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Het Neoliberale Geloof 77

De slijpsteen voor de geest bericht het volgende:

'Shell gaat banen schrappen'
Gepubliceerd: 31 december 2007 11:43 Gewijzigd: 31 december 2007 11:45

Londen, 31 dec. Shell is van plan duizenden banen te schrappen om de kosten te drukken en de bedrijfsstructuur te vereenvoudigen. Dat meldden diverse Britse media.
Het zou met name gaan om 3600 banen bij de informatietechnologiedivisie. Het olieconcern wil een groot deel van de it-activiteiten uitbesteden. Shell zou ook streven naar banenreducties bij andere onderdelen, waaronder de financiƫle afdeling. Bij het concern, actief in 130 landen, werken 108.000 mensen.'

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Aldus de NRC/Handelsblad. Wat de kwaliteitsredactie verzuimt te melden is de context. En die is deze: Shell maakt de vele jaren vele miljarden winst voor de aandeelhouders. De aandeelhouders willen niet dat die winsten besteed worden aan grootscheepse investeringen in alternatieve energ…

De Israelische Terreur 287

'ISRAEL-OPT: Aida refugee camp residents say Barrier harming their livelihoods

31 December 2007 (IRIN) -

Behind a luxurious five-star hotel and close to Bethlehem, yet unknown to most visitors who converged on nearby Manger Square for the recent Christmas mass, residents of Aida refugee camp - home to nearly 5,000 people - say their lives have been adversely affected by the Israeli restrictions on movement, in particular the Barrier built around the city. "I worked in Israel for over 15 years," Muhammed, aged 44, registered with UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, told IRIN. "It's been two years now since I lost my permit. At first I snuck into Israel through valleys and other illegal ways, but now, with the wall completed, I can't get in at all." All Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territory require an Israeli-issued permit to enter Israel. Israel credits the Barrier for the cessation of suicide bombings…

Zochrot 4

De joods-Israeli's van Zochrot die blijven opkomen voor de rechten van de Palestijnen:'Tour and Signposting in Al-Malha
On Friday, December 28, 2007 we held a tour in the Palestinian village Al-Malha in Jerusalem.A large part of the village with it's houses and alleys, but without it's Palestinian residents, still stands in the heart of Malha neighborhood in Western Jerusalem.About 100 people took part in the tour, some of them refugees of Al-Malha, whom came from neighboring Sharfat, the village they moved after the expulsion in July 1948. The refugees told us about life in the village before the occupation and we learned about the fighting that took place in the area in the war of 1948.We passed through the village's alleys and the refugees pointed out the names of owners of still existing houses. We overlooked the area standing on the hill-top "Al-Ras", nearby the mosque and the cemetery. Before 1948 the villagers overlooked their olive groves and flock…

Pakistan 2

Deze analyse zult u niet snel in de Nederlandse commerciele massamedia lezen: 'Daughter of the West
Tariq Ali
Arranged marriages can be a messy business. Designed principally as a means of accumulating wealth, circumventing undesirable flirtations or transcending clandestine love affairs, they often don’t work. Where both parties are known to loathe each other, only a rash parent, desensitised by the thought of short-term gain, will continue with the process knowing full well that it will end in misery and possibly violence. That this is equally true in political life became clear in the recent attempt by Washington to tie Benazir Bhutto to Pervez Musharraf.
The single, strong parent in this case was a desperate State Department – with John Negroponte as the ghoulish go-between and Gordon Brown as the blushing bridesmaid – fearful that if it did not push this through both parties might soon be too old for recycling. The bride was certainly in a hurry, the groom less so. Brokers from …

Robert Fisk 41

'Robert Fisk: They don't blame al-Qa'ida. They blame Musharraf

Weird, isn't it, how swiftly the narrative is laid down for us.
Benazir Bhutto, the courageous leader of the Pakistan People's Party,
is assassinated in Rawalpindi ­ attached to the very capital of
Islamabad wherein ex-General Pervez Musharraf lives ­ and we are told
by George Bush that her murderers were "extremists" and "terrorists".
Well, you can't dispute that.

