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Paul Brill van de Volkskrant 16

De moderniteit eist flexibiliteit, die uiteindelijk uitmondt in opportunisme. Opportunisme is de overlevingsstrategie van de moderne mens in een gefragmenteerde wereld. Alex Carey schreef in Taking the Risk out of Democracy: 'Modern wars require the support of everyone; and so wartime propaganda idealizes the humane, egalitarian, democratic character of the home society in a way that no elite or business interest has any intention of allowing actually to come about.' Vandaar dat toen alle andere beweringen van de Bush-regering om de illegale inval in Irak te legitimeren, leugens bleken, Washington terugviel op de bewering dat de oorlog gerechtvaardigd was omdat de VS er de democratie ging verspreiden. Er bleef geen ander argument meer over, dan deze - eveneens - drogredenering, want de Amerikaanse versie van de democratie geniet al decennialang onder de eigen bevolking zo weinig vertrouwen dat de helft van de kiezers niet stemt, en zelfs bij de zo veel geprezen verkiezing van …

Antisemitisme tegen Arabieren

De vraag is waarom antisemitisme tegen Arabieren door de westerse commerciele massamedia wel geaccepteerd wordt, terwijl het antisemitisme tegen joden terecht met klem wordt afgewezen door diezelfde pers.

'Rahm Emanuel’s Israeli gate
By Paul J. Balles

22 November 2008

Paul J. Balles considers the racist, anti-Arab comments made by the father of Rahm Israel Emanuel – President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff – and asks why these comments are acceptable to the American public whereas if they had been referring to Jews, African Americans or Hispanics they would have caused uproar.

If Rahm Emanuel's appointment as Obama's chief of staff was bad news, the news about Emanuel's father is even worse.

According to English-language reports in The Jerusalem Post and The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Benjamin Emanuel discussed the potential impact of his son’s new position on US-Israeli relations:

“Obviously he’ll influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn’t he? What is he, an…

Paul Brill van de Volkskrant 15

Het is bekend uit de psychologie dat gekrenkte mensen veelal geneigd zijn anderen te krenken, slachtoffers veroorzaken op hun beurt weer andere slachtoffers.
Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, hoogleraar psychologie aan de Universiteit van Haifa, auteur van talloze boeken waaronder Original Sins. Reflections on the History of Zionism and Israel, verklaarde over dit psychologisch fenomeen: 'Een illustratief voorbeeld geeft de historicus Benny Morris, die redeneert dat ook de laatste 150.000 Palestijnen die in 1948 wisten te blijven, verdreven hadden moeten worden, dan zouden we volgens hem van het hele probleem zijn af geweest. Zijn opvatting is dat de Palestijnen weliswaar een groot onrecht is aangedaan, maar dat dit onrecht wordt opgeheven omdat het rechtvaardigheid voor de Joden betekende. En rechtvaardigheid voor de Joden is belangrijker dan onrecht voor de Palestijnen. Veel Joden in Israel, ook onder de intellectuelen, delen dit standpunt. Met andere woorden: Joden hoeven zich niet druk t…

Paul Brill van de Volkskrant 14

Meer dan een decennium geleden schreef de Amerikaanse geleerde Noam Chomsky over de invloedrijke Schotse filosoof en historicus David Hume dat deze geleerde 'in considering his First Principles of Government, expressed his puzzlement over ''the easiness with which the many are governed by the few" and "the implicit submission with which the men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers"."When we enquire by what means this wonder is brought about", Hume concluded, "we shall find, that as Force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is therefore, on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the most free and most popular.''' Dit is een onmisbaar inzicht wanneer men het werk van moderne opiniemakers bestudeert. De angelsaksische sociale wetenschapper Alex Carey geef…

Bijen

Via: http://www.ditkannietwaarzijn.info/?p=5853 las ik dit:

'Tiny Radio Tags Offer Rare Glimpse into Bees' Universe
John Roachfor National Geographic magazine
November 14, 2008

