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Toerisme en Terrorisme

Prijsvraag: wie is hier de tourist en wie de terrorist?
In mijn omgeving zijn er steeds meer bejaarden uit de middenklasse die in de koude maanden als toeristen door tropische en exotische oorden reizen. Hun wereld kent geen grenzen. Eenmaal terug hebben de meesten weinig meer te melden dan dat wat we al weten uit de brochures en de reisprogramma's op tv. Echt contact met de lokale bevolking hebben ze niet gemaakt.
Er doet zich nu iets heel wonderlijks voor. In de moderniteit is er een groep gefortuneerden ontstaan die zich in volle vrijheid kan bewegen ten koste van miljarden mensen die het verboden is door diezelfde groep om vrij rond te trekken. De auteur Will Rhode sloeg in dat opzicht impliciet de spijker op de kop toen hij constateerde dat 'half the attraction of coming to India is the ability to leave it.' Dat laatste kan de Derde Wereldbewoner niet omdat de westerling zijn rijkdom weigert te delen. Alleen de westerling kan een toerist zijn, die volstrekt consequenti…

Nederland en Afghanistan 247

US Poised to Commit War Crimes in Marjah Friday 12 February 2010by: Robert Naiman, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis
(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: hansvandenberg30, The U.S. Army)The United States and NATO are poised to launch a major assault in the Marjah District in southern Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians are in imminent peril. Will President Obama and Congress act to protect civilians in Marjah, in compliance with the obligations of the United States under the laws of war?Few civilians have managed to escape the Afghan town of Marjah ahead of a planned US/NATO assault, raising the risk of civilian casualties, McClatchy News reported.Under the laws of war, the US and NATO - who have told civilians not to flee - bear an extra responsibility to control their fire and avoid tactics that endanger civilians, Human Rights Watch noted. "I suspect that they believe they have the ability to generally distinguish between combatants and civilians," s…

Klimaatverandering 156

Climate Catastrophe: Surviving the 21st Century by Ronnie Cummins and WillAllen
"The catastrophic impacts of climate change are not only going to takeplace in the distant future. They are taking place now." - Vandana Shiva, Soil not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of ClimateCrisis
Climate Stabilization Requires a Cultural and Political Revolution
The climate, energy, and political catastrophe we are facing ismind-boggling and frightening. Yet there is still time to save ourselves,to move beyond psychological denial, despair, or false optimism. There isstill hope if we are willing to confront the hydra-headed monsters thatblock our path, and move ahead with a decisive plan of action. Theinspirational message we need to deliver is that we're not just talkingabout drastically reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas (GHG)pollution, but rebuilding society, cre…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 505

"It's a Question of Priorities"Friday 12 February 2010by: Leslie Thatcher, t r u t h o u t | Interview
Dean Baker. (Photo: Polipoint Press)On Thursday, February 4, 2010, Leslie Thatcher spoke with economist and frequent Truthout contributor Dean Baker over the phone about his new book, "False Profits - Recovering From the Bubble Economy," as well as about the ongoing economic crisis and its possible remedies.Leslie Thatcher, Truthout: Why this book now?Dean Baker: It would have been six months sooner if I had had my way. I had no intention of writing anything like it, but I was so frustrated by the way the economy was being discussed. The vast majority of reporters and commentators missed the whole story of the creation of the housing bubble and now, even after the fact, we're still in a situation where obfuscation rules. Take the example of NPR's Planet Money: there's a really extensive effort to make it sound like it's a supernatural force that…