zaterdag 1 april 2006
We'll discuss some of the issues raised with the former Judge Advocate General for the US Army who is also a decorated combat veteran.' Zie: http://informationclearinghouse.info/article12552.htm
He was recently voted the world's number one intellectual in a poll by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines. We're talking about Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the foremost critics of U.S. foreign policy. Professor Chomsky has just released a new book titled "Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy." [includes rush transcript] It examines how the United States is beginning to resemble a failed state that cannot protect its citizens from violence and has a government that regards itself as beyond the reach of domestic or international law.
In the book, Professor Noam Chomsky presents a series of solutions to help rescue the nation from turning into a failed state. They include: Accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and the World Court; Sign the Kyoto protocols on global warming; Let the United Nations take the lead in international crises; Rely on diplomatic and economic measures rather than military ones in confronting terror; and Sharply reduce military spending and sharply increase social spending.In his first broadcast interview upon the publication of his book, Professor Noam Chomsky joins us today from Boston for the hour.´ Lees verder of luister
vrijdag 31 maart 2006
A black reporter from a Fox TV news affiliate, visibly stunned, whispers: "Wow! That guy's pretty opinionated." Clearly such talk, even three years after the Iraq invasion, is still rare. This, after all, is the Deep South and this soldier less than a year ago was proudly serving his nation in Iraq. The soldier was engaged in no ordinary protest. Over five days earlier this month, around 200 veterans, military families and survivors of hurricane Katrina walked 130 miles from Mobile, Alabama, to New Orleans to mark the third anniversary of the Iraq war. At its vanguard, Iraq Veterans Against the War, a group formed less than two years ago, whose very name has aroused intense hostility at the highest levels of the US military. Mobile is a grand old southern naval town, clinging to the Gulf Coast. The stars and stripes flutter from almost every balcony as the soldiers parade through the town, surprising onlookers. As they begin their soon-to-be-familiar chants - "Bush lied, many died!" - some shout "traitor", or hurl less polite terms of abuse. Elsewhere, a black man salutes as a blonde, middle-aged woman, emerging from a supermarket car park, cries out, "Take it all the way to the White House!" and offers the peace sign. Michael Blake is at the front of the march. The 22-year-old from New York state is not quite sure how he ended up in the military; the child of "a feminist mom and hippy dad", he says he signed up thinking that he would have an adventure, never imagining that he would find himself in Iraq. He served from April 2003 to March 2004, some of that time as a Humvee driver. Deeply disturbed by his experience in Iraq, he filed for conscientious objector status and has been campaigning against the war ever since. He claims that US soldiers such as him were told little about Iraq, Iraqis or Islam before serving there; other than a book of Arabic phrases, "the message was always: 'Islam is evil' and 'They hate us.' Most of the guys I was with believed it." Blake says that the turning point for him came one day when his unit spent eight hours guarding a group of Iraqi women and children whose men were being questioned. He recalls: "The men were taken away and the women were screaming and crying, and I just remember thinking: this was exactly what Saddam used to do - and now we're doing it." Becoming a peace activist, he says, has been a "cleansing" experience. "I'll never be normal again. I'll always have a sense of guilt." He tells us that he witnessed civilian Iraqis being killed indiscriminately. It would not be the most startling admission by the soldiers on the march.' Lees verder:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1741942,00.html Of: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/033006K.shtml
donderdag 30 maart 2006
Zo schrijft de Volkskrant over de annexatie van nog meer Palestijns gebied: 'Met zo'n coalitie kan Olmert een begin maken aan zijn plan voor een gedeeltelijke terugtrekking uit de Westoever. De verkiezingen hadden het karakter van een referendum over Olmerts voorstel Israël binnen vier jaar af te scheiden van de Palestijnen.' En zo schrijft de NRC over de rechtse Olmert: 'Hij weet ook dat zijn voornemen om unilateraal de grenzen te bepalen en een eind te maken aan de bezetting van de Westelijke Jordaanoever op brede steun kan rekenen.' Dus: 'Gedeeltelijke terugtrekking,' en 'eind maken aan de bezetting,' om maar te voorkomen dat de werkelijkheid duidelijk wordt, te weten het nog meer annexeren van Palestijns land door Israel en het feitelijk onmogelijk maken van een levensvatbare Palestijnse staat. Bovendien verzuimen de commerciele massamedia om de geschiedenis van deze landdiefstal te beschrijven. Hier een fragment van Al Jazeera: 'in Resolution 181, the United Nations adopted a definition of Israel's borders in the form of a ‘Partition Resolution’ that assigned approximately 53 percent of the land mass of historic Palestine exclusively to the then 5.6 percent of the resident population adhering to the Jewish religion... UN Partition Plan to the Palestinians: 47 percent of the 100 percent. Oslo Agreement to the Palestinians: 22 percent of the 100 percent Former Israel Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s offer to the Palestinians: 80 percent of 22 percent Under Sharon’s ‘Peace Plan’ to the Palestinians in 2000, as well as the ‘Road Map’ of 2002, the Palestinians were offered 42 percent of 80 percent of 22 percent of 100 percent of the land, calculated to be 7.4 percent of the initial 100 percent of land, on condition that:
1. Palestinians stop resistance to the occupation, 2. Refugees give up their right of return to their ancestral homes, 3. Palestinians agree to only elect officials acceptable to Bush and Sharon, 4. Palestinians do not object to the ‘wall’ that Sharon is building, 5. Palestinians agree not to claim Jerusalem as their capital.' En hoeveel procent Olmert gaat stelen is nog niet precies bekend. Maar wat wel duidelijk is dat de voorstelling van zaken door de Nederlandse kranten een farce is. Lees verder:
http://www.aljazeerah.info/Opinion%20editorials/2003%20Opinion%20Editorials/December/15%20o/Palestinian%20right%20to%20self-determination%20By%20Lia%20Syed.htm Het meest hypocriete is misschien wel dat de Westerse wereld deze voortgaande verovering van Palestijns land beloont met politieke, militaire, economische en financiele steun aan Israel, terwijl de democratisch gekozen Hamas regering nu op al die gebieden wordt geboycot. Dat mag voor de ongeinformeerde Westerling logisch lijken, maar niet voor de drie honderd miljoen beter geinformeerde arabieren en de miljarden mensen in de Derde Wereld, die per definitie de kant van de underdog kiezen.
In December, undercover teams from the Government Accountability Office, Congress's audit arm, carried small amounts of cesium-137 -- a radioactive material used for cancer therapy, industrial gauges and well logging -- in the trunks of rental cars through border checkpoints in Texas and Washington state. The material triggered radiation alarms, but the smugglers used false documents to persuade U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors to let them through with it. "These are documents my 20-year-old son could easily develop with a simple Internet search," said Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), who chaired the hearing into covert nuclear threats before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee yesterday. "It is a problem when it is tougher to buy cold medicine than it is to acquire enough material to construct a dirty bomb." Jayson P. Ahern, an assistant commissioner for field operations for Customs and Border Protection, said U.S. customs officers were unable to confirm the validity of counterfeit Nuclear Regulatory Commission licenses presented by testers, but a system will be in place within 30 days to do so. "All our systems worked, and officers appeared to follow our protocols," Ahern said. "But the bottom line is the material was allowed in with questionable documents."' Lees verder:
woensdag 29 maart 2006
De Amerikaanse journalist Greg Mitchell schrijft: 'The War Reporter Who Turned Prophet on Iraq. Looking back at E&P's extensive commentary on media coverage of the Iraq war three years ago, I was struck again by how Chris Hedges stands out as a kind of seer. The longtime war reporter, who decided to sit this one out, was among the few who recognized that taking Baghdad would be the easy part. By Greg Mitchell (March 28, 2006) -- Looking back at E&P’s extensive, and often critical, commentary on media coverage of the Iraq war three years ago, I was struck again by how Chris Hedges stands out as a kind of prophet. The longtime war reporter, who decided to sit this one out, was among the few who recognized that taking Baghdad would be the easy part. Let's contrast it with the criminal incompetence of the U.S. war planners. That British memo recording President Bush's meeting with Prime Minister Blair two months before the war, in contrast, reveals that the two leaders expected an easy ride during the occupation with little sectarian violence. One thing Hedges said back then, in early April 2003, has stuck with me. I think it could go down, unfortunately, as the most prescient quote of the entire war. Speaking of what the U.S. was facing in an Iraq occupation, he said: “It reminds me of what happened to the Israelis after taking over Gaza, moving among hostile populations. It's 1967, and we've just become Israel.”E&P contributor Barbara Bedway interviewed Hedges during the run-up to the war in early 2003, and then during and just after the invasion. He was a logical source. Hedges had covered 12 wars, most recently for The New York Times, and was held for a week by the Iraqi Republican Guard during the Shiite uprising following the Gulf War. He also wrote the influential book, "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning."Even before the attack on Iraq, he warned of the limits of the embedding program, which discouraged