Information Clearing House Newsletter 4 July, 2011: Fourth of July Lies

4 July, 2011 — Information Clearing House

“The Audacity of Hope,”
A July Fourth Shame on the Founders

By Ray McGovern
The instructions, of course, come from a weak Greek government unable to stand on principle because of the economic damage that can be done to Greece by the U.S.-dominated IMF, the European Union and Israel, a major trading partner.

Some Killers Are More Equal Than Others
By Rami G. Khouri
This has been a bad week for killers in the Arab world. Continue

Syria: Man Films Himself Being Shot by Sniper
By Ian Black and Nidaa Hassan in Damascus
Video footage of ‘activist and blogger’ Diyya al-Najjar being shot in the head by “security forces” in Homs.

Ralph Nader Is Tired of Running for President
By Chris Hedges
We must follow the path Nader forged, attempting to sway enough people with conscience to sever themselves permanently and unequivocally from the mainstream and especially the Democratic Party.

Fourth of July Lies
By June Terpstra
This fourth of July article is a call to those people of the USA who can still think critically to stop merely talking about changing the US and hence, the world, and start doing it by creating resistance movements against the beliefs and practices that foster going into countries and homes to kill the people and take their resources.

A Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News
Roger Ailes Planned Fox News While Working For Nixon.

The End of the American Dream?
3 Minute Video
The economic recession has ended for the rich and the powerful, but most Americans continue to suffer the consequences of an economic system that favors corporate profits over strengthening the foundation of our country.

The Fourth World War
4th World War – taken from a speech by Marcos calling the war against globalization the 4th World War – is a brief, documentary of radical resistance to global capitalism.

23 killed in fighting in south Yemen’s Abyan:
“Al-Qaida” militants carried out offensive attacks at the military troops in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan on Sunday, leaving 13 al-Qaida militants and 10 soldiers killed and dozens of others from both sides injured, local army officers told Xinhua.

Army forces loyal to Saleh shell southern towns near Taiz:
He said the towns were home to the armed tribesmen who have pledge to support protesters calling for overthrowing of Saleh’s regime.

Ten killed, 28 wounded in Iraq attacks:
Bomb and gun attacks across Iraq on Monday killed at least 10 people and wounded 28, many of them policemen and soldiers, security officials said.

Iraqi legislators want U.S. troops out:
“The legislators have signed 100 signatures, calling on the government to demand the departure of the U.S. occupation forces, in compliance with the security agreement signed between Baghdad and Washington,” Uday Awad of the al-Ahrar (Liberals) Bloc told the Aswat al-Iraq news agency Monday.

Syrian forces kill two, aim to retake Hama
“Two demonstrators were killed and eight wounded on Sunday night as security forces opened fire to disperse a protest in Hajar Aswad,” a community in Damascus province, said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Taliban ‘kidnap and execute British soldier’:
The Taliban today scored a huge propaganda victory after allegedly kidnapping a British soldier as David Cameron flew into Afghanistan for a high-profile visit.

Gaddafi’s son says western powers attacking Libya are ‘legitimate targets’:
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi rejects calls for his father to step down telling French TV ‘we will never surrender, we will fight’

Catholic Bishop in Libya has criticized the NATO campaign, calling it immoral and ineffective.
‘Kadafi is a Bedouin: You can’t change his mind by bombing him,’ the bishop says.,0,287540.story

Libyan rebels hire Washington’s No. 1 lobby firm for ‘advice and assistance’:
Other than formal recognition, the Transitional National Council also wants access to the frozen funds from Gadhafi’s regime that are being held by the United States.

Millions endure drought in Somalia:
The Horn of Africa nation faces a humanitarian disaster amid the driest conditions in decades, the UN warns.

Greece sell soul to Israel:
Greek coast guard seizes Canadian ship bound for Gaza:
Canadian ship ‘Tahrir’ tries to set sail for Gaza after Greek authorities had banned the departure of all ships to Gaza from its ports; all passengers due to be detained once returning to Greek port.

Israel and Greece forge closer ties :
It is a relationship based on mutual need. In its financial meltdown Greece has been urgently searching for new markets, and a different source of its economic lifeblood – tourism.

Israel, Greece mark growing ties with joint air force drill:
Greek and Israeli air forces hold two-week-long drill as the two countries’ ties tighten following Greek government’s attempt to halt the Gaza-bound flotilla from departing.

Greek rescue package will mean a default, warns S&P:
Efforts to resolve the Greek debt crisis were dealt a blow on Monday when rating agency Standard & Poor’s ruled that Europe’s favoured rescue plan is in effect a default.

Will militant unions derail big fat Greek sell-offs on the rocky route to recovery?:
Having voted its austerity programme through parliament in the face of mass protests, Greece will struggle to deliver on its pledges to cut costs and sell state assets worth billions.

Hugo Chavez returns to Venezuela after surgery in Cuba:
Some Chavez supporters in Caracas appeared on the streets cheering and singing as news of the president’s unexpected return filtered out.

Noam Chomsky denounces old friend Hugo Chávez for ‘assault’ on democracy:
Renowned American intellectual accuses the Venezuelan leader of concentrating too much power in his own hands

Chomsky says The Guardian is “dishonest” and “deceptive” :
Noam Chomsky on Venezuela – the transcript – The Guardian publishes a transcript of its interview with Noam Chomsky about Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, and the Afiuni affair.

Canadian Aid Convoy to Cuba Refused Entry, Washington Border Crossing:
Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia participants in the annual caravan taking goods to Cuba via the United States and Mexico has been refused entry at the U.S. border crossing at Blaine, Washington.

CEO pay in US soared 23 percent in 2010:
While US unemployment remains at near-Depression levels and health care, pensions and education are being slashed by all levels of the government, the pay of corporate CEOs is soaring.

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 : 2,564

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

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