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The Empire 240

Zo kun je het dus ook zeggen: 'Soldaten leven in onmin met ethische regels,' terwijl je in feite bedoelt dat een aanzienlijk deel van je militairen dezelfde opvattingen hebben als SS-ers gedraagt. De Washington Post bericht:

'Troops at Odds With Ethics Standards
By Thomas E. Ricks and Ann Scott Tyson
The Washington Post
Saturday 05 May 2007

Army also finds more deployment means more mental illness.
More than one-third of U.S. soldiers in Iraq surveyed by the Army said they believe torture should be allowed if it helps gather important information about insurgents, the Pentagon disclosed yesterday. Four in 10 said they approve of such illegal abuse if it would save the life of a fellow soldier.
In addition, about two-thirds of Marines and half the Army troops surveyed said they would not report a team member for mistreating a civilian or for destroying civilian property unnecessarily. "Less than half of Soldiers and Marines believed that non-combatants should be treated with …

Klimaatverandering 107

Italy's largest river drying up

ROME — Italy declared a state of emergency in northern and central
regions on Friday due to fears of drought following unusually warm
and dry weather.

Farmers have been fretting as Italy's largest river, the Po, has
dried up in recent months. The river, running west to east across
northern Italy, feeds the broad Po valley which accounts for about a
third of the country's agricultural output.

Environment Minister Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio said the state of
emergency had been declared as a precautionary measure. It came a day
after neighbouring France imposed water rationing in several of its
regions, also in fear of drought.

Italy's hottest winter in 200 years meant snowfall was light in the
Alps, with little snow-melt to swell the Po. Then a hot, dry spring
set in, with temperatures in April approaching levels usually seen in

Officials have declared a state of emergency in the wake of unusally warm weather,
which has left the river dry.

But Cab…

The Empire 239

De privatisering van het moorden.

'Blackwater Rising
By Chuck Goudie

The world's most controversial security service is now open for business in Illinois. But is Blackwater, Inc. looking to make Illinois an outpost for what has been called the world's largest private army?
This is the same Blackwater that has become the icon for private security services in Iraq. According to critics, Blackwater is nothing more than a corporate warlord, based in North Carolina, with a payroll of hired gunslingers-- hundreds of them now protecting diplomats and contractors in Iraq. Blackwater executives say they and their mission near a rural town south of Rockford are greatly misunderstood-- that to know them is to like them-- and that they want their new neighbors in Illinois to know them.
On the ground in nine nations around the world, Blackwater is what one company executive calls the most "notorious" in the fast-growing business of private security. For 10 years the firm has been…

The Empire 238

'The Anti-Empire Report Some things you need to know before the world ends by William Blum
If the United States leaves Iraq things will really get bad. This appears to be the last remaining, barely-breathing argument of that vanishing species who still support the god-awful war. The argument implies a deeply-felt concern about the welfare and safety of the Iraqi people. What else could it mean? That the US military can't leave because it's needed to protect the oil bonanza awaiting American oil companies as soon as the Iraqi parliament approves the new written-in-Washington oil law? No, the Bush administration loves the people of Iraq. How much more destruction, killing and torturing do you need to be convinced of that? We can't leave because of the violence. We can't leave until we have assured that peace returns to our dear comrades in Iraq.
To better understand this argument, it helps to keep in mind the following about the …

The Empire 237

'Transcript: Bill Moyers Talks With Jon Stewart
Bill Moyers Journal

I'm Bill Moyers. Welcome. Every week at this time we'll be holding a kaleidoscope up to the light and turning it to see ideas and events through different perspectives.
I've been a journalist since I was 16 years old, with a detour here and there, and it's just as exciting as ever to catch a gust of news and ride it to some fresh insight and understanding. But events come faster than ever and the news from many more places - YouTube, the web, satellite radio ... Ipods. So a weekly journal will reflect a variety of sources.
For example, I start my day with Josh Marshall and end it with Jon Stewart. One's a journalist, the other says he is just a comic-but I think he's really kidding:
Coming up on the Journal: Jon Stewart of THE DAILY SHOW and Josh Marshall of
Bill Moyers: Thank you for being with me, Jon Stewart.
Jon St…

De Israelische Terreur 192

Israelische progressieve intellectuelen blijven knokken tegen de Israelische terreur:

'The debate "One State Solution or Two State Solution" on Tuesday, May 8th at 8.00 p.m. will have simultaneous translation from Hebrew into English available, sponsored by ICAHD's Action Advocacy Project.

Please forward this message to others in the diplomatic and journalist community, especially those in Tel Aviv, whom you think will be interested to hear Uri Avnery debate the two-state solution, versus Ilan Pappe debating the one-state solution. It will be held in the auditorium of Kibbutz Artzi, 13 Leonardo da Vinci Street, between Kaplan and Shaul HaMelech Streets near the Ministry of Defence "Kirya".

Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, Action Advocacy OfficerThe Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD),; www.icahd.orgwww.angelajerusalem.wordpress.comwww.angelaicahd.blogspot.comTel: (02) 672 8771 / 0547 366 393 "The people of the world …

De Nuance van de NRC 27

Restanten van wat eens levende jonge mensen waren, slachtoffers van een Israelisch bombardement op Beiroet.

De NRC-correspondent in 'het beloofde land' bericht ons het volgende:

'Olmert neemt zijn verantwoordelijkheid en blijft.'

Dat is een opmerkelijke visie die de NRC hier geeft, een politicus die gefaald heeft ten koste van honderden mensenlevens en miljarden schade 'neemt zijn verantwoordelijkheid' door krampachtig in het zadel te blijven zitten. Hoezo verantwoorderlijkheid? Olmert weigert op te stappen, het gebruikelijke onfatsoen, ook van politici in een zogeheten parlementaire democratie. Dat is geen nieuws, zelfs niet als de NRC-redactie als mening heeft dat het blijven zitten nu juist een teken is van het feit dat 'Olmert zijn verantwoordelijkheid [neemt].' Vanwaar deze absurde NRC-mening in de kop? Er zijn geen aanhalingstekens, dus wordt niemand geciteerd, met andere woorden: dit is de mening van de NRC.

Maar er zitten, zoals gebruikelijk, meer m…

De Israelische Terreur 191

Na een Israelisch bombardement. Dood Kind. Zuid Libanon. Zomer 2006.
De Independent bericht: 'After the war in Lebanon... the battle for Israel
The struggle for a nation engulfed by the aftershocks of a bungled war
By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem
Published: 03 May 2007
The struggle for control of an Israeli government gripped by aftershocks from the failures of last year's bloody Lebanon war began in earnest last night after Tzipi Livni, the Foreign Minister, called on the Prime Minister to resign.
Ms Livni became the first senior figure in the cabinet - and in Ehud Olmert's own party, Kadima - to announce that she had told the Prime Minister face to face that he should quit in response to the official report highlighting the failures of the war.
Ms Livni, who made no secret of her desire to replace Mr Olmert, declared after a tense hour-long meeting with the Prime Minister: "I told him that resignation would be the right thing for him to do. It's not a personal matter b…

De Israelische Terreur 190

Vandaag mailde Israelische acitivisten die opkomen voor de rechten van de Palestijnen me het volgende:

'The IDF is currently demolishing, as I understand it from an OCHA fieldworker who is currently travelling to the site to see what is happening, the fence around the house of Abu Samir at Beit Ijza. This is the single house surrounded almost completely by the settlement Givon HaHadasha, and surrounded for the past few years with its own fence/wall. Two months ago, the fence/wall was extended so that it cut the house off from its Palestinian village, Beit Ijza. The Supreme Court has said that the home may not be demolished. The army is currently demolishing the fence/wall and the fear is that the home will be demolished too.

Thank you.

Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, Action Advocacy OfficerThe Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD),; (02) 672 8…

Irak 205

'Corruption, Shoddy Work and Mismanagement Cripple Iraq Reconstruction By William Fisher t r u t h o u t Report
Thursday 03 May 2007
Evidence of widespread corruption, shoddy work, and poor management has called into question the Bush administration's claims that sabotage by insurgents is responsible for the failure of its multibillion-dollar Iraq reconstruction effort.
The new and growing body of evidence comes from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR); the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which is the investigative arm of Congress, and CorpWatch, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit monitoring organization.
The head of SIGIR, Stuart Bowen, reports that his agency sampled eight projects that the administration had touted as successes, and found that seven were no longer operating because of plumbing and electrical failures, lack of proper maintenance, apparent looting and expensive equipment never used.
The GAO tells Congress that Ir…

Israelisch Expansionisme 43

'Commentary: What Are the Prospects for Peace in the Middle East?
By Matthew Taylor
With President Jimmy Carter coming to town Wednesday to speak to UC Berkeley students about his book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, it’s an appropriate time for us to reflect on the current prospects for justice and peace in the Middle East.
As Carter accurately states in his book, a system of enforced apartheid reigns in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 war. It is systemic Israeli policy and practice to demolish Palestinian homes, uproot millions of olive trees, build roads that only Israeli colonizers are allowed to access, implant Israeli colonies on Palestinian soil in violation of international law, use an illegal wall to steal Palestinian land, and enforce two entirely different sets of legal standards for Israeli colonizers and the indigenous Palestinian population. Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians is both apartheid and ethnic cleansing, and is the further enact…

Norman Finkelstein

'As Tenure Drama Comes Down to the Wire
Dershowitz v. Finkelstein: Who's Right and Who's Wrong?

The feud between Alan Dershowitz, a senior professor at Harvard Law School, and Norman Finkelstein, a junior professor of political science at DePaul University, is back in the news. Finkelstein is up for tenure this year, and Dershowitz has been waging an aggressive campaign against him. Both Finkelstein's department and an outside committee voted in favor of tenure, but the dean then recommended against it. As of this writing, the university has not made a final decision.
To date, the coverage of the dispute has not included any serious attempt at evaluating the merits of Dershowitz and Finkelstein's charges and countercharges. It's clear enough that these guys don't like or respect each other, and that each claims the other's work is a travesty. But the question remains: Who's right, and who's wrong? Answering that question ought to b…

De Israelische Terreur 189

De BBC bericht: 'Vanunu convicted for media links

A court in Israel has convicted former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu of violating a military order banning him from speaking to foreign journalists.
The verdict could mean a fresh jail term for Mr Vanunu, who served 18 years in prison for revealing details of Israel's clandestine nuclear programme.
His lawyer called it intolerable to convict a person for the mere act of speaking, never mind whatever was said.
A sentencing hearing is set for 18 May. Vanunu is banned from leaving Israel.
"We should be clear here that Vanunu was convicted for the very act of speaking to non-Israelis, rather than the content of those conversations," lawyer Michel Sfard said.
"We do not consider this appropriate for a democracy in the 21st Century."
Mr Sfard said interior ministry officials had told him the travel ban on Mr Vanunu had been extended by another year to April 2008.'

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Ilan Pappe 4

'Subject: Ilan Pappe: etnische zuivering in 1948


Ilan Pappe: etnische zuivering in 1948

De Israeliƫrs moeten het recht op terugkeer voor de Palestijnen erkennen. Het verdrijven van Palestijnen uit Palestina in 1948 was een etnische zuivering, aldus de Israelische historicus Ilan Pappe. De in zijn eigen land omstreden historicus vindt de term Naqba (catastrofe) niet scherp genoeg. Het vluchtelingenprobleem moet worden opgelost, dan pas is er een kans op vrede. Aanstaande zondag in NioScoop een exclusief interview met Ilan Pappe over het recht op terugkeer voor de Palestijnen.

