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Geert Wilders en Israel 6

Slachtoffers van doodseskaders.

Professor dr. Hans Jansen kon kennelijk de slaap niet vatten, want vannacht kreeg ik deze email van hem: 'za 12-5-2007 1:55

1. Sorry, ik wist niet dat u het nieuws zo slecht volgt. Kortgeleden heeft de Turkse regering laten weten zich geen zorgen te maken over de toetreding tot de EU omdat wanneer daar spijkers met koppen over moeten worden geslagen, over ik meen tien jaar, het Europese electoraat zo zeer zal zijn veranderd dat er dan geen probleem meer is. Marokkaanse notabelen denken serieus dat sommige stukken Europa zullen veranderen in een soort Marokko-Overzee. Zoekt en gij zult vinden.
2.Ik ben niet beledigd, ik heb alleen geen zin de vorige oorlog uit te vechten. Die is namelijk al uitgevochten, en door de goede kant gewonnen. Nu de volgende oorlog nog. Mak vergeleek ook vGogh & Hirsi Ali met Goebbels. Beiden zijn niet meer in dit land, dus wees please een beetje voorzichtig.
3.Het proces dat er nu tegen de Hofstad groep wordt gevoerd, is ni…

Michael Moore

'Political Persecution of Michael Moore!

Michael Moore's latest attack film, Sicko, will skewer U.S. health care: a fitting target at an opportune time, you have to admit. In true Moore fashion, he proves his point with well-executed sensationalism: He takes workers whose health deteriorated after they participated in the 9/11 cleanup to get care they can't get in the United States in Cuba. Take that, conservatives. Only thing is, the Bush administration now has film footage of Michael Moore committing a crime—or, well, violating a trade embargo, but either way, they were not about to pass up an opportunity to make the filmmaker pay for Fahrenheit 9/11. In a letter dated May 2, Moore was notified by Treasury that the department is conducting a civil investigation into his violation. We wish him luck, even though he was a notorious a-hole during his brief tenure as editor-in-chief of Mother Jones.'


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Democracy Now: 'JUAN GONZALEZ: A pair of British men were sentenced to jail on Thursday for leaking a classified memo that revealed President Bush told British Prime Minister Tony Blair in April 2004 that he wanted to bomb the Doha headquarters of the Arabic television network Al Jazeera. On Thursday, a former civil servant named David Keogh was sentenced to six months in jail for violating Britain’s Official Secrets Act. A former parliamentary researcher named Leo O’Connor was given a three-month sentence. They were convicted after a highly secretive trial. The British government maintained that the memo was so sensitive that most of the trial could not take place in public in the interest of national security.
AMY GOODMAN: The Daily Mirror newspaper first reported on the existence of the memo, but the British government has placed a gag order on other news organizations. To talk more about the memo, Davide Simonetti of the website, BlairWatch, joins us in London. Welcome to Democ…

The Empire 245

'Iraq’s Own Pentagon (News)Papers
By Asia Times.

WASHINGTON - In the run-up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon planned to create a “Rapid Reaction Media Team” (RRMT) designed to ensure control over major Iraqi media while providing an Iraqi “face” for its efforts, according to a report obtained by the independent National Security Archive (NSA), which released it on Tuesday.
The partially redacted three-page document was accompanied by a longer PowerPoint presentation that included a proposed six-month, US$51 million budget for the operation, apparently the first phase in a one-to-two-year “strategic information campaign”.
Among other items, the budget called for the hiring of two US “media consultants” who were to be paid $140,000 each for six months’ work. A further $800,000 was to be paid for six Iraqi media consultants over the same period.
Both the paper and the slide presentation were prepared by two Pentagon offices - Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, …

Tony Blair 3

Democracy Now: 'AMY GOODMAN: We return now to London to Tariq Ali, historian and one of the editors of the New Left Review, as well as author of many books, including Rough Music: Blair, Bombs, Baghdad, London, Terror. He joins us from a London studio. Welcome to Democracy Now!, Tariq.
TARIQ ALI: Hi, Amy. Good to be with you again.
AMY GOODMAN: It's good to have you with us. Talk about Blair resigning.
TARIQ ALI: Well, it was classic New Labour spin, well-orchestrated, designed for the global media networks, a self-serving speech, a carefully hand-picked audience so that there would be no trouble at all, and, actually, for him, a very bad speech. I mean, and I’ve always regarded Blair as a second-rate politician with a third-rate mind, but he's had better speech writers than this, and I wondered whether he had written it himself. I mean, it's sort of full of contradictions and half-truths. I mean, if he was going to see the so-called war against terror through, why quit?

