30 September 2012

"Günther Grass provoceert Israël weer"

Wanneer een dichter een voor de Nobelprijs genomineerde klokkenluider een held noemt in een gedicht, maar die held toevallig een vijand van Israël is, wordt die in de Nederlandse "kwaliteitspers" weggezet als provocateur.


"Expose and destroy provocateurs and spreaders of malicious rumors" (1941)

Ik kreeg gisterenavond het Unheimliche gevoel dat we qua nieuwsvoorziening in Nederland in een soort Chinees/DDR-regime leven. Vanmorgen realiseerde ik me weer eens dat het, wanneer het kritiek in de richting van de illegale atoommacht Israël betreft, nooit anders is geweest. Alleen de propagandatechnieken zijn verfijnd, om de mythe van onze onafhankelijke pers in stand te houden.

Ik schaam me diep voor mijn land, dat zich een democratie noemt, wanneer ik met de volgende koppen word geconfronteerd:

    Trouw: Günther Grass provoceert Israël weer in gedicht

    Volkskrant: Günther Grass provoceert Israël weer in gedicht

    Parool: Günther Grass provoceert Israël weer in gedicht

    RTL Nieuws: Grass provoceert Israël weer

    Algemeen Dagblad: Günther Grass provoceert Israël weer in gedicht

    Nu.nl: Duitse Nobelprijswinnaar provoceert Israël weer

    Nieuws.nl (Novum): Grass provoceert Israël weer

Ook schat ik met grote zekerheid in dat de jongens en meisjes van de redacties het gedicht niet eens hebben gelezen.



Het woord 'Israël' komt in het hele gedicht niet voor. Het is een ode aan Mordechai Vanunu, die Grass een held noemt, "der seinem Land zu dienen hoffte, indem er half, die Wahrheit an den Tag zu bringen.", en wiens geschiedenis hij in zijn gedicht beschrijft, waar niets aan is gelogen.

Drum: Wer ein Vorbild sucht, versuche ihm zu gleichen, entkleide, werde mündig, spreche aus, was anderswo, in Texas, Kiel, China, im Iran und in Rußlands Weite erklügelt wird und uns verborgen bleibt; nur solche Helden sind in einer Welt vonnöten, die Frieden säuselt und Vernichtung plant.

Ihm, Mordechai Vanunu, gilt mein Gruß und seinen Richtern gilt die Bitte, ihn als Gerechten zu erkennen, der seinem Land getreu blieb all die Jahre lang.

Wanneer we echter de koppen in de Israëlische kranten lezen moeten we concluderen dat onze "kwaliteitspers" roomser dan de paus is, en meer pro-Israël propaganda bedrijft dan Israël zelf.

    Ynetnews: Grass' new poem lauds Vanunu

    Jerusalem Post: Germany's Gunter Grass defends Vanunu in new poem

    Haaretz: German Nobel laureate Gunter Grass renews criticism of Israel in new poem

    Jewish Chronicle: Gunter Grass praises whistleblower Vanunu in new poem on Israel

Provocateurs

Volgens onze 'onafhankelijke' massamedia zijn o.a. de volgende personen en organisaties ook provocateurs:

EU-commissie 2003:

"De Commissie is zich bewust van de omstandigheden waarin de heer Vanunu sinds zijn veroordeling gevangen wordt gehouden en zou elke normalisatie van die omstandigheden en zijn vervroegde vrijlating zonder meer toejuichen. In dit verband is ook de Commissie van mening dat opsluiting niet meer gerechtvaardigd lijkt gezien het oorspronkelijke doel van die maatregel, namelijk beletten dat de betrokkene voor Israël gevoelige informatie in de openbaarheid brengt."

Amnesty International, Harold Pinter, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, former Israeli Minister Shulamit Aloni, Mairead Maguire, Robin Cook, Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Ken Livingstone, Emma Thompson, Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, Yoko Ono, Bono, Graham Greene, Yehudi Menuhin, Michael Rosen, David Gilmore, Andrew Neil, Jon Snow, John Pilger, Robert Fisk, Duncan Campbell, Victoria Brittain, Richard Norton-Taylor, en nog veel meer bekende namen.

Ten Nobel Laureates Support Mordechai Vanunu’s Appeal

Candidate for US House in Support of Vanunu, Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower

Glasgow University

Daniel Ellsberg

Etcetera. Zelf "provoceer" ik Israël (én Nederland) vrijwel dagelijks. Maar ja, wie ben ik - en al die andere honderdduizenden op het internet.



Twee dagen geleden 'onthulde' Netanyahu in de VN het Iraanse nucleaire gevaar. Maar geen enkele krant schreef dat Netanyahu daarmee Iran (weer) provoceerde. En ook geen 'provocateurs' worden genoemd de mensen die kritiek hebben op islam/moslims/Arabieren of er op uit zijn om hen te kwetsen en te beledigen. Want dat valt weer onder vrijheid van meningsuiting.

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29 September 2012

Ben Knapen, mensenrechten, en de idiotie die wij democratie noemen



Vanmorgen las het volgende bericht:

Knapen geeft Ghana straf

DEN HAAG - Nederland straft Ghana met een korting van 10 miljoen euro op de ontwikkelingssamenwerking omdat het land niet meewerkt aan de terugkeer van uitgeprocedeerde vreemdelingen.

'Voor wat, hoort wat. We discussiëren al anderhalf jaar met hen over een terugkeerregeling. De medewerking is zo gering dat we er consequenties aan verbinden', aldus staatssecretaris Ben Knapen (Ontwikkelingssamenwerking).

In 2010 werd in de VN een resolutie aangenomen waarin vastgelegd werd dat de toegang tot drinkwater en sanitaire voorzieningen een mensenrecht is, en dat nationale overheden zorg moeten dragen voor de distributie.

De Nederlandse overheid geeft 100 miljoen euro (in 5 jaar) uit aan een waterproject in Ghana uit van het ontwikkelingssamenwerkingbudget. Poe-poe, zult u denken, 100 miljoen euro, waarom moet ik dat voor een mensenrecht in één land in Afrika ophoesten? Maar dan ziet u het verkeerd. Want die 100 miljoen gaan helemaal niet naar Ghana en mensenrechten, maar naar de goed gevulde portemonnee van het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven.


Miljonair Ben 'Bilderberg' Knapen poseert als blanke weldoener met arme Ghanezen en legt
zo het lijkt uit hoe je een Nederlandse kraan opendraait.

Ben Knapen was in Ghana om met zijn 'waterproject' een deal te sluiten met de Ghanese regering: jullie krijgen van ons 100 miljoen euro, maar dan moeten jullie de watervoorziening privatiseren - "to finance critical infrastructure and encourage private operators to invest in the water sector." Hetgeen nu formeel mensenrechtenschending betreft. In het kielzog van Knapen reisden daarvoor vertegenwoordigers en woordvoerders van het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven mee om te netwerken voor toekomstige deals. Ondernemers die helemaal niets in Ghana hoeven te investeren, want die kostenpost wordt door de Nederlandse burger vergoed onder de noemer Ontwikkelingssamenwerking. Zo werkt het in wezen criminele neoliberale systeem: verrijking door het uitbuiten van armen en hulpbehoevenden, en profiteren van de nood van zwakkeren. Waarbij "de overheid [op]treedt op als makelaar", volgens het ministerie.

Dat een handlanger van dit systeem als Ben Knapen momenteel een functie bekleed waarin hij Derde Wereld-landen kan straffen met sancties tekent de bestuurlijke waanzin in Nederland des te meer.

Ben Knapen legde twee maanden na zijn bezoek aan Ghana in het artikel Opmars van de woedende middenklasse uit dat in onze vorm van democratie de armen (en rijken) geen rol spelen:

De bestuurskunde vertelde dat een brede middenklasse de basis is van een stabiele, democratische samenleving. Immers, armen krijgen niets van democratie en rijken hebben het niet nodig. Juist een middenklasse heeft rechtsregels nodig, toegang tot goed onderwijs, eerlijke rechtspraak, bescherming van de persoonlijke levenssfeer, van openbare orde.

