Information Clearing House 3 May, 2010: Was There A Plan to Blow Up The Economy?

Is the War in Afghanistan Justified by 9/11?
By David Ray Griffin
“It is widely recognized that the US-led war in Afghanistan is illegal under international law, because it was never authorized by the UN Security Council”.

No One Cares
By Chris Hedges
Our passivity has resulted, in much more than imperial adventurism and a permanent underclass. A slow-motion coup by a corporate state has cemented into place a neofeudalism in which there are only masters and serfs. And the process is one that cannot be reversed through the traditional mechanisms of electoral politics.

“The Future of Palestine: Righteous Jews vs. the New Afrikaners”
By Professor John J. Mearsheimer
Contrary to the wishes of the Obama administration and most Americans – to include many American Jews – Israel is not going to allow the Palestinians to have a viable state of their own in Gaza and the West Bank. Regrettably, the two-state solution is now a fantasy.

Schumer: I’m on a Mission From God
(to Be Israel’s Guardian in Senate)
By MJ Rosenberg
You know the old definition of chutzpah? A guy kills his mother and father and pleads for mercy on the grounds that he is an orphan. I think we are ready for a new definition. It is the neoconservative response to the argument that an Israeli bombing attack on Iran would put American soldiers in the Middle East at serious risk.

Israel Will Not Be a Jewish State
By Gilad Atzmon
2 Minute Video.

Suicide by Regressivism
By David Michael Green
Sometimes bad things happen to countries, and people suffer. Other times, people suffer because countries are stupid and bring bad things upon themselves.

The Subprime Conspiracy: Was There A Plan to Blow Up The Economy?
By Mike Whitney
Many people now believe that the financial crisis was not an accident. They think that the Bush administration and the Fed knew what Wall Street was up to and provided their support. This isn’t as far fetched as it sounds.

US Supported Economics Spurred Mexican Emigration
By Real News
Dan La Botz is the editor of Mexican Labor News & Analysis.

Elitism and Empathy in American Presidents: Who Cares for the Suffering Children
By WilliamCox
Earning millions of dollars a year from salaries, bonuses, investments and fraud, the individuals and their families who control major financial institutions, foundations and corporations are the new royalty and, like the kings and queens of old, they have little care or concern for anyone other than themselves, their own, and their profits.

“You’ll Pry My Car out of my Cold-Dead Hands”
By Cindy Sheehan
You know one of the major reasons we are addicted to war in this country is because we are addicted to petroleum. Our cars are precious (Freudian?) extensions of ourselves and their use is encouraged by the relative cheapness of gas-the average price for a gallon of gas is about 50 cents lower than a gallon of milk.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: We Make Excuses for the Clear Injustices of Our Age
By Julian Baggini
We know slavery was an abhorrence, and that sexism and racism are wrong. Does that make our society more ethical? Not at all.

Even One of These Little Ones…
By Sheila Samples
Do you ever wonder what Jesus would say about the sadistic cesspool that is swirling throughout the Catholic dysfunctional structure at tsunami speed?

“Taliban hideouts” pounded, 40 militants killed in Pakistan: :
Helicopter gunships pounded Taliban positions in the restive Orakzai tribal region in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing 40 “militants” and destroying ten hideouts.

Seven killed in Pakistan suicide attack:
Seven people were killed in Pakistan’s Swat Valley Saturday, when an Islamist militant detonated his explosives as security forces tried to arrest him in a busy market, the military said.

Extrajudicial executions: US attack kills four people in North Waziristan:
Suspected US missiles killed four alleged militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area on Monday, intelligence officials said.

Dead man talking: Pakistan Taliban chief ‘threatens US in new video’:
Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has appeared in a new video issued months after his reported death, vowing revenge attacks on the United States, US monitoring groups said Monday.

Pakistani Taliban claim credit for failed NYC Times Square car bombing:
All indications are the tape is legitimate. YouTube has pulled the video and shut down the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel since this article was published.

Times Square bomb suspect may be white male, photo of detonation device released:
Although a Taliban group has taken responsibility for the Times Square bomb found early Sunday, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced that a white male in his 40s may have placed the explosive device in the bustling area of NYC.

Roadside bomb kills 7 in Afghanistan; civilian deaths up from last year:
A roadside bomb tore through a minibus in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday evening as the government said civilian casualties are on the rise ahead of a military buildup to combat the resurgent Taliban.

Nato soldier killed in insurgent attack in Afghanistan:
A Nato soldier was killed in an insurgent attack yesterday in southern Afghanistan. Most of the soldiers deployed to southern provinces are from the US, Britain, Canada and the Netherlands.