NioScoop: zondag 6 mei 2007, 13.00 tot 13.30 uur, Nederland 2
Herhaling: zaterdag 12 mei 2007, 11.25 tot 11.55 uur, Nederland 2
Zie: Twee lange lezingen van Pappe over de etnische zuivering van Israel kunt u hier beluisteren: Hier kunt u een samenvatting lezen:
De website van Ilan Pappe: ht…

De Israelische Terreur 188

Defence for Children bericht: '2007/05/01 Israel's Violations of the Right to Life.
Throughout the second Intifada, beginning in September 2000, Israel has engaged in gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Israeli military activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) has been excessive and disproportionate. Routinely employing sophisticated military weaponry, including missiles and F16 war planes, Israeli forces have acted with insufficient, or no, regard for the lives of civilian residents of the OPT resulting in particularly high numbers of civilian casualties.
During this period Palestinian children have suffered countless violations of their rights, including violations of the right to life. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2006 there were an estimated 2.1 million children living in the OPT. These children constitute over half (52.3%) of the Palestinian population in the OPT. Their right to life, survival a…


Een paar jaar geleden werden mijn vriend, collega en cameraman Mattias Ylstra en ik door een advocaat van het Canadese goudmijnbouwconcern Barrick met jarenlange juridische procedures bedreigd, als we het in ons hoofd zouden halen om een documentaire zouden uitzenden die we hadden gemaakt over een smerige affaire in Tanzania, waarbij Barrick betrokken was. Eerder al had Barrick via deze intimidatie The Guardian-uitgeverij dermate onder druk weten te zetten dat de directie de gedocumenteerde beschuldigingen tegen het Canadese concern introk en officieel excusses aanbood. De voornaamste reden was dat de uitgeverij niet over miljoenen beschikte om jarenlange procedures tegen een dergelijk miljarden-concern vol te houden. Maar de chantage tegen ons mislukte, want ook al zou Barrick het winnen dan nog zou het concern volgens de regels van de Nederlandse wet niet meer dan een paar duizend dollar aan smaadgeld kunnen incasseren. Ik schreef Barrick deze informatie, meldde nog even het te betr…

World Press Freedom Day

'The Price of Press Freedom

Thursday is World Press Freedom Day, a day when all of us – citizens, media professionals, governments, non-governmental organizations and what has come to be known as “civil society” - should remember and celebrate the crucial role a free press plays in democracy and development. Throughout the world, May 3 also serves as a much-needed annual reminder that our human right to freedom of expression is all too often violated — and that many journalists face jail or even death to give us our daily news.
And yes – let’s never forget that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, as outlined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which says that “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; that this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
World Press Freedom Day is meant to remind both citizen…

The Empire 236

'Report Shows Increased U.S. Military Spending Slows Economy

Washington, DC: The Center for Economic and Policy Research released a report today estimating the economic impact of increased U.S. military spending comparable to the spending on the Iraq war. The report, presenting the results of a simulation from the economic forecasting company Global Insight, shows the increased level of military spending leads to fewer jobs and slower economic growth.
For the report, The Economic Impact of the Iraq War and Higher Military Spending, by economist Dean Baker, CEPR commissioned Global Insight to run a simulation with its macroeconomic model. Global Insight's model was selected for this analysis because it is a commonly used and widely respected model. It estimated the impact of an increase in annual U.S. military spending equal to 1 percent of GDP (approximately equal to the military spending increase compared with pre-September 11th baseline).
The projections show the following:
-- A…

The Empire 235

War on terror' is the wrong slogan
By Zbigniew Brzezinski

The "war on terror" has created a national culture of fear in America. The Bush administration's elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of Sept. 11 has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America's psyche and on U.S. standing in the world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability to confront the real challenges we face from fanatics who may use terrorism against us.
The damage these three words have done - a classic self-inflicted wound - is infinitely greater than any wild dreams entertained by the fanatical perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks when they were plotting against us in Afghan caves. The phrase itself is meaningless. It defines neither a geographic context nor our presumed enemies. Terrorism is not an enemy but a technique of warfare - political intimidation through the kill…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 34

'Post Mortem for the Stock Market
By Mike Whitney

"There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class that’s winning."

