Information Clearing House Newsletter 27 May, 2010: The American Century Is So Over

US Demands Crackdown on Pakistan Taliban Within Weeks
The American Century Is So Over
NYT’s Friedman Rejects Iran Nuke Deal
The Arms Circus:
Israel Keeping The World In Turmoil
Humanitarian Flotilla Vs Israel’s Evil Navy
Forget Dialogue
Neocon Vampires Sink Their Fangs Into the Tea Parties
Credit Storm in Europe; Politics on Capital Hill 
The Cult of Subprime Central Bankers
Cooking The Books? Banks Trim Debt, Obscuring Risks
Russia vows support for Iran fuel swap:
and much more…

US Demands Crackdown on Pakistan Taliban Within Weeks
By KIMBERLY DOZIER
The US has put Pakistan “on a clock” to launch a new intelligence and counter-terrorist offensive against the group, which the White House says was behind the Times Square bomb attempt, according to the official. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25552.htm

The American Century Is So Over
By Dilip Hiro
Obama’s propensity to retreat at the first sign of resistance shows that he lacks both guts and the strong convictions that are essential elements distinguishing statesmen from politicians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25556.htm

NYT’s Friedman Rejects Iran Nuke Deal
By Robert Parry
In his new belligerent column on Iran, Friedman makes clear that he isn’t really interested in nuclear safeguards; instead, he wants the United States to do whatever it can to help Iran’s internal opposition overthrow President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran’s Islamic-directed government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25562.htm

The Arms Circus:
Israel Keeping The World In Turmoil
By Gordon Duff
Israel has made a laughing stock of America, robbing America blind while living off our welfare.  Israel is the consummate “welfare Cadillac state.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25561.htm

Humanitarian Flotilla Vs Israel’s Evil Navy
By Gilad Atzmon
By stopping the flotilla Israel attempts to maintain its regional  status as an omnipotent super power that controls the land, the air and the sea.  On the other hand, the Jewish state pathetically also  wants to evoke sympathy for being  ‘sensitive’ to humanitarian issues  and the Palestinian plight.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25558.htm

Forget Dialogue
By Mary Rizzo
Abandoning the failed “peace movement” after recognition of it as a Zionist instrument of domination frees our energies. Or at least it did until we got sucked into the “dialogue movement”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25560.htm

Neocon Vampires Sink Their Fangs Into the Tea Parties
By Ira Chernus
“This is the playbook for the resurgence of the conservative movement,” says none other than Dick Cheney, on thebook jacket. It’s “a must-read for conservatives who want our movement to dominate,” exclaims a blurb from Karl Rove.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25557.htm

Credit Storm in Europe; Politics on Capital Hill 
By Mike Whitney
Wall Street has won this round. The window for real reform has closed, and now it’s “business as usual” until the next catastrophe.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25553.htm

The Cult of Subprime Central Bankers
By Dean Baker
People don’t need economists to tell them that times are bad. However, what the public may not recognize is that the same people who caused this disaster are still calling the shots.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25554.htm

Cooking The Books? Banks Trim Debt, Obscuring Risks
By MICHAEL RAPOPORT And TOM MCGINTY
The practice, known as end-of-quarter “window dressing” on Wall Street, suggests that the banks are carrying more risk most of the time than their investors or customers can easily see.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25555.htm

Deepwater Horizon: This Is What the End of the Oil Age Looks Like
By Richard Heinberg
The cheap, easy petroleum is gone; from now on, we will pay steadily more and more for what we put in our gas tanks-more not just in dollars, but in lives and health, in a failed foreign policy that spawns foreign wars and military occupations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25559.htm

Taleban kill tribal elder, wife and son in Pakistan:
 Taleban armed with rockets and grenades stormed the home of a pro-government Pakistani tribal elder on Thursday, killing him, his wife and son before blowing up the house, officials said.
tinyurl.com/34jy9xk

Three killed, three wounded in an attack on Pakistani police:
A policeman and two assailants were killed on Thursday and three were wounded in an attack on police mobile van in a northern Pakistani remote district, said police.
www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2090310&Language=en

Nato soldier killed in southern Afghanistan:
A bomb favoured by the Taliban has killed a foreign soldier in southern Afghanistan, Nato said Thursday, bringing the number of international troops killed in the country this year to 219, reports AFP.
tinyurl.com/3a4a4dc

Pakistani Taliban Leader Killed in Afghan Clash :
A top leader of Pakistan’s Taliban has been killed in a clash with Afghan forces near the border, a top Afghan police officer said
quqnoos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4352&Itemid=48

Senate rejects exit timetable for Afghanistan:
The Senate rejected a proposal on Thursday to require President Barack Obama to submit a timetable for pulling U.S. forces out of Afghanistan, despite unease among some members of his own party over the nine-year-old war.
www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64Q4PB20100527?type=politicsNews

Turkish soldier killed by rebels:
Turkish soldiers clashed with Kurdish rebels in southeast Turkey near the border with Iraq overnight in fighting which left one soldier dead and three wounded, military sources said today.
www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0527/breaking17.html

Report: 19 “Kurd rebels” killed in attack last week:
A Turkish airstrike on Kurdish rebels hideouts in northern Iraq last week killed 19 Kurdish guerrillas and left several others wounded, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.
www.examiner.com/a-2650204~Report__19_Kurd_rebels_killed_in_attack_last_week.html

Iraq vote results face another possible delay:”
Iraq’s Supreme Court asked election officials on Thursday to clear up legal issues surrounding an appeal against a candidate, a move that could further delay the certification of March 7 election results.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100527/ts_nm/us_iraq_election

