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Heleen Mees van de NRC 12

Een aardig inkijkje in de diepere drijfveren van dit 40-jarige meisje.
'Income disparities are still widening in the United States. The average inflationadjusted income of the top 1% of households has risen 42% since 2002, while the average inflation-adjusted income of the bottom 90% of households has risen about 4.7%. The average income gain of the top 0.1% of households was 57.6% between 2002 and 2006. Approximately 66% of total income gains since 2002 have accrued to the top 10% of households. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)'

Heleen Mees in NRC: 'Eind jaren vijftig en begin jaren zestig hebben westerse landen sociale zekerheidsprogramma's geintroduceerd die een halve eeuw later financieel niet meer houdbaar blijken te zijn.'

Heleen Mees van de NRC 11

Wat deze huppelende sociaaldemocrate tevens verzwijgt is dat het reëel inkomen van de gemiddelde werknemer in de VS sinds 1978 niet gestegen is. Wat wel gestegen is zijn de grootscheepse leningen door zowel de staat als door haar burgers, met als gevolg dat het imperium en zijn inwoners nu failliet zijn. De Amerikaanse hoogleraar, de evolutionair bioloog Jared Diamond, die het verval van dichtbij meemaakt, beschrijft in zijn boek 'Collapse' nauwgezet hoe 'corruption, mismanagement, and political inertia by an elite, which is beyond the reach of the law, almost always result in widespread cynicism, disengagement, apathy, and finally rage. Those who suffer the consequences of this mismanagement lose any loyalty to the nation and increasingly nurse fantasies of violent revenge. The concept of the common good, mocked by the behaviour of the privileged classes, disappears. Nothing matters. It is only about ME.'

Zolang de schijn hooggehouden kan worden, lijkt het alsof er spr…

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De Israelische Oorlogsmisdaden 101

The Goldstone Report on Gaza
by The Nation

The recently released UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission on
the December-January Gaza conflict, released on the eve of Barack
Obama's attempt to jump-start comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian
negotiations, was but the latest in a series of investigations, most
of them by human rights organizations like Human Rights Watch and
Amnesty International.

Like its predecessors, the so-called Goldstone report, named after
chief investigator Richard Goldstone, is devastating in its critique
of Israeli actions: indiscriminate use of firepower; deliberate
attacks on civilians and civilian structures, including hospitals,
schools, mosques, water and sewage plants, and rescue vehicles; use
of white phosphorus munitions in built-up areas; use of human
shields; abusive treatment of detainees; imposition of a blockade on
Gaza before and after the attack itself˜the report conclud…

The Empire 475

U.S.: Homeless Shelters Fighting Push from Downtowns
By Matthew Cardinale

ATLANTA, Sep 29 (IPS) - The largest homeless shelter in the southeast U.S., the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta claiming officials have undertaken a complex campaign to sabotage the shelter with the ultimate goal of driving homeless, mostly African American men off the streets of downtown.

While the situation in Atlanta may be an extreme case, homeless advocates say it is part of a national trend to push homeless shelters out of downtown areas and into the suburbs, where it is more difficult for homeless people to access services.

"There are cities that have really tried to marginalise their homeless. Some [cities] put their homeless out in industrial parks and some people go as far as to put them on an island," Neil Donovan, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, told IPS.

"The city of Atlanta is just the most recent ex…

The Empire 474

Deze foto maakte ik eind juli van dit jaar op Wall Street, vanaf het balkon van de Federal Hall waar op 30 april 1789 George Washington de eed van trouw aflegde als eerste president van de Verenigde Staten.
Dit is de normale 24-uursbewaking van het domein van de speculanten en hun bankiers. Het wordt door de belastingbetaler gefinancierd, net zoals de failliete bankiers door de belastingbetalers gesubsidieerd worden. Zo werkt het socialisme voor de rijken. Hun bonussen kunnen niet aangepakt worden, wel het inkomen van de armen. Lees Chris Hedges: Empire of Illusion.
Police State - The Militarization of the Police Force in USAzie:

De Dollar Hegemonie 47

Ook de Wereldbank moet nu toegeven dat de dollar geen dollar meer waard is. World Bank Head Sees Dollar’s Role DiminishingBy EDMUND L. ANDREWSPublished: September 28, 2009 WASHINGTON — The president of the World Bank said on Monday that America’s days as an unchallenged economic superpower might be numbered and that the dollar was likely to lose its favored position as the euro and the Chinese renminbi assume bigger roles.
Win McNamee/Getty Images Robert Zoellick said the Treasury should get more power. “The United States would be mistaken to take for granted the dollar’s place as the world’s predominant reserve currency,” the World Bank president, Robert B. Zoellick, said in a speech at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins. “Looking forward, there will increasingly be other options to the dollar.”Mr. Zoellick, who previously served as the United States trade representative and as deputy secretary of state under President George W. Bush, said that the euro pr…

