zaterdag 4 maart 2006
Om drie uur vanmiddag begon bij Gallery Donkersloot aan de Amsterdamse Leidsegracht 76, in de volksmond 'Dronk en Snoof' geheten, de expositie van Peter Klashorst's nieuwe werk. De opening werd verricht door niemand minder dan oud-voetbalinternational Willy van de Kerkhof, die blij verklaarde dat hij Klashorst 'in de markt wil zetten,' ondanks of misschien juist wel dankzij het feit 'dat ik niets van kunst afweet.' Willy 'ik doe in Golf en zit in de Horeca, en mijn broer renteniert' ziet wel iets in de Tempelier en lijstduwer van Huisje, Boompje, Beestje Peter Klashorst. Tout Amsterdam was aanwezig, van verhuurders van skyboxen tot lui die uw zwart geld wel willen witten. Buiten beeld waren er ook talloze gevluchte al dan niet homoseksuele kunstenaars die op het lijstje van Rita Verdonk staan. De bril met donkere glazen die de schilder opheeft is vanwege zijn verbrande oogleden nadat hij van de week drie jaar oude zonnebrandolie op zijn gelaat smeerde.
Van collega schilder en fan Sylvester kreeg Peter Klashorst een zelfportret vanwege de inspiratie die Peter oproept. 'Klashorst veroordeelt niemand, dat is zo mooi van hem.' Sylvester weet niets van Iran, maar wil er wel een keertje heen om eens te kijken.
Vriend en filmmaker Mattias Ylstra heeft zijn camera even weggezet om de vers aangevoerde door miss Libanon 1974 tevens beeldend kunstenaresse zelf gemaakte humus te kunnen keuren. Volgens Rita Verdonk is humus in Iran geen enkel probleem. Kan onmiddellijk teruggestuurd worden.
Robbie van Erven Dorens, inderdaad de oom van, bijgenaamd mister Golf. Wil niet naar Iran om onduidelijke redenen. Heeft nog niets van Rita Verdonk gehoord.
Een recent olieverf schilderij dat Peter Klashorst in Afrika maakte. Kan niet! naar Iran teruggestuurd worden.
http://www.wnymedia.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1090&Itemid=35 en over de carlyle group: http://www.hereinreality.com/carlyle.html' Verhelderend om naar te kijken. Hierover horen we nooit iets van de neoliberale propagandisten, die de mond vol hebben van democratie en mensenrechten en rechtstaat en vrijheid van meningsuiting en persvrijheid enzovoorts, etcetera...
vrijdag 3 maart 2006
Op de achterpagina van NRC/Handelsblad staat vanavond een wonderlijk stukje van Frits Abrahams. Het gaat over de onlangs overleden journalist Willebrord Nieuwenhuis. Abrahams meldt over het pro-Amerika standpunt dat Nieuwenhuis tijdens de Vietnam oorlog innam: 'Later, te laat, beseft hij dat hij naief met de Amerikaanse oorlogspropaganda is omgegaan. "Ik kon me niet goed voorstellen dat het machtige en idealistische Amerika zich van die tactiek (van de leugen - F.A.) zou bedienen," schrijft hij dan.' Dat is niet zo vreemd omdat het provincialisme van de Nederlandse journalistiek, geschoold in het poldermodel-denken, het moeilijk zo niet onmogelijk maakt om te beseffen dat in de grote mensenwereld macht uit de loop van een geweer komt en niet aan een borreltafel ontstaat. Ook op dit moment weer blijkt hoeveel moeite Nederlandse journalisten hebben om in te zien dat de Irak-oorlog een geopolitiek machtspel is om de olie en om het beperken van de groeiende invloed van China. Maar daar gaat het Frits Abrahams niet om. Hij verbaast zich over iets anders. Ineens voert hij de dichter Lucebert op die al in een in 1968 herdrukt boekje (toen Nieuwenhuis dus nog pal achter de Amerikaanse genocide in Vietnam stond) het volgende constateert: 'De overgrote meerderheid van het Amerikaanse volk is politiek onmondig en daardoor ook zondermeer bereid een agressieve politiek te volgen die zowel op binnen- als buitenland is gericht...' Wat Abrahams nu zo frappeert is niet de politieke onnozelheid van de latere chef-buitenland van de NRC, maar de 'diepe afkeer van de Westerse politiek' van de dichter/beeldend kunstenaar Lucebert. Voor de NRC-columnist is het 'opvallende verschil' tussen Nieuwenhuis en Lucebert het volgende: 'Lucebert, de schrijver nota bene, wist alles zeker, Nieuwenhuis, de journalist, zocht de nuance.' Een nuance die naar schatting tussen de 2 en 3 miljoen Zuid-Oost Aziaten het leven heeft gekost en nog steeds talloze slachtoffers in Vietnam veroorzaakt als gevolg van de massale verspreiding van het chemische wapen Agent Orange, een ontbladeringsmiddel dat een aanzienlijk deel van het landbouwgebied en bossen daar heeft vergiftigd. Willibrord Nieuwenhuis zocht dus de nuance door de Verenigde Staten journalistiek te steunen, terwijl het 7.6 miljoen ton bommen op Indo China liet vallen, meer dan drie keer zoveel als tijdens de gehele Tweede Wereldoorlog op Nazi Duitsland terecht kwam. Daar tegenover staat 'Lucebert, de schrijver nota bene,' die onmiddellijk zeker wist dat de Amerikaanse agressie onmenselijk was. Hij had de waanzin van de Tweede Wereldoorlog meegemaakt en wist uit eigen ervaring zeker dat oorlogsmisdaden verwerpelijk waren en sprak zich daar tegen uit, in tegenstelling tot Nieuwenhuis die deze oorlogsmisdaden intellectueel steunde in zijn zoektocht naar de nuance, als we tenminste Frits Abrahams moeten geloven. Lucebert was immuun voor de ongenuanceerde boodschap van propaganda. Na de dood van de kunstenaar en de journalist probeert de columnist alsnog de kunstenaar te betuttelen voor diens menselijkheid en zijn NRC-chef te prijzen voor diens onnozelheid. Ziehier het fundamentele verschil tussen kunst en journalistiek. Niet voor niets zei Milan Kundera, de schrijver nota bene, dat journalisten 'de termieten van de reductie' zijn die zelfs de grootste liefde weten terug te brengen tot een geraamte van schrale herinneringen. Later wees Kundera erop dat 'de moderne dwaasheid niet de onwetendheid (betekent), maar de gedachteloosheid van pasklare ideeen.' En voor dat gevaar waarschuwde hij toen hij in zijn Jeruzalem-rede over de roman en Europa verklaarde: 'als de Europese cultuur mij vandaag de dag bedreigd lijkt, als ze van buitenaf zowel als van binnenuit bedreigd wordt in het kostbaarste dat ze heeft, haar respect voor het individu, respect voor zijn oorspronkelijke denken en voor zijn recht op een onschendbaar prive-leven, dan meen ik dat deze kostbare essentie van het Europese individualisme als in een zilveren schrijn gebed ligt in de geschiedenis van de roman, in de wijsheid van de roman.' En dat oorspronkelijke denken, dat niet ontvankelijk is voor de grofheid van welke propaganda dan ook, staat onder druk van de termieten van de reductie, zoals Frits Abrahams die deze houding ongenuanceerd vindt, zoals hij impliciet laat weten. Hoe durft die Lucebert zo uitgesproken tegen de waanzin van de Westerse wereld te zijn. Wie denkt die man wel dat hij is? Op die onuitgesproken gedachte berust het ressentiment van de kleine journalist. De grootsheid moet omlaag om de laagheid nog enig niveau te geven. We hebben in de geschiedenis gezien waartoe dat leidt.
Hier kunt u informatie vinden over Afghanistan, informatie van de Amerikaanse hoogleraar Marc Herold. Informatie waarover de Nederlandse politici niet beschikken en ook niet wensen te beschikken. Dit is het verhaal dat men niet wil horen. 'Four years after the U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan, the true meaning of the U.S occupation is revealing itself. Afghanistan represents merely a space that is to be kept empty. Western powers have no interest in either buying from or selling to the blighted nation. The impoverished Afghan civilian population is as irrelevant as is the nation's economic development. But the space represented by Afghanistan in a volatile region of geo-political import, is to be kept vacant from all hostile forces. The country is situated at the center of a resurgent Islamic world, close to a rising China (and India) and the restive ex-Soviet Asian republics, and adjacent to oil-rich states. The only populated centers of any real concern are a few islands of grotesque capitalist imaginary reality -- foremost Kabul -- needed to project the image of an existing central government, an image further promoted by Karzai's frequent international junkets. In such islands of affluence amidst a sea of poverty, a sufficient density of foreign ex-pats, a bloated NGO-community, carpetbaggers and hangers-on of all stripes, money disbursers, neo-colonial administrators, opportunists, bribed local power brokers, facilitators, beauticians (of the city planner or aesthetician types), members of the development establishment, do-gooders, enforcers, etc., warrants the presence of Western businesses. These include foreign bank branches, luxury hotels (Serena Kabul, Hyatt Regency of Kabul), shopping malls (the Roshan Plaza, the Kabul City Centre mall), import houses (Toyota selling its popular Land Cruiser), image makers (J. Walter Thompson), and the ubiquitous Coca-Cola1. The "other," the real economy -- is a vast informal one in which the Afghan masses creatively eke out a daily existence.2 They are utterly irrelevant to the neo-colonist interested in running an empty space at the least cost. The self-financing opium economy reduces such cost and thrives upon invisibility. The invisible multitudes represent a nuisance -- much like Kabul's traffic -- upon maintaining the empty space. Only the minimal amount of resources -- whether of the carrot or stick type -- will be devoted to preserving their invisibility. Many of those who returned after the overthrow of the Taliban are now seeking to emigrate abroad, further emptying the space.3.' Lees verder: http://www.cursor.org/stories/emptyspace.html En hier: http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mwherold/
-- Abdul Ahmed Safi, official of the provincial Konar government. The Americans are no different from the Russians, one hears in Uruzgan and Kandahar. U.S. Army Special Forces were first deployed in Afghanistan on October 19 in northern Afghanistan to serve primarily as spotters for U.S. bombing missions. On that same day, in a very embarrassing start to their Afghan ground campaign, the elite Delta Force suffered 12 casualties when ambushed by Taliban troops using machine guns and RPGs.(3) The Delta team had landed by helicopter on Mullah Omar's summer retreat in the hills above Kandahar. According to The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh, several of those who participated in the raid called it a "total goat fuck" - which, we are told, is "military slang meaning that everything that could go wrong did go wrong."(4) Special Forces units played a key role in directing deadly U.S. airstrikes [using lasers and GPS coordinates] upon Taliban front lines around Mazar and Taloquan between Nov. 5 and 10.(5) By mid-November a couple hundred such elite troops had been inserted into the battlefields around Mazar and Kunduz working with Dostum's and Mohammad Atta's Northern Alliance troops. On November 14, a U.S. Special Forces team is sent into Tarin Kot to protect Hamid Karzai. In late November, they participated in the slaughter of prisoners in the Qala-i-Janghi prison fort in Mazar-i-Sharif. Recent evidence reveals that also they were involved at least as passive observers, in the infamous container convoys of death bringing prisoners from Mazar to Sheberghan.(6) Luke Harding recently noted, "Dostum has been on the US payroll for nearly a year."(7) An elite team from the 5th Special Forces Group first met up with Dostum last October, when its members were dropped by Chinook helicopter at his mountain redoubt. The 595 A-team coordinated the Northern Alliance assaults upon Mazar and later Kunduz. Harding reports that this unit paid repeated visits to Sheberghen prison. Reportedly, a dust-covered Special Forces vehicle pulled up 500 meters away from where Dostum's bulldozers were burying the Taliban prisoners who had been executed.' Meer verhalen kunt u hier lezen: http://www.cursor.org/stories/vietnam_redux.htm En hier: http://www.islamawareness.net/Persecution/Afghanistan/stop.html
Onze bondgenoot in de 'war on terror' mag martelen. Turkisch Press bericht: '''War on terror'' trials could allow evidence obtained through torture. GUANTANAMO BAY US NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AFP)
US military officers, breaking with domestic and international legal precedent, said that "war on terror" military tribunals at the Guantanamo naval base could allow evidence obtained through torture.
The US military officer presiding over the trial of an alleged aide to Osama bin Laden said he was not ready to rule out such evidence.
The officer, who wields power similar to a judge, was asked by the defense lawyer representing Ali Hamza Ahmad al-Bahlul, a Yemeni accused of plotting terror attacks for bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, if he was ready to exclude all evidence secured through torture. After a long pause, Colonel Peter Brownback declined to commit to a blanket ban on evidence obtained as a result of torture.
"What you and I mean by torture could be different," Brownback told defense lawyer Major Tom Fleener. He said "a red-hot needle in the eye" constitutes torture but was not ready to commit to a prohibition in advance of the trial. "My personal belief is that torture is not good," he added. But he said it would depend on the circumstances and how the prosecution presented the evidence.' Lees verder:
http://www.turkishpress.com/nw.asp?s=i&i=060302072952.hmzo6xg1&t='War%20on%20terror'%20trials%20could%20allow%20evidence%20obtained%20through%20torture&sl=US-attacks-rights-trial-Guantanamo%204thlead Is er nu niemand in Nederland die de Nederlandse regering voor het gerecht wil dagen vanwege het direct en indirect meewerken aan martelingen? Want de door onze militairen gevangen genomen verdachten in Afghanistan lopen het grote gevaar door onze bondgenoot in de 'war on terror' te worden gemarteld.
Dear Congressman Hoekstra:
As a matter of conscience, I am returning the Intelligence Commendation Award medallion given me for "especially commendable service" during my 27-year career in CIA. The issue is torture, which inhabits the same category as rape and slavery - intrinsically evil. I do not wish to be associated, however remotely, with an agency engaged in torture.
Reports in recent years that CIA personnel were torturing detainees were highly disturbing. Confirmation of a sort came last fall, when CIA Director Porter Goss and Dick Cheney - dubbed by the Washington Post "Vice President for Torture" - descended on Sen. John McCain to demand that the CIA be exempted from his amendment's ban on torture. Subsequent reports implicated agency personnel in several cases of prisoner abuse in Iraq, including a few in which detainees died during interrogation.
The obeisance of CIA directors George Tenet and Porter Goss in heeding illegal White House directives has done irreparable harm to the CIA and the country - not to mention those tortured and killed. That you, as Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, show more deference to the White House than dedication to your oversight responsibilities under the Constitution is another profound disappointment. How can you and your counterpart, Sen. Pat Roberts, turn a blind eye to torture - letting some people get away, literally, with murder - and square that with your conscience?
If German officials who were ordered to do such things in the 1930s had spoken out early and loudly enough, the German people might have been alerted to the atrocities being perpetrated in their name and tried harder to stop them. When my grandchildren ask, "What did you do, Grandpa, to stop the torture," I want to be able to tell them that I tried to honor my oath, taken both as an Army officer and an intelligence officer, to defend the Constitution of the United States - and that I not only spoke out strongly against the torture, but also sought a symbolic way to dissociate myself from it.
We Americans have become accustomed to letting our institutions do our sinning for us. I abhor the corruption of the CIA in the past several years, believe it to be beyond repair, and do not want my name on any medallion associated with it. Please destroy this one.
Yours truly, Ray McGovern' Lees verder:
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/030206A.shtml Meer over Ray McGovern:
http://faculty.schreiner.edu/tomwells/ray_mcgovern_bio.htm Beste Jan Tromp, wij als lezers van een krant in Nederland kunnen niet aanwezig zijn bij een dergelijke illustrerende gebeurtenis in Washington. Daar hebben we jou voor nodig of de progressieve journalisten van bijvoorbeeld Truthout die erover berichten, in tegenstelling tot de commerciele massamedia die erover zwijgen. De rest, over bijvoorbeeld India en Bush enzovoorts, kunnen we zelf wel van het internet plukken of zien we zelf wel op televisie. Laat die berichtgeving maar aan de grote persbureau's over, die beschikken over meer mensen en meer kennis en meer professionele propaganda. Maar aan de dwarsliggers, de oppositie op straat, de oprechte tegenstem besteden ze geen aandacht. Dat kun jij als 'onafhankelijke' journalist wel. Dus rennen Jan, naar McGovern die 27 jaar lang voor de CIA werkte en nu zijn medaille teruggeeft. D'r is iets aan de hand onder fatsoenlijke Amerikanen waarover we niets van jou vernemen. Aan de slag kerel. Het voetwerk. Met vriendelijke groet, je collega Stan van Houcke.
Dit schreef de Volkskrant correspondent in New York: 'Atoompact VS-India is ‘mijlpaal’. Van onze correspondent Jan Tromp. NEW YORK. Met opmerkelijke welwillendheid is internationaal gereageerd op een Amerikaans-Indiase overeenkomst die India enerzijds in staat stelt zijn nucleaire opwekking van energie fors uit te breiden, en anderzijds geen regels stelt aan het kernwapenprogramma van het land. Wel zal India inspectie toestaan van een aantal kernreactoren dat het land als niet-militaire objecten heeft aangemerkt.' Lees verder:
http://www.volkskrant.nl/buitenland/article236008.ece En dit schreef de correspondent in India van de Britse kwaliteitskrant de Independent: 'White House criticised for agreeing to share nuclear technology with India. By Justin Huggler in Delhi. President George Bush has finalised a deal to share nuclear technology with India even as the US leads international attempts to rein in the nuclear programme of Iran… Critics argue that it amounts to rewarding India - which has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty - for developing its own nuclear weapons in defiance of world opinion… Many observers believe the deal is also partly motivated by the US desire to make India a strategic ally, a counterweight to the growing power of China.' Lees verder: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article348911.ece Wie dichter bij de waarheid zit blijkt al snel als u beide artikelen leest. Bovendien valt dan meteen op wie van de twee correspondenten de feiten in een bredere contect zet, waardoor het nieuws ook begrijpelijker wordt. Jan Tromp moet zijn huiswerk doen. Nu past zijn berichtgeving naadloos in de propaganda tegen bijvoorbeeld Iran. De VS wil Iran gaan bombarderen in verband met nucleair onderzoek, terwijl India die daarwerkelijk nuclaire wapens bezit geholpen wordt door de VS. Dat wringt. Hoe zou dat toch komen Janneman? Bovendien verwoordde Nobelprijswinnaar en directeur-generaal van de International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei het treffend toen hij in 2003 zei: 'The very existence of nuclear weapons gives rise to the pursuit of them. They are seen as a source of global influence, and are valued for their perceived deterrent effect. And as long as some countries possess them (or are protected by them in alliances) and others do not, this asymmetry breeds chronic global insecurity.' Bovendien had Jan Tromp ook het verhelderende rapport 'Het Nucleaire Non-Proliferatieregime' erop na kunnen slaan van onze eigen Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken, een raad bestaande uit deskundigen die de Nederlandse regering adviseren. In dat rapport staat op pagina 33: 'Het voornemen van de Amerikaanse regering om India te helpen bij de opbouw van zijn civiele nucleaire industrie, druist in tegen het bestaande non-proliferatieregime.' Iets waarop onder andere Duitsland en Nederland fel tegen zijn. Maar ook die tellen voor onze Jan Tromp van de Volkskrant niet mee, want hij checkt de feiten niet. Zie daarvoor: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2006/01/jan-tromp-van-de-volkskrant.html
donderdag 2 maart 2006
Sidney Blumenthal schrijft in Salon. Com over het opperhoofd van onze bondgenoten in de 'war on terror': 'A deluded king and his court lickspittles. Cut off from reality and surrounded by flatterers like Rice and Cheney, Bush clings to grandiose illusions of heroism. Bush's immovability was previously perceived as the determination of a man of simple but clear convictions. But as his policies have unfolded as disastrous, his image has been turned inside out. Instead of being perceived as secure, he is seen as out of touch; instead of being acknowledged as a colossus striding events, he is viewed as driftwood carried away by the flood. Within the sanctum of the White House, his aides often handle him with flattery. They tell him that he is among the greatest presidents, that his difficulties are testimony to his greatness, that his refusal to change is also a sign of his greatness. The more is he flattered, the more he approves of the flatterer. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has risen along with her current of flattery. She is expert at the handwritten little note extolling his historical radiance. Karen Hughes, now undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, was a pioneer of the flatterer's method. White House legal counsel Harriet Miers is also adept. But it is Vice President Dick Cheney who has sought and gained the most through flattery. While Bush is constantly and lavishly complimented as supreme leader, Cheney runs the show. Through his chief of staff, David Addington, he controls most of the flow of information, especially on national security, that reaches the incurious president. Bush seeks no contrary information or independent sources. He does not delve into the recesses of government himself, as Presidents Kennedy and Clinton did. He never demands worst-case scenarios. Cheney and his team oversee the writing of key decision memos before Bush finally gets to check the box indicating approval.' Lees verder:
We urge you, members of the international community, to take a stand on this urgent humanitarian issue. We call on you and your governments to intervene immediately and demand Israel's compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law and to ensure these violations of Palestinian children's rights cease at once.' Ondertussen blijft Europa de terreur van de 'joodse natie' financieel en militair steunen. Vervolgens is men verbaasd zodra de Arabische wereld in woede uitbarst. Europa is niet in staat zich in de positie van de vernederden en onderdrukten te verplaatsen. Dat heeft het nooit gekunt. Alleen hebben de Arabieren nu de rol van de Joden gekregen. Tot het straks te laat is. Zie:
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/030106Y.shtml De video-opnamen zijn hier te zien:
Dit is Tzipi Livni, de Israelische minister van Buitenlandse Zaken. Ze is een extremiste en dochter van een terrorist. De Independent bericht: 'Israeli 'ruler-in-waiting' plans to starve Hamas. She is already being spoken of as an Israeli leader in waiting. Today the Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni brings to London the campaign to destabilise the incoming Hamas Palestinian government by starving it of cash.
