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Het Neoliberale Geloof 77

De slijpsteen voor de geest bericht het volgende:

'Shell gaat banen schrappen'
Gepubliceerd: 31 december 2007 11:43 Gewijzigd: 31 december 2007 11:45

Londen, 31 dec. Shell is van plan duizenden banen te schrappen om de kosten te drukken en de bedrijfsstructuur te vereenvoudigen. Dat meldden diverse Britse media.
Het zou met name gaan om 3600 banen bij de informatietechnologiedivisie. Het olieconcern wil een groot deel van de it-activiteiten uitbesteden. Shell zou ook streven naar banenreducties bij andere onderdelen, waaronder de financiële afdeling. Bij het concern, actief in 130 landen, werken 108.000 mensen.'

Lees verder: http://www.nrc.nl/economie/article876554.ece/Shell_gaat_banen_schrappen

Aldus de NRC/Handelsblad. Wat de kwaliteitsredactie verzuimt te melden is de context. En die is deze: Shell maakt de vele jaren vele miljarden winst voor de aandeelhouders. De aandeelhouders willen niet dat die winsten besteed worden aan grootscheepse investeringen in alternatieve energ…

De Israelische Terreur 287

'ISRAEL-OPT: Aida refugee camp residents say Barrier harming their livelihoods

AIDA REFUGEE CAMP, BETHLEHEM,
31 December 2007 (IRIN) -

Behind a luxurious five-star hotel and close to Bethlehem, yet unknown to most visitors who converged on nearby Manger Square for the recent Christmas mass, residents of Aida refugee camp - home to nearly 5,000 people - say their lives have been adversely affected by the Israeli restrictions on movement, in particular the Barrier built around the city. "I worked in Israel for over 15 years," Muhammed, aged 44, registered with UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, told IRIN. "It's been two years now since I lost my permit. At first I snuck into Israel through valleys and other illegal ways, but now, with the wall completed, I can't get in at all." All Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territory require an Israeli-issued permit to enter Israel. Israel credits the Barrier for the cessation of suicide bombings…

Zochrot 4

De joods-Israeli's van Zochrot die blijven opkomen voor de rechten van de Palestijnen:'Tour and Signposting in Al-Malha
On Friday, December 28, 2007 we held a tour in the Palestinian village Al-Malha in Jerusalem.A large part of the village with it's houses and alleys, but without it's Palestinian residents, still stands in the heart of Malha neighborhood in Western Jerusalem.About 100 people took part in the tour, some of them refugees of Al-Malha, whom came from neighboring Sharfat, the village they moved after the expulsion in July 1948. The refugees told us about life in the village before the occupation and we learned about the fighting that took place in the area in the war of 1948.We passed through the village's alleys and the refugees pointed out the names of owners of still existing houses. We overlooked the area standing on the hill-top "Al-Ras", nearby the mosque and the cemetery. Before 1948 the villagers overlooked their olive groves and flock…

Pakistan 2

Deze analyse zult u niet snel in de Nederlandse commerciele massamedia lezen: 'Daughter of the West
Tariq Ali
Arranged marriages can be a messy business. Designed principally as a means of accumulating wealth, circumventing undesirable flirtations or transcending clandestine love affairs, they often don’t work. Where both parties are known to loathe each other, only a rash parent, desensitised by the thought of short-term gain, will continue with the process knowing full well that it will end in misery and possibly violence. That this is equally true in political life became clear in the recent attempt by Washington to tie Benazir Bhutto to Pervez Musharraf.
The single, strong parent in this case was a desperate State Department – with John Negroponte as the ghoulish go-between and Gordon Brown as the blushing bridesmaid – fearful that if it did not push this through both parties might soon be too old for recycling. The bride was certainly in a hurry, the groom less so. Brokers from …

Robert Fisk 41

'Robert Fisk: They don't blame al-Qa'ida. They blame Musharraf

Weird, isn't it, how swiftly the narrative is laid down for us.
Benazir Bhutto, the courageous leader of the Pakistan People's Party,
is assassinated in Rawalpindi ­ attached to the very capital of
Islamabad wherein ex-General Pervez Musharraf lives ­ and we are told
by George Bush that her murderers were "extremists" and "terrorists".
Well, you can't dispute that.

But the implication of the Bush comment was that Islamists were
behind the assassination. It was the Taliban madmen again, the
al-Qa'ida spider who struck at this lone and brave woman who had
dared to call for democracy in her country.

Of course, given the childish coverage of this appalling tragedy ­
and however corrupt Ms Bhutto may have been, let us be under no
illusions that this brave lady is indeed a true martyr ­ it's not
surprising that the "good-versus-evil" donkey can be trotted out to
explain the carnage…

The Empire 334

'Chief Big Foot Riders Return To Wounded Knee, "We Want To Be Free" 13 Day Ride Began Under Bonds of U.S. Treaty, Ends On December 29th With Free Nation 21ST Annual Ride Returns To New Life for Free Lakota People

WOUNDED KNEE, Lakota (formerly South Dakota)- December 27 - Thirteen days and 287 miles ago, 44 people mounted horses and began the Memorial Chief Big Foot Ride in honor of Si Tanka (Chief Big Foot) and his unarmed band of Mniconjou and Hunkpapa refuges who were slaughtered by U.S. Calvary in 1890 at Wounded Knee.
But while these 44 riders began their journey under the shadow of U.S. Treaty, their numbers will swell to over 100 and end under the protection of a free and sovereign Lakota Nation.
The ride began on December 15th in Standing Rock, the anniversary of Sitting Bull's death, and has traveled through fierce snowstorm and cold, the same conditions faced by the 357 mostly women, children and elder men at Wounded Knee Creek 127 years ago.
"The purpose…

Geert Wilders 3

Dit las ik op de blog yelamdenu: pretentie te spreken namens "het volk".
Er is niets nieuws onder de zon.''Er is geen enkel fundamenteel onderscheid tussen het antisemitisme van de 19e, en eerste helft van de 20e eeuw in Oost- en West-Europa, en de manier waarop Geert Wilders tegen moslims aankijkt.
Beide zijn gebaseerd op een volslagen karikaturaal beeld van joden, resp. moslims, en beide uiten zich in verbale agressie, onredelijkheid, zeer lange tenen, het verdachtmaken van de Talmud, resp. de Koran, als zouden deze gevaarlijke inspiratiebronnen zijn, het stellen van vernederende eisen aan joden, resp. moslims, om acceptabel gevonden te worden...'
Lees verder: http://yelamdenu.blogsome.com/2007/12/29/geert-wilders-is-een-antisemiet/

Deze tekst stond ook op www.nujij.nl Een van de reacties erop was deze: 'Sinds wanneer is Wilders een Jodenhater? Dit slaat echt helemaal nergens op.'

Zie: http://www.nujij.nl/geert-wilders-is-een-antisemiet.1566666.lynkx

Dit soor…

Irak 234

'Bin Laden Issues Warning on Iraq, Israel
By Salah Nasrawi 12/29/07
"HuffingtonPost" -- -

CAIRO, Egypt — Osama bin Laden warned Iraq's Sunni Arabs against fighting al-Qaida and promised to expand the terror group's holy war to Israel in a new audiotape Saturday, threatening "blood for blood, destruction for destruction."Most of the 56-minute tape dealt with Iraq, apparently al-Qaida's latest attempt to keep supporters in Iraq unified at a time when the U.S. military claims to have al-Qaida's Iraq branch on the run.The tape did not mention Pakistan or the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, though Pakistan's government has blamed al-Qaida and the Taliban for her death on Thursday.But bin Laden's comments offered an unusually direct attack on Israel, which has warned of growing al-Qaida activity in Palestinian territory. The terror network is not believed to have taken a strong role there so far."We intend to liberate Palestine, the whole…

The Empire 333

Een analyse die u nooit in de vrije westerse commerciele massamedia zult aantreffen, want net als in de voormalige Sovjet Unie zijn ook hier dissidenten gemarginaliseerd.

'The Post-Bush Regime: A Prognosis
By Richard K. Moore
Global Research, December 27, 2007

In order to understand anything about American political affairs, it is necessary to have some understanding of who it is that really makes the decisions behind the scenes, and what their interests are. In this way we have some hope of identifying the hidden agendas being served by government actions and programs, and some hope of identifying the longer-term strategies that are in play.

It turns out‹and informed people should already know this‹that the U.S. is essentially owned and managed by a small clique of wealthy families‹the ones who own and control the Federal Reserve. The Rockefellers are the obvious and well-known members of this clique, but there are others less well-known, not all American, and some whose identity rem…

The Empire 332

Als de Amerikaanse elite nu eens zou beginnen met van de VS een democratische rechtstaat te maken in plaats van overal ter wereld oorlogen te beginnen die vervolgens in chaos eindigen. Daan mailde me dit bericht:

' Worms infect more poor Americans than thought
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roundworms may infect close to a quarter of inner city black children, tapeworms are the leading cause of seizures among U.S. Hispanics and other parasitic diseases associated with poor countries are also affecting Americans, a U.S. expert said on Tuesday.
Recent studies show many of the poorest Americans living in the United States carry some of the same parasitic infections that affect the poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, said Dr. Peter Hotez, a tropical disease expert at George Washington University and editor-in-chief of the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Writing in the journal, Hotez said these parasitic infections ha…

Pakistan

US to expand mily presence in Pakistan
OUR MONITORING DESK

EARLY next year, US special forces are expected to vastly expand their presence in Pakistan, as part of an effort to train and support indigenous counter-insurgency forces and clandestine counter-terrorism units, according to American defence officials involved with the planning, reports Washington Post.These Pakistan-centric operations will mark a shift for the US military and for US-Pakistan relations. In the aftermath of Sept 11, the US used Pakistani bases to stage movements into Afghanistan. Yet once the US deposed the Taliban government and established its main operating base at Bagram, north of Kabul, US forces left Pakistan almost entirely. Since then, Pakistan has restricted US involvement in cross-border military operations as well as paramilitary operations on its soil.But the Pentagon has been frustrated by the inability of Pakistani forces to control the borders or the frontier area. And Pakistan’s political instabi…

The Empire 331

'Poor in America
It’s an ancient tradition derived from the scapegoat of Leviticus whereby the wrongs of others are transferred to an innocent
who’s then sent out alone to die symbolically bearing others’ sins, absolving from greed, lust, pride and hate the community that condemned him.'
Lees verder: http://www.worldproutassembly.org/archives/2007/09/poor_in_america.html

De Guardian bericht: 'Cash starved
As the US economy heads south, food banks are experiencing severe shortages - just as the number of Americans reliant on them is rising

There's a debate raging in America as we head toward a new year: are we or aren't we in a 1970s-style recession, one involving a stalled economy combined with strong inflationary pressures?
The measures are ambiguous. The housing market is about as deep in the hole as it has ever been, but jobs are still being created - albeit at a snail's pace. The stock market's gone all squirrelly, but depending on the day Wall Street is still capab…

Naomi Klein 9

'In So Many Cases, Democracy Rises from Catastrophe, Naomi Klein Argues By John Freeman The Cleveland Plain Dealer
According to economists in the University of Chicago school of thought, free-market ideas spread across the planet in a series of natural if sometimes painful historic developments. And the unprecedented (and highly lucrative) access Western capital enjoyed to these emerging markets is essential to kick-starting democratic reform.
In this towering polemic, Naomi Klein demolishes this narrative, arguing that the evidence tells a different story. Skipping across several decades and numerous U.S. administrations of both parties, Klein shows how the free-market ideas associated with Milton Friedman have spread often through catastrophe (as in Thailand, post-tsunami, and in New Orleans, post-Katrina) and at the point of a gun (as in Chile in 1973 and Iraq today).
Klein, a journalist whose book, "No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies" was translated into 28 langua…

Ons Staatshoofd

Geert Wilders maakt zich weer eens onsterfelijk belachelijk. En godzijdank heeft hij nu een instituut aangevallen dat voor gewone stervelingen als hij niet aan te vallen is. Wat is er precies aan de hand, want ook dat is niet helemaal duidelijk? In elk geval bericht Trouw hedenochtend: 'PVV-leider Geert Wilders vindt dat de grondwet moet worden gewijzigd om koningin Beatrix als staatshoofd buiten de regering te plaatsen… Aanleiding voor zijn voorstel is zijn boosheid over de kersttoespraak van koningin Beatrix. Die was volgens hem gericht tegen zijn partij. „De naam PVV staat er nog net niet in. Maar het is een politieke toespraak tegen ons, waarin het multi-culti-ideaal wordt opgehemeld, door iemand die niet gekozen is en die ik politiek niet kan aanspreken. Formeel kan ik het kabinet tot de orde roepen, maar de praktijk leert dat je dan altijd met nietszeggende antwoorden het bos wordt ingestuurd. Ik vind dat zij als een haas het kabinet uit moet worden gestuurd.”'
Lees verd…

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Pity the nation whose people are sheep,

and whose shepherds mislead them.

Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,

and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.

Pity the nation that raises not its voice,

except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero

and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.

Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own

and no other culture but its own.

Pity the nation whose breath is money

and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.

Pity the nation -- oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode

and their freedoms to be washed away.

My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.


-- Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Zie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrHv6IASWQ4&NR=1

Gelukkig Kerstfeest

Mede namens de hele familie en natuurlijk onze hond Animal: GELUKKIG KERSTFEEST!

No Logo

Mijn nieuwe no logo als journalist, gemaakt door Mattias Ylstra.

