Information Clearing House Newsletter 10 March 2011: Michael Moore: “This Is War”

10 March 2011 — Information Clearing House

Pack Journalism Promotes War on Libya
By Stephen Lendman
America’s major media never met an imperial war it didn’t love and promote, never mind how lawless, mindless, destructive and counterproductive.

Kicking The Intervention Habit
By Richard Falk
What is immediately striking about the bipartisan call in Washington for a no-fly zone and air strikes designed to help rebel forces in Libya is the absence of any concern with the relevance of international law or the authority of the United Nations.

Ron Paul Says No-fly Zone Over Libya Is An ‘Act Of War,’ needs approval from Congress
By Pete Kasperowicz
“You have to bomb a lot of anti-aircraft sites and a lot of military establishment. So the war is on.”

Chomsky Warns Over Libya Conflict
By BBC – Newsnight
Linguist and philosopher Professor Noam Chomsky talks to Jeremy Paxman about the impact of uprisings in the Middle East and Africa.

How The So-Called Guardians Of Free Speech Are Silencing The Messenger
By John Pilger
As the United States and Britain look for an excuse to invade another oil-rich Arab country, the hypocrisy is familiar. Colonel Gaddafi is “delusional” and “blood-drenched” while the authors of an invasion that killed a million Iraqis, who have kidnapped and tortured in our name, are entirely sane”.

“Break down the door!”
Thousands Storm Capitol as GOP Takes Action

By State Journal Staff
Thousands of protesters rushed to the state Capitol Wednesday night, forcing their way through doors, crawling through windows and jamming corridors, as word spread of hastily called votes on Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial bill limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers.

Michael Moore: “This Is War”
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Michael Moore “If You Live Within Driving Distance Of The Wisconsin Capitol GO THERE!

American Dreamers
By Digby
The American Dream was the life that this guy led. He worked his way up to a decent life where he could own a house and raise his children and retire when he reached old age. Now people like him are being attacked as the enemy.

The Class-Domination Theory of Power
By G. William Domhoff
The idea that a relatively fixed group of privileged people dominate the economy and government goes against the American grain and the founding principles of the country. “Class” and “power” are terms that make Americans a little uneasy.

Welcome To America
TSA Pat-down of Pregnant Woman

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Seven Iraqis killed, 21 wounded in Iraq’s violence:
A total of seven people were killed and 21 others wounded in separate bomb attacks in Baghdad and Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala on Wednesday, the police said.

U.S. occupation forces killed physician in Salah al-Din – MP:
A U.S. force conducted an air drop operation on a village in al-Huweija district and raided some houses, killed a physician and arrested his brother, according to an Iraqi legislator on Tuesday.

Afghan villagers say police killed five civilians:
They brought with them bodies of three men they say were slain by police in Pashmol village in nearby Zhari district on Wednesday night. The villagers say two women were also killed.

US occupation forces kill president Karzai’s cousin:
Meanwhile, people took to the streets in Kandahar, chanting anti-US slogans to protest another US-led attack on civilians in the village of Jiri.

German occupation troops kill Afghan woman, local police chief says:
German soldiers in northern Afghanistan have killed a civilian woman and injured another, police said Thursday.

British occupation force soldier killed in Afghan roadside blast:
A British soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan yesterday after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb, the Ministry of Defence said.

5 killed in Pakistan:
At least two soldiers and three suspected militants were killed Thursday along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, security officials said.

Four killed in Libyan oil town:
AT least four people have been killed and 35 wounded in Libya’s oil town of Ras Lanuf as rebels retreated under continuous government rocket and sniper fire, a hospital official says.

Rebel forces retreat from Ras Lanuf:
Rebel fighters fall back from oil town under rocket fire and aerial attack as Gaddafi loyalists launch major offensive.

Libya Live Blog – March 10: –
Aljazeera updates with the latest developments

Int’l Red Cross: Libya in ‘civil war’:
The International Red Cross said Libya has descended into civil war, as violence has been reported in several areas between government forces and rebels seeking the ouster of leader Moammar Gadhafi

NATO moving warships into Mediterranean to monitor Libya unrest:
The ships will “improve NATO’s situational awareness, which is vital in the current circumstances, and they will contribute to our surveillance and monitoring capability, including with regard to the [United Nations] arms embargo,” he said.

European Parliament urges EU to recognise Libyan rebel Council:
European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek said the resolution was of utmost importance: “We cannot stand at the sidelines when the Libyan people are being bombed by the Gaddafi regime. We have to take sides.”°¥_id=450

France supports Libya rebel council:
Paris becomes first major power to recognise opposition council, as NATO says ‘more planning’ needed on no-fly zone.

Activists attacked in Tahrir Square as El Baradei confirms his candidacy:
Small groups of men armed with rocks and knives have attacked hundreds of pro-reform protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square ahead of a move by the the Egyptian army to eject the last campaigners from the centre of the uprising that drove President Mubarak from power.

