Information Clearing House Newsletter 14 March 2012: More Fun Atrocities

14 March 2012 Information Clearing House

 

Netanyahu is Preparing Israeli Public Opinion for a War on Iran

By Aluf Benn

Haaretz’s editor-in-chief says that what looks like a preparation for war, acts like a preparation for war, and quacks like a preparation for war, is a preparation for war.

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Truthout 15 March 2012: Barbara Ehrenreich | How We Cured “the Culture of Poverty,” Not Poverty Itself

15 March 2012Truthout

How We Cured “the Culture of Poverty,” Not Poverty Itself
Barbara Ehrenreich, TomDispatch: “Fifty years later, a new discovery of poverty is long overdue. This time, we’ll have to take account not only of stereotypical Skid Row residents and Appalachians, but of foreclosed-upon suburbanites, laid-off tech workers, and America’s ever-growing army of the working poor. And if we look closely enough, we’ll have to conclude that poverty is not, after all, a cultural aberration or a character flaw. Poverty is a shortage of money.” 
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Russia continues to support Syria

15 March 2012Voice of Russia

Photo: RIA Novosti

The Federation Council of Russia promotes the overcoming of the internal political crisis in Syria with constant contacts with Syrian MPs.

Valentina Matvienko, the speaker if the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament, said in her interview with ITAR-TASS that a group of Russian Senators will go to Damascus in the near future.

She said that Moscow ‘stands for stopping  the violence in that country and for a reconciliation based on a constructive dialogue’. Matvienko mentioned the five principles of the settlement of the situation in Syria developed by Russia and the League of Arab States.

They are stopping the violence by all sides, unbiased monitoring, no foreign interference, access for humanitarian aid and support to Kofi Annan’s mission. – TASS

Current crisis as a test for a multi polar world By Alexey Pilko

15 March, 2012 — Voice of Russia

The crisis in Syria and the way it unfolded shows that the model of international relations that developed after the collapse of the bipolar system has changed in the last ten years. The idea of the unipolarity is still on the table, but it is becoming more and more blurred. The relations between governments, nation states are becoming more complicated and multi-polar.

To prove the statement above, it is enough to recall the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia in 1999. It was a typical situation, with an ethnic conflict breaking out that led to the formation of a separatist enclave on the territory of a sovereign state. Continue reading this...

Mark Steel: That is a lot of bad apples

March, 2012GreenleftThe Independent

The US military in Afghanistan has had no luck.

The case of the soldier who went berserk in Afghanistan and killed 16 people must be utterly baffling to psychiatrists.

Who can imagine what might cause someone in a stable environment such as Kandahar, with reliable role models training you to distrust the entire local population as terrorists, and no access to weapons except automatic machine guns, to flip like that? Still, they say it’s always in the tranquil places that these things happen.

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Last chance to save the NHS?

15 March 2012

The battle to save the NHS is now entering its final hours. David Cameron and Andrew Lansley seem determined to drag Britain’s most famous institution to its grave, but if we now stand together we can get the House of Lords to stop this bill in its tracks.

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