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Trouw Misschien Wel 13

Trouw-columnist J.A.A. van Doorn schrijft:

'Oude sprookjes over Israël vallen beter dan kritiek

Het klinkt bijna ongelofelijk maar het feit ligt er: nog maar twintig jaar geleden was het verleden van Israël geen terrein voor onbevangen historisch onderzoek. Het verhaal van de jonge staat was vrijwel exclusief het product van politici, militairen en publicisten, druk doende met het ontwerpen van een ware nationale mythologie, met de Israëliërs in de rol van moreel superieure helden – of slachtoffers – en de Arabieren, onder wie de Palestijnen, als de tweede dodelijke bedreiging van het Joodse volk sinds de Holocaust.
Pas rond 1990 begon een kleine groep echte historici, met Benny Morris voorop, de ideologische Augiasstal uit te mesten, een uiterst ondankbaar werk omdat de realiteit die achter de officiële verzinsels zichtbaar werd, vaak nogal pijnlijk bleek te zijn.
Om twee voorbeelden te noemen: de Israëlische onafhankelijkheidsoorlog van 1948 was geen gevecht van een Joodse David teg…

Irak 168

Leest u in de Guardian eens hoe genereus de Amerikaanse regering is:

'US to welcome 7,000 Iraqi refugees.

The Bush administration is to increase the official quota of Iraqi refugees who will be allowed to settle in the United States from 500 to 7,000 over the next year, in a response to the growing refugee crisis in Iraq.
The move follows repeated criticism of the US by humanitarian groups for failing to help more than 3 million Iraqis displaced from their homes since the conflict began.
So far the United States has allowed only 463 Iraq refugees into the country since the war began nearly four years ago.
Under the expanded refugee programme, to be announced later today, the administration also plans to pledge $18m (£9.2m) for a worldwide resettlement and relief programme.
The United Nations has asked for $60m (£30.6m) from nations around the world. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today met with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres to outline the expanded US programme.

Darfur 3

'UN Darfur mission to work outside Sudan

GENEVA (AFP) - A planned UN human rights mission to the strife-torn region of Darfur said that it would carry on its work outside Sudan after being denied entry visas.

The mission, headed by Nobel peace laureate and anti-landmines campaigner Jody Williams, has been in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa since the weekend for talks with African Union officials.
The mission said in a statement that it had decided "it can no longer allow the continued uncertainty regarding visas from Sudan to impede the continuance" of its work.
Williams has decided the mission will now "proceed and collect all relevant information from locations outside the country," the statement added.
Sudan's foreign ministry said on Monday it would not grant visas to the mission if it included an unnamed individual known for his "hostility" to Sudan.
Khartoum has in the past criticised delegation member Bertrand Ramcharan, the former UN deputy hi…

Egypte

Egyptische politie mishandelt demonstrant.

Het door de VS gesteunde corrupte Moebarak-regime heeft de Egyptische oppositie weer eens gemaltraiteerd. Met een kwart van alle arabieren is Egypte het meest bevolkingsrijke arabische land, het culturele centrum ook van de arabische wereld, waar elke 8,5 maand een miljoen inwoners erbij komen.

'Egyptian police detain 75 members of Muslim Brotherhood

CAIRO, Egypt: Police arrested 75 members of the Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday, in what appeared to be a pre-emptive strike against the country's largest Islamic group ahead of elections and a key parliamentary debate, a police spokesman and the Brotherhood said.
A Brotherhood executive said the detentions risked provoking violence — not from the group itself, but from those who would infer the state was leaving no scope for peaceful Islamic political activity.
The arrests bring the total of Brotherhood members in custody to just under 300, according to figures provided by the group and the Ne…

De Nuance van de NRC 20

Terwijl de wereld van de ene in de andere crisis belandt opent de NRC met nieuws uit de polder, een brandje gesticht door de partij van de malloten:

'Geen motie over dubbele nationaliteit.
Beroering in kamer over voorstel PVV
Door een onzer redacteuren

Den Haag, 15 febr. Kamervoorzitter Verbeet heeft De Partij voor de Vrijheid vanochtend belet een motie in te dienen tegen de beëdiging van de beoogde PvdA-bewindslieden Aboutaleb en Albayrak.
Het Kamerlid Fritsma (PVV) had bezwaren tegen de beëdiging omdat de twee een dubbele nationaliteit hebben. Tevens uitte Fritsma twijfels over de loyaliteit van Kamerleden met een dubbele nationaliteit.
Kamervoorzitter Verbeet heeft Fritsma het woord ontnomen en een motie die hij wilde indienen niet in behandeling willen nemen.
In een toelichting op haar besluit zei Verbeet dat de motie buiten de orde was. „Ik kan niet accepteren dat Fritsma suggereert dat leden een dubbele loyaliteit hebben, terwijl ze de eed op de Grondwet hebben afgelegd. Je kunt ni…

Irak 167

De Independent bericht:

'Iraq's death toll is far worse than our leaders admit.
The US and Britain have triggered an episode more deadly than the Rwandan genocide.
By Les Roberts.