Investment tycoon, Warren Buffett

The real estate market is crashing faster than
anyone had anticipated. Housing prices have fallen in 17 of 20 of the
nation’s largest cities and the trend lines indicate that the worst
is yet to come. March sales of new homes plummeted by a record 23.5%
(year over year) removing all hope for a quick rebound. Problems in
the subprime and Alt-A loans are mushrooming in previously “hot
markets” resulting in an unprecedented number of foreclosures. The
defaults have slowed demand for new homes and increased the glut of
houses already on the market. This is putting additional downward
pressure on prices and profits. More and more builders are struggling
just to keep their heads above water. This isn’t your typical 1980s-
type “correction”; it’s a full-blown real estate cyclone smashing
everything in its path.

Tremors from the real…

The Empire 234

Manuel Valenzuela is a social critic and commentator, international affairs analyst and Internet essayist. His articles as well as his archive can be found at his blog, and at as well as at other alternative news websites from around the globe. Mr. Valenzuela is also author of Echoes in the Wind, a fiction novel. Mr. Valenzuela welcomes comments and can be reached at

Enter the Empire
By Manuel Valenzuela

Comfort and Masquerades

The wealthiest nation-state the world has ever seen has for the last sixty years been standing atop the upper crust of humankind, basking in the splendor of unfathomable richness, enjoying unprecedented standards of living, accumulating power and control at tremendous speed and becoming, at the expense of the planet and its inhabitants, the latest incarnation of Rome. America, that city on a hill, from where modern man’s guiding light emanates, that nation …

De Socialistische Partij

Een lezer van mijn blog stuurde me dit op. Als u op de afbeelding drukt kunt u het lezen. Politici van elke signatuur hebben het altijd moeilijk met de vrijheid van meningsuiting. Zowel rechtse als linkse.

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De Nuance van de NRC 26

'Taal is de moeder van de gedachte, niet haar dienstmeid,' schreef ooit de grote Weense satiricus Karl Kraus. Ik moest hieraan denken toen ik net dit bericht in de NRC las. De taal waarin het bericht is geschreven, zit vol impliciete meningen, aannames, vooronderstellingen en aperte onjuistheden.

'Olmert ''faalde'', maar treedt niet af.

Jeruzalem, 1 mei. De IsraĆ«lische premier Olmert en minister Peretz van Defensie weigeren af te treden, hoewel zij volgens een onderzoekscommissie „ernstig gefaald’’ hebben in de oorlog tegen Hezbollah in Libanon.
„Het zou niet correct zijn af te treden. Het is nu juist tijd om fouten te herstellen en lessen te trekken”, zei Olmert na de publicatie van het tussenrapport over het begin van de oorlog. Het eindrapport over de hele Libanonoorlog, die op 12 juli 2006 begon met de ontvoering door Hezbollah van twee reservisten, wordt in juli gepubliceerd… De commissie verwijt Olmert „gebrek aan verantwoordelijkheidsbesef, oordeelsverm…

De Commerciele Massamedia 60

Op de website van De Nieuwe Reporter staat deze bijdrage: 'Professionele journalistiek in verwarring
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1 mei, 2007 Bart Brouwers
Het voert te ver om te constateren dat de journalistiek in een identiteitscrisis zit, maar enige verwarring is er zeker. De reden: een totale vermenging van professionele, semi-professionele en ronduit amateuristische bijdragen in zo´n beetje alle bestaande media. De oorzaak daarvan ligt in de opkomst van nieuwe, voor iedereen toegankelijke technieken. En het gevolg is dat uitgevers en hoofdredacteuren van vooral de traditionele media de weg een beetje zijn kwijtgeraakt. Dat dat vervolgens weer het nodige betekent voor het zelfreinigend vermogen van de beroepsgroep, is evident. Vandaar dat zowel bij de Raad voor de Journalistiek als in het Genootschap van Hoofdredacteuren de roep om een nieuw houvast groeit.'
Ik heb de volgende vraag gesteld: 'beste bart brouwers
u schrijft dat er sprake is van 'enige verwarr…