tirsdag 27. januar 2009

Hilsen fra Island

Kjære leser, jeg befinner meg nå på Island og gjør et forsøk på å drive politikk under en regjeringskrise. Grunnen til at jeg er her er på grunn av deltakelse i Nordisk Råd og Ungdommens Nordiske Råds presidium.

Vi har allerede fått oppleve demonstranter som trommer med skjeer utenfor Alltinget(tilsvarende Stortinget) i et regnvær som får Norges til å blekne. Men ikke minst er det spennende da det på noen av våre programposter står at vi skal få innledning fra den Islandske regjeringen. Denne har som kjent gått av, så vi er spent på å se hvem som kommer. Kanskje noen vennligsinnede?

lørdag 24. januar 2009

Stortingsrepresentant Thor Erik Forsberg

Thor Erik Forsberg ble i dag nominert på en sikker 3. plass på stortingslista til Østfold Arbeiderparti, med 34 mot 20 stemmer.

Det har vært en lang vei for oss å komme hit vi er nå, med mye hard jobbing i kommunepartier og i valgkomité. Vi retter en stor takk til alle som har stått på og kjempet for å få Thor Erik nominert.

Nå begynner den virkelige jobben fram mot valget, og etterpå. AUF i Østfold skal sørge for at Thor Erik aldri glemmer hvor han kommer fra og hva han står for, og at engasjementet hans ikke blir kvalt i gangene på Stortinget.

Vi vil fortsette å legge ut videoer og oppdateringer fra Thor Erik både før og etter valget.

tirsdag 20. januar 2009

President Barack Hussein Obama


Verden kan puste lettet ut etter åtte år med Bush bak spakene.

Nedtelling til President Obama: 7 timer

I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

- President Barack Obama, 20. januar 2009 cirka kl. 18 norsk tid
Er det flere som skal benke seg ned foran tv'n i kveld?

Jeg skulle gjerne vært der, sånn som disse, men dessverre ble det ikke sånn. Kanskje like greit, med tanke på at det forventes at rundt to millioner mennesker skal dukke opp for å overvære seremonien. Men jeg ville gladelig betalt en månedslønn for en orkesterplass.

mandag 19. januar 2009

Nedtelling til President Obama: 1 dag

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er.
It's been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come.

- Sam Cooke, 1964

It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

- President-elect Barack Obama, 4. november 2008.




Hva mer er det å si? Nå venter vi bare på morgendagen og en ny tid.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight's about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons — because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America — the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination.

And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change.

Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves — if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.

This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.

Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.

Talen kan leses her.

Obama-feber


Er du fortsatt litt spent før morgendagen når USA får en nye president? Ikke fortvil, nå kan du nemlig høre om hvordan AUF og Obama gjør mye av det samme! Ole Hagen som har mye kunnskaper om amerikansk politikk innleder på medlemsmøte til Moss AUF om en time(kl. 18 på folkets hus i Moss) med tema "AUF og Obama".

Historiske innlegg: Alle skal med

Her kommer en artikkel serie med historiske leserbrev som vi har hatt på trykk opp gjennom tidene. Det kan også hende vi henter frem noen andre historiske artigheter, som presseoppslag, bannere, flyers osv...

Arbeiderpartiet har et valgkampslagord i år som heter ”Alle Skal Med”. Med dette mener vi at alle skal med i den norske velferdsstaten. Alle i Norge skal ha en lik mulighet til å få et godt liv!

Alle skal med på skolen, alle skal med i eldeomsorgen, alle skal med i arbeidslivet, slik at alle får et bra liv. Dette skal sikres via felleskapsløsninger hvor alle får et GODT tilbud uansett størrelsen på lommeboka. Det er viktig at vi alle bidrar slik at alle kan få det godt. I motsetning til Siv Jensen og FrP tror vi på en bedre verden!

AUF og Arbeiderpartiet vil at alle skal ha muligheten til å leve et godt liv i Norge. Derfor skal alle være sikret et godt tilbud innen: Barnehage, eldreomsorg, skole og alle andre arenaer hvor folk trenger dette!

AUF og Arbeiderpartiet ønsker deg godt valg!

Fredrik Bjørnebekk
Fylkesleder, AUF i Østfold

Signe Øye
Fylkesleder, Østfold AP

La meg fortelle dere om en mann...

...med navn Pete Seeger.

Sanger, musiker, låtskriver, forkjemper for arbeiderbevegelsen, kommunist og miljøaktivist: Pete Seeger ble født i New York i 1919. Siden 40-tallet har han spredd budskapet om frihet, likhet og solidaritet gjennom sine sanger. Det var hans versjon av sangen "We Shall Overcome" som ble verdenskjent på 60-tallet i kampen for svartes rettigheter, og som fortsatt synges i dag overalt der det finnes urettferdighet og undertrykkelse.

Han ble utsatt for Joseph McCarthys heksejakt på kommunister og ble svartelistet i USA på 50- og 60-tallet på grunn av hans omgang med kommunister, og ble altså nektet å opptre på TV. Da han gjorde sin TV-debut igjen etter å ha vært svartelistet i mange år, spilte han sangen "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy", som var et angrep på Vietnamkrigen, og Lyndon B. Johnson, men han ble sensurert bort av TV-selskapet. Etter mye press fikk han komme tilbake året etter og framføre sangen.

På youtube kan man finne mange av hans fantastiske sanger.

Så hvorfor skriver jeg om Pete Seeger nå? Jo, fordi mannen fortsatt er aktiv. Han er snart 90 år gammel, men fortsatt reiser han rundt og spiller og sprer glede. Stemmen hans er kanskje ikke det den en gang var, så han har med seg barnebarnet sitt til å hjelpe seg, og i går, på konserten til ære for Obama i Washington DC spilte han sammen med Bruce Springsteen:


De spilte den gamle amerikanske folkesangen "This Land is Your Land". Det er en populær barnesang i USA, og synges av mange, men vanligvis unnlater man å synge de siste versene som regnes som altfor "radikale":

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;
By the relief office, I'd seen my people.
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
Is this land made for you and me?

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn't say nothing;
That side was made for you and me.

Han har det fortsatt i seg.

Nedtelling til President Obama: 2 dager

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er.

It's not because John McCain doesn't care. It's because John McCain doesn't get it.

For over two decades, he's subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy - give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is - you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps - even if you don't have boots. You're on your own.

