16 August 2011 — Information Clearing House
Libyan Forces Liberate Misratah
Clearing up the latest media rubbish on Libya
By Lizzie Phelan
While the journalists suffering from cabin fever in Tripoli’s Rixos hotel, publish their dreams that imperialism’s lackies (the rebels/rats) have taken Zawiya, Ghuriyan and Sorman, they are ignoring a decisive moment in the crisis.
Libya: NATO Getting Desperate
By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
It is by now patently obvious that NATO serves as the military wing of the invisible lobbies controlling the banking, energy, telecommunications, drugs and weapons lobbies which in fact dictate the policies of the majority of western states and all of its member states’ foreign policies.
Not the Left
Who Will Save Libya From Its Western Saviours
By Jean Bricmont and Diana Johnstone
The European left has missed its opportunity to come back to life by opposing one of the most blatantly inexcusable wars in history. Europe itself will suffer from this moral bankruptcy.
Libya War Not A War?
Vladimir Putin has called the UN resolution authorising action in Libya “flawed”, saying it resembles medieval calls for a Crusade.
Why the Afghanistan War Won’t End Soon
By Richard Falk
The American insensitivity towards civilian deaths over the years seems to be having a strong backlash.
U.S. Senator seeks to cut aid to elite IDF units
By Barak Ravid
Senator Patrick Leahy claims Shayetet 13 unit, undercover Duvdevan unit, and the Israel Air Force Shaldag unit involved in human rights violations in occupied territories.
Apartheid on Steroids
By Stephen Robert
It is my love for Israel and for the Jewish people that drives me to speak out at this treacherous time.
Reality and a Whopper on Iran
Iran, Damned Lies and US Congressman Allen West
By Paul R. Pillar
Whatever else you may think about Paul and his candidacy, there is no refuting three truths he stated regarding the hysteria-inducing subject of Iran and its nuclear program.
True Cost of Afghan, Iraq Wars is Anyone’s Guess
By NANCY A. YOUSSEF
According to a recent Brown University study, the wars and their ripple effects have cost the United States $3.7 trillion, or more than $12,000 per American.
Three Cheers for Decline
What good has being the world’s policeman done for Americans?
BY CHARLES KENNY
Look on the bright side, America: Downgrading your global ambitions could make you a healthier and happier nation.
Is Capitalism Doomed?
Advanced Economies On The Brink Of A Double-dip Recession
By Nouriel Roubini
We need to return to the right balance between markets and provision of public goods.
USA: The Top 1%
Inequality in the US is more extreme than it’s been in almost a century – and the gap between the super rich and the poor and middle class people has widened drastically over the last 30 years.
Stop Coddling the Super-Rich
By Warren E. Buffett
Our leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.
Tax the Super-rich or Riots Will Rage in 2012
By Paul B. Farrell
6 reasons we can’t stop coming economic meltdown.
23 killed as clashes rage on in Yemen:
Fierce clashes overnight between tribesmen and troops loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh left 23 tribesmen dead, a tribal source said today.
Yemen’s Saleh vows to return soon:
Yemen’s wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh has vowed to return home “soon” and lashed out at his opponents, in answer to speculation he is poised to step down following 10 weeks of recovery abroad.
“Qaeda” attacks mosque in Baghdad, seven worshippers killed:
A police source told KUNA militants broke into the mosque dressed in Iraqi Army uniforms, and took out seven worshippers from the crowd and shot them dead outside.
Wasted lives – wasted $:
Threat Resurges in Deadliest Day of Year for Iraq:
The 42 apparently coordinated attacks underscored the reality that few places in Iraq are safe. After hundreds of billions of dollars spent since the United States invasion in 2003, and hundreds of thousands of lives destroyed, insurgents remain a potent and perhaps resurging threat to Iraqis and the American troops still in the country
Sadr Movement Blames US for Unrests in Iraq:
“The US is seeking to make Iraq insecure though its elements in the country,” Salah al-Abidi said on Monday, adding that the US is guiding and sponsoring terrorist attacks to create a rift among the Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq to attain its occupation goals in the country.
White House: U.S. would ‘consider’ staying in Iraq past 2011:
The White House said Monday it would “consider” any Iraqi request for a US troop presence past 2011 as the war-torn country mourned the bloodiest violence in more than a year.
U.S. troops’ presence solves none of Iraq’s issues, vice-president says:
The presence of U.S. occupation troops in Iraq has destabilized the country and unnerved its neighbors, according to Tareq al-Hashemi, a vice-president.
US army suicide rate hits new high:
Last month’s total – averaging more than one suicide a day – included 22 active-duty troops and 10 reservists. It eclipsed the prior record of 31 set in June 2010.
Female Afghan Government Worker, Four Security Guards Killed In Kandahar:
Police said three suicide bombers attacked a private security company on August 15, killing four Afghan security guards and injuring eight.
Supplies to NATO forces suspended after attacks in Pakistan:
Supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan through Pakistan were suspended on Tuesday a day after nearly 10 NATO oil tankers were attacked and torched, local media reported.
US kills four people in Pakistan:
Four people were killed and two others were injured in a US drone attack early Tuesday morning in northwest Pakistan.
Investigation : U.S. Attacks In Pakistan Every Four Days, Murdering 775 Civilians Since 2004:
A new report from a team of British and Pakistani journalists finds one U.S. drone strike occurs every four days in Pakistan. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan have killed as many as 775 civilians, including 168 children, since 2004.
Former US intel chief calls drone strikes futile:
“Drone strikes are no longer the most effective strategy for eliminating al Qaeda’s ability to attack us,” Dennis Blair, who was director of national intelligence from 2009 to 2010, wrote in The New York Times.
Pakistan Refutes Claims It Shared U.S. Stealth Technology With China:
The Pakistani military has moved quickly to refute allegations that Chinese military experts were allowed to examine and take samples from a top-secret U.S. helicopter destroyed in the early May raid that “killed Osama bin Laden”.
U.S. refuses Taiwan request for new jets: report:
The United States has refused Taiwan’s request for 66 new Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighter jets which China had warned Washington would risk inflaming tensions between the two big powers, Defense News reported, citing a Taiwan defense official.
Syria military assault’s 4-day toll said to be 35:
Heavy machine-gun fire broke out across the besieged Syrian city of Latakia on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 35 from a military assault now in its fourth day, “residents and activists” said.
Syrian forces begin withdrawing from Deir al-Zor: –
Syrian forces have begun pulling out of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor after crushing armed opposition groups, the official Syrian state news agency said on Tuesday.
‘Rebels want no talks with govt in Syria’ :
Many experts who took part in the conference agreed that armed gangs now active in Syria are not interested in dialogue with the authorities.
Turkey: Bloodshed in Syria must immediately stop:
Turkey’s foreign minister has urged Syria to immediately end its deadly suppression of the nation’s 5-month-old uprising, threatening it with unspecified “steps” if it fails to do so.
Iran foreign ministry warns against Syria intervention:
“The events in Syria are its internal affair and there is no justification for any foreign intervention as it can only create many problems,” Mehmanparast said during his weekly press briefing.
Turkish state company sends more fuel to Libya as rebels advance:
Turkey is ramping up shipments of diesel to Libyan rebels, effectively joining Qatar and trader Vitol in fuelling the uprising against leader Muammar Gaddafi.
In Benghazi, a Nostalgia for Gaddafi as Libya’s Rebels Fail to Keep the Peace:
The security unrest has made many worry about what will happen if the rebels finally overthrow Gaddafi.
Evidence of war crimes?
Videos of NATO Bombings in Libya
US Accused of Blast that Killed 2 in Yemen:
The rebels accused US intelligence agents of planning the “criminal attack aimed against the Yemeni revolt”, adding the blast intended to “provoke sectarian divisions between Yemenis.”
Five wounded in Israeli attack on Gaza:
Israeli warplanes carried out five raids on the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, wounding five people, Palestinian medics said.
Israel stokes Lebanon conflict fears:
Former Mossad chief Danny Yatom confirms that, “We can anticipate, unfortunately, deterioration in the situation to a much bigger war.”
Israel will use Palestinian UN bid to restore status quo:
To be honest, what’s the difference between the potential UN declaration in September 2011 and the Palestinian declaration of independence in Tunis 22 years ago?
Anonymous protests close San Francisco underground stations:
Bart rail stations targeted after police shoot man dead and shut down parts of mobile phone network
World Bank head warns of danger ahead:
Zoellick says loss of market confidence in economic leadership of key countries has pushed markets into a danger zone.
Moody’s revises US forecast downward:
On Monday the international rating agency Moody’s revised its forecast downward for the U.S. with regard to the real GDP growth in the second half of 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, threatens Bernanke
Perry appeared to suggest a violent response would be warranted should Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke “print more money” between now and the election.
Seniors Fighting to Keep Social Security, Medicare from Budget Chopping Block:
The money working people depend on in Medicare and Social Security belongs to those who contributed to the programs, not to politicians in Washington who want to use it as a piggy bank
A factory in rural Georgia sells chopsticks to China:
Jae Lee, a former scrap-metal exporter, saw an opportunity and began turning out chopsticks for the Chinese market late last year
Verizon Strike: As Billions Roll In, Workers Walk Out:
At Verizon locations throughout the Northeast, 45,000 workers started walking picket lines Sunday.
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 : 2,679
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001