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Theodor Holman 5

Ik werd vanochtend gefeliciteerd door mijn levenspartner. Gisteren had ik omstandig uiteen gezet dat het verhaal van de 'bevrijding' van mevrouw Betancourt en die andere gijzelaars een opzetje moest zijn geweest. Iedere journalist met enige scepsis kan door deze propaganda heen prikken. Maar niet mijn collega's van de commerciele massamedia die juichend het nieuws verspreidden. 'Veilig en zonder een schot' meldde bijvoorbeeld het Parool, om te benadrukken dat Chavez geen enkele rol had gespeeld bij deze 'bevrijding, want de consensus is dat de democratisch gekozen president van Venezuela een schoft is, omdat hij weigert te buigen voor de belangen van de VS. De hoofdstedelijke stukjesschrijver Theodor Holman riep onmiddelijk Sarkozy tot 'held' uit in dit Kuifjesverhaal. Maar nu bericht de grote mensenkrant de Guardian het volgende: 'Ransom claim in Ingrid Betancourt release

The Colombian government said that she was freed in an audacious operation af…

De Israelische Terreur 412

De dagelijkse terreur van de "joodse natie" die wordt gesteund door onder andere de Nederlandse regering en beloond door de EU met een nog beter associatieverdrag. Mensenrechten spelen hierbij geen enkele rol, zoals de derde wereld maar al te goed beseft.
'Wall slices off al-Khader's famous vineyards
Adri Nieuwhof writing from al-Khader, occupied West Bank, Live from Palestine, 4 July 2008

Since early January the Palestinian village of al-Khader located near Bethlehem in the West Bank has protested against Israel's construction of the Apartheid Wall and Jewish-only settlements built on village land every week. Al-Khader is known in the region for its vineyards which produce excellent-quality grapes. In the past they were sold all over the West Bank and Israel but farmers can no longer get their produce to the market. I traveled to al-Khader to witness the impact of the wall on the village at the invitation of Samer Jaber of the Popular Committee against the Wall an…

Obama 7

En weer gaat het er als zoete koek in. Wanneer leert de mens nu eens?

What Patriotism Is, and Is Not
Thursday 03 July 2008
by: Michael Winship, t r u t h o u t Perspective

On Monday, Senator Barack Obama discussed American history, his own patriotism, and the need for service and sacrifice.(Photo: AP)
At the beginning of the week, a friend sent me a scurrilous, anonymous e-mail attacking Barack Obama that has been circulating around her elderly cousin's senior living community in New Jersey. Headlined "Something to Think About," it lists 13 acts of assassination, kidnapping, war and terrorism, all of which, it notes, were committed "by Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40." After several other claims, including a bogus citation from the Book of Revelation, the e-mail concludes, semi-literately, "For the award winning Act of Stupidity Now ... the People of America want to elect, to the most Powerful position on the face of the Planet - The Pres…

Colombia

Even wat tegenwicht nu de mediahype met in de hoofdrol onder andere de Colombiaanse president op volle toeren draait. Human Rights Watch:

'Letter to President Álvaro Uribe
May 2, 2007
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez Presidency of the Republic of Colombia Palacio de Nariño Bogota, Colombia

Dear President Uribe,
Thank you for your recent letter (which we have not yet received but have seen posted on your website) in which you express your concern over Human Rights Watch’s description of the current human rights situation in Colombia, including in the testimony we gave on April 24 before the US House of Representatives. I appreciate your statements about how much you value our extensive work on abuses committed by all actors—guerrillas, paramilitaries, and public security forces—in the internal armed conflict in Colombia. We make a great effort to cover these abuses in a balanced and objective manner. I agree with your statements about the importance of strengthening the rule of …

Obama 6

De financiers van Obama laten deze sprekende pop hun verhaal vertellen. Vroeger heetten deze mensen in het racistische Amerika 'token niggers,' maar die woorden zijn nu politiek incorrect, dat wil zeggen: in het openbaar. Obama heet nu een Afro-Amerikaan, maar hij handelt nog steeds als een 'token nigger', en daar draait het natuurlijk om.

'Obama lijkt Irak-standpunt te wijzigen
Uitgegeven: 3 juli 2008 23:44
Laatst gewijzigd: 3 juli 2008 23:45

De Democratische presidentskandidaat Barack Obama heeft donderdag gezinspeeld op een wijziging in zijn standpunt ten aanzien van de oorlog in Irak. Tot nu toe beloofde Obama dat hij, mocht hij begin volgend jaar het Witte Huis betreden, binnen zestien maanden Amerikaanse troepen naar huis zal halen. Maar op campagne in North Dakota zei hij donderdag dat zijn geplande reis naar Irak als gevolg kan hebben dat hij zijn plannen wijzigt.
Veel hangt af van wat hij te horen krijgt van militaire commandanten ter plekke, zei hij. Opmerkeli…

Nederland en Afghanistan 165

Dit schreef ik op 14 november 2005, bijna drie jaar geleden, toen de Nederlandse commerciele massamedia nog erg enthousiast waren over "onze" militaire inzet in Afghanistan. Overigens zonder dat mijn collega's zelfstandig onderzoek verrichtten. De enige die dat deed was Arnold Karskens, maar die werd door de politiek en de journalistiek gemarginaliseerd:

'Vandaag zijn bij twee zelfmoordaanslagen op voertuigen van de door de NAVO geleide troepen in Afghanistan een Duitse soldaat om het leven gekomen en zijn elf mensen gewond geraakt. 'Er zullen meer zelfmoordaanslagen volgen,' zei Mullah Hanif, een woordvoerder van de Taliban.'Wij zullen met alle middelen vechten om de buitenlandse strijdkrachten te verslaan.' De BBC meldt ondertussen dat 'more than 1,400 people have been killed in violence linked to militants in Afghanistan this year - the worst violence the country has seen since US-led forces ousted the Taleban in late 2001.' http://news.bbc.…

Nederland en Afghanistan 164

Het Westen, inclusief ons christelijk/sociaal democratisch kabinet, besteedt miljarden aan zijn geweld in Afghanistan en om er de krijgsheren die miljarden verdienen aan de opiumhandel in het zadel te houden. De volksvertegenwoordigers snurken en de commerciele pers doet doorgaans geen onderzoek. Even een tussenstand:

'Military Chief: US Doesn't Have Enough Troops To Send To Afghanistan
Washington Post July 3, 2008 08:56 AM
From The Washington Post:
The nation's top military officer said yesterday that more U.S. troops are needed in Afghanistan to tamp down an increasingly violent insurgency, but that the Pentagon does not have sufficient forces to send because they are committed to the war in Iraq.
Watch the video:'

En: 'One in five Afghan troops leave fledgling military force: documents
Steve Rennie, THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA - As many as one of every five soldiers in the Afghan National Army leaves the fledgling fighting force, which Canada hopes will eventually take th…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 117

The Rise of Food Fascism: Agrarian Elite Foments Coup in Bolivia
By Roger Burbach
03/07/08 "Bolivia Rising" -- -

Like many third world countries Bolivia is experiencing food shortages and rising food prices attributable to a global food marketing system driven by multinational agribusiness corporations. With sixty percent of the Bolivian population living in poverty and thirty-three percent in extreme poverty, the price of the basic food canasta--including wheat, rice, corn, soy oil and potatoes, as well as meat—has risen twenty-five percent over the past year with prices gyrating wildly in the local markets.As in most other countries affected by the food crisis, the overall rise in food prices is attributable to the workings of the free market—when the price of one or several commodities goes up, the consumers turn to other food stuffs, thereby driving up these prices as well. In an effort to halt the effects of this unregulated market, the government has enacted price contro…

Iran 218

Rep. Ron Paul Assails Congress's "Virtual Iran War Resolution" By Congressman Ron Paul 03/07/08 "ICH" -- 01/07/08 - Today the Dow Jones Average was down 350-some points, gold was up $32, and oil was up another $5. There is a lot of chaos out there and everyone is worried about $4 gasoline. But I don't think there is a clear understanding [of] exactly why that has occurred.We do know that there is a supply and demand issue, but there are other reasons for the high cost of energy. One is inflation. In order to pay for the war that has been going on, and the domestic spending, we've been spending a lot more money than we have. So what do we do? We send the bills over to the Federal Reserve and they create new money, and in the last three years, our government, through the Federal Reserve and the banking system, has created $4 trillion of new money. That is one of the main reasons why we have this high cost of energy and $4 per gallon gasoline.But there is a…

Europese Moslims

De Independent bericht:

Muslims feel like 'Jews of Europe'
Minister's shock warning on rise of anti-Islamic prejudice
By Cahal Milmo, Chief Reporter Friday, 4 July 2008 Britain's first Muslim minister has attacked the growing culture of hostility against Muslims in the United Kingdom, saying that many feel targeted like "the Jews of Europe".
Shahid Malik, who was appointed as a minister in the Department for International Development (Dfid) by Gordon Brown last summer, said it has become legitimate to target Muslims in the media and society at large in a way that would be unacceptable for any other minority.
Mr Malik made clear that he was not equating the situation with the Holocaust but warned that many British Muslims now felt like "aliens in their own country". He said he himself had been the target of a string of racist incidents, including the firebombing of his family car and an attempt to run him down at a petrol station.
"I think most people…

Gore Vidal 5

'The US is not a republic anymore'

An interview with Gore Vidal by Afshin Rattansi, Press TV, Tehran
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=61813&sectionid=3510302

Press TV:We hear that Michael Mukasey is going to become the latest of the President's Attorney-Generals to be subpoenaed, this time over his conversations with Bush and Cheney - does this show that Congress is serious about calling the executive to account?
Gore Vidal: No, Congress has never been more cowardly, nor more corrupt. All Bush has do is to make sure certain amounts of money go in the direction of certain important congressmen and that's end of any serious investigation. After all, one of the bravest members of Congress is Denis Kucinich who brought the article of impeachment in to the well of the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives must then try the president, and then after that it goes to the Senate for judgment. However, none of these things will happen because there's no…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 116

'Midwest Floods Spotlight Decrepit Infrastructure

by: Andrew Stern, Reuters
Chicago - The latest U.S. natural disaster is triggering fresh rounds of concern and debate about how to repair America's aging infrastructure.
The worst Midwest flooding since 1993 has generated images of swamped towns, cracked roads, washed-out bridges, overwhelmed dams, failed levees, broken sewage systems, stunted crops and water-logged refugees. The losses are in the billions of dollars and still mounting, as the costs of crop losses alone send shocks through the inflation-wracked world food system and threaten insurers.
The disaster has reminded policymakers of the decrepit state of U.S. infrastructure, stirring concerns similar to those following the deadly Minneapolis bridge collapse in 2007 and the flooding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Even before the latest flooding, a group representing engineers said the United States needed to spend about $1 trillion more than it does now to …

Oil 42

US Marines moved quickly to protect the Iraqi oil ministry in Baghdad, surrounding the complex with razor-sharp barbed wire. US-controlled Iraq should return to the oil market within months. (AFP/EPA/Christophe Simon)

'US Advised Iraqi Ministry on Oil Deals

by: Andrew E. Kramer, The New York Times

A group of American advisers led by a small State Department team played an integral part in drawing up contracts between the Iraqi government and five major Western oil companies to develop some of the largest fields in Iraq, American officials say.
The disclosure, coming on the eve of the contracts' announcement, is the first confirmation of direct involvement by the Bush administration in deals to open Iraq's oil to commercial development and is likely to stoke criticism.
In their role as advisers to the Iraqi Oil Ministry, American government lawyers and private-sector consultants provided template contracts and detailed suggestions on drafting the contracts, advisers and …

De Israelische Terreur 411

Crossing the Line focuses on a possible Israeli strike on Iran Podcast, Crossing the Line,
2 July 2008

This week on Crossing The Line: The Israeli Air Force recently conducted long-range exercises over the Mediterranean Sea, a move that US intelligence officials say might be a prelude to a strike on Iran. Is Israel being used as a proxy by the US to attack Iran? Or is Israel, which has struck sites it alleged to be nuclear in Iraq and Syria in the past, planning to strike Iran on its own? Bill Christison, a former CIA intelligence officer, will join host Naji Ali to discuss a possible Israeli strike on Iran.Also this week, the Israeli army assassinated two Palestinians in the West Bank while a tense cease-fire went into effect in the Gaza Strip on 19 June. With the ceasefire Israel has promised to ease restrictions on gas, and allow an increase of goods into Gaza. But how has the ceasefire improved life for Palestinians in Gaza? Are Gazans now receiving their basic necessities denied t…

De Israelische Terreur 410

'When you shoot the messenger
Mel Frykberg, The Electronic Intifada, 3 July 2008 GAZA CITY (IPS) -
The assault of IPS Gaza correspondent Mohammed Omer has left Israeli security personnel with a lot of explaining to do. And they are not doing a very good job of it.Omer was abused and assaulted by Israeli security personnel at the Allenby border crossing into Israel from Jordan as he tried to return to his home last week in the Gaza Strip.Omer was returning from Europe where he had addressed European parliamentarians on the situation on the ground in Gaza. In London he picked up a prize as joint winner of the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (along with IPS correspondent Dahr Jamail).Omer, who also reports for The Washington Report, told IPS he was verbally abused, strip-searched at gunpoint and physically beaten. He was later hospitalized with broken ribs and related trauma.Israeli officials denied to IPS in Jerusalem that the award-winning journalist had been mistreated. …

The Empire 321

Col Sam Gardiner (Ret) on Seymour Hersh’s Latest And US Plans for Iran
TODAY: CRUDE OIL PRICES GOES ABOVE $146 PER BARREL FOR THE FIRST TIME

THIS MORNING IN LONDON: UK CHANCELLOR SAYS CREDIT CRUNCH NOW AFFECTING EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. SERIOUS ECONOMIC PROBLEMS NOW INTERNATIONAL. FEARS RISE IN INFLATION.
LATEST HEADLINES FROM RGE, AN ECONOMIC AND ANALYSIS COMPANY
• Bank of international Settlements estimates $62 trillion CDS outstanding in 07 (= almost 5x the U.S. national debt and more than 3x U.S. GDP)
• Job Losses in the U.S. Intensify Signaling Severe Economic Downturn
Private Sector Jobs Down by 110,000
May Payrolls down -49k (-324k ytd); unemployment rate rose to 5.5% (highest since Oct-04, sharpest rise in 22 yrs); Household survey: employment down -285k due to weak hiring of new labor force entrants (teens, graduates, summer job-seekers) and re-entrants (amid financial constraints);
• After several years of strong growth, Denmark became first EU country to slide into technical re…

The Empire 320

Our neoconservatives are as radical as they boast and an even greater danger than Walt realizes.’
Ervand Abrahamian

Stephen Walt forthrightly discusses numerous issues that have led us into our present predicament: being seen in much of the world, especially in the Middle East, as a rogue superpower and even an imminent danger to international peace. He soundly condemns our unilateralism, scorn for international organizations and world opinion, doctrine of preventive wars, uncritical support for authoritarian regimes, and, most specifically, the blank check issued to the Sharon government. As an alternative, Walt recommends a more balanced approach toward the Palestinians and the explicit rejection of the neoconservative quasi-imperial dream of using tanks to impose democracy on the Middle East. Iraq has proved this dream to be a hellish nightmare.
Although all these issues are pertinent and important, they miss a deeper and more disturbing problem that lies at the very heart of the pres…

Iran 217

'Ironically, it is this very international crisis that may serve to save Ahmadinejad's presidency, a reality that the president undoubtedly understood all too well. As domestic difficulties mount, the emerging international crisis could at best serve as a rallying point, or at worst persuade Iran's elite that a change of guard would convey weakness to the outside world.
There can be little doubt that US hawks will interpret recent events as proof that pressure works, and that any more pressure will encourage the hawks further. Yet the reality is that while Ahmadinejad has been his own worst enemy, the US hawks are his best friends. Ahmadinejad's demise, if it comes, will have less to do with the international environment and more with his own political incompetence. There is little doubt that it will take more than a cosmetic change to get Washington to listen to Iran. But the real question mark, as the Baker-Hamilton commission found to its cost, is whether Washington …

