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De Nuance van de NRC 18

Precies zes dagen geleden schreef ik het volgende: 'Een waarschuwing voor de Nederlandse journalisten. En nu kijken welke krant of omroep in de polder dit gaat publiceren. Brzezinski is niet de eerste de beste, maar iemand die van binnenuit weet wat Amerikaanse regeringen doen.

'A political bombshell from Zbigniew Brzezinski
Ex-national security adviser warns that Bush is seeking a pretext to attack Iran
By Barry Grey in Washington DC

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser in the Carter administration, delivered a scathing critique of the war in Iraq and warned that the Bush administration’s policy was leading inevitably to a war with Iran, with incalculable consequences for US imperialism in the Middle East and internationally…

Following his opening remarks, in response to questions from the senators, Brzezinski reiterated his warning of a provocation.He called the senators’ attention to a March 27, …

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'Tomgram: Over the Cliff with George and Dick?
Thelma and Louise Imperialism
Over the Cliff with George and Dick?
By Tom Engelhardt

Let me make an argument about Bush administration Iran policy -- about the possibility that a regime-change-style, shock-and-awe air assault might someday be launched on Iranian nuclear facilities and associated targets -- based on no insider knowledge, just the logic of George-and-Dick's Thelma-and-Louise-style imperialism.
Of course, we all know at least half the story by now. Is there anybody in official Washington -- other than our President, Vice President, the Vice President's secretive imperial staff, assorted backs-against-the-wall neocon supporters lodged in the federal bureaucracy, and associated right-wing think tanks -- who isn't sweating blood, popping pills, and wondering what in the world to do about our delusional leaders?
You only have to pick up the morning paper to find the most mainstream of official types in an over-the-top …

Martelen 65

Wat de hoofdredacteur van het NOS-Journaal Hans Laroes in een directief aan zijn ondergeschikten 'mishandeling' en later 'wangedrag' werd genoemd, wordt door de angelsaksische media gewoon marteling genoemd, wat het ook is.

'American Torture: The Book
Exposes the secret history of US torture at home and abroad...

"Michael Otterman's powerful book... should be compulsory reading for everyone with concerns over human rights." Rod Barton, Former Director of Intelligence (Australia), Weapons Inspector and Advisor to the CIA (Iraq).
George W. Bush calls them an 'alternative set of procedures': forcing victims to stand for forty hours, depriving them of sleep for weeks on end, dousing naked prisoners with ice water in rooms chilled to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and strapping them to inclined boards then flooding their mouths with water. These techniques are torture, and they are used by the United States of America.
Michael Otterman reveals the long history …

The Empire 172

Vanuit the land of the free, home of te brave het volgende bericht:

'Blogger in Jail Longer Than Any Journalist in History
By Adam Schreck
The Los Angeles Times

Freelance videographer Josh Wolf in July defied a federal grand jury's order to hand over raw footage of anarchists clashing with police in San Francisco.
He said he was protected by the 1st Amendment. A federal judge said he was in contempt of court.
On Aug. 1, the 24-year-old blogger reported to the federal detention facility in Dublin, Calif. and has been there ever since - except for a brief period in September. As of Tuesday, he had been incarcerated longer than any journalist in modern U.S. history.
Wolf's mother, a third-grade teacher from Wrightwood, will be on Capitol Hill Thursday to lobby members of Congress to help free her son. Liz Wolf-Spada also plans to push for a federal shield law that would protect mainstream journalists as well as independent journalists and bloggers like her son.
"I'm asking t…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden 38

'US Iraqi Holocaust And One Million Excess Deaths
By Dr Gideon Polya It is nearly the Fourth Anniversary of the illegal Anglo-American-Australian-Coalition invasion of Iraq. What has been the economic and human cost of Bush’s Iraq War?
In short, as of February 2007: (a) the accrual cost has been $2.3 TRILLION; (b) there are 3.7 million Iraqi refugees; (c) the post-invasion excess deaths (avoidable deaths, deaths that did not have to happen) total 1.0 million (ONE MILLION); (d) post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.6 million; (e) there were 1.7 million excess Iraqi deaths associated with the Western-imposed 1990-2003 Sanctions War; (f) there were 1.2 million under-5 year old infant deaths in the 1990-2003 Sanctions War (see: ); and (g) Coalition deaths total about 3,360. These horrifying estimates from authoritative sources are amplified and documented below.
(a) ECONOMIC COST TO USA. The accrual cost of the Iraq War (i…

The Empire 171

'Pentagon slammed after US Army confirms private security contract in Iraq.

