05/06/2010

Never before there were so few US nuclear weapons in history

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03/09/2010

classic must have video : Martin Luther King I have a dream

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03/01/2010

hoe mee te werken aan dewereldmorgen.be

Dit is de link waar je een blog kunt aanmaken om mee te werken aan dit initiatief

https://www.dewereldmorgen.be/user/register

het blijkt dat de interne links die men elders toont naar het verkeerde adres gaan

maar goed, genoeg gezeverd, werk aan de winkel

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cryptome, wikileaks and the Belgian alternatives like dewereldmorgen.be

Up until january this year you had two big portals of (semi) private or secret information that were running on voluntary and subsidized financing and efforts.

Wikileaks.org was the biggest one and the one that became most famous because it published numerous documents that were secret or unknown to most of us - going from banks, politics, industries, governments and internet filtering to scandals of any kind

There was not much Belgian information but there were a lot of other things that made it something interesting to go through from time to time (the complete download of the Dutroux files for example of which you can find now samples on scribd.com (type dutroux))

Wikileaks survived all the judicial attacks but went black by the end of last year because they didn't have enough funding to build the necessary infrastructure that would give their increasing number of visitors a chance to even see or download all those documents. THey are now calling for voluntary donations but it doesn't seem to go all that well (wikipedia in fact was saved by an enormous Google donation but I don't think that Google will give any money to Wikileaks). They have now a limited service (with some interesting documents about the Icesave negotations)and you are advised now to download the stuff you find interesting because tomorrow it may be gone.

Cryptome.org survived may attacks through the judicial system but survived most of them untill Microsoft itself used the privacy law (and dmca) to get the site down for some time. The only problem is that now the documents are everywhere to be found and everybody knows that this site exists. It has an enormous archive and is publishing interesting sets of documents every day. Mostly are american but as what happens in the US may influence the rest of the world or business, these documents may be interesting. It is now up again. But also here you should download the material that you find interesting because it may be gone tomorrow. (the site or the document).

So when on the international level big alternative news publishing platforms are struggling to make ends meet - and are rarely used by Belgian informers - two new independent alternative investigative and social news platforms are coming to ask for your Euro of conscience at the same time.

A new player on the block is http://publicintelligence.net/ that is interesting and has a lot of stuff but has yet to get its first cent of public donation. That promises.

Both are talking web2.0. Both are talking social news and shared linking. Both are having professional journalists. Both want to pay them. Both want to be different.

Through all my years I have seen De Morgen going from independent leftwing to somewhat mainstream bobo alternative chic without much investigation and where even rightwing politicians eat space that could be used for more interesting and questioning research and ideas and happenings. All weekly leftwing alternatives that have tried to be an alternative have failed over the years because of funding because of bad writing and because at a certain moment it didn't fit anymore in the business of the publisher.

So one could think that the web would create the alternative. But the only alternative would be that everything alternative, syndical and activist would have a portal, would work together, would exchange ideas and so on.

Not so.

The independent journalists with some articles have launched the site 'apache.be' which is in fact a copyright infraction an sich (apache is a servername). But honestly there is nothing for the moment that will any mountains or change something fundamentally. It is coloring aside the lines but not too far to be interesting. The number of updates and social linking input is quite slow and too much of the content is too 'we the journalists' stuff that doesn't interest many other people. 

The ex Belgian indymedia launches it own new style network soon with 'http://www.dewereldmorgen.be' and has some agreements for some financial and editorial support from some organisations .... for ONE year (as is rumored). THe main weakness here is that they want to use their own infrastructure instead of using external (cheaper or free) services. This is the same problem that even wikileaks had, but wikileaks didn't have a choice.

But it has something the other one doesn't have - and De Morgen is missing more and more (surely in its online edition) and that is other news that you can't find in other Belgian newspapers - although not that much for the moment but let's hope.

So for the moment  apache-dewereldmorgen  0-1 (even if we need one leftwing alternative platform, not dozens)

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06/05/2009

600 advise councils for the Belgian federal government, the reports

A federal parlementarian from the NVA did some interesting research. This is why the parliament needs an independent think thank - research institute to help it and to give it input in matters for which they would otherwise not have enough time. THe parties have their own research institutes but they work for the whole party and this is something different. You need a public service research institute that not works for the government or administrations but for those who are responsable for the oversight. Nowadays those representatives have too little resources to do fundamental work. This work is really interesting and even if one doesn't necessarily agree with his political viewpoints and one may say that in flanders it will not be much different, this doesn't mean that the work is impressive. So we publish the documents on http://ebooks.skynetblogs.be  They are in flemish.

It says that the federal government has about 600 councils for advise and that a number of them can be abolished.

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05/06/2009

database of illegal Israeli settlements published by wikileaks

In late January, WikiLeaks released a 186 page secret Israeli Ministry of Defense database, which showed the full extent of illegal Israeli settlements in Gaza and the West Bank. A version of the document had first been obtained by the well regarded Israeli newspaper Haaretz. The leak made headlines, but its global political impact was limited by its presentation in Hebrew.

Subsequently the United States commissioned the Central Intelligence Agency's Open Source Center to translate the leak to English. The translation was not released by the CIA, but a copy was obtained by Stephen Aftergood, editor of the US based Federation of American Scientist's Secrecy News and is presented here.

According to Haaretz, "An analysis of the data reveals that, in the vast majority of the settlements - about 75 percent - construction, sometimes on a large scale, has been carried out without the appropriate permits or contrary to the permits that were issued,", and "The database also shows that, in more than 30 settlements, extensive construction of buildings and infrastructure (roads, schools, synagogues, yeshivas and even police stations) has been carried out on private lands belonging to Palestinian West Bank residents."
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fast site, current site, Sweden, US, Latvia, Slovakia, UK, Finland, Netherlands, Poland, Tonga, Europe, SSL, Tor

source wikileaks.org

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08/25/2008

Wikileaks shows documents about Belgian tax evasion techniques

It doesn't happen often that Wikileaks is used by Belgians to place documents that maybe could steer a bit of a debate in Belgium. Wikileaks is perfect for that. You should only be sure that when you do it you use a proxy, another free emailadress that has no reference to yours and that you don't do it from work or any other monitored place. You should prefer a cybercafe and if you are uploading often documents or looking at the other mail (that you otherwise don't use at all anywhere) you should change (there should be nothing that could be foreseen or planned in your behaviour).

Back to the document now

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Belgium_land_tax_registrar_anon...

1.) This file and this context have never been released before.

2.) This file shows, how the belgium tax-department supports tax evasion for belgium citizens living outside from Belgium. The belgium land-register belongs to the tax department; It allows to bring in wrong addresses of landowners in the land-register. The land register is run electronical, so land owners can anonymize their foreign address and they can not be found by tax authorities in the country they are living. The document shows the work of a notary and a lawyer, Anne Van Ysendyck; Her address is completely wrong, the other addresses are wrong too. The addresses are in that way changed, that the owner can not be found by foreign tax authorities.

3.) The audience could be all tax payers in the European Union, angry about tax evasion by the rich.

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