Information Clearing House Newsletter 19 August, 2011: Four years in prison for Facebook message

19 August 2011 — Information Clearing House

Debt Crisis in West is Just a ‘Prelude to War’
By K. Selim
The American dream no longer exists. The U.S. establishment, Democratic or Republican, is not prepared to cash in its last major comparative advantage – military supremacy. Continue

Israel’s Changed Agenda?
By Adam Keller
It had been a difficult month for Prime Minister Netanyahu – truly, a very hard month. A Prime Minister under siege, caught in a bind.

Need A Vacation?
AIPAC Pays For 81 US Lawmakers Vacation In Israel

While the US continues to struggle with its economic issues Congress is on vacation. Many are upset at the news reports that 81 members of Congress have chosen to spend a week relaxing in Israel.

Iran Sanctions: Much Ado About Nothing
By Dr. Ismail Salami and Kourosh Ziabari

Who knows? Maybe Iran’s nuclear program is only an excuse for the U.S. government to start another war in the region.

Syria Left Vulnerable by State Violence
By George Galloway
Bashar al-Assad’s shelling of towns and killing of citizens leaves country at risk of imperialist invasion.

Libya And The End Of Western Illusions
By Thierry Meyssan
Five months into the bombing campaign, it is no longer possible to believe the initial official version of the events and the massacres attributed to the “Gaddafi regime”.

Tripoli on the Cusp
By Franklin Lamb
Truth be told, some foreign observers, and certainly this one, having been based in Tripoli the past nearly eight weeks, have not taken very seriously occasional media predictions that Tripoli might soon be invaded by “NATO rebels”.

Moody’s Analyst Breaks Silence
Ratings Agency Rotten With Conflicts, Corruption, And Greed

By Henry Blodget
A former senior analyst at Moody’s has gone public with his story of how one of the country’s most important rating agencies is corrupted to the core.

This Is Getting Exciting
By Bill McKibben
The climate movement’s biggest civil disobedience action ever is about to take Washington by storm.

Damn It Or Fear It, The Forbidden Truth Is An Insurrection in Britain
By John Pilger
As they lined up to bay their class bigotry and hypocrisy in parliament, barely a handful of MPs spoke this truth.

Why Persecute the Poor for Being Poor?
By Yolanda Pierce
Raquel Nelson’s conviction for causing her own child’s death by jaywalking shows America’s indifference to the cost of poverty.

From Civil To Savage
Buy a Gun?

By Joseph McBrennan
Our nation is getting desperate. When will chaos rise in our streets?

Bomb blast kills 53 in NW Pakistan:
A powerful bomb blast ripped through a mosque in the Khyber tribal district of north-west Pakistan, killing at least 53 people and wounding more than 130 others.

US kills four people in north-west Pakistan:
At least four people were killed Friday when an airstrike from a US drone struck a compound in north-western Pakistan, an intelligence official said.

10 killed as Taliban attack British complex in Kabul:
At least three suicide bombers attacked the British Council offices in Kabul on Friday killing 10 people, including two foreign nationals, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the independence day holiday.

3 Afghan Policemen Killed in Roadside Bombing:
At least three Afghan policemen were killed in a roadside bomb blast in western Herat province on Friday morning, local officials said

Libyan rebels say 32 fighters killed in Zlitan:
Thirty-two Libyan rebel fighters were killed on Friday during clashes with soldiers loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in Zlitan, east of the capital Tripoli, a rebel spokesman told Reuters.

Are German Soldiers Secretly Helping Fight Gadhafi?:
German soldiers are more directly involved in NATO air attacks against military forces of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi than was previously known.,1518,781197,00.html#ref=rss

Syria Said to Fire on Protests in Defiance of Global Rebuke:
At least 16 people were reported killed, including some soldiers who it is said disobeyed orders to shoot at protesters.

World crossing ‘red line’ with Syria:
Violating the sovereignty of Syria at the U.N. Security Council is a red line that shouldn’t be crossed, the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations said.

Robert Fisk: It’s his fast-disappearing billions that will worry Assad, not words from Washington:
Nearly 10 per cent of Syria’s deposits went in the first four months of 2011, some ending up in Lebanese banks

Turkey not ready to call for Assad to step down: official:
Turkey believes it is too soon to call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, a government official told AFP on Friday.

Iraq’s Sadr rejects US call for Assad to go:
Anti-US occupation cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday rejected Western calls for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to quit, calling the embattled leader a “brother” who stood in opposition to the United States.

Turkish warplanes hit PKK bases in Iraq after ambush kills 8 soldiers:
Turkey bombed bases of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq Wednesday, a PKK spokesman said, hours after the rebel group claimed an ambush that killed at least eight Turkish soldiers.

Iraq agrees to extend U.S. military role:
Panetta: Iraq has agreed to keep American troops in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday.

Shia Cleric Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr: Any US Presence beyond 2011 to be Resisted Militarily:
“We will treat anyone who stays in Iraq as an oppressive occupier that should be resisted through military means,” Sayyed Sadr said in a letter released by his office. “The government that agrees to their stay, even if it is for training, is a weak government.”