But the implication of the Bush comment was that Islamists were
behind the assassination. It was the Taliban madmen again, the
al-Qa'ida spider who struck at this lone and brave woman who had
dared to call for democracy in her country.

Of course, given the childish coverage of this appalling tragedy ­
and however corrupt Ms Bhutto may have been, let us be under no
illusions that this brave lady is indeed a true martyr ­ it's not
surprising that the "good-versus-evil" donkey can be trotted out to
explain the carnage…

The Empire 334

'Chief Big Foot Riders Return To Wounded Knee, "We Want To Be Free" 13 Day Ride Began Under Bonds of U.S. Treaty, Ends On December 29th With Free Nation 21ST Annual Ride Returns To New Life for Free Lakota People

WOUNDED KNEE, Lakota (formerly South Dakota)- December 27 - Thirteen days and 287 miles ago, 44 people mounted horses and began the Memorial Chief Big Foot Ride in honor of Si Tanka (Chief Big Foot) and his unarmed band of Mniconjou and Hunkpapa refuges who were slaughtered by U.S. Calvary in 1890 at Wounded Knee.
But while these 44 riders began their journey under the shadow of U.S. Treaty, their numbers will swell to over 100 and end under the protection of a free and sovereign Lakota Nation.
The ride began on December 15th in Standing Rock, the anniversary of Sitting Bull's death, and has traveled through fierce snowstorm and cold, the same conditions faced by the 357 mostly women, children and elder men at Wounded Knee Creek 127 years ago.
"The purpose…

Geert Wilders 3

Dit las ik op de blog yelamdenu: pretentie te spreken namens "het volk".
Er is niets nieuws onder de zon.''Er is geen enkel fundamenteel onderscheid tussen het antisemitisme van de 19e, en eerste helft van de 20e eeuw in Oost- en West-Europa, en de manier waarop Geert Wilders tegen moslims aankijkt.
Beide zijn gebaseerd op een volslagen karikaturaal beeld van joden, resp. moslims, en beide uiten zich in verbale agressie, onredelijkheid, zeer lange tenen, het verdachtmaken van de Talmud, resp. de Koran, als zouden deze gevaarlijke inspiratiebronnen zijn, het stellen van vernederende eisen aan joden, resp. moslims, om acceptabel gevonden te worden...'
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Deze tekst stond ook op Een van de reacties erop was deze: 'Sinds wanneer is Wilders een Jodenhater? Dit slaat echt helemaal nergens op.'


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Irak 234

'Bin Laden Issues Warning on Iraq, Israel
By Salah Nasrawi 12/29/07
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CAIRO, Egypt — Osama bin Laden warned Iraq's Sunni Arabs against fighting al-Qaida and promised to expand the terror group's holy war to Israel in a new audiotape Saturday, threatening "blood for blood, destruction for destruction."Most of the 56-minute tape dealt with Iraq, apparently al-Qaida's latest attempt to keep supporters in Iraq unified at a time when the U.S. military claims to have al-Qaida's Iraq branch on the run.The tape did not mention Pakistan or the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, though Pakistan's government has blamed al-Qaida and the Taliban for her death on Thursday.But bin Laden's comments offered an unusually direct attack on Israel, which has warned of growing al-Qaida activity in Palestinian territory. The terror network is not believed to have taken a strong role there so far."We intend to liberate Palestine, the whole…

The Empire 333

Een analyse die u nooit in de vrije westerse commerciele massamedia zult aantreffen, want net als in de voormalige Sovjet Unie zijn ook hier dissidenten gemarginaliseerd.

'The Post-Bush Regime: A Prognosis
By Richard K. Moore
Global Research, December 27, 2007

In order to understand anything about American political affairs, it is necessary to have some understanding of who it is that really makes the decisions behind the scenes, and what their interests are. In this way we have some hope of identifying the hidden agendas being served by government actions and programs, and some hope of identifying the longer-term strategies that are in play.

It turns out‹and informed people should already know this‹that the U.S. is essentially owned and managed by a small clique of wealthy families‹the ones who own and control the Federal Reserve. The Rockefellers are the obvious and well-known members of this clique, but there are others less well-known, not all American, and some whose identity rem…