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PVDA en GroenLinks

Dit is Links Nederland in de politiek. Terwijl we dreigen meegezogen te worden in een nieuwe bewapeningswedloop die levensgevaarlijk is voor de wereld en ook nog eens peperduur zwijgen onze politici daarover, maar zijn er wel als de kippen bij als het om een lokaal nieuwtje gaat. Onze nakomelingen zullen ons vervloeken voor het cynisme en de stupiditeit. Kinderen die een spoeddebat eisen.

PvdA en GroenLinks: spoeddebat WK-bid
Gepubliceerd: 20 november 2010 19:53 | Gewijzigd: 20 november 2010 19:54
Den haag, 20 nov. PvdA en GroenLinks willen een spoeddebat met minister Edith Schippers (Sport) over een verhaal in NRC Handelsblad dat de Tweede Kamer onjuist zou zijn geïnformeerd over belastingopbrengsten van het WK voetbal.

The Empire 711

4 Common Myths about the War on Terrorism

By Reese Erlich
November 19, 2010 -- I'm finishing up a 25-city book tour that took me from New York and Chicago to Elizabethtown, PA, and Spearfish, SD. I met with college students, farmers and laid-off workers. Most people in the US now oppose the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but I found a lot of confusion about the War on Terrorism.Here are four of the more commonly asked questions:1. Isn't it true that while not all Muslims are terrorists, all terrorists are Muslims?Well, just asking the question reveals a lot about how those in power have manipulated our concept of terrorism.To begin, I point out that plenty of non-Muslims have carried out terrorist acts. Here's a partial list.Timothy McVeigh was convicted of detonating a truck bomb in front of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, which resulted in 168 deaths. He was Catholic.In 1994 Baruch Goldstein, a Jewish-American Israeli settler in the West Bank city of Hebron ope…

The Empire 710

How Corporate America Is Pushing Us All Off a Cliff

We can't turn our backs on the big corporations' next big scheme to screw up society. We can be sure the next crash will be much bigger.
November 19, 2010 |

When someone talks about pushing you off a cliff, it's just human nature to be curious about them. Who are these people, you wonder, and why would they want to do such a thing?

That's what I was thinking when corporate whistleblower Wendell Potter revealed that, when "Sicko" was being released in 2007, the health insurance industry's PR firm, APCO Worldwide, discussed their Plan B: "Pushing Michael Moore off a cliff."

But after looking into it, it turns out it's nothing personal! APCO wants to push everyone off a cliff.

APCO was hatched in 1984 as a subsidiary of the Washington, D.C. law firm Arnold & Porter -- best known for its years of representing the giant tobacco conglomerate Philip Morris. APCO set up fake "grassroots"…

Afghanistan. The End. 4

Pentagon Blows up Thousands of Homes in Afghanistan
Repeating the horrors of the Vietnam War

By Brian Becker

November 19, 2010 "
ANSWER" -- Borrowing a page from its infamous “pacification” effort in South Vietnam, where peasant villages were napalmed and burned to the ground to “save them from the communists,” the Obama-ordered surge in Afghanistan has been secretly blowing up thousands of homes and leveling portions of the Afghan countryside.

As tens of thousands of U.S. troops have surged into southern Afghanistan, villagers have fled. Then the Petraeus-led occupation forces have determined which homes will be destroyed.

“In Arghandab District, for instance, every one of the 40 homes in the village of Khosrow was flattened by a salvo of 25 missiles, according to the district governor, Shah Muhammed Ahmadi, who estimated that 120 to 130 houses had been demolished in his district,” reported the New York Times, Nov. 16, 2010.

The Pentagon asserts that they must destroy the home…

The Empire 709

By Charles Hugh Smith
Thursday, 18 November 2010

Knowing what lies ahead is a great emotional burden.

The knowledge that the present is unsustainable is, for many of us, a great
emotional burden. It troubles our sleep, our minds, and our basic emotional
well-being. Knowledge, like memory, cannot be erased at will, and thus it
runs in the background of our lives, unseen by others but deeply troubling
to the knower.

I am not alone in feeling this weight; correspondents and readers write me
that they feel it, too.

Yet it is not just the knowledge that all this is based on cheap, abundant
oil and a rapidly imploding financial system based on fraud and lies that
burdens us; it is the mirror image of reality pressed upon us by the status
quo: the Mainstream Media, the corrupt Savior State beholden to Power
Elites and crony-capitalist, predatory monopoly-capital cartels and Global
Corporate America (which conveniently enough owns the mainstr…

Israel as a Rogue State 151

Despite the deceptive and mythical "Israeli democracy is being corrupted" mantra -- as if democracy could have ever coexisted in Israel with incessant ethnic cleansing, apartheid laws, military occupation and denial of Palestinian refugees their right of return -- that is parroted in several quotes in this article from Zionist "left" writers who ought to and in fact do know better, the article as a whole is quite informative and critical. I think this growing outcry about Israel "becoming fascist," other than being slightly exaggerated and a bit too alarmist, reflects the horrific anxiety of "liberal" Zionists in Israel and elsewhere about Israeli apartheid and fascist tendencies that have always targeted the indigenous Palestinians of the land since 1948 finally coming home to roost and targeting Jewish Israeli dissenters and non-conformant organizations as well.The facade of democracy is what is truly collapsing, not democracy, as the latter h…

The Empire 708

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had mental illness in 2009

updated 11/18/2010 7:21:08 PM ET

* 10 percent of those with major depression were jobless
* 6.6 percent of unemployed adults considered suicide
By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO, Nov 18 (Reuters Life!) - More than 45 million Americans, or 20 percent of U.S. adults, had some form of mental illness last year, and 11 million had a serious illness, U.S. government researchers reported on Thursday.
Young adults aged 18 to 25 had the highest level of mental illness at 30 percent, while those aged 50 and older had the lowest, with 13.7 percent, said the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA.
The rate, slightly higher than last year's 19.5 percent figure, reflected increasing depression, especially among the unemployed, SAMHSA, part of the National Institutes of Health, said.
"Too many Americans are not getting the help they need and opportunities to prevent and intervene early are being missed," P…