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Trouw Misschien Wel 7

Trouw ontdekt internet:

'Internet / De tanden van de waakhond zijn scherp.
Online mediawatchers
door Jaap Meijers.

Er vallen veel meer slachtoffers onder Iraakse burgers dan journalisten u vertellen. Zij halen hun gegevens daarover namelijk meestal van de website
De cijfers over het aantal burgerslachtoffers in Irak zingen op een bizarre manier rond in de media. Het begint bij de vele correspondenten en verslaggevers in Irak. De aantallen doden en gewonden die zij noemen, worden opgeteld door De schatting die die website vervolgens presenteert, is waarschijnlijk flink aan de lage kant: als een bepaald bombardement de verzamelde internationale pers ontgaat, worden de slachtoffers dus ook niet meegenomen in de Iraq body count. De cirkel is rond nu journalisten overal ter wereld dat cijfer beschouwen als een betrouwbare bron voor het aantal burgerslachtoffers in Irak.
Een andere website,, heeft zich flink druk gemaakt over deze aanpak. Er…

The Empire 136

'From: "Tim Murphy"
Subject: Iraqi Death Squads: Just the old 1950s colonial tactic "Gangs and Counter-gangs."

The bloody finger of Negroponte has moved and having done it's task moves on...

We are now seeing "the Salvador option" in action.

"The Plan" was never to change the regime, rebuild Iraq and establish a democratic government. The plan was to completely destroy Iraq as a viable national entity, to establish a permanent presence in numerous military bases and to take physical and economic control of the oil resources and revenues. Of course "The Plan" is merely a subplan of larger plan to dominate the region and the whole planet.

Why, if these wars are to last 60 years as was promised at the outset, do so many people imagine that they are going badly, at least as far as those who want the wars (and benefit from them) are concerned? Protracted wars are a nasty business but they are just a business and being a business they ha…

Anti War Movement

'The Washington War Game.
By Eleanor Clift

The fight over Iraq is a clash of governmental branches not seen since Vietnam.
Early rumblings of an anti-war movement sounded in Washington this week as several progressive groups joined forces to press the Democratic Congress to use its power of the purse to stop the latest escalation of the conflict in Iraq. Unlike their predecessors in the Vietnam era, who were often scruffy and unshaven, these activists are well within the mainstream in their appearance as well as their politics.
Polite but persistent, they include labor activist Andy Stern, a savvy organizer, Roger Hickey with Campaign for America's Future, who normally advocates for health care, and Jon Soltz of Vote Vets, an organization that helped elect Iraq vets to Congress. Soltz said Bush's plan of sending 20,000 more troops to Iraq is "kind of like spitting in the ocean," and the president is "too much of a coward to admit a mistake.…

The Empire 135

'The Architect of Mr. Bush's Plan.
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t Report
Thursday 11 January 2007

One of the key architects of President Bush's disastrous Iraq war policy was responsible for writing the president's new plan calling for an increase in US troops in the region.
By relying on the recommendations of neoconservative scholar Frederick Kagan, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, on what steps the White House should take to address the civil war between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq, President Bush has once again ignored the advice of career military officials and even some Republican lawmakers - many of whom in recent weeks have urged Bush to resist implementing a policy that would result in escalating the war - and instead has chosen to rely on the proposals drafted by hawkish, think-tank intellectuals that could very well backfire and end up embroiling the United States in an even bloodier conflict.
Perhaps the most alarming element of Bush's &…

Iran 75

'The US-Iran-Iraq-Israeli-Syrian War.
Robert Parry
Consortium News
Friday 12 January 2007

At a not-for-quotation pre-speech briefing on Jan. 10, George W. Bush and his top national security aides unnerved network anchors and other senior news executives with suggestions that a major confrontation with Iran is looming.
Commenting about the briefing on MSNBC after Bush's nationwide address, NBC's Washington bureau chief Tim Russert said "there's a strong sense in the upper echelons of the White House that Iran is going to surface relatively quickly as a major issue - in the country and the world - in a very acute way."
Russert and NBC anchor Brian Williams depicted this White House emphasis on Iran as the biggest surprise from the briefing as Bush stepped into the meeting to speak passionately about why he is determined to prevail in the Middle East.
"The President's inference was this: that an entire region would blow up from the inside, the core being Iraq,…

