who can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
-- Benjamin Franklin
"All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
"Power tends to corrupt, and
absolute power corrupts
absolutely. Great men
almost always bad men."
1. Gitmo Detainee’s Life an
“Endless Horror Movie”
2. Labour, drop the benefits
doublespeak and let’s hear
3. Noam Chomsky: Nuclear
Weapons and Unchecked
Climate Change Are Leading Us
Announces No Troop Withdrawal from
Afghanistan in 2015
5. 14 ways Republicans have
declared war on the middle
This is a Nederlog of
March 25, 2015.
This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item
1 is about a Gitmo detainee, and shows American justice at work; item 2 is about English Labour; item 3
is about a recent talk by Noam Chomsky; item 4 is
about Obama's integrity, honesty and decency; and item 5
is about the horrific plans
of the GOP.
Detainee’s Life an “Endless Horror
item is an article by Murtaza Hussain on The Intercept:
This starts as follows:
And this is about
Al-Alwi's present position:
Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi, a Yemeni national who has been
detained at the American prison facility at Guantánamo Bay
since 2002, weighs only 98 pounds. Never charged with a crime, al-Alwi,
now 35 years old, is one of many detainees at the camp who have
gone on a prolonged hunger strike.
As described in a recent
petition submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights (IACHR) by his lawyers, al-Alwi’s mental and physical state is
seriously deteriorating after two years on hunger strike, and
his strike in February 2013, al-Alwi alleges that he has been
subjected to escalating physical and psychological abuse from guards,
as well as increasingly brutal force-feeding procedures administered by
medical personnel at the camp. Human rights organizations
have described the force-feeding procedure employed at
Guantánamo as torture,
and the U.S. government has fought to keep video
footage of the force-feeding of al-Alwi and other hunger-striking
detainees from public view.
Al-Alwi, who has described his strike as “a form
of peaceful protest against injustice,” has said that he will not
resume eating until there is some sort of legal resolution to his
case. Prison officials have responded to his hunger strike by placing
him in solitary confinement, denying him access to prescribed
medical items and subjecting him to extreme temperatures in his cell.
In his petition,
al-Alwi describes his life in Guantánamo as “an endless
He has been in the
U.S.'s concentration camp since 2002, and has been accused of nothing...
brutal treatment by riot guards who come to restrain him for
force-feedings, al-Alwi told his lawyers in the petition: “I
weigh less than 100 pounds. I wear braces on both ankles, and both
wrists, and one around my lower back. I am five foot five … and they
claim that I am ‘resisting’ … How can I possibly resist anyone, let
alone these men?”
This must be American justice at work.
drop the benefits doublespeak and
let’s hear your underdog-whistle
item is an article by Polly Toynbee on The Guardian:
This starts as
A hailstorm of
Twitter fury pounded Labour’s Rachel Reeves last week when she told the
Guardian: “We are not the party of people on benefits …
We’re not the party to represent those who are out of work.” Rage,
despair and walkouts ensued. Doesn’t Labour know most people relying on
benefits are in work anyway? Reeves hastened to explain: she meant
Labour would tackle root causes of rising benefits with lower rents,
better jobs and higher pay. When she promised that “Labour will be
tougher than the Tories”, she meant on cutting the bill, not benefit
Really? But Polly
Toynbee trusts Rachel Reeves:
Reeves offers guaranteed paid jobs to the young
unemployed, no more unpaid slave labour. She wants to revive the
culture of jobcentres that helps rather than punishes, that makes food
banks redundant, that abolishes the bedroom tax and speeds up payments for the
thousands left in limbo. Having watched her with people in despair at
losing their homes to the bedroom tax, I don’t doubt her decency.
I am sorry, but I don't.
I checked the Wikipedia on her - Rachel Reeves -
she seems much like the Dutch narko-nazis that form the top of Dutch
who brought it about that since 1988 at least 270 billion
hashish and marijuana) and quite possibly 5 times more (also
cocain, speed, ecstasy etc.) have been turned over on and from Dutch
who made Holland the leading drugsnation of Europe. 
Also, while I am quite willing to believe that a Labour government will
be better than a Conservative government for anyone who is not
is not at all due to the excellence or the integrity of Labour but to
the sick and
depraved degeneracies that the Tories committed and plan.
3. Noam Chomsky:
Nuclear Weapons and Unchecked Climate Change Are Leading Us Toward
item is an article by Natasha Hakimi Zapata on Truthdig:
This starts as
follows and introduces a video:
“It’s now 70 years since
the end of the most horrific war in history,” the renowned intellectual
said in a disquieting recent talk for the Lannan Foundation’s “In
Pursuit of Cultural Freedom” lecture series. The war “ended with the
use of an ultimate weapon which can bring human history to an end.”
Soberingly, Chomsky added: “We’ve been living under that shadow ever
The video is 36 m 52
s. Chomsky's talk starts at around 6 m. It's an interesting talk
(though it seems that Chomsky put the Russell-Einstein
1965 saying it came "twenty years" after the war, and also was "fifty
years ago": No, it was ten years after the war and happened sixty years
But it is
interesting, and includes a bit were Chomsky speaks about a
congregation of the world's top CEOs in January of this year, in Davos,
who listed the 19 greatest dangers they saw: Climate change did not
even occur on the list, and the Number One problem that faced the top
CEOs was ... regulation.
