Information Clearing House Newsletter 14 February 2012: Chomsky : ‘Losing’ the World – Paul Craig Roberts – Is Western Democracy Real
13 February 2012 — Information Clearing House
Israel and Proxy Terrorism
By Robert Wright
Should Israel be classified as a state sponsor of terrorism? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30532.htm
Joe Lieberman & Al-Qaeda, United on Syria
(and other wars of ‘Muslim liberation’)
By Maidhc Ó Cathail
Libya (2011) was not the first time that Lieberman et al. were united with al-Qaeda on foreign policy goals.
The US-Bahraini Exchange
Tear Gas From U.S. Kindness in Return
By Medea Benjamin
Not only is the U.S. government going ahead with multimillion dollar arms sales to Bahrain, but the tear gas that was about to envelop us came from the good ‘ol USA.
Special Ops Now Defines the Pentagon’s Expanding Wars
By Danny Schechter
Our latest “hero” in the making.
Drone Assaults on Civil Liberties
By Shahdabul Faraz
The left’s outrage at Bush’s policies coupled with their acceptance of Obama’s reveals undeniable hypocrisy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30530.htm
Flying The Fascist Skies
By Anthony Gregory
Boy, I miss the days when the future depicted in Terminator appeared ridiculously dystopian.
U.S. v. Pakistan on Transparency and Accountability
By Glenn Greenwald
Virtually without exception, the American judiciary has refused to allow any victims of America’s War on Terror abuses – whether foreign national or American citizen – to even have their claims heard in court. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30529.htm
Is Western Democracy Real or a Facade?
By Paul Craig Roberts
The United States government and its NATO puppets have been killing Muslim men, women and children for a decade in the name of bringing them democracy. But is the West itself a democracy? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30525.htm
The Corruption of Democracy
By Simon Wood
The US government is owned by the rich, the banks and the corporations. As their interests rarely, if ever, coincide with those of ordinary people. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30526.htm
“Losing” the World
American Decline in Perspective
By Noam Chomsky
American decline is real, though the apocalyptic vision reflects the familiar ruling class perception that anything short of total control amounts to total disaster.
‘Babysitting While White,’
By Scott Henson
“The police should leave you alone. It’s not right that they want to arrest you for being my Grandpa.” More prescient words were never spoken. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30524.htm
7 killed as Libyan forces regain control of town: Libyan government forces on Tuesday took control of the south-eastern town of Kufra after days of clashes with gunmen loyal to former leader Muammar Gaddafi that killed at least seven people, a government official told dpa.
Libyans fight back against U.S.-NATO puppet regime: Al-Saadi Gadhafi, was interviewed in Niger by Al-Arabiya satellite television on Feb. 13. Saadi noted the widespread disaffection and anger inside Libya resulting from worsening conditions of the majority of people since the overthrow. http://www.workers.org/2012/world/libya_0223/
Treasury imposes sanctions on supporter of Gadhafi’s son: The Treasury Department on Tuesday imposed sanctions on a key supporter of one of the sons of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
Syrian Rebels Kill 3 Government Soldiers In Key Town: An activist group says Syrian rebels have repelled a push by government tanks into a key central town held by forces fighting against President Bashar Assad’s regime.
Arab states agree to provide guns to Syria rebels: The message was folded into Article 9 of an Arab League resolution passed on Sunday that urges Arabs to “provide all kinds of political and material support” to the opposition, a phrase that includes the possibility of giving weapons to Assad’s foes. Diplomats at the meeting confirmed this interpretation. http://natpo.st/Affj6D
Police: Iranian blows off own legs in Bangkok blasts: An Iranian man carrying grenades blew off his own legs and wounded four civilians in a trio of blasts that shook a busy Bangkok neighborhood on Tuesday, Thai authorities said.
Barak blames Iran for botched Thailand terror attack: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday that the attempted bombing in Bangkok proves that Iran and its proxies continue operating in the ways of terror.
Is Israel using Iranian terrorists?: Iran has accused Israel of working with an Iranian terrorist group to assassinate the country’s nuclear scientists. Experts say that a possible partnership between Israel and the MEK, also known as the People’s Mujahideen, is not a surprising match. http://bit.ly/wzanM5
In case you missed it:
MSNBC: Israel trains Iranian terror group to kill nuclear scientists: Active since the 1970s, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran are credited as responsible for five deadly attacks on scientists since 2007. http://bit.ly/zWVt5j
West may strike Iran by summer – Russian Gen-Staff Chief: The Russian General Staff is closely watching the situation, and is not ruling out the possibility of a coordinated attack on the Islamic Republic, General Nikolai Makarov, head of the Russian General Staff, told reporters on Tuesday. http://rt.com/news/russia-iran-summer-conflict-nato-us-265/
Gaza power plant stops due to smuggled fuel shortage: The Gaza Strip’s only power station, which supplies the Palestinian enclave with up to two-thirds of its energy needs, was shut down on Tuesday because of a shortage of fuel smuggled in from neighbouring Egypt. http://bit.ly/zmKWde
US increases Israeli military aid to $3.15 billion The budget proposal increases regular military aid to $3.15 billion from $3 billion this year, in line with the 2007 aid formula reached between the two countries. http://bit.ly/yrNbaF
Two Separate Blasts Kill 3, Wound 18 in Iraq: A bomb in a parked car exploded around noon near an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern city of Mosul, killing a soldier and a bystander, a police officer said. Twelve other passers-by were wounded in the attack http://abcn.ws/zIgC2v
Pentagon wants $3 billion for the War in Iraq that we thought was over : The American public has been told that the Iraq War is a thing of the past. Even still, the US Department of Defense is asking the federal government for almost $3 billion for “activities” in a country that they shouldn’t be in. http://rt.com/usa/news/billion-war-iraq-us-215/
RAF Regiment airman killed in Afghanistan: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) last night (Monday) said that the airman was killed by small arms fire while on a routine partnered patrol in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province. http://bit.ly/za3EFU
U.S Buys Pakistan:
US proposes $2.4 billion aid to Pakistan: Obama administration Monday proposed $2.4 billion in financial aid to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2012-1. The $2.2 billion is in assistance to “strengthen democratic and civil institutions” that provide a bulwark against extremism http://bit.ly/xiN6Iu
Egypt sends American workers to trial: Ignoring a U.S. threat to cut off aid, Egypt on Sunday referred 19 Americans and 24 other employees of non-profit groups to trial before a criminal court on accusations they illegally used foreign funds to foment unrest in the country. http://usat.ly/zbwiSj
Bahrain protest anniversary turns violent (VIDEO):
The one year anniversary of Bahrain‘s suppressed protest movement erupted in clashes as security personnel fanned out through the capital, Manama. http://bit.ly/zfvi15
Moscow warns against US warships: Russia would respond if the United States deploys warships in the Black Sea or Arctic, Russian Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov said Tuesday. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-02/14/content_14608113.htm
Russia to upgrade forces on islands claimed by Japan: Russian forces based on two Pacific Ocean islands claimed by Japan will receive major upgrades in air defence weaponry and infrastructure, a senior general said on Tuesday. http://bit.ly/ACGV4D
Moody’s Downgrades Italy, Spain, Portugal And Others; Puts UK, France On Outlook Negative -: Moody’s adjusts ratings of 9 European sovereigns to capture downside risks http://bit.ly/yehJD0
Greek bailout put on hold: Eurozone finance ministers have put a new Greek bailout on hold, saying the country has failed to meet conditions set by lenders. http://bit.ly/zMammZ
Athens Is Burning and Angela Merkel Holds the Spent Match: Athens is besieged by riots, because ordinary Greeks understand what their leaders won’t admit. The reforms imposed by Angela Merkel and Greek creditors will delay but not avoid a sovereign default. http://www.globalpolitician.com/27310-eurozone-greece-germany
These are the 10 countries deepest in debt.: Last year, Standard & Poor’s downgraded both France and the U.S. from perfect AAA ratings. Yesterday, Moody’s gave France and the UK negative outlooks. http://247wallst.com/2012/02/14/the-tencountries-deepest-in-debt/
Cost Of war
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590″
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq:
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,886
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001