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De Israelische Terreur 239

En ondertussen gaan ook de joods-Israelische vredesactivisten onverwoestbaar door met hun campagne tegen de alledaagse terreur van de Israelische bezetting en diefstal van Palestijns land. 'FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OCCUPATION: BUILDING ON ACTION TAKEN BY CIVIL SOCIETY & MOVING FORWARD; CONNECTING WITH WORLDWIDE PEACE & SOCIAL MOVEMENTS,
Angela Godfrey-Goldstein

This year and next are landmarks for Israelis, Palestinians and internationals campaigning against Occupation, advocating for a viable, sovereign Palestinian state, at peace with Israel, or other options if a viable 2-state option (as opposed to the Bantustan version currently on offer) is seen to be no longer attainable. 40 Years of Occupation was marked around the world in June with non-violent events which will continue by marking 60 years since the establishment of the state and the Nakba. Within ICAHD, my organisation, we launched a one and a half million dollar campaign to rebuild 300 homes demolished by Is…

De Dollar Hegemonie 33

'Dollar's retreat raises fear of collapse
By Carter Dougherty

FRANKFURT: Finance ministers and central bankers have long fretted that at some point, the rest of the world would lose its willingness to finance the United States' proclivity to consume far more than it produces - and that a potentially disastrous free-fall in the dollar's value would result.
But for longer than most economists would have been willing to predict a decade ago, the world has been a willing partner in American excess - until a new and home-grown financial crisis this summer rattled confidence in the country, the world's largest economy.
On Thursday, the dollar briefly fell to another low against the euro of $1.3927, as a slow decline that has been under way for months picked up steam this past week.
"This is all pointing to a greatly increased risk of a fast unwinding of the U.S. current account deficit and a serious decline of the dollar," said Kenneth Rogoff, a former chief economi…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 55

Oorlogen produceren niets anders dan verdriet en winsten voor de speculanten in de oorlogsindustrie. Oorlogen kosten de gewone burger geld, veel geld. Leest u dit bericht uit NRC eens en stel u de vraag waarom dit commercieel massamedium geen verklaring geeft hoe deze kredietcrisis is ontstaan, wie de crisis heeft veroorzaakt, wie de crisis gaat betalen en wie ervan profiteert.

'''Kredietcrisis kan 1.200.000.000.000 euro kosten''
Door onze correspondent
Porto, 15 sept. De kredietcrisis kan banken wereldwijd in het slechtste geval 1.200 miljard euro kosten.
Dat heeft president Nout Wellink van De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) gisteren gezegd tijdens een bijeenkomst van EU-ministers van Financiën in Portugal.
„Dit is een worst case scenario”, benadrukte hij na afloop in een toelichting. „Het kan ook gaan om 50 procent of 25 procent. Niemand weet het.” Volgens Wellink is 1.200 miljard negen procent van alle bankbalansen in de wereld.'

Lees verder: http://www.nrc.nl/economie…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 54

Customers queue to enter a branch of British bank Northern Rock PLC in Croydon, south London. (Sang Tan/AP Photo)

De International Herald Tribune bericht:

Global credit crunch reaches new dimension

LONDON: A bailout of a big British mortgage bank caused shudders among account-holders and investors alike Friday, opening a new phase in the global financial turmoil that emanated from a shakeout in the U.S. home lending business, analysts said.
Depositors flocked to withdraw money after the bank, Northern Rock, unable to raise funds from its usual sources - capital markets - because of the global credit crunch, turned to the Bank of England for an emergency loan. Northern Rock shares plunged more than 30 percent, prompting a broader sell-off in European stock markets.
While other European banks have gotten burned by investments tied to shaky U.S. mortgages, known as subprime, Northern Rock said it had only a small subprime exposure in its portfolio. Instead, the bank ran into trouble because t…

Irak 224

'Bush calls for permanent US military occupation of Iraq in nationally televised address
By Barry Grey
President Bush’s nationally televised speech, delivered Thursday evening from the Oval Office, was the low point of a week of lies and absurdities designed to justify the United States’ bloody colonial war in Iraq. The ugly farce began with the congressional testimony Monday and Tuesday of Gen. David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, and US Ambassador Ryan Crocker.
Bush cited their fraudulent assessment of the “success” of the military “surge” to outline a perspective for continuing the American occupation of Iraq and transforming the country into a permanent American protectorate, whose vast oil resources will be exploited by US oil companies, and whose territory will be used as a staging ground for military attacks on Iran and a strategic base for American domination of the Middle East.
Bush was, as usual, shameless in his piling up of lie upon lie, beginning with his portray…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 53

