Information Clearing House Newsletter 7 November, 2011: How To Buy Your Own Congressperson

7 November 2011 — Information Clearing House

Senior Cleric Warns of Iran’s Powerful Reprisal for US Plots
By Fars News Agency
Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami, warned on Monday that Tehran would reciprocate any US move and plot against the Islamic Republic with such strong acts of reprisal that Washington and its allies would never forget.

‘Attack Iran’ and AIPAC’s Infamous Chutzpah
By MJ Rosenberg
The House Foreign Affairs Committee hurriedly convened this week to consider a new “crippling sanctions” bill that seems less designed to deter an Iranian nuclear weapon than to lay the groundwork for war.

Ron Paul: Befriend Iran
By Associated Press
GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul says “offering friendship” to Iran, not sanctions, would be a more fruitful to achieving peace with Tehran.

Israel: Truths, Facts and Facts on the Ground
By Joseph Massad
Much of the international support that Israel receives is based on several lies it tells and re-tells as “facts”.

This Is How Israel Runs The British Press
By Gilad Atzmon
The following is a glimpse into the Israeli Hasbara’s/Mossad’s/Sayanim’s operation in the UK. It explains how Israel and its agents manage to dominate news coverage in Britain and beyond.

Killing Kids
The CIA’s Unaccountable Drone War Claims Another Casualty

By Pratap Chatterjee
Last Friday, I met a boy, just before he was assassinated by the CIA. Tariq Aziz was 16, a quiet young man from North Waziristan.

US Companies Conducting Human Experimentation in Africa
By Farid Zakaria
The human subjects often are led to believe that they are receiving medical treatment from governmental health services or health ministries.

The War Against the Poor
Occupy Wall Street and the Politics of Financial Morality
By Frances Fox Piven
A moral economy for our own time would certainly take on the unbridled accumulation of wealth at the expense of the majority (and the planet).

Finding Freedom in Handcuffs
By Chris Hedges
I placed myself at the feet of these commodity traders to call for justice because the dead, and those who are dying in slums and refugee camps across the planet, could not make this journey.

Jack Abramoff: The lobbyist’s playbook Or How To Buy Your Own Congressperson
CBS 60 Minutes
Abramoff: I was actually thinking of writing a book – “The Idiot’s Guide to Buying a Congressman” – as a way to put this all down.

15 Kenyan troops killed in Somalia:
Reports indicate that three Somali soldiers gunned down 15 Kenyan troops near the southern town of Tabataa, escaping with Kenyan military trucks.

13 people killed as troops attack rebellious city:
Qatar’s Prime Minister to called for Arab states to meet on Saturday to consider Syria’s failure to implement a deal struck with the Arab League to end the bloodshed triggered by the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian Troops Fight Defectors In Besieged Homs:
Syrian troops stormed a defiant neighborhood of the embattled city of Homs on Monday, kicking in doors and making arrests after nearly a week of violence pitting soldiers against army defectors and protesters demanding the downfall of President Bashar Assad, activists said.

Syria asks for Arab help against U.S. involvement in ‘bloody events’:
Syria has sent the Arab League a letter asking for support against what it called U.S. involvement in “bloody events” in the country amid increasing opposition calls for international protection of civilians against the forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Former Syria VP leads new opposition group:
A new Syrian opposition group backed by Bashar al-Assad’s former Vice-President Abdul-Halim Khaddam said on Monday it wanted to unify the various opposition strands and use “all means” necessary to oust the Syrian leader.

10 killed in Iraqi bomb blasts:
At least 10 people were killed when three bomb blasts rocked a busy market in Iraq’s capital yesterday where people were shopping for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, police sources said

Six “militants” killed in south Yemen clashes: official:
Six “militants” were killed in clashes with Yemeni government forces in the southern province of Abyan, a local official said on Monday, raising to 11 the number of Islamists killed in the area in two days.

EU to discuss sanctions on Yemen’s Saleh next week – France:
Europe will discuss freezing the assets of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his entourage next week as the bloc tries to make him to stand down in line with a deal brokered by Gulf Arab states, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Monday.
US plans to get Pak nukes ‘pure fiction’: :
Pakistan on Sunday described as “pure fiction” a US media report about possible American plans to secure the country’s nuclear arsenal in the event of any extremist threat, saying no one should “underestimate” its capability to defend its national interests.
Engineering Consent For Attack On Iran:
Iran will be able to build nuclear bomb within months, IAEA says:
Western experts say IAEA report to reveal Iran has already acquired knowledge, technology, and resources to achieve nuclear capability.

Iran says IAEA’s documents on its missile program “fake”:
A senior member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said Monday that the documents of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its missile program are “fake,” the official IRNA news agency reported.

Israel and U.S. Plan Largest Joint Exercise:
Israel and the U.S. will embark on the “largest” and “most significant” joint exercise in the allies’ history, said Andrew Shapiro, U.S. assistant secretary for political-military affairs

Russia warns against any military strike on Iran:
“This would be a very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said when asked about reports that Israel planned a military strike against Iran.

Propaganda alert:
War Criminal : Condi Rice: ‘I Have No Doubt Israel Will Defend Itself Against Iran’:
Rice also says it’s “becoming clearer” to the Obama administration that the United States needs to get tougher with its adversaries after the Iranians “bit off” the hand of friendship that President Barack Obama originally extended.

U.S. renews financial aid to Palestinians after UN statehood row:
Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee says funds are national security interests of the United States and that Israel does not object to the assistance.

Zionist plan to build 60,000 illegal settlement units in Jerusalem:
Hebrew media sources revealed a strategic plan of the occupation municipality in Jerusalem which aims to build more than 60,000 new settler residential units in Jerusalem over the next 20 years.

Less healthcare, but Greece is still buying guns:
Greeks furious at ‘intact’ arms spending as eurozone leaders insist on cuts to their public services

France unveils $138bn bid to slash deficit:
French PM announces austerity measures and tax rises totalling $138bn in bid to eliminate budget deficit by 2016.

U.S. Poverty Rate Rises to 16 Percent:
The U.S. poverty rate was 16 percent in 2010 measured under an alternative method, up from the official rate of 15.2 percent released earlier, according to the Census Bureau.

Wealth gap between old and young becomes widest ever:
While people typically accumulate assets as they age, this wealth gap is now more than double what it was in 2005 and nearly five times the 10-to-1 disparity a quarter-century ago, after adjusting for inflation.

Most of the unemployed no longer receive benefits:
The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America’s unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits.

Large numbers of US households to be denied heating assistance this winter:
The ongoing economic crisis has driven up the number of American households applying for home heating assistance this winter. Federal funds, however, are likely to be slashed virtually in half from last year.

Banks Mum on Customer Switches:
An estimated 650,000 consumers have transferred $4.5 billion from banks to credit unions since the end of September.

Shot by police with rubber bullet at Occupy Oakland :
While filming a police line at Occupy Oakland after midnight on Nov. 3 following the Nov. 2 general strike, an officer opens fire and shoots me with a rubber bullet.

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: 4,801
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,796

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

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