22 February, 2011 — Information Clearing House
Petraeus: Afghans Burned Their Own Children
Petraeus’s comments on coalition attack reportedly offend Karzai government
By Joshua Partlow
Gen. David H. Petraeus suggested Sunday at the presidential palace that Afghans caught up in a coalition attack in northeastern Afghanistan might have burned their own children to exaggerate claims of civilian casualties. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27542.htm
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“CIA Spy” Was Giving Nuclear Material to Al-Qaeda, says Report
Raymond Davis has been found in possession of top-secret CIA documents, which point to him or the feared American Task Force 373 (TF373) operating in the region, providing Al-Qaeda terrorists with “nuclear fissile material” and “biological agents,” according to a report.
Davis Case Has Thrown Overboard America’s Rules On Terrorism
By Asif Haroon Raja
In USA if a person tortures a dog he is sent to jail, but a government functionary indulging in torture against fellow beings is ignored.
US Kills 14 People In Pakistan
14 killed in drone, missile attacks in SWA, NWA
By Pakistan Tribune
The villagers claimed all the victims were local tribes people and had no affiliation with the militants.
Raymond Davis Had Taliban Links: Pak Media
By Press Trust of India
American official Raymond Davis, arrested for double murder, had “close links” with Taliban and was “instrumental” in recruiting youths for it, the Pakistani media claimed today.
Raymond Davis, The CIA and Pakistan
The NYT’s Journalistic Obedience
By Glenn Greenwald
The NYT knew about Davis’ work for the CIA (and Blackwater) but concealed it because the U.S. Government told it to. Now that The Guardian and other foreign papers reported it, the U.S. Government gave permission to the NYT to report this, so now that they have government license, they do so.
The Lies Bush Wanted To Believe
By: Eric S. Margolis
Americans, as with most people, like to be told only what they already believe. The US corporate media often acts as a megaphone for government or special interests rather than performing its key role in a democracy – keeping government honest. That has become the job of WikiLeaks.
In case you missed it
John Pilger: Freedom Next Time
Video and Text
John Pilger describes how propaganda has become such a potent force in our lives and, in the words of one of its founders, represents ‘an invisible government’.
Pakistan: War And Corruption : US Diplomatic Cable Analysis
By Wikileaks World
“The relationship [between U.S. and Pakistan] is one of co-dependency we grudgingly admit—Pakistan knows the U.S. cannot afford to walk away; the U.S. knows Pakistan cannot survive without our support”
Hope and Change? Not for Americans
Turmoil from Mideast to Midwest
By Ted Rall
Democracy—real democracy, the kind people are fighting for in Bahrain and Madison, is incompatible with free-market capitalism.
Opposition says over 560 killed in Libya protests:
More than 560 people have been killed in Libya since the unrest began, according to estimates by the opposition. About 1,400 people were still missing, broadcaster Al Arabiya reported Tuesday.
Gaddafi says no surrender, protesters deserve death: :
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday he would not step down despite a natiowide revolt against his rule, vowing to die in Libya as a martyr while threatening to quash protesters.
Al Jazeera English Live: Video Live Stream:
Video Reports From Libya:
BBC Live Updates:
Middle East and North Africa unrest
Fidel Castro: US ready to order Libya invasion:
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro says the US has no interest in seeing peace in Libya but is solely concerned with the country’s oil reserves.
US Kills 14 People In Pakistan:
The death toll was 14 in the two separate attacks by the CIA-operated spy planes in South and North Waziristan tribal regions on Sunday and Monday nights.
Rocket attack kills four in Pakistan:
Rockets aimed by militants at an army checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan hit civilian houses yesterday, killing two women and two children, police said.
American predators in Pakistan:
The people of Lahore now see CIA agents like game hunters, operating under paid immunity
Raymond Davis ‘was acting head of CIA in Pakistan’:
A US intelligence agent arrested after shooting dead two men was the acting head of the CIA in Pakistan and had been gathering intelligence for drone attacks, according to intelligence sources.
US gives fresh details of CIA agent who killed two men in Pakistan shootout:
US reveals that CIA agent Raymond Davis worked for private security firm Xe, formerly known as Blackwater
U.S. news outlets held back disclosing Davis’ CIA ties:
The New York Times, Washington Post, and Associated Press revealed they had been holding back that information at the U.S. government’s request.
Afghans probe claims of 60 civilians killed by NATO occupation force:
On Sunday, the elders claimed that NATO forces killed 64 civilians in air and ground strikes.
Georgian occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan: ministry:
A Georgian soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, said the defence ministry in the ex-Soviet republic which has become a significant contributor to NATO-led efforts to combat the Taliban
12 killed in Iraq suicide attack:
At least 12 people were killed and 18 injured Monday in a suicide car bomb attack targeting security forces in Iraq, Xinhua reported.
Seven killed in clashes in northern Iraq:
Seven people were killed in clashes between police and gunmen in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, a security source said.
Thousands protest in anti-govt demo in Iraq:
Around 4,000 demonstrators crowded Tahrir Square in the centre of the Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah yesterday, the latest protest against the dominance of two major parties in the region.
Protests turn Iraqi Kurd city into military zone:
Long regarded as a cultural and economic hub in Iraq, Sulaimaniya has turned into a militarized city in recent days as thousands of people take part in anti-government protests under a heavy security presence.
Iraq pushes for dramatic pay cuts for politicians: –
IRAQ’S government on Tuesday proposed new legislation that would slash the salaries of politicians and top officials, just days after MPs approved smaller pay cuts in a bid to head off protests.
40 billion USD ‘missing’ from Iraq accounts:
“There is missing money, we do not know where it has gone,” Osama al-Nujaifi said at a news conference in Baghdad. “The money is around $40 billion in total.”
Ivorian troops kill 6 protesters: –
Ivorian troops killed at least six protesters calling on Laurent Gbagbo to step down as leader on Monday, witnesses said, as African presidents charged with resolving Ivory Coast’s crisis met the incumbent in Abidjan.
Five killed during arrest of Qaeda suspect: Yemen:
A firefight in which three soldiers and two civilians were killed erupted when security forces moved in to arrest an Al-Qaeda suspect in southeastern Yemen, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.
Demonstrations resume in Yemen:
Protesters take to the streets of Sanaa for 12th day but Saleh insists he will step down after serving his term.
Four Americans killed by Somali pirates: US military:
Four Americans and two Somali pirates were killed Tuesday during an attempt to free the US hostages from their yacht seized on the Indian Ocean, the US military said.
Protesters stage mass rally against Bahrain govt:
Tens of thousands of supporters of Bahrain’s Shia-led opposition poured into a Manama square on Tuesday calling for the government’s downfall in the largest rally in more than a week of protests.
Egypt swears in new cabinet, retains Mubarak-era ministers:
Largest opposition group Muslim Brotherhood claims real power still remains in the hands of Mubarak ‘cronies’.
ElBaradei urges Egypt military to lift emergency law:
Nobel laureate says Egyptians ‘worried’ that army ‘will put the brakes on the revolution’, make only ‘cosmetic changes’.
Moroccan king will not ‘cede to demagoguery’:
Morocco’s King Mohammed said he will not cede to “demagoguery” a day after thousands of Moroccans took to the street to demand he gives up some of his powers to a newly elected government.
Moroccan king to make reforms with constitutional body:
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI expressed his “commitment to continue to make structural reforms” during the inauguration ceremony of Economic and Social Council in the city of Casablanca on Monday.
Medvedev warns Arabs of ‘extremism’:
Russian president says rebellions could empower fanatics, break up states and “spread extremism in the future”.
‘Israeli mercenaries in Kenya’:
Kenyan lawmakers have strongly condemned Israel for dispatching mercenaries and spreading political unrest in the east African country, a report says.
Israeli foreign minister accused of apartheid in attempted citizen’s arrest:
Avigdor Lieberman targeted in Brussels by journalist David Cronin, who previously tried to arrest Tony Blair for war crime
Iranian navy ships enter Suez Canal:
The two vessels, Alvand, a patrol frigate and Kharg, a supply ship, are the first naval vessels to go through the canal since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, after which diplomatic ties between Egypt and Iran were strained.
Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies:
Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other’s borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal.
Mexico Cable Shows US Resentment Toward Unions:
If one looks at the following cable, one can infer that the US government views workers that try to wield political power and unions which wage battles against governments as players that could threaten a country’s economic stability.
Plutocracy Now: What Wisconsin Is Really About”:
How screwing unions screws the entire middle class.
Billionaire Brothers’ Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute:
Among the thousands of demonstrators who jammed the Wisconsin State Capitol grounds this weekend was a well-financed advocate from Washington who was there to voice praise for cutting state spending by slashing union benefits and bargaining rights.
It’s the Inequality, Stupid:
Eight charts that explain everything that’s wrong with America.
Wisconsin: Walker threatens layoffs:
Walker said Tuesday in a statement to The Associated Press that the layoffs wouldn’t take effect immediately. He didn’t say which workers would be targeted.
Indiana House Democrats have left Statehouse, may have left state:
Indiana House Democrats have left the Statehouse in an effort to block what they perceive as an anti-union “right to work” bill from advancing.
Fox News Airs Chants Of “Fox Lies” From Protesters In Wisconsin:
From the February 18 edition of Fox News’ Your World With Neil Cavuto:
Wisc. protesters shout down Fox News:
Protesters in Wisconsin shout “Tell the truth” while Fox News tries to interview Brett Healy of the MacIver Institute, a free market think tank.
Banks just too big to fail? Iceland shows otherwise:
Decision to let banks go under looks smarter by the day, in contrast to Ireland’s costly bailout, reports Yalman Onaran.
Cables show China used debt holdings to press US: –
Leaked diplomatic cables vividly show China’s willingness to translate its massive holdings of US debt into political influence on issues ranging from Taiwan’s sovereignty to Washington’s financial policy.
Thousands of US veterans homeless’:
Nearly 76,000 US military veterans were homeless on a given night in 2009, and close to 136,000 veterans resided in shelters that same year, a study has shown.
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 : 2,338
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan