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The Empire 146

'Tomgram: Crusading in the Arc of Instability'.
George Bush's Crusading Scorecard (2001-2007)
The Look of a War against Islam
By Tom Engelhardt

Just five days after the September 11th attacks in 2001, in a Q and A with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, a President with a new mission, a new cause, and a new purpose in life told the American people that, though they had to "go back to work tomorrow," they should now know that they were facing a "new kind of evil." He added, "And we understand. And the American people are beginning to understand. This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while."
This crusade, this war on terrorism. It had such a ring to it; in the Arab world, of course, it was a ring many centuries old and deeply disturbing. And it came so naturally, so easily off the President's tongue (though it took days of backtracking by his spokesmen and prominent presidential references to "the peaceful teach…

De Israelische Terreur 143

Democracy Now:

'Entry Denied: Palestinian-Americans Among Thousands Blocked by Israel from Occupied Territories.

The Israeli government has effectively frozen visitation and re-entry of foreign nationals of Palestinian origin to the West Bank and Gaza. We go to Ramallah to speak with two coordinators of the “Campaign for the Right of Entry and Re-Entry to the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” We’re also joined by a leading Israeli human rights attorney and a Palestinian-American filmmaker recently detained by Israeli officials and deported. [includes rush transcript]

We begin in Ramallah where the Israeli government has effectively frozen visitation and re-entry of foreign nationals of Palestinian origin to the Occupied Territories. Activists and human rights advocates are claiming that since last year’s election of Hamas, thousands have been denied entry into the West Bank and Gaza. The Israeli government initially denied that there had been a policy change. But on Tuesday, the Israe…

Het Amsterdamse Rijksmuseum

Het electriciteitshuis vlakbij mijn woning is volgeplakt met posters van het Amsterdamse Rijksmuseum. Onder een doodskop en knekels staat de tekst: 'De Dood. Dat moet je meemaken. In het Rijksmuseum.'

Alles is marketing geworden, public relations. En alles raakt besmet met de taal van de marketing. De dood moet je meemaken, de dood is een ervaring die je 'moet meemaken,' zoals je lekker kunt huiveren in een spookhuis. De dood is verder betekenisloos in een materialistische cultuur, het is slechts het einde van een bestaan als consument. Daarom wordt de dood door een cultuurdrager als het Rijksmuseum ook verkocht als een spannende ervaring, die je 'moet meemaken.'

Wie op de site van het Amsterdamse Rijksmuseum kijkt, ziet onder andere dit staan:

'Webspecial: Voel het Rijks!
Bent u ook gefascineerd door 'De lijken van de gebroeders de Witt' of vrolijk door de 'Vrolijke Drinker' van Frans Hals? In de webspecial Voel het Rijks kunt u zelf uw mening…

John Pilger 10

John Pilger schrijft:

'Terror and starvation in Gaza.

A genocide is engulfing the people of Gaza while a silence engulfs its bystanders. "Some 1.4 million people, mostly children, are piled up in one of the most densely populated regions of the world, with no freedom of movement, no place to run and no space to hide," wrote the former senior UN relief official Jan Egeland and Jan Eliasson, then foreign minister of Sweden, in Le Figaro. They described a people "living in a cage", cut off by land, sea and air, with no reliable power and little water, and tortured by hunger and disease and incessant attacks by Israeli troops and planes.

Egeland and Eliasson wrote this four months ago in an attempt to break the silence in Europe, whose obedient alliance with the United States and Israel has sought to reverse the democratic result that brought Hamas to power in last year's Palestinian elections. The horror in Gaza has since been compounded: a family of 18 has died …

Klimaatverandering 79

'Actuele kennis klimaatverandering en discussie.

De Staat van het Klimaat beschrijft onze actuele kennis van dit belangrijke onderwerp, toegespitst op nieuwe ontwikkelingen in 2005 en 2006. Het doel van deze brochure is om op handzame wijze een compact en gedegen overzicht te geven van de ontwikkelingen in de wetenschappelijke kennis over klimaatverandering, de gevolgen ervan en de ontwikkelingen in het klimaatbeleid.
De brochure schenkt aandacht aan extreem weer, zoals het record aantal orkanen in het Atlantisch gebied in 2005 en de extreme zomer en herfst in Nederland in 2006. De brochure geeft antwoord op de vraag of en hoe de weerextremen samenhangen met de menselijke invloed op het klimaat Ook wordt een aantal discussies rond het thema klimaat beschreven, zoals de hockeystick (de temperatuurreconstructie van de laatste duizend jaar), de uitstoot van het broeikasgas methaan en het slinken van de Groenlandse ijskap. Toekomstige klimaatverandering en de verwachte effecten hiervan …

Het Nederlands Provincialisme

Het verschil tussen de provinciale pers en cosmopolitische kwaliteitskranten: de landelijke Nederlandse dagbladen openen allen met de storm van gisteren. Ondanks het feit dat de storm grotere schade en meer doden heeft veroorzaakt in Groot Brittannie opent daarentegen de Independent met internationaal nieuws. De Nederlandse kranten voegen niets toe aan wat de lezer al wist over de storm, uit eigen ervaring of via de televisie en radio, de Independent komt wel met nieuws. Gisteren verscheen in Nederland ook het rapport 'Staat van het Klimaat' zie: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2007/01/klimaatverandering-78.html Daarin wordt gewaarschuwd voor de ingrijpende gevolgen van de klimaatverandering voor ons land. Interessant is dat alleen het NOS-Journaal hier aandacht aan besteeddde en niet de andere commerciele massamedia, niet de kranten en ook niet het achtergrondprogramma NOVA dat zijn hele uitzending aan de storm had gewijd. Hoe is dat provincialisme in Nederland toch te ver…

Klimaatverandering 78

Het NOS-Journaal bericht:

'Leren leven met klimaatverandering.

De gevolgen van de klimaatverandering zijn voor Nederland groter dan tot nu toe gedacht. Dat schrijven wetenschappers van onder meer het KNMI in het rapport De Staat van het Klimaat. Nederland moet volgens de onderzoekers met die veranderingen leren omgaan.Volgens de wetenschappers reageert de natuur sterk op de stijgende temperatuur. "Zuidelijke diersoorten, zoals de tijgerspin, schuiven door klimaatveranderingen onze kant op", zegt KNMI-klimaatonderzoeker Rob Van Dorland.Jan Oude Lohuis van het Milieu- en Natuurplanbureau waarschuwt dat planten en dieren zich niet snel genoeg kunnen aanpassen aan de verandering in de temperatuur. "Op een gegeven moment raken we dingen kwijt."AdaptatieDe onderzoekers pleiten niet alleen voor aanpak van het klimaatprobleem, maar ook voor 'adaptatie', aanpassen aan het veranderende klimaat. "We kiezen bewust voor beide", zegt Van Dorland. Volgens de …

Klimaatverandering 77

De NRC bericht: 'Europese Unie wijst Haagse CO -plannen af .

Jeroen van der Kris

Het Nederlandse plan om de uitstoot van kooldioxide terug te dringen is onvoldoende. Dat zal de Europese Commissie, het dagelijks bestuur van de Europese Unie, morgen bekendmaken volgens bronnen in Brussel. Belangrijkste kritiek is dat Nederland te veel emissierechten aan vervuilers wil toekennen.

Om de uitstoot van het broeikasgas CO2 te verminderen, heeft de Europese Unie een systeem opgezet voor emissiehandel. Bedrijven die veel vervuilen, zoals energieproducenten, mogen in dat systeem nog maar een bepaalde hoeveelheid kooldioxide uitstoten. De gedachte is dat ze daardoor worden gedwongen energiezuinig te werken, of elders uitstootrechten te kopen. Zo ontstaat emissiehandel en krijgt kooldioxide een prijs - volgens het principe dat de vervuiler betaalt. Dit systeem is een belangrijk wapen van Europa in de strijd tegen klimaatverandering.

Alle lidstaten van de EU hebben een allocatieplan moeten indienen…

Klimaatverandering 76

De New York Times bericht: 'The Warming of Greenland LIVERPOOL LAND, Greenland. Flying over snow-capped peaks and into a thick fog, the helicopter set down on a barren strip of rocks between two glaciers. A dozen bags of supplies, a rifle and a can of cooking gas were tossed out onto the cold ground. Then, with engines whining, the helicopter lifted off, snow and fog swirling in the rotor wash.
When it had disappeared over the horizon, no sound remained but the howling of the Arctic wind.
“It feels a little like the days of the old explorers, doesn’t it?” Dennis Schmitt said.
Mr. Schmitt, a 60-year-old explorer from Berkeley, Calif., had just landed on a newly revealed island 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle in eastern Greenland. It was a moment of triumph: he had discovered the island on an ocean voyage in September 2005. Now, a year later, he and a small expedition team had returned to spend a week climbing peaks, crossing treacherous glaciers and documenting animal and plant li…

Klimaatverandering 75

'Paul Rogat Loeb looks at the coverage of extreme weather and issues a “Memo to the Media: Extreme Weather Is Linked to Global Warming” on AlterNet today:

[B]y offering no larger context, [the media] lost the chance to get people involved in shaping precisely the kinds of individual and common actions that might help prevent similar storms in the future. We’d encountered a profound teachable moment, then that moment was quickly lost.
This failure to draw broader conclusions was no exception. Last May, New England made national news with the worst storms and floods since a 1938 hurricane. In June, a 200-year storm flooded the Mid-Atlantic region. In July, in St. Louis, thunderstorms knocked out power to three quarters of a million people (the city’s largest power loss ever), and then freezing rain returned in early December, two weeks before the Seattle storm, to leave another half million people without power for up to a week. Missouri and Illinois had record numbers of tornadoes, a…

De Commerciele Massamedia 22

Stop de Persen. Groot Nieuws!!!

CNN heeft ontdekt dat alle mensen in het midden oosten vrede wensen. U en ik kijken daar niet van op, want wie wil nu geen vrede? Ik ben nooit in mijn lange loopbaan als journalist iemand tegen gekomen die tegen me zei: 'Ik wil oorlog.' Zelfs niet eens een politicus en dat zegt wat, want het Westen voert altijd wel ergens oorlog. Toch is die vredeswens voor CNN groot nieuws. Waarom? Omdat een Amerikaanse autoriteit dit zegt, en machthebbers spreken - zoals bekend -bij CNN altijd de waarheid. Maar u en ik weten dat als politici zeggen dat ze vrede willen, we dubbel moeten oppassen, vooral als we weten dat Israel altijd door Washington geholpen wordt ten koste van de Palestijnen en de VS tegen een mogelijke vredesovereenkomst is tussen Israel en Syrie. Zie: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2007/01/de-nuance-van-de-nrc-16.html

Hoe dan ook, CNN bericht de volgende propaganda:

'Rice: Whole of Mideast wants peace.
POSTED: 7:56 a.m. EST, January 18, …

De Nuance van de NRC 16

Dit is het hoofd van Avigdor Lieberman, een in Moldavie geboren zionist die Israel en de bezette gebieden etnisch wil zuiveren van Palestijnen, ook degenen met de Israelische nationaliteit. Avigdor is de huidige vice-premier van de 'joodse natie' en leider van Yisrael Beitenu. Meer over hem en zijn partij kunt u hier lezen: 'Yisrael Beitenu is a dangerous extremist party with fascist tendencies that has openly advocated the"transfer" of Palestinians, including the transfer of Arab towns within Israel to a Bantustan-like future Palestinian entity. It has made clear that a Jewish supremacist state is more important than a democratic one. The party, whose strongest base is among Russian immigrants brought to Israel in the 1990s, surged at the Israeli election earlier this year, taking eleven seats in Israel's 120 seat Knesset.' Zie:
http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2006/10/de-israelische-terreur-97.html En: 'In late May of 2004 Lieberman proposed a plan i…

Philip Freriks 5

Het 8 uur Journaal van de NOS was vanavond weer geweldig. En dat is niet verwonderlijk, want het werd gepresenteerd door Philip Freriks, die - naar het schijnt - zelf zijn teksten schrijft. Dat blijkt telkens weer uit het feit dat Philip niet weet wat hij precies zegt. Vanavond zei hij dat de kabinetsonderhandelingen voortgaan 'zonder stoorzenders van buitenaf.' De betrokken politici konden 'ongestoord' in achterkamertjes de zaak bedisselen. Ongestoord door ons, de kiezers, de stoorzenders, de Nederlandse bevolking, en de commerciele massamedia die als taak hebben de macht te controleren. En Philip in al zijn mallotigheid vertrok geen spier, omdat hij dat normaal vindt. Als men naar het NOS-Journaal luistert krijgt men de indruk dat we leven in Oost-Duitsland onder Ulbricht.

Een ander voorbeeld van de krankzinnigheid was een reportage over de milieuvervuiling door fabrieken in China waarbij de correspondent het water van een rivier testte, dat gevolgd werd door een ite…

The Empire 145

Eeuwenlang hoefde de westerse macht maar met de vingers te knippen en de derde wereld volgde gehoorzaam. Die tijd is voorbij.Al Jazeera: 'Chavez and Iran unveil anti-US fund.By Al Jazeera01/14/07 "Al Jazeera" The presidents of Iran and Venezuela have agreed to spend billions of dollars to help other countries free themselves from what they describe as US domination. Hugo Chavez announced the plan in a speech on Saturday with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.The two also called for Opec to cut oil production to support falling crude prices. They had previously announced plans to establish a joint $2bn fund for projects in Venezuela and Iran but on Saturday they said that the money would also be used to help friendly third countries."This fund, my brother," Chavez said, "will become a mechanism for liberation." Chavez said the fund "will permit us to underpin investments ... above all in those countries whose governments are making efforts to liberate themselve…

De Dollar Hegemonie 24

'FT.com / World / US & Canada.

