Information Clearing House Newsletter July 22, 2011: Weekend Edition – The Enemy Is Washington

22 July 2011 — Information Clearing House

“Stop The Machine! Create A New World”
By October 2011
It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions.

Give Bashar Al-Assad A Chance
By Chandra Muzaffar
The media, it is obvious, are determined to ensure that those who resist US-Zionist helmed hegemony are defeated.

The Grumpy Diplomats of the Rogue State
By Ilan Pappe
When Palestinians solve the issue of representation and the international community exposes Israel for what it is – namely the only racist country in the Middle East – then politics and reality can fuse again.

Amid Murdoch Scandal
Israel Backers Worry About Muting of Pro-Israel Media Voice
By Ron Kampeas
Supporters of Israel are worried that a diminished Murdoch presence may mute the strongly pro-Israel voice of many of the publications he owns.

Murdoch Henchman Responsible for Climate-Gate?
By Keith Olbermann
The so-called “Climate-Gate” controversy – now turns out to bear the stamp of Neil Wallis, one of the key figures in Murdoch’s hacking of the phones, voicemails, and other electronic communications of thousands of people.

The Real Crime: Concentration of Power
By Ralph Gomory
We are missing the lesson of the current British outrage over Murdoch just as we missed the lesson of the financial crisis in America.

An Economy Destroyed
The Enemy Is Washington
By Paul Craig Roberts
The downgrade threat is not credible, and neither is the default threat. Both are make-believe crises that are being hyped in order to force cutbacks in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

Audit: Fed Gave $16 Trillion in Emergency Loans
By Stephen C. Webster
Last year, the gross domestic product of the entire U.S. economy was $14.5 trillion.

Corporate Tax Holiday in Debt Ceiling Deal: Where’s the Uproar?
By Matt Taibbi
For those who don’t know about it, tax repatriation is one of the all-time long cons and also one of the most supremely evil achievements of the Washington lobbying community.

Gang of Six takes from poor, gives to rich
There Will be Major Cuts in Social Security
By Bernie Sanders
What we are talking about is that Social Security cuts would go into effect virtually immediately.

Obama is Gutting the Core Principles of the Democratic Party
By Glenn Greenwald
Obama is now on the verge of injecting what until recently was the politically toxic and unattainable dream of Wall Street and the American right – attacks on the nation’s social safety net – into the heart and soul of the Democratic party’s platform.

Eye-balling the Fifth Century
By Fred Reed
The government doesn’t give a wan, eitolated damn about you.

America: Why Aren’t You Protesting?
By Andrew Smolski
With money moving freely around the world, markets will react as markets like to react, dropping dollar supremacy, moving investments to other countries with a better “order”, and leaving a highly militarized and narcissistically angry society holding nothing but guns and their broken dreams.

Fact or fiction?
NATO says 50 “insurgents” killed in east Afghanistan:
International and Afghan troops battled heavily armed insurgents holed up in caves and bunkers that served as a way station for foreign fighters crossing into the country from Pakistan, the U.S.-led coalition said Friday. The two days of fighting killed more than 50 of the militants. 50 “insurgents” killed and zero NATO forces killed or injured? Strange!

Thirteen security forces killed in Syria:
A local newspaper has reported that fresh clashes in the city of Homs have claimed the life of at least 13 army and security personnel and injured up to one hundred others.

Syria erupts in huge day of protest against Assad:
President Bashar Assad’s regime faced a massive wave of unrest on Friday as Syria erupted in a wave of demonstrations across the country, Arab media reported.

7 Killed as bomb blast rocks downtown Oslo:
A powerful explosion damaged government buildings in the center of the Norwegian capital, killing seven and injuring at least 15. Shortly after the blast, a man dressed as a police officer opened fire at a Labor Party youth conference near Oslo.

The Oslo “Jihadist Terrorist” Blame Game Begins:
The news of today’s Norway bombing is still developing and already the Telegraph has started the blame game. The target? Why jihadists of course. The description of the shooter at the Labor Party youth camp is 6 foot tall, and blond: last time we checked Libya didn’t have an endogenous Aryan population.

Six Iran troops killed in clashes with Kurd rebels:
A senior officer of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards was among six soldiers killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels on the border with Iraq, Fars news agency reported on Friday.

Officials: 2 explosions kill 3 in Baghdad:
Police say the first roadside bomb exploded 2 p.m. Friday, damaging the storefront and shattering bottles of liquor in the Sunni neighborhood of Mansour. The second blast came a few minutes later as police and security forces rushed to the scene. It killed two security officers and a passer-by.

Exclusive: U.S. Blocks Oversight of Its Mercenary Army in Iraq:
By January 2012, the State Department will do something it’s never done before: command a mercenary army the size of a heavy combat brigade.

Commentary: US doing little to help Iraqis who aided troops:
Americans like to think of themselves as a moral people. So is it really possible that we will abandon thousands of Iraqis who risked their lives to help American troops and civilians but now face a grave threat of being killed as “collaborators”? The short answer is yes.

Two Yemeni soldiers, ‘Qaeda’ member killed in south:
Two Yemeni soldiers have been killed and four others wounded in clashes with suspected Al-Qaeda militants near Zinjibar, the capital of the southern province of Abyan, a military source said Friday.

Shelling by security forces in south Yemen town kills young girl and her mother:
A government shell hit a home in the city Friday, killing a young girl believed to be about 10 and her mother. Another 5-year-old girl was injured, said a medical official who saw the casualties.

Witnesses: Child killed by Yemeni troops:
Yemeni security forces fired at protesters in the city of Taiz, killing a child and wounding six people, witnesses said.

US claims on drone strikes ‘untrue’:
Claims by a senior Obama administration official that there hasn’t been a single collateral (civilian) death in drone strikes in Pakistan since August 2010 were found to be untrue following a detailed investigation by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ).

London exhibition shows horrors of US drone attacks on Pakistan:
Pakistani human rights lawyer Mirza Shahzad Akbar condemned the unmanned aircraft firing missiles in the North Waziristan region, which have resulted in more than 2,200 deaths, mostly innocent civilians.

Libya rebel casualties mount in battle for Zliten:
Sixteen rebel fighters have been killed and another 126 wounded in two days of fierce fighting for control of Zliten, the last coastal city between insurgent-held Misrata and the capital, rebels said on Friday.

Intense front-line battles stretch Libya medical services:
Video contains some disturbing images

Video- Huge Pro-Gaddafi Rally in Sirt:
Can Cameron the Cruel, sarcozy the Assassin or Obomber draw this sort of crowd?

Pentagon mulls NATO request for more U.S. drones in Libyan war:
NATO commanders requested the sophisticated surveillance aircraft after concluding that they were running out of military targets in Libya after four months of bombing and missile strikes

Mutilated Pro-Gaddafi Soldiers Found Dead in Rebel-controlled Area – report : :
A mass grave believed to contain the remains of Gaddafi loyalists has been discovered in the Nafusa Mountains in Libya, adding to concerns over the way the Libyan rebels treat captives and the civil population in territories under its control.

Libyan government bemoans a prosperous future lost to civil war:
The Libyan government in Tripoli estimates the grinding conflict that has been tearing the country apart for the past five months has cost the national economy some $50 billion.

At least 1,400 arrests for antiwar dissent, but who’s counting? Not the press.:
The national news media almost totally ignore homefront protests of the Afghanistan war, killer drones, torture, and more, regardless of their newsworthiness. By its lack of coverage, isn’t the press thus helping perpetuate an endless war?

Rape shame of the US military:
A US female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by an enemy. Yet most cases go unreported

Study finds Wars not only reason for rise in defense spending:
The base budget now supports a force with essentially the same size, force structure, and capabilities as in FY 2001 but at a 35 percent higher cost.

Egypt’s military postpones first post-Mubarak elections:
Egypt’s military rulers pledged Wednesday that new election and parliamentary laws would ensure fairness and transparency, but they put off setting a date for the country’s first post-revolution parliamentary vote.

Thousands stage anti-govt. rally in Cairo:
In a speech, Cairo’s Friday Prayers leader urged protesters to continue their rallies until their demands are met. He called for change in Egypt’s political system, constitution and parliament.

House moves to restrict U.S. foreign aid:
House Republicans sought to put their stamp on U.S. foreign policy Wednesday by advancing a bill that would slash federal payments to the United Nations and other international bodies and slap restrictions on aid to Pakistan, Egypt and others.

Israel paper sketches West Bank expansion:
Israeli authorities allegedly are planning to declare more of the West Bank as state land to expand settlements, a military document indicates.

Obama Should Support Palestinian Statehood at the United Nations:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu refuses even to temporarily halt the seizure of Palestinian land during the course of negotiations, insisting on his right to keep building on occupied West Bank land he asserts will be his after negotiations anyway.

Propaganda road trip:
Easy riding settlers go West Bank to West Coast:
“When people meet two settlers who speak perfect English and roll motorbikes, we’re going to change perceptions,” said Mr Halley senior. “I’m happy to move my yarmulke aside and show people that I don’t have horns.”

‘Israel could produce small numbers of nuclear weapons in 1973,’ say newly released U.S. documents:
After the Yom Kippur War in 1973, U.S. intelligence estimates balance of conventional weaponry was in Arabs’ favor, leading Israel to consider threatening them with nuclear weapons.

Famine victims converge on Mogadishu; region’s camps report deaths:
Uprooted by famine and conflict, more than 20,000 desperate people have sought refuge in the Somali capital Mogadishu so far this month. Thousands more continue to flee into the region, some on the brink of death.

James Murdoch misled MPs, say former NoW editor and lawyer:
Colin Myler and Tom Crone challenge News Corp executive’s statement to MPs at phone-hacking hearing

Murdoch: This scandal has exposed the scale of elite corruption:
Cameron wants to bury the collusion uncovered in the hacking revelations but it’s part of a growing crisis of official Britain

Murdoch US Scandal Brewing?:
A new example that sheds light-and brings the United States into the picture-involves a Murdoch unit’s mafia-style tactics with another company. And it also involves hacking. But not just hacking.

Dahr Jamail: Murdoch’s ambitions in the Middle East :
While News Corp remains under heavy scrutiny in the UK, US, and the rest of the West, the launch of Abu Dhabi-based Arabic language news channel Sky News Arabia is still on track.

UN Says Climate Change Threatens World Security :
Climate change could exponentially increase the scale of natural disasters while at the same time threatening world security, a senior UN official told the UN Security Council Wednesday.

Working in the US for .23 cents/hour:
How major defense corporations are benefiting from prison labor and undercutting wages for millions in the country.

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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