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Nederland en Pinochet

Wil een misdadiger succesvol zijn dan heeft hij handlangers nodig, anders blijft hij een kruimeldief. En zowel de boef als de handlanger hebben altijd een motief. Die kunnen uiteenlopend zijn, van liefde voor volk en vaderland tot ordinaire zakkenvullerij en combinaties daarvan. Deze misdadiger heet Pinochet. Geholpen door Amerikaanse concerns, de Amerikaanse regering en de CIA pleegde hij een militaire staatsgreep om zo de democratisch gekozen regering van president Allende ten val te brengen. Tijdens zijn regime zijn ongeveer 3.000 politieke tegenstanders vermoord, veelal jonge progressieve mensen. In de eerste drie jaar van Pinochets terreur bewind laat hij zeker 130.000 mensen arresteren. Aanhangers van Allende zijn hun leven niet zeker, tienduizenden verlaten hun land.

Vandaag onthult de NRC in een goed gedocumenteerd verhaal hoe destijds het Paarse kabinet via een Nederlands bedrijf tanks aan Pinochet verkocht en er vervolgens over loog tegen het parlement.

De NRC: '"Een …

De Oorlogsstaat 58

Greg Grandin is author of The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War (University of Chicago), The Blood of Guatemala (Duke) and Empire's Workshop: Latin America, The United States and, most recently, The Rise of the New Imperialism (Metropolitan). He teaches Latin American history at New York University.

Voor TomDispatch schrijft hij: 'The Swift Boating of America.
An illegal war, torture rooms, warrantless wiretapping, manipulated intelligence, secret prisons, disinformation planted in the press, graft, and billions of reconstruction dollars gone missing: just when it seemed that the Bush administration had reached its corruption quota comes a new scandal. This one is a bribery case involving defense contractors, Republican congressmen, prostitutes, secret Hawaiian getaways, Scottish castles, and - wait for it - the Watergate Hotel. At its center is the just ex-Executive Director of the CIA, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, whose sole qualification for be…

Nederland en Afghanistan 84

Dit is 'm dan! het stoere en tegelijk geinige terreinwagentje waarmee de Nederlandse militairen in Afghanistan gaan crossen. Natuurlijk in het kader van de wederopbouw, nation building, het democratisch maken van dit land en nog veel meer van die mooie dingen heeft defensie besloten bomvrije karretjes bestellen. De NRC bericht: 'Defensie wil bomvrije jeeps voor Uruzgan.

Den Haag, 2 juni. Het ministerie van Defensie overweegt versneld speciale bomvrije jeeps te kopen, om de Nederlandse troepen in de Afghaanse provincie Uruzgan beter te beschermen.
Eventueel zullen de voertuigen worden geleend of geleast, zo zei de commandant der strijdkrachten (CDS), Dick Berlijn gisteren tijdens een persbriefing.
Volgens Berlijn vormen zogeheten improvised explosive devices (IED’s) een groeiend gevaar voor de Nederlandse troepen in Zuid-Afghanistan. Niet alleen neemt het aantal aanslagen met de ge├»mproviseerde bommen toe, de aanslagen zijn ook steeds beter georganiseerd. Volgens de CDS vraagt de …

Nederland en Afghanistan 83

De Amerikaanse hoogleraar en Afghanistan-deskundige Marc W. Herold schrijft: 'Spinning Out of Control . The US Military's Virtual Reality about a deadly day in May.

A growing disconnect exists between the daily reality of war experienced by the common Afghan and how this war is represented to the American general public by the corporate media, many non-governmental organizations favoring "humanitarian interventions" around the globe (e.g., Human Rights Watch), and the U.S. military and its defense minions. The war in Afghanistan – as most other wars beginning with Vietnam – is waged both on the ground there and in the living rooms here. The recent midnight assault upon the small village of Hajiyan (also called Alizi) along the Arghandab River in Panjwayi District of Kandahar Province provides a case study to explore this disconnect.(1) No doubt many similar cases exist, but the U.S. military media strategy to contain, isolate and stonewall succeeded there.
A very graph…


Een al wat ouder bericht, maar toch actueel. Inter Press Service bericht: 'ENVIRONMENT: Dutch Bank Urged to Pass on Russian Oil Project The giant Dutch bank ABN Amro, one of the world's largest financial institutions, is facing charges of "environmental hypocrisy" from green groups concerned over the bank's possible financing for a controversial Russian oil extraction project. The accusations came on the eve of a ceremony in which ABN Amro was scheduled to accept the 2006 Gold Medal Award for "International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development" from the World Environment Centre, a Washington-based industry-backed organisation. But three conservation groups, Rainforest Action Network, Pacific Environment and Sakhalin Environment Watch, ran a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post Thursday condemning the bank's bidding to fund the Sakhalin II oil and gas project , which they consider "one of the most environmentally and social…

Klimaatverandering 38

Inter Press Service bericht: ' Conservation Lagging as Emissions Climb.

UNITED NATIONS - Late last week, representatives from 165 industrialised and developing countries -- excluding the United States -- agreed to extend a global plan to reduce the emissions that contribute to global warming past its expiration date of 2012. But experts say a long-term energy strategy is not just about reducing greenhouse gases. It also requires programmes to boost conservation and energy efficiency, and shift economies toward renewable resources like biogas, wind, solar and hydrogen. According to statistics from the European Commission, if current policies remain unchanged, world energy demand will soar by over 50 percent by 2030. The World Bank's recently released "Little Green Data Book 2006" notes that the richest countries devour 51 percent of the world's energy production, and consume on average 11 times more energy per capita than low-income countries. "The book shows …


De Independent bericht: 'Geronimo's Family Call on Bush to Help Return His Skeleton.

The great grandson of the Apache leader Geronimo has appealed to the big chief in the White House to help recover the remains of his famous relative - purportedly stolen more than 90 years ago by a group of students - including the President's grandfather.
The story that members of Yale University's secret Skull and Bones society took the remains - including a skull and femur - from the burial site in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, has long been part of the university's lore. But a university historian recently recovered a letter from 1918 that appears to support the story that members of the society did indeed take the remains while serving with a group of army volunteers from Yale, stationed at the fort during the First World War.
The students - among them, Mr Bush's grandfather Prescott - apparently returned with the remains and kept them in their society's headquarters at the univer…

Iran 51

De onafhankelijke Amerikaanse journalist Mike Whitney schrijft: ' “The US is updating contingency plans for a strike to cripple Iran’s atomic weapon program if international diplomacy fails….The plan calls for a rolling, five-day bombing campaign against 400 key targets, including 24 nuclear-related sites, 14 military airfields and radar installations, and Revolutionary Guard headquarters.” Ian Bruce, “US spells out plan to bomb Iran”, The UK Herald

The Bush administration has no intention of peacefully resolving the nuclear dispute with Iran. They have consistently blocked all attempts by Iran to negotiate in good faith or to establish diplomatic channels for discussion. The current offer by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to talk directly with Iran is less a departure from the normal US’ belligerence than it is a means of enlisting support from Russia and China for future punitive action. In one particularly ominous comment, Rice said that the negotiations would give …

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 16

Het persbureau Reuters bericht: 'In another town, Iraqis say US killed civilians) - U.S. forces denied on Wednesday a new accusation, from Iraqi officers, that American troops killed unarmed civilians in their home this month. Amid mounting public interest in the United States in an inquiry into a suspected massacre at Haditha, the allegations about the deaths of three people at Samarra are among many that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said this week were trying his patience with the U.S. military's "excuses" over "mistakes".Iraqi army and police officers and several people who said they were witnesses and relatives of the dead said U.S. soldiers killed two women, aged 60 and 20, and a mentally handicapped man in their home on May 4 after insurgents fired on the troops.Spokesmen for the 101st Airborne Division, which controls Samarra and Salahaddin province north of Baghdad, said soldiers from its 3rd Brigade Combat Team killed two unnamed men and a w…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 15

Via Information Clearing House kunt u naar een BBC reportage kijken over nog meer Amerikaanse oorlogsmisdaden: 'New "Iraq Massacre" Tape Emerges The BBC obtains new video evidence that US troops may have deliberately killed 11 Iraqi civilians in March.
The BBC has obtained disturbing pictures of the aftermath of an alleged massacre of 11 Iraqis by American troops.
Iraqi police have accused US soldiers of killing the people in Ishaqi, north of Baghdad. John Simpson reports from Baghdad.' Zie:

