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Het Neoliberale Geloof 43

'US debt could trigger dollar collapse, UN warns
Submitted by Desha

The United States dollar is facing imminent collapse in the face of an unsustainable debt, the United Nations warned today.

United States debt, which had now deepened to well over $3 trillion, might turn out to be unsustainable in the rest of 2007 or next, putting further downward pressure on the United States dollar, Rob Vos, the Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), told correspondents at a Headquarters press conference.
He pointed out that since its peak in 2002, the dollar had depreciated vis-à-vis the major currencies by some 35 per cent and by 25 per cent against a broader range of other currencies.
Vos made these comments at the launch of the 2007 World Economic Situation and Prospects report midyear update.
With that increased debt the risk of a sharp depreciation of the dollar continued, he warned. If countries willing to invest in Unit…

Oorlog

Restant van eeen Libanese man? vrouw? Kind? Slachtoffer van een Israelisch bombardement.
Ik kreeg vanochtend deze reactie:Anoniem heeft een nieuwe reactie op uw bericht "Sven Lindqvist 2" achtergelaten: Zo raakte ik onlangs verzeild in een discussie waarin mensen bepleitten dat de Westerse technologie toch wel zo geavanceerd is dat deze altijd beter is dan 'primitieve' manieren van oorlogvoeren, als ontvoeren, onthoofden of jezelf ergens opblazen. Toen ik aantoonde dat dat larie was, aangezien 'precisiebombardementen' vanuit Apaches e.d. vele keren meer burgerslachtoffers maken, dat bombardementen ook mensen letterlijk onthoofden, en dat gevangenen maken en laten verdwijnen zonder vorm van proces ook 'ontvoeren' is, kreeg ik hele boze reacties. Voor je het weet zit je dan op een soort Westerse geloofsmeter ergens tussen 'ongenuanceerd' en 'terrorist'.Ik heb nooit een oorlog meegemaakt, ik weet niet wat voor hel dat werkelijk is. Wel ben…

De Israelische Terreur 212

Als u wilt dat een Israelische soldaat niet op Palestijnse mannen, vrouwen en kinderen schiet, maar een katje aait, druk dan even op deze link: http://www.40jaarbezetting.nl/index.php?page=1
Ik zie u dan.

Irak 212

'Oops—Forget You Ever Saw Pix of the Baghdad Embassy.
A couple of days ago, we posted an image of the beach volleyball court inside the monster U.S. embassy complex under construction in Baghdad. The rendering came from the site of the architecture firm that designed it. But now it's pulled the images under pressure from the State Department, which claimed they were a security risk. Despite the warning, a spokesman for the architecture firm gave the bad guys even more ideas by revealing that "Google Earth could give you a better snapshot of what the site looks like on the ground." So I think it's still safe to show you this image of a Marine guard and a tiny pixelated diplomat.
Meanwhile, the embassy project has other problems—such as using coerced labor to get the job done. As Iraqslogger reports, American managers have complained that the builder, First Kuwaiti General Trading and Contracting, has mistreated the thousands of South Asian, Filipino, and other forei…

The Empire 255

Mother Jones bericht:
'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
HBO Films. 212 minutes.
Exterminate Them: The California Story
Eyapaha Institute. 82 minutes.

Read Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and you will feel palpably that your ancestors brutally murdered Indians so you could live on that happy little plot of land where you sit reading. Don't expect it to feel good. In fact, it feels so bad that Americans have repressed, suppressed, and finessed the truth about our nation's founding for more than 200 years. It's hard to retrieve a truth so manhandled even when you want to: Native American History Month, which is this May, comes and goes each year with none of the educational earnestness of Black History Month.
When it comes to making movies about Native Americans, even solid filmmakers can look like drama teachers putting on a Thanksgiving play. HBO has fallen into this cultural trap with director Yves Simoneau's eponymous docudrama based on Dee Brown's book,…

De Israelische Terreur 211

'Friends,
On Sunday, June 10th, people from around the country will gather in Washington, DC, to protest 40 years of Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. The economic, military and political support from Washington has made it possible for this brutal occupation to continue. Thousands will be in the nation's capital to call on Congress to set a new direction for U.S. policy in the region.
This mobilization is taking place as the crisis in Gaza gets worse: 46% of the population is hungry, and unemployment has grown from 30% in 2000 to 71% in 2007, while 80,000 security personnel and civil servants have not been paid for months. The internal divisions in Gaza are fanned by U.S. policies, which undermine the unity government elected by the Palestinian people. At the same time, there is an extremely serious situation in Lebanon as, according to the Associated Press, "The Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp …

Sven Lindqvist 2

De bovenste tekening is onjuist, de onderste is als metafoor wel juist. In de bovenste tekening is de moderne blanke mens ongewapend, terwijl zijn twee voorgangers wel bewapend zijn. Dat is dus onjuist. De moderne blanke zou juist met een machinegeweer moeten zijn uitgerust. Dat we ons in toenemense mate als irrationele barbaren gedragen zoals op de onderste tekening wordt uitgebeeld lijkt me wel juist. Vanochtend stelde ik de volgende vraag op mijn weblog: Waar is toch die overtuiging op gebaseerd dat het Westen de rest van de wereld mag dicteren hoe te leven?Een aanzet tot een antwoord las ik vanmiddag in het nieuwe boek van de Zweedse journalist Sven Lindqvist Een reis door niemandsland. Hoe de Aboriginals Australie verloren. Over de geemigreerde of verbannen Europeanen die de Aboriginals in Australie handmatig uitmoordden, schreef hij: De meeste blanken waren ervan overtuigd dat de mensen die vermoord waren toch tot een lager ras behoorden, dat tot de ondergang gedoemd was. Hierbi…

Irak 211

'MEDIA ALERT: ILLEGAL, IMMORAL, UNWINNABLE - A BRITISH ARMY OFFICER REPLIES TO MARK URBAN

Yesterday, in response to our latest Media Alert, 'Newsnight Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban Responds,' we received a further reply from Mark Urban. Urban argued that our analysis "is put together by you sitting at home, sifting current events through a dense filter of ideology". In particular, he lampooned our view of the US motivation in Iraq:"I do however think that your desire to force all of the elements in a woefully complex situation into a simple proposition such as, 'America's real objective is to smother all opposition so they can pinch the oil', to be a sorry form of fundamentalism." (Email to Media Lens, May 31, 2007)We hope to discuss Urban's reply in more detail later (readers can see his email here: http://www.medialens.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=8615#8615). Meanwhile, we have also received a copy of an important and courageous email sent…

God is Rood

Zie: http://www.robert-fisk.com/pictures_civilian_casualities.htm



GIFTS WITH LOVE FROM AMERICA TO THE TRAGIC AND DEFENCELESS PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN DURING THE MUSLIM MONTH OF RAMADAN (NOV - DEC 2001). MORE HAS BEEN PROMISED. TOTAL WEIGHT DELIVERED SO FAR APPX. 55,000 TONNES. TOTAL COST $60 BILLION. WELL DONE AMERICA!
Zie: http://www.nd.edu/~techrev/Archive/Spring2002/a8.html Of:
http://www.robert-fisk.com/with_love_from_america.htm
De Indiaan Vine Deloria Jr. in God is Red:
De specifieke geest van elk continent, elke vallei, de harde bergen, de vredige meren, alle roepen om verlost te worden van de voortdurende last van exploitatie. Wie zal vrede vinden met het land? De toekomst van de mensheid ligt te wachten voor hen die in staat zijn om hun leven te begrijpen en hun verantwoordelijkheid op zich te nemen voor alle levende dingen. Wie zal luisteren naar de bomen, de dieren en de vogels, de stemmen van de plaatsen van het land? Wanneer de lang vergeten volkeren van de verschillende contine…

The Empire 254

'After more than a year of reporting and research, combing through thousands of foreign lobbying records and haggling with government officials over Freedom of Information Act requests, we have published one of the most comprehensive resources on U.S. military aid and assistance in the post-9/11 era. "Collateral Damage" couples the reporting of 10 of the world's leading investigative journalists on four continents with a powerful database combining U.S. military assistance, foreign lobbying expenditures, and human rights abuses into a single, easily accessible toolkit.
Collateral DamageU.S. hands out vast sums of money to combat terrorism while ignoring human rights records; lobbying key to funding flowsWASHINGTON, May 22, 2007 — Five years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the influence of foreign lobbying on the U.S. government, as well as a shortsighted emphasis on counterterrorism objectives over broader human rights concerns, have generated staggering costs t…

