Information Clearing House Newsletter 4 April, 2011: The First Great War of the 21st Century

4 April, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Mounting Evidence of CIA Ties to Libyan Rebels
By Patrick Martin
The Libyan rebel military is not the independent organ of a popular uprising against the Gaddafi dictatorship, but rather the creature of American imperialism, the most reactionary political force on the planet.

Ex-Mujahedeen Help Lead Libyan Rebels
Two former Afghan Mujahedeen and a six-year detainee at Guantanamo Bay have stepped to the fore of this city’s military campaign, training new recruits for the front and to protect the city from infiltrators loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

Al Qaeda: Pawns of CIA Insurrection from Libya to Yemen
By Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
Libya is being mangled by Al Qaeda terrorists, civil war, NATO air raids, cruise missiles, Predator drones, and C-130 gunships – all made possible by the CIA-backed Al Qaeda rebels of Cyrenaica.

Exposed: The US-Saudi Libya Deal
By Pepe Escobar
Two diplomatic sources at the United Nations independently confirmed that Washington, gave the go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain and crush the pro-democracy movement in their neighbor in exchange for a “yes” vote by the Arab League for a no-fly zone over Libya.

The First Great War of the 21st Century
By Gerald Celente
Must watch 4 minute video. Click to view

The Changing US Tune on Yemen
By Jeremy Scahill
Over the past two months of violence in Yemen, the United States has continued to back Saleh despite his violent response to widespread nonviolent protests against his regime.

Yemen’s Useful Tyranny
The Forgotten History of Britain’s ‘Dirty War’

By Media Lens
The war lasted almost a decade under both Tory and Labour governments, and cost around 200,000 lives.

Liberal Imperialism
The History of ‘Humanitarian Intervention’

By Adam Curtis
Even if one’s instincts are to help those fighting Gadaffi, it is no longer enough just to see it as a struggle of goodies against baddies. For it is precisely that simplification that has led to unreal fantasies about who we are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Heading Toward an Israeli Apartheid State
By Daniel Blatman
The aim of this legislation is the gradual establishment of an apartheid state in Israel, and the future separation on a racial basis of Jews and non-Jews.

Goldstone Whitewashes Own Report On Israeli War Crimes
Reconsidering the Goldstone Report on Israel and war crimes

By Richard Goldstone
“If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.”

Goldstone’s Shameful U-turn
By Ilan Pappe
“If I had known then that the report would turn me into a self-hating Jew in the eyes of my beloved Israel and my own Jewish community in South Africa, the Goldstone report would never have been written at all.” And if that wasn’t the original sentence, it is certainly the subtext of Goldstone’s article.

American Gulag
Guantanamo is an Evolutionary Experiment

By Lisa Hajjar
US detention centre can remain open as long as the “war on terror” continues, with no end in sight.

Billion-Dollar Obama to Run Moneyed Campaign

By Patricia Zengerie
His 2012 campaign total is expected to hit $1 billion or more, even without a major Democratic primary opponent or the emergence of a strong Republican contender.

This Is What Resistance Looks Like
By Chris Hedges
The phrase consent of the governed has been turned into a cruel joke. There is no way to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs. Civil Disobedience is the only tool we have left.

Ivory Coast: 152 killed in Duekoue:
The army supporting Ivory Coast aspirant president Alassane Outtara found 152 corpses in Duekoue, in the west. The figure is much lower compared with the first estimates of last Tuesday’s bloodshed.

Ivory Coast: Was it a massacre?: How many died here last week? :
On a dirt road in Duekoue, the body bags lie in haphazard groups, every hundred yards or so, waiting to be collected. I count 20 within a few blocks.

UN, France fire on Gbago bastions:
Helicopters from the UN mission (UNOCI) and French forces fired on military barracks, Gbagbo’s home and the presidential palace in the main city Abidjan, UN spokesman Hamadoun Toure said.,-France-fire-on-Gbago-bastions

Ivory Coast: French forces take over Abidjan airport:
France has sent an extra 300 soldiers to Ivory Coast, defence ministry spokesman Thierry Burkhard said, taking the total French force to about 1,400.

Ouattara ally calls for ‘rapid offensive’:
French troops begin evacuating foreigners from Cote d’Ivoire amid calls for fresh assault against Gbagbo troops.

At least 50 killed in Libya fighting:
At least 50 including rebels, government troops and civilians have been killed in fresh clashes in different cities.

At least 15 protesters killed in southern Yemen:
Yemeni security forces have shot dead at least 15 anti-government demonstrators and wounded 30 in the city of Taiz, south of the capital Sanaa, medics said.

Exclusive: Qaeda gets arms in Libya: Algerian official: –
Al Qaeda is exploiting the conflict in Libya to acquire weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, and smuggle them to a stronghold in northern Mali, a senior security official in neighboring Algeria told Reuters.

Harry Reid Shuts Down Senate After Rand Paul Libya Maneuver:
For three days now, we’ve had no votes. And they’re not going to vote again today, maybe because I think they don’t want to vote on whether or not Congress should have this authority.

More civilian victims and thousands of Libyans taking flight, reports the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli:
Eight civilians, mostly women and children were killed by bombs released by the international forces,” Nishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli tells Fides.

Chad says citizens abused in rebel-held Libya: –
Chad on Sunday called on coalition forces to protect its citizens in rebel-held areas in Libya, saying dozens had been accused and executed for allegedly being mercenaries in the pay Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Afghanistan: ‘Policeman’ kills two Nato occupation force soldiers:
They say the victims were Americans, adding that the gunman fled the checkpoint where the shooting happened. Nato is now investigating the incident.

2 American occupation force soldiers killed in Iraq:
Two American soldiers were killed in a rocket attack that struck their unit in southern Iraq, the U.S. military said Sunday.

Five killed in Pakistan suicide bombing:
At least five people were killed and 20 others injured Monday in a blast that occurred near a bus stand in Pakistan’s northwest district of Lower Dir, Xinhua reported.

Gulf bloc strongly condemns Iran over Bahrain:
Bahrain’s state-run news agency says the Gulf’s main political bloc has condemned Iran, accusing the Shiite country of trying to promote sectarian divisions in Bahrain.

Bahrain bans main opposition newspaper:
Paper critical of government accused of publishing “fabricated” reports about last month’s pro-democracy protests.

UN council: Goldstone regret not enough to rescind Gaza war report:
‘UN reports are not canceled on the basis of an op-ed in a newspaper,’ UN Human Rights Council spokesman says, adding Goldstone has not submitted official request to withdraw the report.

Ros-Lehtinen says that Obama stopped pressuring Israel because ‘the American Jewish community got mad’:
Obama was “really tough” on Israel, making many statements against the settlements, “until the American Jewish community started getting mad and getting mad at President Obama and saying Stop the pressure on Israel.

Japan to dump 11,500 tons of radioactive water at sea:
Japan plans to dump 11,500 tons of radioactive water at sea to free up storage space at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for more highly contaminated water, the plant’s operator said on Monday.

Mexico: Thousands missing in drugs war ::
The UN group urged the Mexican government to stop using the army in drug operations.

More Black Men Now in US Prison System than Were Enslaved:
“More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began,”

News For April 02 / 03 2011
Over 1,000 killed in Ivorian town: Caritas:
Spokesman Patrick Nicholson told The Associated Press that Caritas workers visited the town of Duekoue on Wednesday. He says one neighbourhood was filled with bodies of victims killed by gunshots and hacked to death with machetes.

Ivory Coast descends into chaos as ethnic violence leaves 800 dead:
Deepening the fear in the capital, it was reported that at least 800 people were massacred in intercommunal violence in the western town of Duékoué, which fell to rebels last week. This was despite the presence of hundreds of UN peacekeepers there.

