Information Clearing House Newsletter 30 April, 2010: Weekend Edition – Angry Americans March on Wall Street

Report: Still Not Enough Troops For Afghanistan Operations
By Jeff Schogol
Despite the addition of more than 50,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan over the past year, there still aren’t enough forces to conduct operations in the majority of key areas, according to a congressionally mandated report released Wednesday on progress in Afghanistan.

Demonizing Ahmadinejad
Hillary Clinton Calls Ahmadinejad Anti-semitic President
By Press Trust of India
Describing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as “anti-Semitic”, US secretary of state Mrs Hillary Clinton today said that Tehran with its hostile nuclear ambitions posed a threat not only to Israel but to the region.

Can You Pass The Iran Quiz
By Jeffrey Rudolph
What can possibly justify the relentless U.S. diplomatic (and mainstream media) assault on Iran ?

Beyond Belief?
Feeling the Hate in New York
Video Report
On April 25, over 1000 New York-area Jewish extremists gathered in midtown Manhattan to rally against the Barack Obama administration’s call for a freeze on construction in occupied East Jerusalem and to demand unlimited rights to colonize the West Bank.

Justice Department Opens Goldman Sachs Criminal Investigation
By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Jerry Markon
It is rare for the government to indict a company, and even the threat of criminal prosecution can doom a business. A criminal investigation destroyed the Wall Street firm Drexel Burnham Lambert in the 1980s even though the firm settled with authorities.

Deficit Reduction: Argument By Authority
By Dean Baker
The deficit hawks are going into high gear with their drive to cut social security and Medicare.

Angry Americans March on Wall Street
Video Report – RussiaToday
The largest anti-Wall Street rally since the credit crunch has taken place in New York. Thousands of workers and trade union leaders marched in anger over lost jobs and ruined lives, demanding answers from the source of the trouble – the banks.

Dems Spark Alarm With Call For National ID Card
By Alexander Bolton
Democratic leaders have proposed requiring every worker in the nation to carry a national identification card with biometric information, such as a fingerprint, within the next six years, according to a draft of the measure.

Past Statement Tells Truth About Immigration Law’s Goals
By David Sirota
“Insurance companies profile for risk. That is what I am asking that we continue to do – we need to profile for risk,” he thundered, adding that using ethnicity as a risk factor “is very legitimate – I think it is smart.”

Not Just Arizona:
Immigration Enforcement Out of Control on Federal Level
By Bill Quigley
While people protest the terrible Arizona state law that uses local law enforcement to target immigrants, the federal government is expanding its efforts to use local law enforcement in immigration enforcement and has launched a major PR campaign to defend it.

Warning Shots
How Many Do You Need?
By Guy McPherson
Better days lie ahead for those of us who desire to see the living planet make a comeback. But if you believe life is not worth living in the absence of empire – in the absence of our unrelenting intent and ability to destroy every non-industrial culture and non-human species – why wait? Why not take the Hemingway out now, while you still can get a decent imperial funeral?

‘Hundred killed’ in Chad clashes:
 Chad’s government says the army has killed 105 insurgents and beaten back a new attack near the Sudan border, but the rebels have denied the claims.

10 killed, 20 hurt in Somalia clashes: –
Clashes between the Somali “al-Qaida affiliate” al-Shabaab and pro-government forces killed at least 10 people and injured more than 20, authorities said.

US must consider all options in Somalia:
With hindsight, America’s decision to back corrupt warlords in a bid to keep Islamic Courts Union forces from taking power in Som-alia was a mistake. Thwarting the group, which at least had moderate people in positions of leadership, opened the way for extreme fundamentalists to thrive.

France admits killing Afghan kids:
The French army has admitted killing four children with a missile strike in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan.

US-led troops kill 3 Afghan civilians:
A raid by US-led troops has killed two women and a child in southern Afghanistan amid rising public opposition to the presence of foreign forces there.

NATO occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan:
ISAF: An improvised explosive device killed a soldier serving with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, the military announced Friday.

Afghanistan forces face four more years of combat, warns Nato official:
Nato’s top civilian official in Afghanistan warns of further deaths in ‘very tough year’ for British and other foreign troops

Does This Video Show Afghan Cops Killing UN Guard?:
Germany’s Stern has obtained video of the incident that seems to suggest that Afghan police deliberately shot and killed Louis Maxwell, an American citizen who was working as a UN security guard

16 killed in NW Pakistan:
At least 15 militants and one security personnel were killed Thursday in latest clashes in Orakzai tribal agency, northwest of Pakistan.

Pakistan: 8 people gunned down in Karachi:
At least 8 people, including a policeman, have been killed and 3 others injured in separate incidents in Pakistan’s violence-plagued city of Karachi.

Kidnapped human rights activist killed:
The body of a Pakistani human rights activist has been found in the North Waziristan tribal area, several weeks after he was kidnapped there.

Three killed, five injured in two separate blasts in Iraq:
An explosive device went off in a market in al-Karma area, northern Falluja, leaving two civilians dead and five injured, a local police source told the German Press Agency dpa.

