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Klimaatverandering 113

Science, October 2007

'IS BATTERED ARCTIC SEA ICE DOWN FOR THE COUNT?

[Rachel's introduction: "This [arctic] ice is more vulnerable than we thought." And that vulnerability seems to be growing from year to year, inspiring concern that Arctic ice could be in an abrupt, irreversible decline.]
By Richard A. Kerr

A few years ago, researchers modeling the fate of Arctic sea ice under global warming saw a good chance that the ice could disappear, in summertime at least, by the end of the 21st century. Then talk swung to summer ice not making it past mid-century. Now, after watching Arctic sea ice shrink back last month to a startling record-low area, scientists are worried that 2050 may be overoptimistic."This year has been such a quantum leap downward, it has surprised many scientists," says polar researcher John Walsh of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. "This ice is more vulnerable than we thought." And that vulnerability seems to be growing from yea…

Amsterdam

Amsterdam, 's avonds, Kloverniersburgwal.

Naomi Klein 3

Toespraak van de Canadese journaliste Noami Klein over haar nieuwe boek The Shock Doctrine. The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, georganiseerd door Sandra Rottenberg in het kader van een serie Globaliseringslezingen. De lezing werd gegeven op donderdag 11 oktober.
The lecure was given on the 11th of October 2007 in Amsterdam.
The Lecture: http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx

'The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
In THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world-- through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.

At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq’s civil war, a new law is unveiled that would allow Shell and BP to claim the country’s vast oil reserves….…

60 jaar

Ik ben afgelopen maandag 60 jaar geworden, maar nog steeds een jongetje. Wanneer word ik nu oud? Deze twee zijn ook nog steeds jong. Wat is dat toch? Als u wat geld heeft, koop dan morgen deze cd. Geweldige muziek, en daar is alles mee gezegd. Uch. Ik heb gesproken!

Martelen 80

Carter: VS martelen wél
ANP
WASHINGTON - De Verenigde Staten martelen terreurverdachten in strijd met het internationale recht. Dat heeft de voormalige Amerikaanse president Jimmy Carter woensdag gezegd in een vraaggesprek met nieuwszender CNN.
‘Ik denk het niet, ik weet het zeker’ zei Carter op de vraag of hij gelooft dat de Amerikaanse regering foltering toestaat. Volgens hem hebben de VS de Conventies van Genève (over de behandeling van krijgsgevangenen) buiten toepassing verklaard en hanteert de huidige president George Bush zijn eigen definitie van mensenrechten.
Bush ontkende vorige week dat de VS martelen. Hij zei dat in een reactie op een publicatie in The New York Times. De krant meldde dat een intern document van het Amerikaanse ministerie van Justitie toestaat dat terreurverdachten op gewelddadige en traumatiserende wijze worden ondervraagd. Het zou onder meer gaan over het simuleren van verdrinking en slaan op het hoofd.'Lees verder: http://www.volkskrant.nl/buitenland/art…

Christopher Hitchens

De affaire Hirsi Magan/Ali wordt steeds vermakelijker. Links op de foto ziet u Christopher Hitchens in actie, een verrukkelijke alcoholist en schrijver, in die volgorde zoals hij zelf zal toegeven. Gisteren berichtte de NRC: 'Hitchens, sinds een eerste ontmoeting met Hirsi Ali in 2003 onder de indruk van de combinatie van ‘kalmte en rede’ met een ‘pakkende en hypnotiserende schoonheid’ ,

http://www.nrc.nl/binnenland/article785149.ece/Internationale_kritiek_op_behandeling_Hirsi_Ali
Juist ja, twee kwalificaties, waarvan de tweede illustrerend is voor heren op zekere leeftijd: 'pakkende en hypnotiserende schoonheid.' En inderdaad, Hitchens reageert alsof hij gehypnotiseerd is door een 'pakkende... schoonheid.' Zo ken ik Hitchens weer, glaasje op et voila.De Volkskrant bericht vanochtend: 'Er waait een gure wind jegens Hirsi Ali...
Andere vrienden van Ayaan betonen zich geen vriend meer. Sylvain Ephimenco beklaagt zich in zijn Trouw-columns: ''Zoals de meeste …

De Israelische Terreur 259

Palestinians surround the bodies of five activists from Army of Islam at their funeral in Gaza City. The day earlier the five men were assassinated when their car was hit in an Israeli air strike, 27 September 2007. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages

Het Palestijnse Centrum voor Mensen Rechten berichtte op 27 september, informatie die niet door de Nederlandse commerciele massamedia serieus is onderzocht. Waren daarentegen 11 Israelische joden gedood dan was dat groot nieuws geweest:

'Israel kills 11 Palestinians in Gaza in nine hours

Israeli Occupation Forces committed several crimes in the Gaza Strip over the past few hours, which left 11 Palestinians dead, including a child, and injured 33 others, five of them seriously. Some of the injured suffered amputation of limbs. Five of the victims were killed in an extra-judicial execution in Gaza City. The remaining six victims were killed in Beit Hanoun by aerial and land bombardment during an incursion into the town.The Palestinian Centre for H…

De Israelische Terreur 258

'Israel’s Colonial Siege and The Palestinians
by Bashir Abu-Manneh

[This essay appears in The Socialist Register 2008: Global Flashpoints: Reactions to imperialism and neoliberalism, now available from Monthly Review Press in the USA, Fernwood Books in Canada and Merlin Press in the UK and the rest of the world. For the table of contents of the whole volume, click here.]

If there’s one short phrase that can describe Palestinian reality under Israeli occupation today, it is this: enduring under permanent siege, without surrender.{1}

My aim in the following is, first, to defend the accuracy of this statement. Since the Oslo Agreements of 1993, Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has developed into a colonial siege, gradually atomizing and strangling Palestinian economy and society. Compounded by international boycott, poverty levels are now between 70 per cent and 80 per cent, with extreme and unprecedented levels of unemployment and rising dependency on food aid.{2}…

The Empire 277

'Oil, Israel, and America: The Root Cause of the Crisis
By Scott Ritter"Common Dreams"

-- -- There is no shortage of examples of historical points of friction between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States to draw upon in order to illustrate the genesis of the current level of tension. One can point to the Islamic revolution that cast aside America’s staunch ally, Reza Shah Pahlevi, the period of reactionary exportation of Islamic “revolution” that followed, the take over of the US Embassy and subsequent holding of Americans hostage (replete with a failed rescue mission), the Iranian use of proxy’s to confront American military involvement in Lebanon, inclusive of the bombing of the Marine barracks and US Embassy compounds, America’s support of Saddam Hussein during the 8-year war between Iran and Iraq, the ‘hot’ conflict between Iran and the United States in the late 1980’s, or Iran’s ongoing support of the Hezbollah Party in Lebanon. The list could continue.W…

Het Israelisch Expansionisme 52

De Nederlandse regering steunt de Israelische terreur en het Israelische expansionisme op politiek, diplomatiek, economisch en zelfs militair gebied. Een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer accepteert dat voor het schenden van het internationaal recht door Nederland wordt gesteund. De Nederlandse commerciele massamedia zwijgen er doorgaans over. Al meer dan 40 jaar lang worden de Palestijnen geconfronteerd met de dagelijkse terreur van een militaire bezetting, die bijvoorbeeld alleen al in 2006 de dood van 120 Palestijnse KINDEREN veroorzaakte. Stel u voor dat er 120 joodse kinderen vermoord waren. Dan zouden de persen gestopt worden. En terecht. Maar nu het 'slechts' arabieren betreft dan is het de moeite niet waard om het melden. En alleen al voorstellen dat er sancties moeten komen tegen Israel omdat het doorgaat met het stelen van andermans land is vloeken in de kerk, zo niet een van de ergste vormen van anti-semitisme, althans in de ogen van de pro-Israel lobby, bestaande uit …

Salman Rushdie

Gisteren kreeg ik deze email:'Beste Stan,

Ik las net het artikel in de NRC over Salman Rushdie.
http://www.nrc.nl/buitenland/article784214.ece/Salman_Rushdie_breekt_lans_voor_Ayaan_Hirsi_Ali
Is Rushdie soms knettergek geworden? Is Hirsi Ali de eerste
West-europese vluchteling sinds de holocaust?
Ik kook van woede als ik dit soort demagogische praat lees.
Wil je hier een artikel over schrijven?
Ik denk dat ik mijn boekenkast maar ga zuiveren, destijds heb ik
Leon de Winter er ook al uitgegooid.'Ik moest meteen denken aan de geweldige ironie van het leven. '‘In ’86 was ikzelf ook een fundamentalist, in Kenia. Ik was lid van de Islamitische Broederschap,’ vertelde Hirisi Magan/ Ali tijdens een tv-programma en ze voegde daar tijdens een bijeenkomst in de Rode Hoed aan toe: ‘In 1989 vond ik de fatwa tegen Salman Rushdie nog vanzelfsprekend. Ik was ook een radicaal.’ De enige zinnige conclusie die we kunnen trekken is deze: wat een mazzel dat de toenmalige moslim fundamentaliste mevrouw…

Noam Chomsky 21

Noam Chomsky: 'NUCLEAR-armed states are criminal states. They have a legal obligation, confirmed by the World Court, to live up to Article 6 of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which calls on them to carry out good-faith negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons entirely. None of the nuclear states has lived up to it.The United States is a leading violator, especially the Bush administration, which even has stated that it isn't subject to Article 6.On July 27, Washington entered into an agreement with India that guts the central part of the NPT, though there remains substantial opposition in both countries. India, like Israel and Pakistan (but unlike Iran), is not an NPT signatory, and has developed nuclear weapons outside the treaty. With this new agreement, the Bush administration effectively endorses and facilitates this outlaw behaviour. The agreement violates US law, and bypasses the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the 45 nations that have established strict rules to lessen t…

Bouke Ylstra

Eergisteren verscheen een werkelijk schitterend uitgevoerd boek met werk van een van de beste tekenaars/schilders die Nederland bezit, de beeldend kunstenaar Bouke Ylstra. Het boek heet eenvoudigweg Bouke Ylstra. Dagboeken. 2001/07 en het voorwoord is van de schrijver/vertaler August Willemse. Ik heb twee tekeningen overgenomen, die een beeld geven van Bouke's meesterschap. Ik heb het boek gisteren voor mijn 60ste verjaardag gekregen en weet niet waar het te koop is. Dit is Ylstra's website: http://www.ylstra.dds.nl/rotonde.html

De Israelische Terreur 257

'Mohammed al-Dura lives on
By Gideon Levy
The concern Israel demonstrates for the fate of one Palestinian boy touches the heart: Again, note what a fuss is being made about the case of the killing of Mohammed al-Dura. Our heart is impervious to the fate of other children who have been killed. Just little Mohammed continues to haunt us. But the question of who killed al-Dura is not important. And maybe he is even alive, as some eccentrics claim. Perhaps he committed suicide, as the strange investigations are liable to suggest. All of these are tasteless questions designed to divert attention from the truly important issues: According to data collected by human rights group B'Tselem, Israel is responsible for killing more than 850 Palestinian children and teenagers since al-Dura was killed, including 92 in the past year alone. Last October, we killed 31 children in Gaza. This is what should have raised a storm and not the measurements by the former head of the Israel Defense Forc…

The Empire 276

Mass grave of 146 killed at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, USA December 29, 1890they died for the color of their skin and their religion.
Five days after being killed any bodies too large to be drug off by coyotes are thrown into a pit dug on January 3, 1890


Columbus and the Beginning of Genocide in the "New World" It has been contended by those who would celebrate Columbus thataccusations concerning his perpetration of genocide are distortive"revisions" of history. Whatever the process unleashed by his"discovery" of the "New World," it is said, the discovererhimself cannot be blamed. Whatever his defects and offenses, they aresurpassed by the luster of his achievements; however "tragic" or"unfortunate" certain dimensions of his legacy may be, they aremore than offset by the benefits even for the victims of the resultingblossoming of a "superior civilization" in theAmericas. Essentially the same arguments might be advan…

De Pro-Israel Lobby 47

Posted by Daniel Levy on October 4, 2007 3:54 PM
'Ok, here we go, the Israel Lobby
I have not commented thus far on the publication of the Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer book on the Israel lobby. The reason is simple – I agreed to review the book for Haaretz and so have waited for that to be published. Well the review came out yesterday in the monthly Haartetz book supplement and should be on the website any day (it is being delayed by the Succot holiday). I have though decided to post that review here below. (I will provide the Haaretz link once it’s available.)It is a long piece, but I hope that you stick with it. Allow me to set out my stall in this kind of pre-amble. While I certainly take issue with the specific recent policy examples in the book (Iraq and Syria in particular), I am convinced that the relationship between the US, Israel and the lobby that speaks in its name needs to change for everyone’s sake, that this book contributes to a re-think and that the authors are…

De Pro-Israel Lobby 46

'THE ISRAEL LOBBY

Two authors from the elite of American academia, an attempted answer to the what-went-wrong-for-the-U.S.-in-the-Middle-East question, and a controversy that has been brewing for over a year, no wonder this book is on the New York Times Best-Seller list. Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer's book is far more expansive in scope, detailed in argument, and thoroughly sourced (106 pages of footnotes) than their 2006 article on the same subject, although their methodology still eschews firsthand interviews. This is a difficult and challenging book. It is also an important book that deserves to be keenly debated. The book has generally elicited three types of response since its release. The first: Ignore it. Controversy, after all, breeds attention, debate and even sales, all of which, for some, are undesirable. Second: Take it seriously and deal with the substance, something this review will do in a moment. But before that, one must note the third type of response: To…

De Pro-Israel Lobby 45

"The Israel Lobby” authors John J. Mearsheimer (left) and Stephen M. Walt.

Breaking the Taboo: Why We Took On the Israel Lobby

Eric Chinski, the editor of John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt’s provocative new bestseller, asks the authors whether their book is good for the Jews and good for America. This interview originally appeared on the Web site of the publishing house Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Why did your article “The Israel Lobby,” which was published in the London Review of Books in 2006, provoke such heated discussion around the world? James Traub wrote in The New York Times Magazine: “ ’The Israel Lobby’ slammed into the opinion-making world with a Category 5 force.” How would you describe the reaction?
The article received enormous attention because it challenged what had become a taboo issue in mainstream foreign policy circles, namely the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. Middle East policy. We did not question Israel’s legitimacy and explicitly stated that the Un…

De Israelische Terreur 256

'-Gaza: Ceasefire Now!

At least 12 Palestinians have been killed in IDF military attacks on Gaza in the past two days. At least 10 Qasam rockets have been fired into bordering Israeli towns with no fatalities so far. The IDF is now operating inside northern Gaza with dozens of tanks on the outskirts of Beit Hanun. For more details, see this piece.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has warned that “we are moving closer to a major operation in Gaza.” The military correspondents on Israeli TV suggest that a full scale ground incursion is a matter of when, not if. One senior Hamas leader, Nizar Rayyan, is quoted as responding “50,000 fighters and 400 would-be suicide bombers await the invasion.”
Israeli-Palestinian relations were on everybody’s lips in the corridors of the UN General Assembly meetings this week, where I had the opportunity to visit with senior officials from various parties. But the Gaza-Hamas reality was the elephant in the room, nobody wanted to talk about it. The c…

Jezus en de Clusterbommen 3

'Pope Versus President
Heather Wokusch
The Vatican’s recent snub of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is only the latest salvo in the battle between Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush. This tug of war has profound implications for both U.S. foreign policy and the critical Catholic vote in 2008's presidential race.
On issues ranging from the war in Iraq to global warming, the Vatican and Washington have not seen eye to eye. With the popularity of U.S. foreign policy at record lows around the world, however, the Vatican’s diplomatic approach is more consistent with global public opinion.
Overlapping Agendas
Things haven't always been tense between Bush and Benedict. They share similar views regarding abortion, gay marriage, and other hot-button conservative issues. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (as Benedict was known before becoming Pope in April 2005) even helped Bush secure the White House for a second term.
Specifically, after Bush visited the Vatican in June 2004, c…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 57

'U.S. factory orders plunge as businesses remain cautious
Rise in jobless claims adds to tension as Wall Street awaits September employment data

MARTIN CRUTSINGER

Associated Press, with files from Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount in seven months, reflecting weakness across a wide swath of manufacturing as the turbulent financial market made businesses more cautious.

The U.S. Commerce Department said orders dropped by 3.3 per cent in August, even worse than the expected 2.8-per-cent decline. It was the biggest setback since orders fell 4.2 per cent in January.

Demand for commercial aircraft fell 39.9 per cent, leading the decline. Boeing Co., the world's second-largest maker of commercial jets, received 75 orders in August, about half the 149 the Chicago-based company had in July, according to company figures. Orders also were weak for other industries, from autos and home appliances to industrial machinery and steel.

Orders fo…

Klimaatverandering 112

Two girls rescue a dog in floods in Trinidad, Bolivia. Photograph: Aizar Raldes/AFP Misschien kan mevrouw Halsema van GROEN LINKS wakker worden en hier een spoeddebatje voor aanvragen. Hirsi Magan/Ali is weer terug naar haar reactionaire denktank en haar beveiliging zal uiteindelijk toch moeten worden betaald door haar aanhangers, en die zullen dat - met het oog op het belang van het vrije woord - natuurlijk maar al te graag doen. Nu dit probleempje is opgelost kan mevrouw Halsema zich met werkelijke problemen gaan bezighouden. Let u op wat ze gaat doen! De Guardian bericht: 'Climate change disaster is upon us, warns UN
· Emergency relief chief calls for swift action · 12 out of 13 'flash' appeals in 2007 related to weather · In pictures: floods, droughts and storms across the world· World in crisis map, 2007
A record number of floods, droughts and storms around the world this year amount to a climate change "mega disaster", the United Nation's emergency relief …

Susan Akram

Lecture by and interview with Susan Akram, Professor, Boston University School of Law, about the violated rights of Palestinian refugees.
Susan Akram (50) is one of the foremost legal experts in the world of the rights of Palestinian refugees. Beginning October 2007 she gave a lecture on this subject at the Insitute of Social Studies in The Haque, the Netherlands. The next day I interviewed her at Schiphol Airport about the pro-Israel lobby in the US and the future of international law.
The Lecture: http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx Under Lectures
The Interview: http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx Under Interviews
See also: http://www.stanvanhoucke.net/audioblog/index.php