Information Clearing House Newsletter 4 January 2012: Former "Dumbest Member of Congress" Scorches Romney

3 January 2012 — Information Clearing House

Marching Towards War
EU Reaches Agreement to Ban Imports of Iranian Oil
By Reuters
“The US talks about sanctioning our oil but they should know that if Iran’s oil exports from the Persian Gulf are sanctioned, then no one will have the right to export oil through the Strait of Hormuz.”

Obama Seeks to Distance U.S. from Israeli Attack
By Gareth Porter
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are engaged in intense maneuvering over Netanyahu’s aim of entangling the United States in an Israeli war against Iran.

Ethnic Cleansing of Invented People
By Miko Peled
This is how Israel’s well-oiled ethnic cleansing machine operates.

World Must Interfere in Israel’s Internal Affairs
By Gideon Levy
The new world will eventually tell Israel: Stay in the occupied territories, but give all its residents equal rights and justice. What will Israel say then?

In Nigeria, Boko Haram Is Not the Problem
By Jean Herskovits
There is no proof that a well-organized, ideologically coherent terrorist group called Boko Haram even exists.

Debunking the Terrorism Narrative
The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda
By Fawaz Gerges
The war with Al-Qaeda is over. Western leaders must level with their citizens.

‘Terrorist’ Is Just A Word
By Mhara Costello
Only fools would swift condemn, that which has not befallen them.

Libya Latest News: Chaos
By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
NATO’s terrorist forces will have to be tried and punished. Otherwise, get ready for more of the same.

Former “Dumbest Member of Congress” Scorches Romney
By Alexander Cockburn
A Catholic former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania once rated the dumbest man in the US Congress crested Tuesday night in Iowa’s see-saw battle among candidates for the Republican nomination and ran a virtual tie with Mormon millionaire Mitt Romney.

16 “militants” killed in Pakistan: Ten militants were killed in Kurram Agency, bordering Afghanistan, while six others were killed in Zhob, some 260 km from Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.

Six killed in Afghanistan bomb attack: “A total of six people including four policemen and two civilians were killed and 19 others injured in an explosion that happened at around 7.15 p.m. in Chaok-e-Madad or Madad square of Kandahar city,”

Attacks in Iraq kill four: A series of attacks in Iraq today targeting the homes of police officers and a member of a government-allied Sunni militia killed four people, including two children, officials said.

Three soldiers killed in Iraq attacks: The soldiers were killed in a village in the province of Mosul, some 400 kilometres north of Baghdad, added the sources.

Dahr Jamail: Seven years after sieges, Fallujah struggles: With their city largely destroyed by two US military assaults, residents of Fallujah continue to suffer.

Syrian rebel leader threatens to escalate attacks: “If we feel they (the monitors) are still not serious in a few days, or at most within a week, we will take a decision which will surprise the regime and the whole world,” the head of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Colonel Riad al-Asaad, told Reuters in an interview.

Report: Armed groups trained in Jordan, Turkey infiltrate Syria: These fighters entered Syria carrying with them large quantities of small and medium arms including Russian SAM-7 anti-aircraft missiles and anti tank rockets.

US meddling in AL affairs: Syria: “The US … statements are a gross interference in the work of the Arab League and an unjustified attempt to internationalize” the issue of Syria, he said.

On the brink of a global conflict:
Syria is Iran’s main ally. The West is not pleased with the political regimes in both these countries. The secret aim of all US activities in the Middle East is the overthrow of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bashar al-Assad.

China rejects US-led sanctions on Iran: “The correct path is dialogue and negotiations. China opposes putting domestic law above international law to impose unilateral sanctions on another country,” he said.

Iran Oil Ban by EU May Send Brent Crude to $125, SocGen Says: Brent crude futures, trading near $113 a barrel today, may rally to $125 should the European Union ban imports of Iranian oil, according to Societe Generale SA.

China Buys Russia, Vietnam Oil As Iran Supply Cut: Chinese trader Unipec paid a record premium for a February cargo of Russian crude and bought Vietnamese oil for the first time in at least a year, traders said, as the world’s second-largest oil consumer looks to cover for reduced Iranian supplies.

Turkey To Seek US Waiver On Iran Oil: U.S. President Barack Obama signed the new sanctions into law on New Year’s Eve, which if implemented fully would prevent most refineries from paying for Iranian crude, the first Western measure that could have serious impact on Iran’s oil industry.

Why is Britain ramping up sanctions against Iran?: Sabre-rattling at Washington’s behest is an idiocy, and likely to do little other than escalate the steps to open conflict

Iran prepares bill to bar foreign warships from Persian Gulf: Iran’s parliament said Wednesday it was preparing a bill that would prohibit all foreign warships from entering the Persian Gulf unless they received permission from the Iranian navy.

Israel’s useful idiot:
Santorum on attacking Iran: Video – We’re trying to prevent the most nefarious regime in the entire world, you know this is the equivalent of al Qaeda, it’s maybe even worse than al Qaeda being in control of a country with enormous resources and capability.

Ex-rebels’ war for money, power: Fierce clashes erupt in Tripoli: The two groups of former rebels who helped topple the regime of slain leader Moamer Gathafi traded anti-aircraft and heavy machinegun fire as they fought in broad daylight in a Tripoli neighbourhood.

Militias could drag Libya into civil war, says NTC chief : Libya risks sliding into civil war unless it brings under control the rival militias which filled the vacuum left by Muammar Gaddafi’s downfall, the head of the interim administration said after an outbreak of violence in the capital.

150 kids lose parents in S Sudan violence: Red Cross volunteers are trying to reconnect 150 young children with their missing parents after tens of thousands of residents of South Sudan ran into the bush while fleeing a massive wave of tribe-on-tribe violence, an official said on Tuesday. Many of those parents, though, are feared to be dead.

Hamas calls Israeli-Palestinian meeting a ‘farce’: The meeting, which was attended by Jordanian officials and representatives of the Quartet of Middle East peace mediators ended without a major breakthrough.

VIDEO: Settler youth discuss conquering Jordan, destroying mosques: The juxtaposition of images and words in the video is disturbing:

Israel’s useful idiot:
Santorum: ‘There Is No Palestine’: “All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis. There are no Palestinians. This is Israeli land,” the former Pennsylvania senator said.

Iowa Caucus winners are Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney : The Iowa results ended up being a dead heat between Romney and Santorum with 25%. Ron Paul ended up with 21%. Newt Gingrich came in fourth with 13% and Rick Perry pulled 10%. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann ended up with a dismal 5% and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman drew a pathetic 1%.

Iowa Vote Count To Take Place At Secret Location: Concerns about subversion grow after Republican strategist says GOP establishment will not allow Ron Paul to win.

Ron Paul Calls Unions unconstitutional? Video

Paul C. Roberts, “Ron Paul has his hands full trying to restore the Constitution” – Video

Texas 8-year-old shot and killed by police after brandishing a gun: A middle school student who brought a gun to his school in Brownsville, Texas has been shot and killed by police officers.

The Absolute Moron’s Guide to the New Military Detention Laws: We’ve put together this FAQ for those of you who are not just slightly uninformed about this issue, but hopelessly, embarrassingly confused.

Greece warns it will have to leave eurozone if it cannot clinch £100bn bailout deal:
Senior officials in Athens said that unless they could successfully complete negotiations with creditors on a second bailout package worth 130billion euros (£109billion), Greece would be unable to stay in the euro.

MF Global Sold Assets to Goldman Before Collapse: MF Global unloaded hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of securities to Goldman Sachs in the days leading up to its collapse, according to two former MF Global employees with direct knowledge of the transactions.

Laurie Goodman On Why Another 11 Million Mortgages Will Go Bad: Amherst Securities’ Laurie Goodman has predicted since 2009 another housing crash as banks are forced to liquidate tons of bad loans.

How the Rich Get Richer:
When Republicans eagerly insist on reducing or eliminating taxes on dividends and capital gains, this chart shows you who benefits. Most of us get nada, but the very rich benefit handsomely.

Food Stamp Rush Hour: On the last day of every month, at 24-hour Wal-Marts, food stamp recipients line up to make essential purchases just as their federal benefit cards recharge for the new month.

Caterpillar locks out Canadian workers:
The locomotive producer, owned by the transnational earthmoving equipment giant Caterpillar Inc., has demanded a 55 percent pay cut, the elimination of the current pension plan and a reduction in overtime rates.

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 : 2,849

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

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