Precies 3 maanden later werd Knapen benoemd tot staatssecretaris in het neoliberale kabinet Rutte, dat mogelijk werd door de gedoogsteun van een fascistische partij. Terwijl hij een maand eerder door een rechter veroordeeld werd voor wanbeleid.

Op 27 mei 2010 achtte het Gerechtshof in Amsterdam Ben Knapen, als een van de bestuursleden van krantenconcern PCM (salaris: 300.000 euro per jaar), schuldig aan wanbeleid. Tussen 2004 en 2007 haalde "durfinvesteerder" (dat is net zoiets als massamoordenaar Columbus een "ontdekkingsreiziger" en "avonturier" noemen) Apax PCM leeg en liet het achter met torenhoge schulden. Ook de bonussen uitgekeerd aan de bestuursleden waren volgens het Gerechtshof niet in overeenstemming met de code voor goed ondernemingsbestuur. Knapen verklaatde tijdens het leeghalen van PCM slechts een toeschouwer te zijn geweest. Bij zijn vertrek bij PCM ontving hij ook nog eens premie van anderhalf miljoen euro.

Knapen heeft even aan opstappen gedacht, stelt het rapport, maar zag daarvan af toen de rest van het bestuur niet mee wilde. Als hij vrijwillig was vertrokken had hij overigens geen aanspraak kunnen maken op een vertrekpremie. (NRC)

En nu mag deze opportunistische graaier een ontwikkelingsland straffen met een korting van 10 miljoen euro omdat het land om onbekende redenen "onvoldoende meewerkt" aan het terugnemen van 70 uitgeprocedeerde Ghanese asielzoekers. Dat is bijna 145.000 euro per asielzoeker. En in Ghana mag de arme bevolking straks flink gaan betalen aan buitenlandse ondernemingen voor een mensenrecht. De opbrengst, die allicht een veelvoud zal zijn van 100 miljoen euro, stroomt direct het land uit.

Knapen maakt van deze mogelijkheid gebruik omdat er simpelweg geen controle bestaat op hoeveel geld er van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking aan de strijkstok van het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven blijkt hangen. En dat wil hij ook zo houden,want "hij acht een streng ‘politiesysteem’ niet wenselijk."

Lees ook → Rechts levert ontwikkelingshulp uit aan winstzucht van BV Nederland


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26 September 2012

American Bald Eagle, Angel of Death

"The future does not belong to those who attack our Embassies and Consulates and kill our Ambassadors. The Angel of Death in the form of an American Bald Eagle will visit you and wreak havoc and destruction upon your existence."



Politico | By Kevin Cirilli | 25.09.2012 | NEDERLANDS

Florida Rep. Allen West ripped President Barack Obama’s United Nations speech Tuesday, saying he would have told the U.N. that America would be an “Angel of Death” that wreaks “havoc and destruction” on anyone who attacks the U.S.

“My statement to the United Nations would have been, ‘The future does not belong to those who attack our Embassies and Consulates and kill our Ambassadors. The Angel of Death in the form of an American Bald Eagle will visit you and wreak havoc and destruction upon your existence,’” the Florida congressman wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday.

He criticized Obama’s U.N. speech for linking recent attacks on U.S. posts overseas to a trailer for the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims.” West said terrorism, not a video, sparked the violence.

“[Obama] continues to offer up apologies instead of defending our hard earned First Amendment right to freedom of speech and expression,” he wrote. “There is no message to this silly video trailer, and it is beneath the dignity and esteem of the Office of the President of the United States to mention it at all. When tolerance becomes a one way street it leads to cultural suicide. I shall not be tolerant of the intolerant. I know about the UN Resolution 1618 which would make any statement deemed by the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) ‘offensive’ to Islam a crime…..NOT ON MY WATCH FELLAS!”

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Duizenden Spanjaarden bestormen parlement, foto's

Nergens lees je een titel die de werkelijkheid het best benaderd: "Spanjaarden bestormen parlement". De werkelijkheid is blijkbaar te controversieel om aan de lezer voor te leggen.

Vandaag gingen tienduizenden Spanjaarden de straat op in Madrid om te protesteren tegen de bezuinigingen en voor democratie. De bijna dagelijkse acties en betogingen in Spanje (en Griekenland) gaan grotendeels aan Nederland voorbij. We zijn meer in de ban van "de ernstig getraumatiseerde bevolking van Haren". Een Twitter-vriend merkte op: "Mensen in een villadorp zijn al snel veel zieliger dan mensen in 'de buurten'." Wanneer die "ernstig getraumatiseerde bevolking van Haren" een bezoekje aan Afghanistan of conflictgebieden in Afrika zou brengen waren ze meteen genezen. Maar ja, doorgaans is het lot van zijn medemens in verre landen niet iets dat de gemiddelde villadorpbewoner bezighoudt.



Politie treedt hard op tegen betogers in Madrid

Duizenden Spanjaarden zijn vanavond samengestroomd op het Neptunusplein in Madrid, vlakbij het Congresgebouw, om hun ongenoegen te ventileren over het bezuinigingsbeleid van de rechtse premier Mariano Rajoy. De demonstranten eisen een "echte democratie" en willen dat de regering ontslag neemt. Toen zij aanstalten maakten om een menselijke ketting rond het parlementsgebouw te vormen, trad de oproerpolitie met harde hand en dito wapenstok op. Er vielen tot nog toe vijftien arrestaties en zestien gewonden.


Spaanse politie belet betogers hardhanidg parlement te omsingelen


Madrid ongerust over "instabiliteit" die Catalonië veroorzaakt

De Spaanse regering is ongerust over de "enorme instabiliteit" die de spanningen in Catalonië veroorzaken. In de regio start een drie dagen durend debat dat tot vervroegde verkiezingen kan leiden.

"Ik geloof dat het debat op dit moment een enorme instabiliteit schept", aldus de woordvoerster van de conservatieve regering, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, op de radio Cadena Ser.

Gemiste kans

De Catalaanse president Artur Mas beschuldigde donderdag Spanje ervan "een historische kans" te hebben gemist door geen onderhandelingen te willen voeren over een budgettaire autonomie voor de regio. Catalonië en Madrid verkeren in een open crisis, onder meer naar aanleiding van de onafhankelijkheidsbeweging in de regio.

De woordvoerster riep Mas op goed na te denken over de prioriteiten van de bevolking, naar aanleiding van de ernstige economische crisis in het land. "Ik vraag hem om meer aan de werklozen in Catalonië te denken", klonk het. "Want met zijn acties is hij bezig een nieuwe crisis aan de crisis toe te voegen."
Financiële betrouwbaarheid

De woordvoerster zegt dat een institutionele crisis schadelijk voor Spanje is. Vooral ook omdat de markten het land in de gaten houden, aangezien getwijfeld wordt aan zijn financiële betrouwbaarheid.

Het parlement van Catalonië start dinsdag een debat van drie dagen over het algemeen beleid. De nationalistische partij CiU van Artur Mas roept op om een tekst te stemmen, die vraagt "de wil van het Catalaanse volk te consulteren", aldus de krant El Pais. Die tekst kan dus tot vervroegde regionale verkiezingen leiden.
































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25 September 2012

Israel Lobbyist suggests False Flag attack to start war with Iran



“I frankly think that crisis initiation is really tough,” said Patrick Clawson*, who also heads the Washington Institute’s Iran Security Initiative, in response to a question about what would happen if negotiations with Tehran fail. “And it’s very hard for me to see how the United States … uh … President can get us to war with Iran.”
As a consequence, Clawson said he was led to conclude that “the traditional way [that] America gets to war is what would be best for US interests.”

Intriguingly, he went on to recount a series of controversial incidents in American history — the attack on Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the Lusitania, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and the blowing up of the USS Maine — that US presidents “had to wait for” before taking America to war.

“And may I point out that Mr. Lincoln did not feel he could call out the federal army until Fort Sumter was attacked,” Clawson continued, “which is why he ordered the commander at Fort Sumter to do exactly that thing which the South Carolinians had said would cause an attack.”

