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Iran 56

De onafhankelijke Amerikaanse journalist Chris Floyd schrijft: 'The Alchemists: Turning Blood Into Gold.

This week an interesting story appeared in the Washington Post – buried on page 16, of course, lest anyone think it was of the slightest importance. It revealed that documentary proof has now emerged confirming the fact that in the spring of 2003, the Bush Regime – flush with its illusory "victory" in Iraq – spurned a wide-ranging peace feeler from Iran which offered "full cooperation" on every issue that the Bushists claim to be concerned about in regard to Tehran: "nuclear programs, acceptance of Israel and the termination of Iranian support for Palestinian militant groups."The offer was made through the Swiss Embassy, which has served as the conduit for communication between Washington and Tehran since America's Peacock patsy, the Shah of Iran, was overthrown in 1979. The 2003 proposal included "full cooperation on nuclear safeguards, &#…

Nederland en Afghanistan 91

De Asia Times: 'The Changing Face of Resistance. By Syed Saleem Shahzad Karachi - A charcteristic of a successful resistance movement is its ability to switch tactics as circumstances change, and the insurgencies in both Iraq and Afghanistan are proving to be capable in this respect.
In Iraq, the US killing of the leader of al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has provided the opportunity for al-Qaeda for the first time to take over the central command of the resistance, with the overall goal of fomenting a popular Arab uprising against the US presence.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan, the Taliban, after a highly organized and fruitful - though costly in terms of casualties - mass offensive in the south of the country, is reorganizing somewhat to wage a more traditional guerrilla campaign involving carefully selected attacks.
In both countries, strong new leaders are calling the shots - Abu Hamza al-Muhajir in Iraq and Jalaluddin Haqqani in Afghanistan.
Al-Qaeda is proving to be fl…

Irak 98

Associated Press bericht: 'State of Emergency Declared in Baghdad.

The Iraqi government declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Friday after insurgents set up roadblocks in central Baghdad and opened fire on U.S. and Iraqi troops outside the heavily fortified Green Zone.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered everyone off the streets of the capital from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
U.S. and Iraqi forces also fought gunmen in the volatile Dora neighborhood in south Baghdad.
Two U.S. soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle southeast of the capital, the U.S. military said.
The military also said two U.S. Marines died in combat in volatile Anbar province in separate attacks on Wednesday and Thursday, and a soldier died elsewhere in a non-combat incident on Wednesday.
At least 2,517 members of the U.S. military have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
A car bomb ripped through a market and nearby gas station in the in…

Tom Engelhardt

Interview met de vooraanstaande onafhankelijke Amerikaanse publicist Tom Engelhardt van TomDispatch: Part I Tom Engelhardt: Reading the Imperial Press Back to Front.
Nick Turse stands at the door, a frizz of curly black hair, a fringe of beard, in a dark T-shirt and green cargo pants. Slung over his shoulder is a green backpack (a water bottle sticking out of a side pouch) so stuffed that he might well have been on a week's maneuvers. When I mention its size, he says, "Genuine military surplus," smiles, and lets it drop to the floor with a thunk. Immediately, he begins rummaging inside it and soon pulls out a tiny box sporting drawings of futuristic robot warriors and covered with Japanese characters (but also with a tiny "Made in China" in English). "Knowing your tastes," he says, handing it to me. He found it at a toy store in Tokyo on his way back from Vietnam.
Young as he is, he's been in the government archives for years and is one of our forem…

Olie 3

George Orwel is an oil analyst and senior writer for both the Oil Daily and Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. He has appeared on CNN, BBC and NPR, and written for the LA Times and the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. In Alternet schrijft hij: 'Peak Oil = Urban Ruin.
Our economy depends so much on fossil fuel that a lack of oil without any alternative fuel sources would lead to total chaos.
I have often been reminded of a Chinese saying that basically translates into something like this: Long is not forever. In other words, everything comes to an end; it doesn't matter how long it takes. I've been covering the oil industry for a long time and I often talk with many economists about the status of the market. They are a very optimistic lot. That's good because they deal with issues of wealth creation, except that when they let unreasonable optimism color their thinking in such a sway that their only concern is the short-term financial benefit, they run the …

De Oorlogsstaat 75

Het Amerikaanse Public Broadcasting Service bericht: 'The Biggest Employee Buyout in American History.

General Motors' historic offer to every employee - take the cash and walk away. The biggest employee buyout in American history. This time on NOW.

On Friday, over 100,000 General Motors auto workers must make a pivotal deal or no deal decision: stick to careers with uncertain futures, or allow GM to buy them out and walk away from jobs that many have held their entire lives. On June 23 at 8:30 p.m. on PBS's newsmagazine NOW, a former GM employee returns to Michigan to find out what happens when an entire generation of autoworkers is asked to leave so that their company may survive. The biggest employer buyout in American history, and the legacy it leaves behind. This time on NOW.
Note: The NOW website at will provide follow-up coverage to the show starting Friday morning, June 23. Features will include web-exclusive interviews, more personal storie…

De Oorlogsstaat 74

De oud CIA-functionaris Ray McGovern schrijft: 'Next Victim: Iran or North Korea?

This may seem a bit quaint, perhaps even obsolete, but it used to be standard procedure to require intelligence before deciding to make war. Unless you have been asleep these past several months, you know that this sequence was reversed in 2002 when the White House ordered intelligence "fixed" to justify a prior decision for war on Iraq.
The question today is whether that war-decision-then-intelligence sequence remains in effect as President Bush's advisers weigh whom to attack next. This is hardly a frivolous question. As the president's poll numbers sink and the embarrassment of Iraq rises, Vice President Dick Cheney, defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and presidential adviser Karl Rove no doubt are trying to choose the best way to enable Bush to polish his favorite image as "war president" in order to stem Republican losses in the mid-term elections this November.…

Ehren Watada

People's Weekly World bericht: 'Ehren Watada is a 28-year-old first lieutenant in the United States Army. He joined the Army in 2003, during the run-up to the Iraq war, and turned in his resignation to protest that same war in January of 2006. His unit has been ordered to go to Iraq in late June. He is poised to become the first lieutenant to refuse to deploy to Iraq, setting the stage for what could be the biggest movement of GI resistance since the Vietnam War. He faces a court-martial, up to two years in prison for missing movement by design, a dishonorable discharge, and other possible charges. He says speaking against an illegal and immoral war is worth all of this and more. Journalist Sarah Olson spoke with Watada in late May about his reasons for joining the military, and why he wants out. Sarah Olson: When you joined the Army in 2003, what were your goals? Ehren Watada: 2003 was a couple of years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I had the idea that my country neede…

Propaganda 26

Over dat morele aspect van de journalistiek moest ik denken naar aanleiding van een reactie van ace op drie stukjes die ik gisteren schreef over de voormalige correspondent in het Midden Oosten, Joris Luyendijk.

Ace schreef: 'Weet je, het bijzonder interessante aan het verhaal van Joris Luyendijk vond ik dat het zo ontzettend geloofwaardig was. Het is een lieve jongen om te zien, wat grijze haren zodat hij niet meer zo heel piepjong en frisch geboend oogt, een heldere blik, en dan van die dingen zeggen over wat hij voor wijze lessen had geleerd. "Wat een aardige en verstandige meneer", denk je wanneer je hem ziet praten, "en oh mijn god, zou het misschien waar zijn wat hij zegt?"Hij lijkt me ook een verstandige man, moet ik zeggen, en ook als hij van mij wel kritischer had mogen zijn -- helemaal over die zeer eenzijdig gekleurde reportage -- heb ik toch het idee dat hij als geen ander barstjes kan maken in de stellige wereldvisie van een heleboel mensen. Kritisc…

Propaganda 25

De journalistiek heeft een moreel aspect, waarvan men zich vaak niet bewust is. Vroeger kenden de mensen de wereld door eigen ervaring. Maar sinds de komst van de massamedia is men steeds afhankelijker van wat anderen over die wereld berichten. Het merendeel van wat men weet, komt niet uit eigen ervaring, die men kan toetsen, maar uit de pen of mond van anderen, die we niet persoonlijk kennen, en wiens motieven wij niet weten. Vandaar dat een journalist zelf strakke morele normen moet aanleggen. Kent u de onderste tekening nog? Die kregen miljarden mensen te zien om de oorlog in Afghanistan te rechtvaardigen. De bovenste foto toont hoe die grotten er in werkelijkheid uitzagen. Toch hebben ontelbare mensen deze propaganda voor zoete koek geslikt. En daar deed de overgrote meerderheid van de journalisten graag aan mee. Op die manier waren ze onderdeel van de rechtvaardigingscampagne om anderen te vermoorden. Informatie in een massamaatschappij is een zaak van leven of dood. En dat maakt…

Israelisch Expansionisme 21

De Jordan Times bericht: 'PETRA -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday
said he had no commitment to carry out full withdrawal
from territories the Jewish state seized in the1967 war.

