31. marts 2007

Iranske styrker trængt ind i Irak

De seneste uger har skabt en del opmærksomhed om den iranske stats opførsel som en anden kriminel bande ved at invadere nabolandet Irak og bortføre et andet lands soldater der. Det lader imidlertid til, at det ikke er første gang, Iran har forsøgt noget lignende. Faktisk førte et lignende forsøg, bare på landjorden, til kampe mellem iranske og irakisk/amerikanske styrker, dødsfald på iransk side, og til tilfangetagelsen af adskillige irakere. Fra Time:

The soldiers who were there still talk about the September 7 firefight on the Iran-Iraq border in whispers. ..

A short Army press release issued on the day of the skirmish offered the following information: U.S. soldiers from the 5th Squadron 73rd Cavalry 82nd Airborne were accompanying Iraqi forces on a routine joint patrol along the border with Iran, about 75 miles east of Baghdad, when they spotted two Iranian soldiers retreating from Iraqi territory back into Iran. A moment later, U.S. and Iraqi forces came upon a third Iranian soldier on the Iraqi side of the border, who stood his ground. As U.S. and Iraqi soldiers approached the Iranian officer and began speaking with him, a platoon of Iranian soldiers appeared and moved to surround the coalition patrol, taking up positions on high ground. At that point, according to the Army’s statement, the Iranian captain told the U.S. and Iraqi soldiers that if they tried to leave they would be fired on. Fearing abduction by the Iranians, U.S. troops moved to go anyway, and fighting broke out. Army officials say the Iranian troops fired first with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, and that U.S. troops fell further back into Iraqi territory, while four Iraqi army soldiers, one interpreter and one Iraqi border guard remained in the hands of the Iranians.

The official release says there were no casualties among the Americans, and makes no mention of any on the Iranian side. U.S. soldiers present at the firefight, however, tell TIME that American forces killed at least one Iranian soldier who had been aiming a rocket-propelled grenade at their convoy of Humvees.

Ud over at et mønster af iranske forsøg på statsterrorisme tegner sig, så er afsløringen af, at grænsekampene faktisk førte til dødsfald næppe noget, der vil løsne op i den anspændte stemning mellem Iran og resten af verden for tiden. Samtidig fandt jeg gemt godt væk i en artikel fra januar en ret interessant detalje omkring forflytningen af visse enheder til Den Persiske Golf (fra MSNBC):

The dispatching of a Patriot missile battery, capable of defending against shorter-range ballistic missile attacks, appeared linked to Bush’s announcement Wednesday that he ordered an aircraft carrier strike group to the Middle East, which would be in easy reach of Iran, whose nuclear program is a U.S. concern.

Navy officials said the carrier heading to the Gulf region is the USS John C. Stennis, which previously had been in line to deploy to the Pacific. It was not clear Thursday how the Pentagon intended to compensate in the Pacific for the absence of the Stennis in that region, where a chief worry is North Korea.

Deployeringen af Patriot-missiler giver kun mening, hvis man tror at der er reel fare for angreb med ballistiske missiler – i dette tilfælde fra Iran. Og den eneste anledning Iran vil bruge til at gøre dette er direkte krig. De to andre gange missilerne har været i golfen har været i opløbet til og under de sidste to invasioner mod Irak. Føj dertil udsendelsen af 22.000 ekstra soldater til Irak, og en gennemgående stækkelse af den pro-iranske milits under Moqtada al-Sadr, og det begynder at lyde……spændende.

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Ovennævnte afsløring kom forøvrigt oven i, at Iran har indrømmet, at landet lyver alt hvad det kan om sit atomprogram, ifølge det selv fordi USA og Israel er så onde:

Iran is blaming the US and Israel for its decision to withhold information from the outside world on its nuclear program, saying in a confidential letter that threats from the two “warmongers” led it to curtail cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The IAEA – the UN nuclear monitor – in turn told Iran that it is defying the 35-nation board of the agency with its move and urged it to reverse its decision. Both the Iranian document and the confidential IAEA response were made available to The Associated Press on Friday.

The exchange reflected heightened tension between Iran and the Vienna-based IAEA arising from Teheran’s refusal to heed the UN Security Council and freeze uranium enrichment and the council’s decision earlier this week to pass a second resolution increasing sanctions in response to the Islamic republic’s nuclear defiance. A decision by the IAEA board to refer Iran to the council last year led to that UN body’s involvement in trying to curb Teheran’s nuclear defiance

The agency also is waiting for Teheran to respond to its requests and allow it to install remote cameras at key locations at Iran’s underground enrichment plant at Natanz.

No enrichment is yet taking place at Natanz. But diplomats accredited to the IAEA said Friday that Teheran may start doing so within days. If so, those cameras are crucial for IAEA experts in their efforts to monitor possible attempts to reconfigure machinery there into making weapons grade uranium – used in the fissile core of nuclear warheads.

Iran insists it wants to enrich only to low-levels, suitable for generating nuclear power. But the international community increasingly fears that Teheran may want to develop enrichment for weapons uses.

Its resistance to having the cameras mounted in locations the agency has specified is further raising concerns.

A diplomat accredited to the agency said the centrifuges are in the lowest level of the three-tiered Natanz facility and are blocked from view by a wall. The agency has only been able to mount cameras outside that wall, he said, demanding anonymity because his information was confidential.

The agency’s request for extra cameras was made by Olli Heinonen, the IAEA deputy director general of the Iran file.

It was unclear whether Heinonen’s move was prompted by concerns that Iran was approaching the limit of 500 centrifuges assembled in series – a number that the IAEA considers the red line as far as additional monitoring is concerned.

Two diplomats on Friday said that Iran had already linked up more than 900 of the devices and was ready to introduce uranium gas in them, starting the process of enrichment on a larger scale than previous attempts.

A third said negotiations over the IAEA request for additional cameras were scheduled for the weekend between senior Iranian and agency officials.

Nyheds-historier om, at Israel er lige på nippet til at bombe det iranske atom-program er periodisk tilbagevendende. Lige for tiden er der dog én ting, der gør det mere sandsynligt, nemlig at tre mere eller mindre højtstående iranske sikkerhedsfolk er hoppet af inden for de sidste uger, og har taget efterretninger om det iranske militær og efterretningsvæsen og måske endda dets atomvåbenprogram med sig. Det hele begyndte med iransk general og tidligere viceforsvarsminister Ali Reza Asgari (Fra Reason Magazine):

The story is roughly this. In February, Asgari traveled from Syria to Turkey, where he checked into a hotel before apparently going underground. According to Turkey’s foreign minister, Abdullah Gul, the Iranian authorities informed the Turks 10 days after Asgari’s arrival that they had lost contact with him. The Iranians were said to have initially refused to divulge Asgari’s identity, or even provide a photograph. This compelled Gul to defend the Turkish reaction by saying: “If we don’t receive information on a specific individual, then this individual can circulate in complete freedom in Turkey.” ..

Citing a U.S. official, the Washington Post reported on March 8 that Asgari was “cooperating with Western intelligence agencies, providing information on Hezbollah and Iran’s ties to the organization.” The paper did not specify who was interrogating him.

Another American official cited by the Post denied an Israeli news story that Asgari was in the United States, before suggesting that his “disappearance was voluntary and orchestrated by the Israelis.” ..

Last weekend, London’s Sunday Times hardened the mystery a bit further. The author, Israeli reporter Uzi Mahnaimi, quoted unidentified Iranian sources as saying that Asgari “had been spying on Iran since 2003 when he was recruited on an overseas business trip.” Mahnaimi threw in some Ian Fleming by pointing out that Asgari had fled in a “daring getaway via Damascus … organized by western intelligence agencies after it became clear that his cover was about to be blown. Iran’s notorious secret service, the Vavak, is believed to have suspected that he was a high-level mole.” According to the Sunday Times, Asgari was at a NATO base in Germany being debriefed. “He probably was working for Mossad but believed he was working for a European intelligence agency,” an Israeli defense source was quoted as saying. Mahnaimi added that there was “some evidence that the Mossad station in Istanbul was involved in shadowing Asgari after he arrived in Turkey.”

