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Nederland en Afghanistan 108

De New York Times bericht:

'Taliban Truce in District of Afghanistan Sets Off Debate.

KABUL, Afghanistan.

After a series of bruising battles between British troops and Taliban fighters, the Afghan government struck a peace deal with tribal elders in Helmand Province, arranging for a cease-fire and the withdrawal of both sides from one southern district. A month later, the ripples are still being felt in the capital and beyond.
The accord, reached with virtually no public consultation and mediated by the local governor, has brought some welcome peace for residents of the district, Musa Qala, and a reprieve for British troops, who had been under siege by the Taliban in a compound there for three months.
But it has sharply divided former government officials, legislators and ordinary Afghans.
Some say the agreement points the way forward in bringing peace to war-torn parts of the country. Others warn that it sets a dangerous precedent and represents a capitulation to the Taliban and a pote…

Wijsheid 8

'What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.'
Chief Seattle. Suqwamish and Duwamish.

De Nuance van de NRC 9

De NRC bericht:

'Sekszakenman kreeg jarenlang privileges.
Door onze redacteuren Tom Kreling Jan Meeus.

Amsterdam, 2 dec. De gemeente Amsterdam heeft seksondernemer Charles Geerts jarenlang een speciale behandeling gegeven bij de opbouw van zijn prostitutie-imperium op de Amsterdamse Wallen.
Afgelopen donderdag trok de gemeente alle vergunningen van Geerts in, omdat hij nauwe banden zou hebben met de onderwereld en zijn seksbedrijf zou gebruiken voor het witwassen van crimineel geld. Maar uit briefwisselingen tussen Geerts en de gemeente Amsterdam, die zijn ingezien door deze krant, blijkt dat de gemeente vanaf 1999 intensief met Geerts heeft samengewerkt.
De gemeente weet al sinds 1996 dat er criminele ondernemers actief zijn op de Wallen, stelt een woordvoerder. „We hadden echter nooit de bestuurlijke middelen om ze aan te pakken.”
Volgens Han Jahae, de advocaat van Charles Geerts, is er sprake van opportunisme bij de gemeente. „Alle informatie waarop de gemeente zich nu beroept, was a…

Aangifte Strafbaar Feit 2

Deze aangetekende brief met een aangifte van een strafbaar feit stuurde ik op VRIJDAG, 24 MAART, 2006:

'Amsterdam, 24 maart 2006

Aan de Hoofdofficier van Justitie
van het Arrondissementsparket Amsterdam,
mr. L.A.J.M. de Wit

Geachte heer De Wit,

Ondergetekende doet hierbij aangifte van een strafbaar feit, te weten: schending van het internationaal recht door minister van Defensie Henk Kamp en de Nederlandse militairen die in de Afghaanse provincie Kandahar van terrorisme verdachte personen aan de Amerikaanse autoriteiten hebben overgedragen, terwijl algemeen bekend is dat deze bondgenoot in de zogeheten ‘war on terror’ stelselmatig de mensenrechten van deze categorie gevangenen schendt. Niet voor niets verklaarde de directeur onderzoek van het bureau Azië van de Amerikaanse mensenrechtenorganisatie Human Rights Watch tegenover de NRC dat ‘de Nederlandse troepen hiermee het risico lopen dat ze handelen in strijd met de mensenrechten.’ De Nederlandse advocaat dr. Liesbeth Zegveld, gespecia…

De Partij van de Arbeid

Greetje van den Bergh is lid van de PvdA. Ze schrijft in Trouw:

'Een grote minderheid van de Nederlandse kiezers voelt zich sinds mei 2002 steeds meer ontheemd. Mensen zien met verbijstering hoe populisme zich meester heeft gemaakt van het politieke debat. Schamen zich voor de manier waarop in ons land mensen worden behandeld die hier bescherming zoeken. Maken zich grote zorgen over het feit dat Nederland met de rug naar Europa staat, in zichzelf gekeerd. Dat aan het onderwijs veel mooie woorden wijdt, maar weinig visie.
Daar moesten verkiezingen verandering in brengen. Met afgrijzen zagen de ontheemden hoe ook de PvdA liet gebeuren dat de verkiezingsdebatten zich versmalden tot eindeloos gekissebis over huren, voedselbanken en belastingen. Om je heen hoorde je ook de potentiële PvdA-kiezers zeggen: ’Het gaat nérgens over’, ’Wat kunnen mij die paar procent schelen, het gaat mij om de toekomst van mijn kinderen’…
Het punt is niet dat ’de kiezers’ veranderingsmoe zijn, integendeel, vee…

Martelen 62

'Black-hooded CIA paramilitaries tried to "disappear" German national.By Joshua Holland Posted on November 29, 2006, Printed on November 30, 2006 I often give the commercial media a hard time, but it's important --
if we want a better media -- to give them a bit of praise when they
earn it. So let me offer kudos to the Washington Post's Dana Priest
for not mincing words in this lede:

Khaled al-Masri was supposed to have been disappeared by black-hooded
CIA paramilitaries in the dead of night. One minute he was riding a
bus in Macedonia, the next -- poof -- gone. Grabbed by Macedonian
agents, handed off to junior CIA operatives in Skopje and then
secretly flown to a prison in Afghanistan that didn't officially
exist, to be interrogated with rough measures that weren't officially
on the books. And then never to be heard from again -- one fewer
terrorist in the post-9/11 world.
Masri is now trying to use the courts to get a modicum of justice for
that treatment -- a radi…

Cisca Dresselhuys

Voor wie haar niet kent: de dame in dit vlotte mantelpakje is Cisca Dresselhuys. Even wat rugnummers van de website van Omroep Max geplukt:

Cisca Dresselhuys: 'Geboren: in 1943 te Leeuwarden Samenwonend: met Koos Groen Familie: Cisca heeft nooit een kinderwens gehad
Wist u al over Cisca Dresselhuys...
dat ze nooit zonder make-up het huis uit gaat?
dat ze bewust niet getrouwd is? Ze krijgt al een claustrofobisch gevoel van het woord huwelijk.
dat ze op haar twaalfde al wist dat ze geen kinderen wilde en dat ze later journaliste wilde worden?
dat ze altijd tegen vrouwen zegt: ‘Als er apparaten in huis komen, leer die dan niet te bedienen. Mannen vinden dat leuk en die moet je lekker hun gang laten gaan’!
dat ze haar partner leerde kennen op de redactie van ‘Trouw’?
dat Cisca de dochter is van een dominee? Zie: http://www.omroepmax.nl/?waxtrapp=uconuCsHnHUZUsBsmBsqtWtevW

Uit de Volkskrant van vanochtend geplukt. Willem van Beusekamp: 'Ontuhullend is het interview ( door journaliste Geke v…

Klimaatverandering 62

'Ross Ice Shelf could ''collapse quickly.''
SCIENTISTS working in Antarctica fear the Ross Ice Shelf, an ice platform the size of France, could collapse quickly and trigger a rapid rise in sea levels.
A research team drilling in the frozen continent has recovered three million years of climate history, New Zealand newspaper The Press reported today.
An analysis of sea floor samples near Scott Base suggested the Ross Ice Shelf had collapsed before, probably suddenly.
Scientist Tim Naish said the sediment record gave crucial evidence about how the Ross Ice Shelf would react to climate change.
"If the past is any indication of the future, then the ice shelf will collapse," he told the newspaper.
"If the ice shelf goes, then what about the West Antarctic Ice Sheet? What we've learnt from the Antarctic Peninsula is when once buttressing ice sheets go, the glaciers feeding them move faster and that's the thing that isn't so cheery."
Antarctica st…

Nederland en Afghanistan 107

Amnesty International:

'Afghanistan: NATO must ensure justice for victims of civilian deaths and torture.

NATO leaders must set up a joint body, together with partners in Afghanistan, to pursue justice for civilians whose human rights may have been violated by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan, said Amnesty International ahead of the NATO summit in Riga, Latvia on 28/29 November. Amnesty International is concerned that the legal basis for the presence of ISAF in the country places it outside Afghan law and beyond the effective reach of justice in members' own countries. "ISAF has a crucial role to play in securing the rule of law in Afghanistan. We urge NATO leaders to ensure that ISAF does not fall short of international humanitarian and human rights law in pursuing this aim," said Tim Parritt, Deputy Asia Pacific Director at Amnesty International."Any civilians who may have suffered human rights violations in the course …

Irak 126

De Washington Post bericht:
'Iraq Study Group to Call for Pullback . But Iraq panel has no timetable.

The Iraq Study Group, which wrapped up eight months of deliberations yesterday, has reached a consensus and will call for a major withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, shifting the US role from combat to support and advising, according to a source familiar with the deliberations.
But the recommendation includes a series of conditions and qualifications that would govern any drawdown of forces, the source said. "It describes a process by which combat brigades could be pulled out, but there wasn't a specific timetable on it," he said. The source demanded anonymity because members of the bipartisan panel have been pledged to secrecy until the report is officially issued Dec. 6.
The issue of a timeline for drawing down troops - both a specific date to begin a withdrawal and the pace - had been major points of contention within the panel. The Bush administration ha…

De Moderne Staat

Dit is het resultaat van de combinatie neoliberalisme en sociaal democratie. De Independent bericht:'Lord Ramsbotham exclusive: Justice system is absurd. Broken. Chaotic.
The former prison chief lambasts a justice system in meltdown after Tony Blair's decade of failure on crime and punishment.
Yesterday's announcement that the prison population now exceeds 80,000 is the latest low point in what one can only describe as the Government's headlong and self-induced race to absurdity as far as the conduct of imprisonment is concerned.
The reasons for this dreadful figure are not hard to find. If you produce legislation that results in longer prison sentences, more people will be in prison. If you do not resource prisons, to enable them to conduct work, education and training, prisoners are more likely to reoffend, as proved by the fact that the reoffending rate among adult males has gone up from 55 per cent to 67 per cent in the past five years. If you continue to have a dysfu…
Opnieuw: het onvermijdelijke gebeurt nu. 'Tipping point: energy.

What we can do about passing the energy tipping point.

The energy tipping point has been reached, just as a system such as the climate has been found to have a critical threshold that some scientists believe has probably been reached. Obviously, climate disaster is much more ominous than the enormous consequences of passing the energy tipping point. As if it's a matter of choice, there are those who don't want to see any concerns about energy supply distract us from the climate challenge. Yet, the two crises are related and inseparable. There happens to be a common approach to mitigate each of them.

Meanwhile, the mainstream corporate press is finally hinting at limitations on the economy from the "constraints" of both climate and energy. This is heresy for free marketeers who believe in endless growth. The New York Times ran a guest editorial column on Nov. 29 that said,

The world’s supply of chea…

De Dollar Hegemonie 16

Het onvermijdelijke gebeurt nu. 'Struggling U.S. dollar triggers currency concerns.
Long-term threat of 'trade chaos' cited.

WASHINGTON -- Renewed fears that the Chinese central bank may be poised to start liquidating its $1-trillion stash of U.S. dollars briefly drove the greenback to a 20-month low against the euro and a two-year low against the British pound in trading yesterday.

The euro surged to $1.3172 (U.S.) against the greenback and the pound to $1.9469, before losing ground by day's end. The loonie and the yen have also gained on the U.S. dollar in recent days.

The sudden weakness of the U.S. dollar began late last week, soon after Chinese officials suggested that holding a lot of dollars might be a losing investment strategy. Investors read that as a signal that the massive trade and financial imbalances between Asia and the U.S. may be about to unwind.

The chief worry is that if China's central bank -- the largest foreign holder of U.S. dollars -- begins to u…

The New York Times

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Klimaatverandering 61

'Jeremy Leggett Intertwines Peak Oil and Climate Change. ~~~ By Rob Hopkins, Transition Culture / Energy Bulletin

Jeremy Leggett. Peak Oil, climate change, and the daunting arithmetic of carbon fuels.

The Fifth International Conference of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas.

By the time Jeremy Leggett stepped up to the podium, I was starting to wonder whether I was the only person in the conference who had ever heard of climate change. We had heard Hirsch telling us with a straight face that we should dig up all the tar sands and turn all the coal into petrol, and Bauquis arguing that we needed 3,000 new nuclear power plants. I am used to people arguing for climate change solutions with no peak oil awareness but rarely the other way round. Leggett told it like it is, and convincingly and with great urgency weaved the argument that peak oil and climate change are in fact, two sides of the same problem. You can see the Powerpoint of his talk here.

“This talk will look at …

Martelen 60

'Report: 11 EU Countries Knew of Secret CIA Prison.

Germany and 10 other states knew about secret CIA prisons in Europe, and obstructed investigations into the case, the European Parliament said in a report.
There were 11 European countries that knew about secret US jails for terror suspects and obstructed the investigation into the transport and illegal detention of prisoners within Europe, a European Parliament committee said in a draft report on Tuesday.

"Many governments cooperated passively or actively (with the CIA)," the committee's rapporteur Claudio Fava said. "They knew."

The draft, which was based on classified documents and secret informants, noted at least at least 1,245 suspicious flights through European air space or stopovers at European airports that took place at the request of the CIA.

The report was the result of an investigation by a special committee of the European Parliament into "extraordinary rendition" -- the US practice of …

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 34

'Impeachment Hearings for Bush & Co.? How about War Crimes Tribunals.

While Bush administration members have made a sport of breaking the law, both domestically and internationally, their intransigence will come back to haunt - one way or another.


11/28/06 "HW" -- -- The Bush Doctrine of taking "the battle to the enemy," for example, is a direct repudiation of the United Nations Charter, which prohibits the use of international force unless in self-defense (after an armed attack across an international border) or related to a UN Security Council decision. And that explains why Bush's 2002 National Security Strategy makes a point to "protect Americans" from "the potential for investigations, inquiry, or prosecution" by the International Criminal Court "whose jurisdiction does not extend to Americans and which we do not accept."

The whole idea of the US being able to preemptively attack other nations was penned by White House la…

The Empire 70

Dit is het product van de massale inzet van veramd uranium wapens door onze NAVO-bondgenoten, de Verenigde Staten en het Verenigd Koninkrijk.'Richard N. Haass is President of the Council on Foreign Relations. From Foreign Affairs, November/December 2006.

Summary: The age of U.S. dominance in the Middle East has ended and a new era in the modern history of the region has begun. It will be shaped by new actors and new forces competing for influence, and to master it, Washington will have to rely more on diplomacy than on military might.

THE END OF AN ERA

Just over two centuries since Napoleon's arrival in Egypt heralded the advent of the modern Middle East -- some 80 years after the demise of the Ottoman Empire, 50 years after the end of colonialism, and less than 20 years after the end of the Cold War -- the American era in the Middle East, the fourth in the region's modern history, has ended. Visions of a new, Europe-like region -- peaceful, prosperous, democratic -- will no…

Irak 125

'WASHINGTON (AFP) - US forces can neither crush the insurgency in western Iraq nor counter the rising popularity of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network in the area, media reported, citing a secret Marine Corps intelligence report.

The five-page report, written in August, focuses on the largely Sunni Iraqi province of Al-Anbar, according to the Washington Post.

As of mid-November the problems remained the same, a senior US intelligence official told the Post. "The fundamental questions of lack of control, growth of the insurgency and criminality" remain the same, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

According to the report, "the social and political situation has deteriorated to a point" that US and Iraqi troops "are no longer capable of militarily defeating the insurgency in al-Anbar," the Post reported.

