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The Empire 455

'Niet de islam maar de westerse cultuur [is] superieur,' schrijft een zekere Amanda Kluveld in de Volkskrant.
How the Poorest Americans Dropped Out of Politics
by: Lee Drutman | Visit article original @ Miller-McCune Magazine

In the 2008 election, lower-income Americans voted at significantly lower rates than higher-income Americans. This was not, in itself, news. Just as in 2004, more than 60 percent of voters came from families above the median household income of $50,000. That family income is a significant predictor of individual voting is a long-standing and oft-lamented fact of American political life.

But over the last several decades, inequality in the United States has worsened. Between 1973 and 2000, the richest one-fifth of Americans saw their family income grow by 66.9 percent, while the poorest one-fifth saw their income increase by only 12.1 percent. At the same time, poverty has become more geographically concentrated. In 1970, the average poor family inhabite…

De Holocaustontkenner Simon Peres

Gisteren riep de voormalige VVD-ideloloog professor Frank Ankersmit in de NRC op om 'de Holocaustontkenning uit het strafrecht' te schrappen. Het argument is als volgt: 'laat die mensen vooral zeggen wat ze denken.' Ik ben het daar mee eens. Op die manier weten we waar de schurken zitten. Ik bedoel: moeten fatsoenlijke burgers een man als de Israelische president Simon Peres juridisch laten vervolgen vanwege het feit dat Peres de Holocaust op de Armeniers ontkende? "What happened to the Armenians in World War One was a tragedy but not a genocide." Deze zionist verklaart dit om het mogelijk te maken dat de Israelische luchtmacht in Turkije kan oefenen. Peres is natuurlijk een schurk, maar moet men die schurk laten veroordelen? Helpt het de beschaving om dit slag mensen te vervolgen? Dat is de centrale vraag.
Moet Eli Wiesel worden veroordeeld door een rechter omdat hij de Armeense Holocaust ontkent? Norman Finkelstein in mijn boek De Oneindige oorlog:‘Het verge…

Palestina 23

Een lezer stuurde me de kaart van de Westbank zoals die er werkelijk uitziet.
The Bible contains at least two stories equating the aquatic with the amoral. As Red Sea pedestrians, Moses and the Israelites didn’t even get their sandals moist, while the Lord did some expert smiting on the pursuing Egyptians, by way of the gurgling waters closing in on them. And a few thousand years earlier, Noah kept his binary boatload afloat while all the rest of humanity (and the now extinct species of the animal kingdom) met their watery grave.
Even though this map of L’archipel de Palestine orientale (‘The Archipelago of Eastern Palestine’) is set in the same area and uses a similar theme, the cartographer behind it refutes any allegation that it is meant to reflect the same Biblical dry = good, wet = bad analogy. “The map is not about ‘drowning’ or ‘flooding’ the Israeli population, nor dividing territories along ethnic lines, even less a suggestion of how to resolve the conflict,” gasps Julien Bous…

Amanda Kluveld van de Volkskrant 9

'Niet de islam maar de westerse cultuur [is] superieur,' schrijft een zekere Amanda Kluveld in de Volkskrant.
Taguba Saw "Video of Male Soldier Sodomizing Female Detainee"
Friday 29 May 2009In 2007, shortly after he was forced into retirement, Army Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba made a startling admission. During the course of his investigation into the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Taguba said he saw "a video of a male American soldier in uniform sodomizing a female detainee."
Taguba told New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh that he saw other graphic photos and videos as well, including one depicting the "sexual humiliation of a father with his son, who were both detainees." That video, as well as photographs Taguba saw of US soldiers raping and torturing Iraqi prisoners, remains in the possession of the Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID). Taguba said he did not discuss details of the photographs and videos in his voluminous repor…

