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Robuust Optreden Taliban

Bij een robuuste actie van de Taliban gisteren werden twee Nederlandse militairen gedood en twee zwaar gewond. Onder de de doden is de zoon van de Commandant der Stijdkrachten, de 23-jarige Dennis van Uhm, zijn portret ziet u hier. Door de robuuste actie met een bermbom vloog een open terreinwagen de lucht in en raakten de vier slachtoffers zwaar verminkt. Volgens de Volkskrant is de "Politiek ontzet na verlies militairen." Nederland is geschokt door de robuuste actie, zo laten de commerciele massamedia ons weten. Robuust dus. Telkens viel dat woord in het verleden zodra het om door Nederlandse militairen gedode Taliban strijders ging en soms ook door Nederlandse militairen gedode Afghaanse burgers. Waarom wordt het woord ROBUUST nu niet gebruikt? U en ik weten dat. Omdat het een misselijk makend eufemistisch woord is, gebruikt door corrupte politici en onnadenkende militairen, om zo de werkelijkheid te verhullen, om zo dapperder te lijken dan ze zijn. Misschien kunnen mijn …

The Empire 372

Zouden politici beseffen dat oorlog mensen gek maakt? Of zouden ze zelf zo gek zijn dat ze dat niet kunnen beseffen? Of domweg dat niet interessant vinden? '300,000 Vets Have Mental Problems, 320,000 Had Brain Injuries By Pauline Jelinek The Associated Press

Washington - Some 300,000 U.S. troops are suffering from major depression or post traumatic stress from serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 320,000 received brain injuries, a new study estimates.
Only about half have sought treatment, said the study released Thursday by the RAND Corporation.
"There is a major health crisis facing those men and women who have served our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Terri Tanielian, the project's co-leader and a researcher at the nonprofit RAND.
"Unless they receive appropriate and effective care for these mental health conditions, there will be long-term consequences for them and for the nation," she said in an interview with The Associated Press.
The 500…

De Israelische Terreur 355

In the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip a young boy stands against a wall decorated with Hamas graffiti at the funeral of Hamas fighter, Munzir Abu Howeshl, who was killed a day earlier in an Israeli airstrike, 12 April 2008. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)

'No peace without Hamas Mahmoud al-Zahar, The Electronic Intifada,

US President Jimmy Carter's sensible plan to visit the Hamas leadership this week brings honesty and pragmatism to the Middle East while underscoring the fact that American policy has reached its dead end. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acts as if a few alterations here and there would make the hideous straitjacket of apartheid fit better. While Rice persuades Israeli occupation forces to cut a few dozen meaningless roadblocks from among the more than 500 West Bank control points, these forces simultaneously choke off fuel supplies to Gaza; blockade its 1.5 million people; approve illegal housing projects on West Bank land; and attack Gaza City with F-1…

I Shot JFK

Ik heb net bijna twee uur lang gekeken naar de documentaire I shot JFK, naar aanleiding van deze email:

'Wil jij hier eens naar kijken:
Wim Dankbaar'

Zeer de moeite waard. Kijkt u er eens naar.

De Israelische Terreur 354

Palestinians watch an Israeli excavator destroying a Palestinian house in a village in the West Bank. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty images

'Area C strikes fear into the heart of Palestinians as homes are destroyed
Israelis defend rules that reject 94% of non-Jewish building applications
In the end it came down to a single-page letter, written in Hebrew and Arabic and hand-delivered by an Israeli army officer who knocked at the front door. The letter spelt the imminent destruction of the whitewashed three-storey home and small, tree-lined garden that Bassam Suleiman spent so long saving for and then built with his family a decade ago.
It was a final demolition order, with instructions to evacuate the house within three days.
If Suleiman was in any doubt about the Israeli military's intentions he had only to look outside his back door where large piles of rubble and broken concrete mark the remains of the seven of his neighbours' houses that were demolished in the same way…

Howard Zinn 14


'World Bank President Proposes “New Deal” for Food Aid

World Bank President Robert Zoellick said he supports greater reliance on cash or vouchers instead of commodity aid as part of a "New Deal" for global food policy. He made the comments during a speech he delivered Wednesday at the Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C.
Speaking a week before the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings in Washington, Zoellick also urged the United States, European Union, Japan, and other industrialized nations to supply the $500 million in additional food supplies that the United Nations World Food Programme has desperately requested. In urban areas across the developing world, rapidly growing food prices and demand are creating "a perfect storm" of hunger and desperation, according to the agency.
"The World Bank Group estimates that 33 countries around the world face potential social unrest because of the acute hike in food and energy prices," Zoellick …

De Israelische Terreur 353

'Profile: Child Detainee Report

To mark the occasion of Palestinian Prisoner’s Day on 17 April, DCI/PS will be launching its report on Palestinian Child Prisoners held in Israeli detention. The report focuses on 2007 figures and trends, and will be available both online and in hard copy from 17 April 2008.

