Information Clearing House Newsletter July 20, 2011: This Hero Didn't Stand a Chance

20 June 2011 — Information Clearing House

The Saudi Arabian Moment
By Lawrence Davidson
In this kind of confrontation the Zionists can not win. They are just not as indispensable as affordable energy.

Gaza and American ‘Security’
By Ray McGovern
The United States is widely seen as responsible for Israel’s aggressive behavior, which is hardly surprising. It is no secret that Israel enjoys financial ($3 billion per year), military and virtually unquestioned political support from Washington.

Nato Air strike On Civilians in Tripoli:
“Nato is planting the seed of hatred in the hearts of Libyan people for years to come. They won’t allow foreign armies to decide their future.”

Waging Another Unconstitutional War
By Ralph Nader
Barack Obama has reached Orwellian dimensions in the war against Libya.

Those Libyan Atrocities: Do They Really Stand Up?
By Patrick Cockburn
al-Jazeera was producing uncorroborated reports of hospitals being attacked, blood banks destroyed, women raped and the injured executed.

There Was No Libyan Peaceful Protest, Just Murderous Gangs and Nic Robertson
By Jay Janson
This latest war would seem far fetched, but for CNN boldly leading enough of the rest of corporate owned Western media in public deception with repeating war-justifying sound-bites colored by almost obvious psyops of “now you see it, now you don’t’ film shots.

Conspiracy Theory
By Paul Craig Roberts
A “conspiracy theory” no longer means an event explained by a conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation, or even a fact, that is out of step with the government’s explanation and that of its media pimps.

This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance
By Chris Hedges
“If we want to change that status quo we have to step outside of those rules. We have to put pressure on those within the political system to choose one side or another.”

America for Sale
By Dylan Ratigan
It’s coming to a city near you – it may already be there. We’re talking about the sale of public assets to private investors.

The Truth About the Economy
Robert Reich connects the dots on the economy, in less than 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

Pakistan: 25 insurgents, four soldiers killed in clashes:
Sources said security forces, backed by gunship helicopters and jet fighters, launched an operation against the militants in Baizai, a remote subdivision of Mohmand Agency bordering Afghanistan.

US Kills 11 People in Pakistan:
Four missiles were fired around 10.30 a.m. at two targets in the Khardand area of Kurram Agency close to the Afghan border, killing 11 “militants”.

Protests against American drone attacks in northern Pakistan:
Hundreds of armed tribesmen gathered in North Waziristan on Monday to protest against deadly drone strikes, chanting “Death to America” and “Stop the drone attacks.

8 NATO occupation force troopers killed in 1 day in Afghanistan:
The latest death brings the total to 38 NATO service members killed so far this month

Rocket attacks in Afghan border village kill six civilians:
Six Afghan civilians were killed and six were injured Monday in rocket attacks in a border village between Afghanistan and Pakistan, a senior Afghan police official said.

Afghan suicide blast kills Kunduz 3 civilians:
Three civilians have been killed and 11 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a German military convoy in northern Afghanistan, interior ministry officials say.

Forces kill “rogue” Afghan soldier who killed Aussie:
Australia’s defense chief says a “rogue” Afghan soldier who shot dead his Australian mentor last month has been tracked down and killed by a U.S. and Afghan special forces team.

U.S. Ambassador Responds to Karzai’s Criticisms:
“When Americans, who are serving in your country at great cost – in terms of life and treasure – hear themselves compared with occupiers, told that they are only here to advance their own interest and likened to the brutal enemies of the Afghan people,” the ambassador said, “my people, in turn, are filled with confusion and grow weary of our effort here.”

24 killed in clashes in south Yemen:
At least seven soldiers were killed on Monday during fighting with “al-Qaida militants” in Yemen’ s southern province of Abyan, a local army officer told Xinhua. Meanwhile, 17 “al-Qaida militant” were killed by the army forces on Sunday clashes, the country’s defense ministry said.

US investigators reportedly say Yemen’s Saleh hit by advanced US-made missile:
“The missile is very advanced and still not widely used. Only the United States and Russia currently employ this weapon,” the source said.

Yemeni President to return to Sanaa Friday – media:
“President Ali Abdullah Saleh will return from Saudi Arabia to Yemen on Friday if no extraordinary events, hindering his return, occur,” Elaph quoted Yaser Yamani, Sanaa’s deputy mayor as saying.

Libya: Monday: NATO killed another 13 civilians :
A NATO attack killed 13 civilians including relatives of an official closely linked to Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi on Monday, the Libyan government said, just one day after NATO admitted killing civilians in a air raid on Tripoli.

