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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



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.


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


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:


07871 745258


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