Information Clearing House Newsletter 6 September, 2011: Robert Gates : Israel Is an Ungrateful Ally

6 September, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Western Powers Have Syria in Their Sights
By Jean Shaoul
The threats are being taken seriously by Tehran. “Syria is the front-runner in Middle Eastern resistance (to Israel) and NATO cannot intimidate this country with an attack … If, God forbid, such a thing happened, NATO would drown in a quagmire from which it would never be able to escape.” Irans Foreign Minister:

Iran Offers New Nuclear Deal
By Ramin Mostaghim
Iran says it will open its nuclear program to five years of ‘full supervision’ by the U.N. atomic energy agency if the world body lifts its sanctions.

Robert Gates Says Israel Is an Ungrateful Ally
By Jeffrey Goldberg
Gates coldly laid out the many steps the administration has taken to guarantee Israel’s security — and then stated bluntly that the U.S. has received nothing in return.

“Free Tripoli” – Just Don’t Mention The Corpses
By Lizzie Phelan
Far from Tripoli falling without resistance these figures suggest that Tripoli fell with the masses resisting being massacred.

Direct Democracy
Understanding The Libyan Political System

Video and Text
The remaking of Libyan society formally began in 1973 with a so-called cultural or popular revolution.

We Will Not Allow The Imperialists To Succeed in Libya
Message on Behalf of the Libyan Jamahiriya

By Moussa Ibrahim
I would like to tell my Muslim brothers around the world, not to allow the Imperialists to mute your dreams and to enforce their ideals and agendas on you: Moussa Ibrahim.

The Face of Imperialism
This is a must watch – By Michael Parenti
The Face of Imperialism is a powerful, frightening, and honest book. It will be hated by those who run the Empire, and it will be loved by people who are searching for truth amidst the piles of garbage of Western propaganda.

A decade after the 9/11 attacks
Americans Live In An Era Of Endless War

By Greg Jaffe
In previous decades, the military and the American public viewed war as an aberration and peace as the norm.

Endless War and the Culture of Unrestrained Power
By Glenn Greenwald
There is nothing more dangerous — nothing — than allowing this type of power to be exercised without accountability: no oversight, no transparency, no consequences for serious wrongdoing: exactly the state of affairs that prevails in the United States.

They Say Pakistan is a Military Dictatorship
By Arundhati Roy
“I don’t think the Pakistani army has been actively deployed against its ‘own’ people the way the Indian army has been”

Mexico Fades
An Intrusion of Reality – Never a Good Thing

By Fred Reed
Most Americans don’t care at all what happens in Mexico, or anywhere else they can’t actually see. However, it is hard to figure the advantage of having a major trading partner turn into Afghanistan with better music.

Yemen: 19 Killed as Soldiers, Militants Clash:
Battles between the Yemeni army and Islamist militants killed 19 people in the country’s south on Tuesday, as the military struggles to regain control of areas seized by fighters suspected of links to al Qaeda.

Rival Yemeni troops brace for showdown:
The elite Republican Guard troops, commanded by Ahmed, the eldest son of Saleh, have reinforced their presence this week and deployed tanks and missiles on the hills overlooking Sanaa, witnesses said.

Nine soldiers killed as gunmen attack Iraqi patrol:
Police told the German Press Agency dpa that ‘ten soldiers managed to survive and flee the scene of the attack,’ which was in Haditha, a city in the western province of Al-Anbar.

Taliban bomb kills Afghan governor, 3 guards:
An Afghan district governor and three of his guards were killed on Tuesday when their vehicle was blown up in a Taliban roadside bomb in the east of the country, an official said.

American working for Pentagon found dead in Kabul:
The body of a U.S. “civilian engineer” working for the U.S. Department of Defense has been found in the Afghan capital, NBC News reported on Tuesday.

NATO gives Afghans a $2.5bn white elephant:
AN iron mountain of military hardware destined for Afghanistan may be mothballed on arrival because Kabul cannot afford to maintain it, officials have said. Equipment including 22,000 US vehicles, 20 Russian helicopters and transport aircraft from Italy – is due to arrive over the next six months

‘Too many chiefs and not enough Indians’
U.S. hails Pakistan’s capture of (ANOTHER) al Qaeda leader: –
The White House on Monday hailed Pakistan’s capture of a “senior al Qaeda operative” as an example of counterterrorism cooperation, and a U.S. official said the United States had provided “critical” tips and technical help.

CIA’s Push for Drone War Driven by Internal Needs:
When David Petraeus walks into the Central Intelligence Agency Tuesday, he will be taking over an organisation whose mission has changed in recent years from gathering and analysing intelligence to waging military campaigns through drone strikes in Pakistan, as well as in Yemen and Somalia.

CIA agent barred from leaving Pakistan:
The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track Osama bin Laden to his compound in the town of Abbottabad has been barred from leaving the country.

Kashmiris go on strike over detentions:
The people of Indian-administered Kashmir have gone on strike to demand the release of Kashmiri political prisoners in the disputed Himalayan region

Indian MP arrested over bribery scandal:
Amar Singh accused of paying three opposition lawmakers for supporting the government during confidence vote.

Something smells fishy about this report:
Large Libyan convoy arrives in Niger: sources: The convoy contained between 200 – 50 – 20 Libyan military vehicles and included officers from Libya’s southern army battalions.

Smells a little better but?
Libyan convoy with gold, cash crossed to Niger-NTC:
“Late last night, 10 vehicles carrying gold, euros and dollars crossed from Jufra into Niger with the help of Tuaregs from the Niger tribe,” Fathis Baja, head of the NTC committee for political and international affairs, told Reuters.

” A friend in need”
We won’t grant asylum to Gaddafi – Burkina Faso:
“We cannot grant him asylum because for the past three years we have not had good relations with him,” said government spokesman Alain Traore. “We don’t see why we would stick our neck out for him and create problems for ourselves.”

Africans trapped in southern Libya fear for lives – aid agencies:
Thousands of African migrants trapped in Libya are in need of protection from growing harassment and hundreds more have been arrested by rebels who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, aid agencies said on Tuesday.

Libyan opposition lays siege to pro-Gaddafi strongholds:
Thousands of heavily armed opposition fighters have laid siege to the remaining strongholds of the former Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi that continue to be pounded from the air by NATO warplanes and are running short of water, food and medicine.

Al-Qaida gets hands on Libyan weapons:
The North African branch of al-Qaida managed to get a hold of surface-to-air missiles during the Libyan war, a European terrorism official said.

Libya mission couldn’t have been done without U.S.: NATO chief: —
European countries, who take the lead in NATO’s Libya mission, could not get the job done without vital military capabilities provided by the United States, the alliance’s chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.

Venezuela urges EU, U.S. to stop military intervention in Libya:
He said Caracas “insists” that western countries operating under the forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) put an end “to this madness of war” against forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Nicaragua refuses to recognize NTC, calls NATO drunken warmonger:
Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega announced that his government does not recognize the Libyan rebels’ National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people and described NTC as “an instrument of intervention by NATO forces.”

Atlantic Council: Is Libya a “Global Con?”:
Globalist organization ponders whether Al Qaeda has “snookered” NATO.

Manipulating Video Images: Sloppy Journalism or War Propaganda?
The BBC’s Fake Images from Tripoli

NATO dilemma at Sana’a-Damascus fork:
Most contend that NATO’s next destination for military intervention is either Syria or Yemen.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Syria:
UN secretary-general urges world community to unite and take action on Syria:
While Ban stopped short of calling for military intervention, he delivered some of his strongest statements yet condemning the violence he says Syrian President Bashar Assad is perpetrating against his people. Ban said it is time for U.N. member nations to unite and take “coherent measures.”

In case you missed it:
U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by WikiLeaks show:
The State Department has secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables.

Russia to oppose any moves to arm Syrian opposition:
The international community’s “response to events” in Damascus will move from supporting the people’s uprising and condemning the oppression of the regime by waving the stick of economic and financial sanctions – to arming the Syrian opposition, similar to what was done in Libya.

Iran warns over NATO’s radar system in Turkey: minister :
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi has said that Iran will not tolerate any aggression against its national interests. Vahidi made the remarks in an interview with reporters in Tehran on Tuesday

Israeli General: Likelihood of all-out Middle East war increasing:
Home Front Command chief says Middle East regional war could include use of weapons of mass destruction; warns that Arab Spring may turn into ‘Radical Islamic Winter’.

Abbas: Palestinians will resume peace talks with Israel after UN recognition of state:
Palestinian Authority president tells meeting of Israeli intellectuals who support UN bid ‘we don’t want to delegitimize Israel. We want to legitimize ourselves’; stresses negotiations are top priority.

Alert: French JDL is recruiting ‘militants’ to travel to West Bank in 2 weeks:
“This trip is for militants with military experience: The aim of this expedition is to lend a hand to our brothers face the aggression Palestinian occupants and thus enhance the security features of Jewish cities in Judea and Samaria.”

Leak Offers Look at Efforts by U.S. to Spy on Israel:
Those overheard by the eavesdroppers included American supporters of Israel and at least one member of Congress, according to the blogger, Richard Silverstein.

Haitians protest alleged attack by UN peacekeepers:
Several hundred Haitians demonstrated Monday in support of an 18-year-old man who says he was sexually assaulted by peacekeepers from Uruguay on a U.N. base along the southern coast of Haiti.

Mexico’s Felipe Calderón Admits Drug War Is Failing:
Calderon has begun to soften the hard-line rhetoric that won him allies in Washington, stressing his readiness to discuss the merits of drug legalization.

Justin Raimondo: Fast and Furious: Blowback from Mexico:
Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry, killed on Dec. 21 near Rio Rico, Arizona, was murdered by drug cartel gunmen – using weapons smuggled across the US-Mexican border under the auspices of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF).

Why the gun industry secretly loves Obama:
Sales of firearms have surged since he took office: This year, they’re on track to surpass 15 million for the first time.

China Using Rare Earths as a Weapon?:
China is currently responsible for more than 90 percent of the worlds rare-earth production, and some analysts allege that China is using its de facto monopoly to lure a high tech companies to China.

Swiss National Bank Makes Epic Intervention Move, Sending The Swiss Franc Plunging:
This kind of floor/peg has been speculated on in recent weeks, but this is still an unbelievable move that will require ongoing Franc printing by the SNB to work.

Nigeria bank chief sees yuan becoming reserve currency: –
Nigeria plans to invest 5 percent to 10 percent of its foreign exchange reserves in China’s currency, the renminbi (RMB) or yuan, the country’s central bank governor Lamido Sanusi said on Tuesday.

Ford building $1bn manufacturing complex in India:
The new manufacturing facilities in Sanand in the western state of Gujarat will create 5,000 jobs, and will be able initially to produce 240,000 vehicles and 270,000 engines a year, Ford said.

Chris Whalen: Bank Of America Should Declare Bankruptcy:
Bank of America has over $100 billion in mortgage liabilities, says Chris Whalen Co-founder of Institutional Risk Analytics.

Bank Of America Called Grieving Widow “48 Times A Day”:
Many families who have just lost a loved one have had to deal with the unfortunate task of dealing with the debt left behind after death. One widowed woman is suing Bank of America Home Loan Servicing, saying they called her as many as 48 times a day demanding payment.

Torture Alleged at Chain of Children’s Homes: –
Hundreds of parents claim a group of boarding schools tortured their children: locked them in dog cages, forced them to lie in feces and eat vomit, masturbated them and denied the troubled teens any religion “except for the Mormon faith.”

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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