zaterdag 1 april 2006

De Israelische Terreur 11

Beelden van de dagelijkse Israelische terreur in het bezette Hebron. Palestijnse kinderen die in hun eigen stad niet langs deze militaire barricade naar school mogen. Zie:

En uiteindelijk worden weer eens enkele kinderen aangehouden in een poging burgers te intimideren.

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De nieuwe Palestijnse premier Ismail Haniya heeft verklaard dat de Palestijnen 'were “sick and tired of the West’s racist approach” to the Middle East conflict in an article published in a British newspaper on Friday... Haniya wrote: “Olmert’s unilateralism is a recipe for conflict,” adding that the problem in the Middle East was not with any particular Palestinian group but with the “denial of our basic human rights” by Israel. The United States, European Union and Israel all regard Hamas as a terrorist organisation, given its track record of suicide bombings and its refusal to recognise the Jewish state’s right to exist. “We in Hamas are for peace and want to put an end to bloodshed. We have been observing a unilateral truce for more than a year without reciprocity from the Israeli side,” Haniya wrote. “The message from Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to the world powers is this: talk to us no more about recognising Israel’s ’right to exist’ or ending resistance until you obtain a commitment from the Israelis to withdraw from our land and recognise our rights. We are sick and tired of the West’s racist approach to the conflict, in which the Palestinians are regarded as inferior. Though we are the victims, we offer our hands in peace, but only a peace that is based on justice. If the Israelis continue to attack and kill our people and destroy their homes, impose sanctions, collectively punish us, and imprison men and women for exercising the right to self-defence, er have every right to respond with all available means.” Haniya said that his party was democratically elected and if his government was boycotted by foreign powers, “we will persist -- and our friends have pledged to fill the gap”. “This is a good time for peacemaking -- if the world wants peace.” Lees verder:§ion=middleeast&col=

Israel's Extremisme 9

Hamas bood een wapenstilstand aan in 1997, maar Israel was niet geinteresseerd. De extremisten in Israel willen geen vrede, maar Palestijns land. Middle East Online bericht: 'Hamas offered Israel 30-year truce in 1997. Ex Israel’s spy chief says in his book truce offer was overtaken by botched assassination attempt against Meshaal. JERUSALEM - Islamist group Hamas offered Israel a 30-year truce in 1997 but it was overtaken by a botched assassination attempt against its now leader, Khaled Meshaal, a former spy chief is reportedly to reveal in upcoming memoirs. Efraim Halevy, who headed Israel's Mossad foreign intelligence service, makes the revelation in his book "Man in the Shadows" which is to come out in Britain on April 4, the Haaretz daily reported. Halevy says the offer was conveyed to a Mossad representative by Jordan's King Hussein who then felt "severely betrayed" when Mossad agents tried to kill Meshaal in Amman by drizzling poison in his ear before the offer had even been conveyed to then premier Benjamin Netanyahu, the daily said. Halevy recounts that it was his idea to offer the release of the since-assassinated Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin to placate the king, whose security forces arrested two of the agents and besieged the rest in the Israeli embassy, one of the paper's star correpondents Zeev Schiff wrote. "Relations with Amman deteriorated so badly that the king mulled demanding at a press conference that Israel turn in the Mossad agents who had fled to the embassy. If Israel did not turn them in, Hussein was seriously considering military action.'Lees verder:

Irak 59

De Guardian bericht: 'Shiite Ayatollah Ignores Letter From Bush A letter from President Bush to Iraq's supreme Shiite spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, was hand-delivered earlier this week but sits unread and untranslated in the top religious figure's office, a key al-Sistani aide told The Associated Press on Thursday. The aide - who has never allowed use of his name in news reports, citing al-Sistani's refusal to make any public statements himself - said the ayatollah had laid the letter aside and did not ask for a translation because of increasing ``unhappiness'' over what senior Shiite leaders see as American meddling in Iraqi attempts to form their first, permanent post-invasion government. The aide said the person who delivered the Bush letter - he would not identify the messenger by name or nationality - said it carried Bush's thanks to al-Sistani for calling for calm among his followers in preventing the outbreak of civil war after a Shiite shrine was bombed late last month. The messenger also was said to have explained that the letter reinforced the American position that Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari should not be given a second term. Al-Sistani has not publicly taken sides in the dispute, but rather has called for Shiite unity. The United States was known to object to al-Jaafari's second term but has never said so outright and in public. But on Saturday, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad carried a similar letter from Bush to a meeting with Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the largest Shiite political organization, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq. The al-Sistani aide said Shiite displeasure with U.S. involvement was so deep that dignitaries in the holy city of Najaf refused to meet Khalilzad on Wednesday during ceremonies commemorating the death of the Prophet Muhammad. The Afghan-born Khalilzad is a Sunni Muslim.' Lees verder:,,-5722740,00.html

De Oorlogsstaat 34

De Amerikaanse journalist Charles Sullivan schrijft: 'Ignorance by Content and Omission... No thinking person should assume that the corporate media is neutral or objective. They are not; however, they try to give the impression that they are. All for profit institutions have an agenda—the accumulation of private wealth. Credibility is important to them, facts are not. Like their brethren in the defense and oil industries, the corporate media is amassing fortunes by supporting an agenda of war and world domination. In a capitalist society the role of the media is not to inform and to educate—it is to make money by any and all available means. Capitalism does not care how its fortunes are made. Its modus operandi is Machiavellian: ends justify the means. Capitalism is unbridled greed unleashed upon the world for the privatization of wealth. It allows a small group of business owners and investors to get rich by exploiting the under class of all nations. Relatively few Americans are aware of the extent to which the corporate media played in putting George Bush in power, or the pandering of propaganda and outright lies that keep him there. They are unaware that under the guidance of ultra conservative Grover Norquist, a group of eighty of the nation’s wealthiest people gathers in the nation’s capital every week. This gathering, as one might expect, is not innocuous or benign. Its purpose is to create the talking points that will be purveyed each week in the commercial media to further their agenda. In essence, this group defines the news for the week and the manner in which it will be presented for public consumption. Their reach is enormous and their sole motivation is profit and power for the elite. Not only does Norquist’s group literally write the scripts followed by Rush Limbaugh and his robotic drones, it provides the content that defines the evening news and the daily newspapers. Every mainstream televised and audio program should be preceded by a Surgeon General’s Warning: Use of this product may be hazardous to your health! Thus every television and radio network incessantly preaches the same propaganda from the individual pulpits of class privilege. The key talking points are the same whether on Fox, CNN, CBS or ABC; or the nation’s newspapers. Likewise, conservative talk radio receives its marching orders directly from Norquist’s intimate group of billionaires. This is not benign advocacy for a particular point of view—it is blatant propaganda and outright lies packaged and sold as news. Without the aide of the corporate media and Norquist’s billionaires, we would not have invaded Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people would still be alive. We might even have taken global warming seriously and done something about it before it was too late. Truth and integrity might still mean something. Little by little the minds of the people have been poisoned by propaganda and it is called nourishment. As a result the more noble traits of our culture are incrementally dying. Through the judicious use of lies and distortions the people are deceived into supporting the atrocities of war and conquest that are committed in their name. Historical context reveals the unmistakable patterns that make these behaviors readily visible and renders them understandable to the present moment. The lack of historical perspective leaves one vulnerable to the lies and distortions that have always characterized our government. Of course, this historical context is not taught in our schools for reasons that should be obvious.' Lees verder:

Irak 58

Op de site van Inforamtion Clearing House kunt u kijken naar een documentaire over vier Amerikaanse veteranen onder de titel: 'We're Sorry. Former US soldiers on the personal cost of war in Iraq. We have a powerful film this evening. We follow a group of former US soldiers who have returned from Iraq deeply affected by the experience. This is a must watch - Newsnight - BBC - Broadcast. US soldiers. We have a powerful film this evening. We follow a group of former US soldiers who have returned from Iraq deeply affected by the experience. As they march across America to protest against the war they reveal their own experiences of the conflict, make some disturbing allegations about military practices in Iraq and reflect on how it feels to come home.
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:

Noam Chomsky 5

Amy Goodman interviewt Noam Chomsky. ´The New York Times calls him "arguably the most important intellectual alive." The Boston Globe calls him "America's most useful citizen"
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

Het Neoliberale Geloof 3

Trouw bericht: 'Poolse arbeiders / Hard werken voor zes euro. Poolse arbeiders zijn te goedkoop en worden uitgebuit, zeggen werknemers die hun baan verliezen. Maar tuinders in het Westland zweren bij de Polen. „Ik kan nu de concurrentie weer aan." In het kassengebied werken er naar schatting al 30.000.' Eerder al berichtte Trouw: 'Goedkope Pool verdringt Turk uit kas.' Waar het mij nu om gaat is vooral die tegenstelling die door de journalist wordt geschapen. Alsof we hier te maken hebben met twee gelijkwaardige belangen. Poolse arbeiders zijn te goedkoop, maar tuinders zweren bij Polen. Er is hier helemaal geen sprake van een tegenstelling, waarom dan dat woordje 'maar'? Natuurlijk zweren de werkgevers bij goedkope Poolse arbeiders die kunnen worden uitgebuit, daarom hebben ze ook de 'Turk' uit de kassen verdreven. Zou Trouw niet beseffen dat het kapitalisme gebaseerd is op het principe van een minimum van inspanning voor een maximum aan resultaat? Het is de religie van de winst, daarvoor moet alles wijken en net als de christelijke god staat deze grootheid buiten discussie. Het is natuurlijk een absurde ideologie, die aan haar eigen succes ten onder zal gaan, maar toch. Het probleem voor Nederland is dat niet alleen de tuinders zo denken, maar bijvoorbeeld ook de directie van ABN-Amro die het computerwerk door Indiers laat doen omdat die nu eenmaal veel goedkoper zijn dan goed geschoolde Nederlandse computerspecialisten. Vandaar de ontslagen en inkrimpingen. Een te dure computerdeskundige hier, is overtollig vet en moet weggesneden worden, anders kunnen de winsten niet almaar blijven stijgen. En dat geldt als een zonde in het neoliberale geloof. Zo verdwijnen banen in zowel industrie als nu ook dienstensector naar de Derde Wereld en ontstaat er net als in de Verenigde Staten geleidelijk aan een steeds grotere structurele werkloosheid hier. Wij in het rijke Westen kunnen natuurlijk nooit concurreren met werknemers in de Derde Wereld, die geen goed georganiseerde vakbonden hebben en nauwelijks goed functionerende milieuwetten en genoegen nemen met een veel lager loon. Maar daarover staat niets Trouw. Wat alleen opvalt zijn al die impliciete aannames die achter dit soort artikelen schuil gaan.

De Pro Israel Lobby 4

De pro-Israel lobby in de Verenigde Staten heeft furieus gereageerd op een wetenschappelijke publicatie over de disporportionele invloed die deze lobby heeft op de Amerikaanse buitenlandse politiek. En zoals gebruikelijk wordt ook nu weer het aloude argument 'anti-semitisme' van stal gehaald om kritische analytici te criminaliseren en de feiten te negeren. De Guardian bericht: 'US professors accused of being liars and bigots over essay on pro-Israeli lobby Julian Borger in Washington. An article by two prominent American professors arguing that the pro-Israel lobby exerts a dominant and damaging influence on US foreign policy has triggered a furious row, pitting allegations of anti-semitism against claims of intellectual intimidation. Stephen Walt, the academic dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and John Mearsheimer, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, published two versions of the essay, the Israel Lobby, in the London Review of Books and on a Harvard website. The pro-Israel lobby and its sway over American policy has always been a controversial issue, but the professors' bluntly worded polemic created a firestorm, drawing condemnation from left and right of the political spectrum. Professor Walt's fellow Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz - criticised in the article as an "apologist" for Israel - denounced the authors as "liars" and "bigots" in the university newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, and compared their arguments to neo-Nazi literature. "Accusations of powerful Jews behind the scenes are part of the most dangerous traditions of modern anti-semitism," wrote two fellow academics, Jeffrey Herf and Andrei Markovits, in a letter to the London Review of Books. Critics also pointed out that the article had been praised by David Duke, a notorious American white supremacist. Prof Mearsheimer said the storm of protest proved one of its arguments - that the strength of the pro-Israel lobby stifled debate on US foreign policy. "We argued in the piece that the lobby goes to great lengths to silence criticism of Israeli policy as well as the US-Israeli relationship, and that its most effective weapon is the charge of anti-semitism," Prof Mearsheimer told The Guardian. "Thus, we expected to be called anti-semites, even though both of us are philo-semites and strongly support the existence of Israel." He added: "Huge numbers of people know this story to be true but are afraid to say it because they would punished by pro-Israeli forces."' Lee verder:,,1743767,00.html Zou het anti-semitisch zijn om te schrijven dat de arme kinderen in de Verenigde Staten de armste kinderen zijn van alle geindustrialiseerde naties op die van Israel en Ierland na? Dit zijn gedocumenteerde feiten, maar toch, zou dit anti- semitisch zijn of anti-Amerikaans? Of anti-Iers? Of alles tegelijk? Het zijn verwarrende tijden.

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De Guardian bericht: '"If You Start Looking at Them as Humans, Then How Are You Gonna Kill Them?" They are a publicity nightmare for the US military: an ever-growing number of veterans of the Iraq conflict who are campaigning against the war. To mark the third anniversary of the invasion this month, a group of them marched on Katrina-ravaged New Orleans. Inigo Gilmore and Teresa Smith joined them. At a press conference in a cavernous Alabama warehouse, banners and posters are rolled out: "Abandon Iraq, not the Gulf coast!" A tall, white soldier steps forward in desert fatigues. "I was in Iraq when Katrina happened and I watched US citizens being washed ashore in New Orleans," he says. "War is oppression: we could be setting up hospitals right here. America is war-addicted. America is neglecting its poor."
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:,,1741942,00.html Of:

donderdag 30 maart 2006

Israelisch Expansionisme 13

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: 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.

Dirty Bomb

De Washington Post bericht: 'GAO: Customs Failed ''Dirty Bomb'' Test. Congressional investigators testing U.S. port security smuggled enough radioactive material into the United States last year to make two radiological "dirty" bombs, officials told a Senate panel yesterday.
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:

Robert Fisk 10

Een toespraak in Sydney van Robert Fisk. 'Journalist Robert Fisk has spent over 30 years in the Middle East. He's covered the Lebanese civil war, the Iranian Revolution, Iran-Iraq wars, the Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and the current conflict in Iraq. He says he's met Osama Bin Laden three times. Fisk is more determined than ever to prosecute a case against the injustices of the west against the Arab and Muslim world. Agree with him or not, his presentations are suffused with passionate belief in change for the better. This talk was recorded recently in Sydney, as part of the Sydney Ideas 2006 public lecture series organised by the University of Sydney. Hier kunt u ernaar luisteren:

Irak 57

Truthout heeft een bericht uit de New York Times overgenomen, voorafgegaan door een 'Editor's Note: One stated objective that Mr. Bush has repeatedly pointed to, in justifying the continued US occupation of Iraq, is helping Iraq to become a "Democracy." Today Mr. Bush asked the man who - US authorities say - was duly elected by the Iraqi people as their prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, to resign. To date, 2,315 US soldiers and Marines and an estimated fifty to one hundred thousand Iraqis have died as a result of the Bush administration's decision to invade and occupy Iraq. Shiites Say US Is Pressuring Iraqi Leader to Step Aside. The New York Times. Senior Shiite politicians said today that the American ambassador has told Shiite officials to inform the Iraqi prime minister that President Bush does not want him to remain the country's leader in the next government. It is the first time the Americans have directly intervened in the furious debate over the country's top job, the politicians said, and it is inflaming tensions between the Americans and some Shiite leaders. The ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, told the head of the main Shiite political bloc at a meeting last Saturday to pass a "personal message from President Bush" on to the prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who the Shiites insist should stay in his post for four more years, said Redha Jowad Taki, a Shiite politician and member of Parliament who was at the meeting. Ambassador Khalilzad said that President Bush "doesn't want, doesn't support, doesn't accept" Mr. Jaafari to be the next prime minister, according to Mr. Taki, a senior aide to Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Shiite bloc. It was the first "clear and direct message" from the Americans on the issue of the candidate for prime minister, Mr. Taki said. An American Embassy spokeswoman confirmed that Mr. Khalilzad and Mr. Hakim had met, but declined to comment directly on what they had spoken about. The Americans have harshly criticized the Jaafari government in recent months for supporting Shiite militias that have been fomenting sectarian violence and pushing Iraq closer to full-scale civil war. Ambassador Khalilzad has sharpened his attacks in the last week, saying the militias are now killing more people than the Sunni-led insurgency. There is growing concern among American officials that Mr. Jaafari is incapable of reining in the private armies, especially since Moktada al-Sadr, the anti-American cleric who leads the most volatile of the militias, is Mr. Jaafari's strongest backer.' U kunt er hier naar luisteren:

woensdag 29 maart 2006

Onafhankelijke Journalistiek

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."

11 september 2001 (4)

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:
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:
Voor mensen die geen Amerikaans / Engels verstaan, is er deze link:
Op staat een anderhalf uur durende film over 9/11, met Nederlandse ondertiteling.
Met vriendelijke groet,

En deze:
'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 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:

Israelisch Expansionisme 12

Hoewel Europese politici - en zeker de Nederlandse politici - altijd de mond vol hebben over het respecteren van mensenrechten heeft de Europese Unie Israel toch een speciale status verleent, waardoor 'de joodse natie' probleemloos al zijn producten hier kwijt kan. Maar al jarenlang verzoekt de Palestijnse samenleving met klem om Israel te boycotten zolang het land het internationaal recht schendt. 'Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights. One year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found Israel’s Wall built on occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal, Israel continues its construction of the colonial Wall with total disregard to the Court’s decision. Thirty eight years into Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights, Israel continues to expand Jewish colonies. It has unilaterally annexed occupied East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and is now de facto annexing large parts of the West Bank by means of the Wall. Israel is also preparing - in the shadow of its planned redeployment from the Gaza Strip - to build and expand colonies in the West Bank. Fifty seven years after the state of Israel was built mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners, a majority of Palestinians are refugees, most of whom are stateless. Moreover, Israel's entrenched system of racial discrimination against its own Arab-Palestinian citizens remains intact. In light of Israel’s persistent violations of international law, and
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:

Israelisch Expansionisme 11

Een studie van de Verenigde Naties benadrukt nog eens de illegaliteit van de Israelische Apartheids Muur: 'United Nations Study: Palestinian land has been divided into separate 'ghettos' enclosed by Wall. A report compiled by the United Nation Office for the Coordination of the Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed a new social and economic reality that has emerged in the last year for Palestinians in the West Bank: that they have been imprisoned in separate enclaves, or 'ghettos', surrounded by the Wall and unable to move. Says the report summary, "It is important to note that had the Barrier in the West Bank been constructed on the Green Line, this report would be unnecessary. Concerned that Palestinian livelihoods and access to essential services would be harmed by the construction of the West Bank Barrier, the international donor community – through the Humanitarian Emergency Policy Group (HEPG) - requested regular updates on the humanitarian impact of the Barrier. The HEPG comprises the European Commission and the EU President, the World Bank, USAID, Norway and UNSCO."
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:

Racisme in Israel

In Israel's kwaliteitskrant Haaretz schrijft de kritische journalist Gideon Levy over het racisme van zijn joodse landgenoten. 'One racist nation. Contrary to appearances, the elections this week are important, because they will expose the true face of Israeli society and its hidden ambitions. More than 100 elected candidates will be sent to the Knesset on the basis of one ticket - the racism ticket. If we used to think that every two Israelis have three opinions, now it will be evident that nearly every Israeli has one opinion - racism. Elections 2006 will make this much clearer than ever before. An absolute majority of the MKs in the 17th Knesset will hold a position based on a lie: that Israel does not have a partner for peace. An absolute majority of MKs in the next Knesset do not believe in peace, nor do they even want it - just like their voters - and worse than that, don't regard Palestinians as equal human beings. Racism has never had so many open supporters. It's the real hit of this election campaign. One does not have to be Avigdor Lieberman to be a racist. The "peace" proposed by Ehud Olmert is no less racist. Lieberman wants to distance them from our borders, Olmert and his ilk want to distance them from out consciousness. Nobody is speaking about peace with them, nobody really wants it. Only one ambition unites everyone - to get rid of them, one way or another. Transfer or wall, "disengagement" or "convergence" - the point is that they should get out of our sight. The only game in town, the 'unilateral arrangement," is not only based on the lie that there is no partner, is not only based exclusively on our "needs" because of a sense of superiority, but also leads to a dangerous pattern of behavior that totally ignores the existence of the other nation.' Lees verder:

Klimaatverandering 30

In de angelsaksische wereld is het milieu een steeds belangrijker onderwerp in de media, maar niet in Nederland. Volgens een aantal van mijn collega's is de reden het feit dat de politici er weinig aandacht aan besteden. Milieu is voor hen geen prioriteit meer. De Independent bericht: 'Your world. Your say: The great global warming debate. Yesterday we asked The Independent's readers to make their contribution to the all-party inquiry on climate change. Your response has been nothing short of extraordinary. Here we publish our first selection of your letters and emails. The scientist James Lovelock has a view of our climatically challenging future in which each country becomes a fortress and acts and adapts in their own interests locally as best they can, and somehow or other saves " civilisation" for a few survivors. Mr Challen's line of thinking is a more worthy legacy of civilisation to carry into the future. We must be bold! If Britain is the fifth largest economy in the world then it must partner (genuinely, in every conceivable way - a marriage) with the fifth poorest and set up an attempt to put in place contraction and convergence. Britain's spend of CO2 comes down whilst, let us say, Rwanda's comes up until we meet at a point (closer to their starting spend than ours) that gives us a chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change. This means a Rwandan's life becomes more materially and energy positive whilst a Britain's goes the other way. It does not mean a pay-off to them to keep their levels low whilst ours continue to rise. We become one. We share sacrifice to end poverty and excess at the same time. Putting our money, unilaterally if necessary at first, where our mouths are has many advantages: * It is the most powerful argument we can deploy for encouraging contraction and convergence globally. It also gives us a chance to get our hands dirty and understand how to make it work' Lees verder:

dinsdag 28 maart 2006

De Oorlogsstaat 32

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:

De Amerikaanse Cultuur

Dat de Verenigde Staten nog altijd de leidende cultuur van het Westen is blijkt wel uit het hoge niveau van de discussie onder intellectuelen en het diepgravende gewetensonderzoek. De Nederlandse intellectuelen met hun slaapverwekkende zelfgenoegzaamheid zouden er een voorbeeld aan kunnen nemen. De Amerikaanse auteur Sam Smith schrijft: 'THE QUIET STORM. BLOWIN' IN THE WIND OF CULTURAL DECAY. Thomas Jefferson saw it coming. He warned, "From the conclusion of this war we shall be going down hill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves, but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will remain on us long, will be made heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion."
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:

Het failliete Amerika 12

De Guardian bericht: 'Imperial overreach is accelerating the global decline of America The disastrous foreign policies of the US have left it more isolated than ever, and China is standing by to take over. ''Our power, then, has the grave liability of rendering our theories about the world immune from failure. But by becoming deaf to easily discerned warning signs, we may ignore long-term costs that result from our actions and dismiss reverses that should lead to a re-examination of our goals and means." These are the words of Henry Hyde, chairman of the House international relations committee and a Republican congressman, in a recent speech. Hyde argues that such is the overweening power of the US that it may not hear or recognise the signals when its policy goes badly wrong, a thinly veiled reference to Iraq. He then takes issue with the idea that the US can export democracy around the world as deeply misguided and potentially dangerous. He argues: "A broad and energetic promotion of democracy in other countries that will not enjoy our long-term and guiding presence may equate not to peace and stability but to revolution ... There is no evidence that we or anyone can guide from afar revolutions we have set in motion. We can more easily destabilise friends and others and give life to chaos and to avowed enemies than ensure outcomes in service of our interests and security." It is clear that the US occupation of Iraq has been a disaster from almost every angle one can think of, most of all for the Iraqi people, not least for American foreign policy. The unpicking of the imperial logic that led to it has already commenced: Hyde's speech is an example, and so is Francis Fukuyama's new book After the Neocons, a merciless critique of Bush's foreign policy and the school of thought that lay behind it. The war was a delayed product of the end of the cold war and the triumphalist mentality that imbued the neocons and eventually seduced the US. But triumphalism is a dangerous brew, more suited to intoxication than hard-headed analysis. And so it has proved. The US still has to reap the whirlwind for its stunning feat of imperial overreach.' Lees verder:,,1740893,00.html

Professor Salomon Kroonenberg

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.

Klimaatverandering 29

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: Of:

Klimaatverandering 28

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:,9171,1176980,00.html Of: 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: Luister ook naar interview met James Lovelock:

Opmerkelijke Uitstraling

Het moet iets met mijn uitstraling te maken hebben want zodra ik mijn hoofd op straat vertoon komen bedelaars altijd onmiddellijk naar mij toe gerend om geld te vragen en nooit naar degene naast me. En op internet trekt ik allerlei types aan die iets van me willen. De laatste tijd ben ik weer het doelwit van een bende Westafrikaanse zwendelaars die me dit soort emails sturen: 'REPLY VERY URGENT
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U moet voor de grap ook deze eens lezen van die andere enige dochter van de minister van Mijnbouw en Energie:

Amerikaans Terrorisme 11

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: Of:

maandag 27 maart 2006

De Pro Israel Lobby 3

Vice President Dick Cheney addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2006 Annual Policy Conference in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2006. During his remarks the vice president commented on the unwavering allied relationship between the US and Israel in the global war on terror and discussed the development of democracy and need for security throughout the Middle East.

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:

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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: Of:

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Democracy Now bericht: 'Bush Signs Statements to Bypass Torture Ban, Oversight Rules in Patriot Act. When President Bush signed a law banning torture he quietly signed a statement saying he could bypass it. Earlier this month, Bush signed the USA Patriot Act but signed a statement that said he did not consider oversight rules binding. We speak with the Boston Globe reporter who broke the story. The USA Patriot Act was re-authorized this month after a lengthy bi-partisan effort to include new provisions safeguarding Congressional oversight. The new provisions mandated President Bush to brief Congress about how the FBI was using expanded authorities to search and monitor suspects. But shortly after he signed the bill into effect, Bush quietly issued what is known as a signing statement in which he lays out his interpretation of the law. In this document Bush declared he did not consider himself bound by the oversight provisions. Bush wrote he could withhold the information if he decided that disclosing it would harm foreign relations, national security or his duties as President.
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:

Israelisch Expansionisme 10

De Volkskrant-correspondent in Israel bericht vandaag: 'Israël wil van de Palestijnen af... Aan het voorstel van Olmert om alle kolonisten op de Westelijke Jordaanoever samen te brengen in drie grote clusters van nederzettingen en Israël te verschansen achter de muur zitten scherpe kanten. Maar toch, zo heeft de campagne geleerd, bestaat er te veel steun voor om tot hevig debat te leiden. De socialistische Arbeidspartij, de seculiere Meretz en de conservatieve Yisrael Beitenu voelen ook voor zo’n gedeeltelijke terugtrekking – met ieder zijn eigen op- en aanmerkingen. Het plan weerspiegelt het veelgehoorde verlangen de Palestijnen linksom of rechtsom uit het leven te bannen.' Lees verder: Dat is dus de nieuwe formulering: Israel wil van de Palestijnen af, linksom of rechtsom moeten ze uit het joodse leven verbannen worden. Het is een wonderlijke voorstelling van zaken, want als er 1 groep is die van de andere groep afwil, is het wel de Palestijnen die al meer dan een halve eeuw de Israelische terreur over zich heen krijgen, van etnische zuiveringen in 1948 en 1967 tot het dagelijkse geweld van een bezetting en de permanente uitbreiding van joodse nederzettingen op Palestijns land. De Volkskrant-correspondent had kunnen schrijven dat de joods-Israelis na al die jaren van geweld zijn gaan beseffen dat ze niet meer land kunnen stelen zonder in conflict te komen met hun geldschieters, de Amerikanen en de Europeanen. Bovendien heeft de terreur van de bezetting de terreur van Hamas opgeroepen en daar lijdt de Israelische bevolking onder. De joods-Israelis realiseren zich nu dat ze de Palestijnen niet langer meer met geweld kunnen onderdrukken. Daarnaast is gelukt wat rechtse extremisten als Sharon en Olmert altijd al wilden, te weten het vernietigen van de Palestijnse Autoriteit. Niet voor niets heeft Israel Hamas politiek en financieel gesteund. David Shipler, de voormalige correspondent van de New York Times schreef dat 'the Israeli military governer of the Gaza Strip, Brigadier General Yitzhak Segev, once told me how he had financed the Islamic movement as a counterweight to the PLO and the Communists. "The Israeli Government gave me a budget and the military government gives to the mosques," he said. In 1980, when fundamentalist protestors set fire to the office of the Red Crescent Society in Gaza, headed by Dr. Haider Abdel-Shafi, a Communist and PLO supporter, the Israeli Army did nothing.' Meer over de hulp die Hamas van Israel kreeg kunt u lezen in 'Devils Game' van de voortreffelijke Amerikaanse onderzoeksjournalist Robert Dreyfuss. De waarheid is dus veel gecompliceerder dan de simpele voorstelling van zaken van de Volkskrant correspondent. Maar misschien kan die waarheid net als de waarheid over Israels grenzen pas over 58 jaar worden gegeven. Het blijft aanmodderen met de commerciele massamedia.

