Information Clearing House Newsletter 28 May, 2010: Analysts Question Korea Torpedo Incident

Obama’s Letter to Lula Exposes Forked Tongue On Iran
“Brothers in Arms.” Israel’s Most Illicit Affair
Noam Chomsky Interview: “I regard myself as a supporter of Israel”
Analysts Question Korea Torpedo Incident
The Collapse of WTC 7 Created an Extraordinary Problem
Soldier in Iraq Loses Home Over $800 Debt
U.N. Official to Ask U.S. to End C.I.A. Drone Strikes:
US toll reaches 1,000 deaths in Afghanistan occupation:
Confidence in Kandahar campaign wanes:
U.S. Senate panel votes new Iran constraints:
U.S. Keeps Watch on Iranian Shipping:
U.S., Brazilian officials at odds over letter on Iranian uranium:
Brazil, Turkey sharpen tone with US over Iran:
UK: ID cards scheme to be scrapped within 100 days:
and more…

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Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications from 23-29 May, 2010

Afghan Heroin Flow Channeled to Russia
“The production of narcotics in Afghanistan has gone up 40-fold since the country’s occupation by the NATO forces.Afghanistan hosts the full cycle of illicit drug production comprising opium poppy cultivation, conversion into heroin and opium at some 400 drug facilities, stockpiling, and wholesale supply to the Afghan and Pakistani drug markets. While Afghan poppy growers are enduring extreme poverty, the owners of the fields mostly reside in the US, Great Britain, and other Western democracies…”

Aleksandr SHUSTOV
South Kyrgyzstan: An Epicenter of Coming Conflicts?
“Unrest has lingered in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan since the April 7 coup. Recently, local Kyrgyz and Uzbek populations clashed in the Jalal-Abad province, the displaced Kyrgyz President K. Bakiev being widely suspected of organizing the riots. If the interim government fails to neutralize the attempts to ignite ethnic strife in the south of Kyrgyzstan, the tensions are likely to evolve into a conflict similar in character to a civil war. Hundreds of people were killed during the clashes between the Kyrgyz and Uzbek populations in the Osh province in 1990. the escalation in the Jalal-Abad district would breed broader hostilities between three of the five Central Asian republics and a serious threat to the region’s overall stability…”

The Conundrum of the South Korean Corvette (I)
“Seoul has unveiled the results of the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan corvette in the Yellow Sea on March 26. According to the report put together by a commission of South Korean military and unnamed experts from the US, Canada, Great Britain, and Sweden, Cheonan was sunk as the result of an external underwater explosion caused by a torpedo made in the DPRK. Considering that the blast was allegedly caused by a torpedo carrying a net explosive weight of 250 kg, investigators must have been remarkably lucky to find the right fragment with the marking implicating North Korea. The simple marking “? 1", which is the sole indication of the country of origin of the torpedo, possibly could write in the same manner on a South Korean torpedo too. The spin-off of the version offered by the report commenced immediately upon its being circulated, and there is a distinct impression that the developments are following an a priori blueprint…”

Alexander MEZYAEV
Kononov Against Latvia, or Top-Level History Falsification
“On May 17, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) revealed the long-awaited decision on the Kononov case. The fact that Russia’s interests are affected is beyond question. ECHR has already become a serious problem for Russia. Currently this “center of global justice” is looking into Georgia’s complaint against Russia over the August, 2008 conflict and into Poland’s Khatyn case. The onslaught on Russia in the sphere of the international law is widening…”

Christopher Coke Against the US, or the Global Elite and Narcotics
“The bizarre web of interests of mafia, secret services, corrupt local officials, and global powers, altogether combined with the hopeless poverty of the Jamaican population, bred a new form of social organization based on de facto institutionalization of one of the worst ills of mankind…”