Information Clearing House Newsletter July 21, 2011: Banks to Pay $25 Billion Bribe For Immunity

21 July 2011 — Information Clearing House

Headless Corpse, Mass Grave and
Worrying Questions About Libya’s Rebel Army

By Ruth Sherlock, Al-Qawalish
The five corpses floated disfigured and bloating in the murky bottom of the water tank. Wearing green soldiers’ uniforms, the men lay belly down, decomposing in the putrid water.‘West Ignoring Rebel War Crimes
Claim Civilians Fleeing To Tripoli’ In Libya

By Sky News
Sky News Video Report.

Stopping the Train: Stopping the System
By Ron Jacobs
There is no alternative to certain destruction unless every U.S American confronts their role in maintaining the machinery of death and greed we call America.

How War Is Used To Redistribute Wealth
By Dennis Kucinich
“War Takes Money From The American People & Gives It To War Profiteers!”

Amid the Murdoch Scandal,
There’s an Acrid Smell of Business as Usual

By John Pilger
Long before it was possible to hack phones, Murdoch was waging a war on journalism, truth, humanity, and succeeded because he knew how to exploit a system that welcomed his devotion to the “free market”.

Iran Opens Oil Bourse
Harbinger of Trouble for New York and London?

By John Daly
Iran is working a program, that, if it succeeds, could help undermine the dollar’s preeminence as the world’s reserve currency more effectively than a Republican filibuster.

Banks to Pay $25 Billion Bribe For Immunity
States Negotiating Immunity for Banks over Foreclosures

By By Scot J. Paltrow
50 State attorneys general are negotiating to give major banks wide immunity over irregularities in handling foreclosures, even as evidence has emerged that banks are continuing to file questionable documents.

Crisis Junkies Warring Against Our Future
By Robert S. Becker
We are beset by two teams of crisis junkies playing a game of chicken for self-serving ends.

How to Liberate America from Wall Street
By David Korten
How is it that our nation is awash in money, but too broke to provide jobs and services?

What’s the Difference?
By James Rothenberg
The political parties serve their own interests, just as regular people do. And just as regular people are selfish (self-ish), so are the parties. They represent the will of the people to the extent that it can be useful to them.

Creating a Military State
By Andy Worthington
If lawmakers are successful, anyone regarded as a terrorist must be held in military detention, where, it is planned, they may be subjected to abuse with impunity, and, if required, held forever without a trial and without any rights.

1 in 66 Americans is a Diagnosed Psychotic
By Robert Johnson
Outselling even common drugs to treat high blood pressure and acid reflux, antipsychotic medications are the single top-selling prescription drug in the United States.

Bicycle bomber strikes in Afghan city:
A suicide bomber on a bicycle has killed five people in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif as NATO troops there prepare to hand control to Afghan forces.

Afghanistan: Woman shot dead by occupation troops:
Coalition troops opened fired at a civilian car, killing one woman and injuring five others in Tagab district of central Kapisa province, a public representative said on Tuesday.

Watchdog Says U.S. Aid Money in Afghanistan May Be Fueling Insurgency:
The United States’ inability to control the billions of dollars of American aid flowing into Afghanistan every year is increasing the risk that some of that money is inadvertently fueling the Afghan insurgency, according to a scathing new report by one of the U.S. government’s own watchdogs.

Four killed in Pakistan bomb attack:
Four people were killed and seven others were injured Thursday in a bomb attack in southwest Pakistan, Xinhua reported.

U.S. kills 4 in NW Pakistan:
At least four people were killed Wednesday when a U.S. drone targeted the North Waziristan tribal area in northwest Pakistan, local sources said. Since the start of 2011, the U.S. drones have launched at least 44 times (counted on daily times) of strikes in Pakistan’s northwest tribal areas, reportedly killing over 400 people in total.

Civilian Deaths from CIA Drone Strikes: Zero or Dozens?:
Zero civilian casualties – during a period when there were more than 100 CIA drone strikes – sounded almost too good to be true. As it turns out, it was.

Pakistan gave $4m to illegal Kashmiri lobby group in Washington:
Pakistan’s powerful spy agency is under renewed pressure after an investigation by the FBI revealed that it ploughed over $4m into an illegal pro-Kashmiri lobby outfit in Washington.

Yemen Qaeda chief, 10 soldiers killed in fighting: –
Ayad al-Shabwani, a leader of Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed during a battle with the army that left 10 soldiers dead, a military source and medics said on Thursday.

Yemen troops ‘kill protester’ in Taez: medics:
Yemeni Republican Guards shot dead one protester and wounded three in the second-largest city of Taez on Thursday, medics said.

Libya rebels seek extra arms from France:
Libya’s rebels asked France for extra arms to help them overrun Tripoli within “days”, as they ramped up a pre-Ramadan offensive that has Muammar Gaddafi’s troops on the run in the east.

