12 April, 2011 — Information Clearing House
U.N. Diplomat Denied Private Meeting Bradley Manning
By Ellen Nakashima
A United Nations diplomat charged with investigating claims of torture said Monday that he is “deeply disappointed and frustrated” that U.S. defense officials have refused his request for an unmonitored visit with Pfc. Bradley Manning. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27871.htm
Japan’s Nuclear Volcano Erupts
By Mike Whitney
Conditions at the stricken facility have steadily deteriorated and now the station is intermittently spewing lethal amounts of radiation into the atmosphere and around the world. A French nuclear group has warned that children and pregnant mothers should protect themselves from the fallout. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27872.htm
Wisconsin is not Broke, “Budget Crisis” a Fraud
By Professor Juan Cole
Gov. Scott Walker gave business a $500 million tax break and caused the budget deficit thereby, and then claimed that social spending had to be slashed and public unions destroyed because the state is “broke.” www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27868.htm
The Ghost of Joe McCarthy Walks the Land
By Lawrence Davidson
These latter day McCarthys, and those allied to them, seek to destroy the rights of working people and are not above stealing elections to do so. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27867.htm
Ikea’s U.S. Factory Churns Out Unhappy Workers
By Nathaniel Popper
A union-organizing battle hangs over the Ikea plant in Virginia. Workers complain of eliminated raises, a frenzied pace, mandatory overtime and racial discrimination. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27869.htm
And Now, for the Kill
By David Michael Green
A decade ago, the United States had the greatest budget surplus ever recorded in human history. Then the regressives came to power. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27870.htm
We Ain’t Got Time To Bleed.
By Jesse Ventura
You control our world. You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27873.htm
Didn’t I See This in ‘Schindler’s List’?
Do you remember the fictional scene in Schindler’s List when the commandant of a Nazi concentration camp is taking pot shots at the Jewish prisoners with live ammo? www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27875.htm
State-Employed Sadists, Here and Abroad
By William Grigg
“Whoever threw that, that was beautiful!” exclaimed an armed thug after one of his comrades hurled a grenade into a prison enclosure in Iraq.
Police Brutally Assault “Unruly” Fan
Though Ashley never posed any physical threat to the police, two officers then relentlessly struck him with their nightsticks until finally subduing and handcuffinghim.
Six killed, eight wounded in bomb attacks near Baghdad:
Five soldiers and a woman were killed and eight people wounded in separate bomb attacks in west of Baghdad on Tuesday, a local police source told Xinhua. english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90854/7347996.html
Iraqi authorities must halt attacks on protesters::
The Iraqi authorities must stop attacks on peaceful protesters calling for an end to unemployment, poor services, and corruption and demanding political reforms, Amnesty International said today in a new report.
Roadside bomb kills five Afghan workers:
A roadside bomb on Tuesday killed five construction workers in eastern Afghanistan who were in a car driving near the Pakistani border, an Afghan official said.
Afghanistan: 2 US servicemen killed in first drone ‘friendly fire’ incident:
US troops had been killed in a “friendly fire” incident involving an unmanned aircraft.
Central Intelligence Agency Urged to Halt Drones in Pakistan:
Pakistan also has called on the United States to sharply cut the number of CIA operatives and Special Operations forces in the country
More Libyan civilians killed in NATO bombings:
NATO warplanes in Libya have reportedly killed several civilians – including women and children – in a bombing south-west of the capital Tripoli.
Libya rebels set for Doha talks today:
An African Union peace plan for Libya was in tatters after rebels stuck to their demand that Muammar Gaddafi step down and Nato came under pressure to drop more bombs on the “strongman’s” forces. bit.ly/eVg7wf
Medvedev Warns of Libyan Collapse; Will Consult With China on Its Response:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned that Libya is at risk of total collapse and that his government will consult with China at a summit of emerging- market nations this week on how to respond.
A new Blackwater in Libya?:
The UK government has floated the idea of employing private security firms in Libya to help bolster revolutionary forces fighting the regime of Muammar Qaddafi.
Minsk blast ‘an act of terrorism’:
A rush-hour explosion which tore through an underground station in the Belarus capital Minsk, killing 12 people and wounding 126, was a terrorist act, an official said.
Syria: ‘Dozens injured’ in Baniyas as arrests continue:
Dozens of people have been injured in clashes with security forces in the Syrian port of Baniyas, where 13 people were killed on Sunday, residents say.
Bahraini opposition leaders ‘tortured’:
Arrested Bahraini opposition leaders have been reportedly tortured amid crushing of the anti-government protests by Bahraini forces.
Iran’s MP asks for military dispatch to Bahrain: TV website:
The Iranian lawmaker Ruhollah Hosseinian said that the Islamic Republic should dispatch its military forces to Bahrain, the local satellite Press TV website reported on Monday.
Yemen protesters vow to stay in Sanaa square: –
Anti-regime protesters camped at a Sanaa square vow to stay put despite the mediation efforts of Gulf neighbours. “Sorry, Gulf countries, but we reject your initiative,” their banner reads.
UN says Palestinians able to govern own state:
The Palestinian Authority (PA) is ready to run an independent state but will struggle to make further institutional progress due to the restrictions of the Israeli occupation, the UN has said.
Ivory Coast: Alassane Ouattara heralds ‘dawn of new hope’:
Ivory Coast president-elect calls on fighters to lay down their arms and promises dignified treatment for Laurent Gbagbo
Fukushima radiation taints US milk supplies at levels 300% higher than EPA maximums:
Milk samples from at least three US locations have tested positive for Iodine-131 at levels exceeding EPA maximum containment levels (MCL)
Radiation risks from Fukushima ‘no longer negligible:
The document, published on 7 April, advises against consuming rainwater and says vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid consuming vegetables with large leaves, fresh milk and creamy cheese.
WikiLeaks: Great power rivalry at the UN:
The UN Security Council is in desperate need for reform, and Brazil is leading the charge.
Governors Cut Taxes – and Medical Aid to the Poor:
In Maine and elsewhere, it’s an early test for ‘tea-party’-backed Republicans who say the strategy will create jobs and boost state economies.
Gas Prices Climbing Toward $5 Per Gallon:
Some experts say $5 per gallon gas is possible by Memorial Day-or sometime in summer. Others caution that reaching that mark is unlikely over the next six weeks. In Chicago, the prices keep rising to near-record levels-with no relief in sight.
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: 4,765
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,403
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan