Information Clearing House Newsletter 28 February, 2011: An Empire of Lies: Why Our Media Betrays Us

28 February, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Libya : US and Europe Ramp Up Intervention
By Barry Grey
With dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s control over the country ebbing, the United States and its European allies are stepping up their intervention into the Libyan crisis. Their aim is to ensure that any new regime will be equally subservient to their economic and geostrategic interests.

US Cables Detail Saudi Royal Family’s Lavish Lifestyles
By Simon Robinson
Royals ‘known for the stories of their fabulous wealth – and tendency to squander it’

Abbas Running Out Of Options
By Saleh Al-Naami
Amid vast regional transformations, pressure is mounting for the Palestinian president to reconcile with Hamas and stand up to the Israeli occupation.

Same Cover, Same Lies
I Had Ray Davis’s Job, in Laos 30 Years Ago

Davis is the American being held as a spy working under diplomatic cover out of our embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. You can understand why foreign countries no longer trust us and people are rising up across the Middle East against the Great Satan.

This CIA Agent is No Diplomat
By Craig Murray
The US says Raymond Davis should have immunity in Pakistan. Just another attempt to flout the rule of law outside its borders.

An Empire of Lies
Why Our Media Betrays Us

By Jonathan Cook
For the western media, our leaders make mistakes, they are naïve or even stupid, but they are never bad or evil. Our media do not call for Bush or Blair to be tried at the Hague as war criminals.

No Other Way Out
By Chris Hedges
The state seeks to silence anyone who practices moral courage. It does not want the truth heard. It does not want the reality seen. If these forces of war and greed triumph, and we do not, there will be darkness.

It’s the War Economy, Duh!
By Cindy Sheehan
Wisconsin is facing a 137 million dollar budget deficit-that’s 137 troops. If Obama brought home 137 troops and gave the savings to Wisconsin, that problem would be solved!

Looking Glass Economics
By Kevin Drum
Republicans – and, unfortunately, some Democrats too – are pushing for an economic austerity plan that will keep unemployment high and the job market loose. The result is downward pressure on wages, and that downward pressure keeps middle-class incomes stagnant and corporate profits high.

Battle Lines Clear in America’s Hidden Class War
By Gary Younge
Polls last year showed that in the US 61% think the country spends too much on foreign aid. This makes sense once you understand that the average American is under the illusion that 25% of the federal budget goes on foreign aid (the real figure is 1%).

115 killed in govt offensive on Somali militants:
A government offensive against al Qaeda-linked militants largely subsided Sunday as officials said that at least 115 people had been killed since the violence started several days ago.

Kenya, Ethiopia may attack Somali al-Shabaab:
The al-Shabaab group, which claims ties to al-Qaeda and has been waging a four-year insurgency against Somalia’s government, said on Sunday it would strike at neighboring Kenya for training Somali government forces and allowing Ethiopian troops to operate from its towns.

Four Nato troops killed in country-wide Afghan attacks:
It said that three troops were killed by roadside bombs in the east, south and west, while the fourth died in an insurgent attack in the east.

Afghan delegation confirms 65 civilians killed by NATO:
The fact finding delegation of Afghan government has confirmed that NATO-led troops had killed 65 civilians including women and children, a statement released by Presidential Palace on Sunday said.

Forty-five arrested for having links with Davis:
The law enforcement agencies arrested 45 individuals for staying in constant contact with Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor who shot dead two Pakistanis in Lahore last month, DawnNews reported on Monday.

Security forces clamp down on anti-Gadhafi protest in Tripoli:
Rebels across the country fight against government efforts to regain control; Gadhafi appoints foreign intelligence chief to speak to leadership in eastern Libya.

Libya protests: Gaddafi says ‘all my people love me’ Video:
Col Gaddafi said that his people would die to protect him.

Pentagon says US repositions forces near Libya:
The Pentagon says it’s moving some armed forces in the region near Libya in case they’re needed, but is not saying what they might be needed for.

U.S. Military Repositions Forces in Preparation for Libya Response:
Map shows the positions of key U.S. Navy ships on Feb. 28.

Libya: African mercenaries ‘immune from prosecution for war crimes’:
African mercenaries hired by the Gaddafi regime to kill Libyan protesters would be immune from prosecution for war crimes due to a clause in this weekend’s UN resolution that was demanded by the United States.

Live Blog – Libya Feb 28
As the uprising in Libya continues, we update you with the latest developments from around the world.

France sends aid to Libya opposition:
France is to send two planes of aid to opposition territory in Libya, Prime Minister Francois Fillon has said.. Paris has been stung by accusations that it was too cosy with the authoritarian regimes overthrown in recent weeks, say analysts.

Sudan: Abyei ethnic clashes mar peace deal:
At least 10 people have been killed in fighting between rival ethnic groups in Sudan’s disputed oil-producing region of Abyei, officials say

Oman oil shipments continue; 6 killed in protests:
Shipments of refined crude from the port of Sohar are continuing, a port spokeswoman said after anti-government protests blocked roads leading to Oman’s key industrial area.

4 Killed as thousands protest across Yemen:
Tens of thousands of protesters demanding the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule of Yemen joined demonstrations on Monday, while skirmishes in the south killed three soldiers and a policeman.

Suspected Qaeda gunmen kill two Yemen soldiers: –
Gunmen killed two soldiers in the southern Yemen town of Zinjibar on Monday in separate shootings which a local official blamed on Al-Qaeda.

Yemen ‘to declare unity government’:
Beleagured president to make announcement “within next 24 hours”, sources tell Al Jazeera.

Yemeni Opposition Rejects Call for National Unity Government:
Yemen’s opposition coalition rejected calls from President Ali Abdullah Saleh for a national unity government and said he should listen to the voices of protesters and step down.

Saleh warns of fractured Yemen if his regime falls:
President Ali Abdullah Saleh warned Monday that Yemen would fracture if his regime falls, as protests calling for his ouster raged across the Arabian Peninsula state and four people were hurt in clashes.

Israeli attack kills Palestinian:
A Palestinian resistance fighter has been killed and a second wounded in an Israeli airstrike on the occupied Gaza Strip. Sunday’s attack followed a series of bombing raids carried out by Israeli fighter jets on Saturday, in which a baby and a Palestinian man were wounded, Reuters news agency reported.

Iraqi PM gives cabinet 100-day ultimatum after demos:
Iraq’s prime minister warned his cabinet on Sunday to shape up within 100 days or face ‘changes’ as a third provincial governor stepped down following massive nationwide demonstrations.

Iraq protests show a democracy hijacked by ‘100 mini-Saddams’:
Saddam Hussein was deposed in 2003 and Iraqis have held half a dozen rounds of elections, but people still do not feel their government represents them. The lesson is clear: going to the ballot box does not by itself constitute a democracy.

British contractor in Iraq gets 20 years for 2 killings:
An Iraqi court Monday convicted a British man and sentenced him to 20 years in prison over the shooting deaths of two contractors, making him the first Westerner convicted in an Iraqi court since the 2003 U.S. invasion.

Iran Arrests Opposition Leaders Mousavi, Karrubia After Calls for Protest:
Iran’s opposition leaders Mehdi Karrubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who had been under forced seclusion at home, were transferred to a Tehran prison

Iran says Mousavi, Karroubi not arrested:
An official with the Iranian Judiciary has rejected reports that the heads of the sedition movement, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, have been taken into custody.

Egypt imposes travel ban on Mubarak
Prosecutor also orders financial assets of former president and his family inside country frozen pending investigation.

New US cronies taking charge: Zawahiri:
Al Qaeda’s Egyptian-born number two Ayman al-Zawahiri has said the United States is installing sympathetic new regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, demanding Muslims rise up against “whippers” and “invaders”.

Bahrain protesters blockade parliament:
Bahraini protesters blockaded the parliament building on Monday, two weeks after the Shiite uprising started demanding political reform in the country and an end to alleged discrimination at the hands of the Sunni ruling class.

Anger over rising India food prices:
Food grains are ironically rotting in warehouses as hunger stalks millions hit by high inflation.

Farrakhan: Mideast uprisings will come to US:
“What you are looking at in Tunisia, in Egypt … Libya, in Bahrain … what you see happening there … you’d better prepare because it will be coming to your door,” Farrakhan said in a booming voice, thousands of followers cheering in his wake.

U.S. “trims” its nuclear arsenal while upgrading production:
The $85 billion upgrade of our bomb-making infrastructure in Kansas City with Honeywell and at other locations is occurring 50 years after President Dwight Eisenhower warned in his farewell address of the military-industrial complex and its “potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power.”

Leaked U.S. Cables say Colombia’s Uribe Authorized “Clandestine Cross Border Operations” into Venezuela:
Ex-Colombian President Álvaro Uribe knowingly maintained a “hypocritical” relationship with neighboring Venezuela during his time in office – ordering armed operations within Venezuelan territory while at the same time seeking to diplomatically “manage” Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez

America’s shocking secret:
Pictures that show how U.S. experimented on its own disabled citizens and prison inmates: Pictures have emerged providing the shocking proof that U.S. government doctors once experimented on disabled American citizens and prison inmates.

U.S. Gathered Personal Data on Times Reporter in Case Against Ex-C.I.A. Agent:
Federal law enforcement officials, trying to uncover the sources of a New York Times reporter, James Risen, obtained extensive records about his phone calls, finances and travel history, according to a court brief filed late Thursday.

Fox News boss persuaded fellow executive to ‘lie’ to federal investigators:
Roger Ailes wanted Judith Regan to keep quiet about affair with man shortlisted to head US homeland security department

Dollar index falls to four-month low:
Canadian dollar, euro, British pound gain versus greenback

Fewer in US Deem Homeownership a Safe Investment:
Homeownership as an investment is no longer the rock-solid foundation for the American Dream it once was, according to a survey released on Monday by the firm the government created in the 1930s to promote homeownership.

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: 4,757

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,348

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