8 dead, dozens injured in south Israel attacks:
At least eight Israeli citizens have been killed and dozens injured in two shooting attacks on buses near the city of Eilat, officials said Thursday.

Israel Kills 2 Two Egyptian Soldiers: –
Two Egyptian soldiers were killed Thursday in an Israeli attack on borders between Egypt and Gaza, state media reported.

Egyptians gather outside Israel embassy:
Hundreds of Egyptian protesters have gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from the country.

Israeli attacks kill 7 in Gaza:
Renewed airstrikes across the Gaza Strip late Thursday killed a Palestinian teenager and injured more than a dozen others amid an escalation in violence that left some 20 people dead throughout the day.

One dead, one injured in Israeli air attack on Gaza:
A late Friday afternoon Israeli air attack on the Gaza Strip killed one Palestinian, and injured another east of Gaza City, Palestinian emergency services said.

Israel hit by Gaza rocket attack:
Rockets fired into Israeli city following overnight Israeli air strikes on targets in Gaza

Gaza group denies deadly shooting attack:
“We salute (the operation) and we are proud of it, but we do not claim it,” Popular Resistance Committees Abu Mujahid spokesman told AFP in the Gaza city of Rafah as the faction buried five members killed in a retaliatory Israeli air strike a day earlier.

Israel tent protests called off after Eilat attacks:
Organisers of campaign against high living costs cancel weekend’s demonstrations to ‘join the families in mourning’

Shaath: Israeli ‘Insanity’ Will Not Stop Statehood Bid:
“The Israeli insanity will not hold back the Palestinian leadership from going to the UN; on the contrary it will give us a stronger motivation to continue our move,” the PA news agency WAFA quoted Shaath as saying following IAF airstrikes in Gaza.

Egyptians gather outside Israel embassy:
Hundreds of Egyptian protesters have gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from the country.

Abbas: We refuse observer status at the UN: –
President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian leadership rejected upgrading Palestine to observer status at the UN and would demand full membership, the official news agency Wafa reported.

Barghouthi: Veto on UN bid tantamount to ‘terror’:
He urged Palestinians and their supporters overseas to launch massive rallies in support of the move, which is due to take place when the United Nations General Assembly meets in September..

Warplanes strike “al-Qaida” hideouts in south Yemen, 5 killed:
Warplanes of the Yemeni air forces launched strikes Thursday evening targeting al-Qaida hideouts in the southern province of Abyan, leaving five members of the terrorist group killed, local army officers said.

Millions of Yemenis rally for the opposition National Council:
Millions of Yemeni anti-government protesters took to the streets in several provinces Friday to support the recent formation of the opposition National Council, which aims to create a unified front for the anti-regime popular uprising.

US keeps Iran, Syria, Sudan, Cuba on terror blacklist:
The United States retained Iran and its ally Syria as well as Sudan and Cuba on a list of alleged state sponsors of terrorism Thursday, after blacklisting the countries the previous year

No food in the kitchen and – U.S. Army May Start $1 Billion Helicopter Drone Project in 2012:
The U.S. Army is proceeding with development of a minimum $1 billion program to buy at least 100 unmanned helicopters, an official said.

Four years in prison for Facebook message :
In England two men were sentenced to jail for sharing information on Facebook about the recent riots.

Granny Can Sue U.S. for Calling Her a Terrorist:
In a pro se federal lawsuit filed in October 2010, Vivian Chisholm asked the Southern District of Texas to declare “that she is not a terrorist” and remove her name from Homeland Security’s terrorist watch list.

Revealed: Fake Facebook Identity Used By Military Contractors Plotting To Hack Progressive Organizations:
Hunton and Williams, the law firm representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, had been immersed in talks with HBGary Federal, Palantir, and Berico to deliver on a $2 million deal to move forward with the hacking plot against the Chamber’s critics.

Fewer Youths to Be Deported in New Policy:
The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety.

Wall Street firms donated $11.2 million to members of debt ‘super committee’:
The bipartisan “super committee” created by the debt ceiling deal is comprised of lawmakers who have received big bucks from special interest groups, according to a report by MapLight

How to Make the Super Congress Open and Accountable:
The last thing we need is an all-powerful congressional committee allowed to make crucial spending decisions without the scrutiny of an engaged citizenry and press.

Bank Of America Executive To Rick Perry: “We’ll Help You Out”:
ZeroHedge identifies the Bank of America official offering his his company’s support to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s campaign as James Mahoney the Director of Public Policy for the bank.

Bank of America to cut 3,500 jobs: –
Bank of America Corp., the nation’s largest bank, said Friday that it plans to cut 3,500 jobs by the end of September.

Striking Verizon workers protest at CEO’s NJ home:
Hundreds of striking Verizon workers held a candlelight vigil outside their CEO’s mansion Thursday, hoping to draw a stark contrast between the contract demands of blue-collar workers and the quality of life enjoyed by the company’s executives.

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.”

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 : 2,681

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

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