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De Commerciele Massamedia 121

Scott McClellan's "war collaborators" in the corporate media. Referred to by McClellan in his new memoir, "What Happened," as "deferential, complicit enablers" of the Bush administration's war propaganda. (Photo: CBS News)
'McClellan and His Media Collaborators
Friday 30 May 2008
by: Jeff Cohen, t r u t h o u t Perspective
No sooner had Bush's ex-press secretary (now author) Scott McClellan accused President Bush and his former collaborators of misleading our country into Iraq than the squeals of protest turned into a mighty roar. I'm not talking about the vitriol directed at him by former White House colleagues like Karl Rove and Ari Fleischer. I'm talking about McClellan's other war collaborators: the movers and shakers in corporate media. The people McClellan refers to in his book as "deferential, complicit enablers" of Bush administration war propaganda.
One after another, news stars defended themselves with the tired…

The Empire 377

'Army Judge Is Replaced for Trial of Detainee
Saturday 31 May 2008

by: William Glaberson, The New York Times

The chief judge at Guantánamo replaced the military judge in one of the most closely watched war crimes cases on Thursday, creating a new controversy in the military commission system and the potential for new delays.
The decision to replace the judge, Col. Peter E. Brownback III, came without explanation from the chief military judge, Col. Ralph H. Kohlmann. Judge Brownback has been presiding over pretrial proceedings in the prosecution of Omar Ahmed Khadr, a 21-year-old Canadian charged with the killing of an American serviceman in Afghanistan.
Pentagon spokesmen said Judge Brownback, a retired Army judge who was recalled to hear Guantánamo cases in 2004, would return to retirement as a result of "a mutual decision" between the judge and the Army.
But defense lawyers and critics of Guantánamo said there had been no warning of the change and suggested t…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 112

'Number of Uninsured US Young Adults Grows

Washington - The number of uninsured U.S. young adults, who already represent a major chunk of the American population without health coverage, rose again in 2006, according to a study released on Friday.

Based on census data, 13.7 million people aged 19 to 29 had no health insurance, either public or private, in 2006, up from 13.3 million in 2005, according to a report by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that researches health policy.
Men and women in this age group accounted for 17 percent of the under-65 U.S. population, but made up almost 30 percent of the uninsured, according to the report. At age 65, people enter the federal Medicare insurance program.
"There has been a steady upward climb in the number of young adults without health insurance coverage," Sara Collins, an author of the report, said in a telephone interview.
Reducing the number of Americans who lack health insurance has emerged as an issue in this yea…


'Is Water Becoming the New Oil?
by: Mark Clayton, The Christian Science Monitor
Lake Lanier in Buford, Georgia, shown in October, has shrunk so much that parts of the lakebed are exposed. Lawmakers are pointing fingers as the region struggles with an epic drought. (Photo: John Bazemore / AP)
Population, pollution, and climate put the squeeze on potable supplies - and private companies smell a profit. Others ask: Should water be a human right?
Public fountains are dry in Barcelona, Spain, a city so parched there's a €9,000 ($13,000) fine if you're caught watering your flowers. A tanker ship docked there this month carrying 5 million gallons of precious fresh water - and officials are scrambling to line up more such shipments to slake public thirst.
Barcelona is not alone. Cyprus will ferry water from Greece this summer. Australian cities are buying water from that nation's farmers and building desalination plants. Thirsty China plans to divert Himalayan water. And 18 million…

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'Iraqis Protest Against US Military Deal

by: Agence France-Presse

Thousands of supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrated in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq after Friday prayers to denounce a government deal with Washington on US troop levels. Followers of the anti-US cleric brandished placards outside mosques in their Sadr City Shiite stronghold in the capital as security forces stepped up their presence there.
A key member of the Sadrist movement, Sheikh Mohannad Al-Gazawi, denounced the proposed deal that will extend the US troop presence in Iraq beyond 2008.
"This agreement binds Iraq and gives 99 percent of the country to America," he said.
The faithful carried placards slamming "the disastrous agreement that tears Iraq apart and gives in to the occupying power." Another said: "This agreement surrenders the sovereignty of Iraq."
Protesters burned an effigy of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as well as a US flag before dispersing peacefully …

Clarence Darrow

En deze is van de beroemde Amerikaanse strafpleiter Clarence Darrow: "Ik heb nooit iemand vermoord, maar ik heb menig overlijdensbericht met veel plezier gelezen."

Mark Twain

Deze is van Mark Twain: "Ik ben niet naar de begrafenis gegaan, maar ik heb een mooie brief gestuurd waarin ik zei dat ik het ermee eens was."

De Israelische Terreur 377

'Israel’s lethal hold over the United States
By Paul J. Balles*
29 May 2008

Paul J. Balles considers the cost to the USA of its open-ended support of Israel. He urges scholars and journalists to join the likes of John Mearsheimer, Stephen Walt and James Petras in exposing the cost of the pro-Israel lobby to America and the American people.Here's a timeline without times, but with the order of things:Israel wants to rid occupied Palestine of the Palestinians. It's called ethnic cleansing.Israel can't get rid of the Palestinians as long as there's a threat of missile attacks from Arab or Islamic countries assumed to be hostile.Arab countries like Iraq, or Islamic countries like Iran, assumed to be hostile, would not use weapons of mass destruction against Israel as long as Palestinians would also be massacred.The potential threat must be eliminated, according to Israel who once bombed a nuclear plant in Iraq in a pre-emptory attack to remove an assumed potential threat…

Carolien Roelants 4

Dit is Carolien Roelants, opiniemaakster van de NRC. Ze schrijft over het Midden-Oosten. Roelants is momenteel voor haar krant druk doende de juiste stemming te kweken voor een oorlog tegen Iran, net zoals zij en haar krant hun publiek rijp maakten voor de illegale invasie van Irak. Carolien Roelants heeft kille ogen. Zou ze moeder zijn? Ik kan het me niet voorstellen want ze weet dat een moderne oorlog als eerste vrouwen en kinderen tot slachtoffer maakt. Maar je weet het natuurlijk nooit met die ideologische journalisten. Dit zijn de koppen van enkele recente artikelen van haar:

"De Perzen zijn altijd op expansie gericht
In Libanon is de opmars van Iran zichtbaar
Iran speelt rol op Arabische top
Hezbollah zoekt de aanval"U ziet, de slijpsteen van de geest maakt de geest rijp voor oorlog en dus terreur. Roelants was zich destijds niet bewust dat ze gebruikt werd in een propaganda campagne van de Amerikaanse neocons, althans zo suggereert zij. Zou ze nu niet beseffen dat ze zich…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 111

'The Rich Get Hungrier
Wednesday 28 May 2008

by: Amartya Sen, The New York Times

Will the food crisis that is menacing the lives of millions ease up - or grow worse over time? The answer may be both. The recent rise in food prices has largely been caused by temporary problems like drought in Australia, Ukraine and elsewhere. Though the need for huge rescue operations is urgent, the present acute crisis will eventually end. But underlying it is a basic problem that will only intensify unless we recognize it and try to remedy it.
It is a tale of two peoples. In one version of the story, a country with a lot of poor people suddenly experiences fast economic expansion, but only half of the people share in the new prosperity. The favored ones spend a lot of their new income on food, and unless supply expands very quickly, prices shoot up. The rest of the poor now face higher food prices but no greater income, and begin to starve. Tragedies like this happen repeatedly in the world.

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'British PM Warns of Global Oil "Shock" as Fuel Price Protests Spread
Thursday 29 May 2008

by: Agence France-Presse

London - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned Wednesday that the world faced an era-defining oil "shock" that required urgent action, as European leaders argued how best to contain protests over soaring fuel prices.
"It is now understood that a global shock on this scale requires global solutions," Brown wrote in The Guardian newspaper.
Record oil prices of around 135 dollars a barrel have contributed to protests worldwide over the rise in fuel and food costs, with fishermen and truck drivers taking the lead in Europe, blocking ports and road access to oil depots.
"However much we might wish otherwise, there is no easy answer to the global oil problem without a comprehensive international strategy," Brown said, adding that the problem should be made a "top priority" at the EU summit next month and the gath…

De Israelische Terreur 376

Van mijn vriend en collega Ronald van den Boogaard, die vele jaren geleden samen met Roel van Broekhoven de eerste Nederlandse journalisten waren, die bij de VPRO-Radio uitgebreid aandacht besteedden aan het lot van de Palestijnen.

'In 1979 had ik in Jeruzalem een interview met Ehud Olmert. Hij was toen advocaat en lid van de Knesset voor Likoed. We zaten op het kantoor van Likoed, waar een kaart van Groot Israël aan de wand hing. Hij wees op die kaart, zei dat de Westbank als een Arabische vuist in Israël lag en merkte voorts op, dat de Jordaan de natuurlijke grens was.
Fragmenten uit dit interview.
De PLO schaamt zich er niet voor te bekennen trots te zijn op hun terrorisme. Zij willen de vernietiging van de staat Israël. Ze zeggen niet: wij willen onze eigen staat op de Westbank en de Israeli’s kunnen in hun eigen land leven, nee ze zeggen dat ze heel Israël willen. Van Haifa en Tel Aviv tot Jeruzalem. Ze willen alles en de Joden moeten eruit.
Er zijn veel Palestijnen, die g…

De Israelische Terreur 375

Van Omar Barghouti, die de actie voor boycot van Israel coordineert:

'GREAT news!

We just found out that the University and College Union (UCU) congress has passed that ALL three pro-Palestinian motions, with large majorities!! This despite all the legal intimidation attempts by the Zionist lobby at the last minute.

I am copying below the UCU motions that I understand have passed (but please do not quote me yet, we are still not 100% sure of the final wording of the passed motions).

Outstanding, persistent work by our partners, BRICUP, in the UK and our Palestinian academic delegation which recently toured 20 universities in the UK, contributing significantly to this victory.

"Greylisting" -- referred to below in reference to Ariel College -- is the general procedure adopted by the UCU leadership, gradually investigating an academic institution for international law and human rights violations leading to steps that can reach boycott. This is a mild version of boycott, but all…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 110

'The Fading of the Mirage Economy

By Steven Pearlstein

Suddenly, it seems, we're getting hit from all directions.

Energy and food prices are soaring. The housing market continues to collapse. Government revenue is falling, and taxes are rising. Airlines are jacking up fares and fees while reducing service. Banks are pulling credit lines. Auto companies are cutting production once again. Even investment bankers are losing their jobs.

The tendency is to see these as separate developments, each with its own causes and dynamic. Fundamentally, however, they are all part of the same story -- the story of the global economy purging itself of large and unsustainable imbalances that for a time allowed many Americans to think they were richer than they really were.

Most of us understand that an overabundance of cheap, easy credit created a housing bubble that artificially inflated the price of land and housing, produced too many homes and homeowners, and persuaded too many Americans to dip …

De Bush Bende 67

'Ex-Press Aide Writes That Bush Misled US on Iraq

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the American people with a sophisticated "political propaganda campaign" led by President Bush and aimed at "manipulating sources of public opinion" and "downplaying the major reason for going to war."
McClellan includes the charges in a 341-page book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," that delivers a harsh look at the White House and the man he served for close to a decade.He describes Bush as demonstrating a "lack of inquisitiveness," says the White House operated in "permanent campaign" mode, and admits to having been deceived by some in the president's inner circle about the leak of a CIA operative's name.
The book, coming from a man who was a tight-lipped defender of administration aides and policy, is certa…

De Israelische Terreur 374

'Israel has 150 nukes, Jimmy Carter tells paper
Associated Press

LONDON — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says Israel has a nuclear arsenal of 150 weapons, The Times of London reported Monday.
While experts have long maintained Israel has a nuclear arsenal, the Jewish state has refused to confirm or deny it.
Most estimates, many based on evidence leaked in 1986 by Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu, put the number of Israeli nuclear weapons at between 100 and 200. But other experts have said the number is as low as 60 or as high as 400.
It was unclear from the newspaper's account whether Mr. Carter was citing those estimates, offering his own independent assessment or drawing on U.S. intelligence he would have had access to as president from 1977 to 1981.
U.S. officials have generally avoided the issue of Israel's nuclear status, although during a 2006 Senate confirmation hearing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates confirmed that Israel was a nuclear power.
The Times sa…

De Israelische Terreur 373

'The Nakba Isn't Just History, It's About People Feeling Homeless Nakba commemorations are coming to an end. This month has been a real eye-opener for me, raised my consciousness. I want to talk about Nakba here in strictly emotional terms.

One of the signal moments for me came when Nadia Hijab, a highly successful Palestinian-American, born in Syria to refugees, said in Brooklyn, ?I feel I belong nowhere.? This member of the Council on Foreign Relations belongs nowhere! ?When I go toPalestine, I feel I belong there.? The right of return, said this softspoken intellectual, was an individual right. Did you or did you not want to go home? And now in midlife, she finds that she wants to be back in Palestine. I?m thinking about her feelings in universal human terms. What makes us feel at home? Zionism was born of Jewish feelings of homelessness in Europe. It was given political muscle by all the Eastern European Jews displaced and living in the U.S., who did not feel at home he…

De Israelische Terreur 372

'Palestinians must learn media skills
Israel is easy winner in the propaganda game
By Stuart Littlewood*28 May 2008

Stuart Littlewood argues that lack of media savvy Palestinians and Western broadcasters’ – including the BBC's – tendency to choose inept Palestinian interviewees is allowing Israel literally to get away with murder. He calls for a shrewd Palestinian communication strategy, a more proactive style and the right people to carry it off.Some time ago Hamas complained that the Palestinian Authority was not getting its message across thanks to "poorly qualified or unqualified spokespersons with inadequate political and linguistic abilities".Diplomacy had failed and the Palestinians needed “professional spokespersons with excellent knowledge of the world and mastery of foreign languages, especially English, to tell the world in a straightforward manner that Israel is a murderer, liar and land thief..." How right Hamas is. Israel is the undeserving winner in…

De Israelische Terreur 371

'Narratives under siege: Eighteen years of work destroyed in less than four hours
‘They came at four in the morning, with two bulldozers, and they left before 8am. I own this chicken farm with my three brothers, and we worked day and night for eighteen years to build up our business. The Israelis destroyed everything in less then four hours.’
Nasser Jaber’s chicken farm was bulldozed by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) ten days ago, in the early morning hours of May 16, while he was sleeping at home in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. He still looks stunned. Wearily he guides us round the ruins of his eighteen-year business. ‘This was a lifetime project for me and my brothers’ he says as we clamber over rubble, wire, shattered sheets of metal and thousands of putrefying chickens. ‘I have never belonged to any political faction, and I have never been to jail. I don’t know why they did this.’ The farm workers who are starting to clear some of the rubble are all wearing facemasks.…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 109

Welcome to the 'recession'
Buffett says we're there. Greenspan says we're likely so. It may not be official, but the question is: How long will the funk last?
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By Paul R. La Monica, editor at large
Last Updated: May 27, 2008: 12:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK ( -- It's getting harder and harder to deny that the economy is in recession.
Warren Buffett, the world's most famous investor, proclaimed this weekend that "we are already in a recession."
Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan told the Financial Times on Monday that there is a greater than 50% chance of a recession.
Talkback: Is the economic downturn almost over or just beginning?
But with all due respect to the Oracle of Omaha and the Maestro, they are not telling us anything that the average American consumer didn't already kno…

De Israelische Terreur 370

'A Declaration of US Independence from Israel: Chris Hedges (NYT)
By Mary Rizzo • May 23rd, 2008 at 12:08 •

Category: Analysis, Counter-terrorism, No thanks!, Israel, Mary's Choice, Newswire, Opinions and Letters, War, Zionism

This is a talk given at the Nassau Club in Princeton by Chris Hedges, former New York Times ME bureau chief. (Photomontage Wolfy, Twisted old tree by Zaki Boulos)

Israel, without the United States, would probably not exist. The country came perilously close to extinction during the October 1973 war when Egypt, trained and backed by the Soviet Union, crossed the Suez and the Syrians poured in over the Golan Heights. Huge American military transport planes came to the rescue. They began landing every half-hour to refit the battered Israeli army, which had lost most of its heavy armor.
By the time the war was over, the United States had given Israel $2.2 billion in emergency military aid.

The intervention, which enraged the Arab world, triggered the OPEC oil emb…

De Israelische Terreur 369

Appointed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad speaks to the media during the Palestine Investment Conference, 22 May 2008. (Luay Sababa/MaanImages)

'Salam Fayyad's cynical party Adri Nieuwhof, The Electronic Intifada, 26 May 2008

The Palestine Investment Conference held from 21 until 23 May in Bethlehem has incited broad resistance from Palestinian popular organizations. In his invitation to investors appointed Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad wrote, "We are throwing a party and the whole world is invited." The organizers performed a tour de force by putting "Revitalizing Gaza" on the agenda of the conference, explicitly excluding a debate on political issues. It is obvious that ordinary Palestinians, who are battling every day with the endless rigorous Israeli occupation, will find it hard to relate to this "festive occasion" heavily advocated by the Quartet and its Middle East envoy, Tony Blair, the Portland Tru…

Oil 33

'Oil: A global crisis

The Iraq War means oil costs three times more than it should, says a leading expert. How are our lives going to change as we struggle to cope with the $200 barrel? Geoffrey Lean reports

The invasion of Iraq by Britain and the US has trebled the price of oil, according to a leading expert, costing the world a staggering $6 trillion in higher energy prices alone.

The oil economist Dr Mamdouh Salameh, who advises both the World Bank and the UN Industrial Development Organisation (Unido), told The Independent on Sunday that the price of oil would now be no more than $40 a barrel, less than a third of the record $135 a barrel reached last week, if it had not been for the Iraq war.

He spoke after oil prices set a new record on 13 consecutive days over the past two weeks. They have now multiplied sixfold since 2002, compared with the fourfold increase of the 1973 and 1974 "oil shock" that ended the world's long postwar boom.

Goldman Sachs predicted last wee…

De Israelische Terreur 368

Le petit soldat dancing on Palestinian graves?
An Open letter to Jean-Luc Godard from occupied Palestine*

25 May 2008

Palestinian artists were devastated to learn that you shall visit Israel soon to participate in a film festival in Tel Aviv [1], despite Israel's decades-old colonial and racist policies against the indigenous people of Palestine. Your visit, particularly at this time of intensified Israeli war crimes in Gaza, can only help Israel's incessant public relations efforts in covering up its persistent violation of international humanitarian law and universal human rights. Taking part in this festival is not art separated from politics, as if it can be; rather, it is a crude politicization of art, allowing it to become complicit.

Palestinians expect someone with your history, moral commitment and consistent support for the causes of justice -- from Algeria, to Vietnam, to Palestine -- to stand in solidarity with us against occupation and apartheid, not to help whitewash…

Het Israelisch Expansionisme 76

'Grabbing Jerusalem's bread and water

Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen versus illegal Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit
A summary of the challenges and threats facing the Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen as a result of the expansion of the illegal Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit and the Apartheid Wall.

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De Bush Bende 66

'Rupert Cornwell: The US constitution can't let Bush go
The system surely makes it far too difficult to get rid of a president
Saturday, 24 May 2008

From the opposite side of the Atlantic we watch in amazement. The ruling Labour Party suffers one by-election defeat – a stinging one admittedly, but no more stinging than the one inflicted on George Bush's Republicans here this month in a once rock-solid Congressional district in Mississippi – and a Prime Minister who has been in office less than 11 months risks losing his head, or at least his job.

Yet Bush will remain in office, whatever happens, until next 20 January, despite a record of virtually unmitigated failure both at home and abroad. No matter that ordinary Americans are realising the damage he has inflicted on their country's reputation and moral standing. No matter that three out of four of them want him gone, or that historians have long rated him one of the worst presidents ever, if not the very worst. There&#…

Springwatch 2008

Voor de liefhebbers, aanstaande maandag begint de BBC weer met Springwatch.

De Israelische Terreur 367

From: Laurie King-Irani
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 06:29:41
Subject: [JUSTWATCH] Israeli animated feature about Sabra and Shatila set for Cannes glory

Israeli Animation tipped for Cannes glory
By Razia Iqbal
Entertainment reporter, BBC News, in Cannes

An animated documentary about a massacre in the Middle East is the current frontrunner to win the coveted Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Waltz with Bashir is a daring and provocative attempt by director Ari Folman to bear witness to an atrocity committed during his stint in the Israeli army in 1982.
The invasion of Lebanon, known as Operation Peace for Galilee, was an attempt to occupy the country as far as the capital Beirut.
It ended in what many called the worst atrocity of Lebanon's 15-year civil war, and perhaps the entire Middle East conflict.
At least 800 civilians were massacred at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps during the invasion.
They were murdered by Lebanese Christian militiam…