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De Nuance van de NRC 100

De directeur/hoofdredacteur van de NRC, Birgit Donker, die niet weet dat welopgevoede mensen nooit het woord 'chique' gebruiken, maar dat alleen de nieuwe rijken dit doen, verklaart in het laatste nummer van het NRC-maandblad M: 'Ik zal niet zeggen dat de papieren krant het eeuwige leven heeft. De drager maakt niet zoveel uit. Of het nou inkt of papier is of pixels op het scherm. De kwaliteitsjournalistiek blijft wel van alle tijden.' Opmerkelijk is dat mevrouw Donker werkelijk van mening is dat de NRC kwaliteitsjournalistiek bedrijft, met andere woorden, journalistiek op wereldniveau. Ze meent serieus dat 'onze economiesectie echt ontzettend goed [is], zo niet beter' dan de International Herald Tribune. Slechts 1 voorbeeld: dit schreef ik op acht oktober vorig jaar:

Gisteren legde Egbert Kalse, economisch redacteur van, de financiele crisis als volgt uit voor de leek: 'Jij vraagt je natuurlijk af waarom jouw bank in Nederland in hemelsnaam in Ame…

De Israelische Terreur 818

[RAMALLAH, 4 April 2009] - This year, Palestinian Child Day falls amidst an unprecedented rise in violations of Palestinian children’s rights in the occupied territory.

Israel unleashed a 22-day military assault on the Gaza Strip, codenamed Operation Cast Lead, on 27 December 2008, killing more than 330 children, injuring hundreds of others, destroying homes, services and infrastructure, and traumatizing the entire population. This attack took place during the ongoing blockade of Gaza, now entering its 22nd month. Children, who make up 56 per cent of the population of Gaza, bear the brunt of suffering from these actions, and continue to suffer today, while the blockade is continuing.

Prior to Operation Cast Lead, 90 Palestinian children had been killed by the Israeli military over the course of 2008. The overwhelming majority (74) were not involved in hostilities when they were killed. During the same period, nearly 690 children were arrested, including 1…

Palestina 16

Where do the Ashkenazi Jews come from?

The Thirteenth Tribe
The Khazar Empire and its Heritage
By Arthur Koestler

This book traces the history of the ancient Khazar Empire, a major but almost forgotten power in Eastern Europe, which in A.D. 740 converted to Judaism. Khazaria, a conglomerate of Aryan Turkic tribes, was finally wiped out by the forces of Genghis Han, but evidence indicates that the Khazars themselves migrated to Poland and formed the craddle of Western (Ashkenazim) Jewry...
The Khazars' sway extended from the Black sea to the Caspian, from the Caucasus to the Volga, and they were instrumental in stopping the Muslim onslaught against Byzantium, the eastern jaw of the gigantic pincer movement that in the West swept across northern Africa and into Spain.
Thereafter the Khazars found themselves in a precarious position between the two major world powers: the Eastern Roman Empire in Byzantium and the triumphant followers of Mohammed. As Arthur Koestler points out, the Khazars…

Palestina 15

When and How Was the Jewish People Invented?
by Shlomo Zand January 29, 2009 2:44 AM

Controversial Bestseller Shakes the Foundation of the Israeli State

By Joshua Holland, AlterNet. Posted January 28, 2009.

What if the entire tale of the Jewish Diaspora is historically wrong?

What if the Palestinian Arabs who have lived for decades under the heel of the modern Israeli state are in fact descended from the very same "children of Israel" described in the Old Testament?

And what if most modern Israelis aren't descended from the ancient Israelites at all, but are actually a mix of Europeans, North Africans and others who didn't "return" to the scrap of land we now call Israel and establish a new state following the attempt to exterminate them during World War II, but came in and forcefully displaced people whose ancestors had lived there for millennia?

