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Als de Amerikaanse elite nu eens zou beginnen met van de VS een democratische rechtstaat te maken in plaats van overal ter wereld oorlogen te beginnen die vervolgens in chaos eindigen. Daan mailde me dit bericht:

' Worms infect more poor Americans than thought
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roundworms may infect close to a quarter of inner city black children, tapeworms are the leading cause of seizures among U.S. Hispanics and other parasitic diseases associated with poor countries are also affecting Americans, a U.S. expert said on Tuesday.
Recent studies show many of the poorest Americans living in the United States carry some of the same parasitic infections that affect the poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, said Dr. Peter Hotez, a tropical disease expert at George Washington University and editor-in-chief of the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Writing in the journal, Hotez said these parasitic infections ha…


US to expand mily presence in Pakistan

EARLY next year, US special forces are expected to vastly expand their presence in Pakistan, as part of an effort to train and support indigenous counter-insurgency forces and clandestine counter-terrorism units, according to American defence officials involved with the planning, reports Washington Post.These Pakistan-centric operations will mark a shift for the US military and for US-Pakistan relations. In the aftermath of Sept 11, the US used Pakistani bases to stage movements into Afghanistan. Yet once the US deposed the Taliban government and established its main operating base at Bagram, north of Kabul, US forces left Pakistan almost entirely. Since then, Pakistan has restricted US involvement in cross-border military operations as well as paramilitary operations on its soil.But the Pentagon has been frustrated by the inability of Pakistani forces to control the borders or the frontier area. And Pakistan’s political instabi…

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'Poor in America
It’s an ancient tradition derived from the scapegoat of Leviticus whereby the wrongs of others are transferred to an innocent
who’s then sent out alone to die symbolically bearing others’ sins, absolving from greed, lust, pride and hate the community that condemned him.'
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De Guardian bericht: 'Cash starved
As the US economy heads south, food banks are experiencing severe shortages - just as the number of Americans reliant on them is rising

There's a debate raging in America as we head toward a new year: are we or aren't we in a 1970s-style recession, one involving a stalled economy combined with strong inflationary pressures?
The measures are ambiguous. The housing market is about as deep in the hole as it has ever been, but jobs are still being created - albeit at a snail's pace. The stock market's gone all squirrelly, but depending on the day Wall Street is still capab…

Naomi Klein 9

'In So Many Cases, Democracy Rises from Catastrophe, Naomi Klein Argues By John Freeman The Cleveland Plain Dealer
According to economists in the University of Chicago school of thought, free-market ideas spread across the planet in a series of natural if sometimes painful historic developments. And the unprecedented (and highly lucrative) access Western capital enjoyed to these emerging markets is essential to kick-starting democratic reform.
In this towering polemic, Naomi Klein demolishes this narrative, arguing that the evidence tells a different story. Skipping across several decades and numerous U.S. administrations of both parties, Klein shows how the free-market ideas associated with Milton Friedman have spread often through catastrophe (as in Thailand, post-tsunami, and in New Orleans, post-Katrina) and at the point of a gun (as in Chile in 1973 and Iraq today).
Klein, a journalist whose book, "No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies" was translated into 28 langua…

Ons Staatshoofd

Geert Wilders maakt zich weer eens onsterfelijk belachelijk. En godzijdank heeft hij nu een instituut aangevallen dat voor gewone stervelingen als hij niet aan te vallen is. Wat is er precies aan de hand, want ook dat is niet helemaal duidelijk? In elk geval bericht Trouw hedenochtend: 'PVV-leider Geert Wilders vindt dat de grondwet moet worden gewijzigd om koningin Beatrix als staatshoofd buiten de regering te plaatsen… Aanleiding voor zijn voorstel is zijn boosheid over de kersttoespraak van koningin Beatrix. Die was volgens hem gericht tegen zijn partij. „De naam PVV staat er nog net niet in. Maar het is een politieke toespraak tegen ons, waarin het multi-culti-ideaal wordt opgehemeld, door iemand die niet gekozen is en die ik politiek niet kan aanspreken. Formeel kan ik het kabinet tot de orde roepen, maar de praktijk leert dat je dan altijd met nietszeggende antwoorden het bos wordt ingestuurd. Ik vind dat zij als een haas het kabinet uit moet worden gestuurd.”'
Lees verd…

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Pity the nation whose people are sheep,

and whose shepherds mislead them.

Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,

and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.

Pity the nation that raises not its voice,

except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero

and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.

Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own

and no other culture but its own.

Pity the nation whose breath is money

and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.

Pity the nation -- oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode

and their freedoms to be washed away.

My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.

-- Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Gelukkig Kerstfeest

Mede namens de hele familie en natuurlijk onze hond Animal: GELUKKIG KERSTFEEST!

No Logo

Mijn nieuwe no logo als journalist, gemaakt door Mattias Ylstra.

P.S. Mattias ontkent inmiddels dat hij deze no logo heeft gemaakt. Wie heeft hem dan gemaakt?

Het Neoliberale Geloof 76

'State of the Unions
By Paul Krugman
The New York Times
Monday 24 December 2007

Once upon a time, back when America had a strong middle class, it also had a strong union movement.
These two facts were connected. Unions negotiated good wages and benefits for their workers, gains that often ended up being matched even by nonunion employers. They also provided an important counterbalance to the political influence of corporations and the economic elite.
Today, however, the American union movement is a shadow of its former self, except among government workers. In 1973, almost a quarter of private-sector employees were union members, but last year the figure was down to a mere 7.4 percent.
Yet unions still matter politically. And right now they're at the heart of a nasty political scuffle among Democrats. Before I get to that, however, let's talk about what happened to American labor over the last 35 years.
It's often assumed that the U.S. labor movement died a natural death, tha…

The Empire 330

Pakistani troops taking up positions this month at a vantage point over the Swat Valley, where militants have fought the army.

Net zoals onder andere de Nederlandse regering de drugsbaronnen van Afghanistan aan de macht houdt, zo steunt Washington met belastinggeld Pakistaanse gangsters. De New York Times bericht:

'US Officials See Waste in Billions Sent to Pakistan By David Rohde, Carlotta Gall, Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger The New York Times
Monday 24 December 2007

Islamabad, Pakistan - After the United States has spent more than $5 billion in a largely failed effort to bolster the Pakistani military effort against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, some American officials now acknowledge that there were too few controls over the money. The strategy to improve the Pakistani military, they said, needs to be completely revamped.
In interviews in Islamabad and Washington, Bush administration and military officials said they believed that much of the American money was not making its way to …

Eric O. 3

'Zaak-Eric O. beïnvloed door maatjesgeest
"De waarheid raakt bij mariniers ondergeschikt aan de groepsregels."'
Aldus Trouw. Verbaast u dit? Mij ook niet. De waarheid ondergeschikt aan andere belangen? Dat is in de politiek ook zo, en in het dagelijks leven. En daarom is de enige juiste conclusie uit deze waarheid als een koe dat men geen oorlog moet beginnen. Want oorlog voeren is niets anders dan moorden. Of wist men dit nog niet? En wat men zeker niet moet doen is pathologische gevallen als Eric O. een wapen geven.
'De cultuur bij het korps mariniers werkt het afleggen van valse verklaringen in de hand. Dat ontdekte militair juriste Annelies Wesstra. De zaak-Eric O. is een voorbeeld.
Luitenant-ter-zee 3 Annelies Wesstra werkt als militair juriste bij de Koninklijke marine. Zij schreef de scriptie ’De militaire getuige: maatjesgeest of in de geest van de waarheid?’ Ze heeft naar aanleiding van de zaak Eric O. literatuurstudie gedaan naar de invloed van de cultuur e…

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'Lakota group secedes from U.S.
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Political activist Russell Means, a founder of the American Indian Movement, says he and other members of Lakota tribes have renounced treaties and are withdrawing from the United States.
"We are now a free country and independent of the United States of America," Means said in a telephone interview. "This is all completely legal."Means said a Lakota delegation on Monday delivered a statement of "unilateral withdrawal" from the United States to the U.S. State Department in Washington.The State Department did not respond. "That'll take some time," Means said.Meanwhile, the delegation has delivered copies of the letter to the embassies of Bolivia, Venezuela, Chile and South Africa. "We're asking for recognition," Means said, adding that Ireland and East Timor are "very interested" in the declaration.Other countries will get copies of the same d…

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Onvoorstelbaar verdriet en schuldgevoel. Hadden we niet uit elkaar moeten gaan? Was het de oorlog? Waarom? In godsnaam, waarom? 'A Soldier's Suicide: Did He Have to Die? By Kimberly Hefling The Associated Press
Sanford, North Carolina - Pfc. Jason Scheuerman nailed a suicide note to his barracks closet in Iraq, stepped inside and shot himself.
"Maybe finaly I can get some peace," said the 20-year-old, misspelling "finally" but writing in a neat hand.
His parents didn't find out about the note for well over a year, and only then when it showed up in a government envelope in his father's rural North Carolina mailbox.
The one-page missive was among hundreds of pages of documents the soldier's family obtained and shared with The Associated Press after battling a military bureaucracy they feel didn't want to answer their questions, especially this: Why did Jason Scheuerman have to die?
What the soldier's father, Chris, would learn about his son'…

CIDI Collegeserie over Zionisme Online

In samenwerking met de Universiteit Leiden het volgende bericht:

'So what have we done to them
by Nehemia Shtrasler
December 20, 2007

An old Jewish joke tells of a devoted mother who briefs her son before he sets out to battle: "Kill a Turk and rest," she advises. But the son asks: "And what happens if in fact the Turk tries to kill me?" She opens her eyes wide in surprise: "Why would he want to kill you? What have you done to him?" This is exactly the kind of self-righteousness that accompanies our attitude toward the Palestinians. It is evident in the reports on the television, radio and in the newspapers -- which paint only a partial picture of the conflict. Because when considerations of ratings and just plain cowardice determine coverage, the information the public gets is biased. In this way an extremist public opinion is created, which believes that all of the justice is on our side only, because "what have we done to them?" Last …