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De Mainstream Pers 239

Degenen die mijn weblog regelmatig lezen weten dat ik uiterst sceptisch sta tegenover de bewering van mijn mainstream-collega's dat de journalistiek alles op alles zet om de waarheid boven tafel te krijgen. Het opmerkelijke is dat ook de mainstream pers weet dat ze maar al te vaak de kluit belazert. Zo verklaarde de journalist en bestseller-auteur Geert Mak op vrijdag 2 november 2012: 
Waar blijft, in deze chaos van telkens botsende en elkaar tegensprekende verhalen, de rol van de historicus? Zijn werk is – en ik volg nu de definitie van de Amerikaans/Hongaarse historicus John Lukacs – in de eerste plaats ‘het streven naar waarheid door het uitbannen van onwaarheid.’ Geschiedschrijving kan, zo betoogt hij, nooit ‘objectief’ zijn zoals de exacte wetenschappen – en dat betekent dat geschiedenis geen gespecialiseerde methoden kent en geen eigen specifieke taal. Woorden zijn voor de historicus dan ook meer dan de verpakking van feiten: het gaat minstens zozeer om de formulering, om de …

Robert Parry 2

Reviving the ‘Successful Surge’ MythJune 19, 2014
Exclusive: The military offensive by Sunni extremists driving into the heart of Iraq has brought the neocons out of the shadows to blame President Obama, by arguing that they had “won” the war before Obama “lost” it, a deeply engrained false narrative of Official Washington, says Robert Parry. By Robert Parry
A beloved myth of Official Washington – especially among Republicans, neocons and other supporters of the Iraq War – is the fable of the “successful surge,” how President George W. Bush’s heroic escalation of 30,000 troops in 2007 supposedly “won” that war; it then follows that the current Iraq disaster must be President Barack Obama’s fault. The appeal of this myth should be obvious. Nearly every “important” person in the U.S. foreign policy establishment and the mainstream media endorsed the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 — and such well-placed and well-paid people do not like to admit that their judgment was so bad that they s…

American Terrorism

US Providing “Lethal” Support to Syrian Rebels

By Agence France-Presse
June 07, 2014 "ICH" - "AFP" - - -  President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy advisor Susan Rice on Friday said Washington was providing “lethal and non-lethal” support to select members of the Syrian opposition, offering more detail than usual on US assistance.
Top Obama administration officials typically decline to say exactly what equipment, arms or ammunition the United States is providing to moderate Syrian opposition forces.
But President Barack Obama said in a major foreign policy speech last week that the United States would “ramp up” support for rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.
National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in an interview with CNN while she was traveling with Obama to D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations in Normandy that she was heartbroken about the carnage in Syria’s civil war.
“That’s why the United States has ramped up its support for the moderate vetted opposition,…

Joodse Lobby Eist Weer Oorlog

Dear Friend,
With less than 30 days until the deadline for nuclear negotiations with Iran, AIPAC is now pushing a Congressional letter suggesting lawmakers would refuse to lift ANY sanctions on Iran even if there is a nuclear deal!
If Congress chooses to block a historic deal that prevents war, all because they refuse to trade in any sanctions, it would be disastrous.
That's why NIAC is working with 25 other national organizations to warn that such a stance could kill the nuclear talks and calling on Congress to clarify this is not their letter's intent.
But your elected representatives must also hear from you. Please take a moment to sign our“Seal the Deal” petition and share it with your friends so that we can build momentum for a diplomatic agreement.
We’ve never been this close to securing peace, but now is the most important moment to take action and help seal the deal.


Jamal Abdi
NIAC Policy Director