Information Clearing House Newsletter 16 February, 2011: Bradley Manning – The Forgotten Man

16 February, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Mullen: US Depends on Military Ties with Israel
The top U.S. military officer says the relationship between the American and Israeli militaries is especially relevant while Mideast nations are steeped in unrest.

The Revolutionary Rebellion in Egypt
By Fidel Castro
We are not opposed to the people of Israel; we are opposed to the genocide of the Palestinian people and in favor of their right to an independent state.

When “Good” Dictators Go Bad
By Norman Solomon
It wasn’t long ago that Hosni Mubarak’s regime — with all its repression and torture — enjoyed high esteem and lavish praise in Washington. For Egyptians, the repression and torture went on; for the bipartisan savants running U.S. foreign policy, the suppression was good geopolitics.

WikiLeaks: Egypt’s New Man at the Top ‘Was Against Reform’
By Christopher Hope, and Steven Swinford
The military leader charged with transforming Egypt opposed political reform because he believed that it “eroded central government power”, according to leaked US diplomatic cables.

“Color Coded” Egypt
Did US-backed NGOs Help to Topple Mubarak
By Mike Whitney
The problems generated in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, etc. might have been part of a regional process directed primarily at Iran, and next Syria, two states market in particular for destruction by the Project for the New American Century.

Egypt: Social Movements, the CIA and Mossad
By James Petras
The Israeli’s could not find any ‘new face’ with a popular following willing to serve as a crass collaborator to colonial oppression. The CIA had been entirely engaged in using the Egyptian secret police for torturing terror suspects (”exceptional rendition”) and in policing neighboring Arab countries. As a result both Washington and Israel looked to and promoted the military takeover to preempt further radicalization.

The Shame Of Being An American
By Paul Craig Roberts
On February 15 “the indispensable people” had to suffer the hypocrisy of the U.S. Secretary of State delivering a speech about America’s commitment to Internet freedom while the U.S. Department of Justice (sic) brought unconstitutional action against Twitter to reveal any connection between WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning, the American hero who, in keeping with the U.S. Military Code, exposed U.S. government war crimes.

The Forgotten Man: Bradley Manning
Video Report – ABC Australia
WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange has been cast as a heroic champion of free speech. It was Manning who allegedly stole the classified documents published by WikiLeaks. It is Manning who now languishes in a US military prison.

Haiti’s Prisons “Collective Suicide”
Video Report By Frontline – PBS
The conditions in the jails and prisons and detention centers are more than appalling, and it really is a human rights violation to have people in those conditions. I believe right now they have 58 [centimeters] per inmate, and they can’t even sit down or lie down. They have to stand up like sardines in those cells, and they have to take turns in order for them to sit.

Obama’s Budget: Freezing the Poor
By Amy Goodman
Americans are cold, hungry and unemployed. By increasing military spending, already greater than all of the world’s military budgets combined, we are only spreading that misery abroad.

US-led attack kills 4 Afghan civilians:
The US-led forces fired a missile which missed its target and hit the residential building. Parts of the structure were damaged in the incident, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wedneday.

Kabul Bank faces receivership after IMF visit:
An International Money Fund (IMF) report says Afghanistan’s largest private bank, Kabul Bank, should be placed in receivership.

U.S. claims diplomatic immunity for ex-Special Forces soldier:
Sources claim telescope, photos, make-up for disguises found in his car

Pakistan receives Kerry apology:
Senator says US “deeply sorry” while Obama urges release of “diplomat” who fatally shot two Pakistanis.

U.S. veterans “were raped and sexually abused by comrades”:
More than a dozen female and two male current or former service members will launch a legal action today, claiming that servicemen get away with rape and other sexual abuse.

Gunmen kill tribal leader, woman official in Iraq:
In two separate incidents in Iraq, unidentified gunmen killed a Sunni Arab tribal leader and a government official in central and northern parts of the country Wednesday, the police said.

