Information Clearing House Newsletter 10 June, 2011: China Ratings House Says US Defaulting: Report

10 June, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Pilger Film Banned By Lannan Foundation
By John Pilger
A rich and powerful individual and organisation, espousing freedom of speech, has moved ruthlessly and unaccountably to crush it.

What the American Public Shouldn’t Know
By Kourosh Ziabari
Many people around the world might have credulously or perhaps naively fallen in the trap of believing the tempting claims of the U.S. statesmen and politicians who say that their country is a “beacon of freedom” and a “pioneer of democracy.”

Police State Much?
By Cindy Sheehan
“Patriotic” Americans are still berating me for “demeaning” my son’s “sacrifice.” A typical message goes something like this:

Gaddafi Offfers To Share $20 Billion With Rebels in Peace Deal
By Kim Sengupta and Solomon Hughes
Colonel Gaddafi would relinquish power while a caretaker administration can be formed that includes members of the Benghazi-based opposition.

Muammar Qadhafi Pens Letter to Congress
By Jennifer Epstein
Sent to congressional leaders and the White House, the three-page letter comes as reports continue to emerge suggesting that Qadhafi is looking for a way to end the fighting in Libya.

NATO Chief Rasmussen Grilled Over Libya Assault
From how to handle Libya and Syria through to missile defence, we talk to NATO’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

NATO Inflicted Libyan Deaths, Injuries Not ‘Propaganda’: Cynthia McKinney
By Deborah Dupre
Cynthia McKinney and former members of parliament, who report it is NATO spin that mainstream media is reporting.

Arab Revolutions Mask Economic Status Quo
By Mark LeVine
Despite talk of a “new social contract”, financial powers seek to maintain their grip on the poor of the Middle East.

War Crimes and Misdemeanors
By Stephen M. Walt
This is the sort of pious moralizing that drives lots of people in other countries crazy. The issue isn’t just our reluctance to put former top officials in the dock, it is also our relentless eagerness to preach to others about how they ought to behave.

What is Real or Unreal? Iran and the Issue of Nuclear Weapons
By Lawrence Davidson
Israeli politicians are addicted to the Iran threat. Iran serves, alongside the Palestinians, as the latter day ruthless anti-Semite who would destroy the Jews. Zionists seem to need this kind of “existentialist” enemy.

A Tale and a Joke: Pimping the Holocaust’s Memory
By Meir Stieglitz
The stench is a poisonous one. The whole scene at the Knesset is part of the “Victimhood” national project.

China Ratings House Says US Defaulting: Report
A Chinese ratings house has accused the United States of defaulting on its massive debt, state media said Friday, a day after Beijing urged Washington to put its fiscal house in order.

The Unemployment Conspiracy; It’s the Policy, Stupid
By Mike Whitney
When the recovery began 2 years ago, the rate of unemployment was 9.5 percent. Today it’s 9.1 percent. Think about that for a minute.

26 killed in Pakistan clashes :
Taliban fighters stormed a checkpoint, killing eight Pakistani soldiers in an Afghan border region that the army previously said it had cleared of insurgents, while two bomb attacks elsewhere in the northwest yesterday killed six civilians, officials said.

Pakistan rangers ‘gun down unarmed man’:
Investigation under way after footage surfaces of alleged killing of unarmed man by five Karachi security forces.

Gunmen kill nine in Afghan wedding attack:
Gunmen opened fire on a wedding party in eastern Afghanistan, killing nine people, including the groom, officials said Thursday.

Four policemen killed in suicide bombing at Afghan mosque:
Four policemen were killed Friday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a mosque in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, officials said.

Report Details Misbehavior by Kabul Embassy Guards:
The report highlighted occasions when guards brought women believed to be prostitutes into Camp Sullivan and videotaped themselves drinking and partially undressed.

15 Indian police killed in Maoist attacks:
A bomb blast allegedly triggered by Maoist rebels has killed at least 10 police officers in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, officials say. Friday’s early morning attack in the forested areas of the mineral rich region hit security vehicles, a senior police official said.

10 killed as Muammar Gaddafi forces retaliate as NATO eyes endgame:
LIBYAN leader Muammar Gaddafi, increasingly cornered by a stunning upturn in NATO airstrikes, lashed back with renewed shelling on the outskirts of the western city of Misratah yesterday, killing 10 rebel fighters.

Extrajudicial execution?
Gaddafi a legitimate target, says NATO official :

The NATO official said that Gaddafi would be included in the resolution and is a legitimate target because he is head of the military and therefore part of the control and command structure.

Russian envoy plans trip to Tripoli after meeting Libyan rebel leaders:
At a press conference held in Moscow on Friday, Margelov said he was ready to fly to Tripoli at any moment and all that was needed was permission from NATO forces that are currently imposing a no-flight regime over the country.

NATO chief Rasmussen grilled LIVE on RT over Libya assault : Video –
From how to handle Libya and Syria through to missile defence, we talk to NATO’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

We’ll turn our guns on Libyan rebels if they attack civilians, Nato threatens:
The warning follows a report by Human Rights Watch accusing the opposition of abusing civilians and calling on the provisional government in Benghazi, the National Transitional Council (NTC), to investigate. One rebel commander said last night: “We object to being threatened by our allies. They are taking part in military action only at our invitation.”

Pentagon Sees Libya Military Costs Soar:
U.S. military operations in Libya are expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than the initial $750 million outgoing defense secretary Robert Gates estimated last month, the Financial Times reported on its website Thursday, citing figures it obtained.

Norway To Quit Libya Operation By August 1:
Norway says it will scale down its fighter jet contribution in Libya from six to four planes and withdraw completely from the NATO-led operation by Aug. 1.

Outgoing US defence secretary slams NATO:
Robert Gates says Europe’s NATO members must bear more of the burden in operations or alliance faces “irrelevance”.

Goldman investigated over £31m Libyan ‘bribe’:
The investment banking giant made the offer of a $50m (£31m) payment, which would have gone to the son-in-law of the state oil company boss, according to reports last week

Eight killed as Yemeni troops fight southern rebels:
Suspected separatists attacked a Yemeni military checkpoint in the south of the country on Friday, with five soldiers and three rebels dying in the fighting, officials and witnesses said.

U.S. Bombs Yemen:
The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials.

Syrian forces shoot dead seven protesters, activists say:
Syrian security forces on Friday shot dead seven anti-regime protesters, including two in Dara’a, according to an updated toll provided by human rights activists

Turkish PM Erdogan calls ongoing Syrian crackdown ‘savagery’:
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized Syrian forces’ crackdown on protesters as “savagery” and suggested the violence could force Turkey to back any UN Security Council resolutions against the country.

Russia, China Shield Syria from Possible U.N. Sanctions:
A resolution inspired by Western nations critical of civilian killings in politically-beleaguered Syria is facing threats from two veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council: Russia and China.

3 Iraqi officials assassinated in Baghdad: –
Three Iraqi government officials were assassinated Thursday in separate attacks in Baghdad, Interior Ministry officials told CNN.

Iraq militia claims attack on U.S. troops:
Another U.S. soldier was killed in south Iraq on Wednesday.

Iraq will ask US troops to stay post-2011, says Panetta:
“It’s clear to me that Iraq is considering the possibility of making a request for some kind of [troop] presence to remain there [in Iraq],” Mr Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

Rape victim should pay rapist? :
US congressman says Iraq should repay “war” costs:

“Once Iraq becomes a very rich and prosperous country… we would hope that some consideration be given to repaying the United States some of the mega-dollars that we have spent here in the last eight years,” Rohrabacher told journalists at the US embassy in Baghdad.

Bahrainis hold anti-regime protests:
The massive protest rallies were held in towns and villages around the capital, Manama, following Friday Prayers.

Opposition: 400 Bahrainis on trial after protests:
Wefaq, which represents Bahrain’s Shi’ite majority, said up to 50 people had already been sentenced, with penalties ranging from a short prison term to execution.

Hamas to participate in any future Palestinian government, senior official says:
Salah al-Bardaweel, a high-ranking Hamas leader in Gaza, refutes press reports that the group may exclude itself from a future government to avoid international isolation.

Haaretz exclusive: Secret cables show Israel’s battle plan over Palestinian UN bid:
Foreign Ministry documents outline instructions to envoys to thwart international recognition of Palestinian state.

“60 Minutes” Reports on Jerusalem : Video –
I was pleasantly surprised to see this coming from the mainstream U$ media. It’s not perfect (for example, it doesn’t mention that every single one of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank violates international law) but this is much better than the usual pro-zionist garbage you normally see.

UK mobilizes offshoots to kill Press TV:
Press TV’s regular coverage of crimes committed by the Israeli regime in the occupied Palestinian territories are definitely among the strict red lines that British media policy-makers will not easily tolerate.

Bilderberg: world’s fate sealed behind closed doors:
The Bilderberg Group, an invitation-only meeting of the world’s most powerful people, is taking place in Switzerland. Just what the political insiders, media moguls and industry magnates will actually discuss, remains top secret.

WikiLeaks cables reveal more juveniles detained at Guantanamo Bay than U.S. claimed:
The University of California Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas reported that the number of children imprisoned at Guantanamo is almost twice as many as it reported to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Bradley Manning activist subpoenaed in WikiLeaks investigation:
A computer expert and vocal supporter of the Army private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks has been served a subpoena compelling his testimony in the Grand Jury investigation of the leaked documents.

Terrorism – A former FBI chief told the truth : Video –
A former FBI chief Ted Gunderson, complains that most terrorist attacks are committed by the FBI and the CIA.

School surveillance: how big brother spies on pupils:
Cameras in the toilets; CCTV in the classroom; pupils’ fingerprints kept in a database . . . Can’t happen here? Think again, because the surveillance state is quietly invading our schools

US largest mortgage firms penalized:
Treasury officials said on Thursday that the three banks — Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — have abused homeowners and violated the rules of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), The Huffington Post reported.

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: 4,778

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

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