Activists see state security’s hidden hands behind attacks on Egypt’s Copts:
The eruption of religious sectarian strife, peaking in yesterday’s clashes and killing 13 protesting the burning of a church, may have been instigated by a state security body bent on revenge and counter-revolution

Muslim brotherhood asks people to support Army and Government:
Brotherhood leader condemns those inciting sectarianism in Egypt

‘Nerve gas’ used on Yemen protesters:
Doctors from the scene of violent anti-government protests in Yemen’s capital said that what was originally thought to be tear gas fired by government forces on demonstrators might instead have been a form of nerve gas, which is forbidden under international law.

Yemen announces ‘parliamentary system’:
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has announced plans to change the constitution to move to a parliamentary system

Saudi police open fire at protest:
Saudi police have opened fire at a rally in the kingdom’s east in an apparent escalation of efforts to stop planned protests.

Saudi Arabia: Interior Ministry Reiterates Ban on All Protests, Arrests Protesters:
Saudi Arabia should rescind its categorical ban on peaceful demonstrations and release the more than 20 protesters detained on March 3, 2011, in the eastern town of Qatif, Human Rights Watch said today.

US abashed over Saudi catch-22′:
Nearly two hundred people have staged another protest in Saudi Arabia’s oil producing Eastern province, defying a ban on demonstrations.

Warning issued against ‘illegal’ rallies in Bahrain:
The state-run Bahrain News Agency said Thursday that rallies “near ministries, shopping malls or at any location that can cause a traffic jam” are illegal.

UN flights banned in Ivory Coast:
The government of disputed President Laurent Gbagbo bans UN and French peacekeeping aircraft from flying in Ivory Coast and rejects a unity government plan.

Morocco’s King Mohammed pledges constitutional reform:
He said he would give up the power to name the prime minister, who would be chosen by parliament. This meets some of the demands of street rallies, similar to those seen in Tunisia and Egypt.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran:
US envoy backs UN view on Iran nuke arms program:
A senior U.S. envoy on Wednesday backed U.N. assessments that Iran may be continuing secret work on developing nuclear weapons, indirectly contradicting American intelligence estimates in the public domain that such activities stopped eight years ago.

Fatah snubs new Hamas Palestinian unity initiative :
The proposal, called for a unified leadership to handle Palestinian affairs until the Palestine Liberation Organization is restructured to include Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group.

Denmark to upgrade status of Palestinian representation to ‘mission’:
Upgrade from third-highest ranking of general delegation mirrors move made recently by number of other countries, including Britain.

India: Arrests before Telangana ‘million-man’ rally:
About 50,000 people have defied an unofficial curfew in the Telangana region of south India’s Andhra Pradesh state to rally for a separate state. Police say that 100,000 people have been detained – many in public auditoriums and stadiums – to prevent them attending the rally in Hyderabad.

Europe Takes the Lead in Drive to Tax Speculators:
On March 8, the European Parliament voted 360-299 in favor of introducing financial transactions taxes, tiny levies on trades of stocks, derivatives, currency, and other financial instruments

Public prefers cutting defense spending: Reuters/Ipsos poll:
A majority of Americans prefer cutting defense spending to reduce the federal deficit rather than taking money from public retirement and health programs, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed.

Police Remove Protesters from Wisconsin Capitol:
Police carried dozens of protesters from a hallway leading to the Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday as Democratic representatives pounded on the locked door of the chamber, demanding to be let in to the room where a vote was scheduled on an explosive bill that would take away public workers’ collective bargaining rights.

January trade deficit jumps to $46.3 billion:
A surge in oil prices and rising demand for foreign cars and machinery helped push imports up at the fastest pace in 18 years in January. The January deficit increased 15.1 percent to $46.3 billion, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

Jobless Claims in the U.S. Rose 26,000 Last Week to 397,000:
First-time claims for jobless benefits rose last week from an almost three-year low, highlighting the uneven nature of the improvement in the U.S. labor market.

Bank of America Admits Almost Half of its Mortgages Are Bad:
Bank of America Corp. (BAC), the biggest U.S. lender by assets, is segregating almost half its 13.9 million mortgages into a “bad” bank comprised of its riskiest and worst-performing “legacy” loans

Debit cards: $50 spending limit coming?:
Declined! JPMorgan Chase, one of the nation’s largest banks, is considering capping debit card transactions at either $50 or $100, according to a source with knowledge of the proposal.

State Budget Battles Converge on Prison Labor Force:
Prison isn’t just about doing hard time. For many, it’s about working full-time, too. These days, state governments seem ready to squeeze their captive workforces to plug budget gaps on the cheap.

Illinois abolishes death penalty:
Governor of 16th US state to get rid of capital punishment says it was hardest decision he has made

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

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,358

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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