The secret report was written by Marine Colonel Peter Devlin, a senior military intelligence officer with the Marine Expeditionary Force in …

Irak 124

Eric Hoffer

De Amerikaanse schrijver Eric Hoffer: 'There is no telling to what extremes of cruelty and ruthlessness a man will go when he is freed from the fears, hesitations, doubts and the vague stirrings of decency that go with individual judgement. When we lose our individual independence in the corporateness of a mass movement, we find a new freedom- freedom to hate, bully, lie, torture, murder and betray without shame and remorse. Herein undoubtedly lies part of the attractiveness of a mass movement.'Zie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Hoffer

Nederland en Afghanistan 106

In het kader van de Nederlandse militaire steun aan de democratische opbouw van Afganistan of iets dergelijks wordt er weer flink verdiend aan de heroinehandel.

'War on drugs strengthens Afghan mafia.
By Rachel Morarjee in Kabul.

Afghanistan’s war on drugs has been marred by corruption that has
strengthened the grip of an increasingly powerful mafia on the
country’s narcotics trade, a report by the World Bank and United
Nations said.
Over the past five years, the British-led counter-narcotics strategy
had penalised the country’s poorest farmers and strengthened networks
of organised crime, consolidating the trade among a tiny elite of
traffickers, the damning report said.
"Around 25 to 30 key traffickers, the majority of them based in
southern Afghanistan, control major transactions and transfers,
working closely with sponsors in top government and political
positions."
Afghanistan’s interior ministry, which oversees the police, had been
"captured" by powerful traffickers and…

De Neoliberale Speculanten

De VNU is een van de grote uitgeverijen van de wereld, en van Nederlandse origine, bekend geworden door de uitgave van onder andere veel damesbladen, Donald Duck, de Nieuwe Revu, Panorama etc. Het was altijd een succesvol concern, maar ook de VNU is in handen gevallen van de neoliberale speculanten. En dan begint het grote plunderen. De Volkskrant bericht: 'VNU fors op verlies door rentelasten.
Van onze verslaggever Nico Goebert.
AMSTERDAM - Het informatieconcern VNU is diep in de rode cijfers beland na de overname door een zestal opkoopfondsen een half jaar geleden. De resultaten van het van oorsprong Nederlandse concern worden gedrukt door hoge rentelasten.
Over het derde kwartaal leed VNU een verlies van 89 miljoen euro vergeleken met een winst van 50 miljoen euro in dezelfde periode van 2005. Over de eerste negen maanden van dit jaar kwam het verlies uit op 132 miljoen euro, vergeleken met een winst van 93 miljoen over de eerste drie kwartalen van 2005.
VNU, dat zijn geld verdient…

Martelen 59

Zodra de macht zich zwak voelt verdwijnen de beschermende wetten. Zo is het altijd geweest onder elk systeem, ook het parlementair democratische.De NRC bericht:'EU-voorzitter zocht regeling CIA-acties.
Brussel, 29 nov. Oostenrijk heeft als fungerend EU-voorzitter in mei van dit jaar aan de Verenigde Staten voorgesteld een regeling te treffen voor de zogeheten renditions, het in het geheim vervoeren van terreurverdachten.
Een vertegenwoordiger van de Oostenrijkse regering deed de suggestie tijdens een ontmoeting met John Bellinger, een hoge functionaris van de Amerikaanse regering. Dat blijkt uit een geheim verslag van de bijeenkomst, dat is ingezien door leden van het Europees Parlement. Een kopie van het verslag is in het bezit van deze krant. Bellinger antwoordde tijdens de bijeenkomst dat de VS moesten „nadenken” over het voorstel.
Volgens Kathalijne Buitenweg (GroenLinks) is duidelijk dat hoge EU-functionarissen, onder wie buitenlandcoördinator Javier Solana, zaken hebben achterg…

Verarmd Uranium 4

Het resultaat van grootschalig gebruik van verarmd uranium. 'Poison Dust

*A NEW LOOK AT U.S. RADIOACTIVE WEAPONS.

**Join us in a campaign to expose and stop the use of these illegal weapons*

On November 1, the BBC reported that the U.S. and British governments
have continued to use radioactive and chemically toxic Depleted Uranium
weapons in Iraq, disregarding warnings that these weapons pose a cancer
risk and are linked to numerous other health issues.

According to the article, a report by a senior UN scientist said
research showing how depleted uranium could cause cancer and other
health problems was suppressed in a recent World Health Organization report:

But Dr Keith Baverstock, who worked on the project, ...described a
process known as genotoxicity, which begins when depleted uranium
dust is inhaled. "The particles that dissolve pose a risk - part
radioactive - and part from the chemical toxicity in the lung," he
said. Later, he said, the material enters the body and the blood
stre…

Irak 123

De Guardian bericht: 'They lied their way into Iraq. Now they are trying to lie their way out.

Bush and Blair will blame anyone but themselves for the consequences of their disastrous war - even its victims

11/27/06 "The Guardian" -- -- 'In the endgame," said one of the world's best-ever chess players, José Raúl Capablanca, "don't think in terms of moves but in terms of plans." The situation in Iraq is now unravelling into the bloodiest endgame imaginable. Both popular and official support for the war in those countries that ordered the invasion is already at a low and will only get lower. Whatever mandate the occupiers may have once had from their own electorates - in Britain it was none, in the US it was precarious - has now eroded. They can no longer conduct this war as they have been doing.

Simultaneously, the Iraqis are no longer able to live under occupation as they have been doing. According to a UN report released last week, 3,709 Iraqi ci…

Klimaatverandering 60

Common Dreams bericht: 'Scientists: Climate Change Clues in Sky.

Scientists are peering into the clouds near the top of the world, trying to solve a mystery and learn something new about global warming.
The mystery is the droplets of water in the clouds. With the North Pole just 685 miles away, they should be frozen, yet more of them are liquid than anyone expected.
So the scientists working out of a converted blue cargo container are trying to determine whether the clouds are one of the causes — or effects — of Earth's warming atmosphere.
"Much to our surprise, we found that Arctic clouds have got lots of super-cooled liquid water in them. Liquid water has even been detected in clouds at temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 F)," said Taneil Uttal, chief of the Clouds and Arctic Research Group at the Earth Systems Research Laboratory of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
"If a cloud is composed of liquid water drople…

De Israelische Terreur 126

'Carter: Israeli 'domination' over Palestinians is 'atrocious'.

Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter called Israeli "domination" over Palestinians "atrocious" during an interview Monday on ABC's Good Morning America, RAW STORY has learned.
Appearing on the morning talk show to promote his new book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, Carter dismissed criticism by some Democrats that his book comes down too harshly on America's key ally in the Middle East.
Robin Roberts told Carter that "many people find surprising that you come down a little hard on Israel, and that there have been some key Democrats who have distanced themselves a little bit from your view on Israel."
"In fact, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said 'it is wrong to suggest that the Jewish people would support a government in Israel or anywhere else that institutionalizes ethnically based suppression, and Democrats reject that allegation vigorously,'" Rob…

Iran 68

Robert Scheer:

'Learning to Live With the Ayatollahs.

How in the world did George W. Bush manage to turn Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the “Supreme Leader” of “Axis of Evil” Iran, into a prophet of peace in the Middle East?
That is the disturbing question that must be asked after Iraq’s president journeyed this week to plead for support from what was previously described by the White House as one of the world’s most menacing rogue regimes.
The White House is desperately twisting itself into knots to find a way out of an Iraq debacle sure to top the political agenda in the ’08 presidential election. Having idiotically dug ourselves a terribly deep hole in Iraq—remember when protesters against the war were mocked for using the word “quagmire”?—Bush is now forced to beg Syria and Iran to throw us a rope.
As the Bush-appointed and James Baker-led Iraq Study Group has telegraphed, the cooperation of these two pariah states is essential to an effective exit strategy. In reality, this is not so muc…

Irak 122

Blaming the Victim heet het. Eerst dring je het huis van een ander binnen, maakt daar een geweldige rotzooi en tenslotte zeg je dat het de bewoners hun schuld is.

