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Waarom lees ik die krant altijd zo slordig (aflevering 3)

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Het inzetje “meeliften niet strafbaar” toont een politieke prent uit 1951 van de tekenaar Jordaan voor Vrij Nederland, waarbij er ook sprake was van het  ‘meeliften’ van een kleinere partij (de CHU 9 zetels) met een coalitie van grotere partijen (KVP 32, PvdA 27, VVD 8). Destijds was de metafoor nog de bagagedrager van een fiets, tegenwoordig – klaarblijkelijk – “de achterbank” van een auto. “Niet onderhandeld met de SGP op de achterbank”, zegt premier Rutte tegen de pers anno 2012.

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The man at the right is Jeff Rann of ‘Rann Safaris’ Botswana who  is at standby if the royals fail to concentrate and shoot in their own foot... click screen shot picture for original article

Francisco Franco's HAUNTING Tableau de Troupe with the ducks he did shoot in 1949 and the Governmental map by the Ministry of Justice of the approximate 2000 graves with victims of the Civil War and mind you Franco is rightfully the symbol of the mass violence perpetrated, but not the only perpetrator, atrocities and massacres have also been committed from the Republican side... the debate about numbers is as always not easy... I will detail that debate on my blog... this is the simple tableau that comes with it and that came into existence today by association with the HUNTING pictures of Spanish King Juan Carlos and the elephants that were shot in his name...

Note: During the hunting holiday of the Spanish king a grand son is said to have shot himself by accident in the foot; under what circumstances the elephants finally landed into the tree remains unclear; the picture of General Franco is taken in 1949 while he was hunting ducks in earlier days he also was hunting other species…like anarchists, socialist and those associated with them; the 1936 photograph of Robert Capa of the death of Federico Borrell García a republican soldier fighting the insurgent Franco troops, has been debated with opinions differing from being staged, to an accidental enemy shooting when Federico stood up to pose for Capa; the picture of the king with the elephant has been taken on an earlier Botswana safari trip  – Jeff Rann of Rann Safari at the left Juan Carlos at the right – according to the elephant protection campaign web site elephantjournal.com, which gives interesting details on the economics of such hunting parties. As the direct link to the article in elephantjournal.com  does not work (you are asked first to become a member, not a good idea for a campaugning organisation), hereby a quotation from that article by Andréa Balt:

Murdering animals for pleasure is not a new hobby to Don Juan Carlos. The 74-year old monarch has 50 years of experience (almost his entire adult life) hunting elephants, bears, wolves, leopards… you name it. According to The Guardian, he paid 7.000 Euros in 2004 to shoot a European bison —one of the world’s most endangered species (approximately 1.600 left)— during a trip to Poland.

 And the rest of his hunting deeds could easily fill up a second or third memoir. I’d suggest “How to Rule the Wilderness in Two Easy Steps” as a title.

 Step 1: Buy it.

 Step 2: Kill it.

 Rann Safaris, the king’s hunting ally in Botswana, has deactivated today both its website and the Facebook page, where several photographs of the king’s hunting adventure with the company had been previously posted.

 But the shocking video of their bloody trails is still spreading around the internet, like a dark shadow of what man—with money, a gun and no compassion—can do to nature, animals and, ultimately, to himself.

Source: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/04/king-of-spain-gets-it-bad-for-hunting-elephants/

shooting at 7:05 in this video that endorses the act in the name of keeping "natural balance"

Though as noted by the ElephantJournal web site most of the Rann Safari web sites have been taken down, there is still an informative brochure on-line which shows the photograph of the King of Spain in its context. I show here a screen shot from that publication that shows the picture now widely circulating on the Internet in its ‘historical context’.

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To understand the tone of such kind of royal and other fortunate holidays I cite here the introductory text:


Rann Safaris had 100% success with elephant hunts.

The African Elephant is considered by many as the Ultimate African Trophy and many hunters dream of the day they can relive one of Africa’s oldest hunting Elephants are worthy of their status and offer one of the most arduous challenges available today. It is the world’s largest land mammal.

Botswana has the largest elephant population of any country and offers excellent hunting opportunities for trophy bulls.

Rann Safaris has consistently taken the largest elephants in Botswana since elephant hunting reopened. Taking over 260 trophy bulls with an average over 60


The 2010 Elephant hunting season has been extended to November 30th FOR THESE AREAS

These concessions previously not hunted with exportable elephant licenses have been auctioned this week.

NG35 4

Elephant to Jeff Rann of Rann Safaris. This concession borders Rann Safaris old Delta areas NG29 and NG 30 as well as all the southern delta

was the highest auctioned price per elephant.

CT7 3

elephant went to Jeff Rann of Rann Safaris. This concession boarders CT1, Jeff Rann’s current concession where Rann took an 86 x 83 lb elephant second highest auctioned price per elephant and is close to 2 million acres stretching from the Hwange Game reserve on the Zimbabwe border to CT1 & Nxai an 80lb elephant in this concession in April this year.


27 Trophy Bull Elephants taken in 2010.

These elephants were taken from Hunting Concessions: CT 1, CT 7 and NG 35.

Areas will be on offer again in 2011.

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Catshuis = the official residency of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands – Mark Rutte – in The Hague where negotiations about “draconic budget cuts’ of the Dutch government are entering now their second month in what is called a ‘total media silence’ leaving the whole nations at odds what is being brewed there in the name of democracy. The government coalition of liberals (VVD) and christians (CDA) is a minority cabinet that needs the votes of the PVV party of Geert Wilders +  a small conservative protestant party (SGP) to have the minimal half + one number of votes to pass any decision they make through parliament. During these negotiations the PVV of Wilders did lose one of its seats to a PVV member of parliament that split off  and kept his seat. The democratic majority that can be wrought for any proposal is minimal by now. During the long negotiations one of the rumours that fills up the ‘media silence’ almost each day, was that the PVV of Wilders was on the brink of stepping out of the negotiations which could have lead to fall of the government. Wilders who is known for communicating his opinions on one liners on twitter, propelled back a denying message  that this was the “biggest canard of the year” (De grootste canard van het jaar). The whole of the Netherlands is still waiting since the beginning of March 2012 for the outcome of these endless budget-cut negotiations and they start to wonder about the negotiators themselves, are they “lame ducks or canards?”

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Snorkelaar Rutte over Wilders: 'PREMATUUR' TE MOEILIJK WOORD VOOR PVV (*)

deconfiture = de – con – fi – ture [-` tuur(` )] («Frans) de -woord (vrouwelijk) deconfitures 1 volkomen nederlaag; 2 (volslagen) onvermogen om te betalen, failliet

prematuur = pre – ma` tuur («Latijn) bijvoeglijk naamwoord ontijdig, vóórtijdig; voorbarig, te vroeg Zie: vroeggeboorte Zwangerschap en geboorte) te vroeg, voortijdig, geboren

(*) Premier Mark Rutte heeft tijdens zijn wekelijkse persconferentie gezegd dat hij verbaasd was over de woordkeus in een tweet van Geert Wilders. Die noemde berichten in de media over een op handen zijnde akkoord in het Catshuis ‘prematuur’.

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For years I am on the mailing list of the Israeli Peace movement B’Tselem, as I also frequent several Palestinian human rights web sites…and this week there was this instructive Passover discussion manual in my email box from the American section of B’Tselem. It inspired me to make this simple tableau:


You shall eat no leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat matzos (*), the bread of affliction; for in haste did you come forth out of the land of Egypt; that you may remember the day when you came forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. —Deuteronomy 16:3

Below the text from the B’Tselem email mailing list, just to show another facet of the conflict that is often hidden in over-simplified pro and contra positions. One does not need to fully support these arguments, that is not my reason to post them here, it is important to know that such reasoning and willingness exist. Willingness to overcome the generation long ‘stalemate’ in a land that has for long diverted the streams that channel the ‘flowing of milk and honey’:

Are you tired of your uncle depicting you as the “wicked child” at the Passover Seder table just because you are willing to ask the tough questions about human rights in Israel and the occupied territories? I know I am. But the answer is not to become the “silent child.”

