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Venezuela

De Bush-gang heeft een nieuw slachtoffer op het oog: Venezuela, en laat dat nu ook toevallig een olieland zijn. Al eerder heeft Washington via een militare coup de democratisch gekozen president Chavez proberen kalt te stellen, maar dat mislukte omdat niet alleen de meerderheid van de bevolking achter hem bleef staan, maar ook een deel van het leger. Maar de gangsters geven het niet op. De Los Angeles Times bericht: 'US More Intent on Blocking Chavez . Venezuela's leader seeks to rally opposition to Washington as elections near in the region. Washington - The Bush administration is stepping up efforts to counter leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as he builds opposition to U.S. influence in Latin America. U.S. diplomats have sought in recent years to mute their conflicts with Chavez, fearing that a war of words with the flamboyant populist could raise his stature at home and abroad. But in recent months, as Chavez has sharpened his attacks - and touched American nerves …

Israelisch Expansionisme 6

Palestijnse humor versus de Israelische Apartheids Muur, waarbij nog meer land van de Palestijnen wordt gestolen. De BBC bericht: 'Hamas attacks Israel border plan. A senior Hamas leader has described as a declaration of war an Israeli plan to set new borders unilaterally by annexing Palestinian land. The militant group's political leader in exile, Khaled Meshaal, told the AFP news agency the plan was intended to meet only Israel's security needs. Mr Meshaal said the plan would not bring about peace. Acting Israeli PM Ehud Olmert said he planned to set permanent borders for Israel within four years. But he said he would give Hamas time to reform, disarm and embrace past interim peace agreements before pursuing a unilateral solution.' Lees verder: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4793028.stmOver de extremistische reden waarom Israel pas 62 jaar na de stichting van de staat gaat bepalen waar zijn grenzen liggen, kunt u hier lezen: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/…

Noam Chomsky 4

Terwijl de Verenigde Staten zijn oorlogen voert, verandert de geopolitieke situatie in de wereld razendsnel. Noam Chomsky schrijft: 'New world relationships. THE prospect that Europe and Asia might move toward greater independence has troubled US planners since World War II. The concerns have only risen as the ‘tripolar order’ — Europe, North America and Asia — has continued to evolve. Every day, Latin America, too, is becoming more independent. Now Asia and the Americas are strengthening their ties while the reigning superpower, the odd man out, consumes itself in misadventures in the Middle East. Regional integration in Asia and Latin America is a crucial and increasingly important issue that, from Washington's perspective, betokens a defiant world gone out of control. Energy, of course, remains a defining factor — the object of contention — everywhere. China, unlike Europe, refuses to be intimidated by Washington, a primary reason for the fear of China by US planners, which…

De Oorlogsstaat 29

Charles Sullivan schrijft in Information Clearing House: 'Externalizing the Cost of War. It must seem odd to the world that while our nation is coming apart at the seams, and every last shred of decency is being severed from the cloth of conscience, all we can do is watch American Idol and Survivor. According to author Mike Green (The Whole Truth about the U.S. War on Terror), there are one hundred and ninety-two recognized nations on earth, and the U.S. has troops stationed in one hundred and thirty-five of them. In total, we have in excess of four hundred thousand troops occupying a substantial majority of the world. The nation with the second largest number of troops deployed is Great Britain with thirty-five thousand, followed by France with twenty-three thousand. Apparently, bringing democracy to the world requires an extensive presence and lots of weapons. If only that were what this is about. It is really about hegemony, domination, global empire. Perhaps America’s insatiab…

Propaganda 13

In Information Clearing House schrijft Mike Whitney: 'The 48 Hour Media-blitz for War with Iran. In the last 48 hours all the major players in the Bush administration have issued statements warning of the impending danger of Iran. Cheney blasted the Islamic regime saying there would be “meaningful consequences” if it refuses to comply with international demands to stop its nuclear program. Condoleezza Rice said, “We face no greater challenge from a single country than Iran… This is a country that seems determined, it seems, to develop a nuclear weapon in defiance of the international community that is determined that they should not get one.” Donald Rumsfeld warned at a press conference on Wednesday, “I will say this about Iran. They are currently putting people into Iraq to do things that are harmful to the future of Iraq. We know it, and it is something that they, I think, will look back on as having been an error in judgment.” Bush chimed in too, “Iran must not have a nuclear w…

Nieuw Guinea

John Pilger bericht: 'An estimated 100,000 Papuans, or 10 per cent of the population, have been killed by the Indonesian military. This is a fraction of the true figure, according to refugees. In January, 43 West Papuans reached Australia's north coast after a hazardous six-week journey in a dugout. They had no food, and had dribbled their last fresh water into their children's mouths. "We knew," said Herman Wainggai, the leader, "that if the Indonesian military had caught us, most of us would have died. They treat West Papuans like animals. They kill us like animals. They have created militias and jihadis to do just that. It is the same as East Timor."For over a year, an estimated 6,000 people have been hiding in dense jungle after their villages and crops were destroyed by Indonesian special forces. Raising the West Papuan flag is "treason". Two men are serving 15 and ten-year sentences for merely trying. Following an attack on one village, …

Saul Landau

Saul Landau is al jaren 1 van de helderste commentatoren die ik ken. In Znet schrijft hij: 'The Country's Going to Hell at Home and Abroad. "If the country's on the road to Hell, just claim that it's Heaven." I don't meet many Republicans, but those few I do talk to agree that the world and the country are going to hell. That oft spouted cliché - has taken on new meaning given recent and very dire environmental news. The worsening of global warming may have brought about natural catastrophes - hurricanes. The almost comical incompetence by Bush's imperial managers compounded the disasters experienced by poor people. Yet, Bush's panorama in his State of the Union address and subsequent speeches reflected only optimism. Bush's rosy picture contradicts certain economic facts. He attributed to tax cuts and free trade policies the news that "The Dow Jones rose above 11,000 in February on the basis of good economic news." An NPR reporte…

Milieu Catastrofe

De Independent bericht: 'China's Boom is Killing Sea That Gives It Life, Warn Scientists. China's spectacular economic boom will mean the death of its major economic and maritime hub, the Bohai sea, unless action is taken to stop industrial pollution of its waters, environmental advisers said yesterday. The warnings, yet another example of the crisis gripping the world's fastest-growing major economy, come as China tries to balance its desire for economic growth with the need to avoid environmental catastrophe. "Almost no river that flows into the Bohai sea is clean," Liu Quanfang, an adviser to the annual National People's Congress, told the Xinhua news agency, adding that the sea could be "dead" within 12 years if urgent action is not taken to clean its waters.' Lees verder: http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article350363.ece Of: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0310-05.htm

Klimaatverandering 23

De klimaatverandering, als gevolg van de uitstoot van broeikasgassen, begint ingrijpende gevolgen te krijgen ook voor Phoenix in Arizona waar stofstormen de luchtvervuiling verergeren. De New York Times bericht: 'In Phoenix, Even Cactuses Wilt in Clutches of Record Drought. Thursday began like the 141 days before it, sunny and crisp, dust settling everywhere except on the record - set again - for the number of days without rain. Phoenix knows all about dry weather. It is a place where children are drilled throughout elementary school to conserve water, where hotels boast of covered parking areas not to protect from rain, but to offer a bit of shade. Grown men spread lotion all over their bodies every morning. Noses bleed. Newcomers watch in horror as their hands seem to age right in front of them. But even the desert suffers droughts, and this winter has brought a strong one, the fickle air currents pushing approaching storm clouds to the east. Until this year, the record for days…

