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Georgie 3

'Chickenhawk War Pundits Are Calmly Telling U.S. Allies to Commit National Suicide
By Gary Brecher, AlterNet.
Posted September 13, 2008.

Telling Georgia to keep attacking Russia is like telling a 98-pound weakling to rematch with the hulking thug who just put him on the floor. I'd hate to be Georgia right now. So many American pundits have plans for the Georgians, brilliant schemes designed to get Georgia into a big war with the Russians. "Here's what you oughta do." It's like listening in on bar talk -- some drunk trying to talk a 98-pound weakling into a rematch with the hulking thug who just put him on the floor. Funny thing, they never want to prove their theory themselves.
The backseat generals started early. On August 16, a week after the fighting between Russian and Georgian troops started, the neocon magazine Weekly Standard featured a chirpy, upbeat article listing all the hardware we could ship to the Georgians to help them fight a nice, long, bloody g…


Ik heb als journalist vele vormen van islam gezien, van Spanje totaan Irak, en telkens weer was ik verrast door de geweldige gastvrijheid en de beschaving die de islam in zich draagt en die zo wezenlijk afwijkt van de houding van veel van de politici in de islamitische wereld. Wat dat betreft verschillen de westerse politici nauwelijks van hun islamitische collega's.

Wat voor mij als journalist interessant is, is de wetenschap dat er nu een Europese islam aan het ontstaan is. Dat is onvermijdelijk. De islam is door de geschiedenis heen altijd veranderd en heeft zich aangepast aan de nieuwe werkelijkheid, zoals elke stroming vanzelfsprekend elementen van zijn omgeving in zich opneemt.
Vandaar dat ik blij verrast was dat Abdul Haq Compier mij het tijdschrift Al-Islaam, het Nederlandstalig islamitisch maandablad sinds 1948 e-mailde met onder andere deze tekst:

'De vroege veroveringen van de Islam

Vaak wordt de vroege expansie van de Islam geweten aan een drang voor b…

Nederland en Afghanistan 169


Onze bondgenoot in Afghanistan gaat lekker. Nederlandse politiek steunt deze terreur. Wat zou er gebeuren als Pakistani's in de VS ongewapende burgers zouden vermoorden?
'US Reported to Kill 12 in Pakistan
by: Pir Zubair Shah and Alan Cowell, The New York Times
Islamabad, Pakistan - As the American campaign against suspected Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in Pakistan's tribal areas seemed to intensify on Friday, two missiles fired from remotely piloted American aircraft killed 12 people on Friday in an attack on a village compound in North Waziristan, according to a local journalist and television reports.
At the same time, fighting between Pakistan security forces and militants elsewhere in the wild lands bordering Afghanistan killed 32 militants and two soldiers, The Associated Press reported, citing a Pakistan Army spokesman, Maj. Murad Khan.
The missile strike was said to have taken place near Miran Shah, the main settlement in North Waziristan, b…

Obama 10


Fire on the Elites!
Thursday 11 September 2008
by: The Chronicles of Favilla, Les Échos

"Favilla" writes, "In the Middle Ages, when things went wrong they burned a few witches; today, we open fire on the elites." (Artwork:

The Republican convention's cheers for Sarah Palin surprised Europeans. How is it possible that the great party of the right and center right could choose a person so identified with the extreme right as a potential vice president of the United States? How can a militant against abortion and for firearms possession represent a large part of America? The answer is that foreign observers are on the wrong track. Certainly, John McCain's new running mate is a typical product of the neo-conservative religious current influence, which is as significant among Catholics as among Protestants and which has played a major role in the Bush administration, with the calamitous consequences everyone knows for foreig…

Frits Bolkestein

Vandaag stond in de Volkskrant een toespraak van de bejaarde politicus Frits Bolkestein met onder andere deze opmerking:

'Het christendom begon als een godsdienst van het proletariaat. Het duurde een paar eeuwen voor het de staatsgodsdienst van het Romeinse Rijk werd. De islam begon als een godsdienst van veroveraars.'

Het opmerkelijke is dat de strekking van zijn betoog exact overeenkomt met een betoog van een zwaar bewapende joodse fundamentalist die ik enkele jaren geleden op de bezette Westbank sprak. Dat wil zeggen, hij beweerde weliswaar dat 'het christendom begon als een godsdienst van het proletariaat. Het duurde een paar eeuwen voor het de staatsgodsdienst van het Romeinse Rijk werd.' Maar het verschil met Bolkestein was dat de joodse religieuze fanaticus niet over de islam sprak maar over het judaisme. Hij zei dat 'het judaisme een godsdienst van veroveraars' was en dat hij als erfgenaam van deze t…

Gerard Mulder van het Parool

Hier een stukje journalistiek van de bovenste plank. De Nederlandse journalist Gerard Mulder schrijft vandaag in het Parool het volgende:

'Met Afghanistan heb ik niets, en als het morgen in de aardboden zou wegzinken, laat ik geen traan,' om vervolgens als oprechte provinciaal en tegen een leuke vergoeding te concluderen dat Nederlandse troepen in Afghanistan moeten blijven want 'Als de westerse wereld Afghanistan aan de Taliban overlaat, krijgt de reputatie van het Westen wereldwijd een kolossale deuk.'
Het staat er echt!!! Deze journalist op leeftijd denkt werkelijk dat het Westen een reputatie van naam en faam heeft hoog te houden, en dat na vijf eeuwen kolonialisme met de daaraan gekoppelde westerse terreur, van de VOC totaan het Amerikaanse geweld in Irak. Een reputatie hebben we zeker, maar dan een buitengewoon slechte, zoals elke wereldreiziger weet. Als we onze troepen terugtrekken zal er een gejuich op gaan in de wereld van de armen en machtelozen. De Irakezen…

Noam Chomsky 26

By Noam Chomsky 11/09/08 "ICH"
-- - Aghast at the atrocities committed by US forces invading the Philippines, and the rhetorical flights about liberation and noble intent that routinely accompany crimes of state, Mark Twain threw up his hands at his inability to wield his formidable weapon of satire. The immediate object of his frustration was the renowned General Funston. “No satire of Funston could reach perfection,” Twain lamented, “because Funston occupies that summit himself... [he is] satire incarnated.”It is a thought that often comes to mind, again in August 2008 during the Russia-Georgia-Ossetia war. George Bush, Condoleezza Rica and other dignitaries solemnly invoked the sanctity of the United Nations, warning that Russia could be excluded from international institutions “by taking actions in Georgia that are inconsistent with” their principles. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations must be rigorously honored, they int…

Iran 237

'Iran's Road Less Traveled to Nukes
By Ray McGovern

Thomas Fingar, the U.S. government's top intelligence analyst, in a public speech on Sept. 4, repeated the intelligence community's key judgment that Iran's work on the "weaponization portion" of its nuclear development program "was suspended" in 2003.
Not that the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) has exactly trumpeted this important conclusion. One has to read down to paragraph 16 of an article titled "Reduced Dominance Is Predicted for the U.S.", but there it is, right there on an inside page of September 10's Washington Post. The New York Times did not consider Fingar's remarks fit to print.
Yet, it is the 64-dollar question -- whether or not there is evidence that Iran has resumed work on the weapons part of its nuclear program since the startling judgment of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) of November 2007 that it had stopped. The Post's Joby Warrick and Walter Pinc…

John Pilger 23

'A Murderous Theatre of the Absurd
In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger examines news as parody as those prominent in the British media seek to justify the official versions of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
By John Pilger
11/09/08 "ICH"
-- - Try to laugh, please. The news is now officially parody and a game for all the family to play.First question: Why are “we” in Afghanistan? Answer: “To try to help in the country’s rebuilding programme.” Who says so? Huw Edwards, the BBC’s principal newsreader. What wags the Welsh are.Second question: Why are “we” in Iraq? Answer: To “plant a western-style open democracy”. Who says so? Paul Wood, the former BBC defence correspondent, and his boss Helen Boaden, director of BBC News. To prove her point, Boaden supplied with 2,700 words of quotations from Tony Blair and George W Bush. Irony? No, she meant it.Take Andrew Martin, divisional adviser at BBC Complaints, who has been researching Bush’s sp…

Wijsheid 21

'We have pacified some thousands of the islanders and buried them; destroyed their fields; burned their villages, and turned their widows and orphans out-of-doors; furnished heartbreak by exile to some dozens of disagreeable patriots; subjugated the remaining ten millions by Benevolent Assimilation, which is the pious new name of the musket; we have acquired property in the three hundred concubines and other slaves of our business partner Sultan of Sulu, and hoisted our protecting flag over that swag. And so, by the Providences of God - and the phrase is the government's, not mine - we are a World Power: - Mark Twain

