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De Israelische Terreur 26

Defence for Children International bericht: 'Israeli shells kill five children on Gaza beach.

Seven members of one family, including five children, were killed when Israeli artillery shelled a beach packed with picnickers in northern Gaza on 9 June. Dozens more civilians were injured in the incident which occurred in broad daylight as families relaxed on the beach on Friday.
The five children killed have been identified as: Haytham Ghalia (5 months old) Hanadi Ghalia (1 and a half years old)Sabreen Ghalia (5 years old)Ilham Ghalia (15 years old) Aliya Ghalia (17 years old)
The children's father – Ali Ghalia – and his wife were also killed in the attack.
Eyewitnesses described how a barrage of shells, fired from the direction of an Israeli military gunship stationed just offshore, rained down on the beach-goers, killing members of the Ghalia family outright and wounding at least forty other people, including 12 children. Many of those taken to hospital sustained critical injuries a…

Irak 85

De New York Times bericht: 'Iraqi Raises Questions on al-Zarqawi Death.

Baghdad - US officials have altered their account of the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, saying he was alive and partly conscious after bombs destroyed his hideout, and an Iraqi man raised fresh questions about the events surrounding the end of Iraq's most-wanted militant.
The man, who lived near the scene of the bombing, told AP Television News on Friday that he saw US soldiers beating an injured man resembling al-Zarqawi until blood flowed from the victim's nose.
When asked about the man's allegations, military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said he would check. In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Jeffrey Gordon said Saturday he was unaware of the claim.
"We frequently receive allegations which prove to be unsubstantiated," Gordon said.
The Iraqi, identified only as Mohammed, said residents put a bearded man in an ambulance before US forces arrived. He said the man was found lying next to…

Martin Bril 2

Op de website: las ik een reactie van 'Rinus Duikersloot: Het verwijt racisme lijkt te werken in het geval van Martin Bril. Hij schreef 26 mei in de Volkskrant over de problemen in Amsterdam Slotervaart met Marokkaanse jongeren een column die hij inmiddels verwijderd heeft van zijn eigen weblog maar nog wel te vinden is op het het log over Ayaan. Hij schreef vandaag een column met de titel Optimisme als plicht waarin hij min of meer spijt betuigt over zijn eerdere column. Zou hij geschrokken zijn van de kritiek van schrijver Herman Franke die het in de Volkskrant omschreef als 'een xenofobe hetze van de grofste soort' en van de kritiek van Stan van Houcke die het op zijn weblog ook als racisme omschrijft.' Website Martin Bril: Martin Brils' stukje staat dus nu alleen nog maar op een website die wonderlijk genoeg nog steeds ayaan hirsi ali weblog heet. Het staat daar mooi geparkeerd, zo&#…

Trouw Misschien Wel 3

Een antwoord krijgen van collega journalisten is nog een heel gedoe in Nederland. Deels komt dat omdat de omgangsvormen in Nederland bot zijn, maar dat is niet alles. Het komt ook omdat in Nederland, in tegenstelling tot de angelsaksische landen nauwelijks over het vak nagedacht wordt. Enige tijd geleden vroeg ik aan de Trouw redactie welke definitie zijn hanteren bij het bepalen wie nu eigenlijk terroristen zijn en dus wat terrorisme is. Vervolgens kreeg ik dit, leest u van onder af:

'Van: Stan van Houcke []
Verzonden: dinsdag 30 mei 2006 8:18
Aan: TR Lezers
Onderwerp: RE: Vraag/reactie op dagblad Trouw - doorgegeven via internet

geachte mevrouw bosman
er is een misverstand ontstaan. ik wil helemaal met een brief in uw
ik wil antwoord op mijn vraag, zodat ik -als journalist- uw reactie op
weblog kan plaatsen.
vriendelijke groet
stan van houcke

-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
Van: Bosman, Andrea [] Namens TR Lezers
Verzonden: maandag 29…

Irak 84

De Amerikaanse onderzoeksjournalist Greg Palast schrijft: 'They got him -- the big, bad, beheading berserker in Iraq. But, something's gone unreported in all the glee over getting Zarqawi … who invited him into Iraq in the first place? If you prefer your fairy tales unsoiled by facts, read no further. If you want the uncomfortable truth, begin with this: A phone call to Baghdad to Saddam's Palace on the night of April 21, 2003. It was Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on a secure line from Washington to General Jay Garner. The General had arrives in Baghdad just hours before to take charge of the newly occupied nation. The message from Rumsfeld was not a heartwarming welcome. Rummy told Garner, Don't unpack, Jack -- you're fired. What had Garner done? The many-starred general had been sent by the President himself to take charge of a deeply dangerous mission. Iraq was tense but relatively peaceful. Garner's job was to keep the peace and bring democr…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 21

Inter Press Service bericht: '"U.S. Military Hides Many More Hadithas" by Aaron Glantz and Alaa Hassan.

BAGHDAD - An Iraqi doctor who was in Haditha during a deadly U.S. raid last year says there are many more stories like that in Haditha that are yet untold.
The Pentagon admitted last week that U.S. Marines killed 24 civilians -- including a 66-year-old woman and a four-year-old boy -- in the Western Iraqi town last November. Before that, the military had maintained the civilians were killed by a roadside bomb.
"There are many, many, many cases like Haditha that are still undercover and need to be highlighted in Iraq," Dr. Salam Ishmael, projects manager with the organisation Doctors for Iraq, and former chief of the junior doctors in Baghdad's Medical City Hospital told IPS.
In Haditha itself, he said, the U.S. military cut electricity and water to the entire city, attacked the hospital and burned the pharmacy.
"The hospital has been attacked three times.…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 20

Tom Engelhardt schrijft: 'Collateral Damage: The "Incident" at Haditha.

First news stories about the My Lai massacre (picked up from an army publicity release), March 1968: The New York Times labeled the operation a significant success: "American troops caught a North Vietnamese force in a pincer movement on the central coastal plain yesterday, killing 128 enemy soldiers in day-long fighting." United Press International called it an "impressive victory," and added a bit of patriotic color: "The Vietcong broke and ran for their hide-out tunnels. Six-and-a-half hours later, 'Pink Village' had become 'Red, White and Blue Village.'"
The New York Times, November 21, 2005: "The Marine Corps said Sunday that 15 Iraqi civilians and a Marine were killed Saturday when a roadside bomb exploded in Haditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad. The bombing on Saturday in Haditha, on the Euphrates in the Sunni-dominated province of Anbar,…

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De Washington Post bericht: 'Father of Beheaded Man Blames Bush, Not Zarqawi.

Philadelphia - Michael Berg, whose son Nick was beheaded in Iraq in 2004, said on Thursday he felt no sense of relief at the killing of the al Qaeda leader in Iraq and blamed President Bush for his son's death.
Asked what would give him satisfaction, Berg, an anti-war activist and candidate for U.S. Congress, said, "The end of the war and getting rid of George Bush."
The United States said its aircraft killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the insurgent leader who masterminded the death of hundreds in suicide bombings and was blamed for the videotaped beheading of Nick Berg, a U.S. contractor, and other captives.
"I don't think that Zarqawi is himself responsible for the killings of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq," Berg said in a combative television interview with the U.S. Fox News network. "I think George Bush is.
"George Bush is the one that invaded this country, Georg…

Palestina 2

Dit is de verwoesting van het Palestijnse vluchtelingenkamp bij Jenin na de Israelische inval in 2002. Inter Press Service bericht: 'Children rummage through garbage cans for discarded food for their one meal during the day. Families wait to buy discount-priced vegetables left unsold in the evening. These are not locally exaggerated accounts of the situation in Palestinian areas, but an official account by the World Food Programme. Next month the World Food Programme (WFP), a United Nations agency, will have to feed 25 percent more people -- 600,000 in all -- in the Palestinian territories because they have no other way of finding food. But only next month; the organisation has no money left to feed people after that. "We're going to have a pipeline break then," Kirstie Campbell from the WFP told IPS by phone from Jerusalem. "There has been a cut in funding after withdrawal of tax payments from Israel," Campbell said. "Also, donors are not funding the …

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 19

CNN bericht: 'Pentagon sources say some of the most incriminating evidence against Marines under investigation in the deaths of civilians at Haditha is a set of photographs taken by another group of Marines who came along afterward and helped clean up the scene.
CNN is the first news organization to examine those images. They were snapped before an aspiring Iraq journalist videotaped the aftermath of the November 19 deaths. That video convinced Time magazine to pursue the story earlier this year.
Pentagon sources say the 30 images of men, women and children are some of the strongest evidence that, in some cases, the victims were shot inside their homes and at close range -- not killed by shrapnel from a roadside bomb or by stray bullets from a distant firefight, as Marines had claimed. (Watch what the new images show about the civilian deaths -- 2:51)
Senior Pentagon officials have said a probe into the November deaths tends to support allegations that Marines carried out an unprovok…

Adolf Eichmann+CIA

De Britse Guardian bericht: 'Why Israel's capture of Eichmann caused panic at the CIA Information that could have led to Nazi war criminal was kept under wraps.
On May 23 1960, when Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion announced to the Knesset that "Adolf Eichmann, one of the greatest Nazi war criminals, is in Israeli custody", US and West German intelligence services reacted to the stunning news not with joy but alarm.
Newly declassified CIA documents show the Americans and the German BND knew Eichmann was hiding in Argentina at least two years before Israeli agents snatched him from the streets of Buenos Aires on his way back from work. They knew how long he had been in the country and had a rough idea of the alias the Nazi fugitive was using there, Klement.
Even though German intelligence had misspelled it as Clemens, it was a crucial clue. The Mossad effort to track Eichmann had been suspended at the time because it had failed to discover his pseudonym. They wer…

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Het Franse perssbureau Agence France Presse bericht: 'European governments colluded with US on rendition.

PARIS (AFP) - A Council of Europe report said 14 European countries colluded in or tolerated the secret transfer of terrorist suspects by the United States, but Washington dismissed the report as thin on facts.
"It is now clear -- although we are still far from establishing the whole truth -- that authorities in several European countries actively participated with the CIA in these unlawful activities. Other countries ignored them knowingly, or did not want to know," the report said.
It listed Sweden, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Britain, Italy, Macedonia, Germany and Turkey as countries "responsible, at varying degrees ... for violations of the rights of specific persons."
Seven other countries "could be held responsible for collusion -- active or passive": Poland, Romania, Spain, Cyprus, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.
Drawn up by Swiss parliamentarian Dick Mar…

De Volkskrant 3

Toen ik een puber was wist elke jongen dat katholieke meisjes het best in bed waren, ze waren seksueel het minst geremd. Dat kwam omdat ze, voordat ze met je in bed stapten, bij meneer de pastoor langsgingen om hun zonde alvast op te biechten waardoor ze tijdens de daad geen last meer hadden van hun 'geweten.' Katholieken zijn altijd veel soepeler omgesprongen met de moraal. Volgens de protestanten waren ze dan ook opportunisten. En zo komen we automatisch bij de Volkskrant, die tot voor enkele decennia geleden de krant voor katholiek Nederland was, dus uitermate flexibel zodra het om het geweten ging, en een schoolvoorbeeld van journalistiek opportunisme. Dit nu is een illustratie van wat tendentieuze berichtgeving heet. Want wat heeft de huidige Volkskrant te maken met het katholieke opportunisme waaruit het dagblad voortkomt? Inderdaad, helemaal niets, het is er met de haren bijgesleept omdat ik de Volkskrant wilde stigmatiseren. Het wonderlijke is nu dat de Volkskrant zelf…

Irak 82

De Amerikaanse en Britse bezetting van Irak heeft desastreus gewerkt op de positie van vrouwen. De Independent bericht: 'For the women of Iraq, the war is just beginning
The women of Basra have disappeared. Three years after the US-led invasion of Iraq, women's secular freedoms - once the envy of women across the Middle East - have been snatched away because militant Islam is rising across the country.
Across Iraq, a bloody and relentless oppression of women has taken hold. Many women had their heads shaved for refusing to wear a scarf or have been stoned in the street for wearing make-up. Others have been kidnapped and murdered for crimes that are being labelled simply as "inappropriate behaviour". The insurrection against the fragile and barely functioning state has left the country prey to extremists whose notion of freedom does not extend to women.
In the British-occupied south, where Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army retains a stranglehold, women insist the situatio…

John Pilger 8

De onafhankelijke journalist John Pilger schrijft: 'The Last Taboo.

The Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, an opponent of all kinds of attacks on civilians and a persistent voice for Israeli-Palestinian co-existence, wrote: 'We have to understand - not justify - what gives rise to this tragedy ... Palestinian people are in love with life. If we give them hope - a political solution - they'll stop killing themselves.'57 The following are lines from his poem 'Martyr':I love lifeOn earth, among the pines and the fig treesBut I can't reach it, so I took aimWith the last thing that belonged to me.For Rami Elhanan, an Israeli graphic designer, the sacrifice by a Palestinian of 'the last thing that belonged to me' caused the death of his fourteen-year-old daughter, Smadar. There is a home videotape of Smadar that is difficult to watch. She is playing the family piano, and throwing her head back and laughing. She has long hair, which she cut two months before…

De Israelische Terreur 25

Een open brief aan de zanger Sting:
'A Stinging Tribute to an Apartheid State. An Open Letter to Sting Urging him to Cancel his Israel Gig.
Dear Sting,
Today, Palestinians commemorate the 39th anniversary of Israel’s illegal occupation. At a time of unprecedented Israeli repression and violations of human rights, when Israel is relentlessly pursuing the construction of its colonial Wall and settlements, both declared illegal by the International Court of Justice at the Hague in July 2004, we, representatives of Palestinian civil society [1], urge you to cancel your planned performance in Israel. We feel particularly disappointed because of your otherwise bright record of supporting just peace and human rights in our region and in other conflicts. You are among those who refused on principle to perform in South Africa during apartheid. Isn’t Israel’s own form of apartheid as worthy of your boycott?Mainstream Israeli and international media are reporting that Israel is launching a majo…


De slachtoffers van het gewapend conflict in Darfur dreigen gebruikt te gaan worden voor de politieke doeleinden van Amerikaanse fundamentalistische christenen en de pro-Israel lobby. Anneke Auer wees me op het volgende artikel: 'The U.S. role in Darfur, Sudan.

What is fueling the campaign now sweeping the U.S. to “Stop Genocide in Darfur”? Campus organizations have suddenly begun organizing petitions, meetings and calls for divestment. A demonstration was held April 30 on the Mall in Washington, D.C., to “Save Darfur.”
Again and again it is said that “something” must be done. “Humanitarian forces” and “U.S. peacekeepers” must be deployed immediately to stop “ethnic cleansing.” UN troops or NATO forces must be used to stop “genocide.” The U.S. government has a “moral responsibility to prevent another Holocaust.”
Outrage is provoked by media stories of mass rapes and photos of desperate refugees. The charge is that tens of thousands of African people are being killed by Arab militias …

Gaius Sallustius Crispus

In de eerste eeuw voor christus typeerde de Romeinse geschiedschrijver en politicus Gaius Sallustius Crispus de mentaliteit van de elite in Rome aldus: 'Toen rijkdom eenmaal in ere was geraakt en vanzelf gevolgd werd door roem, invloed en politieke macht, verloor voortreffelijkheid haar glans, werd armoede een bron van schande en kreeg integriteit de schijn van opzichtige afkeuring. En zo, vanwege de rijkdom, deden bij de jongeren genotzucht en inhaligheid gepaard met arrogantie hun intrede: het was niets dan roven en potverteren, achteloos omgaan met eigen bezit en de zinnen zetten op dat van anderen, te grabbel gooien van eigen eer en eerbaarheid, van goddelijke en menselijke normen, zonder enig respect of ontzag voor wat dan ook.' Het is of Sallustius onze tijd beschrijft, alsof hij niet Rome maar Washington op het oog heeft.

Martelen 46

De BBC bericht: 'Europe "aided US in CIA flights."

Fourteen European states colluded with the CIA in secret US flights for terror suspects, a report by Europe's human rights watchdog is due to conclude.
The document will be presented to the Council of Europe by Swiss MP Dick Marty after a seven-month inquiry.
An advance copy seen by the BBC says there is also evidence to support suspicions that secret CIA camps are or were located in Poland and Romania.
The two countries have strongly denied the allegation in the past.
The BBC's Tim Franks in Paris, where the report will be issued, says the charges are potentially explosive - but the difficulty remains in securing the proof.
The US admits to picking up terrorism suspects but denies sending them to Arab nations to face torture.' Lees verder:

Martelen 45

Na decennialang nagenoeg alle gewelddadige Amerikaanse avonturen in het buitenland te hebben gesteund, maakt de New York Times zich ineens ongerust, niet over de grootschalige schendingen van het internationaal recht maar over het imago van de Verenigde Staten. 'Degrading America's Image.
For more than seven decades, civilized nations have adhered to minimum standards of decent behavior toward prisoners of war - agreed to in the Geneva Conventions. They were respected by 12 presidents and generations of military leaders because they reflected this nation's principles and gave Americans some protection if they were captured in wartime.
It took the Bush administration to make the world doubt Washington's fidelity to the rules. And The Los Angeles Times, reporting yesterday on a dispute over updating the Army rulebook known as the Field Manual, reminded us that there is good reason to worry.
At issue is Directive 2310 on the treatment and questioning of prisoners, an annex …

Het Neoliberale Geloof 6

Het neoliberalisme is een systeem van roofbouw dat alles op zijn weg vernietigt. Ooit zei chief Seattle: 'All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.'En een andere Indiaan, Wovoko, verklaarde: 'You ask me to plow the ground. Shall I take a knife and tear my mother's bossom? Then when I die she will not take me to her bosom to rest. You ask me to dig for stones! Shall I dig under her skin for her bones? Then when I die I cannot enter her body to be born again.' Via Thruthout kunt u kijken naar een korte film over landschapsverwoesting. 'Almost Level, West Virginia. A Film by Rebecca MacNeice.

As the destruction of America's Appalachian Range accelerates in the mad rush for cheap energy, activist Doris "Granny D" Haddock and former Congressman Ken Hechler act as our tour guides as we fly over regions of mind-boggling devastation. Truthout filmmaker Rebecca MacNeice is aboard a SouthWings flight. SouthWings …

Noam Chomsky 10

Democracy Now bericht: ' "The United States is Terrified" - Noam Chomsky on Latin America's Move Towards "Independence and Integration."

Noam Chomsky - the renowned linguist and political analyst - was in New York Monday where he gave a press conference at the United Nations. Democracy Now! was there to capture Chomsky's two-hour exchange with reporters. We play an excerpt of the press conference where Chomsky talks about the current political climate in Latin America. [includes rush transcript]
Noam Chomsky - the renowned linguist and political analyst - was in New York Monday where he gave a press conference at the United Nations. Democracy Now! was there to capture Chomsky's two-hour exchange with reporters. Chomsky is professor of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is author of dozens of books, including his latest "Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy." We go now to an e…

De Parlementaire Democratie

De Wshington Post bericht: 'Privately Funded Trips Add Up on Capitol Hill
Report: $50 Million Spent in 2000-2005.

Over 5 1/2 years, Republican and Democratic lawmakers accepted nearly $50 million in trips, often to resorts and exclusive locales, from corporations and groups seeking legislative favors, according to the most comprehensive study to date on the subject of congressional travel.
From January 2000 through June 2005, House and Senate members and their aides were away from Washington for more than 81,000 days -- a combined 222 years -- on at least 23,000 trips, according to the report, issued yesterday by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity. About 2,300 of the trips cost $5,000 or more, at least 500 cost $10,000 or more, and 16 cost $25,000 or more.
"While some of these trips might qualify as legitimate fact-finding missions," the study said, "the purpose of others is less clear." In addition, the lawmakers' financial reports that disclose the d…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 18

Het persbureau Agence France Presse bericht: 'US Won't Compensate Vietnam's Agent Orange Victims: Rumsfeld.

