Information Clearing House Newsletter 7 May, 2011: Weekend Edition – Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden's Death

7 May 2011 — Information Clearing House

Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death
By Noam Chomsky
We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.

The Assassination Of bin Laden – Its Use & Abuse
By James Petras
In the face of major strategic losses, as evident in the astonishing assassination of top military officials, Obama had to mount a political spectacle — a “military success story” — the killing of unarmed bin Laden, to buoy the spirits of the American public, military and its NATO followers.

Extrajudicial Executions
US Tries To Assassinate Own Citizen In Yemen

By David S. Cloud
The special operations mission targeted Anwar Awlaki, a cleric suspected of involvement in terrorist plots. He escaped but two other terrorist suspects were killed.

How Secretive and Shabby the Americans Are
By Bob Ellis
There was no rejoicing in Times Square when Hirohito died, though he ordered the killing of 2350 Americans in Pearl Harbor.

“If You Believe The Newest Death Of Osama Bin Laden Your Stupid!”
By Cindy Sheehan
Cindy telling it like it is in an interview with Dr. Drew on CNN.

False Flags: An American Tradition
By Stephen Lendman
Past US false flags provided pretexts for militarism, wars, occupations, domestic repression, and national security state extremism, antithetical to democratically free and open societies.

Britain Must not Support U.S.-style Justice
By Yvonne Ridley
If we start handing over UK citizens and foreign nationals to a country that has no respect for international law, the Geneva and Vienna Conventions, and calls targeted assassination “justice” then we too become lawless by association.

Fallujah, Iraq 2004 – Misrata, Libya 2011
By Media Lens
In November 2004, the UN’s Integrated Regional Information Network reported the impact of Operation Phantom Fury, a combined US-UK offensive, on Iraq’s third city, Fallujah: ‘Approximately 70 per cent of the houses and shops were destroyed in the city and those still standing are riddled with bullets.’

Pakistan: The Treason of the Rulers
By Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D.
The Pakistani military Generals and political rulers are part of the problem; they cannot be part of the solution. The traitors are boxed-in, fair or foul. They will deny being on the wrong side or ever having committed treason against the very people and nation that fed them.

The Complacent Don’t Care
By Paul Balles
Apart from American listlessness about both domestic and international concerns, the rest of the world also reveals a general disregard for corruption, the environment, widespread poverty and human suffering.

Exxon Makes $30.5 Billion,
So GOP Votes Unanimously To Give Them Tax Breaks

By Think Progress
Today, the Republicans in the House of Representatives celebrated this massive redistribution of wealth from American families to oil executives.

Gaddafi Gold-for-oil, Dollar-doom Plans Behind Libya ‘Mission’?
More speculation has been raised on the reasons for NATO’s intervention in Libya. As RT’s Laura Emmett reports, the organisation may have been trying to prevent Gaddafi from burying the American buck.

Syria: 6 Killed Including 4 Women:
At least 6 people, including 4 women, have been killed by Assad’s troops in Syria’s northern coast city of Baniyas. It was announced by human rights group ‘Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’.

10 Syrian servicemen injured in clashes with armed groups – military source:
Ten military personnel were injured, including two officers, after clashes with armed groups in Banias city and surrounding villages, a military source said on Saturday.

Al Jazeera’s War on Syria :
The broadcaster “has abandoned professionalism and objectivity, turning from a media source into an operation room that incites and mobilizes.

Six people killed, 11 injured in Iraq attacks:
Separate attacks in the Iraqi city of Baquba on Saturday killed six people and injured 11 others, the police said.

Afghanistan: At least 6 killed as 10 blasts hit Afghan city of Kandahar:
Ten explosions including at least six suicide bombings have hit the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Saturday in a series of attacks on government targets, a provincial spokesman said.

Yemeni forces kill 2 student protesters:
The casualties occurred on Saturday in the southeastern city of Taizz — the capital of a province of the same name, where tens of thousands of students staged anti-government marches

Extrajudicial Executions:
Drone Targets US Citizen In Yemen:

The U.S. launched a drone strike in Yemen on Thursday aimed at killing Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric suspected of orchestrating terrorist attacks in the U.S, but he evaded the missile, Yemeni and U.S. officials said.

Yemen rebels want GCC plan withdrawn:
“We call on the United States, the European Union and the permanent Security Council members to assume their moral responsibility and stop … meddling directed against the will of the Yemeni people to ensure freedom and democracy,” said the statement signed by the Organisational Committee of the Popular Youth Revolution.

Libya government planes destroy Misrata fuel tanks: rebels:
Libyan government forces dropped bombs on four large oil storage tanks in the contested western city of Misrata, destroying the tanks and sparking a fire that spread to four more, a rebel spokesman said on Saturday.

Italy to supply Libyan rebels with arms:
“They will supply us with arms and we will receive them very soon,” Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, the vice chairman of the National Transitional Council, told reporters in the rebel capital Benghazi on Saturday.

Italy denies has offered arms to Libya rebels: –
Italy on Saturday denied it had reached any agreement with Libyan rebels to supply them with arms in their battle against Muammar Gaddafi.

Russia slams Libya contact group:
Russia yesterday criticised a Western-led grouping that has pledged aid to the Libyan rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, warning that it must not seek to usurp the authority of the UN Security Council.

Osama bin Laden killing ‘should serve as warning to Gaddafi’ says UK’s head of Armed Forces:
Gen Sir David Richards, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said the death of the al-Qaeda leader should have a “psychological impact” on the Libyan dictator and others because “one day their deeds will catch up with them”.

Former Mossad chief: Israel air strike on Iran ‘stupidest thing I have ever heard’:
In first public appearance since leaving post as Mossad chief, Meir Dagan warns of regional war if Iran is attacked; says fall of Assad regime would benefit Israel.

John Bolton: I care about things besides bombing Iran:
John Bolton, comical Republican foreign policy character actor, is in the midst of his newest and perhaps greatest performance piece, “John Bolton runs for president.” Politico checks in with the Republican party’s finest facial hair, who wants you to know that he’s no “single-issue guy.”

Hamas chief: We will coordinate all decisions regarding Israel with Fatah:
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Hamas leader defends his organization’s right to wage an armed struggle against Israel.

Norway joins ranks supporting unified Palestine:
Hours after a historic unity deal was inked between rival Palestinian factions under heavy pressure from Israel to drop the deal, Norway came out in support of a new Palestinian Authority government.

Bahraini’s take torture evidence to UN:
The International Criminal Court (ICC) will decide this week as to whether it plans to accept a case of war crimes against Bahrain’s government. A group of Bahrainis living in Britain, with a team of international lawyers, travelled to The Hague last week to present their report to the prosecutor.

Hundreds rally for reform in Oman:
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers in Oman’s southern port of Salalah, in a peaceful rally calling for democratic reform and an end to corruption, activists and residents said.

Propaganda alert::
Videos show rare view of unkempt bin Laden :

The world’s most wanted man watched newscasts of himself from a tiny television perched atop a rickety old desk cluttered with wires.

Pentagon releases ‘bin Laden tapes’:
The US has released five video clips of Osama bin Laden that it says was taken from the Pakistani compound where the leader of al-Qaeda was reportedly killed last week.

66% Pakistanis believe person killed in US raid was not Osama:
Less than 25 per cent believe bin Laden had authorised the 9/11 terror attacks in the US and 74 per cent believe the US government considers that it is at war with the Muslim world and did not respect Islam.

Celebrations of Bin Laden’s death attacked by widow of serviceman:
The widow of a Westcountry serviceman killed in Afghanistan has condemned the “vulgar” celebrations following Osama bin Laden’s death.

Domestic Intelligence Surveillance Grew in 2010:
By every available measure, the level of domestic intelligence surveillance activity in 2010 increased from the year before, according to a new Justice Department report to Congress on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Muslim religious leaders kicked off U.S. domestic flight:
Two Muslim religious leaders were asked to leave a commercial airliner in Memphis – and were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them aboard.

Greek PM denies euro exit; says leave Greece alone:
Ministers from the euro zone’s biggest economies met in Luxembourg to discuss Greece’s debt crisis on Friday but Athens and senior EU officials denied a report by Germany’s Spiegel Online that the Greek government had raised the prospect of leaving the 17-member euro zone.

China pushes U.S. on debt ahead of high-level talks:
China, wielding its huge dollar holdings, on Friday pressed Washington to tackle its huge fiscal deficit and said it would raise the issue of discrimination against Chinese investors at high-level talks next week.

Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Jump :
Applications for jobless benefits jumped by 43,000 to 474,000 in the week ended April 30, the most since August, Labor Department figures showed today

Fannie Mae seeks $8.5 billion from taxpayers
Mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae (FNMA.OB) on Friday said it would ask for an additional $8.5 billion from taxpayers as it continues to suffer losses on loans made prior to 2009.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,455,590″

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,770

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,445

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

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