Heleen Mees van de NRC 9

In zijn essaybundel 'Hidden History. Exploring our secret past' schreef de grote Amerikaanse historicus en voormalig directeur van de Library of Congress, Daniel J. Boorstin: 'Advertising, of course, has been part of the mainstream of American civilization, although you might not know it if you read the most respectable surveys of American history... Never was there a more outrageous  or more unscrupulous or more ill-informed advertising campaign than that by which the promoters for the American colonies brought settlers here. Brochures published in England in the seventeenth century, some even earlier, were full of hopeful overstatements, half truths, and downright lies... How has American civilization been shaped by the fact that there was a kind of natural selection here of those people who were willing to believe advertising? ... One of the tendencies of democracy... is the danger that rhetoric would displace or at least overshadow epistemology; that is, the temptation…

Noord Korea

Deze logica zult u niet snel in de Nederlandse commerciele massamedia aantreffen, terwijl deze logica toch zo voor de hand liggend is, tenminste voor onafhankelijke journalisten.

Maybe We Should Take the North Koreans at Their Word

Shortly after North Korea exploded its second nuclear device in three years on Monday morning, it released a statement explaining why. "The republic has conducted another underground nuclear testing successfully in order to strengthen our defensive nuclear deterrence."(1) If the Obama Administration hopes to dissuade Pyongyang from the nuclear course it seems so hell bent on pursuing, Washington must understand just how adroitly nuclear arms do appear to serve North Korea's national security. In other words, perhaps we should recognize that they mean what they say.

From the dawn of history until the dawn of the nuclear age, it seemed rather self-evident that for virtually any state in virtually any strategic situation, the more military pow…

Iran 268

Clinton Against Imposing New Iran Sanctions For Now Written by NIAC    Friday, 22 May 2009
Image Washington DC - "How we proceed with sanctions depends upon on how the engagement works," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress Wednesday.
"Until we have tested, within the time period set forth by the president, where we think this engagement is going, I am not sure that adding new unilateral sanctions is really that helpful," Clinton told lawmakers.  She added, "At some point it might very well be."
Congress is currently considering legislation that would expand unilateral sanctions and target companies exporting refined petroleum to Iran.  The Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act has 122 cosponsors in the House and 51 in the Senate.
Clinton called sanctions a "powerful tool" but cautioned that if new sanctions are deemed necessary by the administration, a multilateral approach would likely be more effective.
"We already have a lot of sanc…

I.F. Stone

Mark Dowie on I.F. Stone
Posted on May 29, 2009 bookcover
By Mark Dowie
Every writer, of whatever genre, recalls one or two momentous encounters with a professional hero or mentor that either shaped their career, or gave them courage to continue. My most memorable such experience occurred in 1986 in Amsterdam, where a small group of leftish European and North American journalists gathered for dinner after a conference. As the evening unwound, I.F. Stone, known to almost everyone as “Izzy,” whose eyesight was failing, asked if I would walk him back to his hotel. How could I decline that request?
Through the narrow streets and over the canals of Amsterdam we walked in silence, Izzy no doubt pondering Socrates, whose biography he was completing; I, more nervous than a kid on his first date, trying to think of a conversation starter. The week before I had left for Europe, a right-wing database called Western Goals had made a file on me available to its corporate clients. A detective friend, ab…

Amanda Kluveld van de Volkskrant 8

'Niet de islam maar de westerse cultuur [is] superieur,' schrijft een zekere Amanda Kluveld in de Volkskrant. 

Niets is meer heilig in de westerse cultuur, alles is ondergeschikt gemaakt aan de wetten van de markt, niets is meer onaanraakbaar. 
Gary Snyder: 'if even some small bits of land are considered sacred, then they are forever not for sale and not for taxing. This is a deep threat to the assumptions of an endlessly expansive materialist economy.' 
'Superieur'?

Amanda Kluveld van de Volkskrant 7

'Niet de islam maar de westerse cultuur [is] superieur,' schrijft een zekere Amanda Kluveld in de Volkskrant.

De Israelische Terreur 870

ADALAH'S NEWSLETTER Volume 60, May 2009

The Legal Saga of Abu Nakba
By Hassan Jabareen*
The judge: We will begin to hear the case of The State of Israel v. Abed Aghbariya. How does the defendant plead?
 The defense attorney: The defendant pleads not guilty, your honor.
 The prosecutor asks to call a policeman as its main and only witness to the witness stand.
 The policeman: The procession that took place on Independence Day in Umm al-Fahem was organized to mark what the minorities call “Nakba Day.” The defendant marched in the procession and chanted slogans denouncing the State of Israel and occasionally mentioning the word “Nakba.”
 The prosecutor: How many times, if you recall, did the defendant use the word “Nakba?”
 The policeman: More than ten times, and in various rhymes.
 The prosecution rests its case. The defense attorney announces that he is not interested in questioning the policeman. The prosecutor declares that the prosecution has proven all of the facts relevant for convictio…

Amanda Kluveld van de Volkskrant 6

Beelden uit Abu  Ghraib.  'Niet de islam maar de westerse cultuur [is] superieur,' schrijft een zekere Amanda Kluveld in de Volkskrant.

Abu Ghraib Abuse Photos "Show Rape"
Thursday 28 May 2009
by: Duncan Gardham and Paul Cruickshank  |  Visit article original @ The Telegraph UK
    Photographs of alleged prisoner abuse which Barack Obama is attempting to censor include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse, it has emerged.
    At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee.
    Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.
    Another apparently shows a female prisoner having her clothing forcibly removed to expose her breasts.
    Detail of the content emerged from Major General Antonio Taguba, the former army officer who conducted an inquiry into the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.
  …

Amanda Kluveld van de Volkskrant 5

De Amerikaanse dichter Gary Snyder schreef in The Practice of the Wild: 'If we actually tried to teach the values of western civilization, we'd just be peddling the ideology of individualism, of human uniquenness, special human dignity, the boundless potential of Man, and the glory of succes... Isn't that finally the Oil Pipeline philosophy?... After Protestantism, capitalism, and wold conquest, maybe that's still what occidental culture comes to.'
Niet de islam maar de westerse cultuur [is] superieur,' schrijft een zekere Amanda Kluveld in de Volkskrant.Gisteren schreef ik dit:'Als het recht goed zou functioneren dan zou Madeleine Albright  zich in Den Haag moeten verantwoorden voor het plegen van oorlogsmisdrijven. Jose van Leeuwen emailde me het volgende bericht uit de Telegraaf:Amerikaanse oud-minister doet mee aan Haags instituut  DEN HAAG -  Oud-minister Madeleine Albright is bereid zitting te nemen in de raad van toezicht van een nieuw onderzoeks- en …

De Israelische Terreur 870

En nu opletten wie machtiger is, de joodse en christelijke lobbies, met andere woorden: degenen die het geld hebben of de failliete Amerikaanse regering:

' Israel rejects US call over settlement work


Mrs Clinton: "The president wants to see a stop to settlements"

Israel will continue to allow some construction in West Bank settlements despite US calls for a freeze on its work, a government spokesman says.
Mark Regev said the fate of the settlements should be decided in peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
His remarks appear to be a rebuff to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said all such activity should cease.
Her comments came hours before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was due to meet US President Barack Obama.
Mrs Clinton said on Wednesday there must be no exceptions to President Obama's demands for Israel's settlement work to stop.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with her Egyptian counterpart, Mrs Clinton said that the president was "ve…

De Israelische Terreur 869

Rival Livni is vital to Netanyahu, say analysts
 Jonathan Cook
The National
May 27. 2009

NAZARETH, ISRAEL // Pressure is mounting on Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, to bring the opposition leader Tzipi Livni into the government after last week’s difficult meeting with the US president, according to senior analysts.

Yaron Ezrahi, a political science professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said Mr Netanyahu now understood that he faced a stark choice between clashing with the White House and ditching the far-right parties in his coalition.

During the talks in Washington, Barack Obama said he expected an immediate halt to settlement building, a move rejected by Mr Netanyahu’s main coalition partners and many in his own right-wing Likud Party.

The Israeli prime minister hinted this week he will probably renew the call for Ms Livni, the leader of Kadima, a centrist party, to join the coalition after his failure to tempt her into a unity government following February’s general…