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…

Obama’s Letter to Lula Exposes Forked Tongue On Iran
By Steve Hynd
President Lula of Brazil has released the full text of Obama’s 20th April letter to Brazil about the proposed TTR fuel swap deal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25566.htm

“Brothers in Arms.” Israel’s Most Illicit Affair
By Glenn Frankel
History is a great teacher, but sometimes it packs a nasty sense of irony. A case in point: South African Prime Minister John Vorster’s visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem in April 1976, where he laid a wreath to the victims of the German Reich he once extolled.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25563.htm

Noam Chomsky Interview: “I regard myself as a supporter of Israel”
Must Watch Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25571.htm

Analysts Question Korea Torpedo Incident
By Jeff Stein
How is it that a submarine of a fifth-rate power was able to penetrate a U.S.-South Korean naval exercise and sink a ship that was designed for anti-submarine warfare?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25568.htm

The Collapse of WTC 7 Created an Extraordinary Problem
Building What? How SCADs Can Be Hidden in Plain Sight
By David Ray Griffin
The collapse of World Trade Center 7 (WTC 7) thereby challenges the official account of the destruction of the World Trade Center, according to which it was accomplished by al-Qaeda hijackers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25569.htm

The Oil Catastrophe
By Michael T. Klare
It is as if an underwater neutron bomb has struck the Gulf of Mexico.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25570.htm

Soldier in Iraq Loses Home Over $800 Debt
By Nick Baumann
Capt. Michael Clauer’s homeowners’ association foreclosed on his family’s $300,000 house and sold it for $3,500.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25565.htm

Pakistan: 80 militants killed in Orakzai blitz:
At least 80 militants were killed and 60 others wounded on Friday after security forces backed by jet fighters carried out a massive operation in Orakzai Agency.
www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=105626

At least 80 killed in attacks on Pakistani mosques:
Armed militants, some of them wearing explosives, stormed mosques in Model Town and Gardhi Shahu areas, hurling hand grenades and firing at hunderds of people gathered for Friday prayers.
tinyurl.com/33z8r3q

US attack kills ten in Pakistan:
At least ten “militants” were killed and three were wounded in a US missile strike Friday evening in the Pakistani tribal belt adjacent to its border with Afghanistan, said officials.
www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2090519&Language=en

U.N. Official to Ask U.S. to End C.I.A. Drone Strikes:
A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes against people suspected of belonging to Al Qaeda, complicating the Obama administration’s growing reliance on that tactic in Pakistan.
www.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/world/asia/28drones.html

Times Square bomb plot: Pakistani Army major arrested:
A Pakistani Army major, who was until recently a serving officer, has been arrested in connection with the failed Times Square bomb plot.
tinyurl.com/2vqthon

India: At least 80 killed in Indian train crash:
Officials suspect Maoist sabotage after passenger train derails in country’s east.
english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/05/20105287174325806.html

US toll reaches 1,000 deaths in Afghanistan occupation:
More than 430 of the U.S. dead were killed after Obama took office in January 2009.
tinyurl.com/2unzqh4

Confidence in Kandahar campaign wanes:
Last winter, Barack Obama, US president, gambled that a surge of 30,000 troops would save the war in Afghanistan. The bet will be decided this summer, in Kandahar, where soldiers are preparing to launch the biggest operation of the nine-year occupation.
tinyurl.com/2unzqh4

U.S. Senate panel votes new Iran constraints:
The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee voted to require Pentagon contractors to certify they are not doing any prohibited business with Iran.
tinyurl.com/2u5wt9d

U.S. Keeps Watch on Iranian Shipping:
The Obama administration is already engaged in a financial and intelligence drive against Tehran’s largest shipping company, with the potential to cut sharply into the Iranian government’s ability to procure and transport “illicit goods”.
tinyurl.com/34jmv8y

Iran’s FM Says Consideration of Nuclear Plan ‘Positive’:
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says he believes major powers are “positively” considering Iran’s nuclear fuel plan, negotiated with help from Turkey and Brazil.
tinyurl.com/2wquxbj

U.S., Brazilian officials at odds over letter on Iranian uranium:
“It was a letter that was responding to something they were doing, in which we were pointing out that what you are doing falls well short of what we are seeking before,” he said.
tinyurl.com/3ypma9z

