Information Clearing House Newsletter 3 February, 2011: After Tunisia and Egypt, the World

3 February, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Police Van Running Down Protesters in Egypt
– Warning – This video should only be viewed by an adult audience.

Blood and Fear in Cairo’s Streets
Mubarak’s men crack down on protests

By Robert Fisk
The sky was filled with rocks. The fighting around me was so terrible we could smell the blood.

Obama Administration Has Been Gutless and Cowardly in Dealing with the Mubarak Regime
Robert Fisk – Democracy Now! Video Interview From Cairo
“One of the blights of history will now involve a U.S. president who held out his hand to the Islamic world and then clenched his fist when it fought a dictatorship and demanded democracy.”

Egypt’s Blood is on Obama’s Hands
By Mike Whitney
Make no mistake about it: this could be like the 1953 Operation Ajax in Iran. The US is now arranging for a coup against the will of the Egyptian people.

Al Jazeera English Live From Egypt
Video Live Stream
Video Reports From Egypt.

We Are Hypocrites
The West’s Itch to Meddle is No Help. Leave Egypt Alone

By Simon Jenkins
Hosni Mubarak of Egypt is another Saddam Hussein, a secular dictator ruling a Muslim country with a rod of iron through a kleptocracy of cronies. Less wealthy than Saddam, he had to rely on American support, but he was only a little more subtle in his ruthlessness.

Mubarak’s Fate Is Sealed
By Fidel Castro
For the first time the world is simultaneously facing three problems:

The New Face of Revolution:
After Tunisia and Egypt, the World

By Ted Rall
Coverage by U.S. state-controlled media of the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt is too dim by half: they say it’s an Arab thing. So it is. But not for long.

Pentagon Paid Billions To Contractors Suspended For Fraud
By Amanda Terkel
The military paid a total of $285 billion to more than 100 contractors between 2007 and ’09, even though those same companies were defrauding taxpayers in the same period, according to a new Defense Department report.

Progressives, Unite — War Still The Health Of The State
By Robert S. Becker
How long, as the Great Recession plods on, can the right treat the bloated, trillion dollar Pentagon budget as sacrosanct? How long before Joe Sixpack connects his structural unemployment, along with crumbling infrastructures and even worse schools, with nation-building abroad and energy subsidies at home?

9/11 And The FBI “Kamikaze Pilots”
By Sibel Edmonds
In a public statement issued on Monday, January 31, members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee demanded a prompt response from the former Chairman and the Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission regarding Former FBI Language Specialist Behrooz Sarshar’s censored testimony to the Commission.

7 Killed as Egypt PM ‘sorry’ for violence :
Shafiq told reporters in a news conference that calls for Mubarak to step down are “unacceptable”. He did, however, say that dialogue with all opposition groups will begin.

Tahrir Square battleground: ‘These people tried to slaughter us last night’:
Anti-Mubarak protesters in Cairo fight to hold square littered with bricks and burnt-out vehicles after night of bloodshed

Egyptian army disperses Mubarak supporters from bridge:
Military intervenes in attempt to end violence between government loyalists and anti-regime protesters in Cairo

Egypt protests – live updates:

Suleiman: Muslim Brotherhood invited to meet with gov’t:
New Egyptian VP says “conspiracy” behind assault of protesters will be investigated; quoted as saying Gamal Mubarak won’t run for president.

U.S. reexamining its relationship with Muslim Brotherhood opposition group:
U.S. officials have acknowledged the political reality that the Muslim Brotherhood is poised to assume at least a share of power should Egypt hold free and fair elections in the coming months.

‘We know that Netanyahu cannot sleep now’:
Protesters tell ‘The Jerusalem Post’ they don’t feel Egypt is completely free of Israeli occupation, “Camp David made us a slave.”

Egypt bans ex-ministers from travel:
Three former ministers and a prominent businessman also have their bank accounts frozen.

Is there a coup brewing in Egypt’s Army?:
Col. Kemp said the suggested schism within the ranks was reminiscent of the conditions which allowed one of Mubarak’s presidential predecessors, Gamal Abdel Nasser, to stage a military coup and overthrow the government in the 1952 revolution.

Mubarak Regime Paid Beltway Insiders Millions To Court The Powerful:
According to Foreign Lobbying Influence Tracker, 1,783 contacts were made between various lobbying firms representing the Arab Republic of Egypt and U.S. government officials since 2007.

Mid-East contagion fears for Saudi oil fields:
Risk analysts and intelligence agencies fear that Egypt’s uprising may set off escalating protests in the tense Shia region of Saudi Arabia, home to the world’s richest oilfields.

Yemen protests: 20,000 call for President Saleh to go:
More than 20,000 anti-government protesters gathered in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, for a “day of rage” against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

America loses another ally as Yemen’s President quits:
The President of Yemen, one of America’s foremost allies in the “war on terror”, has become the latest leader in the Middle East to announce he will be stepping down as he seeks to calm anger and stave off the street protests which have gripped Egypt and Tunisia.

Calls for weekend protests in Syria:
Social media used in bid to mobilise Syrians for rallies demanding freedom, human rights and the end to emergency law.

Algeria state of emergency: Bouteflika ‘signals end’:
However, it remains unclear when the emergency laws – imposed in 1992 – would be repealed. The announcement follows demands by opposition groups, who have been calling for anti-government protests.

What other dictators does the U.S. support?:
This is a good moment to take a look at where else in the world American taxpayer dollars are helping to prop up dictatorships with poor human rights records.

10 People Killed in Pakistan Blast:
Three infants and two women were among at least ten killed in a car bomb near a police station in the city of Peshawar

One killed in NATO tanker attack in Pakistan’s Balochistan province:
In the latest attack on convoys in Pakistan carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, gunmen attacked two NATO tankers in Balochistan on Thursday, killing one person.

Pakistani soldier killed in Afghanistan border clash:
A Pakistani soldier has been killed and three wounded in a clash with Afghan forces on the border, Pakistani officials say.

Part of Afghanistan bombed by Pakistan military aircraft:
Pakistani forces have bombarded residential areas in eastern Afghanistan. Aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force also homed in oon some police checkpoints across the border.

Roadside bomb kills 5 civilians in N. Afghanistan:
“The tragic incident happened in Gortipa district at around 10: 00 a.m. local time today as a result five innocent people including two men and three children were martyred,”deputy to provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Haqtash told Xinhua.

Australian occupation force troop killed in Afghanistan: officials:
An Australian soldier has been killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, the Defence Department said Thursday, upping the number of Australian troops killed in the conflict to 22.

Iraq blast in mainly Shia area killed 2: –
A roadside bomb explosion has killed two civilians and injured three other people in the eastern Iraqi capital, Baghdad, police and health officials say.

Two Iraqi soldiers killed near Baghdad:
Two Iraqi soldiers were shot dead by gunmen in a village west of Baghdad on Wednesday, a local police source said.

War criminal:
Rumsfeld defends Iraq war:

Former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld remains largely defiant about the Iraq war, saying in a new book that had Saddam Hussein remained in power, the Middle East would be “far more perilous than it is today”.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran :
Report: Iran Needs One Year to Make Nuclear Weapons:
A British research group says Iran needs at least a year to produce its first nuclear weapon.

$5 million lawsuit targets Jimmy Carter for ‘attacking Israel’: –
Former President Jimmy Carter has become the target of a class action lawsuit over ostensibly mean things he said about Israel in his best-selling 2006 book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.

Cable casts doubt on US account of 9/11:
A U.S. State Department cable recently released by WkiLeaks supports the idea of Washington systematically covering up the 9/11 by disclosing that the U.S. government had secretly interrogated three Qatari suspects in relation with the attack.

World food prices at fresh high, says FAO:
The index is now at its highest level since the FAO started the measure in 1990 and higher than June 2008 when the cost of food sparked violent protests in countries including Cameroon, Haiti and Egypt.

Food prices at twenty year high:
Global food prices have risen to record levels in January, reaching their highest levels since records began in 1990.

IMF raises spectre of civil wars as global inequalities worsen:
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that “dangerous” imbalances have emerged that threaten to derail global recovery and stoke tensions that may ultimately set off civil wars in deeply unequal countries.

Shell annual profits double to $18.6bn:
The oil giant Shell has reported profits almost doubled from $9.8bn to $18.6bn (£11.5bn) for 2010 partly thanks to rising oil prices and output.

Russia warns Ireland it will retaliate in spy row:
Moscow has warned Dublin it will retaliate for the “unfounded” expulsion of a diplomat over the alleged theft of six Irish citizens’ identities.

EU police forces to see British passengers’ personal information:
Britons flying anywhere in Europe will have sensitive personal information handed over to the police authorities in all 27 EU countries under a new air travel surveillance system.

Only 26% Americans trust financial system:
That’s actually relatively good news for banks, big corporations and the like. It’s up from 20 percent in January of 2009, when the country was still deep in recession and grappling with the financial crisis.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,421,933″

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,754

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,315

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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