Israel's policy - described by a spokesman as putting "the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger" - has left London feeling squeamish. Tony Blair and Jack Straw will today undoubtedly show solidarity with Israel, saying Britain is not in the business of funding terrorists. But in private there is anguish that the policy will bring malnutrition to innocent Palestinians and punish them for taking part in a democratic election. The Palestinians are completely dependent on foreign aid for their survival and Israel's campaign to put 3.6 million people on starvation rations is foreboding…Ms Livni, 47, has made a considerable political journey from her early support for a Greater Israel to realisation that the country cannot remain a democracy while occupying Palestinian lands and ruling over a population that despises it. A teenager born to a nationalist family, she was nearly arrested for violently protesting against Henry Kissinger's ill-fated shuttle diplomacy. Despite her closely held dream of a Greater Israel, she maintains that she has long been a centrist on the national question. Raised in a hardline Likud household, Ms Livni has an ideological pedigree that is hard to top… "My family is part of the founding history of Israel," she has said. Her father's gravestone bears the inscription, "Here lies the head of operations of the Irgun" - refering to a pre-independence military organisation set up to fight the British and the Arabs. The stone also bears a carved map of Greater Israel extending to the opposite side of the Jordan river. A former Mossad officer, Ms Livni is the daughter of Zionists - classified as terrorists by the British authorities. Her father, Eitan, was the Irgun's head of operations when it blew up the King David hotel in Jerusalem in 1946, killing 28 Britons, 41 Arabs, 17 Jews and five others. The subsequent wave of terror attacks he led outraged British public opinion, leading the government to abandon the Palestinian Mandate and turn the problem over to the UN, with disastrous consequences for the Palestinians.' Lees verder:
woensdag 1 maart 2006
Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, who is accompanying George Bush on a visit to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan that begins today, said in January that hundreds of diplomats would be moved from Europe and Washington to Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
The shift of Washington's diplomatic weight comes after a Pentagon report last month which envisaged a "long war" against terrorism in which a major propaganda effort would be needed to win hearts and minds in the Muslim world. The Associated Press news agency has obtained a list of the proposed changes. The new postings indicate the countries identified by Washington as economic and political rivals or partners, such as China and India, as well as potential flashpoints… The increase in diplomats in China is an acknowledgement by Washington not only of its importance but its possible military threat to US interests in the Pacific Rim countries and elsewhere in Asia, and the danger posed by unresolved territorial issues such as Taiwan.
The other priority for the US is India, not least as a counterbalance to China. Relations between the US and India have frequently been strained since independence, with New Delhi a leader of the Non-Aligned Movement and often closer to Moscow than to Washington.' Lees verder:
Onze bondgenoot in de 'war on terror' is herhaaldelijk vergeefs gewaarschuwd voor het gevaar van een burgeroorlog in Irak. Ook John Negroponte, die het Latijns-Amerikaans terrorisme tegen de Nicaraguaanse bevolking financierde, wist van dat gevaar. Het Amerikaanse persbureau Knight Ridder bericht: 'Intelligence agencies warned about growing local insurgency in late 2003. U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the White House beginning more than two years ago that the insurgency in Iraq had deep local roots, was likely to worsen and could lead to civil war, according to former senior intelligence officials who helped craft the reports. Among the warnings, Knight Ridder has learned, was a major study, called a National Intelligence Estimate, completed in October 2003 that concluded that the insurgency was fueled by local conditions - not foreign terrorists- and drew strength from deep grievances, including the presence of U.S. troops. The existence of the top-secret document, which was the subject of a bitter three-month debate among U.S. intelligence agencies, has not been previously disclosed to a wide public audience. The reports received a cool reception from Bush administration policymakers at the White House and the office of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, according to the former officials, who discussed them publicly for the first time. President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld and others continued to describe the insurgency as a containable threat, posed mainly by former supporters of Saddam Hussein, criminals and non-Iraqi terrorists - even as the U.S. intelligence community was warning otherwise. Robert Hutchings, the chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 2003 to 2005, said the October 2003 study was part of a "steady stream" of dozens of intelligence reports warning Bush and his top lieutenants that the insurgency was intensifying and expanding. "Frankly, senior officials simply weren't ready to pay attention to analysis that didn't conform to their own optimistic scenarios," Hutchings said in a telephone interview. The office of Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte declined Tuesday to comment for this article.' Lees verder:
Democracy Now bericht over onze bondgenoot in de 'war on terror': 'The U.S. government has agreed to pay an Egyptian man $300,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the man was illegally detained during the round-up of hundreds of Arab and Muslim men inside the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks. The man, Ehab Elmaghraby, was detained on Sept. 30, 2001. Federal agents came to his apartment in Queens New York in search of his landlord who - years earlier - had applied for pilot training. Even though he wasn't the original target of the investigation, Elmaghraby was detained. He would spend nearly the next year in jail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. In the end, Elmaghraby was deported after pleading guilty to the white-collar crime of credit card fraud. But for his year in detention he was treated like a wanted terrorist. He was kept in a maximum security section of the jail reserved almost exclusively for Muslim or Arab men. Conditions were so bad that the New York Daily News described the site as "Brooklyn's Abu Ghraib." According to a lawsuit filed by Elmaghraby, he was beaten by prison guards. Threatened with death. Accused of being a terrorist. Repeatedly stripped search. Dragged on the ground while chained and shackled. Denied basic necessities like a mattress, pillow and toilet paper. In one instance, he accused, a prison guard of making him bleed after a guard inserted a flashlight into him rectum. At other times they used pencils. Elmaghraby wasn't alone in claiming abuse inside the Metropolitan Detention Center. Two years ago the Justice Department's Inspector General Glenn Fine issued a damning report implicating 20 guards in carrying out widespread abuse against the jailed men. The report read, "Some officers slammed and bounced detainees against the wall, twisted their arms and hands in painful ways, stepped on their leg restraint chains and punished them by keeping them restrained for long periods of time." The government actually videotaped much of the abuse but has so far resisted calls for it to be publicly released. However the public has seen images from the video showing the prison guards beating detainees. The $300,000 settlement is believed to mark the first time the government has agreed to pay out money to a Muslim or Arab man jailed in the post 9/11 sweeps. Other lawsuits remain pending in court.' U kunt via deze link naar de uitzending luisteren: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/01/1446254
De Verenigde Staten saboteert een nieuwe VN-overeenkomst betreffende de bescherming van de mensenrechten. De New York Times bericht: 'US Causes Delay in UN Vote on New Rights Council. United Nations - U.S. opposition to a draft resolution on a new U.N. Human Rights Council led to a delay of a General Assembly vote this week and intense consultations on Tuesday on whether to reopen the text. Jan Eliasson, president of the 191-member General Assembly, who drew up the resolution, said a majority of U.N. members supported the draft and warned new talks might endanger the entire effort. A renegotiation, he said, "most probably would lead to a result which is far below what we already have achieved." He told reporters he had wanted a vote as soon as possible, preferably this week "but we now have a situation where we have a clear message about going ahead and for that I need to continue my consultations." U.S. Ambassador John Bolton announced on Monday that Eliasson's resolution, circulated last week, had "manifold deficiencies" and did not ensure that major human rights violators would be banned from the new rights council. Bolton said he was under instructions from Washington to reopen talks or postpone a decision for several months on a new rights body, which is to expose abusers and help nations draw up human rights legislation. Eliasson and leading rights groups, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, fear reopening talks would lead to line by line negotiations, with amendments from nations opposed to a strong rights council. "I don't think there's anything wrong with line by line negotiations," Bolton told reporters on Tuesday. He also said he was concerned about a provision saying nations could only serve two consecutive three-year terms, then take a break before running again. "My concern now with the term limits is that America would go off, and I think that would be to the detriment of the process," Bolton said.' Lees verder: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/news/news-un-rights-usa.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Of: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/030106M.shtml
De man op de voorgrond is John Negroponte, de huidige 'director of National Intelligence,' die als Amerikaans diplomaat in Honduras de doodseskaders hun werk liet doen en deze terroristen bovendien financierde in hun strijd tegen de progressieve democratisch gekozen regering van de Sandinisten in het naburige Nicaragua. De Washington Post bericht: 'Growing Threat Seen In Afghan Insurgency. DIA Chief Cites Surging Violence in Homeland
The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency told Congress yesterday that the insurgency in Afghanistan is growing and will increase this spring, presenting a greater threat to the central government's expansion of authority "than at any point since late 2001." "Despite significant progress on the political front, the Taliban-dominated insurgency remains a capable and resilient threat," Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples said in a statement presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee at its annual hearing on national security threats.
Appearing with Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte, Maples said attacks within Afghanistan were up 20 percent between 2004 and 2005, suicide bombings increased "almost fourfold" and use of makeshift bombs, similar to those used in Iraq, had "more than doubled."
Negroponte, in his prepared remarks, acknowledged that "the volume and geographic scope of attacks increased last year," but he added, "the Taliban and other militants have not been able to stop the democratic process" being undertaken by the central government of President Hamid Karzai.' Lees verder: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/28/AR2006022800874.html?referrer=email Meer over Johnny Negroponte, de bondgenoot van de Nederlandse regering in de 'war on terror': 'And that is why the appointment of John Negroponte as DNI has raised eyebrows inside and outside of Washington. At the time, in a previous incarnation as a diplomat in Honduras between 1981 and 1985, Negroponte turned a blind eye to atrocities and political assassinations carried out by US-funded Contra fighters during the illegal war against Nicaragua's Sandinista government. Throughout the period, Honduras receive huge funding and military assistance from the US in what CIA director William Casey called "the ultimate covert operation" which culminated in the discredited "Irangate" policy of channeling funds and weapons through Israel and Iran. According to Human Rights Watch, Negroponte and other US officials "looked the other way when serious atrocities were committed". Although Negroponte has denied involvement in the scandal and described the allegations as "old hat" when he was appointed ambassador to the UN in summer 2001, the Contra scandal is one of the most shameful episodes in US diplomatic history. Backed by the US, albeit secretly, Honduran forces were accused of torture and assassination and Contra fighters were repeatedly discovered perpetrating atrocities on civilians. When the scandal was revealed, it was discovered that CIA teams had instructed the Contras in the art of political assassination as well as taking part in the illegal mining of Nicaraguan ports. According to critics, all this would have been known to Negroponte but he kept his silence and the cover was not blown until October 1986, when Sandanista forces shot down a CIA aircraft carrying arms to Contra forces inside Nicaragua.' Lees verder: http://www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/headlines05/0220-02.htm In elk geval weten we nu precies wie onze bondgenoot is in de zogeheten strijd tegen het terrorisme.
