Information Clearing House Newsletter October 24, 2011: Paul Craig Roberts: Totally Corrupt America

24 October 2011 — Information Clearing House

The War in Libya is Still a Failure
By Daniel Larison
Libya has confirmed every skeptic’s worst fears that in practice, the “responsibility to protect” is little more than a pretext for toppling vulnerable governments.

Drones, Dictators, Dirty Deals:
Gaddafi worth more dead than alive?

Fidel Castro calls NATO “brutal” for Libya role
By Reuters
That brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious instrument of repression that has known the history of mankind.

Woke Up One Morning and the War Is Over
By Mike Ferner
Maybe in Obama’s dreams; maybe in the minds of his spin doctors prattling on Sunday morning talk shows; maybe in the minds of pundits comfortably opining from New York and Washington. Perhaps for them the American War in Iraq is over. But not to the millions living it out in reality.

The US War On Iraq: A Complete Neocon Defeat
By Jonathan Steele
The neocons’ grand plan to use the 2003 invasion to turn the country into a secure pro-western democracy and a garrison for US bases that could put pressure on Syria and Iran lies in tatters.

Switching Focus from Iraq to Iran
By Ray McGovern
“Now we have another compelling reason to put the ‘military option’ on Iran right in the middle of the table – and, finally, exercise that option.”

Commending Torturers
Uganda : Another US Military Adventure
By Nicholas Kramer
The details of violence and torture are difficult to even read, but it is important to understand exactly what sort of activities our government is supporting in our names.

Totally Corrupt America
By Paul Craig Roberts
Totally innocent people are held indefinitely and tortured by the US government for no other reason than to convince the gullible public that they are endangered by terrorists.

Throw Them Out With the Trash
Why Homelessness Is Becoming an Occupy Wall Street Issue
By Barbara Ehrenreich
It is illegal, in other words, to be homeless or live outdoors for any other reason. It should be noted, though, that there are no laws requiring cities to provide food, shelter, or restrooms for their indigent citizens.

Occupiers Have to Convince the Other 99 Percent
By Chris Hedges
If the movement starts to pull hundreds of thousands of people together, if it leaps across class lines, as I saw during the peaceful revolutions in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, then the corporate state is probably finished.

Noam Chomsky Addresses Occupy Boston Protesters:
This is a full video coverage of Noam Chomsky’s address to Occupy Boston protesters on Oct 22, 2011

NATO: 200 Afghan “insurgents” killed, captured:
Tens of thousands of Afghan and NATO troops killed or captured 200 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan during two operations targeting the violent Haqqani network blamed for the majority of attacks in Kabul, the U.S.-led coalition said Monday.

3 US Occupation Force Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan:
The US Department of Defence said on Sunday that three US soldiers were killed in southern Kandahar province on Saturday. The defence department said they died of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device attack.

Hundreds of Afghans rally against US pact:
Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets in Kabul on Monday, shouting “death to America” in an angry protest urging the government not to sign a strategic partnership with the United States.

Eight Iraqis killed, injured in armed clashes in northern Baghdad:
Four Iraqis, including two policemen, were killed and four others were injured in armed clashes near a province north of the capital, Iraqi police sources reported on Monday.

Turkish Tanks Reportedly Move Into Northern Iraq Toward PKK Camp:
Reports say the armored convoy was headed in the direction of a Kurdish militant camp at Haftanin, around 20 kilometers inside Iraq.

Clinton warns Iran not to ‘miscalculate’ over Iraq:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Iran on Sunday not to “miscalculate” in Iraq, saying the US military presence in the region would remain strong after the withdrawal of all American combat forces at the end of the year.

Seven killed in violence across Yemen:
Seven people were killed in violence across Yemen on Monday as President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he welcomed the UN resolution urging him to quit but failed to say if he will comply and resign.

Saleh demands regime impunity:
Behind-the-scenes talks involving president Saleh requesting immunity for more than 500 regime leaders followed United Nations Resolution 2014, issued on Friday. Though termed ‘toothless’ by some, the resolution has stirred domestic political negotiations, which have stood at a standstill for several months.

Four killed in central Syria amid crackdown:
Four people were killed on Monday in the central Syrian province of Homs by troops and mobs loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syria and US withdraw ambassadors:
Tit-for-tat withdrawals add to tensions between Damascus and Washington, which has called on Assad to stop using violence

U.S. Senator McCain calls for military intervention in Syria:
U.S. Senator John McCain proposed a military intervention to protect civilians in Syria now that NATO’s operations in Libya are almost completed.

One killed, 8 wounded in Nairobi blast: Red Cross:
The two grenade blasts came two days after the U.S. embassy in Kenya warned that an attack was imminent as the east African nation fights Islamist militants in neighboring anarchic Somalia.

France reportedly bombs Somali town:
Kenya on Sunday said that France’s navy bombed a town in Somalia near a stronghold of al-Shabab, the first confirmation that a Western military force is involved in the latest push against the Islamist militia.

Somali president: Kenyan incursion ‘unacceptable’:
Somalia’s president says a two-week-old Kenyan military incursion into Somali territory is “inappropriate and unacceptable.”

Libya’s new leader declares an Islamic state:
If Libyans want to outlaw interest and bring back polygamy, fine, but let them do so in a democratic and transparent way: Write a new constitution and let the country vote on it.

‘We continue our resistance to full revenge. I am in Libya, alive and free’ – Gaddafi’s son:
The son and one-time heir apparent of the late Colonel Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, is still in Libya. He is free and will go on with the resistance, he reportedly claimed in an address to supporters aired by Syria’s Arrai TV Channel.

Gaddafi’s will found: :
“I pledge that I will die as Muslim. Should I be killed, I would like to be buried, according to Muslim rituals, in the clothes I was wearing at the time of my death and my body unwashed, in the cemetery of Sirte, next to my family and relatives.

Gaddafi’s son Mo’tassim, shown speaking with Libya captors:
TV: Gaddafi’s son did not appear nervous. At one point, he was shown puffing on a cigarette and in another shot he drank from a blue transparent mineral water bottle. Mo’tassim was announced dead the same day.

British companies to rush for £200bn in Libya contracts:
UKTI estimates that Libyan contracts, in sectors from oil and gas to education and construction, could be worth £200billion over the next decade.

CIA kidnapped, tortured wrong guy:
A former CIA agent reveals that the agency kidnapped and tortured a man they wrongfully believed to be a top member of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden’s personal banker.

U.N. torture investigator says access to Manning denied, condemns solitary confinement:
Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, confirmed yesterday that the Department of Defense has blocked his requests for an unmonitored meeting with PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower.

WikiLeaks suspends publishing due to lack of funds:
The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks said on Monday it was suspending publishing classified US diplomatic files to focus on fundraising “to ensure our future survival”.

New euro ’empire’ plot by Brussels:
European Union chiefs are drawing up plans for a single “Treasury” to oversee tax and spending across the 17 eurozone nations.

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: 4,797
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,774

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

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