De Commerciele Massamedia 9

De Amerikaanse news dissector Danny Schechter schrijft: 'Media Crimes Sanitize War Crimes in Iraq.
New York, June 1, 2006 — As events in Iraq continue to slip from bad to worse, the good news brigade is scrambling for new stories— - ‘anything, give me anything’ - to shore up what’s left of public support for a bloody war without end.As some feared and many predicted, the war hovers over our politics and the president who “brought it on.” He is, as the journalist Sid Blumenthal puts it, stuck in a “paradigm” of his own making. The operative word is the title and refrain of an early Springsteen song: “TRAPPED.”Another tipping point seems to have tipped.Fear and exhaustion are evident in our TV newsrooms, along with a continuing failure to recognize what is going on. The lack of insight is stunning; the quality of most of the news, pathetic.Even CBS’s brave Kimberly Dozier—may she fully recover—was not only embedded in practice with the U.S. military when she was wounded and her crew …

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 14

De BBC: 'Iraq War Vets talk about random civilian killings.

Newsnight follow a group of former US soldiers who have returned from Iraq deeply affected by the experience. As they march across America to protest, shocking interviews emerge on the indiscriminate killing of Iraqi civilians.
Veterans reveal they had been trained to see Iraqis as animals, shoot up the landscape and kill anything that moved. Shovels and guns were carried by patrols in order to give the false impression that innocent killed civilians were actually up to no good - supposedly killed whilst digging holes for IED's.
Inigo Gilmore for BBC - Excerpted from Newsnight - Runtime 6 Minutes 23 Seconds
Click here to watch the full length BBC program Windows Media' Zie:

Nederland en Afghanistan 82

Trouw bericht: 'Nederland moet in het onrustige zuiden van Afghanistan mogelijk meer troepen inzetten om de opbouwmissie te laten doorgaan.
De commandant der strijdkrachten, generaal Dick Berlijn, stelt dat „de heftigheid van het voorjaarsoffensief groter is dan we hadden verwacht’’. Als de aanvallen en aanslagen van Taliban-strijders op Afghaanse en westerse doelen aanhouden, kan het nodig zijn om meer militairen naar de provincie Uruzgan te sturen dan de beoogde 1400.' Lees verder:

Afgaande op de woorden van generaal Berlijn is het Nederlandse leger verrast over de grote inzet van de Taliban. Slechts 1 conclusie is dan gerechtvaardigd: de Nederlandse militairen en in hun kielzog de meerderheid van het Nederlandse parlement is niet op de hoogte van de achtergronden van de strijd aldaar. Daarmee wordt de vraag: wat doen Nederlandse militairen daar eigenlijk nog klemmender. Alle buit…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 13

De New York Times bericht: 'Iraqi Accuses U.S. of 'Daily' Attacks Against Civilians.

BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 1 — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki lashed out at the American military on Thursday, denouncing what he characterized as habitual attacks by troops against Iraqi civilians. As outrage over reports that American marines killed 24 Iraqis in the town of Haditha last year continued to shake the new government, the country's senior leaders said that they would demand that American officials turn over their investigative files on the killings and that the Iraqi government would conduct its own inquiry.
In his comments, Mr. Maliki said violence against civilians had become a "daily phenomenon" by many troops in the American-led coalition who "do not respect the Iraqi people."
"They crush them with their vehicles and kill them just on suspicion," he said. "This is completely unacceptable." Attacks on civilians will play a role in fut…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 12

Het BBC Nieuws berichtte net dat er een nieuw bloedbad is ontdekt in Irak, begaan door Amerikaanse militairen. Daarnaast meldt de BBC Worldservice: 'Ethics lessons for US Iraq troops.
US-led troops in Iraq are to undergo ethical training in the wake of the alleged murder of civilians in Haditha.
For the next 30 days, they will receive lessons in "core warrior values", a military statement said.
Correspondents say Haditha, where US marines are suspected of massacring up to 24 Iraqi civilians, could have a huge effect on US public opinion.
The Iraqi prime minister has condemned the suspected massacre, adding he would conduct his own investigation.' Lees verder:

Het is een geruststellende gedachte dat de Amerikaanse militairen in hun 'strijd tegen het terrorisme en de opbouw van een democratisch Irak' geleerd gaat worden dat ze geen vrouwen, bejaarden, kinderen, en babies mogen vermoorden. Het is een verheugende eerste …

Tanya Reinhart

De Israelische hoogleraar Tanya Reinhart schrijft: 'THE HAMAS GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED.
Yediot Aharonot, May 31, 2006, translated from Hebrew by Mark Marshall
(quotes and references added).