De Oorlogsstaat 28

Cindy Sheehan, moeder van een in Irak gesneuvelde militair, is in de VS bekend geworden vanwege haar acties tegen de Amerikaanse agressie in het Midden Oosten. Op een video van Information Clearing House kunt u zien hoe ze voor het gebouw van de Verenigde Naties aangehouden wordt wanneer ze probeert een petitie aan de VN te overhandigen. Het is een tijdsbeeld van de Verenigde Staten, het imperium dat claimt de grootste democratie op aarde te zijn, maar waar de Amerikanen zelf het recht niet hebben om bij de VN te protesteren tegen een zinloze oorlog. 'On Monday, March 6th, Cindy Sheehan and three others were arrested while attempting to deliver a petition to the US Mission at the UN. t r u t h o u t's Rebecca MacNeice was on the ground and filmed the arrests.' Zie: http://www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

De Dollar Hegemonie 5

Gisteren verklaarde de Amerikaans ambassadeur bij de Verenigde Naties, John Bolton, tegenover de BBC World Service dat de militaire optie tegen Iran niet van tafel was. Desondanks draait het christelijke dagblad Trouw vandaag de werkelijkheid weer eens 180 graden om en herhaalt de Amerikaanse propaganda over Iran en nucleaire wapens onder de kop: 'Nucleaire crisis / Iran bedreigt VS in Wenen tijdens vergadering IAEA.' Information Clearing House geeft achtergrond informatie die een volstrekt ander licht werpt op Washington's ware motieven: 'Challenging the mighty dollar. If major nations trade on Iran's oil bourse, it may start a 'dollar flight' effect It's becoming increasingly obvious that there is a looming crisis brewing over Iran. The true 'whys' and 'what's' of the issue, however, are clouded to the American public due to our modern press and to the nature of the underlying stakes involved. What people read is that there is a gr…

Irak 43

Common Dreams bericht: 'Fuse Lit for Total War in Mideast: U.S. EnvoyWarns against pulling troops out of Iraq too soon Country `really vulnerable' to an all-out civil war. BAGHDAD - The toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003 opened a "Pandora's box" of ethnic and sectarian tensions that could engulf the region in all-out war and disrupt the global economy if U.S. forces were to leave the country too soon, says the top American diplomat in Iraq. In remarks that were among the frankest and bleakest public assessments of the situation by a high-level American official, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said the "potential is there" for sectarian violence to become all-out civil war, but that Iraq for now had pulled back from that prospect after the wave of sectarian reprisals for the Feb. 22 bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra. "If another incident (occurs), Iraq is really vulnerable to it at this time," Khalilzad said in an interview. …

Iran 15

Dit is het resultaat van een oorlog die namens ons gevoerd wordt. Desondanks blijven net als voorafgaand aan de Irak-invasie de commerciele massamedia in Nederland de propaganda van de Amerikaanse regering ongeclausuleerd doorgeven en ongekaderd napraten. Het draaiboek voor geweld tegen Iran lijkt tot in de details op het draaiboek dat de oorlog tegen Irak moest rechtvaardigen. Toch slikken de Westerse media de propaganda als zoete koek. De NRC bericht: 'Iran vormt nu al waarschijnlijk de grootste bedreiging voor de Verenigde Staten, en zou in het bezit van kernwapens nog honderden malen zo gevaarlijk zijn. Dat heeft de Amerikaanse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, Condoleezza Rice, gisteren gezegd tijdens een hoorzitting in het Congres. Haar uitspraken kwamen aan het begin van pogingen van de internationale gemeenschap tot een consensus te komen over eventuele maatregelen om Iran te dwingen alle uraniumverrijkingsactiviteit te staken. De Veiligheidsraad van de Verenigde Naties bui…

De Vogelgriep

Van mijn buurman: de vogelliefhebber Henk Suichies.

Martelen 27

Olivia Rousset van de Australische omroep SBS blijft de Abu Ghraib martelingen volgen. Een Amerikaanse militaire politieman vertelt haar hoe Amerikaanse militairen onbewapende Irakese gevangenen in Abu Ghraib doodschoten. Een andere militair vertelt haar dat alleen al de naam Abu Ghraib hem pijn doet. 'Het is als een wond die niet wil genezen.' Bij Information Clearing House kunt u de documentaire bekijken. 'The latest chapter in reporter Olivia Rousset's Abu Ghraib revelations. Three weeks ago on Dateline, Olivia revealed new evidence of horrific abuse at Abu Ghraib. On a recent trip to the US, Olivia managed to track down two former Abu Ghraib guards - one who served time for committing abuses against Iraqi detainees and another who witnessed those shocking events. It's no small irony that both of these former US military policemen now see themselves as being among the victims of Abu Ghraib. Here's Olivia's story. And, as you would expect with this sort o…

Israelisch Expansionisme 5

Links: Palestijnen die met humor de aanval hebben ingezet op de Apartheids Muur, waarmee Israelische extremisten nog meer land van de Palestijnen proberen te stelen. De Volkskrant berichtte vanochtend: 'Israël zal uiterlijk in 2010 de definitieve grenzen van de joodse staat vaststellen tenzij Hamas Israël erkent en afziet van geweld. Dat heeft waarnemend premier Ehud Olmert donderdag gezegd in een interview met The Jerusalem Post. Het is voor het eerst dat Israël een deadline noemt voor het vaststellen van de definitieve grenzen.' Zie: http://www.volkskrant.nl/buitenland/article243192.ece Kennelijk gaat de Volkskrant ervan uit dat haar lezers zo onnozel zijn dat ze zich niet zullen afvragen waarom een land dat sinds 1948 bestaat pas over vier jaar laat weten waar zijn grenzen liggen, dus 62 jaar na dato. Om de Volkskrant-redactie al vast een beetje op weg te helpen: 'In 1938, Ben-Gurion made it clear of his support for the establishment of a Jewish state on parts of Palest…

Martelen 26

De Independent bericht over onze bondgenoot in de 'war on terror': 'US to close down Abu Ghraib prison. Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison that became a byword for torture first under Saddam Hussein and later under the American occupation, is to close. Its 4,500 prisoners will be moved to other jails inside Iraq, a US military spokesman said. The prison on the outskirts of western Baghdad was infamous under Saddam as a place where political prisoners and other inmates were tortured and executed. But after the US took control it gained worldwide notoriety with the emergence of thousands of graphic photographs showing US troops abusing, torturing, and in some cases apparently killing Iraqi prisoners, leaving a permanent black mark on the reputation of America.' Lees verder: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article350357.ece

Martelen 25

De Indenpendent bericht: 'Stop force-feeding inmates, doctors tell US. The United States authorities are facing demands by doctors from around the world to abandon the barbaric method of force-feeding hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay. More than 250 medical experts are launching a protest today against the practice - which involves strapping inmates to "restraint chairs" and pushing tubes into the stomach through the nose. They say it breaches the right of prisoners to refuse treatment. The United Nations has demanded the immediate closure of the US detention camp in Cuba after concluding that treatment such as force-feeding and prolonged solitary confinement could amount to torture. Doctors from seven countries, including the best-selling author Oliver Sacks, call for disciplinary action against their US counterparts who force-feed detainees. About 80 prisoners are understood to be refusing food, including a UK resident, Shaker Aamer, a Saudi national who is married to …

Een Royaal Gebaar 3

Via de stichting ´Een Royaal Gebaar´ ontving ik dit verhaal over wat namens ons bij ons gebeurt. ´Zelf bekommer ik me een beetje om een Afghaans gezinnetje, ze zijn vorige week op straat gezet, uit Zestienhoven, nadat ze in Maastricht een kort geding hadden gewonnen over het feit dat ze gevangen zaten met hun 2 dochtertjes van 1- en 2 jaar. De dag na de rechtszitting kwam er een politie-agent hun cel in en hij zei: "Er is een brief voor jullie gekomen, jullie zijn vrij !!". B zei: "Waarheen?" Toen zei de politie: "Gewoon de straat op!" Ze zijn gewoon de straat op gesmeten in de avond, met twee kinderen, zonder vervoer. Ze wisten niet waar ze naar toe moesten. B zei nog dat hij geen onderdak had en kreeg als antwoord van de politie dat het niet hun zaak was. Als ze hen nu nog maar een nacht hadden laten blijven, maar ze werden in de regen op straat gezet, moeder heeft zware astma en de jongste is ziek. Ik vind de overwinning zeer twijfelachtig.Ze winnen e…