De Israelische Oorlogsmisdaden 100

Van oorlogsmisdaden verdachte politici hebben vrij spel zolang ze aan de macht blijven. Dat is de logica van de macht.
UK court quashes Barak arrest bid Barak is visiting the UK, where he attended a Labour party conference on Britain's coast [AFP]
A legal attempt in Britain by a group of Palestinians to have Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, arrested for alleged war crimes has failed.A judge at a magistrate's court in London, Britain's capital, ruled on Tuesday that Barak enjoys diplomatic immunity from prosecution, because he is visiting the UK on official business.The group of 16 Palestinians accused the defence minister for atrocities committed during this year's Gaza war, including the assassination of a senior Palestinian minister and the unlawful killing of civilians.

They had been hoping for court action to allow Barak to be arrested on British soil, during his two-day visit to the country.Tim Friend, Al Jazeera's correspondent in London…

De Israelische Terreur 959

Iran in deadly warning to IsraelCorrespondents in New York and Washington | September 30, 2009 Article from: The Australian ON the eve of talks with the international community about its nuclear aspirations, and only hours after a "provocative" missile test, Iran has issued a warning to Israel that it would face destruction if it attacked the Islamist nation."If this (an Israeli attack) happens, which, of course, we do not foresee, its ultimate result would be to expedite the last breath of the Zionist regime," Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on state television. His comments came after Western leaders called a second day of rocket launches by Iran a "reprehensible" distraction from talks this week that will determine whether Tehran is ready to negotiate over its nuclear program, or face biting new sanctions. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called the missile tests "provocative". He added: "This is an important day and an im…

Iran 310

Iran tells world powers not to repeat “mistakes” (Reuters)

29 September 2009 Iranian MPs told world powers not to repeat “past mistakes” in this week’s Geneva talks, suggesting they may in that case force the government to downgrade cooperation with the U.N. nuclear agency.Raising the stakes ahead of Thursday’s rare meeting, 239 lawmakers signed a statement expressing support for negotiations based on proposals put forward by Iran, which do not mention Tehran’s own nuclear programme. The United States has made clear it will focus on Iran’s nuclear activities, which the West fears are aimed at making bombs, in the meeting in the Swiss city. Iran, which insists its programme is aimed solely at producing electricity, has offered wide-ranging security talks but says it will not negotiate on its nuclear “rights.” “We remind the negotiating countries that this is an historic opportunity which can be a way out of the current deadlock and solve the problems,” the MPs said in a statement quo…

The Empire 473

51% Say Obama Not Tough Enough on Iran – Tue Sep 29, 12:12 pm ET Fifty-one percent (51%) of U.S. voters say President Obama has not been aggressive enough in responding to Iran's nuclear program. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only four percent (4%) think the president has been too aggressive in dealing with Iran, while 38% believe his response has been about right. In late June, 40% of voters said the president was not aggressive enough in supporting the reformers in Iran protesting the results of the country's questionable presidential election, but 42% said Obama's response had been about right. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans and 55% of voters not affiliated with either party say the president has not been aggressive enough in reacting to Iran's nuclear program, but 61% of Democrats say his response has been about right. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it&#…

De Israelische Terreur 958

Israel urges West to stand firm against Iran Israel's prime minister began an intensive round of telephone diplomacy to urge Western governments to stand firm against Iran in response to the latest revelations of its secret nuclear programme. By Richard Spencer
Published: 6:27PM BST 27 Sep 2009 Benjamin Netanyahu called Nancy Pelosi to urge tougher sanctionsPhoto: EPA Benjamin Netanyahu telephoned Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and other senators and congressmen to urge tougher sanctions."Action must be taken in all areas to increase pressure on Iran and impose crippling sanctions on it," he said, according to the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz. "If not now, then when?" The report suggests that Israel, which has been considering air strikes against Iran, is for now still pursuing diplomatic routes to preventing Tehran's development of nuclear missiles.Related Articles Defiant Iran test-fires medium-range missilesDefian…

De Israelische Terreur 957

Mossad chief Meir Dagan Sunday September 27,2009 INTELLIGENCE chief Sir John Scarlett has been told that Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran’s new nuclear site. The head of MI6 discussed the issue in London with Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Saudi officials after British intelligence officers helped to uncover the plant, in the side of a mountain near the ancient city of Qom.The site is seen as a major threat by Tel Aviv and Riyadh. Details of the talks emerged after John Bolton, America’s former UN ambassador, told a meeting of intelligence analysts that “Riyadh certainly approves” of Israel’s use of Saudi airspace.Foreign Secretary David Miliband acknowledged that the danger of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East was “particularly potent” and refused to rule out military action altogether but he insisted: “We are 100 per cent focused on a diplomatic solution.”Gordon Brown, US President Barack Obama and French …

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The War on Language

By Chris Hedges

September 29, 2009 "
TruthDig" -- There is a scene in "Othello" when the Moor is so consumed by jealousy and rage that he loses the eloquence and poetry that make him the most articulate man in Venice. He turns to the audience, shortly before he murders Desdemona, and sputters, "Goats and monkeys!" Othello fell prey to wild self-delusion and unchecked rage, and his words became captive to hollow clichés. The debasement of language, which Shakespeare understood was a prelude to violence, is the curse of modernity. We have stopped communicating, even with ourselves. And the consequences will be as extreme as in the Shakespearean tragedy.

Those who seek to dominate our behavior first seek to dominate our speech. They seek to obscure meaning. They make war on language. And the English- and Arabic-speaking worlds are each beset with a similar assault on language. The graffiti on the mud walls of Gaza that ca…

De Israelische Terreur 956

IAEA veroordeelt Israël


Het Internationaal Atoomenergie Agentschap (IAEA) heeft donderdag in een opmerkelijke resolutie Israël veroordeeld, omdat het land weigert zijn atoomwapenprogramma onder internationaal toezicht te plaatsen.

Van de 144 lidstaten stemden 53 voor de resolutie en slechts twee tegen: Israël en de Verenigde Staten. 47 Lidstaten onthielden zich.

Het was slechts de tweede keer in de zestien jaar dat de kwestie op de agenda stond van het IAEA dat het daadwerkelijk tot een stemming komt.

Israëlische bezwaren tegen twee alinea's in een resolutie over veiligheid in het Midden-Oosten forceerden een stemming. Een van de alinea's riep landen in de regio op geen nucleaire wapens te ontwikkelen, testen of op andere wijze te verkrijgen; de andere riep landen die over nucleaire wapens beschikken op om zich niet te verzetten tegen het atoomwapenvrij maken van het Midden-Oosten.

Beide passages waren overduidelijk tegen Israël gericht, dat nucleaire wapens bezit maar…

De Israelische Terreur 955

Iets vernomen hierover via de Nederlandse commerciele massamedia? Zo ja, waar?
OCTOBER 1, 2009IRAN - THE WAR DANCEOn September 19, the Irish Times reported:

“Israel has rejected the call by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and open up its atomic sites to international inspection.” (Mark Weiss, ‘Israel spurns nuclear watchdog's call to open atomic sites to inspection,’ Irish Times, September 19, 2009;

The IAEA, which met in Vienna on September 18, adopted a resolution expressing concern about “Israeli nuclear capabilities” and called on agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei to work on the issue. The motion was adopted by 49 votes to 45, with 16 abstentions. Russia and China, both permanent members of the UN security council, voted in favour. The United States and the European Union initially tried to block the vote, and then voted against it. David Danieli, …

De Israelische Terreur 954

Netanyahu’s UN Speech

The Pathology of Evil

By Gilad Atzmon

September 29, 2009 "
Information Clearing House" -- Israeli PM Netanyahu’s speech at the UN is a major insight into the Israeli’s mentality, psyche and logic. In his speech Netanyahu, a prolific and charismatic speaker, gives air to his genocidal inclinations, he brings to light the Israeli supremacy but he also allows us to detect some shaky and vulnerable spots at the heart of the Jewish national narrative. Reading Netanyahu’s speech makes it very clear that both the Zionist Shoa and the ‘promised land’ narratives are on the verge of collapse. It seems as if the ‘discredited’ Iranian president Ahmadinejad has managed to succeed after all. Don’t You Mess With Our Shoa Israelis love their Shoa, for the Shoa is no doubt their best selling Hasbara (propaganda) product. It somehow allows them to kill en masse and to do it indistinguishably while insisting that it is they who happen to be the v…