Palestinerleir Festivalen

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Palestinerleir Festivalen går av stabelen den 19. oktober ved Jakob Kulturkirke, Hausmannsg 14, og er en rusfri utendørs heldagsfestival. Arrangementet vil inneholde dokumentar-visning, politisk debatt, basar, appeller, workshops, musikk og underholdning. Det vil hele dagen være mulighet for kjøp av palestinsk mat, samt t-skjorter, skjerf og diverse annet i vår basar.
Festivalen er en veldedighetsfestival; Alt av overskudd går direkte til advokatbistand for å bringe noen av palestinernes saker til det norske rettssystemet.

Program: (vil bli løpende oppdatert)
12.00: Velkommen til festival.
12.30: Dokumentarvisning i film-teltet: “Promises” (2001)
14.00: Dokumentarvisning i film-teltet:
16.00: Middag
17.00: Politisk debatt. En rekke politikere er invitert. Oppdatert informasjon kommer fortløpende.
19.00: Konsert med Amnestiet, Rover, Kohinoor, KaSimba, Valentourettes og Gatas Parlament.

50 kroner for inngang til konserten som begynner 19.00

Ingen krig i mitt navn!

Jeg har skrevet under på følgende opprop:

«Vi er dypt bekymret over en utvikling i Afghanistan som har gått fra vondt til verre. Krigshandlingene øker. Sivilbefolkningen rammes. Krigsherrene har styrket sin makt, nå som en del av statsapparatet. Narkotikatrafikken har tiltatt. Taliban styrkes ved framferden til de utenlandske troppene. I stedet for å bidra til en løsning er disse blitt en del av problemet. De fører en krig som ikke vil vinnes.

ISAF-styrkene ble i utgangspunktet begrunnet som en vakt for sivile formål. Nå har de endret karakter. De samarbeider tett med USAs Operation Enduring Freedom, og det er ikke lenger grunnlag for å opprettholde skillet mellom offensive og stabiliserende styrker. ISAF-operasjonens karakter er betydelig endret siden Soria Moria-erklæringen. Regjeringens støtte bør derfor tas opp til ny vurdering.

Vi som har undertegnet, ber regjeringen arbeide for at NATO så raskt som mulig endrer sin strategi og avslutter all offensiv krigføring. Dersom dette ikke får gjennomslag, må de norske styrkene trekkes ut av Afghanistan.»

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A summary report conclude that the Iraqis don’t really want us

Did you miss this? It should have been the lead story in every newspaper and radio and TV program in America. In the Washington Post it was on page 14. In virtually all of the rest of the media it was on page zero, channel zero, 0000 AM or 00.0 FM.

«In the Gulf War of 1991, Cheney and other American leaders purposely destroyed electricity-generating plants, water-pumping systems, and sewage systems in Iraq, then imposed sanctions upon the country making the repair of the infrastructure extremely difficult. Then, after twelve years, when the Iraqi people had performed the heroic task of getting these systems working fairly well again, the US bombers came back to inflict devastating damage to them all once more. «

China in Africa – irresponsible lender or provider of political freedom?

China in Africa – irresponsible lender or provider of political freedom? 

 

Welcome by Guro Almås, executive director, Norwegian Council for Africa.

 

Part 1 (13-14): Launch of the report “China in Africa – lending, policy space and governance» published by the Norwegian Campaign for Debt Cancellation (SLUG) and the Norwegian Council for Africa (Fellesrådet for Afrika). The report will be presented by the authors Stephen Muyakwa and Martine Dahle Huse

 

Part 2 (14-16): Debate

China’s lending to African countries has increased dramatically over the past few years. China has provided African governments with an alternative to traditional donors and made available capital for much needed investments in infrastructure and other development initiatives.

 

But while the economic policy space may have increased for the borrowers, critical questions of governance arise due to lack of transparency in lending practices and China’s policy of non-interference in other countries’ domestic affairs. China has been criticized for neglecting human and labour rights, violating codes of conduct with respect to good governance and transparency and for potentially contributing to a new debt crisis by not paying attention to debt sustainability

 

 – How does Chinese lending influence governance and democratic processes in African countries?
– Is China’s lending practices worse than other creditors’?
– How can we prevent new cases of illegitimate debt?

 

Speakers

Helge Rønning, professor University of Oslo
Stephen Muyakwa, co-author of report
Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt, advisor global economy, Norwegian Church Aid

Chair: Ane Schjolden, The Norwegian Forum for Environment and Development

 

Dato: Wednesday, January 23, 2007
Tid : kl 12.30 – 16.00
Sted: Norwegian Church Aid (Kirkens Nødhjelp), Abikaliki Conference room
Bernhard Getz gate 3, Oslo

Lunch will be served from 12.30-13.00

Please register for the event: thorodd@afrika.no

 

Hvor mange døde i Irak?

