Information Clearing House Newsletter 28 November 2011: Libya's New Rulers Offer Weapons to Syrian Rebels

28 November 2011 — Information Clearing House

Pakistan Has Had Enough
By Simon Tisdall
The belief that weak, impoverished, divided Pakistan has no alternative but to slavishly obey its master’s voice could turn out to be one of the seminal strategic miscalculations of the 21st century.

Libya’s New Rulers Offer Weapons to Syrian Rebels
Syrian rebels held secret talks with Libya’s new authorities on Friday
By Ruth Sherlock, in Misurata
“There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan fighters to Syria,” – “There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few weeks you will see.”

The US Game Plan For Egypt and The Arab World
By Noam Chomsky
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Prepare for Riots in Euro Collapse, Foreign Office Warns
By James Kirkup, Deputy Political Editor
British embassies in the eurozone have been told to draw up plans to help British expats through the collapse of the single currency, amid new fears for Italy and Spain.

Unelected Puppets of a German-dominated EU
Neil Cavuto talks to Nigel Farage MEP, UKIP, Co-President of the EFD Group in the European Parliament.

Bankers Have Seized Europe
Goldman Sachs Has Taken Over

By Paul Craig Roberts
The European Union, just like everything else, is merely another scheme to concentrate wealth in a few hands at the expense of European citizens, who are destined, like Americans, to be the serfs of the 21st century.

Goldman Sachs Announces Presidential Run
By K.M. Breay
The conglomerate will forgo donations altogether and instead finance the campaign with a portion of the $10 billion in taxpayer-funded bailout money the investment bank received in 2009.

Thought Crime in Washington
By Peter Van Buren
In twenty-first-century America, “rights” are increasingly meant for those who behave themselves and don’t exercise them.

Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens
The Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans.

Stranger Than Fiction
5-Year-Old Handcuffed, Charged With Battery On Officer
By Dave Manoucheri/KCRA
A Stockton student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. That student was 5 years old.

Syria: 47 soldiers killed over weekend:
Syrian army suffers major blow as deserters mount deadly attacks against Assad’s combatants. Arab League discusses further sanctions on Damascus,7340,L-4153363,00.html

15 civilians killed in Syria:
Syrian forces killed at least 15 civilians on Sunday, six of them in the flashpoint region of Homs that has been under siege for several weeks in an operation to crush dissent, a rights group said.

Engineering Consent For Attack On Syria:
Arab League approved “Unprecedented” Sanctions on Syria: Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim said 19 of the League’s 22 member nations approved the sanctions, which include cutting off transactions with the Syrian central bank and halting Arab government funding for projects in Syria. Iraq and Lebanon abstained.

Engineering Consent For Attack On Syria:
Arab states cut commercial ties with Syria: “The indications are not positive … the sanctions are still economic but if there is no movement on the part of Syria then we have a responsibility as human beings to stop the killings,” Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar’s prime minister and foreign minister, told reporters.

French forces said to be training Syria rebels:
According to Milliyet, France has sent its military training forces to Turkey and Lebanon to coach the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) – a group of defectors operating out of Turkey and Lebanon – in an effort to wage war against Syria’s military.

Leading Libyan Islamist met Free Syrian Army opposition group:
Libyan authorities this week dispatched the country’s most renowned Islamist militia leader to meet senior figures of the Free Syrian Army. The Daily Telegraph on Saturday revealed that the new Libyan authorities had offered money and weapons to the growing insurgency against Bashar al-Assad.

Angry Libyans stage ‘plane protest’ at Tripoli airport:
A passsenger aircraft was surrounded and its take-off delayed for hours in the latest sign of lawlessness threatening Libya’s stability.

At least 21 killed, dozens hurt in Yemen fighting Monday:
At least 21 people have been killed and dozens wounded in northern Yemen, where Shia rebels are attacking positions held by Sunni Islamist Salafi fighters with bursts of shelling, a spokesman for the Salafis said yesterday.

Yemen’s Saleh decrees ‘general amnesty’:
The announcement on Sunday immediately angered groups who say Saleh can no longer take such decisions, having transferred his presidential powers to his deputy under a Gulf Co-operation Council deal to step down in return for immunity from prosecution.

Pakistan says NATO ignored pleas during raids that killed 24:
The NATO air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers went on for almost two hours and continued even after Pakistani commanders had pleaded with coalition forces to stop, the army claimed on Monday in charges that could further inflame anger in Pakistan.

Rage grips Pakistan over NATO attack:
Fury spread in Pakistan on Sunday over a NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and could undermine the US effort to wind up the war in Afghanistan. Sunday night in Pakistan, more than 40 hours after the incident, many questions remained.

NATO chief ‘regrets’ killing Pakistani soldiers:
NATO expressed regret on Sunday over air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers as the United States sought to repair relations with Islamabad that plunged into crisis over the lethal attack.

Pakistanis protest state corruption:
Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have staged a massive rally in Peshawar to protest government corruption and its alliance with the United States. The rally was organized at the request of the opposition politician and Chief of Tehreek-e-Insaf Political Party, Imran Khan.

Former Pakistan FM joins up with Imran Khan:
Pakistan’s ex-foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi joined forces with cricketer-politician Imran Khan Sunday, becoming the most high-profile defector to his growing campaign to win the next general election.

NATO says 2 service members killed in eastern and southern Afghanistan:
NATO says two of its service members have been killed in Afghanistan, one in combat operations in the east and the other by a roadside bomb in the south.

150,000 Iran missiles awaiting Israel:
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, advised the US and its allies to realize Iran’s incredible might and know that in the event of a war the Islamic Republic will teach the Americans what war really is and what soldiers are supposed to be like.

Iran’s parliament votes to expel British ambassador:
MPs pass bill to downgrade diplomatic ties in response to economic sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear programme

US mulls harboring anti-Iran terrorists:
The United States is mulling over removing the anti-Iranian Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from its terrorist watch list and giving refuge to its members, a move which indicates Washington’s support for terrorism.

Four killed, nine wounded in Iraq attacks:
Bomb and gun attacks killed four people and wounded nine others across Iraq on Sunday, security officials said.

Army issues warning as Egyptians go to polls:
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who heads a council of generals who took power after Mubarak’s fall, called on voters to turn out and said he would not buckle in the face of demands for the army to hand control to civilian leaders.

MK: Prepare for War If Egypt Deploys in Sinai:
MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) warned Sunday that Israel must prepare for the possibility that Egypt will deploy its military in the Sinai peninsula – and respond to that act as a declaration of war.

Palestinians to skip interim government:
The Hamas statements suggested that a solution was being finessed to get around the disagreement over keeping Salam Fayyad, prime minister of the West Bank government, who is popular with Western donors but strongly opposed by Hamas. By retaining the separate governments until the elections and perhaps enabling them to work closer together, both sides could save face.

Seriously? Senate Considering Repeal of Anti-Torture Measures:
Yesterday, the ACLU and over 30 other organizations sent a letter to the Senate asking them to oppose an effort in Congress that threatens to revive the use of torture and other inhumane interrogation techniques.

International banks have aided Mexican drug gangs:
Banking powerhouse Wachovia Corp. last year agreed to pay $160 million in forfeitures and fines after U.S. federal prosecutors accused it of “willfully” overlooking the suspicious character of more than $420 billion in transactions between the bank and Mexican currency-exchange houses – much of it probably drug money, investigators say.

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 : 2,818

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

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