'Official warns of slowing US economy
(AP)

PARIS - The US economy will slow next year amid continued trouble in the housing market, likely leading to lower interest rates, a senior International Monetary Fund official said Wednesday.
Simon Johnson, director of the IMF's Research department, said fallout from the subprime credit crisis hasn't yet been resolved - and the IMF doesn't understand why tight financial markets continue.
"The problem hasn't been resolved," despite efforts from major central banks to boost liquidity in the financial markets, said Simon Johnson, director of the IMF's research department. "This makes it hard to assess the outlook."
Johnson predicted that the impact of the lending crisis in the subprime mortgage market in the United States will be limited outside the Americas.
"The effect ... on the real economy is limited because European markets managed to be relatively insulated from the shock," he said.
The IMF i…

The Empire 271

Is dit uitgebreid behandeld door de Nederlandse commerciele massamedia?

'History Will Not Absolve Us
Leaked Red Cross report sets up Bush team for international war-crimes trial
by Nat Hentoff

If and when there's the equivalent of an international Nuremberg trial for the American perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Guantánamo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the CIA's secret prisons, there will be mounds of evidence available from documented international reports by human-rights organizations, including an arm of the European parliament—as well as such deeply footnoted books as Stephen Grey's Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program (St. Martin's Press) and Charlie Savage's just-published Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy (Little, Brown).
While the Democratic Congress has yet to begin a serious investigation into what many European legislators already know about American war crimes, a particularly t…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 52

'Housing Bubble Pops; It's Recession Time
By Dean Baker, TruthOut.org. Posted September 12, 2007.
The growth of the housing bubble made this sort of collapse inevitable, just as the crash of the stock bubble was inevitable.
The downturn in jobs reported last month by the Labor Department provided evidence of an economic downturn that even the economy's greatest cheerleaders could not ignore. Healthy economies do not shed jobs.
During the core periods of the upturns in the eighties and nineties, there were three months in which the economy lost jobs. In two of these, the loss was attributable to major strikes. (The jobs of striking workers are not counted in the survey.) That leaves a grand total of one month in more than twelve years of recovery in which the economy lost jobs. In other words, the August job loss leaves the economic optimists somewhat less credible than the deniers of global warming.
The backdrop for the August job loss is the collapse of the subprime mortgage m…

De Commerciele Massamedia 89

Leest u het volgende bericht in Het Parool van gisteren en u ontdekt dat het bewust vele vragen onbeantwoord laat.

'Gewroet in verleden Wijffels

Van een verslaggever

DEN HAAG - Herman Wijffels, ex-topman van de Rabobank en formateur van het huidige kabinet, zegt dat er uitgebreid is gezocht naar belastende informatie over hem.
Dat gebeurde tijdens zijn werk bij de Wereldbank in Washington, waar hij een commissie leidde die onderzoek deed naar de omstreden bankpresident Paul Wolfowitz.''Er is op schokkende wijze in mijn verleden gewroet,'' zegt Wijffels, namens Nederland bestuurder bij de Wereldbank. ''Bij mij was niets te vinden, maar bij collega-bestuurders van de Wereldbank ontstond consternatie. Er waren heel duidelijke pogingen tot diskwalificatie.'' Als gevolg van Wijffels' onderzoekingen naar mogelijke belangenverstrengeling van Wolfowitz en diens vriendin, die ook bij de bank werkte, moest de bankpresident het veld ruimen. Volgens Wijffels he…

Noam Chomsky 20

Na 11 september 2001 begon de Amerikaanse dissident Noam Chomsky met het schrijven van op-eds, opiniestukken die door The New York Times Syndicate wereldwijd werden en worden verspreid. Desondanks heeft tot nu toe geen van de landelijke Amerikaanse massamedia ook maar 1 woord hiervan in hun colommen opgenomen. In de inleiding van Interventions, waarin alle tot nu toe verschenen opiniestukken zijn opgenomen, schrijft redacteur Greg Ruggiero: ´That our mainstream media system seems unwilling to tolerate a range of political thought wide enough to include Chomsky´s but is willing to market them outside our intellectual and geographic borders is ironic and revealing.´ En gelijk heeft hij. De New York Times wil graag geld verdienen aan dissidente gedachten, maar durft ze zelf niet af te drukken in hun krant. Tot zover vrijheid en democratie en vrijheid van de pers en meningsvrijheid. Men kan in de VS wel een mening hebben zolang die maar correspondeert met de officiele lezing van de werkel…

Naomi Klein 2

The Shock Doctrine By Naomi Klein The Guardian UK

Her explosive new book exposes the lie that free markets thrive on freedom. In our first exclusive extract, the No Logo author reveals the business of exploiting disaster.

I met Jamar Perry in September 2005, at the big Red Cross shelter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dinner was being doled out by grinning young Scientologists, and he was standing in line. I had just been busted for talking to evacuees without a media escort and was now doing my best to blend in, a white Canadian in a sea of African- American southerners. I dodged into the food line behind Perry and asked him to talk to me as if we were old friends, which he kindly did.
Born and raised in New Orleans, he'd been out of the flooded city for a week. He and his family had waited forever for the evacuation buses; when they didn't arrive, they had walked out in the baking sun. Finally they ended up here, a sprawling convention centre now jammed with 2,000 cots and a mess o…

De Commerciele Massamedia 88

Mijn collega's van de commerciele massamedia weten dat ze door de macht gebruikt worden, en toch gaan ze ermee door. Dat is cynisme, overal de prijs van weten maar van niets de waarde. Hun eigen vak is slechts een bron van inkomen en status, meer niet. Neem bijvoorbeeld de voormalige NOS-correspondent in de VS, Wouter Kurpershoek. Na een exact 5 minuten durend interview met president Bush schreef hij:'Met gemengde gevoelens neem ik weer afscheid. Ik heb kunnen vragen wat ik wilde, maar de antwoorden zijn algemeen gebleven. Het wachten is nu op de tapes van het interview. Die worden eerst nog eens zorgvuldig nagekeken door de woordvoerders van de president. Stel je voor dat hij iets raars heeft gezegd. Dat valt wel mee. Bush heeft zijn verhaal goed in het hoofd zitten. Wijkt daar niet vanaf. Laat zich niet verrassen. Vrijheid, vrijheid en nog eens vrijheid. Dat is zijn boodschap. Hij heeft mij gebruikt om nog eens zijn verhaal te kunnen vertellen. Ditmaal aan de Nederlanders.&#…

Klimaatverandering 111

'Global Warming Impact Like ‘Nuclear War’
by Jeremy Lovell

London - Climate change could have global security implications on a par with nuclear war unless urgent action is taken, a report said on Wednesday.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) security think-tank said global warming would hit crop yields and water availability everywhere, causing great human suffering and leading to regional strife.
While everyone had now started to recognize the threat posed by climate change, no one was taking effective leadership to tackle it and no one could tell precisely when and where it would hit hardest, it added.
“The most recent international moves towards combating global warming represent a recognition … that if the emission of greenhouse gases … is allowed to continue unchecked, the effects will be catastrophic — on the level of nuclear war,” the IISS report said.
“Even if the international community succeeds in adopting comprehensive and effective measures to mitigate…

CIDI Bestuurslid schendt Internationaal Recht 5

Rechts op de foto het CIDI bestuurlid dat onbelemmerd het internationaal recht schendt.

Het CIDI, is geen onafhankelijk instituut voor informatie en documentatie over Israel, maar een pro-Israel lobbygroep dat betaald wordt om propaganda te maken voor onder andere de expansionistische politiek van de 'joodse natie' en daarmee voor de dagelijkse terreur tegen de Palestijnse burgerbevolking. Dat Israel al vanaf zijn oprichting de Palestijnen terroriseert via etnische zuiveringen en terreur wordt daarbij genegeerd door deze lobbygroep. Sinds kort weten we nu ook dat het CIDI indirect betrokken is bij het steunen van illegale activiteiten. Het bedrijf van een bestuurlid van deze propaganda-instelling voor Israel is, met goedkeuring van het CIDI, betrokken bij de bouw van de - volgens het Internationaal Gerechtshof - illegale muur. In 2005 schreven Jeff Handmaker van het Institute of Social Studies in Den Haag en Ineke Boerefijn, universitair hoofddocent van het Studie- en Informat…

