Information Clearing House Newsletter 17 June, 2010 Is the BP Gusher Unstoppable?

Call the Politburo, We’re in Trouble
Entering the Soviet Era in America
By Tom Engelhardt
Even if the world can’t imagine what a bankrupt America might mean — it’s far clearer that, in the titanic struggle of the two superpowers that we came to call the Cold War, there were actually two losers, and that, when the “second superpower” left the scene, the first was already heading for the exits, just ever so slowly and in a state of self-intoxicated self-congratulation.

US Soldiers Charged with Murder of Three Afghan Civilians
By KOMO Staff & News Services
Stryker Brigade soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord killed three Afghan civilians by throwing hand grenades and shooting them, according to charging papers.

Are Foreign Lives of Equal Worth to Ours?
By Adil E. Shamoo
How do Afghan and Iraqi civilians view the injuries or deaths of tens of thousands of their countrymen and women? How do they view the continued killing and wounding of hundreds or thousands of non-combatants? How would we view this number deaths and injuries among our own population.

US Opposes ICC Bid to Make ‘Aggression’ a Crime Under International Law
By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer
The Obama administration has resisted efforts by the International Criminal Court to include ‘aggression’ as a crime, mainly because it could impact US military operations abroad.

Three Weeks After Arrest, Still No Charges In Wikileaks Probe
By Kim Zetter and Kevin Poulsen
Beyond the complex nature of the case, there may be other reasons for not jumping to charge Manning too quickly.

The One State Solution Sounds Like a Good Idea, But …
By Roger Tucker
With the Jewish state dissolved and the problem solved, Zionism, a combination of ethnocentric, religious and nationalist fascism dedicated to the continued existence of Israel, would no longer have a raison d’être and would consequently die a quiet, unlamented demise, to the great relief of billions of people.

In case you missed it
The Iron Wall: Colonisation of Palestine
By Vladimir Jabotinsky
Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach.

A Zionist State of Mind, A Dreamscape Of Ghosts:
One Jew’s Hard Awakening
By Phil Rockstroh
Although my mother fled Nazi Germany, as a child, on a Kindertransport, with a few family valuables sown into her clothing, and I was brought up on the myths and hagiography of the Zionist state, I, over time, came to recognize the folly of the whole colonialist enterprise – the folly of ethnic exclusion and expulsion, the inherent tragedy of nationalism based on the delusion of religious birthright.

Beyond Arrogance
Time for Another Reassessment
THE TIME has come for a reassessment of US-Israeli relations. – The fact is, we can no longer rely on US support.

Chávez Expects Arrest Warrant
Venezuela’s president said a Miami judge is likely to issue a warrant for his arrest in a money-laundering case.

Sea Creatures Flee Oil Spill, Gather Near Shore
Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.

Is the BP Gusher Unstoppable?
“What is likely to happen now?
By Julia Whitty
The damage done by the leaked oil now is virtually immeasurable already and it will not get better, it can only get worse..

What Does The BP “Escrow” Deal Really Mean?
By Seize BP
The “escrow account” in 2010 is not $20 billion dollars.
BP will put in $3 billion dollars in the third quarter of 2010 (ending September 30) and another $2 billion in the fourth quarter (ending December 31). Thereafter, it will have to make installments of $1.25 billion each quarter for the next three years.

The Victory at Too Big to Fail:
Is there a Global War Between Financial Theocracy and Democracy?
By Les Leopold
At the moment when Wall Street was on its knees, we decided to bypass serious reform. Instead, we rebuilt Wall Street, using taxpayer money and guarantees – more than $10 trillion worth. We let bankers use our bailout money to pay themselves $150 billion in bonuses — at a moment when over 29 million Americans were jobless or forced into part-time jobs.

Pakistan: Army kills ‘dozens of militants’ in northwest:
At least 38 suspected militants and 10 soldiers were killed in clashes in northwest Pakistan on Thurday. Pakistani army spokesman Athar Abbas said 23 militants were also arrested in the military offensive.

10 militants killed in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal area:
At least 10 militants were killed and several injured Wednesday as Pakistani security forces pounded heavy artillery on extremists hideouts in the troubled Bajaur Agency in the northwest tribal belt of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, where militancy seemed to be resurging again.

Afghanistan returns 14 missing Pakistani soldiers :
Fourteen of about 40 Pakistani soldiers who went missing after a militant attack on a security check post this week have been found in Afghanistan and flown home on Thursday, a Pakistan army spokesman said.

Afghanistan: Policemen killed in southern roadside blasts:
At least five Afghan soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in two separate bomb blasts in southern Ghazni and Zabul provinces, the defence ministry said on Thursday.