Irak 155

De nieuwe Amerikaanse militaire tactiek om elk Irakees verzet te onderdrukken, is gebaseerd op het alles vernietigende offensief in Fallujah, waarbij geen enkel onderscheid werd gemaakt tussen burgers en strijders. Deze manier van oorlogsvoering, gefundeerd op het massaal plegen van oorlogsmisdaden, hebben de Amerikanen weer van de Israelische strijdkrachten geleerd. Nadat ik in 2002 vergeefs geprobeerd had Jenin binnen te komen, las ik in de Israelische kranten dat net een Amerikaanse legerdelegatie was gearriveerd die de Israelische bevindingen bestudeerde van het oorlogvoeren in stedelijk gebied.

De World Socialist Web Site bericht:

'US offensive in Baghdad begins surge of killing and repression.
By James Cogan12 January 2007

The escalation of the Iraq war that was outlined by US President Bush on Wednesday night is already well underway. Beginning last Saturday, Iraqi government and US forces have pursued an operation to dislodge anti-occupation resistance fighters from Haifa Stre…

Irak 154

'Media Under Growing Siege.
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily.
12 January, 2007 Inter Press Service
BAGHDAD, Jan. 10 (IPS) - The U.S. administration continues to tout Iraq as a shining example of democracy in the Middle East, but press freedom in Iraq has plummeted since the beginning of the occupation.
Repression of free speech in Iraq was extreme already under the regime of Saddam Hussein. The 2002 press freedom index of the watchdog Reporters Without Borders ranked Iraq a dismal130th. The 2006 index pushes Iraq down to 154th position in a total of 168 listed countries, though still ahead of Pakistan, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, China and Iran. North Korea is at the bottom of the table.
The index ranks countries by how they treat their media, looking at the number of journalists who were murdered, threatened, had to flee or were jailed by the state.
The end of Saddam's dictatorship had for a while brought hope of greater press freedom. More than 200 new newspapers and a dozen televisio…

The Empire 134

'Bush to America: War!
by Jack Random

Faced with a collapse of popular and political support, the president’s response in an address to the nation was astonishing: Not only will the war effort go on unabated; it will be escalated and expanded.

The first question that arises is: Why was it necessary to dawn the mask of deliberations, dancing silently through two months of weighty consultations, for this?

This did not represent a change in strategy. It did not represent a change in thinking. Rather, it was open defiance: Damn the election; load the munitions! It was a barely discernible rephrasing of the same old tired lines:

“We must not fail” but we have failed.

The war is “noble and necessary” when in fact it was a war of choice founded on repeated lies and deceptions.

We are engaged in “the ideological struggle of our time” when in fact we have prosecuted the oldest imperial strategy in history: a war for greed and dominion.

We are “advancing liberty” by ripping a …

Irak 153

Democracy Now:'AMY GOODMAN: We go first to Iraq. My next guest, Sergeant Ronn Cantu, is an Army sergeant serving his second tour of duty in Iraq right now. He recently signed a petition to Congress, known as an Appeal for Redress, calling for the withdrawal of US troops. The appeal will be delivered to Capitol Hill next week. Sergeant Cantu is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. He started the website forum,, to give soldiers a forum to speak about the Iraq war, now joining us on the line from Iraq. It is very brave of you to join us, Sergeant Cantu.
SGT. RONN CANTU: Yeah, but I’m scared out of my mind right now. [inaudible] over here.
AMY GOODMAN: Why are you scared?
SGT. RONN CANTU: I don’t really want to go into that. All I really want to say, because I shouldn’t be doing this -- all I want to say is, right now American soldiers are dying in a Sunni-Shiite civil war, a sectarian civil war -- that’s a fact, based on my personal observations. Soldiers’ hands…

Israelisch Expansionisme 38

De ideologische vader van de huidige premier van Israel en van alle andere rechtse zionisten, Vladimir Jabotinsky, verklaarde al in november 1923: 'Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach.' De Vierde Conventie van Geneve, daterend uit 1949. Artikel 49: 'The occupation Power schall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.' Zie:

Omdat Hamas weigert deze expansionistische staat, die met terreur haar gebied uitbreidt, te erkennen wordt het door het Westen economisch en politiek geboycot. Israel daarentegen wordt door het Westen economisch, militair en politiek met miljarden dollars gesteund, kennelijk in de over…

Zapruder Inc

Ik kreeg deze mail opgestuurd van Boudine Berkenbosch:'PERSBERICHT – PERSBERICHT – PERSBERICHT – PERSBERICHT.
9 januari 2006 – Zapruder_Inc gaat voortaan verder onder het eigen adres Daarmee wordt Zapruder_Inc hét weblog voor serieuze onderzoeksjournalistiek, controversiële reportages en complotten.
(Zojuist verzonden)
Zapruder_Inc, dat in 2006 van start ging als zelfstandig channel van een groot Nederlands weblog, maakte afgelopen jaar naam met diverse onthullingen over onder meer de complotten rond 9/11 en het gebruik van DU-munitie. Het bood twee petities aan de kamercommissie van de Tweede Kamer en leverde een bijdrage aan de recente 9/11-uitzending van VARA’s Zembla. Gezien het succes van deze acties en de vele positieve reacties op de andere thema’s heeft de redactie van Zapruder_Inc besloten zelfstandig verder te gaan. De site is voortaan de portal van Zapruder Inc. Om de inhoud voor iedereen bereikbaar te maken, is een website o…

The Empire 133

De International Herald Tribune:

'Bush plan is calculated gamble.
President bets on the public's patience,

WASHINGTON: By stepping up the U.S. military presence in Iraq, President George W. Bush is not only inviting an epic clash with the Democrats who run Congress. He is also ignoring the results of the November elections, rejecting the central thrust of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group and flouting the advice of some of his own generals, as well as Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al- Maliki of Iraq.
In so doing, Bush is taking a calculated gamble that, no matter how much hue and cry his new strategy may provoke, in the end the American people will give him more time to turn around the war in Iraq, and Congress will not have the political nerve to thwart him by cutting off money for it.
The plan, outlined by the president in stark, simple tones in a 20-minute speech from the White House library, is vintage George Bush — in the eyes of critics, bull-headed, even delusional about the pros…

Irak 152

'Soldier Gets 9 Months for Iraqi Death's.

Associated Press Writer

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - A 101st Airborne Division soldier who had been charged with murder in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to nine months in military jail.
Spc. Juston R. Graber, 21, is accused with three others from the division's 187th Infantry Regiment of killing detainees during a raid of a suspected al-Qaida stronghold near Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.
They also were accused of trying to deceive investigators by saying the detainees were fleeing when they were shot.
Pfc. Corey R. Clagett, Spc. William B. Hunsaker and Staff Sgt. Raymond L. Girouard are awaiting courts-martial in the case.
After the sentence was announced, Graber's attorney patted his back and his mother walked toward him smiling.
Graber earlier told the military judge that once the area was secured du…

Verarmd Uranium 5

Slachtoffertjes van de massale inzet van Veramd Uranium wapens door de NAVO-strijdkrachten, van de Verenigde Saten en het Verenigd Koninkrijk. De BBC bericht: 'Uranium ''killing Italian troops.''
Italian soldiers are still dying following exposure to depleted uranium in the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, their relatives say.
Troops who served during the wars in the 1990s believe they have contracted cancer and other serious illnesses from extended exposure to the munitions.
The US says it fired around 40,000 depleted uranium rounds during the Bosnian and Kosovo conflicts.
A pressure group says 50 veterans have died and another 200 are seriously ill.
Depleted uranium is used on the tips of bullets and shells. Because of its density it can pierce the armour plating on tanks.
But when it explodes it often leaves a footprint of chemically poisonous and radioactive dust.
The Italians who served in Bosnia and Kosovo were involved in the clear-up of battlefields and came into close …


