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Laura Starink 2

Gisteren gebruikte ik onder meer het volgende citaat van Laura Starink om haar een aantal kritische vragen te stellen: Precies vijfeneenhalf jaar nadat het Westen een oorlog begon tegen de Taliban kon onlangs de NRC-lezer de volgende bekentenis vernemen van u als chef van het magazine M van NRC: 'Na de aanslagen op de Twin Towers was ik voor de inval in Afghanistan. Met angst en beven natuurlijk, maar met velen deelde ik de overtuiging dat de trainingskampen van Al-Qaeda moesten worden gesloten en de Talibaan, die Osama bin Laden onderdak hadden verschaft, dus maar het veld moesten ruimen.'
Lees verder: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2007/05/laura-starink.html

Naar aanleiding hiervan kreeg ik de volgende reactie van Sonja:

Afgezien van de emotionele beweegredenen van Starink's "overtuiging" is het duidelijk dat haar "overtuiging" synoniem is met een politiek besluit, en dus was haar overtuiging een politieke overtuiging. Dat resulteert in praktijk natuu…

Laura Starink

Ik heb onderstaande email aan Laura Starink van NRC gestuurd en ben in afwachting van een antwoord.Geachte mevrouw Starink,Precies vijfeneenhalf jaar nadat het Westen een oorlog begon tegen de Taliban kon onlangs de NRC-lezer de volgende bekentenis vernemen van u als chef van het magazine M van NRC: 'Na de aanslagen op de Twin Towers was ik voor de inval in Afghanistan. Met angst en beven natuurlijk, maar met velen deelde ik de overtuiging dat de trainingskampen van Al-Qaeda moesten worden gesloten en de Talibaan, die Osama bin Laden onderdak hadden verschaft, dus maar het veld moesten ruimen.' 'Met velen deelde ik de overtuiging,' vele ongeinformeerden had u mevrouw Starink erbij moeten vermelden. Goed geinformeerde deskundigen zetten al vanaf het allereerste begin vraagtekens bij de beoogde regime-verandering en wel vanwege talloze voor de hand liggende redenen die nu dan ook niet langer meer te negeren zijn. Bovendien, dat u die mening deelde met velen, zegt niets, …

Hezbollah 3

Family members of Mayor Ali Beydoun of the Ayn Al-Saghira neighborhood of Bint Jbail look out over the destruction of the town from the second story of their demolished home.

By Dahr Jamail

The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”
—Woodrow T. Wilson

“We rely on Hezbollah and these other countries which are helping us now because it’s all we have,” Abu Khalil, an unemployed construction worker injured by bomb shrapnel during last summer’s war in Lebanon, told me. As we stood talking in the warm spring sun outside his largely destroyed village of Aita Ech Chaab, a few hundred yards from Lebanon’s southern border, he added, “And we rely on Hezbollah to protect us again from the next Israeli aggression, because our own government cannot and will not do that job.”
In its savage 34-day assault on Lebanon, the Israeli government had hoped to knock down precisely that sentiment. One of the stated aims of the war, in which more than a thousand Lebanese and more than 40 Israelis were kil…

Religie

'Truthdig / Todd Wilkinson
Chris Hedges reads from his essay at the Truthdig debate “Religion, Politics and the End of the World”
By Chris Hedges

Editor’s Note: On Tuesday night, Chris Hedges and Sam Harris debated “Religion, Politics and the End of the World.” The following is Hedges’ opening statement, in which he argues that Harris and other critics of faith have mistakenly blamed religion for the ills of the world, when the true danger lies in the human heart and its capacity for evil.