Announces No Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan in
item is an article by Lauren McCauley on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
I say - which I do say
specifically for those who still believe in Obama's promises.
("Change!" "Yes, we can!" etc. etc.) In case you do, and indeed also in
case you don't, here is Sonali Kolhatkar, who heads the Afghan Women's
Mission and is a journalist, on what the U.S. brought to Afghanistan:
Under the guise of a
transfer of power, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's and U.S. President
Barack Obama announced
on Tuesday new "flexibility" in the U.S. military's drawdown plan in
Afghanistan, scrapping previous pledges made to reduce troop levels by
the end of the year.
During the joint address,
Obama said that none of the 9,8000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be
withdrawn in 2015—despite his initial pledge to reduce troop levels to
5,500 during that time.
"It means some folks are
going to be rotating back into Afghanistan for a few extra months,"
during the press briefing.
While U.S. troops would
no longer be serving a "combat" role, Obama said that they will
continue to train, advise and assist Afghan Security Forces, as well as
maintain targeted counterterrorism operations, or drone strikes, in
10,000 people died, among them thousands of civilians. This was the
worst violence since 2009. This is happening under U.S. occupation.
Having the U.S. stay on cannot make the situation any better as it is
U.S. involvement that has taken Afghanistan to the brink of utter
devastation. We have ruined Afghanistan so that we can claim to save it
There is more in the
5. 14 ways Republicans have declared war on
the middle class
item is an article by Steven Rosenfeld that I found on Salon, but that
originally appeared on Alternet:
This starts as follows:
If you’re among
the millions of Americans who feel bypassed by the economic recovery,
you should pay attention to what the GOP-controlled Congress says it
wants do to the federal government—via the 2016 budget—because if
Republicans get even a fraction of what they have proposed, your living
standards will start sliding downhill.
There is a lot more
under the last dotted link. I will copy the 14 ways, but not
explanatory texts of each way, that you can get by clicking the last
This is the takeaway from
economists and experts who know how to ignore the right wing’s
ridiculous rhetoric about freedom and opportunity, and instead see
exactly who will be hurt, and how that will unfold—if the GOP rips the
floor out of virtually every federal social safety net, as they
propose, and also raises taxes on already struggling lower wage
earners, which they also propose.
“The simplest way to
understand these budgets is surely to suppose that they are intended to
do what they would, in fact, actually do: make the rich richer and
ordinary families poorer,” wrote Paul
Krugman, The New York Times’columnist and Nobel
Prize-winning economist. “We’re looking at an enormous, destructive con
job, and you should be very, very angry.”
The GOP-controlled House
and Senate budgets not only drastically cut spending on education,
retirement, environment, road and bridges, climate change, immigration,
job creation, Obamacare, food stamps, and other social welfare
programs; but it gives the Pentagon a blank check, and includes tax
cuts for the rich and corporations while raising taxes for lower-income
Americans. That’s the analysis by
the National Priorities Project (NPP), not just Krugman, and they make
an even more disturbing point.
As I said, all of the
above 14 points are explained in the text, and they are all quite
horrible and very unfair.
- Bleed domestic
programs to death.
- Who needs new or
- Who needs a good
- Who needs
- Next on the
chopping block: Social Security.
- Privatize Medicare,
health care for seniors.
- Kick 7 Million Poor
People Off Medicaid
- Our century’s
version of “Let Them Eat Cake.”
- But give the
Pentagon more blank checks.
- And use the excuse
of endless war to do it.
- Corporate taxes are
still too high, right?
- And the rich can’t
afford to pay, either?
- But working class
and poor must pay more.
- Why Krugman called
all of this a “con game.”
And here is Paul Krugman (with a small correction):
Yes, indeed. And this is
a good article that deserves full reading.
“Think about what these
budgets would do if you ignore the mysterious trillions in unspecified
spending cuts and revenue enhancements,” Krugman wrote.
“What you’re left with are huge transfers of income from the poor and
the working class, who would see severe benefit cuts, to the rich,
would would see big tax cuts.”
Krugman said this wasn’t
Republican extremism as usual, but a declaration of economic warfare on
behalf of wealthy Americans at the expense of everyday Americans who
want, and expect, more from federal government.
“Look, I know that it’s
hard to keep up with the outrage after so many years of fiscal
fraudulence,” he concluded. “But please try. We’re looking at an
enormous, destructive con job, and you should be very, very angry.”
 NB: My numbers come from the 1996 Parliamentary Van
Traa report, but after Van Traa had an accident or was killed in
was heard or written about the Dutch narko-nazis in Holland - not in
the press, and also not by the hundreds of Dutch judges, who
have tolerated this illegal mega-
scamming for 27 years now.
And I am writing about it because Amsterdam'ßs mayor Van Thijn
illegal drugsdealing friends on the bottom floor of the house where I
lived, and gave them his "personal permission" to deal in illegal
drugs - and who gassed me, literally, threatened me
for three years with murder, and kept me
out of sleep, all without any Dutchman doing anything for me,
the municipal police (that refused to do anything for me at least fifty
times) and all of Amsterdam's bureaucracy: In Holland rich
illegal drugsdealers come first, and outlaw any legal ordinary citizen
who is not as rich as they are.