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Musee du Quai Branly

Ik ben een paar dagen in Parijs. Ik heb vandaag urenlang Musee du Quai Branly bezocht, het nieuwe museum dat geheel is gewijd aan de kunst en beschaving van Afrika, Oceanie en het continent Amerika. Wat een schitterend museum, het is een ode aan de de mensheid en de enorme verscheidenheid, het is een van de belangrijkste musea die ik heb gezien tijdens al mijn reizen. U kunt er allemaal topstukken zien, meesterwerken uit alle niet Europese beschavingen die hier zijn toon gesteld. een museum waar je gelukkig van wordt. Men ziet er hoe onvoorstelbaar rijk de vormentaal is. Terwijl ik door het - ook architectonisch - schitterende gebouw liep, vroeg ik mezelf af hoe deze culturen zich zouden hebben ontwikkeld als het Europees kolonialisme niet zoveel had vernietigd. Het enige dat ons machtiger maakte was onze technologische voorsprong. Maar qua kunstzinnigheid en innerlijke beschaving waren deze civilisaties de Europese ver vooruit. Alles versierden ze, de eenvoudigste gebruiksvoorwerpen …

Wouter Bos

De bovenste drie foto's zijn genomen door mijn vriend en collega Wim Noordhoek. Ze zijn gemaakt tijdens het laatste tv-debat voor de verkiezingen en Wim schreef gisterochtend het volgende profetische bijschrift: 'En toen, toch nog, in de nazit, bepaalde Wouter Bos mijn stem. Weg was zijn glimlach. Eindelijk zag hij pips. Straks valt ie nog in slaap, dacht ik. Midden in een volle studio.En ik wist opeens ook, die zegt de politiek vaarwel, vlugger dan men nu denkt.' Zie:
http://boeken.vpro.nl/avondlog/ Ik denk dat Wim Noordhoek gelijk heeft, Wouter Bos is politiek uitgespeeld en het enige dat hem nog rest is te vertrekken. Al die jaren in de oppositie tegen een kabinet van brokkenmakers en toch niet weten te winnen, erger nog, tien zetels verliezen, zegt alles. De oorzaak is simpel: Wouter Bos voerde geen oppositie, omdat hij al die tijd dacht dat de PVDA de grootste partij zou worden als hij maar niks deed. En ondertussen niet teveel het CDA tegen de haren instrijken, want hi…

The Empire 61

De Los Angeles Times bericht:

'Part IV Mining Firms Again Eyeing Navajo Land.

Demand for uranium is soaring. But the tribe vows a "knockdown, drag-out legal battle."
Crownpoint, N.M. - When mining companies started calling tribal offices last year, Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. issued an edict to employees: Don't answer any questions. Report all contacts to the Navajo attorney general.
Decades after the Cold War uranium boom ended, leaving a trail of poisonous waste across the Navajo Nation, the mining industry is back, seeking to tap the region's vast uranium deposits once again.
Companies are staking claims, buying mineral rights and applying for permits on the edge of the tribal homeland. They make no secret of their desire to mine within the reservation as well.
That prospect has turned neighbor against neighbor and touched off legal, political and financial maneuvering far from Navajo lands.
Fifty years ago, a nuclear arms race propelled th…

The Empire 60

Alternet bericht:

' CACI: Torture in Iraq, Intimidation at Home.

Dogged by serious allegations of human rights abuses in Iraq, a leading profiteer from the Iraq war engages in intimidation campaigns against journalists in America who seek to expose its practices.
Consider the unique problems faced by the corporate suits at CACI International, a defense contractor whose services have included "coercive" interrogations of prisoners in Iraq - interrogations most people simply call "torture."
Think about the image problems a major multinational corporation faces after becoming inextricably linked with the abuses at Abu Ghraib, a firm whose employees have contributed to the iconic images of the occupation of Iraq - the symbols of American cruelty and immorality in an illegal war. What can a company like that possibly do to protect its brand name after contributing to the greatest national disgrace since the My Lai massacre?
CACI's strategy has been two-fo…

The Empire 59

'The New Domino Theory

America is turning inward in fear of the global capitalist menace.

President Bush arrives in Hanoi today for discussions about regional economic issues. He would do well to discuss frankly America’s fears about the "dominoes" of Asian capitalism.
You may remember the old domino theory of Asian communism. Four decades ago, American policy makers clung to the idea that the big domino of Soviet Communism had toppled China, and the domino of Chinese communism had then toppled North Vietnam. Unless the United States propped up South Vietnam, it was assumed, all of Indo-China would become communist.
Tens of thousands of Americans died in that war before America got out and let the dominoes fall where they may. But then a strange thing happened. Soviet Communism disappeared. China became the fastest-growing big capitalist nation in the world. And Vietnam became one of the hottest markets in Southeast Asia.
The real domino turned out not to be communism, but ca…

Irak 117

De Guardian bericht: 'Al-Qaida 'planted information to encourage US invasion.'

A senior al-Qaida operative deliberately planted information to encourage the US to invade Iraq, a double agent who infiltrated the network and spied for western intelligence agencies claimed last night.
The claim was made by Omar Nasiri, a pseudonym for a Moroccan who says he spent seven years working for European security and intelligence agencies, including MI5. He said Ibn Sheikh al-Libi, who ran training camps in Afghanistan, told his US interrogators that al-Qaida had been training Iraqis.
Libi was captured in November 2001 and taken to Egypt where he was allegedly tortured. Asked on BBC2's Newsnight whether Libi or other jihadists would have told the truth if they were tortured, Nasiri replies: "Never".
Asked whether he thought Libi had deliberately planted information to get the US to fight Iraq, Nasiri said: "Exactly".
Nasiri said Libi "needed the conflict in Ira…

Israelische Propaganda

De Guardian bericht:

'Amir Gissin runs what he calls '"Israel's Explanation Department". Which is why it is surprising to hear him admit that many Israelis think "the whole problem is that we don't explain ourselves correctly".

Last week, as al-Jazeera launched an Arab view of the
world into English-speaking homes worldwide, Gissin was a
man under pressure. At the David Bar Ilan conference on
the media and Middle East, he faced an audience of
Israelis who were unhappy about the way the propaganda
battle with Hizbullah was fought and lost during the war
in the Lebanon. They wanted to know how it could be done
better next time, because most people in Israel seem to
think there will be a next time with Hizbullah soon.

Gissin said the words of his English-speaking spokespeople could not compete with the power of the pictures of civilians killed in the Israeli attack on Lebanese towns like Qana. And the Israeli parliament will not spend the money on an Israeli coun…

Lex Runderkamp 5

Ik ontving net dit antwoord van Lex Runderkamp:

'Ik volg alle partijen serieus, want ik verdiep me in dit soort zaken vaak al voor ze op zitting verschijnen. Daarom kan ik bij nieuwsontwikkelingen meestal snel live optreden en direkt achtergronden geven. Mijn kennis van de zaak wordt niet veel groter op de dag van het pleidooi. Ook in deze zaak heb ik eerder gesproken met de advocaten. Meestal lees ik het pleidooi nog es aan de vooravond van de gerechtelijke uitspraak. Op die dag zie je welke argumenten van doorslaggevende betekenis zijn geweest.
Ik was kortom niet bij de pleidooien omdat de NOS er op woensdag en donderdag geen verslag van zou doen. Die woensdag waren de Hells Angels belangrijker omdat het OM een verbod gaat bepleiten van de verenigingen. Donderdag werd plotseling het graf van de weduwe Wittenberg geopend. Op 1 december doet de rechter uitspraak in de Samir-zaak. De advocaten zeggen allemaal dat ze vrijspraak verwachten. Het OM gaat voor 15 jaar voor Samir. Als de …

Lex Runderkamp 4

Ik heb net deze email verstuurd in een reactie op een antwoord van Lex Runderkamp: 'hallo lex,
het twee-stappen-beleid mag dan wel het gebruik zijn bij het journaal, maar het is daarmee nog geenszins een evenwichtig journalistiek beleid. dat hoef ik jou niet uit te leggen. gebruik is in de journalistiek dat je beide partijen even serieus volgt en het standpunt van beide partijen tot hun recht laat komen. daar is in dit geval geen sprake van. twee dagen pleidooien kunnen niet in een enkele quote worden samengevat. bovendien moet jij als onafhankelijke journalist bepalen wat de strekking van het verhaal van beide partijen was en niet alleen de betrokkene zelf. dus blijft mijn vraag waarom je die twee dagen durende pleidooien niet hebt bijgewoond? En zelfs niet eens een deel ervan.
collegiale groet,
stan van houcke

