3 October, 2010 — Information Clearing House
Coup Threat Reported as Iraq Government Deadlock Drags On
By Bill Van Auken
With the deadlock in forming a new Iraqi government now entering its eighth month-a world’s record-the Obama administration is intervening ever more openly and impatiently in pressuring rival political factions to cobble together a national unity coalition that would comprise all of the major parties.
They Hate Us For Our Occupations
By Glenn Greenwald
Isn’t Muslim culture just so bizarre, primitive, and inscrutable? As strange as it is, they actually seem to dislike it when foreign militaries bomb, invade and occupy their countries.
Netanyahu Asking Palestinians To Cede Right Of Return
By Akiva Eldar
When he demands that Abbas recognize Israel as a state of the Jewish people, he is offering assisted political suicide to the the Palestinian leader.
US Backs Netanyahu: Israel is Jewish State
By Yitzhak Benhorin
The US State Department said Tuesday it supports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
Israel’s Other “Peace” Plan – Arm-Twisting Obama
By Jonathan Cook
Netanyahu’s real aim, the Israeli media reported last week, is to persuade the White House to reaffirm a promise made in a 2004 letter from Mr Obama’s predecessor, George W Bush, that Israel will not be required to withdraw to the pre-1967 borders in a peace deal.
Tantrums and Sheeshas
Who will care when Israel self-destructs?
By Yvonne Ridley in Syria
The most culpable today is (Mr. Looks-like-a-one-term) President Obama. Who remembers his famous Cairo speech in the summer of 2009, where he virtually assured us that there would be “no new settlements”; that rings very hollow now, and haven’t the Israelis punished him for saying it?
US Colonel Alleges 9/11 Coverup
Must Watch – By Fox News
Judge Napolitano’s Ground-breaking interview with Lt. Col, Anthony Shaffer and Former CIA Intelligence officer, Michael Scheuer. — Shaffer’s book, “Operation Dark Heart” was essentially “censored” by the Pentagon in order that some classified details could be “redacted”.
Slashing the Dollar – The Future is Ugly
By Mike Whitney
We have to understand what the Fed is doing and the effect it’s having on global finances.
Why the U.S. has Launched a New Financial World War
And How the the Rest of the World Will Fight Back
By Michael Hudson
Who needs an army when you can obtain the usual objective (monetary wealth and asset appropriation) simply by financial means? All that is required is for central banks to accept dollar credit of depreciating international value in payment for local assets. Victory promises to go to whatever economy’s banking system can create the most credit, using an army of computer keyboards to appropriate the world’s resources.
Collapsing Empire Watch
By Glenn Greenwald
It’s easy to say and easy to document, but quite difficult to really internalize, that the United States is in the process of imperial collapse. Every now and then, however, one encounters certain facts which compellingly and viscerally highlight how real that is.
Lessons of the Obama Debacle
By Walden Bello
The key problem is the failure of progressives to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis.
Washington at Work—for the Wealthy
Uncle Sam is concentrating America’s wealth, not sharing it.
By Sam Pizzigati
We don’t need to start redistributing our nation’s wealth. We’re already redistributing. We just need to reverse the flow.
Incarceration’s Impact on Society is Shameful
By Bob Ray Sanders
“One in 9 African-American children (11.4 percent), 1 in 28 Hispanic children (3.5 percent) and 1 in 57 white children (1.8 percent) have an incarcerated parent,” according to Collateral Costs.
10 Afghan civilians killed in attacks:
Officials say six civilians have been killed in a rocket attack and four others by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
One killed in Taliban attack on Afghan Nato helicopter:
At least one person was killed and eight wounded when a rocket-propelled-grenade was fired at a Nato helicopter in Afghanistan, Nato officials say.
Afghans say Nato ‘as bad as the Taliban’ :
The vast majority described international forces as equally brutal toward civilians, and equally, if not more responsible for civilian casualties, detention abuses and other concerns.
Afghan leaders seek goodwill gestures from U.S.:
Releasing Taliban figures detained at Guantanamo Bay and scratching scores of others off the U.N. sanctions list would jump-start peace talks aimed at ending the 9-year-old war, members of Afghanistan’s new peace council said Tuesday.
More Taliban could be removed from UN blacklist: US:
The United States indicated Tuesday that it was open to the removal of more Taliban militants from a UN sanctions list in order to facilitate peace talks in Afghanistan.
NATO helicopters breach Pakistani airspace again:
NATO helicopters violated Pakistan’s airspace Tuesday morning near Chaman border area in the southwest Balochistan province, local media reported citing official sources.
Deaths in Yemen bomb attacks:
Twin bombings in port city of Aden leave two dead as Al Qaeda military chief declares creation of new ‘army’.
Depleted Mogadishu hospitals struggle to treat Somali war wounded:
Children of Mogadishu are suffering from the Somali capital’s recent increased violence, accounting for one-fifth of all weapons-related casualtie
The coming wars in Somalia and Yemen:
U.S. forces are allegedly waging secret wars in both these impoverished, tribal lands that command strategic shipping lanes. These are reportedly being waged largely from a former French Foreign Legion camp in Djibouti, which lies between the two states.
Iraq: Soldier killed by bomb blast in Baghdad:
“A roadside bomb went off Tuesday (Oct. 12) targeting the personal car of an army soldier in al-Jameaa neighborhood, western Baghdad, killing him on the spot,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Civilian killed while hunting down traffickers on Syrian borders:
“The civilian was killed when border guards were tracking down traffickers in al-Rabiaa district, northwest of Mosul,”
Chinese warplanes refueled in Iran en route to Turkey:
Iran indirectly supported a secret military drill between the Turkish and Chinese air forces that took place in September, sparking concerns in the United States, daily Hürriyet reported Monday
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran
Israel To Iran: Time’s Up:
Israeli Finance minister calls for naval blockade within two to six months.
Stranger than fiction:
Sarah Palin says if Iran gets a nuclear weapon, it could lead to Armageddon or World War III:
Sarah Palin doesn’t see Iran having a nuclear weapon as a mere national security problem, she believes it could lead to an ultimate world battle between good and evil.
In rare conversation: Saudi King, Iranian presdent discuss regional issues:
The leaders of Saudi Arabia and Iran held on Tuesday a rare phone conversation. This development comes as the Iranian president is about to arrive in Lebanon for an historic visit, amid growing domestic tension between the Iran-backed Hizbullah bloc and th Saudi Arabia-baced Sunni camp.
Poll: 76% of American Jews think Arabs want to destroy Israel:
51% of U.S. Jews approve of the way Obama is handling his job – a 6% drop since March; 95% think that the Palestinians should recognize Israel as a Jewish state in any peace settlement.
With Emanuel and Axelrod Gone, Will the Jews Have Access to Obama?:
The resignation last week of Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff and the imminent departure of David Axelrod, the president’s senior adviser, is raising the question of what the disappearance of the president’s top two Jewish aides will mean for the Jewish community.
‘You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive’:
Helen Thomas tells radio station:
Are We Giving Our Soldiers Drugs That May Make Them Kill Themselves?:
More soldiers than ever are on drugs that have been linked to suicide and violent behavior.
US judge orders an end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ military policy:
Virginia Phillips orders injunction on ban on openly gay personnel – but ruling might not stand
Guatemalans ‘Opened Door’ for Terrifying U.S. Experiments:
While the government of the United States was busy prosecuting Nazis at the Nuremberg Trials for atrocities committed during the Second World War, the American Mengele, a Dr. John C. Cutler, was devoted to injecting soldiers, prisoners and prostitutes in Guatemala with syphilis and gonorrhea to investigate the effectiveness of penicillin.
State trooper faces charges after dashboard camera shows brutal attack on female motorist:
Shocking video has emerged of a police officer slamming a handcuffed woman face first into a concrete wall, leaving her with a deep gash to her chin.
France faces open-ended strikes:
Services being disrupted across the country as unions stage another major strike over plans to raise retirement age.
French Labor Activism, US Labor Passivism:
French workers by the millions are in the streets marching against anti-worker “austerity policies,” In contrast, US workers offer no equivalent resistance as US states and towns cut payrolls and public services and as President Obama’s special commission gets ready to reduce social security benefits to the American people.
Britain, the jobless capital of Europe:
One in eight adults live in house where no one works
Wall Street Pay: A Record $144 Billion:
Pay on Wall Street is on pace to break a record high for a second consecutive year, according to a study conducted by The Wall Street Journal.
Bank Sues Bernanke, Fed Over Limits On Fees:
TCF National Bank sued Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and the Fed’s board of governors on Tuesday, saying regulations limiting the fees a bank can charge retailers for debit card transactions are unconstitutional.
US Is ‘Practically Owned’ by China: Analyst:
In 1900, sterling was the world’s reserve currency but by 1948, that was no longer the case as the British Empire collapsed. “America is doing what Britain did,” Winnifrith said. “America spends much more than it can afford and it’s not addressing the issue.”
US Cities Face Half a Trillion Dollars of Pension Deficits:
Big US cities could be squeezed by unfunded public pensions as they and counties face a $574 billion funding gap, a study to be released on Tuesday shows.
California to Sell 24 Government Buildings for $2.3 Billion:
The state announced Monday it is selling 24 government office buildings – including the Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Civic Center – to a group of private investors for $2.3 billion
PR Machine in Overdrive on Foreclosure Fraud Front:
A DC contact warned me last week that the banks were readying a massive pushback on the foreclosure crisis. It went into full swing over the weekend.
Senior citizens brace for Social Security freeze:
The government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through a second straight year without an increase in monthly benefits. This year was the first without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation started in 1975.
Health insurance claim denials rose by half in recent years:
Coverage denials of individuals based on their medical histories by the nation’s top for-profit health insurance companies rose by nearly half in recent years, U.S. lawmakers said Tuesday.
In case you missed it:
U.S. 30th in global infant mortality:
The United States ranks 30th in terms of infant mortality, an important measure of the quality of healthcare, according to a report released on Tuesday.
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 : 2,145
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
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