in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from June 17, 2019
This is a
Nederlog of Monday,
I realize that I did not commemorate the fact that I am writing
Crisis files for six years now,
started to do so after June 10, 2013,
which taught me about Snowden.
I am registering it now, and may write about it the coming days, but I
am also somewhat worse at present than I was for a long time.
There will be more about computers and Ubuntu in Nederlog soon, but I
am happy to announce that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, that I installed in 2017,
works again as it did before on May 24, and after 24 hours of misery.
And on May 23 I also got a working computer with 18.04 LTS
worse than 16.04 LTS because its Firefox also is a menuless
horror that I refuse to use, but
happily SeaMonkey is not, for it still has it menus and can be
installed on 18.04), so I
present - and after two weeks of struggling - in the possession of two
more or less, though not yet quite decently working computers.
So today there is a more or less common Nederlog, where "common" is the
style I developed in 2013.
This is a crisis
log but it is a bit different from how it was until 2013:
I have been
writing about the crisis since September
1, 2008 (in Dutch, but
since 2010 in English) and about
the enormous dangers of
surveillance (by secret services and
by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I will
continue with it.
moment and since more than three years
problems with the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible 
and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and
I shall continue.
2. Crisis Files
four crisis files
that are mostly well worth reading:
A. Selections from June 17, 2019:
1. Saudi Arabia May Execute Teenager
The items 1 - 4 are today's
selections from the 35 sites that I look at
every morning. The indented text under each link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
Return to Hong Kong’s Streets, Rejecting Leader’s
3. Bernie Sanders' Radical New Proposal Could Transform America
4. FOX News Poll:
Bernie Sanders Would Beat Trump By 9 Points
Arabia May Execute Teenager
This article is by Mehdi Hasan on The Intercept. I
abbreviated the title. It starts as follows:
I say, for I did not
know this - and incidentally children are very widely
considered legally irresponsible, which I consider quite
In 2011, as Arab Spring
protests swept across the Middle East, demonstrations
also kicked off in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. Members of
the kingdom’s repressed Shiite minority took to the streets, calling
for equal rights and a fairer distribution of oil revenues. The
protesters included a group of around 30 kids on bicycles. As a video
released last week by CNN shows, those children were led by a smiling
10-year-old in flip-flops named Murtaja Qureiris.
“The people demand human
rights!” the young boy can be seen shouting through a megaphone.
Here’s the problem:
Demanding human rights in Saudi Arabia lands you in prison. Even if
you’re a kid.
Three years later, in
September 2014, 13-year-old Murtaja was arrested while on his way to
neighboring Bahrain with his family.
“At the time,” reports CNN,
“he was considered by lawyers and activists to be the youngest known
political prisoner in Saudi Arabia.
Over the past four years, say human
rights groups, this teenager has been subjected to torture and
intimidation, as well as a spell in solitary confinement. He has been
denied access to a lawyer while interrogators try to get him to
confess to the trumped-up charges against him.
But not in Saudi Arabia:
Yes, I entirely agree
with Hasan: This is out and out terrorism (in
Last week, we learned
that Saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for 18-year-old
Murtaja, who is being tried in an anti-terror court. CNN
reports that the prosecutors want to “impose the harshest form of the
death penalty, which may include crucifixion or dismemberment after
Got that? The unelected
government of a close ally of the United States is planning on brutally
executing an 18-year-old member of a minority group, for crimes
allegedly committed when he was 10 years old.
Let me repeat: Ten. Years.
Here is some more:
Yes, I think that is
We shouldn’t forget the
who is primarily responsible for this outrage: Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman, or MBS. Since his father installed him in power, the
violent crushing of political dissent has escalated. According
to the CIA, MBS ordered the horrific murder of Washington Post
columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He is
also behind the targeting of
three Arab activists in Norway, Canada, and the United States.
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
Yes, I believe this is
also correct and this is a recommended article.
Supporters of MBS often
and argue that these executions are the product of decisions made in
court, not in the royal palace. This is a laughable defense. The
kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy. There is no
independent judiciary. As CNN
reports, “The death penalty can only be enforced by order of King
Salman or his authorized representative. Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman is frequently characterized as the King’s deputy.”
Return to Hong Kong’s Streets, Rejecting Leader’s Apology
This article is by Keith Bradsher and Daniel Victor on The
New York Times. I abbreviated the title. It starts as follows:
poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday with renewed
determination and a lengthening list of demands, rejecting the
government’s retreat on a contentious extradition bill and extending
the political crisis gripping the semiautonomous territory.
Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, shelved the bill on Saturday and
followed that up with a rare apology the next day, actions that
pro-democracy activists dismissed as too little, too late.
the sheer size of the demonstration — organizers gave an unverified
estimate of close to two million of the territory’s seven million
people — made clear the public remained unsatisfied.
