Information Clearing House Newsletter 30 May 2011: Twelve children killed in another US massacre in Afghanistan

30 May 2011 — Information Clearing House

Remember
An alternative view of Memorial Day

Video
Remember the Lies and Liars that Killed Them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28210.htm
Who Cares in the Middle East What Obama Says?
By Robert Fisk
This month, in the Middle East, has seen the unmaking of the President of the United States. More than that, it has witnessed the lowest prestige of America in the region since Roosevelt met King Abdul Aziz on the USS Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake in 1945.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28208.htm

Donor Bread (Money) and Congressional Circuses
By Lawrence Davidson
American Zionists are starting to turn the screws on President Obama and the Democratic Party.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28202.htm

Hands off Venezuela!
By Cindy Sheehan
On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, the United States Department of State unilaterally imposed sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), for its alleged relations with the government of Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28204.htm

The American War Machine
Must Watch 9 Minute Video
-WARNING – This video contain language that some people may find offensive.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28205.htm

From Bush to Obama, the Snooping Goes On
By Dan Kennedy
The Patriot Act’s section 215 – just renewed by Congress – permits almost unlimited powers of surveillance of US citizens.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28207.htm

This is America!
Arrested For Dancing?

Video
On May28, 2011 Television host Adam Kokesh and several other activists participating in a flash-mob were arrested at the publicly-funded Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Their crime? Silently dancing, in celebration of the first amendment’s champion; a clear violation of their right to free-expression.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28206.htm

The War Prayer : Video
By Mark Twain
O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17801.htm

The Fed Is Not Printing Money
By Mike Whitney
I know what you’ve heard from “reliable sources” on the Internet, but it’s hogwash.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28203.htm

The Sky Really Is Falling
By Chris Hedges
The rapid and terrifying acceleration of global warming, which is disfiguring the ecosystem at a swifter pace than even the gloomiest scientific studies predicted a few years ago, has been confronted by the power elite with equal parts of self-delusion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28209.htm

Yemen army killed 20 protesters:
Yemeni security forces killed 20 demonstrators when they broke up a four-month-old sit-in in the second-largest city Taez during the night, protest organisers said today.
bit.ly/mtLycP

6 Yemen soldiers killed in restive city:
At least six Yemeni soldiers have been killed and dozens injured in an apparent ambush as they travelled to Zinjibar, a southern city reportedly under the control of al-Qaeda fighters, a security official has said.
english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/201152922711919441.html

Islamist militants control 2nd Yemeni town: —
Islamist militants controlled a second southern Yemeni town Monday amid claims President Ali Abdullah Saleh let the town go to prove he needed to stay in power.
bit.ly/kpPHYm

S Arabia protects Saleh: Yemen opp.:
Ali al-Mamari, spokesman for the Yemeni’s opposition Coalition for Youth Revolution, said Saudis intend to save Saleh’s regime from collapse, because they fear if the still-unfolding revolution succeeds in Yemen, the tide of awakening would ultimately engulf Saudi Arabia itself.
www.presstv.ir/detail/182342.html

Twelve children killed in another US massacre in Afghanistan:
American forces in Afghanistan killed twelve children and two women in a night-time bombing of two houses in Nawzad district of Helmand province Saturday.
www.wsws.org/articles/2011/may2011/afgh-m30.shtml

Four Afghan civilians killed as bombers target NATO base:
Four civilians were killed and more than 30 people including foreign soldiers were injured Monday in at least two explosions and small arms fire from insurgents in the western city of Herat, officials said.
bit.ly/lWluhl

Afghan soldier kills US-led soldier:
NATO says an Afghan man wearing an army uniform has shot and killed a US-led foreign soldier and injured a number of others in the country’s troubled south.
www.presstv.ir/detail/182406.html

Taliban’s new tactic: High-profile inside jobs:
A car with the license plate of a high-ranking Afghan general approached the gates of the Defense Ministry in Kabul last month. A special “A” pass also was on its windshield, so guards quickly waved it through.
www.wtop.com/?nid=220&sid=2401982

Pakistan ‘plans’ North Waziristan offensive:
Reports suggest that Pakistan has given in to US pressure to crack down on the Haqqani network in the region.
english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201153063846833108.html

Behind the Pakistan F-16 deal, a tale of many wheels:
Leaked U.S. diplomatic cables suggest that the sale was used only to further America’s broad strategic interests, with Pakistan standing to gain little from the deal.
www.thehindu.com/news/article2059881.ece

Libya says 11 killed in NATO strikes south of Tripoli:
The Libyan government said that 11 people were killed by NATO airstrikes Monday against civilian and military sites south of the capital Tripoli, a military source said.
bit.ly/m71JKY

NATO Pushes Regime Change:
Gaddafi to be told to stand down or face Apache attack: If South African president Jacob Zuma’s peace mission fails, Nato will deliver its heaviest blow to Libyan leader’s forces
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/28/gaddafi-nato-apache-attack-libya

