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5 August, 2009: – Silence of the Sheep

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,331,578"
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq:  4,330
icasualties.org/oif/
 
Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1287
icasualties.org/oef/

Cost of War in Iraq
$671,045,763,259
 
Cost of War in Afghanistan
$223,666,028,787
 
The cost in your community
www.nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

The Silence of the Sheep
 
By William Lind
Most of the Obama administration’s leading figures are merely second and third-stringers from the Clinton administration, resurrected as zombies (starting with Hillary herself). I don’t know of a single strategist among the lot. Most are playing at government, just as little girls play house.
informationclearinghouse.info/article23198.htm

Errant Home
 
Must Watch Video With Introduction By Layla Anwar
 
I invite you to watch closely this short documentary. Watch it closely with attention and listen to what is, and most importantly to what is not said.
informationclearinghouse.info/article23197.htm

Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder
 
By Jeremy Scahill
 
Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company.
informationclearinghouse.info/article23204.htm

U.S. Seeks to Protect Anti Iran Terror Group
 
By Eli Lake
 
The U.S. has designated the MEK as a terrorist group for these actions and for the assassinations of six Americans in Iran before the 1979 Iranian revolution. But the U.S. nevertheless has sought to protect Camp Ashraf members — who include women and children — from Iraqi or Iranian attack and forced repatriation.
informationclearinghouse.info/article23199.htm

Honduras: Where does Washington stand?
 
By Real News
 
The silence from Washington over the past month of human rights abuses from the de facto Honduran government becomes deafening when one considers that the US government holds both the ability to bring that regime down as well as a recent history of criticizing similar abuses in Iran.
informationclearinghouse.info/article23200.htm

Keeping Track of the Empire’s Crimes
 
By William Blum
We already know that the United States has been assassinating non-believers, or suspected non-believers, with regularity, and impunity, in recent years, using unmanned planes (drones) firing missiles, in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia, if not elsewhere. – These murders apparently don’t qualify as “assassinations”, for somehow killing “terrorists” from 2000 feet is morally and legally superior to doing so from two feet away.
informationclearinghouse.info/article23202.htm

Hey, Did You Hear That Democrats Won The Election?!
 
By David Michael Green
 
That George Bush, man – what a monster, eh? I mean, could you even have imagined a president so destructive? It’s actually worse than you thought, though. Lately, there’s been a spate of fresh revelations about some of the incredibly disastrous policies that were executed by the Bush administration.
informationclearinghouse.info/article23201.htm

In Case You Missed It
 
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons
 
Must Watch: Video Report By Deborah Davies
 
Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8451.htm

The Hidden Truth Behind Drug Company Profits
 
By Johann Hari
 
This is the story of one of the great unspoken scandals of our times. Today, the people across the world who most need life-saving medicine are being prevented from producing it.
informationclearinghouse.info/article23203.htm

Blast Kills 6 including Afghan Tribal Elders: :
 
The bomb hit the vehicle as they were travelling to meet government officials in the Pacheragam district of Nangarhar province, a spokesman for the local government, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said.
quqnoos.com/index.php?option=com
_content&task=view&id=3416&Itemid=48

US Attack kills 4 civilians in S Afghanistan, locals stage protest:
 
100 people from Kohat village in Arghandab district took four bodies to Kandahar city of southern Afghanistan, as a sign of protest alleging that international troops carried out air raids on the village at 01:00 a.m., which left four civilians including three children dead.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-08/05/content_11829917.htm

‘Did Western troops come here to kill my children?’
 
Afghan villagers’ despair as three boys are killed in airstrike.
snipurl.com/oskoa

Extrajudicial killings:
 
 Mehsud wife killed in US drone attack:
 
A US missile strike in north-eastern Pakistan killed the wife and father-in-law of top Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, officials said.
snipurl.com/oskq5

U.S. Officials Protect Pak Military on Aid to Taliban:
 
The Barack Obama administration persuaded Congress to extend military assistance to Pakistan for five years without any assurance that the Pakistani assistance to the Taliban had ended.
ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=47961

U.N. envoy concerned at Afghanistan jail conditions:
 
“It’s important that the situation for detainees are such that they are in accordance with international laws, international standards and that they do not lead to further radicalisation,” he said.
in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-41487020090802

Ten killed in Iraq attacks :
 
In the deadliest of the day’s attacks, a roadside bomb exploded as policemen were travelling by car through a market in the southern Baghdad neighbourhood of Dora, killing five of them, police said.
uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20090805/twl-ten-
die-in-iraq-violence-as-would-be-ba734b9.html

Lying about Iraq made me quit, press officer claims:
 
Having to peddle “government lies” about the safety of soldiers in Iraq led to a Ministry of Defence press officer suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, an employment tribunal will hear.
snipurl.com/oskuf

Ahmadinejad starts new term in Iran:
 
President vows to resist “global oppressors” as he takes oath of office in Tehran.
english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/08/2009855322883597.html

Jordan’s King Abdullah stands by Palestinian right of return: .
 