On both sides of the Atlantic, a process of spinning science is preventing a serious discussion about the state of affairs in Iraq. The government in Iraq claimed last month that since the 2003 invasion between 40,000 and 50,000 violent deaths have occurred. Few have pointed out the absurdity of this statement.There are three ways we know it is a gross underestimate. First, if it were true, including suicides, South Africa, Colombia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia have experienced higher violent death rates than Iraq over the past four years. If true, many North and South American cities and Sub-Saharan Africa have had a similar murder rate to that claimed in Iraq. For those of us who have been in Iraq, the suggestion that New Orleans is more violent seems simply ridiculous.Secondly, t…

The Empire 176

End-time for USA upon oil collapse
Written by Jan Lundberg
Culture Change Letter #100

A scenario for a sustainable future.

It is becoming clear to more and more energy analysts that the United States of America as we know it will not endure for long. However, the U.S. may not last at all, if oil collapse and the birth of a sustainable culture play out freely. Primarily considering the implications of "peak oil," let us explore key unforgiving trends, dispassionately, so as to arrive at a truthful and hopefully constructive vision for the future.
Most scenarios reflect wishful thinking or influence from the mass media, academia and industrial interests. Rather than predictions such as the promise of a technologically green consumer society -- a popular preference -- a clear analysis must include all the main elements however unpalatable. To create a better world we must first deal with hard reality. What is ahead that we cannot change? When that question is faced honestly, the …

The Empire 175

'National Security Experts Grim on Terror War.
by Jim Lobe

A new survey of more than 100 U.S. foreign policy experts -- both Republicans and Democrats, as well as retired military and intelligence professionals -- has found deep pessimism over the "global war on terror" and even deeper pessimism over the war in Iraq. According to the survey, the second in the last six months carried out by Foreign Policy magazine and the Centre for American Progress, two out of three foreign policy experts oppose President George W. Bush's plans to increase troop levels in Iraq, while nearly nine out of 10 say the war there is undermining U.S. national security. Overall, three out of four respondents disagreed with assertion that Washington "is winning the war on terror", while 81 percent said the world is becoming "more dangerous" to the United States and its people. The survey also found wide, although narrowing differences compared to six months ago, between expe…

Oorlog en Kinderen

De meest oorlogszuchtige naties betalen het geweld door te bezuinigen op hun kinderen. De oorlog moet immers door iets of iemand worden gefinancierd.

'Britain Stung at Being Worst Place for Children.

UNICEF has damned Britain and the United States as the worst places for children to live among wealthy nations, in a new report which caused widespread soul-searching.
The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland topped the 21 industrial powers assessed for the child well-being report released Wednesday.
Britain's youngsters had the worst relationships with their family and peers, suffered more from poverty and indulged in more "binge drinking" and hazardous sex than children in other wealthy nations, said the report.
The United States placed 20 and Britain 21 on the list.
Stung by the ranking, which featured on the front page of virtually every newspaper, the British government said much of the data used by UNICEF was outdated.
A government spokesman said: "We recognise t…

Iran 111

'[Journalist Larry Chin reveals superbly documented evidence of the Bush administration's rhetoric and actions which are propelling the U.S. into a frightening conflagration with Iran--CB]
Bush administration pushes for attack with provocations, espionage, official deceptions, and false flag terror.
The Bush administration will attack Iran as early as spring 2007.

The administration is on total war footing.
Over the next few months, the administration and its allies and functionaries will create and provoke a pretext that forces a political consensus behind an attack on Iran. Any or all of the following may occur:
* Violent resistance to US occupation within Iraq is blamed on Iran. As previously noted, the idea that Iran is arming Iraqi attacks against US forces is a central theme of new Bush administration propaganda. Paul Pillar, former CIA officer and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is among many critics arguing that Iran is not behind the attacks. This will not stop…

11 September 2001 (21)

Ik kreeg deze link gemaild: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3074561005024763960&q=The+9%2F11+Solution En allemaal bericht binnen een uur na de aanslagen. Het hele verhaal in feite.

Iran 110

We zijn gewaarschuwd. Op dit moment zijn gekken aan de macht in het Witte Huis. Ze denken de nederlaag in Irak te kunnen verhullen door een nieuwe oorlog te beginnen.

'War with Iran?
By Ken Silverstein.
02/14/07 "Harper's" -- - Is war with Iran on the way? We hear from four former CIA officials.
Milt Bearden
Milt Bearden is an author and film consultant. A former senior CIA officer, he served as station chief in Pakistan from 1986 until the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989.
As insane as the prospect for war might seem to those of us who have spent parts of our lives in the shadow of a mosque, it is impossible to ignore the drumbeats for war with Iran. Yes, I think Americans should be prepared to wake up one morning and find themselves at war with Iran.
I am seeing constant trumpeting by the administration of “evidence” of Iranian weapons, equipment, or technology, linked with American casualties in Iraq. I don't know why anyone would be surprised by Iranian ga…

Irak 166

U kunt hier 7 minuten kijken naar wat het Westen uit naam van de christelijke god en de Verlichting en de parlementaire democratie allemaal heeft aangericht in Irak:

'This is War
"Do it in the name of God"
They have created a wasteland and call it Democracy. ...
Dare we look on our victims?
- Warning -
This video should only be viewed by mature audience
Video 7 Minutes.

Zie: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17069.htm

Iran 109

De commerciele massamedia in de polder zijn verdacht stil over dit onderwerp. In de VS wordt volop geanlyseerd en bericht over de dreigende aanval op Iran.

'Is the Military Our Last Hope?
By Paul Craig Roberts

Is the high command of the US military breaking ranks with the Bush Regime? With the “mainstream media,” that is, the government’s propaganda ministry, bombarding the American public with “news reports” from unidentified sources that the US government has proof that “the highest reaches of the Iranian government” is supplying weapons to the Iraqi insurgency, Marine General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, demurred. General Pace told the Voice of America on February 12 that he has no information indicating that Iran’s government is supplying weapons to the Iraqi insurgency. General Pace said that “Iranians are involved,” but “what I would not say is that the Iranian government, per se, knows about this . . . I would not say by what I know that the Iranian gover…

Iran 108

170 dode Amerikaanse militairen door Iran? Hoe dom acht de Bush Bende de rest van de mensheid? Als Iran de afgelopen vier jaar de troepen van de VS daadwerkelijk had willen aanpakken dan waren er duizenden Amerikaanse militairen omgekomen en niet 170, het mooie ronde getal waarmee Washington op de proppen komt. Als ze propaganda bedrijven moeten ze het veel slimmer aanpakken, nietwaar?

'Iran in Iraq?
Stephen Zunes February 14, 2007
Editor: John Feffer, IRC

Foreign Policy In Focus
www.fpif.org
Faced with growing public opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq, the Bush administration has been desperately trying to divert attention to Iran. Washington has gone so far as to make a series of dubious and unfounded charges that blame the Iranian government for the difficulties facing American forces fighting the Iraqi insurgency.
Despite the absence of any credible reports of Iranian involvement in attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, President George W. Bush last month formally authorized U.S. forces t…

The Empire 174

Een achtergrondverhaal:

'According to acclaimed physicist Michio Kaku: “Any advanced civilization must grow in energy consumption faster than the frequency of life-threatening catastrophes (e.g. meteor impacts, ice ages, supernovas, etc.). If they grow any slower, they are doomed to extinction. This places mathematical lower limits on the rate of growth of these civilizations.”
Kaku says that to survive requires growing sources of energy just to keep pace with demand, "Specifically, we can rank civilizations by their energy consumption”
And America leads our world in energy consumption. Unfortunately, we derive most of our energy from a commodity that we don’t have enough of, oil. According to some, we can begin to find the alternative resources to build a secure energy future right here within our borders.
But others, already invested in the infrastructure of the past have another plan for us. What they don’t have for themselves, they can just steal from those who do.
America’s m…

Iran 108

De New York Times bericht:

'Bush Declares Iran’s Arms Role in Iraq Is Certain

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 — President Bush said Wednesday that he was certain that factions within the Iranian government had supplied Shiite militants in Iraq with deadly roadside bombs that had killed American troops. But he said he did not know whether Iran’s highest officials had directed the attacks.

