Information Clearing House Newsletter September 17, 2011: Why We Left The United States

17 September 2011 — Information Clearing House

NATO And Libyan Rebels Lied About Death Toll ?
Libya Counts More Martyrs Than Bodies
By Rod Norland
Where are all the dead?

China: The West’s Bogeyman in Libya
By Peter Lee
In an era in which the United States is still the only power capable of projecting military force across the globe, the unique combination of anxiety, arrogance and oblique post-colonial racism that marks the Libyan intervention will probably not signal the twilight of Western influence.

In Blow to Opposition
Dissident Syrian Army Officer is Captured
By Rania Abouzeid
It was an inglorious turn in one of the more hopeful episodes for the Syrian opposition.

Obama, the Palestinian State & Zionist Schizophrenia
By Gilad Atzmon
Some may be surprised to learn that Israel and most Israelis actually want the Palestinian initiative to go ahead and to succeed. They want a Palestinian State because this is the only solution that would save the ‘Jews only State’ from a demographic meltdown.

Congress Sees Middle East Through AIPAC-Colored Glasses
By Medea Benjamin
Here are a few of examples of their tunnel vision:

Tapping the Israeli Embassy
By Philip Giraldi
What the FBI uncovered was a massive and highly focused campaign referred to by the Israelis as “perception management,” but which the CIA would refer to as a covert action.

Are Evangelical Christians Warmongers?
By Chuck Baldwin
I have been part of the inner workings of evangelical ministry for nearly 40 years. I think I learned a thing or two about evangelical/fundamentalist Christianity in America. And I’m here to tell you: I don’t like what I see happening these days!

Why We Left The United States:
By Bob Alexander
As we were all walking around in a daze, coated with the ash of human beings and pulverized concrete, we were spun into the Ultimate War Crime; wars of aggression.

Is the Arab Spring Coming to America?
By Antonia Zerbisias
“On Sept. 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months.”

Global Revolution
Wall Street Occupation
Live Video
This channel will feature live streams from global non violent revolution spreading across the globe, with the first broadcasts from Wall Street Occupation in NYC that will start on Saturday, September 17, 2011

NATO Killed 354 Libyans:
Libyan interim government forces licked their wounds on Saturday after a failed assault on the town of Bani Walid, and a spokesman for Muammar Gaddafi accused NATO of killing 354 people in overnight air strikes on the city of Sirte.

Over 300 reported killed in Sirte air strike:
Anti-rebel spokesman Moussa Ibrahim has said NATO air strikes on Sirte overnight hit a residential building and a hotel, killing 354 people.

War crimes in Libya?
RAF carries out biggest raid yet on Libyan government forces:
The RAF has stepped up it attacks on Libyan government forces carrying out its biggest ever raid on Libya, destroying more than 20 targets in a day.

Civilians join Gaddafi fighters to defend hometown:
“There has been some resistance from civilians, volunteers. They’re above the buildings with Kalashnikovs, anti-aircraft guns, rockets and other weapons,” he said.

Iranian leader warns Arab nations:
“Never trust America, Nato, and the criminal regimes like Britain, France and Italy who for a long time divided and plundered your lands,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told an international Islamic conference in Tehran on Saturday. “Hold suspicion of them and don’t believe their smiles. Behind those smiles and promises lie conspiracy and treason,” he added.

Dozens reported dead in Syrian crackdown:
Uprising enters its seventh month with protests across the country and more deaths at the hands of security forces. Security forces have killed at least 44 people across Syria following Friday prayers, according to the Revolution General Commission, an opposition group.

Defiant ambassador says change is under way in Syria:
While the United Nations says more than 2,500 people have died in Syria at the hands of the regime, President Bashar al-Assad’s point man in the United States says the figure is false and the result of a conspiracy aimed at Damascus.

US Backing Muslim Brotherhood In Syria: Envoy:
Syria on Saturday accused “external” forces of trying to destabilise the country with the help of “radical Islamic” groups and the US of backing the Muslim Brotherhood which he said was “responsible” for bloodshed, reports Press Trust of India.

Syria’s Protesters, Long Mostly Peaceful, Starting to Resort to Violence:
Syria’s uprising has become more violent in the country’s most restive regions, in what may signal the start of a protracted armed struggle after six months of largely peaceful protests in the face of a ferocious government crackdown, diplomats, activists and officials say.

Effort to create Syria opposition council announced:
A group of mostly exiled Syrian opposition figures on Thursday announced the formation of a Syrian National Council at a gathering in Istanbul

US backing for Arab Spring bearing ‘strange fruit’:
The US has strongly backed the Libyan opposition and is now enthusiastic in its condemnation of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. But could America’s decision to take sides bring some unexpected – and unwanted – results?

US kills 9 civilians in Somalia:
Senior Al-Shabaab leaders said that the drone attacks were carried out early on Thursday in the outskirts of Kismayu town, killing nine women and children and wounding 30 others.

Roadside bomb kills 9 civilians, including 5 children, in northwest Afghanistan: –
Afghan authorities say a roadside bomb in northwest Afghanistan has killed nine civilians, including five children, as they were herding cattle.
Haqqanis to follow Taliban on Afghan peace: –
The Haqqani network, one of the most feared insurgent groups in Afghanistan, would take part in peace talks with the Kabul government and the United States only if the Taliban did, its leader Sirajuddin Haqqani told Reuters on Saturday.

Blame Pakistan:
Haqqanis linked ‘to Pakistan government’:
The Haqqani network, reportedly one of the most feared armed groups operating in Afghanistan, has links with the Pakistani government, said the US ambassador to Islamabad on Saturday.

‘USA suspects ISI hand in Kabul Embassy attack’:
US suspects that Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ISI could be behind the attack on its Embassy in Kabul this week and is looking for direct evidence in this regard.

Dissident soldier killed in clash with Yemen army:
Fighting in the Yemeni capital overnight between rival army units left one dissident soldier dead, witnesses and medics said on Saturday.

Yemen opposition denies US accusation to Zindani being terrorism supporter:
The opposition groups’ Joint Meeting Party (JMP) said it will not hand over any Yemeni on a U.S. terror list for terror charges in light of their newly international commitments to combat terrorism.

Iraq: Chemical pollution infection appear as chemical missile remains unearthed:
Thursday, the Department of Health in Iraqi Halabja District in Sulaymaniyah province declared that 8 people, including health minister of the district, were affected by chemical pollution. This infection occurred two days ago after finding a chemical missile during excavation works.

In case you missed it:
Who really gassed the Kurds?:
All we know for certain is that Kurds were bombarded with poison gas that day at Halabja. We cannot say with any certainty that Iraqi chemical weapons killed the Kurds. This is not the only distortion in the Halabja story.

In case you missed it::
 Did Saddam Hussein Gas His Own People?:
No doubt, Saddam has mistreated Kurds during his rule. But it’s misleading to say, so simply and without context, that he killed his own people by gassing 5,000 Kurds at Halabja.

China Warns The U.S. Against Vetoing Palestine’s UN Request:
A state-run Chinese newspaper has warned of rising Mid-East conflicts if the U.S. vetoes Palestine’s bid for UN membership next week.

Israel asks Egyptian envoy to explain peace treaty remarks: –
Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned Egypt’s ambassador to explain a statement by Egypt’s prime minister suggesting that the peace agreement between the two countries could be renegotiated.

Israels Useful Idiot: Perry says Obama has distanced himself from Israel:
Republican U.S. presidential frontrunner Rick Perry on Friday accused President Barack Obama of distancing himself from Israel and blamed U.S. foreign policy “errors” for a Palestinian push for statehood at the United Nations.

Military whistleblower tells of ‘indiscriminate’
Israeli attacks: Troops fired tear gas during a curfew in a West Bank village to stop peaceful demonstrations.

Pakistan floods: world ignoring humanitarian crisis:
The world is ignoring a growing humanitarian crisis in Pakistan’s Sindh province where a second year of catastrophic floods has forced up to two million to flee their homes

Living large:
Canada: Military chief used VIP jets for flights to Caribbean, NHL, CFL games: CTV:
Since 2008, Canada’s top military commander has used government VIP aircraft to fly to sporting events, galas and a Caribbean holiday, racking up a bill of more than $1-million, CTV News is reporting.

Inside the Surveillance State:
How Peaceful Activists Get Swept Up onto “Terrorist” Watch Lists

White House Pressure for a Donor?:
The Pentagon has worried for months that a project backed by a prominent Democratic donor might interfere with military GPS. Now Congress wants to know if the White House pressured a general to change his testimony.

Looters in suits:
Three years ago this week, Lehman Brothers crashed. Since then, Britain’s bankers have learnt nothing and have been let off the hook again

U.S. jobs crisis may get bloody:
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned yesterday if the national jobs crisis doesn’t end soon, the United States would see riots in the streets.

Study: U.S. Has Weakest Labor Protections Among Rich Nations:
U.S. workers are more vulnerable than workers in any [OECD] members (rich industrialized democracies) or even the so-called growing BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China…to being fired unfairly, to not getting severance pay, to getting the least notice on mass layoffs or being fired, to being stuck on a mouse wheel of temporary positions.

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 : 2,720

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

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