B’Tselem has you covered with some answers. Here are our “four questions” and the answers that will make you the “wise child” at your Passover Seder: (If you are celebrating Easter or just enjoying the early spring, these answers will be helpful too)

1. Why do you call it “occupation”?

There is an international consensus that the territories that were captured by Israel in the Six Day War in 1967, including the West Bank and East Jerusalem, are occupied territories. This is also the US official position under all administrations since 1967. Even according to the Israeli domestic law, the West Bank (or “Judea and Samaria”) excluding East Jerusalem, remains under the sole control of the Israeli military. Only the Israeli military commander via military orders makes law. Any development – be it trash collection or city planning – is done under the authority of the military commander. There are those who claim that the West Bank is a disputed territory. However, there is no dispute that the legal framework, as well as the daily reality governing the West Bank in the last 44 years is one of military occupation.

2. What’s wrong with the settlements?

Despite the fact that international law states that an occupying country is not allowed to transfer its population to an occupied territory, there are over half a million Israelis living beyond the Green Line. The majority of human rights violations in the West Bank are a result of such Israeli enclaves and include extensive exploitation of land and water, massive military presence to protect those Israelis, a network of roads paved to serve them and them only, and the separation barrier, the route of which was largely dictated by the settlements. A radical fringe of settlers remains a source of friction and violence.

3. The Palestinians control their own lives – don’t they have their own government and president?

The Palestinian Authority (PA) was established in 1994 as an interim body – it is not now nor has it ever been a sovereign government. The interim period was supposed to end in 1999 with a permanent status agreement. As a result of the failure to achieve a peace agreement, however, the interim arrangement continues today. In this agreement, Palestinians have control over civil affairs in the 40% of the West Bank that was defined as Areas A and B. Israel retains complete control over the remaining 60% of the West Bank – and security control of the territory as a whole. Because Areas A and B are islands within Area C, Israel controls all movement throughout the West Bank, as well as urban development of the whole territory, the taxation system, the ability to travel abroad, the water resources, and many, many other spheres of life.

Since the 2005 Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and Hamas’s takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, the Israeli military does not have control on the ground in Gaza. However, Israel still largely controls the borders, airspace, and sea access around Gaza, and also its population registry, tightly limiting export-import and the movement of people between Gaza and the West Bank.

4. How can Israel ensure its own security without control over the occupied territories?

No one can deny Israel’s security challenges. The first obligation of a state is to protect its citizens, and Israelis have been subjected to horrific attacks over the years, one particularly terrible attack killed thirty people sitting at the Seder table, in 2002, and injured another 160. Within this difficult reality it is crucial to understand what are necessary and legitimate security measures and where security concerns are exploited to advance other agendas. This is the crucial role of government watchdogs like B’Tselem, which have documented violations of Palestinians’ basic rights by abusing legitimate security measures. In fact, there is no real contradiction between respect for human rights and ensuring security – and both are in the best interest of Israel’s citizens.

So, why is tonight different than any other night? Because tonight, you are leading an honest discussion about the challenges we face in achieving a just and democratic State of Israel. Be an informed part of the discussion. To learn more, read our latest report at http://www.btselem.org. Click here to read my full op-ed in The Times of Israel, “Four Questions About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”

Next year in a Jerusalem that protects human rights and complies with its obligations under the law!

Chag sameach and happy spring,

Uri Zaki

Director, B’Tselem USA

(*) For an exposé of the different meanings of the Matzos see this Wikipedia page. I was inspired by these lines: “The other reason for eating matza is symbolic: On the one hand, matza symbolizes redemption and freedom, but it is also lechem oni, “poor man’s bread.” Thus it serves as a reminder to be humble, and to not forget what life was like in servitude. Also, leaven symbolizes corruption and pride as leaven “puffs up”. Eating the “bread of affliction” is both a lesson in humility and an act that enhances the appreciation of freedom.”

