Information Clearing House 13 September, 2010: The Hyperinflation Mirage

13 September, 2010 — Information Clearing House

Tony Blair and the Great Islamic Threat
By Gwynne Dyer
Blair has never publicly acknowledged that Saddam was actually an enemy of radical Islam: admitting that would drain the last dram of logic from his justification for invading Iraq. So he only talks in general terms about fighting “radical Islam” and hopes that the more ignorant part of the public will think that includes the Iraq war.

War Criminal
By The Press Association
Tony Blair is to receive an award for his global human rights work.

Nine Years After 9/11, Has al-Qaeda Finally Won?
By Mary Shaw
Al-Qaeda got its holy war. George W. Bush got his crusade. And America has become more divided than it’s been in decades.

Quran Burning and US Inconsistency
By Lamis Andoni
Why does the US government think burning Qurans is less civilized than drone attacks on civilian populations?

If That ‘Mosque’ ISN’T Built, This Is No Longer America
By Michael Moore
I am opposed to the building of the “mosque” two blocks from Ground Zero. I want it built on Ground Zero.

Collapsing America
By Linh Dinh
Despite being lied to repeatedly, almost daily, Americans are strangely gullible to incoherent, even ridiculous narratives dished up by their government. Brainwashed by the bromide that their nation is always a force for good, anywhere, worldwide, Americans can’t imagine that Washington could be complicit in the murder of its own citizens.

The Hyperinflation Mirage    
By Mike Whitney
The Fed can create as much money as it likes without any risk of inflation provided the money is tucked away where no one can spend it. And this, in fact, is what the Fed has done.

US Poverty Rate Expected to Post a Record Increase
By Hope Yen
Should those estimates hold true, some 45 million people in this country, or more than 1 in 7, were poor last year. It would be the highest single-year increase since the government began calculating poverty figures in 1959. The previous high was in 1980 when the rate jumped 1.3 percentage points to 13 percent during the energy crisis.

I Have A Dream, 2010 Version
By David Michael Green
This week, Barack Obama called for a $50 billion spending program to launch a long-term public works infrastructure upgrade of road, rail, airport and other transportation facilities over the next six years.

Obama Has Discovered People Can’t Eat Hope
By Gary Younge
The fact that the best hope for the Democrats in November’s midterm elections is for Republicans to select candidates so ridiculous and reactionary that voters have no choice but to vote Democrat lays bare the parlous state of American electoral politics.

Netanyahu Said Iran Was 3-5 Years Away From Nuclear Capability- Back in ’95!
By Philip Weiss
So who do you believe? Netanyahu in ’95 or Netanyahu today?

The Trickledown Revolution
By Arundhati Roy
On the sixty-fourth anniversary of India’s Independence, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh climbed into his bullet-proof soap box in the Red Fort to deliver a passionless, bone-chillingly banal speech to the nation. Listening to him, who would have guessed that he was addressing a country that, despite having the second highest economic growth rate in the world, has more poor people than 26 of Africa’s poorest countries put together?

16 killed in Afghan blast, air attack:
A civilian and a police officer were killed in a bombing and a NATO airstrike killed 14 suspected Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

NATO: 5 “Insurgents”, Taliban Commander Killed in Afghanistan:
The “insurgents” were killed after they “displayed hostile intent” as the forces moved in on the compound, it said in a statement.

Two Afghan protesters killed as Quran tensions simmer:
Afghans protested violently for the third day on Sunday despite a US pastor giving up plans to burn copies of the Quran, with three other cases of desecration of the Muslim holy book likely to stoke their anger further.

NATO chief says forces to stay in Afghanistan to finish job:
“Defeat is not an option, we will win. The Taliban will never win, nor will they return to power. Never will we allow Al-Qaeda to have refuge Afghanistan,” the newspaper ABC quoted Rasmussen as saying in its Spanish translation.

British troops investigated for heroin smuggling:
Military police are investigating claims that British soldiers may have trafficked heroin from Afghanistan.

14 killed in Kashmir clashes:
At least 14 people dead in violent protests against Indian rule and Quran burning controversy.

11 killed in clashes between gov’t forces, Qaida militants in Iraq’s Diyala:
A total of 11 were killed, 12 wounded and 27 suspected insurgents captured in more than two days of clashes at an al-Qaida stronghold in the volatile province of Diyala in eastern Iraq, the police said.

British servicemen suspected of murdering Iraqi civilians:
Exclusive: Soldiers and airmen are suspected of killing significant number of civilians, but have not been put on trial

Nelson Mandela ‘felt betrayed by Tony Blair over decision to join Iraq invasion’:
Furious phone call to cabinet minister in protest at military action

Journalist: Women raped at Abu Ghraib were later ‘honor killed’:
Some women who were raped at the US’s Abu Ghraib prison facility in Iraq were later “honor killed” by their families, says a Jordanian reporter who writes on women’s issues.

‘Rampant abuse’ in Iraq jails:
New Amnesty International report documents wide abuse, torture and detention without trial in Iraqi prisons.

Inside Iraq’s torture dungeons:
British national Ramze Shihab Ahmed went to Iraq to help his jailed son, but was arrested and tortured himself.

At least six killed in US attack kills 6 in Pakistan: :
The Pakistani Taliban said they would continue to target Pakistani security forces with suicide attacks in revenge for the US drone strikes.

‘India involved in suicide attacks in Pakistan’:
Federal State Minister for Interior Affairs Tasnim Qureshi said he has ‘concrete evidence’ citing Indian elements’ involvement in terror activities in Pakistan, The News International reported.

Explosion kills five Somali soldiers:
Five Somali soldiers died on Saturday when a bomb ripped apart their vehicle in the capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.

Israeli attack kills 3 in Gaza:
Israeli shelling has killed Palestinians working in the fields in a Gaza farm village. One, a 91 year old farm caretaker was killed along with a 20 year old worker.

Israeli PM: Current settlement curbs won’t remain:
Israel’s 10-month freeze on new housing starts in illegal West Bank settlements expires at the end of this month and is a key point of contention in newly launched peace talks with the Palestinians.

2,066 settlement homes to be built as soon as freeze ends:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting earlier Sunday that while Israel wouldn’t necessarily continue its freeze on settlement construction, it was possible that a compromise could be reached in which construction would resume at a slower pace.

Settler leader: Extending West Bank freeze will end Netanyahu gov’t:
A continuation of a moratorium on West Bank settlement building would usher the end of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, a prominent settler leader said on Sunday, thus commenting on what many consider to an earlier remark by the premier.

Israel refuses to meet European ministers for settlement talks:
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported the meetings had been cancelled because the European ministers intended to pressure Israel over the settlements. A British embassy spokeswoman said Mr Hague’s trip was postponed because of scheduling difficulties.

Danny Yatom urges strike on Iranian nuclear sites:
Former Mossad director Danny Yatom has spoken in favor of attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities on Sunday. Speaking at the international conference on the war on terror in the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya he said, “There is no other way to stop the Iranian arms race.”,7340,L-3952976,00.html

U.S., allies should accept a nuclear-armed Iran:
Until now, nuclear weapons have conferred stability, not undermined it. No nation – except the U.S. – has employed an atomic bomb against another. Having nukes would almost certainly encourage Iran to behave better.

Defence cut threat to the special relationship:
Inflicting deep cuts on the Armed Forces could threaten the Special Relationship between Britain and the US, President Barack Obama’s defence department has warned the Government.

Australia paying troops who ‘torture’:
Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia’s elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which receives millions of dollars from Australia each year, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating them in detention.

Colombia: The Heirs: Video report:
Right-wing paramilitaries, the heirs of the infamous death squads, have started to re-emerge in Colombia.

Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque:From 2006 to 2008, R. Leslie Deak worked as a “business consultant” to this super-secretive security contractor with ties to the CIA and counterterrorism forces, and in those same three years he also donated nearly $100,000 in seed money to the foundation now advocating the construction of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque.

Ground Zero mosque Imam blames Sarah Palin for ‘growing Islamophobia’:
The Muslim cleric behind plans to build a mosque close to the Ground Zero site has blamed politicians such as Sarah Palin for fuelling a “growing Islamophobia” that led to the burning of Korans on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Sarah Palin’s trip to Iowa points to presidential bid:
Attendance at Republican dinner seen as sign that Palin aims to take on Obama in 2012

More U.S.-Mexico border crime a myth, officials say:
If you lived hundreds of miles away and listened only to the sound bites leading to passage of Senate Bill 1070, it would be easy to imagine some parts of Arizona as every bit as lawless as fabled Tombstone, circa 1881.

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:  4,735

Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,072

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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