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May 10th, 2010 Bombs Away in Times Square and AfghanistanPosted by Hariman in visualizing war The bomb scare in Times Square the other day was a close call, otherwise known as dumb luck. And despite the embarrassment of the would-be bomber coming from Pakistan rather than Iraq or Afghanistan, one can assume that the scare only helped to continue the American war effort. Whatever happens in the US, the bombing is sure to continue over there. Rather than make light of the association between actual terrorism and US military campaigns, it might help to ask if coverage of the two might have more in common than has been noticed.The New York Times slide show was labeled “Bomb Scare in Times Square,” and the caption for this photo said, “A crew cleaned up at the scene.” As if: I don’t see either a crew or Times Square, but rather a lone functionary in a back alley scene out of some sci-fi movie. Body Snatchers II, perhaps. In fact, the photo is a study in disconnects. Instead of the spe…

The Empire 559

Profijt über alles. De Amerikaanse concerns en Hitler
Op 8 mei is het 65 jaar geleden dat de Tweede Wereldoorlog officieel werdbeëindigd in Europa. Het fascisme was verantwoordelijke voor miljoenenoorlogsslachtoffers en voor de politiek van systematische uitroeiing vanjoden, zigeuners, communisten. De oorlog tegen Japan moest nog blijvenvoortduren om de nodige tijd te hebben de atoombom te kunnen testen in depraktijk. De officiële geschiedschrijving geeft een enorm gewicht aan deAmerikaanse invasie, en minimaliseert de rol van het Sovjet-leger.Nazi-Duitsland krijgt wel een groot vijandbeeld aangemeten, maar was deelite in de VS wel werkelijk zo anti-nazi?

Toen de geallieerde soldaten in Normandië 1944 aan land kwamen stelden zetot hun verbazing vast dat de veroverde Duitse voertuigen en pantsersgeproduceerd waren door Amerikaanse bedrijven zoals Ford en General Motors.Kennelijk leverden Amerikaanse bedrijven het wapenarsenaal voor de nazi’s.

Groet jose…

Oil 64

Via Paul:

May 12, 2010ShareThis Disaster unfolds slowly in the Gulf of MexicoIn the three weeks since the April 20th explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the start of the subsequent massive (and ongoing) oil leak, many attempts have been made to contain and control the scale of the environmental disaster. Oil dispersants are being sprayed, containment booms erected, protective barriers built, controlled burns undertaken, and devices are being lowered to the sea floor to try and cap the leaks, with little success to date. While tracking the volume of the continued flow of oil is difficult, an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil (possibly much more) continues to pour into the gulf every day. While visible damage to shorelines has been minimal to date as the oil has spread slowly, the scene remains, in the words of President Obama, a "potentially unprecedented environmental disaster." (40 photos total)…

Iran 328

Who is bombing in Iraq?Are the bombers Al-Qaeda, the CIA or Israel?By Christopher King14 May 2010

Christopher King argues that it is likely that the American CIA – or Israel acting on its behalf – is responsible for recent atrocities in Iraq, in order to extend and consolidate the occupation, just as it is probable that the Times Square bomber was, wittingly or otherwise, acting for the CIA or Israel, to justify the US military intervention in South Asia.

On 10 May there were more than two dozen bombings and shootings in Iraq that
killed at least 85 people and injured at least 300.These were coordinated attacks, clearly by the same organization.

The American response to this and other recent attacks is to delay plans for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Obama’s election promise was to withdraw troops from Iraq by May this year. Not only is that obviously not going to happen but we learned after his election that “withdrawal” meant leaving 50,000 troops as ‘trainers’ as well as 4,500 speci…

Israel als Schurkenstaat 140

US funds Israel’s 'apartheid' road networkJonathan CookThe NationalMay 15. 2010JERUSALEM // The construction of sections of a controversial segregated road network in the West Bank planned by Israel for Palestinians – leaving the main roads for exclusive use by settlers – is being financed by a US government aid agency, a map prepared by Palestinian researchers has revealed.USAid, which funds development projects in Palestinian areas, is reported to have helped to build 114km of Israeli-proposed roads, despite a pledge from Washington six years ago that it would not assist in implementing what has been widely described by human rights groups and the Israeli media as Israel’s “apartheid road” plan.To date the agency has paid for the construction of nearly a quarter of the segregated road network put forward by Israel in 2004, said the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ).The roads are designed to provide alternative routes to connect Palestinian communities, often by …

Obama 167

Via Paul:
Obama op zoek naar 80 miljard dollar voor nieuwe kernwapens Door P.uncia, Op vri 14 mei 2010 18:00, 338x bekeken, 2 reacties Oorspronkelijke artikel: (40x geklikt)

Niet lang nadat de regering een wapenreductieverdrag met de Russische president Dmitri Medvedev heeft afgerond is president Obama nu op zoek naar 80 miljard dollar voor de financiering van nucleaire wapens.

Volgens de minister van Defensie, Robert Gates, zou het geld worden besteed aan "het herbouwen en het onderhouden van de verouderde Amerikaanse nucleaire wapenvoorraden”.

De VS heeft één van de twee grootste arsenalen op de planeet, ongeveer 5.113 kernkoppen, een overblijfsel uit de wapenwedloop met de voormalige Sovjet-Unie tijdens de Koude Oorlog.

Ondanks de publieke inspanningen van de overheid om zichzelf tot een verdediger van totale nucleaire ontwapening te verklaren, heeft president Obama geen geheim gemaakt van zijn ambities voor bijgewerkte nucleaire wapenvoorraden, z…

Syrie 2

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Report: Russia signs arms deal with Syria
A Russian news agency quotes a senior Russian official as saying Syria will be supplied with warplanes, anti-tank weapons, and air defense systems.

While in Syria, Medvedev also paid a visit to Khaled Meshaal, the exiled leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said it was "deeply disappointed" that Medvedev met the leader of Hamas, which it said was "a terror organization in every way"

Lees verder Haaretz 14.5.2010


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Russia defends Medvedev-Hamas talks

Medvedev met Meshaal, pictured, in Damascus following talks with the Syrian president [AFP]

Russia has rebuffed Israel's criticism of President Dmitry Medvedev's meeting with the leader of the Palestinian group Hamas.


Obama 166

Kunt u nog herinneren hoe nog geen anderhalf jaar geleden de voltallige Nederlandse commerciele pers laaiend enthousiast was over de verkiezing van Obama? Welnu:
US actors, intellectuals protest Obama 'crimes' (AFP) – 1 day agoNEW YORK — US actors and liberal intellectuals joined a list to be published Friday of nearly 2,000 people accusing President Barack Obama of allowing human rights violations and war crimes."Crimes are crimes, no matter who does them," the statement reads over pictures of Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush due to appear in the New York Review of Books.The statement, published as a paid advertisement, accuses Obama, who was elected in 2008 with the enthusiastic support of US liberals, of continuing Bush's controversial approach to human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in domestic security.It takes aim especially at Obama's decision -- reported by US officials -- to authorize the killing of a radical Islamic cleric and …

The Empire 558

Via AdR:
SATURDAY, 15 MAY 2010Africa, new target of US imperialism
Rather to my very recently carried this piece from Zabalaza, South African "platformist"-anarchist journal with which I used to be in touch. Chagos is mentioned in passing but the whole article seems important enough to be placed here.

Michael Schmidt

Former colonial power, France, has maintained the largest foreign military presence in Africa since most countries attained sovereignty in the 1950s and 1960s. While France reduced its armed presence on the continent by two thirds at the end of the last century, it continues to intervene in a muscular and controversial fashion. For example, under a 1961 'mutual defence' pact, French forces were allowed to be permanently stationed in Ivory Coast and the 500-strong 43rd Marine Infantry Battalion is still based at Port Bouet next to the Abidjan airport.

When the civil war erupted in Ivory Coast in September 2002, France added a 'stabil…

Imperial Overstretch 2

I think the Roman empire was simply too large to be governed effectively, to be administered and to create any kind of real sense of community.

Ik wil even terug komen op het volgende dat ik gisteren schreef:
'Ik kijk op dit moment naar een serie van History Planet getiteld Engeneering an Empire. In aflevering 5 over Rome wordt het volgende verteld over de hegemonistische drijfveer van de Romeinen ten tijde van keizer Trajanus:
They were driven by a kind of collective cultural ego. Trajan launched a massive building campaign that began with the empires infrastructure. He made urgently needed rapairs on roads, harbours and public buildings. He commissioned one of the last great aquaducts and built new public baths on the crumbling foundations of Nero's golden house. All this building demanded a tremendous amount of money and in order to really complete and fullfill his own kind of plans he was going to have to come up wth a great deal more of it. And in Roman times this means conq…