Information Clearing House Newsletter: Why The US Doesn't Talk To Iran

29 September, 2010 — ICH

Robert Gates: 'We're Not Ever Leaving' Afghanistan
By Marcus Baram
In a shocking indication of a split between the White House and the Pentagon over the war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes that the U.S. military will never leave the war-torn country.

Statement By The Afghan Resistance
By The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Reaction of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to the Remarks of General Petraeus.

Manufacturing Consent For Attacks On Pakistan
Obama Out Of Afghanistan 'Psychologically,' Woodward Says
Video Interview
Woodward told Harry Smith that according to interviews with military and Obama administration officials, Pakistan plays a bigger role in the Afghan war than officials publicly acknowledge.

Can the US Assassinate an American Citizen Living in Yemen?
By Ronald Sokol
When government asserts an unreviewable power to kill its own citizens, it mocks the rule of law, and claims a power more familiar to tyrants than democracies.

Why The US Doesn't Talk To Iran
By Ismael Hossein-zadeh and Karla Hansen
During the past decade or so, Iran has offered a number of times to negotiate with the US without ever getting a positive response.

The Real Pirates in Somalia: Washington, Paris and Oslo
By Abdulkadir Salad Elmi
Even when we are down on our knees and have to sometimes beg for help, the so-called international community has to first and foremost respect Somalia's sovereignty and laws before they can be accepted as friends.

Why Murdoch And The BBC Are On The Same Side
By John Pilger
Britain is said to be approaching its Berlusconi Moment. That is to say, if Rupert Murdoch wins control of Sky he will command half the television and newspaper market and threaten what is known as public service broadcasting.

Cognitive Infiltration:
An Obama Appointee's Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Truth Movement
Guns and Butter with researcher, Tod Fletcher.
Sunstein proposes a new government COINTELPRO type infiltration of groups which research and promote ideas and explanations that run contrary to US government narratives, most specifically about the events of September 11th.

In Case You Missed It
The Blue Pill People
By Hari Heath
There are none so blind as those who will not look. If you are one of those who will look, take a look around. You are surrounded — surrounded by millions who will not look. These are the blue pill people. Who are these blue pill people and why won't they look?

Pledge To The USA
The Capitalist Commandments
By The Center For Balance
Thou shalt own and control all media and news dissemination agencies. Let not any editor be elected lest the people influence what they see, hear and read.

Foreclosure Funny Business
By Dean Baker
That US banks can skirt the paperwork required for home foreclosures shows it's one rule for them and another for us.

Iraq 11 Killed Overnight:
Police said a car bomb exploded Tuesday night near a popular cafe in Baghdad's Tarmiyah neighborhood. A hospital official said the blast killed two police officers and eight customers

Al-Sadr Agrees to al-Maliki Second Term in Return for Guarantees :
Sources in the National Iraqi Alliance [NIA] that is led by Ammar al-Hakim have confirmed that leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, following pressure from Iran, has agreed to State of Law [SLC] candidate Nuri al-Maliki remaining in office for a second term “in return for guarantees.”

Pentagon Plans $4.2bn Arms Sales to Iraq:
The Pentagon issued a proposal on Monday to sell weapons worth $4.2bn to Iraq, including 18 F-16 fighter aircraft, Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, laser-guided bombs and reconnaissance equipment

NATO kills 5 people in attack on Pak-Afghan border town:
Security officials said on Tuesday that five people were killed and two wounded by NATO cross-border fire from Afghanistan in the third such incident in days.

3 top al-Qaida commanders killed in US drone attacks:
The US is believed to have launched 21 missiles into tribal areas of northwestern Pakistan in last 24 days and American officials believe that a large number of al-Qaida and foreign fighters are among the over 100 casualties.

Pakistan probes reports of Qaida militant's death: –
Pakistan is investigating reports that a CIA missile strike killed a senior al-Qaida commander as he traveled in a tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said Wednesday.

A sad joke:
Pakistan threatens to stop protecting NATO supply lines:
Pakistan has told NATO leaders it will stop protecting U.S. and NATO supply lines to Afghanistan if foreign aircraft stage further cross-border attacks against fleeing militants, security officials said Tuesday.

Obama threatens Pakistan: :
Obama: 'We need to make clear to people that the cancer is in Pakistan':
“ If, God forbid, the SUV had blown up in Times Square, – Obama would be forced to do things that Pakistan would not like. “No one will be able to stop the response and consequences,” the security adviser said. “This is not a threat, just a statement of political fact.”

Demonizing Pakistan:
Woodward book: 'rogue Pakistani officers were involved in Mumbai attack':
Pakistan's intelligence chief has admitted “rogue” retired officers from his force were involved in the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, veteran investigative journalist Bob Woodward has claimed.

Arrogance on display:
Clinton warns Pakistan to make the rich pay up:
The United States will set tougher conditions on its aid to foreign governments, including an expectation that rich foreigners won't skip out on their taxes while Americans bankroll things their nations need, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday

Foreign occupation force soldier killed in Afghan insurgent attack: Nato:
Nato said Wednesday that a foreign soldier had been killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan

Taliban Rejects Latest Karzai Peace Approach: Demands end of Occupation:
Hours after a key provincial official was assassinated by the Taliban in a motorcycle suicide attack, the insurgents rebuffed the new peace effort of the Afghan government, and once again preconditioned foreign forces' drawdown to any peace approaches.

Afghan Peace Impossible Unless Foreign Forces Leave: Hamid Gull:
Gen. Hamid Gull described the government of Afghanistan and its members as puppets and added that the establishment of the High Council of Peace meant to start peace deals with the Taliban will have no positive results.

South Yemen governor survives attack that kills 3 soldiers:
The governor of south Yemen's restive Shabwa province on Wednesday escaped unhurt from an attack on his convoy that killed three of his guards, a security official said.

Yemen's veneer of legality:
New media restrictions, erected under the cover of state security, will snuff out what little remains of press freedom in Yemen

Iran puts off Bushehr nuclear plant launch to early 2011:
Iranian officials deny Stuxnet virus has affected major systems at nuclear plant, but analysts believe Iran may be suffering wider sabotage.

U.S. asks Japan to drop Iran oil field project:
The United States has asked Japan to completely withdraw from development of the Azadegan oil field in Iran to keep in line with planned U.S. sanctions on that country over its nuclear development, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Wednesday.

Jewish boat activists: Israel treated us harshly:
The claims of rough treatment present another headache for Israel, which has had to fend off several recent attempts by pro-Palestinian activists to break the Jewish state's three-year naval embargo of the seaside strip.

UN panel backs critical Gaza flotilla raid report:
While flotilla raid report says Israel committed 'grave violations of human rights,' the council stopped short of pressing for an international criminal inquiry.

Spain arrests American al-Qaida suspect:
Spanish police have arrested a U.S. citizen of Algerian origin who is suspected of financing al-Qaida's North African affiliate, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

Its only a matter of time:
'Credible But Not Specific' Threat of New Terrorist Attack:
Officials in Europe, US on High Alert for Commando-Style Raids After Capture of Suspected German Terrorist

Mass Assassinations Lie at the Heart of America's Military Strategy in the Muslim World:
Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.

Stop the Internet Blacklist:
As President Obama admonishes oppressive regimes for their censorship of the Internet, a group of powerful Senators — Republicans and Democrats alike — have signed onto a bill that would vastly expand the government's power to censor the Internet.

Supreme Court to decide corporate privacy rights:
The Supreme Court is getting involved in an unusual freedom of information dispute over whether corporations may assert personal privacy interests to prevent the government from releasing documents about them.

Anti-austerity protests hit Europe:
Wave of strikes and protests held in major cities and outside EU headquarters as anger over spending cuts escalates.

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:  4,742

Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,110

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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