The United States won't compensate Vietnam's Agent Orange victims but will offer advice on dealing with the wartime defoliant, a US official said during a visit by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
When Rumsfeld met Defence Minister Pham Van Tra and military officials, the Vietnamese side had raised the issue of dioxin exposure and contamination from Agent Orange, the senior official said on the sidelines of the visit.
"What we can do is make scientific information available, historical archival information we might have, ... technical advice on how to deal with the situation," the official said.
"We're ready to do more. We agreed to sit down at the expert level and see what we can do," he said.
US forces widely sprayed Agent Orange, which contained the lethal chemical dioxin, in southern Vietnam during the conflict to deprive enemy guerri…


De Electronic Intifada: 'Palestinian Authority chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas is pushing the internal Palestinian situation towards a dangerous and unnecessary crisis. He has called a referendum supposedly to gain public endorsement for a document written by Hamas and Fatah members held in Israeli jails which calls for the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel in all the territories occupied in 1967. But Abbas' ploy has nothing to do with hastening the creation of such a state, and everything to do with Fatah's inability to come to terms with its defeat in last January's legislative elections.Without consulting PA prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, a Hamas leader, Abbas announced that Hamas would have ten days to accept the prisoners' document without any changes or he would call a referendum. Hamas made clear that it views the referendum as illegal. Palestinian law makes no provision for referendums, and only the legislative council, in which Hamas…

De Oorlogsstaat 60

De auteur Oek de Jong wees me op het schitterende boek 'Macht zonder Grenzen. Rome en zijn Imperium,' van Fik Meijer, hoogleraar oude geschiedenis aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Meijer beschrijft uiterst helder hoe en waarom de Romeinen hun rijk opbouwden. 'Ze waren zich ervan bewust dat een militaire confrontatie met deze rijken (buiten Italie. svh) risico's met zich meebracht, maar een weg terug was er niet. Daarvoor hadden ze zich te zeer ingesteld op oorlogvoering en de materiele beloningen die daaruit voortvloeiden.' Militarisme en oorlogvoering als bewuste keuze. Onlangs zei de Amerikaanse geleerde Chalmers Johnson tegen me: 'De Verenigde Staten heeft tenminste 725 Amerikaanse militaire bases buiten het eigen grondgebied. In 2001 waren meer dan 250.000 Amerikaanse militairen in 153 landen gestationeerd, verspreid over de gehele wereld, en als we het burgerpersoneel erbij tellen dan was dat aantal meer dan een half miljoen. Dit militarisme is een manie…

De Oorlogsstaat 59

Het persbureau Reuters bericht: 'Lieberman faces showdown over Iraq.

After years of ardent support for the Iraq war, Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman could become that conflict's first big political casualty in a Democratic primary race fueled by rising anti-war anger.
Lieberman, the party's vice presidential nominee in 2000, faces a growing challenge from a political neophyte who has rallied Democrats angered by the senator's enthusiastic backing of the war and willingness to support Republican President George W. Bush on other issues.
Challenger Ned Lamont's underdog bid to unseat Lieberman in Democratic-leaning Connecticut could offer an early gauge of the intensity of anti-war sentiment ahead of November's midterm elections, along with a measure of the influence of the Internet activists and bloggers who have flocked to his cause.
"Senator Lieberman has cheered on the president every step of the way when it comes to the invasion of Iraq, and he is too qui…

Klimaatverandering 39

De Guardian bericht: 'Desert Cities Are Living on Borrowed Time, UN Warns.
Climate change threatens conditions for 500 million. But report points to huge solar energy potential.

The 500 million people who live in the world's desert regions can expect to find life increasingly unbearable as already high temperatures soar and the available water is used up or turns salty, according to the United Nations.
Desert cities in the US and Middle East, such as Phoenix and Riyadh, may be living on borrowed time as water tables drop and supplies become undrinkable, says a report coinciding with today's world environment day.
Twentieth-century modernist dreams of greening deserts by diverting rivers and mining underground water are wholly unrealistic, it warns.
But the report also proposes that deserts become the powerhouses of the next century, capturing the world's solar energy and potentially exporting electricity across continents. For instance, a 310-square mil…

De Macht in de Wereld

De werkelijke macht in de wereld, de financiele macht, doet niet eens meer een poging om de schijn van democratie hoog te houden. De Los Angeles Times bericht: 'Goldman Sachs rules the world
With Paulson's appointment as Treasury secretary, the firm is supreme in matters political and economic.

