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Hillary Clinton

Voordat mijn collega's van de Nederlandse commerciele massamedia weer met juichende verhalen komen eerst even dit lezen:
'Hillary Clinton on International Law
Stephen Zunes

'Perhaps the most terrible legacy of the administration of President George W. Bush has been its utter disregard for such basic international legal norms as the ban against aggressive war, respect for the UN Charter, and acceptance of international judicial review. Furthermore, under Bush’s leadership, the United States has cultivated a disrespect for basic human rights, a disdain for reputable international human rights monitoring groups, and a lack of concern for international humanitarian law.
Ironically, the current front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president shares much of President Bush’s dangerous attitudes toward international law and human rights.
For example, Senator Hillary Clinton has opposed restrictions on U.S. arms transfers and police training to governments that engage in gross …

The West is the Best

'The UN Has Come to Be Seen As a Tool of the West
by Adrian Hamilton

Answering questions on Radio 4’s World Tonight about the bomb attack on its offices in Algiers, a spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was cut off in mid-sentence. When asked why the UN was targeted, she started to say: “Unfortunately, the UN is not any more the innocent, humanitarian organisation that can work anywhere,” before she was hustled on to the next question as to why the UN didn’t take better precautions against attack.
But, however uncomfortable the question, especially when the aid organisation has just lost nearly a dozen employees in the bombing, what its spokesman was saying has a terrible ring of truth about it. In the West, the UN is regarded as largely a good thing, with its many arms dedicated to helping refugees, resolving conflicts and, if necessary, to stepping in with the blue helmets to keep the peace.
In other parts of the world, however, the UN is no longer reg…

De Israelische Terreur 286

De Independent bericht: 'Red Cross denounces Israel's curbs on Palestinians ahead of Blair conference
By Donald Macintyre in Ramallah

Israel faced a battery of calls yesterday to alleviate what the Red Cross unusually called a "deep human crisis" by easing restrictions on Palestinian movement, ahead of an international donors' conference co-chaired by Tony Blair.
The World Bank and the Western-backed emergency Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, warned that the $5.6bn (£2.7bn) they hope the conference will pledge in Paris on Monday will not reverse the collapse of the Palestinian economy unless there is a significant reduction in checkpoints and closures.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which prides itself on its neutrality, said that Israel's "harsh security measures" came at an "enormous humanitarian cost" and that the "dignity of the Palestinians is being trampled underfoot day after day, both in the West Ba…

Nederlandse Terreur

Onderstaande berichten geven meteen antwoord op de vraag waarom de sociaal-democraten en de christenen in het Nederlandse kabinet niet tegen de inzet van onder andere clusterbommen zijn. Voor kruideniers aller landen is het mooiste geluid het rinkelen van de kassa. God Zij Met U.

'Persbericht Campagne tegen Wapenhandel
Amsterdam, 3 oktober 2007
Nederland doorvoerland voor wapens Israël

Ten aanzien van Israël voert Nederland een dubbelzinnig wapenexportbeleid, zo blijkt uit het vandaag verschenen rapport ‘Wapenhandel en militaire samenwerking met Israël’ van de Campagne tegen Wapenhandel. Sinds het uitbreken van de tweede Intifada in 2002 wordt wapenexport vanuit Nederland naar Israël vrijwel niet meer toegestaan. Tegelijkertijd kunnen andere landen, met name de Verenigde Staten, zonder problemen op grote schaal militaire goederen via Nederland doorvoeren naar Israël. Zo wordt de schijn gewekt van een terughoudend beleid, terwijl in de praktijk niet wordt geprobeerd de wapenleveranties…

Heikelien Verrijn Stuart 2

De juriste Heikelien Verrijn Stuart is website-gast bij Amnesty International: 'Donderdag 13 december Wat is er aan de hand? Waarom zoveel aandacht in Nederland voor het vertrek van de hoofdaanklaagster van het Joegoslavië Tribunaal? Waarom praten mensen die geen idee hebben wie er terecht staan en wat de belangrijkste strafzaken bij tribunaal zijn over 'Carla'? Is het een nieuw Nederlands verlangen naar ferme persoonlijkheden, mannen van stavast, die vooral in vrouwelijke gedaante – ook Rita is zo'n wezen dat bij de voornaam wordt aangeduid - worden gewaardeerd? Of is er een oprechte belangstelling voor een vrouw die, ogenschijnlijk in groot isolement, een strijd aanbindt met de politieke autoriteiten in de wereld? Del Ponte was vrijwel onzichtbaar in de rechtszaal, haar aanwezigheid op de eerste zittingsdag van belangrijke zaken haast symbolisch. Het strafrechtelijke handwerk wordt door de andere prosecutors gedaan. Zoals we in Carla's List kunnen zien, de film d…

Norman Finkelstein 2

'Norman Finkelstein

Lecture of and interview with the American political scientist and author Norman Finkelstein.
Beginning December 2007 Norman Finkelstein gave a lecture in Amsterdam under the title: The Coming Break-Up of American Zionism. Finkelstein is the author of among others Image & Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (1995), The Holocaust Industry (2003) and Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History (2005)
The Lecture: http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx >
Finkelstein answers questions: http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx / Lectures
The Interview: http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx />
Here you'll find the latest information about Norman Finkelstein: http://www.normanfinkelstein.com%3e/

Klimaatverandering 124

'''The Arctic is screaming'' — summer sea ice could be gone in five years
By SETH BORENSTEIN
By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer; AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON — An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even speculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years.
Greenland's ice sheet melted nearly 19 billion tons more than the previous high mark, and the volume of Arctic sea ice at summer's end was half what it was just four years earlier, according to new NASA satellite data obtained by The Associated Press.
"The Arctic is screaming," said Mark Serreze, senior scientist at the government's snow and ice data center in Boulder, Colo.
Just last year, two top scientists surprised their colleagues by projecting that the Arctic sea ice was melting so rapidly that it could disappear entirely by the summer o…

Prijsvraag

Een van deze drie foto's klopt niet. Welke? Het goede antwoord wordt beloond met een chocoladeletter.

Oil 21

'Published on
by The Guardian/UK

Big Oil Lets Sun Set on Renewables

Shell has quietly shed most of its solar power, while BP is buying into dirty tar sands by Terry Macalister

Shell, the oil company that recently trumpeted its commitment to a low carbon future by signing a pre-Bali conference communique, has quietly sold off most of its solar business.

The move, taken with rival BP's decision last week to invest in the world's dirtiest oil production in Canada's tar sands, indicates that Big Oil might be giving up its flirtation with renewables and going back to its roots.

Shell and BP are among the biggest producers of greenhouse gases in the world, but both have been keen to paint themselves green through a series of clean fuel initiatives.

BP, under its former chief executive, John Browne, promised to go "beyond petroleum" while Shell has spent millions advertising its serious interest in the future of the environment.

But at a time when interest in solar power is…

Oil 20

'Published on Wednesday, by Truthdig.com
From Oil Wars to Water Wars
by Amy Goodman

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this week, in Oslo, Norway. Al Gore shared the prize with the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which represents more than 2,500 scientists from 130 countries. The solemn ceremony took place as the United States is blocking meaningful progress at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, and the Republicans in the U.S. Senate have derailed the energy bill passed by the House of Representatives, which would have accelerated the adoption of renewable energy sources at the expense of big-oil and coal corporations.

Gore set the stage: “So, today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer. And tomorrow, we will dump a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun.

“As a result…

The Empire 326

'The Anti-Empire Report Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life by William Blum http://www.killinghope.org/
Another peace scare. Boy, that was close.The US intelligence community's new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) -- "Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities" -- makes a point of saying up front (in bold type): "This NIE does not (italics in original) assume that Iran intends to acquire nuclear weapons." The report goes on to state: "We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program ."
Isn't that good news, that Iran isn't about to attack the United States or Israel with nuclear weapons? Surely everyone is thrilled that the horror and suffering that such an attack -- not to mention an American or Israeli retaliation or pre-emptive attack -- would bring to this sad old world. Here are some of the happy reactions from American leaders:
Senate Republicans are planning t…

The Empire 325

Danny Schechter, the News Dissector: 'SCROOGE TO OUR KIDS: WE CAN’T AFFORD YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE
IN DEBT WE TRUST: Ad on the Subway: “I am 35, single, broke but I have a fierce outfit.”BUSH VETOES KIDS HEALTH INSURANCE IN TIME FOR XMASCAN WE TRUST THE VOTING SYSTEM?INVESTMENT BANK SAYS PERFECT STORM COMING, ISSUES ALERT
Acting in Private, in this Christmas season, your President and mine VETOED the Child Health Insurance Bill.
AP: WASHINGTON - President Bush vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for children, his second slap-down of a bipartisan effort in Congress to dramatically increase funding for the popular program.
And Yet:ROBERT PARRY: WHY THE DEMS MIGHT LOSE IN 2008AMERICAN ELECTIONS: BALLOTS CAST V BALLOTS COUNTED
The federal Election Assistance Commission — theagency created after the 2000 presidential debaclethat is tasked with overseeing voting machine testingand serving as a clearinghouse for electionadministration inform…