Sam Harris has conflated faith with tribalism. His book is an attack not on faith but on a system of being and believing that is dangerous and incompatible with the open society. He attacks superstition, a belief in magic and the childish notion of an anthropomorphic God that is characteristic of the tribe, of the closed society. He calls this religion. I do not.
What he fails to grasp is not simply the meaning of faith—something I will address later—but the supreme importance of the monotheist…

De Commerciele Massamedia 68

Ook in het Verenigd Koninkrijk gaat de propaganda onverminderd voort. Media Lens bericht:

'MEDIA ALERT: PENTAGON PROPAGANDA OCCUPIES THE GUARDIAN’S FRONT PAGE

"The Guardian’s vision is to offer independent, agenda-setting content that positions us as the modern, progressive, exciting challenger to the status-quo." (Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger; http://www.adinfo-guardian.co.uk/the-guardian/index.shtml)

The Con Coughlin School Of Hard News
Commenting on Con Coughlin‘s "reliance on unnamed intelligence sources in several far-fetched articles about Iran," the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) identified key features in reports filed by the Daily Telegraph’s executive foreign editor:
"Sources were unnamed or untraceable, often senior Western intelligence officials or senior Foreign Office officials.
"Articles were published at sensitive and delicate times where there had been relatively positive diplomatic moves towards I…

De Commerciele Massamedia 67

'Press Watchdog slammed by 'Dont Attack Iran' Campaigners
(CASMII)

CASMII UK Press Release
Press Watchdog slammed by 'Dont Attack Iran' Campaigners
The Press Complaints Commission was criticised for a lack lustre response to serious complaints about the use of unnamed sources in articles by the Daily Telegraph. The complaints, in particular the one launched by Professor Abbas Edalat of the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) in December last year, centred on the fact that extraordinary claims made in a number of headline articles about the threat posed by Iran were all based on unnamed and untraceable sources.
In an ironic echo of President Bushs demand that Saddam produced WMDs that turned out not to exist, the Press Complaints Commission responded to the complaints, saying that the complainant had not presented any evidence that the unnamed sources had been inaccurately quoted.
The response followed complaints from the international ca…

Hans Laroes 2

De positie van Hans Laroes als hoofdredacteur van het NOS-Journaal staat onder druk, nu er een vernietigend rapport over zijn gebrek aan goed functioneren is verschenen. Hij heeft nog niet de consequenties daaruit getrokken, maar daartoe kan hij natuurlijk op de een of andere manier gedwongen worden. Een stevig aangedane Laroes wordt verweten geen visie te hebben op de berichtgeving. Het was de goede kijkers en luisteraars al opgevallen, maar toch aardig dat dit nu ook het bedrijf zelf is opgevallen. De Journaals van zes en acht uur zijn niet goed en ook het Radio I Journaal niet. Journalisten worden geconfronteerd met problemen die niet opgelost worden omdat er geen noodzakelijke keuzen worden gemaakt door de hoofdredacteur. Dinsdag 17 april jongstleden schreef ik op deze weblog: Hans, je schrijft in de Volkskrant: 'De vraag is hier: hoe ga je om met de beperkingen en de mogelijkheden van je vak? Achter de decors kijken helpt. Een land op je laten inwerken en tot in je ziel leren …

Wijsheid 16

Opperhoofd Luther Standing Bear, Sioux indiaan: Wij beschouwden de grote open vlaktes, de prachtige golvende heuvels, en de kronkelende stromen met struikgewas, niet als ''wild''. Alleen voor de witte man was de natuur een "wildernis" en alleen voor hem was het land "vergeven" van "wilde" dieren en "wilde" mensen. Voor ons waren ze tam. De aarde was overvloedig, wij werden omringd door de zegeningen van het Grote Mysterie. Pas toen de harige man uit het oosten kwam en met brute razernij ons en onze families die we lief hadden groot onrecht aandeed, werd de natuur voor ons "wild". Toen de dieren in het woud voor zijn komst op de vlucht gingen, pas toen begon voor ons het "Wilde Westen." Wij westerlingen moeten onszelf de vraag stellen waarom wij deze wijsheid inferieur vonden aan onze eigen doelstellingen. Zo inferieur vonden we de Indianen dat we meenden recht te hebben op hun land, hen opgesloten in concentrat…

