zaterdag 15 april 2006
The senior British officers took part in the Iranian war game just over a year after the invasion of Iraq. It was focused on the Caspian Sea, with an invasion date of 2015. Although the planners said the game was based on a fictitious Middle East country called Korona, the border corresponded exactly with Iran's and the characteristics of the enemy were Iranian. A British medium-weight brigade operated as part of a US-led force. The MoD's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, which helped run the war game, described it on its website as the "year's main analytical event of the UK-US Future Land Operations Interoperability Study" aimed at ensuring that both armies work well together. The study "was extremely well received on both sides of the Atlantic". According to an MoD source, war games covering a variety of scenarios are conducted regularly by senior British officers in the UK, the US or at Nato headquarters. He cited senior military staff carrying out a mock invasion of southern England last week and one of Scotland in January. However, Hotspur took place at a time of accelerated US planning after the fall of Baghdad for a possible conflict with Iran. That planning is being carried out by US Central Command, responsible for the Middle East and central Asia area of operations, and by Strategic Command, which carries out long-range bombing and nuclear operations. William Arkin, a former army intelligence officer who first reported on the contingency planning for a possible nuclear strike against Iran in his military column for the Washington Post online, said: "The United States military is really, really getting ready, building war plans and options, studying maps, shifting its thinking."' Lees verder:
The Swedish government declined this week to comment, but opposition lawmaker Cecilia Wikstrom told Reuters: "I would put some money on Sweden. I would not be surprised if it's Sweden that he (Davis) meant." Sarah Ludford, a British Liberal Democrat member of a European Parliament committee investigating CIA prisons and secret flights across Europe, agreed Sweden was an obvious possibility but it would be "intriguing" if Davis was on to something new.' Lees verder:
During a two-month cruise off northern Alaska in 2004, a Coast Guard icebreaker came across nine lone walrus calves swimming in the deep waters -- what the scientists called a highly unusual sighting. They report in the journal Aquatic Mammals that the pups most likely fell into the sea when a shelf of sea ice that they lived on with their mothers collapsed because of an influx of unusually warm water. "We were on a station for 24 hours, and the calves would be swimming around us crying," said Carin Ashjian, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and a member of the research team. "We couldn't rescue them."
Walrus mothers and their young rarely separate during the first two years of life, which they spend mostly on sea ice that covers shallow continental shelf waters. The adult walruses feed on crabs and clams on the sea bottom and return to the ice and their cubs, who survive on mother's milk.' Lees verder:
According to a Dec. 20, 2005 Army inspector general's report on Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the former commanding general in charge of Gitmo, Rumsfeld approved an interrogation plan for Mohammed al-Kahtani, the alleged 20th hijacker: In a sworn statement to the inspector general, [Lt. Gen. Randall] Schmidt described Rumsfeld as "personally involved" in the interrogation and said that the defense secretary was "talking weekly" with Miller. Rumsfeld developed an interrogation plan that required the Gitmo detainee to "stand naked in front of a female interrogator, was accused of being a homosexual, and was forced to wear women's underwear and to perform 'dog tricks' on a leash." Schmidt said that the open-ended policies Rumsfeld approved, and that the apparent lack of supervision of day-to-day interrogations permitted the wide-scale abuse to take place. The report contradicts Rumsfeld's earlier statements. The people down there at Guantanamo Bay, under the President's orders, have been treated humanely and they should be treated humanely…There's no torture going on down there and there hasn't been. [WPHT-AM Philadelphia, 6/21/05] And let there be no doubt, the treatment of the detainees in Guantanamo Bay is proper, it's humane, it's appropriate, and it is fully consistent with international conventions. No detainee has been harmed, no detainee has been mistreated in any way. [DoD Briefing, 1/22/02] Only relatively low-ranking military officials have been punished but the abuse of detainees at Guantanamo and elsewhere started at the top.' Lees verder:
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/04/14/rummy/ Of: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041506Z.shtml
vrijdag 14 april 2006
Both Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, and Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's closest adviser, made clear before September 11 2001 that Saddam Hussein was no threat - to America, Europe or the Middle East.
