Information Clearing House Newsletter 7 October, 2011: The Most Important Thing in the World Now

7 October, 2011 — Information Clearing House

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Occupy Wall Street:
The Most Important Thing in the World Now

By Naomi Klein
When people are panicked and desperate and no one seems to know what to do, that is the ideal time to push through their wish list of pro-corporate policies: privatizing education and social security, slashing public services, getting rid of the last constraints on corporate power.

Why Bother the Bankers?
“Blood-suckers of Wall Street”

By John Weeks
Those who garner these financial riches, the “malefactors of great wealth” (Theodore Roosevelt), demonstrate repeatedly that their institutional mission is the destruction of the wealth of society not its creation.

Eric Cantor Condemns Occupy Wall Street ‘Mobs
By Huffington Post
“This administration’s failed policies have resulted in an assault on many of our nation’s bedrock principles,” he said. “If you read the newspapers today, I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country.”

False Hope
“What the hell is wrong with you?”

By Louis Farrakhan
This nation is not about poor people…. This Nation is about rich people!

Obama’s Good Cop/ Bad Cop
Don’t Let Him Get Away With It: Occupy Wall St

Here’s the deal the Democratic leadership has made with the Republicans.

Lawyers With Borders Opposes Occupation of Wall Street
By Brian J. Foley
“If people occupy Wall Street and use up our First Amendment right, how will Wall Street be able to tell us what to think?”

Global Revolution
Live Video from Occupy Wall Street And Freedom Plaza DC

Video Stream – Chat – Twitter
This channel will feature live streams from global non violent revolution spreading across the globe, with broadcasts from Wall Street Occupation in NYC.

Why Tax the Rich to Pay for More War?
By Robert Naiman
If we’re going to use the money to kill, imprison, and otherwise oppress people in other countries who have done us no wrong, I would just as soon let Warren Buffett keep his money.

Murdered By His Own Government
Family of Samir Khan ‘Appalled’ by U.S. Assassination

By Tim Funk
The family cast the 25-year-old Khan as a “law-abiding” U.S. citizen who was assassinated by an American government that has not “contacted us with any news about the recovery of our son’s remains (or) offered us any condolences.”

An Embarrassing Spectacle
Max Puts the Boot into Pakistan

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
Pro-Israeli hawk urges U.S. to “get tough” with sole Islamic nuclear power.

Israels Prestige
The More Enemies, The More Honor

By Uri Avnery
It seems. We may be losing our only second-best friend.

Report from Haiti
Where’s the Money?

By Bill Quigley
Where has the money raised for Haiti gone? What about the Red Cross? What about the US government? What about the money raised in France, Canada and across the world?

Iraq blasts kill at least 23, scores wounded:
Three bombs exploded near a busy street market and a religious site in a mainly Shi’ite area of southwestern Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 23 people and wounding scores of others, security sources said.

Libya: 22 NATO supported rebels killed in attack on Sirte :
In a sign of the intensity of the resistance by those inside the city, a constant stream of ambulances was seen taking the wounded from the battle towards a field hospital outside the town.

Syria: Medvedev cautions Assad as 10 more killed:
The fresh surge of violence came as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Assad will have to leave power if he fails to implement reforms acceptable to the opposition, and Damascus again blamed “terrorists” for the unrest.

Vetoed UN Security Council resolution on Syria allowed for Libyan scenario – Medvedev:
The text of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria, which Russia and China vetoed recently, allowed for the use of military force against that country, says Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

War is only option to topple Syrian leader: Syrian army deserter:
Colonel Riad al-As’aad, who is now living under Turkish government protection in Hatay province on the Syrian border, said some 15,000 soldiers, including officers, had already deserted

Turkey Moves to Directly Support Syrian Opposition:
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly taking the lead in supporting the Syrian opposition. Erdogan condemned the vetoing of a United Nations resolution against Damascus and has announced it will impose its own sanctions. This week saw the start of military exercises on the Syrian border.

Turkish FM: Turkey ready for war with Syria:
In case of necessity Turkey is prepared to break out war with Syria, said Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, newspaper Timeturk reported.

Hamid Karzai admits Afghanistan ‘security failure’:
After a decade of fighting in Afghanistan, retired Army General Stanley McChrystal estimated that the coalition was “a little better than” half way to achieving its military ambitions, adding that the US began the war with a “frighteningly simplistic” view.

Afghanistan may need funds until 2025 – UK envoy: –
Afghanistan will need financial and military support for many years after a 2014 deadline for foreign combat troops to return home, and may not be able to balance its budget until the middle of next decade, Britain’s ambassador in Kabul said.

US in Afghanistan: no signs of departure:
American troops are going to stay well beyond 2014, the much trumpeted deadline given by President Obama, according to Washington’s top military commander there, General John R. Allen.

ISAF Ministers pledge support to Afghanistan beyond 2014:
They stressed that Transition is not departure, but rather NATO will continue to support Afghanistan after 2014.

From cloud cuckoo land:
Obama on 10-year mark of Afghan war:

America safer: Obama noted the 10-year anniversary of the war’s start in a quiet style, offering a written statement and holding no public events to mark the moment.

Coordinated Attacks in Afghanistan Hit U.S. Sites: –
Insurgents attacked four American outposts simultaneously near the border with Pakistan on Friday, striking the positions with multiple rockets and, at one base, a suicide bomber who exploded his vehicle near one of the base’s walls.

German General Says NATO Mission Has ‘Failed’:
A top German general who was instrumental in planning the Bundeswehr’s mission in Afghanistan has said that the intervention has failed and the Taliban will regain power within months of withdrawal. Ten years after the invasion, he is far from alone with his critique.,1518,790539,00.html

Afghanistan civil war a significant risk, ‘cold-eyed’ British review to warn:
On 10th anniversary of start of war, patchy progress brings fears civil war or Taliban takeover could follow Nato’s 2014 withdrawal

Do what your told!!
Clinton: US won’t keep up aid to Pakistan without change:

The United States is not prepared to continue the same levels of military aid to Pakistan unless it sees some changes in the relationship, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

Yemen’s main oil pipeline blown up:
Yemen’s main oil export pipeline was blown up on Thursday in the Wadi Obeida region, east of Sanaa, a local tribal chief told AFP, ruling out an attack by Al-Qaeda.

Army chief says West supports ‘coup’ in Yemen;
Clashes resume in Sana’a and Taez: General Yehia Mohammed Abdullah Saleh said that the west was supporting what he called “a coup” in Yemen. He added that the Gulf initiative and the power transfer plan was a Yemeni domestic affair.

Bahrain Shias mourn teen protester’s death:
The shooting death of a 16-year-old Shia Muslim protester has prompted thousands of angry mourners to join a huge funeral procession outside the capital Manama, raising fears of a possible clash with security forces.

US Empire
Marines in support of AFRICOM establish task force in Sigonella:

Marines began moving into their barracks this week at a U.S. base in Sigonella, Italy, which will serve as the new home to a special task force of reconnaissance troopers tasked with training African militaries fighting Africa-based terror groups.

Of Bases and Budgets:
Why, after 66 years, 28,500 U.S. troops still remain on 87 bases and installations on the Korean peninsula and whose security they are safeguarding.

Romney: century of American dominance ahead:
Romney said he would boost the number of Navy ships and pour more money into defense, outlining proposals to strengthen the military while rejecting multilateral institutions like the United Nations when necessary.

Poll: Nearly half of Americans can’t name a single GOP presidential candidate:
Forty-seven percent of those polled in a recent Pew Research Center survey couldn’t identify one Republican competitor for the GOP nomination. Twenty-eight percent could name Rick Perry, 27 percent could name Mitt Romney and 15 percent could name Michele Bachmann.

State for Sale:
A conservative multimillionaire has taken control in North Carolina, one of 2012’s top battlegrounds.

US/CIA kills former Glendale resident:
He was killed on Sept. 30 in a U.S. predator drone attack in Yemen that was targeting and ultimately killed Anwar al-Awlaki

Drones don’t kill people, people kill people:
A headline in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye Saturday morning: “Drone Kills Top Al Qaeda Figure.” Something about the ambiguity of this language bothered me – in English, do we more often cite the weapon that kills someone, or the consciousness that directs the weapon?

Justin Raimondo: Obama’s Death Panel:
It turns out, the Obama administration has indeed set up a Death Panel, albeit not in the realm of healthcare.

Bloodied but defiant:
10,000 Greek strikers and police in running battles as debt-ridden country starts a 24-hour walkout:

Costs of UK’s colonial war in Libya spiral:
According to the figures compiled by Defense Analysis editor Francis Tulsa, the war has cost around £1.75 billion so far.

UK: Antiwar Mass Assembly 8 October 2011: Trafalgar Square *
Not signed the pledge to be there yet? Sign it now…

Ireland: Occupy DameStreet – Central Bank of Ireland – Tomorrow! –
 (October 8, 2011) from 2pm

The rise of the silver protester:
Now senior citizens and veterans take to the streets in Occupy Wall Street demonstrations

Wall Street protests spread to US capital:
The “Stop the Machine” rally organised by a group called “October 2011” echoed the demands of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in New York that drew more than 5,000 people, including labour-union support, on Thursday.

OccupyDC Takes Freedom Plaza : Video:
Activists gathered on Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, on Thursday to fight for economic and social justice.!

Occupy SF camp broken up by police:
San Francisco police and public works crews dismantled a Financial District encampment early Thursday that had been occupied for nearly a week by activists protesting economic inequality.

‘My night stick’s gonna get a work out tonight’:
NYPD officer caught bragging about beating protesters as several U.S. cities hit by Wall Street demonstrations

This may be worse than the Great Depression: Bank of England Governor:
The Bank of England caught financial markets by surprise yesterday by announcing that it will inject £75bn into the ailing British economy over the next four months.

“It’s Going to Get a Lot Worse”: ECRI’s Achuthan Says New Recession Unavoidable:
Weakness in leading economic indicators has become so pervasive the Economic Cycle Research Institute now predicts a new recession is unavoidable.

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: 4,795
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,754

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

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