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De Israelische Terreur 165

'Israeli backlash to Olmert comments Sat, 10 Mar 2007 10:24:13
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's admission that last summer's onslaught against Lebanon was pre-planned has provoked anger among Israeli officials. Olmert told Israeli daily Haaretz on Thursday that last summer's war was planned in advance and before the Islamic resistance of Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers. Olmert's admission confirms Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's earlier claims, Al-Manar TV reported. Senior officers in the Israeli General Staff expressed their anger before the Winograd Commission, which is investigating the war. "If war was planned, why was the Israeli Defense Force left unprepared?" Haaretz quoted a member of Israeli General Staff saying. Labor Party ministers have also lashed out at Olmert's testimony before the commission. They demanded to know why, "if the prime minister had considered war a possibility, he never bothered to inform the…

De Bush Bende 47

'Joe Wilson: Time for Bush/Cheney to Come Clean
By Keith Olbermann

Joseph Wilson: Time for Bush/Cheney to Come Clean
David Shuster: Inside the Libby Verdict
Howard Fineman: The Cloud Over the White House
Legal Analyst Stanley Brand: It's Not Over Yet
Nixon Counsel John Dean: The Verdict of History

In his first live interview since the guilty verdicts in the trial of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson told Keith Olbermann it's now time for President Bush and Vice President Cheney to be honest with the American public about their roles in the outing of his wife, CIA Operative Valerie Plame.
Guilty as Charged: Just as Al Capone's conviction on tax evasion charges does not mean the crime boss was not guilty of anything else, Scooter Libby's conviction on charges of lying and obstruction of justice does not automatically prove that Mister Libby - and other top White House officials - did not commit the underlying crime of having oute…

The Empire 200

'U.S. Slams Foreign Rights Abuses, Fails to Note Own Complicity
by Jessica Azulay
In reporting on the human rights abuses around the world, the State Department has neglected facts and claims from its sources that implicate
Mar. 8 – In its yearly report on human rights violations abroad, the US State Department acknowledged the analyses come "at a time when [the United States’s] own record and actions… taken to respond to the terrorist attacks against us have been questioned." But the reports carefully omit US support for and involvement in the very practices it criticizes.

"There are clear and troubling gaps in this report," the US-based group Human Rights First said in a press statement. "As in years past, the US government has rightly identified and criticized countries for their repression of human-rights activists, but this in many instances only serves to highlight how US government policies fail to follow through on this commitment in practice."
In …

De Israelische Terreur 164

Op 29 januari 2007 heeft de speciale VN rapporteur John Dugard een rapport uitgebracht over de mensenrechtensituatie in de bezette Palestijnse gebieden
Hieronder leest u een Nederlandse samenvatting (vertaald) van het rapport.


Gaza is wederom de focus geweest van mensenrechtenschendingen en schendingen van het internationaal humanitair recht in de bezette Palestijnse gebieden. In reactie op de ontvoering van Korporaal Gilad Shalit door Palestijnse militanten op 25 juni 2006 en de aanhoudende Qassam raketaanvallen op Israël, heeft Israël twee grote militaire operaties uitgevoerd in Gaza: "Operation Summer Rains" en "Operation Autumn Clouds". In de loop van deze twee operaties heeft de Israëlische Defence Forces (IDF) herhaaldelijk militaire incursies uitgevoerd in Gaza, begeleid met zwaar artillerie geshut en 'air-to-surface' raketaanvallen. Projectielen, granaten en bulldozers hebben huizen, scholen, ziekenhuizen, moskeeën, openbare gebouwen, bru…

Klimaatverandering 98

'Rich Countries Owe 'Eco-Debt' to Poor Ones, Say Activists
by Brian Kenety

BRUSSELS - If wealthy nations only realized how much ''ecological debt'' they owe poor ones, they would drop their financial claims against the debtor countries of the developing world, say anti-debt and environmental campaigners.
Indeed, the campaigners argue, the concept of ecological debt provides a compelling new argument to cancel the financial debts of these countries: not only has the debt been paid in financial terms, as activists long have argued, but it also is more than offset in ecological terms.
If the North realized the scale and severity of its ecological debt to the South, ''no one would again have the audacity to demand that countries like Mozambique or Niger send a penny more debt service,'' says Andrew Simms, a veteran of the Jubilee 2000 debt relief campaign who works for the London-based New Economics Foundation.
Ecological debt is the notion that the …

De Bush Bende 46

'Lucky Libby
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t Columnist

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been convicted by a federal jury of two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice. He faces, due to federal sentencing guidelines, a term of between one and one-half and three years in prison.
There will be an appeal, of course, and the potential for a presidential pardon - recall the slew of convicted Iran-Contra characters pardoned by Bush Sr. way back when - remains ever-present, leaving open the possibility that Libby will serve no time at all. Even so, this conviction "culminated the seven-week trial of the highest-ranking White House official to be indicted on criminal charges in modern times," according to the Washington Post.
Mr. Libby is a damned lucky man.
The acts he was convicted of - perjury, false statements and obstruction - were crimes in themselves, to be sure, but were crimes committed to…


Uit Shell Venster, een tweemaandelijkse interessante uitgave van Shell Nederland:

'EU energiebeleid 07

Reactie Jeroen van der Veer op EU-energieplan

Prikkels en regels


Overheden moeten via een robuust wettelijk kader bedrijven helpen ‘de aanval op CO2 te openen’. Aldus Jeroen van der Veer, Chief Executive van Royal Dutch Shell in een reactie op het energie- en klimaatplan van de EU. Een extract uit zijn visie zoals die is gepubliceerd in de Financial Times en NRC Handelsblad.


“Het nieuwe energiebeleid zoals dat door de Europese Unie wordt voorgesteld, omvat veel goede ideeën en stelt ambitieuze doelen om de uitstoot van broeikasgassen binnen betrekkelijk korte tijd te verminderen. De ervaring leert echter dat agressieve doelstellingen weinig betekenen, tenzij de regeringen van de EU-lidstaten voor prikkels en regels zorgen die die doelstellingen haalbaar maken.”
“Zulk beleid valt in twee brede categorieën uiteen: normen en…

Martelen 71

'Soviet-Era Compound in Poland Was Secret CIA Prison Site
By Larisa Alexandrovna and David Dastych

This explosive investigative report is the first to expose the location of one of the Bush-sanctioned prison sites for terror suspects in Europe. The CIA operated an interrogation and short-term detention facility for suspected terrorists within a Polish intelligence training school with the explicit approval of British and US authorities, according to British and Polish intelligence officials familiar with the arrangements.
Intelligence officials identify the site as a component of a Polish intelligence training school outside the northern Polish village of Stare Kiejkuty. While previously suspected, the facility has never been conclusively identified as being part of the CIA's secret rendition and detention program.
Only the Polish prime minister and top Polish intelligence brass were told of the plan, in which agents of the United States quietly shuttled detainees from other holdi…

Martelen 70

Human Rights Watch bericht:

'US/Iraq/Afghanistan: Accountability for Detainee Abuse.

The US Army in January ordered the court-martial of Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Jordan, a key official allegedly implicated in detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Jordan is the first military officer to be charged under the doctrine of command responsibility, whereby officers can be held responsible for the crimes of their subordinates if they knew or should have known about the crimes but failed to prevent or punish them. Human Rights Watch has long pressed for the investigation and prosecution of abuses against detainees in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay. We released a report showing that since the Abu Ghraib scandal broke, the military has failed to hold any officers accountable for detainee abuse under the doctrine of command responsibility. In the same report, we also documented the utter failure of the US Justice Department to prosecute civilians implicated in cases of detainee …

The Empire 199

'Bill to Study Slavery Reparations Still Facing Resistance
by Michelle Chen

Every year since 1989, members of Congress have pushed for a study into how the US might atone for slavery, its aftermath and legacy. And every year, the white majority says the subject is off limits.
Mar. 7 – A proposal now before Congress could either begin an unprecedented examination of institutional racism in the United States or once again mark how far the government is from confronting historical scars.
The plight of H.R. 40, which would establish a Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans, encapsulates the controversy over how, or whether, the US government should deal with the legacy of slavery.
Re-introducing the bill in the House of Representatives, John Conyers (D–Michigan) remarked in January that despite the resistance the legislation has encountered – it has never advanced to a floor vote, though it has resurfaced each year since 1989 – its mission is relatively modest. H.R.…

De Pro-Israel Lobby 32

'Christisons: Does the Israeli Tail Wag the American Dog?
If the United States is unable to distinguish the world’s or its own real needs from those of another state and that state’s lobby, then it simply cannot say that it always acts in its own best interests.
By Kathleen and Bill Christison

A quarter century ago, the executive director of AIPAC —the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—established an analytical unit inside the organization to write in-depth advocacy papers for policymakers. The year was 1981, the president was Ronald Reagan, and AIPAC had just lost a hard-fought battle in Congress over the sale of AWACS surveillance aircraft to Saudi Arabia. The AIPAC leader was an energetic former congressional aide named Thomas Dine, who used the setback to build AIPAC into a formidable political force. Over the next few years, Dine quadrupled AIPAC’s grassroots membership as well as its budget and aggressively expanded contacts with Congress and policymakers. He set out…

De Israelische Terreur 163

By Naeim Giladi

I write this article for the same reason I wrote my book: to tell the American people, and especially American Jews, that Jews from Islamic lands did not emigrate willingly to Israel; that, to force them to leave, Jews killed Jews; and that, to buy time to confiscate ever more Arab lands, Jews on numerous occasions rejected genuine peace initiatives from their Arab neighbors. I write about what the first prime minister of Israel called "cruel Zionism." I write about it because I was part of it.
My Story
Of course I thought I knew it all back then. I was young, idealistic, and more than willing to put my life at risk for my convictions. It was 1947 and I wasn't quite 18 when the Iraqi authorities caught me for smuggling young Iraqi Jews like myself out of Iraq, into Iran, and then on to the Promised Land of the soon-to-be established Israel.
I was an Iraqi Jew in the Zionist underground. My Iraqi jailers did everything they could to extrac…

De Israelische Terreur 162

'Sands of Sorrow -Depicting the lives of Palestinian refugees soon after Nakba
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This is an incredible unique movie that captures Palestinian refugees living conditions few years after Nakba. It contains rare footage of Gaza, Bethlehem, & Jerusalem refugees camps. It documents shortage of health care (i.e. many don't know that 4 out of 5 kids under the age of 6 months died because of disease and malnutrition), education, food, sanitation,...etc.'


De Bush Bende 45

'Journalist and Author Andrew Cockburn on Donald Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy.

It’s been almost one year since the first of six retired US generals began calling for the departure of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Andrew Cockburn is the author of the controversial new biography, “Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy.” Cockburn talks about Rumsfeld's role in the Iraq war, his links to the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, his time as a pharmaceutical executive, and his tenuous relationship with George H.W. Bush.

It’s been almost one year since the first of six retired US generals began speaking out against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, calling for his departure. Their criticism helped to ignite - or may well have been ignited by -- public scrutiny of Rumsfeld, who was confronted by during speeches around the country.

Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst questioning Donald Rumsfeld, May 4 2006.
World Can’t Wait’s …

De Bush Bende 44

Het lijkt erop dat de Amerikaanse volksvertegenwoordiging de jacht gaat openen op de vriendjes van Bush.

'Congress Says Prepared to Act in Plame Affair
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t Report

Aides to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Congressman John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said they were engaged in discussions Tuesday about the possibility of holding immediate hearings and subpoenaing Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to provide details of his nearly four-year-old investigation, and the evidence he obtained regarding the role Vice President Dick Cheney and other White House officials played in the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson. The aides requested anonymity because they were not yet permitted to discuss Congress's course of action in the matter publicly.
The news came on the heels of a verdict Tuesday in which a jury found former vice presidential staffer I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby gui…

Iran 146

De vanzelfsprekendheid van deze kop is opmerkelijk, zo wordt terreur acceptabel gemaakt bij het grote publiek. Zou er ooit in een westerse krant geschreven worden: 'Live with a nuclear Israel or Strike?' Nee, natuurlijk niet. En dat bepaalt ook meteen de kleur van dit artikel in Le Monde: 'Live With a Nuclear Iran or Strike? By Laurent Zecchini Le Monde
The United States is keeping two irons in the fire with Iran. It is exploring the diplomatic route and economic sanctions, while sending strong signals of its determination to choose the military option: The two American aircraft carriers in the Arabian-Persian Gulf are a modern illustration of "gunboat diplomacy." If Tehran's nuclear headlong rush must be stopped, which - the United States or Israel - should take care of it? Knowing that a bombing campaign will not succeed in razing all of Iran's ballistic missile sites, still less in eradicating the knowledge of its nuclear experts, and knowing that …

