19 September 2011 — Information Clearing House
A Formal Funeral for the Two-State Solution
By Ali Abunimah
At least in theory, the Palestinian Authority’s bid for statehood at the UN is supposed to circumvent the failed peace process. But the ill-conceived gambit actually amplifies the flaws of the very process it seeks to replace. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29159.htm
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Recalls Obama’s Fall From Grace
By Chris Hedges
Barack Obama’s politically expedient decision to betray and abandon his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, exposed his cowardice and moral bankruptcy
Interventionists Ready a Media Lynching For Ron Paul
By Michael Scheuer
The attacks on Mr. Paul are and will be the work of the Neoconservatives, the Israel-First fifth column of U.S. citizens, and AIPAC and those it controls in the Congress, media, and academy.
Film noir: Troy Davis and the American Way
By Pubali Ray Chaudhuri
In another few days yet one more miserable insect-pardon me, where are my manners? One more black man will be put to death by the greatest country with the greatest justice system in the world, the U.S. of A.
A Short Fable From the Eurozone
By Mike Whitney
A Bank, A Gaggle of Ministers and a Few Worthless Treaties.
Who Will Eclipse America?
By Simon Johnson
External challenges do sometimes bring down states. But, more frequently, the big problems are internal – the regime cannot deliver growth, its legitimacy fades, and people start to head for the exits (or at least get their money out).
This Constant Mind Rape
By Linh Dinh
The physical violence of a crime is often accompanied by another kind of violation, an assault against the mind, for the criminal must disguise his evil deed.
NATO supported rebels dump 800 bodies in “pro-Gadhafi” cemetery:
The bodies were left at the cemetery by the rebels, with no information about where they were killed or found.
354 killed in NATO night attack – Gaddafi’s spokesman:
Moussa Ibrahim, a spokesman for the deposed Libyan leader, said that 354 people were killed as a result of NATO airstrike on a residential building and a hotel in Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte.
Black life is cheap in Libya:
Skin tone, the darkness of one’s skin, has become for many blacks in Libya the difference between prison and freedom, death and life.
Libya conflict: Black African migrants caught in backlash:
Homes have been looted, and women and girls beaten and raped, as the BBC’s Ian Pannell reports.
Gaddafi spokesman: 17, including French and British, captured:
A spokesman for Muammar Gaddafi said on Sunday that 17 “mercenaries,” including what he called French and British “technical experts” have been captured in the Gaddafi bastion of Bani Walid in Libya.
Libyans fail to agree on new cabinet:
A new committee, to include officials responsible for defence and interior affairs, was supposed to be appointed by interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril on Sunday. But the talks broke down when his proposals did not receive full backing from all current members.
French lawyers to sue Sarkozy over Libya abuses:
Nicolas Sarkozy faces lawsuits over ordinary people killed in the war in Libya. Lawyers in France now accuse the president of committing crimes against humanity.
War criminal: Tony Blair ‘visited Libya to lobby for JP Morgan’:
Tony Blair used visits to Libya after he left office to lobby for business for the American investment bank JP Morgan, The Daily Telegraph has been told.
Yemen’s pro-government forces kill nearly 50 people in 2 days:
Thousands of protesters armed with sticks and backed by armed military defectors overran a base of the elite Presidential Guards in Yemen’s capital as fighting erupted across much of Sanaa on Monday. The death toll for the worst violence in months rose to nearly 50 in two days of clashes.
‘Saudi tanks cross border into Yemen’:
A convoy of Saudi tanks has reportedly crossed into Yemen to assist Sana’a in suppressing anti-government protests in the country, Yemini fighters say.
US kills 26 people including 9 civilians in Somalia:
On Friday, three high-ranking members and 14 fighters of the al-Shabab militant group were killed when the US military used remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles in an attack on Dhoobley town. On Thursday, nine civilians were killed and 30 others wounded in US airstrikes on the outskirts of Kismayo.
41 “insurgents” killed in eastern Afghanistan, government says:
More than 40 Taliban militants were killed during the weekend in several operations across the war-torn country of Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.
Three NATO occupation force soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan:
Two soldiers died Sunday in roadside bomb attacks, separate NATO statements said. The third soldier was killed the same day by another landmine explosion in the same region, the military alliance said Monday.
Afghan counter-terrorism chief killed in Taliban ambush:
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the killing of Mohammad and his bodyguard.
15 killed as Taliban attack checkpost in Khyber:
Taliban killed four volunteers of a peace laskhar and a Frontier Constabulary solider at a security checkpost in Akakhel, Bara, on Sunday, sources said. Two vehicles of the lashkar were also destroyed in the attack.
Bomber Targets Senior Pakistani Policeman; 8 Dead:
A Taliban suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives Monday outside the home of a senior police officer tasked with cracking down on militants in Pakistan’s largest city.
‘US military action in Pakistan will have disastrous consequences’:
Anticipating unilateral military action by the United States against the Haqqani network, the Pakistani military establishment has said that any such move would have disastrous consequences for bilateral relations.
Imran Khan: ‘America is destroying Pakistan.
We’re using our army to kill our own people with their money’
At least five killed, 20 wounded in Syria protests:
Syrian security forces killed at least five people and wounded over 20 during an attack on a demonstration in the Syrian city of Homs on Monday, Arab media reported.
‘NATO recruiting jihadists to Syria’:
Outside forces are trying to destabilize Syria by funding and supporting an armed insurrection which does not represent the majority of Syrian society
Secular Syrians mobilise to block Islamist rule:
Activists from the Syrian opposition formed a secular coalition in Paris this weekend, warning that without the separation of church and state the fall of President Bashar al-Assad could lead to Islamist rule.
Turkey Predicts Alliance With Egypt as Regional Anchors:
A newly assertive Turkey offered on Sunday a vision of a starkly realigned Middle East, where the country’s former allies in Syria and Israel fall into deeper isolation, and a burgeoning alliance with Egypt underpins a new order in a region roiled by revolt and revolution.
Turkey blocks Israel’s NATO request:
“Israel recently made an attempt to open an office at NATO in Brussels. We said we would veto this attempt and the issue was not even put on the agenda,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday.
Senators To Obama: ‘Mount A Diplomatic Offensive’ Against Turkey :
“[I]t appears that Turkey is shifting to a policy of confrontation, if not hostility, towards our allies in Israel,” the Senators wrote, advising Obama to inform Turkey that its policies will “negatively reflect on U.S.-Turkish relations
Netanyahu says Palestinian UN bid doomed to fail:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says next week’s bid by the Palestinians for UN membership will fail as Israel works closely with the Americans to foil the endeavor
Palestinian statehood bid: Tony Blair ‘like an Israeli diplomat’:
Tony Blair has earned the fury of Palestinian leaders after he was accused of blatant pro-Israel bias for his role in attempting to derail their bid for statehood at the UN.
Warning against a Palestinian state:
Palestinian refugees fear their leadership’s bid to become a member state at the UN will compromise their right of return
Poll: Palestinians support UN bid, fear consequences:
A majority of Palestinians support the bid for Palestine’s membership of the UN, but expect a negative backlash, according to the results of a survey released Sunday.
US Invasion Resulted In A Million Iraqis Widowed:
A staggering number of wives in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence following the U.S. invasion in 2003, a study released Sunday showed. The Los Angeles-based Relief International found that 1.5 million of the estimated 15 million Iraqi women are widows, and three out of every five of them were widowed during the war.
Saudi-backed forces attack Bahrainis:
Witnesses say regime forces fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse thousands of protesters in the city of Sitra on Monday.
U.S. Keeping Mum On Military Aid To Uzbekistan: .
HRW suggested that the aid was to bribe Uzbekistan into greater cooperation with the Northern Distribution Network, the overland supply lines to Afghanistan that pass through Uzbekistan.
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US eyes Asia from secret Australian base:
Deep in the silence of Australia’s Outback desert an imposing American spy post set up at the height of the Cold War is now turning its attention to Asia’s growing armies and arsenals.
Greece Must Shrink State to Avoid Default:
Lenders: Greek media published a list of 15 austerity measures it said the troika was demanding the Socialist government implement to receive the next tranche of aid.
Poverty in America: Faces behind the figures:
At a food pantry in a Chicago suburb, a 38-year-old mother of two breaks into tears. She and her husband have been out of work for nearly two years. Their house and car are gone. So is their foothold in the middle class and, at times, their self-esteem.
California unemployment rate rises to 12.1% in August:
California’s unemployment rate ticked up a notch in August, to 12.1% from 12% the month before, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employers shed 8,400 jobs from payrolls.
Thousands Cheer Bernie Sanders’s Appeal to Obama:
Make the Rich Pay for Deficits: “Instead of balancing the budget on the backs of working families, the elderly, the children, the sick and the most vulnerable,” Sanders said, “it is time to ask the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations in this country to pay their fair share.”
Obama proposes $1.5tn tax hike to cut deficit:
He said he wanted to introduce cuts in spending, structural reform, and a plan where the wealthiest do not skip out on paying their fair share of taxes.
Republicans cry ‘class warfare’ over millionaire tax:
Leading Republicans on Sunday spurned as “class warfare” an administration proposal dubbed “the Buffet rule” that would ensure millionaires are taxed at the same rate as the middle class.
USA: ‘Day Of Rage’ Protest On Wall Street :
With thousands after pitching tents in response to greed and corruption on wall street, Anonymous and other groups have set up a Tahir Square style revolution and even thou thousands of protesters have gathered the media outlets are blocking the word from getting out.
Wall Street Areas Blocked as Police Arrest Seven in Protest:
New York City police limited access to parts of Wall Street for a third day after a weekend of protests targeting financial firms. At least seven people were arrested since the demonstrations began.
The call to occupy Wall Street resonates around the world:
We need deeper changes to our financial system, or tent cities of people angry at corporate greed will keep appearing
“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 : 2,727
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001