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'Facts on Dow Jones deal changing
By USA Today.

NEW YORK - There’s another new twist in the investigation into unusual trading in Dow Jones shares prior to the disclosure of a takeover bid that sent the stock skyrocketing last week.
Since the May 1 disclosure that News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch had made a $60-a-share offer for the company, most of the news about how the bid was made has come from Dow Jones’ flagship publication, The Wall Street Journal.
But as internal and external inquiries have begun to delve into who knew what about Murdoch’s bid and when, the Journal, which is considered a newspaper of record by many members of the Wall Street financial community, has had to amend its version of the story.
After reporting for several days that Dow Jones CEO Richard Zannino had met with Murdoch for breakfast during the week of April 9, the Journal reported Thursday that the meeting — at which the subject of a Murdoch takeover was broached — actually occurred on March 29, almost two w…


By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.

When you look below the surface at the specialty of psychiatry what you uncover is so ludicrous it is difficult to believe that it is really true. Prominent psychiatrists from all over the world gather annually for a meeting at which new diseases are invented. There are no objective findings that establish the diagnosis of these diseases. These new diseases are included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Diseases. Potential new diseases are discussed at these meetings and new diseases are voted in or out by a show of hands.[1] Among the new diseases are social anxiety disorder (everyone who is uncomfortable in a social setting has this disease) and mathematics disease (anyone who has struggled over a math problem has this disease). Gender identity disorder, passive-aggressive disorder, disorder of written expression and sexual disorder are other examples of invented diseases that w…

The Empire 244

'The War the Government Cannot Win
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
This talk was delivered at the Wisconsin Forum in Milwaukee on May 1, 2007.

Ludwig von Mises said that the great accomplishment of economists was to draw attention to the extreme limits on the power of government. His point was not merely that government should be limited, but that it is limited by the very structure of reality. It cannot make all people rich by its own initiative. It cannot provide universal housing, literacy, and health. It cannot raise wages across the board. It cannot ban products. Those who seek to accomplish economic ends such as these are choosing the wrong means. That is because there is something more powerful than government: namely economic law.
And what is economic law? It is a force that operates within the structure of all societies everywhere that governs the production and allocation of material resources and time according to strict bounds of what is possible. Some things are just not po…

De Israelische Terreur 194

'Audio: Interview with journalist Jonathan Cook

On 1 May 2007, The Electronic Intifada's Maureen Clare Murphy and Ali Abunimah sat down with Jonathan Cook, EI contributor and author of the new book Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State. Cook, who resides in Nazareth, discussed the implications of the Israeli Winograd report which faulted the state's handling of last summer's Lebanon war; the probe and resignation of former member of Knesset and Palestinian citizen of Israel Azmi Bishara; as well as his book.'


Meer nieuws van Electronic Intifada:

'Bleak reality in Gaza gives rise to dreams of emigration
Yousef Alhelou writing from the Gaza Strip,

The Palestinian Authority has been starved of funds since Hamas was elected in January 2006. Israel has also been withholding the millions of US dollars it owes the Palestinian Authority in tax revenues. This has led to a breakdown of p…

Geert Wilders en Israel 5

Vanmiddag ontving ik deze email van professor dr. Hans Jansen: 'vr 11-5-2007 15:31

Sorry, vanaf 'Goebbels' niet verder gelezen.' Hoe nu, meneer Jansen? Ik heb geschreven: 'Over uw werkwijze. U gaat niet op vragen in, u legt anderen via retorische vragen beweringen in de mond om die vervolgens uit te vergroten en te bestrijden. En u blijft dat herhalen, keer op keer, zonder in te gaan op het verzoek uw beweringen met feiten te staven. U gebruikt daarbij uiterst onwetenschappelijke manipulatietechnieken die door Joseph Goebbels ooit eens als volgt werden verwoord: ''Wij spreken niet om iets te zeggen, maar om een bepaald effect te bereiken.'' Zie: Ik heb hier niet geschreven noch de suggestie gedaan dat u een moderne Goebbels bent, maar dat u dezelfde manipulatietechnieken gebruikt die door de nazi's verder werden ontwikkeld en momenteel door de moderne communicatiemiddelen groots…

Geert Wilders en Israel 4

Ik kreeg vanochtend deze email van professor dr. Hans Jansen ' vr 11-5-2007 11:40

Zeer geachte Stan van Houcke:

Het valt me niet makkelijk toe te geven dat ik niet alles wat u schrijft begrijp. Hoe kunt u nu mijn wetenschappelijke reputatie beoordelen door in uw vriendenkring rond te vragen? Om die reputatie te beoordelen kunt u toch beter naar publicatielijsten kijken (die van mij staat op mijn website) en eens nagaan of zo iemand wel eens ergens geciteerd wordt?

Ook geloof ik niet dat ik u woorden in de mond heb gelegd, ik probeer uw uiteenlopende mededelingen samen te vatten, en kom dan toch uit op 'een overmatig enthousiasme voor wat de religieuze en politieke elite van de Arabische en de Islamitische wereld verkondigt'. Zulk enthousiasme is, helaas, in Nederland heel algemeen. Maar het impliceert logischer- en noodzakelijkerwijs het in de steek laten van Arabieren en/of Moslims die vrijheid in onze betekenis van het woord op prijs stellen. Het zijn de opvattingen van die …

Geert Wilders en Israel 3

Naar aanleiding van dit stukje (zie: ontving ik gistermiddag deze email:

'wo 9-5-2007 14:12

Zeer geachte Stan van Houcke: Waar haalt u het vandaan dat ik in onmin leef met 'mijn onderwerp'? Heeft u enig idee hoeveel Moslims en hoeveel Arabieren er precies zo over denken als ik? Nagenoeg alles wat ik aan 'lelijke' dingen over 'mijn onderwerp' schrijf, is wel al eens door een Arabier of Moslim opgeschreven. Meestal wel meer dan een keer. Waarom kiest u eigenlijk geblindoekt partij voor de ayatollah's, en verraadt u rest van de Arabische en Islamitische wereld? In afwachting van uw antwoord, met vriendelijke groet, HansJansen’

Vanochtend vroeg ontving ik deze email:

'do 10-5-2007 7:34

‘Vergeet u niet mij te antwoorden? Met vriendelijke groet, HansJansen’

Ik heb profesor Jansen dit geantwoord:

'Geachte heer Jansen
Zeker niet, maar ook al had ik geweten dat u zo dringend op mijn antwoo…

Geert Wilders en Israel 2

Dit is de arabist Hans Jansen, die om het maar eens voorzichtig te stellen in onmin leeft met zijn onderwerp, de arabieren. Hij ligt wat dat betreft op 1 lijn met Geert Wilders. Het is dan ook niet vreemd dat hij het volgende schreef:

'Op het gastenpodium : Prof. Dr. J.G.G. Jansen

De bedenkingen van Geert Wilders over de dubbele nationaliteiten in het Nederlandse kabinet zijn dan ook geen wereldvreemde en absurde onzin, maar zouden het rustig onderwerp van discussie moeten zijn, al was het alleen maar vanwege de overspannen verwachtingen die een aantal regeerders in het Midden-Oosten en in Turkije koesteren over de uitbreiding van hun macht over West-Europa.'

Lees verder:

Hoe nu professor Jansen? 'De overspannen verwachtingen die een aantal regeerders in het Midden-Oosten en in Turkije koesteren over de uitbreiding van hun macht over West-Europa?' Hallelujah!!! Een omgekeerde kruistocht? Over wie…

Geert Wilders en Israel

De Telegraaf bericht: 'AIVD vermoedde instructies Wilders
door onze verslaggevers
AMSTERDAM - Volgens goed geïnformeerde bronnen was de AIVD zeer geïnteresseerd in de warme banden die Wilders leek te hebben met de vertegenwoordigers van Israël.
"De dienst vermoedde zelfs dat Wilders op de ambassade instructies kreeg voor diens werk in de Kamer. Het frustreerde hen enorm dat zij niet konden achterhalen wat er binnen het ambassadegebouw werd besproken. Eigenlijk wilden ze om die reden afluisterapparatuur plaatsen, maar dat is in de Israëlische ambassade onmogelijk", aldus een ingewijde. Binnen de AIVD zou de afgelopen jaren grote onenigheid zijn ontstaan over 'politiek getinte activiteiten' van de dienst. Met name het middenkader verzette zich tegen deze werkzaamheden, waarvan het volgen van Wilders maar één voorbeeld zou zijn.
Het AIVD-dossier met alle geregistreerde bezoeken zou door de dienst achter de hand zijn gehouden om het in een later stadium tegen Wilders te …

Jack G. Shaheen

Gisterochtend interviewde ik de Amerikaanse auteur Jack G. Shaheen over zijn boek: Reel Bad Arabs. How Hollywood Vilifies a People.

Jack Shaheen is Professor Emeritus Massa Communicatie van de Southern Illinois University, en 's werelds belangrijkste autoriteit op het gebied van mediabeelden van Arabieren.

James E. Akins, Midden-Oosten specialist and voormalig diplomaat van de Verenigde Staten, schreef over Reel Bad Arabs: 'If you think overt racism in America is dead, think again. Jack Shaheen has shown in depressing detail in his book Reel Bad Arabs, that anti-Semitism in motion pictures is more virulent than ever provides the Semites being portrayed are Arabs. Films from Exodus (1960) to Rules of Engagement (2000) have relentlessly stereotyped Arabs and Muslims in ways that would fit seamlessly into Der Stürmer and the films of Nazi Germany.'

U kunt het interview hier beluisteren:

The Empire 243

'The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

=He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, science for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable an ignorable war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." : Albert Einstein

=Big money and big business, corporations and commerce, are again the undisputed overlords of politics and government. The White House, the Congress and, increasingly, the judiciary, reflect their interests. We appear to have a government run by remote control from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National A…

De Israelische Terreur 193

Theodore Roosevelt, een van de grondleggers van het Amerikaans imperium omschreef zijn politiek adagium als volgt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." We kunnen veel van de huidige generatie Amerikaanse presidenten zeggen, maar niet dat ze zacht spreken, wel dat ze nog steeds een knuppel bij zich dragen. 'Rights: US ''Moral Authority'' Rests on Big Stick.
by Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS - When the 192-member U.N. General Assembly meets in mid-May to elect 14 new members to the 47-nation Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC), the United States will be conspicuous by its absence and missing from the ballot.
Justifying its decision, Washington says it will skip the elections because the HRC has lost its “credibility” for focusing primarily on one country — Israel — and ignoring “human rights abusers” such as Myanmar (Burma), Iran, Zimbabwe and North Korea.
But U.N. diplomats, human rights activists and legal experts point out that the adminis…

Howard Zinn 11

'Historian Howard Zinn Calls for Activism
by Lea Yu

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Howard Zinn may be a historian, but he lives in the present.
As demonstrators for immigrant rights made their way around New Haven on May Day, Zinn assumed the stage at the Center Church on the New Haven Green, stressing the need for youth to engage in activism, to understand the darker aspects of American domestic and foreign policy, and to distinguish between allegiance to a government and allegiance to a country.
Evoking a rare mixture of political seriousness and light-hearted wit, the 84-year-old history professor spoke conversationally, prompting many audience members to laugh at his sense of humor or applaud when his musings culminated in calls for change.
“Our interests are not the same [as the government’s], despite our culture and the way it tries to indoctrinate us into thinking our interests are the same … we and the government, Exxon and me,” Zinn said to long, drawn-out laughter.
“Bush,” he then said w…

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De International Herald Tribune bericht: 'Summary of UN panel's report on environment
By Seth Mydans
"Measures to reduce emissions can, in the main, be achieved at starkly low costs especially when compared with the costs of inaction," said Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, which, together with the World Meteorological Organization, established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988.
The final report addresses possible ways of reducing emissions from principal sectors:
The energy supply sector: Governments would need to promote a range of options. Carbon-intensive fossil fuels could be substituted for by natural gas or mature renewable energy technologies like large hydroelectric dams and burning biomass (which does not add new carbon dioxide to the atmosphere like the burning of a long-buried fossil fuel does). Other renewable sources in development include solar-assisted air conditioning, wave power and nanotech…

The Empire 242

Terwijl de uitvoerende macht in Washington de rechterlijke macht aanpakt, pakt de politie de media aan. Bericht uit de Promised Land: 'Police Action on Journalists at Melee Is Assailed By Anna Gorman and Stuart Silverstein The Los Angeles Times
Some news outlets whose reporters and camera operators were hurt in melee mull legal claims against LAPD.
One day after several reporters and camera operators were injured while covering an altercation at an immigrant rights rally in MacArthur Park, news organizations condemned the Los Angeles Police Department for its use of batons and riot guns against members of the media, and some said they were considering legal options.
"We are sorry for what happened to our employees and find it unacceptable that they would be abused in that way when they were doing their job," said Alfredo Richard, spokesman for the Spanish-language network Telemundo, of the anchor and the reporter who were hurt during the evening rally.