In Cairo, on February 24 2001, Powell said: "He (Saddam Hussein) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbours."This is the very opposite of what Bush and Blair said in public.Powell even boasted that it was the US policy of "containment" that had effectively disarmed the Iraqi dictator - again the very opposite of what Blair said time and again. On May 15 2001, Powell went further and said that Saddam Hussein had not been able to "build his military back up or to develop weapons of mass destruction" for "the last 10 years". America, he said, had been successful in keeping him "in a box".Two months later, Condoleezza Rice also described a weak, divided and militarily defenceless Iraq. "Saddam does not control the northern part of the country," she said. "We are able to keep his arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt."' U kunt de hele documentaire hier zien:
Jackson Browne: Stop killing children. Lives In The Balance (Exclusive Video) From Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 Zie: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11924.htm
04/12/06 "Common Dreams" -- -- Since the 1970’s, American businesses have grown larger and more monopolistic, helped along by deregulation, the repeal of anti-trust laws, and a steady transformation from manufacturing to capital management (dare I say, “capital manipulation”?). As Paul Bigioni puts it in his excellent essay entitled “The Real Threat of Fascism”: “If we are to protect ourselves from the growing political influence of Big Business, then our antitrust laws must be reconceived in a way which recognizes the political danger of monopolistic conditions.” Bigioni continues by emphasizing that “Antitrust laws do not just protect the marketplace, they protect democracy.” It is well to remember that conditions like these led to fascism in both Germany and Italy in the 1930’s, and Bigioni points out that the transformation toward fascism occurred in both countries while they were still liberal democracies. In America, since at least 1971, the rich have gotten much, much richer and the poor have become poorer and far more numerous, largely because our government now sees its primary function as serving the interests of Big Business and its Big Money. As of 2003, according to a Congressional Budget Office report, the top one percent of households in America accounted for 57.5% of America’s wealth, up from 38.7% only twelve years earlier. And this does not take into account the last three years of the Bush tax-cuts. In the U.S. today, there are 374 billionaires, approximately 25,000 deca-millionaires ($10,000,000-$999,000,000) and 2.5 million millionaires; and this does not even take into account the wealth of corporations! Under such conditions, competition is minimized or thwarted, and capital is exalted over labor, the consummation of Marx’s contention that “Capital is dead labor.” In every industry, huge monopolistic cartels dominate the playing field, following the spate of mergers and acquisitions throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. To cite just two examples: (1) Four media giants (AOL-Time Warner, Viacom, Disney, and Rupert Murdoch’s NewsGroup) control everything we read, view, listen to, see at movie houses, and do at entertainment parks. Just four conglomerates, which have oh so much in common with one another, produce (for profit) every newspaper, magazine, major internet site, movie, cd, dvd, television program, and so on. The pressure to stay within fairly narrow bounds of covering and the fear of losing one’s job should one “think outside the box” is detailed succinctly in Danny Schechter’s March 27, 2006 column the title of which is taken from a line Edward R. Morrow utters in the movie “Good Night and Good Luck”: “The Fear is in the Room: Inside our Unbrave Media World”; Robert Fisk’s March 19 column, “The Farcical End of the American Dream”; and Bill Gallagher’s March 28th column, “There is No ‘Good News’ in Iraq."' Lees verder:
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0412-32.htm Of: http://informationclearinghouse.info/article12713.htm Zie ook interview met Lewis Lapham over onder andere het Amerikaans fascisme: http://home.planet.nl/~houck006/artikelen.html
The 2,000 troops who were deployed there did immense damage as they set up camp amidst the ruins of old temples. A helicopter pad was constructed at the site. The vibration from landings led the roof of one building to collapse. The soldiers also filled their sandbags with archaeological artefacts, just because they were lying around and easy to pick up.' Lees verder: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4908940.stm
donderdag 13 april 2006
Australian-born Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith could face an unlimited jail sentence for disobeying an order to go to Iraq last year and four orders to prepare for his deployment, in the first British case of its kind. "As early as 2004 I regarded the United States to be on a par with Nazi Germany as regards its activities in the Gulf," he told the court. Prosecutor David Perry asked: "Are you saying the U.S. is the moral equivalent of the Third Reich?" to which Kendall-Smith replied "That's correct." The judge in the case has already ruled that orders for British troops to deploy to Iraq in 2005 were legal because the British presence was covered by a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after the fall of Saddam Hussein.' Lees verder: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0412-02.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060412/pl_nm/iraq_usa_general_dc_2 Of: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041306N.shtml
Hirsi+Ali+en+Wilders+eisen+opheldering+over+WRR-rapport.html De soms hyperventilerende reacties doen me denken aan een journalistieke grap waarbij een hoofdredacteur China voor de laatste maal waarschuwt, daarmee aangevend hoe absurd het is als Nederland de rest van de wereld zijn wil op wil leggen en de realiteit weigert te accepteren. Zelfs Amerikaanse beleidsbepalers zoeken al langere tijd naar een realistische manier om met islamisten om te kunnen gaan. Zo citeert de Amerikaanse onderzoeksjournalist Robert Dreyfuss in zijn uitgebreid gedocumenteerde boek 'Devil's Game' een Amerikaanse functionaris van de National Secutiry Council die in 1995 verklaarde: 'The United States views Islamists as integral players among the broad social forces operating in the region. Thus, to survive, the dominant ruling elites will have to broaden their social base by integrating Islamists into the political field. This reality explains the rationale for the Clinton administration's early decision to maintain a discreet dialogue with the Algerian and Egyptian Islamists.' Deze uitspraak dateert uit de tijd dat Hirsi Ali nog lid was van de fundamentalistische Moslim Broederschap, en nog niet tot de Westerse parlementaire democratie was bekeerd. In die periode vond ze het, volgens eigen zeggen, volkomen terecht dat de schrijver Salman Rushdie als gevolg van een fatwa zou worden vermoord. Net zo volkomen terecht als ze nu het isoleren vindt van honderden miljoenen islamieten. Het komt allemaal uit hetzelfde extremistische temperament voort.
