Information Clearing House Newsletter September 20, 2011: The Truth about 'Class War' in America

20 September 2011 — Information Clearing House

Libya – The Other Side of the Coin
By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
If the west can only survive by siphoning off the resources of others, then these nations are leeches and parasites and deserve no respect at all.

A Secret License to Kill
By David Cole
Imagine that Russia started killing individuals living in the United States with remote-controlled drone missiles, and argued that it was justified in doing so because it had determined, in secret, that they posed a threat to Russia’s security.

U.S. Republicans submit resolution giving Israel right to annex West Bank
By Natasha Mozgovaya
If the [Palestinian Authority] continues down this road of trying to get recognition of statehood, the U.S. will not stand for it. And we will respect Israel’s right to annex Judea and Samaria.”

Why the Middle East Will Never Be the Same Again
By Robert Fisk
The US has lost its purchase on the Middle East. It’s over: the “peace process”, the “road map”, the “Oslo agreement”; the whole fandango is history.

Abused and Tortured
Jose Padilla and How American Justice Functions
By Glenn Greenwald
America is plagued by a two-tiered justice system in which political and financial elites enjoy virtually absolute immunity for even the most egregious of crimes, while ordinary Americans (and especially fully stigmatized ones like Padilla) are subject with few defenses to the world’s largest and one of its most merciless systems of punishment.

Troy Davis Execution: Georgia Pardons Board Denies Plea For Clemency
By Ed Pilkington
Amnesty International’s US branch, that has championed the case, said: “Allowing a man to be sent to death under an enormous cloud of doubt about his guilt is an outrageous affront to justice. The case against Davis unraveled long ago.”

US Poverty Report
By Braden Goyette
The Census Bureau has released new poverty figures, we wanted to give you another snapshot of how Americans are faring more than two years after the recession.

The Truth about ‘Class War’ in America
By Richard Wolff
Republicans claim, in Orwellian fashion, that Obama’s millionaire tax is ‘class war’. The reality is that the super-rich won the war.

Welcome To The USA
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Arrested
Peaceful protesters arrested.

A Revolutionary Idea for a Revolutionary Time:
A Plan of Action for the Global Political Awakening
By Andrew Gavin Marshall
We are entering into the Greatest Depression in history, our governments are driven by the logic of imperial insanity, whereby we are increasingly headed for a World War III scenario.

20 Shiite Muslim pilgrims killed in southwestern Pakistan:
Gunmen opened fire on a bus in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan in a suspected sectarian attack on Tuesday, killing around 20 Shiite Muslim pilgrims traveling to Iran, police said.

Eighteen “militants”, one Pak security personnel killed in Orakzai clashes:
Four militant compounds were destroyed by gunship helicopter shelling, which is still continuing in the area.

4 killed in Peshawar blast:
A powerful explosion ripped through a market in Peshawar city in northwest Pakistan today, killing at least four persons hours after a suicide car bombing by the Taliban in Karachi killed eight persons

Afghan Policeman, 3 Civilians Killed in Northern Afghanistan:
The incident happened in the Aqcha district of the province on Monday evening when a suicide bomber on a motorbike tried to run a police check point, the Afghan Ministry of Interior said.

Former Afghan president reportedly killed:
Rabbani was head of the country’s high peace council, which was set up by the Afghan government to work toward a political solution. However, it had made little headway since it was formed a year ago.

Third day of violence leaves 12 dead in Yemen:
Clashes intensified on Tuesday between forces loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abduallah Saleh and army defectors, leaving at least 12 people killed.

Yemen unrest: ‘Ceasefire’ halts fighting in Sanaa:
A ceasefire has been agreed in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, after government forces shelled a protester camp there, killing seven people, reports say.

Yemen on the verge of a humanitarian disaster, UNICEF warns:
Yemen remains on the verge of a humanitarian disaster, with rates of malnutrition that are among the highest in the world especially among children in communities displaced by conflict across the country, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.

Five killed in Syria as rebels struggle to organise :
“Five residents, including a woman, were shot dead yesterday by security forces, who have been conducting a sweep in Houla since Sunday,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement.

Iraq violence leaves five dead:
Violence across Iraq, including coordinated bombings against provincial government offices in the western city of Ramadi, killed at least five people on Tuesday, officials said.

Suicide bombers kill Sunni ‘Awakening’ leader in Iraq: –
Suicide bombers on Tuesday killed a leader of Sahwa, the Sunni Muslim militias that were backed by U.S. forces in Iraq, as well as three other people in an attack on a local government compound in Ramadi, the capital of mostly Sunni Anbar province.

Gaddafi :Transitional council of Libya ‘void and illegitimate’ Video and transcript:
Deposed Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi makes a defiant statement on TV denouncing the legitimacy of the National Transitional Council.

Libyan militias amass weapons:
At a huge weapons depot in the Libyan capital, flat-bed trucks line up to be piled high with land mines, rockets and shells, before being driven off into the western mountains.

African Union recognises Libya’s NTC:
The African Union (AU) recognised the National Transitional Council (NTC) as Libya’s de facto government on Tuesday, removing another piece of diplomatic support for ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Suspend Libya relations, US to Kenya :
Kenya has rejected a bid by the United States government to pressure Nairobi into kicking out Libyan diplomats loyal to the Gadaffi regime. The us wants Kenya establish diplomatic relations with the rebel transitional national congress.

US, Israeli military chiefs meet: –
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his US counterpart Leon Panetta met Monday at the Pentagon to discuss political changes in the region ahead of the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations.

Official: Palestine has 7 votes in Security Council:
PA foreign minister says he is confident the Palestinian delegation can secure the minimum nine votes needed to win support for Palestinian statehood.

Report: UN vote on Palestinian statehood might be delayed for weeks:
Sources say a ‘silent agreement’ exists among Western powers to act to postpone the Security Council vote.

US senators urge African leaders on Palestinian vote:
Key US senators said late Monday that they had urged 23 African leaders to oppose the Palestinians’ drive to raise their status at the United Nations, with the world body expected to act this week.

IDF oversees NATO emergency drill:
Equipped with vast experience and knowledge, representatives of Home Front Command, Magen David Adom, Israel police and Health Ministry train, critique and grade over 1,000 soldiers, rescue personnel from dozens of countries, including Turkey,7340,L-4124645,00.html

The coming Republican push on Iran:
Backed by Israel, it’s the only foreign policy issue that unites the GOP

UK complicity in Iran terrors exposed:
The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization has exposed the depth of British spying apparatus’s involvement in assassination plots against Iranian nuclear scientists.

‘Iran designs system superior to S-300’:
A senior Iranian Army commander says the Islamic Republic is building a more sophisticated version of Russia’s S-300 missile defense system at home.

Al-Jazeera Top Officials Resign for fabricating news on Syria: –
Director-General of al-Jazeera Satellite Channel, Waddah Khanfar, resigned on Tuesday after he was found directly in contact with the US intelligence as well as fabricating news on the events in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

In case you missed it:
Explosive Wikileaks US Cable:
Al Jazeera Deletes Content that Disturb US Government: A confidential US cables from US embassy in Doha, reveals that Al Jazeera Managing Director Wadah Khanfar has agreed to US government request to delete and altar website content that “disturb” the US government

Bolivian President Morales asks SouthAm bloc to ‘decertify’ US:
Morales accused the United States of being the root cause of the international drug trade as a leading consumer of cocaine.

U.S.-Canada Perimeter Security and the Consolidation of North America:
The U.S. and Canada are very close to unveiling a North American perimeter security deal that would promote greater integration between both countries. This includes expanding collaboration in areas of law enforcement and intelligence sharing which could dramatically affect sovereignty and privacy rights

Three Quarters of “Homeland Security” Grant Money Goes to Jewish Causes:
There’s good reason for the Jewish community to be proud. A Forward analysis of the 995 grants distributed through the national program from 2007 to 2010 found that 734, or 73.7%, went to Jewish organizations. DHS announced its grants for 2011 in late August, and here, too, Jewish groups were the big winners, with 81% of those awards.

Keiser Report: Dollar-Trapped : Video:
This week Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss Babyface Bernanke, Eurotarp and ‘rogue traders.’ In the second half of the show Max talks to Bill Still, director of The Money Masters & The Secret of Oz, about Fort Knox, state banks and monetary reform.!

US economy may be weak ‘for years to come’: IMF:
The Washington-based fund slashed its US growth forecasts for this year and next, while warning of the need for more government stimulus in the short-term as well as a credible longer-term plan to cut spending.

Food Inflation Reaches “Quite Concerning” Levels In Houston:
Our pricing survey in Houston once again showed further price increases coming through to retail. Our average basket is now up over 9% in about a year and increased +1.5% since our last visit to the market in July.

Inside the Trillion-Dollar Underground Economy Keeping Many Americans (Barely) Afloat in Desperate Times:
The underground economy isn’t just drugs and sex work.

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 : 2,718

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

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