2 NATO occupation force soldiers killed, 3 injured in northern Afghan province:
Two NATO soldiers were killed and three others sustained injuries in Kunduz province north of Afghanistan on Wednesday, a spokesman with the alliance in Kunduz province Brigadier Webber said.

Afghan minerals may reach 3 trillion dollars: minister:
Afghanistan’s mining minister said Thursday that mineral deposits in his country could be worth up to three trillion dollars, tripling a US estimate from earlier this week.

Video: Jon Stewart Afghanistan is as Rich as Fox News is Stupid:
The small clip included here of the reporting gravitas of the top two FOX NEWS anchors says more about the FOX NEWS audience than anything I have see thus far.

Five killed in attack on Iraqi policeman’s home:
Five people were killed and a child injured when gunmen thought to be linked to al-Qaeda attacked the home of a policeman south of the city of Fallujah, police said on Thursday.

Sunni paramilitary leader killed, 28 people wounded in Iraq’s violence:
A bomb planted in the car of an Awakening Council group leader in Abu Ghraib area, just west of Baghdad, killing him and wounding one of his bodyguards, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

U.S. defense chief asks Congress for 33- billion war funding approval:
“I am becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of progress on the supplemental, and strongly urge Congress to complete its work on the request as quickly as possible,” Gates said during a Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing.

‘Obama Deceives the Public’: Daniel Ellsberg:
In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, the 79-year-old peace activist accuses President Obama of betraying his election promises — in Iraq, in Afghanistan and on civil liberties.,1518,699677,00.html

Deaths in Russia gun battles:
Four policemen and 10 fighters have been killed in clashes in Dagestan, a part of Russia’s predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region.

U.N.: 400,000 now uprooted by Kyrgyzstan unrest:
Some 400,000 people have been displaced by ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, the United Nations announced Thursday, dramatically increasing the official estimate of a refugee crisis that has left throngs of desperate, fearful people without enough food and water in grim camps along the Uzbek border.

Uzbek men: ‘We need peacekeepers, otherwise there will be a sea of blood’:
Those remaining in Osh are ready to fight to defend their homes from Kyrgyz mobs

U.S. Sanctions Iran Individuals, Firms:
The Obama administration placed dozens of Iranian companies and senior Iranian officials on a U.S. financial blacklist Wednesday in a bid to augment United Nations economic sanctions aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear programs.

EU leaders approve fresh sanctions against Iran:
European Union leaders have approved a new set of sanctions against Iran that go further than the latest United Nations measures.

Russia ‘disappointed’ by US, EU move on Iran:
 Russian deputy FM warns US, EU sanctions moves could affect cooperation in nuclear crisis. – “Such actions can be called none other than attempts to put yourself above the United Nations Security Council,” he said.

‘Iran will not withdraw from NPT’:
Larijani went on to say that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been already weakened by western countries’ policies and that Iran can either stay and strengthen the nuclear watchdog, or deal the last blow to the IAEA by withdrawing from the IAEA and NPT.

‘US conduct can elicit public revolt’:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says if US politicians allowed the American nation free access to government conduct, US citizens would rise against their outrageous policies.

Israel to ease Gaza blockade, but major restrictions remain in small print:
Lifting of restrictions on some civilian goods not enough to constitute breakthrough many had hoped for after Freedom Flotilla raid

Hamas calls Israeli decision to ease siege “trick”:
“This is a new trick aiming at enhancing the siege’s image and securing its continuation instead of lifting and ending it,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Xinhua.

Israel calls Lebanese and Iranian attempts to break siege ‘hostile’:
Foreign Ministry Director-General Yossi Gal briefed foreign diplomats on Wednesday on Israel’s preparations for this arrival of the Lebanese flotilla. Gal emphasized that Israel sees the flotilla as hostile, due to its origin in an enemy state as well as the connection between the flotilla’s organizers and Hezbollah.

Second Iranian ship to set sail this weekend:
“The ship will depart for Gaza in a special ceremony that will be attended by thousands of people at the start of next week,” a statement on the Iranian Red Crescent’s website said on Wednesday.,7340,L-3906136,00.html

Syria: Israel raid on Gaza flotilla raises risk of Mideast war:
In interview with BBC, Assad says Israel being run by a ‘pyromaniac government’ that makes peace impossible.

Turkey set to freeze ties with Israel: report:
A Turkish newspaper reported on Wednesday that Turkey would halt military cooperation with Israel and not send back the ambassador it withdrew after a deadly Israeli commando operation to stop a Gaza aid convoy.

Lawmakers warn Turkey of payback over Iran, Israel policies:
Supporters of Israel in the U.S. House warned Turkey on Wednesday they might support a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide that so far has failed to come up for a vote by the full chamber.

