Information Clearing House 28 April, 2010: Wake The President

In Washington-Speak,
“Palestinian State” Means “Fried Chicken”
By Noam Chomsky
The U.S. and Israel have been acting in tandem to extend and deepen the occupation.

Sowing Hate and Reaping Death
By Rami Elhanan
My name is Rami Elhanan. Thirteen years ago, on the afternoon of Thursday the fourth of September 1997, I lost my daughter, my Smadar, in a suicide attack on Ben-Yehuda street in Jerusalem. A beautiful sweet joyous 14 year old girl.

Loyalty to Israel vs. US
Exclusive interview with Colonel Larry Wilkerson on US interests and the question of loyalties, and more:

Wake The President
By Simon Johnson
Most days we can coast along, confident that tomorrow will be much like yesterday. On a very few days we need to look hard at the news headlines, click through to read the whole story, and then completely change a large chunk of how we thought the world worked. Today is such a day.

Frauds And Scandals Follow The Collapse Of The Financial System
By Bob Chapman
As the world faces an ongoing sovereign debt debacle we see an attempt to defuse an oncoming scandal involving Goldman Sachs, Paulson and perhaps others.

Carl Levin vs. Lloyd Blankfein:
“How much of that shi**y deal did you sell to your clients?”
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) was grilling Goldman Sachs executive Dan Sparks during a hearing by the Senate panel investigating the causes of the nation’s financial crisis.

The Big Six Banks are Shorting the American Dream
By Jerry Mazza
Financial regulators are not enough to deal with the Big Six banks, whose employees are very smart people, very hungry for financial opportunity, legit or not legit. Thus, very often regulators are sucked into large investment banks or affiliated financial institutions like the distinguished Michael Oxley, co-author of the Sarbanes Oxley Act. Oxley has joined the financial industry, along with some 124 former other members of Congress and their aides.

The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty:
Last Gasp of a Moribund Civilization
By Prof. John Kozy
Can the expansion and enforcement of the NPT succeed? Doubtful! The knowledge of how to build atomic weapons is widespread; it can no longer be contained. So the policy now is to maintain control of the fissionable material needed to make the bombs.

The Insanities of Our Time
By Fidel Castro Ruz
“The greatest contradiction of our time is the ability of our species to destroy itself, and its inability to govern itself.”

Arizona Legalizes Racial Profiling
By Marjorie Cohn
This law unconstitutionally criminalizes “walking while brown” in Arizona.

U.S. Flag Recalled After Causing 143 Million Deaths
By The Onion
“I would like to strongly urge all U.S. citizens: If you have an American flag hanging in your home or place of business, please discontinue using it immediately.”

Twelve civilians among twenty four people killed in Afghan attacks:
A roadside bomb in south-eastern Afghanistan killed 12 civilians on Wednesday, while two Afghan soldiers and 10 Taliban militants were killed in the country’s north, officials said

Afghanistan: U.N. Report on Attack Cites Friendly Fire:
A United Nations investigation has found that four of the body’s staff members killed during a suicide attack on a Kabul guesthouse last October may have died because of friendly fire from Afghan security forces, United Nations officials said

Afghanistan: U.N. Pulls Workers:
The United Nations withdrew most of its local staff members from Kandahar on Tuesday and instructed its local Afghan employees there to stay home in the coming days because of what it called the “deteriorating” security situation in the southern city,

Stranger than fiction?
US man admits helping al-Qaeda:
A US man faces up to 15 years in prison after admitting to sending waterproof socks, ponchos and sleeping bags to al-Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan.

14 Killed In Somalia :
At least 14 civilians have been killed during a battle between government soldiers and al-Qaeda-linked fighters, witnesses say.

Pakistan: 6 killed in North Waziristan clash:
The casualties took place when militants attacked the ISA check post in North Waziristan. Four militants, which included three Uzbeks and a German, were also killed in the clash.

Five policemen killed in Pakistan car bomb attack: –
A Taliban bomber rammed his car into a police checkpost in Pakistan’s northwest Wednesday, killing five policemen, in an attack a militant spokesman said was revenge for military offensives.

U.S. occupation force soldier killed in bomb attack in Iraq’s Diyala:
A military statement said that the soldier assigned to United States Division-North (USD-N) was killed on Tuesday, without giving further details.

Iraq: Detainees Describe Torture in Secret Jail:
Detainees in a secret Baghdad detention facility were hung upside-down, deprived of air, kicked, whipped, beaten, given electric shocks, and sodomized, Human Rights Watch said today. Iraq should thoroughly investigate and prosecute all government and security officials responsible, Human Rights Watch said.

Allawi Calls for Interim Iraqi Government:
The front-runner in Iraq’s recent parliamentary elections on Wednesday called for the formation of an impartial, internationally supervised caretaker government to prevent the country from sliding into violence and counter what he says are efforts to change the vote results.

Rights activists killed in Mexico:
Two human rights activists have been killed in a paramilitary attack on an aid convoy travelling to a breakaway region of southern Mexico, the convoy’s organisers have said.

One person killed as Thai red shirt protests turn deadly:

The clashes on Wednesday came after police and soldiers opened fire with rubber bullets and live ammunition in an attempt to halt a convoy of red shirts headed for a rally on the outskirts of Bangkok.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran :
Elliot Abrams: U.S. must address Iran’s threat to Israel:
“If the world does not act, I believe Israel will act, and I hope the U.S. will.”

‘Israel must sign the NPT’:
Egypt has declared that turning the Middle East into a nuclear weapons-free zone is the key to solving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program and said Israel must sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Mayor pledges more Jewish homes in east Jerusalem:
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat pledged that more Jewish homes will be built in east Jerusalem, despite US calls for a freeze there in a bid to boost prospects for Middle East peace.

Hezbollah vows to continue amassing ‘arms of resistance’:
“There is a big difference between arms which only serve invasions, occupations and aggressions, such as those of the United States and its ally Israel … and the arms of a resistance which defends, protects, and liberates,” Fadlallah said.

How To: Risk World War III, and Blow Billions Doing It:
The Pentagon’s plan to fire ballistic missiles at terrorists isn’t just a nuclear Armageddon risk. It’s a ludicrously expensive way to accidentally start World War III: each weapon could cost anywhere from a few hundred million to $1 billion.

French judge rules against Noriega:
A Paris judge has ruled that Manuel Noriega, the former military leader of Panama, will remain behind bars in France, pending a money laundering charge.

BP earns £463 a second… as motorists suffer record petrol prices:
Motorists paying record prices at the pumps reacted with fury at news of a 135per cent rise in profits by oil giant BP – earning a massive £463 a second.

Oil Giant Shell Pumps Out £3.2bn Profit:
Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell has announced profits of £3.2bn for the first quarter of 2010 – up more than 48% year on year.

Oil Slick Could Become Worst In US History:
The slick covers an area 48 miles long and 39 miles wide, close to the Mississippi Delta.

Cuts to Debt Rating Stir Anxiety in Europe:
Greece’s credit rating was lowered to junk status Tuesday by a leading credit agency, a decision that rocked financial markets and deepened fears that a debt crisis in Europe could spiral out of control.

Now Spain has its credit rating downgraded:
Rating agency Standard & Poor’s cut the status of Spanish debt one notch to AA from AA-plus and said the outlook was “negative” in a sign further downgrades could follow.

Goldman executives: ‘No regrets’ for deals that accelerated crisis:
Goldman Sachs traders who helped the firm rack up billions of dollars in profits from secret bets against the housing market told a Senate investigating panel Tuesday that they’d done nothing wrong.

States Bristle as Investors Make Wagers on Defaults:
As U.S. cities and towns wrestle with financial problems, investors are finding a new way to profit on their misery: by buying derivatives that essentially bet municipalities will default.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,366,350″

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq:  4,712

Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,737

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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