After numerous denials, the Pentagon has confirmed that a North Carolina company provided armed security guards in Iraq under a subcontract that was buried so deeply the government could not find it.
The secretary of the Army has told Democratic lawmakers that the Blackwater USA contract was part of a huge military support operation by run by Halliburton subsidiary KBR.
Vice President Dick Cheney ran Halliburton before he became vice president.
Several times last year, Pentagon officials told inquiring lawmakers they could find no evidence of the Blackwater contract. Blackwater, of Moyock, North Carolina, did not respond to several requests for comment.
The discovery shows the dense world of Iraq contracting, where the main contractor hires subcontractors who then hire additional subcontractors. Each company tacks on a charge for overhead, a cost that works its way up to US taxpayers.
"This ongoing episode …

Irak 164

'February 8, 2007. A man holds his mother after she suffered a panic attack following his questioning and near-detainment by US Army soldiers in Baghdad. Former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, in testimony before the Senate foreign relations committee Thursday, criticized Bush administration policy as driven by "imperial hubris" and called it a "disaster" on historic, strategic and moral grounds. (Photo: David Furst / AFP)'

Gewoon een van die vele beelden waarmee we in onze beeldcultuur dagelijks worden gebombardeerd. Wat valt me meteen op: natuurlijk het leed van deze twee geintimideerde burgers op de vloer, maar ook - gek genoeg - iets anders. Al die Amerikaanse militairen staan met hun schoenen op de kleden, iets dat je niet doet in de arabische wereld. Het is een teken van respectloosheid. Een van de binnendringers is er eens lekker bij gaan zitten, terwijl de moeder uitgevloerd ligt. En ook op die manier wordt het gezien door de slacht…

John Pilger 12


Two years in the making, 'The War on Democracy' is to be released in cinemas in the UK in early 2007, date to be decided. The distributor is Lionsgate Films which, in the UK and the US, has played a leading part in the new wave of feature-length documentaries.

'The War on Democracy' is John Pilger's first major film for the cinema - in a career that has produced more than 55 television documentaries. Set in Latin America and the US, it explores the historic and current relationship of Washington with countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile.

"The film tells a universal story," says Pilger, "analysing and revealing, through vivid testimony, the story of great power behind its venerable myths. It allows us to understand the true nature of the so-called war on terror". The ITV network will show the new film following its cinema debut.


De Commerciele Massamedia 28

Meer dan wie dan ook leven journalisten in een schizofrene wereld. Enerzijds worden ze geacht de belangen van de lezers/ luisteraars en kijkers te dienen, anderszijds worden ze geacht de belangen van de belangrijkste financiers van hun medium niet te schaden, de grote concerns en de staat. Maar al te vaak kan dat niet omdat de belangen van de een de belangen van de ander schaden. De klimaatverandering is zo'n voorbeeld. Media Lens bericht: 'MEDIA ALERT: IN THE SPIRIT OF NERO
"There ain't no time to wonder whyWhoopee! We're all gonna die." ('Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die' Rag, Country Joe and The Fish, 1967)
The science is now clear: humanity is bringing disaster to our planet. On February 3, the Independent noted that the latest scientific assessment by the prestigious UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides "humanity's loudest warning yet of the catastrophe that is threatening to overtake us". "No more excu…

Klimaatverandering 88

'What Al Gore Hasn't Told You About Global Warming
By David Morris, AlterNet.
George Monbiot's new book Heat picks up where Al Gore left off on global warming, offering real solutions without sugar-coating the large personal sacrifices they will require.
Al Gore is our generation's Paul Revere. Riding hard through the country, he warns us of the impending arrival of climatic disaster. He's proven an astonishingly effective messenger. An Inconvenient Truth may receive an Oscar for Best Documentary. Overflow crowds greet his presentations with standing ovations.
Which, come to think of it, is odd. When has someone ever delivered such an ominous message to such tumultuous applause? (Aside from those who insist we are in the end times and the rapture is near.)
In a recent speech to a standing-room-only audience at the New York University School of Law, Gore declared, "We are moving closer to several 'tipping points' that could -- within as little as 10 years -…

Irak 163


Nick Turse, America's Secret Air War in Iraq

Just last week, in a typical air strike of the Iraq War, two missiles were fired at targets somewhere in the city of Ramadi, capital of al-Anbar province in the heartland of the Sunni insurgency, in the course of a battle with American forces stationed there. According to newspaper accounts, "18 insurgents" were killed.
Air power has, since World War II, been the American way of war. The invasion of Iraq began, after all, with a dominating show of air power that was meant to "shock and awe" -– that is, cow -- not just Saddam Hussein's regime, but the whole "axis of evil" and other countries the Bush administration had in its mental gun sights. Among the largest of America's "permanent" megabases in Iraq is Balad Air Base with the sorts of daily air-traffic pile-ups that you would normally see over Chicago's O'Hare Airport. And yet, as has written numerous…

