Information Clearing House Newsletter 2 July, 2011: Africa will not execute Gaddafi warrant: African Union summit

2 July, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Should Libya Retaliate Against NATO Nations?
Libya Can Sting Europe Like ‘Swarm of Bees’: Kadhafi

By Hassen Jouini
“The Libyan people are capable, one day, of taking the battle to Europe and the Mediterranean” region, Kadhafi said in the message, as thousands of supporters massed in the landmark square in the centre of the capital.

Qaddafi Did NOT Threatens Attacks on Europe
Huge Pro Gaddafi Rally In Tripoli
Gaddafi is challenging Sarkozy, Cameron and Obama to swith on their TV and watch the crowd.

Where Are The 15,000 Bodies?
Libya: Unending American Hostility

By William Blum
If I could publicly ask our beloved president one question, it would be this: With all due respect: What is wrong with you?”

Libya’s Neighbors Prepare for NATO’s Boots
By Franklin P. Lamb
The neighborhoods in Libya are preparing for a ground invasion and to confront directly the invaders with a plan that one imagines would not be unfamiliar to a General Giap of Vietnam or a Chinese General Lin Peio, being a massive peoples’ defense.

The US Policy of Assassination
By Joseph Kishore
After first attempting to remove the government through support for the “rebels” in the east and west, the US and NATO are now adopting a more direct method.

Black Caucus on Libya War: The Good, the Confused, and the Hopeless
By Glen Ford
“These 24 members of a caucus that claims to be the “conscience of the Congress” will sign any check and authorize any amount of killings.”

Graveyard of Empires
By Eric Margolis
The Pashtun Taliban and its allies are dedicated, undefeated warriors who fight where they live, and have all the time in the world.

Torture Crimes Officially, Permanently Shielded
By Glenn Greenwald
A total legal whitewash for the Bush torture regime.

The Invasion of Australia – Official, At Last
By John Pilger
The platform for these holocaust deniers is the Murdoch press, which has long run its own insidious campaign against the indigenous population.

Plan to Spoon-Feed Greece to Death
By Mike Shedlock
The plan to spoon-feed payments to Greece in 12 billion-euro bites while demanding “progress”. This will ensure Greece is sucked dry (at fire sale prices) of any government assets worth owning by the time the “bailout” is over.

The U.S. Economy Remains Mired In A Long-term Slump
By Mike Whitney
When austerity-minded congressmen slash the deficits, the last thread keeping the economy in positive territory will be cut and deflationary pressures will reemerge.

Free Speech – At a Price
By Michael Parenti
What does it mean to say we have freedom of speech? Many of us think free speech is a right enjoyed by everyone in our society. In fact, it does not exist as an abstract right.

Prosecutors Back Off From Their ‘Iron-Clad’ Case Against Strauss-Kahn
By Paul Craig Roberts
I pointed out the problems with the case against DSK. For informing people of the obvious, I was denounced by the right-wing and the left-wing.

Huge protests grip Syria; 12 killed in clashes:
Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded cities around Syria on Friday in one of the largest outpourings against the regime of President Bashar Assad since the uprisings began more than three months ago. At least 12 people were killed in various clashes, activists said.

Blame Iran:
U.S. military sees Iran behind rising troop deaths in Iraq:

Three U.S. soldiers were killed this week in a rocket attack at a U.S. base near the Iranian border, the military said Thursday, bringing June’s death toll to 15 and marking the bloodiest month for U.S. troops in Iraq in two years.

U.N. Report Shreds Military’s Claim of Afghanistan Progress:
The U.N. report directly contradicts an emerging talking point in the U.S. military. Lt. Gen. John Allen, the incoming war commander, told a Senate panel on Tuesday that “violence is five percent lower so far this year in comparison to last year,” (.pdf) Not only is violence not going down, if the U.N. is to believed, it’s going way up

US troops pullback has let Taliban open new bases in Afghanistan: Pak Army:
The Pakistan Army has said that a US pullback of troops from northeast Afghanistan over 20 months has let Islamic guerrillas establish bases in the area and carry out unusually huge attacks inside Pakistan in recent weeks.

US rejects Pakistan’s demand to vacate Shamsi air base used for drone attacks: Report:
US personnel have neither left the Shamsi air base in Balochistan, nor there is any plan for them to do so, a US official familiar with the matter told a foreign news agency.

Pakistani minister doubts colleague’s remarks on air base:
Pakistan’s information minister on Friday cast doubt on statements made by the defence minister that the United States had been asked to vacate an air base used to launch drone strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan.

CIA idles drone flights from base in Pakistan:
All U.S. drone strikes in the past three months have been launched from Afghanistan, in the vicinity of Jalalabad, according to the officials

Despite Pakistani Denials, U.S. Keeps Drone Operations Inside Country:
The Central Intelligence Agency is continuing to use a covert base inside Pakistan for drone strikes and other counterterrorism operations despite Islamabad’s public insistence that the facility has been closed,

If Pakistan Denies U.S. Its Drone Bases, There’s a Backup Plan Next Door:
Pakistan may be kicking the CIA out of its premiere base for the drone war. Or it may not – who can tell with the Pakistanis anymore? What’s for certain is that all their griping strengthens the U.S. resolve to keep bases in neighboring Afghanistan to launch drones into Pakistan unilaterally.

Somalia: US took bodies of militants after strike:
U.S. military forces landed in Somalia to retrieve the bodies of dead or wounded militants after a U.S. drone strike targeted a group of insurgents, Somalia’s defense minister told The Associated Press on Friday.

NATO may be preparing ground operation in Libya – Russian envoy:
“I think that now we are witnessing the preparation stage of a ground operation which NATO, or at least some of its members… are ready to begin,” Rogozin said.

Rockets push back rebels south of Libyan capital:
Libyan rebels who had advanced to within 80 km of Muammar Gaddafi’s stronghold in the capital were forced to retreat Friday after coming under a barrage of rocket fire from government forces.

Regime change: NATO chief stresses keeping military pressure on Gaddafi:
More than three month after Western countries launched military operations in Libya, NATO Secretary General Rasmussen said here Thursday that the main objective of the campaign remains unchanged: force Gaddafi to leave power.

Russia says NATO breaches UN resolution on Libya:
The NATO-led coalition violates the United Nations Resolution on Libya and thus deteriorates prospects of a peaceful settlement in the country, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko who heads the Russian delegation at the annual OSCE security conference.

Africa will not execute Gaddafi warrant: African Union summit:
The 53-nation African Union took a similar stance against an ICC warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2009 on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

NATO attack on Libya casts shadow over AU summit:
Nato’s intervention winning few friends among African leaders, judging by mood at Equatorial Guinea meeting.

Thousands for, thousands against Saleh in Yemen mass rallies:
Tens of thousands of Yemenis turned Friday prayers into rallies for and against President Ali Abdullah Saleh who is recovering from injuries sustained in an assassination attempt earlier this month.

Greece sells out to Israel:
Greece stops Gaza-bound ships from leaving its ports: On Friday, the Greek government issued a ban on all ships in its ports sailing to the Palestinian strip on the southeast shores of the Mediterranean.

Gaza flotilla organizers: another ship sabotaged by Israel:
Gaza flotilla organizers stated that Israel inflicted damage to another ship that was scheduled to participate the convoy in its journey to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Rick Perry calls out Eric Holder on Gaza Flotilla:
Texas Governor Rick Perry is looking a little like a presidential campaigner, challenging Attorney General Eric Holder to enforce the law against US citizens who plan to participate in the Gaza Flotilla. Noting that their “naval expedition” specificallty violates the language of the law, he puts Holder on the spot.

United States puts Israel on its terror watch list:
Department of Homeland Security says Israel one of 36 countries whose citizens might have terrorist ties; doesn’t reflect gov’t policy.

The FBI’s synagogue bomb plot:
The ethics of a sting operation to foment a terror plot are dubious enough, but its government-sponsored antisemitism is revolting

India: Rajasthan in ‘cars for sterilisation’ drive:
They are encouraging men and women to volunteer for sterilisation, and in return are offering a car and other prizes for those who come forward.

Hugo Chávez Addresses the Nation:
The text is a partial translation of Hugo Chávez’s address to the nation. (TeleSur, 1 July 2011)

Just Say NO to the War On Drugs :
Comedian Elon James White takes on America’s failed forty-year war on drugs. :

Whitewashed: CIA Exhales: 99 Out of 101 Torture Cases Dropped:
This is how one of the darkest chapters in U.S. counterterrorism ends: with practically every instance of suspected CIA torture dodging criminal scrutiny. It’s one of the greatest gifts the Justice Department could have given the CIA as David Petraeus takes over the agency.

TSA Agents Working With Radiation Machines Develop Cancer:
If you have to fly on a plane – you’re screwed. The Electronic Privacy Information Center – EPIC – has revealed what we all knew was happening – the Michael Chertoff X-Ray porno scanners at the airport are giving people cancer

US states slash spending, cut jobs:
The majority of US states begin their new fiscal year July 1, with budgets that impose crippling reductions in public services, particularly health care and education, and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs.

The Maid’s Prison Connection:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser allegedly has a romantic relationship to a mysterious Arizona inmate with a reported penchant for fraud. No wonder her case is crumbling.

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: 4,787

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,562

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

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