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Texas. Juli 2006.

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' America Since 1980: A Right Turn Leading to a Dead End
By Dean Baker, AlterNet. Posted April 27, 2007.
Economist Dean Baker's new book lays waste to the Reagan Revolution's unprecedented assault on working Americans' economic security.
Editor's note: this is adapted from Dean Baker's new book, The United States since 1980 (The World Since 1980).
U.S. politics took a sharp turn to the right in 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan as president. Domestically, Reagan touted an agenda that would lead to a sharp upward redistribution of income. Internationally, Reagan explicitly rejected the "d├ętente" framework for engaging the Soviet Union that had been accepted by the leadership of both major parties since the beginning of the Cold War. In its place, Reagan put forward a doctrine of U.S. unilateralism in which the United States basically claimed the right to do whatever it wanted, unconstrained by allies or international institutions.
The welfare state in…

11 september 2001 (27)

'A CounterPunch Special Investigation
What Did Israel Know in Advance of the 9/11 Attacks?

On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, an FBI bulletin known as a BOLO - "be on lookout" -- was issued with regard to three suspicious men who that morning were seen leaving the New Jersey waterfront minutes after the first plane hit World Trade Center 1. Law enforcement officers across the New York-New Jersey area were warned in the radio dispatch to watch for a "vehicle possibly related to New York terrorist attack":
White, 2000 Chevrolet van with 'Urban Moving Systems' sign on back seen at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ, at the time of first impact of jetliner into World Trade Center Three individuals with van were seen celebrating after initial impact and subsequent explosion. FBI Newark Field Office requests that, if the van is located, hold for prints and detain individuals.
At 3:56 p.m., twenty-five minutes after the issuance of the …

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Texas. Juli 2006.

Boycot Israel 3

'Israeli boycotts: gesture politics or a moral imperative?
The Guardian

I welcome your leader criticising the decision by the NUJ to boycott Israeli goods (April 20). For many years we have been working with trade unions in the region, the Histadrut (Israeli TUC) and the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), to meet and establish links with British unions. What trade unionists need in the region is solidarity, engagement and respect, not divisive calls that can only help the extremists. The general secretary of the PGFTU said in a letter only this week to Ofer Eini, chairman of the Histadrut, that "we must emphasise our mutual need for peace in our two societies, for the benefit both of workers and because peace will reflect stability". If the two union federations want to work for peace together it is our duty to support them. It is a pity that the NUJ did not take part in our recent delegation to the region to show real solidarity with fellow trade unio…


Houston, Texas. Juli 2006

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'Housing Bubble Boondoggle: “Is it too late to get out”? By Mike Whitney Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson delivered an upbeat assessment of the slumping real estate market on Friday saying, "All the signs I look at" show "the housing market is at or near the bottom.” Baloney. Paulson added that the meltdown in subprime mortages was not a “serious problem. I think it’s going to be largely contained.” Wrong again. Paulson knows full well that the housing market is headed for a crash and probably won’t bounce back for the next 4 or 5 years. That’s why Congress is slapping together a bailout package that will keep struggling homeowners out of foreclosure. If defaults keep skyrocketing at the present rate they are liable to bring the whole economy down in a heap. Last week, the Senate convened the Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Senator Charles Schumer. The committee’s job is to develop a strategy to keep delinquent subprime mortgage holders in their homes. It may l…

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Zodra we weer eens lachende autoriteiten zien, is het oppassen geblazen. Aanbieding van het Jaarverslag 2006 van het College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens aan Minister Hirsch Ballin (Justitie) door Jacob Kohnstamm van D'66.

De militarisering van wat officieel nog steeds de democratie heet.

Wal-Mart hires ex-military intelligence officers

Apr 24, 2007 01:57 PM
Marcus Kabel Associated Press
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been recruiting former military and government intelligence officers for a branch of its global security office aimed at identifying threats to the world's largest retailer, including from "suspect individuals and groups".
Wal-Mart's interest in intelligence operatives comes at a time when the retailer is defending itself against allegations by a fired security employee that it ran surveillance operations against targets including critics, dissident shareholders, employees and suppliers. Wal-Mart has denied any wrongdoing.
Wal-Mart posted a…

David Halberstam

'A Skeptical Vietnam Voice Still Echoes in the Fog of Iraq
By NY Times.
The news reports streaming out of Vietnam in the fall of 1963 were unsettling to President Kennedy, and in a White House meeting the talk turned to a particularly irritating young reporter named <>
“How old is Halberstam?” one of the participants asked, according to a recording unearthed by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
“About 25,” said William Bundy, a presidential adviser. In fact, he was 29.
“He was a reporter when he was in college,” said McGeorge Bundy, the national security adviser and a professor at Harvard when Mr. Halberstam was a student there. “So I know exactly what you’ve been up against.”
He laughed. Mr. Halberstam, then working for The New York Times, went on to demonstrate through a series of forceful dispatches that the chaotic reality unfolding on the ground in Vietnam bore little resemblance to the upbeat accounts offered by American presidents and gener…

De Commerciele Massamedia 58

'Dishonorable Non-Mention: Juan Gonzalez and the Daily News’ 9/11 Pulitzer
By Village Voice.

Millionaire Mort Zuckerman sounded like a man of the people last week in his Pulitzer victory speech to the Daily News staff. His paper had just won the prize for editorializing about sick 9/11 first responders, and as his employees sipped champagne, he proclaimed that the honor “reaffirms my belief that this paper fights for people who too often have no voice in this city.”
But the News journalist who does most of that fighting, especially on the 9/11 health issue, Juan Gonzalez, was conspicuously absent from both the party and the speeches. Gonzalez had been the first reporter in the city to deliver the radioactively controversial news in the fall of 2001 that the air near Ground Zero was far less safe than federal and local officials were saying.
City officials, trying to discredit Gonzalez’s scoop, called a press conference, at which Mayor Rudy Giuliani declared that “the problems created …

De Commerciele Massamedia 57

'‘Bill Moyers Journal’ airs today on PBS
By McClatchy-Tribune.
Imagine this ‘‘Twilight Zone’’ scenario: Two reporters reveal that the government is misleading the country into war. But few people pay attention because those reporters don’t appear regularly on television or work for one of the highest-profile publications.
This true story is recounted in ‘‘Buying the War,’’ a blistering indictment of how journalists failed in the months before the Iraq war. This gutsy program is essential viewing for explaining how punditry often overshadows journalism on television.
PBS - KTSC-TV - presents the 90-minute documentary at 8 p.m. (MDT) today. Part of the cast: Tim Russert, Phil Donahue and Bob Simon.
The messenger himself is Bill Moyers. And if you’re no fan of his, you still shouldn’t ignore his insights into how the media work.
‘‘Buying the War’’ celebrates Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay, reporters for Knight Ridder, the newspaper chain now owned by McClatchy. Skeptical of the Bush ad…

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De Volkskrant bericht: 'Imam in VS bedreigt Hirsi Ali met de dood.
PITTSBURGH - Een imam in de Amerikaanse staat Pennsylvania heeft opgeroepen om het voormalig VVD-Kamerlid Ayaan Hirsi Ali ter dood te veroordelen. Hij deed dat volgens lokale media voorafgaand aan een optreden van Hirsi Ali op de Universiteit van Pittsburg in Johnstown.' Zie: Imam_in_VS_bedreigt_Hirsi_Ali_met_de_dood

De VolkskrantWatch schrijft: 'Imam in VS bedreigt Hirsi Ali met de dood
Geplaatst op 25-04-2007 11:50 door VolkskrantWatch in media
Goh, wat raar, want ik lees helemaal niets over een bedreiging in het artikel met deze jonge, dynamische en dus voor jongeren buitengewoon onsaaie titel. De krant schrijft sans gene dat de imam "een oproep" heeft gedaan - maar dat is simpelweg een leugen. Ik lees in het oorspronkelijke artikel alleen: "Imam Fouad ElBayly (...) was among those who objected to Hirsi Ali's appearance.", en "…

De Bush Bende 55

April 24, 2007 Melody Bates from the group "Billionaires for Bush" during a demonstration in New York. Lawmakers and the US inspector general have accused KBR, formerly a division of Halliburton Co. and once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, of abusing federal record-keeping rules for the current contract. Nearly $2 billion in overpricing on the contract has been identified. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/ Getty Images)

Lawmakers Rail Against Halliburton Unit for Alleged Abuses
By Donna Borak
The Associated Press

Washington - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday railed against senior Army officials and defense contractor KBR Inc. over persistent allegations of fraud and contract abuse on a multibillion-dollar deal to provide food and shelter to U.S. troops in Iraq.
"Profiteering during wartime is inexcusable," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., testifying at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. "This is the most significant waste, fraud and abuse we have ever seen in …

Irak 204

'When Bremer Ruled Baghdad.
How Iraq was Looted
When President Bush announced "Mission Accomplished," and the end of the war in May 2003, he also said we would help the citizens of Iraq rebuild their country. "Now that the dictator's gone," he stated, "we and our coalition partners are helping Iraqis to lay the foundations of a free economy."
Apparently he was referring to the Coalition Provisional Authority that took up residence in Saddam's luxurious palace in May 2003, with the newly appointed King, Paul Bremer. The CPA was granted the authority to award reconstruction contracts in Iraq and it used that authority to implement what will go down in the history books as the most blatant war profiteering scheme of all time.
In large part, the masterminds of the reconstruction disaster that would occur after the CPA took over Iraq were Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, and Undersecretary of Defense, Douglas Feith.
But to ensure …

The Empire 229

'Fascist America, in 10 easy steps.
From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all. Tuesday April 24, 2007 The Guardian
Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list. In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed down: the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into residential areas, took over radio and TV stations, issued restrictions on the press, tightened some limits on travel, and took certain activists into custody.

They were not figuring these things out as they went along. If you look at history, you can see that there is essentially a blueprint for turning an open society into a dictatorship. That blueprint has been used again and again in more…

De Commerciele Massamedia 56

'Take Action: Tell Media To Cover The Debt Crisis.
In recent weeks there was an unexpected market meltdown - reports of a mortgage crisis which threatens to throw as many as two million Americans out of their homes, bankruptcies by major lenders, top banks reporting billions in losses and suggestions of complicity in predatory lending by top banks and Wall Street firms.The media focus has been on the financial institutions, not the people who are about to lose their homes and savings.The press has been asleep at the switch in reporting on this story, often showing more compassion for wealthy businessmen than abused consumers.MEDIA FOR DEMOCRACY appeals to its members to contact media outlets to investigate this story more thoroughly and explore remedies. MediaChannel's Danny Schechter, director of the film "In Debt We Trust" has outlined some initiatives our media can take to improve coverage on this financial crisis.
Click below to send an email to U.S. media outlets …

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'Israel's wall in the West Bank village of Al-Ram, north of Jerusalem, 20 February 2007.
(Moti Milrod/MaanImages)

The Legend of the Removed Checkpoints
Ran HaCohen, The Electronic Intifada, 24 April 2007

Last Monday's paper gave us a small reason to be happy. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for the second time in just a few weeks. Reporting the meeting -- described by Palestinian sources as "fruitless" -- Ha'aretz noted:"An IDF lieutenant-colonel also attended the meeting. The officer briefed the Palestinians on the plan to remove IDF roadblocks in the West Bank. According to the officer, the IDF has so far removed 44 roadblocks. He added that the IDF was planning to remove an additional 17 in the next stage of the plan. The sources said that the Palestinian delegation requested the removal of more roadblocks, and that Olmert expressed his willingness."Good News, Isn't It?!Hear, hear: the IDF removed 4…

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Onder het goedkeurende oog van hun moeder en een Israelische soldaat schrijven deze Israelische kinderen verwensingen op raketten die vorig jaar zomer op Libanon werden afgeschoten. Hieronder ziet u het resultaat van die Israelische beschietingen. Zo zien stoffelijke overschotten van kinderen, babies, vrouwen en mannen eruit. De Nederlandse regering en de meerderheid van onze volksvertegenwoordigers steunen deze terreur tegen een burgerbevolking door Israel economische, militair en politiek te helpen. Het is ongelooflijk, maar waar. Ooit zal het Westen voor deze oorlogsmisdaden een rekening betalen.

'Tempers Rise Over Reconstruction Dahr Jamail, The Electronic Intifada, 23 April 2007
BINT JBAIL, 23 April 2007 (IPS) - Eight months after Israeli attacks left devastation across many villages in southern Lebanon, reconstruction comes with mounting anger towards both Israel and the central Lebanese government.The war which raged between Israel and Hezbollah Jul. 12 to Aug. 14 last year d…

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Electronic Intifada bericht:

'UK Journalist Union: Support boycott of Israeli goodsStatement, National Union of Journalists, 24 April 2007

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) issued this statement on 17 April 2007 following a vote at the 2007 Annual Delegate Meeting in Birmingham, UKThe NUJ's Centenary Annual Conference last week debated more than 200 motions on topics ranging from opposition to plans to neuter the UK Freedom of Information Act, to launching a Stand Up for Journalism campaign against low pay and job cuts throughout the media industry. The conference condemned press freedom violations in China, Russia, Pakistan and Zimbabwe, and a special session was held on the kidnapping of Alan Johnston in Gaza and the safety of journalists. Among the motions passed in the international debate was one calling among other things for the NUJ to support a "boycott of Israeli goods... led by trade unions and the TUC" in response to the situation in Palestine and last…