Information Clearing House Newsletter September 23, 2011: NATO strikes, NTC kill 151 in Sirte: Gaddafi aide

23 September 2011 — Information Clearing House

Mahmoud Abbas Addresses UN
Video and Transcript
“It is a moment of truth and my people are waiting to hear the answer of the world. Will it allow Israel to continue its occupation, the only occupation in the world?

A President Who is Helpless in the Face of Middle East Reality
By Robert Fisk
The facts will continue to prove that the US administration remains a tool of Israel when it comes to Israel’s refusal to give the Palestinians a state.

Congress Moves To Punish Palestinians, But Even Israel Objects
By Nathan Guttman
Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Addresses United Nations
Video and English Translation
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took to the podium at the U.N. General Assembly Thursday – one day after two American hikers were released from prison in Tehran – to deliver a speech strongly condemning the United States.

The Neocolonial Order is to Stay
A Puppet Government in Libya

By Akbar E. Torbat
The neo-colonial order since has lingered in most Third World countries and the western powers are at work to continue it for the foreseeable future.

Losing Liberty for Security with the Padilla Case
By Jacob G. Hornberger
Although it might be little-known among the American people, the Jose Padilla case is quite possibly the most important legal case in our lifetime in terms of the freedom that Americans lost on 9/11.

Class Warfare And The Social Contract
By Paul Krugman
Do the wealthy look to you like the victims of class warfare?

Follow the Money: Behind the European Debt Crisis Lie More Bank Bailouts
One of the secrets of capitalism, after all, is the way in which it obscures and conceals processes of economic exploitation. Wealth moves and accumulates along hidden circuits that tend to elude us.

No Shots Left in the Locker
The Big Plunge

By MIKE Whitney
The perception now is that the Fed is out of bullets at the worst possible time, just as the economy is starting to crater.

How the Two-party Duopoly Operates
By David Sirota
The behavior of two Colorado politicians shows how superficial the differences between the parties are.

NATO strikes, NTC kill 151 in Sirte: Gaddafi aide:
Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s spokesman said on Thursday that NATO air strikes and shelling of Sirte by interim government forces on Wednesday and Thursday had killed 151 people.

Race hatred clouds Libya’s democratic ambitions:
Those who fled recount a campaign of violence against them which leaves them little hope of a future in Libya.

Africa Will Hold Nato Responsible for Black Lives in Libya:
A group of 500 Ghanaians who managed to arrive back home from the fighting in Libya told harrying stories of how difficult life had been for them.

Terror: Somalia, Libya may be sign of US military action to come, expert says :
“Make no mistake: The United States is at war in Somalia, and will likely only deepen its involvement as the present famine worsens. But that won’t mean large troop deployments as in 1992. Today’s intervention is unlike anything that was possible 19 years ago.”

NATO to stay in Libya:
Analysts believe that the real reason why NATO has prolonged its mandate is that, in reality, it is too early to say that the Gaddafi regime is living its last days.

15 killed as Yemeni rebels, loyalists trade :
Renewed violence in the Yemeni capital killed at least 15 people Thursday as forces loyal to the regime and its opponents shelled each other’s strategic positions from hills surrounding the city, medical and security officials said.

Yemeni president returns from Saudi Arabia: –
President Ali Abdullah Saleh returned Friday to the violence-torn Yemeni capital after more than three months of medical treatment in Saudi Arabia in a surprise move certain to further enflame battles between forces loyal to him and his opponents.

Nine killed in Syria, EU imposes fresh sanctions:
‘So far, we know of nine protesters killed in various areas in Syria and some 40 injured,’ said Syrian activists based in Beirut on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Syria: The revolution will be weaponised:
Journalist Nir Rosen discusses armed struggle with army officers who have defected to join the opposition

Seven Afghan civilians killed in landmine blast:
Seven Afghan civilians died and four were wounded in a landmine explosion Friday in southern Kandahar province, police said.

Three Italian occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan:-
Three Italian soldiers were killed in a road accident in Afghanistan Friday raising Italy’s death toll in Afghanistan to 44 since it joined the NATO-led mission in the Asian country in 2004.

US kills three people in Pakistan:
A US drone strike has left at least three people dead in northwestern Pakistan, reports by the country’s security officials say.

Pakistan Blasts Mullen’s Comments:
Pakistan’s foreign minister warned the U.S. that it risked losing an ally after the U.S.’s top military commander claimed Pakistan’s military spy agency was aiding a militant group believed to be responsible for an attack last week on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

Pakistan warns US ‘no boots on our ground’:
Pakistan would not tolerate any incursion on its territory by US forces targeting militant groups, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Thursday, calling for Washington to provide the intelligence Islamabad needs to take them out itself.

Haqqani chief: U.S. will suffer if it tries attack:
Haqqani spoke to Reuters by satellite phone from an undisclosed location on Thursday just hours before Washington, ever more strident, accused Pakistan’s shadowy but powerful ISI intelligence agency of working with the enemy.

Iraqi police: Bombs kill 5 in Baghdad:
Police officials say five bombs were planted early Friday near three houses and two parking lots in the mostly Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliyah.

Iraq speaker: Parliament in the dark on US troops:
Iraq’s parliament’s speaker says the government has failed to tell lawmakers how many U.S. troops might be need to stay in the country beyond an and-of-the-year deadline for Americans to leave Iraq.

Ahmadinejad accuses US and others of racism, colonialism, war-mongering and blames them for financial crisis:
“By using their imperialistic media network which is under the influence of colonialism they threaten anyone who questions the Holocaust and the September 11 event with sanctions and military actions,” he said.

Turkey voices readiness for Israel war:

In an interview with Charlie Rose, when Erdogan was asked if he saw the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine Turkish nationals as “a cause of war,” — as the premier had earlier said — Erdogan said “we will do that too if it becomes necessary,” Turkey’s Vatan newspaper reported on Thursday.

Abbas Submits Formal Request For Member State Status:
Abbas was greeted by sustained ovation and appreciative whistles as he approached the dais to deliver a speech outlining the Palestinian quest to have the United Nations recognize an independent Palestine. The request was formally submitted shortly before Abbas spoke.

Palestinians take to streets to cheer on UN bid:
In Ramallah, a flag-waving, whistling crowd packed into the downtown area to show its support for President Mahmoud Abbas, who had come under intense pressure from the U.S. and others to withdraw the application at the last minute.

Obama to Abbas: U.S. will veto Palestinian statehood bid at UN:
U.S. President appeals to Palestinian President at meeting on sidelines of UN General Assembly; ahead of Clinton meeting, Netanyahu says West Bank settlement freeze not an option.

Obama: America’s ‘first Jewish president’?
After the president’s speech to the UN, our senior analyst wonders why US leaders continue to pander to a foreign power.

Bill Clinton: Rick Perry’s like Israeli ‘militants’:
Former President Bill Clinton suggested Thursday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry was ideologically in line with “militant subgroups in Israel” and was too willing to let the Jewish state do whatever it wants.

Propaganda alert: Iran stole missiles during Gaddafi revolt in Libya:
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have stolen dozens of sophisticated surface-to-air missiles from Libya and smuggled them across the border into Sudan, according to Western intelligence reports.

‘US secretly sold Israel bunker-busters’:
US President Barack Obama secretly authorized the sale of 55 powerful bunker-buster bombs to Israel, a report by Newsweek magazine says.

Gun barrels don’t bring peace: Iran:
“[They] consider themselves superior to others and entitled to special and exclusive advantages and do not accord any value or right to others and allow themselves to tread upon the rights of all nations and governments,” he said.

City Councilman Defends Naming His Dog ‘Muhammad’:
A city councilman in San Juan Capistrano, California, has come under fire by Muslims and local council members alike for naming his dog Muhammad and later announcing it during a city council meeting.

More cases of NYPD ethnic spying exposed:
The New York Police Department put American citizens under surveillance and scrutinized where they ate, prayed and worked, not because of charges of wrongdoing but because of their ethnicity, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.;contentBody

2 police officers charged in death of homeless man:
Kelly Thomas was sitting on a curb in Southern California as police checked his backpack when Officer Manuel Ramos donned the gloves and made two fists in front of him. Prosecutors say Ramos then said: “Now see my fists? They are getting ready to F you up.”

Mexican Government Under Assault From Drug Cartels, Washington Yawns:
It’s worth remembering that the U.S.-Mexican border, all 1,969 miles of it, is the only place in the world where the Third World washes up against the First.

Majority in U.S. Continues to Distrust the Media, Perceive Bias:
The majority of Americans still do not have confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.

Greek austerity: new measures ‘catastrophic’ say protesters:
Strikes bring Athens to a standstill as government announces further swingeing cuts to public sector jobs and pensions

Greece denies reports on default scenarios:
Greece denied on Friday newspaper reports that one option in the debt crisis would be an orderly default with a 50 percent haircut for bondholders. – Separately, the Finance Ministry said, in reaction to the reports, that the country was committed to implementing a second, 109 billion euro bailout agreed with its international lenders in July.

Senators target China with currency bill: –
US senators unveiled legislation Thursday to punish China over its alleged currency manipulation, promising angry American voters to put an end to Beijing’s “economic murder” of US jobs.

George Monbiot : A Billionaires’ Coup in the US:
The debt deal will hurt the poorest Americans, convinced by Fox and the Tea Party to act against their own welfare

One in Five New York City Residents Living in Poverty:
Poverty grew nationwide last year, but the increase was even greater in New York City, the Census Bureau will report on Thursday, suggesting that New York was being particularly hard hit by the aftermath of the recession.

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 : 2,735

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

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