Information Clearing House Newsletter 31 October, 2011

31 October, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Turkey’s Erdogan Holds Assad’s Fate in his Hands
By Anshel Pfeffer
Syrian protesters and army defectors can only dent Assad’s iron hold on the country, unless, that is, Turkey continues to silently sponsor his opponents.

Presstitute alert: …
U.S. Planning Troop Buildup in Gulf After Exit From Iraq
Troop buildup would include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military attack on Iran.

What Explains US’s Anti-Iran Tirade
By M K Bhadrakumar
The bankruptcy in the American thinking on Iran is simply astounding.

From The Archives:
“Rebuilding America’s Defenses”
Blueprint of the PNAC Plan for U.S. Global Hegemony
By Bette Stockbauer
Some people have compared it to Hitler’s publication of Mein Kampf, which was ignored until after the war was over.

Haaretz Calls on Peres to Torpedo Iran Attack
By Richard Silverstein
Obama is no Ike. He has neither the stature nor the military command experience to face down Bibi if the latter decides to go for broke.

From The Archive
A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm
By The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies
Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria.

OWS in a Bind: Doesn’t Want to Mention the S-word
By William Bowles
Is Iran for example a replacement for Hitler and the Third Reich?

A Master Class in Occupation
By Chris Hedges
“Liberty! Dignity! Democracy! Everything for Everyone! Nothing for Ourselves!”

Occupy the World…And the Values Revolution!
By Gary Corseri
We have been a culture distracted by the baubles of consumption. We have been willing to kill and maim millions of people, – so that an insignificant 1 percent—and even much less than that-could accumulate more and more baubles and dictate more and more orders.

Neither Revolution Nor Reform: A New Strategy for the Left
By Gar Alperovitz
Quietly, a different kind of progressive change is emerging, one that involves a transformation in institutional structures and power, a process one could call “evolutionary reconstruction.”

Occupy the Treasury!
Reclaim the monetary system with the NEED Act – HR 2990
By Nikki Alexander
With all the hysteria about government debt and deficit spending, ostensible pretexts for annihilating the public sector, why is no one scrutinizing the source of the problem ~ the monetary system?

USA: Murder Inc.
By Laurence M. Vance
The Commission that governed the American Mafia, the Obama administration has a secret panel of senior government officials that places the names of individuals on a hit list and then notifies Obama the capo di tutti capi.

TSA’s Power Grope
By The Washington Times
Rogue agency reaches out and touches people outside airports.

20 Syrian soldiers killed in ‘clashes with deserters’: –
Twenty Syrian soldiers were killed on Saturday and 53 wounded in clashes with presumed army deserters, while 10 security agents and a deserter were killed in a bus ambush, activists said.

Assad says Western action against Syria ‘could burn the whole region’:
“Syria is the hub now in this region. It is the fault line, and if you play with the ground you will cause an earthquake … Do you want to see another Afghanistan, or tens of Afghanistans?” he asked.

Arab League hands Syria plan to end unrest:
Plan involves talks between authorities and the opposition to end the uprising against President Assad’s rule.

Kenya kills 12 people in Somalia:
At least 12 people were killed on Sunday when two Kenyan jets bombed the southern Somali town of Jilib, residents and officials said, as the east African nation’s fights to rid Somalia of Islamist al Shabaab rebels.

Kenyan air raid ‘kills civilians’ in Somalia:
Strike on camp for displaced women and children kills at least three and wounds scores, say witnesses and an aid group.

10 dead after militants attack base in Somalia:
A team of suicide bombers and gunmen disguised as soldiers assaulted an African Union base in the Somali capital Saturday, sparking a two-hour gunfight that left at least 10 people dead, security officials said.

Burundi anxious over 51 dead soldiers in Somalia:
Egide Hatungimana was one of 51 Burundian soldiers killed in a firefight with al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia last week, his brother says. But the body has not been delivered to his family, which only found out about the death in a call from a fellow soldier.

Five policemen killed in bombing in northern Iraq:
Five policemen were killed in a roadside bomb attack in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, an official told dpa.
Four killed in Iraq violence:
Four people were killed and eight injured Sunday in separate bomb and gun attacks in central and eastern Iraq.

Three children among five killed by Yemeni forces as troops shell gas station:
Four people, including three children, were killed overnight when troops loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh shelled a petrol filling station in a region north of the capital, tribal sources said on Sunday.

US kills 4 more people in Pakistan:
At least four people killed in suspected US missile strike near town of Datta Khel, according to intelligence officials.

Imran Khan leads 100,000 rally against Pakistan’s US alliance :
“Our leaders owned this war on terror for the sake of dollars,” Khan told the crowd assembled around the country’s most important national monument, the Minar-e-Pakistan. “Let me curse you. You sold out the blood of innocent people.”

Over 150,000 attend Imran Khan’s rally :
Vowing to end terrorism in the country, Khan said he held a meeting with tribal elders three days ago. “They all said militancy will end if Pakistan army leaves the tribal areas and US troops quit Afghanistan,” he said.

Car bombing kills three in Afghanistan:
At least three people have been killed and two more wounded after a car bomb was detonated in front of the offices of a US-based non-governmental organization (NGO) in southern Afghanistan.

Israel launches fresh air strike in Gaza:
At least two people reportedly killed in latest attack, raising Palestinian death toll to 11 and straining truce.

Saudi royal offers $1m Israeli-soldier bounty:
Prince Khaled bin Talal increases to $1m a reward offered by cleric to anyone who captures an Israeli

U.S. Could Withhold Funds For U.N. Agency After Vote to Grant Membership to Palestinians:
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted 107-14 with 52 abstentions on Monday granting Palestinians full membership in the organization. The U.S. voted against the nomination. Eighty-one votes of the 173 UNESCO members were needed for full membership to be approved.

Al-Qaeda Flag Planted On Libyan Courthouse…:
One can now see both the Libyan rebel flag and the flag of al Qaeda fluttering atop Benghazi’s courthouse.

Libya: Militias Terrorizing Residents of ‘Loyalist’ Town:
Human Rights Watch interviewed dozens of Tawerghans across the country, including 26 people in detention in and around Misrata and 35 displaced people staying in Tripoli, Heisha, and Hun. They gave credible accounts of some Misrata militias shooting unarmed Tawerghans, and of arbitrary arrests and beatings of Tawerghan detainees, in a few cases leading to death.

Propaganda alert::
Chemical weapons spotted in Tripoli: NTC leader:
The NTC has found chemical weapons a few days ago in Tripoli, which are believed to be possessed by the fallen leadership of Muammar Gaddafi, said Jibril at a press conference. However, he refused to give further details on the location and amount of the chemical weapons.

Soldiers escorted Saadi into Niger:
SAADI Gaddafi was smuggled into Niger by a team of ex-special forces soldiers from around the world, according to a former Australian soldier who claims to be the personal bodyguard of the former Libyan dictator’s son.

Saudi Arabia’s old regime grows older:
The death of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud highlights the decrepit nature of the Saudi leadership.

“People call it Hell.”: U.S. had advance warning of abuse at Afghan prisons, officials say:
The Afghan intelligence agency runs a detention facility for up to 40 terrorism suspects that is known as Department 124. So much torture took place inside, one detainee told the United Nations, that it has earned another name: “People call it Hell.”

Ex-Guantanamo Guard tells of Violence Against Detainees:
The other four men started punching the detainee. “Then someone on the inside called the female MP… in there to hit him. And she did,” Neely said.

Mexico: Video threatens to disclose Zetas allies:
An Internet video is threatening Mexico’s Zetas drug cartel with exposure of its allies in the local police and news media this week unless the gang frees a kidnapped member of the international hacker movement known as “Anonymous.”

Anonymous Veracruz message to ZETA : Video –
We want the army and the navy to know that we are fed up with the criminal group Zetas, who have concentrated on kidnapping, stealing and blackmailing

Occupy Oakland plans general strike: –
Occupy Oakland demonstrators expect tens of thousands of people to participate in a general strike Wednesday in the California city, an organizer said. Flyers announcing the strike said “all banks and corporations must close down for the day or we will march on them.” The flyers called for solidarity with the global Occupy movement, an end to police aggression

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: 4,800
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,789

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

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