3 killed, dozens injured in Iraqi protests:
Three people were killed and dozens wounded in the southern city of Kut on Wednesday as Iraqis demanding better basic services fought with police and torched government buildings, hospital and police sources said.,7340,L-4029664,00.html

Iraq to slash politicians’ wages amid protests: –
Iraq’s government plans to slash the salaries of ministers and MPs, a top official said on Wednesday, as protests swept the country against widespread corruption and poor basic services.

One killed in Yemen as protesters clash with police: –
A 21-year old protester was shot dead after clashes broke out between police and demonstrators in south Yemen on Wednesday, his father said, as unrest spread across the Arabian Peninsula state.

Video: Bahraini Police Brutally Shot Shia woman:
Thousands of Shi’ite demonstrators, inspired by popular revolts that toppled rulers in Tunisia and Egypt, gathered in Bahrain’s capital on Wednesday to mourn for a second protestor martyred in clashes this week.

Cables show no sign of Iranian meddling in Bahrain::
US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show the accusation made by the government, which is facing street protests demanding political reforms from an opposition inspired by the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings -is not backed by hard evidence.

Iran funeral triggers new clashes:
Government supporters and opposition activists clash at funeral procession for student killed in Tehran.

Libyan police stations torched :
Clashes reported across the country, as security forces and government supporters confront demonstrators.

Riots break out in Libyan city of Benghazi :
A crowd of people angry at the arrest of a rights campaigner clashed with police and government supporters overnight in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a witness and local media said.

Egyptians defy call to end strikes:
Airport and textile workers among those refusing to heed military’s appeal not to protest.

Middle East protests: Country by country :
Could a domino effect sweep more leaders from power?

Deadly clashes rock Russian region:
Gun battle on Karachayeva-Stavropol border stirs fears that violence is spreading across ethnically divided Caucasus.

Jordan justice minister: Israel is a terrorist state:
Jordan’s new justice minister continued to inflame tensions with Israel, whom he called a “terrorist state that will be destroyed” in an interview with Jordanian newspaper Al-Arab Al-Yom on Wednesday.

Israel: Iran war ships to transit Suez for Syria:
Two Iranian war ships planned to sail through the Suez canal en route to Syria on Wednesday, Israel’s foreign minister said, describing the move as a “provocation” by Tehran.

Israel Warns It Might Act on Iranian Warships Passing Through Suez Canal:
Iran announced plans to deploy warships near Israel and dock at a Syrian port for a year, reports.

Wikileaks: Finland Traded UN Votes With Israel:
According to Wikileaks cables acquired by YLE, Finland has made deals to exchange votes with other countries in an effort to get a place on the United Nations Security Council.

Ivory Coast rush to withdraw bank cash:
Long queues have formed at banks in Ivory Coast amid fears of a banking collapse as the Standard Chartered bank said it was suspending operations.

World Bank: Food prices at “dangerous levels”: –
Global food prices have hit “dangerous levels” that could contribute to political instability, push millions of people into poverty and raise the cost of groceries, according to a new report from the World Bank.

Pope to be told Irish church ‘on edge of collapse’:
THE Pope will be officially told the Irish Catholic Church is “on the edge” of national collapse and has only five to 10 years to make a radical recovery by giving laymen and women a greater say in decision-making.

‘Kill Switch’ Internet bill alarms privacy experts:
Just as the Egyptian government recently forced the Internet to go dark, U.S. officials could flip the switch if the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset legislation becomes law, say its critics.

10,000 protest in Wisconsin:
The labor supporters are protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, which would strip most state and local workers of collective bargaining rights, except when negotiating salary

Merscorp Lacks Right to Transfer Mortgages, Judge Says:
Merscorp Inc., operator of the electronic-registration system that contains about half of all U.S. home mortgages, has no right to transfer the mortgages under its membership rules, a judge said.

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 : 2,326

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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