Information Clearing House Newsletter 3 January 2012:

3 January 2012 — Information Clearing House

How Wars Revealed the Weakness of the Global Superpower

By Tom Engelhardt
Now, at a nadir moment in the Greater Middle East, perhaps it’s finally time to put an American face on America’s wars, to see them clearly for the imperial debacles they have been — and act accordingly.

Never Forget
Iraq. Began with big lies. Ending with big lies

By William Blum
No matter … drum roll, please … Stand tall American GI hero! And don’t even think of ever apologizing or paying any reparations.

Statement From Afghan Resistance Regarding Negotiations
By Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
The perturbing reports spread by some news agencies and western officials about negotiations have no reality and are strongly rejected by Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

The Outlook For Liberty is Dismal
By Paul Craig Roberts
Americans seem to welcome the era of tyranny into which they are now entering.

Our Innocents Abroad?
By Pat Buchanan
How would Andrew Jackson have reacted if he caught British agents doing here what we do all over the world?

When Can the President Assassinate Americans?
By Daniel McCarthy
The public needs to know what’s at stake here and just how few political leaders think there should be any restraints at all on the power of the president to kill.

The Law of Love and the Law of Violence
By Leo Tolstoy
Men are so accustomed to see order maintained by the aid of force that they cannot imagine a social organization without restraint.

Climate Change
Our Real Bequest to Future Generations

By Dean Baker
Deficit hawks try to scare us about the debt we’re leaving. That’s economic nonsense – unlike the costs of global warming.

18 Syrian Army Soldiers Killed By Deserters: At least 18 Syrian army soldiers were killed in the clashes that broke out today in Yasem against the defectors. The Syrian observatory for human rights reports

Free Syrian Army threatens to escalate campaign: The commander of Syria’s ‘Free Army’ – made up of deserters – has warned the regime his men are about to escalate their offensive against the regular army.

Syria gas pipeline hit by explosion: A gas pipeline in central Syria was hit by an explosion today in an attack the government blamed on terrorists, the state-run news agency said.

Arab League says Syria monitors are helping: Meanwhile army defectors whose armed insurgency has threatened to overshadow the peaceful popular uprising captured dozens of members of the security forces by seizing two checkpoints Monday, the opposition said. Army defectors also clashed with security forces at a third checkpoint, killing and wounding an unspecified number of Syrian troops.

US working to discredit AL monitors U.S. fears Syria not living up to Arab League deal:
The United States Tuesday expressed serious concerns about Syria’s handling of an Arab League monitoring mission designed to halt a crackdown on anti-government protests.

12 people killed in Afghanistan bomb attacks: At least 12 people have been killed and 28 others injured in three bomb attacks in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.

NATO occupation force soldier killed in southern Afghanistan: NATO says one of its service members has been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.

Taliban leaders held at Guantánamo Bay to be released in peace talks deal:
US agrees in principle to releasing top officials from Afghanistan insurgent group in exchange for starting process of negotiations.

Pakistan bomb attacks kill five: TWO separate bomb blasts in Pakistan’s troubled northwest on Tuesday killed five people and wounded 26 others.

U.S. Opened Pandora’s Box with Drones:
A disadvantage is that this type of warfare depersonalizes warfare and reduces it to just another video game.

At least six killed as Libyan rebels clash in Tripoli: The witnesses conveyed that the clashes erupted when security forces loyal to the National Transitional Council of Libya tried to retake the government building, occupied by a militia of rebels from the town of Misruta.

Engineering Consent For Attack On Iran :
France says Iran still developing nuclear arms: “Iran is pursuing the development of its nuclear arms, I have no doubt about it,” he told French television I-Tele.

Iran warns US carrier off Persian Gulf: General Salehi said on Tuesday that we recommend and warn the aircraft carrier not to return to its previous position in the Persian Gulf, “since we are not in the habit of repeating a warning and we warn only once.”

U.S. Joins EU Pressing to Cut Iran Oil Sales Over Nuclear Effort: The Obama administration and European governments are seeking help from Arab and Asian allies to reduce Iran’s oil revenues in the dispute over its nuclear program, while trying to avoid causing a surge in prices that may threaten the global economic recovery.

Oil above $111 on Iran, China, U.S. data: Crude oil rose above $111 a barrel on Tuesday as tension between Iran and the United States stirred fear of a possible disruption to oil supplies from the Middle East

Israel’s useful idiot:
Michele Bachmann: Put US missiles on alert to warn Iran: Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she would put U.S. missiles on alert and consider blockading Iran to let that country know it should not develop nuclear weapons.

Palestinians Mull ‘Harsh Measures’ for Israel, Abbas Says –
Abbas’ comments came a day after Haaretz reported that Palestinians were preparing a diplomatic campaign that aims to put Israel under “a real international siege.”

Palestinians: Peace talks require halt to (illegal) Israeli settlement construction:
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says nothing will come of Tuesday’s meeting in Jordan unless Israel agrees to halt settlement construction in West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Israel announces contentious Jerusalem construction ahead of peace talks meet:
Housing Ministry publishes tender for (illegal) 300 housing units beyond the Green Line hours before Jordan-mediated session between Netanyahu envoy, PA negotiator.

Number of Palestinians and Israeli Jews will be equal by 2015.: According to the Palestinian Authority’s CBS there are about 300,000 more Jews than Palestinians, while according to the Israeli CBS that number stands at 100,000.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood plans to put treaty with Israel to a referendum:
The Muslim Brotherhood, has announced it will not recognize Israel and intends to bring the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty to a referendum.

Egyptians vote in third round of elections: The Freedom and Justice party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood group, and Nour, set up by ultraconservative Salafi Islamists, secured between them about two-thirds of the vote in the early stages. They are expected to replicate their gains in the final round to produce an overwhelmingly Islamist parliament, with liberals occupying less than a fifth of the seats.

Israel-Egypt peace appears to be nearing its end: Western leaders have tried to downplay the fact that Egypt’s next government will be controlled by Islamist parties with ties to Hamas and other terror groups

Gaza’s Hamas PM warmly welcomed in Turkish parliament: The Palestinian leader received a standing ovation from the ranks of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) for his surprise entry into the room as the prime minister was making his weekly address to his fellow deputies.

Israel scraps military deal with Turkey: The move by the Defense Ministry, could cost Israel Aerospace Industries and the military electronics manufacturer Elbit Systems an estimated $90 million if Ankara demands compensation.

Obama Makes Arms Sales A Key Tool Of U.S. Foreign Policy: The President and his advisors apparently have decided that well-armed allies are the next best thing to U.S. “boots on the ground” when it comes to advancing America’s global “security” interests.

Boko Haram ‘threatens Nigerian Christians and troops’: A purported spokesman for Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has issued an ultimatum to Christians in the country’s north and threatened troops after the president declared a state of emergency in hard hit areas.

Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists?: Boko Haram promotes a version of Islam which makes it “haram”, or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society. This includes voting in elections, wearing shirts and trousers or receiving a secular education.

Boko Haram: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
In the town of Maiduguri, where the group was formed in 2002, the residents dubbed it Boko Haram. The term “Boko Haram” comes from the Hausa word boko meaning “Animist, western or otherwise non-Islamic education” and the Arabic word haram figuratively meaning “sin” (literally, “forbidden”).

Exposed: The Military’s Freakiest ‘Non-Lethal’ Weapon Ideas:
The military’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate’s “Non-Lethal Weapons Reference Book,” leaked online last week by, is a terrifying treasure trove that describes dozens of ways – for military and law enforcement officials to make you wish they were using the real bullets.

Shocking Religious Hate Crimes In NYC: Islamic And Hindu Centers Firebombed: Four molotov cocktails were thrown in Queens, New York on Sunday night. The targets of these fire bombing attacks were a mosque and a Hindu place of worship. No one was killed in any of the explosions, but damage was done and a clear message of hatred was sent.

Mosque firebombed:
New York’s mayor has expressed outrage after a mosque was hit by a firebomb in an arson spree police are investigating as a hate crime.

2012 Iowa Caucuses by the numbers:
The percentages for the top three GOP contenders (Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum) in an Iowa survey

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 : 2,848

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

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