Well it's time for them to own their failure. It's time for us to change America.

- Senator Barack Obama, 28. august 2008


Etter 1,5 års valgkamp, og etter flere titalls kjempegode taler, kunne talen til det demokratiske konventet leve opp til standarden som var satt? Svaret på det spørsmålet var definitivt ja.

You see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country.

We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage; whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma. We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was President - when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of down $2,000 like it has under George Bush.

We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a new business, or whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off to look after a sick kid without losing her job - an economy that honors the dignity of work.

I etterkant er det mange som peker på den økonomiske krisen som det som satte spikeren i kista for McCain. Jeg mener denne talen var det virkelige nådestøtet.

Hele talen kan leses her.

søndag 18. januar 2009

Nedtelling til President Obama: 3 dager

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er.

Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen – a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world.

- Senator Barack Obama, 24. juli 2008.



Sommeren 2008 tok Obama en rundreise i Midt-Østen og Europa, og holdt en tale i Berlin som samlet over 200.000 mennesker. Det var en god tale som fikk mye oppmerksomhet, men turen og talen ga ikke noe bra utslag på meningsmålingene, og McCain-kampanjen gjorde det den kunne for å få Obama til å virke arrogant og overlegen. At han var mer en kjendis, enn en person med substans.

Utdrag:

Yes, there have been differences between America and Europe. No doubt, there will be differences in the future. But the burdens of global citizenship continue to bind us together. A change of leadership in Washington will not lift this burden. In this new century, Americans and Europeans alike will be required to do more – not less. Partnership and cooperation among nations is not a choice; it is the one way, the only way, to protect our common security and advance our common humanity.

That is why the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another.

The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.

We know they have fallen before. After centuries of strife, the people of Europe have formed a Union of promise and prosperity. Here, at the base of a column built to mark victory in war, we meet in the center of a Europe at peace. Not only have walls come down in Berlin, but they have come down in Belfast, where Protestant and Catholic found a way to live together; in the Balkans, where our Atlantic alliance ended wars and brought savage war criminals to justice; and in South Africa, where the struggle of a courageous people defeated apartheid.

So history reminds us that walls can be torn down. But the task is never easy. True partnership and true progress requires constant work and sustained sacrifice. They require sharing the burdens of development and diplomacy; of progress and peace. They require allies who will listen to each other, learn from each other and, most of all, trust each other. That is why America cannot turn inward. That is why Europe cannot turn inward. America has no better partner than Europe. Now is the time to build new bridges across the globe as strong as the one that bound us across the Atlantic. Now is the time to join together, through constant cooperation, strong institutions, shared sacrifice, and a global commitment to progress, to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It was this spirit that led airlift planes to appear in the sky above our heads, and people to assemble where we stand today. And this is the moment when our nations – and all nations – must summon that spirit anew.


Les hele talen her.

Nedtelling til President Obama: 4 dager

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er.

We bombed Hiroshima. We bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye.

Kids playing in the playground. Mothers picking up children after school. Civilians, not soldiers, people just trying to make it day by day.

We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff that we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.

- Pastor Jeremiah Wright, 16. september 2001.

The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons and passes a three strikes law, and then wants us to sing God bless America. No no no, not God bless America, God damn America! That's in the bible, for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating us citizens as less than human.

- Pastor Jeremiah Wright, 2003

In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination - and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past - are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds - by investing in our schools and our communities; by enforcing our civil rights laws and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system; by providing this generation with ladders of opportunity that were unavailable for previous generations. It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper.

- Senator Barack Obama, 18. mars 2008
Jeremiah Wright, Obamas spirituelle mentor i over 20 år ble plutselig et tema i den amerikanske valgkampen når videoklipp fra noen av hans prekener ble funnet og spredd over nettet. Mange spurte seg om dette var slutten for Obama? Obama svarte med å skrive og holde denne talen:



Denne talen bør være obligatorisk lesning for alle som er interessert i politikk, samfunn og raserelasjoner, og jeg er ikke i tvil om at den kommer til å leses i amerikanske klasserom i de neste 50 årene. Av alle talene jeg har lagt ut til nå er dette den sterkeste. I stedet for å ta fullstendig avstand fra Jeremiah Wright, slik mange rådet ham til, valgte han i stedet å fortelle om hvordan det er å være svart i dagens Amerika, og hvordan det sinnet Jeremiah Wright viser i sine prekener finnes blant svarte i Amerika, enten man liker det eller ikke.
A lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one's family, contributed to the erosion of black families - a problem that welfare policies for many years may have worsened. And the lack of basic services in so many urban black neighborhoods - parks for kids to play in, police walking the beat, regular garbage pick-up and building code enforcement - all helped create a cycle of violence, blight and neglect that continue to haunt us.

This is the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up. They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted. What's remarkable is not how many failed in the face of discrimination, but rather how many men and women overcame the odds; how many were able to make a way out of no way for those like me who would come after them.

But for all those who scratched and clawed their way to get a piece of the American Dream, there were many who didn't make it - those who were ultimately defeated, in one way or another, by discrimination. That legacy of defeat was passed on to future generations - those young men and increasingly young women who we see standing on street corners or languishing in our prisons, without hope or prospects for the future. Even for those blacks who did make it, questions of race, and racism, continue to define their worldview in fundamental ways. For the men and women of Reverend Wright's generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years. That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table. At times, that anger is exploited by politicians, to gin up votes along racial lines, or to make up for a politician's own failings.

And occasionally it finds voice in the church on Sunday morning, in the pulpit and in the pews. The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright's sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning. That anger is not always productive; indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems; it keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity in our condition, and prevents the African-American community from forging the alliances it needs to bring about real change. But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races.
Men han snakker ikke bare om svarte:
In fact, a similar anger exists within segments of the white community. Most working- and middle-class white Americans don't feel that they have been particularly privileged by their race. Their experience is the immigrant experience - as far as they're concerned, no one's handed them anything, they've built it from scratch. They've worked hard all their lives, many times only to see their jobs shipped overseas or their pension dumped after a lifetime of labor. They are anxious about their futures, and feel their dreams slipping away; in an era of stagnant wages and global competition, opportunity comes to be seen as a zero sum game, in which your dreams come at my expense. So when they are told to bus their children to a school across town; when they hear that an African American is getting an advantage in landing a good job or a spot in a good college because of an injustice that they themselves never committed; when they're told that their fears about crime in urban neighborhoods are somehow prejudiced, resentment builds over time.

