Information Clearing House Newsletter 9 September, 2011: World Entering 'Dangerous New Phase': IMF

9 September, 2011 — Information Clearing House

War Criminal Wants More Death And Destruction
Tony Blair Calls for Regime Change in Iran and Syria

By Nicholas Watt
Former prime minister warns that Middle East would be ‘very, very badly destabilised “if” Iran acquired nuclear weapons.

Libya Made Safe For Plutocracy
By Harry Goslin
Nothing causes so much fear among the elite as the prospect of a nation controlled by its people.

Libya, Propaganda and Imperialism
By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
One wonders whether the sickening and slobbering piles of lard sitting at home on their sofas with their newly acquired plasma TV screens are nodding obediently, snorting and cooing and saying “Cor!”

Why A U.S. War With China May Be Inevitable
By Stephen Glain
Just as radical Islam filled the vacuum created by the imploded Soviet Union as an existential core threat, so too has the degradation of al Qaeda cleared the decks for the coming war with China.

Contest of Power in Asia Pacific: Who wins?
By Calvin Michel Sidjaja
Unless the US can tackle its domestic problem, China will be the new hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region.

Al Qaeda’s Project for Ending the American Century Largely Succeeded
By Jim Lobe
By invading Iraq, the U.S. fell into a trap set by bin Laden .

A Few Important Causes Of The Decline Of The USA
By Rodrigue Tremblay
More countries are destroyed by their own politicians than by foreign armies.

The Poor: Still Here, Still Poor
By Katha Pollitt
Mostly, the talk is of the “middle class”-its stagnant wages, foreclosed houses, maxed-out credit cards and adult kids still living in their childhood bedrooms.

World Entering ‘Dangerous New Phase’: IMF
By: Catherine Boyle
“The world is collectively suffering from a crisis of confidence, in the face of a deteriorating economic outlook and rising concerns about the health of sovereigns and banks.”

Congressional Members Take Junket to Israel
Who Wins and Who Loses?
Rev. Carolyn L. Boyd
We are governed by political ideologies that are inflexible, uncompromising, and that ignore the long-term well-being of our country.

For The Love of Israel: Congresswoman’s Misguided War on the UN
By Ramzy Baroud
Although many in the US government aspire to her level of commitment to Israel, few can measure up to a dedication that extends beyond the very interests of her own country.

Rick Perry Needs to ‘Tone Down’ His Rhetoric, Says Kim Jong-Il
Humor By Andy Borowitz
‘He Scares Me,’ North Korean Dictator Says.

Seven dead in suicide bombing in Afghanistan:
Seven people died and six were wounded in a suicide car bombing at a police headquarters in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Friday, a spokesman for the provincial administration said.

NATO says 4 occupation force service members killed in Afghanistan:
A statement that three died in an insurgent attack in the east, and one in a roadside bomb explosion in the south. It did not release further details or the nationalities of those killed, but said all died on Friday.

10 More years: On the Afghan “frontline”, U.S. soldiers see longer war ahead:
U.S. soldiers deployed on the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan say the war isn’t going away for another ten years, even after Washington pulls troops from a country locked in a deadly Islamist insurgency.

Cost of civilian ‘surge’ in Afghanistan: $1.7 billion:
A “surge” of U.S. civilian officials into Afghanistan has cost about $1.7 billion since 2009, and is likely to get a lot more expensive soon, according to a new audit.

Yemen: At least 5 civilians killed in military airstrikes aimed at “al-Qaida” militants:
Medical officials and witnesses say at least five civilians have been killed in the past 48 hours in military strikes in southern Yemen.

Murder of popular radio host and writer has Iraqis fearing a new dictatorship:
Death threats did not stop Hadi al-Mahdi, a popular radio talk show host in Baghdad, from criticizing and mocking the Iraqi government’s waste and inefficiency. What silenced him was his actual death.
Anti-government protests in Iraq amid tight security:
Hundreds of Iraqis gathered Friday in central Baghdad to demonstrate against the government, amid a heavy deployment of military forces.

Robert Fisk: It’s not the brutality that is ‘systematic’.
It’s the lying about it: Baha Mousa’s nose was broken. There was blood above the corpse’s mouth. The skin had been ripped off his wrists. According to his friend, Baha had been crying and pleading for his life from beneath his hood.

Iraqi PM: Saudi has a ‘culture of terrorism’:
New WikiLeaks cables show angry Nouri al-Maliki accusing Arab neighbours of stoking civil war.

Teen killed as fresh protests erupt in Syria:
Syrian troops killed a teenage boy on Friday as protests broke out across the country urging international protection from a deadly government crackdown on dissent, activists said.

Syria activists call for ‘foreign protection’ from Assad crackdowns:
Activists called Friday for protests across Syria to ask “for foreign protection,” a move aimed at putting pressure on President Bashar Assad and his regime which has pressed on with a violent crackdown on dissent.

Syria’s Uprising: A Family Matter:
Political conflict during Syria’s uprising has moved from the streets into the home, dividing families along political lines, at times pitting husband against wife and brother against sister.

Syrian rebels unhappy with Russia:
As the Syrian opposition delegation arrived in Moscow, President Dmitry Medvedev said protesters in Syria included “extremists” and “terrorists”.

“believe nothing until it has been officially denied”
Syria, Yemen should not fear NATO – official:
They have nothing to be afraid of, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Dirk Brengelmann told a press conference in Moscow on Friday.

Libya: 2 Killed As Rebels Attack Bani Waldi: –
The battle for Bani Walid between Libya’s loyalists and insurgents rages on. According to Al Jazeera, the day’s casualties comprise two insurgents; the Arab satellite broadcasters also report the capture of 8 Libya loyalists

Libyan rebels won’t buy Russian arms:
The estimated amount of all signed and planned military contracts of Gaddafi’s government with Russia was $4 billion.

Libya video, rebel admits that most people supported Gaddafi

UN Secretary General: Palestinian statehood is ‘long overdue’:
The Palestinian people are “long overdue” in their quest for an independent state, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday, ahead of a Palestinian push for statehood in the UN planned for later this month.

US would veto Palestinian statehood at UN Security Council:
‘If something comes to a vote in the UN Security Council the US will veto.’

Israel’s right-wing prepares for UN recognition of Palestinian state:
Spokesman for Jewish settlers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, suggested invoking the “Dromi Law,” which permits home owners to kill intruders and could be used to shoot Palestinians attempting to approach Jewish homes in the neighborhood.

Retired Professor On Epic Voyage To Honor USS Liberty Dead:
A retired college professor from the US state of Texas who has sailed approximately 8,000 miles to the eastern Mediterranean in an epic voyage, is heading toward his destination – the exact location where Israeli forces tried to sink a US Navy ship in 1967, killing or injuring over 200 American servicemen.

Egyptians demolish Israel embassy wall at protest:
Egyptian activists demolished a wall around the Israeli embassy in Cairo Friday after thousands demonstrated at Tahrir Square to push for a timetable for transition to democracy and an end to military trials for civilians.

Egyptians protest against military rule:
Rally in Cairo to press generals to keep their promises of political reform ends with attack on Israeli embassy wall.

9/11Experts Speak Out : Video: “9/11:
Explosive Evidence — Experts Speak Out”!

Link to 9/11 hijackers found in Sarasota:
FBI found ties between hijackers and Saudis in Sarasota but never revealed the findings

In case you missed it:
Israel Is Spying In And On The U.S.?:
Fox News has learned some U.S. investigators believe that there are Israelis again very much engaged in spying in and on the U.S., who may have known things they didn’t tell us before September 11

A Massive and Unchecked Surveillance Society: ACLU Report:
Concluding with the massive expansion of surveillance since 9/11, the report delves into the many ways the government now spies on Americans without any suspicion of wrongdoing, from warrantless wiretapping to cell phone location tracking – but with little to show for it.

Press freedom fears as police question Guardian reporter:
Case raises concerns about criminalising contact between journalists and off-the-record sources

The Troy Davis Case: Will America Execute Another Innocent?:
Barring a last minute stay of execution by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles in a last ditch hearing scheduled for September 19, accused Savannah, Ga. cop killer Troy Anthony Davis will be executed.

MSNBC Republican Debate In 45 Seconds:

Rick Perry and Ron Paul get intense during Republican presidential debate:
Photos show Republican candidates Rick Perry and Ron Paul in heated discussion during a presidential debate ad break

Meet the Christian Dominionist ‘Prayer Warriors’ Who Have Chosen Rick Perry as Their Vehicle to Power:
The New Apostolic Reformation seeks dominion over society and government — and it looks like Perry is their chosen candidate.

How the Middle Class Becomes Downwardly Mobile:
The report finds that a full third of those who are born into the middle class actually slip below middle-class income levels as adults.

Full Text: Address by the President to a Joint Session of Congress:
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and fellow Americans: Yada, yada, yada

Obama is Coming to Cut Medicare:
This jobs package isn’t going to pass Congress, so this speech wasn’t about policy, it was about messaging.

Ford breaks ground for India plant:
The new complex in Sanand, Gujarat, will employ 5,000 people turning out 240,000 vehicles and 270,000 engines a year. Production is scheduled to start in 2014.

BofA discussing about 40,000 job cuts: report:
The number of job cuts are not final and could change. The restructuring aims to reduce the bank’s workforce of 280,000 over a period of years, the Journal said.

Bank Of America Is Doomed: -Stop Firing People And Just Declare Bankruptcy Now:
Bank of America is rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic. And firing thousands of people who don’t need to be fired.

Canada surprises with job losses in August:
Canada’s economy unexpectedly lost jobs in August, overshadowing other signs the economy was making a comeback after a bleak second quarter and keeping central bank rate hikes off the table.

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 : 2,706

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

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