“So, if in fact the Iranians aren’t going to compromise,” the Israel lobbyist concluded with a smirk on his face, “it would be best if somebody else started the war.”
....
"One can combine other means of pressure with sanctions. I mentioned that explosion on August 17th. We could step up the pressure. I mean look people Iranian submarines periodically go down someday one of them may not come up. Who would know why? We can do a variety of things if we wish to increase the pressure. I'm not advocating that but I'm just suggesting that ... this is not a either or proposition.... We are in the game of using covert means against the Iranians. We could get nastier at that." (transcript source)

* Patrick Clawson is the deputy director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is a former research economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and Foreign Policy Research Institute. Clawson is also associated with the Middle East Forum.

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Top 10 Defense budgets 2011


Military Balance 2012 Press Statement press release

23 September 2012

Drone Warfare's Deadly Civilian Toll: A British Drone Pilot Speaks Out

UPDATE - meanwhile The Guardian changed the title into:

Drone warfare's deadly civilian toll: a very personal view

The Guardian | By James Jeffrey | 19.09.2012 | NEDERLANDS

I was minutes from ordering a drone strike on a Taliban insurgent – until I realised I was watching an Afghan child at play


A US Predator drone in Afghanistan. The strike in Somalia means armed drones are operating in six countries.

I find myself caught between the need to follow the drone debate and the need to avoid unpleasant memories it stirs. I used drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – during the nadir of my military career that was an operational tour in Afghanistan. I remember cuing up a US Predator strike before deciding the computer screen wasn't depicting a Taliban insurgent burying an improvised explosive device in the road; rather, a child playing in the dirt.

After returning from Afghanistan at the end of 2009, I left the British army in 2010. I wanted to put as much distance as I could between myself and the UK, leaving to study in America (where I still reside). By doing so, I inadvertently placed myself in the country that is spearheading development in drone technology and use, highlighted by each report of a drone strike and the usual attendant civilian casualties.

Political theorist Hannah Arendt described the history of warfare in the 20th century as the growing incapacity of the army to fulfil its basic function: defending the civilian population. My experiences in Afghanistan brought this issue to a head, leaving me unable to avoid the realization that my role as a soldier had changed, in Arendt's words, from "that of protector into that of a belated and essentially futile avenger". Our collective actions in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11 were, and remain, futile vengeance – with drones the latest technological advance to empower that flawed strategy.

Drones are becoming the preferred instruments of vengeance, and their core purpose is analogous to the changing relationship between civil society and warfare, in which the latter is conducted remotely and at a safe distance so that implementing death and murder becomes increasingly palatable.


The author (at far left) as a lieutenant Challenger 2 troop leader in al-Amarah, Iraq, 2004.

Hyperbole? But I was there. I sat in my camouflaged combats and I took the rules of engagement and ethical warfare classes. And frankly, I don't buy much, if any, of it now – especially concerning drones. Their effectiveness is without question, but there's terrible fallout from their rampant use.

Both Pakistan and Yemen are arguably less stable and more hostile to the west as a result of President Obama's increased reliance on drones. When surveying the poisoned legacy left to the Iraqi people, and what will be left to the Afghan people, it's beyond depressing to hear of the hawks circling around other theatres like Pakistan and Yemen, stoking the flames of interventionism.

I fear the folly in which I took part will never end, and society will be irreversibly enmeshed in what George Orwell's 1984 warned of: constant wars against the Other, in order to forge false unity and fealty to the state.

It's very easy to kill if you don't view the target as a person. When I went to Iraq as a tank commander in 2004, the fire orders I gave the gunner acknowledged some legitimacy of personhood: "Coax man, 100 meters front." Five years later in Afghanistan, the linguistic corruption that always attends war meant we'd refer to "hot spots", "multiple pax on the ground" and "prosecuting a target", or "maximising the kill chain".

The Pentagon operates about 7,000 drones and asked Congress for nearly $5bn for drones in the 2012 budget. Before retiring as air force chief of staff, General Norton Schwartz was reported as saying it "was 'conceivable' drone pilots in the air force would outnumber those in cockpits in the foreseeable future". That's not a brave new world, far from it.

The encroachment of drones into the civilian realm is also gaining momentum. President Obama signed a federal law on 14 February 2012, allowing drones for a variety of commercial uses and for police law enforcement. The skies above may never be the same. As with most of America's darker elements, such as its gun culture, there's profit to be made – the market for drones is already valued at $5.9bn and is expected to double in 10 years.

During my time in Afghanistan, drones were primarily supplied by the US as our drone capability was miniscule in comparison. The British military still relies on US support, only owning about five armed drones. They have been busy, though: as of May 2012, the Ministry of Defence confirmed these had flown a total of 34,750 hours, and fired 281 missiles and laser-guided bombs.

With continued cuts to the British army's personnel levels, it isn't hard to envisage drones increasingly replacing boots on the ground. And since the UK already has the world's highest number of CCTV cameras, the intrusion of drones into surveillance Britain doesn't require much imagination.

Technological advancements in warfare don't have a good track record in terms of unintended consequences. As Chris Hedges reveals in his book War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, an estimated 62 million civilians perished in the 20th century's wars – "nearly 20 million more than the 43 million military personnel killed".

Will the 21st century repeat such foolish tragedy? Many years still remain. I'd argue we should err on the side of caution and remain immensely wary of drones.

James Jeffrey is a British journalist based in the United States, where he graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, in May 2012. He left the British army as a captain in April 2010, having served over nine years in the Queen's Royal Lancers, including operational tours in Kosovo (2002), Iraq (2004, 2006) and Afghanistan (2009)

Allegations Australia funding death squads in West Papua

All the ingredients for genocide: is West Papua the next East Timor?

The Conversation | 21.09.2012 | NEDERLANDS


West Papuan activists protesting at the Hague for independence of the Indonesian-held province. (Apdency/Wikimedia Commons)

Allegations that Australia is funding death squads in West Papua have brought the troubled province back to Australian attention.

Blanket denials by both Indonesian and Australian governments – standard policy for such reports in the past, no longer cut the mustard.

The players respond

The killing of Papuan activist Mako Tabuni by Indonesian police was for Jakarta a legitimate operation against a violent criminal shot while evading arrest. That Tabuni bled to death from his untreated wounds while in police custody did not rate a mention.

The Australian response was more measured. Foreign Minister Bob Carr took the allegation that Tabuni had been assassinated seriously because the partially Australian funded and trained elite anti-terrorist organisation, Densus 88, was accused of playing a role in the killing.

For once there was a direct Australian connection to the human rights abuses that have been happening in West Papua for decades. Australian taxpayers may indeed be helping to fund Indonesian death squads. Carr called on the Indonesians to make a full enquiry into the affair.

The Indonesian response was to appoint Brigadier General Tito Karnavian as Papua’s new Police Chief. This sends the clearest possible message that Jakarta intends to deal with the Papuan separatists’ insurgency with lethal force, rather than diplomacy and negotiation.

Many activists have been arrested and a concerted effort is underway to break the back of the urban based, non-violent Papuan rights organisations, such as Tabuni’s KNPB (Komite Nasional Papua Barat).

Independence

Most Papuans would favour independence over Indonesian occupation. This is a recipe for ongoing military operations, repression and human rights abuse as the Indonesian military and police hunt down “separatists”.

This seems to suit most players. West Papua is the Indonesian military’s last zone of exclusive control after the loss of Aceh and East Timor. It’s a fabulous prize to control as extensive (legal and illegal) logging, huge mining projects and massive development funds provide rich pickings for those in control, while incoming migrants are drawn in by economic opportunities unavailable elsewhere. It is really only the Papuans who are suffering in this massive free-for-all.

The plight of the Papuans is slowly but surely seeping into the global consciousness. While modern technology allows West Papua’s riches to now be exploited, it also allows the stories and images of Papuan suffering to emerge. Increased Indonesian militarisation and repression only exacerbate this trend.

A new East Timor?

This is the same trajectory that East Timor’s long struggle for freedom followed: an overwhelmingly dominant military on the ground but a growing sense of outrage within the international community, especially in the Western nations. This led Indonesia to be treated almost as a pariah nation and underpinned East Timor’s rapid shift to independence in the wake of Suharto’s fall.

While no other nation supports West Papuan independence, except Vanuatu sporadically, and the rule of the Indonesian state appears unassailable, a dangerous dynamic is developing.

As the situation in West Papua deteriorates, human rights abuses will continue, with the very real prospect of a dramatic increase in violence to genocidal levels.