"I have no commitment to return back to the boundaries,
which are defined by my colleague Abu Mazen [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] or by other Palestinians," Olmert told Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel during a chat attended by 24 prize winners. "We will argue about it, we will negotiate about it, but there will be blocks of settlements that will remain, they can't be evacuated, they will not be evacuated," said Olmert, shortly after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a breakfast hosted by King Abdullah.

"But a large part will be evacuated by Israel and will be
a contiguous territory, where Palestinians will be able to realise their dream of building their own state."

Abbas told a similar session on Wednesday that he would
work out an &quo…


De Guardian bericht: 'Climbdown as Hamas Agrees to Israeli State.
Negotiator says group recognises right to exist. Hope for end to crippling sanctions on Palestinians.
Hamas has made a major political climbdown by agreeing to sections of a document that recognise Israel's right to exist and a negotiated two-state solution, according to Palestinian leaders.
In a bitter struggle for power, Hamas is bowing to an ultimatum from the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to endorse the document drawn up by Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails, or face a national referendum on the issue that could see the Islamist group stripped of power if it loses.
But final agreement on the paper, designed to end international sanctions against the Hamas government that have crippled the Palestinian economy, has been slowed by wrangling over a national unity administration and the question of who speaks for the Palestinians.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the Palestine Liberat…

De Beschaving

5,000 Years of Empire
The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

By what name will future generations know our time?

Will they speak in anger and frustration of the time of the Great
Unraveling, when profligate consumption exceeded Earth's capacity to
sustain and led to an accelerating wave of collapsing environmental
systems, violent competition for what remained of the planet's
resources, and a dramatic dieback of the human population? Or will
they look back in joyful celebration on the time of the Great
Turning, when their forebears embraced the higher-order potential of
their human nature, turned crisis into opportunity, and learned to
live in creative partnership with one another and Earth?

A defining choice

We face a defining choice between two contrasting models for
organizing human affairs. Give them the generic names Empire and
Earth Community. Absent an understanding of the history and
implications of this choice, we may squander valuable time and
resources on efforts to prese…

William Blum

De Amerikaanse auteur William Blum schrijft: 'Great Moments in the History of Imperialism.

National Public Radio foreign correspondent Loren Jenkins, serving in NPR's Baghdad bureau, met earlier this month with a senior Shiite cleric, a man who was described in the NPR report as "a moderate" and as a person trying to lead his Shiite followers into practicing peace and reconciliation. He had been jailed by Saddam Hussein and forced into exile. Jenkins asked him: "What would you think if you had to go back to Saddam Hussein?" The cleric replied that he'd "rather see Iraq under Saddam Hussein than the way it is now."[1]

When one considers what the people of Iraq have experienced as a result of the American bombings, invasion, regime change, and occupation since 2003, should this attitude be surprising, even from such an individual? I was moved to compile a list of the many kinds of misfortune which have fallen upon the heads of the Iraqi people as …

De Israelische Terreur 38

A Week of Israeli Restraint* Tanya Reinhart
Yediot Aharonot, June 21, 2006, Translated from Hebrew by Mark Marshall
(Footnotes added)
In Israeli discourse, Israel is always the side exercising restraint in its
conflict with the Palestinians. This was true again for the events of the
past week: As the Qassam rockets were falling on the Southern Israeli town
of Sderot, it was "leaked" that the Israeli Minister of Defense had
directed the army to show restraint.1
During the week of Israeli restraint, the army killed a Palestinian family
who went on a picnic on the Beit Lahya beach in the Gaza Strip; after that,
the army killed nine people in order to liquidate a Katyusha rocket. But in
the discourse of restraint, the first killing does not count, because the
army denied its involvement, and the second was deemed a necessary act of
self-defense. After all, Israel is caught in the midst of Qassam attacks,
and must defend its citizens. In this narrative, the fact that Israel is
content merely to…

Nederland en Afghanistan 90

De Herald Sun bericht: '50 dead in fresh Afghan violence.

THERE will likely be "significant fighting" in southern Afghanistan in the coming months, the US-led coalition said today as 50 people, mostly Taliban, were killed in fresh violence.The rebels were operating in larger groups and "fighting hard" against security forces penetrating new areas, coalition spokesman Colonel Tom Collins told reporters in the capital Kabul.
The past weeks have seen some of the biggest battles in Afghanistan since the Taliban were removed from power by a US-led coalition in late 2001 for sheltering the al-Qaeda terror network.
The surge in violence coincided with the launch of the biggest yet coalition and Afghan operation in the south, Mountain Thrust.
The operation had resulted in the killing of more than 90 militants since it kicked off in mid-May in four southern provinces, Colonel Collins said.
"People should expect significant fighting in certain areas of the south over th…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 26

Het verspreiden van democratie en mensenrechten is een zware klus. MSNBC bericht: '7 Marines, 1 sailor charged with murder. Accused service members held over April 26 death of Iraqi civilian.

WASHINGTON - Seven Marines and a sailor have been charged with murder in the April death of an Iraqi civilian, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.
All eight also were charged with kidnapping, according to a Marine statement issued at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Other charges include conspiracy, larceny and providing false official statements.
Separately, the U.S. military in Iraq announced that murder charges were filed against a fourth Army soldier in the shooting deaths May 9 of three civilians who had been detained by U.S. troops. Spc. Juston R. Graber, 20, of the 101st Airborne Division was charged with one count of premeditated murder, one count of attempted premeditated murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder, and making a false official statement.
Accused held in military jailOn Monday th…

De Oorlogsstaat 73

Ashton B. Carter was assistant secretary of defense under President Bill Clinton and William J. Perry was secretary of defense. The writers, who conducted the North Korea policy review while in government, are now professors at Harvard and Stanford, respectively.

Het tweetal schrijft in de Washington Post: 'If Necessary, Strike and Destroy
North Korean technicians are reportedly in the final stages of fueling a long-range ballistic missile that some experts estimate can deliver a deadly payload to the United States. The last time North Korea tested such a missile, in 1998, it sent a shock wave around the world, but especially to the United States and Japan, both of which North Korea regards as archenemies. They recognized immediately that a missile of this type makes no sense as a weapon unless it is intended for delivery of a nuclear warhead.
A year later North Korea agreed to a moratorium on further launches, which it upheld -- until now. But there is a critical difference between …

Boycot Israel

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(BIRMINGHAM) June 21, 2006 – Facing pressure from powerful Jewish lobbyists, the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s (PCUSA) 217 General Assembly adopted a resolution to replace the previous assembly’s language calling for “phased, selective divestment from corporations that profit from the illegal occupation of Palestine.” The new resolution does not rescind the 2004 resolution.
This year’s resolution supports Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI)’s customary process of corporate engagement that holds divestment as a last option. The resolution states “that financial investments as they pertain to Israel, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West Bank be invested in only peaceful pursuits, and calls for the customary corporate engagement process.”

Irak 97

Dahr Jamail bericht: '"Operation Forward Together": Deeper Into the Quagmire.

On Tuesday, June 13th, while Mr. Bush spent a brave five hours in the "green zone" of Baghdad with puppet Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, at least 36 people were killed across Iraq amidst a wave of bombings. 18 of those died in a spasm of bombings in the oil city of Kirkuk in the Kurdish north.
The minute word hit the streets in Baghdad of Bush's visit, over 2,000 supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took to the streets in protest. The protestors chanted "Iraq is for the Iraqis," and Sadr aide Hazem al-Araji publicly condemned the peek-a-boo visit of who he referred to as "the leader of the occupation."
Day One
The very next day, not coincidentally, Maliki instituted the biggest security crackdown in the capital city since the US invaded Iraq, dubbed "Operation Forward Together." An estimated 75,000 US and Iraqi soldiers clogged the already seri…

