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Klimaatverandering 92

'Global Warming: It’s All About Energy
Michael T. Klare

Finally, after years of effort by dedicated scientists and activists like Al Gore, the issue of global warming has begun to receive the international attention it desperately needs. The publication on February 2 of the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), providing the most persuasive evidence to date of human responsibility for rising world temperatures, generated banner headlines around the world. But while there is a growing consensus on humanity’s responsibility for global warming, policymakers have yet to come to terms with its principal cause: our unrelenting consumption of fossil fuels.
When talk of global warming is introduced into the public discourse, as in Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” it is generally characterized as an environmental problem, akin to water pollution, air pollution, pesticide abuse, and so on. This implies that it can be addressed – like those other problems – …

Irak 174

'Another U.S. Military Assault on Media
Inter Press Service Dahr Jamail and Ali al-Fadhily
BAGHDAD, Feb 23 (IPS) Iraqi journalists are outraged over yet another U.S. military raid on the media.
U.S. soldiers raided and ransacked the offices of the Iraq Syndicate of Journalists (ISJ) in central Baghdad Tuesday this week. Ten armed guards were arrested, and 10 computers and 15 small electricity generators kept for donation to families of killed journalists were seized.
This is not the first time U.S. troops have attacked the media in Iraq, but this time the raid was against the very symbol of it. Many Iraqis believe the U.S. soldiers did all they could to deliver the message of their leadership to Iraqi journalists to keep their mouth shut about anything going wrong with the U.S.-led occupation.
"The Americans have delivered so many messages to us, but we simply refused all of them," Youssif al-Tamimi of the ISJ in Baghdad told IPS. "They killed our colleagues, closed so ma…

The Empire 186

De Economist bericht:

'American mortgages
Bleak houses
From The Economist print edition

America's riskiest mortgages are set to pop. Where will the shrapnel land?
LAST March, ResMAE, a mortgage lender catering to risky borrowers, cut the ribbon on its new headquarters in Brea, California. The sprawling, 135,000-square-foot building dwarfed the company's 458 local employees. But it fitted the firm's outsized ambitions. Less than a year later the company, rather than its ribbon, was facing the chop. This week it said it had filed for bankruptcy and was selling its assets for a diminutive $19m.
ResMAE is one of over 20 casualties among America's “subprime” mortgage lenders, which serve borrowers with spotty credit histories at higher interest rates. This end of the market took on $605 billion of new mortgages last year, more than a fifth of the total. But as interest rates have climbed, these loans have soured and the shares of bigger subprime lenders, such as Coun…

11 September 2001 (22)

'9/11 Survivors and Family Members Question the 9/11 Commission Report

An estimated 2,973 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks. The death toll at the World Trade Center included 60 police officers and 343 firefighters, 87 passengers aboard American Flight 11, 60 on United Flight 175, and over 2,000 occupants and neighbors of the WTC. The death toll at the Pentagon included 125 people from the Pentagon and 64 passengers on American Flight 77. And 44 people lost their lives on United Flight 93. Many 9/11 survivors and many 9/11 victim family members have expressed significant criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report. Several even allege government complicity in the terrible acts of 9/11. The public statements of many survivors contradict the Commission Report. And the words and actions of some of the victims on that terrible day are in conflict with the Commission Report. This section is a collection of their statements. It should be made clear that none of these individuals are aff…

De Israelische Terreur 157

Israel dreigt opnieuw openlijk met een een schending van het internationaal recht. En Europa staat erbij en kijkt ernaar. Dit zijn westerse normen en waarden en ons democratisch gehalte in de praktijk. Als Iran Israel zo zou hebben bedreigd, waren er onmiddellijk Kamervragen gesteld. Nu zwijgt zowel links als rechts. Totdat wij zelf de repercussies zullen ondervinden. En die gaan onherroepelijk ooit eens komen. Blijf zwijgen vrienden.

Haaretz bericht:

'Report: Israel in talks with U.S. on 'air corridor' over Iraq to Iran

Israel is negotiating with the United States over permission for an "air corridor" over Iraq should an attack on that country's nuclear facilities become necessary, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.Military authorities would need permission from the U.S. Department of Defense for any such operation, the report said.A senior Israeli defense official said talks are currently underway between Israel and the U.S. over the …

Iran 130

Gijsbert te Riet stuurde mij de volgende email:

'Ik heb de volgende reactie van Harry van Bommel gekregen:

Beste Gijsbert te Riet,

Uw analyse, verwachtingen en zorgen deel ik volledig. Daarom heb ik in de Kamer al meermalen aandacht gevraagd voor de dreigende taal van de Amerikanen. Minister Bot heeft dat steeds afgedaan met een bagatel. Hij sprak zelfs van een 'James Bond scenario'. Samen met enkele Iraniƫrs heb ik een stuk geschreven over deze materie dat een dezer dagen in de NRC verschijnt. Na plaatsing zal het ook op onze website te vinden zijn. Ik denk dat de inhoud u zeer zal aanspreken.Wij blijven inzetten op diplomatieke oplossingen in dit conflict. Het volgen van de Amerikaanse lijn leidt onherroepelijk tot het verlies van vele mensenlevens en chaos in het Midden-Oosten.
Met een groet,
Harry van Bommel

De reactie van Bot die Harry van Bommel bedoeld is hier na te lezen:

Irak 173

Het gezicht van de oorlog:

'Tearful US soldier recounts rape of Iraqi girl.
By Andrea Hopkins

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. A U.S. soldier under court-martial at a Kentucky military base broke down in tears on Wednesday as he described how he and others planned the rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, murdered along with her family.
Sgt. Paul Cortez, 24, is the second U.S. soldier to plead guilty to raping the girl, killing her and her family in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad, in March 2006, then burning the bodies to cover up the crime.
He read from papers before him to describe how he, Spc. James Barker and a since-discharged soldier, Steven Green, planned the attack.
"While we were playing cards Barker and Green started talking about having sex with an Iraqi female. Barker and Green had already known..." Cortez said before breaking down. He bowed his head and remained silent, sniffling occasionally, for a full minute before continuing.
"Barker and Green had already known what, um, house…

Klimaatverandering 91

'The Denial Machine

In the past few years, a hurricane has engulfed the debate about global warming. This scientific issue has become a rhetorical firestorm with science pitted against spin and inflammatory words on both sides.

This documentary shows how fossil fuel corporations have kept the global warming debate alive long after most scientists believed that global warming was real and had potentially catastrophic consequences. It shows that companies such as Exxon Mobil are working with top public relations firms and using many of the same tactics and personnel as those employed by Phillip Morris and RJ Reynolds to dispute the cigarette-cancer link in the 1990s. Exxon Mobil sought out those willing to question the science behind climate change, providing funding for some of them, their organizations and their studies.

C B C 2007'


Noam Chomsky 15

'It all comes down to control
Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author and foreign policy expert.
On February 9, Michael Shank interviewed him on the latest developments in US policy toward Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Venezuela.

Michael Shank: With similar nuclear developments in North Korea and Iran, why has the United States pursued direct diplomacy with North Korea but refuses to do so with Iran?
Noam Chomsky: To say that the United States has pursued diplomacy with North Korea is a little bit misleading. It did under the [Bill] Clinton administration, though neither side completely lived up to their obligations. Clinton didn't do what was promised, nor did North Korea, but they were making progress. So when [George W] Bush came into the presidency, North Korea had enough uranium or plutonium for maybe one or two bombs, but then very limited missile capacity. During the Bush years it's exploded. The reason is, he immediately canceled the diplomacy and he's pretty much b…

Robert Fisk 27

Een van de vele Libanese slachtoffers van de Israelische bombardementen zomer 2006. Nog steed heeft Europa de speciale economische, militaire en politieke banden met Israel niet verbroken. Israel staat boven de wet, tot het straks te laat is.

'Lebanon will be first victim of Iran crisis
By Robert Fisk

How easily the sparks from the American-Israeli fire fall across the Middle East. Every threat, every intransigence uttered in Washington and Tehran now burns a little bit more of Lebanon. It is not by chance that the UN forces in the south of the country now face growing suspicion among the Shia Muslims who live there. It is no coincidence that Israel thunders that the Hizbollah are now more powerful than they were before last year's July war. It is not an accident that Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbollah's leader, says he has brought more missiles into Lebanon. Why, the Lebanese ask, did President Bashar al-Assad of Syria visit President Ahmadinejad of Iran last weekend? To furt…

De Bush Bende 40

De terreur is verzevenvoudigd en dan zijn de westerse terreurdaden in Irak en Afghanistan niet eens meegerekend.

Mother Jones: 'The Iraq EffectWar Has Increased Terrorism Sevenfold Worldwide
By Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank

"If we were not fighting and destroying this enemy in Iraq, they would not be idle. They would be plotting and killing Americans across the world and within our own borders. By fighting these terrorists in Iraq, Americans in uniform are defeating a direct threat to the American people." So said President Bush on November 30, 2005, refining his earlier call to "bring them on." Jihadist terrorists, the administration’s argument went, would be drawn to Iraq like moths to a flame, and would perish there rather than wreak havoc elsewhere in the world.The president’s argument conveyed two important assumptions: first, that the threat of jihadist terrorism to U.S. interests would have been greater without the war in Iraq, and second, that the war…

Irak 172

'War Conspiracy Documented
By John Prados

The now-infamous Downing Street documents showed how President George Bush managed his move to war by fitting intelligence to his policy, and by refusing to accept the reports of United Nations inspectors who could find no Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Now there is a new hot document that confirms that Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair intended to sucker Saddam into war. It demonstrates that this aim was present long before the Bush-Blair talks, and indeed that provocation formed an integral feature of the U.S. war plan.
A January 31, 2003 meeting between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair clearly shows the two leaders discussing ways to provoke Saddam Hussein so as to justify war, indicating premeditation. Last week the National Security Archive in Washington posted the U. S. war plan—the set of briefing slides used by Central Command (CENTCOM) chief General Tommy Franks to brief President Bush on “Polo Step,” CENTCOM’s…

De Dollar Hegemonie 29

'The Second Great Depression By Mike Whitney

“The US economy is in danger of a recession that will prove unusually long and severe. By any measure it is in far worse shape than in 2001-02 and the unraveling of the housing bubble is clearly at hand. It seems that the continuous buoyancy of the financial markets is again deluding many people about the gravity of the economic situation.” Dr. Kurt Richebacher “The history of all hitherto society is the history of class struggles.” Karl Marx
This week’s data on the sagging real estate market leaves no doubt that the housing bubble is quickly crashing to earth and that hard times are on the way. “The slump in home prices from the end of 2005 to the end of 2006 was the biggest year over year drop since the National Association of Realtors started keeping track in 1982.” (New York Times) The Commerce Dept announced that the construction of new homes fell in January by a whopping 14.3%. Prices fell in half of the nation’s major markets and “…

Klimaatverandering 90

Twee mannen zitten in een trein die dreigt te ontsporen. De een zegt tegen de ander. Ik trek pas aan de rem als jij trekt. Die absurde redenering volgt de Europese Unie.

De New York Times bericht:

'Europeans Agree to Cut Emissions Sharply If US and Others Follow Suit.
By James Kanter
The New York Times

Paris - Seeking to persuade other nations to curb greenhouse gas emissions, European Union ministers pledged Tuesday to raise their own targets if industrialized countries like the United States made similar efforts.
European governments would be ready to cut emissions 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, from a current pledge of 20 percent, but only if other heavy polluters joined in, said Sigmar Gabriel, the German environment minister, who led a meeting in Brussels that formally endorsed the European targets.
Germany, the biggest European economy, was already prepared to cut its emissions even further if there was a broader agreement, Mr. Gabriel said, noting that…

De Dollar Hegemonie 28

'The Trade Quagmire
Collisions are imminent over fast-track trade authority, labor standards, and tarrifs. It's the president vs. China vs. Democrats vs. Democrats.
By Robert Kuttner

Get ready for a four-way train wreck on trade policy. The engineers: The Bush administration, the Democratic leadership in Congress, the Democratic back-benchers, and the government of China.
The Bush administration dearly wants a renewal of the president's authority to negotiate more trade deals. The House and Senate Democratic leadership sees an opportunity to win a long-sought Democratic goal -- the addition of labor standards to trade deals.
On Wednesday, at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee, chairman Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, warmly welcomed U.S. Trade Ambassador Susan Schwab. "I am very pleased with your leadership," he said. Rangel is pleased because the White House has agreed in principle to a deal bartering negotiating authority for labor standards.
But ma…

Irak 171

'Leaked Iraq Oil Law Document

Global Exchange’s Iraq Project Director, Raed Jarrar, has obtained a purported Iraqi oil law document and translated it into English.
By MediaChannel.

Global Exchange’s Iraq Project Director, Raed Jarrar, has obtained a purported Iraqi oil law document and translated it into English.
The document can be downloaded here or here.
Jarrar writes:
“This law legalizes PSAs (production sharing agreements) in Iraq. Iraq will be the only country in the middle east with such contracts privatising Iraqi oil and giving foreign companies crazy rates of profit that may reach to more than three fourth of the general revenue. Iraq and Iraqis need every Dinar that comes from oil sales. In addition to the financial aspects of this law, it can be considered the funding tool for splitting Iraq into three states. It undermines the central government and distributes oil revenues directly to the three regions, which sets the foundations for what Iraq’s enemies are trying to achie…

Iran 129

Vanmiddag kreeg ik deze email van Gijsbert te Riet uit Enschede:

'Ik heb zojuist de volgende mail naar dhr van Bommel van Buitenlandse Zaken van mijn partij gestuurd. Ik laat mijn naam, de partij en tevens zijn naam eruit zodat dit mogelijk gebruikt kan worden als een template voor anderen:

Verontrust over dreigende aanval VS op Iran

Geachte heer [..],

Als lid van [..] schrijf ik u deze e-mail om aan te geven dat ik zeer verontrust ben over het feit dat de Verenigde Staten hebben laten blijken dat ze een (nucleaire) aanval op Iran aan het voorbereiden zijn [1]. Deze aanval zou bedoeld zijn om de nucleaire faciliteiten in o.a. Natanz en Isfahan uit te schakelen, want "The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons" [2]. Onder deze groep "most dangerous regimes" valt, volgens de VS, de Islamitische Republiek Iran. Ondanks de illegale invasie van Irak, het bezetten van ee…

The Empire 185

'Bush Is Losing the "War on Terror"
By Robert Parry
Consortium News

Despite the sacrifices in lives, treasure and liberties, the painful reality is that the United States is losing the "war on terror" - in large part because too many people in the Middle East and across the globe view George W. Bush as a bully and a hypocrite.
Bush has become the ugly face of America, mouthing pretty words about freedom and democracy while threatening other nations and bludgeoning those who get in his way. Perhaps even worse, Bush has shown himself to be an incompetent commander, especially for a conflict as complicated and nuanced as this one.
Indeed, it is hard to envision how the United States can win the crucial battles for the hearts and minds of key populations if Bush remains President. Arguably, Bush has become a "clear and present danger" to the interests of the American people - yet he still has almost two years left in his term.
This predicament…

Iran 128

Democracy Now bericht:

'As Nuclear Deadline Passes, US and Iran Trade Accusations of Bombing Involvement
The White House has dismissed a suggestion from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Iran would close its nuclear facilities as long as Western nations did the same. His comments came as a deadline set by the UN for Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment program expires today. Meanwhile Iran has accused the US of backing a bomb attack that killed 11 Revolutionary Guards, just one week after the US accused Iran of supplying bombs targeting US troops in Iraq. We speak with retired Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner. [includes rush transcript]

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Iran would close its nuclear facilities as long as Western nations did the same. His offer comes as a deadline set by the UN for Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment program expires today. Iran has maintained it is not seeking nuclear weapons, saying its program is for purely peaceful en…