Information Clearing House Newsletter 8 April, 2011: General: US may consider sending troops into Libya

8 April, 2011 — Information Clearing House

We Are Not Being Told The Truth About Libya
By Johann Hari
“In Pakistan, when we hear Obama’s rhetoric on Libya, we can only laugh. If he was worried about the pointless massacre of innocent civilians, there would an easy first step for him — stop doing it yourself, in my country.”

Obama Has Taken a ‘Profoundly Troubling’ Position on Assassinations, ACLU
By David Edwards
“The administration has taken the position that it has the authority — not just in traditional war zones like Afghanistan, but far away from traditional war zones in places like Somalia or Yemen — to use lethal force against anyone whom the administration concludes is an enemy of the United States.”

David Cameron’s Gift of War and Racism, to Them and Us
By John Pilger
Statements by western officials and media that a “deranged and criminal Colonel Gaddafi” is planning “genocide” against his own people still await evidence. This is reminiscent of fraudulent claims that required “humanitarian intervention” in Kosovo, the final dismemberment of Yugoslavia and the establishment of the biggest US military base in Europe.

Libya, Syria and the Road to World War III
By The Corbett Report
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts on recent military intervention in Libya, possible military intervention in Syria, and the long-term Western goal of encirclement of China.

A Militarized Economy Cannot Balance the Budget
By John Perkins
How can a nation that prides itself on government “of, for, and by the people,” justify hiding these black budget allocations from taxpayer scrutiny? How can a nation continue to prosper by ignoring its own long-term demise at the hands of a militarized economy?

Robin Hood in Reverse in US: Seven Examples
By Bill Quigley
115 of the big 500 companies listed on Standard and Poor’s Stock Index paid federal and other taxes of less than 20 percent over the last 5 years according to David Leonhardt of the New York Times. General Electric’s tax rate for last year was 7 percent according to Pro Publica.

Losing a Party’s Soul in Budget Fight
By Robert Kuttner
The 2012 budget proposal released Tuesday by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, chair of the House Budget Committee, would cut projected spending over the next decade by $5.8 trillion and further cut taxes. The plan would eliminate Medicare and Medicaid as we know them – and Social Security is next.

General says US may consider sending troops into Libya:
The use of an international ground force is a possible plan to bolster the Libyan rebels, Ham said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Send in the dogs of war: Mercenaries could help the rag-tag rebels say UK generals:
Mercenaries could be drafted into Libya to help rebel forces because British military chiefs believe the war against Colonel Gaddafi cannot be won with air strikes alone.

Europe, US moving to help cash-needy Libya “rebels”:
Europe and the United States are moving to help Libya’s rebels after talks convinced them the insurgency is a bona fide democratic movement, sources involved in the talks said on Thursday.

Another Four Libyan “rebels” were killed by NATO airstrike Thursday :
The incident followed the death of 13 rebels last weekend when a NATO warplane mistakenly opened fire on the fighters, according to the rebels’ military command.

13 Libyan rebels near Ajdabiya ‘killed in Nato air strike’:
The rebels had been taking a group of tanks, armoured vehicles and rocket launchers near the front line between the towns of Ajdabiya and Brega in more than 30 transporters.

Fact or fiction?
Gadhafi plane evades NATO no-fly zone, bombs rebel tanks: –

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s air force evaded the U.N.-ordered NATO-enforced no-fly zone on Thursday and destroyed three rebel tanks parked along a key highway here, triggering a rebel retreat that seemed to pave the way for a full pro-Gadhafi assault on the city of Ajdabiya.

Libyan rebel military turn on Nato allies:
Feuding leadership of revolutionary forces fails to capitalise on coalition air strikes

WikiLeaks cables show U.S. took softer line toward Libya:
Dozens of confidential and secret cables sent in recent years by the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to the State Department describe a softer and gentler Libya that Americans following the bloody crisis there now would have a hard time recognizing.

14 killed in NW Pakistan:
At least four security personnel and 10 militants were killed and many others were injured during recent clashes in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, local sources said on Thursday.

Pakistan dismisses White House report on militants:
Pakistan’s army dismissed a new White House report that Pakistan is avoiding direct conflict with the militants in the tribal areas and that Pakistan still has no “ clear path” to defeat militants on its soil, official sources said on Thursday.

Suicide attackers kill 6 at Afghan police compound:
Suicide attackers stormed a police compound with AK-47s, grenades and an explosives-rigged ambulance in southern Afghanistan Thursday

Three killed in attack on Afghan government building:
The militants occupied an empty building which is under construction and began firing on the adjacent police compound, according to a statement issued by the provincial governor’s office.

A NATO occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan:
A soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed in a blast on Thursday in Afghanistan’s restive southern provinces, bringing to two the number of military alliance casualties in a single day

U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Suffer More Catastrophic Injuries:
Reporting from Landstuhl, Germany, and Helmand— Grim combat statistics that one military doctor called “unbelievable” show U.S. troops in Afghanistan suffered an unprecedented number of catastrophic injuries last year, including a tripling of amputations of more than one limb.