Sunday: Nato bomb ‘kills nine Libyan civilians’ as stray air strike is blamed on ‘system failure’:
Nato admitted on Sunday that its weapons destroyed a house in Tripoli in an incident likely to sow new doubts inside the alliance about its mission in Libya.

NATO admits Libyan civilians killed in botched air strike:
Libyan officials said the blast flattened a two-storey house, killing two children and seven adults.

Video: : Nato air strike on civilians in Tripoli:
“Nato is planting the seed of hatred in the hearts of Libyan people for years to come. They won’t allow foreign armies to decide their future.”

GOP splitting over U.S. role in Libya and Afghanistan:
Republicans are facing a widening fissure over the U.S. role on the world stage as party leaders decide whether to confront President Obama this week over his policy toward Libya.,0,3418261.story

House May Vote This Week on Money for Libya Strikes:
The House appears likely to vote this week on a measure that would limit financing for the American military efforts in Libya, using the chamber’s appropriations power to push back against the White House, which did not seek Congressional authorization for the mission.

2 killed, 6 wounded in Baghdad violence:
A civilian was killed and four injured when a booby-trapped car went off near a police patrol in Baghdad’s northeastern district of al-Shaab, the source said anonymously because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Missing Iraq cash ‘as high as $18bn’:
Iraq’s parliament speaker tells Al Jazeera unaccounted reconstruction money is three times the reported $6.6bn.

Where’s our missing $17bn?
Iraq demands return of oil money ‘stolen by U.S. institutions after 2003 invasion’

Brian Haw gave his life for peace: Tony Benn:
The death of Parliament Square’s longstanding Iraq war protester marks the end of a historic enterprise

U.S. Mayors Pass Resolution To Bring ‘War Dollars’ Home :
The U.S. Conference of Mayors approved a resolution on Monday calling for an accelerated end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Assad Admits Innocent People Killed:
Al-Assad said, “The state must be attentive to the needs of its citizens, and most of the Syrian people – those who took to the streets and those who stayed at home – have needs to which the state must be attentive. At the same time, there was a minority which tried to bring the majority to confrontation with the state.”

Syria’s Assad offers dialogue, rejects ‘chaos’:
President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday that dialogue could lead to a new constitution and even the end of his Baath party’s monopoly on power, but that he refused to reform Syria under “chaos.”

EU plans to slap Syria with more sanctions:
Outraged” European foreign ministers on Monday prepared to beef up sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad as Britain demanded he “reform or step aside”.

Medvedev opposes Libya-style resolution on Syria:
Moscow will use its veto rights in the UN Security Council to prevent the adoption of a resolution on Syria similar to the one passed against Libya, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.

Russia to urge Syria opposition to talk to government:
Russia will call on the Syrian opposition to negotiate with the ruling authorities, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. Representatives of the Syrian opposition will visit Moscow for talks on June 27

Bahraini leadership faces new claims that torture took place in hospital:
Human rights group says suspected protesters – and doctors and nurses who treated them – have been systematically abused

Leadership row delays Palestinian unity govt:
A meeting in Cairo on Tuesday between Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who heads Fatah, and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal has been postponed due to Hamas opposition to the reappointment of Western-backed economist Salam Fayyad, they said.

US: Israeli missile defense system can protect our Mideast bases:
Head of the Pentagon’s missile defense system says Israel’s Iron Dome and Arrow systems will be integrated into a regional defense array.

‘Israel punishes ex-spy chief over Iran’:
According to Israel’s Channel 2, Dagan was asked to surrender his diplomatic passport “after he publicly criticized [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Israeli Defense Minister Ehud] Barak for their stance on Iran.”

U.N. Reports Steady Rise of Refugees:
The United Nations refugee agency said Monday that as of last year, 43.7 million people around the globe had been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict or persecution, the highest number in 15 years.

IMF: Eurozone crisis poses global threat:
The warning comes as the international crisis lender and the eurozone work on clearing the next euro12 billion installment of bailout loans to Greece.

Power cuts hit Greece as protests grow:
Greece was hit by rolling blackouts Monday as employees at the main power utility began 48-hour rolling strikes to protest the company’s privatization, part of austerity plans needed to avoid a national debt default.

Thousands protest against government austerity measures in Greece:
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Spanish Revolution?
Live video feed

Middle-class worker loyalty to employers on decline:
The harsh economic climate has frayed relationships between middle-class workers and their employers. An already-strained sense of loyalty has been further damaged by stagnant wages, rapid-fire mass layoffs and persistent fears of job loss.

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: 4,780

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,536

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

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