Information Clearing House Newsletter June 29, 2011: How Greed Destroys America

29 June, 2011 — Information Clearing House

“After you Brother!” Qadaffi Stays and Obama Leaves?
By Franklin Lamb
Gaddafi has survived assaults of various types from US Presidents’ Ford, Carter, Reagan, George Bush 1, Clinton, George Bush 2, and Obama. Vegas book makers are giving odds he’ll be the leader of Libya’s Fatah Revolution after the voters retire Obama.

Israels Sacred Mantras
By Uri Avnery
The Palestinians are planning something thoroughly obnoxious: they intend to apply to the UN for statehood. Why obnoxious?

“We Are Eager to Get to Gaza”
By Democracy Now!
Exclusive Report from Greece on U.S. Gaza Aid Flotilla.

Paper Terrorists
By Max Keiser
“Greek police beating Greek citizens on behalf of the international banksters”

A World Overwhelmed By Western Hypocrisy
By Paul Craig Roberts
There is nothing left of the American character. Only a people who have lost their soul could tolerate the evil that emanates from Washington.

Faith Based Killings
Idolizing Absolute Power: The Pro-Assassination Crowd
By James Bovard
Boundless groveling to the commander-in-chief is the new trademark of a good American. Anything less is national suicide.

The Painful Collapse of Empire:
By Robert Jensen
How the “American Dream” and American Exceptionalism Wreck Havoc on the World.

How Greed Destroys America
By Robert Parry
Studies show that America’s corporate chieftains are living like kings while the middle class stagnates and shrivels. Yet, the Tea Party and other anti-tax forces remain determined to protect the historically low tax rates of the rich and push the burden of reducing the federal debt onto the rest of society.

Them That’s Not Shall Lose
By Charles M. Blow
Nearly half of all members of Congress are millionaires, and between 2008 and 2009, when most Americans were feeling the brunt of the recession, the personal wealth of members of Congress collectively increased by more than 16 percent. Must be nice.

The Largest Street Gang in America
The Militarization Of The US Police Force
The thugs in uniform now consider themselves to be government agents of a totalitarian regime with limitless authority to enforce the will of the government on all civilian assholes. There are obviously exceptions to that rule, but those would never try to stand in the way of the thugs.”

Killing the Old West
Greed and Slaughter on the Western Range
By Marilyn Wargo
If the average citizen did to these horses what the BLM does routinely, they would be arrested and thrown in jail. The animal abuse issues are also growing and many new advocates have taken up this aspect of the crisis.

21 killed as Taliban storm Kabul hotel:
Heavily armed Taliban militants stormed a top Kabul hotel, sparking a ferocious battle involving Afghan commandos and a Nato helicopter gunship that left at least 21 dead including the nine attackers.

Arrest warrant issued against Afghan banker :
“It is a shame that in Afghanistan, once accused of corruption, people can simply go overseas and claim that their life is under threat,” Karzai said.

Somalia: 15 Killed in Southern Region’s Fighting:
At least 15 people mainly the combatants have been killed and dozen more injured after bitter combat between Somali government forces and Al shabaab fighters which on Tuesday night took place in parts of Gedo region in southern Somalia.

Army kills 9 “al-Qaida” militants in battles in south Yemen: ministry:
Yemeni Defense Ministry said Tuesday that its forces have killed nine al-Qaida militants in ongoing battles against the terrorist group in the country’s southern province of Abyan.

Yemeni president to address on TV soon: official:
“The president is in good health and he will deliver a speech to the nation soon and come back to Yemen within the next few days, ” the Deputy Information Minister Abdu al-Janadi briefed a press conference Tuesday.

Memo reveals intelligence chief’s bid to fuel fears of Iraqi WMDs:
The senior intelligence official responsible for Tony Blair’s notorious dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction proposed using the document to mislead the public about the significance of Iraq’s banned weapons.

Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2010:
This report lists hundreds of instances in which the United States has used its armed forces abroad in situations of military conflict or potential conflict or for other than normal peacetime purposes.

Click to access usforcesabroad.pdf

Syrian opposition seeks ‘peaceful transition’:
Government critics meeting in Damascus call for democracy while government vows to invite “all factions” to a dialogue.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich meets again with president of Syria:
On Monday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said the U.S. should recall its ambassador to Syria because Assad is not interested in diplomacy.

US Press Demonizing Kucinich:
Dennis Kucinich disputes a Syrian state news report that he praised President Assad:
But if these Kucinich quotes reported by the Syrian state news agency are accurate, the congressman’s reputation as someone who is serious about human rights will sustain serious damage:

U.S. key Senate panel votes to authorize “limited” engagement in Libya:
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday passed a measure that would authorize the Obama administration to conduct “limited” military engagement in Libya.

Regime change:
France drops arms to Libyan rebels:
France has air dropped arms to Libyan rebels in mountains south of Tripoli who are eyeing an assault on the capital, it said on Wednesday after anti-regime forces captured a network of weapons caches.

Regime change:
NATO warships fire on Gaddafi forces: Libyan rebels: –
NATO warships off the Libyan coast fired on government forces near the strategic town of Zlitan where they are blocking rebels from advancing on the capital, a rebel spokesman said on Wednesday.

Libya rebels would review Gaddafi contracts – spokesman:
Shammam also said the rebels had received $100 million (62.4 million pounds) in funds from Qatar this week.

£20m plan to prop up post-war Libya in bid to avoid mistakes of Iraq:
An instruction manual on how to run the country, drawn up by British officials in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, was sent to Libyan opposition leaders on Monday.

Eyewitness Libya: Cynthia McKinney: Video:
By a margin of 2-to-1, people in the United States oppose the war in Libya, and there is growing Congressional opposition.

There is no war so bad that it cannot be made worse by the intervention of the ICC :
From the luxurious environs of The Hague, cheered on by liberals who get a cheap political thrill from seeing white lawyers stand up to evil Africans

De-demonising Gaddafi – what you don’t know:

Blackmail :
US ‘could withdraw funding from UN if Palestine state is recognised’:
The US could withdraw funding from the United Nations if its members decide to recognise and independent Palestinian state, a close ally of President Barack Obama has warned.

Criminalising Palestinian solidarity:
The United States government has criminalised the Palestinian people, and now it is increasingly treating US citizens who stand in solidarity with Palestine as criminals as well – including those courageously putting their lives on the line to break the siege on Gaza.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Freedom Flotilla: :
Israeli cabinet approves plans to stop freedom flotilla:
“We will warn them first, we will explain, we will try to prevent friction, but in the final analysis the flotilla cannot pass through to Gaza. We are therefore calling for the flotilla to be canceled, and are saying that if there is any kind of friction or damage, the responsibility will rest with the participants and the organizers,” Barak said.

Psy Ops:
Did Netanyahu’s office distribute a fake video against Gaza flotilla?:
This is exactly what some American bloggers have been claiming, after probing a video that was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.

Gaza flotilla ship ‘sabotaged by divers’:
Activists say Swedish ship due to join attempt to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza has been damaged in Greek port.

Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2011: How You Can Help:
We also ask that Palestine solidarity groups and peace and justice groups spread this message across their membership through listservs, phone calls, and other forms of social media

Roger Waters – “We Shall Overcome”
Music Video

Police clash with protesters in Cairo:
Tahrir Square, the epicentre of protests that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, was sealed off and authorities cut off electricity in the area. Police continued to fire tear gas into the early hours of the morning and a thick white cloud hung over the square.

Chavez not dead or dying, say allies:
Rumours of the impending demise of Hugo Chavez have been greatly exaggerated, his allies said yesterday, insisting that he will be back at work imminently and telling opponents that they should “stop dreaming” of his death.

Chavez Critical? “Regime change flu coming to Latin America” :
This comes after a report citing a U.S. intelligence source, saying the staunchly anti-American leader is in a critical condition after undergoing surgery in Cuba

Warnings from the central bankers’ bank –
Its annual report gives clear indications that another financial crisis is in the making.

Greek protests turn violent:
Thousands of anti-government protesters have been demonstrating in central Athens outside the parliament against the new austerity program.

‘Athens police worse than anything we’ve seen before’ : Video –
RT talks to financial journalist Demetri Kofinas from Athens.

Would you agree to this?
Greek government austerity measures:
These are some of the austerity measures planned.

Ailing Greece Tries National Tag Sale:
The Greek government has come up with a way to raise some cash: For the taking: several ports, a national post office, two water companies, a nickel miner and smelter, electricity and gas monopolies, a telecommunications operator, shares in a half dozen banks, hundreds of miles of roads

White House anticipates “significant” deal with Republicans to slash social spending:
President Obama met Monday with Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic Senator Harry Reid in an effort to work out a bipartisan plan to cut trillions of dollars in social spending.

US Torturers Win :
Abu Ghraib Inmates Lose U.S. High Court Bid to Sue Contractors:
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a lawsuit that accused two military contractors of abusing inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, turning away an appeal by 26 onetime prisoners.

Obama Administration Fires ATF Whistleblower:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is being accused of retaliating against an agent who helped publicize the agency’s role in allowing thousands of guns to cross the U.S. border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug gangs.

In Miami, 12 Officers Shoot Haitian over 100 Times:
Where Is International Press?: Apparently the murder of this son of a humble Haitian immigrant doesn’t interest anyone, including those holders of power in this city with their persistent traits of racial hate and segregation.

Doctors in U.S. Turning Away Insured Patients on Low Payments, Study Finds:
U.S. doctors are turning away an increasing number of patients, including those with private insurance. Patients in Medicare, the U.S. health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, also had a harder time finding a doctor.

Proposed GOP Budget Cuts To Medicaid Could Kill Jobs And Short-Change Seniors:
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has organized more than 40 Democrats into a bloc committed to opposing cuts to Medicaid. “I can see just a feast of people who have no idea what Medicaid does and who don’t care, because Medicaid people don’t vote, they don’t give money, they don’t have lobbyists,”

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: 4,784
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,557
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

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