Martelen 25

Dit is het resultaat van de oorlog die door de neoconservatieven werd gestart uit naam van de democratie, maar die in werkelijkheid om de beheersing van de olie wordt gevoerd. De Guardian bericht: 'Annan Says Coalition May Be Violating LawUnited Nations - U.S.-led coalition forces and Iraq's authorities may be violating international law by arbitrarily detaining thousands of people, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report published Tuesday. The report, which studied the situation in Iraq over the last three months, said Iraq's prison system remains a major concern and lamented that an investigation into allegations of torture in Iraqi Interior Ministry jails had not yet been made public as promised. Annan's criticism of Multinational Forces and the Iraqi authorities in responding to violence was among the strongest he has made, although many of his claims were not new. He said the detainment of thousands of Iraqis ``constitutes de facto arbitrary detention.&…

Irak 42

Steeds dieper zakt Iraq weg in een moeras van geweld. Maar het einde is nog lang niet in zicht. 'Harkin calls for pullout, says Iraq is now 'quagmire.' Sen. Tom Harkin said in Iowa Friday that Iraq has deteriorated into "civil war," declaring it no longer manageable by U.S. forces.Harkin's comments make the Iowa Democrat among the first members of Congress to declare publicly that Iraq had slipped into war between Muslim factions. They come as polls show President Bush's approval at managing the situation at an all-time low."I'm firmly convinced now, after all this time, that it really is a civil war," Harkin said.The senator, an opponent of the war, said the only solution to the surge of sectarian violence is to begin withdrawing U.S. forces."You keep hoping for the best," Harkin said. "And then after a while you say, wait a minute, this isn't working. This isn't working."About 500 Iraqis have been killed in the …

De Corporatistische Staat

De onafhankelijke Amerikaanse journalist Dahr Jamail schrijft in Truthout: 'Halliburton and its subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) have been making hay in the burning Iraqi sun for years now. It is, of course, no coincidence that the man sitting as vice president played a key role with his influence in obtaining the lion's share of contracts in Iraq for the company he was CEO of prior to his self-appointed position. Yet none of this is news. What is news, however, is that the ties that bind Cheney to Halliburton also link him to groups with even broader interests in the Middle East, which are causing civilians on the ground there, as well as in the US, to pay the price. Cheney had much more at stake than pure altruism in making sure Halliburton/KBR obtained so many no-bid contracts in occupied Iraq. Despite his claims of not having any financial ties to Halliburton, the fact is that in both 2001 and 2002 he earned twice as much from a deferred salary from his "old&q…

James Lovelock

Begin vorige maand verscheen bij de Britse uitgeverij uitgeverij Penguin 'The Revenge of Gaia,' van professor James Gaia die wereldnaam verwierf met zijn these dat de aarde een levend zichzelf regulerend systeem is. In een artikel in de Independent vatte Lovelock de inhoud van zijn nieuwe boek als volgt samen: 'Our planet has kept itself healthy and fit for life, just like an animal does, for most of the more than three billion years of its existence. It was ill luck that we started polluting at a time when the sun is too hot for comfort. We have given Gaia a fever and soon her condition will worsen to a state like a coma. She has been there before and recovered, but it took more than 100,000 years. We are responsible and will suffer the consequences: as the century progresses, the temperature will rise 8 degrees centigrade in temperate regions and 5 degrees in the tropics. Much of the tropical land mass will become scrub and desert, and will no longer serve for regulation…

Zaid Atiya

Ik zat vanochtend een bijeenkomst voor waarbij scholieren van de het Regiocollege Zaanstreek-Waterland raadsleden kritisch ondervroegen over het overheidsbeleid. De politici beaamden dat er voor jongeren in de parlementaire democratie Nederland te weinig werk en te weinig woningen waren. Waarom dat zo is, bleef onduidelijk. De Verkiezing Beste Debater werd gewonnen door de 16-jarige Zaid Atiya die in Bagdad werd geboren.
Tijdens de pauze rapten Zaid en zijn medescholieren in het fietsenhok. De jongen met zijn handen voor de mond zorgde voor het ondersteunend ritme. Soms ging er gejuich of gelach op wanneer een rapper een gevatte rapregel zong. Na de jamsessie omarmden ze elkaar. In de gang van het Regio College hangen prachtige tekeningen van scholieren, die uit alle delen van de wereld komen.

