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Oil 32

'$130 Oil: Is That a Tipping Point?
Saturday 24 May 2008
by: Peter G. Gosselin, The Los Angeles Times

After years of increases, some fear a tipping point has finally been reached.
Washington - Only a few weeks ago, prominent policymakers and economists were cheerfully asserting that the U.S. economy would dodge recession and keep chugging forward despite a housing bust, a credit crunch and continuing job losses.
"The data are pretty clear that we are not in recession," said President Bush's chief economist, Edward Lazear. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. declared "the worst is likely to be behind us" and confidently predicted that more than $100 billion in tax rebates would help create half a million new jobs by the end of the year.
But instead of clearing, the skies over the economy have ominously darkened in recent days. The chief reason is oil. And there are signs the nation may have reached an economic tipping point after years of shrugging off the pet…

De Israelische Terreur 366

'We fought apartheid; we see no reason to celebrate it in Israel now!

We, South Africans who faced the might of unjust and brutal apartheid machinery in South Africa and fought against it with all our strength, with the objective to live in a just, democratic society, refuse today to celebrate the existence of an Apartheid state in the Middle East. While Israel and its apologists around the world will, with pomp and ceremony, loudly proclaim the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel this month, we who have lived with and struggled against oppression and colonialism will, instead, remember 6 decades of catastrophe for the Palestinian people. 60 years ago, 750,000 Palestinians were brutally expelled from their homeland, suffering persecution, massacres, and torture. They and their descendants remain refugees. This is no reason to celebrate.

When we think of the Sharpeville massacre of 1960, we also remember the Deir Yassin massacre of 1948.

When we think of Sout…

De Aso Bak

'Gas guzzler graveyard
High pump prices are hitting big SUVs hard and shrinking their numbers. Here's a look at a few former kings of the road. http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2008/autos/0805/gallery.truck_based_suvs/index.html
Big SUVs used to rule the American road. But now, like big cars with tail fins in the '50s or muscle cars in the '60s, full-size SUVs may have seen their day.
High gas prices have sent consumers in search of more fuel-efficient alternatives, such as car-based crossovers, and that's meant hard times for these brawny vehicles.
In a sign of the times, Ford announced Thursday it's bowing to market realities and shifting production away from pick-ups and truck-based SUVs to focus on more fuel-friendly offerings like cars and crossovers.
Not all SUVs are going away, but they are in for some big changes. Here's a look at some of these once-mighty vehicles and how they have fallen. By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNNMoney.com Autos
NEXT: Ford Explorer'

The Empire 376

'Senate deals Bush defeat with funding bill
GOP breaks ranks to boost benefits for veterans, jobless
5/22/2008 - Andrew Taylor The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — In a stunning vote that illustrated President Bush's diminished standing, the Senate on Thursday ignored his veto threat and added tens of billions of dollars for veterans and the unemployed to his Iraq war spending bill.
A majority of Republicans broke ranks with Bush on a veto-proof 75-22 vote while adding more than $10 billion for various other domestic programs, including heating subsidies for the poor, wildfire fighting, roads and bridge repair, and health research.
Democrats crowed about their victory. But the developments meant more confusion about when the must-pass measure might actually become law and what the final version will contain.
Senators voted 70-26 to approve $165 billion to fulfill Bush's request for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan into next spring, when Bush's successor will set war…

Irak 252

'Powerful Iraqi Cleric Flirting With Shiite Militant Message
Thursday 22 May 2008

by: Hamza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, The Associated Press
Baghdad - Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has been quietly issuing religious edicts declaring that armed resistance against U.S.-led foreign troops is permissible - a potentially significant shift by a key supporter of the Washington-backed government in Baghdad.
The edicts, or fatwas, by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani suggest he seeks to sharpen his long-held opposition to American troops and counter the populist appeal of his main rivals, firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army militia.
But - unlike al-Sadr's anti-American broadsides - the Iranian-born al-Sistani has displayed extreme caution with anything that could imperil the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The two met Thursday at the elderly cleric's base in the city of Najaf south of Baghdad.
So far, al-Sistani's fat…

Irak 251

'River of Resistance: How the American Imperial Dream Foundered in Iraq
Thursday 22 May 2008

by: Michael Schwartz, Tomdispatch.com

On February 15, 2003, ordinary citizens around the world poured into the streets to protest George W. Bush's onrushing invasion of Iraq. Demonstrations took place in large cities and small towns globally, including a small but spirited protest at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Up to 30 million people, who sensed impending catastrophe, participated in what Rebecca Solnit, that apostle of popular hope, has called "the biggest and most widespread collective protest the world has ever seen."
The first glancing assessment of history branded this remarkable planetary protest a record-breaking failure, since the Bush administration, less than one month later, ordered U.S. troops across the Kuwaiti border and on to Baghdad.
And it has since largely been forgotten, or perhaps better put, obliterated from official and media memory. Yet popular prote…

Carolien Roelants 3

Dit is Carolien Roelants, die de berichtgeving uit het Midden-Oosten controleert voor de NRC. Ik volg haar tendentieuze pro-Israel berichtgeving al enkele jaren en heb daar ook over geschreven. Carolien is momenteel weer bezig niet om de geest te slijpen, maar om die rijp te maken voor een aanval op Iran. Vandaag schrijft ze over Libanon en dat gaat dan in deze stijl, geheel conform de officiele consensus, die ook haar collega Salomon Bouman al jarenlang volgt. Houdt u haar de komende tijd goed in de gaten, ze wil oorlog, ze wil mensen zien sterven. De vijand, de ander, dit keer Iraanse burgers. Zie http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2008/05/salomon-bouman-13.html En zie ook: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2005/12/carolien-roelants-2.html 'Gevechtspauze in Beiroet, maar geen vrede
Na akkoord tussen Libanese partijen kan weer een normaal politiek leven op gang komen
Gepubliceerd: 22 mei 2008 14:32 Gewijzigd: 22 mei 2008 16:12
Een akkoord maakte gisteren een eind aan de politieke cris…

Salomon Bouman 13

Afgelopen maandag, 19 Mei 2008, hoorde ik Salomon Bouman spreken tijdens een bijeenkomst georganiseerd door het Institute for Social Studies in Den Haag waarbij ook de Palestijnse intellectueel Omar Barghouti sprak. Bouman introduceerde zich als “een onafhankelijke journalist die bijna 40 jaar correspondent is geweest in Israel en zich zeer verbonden voelt met de joodse staat.” En passant meldde hij ook een “overlevende van de holocaust te zijn,” hoewel de aanwezigen daaruit niet de conclusie mochten trekken dat dit feit zijn journalistieke kijk op de zaken ook maar enigszins be├»nvloedde. Volgens hem waren onder de Arbeiderspartij de Israelische autoriteiten niet expansionistisch geweest, dat gebeurde pas echt na 1977 onder rechts, de Likoed. Een bewering die hij al eerder in de NRC in de volgende bewoordingen had gedaan: “Het realisme van het linkse seculiere zionisme, zoals David Ben Goerion dat beleed, werd naar de achtergrond gedrongen.” Hetzelfde realisme dus dat ertoe had geleid…

Iran 201

NEWS DISSECTOR May 21, 2008
REPORT: BUSH TO ATTACK IRAN, RETRACTED, BURIED

Hill Sweeps Kentucky…Obama takes Oregon and has 1/2 of pledged delegates… Oil up to $130 a barrel BUT could rise, experts say, to $200 a barrel.. Recession said to cost New York 59,000 jobs. Families living in cars have special parking lots in California. More below.

US PLAN TO ATTACK IRAN REPORTED, DENIEDCHINA QUAKE ANGERING/UNITING COUNTRYECONOMIC PAIN GETS DEEPER IN THE USA
The White House on Tuesday denied a published report in Israel that said President Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term in January. Bear in mind, when ideas like this are leaked-even when later denied-they become part of a psychological war game, perhaps to provoke the Iranians and get them to spend more on defense, or send a signal to hawks that this attack will happen-just not now.
If you remember the period before the war in Iraq, there was lots of back and forth about diplomacy, all to conceal a decision that already had …

War Can Wait

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