving knives. But if we know some history, if we know how many times presidents have lied to us, we will not be fooled again. President Polk lied to the nation about the reason for going to war with Mexico in 1846. It wasn't that Mexico "shed American blood upon the American soil" but that Polk, and the slave-owning aristocracy, coveted half of Mexico. President McKinley lied in 18…

Iran 17

De Amerikaanse onderzoeksjournalist Robert Dreyfuss schrijft: 'Deja Vu All Over Iran. Comedians might be forgiven for making jokes that President Bush is talking about drawing down U.S. forces in Iraq because he needs them next door in Iran. It isn’t, however, so far off the mark. The pieces are falling into place for Operation Regime Change II, this time in Iran. You’d think, given how badly it went the first time, and how utterly unpredictable a showdown with Iran would be, that the Bush administration would have at least changed its m.o.—but no. Shaking his head in New York, where he was attending United Nations Security Council discussions on Iran, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said bluntly: “It looks so déjà vu.” He ridiculed the idea of sanctions on Iran as useless and ineffective, and he called the U.S. push for a showdown over Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program a “self-fulfilling prophecy.” He’s right. Even John Bolton, the neoconservative saber-rattler who r…

Dr. Pieter Tans

Vanochtende berichtte de BBC World Service: 'Sharp rise in CO2 levels recorded. US climate scientists have recorded a significant rise in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, pushing it to a new record level… The chief carbon dioxide analyst for Noaa says the latest data confirms a worrying trend that recent years have, on average, recorded double the rate of increase from just 30 years ago. "We don't see any sign of a decrease; in fact, we're seeing the opposite, the rate of increase is accelerating," Dr Pieter Tans told the BBC. The precise level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is of global concern because climate scientists fear certain thresholds may be "tipping points" that trigger sudden changes. The UK government's chief scientific adviser, Professor Sir David King, said the new data highlighted the importance of taking urgent action to limit carbon emissions. "Today we're over 380 ppm," he said. "That…

Irak 46

Terwijl extra Nederlandse troepen zich opmaken om naar het front in het Midden Oosten te vertrekken, beginnen de voorbereidingen voor de terugtrekking van Amerikaanse militairen uit de olieregio. Ondertussen is vandaag het plafond voor de Amerikaanse buitenlandse schuld opnieuw verhoogd, nu de buitenlandse schuld van de VS is opgelopen tot meer dan acht biljoen dollar. Een schuld van meer dan acht maal een miljoen maal een miljoen, en een schuld die elke dag weer met ruim 3 miljard dollar toeneemt. De Verenigde Staten zit financieel-economisch op het niveau van een bananenrepubliek. Alleen zolang het buitenland bereid is om de Amerikaanse oorlogen militair en/of financieel te steunen kan het imperium in stand worden gehouden. Dat wil zeggen zolang bijvoorbeeld de Nederlandse pensioenfondsen en de Chinese staat geld aan de VS blijven lenen kan de reus op lemen voeten overeind worden gehouden. De Washington Post bericht: 'Bush Sets Target for Transition In Iraq. Country's Troops…

Rachel Corrie

Dit is Rachel Corrie die door het Israelische leger werd vermoord. Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, de Action Advocacy Officer van The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) in Jerusalem stuurde me de volgende email: 'Rachel Corrie was 23 years old when she was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer on March 16, 2003. She was working with others trying to protect the home of a Palestinian pharmacist from demolition in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Palestine. “My Name is Rachel Corrie” is a powerful one-woman show based entirely on the writings that Rachel left behind, telling her story from the time she was a small child, leading up to the days before her death. The play, edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner from Rachel’s diaries and emails, was produced by the Royal Court Theatre in London. Starring Megan Dodds, it played to sold out audiences and wide acclaim. “My Name is Rachel Corrie” was scheduled to open at the New York Theatre Workshop on March 22nd. It has been pos…

Klimaatverandering 25

De Independent bericht: 'Climate change 'irreversible' as Arctic sea ice fails to re-form. Sea ice in the Arctic has failed to re-form for the second consecutive winter, raising fears that global warming may have tipped the polar regions in to irreversible climate change far sooner than predicted. Satellite measurements of the area of the Arctic covered by sea ice show that for every month this winter, the ice failed to return even to its long-term average rate of decline. It is the second consecutive winter that the sea ice has not managed to re-form enough to compensate for the unprecedented melting seen during the past few summers. Scientists are now convinced that Arctic sea ice is showing signs of both a winter and a summer decline that could indicate a major acceleration in its long-term rate of disappearance. The greatest fear is that an environmental "positive feedback" has kicked in, where global warming melts ice which in itself causes the seas to warm …