Like the anger within the black community, these resentments aren't always expressed in polite company. But they have helped shape the political landscape for at least a generation. Anger over welfare and affirmative action helped forge the Reagan Coalition. Politicians routinely exploited fears of crime for their own electoral ends. Talk show hosts and conservative commentators built entire careers unmasking bogus claims of racism while dismissing legitimate discussions of racial injustice and inequality as mere political correctness or reverse racism.

Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze - a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many. And yet, to wish away the resentments of white Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns - this too widens the racial divide, and blocks the path to understanding.
Og han ga en utfordring til media og det amerikanske folk:
For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can tackle race only as spectacle - as we did in the OJ trial - or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina - or as fodder for the nightly news. We can play Reverend Wright's sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies.

We can do that.

But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we'll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change.

That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, "Not this time." This time we want to talk about the crumbling schools that are stealing the future of black children and white children and Asian children and Hispanic children and Native American children. This time we want to reject the cynicism that tells us that these kids can't learn; that those kids who don't look like us are somebody else's problem. The children of America are not those kids, they are our kids, and we will not let them fall behind in a 21st century economy. Not this time.

This time we want to talk about how the lines in the Emergency Room are filled with whites and blacks and Hispanics who do not have health care; who don't have the power on their own to overcome the special interests in Washington, but who can take them on if we do it together.

This time we want to talk about the shuttered mills that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race, and the homes for sale that once belonged to Americans from every religion, every region, every walk of life. This time we want to talk about the fact that the real problem is not that someone who doesn't look like you might take your job; it's that the corporation you work for will ship it overseas for nothing more than a profit.

This time we want to talk about the men and women of every color and creed who serve together, and fight together, and bleed together under the same proud flag. We want to talk about how to bring them home from a war that never should've been authorized and never should've been waged, and we want to talk about how we'll show our patriotism by caring for them, and their families, and giving them the benefits they have earned.

I would not be running for President if I didn't believe with all my heart that this is what the vast majority of Americans want for this country. This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. And today, whenever I find myself feeling doubtful or cynical about this possibility, what gives me the most hope is the next generation - the young people whose attitudes and beliefs and openness to change have already made history in this election.
Etter dette ble Jeremiah Wright et ikke-tema. Man hørte knapt navnet hans fra da og til november.

Hele talen kan leses her.

Fordi jeg er mann?


Jeg stusser over hvordan enkelte ”menn” kan tro at de virker særlig mandige når de må utnytte andre mennesker for å være ”menn”. Dette er i mine øyne noe av det minst mandige man kan gjøre! Det å tro at man kan ta seg til rette og utnytte mennesker i en sårbar posisjon blir så hinsides gal at man nesten ikke orker å argumentere i mot…

Galskapen består i at mange menn lever i en utopisk fremstilling om den lykkelige prostituerte. Dette er helt skingrende galt. AUF har heldigvis fått med seg Arbeiderpartiet på å kriminalisere sexkjøp. Bare tanken på at et annet menneskets kropp skal være en salgsvare for at menn skal få tilfredstilt et behov er så fjernt fra god sosialdemokratisk tankegang som man kan komme, og det har Arbeiderpartiet bevist med AUF i spissen!

lørdag 17. januar 2009

Nedtelling til President Obama: 5 dager

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er.
The Republicans running for President have already tied themselves to the past. They speak of a hundred year war in Iraq and billions more on tax breaks for the wealthiest few who don't need them and didn't ask for them - tax breaks that mortgage our children's future on a mountain of debt at a time when there are families who can't pay their medical bills and students who can't pay their tuition.

They are running on the politics of yesterday, and that is why our party must be the party of tomorrow. And that is the party I will lead as President.

Senator Barack Obama, 5. februar 2008 - Super Tuesday


Supertirsdag 2008, da 23 stater og områder hadde sine primærvalg. Clinton-leiren var sikre på at primærvalgene ville være over den kvelden, og hadde egentlig ikke planlagt noe særlig for de valgene som kom etterpå. Clinton fikk knappe seire i de største statene, men i de mindre statene og områdene vant Obama overlegent. Derfor sto han igjen med flere delegater enn henne etter denne kvelden. Clinton hadde nesten ikke drevet valgkamp i disse små statene, derfor sto Obama igjen som vinneren denne kvelden. Og etter supertirsdag vant han 11 strake seire i resten av Februar, noe som ga ham en ledelse i antall delegater som var nærmest umulig for Clinton å ta igjen. Men hun ga ikke opp.


Utdrag:
And when I am President, we will put an end to a politics that uses 9/11 as a way to scare up votes, and start seeing it as a challenge that should unite America and the world against the common threats of the twenty-first century: terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease.

We can do this. It will not be easy. It will require struggle and sacrifice. There will setbacks and we will make mistakes. And that is why we need all the help we can get. So tonight I want to speak directly to all those Americans who have yet to join this movement but still hunger for change - we need you. We need you to stand with us, and work with us, and help us prove that together, ordinary people can still do extraordinary things.

I am blessed to be standing in the city where my own extraordinary journey began. A few miles from here, in the shadow of a shuttered steel plant, is where I learned what it takes to make change happen.

I was a young organizer then, intent on fighting joblessness and poverty on the South Side, and I still remember one of the very first meetings I put together. We had worked on it for days, but no one showed up. Our volunteers felt so defeated, they wanted to quit. And to be honest, so did I.

But at that moment, I looked outside and saw some young boys tossing stones at a boarded-up apartment building across the street. They were like boys in so many cities across the country - boys without prospects, without guidance, without hope. And I turned to the volunteers, and I asked them, "Before you quit, I want you to answer one question. What will happen to those boys?" And the volunteers looked out that window, and they decided that night to keep going - to keep organizing, keep fighting for better schools, and better jobs, and better health care. And so did I. And slowly, but surely, in the weeks and months to come, the community began to change.

You see, the challenges we face will not be solved with one meeting in one night. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.

We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. We are the hope of those boys who have little; who've been told that they cannot have what they dream; that they cannot be what they imagine.

Yes they can.

We are the hope of the father who goes to work before dawn and lies awake with doubts that tell him he cannot give his children the same opportunities that someone gave him.

Yes he can.

We are the hope of the woman who hears that her city will not be rebuilt; that she cannot reclaim the life that was swept away in a terrible storm.

Yes she can.

We are the hope of the future; the answer to the cynics who tell us our house must stand divided; that we cannot come together; that we cannot remake this world as it should be.

Because we know what we have seen and what we believe - that what began as a whisper has now swelled to a chorus that cannot be ignored; that will not be deterred; that will ring out across this land as a hymn that will heal this nation, repair this world, and make this time different than all the rest - Yes. We. Can.

Talen kan leses her.

Nedtelling til President Obama: 6 dager

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er.

That is the country I see. That is the country you see. But now it is up to us to help the entire nation embrace this vision. Because in the end, we are not just up against the ingrained and destructive habits of Washington, we are also struggling against our own doubts, our own fears, and our own cynicism. The change we seek has always required great struggle and sacrifice. And so this is a battle in our own hearts and minds about what kind of country we want and how hard we’re willing to work for it.

So let me remind you tonight that change will not be easy. That change will take time. There will be setbacks, and false starts, and sometimes we will make mistakes. But as hard as it may seem, we cannot lose hope. Because there are people all across this country who are counting us; who can’t afford another four years without health care or good schools or decent wages because our leaders couldn’t come together and get it done.

- Senator Barack Obama, 26. januar 2008.




Etter New Hampshire tapte Obama valget i Nevada (men fikk flere delegater). Den siste staten som skulle ha primærvalg før "Super Tuesday" (5. februar) var South Carolina, en stat med et høyt antall afro-amerikanere. De fleste regnet med at Obama kom til å vinne staten, men de trodde ikke han kom til å vinne så overlegent. Han fikk 55%, Clinton fikk 27%, og Edwards fikk 18%.

But there are real differences between the candidates. We are looking for more than just a change of party in the White House. We’re looking to fundamentally change the status quo in Washington – a status quo that extends beyond any particular party. And right now, that status quo is fighting back with everything it’s got; with the same old tactics that divide and distract us from solving the problems people face, whether those problems are health care they can’t afford or a mortgage they cannot pay.

So this will not be easy. Make no mistake about what we’re up against.

We are up against the belief that it’s ok for lobbyists to dominate our government – that they are just part of the system in Washington. But we know that the undue influence of lobbyists is part of the problem, and this election is our chance to say that we’re not going to let them stand in our way anymore.

We are up against the conventional thinking that says your ability to lead as President comes from longevity in Washington or proximity to the White House. But we know that real leadership is about candor, and judgment, and the ability to rally Americans from all walks of life around a common purpose – a higher purpose.

We are up against decades of bitter partisanship that cause politicians to demonize their opponents instead of coming together to make college affordable or energy cleaner; it’s the kind of partisanship where you’re not even allowed to say that a Republican had an idea – even if it’s one you never agreed with. That kind of politics is bad for our party, it’s bad for our country, and this is our chance to end it once and for all.

We are up against the idea that it’s acceptable to say anything and do anything to win an election. We know that this is exactly what’s wrong with our politics; this is why people don’t believe what their leaders say anymore; this is why they tune out. And this election is our chance to give the American people a reason to believe again.

And what we’ve seen in these last weeks is that we’re also up against forces that are not the fault of any one campaign, but feed the habits that prevent us from being who we want to be as a nation. It’s the politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon. A politics that tells us that we have to think, act, and even vote within the confines of the categories that supposedly define us. The assumption that young people are apathetic. The assumption that Republicans won’t cross over. The assumption that the wealthy care nothing for the poor, and that the poor don’t vote. The assumption that African-Americans can’t support the white candidate; whites can’t support the African-American candidate; blacks and Latinos can’t come together.

But we are here tonight to say that this is not the America we believe in. I did not travel around this state over the last year and see a white South Carolina or a black South Carolina. I saw South Carolina. I saw crumbling schools that are stealing the future of black children and white children. I saw shuttered mills and homes for sale that once belonged to Americans from all walks of life, and men and women of every color and creed who serve together, and fight together, and bleed together under the same proud flag. I saw what America is, and I believe in what this country can be.

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fredag 16. januar 2009

Nedtelling til President Obama: 7 dager

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er. (Jeg er veldig på etterskudd, men jeg er fast bestemt på å komme meg igjennom alle talene jeg har valgt ut før innsettelsen)

Unity is the great need of the hour – the great need of this hour. Not because it sounds pleasant or because it makes us feel good, but because it’s the only way we can overcome the essential deficit that exists in this country.

I’m not talking about a budget deficit. I’m not talking about a trade deficit. I’m not talking about a deficit of good ideas or new plans.

I’m talking about a moral deficit. I’m talking about an empathy deficit. I’m taking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother’s keeper; we are our sister’s keeper; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.

Senator Barack Obama, 20. januar 2008.



I den gamle kirken til Martin Luther King holdt Barack Obama en sterk tale om fellesskap, og om å jobbe sammen for å bekjempe urettferdighet. Det som kanskje fikk mest oppmerksomhet var hans oppgjør med den svarte kulturens diskriminering av homofile:

For most of this country’s history, we in the African-American community have been at the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes plays – on the job, in the schools, in our health care system, and in our criminal justice system.

And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community.

We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them. The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity.

Mye bra i denne talen:

We have an empathy deficit when we’re still sending our children down corridors of shame – schools in the forgotten corners of America where the color of your skin still affects the content of your education.

We have a deficit when CEOs are making more in ten minutes than some workers make in ten months; when families lose their homes so that lenders make a profit; when mothers can’t afford a doctor when their children get sick.

We have a deficit in this country when there is Scooter Libby justice for some and Jena justice for others; when our children see nooses hanging from a schoolyard tree today, in the present, in the twenty-first century.

We have a deficit when homeless veterans sleep on the streets of our cities; when innocents are slaughtered in the deserts of Darfur; when young Americans serve tour after tour of duty in a war that should’ve never been authorized and never been waged.

And we have a deficit when it takes a breach in our levees to reveal a breach in our compassion; when it takes a terrible storm to reveal the hungry that God calls on us to feed; the sick He calls on us to care for; the least of these He commands that we treat as our own.

So we have a deficit to close. We have walls – barriers to justice and equality – that must come down. And to do this, we know that unity is the great need of this hour.