De Neo Conservatieven

De Independent bericht: 'NeoCon allies desert Bush over Iraq. These are the right-wing intellectuals who demanded George Bush invade Iraq. Now they admit they got it wrong. Are you listening, Mr President? William Buckley Jnr: INFLUENTIAL CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST AND TV PUNDIT. 'One can't doubt the objective in Iraq has failed ... Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an army of 130,000 Americans. Different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgement of defeat.'
Francis Fukuyama: AUTHOR AND LONG-TERM ADVOCATE OF TOPPLING SADDAM.
'By invading Iraq, the Bush administration created a self-fulfilling prophecy: Iraq has now replaced Afghanistan as a magnet, a training ground and an operational base for jihadists, with plenty of American targets to shoot at.' Richard Perle: ARCH-WARMONGER AND PIVOTAL REPUBLICAN HAWK. 'The military campaign and its political aftermath were both passionately debated within the Bush administration. It got …

De Oorlogsstaat 27

Terwijl de mensheid aan de vooravond staat van de desastreuze gevolgen van de klimaatverandering, zoals professor James Lovelock mij vanmiddag uitlegde, gaan de machtigen gewoon door met hun oorlogsvoorbereidingen. Tom Dispatch bericht: 'Tomgram: Weaponizing the Shark and Other Pentagon Dreams.
Shark and Awe. From the Annals of Full-Spectrum Dominance We already have "stealth" aircraft, but what about a little of the stealth that only nature can provide? Navy Seals, move over -- here come the Navy sharks. According to the latest New Scientist magazine, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA, the blue-sky wing of the Pentagon, has set yet another group of American scientists loose to create the basis for future red-in-tooth-and-maw Discovery Channel programs. In this case, they are planning to put neural implants into the brains of sharks in hopes, one day, of "controlling the animal's movements, and perhaps even decoding what it is feeling." …

Irak 41

Terwijl de chaos in Irak totaal is, draait de Amerikaanse propaganda over Iran op volle toeren. De Guardian bericht: 'US envoy to Iraq: 'We have opened the Pandora's box' · 80% of Americans think civil war likely · Rumsfeld accuses Tehran of fomenting conflictThe US ambassador to Baghdad conceded yesterday that the Iraq invasion had opened a Pandora's box of sectarian conflicts which could lead to a regional war and the rise of religious extremists who "would make Taliban Afghanistan look like child's play". Zalmay Khalilzad broke with the Bush administration's generally upbeat orthodoxy to present a stark profile of a volatile situation in danger of sliding into chaos. Mr Khalilzad told the Los Angeles Times Iraq had been pulled back from the brink of civil war after the February 22 bombing of a Shia shrine in Samarra. However, another similar incident would leave Iraq "really vulnerable" to that happening, he said. "We have opened…

Lord Acton

Op deze sombere regenachtige dag een vrolijk tussendoortje van de Britse historicus Lord Acton (1834-1902), die waarschuwde voor het feit dat politieke macht de grootste bedreiging vormt van de vrijheid. "Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to to govern. Every class is unfit to govern...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Tijdens zijn inaugurale hoorcollege op de Universiteit van Cambridge zei hij tegen zijn studenten: "I exhort you never to debase the moral currency or to lower the standard of rectitude, but to try others by the final maxim that governs your own lives, and to suffer no man and no cause to escape the undying penalty which history has the power to inflict on wrong." Als dat geen vrolijke opsteker is weet ik het ook niet meer.