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Dat de Verenigde Staten lak heeft aan het internationaal recht is bekend, dat wordt keer op keer gedocumenteerd bewezen. De New York Times bericht: 'Bush Was Set on Path to War, Memo by British Adviser Says. London - In the weeks before the United States-led invasion of Iraq, as the United States and Britain pressed for a second United Nations resolution condemning Iraq, President Bush's public ultimatum to Saddam Hussein was blunt: Disarm or face war. But behind closed doors, the president was certain that war was inevitable. During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written by Mr. Blair's top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The New York Times. "Our diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning," David Manning, Mr. Blair's chief foreign policy adviser at the time, wrote in the memo that summarized the discussion between Mr. Bush, Mr. Blair and six of their top aides. "The start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March," Mr. Manning wrote, paraphrasing the president. "This was when the bombing would begin." The timetable came at an important diplomatic moment. Five days after the Bush-Blair meeting, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was scheduled to appear before the United Nations to present the American evidence that Iraq posed a threat to world security by hiding unconventional weapons. Although the United States and Britain aggressively sought a second United Nations resolution against Iraq - which they failed to obtain - the president said repeatedly that he did not believe he needed it for an invasion. Stamped "extremely sensitive," the five-page memorandum, which was circulated among a handful of Mr. Blair's most senior aides, had not been made public. Several highlights were first published in January in the book "Lawless World," which was written by a British lawyer and international law professor, Philippe Sands.' In early February, Channel 4 in London first broadcast several excerpts from the memo.' Lees verder: Of:

Amerikaans Terrorisme 10

Via Information Clearing House kunt u kijken naar 'Michael Winterbottom: The Road To Guantánamo. Channel 4's new drama from multi award-winning film director Michael Winterbottom. This docudrama attempts to show the sadism and stupidity of the US and British soldiers. The guards behave with the same cruelty you expect to see from SS officers in lurid second world war movies. It takes a moment or two to realize that these events reflect the reality of those held in Americas notorious gulag. The Road to Guantanamo - Channel 4 - UKChannel 4's new drama from multi award-winning film director Michael Winterbottom – The Road to Guantanamo – created huge international impact and won the prestigious Silver Bear for Direction for Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross in competition at The 56th Berlin International Film Festival. The Road To Guantánamo opens with archive footage of George W Bush, flanked by a stern-faced Tony Blair, declaring his certain knowledge that all the detainees held in Guantánamo are "bad people". Everything that follows is designed to turn these words inside out, as three young British Muslims tell the story of how they came to be in US custody at Guantánamo for over two years, and discuss the Kafkaesque horrors that awaited them there, until finally they were released without charge or apology.' Zie:

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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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