De Commerciele Massamedia 87

Gisteren berichtte de NRC, volgens eigen zeggen de slijpsteen van de geest, het volgende:'de surge, het grote veiligheidsoffensief in en rond Bagdad. Volgens Petraeus zijn de militaire doelen van de surge „in grote mate” verwezenlijkt.
Opiniepeilingen geven aan dat zowel de Irakezen als de Amerikanen het offensief mislukt vinden. Volgens een gisteren gepubliceerde peiling in opdracht van de BBC vindt 70 procent van de Irakezen de situatie juist verslechterd. Volgens een peiling van het persbureau AP meent 36 procent van de Amerikanen dat het offensief is geslaagd.'Lees verder: http://www.nrc.nl/buitenland/article766479.ece/30.000_soldaten_minder_in_Irak

Kunnen mijn collega's van de slijpsteen van de geest ons uitleggen hoe 'het grote veiligheidsoffensief in en rond Bagdad... het grote veiligheidsoffensief'' kan zijn als '70 procent van de Irakezen' uit eigen ervaring weet dat 'de situatie juist [is] verslechterd'? De enige conclusie die een ration…

Irak 223

'The US Will Lose War Regardless What it Does'

SPIEGEL: The long awaited results of the "surge" are now in. Has the surge succeeded? Is there reason for optimism in Iraq?
KOLKO: Both United States General David H. Petraeus and US Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker will deliver "progress" reports to Congress on Monday, but the skeptics far outnumber those who believe Bush's strategy in Iraq is succeeding. They will say that Shiite attacks on Sunnis in Baghdad have fallen but they will not add that Baghdad has been largely purged in many areas of Sunni inhabitants and their flight much earlier -- and not the increase in Americans -- is the reason "success" can be reported to Congress. Indeed, most of the administration's statistics have been met with a wave of skepticism.

The Iraq military but especially the political 'benchmarks' that this administration thought so crucial -- and used to justify its 'surge' of 28,500 additional troops…

De Israelische Terreur 238

Vlak voor haar dood in maart van dit jaar schreef de Israelische hoogleraar Tanya Reinhart het volgende: 'The IDF is Hungry for War
What Are They Fighting For?
By TANYA REINHART
The Israeli army is hungry for war. It would not let concerns for captive soldiers stand in its way. Since 2002 the army has argued that an ìoperationî along the lines of ìDefensive Shieldî in Jenin was also necessary in Gaza. Exactly a year ago, on 15 July (before the Disengagement), the army concentrated forces on the border of the Strip for an offensive of this scale on Gaza. But then the USA imposed a veto. Rice arrived for an emergency visit that was described as acrimonious and stormy, and the army was forced to back down (3).' Tanya Reinhart is a Professor of Linguistics at Tel Aviv University and the author of Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948 and The Roadmap to Nowhere. She can be reached through her website: http://www.tau.ac.il/~reinhart Lees verder: http://www.counterpunch.org/reinhar…

Iran 164

'Pentagon plans base along Iran border

The Pentagon is preparing to build a base near the Iraq-Iran border in an effort to stem the flow of "advanced Iranian weaponry" to Shiite militants in Iraq, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"The push also includes construction of fortified checkpoints on the major highways leading from the Iranian border to Baghdad and the installation of X-ray machines and explosives-detecting sensors at the only formal border crossing between Iran and Iraq," the Journal said.
The move comes amid continuing reports of US plans to strike Iran and several weeks after a RAW STORYreport which signaled that the US had shifted its focus from Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program to its alleged shipment of IEDs across the Iraq-Iran border as the principal rationale in selling a possible attack.
“There is clear evidence that someone in Iran is manufacturing the EFPs,” a source currently working with military and intelligence joint operatio…

De Amsterdamse Hortus

Hortus Amsterdam. In de palmenkas.