Gore Vidal 2

In een recent interview voor Truthdig zegt de inmiddels 80 jaar oude Gore Vidal: 'I wish the word terrorist would be erased from our language. All meaning has been pumped out of it by our rulers and their media who wish to demonize everyone or thing they dislike starting with Us The People. Certainly under the name of fighting terrorism we are conducting wars with everyone on Earth, shifting feverishly from old loyal employees like Noriega and Saddam Hussein to new servants to be abandoned in due course. We are treacherous friends. Meanwhile, thanks to all this maneuvering, more and more of our freedoms are being erased.
So you would be comfortable using the word fascism to describe the direction we are heading in now?
No, most uncomfortable. After all, the original fascist Mussolini could never explain just what fascism was in his native Italy. Let’s say arbitrary, dictatorial government that says any law may be ignored if the leadership dislikes it in the interest of fighting ter…

Iran 14

Bent u al enthousiast gemaakt voor het bombarderen van het Iraanse volk? Zo ja, lees dan nog even dit artikel van de Amerikaanse fysicus James Gordon Prather: 'ElBaradei's swan song? (...) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei has spent more than a year investigating neo-crazy charges that Iran has conducted nuclear activities in furtherance of some military purpose at various Iranian military sites, including Lavizan, Parchin and Kolahduz. On Jan. 27, ElBaradei's deputy even confronted the Iranians with what he characterized as "information" provided him about a military plan to construct a small facility to convert uranium-oxide into uranium-tetrafluoride. The CIA claims they gleaned this "intelligence" from what they suspect is a "stolen" Iranian military laptop computer. However, ElBaradei has yet to find any "indication" of that or any other use of source or special nuclear materials in furtherance of a military purpose. And, accor…

Moed

De Amerikaanse fotograaf en journalist Charles Sullivan uit West Virginia schrijft: 'Whatever Happened to Courage? For me, one of the most valuable lessons taught by history is that from time to time people rise up and fight back against horrible tyranny and against impossible odds. There are many examples: Shay’s Rebellion, the battle of Matewan, and the battle of Blair Mountain, the Ludlow Massacre, the Haymarket Strike and, more recently, the race wars that culminated in the 1960s. Many of these struggles, conspicuously absent from our history texts, are connected to labor disputes, when workers were forced to organize and to strike for more humane working conditions, including the eight hour work day. Massive strikes have played a significant role in the economic and social history of the U.S. Thus it is no coincidence that America has the bloodiest labor history of any industrialized nation. How a people react to oppression and injustice says much about what kind of people an…

Zbigniew Brezezinski

Zbigniew Brezezinski was onder president Jimmy Carter de National Security Adviseur. Hij is een geschoold geopolitiek denker, bekend ook van het fascinerende 'The Grand Chessboard,' waarin hij de strategische belangen van de Verenigde Staten beschrijft. Geen poldermodeldenken, maar de gedachtenwereld van een beleidsmaker in een imperium. Information Clearing House heeft een recent essay van hem overgenomen: 'The Dilemma Of The Last Sovereign. America needs to face squarely a centrally important new global reality: that the world’s population is experiencing a political awakening unprecedented in scope and intensity, with the result that the politics of populism are transforming the politics of power... merica’s military action against Iraq and its less dramatic but also largely solitary stance on the International Criminal Court and the Kyoto Treaty were striking assertions of the unique status of the United States as the last truly sovereign state. These steps and others …

Arend Jan Heerma van Voss

Arend Jan Heerma van Voss die tot 1 maart dit jaar hoofdredacteur radio van de VPRO was leest hier een afscheidspeech voor. Niet zijn eigen, maar die van een programmamaker.