Mr. Bush’s remarks amounted to his most specific accusation to date that Iran was undermining security in Iraq. They appeared to be part of a concerted effort by the White House to present a clearer, more direct case that Iran was supplying the potent weapons — and to push back against criticism that the intelligence used in reaching the conclusions was not credible.
Speaking at a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Bush dismissed as “preposterous” the contention by some skeptics that the United States was drawing unwarranted conclusions about Iran’s role. He publicly endorsed assertions that…

Het Kabinet

De Franse socioloog Jacques Ellul schreef in The Technological Society: 'Techniek vereist voorspelbaarheid en, evenzeer, precisie in de voorspellingen. Het is dus noodzakelijk dat de techniek prevaleert over het menselijk wezen. Voor de techniek is dit een zaak van leven of dood. De techniek moet de mens reduceren tot een technisch dier, de koning van de slaven der techniek. Voor deze noodzaak moet de menselijke grilligheid vermorzeld worden; de technische autonomie gedoogt geen menselijke autonomie. Het individu moet worden gekneed door technieken, hetzij negatief (door de technieken om de mens te kunnen begrijpen) of positief (door de aanpassing van de mens aan het technisch kader), om de schoonheidsfouten die zijn persoonlijke wil veroorzaakt in het perfecte patroon van de organisatie te kunnen wegvagen.'

De Amerikaanse auteur en hoogleraar geschiedenis, Theodore Roszak, voegde daaraan toe: 'In de technocratie is niets meer klein of eenvoudig of overzichtelijk voor de ni…

Martelen 67

Wir? Wir haben es nicht gewusst.

'Gitmo Cover-Up?
By Vic Walter and Krista Kjellman
ABC News

An investigation by the U.S. Southern Command into allegations of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay detention center has concluded that "insufficient evidence exists to substantiate the paralegal's allegations."
But Lieutenant Colonel Colby Vokey, the superior officer to the Marine sergeant who filed the allegations, called the investigation "outrageous." "I am aware that the investigators interviewed only the suspects and some witnesses but did not interview any detainees or potential victims," he told ABC News. "Failure to interview those who may have been subjected to abuse is indicative of an incomplete investigation."
As first reported on "The Blotter" on ABCNews.com, Heather Cerveny, 23, a Marine Corps sergeant, who spent a week on the base last September working as a legal aide to Lt. Col. Vokey, said she was "shocked&…

Nederland en Afghanistan 120

Het AD bericht:

'Geen kogels maar brood.
Door OLOF VAN JOOLEN

ROTTERDAM/LONDEN - De veiligheid in Zuid-Afghanistan, waar Nederlandse militairen opereren, is het afgelopen jaar niet verbeterd maar verslechterd. Omdat de coalitietroepen te weinig aan wederopbouw doen, groeit de onvrede onder de bevolking en dreigt een explosie van geweld.

Dat stelt de toonaangevende internationale denktank op het gebied van veiligheid en ontwikkeling Senlis Council in een rapport dat vandaag wordt gepresenteerd.

Volgens het Nederlandse hoofd beleid van dit instituut, Jorrit Kamminga, moet de internationale stabilisatiemacht ISAF snel meer aan hulpverlening doen. ,,We zien dat de veiligheidssituatie sinds afgelopen zomer verslechtert. De coalitietroepen moesten binnen een jaar twee grote operaties uitvoeren om te voorkomen dat Kandahar in handen van de taliban viel. Dat zegt genoeg,’’ zegt Kamminga.

Uit ruim 200 interviews die hij en zijn collega’s afgelopen maand in het zuiden afnamen, komt het beeld naar…

Iran 107

'New York Times Trumpets Pentagon's Claims Over Iran Sending Bombs to Iraq

The new accusations of Iranian-supplied bombs in Iraq first appeared in Saturday's New York Times. The article was titled "Deadliest Bomb in Iraq is Made by Iran, US Says." Some media critics immediately compared the New York Times piece to its articles on Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons program that were used by the Bush administration to make the case for invading Iraq.

These critics have pointed out two similar features between Saturday's article and those before the war --- a near-complete reliance on unnamed government sources, and the by-line of New York Times reporter Michael R. Gordon.
Gordon and former New York Times reporter Judith Miller co-authored the infamous September 8, 2002 piece alleging Iraq attempted to purchase aluminum tubes towards developing nuclear weapons. The New York Times later singled out the article as part of its editor's note apologizing for its i…