Information Clearing House Newsletter 5 September 2011: Chomsky – "Was War the Only Answer to 9/11?

5 September 2011 — Information Clearing House

Eurozone Deathwatch
By Mike Whitney
There’s no way to overstate the calamity that’s unfolding across the Atlantic. The eurozone is imploding.

Kashmir : Worlds Most Dangerous Border
By Eric Margolis
The state human rights commission of the Indian-ruled portion of Kashmir reported its investigators had found 2,156 bodies buried in unmarked graves in 38 locations. Most were young men. Many bore bullets wounds.

One Hell of a Humanitarian Intervention
30,000 Bombs Over Libya
By Thomas C. Mountain
NATO leaders are having to scramble to keep the NTC afloat. Images of pallets stacked 6 feet high with 200 million Libyan Dinars flown in from London show just how touch and go it has become for the NTC’s attempts to maintain its influence.

Libya: Here We Go Again
By Chris Hedges
Here we go again. The cheering crowds. The deposed dictator. The encomiums to freedom and liberty. The American military as savior.

The Making Of A War Criminal
How Tony Blair Was Taken Into The Murdoch Family Fold

By Dan Sabbagh
Tony Blair, is godfather to Rupert Murdoch’s nine-year-old daughter, Grace. The former Labour prime minister was present at the star-studded baptism of the child on the banks of the Jordan, at the spot where Jesus is said to have undergone the same ceremony.

From The Archives 2006
Iraq: The Hidden War

Video Documentary
Iraq: The Hidden Story shows the footage used by TV news broadcasts, and compares it with the devastatingly powerful uncensored footage of the aftermath of the carnage that is becoming a part of the fabric of life in Iraq.

“Was War the Only Answer to 9/11?
By Noam Chomsky
“The jihadi movement could have been split and undermined after 9/11 if the ‘crime against humanity’ had been approached as a crime.”

With 9/11 No Need for “Seven Days in May”
By Philip A. Farruggio
The hypocrites who wear those Republican, Democrat and Tea Party buttons on their election cycle lapels only care about serving the empire. Who is this empire? Who makes bundles of money from phony wars, illegal invasions and occupations?

Time for Americans to Participate in Power
By Kevin Zeese
The Roman philosopher and statesman, Marcus Tullius Cicero said “Freedom is participation in power.” By that standard Americans are not free.

These Are My Heroes
H a r l a n C o u n t y USA

Video Documentary
Least we think that America was built by the starched shirts and expensive suits featured on FOX News and CNN. This documentary will help to remind us that our freedoms and working conditions were not won by U.S. soldiers in foreign lands but through the suffering and sweat of our fathers and grand fathers in their struggle against commercial interests.

The Ghost Of Tom Joad
By Bruce Springsteen
“Now Tom said “Mom, wherever there’s a cop beatin’ a guy
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
Where there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me mom I’ll be there”
Video and lyrics

As many as 30 Kurdish rebels killed in Iran:
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard soldiers have killed at least 30 members of Kurdish opposition group in fighting near the Iraqi border, a senior military official said Monday.

Yemeni Air Force Kills Ten civilians:
At least 10 civilians were killed and tens others injured “mistakenly” in raids launched by the Yemeni Air Force on Ja’ar of Abyan Province southern Yemen earlier on Monday.

Yemeni warplanes bomb mosque, hospital in southern town :
Yemeni warplanes launched a series of airstrikes on a southern town “overrun by Islamic militants”, killing at least seven people Monday in attacks on a mosque, a hospital and a national police building, a witness and a local official said.

Troops deploy in Sanaa to prevent anti-Saleh protests:
The security forces closed off all access to the capital from Saturday afternoon while armed civilians loyal to the president also took to the streets, the correspondent said.

6 killed as Syria forces raid cities of Hama and Homs:
Syrian troops on Monday launched an assault on the central cities of Hama and Homs, shooting dead six people, activists said as at least two were reported killed near the Turkish border.

Syria might hide behind BRICS wall:
BRICS nations will try to prevent a Libya-type scenario playing out in Syria. This commitment has been outlined by Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov. The minister’s comments on behalf of BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – came after a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart, Antonio Patriota, on Sunday.

Red Cross granted access to Syrian prison:
Permission to visit detention centre for first time granted following talks between ICRC head and President Assad.

US Kills 7 People in Pakistan:
At least seven suspected militants were killed in a drone strike Sunday night in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region bordering Afghanistan, a media report said.

Minister accuses Nato, Afghan forces of backing attackers that killed 36 Pakistani soldiers:
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Population Welfare Saleem Khan Sunday accused the Nato and Afghan forces of backing the terrorists, who overran posts of Pakistani security forces along the porous Pak-Afghan border.

Afghan suicide attack on NATO convoy kills two:
A suicide bomber killed two private security guards and wounded 21 others on Sunday in Afghanistan after attacking a convoy headed for NATO troops in the country.

One Danish soldier killed, four wounded in Afghanistan: army:
“It is with great sorrow that I have received word that one of our soldiers has been killed in Afghanistan and that four other soldiers have been slightly wounded,”

Extrajudicial Killing:
Revealed: Australians kill Afghans with drones:

Australia’s special forces commander has defended his troops’ use of US drones to kill “insurgent leaders” in southern Afghanistan, a deadly military tactic that gives the enemy no chance to surrender.