P.S. Mattias ontkent inmiddels dat hij deze no logo heeft gemaakt. Wie heeft hem dan gemaakt?

Het Neoliberale Geloof 76

'State of the Unions
By Paul Krugman
The New York Times
Monday 24 December 2007

Once upon a time, back when America had a strong middle class, it also had a strong union movement.
These two facts were connected. Unions negotiated good wages and benefits for their workers, gains that often ended up being matched even by nonunion employers. They also provided an important counterbalance to the political influence of corporations and the economic elite.
Today, however, the American union movement is a shadow of its former self, except among government workers. In 1973, almost a quarter of private-sector employees were union members, but last year the figure was down to a mere 7.4 percent.
Yet unions still matter politically. And right now they're at the heart of a nasty political scuffle among Democrats. Before I get to that, however, let's talk about what happened to American labor over the last 35 years.
It's often assumed that the U.S. labor movement died a natural death, tha…

The Empire 330

Pakistani troops taking up positions this month at a vantage point over the Swat Valley, where militants have fought the army.

Net zoals onder andere de Nederlandse regering de drugsbaronnen van Afghanistan aan de macht houdt, zo steunt Washington met belastinggeld Pakistaanse gangsters. De New York Times bericht:

'US Officials See Waste in Billions Sent to Pakistan By David Rohde, Carlotta Gall, Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger The New York Times
Monday 24 December 2007

Islamabad, Pakistan - After the United States has spent more than $5 billion in a largely failed effort to bolster the Pakistani military effort against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, some American officials now acknowledge that there were too few controls over the money. The strategy to improve the Pakistani military, they said, needs to be completely revamped.
In interviews in Islamabad and Washington, Bush administration and military officials said they believed that much of the American money was not making its way to …

Eric O. 3

'Zaak-Eric O. beïnvloed door maatjesgeest
"De waarheid raakt bij mariniers ondergeschikt aan de groepsregels."'
Aldus Trouw. Verbaast u dit? Mij ook niet. De waarheid ondergeschikt aan andere belangen? Dat is in de politiek ook zo, en in het dagelijks leven. En daarom is de enige juiste conclusie uit deze waarheid als een koe dat men geen oorlog moet beginnen. Want oorlog voeren is niets anders dan moorden. Of wist men dit nog niet? En wat men zeker niet moet doen is pathologische gevallen als Eric O. een wapen geven.
'De cultuur bij het korps mariniers werkt het afleggen van valse verklaringen in de hand. Dat ontdekte militair juriste Annelies Wesstra. De zaak-Eric O. is een voorbeeld.
Luitenant-ter-zee 3 Annelies Wesstra werkt als militair juriste bij de Koninklijke marine. Zij schreef de scriptie ’De militaire getuige: maatjesgeest of in de geest van de waarheid?’ Ze heeft naar aanleiding van de zaak Eric O. literatuurstudie gedaan naar de invloed van de cultuur e…

The Empire 329

'Lakota group secedes from U.S.
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Political activist Russell Means, a founder of the American Indian Movement, says he and other members of Lakota tribes have renounced treaties and are withdrawing from the United States.
"We are now a free country and independent of the United States of America," Means said in a telephone interview. "This is all completely legal."Means said a Lakota delegation on Monday delivered a statement of "unilateral withdrawal" from the United States to the U.S. State Department in Washington.The State Department did not respond. "That'll take some time," Means said.Meanwhile, the delegation has delivered copies of the letter to the embassies of Bolivia, Venezuela, Chile and South Africa. "We're asking for recognition," Means said, adding that Ireland and East Timor are "very interested" in the declaration.Other countries will get copies of the same d…

The Empire 328

Onvoorstelbaar verdriet en schuldgevoel. Hadden we niet uit elkaar moeten gaan? Was het de oorlog? Waarom? In godsnaam, waarom? 'A Soldier's Suicide: Did He Have to Die? By Kimberly Hefling The Associated Press
Sanford, North Carolina - Pfc. Jason Scheuerman nailed a suicide note to his barracks closet in Iraq, stepped inside and shot himself.
"Maybe finaly I can get some peace," said the 20-year-old, misspelling "finally" but writing in a neat hand.
His parents didn't find out about the note for well over a year, and only then when it showed up in a government envelope in his father's rural North Carolina mailbox.
The one-page missive was among hundreds of pages of documents the soldier's family obtained and shared with The Associated Press after battling a military bureaucracy they feel didn't want to answer their questions, especially this: Why did Jason Scheuerman have to die?
What the soldier's father, Chris, would learn about his son'…

CIDI Collegeserie over Zionisme Online

In samenwerking met de Universiteit Leiden het volgende bericht:

'So what have we done to them
by Nehemia Shtrasler
December 20, 2007
Haaretz

An old Jewish joke tells of a devoted mother who briefs her son before he sets out to battle: "Kill a Turk and rest," she advises. But the son asks: "And what happens if in fact the Turk tries to kill me?" She opens her eyes wide in surprise: "Why would he want to kill you? What have you done to him?" This is exactly the kind of self-righteousness that accompanies our attitude toward the Palestinians. It is evident in the reports on the television, radio and in the newspapers -- which paint only a partial picture of the conflict. Because when considerations of ratings and just plain cowardice determine coverage, the information the public gets is biased. In this way an extremist public opinion is created, which believes that all of the justice is on our side only, because "what have we done to them?" Last …

The Empire 327

'Business/America/

As Wall Street reels, Bush welcomes money from abroad
Headshot of Barrie McKenna
December 21, 2007

WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush has opened the door wide for foreign companies, including Chinese-owned ones, to help rescue U.S. banks from the subprime mortgage mess.

"I'm fine with capital coming in from overseas to help bolster financial institutions," the U.S. President said yesterday, a day after a Chinese government agency agreed to invest $5-billion (U.S.) in troubled broker Morgan Stanley.

"I think the world that is open for investment and trade is a world that will lead to overall prosperity."

Mr. Bush added that he's looking at "all options" to keep the United States from slipping into a recession.

The world's largest economy expanded at an impressive 4.9 per cent annualized clip in the third quarter, according to a final U.S. Commerce Department estimate. But economists said a severe housing slump, a continuing freeze-up i…

11 september 2001 (36)

De New York Times bericht: '9/11 Panel Study Finds That CIA Withheld Tapes By Mark Mazzetti The New York Times
Saturday 22 December 2007
Washington - A review of classified documents by former members of the Sept. 11 commission shows that the panel made repeated and detailed requests to the Central Intelligence Agency in 2003 and 2004 for documents and other information about the interrogation of operatives of Al Qaeda, and were told by a top C.I.A. official that the agency had "produced or made available for review" everything that had been requested.
The review was conducted earlier this month after the disclosure that in November 2005, the C.I.A. destroyed videotapes documenting the interrogations of two Qaeda operatives.
A seven-page memorandum prepared by Philip D. Zelikow, the panel's former executive director, concluded that "further investigation is needed" to determine whether the C.I.A.'s withholding of the tapes from the commission violated feder…

Hillary Clinton 2

'HILLARY CLINTON VOTED TO CONTINUE CLUSTER BOMBING CIVILIANS

DEMOCRATIC LUNTZ, DAILY KOS -

Hillary Clinton voted to let our military
continue to use cluster bombs in areas with concentrated civilian
populations, despite the thousands of innocent children who have died or
been handicapped due to picking up unexploded cluster bomblets. This
vote was cast in September 6, 2006 on an amendment to the Defense
Appropriations act by Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Senator Feinstein's own description of the amendment from the
Congressional record:

"The human death toll and injury from these weapons is felt every day,
going back decades. Innocent children think they are picking up a play
toy in the field and suddenly their arm is blown off. . . Our amendment
would prevent any funds from being spent to purchase, use, or transfer
cluster munitions until the rules of engagement have been adopted by the
Department of Defense to ensure that such munitions will not be used in
or near any concentration of civi…

CIDI Bestuurslid schendt Internationaal Recht 10

Ik heb zojuist deze vragen gesteld aan het College van Bestuur van de Universiteit Leiden: 'Ter attentie van:

Prof.mr. P. F. van der Heijden Rector Magnificus en Voorzitter CvB
Mw.prof.dr. M.C.E. van Dam-Mieras Vice-Rector Magnificus CvB
Drs. H.W. te Beest Vice-Voorzitter CvB

Geacht College van Bestuur,

In verband met het schrijven van een boek over Palestina voor uitgeverij Atlas in Amsterdam verzoek ik u vriendelijk maar dringend een antwoord te geven op enkele vragen die ik na deze aanleiding aan u zal stellen.

Deze week ontving ik de volgende email:

Geachte heer Van Houcke,

Het CIDI organiseert/sponsort aan de universiteit Leiden samen met een universitair docent verschillende collegereeksen die met Israël te maken hebben (de kwantumfysica interesseert het CIDI wellicht niet).

U ziet in onderstaand doorgestuurd mailtje wat er de komende tijd op het programma staat.
Ik heb als student Hebreeuws/jodendom een aantal van de colleges bijgewoond. Het laatste college werd door prof. Shavit af…