Members of the organization have begun documenting their demonstrations due to past experiences with violence. “We have recordings of an army commander who said that he doesn’t want the situation to turn violent, and who tried to calm things down, saying not to shoot. But a Border Police is also heard saying ’shoot everyone one of them with a rubber bullet.’ When I was shot I was standing with three people, within around a 20 meter range from a Border Police force. We said: ‘Don’t shoot, we are not threatening you and we are not endangering you,’ but they opened fire, and also directed it to the head, violating all of their rules of engagement. I felt the impact in the eye, and with the remainder of my strength, I managed to run from them. My entire hand and head were filled with blood,” said Cohen.' Lees verder: http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2006/02/25/injured-anti-fence-anarchist-speaks-out/
De oorlogsstaat heeft een tekort aan kanonnenvoer. (Ook daarom moeten de NAVO-bondgenoten van onze bondgenoot in de 'war on terror' de klus gaan overnemen.) De Herald Tribune bericht: 'America's principal ground fighting force is stretched to breaking point. Both the active and reserve components of the U.S. Army have nearly reached their recruiting limits in strength, given attitudes in America. Fighting international terrorism simply does not have the same appeal for the post-Baby Boom generation as fighting fascism did for the generation of World War II. Understanding that the draft was no longer viable in the post-Vietnam era, the army leadership developed the All Volunteer Army in the 1970s in order to meet the defense challenges of the late 20th century, which were mostly short- term conflicts. This approach served well in Grenada, Panama and the first Gulf War. That same leadership also foresaw future situations involving protracted conflict, and determined that the army would only go into prolonged combat with the National Guard and army reserves fighting alongside the active component. The army felt that this would not only assure that manpower would be available for land warfare contingencies, but also that civilian soldiers would share the sacrifices required, thus giving some pause to the White House prior to making the decision to commit forces to combat. This arrangement has managed to delay the onset of manpower shortages in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it has not resolved the issue, and potential for conflict in Iran or Syria or elsewhere only exacerbates the problem. The United States does not have enough ground troops now, and the pace being set poses a grave risk to the army in terms of both morale and readiness. Some propose that the United States resolve this problem by simply getting out of both Iraq and Afghanistan unconditionally. But most Americans with any logical strategic perspective of U.S. defense interests know that such a decision would be seen as a victory for international terrorism, bolstering our enemy's image and morale in a major way, enabling them to recruit more volunteers, and encouraging them to strike us again elsewhere. So we must remain committed until Iraq and Afghanistan can shoulder their own internal defense burdens. There can be no repeat of a Vietnam-type face-saving withdrawal in this conflict. The stakes are simply too high.' Lees verder:
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Ondanks de onvoorstelbare chaos die in het Midden Oosten is veroorzaakt door onze bondgenoot in de 'war on terror' blijft de Nederlandse regering dit terreurbeleid onverstoorbaar steunen. Democracy Now bericht: 'The Washington Post is reporting 1,300 Iraqis have died in violence since Wednesday’s bombing of the Askariya shrine in Samara. In his first interview since returning from Iraq, John Pace, the human rights chief for the the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, reacts to the mass killings on the ground. Pace says he believes the U.S. has violated the Geneva Conventions, is fueling the violence through its raids on Iraqi homes and is holding thousands of detainees that are for the most part innocent of any crimes. We turn now to the War in Iraq. In the latest news at least 31 people have been killed and 75 wounded in three bomb blasts in Baghdad. The attacks come a day after the lifting of a daytime curfew imposed to curb widespread violence over the past few days. The Washington Post is reporting 1,300 Iraqis have died over the past week making this one of the bloodiest periods since the U.S. invaded the country nearly three years ago. The mass killings began on Wednesday after a bomb destroyed the gold dome of the Askariya shrine in Samarra - one of the holiest sites to Shiite Muslims. While the bloodshed appears to have at least temporarily subsided, the outbreak of violence last week has raised new concerns about where Iraq is headed. Most of those killed in the past week did not die in roadside bombings or suicide attacks but at the hands of militias and death squads including some units working out of the Ministry of the Interior. The Washington Post published this dispatch out of Baghdad: "Hundreds of unclaimed dead lay at the morgue at midday Monday -- blood-caked men who had been shot, knifed, garroted or apparently suffocated by the plastic bags still over their heads. Many of the bodies were sprawled with their hands still bound." Meanwhile the Independent of London is reporting that hundreds of Iraqis are being tortured to death or summarily executed every month in Baghdad by death squads working out of the Ministry of the Interior. John Pace, Former U.N. Human Rights Chief, Iraq. Up until earlier this month he was the human rights chief for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq. He has worked at the United Nations since 1966 and is the former Secretary to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. He joins us on the phone from his home in Sydney Australia. AMY GOODMAN: It is good to have you with us. First, your reaction to what has taken place in these last few days in Iraq. JOHN PACE: Well, I'm not surprised at all, as a matter of fact, because we have been trying to explain to the world at large that there has been a generalized deterioration in the situation of protection of people in Iraq. There is a breakdown of law and order which is characterized by, technically by the nonfunctioning of the police, of the judiciary, and of the penitentiary institutions. Not to mention the military intervention and the various other factors that provoke a breakdown in protection in Baghdad and most of the country. So I think it is a problem related to the relay of accurate information on the -- how serious the situation is in regard to the person in the street in Iraq. The ordinary Iraqi. Who has absolutely no protection whatsoever from the state or from the authorities.' De uitzending van Democracy Now kunt u hier beluisteren:
Het gaat allang niet meer om islam of christendom en ook niet om democratie versus dictatuur, patriottisme of landverraad speelt geen enkele rol van betekenis. Waar het om draait is geld en vriendjespolitiek en corruptie. De Bush familie en de Bin Laden familie onderhouden niet alleen vriendschappelijke betrekkingen maar hebben ook hechte financiele banden. En niet alleen deze families zijn onlosmakelijk met elkaar verbonden. De nieuwe rijken uit het oude Zuiden van de Verenigde Staten, die van beneden de Mason-Dixon lijn, zijn in zee gegaan met de moreel en financieel al even corrupte nieuwe rijken uit de Golfstaten en Saoedie-Arabie. De Amerikaanse auteur William Rivers Pitt schrijft in Truthout over de rel rond de verkoop van Amerikaanse havens aan de nieuwe rijken van de Verenigde Arabische Republieken: 'this UAE deal is also about standard issue straight-out-of-central-casting Bush administration cronyism. Two major players in the establishment of this deal were John Snow and David Sanborn. Snow, the Treasury Secretary, was chairman of the CSX railroad firm before joining the administration. In 2004, CSX sold its international port operations to Dubai Ports World, the UAE-backed company tapped to run our ports, for $1.15 billion. Sanborn used to run Dubai Ports World's European and Latin American operations. He was tapped last month by Bush to head the US Maritime Administration. Convenient, that. So there's some economics, some national security concern, and some good old fashioned insider horse trading going on here, but none of these alone or combined tells the whole story here. The administration has swallowed a 45-day "review" of this deal, so as to temporarily avoid the need for Bush to veto any legislation blocking it, and so as to avoid the very real possibility that his veto could be overridden in Congress. In the interim, we can take a look at what is truly motivating the noise surrounding this issue. The true basis of the scandal is based upon two things: politics, and the boomerang. The politics part is easy. Democrats, ever fretting over looking "weak" on national security, are going full hawk on this deal to make Bush and Congressional Republicans look weak on the issue of protecting America. Given the fact that very few Americans know much of anything about how our ports are managed - it bears noting that a large number of our ports are already managed by foreign countries like China and Singapore - it is a tactic that has some traction. There is also a legitimate security concern that cannot be overlooked. The deal, when originally announced, had Dubai Ports World taking control of six major ports. In point of fact, DP World will be taking control of 21 American ports: 11 on the East Coast from Portland, Maine to Miami, Florida, and 10 on the Gulf Coast, from Gulfport, Mississippi, to Corpus Christi, Texas. Calls to ensure that security will not be compromised in this process are well founded.' Lees verder: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/022806Z.shtml
Dit is de Australische academicus Gideon Polya uit Melbourne. Mijn kameraad en hoofdredacteur van de Humanist Boudewijn Chorus stuurde me een email van dr. Polya met daarin een formele aanklacht die deze wiskundige heeft ingediend bij het Internationaal Strafhof in Den Haag. Een aanklacht vanwege oorlogsmisdaden begaan door de onder aanvoering van de Verenigde Staten in Irak en Afghanistan opererende coalitietroepen. 'On 14 October 2004 I made a formal complaint against the Australian Government and its Coalition allies over war crimes in Iraq, specifically illegal invasion and subsequent horrendous civilian mortality in contravention of international law (for details of this complaint and a prior complaint sent to the 2 dozen top law officers of Australia see: http://www.newscentralasia.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1019). Since that complaint was made, it can be estimated from the latest UNICEF reports (see: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/index.html) that a further 560,000 under-5 year old infants have died in US Coalition-occupied Iraq and Afghanistan in gross contravention of the Geneva Conventions for the protection of civilians in time of war (1949). I am accordingly renewing and extending my formal complaint of egregious war crimes against the US-led Coalition leaders responsible for (1) the irresponsible and illegal invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; (2) deliberate conduct of military operations to minimize politically-sensitive invading military deaths at the expense of the lives of utterly innocent civilians; (3) subsequent horrendous civilian mortality in these occupied countries in gross contravention of the Geneva Conventions (1949); and (4) collateral damage involving mass mortality elsewhere in the world as a consequence of Coalition actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.' Lees verder:
http://www.countercurrents.org/us-polya211205.htm Meer over dr. Polya kunt u op zijn website lezen: http://www.sulekha.com/blogs/blogdisplay.aspx?contributor=Dr.%20Gideon%20Polya
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