woensdag 12 april 2006
Dit is het dappere door het Westen gesteunde Israelische leger in actie tegen Palestijnse burgers, onder wie kinderen. Defence for Children International bericht: 'Another innocent child dies in Israeli bombardment of northern Gaza. At 5.30pm on Monday 10 April 2006, at least six artillery shells fired by the Israeli military fell on the family house of Mohammed Rabe'eya Ghaban in Beit Lahiya, in the north of the Gaza Strip. Shrapnel from the shells pierced the skull of Mohammed's eight-year old daughter Hadeel, killing her instantly. The shelling also resulted in the injury of eight other family members, including Hadeel's brothers and sisters:
Rawan Ghaban 1 and a half years old Rana Ghaban 3 years old Munir Ghaban 4 years old Amneh Ghaban 9 years old Ghassan Ghaban 11 years old Bassam Ghaban 15 years old Tahrir Ghaban 17 years old
The children's mother, 35-year old Sofia, was the eighth family member wounded in the attack.
Several neighbours were also injured including:
Jaqueline Mo'ein Maarouf 11 years old Mariam Maher Al-‘Assi 15 years old
The killing of Hadeel and the wounding of her siblings and friends is the latest crime to come out of Israel's escalating aggression against the Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip. Despite the physical withdrawal of the Israeli military from the area in August 2005, Israeli occupation forces continue to exercise military control over the entire Strip – intensifying assassination attacks against Palestinian activists, shelling residential areas and imposing a virtual siege on the whole strip by sealing entry and exits points to goods and people.
Since the beginning of this year, 15 Palestinian children have been killed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including eight from the Gaza Strip. Four of the eight were passers by - killed in Israeli extra-judicial assassination attempts against Palestinian activists; two Gaza children were killed by gunfire; one by unexploded ordinance while Hadeel is the eighth Gaza child to die so far this year.' Lees verder: http://www.dci-pal.org/english/home.cfm Ondertussen proberen de Israelische strijdkrachten met alle mogelijke terreur de Hamas beweging uit te lokken met tegenterreur te komen. Wanneer dat gebeurt heeft Israel zijn zin en kan het nog meer land van de Palestijnen stelen zonder dat de Westerse leiders hiertegen protesteren. De terreur van Israel wordt door onder andere Europa beloond en de contraterreur van Hams bestraft. Dat is politiek. En onze commerciele massamedia met de mond vol vrijheid van meningsuiting zwijgen in alle talen.
Aan de dagelijkse Israelische terreur tegen de Palestijnse burgerbevolking komt geen eind. De Westerse media besteden er geen aandacht aan. Via Justwatch kreeg ik dit bericht: '
This is Mohammed, normally a very patient and brave guy, photograph and student, who makes the site www.rafahtoday.org.
Every 16 seconds, the tank shells hit Gaza and the north by one rocket,
is very difficult times here. Hamas has been trying to be quite and not respond, but it seems the Israelis really wanted Hamas to respond. Then I'm afraid the choices will be so littlie, and death is the nearest and the easiest. Now there is no AID. Even the cold Norway cut AID to PA. this is just annoying! I'm so sad to see a 9 years old child girl got killed and
were injured. The media is so awful, I understand now, it's an open war
Palestinians. I'm so sad and feeling very frustrated!
I wish if I could get out and have some break from this hell. I'm tired
daily shelling. I have been taking photos and my T-shirt full of blood
smell burned flesh- yes don’t be astonished, it's the children's flesh.
almost dead the other day by the helicopters!
