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A Christian Christmas in Snowy Iran

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 27, 2007

Yep. That’s Iran. Tehran, Iran. The Hub of Human Evil. According to American hate radio, anyway. Snowy Tehran on a peaceful winter day. Makes you think of Boulder, don’t it? Surrounded by snow-covered mountains? Those are the Alborz Mountains. And they are higher than the Rockies. They are the highest peaks in Asia west of the Himalayas, in fact – with skiing on the upper slopes all year round.

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The forgotten fallen

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 27, 2007

John Pilger

Published 15 November 2007

Remembrance Day was marred by the unacknowledged deaths in Iraq – a genocide that threatens to outstrip the horrors of Rwanda in the numbers killed and displaced

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Demonstrasjon mot henleggelsen av Obiora-saken

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 22, 2007

Midt i julestria har riksadvokaten henlagt saken mot Trond Volden og de andre politimennene som drepte Obiora.

Riksadvokaten har igjen henlagt saken mot de fire politimennene som tok livet av Eugene Obiora 7. september i fjor.

Et sivilt søksmål er eneste måten å bringe saka for retten.

Vi protesterer mot henleggelsen og krever et uavhengig etterforskningsorgan og at volds- og rasisme-anklager mot politiet skal behandles av folk med spesialkompetanse på dette området.

Bruk litt tid på en viktig sak rett før jul. Møt opp foran Justisdepartementet i morra, lørdag, kl. 15.00 og vis din avsky mot rasisme og politivold!

Følg med på http://www.krevrespekt.no

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Privatising Zionism

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 17, 2007

Increasingly, Israel is handing over its ‘Judaisation’ project to private firms – leading to a corrosion of accountability

 

December 14, 2007

Neve Gordon and Erez Tzfadia – Guardian (U.K.)

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Resist War Now

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 16, 2007

Fra Hitler til Irak

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Resist War Now

As the fourth year of War is ending, SourceCode takes to the streets of Iraq and the streets of DC. The pain of the everyday citizens of Iraq is clear in independent reporter Dahr Jamail’s exclusive report. Punk rockers are resisting – Anti-Flag sings. And the soldiers and their families want you to help end the suffering – travel to Langstuhl’s military hospital to see for yourself just how much damage is being inflicted on our soldiers. Get active now, this is participatory media.


Sourcecode

Episode: Resist War Now

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Producer: Free Speech TV

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Only One Thing Unites Iraqis: Hatred of the US

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 15, 2007

Only One Thing Unites Iraqis: Hatred of the US

Patrick Cockburn, The Independent
December 14, 2007

The Americans will discover, as the British learned to their cost in Basra, that they have few permanent allies.

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War is illegal – International Declaration & Please Sign the Statement

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 14, 2007

Against a background of escalating ecological crises, and the fact that large parts of the world´s population are being exposed to extreme poverty, inhuman working conditions and increasing social tensions, the annual global military expenditure has risen to more than 1000 billion dollars.


The military-industrial complex of just a few G8 countries is responsible for the overwhelming part of this spending, causing incalcuable social and ecological consequences.

Unequal distribution of global resources, increasingly controlled by large multinational companies, global debt policy and unfair international trading practices ultimately could not be maintained without military security. In many countries the military is used to repress critical opposition.

The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 are increasingly used to justify systematic surveillance and the dismantling of constitutional rights. Even European countries have helped to establish Guantanomo-like secret prisons, where torture in all probability takes place.

Iraq was attacked based on falsified evidence causing the death of hundreds of thousands of people, widespread destruction, destabilization and contamination with cancer-causing depleted uranium munitions.
Now plans to attack Iran and the possibility of a new World War have been made public, meeting resistance even from moderate elements within the military due to the unforeseeable consequences.

Faced with the choice between a war, that according to western leaders, will last for many years or a possible peaceful transformation we support the following demands:

1) Impeachment proceedings against US President Bush and US Vice President Cheney before the 2008 election, a demand raised in solidarity with large parts of the US public and some members of US Congress. Furthermore prosecution by the International Court of Justice of G. W. Bush, R. Cheney and other officials from various countries for waging wars of aggression contrary to international law and committing crimes against humanity.

2) International investigation of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. They are used as the central justification for the «War on Terror», but well documented evidence shows that the official explanation of 9/11 cannot be correct. International personalities in science, politics, and culture, including high-ranking military veterans, have called for a new investigation.

3) Immediate military withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq, and no attack against Iran. International prohibition of war as a means of conflict resolution. Military intervention and export of weapons should be criminalized.
In a civilized society torture must be prohibited in any form.

4) Conversion of military industries to civilian purposes and the development of ecological and sustainable energy resources. According to the UN environmental agency, a fraction of the annual global defence expenditure could ensure that all humans have access to clean water and a basic supply of food and healthcare.

This statement is based on a commitment to non-violence and tolerance of all ethnic groups and religions. Two devastating World Wars and historical catastrophes like the Nazi Holocaust must always remind us of the worst consequences of nationalism, racism and incitement to war.

Sign this statement www.war-is-illegal.org, pass it on, whatever we can do. It is up to us.

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The Anti-Empire Report

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 14, 2007

Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life
December 11, 2007
by William Blum
www.killinghope.org

 

MÅ USA TA JULEFERIE/US better goes for holiday.

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CNN trekker skrekkdokumentar om Irans atomvåpen

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 11, 2007

CNN trekker en spesialdokumentar som var ment å skulle sendes 12. desember, etter at en etterretningsrapport fra CIA, skrevet i 2003 og deklassifisert nylig, fastslår at Iran  ikke har planer om å utvikle atomvåpen. Det er det nå så kjente National Intelligence Estimate som har endret CNNs sendeplan. Dokumentaren, kalt «We Were Warned — Iran Goes Nuclear», var et såkalt ‘spekulativt dokumentardrama’, der handlingen var satt til ‘et sted i fremtiden’.

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A House of Cards

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 8, 2007

In the meantime here’s an extended synopsis of House of Cards – it shows that with present day developments we’ve at least begun to deal with the issues/challenges seemingly raised by Patrick’s 1990 ‘skeletal analysis’- Patrick please send me a copy.

A House of Cards

From Fantasy Finance to Global Crash

A House of Cards by Gerry Gold and Paul Feldman presents a timely analysis of the global financial crisis, symbolised by the queues of depositors outside Northern Rock in September, and its relationship to the “real” economy. It shows that despite ritual claims to the contrary, the economic fundamentals underlying the 2007 credit crunch are decidedly unsound.

Chapter 1 traces the source of the 2007 banking crisis and emergence of recession in the corporate-driven globalisation process. It probes the stages of globalisation since the breakdown of the Bretton Woods monetary agreement in 1971 against a background of political change. A House of Cards analyses the emergence of powerful transnational corporations through deregulation and foreign direct investment. Marx’s analysis of capitalist social relations is used to demonstrate how commodity production for profit depends on exponential growth. The chapter shows how investment in increased productivity destroys
jobs, leads to overproduction, excess capacity and extreme consumerism.

Chapter 2 examines the world of fantasy finance, showing why the US housing crisis is the expression of something much more profound. It looks at how unprecedented investment was needed to finance, develop and promote the transformation of the global economy. A House of Cards examines how the voluminous growth of credit appeared to depart into a separate fantasy world of finance and spectacular profits only to come crashing back to earth in 2007. An assessment of the scale of corporate, national and personal debt sets the scene
for consequences far deeper than those of the 1929 Wall Street Crash.

Chapter 3 looks at the major damaging global consequences of three decades of reckless growth including climate change, inequality, extreme consumerism, resources wars and the drift to authoritarian rule. Driven by market economics, the burning of fossil fuels looks set to spiral upwards while inequality has widened as a result of corporate-driven globalisation. Sustaining uncontrollable growth requires escalating quantities of raw materials as well as increasing supplies of cheaper labour and widening markets. These demands lie behind a series of civil wars as well as the occupation of Iraq. Referring to the writings of financier George Soros, A House of Cards argues that the transition to a market, competition state means that capitalism cannot be reformed through parliamentary activity.

Chapter 4 critically analyses a variety of high-profile proposals, consisting of a mixture of regulation, state intervention, new global governance and changes to the way corporations operate. It concludes that today’s crisis in the financial markets is far beyond the capacity of governments and national central banks to influence. Deregulation is an absolute requirement of corporate-driven globalisation and lies at the heart of the system. Corporate-driven globalisation has largely broken free from nation-state constraints and transcends borders in its operations. Even if states wanted to regulate the activities of the global market, they neither have the incentive nor the capacity to do so. They are in the main so tied to corporate interests
that any attempt to impose regulations simply leads to business and finance moving elsewhere.

Chapter 5 introduces proposals and actionable first steps to develop alternative global economic solutions. It argues that it is time to move to a concept of local stewardship acting in the interests of global society. This means challenging the political and moral support for capitalism as the organising premise of society. The closing chapter proposes new forms of
co-ownership of the major production and financial resources. A House of Cards examines how some of the component parts of the system can be reused or recycled in a new global economy oriented towards the satisfaction of needs.

About the authors:

Gerry Gold is a consultant in complex systems who specialises in understanding the global economy and co-author of A World to Win – A Rough Guide to a Future Without Global Capitalism. He is also a musician favouring collective improvisation.

Paul Feldman is a political analyst and journalist. He is editor of A World to Win website and co-author of A World to Win, Gerry Healy, A Revolutionary Life; and Running a Temperature – an action plan for the eco-crisis.

A House of Cards

Published by Lupus Books, 29 November 2007

For information/review copies:

info@aworldtowin.net

07871 745258

http://www.aworldtowin.net

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Prisen på Irak

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 5, 2007

Denne kronikken viser at okkupasjonen kan koste så mye som 3,5 billioner dollar. For et land som låner 3 milliarder dollar om dagen for å dekke underskuddet sitt er dette seriøst mye penger. Men det er jo tross alt de fattige landene som blir dem som kommer til å betale prisen.

Now and Forever
By Bob Herbert
New York Times Op-Ed Contributor

The New York Times – December 4, 2007

Most of the time we pretend it’s not there: The taggering financial cost of the war in Iraq, which ontinues to soar, unchecked, like a rocket headed toward the moon and beyond.

Early last year, the Nobel-Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz estimated that the «true» cost of the war would ultimately exceed $1 trillion, and maybe even $2 trillion.

Incredibly, that estimate may have been low.

….

Ettehvert begynner det å sige inn i det amerikanske folk at krigen koster uhorvelig mye penger. Problemet er imidlertid ikke kosdtnadene med krigen, men de enorme inntektene. Krigsutgiftene går ikke ut i løse lufta, de forsvinner inn i krigsforretninger hvorav amerikansk (og formodentlig også israelsk) våpenindustri får brorparten av inntektene. Disse inntektene skaper enorme verdier for aksjonærene. Mange av disse folkene har jo tunge posisjoner i USAs besluttende organer. Andre nyter godt av donasjoner fra denne industrien i sin higen etter nominasjoner og makt. Så lenge det pågår krig, vil industrien ha kjøpere (stater) som prioriterer denne type varer framfor sivile oppgaver.

Økonomiredaksjoner skulle ha gått inn og sett hvor krigens pengestrømmer går. Det kunne vekke vrede hos de brede lag av folket, som må betale med penger og liv. Antakelig påvirket det ikke aksjekursene veldig mye negativt at krigsfaren i Iran er noe redusert. Derimot ville åpenbart kursene nådd nye høyder om krigsretorikken hadde blitt skjerpet. Nå er likevel omsetningen sikret gjennom tunge kriger i Irak og Afghanistan, pluss en vrimmel av mer lokale kriger og konflikter.

The US War in Iraq Costs:
$456,135,000,000 (As of: August 29, 2007)
From Cost of War
Total U.S. Death: 3,732
Total U.K. Death: 168
«Coalition» Forces Death: 129

Total U.S.-U.K. «Coalition Forces» Death: 4,029 (as of August 26, 2007)

Total Wounded: 27,186 (As of August 9, 2007)
From icasualties

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Om 11. sept 2001

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 5, 2007

Kristin Aalens og Sven Egil Omdals saker ble lagt ut i Stavanger Aftenblad under Utenriks-rubrikken, begge med dagens dato, 30. november:

«Sto amerikanerne bak 11. september?» av Kristin Aalen (17/11)

«På tide å tenke konspiratorisk?» av Sven Egil Omdal (24/11)

Aalens artikkel, Sto-amerikanerne-bak-11-september, er som kjent ikke publisert elektronisk før, bare scannet.

Omdals kronikk ligger fortsatt ute med et hav av kommentarer, også fra
sivilingeniørene som skrev brev til redaktøren.

Artiklene som er lagt ut idag har altså ingen kommentarer, men begge er utstyrt med kommentarfelt. Det ser med andre ord ikke ut som om sjefredaktør Omdal har tenk å gå og gjemme seg, etter all kritikken han må ha fått fra kolleger og lesere.

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Declaration of World Against War Conference

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 5, 2007

03 December 2007

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Declaration of World Against War Conference agreed unanimously by 1200 delegates from 26 countries attending the World Against War Conference on Saturday 1 December 2007.

This conference of delegates from peace, anti-war, anti-imperialist and liberation movements across the world declares its opposition to the «endless war» prosecuted by the US government against states, peoples and movements in all parts of our planet.

We oppose the interference of the US and its allies in sovereign states, and assert the right of all peoples to self-determination. We support all people fighting for peace and against imperialism.

In particular, we demand:

  • An immediate end to the illegal military occupation of Iraq, which has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and displaced millions of people, a withdrawal of all foreign troops and the full transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqi people and their representatives.
  • A halt to all preparations for an attack against Iran, and a commitment to solve any issues through exclusively diplomatic means.
  • A withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, allowing the Afghan people to determine their own future.
  • Justice for the Palestinian people, and an end to Israeli aggression throughout the Middle East.
  • An end to plans for US missile defence, and that all states actively pursue nuclear disarmament.

We affirm the solidarity of all those fighting for peace, social justice and self-determination worldwide, and commit ourselves to strengthening our unity and developing new forms of co-operation.

We therefore designate the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq as a worldwide day of action in support of the demands NO ATTACK on IRAN and TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ/ and AFGHANISTAN and call on all national anti-war movements to hold mass protests and demonstrations on that day.

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AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION FROM THE VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY NETWORK

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 4, 2007

Venezuela Solidarity 

Email us at vsn@afgj.org Call us at 202-544-9355 or 520-243-0381)

 

Shout out for VenezuelaTell the US Congress: 

No US Sponsored Coup Attempt in Venezuela

 

Venezuela is under direct threat!!!  New evidence has been uncovered about plans to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela, and even to assassinate its president, Hugo Chavez.  The time for American citizens who favour justice and non-intervention to spring into action is not the day after a coup, but the days before!

 

Demand that Congress:

 

1)  Intervene to stop US violations of Venezuelan sovereignty by the State Department and the CIA;

 

2)  Respect the electoral decisions of the Venezuelan people;

 

3)  Investigate recent evidence of a US sponsored and directed plot to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela;

 

We are urging solidarity and pro-Democracy activists everywhere to call, email, and/or visit your members of the House and Senate and the US State Department and demand that there be NO US sponsored and funded, CIA directed, coup attempt against the people and government of Venezuela. 

 

We are urging non-US citizens to also contact US Embassies and Consulates.  Please email AND call Congress.  While emails alone are less effective, emails combined with phone calls and/or visits to Congressional and other government offices are a powerful strategy to get the word out.

 

Plots are already underway to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela — plots which are being coordinated with sectors of the US government.  Most distressing is the recent uncovering of a memo from CIA Officer Michael Middleton Steer to the CIA Director General Michael Hayden outlining details of «Operation Pliers», an effort to interfere in the Dec. 2nd vote on constitutional reforms in Venezuela, and to encourage a coup against the Venezuelan government.  The memo indicates that as much as $8million dollars, funnelled through USAID, have been given by the US government to finance the opposition’s campaign against the reforms.  The memo details strategies for interfering with and discrediting the vote, and calls for steps to be taken that would lead to an overthrow of the Venezuelan government, including support provided from US military bases in Curacao and Colombia.

 

This is just one piece of evidence recently uncovered indicating preparation for a US sponsored coup. Others include CNN briefly showing a picture of President Chavez with a caption that read, «Who killed him? Supposedly it was a technical error. There have also been reports that at a recent rally a laser pointer appeared on Chavez’ chest and head, and recently a cache of weapons and US military uniforms were found at a private residence in Caracas.

 

There is one fact that every Congress person and every citizen in the US needs to know:  democracy is alive and well in Venezuela.  Whether we like it or not, the current government of Venezuela is an elected and popular government.  Its elections have been certified by a number of international bodies, including the Carter Center, the Organization of American States, the European Union, and the NAACP.  Any attempt by the US to support an overthrow of the Venezuelan government would be interpreted by the world as an assault against democracy and an abandonment of democratic principles.

 

The CIA, the State Department, USAID, and the Bush administration have to know that US sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela is unacceptable. There must be a Congressional investigation regarding this memo and other violations of Venezuela’s sovereignty.

 

Here are some informative links that will help you better understand the current situation in Venezuela.

 

The current US sponsored threats to Venezuelan democracy

 

CIA Operation «Pliers» Uncovered in Venezuela

 

 

For accurate information about the Constitutional Reforms:

 

Democracy Still Alive and Well in Venezuela


What is Venezuela’s Constitutional Reform Really About

 

 


 

 

Help Build a US Based Movement in Solidarity with Venezuela:

 

The Venezuela Solidarity Network is in great financial need – very unfortunate, given the current circumstances! We are doing good work, but we need the resources to keep the work up.

 

If you think that the following are worth while…

 

* Organizing an Emergency Response Network so that we are ready to mobilize resistance to US intervention in Venezuela in times of crisis;

* Sending out twice monthly action alerts to counter provocations against Venezuela;

* Organizing symposiums and conferences to educate and inform solidarity activists;

* Sponsoring days of solidarity that are locally based and nationally connected;

* Sending US citizens to Venezuela to learn about the good things going on so they can come back and work to change US policy.

 

…then, please, contribute what you can to make sure we can keep doing the good work we do. 

 

To contribute

Global Womens strike


News from the Global Women’s Strike in Venezuela

 

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“Alt peker mot at april 2008 blir en kritisk måned”

Posted by Fredsvenn den desember 4, 2007

Våpenekspert Scott Ritter sier at USA planlegger å angripe Iran. Metro Times spør i et intervju hvorfor han er så sikker.

 

– Se over dagens aviser – fra Seymour Hersh´s rapporter i The New Yorker til artikler i The Nation – og det dukker opp et bilde av en administrasjon som er bestemt på å angripe Iran.

 

For et år siden ga Scott Ritter ut boka Target Iran

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