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China en India

De realisten in de politiek bereiden zich voor. De Financial Times bericht: 'China and India forge alliance on oil. China and India, the world’s two fastest growing energy consumers, on Thursday set aside long-standing rivalries and agreed to co-operate in securing crude oil resources overseas. The agreement, aimed at preventing the two nations’ competition for oil assets pushing up prices, symbolises their increasingly assertive role in global energy politics. In an age of growing energy insecurity “it makes sense for India and China to co-operate [rather] than compete... the time of access to easy oil is in the past”, said Jim Steenhagen, managing director at PFC Energy, the US consulting firm. The agreement came as fears over a serious threat to oil supplies from Iran began to rattle the market yesterday. Prices rose above $65 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as Tehran’s nuclear ambitions threatened instability at the centre of the world’s main oil-producing region.…

Martelen 14

Het hoofd linksachter stelde dit soort praktijken voor, minister van Defensie Rumsfeld. Het ging zelfs sommige Amerikaanse militairen tever, zoals de Washington Post bericht: 'Tough Interrogation Tactics Were Opposed. Pentagon Task Force Was Told Not to Use Techniques Approved in 2002, Records Show. Members of a Defense Department investigative task force were told not to participate in aggressive interrogation techniques approved for use at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002 because officers and lawyers believed the tactics violated policy and would not elicit information, according to documents released by the Pentagon. The aggressive techniques, approved by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in late 2002, led to at least one high-value detainee being placed in women's underwear, led around by a dog leash and stripped in front of female interrogators. Similar tactics later emerged in Iraq and were highlighted in photogra…

Nederland en Afghanistan 20

U ziet Amerikaanse soldaten kijken hoe goed een Taliban-lijk kan branden nadat ze het in de fik hebben gestoken. Door deze voor islamieten intense vernedering hopen ze kennelijk 'de harten en geesten' van de Afghanen te winnen. De Nederlandse regering wil op verzoek van de Amerikanen nog meer militairen naar Afghanistan sturen. De kleuters in Den Haag zijn eruit. Met parmantige woordjes en mondjes verklaart premier Balkenende dat de politieke problemen allemaal een vormkwestie waren, een misverstandje, en de parlementaire pers slikt het braaf. Ondertussen gaat de grote mensenwereld buiten Nederland gewoon door en trekt zich niets aan van de mannetjes en vrouwtjes op het Haagse pleintje.

Tom Engelhardt

Na alle leugens en chaos van de Amerikaanse buitenlandse politiek is de vraag: wat brengt 2006? Tom Engelhardt van het onafhankelijke 'TomDispatch' kijkt vooruit. Een opmerkelijk artikel: 'The Year of Living Dangerously. Bush v. Reality. War, Trials, Leakers, Investigations, Packed Courts, and a Constitutional Crisis. 2006 is sure to be the year of living dangerously -- for the Bush administration and for the rest of us. In the wake of revelations of warrantless spying by the National Security Agency, we have already embarked on what looks distinctly like a constitutional crisis (which may not come to a full boil until 2007). In the meantime, the President, Vice President, Secretaries of Defense and State, various lesser officials, crony appointees, acolytes, legal advisors, leftover neocons, spy-masters, strategists, spin doctors, ideologues, lobbyists, Republican Party officials, and congressional backers are intent on packing the Supreme Court with supporters of an &quo…

Iran 6

Dit is een nucleaire installatie nabij de Iraanse stad Isfahan. Voordat we ons militair nog meer gaan bemoeien met het Midden Oosten is het belangrijk de altijd goed geinformeerde Amerikaanse onderzoeksjournalist Richard Dreyfuss te lezen: 'The Bush Who Cried Wolf. Under normal circumstances—that is, under any previous U.S. administration—the battle over Iran’s pugnacious effort in pursuit of nuclear technology would be amenable to a diplomatic solution. But, by insisting on a national security strategy of pre-emptive war, by illegally and unilaterally invading Iraq on false pretenses, and by hinting that the White House would tolerate an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear plants, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have made a successful diplomatic resolution of the Iran crisis nearly impossible. Speaking yesterday at the Council for National Policy, Larry Wilkerson—the former top aide to Secretary of State Colin Powell who caused a stir last fall when he accused Cheney and Se…

CIA Activiteiten 3

James Risen is journalist van de New York Times, die bericht over de Amerikaanse Inlichtingendiensten. Zijn onlangs verschenen boek 'State of War' is een vernietigend portret van de CIA. Het onafhankelijke Salon.Com publiceert een boekbespreking: 'The yes man and the thug In his disturbing new book, Times reporter James Risen reveals how George Tenet's gutless surrender to war-obsessed Donald Rumsfeld led to the total breakdown of U.S. intelligence. Marketing copy is always suspect, so when journalist James Risen's new book "State of War" arrived accompanied by a press release containing the phrase "tip of the iceberg," I began to worry. "Tip of the iceberg" is a lemonade-from-lemons construction, an attempt by the publisher to allay concerns that the book's biggest scoops have already been widely aired. After all, several weeks ago the New York Times, where Risen covers national security issues, published much of what you'll r…

Irak 15

Rechts op de foto ziet u de machtigste man van Irak, de pro-Iraanse geestelijke Abdul Aziz al-Hakim. De New York Times bericht over een dreigende burgeroorlog in Irak: 'An Incendiary Threat in Iraq. Iraq's most powerful Shiite politician has just dealt a huge blow to American-backed efforts to avoid civil war through the creation of a new, nationally inclusive constitutional order. That leader, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, has turned his back on the crucial pledge, made before last October's constitutional referendum, that the new charter would be open to substantial amendment by the newly elected Parliament. Instead, Mr. Hakim, who runs the dominant, Iranian-supported fundamentalist party, now says no broad changes should be made. In particular, he defends the current provisions allowing substantial autonomy for the oil-rich Shiite southeast… Mr. Hakim's latest position is a prescription for a national breakup and …

Irak 14

Dit is een foto van Geert van Kesteren gemaakt in Irak toen hij met Amerikaanse soldaten optrok. Het illustreert minachting en angst van de bezettingsmacht. De Britse Times bericht. 'The US military has struggled to improve the cultural sensitivity of its troops — often raw youths on their first trip abroad — since the start of the occupation when the first soldiers to hit Baghdad slipped a Stars and Stripes over the head of Saddam Hussein’s statue. Jittery superiors swiftly ordered them to replace it with an Iraqi flag. Long before the Abu Ghraib scandal, there were numerous examples of brutality and insensitivity by US troops to match tales of their courage. Sometimes it was purely a lack of local knowledge: a minor riot ensued when dogs — considered unclean in the Muslim world — were used to sniff staff entering the Oil Ministry.' Lees verder: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1981556,00.html

Ariel Sharon 4

De vredesactivist Ludo de Brabander schrijft over premier Sharon: 'Sharon een man van de vrede noemen is niet zomaar een verbloeming van de werkelijkheid, maar een ronduit leugenachtige manipulatie van de ware feiten. Een grondige terugblik op zijn militaire en politieke carrière kan alleen maar doen besluiten dat Sharon maar één status verdient en dat is deze van oorlogsmisdadiger die achter de tralies hoort. Hij was daar overigens zeer consequent in, al van jongs af aan. Sharon begon zijn drieste carrière als lid van de Alexandroni-Brigade van de Hagana-militie die in opspraak kwam omwille van een slachting in Tantura, een Palestijns dorp ten zuiden van Haifa, in mei 1948. Enkele jaren later werd hij officier en leidende commandant van eenheid 101, verantwoordelijk voor ‘vergeldingsacties tegen het Arabisch terrorisme’. In augustus 1953 vonden naar schatting 50 vluchtelingen als gevolg van zo’n actie de dood in het kamp El Bureij (het ging om willekeurig geweld, door o.a. het go…

Martelen 13

Een Amerikaanse generaal weigert te praten over de Abu Ghraib affaire. Common Dreams heeft het volgende bericht van Reuters overgenomen: 'WASHINGTON - A U.S. Army general who helped set up operations at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has asserted his right not to incriminate himself in the courts-martial of two soldiers accused of mistreating detainees there, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The move by Major Gen. Geoffrey Miller is the first time he has indicated he might have information that could implicate him in wrongdoing, the newspaper said, citing military lawyers. Invoking the right does not legally imply guilt it said. It said the action came shortly after the commanding officer at Abu Ghraib, Col. Thomas Pappas, accepted immunity this week and was ordered to testify at upcoming courts martial. Miller once supervised the jail for foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He helped introduce Guantanamo-style questioning methods in Iraq…

Corruptie in Washington 5

In deze straat worden democratische politici en regeringen gekocht en verkocht. De International Herald Tribune bericht: 'Embattled Lobbyists Face Their Watergate. Washington - In the parlance of Washington they call it K Street, almost as if it were a separate branch of government. Capitol Hill is where Congress sits. The West Wing of the White House is where the president works. And K Street is where the lobbyists are - at least 30,000 of them. Literally it is a street filled with modern office buildings that house the law firms and other companies that try to influence the outcome of decisions on Capitol Hill, at the White House and in scores of federal agencies. Sixteen big lobbying firms have more lobbyists than the Senate's 100 members; this white-collar industry takes in more than $2 billion a year. No other country has anything of this magnitude. But now K Street is at the center of a scandal that some Washington observers feel could be to the lobbying business what Wa…

Iran 5

Namens wie heeft de VS al die landen gebombardeerd? Is Iran de volgende op de lijst? Op een dag lukt het niet meer om volkeren in het gareel te bombarderen. De Independent bericht: '"We are not worried about our nuclear case being sent to the Security Council," Gholamreza Rahmani-Fazli, the deputy secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said on Iranian television. Earlier, the former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani said on radio that the stand off had "become very serious and has reached its climax". He said Iran intended to press on with its nuclear programme and had no intention of complying with " colonial taboos". Western fears that Iran is bent on developing a nuclear weapon have been fuelled by statements by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad since his election in June last year. He has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" , and Iran has taken steps since August to reverse commitments to the international comm…

Olie Voorraden 2

De reden van de huidige en toekomstige oorlogen: olie en de dollar. 'Energiebulletin' is onafhankelijk van de olie-industrie, overheden en officiele instituten. Het bericht het volgende: 'During the past year, the average price of oil increased 33 percent almost matching the 34 percent increase of 2004. If one wants to think of peak oil just as steadily increasing prices, then we are clearly on our way. Since 2001, oil prices have nearly tripled.The most memorable feature of 2005 from the peak oil perspective was the pair of powerful hurricanes that smashed into the Gulf oil facilities, momentarily sending oil to over $70 per barrel, and causing extensive damage to Gulf oil production and refining facilities that has still not been fully repairedAmong the noteworthy features of the storms however was how little they seemed to have harmed the US economy. Obviously a lot of people were directly affected by the destruction of one major and numerous smaller cities and towns. H…

Boris (O.) Dittrich

Volgens het NOS-Journaal van acht uur is Boris O. Dittrich vervroegd teruggekeerd van een wat officieel 'werkbezoek aan de Antillen' heet te zijn, maar in feite een - zeg maar - vakantietripje naar de tropen is geweest, op kosten van de gemeenschap. Het zijn per slot van rekening koude en mistige januaridagen, ook voor een bovenmodale volksvertegenwoordiger. (Voor degene met goede ogen: hij zit daar links onder die klapperboom) Wat zal Boris O. in het vliegtuig hebben gebaald. Overigens heeft hij nu toch na al die jaren definitief afscheid van die O. genomen. Toen ik hem ooit in een VPRO-uitzending vroeg waar die O. voor stond, antwoordde hij enigszins besmuikt 'Ottocar,' maar daar werd hij op school mee gepest en dus werd het O punt. Waarom die O. dan toch bleef in Boris O. werd niet duidelijk. Waarschijnlijk omdat nooit iemand er naar vroeg, want nadat ik ernaar gevraagd had liet hij de O. ogenblikkelijk vallen en noemde hij zich voortaan Boris Dittrich. Misschien wa…

Orion Nevel

Nieuwe foto's van de Orion Nevel, gemaakt door de Hubble. Nasa bericht: 'NASA'S HUBBLE REVEALS THOUSANDS OF ORION NEBULA STARS. In one of the most detailed astronomical images ever produced, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured an unprecedented look at the Orion Nebula. This turbulent star formation region is one of astronomy's most dramatic and photogenic celestial objects. "Orion is a bustling cauldron of activity. This new large-scale Hubble image of the region reveals a treasure-house of beauty and astonishing detail for comprehensive scientific study," said Jennifer Wiseman, NASA's Hubble program scientist. The crisp image is a tapestry of star formation. It varies from jets fired by stars still embedded in their dust and gas cocoons to disks of material encircling young stars that could be the building blocks of future solar systems. In a mosaic containing a billion pixels, Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys uncovered thousands of stars …

De Nuance van de NRC

Dit is Vance Serchuk, 'onderzoeker' van het American Enterprise Institute, een zogeheten onafhankelijke denktank met in de raad van bestuur topmensen uit de zaken- en financiele wereld, de olie- en wapenindustrie. http://www.aei.org/about/contentID.20038142214500073/default.asp In de VS wordt het AEI gezien als een spreekbuis van de neoconservatieven. Gisteren voerde Tom-Jan Meeus van de NRC deze vlot ogende jongeman op als behorende tot 'de kleine groep deskundigen die de vormgeving van de Amerikaanse buitenlandse politiek op de voet volgt,' en die zo 'de Nederlandse aarzelingen over deelname aan de militaire missie in de Afghaanse provincie Uruzgan nauwgezet' bijhoudt. Vance 'is negatief over het „schichtige” opereren van Nederland en de „bijna lachwekkende besluiteloosheid van deze Europese bondgenoot in de oorlog tegen terreur”, ' aldus Tom-Jan. Volgens hem is het blad waar Serchuk voor schrijft, de Weekly Standard, 'een veel geraadpleegde bron …

Irak 13

De Independent bericht: 'US Army publishes British officer's essay criticising its handling of Iraq. The US Army has published a criticism of its performance in Iraq by a senior British officer. He accuses American forces of making a tricky situation worse with their cultural arrogance, over-reliance on technology, and inability to recognise the special challenges of counter-insurgency warfare. The essay, published in the Military Review, was written by Brigadier Nigel Aylwin-Foster, who served in Iraq from December 2003 to November 2O04… At times, he adds, the Army showed "a cultural sensitivity ... that arguably amounted to institutional racism." Above all, he argues, it had failed to adapt to the demands of counter-insurgency work, where military operations had a vital political dimension.' Zie: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article337990.ece

Klimaatverandering 10

De Independent bericht: 'Global warming: Climate change is killing off amphibians. Global warming has triggered the decline of hundreds of species of frogs and toads by helping a deadly skin infection to spread across the world.
Scientists believe they have found the first clear proof that global warming has caused outbreaks of an infectious disease that is wiping out entire populations of amphibians. The dramatic decline of the 6,000 species of amphibians was first identified in 1990 and one theory for the loss was the spread of a devastating skin infection caused by a fungus. A study by an international team of researchers has now linked the spread of a species of chytrid fungus called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis with a rise in tropical temperatures associated with global warming. The scientists believe the average temperatures of many tropical highland regions, which are rich in endemic species of frogs and toads, have shifted to become perfect for the growth of the fungus.&#…

Bush Tribunaal

Voor wie zich wil inzetten! Via via kreeg ik net dit email: '~NOTICE~Please circulate. The International Commission of Inquiry On Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration (see http://www.bushcommission.org/) is seeking law students to assist the tribunal in preparing material for the trial on January 20-22. The Commission has a special and unique character. The Commission has an historical responsibility that can only be fulfilled on the basis of firmly establishing its moral and political authority. This authority, in turn, is derived from the integrity of the tribunal as a whole including the rigor of the presentation of factual material, the referencing of existing law where applicable, and the stature of its participants. And while this is not a court of law with power to impose sanctions, the verdicts of this tribunal contribute a great deal to efforts by all people of conscience to repudiate this administration’s actions and bring its operatives to justic…

Amerikaanse Bombardementen 2

De Amerikaanse hoogleraar Michael Schwartz schrijft in TomDispatch een interessant en uitgebreid achtergrondartikel over de bombardementen op Irak: 'One of the true scandals of media coverage of the war in Iraq has been the simple fact that you -- relatively small numbers of you anyway -- had to visit Tomdispatch.com, or Juan Cole's invaluable Informed Comment blog, or Antiwar.com, or other Internet sites to find out anything about the fierce (if limited) ongoing air war in that country. The American media's record on coverage of the air campaign against the Iraqi insurgency since Baghdad was taken in early April 2003 has been dismal in the extreme. Our military has regularly loosed its planes in "targeted" attacks on guerrillas in Iraq's heavily populated urban areas (where much of the fighting has taken place), sometimes, as in largely Shiite Najaf and largely Sunni Falluja in 2004, destroying whole sections of major cities, in part from the air. Despite th…

Tony Blair en Irak

In verschillende Nederlandse kranten konden we vandaag een grote foto zien van de Britse premier die graffiti van een muur spoot, in het kader van zijn campagne: 'Respect - Geef Respect, krijg respect,' een campagne die zijn dramatisch gedaalde populariteit en vertrouwen in hem weer moet verhogen. Onder andere de Volkskrant vond dit kennelijk relevanter nieuws dan het feit dat Blair in eigen land in de media onder vuur ligt. Ook in het Verenigd Koninkrijk gaan nu namelijk stemmen op voor een impeachment-procedure, maar dan met premier Blair as hoofdrolspeler. Sir Michael Rose was generaal van het Britse leger en commandant van de VN vredesmacht in Bosnie. In de Guardian schrijft hij: 'Enough of his excuses: Blair must be impeached over Iraq. The only way parliament can regain the trust of disaffected voters is to admit that it was wrong to support the war... Now it is clear that parliament was misled by Mr Blair, either wittingly or unwittingly, parliament should also call…

Irak 12

Common Dreams heeft het volgende bericht van het persbureau IPS overgenomen: 'World Bank president and former U.S. deputy defence secretary Paul Wolfowitz had said Iraq could "really finance its own reconstruction." But such words have fallen flat because the state of the infrastructure is clearly worse now than even during the harsh economic sanctions of the 1990s. As the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq approaches, a study by Linda Bilmes at Harvard University and Dr. Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University found that "the total economic costs of the war, including direct costs and macroeconomic costs, lie between 1 trillion and 2 trillion dollars." A trillion is a thousand billion. This money has done little for Iraq. The situation on the ground remains dire, with estimates of unemployment at 70 percent… With 2,206 U.S. soldiers killed so far, and more than 100 attacks on coalition forces every day, occupation forces appear unable to protect…

Barricaden

Een bommelding? Een Ontruiming? Een Gaslek? Nee, er worden hier ergens nieuwe rioleringsbuizen gelegd. Daarom is deze doorgangsroute in het centrum van Amsterdam gebarricadderd en moet iedereen zich door een nauwe doorgang wurmen. Anders blijven de mensen doorfietsen. Er staat wel een bord dat men moet omrijden, maar iedereen heeft het druk, druk, druk! Dus met het verstand op nul rechtdoor. En maar blijven duwen, vaak chagrijnig, soms zelfs agressief, altijd geirriteerd. En de oudere lieve 'onzichtbare' dames die het verkeer regelen, maar uitleggen waarom die obstakels er staan.

Een Doodgewone Held

De man op de foto rechtsboven is Hugh Thompson. Linksonder ziet u het resultaat van een slachting in Vietnam. Robert Parry, onderzoeksjournalist van het onafhankelijke Consortiumnews, schrijft: '“Hero” is one of the most abused words in the English language, often applied to people who simply face some danger or who do well in sports or business. But the word really should be reserved for someone who – in the face of danger – does the right thing. Hugh Thompson, who died on Jan. 6 at the age of 62 from cancer, was such a hero. In one of the darkest moments of modern American history – on March 16, 1968, in the Vietnamese village of My Lai – Thompson landed his helicopter between rampaging U.S. soldiers and a group of terrified Vietnamese villagers to save their lives. Circling over the village, Thompson was at first uncertain what he was witnessing. A bloodied unit of the Americal Division, furious over its own casualties, had stormed into a hamlet known as My Lai 4. Revenge-seeki…

De Dollar Hegemonie

Jody Paulson. Ik weet niet wie ze is, maar ze heeft wel een verhaal te vertellen. Ik hoorde haar op Radical Radio, een progressief radiostation in Seattle. http://www.radicalradio.org/Ze zegt: 'Today international finance uses the US dollar as the dominant reserve currency instead of gold which is intrinsically worth more than kindling or toilet-paper. Yet our fiat money is still treated as the world’s gold standard. In order to protect an attack on its currency, a country’s central bank must have dollar reserves corresponding to its currency in circulation. The dollar now accounts for 68% of global currency reserves, up from 51% a decade ago. However, at the same time, we sell only 12.3% of the world's goods but we buy 18.9%. That's like spending 150% of your paycheck every week. Yet the rest of the world keeps producing things in exchange for a bunch of green paper printed in the USA. Why? The answer is that the world's most essential commodities, including oil are d…

