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Barbara Ehrenreich

De Amerikaanse auteur Barbara Ehrenreich schrijft: 'Was it only three years ago that some of our puffed up patriots were denouncing the French as "cheese-eating surrender monkeys," too fattened on Camembert to stub out their Gaulois and get down with the war on Iraq? Well, take another look at the folks who invented the word liberté. Throughout the month of March and beyond, they were demonstrating, rioting, and burning up cars to preserve a right Americans can only dream of: the right not to be fired at an employer's whim. The French government's rationale for its new labor law was impeccable from an economist's standpoint: Make it easier for employers to fire people and they will be more willing to hire people. So why was Paris burning? What corporations call "flexibility" - the right to dispose of workers at will - is what workers experience as disposability, not to mention insecurity and poverty. The French students who were tossing Molotov cock…

De Leugens van Bush

Common Dreams bericht: 'President Bush, 2003: 'Leaks of Classified Information Are a Bad Thing.' NEW YORK - With the revelations Thursday that former Vice President Cheney aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby had testified before a grand jury that President Bush had authorized him to leak classified information to reporter Judith Miller in July 2003, it seems appropriate to recall the president's response to questions on this subject a little more than two months later. It took place in Chicago on Sept. 30, 2003, at a meeting with business leaders.The transcript follows:Q Do you think that the Justice Department can conduct an impartial investigation, considering the political ramifications of the CIA leak, and why wouldn't a special counsel be better?THE PRESIDENT: Yes. Let me just say something about leaks in Washington. There are too many leaks of classified information in Washington. There's leaks at the executive branch; there's leaks in the legislati…

Mensenrechten

Common Dreams bericht: 'U.S. Quits Council Race, Possibly Fearing Defeat. UNITED NATIONS - The United States, which has been lambasted for human rights abuses both by members of its armed forces in Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad and by U.S. law enforcement officials in the Guantanamo detention facility in Cuba, has backed out of a hotly contested race for membership in the newly-created U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC).U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack Thursday confirmed Washington's decision not to run for a seat at the upcoming HRC elections scheduled to take place May 9. The widespread speculation at the United Nations is that the U.S. decision may have been prompted by lingering fears it will not be able to muster the 96 votes needed in the 191-member General Assembly. "Since the voting was expected to be by secret ballot, it was very unlikely that the customary strong-arm tactics and political bullying would have helped the United States to get the nec…

De Bush Bende

Truthout bericht: 'Yesterday in a letter to President Bush, Rep. Waxman asks for a full accounting of the President's and Vice President's actions in authorizing leaks of classified intelligence about Iraq, while at the same time concealing the President's knowledge of serious doubts about Iraq's pursuit of nuclear weapons. The text of the letter follows:
Thursday 06 April 2006
The President The White House Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Two recent revelations raise grave new questions about whether you, the Vice President, and your top advisors have engaged in a systematic abuse of the national security classification process for political purposes. News accounts suggest that the White House both (1) leaked classified intelligence information to further its faulty case for war and (2) improperly concealed information regarding your personal knowledge of serious doubts about this intelligence. These actions appear to violate your own exe…

Amerikaanse Oorlogsmisdaden

De onafhankelijke Amerikaanse journalist Dahr Jamail schrijft: 'How Massacres Become the Norm. US soldiers killing innocent civilians in Iraq is not news. Just as it was not news that US soldiers slaughtered countless innocent civilians in Vietnam. However, when some rare reportage of this non news from Iraq does seep through the cracks of the corporate media, albeit briefly, the American public seems shocked. Private and public statements of denial and dismissal immediately start to fill the air. We hear, "American soldiers would never do such a thing," or "Who would make such a ridiculous claim?" It amazes me that so many people in the US today somehow seriously believe that American soldiers would never kill civilians. Despite the fact that they are in a no-win guerrilla war in Iraq which, like any other guerrilla war, always generates more civilian casualties than combatant casualties on either side. Robert J. Lifton is a prominent American psychiatrist who…

Irak 59

De Guardian bericht: 'Amid an internal crisis of credibility, Condoleezza Rice has washed her hands of her department. Since the Iraqi elections in January, US foreign service officers at the Baghdad embassy have been writing a steady stream of disturbing cables describing drastically worsening conditions. Violence from incipient communal civil war is rapidly rising. Last month there were eight times as many assassinations committed by Shia militias as terrorist murders by Sunni insurgents. The insurgency, according to the reports, also continues to mutate. Meanwhile, President Bush's strategy of training Iraqi police and army to take over from coalition forces - "when they stand up, we'll stand down" - is perversely and portentously accelerating the strife. State department officials in the field are reporting that Shia militias use training as cover to infiltrate key positions. Thus the strategy to create institutions of order and security is fuelling civil war…

Westers Terrorisme 7

Channel 4 bericht over Westerse huurlingen die zonder reden onbewapende Irakese burgers beschieten. "We don't know whether it was an innocent civilian or whether that was an insurgent - we don't know, because we never stop". The words of a former security consultant, explaining the story behind the video footage. Zie:http://www.channel4.com/player/playerwindow.html?id=4089&vert=news Zie ook: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2005/12/westers-terrorisme-2.html

De Oorlogsstaat 38

Het gezicht van de oorlog: 'Iraqi insurgents drag burning US pilot. While the USA is preoccupied with deporting Mexican undocumented workers, the war in Iraq is still raging resulting in the death and maiming of a rapidly increasing number of US occupation soldiers. On Saturday at 5:30 pm, Iraqi insurgents shot down a AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter which was conducting a combat air patrol about 10 miles southwest of Baghdad.In a statement, the U.S. military confirmed that two US pilots had died, The video below shows Iraqi insurgents dragging Captain Timothy Moshier, 25, of Bethlehem, New York. The video was first shown by MSNBC News.' Zie: http://www.aztlan.net/iraqi_insurgents_drag_burning_us_pilot.htm

Ray McGovern

Via Information Clearing House kunt u luisteren naar een interview met Ray McGovern. 'Retired CIA Official Says Bush Is A War Criminal. An in-depth interview with former high-level CIA analyst Ray McGovern; McGovern talks about his work as an advisor to Bush 1 and his belief that Bush 2 is a war criminal and should be tried for crimes against humanity. Zie:
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article12628.htm

De Oorlogsstaat 37

De Engelstalige editie van Der Spiegel bevat een interview met Nobelprijswinnaar Joseph Stiglitz. 'Trillion Dollar War ."The War Is Bad for the Economy" Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, 63, discusses the true $1 trillion cost of the Iraq conflict, its impact on the oil market and the questions of whether the West can afford to impose sanctions on Iran. Professor Stiglitz, at the beginning of the Iraq war, the United States administration was hoping to almost break even in terms of the costs ...Stiglitz: ... they truly believed the Iraqi people could use their oil revenues to pay for reconstruction.SPIEGEL: And now you are estimating the cost of war at levels between $1 trillion and $2 trillion. How do you explain this difference?Stiglitz: First, the war was much more difficult than President Bush and his government expected. They thought they were going to walk in, everybody would say thank you, and they would set up a democratic government and leave. Now t…

Irak 58

De Independent bericht: 'Bush authorised Iraq 'leak', White House aide testifies. A senior White House official has told prosecutors that President George Bush authorised the dissemination of previously classified intelligence about Iraq's purported weapons arsenal to the media .
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney, is in court charged with obstructing a federal leak investigation. He testified that he had been given permission to share the contents of a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) about Saddam Hussein's weapons capabilities. He also said he was authorised to talk about Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador who had been publicly critical of Mr Bush's conduct over Iraq.
Mr Libby's claims are contained within court papers that were made public yesterday.
However, there is nothing in the papers which suggests Mr Libby claims either Mr Bush or Mr Cheney authorised him to reveal the identity of Mr Wilson…

Howard Zinn 5

De Amerikaanse historicus Howard Zinn schrijft: 'Now that most Americans no longer believe in the war, now that they no longer trust Bush and his Administration, now that the evidence of deception has become overwhelming (so overwhelming that even the major media, always late, have begun to register indignation), we might ask: How come so many people were so easily fooled? The question is important because it might help us understand why Americans—members of the media as well as the ordinary citizen—rushed to declare their support as the President was sending troops halfway around the world to Iraq.A small example of the innocence (or obsequiousness, to be more exact) of the press is the way it reacted to Colin Powell’s presentation in February 2003 to the Security Council, a month before the invasion, a speech which may have set a record for the number of falsehoods told in one talk. In it, Powell confidently rattled off his “evidence”: satellite photographs, audio records, repor…

De Architecten van de Oorlog

Het progressieve Amerikaanse Think Progress bericht: 'The Architects of War: Where are They Now? President Bush has not fired any of the architects of the Iraq war. In fact, a review of the key planners of the conflict reveals that they have been rewarded - not blamed - for their incompetence.
Paul Wolfowitz
Role in Going to War: Wolfowitz said the U.S. would be greeted as liberators, that Iraqi oil money for pay for the reconstruction, and that Gen. Eric Shinseki's estimate that several hundred thousand troops would be needed was "wildly off the mark." [Washington Post, 12/8/05] Where He Is Now: Bush promoted Wolfowitz to head the World Bank in March 2005. [Washington Post, 3/17/05]
Key Quote: "We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon." [Wolfowitz, 3/27/03]
Douglas Feith
Role in Going to War: As Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Feith spearheaded two secretive groups at the Pentagon - the Counter Terro…

Israel

De Israelische krant Haaretz bericht: 'High Court upholds ban on Machsom Watch exhibit in Be'er Sheva. The High Court of Justice has decided not to interfere with Be'er Sheva Mayor Ya'akov Turner's decision last week to ban a Machsom Watch photo exhibit at the Teacher's Center in the city. Machsom Watch is a women's group that monitors the behavior of soldiers toward Palestinians at checkpoints. The pictures in question depict interactions at the Qalandiyah and Hawara checkpoints in the West Bank. Turner announced the ban last Thursday, claiming that the contents of the exhibit are harmful to the sensitivities of the public.
Justices Edna Arbel, Miriam Naor and Elyakim Rubinstein ruled that Turner acted in accordance with his authority, which gives him the right to ban a public exhibit in a municipal building. However, the court ruling also stated that the municipality should allow activities of this sort in public locations.Attorney Gabi Lasky submitted a p…

Victor IV

Werk van wijlen de Amerikaanse/Amsterdamse beeldend kunstenaar Victor IV die zich ook wel Bulgar Time noemde. Willem Sandberg, van 1945 tot 1962 directeur van het Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, die grote interesse had voor iemand die nooit eerder geschilderd had, schreef hem: 'maar mijns inziens is u geen zondagsschilder, tenminste niet in de gebruikelijke zin van het woord. Natuurlijk is het belangrijkste bij een schilder dat hij wat te zeggen heeft en dat hij weet hoe. Dat is uiteraard zeldzaam onder de onnoemelijk velen die menen met of zonder kwast verf op een of ander materiaal te moeten aanbrengen en zich dan kunstenaar noemen.'

Nederland en Afghanistan 51

De Guardian bericht: 'MPs warn on troop deployment. British troops preparing to be deployed in southern Afghanistan face serious problems including a "fundamental tension" between promoting stability and fighting the opium trade, a cross-party committee of MPs warns today.
It also expresses concern about the treatment of any detainees handed over to the Afghans by British forces, and the prospect of a lack of air cover to protect troops on the ground. From next month more than 3,000 British soldiers will be based in Helmand province for a potentially dangerous mission maintaining security, training the Afghan army, and countering narcotics. ' Lees verder: http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,,1747946,00.html

De Israelische Terreur 11

Terwijl Hamas door het Westen wordt geboycot krijgt Israel steeds meer steun voor zijn repressieve regime in de Westbank. De Guardian bericht: 'Huge jump in arms sales to Israel · Military export licences to country almost double · Government accused of arming repressive regimes. The number of arms export licences granted for countries the government accuses of human rights abuses increased significantly over the past year, the latest official figures show. They also show that licences for weapons sales to Saudi Arabia increased by 25% last year, to £25m. They included sales of assault rifles, riot control equipment and body armour. Licences for British arms sales to Israel last year amounted to nearly £25m, almost double the previous year. The licences covered the export of armoured vehicles and missile components. Quarterly annual figures appear separately on the Foreign Office website and were collated by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (Caat), which alerted the Guardian to…

De Pro Israel Lobby 5

Inter Press Service bericht: 'Evangelicals Rally Their Flocks Behind Israel. OAKLAND - To prevent the George W. Bush administration from pressuring the Israelis into turning over even more land, Hagee, the pastor of San Antonio's Cornerstone Church and the head of a multi-million-dollar evangelical enterprise, recently brought together 400 Christian evangelical leaders -- representing as many as 30 million Christians -- for an invitation-only "Summit on Israel". The result was the launch of a new pro-Israel lobbying group called Christians United for Israel (CUFI). By 2002, a number of veteran Christian conservative evangelical leaders and Republican Party power brokers had joined forces with conservative Jewish leaders to launch several pro-Israel organisations. But the history of Jewish-evangelical involvement goes back several decades. According to Rabbi James Rudin, writing in his recently published book, "The Baptising of America: The Religious Right's …

