Information Clearing House Newsletter 4 June, 2010 Weekend Edition – Americans More Optimistic About War On Terror

Afghan Peace Jirga Backs Karzai’s Taliban Peace Proposal
The jirga’s deputy chairman, Qayyamuddin Kashaf, said the tribal leaders wanted the government to remove the names of Taliban leaders from a UN blacklist that says they should be killed or captured.

Israelis Subdued Captain by Pointing Gun at a Child
By Layelle Saad
“It was hell on the sea. I saw Israeli soldiers killing activists in cold blood and then walking on their bodies.”

‘Mad Dog’ Diplomacy

By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth
Moshe Dayan, Israel’s most celebrated general, famously outlined the strategy he believed would keep Israel’s enemies at bay: “Israel must be a like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.”

Gilad Atzmon on Israeli Collective Madness
By Russian Television
“They are convinced that the more people they kill, the more people will be deterred to jeopardize what they regard as their security,”

What Lethal Arrogance Looks Like
By David Michael Green
The sad truth is that nothing threatens Israeli security more today than the stupidity, greed, aggression, inhumanity, and lately sheer arrogance of its foreign policy.

Lift the Siege of Gaza
By Pat Buchanan
Boarding of an unarmed ship with an unarmed crew, carrying no munitions or weapons, 65 miles at sea, was an act of piracy. What the Israeli commandos got is what any armed hijacker should expect who tries to steal a car from a driver who keeps a tire iron under the front seat.

Doubts Grow Over Israel’s Value as U.S. Ally
By Jim Lobe
“It is time Israel realised that it has obligations to the United States, as well as the United States to Israel, and that it (has to) become far more careful about the extent to which it test(s) the limits of U.S. patience and exploits the support of Americans Jews”

U.S. ‘Secret War’ Expands Globally
By Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe
Special Operations forces have grown both in number and budget, and are deployed in 75 countries, compared with about 60 at the beginning of last year.

Americans More Optimistic About War On Terror
By Karlyn Bowman
To deal with the threat, Americans accept the idea of profiling, support greater public surveillance efforts. – Recent polls show that 55% or more oppose shutting down the Guantanamo Bay facility.

Europe is Headed For a Mini-depression
By Mike Whitney
The amount of money at stake is humongous, certainly enough to trigger another banking crisis or mini-depression.

Real People v. Corporate “People”:
By Doug Pibel
Corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money on political advertising. The Court declared more than 30 years ago that spending money is a form of speech, and that corporations had a First Amendment right to speak that way.

Conspiracy of Silence

By Russia Today
The notorious Bilderberg group made up of politicians, business leaders and other power-brokers are having their annual meeting in an exclusive Spanish resort. But who is in this Club and What’s on the Bilderbergers agenda? RT is investigating.

At least 21 civilians killed in Mogadishu battle: medics:
The fighting broke out when newly-trained government forces backed by the soldiers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) apparently launched a major offensive to recapture key Mogadishu neighbourhoods.

Somali goverment assault on insurgents kills 17 civilians:
Among the dead were six women and a family of five whose home was smashed by shelling, said Ali Muse, the head of Mogadishu’s ambulance service. He said at least 61 other civilians were wounded in the heavy shelling and gun battles in northern Mogadishu.

8 Afghan civilians killed in fighting, bombing:
A clash between Afghan forces and Taliban militants left four civilians dead in a southern district where a major NATO operation early this year was meant to reassert government control

Armadillo: the Afghanistan war documentary that shocked Denmark:
In Denmark, the press and public have been stunned by Armadillo, Janus Metz’s documentary about a UK-Danish base in Afghanistan, and the actions of the soldiers based there.

Army Plans $100 Million Special Ops HQ in Afghanistan:
All around Afghanistan, from Kandahar Airfield to the Bagram jail, the U.S. military is on a building spree, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on wartime encampments. By one count, America and its allies now have 700 bases in Afghanistan.

Pakistan Five civilians among 14 killed as as shell hits house in Orakzai:
Five civilians, including three children and two women, lost their lives when an artillery shell hit a house in Orakzai Agency on Thursday, while nine militants were killed and six others sustained injuries when jetfighters pounded their hideouts in central part of the tribal region

Pakistan terror attack probe links to corruption:
A broad investigation into a 2002 terrorist attack in Pakistan that killed 11 French naval engineers has linked French president Nicolas Sarkozy to a complex kickback affair.

2 killed, 10 injured in northern Iraq’s car bombing:
Two Iraqis were killed and 10 others wounded in a car bomb explosion on Thursday in the volatile city of Mosul, provincial police said.