US soldiers are seven times as likely as UK troops to develop post-traumatic stress:
Something is happening at the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that mental health experts are finding hard to explain: British and American soldiers appear to be having markedly different reactions to the stress of combat.

13 killed as Syrian city of Deraa hit by deadly clashes:
At least 13 protesters have been killed during anti-government rallies in the southern Syrian city of Deraa, witnesses have told the BBC. Residents near the Al Omari mosque said they had seen at least 13 bodies in that area and more wounded.

Many killed in clashes near Cote d’Ivoire’s presidential home:
Inhabitants living in a nearby building affirmed having seen several lifeless bodies of pro-Ouattara forces in the zone between Riviera suburb and Cocody suburb.

French forces storm Gbagbo residence:
Forces allied with Ivory Coast’s internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara have stormed the gates of Laurent Gbagbo’s home but are fearful of killing him and stoking the rage of his supporters. Some 46 per cent of Ivorians voted for him in the November election that unleashed political chaos.

Gaza: Israeli attacks ‘kill six’ despite Hamas truce:
At least six Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, including two women, doctors say. – Friday’s deaths raise to 10 the number of Palestinians killed since Thursday, amid the worst fighting since 2009.

Rogue state engages in more extrajudicial killing:
Israel: We struck in Sudan:
Official quoted by TIME Magazine confirms strike, says ‘it’s not our first time there.’ Al-Jazeera says Palestinian, Iranian killed in Tuesday’s bombing, later changes its report. Sudanese FM: We’ll complain to UN,7340,L-4053277,00.html

Safed rabbi says struggle to keep the city Jewish moving forward:

Chief Rabbi of Safed’s latest statement follows his earlier call for Jews not to sell or rent homes to non-Jews.

Ahmadinejad: U.S. seeking to divide Jordan to form Palestinian state:
The United States is leading an effort to annex a part of Jordan to the West Bank, thus enlarging the future Palestinians state, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said

Latest WikiLeaks cables reveal Israel’s fears and alliances:
Julian Assange hands over tranche of secret files to newspapers in Israel on its co-operation with US and view of neighbours

Wikileaks exclusive / Bahrain King boasted of intelligence ties with Israel:
According to latest trove of documents revealed by WikiLeaks, the Bahraini King instructed that official statements stop referring to Israel as the ‘Zionist entity’ or ‘enemy.’

Gates has ‘warm’ meeting with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah:
“We had a very good meeting,” Gates told reporters traveling with him, after speaking with the king for 90 minutes. “It was an extremely cordial, warm meeting. I think the relationship is in a good place.”

Urgent; Jaish al-Mahdi to be formed in Bahrain:
Lack of flexibility of Al-Khalifa dynasty against the legitimate demands of the people of Bahrain and Saudi military intervention leads the country toward the civil war.

Video: Bahraini and Saudi Forces Attack Many Masjids and Hussayniyats and Burning Holy Qurans:
A video was released which shows a number of Saudi Arabian and Bahraini forces destroying the Masjids and Hussayniyats and break down doors, holy objects and vandalized walls and burned holy books of Quran.

Fear stalks Bahrain hospitals: Report Friday:
Hospitals in Bahrain, where the government has cracked down on protests and imposed martial law, have become places to be feared where wounds can identify people for arrest, a medical charity said yesterday.

Yemen: Gulf states present exit plan to Saleh :
“We (Gulf states) have been meeting for the last few days in Riyadh and we’re sending a proposal for him and the opposition and we hope a meeting will be held between his team and the opposition to try to find a way out of this problem,” he said.

CIA involved in Yemen repressions: report:
Al-Qaeda in Yemen has not been held responsible for the death of even one American for the past five years, yet the US continues to play the al-Qaeda card and provide the country’s regime with military aid.

Japan Weighs Wider Evacuation Zone:
Japan’s government said Thursday it is considering extending the evacuation zone around its hobbled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, as the government recalculates the risk of radioactivity that continues to issue from the plant four weeks after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Ongoing Cover Up of Nuclear Crisis By American and Japanese Governments and Companies:
Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen points out that American and Japanese governments and nuclear companies are covering up many core facts concerning the Japanese nuclear crisis.

Radiation From Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown Finds Its Way Into California’s Milk:
Experts say the government isn’t telling the public the whole story about the risks of radioactive milk.

Japan’s neighbors alarmed over risk of radiation threat:
Japan’s neighbors sounded increasingly alarmed over the risk of radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, while figures showed the number of foreign visitors to the country had slumped during what should be the peak tourism season.

Putting Prisons over Public Schools:
The state lawmakers who are pushing hard for “austerity” aren’t so much enemies of government “waste” as they are expert money launderers in the business of politics. Education is at the center of their shell game.

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: 4,763

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,397

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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