Vandaag ontving ik een uitnodigingskaartje van de VPRO voor het afscheid van Arend Jan Heerma van Voss (1942) die de afgelopen tien jaar lang onopvallend voor hoofdredacteur radio heeft gespeeld. De VPRO-radiomakers leerden Heerma van Voss vooral kennen als een man met een missie, wiens eerste echte beleidsdaad was het afschaffen van het befaamde radioprogramma 'Welingelichte Kringen' en het wegwerken van presentator Joop van Tijn, omdat Joop zowel als de Kringen in zijn ogen te duur waren. Met het aantreden van AJ begonnen de magere jaren van de omroep en het verbaasde dan ook niemand dat zijn laatste beleidsdaad een bezuinigingsmaatregel betrof die dermate drastisch was dat een gerenommeerde journalist als Ton van der Graaf zijn vertrek aankondigde. AJ's hart en ziel gingen tien jaar lang uit naar he…

Gestemd!

Ik heb gestemd. Op een stemmachine. Wie controleert of die stemmen ook daadwerkelijk geteld worden, kon niemand mij vertellen. In de Verenigde Staten heeft de fabrikant van de stemmachines grote bedragen in het herverkiezingsfonds van Bush gestort. Het sterke vermoeden bestaat dat onder andere in Ohio geknoeid is met dat electronisch stemmen. Kijken wie in Nederland aandacht gaat besteden aan die machines.
Na gestemd te hebben werd ik vriendelijk uitgewuifd door de stemcontroleurs van De Brakke Grond. Leuke mensen, vriendelijk, voorkomend, blij dat ik kwam stemmen en gaarne bereid mij te vertellen op wie ik moest stemmen, toen ik daar om vroeg. Wat wil de parlementaire democratie nog meer. Nu maar hopen dat wethouder Aboutaleb, (helaas van de PVDA) fors gaat winnen en Hansje Kalt (die vertrekt) van Amsterdam Anders/De Groenen.

De Oorlogsstaat 26

Kern van een gemilitariseerde maatschappij is dat er overal recruten geronseld kunnen worden, totaan de universiteiten toe. Zo niet dan loopt het imperium gevaar. De Amerikaanse geleerde Chalmers Johnson schreef in 'The Sorrows of Empire': 'In 2000, President Clinton signed a new law promoted by the Pentagon that gave military recruiters the same access to high schools granted to college and business recruiters... in 2001 the Pentagon engineered an amendment to a new law intended to help disadvanteged students. This amended law, which President Bush called (without apparent irony) his No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, states: "Any secondary school that receives federal funds under this Act shall permit regular United States Armed Services recruitment activities on school grounds, in an manner reasonably accessible to all students of such schools." [...] As Representative John Shimkus (R-Illinois) said triumphantly, "No recruiters, no money."' Wa…

Terminator Technologie

De neoliberale ideologie is onverzadigbaar zodra het om geld gaat. De Independent bericht: 'UK Ministers Back 'Terminator' GM CropsWebsite reveals plan to scrap prohibition on seeds that threaten Third World farmers with hunger. Ministers are trying to scrap an international agreement banning the world's most controversial genetic modification of crops, grimly nicknamed "terminator technology", a move which threatens to increase hunger in the Third World… The Government is to push for terminator crops to be considered for approval on a "case-by-case basis" at two meetings this month; its position closely mirrors the stance of the United States and other GM-promoting countries. Terminator technology, so abominated even Monsanto will not develop it, would stop hundreds of millions of poor farmers from saving seeds from their crops for resowing for the following harvest, forcing them to buy new ones from biotech companies every year. More than 1.4 bill…

Klimaatverandering 22

De Guardian bericht: 'Oops, we helped ruin the planet · Guide owners join to discourage 'casual flying'· Books to carry warnings on global warming. They are the gurus of globetrotting, the men who built publishing empires from their adventures and wrote guidebooks encouraging millions to venture further afield than ever before. Now the founders of the Rough Guides and Lonely Planet books, troubled that they have helped spread a casual attitude towards air travel that could trigger devastating climate change, are uniting to urge tourists to fly less. Mark Ellingham, the founder of Rough Guides, and Tony Wheeler, who created Lonely Planet after taking the hippie trail across Asia, want fellow travellers to "fly less and stay longer" and donate money to carbon offsetting schemes. From next month, warnings will appear in all new editions of their guides about the impact of flying on global warming alongside alternative ways of reaching certain destinations.' …