Martelen 12

Van Amnesty International ontvang ik net het volgende persbericht: 'Persbericht Amnesty International 11 januari 2006Amnesty International:Vier jaar Guantánamo is te lang.Nieuwe getuigenissen van marteling en mishandeling.“…de ergste dagen tijdens mijn gevangenschap waren vol ontbering, vernedering,onderdrukking en psychologische stress…” “…Ik kon alleen maar praten met de drie mensen die me martelden…” Getuigenis van Jumah al-Dossari uit Bahrein die op Guantánamo vastzit sinds januari 2002. Vandaag precies vier jaar na de aankomst van de eerste gevangenen op Guantánamo in Cuba, publiceert Amnesty International nieuwe documenten met bewijs van mishandeling en marteling van gevangenen in Amerikaanse gevangenschap. Zo is er de getuigenis van een van de eerste gevangenen die naar Guantánamo werden overgebracht. Jumah al-Dossari, een 32-jarige Bahreini, werd in januari 2002 naar de marinebases overgebracht. Hij werd door Amerikaanse troepen aangehouden op het vliegveld van Kandahar in…

Nederland en Afghanistan 19

Het persagentschap Reuters bericht: 'Taliban Leader Vows More Attacks in Afghanistan. KABUL (Reuters) - Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar on Monday vowed more attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, a day after Afghan President Hamid Karzai suggested he "get in touch'' if he wanted peace. In a message to mark the three-day Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which starts in Afghanistan on Tuesday, Omar reiterated his call for jihad, or holy war, against the United States. "The Taliban attacks in Afghanistan will further intensify in this New Year, which will force Americans to leave Afghanistan very soon,'' he said in a message carried by the Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) news agency. Lees verder: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/news/news-afghan-karzai.html Of: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011006N.shtmlDit wordt bekend op het moment dat de regering Bush en de door Washington aangestelde NAVO secretaris-generaal Nederlandse polit…

Martelen 11

De Britse Observer bericht: 'Scandal of force-fed prisoners Hunger strikers are tied down and fed through nasal tubes, admits Guantánamo Bay doctor. New details have emerged of how the growing number of prisoners on hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay are being tied down and force-fed through tubes pushed down their nasal passages into their stomachs to keep them alive. They routinely experience bleeding and nausea, according to a sworn statement by the camp's chief doctor, seen by The Observer.'Experience teaches us' that such symptoms must be expected 'whenever nasogastric tubes are used,' says the affidavit of Captain John S Edmondson, commander of Guantánamo's hospital. The procedure - now standard practice at Guantánamo - 'requires that a foreign body be inserted into the body and, ideally, remain in it.' But staff always use a lubricant, and 'a nasogastric tube is never inserted and moved up and down. It is inserted down into the stomach slowl…

Jan Tromp van de Volkskrant

'De Prins Spreekt,' was de eerbiedige titel van een vorig jaar verschenen boekje waarin de interviews stonden afgedrukt die de Volkskrant coryfeeën Pieter Broertjes en Jan Tromp met Bernhard hadden. 'De Prins' sprak en de journalistieke lakeien luisterden met open oren en schreven alles vervolgens ongeclausuleerd op. Zonder wederhoor en ook maar iets te checken, zoals nog eens te lezen is in het rapport van de jury die de 'Prijs voor Dagbladjournalistiek 2005' toekende: 'In hun verantwoording stellen de auteurs nadrukkelijk dat zij hebben afgezien van pogingen tot wederhoor en het checken van feiten.' Desondanks behoorde het tweetal tot de genomineerden en de jury was laaiend enthousiast getuige haar rapport: 'Het interview wordt als zeer compleet beoordeeld - er is geen element uit Bernhards leven overgeslagen - en het is prikkelend geschreven. Ook aan criteria als exclusiviteit, impact, en relevantie wordt in royale mate voldaan. Samenvattend: jou…

Huurlingen in Irak 2

Dit is een Westerse huurling die in Irak vecht. Onnesha Roychoudhuri van AlterNet schrijft: 'Who's Fighting Our Wars? A new documentary explores the role of the modern-day 'mercenaries' waging the war in Iraq for private companies like Blackwater. During the first Gulf War, there was one private military contract (PMC) employee for every 100 soldiers. In today's Iraq war, that ratio has risen dramatically to one PMC for every 10 soldiers. It's figures like this that make Nick Bicanic's new documentary, "Shadow Company," such an eye-opener. Nation-states are paying private companies to provide armed civilians, in lieu of soldiers, on an unprecedented scale. Yet, aside from a handful of allegations about contract workers firing on innocent civilians, little is known about PMCs.' Lees verder:
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/30462/Of: http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/2702Hier kunt u zien hoe deze particuliere moordenaars van het Britse bedrijf …

Irak 11

De publicist Eliot Weinberger schrijft in de London Review of Books: 'What I Heard about Iraq in 2005. In 2005 I heard that Coalition forces were camped in the ruins of Babylon. I heard that bulldozers had dug trenches through the site and cleared areas for helicopter landing pads and parking lots, that thousands of sandbags had been filled with dirt and archaeological fragments, that a 2600-year-old brick pavement had been crushed by tanks, and that the moulded bricks of dragons had been gouged out from the Ishtar Gate by soldiers collecting souvenirs. I heard that the ruins of the Sumerian cities of Umma, Umm al-Akareb, Larsa and Tello were completely destroyed and were now landscapes of craters. I heard that the US was planning an embassy in Baghdad that would cost $1.5 billion, as expensive as the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero, the proposed tallest building in the world. I saw a headline in the Los Angeles Times that read: 'After Levelling City, US Tries to Build Trust.&#…

Propaganda 5

Propaganda is een onmisbaar wapen in een moderne oorlog. Journalisten van de masamedia zijn onmisbaar in de propaganda-oorlog. De Amerikaanse auteur Norman Solomon schreef over deze foto: 'The picture was perfect. It provided a moving portrait, an image that journalists called "iconic." It was true to the moment. Yet the photograph was deceiving in a way that media images often are - showing us what's more apparent than real…The day after the photo was snapped, "CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather told viewers: "The picture. Did you see it? The best war photograph of recent years is in many newspapers today, front page in some. Taken by Luis Sinco of the Los Angeles Times, it is this close-up of a U.S. Marine on the front lines of Fallujah. He is tired, dirty and bloodied, dragging on that cigarette, eyes narrowed and alert. Not with the thousand-yard stare of a dazed infantryman so familiar to all who have seen combat firsthand, up close. No. This is …

Iran 4

William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of two books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know. Hij schrijft in Truthout: 'Attack on Iran: A Looming Folly... 1. Blowback in Iraq. The recent elections in Iraq were dominated by an amalgam of religiously fundamentalist Shi'ite organizations, principally the Dawa Party and the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). Both Dawa and SCIRI have umbilical connections to the fundamentalist Shi'ite leadership in Iran that go back decades. In essence, Iran now owns a significant portion of the Iraqi government. Should the United States undertake military action against Iran, the ramifications in Iraq would be immediate and extreme. In the first eight days of January, eighteen US troops have been killed in Iraq, compounded by another twelve deaths from a Black Hawk helicopter crash on Saturday. Much of the violence aimed at American forces is coming from disgruntle…

Uncle Sam en Nederland

Uncle Sam heeft het altijd al moeilijk gehad met democratische naties zodra die een eigen weg inslaan en weigeren Washington's oorlogszuchtige activiteiten blindelings te steunen. Ditmaal is Nederland aan de beurt om te worden bedreigd en gechanteerd. De Volkskrant bericht: 'VS straffen Nederland bij afhaken. "Als de Nederlanders besluiten geen troepen naar Afghanistan te sturen, zal dat schadelijk zijn voor de Nederlandse belangen in de Verenigde Staten. De Nederlanders kunnen niet zomaar zeggen: oké, wij gaan niet naar Afghanistan, verder blijft alles hetzelfde. Dat zal niet gebeuren." Oud-diplomaat Paul Bremer III voorspelt dat Amerika Nederland zal straffen als het niet de elfhonderd militairen levert die het de NAVO heeft toegezegd voor de stabilisatiemacht in Afghanistan. Bremer was tussen 1983 en 1986 Amerikaans ambassadeur in Den Haag. In 2003, kort na de val van Saddam Hussein, werd hij als vertrouweling van president Bush de Amerikaanse bewindvoerder over I…

De Neoliberale Economie

Grafiek van de aandelenkoersen voor en na de crash van 1929. Global Circle Net heeft een artikel overgenomen van Gracchus Jones, 'the pen name of an historian and monetary theorist from Washington, D.C.' Hij schrijft het volgende: 'The Washington Post and the Coming Crash. The Washington Post is one of the world’s “great” newspapers. But to the American-European financial establishment, it is much more than that. It is one of their house organs, with close ties to the U.S. government intelligence community. The Post’s job is to shape the news the way the East Coast establishment wants it shaped. No one should think for an instant that rookie reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein would have been allowed to unmask President Richard Nixon if the intelligence/financier elite hadn’t decided it was time for the cursing Californian to go. Nixon’s crime? Probably not so much the dirty tricks and use of the IRS to hound those on his “enemy list” as much as his use of the Federa…

LA Times en Sharon

Dit is het Israelische leger in actie tegen Palestijnse kinderen tijdens het bewind van Sharon. Sinds het begin van de tweede intifada in september 2000 zijn 728 Palestijnse kinderen, van wie 98 onder de acht jaar oud, door het Israelische leger of joodse kolonisten vermoord. http://www.dci-pal.org/english/display.cfm?DocId=454&CategoryId=1 Bovendien zijn Palestijnse kinderen in strijd met de Conventie over de Rechten van het Kind door het leger gevangen gehouden en worden sommigen volgens 'Defence for Children International' zelfs gemarteld. Opmerkelijk is dan ook de wijze waarop de massamedia Sharon portretteren als een groot staatsman zonder wie Israel niet verder zou kunnen. Gelukkig verschijnt er nu in de internationale media een tegengeluid, zo blijkt ook uit een artikel, dat Saree Makdisi, hoogleraar aan de Universiteit van California, voor de gezaghebbende Los Angeles Times schreef en dat overgenomen is door de Electronic Intifada: 'The whitewashing of Ariel Sh…

Israel's Expansionisme

Eind vorige maand schreef Sarah Leah Whitson van de mensenrechtenorganisatie Human Rights Watch in een brief aan president Bush: 'Dear President Bush, I am writing to you with respect to multiple Israeli announcements of its plans to continue expanding settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). This directly contravenes international law and Israeli commitments under the Road Map. You recently reiterated Israel’s obligations to stop expanding settlements when you said, on October 20, 2005, following your meeting with Palestinian President Abbas: “Israel should not undertake any activity that contravenes its road map obligations, or prejudices the final status negotiations with regard to Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem. This means that Israel must remove unauthorized outposts and stop settlement expansion.” Israel has acted contrary to these obligations, escalating the building of settlements in 2005. According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, in the …

Irak 10

De Sydney Morning Herald bericht: "The country's on the verge of a civil war," General Sanchez told soldiers preparing to deploy to Iraq during a ceremony held in Heidelberg, Germany.
Senior Shiite Muslim religious and political leaders urged restraint yesterday after some Shiites called for retaliation against Sunni Arab militants whom they blamed for Thursday's suicide bombing in the Shiite holy city of Karbala. Shiites make up 60 per cent of Iraq's population but were oppressed by the minority Sunni Arabs under former president Saddam Hussein, who also persecuted Iraq's Kurdish population. The new government is expected to be dominated by Shiite Islamists. General Casey sought to downplay last week's violence. "We can't let what's happened the last few days distract us from the progress that's been made over the last year. That's what the terrorists want," General Casey said.' Zie:
http://smh.com.au/news/world/us-generals-di…

Irak 9

Op de bovenste foto ziet u: 'Razaq Al Kazem Al Khafaji grieves over the bodies of his children in Hilla in the southern province of Babylon on Tuesday. Khafaji lost 15 members (including six children) of his family as his car was bombed by coalition helicopters while fleeing Haidariya towards Babylon. Thirty-three civilians were killed and 310 wounded in a US-British bombing of the residential area of Nader south of the city of Hilla, 80km south of Baghdad (photo by Karim SAHIB/AFP).' Zie: http://www.streamreel.com/media/war.htmOp de onderste foto's ziet u de doodskisten van Amerikaanse soldaten vlak voordat ze worden teruggevlogen naar de VS.
De Amerikaanse onafhankelijke journalist Dahr Jamail schrijft in zijn dagboek: 'US Propaganda vs. Iraqi Reality... What better time to maintain tax cuts in the US, particularly when a new study by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard budget expert Linda Bilmes estimates the cost of the Iraq war to be between $1-2 trillion, a…

'Collateral Damage' 2

Dit zijn slachtoffertjes van een Amerikaans napalm bombardement op Vietnam. In 1973 onthulde de Australische journalist John Pilger dat 'Americans were still fighting' in Vietnam 'even though they were supposed to have pulled out following the Paris Peace Agreement in January of that year and President Nixon's announcement of "peace with honour". "They had sent in private contractors who were really military in civilian dress,"explained Pilger. "Companies were contracted by the defence department to hire so called retired American officers to do exactly what US officers were doing when they weren't retired. It made a mockery of the Paris Agreement. Moreover, with this ghost army in place, the Americans intensified the bombing. More Vietnamese civilians were killed in those three years to 1975 than in all the years back to 1965.' Meer dan 30 jaar later voltrekt zich dezelfde militaire strategie in Irak. Niet alleen worden er nu ook '…