An essential question is what Asgari took with him. The London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat claimed on March 9 that Asgari had left Turkey on a new passport, under an assumed name, in cooperation with “Western parties.” (English summary here) He allegedly carried off “military and intelligence maps and documents on the Iranian military establishment, and on relations between the Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Mehdi Army, and the Badr Organization.” ..

Asgari may not be alone. In a story in Israel’s Yedioth Aharonot last weekend, journalist Robin Bergman quoted a British intelligence official as saying that Iran’s Consul General in Dubai, who was described as a Revolutionary Guards officer, had defected to British Intelligence. The source suggested the officer was providing information on Iranian activities in the Gulf. And yesterday, Al-Sharq al-Awsat affirmed that three weeks ago the Iranians lost contact with Colonel Amir Muhammad Shirazi, an officer in the Quds unit of the Revolutionary Guards stationed in Iraq. (English summary here.) ..

The plot thickens, but where does it lead? Assuming a defection, Asgari’s importance seems to be that he was the effective head of the Revolutionary Guards in Lebanon sometime in the 1980s. A former Mossad officer, Rami Igra, was quoted by the Washington Post as saying that “Asgari spent much of the 1980s and 1990s overseeing Iran’s efforts to support, finance, arm and train Hezbollah.”

Dertil kommer efterretninger om, at Iran for nylig henrettede en oberst i sit militære efterretningsvæsen for at samarbejde med USA (Fra Ynetnews):

Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that a Tehran military court sentenced to death a colonel in Iranian military intelligence who recently returned from service in Iraq. The officer was accused of collaborating with American forces and providing them with details on the deployment and activities of the al-Quds unit and Iranian military intelligence operatives. He was also accused of providing the Americans with classified documents, photographs and maps related to Iran’s nuclear program and armed forces.

Med andre ord burde eventuelle amerikanske og/eller israelske luftangreb have nemt ved at finde deres mål.

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Jeg berørte kort de britiske gidsler, som Iran for tiden holder. Alverdens medier er travlt beskæftigede med at vise dem mens de lirer de propaganda-replikker af, Iranerne tvingerne dem til at udtale, eller med at citere fra de breve iranerne har tvunget dem til at skrive. For at sætte det lidt i perspektiv her nogle erindringer fra sidste hold af britiske soldater der var gidsler i Iran, i 2004 (Fra The Australian):

Although the Iranians have assured Britain that the 15 are unharmed, there are fears they could be subjected to the same abuse suffered by eight British sailors and marines held in similar circumstances three years ago.

A former marine recalled yesterday the harsh treatment he suffered when held captive for three days in 2004.

Asked to detail the conditions endured by the six marines and two navy men seized in 2004, Scott Fallon told BBC radio: “Mock executions, really. We were put in a ditch and there were Iranians on top with AK-47s, cocking weapons.”

Another captive in 2004 described his fear at a mock execution. Navy reservist Chris Adams said: “We were told to stand and put our hands on our head. We were standing in the desert. We were told to turn to the left and put our left hand on the shoulder of the person next to you. We walked slowly down a hill into a ditch.

“I thought, ‘This is a grave. This is it.’ They were filming it with TV cameras, some sort of propaganda video or something.”

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29. marts 2007

Danmark tiltænkt en nøglerolle i bekæmpelsen af egen fremgang

Miljøminister Connie Hedegaard kunne i sidste uge stolt bekendtgøre, at Danmark skal være vært for det næste klimatopmøde, der skal skabe afløseren for Kyoto-traktaten. Det bliver i december 2009. Fru Hedegaard går ud fra, at op mod 170 lande vil deltage. To uger før det var hun med til at vedtage, at EU´s medlemslande unilateralt (man vil huske ordet som et skældsord dengang man kunne slå George Bush oven i hovedet med det) vil nedskære deres CO2-udledninger med 20% inden år 2020.