Speculation Grows That Berlusconi Supplied “Missing” Weapons To Libya:
The Italian government has blocked an investigation into a huge consignment of weapons in the Mediterranean that have gone missing.

Ethnic Cleansing of Black Libyans:
The “rebels” in Misrata in Libya have driven out the entire Black population of the city, according to a chilling story in The Wall Street Journal today under the headline “Libya City Torn by Tribal Feud.”

Libya: Tension In Former Rebel Stronghold: Video:
As the Nato bombing campaign on Libya enters its fifth month, Colonel Gaddafi’s government says a series of rallies in major western cities are proof his support base is, if anything, getting stronger.

Egypt not to allow foreign poll monitors:
The decision is part of a new election law approved by the country’s ruling generals.

Propaganda alert:
Netanyahu says ready for talks, admits to Damascus meetings:

Israel is willing to hold peace talks with the Palestinians immediately, in Jerusalem or even Ramallah, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in excerpts of an interview released Wednesday.

Apologise for flotilla deaths or I go to Gaza, Turkish PM tells Israel:
In announcing his intention to visit the Gaza Strip, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, has raised the stakes in an ongoing crisis with Israel, observers say.

Israel: Boycott the state, not just the settlements:
West Bank settlements would not be viable without government aid, so boycotts should target the Israeli state as well.

Identity theft may have been Israelis’ goal – analyst:
New Zealand passports are “extremely valuable” and it is most likely four Israelis in Christchurch at the time of the February 22 quake were on an identity-theft mission, a political risk consultant says.

Israeli Killed in Christchurch Earthquake Was Carrying Five Passports:
It’s getting more difficult, by the hour, to find the full text of this story as it was first published by The Southland Times.

How AIPAC’s Stealth Political Action Committees Undermine US Elections: Video –
How has the American Israel Public Affairs Committee secretly coordinated stealth PACs, and what has been done about it?

Defence cuts will leave China as the world’s policeman, warns Nato chief:
DEFENCE cuts across Europe will diminish Nato’s global role and leave China as the world’s policemen, the alliance chief warned yesterday.

What did PM tell Murdoch about the BSkyB takeover?:
Cameron admits he may have discussed controversial deal

CIA Prior Knowledge of 911 Attacks:
Stewart slyly sneaks in the fact that the CIA had prior knowledge of the 911 attacks, but “Didn’t tell anyone else” – This is NOT the original official version of the story.

Australia may seize former captive’s book profits: –
Australia told a former detainee at the U.S. prison camp in Cuba on Wednesday that it may seize any profits from his autobiography, a report said.

Jeremy Scahill on CIA black sites in Somalia-and the pushback to disappear the story :
Scahill documented the ongoing presence of a CIA “black site” despite all the Obama-administration reassurances that the practice was ended.

Demonizing US Muslims:
Rep. Peter King plans a third round of Muslim-American hearings:

“This coordinated and ongoing recruitment and radicalization of young Muslim men in the U.S. is a serious and growing threat to our homeland security and simply cannot be ignored,” King said in a statement released Tuesday.

Muslim lawmaker: Herman Cain is a “bigot”:
Keith Ellison tells Salon that the presidential hopeful’s anti-Islam remarks aren’t just offensive — but dangerous

The NSA Is Building An Artificial Intelligence System That Can Read Minds:
It sounds like something right out of science fiction — a system that can literally read thoughts like a magician.

Former DEA and CIA Operatives: Los Zetas May Attempt to Overthrow Mexican Government in 2012:
“Many of the weapons have been stored in safe houses. I think Los Zetas are storing them for the upcoming elections of 2012,” said Robert Plumlee, a former CIA pilot who has testified before Congress on drugs and weapons trafficking research.

Slain kids cast larger shadow on Mexican drug war:
Well over a quarter of Mexico’s 112 million population is under 18, and economists say the country risks squandering its future if President Felipe Calderon’s government is unable to arrest the creeping slide of young people into the violence.

More Mexicans fleeing the drug war seek U.S. asylum:
Asylum requests from Mexico reached a record 5,551 last year, according to U.S. government figures, more than a third up on 2006 when President Felipe Calderon took office and sent the military to crush the cartels. Just 165 asylum requests were granted in 2010.

Role reversal: Latin America taunts US on debt woes:
For everybody from presidents on down to street vendors, seeing U.S. politicians argue over where to make painful budget cuts has also been a reminder that those days are over in Latin America.

China begs the US to save the dollar:
China has a pretty big question for US lawmakers: What the hell are you doing?

Fed planning for potential default:
The Federal Reserve is actively preparing for the possibility that the United States could default as a deadline for raising the government’s $14.3 trillion borrowing limit looms, a top Fed policymaker said on Wednesday.

Wells Fargo Busted For Lying To People,
Wristslapped With $85 Million Fine By The Emperor Of Moral Hazard Himself

Anger at government highest in 19 years: poll:
Dissatisfaction and anger with the federal government are at a nearly 20-year high, according to the results of a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday.

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: 4,792
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,605

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

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