The Hamas government must be recognized, not only because recognition of
Hamas would be good for Israel, as the former Mossad head Ephraim Halevy
recently argued,(1) but because this is the right move by any criterion of
justice and international law.

The U.S. and Europe decided, despite Israel's opposition, to permit the
Palestinian people to hold democratic elections. According to Jimmy
Carter's report in the "Herald Tribune", the elections were "honest, fair,
strongly contested, without violence and with the results accepted by
winners and losers. Among the 62 elections that have been monitored by...
the Carter Center, these are among the best in portraying the will of the

In a just and well-ordered world, it would be unthinkable for a government
that was elec…

Klimaatverandering 37

De Independent bericht: 'Anger at oil chief's $400m retirement package.
Lee Raymond, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has bowed out from the oil giant with a $400m pay and retirement deal that has caused outrage among environmentalists. In his 12 years at the top of the company, Exxon has pumped an estimated six billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere and has led the opposition to action on climate change
Investors and environmental campaigners condemned a $400m (£214m) retirement package for the boss of Exxon Mobil, the man known as the "Darth Vader of global warming" for his denial that carbon emissions cause climate change.
Protesters descended on the annual shareholder meeting of the world's largest oil company's in Dallas, Texas, amid fury over the lavish lifestyle that it plans to fund for Lee Raymond, who retired after 12 years as chairman and chief executive.
Exxon has been condemned by green groups for fuelling the world's addiction to oil by o…

De Oorlogsstaat 57

De onafhankelijke publicist Sidney Blumenthal schrijft:
'War is swell. Sept. 11 offered Bush a reason for being, and nothing will get in the way of his holy "war paradigm" -- not even the Constitution.

Something that senior officials call the "war paradigm" is the Bush administration's central organizing principle. They do not use the phrase publicly, just among themselves, but they bend policy to serve it. After Sept. 11, 2001, they instantly adopted the war paradigm without any internal discussion. George W. Bush, who proclaimed, "I'm a war president" and insisted that he made decisions "with war on my mind," assumed the war paradigm as his natural state and right. According to its imperatives, the president in his wartime capacity as commander in chief makes and enforces laws as he sees fit, in effect as a sovereign, overriding the constitutional system of checks and balances. Some of the paradigm's expressions include Bush'…

Irak 81

Wat de Amerikaanse en Nederlandse televisie niet laat zien, maar wel getoond wordt door Al Jazeera en het Britse Channel 4: 'Iraq: The Hidden War. Iraq: The Hidden Story shows the footage used by TV news broadcasts, and compares it with the devastatingly powerful uncensored footage of the aftermath of the carnage that is becoming a part of the fabric of life in Iraq. Prod/ Dir: Christian Trumble; Exec Prod: Stephen Phelps; Prod Co: Zenith Entertainment Ltd - 200605/29/06 Runtime 49 MinutesImages of Iraq dominate our TV news bulletins every night but in this film, Channel4 news presenter Jon Snow, questions whether these reports are sugar-coating the bloody reality of war under the US-led occupation.05/29/06 - Run Time 49 Minutes.' Zie: De Nederlandse omroepen tonen ook niet wat er werkelijk in Afghanistan gebeurt. Dat laat men misschien zien zodra het daar fout loopt voor de Nederlandse militairen. Als die werkelijkheid…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 11

Via Information Clearinghouse kunt u een getuigeverklaring horen en zien: 'Iraqi Girl tells of US Attack in Haditha.
Ten-year-old Iman Walid witnessed the killing of seven members of her family in an attack by American marines last November. The interview with Iman was filmed exclusively for ITV News by Ali Hamdani,our Iraqi video diarist.
05/30/06 ITV.' Zie:
Zie voor de consequenties van deze oorlogsmisdaad: En:

Propaganda 21

Uit CounterPunch: 'Embedded Journalism and the Disinformation Campaign for War on Iran
Now Introducing, the Office of Iranian Affairs (Formerly Doing Business as the Office of Special Plans)