Congressman wants Americans on Gaza flotilla prosecuted:
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) – one of Israel’s staunchest defenders in Congress – wants Americans who were aboard the Gaza flotilla ships prosecuted.

Stranger than fiction:
 Calls for NDP MP to resign after Israel comments:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper called on NDP MP Libby Davies to resign as her party’s deputy leader after she suggested Israel has been occupying territory since the country came into existence.

Top Ten Myths about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
The U.S. is an honest broker and has sought to bring about peace in the Middle East.

The Iron Wall: By Vladimir Jabotinsky:
As long as the Arabs feel that there is the least hope of getting rid of us, they will refuse to give up this hope in return for either kind words or for bread and butter, because they are not a rabble, but a living people

Mexico’s Gaza:
Much as the Israeli government had warned the organizers of the Freedom Flotilla not to set sail for Gaza, the Governor of Oaxaca advised the activists to turn back or face the consequences. Like their international counterparts on the aid ships, they refused.

Terror suspect on life under ‘house arrest’:
A man judged to be a threat to national security has broken his strict bail conditions so he can speak out about the difficulty of his life under virtual house arrest, as Richard Watson reports.

The Hidden Wealth of the Catholic Church:
The Catholic Church in Germany, already struggling to cope with the sex abuse scandal, has been hit by revelations of theft, opaque accounting and extravagance. While the grassroots faithful are being forced to make cutbacks, some bishops enjoy the trappings of the church’s considerable hidden wealth,1518,700513,00.html

Make BP pay? May be out of Obama’s control :
In assuring Americans on Tuesday that BP won’t control the compensation fund for Gulf oil spill recovery, President Barack Obama failed to mention that the government won’t control it, either. That means it’s anyone’s guess whether the government can, in fact, make BP pay all costs related to the spill.

WH requests $15 million for oil spill commission:
The White House is asking Congress for $15 million to pay for the presidential commission that will investigate the BP oil spill. President Barack Obama made the request in a letter Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

BP Finds a Champion:
At least one member of Congress, Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican and former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, is sympathetic to BP. Actually, he’s rather mad at President Obama and Congress on BP’s behalf.

London shares close higher as BP surges:
London shares closed slightly higher on Thursday, boosted by a surge in BP after the oil giant suspended its shareholder dividend and said it would sell assets and create the huge fund to meet costs of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP not yet decided on assets to sell -Russian head:
BP (BP.L) has not decided what assets to sell to meet U.S. oil spill costs, the head of its Russian operations said, following rumours its stake in Rosneft (ROSN.MM), Russia’s top oil producer, was for sale.

BP Admits That – If It Tries to Cap the Leak – the Whole Well May Blow: Video: :
Oil industry expert Rob Cavner said that BP must “keep the well flowing to minimize oil and gas going out into the formation on the side”:

BP starts burning oil from leaking ruptured well:
Once that gas reaches the rig, it will be mixed with compressed air, shot down a specialized boom made by Schlumberger Ltd. and ignited at sea. It’s the first time this particular burner has been deployed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Protester interrupts BP hearing:
A woman with a black oil-like substance on her hands and face stood up and started shouting down Hayward before he could get a word in. “You should be in prison!” she yelled at the BP chief.

Billions of New Nuke Giveaways in Kerry-Lieberman Bill Exposed:
These tax breaks totaling $9.7 billion to $57.3 billion (depending on the type and number of reactors) would come on top of the Kerry-Lieberman measure’s lucrative $35.5 billion addition to the more than $22.5 billion in loan guarantees already slated for nuclear power.

Food Prices Are About To Explode:
A new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) forecasts soaring gloal food prices over the next decade.

Spain: the new crisis in Euroland:
European leaders meet in Brussels today amid growing fears that Spain, Europe’s fifth-largest economy, is preparing to ask for a bailout which would dwarf the €110bn (£90bn) rescue plan for Greece.

More Than 90 Banks Miss TARP Payments:
More than 90 U.S. banks and thrifts missed making a May 17 payment to the U.S. government under its main bank bailout program, signaling a rising number of lenders are struggling to meet their obligations.

Home builders won’t lift the economy this time:
 Fewer homes mean fewer jobs. Construction fuels a broad swath of industries across the economy. Yet double-digit unemployment is among the main reasons people have passed on buying new homes. Even with near-record-low mortgage rates, the industry is struggling.

Mortgage Fraud Probe Results in Almost 500 Arrests:
The investigation involves 1,250 criminal defendants who are allegedly connected to losses amounting to $2.3 billion.

In U.S., 15 Percent Lack Health Insurance: Survey:
The survey found that 46.3 million people had no health insurance in 2009, a bit up from 43.8 million in 2008. This included more than 6 million children under 18.

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:  4,724
Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,836

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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