Iran 216

Informatie die u niet vindt in de slijpsteen voor de geest: 'Ex-Agent Says CIA Ignored Iran Facts By Joby Warrick
Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, July 1, 2008; Page A02
A former CIA operative who says he tried to warn the agency about faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs now contends that CIA officials also ignored evidence that Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb.
The onetime undercover agent, who has been barred by the CIA from using his real name, filed a motion in federal court late Friday asking the government to declassify legal documents describing what he says was a deliberate suppression of findings on Iran that were contrary to agency views at the time.
The former operative alleged in a 2004 lawsuit that the CIA fired him after he repeatedly clashed with senior managers over his attempts to file reports that challenged the conventional wisdom about weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Key details of his claim have not been made public because th…

Iran 215

'This is a tribute to Mr Howard Baskerville who went to Persia to educate and help people. when the Iranian Constitutional Revolution started and he saw people under oppression, he decided to join them and fight the oppressors. He sacrificed his life to further the cause of freedom in Persia.'

Zie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdSO6N7b2Z8

De Commerciele Massamedia 126

Leuk dat wat wij allang wisten nu ook nog eens wetenschapperlijk wordt aangetoond:

'Onderzoek wijst uit: pers is vooral rechts
Bram Logger, Bas de Vries gepubliceerd op 03 juli 2008 02:47, bijgewerkt op 02:47
Amsterdam - De VU scande 2,2 miljoen woorden op voorpagina’s en concludeert: de Nederlandse pers is in toon en onderwerpkeuze niet links, maar rechts.
De Nederlandse pers is niet links, zoals vaak wordt beweerd. In ieder geval niet de landelijke kranten. Sterker, zij zijn verzot op rechtse onderwerpen. De partijleiders en de thema’s van rechts hebben alles wat links is bijna weggevaagd van de voorpagina’s. Bovendien is de toon van de berichtgeving net iets vaker positief gekleurd voor rechts.
Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van de Vrije Universiteit in opdracht van de gratis krant DAG. Voor het onderzoek zijn de eerste vijf maanden van dit jaar 2,2 miljoen woorden op voorpagina’s gescand. Conclusie van politicoloog André Krouwel van de VU: ‘Er is geen sprake van een linkse, maar eerder v…

Iran 214

Dit schreef de Iraanse dissident Akbar Ganji die vijf jaar gevangen zat in het Iran van de mullah's: 'The View from Tehran
Changing Iran from within
Akbar Ganji

'Most Iranians, I believe, share a broad outlook on American foreign policy: they think that Iran is valued only for its vast energy resources and its role in regional politics and that Iranian culture and economic development and the peace, welfare, and basic rights of Iranian citizens are largely irrelevant to American policymakers. I write this as an Iranian intellectual, not as a politician, and I offer these critical observations about U.S. policies with an eye toward more constructive proposals...
Iranians will never forget the 1953 U.S.-supported coup that toppled the nationalist, moderate, democratic government of Dr. Mohammad Mosaddeq and ushered in a closed, dictatorial political system. Iranian society lost one of its most important historical opportunities for the establishment of a democracy.'
Lees verd…

De Israelische Terreur 409

'This newsletter is sent sent once or twice a week to the Wheels Of Justice listserve and to other listserves totaling some 50,000 email addresses. We sent a survey to the WOJ listserve (part of the population which receives those messages) and asked for feedback in the form of filling a survey and adding text comments. Over 320 people responded in the first 48 hours which gave us a great statistical sample. We will spend time to analyze the data and thus modify the way the messages are sent. Thanks to all who responded to the survey request. Initial results are posted here: http://www.qumsiyeh.org/surveyresults/ Areas readers are most interested in are a listing/summary at top with links for additional information as needed, Reports from people under occupations in Iraq and Palestine, and News articles (items not reported in mainstream media). Most people skimmed through the material reading only parts of it that they are interested in (57% on average) and found what they read us…