According to Laura Rozen of the Los Angeles Times, the Office of Special Plans has been reincarnated as the Office of Iranian Affairs, apparently housed in the same Pentagon offices inhabited by its predecessor and involving some of the same slimy personnel. Notably, Abram Shulsky, who headed the OSP under Douglas Feith, is back. His crew will be reporting to none other than Elizabeth Cheney, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and daughter of the Vice President. Dick Cheney is generally understood to be the strongest advocate for an attack on Iran in the administration. (He is also, by the way, architect of Bush's "signing statements" appended to laws entitling him to ignore them. He is the man behind the throne, surrounded by neocon acolytes.)
As I …

Dear Mister President

'Dear Mr. President - Live.

Pink performs Dear Mr President Live in NYC. It's a controversial song from her new album.' Zie:

Westers Terrorisme 10

Hier kunt u zien hoe de Verenigde Staten beulen, moordenaars en andere terroristen opleidt: 'School of the Americas: School of Assassins
"Here is the School of the Americas. It's a combat school. Most of the courses revolve around what they call "counter-insurgency warfare." Who are the "insurgents?" We have to ask that question. They are the poor. They are the people in Latin America who call for reform. They are the landless peasants who are hungry. They are health care workers, human rights advocates, labor organizers. They become the insurgents. They are seen as "the enemy." They are those who become the targets of those who learn their lessons at the School of the Americas." - Father Roy Bourgeois:' Zie ook:

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 10

De Washington Post bericht: 'U.S. Policy Was to Shoot Korean Refugees -- -- More than a half-century after hostilities ended in Korea, a document from the war's chaotic early days has come to light _ a letter from the U.S. ambassador to Seoul, informing the State Department that American soldiers would shoot refugees approaching their lines.The letter _ dated the day of the Army's mass killing of South Korean refugees at No Gun Ri in 1950 _ is the strongest indication yet that such a policy existed for all U.S. forces in Korea, and the first evidence that that policy was known to upper ranks of the U.S. government."If refugees do appear from north of US lines they will receive warning shots, and if they then persist in advancing they will be shot," wrote Ambassador John J. Muccio, in his message to Assistant Secretary of State Dean Rusk.The letter reported on decisions made at a high-level meeting in South Korea on July 25, 1950, the night before the 7th U.S. Cav…

De Commerciele Massamedia 8

Deze foto illustreert de wijze waarop de massamedia vaak werken: ze geven een absurd beeld van de werkelijkheid, een vertekend beeld, niet gebaseerd op logica, of gezond verstand. Een dergelijke portretterring is natuurlijk nonsense, maar als men nonsense vaak genoeg herhaalt dan wordt het op den duur de werkelijkheid. Dan kan een appel omhoog vallen, een koe uit het zeewater springen, de Amerikaanse terreur in Irak het opbouwen van de democratie zijn, en het confisqueren van Palestijns land door Israel onderdeel zijn van het vredesproces. Zo worden ook Iran en de islam immense bedreigingen van het vrije Westen. Alles kan met propaganda. Overigens wordt deze foto voor iets heel anders gebruikt: 'The picture posted here has 2 identical dolphins in it. It was used in a case study on stress levels at Loma Linda Medical Center.Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical. A closely monitored, scientific study of a group revealed that in spite of the fact …

De Oorlogsstaat 56

Een commentaar uit la Jicarita, een community advocacy newspaper uit Noord New Mexico. '"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. " - Hermann Goering, convicted Nazi war criminal

"The reason for fighting, I never did get,
But I learned to accept it, accept it with pride,
'Cause you don't count the dead when God's on
your side." - Bob Dylan

Those of us who lived through the Vietnam War are all too familiar with the unscrupulous tactics our government used to "manufacture consent" for that immoral war that cost the lives of over 50,000 Americans, untold Vietnamese, and ruined the lives of millions. This calculated waste of lives and resources continues today at the expense of the American public and the entire world community. Once again…

Nederland en Afghanistan 81

Photo Gallery: Chaos in Kabul :
US troops reportedly shot dead at least four people when they opened fire on a crowd of Afghans demonstrating after an accident involving a coalition military vehicle.

