Information Clearing House Newsletter July 26, 2011: Five Afghan children shot by British forces in helicopter raid

26 July, 2011 — Information Clearing House

InI Comment: Tom, the editor of ICH has to go into hospital for a few days to get patched up. I wish him well as I’m sure all of his readers do and a speedy recovery.

I Saw Many Killed Under Torture: Guantanamo Torture Survivor
“I was one of those who survived those kinds of torture. They used electroshocks on me because I would not sign papers.”

The Left Has Lost Its Way Over Libya
By William Bowles
I think it’s time to take a look at the timeline of the latest barbarian attack on the defenceless of the world. I think it reveals far more about how the left in the West operates.

The Saudi States of America
By Julia Davis
Look behind the mask of false pretenses to see the awful truth: riches seeking ever more money, celebrity looking for more notoriety, propaganda masquerading as the truth and the deprivation of liberties posturing as the savior in the “war on terror”

Fundamentalism Kills
By Chris Hedges
The gravest threat we face from terrorism, comes not from the Islamic world but the radical Christian right and the secular fundamentalists.

Unnecessary Austerity, Unnecessary Shutdown
By Chuck Collins, Alison Goldberg, Scott Klinger, Sam Pizzigati
Reversing tax giveaways to the super-rich and the nation’s largest corporations could raise $4 trillion within a decade and avert possible government closures.

The Unintended Consequences of Debt Ceiling Intransigence
By Paul Craig Roberts
We are talking about a crisis beyond anything the world has ever seen. Does anyone think that President Obama is going to just sit there while the power of the US collapses?

No, You’re Not King Sir Jackass
By Karl Denninger
The economy is a damn wreck. The banks are only “solvent” because they’re lying about asset values. And Wall Street is punch-drunk – again – on cheap leverage, headed for yet another utter and complete disaster.

Americans ‘Disgusted’ as Politicians Fail to Compromise on Debt
By Bloomberg
The average American had real disposable income after taxes of $33,064, according to May figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The lead debt-ceiling negotiators, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell each will earn $193,400 this year.

Wealth Gap Widens Between US Whites, Minorities In 25
The recession and uneven recovery have erased decades of minority gains, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics.

The Question Conservatives Can’t Answer
By Paul Buchheit
I asked anyone out there to explain, defend, or justify the fact that over 20% of our country’s income (it was 7 percent in 1980) now goes to the richest 1 percent of Americans.

U.S. in Revolt
It Can Be Done. Now is the Time.
By Kevin Zeese
We Can Stop the Corporate Machine and Create a New World.

Twenty Two Taliban “Militants” Killed in Helmand:
Six Taliban militants were killed in clashes with Afghan forces in Nad Ali district of Helmand province. The incident took place as fourteen other Taliban militants were killed in clashes with Afghan security forces in Musa Qala district of Helmand province, the media office added.

Civilians killed by NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan:
At least three civilians including two schoolchildren died and six were injured following a NATO airstrike in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan, regional governor Said Fazlulla Wakhidi said on Tuesday.

Five Afghan children shot by British forces in helicopter raid:
The youngsters were working in a field in Helmand province when they were hit by “stray bullets” from an Apache gunship which was targeting the Taliban.

New U.S. envoy to Afghanistan: No rush for the exits:
The new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Monday that the United States is not rushing to leave the country and cautioned that what happens in the months ahead will have far-reaching effects across the globe.

US turns heat on ISI, says it spies on Pakistani-Americans:
In further signs that ties between the United States and Pakistan continue to deteriorate, American interlocutors have now accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI of spying on the Pakistani diaspora in America and intimidating them.

12 suspected Qaeda militants killed in south Yemen:
Twelve suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in overnight bombings and clashes near Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province in south Yemen, a military officer and a local official said on Tuesday.

NATO bombs Libyan hospital:
NATO aircraft has bombed out a hospital in the west of Libya, claim the local authorities. According to the latest reports, 8 people, including 3 doctors, died in the attack.

NATO: Bombing of Libya to Go On for as Long As Needed:
NATO said Tuesday that the bombing of regime forces in Libya will continue for as long as needed despite growing reluctance among some countries to participate, and Muammar Al Qathafi cannot “wait us out”.

Libyan PM says airstrikes must stop before talks:
Libya will not begin talks on ending a conflict with rebels before NATO air strikes stop, and Muammar Gaddafi’s leadership is not up for negotiation, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Russia sends more humanitarian aid to Tripoli:
A Russian plane carrying 36.2 tons of humanitarian aid left for the Libyan capital, Tripoli, Tuesday morning, according to the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry.

Israeli President: Syrian leader Assad Must Step Down:
Syrian leader Bashar Assad must step down, Israel’s president declared Tuesday, sending his message to Israel’s neighbor at an unprecedented news conference with Arab media.

Former British MP George Galloway: Syria is Pressured Because of Supporting Palestinian, Lebanese Resistance:
In an interview with al-Manar Channel, Galloway said, “They are trying to pressure Syria and President al-Assad because of the good things that he did such as supporting Palestinian and Lebanese resistance and rejecting to surrender to Israel.

US House C’ttee saves Israeli aid in foreign aid cut:
The US House Foreign Affairs Committee cut the Obama administration’s $51 billion 2012 budget request for the State Department and foreign aid by $6.4 billion, but kept unchanged the $3 billion in military aid for Israel.

State media: Mubarak ‘completely refuses to eat’:
Ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is weak and refusing to eat solid food, according to a report from the country’s official news agency MENA. With Mubarak due to stand trial on August 3, many Egyptians see his sickness as a gambit to avoid trial.

Thousands throng Oslo flower vigil for victims of attacks:
As many as 150,000 Norwegians poured onto Oslo’s streets on Monday, raising a sea of flower-bearing hands into the air in memory of the 76 victims of last week’s twin bombing and shooting attacks.

‘Breivik part of an anti-Islam network’:
The lawyer of Norwegian terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik has said his client is part of an anti-Islam network with several terror cells across the West.

Norway attacks: Anders Behring Breivik appears insane, says his lawyer:
Lawyer of man who confessed to Norway killings says client claims he is part of international network and may be insane

Bet you feel safer now?
US unveils sanctions against global organized crime:
The United States Monday unveiled a series of tough sanctions aimed at cracking down on international organized crime, including gangs from Russia, Japan and Mexico, as well as the Italian Mafia.

Guns in Mexico crimes came from US sting: report:
At least 122 weapons recovered at crime scenes in Mexico have been linked to a US government weapons sting operation gone awry, two US members of Congress said in a report Tuesday.

U.S. Appeals Court: OK to check DNA of those arrested:
A closely divided 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has found that the collection of DNA samples from people arrested — but not yet convicted — of crimes is constitutional, in an opinion released today.

The scourge of ‘peak oil’:
When demand for oil consistently surpasses supply, experts warn that our lives will look “very differently”

Defense Cuts? Don’t Believe Them Until You See Them:
One upshot of the debt-ceiling debate is that politicians might finally be ready to trim the outrageously bloated U.S. military budget. That’s the story, anyway, being told by the Washington Post

Congress Warned of Credit ‘Downgrade’ if War Savings Counted as Deficit Reduction:
Senate Democrats’ inclusion in their proposed debt package of $1 trillion in savings from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may not satisfy ratings agencies threatening a credit downgrade since the wars were expected to end with or without a debt deal.

Swift U.S. action on debt needed in global interest: IMF: –
The International Monetary Fund on Monday urged the United States to swiftly raise the debt ceiling to ward off risks of a credit downgrade that could damage the global economy.

Analysis: U.S. credit downgrade ‘inevitable’:
Only seven days stand between the U.S. and the effects of a credit default. But a downgrade of the nation’s stellar AAA credit rating seems a lot more likely, and a lot sooner.

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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