Information Clearing House Newsletter 13 June, 2010: Meet A Real American Hero

Bradley Manning
A Real American Hero

Let us work to ensure that his bravery is rewarded with our admiration and support.

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it: Albert Einstein

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever: Clarence Darrow

What the people want is very simple – they want an America as good as its promise: Barbara Jordan

It is not so desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right: Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, 1849

He does not believe who does not live according to his belief: Thomas Fuller

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11 June, 2010 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

As discussed in Part 1, media coverage of the non-violent Iranian capture of 15 British sailors (in Iranian waters) focused on the humiliating failure of the sailors to open fire in self-defence. Journalists took a very different view of the May 31 Israeli attack on the ship Mavi Marmara carrying human rights activists and supplies to the besieged population of Gaza.

In this case, the key question was not why the activists failed to open fire (they had no guns) on their approaching kidnappers, but whether they used lesser violence – hitting with sticks and poles – before the commandos opened fire killing nine people and wounding several dozen more. The first two questions of the BBC’s online Q&A focused squarely on the issue of who initiated the violence:

“How did the confrontation begin?

“The six ships, travelling from Cyprus, were boarded in international waters. Commandos landed on the largest ship by descending on ropes from helicopters. They were attacked by the activists on board, and opened fire.” (

Who started the violence?

This is disputed. The activists say the commandos started shooting as soon as they hit the deck. Israeli officials say the commandos fired in self-defence. Video clips show activists wielding something that looks like a baseball bat and other objects.

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State Terrorism and the New World Order. “Man’s Stupidity has no Bounds” By Felicity Arbuthnot

11 June, 2010 — Global Research

“Man’s stupidity has no bounds at all.” — W.H. Auden.

“When bad men combine, the good must associate,
Else they will fall, one by one,
An unpitied sacrifice, in a contemptible struggle.”
— Edmund Burke, 1729-1797.

No matter how Israel attempts to dress up piracy on the high seas, in international waters – described by legal experts and politicians as state terrorism, resulting in nine confirmed deaths, claims of more, and up to sixty reportedly injured; the abduction and hostage taking of the passengers on six vessels – an act from a country given unique legal latitude, which might prove a final act of political suicide.

The ships are illegally impounded, hi-jacked to a country for which they were not headed. (Although the majority of those abducted have been released, those still held, remain unclear. Israel has not released names and has denied access by those held and injured.)

As the US Sixth Fleet patrols off Somalia to prevent piracy, Israel, compounded acts of breathtaking criminality, by boarding and diverting Ireland’s MV Rachel Currie, in international waters, loaded with aid, just five days later.

Speaking at Istanbul airport, on return, Bulent Yildirim, chairman of the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), stated: “We were handed nine dead bodies, but we have a longer list of missing people.”

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NOW AVAILABLE: Full 60-minute footage smuggled from Mavi Marmara

11 June, 2010 — Delegitimize

Footage taken aboard largest ship in Gaza Freedom Flotilla in hour before and during raid by Israeli military

New York – A full hour of raw footage taken aboard the Mavi Marmara in the hour leading up to and during the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla has just been made available to view at:

The footage is also available for download at:

Despite the Israeli governments efforts to confiscate all of the footage taken during the attack, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE filmmaker Iara Lee was able to smuggle one hour of footage back to the United States and is releasing it raw to the public today.

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Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications from 6-12 June, 2010

Iran and the Balkans: Russia Risks Making the Same Mistakes
“The recent UN Security Council resolution slapping new sanctions on Iran is likely to become the worst defeat suffered by the Russian diplomacy over the past years. Its negative impact may be persistent and more serious than that of the proclamation of Kosovo’s independence to which Russia continues objecting… Will the US and the EU return the favor — for example, in the form of concessions in Kosovo, Caucasus, or energy politics? Based on the Balkan experience, it is clear that they will not…”

Weak Europe
“The world is facing a second wave of the global economic meltdown, with Europe being in the front line of it… A default threat is almost imminent in Spain and Portugal, and Italy and Belgium are also approaching serious financial problems. Macroeconomic settings defined by the Maastricht Treaty appear to have less in common with the current model of the European social and economic development…”

The Conundrum of the South Korean Corvette (II)
“The report on the sinking of S. Korea’s Cheonan corvette claiming that the tragedy had been caused by a torpedo fired by a N. Korean submarine caused further escalation on the Korean Peninsula… At this point the question arises naturally what force could have been behind the Cheonan incident and in whose interests it was inflated to become a global problem… Whoever is actually responsible for the Cheonan tragedy, the very developments warrant the hypothesis that they are a result of careful a priori planning…”

Letters On the New START Treaty (I)
“Making any steps in the nuclear arms sphere, Russia should be aware that its future and sovereignty depend entirely on the preservation of its second strike capability in a conflict with any aggressor or groups of aggressors… In case the New Start is ratified, the corresponding federal law should state what extent of development and what architecture of the US missile defense warrants Russia’s withdrawal from the Treaty…”

Death Masked as Narcotics
“On June 9-10, Moscow will host the “Drug Production in Afghanistan: A Challenge for the International Community” international forum. Every year, the opium exported from Afghanistan kills up to 100,000 people worldwide, more than died in the Hiroshima atomic bombing. Russia as the country through which the main drug trafficking routes run is affected to the greatest degree – its annual death toll attributable to heroin from Afghanistan is estimated at 30,000…”

Russia to Build Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey
“Russian Prime Minister V. Putin will visit Istanbul on June 8. Last May Russian President D. Medvedev signed a landmark agreement in Ankara by which Russia would within the coming 7 years construct Turkey’s first nuclear power plant… On the whole, the Russian nuclear energy sector must be credited with major success for winning the contract to construct the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, especially in the light of the fact that Turkey is a NATO country with special ties with the US…”

The Balkan Mountain Has Brought Forth Burmese a Mouse
“The widely advertised EU – Balkan summit in Sarajevo turned out a complete farce… Even the previous – and also quite ridiculous – Brdo summit, which Serbia chose to ignore and the EU top brass eventfully did not bother to attend, deserved greater attention. Even in Brdo the European decision-makers did not avoid facing problems to the same extent as they did in Sarajevo…”

Nuclear Factor in International Relations and the “Iranian Problem”
“The “Iranian problem” puts serious obstacles in the way of adopting an internationally coordinated horizontal non-proliferation program. Iran, a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty signatory, is confronted with a kind of “guilt presumption”: it is forced to prove its innocence on various counts. Washington invokes the Iranian nuclear program to justify its support for Israel, and Israel cites Ahmadinejad’s militant rhetoric to exact the support from the US, indicating that it can attack Iran’s nuclear installations unilaterally…”

Rafe MAIR (Canada)
All is well if you can see Russia from here!
“Sarah Palin, erstwhile Governor of Alaska, once mayor of the village of Wasilla, who didn’t know that Korea was divided and who claimed international experience because Russia is visible from Alaska, came uncomfortably close to being a heart beat from the White House. As I will argue, she might even get closer to that in 2012…”

Obama 2010: Where do you go from a dead end?
“As California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger once deftly responded when facing a barrage of criticism over a particular policy, “When both the Left and the Right are angry at you, you know you’re doing something right.” A casual observer might expect President Obama to borrow Schwarzenegger’s formulation very soon, given the disaffection now surrounding him from all sides. Alas, Obama’s executive record is by now so compromised by concessions to special interests that he cannot play Schwarzenegger’s card with a straight face…”