De Israelische Terreur 37

Electronic Intifada bericht: 'Former Dutch Ambassador Calls for Sanctions if Israel Refuses to Comply with International Law.
Some weeks ago I heard Jan Wijenberg, a retired Dutch Ambassador, speak about what the International Community could do to break with its complicity to the ongoing violations of international law and human rights by the Israeli regime. Wijenberg served over a decade as an ambassador for the Dutch government in Jemen, Tanzania and Saudi Arabia. He regularly writes to Dutch ministers and politicians to remind them of the responsibility of the international community, and specifically of the Dutch Government and the European Union, to hold Israel accountable to international law. His views are expressed in this article.Israel is the problemQuite often is spoken about the conflict in the Middle East between the Palestinians and Israel. If we look at the situation more closely we can observe something different. The media in Israel provide a platform for unpunish…

Joris Luyendijk 3

De laatste woorden van Joris Luyendijk in NOVA waren: ‘Je moet kiezen tussen woorden, en afhankelijk van welk woord je neemt – Israel/zionistische entiteit, bezet Palestina/beloofde land – afhankelijk van welk woord je kiest, help je eigenlijk het kamp wat dat woord ook gebruikt, en je kunt niet al die vier woorden gebruiken. En zo heb je heel veel filters, vervormingen, manipulaties waar we volgens mij open over moeten zijn. Dus ik ga op zoek naar een manier om dat onder de aandacht te brengen.’ Pauw draaide er snel een punt aan door te besluiten met: ‘Mooi, daar zijn wij dan allen bij betrokken.’

Wat valt hierop te zeggen? Ik denk alleen dit: Joris Luyendijk heeft door schade en schande tot zijn schrik iets ontdekt dat elke oudere journalist weet, namelijk dat journalistiek en propaganda in elkaar kunnen overlopen. Kundera omschreef het in zijn Jeruzalem rede als volgt: ‘Je kunt je de toekomst wel voorstellen zonder de klassenstrijd of zonder de psychoanalyse, maar niet zonder de onw…

Joris Luyendijk 2

Joris Luyendijk zei gisteren in NOVA hoe hij in Egypte ‘had ontdekt dat journalistiek in een dictatuur eigenlijk onmogelijk is. Dat was al vrij ontnuchterend, want ik dacht dat journalisten weten wat er gebeurt, je gaat ergens naartoe en daar maak ik een verslag van en dan weten de mensen thuis wat er gebeurt. Ik kwam er achter dat je er helemaal niet achter komt. Toen ging ik de Palestijnen doen en toen ontdekte ik dus dat er nog iets niet klopte wat ik altijd dacht: namelijk dat je onpartijdig verslag kan doen.’

Na de bekende beelden te hebben gezien van gelynchte Israëlische soldaten vertelde Luyendijk hoe hij als journalist door de Israëlische Government Press Office ingepakt werd. ‘Dan kom je aan in een fantastisch perscentrum met vloeiend Engels sprekende voorlichters die de beelden rechtenvrij hebben. Die leveren ze je aan, ze geven ook de routebeschrijvingen naar de nabestaanden, ze geven adressen en telefoonnummers van woordvoerders die ieder standpunt in de gewenste lengte en…

Joris Luyendijk

Gisteravond verscheen de voormalige correspondent in de arabische wereld Joris Luyendijk in NOVA. Hij zei daar een aantal interessante dingen.Op de opmerking van NOVA-presentator Jeroen Pauw dat het ‘Israelisch leed mediagenieker is,’ antwoordde Joris Luyendijk: ‘Ja. ja, ja, zoals ook een dode door aanslagen veel mediagenieker is dan een dode door bezetting. Er vallen drie keer zoveel Palestijnse burgerdoden door de bezetting dan Israëlische burgerdoden door de aanslagen. Toch gaat het over bloedige aanslagen, en niet over de bloedige bezetting, omdat die Palestijnse doden vallen waar geen camera’s zijn, op een niet mediagenieke manier. En dus als er in een week tien Palestijnen ontkomen is dat een relatief rustige periode. Als er een keer tien Israeli’ s omkomen dan is het opening NOVA.’

Op de vraag van Jeroen Pauw wat een hoogtepunt was in zijn ervaringen als correspondent antwoordde hij: ‘Ik dacht altijd over journalistiek als een soort kunstmaan, die boven de wereld hangt, een soor…