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amnesty |ˈamnistē|noun ( pl. -ties)an official pardon for people who have been convicted of political offenses : an amnesty for political prisoners | the new law granted amnesty to those who illegally left the country.• an undertaking by the authorities to take no action against specified offenses or offenders during a fixed period : a month-long weapons amnesty.verb ( -ties, -tied) ( trans. grant an official pardon to : the guerrillas would be amnestied and allowed to return to civilian life.ORIGIN late 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek amnēstia ‘forgetfulness.’")

The negative image of Surinam as a country where ‘rule of law’ is not properly practiced has last night once more been established. With a vote of 28 for and 12 against a new law that grants amnesty to those involved in the political murder of fifteen Surinam citizens in December 1982 (Decembermoorden), has been approved, after three days of fierce debate. The persecution of this crime committed in 1982  has been delayed for three decades now. Those murdered were fifteen citizens playing a public role in Surinam society, from lawyers and trade union leaders  to journalists and military men (*). Their supposed attempt at a contra-coup against the newly established military regime by a group of rebelling sergeants of the Surinam army in February 1980, has never been established.

Only in the last years a slow juridical process by a Military Tribuna, trying the accused, had been started and this was going to come to a conclusion finally this month, April 2012. The  special amnesty law for those involved in the December Murders of 1982 has been proposed very recently only. One of the accused is the actual president of Surinam Desi Bouterse, who has always denied having had direct involvement in the summary execution of the fifteen, though he has admitted (in 2007) that he – as a state leader of that time – carries political responsibility for the murders. On March 23, 2012, another of the suspects in the process who was part of the rebel sergeant group in the early eighties of last century, Ruben Rozendaal, made a new declaration to the court stating that Desi Bouterse had also personally taken part in the execution, killing two of the victims. In such circumstances, after all those years and fights of the relatives of the victims for justice to be done, this amnesty law was proposed and passed the parliament, signalling the negative state of the rule of law in Surinam.

The president of the Republic of Surinam Desi Bouterse has thus evaded to be tried by a Military Tribunal, a tribunal that is supposed to lay down its work directly after the Amnesty Law for the 1982 December Murder comes into force. Amnesty commonly means ‘pardon for people who have been convicted of political offences’. The word ‘amnesty‘ comes form the Greek word ἀμνηστία (amnestia) meaning ‘oblivion’. One thing is certain: a state of forgetfulness about the December Murders 1982 will not occur, on the contrary, with justice not done the December Murders will remain a negative element in Surinam society as long as those involved – in whatever way – are still alive. The argument for having this new amnesty law were a need for ‘reconciliation’ within Surinam society, the opposite has been wrought.

Commemorative plaquette for the 15 victims of the december 1982 Murders in Paramaribo in Amsterdam, at the side of the Mozes en Aaron Church, Waterlooplein: "In remembrance of the victims of the December Murders Paramaribo, 8 and 9 December 1982 (...) Tortured and shot dead by the military regime - They stood for Surinam and for democracy - Only justice will bring us peace"

Monument for the victims of the december1982 murders at the spot where they have been shot in Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, revealed in the year 2009 by the previous President of the Surinam Republic. Ronal Venetiaan: "On this spot fifteen prominent sons of Surinam were shot without any form of process by the military regime - they stood for freedom, justice and democracy (...) Their determination left us with the light of hope for justice and truth - This memorial has been unveiled on 8 December 2009 by the President of the Republic of Surinam Drs. R.R. Venetiaan."



Victims of the December murders

John Baboeram, lawyer

Bram Behr, journalist

Cyrill Daal, union leader

Kenneth Gonçalves, lawyer

Eddy Hoost, lawyer

André Kamperveen, journalist

Gerard Leckie, university faculty

Sugrim Oemrawsingh, university faculty

Lesley Rahman, journalist

Surendre Rambocus, military

Harold Riedewald, lawyer

Jiwansingh Sheombar, military

Jozef Slagveer, journalist

Robby Sohansingh, businessman

Frank Wijngaarde, journalist

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Januari 2001 publiceerde de website Management Team een interview van André de Vos met de toenmalige burgermeester van Maastricht Gerd Leers. Een interview dat nooit echt tot de gecanoniseerde biografie van Geerd Leers is gaan behoren, terwijl het heel veel inzicht verschaft in de persoon van deze niet van het podium te boksen ras-bestuurder. Een krantenkop in De Volkskrant van enkele dagen terug bij een artikel van Pieter Sabel

Leers herhaalt in surreëel woordenspel dat hij Mauro-misverstand ‘betreurt’

deed mij nog eens terugkeren naar dat interview van ruim tien jaar geleden….

Is er een methode-Leers?

“In één woord? Duidelijkheid.”

En in wat meer woorden.

“Dit is uw probleem, dit is onze oplossing. Wat u ziet, is wat u krijgt. Duidelijkheid. Er is een enorme kloof ontstaan tussen burger en politiek. De burger draagt een helder probleem aan en vraagt de overheid om een oplossing. Vervolgens wordt dat probleem door politiek en ambtenaren vervormd tot een onherkenbaar iets. Ambtenaren halen er van alles en nog wat bij. De politiek sluit compromissen. Er wordt eindeloos gepraat en overlegd en dan komt er een oplossing uit rollen waarvan de burger denkt: ‘Wat heeft dit met mijn probleem te maken?’”

Praten en overleggen, het geheim van het poldermodel.

“Ja, daar moeten we dus van af. Het poldermodel werkt goed als je tegenstellingen moet overbruggen. Als er problemen moeten worden opgelost, heb je niets aan concessies. “Ik ben vorige maand in de Verenigde Staten geweest. Daar worden de verworvenheden van de jaren zestig en zeventig ter discussie gesteld. Dat gaat hier ook gebeuren. Veel van de onduidelijkheid die de overheid kenmerkt, is ontstaan in die periode. We zijn gaan gedogen, de grenzen zijn vervaagd. Het is goed dat mensen de ruimte krijgen, maar het moet niet doorslaan. Dat Postbank-liedje ‘Vijftien miljoen mensen, die schrijf je niet de wetten voor’. Van dat beeld van een land van milde anarchie moeten we af. Daar krijgen we last van.”

Op welke manier?

“We zijn een tolerant land. Dat kan alleen zo blijven als we grenzen trekken. Doe je dat niet, dan gaan de sterksten in de maatschappij de grenzen oprekken. Dan krijg je de Vinkenslagen, dan gaat de gedachte heersen dat alles moet kunnen.”

Een definitie van wie nu die “sterksten in de maatschappij” zijn wordt in het interview niet gegeven en dat is dan toch een Leerse-onduidelijkheid, zoals blijkt als burgermeesters van alle gezindten in opstand komen tegen zijn dictaat als minister om de ‘zwaksten’ – de tussen-wal-en-schip-migranten – over de door hem getrokken grens heen te zetten.


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Iemand die ooit (2004) de Machiavelli-prijs uitgereikt kreeg voor zijn “markante bijdrage  aan de communicatie tussen politiek, overheid en burgers” en een deconfiture als gevolg van het vermengen van bestuurlijk en persoonlijk belang wist af te sluiten met een groot afscheidsfeest in Maastricht, is nauwelijks te vellen en veert steeds uit de touwen van de politieke boksring terug op het speelveld. In juli 2010 schreef ik al een uitgebreide verhandeling over “Over de Hollandse kunst van je straatje schoonvegen en de bezems van Leers, De Grave en Nijpels”, dat via deze link op dit blog is terug te vinden….

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