-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----Van: Lex Runderkamp. Verzonden: woensdag 22 november 2006 14:45Aan: stan10@planet.nlOnderwerp: RE: reactie

Hallo Stan, althans ik neem aan dat i…

Animal Farm

Vriend en collega Ronald van den Boogaard emailde me dit. Lees het even voordat u gaat stemmen:
‘Ha Stan

Bijgaand stukje is geschreven door mijn vriend Henk Weltevreden. Hij is ook auteur van het boekje Congo Blues. Dat gaat over zijn pleegdochtder Naomi, negen jaar geleden in Nederland geboren. Moeder uit Kongo vluchtte dat land uit, nadat haar man vermoord was. In Nederland werkte zij als hoer en werd diverse malen voor allerlei vergrijpen gevangen gezet. Henk & z'n vrouw hebben zich over dit meisje ontfermd. Zij woont al acht jaar bij hen.

En wat deed Verdonk. Zij wilde dit meisje uitzetten. Terug naar de Kongo, want dat was volgens de Nederlandse ambassade wel veilig. Henk heeft die uitzetting met steun van vrienden , die actie voerden kunnen voorkomen. Hij reisde naar de Kongo en maakte hartverscheurende dingen mee.

Maar het meisje heeft nog steeds geen permanente verblijfsvergunning.

Henk stuurde het boekje naar Verdonk. Haar antwoord: Hartelijk voor uw cd'tje.'Dit i…

Nederlandse Leger Martelt 8

De Volkskrant onthult:'Mariniers frustreerden onderzoek in Zuid-Irak.
Van onze verslaggevers Jan Hoedeman, Theo Koelé.
DEN HAAG - Marechaussees zijn in 2003 in het zuiden van Irak door Nederlandse mariniers onder druk gezet geen aangifte te doen van overtredingen. Mariniers intimideerden en beledigden leden van de militaire politie.
Ten minste één marechaussee is door landgenoten met de dood bedreigd als hij aangifte zou doen. Hij is overspannen teruggekeerd naar Nederland, aldus collega’s.
‘Als je dat doet, knal ik je kop er af’, luidde het dreigement aan het adres van de marechaussee, die een proces-verbaal wilde opstellen. De mariniers hadden invallen gedaan in huizen, hoewel ze daartoe niet bevoegd waren.
Andere marechaussees hebben ‘discriminerende opmerkingen’ van de mariniers te horen gekregen ‘die de gang naar het strafrecht zouden rechtvaardigen’. De kwalificaties van de mariniers waren ‘nazi’s’ en ‘kankerjoden’.
Dit staat in een vertrouwelijke brief van de bevelhebber van de K…

The Empire 58

'Our Own Abu Ghraib.

by Matthew Rothschild.

With all the attention on U.S. torture and abuse of prisoners overseas, we’ve been neglecting to pay attention to one haunting fact: Our country treats some prisoners here at home in a similar way.
Dogs are used on prisoners.
Sexual abuse is commonplace.
Prisoners are held in isolation for months at a time.
Prisoners are shocked with tasers and stun guns while they are handcuffed or even while they are in restraint chairs.
Prisoners, including mentally ill ones, are left in restraint chairs or are shackled to the floor for hours and sometimes days at a time, left to urinate and defecate on themselves.
Two judges in recent days have cast a spotlight on these horrors.
In Michigan, Judge Richard Alan Enslen ordered the state to stop using nonmedical restraints in cells after a twenty-one-year-old mentally ill prisoner, Timothy Joe Souders, died naked and shackled to the cement floor lying in his own urine for four days.
The judge said Souders’s treat…

Klimaatverandering 59

'Stubbornly pursuing a course that is destroying the planet Posted by: APR on Nov 21, 2006 - 05:33 AM Environment
By Peter Montague
We are living in a world that is essentially new. Almost everything has changed in the past 50 years. Perhaps we are trying to understand this new world using habits of thought from the old world. Maybe that is why things seem so confusing. Let's consider some of the ways the world has changed since 1950.
In the largest sense, here is the big change of the past 50 years: For aeons, there was a shortage of people and an abundance of nature. We set up all our institutions (churches, corporations, governments, laws, courts, media, schools) to encourage population growth and economic growth (the accumulation of capital assets -- farms, factories, highways, ports, power plants, and so on). Now we find ourselves with a shortage of nature, a superabundance of people, and a glut of capital assets -- more than we know what to do with, really. Because of thi…

Robert Fisk 16

Robert Fisk schrijft: 'A terrible legacy of hatred and death. This is the hell we have bequeathed to the Arab peoples of Iraq. -- -- So the Ministry of Fear now has a Dowager of Fear, the good Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller who has discovered in the sanctum of MI5 another 30 "terror plots" to terrify us - and an entire generation of plots before the show is over. And how Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara admires her. "I think she is absolutely right that it will last a generation," he announces. Absolutely, indeed. The favourite Blair adverb, always trotted out when he really, truly and of course absolutely believes he is right; which is not the same at all, of course, as actually being right, which needs a lot more than belief to support it.What is this trash? Accepting - which Blair can't do, can he? - that the risk to us is caused by his pusillanimous, mendacious policies in the Middle East (and that of his lord and master in Washington) would cut this latest bul…

Danny Schechter 2

Danny Schechter schrijft:

'A Vietnamese friend shared a comment with me from a colleague in Hanoi:
”Bush's visit has been an embarrassment for everyone. Within a few hours of his arrival he was asked about Iraq, and he said that the U.S. would have won in Vietnam if we had "stayed the course" and let "The Generals" fight the war..... His audience was dismayed. The guy is obviously on some heavy meds.”
Clearly he has no idea of what happened in Vietnam, and that the US did not have the option or the ability to stay, as everyone who remembers that mad dash from the roof of the Embassy in former Saigon to that Navy battle group in the South China sea knows. How pathetic.
“History has a long march to it,” he then said, mimicking Mao when he arrived “in-country,” as US soldiers used to say when they were in "the Nam," even after his White House misidentified the country’s red flag on the White House web site, not a place you would ever turn for accurate in…

Iran 67

Gaat de Bush Bende Israelische huurlingen opdracht geven om Iran te bombarderen? Haaretz bericht: 'Bush: I would understand if Israel chose to attack Iran

The United States lacks sufficient intelligence on Iran's nuclear facilities at this time, which prevents it from initiating a military strike against them, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has told European politicians and diplomats with whom she has recently met. Rice mentioned three reasons why the United States is currently unable to carry out a military operation against Iran: the wish to solve the crisis through peaceful means; concern that a military strike will be ineffective - that it would fail to completely destroy Iran's nuclear capabilities; and the lack of precise intelligence on the targets' locations. U.S. President George W. Bush and President Jacques Chirac of France met several weeks ago. Bush told his French counterpart that the possibility that Israel would carry out a strike against Iran's…

The Empire 57

Zaterdag 5 augustus van dit jaar schreef ik in mijn dagboek: 'Vanmiddag Naar Oljato geweest. De Trading Post was gesloten en leeg, op wat bakelieten schalen na, zo zag ik door de vuile ramen. In deze buurt is weer een oude uraniummijn in bedrijf genomen. De dag erna schreef ik: 'Vanmiddag naar Mexican Hat gereden, door een verlaten landschap. Vlak voor Mexican Hat zagen we een meer schitteren, omringd door roodkleurige aarde. Toen we er ernaar toe reden, zagen we dat het een grote oppervlakte was bedekt met grijskleurige stenen. Het bleek een voormalige nucleaire malerij te zijn, die met miljoenen stenen was overdekt om de verspreiding van de radioactiviteit tegen te gaan. (zie foto) Het is zo groot dat men het via Google Earth goed kan zien. Het ligt drie kilometer van de grens waar het Navajo reservaat eindigt. Niet ver hier vandaan, bij Tuba City in Coconino County, ook op Navajo gebied zagen we eerder - naast iets dat leek op waterzuiveringsbassins - een andere uranium ma…

De Israelische Terreur 124

De BBC bericht: 'Human Shield Deters Israel Strike
The Israelis have called off a planned air attack on a house in Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza after hundreds of Palestinians formed a human shield.
Mohammedweil Baroud said he was warned by Israeli forces to leave his home. He instead ran to a mosque and summoned neighbours to help defend the house.
Mr. Baroud is a commander in the Popular Resistance Committees militant group.
The Israeli army often orders people out of homes ahead of attacks, saying it aims to avoid casualties.
A Hamas commander at the scene said people had gathered to show that the demolition strategy of the Israelis could be defeated.
Meanwhile one person was wounded in a rocket attack on the Israeli town of Sderot.
Hamas said in a statement it had carried out the attack, the Associated Press news agency reported.
Israel often targets the homes of Gaza militants in response to such attacks.
One woman was killed and several injured in an attack on Sderot last week.
Chanti…

Iran 66

Seymour Hersh bericht in de New Yorker:
'Is a damaged Administration less likely to attack Iran, or more?

