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The widely publicized study headed by Burnham contended that nearly 655,000 Iraqis had died because of the U.S.-led invasion and war in Iraq. “When asked to provide several basic facts about this research, Burnham refused,” the council said in a statement. It noted that the group’s Code of Professional Ethics and Practices calls for researchers to disclose their methodology when survey findings are made public so they can be independently evaluated and verified.
“Dr. Burnham provided only partial information and explicitly refused to provide complete information about the basic elements of his research,” said Mary Losch, chair of the association’s Standards Committee. The group made no judgment on whether Burnham’s findings were accurate but said his refusal to fully cooperate with the probe “violates the fundamental standards of science, seriously undermines open public debate on critical issues and undermines the credibility of all survey and public opinion research.”

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Swat: Pakistan’s lost paradise:

Amid Barack Obama’s inauguration as US president, the war on Gaza and the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks, Pakistan’s media had until recently all but ignored the descent into hell of the Swat Valley in the North-West Frontier Province.
The valley has been transformed from a tourism magnet because of its alpine scenery into a valley stained with blood in recent months. From banning female education and blowing up schools to the hanging of decapitated bodies in Mingora, the valley’s main town, the reign of terror spearheaded by Maulana Fazalullah, a radical cleric, defies description.

A Bleak Day

I love this. The new kind of politics of hope. Eight hours of debate in the HR to pass a bill spending $820 billion, or roughly $102 billion per hour of debate. Only ten per cent of the “stimulus” to be spent on 2009. Close to half goes to entities that sponsor or employ or both members of the Service Employees International Union, federal, state, and municipal employee unions, or other Democrat-controlled unions.
This bill is sent to Congress after Obama has been in office for seven days. It is 680 pages long. According to my calculations, not one member of Congress read the entire bill before this vote. Obviously, it would have been impossible, given his schedule, for President Obama to have read the entire bill.

“I’m getting uncomfortable”

A entrevista era difícil, tinha perguntas difíceis, e chamar às prisões supervisionadas por Che “campos de concentração” não tá com nada:

‘Che’ spurs debate, Del Toro walkout

A controversial new biopic about Cuban revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara is awakening old passions and provoking vigorous defenses and denunciations of the iconic revolutionary and – in the case of an interview with The Washington Times – a dramatic walkout.
“I’m getting uncomfortable,” Benicio del Toro said after fielding a question about his new movie’s portrayal of the Bolivian and Cuban revolutions. “I’m done. I’m done, I hope you write whatever you want. I don’t give a damn.” With that, the Oscar-winning actor walked away, abruptly terminating an interview conducted late last week to discuss director Steven Soderbergh’s “Che.”

Leitura Complementar:
Totalitarismo Chic no Fantasporto
Hollywood e Che Guevara

Desta vez, a doutrina do ódio foi relatada pela Associated Press

UN’s role in Gaza rises among the rubble (via LGF)

In one classroom Saturday, when UNRWA schools reopened, a Palestinian teacher was filmed asking children about their trauma during the war. The unidentified teacher then told the children that Palestinians have to “wage war against them (Israelis) until they leave their land,” and asked her students, aged about 8, how they should react.
Two children in the class suggested hurling stones or rockets back at Israel. “Okay,” the teacher said, apparently summing up her class’ position. “We throw rockets at them, we throw stones at them,” she said.
Ging said such behavior is “completely unacceptable,” and will be “dealt with in the most severest of fashions.” He said the teacher would likely be removed once identified. Teachers have been fired from UNRWA in the past for incitement.

Totalitarismo Chic no Fantasporto

Che (o Argentino) na sessão de abertura do Fantasporto:

Che (The Argentine)

Finalmente, o cinema americano rendeu-se a um dos seus maiores inimigos e aqueles que ainda hoje se passeiam de t-shirt e boina ao Ernesto “Che” Guevara, têm a hipótese de conhecer a verdadeira história do herói que veneram.  “Che” é o olhar do mais independente dos realizadores americanos sobre a lenda de um dos grandes revolucionários do século XX. Depois da trilogia “Oceans”, Steven Soderbergh não resistiu ao fascínio da vida romanesca, aventurosa e apaixonante deste argentino sem pátria que continua sendo um mito para sucessivas gerações.

A história de Che retratada neste filme foi obviamente distorcida e romanceada, para se adequar aos seguidores do Culto Che Chic. Estes nada questionam sobre o seu herói,  não separam o homem do mito, e recusam-se mesmo a aceitar as evidências relatadas pelo próprio guerrilheiro: o ódio puro que sentia por quem tivesse um punhado de dólares, o deleite em assassinar a sangue frio qualquer opositor ou o prazer em supervisionar execuções de meros suspeitos.

“Comissão depuradora” deve ser mesmo um conceito estranho. Prisão La Cabaña? Não é Guantanamo, por isso o que interessa…

A ideologia totalitária, as políticas falhadas, a crueldade e o culto da morte são meros rumores certamente perpetuados pelos neo-liberais.

Na sessão de abertura do Fantasporto, muitos idiotas úteis estarão por lá, com as suas t-shirts de Che, boinas revolucionárias e os agora indispensáveis keffiyehs (graças ao marketing e ao capitalismo, mas isso é apenas um pormenor).

Tudo montado para prestar o culto a Guevara, que se ainda fosse vivo, não hesitaria sequer um segundo, em privar os seus seguidores dos seus pertences, propriedade privada, da liberdade de pensamento ou mesmo das suas vidas.

Leitura Anterior: Hollywood e Che Guevara

“Lured to Disaster”

Por Thomas Sowell:

Behind the housing boom and bust was one of those alluring but undefined phrases that are so popular in politics– “affordable housing.” It is hard for me to know specifically what politicians are talking about when they use this phrase. But then politics is about evoking emotions, not examining specifics. (…)
If you think it through, that is a policy for disaster. We cannot all go around buying whatever we want, whether or not we have enough money to afford it, and have somebody else make up the difference. For society as a whole, there is no somebody else. But of course political slogans are not meant to be thought through, are they? They are often an emotional substitute for thinking at all.
(…) Continue a ler ““Lured to Disaster””

Perseguição religiosa no Irão

Mais uma vez, membros da comunidade Baha’i iraniana foram vítimas de perseguição religiosa, tendo acabado presos:

Pelo menos seis Bahá’ís foram detidos ontem (15 de Janeiro) no Irão. As detenções ocorreram na sequência de rusgas a mais de uma dezena de residências de famílias Bahá’ís, nas quais foi foram confiscados computadores, fotos e diversos livros Baha’is. Entre os detidos encontra-se a Sra Jinous Sobhani, que trabalhou como assistente para a Organização de Defesa de Vitimas de Minas e para o Centro de Defesa dos Direitos Humanos, organizações fundadas por Shirin Ebadi.
Numa entrevista à CNN, a Sra Ebadi afirmou que Jinous Sobhani tinha sido dispensada das duas organizações após as rusgas que os agentes da autoridade efectuaram aos escritórios de Shirin Ebadi e terem encerrado os mesmos. “A detenção destas pessoas reflecte, não apenas a grave situação que os Baha’is enfrentam no Irão, mas também a situação geral dos direitos humanos naquele país”, afirmou Diane Ali, a representante da Comunidade Internacional Baha’i junto das Nações Unidas em Genebra. “Tanto quanto sabemos estas pessoas foram detidas, principalmente, por serem baha’is”.

Ler o resto, no Povo de Bahá.

O Ciclo da Violência num Cartoon


Michael Ramirez

“Legendas”:
Israel anuncia fim de ofensiva em Gaza 17/01/09
Gaza: cessar-fogo durou pouco (Ataques do Hamas levaram Israel a efectuar novo raid aéreo)
Hamas não respeitou a trégua declarada unilateralmente por Israel 18/01/09
Israel começa «retirada gradual» da Faixa de Gaza 18/01/09
Presidente iraniano felicita Hamas pela «vitória»19/01/09
Hamas recupera controlo da Cidade de Gaza 19/01/09, 10:17
Hamas promete rearmar-se19/01/09, 11:14
Israel: «Se Hamas lançar foguetes, será atacado de novo» 19/01/09, 11:39

Ciclo da Violência numa imagem

Ler:
– NAZIS NEEDED

– Hamas and Hezbollah supporters return to Calgary’s Jewish neighbourhood:

Say, these anti-Semites are awfully clever. They were smart enough not to be white skinheads. Because they’re Muslims immigrants, they’re allowed to do what 150 white skinheads in a Jewish neighbourhood wouldn’t be allowed to do. They’re allowed to taunt and spit at Jews, and hurl shoes at Israel supporters, have placards with swastikas, and trespass with impunity. And they get their own tax-paid bodyguards — Calgary Police Service cops threatening any of their political foes with arrest.
Try doing any of that if you’re a white neo-Nazi with a shaved head.