Reuters bericht: 'EXCLUSIVE-Hamas leader says Israel's existence is a reality
(Adds U.S. comment, paragraph 12)
By Sean Maguire and Khaled Oweis
DAMASCUS, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Hamas acknowledges the existence of Israel as a reality but formal recognition will only be considered when a Palestinian state has been created, the movement's exiled leader Khaled Meshaal said on Wednesday.
Softening a previous refusal to accept the Jewish state's existence, Meshaal said Israel was a "matter of fact" and a reality that will persist.
"There will remain a state called Israel," Meshaal said in an interview in the Syrian capital, in what appeared to be clearest statement yet by the Islamist group on its attitude toward the state it previously said had no right to exist.
"The problem is not that there is an entity called Israel," said Meshaal, who survived an Israeli assassination attempt in 1997. "The problem is that the Palestinian state is non-existent.…

Nederland en Afghanistan 119

'NATO admits to errors in Afghan civilian deaths.
Associated Press

BRUSSELS -- Poor communications between NATO troops and Afghan authorities led to the death of several civilians during an alliance operation against the Taliban in October, NATO officials said.
NATO officials have said about 30 civilians were killed in the incident in the Panjwaii district of southern Kandahar province; Afghan officials have put the figure has high as 80.
A report on the incident, which followed a joint Afghan-NATO investigation, was presented to 26 NATO ambassadors Wednesday.
"The main conclusion of the report is that this tragic event took place primarily because communications between international forces and local authorities did not work well enough,'' NATO spokesman James Appathurai said.
But he said the report would not be made public and he would not give details, saying disclosure could reveal sensitive information about the operations of the 32,000-strong NATO force in Afghanistan…

The Empire 132

'Study: 744,000 Are Homeless in U.S.

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - There were 744,000 homeless people in the United States in 2005, according to the first national estimate in a decade. A little more than half were living in shelters, and nearly a quarter were chronically homeless, according to the report Wednesday by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, an advocacy group.
A majority of the homeless were single adults, but about 41 percent were in families, the report said.
The group compiled data collected by the Department of Housing and Urban Development from service providers throughout the country. It is the first national study on the number of homeless people since 1996. That study came up with a wide range for America's homeless population: between 444,000 and 842,000.
Counting people without permanent addresses, especially those living on the street, is an inexact process. But the new study is expected to provide a baseline to help m…

The Empire 131

Greg Palast:


George W. Bush has an urge to surge. Like every junkie, he asks for just one more fix: let him inject just 21,000 more troops and that will win the war.Been there. Done that. In 1965, Tom Paxton sang, Lyndon Johnson told the nation Have no fear of escalation. I am trying everyone to please. Though it isn't really war, We're sending 50,000 more To help save Vietnam from the Vietnamese.Four decades later, Bush is asking us to save Iraq from the Iraqis. There's always a problem with giving a junkie another fix. It can only make things worse. Our maximum leader says that unless he gets to mainline another 21,000 troops, "Iran would be emboldened in its pursuit of nuclear weapons," and terrorists "would have a safe haven from which to plan and launch attacks on the American people." Excuse me, but didn't we hear that same promise in 2003? Nearly four years ago, on the eve of invasion, this same George Bush pro…

De Aarde 3

'The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community.
by David Korten

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…

Klimaatverandering 74

Ik kreeg vanmiddag deze email van Ace: 'Stan, ik ben het met je eens dat NRC eenzijdig is wanneer ze suggereren dat de extreme temperaturen van de afgelopen periode niets te maken hebben met onze bemoeienissen met het milieu. Maar je kunt ook echt niet volhouden dat we bewijs hebben dat die relatie er wel is. In de tijd van Charles Dickens, anderhalve eeuw geleden, de tijd van A Christmas Carol, zaten we in de naweeën van de laatste ijstijd. Het is heel wel mogelijk dat we nu in een golf de andere kant op zitten. Dat is nu eenmaal wetenschappelijk erg moeilijk vast te stellen. We hebben simpelweg te weinig data om daar statistisch valide uitspraken over te doen, en het is verrotte lastig om experimenten te doen met het wereldwijde weersysteem. We moeten het hebben van hypotheses en modellen, en die zijn per definitie inadequaat. Nou denk ik dat er genoeg reden is om maar eens flink skeptisch naar onze eigen gedragingen te kijken, better safe than sorry, en when in doubt, don't…