In 2007, some 700 Palestinian children (under 18) were arrested by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. Of these, around 30 children were held in administrative detention – imprisonment without charge or trial. As in previous years the overwhelming majority of those arrested were boys (98.9%). Of the three girls imprisoned during the course of the year, one was subsequently released in February 2008, but another girl was arrested in the same month. Therefore, the number of girls currently detained by Israel remains three.
At any given point during 2007, there were 310-416 Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons and detention centres in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territ…

De Commerciele Massamedia 119

'MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media


An Exchange With The Independent’s John Rentoul

In the wake of the July 7, 2005 London bombings, the Independent’s John Rentoul commented:

“A Muslim friend of mine in the East End of London says that the sense of victimisation and injustice goes so deep among his fellow religionists that he sometimes despairs. 'This all goes back to the burning of The Satanic Verses,' he says. It was in 1988 that we should have realised that we were up against a culture - he doesn't like the term 'Muslim community' - that tended to irrationalism and self-pity. Salman Rushdie did not create that culture, but he provided a focus for it and fed its sense of grievance.

“The Iraq issue serves much the same purpose today.” (Rentoul, 'Islam, blood and grievance,' The Independent, July 24, 2005)

According to Rentoul, then, the invasion of Iraq and the mass slaughter that followed was feed…

De Nieuwe Reporter 2

De Nieuwe Reporter omschreef Carl Bernstein als volgt: 'Overal waar hij verscheen, vielen de mensen in bewondering aan de voeten van de halfgod van de journalistiek. Halfgod, omdat hij de eer moet delen met die andere grootheid: Bob Woodward.' Mooi zo, en wat zei de halfgod: 'En dus herhaalde de goeroe het nog maar eens: “The best obtainable version of the truth”! Daar moet een journalist aan werken. “Dat is altijd de standaard geweest in de journalistiek en ik hoop dat het ook zo zal blijven, ook op internet.”'
Toemaar, het kan niet op. Daarom ter ontnuchtering de realiteit zoals ik die waarneem:
Al in de jaren twintig van de vorige eeuw had de befaamde Amerikaanse columnist Walter Lippmann geschreven dat journalisten als ‘gespecialiseerde klasse’ de taak hebben om de ‘gemeenschappelijke belangen… die voor het overgrote deel de publieke opinie ontgaan’ zo te presenteren dat ze door de massa aanvaard werden, waarbij natuurlijk de ‘gemeenschappelijke belangen’ vooral de r…

Irak 248

'A US war at the polls
By Ali Gharib

WASHINGTON - With the head of the occupying forces in Iraq, General David Petraeus, and US ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker delivering a progress report to the US Congress this week, Iraq has been thrust back into the US public consciousness, along with all the political divisions the issue engenders.

What the George W Bush administration hails as a "success" has indeed yielded a marked drop in violence, with civilian deaths down by half. However, the US occupation's larger counter-insurgency strategy - often identified as the "surge" but going well beyond the escalated troops numbers that refers to - fails to
address the very Iraqi political reconciliation it is meant to bring about, many observers say.

The myth of the "calm" - a scant 600 innocent lives ended violently in a month - in Iraq was shattered two weeks ago when an intra-Shi'ite power struggle turned bloody, exposing Bush's strategy as a mere ban…

Irak 247

'Who stole Iraq's pricelesss treasures?
Five years ago, as the tanks rolled in, history's most priceless treasures vanished from Iraq. What really happened still confounds world experts. Now, for the first time, Britain's leading authority on Iraq archeology and a witness to the devastation, delivers his verdict
John Curtis
Five years ago, the world stood by while the Iraq Museum in Baghdad was sacked and looted. And it still beggars belief. It was abundantly clear before the invasion that the cost of removing Saddam was going to be very high, but few people could have predicted how high the price would be in terms of deaths and the country’s cultural heritage.
I certainly wasn’t prepared for the newspaper headlines that screamed “Iraq Museum Looted” when Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, and I arrived back at Heathrow from a trip to Tehran on April 13, 2003. I had been a regular visitor to Iraq since 1970, and during the 1980s had directed archeological …