De Israelische Terreur 206

'A kind of military coup
By Haaretz Editorial
Does Israel still uphold that proper state of affairs in which the elected government sets policy and civil servants carry it out? According to an article published in Haaretz yesterday ("The spirit of the commander prevails" by Meron Rapoport), it seems that with regard to the army, the answer is negative. While ministers speak about a two-state solution, a kind of military coup is taking place in the West Bank, in which the Israel Defense Forces are turning the area into the state of the settlers. While the Palestinian population is being suffocated, the settlements are flourishing. It does not make much difference whether the Defense Ministry is headed by a civilian minister, because the army has its own agenda, and its subordination to the government is often simulated. For years, Israel was proud of the democratic miracle of an obedient army that did not accumulate too much power and served the elected government loyally, …

De Israelische Terreur 205

'Amnesty condemns Israeli strikes Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem Thursday May 24, 2007 The Guardian
Israeli troops killed more than 650 Palestinians, including 120 children, last year, a threefold increase on 2005, the human rights group Amnesty International said yesterday.
Israel was criticised for air and artillery strikes on Gaza, continuing to build the West Bank barrier and restricting the movement of Palestinians with checkpoints. "Israeli soldiers and settlers committed serious human rights abuses, including unlawful killings, against Palestinians, mostly with impunity," the annual report said.
Amnesty also criticised the United States for its policy of "extraordinary rendition" and treatment of detainees, particularly at Guantánamo Bay. "The US administration's double-speak has been breathtakingly shameless," Irene Khan, the secretary general, wrote.
The "dark underbelly of globalisation" - discrimination and exploitation of migrant work…

Leon de Winter

Op de onderste foto ziet u de schrijver Leon de Winter. Leon is een gekrenkt mens, die worstelt met de joodse geschiedenis. De Winter meent daarom dat hij de lezers van Elservier kan oproepen tot een jihad tegen het grote kwaad in de wereld. Deze week staat boven zijn column: 'Wij moeten willen offeren in strijd tegen terreur.' Natuurlijk niet de Israelische terreur, maar die van de moslims. Er gaan veel meer Amerikanen dood in het verkeer dus wat zeuren de Amerikanen over hun oorlogsdoden. Er kunnen dus best wel 3000 doden bij. 'Wij moeten willen... Wij? Nou ja, Leon schrijft in alle vrijheid en in alle veiligheid dat anderen hun leven moeten geven. Dat klinkt heel stoer. En passant suggereert Leon dat in navolging van de Sovjets de families van de leiders van het verzet tegen het Westen uitgeroeid moeten worden om zo onder andere het kidnappen de kop in te drukken. Zie: http://www.elsevier.nl/opinie/weblog/asp/artnr/152752/weblogid/59/index.html
Anderen moeten dus oorlog…

De Israelische Terreur 204

Palestinians inspect a destroyed metal workshop following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, early 22 May 2007. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)

'Sderot created the Gaza Strip
Philip Rizk writing from the Gaza Strip, occupied Palestine, Live from Palestine,
22 May 2007

Yesterday eight members of one family were murdered on the spot in Israel's latest military strike on Gaza. The target, doctor Khaleel Al-Haya, a Hamas member, remained unharmed. Later in the day Islamic Jihad responded by firing two homemade rockets into Gaza. One Israeli citizen was killed, another wounded. This sounds like a horrible, but straightforward series of events. The only aspect that calls for attention is that one of these attacks is considered terrorism, while the other is mentioned in most media outlets only in passing, and referred to as a legitimate attempt on a bad man's life. As Israel's extra-judicial assassinations in Gaza once again become the norm, Gaza is being cast into deeper and deeper des…