Killing of 40 Algerian soldiers has direct connection with chaos in Libya:
PM: Ouyahia told a news conference here that the unrest in Libya has led to the spread of weapons among “terrorist groups,” adding that the killing of 40 Algerian soldiers in the past few weeks has a direct connection with the spread of arms in the region.
english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90855/7394301.html

11 Syrians killed as UN blasts ‘shocking’ crackdown: –
Eleven people were killed in a Syrian crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, activists said Monday, as the UN condemned the “shocking” brutality of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110530/wl_mideast_afp/syriapoliticsunrest

Bahrain parliamentarians demand treason charges after WikiLeaks:
Sunni Salafist parliamentarians in Bharain Sunday called on the authorities to prosecute their former Shiite lawmaker colleagues for treason, in the wake of WikiLeaks documents suggesting the al-Wefaq opposition group met US embassy officials in Manama.
bit.ly/l97NG2

Hamas: Russia pledges to back Palestinian bid for state recognition:
Russian FM Lavrov hosts representatives of recently reconciled rival Palestinian factions, praises unity deal, does not comment directly on Hamas official’s claim to have secured support ahead of planned September move at UN.
bit.ly/l62LIE

David Cameron resigns as patron of the Jewish National Fund:
Pro-Palestinian campaigners claim their lobbying forced the prime minister to withdraw support
www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/may/29/david-cameron-resigns-patron-jnf

Report: Military coup possible in Greece:
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency warned in a report that the tough austerity measures and the dire situation could escalate and even lead to a military coup, according to a report by Germany’s popular daily Bild.
bit.ly/kiV4jy

Cindy Sheehan : “Yankees, Go Home!” :
Nine of us came from the US to support the people of Venezuela in rejecting the US economic sanctions that were imposed by the State Departments because, apparently, Venezuela sent two shipments of oil product to Iran.
cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/2011/05/yankees-go-home-by-cindy-sheehan.html

U.S. Seeks to Withhold Secret Data From Judge:
The Obama administration sought Thursday to prevent a lawyer for a former C.I.A. officer convicted in Italy in the kidnapping of a radical Muslim cleric from privately sharing classified information about the case with a Federal District Court judge.
www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/us/politics/27secret.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

May 29, 2011
US Kills 18 Women, Children and 20 Police in Afghanistan:

The firefight and airstrikes also left at least 85 “Taliban” fighters dead and dozens others injured, said Jamaluddin Badr, the provincial governor for Nuristan, where the week-long clash took place.
bit.ly/j49Ir4

Karzai gives US ‘last warning’ over civilian deaths:
Reacting to the alleged deaths of 10 children, two women and two men in an air strike on Saturday in the southern province of Helmand, Karzai said such incidents were “murdering of Afghanistan’s children and women.”
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110529/wl_afp/afghanistanunrestcivilians

Suicide bomber kills six at Afghan governor’s compound:
The dead include two senior Afghan police commanders and two German soldiers; among the injured are the provincial governor and the NATO commander in northern Afghanistan.
lat.ms/jX321P

Two Royal Marines killed in bomb blast in Afghanistan :
The pair from 42 Commando Royal Marines were killed by an improvised explosive device
bit.ly/mswDR8

Pakistan: 8 tribal elders killed in blast:
A suicide bomber targeted pro-government tribal elders in northwestern frontier on Saturday, killing eight men, officials said, a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a visit here implored Pakistanis to take decisive steps to fight terrorism.
gulftoday.ae/portal/68086ec5-b8b1-4fe6-875a-2b02b611a691.aspx

Eric Margolis: US keeping close watch on Pakistan’s nuclear weapons
Suspicions that a confiscatory raid is being planned:
antiwar.com/radio/2011/05/26/eric-margolis-47/

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Pakistan?
WikiLeaks: France, UK voiced concern about Pakistan nuclear security:
Levitte said the government “not sure that the Pakistani nuclear deterrent is secure,” showing specific concern about the movement of nuclear weapons by the Pakistani military.
bit.ly/jagJo5

Wikileaks: US Embassy Cables:
What friends say about Pakistan in private:
Pakistan remains “an army in search of a country,” according to French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Diplomatic Adviser
www.dawn.com/2011/05/28/what-friends-say-about-pakistan-in-private.html

Venezuela Rejects US Sanctions, Evaluates Oil Supply to US:
“Sanctions against the homeland of Bolivar? Imposed by the US imperialist government”, declared Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Twitter this Tuesday, “Bring it on, Mr. Obama.
www.chavezcode.com/2011/05/venezuela-rejects-us-sanctions.html

Twitter reveals secrets: Details of British users handed over in landmark case:
For the first time, the American social networking site has bowed to a court action brought by a British group complaining that they were libelled in messages.
bit.ly/ihSRee

Terrorist ‘pre-crime’ detector field tested in United States:
Screening system aims to pinpoint passengers with malicious intentions.
www.nature.com/news/2011/110527/full/news.2011.323.html

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,455,590″
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

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

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,493

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001
$1,199,708,578,819
www.costofwar.com/

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