Information Clearing House Newsletter July 25, 2011: Reform, Revolution or Radical Transformation?

25 July, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Exploiting a Tragedy
By Stephen M. Walt
It was entirely predictable that various right-wing Islamophobes would type first and think later.

Report: Norwegian Shooter Loves Israel
By Israel National News
Breivik says, “The time has come to stop the stupid support of the Palestinians…and to start supporting our cultural cousins – Israel.”

The Greater Threat
Christian Extremism From Timothy McVeigh to Anders Breivik

By Pierre Tristam
“Islamists” who may want us harm need only sit back and enjoy the view. They might as well have outsourced the job to their “Christian” brethren, with plenty of assists from mainstream conservatives.

The Omnipotence of Al Qaeda and Meaninglessness of “Terrorism”
By Glenn Greenwald
Al Qaeda is always to blame, even when it isn’t, even when it’s allegedly the work of a Nordic, Muslim-hating, right-wing European nationalist.

Obama is NOT “Caving” to Corporate Interests
By Jeff Cohen
Obama is an often-willing servant of corporate interests — not someone reluctantly doing their bidding.

Broke! 10 Facts About The Financial Condition Of American Families
By Michael Snyder
The following 10 facts will blow your mind….. #1 Only 58 percent of Americans have a job right now. #2 Only 56 percent of Americans are currently covered by employer-provided health insurance.

Reform, Revolution or Radical Transformation?
By Dennis Trainor, Jr
You think your vote actually matters? 4 Minute Video –

Open Letter to Conscious Men and Women Of This World
By By Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar
“Offenses and Threats That Are Always Happening to Us from the Gringo Government… They Touched Me Last Night”

Show Up Or Shut-up
People’s Protest: DC’s Freedom Plaza on October 6th

11 Killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan:
Clash between anti-government militants and police left 11 people dead including 10 “insurgents” and a policeman in Kandahar province, 450 km south of Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, according to a press release of Kandahar’ s provincial administration on Monday.

US-led operation kills 4 Afghan civilians:
At least four Afghan civilians have been killed and several others have been wounded in a bomb and shooting incident in Afghanistan, NATO says.

Afghan officials: NATO killed three civilians:
Wardak government spokesman Shahidullah Shahid says Dr. Aqeela Hekmat and two of her family members were killed in their vehicle. Aqeela was the head of gynecology and maternal health for neighboring Ghazni province.

British Apache helicopter injures children in Afghanistan:
Five Afghan children have been injured, some seriously, by cannon fire from a British Apache helicopter, according to UK defence officials.

Report: Italian soldier killed in Afghanistan:
An Italian soldier was killed Monday and two others were injured in an attack in north-western Afghanistan, media reports said.

NATO helicopter downed in Afghanistan:
NATO said the crew and passengers received only minor injures in the incident. A police official said the helicopter appeared to have been downed by a rocket-propelled grenade.

US Tax Payers Fund The Taliban:
A year-long military-led investigation has concluded that U.S. taxpayer money has been indirectly funneled to the Taliban under a $2.16 billion transportation contract that the United States has funded in part to promote Afghan businesses.

US wastes $34 bln in Afghan, Iraq contracting-study:
The United States has wasted some $34 billion on service contracts with the private sector in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study being finalized for Congress.

Aden suicide truck bomb kills nine Yemeni soldiers:
A suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives at an army camp in Aden yesterday, killing nine Yemeni soldiers, a military source said, amid raging battles between troops and Islamist militants.

Libya: NATO kills 7 people, bombed hospital, food warehouses:
A hospital worker in western Libya said that NATO forces struck a local hospital on Monday and killed seven people, including three doctors.

Germany Finances Libyan Rebels with 100 Million Euro:
Germany has already spent 15 M Euro for humanitarian aid for Libyan refugees but has so far refused to take part in NATO’s military operation

Rebel Chief: Gadhafi and Family Can Remain in Libya:
The head of Libya’s opposition movement says leader Moammar Gadhafi and his family may stay in the country as long as they give up power, and rebel leaders determine where and under what conditions they remain.