De Dollar Hegemonie 27

'The Great Dollar Crash of ‘07

By Mike Whitney The massive equity bubbles which arose from artificially low interest rates and the deliberate destruction of the dollar by reckless increases in the money supply have shifted trillions of dollars from working class Americans to the predatory aristocrats at the top of the economic food chain. The gulf between rich and poor has grown so wide that it now poses a direct threat to our increasingly fragile democracy.
“Whatever future developments may prove to be, my best guess is that the US will continue to maintain a façade of Constitutional government and drift along until financial bankruptcy overtakes it.” Chalmers Johnson, “Empire V. Democracy: Why Nemesis is at our Door” Every time a US Dollar is traded, a check is issued on an account that is overdrawn by $8.6 trillion. (That is the present size of the national debt) It is, without question, the biggest swindle in history. Flimsy sheets of faded-green scrip are eagerly exchanged fo…

The Empire 170

The Criminalization of US Foreign Policy
From the Truman Doctrine to the Neo-Conservatives

by Michel Chossudovsky

5-7 February 2007, Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur

1. The contemporary context
The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US has embarked on a military adventure, "a long war", which threatens the future of humanity.
At no point since the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, has humanity been closer to the unthinkable, a nuclear holocaust which could potentially spread, in terms of radioactive fallout, over a large part of the Middle East.
There is mounting evidence that the Bush Administration, in liaison with Israel and NATO, is planning the launching of a nuclear war against Iran, ironically, in retaliation for Tehran's nonexistent nuclear weapons program. The US-Israeli military opera…

Klimaatverandering 87

'Who's Funding Global Warming?
By Tara Lohan

Find out which banks are part of the problem, and which are part of the solution, in the fight against global climate change.
Wearing hats shaped like smokestacks and carrying signs that said, "Coal Investments Cook the Climate," a group known as Billionaires for Coal raised awareness last week about the plans by TXU, a Dallas-based utility company, to build 11-new pulverized coal-fired power plants in Texas.
The activists delivered suitcases of coal, but the recipient of their gift was not TXU and they were a long way from Texas. Instead, their action took place in New York's financial district where they visited the headquarters of Merrill Lynch - a company that is putting coal and profits above human health and climate change.
Merrill Lynch is one of three major financial institutions, along with Morgan Stanley and Citigroup, that have agreed to arrange the needed $11 billion to finance TXU's plants.
It i…

Irak 162

'Ersatz Apocalypto: Slaughter and Spin in the Battle for Najaf
By Chris Floyd
t r u t h o u t UK Correspondent
Tuesday 06 February 2007

I. Rashomon in Babylon

It has been cast as a ferocious battle against a mighty opponent: a fanatical "apocalyptic cult" storming the holy city of Najaf with hundreds of warriors led by a self-proclaimed Islamic Messiah, their frenzy quelled only at the last moment by a massive intervention of American firepower. But, as with so much else in the blood-soaked annals of the Bush administration's disastrous Babylonian Conquest, it appears this neat story masks a far grimmer, grubbier truth: a mass slaughter of civilians, caught in the toxic fog of hair-trigger tension, sectarian hatred and violent political ambition unleashed by the US invasion.
The January 28 clash in Najaf was, the New York Times proclaimed, the greatest one-day battle in Iraq since the fall of Baghdad in 2003. Some 200-400 "cultists" were killed …

Irak 161

'Veterans Group Speaks Out on War
By Lyndsey Layton and Jonathan Weisman
The Washington Post

Congressional Democrats let talk for them, bluntly.
When Iraq war veteran Jon Soltz accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of "aiding the enemy," the Democratic senators gathered around him yesterday did not wince. Nor did Democrats object when Soltz, the chairman of a group called, called President Bush and Vice President Cheney "draft dodgers."
In the United States Congress, where decorum usually holds sway, Soltz and his small band of veterans are saying things many Democrats would like to express but can't. And as the politics heat up over the Iraq war, Democratic leaders increasingly are being drawn to Soltz and his angry soldiers. appears to be the most active group trying to influence the debate about the president's plan to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq. Last month, it dispatched veter…

Irak 160

'A Bleak Assessment on Iraq
The New York Times

There isn't much encouraging news in the new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq. Ethnic and sectarian identities are hardening and violence is spiraling, as shown again in Saturday's horrific Baghdad market bombing. Iraq's new governing institutions are weak and leading politicians have a "winner-take-all attitude" that can only make matters even worse.
The intelligence agencies see "real improvements" in Iraqi security forces. But those gains are strictly relative and the report still finds those forces unlikely to be able to successfully battle Shiite militias in the next 12 to 18 months.
A good example of this problem can be found in the accounts of last week's battle between the Iraqi Army and a mysterious group of armed religious extremists outside the Shiite shrine city of Najaf. Najaf is supposed to be a showcase province for the American-trained Iraqi Army. The Pent…

The Empire 169

'Bush Slashes Aid to Poor to Boost Iraq War Chest
By Ewen MacAskill
The Guardian UK

President George Bush is proposing to slash medical care for the poor and elderly to meet the soaring cost of the Iraq war.
Mr Bush's $2.9 trillion (£1.5 trillion) budget, sent to Congress yesterday, includes $100bn extra for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for this year, on top of $70bn already allocated by Congress and $141.7bn next year. He is planning an 11.3% increase for the Pentagon. Spending on the Iraq war is destined to top the total cost of the 13-year war in Vietnam.
The huge rise in military spending is paid for by a squeeze on domestic programmes, including $66bn in cuts over five years to Medicare, the healthcare scheme for the elderly, and $12bn from the Medicaid healthcare scheme for the poor.
Mr Bush said: "Today we submit a budget to the United States Congress that shows we can balance the budget in five years without raising taxes ... Our priority is to prote…

Klimaatverandering 86

Ik kreeg deze email van het Worldwatch Institute:

'From “Inconvenient” to Incontrovertible

Last year, the world was captivated by academy award and Nobel Prize nominee Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Now, the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows the science is not only inconvenient—it’s incontrovertible.
Some 2,500 scientists from more than 130 countries agree that there is at least a 90 percent probability that warming observed during the past 50 years is the result of human activity (up from 66 percent chance stated in the last IPCC report released in 2001).
IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri has said the report’s greatest contribution to the debate was in achieving consensus about the threat. The question now is: What can we do about global warming and how can we prepare our world for worsening storms, droughts, floods and other impacts?
See how…
The United States (the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter and whose action is necessary to encourage Ch…

De Volkskrant 16

Zomer 2006: Israelische kinderen, aangespoord door hun moeder en onder het goedkeurende oog van militairen, schrijven hatelijke teksten op bommen die naderhand hun Libanese leeftijdgenootjes vermoorden. De Volkskrant bericht: 'Meer vluchten Israël boven Libanon na schietincident
JERUZALEM - Israël gaat meer vluchten boven Libanon uitvoeren naar aanleiding van een schietincident woensdagavond bij de Israëlisch-Libanese grens. Dat heeft de Israëlische generaal Alon Friedman donderdag laten weten.
Libanese militairen schoten woensdagavond in het grensgebied op Israëlische militairen van de genie die naar explosieven zochten. Daarna ontstond een schotenwisseling. Niemand raakte daardoor gewond. De Israëlische militairen trokken zich donderdagmorgen terug uit het grensgebied.
Het was het ernstigste incident tussen Israël en Libanon sinds half augustus vorig jaar een eind kwam aan de oorlog tussen Israël en de Libanese sjiitische beweging Hezbollah.'

Het Nederlands Provincialisme 2

Ik volg het af en toe van terzijde, ik zie als het ware zo nu en dan een beeld voorbij gaan, maar als ik het goed begrepen heb dan krijgen we een kabinet waarvan de twee grootste partijen de verkiezingen hebben verloren. En een van de twee vice-premiers wordt Wouter Bos die zijn partij, als oppositiepartij, de grootste naoorlogse verkiezingsnederlaag heeft bezorgd en dus politiek was uitgespeeld. En dit winnend team gaat het land de komende jaren regeren onder het motto: samen staan we sterk of iets dergelijks. In elk geval klonk het me heel VOC-achtig in de oren. Ze hadden er onmiddellijk een poster van laten drukken, zodat de media lakeien het meteen ongeclausuleerd en gedachteloos konden nakwekken. Zo op het eerste gezicht ziet het er allemaal tamelijk lullig uit. De toon deugde niet, die was verkrampt en humorloos en dus leugenachtig. Het zag eruit als Nederland in de jaren vijftig. Wat me opviel was dat ik drie monoculturele blanke mannen zag uit een totaal oninteressante genera…