I don’t know what more to say, it's the best to sit alone in the dark
see people. I'm tired, tired, tired, tired!
It's horrible! Crazy here. people's flesh, heads, arms and legs are all scattered into the Palestinian street. I have taken photos of children
injured and killed. One of the children was with no head, no arms and no
Yes, this is the truth! Only pieces of flesh. I was smelling blood the
yesterday. I toke photos of the children and the whole massacre, this
my photos are in all the news agencies and newspapers around. I have got
exclusive from FRANCE PRESS!
A CALL TO EUROPE
We, Israeli patriots concerned about the future of our state, hereby call upon you, the leaders of the European Union and the heads of European governments:
Stop the blockade on the Palestinian government!
Don't starve a whole people in order to overthrow its elected government!
Only three months ago, European monitors supervised the Palestinian elections. They confirmed Palestine as the first democracy in the Arab world (holding its second democratic elections, the first having been won by the Fatah movement.)
This time, a Parliament with a Hamas majority was elected. Now you are giving the Palestinians a lesson in democracy: you are telling them that, unless they overthrow the government they have just elected, there will be no milk for their children, no medicines for their sick, no work for their unemployed, no salaries for their doctors and teachers.
You are fulfilling the cynical prescription of the advisor to our Prime Minister: "We need to make them lose weight, but not to die."
This is not only a barbaric policy, it is also a terrible mistake: no people in the world would submit to such brutal and humiliating pressure from outside. The inevitable result will be a further radicalization of Palestinian opinion, and a deepening of the hatred for Israel and the West in the whole of the Arab and Muslim world.
That will make the prospect of peace even remoter, the peace we all need like air to breathe. It will lead to a bloodbath, which will cost the lives of thousands - Israelis, Palestinians, Europeans and Americans.
Talk to the Palestinian government!
Start a dialogue with Hamas!
Certainly, they must recognize the State of Israel's right to exist, just as Israel must recognize the right of the State of Palestine to exist. But such recognition will grow out of negotiations, not the other way round.
Certainly, they have to stop violence, just as Israel must do so. But even at this stage a prolonged armistice can be achieved.
Certainly, they must accept the Two-State solution, and so must Israel. But their leaders have already hinted that they are ready for it - and this must be put to the test of negotiations.
We call upon you, leaders of Europe:
It is in the interest of Europe, as it is in the interest of Israel and Palestine, to achieve peace. Don't succumb to pressure from outside interests, whose policy has already led to several recent disasters in the Middle East.
For the sake of all of us: follow an independent line, guided by wisdom and morality!
The Israeli Peace Bloc
P.O.Box 3322, Tel-Aviv 61033 * www.gush-shalom.org * firstname.lastname@example.org
Al langer wordt door deskundigen gewaarschuwd voor de wankelende dollar. Volgens een recent gepubliceerd rapport van de Franse bank Cheuvreux, onderdeel van Credit Agricole, moeten we rekening houden met een ongekende stijging van de prijs van goud en goudaandelen. Goudprijs. Op dit moment kost een ounce (ongeveer 30 gram) goud 570 dollar. Maar volgens Cheuvreux stijgt de goudprijs naar minimaal 900 dollar. Uiteindelijk kost een ounce mogelijk zelfs meer dan 2000 dollar, zo valt te lezen in het rapport van de Franse bank. Oorzaak is het grote gat tussen vraag en aanbod de komende jaren. Dat gat werd de laatste jaren opgevuld door (geheime) verkopen van centrale bankvoorraden. Volgens het rapport bezitten de centrale banken 10 tot 15.000 ton minder goud dan er officieel in de boeken staat. Uitgeleend goud. Het Internationaal Monetair Fonds (IMF) zou namelijk toestemming hebben gegeven zogenaamd 'uitgeleend' goud op de balans te laten staan, terwijl het in feite gewoon verkocht is. Nu meer en meer centrale banken hun goud terug willen hebben of zelfs goud bijkopen, komt de goudmarkt klem te zitten.Inflatie VSHet rapport onthult ook dat de inflatiecijfers in de VS door middel van allerlei statistische trucs meer dan 2,5% te laag wordt weergegeven. Het stoppen van de publicatie van de M3-geldgroeicijfers door de Federal Reserve geeft Wallstreet nu, volgens het rapport, de mogelijkheid koersen fors te ondersteunen zonder dat dit zichtbaar is in de cijfers. Hier kunt u het officiele Cheuvreux Rapport lezen. Interessant om te volgen het eerst komend halfjaar. Zie onder teksten: Cheuvreux Gold Report http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx
Gisteravond heb ik via de telefoon de Amerikaanse geleerde Chalmers Johnson langdurig geinterviewd over het Amerikaans Imperium. Voor de lezers die hem niet kennen eerst even een korte biografie: 'Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific. He taught for thirty years, 1962-1992, at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California and held endowed chairs in Asian politics at both of them. At Berkeley he served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and as chairman of the Department of Political Science. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics and political science are all from the University of California, Berkeley... He was chairman of the academic advisory committee for the PBS television series "The Pacific Century," and he played a prominent role in the PBS "Frontline" documentary "Losing the War with Japan." Both won Emmy awards. His most recent books are, as editor and contributor, Okinawa: Cold War Island (Cardiff, Calif.: Japan Policy Research Institute, 1999); and Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (New York: Holt Metropolitan Books, 2000). The latter won the 2001 American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation. His new book, The Sorrows of Empire:Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic was published by Metropolitan in January 2004. Professor Johnson has just finished writing his new book in this trilogy about the American Empire and will be published at the end of 2006 under the title: Nemesis.' U kunt hier naar Chalmers Johnson luisteren in de sectie Interviews: http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx> Of via mijn audioblog waar u ook interviews met andere deskundigen kunt vinden. http://www.stanvanhoucke.net/audioblog/
dinsdag 11 april 2006
maandag 10 april 2006
De Independent bericht: 'Three Years After Saddam's Fall, US Report Says
The documents state that the U.S. campaign aims to turn Iraqis against Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, by playing on their perceived dislike of foreigners. U.S. authorities claim some success with that effort, noting that some tribal Iraqi insurgents have attacked Zarqawi loyalists. For the past two years, U.S. military leaders have been using Iraqi media and other outlets in Baghdad to publicize Zarqawi's role in the insurgency. The documents explicitly list the "U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign.
Some senior intelligence officers believe Zarqawi's role may have been overemphasized by the propaganda campaign, which has included leaflets, radio and television broadcasts, Internet postings and at least one leak to an American journalist. Although Zarqawi and other foreign insurgents in Iraq have conducted deadly bombing attacks, they remain "a very small part of the actual numbers," Col. Derek Harvey, who served as a military intelligence officer in Iraq and then was one of the top officers handling Iraq intelligence issues on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told an Army meeting at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., last summer.' Lees verder:
Het fundamentele probleem van het interview met Fukuyama was dat hij niet met de werkelijkheid werd geconfronteerd, dat het hele gesprek maar bleef steken op goede bedoelingen, op 'spreading democracy.' Beter was het geweest als de voormalige spreekbuis van de neocons het volgende citaat voorgelegd had gekregen van George Kennan, de architect van de containment politiek, die als geen ander het Amerikaans buitenlands beleid van na de Tweede Wereldoorlog heeft vorm gegeven. In 1948 schreef hij in een geheim memorandum dat de Verenigde Staten ‘ongeveer 50 procent van de rijkdommen in de wereld’ bezat, ‘maar slechts 6,3 procent van haar bevolking.’ Als hoofd van het planningsbureau wees hij het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken erop dat: ‘In deze omstandigheden we niet in staat (zullen) zijn te voorkomen dat wij het voorwerp worden van jaloezie en haat. Onze werkelijke taak in het komende tijdperk is om een netwerk van betrekkingen op te bouwen die ons in staat stelt deze positie van ongelijkheid te handhaven.’ En vervolgens adviseerde hij de Amerikaanse beleidsbepalers ‘alle sentimentaliteit en dagdromen opzij’ te zetten omdat ‘onze aandacht overal geconcentreerd (moet) zijn op onze directe nationale doelstellingen. […] We moeten ophouden te spreken over vage en […] imaginaire doelstellingen als mensenrechten, het verhogen van de levensstandaard, en democratisering. De dag is niet veraf dat we in pure machtconcepten moeten handelen. Hoe minder we daarbij gehinderd worden door idealistische slogans, des te beter het is.’ Die werkelijkheid staat in schril contrast met de verhaaltjes over 'soft power' van het 'realistic Wilsonianism.' Enigszins tekenend voor het niveau van het interview was dat tegen het einde Kijne zijn gesprekspartner confronteerde met een mening van - of all people - een Nederlandse columnist over Fukuyama, terwijl er zoveel Amerikaanse intellectuelen zijn die gedocumenteerd en met feiten zijn theorieen onderuit hebben gehaald. Helaas werden die niet geciteerd.