Nederland en Afghanistan 133

Robert Fisk Photo Gallery 'Dead in Afghanistan: May 2007
By Sarah Meyer, Index Research. 31 May 2007-->

1. The Dead in Afghanistan
U.S. numbers of military deaths in Iraq1 receive a lot of attention. Unfortunately, other deaths in Iraq do not receive their due respect.
But American public awareness of murder/death in Afghanistan is cloudy. Nor do people realise that foreign troops are as unwelcome in Afghanistan as they are in Iraq. This article is about some of those deaths in Afghanistan. Civilian deaths have recently infuriated the Afghan people. The Americans ‘pay off’ these deaths -as if money is compatible with and resolves grief.
I have not included all deaths because of the ‘labels’ put on to them either by the military or the media. Their mindset insist on using words like ‘Al Qaeda,’ ‘Taliban,’ ‘militants’, ‘insurgents.’ It would be more correct to use the Afghan language - the “Taliban’ refer to themselves as ‘Mujahadeen’. As in Iraq, there are many people who legally obje…

Libanon 2

Girls from Nahr al-Bared Refugee Camp staying at a school in Beddawi Camp. (Tanya Traboulsi)

'"They won't let me be at peace, even in my dreams"
Nadine Kotob writing from Beddawi Refugee Camp,
Live from Lebanon,

I don't know where to begin. After spending two days in Chatila Refugee Camp, and a day in Beddawi, I find myself at a loss for words. How do I describe the conditions these Palestinian refugees are being subjected to when I never even conceived of the possibility of such unspeakable conditions. Again, I don't know where to begin. But I will try my best. I will try because all of the refugees we interviewed in our first day at Beddawi beseeched us to let the world know how their situation has quickly deteriorated in a matter of days.As we drove into Beddawi, with four other cars also carrying aid to Nahr al-Bared refugees, I tried to take in the scene before me. The narrow streets were jam-packed with cars and swarming with people. We drove to the Ghassa…

De Israelische Terreur 210

The body of Omar Abu Daher being lifted into a Palestinian ambulance. (Martina Iannizzotto)

'Another assassination in Ramallah's city centerSam Bahour writing from Ramallah, occupied Palestine, Live from Palestine, 29 May 2007

It was a good day today, well, that is until about 5:40pm when Israeli undercover and military forces assassinated a Palestinian outside the window where I was standing.The target was Omar Abu Daher, a 22-year-old who it seems happens to be a member of a security force loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. He was only one of several that were murdered in cold blood today; two more were killed in Gaza, one in Tulkarem, two others in Jenin. These are the ones reported so far, but the night is still young.Unknowingly, I, along with a dozen Palestinian and foreign colleagues, happened to be in the same building where it seems Omar was having dinner. Omar was sitting in the popular street-front Nazareth Restaurant (catty-corner from Angelo'…

De Israelische Terreur 209

Debris litters the streets of Ramallah after an undercover Israeli death squad shot a 22-year-old man 24 times at close range, an event which was not reported by the mainstream press. (Elias Khayyo)

'Israel's house of horrors
Ali Abunimah writing from Chicago, USA,
Live from Palestine,
30 May 2007

Reading an account of an Israeli cabinet meeting in Ha'aretz is like a trip through a House of Horrors. Here are some choice excerpts:"Ministers Meir Sheetrit and Rafi Eitan proposed Wednesday that Israel produce its own version of the Qassam rocket to be fired at targets inside the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinian rocket fire on its southern communities.""Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Eli Yishai of Shas proposed that Israel use air strikes to destroy Palestinian towns and villages in response to the rocket fire, after giving local residents advance notice allowing them to evacuate their homes.""Shas MK Yitzhak Cohen proposed cutting off the suppl…

Boycot Israel 4

'British academics endorse logic of boycott
Report, Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, 30 May 2007
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) salutes the historic decision by the University and College Union (UCU) Congress today to support motions that endorse the logic of academic boycott against Israel, in response to the complicity of the Israeli academy in perpetuating Israel's illegal military occupation and apartheid system.Academic boycott has been advocated in the past as an effective tool in resisting injustice. In the 1920s, Mahatma Gandhi called for boycotting British-run academic institutions, to increase Indian self-reliance and also to protest the role of those institutions in maintaining British colonial domination over India. In the 1950s, the African National Congress (ANC) called for a comprehensive boycott of the entire South African academy, as a means to further isolate the apartheid re…

De Israelische Terreur 208

'Israel attacks Gaza

On 16 May 2007, Israel renewed air strikes on the beleaguered Gaza Strip, firing on a Hamas Executive Support Forces base in southern Gaza, killing three. In the following days, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Israel "intensified air attacks targeting civilian facilities and paramilitary sites ... IOF [Israeli Occupation Forces] claim that these attacks come in response to [the] launching [of] home-made rockets at Israeli towns."As of 29 May 2007, "50 Palestinians have been killed and 206 injured. The attacks have also resulted in the destruction of 71 houses, five of which completely; 47 security installations; and 47 commercial and industrial premises, 39 of which were completely destroyed," as the Palestinian human rights organization Al Mezan reports. During the same time period, two Israeli civilians were killed and several more have been injured by Qassam rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.The latest assault …

De Volkskrant 33

De Volkskrant functioneert als de dorpspomp. Ik zal u uitleggen hoe.De openingspagina van de Volkskrant van vandaag:Bizar Seksschandaal in Groningen. 6 kolommen breed.Bussemaker: alle ouderen recht op eigen kamer. 1 kolom breed.Rijks presenteert "De Nieuwe Mensch." 5 kolommen breed. Geillustreerd met een foto.Belegger aan banden. Twee kolommen breed.Geen enkel buitenlands bericht. Alleen de provincie is interessant voor de Volkskrant.Opening van de Volkskrant bijlage Voorkant:Vegas blijft Vegas. Zes kolommen breed. Geillustreerd met een foto van de Strip. Martin Bril. Domheid. Twee kolommen.Het buitenland op de openingspagina's blijft beperkt tot amusement uit Las Vegas. Tot zover de journalistiek van en voor provincialen. Om te weten wat er in de grote-mensen-wereld gebeurt bent u aangewezen op de buitenlandse kranten en omroepen. Want ook de berichtgeving van Radio 1 is provinciaals. Alleen de polder telt. Voor de provinciaal houdt de wereld op bij de dorpsgrens. De do…

Cindy Sheehan 3

Ook Danny Schechter, the news dissector, besteedt vandaag aandacht aan Cindy Sheehan: 'A Letter To Cindy Sheehan: Darkness Comes Just Before Dawn
By Danny Schechter.
It was sad to read Cindy Sheehan’s letter of “resignation” from the peace movement because she offered so much of herself—despite all the personal pain she suffered from the loss of her son, the breakup of her family, and all the vicious and insensitive attacks on her politics and personhood.
I could feel her frustration and exasperation with Democrats who patronized her only to end up supporting the war in the end. I share her anger at elements of the “peace movement,” which is really a movement in pieces, often marching in lockstep with Congressional Democrats and only paying lip service to the grassroots constituencies and the many who have given and suffered so much to oppose this bloodbath in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cindy inspired the following she built because she was a genuine convert to activism, an articulate mains…

The Empire 253

'Blogosphere Fury at Dems on Iraq Vote
By Jonathan E. Kaplan
The Hill
Wednesday 30 May 2007

Furious that congressional Democratic leaders did not fight harder to pass a supplemental spending bill with a timeline to end the war in Iraq and tougher benchmarks, liberal online activists have ripped party leaders and threatened to halt contributions to Democratic lawmakers.
The power of the so-called netroots - liberal activists who rally likeminded supporters on the Internet - is not clear. They have a loud voice and they have the capacity to raise money quickly for a candidate they favor, but they so far have been unable to push House and Senate Democratic leaders on a range of issues, including ending the war in Iraq.
"They let us down this time," Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, the founder of the site DailyKos, wrote. "But the opportunities for them to make amends still exist. And if they don't? Well, no one, not even the most rabid partisans, have an endles…

Irak 210

'Dying for an Iraq That Isn't By Harold Meyerson The Washington Post
Wednesday 30 May 2007
Of all the absurdities attending our unending war in Iraq, the greatest is this: We are fighting to defend that which is not there.
We are fighting for a national government that is not national but sectarian, and has shown no capacity to govern. We are training Iraq's security forces to combat sectarian violence though those forces are thoroughly sectarian and have themselves engaged in large-scale sectarian violence. We are fighting for a nonsectarian, pluralistic Iraq, though whatever nonsectarian and pluralistic institutions existed before our invasion have long since been blasted out of existence. In the December 2005 parliamentary elections, the one nonsectarian party, which ran both Shiite and Sunni candidates, won just 8 percent of the vote.
Every day, George W. Bush asks young Americans to die in defense of an Iraq that has ceased to exist (if it ever did) in t…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 42