"The vested interests - if we explain the situation by their influence - can only get the public to act as they wish by manipulating public opinion, by playing either upon the public's indifference, confusions, prejudices, pugnacities or fears. And the only way in which the power of the interests can be undermined and their maneuvers defeated is by bringin…

De Commerciele Massamedia 136

Media Tenor - 9/11: Stereotypes Dominate TV News
By Media Tenor. 11 Sep 2008-->
The Media Image of Islam in the Year 2008

Zurich, 09/11/2008:
Even seven years after the attacks on the World Trade Center media coverage has not changed at all: Religion is primarily associated with terrorism. Almost half of all statements about Islam have been negative on the American ABC, CBS and NBC network news. In the UK, BBC and ITV news showed a slightly less negative tone towards Islam, but violent attacks dominated the news. Thus high awareness is triggered by the news value of conflict. In Germany, Muslims accordingly receive 20 times the coverage of Buddhists or the Jewish communities, as the latest analysis of the Zurich-based research institute MEDIA TENOR shows. But the religious life of Muslim plays no major role in the news reports – which is very much in line with the TV coverage of other religious groups.
“When TV stations broadcast the footage from the terrorist attacks on the seventh an…

The Empire 336

Hoe het imperium steeds verder het moeras inzinkt. 'THURSDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2008

Bush Said to Give Orders Allowing Raids in Pakistan
Thursday 11 September 2008
by: Eric Schmitt and Mark Mazzetti,
The New York Times

US forces have been given the authority to operate inside Pakistan despite objections from the fragile Pakistani government. (Photo: ABC News)
Washington - President Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the prior approval of the Pakistani government, according to senior American officials.
The classified orders signal a watershed for the Bush administration after nearly seven years of trying to work with Pakistan to combat the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and after months of high-level stalemate about how to challenge the militants' increasingly secure base in Pakistan's tribal areas.
American officials say that they will notify Pakistan when they conduct limited…

Nederland en Afghanistan 168


9/11 Seven Years Later: US "Safe," South Asia in Turmoil
Wednesday 10 September 2008

by: Jonathan S. Landay and Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers

After seven years of the "global war on terror," Afghanistan and Pakistan are seeing a growing al-Qaeda presence - and an increasing danger posed by US attacks on their civilians. Here, Pakistani protesters show their opposition to the "war on terror" by burning an American flag. (Photo: AFP / Getty Images)

Islamabad, Pakistan - Seven years after 9/11, al Qaida and its allies are gaining ground across the region where the plot was hatched, staging their most lethal attacks yet against NATO forces and posing a growing threat to the U.S.-backed governments in Afghanistan and nuclear-armed Pakistan.
While there have been no new strikes on the U.S. homeland, the Islamic insurrection inspired by Osama bin Laden has claimed thousands of casualties and displaced tens of thousands of people and shows…

Jeff Koons

De NRC bericht: 'Jeff Koons spreidt zijn armen in de tuinen van Paleis van Versailles. Op de achtergrond zijn creatie "Split-Rocker". Foto AP -->

Jeff Koons komt thuis in Versailles
'Een droom die uitkomt'
Gepubliceerd: 11 september 2008 13:58 Gewijzigd: 11 september 2008 16:21
De glanzende en soms banale kunst van Jeff Koons komt in de praal van Versailles prachtig tot zijn recht. Vandaag opende zijn expositie in en om het paleis van Lodewijk XIV.
Door onze correspondent René Moerland
Parijs, 11 sept. Gisteren is Versailles veranderd. De komende twee maanden is het eerste wat je denkt als je het immense paleis van Lodewijk XIV binnenkomt, in de Herculessalon waar de toeristenroute begint: hé, een rode opblaashond.
Dat is Balloon Dog van Jeff Koons, verchroomd roestvrij staal. Je volgt zijn dichtgeknoopte ventielneusje om te zien waar dit metershoge gadget naar kijkt.' Lees verder: Schit…


Omar Barghouti mailde me dit:

'A racist, publicity-thristy and quite mediocre Danish cartoonist who produced works that overtly and unabashedly mocked the prophet of Islam and everything Muslim with the most vile, xenophobic stereotypes was defended across Europe under the rubric of freedom of speech, while a veteran French cartoonist gets immediately sacked from his job for daring to write something that may remotely be perceived as insinuating a stereotype against Jews! And he is being tried in court for breaking the law, too!

The art of European hypocrisy ...