French forces take over Abidjan airport:
French forces secure country’s main airport as fighters amass in battle to control Cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital.

13 killed as Libyan rebels hit by coalition air strike:
A Reuters correspondent at the scene of the air strike saw at least four burnt-out vehicles including an ambulance by the side of the road near the eastern entrance to the town. Men prayed at freshly dug graves covered by the rebel red, black and green flag nearby.

Libyan rebels struggle to explain rift:
Khalifa Haftar, a former army colonel who recently returned to Libya after living for many years in Falls Church, was initially hailed by the Transitional National Council as a leader who could help discipline the new army and train its largely volunteer ranks.

CIA’s man in Libya: – : New rebel commander, Khalifa Haftar, aims to build disciplined fighting force:
His plan is to retake the towns of Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad from the government forces, backed by NATO air power, and then draw a “line in the sand”, creating a military zone where command and control of rebel movements will be in his hands.

Western military advisers become visible in Benghazi:
Former Royal Navy officer is ‘consultant’ to rebels and small British convoy say they are ‘engineers’

Libyan rebels ‘receive foreign training’:
US and Egyptian special forces have reportedly been providing covert training to rebel fighters in the battle for Libya, Al Jazeera has been told.

Former Obama adviser says coalition can’t leave Libya until Gadhafi’s out:
Former Obama National Security Adviser Jim Jones said the international coalition in Libya cannot leave the country until Moammar Gadhafi is out of power.

45 people killed, 115 wounded in twin suicide blasts in Pakistan:
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up, one at the entrance gate of Sakhi Sarwar shrine and the second inside the shrine, said Regional Police Officer (RPO) Ahmed Mubarik while talking to newsmen.

UK refuses to hand over Musharraf to Pakistan in absence of extradition treaty:
The arrest warrants for Musharraf issued by the court were sent to the British Home Department and the Pakistan High Commission through the Foreign Ministry, The News quoted Chief Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar, as saying.

Over 100 killed in Quran burning protests in Afghanistan:
Over 100 people have died in violence in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar, sparked by protests against a US pastor’s burning of the holy Quran, officials said Sunday.

Afghanistan: 9 killed, 73 injured in Koran protest in Kandahar:
The incident came a day after a similar protest that turned violent in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif left seven UN workers and five Afghan protesters dead. Two of the UN workers were beheaded.

Terry Jones defiant despite murders in Afghanistan over Qur’an burning:
US pastor is showing no regrets about an act of hatred that provoked a massacre of UN staff amid deadly riots

Suicide bombers killed in attack on NATO base:
Four suicide bombers died Saturday after trying to attack Camp Phoenix, a NATO base in Afghanistan, police said.

At least four killed in Syria demonstrations:
Four people were shot dead by police in Doama, a suburb of Damascus, when they opened fire on about 2,000 people who gathered in a major square chanting “freedom,” according to a witness who withheld his name for safety concerns.

Armed Groups Open Fire on Citizens and Security Forces in Douma and Homs:
An official source on Friday said an armed group opened fire form rooftops on hundreds of citizens and security forces in Douma city, killing a number of citizens and security forces and wounding dozens.

Two Yemen protesters killed, hundreds hurt:
Two Yemenis died and hundreds were hurt yesterday when police used live rounds, teargas and batons to try to break up protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who called for an end to weeks of unrest.

Hamas vows to avenge Israel air strike on Gaza at ‘appropriate time’:
Hamas, along with other Gaza-based militant groups, respond to Israel’s air strike on Gaza, which killed three Hamas militants; groups vow that Israel’s ‘violation of calm won’t pass without punishment.’

Sources: Mubarak has left Egypt:
Sources tell Al Jazeera that Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, has left the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on a flight headed to Germany, possibly for medical treatment.

Omagh murder fuels fears that terror groups have new weapons:
Anti-ceasefire republicans better-organised, say security forces as booby-trapped car kills 25-year-old Ronan Kerr

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: 4,762

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,392

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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