Nigeria protests killing of its nationals in Libya:
Nigerians are being attacked in Tripoli, Benghazi, Gath, Agadez and Sirte, the hometown of the embattled Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, whose 42-year grip on power has been removed by a six-month insurgency.

TNC-NATO siege of Sirte is a war crime.:
This closely resembles the tactics adopted toward resistance-held towns in Iraq by U.S. occupation forces.Water and electricity supplies to Falluja had been cut off, one day before the start of Ramadan. Its population was then starved and bombarded for 3 weeks before the final assault by U.S. Marines that killed 4,000 to 6,000 civilians.

Can you believe this crap:
NATO chief says Gaddafi forces still threaten civilians:

The head of NATO said on Monday that remnants of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces still posed threats to civilians and the military alliance would continue its operation in Libya as long as needed.

The Truth About the Libyan Conflict and Consequences for the Continent:
The invasion of Libya has little to do with protecting civilians, all to do with strategic interests and is a wicked blow to Africa; argues Charles Abugre.

Exclusive: abandoned Libyan missile: a gift to militants?:
When Muammar Gaddafi’s soldiers fled this corner of a field outside Tripoli where they were camped, they left behind their army fatigues, a can of Brut deodorant — and a Scud tactical missile.

Libyan commander demands apology over MI6 and CIA plot:
Episode led to capture and torture of Abdul Hakim Belhaj and raises damaging questions about UK’s knowledge of rendition

Israeli “Settlers” Burn A Mosque Near Nablus:
A group of extremist Israeli “settlers” broke, on Monday at dawn, into a mosque in Qasra village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and torched it after destroying its property and writing anti-Arab slogans on its walls.

Turkey: Israeli diplomats must leave country by Wednesday:
Move marks latest step taken by Turkey against Israel following the release of the UN-commissioned report on the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid.

US cable tells of Israel’s ‘harsh measures’:
Leaked diplomatic despatches highlight efforts by army to use use force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.

Official: Some 140 countries to vote for Palestinian state:
‘Around 140 countries would vote in favor of an independent state of Palestine during the United Nations General Assembly meetings due to start on September 23,’ Nabil Shaath, a senior negotiator, told a news conference in Ramallah.

Thin Red Line: Israel allows shooting at Palestine protesters :
Israel allows security forces to shoot at Palestinian protesters who are preparing to march in support of their bid for statehood at the UN later this month.

Iraq’s Sadr gives government ‘last chance’ for reform:

“This is the last chance before setting a date for open, peaceful, popular, demonstrations,” Sadr said in a statement released by his office in the holy city of Najaf, without specifying how much time he was giving the government.

Courtroom chaos as Mubarak trial resumes:
Lawyers separated by police inside courtroom and arrests and stone-throwing outside former Egyptian president’s trial.

200 Bahrain detainees on hunger strike: activist:
More than 200 Shiite Bahrainis jailed for their role in a month of pro-democracy protests in the Sunni-ruled kingdom have joined a hunger strike, a rights and opposition activist said on Monday.

Famine spreads to sixth region of Somalia:
UN unit says tens of thousands, half of them children, have already died as famine conditions continue to spread.

How Global Investors Make Money Out of Hunger:
In recent years, the financial markets have discovered the huge opportunities presented by agricultural commodities. The consequences are devastating, as speculators drive up food prices and plunge millions of people into poverty. But investors care little about the effects of their deals in the real world.,1518,783654,00.html

Secret of the Lusitania: Arms find challenges Allied claims it was solely a passenger ship:
Her sinking with the loss of almost 1,200 lives caused such outrage that it propelled the U.S. into the First World War. But now divers have revealed a dark secret about the cargo carried by the Lusitania on its final journey in May 1915.

Gold Climbs Above $1,900 as Concern About Slowing Economies Stokes Demand:
Bullion jumped 3.1 percent on Sept. 2, the most in almost four weeks, as data showed the U.S. jobs market stalled in August, fueling concern the country’s economy may be headed for a recession.

Bankrupt Banks: : Regulators close 2 Georgia banks; 2011 total is 70:
Regulators on Friday closed two small banks in Georgia, boosting to 70 the number of U.S. bank failures this year.

Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount:
The United States Postal Service has long lived on the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due this month and may have to shut down entirely this winter unless Congress takes emergency action to stabilize its finances.

In California, 3,300 state workers are on notice for layoffs:
The state has warned nearly 3,300 California state workers this year that their positions may disappear as the government grinds through a slow-motion layoff process that aims to shrink government over the next few years.

How technology productivity kills jobs:
Technology is all about productivity. Getting more things done, faster, cheaper, with fewer people. This has been called the “Jobless Recovery”. Here is why.

U.S. Awash in Oil and Lies, Report Charges:
The only reason U.S. citizens may be forced to endure a risky, Canadian-owned oil pipeline called Keystone XL is so oil companies with billion-dollar profits can get the dirty oil from Canada’s tar sands down to the Gulf of Mexico to export to Europe, Latin America or Asia, according to a new report by Oil Change International released Wednesday.

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 : 2,702

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

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