Row over lingering French antisemitism fuelled by marriage of president's son

· Conversion rumour over wedding to Jewish heiress · Commentator sacked for 'rehashing stereotype'

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris
The Guardian,
Thursday September 11 2008
Article history

He's the 22-year-old blond bombshell son of the French president, whose own political career has turned him into a celebrity. But last night Jean Sarkoz…

11 September 2001 (44)

'Was America Attacked by Muslims on 9/11?
By David Ray Griffin

Much of America's foreign policy since 9/11 has been based on the assumption that it was attacked by Muslims on that day. This assumption was used, most prominently, to justify the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is now widely agreed that the use of 9/11 as a basis for attacking Iraq was illegitimate: none of the hijackers were Iraqis, there was no working relation between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, and Iraq was not behind the anthrax attacks. But it is still widely believed that the US attack on Afghanistan was justified. For example, the New York Times, while referring to the US attack on Iraq as a "war of choice," calls the battle in Afghanistan a "war of necessity." Time magazine has dubbed it "the right war." And Barack Obama says that one reason to wind down our involvement in Iraq is to have the troops and resources to "go after the people i…

11 September 2001 (43)

Is dat niet toevallig allemaal?
Agency planned exercise on Sept. 11 built around a plane crashing into a building
By John J. Lumpkin, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — In what the government describes as a bizarre coincidence, one U.S. intelligence agency was planning an exercise last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft would crash into one of its buildings. But the cause wasn't terrorism -- it was to be a simulated accident.
Officials at the Chantilly, Va.-based National Reconnaissance Office had scheduled an exercise that morning in which a small corporate jet would crash into one of the four towers at the agency's headquarters building after experiencing a mechanical failure.
The agency is about four miles from the runways of Washington Dulles International Airport.
Agency chiefs came up with the scenario to test employees' ability to respond to a disaster, said spokesman Art Haubold. No actual plane was to be involved -- to simulate the damage from the crash, some stairwells a…

De Israelische Terreur 434

Contents:1. Badil Release: Congratulations to winners of the Deir Yassin Remembered Scholarship winners 2. Call for Papers: International Conference on “Israel/Palestine: One State or Two?”

Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is proud to announce that Haneen Abu Eisha and Nida' Ahmaru, two graduates of Badil's Youth Training Project have been awarded the Deir Yassin Remembered Scholarships. We wish the best of luck to the recipients as they continue their studies with the help of this well deserved scholarship, and our deepest gratitude to the Karkar family and the Deir Yassin Remembered initiative for investing in the education of refugee youth. It is these young refugee women who will undoubtedly play leading roles in building the strength and capacities of Palestinian refugee communities as they work to implement their inalienable rights to return to their homes and lands. For more information, please contact Badil at --…

De Israelische Terreur 433

Public Lecture Sponsored by Amnesty International (Netherlands Section) Ishai Menuchin, Ph.D. Executive Director of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel “Torture, The Ticking Bomb and Impunity:Contradictions and Gaps of Personal Responsibility and Systematic Impunity” Venue: Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Aula B Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague Date: 18 September 2008Time: 18.00 hrs About the Speaker
Dr. Ishai Menuchin is the 2003 Laurent of the Rothko Chapel “Oscar Romero Award for Commitment to Truth and Freedom”. Menuchin is a university lecturer, teaching courses on activism in departments of political science and social work. He is the editor of Occupation and Refusal (Jerusalem: November Books: 2006: in Hebrew); On Democracy and Obedience (Tel-Aviv: Siman Kriah Books, 1990, in Hebrew), co-editor of Can Tolerance Prevail? Moral Education in a Diverse World (Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2005, in Hebrew) and The Limits of Obedience (Tel-Aviv: Siman Kriah Books…

Georgie 2

'Clash in the Caucasus:
Rolling Back The "Unipolar" World
By Mike Whitney
10/09/08 "ICH"

-- - For the past week, Dick Cheney has been traveling through the Caucasus trying to drum up support for punitive action against Russia for its role in the recent fighting in South Ossetia. The Vice President vowed that the Moscow's action "will not go unanswered". Cheney is determined to establish the United States as the regional "cop on the beat", taking charge of all security operations through it's cat's paw, Nato. Neither the Kremlin nor the EU are paying much attention to Cheney's fulminations. The negotiations for the security arrangements and the withdrawal of Russian troops are being conducted without US involvement. On September 9, under the revolving leadership of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the EU hammered out a deal with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to replace Russian soldiers in South Ossetia with 200 EU observers …