The ingredients are there: stark racial, religious and ideological differences coalescing around a desire for Papuan resources and Papuans’ land, on one hand, and independence on the other. Indeed many Indonesians, as well as the Indonesian state, already view Papuan separatists as traitors.

This should rightly concern Australians: we are in a quasi-military alliance with Indonesia through the 2006 Lombok Treaty. We are a player, albeit minor, in these events. When there is a divide in the opinion of the political, military and bureaucratic elite, and that of the wider population, as occurred in Australia over Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor, the majority view tends to eventually prevail. And the majority view, formed by such programmes as the ABC 7.30 report, is moving to one of sympathy for the Papuans and antipathy towards Indonesia for what many see as a re-run of East Timor’s disastrous occupation. This does not bode well for relations between the two countries.

Words or bullets?

Indonesia runs the risk of having its widely heralded democratisation process stained by the Papuan conflict. There is also the fact that while West Papua remains a military zone the Indonesian army will continue to be unaccountable and largely outside of civilian control, stymieing anti-corruption efforts not just in Papua but through out the country. The consequences for the Papuans are abundantly clear: no basic rights and a life lived in fear.

While there are no quick or easy solutions to this conundrum, one choice is manifestly clear: does the answer lie in more words or more bullets?

Jakarta has so far rejected meaningful dialogue in favour of a beefed up security approach. Australia, and Australians, should forcefully criticise this as being against our own, and Indonesia’s (let alone the Papuans’) long-term interests.

If the West Papuan conflict continues to follow the East Timor trajectory this problem will continue to grow, relations will become strained and tensions rise. It’s worth remembering that Australia and Indonesia very nearly came to blows over East Timor. Let’s learn from the past and encourage, and promote, meaningful dialogue between all parties.

20 September 2012

US taxpayers paid more to Israeli defense budget than Israelis



Council for National Interest | By Alison Weir | 16.09.2012 | NEDERLANDS

The Israeli army's chief of staff states that in the past three years, "US taxpayers have contributed more to the Israeli defense budget than Israeli taxpayers," according to a report in the Jerusalem Post, a prominent Israeli newspaper.

AshkenaziAccording to the report, Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi made the statement during a speech on September 11th. In it he emphasized: "We must preserve ties with the United States. I believe this is a security necessity."

According to the newspaper the speech was at the Calcalist Conference, which appears to be an annual event in Tel Aviv sponsored by the Calcalist newspaper, an Israeli Hebrew-only daily financial newspaper. It is is part of the group that publishes Yedioth Ahronoth, the largest circulation newspaper in Israel.

American taxpayers give Israel over $3 billion per year (over $8 million per day), more than to any other nation, despite the fact that Israel is smaller than New Jersey and is in the top 30 richest countries in the world.

Per capita, Israelis receive $10,000 more U.S. tax money than average.

Some of the other top recipients of US tax money, Egypt and Jordan, were provided this assistance in return for diplomatic recognition of the Israeli state.

According to the Congressional Research Service, Israel is given this money in a lump sum at the beginning of the fiscal year. Americans then pay interest on money they have given to Israel, while Israel makes interest on it.

In recent years Israel has reported a lower unemployment rate than the US and a better account balance.

Ashkenazi's statements are extremely significant, since this is the first time that an Israeli leader has pointed out that American taxpayers pay more to Israel's defense budget than do Israelis.

If the costs of the Iraq war, which was largely pushed by Israel partisans in the Bush administration, were added into the equation, the American tax money on behalf of Israel would quite likely dwarf the amount paid by Israeli taxpayers. Some top economists predict that the cost of the Iraq war will be $3 trillion. Israel has a population of about 7 million people.

Today, Israel partisans are similarly pushing attacks on Iran.

Israel has frequently been accused of using American funds in violation of U.S. arms control laws.

Ashkenazi and War Crimes Accusations

IN 2010 Turkey issued an arrest warrant for Ashkenazi for Israeli forces' killing of 9 civilians, including one who held American citizenship.

In 2008 a complaint was filed at the Hague accusing Ashkenazi of war crimes. Accusers stated:

On 27th December 2008, the suspect, as Chief of Staff, ordered the Israeli army to attack densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip. For three weeks, 1,500 tons of bombs were dropped from the air on residential neighborhoods in Gaza and tens of thousands of artillery shells were fired from tanks. For 3 weeks, the army damaged and destroyed houses, schools, hospitals, infrastructure, water and electrical plants, killed more than 1,300 people, hundreds of them children, and injured about 5,300 people. Thousands of houses were bombed or shelled and 50,000 residents were made homeless, without shelter.

Prior to this, the suspect was part of a group, which implemented a siege on 1.5 million people in the Gaza Strip, denying them a regular supply of food, water, medicine, fuel and electricity for 18 months.

According to international law, it is absolutely prohibited to bomb residential areas in a way that interrupts the lives of civilians; to carry out executions without trial, to collectively punish; to destroy or damage hospitals, schools and homes. The prohibitions against collective punishment were enshrined in the Geneva Conventions after the behavior of the Nazis in Europe during World War II when they destroyed entire villages to punish residents for sheltering the resistance. 194 countries agree with the prohibitions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

In December 2008, a complaint was filed in the Hague against the suspect, on suspicion that he had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity for ordering the siege of Gaza.

17 September 2012

Waarom de SGP verboden mag en moet worden



1. De SGP heeft "het theocratische uitgangspunt dat de overheid haar gezag niet ontleent aan het volk, maar aan God."

2. "De SGP [heeft] de kerstening van het Nederlandse volk als ideaal."


Bron: het wetenschappelijk instituut van de SGP.

Foto: De kerstening van het Taino volk op het eiland Hispaniola. Deze genocide werd uitgevoerd door de zogenoemde 'ontdekkingesreiziger' Christoforus Columbus en zijn broer Bartolomeus, en resulteerde in 2 miljoen doden in slechts 4 jaar tijd.

Meer lezen:

De antisemitische achtergrond van de SGP

Het geweld van de SGP

En nu verder praten over status SGP

SGP op Hotel Terminus

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16 September 2012

American Democracy - The Funeral



Once again the interests of Israel take pride of place in American politics. This time at the Democratic Convention recently held in North Carolina, when the Mayor of Los Angeles decided to take it upon his ears, alone, to judge whether or not the delegates agreed with instating or reinstating a contentious piece of party policy which accepted Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel.

It really doesn't matter who wins the upcoming Presidential Election. Either way the American people and the rest of the world will lose.

The Teleprompter was pre-scripted. Please see:
"Reality Check: DNC Runs Over Delegates With Scripted Platform Vote"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmaE2Aez_XY

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Stop de ACAA overeenkomst EU-Israel

EU-Israël ACAA: uitbuiting van de Palestijnse bevolking, niet in mijn naam.

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Waarom is dit belangrijk?

De afwijzing van ACAA is van belang voor bevordering van vrede en gerechtigheid. Wij vinden dat de EU, in zijn overeenkomsten met derde landen, mensenrechten en fundamentele waarden moet bevorderen en in acht nemen De voordelen die aan de goedkeuring van deze overeenkomsten worden ontleend mogen niet worden gefundeerd op schendingen van het internationaal recht, illegale of onrechtvaardige exploitatie van hulpbronnen en/of oneerlijke en discriminerende praktijken. In het geval van de EU-Israël ACAA overeenkomst, willen de EU-burgers niet profiteren van de Israëlische controle over Palestijns land, belemmeringen voor het verkeer van goederen en mensen en exploitatie van natuurlijke hulpbronnen door de Israëlische autoriteiten, en evenmin van de gedwongen afhankelijkheid van Palestijnen van Israëlische regelgeving en beleid waardoor toekomstige duurzame groei in de Bezette Gebieden wordt belemmerd terwijl Israëlische industrie wordt bevoordeeld.

Who Profits → Captive Economy - The Pharmaceutical Industy and the Israeli Occupation

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15 September 2012

CIA martelde voor Kaddafi

Tijdens de regering-Bush martelde de Amerikaanse overheid tegenstanders van Muammar Kadhafi in (geheime) gevangenissen overzee, die vervolgens werden overgedragen aan Libië om daar verder gemarteld te worden. Dit blijkt uit verklaringen van ex-gedetineerden, in Tripoli gevonden rapporten en uit onlangs geopenbaarde documenten van de CIA en de Britse geheime dienst. Dat schrijft Human Rights Watch in een rapport dat op 6 september jongstleden is uitgegeven. In hoeverre is Nederland hierin betrokken?

Eén van die ex-gedetineerden is de Libische vluchteling Muhammed Abu Farsan, die Nederland in 2004 deporteerde naar Soedan, omdat hij in het bezit was van een Soedanees paspoort. Na aankomst in Soedan zou hij meerdere malen zijn ondervraagd door een medewerker van de CIA. Na twee weken werd hij samen met zijn vrouw en kind gedeprteerd naar Libië. Daar werd hij 16 maanden in isolatie opgesloten in een kleine cel. Zijn familie kreeg hij niet meer te zien. Daarna werd hij vastgehouden in verschillende gevangenissen. In totaal heeft hij zeven jaar gevangen gezeten.

Volgens Human Rights Watch had Nederland kunnen weten dat Farsan in Soedan weer naar Libië gedeporteerd zou worden.

Persbericht Human Rights Watch: US: Torture and Rendition to Gaddafi’s Libya



Download het volledige rapport - inclusief het verhaal over Farsan, waaronder de vreemde gang van zaken rond zijn asielaanvraag: Delivered into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of Opponents to Gaddafi’s Libya (pdf)


A drawing by a Libyan of a 1- by 1-meter box into which he says he was placed during his harsh interrogation by the U.S. in Afghanistan.

Een uitgebreid artikel met veel links naar extra en achtergrondinformatie in WIRED Magazine: U.S. Used This Torture Box to Interrogate Gadhafi’s Enemies

After the CIA intercepted materials intended for a nuclear weapons program, Gadhafi began reconciling publicly with his longtime American adversaries. Economic sanctions fell to the wayside, and U.S. digintaries from Joe Biden to John McCain visited Libya for discussions with the longtime dictator. Gen. Michael Hayden, the former NSA and CIA director, termed Gadhafi a “good counterterrorism partner” in February 2011 — on the eve of the war the U.S. helped fight to oust him. That war was predicated on stopping Gadhafi’s massive human-rights abuses. President Obama did not acknowledge the U.S. role in perpetuating them.

Wall Street Journal: Group Reopens CIA Torture Allegations

The Human Rights Watch report highlights an ironic historical turn: The CIA apparently detained and then handed over opponents of the Gadhafi regime, only to act a few years later to help overthrow Gadhafi and carve to a path to empowerment for some of the same detainees in a new Libyan government.

Ms. Youngblood, the CIA spokeswoman, said it was natural for the U.S. government to work with the Gadhafi regime at the time. By 2004, the CIA had convinced Mr. Gadhafi to give up his weapons of mass destruction and back U.S. efforts to combat terrorism.

"It can't come as a surprise that the Central Intelligence Agency works with foreign governments to help protect our country from terrorism and other deadly threats," she said. "That is exactly what we are expected to do."

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Two children may have died for you mobile phone

We enjoy, and therefor we allow peoples who's lives we deem less worth to suffer. From 1885 to 1908, it is estimated that the Congolese native population decreased by about ten million people. Cause: murder, starvation, exhaustion and exposure, disease, and plummeting birth rates under King Leopold's reign. Genocide for rubber, for our convenience. Have we learned?




Coltan Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, forced child labour


Failure to meet the rubber collection quotas was punishable by death. Meanwhile, the Force Publique were required to provide a hand of their victims as proof when they had shot and killed someone, as it was believed that they would otherwise use the munitions (imported from Europe at considerable cost) for hunting food. As a consequence, the rubber quotas were in part paid off in chopped-off hands. (Congo Free State, before 1905) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Free_State

“Two Children May Have Died for You to Have Your Mobile Phone”

IPS | By Inés Benítez | 12.09.2012 | NEDERLANDS

MALAGA, Spain, Sep 12 2012 (IPS) - “It’s possible that two children died so that you could have that mobile phone,” says Jean-Bertin, a 34-year-old Congolese activist who wants to end the “absolute silence” around the crimes committed in his country to exploit strategic raw materials like coltan.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has at least 64 percent of worldwide reserves of coltan, the colloquial African name for a dull black ore composed of two minerals, columbite and tantalite.

Tantalum, the metal extracted from this ore, is a rare, hard, blue-gray, lustrous transition metal that is highly corrosion resistant. It is used in the production of capacitors for electronic equipment such as mobile phones, computers and tablets, as well as in earphones, prosthetics, implants and turbine blades, among many other products.


Mobile phones ready for recycling. Credit: Courtesy of Entreculturas
“The DRC’s greatest curse is its wealth. The West and all the others who manufacture weapons have their noses stuck in there,” laments Jean-Bertin, who arrived eight years ago to the southern Spanish city of Málaga from Kinshasa, where his parents and two brothers still live.

The extraction of coltan contributes to maintaining one of the bloodiest armed conflicts in Africa, which has led to more than five million deaths, massive displacements of the population, and the rape of 300,000 women in the last 15 years, according to human rights organisations.

This fact was acknowledged by the United Nations Security Council in 2001, which confirmed the “links between the exploitation of natural resources and the continuation of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

As of 2003, a Panel of Experts convened by the Security Council had identified 157 companies and individuals from around the world involved in some way with the illegal extraction of valuable raw materials in the DRC.

The exploitation of coltan in dozens of informal mines, scattered throughout the jungle in the eastern DRC, is used for financing armed groups and the personal enrichment of military and government officials.

Artisanal mining, with no controls, is carried out in semi-slave labor conditions and causes significant damage to the environment and the health of workers, including children, according to the 2010 documentary film “Blood in the Mobile” by Danish director Frank Piasecki.

But industry sources, such as the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Centre (TIC), take pains to stress that the coltan reserves in the DRC and elsewhere in central Africa are far from being the world’s main source of tantalum.

Australia was the leading producer of tantalum for several years and production has recently grown in South America and Asia, in addition to production from other sources, such as recycling.

According to the TIC, the largest known reserves of tantalum are in Brazil and Australia, and discoveries have recently been reported in Venezuela and Colombia.

The DRC possesses other forms of natural wealth that are also widely smuggled, such as gold, cassiterite (a tin oxide mineral), cobalt, copper, precious woods and diamonds. Nevertheless, the country ranks in last place on the 2011 Human Development Index.

Faced with this situation, civil society organisations are placing ever more emphasis on raising awareness among consumers of products containing these materials.

In Spain, a network of non-governmental groups and research centres that focus on the DRC launched a campaign in February to demand a commitment from manufacturers that they will not use illegally sourced coltan.

The discovery of new sources of tantalum and recycling should contribute to reducing the demand for Congolese coltan.

The NGO Entreculturas and the Spanish branch of the Red Cross have joined forces since 2004 in a campaign called “Dona tu móvil” (Donate Your Mobile), encouraging the public to drop off their old electronic devices for reuse or recycling of their components. The money raised is invested in educational, environmental and development projects for poor sectors of the population.

As of this July they had collected 732,025 devices and earned more than a million euro, Ester Sanguino, the coordinator of the campaign for Entreculturas, told Tierramérica.

But the organisations and companies involved in recycling consulted by Tierramérica concurred that it would be impossible for this source of tantalum to contribute to meeting the growing worldwide demand for the metal to any significant extent.

Market pressures encourage people to replace their mobile telephones after only a short time, which means that even if recycling took place on a large scale, the tantalum obtained would not meet demand, said a source at BCD Electro, a company that specialises in the reuse and recycling of electronic and computer equipment.

And mobile phones represent just one market segment in which tantalum is currently used.

Apple and Intel announced in 2011 that they would no longer buy tantalum from the former Belgian colony. Nokia and Samsung have made similar pledges.

Samsung states on its website that it has taken steps “to endeavour that our mobile phones do not contain materials derived from illegally mined Congolese coltan.”

Such corporate codes of conduct essentially fill the void left by the lack of prescriptive rules.

The most far-reaching effort in this regard is that of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, since it extends to all of the industrialised nations that are members of this group.

But the long and shadowy paths travelled by Congolese coltan make it difficult to prove whether these codes are upheld.

Illegally mined minerals are smuggled through neighbouring countries like Rwanda and Uganda to Europe, China and other markets.

“Rebel groups proliferate because of the land’s wealth of coltan, diamonds and gold,” said the coordinator of the humanitarian organisation Farmamundi in the DRC, Raimundo Rivas.

Neighboring governments are “complicit” and “up until now this has all been supported and covered up by the companies that benefit from these riches at their final destination,” he told Tierramérica.

“There are many economic interests around the coltan business,” stressed Jean-Bertin, who describes himself as one of the “combattant congolais”, Congolese living abroad who protest and denounce the human rights violations in their country. In the meantime, in the DRC, “the killings are real. The blood is everywhere.” And nevertheless, “it is as if the Congo didn’t exist.”

This is why expectations have been raised by a recent decision of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which adopted new rules on Aug. 22 under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act relating to the use of “conflict minerals”.

Section 1502 establishes that all national and international companies already required to report annually to the SEC which manufacture or contract to manufacture products containing at least one of four conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) must adopt measures to determine their origin through supply chain analysis.

But the first report would not be filed until May 31, 2014, considered an overly long waiting time by human rights defenders, who stress that crimes continue to be committed in the DRC despite the presence of a UN peace mission since 2010.

Holding his six-month-old daughter in his arms, Jean-Bertin is visibly upset as he describes how armed groups in the DRC “give weapons to children and force them to join with one side or the other.”

For Rivas, “the only solution is a strong government in the DRC that can respond to the attacks, and real international support that penalises companies suspected of importing minerals from conflict zones.”

* This story was originally published by Latin American newspapers that are part of the Tierramérica network. Tierramérica is a specialised news service produced by IPS with the backing of the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank.

Also read → The Playstation War - Battling for Coltan in the Congo

Our desires...


...make them suffer

14 September 2012

So another internet clever-clogs sets the Middle East on fire

In Nederlandse kranten lezen we over "moslimwoede". Christenwoede? Hindoewoede? Jodenwoede? Nooit van gehoord. Wat logisch is, omdat woede een emotie is die ieder mens bezit ongeacht de religie. We lezen in de Nederland weer niet dat de maker van de film een crimineel is, want dat zou het idee van de bij voorbaat als onterecht gepresenteerde "moslimwoede" kunnen ondermijnen.


The provocateurs know politics and religion don't mix
It only takes a couple of loonies a few seconds to kick off a miniature war in the Muslim world



The US embassy ablaze after the attack by protesters

The Independent | By Robert Fisk | 13.09.2012 | NEDERLANDS

So another internet clever-clogs sets the Middle East on fire: Prophet cartoons, then Koranic book-burning, now a video of robed "terrorists" and a fake desert. The Western-Christian perpetrators then go into hiding (an essential requisite for publicity) while the innocent are asphyxiated, beheaded and otherwise done to death – outrageous Muslim revenge thus "proving" the racist claims of the trash peddlers that Islam is a violent religion.

The provocateurs, of course, know that politics and religion don’t mix in the Middle East. They are the same. Christopher Stevens, his diplomat colleagues in Benghazi, priests in Turkey and Africa, UN personnel in Afghanistan; they have all paid the price for those ‘Christian priests’, ‘cartoonists’, ‘film-makers’ and ‘authors’ – the inverted commas are necessary to mark a thin line between illusionists and the real thing – who knowingly choose to provoke 1.6 billion Muslims.

When a Danish cartoon in a hitherto unknown newspaper drew a picture of the Prophet Mohamed with a bomb in his turban, the Danish embassy in Beirut went up in flames. When a Texas pastor decided to ‘sentence the Koran to death’, the knives came out in Afghanistan – we are leaving aside the little matter of the ‘accidental’ burning of Koranic pages by US personnel in Bagram. And now a deliberately abusive film provokes the murder of one of the State Department’s fairest diplomats.

In many ways, it’s familiar territory. In fifteenth century Spain, Christian cartoonists drew illustrations of the Prophet committing unspeakable acts. And – just so we don’t think we have clean claws today – when a Paris cinema showed a film in which Christ made love to a woman, the picture-house was burned-down, one cinema-goer was killed, and the killer turned out to be a Christian.

With the help of our wonderful new technology, however, it only needs a couple of loonies to kick off a miniature war in the Muslim world within seconds. I doubt if poor Christopher Stevens – a man who really understood the Arabs as many of his colleagues do not – had ever heard of the ‘film’ that unleashed the storming of the US consulate in Benghazi and his own death. It’s one thing to witlessly claim that the US would go on a “crusade” against al-Qaeda – thank you, George W. Bush – but another to insult, quite deliberately, an entire people. Racism of this kind stirs many a crazed heart.

And has Al-Qaeda – defeated by the Arab revolutionaries who demanded dignity rather than a Bin Laden Caliphate across the Middle East – now decided to cash in on populist grievances to advance their Islamist cause? Libya’s largely impotent government blames the Americans themselves for Stevens’ killing – since the consulate should have been evacuated – and suggests that a Gaddafi clique was behind the attack. This is ridiculous. If the armed militia in Benghazi, calling itself the ‘Islamic Law Supporters’, are more than telephone-gunmen, then al-Qaida involvement has to be suspected.

Ironically, there is room for a serious discussion among Muslims about, for example, a re-interpretation of the Koran; but Western provocation – and western, alas, it is – closes down such a narrative. Meanwhile, we beat our chests in favour of a ‘free press’. A New Zealand editor once proudly told me how his own newspaper had re-published the cartoon of the Prophet with a bomb-filled turban. But when I asked him if he planned to publish a cartoon of a Rabbi with a bomb on his head next time Israel invaded Lebanon, he hastily agreed with me that this would be anti-Semitic.

There’s the rub, of course. Some things are off limits, and rightly so. Others have no limits at all. Several radio presenters asked me yesterday if the unrest in Cairo and Benghazi may have been timed to “coincide with 9/11”. It simply never occurred to them to ask if the video-clip provocateurs had chosen their date-for-release to coincide with 9/11.

US-Backed Terrorists Murder US Ambassador in Libya

Murdered US Ambassador exposes Libya "progress" propaganda - provides a warning against US meddling in Syria

GlobalResearch | By Tony Cartalucci | 12.09.2012 | NEDERLANDS

- "I have met with these brave fighters, and they are not Al-Qaeda. To the contrary: They are Libyan patriots who want to liberate their nation. We should help them do it." - Senator John McCain in Benghazi, Libya April 22, 2011.

McCain's "Libyan patriots" have now murdered US Ambassador John Christopher Stevens in the very city McCain spoke these words. An assault on the American consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, the epicenter of not only last year's violent subversion and destruction of sovereign Libya, but a decade's old epicenter of global terrorism, left Ambassador Stevens dead along with two of his aides.

The violence, Western media claims, stems from an anti-Islamic film produced in the US. In reality, the coordinated nature of the attacks on both the US Embassy in Libya, as well as its embassy in Cairo, Egypt, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, are most likely using the Neo-Conservative Clarion Fund-esque propaganda film as a false pretense for violence long-planned. The Clarion Fund regularly produces anti-Muslim propaganda, like "Iranium," specifically to maintain a strategy of tension using fear and anger to drive a wedge between Western civilization and Islam to promote perpetual global wars of profit.

Image: Senator John McCain in the terrorist rat nest of Benghazi after marshaling cash, weapons, and political support for militants tied directly to Al Qaeda. McCain's insistence that the terrorists he helped arm and install into power were "not Al Qaeda" runs contra to the US Army's own reports which state that Benghazi's terror brigades officially merged with Al Qaeda in 2007. McCain's "Libyan patriots" have now killed US Ambassador Stevens with RPG's most likely procured with cash and logistic networks set up by NATO last year, part of a supranational terror campaign that includes violently subverting Syria - a campaign McCain also supports.

NATO Knowingly Handed Libya to Al Qaeda 

Indeed, the US Army's West Point Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) noted that Benghazi and the neighboring city of Darnah served a disproportionately high role in supplying foreign fighters to wage terror against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan - foot soldiers brought in to fuel a destructive and divisive sectarian war that undermined a united Sunni-Shi'ia resistance to Western troops who had invaded.

Image: In Benghazi, in front of the very courthouse McCain and other representatives of the West's corporate-financier driven foreign policy voiced support for Libya's terror brigades, sectarian extremists took the streets waving the flag of Al Qaeda, even hoisting it atop the Benghazi courthouse itself. Despite a concerted effort by Western media houses to portray Libya as in the hands of progressive democratic secularists, the country was intentionally handed over to extremists to serve as a base of militancy to destabilize and destroy targets of Western interest around the word.

The men McCain was defending were Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) militants, terrorists linked directly with Al Qaeda according to West Point reports (.pdf), and listed to this day by the US State Department, the UK Home Office (.pdf), and the UN as a "foreign terrorist organization." McCain was not only rhetorically supporting listed terrorists, but calling for material support including weapons, funds, training, and air support in direct violation of USC § 2339A & 2339B, "providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations."

These same terrorists are now not only the defacto rulers of much of Libya, but are leading death squads in Syria and arming militants in Mali, an exponential expansion made possible by a non-partisan effort including Republicans and Democrats, as well as Bush-era Neo-Conservatives who concurrently lead both anti-Islam propaganda while leading calls to arm the most radical sectarian extremist groups, including groups directly affiliated with Al Qaeda.

Syria is Next

Not only has US policy been exposed as not "promoting democracy" but purposefully spreading destabilization, violence, and terrorism, but the exact same militants behind the death of the US' own ambassador are literally leading US efforts to visit the same violence, destabilization, and chaos upon Syria.

Reuters, in their article, "Libyan fighters join Syrian revolt," reported, that Mahdi al-Harati, "a powerful militia chief from Libya's western mountains," who is actually a militant of the US, British, and UN listed terrorist organization Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), "now leads a unit in Syria, made up mainly of Syrians but also including some foreign fighters, including 20 senior members of his own Libyan rebel unit." Reuters would go on to explain, "the Libyans aiding the Syrian rebels include specialists in communications, logistics, humanitarian issues and heavy weapons," and that they "operate training bases, teaching fitness and battlefield tactics."

Image: Libyan Mahdi al-Harati of the US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), addressing fellow terrorists in Syria. Harati is now commanding a Libyan brigade operating inside of Syria attempting to destroy the Syrian government and subjugate the Syrian population. Traditionally, this is known as "foreign invasion."

Reuters concedes that the ongoing battle has nothing to do with democracy, but instead is purely a sectarian campaign aimed at "pushing out" Syria's minorities, perceived to be "oppressing" "Sunni Muslims."

Reuters' propaganda piece is rounded off with a Libyan terrorist allegedly threatening that "the militancy would spread across the region as long as the West does not do more to hasten the downfall of Assad," a talking point plucked straight from the halls of America's corporate-financier funded think-tanks. In fact, just such a think-tank, the Foreign Policy Initiative, recently published a statement signed by Bush-era Neo-Conservatives stating:

"America’s national security interests are intertwined with the fate of the Syrian people and the wider region.  Indeed, Syria’s escalating conflict now threatens to directly affect the country’s neighbors, including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Israel, and could provide an opening for terrorist groups like al Qaeda to exploit."

Along with "War on Terror" proponent John McCain, Al Qaeda's LIFG and America's Neo-Con establishment are now operating in tandem, as well as in direct contradiction to a decade of "War on Terror" propaganda. It should be remembered that those who signed this statement, including Elliott Abrams, Max Boot, Ellen Bork, William Kristol, Paul Bremer, Paula Dobriansk, Douglas Feith, Robert Kagan, Clifford D. May, Stephen Rademaker, Michael Weiss, Radwan Ziadeh, were among the very engineers of the fraudulent "War on Terror" that McCain himself is such a fervent supporter of. Radwan Ziadeh, last on the list, is in fact a "Syrian National Council" member - one of several proxies the US State Department is hoping to slip into power in Syria.

Russia, China, Iran, and Others Oppose Terrorism in Syria for a Reason

With Libya's "democratic progress" exposed as only tenuously covering up NATO's creation of a nation-wide safe haven for Al Qaeda terrorists to subsequently be deployed against the West's political enemies across he Arab World and beyond, it will be even more difficult, if not impossible to continue promoting this same "change" in Syria.  Libya, through direct action of NATO, has been overrun by terrorists. Syria's government is desperately trying to prevent its people from being likewise overrun.

And even as the US buries its own ambassador, killed by terror brigades it itself armed and thrust into power through covert and direct military intervention, in a nation now wrecked by sectarian and tribal infighting, it insists on replicating its "success" in Syria.

Russia, China, Iran, and a growing number of nations have been opposing this campaign of supranational terrorism - with the death of Ambassador Stevens laying bare the true nature of America's proxy "freedom fighters," the list of global opposition will only grow, leaving only the most shameless and deeply invested to defend America's invasive and bloody foreign policy.

13 September 2012

US Ambassador to Libya Killed: Still Laughing Madame Secretary?


A man walks inside the U.S. consulate Wednesday after it was attacked and set on fire by gunmen the day before. Benghazi, Libya


Yemeni protesters try to break through the gate of the US embassy in Sanaa


Sanaa, Yemen, September 13, 2012


Thousands protest outside the US embassy in Cairo on September 11


The Pentagon ordered two warships to the Libyan coast in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

US Ambassador to Libya Killed: Still Laughing Madame Secretary?

We meant Well | By Peter van Buren | 12.08.2012 | NEDERLANDS

It wasn't just a movie.

It was less than a year ago that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was videotaped gleefully laughing at the brutal death of then-Libyan leader Qaddafi. "We came, we saw, he died!" giggled the Secretary of State like a drunk school girl on the sidelines of a national television interview.

It was, in large part, the military intervention of the US that brought about Qaddafi's death and the "liberation" of Libya. Qaddafi was a nasty son of a bitch. He had people tortured and had opponents killed. He was a dictator. The common wisdom on the Internet, and inside the State Department, is that while “unfortunate,” a guy like Qaddafi had it coming. The same logic applied to the US’ gunning down of bin Laden and our drone killings of any number of terrorist celebs, including several American Citizens.

With the tragic news today that US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and several other Americans were killed in an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, one wonders if Hillary is still laughing.

It appears that the Ambassador was in Benghazi for the ribbon-cutting for an "American Corner." An American Corner is, in State's own words, a "friendly, accessible space, open to the public, which provides current and reliable information about the United States through bilingual book and magazine collections, films and documentaries, poster exhibitions, and guides for research on the United States." Ironic of course that Ambassador Stevens and his people died in what is sadly all of a propaganda gesture, a book nook Corner that says happy things about America so that Libyans will love us.

I mean no disrespect to the dead, and mourn with their loved ones. A few years ago it was my family stationed abroad at an American Consulate, so I know too well the tight feeling in my gut wondering what will happen, will someone die today simply because of where they work. Making light over the death of anyone is disgraceful.

America's actions abroad, particularly when we kill people because we do not like what they say or do, have consequences that are long and often tragic. Secondary, tertiary effects. I hate killing. I am not justifying any killing nor am I gleeful over Ambassador Stevens and his colleagues' deaths.

I am instead offended by US leaders who find happiness in the death of others for political reasons, and then seem shocked and surprised when it is visited on our own. Drone strikes call forth retaliatory terror acts. Terror acts begat more drone strikes. Eye for an eye. Live by the sword.

It is not about a movie. The anti-Islam movie was just today's trigger, the most recent one. Behind the easy, casual "oh, it was our free speech that angered them" we seem to forget what filmmaker James Spione knows, that the invasions of multiple Muslim countries, the killing and wounding of hundreds of thousands of civilians to "free them," the displacement of millions more as refugees, the escalating drone attacks, the torture and rendition, Guantanamo itself as a symbol of all that is wrong with our policies, the propping up of corrupt regimes in Baharain, Saudi and until we changed directions, Libya and Syria, the relentless horrific violence unleashed year after year after year by America's military. Let's at least be honest about the miasma of hatred we've created that is the true context for this horrible incident.

It wasn't just a movie. As if to make the point, Obama is on TV saying "justice will be done" in his serious voice, and CNN reports US drones are being sent to hunt down the killers in Libya.

Indeed, the US rendered human beings into Qaddafi's Libya for torture just a few years ago. Some of those who were rendered and tortured under US sponsorship now hold key leadership and political positions in the Libyan government. Payback, revenge, call it what you wish.

For those who will claim articles such as this are politicizing a tragedy, remember this: the Ambassador was there as a political symbol, and he was killed as a political symbol. He and the Consulate were targeted specifically because they represent America. Our diplomats are abroad for that purpose, and become the closest targets for those who wish to attack America. Expect more, especially when the US and/or Israel strike Iran.

It wasn't just a movie. They don't hate us for our freedoms. They hate us for what we do to them.

America needs a policy in the Middle East that is not based on killing if we ever want the killing to stop.

9 September 2012

De Sociaal Democratie

Er komen weer verkiezingen aan, dus wat onafhankelijk journalist Stan van Houcke in 2009 over de sociaal democratie schreef is weer actueel.


Mevrouw Hamer

De Sociaal Democratie 5 | By Stan van Houcke | 27.10.2012 | TRANSLATE

De kop op de voorpagina van de Volkskrant luidt:

Leden PvdA eens met plan AOW

Een betrekkelijk nietszeggende mededeling, want hoeveel leden hebben zich uitgesproken en sterker nog: hoeveel leden zijn er nog?

Interessant is ook te weten wie de leden zijn die voor de verhoging van de pensioensgerechtigde leeftijd stemmen. Ik bedoel dit. Ik ben 62 jaar, heb de jaren zestig en zeventig bewust meegemaakt, de jaren waarin de sociaaldemocratische voorman Joop den Uyl zijn volgelingen uitlegde dat er geen echte democratie bestaat, dat zijn achterban niet moest vergeten dat een kapitalistische democratie 'smalle marges' kent waardoor er geen wezenlijke veranderingen doorgevoerd kunnen worden. En dus adviseerde hij de sociaaldemocratische jongeren een lange mars door de instituten te beginnen. Dat deden mijn sociaaldemocratische leeftijdgenoten dan ook en gaandeweg zagen we steeds meer van hen op de posities die voorheen door christelijke en liberale regenten werden bezet. En verdomd als het niet waar is, ze deden hetzelfde als hun voorgangers toen die nog op het pluche zaten. De Lammerskliek bijvoorbeeld wilde het centrum van Amsterdam verwoesten door er een meerbaans-snelweg door heen te trekken. Dat was goed voor de banken, de institutionele beleggers en de zakenwereld die de touwtjes in handen hadden en nog steeds hebben. En toen dat mislukte dankzij de hoofdstedelijke bevolking was het sociaaldemocratische regentendom razend. Ik heb ze ook bij de VPRO zien binnentrekken en toen de sociaaldemocraten er eenmaal zaten toen was de VPRO de VPRO niet meer, want zo werkt het.

Nu zitten ze overal, de lange mars door de instituten is geslaagd. Maar zoals altijd en overal: macht corrumpeert en zo corrumpeerde ook de sociaal-democratische macht. Bij gebrek aan argumenten is de enige verdediging van de fractievoorzitter met haar treurige uitstraling nu niet meer dan het volgende: 'Als wij het niet doen, doet het volgende kabinet het.' Een onafhankelijke waarnemer kan niet anders dan constateren dat de generatie van de jaren zestig de zaak op een geweldige manier heeft geflest. Such is Life.

Het wezenlijke probleem is dit: de ambitie van de carrierebeluste sociaaldemocraten is uiteindelijk het enige dat hen drijft. Omdat ze nergens echt in geloven, behalve dan in macht, denken ze in hun cynisme oprecht dat ze alles kunnen uitleggen, dat ze de mensen kunnen uitleggen dat het heel normaal is dat ze de rekening betalen van het failliete kapitalisme, dat ze langer moeten werken omdat deze bezuiningsmaatregel het systeem draaiende moet houden. Een systeem waarbij de sociaaldemocratische minister van Financien zonder het parlement te raadplegen miljarden aan belastinggeld kan geven aan de failliete bankiers. Omdat het sociaaldemocratische regentendom zelf tot in de kern opportunistisch is, denkt het werkelijk dat alle andere mensen dat ook zijn, en dat dus alles uit te leggen is. Zonder overtuigingen kan men namelijk alles uitleggen. De sociaaldemocraten staan nergens voor. Hoeveel zou dat jasje van mevrouw Hamer hebben gekost?

De PVDA probeert wanhopig zich te portretteren als enig serieus alternatief voor mensen die hervormingen voorstaan. Werkelijke hervormingen. Op die manier probeert de PVDA een greep op de macht te houden. Het was de Braziliaanse geleerde Paolo Freire die erop wees dat de macht er altijd op gericht is 'de menselijke kwaliteit de wereld te kunnen "be-denken", te vernietigen.' Daarom schept de macht een mythe, 'een schijnwereld... die tot doel heeft vervreemding en passiviteit te vergroten.' Vandaar ook al hun 'methoden die iedere voorstelling van de wereld als probleem uitsluiten en haar in plaats daarvan als een verstard gegeven laten zien -- als iets waaraan mensen zich uitsluitend als toerschouwers moeten aanpassen.' Met andere woorden: 'de smalle marges van de democratie'. Of zoals zijn opvolger Wim Kok zei: "Er is geen alternatief voor de maatschappelijke constellatie die we nu hebben en dus heeft het geen enkele zin daar naar te streven." En dat besef betitelde de oud-vakbondsman als "de bevrijdende werking van het afschudden van de ideologische veren.' Na zich van de sociaaldemocratische ideologie bevrijd te hebben, omarmde Kok de neoliberale ideologie door in 2003 enkele commissariaten, bij de ING Bank, TPG Post, Shell en de KLM te aanvaarden. Deze commissariaten leidden tot enige opschudding en verontwaardiging, omdat Kok tijdens zijn bewind meerdere malen had afgegeven op bestuurders van grote bedrijven, hen "ordinaire zakkenvullers" had genoemd en hun salarissen een geval van "exhibitionistische zelfverrijking". Als commissaris stemde hij echter in met verdere salarisverhogingen, wat hem op vragen van journalisten en kritiek uit eigen partij kwam te staan. Zijn werk als commissaris legt hemzelf ook geen windeieren: in 2006 verdiende hij €235.000. Dat is 18% meer dan in het jaar ervoor. Naast zijn commissariaten vervult Kok enkele Europese adviesfuncties. Op 10 december 2002 werd Wim Kok benoemd tot Ridder Grootkruis in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau. Op 11 april 2003 werd Wim Kok op voordracht van de ministerraad bij Koninklijk Besluit benoemd tot Minister van Staat. Minister van Staat is een eretitel die in uitzonderlijke gevallen wordt toegekend aan politici of staatslieden (al is het niet ongebruikelijk dat voormalige premiers tot Minister van Staat worden benoemd) Op 2 september 2003 kreeg Kok een eredoctoraat van de Universiteit Nyenrode vanwege de "voorbeeldige wijze waarop hij als premier en als minister van Financiën een financieel en sociaal-economisch beleid heeft gevoerd". Karel Van Miert, oud-president van Nyenrode en oud-eurocommissaris, reikte de onderscheiding uit.Eveneens kreeg Kok op 10 december 2003 zijn tweede eredoctoraat in de filosofie aan de Universiteit van Münster.

Even ter verduidelijking. Onder leiding van minister en premier Kok dereguleerde en privatiseerde de Nederlandse samenleving waardoor de overheid geen enkele mogelijkheid meer bezat om het speculeren met niet bestaand geld aan banden te leggen, waardoor de financiele crisis onvermijdelijk werd.

Tegelijkertijd had de lange mars door de instituten zijn vruchten afgeworpen. De beloning was 'exhibitionistisch', to say the least, om onze voormalige sociaaldemocraat maar eens te citeren. We weten nu wat dal dit gedoe opgeleverd heeft, enerzijds de sociaaldemocratie op het pluche en anderzijds een gedepolitiseerde rancuneuze massa die op de gepolitiseerde Wilders stemt.