Information Clearing House Newsletter August 06, 2011: What Gives Me Hope – Weekend Edition

6 August 2011 — Information Clearing House
Let Us Get Off Our Knees
Take The Pledge
“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation.
We can do this together. We will be the beginning.”

Humanity At A Crossroads
Libya and Universal Human Rights

By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
Any Nation which does NOT bring a case against NATO is a snivelling coward and as such deserves the utter derision of the international community;

WikiLeaks Cables Show US Strategy for Regime Change in Syria
By Kevin Gosztola
The rebels the US has supported (and possibly armed) are now dealing with “tribal hostilities” within their ranks, meaning they are now assassinating and killing one another.

The Credit Crisis Rages On
Why the Dow fell 512 points on Thursday

By Mike Whitney
What does it all mean?

A New Historic Low
S&P Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating for First Time

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Lowering the nation’s rating one-notch below AAA, the credit rating company said “political brinkmanship” in the debate over the debt had made the U.S. government’s ability to manage its finances “less stable, less effective and less predictable.”

America In Decline
By Noam Chomsky
What remains of political democracy has been undermined further as both parties have turned to auctioning congressional leadership positions.

Bailouts Serve the Creditors: Enslave the Debtors
By John Perkins
It is about destroying democracy, emasculating government-by-the people, and replacing it with government-by-the corporatocracy.

The Day the Middle Class Died
By Michael Moore
From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, “When did this all begin, America’s downward slide?” They say they’ve heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to college on just one parent’s income.

Blackmail in Washington
By Serge Halimi
What are the real reasons for the recent increase in the US public debt?

War On Error: How Israel Has Almost Bankrupted America.
By Paul J. Balles
Error is not a typo. Israel’s terror has been America’s error:

Making an Enemy of Iran
By Patrick Seale
Why has Netanyahu chosen to portray Iran’s nuclear programme as the gravest threat to the survival of the Jewish people since Hitler?

Palestinians Will Soon Come Full Circle
By Sam Bahour
Years have been wasted making concessions to their colonisers. Palestinians were right to call for a secular state at the outset.

Bin Laden’s Death
Pakistan TV Report Contradicts US Claim

By Paul Craig Roberts
It seems clear that under intense pressure and serious threats from the US government, the Pakistani government fell in line with the US government’s claim that a commando raid had killed bin Laden.

What Gives Me Hope
By: Robert Meeropol
The odds seem long and the road looks steep, but Tim DeChristopher, and others like him, give me hope. And I know whose side I’m on.

Everybody Knows
 By Leonard Cohen
 Everybody knows the deal is rotten
 Old black Joe’s still pickin cotton
 For your ribbons and bows
 And everybody knows
Video and Lyrics :

Colombia: Pillage, Promise and Peace
By James Petras
Colombia stands at the crossroads: it can follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, narco-President Alvaro Uribe and remain a military dependency, a lone outpost of the US Empire in South America.

The Terrible Truth About Facebook
By The Video Patriot
Think you have any privacy when it comes to a social networking site?

The Shot that Killed JFK
By Jacob G. Hornberger
Why was the president’s body in the hands of the military in a nation that is supposedly run by civilians.

31 Occupation Force Soldiers Among 46 Killed In Afghanistan:
Taliban say they downed helicopter in the deadliest single combat incident of the decade-long war.

NATO Kills Eight Afghan Civilians In Air Attack:
Afghan civilians may have been caught up in a NATO air strike against suspected Taliban insurgents, a foreign military spokesman said Saturday, amid claims up to eight civilians died.

Four Afghans Killed in Anti-NATO Demonstration:
At least four Afghans including a policeman were killed when police fired on an angry crowd in Afghanistan’s volatile south Friday, police said, after protesters claimed NATO forces had killed a number of civilians overnight.

Killing civilians to protect them?
NATO bombing raises ire:
NATO’s mission to protect civilian lives in Libya has been called into question after it admitted carrying out an air strike in a coastal town in which a mother and two children were killed.

Qatari plane supplies ammunition to Libya rebels: –
A Qatari plane made a quick stop in the rebel-held Libyan city of Misrata on Saturday to offload ammunition destined for rebel fighters, sources with knowledge of the flight said.

Libyan Government Distances Itself from Seif’s Comment’s About Alliance With Radical Islamists:
Libyan leader Muammar Al Qathafi’s son’s comments in an interview to the USA daily newspaper, The New York Times, in which he vowed to strike an alliance with a faction of radical Islamists among the rebels, did not appear to go down too well with the Libyan government. It has distanced itself from Seif al-Islam’s views.

Viva Libya!
Chavez sends letter to Libya’s Gaddafi wishing him victory:
“I give you a strong hug, Muammar, with an endless sentiment of brotherly affection. Long live Libyan people! Long live to you my brother-in-arms! Libya will live and will win,” Chavez read out his letter to Gaddafi on air of Venezuela’s national television VTV.

Putin offers medical aid to Chavez:
Vladimir Putin has offered aid from Russian doctors to Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez for his further recovery.

Syrian leader Assad is his worst own enemy, experts agree:
Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad seems to be holding on to power at the cost of more than a thousand lives.

Syria reverts to ’90s, Iran abandons Turkey in terror struggle:
Turkey has been mostly left without support from the international community in its anti-terrorism efforts against a violent separatist campaign being waged by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Southeast, a situation not unlike that of the 1990s.

Iranian Official warned Turkey on Syria:
An article, titled “Iran’s Serious Stance in the Face of Syrian Events” and said to reflect Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps thinking, has warned that Syria would remain a strategic asset of Iran.

PJAK leader offers to lay down arms:
Following Iran’s operations against the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan, the group says it will lay down arms if Tehran grants it the right to political activity.

‘NATO planning military attack on Iran’:
“The noose around Iran is tightening. Military planning against Iran is underway. And we are certainly concerned about an escalation of a large-scale war in this huge region,” Rogozin added.

Somali mother sends children back to famine as camps overflow:
When Somali mother Eblah Sheikh Aden gathered her seven children and set off walking for Ethiopia to find food, she never imagined she would end up sending some of her brood back into the heart of famine.

UK Torture inquiry ‘pointless’ as key groups plan boycott:
Human rights groups and lawyers representing some of the detainees warned they do not plan to take part because it lacks “credibility or transparency”.

Average US income drops $3,500 from 2008:
The average income was $54,283, a drop of more than $3,500, or 6 percent, from 2008. That put the average income at its lowest level since 1997.

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 : 2,656

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

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