What if the entire tale of the Jewish Diaspora -- the story recounted at Passover tables by Jews around the world ever…

Palestina 14

An invention called 'the Jewish people'

By Tom Segev

Tags: Israel

Israel's Declaration of Independence states that the Jewish people arose in the Land of Israel and was exiled from its homeland. Every Israeli schoolchild is taught that this happened during the period of Roman rule, in 70 CE. The nation remained loyal to its land, to which it began to return after two millennia of exile. Wrong, says the historian Shlomo Zand, in one of the most fascinating and challenging books published here in a long time. There never was a Jewish people, only a Jewish religion, and the exile also never happened - hence there was no return. Zand rejects most of the stories of national-identity formation in the Bible, including the exodus from Egypt and, most satisfactorily, the horrors of the conquest under Joshua. It's all fiction and myth that served as an excuse for the establishment of the State of Israel, he asserts.

According to Zand, the Romans did not generally exile whole natio…

De Nuance van de NRC 99

Het maandblad M van de NRC houdt op te bestaan. In het laatste nummer staat vandaag een dubbel-interview met Birgit Donker, de huidige hoofdredacteur/directeur van de krant, en Andre Spoor, de eerste hoofdredacteur van de in 1970 gefuseerde NRC/Handelsblad. Laatst genoemde vindt het feit dat Donker zowel hoofdredacteur als directeur is een 'rampzalige ontwikkeling.' Duidelijk wasdat 'in zijn tijd de directie maar 1 keuze [had]. Of hem steunen. Of hem eruit gooien.' Birgit Donker: 'Ik houd de geldmannen niet buiten de deur, ik praat zeker met ze.' Daarmee benadrukt de directeur/hoofdredacteur nog eens dat de krant voor haar allereerst een commercieel bedrijf is, en de journalistiek zich daaraan dient aan te passen. Spoor: 'In mijn tijd heb ik de directie altijd buiten de deur gehouden. Ik begrijp dat jij een derde van je tijd besteedt aan het contact met de uitgever. Ik kan niet eens bedenken hoe laag dat percentage in mijn tijd was.' Duidelijk wordt ook…

De Israelische Terreur 817

En nu opletten hoe machtig de joodse en christelijke pro-Israel lobby is. En let u ook eens op hoe onze zogeheten 'onafhankelijke' commerciele massamedia dit bericht gaan brengen.

'The message from Israel's new prime minister is stark: if the Obama administration doesn't prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, Israel may be forced to attack.
An Atlantic exclusive
by Jeffrey Goldberg
Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran—Or I Will

This story has been updated on Jeffrey Goldberg’s blog in response to some controversy that it generated.

In an interview conducted shortly before he was sworn in today as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu laid down a challenge for Barack Obama. The American president, he said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons—and quickly—or an imperiled Israel may be forced to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities itself.

“The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons,” Netan…

Chef Staf Rahm Emanuel 26

Blagojevich Tried To Extort Rahm Emanuel: Lawyers

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | April 2, 2009 at 10:44 PM

President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was the congressman
targeted by an alleged extortion plan described in the indictment against
former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to attorneys familiar with the case.

At the time, in 2006, Emanuel was the congressman from the 5th District on
Chicago's North Side. The attorneys spoke on condition of anonymity
Thursday because the congressman isn't named and the information is secret
grand jury material.

The indictment says the congressman sought a $2 million grant for a school.
But Blagojevich allegedly told a lobbyist to tell the lawmaker his brother
would have to raise campaign funds or the grant wouldn't go through.

Some of the funds were later released, even though no fundraiser had been

The White House declined to comment on the indict…

De Israelische Terreur 816

'Iraeli FM questioned over graft
Avigdor Lieberman, the new Israeli foreign minister, has been questioned by police on suspicion of corruption.

Israeli police said that Lieberman had been placed under caution on Thursday and questioned for more than seven hours at the national fraud squad headquarters in central Israel, as part of an ongoing investigation.

"Avigdor Lieberman was questioned under caution by police today for seven-and-a-half hours on suspicion of carrying out the following: bribery, money laundering and breach of trust," Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said.

The long-running investigation is examining Lieberman's business dealings.

His lawyer and daughter have also been interrogated.

Lieberman denies all of the allegations.

In a statement issued by his office, Lieberman said he is "in a hurry to end this inquiry which has gone on for 13 years. The minister co-operated and answered the investigators' questions".

Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland…

Iran 260

War is Coming to Iran and Israel

PM: We may be forced to attack Iran
Apr. 1, 2009 Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

The primary imperative for the United States and President Barack Obama is to put an end to Iran’s nuclear race, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said before his swearing-in Tuesday, adding that if the US failed to do so Israel might be forced to resort to a military strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear installations.

“The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told The Atlantic. The Iranian drive for a nuclear weapon was a “hinge of history,” he said, emphasizing that all of “Western civilization” was responsible for preventing an Iranian bomb.

“You don’t want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs,” Netanyahu said of the Iranian regime. “When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying,…

De Pro Israel Lobby 113

Israel Launches New 'Soft War'
By MEL FRYKBERG (Middle East Times)Published: March 11, 2009

GAZA'S NEW WAR FRONT -- A Palestinian father and his two sons pass by the ruins of a house in Jabaliya, northern Gaza on March 2, which was attacked during Israel’s 23-day war on the Gaza Strip. The bombs have stopped, but 'war' continues through the Internet. As the head of an Israeli PR organization explains, "This is Internet advocacy on a war footing and we are making a significant difference.” (Sipa Press via Newscom)

JERUSALEM -- Shortly after the guns fell silent over Gaza, during Operation Cast lead, Israel's three-week bloody onslaught over the coastal territory which left over 1,400 Palestinians dead and over 5,000 wounded, most of them civilian, the Israeli Foreign Ministry stepped up its 'soft war.'
This 'soft war' or intensive public relations campaign was meant to try and undo some of the damage done to Israel's reputation abroad as an …

De Israelische Oorlogsmisdaden 86

'Spanish judge asked to suspend Israel probe

04/02/09: reports that Spanish prosecutors have asked a Madrid judge to suspend an investigation of seven Israeli officials over a 2002 bombing in Gaza that killed Hamas commander Salah Shehada and 14 others, including nine children. In a writ issued Thursday, prosecutors at the National Court asked Judge Fernando Andreu to hold off because they said Israel is investigating the attack.

03/31/09: Time discusses the possibility that Baltasar Garzón, the same Spanish Investigative Judge who brought Chile's Pinochet to justice, may seek to bring charges against Alberto Gonzales and other former Bush officials behind the Bush administration's justification for the use of torture at Guantánamo.

03/30/09: reports that a human rights lawyer has urged Six former Bush administration officials accused in a Spanish complaint of sanctioning the torture of terror suspects should come to Spain to face justice. The case agains…

De Israelische Terreur 815

Amnesty: US Arms Delivery to Israel Threatens “Mideast Peace”
Readers Number : 445

02/04/2009 The delivery of munitions in the Zionist entity from the US earlier this month has thrown President Barack Obama's commitment to maintaining peaceful relations between Israel and Palestine into question, according to Amnesty International.

The humanitarian group said Thursday that the arrival of the Wehr Elbe, a German cargo ship, and her delivery of 300 containers of munitions to the Israeli port of Ashdod suggested the new administration will not act to prevent further attacks against civilians.

A Pentagon spokesperson confirmed the delivery of munitions to Ashdod had been completed successfully, but said they were destined for a US ammunition stockpile held in the Zionist entity.

However, under an agreement with the US, the Israeli's could use the munitions for their own purposes if it was required.

The Pentagon said although they were looking for ways to restrict Israel's use of som…

De Israelische Terreur 814

Syria offers Israel chance to avoid war
Thu, 02 Apr 2009 14:13:35 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says all Israeli governments have pursued hawkish policies only to give rise to the philosophy of resistance.