independent reporting on the “other side,” the civilian toll, and the long-term obstacles to the success of any occupation. "Most reporters in war are part of the problem," he cautioned. "You always go out and look for that narrative, like the hometown hero, to give the war a kind of coherency that it doesn't have. “He also warned: “When the military has a war to win, everything gets sacrificed before that objective, including the truth." About a month into the occupation, in May 2003, he said: "We didn't ever discover how many civilian casualties occurred in the first Gulf War, and I doubt we'll ever know about this one." And: "We don't have a sense of what we have waded into here. The deep divisions among the varying factions could be extremely hard to bridge, and the historical and cultural roots are probably beyond the American understanding…. For occupation troops, everyone becomes the enemy."In his book, Hedges was prone to impassioned meditations on how the seductive attractions of war obscure its harsher truths, and that, even when necessary, it is a sickening, not a glorious, enterprise. He has said that he wrote the book because he feared that "we are losing touch with ourselves, with our role in the world, and with the danger such enthusiasm for war ultimately brings to our nation. … I wanted to lay bare war's contagion. And I wanted to do it now as we enter a new and volatile moment in our history, one where introspection is so necessary and so lacking."Bedway’s article from April 2, 2003, deserves another look. I’m not sure whether I should say “read it and weep” or “read it and learn.” It may be too late for the latter. Here are some excerpts from the article.*For Chris Hedges, the veteran journalist who has covered over a dozen conflicts around the globe, it's clear that the U.S. military's use of embedded reporters in Iraq has made the war easier to see and harder to understand. Yes, "print is doing a better job than TV," he observes. "The broadcast media display all these retired generals and charts and graphs, it looks like a giant game of Risk [the board game]. I find it nauseating." But even the print embeds have little choice but to "look at Iraq totally through the eyes of the U.S. military," he points out. "That's a very distorted and self-serving view." To Hedges, who is fluent in Arabic, this instantaneous "slice of war" reporting is bereft of context. Reporters have a difficult time interviewing Iraqi civilians, and many don't even try, he says: "We don't know what the Iraqis think." The reporters are "talking about a country and culture they know nothing about."Hedges believes the growing hostility between the Iraqis and Americans makes covering the war a far more dangerous job than reporters could have initially imagined: "My suspicion is that the Iraqis view it as an invasion and occupation, not a liberation. This resistance we are seeing may in fact just be the beginning of organized resistance, not the death throes of Saddam's fedayeen. I've witnessed how insurgencies build in other conflicts -- guerilla leaders [could appear] who are unknown to us now. They know the landscape. “It reminds me of what happened to the Israelis after taking over Gaza, moving among hostile populations. It's 1967, and we've just become Israel. I fear what happened there will happen here."The real "shock and awe" may be that we've been lulled into a belief that we can wage war cost-free, according to Hedges: "We feel we can fight wars and others will die and we won't. We lose track of what war is and what it can do to a society. The military had a great disquiet about the war plans, as far back as last fall. The press did not chase down that story."The best preparation for covering war does not lie in one-week boot camp training for journalists, Hedges says ruefully, but having a deep understanding of the humanities: "In seminary, we put so much time into studying human nature, how moral choices are made. I have a deep respect for Islam that I learned in seminary -- I don't look at Arabs as two-dimensional figures. I'm a great believer in the humanities. If you know Shakespeare, you know human nature."
Van Boudine Berkenbosch kreeg ik twee emails: 'Langzaam maar zeker komt de waarheid omtrent 9/11 aan het licht. Een bekende Amerikaanse acteur, Charlie Sheen, heeft verklaard dat hij niet gelooft in de officiële versie van 9/11. Zijn verklaring wordt niet alleen serieus genomen door Alex Jones, de LinksLiberale reporter van Prisonplanet. Zie: http://www.prisonplanet.com/index.html
Ook de CNN bemoeit zich er nu mee.
Vandaag stond op Prisonplanet:
At time of press Showbiz Tonight's CNN poll shows 84% support Charlie Sheen's comments on 9/11. This figure is rising and we expect it to go higher before the poll closes. Click here to vote yes and support Charlie Sheen.
Op National Geografic is steeds een magische reportage te zien over 9/11, waarop WTC 7 niet bestaat, dus ook niet instort, waarop brandweermannen geen bommen hebben horen afgaan in de Twin Towers en waarop het vliegtuigwrak van de Boeing 757 die zou zijn gecrashed in het Pentagon weliswaar onzichtbaar blijft, maar daar gaat het niet over. Volgens Prisonplanet is er een connectie tussen National Geografic en Skull&Bones.