CEOs vs. Slaves By Barbara Ehrenreich The Nation

Recent findings shed new light on the increasingly unequal terrain of American society. Starting at the top executive level: You may have thought, as I did, that the guys in the C-suites operated as a team-or, depending on your point of view, a pack or gang-each getting his fair share of the take. But no, the rising tide in executive pay does not lift all yachts equally. The latest pay gap to worry about is the one between the CEO and his-or very rarely her-third in command.
According to a just-reported study by Carola Frydman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Raven E. Saks at the Federal Reserve, thirty to forty years ago, the CEOs of major companies earned 80 percent more, on average, than the third-highest-paid executives. By the early part of the twenty-first century, however, the gap between the CEO and the third in command had ballooned up to 260 percent.
Now take a look at what's happening at the…

Cindy Sheehan 2

'Cindy Has Earned a Rest
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t Columnist
Wednesday 30 May 2007

My alliance with Cindy Sheehan began with an exchange of emails several years ago after I made mention of her son, Casey, in an article about the expanding number of American troops lost in Iraq. She wrote to thank me, and to correct me on some small details about precisely when and how Casey died. Our friendship grew from that moment, and over time, she was always there to hand me a good kick in the pants whenever I needed one.
Last March, Cindy's long-belt of road-bound activism brought her to Boston, where she spoke at a rally commemorating the four-year anniversary of the war. My bar is a favorite spot of hers; I'd brought her there twice before during previous visits she made to Massachusetts, and both times I saw the same woman of passionate energy and commitment who sat in a Texas ditch until the country could no longer ignore her - or the war. The light was in her eyes, the h…

Het Kabinet 8

De Volkskrant bericht:

Tweede nee heeft grote gevolgen
Van onze verslaggevers Theo Koelé en Marc Peeperkorn
DEN HAAG - Nederland kan het zich niet veroorloven een nieuw Europees verdrag te torpederen. De positie van Nederland in de EU, wellicht zelfs het lidmaatschap, staat dan op het spel.
Die waarschuwing uitten CDA-minister Verhagen en PvdA-staatssecretaris Timmermans (beiden Buitenlandse Zaken) dinsdag, bijna twee jaar nadat de Europese grondwet per referendum naar de prullenbak was verwezen. Een tweede 'nee' roept volgens Timmermans de vraag op: ‘Gaan we door met Europa of niet?’ Hij beseft dat dit als ‘chantage’ kan worden opgevat. ‘Maar een tweede ronde is de laatste ronde’.
Lees verder: http://www.volkskrant.nl/binnenland/article430201.ece/ Tweede_nee_heeft_grote_gevolgen

De NRC bericht: 'Tweede nee plaatst Nederland buiten EU'
Door een onzer redacteuren
Den Haag, 30 mei. Nederland kan het zich niet veroorloven per referendum opnieuw een Europees verdrag af te wijzen. …

Sven Lindqvist

Een van de grootste journalisten van deze tijd is de Zweed Sven Lindqvist, van wie ik enkele fascisnerende boeken heb gelezen in het Engels. Nu is er eindelijk een boek van hem in het Nederlands vertaald. Uitgeverij De Geus meldt:
Titel: Een reis door niemandslandauteur: Sven Lindqvistoorspr. titel: Terra Nullius, en resa genom ingens landoorspr. taal: Zweedsvertaler: Ceciel Verheijisbn: 9789044508673aantal blz.: 224prijs: € 21,90eerste druk: 15 02 2007bindwijze: gebonden
Inhoudsbeschrijving
De Romeinen noemden het land dat niet tot het Romeinse Rijk behoorde Terra Nullius. In de negentiende eeuw namen de Europeanen de term over voor grondgebied dat niet aan een Europees land behoorde. Australië was in die zin lange tijd Niemandsland, hoewel er een volk woonde met een hoogst eigen cultuur.Schrijver-onderzoeker Sven Lindqvist huurt een auto en doorkruist het Australische continent. Hij bevaart rivieren, overnacht op heilige plaatsen en ontmoet de afstammelingen van de oorspronkelijke be…

