15 February, 2011 — Information Clearing House
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“OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM”
These Pages Depict The Horror And Reality Of War
Liar Tells The Truth?
Defector Admits To WMD Lies That Triggered Iraq War
By Martin Chulov and Helen Pidd in Karlsruhe
Man codenamed Curveball ‘invented’ tales of bioweapons – Fabrications used by US as justification for invasion.
Recalling the Slaughter of Innocents
By Ray McGovern
Twenty years ago, as Americans were celebrating Valentine’s Day, Iraqi husbands and fathers in the Amiriyah section of Baghdad were peeling the remains of their wives and children off the walls and floor of a large neighborhood bomb shelter.
“I’m Taking You Out With a Drone to Save You From Torture”
Inside the Killing Machine
By Tara Mckelvey
President Obama is ordering a record number of Predator strikes. An exclusive interview with a man who approved ‘lethal operations.’
Has There Been An Egyptian Revolution?
By Paul Craig Roberts
The materialist basis of the old order is still in place: the elites, the police, the army, the bureaucracy, the U.S. Embassy.
On the Egyptian Revolution and the American Strategy
By Hassan Nasrallah
It is a revolution of those who refuse to be humiliated and insulted because this nation has been under subjection having surrendered its will to America and Israel. It is a political, social, and human revolution. It is a revolution against everything — corruption, oppression, hunger, the squandering of the capabilities of this country, and the regime’s policy on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The Toxic Residue of Colonialism
By Richard Falk
The overt age of grand empires gave way to the age of covert imperial hegemony, but now the edifice is crumbling.
Why Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Isn’t The Islamic Bogeyman
By David M. Faris and Stacey Philbrick Yadav
Western fears of Islamist takeover in post-Mubarak Egypt are unfounded. During recent protests, the Muslim Brotherhood has demonstrated a commitment to peaceful political participation. The US now has an opportunity to support a truly democratic Egypt, including the Brotherhood.
Egypt’s Revolution and Israel: “Bad for the Jews”
By Ilan Pappe
What is at stake here is the pretense that Israel is a stable, civilized, western island in a rough sea of Islamic barbarism and Arab fanaticism.
US Targets Twitter in Bid to Trap Assange
By Paola Totaro in London
The US government’s legal hunt for Julian Assange will begin in a magistrates court in Virginia today when its Attorney General seeks a disclosure order on Twitter to obtain the names, dates and locations of anyone using its services to communicate with WikiLeaks.
Why Our Government Would Fear Wikiarguments More than WikiLeaks
By Carmen Yarrusso
Our “free press” is clearly abdicating its responsibilities. Worse yet, mainstream media do much more to aid and abet government deception than to expose it.
Obama’s Budget and the Rot of American Capitalism
By Patrick Martin
After committing trillions in federal bailouts to the banks and billionaires, the White House is demanding cuts that will devastate the working class, and particularly its poorest and most vulnerable sections.
South Sudan Jonglei attack by Athor rebels ‘killed 200’:
Most of the dead were civilians, including children and others chased into a river by rebels, a minister said.
Three British occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan:
A British soldier was killed Monday by an explosion in Afghanistan after it was announced earlier in the day that two soldiers had died in a blaze at the main British base in the war-torn country.
Second Finnish occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan:
A Finnish soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday.
US: Afghan war costs $300mn per day:
A report says that Washington spends $300 million of American taxpayers’ money on Afghan war per day, and this comes as the US has failed so far to establish security in the war-torn country.
Seven militants killed in Swat clash:
Seven militants were killed during a clash with security forces in Swat district, official sources said on Monday.
Pakistan hints at prisoner swap for U.S. official:
Pakistan’s law minister has hinted that an American embassy official arrested for killing two people could be swapped for Pakistani neuroscientist, Dr Aafia Siddiqui,
Bombings Kill 3 in Iraqi Capital:
Iraqi officials say a pair of bombs killed at least three people and wounded six others in eastern Baghdad Tuesday
Curveball admissions vindicate suspicions of CIA’s former Europe chief:
Tyler Drumheller, who says he warned the head of the US intelligence agency before the 2003 invasion of Iraq that Curveball might be a liar, said the confession would be a final wake-up call for the hawks who continued to believe that there had been WMD, but that the CIA had been “too stupid” to find them.