Verder circuleren er op Internet reeds talloze video's waarop de aanslagen aan de hand van authentiek beeldmateriaal worden geanalyseerd. Op Scholars for 9/11 Truth kan men doorlinken naar een aantal van deze films. Vooral Loose Change 2nd Edition is een aanrader. Zie: http://www.st911.org/
Voor mensen die geen Amerikaans / Engels verstaan, is er deze link:
Op http://streaming.reopen911.org/video/PainfulDeceptions_dutch.html staat een anderhalf uur durende film over 9/11, met Nederlandse ondertiteling.
Met vriendelijke groet,
'De acteur Charlie Sheen wordt nu nagevolgd door andere Amerikaanse acteurs. Zij zeggen openlijk dat ze niet geloven in de officiële versie van 9/11. Een andere weblog waarmee ik correspondeer is http://johnito.blogspot.com/ Van daar kan men nu doorlinken naar de CNN-uitzending van Sheen en zo voort.
In de hoop dat de waarheid rond 9/11 spoedig aan het licht komt,
Met vriendelijke groet,
Zie ook: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2006/250306showbiztonightalex.htm
Given that, since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions have condemned Israel’s colonial and discriminatory policies as illegal and called for immediate, adequate and effective remedies, and
Given that all forms of international intervention and peace-making have until now failed to convince or force Israel to comply with humanitarian law, to respect fundamental human rights and to end its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine, and
In view of the fact that people of conscience in the international community have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions;
Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression,
We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace.
These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.' Lees verder:
The study concluded that in fact the Wall does have an extremely harmful impact on Palestinians living in the West Bank. Hundreds of exits from Palestinian communities to main and regional roads are blocked. Traffic among the enclaves is directed to secondary roads and a small number of main roads passing through Israel Army-controlled checkpoints. Entry to the Jordan Valley (in the east), Palestinian East Jerusalem and to various enclaves caught between the separation fence and the Green Line is barred to all Palestinians except those registered as residents of those areas. To enter such areas, special authorization to "non-residents" must be obtained, and it is rarely given. Palestinians are not allowed to drive their cars between the northern and southern West Bank (through the Abu Dis checkpoint east of Jerusalem). Private vehicular traffic to and from Nablus is prohibited. Passage by car through the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem is limited to bearers of Jerusalem residency cards, in cars with Israeli license plates. At the Zaatara checkpoint south of Nablus entry is frequently denied to all south-bound residents of the northern West Bank as part of the Israeli "differentiation" policy.
Palestinian farmers are losing large swaths of farmland, as Israel seizes the land by constructing the Annexation Wall as deep as 20 kilometers inside the border of the West Bank. Farmers have suffered tremendously from the Israeli annexation of land and destruction of water sources and orchards over the last several years. Over 1 million olive trees, the main source of livelihood for many Palestinian farmers, have been uprooted by Israeli soldiers and settlers, often with no reason given except ''security reasons''.' Lees verder: http://www.palestinecampaign.org/features.asp?d=y&ID=559
dinsdag 28 maart 2006
Uiteindelijk gaat het alleen om geld. Hier kunt u zien hoe miljarden aan belastinggeld werd gestolen door Amerikaanse bedrijven in Iraq. De Oorlogswinsten. 'Iraq's Missing Billions.
Exposed: How American Contractors With The Help Of U.S. Government Raped Iraq.
