Information Clearing House Newsletter June 21, 2011: The Plan to Destabilize Syria

21 June 2011 — Information Clearing House

“I think that NATO is itself a war criminal.” – Harold Pinter

Attacking Libya — and the Dictionary
By Jonathan Schell
The Obama administration claims that if the adversary cannot fight back, there is no war.

NATO, The Ultimate Transformer
By Pepe Escobar
NATO has just admitted it was “probably” responsible for the humanitarian liberation of nine Libyan civilians, plus 18 injured, via an early morning strike against an apartment building in a densely populated Tripoli neighborhood.

Lapdogging For The US
Libya, Canada’s Other Ugly War
By Murray Dobbin
No one refers to this war against Libya as a criminal conspiracy but the term would be perfectly appropriate.

Want Congress to Stop the War in Libya?
Don’t Hold Your Breath
By Mark Benjamin
Despite the buzz in the news, Congress is not likely to cut off money for the war in Libya anytime soon.

The Plan to Destabilize Syria
By Thierry Meyssan
the plan to destabilize Syria is not working all that well. It succeeded in persuading public opinion that the country is in the grips of a brutal dictatorship, but it also welded the vast majority of the Syrian population firmly behind its government. Ultimately, the plan could backfire on those who masterminded it, notably Tel Aviv.

Turkey to Take in NATO Ground Forces
By Big News Network
Turkey has agreed that NATO can turn its airbase in Turkey into a base for ground operations into Syria.

Turkish Actions Designed To Trigger NATO Confrontation With Syria?
By Rick Rozoff
“The West wants to put the region under Turkish control like in the Ottoman days. Turkey is a NATO member and embodies a safe kind of Islam for the West, so they have done a deal to give everything to Ankara.”

America: Get Out of Iraq Before It’s Too Late
By Ashour Al-Somary
The model Iraq that the United States wants is one governed and run by a group of moving Zionist puppets who prostrate themselves toward America and worship her just as the puppets who govern the Arab Gulf countries and other Arab countries do.

New National Assembly to Bring Troops Home Now
Open Letter the Labor and Antiwar Movements.

Everything We’re Doing Now Was Planned BEFORE 9/11
By Washington’s Blog
We’ve been told that 9/11 changed everything. Is it true? Let’s look at the facts

Surprise! TSA Is Searching Your Car, Subway, Ferry, Bus, AND Plane
By Jen Phillips
Think you could avoid the TSA’s body scanners and pat-downs by taking Amtrak? Think again. Even your daily commute isn’t safe from TSA screenings.

Be Watchful: U.S. Might Be “Fleecing the Flock”
By Liu Yuhui
When the U.S. resolves its debt problem, it tends to use, to a certain degree, a partial solution called “fleecing of the flock.”

Iceland Declares Independence from International Banks
By Bill Wilson
If the U.S. – or any sovereign for that matter – attempts to restructure their debts, or to force private investors to take a haircut on their own foolish gambles, these international institutions have promised the equivalent of economic war in response.

100 troops killed in battle for Zinjibar:
Battles raged on Tuesday between Yemen’s army and suspected Al Qaeda militants for control of the southern city of Zinjibar, a military official said, as the toll of soldiers killed passed the 100 mark.

Airstrikes kill 20 militants in Yemen:
The official said airstrikes overnight Monday killed 20 militants in the southern province of Abyan. Two more were killed on Tuesday.

US drone attacks in Yemen ignore Al Qaeda for local militants:
Government raids and US drone attacks in Yemen are focusing on Islamic militant targets in Abyan province, ignoring the more dangerous Al Qaeda stronghold of Shabwa province, a senior defence ministry official said yesterday.

Southern Yemen fighting displaces 45,000 people: UN :
Fighting between government forces and suspected Al-Qaeda fighters in southern Yemen have displaced 45,000 people, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Tuesday.

Saleh return could spark war:
Yemeni tribal chief: The head of Yemen’s most powerful tribal confederation warned Tuesday in a letter to the Saudi king that Yemen could plunge into civil war if President Ali Abdullah Saleh is allowed to return home.

NATO strike kills 19 civilians:
The Libyan government says 19 civilians have been killed in a NATO air strike on the home of one of Muammar Gaddafi’s top officials, a day after the Western military alliance admitted killing civilians in a separate attack.

Fresh Libya civilian deaths pile pressure on NATO:
“NATO is endangering its credibility; we cannot risk killing civilians,” Frattini told reporters before an EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg to discuss ways to aid rebels.

Scores of U.S. Strikes in Libya Followed Handoff to NATO:
The most recent strike from a piloted United States aircraft was on Saturday, and the most recent strike from an American drone was on Wednesday, the officials said.

Kerry and McCain Introduce Libya Resolution:
Senators John Kerry, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and a Democrat, and John McCain, a Republican, announced the introduction of a joint resolution on Tuesday authorizing the limited use of United States Armed Forces in Libya.

Helicopter lost over Libya is new US drone: officials:
A drone helicopter that lost radar contact with NATO over Libya is a Fire Scout, an unmanned US chopper, defense officials said Tuesday, revealing the use of the new robotic aircraft in the war.

US Kills 11 People In Pakistan:
The death toll of U.S. drone strike launched in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of Kurram Agency on Monday morning has risen to 11, reported local Urdu TV channel Geo.

Northwest Pak: 4 killed, 5 injured in Taliban attack:
Taliban fighters attacked the homes of pro-government tribesmen in Mohmand region of northwest Pakistan, killing four persons and injuring five more, officials said today

Afghanistan: Two Killed in Parwan Suicide Attack:
A suicide bomber targeted provincial office of Parwan at 11:00 am local time killing the driver of governor and a 14-year-old girl walking by at the time of the incident, Roshan Khalid, spokesman for governor told TOLOnews.

1 NATO occupation force soldier killed in IED blast in S. Afghanistan:
A NATO soldier was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in restive southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, bringing to four the number of casualties of military alliance in the country since Monday morning, Xinhua reported.

US-funded Afghan militias ‘beat, rob and kill with impunity’ :
American-funded Afghan militias raised to protect villages from the Taliban have begun to prey on residents and in some cases are beating, robbing and even killing with impunity it is claimed.

Deaths reported amid rival Syria rallies:
Activists say seven people killed as government supporters and opponents clash in three cities.

Assad issues general amnesty after promising reforms:
Pardon 2nd of its kind in 3 weeks; thousands turn out for pro-Assad rallies, 3 killed; Red Cross says regime agrees to give access to civilians.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Syria:
World outrage boils over Syrian crisis:
Syrian refugees continue to flee across the Turkish border to escape violence, as world powers amplify their outrage over the Damascus regime’s tough crackdown on peaceful demonstrators.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Syria:
Gunshots, explosions heard from Syria at Turkish border:
Gunshots and explosions were heard Tuesday from the Syrian side of Turkey’s border with the unrest-hit Arab country, where thousands of fleeing people have massed, an AFP reporter said.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Syria:
The longer the Assads hang on to power in Syria, the bloodier it will be:
President Bashir al-Assad’s speech to the Syrian people yesterday was almost comic

Israel’s UN ambassador tells U.S. Jews: Prepare for September vote on Palestinian state:
Ron Prosor urges leaders at closed session of the Conference of Presidents of major Jewish American Organizations to use connections to stop upcoming UN vote.

Abbas: Given options, we won’t go to UN:
Palestinian president says negotiations deadlocked due to two problems – borders and security – leading to planned September statehood declaration backed by 116 states. ‘But if US has another option, we won’t go to UN,’ he says,7340,L-4084937,00.html

Obama tells Jewish donors that U.S.-Israel disagreements are only ‘tactical’:
U.S. President reaffirms his country’s bond with Israel is ‘unbreakable.’

Oceans on brink of catastrophe:
Marine life facing mass extinction ‘within one human generation’ / State of seas ‘much worse than we thought’, says global panel of scientists

Greek crisis: EU leaders must act decisively or face disaster, says IMF:
IMF chief tells eurozone leaders to agree Greece’s bailout or trigger further global crisis as EU ministers delay €12bn lifeline

Britain: the Euro could not last:
UK Treasury ministers have confirmed that the coalition government is dealing with potential plans for a Greek bankruptcy after warnings by Jack Straw that the euro could not last.

Paving the Road to a Hungrier, Unhealthier, and Less-Educated Nation:
Massive spending cuts will make the future bleaker for millions of Americans.

Why the GOP should nominate Barack Obama in 2012:
A modest proposal stemming from the president’s apparent rejection of his own party’s liberal tradition

US approves $3.4bn Native American settlement:
Judge agrees on multi-billion dollar settlement as reparations for stolen resources from Indian tribes.

Mexico’s hidden war:
Josh Rushing finds out how campesino communities caught in the narco-economy are resisting repression and dispossession.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of 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 : 2,538

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

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