The Empire 324

'Study Faults Charities for Veterans
Some Nonprofits Shortchange Troops, Watchdog Group Says
By Philip Rucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Americans gave millions of dollars in the past year to veterans charities designed to help troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, but several of the groups spent relatively little money on the wounded, according to a leading watchdog organization and federal tax filings.
Eight veterans charities, including some of the nation's largest, gave less than a third of the money raised to the causes they champion, far below the recommended standard, the American Institute of Philanthropy says in a report. One group passed along 1 cent for every dollar raised, the report says. Another paid its founder and his wife a combined $540,000 in compensation and benefits last year, a Washington Post analysis of tax filings showed.
There are no laws regulating the amount of money charities spend on overhead, fundraising or giving. But the institute's report su…

The Empire 323

'The USA’s Human Rights Daze
By Norman Solomon.

The chances are slim that you saw much news coverage of Human Rights Day when it blew past the media radar — as usual — on Dec. 10. Human rights may be touted as a treasured principle in the United States, but the assessed value in medialand is apt to fluctuate widely on the basis of double standards and narrow definitions.
Every political system, no matter how repressive or democratic, is able to amp up public outrage over real or imagined violations of human rights. News media can easily fixate on stories of faraway injustice and cruelty. But the lofty stances end up as posturing to the extent that a single standard is not applied.
When U.S.-allied governments torture political prisoners, the likelihood of U.S. media scrutiny is much lower than the probability of media righteousness against governments reviled by official Washington.
But what are “human rights” anyway? In the USA, we mostly think of them as freedom to speak, assemble, …

Klimaatverandering 123

'Hoodwinked in Bali on Carbon Credits
By Daphne Wysham
The Nation

Nusa Dua, Bali - It's the second week of the UN Climate Change Conference and the air is heavy with humidity, but despite being the rainy season, it hasn't rained heavily in weeks. The rooms in the conference facilities where people are clustered around computers feel like saunas, an appropriate thing, I suppose - reminding us not only of where we are, in tropical Bali, but also of why we're here. The world has a fever, and we're here to begin to bring the temperature down before it's too late. The question is, will the 15,000 or so government and nongovernment actors here deliver the goods, or have events been set in motion to make such a breakthrough impossible?
The UN website for the Climate Convention puts an upbeat spin on the meetings here. However, behind the public relations efforts divisions are apparent - not just between North and South, or between the United States and most of t…

The Empire 322

Even maar weer enkele feiten:

'Since Gulf War 1 - 73,846 US Dead, 1,620,906 Disabled
12-11-7
Data from Department of Veterans Affairs, Gulf War Veterans Information System, May 2007: http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/GWVIS_May2007.pdf
73,846 US TROOPS DEAD (near top of page 6)
1,620,906 PERMANENTLY DISABLED (near top of page 7)
US DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ISSUES OFFICIAL REPORT CONFIRMING 73,000 U.S. TROOPS KILLED IN IRAQ SAME GOVERNMENT AGENCY REPORT CONFIRMS 1.6 MILLION "DISABLED" BY THE WAR

From Peter Marshall E. Boomhower
eboomhower@juno.com

George Walker Bush has presided over the worst defeat of the United States Military since Vietnam and has deliberately skewed reporting of the deaths and injuries to conceal the facts.
Department of Veteran's Affairs, in conjunction with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has released the truth because they need the American People to know our military is literally, destroyed.
They cannot release these horrific numbers via the chain of co…

Remco Campert

een goed gedicht vertroost sluit vrede met het leven en beeldt het tragische uit de eeuwige melancholie is wat overblijft het is een dunne dichtbundel de nieuwe van remco campert de titel is: nieuwe herinneringen de oude waren op remco cempert wordt heel erg oud dit is een van zijn gedichten: Affaire Weet je nog hoe we allemaal dansten en lachten op dat grote feest in die tuin die geurde naar pas gewassen gras het was een heldere sterrennacht simpel. zoals je het zegt we waren jong als de muziek even bestonden we voor eeuwig

The Peacemaker

Ik hoop dat Iran zo snel mogelijk een atoombom ontwikkelt, want wat lees ik nu op de voorpagina van de krant die onze geest slijpt, de NRC: 'Volgens de VS is de tijd rijp voor toenadering tot Noord-Korea. President Bush schreef onlangs een brief aan Kim Jong-il. Nu gaat Amerika's oudste orkest naar Pyongyang.' En zo hoort het, geen militair offensief, maar een culturele uitwisseling. Zo doen beschaafde mensen dat.