-- A month before the November elections, Vice-President Dick Cheney was sitting in on a national-security discussion at the Executive Office Building. The talk took a political turn: what if the Democrats won both the Senate and the House? How would that affect policy toward Iran, which is believed to be on the verge of becoming a nuclear power? At that point, according to someone familiar with the discussion, Cheney began reminiscing about his job as a lineman, in the early nineteen-sixties, for a power company in Wyoming. Copper wire was expensive, and the linemen were instructed to return all unused pieces three feet or longer. No one wanted to deal with the paperwork that resulted, Cheney said, so he and his colleagues found a solution: putting “shorteners” on the wire—that is, cutting it into short pieces and tossing the leftovers at the end of the workday. If the Democra…

De Israelische Terreur 123

De Engelstalige Pakistaanse krant Dawn bericht: 'UN asks Israel to vacate Gaza: US opposes, EU backs resolution. UNITED NATIONS, Nov 18: The UN General Assembly on Friday voted overwhelmingly to condemn Israel for "indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force" in its military offensive in Gaza which, according to the Palestinian ambassador, threatens to "destroy the entire people."The resolution was passed by a vote of 156 to 7, with six abstentions. The US, Israel and Australia voted against the document while all the European Union members supported it.The resolution "deeply deplores" the Israeli offensive, launched after the June capture of an Israel soldier, and calls on Israel to immediately halt its operation and pull its troops out of the Gaza Strip.The vote came less than a week after the United States vetoed a UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israel for launching a Nov 8 missile strike that killed 18 civilians in the town of Beit …

De Dollar Hegemonie 13

De oorlog moet door iemand betaald worden. Bloomberg bericht: 'Rubin, Volcker Say Investors May Avoid Buying Dollars (Update2).

-- Robert E. Rubin, Treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton, and former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker said foreign investors probably won't keep increasing dollar holdings, raising the risk of a slump in the currency.

Failure by the U.S. government to shrink its budget deficit may spook the central banks, hedge funds and others who have been buying Treasury notes, Rubin said. Volcker said the U.S. borrowing requirements raise the risk of a ``crisis'' in the dollar as soon as the next two and a half years.

``It seems almost inconceivable that this will continue indefinitely,'' Rubin, who now chairs Citigroup Inc.'s executive committee, said in a videotaped message for a dinner hosted by the Concord Coalition yesterday in New York.

Rubin, 68, who served as Treasury chief from January 1995 to July 1999, helped engineer econ…

Iran 65

Het persbureau Agence France-Presse bericht: 'CIA analysis finds no Iranian nuclear weapons drive.WASHINGTON - A classified draft CIA assessment has found no firm evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, as alleged by the White House, a top US investigative reporter said on Saturday.Seymour Hersh, writing in an article for the November 27 issue of the magazine The New Yorker released in advance, reported on whether the administration of Republican President George W. Bush was more, or less, inclined to attack Iran after Democrats won control of Congress last week.A month before the November 7 legislative elections, Hersh wrote, Vice President Dick Cheney attended a national-security discussion that touched on the impact of Democratic victory in both chambers on Iran policy.“If the Democrats won on November 7th, the vice president said, that victory would not stop the administration from pursuing a military option with Iran,” Hersh wrote, citing a source famil…

The Empire 55

Associated Press bericht:
'Democrats Aim to Repeal Tax Breaks for Big Oil.

Washington - House Democrats are targeting billions of dollars in oil company tax breaks for quick repeal next year. A broader energy proposal that would boost alternative energy sources and conservation is expected to be put off until later.
Hot-button issues such as a tax on the oil industry's windfall profits or sharp increases in automobile fuel economy probably will not gain much ground given the narrow Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.
Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in an outline of priorities over the first 100 hours of the next Congress in January, promises to begin a move toward greater energy independence "by rolling back the multibillion dollar subsidies for Big Oil."
Yet the energy plan being assembled by Pelosi's aides for the initial round of legislation is less ambitious than her pronouncement might suggest.
For the most part, the tax benefits are ones that lawm…