Idag kom regningen så i form af en rapport fra det internationale konsulentfirma McKinsey, der slog fast at en sådan beskæring vil koste EU mellem 455 og 600 milliarder kroner OM ÅRET indtil 2020, hvis vi skal leve op til dette mål.

Selv hvis vi ser bort fra den tvivl, der er blevet sået omkring om den globale opvarmning er forårsaget af øget CO2-indhold i atmosfæren (se evt dokumentaren The Global Warming Swindle for gode argumenter imod at dette skulle være tilfældet), så er der for især Nordeuropas skyld flere argumenter for at vi bare skal lade stå til end at vi skal skære ned.

Til at starte med er Danmark ét af kun 31 vestlige lande, der ifølge Kyoto-protokollen skal skære ned på sin udledning af CO2 – de 130 andre underskrivere kan udlede akkurat lige så meget, de har lyst til. Med andre ord er kun vesten forpligtet til reelt at bekæmpe et eventuelt problem, mens hovedparten af underskrigerne gerne må gøre problemet større.

Dertil kommer, at den globale opvarmning langt fra kun er en negativ ting. For lande på Danmarks breddegrad er der således en række fordele. I Danmarks tilfælde har der feks været spået om en 70%´s stigning i høstudbytterne, og landene omkring Nordsøen står til at vinde 100 milliarder Euro alene igennem turist-sektoren. Og her ser vi bort fra hvilke fordele en evt menneskeskabt global opvarmning vil give Grønland.

Disse fordele giver vi afkald på, hvis det skulle vise sig at Kyoto og eventuelle opfølgere kan forhindre den globale opvarmning.

Oven i, at vi altså får en netto-regning på 8.300.000.000.000 kroner præsenteret over de næste 13 år.

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McKinseys rapport kan findes her.

Og mens jeg er igang med Kyoto, så anslår Bjørn Lomborg, at protokollen, selv hvis USA og de andre 40 lande der ikke har underskrevet den bliver tvunget til dette, højst vil udskyde den globale opvarmning som den skal bekæmpe 5 år, og til en pris af 180 milliarder dollars årligt (altså 8-900.000.000.000 kroner i menneskepenge).

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FNs Råd for Menneskerettigheder udstiller igen sin absolutte overflødighed

Artiklen får (næsten) lov til at stå for sig selv:

Following a recommendation of a majority on Human Rights Council, the open examination of the human rights situation in Iran and Uzbekistan is brought to an end. Human Rights Watch protests the move, accusing the UN of legitimising the increasing human rights violations in the two countries.

Geneva (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The United Nations Human Rights Council has decided to drop its examination of human rights violations in Iran and Uzbekistan. The step followed a recommendation by most of the five states overseeing the special procedure against Iran and Uzbekistan, which are suspected of violating the human rights of their respective populations.

Council president Luis Alfonso de Alba said the 47-member council has decided "not to continue the examination of the situation" in the two countries, but gave no further details.

Diplomats said the recommendation to drop the probe was headed by Azerbaijan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, whilst Argentina and France wanted to pursue it.

Såvel Azerbaijan som Bangladesh og Zimbabwe er kendte for at slå brutalt ned på deres opposition. UN Watch fik lov til at udtale det jeg tænker i selve FN. Bemærk "Menneskerettigheds"-rådets formand Luis Alfonso de Alba´s reaktion på reel kritik: forbud mod at det gentager sig:

UN Watch har siden forsynet samme video med en indledning på tre minutter bestående af klip fra diverse medlemmer af FNs råd for Menneskerettigheder der skiftes til at benægte Holocaust, forherlige terrorisme, benægte at drab på homoseksuelle er en krænkelse af menneskerettigheder og så videre i den dur. Se den her.

