Information Clearing House Newsletter 19 November 2011: The United States isn't broke

19 November 2011 — Information Clearing House

Britain in Secret Talks with Syrian “Rebels”
By Kim Sengupta and Catrina Stewart
The progression of the working relationship opens up the prospect of the rebels eventually being recognised as the country’s representatives and supplanting the Assad regime. The development comes as France said that it, too, was ready to work with the Syrian opposition.
Syria’s Opposition Is Armed
Placard-Waving Protesters are actually Machine Gun-Wielding Terrorists.
By Tony Cartalucci
The “Free Syria Army” is literally an army of militant extremists, – funded, supported, and armed by the United States, Israel, and Turkey.
Iran and the I.A.E.A.
By Seymour M. Hersh
The new report, therefore, leaves us where we’ve been since 2002, – with lots of belligerent talk but no definitive evidence of a nuclear-weapons program.
Ex-Inspector Rejects IAEA Iran Bomb Test Chamber Claim
By Gareth Porter
A former inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repudiated its major new claim that Iran built an explosives chamber to test components of a nuclear weapon and carry out a simulated nuclear explosion.
‘Washington Rules’ and our Path to Permanent War
By Eric Black
The United States maintains 300,000 troops abroad at 761 sites in 39 foreign countries. Who else could aspire to such an arrangement without being perceived by Washington as an existential threat to world peace?
From The Archive
Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance
By Noam Chomsky
Chomsky indicates that America is just as much a terrorist state as any other government or rogue organization.
Occupy Oakland
Video Shows Police Beating ‘Peaceful’ Iraq War Veteran
By Adam Gabbatt
Oakland police investigating after ex-marine Kayvan Sabehgi suffered a ruptured spleen in apparently unprovoked incident.
“Why Occupy Wall Street? 4 Reasons.”
By DC Douglas
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Here’s What Attempted Co-Option of OWS Looks Like
By Glenn Greenwald
The U.S. desperately needs a citizen movement devoted to working outside of political and legal institutions and that is designed to be a place of dissent against it.
We’re Not Broke
“They got bailed out; we got sold out!”
By Annie Leonard
The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country.

Hard News

Two Afghan policemen killed by Nato occupation force troops: police:
Two Afghan policemen were killed and three wounded when Nato-led forces shot them at a checkpoint, a local police chief said Saturday.

Key Afghan meeting backs troop deal with US:
Their declaration at the end of the loya jirga stressed terms including that US nationals committing crimes in Afghanistan must not face immunity and that the US must side with Afghanistan if a third country tries to attack it.

Pakistani businessman says “coup” memo was dictated:
 A Pakistani-American businessman said on Friday that Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States had asked him in May to appeal to the Pentagon to help the civilian government ward off a coup by Pakistan’s powerful military.

Report in Syria: Army deserters kill 4 air force soldiers:
Four intelligence soldiers from Syria’s air force were attacked and killed by Syrian army defectors. The attackers opened fire towards the troops’ car, which was on its way to the city of Homs.,7340,L-4150241,00.html

Three killed in Syrian crackdown as Arab ultimatum nears:
‘The security forces stormed the town of Deir al-Zour near the region of Hama and killed three protesters,’ Omar Idlibi, an activist based in Beirut, told dpa

Iran to start air defence drill simulating Israeli attacks:
The Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that the drill was aimed at ensuring Iran was ready for any attacks on its nuclear facilities and other strategic sites.

IAEA Backs Resolution To Intensify Pressure On Iran Over Nuclear Program:
The text stops short of recommending a new sanctions regime against the Islamic republic.

Two killed in southern Yemeni violence:
Two civilians were killed in an overnight attack by Yemni forces on an opposition party in the southern city of Taiz, medical sources said on Saturday.

Yemenis condemn US support of regime: 
Tens of thousands of Yemeni worshippers gathered in Sanaa for Friday prayers, demanding that Saleh be tried for ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters, AFP reported.

Egypt : 1 dead – 676+ Injured – Police and protesters clash in Cairo’s Tahrir Square – :Video –
Trouble flared on Saturday after security forces broke up a sit-in at the square. People injured during the uprising at the start of the year and relatives of those killed camped out to demand that those behind the violence be brought to justice.

Bahrain: Hundreds Mourn After Boy Is Killed In Demonstration:
Hundreds of mourners gathered in Bahrain on Saturday for the funeral of a young protester killed by a police vehicle as security forces were dispersing Shiite demonstrators rallying against Sunni rulers near an American naval base.

Kenya asks U.S. for help with Somalia offensive:
Washington is considering the request to provide surveillance and reconnaissance as Kenyan troops become bogged down in their effort to go after the Al Qaeda-linked Shabab militia.

WikiLeaks: US warned Kenya against invading Somalia:
The existence of the cables undercuts Kenya’s claim that the move had not been long planned.

Analysis: As Libyans wrangle, Qatar in wings:
With horse-trading over Libya’s new government in its intense final days, foreign travel might not seem a priority for the interim leader, but when Mustafa Abdul Jalil jetted off to Qatar this week, few were surprised.

Bad Moon Rising over Great Sirte Bay: Franklin Lamb:
Huddled next to a camp fire with a congenial and bright group of still heavily armed “NATO rebels,” I that the past eight months experiences for many Libyans who fought with or for NATO were rather different from what the western mainstream media portrayed. And what many of us who spent last summer in the Western Libya Gadhafi stronghold were inclined to believe about them

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in Libya:
Fighters from the western mountain city of Zintan announced his capture on Saturday. The Zintan fighters, one of the militia factions still at large in the country, said they planned to keep him detained in Zintan until there was an administration to hand him over to.

War crimes tribunal tries Bush, Blair:
A War Crimes Tribunal in the Malaysian capital has begun its hearing against George W. Bush and Tony Blair, charging the former officials for the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.

‘Remains of US troops treated like trash’:
According to three US mortuary workers, the remains of dozens of US soldiers who have died in Iraq or Afghanistan have been lost, burned, and even thrown away like garbage in the Dover Air Force Base’s landfill in Delaware.

Portland pepper spray incident generates iconic Occupy photo: 
The dramatic photo of a young woman getting a blast of pepper spray on her face during a mostly peaceful Occupy protest in Portland is destined to become an enduring image of the national movement.

Cost Of war

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:

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,810

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

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