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Edward Burtynsky

Een van de meest fascinerende fotografen van deze tijd is Edward Burtynsky, de man over wiens werk de filmdocumentaire Manufactures Lanscapes is gemaakt. Ik kwam er pas net achter dat zijn werk in Helmond wordt tentoongesteld. Gaat het zien als u tijd heeft en zegt het voort! 'Te bezichtigen van 09-10-2007 t/m 06-01-2008

Edward Burtynsky Foto’s - Industrial landscapes
De sloop van afgedankte tankers in Bangladesh, het veranderende stadsbeeld in China door de snelle industrialisatie, de invloed van mijnbouw op de natuur in Noord-Amerika en Europa. Het zijn een paar van de thema’s die de Canadese kunstenaar Edward Burtynsky kiest voor zijn fotowerken.
Grootste museale tentoonstellingIn de expositie zijn ruim zeventig groot formaat werken te zien van deze fotograaf die al vele prijzen won voor zijn oeuvre. Na talloze exposities in Noord-Amerika is het de eerste keer dat in Europa een zo grote museale overzichtstentoonstelling van Burtynsky te zien is.
Industriële landschapsfotografieEdwa…

The Empire 318

'The Shortage Myth
The Lies at the End of the American Dream
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

Last June a revealing marketing video from the law firm, Cohen & Grigsby appeared on the Internet. The video demonstrated the law firm's techniques for getting around US law governing work visas in order to enable corporate clients to replace their American employees with foreigners who work for less. The law firm's marketing manager, Lawrence Lebowitz, is upfront with interested clients: "our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested US worker."
If an American somehow survives the weeding out process, "have the manager of that specific position step in and go through the whole process to find a legal basis to disqualify them for this position--in most cases there doesn't seem to be a problem."
No problem for the employer he means, only for the expensively educated American university graduate who is displaced by a foreigner imported on a work visa justif…

De Israelische Terreur 284

'Published on Friday
The Guardian/UK
Israel Considering Strike on Iran Despite US Intelligence Report
by Rory McCarthy

Senior Israeli officials warned today they were still considering the option of a military strike against Iran, despite a fresh US intelligence report that concluded Tehran was no longer developing nuclear weapons.
Although Israel argues that it wants to see strong diplomatic pressure put on Iran, it is reluctant to rule out the threat of a unilateral military attack. Matan Vilnai, Israel’s deputy defence minister, told Army Radio today: “No option needs to be off the table.”
Avigdor Lieberman, the hard-right deputy prime minister, said Israel should be ready to act if sanctions did not work. “If they don’t, we will sit and decide whatever we have to decide,” he told the Jerusalem Post in an interview today.
Several of Israel’s Iran experts say the American rethink on the threat posed by Iran had ruled out a US military strike and probably an Israeli strike too, at least…

11 september 2001 (35)

There exists a shadowy government with its own Air
Force, its own navy, its own fundraising mechanism,
and the ability to pursue its own ideas of the national
interest, free from all checks and balances, and free
from the law itself. –


Senator Daniel K. Inouye
during the Iran-contra scandal.

11 september 2001 (34)

Herman mailde mij dit:

'Ex-Italian President: Intel Agencies Know 9/11 An Inside JobMan who set up Operation Gladio tells Italy's largest newspaper attacks were run by CIA, Mossad

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet Tuesday, December 4, 2007

'Ex-Italian President: Intel Agencies Know 9/11 An Inside Job'
'Former Italian President and the man who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio Francesco Cossiga has gone public on 9/11, telling Italys most respected newspaper that the attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad and that this was common knowledge amongst global intelligence agencies.'

Former Italian President and the man who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio Francesco Cossiga has gone public on 9/11, telling Italy's most respected newspaper that the attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad and that this was common knowledge amongst global intelligence agencies.
Cossiga was elected President of the Italian Senate in July 1983 before winning a landslide 1985 …

Het Neoliberale Geloof 70

'We're richer, and richer, and richer, and yet, no happier."
In many parts of the world, population growth has stabilized or fallen, but in no part of the world has consumption fallen, notes Gary Gardner, Worldwatch Senior Researcher and State of the World 2008 Project Co-Director, in this new video clip on responsible consumption.
More than 80 percent of the materials we use today are used once and then thrown away. But as consumers, our impacts are more than just environmental. As Gardner asks: What is the quality-of-life price we pay for our consumption choices?.
View: Gary Gardner on Consumption.
In many parts of the world, population growth has stabilized or fallen, but in no part of the world has consumption fallen, notes Gary Gardner, Worldwatch Senior Researcher and State of the World 2008 Project Co-Director, in this new video clip on responsible consumption.
More than 80 percent of the materials we use today are used once and then thrown away. But as consumers, our i…

De Commerciele Massamedia 103

'MEDIA ALERT: THE FACELESS AND THE DEAD - THE GUARDIAN AND IRAQ’S REFUGEES

“See The World Through Their Eyes”For several months now, non-UK visitors accessing the Guardian website have been shown an endlessly revolving animation in three segments that would not look out of place on FAIR, ZNet, or indeed Media Lens. The first segment depicts a blue-eyed man wearing glasses with images of anti-war demonstrators reflected in the glasses. The protestors are carrying a banner that reads: “End The War NOW!” It instantly recalls the enormous February 15, 2003 anti-war march in London.The second segment shows a nervous-looking woman in traditional Arab dress with intense flames reflected in her eyes. The third has two grief-stricken women, again in Arab dress, with one carrying a frightened child - their images are reflected in a soldier’s goggles. The animation ends with the words:“See the world through their eyes. The Guardian Weekly Global Network (theguardian weekly.co.uk)”These images…

Diaspora

Een van de mooiste en meest fascinerende musea ter wereld:'octobre 2007 – 6 janvier 2008
installations d'art contemporain, sur une idée originale de la cinéaste Claire Denis.
Sur une idée originale de la cinéaste Claire Denis, l’exposition Diaspora montre des installations d’art contemporain spécialement commandées à des artistes, (cinéastes, chorégraphe, musiciens...) : Jeff Mills, Brice Leboucq, Caroline Cartier, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Yousry Nassrallah, Mathilde Monnier, Agnès Godard, Claire Denis… Ces créations incarnent toutes l’apport de la diaspora africaine aux régions du monde qui l'ont reçue et qui l’accueillent. L’exposition propose une approche inattendue de la diaspora d’Afrique : elle témoigne des créations que l’exil et la vie hors de leur pays d’origine inspirent à ces artistes. Elle choisit de montrer la diaspora non comme une perte d’identité mais au contraire comme une source d’enrichissement au contact d’horizons nouveaux. Loin de s’en …

Zochrot 3

'This week: 60th anniversary of the Partition Plan

On Thursday, 29.11.2007, at the corner of Rothschild Blvd. and Balfour (!) Street in Tel Aviv, Zochrot commemorated the sixtieth anniversary of the UN decision to partition Palestine. Five life-size photographs were displayed, showing Palestinian refugees from the 1948 Nakba. The people in the photographs were born in the village of al Ras al-Ahmar, today the site of moshav Kerem ben Zimra, in the Upper Galilee. The photographs were taken as part of "Bridging Memory," a project developed by Zochrot together with partners in Lebanon and Europe. A poster showing the development of the project, including an exhibition of the photographs on the former site of the village, was also displayed. Passers-by were handed flyers explaining the event. On the rear of the flyers were printed excerpts from "talk-backs" received in response to other Zochrot activities. One of us climbed a tree to read the talk-backs aloud.&#…

Kernenergie

'ATOMIC BALM: NUCLEAR REVIVAL IGNORES CASUALTIES
By Joseph J. Mangano

Nuclear power plants employ a controlled atomic fission reaction,splitting uranium atoms to create heat to boil water to make steam toturn a turbine to generate electricity. Because nuclear power is socomplex, it is accident-prone and unforgiving -- small errors can havelarge consequences. Because of these important disadvantages, for thepast three decades it has looked as if nuclear power were a dyingindustry. But now the nuclear industry has seized on global warming to promoteatomic power plants once again as necessary and safe. From politiciansto corporate executives and conservative pundits, we hear thatreactors are "clean" or "emission free" -- with no evidence offered tosupport the claims. Unfortunately, this baseless promotion emanatesfrom a long-standing culture of deception that has plagued theindustry since its beginnings. Earlier this year the Britishmagazine, the Economist, characte…

De Israelische Terreur 283

Public Security Minister Avi Dichter. (Dan Keinan)

De Israelische oorlogsmisdadigers zijn bang geworden voor hun daden veroordeeld te worden. Misschien dat ze eieren voor hun geld gaan kiezen en ophouden met hun terreurbeleid. 'Dichter cancels U.K. trip over fears of 'war crimes' arrest
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent
Tags: U.K., Avi Dichter, war crimesPublic Security Minister Avi Dichter canceled a trip to Britain over concerns he would be arrested due to his involvement in the decision to assassinate the head of Hamas' military wing in July 2002. Fifteen people were killed in the bombing of Salah Shehade's house in Gaza, among them his wife and three children, when Dichter was head of the Shin Bet security service. He is the first minister to have to deal with a possible arrest. Dichter was invited to take part in a conference by a British research institute on "the day after" Annapolis. He was supposed to give an address on the diplomatic process.

Di…

Het Israelisch Expansionisme 66

De Apartheids Muur

'About us

We are a group of documentary photographers acting for social change, convinced in the power of photography as a vehicle of change through awareness. We seek to bring awareness to issues and situations that we believe create social injustice, through images that question the society in which we live in. We believe in the capability and obligation of photography and all arts in general to make a statement and to stimulate conscience. Photography is a channel of self expression. The camera is the mouth. The picture is the scream. The group was integrated during the current year out of the belief that mutual work may serve the personal statement of each member and similarly make a conjoined statement that will echo from afar. Our first project was related to the situation of the Palestinian village of Bilin and the High Court of Justice 's decision regarding the trace of the Separation Wall…

The Empire 317

Na al het gezwets in de Nederlandse commerciele massamedia nu echte deskundigen aan het woord over de 'revolutie' van de gevestigde orde in de VS. Het NOS-Journaal had het nieuws ergens achterin verstopt, maar dat komt omdat hun correspondent de hele tijd voor dat witte huis staat. Die man moet eens bewegen en met mensen gaan praten in plaats daar voor dat hek te blijven blauwbekken. Hij heeft toch helemaal niets te doen. 'Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, Bush's Losing Iranian Hand
Whatever else the release of the 16-agency National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on the Iranian bomb may be, it is certainly a reasonable measure of inside-the-Beltway Bush administration decline. Whether that release represented "a pre-emptive strike against the White House by intelligence agencies and military chiefs," an intelligence "mini-coup" against the administration, part of a longer-term set of moves meant to undermine plans for air strikes against Iran that involved a potenti…

Voedsel

'Report: World food prices to rise
By HENRY SANDERSON Associated Press Writer
BEIJING (AP) -- Food prices are set to rise around the globe after years of decline, with climate change making it harder for the world's poorest to get adequate food, according to a report released Tuesday.
Rising global temperatures as well as growing food consumption in rapidly developing countries such as China and India are pressuring the world food system, meaning that food prices will rise for the foreseeable future, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute.
Joachim von Braun, the director of the Washington-based research group, said food prices have been in a declining trend since scientists began developing high-yield plant varieties decades ago, "but the days of falling food prices may be over."
"The last time the world experienced such food price increases was in 1973 to 1974 ... but today the situation is completely different. For one, the climate risk and …

The Empire 316

Anderhalf jaar geleden was ik hier, vlakbij Tuba City, waar de Navaho en Hopi Indianen leven. Het is gebied waar uranium wordt gedolven en gedumpt, zoals ik zag en zoals u op de bovenste foto van me kunt zien.

'Hopi springs still in danger
By CYNDY COLE
Sun Staff Reporter
Sunday, December 02, 2007

After years of unsuccessfully petitioning various federal agencies to remove radioactive waste at a dump near Tuba City, Hopi officials now say any cleanup might come too late.A plume of contaminated water has migrated to within one-third mile of a spring the Hopi village of Lower Moencopi uses for drinking water, new data shows.But the EPA does not consider the dump an emergency cleanup site, and at this point, village drinking water is still safe, according to EPA standards.That could change very soon, however. Two out of three testing wells -- those located closer to the dump -- are registering levels of radioactive water slightly above what is federally considered safe in drinking water,…

The Empire 315

'The Guatemalan Police Archives
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 170
By Kate Doylekadoyle@gwu.eduPhone - 646/613-1440, ext. 238 or 646/670-8841
Research Assistance: Emilene Martínez Morales
Washington, D.C.

On July 5, officials from the Guatemalan government's human rights office (PDH - Procuraduría de Derechos Humanos) entered a deteriorating, rat-infested munitions depot in downtown Guatemala City to investigate complaints about improperly-stored explosives. During inspection of the site, investigators found a vast collection of documents, stored in five buildings and in an advanced state of decay. The files belonged to the National Police, the central branch of Guatemala's security forces during the war - an entity so inextricably linked to violent repression, abduction, disappearances, torture and assassination that the country's 1996 peace accord mandated it be completely disbanded and a new police institution created in its stead.
The scope of th…

The Empire 314

Tom-Jan Meeus van NRC moet dit maar eens lezen, dat helpt om te begrijpen welke belangen op dit moment de Bush bende aan banden willen leggen.

'National debt grows $1 million a minute
US National Debt Expanding at Mind-Numbing Rate, Nearly $1.4 Billion Per Day
TOM RAUM
AP News

Like a ticking time bomb, the national debt is an explosion waiting to happen. It's expanding by about $1.4 billion a day — or nearly $1 million a minute.
What's that mean to you?
It means almost $30,000 in debt for each man, woman, child and infant in the United States.
Even if you've escaped the recent housing and credit crunches and are coping with rising fuel prices, you may still be headed for economic misery, along with the rest of the country. That's because the government is fast straining resources needed to meet interest payments on the national debt, which stands at a mind-numbing $9.13 trillion.
And like homeowners who took out adjustable-rate mortgages, the government faces the prospect …

Het Israelisch Expansionisme 65

'Colonizing a Metaphor
The Bible and Middle East History
By ERIC WALBERG

For more than a century, archaeologists and historians have attempted to confirm beliefs of both Christians and Jews about their common past using the Old Testament (OT) and New Testaments (NT) as starting points. Christians, while embracing the OT as a harmless precursor of the NT, insist that the combined texts prove the truth of Judaic monotheism, with its covenant with God, a covenant that was renewed with the resurrection of Jesus as the Christ. Jews, of course, stick with the basic OT texts, insisting they alone prove their role as God's Chosen People and their right to create a Jewish state, Israel, in the Holy Land. This Jewish state was first grudgingly accepted by the Christian West, and now is enthusiastically embraced by some Christians based on their own misreading of the Bible. The Bible supposedly predicts that the Jews will return to their supposed promised land, and the messiah will (re)app…

De Nuance van de NRC 44

NRC bericht: 'Iran even van Amerikaanse agenda
Gepubliceerd: 4 december 2007 12:23 Gewijzigd: 4 december 2007 14:26
Door onze correspondent Tom-Jan Meeus
Het Iran-rapport van de Amerikaanse inlichtingendiensten heeft in de VS grote binnenlands-politieke gevolgen. Voor president Bush, voor Hillary Clinton, en voor talrijke Republikeinen…
Opmerkelijk was vooral dat de zestien inlichtingendiensten hun stuk – de zogenoemde National Intelligence Estimate – zélf openbaar maakten. De afgelopen jaren talmden ze geregeld met de vrijgave van inlichtingenanalyses.
Maar uit de reacties van de twee voorzitters van commissies voor de inlichtingendiensten in het Congres, de Democraten Rockefeller (Senaat) en Reyes (Huis), bleek gisteren dat zij geen van beiden druk op de diensten hadden hoeven uitoefenen om de stukken naar buiten te brengen. Het wekt de indruk dat de inlichtingengemeenschap de vorige oorlog – althans de aanloop daartoe – aan het overdoen zijn. Voorafgaande aan de invasie van Irak war…

JSF

'Persbericht Campagne tegen Wapenhandel

Niemand wil betalen voor peperduur gevechtsvliegtuigActivisten 'collecteren' tevergeefs voor de JSF
4 december 2007 –

De Nederlandse bevolking blijkt geen cent voor de Joint Strike Fighter te willen geven. De Campagne tegen Wapenhandel heeft de proef op de som genomen. Activisten zijn in vier steden met de (luchtmacht)pet rondgegaan om de Nederlandse burger om een financiële bijdrage voor het beoogde nieuwe gevechtsvliegtuig te vragen. De opbrengst van deze collecte was – niet geheel onverwacht - minimaal. Terwijl volgens een vandaag verschenen rapport van de Rekenkamer de kosten van de beoogde opvolger van de F-16 een onzekere factor blijven en de vooruitzichten voor de industrie verre van rooskleurig zijn. In Amsterdam werd op de Dam ‘gecollecteerd’ door activisten in luchtmachtkleding. Het publiek bleek echter vooral geïnteresseerd in Sinterklaasinkopen. In Enschede werden handtekeningen opgehaald tegen de JSF, en werd cake verkocht …

Klimaatverandering 122

'What Is Progress?

The numbers show that this should be the real question at the Bali talks.
By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 4th December 2007

When you warn people about the dangers of climate change, they call you a saint. When you explain what needs to be done to stop it, they call you a communist. Let me show you why.
There is now a broad scientific consensus that we need to prevent temperatures from rising by more than 2°C above their pre-industrial level. Beyond that point, the Greenland ice sheet could go into irreversible meltdown, some ecosystems collapse, billions suffer from water stress, droughts could start to threaten global food supplies(1,2).
The government proposes to cut the UK’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2050. This target is based on a report published in 2000(3). That report was based on an assessment published in 1995, which drew on scientific papers published a few years earlier. The UK’s policy, in other words, is based on papers some 15 years old. …

Iran 186

Het dringt nog niet tot mijn collega's in Nederland door, maar in de VS rebelleert de gevestigde orde. Al eerder hadden generaals de Bush bende laten weten dat ze niet akkoord gingen met een oorlog tegen Iran, maar nu hebben de geheime diensten zich uitgesproken, onmiddellijk gesteund door Democraten in het Congres, het is een gecoordeneerde actie. Iran is geen gevaar voor de wereldvrede en ontwikkelt geen kernwapens, hoeft dus ook niet gebombardeerd te worden, zoals Israel en de pro-Israel lobby al jarenlang beweert en suggereert. Dat is een klap voor Israel en de Amerikaanse oorlogsindustrie. De gevestigde orde in de VS weigert nog langer mee te doen aan de oorlogshysterie. Dat is een revolutionaire gebeurtenis, maar onvermijdelijk.De Independent bericht:'Iran ''has halted its nuclear weapons programme''
By Leonard Doyle in Washington
Published: 04 December 2007
In a blow to Bush administration hawks demanding military strikes on Iran, a US intelligence report r…

De Bush Bende 63

An Old Face Resurfaces
By Michael Isikoff
Newsweek

The Bush administration has offered the former World Bank president a new public service position.
Don't ever say the Bush administration doesn't take care of its own. Nearly three years after Paul Wolfowitz resigned as deputy Defense secretary and six months after his stormy departure as president of the World Bank-amid allegations that he improperly awarded a raise to his girlfriend-he's in line to return to public service. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has offered Wolfowitz, a prime architect of the Iraq War, a position as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board, a prestigious State Department panel, according to two department sources who declined to be identified discussing personnel matters. The 18-member panel, which has access to highly classified intelligence, advises Rice on disarmament, nuclear proliferation, WMD issues and other matters. "We think he is well suited and will do an excellent…

The Empire 313

Het is wonderlijk hoe een mens of een natie of een imperium zichzelf bewust ten grond kan richten. De New York Times bericht: 'National Debt Grows $1 Million a Minute The Associated Press
Monday 03 December 2007
Washington - Like a ticking time bomb, the national debt is an explosion waiting to happen. It's expanding by about $1.4 billion a day - or nearly $1 million a minute.
What's that mean to you?
It means almost $30,000 in debt for each man, woman, child and infant in the United States.
Even if you've escaped the recent housing and credit crunches and are coping with rising fuel prices, you may still be headed for economic misery, along with the rest of the country. That's because the government is fast straining resources needed to meet interest payments on the national debt, which stands at a mind-numbing $9.13 trillion.
And like homeowners who took out adjustable-rate mortgages, the government faces the prospect of seeing this debt - now at relatively low interes…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 69

'Fed: Economy loses speed, shopping slows

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The economy grew at a slower pace in the late fall as shoppers watched their pennies heading into the busy holiday season.

The Federal Reserve's new snapshot, released Wednesday, suggested the strains from a severe housing slump and a painful credit crunch are affecting the behavior of individuals and businesses alike - making them somewhat more cautious.

Yet, the hope that the Federal Reserve will cut a key interest rate for a third time this year to energize the economy sent stocks soaring on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrials jumped for the second day in a row, gaining 331.01 points to close at 13,289.45. It marked the index's biggest two-day point gain in five years.

"Reports on retail spending were downbeat in general," the Fed survey said. "Most retailers said that they were expecting a slow holiday season, with only small gains in sales volumes compared with last year," the Fed added.

Sp…

Norman Solomon

Ik ben al lange tijd een fan van Norman Solomon. Nu was hij in Amsterdam zonder dat ik het wist. Gelukkig heeft iemand anders hem geinterviewd. Ik kreeg deze email van Kees van http://www.globalinfo.nl/'Dag Stan van Houcke,
Een erg goede film op het IDFA was War Made Easy, over propaganda en
oorlog. Ik heb de journalist op wiens onderzoek de film gebaseerd is,
Norman Solomon, geinterviewd voor mijn website globalinfo.nl.
Wat me opviel was de schampere beschrijving van de film op de VN- website (http://www.vn.nl/BijVN/IDFA2007.htm zie hieronder) waarin de
beschrijver beklaagt dat de film geen aandacht besteedt aan de
'ongehoorzame' media (dus die de propaganda niet gevolgd hebben).
Maar ten eerst doet de film dat juist wel en geeft het voorbeeld van
Phil Donahue wiens programma op MSNBC enkele weken voor begin van de
oorlog gekilled werd omdat hij te kritisch was. En daarnaast vraag je
je af welke kritische media de VN-meneer verder nog bedoelt?
Met groet, Kees
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War mad…