Unfortunately, all too often when we talk about unity in this country, we’ve come to believe that it can be purchased on the cheap. We’ve come to believe that racial reconciliation can come easily – that it’s just a matter of a few ignorant people trapped in the prejudices of the past, and that if the demagogues and those who exploit our racial divisions will simply go away, then all our problems would be solved.

All too often, we seek to ignore the profound institutional barriers that stand in the way of ensuring opportunity for all children, or decent jobs for all people, or health care for those who are sick. We long for unity, but are unwilling to pay the price.

Idioten

Man bruker det forrige innlegget til å gi skryt av eget parti og den jobben som blir gjort... Så går det 5 minutter og man kan lese om hvordan:
Stortingsrepresentant Torgeir Micaelsen (Ap) fra Buskerud vil tilbake til alternative skoler for problemelever. Det vil gagne både dem og elevene som blir igjen, mener han. Til VGnett.
Dette er et tåpelig forslag som jeg håper blir lagt i skuffen fortere enn svint. Dette er en resignasjon for de elevene som trenger vår støtte.

Alle som ikke enda har lest Jens Bjørneboe - Jonas må sørge for å få inn denne boka i sin "skal leses"-liste. En god bok som forklarer hvordan Idioten - altså spesialskolene til Torgeir Micaelsen vil ødelegge langt mer enn det gavner. Og hvor ble det egentlig av tankene om at alle mennesker har noe å lære bort og at alle kan lære noe av andre?

Men jeg skal ikke legge mer stein til byrden for Torgeir, for han skal slite med å forsvare dette!

DNA.no --> veien til valgseier

Når vi ser på hjemmesidene til Arbeiderpartiet, DNA.no, ser vi hvordan vi skal jobbe frem mot valget og vinne en knusende seier over høyresiden. Det er flere saker om hvordan Arbeiderpartiet har utviklet seg, og vi er det partiet nå som er best på bruk av WEB 2.0(youtube, facebook osv.).

Man kan blant annet lese om:
  1. "Hei, Jens, ser du skal besøke skolen vår på fredag, det gleder vi oss til, håper du har tid til å hilse på klassen min, da. :-)" skrev læreren på Stoltenbergs Facebook-side. I dag fikk klassen besøk. Les saken hos vg.no.
  2. Det blir også stilt utfordringer til Erna om at hun snart må komme på banen og avklare hva Høyre går til valg på. Hvor lenge skal norske velgere måtte velge?
  3. Nettvalgkampen er i gang: "- Jeg er svært begeistret over muligheten til å kunne snakke direkte med velgerne våre. Til å kunne formidle hva jeg har på hjertet, men også til å få innspill til hvordan vi kan løse politiske utfordringer vi står overfor. " Sier Gunn Karin Juel.
  4. Medlemsboom i AUF er også en sak hos både DNA og AUF.
AUF i Østfold har også startet arbeidet med en nettstrategi for Østfold Arbeiderparti slik at vi kan vinne nettdebattene og sette fokuset dit vi vil.

Både AUF og Arbeiderpartiet er gode på nettet om dagen blant annet her:

onsdag 14. januar 2009

Pils for fred


En av mine medskribenter på denne bloggen, Ole Hagen, skal arrangere politisk pub i Moss på førstkommende fredag. Temaet skal være Gaza og siden vi en god del ganger har hatt ganske amper Palestina debatt på bloggen håper jeg å se flest mulig lesere der. Det hele sparkes i gang kl. 20 !

Moss Arbeiderparti inviterer derfor til politisk pub om Israel/Palestina-konflikten og situasjonen på Gaza. Styreleder i Norsk Folkehjelp, Finn Erik Thoresen kommer og holder et foredrag, og etterpå åpnes det for spørsmål og debatt. Dette er ment som en uformell samling der vi kan komme sammen på tvers av partigrenser og diskutere politikk over en halvliter øl (eller brus, for den som liker det best).

Moss Arbeiderparti ønsker alle som er interessert i å lære mer om konflikten velkommen til en hyggelig kveld om et ikke veldig hyggelig tema.


Politisk pub er noe Moss Arbeiderparti har arrangert en god stund og det har vært godt med oppmøte tidligere. Når man nå har en så dyktig innleder bør alle virkelig ta seg turen til Microbryggeriet! Jeg har selv hørt Finn Erik Thoresen ved et par annledninger, og det er en utrolig dyktig mann. Han har en engasjerende måte å legge ting frem på, samtidig som han er faglig sterk og kan det han snakker om!

For dere som ikke vet hvor dette ligger så finner dere det her: Kart

tirsdag 13. januar 2009

Nedtelling til President Obama: 8 dager

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er.

Yes we can.

- Senator Barack Obama, 9. januar 2008




Etter seieren i Iowa var Barack Obama favoritt til å vinne primærvalget i New Hampshire bare noen dager senere. Alle meningsmålinger som var gjort de siste dagene før valget viste en klar ledelse til Obama, men da stemmene var talt opp den kvelden hadde Clinton klart å skvise ut en knapp seier. Det var ingen som forutså det, og det kan virke som om Obama-leiren ikke hadde noe annet enn en seierstale klar den kvelden, for bortsett fra et par setninger på begynnelsen der han gratulerer Clinton, kunne han holdt akkurat den samme talen dersom han hadde vunnet. Men det viste seg at denne talen var perfekt likevel.

Jeg satt selvfølgelig oppe den natten for å se hva resultatet ble, og jeg var skuffet da resultatet var klart. Jeg fulgte vel egentlig ikke så godt med da Obama holdt talen sin. Jeg var sliten og ukonsentrert. Jeg sa etterpå til folk at denne talen ikke var like bra som seierstalen i Iowa, men når jeg hører den nå, og leser den nå må jeg bare si at jeg tok feil. De siste fem minuttene av denne talen er det som skiller Obama fra alle andre politikere og presidentkandidater jeg har sett:
All of the candidates in this race share these goals. All have good ideas. And all are patriots who serve this country honorably.

But the reason our campaign has always been different is because it's not just about what I will do as President, it's also about what you, the people who love this country, can do to change it.

That's why tonight belongs to you. It belongs to the organizers and the volunteers and the staff who believed in our improbable journey and rallied so many others to join.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we've been told that we're not ready, or that we shouldn't try, or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.

Yes we can.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom through the darkest of nights.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballot; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this world. Yes we can.

And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign South and West; as we learn that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; that the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we
will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea - Yes. We. Can.
Disse siste minuttene av talen ble også omgjort til en sang som fikk mye oppmerksomhet:



Hele talen kan leses her.

mandag 12. januar 2009

Nedtelling til President Obama: 9 dager

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er. (Jada, jeg vet jeg er en dag på etterskudd. Tar det igjen i morra)
Hope-hope-is what led me here today - with a father from Kenya; a mother from Kansas; and a story that could only happen in the United States of America. Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.

Senator Barack Obama, 3. januar 2008
Jeg var nok ikke den eneste som satt oppe klokken 5 den natten og så Obama holde seierstalen sin i Iowa. Han hadde gjort det umulige, han hadde slått Clinton, den selvfølgelige kandidaten, i en stat som var 98% hvit. Han hadde bevist at han ikke bare var en "svart kandidat", men at også hvite kunne stemme på han. Mange som hadde avskrevet ham som sjanseløs var nå nødt til å åpne øynene og faktisk høre på hva han hadde å si. Denne talen ble hans virkelige introduksjon til det amerikanske folk. Og for en tale det var:


You know, they said... they said... they said this day would never come.
Les og lær, folkens Jeg har merket meg at det er de siste fem minuttene av seierstalene hans som er de aller beste, der han virkelig tar det opp på et nytt nivå:
I know you didn't do this for me. You did this-you did this because you believed so deeply in the most American of ideas - that in the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.

I know this-I know this because while I may be standing here tonight, I'll never forget that my journey began on the streets of Chicago doing what so many of you have done for this campaign and all the campaigns here in Iowa - organizing, and working, and fighting to make people's lives just a little bit better.

I know how hard it is. It comes with little sleep, little pay, and a lot of sacrifice. There are days of disappointment, but sometimes, just sometimes, there are nights like this - a night-a night that, years from now, when we've made the changes we believe in; when more families can afford to see a doctor; when our children-when Malia and Sasha and your children-inherit a planet that's a little cleaner and safer; when the world sees America differently, and America sees itself as a nation less divided and more united; you'll be able to look back with pride and say that this was the moment when it all began.

This was the moment when the improbable beat what Washington always said was inevitable.

This was the moment when we tore down barriers that have divided us for too long - when we rallied people of all parties and ages to a common cause; when we finally gave Americans who'd never participated in politics a reason to stand up and to do so.

This was the moment when we finally beat back the politics of fear, and doubt, and cynicism; the politics where we tear each other down instead of lifting this country up. This was the moment.

Years from now, you'll look back and you'll say that this was the moment - this was the place - where America remembered what it means to hope.

For many months, we've been teased, even derided for talking about hope.

But we always knew that hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it.

Hope is what I saw in the eyes of the young woman in Cedar Rapids who works the night shift after a full day of college and still can't afford health care for a sister who's ill; a young woman who still believes that this country will give her the chance to live out her dreams.

Hope is what I heard in the voice of the New Hampshire woman who told me that she hasn't been able to breathe since her nephew left for Iraq; who still goes to bed each night praying for his safe return.

Hope is what led a band of colonists to rise up against an empire; what led the greatest of generations to free a continent and heal a nation; what led young women and young men to sit at lunch counters and brave fire hoses and march through Selma and Montgomery for freedom's cause.

Hope-hope-is what led me here today - with a father from Kenya; a mother from Kansas; and a story that could only happen in the United States of America. Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.

That is what we started here in Iowa, and that is the message we can now carry to New Hampshire and beyond; the same message we had when we were up and when we were down; the one that can change this country brick by brick, block by block, calloused hand by calloused hand - that together, ordinary people can do extraordinary things; because we are not a collection of Red States and Blue States, we are the United States of America; and at this moment, in this election, we are ready to believe again. Thank you, Iowa.

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søndag 11. januar 2009

Hvem er Asle Toje?



Er ute i dagens VG og snakker om hvordan man kan skape fred i Midtøsten, gjennom mer krig. Argumentene hans er så hule at de er til å le av, og derfor er det merkelig at VG har gitt han ganske fremtredende plass i debatten. Heldigvis er PRIO som har litt mer legitimitet på område ute og retter opp i inntrykket av at Norske forskere er blitt gale.

Fredsforsker og direktør for PRIO, Stein Tønnesson, mener brannbullen fra BI-forskeren ikke har rot i virkeligheten.

- Statistikken kan overhodet ikke brukes til å trekke den typen konklusjoner, mener Tønnesson.

Han mener at å føre en konflikt til sin logiske konklusjon vil føre til katastrofale konsekvenser i Midtøsten.

- Hvis du skal ta konsekvensen av Tojes ressonement, så ville løsningen være å at araberlandene utslettet staten Israel. Det er den eneste mulighet for en militær løsning, Israel kan aldri utslette alle de arabiske nabolandene.

Vi kan unnsylde Asle Toje på en veldig enkel måte, han er FrP-medlem… Han sitter blant annet i FrP sitt internasjonale utvalg.

Han skriver også for =Oslo, så det er også noen positive ting.

Ønsker du å forklare han at holdningene hans er uten rot i virkeligheten kan du sende han en mail her : asle.toje@vr-crisis.com

Nedtelling til President Obama: 10 dager

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er.
This party - the party of Jefferson and Jackson; of Roosevelt and Kennedy - has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we led, not by polls, but by principle; not by calculation, but by conviction; when we summoned the entire nation to a common purpose - a higher purpose. And I run for the Presidency of the United States of America because that's the party America needs us to be right now.
- Senator Barack Obama, 10. november 2007


Vendepunktet i primærvalgkampen kom 10. november 2007 på den tradisjonelle Jefferson-Jackson middagen i Iowa. Hele høsten hadde Obama ligget langt under Clinton, ikke minst i de nasjonale målingene, men også i Iowa. På dette tidspunktet lå han over ti prosentpoeng under. Hver av presidentkandidatene holdt en tale for aktivistene og gjestene, og Obama fikk avslutte kvelden. Etter en middelmådig tale fra Clinton, kom Obama ut og holdt en av de mest intense talene jeg har sett ham holde.

We were promised compassionate conservatism and all we got was Katrina and wiretaps. We were promised a uniter, and we got a President who could not even lead the half of the country that voted for him. We were promised a more ethical and more efficient government, and instead we have a town called Washington that is more corrupt and more wasteful than it was before. And the only mission that was ever accomplished is to use fear and falsehood to take this country to a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged.
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And that is why the same old Washington textbook campaigns just won't do in this election. That's why not answering questions ‘cause we are afraid our answers won't be popular just won't do. That's why telling the American people what we think they want to hear instead of telling the American people what they need to hear just won't do. Triangulating and poll-driven positions because we're worried about what Mitt or Rudy might say about us just won't do. If we are really serious about wining this election Democrats, we can't live in fear of losing it.
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And if those Republicans come at me with the same fear-mongering and swift-boating that they usually do, then I will take them head on. Because I believe the American people are tired of fear and tired of distractions and tired of diversions. We can make this election not about fear, but about the future. And that won't just be a Democratic victory; that will be an American victory.

And that is a victory America needs right now.
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Because I will never forget that the only reason that I'm standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky. Stood up when it was hard. Stood up when it wasn't popular. And because that somebody stood up, a few more stood up. And then a few thousand stood up. And then a few million stood up. And standing up, with courage and clear purpose, they somehow managed to change the world.

lørdag 10. januar 2009

Bilder fra demonstrasjon









Skremmende utvikling!

Israel Tells Gazans: Prepare For Escalation Of Military Offensive

Det er skremmende når vi ser hvordan en allerede blodig og unødvendig krig skal eskaleres.

Israel pounded rocket sites and tunnels Saturday while its planes dropped leaflets warning of an escalation, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas predicted a "waterfall of blood" unless all parties adhere to the U.N.'s call for a durable cease-fire.

Hamas fighters kept up attacks on southern Israel, launching 15 rockets. And with neither side ready to step down, the death toll in two weeks of fighting rose to more than 800 Palestinians, according to Palestinian medical officials, and 13 Israelis.
På flyeren som ble sluppet over Gaza stod det blant annet at Israel ikke ønsker å skade sivilie og at de kun jakter på terrorister og Hamas. Det er en ganske paradoksal lapp, når vi vet at det store flertall av de som er blitt drept og skadd av Israel er uskyldige sivile!

Appell mot bombing i Gaza

Under kan du lese appellen fra demonstrasjonen i Fredrikstad i dag. Jeg vil takke alle som dukket opp og bidro til en flott markering!

Kjære Palestinavenner!

”Det heiter ikkje: eg - no lenger.
Heretter heiter det: vi.
Eig du lykka så er ho ikkje lenger
berre di.
Alt det som bror din kan ta imot
av lykka di, må du gi.
Alt du kan løfte av børa til bror din,
må du ta på deg.”

Haldis Moren Vesaas dikt Tung tids tale oppsumerer godt hvordan vi kan løse denne konflikten. Det handler om et av arbeiderbevegelsens viktigste slagord, Solidaritet! Vi viser solidaritet med ofrene i denne konflikten, men vi er heller ikke redd for å si klart i fra! Vi kritiserer Israel sine angrep på det sterkeste, og vi jobber for en varig fred i Midtøsten.

Situasjonen på Gaza og også til dels på vestbredden var prekær lenge før angrepene til Israel. Dette er på grunn av at Israel har murt inne et helt folk og gjennomført daglig diskriminering. Det at fødende kvinner dør på checkpoints, at mennesker ikke kommer seg på jobb, at matforsyninger blir stoppet er bare noen eksempler på Israel sin trakasering av Palestinerne.

Jeg var selv på vestbredden i høst og fikk føle på kroppen noe av det Palestinere må gjennomleve. Alle som reiser til Palestina har en del forventninger, men de blir fort knust. Det er så utrolig mye verre enn man hadde forventet! Vi var blant annet i Hebron hvor det kun var en åpen butikk og masse Israelske kontrollposter. Når vi var halvveis gjennom det som skulle vært en gågate, møter vi på 2 Palestinske gutter som ikke var mer enn 15 år bli regelrett dratt av gårde av Israelske soldater. Du kunne tydelig se frykten i ansiktet på de 2 guttene når de viste at det neste som ventet dem var mange timer med direkte bank.

AUF har tatt stilling i konflikten og vi har tatt parti med den okkuperte part. Myten om at dette er en krig med to likeverdige stater er så langt fra sannheten som du kan komme. Israel har verdens 5. største militærmakt og de bruker denne til å drepe uskyldige mennesker i Gaza. Dette er grunnen til at AUF krever en handelsboikott av Israel. Det er nå på tide at vi sender et tydelig signal til Israel og boikotter Israelske varer!

Vi har fått jevnlige oppdateringer fra Gaza om hvordan situasjonen har utviklet seg. Og mens det norske folk holder pusten før neste nyhetssending klarer Siv Jensen å lire av seg en støtte erklæring til Israel sin bombing av uskyldige sivile. Vi kan aldri godta drap på sivile mennesker, og denne krigen må stoppes øyeblikkelig! Denne meldingen går fra dagens demonstrasjon, inn til Oslo, til Israels ambasadør, Miriam Shomrat og derifra videre til Tipzi Livni. Vi nekter å være stille når Palestinere blir drept for å tekkes Israelske velgere!

Vi skal sikre et fritt Palestina, Insallah!
Etter talen brøt flere andre meddemonstranter ut Insallah og store deler av demonstrantene begynte med slagordet "Boikott Israel!"

fredag 9. januar 2009

Parole nekt!

(Bildet er ikke fra dagens demonstrasjon)

I dagens demonstrasjon i Halden kl. 17.30 opplevde vi noe uvanlig fra arrangørene av demonstrasjonen. AUF har mye kjennskap og har jobbet i mange år med Israel/Palestina konflikten, og på bakgrunn i denne erfaringen mener vi at Norge må innføre en boikott av Israel. Men når vi kom med selvlagd banner valgte arrangørene å be oss om å fjerne banneret. Det er tydelig at arrangørene var mer redd for kontrovers enn å kneble deltakerne.

Vi må diskutere hvilke virkemidler vi skal ta i bruk, og da må vi i alle fall ikke frykte debatt! Boikott er en del av vår løsning, men når det for arrangørene er viktigere å stramme inn enn å ønske velkommen så for det stå på deres kappe.

Et lyspunkt for kvelden var Victoria Olsen, leder i Halden AUF, sin appell som fikk mange til å lytte etter!

Det er skammelig at man ikke tør ta debatten!

Nedtelling til President Obama: 11 dager

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er.
The United Nations has embraced the Millennium Development Goals, which aim to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015. When I’m President, they will be America’s goals. The Bush Administration tried to keep the UN from proclaiming these goals; the Obama Administration will double foreign assistance to $50 billion to lead the world to achieve them.

- Senator Barack Obama, 2. oktober 2007.

Nøyaktig 5 år etter at han holdt anti-krigstalen som jeg presenterte her for noen dager siden, holdt Obama en tale der han la frem sine visjoner for utenrikspolitikken til USA.



De viktigste sitatene:

In the 21st century, we cannot stand up before the world and say that there’s one set of rules for America and another for everyone else. To lead the world, we must lead by example. We must be willing to acknowledge our failings, not just trumpet our victories. And when I’m President, we’ll reject torture — without exception or equivocation; we’ll close Guantanamo; we’ll be the country that credibly tells the dissidents in the prison camps around the world that America is your voice, America is your dream, America is your light of justice.

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That is why it is not enough to change parties. It is time to change our politics. We don’t need another President who puts politics and loyalty over candor. We don’t need another President who thinks big but doesn’t feel the need to tell the American people what they think. We don’t need another President who shuts the door on the American people when they make policy. The American people are not the problem in this country — they are the answer. And it’s time we had a President who acted like that.

I will always tell the American people the truth. I will always tell you where I stand. It’s what I’m doing in this campaign. It’s what I’ll do as President. I’ll lead a new era of openness. I’ll give an annual “State of the World” address to the American people in which I lay out our national security policy. I’ll draw on the legacy of one our greatest Presidents — Franklin Roosevelt — and give regular “fireside webcasts,” and I’ll have members of my national security team do the same.

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When I’m President, we’ll strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty so that nations that don’t comply will automatically face strong international sanctions.

This will require a new era of American diplomacy. To signal the dawn of that era, we need a President who is willing to talk to all nations, friend and foe. I’m not afraid that America will lose a propaganda battle with a petty tyrant — we need to go before the world and win those battles. If we take the attitude that the President just parachutes in for a photo-op after an agreement has already been reached, then we’re only going to reach agreements with our friends. That’s not the way to protect the American people. That’s not the way to advance our interests.

Just look at our history. Kennedy had a direct line to Khrushchev. Nixon met with Mao. Carter did the hard work of negotiating the Camp David Accords. Reagan was negotiating arms agreements with Gorbachev even as he called on him to “tear down this wall.”

It’s time to make diplomacy a top priority. Instead of shuttering consulates, we need to open them in the tough and hopeless corners of the world. Instead of having more Americans serving in military bands than the diplomatic corps, we need to grow our foreign service. Instead of retreating from the world, I will personally lead a new chapter of American engagement.

Hele talen kan leses her.

Gataslag med nyanser

Naturlig nok er det mange som har reagert på demonstrasjonene som eksalerte ut av kontroll i Oslo sentrum i går ettermiddag. Blitz har blant annet følgende melding å komme med på sine nettsider:

"Det har i kveld vært massive opptøyer i Oslo sentrum mot Israel sine massakre på Gaza. I dagene som kommer så vil det være mange som skal ta avstand fra opprørernes steinkasting, ruteknusing og annen motstand mot den ettergivende linja som Norge har i forhold til Israel sin okkupasjon, men Blitz støtter og hilser opprørerne velkommen og ser fram til å delta i videre kamper mot okkupasjonen av Palestina.
Fritt Palestina!
Boikott Israel!
" Kilde: Blitz.no



Man skal selvfølgelig ta avstand fra vold, men det blir kanskje litt for enkelt når media fremstiller det som at det er kun kriminelle invandrere som har gjort dette. Det var nok en god del som møtte opp for å se om det ble noe bråk og følte at politiet sto der som en motmakt. Disse demonstrantene kan da ha følt et behov for å sette seg til motverge, og mange presset hverandre til å gjennomføre dumme valg. Det er viktig at politiet har kontroll samtidg som de ikke skal være for offensive...


Samtidig virker det som Barack Obama allerede legger om kursen til en ny positiv retning for midtøsten, hvor han legger opp til dialog med begge parter.
"The move to open contacts with Hamas, which could be initiated through the US intelligence services, would represent a definitive break with the Bush ­presidency's ostracising of the group. The state department has designated Hamas a terrorist organisation "

torsdag 8. januar 2009

Nedtelling til President Obama: 12 dager

20. januar blir Barack Obama innsatt som president i USA. Hver dag fram til da skal jeg legge ut en av talene som har ført ham dit han er.

And as our economy changes, let's be the generation that ensures our nation's workers are sharing in our prosperity. Let's protect the hard-earned benefits their companies have promised. Let's make it possible for hardworking Americans to save for retirement. And let's allow our unions and their organizers to lift up this country's middle-class again.

- Barack Obama, 10. februar 2007

Det er nesten to år siden Barack Obama annonserte sitt kandidatur i Springfield, Illinois:




De færreste trodde han ville klare å slå Clinton-apparatet. Men fra ingenting, klarte han å bygge opp tidenes beste politiske organisasjon, og drive den sterkeste valgkampen noensinne og nedkjempe den største maktbasen i det demokratiske partiet. Og det er med denne talen det virkelig begynte. Ikke undervurder viktigheten av inspirasjon for politiske bevegelser.

Noen utvalgte sitater:

The genius of our founders is that they designed a system of government that can be changed. And we should take heart, because we've changed this country before. In the face of tyranny, a band of patriots brought an Empire to its knees. In the face of secession, we unified a nation and set the captives free. In the face of Depression, we put people back to work and lifted millions out of poverty. We welcomed immigrants to our shores, we opened railroads to the west, we landed a man on the moon, and we heard a King's call to let justice roll down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Each and every time, a new generation has risen up and done what's needed to be done. Today we are called once more - and it is time for our generation to answer that call.

For that is our unyielding faith - that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.
Og:

Let's be the generation that ends poverty in America. Every single person willing to work should be able to get job training that leads to a job, and earn a living wage that can pay the bills, and afford child care so their kids have a safe place to go when they work. Let's do this.

Og:

And if you will join me in this improbable quest, if you feel destiny calling, and see as I see, a future of endless possibility stretching before us; if you sense, as I sense, that the time is now to shake off our slumber, and slough off our fear, and make good on the debt we owe past and future generations, then I'm ready to take up the cause, and march with you, and work with you. Together, starting today, let us finish the work that needs to be done, and usher in a new birth of freedom on this Earth.

Hele talen kan leses her.