Fact or fiction?
Secret Saudi Document Shows Kingdom Linked with Al-Qaeda Terror:
The Buratha news service published what it said it is a secret document disclosing how much money the Saudi kingdom has transferred to Al-Qaeda in Iraq. The kingdom reportedly sends explosives and weapons to terrorist groups in Iraq.
www.israelnationalnews.com/News/news.aspx/137691

Turkey blames US in Iran row, urges support for swap deal:
Turkey insisted Thursday that rejecting a nuclear swap deal with Iran would be “unreasonable” and said that a US push for fresh sanctions on Tehran was creating an “absurd situation.”
tinyurl.com/36d7tjb

Russia vows support for Iran fuel swap:
“If it (Iran) strictly abides by them, Russia will actively support the scheme proposed by Brazil and Turkey,” AFP quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Thursday
presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=127979&sectionid=351020104

Iran and Russia clash in worst row for years:
In unusually strong criticism of Russia, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad admonished the Kremlin for bowing to what he said was U.S. pressure to agree sanctions and bluntly warned President Dmitry Medvedev to be more cautious.
www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE64P0VV20100526

Iran Navy detects US nuke sub in PG:
Iranian naval forces have detected a US nuclear submarine in the Persian Gulf waters, amid growing concerns over the safety of one of the most important energy routes in the world.
presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=127984&sectionid=351020101

Israeli war game rehearses ‘Iran attack’:
Israel has joined forces with Greece to conduct an aerial maneuver to practice long-range missions and mid-air fueling, a report says.
presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=128008&sectionid=351020202

Amnesty: U.S., Europe shielding Israel over Gaza war crimes:
In its annual report, the rights group accuses Israel of continually violating human rights in Gaza with its ongoing economic siege.
tinyurl.com/37qctyq

Britain vows to change policy allowing U.K. to arrest Israeli politicians:
British Foreign Secretary William Hague says it is unacceptable for Israeli politicians to feel like they can’t visit for fear of being arrested.
tinyurl.com/35agu7h

Obama extends fence-mending invitation to Netanyahu:
The President’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel delivered the invitation in person to Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem yesterday, while on a family visit.
tinyurl.com/38cfjfw

Gideon Levy: If Israel is democratic, why not elect an Arab PM?:
The thought that an Arab citizen could ever lead the state is far beyond the boundaries of any public discourse in Israel.
www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/a-question-of-time-1.292473

Bashir begins new Sudan term:
Al-Bashir, the world’s only sitting head of state wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC), was inaugurated on Thursday in a ceremony attended mostly by African leaders.
english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2010/05/201052785440624889.html

Amnesty report slams global abuses:
China, Russia and US among states criticised for human rights record in annual report.
english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/05/2010527164537464311.html

Terror Attacks Against U.S. At All-Time High:
The pace and number of attempted terror attacks against the U.S. over the past nine months has surpassed the number of attempts during any previous one-year period, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security report issued on Friday, May 21.
abcnews.go.com/Blotter/terror-attacks-us-time-high/story?id=10748953

Apple ‘world’s biggest tech firm’:
Apple Inc has become the world’s biggest technology company by market value, overtaking rival Microsoft Corp on the back of the successes of the iPhone and Macbook laptops.
english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/201052762227582447.html

Concern over human cost overshadows iPad launch:
The American electronics giant Apple was investigating damaging allegations last night that Chinese workers making its new iPad device were subjected to such “inhumane” treatment that some of them took their own lives by jumping off factory roofs.
tinyurl.com/33ng8g3

New, giant sea oil plume seen in Gulf:
Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama.
tinyurl.com/3xwjhop

Matt Simmons: “Theres another leak, much bigger, 5 to 6 miles away:
Video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDGAoU1H2gM&feature=youtu.be

Spain approves austerity measures:
Spain’s parliament has approved an $18bn austerity package by just one vote, narrowly avoiding what could have been an embarrassing defeat for the government.
english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/05/2010527133133716831.html

French protest retirement age plan:
French labour unions have staged a day of strikes and street rallies to protest against plans by Nicolas Sarkozy, the president, to raise the retirement age beyond 60 years.
english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/05/2010527123221805109.html

Dubai unit seeks debt push-back”:
Dubai International Capital (DIC), an investment company owned by the ruler of Dubai, has requested a three month delay on repayment of part of its reported $2.6bn debt.
english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/05/2010527162656959103.html

US money supply plunges at 1930s pace as Obama eyes fresh stimulus:
The M3 money supply in the United States is contracting at an accelerating rate that now matches the average decline seen from 1929 to 1933, despite near zero interest rates and the biggest fiscal blitz in history.
tinyurl.com/36ttfj3

Both parties packing pork into war-funding bill:
The bill has grown into a nearly $200 billion grab bag of unfinished business that includes $1 billion for summer-jobs programs, $1.5 billion in aid to farmers who had crops damaged and $4.6 billion to settle two long-running lawsuits against the government, one by black farmers claiming discrimination and one by American Indians over the government’s management of their land.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2011952818_warcost26.html

The War is Making You Poor:
Next year’s budget allocates $159,000,000,000 to “contingency operations,” to perpetuate the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. That’s enough money to eliminate federal income taxes for the first $35,000 of every American’s income each year, and beyond that, leave over $15 billion that would cut the deficit.
salsa.mydccc.org/o/30019/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=34

Cooking the books?
Banks Trim Debt, Obscuring Risks:
The practice, known as end-of-quarter “window dressing” on Wall Street, suggests that the banks are carrying more risk most of the time than their investors or customers can easily see. This activity has accelerated since 2008, when the financial crisis brought actions like these under greater scrutiny, according to the analysis
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25555.htm

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:  4,718
icasualties.org/oif/
 
Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,787

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
$998,911,186,974
www.costofwar.com/

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