What's causing the unprecedented decline of millions of honeybees? This mystery has been vexing some of the world's best scientists ever since U.S. beekeepers began noticing enormous numbers of their bees dying off or vanishing for no apparent reason several years ago.
Honeybees contribute some $15 billion to the U.S. economy every year, pollinating 90 major crops, everything from fruits to nuts. Most of us take these foods for granted, rarely realizing the vital role tiny creatures play in making them thrivePut simply, says zoologist Martin Wikelski, "Everything depends on pollinators."
That's one reason this leader in the study of small-animal migration has begun examining the mostly unknown universe of bee movement.
Wikelski is pioneering the use of supersmall radio tracking tags that…

De Israelische Terreur 470

De Israelische terreur tegen de Palestijnse burgerbevolking gaat onbelemmerd door. De etnische zuivering wordt in de praktijk goedgekeurd door het Westen.

"They Are All Hamas"
The Real Goal of Israel's Blockade of Gaza
By JONATHAN COOK

The latest tightening of Israel’s chokehold on Gaza – ending all supplies into the Strip for more than a week – has produced immediate and shocking consequences for Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants.The refusal to allow in fuel has forced the shutting down of Gaza’s only power station, creating a blackout that pushed Palestinians bearing candles on to the streets in protest last week. A water and sanitation crisis are expected to follow.And on Thursday, the United Nations announced it had run out of the food essentials it supplies to 750,000 desperately needy Gazans. “This has become a blockade against the United Nations itself,” a spokesman said.In a further blow, Israel’s large Bank Hapoalim said it would refuse all transactions with Gaza by th…

De Israelische Terreur 469

De Israelische terreur tegen de Palestijnse bevolking gaat ongestoord door, gesteund door de Nederlandse regering pleegt Israel oorlogsmisdaden en misdaden tegen de menselijkheid. De Nederlandse commerciele massamedia blijven zwijgen. En zolang dit doorgaat, gaat de sluipende etnische zuivering van Palestijns gebied door.
'Israël wil geen verslaggeving over humanitaire ramp in Gaza
Cherrie Heywood

RAMALLAH, 19 november 2008 (IPS) - De humanitaire situatie in de Gazastrook ziet er steeds slechter uit sinds Israël het gebied twee weken geleden volledig afsloot van de buitenwereld. Bovendien wordt niemand toegelaten om verslag uit te brengen. Al tien dagen mogen journalisten de grens niet over.
"Ik weet van geen enkele buitenlandse journalist die de de afgelopen week is toegelaten in Gaza", zegt Steve Gutkin, bureauchef van Associated Press in Jeruzalem en voorzitter van de Foreign Press Association in Israël. "Israël heeft Gaza in het verleden al gesloten voor journaliste…

Paul Brill van de Volkskrant 13

De befaamde Amerikaanse historicus Daniel Boorstin schreef rond 1960 in zijn studie 'The Image; or What Happened to the American Dream dat Amerikanen 'have come to think... that our main problem is abroad. How to "project" our images to the world? Yet the problem abroad is only a symptom of our deeper problem at home.We have come to believe in our own images, till we have projected ourselves out of this world [so that] now, in the height of our power... we are threatened by a new and peculiarly American menace... It is the menace of unreality... We risk being the first people in history to have been able to make their illusions so vivid, so persuasive, so "realistic" that they can live in them. We are the most illusioned people on earth. Yet we dare not become disillusioned, because our illusions are the very house in which we live; they are our news, our heroes... our very experience.' Deze scherpe analyse van de Amerikaanse cultuur is belangrijk te o…

Hillary Clinton

'Hillary Clinton, Neocon Savior?
Jacob Heilbrunn
Posted November 19, 2008 10:27 AM (EST)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacob-heilbrunn/hillary-clinton-neocon-sa_b_144867.html

The neocons, deprived of a John McCain presidency, have latched onto a new potential female savior. No, it isn't Sarah Palin. It's Hillary Clinton.
Two new pieces in the Weekly Standard make it clear that the neocons see Hillary as their best hope over the next four years. In "Hail Clinton,"
Michael Goldfarb, until recently a McCain campaign aide, blogs that "Clinton's a hawk. Not only did she vote to authorize the war in Iraq, she delivered her vote in style -- her floor speech on October 10, 2002, went so far as to connect Saddam to al Qaeda..."
There's more. Noemie Emery, in an online piece titled "The Great Right Hope?," muses that
"For the moment, Hillary Clinton will be the conservatives' Woman in Washington, more attuned to their concerns on these issues …

Paul Brill van de Volkskrant 12

Om goed te begrijpen binnen welke context de beweringen van Volkskrant-opiniemaker Paul Brill resoneren, moeten we allereerst een helder inzicht hebben in de functie van de commerciele media in een massamaatschappij. In 1933, het jaar dat Hitler democratisch aan de macht kwam, schreef de gezaghebbende Amerikaanse hoogleraar Harold Lasswell in de Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences dat aangezien de 'massesare still captive to ignorance and superstition' de komst van de democratie 'compelled the development of a whole new technique of control, largely through propaganda.' Want, zo stelt Lasswell, propaganda is 'the one means of mass mobilisation which is cheaper than violence, bribery or other possible control techniques.' En om een hoog technologische massamaatschappij zo efficient mogelijk te laten draaien is propaganda de goedkoopste en veiligste manier voor de elite om de massa gehoorzaam te houden. Let wel, Lasswell was geen marginale figuur met wat maffe st…

De Pro Israel Lobby 82

EI exclusive: a pro-Israel group's plan to rewrite history on Wikipedia Report, The Electronic Intifada.
A pro-Israel pressure group is orchestrating a secret, long-term campaign to infiltrate the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia to rewrite Palestinian history, pass off crude propaganda as fact, and take over Wikipedia administrative structures to ensure these changes go either undetected or unchallenged.A series of emails by members and associates of the pro-Israel group CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), provided to The Electronic Intifada (EI), indicate the group is engaged in what one activist termed a "war" on Wikipedia.A 13 March action alert signed by Gilead Ini, a "Senior Research Analyst" at CAMERA, calls for "volunteers who can work as 'editors' to ensure" that Israel-related articles on Wikipedia are "free of bias and error, and include necessary facts and context." However, subsequent…

Chef Staf Rahm Emanuel 21

The Huffington Post bericht:

Read More: Aipac, Charles Percy, David Axelrod, Harry Reid, Irgun, Israel Lobby, Jennifer Flowers, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Findley, Rahm Emanuel, Richard Durbin, Sara Palin, Sayanim, White House Chief Of Staff, Zionist, Politics News
Jubilation was heard in Tel Aviv as Haaretz, the Israeli daily, boasted November 6th: "Obama kick-starts transition, picks Israeli Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff."
Best known for his fundraising prowess among wealthy Jewish Democrats, the naming of Emanuel as the first presidential appointment echoes Sarah Palin's famous one-liner, "I love Israel." That claim was voiced in her vice-presidential debate with Joe Biden who is featured on a YouTube video famously proclaiming, "I am a Zionist."
In sharp contrast to Obama's claim that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake, Emanuel claims he would do it again today. As chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he directed party fun…

The Empire 378

Een lezer stuurde me dit bericht. Ik heb het boek zelf nog niet gelezen, maar de aanbeveling van Chomsky maakt het interessant genoeg om te vermelden.
'Noam Chomsky: “Breathless Just Reading It”
Washington, DC- 'A startling new book from a Washington insider is setting academic and diplomatic worlds afire. “Stunningly provocative” claims a former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar. “Explosively revelatory” says a former deputy director of the Cabinet Task Force on Terrorism. Not since the Watergate era has a book offered more insights per page than Guilt By Association, a blockbuster from a former Senate counsel and adviser to 35 governments worldwide. Former Congressman Paul Findley describes the book as “magnificent, timely and persuasive” in revealing how “stealth, deceit and cunning helped create today’s perilous situation in the Middle East.”Written with a precision certain to catch the attention of U.S. Attorneys nationwide, the author presents the facts that make treason transparent…

Paul Brill van de Volkskrant 11

Afgaande op zijn politieke houding en het feit dat hij zichzelf omschrijft als 'minder dan een half-jood' lijkt de Volkskrant-opiniemaker Paul Brill te worstelen met zijn katholieke en 'gecapituleerde' joodse achtergrond. Het milieu waaruit hij komt speelt onvermijdelijk een rol bij de wijze waarop Paul de joods-Israelische historicus Benny Morris in de Volkskrant presenteert. Hij verzwijgt angstvallig de extremistische opvattingen van Morris die onder andere blijken uit de volgende uitspraak: "Ik denk dat [Ben Goerion] in 1948 een ernstige historische fout maakte. Hoewel hij het demografische vraagstuk begreep en de noodzaak van het vestigen van een joodse straat zonder een grote Arabische minderheid, werd hij tijdens de oorlog bang. Op het laatst aarzelde hij… Ik weet dat dit de Arabieren en de ruimdenkenden en de politiek correcte types verbijsterd. Maar mijn gevoel is dat deze plaats rustiger zou zijn en minder lijden zou kennen als de zaak eens en voor altij…

Zochrot 5

Mijn joods-Israelische vrienden van Zochrot berichten:

'Fighting against forgetting
Yishai FriedmanLink to original article online (Heb.)

Zochrot, the radical left-wing organization, is trying to change the views of Jews as well as of the international community. According to its activists, the Arab refugees should return to Israel, the “nakba” should be remembered and commemorated, and a binational state should be established in which Jews are a minority. They also argue that kibbutzniks and residents of Tel Aviv are the most dangerous settlers. Is this a marginal organization of lunatics, or a threat to the Jewish state? People on the right would have us be wary of those they call “traitors.”
When Eitan Bronstein, Zochrot’s director, says the settlers are the greatest problem in the Arab-Jewish conflict, he isn’t referring to the residents of Yitzhar and Tapuach, but rather to people who live in Tel Aviv, Herzliyya and member of kibbutzim and moshavim who built their homes after the…

Obama 56

'United States President-elect Barack Obama's election victory has revived hopes that stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations could finally lead to a two-state solution. Few new presidents have been greeted with such optimism and associated high expectations.
However, the chances for progress depend on more than a new American president.
There are several interrelated factors: US engagement, the availability of a viable peace agreement, Israeli and Palestinian internal politics and the broader international situation.
An examination of these factors indicates that the optimism is unjustified and that President Obama will not be more successful in bringing about a two-state solution to the conflict. This does not however mean that the situation will remain static or that those pursuing a just peace have no recourse for action.
Early US engagement is not enough
Days after Obama's election, speaking on CNN, Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor to President George Her…

Wijsheid 22

"[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom."

John Quincy Adams - (1767-1848) 6th US President - Source: Speech before the House of Representatives, July 4, 1821; quoted in William Bonner and Pierre Lemieux (Editors), The Idea of America (Les Belles Lettres, 2003), p. 237

=It is part of the moral tragedy with which we are dealing that words like "democracy," "freedom," "rights," "jus…

De Israelische Terreur 468

Joodse fundamentalisten met steun van christelijke extremisten maken onder andere van Hebron een hel.

'Hebron, the ultimate family experience in Israel!
Isn't it about time you took your children to visit your great- grandparents in Hebron?
New armored buses, inspiring guides like Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum, Yossi Baumol & David Wilder, Hebron's historic sites and our pioneering spirit - all come together to make this tour your most moving day in Israel!
Celebrate Jewish history with those who keep writing it!
http://www.hebron.com/english/tour.php

En dit is de wertkerlijkheid: 'Underwriting the Conflict in Hebron
When it comes to U.S. fundraising for Israeli settlements, donating to the Hebron Fund is not merely an expression of support for Israel, it's a perpetuation of the systematic oppression of Palestinians.
Matthew Duss December 20, 2007 web only

On Nov. 18, in the beautifully appointed ballroom of Manhattan's posh Grand Hyatt Hotel at Grand Central Station, the …