Iraq: 2 soldiers killed, wounded by Katyusha rockets in Amara
Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and two more were wounded when two Katyusha rockets hit the Missan Operations Command in north of Amara, a security source said on Friday.

Iraqi government talks hit snag:
Khair-Allah al-Basri, a member of State of Law, told the news agency objections to Maliki by lawmakers loyal to Moqtada Sadr were holding up the negotiations.

Freedom flotilla ship MV Rachel Corrie continues to head for Gaza:
“They’re 150 miles from Gaza, and they should be approaching the exclusion zone at 8am tomorrow,” O’Quiqley said. “They’re about 80 miles from the previous interception point.”

Israeli commandos ready to board the ‘Rachel Corrie’:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear late Thursday that the ship will not be allowed into Gaza but will be boarded and brought to an Israeli port.

Israel ‘committing slow drip genocide’:
Co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement Greta Berlin says that Israel is committing slow drip genocide, ‘drip by drip, Palestinian by Palestinian, child by child’.

Livni: Keep world from investigating IDF soldiers:
“The soldiers deserve all the backup they can get,” Livni said.,7340,L-3898602,00.html

When hands across the sea are tied:
The argument that outsiders should not be allowed to criticise countries is being used more and more to thwart human rights campaigns

Israel’s Defenders Mobilise, Threaten:
Even after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s spokesman publicly thanked Washington for its efforts to “water down” a statement by the president of the U.N. Security Council issued early Tuesday morning, hard- line neo-conservatives complained bitterly that Obama had betrayed its closest ally by not vetoing it.

Gaza flotilla: Turkey accused of behaving like Iran by Israel:
The Turkish ruling party AKP was savagely attacked by an unrepentant Israeli government last night, which said it was behaving like Iran and was “wholly to blame” for the deterioration in relations between the two countries.

Russia proposes to discuss every aspects of Iran uranium swap deal:
“We count on the fact that the countries involved in the project will have a chance in the foreseeable future to discuss all necessary practical aspects linked to the implementation of the fuel swap scheme with the Iranian side,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Andrei Nesterenko said at a briefing here today.

“We are against hasty measures against Iran” – Russian FM:
The upcoming UN Security Council resolution on Iran is going to take Russia’s and China’s stand into account, according to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who spoke to journalists during his visit to China.

ICC accused of targeting Africa :
The International Criminal Court stands accused of focusing exclusively on African countries and exacerbating existing conflicts in its refusal to drop charges in exchange for peace deals.

Oil Spill Could Bring Mass Extinction to the Gulf Coast: .
Even in the best case scenario, thousands of barrels of oil will still flow into the ocean. Destruction is already spreading along the Gulf Coast, and before the oil stops leaking, species might be extinct and industries destroyed.

LIVE CAM: Cap collects some Gulf oil; crude washes into Florida:
Waves of gooey tar balls crashed into the white sands of the Florida Panhandle on Friday as BP engineers adjusted a sophisticated cap over the Gulf oil gusher, trying to collect the crude.

CEO: BP will make good on $10 billion in profit payouts to shareholders, despite spill:
$10 billion in payouts are scheduled for this year. The cost of the spill has been estimated in the tens of billions

Texas man charged with trying to help Al-Qaeda:
According to the two-year FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation, the 29-year-old exchanged emails with two high-profile Al-Qaeda supporters: radical US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi and accused would-be Christmas Day plane bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He faces up to 20 years behind bars if found guilty.

United States and France Establish Arrangement to Interdict “High-Risk Travelers”:
IAP allows specialized U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel posted in foreign airports to utilize current targeting and passenger analysis information and/or an assessment of passengers’ documentation to identify high-risk persons bound for the United States and make “no board” recommendations to carriers and host governments.

Los Angeles police ask public’s help in fighting terrorism threat:
A program called iWatch lets people report suspicious activity and submit video and photos.,0,3437714.story

LA police expand iWatch terror program to airport:
The iWatch program was launched in October for residents to alert authorities to suspicious activity by phone or Internet. On Thursday, police and political leaders are using fliers and posters to enlist help from people at LAX.

Illinois newspaper ordered to disclose commenter names:
The Tribune and other news organizations filed a “friend of the court” brief on the case last year arguing that “if the court does not affirm the procedural safeguards necessary to protect the First Amendment rights of anonymous speakers online, the public’s access to news and information will be irreparably harmed.”

Bilderberg 2010: The security lockdown begins:
It’s midday at the Bilderberg conference hotel – and that means helicopters, riot police and angry staff

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:  4,720

Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,796

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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