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Israel als Schurkenstaat 19

So when are you going to make war on Israel, Mr Brown?By Alan Hart

6 March 2010

Alan Hart highlights the double standard displayed by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the Iraq Inquiry on 5 March, where he sought to justify the aggression against Iraq on the grounds of Iraq’s non-compliance with international law – something Israel has been doing for 62 years.”... for 62 years the Zionist state of Israel has been, and continues to be, the biggest single violator of international law. No state on Planet Earth has been allowed to get away with defying UN resolutions for so long. And, I say, no state poses a bigger threat to the peace of the region and the world than Israel on its present course.”There could not be a more graphic illustration of the double-standard that drives Western foreign policy and has prevented a resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict than Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s explanation to the Chilcot Inquiry on why he, when he was Britain’s Chancellor of the Exc…

De Carnegie Stichting 4

Van Jose.

Chef Staf Rahm Emanuel 28

President Obama: Replace Rahm with Me open letter from Michael MooreFriday, March 5th, 2010Dear President Obama,I understand you may be looking to replace Rahm Emanuel as your chief of staff.I would like to humbly offer myself, yours truly, as his replacement.I will come to D.C. and clean up the mess that's been created around you. I will work for $1 a year. I will help the Dems on Capitol Hill find their spines and I will teach them how to nonviolently beat the Republicans to a pulp.And I will help you get done what the American people sent you there to do. I don't need much, just a cot in the White House basement will do.Now, don't get too giddy with excitement over my offer, because you and I are going to be up at 5 in the morning, 7 days a week and I am going to get you pumped up for battle every single day (see photo). Each morning you and I will do 100 jumping jacks and you will repeat after me:"THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTED ME, NOT THE REPUBLICANS, TO RUN T…

Israel als Schurkenstaat 18

Wat de Nederlandse commerciele media niet durven berichten doet The New York Times wel:

Gaza a Year LaterBy MICHEÁL MARTIN Published: March 4, 2010 Last week I visited Gaza, the first European Union foreign minister to do so in over a year. My purpose was very much a humanitarian one, to see for myself the impact of a blockade that has now been imposed on the people of Gaza for some two-and-a-half years and to meet with the courageous and dedicated staff of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), including its director of operations, Irishman John Ging. They play an indispensable role in maintaining vital humanitarian services to the people of Gaza. From my arrival in Gaza, the deprivations and hardships resulting from the blockade were all too evident. Visiting an UNRWA food distribution center, I could see for myself the despair and suffering etched in the faces of those who queued for the most basic rations of rice, milk powder and sunflower oil. Eighty percent of the population o…

De Westerse Terreur 59

One in three killed by US drones in Pakistan is a civilian, report claims

One in three "militants" killed in US Predator Drone attacks in Pakistan's remote tribal areas is in fact a civilian, according to a report by an American think tank.

By Dean Nelson, South Asia Editor
Published: 10:22AM GMT 04 Mar 2010

The report, by the Washington-based New America Foundation, will fuel growing criticism of the use of unmanned drones in the fight against al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, who use Pakistan as a base for attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan.Critics say their use not only takes innocent lives, but amounts to unlawful extra-judicial killing of militants.

The report by Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann found that 32 per cent of those killed in drone attacks since 2004 were civilians.
Their report, The Year of the Drone, studied 114 drone raids in which more than 1200 people were killed. Of those, between 549 and 849 were reliably reported to be militant fighters, while the …

The Empire 540

Via AdR:Who in Future Generations will Believe This?Zinn and the Art of HistoryBy BRIAN McKENNASix days after Howard Zinn’s death on January 27, I asked my class of forty-seven Introduction to Anthropology students about Christopher Columbus. “Take out a piece of paper and respond to this scenario. You are the Director of Community Theater here in Dearborn, Michigan and you decide to produce a play on Columbus’s life. Describe one scene in your play. Why that scene? Be as detailed as possible.”

Of the 47 students, a full 40 (84%) depicted some version that praised Columbus as a great mariner who “sailed the ocean blue” and “discovered” America. One said he landed on Plymouth Rock, another that he addressed the US Congress.

Only four noted that there was murder and enslavement involved, though no scene was explicitly described. The three others said that there was violence but they knew little more. It was all cloudy and vague. No one used the term “genocide.”

I greatly suspect that compa…

Nederland en Afghanistan 249

Afghanistan's My Lai MassacreFriday 05 March 2010by: Dave Lindorff, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis
(Photo: Omer Wazir; Edited: Lance Page /t r u t h o u t)When Charlie Company's Lt. William Calley ordered and encouraged his men to rape, maim and slaughter over 400 men, women and children in My Lai in Vietnam back in 1968, there were at least four heroes who tried to stop him or bring him and higher officers to justice. One was helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson Jr., who evacuated some of the wounded victims, and who set his chopper down between a group of Vietnamese and Calley's men, ordering his door gunner to open fire on the US soldiers if they shot any more people. One was Ron Ridenhour, a soldier who learned of the massacre and began a private investigation, ultimately reporting the crime to the Pentagon and Congress. One was Michael Bernhardt, a soldier in Charlie Company, who witnessed the whole thing and reported it all to Ridenhour. And one was journalist Seymour Hers…

De Nuance van de NRC 174

De NRC bericht:

Oud-NAVO-chef: Afghanistan toont crisis bondgenootschap

Gepubliceerd: 5 maart 2010 13:44 | Gewijzigd: 5 maart 2010 13:44
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Rotterdam, 5 maart. De NAVO staat aan de rand van de afgrond, volgens haar voormalige secretaris-generaal Lord Robertson, die het bondgenootschap leidde van 1999 tot 2004.Nederland heeft in Afghanistan een waardevolle bijdrage geleverd, aldus Robertson dinsdag in een toespraak in Washington, net als Canada dat zijn militairen naar verwachting eveneens zal terugtrekken. „Maar als deze twee stevige bondgenoten, én degenen die overwegen hetzelfde te doen, én degenen die minder bijdragen dan ze zouden moeten, als die allemaal kunnen wegduiken voor hun verplichtingen die voortvloeien uit het besluit dat we in 2003 unaniem hebben genomen, dan is dit toch een crisis?”

Als we voortijdig Afghanistan verlaten weten we allemaal wat er gebeurt, aldus de Schotse voormalige NAVO-chef. „Als de Talibaan en hun bondgenoten de meest succesvolle m…

The Empire 539

Michael Moore: There's Going to Be a Second Economic Crash (and Glenn Beck Can 'F--k off') Michael Moore lets loose on Beck, the Democrats, and the state of our economy as he unrolls his DVD release of capitalism. March 4, 2010 | LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? Join our mailing list: Sign up to stay up to date on the latest News & Politics headlines via email.
We interviewed Michael Moore on The Young Turks today and he was not shy about sharing his opinions. Anyone surprised? He had very strong words for the Democratic Party, the state of our political system and Glenn Beck.What he thinks of Democrats and Republicans:You know, I tell you, these Democrats are disgusting. Wimps and wusses and weasels. You know, get some spine. This is why I have to admire the Republicans. They at least stand for something. They at least have the courage of their convictions. They get elected to office, they come into town, and they go "Get outta my way, there's a new sheriff in town. This is …

The Empire 538

Winter in America: Democracy Gone RogueThursday 04 March 2010by: Henry A. Giroux, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed
(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted:hugovk, ishmagination)The absolute ... spells doom to everyone when it is introduced into the political realm.- Hannah Arendt [1] Democracy in the United States is experiencing both a crisis of meaning and a legitimation crisis. As the promise of an aspiring democracy is sacrificed more and more to corporate and military interests, democratic spheres have largely been commercialized and democratic practices have been reduced to market relations, stripped of their worth and subject to the narrow logics of commodification and profit making. Empowerment has little to do with providing people with the knowledge, skills, and power to shape the forces and institutions that bear down on their lives and is now largely defined as under the rubric of being a savvy consumer. When not equated with the free market capitalism, democracy is reduced to…

De Pro Israel Lobby 193

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown surrenders to Zionist pressureIsraeli war criminals to roam UK streets at willBy Gilad Atzmon5 March 2010Gilad Atzmon considers the role of Britain’s Israel lobby and stooges in Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s announcement that soon the UK would be turned into a safe haven for suspected Israeli war criminals.British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced plans to block private groups from seeking arrest warrants against visiting foreign officials suspected of war crimes or crimes against humanity, such as Tzipi Livni, Ehud Barak and other suspected Israeli war criminals.In December 2009 former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was forced to cancel a trip to Britain after a UK court issued an arrest warrant against her on suspicion of war crimes and crimes against humanity.Under Brown’s proposals, the Crown Prosecution Service will take over responsibility for prosecuting war crimes and other violations of international law. Currently, magistrates ha…