I say, for I did not know this. Also, I think this
is a quite positive sign, although I do not think that Hong
Kong can keep such relative independence as was negotiated in 1997 without
Here is some more:
contrast to Wednesday, police officers stood by on Sunday in a
crowd-control role, with no altercations or arrests reported.
were no immediate plans for another march. But labor unions, which tend
to be weak in Hong Kong, have called for different sectors of society
to take turns holding strikes of an hour or two on Monday, including a
general strike by many businesses early Monday afternoon.
most broadly, the demonstrators are increasingly demanding the
departure of Mrs. Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong. The many
calls for her resignation — and increasingly, for those of her
ministers for justice and security — seemed to put in question her
continued viability as the territory’s leader.
I think these are good ideas, and I agree that Mrs. Lam should go (but
she is strongly supported by Peking (as I keep writing)).
is some more:
Well... I more or less
agree, but I have two corrections:
It was the third time in a
week that masses shut down the territory’s central roads over a
proposal to allow extraditions to mainland China, a step that rights
activists and others fear would chip away at their remaining freedoms
by exposing them to China’s opaque legal system.
The bill has fed rising fear
and anger over the erosion of the civil liberties that have long set
this former British colony apart from the rest of the country. The
local authorities have also rejected demands for free elections and
ousted opposition lawmakers, and critics say Beijing’s supporters are
diminishing the independence of the territory’s courts and news media.
First, I think "China’s
opaque legal system" is
somewhat mistaken for "China’s
authoritarian legal system".
And second, I think that "the
erosion of the civil liberties that have long set this former British
colony apart from the rest of the country" is more incorrect than correct, simply because China
and Great Britain made an accord in 1997 that Hong Kong would have a
special status for fifty years.
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
I hope this is right and
this is a recommended article.
remains to be seen whether Mrs. Lam can regain the trust not just of
Hong Kong’s residents, but among the business community that had
supported her and in Beijing. Even her reliable allies as she pushed
the bill have begun to splinter; one pro-Beijing lawmaker, Regina Ip,
called for an apology hours before Mrs. Lam offered one Sunday night.
Lam, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said Beijing would be
unlikely to accept Mrs. Lam’s resignation if she were to offer it right
now, but said the odds were rising quickly that she might not be able
to finish the three years remaining in her five-year term.
Sanders' Radical New Proposal Could Transform America
This article is by Marjorie Cohn on Truthdig and originally
on Truthout. It starts as follows:
I agree with
everything Sanders (who is my favorite candidate to become the
next American president, teamed up with Elizabeth Warren), except
for one thing:
Bernie Sanders delivered a full-throated
defense of democratic socialism in his June 12 speech at
George Washington University. Sanders quoted FDR’s 1944
State of the Union address: “We have come to a clear realization of
the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic
security and independence.”
Sanders, like FDR, proposed
an Economic Bill of Rights, including the rights to health care,
affordable housing, education, a living wage and retirement.
“Economic rights are human
rights,” Sanders declared. “That is what I mean by democratic
Sanders cited figures of
vast wealth disparity in the United States, where “the top 1 percent of
people own more wealth than the bottom 92 percent.” He said there is
higher income and wealth inequality today than at any time since the
1920s. And, Sanders stated, “despite an explosion in technology and
worker productivity, the average wage of the American worker in real
dollars is no higher than it was 46 years ago and millions of people
are forced to work two or three jobs just to survive.”
I agree that "[e]conomic
rights are human rights"
but I disagree that implies or is the same as "democratic socialism". (In case you want a relatively clear idea about what
I think socialism is, try "
Crisis: On Socialism".)
Here is some more:
Well... I have two remarks
on this quotation.
Declaration of Human Rights sets forth two different
categories of human rights: (1) civil and political rights, and (2)
economic, social and cultural rights.
Civil and political rights
comprise the rights to life, a fair trial and self-determination;
freedom of speech, expression, assembly and religion; and freedom from
torture, cruel treatment and arbitrary detention. Economic, social and
cultural rights include the rights to health care, education and social
security; the right to form and join unions and to strike; and the
right to equal pay for equal work, unemployment insurance, paid
maternity leave, and the prevention, treatment and control of diseases.
First, I like the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights from 1948, but it seems to be rarely
used today, and indeed its purported follow-ups, such as the
European Convention of Human Rights are - in my opinion - sick caricatures of the Universal Declaration,
as may be illustrated by the latter's Article 8.
Here it is:
This is the opposite of
Article 12 of the 1948 Universal Declaration, which said:
Article 8 – Right to
respect for private and family life
1. Everyone has the right
to respect for his private and family life, his home and his
2. There shall be no
interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right
except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a
democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety
or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of
disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the
protection of the rights and freedoms of others.
is that under the European Convention the spies of every nation who
have been interfering arbitrarily for almost 20 years or more already in everybody's
privacy, family, home and correspondence are given "the rights" to do
whatever they please against anybody they accuse, whereas
also, while the 1948 Declaration insisted that "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary
interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence", the neofascist
European Convention only gives the
utterly worthless "right to
respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence" (while each and
every secret service of each and every government are completely free
to plunder his private and family life and his correspondence in all
kinds of ways).
- No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with
his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his
honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the
law against such interference or attacks.
As I said, I regard the European Convention as a neofascist caricature
of the 1948 Universal Declaration.
Second, it also is a fact - as is outlined in the article, but I
skipped that part - that the USA has (legally) agreed to
the political rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration
(which, incidentally, it never satisfied to the best of my knowledge -
see e.g. COINTELPRO),
but never agreed to its economic and other rights.
Here is some more:
No, I am sorry: I disagree,
and see again my " Crisis: On Socialism": It is extremely confusing to
use the same word "socialism" for the solidarity of
super-capitalists and for an alternative set-up of capitalist
society, and I completely disagree with those who help
propound it, also if they include Bernie Sanders and Dr. King.
Trump and his fellow
oligarchs oppose democratic socialism, Sanders said, but “they don’t
really oppose all forms of socialism.” Indeed, “they absolutely love
corporate socialism that enriches Trump and other billionaires.”
Sanders cited the $700
billion bailout of Wall Street in 2008 by the Treasury Department
“after their greed, recklessness and illegal behavior created the worst
financial disaster since the Great Depression — with millions of
Americans losing their jobs, their homes and their life savings — Wall
Street’s religious adherence to unfettered capitalism suddenly came to
He also mentioned tax
breaks and loopholes for fossil fuel companies, pharmaceutical
companies, Amazon, and the Trump family who “got $885 million worth of
tax breaks and subsidies for your family’s housing empire that is built
on racial discrimination.”
As Dr. King observed, the
United States “has socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the
Here is some more from the article:
I completely agree with
“In 1944, FDR proposed an
economic bill of rights but died a year later and was never able to
fulfill that vision. Our job, 75 years later,” Sanders said, “is to
complete what Roosevelt started.”
He then set forth his
vision of a 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights, which would recognize
that all Americans should have:
- The right to a decent
job that pays a living wage
- The right to quality
- The right to a complete
- The right to affordable
- The right to a clean
- The right to a secure
Here is the ending of this article:
I suppose I agree (but Sanders
seems most like a social democrat in my European eyes than a
socialist) and this is a strongly recommended article.
(..) Sanders told CNN’s
Anderson Cooper, that real change is generated by mass movements. He
cited the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the gay movement
and the labor movement.
“It is time for the
American people to stand up and fight for their right to freedom, human
dignity and security,” Sanders affirmed. “This is the core of what my
politics is all about.” He clarified, “the only way we achieve these
goals is through a political revolution.”
News Poll: Bernie Sanders Would Beat Trump By 9 Points
This article is by the Common Dreams staff on Common Dreams.
It starts as follows:
I say. Well... as I said
above: The best candidates for the next president of the USA are
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (and both are very much
better than Joe Biden - in my opinion).
A nationwide Fox News poll
released Sunday shows President Donald Trump trailing Senator Bernie
Sanders, 49 percent to 40 percent among all registered voters
The Fox poll also showed
Biden leading Trump by 49 percent to 39 percent. Also beating Trump in
the poll were Senators Elizabeth Warren (43%-41%) and Kamala Harris
(42%-41%), and Mayor Pete Buttigieg (41%-40%) of South Bend, Indiana.
Also, support for
impeachment is up five points among Democrats since June 2018 (69
percent vs. 74 percent now) and up 15 among independents (25 percent to
40 percent today). About 9 in 10 Republicans have consistently
Here is the ending of this article:
Yes, I agree and
this is a recommended article.
Sanders acknowledged on
Sunday that "polls go up and polls go down" but insisted that the
survey showed he was the strongest candidate to defeat Trump.
"I think we can win in
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan and some of the other battleground
states," Sanders said on "Fox News Sunday."
end of 2015 that
xs4all.nl is systematically
ruining my site by NOT updating it within a few seconds,
as it did between 1996 and 2015, but by updating it between
two to seven days later, that is, if I am lucky.
claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie.
They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.
just don't care for my site, my interests, my values or my
ideas. They have behaved now for 3 years
as if they are the
eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I
from now on suppose they are (for truth is dead in Holland).
two reasons I remain with xs4all is that my site has been
there since 1996, and I have no reasons whatsoever to suppose that any
other Dutch provider is any better (!!).