En waarom volgt de Bush bende deze beschaafde weg? Juist, jonge vrienden, omdat Noord Korea kernwapens bezit. Iran bezit ze niet en wordt daarom met Amerikaans en Israelisch geweld bedreigd. Zowel Noord Korea als Iran werden door Bush junior als onderdeel van de 'Axis of Evil' aangewezen, weet u nog wel. En zie het verschil. Daarom durf ik hier de stelling te verdedigen dat Iran zo snel mogelijk een kernwapen moet ontwikkelen. Alleen mensen die voor een politiek van terreur zijn, zijn tegen een Iraans nucleair wapen. En die bom noemen we: de peacemaker.


De Dollar Hegemonie 38

'Even Larry Summers Predicts Doom
A Dollar the Size of a Postage Stamp
By MIKE WHITNEY

Lately it seems as though everyone wants to take a poke at the dollar. Last week, it was the Brazilian supermodel who demanded euros for her jaunts on the catwalk instead of USD. The week before that, hip-hop impresario, Jay-Z, released a video dissin' the dollar and praising the euro as the 'baddest Dude in the 'hood'.
Lambasting the greenback has become trendy. It's a favorite pastime of politicians, too. At the November OPEC meeting in Riyadh, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked the assembled finance ministers to "study the feasibility of selling oil in another currency." Ahmadinejad disparaged the dollar as "a worthless piece of paper".
The fiery Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, followed Ahmadinejad's lead predicting that the demise of the dollar would mean the "end of the Empire."
Hugo may be on to something. The dollar is Americ…

Nederland en Afghanistan 151

Nu opletten hoe lang het ons kabinet van overtuigde sociaaldemocraten en diep gelovige christenen erover gaat doen om op hetzelfde ideetje te komen./De Independent bericht:'Brown: 'It's time to talk to the Taliban'
Today, the Prime Minister will announce a major shift in strategy on Afghanistan. Could it mark the beginning of the end of a bloody six-year war? Or is it just spin?
By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor
As the deadliest year in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001 comes to a close, Gordon Brown is ready to talk to the Taliban in a major shift in strategy that is likely to cause consternation among hardliners in the White House.
Six years after British troops were first deployed to oust the Taliban regime, the Prime Minister believes the time has come to open a dialogue in the hope of moving from military action to consensus-building among the tribal leaders. Since 1 January, more than 6,200 people have been killed in violence related to the insurgen…

CIDI Bestuurslid schendt Internationaal Recht 9

'A Field Guide to Hasbara ( Propaganda) from the WUJS
World Union of Jewish Students 31.01.2004 17:31 RepressionWorld
This should actually be atributed to a union of Zionists, since this is yet another example of the Zionists' willingness to hide behind and manipulate the Jewish community to further their own ideological and political interests.

Just in case you were wondering what informs the latest efforts by Zionist spammers to flood IMC worldwide... 'Propaganda is used by those who want to communicate in ways that engage the emotions, and downplay rationality, in an attempt to promote a certain message. To effectively present Israel to the public, and to counter anti-Israel messages, it is necessary to understand propaganda devices.' A Field Guide to Hasbara ( Propaganda) from the WUJS [-----This post contains 'highlights' from their Hasbara Guide.-----] World Union of Jewish Students Influencing Public Opinion The first aim of Israel advocacy is to influence…

The Empire 321

'Big Oil to Sign Iraq Deals Soon
By Ben Lando
UPI

Big Oil's big dreams are close to coming true as Iraq's Oil Ministry prepares deals for the country's largest oil fields with terms that aren't necessarily what companies were hoping for but considered a foot in the door of the world's most promising oil sector.
Iraq's proven oil reserves are only smaller than those in Saudi Arabia and Iran -- and the country is only about 30 percent explored.
Iraq produces about 2.4 million barrels per day, a recent increase from the 2 million bpd post-invasion average, but far below what its reserves could handle. Its oil sector is suffering from decades of Saddam Hussein-era mismanagement, U.N. sanctions and the effects of the current war.
The decision of how to develop a resource that provides for nearly the entire federal budget is political and controversial. To each side's alarm, the national government will rely on a Saddam-era law and Iraq's Kurdish region is si…