“Our adherence to the refugees’ right of return and compensations is a firm attitude that cannot be changed, and no power will be able to forced on Jordan any attitude that runs counter to our interests,”
snipurl.com/oskwu

J Street, ADL launch war of words over Obama Israel policy:
 
Nearly seven months after the inauguration of Barack Obama, feuding among major U.S. Jews organizations is taking place behind closed doors and could be reaching its worst point in recent memory.
haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1105468.html

Pro-Israel groups slam former Irish president for accusing Jews of bullying:
 
“Robinson’s paranoid delusions about Jews are her problem,” said Jonathan Hoffman, co-vice chair of Britain and Ireland’s Zionist Federation.
haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1105459.html

More charged with terrorism offences in Australia:
 
During a brief court hearing in Melbourne on Wednesday, one of those charged refused to stand before the court and then shouted at the presiding magistrate. “You call me a terrorist? I have never killed a person in my life, said Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, 33, before he was led to a jail cell. “Your army kills innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel takes Palestinian land by force,” he said.
www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE57305T20090805

Hizbullah Media Goes Worldwide, To Broadcast in Australia:
 
The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) ruled that the Lebanese-based network does not violate Australia’s anti-terrorism standards, although the network is banned in the United States, France, Spain and Germany. Australia’s ban on the armed wing of Hizbullah remains in effect.
www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/132746

India ‘police abuses’ condemned:
 
India’s police force has been accused of extrajudicial killings, torture and carrying out illegal detentions, human rights campaigners have said.
english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/08/20098581359211129.html

MI5 men could face ‘torture’ perjury charge over Guantanamo prisoner:
 
Two MI5 agents may be charged with lying to the High Court over British complicity in the torture of a former Guantanamo prisoner.
snipurl.com/osl0v

UK: No one’s fooled – we colluded in torture:
 
The government must at last come clean about its complicity in this ‘brutalising disease’
snipurl.com/osl1p

Military Lawyer Claims U.S. Paid Gitmo Prosecution Witnesses:
 
In a startling accusation, defense lawyers in the case of an adolescent arrested and brought to Guantanamo Bay six years ago claim the Justice Department may bring a criminal case against the young man based on testimony from witnesses paid by the U.S. government for their cooperation
washingtonindependent.com/53655/gitmo-
detainee-claims-u-s-paid-prosecution-witnesses

U.S Back Coup Leader:
 
U.S. appears to soften support for Honduras’ Zelaya: –
 
U.S. policy on Honduras’ political crisis is not aimed at supporting any particular individual, the State Department said in a new letter that implied softening support for ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
snipurl.com/osl3x

Honduras’ freedom of speech under attack: UN: —
 
Honduras’ interim government was accused by the UN on Tuesday of limiting freedom of speech in order to silence opposition.
www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2009/08/04/4308282.htm

Hypocrisy and the Honduran Coup:
 
The United States needs to stop supporting coups – of all political stripes – and start supporting actual democracy.
www.ips-dc.org/articles/hypocrisy_and_the_honduran_coup

President Chávez puts the blame on the US for Honduras coup:
 
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez accused on Tuesday the US government of being an accomplice with the coup staged in Honduras last June 28th, which toppled President Manuel Zelaya.
snipurl.com/osl6j

Chavez says U.S.-Colombia bases may risk war:
 
A planned increase in U.S. troops on Colombian military bases could be a step toward war in South America, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday.
snipurl.com/osl87

Chavez: Venezuela to buy more tanks: –
 
President Hugo Chavez says his government plans to buy dozens of tanks because Venezuela feels threatened by pending deal to increase the U.S. military presence in Colombia.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090805/ap_
on_re_la_am_ca/lt_venezuela_colombia

US Ruling: California Must Cut Prison Population:
 
Unless the courts intervene, the panel said, inmates will continue to suffer and die needlessly because prisons lack the space and the staff to treat them.
snipurl.com/oslae

1984?
 
Military Poised to Help FEMA Battle Swine Flu Outbreak:
 
The Pentagon is preparing to make troops available if necessary to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency tackle a potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, FOX News has confirmed.
snipurl.com/oslbh

The Myth of Medicare for All:
 
When Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) announced to the media last week that he has been diagnosed with prostrate cancer, he also commented on the importance of getting annual physical examinations. Good thing Dodd is not on Medicare.
counterpunch.org/cramer08052009.html

Feds see biggest tax revenue drop since 1932: –
 
The numbers could hardly be more stark: Tax receipts are on pace to drop 18 percent this year, the biggest single-year decline since the Great Depression, while the federal deficit balloons to a record $1.8 trillion.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32275055/

The Recession Isn’t Over, By a Long Shot:
 
The “happy talk” campaign in the US media and coming from the White House is just that: Happy Talk. To get a real picture of what is happening with this economy, here are a few things to keep in mind.
counterpunch.org/lindorff08042009.html

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