Goedkope Arbeiders

Inter Press Service bericht: 'Embracing Cheap Workers, Ignoring Their Welfare. UNITED NATIONS - The top 10 countries hosting the largest number of international migrants have neither signed nor ratified a 1990 U.N. convention aimed at protecting the rights of migrant workers worldwide. "It is obvious," says a senior U.N. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, "that these countries don't want to be held accountable for the welfare of their migrants." The 10 countries -- the United States, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, France, Saudi Arabia, Canada, India, United Kingdom and Spain -- accounted for over 102 million migrants in 2005, according to a new U.N. report released Tuesday. The United States was host to 38.4 million migrants last year, followed by Russia (12.1 million), Germany (10.1 million), Ukraine (6.8 million) and France (6.5 million). The number of international migrants worldwide rose from about 175 million in 2000 to 191 million in 2005. And s…

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Het Exporteren van Banen 2

NRC bericht: 'Philips sluit fabriek in WeertPhilips sluit zijn lampenfabriek in Weert, omdat deze ondanks pogingen om haar goedkoper te maken niet rendabel genoeg is. Voor de 250 medewerkers betekent dat verlies van hun baan. Dat heeft het elektronicaconcern vandaag bekendgemaakt. Philips verhuist een deel van de productie van gloeilampen en speciale verlichting naar lagelonenlanden als China en Polen. Ook gaat een deel naar Maarheeze, elf kilometer verderop in Noord-Brabant. Philips produceert verder gloeilampen in Nederland in Oss, Middelburg en Deurne. FNV Bondgenoten verwacht ook bij die fabrieken harde klappen binnen niet al te lange tijd. Er werken 3.500 tot 4.000 werknemers die volgens de bond moeten vrezen voor verplaatsing van de productie naar lagelonenlanden.' Zie: http://www.nrc.nl/economie/article272584.eceWanneer NRC schrijft dat de lampenfabriek in Weert 'niet rendabel genoeg is' draait de krant keurig om de hete brij heen. Want natuurlijk kunnen Nederla…

Oorlogsmisdaden

De Amerikaanse auteur Norman Solomon schrijft: 'When War Crimes Are Impossible. Is President Bush guilty of war crimes? To even ask the question is to go far beyond the boundaries of mainstream US media. A few weeks ago, when a class of seniors at Parsippany High School in New Jersey prepared for a mock trial to assess whether Bush has committed war crimes, a media tempest ensued. Typical was the response from MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, who found the very idea of such accusations against Bush to be unfathomable. The classroom exercise "implies people are accusing him of a crime against humanity," Carlson said. "It's ludicrous." In Tennessee, the Chattanooga Times Free Press thundered in an editorial: "That some American 'educators' would have students 'try' our American president for 'war crimes' during time of war tells us that our problems are not only with terrorists abroad." The standard way for media to refer to Bush a…

Nederland en Afghanistan 50

De Volkskrant bericht: 'Nederlandse militairen doodden mogelijk Afghaan. Van onze verslaggever DEN HAAG - Nederlandse militairen in Afghanistan hebben mogelijk een dodelijk slachtoffer gemaakt tijdens de belegering van hun basis, begin dit jaar. Defensie heeft de begrafeniskosten betaald en de familie van het slachtoffer ‘afgekocht’, vooruitlopend op de uitkomst van een onderzoek door de Koninklijke Marechaussee. Staatssecretaris Van der Knaap van Defensie heeft de Tweede Kamer dinsdagavond ingelicht over een schietincident dat plaatsvond in februari, toen honderden Afghanen bij de Nederlandse basis in het stadje Pol-e Khomri protesteerden tegen de Deense spotprenten die de islam in een kwaad daglicht stelden. De belaagde militairen vuurden rook-, licht- en geluidgranaten af. Daarbij zou een betoger om het leven zijn gekomen.' Zie: http://www.volkskrant.nl/buitenland/article272239.ece Dit bericht roept meer vragen op dan het antwoorden geeft. Onze verslaggever in Den Haag moet…

De Media

Cecile Landman van http://streamtime.org/ wees me net op het volgende: 'Is the media telling the truth about Iraq? Do you have an opinion on this issue? How does the nature, quality, and content of media coverage of the Iraq war ultimately impact the lives of people in Iraq, the Middle East and around the planet? In your country, how does the media’s Iraq coverage rate? Fair and balanced? Biased? Which way? How about bloggers’ reporting and discussion of the issue? Have blogs helped clarify things or added to the confusion? We want to bring the opinions of the world’s bloggers on this issue directly into the debate. Please join us for a live discussion on Wednesday at 22:00–24:00 GMT (6–8pm EDT). Here’s the plan: Reuters will be hosting a panel discussion which will be videocast and audio cast via this link: http://reuters.com/IraqNewsmakers. Several members of the Global Voices community will be live-blogging the event: Middle East/North Africa Editor Haitham Sabbah, Iraq con…

Martelen 33

Ik ontving zojuist deze email van Amnesty International: 'Verenigde Staten. Onder de radar: Geheime vluchten naar marteling en ‘verdwijning.’ In het vandaag gepubliceerde rapport, USA Below the radar: Secret flights to torture and “disappearance”, geeft Amnesty International uitgebreide informatie over de buitenwettelijke overdracht van mensen (“rendition”) van het ene naar het ander land en worden de omstandigheden beschreven waaronder slachtoffers gevangengehouden werden.De mensenrechtenorganisatie heeft de vliegbewegingen van direct aan de CIA gelieerde vliegtuigen tussen 2001 en 2005 geanalyseerd, speciaal de vliegtuigen die bekende “rendition” slachtoffers als Khaled el Masri, Mahar Arar en Abu Omar vervoerd hebben. Deze analyse toont aan dat deze vliegtuigen vaak het Europese luchtruim gebruikt hebben, alhoewel er geen bewijs is dat er zich altijd gevangenen aan boord van de vliegtuigen bevonden.Amnesty International heeft diverse slachtoffers van “rendition” geïnterviewd. H…

De Oceaan

De Seattle Post-Intelligencer bericht: 'Research in Pacific Shows Ocean Trouble Acidity rises, oxygen drops, scientists find. Research fresh off a boat that docked Thursday in Alaska reveals some frightening changes taking place in the Pacific Ocean. As humans are pumping out more carbon dioxide that is helping to warm the planet, the ocean has been doing yeoman's work to lessen the effects - but it's taking a toll. Over time, the changes could have an impact that ripples through the food chain, from microscopic plants that can't grow right to salmon and whales unable to find enough to eat. The Pacific is getting warmer and more acidic, while the amount of oxygen and the building blocks for coral and some kinds of plankton are decreasing, according to initial results from scientists with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the University of Washington and elsewhere. "There are big changes," said Chr…

De Oorlogsstaat 36

Het onafhankelijke Inter Press Service bericht: 'Bush's War Hawks Edged Out of the Nest. WASHINGTON - Although still united in pushing for confrontation with Iran, the coalition of hawks that propelled U.S. troops toward Baghdad three years ago appears to have finally run out of steam. Demoralized by the quagmire in Iraq, as well as Pres. George W. Bush's still falling approval and credibility ratings, the coalition of aggressive nationalists, neo-conservatives, and the Christian Right that promoted the belligerent, neo-imperial trajectory in U.S. foreign policy has lost both its coherence and its power to dominate the political agenda here. As a result -- and almost by default -- realists under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and in the uniformed military have steadily gained control over the administration's policy. Within the increasingly fractious Republican Party, more xenophobic forces appear to be on the rise, as evidenced by recent and ongoing controversies…

Land of the Free. Home of the Brave! 2

De Guardian bericht: 'Silence in class University professors denounced for anti-Americanism; schoolteachers suspended for their politics; students encouraged to report on their tutors. Are US campuses in the grip of a witch-hunt of progressives, or is academic life just too liberal? After the screenwriter Walter Bernstein was placed on the blacklist during the McCarthyite era he said his life "seemed to move in ever-decreasing circles". "Few of my friends dropped away but the list of acquaintances diminished," he wrote in Inside Out, a memoir of the blacklist. "I appeared contaminated and they did not want to risk infection. They avoided me, not calling as they had in the past, not responding to my calls, being nervously distant if we met in public places." As chair of African American studies in Yale, Paul Gilroy had a similar experience recently after he spoke at a university-sponsored teach-in on the Iraq war. "I think the morality of cluster …

De Oorlogsstaat 35

De voordelen van dwangarbeiders in gevangenkampen voor het Amerikaanse leger worden in dit officiele rapport beschreven door het hoofdkwartier van het Department of the Army: '1–5. Civilian inmate labor programs.
a. Civilian inmate labor programs benefit both the Army and corrections systems by—
(1) Providing a source of labor at no direct labor cost to Army installations to accomplish tasks that would not be
possible otherwise due to the manning and funding constraints under which the Army operates.
(2) Providing meaningful work for inmates and, in some cases, additional space to alleviate overcrowding in nearby
corrections facilities.
(3) Making cost–effective use of buildings and land not otherwise being used.
b. Except for the 3 exceptions listed in paragraph 2–1d below, installation civilian inmate labor programs may use
civilian inmate labor only from Federal corrections facilities located either off or on the installation.
c. Keys to operating an effective civilian inmate labor prog…