WHAT IS it about Goldman Sachs? President Bush's nomination last week of Henry M. Paulson Jr., Goldman Sachs' chairman and chief executive, to replace John W. Snow at the Treasury Department has refocused attention on what has become, quite simply, the most influential company on the planet.
Goldman Sachs alums now run the White House bureaucracy (in new Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten), , the state of New Jersey (Gov. Jon Corzine) and the New York Stock Exchange (Chief Executive John Thain). Not since John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil — and maybe not even then — has one firm exerted such muscle over national economic and fiscal policy. Goldman Sachs' reach has expanded in…

Martelen 44

De Los Angeles Times bericht: 'Army Manual to Skip Geneva Detainee Rule. The Pentagon's move to omit a ban on prisoner humiliation from the basic guide to soldier conduct faces strong State Deptartment opposition.
Washington - The Pentagon has decided to omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that explicitly bans "humiliating and degrading treatment," according to knowledgeable military officials, a step that would mark a further, potentially permanent, shift away from strict adherence to international human rights standards.
The decision culminates a lengthy debate within the Defense Department but will not become final until the Pentagon makes new guidelines public, a step that has been delayed. However, the State Department fiercely opposes the military's decision to exclude Geneva Convention protections and has been pushing for the Pentagon and White House to reconsider, the Defense Department officials acknowledged.
For more than a…

De Israelische Terreur 23

De kritische Israelische journalist Gideon Levy schrijft in Haaaretz: 'With a little help from the outside.

The laugh of fate: The state waging a broad international campaign for a boycott is simultaneously waging a parallel campaign, no less determined, against a boycott. A boycott that seriously harms the lives of millions of people is legitimate in its eyes because it is directed against those defined as its enemies, while a boycott that is liable to hurt its academic ivory tower is illegitimate in its eyes only because it is aimed against itself. This is a moral double standard. Why is the boycott campaign against the Palestinian Authority, including blocking essential economic aid and boycotting leaders elected in democratic and legsal elections, a permissible measure in Israel's eyes and the boycott of its universities is forbidden?

Israel cannot claim the boycott weapon is illegitimate. It makes extensive use of this weapon itself, and its victims are suffering under seve…

De Israelische Terreur 22

De voormalige plaatsvervangend burgemeester van Jeruzalem Meron Benvenisti schrijft in Haaretz: 'Those who plot to expel Mohammed Abu Tir from his home justifiably earned the condemnation and disgust.

It's been less than two weeks since the High Court of Justice issued its ruling maintaining the deprivation of the rights of Palestinians to reunify their families, and we already have the decision that Palestinian MPs from Hamas, living in Jerusalem, will be expelled if they don't resign within 30 days. The suspicious will find a connection between the two decisions and wonder if the government is deliberately attempting to try the public and legal system's patience for evil acts bordering on racism, as preparation for even more brutal steps. According to the reactions so far, there have been no firm demands for an end to this cruelty and the government can continue on its merry way; the security excuse serves as an effective fig leaf from any domestic criticism and forei…

Israelisch Expansionisme 19

Het Israelisch expansionisme gaat ongestoord door. Nu kijken welke Nederlandse media hierover berichten. 'West Bank - Israel has begun laying the foundations for a new Jewish settlement deep in the West Bank — breaking a promise to Washington while strengthening its hold on a stretch of desert it wants to keep as it draws its final borders.
The construction of Maskiot comes at a time when Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert seeks U.S. backing for eventually annexing parts of the West Bank as part of a plan to set Israel's eastern border with or without Palestinian consent.
The Palestinians and Israel's settlement watchdog group Peace Now say the Maskiot construction amounts to a new attempt to push Israel's future border deeper into the West Bank. "It's about grabbing land," said Yariv Oppenheimer of Peace Now.
Otniel Schneller, an Olmert adviser, confirmed Israel is building in additional West Bank areas to ensure they are not included in the lands given to …