13 September, 2011 — Information Clearing House
And Hate Begat Hate
By Ahmed Rashid
The wave of anti-Americanism is rising in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, even among many who once admired the United States, and the short reason for that is plain.
Noam Chomsky: Looking Back on 9/11 a Decade Later
By Democracy Now!
“We should understand where atrocities come from. They don’t come from nowhere. And if we’re serious, we should try to do something about what is the basis for them.”
Veto a State, Lose an Ally
By TURKI AL-FAISAL
The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world.
At the UN, the Funeral of the Two-state Solution
By Ilan Pappe
In Palestine itself the time has come to move the discourse of one state into political action and maybe adopt the new dictionary.
Critics of 9/11 Truth: Do They Have A Case?
By Paul Craig Roberts
There is no 9/11 debate. On the one hand there are credentialed experts who demonstrate problems in the official account, and on the other hand there are non-experts who denounce the experts as conspiracy kooks. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29114.htm
Record Poverty Last Year as Household Income Dips
By Ruth Mantell
The 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010 was the largest group for the 52 years that estimates have been published.
Robert Reich Debunks 6 Big GOP Lies About The Economy
Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme as Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry claims?
Noam Chomsky on US Economic Crisis:
Interview With Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky, says “huge military spending, a very low taxes by the rich [and corporations] … those fundamental problems have to be dealt with if there is going to be anything like successful economic and social development in the United States.
America is Collapsing
Mr. President, We Need a 10-Year Plan
By Lawrence Summers
Shovel-ready projects won’t cut it, says Lawrence Summers, former treasury secretary.
Tea Party Crowd Cheers Letting Uninsured Die
In Tampa, Florida at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate Monday night, the tea party-filled audience literally cheered aloud for the uninsured to be allowed to die.
Pope Accused of Crimes Against Humanity
By Karen McVeigh
According to the document filed by CCR, the pope, as head of the Catholic church, is ultimately responsible for the sexual abuse of children by priests and for the cover-ups of that abuse.
Libya: Rebels ‘execute 85 mercenaries, including 12 Serbs’:
Belgrade daily Press said the executions took place in the state insurance building in Misrata after it was taken by the forces loyal to rebels’ National Transitional Council (NTC). Many mercenaries had been killed in fighting, but those arrested were shot in the head. , the paper said.
Libya: Amnesty says rebels responsible for possible war crimes:
The 107-page report “The Battle for Libya: Killings, Disappearances and Torture” reveals that while Gaddafi forces committed widespread crimes under international law during the conflict, forces loyal to the National Transitional Council (NTC) have also committed abuses that in some cases amounted to war crimes.
Urgent Questions to NATO on Libya:
Is NATO bombing Sebha and Sirte too? Why? What about the civilians? Why is NATO not concerned about the lack of basic things inside the cities under siege? Civilians are suffering and trapped inside; NTC armed people admitted (to Reuters) that civilians inside Sebha don’t have money and fuel to escape.
Sharp splits emerging among Libya’s new leaders:
Sharp splits are already emerging in the ranks of Libya’s new rulers between Islamic conservatives and more secular figures competing for power
Busload of Shia pilgrims shot dead in Iraq:
Officials say bodies of 22 Iraqis found after “armed men” stopped a bus and killed them with automatic weapons.
Turkey warns may launch ground raid in N.Iraq:
Turkey warned on Tuesday that it was preparing a possible ground operation against Kurdish separatist militants in northern Iraq, depending on the result of talks with Iraq
Seven killed as Taliban resistance target US embassy, occupation force troops in Kabul:
Taliban resistance fighters with suicide vests and rockets on Tuesday launched coordinated attacks in Kabul targeting the US embassy and NATO’s headquarters, killing at least seven people and sparking gunbattles.
Militias funded by US accused of rights abuses:
Militias in Afghanistan funded by the United States are terrorising the communities they were supposed to protect, murdering, raping and torturing civilians, including children, extorting illegal taxes and smuggling contraband, according to a damning new report from Human Rights Watch.
Pakistan: Four children, driver killed in attack on Peshawar school bus:
Gunmen attacked a school van in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing four children and the driver in an assault they said was carried out to punish locaPakistani politician killed in blast: A Pakistani politician, who was a staunch opponent of the Taliban, was Tuesday killed in a roadside bomb attack in northwest Pakistan, police said.l tribesman for resisting the insurgent movement.
Pakistani politician killed in blast:
A Pakistani politician, who was a staunch opponent of the Taliban, was Tuesday killed in a roadside bomb attack in northwest Pakistan, police said.
3 soldiers killed in Yemen:
Suspected al-Qaeda militants killed three Yemeni soldiers and wounded five yesterday in new fighting for the southern city of Zinjibar, medical and military officials said.
UN: Yemeni regime must stop violence:
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has called on the Yemeni regime to stop exercising violence against its people and release all the prisoners detained during peaceful protests in the country.
Cheney: Israel to attack Iranian nuclear facilities: Former US Vice President tells Newsmax ‘Iran represents an existential threat, and Israel will do everything to guarantee their survival, security’; says next 9/11 might involve WMDs
Report: Turkish warplanes now able to fire at Israeli targets:
Ankara’s Star Gazete says country’s new F-16 radar system modified to recategorize Israeli targets as hostile. Order said to come directly from PM Erdogan’s office; naval, submarine radar systems to be changed next
Turkey: Israel, West’s spoiled child:
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Israel is “the West’s spoiled child” that has always disregarded decisions made by the international community.
Erdogan supports Palestinian statehood, criticizes Israel:
‘We should be one hand with the Palestinians. The Palestinian flag must be raised at the United Nations,’ he told a meeting of the 22-member Arab League.
Erdogan slams Obama for silence on Israel’s Gaza flotilla raid:
Turkish premier reiterates Ankara’s intent to refer legality of Israel’s blockade on Gaza to The Hague, saying the world will see ‘who is standing alongside the victims’.
Obama is not pro-Israel enough for U.S. advocacy group:
Emergency Committee for Israel launches billboard and media campaign claiming Obama pressures Israel to ‘apologize to terrorists’ and ‘attacks Israel at the UN’ in run-up to UN vote on Palestinian statehood.
New PIPA Poll Shows Drop in Support for Israel :
66 percent of all respondents said they believed that “U.S. power and influence in the world” has decreased over the past decade
Lubavitch school says no black Jews.:
“We don’t take in Ethiopian children. We don’t think you match our lifestyle and we’re not sure about your Jewishness either.” This is what five young girls of Ethiopian descent were told when they arrived with their parents at the “Or Chaya” school in Petah Tikva.
Syrian opposition forms military battalions :
The opposition said the so-called Free Syrian Army has formed several battalions assigned to fight Assad forces in central and northern Syria.
In Assad’s Defense – Syrians Speak Out:
Some Syrian citizens say that the outside world has it wrong. Assad is defending and preserving the nation
US: ‘Army mental health care is a joke’:
Army veteran speaks out about the death of his brother
‘Fast and Furious’ the US gun running scandal has Obama administration in full cover-up mode:
The more we learn about the “Fast and Furious” scandal – in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) illegally facilitated the transfer of thousands of guns to violent drug cartels in Mexico – the more apparent it is that we are witnessing a large-scale cover-up of epic proportions.
The Fate of Europe, nearing the point of decision:
Will Europe become a collection of pawns? Or unify into a great nation? The time of decision approaches. Our news media ignore key aspects of the situation, making the actions of Europe’s leaders look foolish. They’re not.
‘EU splitting amid financial crisis’:
Max Keiser, financial journalist, tells us that Germany is to take control of the European economy and become the sole superpower in the European continent.
Massive default is best way to fix the economy:
Clearing away the debt is the only way forward
IMF: Austerity boosts unemployment, lowers paychecks:
In a new paper for the International Monetary Fund, Laurence Ball, Daniel Leigh and Prakash Loungani look at 173 episodes of fiscal austerity over the past 30 years. Their verdict? Austerity “lowers incomes in the short term, with wage-earners taking more of a hit than others; it also raises unemployment, particularly long-term unemployment.”
Median Male Worker Makes Less Now Than 43 Years Ago:
While the fact that a record number of Americans are living in poverty should not surprise anyone at this point, what should surprise many is that according to Table P-5 of the Census report of (Lack of) Income, the median male is now worse on a gross, inflation adjusted basis, than he was in… 1968!
Mortgage rates lowest in decades, but few qualify:
Mortgage rates have reached their lowest levels in six decades, making this the best time in most Americans’ lives to buy or refinance a home. Yet most people can’t take advantage.
Thousands jailed in the US for being poor:
In what might seem like an un-American plot twist from a Charles Dickens’ novel, advocates for the poor say, some parents are wrongly being locked away without any regard for their ability to pay child support – sometimes without the benefit of legal representation.
“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 : 2,712
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001