Dr Ali Fadhil, a 29 year old Iraqi doctor, investigates what has happened to billions of dollars worth of Iraqi money which was put into the care of the US led coalition to be spent for the benefit of Iraqi people on the reconstruction of their country. He uncovers a shocking story of fraud, incompetence and corruption, unscrupulous foreign contractors who made millions from dodgy contracts, and literally billions of dollars which cannot be properly accounted for.' Zie: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12499.htm
Among the conceits of our elite and media is the assumption that America, in the form that they wish to imagine it, is immortal. Part of this is the arrogance of the big, part comes from an admirable if naive faith in progress, part of it is pathological delusion. For a host of reasons, beginning with our own survival, it is long past time to permit the question to be raised: is America collapsing as a culture? It is easy to forget that history is strewn with the rubble of collapsed civilizations, entropic remains of once sturdy cultures, societies we now remember only thanks to a handful of artifacts guarded in museums. Our own country was built on the wreckage of Indian culture. Guatemalans use Timex watches rather than checking the Mayan Calendar. The European Union is a covert chapter of Empires Anonymous. And in the Peruvian desert there are huge spirals in the earth and straight lines that stretch for miles whose origins are totally forgotten. Some sixty years ago, anthropologist Alfred Kroeber noted that elements of a culture do die out, "dissolve away, disappear, and are replaced by new ones. The elements of the content of such cultures may have previously spread to other cultures and survive there. Or their place may be taken at home by elements introduced from abroad. Or they may survive, with or without modification, at home, in the different configuration that gradually takes the place of the old one as a successor culture." Thus even if American democracy dies here; pieces of it may survive somewhere else, or we may become the largest latino culture in the world and, in any event, the Thais may keep the faith of the Ipod alive regardless of what happens to us. As an example, Kroeber says that there came a time when the ancient Egyptians had clearly attained "the greatest military might, expansion, wealth, excellence of art and development of thought. The inherent patterns of their culture may be said to have been fully realized or to have been saturated then. After that, with pattern potentialities exhausted, there could be only diminished or devitalized repletion; unless the patterns can be reformulated in the direction of a new set of values - which would be equivalent to recasting the civilization into a new one or into a thoroughly new phase of one. This latter did not happen in Egypt; so more and more sluggish mechanical repetition within the realized but fully exhausted patterns became the universal vogue." Does this begin to sound a bit familiar?' Lees verder: http://prorev.com/quietstorm.htm
Time Magazine van deze week brengt een 'special report' over 'Global Warming,' een coverstory die als volgt begint: 'Be Worried. Be Very Worried. Climate change isn't some vague future problem - it's already damaging the planet at an alarming pace. Here's how it affects you, your kids and their kids as well. Earth at the tipping point. How China & India can help save the world - or destroy it.' Op een overzichtelijke manier wordt het opwarmen van de aarde en de klimaatverandering behandeld aan de hand van wetenschappelijke bevindingen. Sinds enige tijd bestaat er onder wetenschappers een wereldwijde consensus over de desastreuze gevolgen van de uitstoot van broeikasgassen. Dat moet de redactie van NRC.Next allemaal te depri in de oren hebben geklonken, want ze heeft een boekbespreking overgenomen van Salomon Kroonenberg, hoogleraar geologie aan de TU Delft, wereldberoemd in Nederland vanwege zijn recent verschenen boek 'De Menselijke Maat. De Aarde over Tienduizend Jaar,' waarin hij de blijde boodschap verkondigt dat onze verre nakomelingen over tienduizend jaar 'misschien juist blij zijn met het beetje extra broeikasgas dat wij aan de atmosfeer hebben toegevoegd. Want daardoor is de ijstijd waarin zij leven niet zo koud… We weten niet of het klimaat in het jaar 2100 warmer zal zijn dan nu.' Kortom, met zo'n forse dosis menselijke maat is Kroonenberg het type van tut,tut,ho,ho, doe maar normaal, dan doe je al gek genoeg. De professor doet mij denken aan Russische wetenschappers die onder het communisme voorspelden dat de vijfjarenplannen van het centraal comite geen ernstige gevolgen voor de natuur zouden hebben, terwijl ik met eigen ogen heb gezien hoe bijvoorbeeld het Aral Meer tot een fractie van zijn vroegere oppervlakte is teruggebracht en zo een ecologische ramp in Centraal Azie heeft veroorzakt. Salomon Kroonenberg heeft dezelfde instelling als de wetenschappers van het American Petroleum Institute, de denktank van de Amerikaanse olie-industrie, die mij vertelden dat van klimaatverandering geen sprake was. Kortom, hij is met zijn man-bijt-hond verhaal gefundenes Fressen voor de jeugdige lezers van NRC.Next, die als ambitieuze carrieristen geen tijd hebben om te lezen, en als ze al een keer een krant inkijken dan toch een beetje positief nieuws op prijs stellen. Je bent jong en je wilt wat, nietwaar. En dus opent de krant met het gerustellende 'Het einde der tijden is niet nabij.' Kroonenberg zelf beschrijft 'James Lovelocks "Gaia-theorie"' als 'een bedrieglijke voorstelling van de aarde als een ecosysteem dat zichzelf in evenwicht houdt,' zonder erbij te vermelden dat meer dan 1000 deskundigen op het gebied van de klimaatverandering afkomstig uit de gehele wereld in 2001 de zogeheten 'Verklaring van Amsterdam' ondertekenden dat als belangrijkste eerste uitgangspunt had: 'The Earth System behaves as a single, self-regulating system comprised of physical, chemical, biological and human components.' Dus precies datgene dat professor Lovelock al vele jaren eerder stelde tot verontwaardiging van de Delftse hoogleraar geologie. Al deze mensen zijn volgens Salomon Kroonenberg verschrikkelijk in de war en beseffen niet wat hij wel weet en dat is dat 'de aarde altijd verandert: dag en nacht, seizoenen, ijstijden, variaties in zonneactiviteit, allemaal processen waar de mens geen invloed opheeft.' Een ontdekking van Salomon die nog lang zal nadreunen in de wetenschappelijke wereld. Zijn geniaal inzicht moet haast wel de belangrijkste reden zijn geweest voor de kwaliteitskrant, die de nuance zoekt, om hem als boekbespreker in te huren.