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Det lader ikke til, WordPress vil lade mig embedde video på Urias, så i der desværre nødt til at se UN Watch´s første video direkte på Youtube.

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Palæstina – landet hvor befolkningen drukner i spildevand

I hvilket andet land kan noget sådant næsten finde sted: en by oversvømmes af spildevand, 3000 bliver hjemløse og 5 drukner (fra Politiken):

Indbyggere er druknet og tusinder er drevet på flugt, efter et kloakreservoir er kollapset og en strøm af mudder og kloakvand har oversvømmet landsbyen Umm Naser i det nordlige Gaza.

Mindst fem indbyggere slap ikke væk i tide, da samlebrønden uden for byen kollapsede, og flodbølgen kom farende.

Ifølge en talsmand fra det palæstinensiske sundhedsministerium er to kvinder i 70-årsalderen, to små børn og en teenager druknet – og 25 indbyggere er blevet kvæstet og ligger nu på hospitalet, skriver AP.

Størstedelen af byens godt 3.000 indbyggere er flygtet fra hus og hjem, da en stor del af byen nu står under kloakvand.

Mindst 200 huse er ødelagt.

Som sædvanlig er det hele Israels og vestens skyld:

Fadel Kawash, head of the Palestinian Water Authority, told AP several sewage projects, including one in the village, had been halted after international funding dried up in the wake of the election victory of Hamas in January last year.

“We had a project to treat sewage in north Gaza, it was worked on for two years,” he said.

“We built a pressure pipeline and pumping station but it was stopped after… troubles began.”

Bemærk her ordet “Troubles”, der henviser til borgerkrigslignende omstændigheder som for eksempel urolighederne i Nordirland, der kostede 3.000 livet. I de arabiske områder i Palæstina kostede sådanne “Troubles” 130 livet siden Hamas´valgsejr. Politiken (linket foroven) vælger at oversætte det med “politiske problemer”.

Hamas also blamed the flood on the withdrawal of foreign aid.

But Stuart Shepherd, the UN’s humanitarian aid officer in Gaza, said the Umm al-Naser plant had not been affected by the aid boycott, noting there had long been warnings about the plant.
A UN report in 2004 had warned that the sewage facility was at its maximum capacity, and flooding was inevitable unless a new waste treatment plant was constructed.

Mr Shepherd said foreign investment had been secured to build the treatment plant, but construction had not gone ahead because of security risks in the area.

Sikkerhedsproblemer, der blandt andet omfatter de interne kampe, der sårede fem og det israelske modangreb der dræbte en og sårede to muslimske terrorister efter de sendte 7 raketter ind i Israel i går. Raketter, der meget vel kan være konstrueret af rør, der netop skulle have været anvendt til at forhindre kollapset i Umm Naser:

A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who worked as a metal merchant at the Karni crossing between Israel and the Strip was arrested by the Shin Bet last month for allegedly selling pipes he bought in Israel to terrorist groups that used them to manufacture Kassams, it was released for publication on Sunday.

On February 9, the Shin Bet arrested Amar Azk, 37. During his interrogation, he confessed selling the pipes to Hamas and other terrorist organizations that manufactured Kassam rockets, fired almost daily at Israel. The Shin Bet said Azk’s activities began with the start of the second intifada in 2000 and were only brought to a halt by his arrest. The agency could not say how much metal Azk traded, except that it was “significant.”

The pipes that were sold to Zak were intended for the construction of a sewage system in Gaza.

Cox&Forkum Editorial Cartoons har en kommentar der rammer plet:

Cox&Forkum Editorial Cartoons

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28. marts 2007

Ligestilling – en trussel mod dit helbred

Personligt køber jeg ikke ligestillingstanken så længe der er definitive forskelle på de to køn (jeg er mere til lige-ret). Det er der til gengæld mange andre der er, især folk i magtfulde stillinger. I Sverige er flertallet af partilederne endda erklærede feminister, noget der viser sig at have uventet negative konsekvenser for folkehelbreddet:

A study in Sweden, arguably one of the most egalitarian countries in the world, discovered that men and women who are equal are more likely to suffer illness or disability.

Those who earn the same are also more likely to become unwell or suffer a disability.

People who have management jobs, male or female, were also found to die younger than those with a less pressured lifestyle.

Scientists looked at both public and private sector workers. They used nine indicators of equality, including the proportion of men and women in management jobs and average income.

These were related to local figures for life expectancy, disability and absence from work through ill health. The study compared data from all of Sweden’s 290 municipalities.

Naturligvis er fakta ikke noget, feminister kan bruge til noget. Forfatterne til rapporten gør alt hvad de kan for at spekulere i, hvorfor de resultater de har fundet frem til reelt ikke betyder noget, og Daily Mail har også fået fat i Anastasia de Waal, leder for afdelingen for familie-politik i den britiske tænketant Civitas, og hendes kommentar er sigende:

“The danger is that the data will be interpreted as a warning against shaking up divisions of labour,” she said.

“In fact, what Sweden needs is complete gender equality with, for example, men entering the private sphere to the extent that women have entered the public.”

Egentlig ville jeg gerne have givet et link til selve undersøgelsen, men den lader ikke til at være online. Det eneste jeg kan finde er et preview, og på Statens Folkhälsoinstitut er der intet at komme efter.

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25. marts 2007

Mental sikkerhedsventil, uge 12

Selvom Uriasposten i denne og den kommende uge passes af Observant-Henrik, så bliver jeg nødt til lige at kaste en mental sikkerhedsventil online. Der er bestemt ikke mangel på blogmateriale.

Islamisten Safia Auode var emnet for en artikel i Sapphos løbende, Nyhedsavisen skrev om sagen, og forhåbentligt slipper partiet af med det usympatiske møllehjul. Partiet har dog sine åbenlyse mangler – glimrende illustreret i torsdagens Jyllandsposten – Islamkritikere hængt ud.

“»Jeg vil ikke være med til at indlede en heksejagt. Vi er et rummeligt parti, og det er ligegyldigt, om vores medlemmer er muslimer eller hinduer. Det afgørende er, om deres adfærd og det, som de siger, er i overensstemmelse med Det Konservative Folkepartis værdigrundlag,« siger Svend Bergstein.”

Dagen forinden kunne man i Berlingske Tidende læse at pædagogerne vil have forberedelsestid. Tidlig aprilsnar, monstro.

Nyhedsavisen bragte i torsdags et længere interview med Christian Nissen. Han er for klog til at lyde så dum, men man kan godt komme lidt i tvivl. Magtens arrogance i koncentreret form – DR Byen er ikke mit mausoleum.

“»Jeg er glad for, at byggeriet blev sat igang. Det er et fantastisk hus, som mange vil få glæde af. God arkitektur er ikke bare æstetisk, men også funktionelt, og det har været DR’s tradition i alle årene at bygge fremragende arkitektur. Det ville være forkert at lave et fabriksbyggeri,« siger Nissen. Også selvom – eller måske netop fordi – DR-Byen bygges for licensmidler, mener han.

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»Jeg tror, at der kommer bedre journalistik ud af, at journalister har deres sjæl med i det, de laver. Det, der så er redaktørens opgave, er at sørge for, at der er så højt til loftet, at en redaktion kan rumme mange forskellige holdninger. Jeg så meget nødig et DR, P1 eller Orientering, hvor man var så bange for, at der kom politiske holdninger ud, at det hele blev en grå masse.«”

Nyhedsavisens Ulla Dubgaard hjalp godt til med apologien.

“Til sin egen fortrydelse endte Christian Nissen med at sidde og diskutere navngivne journalisters politiske holdninger med bestyrelsesformanden. Et af de våben, der blev brugt imod ham – også i dag – var følgende replik fra et debatmøde i 1997, der af højrefløjen blev tolket som et forsøg på at placere DR til venstre for midten.”

Så meget om højrefløjen, men ikke et ord om venstrefløjen på DR Online der idag kan berette om en kommunistisk terrorists løsladelse og et venstreradikalt angreb mod det danske konsulant i Bremen.

I fredagens Nyhedsavisen var der mere apologi. Masseanholdelserne i forbindelse med rydningen af Jagtvej 69 betød at ‘Familien Danmark’ kom i fængsel. Et af eksemplerne var forsker Niels Fastrup, der vel må være ansat på RUC. Forfatterskabet spænder vidt – lige fra Modkraft-artikler til den højt besungne artikel i Social Kritik, Kapitalismen vakler… Claus Bonnez fra foreningen KRIM drog på basis af Fastrups beretning om forholdene i Vestre Fængsel følgende ord i sin mund.

“Faktum er, at de mest krævende i fængslerne er de ressourcestærke, som stiller krav om en menneskelig behandling. Man kan håbe, at deres tilstedeværelse vil føre til forandringer. Det svarer til situationen under Anden Verdenskrig, hvor frihedskæmperne med gode jobs fra overklassen blev lukket ind i fængslerne og så, hvordan folk blev mishandlet. Da frihedskæmperne kom ud, blev der i 1947 gennemført store reformer af fængslerne…”

Man kunne også gå hele vejen jvf. det Balvig’ske paradigme. Straf er dobbeltstraf thi gerningsmænd er ofre for samfundets svigt.

Fredag morgen var det turismeforsker Lise Lyck der i et indslag i på P1 Morgen kunne fortælle, at Grønland burde markedsføres som et sted hvor miljøaktivister kunne se “konsekvenserne af klimaforandringerne”. Istedet for at sende folk med brændstofslugende passagerfly til fjerne destinationer for at se smeltet is, så ville det være langt bedre for miljøet, og den almene oplysning, at der blev oprettet egnsmuseer der fortalte om de naturmæssige fordele ved svagt stigende gennemsnitstemperatur. Måske vil den farvestrålende sommerfugl Svalehale (Papilio machaon), eller den eksotisk udseende Hærfugl (Upupa epops) om få år berige den danske natur til glæde for alle. Man kan kun håbe.

Deadlines Adam Holm bekendte kulør på svensk – Snaphanen har historien. Citatet taler for sig selv.

“– Mitt intryck är att det efter sju åtta års debatt inte har varit någon samlad motoffensiv, varken politisk eller pedagogisk, mot Danskt folkeparti…”

Endnu en kendis fik et lynkursus i Anvendt multikultur. Fra Ekstra Bladet – Paw tævet af ti arabere.

Interessante links.

  • 26/3-07Tennessee Center for Policy Research – Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own “Inconvenient Truth”.
  • 17/3-07 P2plus bog – Bl.a. med Mikael Jalving (efter… min).
  • 19/3-07 P1 Formiddag – Magt og moral (50 min. med Mikael Jalving).
  • 19/3-07 Berlingske Tidende – Kronik af Lars Hedegaard og H.M. Brix: Krogerup – nu med bederum.
  • 20/3-07 DR2 Deadline – Debat mellem Jørgen S. Nielsen og Torben Hansen (om sharia, se også Hodja).
  • 20/3-07 Århus Stiftstidende – Politiet tredobler styrken i Gellerup.
  • 21/3-07 Jyllandsposten – Kronik af Kasper Støvring: Tre kapitler af integrationens historie.
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    22. marts 2007

    Når kvinders rettigheder afhænger af en kamel og en 1200 år gammel bog

    AMB gjorde mig i går opmærksom på denne sag fra gårsdagens JyllandsPosten, fra artiklen “Tysk dommer satte koranen over loven“:

    En 26-årig kvinde ønskede skilsmisse, fordi hendes mand havde slået hende og endog havde truet med at slå hende ihjel, og gik til retten i Frankfurt am Main.

    Forbavselsen var stor, da den kvindelige dommer skriftligt afviste ansøgningen. Bl.a. hed det, at “udøvelsen af ret til tugt er ikke en begrundelse for urimelig hårdhed.”

    Ægtefolkene er af marokkansk kulturkreds, hed det i dommerens begrundelse for afvisningen, om end kvinden er tysk statsborger. ..

    “I denne kulturkreds er det ikke usædvanligt, at manden udøver en ret til tugt over for konen,” hedder det bl.a. i skrivelsen fra dommeren med henvisning til Koranen. “Det måtte den i Tyskland fødte kvinde have regnet med, da hun giftede sig med den i Marokko opvoksede mand.”

    Man kunne trøste sig med, at den kvindelige dommer siden er erklæret inhabil og frataget sagen, og gå ud fra at dette er det eneste eksempel på Koranens indtrængen i vestlig justits. Det er det bare ikke:

    In another regional case, the judges had to decide whether a class excursion was mandatory for a Muslim girl. In their ruling of 2002, they parroted the language of a fatwa issued two years previously. The former chairman of the Islamic Religious Community in Hesse had stipulated that a Muslim woman not accompanied by a mahram, a male blood relative, must not stray more than 50 miles from her home – because this is the distance a caravan of camels can travel in 24 hours.

    Camels are something of an anomaly on the German autobahn these days. Sympathetic judges nonetheless recommended sending the 15-year-old brother along as a mahram. Given her fear of losing her headscarf or violating other religious laws, the schoolgirl’s condition, they argued, was comparable to that of a “partially mentally handicapped person.” She therefore needed somebody to accompany her; otherwise, she should not be forced to take part in the trip, they reasoned.

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    Mens vi venter på næste omgang i sagen om Ungdomshuset…

    I dagens Nyhedsavisen har man sat de meget forhenværende brugere af Ungdomshusets propagandakorps sammen med en kommunikationsrådgiver. Rådgiveren anbefaler – noget naivt – at “de unge”/”aktivisterne” bør tage afstand fra vold. “De unges” svar er forudsigeligt:

    Det er umuligt at forestille sig et forsvar for Ungdomshuset uden vold.

    Det siger en pressetalsmand for de unge til fagbladet Journalisten:

    Er det ikke, ligesom hvis Danish Crown kalder svinekød for halal?, lyder det retorisk fra talsmanden Jan.

    At kommunikationrrådgiveren i det hele taget har den frækhed at formaster sig til at foreslå noget så småborgerligt som ikke-vold falder heller ikke i god jord:

    Efter mødet er pressetalsmændene skuffede. Jan konkluderer om kommunikationseksperten Kim Larsen:

    – Han ville ikke klare sig en eneste dag i Ungdomshusets miljø. Han ville blive fyret på stedet.

    Hvad den indstilling fører til blandt venstreradikale andre steder i verden kan ses på nyhederne fra den seneste uge:

    • Onsdag 14. marts: venstreradikale dræber 14 i Indien 
    • Torsdag 15. marts: venstreradikale dræber 55 i Indien
    • Lørdag 17. marts: venstreradikale dræber 5 i Colombia
    • Onsdag 21. marts: venstreradikale dræber 50 i Nepal
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    Har vi ikke set dette før?

    …for eksempel de sidste 1400 år i det meste af Nordafrika og Mellemøsten (fra Asianews)?:

    Non Muslim subjects must pay a contribution to the jihad if they wish to be allowed to live and practise their faith in Iraq”. These orders are being imposed on the Christians of Mosul and Baghdad by Islamic militias.  Besides these threats of extortion, thousands of non Muslims are also being forced to leave their homes by letters assigning their house to Muslim citizens.  The initiative is part of the general campaign to Islamafy the entire country, which begun with the imposition of the veil on all women.

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