Bomb kills 8 as Iraq stumbles toward vote recount:
An election recount in Baghdad will start on Monday and may take three weeks, Iraqi officials said on Thursday, further delaying the formation of a new government as U.S. troops prepare to leave.

Three killed in two separate attacks in Iraq:
Three people were killed and one injured in unrelated attacks in Iraq on Monday, security sources said.

Al-Maliki’s coalition calls for halt to vote recount:
The coalition said it filed a new complaint to the court to say that the ‘commission insists that the results would not reflect the true will of the voters.’ ‘The process is appealed and it cannot be relied on,’ Minister of Oil Hussein al-Shahristani told reporters.

An unlikely Iraqi leader emerges:
Iraqi newcomer Jaafar Sadr, from a highly respected Shiite clerical family, could emerge as an alternative for the prime minister’s post.

Britain faces payout shame as hundreds of detainees claim soldiers abused them:
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has already paid millions of pounds to claimants who alleged physical and sexual abuse in detention in southeast Iraq, where British forces were based between 2003 and 2009.

Hidden toll of US wars: 18 veterans commit suicide daily:
The stunning figure was reported last week by the Army Times, citing officials in the US Veterans Affairs Department.

Explosions inside Somalia mosque kill 39 worshippers:
Two explosions at a mosque in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu today killed 39 worshippers, wounded scores more and hurt a senior member of the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebel group.

Somali fighters seize coastal town:
Heavily armed fighters from Somalia’s Hizbul Islam group have seized a town used by pirates in the country’s north, residents said.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran:
Israel: N. Korea smuggling arms to Iran:
Israeli President Shimon Peres accused North Korea on Sunday of acting as a “duty free shop” for weapons that reach Iran and militants in Lebanon and Syria.,north-korea-smuggling-arms-to-iran-050210.article

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran:
John Bolton: Get Ready for a Nuclear Iran:
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey and others will surely follow suit.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: :
Clinton: Iran diverting attention from its NPT violations:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that it was clear Iran is in violation of a treaty designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons

Bridge for sale: US Revises Tack on Mideast Arms:
U.S. officials familiar with the move call it an important step in assuring countries that Washington-criticized by some for its silence about Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal-will equitably address weapons proliferation across the region, as Iran seeks to shift focus away from its own nuclear program.

Iran warns US against taking UN ‘hostage’:
Iran warned Washington on Saturday against taking the United Nations “hostage” by rejecting visas for Iranian delegates led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a nuclear conference in New York.

EU Jews take a stand against Israel:
Thousands of European Jews, including a number of EU parliament members, have signed a petition warning against systematic support for Israeli policies.

Jewish liberals from all nations, unite:
Diaspora Jews around the world are realizing the time has come to reject the right’s dictate that being pro-Israel means that you need to support the policies of Israeli governments, no matter what they do.

Arafat’s Jewish adviser dies at age 86 :
Hirsch was born in New York and immigrated to Israel, which he always referred to as “occupied Palestinian territory.”

‘Zionist myth’ book on prize shortlist:
The Invention of the Jewish People by Tel Aviv University Professor Shlomo Sand is one of four books up for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize.

Bolivia nationalises energy firms:
“We are here to nationalise all the hydroelectric plants that were owned by the state before, to comply with the new constitution of the Bolivian state,” Morales said. “Basic services can not be a private business. We are recovering the energy, the light, for all Bolivians.”

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Will Be Bigger Than Valdez In 40 Days:
Here’s an infographic detailing the main points of the current oil spill crisis, caused by a BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that exploded and sank, killing 11 workers aboard.

BP ready to pay “legitimate” oil spill claims:
‘We have the claims process set up, small claims today that are being paid instantly … bigger claims we clearly have a process to run through,’ the BP chief executive added.

BP told to stop circulating settlement agreements with coastal Alabamians:
The agreements, essentially require that people give up the right to sue in exchange for payment of up to $5,000.

Democrats call for deployment of National Guard in Chicago:
The state Democrats pointed to the deaths of 113 people, mostly African Americans, in street violence since the beginning of the year to justify their call to send in military troops.

Expelled congressman Traficant returns to politics:
A former Democratic congressman from Ohio who served seven years in prison on racketeering and bribery charges is hoping to reclaim his old seat in the House of Representatives.

Scientists use ‘Jurassic Park’ experiment to try to bring woolly mammoth back from the dead:
In an extraordinary Jurassic Park- style experiment, DNA from a frozen specimen of the extinct giant was used to reproduce their blood.

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 : 1,742

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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