Brazil, Turkey sharpen tone with US over Iran:
Brazil and Turkey lashed out at the United States Friday in a deepening confrontation over Iran, saying it and other nuclear powers lacked credibility in demanding Tehran hobble its atomic program.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100528/wl_afp/irannuclearpoliticsunusbrazilturkey

Fact or fiction:
Diplomats: Missing equipment from Iran lab may be nuclear cover-up:
UN nuclear inspectors revisiting Iranian labortatory discover some apparatus has disappeared which was believed to be used in Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program.
tinyurl.com/3xg43n7

Syria Eyes Neighbor Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions:
PBS’s Charlie Rose spoke to Syria’s President Bashir Al-Assad for another perspective on Iran and international security concerns.
www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/jan-june10/assad_05-27.html

Rabbi David Wolpe: The President fetes the Jews:
What Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg has called “Operation Desert Schmooze” continued at the White House yesterday. A group of some 150 people, mostly Jews prominent in their fields, gathered for the latest volley in the Obama charm offensive.
www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-david-wolpe/the-president-fetes-the-j_b_593410.html

Israel Navy prepares to “counter” aid convoy :
IDF warns that it will not hesitate to make use of limited force if it becomes necessary; Lieberman: Gaza aid convoy is violent propaganda against Israel.
tinyurl.com/3x3hamy

Israeli human rights activist – “I was tortured” :
A leading human rights activist from Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority was charged yesterday with the most serious security offences on Israel’s statute book, including espionage.
uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com/2010/05/jonathan-cook-israeli-human-rights.html

North Korea says South faked sinking of warship:
North Korea’s powerful National Defense Commission accused South Korea today of faking the sinking of a warship for which Pyongyang has been blamed and warned that the Korean peninsula was heading to “the brink of war.”
www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100528/BREAKING/100528006?source=rss_breaking

War on Korean Peninsula: High Tension Prompts Scenarios:
How might a shooting war start? Defense analysts and military sources in Seoul and Washington agree that an outright, all-out attack by either side is unlikely.
news.yahoo.com/s/time/20100526/wl_time/08599199192800

Russia wants ‘100% proof’ N.Korea sunk ship:
Russia will not support efforts to punish North Korea for sinking a South Korean warship until it is fully convinced Pyongyang was behind the incident, a foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100527/wl_afp/skoreankoreamilitaryrussia

Fact or fiction?
North Korea ‘is exporting nuclear technology’:
Leaked UN report says Pyongyang is using front companies to export nuclear and missile technology to Iran, Syria and Burma.
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/28/north-korea-exporting-nuclear-technology

73 killed in Jamaican “unrest”:
Residents have accused security forces of firing indiscriminately during four-day assault
english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/201052811495663725.html

UN publishes report on Colombia military killings:
Colombian security forces committed “a significant number” of murders over the past decade, often for personal profit, and few of the perpetrators have been punished, according to a report published Thursday by an independent U.N. human rights expert.
www.wtop.com/?nid=105&sid=1966962

UK: ID cards scheme to be scrapped within 100 days:
Bill abolishing ID cards and national identity register will be first piece of legislation introduced to parliament by the new government, says Theresa May
www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/may/27/theresa-may-scrapping-id-cards

Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence:
Not only can citizens be fined if they fail to answer the increasingly intrusive questions asked of them by the federal government under the guise of simply counting the number of people in the country; but a landlord must give them access to your apartment whether you’re there or not, in order to gather whatever “statistics” the law permits.
tinyurl.com/2uzl75l

US to focus on homegrown extremists:
The US president’s new national security strategy will focus on the threat posed by homegrown extremists, his counter-terrorism chief says.
english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/201052712848659103.html

‘Top Kill’ Hype Collides With Reality :
All day yesterday, people across America were really, really excited about the latest and greatest method that BP was using to finally stop the gush of undersea oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the so-called Top Kill. “Woo, Top Kill,” tweeted America.
www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/28/top-kill-hype-collides-wi_n_593371.html

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 : 1,785

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
$999,315,632,591
www.costofwar.com/

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