Noam Chomsky 6

Tom Engelhardt schrijft: 'Noam Chomsky on War Crimes in Iraq. In the Vietnam era, the subject of war crimes was the last to arrive and the first to depart. When, in 1971 in Detroit, Vietnam Veterans Against the War convened its Winter Soldier Investigation into U.S. war crimes in Southeast Asia, it was roundly ignored by the media. Over 100 veterans gave firsthand testimony to war crimes they either committed or witnessed. Beyond the unbearable nature of their testimony, the hearings were startling for the fact that here were men who yearned to take some responsibility for what they had done. But while it was, by then, possible for Americans to accept the GI as a victim in Vietnam, it proved impossible for most Americans to accept him as a human being taking responsibility for a crime against humanity. There was no place for this in the American imagination, it seemed, no less for the thought that the planning and prosecution of the war were potential crimes committed by our leade…

Guantanamo 2

De Guardian bericht: 'Return My Work, Says Guantánamo Poet. The Americans can't return the three years that Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost lost, locked in a cell in Guantánamo Bay. But they could at least give back his poetry. "Please help," said Dost, who says he penned 25,000 lines of verse during his long imprisonment. "Those words are very precious to me. My interrogators promised I would get them back. Still I have nothing." The lost poems are the final indignity for Dost, a softly spoken Afghan whom the US military flew home last year, finally believing his pleas of innocence. Accused of being an al-Qaida terrorist, Dost had been whisked from his home in Peshawar, northern Pakistan, in November 2001. Five months later he was shackled, blindfolded and flown to Cuba. Wearing an orange jumpsuit and trapped inside a mesh cage, the Pashtun poet crafted his escape through verse. "I would fly on the wings of my imagination," he recalled. "Through my …

Klimaatverandering 31

Common Dreams bericht: 'Is It Too Late to Stop Global Warming? WASHINGTON - A man stands on a railroad track as a train rumbles closer. "Global warming?" he says. "Some say irreversible consequences are 30 years away. Thirty years. That won't affect me." He steps off the tracks -- just in time. But behind him is a little girl, left in front of the roaring train. The screen goes black. A message appears: "There's still time." It's just an ad, part of a campaign from the advocacy group Environmental Defense, which hopes to convince Americans they can do something about global warming, that there's still time. But many scientists are not so sure that the oncoming train of global warming can be avoided. Temperatures are going to rise for decades to come because the chief gas that causes global warming lingers in the atmosphere for about a century. "In the short term, I'm not sure that anyone can stop it," said John Walsh, dir…

Iran 22

De Engelstalige editie van de Pravda bericht: 'This week in the world of economics began with the opening of the international oil exchange in Iran. The intrigue of the situation is accentuated by the fact that trading will take place in the European currency. This in itself is setting a precedent: in modern history oil has been quoted exclusively in dollars. Alarmists and antiglobalists from all countries have rushed to describe this as yet another sentence against the hegemony of the dollar and the USA. It can not be ruled out that this idea is what is motivating the Iranian authorities. At the height of tension in relations between the USA and Iran the latter’s move looks like a blow to the economic power of its enemy. This cannot be deemed a weak blow – Iran has a share of at least 4% of worldwide oil production. Moreover, it has been declared that the format of the exchange will meet international norms: the question now is: which other of the Persian Gulf states will support…

Cyber War

De Sunday Herald bericht: 'While the US remains committed to hunting down al-Qaeda operatives, it is now taking the battle to new fronts. Deep within the Pentagon, technologies are being deployed to wage the war on terror on the internet, in newspapers and even through mobile phones. -- -- IMAGINE a world where wars are fought over the internet; where TV broadcasts and newspaper reports are designed by the military to confuse the population; and where a foreign armed power can shut down your computer, phone, radio or TV at will.In 2006, we are just about to enter such a world. This is the age of information warfare, and details of how this new military doctrine will affect everyone on the planet are contained in a report, entitled The Information Operations Roadmap, [PDF] commissioned and approved by US secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld and seen by the Sunday Herald.The Pentagon has already signed off $383 million to force through the document’s recommendations by 2009. Militar…

Guantanamo

Trouw bericht: 'Guantánamo / Onschuldig opgesloten. Voor het eerst wordt meer duidelijk over de rechtsgang in Guantánamo Bay. Sommige van de 480 gevangenen zijn officieel onschuldig verklaard, toch zitten ze nog steeds vast. Advocaat Neil McGaraghan (36) had tot een jaar terug alleen in de krant over Guantánamo gelezen. Van het oorlogs- of internationaal recht, dat bepaalt hoe landen met gevangenen uit een gewapend conflict om moeten gaan, wist hij niets. Hij deed alleen commercieel werk. Op zijn bureau op de 19de verdieping van een kantorenkolos in het hart van Boston liggen papieren over beslechting van geschillen in de bouw.
Maar op een dag sprak een collega hem aan. „Die zei echt misselijk te worden van het nieuws over Guantánamo Bay. Dat dit in Amerika kon gebeuren. Hij wilde de partners van ons advocatenkantoor overhalen hem deels vrij te maken voor de verdediging van gedetineerden. Hij vroeg me te helpen.” Sindsdien is er veel gebeurd. Bingham & McCutchen vertegenwoordig…

Iran 21

De Washington Post bericht: 'Attacking Iran May Trigger Terrorism. U.S. Experts Wary of Military Action Over Nuclear Program. As tensions increase between the United States and Iran, U.S. intelligence and terrorism experts say they believe Iran would respond to U.S. military strikes on its nuclear sites by deploying its intelligence operatives and Hezbollah teams to carry out terrorist attacks worldwide. Iran would mount attacks against U.S. targets inside Iraq, where Iranian intelligence agents are already plentiful, predicted these experts. There is also a growing consensus that Iran's agents would target civilians in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, they said. U.S. officials would not discuss what evidence they have indicating Iran would undertake terrorist action, but the matter "is consuming a lot of time" throughout the U.S. intelligence apparatus, one senior official said. "It's a huge issue," another said. Citing prohibitions against dis…

Henk Kamp als Pion

Het Parool bericht vanavond: 'Chávez: Kamp is pion van Amerika. Van onze redactie buitenland.
CARACAS - President Hugo Chávez van Venezuela vindt de Nederlandse minister Henk Kamp van Defensie een 'pion van Washington'. Kamp suggereerde onlangs dat Chávez de Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba wil veroveren. In zijn tv-programma Aló Presidente veegde Chávez Kamp de mantel uit. Volgens Chávez passen de 'leugens' van Kamp in de 'wereldwijde campagne' van de VS tegen hem. Chávez zei dat Venezuela en de Antillen juist 'goede buren' zijn en blijven.Volgens Hugo Chávez doet Kamp aan de Amerikaanse campagne tegen Venezuela mee omdat de minister 'een man van de extreem-rechtervleugel is'. Chávez zei onlangs te vermoeden dat Amerika de Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba wil gebruiken voor een aanval op Venezuela.Kamp noemde Chávez ''een onverdraagzame populist die met grote ogen kijkt naar de snippertjes voor de kust van Venezuela, die onderdeel zijn van…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 4

De onafhankelijke Molly Ivins schrijft in AlterNet: 'Racists seem to think that illegal workers - the hardest-working, poorest people in the US - are getting away with something. In 1983, I was a judge at the Terlingua Chili Cookoff, and my memory of the events may not be perfect - for example, for years I've been claiming Jimmy Carter was president at the time, but that's the kind of detail one often loses track of in Terlingua. Anyway, it was '83 or some year right around there when we held The Fence climbing contest. See, people talked about building The Fence back then, too. The Fence along the Mexican border. To keep Them out. At the time, the proposal was quite specific - a 17-foot cyclone fence with bob wire at the top. So a test fence was built at Terlingua, and the First-Ever Terlingua Memorial Over, Under or Through Mexican Fence Climbing Contest took place. Prize: a case of Lone Star beer. Winning time: 30 seconds.
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Het Amerikaans Imperium

De Independent bericht: 'US and UK Forces Establish "Enduring Bases" in Iraq. Despite talk of withdrawal "when the job is done", there are signs that coalition troops will be there for the long term. The Pentagon has revealed that coalition forces are spending millions of dollars establishing at least six "enduring" bases in Iraq - raising the prospect that US and UK forces could be involved in a long-term deployment in the country. It said it assumed British troops would operate one of the bases. Almost ever since President Bush claimed an end to "major combat operations" in Iraq on 1 May 2003, debate has focused on how quickly troops could be withdrawn. The US and British governments say troops will remain in Iraq "until the job is done". Yet while the withdrawal of a substantial number of troops remains an aim, it has become increasingly clear that the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) are preparing to retain some forc…

Iran 20

De Britse Telegraph bericht: 'Government in Secret Talks About Strike Against Iran. The Government is to hold secret talks with defence chiefs tomorrow to discuss possible military strikes against Iran. A high-level meeting will take place in the Ministry of Defence at which senior defence chiefs and government officials will consider the consequences of an attack on Iran. It is believed that an American-led attack, designed to destroy Iran's ability to develop a nuclear bomb, is "inevitable" if Teheran's leaders fail to comply with United Nations demands to freeze their uranium enrichment programme. Tomorrow's meeting will be attended by Gen Sir Michael Walker, the chief of the defence staff, Lt Gen Andrew Ridgway, the chief of defence intelligence and Maj Gen Bill Rollo, the assistant chief of the general staff, together with officials from the Foreign Office and Downing Street. The International Atomic Energy Authority, the nuclear watchdog, believes that …

De Oorlogsstaat 34

De New York Times stelt in een redactioneel commentaar: 'The Endgame in Iraq. Iraq is becoming a country that America should be ashamed to support, let alone occupy. The nation as a whole is sliding closer to open civil war. In its capital, thugs kidnap and torture innocent civilians with impunity, then murder them for their religious beliefs. The rights of women are evaporating. The head of the government is the ally of a radical anti-American cleric who leads a powerful private militia that is behind much of the sectarian terror. The Bush administration will not acknowledge the desperate situation. But it is, at least, pushing in the right direction, trying to mobilize all possible leverage in a frantic effort to persuade the leading Shiite parties to embrace more inclusive policies and support a broad-based national government. One vital goal is to persuade the Shiites to abort their disastrous nomination of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Mr. Jaafari is unable to form a b…

Amerikaanse Deserteurs

De BBC bericht: 'US Deserter 'Shocked by Abuses.' A US soldier who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Iraq says he was shocked by alleged atrocities committed by the American military. Josh Key was speaking before Canada's refugee board hearing his asylum plea. Among the incidents, he described soldiers kicking the severed head of an Iraqi like a football in Ramadi. Mr. Key served as an explosives expert in Iraq for eight months, and deserted to Canada with his family in 2004. He faces a court martial back in the US. The soldier, 27, also told Canada's refugee board he saw a US army squad leader shooting the foot off an unarmed Iraqi man. The army's attitude in Iraq was "just shoot and ask questions later", Mr. Key said. Appeal. Mr. Key says he refuses to fight in a war he regards as immoral and illegal. About 20 US soldiers have applied for asylum in Canada. Two have already had their applications rejected. The Immigration and Refugee Boa…

Het Exporteren van Banen

Uit onderzoek in de Verenigde Staten blijkt dat de meeste mensen van mening zijn dat het outsourcen van werk, dus het exporteren van banen naar goedkope lonen landen, niet bestreden kan worden. Opmerkelijk, want het betekent dat burgers in een parlementaire democratie ervan overtuigd zijn dat ze geen greep hebbenop het nagenoeg belangrijkste in hun leven. Common Dreams bericht: 'Problem: Foreign Oil, Answer: Blowing in the Wind? WASHINGTON - Alongside the war in Iraq, Americans worry most about U.S. dependence on foreign oil, a leading pollster said Thursday. While most appeared fatalistic over problems like job outsourcing, around half said the government can do something about energy dependence, according to a survey run by Daniel Yankelovich, funded by the Ford Foundation, and published by the Council on Foreign Relations in its journal Foreign Affairs. Environmentalists appeared to validate that sentiment, separately highlighting rapid growth in homespun energy alternatives an…

Klimaatverandering 31

De Times bericht: 'Antarctic Air is Warming Faster Than Rest of World. New finding could have implications for sea level rises.
AIR temperatures above the entire frozen continent of Antarctica have risen three times faster than the rest of the world during the past 30 years. While it is well established that temperatures are increasing rapidly in the Antarctic Peninsula, the land tongue that protrudes towards South America, the trend has been harder to confirm over the continent as a whole. Now analysis of weather balloon data by scientists at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has shown that not only are the lower reaches of the Antarctic atmosphere warming, but that they are doing so at the fastest rate observed anywhere on Earth.
Temperatures in the troposphere — the lowest 8km (5 miles) of the atmosphere — have increased by between 0.5C and 0.7 C (0.9F and 1.3F) per decade over the past 30 years. This signature of climate change is three times stronger than the average observed …