Wijsheid 17

I have come to the conclusion that imperialism and exploitation are forms of cannibalism and, in fact, are precisely those forms of cannibalism which are most diabolical or evil.... Cannibalism, as I define it, is the consuming of another's life for one's own private purpose or profit.
With these words, Professor Jack D. Forbes introduces his concept of the wétiko disease or the sickness of cannibalism, a socio-cultural epidemic of which Columbus was a major carrier, according to Forbes.
Thus the slaver who forces blacks or Indians to lose their lives in the slave-trade or who drains away their lives in a slave system is a cannibal. He may "eat" other people immediately... or he may "eat" their flesh gradually over a period of years.
Professor Forbes, former chair of Native American Studies and professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis, was born in Long Beach but has lived in Berkeley and Davis since 1967. He attended the University of S…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 41

Na 11 september 2001 verklaarde George Bush waar de zogeheten war on terrorism om draaide: "We cannot let the terrorists achieve the objective of frightening our nation to the point where we don't conduct business or people don't shop. Terrorists want to turn the openness of the global economy against itself. We must not let them.. Out of the sorrow of September 11th, I see opportunity to expand our ties of trade."

Sleutelwoorden: terrorists, business, people don't shop, expand our ties of trade. Een uiterst korte en krachtige samenvatting van het consumentisme en kapitalisme dat de miljarden armen in de wereld buitensluit.
Tik de foto aan en zie wat dit systeem concreet betekent.

De Commerciele Massamedia 70

Daan de Wit van http://www.deepjournal.com/p/6.htmlwees me op het volgende: De historicus Maarten van Rossum schrijft: 'Voorkennis: De vrije pers was niet kritisch genoeg
Apocalyptische retoriek
Als het zo voor de hand lag om te twijfelen aan de apocalyptische retoriek van de Amerikanen, waarom is dat dan niet op veel grotere schaal gebeurd? Dat is wat deze hele affaire zo beangstigend maakt. Een door ideologische waan gedreven Amerikaanse regering heeft een zeer ruime meerderheid van de Amerikaanse bevolking zonder grote moeite kunnen overtuigen met een reeks van evidente leugens. De pers is daarbij ernstig tekort geschoten in zijn kritische functie en datzelfde geldt voor de volksvertegenwoordiging.
Natuurlijk kan ter verklaring worden gewezen op de vrijwel onaantastbare populariteit van de president in deze periode en op het trauma van 9/11. Desondanks is het beangstigend te weten dat een leugenachtige overheid in een vrij en democratisch land met een vrije pers zo gemakkelijk een …

De Commerciele Massamedia 69

FAIR bericht:

'Coup Co-Conspirators as Free-Speech Martyrs
Distorting the Venezuelan media story

The story is framed in U.S. news media as a simple matter of censorship: Prominent Venezuelan TV station RCTV is being silenced by the authoritarian government of President Hugo Chávez, who is punishing the station for its political criticism of his government.According to CNN reporter T.J. Holmes (5/21/07), the issues are easy to understand: RCTV "is going to be shut down, is going to get off the air, because of President Hugo Chávez, not a big fan of it." Dubbing RCTV "a voice of free speech," Holmes explained, "Chavez, in a move that's angered a lot of free-speech groups, is refusing now to renew the license of this television station that has been critical of his government."Though straighter, a news story by the Associated Press (5/20/07) still maintained the theme that the license denial was based simply on political differences, with reporter Eliz…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 40

'Crushing Sales
More home owners are struggling to make house payments

TRAVERSE CITY — Dawn and Scott Hentschel came within a sliver of losing their home after Scott, a construction worker, was laid off two months earlier than usual last fall.
The couple saw a legal notice in the newspaper and then a note in the mail that said their bank planned to foreclose on the two-bedroom, ranch-style house they bought two years ago.
"I was horrified,” Dawn said. "We have three kids. Where are you going to go next? I don't want my kids to be homeless.”
Last year saw a crush of local foreclosures, and the rate is even greater this year. Grand Traverse County recorded 179 sheriff's deed sales in 2006, more than any other year this decade. This year, there have already been 108 through May 11.
It's not just local.
In the fourth quarter of 2006, 44 states saw an increase in the foreclosure rate, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Michigan…