Iraq diverts F-16 budget for food rations:
Iraq has postponed the planned purchase of 18 F-16 fighter planes from the United States this year and diverted the funds to feeding the poor, an official said on Monday, amid growing protests that have been inspired by the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
2 Deaths reported in Iran protest:
Two people were killed at a banned opposition rally in Iran, a member of parliament has told the Iranian Student’s News Agency.
Tehran protests captured on amateur video:
The atmosphere of the protests was captured by many people in the crowd using their mobile phones.
Iran unrest: MPs call for death of Mousavi and Karroubi:
State TV showed some 50 conservative MPs marching through parliament’s main hall on Tuesday, chanting “Death to Mousavi, death to Karroubi”.
Obama: Iranians Should Take Example from Egypt: .
The U.S. hopes and expects, he said, “to continue to see the people of Iran have the courage to be able to express their yearning for greater freedom and a more representative government.”
Israel FM: EU Must Confront Iran Before Peace Process:
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is urging the European Union to confront what he called the “problem of Iran,” before tackling the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Iran: Stuxnet virus targets and spread revealed:
Security firm Symantec has now revealed how waves of new variants were launched at Iranian industrial facilities.
Bahrain protesters take control of main square :
Thousands of protesters in Bahrain are filling a main square in the Gulf nation’s capital as Egypt-inspired demonstrations gripped the country for a second day.
Bahrain protests: King announces probe into two deaths:
The king of Bahrain has gone on television to announce an investigation into the deaths of two protesters killed in clashes with security forces.
Yemen protests enter fifth day
Regime loyalists and plainclothes policemen attack protesters, mainly students, in Sanaa.
U.S. to spend $75 million on new Yemen military training:
The United States aims to spend $75 million to double the size of a special Yemeni counter-terrorism unit, a U.S. official said on Monday.
Mufti warns of revolution in Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Arabian Mufti Sheikh Yusof al-Ahmad has warned that unless the government fights poverty and unemployment, it will face a revolution like those in Egypt and Tunisia.
Egypt army sets reform deadline:
Egypt’s ruling military council announces that work on reforming the country’s constitution is to be completed in 10 days.
Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to Be Political Party:
Egypt’s main political opposition, said Tuesday that it would apply to become an official political party as soon as the necessary changes were made to the Egyptian Constitution.
Mubarak moves assets from European banks to Gulf states’:
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has reportedly moved his family assets from European banks to institutions in Gulf region after Swiss authorities took steps to freeze his foreign accounts.
DOJ Seeks Twitter Records in Wikileaks Probe:
In an interesting juxtaposition to Secretary Clinton’s internet freedom speech later today, this morning at the US District Court in Alexandria the Justice Department will be seeking to enforce a court order to direct Twitter Inc, to provide the US government records from 3 individuals including Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament
Dershowitz Joins Legal Team for Wikileaks:
Harvard Law School Professor Alan M. Dershowitz will join Wikileaks founder Julian P. Assange’s legal defense team, according to a Wikileaks statement released yesterday.
Ecuador Judge Orders Chevron to Pay $9 Billion:
A judge in a tiny courtroom in the Ecuadorean Amazon ruled Monday that the oil giant Chevron was responsible for polluting remote tracts of Ecuadorean jungle and ordered the company to pay more than $9 billion in damages, one of the largest environmental awards ever.
Argentina and US row over seized US military material:
Argentina has accused the US of trying to smuggle weapons and satellite phones into the country after cargo on a US military plane was seized last week.
House votes to extend Patriot Act surveillance powers:
In a 275-144 vote, the chamber voted to extend until December provisions on wiretaps, access to business records and surveillance of terror suspects.
Greece reassures IMF on privatization: –
Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou said Greece was committed to privatizing services to comply with terms of its international bailout.
Moody’s rates Irish banks as ‘junk’:
Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Banks, EBS Building Society and Irish Life & Permanent were all downgraded by the agency.
Wisconsin National Guard Preps For Worker Unrest After Governor Unveils Emergency Budget:
Under Walker’s plan, public employees would lose all of their collective bargain rights, except a limited negotiation of wages. State workers would also have to contribute more to their pension and health care benefit plans.
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 icasualties.org/oif/
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,324
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan