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Forhåndssensur

Posted by Fredsvenn den november 30, 2007

Av Ola Tellesbø

 

Om ett år får Norge en åpen fjernsynskanal som enhver myndig person kan være med og fylle med eget innhold under eget ansvar.

 

Kanalen kommer på det digitale bakkenettet ved siden av NRK og TV2, etter at Stortinget besluttet at Norge skal ha en åpen kanal.

 

Som stortingsrepresentant støttet nåværende kulturminister Trond Giske (Ap) denne beslutningen.

 

Som statsråd har Giske hyllet ytringsfriheten ved flere anledninger. Nå går han til den motsatte ytterligheten og vil ha forhåndskontroll av innholdet på Åpen kanal.

 

I Frivillighetsmeldingen legger Giske til grunn at deltakernes interesseforening skal være kringkaster på vegne av sivilsamfunnet, og ha konsesjon med hjemmel i kringkastingsloven.

 

Kringkaster har et omfattende straff- og erstatningsrettslig kontrollansvar.

 

Dette ansvaret kan foreningen kun håndtere gjennom nitid forhåndskontroll av innholdet. Men ingen skal være kringkaster på vegne av noen.

 

Deltakerne på den åpne kanalen skal selv stå som kringkaster. Derfor er det disse som «plikter å sette seg grundig inn i redaktøransvaret i henhold til norsk lov, ta selvstendig redaktøransvar for sine programmer, og gjøre det tydelig hvem som sender og er redaktør».

 

Grunnlovs-vern

 

Kan Giske pålegge noen å være kringkaster på vegne av deltakerne, og frata deltakerne det selvstendige redaktøransvaret, og dermed deres ytringsfrihet?

 

Til sammenligning, kan staten pålegge TV2 og TVNorge å ha felles overordnet redaktør?

 

Kun Stortinget kan i lovs form kan vedta eller håndheve begrensinger i ytringsfriheten, og bare der hvor Grunnloven åpner for slik innskrenking.

 

Kringkastingsloven kan ikke benyttes til å pålegge noen å kontrollere andre, når dette ikke er ønsket.

 

En slik bestemmelse vil stride mot Grunnlovens forbud mot «Forhaandscensur og andre forebyggende Forholdsregler».

 

Giske var med da Stortinget forutsatte at Åpen kanal «organiseres mest mulig ubyråkratisk og med størst mulig egenstyring for organisasjonene selv».

 

To ganger har til sammen over 120 frivillige organisasjoner vedtektsfestet deltakernes selvstendige redaktøransvar og gjort det klart at ingen skal overprøve dette ansvaret.

 

Hvorfor lytter ikke Giske til dette?

 

Formålet med Åpen kanal er nettopp å underbygge dannelsesidealet. Under eget ansvar skal alle myndige få adgang til å snakke til det norske folket gjennom fjernsynet. Slik vil kanalen styrke dannelsen og videreutvikle oss som demokratiske borgere.

 

Glemmer myndighetene hva vårt rettssystem og demokrati innebærer, kommer sensurforbudet til unnsetting og setter grenser for hva myndigheten kan gjøre. Og takk for det!

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Ten Reasons to Suspect “Save Darfur” is a PR Scam

Posted by Fredsvenn den november 30, 2007

 

Ten Reasons to Suspect «Save Darfur» is a PR Scam

By Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report
November 27, 2007

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Venezuela’s D-Day: Democratic Socialism or Imperial Counter-Revolution

Posted by Fredsvenn den november 30, 2007

The December 2, 2007 Constituent Referendum

By Prof James Petras

Global Research, November 28, 2007


On November 26, 2007 the Venezuelan government broadcast and circulated a confidential memo from the US embassy to the CIA which is devastatingly revealing of US clandestine operations and which will influence the referendum this Sunday (December 2, 2007).

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Distorting Fascism to Demonize Iran

Posted by Fredsvenn den november 29, 2007

By Ismael Hossein-zadeh

In their frantic drive to pave the way for a military strike against Iran, leading figures in the neoconservative pro-Israel lobby have embarked on a vicious campaign of demonizing that country by comparing it with the early years of Nazi Germany and its President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with Hitler.

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Feds’ budget tricks hide trillions in debt

Posted by Fredsvenn den november 28, 2007

Every year, tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars are quietly added to the national debt — on top of the deficits that we hear about. What’s going on here?

 

Nov 21, 2007

By Scott Burns

 

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/News/FedsBudgetTricksHideTrillionsInDebt.aspx

 

When it comes to financial magic, the government of the United States takes the prize. Sleights of hand and clever distractions by purveyors of line-of-credit mortgages, living-benefit variable annuities and equity-indexed life insurance are clumsy parlor tricks compared with the Big Magic of American politicians.

 

Consider the proud trumpeting that came from Washington at the close of fiscal 2007. The deficit for the unified budget was, politicians crowed, down to a mere $162.8 billion.

 

In fact, our government is overspending at a far greater rate. The total federal debt actually increased by $497.1 billion over the same period.

 

Federal deficits versus increases in the federal debt – Fiscal year Reported surplus/deficit Debt increase Debt at start of year Debt at year’s end

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UN Security Council Must Listen to Iraq’s People and Parliament

Posted by Fredsvenn den november 20, 2007

TAKE ACTION!!

The United Nations Security Council will soon consider re-authorization of the U.S.-led occupation force in Iraq. The Iraqi cabinet, led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, is about to send a letter to the Council requesting extension of the mandate of this so-called «multinational force.» The U.S. government is drafting a Council resolution, and the vote will come up in a matter of days.

But the Iraqi constitution clearly calls for ratification by the parliament of any such international agreement. And the parliament is demanding a voice. Last April, 144 members, a majority of Iraq’s parliament, signed a letter calling for a timetable for withdrawal of occupation forces. And the same letter denounced as «unconstitutional» a move by the al-Maliki cabinet to unilaterally request a mandate renewal without consulting the parliament. As the current mandate comes closer to expiring, it appears that al-Maliki, under pressure from the U.S., is about to repeat the same unconstitutional and illegal process.

In May, by majority vote, the Iraqi Parliament passed a law reaffirming the Constitution’s requirements – that the cabinet must get two-thirds majority approval from parliament for any force renewal request to the Security Council. An overwhelming majority of Iraqis want a complete withdrawal of all the occupation forces, as numerous polls have shown. While the Bush administration insists that it wants to «build democracy,» it is ignoring the Iraqi people and their elected representatives. Washington wants to renew the UN mandate without approval of the Iraqi parliament– another illegal step to justify and prolong the U.S.-led occupation.

TELL YOUR GOVERNMENT TO STOP UN SUPPORT FOR OCCUPATION!

ANY EXTENSION OF THE UN MANDATE MUST BE RATIFIED BY THE IRAQI PARLIAMENT AND INCLUDE A TIMETABLE FOR TROOP WITHDRAWAL.

People worldwide should take action. Nations sitting on the UN Security Council are particularly important: United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, Belgium, Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Italy, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Slovakia, South Africa

Background

TAKE ACTION! Sample letter

Jim Paul, Global Policy Forum

Gael Murphy, Code Pink

Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange

Leslie Cagan, United for Peace and Justice

Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies

Emira Woods, Foreign Policy in Focus

Anna Polo, Europe for Peace

Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, NY

Alfred Marder, International Association of Peace Messengers

Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

Anna Goodhun, Fairbanks Coalition for Peace and Justice

Stacey Fritz, No Nukes North

John Burroughs, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy

Jacqueline Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation

Please forward widely!

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Lest We Forget

Posted by Fredsvenn den november 19, 2007

By John Pilger

11/15/07 «ICH» — — On Remembrance Day 2007 – Veterans Day in America – the great and the good bowed their heads at the Cenotaph. Generals, politicians, newsreaders, football managers and stock-market traders wore their poppies. Hypocrisy was a presence. No one mentioned Iraq. No one uttered the slightest remorse for the fallen of that country. No one read the forbidden list.

The forbidden list documents, without favor, the part the British state and its court have played in the destruction of Iraq. Here it is:

Lest We Forget

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En ny terrorlov i USA

Posted by Fredsvenn den november 19, 2007

Representantenes hus har nå signert en ny aniterrorlov kalt HR 1955, også kjent som Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, som fjerner de siste rettigheter man har til å fjerne et ulovlig regime. Loven er det siste av flere angrep mot konstitusjonen og definerer ”tankeforbrytelser” som terrorisme. Hvis den blir satt som lov vil den etablere en kommisjon og et Center of Excellence for å analysere og bekjempe såkalt tankeforbrytelser. Ulikt tidligere anti-terrorlovgivning vil denne loven rette fokuset mot den sivile delen av befolkningen i USA og bruker et vagt språk for å definere terrorisme. Hele 404 valgte representanter fra bade Demokratene og Republikanerne stemte i favør av loven. Loven fokuserer spesielt på det voksende patriotiske sivilsamfunnet som krever gjenopprettelse av konstitusjonen.

Rogue Government

(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION

– The term `violent radicalization’ means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.

(3) HOMEGROWN TERRORISM

– The term `homegrown terrorism’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.

(4) IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE

– The term `ideologically based violence’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual’s political, religious, or social beliefs.

Og kanskje det mest tvilsomme:

(3) The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens.

I George Orwells dystopiske novelle Nineteen Eighty-Four er Ingsoc ideologien til det totalitære regjeringen i Oceania. Ingsoc er Newspeak for engelsk sosialisme.

Orwellian

SOS: Students for an Orwellian Society

Ingsoc – Wikipedia

Categories: Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell‘s 1984

Thoughtcrime

Newspeak

Doublethink

Norsefire

Thought Police

Thoughtcrime

Two + two = five

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    Spørsmål om NRKs dekning av 9/11

    Posted by Fredsvenn den november 17, 2007

    Hvis «konspirasjonsteoriene» rundt 9/11 bare er tull, har jeg noen spørsmål til NRK

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    Dagens situasjon – USA og Irak

    Posted by Fredsvenn den november 13, 2007

    Fortsatt er forsyningene av vann, elektrisitet og bensin/brennstoff i Irak veldig dårlig. Fortsatt er flere millioner irakiske flyktninger i nabolandene. Men i ca. to måneder er antall drepte i Irak gått betydelig ned, og det gjelder både okkupantene og sivilbefolkningen. Hva er årsakene, og hva er konsekvensene?

    Jeg har sett en del forsøk på å forklare det, men ingen fullgode. Etter at deres «surge» var fullført i sommer, har Bush et desperat behov for å vise til framgang, og én målestokk er antall drepte soldater. Det kan oppnås ved å sende soldatene mindre til utsatte posisjoner og å satse mer ensidig på flybombing.

    Når det gjelder reduksjonen i antall drepte irakere og særlig i sekterisk vold, hevder flere rapporter at den etniske rensingen av de ulike distriktene nærmest er fullført. Særlig Baghdad er nå delt i et sunni-Baghdad og et shia-Baghdad. Mange irakiske kilder kommer med denne forklaringen.

    En rapport fra Government Accountability Office sier at «the United States has so far been unable to translate the decline in violence into political gains.» Tvert om reiser flere spørsmålet om hvordan USA kan legitimere sitt tunge militære nærvær når sikkerhetssituasjonen blir bedre.

    Også Juan Cole reiser dette spørsmålet. Han påpeker også at en ledende imam som representerer det største politiske partiet (ISCI, tidligere SCIRI, shia) nå krevet i fredagsbønnen at amerikanerne presenterer en timeplan for tilbaketrekning. Han krever at «America …. should be serious about the issue of restoring real sovereignty and independence to the Iraqi people.»
    Sikkerhetsrådet mandat som gir USA en legitimering av okkupasjonen, løper snart ut og fornyelse skal opp i Sikkerhetsrådet. Et flertall av irakiske parlamentsmedlemmer undertegnet i vår en erklæring om at USA må gi en tidsplan for tilbaketrekning. I juni vedtok parlamentet en lov som gir regjeringen fullmakt til å blokkere forlengelsen av mandatet.

    Den som ved starten av denne lesningen trodde jeg skulle gi fullgode forklaringer på den reduserte volden, er blitt skuffet under den videre lesningen. Kan Jørgen Johansen, som alltid er velinformert, hjelpe oss med ytterligere forklaringer?