De Commerciele Massamedia 66

'What is happening in Lebanon?
Laurie King-Irani,
Electronic Lebanon, 2
2 May 2007'
A survey of US television and radio news over the last 24 hours has told me the following:
· Bombings and gunfights in Lebanon. Again.
· Breathless analyses on US news programs about Al-Qaida's spread to the shores of the eastern Mediterranean.
· Analysts using the "cookie cutter" approach to this new development by citing the events of 1975-1976 and the tensions between Lebanese and Palestinian refugees.
· CNN's putative Lebanon analyst, Brent Sadler, characterized Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon as "breeding grounds for terrorism," but now, according to Mr. Sadler, it's Islamic-flavored terrorism.This is all very ominous, anxiety-provoking and compelling "infotainment" -- and completely in line with the distorted views of US foreign policy makers.Such simplistic and knee-jerk reactions to Lebanon's current travails are too easy, and not up to the st…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 38

Voor mijn collega's van de NRC die denken dat China het probleem is en de context niet kennen of niet willen vertellen. Zie: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2007/05/de-nuance-van-de-nrc-29.html

'Paulson’s Kabuki: Integrating China into the Neoliberal System
By Mike Whitney
05/22/07 "ICH" --- -
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is a man who knows what he wants. And what he wants is to further integrate the Chinese market into the global system---the “American-run” system. To achieve that goal he has assembled a group of 10 cabinet-level officials—mostly from big-business--who will are expected to urge the Chinese delegation to implement "sweeping economic reforms" that will open up their market to U.S. investment. Undoubtedly, Paulson will pay “lip service” to China’s manipulation of its currency which gives it an unfair advantage in competing with American exports. In truth, the “undervalued” Chinese Yuan is a godsend for Paulson and the US investor class wh…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 37

Get Busy Living, Or Get Busy Dying A speech entitled "Get Busy Living, Or Get Busy Dying" which was delivered this past Friday evening by David Sirota,to the Montana AFL-CIO convention in historic Butte - the site of some of the labor movement's most important battles. By David Sirota As I was writing this speech late a few nights ago, the movie The Shawshank Redemption came on TV. Knee-deep in economic data and stories about the recent legislative session, I heard Morgan Freeman's distinct baritone voice utter that haunting phrase: "Get busy living, or get busy dying." I tried to keep focused on my work, but the phrase kept going through my head. "Get busy living, or get busy dying." And I finally realized why: Because it's not just some line in a movie. It is a message for the middle class, the labor movement and, really, the entire country precisely at this moment, and our decision to either get busy living or get busy dying will be looked ba…

The Empire 251

'Why the US Government Is Hated All Over the WorldBy Fred Reed 05/22/07 "ICH" Something is wrong with the United States. I think most of us have noticed it. There is a mortal rot in the country, made manifest by many little rots that are hard to integrate mentally yet are, I think, somehow related. The change is grave, accelerating, probably irreversible, and fascinating. Things are not as they were.The United States is the most hated country on the planet, followed by, to the extent that there is a distinction, Israel. So far as I know, there are no other contenders. You can say “Who cares?” as many will say, or “Screw’em if they can’t take a joke,” or “I’d ratherh be feared than loved.” All very droll. Still, it is an interesting datum. No country ever lives up to its own PR, but there was a time when America was widely admired. Now, almost universally, it is seen as a rogue state. And is.This carries a price. The US consulate in Guadalajara is part fortress, part pri…

De Bush Bende 58

'Why Bush Hasn’t Been ImpeachedCongress, The Media and Most of The American People Have Yet To Turn Decisively Against Bush because To Do So Would Be To Turn Against Some Part of Themselves.
By Gary Kamiya

"Salon" --- - The Bush presidency is a lot of things. It’s a secretive cabal, a cavalcade of incompetence, a blood-stained Church Militant, a bad rerun of “The Godfather” in which scary men in suits pay ominous visits to hospital rooms. But seen from the point of view of the American people, what it increasingly resembles is a bad marriage. America finds itself married to a guy who has turned out to be a complete dud. Divorce — which in our nonparliamentary system means impeachment — is the logical solution. But even though Bush cheated on us, lied, besmirched our family’s name and spent all our money, we the people, not to mention our elected representatives and the media, seem content to stick it out to the bitter end.
There is a strange disconnect in the way Americans …