On Friday, September 14, 2007, Opinion Research Business (ORB), an independent polling agency located in London, published estimates of the total war casualties in Iraq since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.[1] At over 1.2 million deaths (1,220,580), this estimate is the highest number published so far, outnumbering even the death toll of the recent Rwandan genocide.[2] From the poll margin of error of +/-2.5% ORB calculated a range of 733,158 to 1,446,063 deaths.

 

In comparison, the 2006 Lancet survey suggested almost half this number (654,965 deaths) through the end of June 2006. The Lancet authors calculated a range of 392,979 to 942,636 deaths.

 

Saudi state bank urges govt to cut dollar exposure

Kriger handler om makt over ressurser, la det være over geografiske territorier, olje osv. Det er viktig hvilke myntenheter som blir brukt. Stadig flere land har gått bort fra dollar til fordel for bl.a euro og yen, noe som skader USAs økonomi. Iran har en av de største børsene i verden og benytter seg ikke av dollar, noe som er en av årsakene til USAs aggressive linje mot landet.

 

USA benytter seg ensidig av våpenmakt, mens Europa har gått mer over til å bruke diplomati, noe som vil si at de stort sett har gått bort fra kolonisering og væpna invasjoner ettersom de tjener bedre på fredelig samkvem, og Kina bygger opp nasjonale økonomier, noe som både er bra for Kina, men også for de ulike nasjonale befolkningene i landene hvor Kina investerer.

 

Blair, som ble med Bush på å angripe f eks Irak, sitter ikke lenger ved makten. Han mistet makten til fordel for Brown, ikke aller minst pga at han ble tatt i direkte løgn vedrørende Irak krigen. Se: Downing Street memo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush-Blair_memo Bush-Blair 2003 Iraq memo. Iraq document leak 18 September 2004. Bush-Aznar memo. Movement to impeach George W. Bush. Det betaler seg ikke i lengden å være en bølle. Europa må si nei til USAs ønsker om å gjennomføre flere raid.

 

Nå har den saudiske nasjonalbanken bedt den saudiske regjeringen om å gå bort fra dollar.

 

«HERE ARE TWO brother countries, united like a single fist,» declared Venezuelan kingpin Hugo Chavez after meeting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, in Tehran on Nov 19th.

 

Washington is asking the Saudi king for more big favors: Maintain the Saudi Riyal peg to the Dollar at all costs, and start pumping more oil this winter, to keep prices from climbing above $100 per barrel.


Now Saudi state bank urges govt to cut dollar exposure

 

Iranian president Ahmadinejad would love to see Saudi king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud pull the plug on the 21-year old US-Dollar peg to the Saudi Riyal. Tehran has cut all ties with the Dollar when it comes to oil transactions. «Less than 20% of Iran’s oil export earnings are in Yen and the rest in Euros,» he said. Tehran is fetching $90 a barrel on oil sales of 2.4 million barrels per day.

 

Such a stunning move by King Abdullah to price saudi oil in Euros or a basket of foreign currencies would knock the US Dollar into a tailspin. «There will be journalists who will seize on this point and we don’t want the Dollar to collapse instead of doing something good for OPEC,» whispered Saudi Prince Faisal al-Saud, during a key closed meeting, when microphones were not cut off.

 

Now Saudi state bank urges govt to cut dollar exposure

 

Iranian president Ahmadinejad would love to see Saudi king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud pull the plug on the 21-year old US-Dollar peg to the Saudi Riyal. Tehran has cut all ties with the Dollar when it comes to oil transactions.

 

Such a stunning move by King Abdullah to price Saudi oil in Euros or a basket of foreign currencies would knock the US Dollar into a tailspin. «There will be journalists who will seize on this point and we don’t want the Dollar to collapse instead of doing something good for OPEC,» whispered Saudi Prince Faisal al-Saud, during a key closed meeting, when microphones were not cut off.

Official Version of Naval Incident Starts to Unravel

Strait of Hormuz

 

Between 15 and 16.5 million barrels of oil transit the Strait of Hormuz each day, roughly 20 percent of the world’s daily oil production, according to the U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration.

 

The Strait of Hormuz incident

Strait of Hormuz incident

Strait of Hormuz new Gulf of Tonkin?

Bush exploits Strait of Hormuz incident to threaten Iran

Iran: Ship incident U.S. «psychological, propaganda campaign»

 

The BBC published the video and the audio tape of several, seemingly unarmed, civilian looking speedboats coming out to inspect the 3 US warships, that were 15 miles off the coast of Iran.


Despite the official and media portrayal of the incident in the Strait of Hormuz early monday morning as a serious threat to U.S. ships from Iranian speedboats that nearly resulted in a «battle at sea», new information over the past three days suggests that the incident did not involve such a threat and that no U.S. commander was on the verge of firing at the Iranian boats. …

 

Iran released a videotape Thursday to support its side of an ongoing propaganda battle with Washington over a weekend naval confrontation in the narrow waterway leading into the Persian Gulf.