Life is Hell for Iraqis…: Layla Anwar :
A 2min video of a widow in Adhamiya…hope am not taking too much of your precious time with a 2mn and 7 bloody years of freedom and democracy

Dagestan: Police killed in suicide blast:
A suicide bomber has blown up an explosives-laden car at a checkpost in Russia’s restive North Caucasus region of Dagestan, killing two police and wounding 17 other people.

Russia: Bombing Suspect Is Killed:
Russian authorities announced on Thursday that they had killed a militant who they said assisted in the March 29 suicide bombings in Moscow’s metro.

Turkey, Brazil brokering Iran nuclear deal: –
Turkey and Brazil are trying to revive a stalled atomic fuel deal with Iran in an attempt to help the Islamic Republic avoid new U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program, Western diplomats said on Friday.

Support for Tehran is growing:
By avoiding emotional arguments, Iran is building a stronger case for its rights

US to soften stance on Iran?:
The Washington Times reported Thursday that US President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to waive sanctions on the companies that are based in “cooperating countries,” which are proven to be in full compliance with the administration’s Iran strategy.

Iran sanctions may be ‘unavoidable’: Lavrov:
“There are few examples where sanctions have produced truly positive results,” said the Russian minister, whose country is considering whether to back further United Nations sanctions against Iran.

ElBaradei says sanctions on Iran will fail:
In rare interview, former head of UN nuclear agency says sanctions in Iran are likely, but doomed.

Clinton: We support Israel against Syria, Iran:
In a speech to the American Jewish Committee, Mrs Clinton underlined her commitment to peace in the region, and condemned the transfer of weapons from Syria to terrorists in Gaza and to Hizbollah in Lebanon.

Tehran warns Israel against attack on Syria as arms tension mounts:
Iranian vice-president declares solidarity with Damascus after Clinton intervenes in Middle East missile row

US Will Continue to Back Israel in UN:
United States officials who spoke to the pan-Arab paper Al-Sharq il-Awsat denied Thursday that America would stop using its United Nations veto to help Israel. The New York Times had reported that US President Barack Obama warned that America would no longer veto anti-Israel resolutions in the UN Security Council

Who Are the Jews Behind Palin in 2012?:
Her recent high-profile jabs at the president have earned her support from some of the most prominent Jewish conservatives today.

As Britain votes, Liberal Democrats’ record on Israel draws scrutiny:
With the possibility looming that the ruling party will form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, British Jews are preoccupied with the party’s record on Israel.

Knesset speaker hints at one-state:
Reuven Rivlin, the speaker of Israel’s Knesset, has said that he would rather accept Palestinians as citizens of one country than divide Israel and the West Bank into two separate states.

Belgian politicians pass veil ban:
The vote in the lower house of the federal parliament saw 136 deputies back a nationwide ban on clothes or veils that do not allow the wearer to be fully identified.

In response to critics, Arizona tweaks new immigration law:
Lawmakers have removed “lawful contact” from the bill and replaced it with “lawful stop, detention or arrest.” In an explanatory note, lawmakers added that the change “stipulates that a lawful stop, detention or arrest must be in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance of a county, city or town or this state.”

D.C. Council bill opposes immigrant fingerprint checks:
Some D.C. Council members are planning to propose legislation that would prevent police from joining a federal program designed to catch illegal immigrants by matching fingerprints of arrestees against a database, officials said.

Govt declares national disaster as oil reaches Louisiana coast:
Oil from a giant slick hit the US Gulf Coast on Thursday evening, prompting Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to declare a state of emergency and call for the federal government’s help in averting an environmental disaster

Big Oil continues to see big profits, pollution while Americans get robbed at the pump:
Big Oil is once again riding high oil prices to large profits (see below) while American consumers get stuck with a $2.7 billion gasoline bill in the first quarter of 2010 due to higher oil prices.

Goldman Sachs Shares Slide; BofA-Merrill Cuts Rating:
The stock is down almost 20% from where it was trading prior to the fraud charges filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission two weeks ago, though it had recovered somewhat, closing above $160 on Thursday.

Goldman fraud case goes to the next level:
The noose is tightening around the neck of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Will clients continue to hold the firm up?

Stranger than fiction?
Pentagon Confirms It Gave $1.4 Billion in No-Bid Fuel Contracts to Mysterious Companies:
The Pentagon’s main supply agency has acknowledged awarding $1.4 billion in no-bid contracts to two foreign companies whose ownership and management seem extremely mysterious

Workers march on Wall Street, protest big banks:
Thousands of workers and union leaders marched on Wall Street on Thursday to express their anger over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable lending practices by big banks.

Foreclosures: Salt Lake hardest hit in mortgage crisis:
Owners of 5,155 local properties received a foreclosure-related notice in the first quarter, 101 percent higher than the same period in 2009, according to RealtyTrac, a company that tracks foreclosures nationally.

$1 Rent for Billionaire Broad: Los Angeles:
City Councilwoman Jan Perry and others were involved in secret negotiations to lease billionaire Eli Broad a piece of choice, taxpayer-owned property next to Walt Disney Concert Hall for $1 a year.

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 : 1,740

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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