The Pollution Gap. Report reveals how the world's poorer countries are forced to pay for the CO2 emissions of the developed nations. Over 70 million Africans and an even greater number of farmers in the Indian sub-continent will suffer catastrophic floods, disease and famine if the rich countries of the world fail to change their habits and radically cut their carbon emissions. The stark warning, contained in a private Government document commissioned by Gordon Brown, comes days ahead of an announcement that will show Tony Blair backing away from his promise to "lead internationally" on climate change. The Government has decided to delay setting targets for industry to cut carbon emissions until other EU governments set theirs. Previously, Mr Blair has made a virtue out of leading the way in Europe. The bleak facts on how climate change threatens the third world were laid out in a briefing paper drawn up this month by the Department for International Development. It pointed out that a quarter of Africa's population lives within 100km of the sea coast. As sea levels rises, when global warming melts the ice pack, the number of Africans at risk from coastal flooding will increase from one million in 1990 to 70 million in 2080. In India, rising temperatures could drive down farm incomes by as much as a quarter, while the cost to Bangladesh of changes in the climate could be more than half the £58bn that country has received in foreign aid. "It's the poorest people in the world who suffer from climate change, but they are the least responsible for it." John Magragh, of Oxfam, said yesterday. The report emphasises that - despite the recent focus on New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina - 94 per cent of all natural disasters, and 97 per cent of deaths from natural disasters, occur in the developing countries. All the work that aid agencies do to end hunger, improve education, combat disease, and close the gender gap will be jeopardised, the report warned. In Bihar, India, for example, flooding can shut schools across the state for three months of the year. Flooding caused by Hurricane Mitch brought a sixfold increase in cholera in Nicaragua. Mozambique's annual economic growth dropped from 8 per cent to 2 per cent in a year after a cyclone. The briefing paper was drawn up for a review ordered by Gordon Brown into the economic impact of climate change. It was made public after a request by the BBC made under the Freedom of Information Act. The review team, headed by Sir Nicholas Stern, will report in the autumn. Sir Nicholas has already warned that climate change could push millions back into poverty, or force them to migrate.' Lees verder:
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/032706EB.shtml Of: http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article353476.ece
Het Amerikaanse tijdschrift Time bericht: 'Be Worried. Be Very Worried: Polar Ice Caps Are Melting Faster Than Ever ... More and More Land Is Being Devastated By Drought ... Rising Waters Are Drowning Low-Lying Communities ... By Any Measure, Earth Is At ... The Tipping Point By Jeffrey Kluger Time
Sunday 26 March 2006
The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame. Why the crisis hit so soon - and what we can do about it. No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth. Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us. It certainly looked that way last week as the atmospheric bomb that was Cyclone Larry - a Category 5 storm with wind bursts that reached 180 m.p.h. - exploded through northeastern Australia. It certainly looked that way last year as curtains of fire and dust turned the skies of Indonesia orange, thanks to drought-fueled blazes sweeping the island nation. It certainly looks that way as sections of ice the size of small states calve from the disintegrating Arctic and Antarctic. And it certainly looks that way as the sodden wreckage of New Orleans continues to molder, while the waters of the Atlantic gather themselves for a new hurricane season just two months away. Disasters have always been with us and surely always will be. But when they hit this hard and come this fast - when the emergency becomes commonplace - something has gone grievously wrong. That something is global warming. The image of Earth as organism - famously dubbed Gaia by environmentalist James Lovelock - has probably been overworked, but that's not to say the planet can't behave like a living thing, and these days, it's a living thing fighting a fever. From heat waves to storms to floods to fires to massive glacial melts, the global climate seems to be crashing around us. Scientists have been calling this shot for decades. This is precisely what they have been warning would happen if we continued pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, trapping the heat that flows in from the sun and raising global temperatures. Environmentalists and lawmakers spent years shouting at one another about whether the grim forecasts were true, but in the past five years or so, the serious debate has quietly ended. Global warming, even most skeptics have concluded, is the real deal, and human activity has been causing it. If there was any consolation, it was that the glacial