    Jeg vil nevne to andre områder hvor amerikanerne har trøbbel. Det ene er dollarens status som internasjonalt betalingsmiddel. Dollaren har jo alt sunket en del og med Bush’ håndtering av valutabalansen har vi trolig bare sett begynnelsen. Nettavisen nevnte i går et par norske eksportfirmaer som har gått over til å kreve betaling i euro. En som i sin tid var visefinansminister under Reagan har også skrevet om problemet.

    Naomi Kleins artikkel om radikaliseringen av Latin-Amerika nevner et nytt tegn på hvordan USA er i ferd med å miste grepet på sin «backyard» Latin-Amerika. Om mindre enn to år utløper avtalen om USAs militærbase i Ecuador. Siden siste har landet fått en venstreorientert president. Han uttrykker seg ironisk når han sier at hvis avtalen skal forlenges, nå Ecuador også få en militærbase i USA. Det er en provoserende talemåte som minner om Chavez.

    Hans Olav Fekjær

    Her er en analyse av hvorfor tallene på antall døde har gått ned.
    Hilsen jj

     Daily Kos – Nov 5, 2007

     The Real Story Behind the Falling Casualty Rate in Iraq

     by Brandon Friedman

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    Det dummeste jeg har hørt:

    Posted by Fredsvenn den november 8, 2007

    På pressekonferansen som Fellesoperativt hovedkvarter (FOHK) i «Forsvaret» holdt etter at en norsk soldat var drept av en veibombe, uttalte talsmannen noe av det dummeste jeg har hørt:

    «Dette er det en soldat vil kalle en feig måte å drive krig på.»

    Jaså? Hvordan skal den lovlige (etter Folkeretten) kampen mot okkupasjonen (som er ulovlig) da kjempes?

    Okkupasjonsmakten baserer seg i stor grad på flybombing, og har alt mulig av de andre mest avanserte våpen som finnes, samt verdens beste beskyttelsesutstyr for soldatene. Hvem er det som er feig?

    Det heter videre at de norske soldatene tror på saken de kriger for. Ja, det var relativt enkelt å demonisere Taliban, omtrent like lett som det ville være å demonisere Saudi Arabia dersom USA ville angripe det landet.

    Men er ikke Taliban ille? Jo, men det synes i praksis å eksistere et verdi-hierarki hvor den høyeste verdi er at landene skal styres av sine egne, ikke av fremmede okkupanter. Dette synet er også Folkeretten basert på.

    Dessuten er det nok langt flere enn Taliban som kjemper mot okkupantene. Kampen mot russisk okkupasjon var ikke primært en kamp for kapitalismen, akkurat som vietnamesernes motstandskamp neppe primært var en kamp for kommunismen. Tilsvarende er neppe kampen mot okkupasjonen bare en kamp for Talibans fundamentalisme.

    De norske styrkene omtales under det vakre navnet «stabiliseringsstyrker». Ja, akkkurat som tyskerne hadde stabiliseringsstyrker i Norge under krigen. En okkupant ønsker alltid stabilisering.

    Hans Olav Fekjær

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    En sammensvergelse eller kun tilfeldigheter

    Posted by Fredsvenn den november 8, 2007

    Hei

    Dette er spennende. Har sjekket opp alle detaljene – Alt stemmer!!!

    History mystery

    Have a history teacher explain this—– if they can.

    Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
    John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

    Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
    John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

    Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
    Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

    Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
    Both Presidents were shot in the head .

    Now it gets really weird.

    Lincoln ‘s secretary was named Kennedy.
    Kennedy’s Secretary was named Lincoln .

    Both were assassinated by Southerners.
    Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

    Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln , was born in 1808.
    Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

    John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln , was born in 1839.
    Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

    Both assassins were known by their three names.
    Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

    Now hang on to your seat.

    Lincoln was shot at the theater named ‘Ford.’
    Kennedy was shot in a car called ‘ Lincoln ‘ made by ‘Ford.’

    Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
    Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

    Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

    And here’s the kicker…

    A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe , Maryland
    A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

    /Creepy huh? Send this to as many people as you can, cause: Hey, this is one history lesson most people probably will not mind reading/

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    Pakistan on the Brink

    Posted by Fredsvenn den november 6, 2007

    Pakistan is on the brink: unpopular president General Pervez Musharraf has imposed a state of emergency, sacked the Supreme Court, shut down the media and basic freedoms, and imprisoned democratic opposition leaders. The general blames his actions on an imagined coalition of terrorists and independent-minded judges — but his real fear may be losing absolute power.

