ICH 12 February, 2010: Weekend Edition: – Odious Debt

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,366,350″
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq:  4,694
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,633
icasualties.org/oef/

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
$959,974,204,509
www.costofwar.com/

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Afghanistan: Civilian Casualties “Inevitable”
2 Minute Video
Statements from Brig. Gen. Nicholson, commander of the operation, indicate that he feels he has leeway to use airstrikes in the civilian area.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24658.htm

Zionism: A Fairy Tale That’s Become a Terrifying Nightmare
By Alan Hart
The Jews who “returned” in answer to Zionism’s call had no biological connection to the ancient Hebrews. They were converts to Judaism long after the end of the Hebrew conquest and short-lived domination of much of Canaan, the name as in the Bible by which Palestine was first known to the world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24669.htm

Not All Iranians Hate Their Regime
By Matthew Cassel
To suggest that crowds only turned out for the 31st anniversary of the revolution to get free food and drink is western delusion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24660.htm

The Evil of Sanctions

By Brian Cloughley

When strong governments wish to impose their will on weaker regimes, they often resort to sanctions. The effects have included the death or debilitation of millions of innocent people.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24656.htm

Whistle-Blowers:
A Conversation with Ellsberg and Dean

Video

The Pentagon Papers revealed that the government knew early on that the Vietnam War was not likely winnable and would lead to many times more casualties than ever admitted. After failing to persuade a few U.S. Senators to release the papers on the Senate floor, Ellsberg decided to risk prison and leaked the documents to the New York Times.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24657.htm

Empire of the Sunset

By Randall Amster

Sometimes, I really miss America — or at least the idea of it. You know: that can-do spirit, streets paved with gold, champion of the tired and poor, purple mountains majesty, that sort of thing. Say what you will, and call it naïve, but the storybook values at the heart of America’s erstwhile image are inspiring.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24659.htm

Indicting the Supreme Court

By Prof John Kozy

If the Court has the final say, then democracy in America is a sham. It simply does not exist and the Constitution has been subverted.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24663.htm

The Lobbying-Media Complex

Covert corporate influence peddling on cable news

By Sebastian Jones

A four-month investigation by The Nation has found. Since 2007 at least seventy-five registered lobbyists, public relations representatives and corporate officials—people paid by companies and trade groups to manage their public image and promote their financial and political interests—have appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC and Fox Business Network with no disclosure of the corporate interests that had paid them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24667.htm

Odious Debt

Refuse to Pay Government Debt Incurred for Unlawful and Oppressive Purposes

By Washington’s Blog

There is an established legal principle that people should not have to repay their government’s debt to the extent that it is incurred to launch aggressive wars or to oppress the people.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24662.htm

Which Way to the Bastille?

By David Glenn Cox

Who do we throw our shoes at now? Does Wal-Mart have everyday low low prices on torches and pitchforks? Made in China of course, but the question is a serious one, what are we going to do, in this country, about a government that refuses to acknowledge our distress?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24665.htm

Europe’s Promise:
Why the European Way Is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age

By Democracy Now!

Despite fears of the Euro’s future amidst Greece’s economic collapse, author Steven Hill of the New America Foundation argues the United States still has much to learn from Europe’s social and economic policies. We speak to Hill about his new book, “Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24661.htm

Top 10 Problems with America Killing Its Own Citizens

By David Swanson

Assassinating non-Americans is just as illegal as assassinating Americans.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24668.htm

Is US a Police State?

Video Interview with Paul Craig Roberts

The US now has a list of Americans that the country can now murder abroad if they are fraternizing with terror groups. Paul Craig Roberts says that all of this points to a sign that the United States has become a police state.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24664.htm

Man Up, Obama, or Make Way for President Palin

By David Reilly

Obama needs to ditch his professorial, community-organizer mien and start cracking some heads. Unless, that is, he is intent on paving the way for a Palin presidency in 2013.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24666.htm

Over 20 Afghan militants killed in western Afghanistan: –

NATO says that a joint Afghan-international security force has killed more than 20 “militants” and captured more than five others during fighting in the western province of Farah.
snipurl.com/ucm4d

US-led attack kills 5 civilians in Afghanistan:

US-led forces have killed at least five people, including three women, in a night raid in the troubled eastern Afghanistan.
www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=118456&sectionid=351020403

British occupation force soldier killed in blast in southern Afghanistan:

The soldier, from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, died in the Babaji district of occupied central Helmand province earlier this morning.
snipurl.com/ucm4k

Gareth Porter: Taliban Regime Pressed bin Laden on anti-U.S. Terror:

Evidence now available from various sources, including recently declassified U.S. State Department documents, shows that the Taliban regime led by Mullah Mohammad Omar imposed strict isolation on Osama bin Laden after 1998 to prevent him from carrying out any plots against the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24655.htm

15 killed as suicide bombers hit Pakistani police facility:

The second blast went off as rescuers responded to the first – a militant tactic seen before in Pakistan, but not often. Of the 15 dead, at least nine were police, while the 30 people wounded included the city’s police chief, said Abdul Hafeez, a hospital official.
snipurl.com/ucm4r

Russia: At least 20 Caucasus fighters killed :

Russia is attempting to crush an armed separatist movement in its mostly Muslim southern regions of Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya, where federal forces fought two bloody wars against separatist groups in the 1990s.
english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/02/2010212113432570772.html

At least 17 killed in Mogadishu attack: :

Government forces fired mortars on Thursday at fighters said to have been positioned in the busy market of Bakara in the capital Mogadishu, the head of Mogadishu’s ambulance service, told DPA that 11 civilians died, while other witnesses said that another three had been killed.
english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2010/02/201021174525519754.html

Somalia: ‘At least five killed’ in clashes north of capital:

Heavy fighting between Somalian government troops and Islamist fighters have killed five people and injured at least 10 others north of the capital Mogadishu, witnesses were quoted as telling Radio Shabelle on Friday.
www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.1.9249175

Somalia’s al-Shabaab vows all-out war against govt:

As residents poured out of the capital, Mogadishu, in recent days, Islamist fighters poured in to face off with newly trained government forces backed by African Union troops ahead of the battle.
snipurl.com/ucm53

Soldiers dead as rebels break truce: Yemen army:

The Yemeni army said Shiite rebels broke a ceasefire on Friday, just hours after it came into force, killing several soldiers in a string of attacks in the far north of the country
snipurl.com/ucm5c

Iraq: Raid on arms smugglers near Iran border kills 5 people:

At least five people were killed Friday in an Iraqi-U.S. raid on a village near the Iranian border that targeted suspected weapons smugglers, officials said.
snipurl.com/ucm5j

Female suicide bomber attack leaves 14 casualties in Kufa:

A female suicide bomber with an explosive belt blew herself up near a convoy of pilgrims in central al-Kufa on Friday, leaving four people killed and 10 others wounded, a local security source and eyewitnesses said.
en.aswataliraq.info/?p=126924

Iraq ‘upholds’ poll ban on two MPs and 450 other candidates :

Jane Arraf, a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor in Baghdad, told Al Jazeera an announcement would be made on Saturday allowing 50 of the 500 banned candidates to stand.
english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/02/201021261933634584.html

Iran says nuclear fuel production goes “very well”:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday Iran had produced its first consignment of 20 percent enriched uraniumt. Salehi said the production of 20 percent nuclear fuel would be limited to the needs of a Tehran medical reactor of around 1.5 kg per month.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100211/india_nm/india461019

US dismisses Iran uranium enrichment claims:

“We do not believe they have the capability to enrich to the degree to which they now say they are enriching.”
english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/02/2010211232952849823.html

U.S. Army chief to visit Israel for talks on Iran, joint defense issues:

U.S. Admiral Mike Mullen will meet with IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi as well as Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, and other senior IDF commanders to discuss other topics, including joint defense issues between Israel and the U.S. and mutual security concerns.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1149412.html

Hamas: Next war with Israel will be regional conflict:

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal warned on Friday that should another war erupt with Israel, the majority of battles would not be contained to the Gaza Strip as they were during the conflict last winter.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1149405.html

Detroit schools offer class in how to to work at Walmart:

Four inner-city Detroit high schools have decided that employment with Walmart is an opportunity worth training their students to pursue. The schools have teamed up with the giant merchandiser to offer a for-credit class in job-readiness training that also includes entry-level after-school jobs.
rawstory.com/2010/02/detroit-schools-offer-class-work-walmart/

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