Irak 184

'The Last Hot-button Issue for the Bush Adminstration: Hostages to Policy
By Tom Engelhardt

What we know about waste and war in Iraq.
Let's start with the obvious waste. We know that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have lost their lives since the Bush administration invaded their country in March 2003, that almost two million may have fled to other countries, and that possibly millions more have been displaced from their homes in ethnic-cleansing campaigns. We also know that an estimated 4.5 million Iraqi children are now malnourished and that this is but "the tip of the iceberg" in a country where diets are generally deteriorating, while children are dying of preventable diseases in significant numbers; that the Iraqi economy is in ruins and its oil industry functioning at levels significantly below its worst moments in Saddam Hussein's day - and that there is no end in sight for any of this.
We know that, while the new crew of American …

Jean Baudrillard

Als geen andere naoorlogse filosoof heeft Baudrillard geanaliseerd hoe de schijn de werkelijkheid in onze massacultuur heeft weggevaagd. U hoeft maar om u heen te kijken en u ziet op elk niveau hoe de schijn de werkelijkheid bepaalt. Door de commerciele massamedia is ook de politieke werkelijkheid schijn geworden. Ger Groot schrijft in de NRC bij de dood van de fascinerende Franse denker het volgende:

'Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007)
Provocateur in de Franse filosofie
Amerika is het voorland van een nieuwe realiteit, was een van de opvattingen van de filosoof Jean Baudrillard.
Door Ger Groot

Brussel, 7 maart. De Franse socioloog en filosoof Jean Baudrillard wist wat provoceren was. In de eerste maanden van 1991 schreef hij een reeks kritische artikelen over de eerste Golfoorlog, later verzameld in het pamflet De Golfoorlog heeft niet plaatsgevonden. Tien jaar later schreef hij, naar aanleiding van de aanslag op het World Trade Center in New York: „Anderen hebben dit op hun geweten, maar w…

De Commerciele Massamedia 41

'News: It's not the Internet that's killing newspapers. It's the equity-chasing investors and their friends at the FCC who have put outsize profits before a free press.
By Eric Klinenberg

March/April 2007 Issue

Senate reconfirmation hearings tend to be predictable affairs, marked by polite give-and-take and senatorial grandstanding, but generally free of surprise plot twists. And so it was supposed to go last September 12, when Federal Communications Commission (fcc) chairman Kevin Martin appeared before the Commerce Committee. In March 2005, following the departure of Michael Powell (Colin's son), President Bush had named the young Republican lawyer to head the extraordinarily powerful five-person panel that oversees the nation's media and telecommunications policies. Martin, a boyish-looking 40-year-old who'd been on the fcc since 2001, planned to carry on much of his predecessor's unfinished business, particularly stiffening penalties for on-air indece…

The Empire 198

'The Housing Bubble Starts to Burst
By Dean Baker
t r u t h o u t Columnist

Is there anything as beautiful as the sound of surprised economists in the springtime? I haven't had this much fun since the NASDAQ started to deflate seven years ago.
Okay, enough of the gloating; while the collapse of the housing bubble was both predictable and inevitable, it is not pretty. Tens of millions of people will be hurt as they see much of the equity in their homes - money that most had counted on to support their retirement - disappear. Millions more will be forced out of their homes as they find that they are unable to meet the payments on adjustable rate mortgages that reset at higher rates. People who had worked hard and saved in order to become homeowners will see their dream disappear.
The timing and process of the unwinding of the bubble cannot be known, but the basic story is clear. Investors are finally realizing that the high-risk mortgages they have been holding are…

De Commerciele Massamedia 40

In het NOS-Journaal van acht uur vanavond stelde de nieuwsvoorleester Sacha de Boer de vraag aan de politiek verslaggever in Den Haag hoe het toch kwam dat de dubbelle nationaliteit inzet van de Provinciale Staten-verkiezingen is geworden. Bram Schilham antwoordde dat dit issue onder de bevolking leeft. En dat nu is een gotspe. De dubbelle nationaliteit waar de mallotenclub van Wilders mee kwam, was gefundenes Fressen voor de media. De NRC bijvoorbeeld wist niet hoe snel ze ermee moest openen, twee journalisten werden vrijgemaakt om dit non-issue te coveren. En ook het NOS-Journaal en de andere commerciele massamedia besteedden er onevenredig veel aandacht aan. Dus de bewering van Bram Schilham is nonsense. De commerciele media hebben in hun jacht op hoge oplage-, kijk- en luistercijfers de zaak opgeblazen, en helpen zodoende mee de ressentimenten van een absolute minderheid van de Nederlandse bevolking te voeden en te verspreiden. Ondertussen besteedden ze geen structurele aandacht …

Robinson Jeffers 2

De Amerikaanse dichter Robinson Jeffers, geschreven op 30 augustus 1939. 'The Soul's Desert They are warming up the old horrors; and all that they say is echoes of echoes. Beware of taking sides; only watch. These are not criminals, nor hucksters and little journalists, but governments Of the great nations; men favorably Representative of massed humanity. Observe them. Wrath and laughter Are quite irrelevant. Clearly it is time To become disillusioned, each person to enter his own soul's desert And look for God - having seen man.'

De Israelische Terreur 161

Enfin, volgens de Nederlandse commerciele massamedia is het rustig in Israel, dat wil zeggen de joods-Israelis leven rustig door, de Palestijnen daarentegen gaan gebukt onder de dagelijkse terreur van de bezetting en de voortgaande politiek van het etnisch zuiveren van Palestina. Zie: Maak het leven van Palestijnse burgers zo gruwelijk mogelijk en ze vertrekken van zelf wel, is daarbij de Israelische gedachte. Maar daar besteden de commercielen geen aandacht aan. Dat past niet in het propagandistische beeld, net zomin als de Nederlandse media na 1940 meldden wat er in werkelijkheid met de joodse buren gebeurde. Gesteund door concerns en politici uit het christelijke Westen gaat vandaag de dag de dagelijkse terreur tegen de Palestijnen ongestoord door. Van moedige Israelische vredesactivisten kreeg ik deze mail: 'Home demolitions are taking place NOW in A-Tur near the A-Zaim checkpoint and Maavar Zeitim (Terminal crossing),…

Iran 145

'Report Warns Against Iran Attack
BBC News

Military strikes against Iran could speed Tehran's development of nuclear weapons, according to a UK think tank.

A report by the Oxford Research Group says military action could lead Iran to change the nature of its programme and quickly build a few nuclear arms.
Iran denies Western claims it is trying to build weapons, saying its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.
The study comes as the UN nuclear watchdog is set to discuss the nuclear programmes of Iran and North Korea.
In February, Iran ignored a deadline set by the UN Security Council to stop enriching uranium.
A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran was instead expanding the programme.
Enriched uranium is used as fuel for nuclear reactors, but highly enriched uranium can be used to make nuclear bombs.
Western powers have threatened to expand sanctions on Iraq. These could include travel bans on Iranian officials associated with …

De Dollar Hegemonie 31

'The Condition Of The Dollar

By Lindsey Williams

There is so much to touch on regarding the dollar this month, I hardly know where to start. Regardless of where I begin, the news is not good and affects all of us.

First on our list is China. They have now announced that they are refusing to accept American Corporations purchasing into their stock market any longer as they did in the past. China also said that they are no longer going to be purchasing our securities as they have in the past, including bonds and T-bills. China's decisions and subsequent announcements at the beginning of the week has sent a panic across the World's markets.

Additionally, OPEC met recently and they have also stated they will be diversifying into other currencies instead of just the American dollar. They will now begin accepting other currencies and limit the trade of oil via the American dollar.

March 21st 2007 will be one of the most significant dates this month. Iran has outlawed the American dol…

Iran 144

Mother Jones bericht:

'Interviews with Iranian Opposition Leaders
By Reese Erlich
March 1, 2007

'Each week in March, Mother Jones will release a new interview with an Iranian opposition leader. Journalist Reese Erlich will speak with Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, Freedom Movement in Iran leader Ibrahim Yazdi, and Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji. We will also feature his interview with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Erlich's book, "The Iran Agenda: The Truth Behind US Policy and the Middle East Crisis," will be published in September 2007.

March 1, 2007: Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi talks about her fight for human rights in Iran [AUDIO]

Coming next week: Writer and journalist Akbar Ganji'