Het Neoliberale Geloof 51

Deze zomer verbleef ik op een berg in Italie. Op een warme avond bezocht ik een feest van een Britse schilderes, waar gasten uit verschillende landen aanwezig waren. Tijdens de barbecue langs het zwembad sprak ik met een jonge Britse vrouw die op de financiele redactie van Reuters werkte. Ik vroeg haar wanneer ze voor het laatst het woord kapitalisme had gebruikt, per slot van rekening gebruikte Reuters te pas en te onpas het woord communisme. Waarom dan niet het woord kapitalisme gebruiken voor ons systeem? 'Dat woord gebruiken we nooit,' antwoordde ze. Waarom niet? 'Dat doe je niet!' Waarom niet? 'Wel, dat weet je gewoon.' Hoe, wie heeft je dat verteld? 'Niemand, dat weet je al voordat je bij Reuters solliciteert.' Welk woord gebruik je dan om ons economisch en politiek systeem aan te duiden? 'Dat doen we nooit, we typeren ons systeem niet.' Waarom niet? 'Goh, nu je het vraagt, dat weet ik eigenlijk niet. Ik weet wel dat het niet op prijs…

Jerry Fresia

Eind augustus interviewde ik in Italie de Amerikaanse schilder Jerry Fresia, auteur van het boek: Toward an American Revolution. Exposing the Constitution & Other Illusions.

Fresia is een voormalige inlichtingenofficier van de Amerikaanse Luchtmacht. Hij woont, werkt en en geeft schilderlessen in Lenno. Bijna twintig jaar geleden schreef hij dat het Amerikaans terrorisme geen ´deviation from Constitutional principles [is] but rather the logical consequence of a system which protects the freedom of a handful of Americans to control a good deal of the earth´s resources and, correspondingly, the lives of millions of people scattered around the globe... We live in an undemocratic system that is a major sourvce of terror and repression, both at home and around the world. In large measure this is due to the tremendous concentration of unchecked corporate power.´ De Amerikaanse historicus Howard Zinn schreef over Fresia´s boek: 'Toward an American Revolution is a refreshingly bold loo…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 50

'Credit crunch hits job market
Economists say Fed will likely cut rate

BARRIE MCKENNA
WASHINGTON -- A sudden and unexpected drop in U.S. jobs has stoked fears that the fallout from the housing slump has only just begun, sending global stocks tumbling again.
Paced by losses in construction and manufacturing, the world's largest economy shed jobs for the first time in four years last month, according to the U.S. Labour Department.
The August figures, combined with new lower estimates of jobs created in prior months, are ominous signs the turmoil may be shifting from Wall Street to Main Street.
The question now is whether the United States can avoid a full-blown recession
"A drop of this magnitude has never been observed outside recessions," National Bank Financial economist Stéfane Marion remarked. "That is unnerving."
The jobs report marks "the first solid evidence that the economic turmoil in financial markets has found its way into the job market," said …

The Empire 270

De International Herald Tribune bericht: 'In U.S., economy rivals Iraq as political issue
WASHINGTON: For the first time in four years, economic concerns are rivaling the war in Iraq as a top issue on the political agenda.
Sensing new political momentum, Democrats in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail are stepping up their criticism of President George W. Bush's handling of the economy and offering their own proposals.
And now that the malaise in housing and credit markets appears to be infecting the wider economy, the Federal Reserve could feel more political pressure from Democrats and Republicans alike than it has since Alan Greenspan, then the Fed chairman, incurred the wrath of the first President George Bush for not cutting rates faster in the early 1990s.
The Fed is all but certain to reduce interest rates at its next policy meeting on Sept. 18, but the big debate among economists is how much further and faster it cuts rates after that.
The Bush administration,…

Irak 222

De Independent bericht:

'Retreat from Basra: the slow death of the Iraq campaign.

In the week that British forces departed from Basra Palace, Kim Sengupta reports on the propects for a country where so many have died – and are still dying
Hassan Ali Ibrahim remembers his father talking about the last time the British were in Basra. The fighting that took place then spread across Iraq as the Shias in the south, the Sunnis in Baghdad and the Kurds in the north rose up against the invaders.
The rebellion came after Major-General Sir Stanley Maude had captured Baghdad in 1917. Six thousand Iraqis and 500 British and Indian troops had died by the time it had been put down after a prolonged campaign of attrition.
Following the invasion of the country in 2003, the headquarters for the small UK contingent in Baghdad, working with the Americans, was named Maude House. It was an ill-advised choice, for what has happened since bears remarkable similarity to events 90 years ago.
No one knows quite …