Information Clearing House Newsletter May 9, 2010: Report: IAEA to discuss Israel's nuclear activities for first time

Taliban Hits Back
By JOSEPH BERGER
“We’ve now developed evidence that shows the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview on ABC television’s news program “This Week.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25401.htm

Pentagon: Decrease Spending on Troops
Defense officials fear money will go to people at the expense of weapons
By Craig Whitlock
The Pentagon, not usually known for its frugality, is pleading with Congress to stop spending so much money on the troops.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25408.htm

War Epics on Screen Skip Mass Slaughter of Civilians
By CHARLES BURRESS
Does the history diet fed to Americans by Hollywood promote an unhealthy national memory? The latest screen epic about American heroism in World War II – the HBO miniseries “The Pacific” – is clouded by an unintended irony.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25405.htm

Was the Market Pushed?
By Danny Schechter
The Wall Street Journal headline on the day after we almost lost the U.S. stock market reported that the wise men on the Street were “baffled” by the big drop Thursday. The Financial Times called the event “Shambolic” as if only a shaman can decode it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25406.htm

Shadow Inventory
A “Lost Decade” Ahead For Housing
By Mike Whitney
“The U.S. government’s massive share of the nation’s mortgage market grew even larger during the first quarter. Government-related entities backed 96.5% of all home loans during the first quarter, up from 90% in 2009, according to Inside Mortgage Finance.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25402.htm

With ‘Hat In Hand’ : American Serfdom
By Philip A Farruggio
Conversations in offices, supermarket lines, health clubs, job sites… Everywhere it seems, are about the ‘ scandal of the day ‘ involving the rich and famous. Never do you hear discussions about the trillion dollar phony bank bailouts, or trillion dollar phony wars we taxpayers fund.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25403.htm

Blogging Toward The Kingdom
Booze, Rage and Justice in the Participation Age
By Joe Bageant
“Why did the good in the American people not triumph? How can it be that so many progressive, justice-loving citizens failed?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25404.htm

The Age of Ennui
By David Michael Green
Voters in the UK have given us a paradigmatic sampling of our political times.  They don’t know where to turn.  They vaguely remember that letting the right have the keys to government is a prescription for disaster, but the so-called left has not only lost its nerve and purpose, it’s lost its leftiness too.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25407.htm

23 militants killed in Pakistan’s Orakzai region:
Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships pounded militant hideouts in the northwestern Orakzai region Sunday, killing at least 23 fighters and injuring eight, an official said.
story.irishsun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/2411cd3571b4f088/id/633013/cs/1/

US attack kills up to 20 in Pakistan:
Two Pakistani intelligence officials said that a remote-controlled aircraft launched two missiles that hit the house of local tribesman Awal Gul in Enzer Kasa village of the Datta Khel area.
www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/90135

Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Sq. Plot, Holder Says:
“We’ve now developed evidence that shows the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview on ABC television’s news program “This Week.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25401.htm

Pakistan warned of ‘severe consequences’:
Clinton: In the most direct warning to Pakistan in a long time, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Islamabad will face “very severe consequences” if a plot like the failed one at Times Square succeeds and is traced to it.
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Afghanistan: 23 killed in latest violence:
Three Afghan army personnel and 16 insurgents were killed in separate clashes in Afghanistan, as Taliban militants beheaded four pro-government militiamen, officials said Sunday
snipurl.com/w3tjw

’10 civilians killed in US-Taliban clashes’:
According to local residents, the fatal incident took place on Saturday night in Herat province, a Press TV correspondent reported. US forces, however, claim only militants were killed.
www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=125925&sectionid=351020403

Shootings of Afghans on Rise at Checkpoints:
Shootings of Afghan civilians by American and NATO convoys and at military checkpoints have spiked sharply this year, becoming the leading cause of combined civilian deaths and injuries at the hands of Western forces, American officials say.
www.nytimes.com/2010/05/09/world/asia/09afghan.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Afghanistan bars security firms:
Afghanistan has barred two private security firms from one of the country’s most dangerous highways after their guards shot and killed two civilians, the government said Sunday.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100509/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanunrestsecurity

British occupation force soldier killed by explosion in Afghanistan:
A British soldier was killed by an explosion while on foot patrol Sunday in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said in London.
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Taliban Vow Major Afghan Offensive :
The Taliban said their spring offensive, targeting Afghan and NATO military and staff plus foreign contractors, would begin on Monday — the same day that Karzai begins meetings in Washington.
quqnoos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4278&Itemid=48

Afghan Peace Plan Reportedly Offers Exile to Taliban:
A draft peace proposal under consideration by the Afghan government could offer Taliban leaders exile overseas if they agree to stop fighting.
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Bombs planted in home of policeman kill 3 in Iraq:
The bombing was one of several attacks around Iraq’s north that killed at least 10 people over the weekend, a sign that authorities are struggling to maintain security as the country’s politicians clamor over the shape of a new government two months after an inconclusive election.
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US cannot afford another Afghanistan or Iraq, warns Defence Secretary:
Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, has said military spending must be cut by up to $15 billion a year and that the US cannot afford to enter into another Afghanistan or Iraq.
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Turkey says Syria, Qatar back Iran plan:
Syria and Qatar back Turkish efforts for a diplomatic solution to the row over Iran’s nuclear programme, Turkey’s foreign minister said after leaders of the three countries met Sunday, a report said.
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Report: IAEA to discuss Israel’s nuclear activities for first time:
Israel’s secretive nuclear activities may undergo unprecedented scrutiny next month, with a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency tentatively set to focus on the topic for the first time, according to documents shared Friday with The Associated Press.
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U.S.: First round of Israel-PA proximity talks complete:
U.S. State Dept.: Israel pledged to halt building in East Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, PA vowed to block incitement of any kind.
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Hamas sends letters to Obama on Middle East peace talks:
Yedioth Ahronoth: Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the dismissed Hamas government in the gaza Strip has sent at least two letters to US President Barak Obama over the past few days but received no answer, according to Israel’s newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth on Sunday.
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Number of Soldiers Seeking Opiate Abuse Treatment Skyrockets: 
The number of American soldiers seeking treatment for opiate abuse has skyrocketed over the past five years, at a time when the U.S. military has been surging forces into the heart of the world’s leading opium producer.
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Archival Discovery Reveals a Ruined Berlin:
Forgotten for decades, a trove of post-war photographs from 1945 has recently been unearthed. The snapshots illustrate the devastation of the German capital and capture the desperation of the city in the weeks after the end of World War II.
www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,693452,00.html

Obama Administration Demands Amnesia From Reporters Covering Gitmo:
The Pentagon has banned four reporters from covering the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because they refused to forget something that had already been reported to the world.
www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/07/obama-administration-dema_n_568208.html

Norway Builds the World’s Most Humane Prison:
Norway’s second largest prison, with a capacity of 252 inmates, opened on April 8. It embodies the guiding principles of the country’s penal system: that repressive prisons do not work and that treating prisoners humanely boosts their chances of reintegrating into society.
www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1986002,00.html?xid=huffpo-direct#ixzz0n14GEJYS

BP attempt to stem oil spill fails:
The energy company BP has said that its efforts to contain an oil spill from a broken well deep in the Gulf of Mexico using a 100-tonne steel-and-concrete box have not succeeded so far.
english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/20105933123168789.html

Million gallons of oil a day gush into Gulf of Mexico:
Interviews with surviving Deepwater Horizon rig workers show how explosions led to what may be the world’s worst oil spill
snipurl.com/w3tqn

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:  4,715
icasualties.org/oif/
 
Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,752

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
$992,156,959,311
www.costofwar.com/

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