Euro displaces dollar in bond markets.

Euro displaces dollar in bond markets.
By David Oakley and Gillian Tett in London

The euro has displaced the US dollar as the world's pre-eminent currency
in international bond markets, having outstripped the dollar-denominated market
for the second year in a row.
The data consolidate news last month that the value of euro notes in
circulation had overtaken the dollar for the first time. Outstanding debt issued in
the euro was worth the equivalent of $4,836bn at the end of 2006 compared with
$3,892bn for the dollar, according to International Capital Market Association
data.
Outstanding euro-denominated debt accounts for 45 per cent of the global
market, compared with 37 per cent for the dollar. New issuance last year accounted
for 49 per cent of the global total.
That represents a startling turnabout from the pattern seen in recent
decades, when the US bond market dwarfed its European rival: as recently as 2002,
outsta…

The Empire 144

'The Iraq War and America's Economic Imperialism.
by Manning Marable; MR Zine;

Several weeks ago, with much media fanfare, the James Baker-Lee Hamilton Committee submitted to President George W. Bush its long-awaited, bipartisan report on the U.S. war in Iraq. On balance, the report provided Bush with a face-saving strategy for pulling out all U.S. combat forces by the beginning of 2008. The Baker-Hamilton report favors an increase of U.S. advisers being embedded inside Iraqi troops and direct negotiations with regional powers Iran and Syria.
Bush, however, almost immediately distanced himself from key proposals in the Baker-Hamilton report. He now seems prepared to flagrantly flaunt his contempt for the majority of American voters, who purged both the Senate and House of their Republican majorities last November. Why does Bush defy public opinion by pursuing this unpopular war?
The answer lies not in America's need to "combat Islamic terrorism" but in the econom…

Irak 156

Iraqi police officers, assigned to protect oil production and distribution, watch from across the Tigris River as fire and smoke rise from a pipeline blaze after an explosion near Beiji, Iraq, in 2005. The Beiji refinery is the largest in Iraq.

In dit artikel wordt de context beschreven van de huidige ontwikkelingen. Zeer de moeite waard!

'Petraeus! Is Baghdad Burning?

Editor’s note: In this piece, a retired U.S. Special Forces soldier takes an oil-filtered look at Bush’s “surge” plan for Iraq.

“Jodl! Is Paris burning?”
—Adolf Hitler Aug. 25, 1944

Backstage
The United States makes up about 5 percent of the Earth’s population, but as an aggregate we burn more than 25 percent of its fossil energy. That’s roughly true of all three main forms of fossil energy—oil, natural gas and coal.
The coal we get mainly by having West Virginians surrender their mountains, where coal operators now lop the tops off those mountains to get at the seams of coal and dump the rubble into nearby watercourses. Th…

Kernwapens 2

De Independent bericht:

'The Doomsday Clock: Nuclear threat to world 'rising.'
For 60 years, it has depicted how close the world is to nuclear disaster. Today, scientists will move its hands forward to show we are facing the gravest threat in at least 20 years.
By Rupert Cornwell in Washington
Published: 17 January 2007

Five years of international headlines tell of growing turmoil in the Middle East, international terrorism in Western capitals and more countries seeking the ultimate national security insurance policy.
Now climate change and oil insecurity is driving countries to seek nuclear power, bringing with it new dangers of proliferation in volatile parts of the globe.
Today the Doomsday Clock, devised by the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947 at the dawn of the nuclear age, will make official what most thinking citizens feel in their bones - that the world has edged closer to nuclear Armageddon than at any time since the most precarious moments of the …

The Empire 143

'Bush on Iraq Surge: A Kissinger Ploy?

Washington Dispatch: Let's assume for a moment the president does have a plan: It might not be what you think.
Everyone knew what Bush was going to say before he made his address last night. And the "surge" that Democrats hoped to block had already begun, with advance elements of the 82nd Airborne in Baghdad to arrange for arrivals of 17,500 more troops. "If we increase our support at this crucial moment, and help the Iraqis break the current cycle of violence, we can hasten the day our troops begin coming home," Bush said.
What Bush proposed was a straightforward pacification program in Baghdad, made possible by an intensified American occupation -- a facade of Iraqis, to be sure, but with Americans running the show, just as GIs ended up running the show in a massive gun battle on Baghdad's Haifa Street Tuesday.
As Bush has said in the past, Americans know what the word victory means, So, whatever happens, and no matt…