De Washington Post bericht:
'As Iraq Deteriorates, Iraqis Get More Blame.

From troops on the ground to members of Congress, Americans increasingly blame the continuing violence and destruction in Iraq on the people most affected by it: the Iraqis.
Even Democrats who have criticized the Bush administration's conduct of the occupation say the people and government of Iraq are not doing enough to rebuild their society. The White House is putting pressure on the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and members of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group have debated how much to blame Iraqis for not performing civic duties
This marks a shift in tone from earlier debate about the responsibility of the United States to restore order after the 2003 invasion, and it seemed to gain currency in October, when sectarian violence surge…

Israelisch Expansionisme 32

De slogan van het Jewish National Fund is: 'Take Pride In Our Past, Be Part Of Our Future.' Zie: http://www.jnf.org/site/PageServer

Ik citeer dit omdat het zo illustrerend is voor het feit dat het machtige JNF de Israelische terreur uit het verleden en de huidige terreur van de 'joodse natie' weigert te erkennen.

In de aangrijpende documentaire serie 'Route 181' van de Palestijn Michel Khleifi en de Joods Israeli Eyal Sivan wordt een zionistische rondleider van een museum in Israel van het Joods National Fund geinterviewd. Hij zegt over het mogelijk verdwijnen van de Palestijnen in zowel Israel als Gaza en de Westbank het volgende: 'It would get rid of a serious problem. One that preoccupies us. If we had done in 1948 as the Americans did with the Indians, then for everyone it would be... One lot would be gone and couldn't complain and the others, us, would be living in peace. But it was different and we must live with it.'

Deze functionaris van het Je…

The Empire 69

Een van de talloze dakloze bedelaars in het zakendistrict van San Francisco, in een land waar 1 procent van de bevolking meer dan 40 procent van alle rijkdommen bezit. De Guardian bericht: 'US retail fears and weak dollar send stock markets sliding.

Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic lurched downward yesterday as retail anxieties clouded the American economy and the US currency slipped closer to a rate of $2 against the pound.
In London, the FTSE 100 index dropped to its lowest close in seven weeks, losing 72 points to 6,050 in spite of upbeat UK housing data.
A more dramatic sell-off took place in America. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 158 points to 12,121, its biggest fall for four months. The broader S&P 500 fell by 1.3% and the technology-dominated Nasdaq index lost 2.2%, hit by a sudden downturn in Google's shares.
Economists expressed renewed concern about American consumer spending after a dismal trading update from the world's biggest retailer, W…

Partij voor de Dieren? 2

De Partij voor de Dieren leidt aan hetzelfde euvel als de winkel in damesceintuurs die ik dit weekeinde zag op de Parijse Rue de Sèvres. Na een minuut heb je het wel gezien. Het onverdoofd castreren van kleine biggetjes is inderdaad een weerzinwekkende daad, en moet ogenblikkelijk worden verboden. Maar hoe nu verder met de armoede in de wereld, de gevolgen van de klimaatverandering of de oorlog in Irak? De fractievoorzitster van de PvdD kan bij deze wezenlijke onderwerpen hooguit haar betoogje afsluiten met de woorden ‘en overigens ben ik van mening dat biggetjes niet onverdoofd gecastreerd mogen worden, gelijk Cato zijn betogen beeindigde met: ‘Overigens ben ik van mening dat Carthago verwoest moet worden!’ Nu we toch in het oude Rome zijn beland, wist u dat keizer Caligula zijn lievelingspaard Incitatus tot senator wilde benoemen? Dat is pas dierenliefde!