Heikelien Verrijn Stuart

'Carla del Ponte, hoofdaanklaagster van het Joegoslaviëtribunaal, neemt eind 2007 afscheid. Donderdag is zij in Den Haag te gast bij de première van de film Carla's List, een documentaire over Del Ponte en haar medewerkers. Na afloop van de film debatteert zij onder andere met Heikelien Verrijn Stuart, juriste, journaliste en voornaam volgster van het Joegoslavië Tribunaal. Zij houdt deze week voor Amnesty.nl een dagboek bij.
maandag 10 december Vandaag is het internationale mensenrechtendag. Vandaag ook moest "Mr. Gus" Kouwenhoven voor het Haagse gerechtshof verschijnen. Tegen hem loopt het hoger beroep wegens oorlogsmisdrijven die hij zou hebben gepleegd om de wrede en corrupte president Charles Taylor van Liberia te helpen. Taylor zelf bevindt zich in de Scheveningse gevangenis in afwachting van zijn proces dat voor het Sierra Leone tribunaal, dat voor dit proces onderdak heeft gevonden bij het Internationaal Strafhof - zal plaatsvinden. Carla del Ponte vertrekt n…

Norman Finkelstein

'Lecture by and interview with the American political scientist and author Norman Finkelstein.
Beginning December 2007 Norman Finkelstein gave a lecture in Amsterdam under the title: The Coming Break-Up of American Zionism. Finkelstein is the author of among others Image & Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (1995), The Holocaust Industry (2003) and Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History (2005)

The Lecture: http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx
The Interview: http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx

Or here: http://www.stanvanhoucke.net/audioblog/index.php

Here you'll find the leatest information about Norman Finkelstein: http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/>

De Dollar Hegemonie 37

'Iran drops dollar from oil deals: report

TEHRAN (AFP) — Major crude producer Iran has completely stopped carrying out its oil transactions in dollars, Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari said on Saturday, labelling the greenback an "unreliable" currency.
"At the moment, selling oil in dollars has been completely halted, in line with the policy of selling crude in non-dollar currencies," Nozari was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.
"The dollar is an unreliable currency, considering its devaluation and the oil exporters' losses," he added.
The world's fourth largest oil exporter, Iran has massively reduced its dependence on the dollar over the past year in the face of US pressures on its financial system and the fall in the dollar.
Nozari did not specify in which currencies Iran was now being paid. In the past, officials have said most oil income was in euros, with a significant percentage in yen.
Japan, which purchases 20 percent of Iran'…

De Israelische Terreur 285

'Civil rights group: Israel has reached new heights of racism
By Yuval Yoaz and Jack Khoury, Haaretz Correspondents
Tags: Association for Civil Rights
Racism against Israel's Arab citizens has dramatically increased in the past year, including a 26 percent rise in anti-Arab incidents, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel's annual report. Author Sami Michael, the association's president, said upon the release of the report that racism was so rife it was damaging civil liberty in Israel

"Israeli society is reaching new heights of racism that damages freedom of expression and privacy," Michael said. The publication coincides with Human Rights Week, which begins Sunday. "We are a society under supervision under a democratic regime whose institutions are being undermined and which confers a different status to residents in the center of the country and in the periphery," Michael said. The number of Jews expressing feelings of hatred toward…

The Empire 320

'Ondanks rapport: koers van Witte Huis op Iran ongewijzigd
Door Daan de Wit

Het verschijnen van de National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) eerder deze maand brengt een groot conflict binnen de Amerikaanse elite aan de oppervlakte. Het neoconservatieve deel van deze elite wordt in het nauw gedreven door de rest van het establishment. Deze tegenstanders willen geen oorlog met Iran en zijn verantwoordelijk voor de NIE. Echter, de ideologie van de neocons is onaangetast èn maken zij nog steeds de dienst uit. De tegenstand zal de verbetenheid van deze groep alleen maar groter maken. Daardoor kan het zijn dat het rapport de kans op escalatie verhoogt en tegelijkertijd het gevolg, een oorlog met Iran, nog steeds een zeer reële mogelijkheid is.
Het rapport van de Iraq Study Group van voormalig buitenlandminister James Baker was een jaar geleden het eerste grote teken aan de wand, gevolgd door het getuigenis van voormalig veiligheidsadviseur Zbigniew Brzezinski voor de Senaatscommissie Buitenlan…