Arundhati Roy

'STATEMENT OF CONSCIENCE AT THE WORLD TRIBUNAL ON IRAQ:
"The Most Cowardly War in History."
by Arundhati Roy.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the text of a speech by acclaimed author and peace and social justice advocate Arundhati Roy on behalf of the "jury of conscience" at the World Tribunal on Iraq, held in Istanbul June 24-26, 2005. For full proceedings of this event, visit this website.
This is the culminating session of the World Tribunal on Iraq. It is of particular significance that it is being held here in Turkey where the United States used Turkish air bases to launch numerous bombing missions to degrade Iraq's defenses before the March 2003 invasion and has sought and continues to seek political support from the Turkish government, which it regards as an ally. All this was done in the face of enormous popular opposition by the Turkish people. As a spokesperson for the jury of conscience, it would make me uneasy if I did not mention that the gover…

De Bush Bende 38

'Most important, though, is to spread the word to as many people as possible.
How much money will big oil companies make in Iraq, how much money and blood
will US citizens lose?

Can those with economic background or research skills give me a better
picture of this issue. These are my rough calculations based on bits and
pieces of information on oil production costs, royalties etc.

According to a study by Prof R. Dobie Langenkamp (Director, National
Energy-Environment Law and Policy Institute University of Tulsa College of
Law):

“Iraq has reserves of at least 112 billion barrels. The significance of this
number is often overlooked. Imagine all the oil reserves in the U.S., the
North Sea, China, the Caspian Sea, and West Africa all combined under one
jurisdiction. This oil is not to be found under high seas in 1,000 feet of
water or more, in arctic snows, in equatorial jungles or in third world
conditions where men and material must be brought in from great distances.
Iraq’s oil is on land i…

De Pro-Israel Lobby 22

'Wolf Blitzer worked for the Israel lobby before he worked for CNN. Here
is a video of him advocating Israeli perspecives on a Panel with Norman
Finkelstein before he became CNN employee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-8aTGnjHnI

Iran 83

'Iran target of US Gulf military moves, Gates says.
Guardian Unlimited

Increased US military activity in the Gulf is aimed at Iran's "very
negative" behaviour, the Bush administration said today.

The defence secretary, Robert Gates, told reporters that the decision
to deploy a Patriot missile battalion and a second aircraft carrier
to the Gulf in conjunction with a "surge" of troops in Iraq was
designed to show Iran that the US was not "overcommitted" in Iraq.

Speaking in Brussels after meeting Nato officials, Mr Gates said: "We
are simply reaffirming that statement of the importance of the Gulf
region to the United States and our determination to be an ongoing
strong presence in that area for a long time into the future."

His remarks followed tough comments on Iran at the weekend from other
senior US officials. The vice-president, Dick Cheney, accused Iran of
"fishing in troubled waters inside Iraq", while the national security
adv…

Iran 82

'Russian Admiral Says U.S. Navy Prepares Missile Strike on Iran.
By Moscow News01/15/07 "MosNews"

U.S. Navy nuclear submarines maintaining vigil off the coast of Iran indicate that the Pentagon’s military plans include not only control over navigation in the Persian Gulf but also strikes against Iranian targets, a former commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Eduard Baltin has told the Interfax news agency.“The presence of U.S. nuclear submarines in the Persian Gulf region means that the Pentagon has not abandoned plans for surprise strikes against nuclear targets in Iran. With this aim a group of multi-purpose submarines ready to accomplish the task is located in the area,” Admiral Baltin said.He made the comments after reports that a U.S. submarine collided with a Japanese tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.“American patience is not unlimited,” he said. “The submarine commanders go up to the periscope depth and forget about navigation rules and safety measures,” t…

Iran 81

Al Jazeera bericht: 'Exiles train to overthrow Tehran.
Washington has warned that it will not tolerate Iran supporting armed
groups fighting in Iraq, but in the far northeast of the country Al
Jazeera discovered armed Iranian exiles training to overthrow the
government in Tehran.
John Cookson visited members of the outlawed left-wing Kurdish-
Iranian Komala group, in their base.
The group accuses the Islamic government of persecuting the country's
ethnic minorities.
From their base the fighters cross the porous border into Iran to
carry out attacks. Al Jazeera witnessed a group of highly motivated
men carry out a mock attack on Iranian forces.
Komala, otherwise known as the Revolutionary Toilers of Iran, was
founded in 1969, and is affiliated to the Communist party of Iran but
has softened its left-wing stance in recent years.
The United States has become interested in working with the group and
last year Abdullah Muhtadi, a senior representative of the party,
travelled to Washington for a con…