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 9

Via Information Clearing House kunt u naar Democracy Now kijken: 'Haditha Massacre: Was it an Isolated Event and Did the Military Try to Cover it up?05/30/06 -Democracy Now!
An internal military investigation has found that U.S. marines killed as many as 24 Iraqis - including women and children - in the city of Haditha last November and then tried to cover it up. We speak with an attorney and researcher at Human Rights Watch, an independent journalist who spent months unembedded in Iraq and we go to Baghdad to speak with the bureau chief for Knight Ridder.' Zie:

Meer over Haditha:

'New details found in deaths of Iraqis.
Investigators say they have found drone video from the same day when Marines allegedly killed civilians after bombing.
By Thomas E. Ricks
WASHINGTON - Military investigators piecing together what happened in the Iraqi town of Haditha on Nov. 19 -- when Marines allegedly killed two dozen civi…

Cabaretier Robert Newman

Als u drie kwartier de tijd heeft, kijkt u dan naar de Britse cabaretier Robert Newman met zijn: 'Rob Newman's History of Oil.
Robert Newman gets to grips with the wars and politics of the last hundred years - but rather than adhering to the history we were fed at school, the places oil centre stage as the cause of all commotion.' Geestig en informatief. Zie:

De Pro Israel Lobby 11

Michael Carmichael has been a professional public affairs consultant, author and broadcaster since 1968. In 2003, he founded The Planetary Movement Limited, a global public affairs organization based in the United Kingdom. He has appeared as a public affairs expert on the BBC's Today Programme, Hardtalk, PM, as well as numerous appearances on ITN, NPR and many European broadcasts examining politics and culture. He can be reached through his website:

In CounterPunch schrijft hij: 'The DLC and Israel.
Zionist Democrats.
Last week the newly elected Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, visited Washington to meet with George Bush in order to endorse America's plan to attack Iran in his address to Congress. In his strident appeal to Congress, Olmert sought nothing less than to incite war between America and Iran. Prior to his stroke, Ariel Sharon was engaged in fomenting wars between America and Iraq, and he had promised his circle of admirers t…

De Volkskrant 2

Er gebeurt van alles in de wereld: het milieu wordt ernstig bedreigd, een klimaatverandering is gaande, de oorlog in Irak en Afghanistan is onbeheersbaar geworden, de armoede neemt schrikbarend toe. En waar opent de Volkskrant mee in zijn 'Ochtendnieuwsbrief
woensdag 31 mei 2006

SportRapport pleit Armstrong vrij in dopingzaakHet wereldantidopingagentschap WADA heeft moedwillig geprobeerd Lance Armstrong in diskrediet te brengen. Dit stelt advocaat Emile Vrijman naar aanleiding van zijn onderzoek naar de beschuldiging dat de Amerikaan in de Tour de France van 1999 Epo zou hebben gebruikt....

EconomieLaurus doet Konmar over aan Ahold en JumboHet supermarktconcern Laurus verkoopt het merendeel van zijn Konmar-winkels aan Ahold en Jumbo. Met de verkoop is een bedrag van 133 miljoen euro gemoeid....

BinnenlandMeer geld nieuwe WAO’ersPvdA en CDA gaan minister De Geus dwingen de WAO-uitkeringen te verhogen...

Volkskrant 16:00: Middageditie Nieuw: Volkskrant 16:00, het laatste nieuws op pdf-fo…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 8

De Independent bericht: 'US Marines to face trial over killings at Haditha.
US Marines will be court-martialled over the massacre of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha, it was reported last night.
The BBC said it had learnt that American soldiers would stand trial over the killings, on 19 November last year. The Pentagon is close to ending its inquiries into the deaths and seems likely to conclude that its troops have a case to answer.
The dead included women and children said to be as young as two.
The Wall St Journal quoted officials close to the investigation as saying several Marines will likely be charged with murder. A separate investigation is examining claims of a cover-up by senior officers.
The incident could deal a more serious blow to US credibility in the Arab and Muslim worlds than did the Abu Ghraib scandal, when American troops tortured Iraqi prisoners.
Human rights groups are already referring to the killings in Haditha as " Iraq's My Lai" after the col…