Three killed, nine wounded in separate attacks in Iraq:
Two policemen and a civilian were killed and nine people wounded in separate attacks in central and eastern Iraq on Sunday, the police said.

Reward: Citizen’s arrest of Tony Blair worth $4,500:
Tony Blair is coming to Auckland on Thursday to speak at a corporate fundraising lunch at Eden Park and anyone able to make a citizens arrest according to the criteria below will earn $4,500.

Syrian president sacks Homs governor:
More than 50 people have been killed in the past week in Homs, 160 kilometres north of Damascus, either by army gunfire or in clashes between rival demonstrators, rights activists have said.

Syria passes law to allow political parties:
Syria’s government, under massive pressure to reform or quit, has adopted a draft law allowing for the creation of new political parties alongside the long-ruling Baath party.

Report: UN panel rules IDF boarded Marmara ‘to kill’:
UN commission to publish findings on IDF raid on Turkish flotilla vessel, prompting Israel to debate whether to apologize to Turkey, newspaper says,7340,L-4099383,00.html

Turkey threatens diplomatic action pending Israel apology for Gaza flotilla attack:
Prime Minister Erdogan says ‘plan B’ includes reducing diplomatic representation in Tel Aviv and visiting the Gaza Strip, Turkish daily Hurriyet reports.

Iran: Murder of nuclear scientist is Israeli-American ‘act of terror’:
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says assassination of physics professor at his Tehran home on Saturday may have consequences.

Iran And China Are Discussing An Oil Barter To Circumvent U.S. Sanctions:
This comes after U.S. imposed financial sanctions have prevented China from paying at least $20 billion for its oil imports.

Norway killer tells judge ‘two more cells’ exist: –
Anders Behring Breivik told a Norwegian judge on Monday his bombing and shooting rampage that killed 93 people aimed to save Europe from a Muslim takeover, and said that “two more cells” existed in his organization.

An Interview with a Madman: Breivik Asks — and Answers — His Own Questions:
As part of the manifesto, Breivik interviews himself, offering a highly personal Q&A in which he throws himself admiring questions and answers them with disturbing calm.

Watch: Oslo Gunman’s Video Manifesto:
Oslo authorities believe Anders Behring Breivik posted video mere hours before killing spree.

Somalia famine ‘worst I have ever seen’: aid chief:
The plight of children escaping from famine in Somalia is “the worst I have ever seen,” the head of the UN’s World Food Programme said on Monday following emergency talks on the crisis in Rome.

Africa famine: a million more Somalis need help, new figures show:
The number of Somalis needing urgent food aid has jumped by one million people and children are worst affected, the UN’s children’s charity said on Monday.

Melting Arctic ice releasing banned toxins, warn scientists:
Unknown amount of trapped persistent organic pollutants poses threat to marine life and humans as temperatures rise

US Gulag:
Judges keep accused Taliban fighter held at Guantanamo Bay:

The two rulings are just the latest from an an appeals court that has consistently sided with the Obama Administration in cases related to Guantanamo Bay detainees

Immigrants For Sale:
Private prisons don’t care about who they lock up. At a rate of $200 per immigrant a night at their prisons, this is a money making scheme that destroys families and lives.

Greece Downgraded To Pre-Default By Moody’s:
Greece suffered a multi-notch credit downgrade at the hands of Moody’s on Monday. Its sovereigns were dropped to Caa1, from Ca, indicating that private sector holders of Greek debt will incur losses.

US rushes to avert disastrous default:
The White House and top lawmakers have struggled for a deal to save the world’s richest country from a disastrous default on its debt, amid fears of a panicked reaction from investors around the globe.

Jim Rogers: U.S. Already Has Lost AAA Rating :
Famed investor Jim Rogers says the U.S., in effect, already has lost its AAA credit rating amid fiscal mismanagement, and he remains pessimistic on the country’s outlook. He calls the current debt negotiations in Washington a political “charade.”

Max Keiser: ‘US will see social and civil unrest’:
The Pentagon which is fighting yesterday’s war, funding military operations that don’t address the fact that we are in the 21 century currency war. It has nothing to do with the land based war; it has nothing to do with missiles, rockets, and submarines. It is about the currency.

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 : 2,608

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

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