    Elections are planned for January 2008 — they must not be postponed. But martial law and the imprisonment of democratic opposition leaders don’t make for a free and fair vote either. So we’re calling on the international community — particularly the US Congress, which has voted Musharraf billions of dollars in military aid over the last six years — to use all its leverage for swift elections and restoring constitutional protections. Sign our petition immediately, then tell your friends so they can do the same —


    We just received this email from Asma Jahangir, head of the Pakistani Human Rights Commission and the UN’s Special Rapporteur for freedom of religion worldwide. Now under house arrest in Lahore, she’s one of many Pakistanis urgently asking the world community to raise our voice:

    There is a strong crackdown on the press and lawyers… The Chief Justice is under house arrest (unofficially). The President of the Supreme Court Bar (Aitzaz Ahsan) and 2 former presidents, Mr. Muneer Malik and Tariq Mahmood have been imprisoned for one month under the Preventive Detention laws…

    There are other scores political leaders who have also been arrested. Yesterday I was house arrested for 90 days… the President (who has lost his marbles) said that he had to clamp down on the press and the judiciary to curb terrorism. Those he has arrested are progressive, secular minded people, while the terrorists are offered negotiations and ceasefires.

    Lawyers and civil society will challenge the government and the scene is likely to get uglier. We want friends of Pakistan to urge the US administration to stop all support of the instable dictator, as his lust for power is bringing the country close to a worse form of civil strife…

    –Asma Jahangir
    Lahore, Pakistan

    General Musharraf claims that martial law is necessary to combat extremist terror. But it just doesn’t add up. Musharraf retains strong links with the Pakistani Taliban (see PS below). His emergency powers are being directed only against the democratic opposition, free press and judiciary – just days before a scheduled ruling on whether Musharraf could run for president while remaining army chief. In an August poll, too, Pakistanis rated «ensuring an independent judiciary, free press and free elections» as their top priority.

    Right now, leaders around the world are deciding how to respond. The General is dressing up his crackdown in the rhetoric of «anti-terrorism» because Musharraf and his military supporters depend on foreign military aid and international recognition to maintain their legitimacy. That’s why we have to speak out now.

    The world can’t ignore the threat of chaos in Pakistan, or the voices of our fellow democrats there. Let’s come together as we did on Burma, and move our governments to act. In these crucial early days, the voice of the world’s people has tremendous power. Let’s use it. Sign the petition.

    With hope,

    Paul, Pascal, Galit, Ricken, Graziela, Ben and the whole Avaaz team

    PS for more background on Pakistani polls and Musharraf’s links to the Pakistani Taliban.

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    The Switch has been Flipped: It’s too late for Solutions

    Posted by Fredsvenn den november 6, 2007

    Clearly the American empire has begun to implode and it will take much of the world with it. Where do we go from here. This writer has a few very level-headed and emotionally balanced suggestions that are most relevant for Anarchists.

    By Carolyn Baker

    Sunday, 04 November 2007

    What The Question «What Can I Do?» Prevents Us From Experiencing

    As I teach, write, and travel throughout America, I have come to understand that no one who asks «What can I do?» really wants an answer-at least not a real answer. For this reason, the charade of political candidates, elections, and the corporate media that guarantees the success of that particular con game has hypnotically entranced the electorate who overwhelmingly prefer to remain delusional. The majority take little interest in the candidates anyway, perceiving them as yet another group of celebrities. Yet even more delusional are those who call themselves progressive. These individuals are desperate to keep the show on the road and sanction its validity, and they are the ones who least want to know the answer to «What can I do?» because of what it would cost them. Consequently, they must pre-occupy themselves with «solutions» that have nothing to do with the actual state of the earth and its inhabitants but which offer a false sense of making a difference. When I think of them, I cannot help but note that as the Titanic was sinking it would have made no difference if hundreds of its passengers had collected endless buckets of water the ship had taken on and emptied it back into the sea, but it may have provided them with a momentary sense of participating in a «solution.»

    Tenaciously grasping for solutions serves no other purpose at this point in human history than distracting us from the myriad layers of feelings we have regarding the death of planet earth. As Americans we are more afflicted with «death phobia» than are other cultures around the world. Most indigenous traditions have some sort of «good day to die» perspective, but we heroically persevere in our war on death. It seems this is what Tim Bennett meant earlier this year when he wrote a blog piece in which he stated that the switch had flipped and that it is now time to let go of the shore, sailing into the unknown in the lifeboats we have created. As we do so, we exit the paradigm of suicide and opt for survival, knowing all the while that there are no guarantees that we will not succumb.

    Whereas many collapse watchers disparage feelings as extraneous and insist that we must focus on taking action dispassionately, I argue that action must be informed by emotion. Otherwise, we will only perpetuate the paradigm of doing estranged from feeling, that is, living from the head while disowning the heart-one of the fundamental premises of the culture of civilization which has brought us to where we are now. Thus, as one part of us may minimize the importance of our actions being informed by emotion, the seasoned sage in us must continually ask ourselves how different we want the new world/community/individual that we are becoming and shaping to be? If we merely pour new wine into old bottles, we fundamentally change nothing. If we take action without feeling the full impact of our fear, grief, and anger, as well as our gratitude for what resources we do have in our lives, we are likely to re-create the culture of empire in another form elsewhere.

    Lose The Word «Solutions»; Embrace The Notion Of «Options»

    At the same time that I’m pleading for the end of «solution obsession», I’m suggesting re-focusing on options. We cannot «solve» the issues of climate change, energy depletion, species die-off, global pandemics, global government, or the rampant proliferation of fascism. For those awaiting a mass awakening or mass resistance, I fear you wait in vain. We would be hard-pressed to find any population in the history of the human race that is as comatose as that of the United States in this moment. In my opinion, focusing on «mass» anything is the opposite of where our attention must be, namely, local and community survival. Notice, I did not say local «solutions» but rather, survival. As I have stated repeatedly, the issues are: Who do I want to be in the face of collapse? Who do I love and trust and want to share my life with? Who do I need to reach out to in order to enhance all of our well being? As the «I» becomes «we», we all must ask: Do we need to remain where we are in order to survive, or do we need to go elsewhere? What actions should we be taking? Have we put in place a structure or process for practicing and improving our communication skills and resolving conflict? What is our level of food and water security? What is our access to alternative or traditional medicine?

    These are merely a few of the plethora of questions that must be addressed, and putting our attention on «solutions» will only distract us from doing so. In other words, «What can I do?» is not only not useful, it could actually get you dead.

    More Options

    I borrow again from the film makers of «What A Way To Go» when I offer «Five Things You Can Do» from their website:

    1) «Fully acknowledge and internalize that the culture of Empire is destroying the support systems on which the community of life depends, and robbing us of our essential humanity.»

    I suggest mulling the words «internalize» and «humanity.» Then ask yourself how electing presidential or Congressional candidates, not unlike putting lipstick on a pig, can stop the evisceration of your essential humanity. Ponder the system that nominates and owns those candidates and determines their political positions during their terms in office. Notice that all candidates, in order to be nominated or elected, must participate in the evisceration of your humanity.

    2) «Talk about your concerns with everyone you know.» Notice their reactions. Notice the incredulity, the apathy, the denial, the false hopes of «solutions.» Then notice how you feel. Notice also the individuals who hear you and sense that what you are feeling is valid because they feel it too. Continue to connect with those individuals; they are inestimably valuable to you.

    3) «Find your work in the world to preserve life, change this culture and /or create restorative ways for individuals and communities to live in harmony with each other and the non-human world.»

    Start asking yourself why you are here. What did you come here to do? Why did you show up on planet earth at this time and not another?

    4) «Assess what you actually need during this transition in order to live and do your work. Only buy what you need and buy from local sources in order to support the creation of local economies.» To what extent are you powering down and simplifying your life? Do you know your neighbors? Local farmers? Local business people?

    5) «Find or deepen your spiritual connection to that which is greater than you. Ask and then listen for guidance about how to live joyfully and creatively in the face of these unprecedented times.»

    Notice that none of these has anything to do with mass movements or political candidates. In fact, they are all about you and your internal and local worlds. Could it be that for some of us it might be easier if the options were all about the macrocosm instead of the microcosm? Is it not more comfortable to focus on mass movements and political candidates instead of the personal responsibility that collapse throws in our faces?

    Options Engender Opportunities

    Collapse is a multi-faceted word which I frequently use in my writing and speaking. It is important to use the word and not resist it because the entire construct of civilization is collapsing in front of our eyes. For example, the U.S. has not «entered a recession» but rather the first stages of global economic collapse.

    Our public schools are not merely turning out undereducated students, the entire educational system is collapsing. It’s not that energy depletion will make it more difficult to «grow our economy,» but rather that in reality, growth is over! Although we refuse to recognize our limits on planet earth, planet earth is setting limits whether we like it or not. As James Howard Kunstler says in «Escape From Suburbia» in response to Dick Cheney’s maxim that «The American way of life is not negotiable,» if we refuse to negotiate our way of life, then energy depletion will make sure that we get a new negotiating partner called «reality.»

    When we refuse to accept the fact of collapse, we armor ourselves from endless opportunities for personal and community growth. Perhaps other collapse watchers would prefer not to hear about «opportunities» inherent in collapse, but I feel compelled to name them!

    I would be the first to admit the possibility that nuclear war may erase all potential for human survival as collapse more fully unfolds. However, I would also adamantly insist that it may not be inevitable and that local communities and families who have consciously prepared for collapse can not only navigate it but create mini-societies where an entirely new paradigm prevails. In the latter scenario unimaginable opportunities (a word very closely connected with «options») abound for remaking human relationships, human connection with the earth and the non-human world, and the reclaiming of our ancient memory of living within limits as partners with, not dominators of, the earth.

    Paradoxically, «solutions» obfuscate opportunities whereas options nurture them. Not only is it too late for «solutions» but the process of collapse, which is well underway, challenges us to revere and seize options in which reside unfathomable opportunities. The switch has been flipped; there’s no turning back to antiquated means of addressing unprecedented challenges. Time to stop asking «What can I do?» and start doing the five things you can. It could mean the difference between suicide and survival.

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    Anerkjenn folkemordet mot armenerne – Facebook

    Posted by Fredsvenn den november 6, 2007

     

    I følge statssekretær Elisabeth Walaas ved UD tar Norge avstand fra alle overgrep og brudd på menneskerettigheter, men nekter å kalle massakren for et folkemord. Dette på grunn av at de ser på dette som noe som skjedde for lang tid siden og anser ikke at det er hensiktsmessig i forhold til fred og forsoning å gå inn i det spørsmålet.

     

    Dette er trist, ikke minst pga. de sterke båndene mellom Armenia og Norge. Det er ennå en ære i Armenia å være landsmann av Fridtjof Nansen, som hjalp tituseners av armenere som tyrkerne hadde jaget ut i ørkenen for å dø.

     

    Et kjent sitat vedrørende det armenske folkemordet er da Adolf Hitler uttalte “Hvem, etter alt, taler i dag om tilintetgjørelsen av armenerne?” Han forsøkte å overbevise sine kollegaer om at en jødisk holocaust ville bli tolerert av Vesten. Det å skubbe folkemord under puten for å tekke egne politiske mål vil være katastrofalt, ikke minst tatt i betraktning den politikken USA sammen med sine allierte nå fører i Vest Asia.

     

    Det at man har nektet å ta avstand fra folkemord har vært et stort problem. Hadde man reagert før den grusomme massakren mot armenerne fant sted kunne man kanskje ha unngått den. I stedet foretok man seg ikke noe. Og resultatet vet vi hva ble.

     

    Mange aktivister innen den armenske diasporaen, som er på hele 10 millioner, har forsøkt å kreve formell anerkjennelse vedrørende folkemordet fra ulike regjeringer. I dag har 22 land adoptert formelle resolusjoner, mens USA, Storbritannia, Israel og Norge uteblir.

     

    Utenrikskomiteen i Representantenes hus i USA har nå endelig besluttet å vedta en resolusjon som kaller drapet på 1.5 millioner i årene omkring 1915 for folkemord. Det var stor feiring i Armenia og resolusjonen ble hilst velkommen av den armenske presidenten Robert Kocharyan som sa han håpet på full amerikansk anerkjennelse av folkemordet. Vi krever at også Norge anerkjenner folkemordet som fant sted.

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