pace of nature would give us decades or even centuries to sort out the problem. But glaciers, it turns out, can move with surprising speed, and so can nature. What few people reckoned on was that global climate systems are booby-trapped with tipping points and feedback loops, thresholds past which the slow creep of environmental decay gives way to sudden and self-perpetuating collapse. Pump enough CO2 into the sky, and that last part per million of greenhouse gas behaves like the 212th degree Fahrenheit that turns a pot of hot water into a plume of billowing steam. Melt enough Greenland ice, and you reach the point at which you're not simply dripping meltwater into the sea but dumping whole glaciers. By one recent measure, several Greenland ice sheets have doubled their rate of slide, and just last week the journal Science published a study suggesting that by the end of the century, the world could be locked in to an eventual rise in sea levels of as much as 20 ft. Nature, it seems, has finally got a bellyful of us. "Things are happening a lot faster than anyone predicted," says Bill Chameides, chief scientist for the advocacy group Environmental Defense and a former professor of atmospheric chemistry. "The last 12 months have been alarming." Adds Ruth Curry of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts: "The ripple through the scientific community is palpable."' Lees verder: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1176980,00.html Of:http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/032706EA.shtml Een paar maanden geleden schreef ik een artikel over ons autisme, ons onvermogen om een dreigend gevaar te herkennen. Ik verwees daarbij naar de klimaatverandering. Twee tijdschriften weigerden dit artikel te publiceren. De Humanist en Vrij Nederland. Omdat hetgeen ik schreeef steeds actueler wordt heb ik het hier gelinkt onder teksten/de vogels: http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx Luister ook naar interview met James Lovelock: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2006/03/james-lovelock.html
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Het persbureau Reuters bericht: 'BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's security minister, a Shi'ite political ally of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, accused U.S. and Iraqi troops on Monday of killing 37 unarmed people in an attack on a mosque complex a day earlier."At evening prayers, American soldiers accompanied by Iraqi troops raided the Mustafa mosque and killed 37 people," Abd al-Karim al-Enzi, minister of state for national security, said."They were all unarmed. Nobody fired a single shot at them (the troops). They went in, tied up the people and shot them all. They did not leave any wounded behind," he told Reuters.Shi'ite politicians had earlier said 20 people were killed at the mosque. The U.S. military's account of Sunday evening's incident said Iraqi special forces with U.S. advisers killed 16 "insurgents", arrested 15 people and freed an Iraqi hostage. The military denied entering any mosque.' Zie:
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-03-27T131812Z_01_L27693156_RTRUKOC_0_US-IRAQ-MOSQUE-DAWA.xml Of: http://informationclearinghouse.info/article12515.htm
maandag 27 maart 2006
Joseph Massad is associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University. His recent book The Persistence of the Palestinian Question was published by Routledge. This article was first published in Al-Ahram Weekly's 23-29 March 2006 issue 'In the last 25 years, many Palestinians and other Arabs, in the United States and in the Arab world, have been so awed by the power of the US pro-Israel lobby that any study, book, or journalistic article that exposes the inner workings, the substantial influence, and the financial and political power of this lobby have been greeted with ecstatic sighs of relief that Americans finally can see the "truth" and the "error" of their ways.The underlying argument has been simple and has been told time and again by Washington's regime allies in the Arab world, pro-US liberal and Arab intellectuals, conservative and liberal US intellectuals and former politicians, and even leftist Arab and American activists who support Palestinian rights, namely, that absent the pro-Israel lobby, America would at worst no longer contribute to the oppression of Arabs and Palestinians and at best it would be the Arabs' and the Palestinians' best ally and friend.What makes this argument persuasive and effective to Arabs? Indeed, why are its claims constantly brandished by Washington's Arab friends to Arab and American audiences as a persuasive argument? I contend that the attraction of this argument is that it exonerates the United States' government from all the responsibility and guilt that it deserves for its policies in the Arab world and gives false hope to many Arabs and Palestinians who wish America would be on their side instead of on the side of their enemies. Let me start with the premise of the argument, namely its effect of shifting the blame for US policies from the United States onto Israel and its US lobby. According to this logic, it is not the United States that should be held directly responsible for all its imperial policies in the Arab world and the Middle East at large since World War II, rather it is Israel and its lobby who have pushed it to launch policies that are detrimental to its own national interest and are only beneficial to Israel.' Lees verder:
De Amerikaanse auteur Stephen Pizzo schrijft in AlterNet: 'All the "Good News" From Iraq. I bet you guys didn't really listen to President Bush this week. Too bad, because for once he told the truth. I listened, heard the truth and checked it out. And, as he promised, it was a real eye-opener. It happened at one of Bush's fake "town hall meetings" this week. An Army wife asked Bush why the mainstream media only focuses on "the bad news" from Iraq and never reports "the good news." Bush furrowed his brow and nodded in agreement. Earlier in the week the administration launched a Vietnam-era-style "blame the media" campaign to explain plummeting public support for both the war and Bush himself. The woman's question offered Bush an opportunity for another anti-media riff on that theme. He sympathized with her distress and suggested (pay attention - here comes the truth part) that she should turn to alternative sources for news, "like the internet." (He used to call it the "internets" until his handlers informed him that, like God, the internet is not plural.) Whoa! When I heard Bush say that, it struck me. Of course! The internet! Why have I been relying on the New York Times and Washington Post and CBS, NBC, CNN to tell me what's really going on in Iraq. Hell, they don't even speak the language. And, of course, we learned four years ago we can't believe anything the U.S. government says about the war. So I took the president's advice. I logged right on to the internet and spent the rest of that day reading firsthand reports posted by for-real Iraqis. Who would know better what life in is like today in Iraq? Is there a civil war brewing or not? They live there. They should know. Are things getting better or worse? If I wanted to know if things were getting better or worse in my hometown, would I check with CNN or the White House? No. I'd ask my neighbors and the small business owners on Main Street, Sebastopol, Calif., U.S. of A. So I checked with Iraqis to see how much "good news" I could find. I read dozens of March postings by folks living in U.S.-'liberated' Iraq. Bush was right. It was time well spent. CNN, MSNBC, FOX, eat your hearts out. These postings are a revelation. And, hey, big dude - thanks for the tip, George. Now I suggest you take your own advice and do the same. Here's a sampler and some links to get you started on your search for all the "good news" from Iraq that the scheming evil U.S. media is hiding from you.
From "A Star from Mosul":
March 9: It was about 6 p.m. last night when dad's mobile rang, dad was in the mosque, my aunt was calling him and so mom picked up the mobile instead. Mom's emotions on the phone only led to one conclusion: Someone is dead. … Mom put the mobile aside and said: "Uncle S is dead." … Yesterday he was shot by Americans on his way back home, and he died. Like many others, he died, left us clueless about the reason and saddened with this sudden loss. He was shot many times, only three reached him: One in his arm, one in his neck and one in his chest. But they said they're sorry. They always are.' Lees verder: http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/33998/ Of:
This was not the first such statement to come from the White House. When Congress passed a bill outlawing torture of detainees last year, President Bush quietly released a signing statement in which he affirmed his right to bypass the law if he felt it jeopardized national security. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont said the President"s latest effort represents "nothing short of a radical effort to manipulate the constitutional separation of powers and evade accountability and responsibility for following the law."' Zie: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/27/1450205
De Independent bericht: 'US soldiers kill 22 in attack on Baghdad mosque. US forces killed 22 people and wounded eight at a mosque in east Baghdad in an incident likely to lead to increased tensions with the Shia community. Police said the US troops had retaliated after coming under fire. Videotape showed a heap of male bodies with gunshot wounds on the floor of the Imam's living quarters in what was said to be the Al Mustafa mosque. There were 5.56mm shell casings on the floor, which is the type of ammunition used by US soldiers. A weeping man in white Arab robes is shown stepping among the bodies. Police Lt Hassan said some of the casualties were at the office Dawa, the party of the Prime Minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Haidar al-Obaidi, a senior Dawa official, said: "The lives of Iraqis are not cheap. If the American blood is valuable to them, the Iraqi blood is valuable to us." The US military would neither confirm not deny the incident but the US army in Iraq has been strongly criticised over the past week for killing Iraqi civilians and falsely claiming that they were insurgents or caught in cross fire.' Lees verder:
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