Irak 80

De Independent bericht: 'Bloodiest month: UK suffers largest post-war losses.
In May, 11 Britons were killed in Iraq. These are the worst losses since the war ended, prompting more calls for a British withdrawal.
If proof were really needed of the bloodbath that Iraq has come to represent for occupying British forces, then May 2006 has delivered it. The month which ends today has been the bloodiest for Britain since Iraq was occupied three years ago, leaving 11 Britons dead, many injured and the calls for withdrawal more urgent than ever before.
As the Defence Secretary, Des Browne, admitted yesterday that the "spike " in insurgent violence was a source of "major concern," two former defence ministers warned that withdrawal was imperative amid the signs of deepening chaos. Doug Henderson, a former defence and foreign minister, called for an "orderly withdrawal" of British forces. " It is very difficult for our troops. There is no sense of the job be…

Arundhati Roy 3

Boudine Berkenbosch emailde me: 'Een van de comments op de column van Charles Goenhuijsen bevatte deze link:
Een documentaire van een uur, genaamd: We.. Unautorized Arundhati Roy.
Zeer de moeite waard!
Met vriendelijke groet,

Inderdaad een fascinerende documentaire waarin de macht in de wereld aan de kaak wordt gesteld. U kunt de documentaire ook hier zien:
Er is ook een Arundhati Roy website: 'This website documents a period in the life of Arundhati Roy when she became a world-renowned writer, first as the author of the Booker prize-winning 'The God of Small Things', and then as a campaigning activist and inspiration to all those who seek to support the poor and oppressed and to speak up against the powers that be. Although the website is no longer regularly updated, I hope it provides both a reference and an inspiration to all.' Zie:…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 7

De onafhankelijke Amerikaanse journalist Dahr Jamail bericht: 'Countless My Lai Massacres in Iraq.
The media feeding frenzy around what has been referred to as "Iraq's My Lai" has become frenetic. Focus on US Marines slaughtering at least 20 civilians in Haditha last November is reminiscent of the media spasm around the "scandal" of Abu Ghraib during April and May 2004. Yet just like Abu Ghraib, while the media spotlight shines squarely on the Haditha massacre, countless atrocities continue daily, conveniently out of the awareness of the general public. Torture did not stop simply because the media finally decided, albeit in horribly belated fashion, to cover the story, and the daily slaughter of Iraqi civilians by US forces and US-backed Iraqi "security" forces had not stopped either. Earlier this month, I received a news release from Iraq, which read, "On Saturday, May 13th, 2006, at 10:00 p.m., US Forces accompanied by the Iraqi National G…

Noam Chomsky 9

De Independent: 'Why it's over for America An inability to protect its citizens. The belief that it is above the law. A lack of democracy. Three defining characteristics of the 'failed state'. And that, says Noam Chomsky, is exactly what the US is becoming. In an exclusive extract from his devastating new book, America's leading thinker explains how his country lost its way.

-- -- The selection of issues that should rank high on the agenda of concern for human welfare and rights is, naturally, a subjective matter. But there are a few choices that seem unavoidable, because they bear so directly on the prospects for decent survival. Among them are at least these three: nuclear war, environmental disaster, and the fact that the government of the world's leading power is acting in ways that increase the likelihood of these catastrophes. It is important to stress the government, because the population, not surprisingly, does not agree. That brings up a fourth issue t…

Yoram Stein

Vandaag waarschuwde de pro-Israel lobbyist Yoram Stein van het christelijke dagblad Trouw zijn lezers voor het in zijn ogen immense gevaar van de islam: 'Hoe de islam de wereld veroverde. Kritiek leveren op de islam is niet geheel ongevaarlijk. Bat Ye’or – Hebreeuws: ’dochter van de Nijl’ – schrijft daarom onder pseudoniem. In Den Haag sprak ze op een door het wetenschappelijk bureau van de LPF georganiseerde, zwaarbeveiligde conferentie over de islam. Gesprek met een omstreden historica.' Zie Hoewel Stein geheimzinnig doet over haar naam kan iedere internetter in 0,13 seconden achterhalen wie Bat Ye'or is. De Engelstalige versie van Wikipedia meldt: 'Bat Ye'or (meaning "daughter of the Nile" in Hebrew; pseudonym of Giselle Littman) is an Egyptian-born BritishJewish author and historian specializing in the Middle East, Islam, and non-Muslims in Muslim lands.' Maar in het kader van d…