In an interview with the al-Sharq newspaper on Thursday, Assad said there is enough evidence to assume that Tel Aviv will never seek peace.

"All Israeli governments are the same: Ariel Sharon carried out a massacre in Palestine, and [Ehud] Barak aided the war in Gaza in that there is no difference between the right and the left in Israel," he explained. "This enemy does not want peace."

Assad described how normal citizens have grown tired of the sixty years of Israeli efforts to grab more land and occupy other territories.

"From the war of Palestine (in 1948) to the occupation of the Golan (in the Six Day War in 1967) people are becoming more hostile towards Israel. There may come a generation that is unwilling to talk peace," he said.

His remarks ar…

De Israelische Terreur 813

'Abbas says Netanyahu 'does not believe in peace'RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP) – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Wednesday that Israel's new Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "does not believe in peace" and urged world leaders to pile pressure on him."Benjamin Netanyahu never believed in a two-state solution or accepted signed agreements and does not want to stop settlement activity. This is obvious," Abbas told the official Palestinian news agency."We have to tell the world that this man does not believe in peace, so how should we deal with him? Let's put the ball in the world's court so that it puts pressure on him and assumes its responsibilities."
Abbas's remarks came hours after Netanyahu was sworn in as prime minister at the helm of a right-wing government that has said it will hold talks with the Palestinians but is not committed to the two-state solution.
"We will carry out peace negotiations with the Palestinian…

Nederland en Afghanistan 198

US reconciliation offer lunatic idea, say Taliban
Thursday, April 02, 2009
KABUL: Taliban rejected on Wednesday a US offer of “honourable reconciliation” as a “lunatic idea” and said the withdrawal of foreign troops was the only way to end the war in Afghanistan.

With the Afghan conflict now in its eighth year, the Nato-led forces and the Taliban are locked in a bloody stalemate with violence set to rise further this year as more US troops arrive and seek to contain the insurgency ahead of August elections.

President Barack Obama is redoubling US efforts with more troops, more diplomatic effort and more economic assistance, but he has also already spoken of the need for an “exit strategy”. If the US plan fails to show results, analysts say, time is on the Taliban side.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an international conference on Afghanistan that those members of the Taliban who abandoned extremism must be granted “honourable form of reconciliation”.

“This matter was also raised…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 406

Foreclosure Crisis Hits Warp Speed:

6 Million Families Face Losing Their Homes in the Next Three Years

By Nan Mooney

April 01, 2009 "AlterNet" -- - What would you do if someone foreclosed on your home? If suddenly you and all your possessions were out on the street with a bank account depleted from trying to make mammoth mortgage payments, where would you go?
An estimated 6 million families could be facing this question in the next three years, with nearly 1 in 10 mortgage holders either delinquent or in foreclosure. And although we've heard a lot about trying to help people stay in their homes -- like President Obama's $275 billion foreclosure-prevention package -- it's been far more difficult to follow what happens to these families once they've been forced out.

"We haven't done a good job of tracking those people who were not able to stay in their homes," admits Douglas Robinson of NeighborWorks, an umbrella organization for more than 230 local n…

De Dollar Hegemonie 45

'U.S. Debtor Meets G20 Creditors at the Dollar’s Funeral


By Jim Willie CB

Perhaps it was a grand error of judgment to host the G20 Meeting in London. The epicenter of the financial hegemony, corruption, hidden agency influence, and financial market destruction has clearly been the United States and the United Kingdom working in tandem. So great risk comes with the hosting of this meeting in London. The British Empire, aka Great Britain, is the site of the most devastating economic and banking ruin in a century, on a scale much larger than Iceland, but with a certain hand in the Iceland downfall. Millions of British citizens are angry, worried, and justifiably so. Their economists, bankers, and government leaders have presided over at best a severe national decline that must withstand diverse reform and reconstruction, and over at worst a national failure of state that must endure a collapse before any conceivable reconstruction. The decline if not collapse …