5 August 2011 — Information Clearing House
NATO Plans Campaign in Syria
Tightens Noose Around Iran
By RIA Novosti
NATO is planning a military campaign against Syria to help overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad with a long-reaching goal of preparing a beachhead for an attack on Iran, Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said.
Could Arab Staying Power Ultimately Defeat Zionism?
By David Hearst
Abbas’s UN appeal, combined with the civil rights fight inside Israel, is changing the nature of the Palestinian struggle.
Afghanistan’s Innocent Victims
By Mary Meehan
Mr. Biden and his boss, President Barack Obama, would do the same – and a great deal more – if an allied nation were bombing American homes in “targeted killing” efforts.
Creating Evidence Where There Is None
By Paul Craig Roberts
The New Yorker has published a story planted on Nicholas Schmidle by unidentified sources who claim to be familiar with the alleged operation that murdered Osama bin Laden.
Truman Lied, Hundreds of Thousands Died
By David Swanson
When Truman lied to America that Hiroshima was a military base rather than a city full of civilians, people no doubt wanted to believe him.
Is this the Greatest Crime in Human History?
Watch it to believe it – Hiroshima Atom Bomb Impact.
The Great Hiroshima Cover-Up
And the Greatest Movie Never Made
By Greg Mitchell
This is a story of the official suppression of the most important film footage of the human consequences of the bombing, created by the American military and a Japanese newsreel team.
Who Would Jesus Nuke?
US Air Force Pulls ‘Jesus Loves Nukes’ Training :
By Bryant Jordan
The Air Force has suspended decades-old Bible-centric ethics training intended to make Christian officers comfortable with the possible use of nuclear weapons.
Faber: Brace for a Global ‘Reboot’ and a War
By Peter Guest
“The next time we have a global economic crisis, it will be much worse than 2008. Before this happens there will be money printing and there will be war. The whole system will collapse,” he said.
Top Russian Economist
US Shirked Its Responsibility to the Global Economy
The former head of Russia’s Central Bank has said that the US is to some extent Indebted to the entire world and that in a unipolar system which keeps pursuing globalization, this spells an inevitable collapse.
Living for Free! Taking Our Jobs!!
Why We Hate Illegal Immigrants
By Brian J. Foley
“These illegal immigrants come here, take our jobs, get free health care, free education, and free housing!”
Lying to Ourselves About the Good Old Days
By David Benjamin
It has become a cottage industry among America’s reactionaries to lie about matters like health care and birthplaces, debt and taxes, war and heroism, and other such trivia.
Nine killed in protests across Syria on Ramadan Friday: –
Syrian security forces killed nine people in attacks on tens of thousands of protesters across the country who marched against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad on the first Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Syrian dead litter city streets:
SYRIAN security forces are summarily executing people on the streets of Hama, a human rights group says, raising fears that bloodshed could escalate dramatically in the besieged city.
Syrians take to streets over Hama massacre as outrage grows:
Demonstrators gather in cities across the country while Bashar al-Assad’s troops continue shelling residential areas
Amateur video shows aftermath of Syria shelling (1:37) :
Amateur video purports to show protesters removing the body of a dead man and the aftermath of shelling in the Syrian city of Hama. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Video from Hama –
Russia warns Syrian leader he may face ‘sad fate’:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday he has warned Syria’s leader that he will face a “sad fate” if he fails to introduce reforms in his country and open a peaceful dialogue with the opposition.
Troops kill 7 in Somalia:
Somali government troops on Friday opened fire on hungry civilians, killing at least seven people, as both groups made a grab for food at a UN distribution site in the capital of this famine-stricken country, witnesses said.
Food has run out in Somalia. And so has time:
It’s not that food is running out. It has run out. The cupboard is empty. What we are now running out of is time.
Four killed in Afghan protests:
Three civilians and a policeman were killed on Friday after a demonstration in southern Afghanistan turned violent, police said.
Nato Occupation Force Soldier Killed in S Afghanistan:
At least one Nato soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan on Friday, Nato said in a statement.
Soldier pleads guilty to manslaughter in deaths of Afghan civilians:
Winfield is one of six soldiers who, while on assignment in Afghanistan, are accused of participating in an illegal “kill squad” that murdered civilians and covered up the alleged crimes by making it appear as if they were insurgents.
NATO bombs kill mother and 2 children in Libya:
The Libyan government shows journalists the bodies of two children and their mother who it claims were killed in a Nato air strike in the coastal town of Zlitan.
“Gaddafi son death” false report a smokescreen?:
“It’s false news. They invented the news about Mr Khamis Gaddafi in Zlitan to cover up their killing [of civilians],” Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told Reuters news agency in Tripoli.
Tripoli rocked by blasts:
10 powerful explosions rocked the Libyan capital Tripoli overnight in a new wave of airstrikes by NATO warplanes.
Zlitan: Gaddafi forces say they control key Libyan town:
They had launched a counter-offensive on Wednesday against advancing rebels, who have been fighting government forces with Nato’s support since March.
Libya: UK warship HMS Liverpool comes under heavy fire:
The attack came after Liverpool fired a barrage of illumination rounds in support of an air attack on the regime stronghold of Zlitan.
US troops kill Iraqi child and policeman:
Local officials in Iraq have said that US troops in the country have killed an Iraqi child as well as a policeman in the Salahuddin province north of Baghdad.
US mulls over permanent base in Iraq:
The unexpected trip by the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen to Baghdad led to an about-face on the part of the Iraqi statesmen on the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the two sides.
Stable Yemen against US, Saudi interest:
The analyst pointed out that if there were to be a national alliance in Yemen, Washington would no longer be able to maintain its drone base in Yemen under the pretext of combating al-Qaeda.
Egypt’s new regime rules with an iron fist:
What makes someone a martyr and another a thug? In Egypt right now it is the date of death
Lawyers Appeal For Amnesty For Former Guantánamo Prisoner Held In Egypt :
“The Egyptians have a track record of abuse and one that we’ve seen continued in the post-Mubarak era,”
Aid group condemns armed raid on its Bahrain offices:
The Bahraini authorities have defended an armed raid on the offices of Médecins Sans Frontières, saying that it lacked the required permission to work in the capital, Manama. The respected aid group has condemned the raid as “unwarranted and unacceptable”.
Erekat: Israel expansion in East Jerusalem ‘entrenches occupation’:
Top PA negotiator condemns Israel’s decision to build 900 new homes in Har Homa, says illegal, goes against International Law and International Humanitarian Law.
Ehud Barak On Obama Administration: ‘I Can Hardly Remember A Better Period’ Of U.S. Support For Israel:
In an interview on Fox News, Israel’s foreign minister (and former prime minister) Ehud Barak laid to rest the myth that the Obama administration is casting aside the U.S.’s special relationship with Israel.
Jerusalem Post : Apology to Norway:
We hope that the Norwegian government and people will accept the ‘Post’s apology and forgive us for any offense or hurt caused at this sensitive time.
Mexico town’s police force quits after attack:
An entire 20-man police force resigned in a northern Mexican town after a series of attacks that killed the police chief and five officers over the last three months, state officials said Thursday.
Drug Task Force On the Hook for Bad Shooting:
A federal judge refused to grant immunity to members of a drug task force who are being sued for allegedly shooting a man several times without cause while the man was sitting in his car.
Foxconn to Replace Half a Million Employees with Robots :
Taiwan’s IT giant Foxconn announced it plans to replace up to half a million human workers with robots in the next three years.
China warns U.S. on managing its debt:
The comments from People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan, posted on the central bank’s website, signal China’s lingering concern over America’s financial health. China is the U.S.’ largest foreign creditor, holding at least $1.16 trillion in Treasury securities.
Currency Intervention Revived as Odds of Fed Easing Escalate:
Just eight months ago, Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega declared a “truce” in competitive currency devaluations. Now, Japanese and Swiss moves to weaken the yen and the franc show reviving tension in foreign-exchange markets as the deteriorating U.S. economy weighs on the dollar.
Nonfarm payroll for July posts modest increase of 117,000:
Although the 117,000 jobs created during July was slightly better than anticipated, it was still not enough to keep up with growth in the number of working-age Americans, let alone make a dent in the unemployment figures.
Beneath Jobs Report Surface Lies Some Ugly Truths:
Let’s start with the reality that fewer people actually were working in July than in June.
More Americans using food stamps than ever before: 45.8 million:
The record on food stamps has been going on for well over two years now. In March 2009, that record was 31 million people. Now, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a whopping 45.8 million people are getting them
Va. Beach ponders approving homeless ‘tent city’:
City staff are exploring authorizing a “tent city,” a move that would make the Beach the first community in the state to sanction a homeless encampment – if the City Council approves the idea.
IRS: 235,413 million-dollar earners:
The data shows, the 235,413 taxpayers who reported earning seven digits or more in 2009 took in a total of $726.9 billion – yet 1,470 paid not a penny of income taxes. In 2007, 959 Americans earning $1 million or more paid no income taxes.
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 : 2,622
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001