Information Clearing House Newsletter 27 January 2012: Michael Parenti: Free-Market Medicine: A Personal Account

27 January 2012Information Clearing House

Masked Gunmen Rule in Damascus: Video
In many parts of the county it is not clear who is actually in control. The situation is certainly very dangerous for civilians.

The Human Rights “Success” In Libya
By Glenn Greenwald
When the West invokes human rights concerns to justify an attack on a dictator whom it has long tolerated (and often even supported), that is rather compelling evidence that human rights is the packaging for the war, not the goal.

Israeli Assassinations and US Presidents
By Alison Weir
There is evidence that in 1991 an Israeli undercover team planned to assassinate a U.S. President. The intended victim was George Herbert Walker Bush.

The Fruit that Did Not Fall
The ‘idiocy and ignorance’ of US Republican race
By Fidel Castro
News from Spain, France, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, England, the Malvinas and several other parts of the planet are serious and all foretell political and economic disaster due to the foolhardiness of the United States and its allies.

Not a Peep About the President’s Praise for War
By Laura Flanders
It’s chilling to see just how few hits the president takes for couching his entire address in unqualified celebration of the US military.

Mind Control: Weapon of Mass Persuasion
Must watch 3 minute video
“We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
How government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populace.

Banks Weren’t Meant to Be Like This
By Michael Hudson
The urgent issue is who will control the economy: governments, or the financial sector and monopolies with which it has made an alliance.

Free-Market Medicine: A Personal Account
By Michael Parenti
When I recently went to Alta Bates hospital for surgery, I discovered that legal procedures take precedence over medical ones.

The Shame and Pride of Joining Food Stamp Nation
By Christopher D. Cook
I call myself frayed white collar-part of the privileged poor.

How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’
By George Lakey
Both countries had a history of horrendous poverty. When the 1 percent was in charge, hundreds of thousands of people emigrated to avoid starvation.

50 killed in Syria as Arabs go to U.N.: An Arab League team is to take the 10-month-old crisis in Syria to the U.N. Security Council, as activists said almost 50 people were killed in unrest Thursday, including 10 children.

UN Security Council convenes after 37 killed in Syria: Syrian activists and residents say security forces killed 37 people in Homs today as locals mourned 14 members of a family they said were slain by militiamen in one of the worst sectarian attacks in a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

AL Stance towards Syria Serves the West and U.S., Russia Won’t Give up Support for Syria: – Head of the Moscow-based Academy of Geopolitical Sciences Leonid Ivashov criticized the stance of the Arab League, especially the Gulf Countries, towards Syria, Libya and Iran, stressing that they adopt a policy which serves the interests of the West and the U.S.A.

Russia to promote its own Syria resolution at U.N.: The remarks indicated that a Western-Arab draft resolution supporting a plan for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside will be a tough sell for Russia, a veto-wielding council member, but he did not rule out a compromise.

Putin Says U.S. Seeks `Vassals` Not Allies : The U.S. “wants to control everything” and takes decisions unilaterally on key questions, Putin said on a campaign stop yesterday in the Siberian city of Tomsk, 3,100 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow. “Sometimes I get the impression the U.S. doesn’t need allies, it needs vassals.”

Saudi Arabia to recognize Syrian National Council: report: Saudi Arabia will recognize the Syrian National Council as the “official representative” of the Syrian people, a senior member of the opposition group said in remarks published on Friday.

Suicide bomber kills 31 in Baghdad attack: A suicide bomber detonated his explosive-filled taxi near a Shi’ite funeral procession in Baghdad on Friday, killing 31 people and bringing the death toll from violence since an Iraqi political crisis erupted in December to more than 400.

Fifteen killed in Iraq attacks: At least 15 people were killed Thursday in a series of attacks across Iraq, said security sources, despite an attempted crackdown by the authorities on suspected insurgents, dpa reported.

Iraq says to take legal action for Haditha victims: Iraq plans legal action on behalf of families of victims killed by U.S. troops in a 2005 massacre after the last soldier involved was spared jail time by a guilty plea with military authorities, a government spokesman said Thursday.

Sectarian clashes kill 22 in Yemen: At least 22 people were killed in clashes between rebels and fighters from an Islamist group in a province under rebel control in rugged northern Yemen, tribal sources said on Thursday.

20 “militants” killed in Pakistan :
At least 20 militants were killed and 22 Pakistani soldiers injured in a gun-battle in the northwest tribal region early Thursday

Bomber targets NATO occupation force convoy in Afghanistan; 4 killed: Three Afghan civilians were killed Thursday when a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, according to officials.

Bahrain confirms teen died in police custody: Government doesn’t say how 18-year-old died in hospital, but an opposition leader claims cause of death was torture.

‘Bahraini forces attack mourners’: The demonstrators had gathered to mourn the deaths of four Bahrainis killed by regime forces in the past 24 hours.

Libyan detainees tortured to Death: : Several people have died after being tortured by militias in Libyan detention centres, human rights group Amnesty International has said.

Detainees held by Libya rebels still tortured-UN: “The lack of oversight by the central authorities creates an environment conducive to torture and ill-treatment,” Pillay said. “My staff have received alarming reports that this is happening in places of detention that they have visited.”

Aid group halts work in Libya over ‘torture’: Medecins Sans Frontieres suspends work in Misrata prisons where doctors are asked to “patch up tortured detainees”.

In Libya, rebels still dominate Tripoli streets: Many of the fighters say they will respect only an elected government and do not recognize the authority claimed by the unelected, transitional government.

Retaliation for EU Sanctions: Iran Set to Turn Off Oil Supply to Europe: The European Union embargo on Iranian oil will only come into effect in six months, but the leadership in Tehran wants to act first: Exports to Europe are set to be halted immediately. It is a move which could mean added difficulties for struggling economies in southern Europe.,1518,811507,00.html#ref=rss

‘No one can sell oil if Iran cannot’: “In the absence of Iranian supply, oil prices will go up and they (the Western states) know it; However, Iran will never allow itself to be in a situation in which it cannot sell oil but other regional states can,” Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, told Press TV

Halt in Iran oil could push crude up 30%: IMF:
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned on Wednesday that global crude prices could rise as much as 30 per cent if Iran halts oil exports as a result of United States (US) and European Union (EU) sanctions.

U.S. to deploy more warships to Gulf in March: The U.S. plans to deploy a third convoy of warships led by USS Enterprise to the Gulf in March.

‘Massive’ Blockade Needed to Stop Iran Threat, Israeli Finance Minister : –
A “massive” aerial and naval blockade of Iran, reminiscent of the 1962 U.S. quarantine of Cuba, is needed to stop the Islamic regime from pursuing nuclear weapons

‘Senior IDF officer told cabinet Israel cannot stop Iran’s nuclear program’: Time Magazine quotes Israeli defense official as saying that Israel can only delay Tehran’s nuclear program by several months, at most a year.

Will Israel Attack Iran?: (And If It Does, Can It Really Stop Tehran’s Nuclear Program?): In the effort to stir global action against the Iranian nuclear program, Israel has played its hand brilliantly.

‘Israel must have credible military option on Iran’: Former IDF chief of staff Ashkenazi says “everything that can be done under the radar” must be done, alongside “painful, crippling sanctions.”

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran :
Netanyahu cites Holocaust lesson in dealing with Iran: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, citing the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust and the danger a nuclear-armed Iran, said on Tuesday that Israel must not shy from acting alone to thwart any threat to its existence.

What are the experts saying about Iran?: Video – J Street is today releasing a video featuring the views of former Mossad Directors Ephraim Halevy and Meier Dagan, former Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, and Middle East advisor to six U.S. Secretaries of State Aaron David Miller, among others, who have sought to challenge the facile assumptions and rhetoric of those arguing for war.

Palestinian leader Barghuti demands 1967 borders: “The conflict will be finished the moment the Israeli occupation ends, and there is a full withdrawal to the 1967 borders and a Palestinian state is established,” he said in Hebrew at Jerusalem Magistrates Court.

Water for all: The case for a one-state solution: Many academics, such as Rashid Khalidi, point to the fact that a de facto one-state reality has already emerged, with different classes of citizenship designated for Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinians; effectively constituting an apartheid system.

What the Adelsons will want for their money:
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam have transformed the Republican primary by pumping $10 million into a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC, thereby enabling his surge against Mitt Romney. So it’s surprising that comments Gingrich made last week about what the Adelsons expect in exchange for their money haven’t gotten more attention.

Egypt Bars Son of U.S. Official From Leaving: The Egyptian authorities have blocked the son of a United States cabinet member and at least five other American employees of two Washington-backed nongovernmental organizations from leaving Egypt in an apparent escalation of a politically charged criminal investigation into foreign-financed groups promoting “democracy”.

Talks Signal Possible US Return to Philippines: Officials involved in preliminary negotiations said the two governments are favorably inclined toward such an arrangement — which would come about two decades after the United States had to close its bases in the Philippines.

Papua New Guinea military coup fails: Government troops regain control of army barracks and top military commander is released but peace remains fragile

Julia Gillard ‘rescued’ amid Australia Day protests :
Australian PM Julia Gillard and leader of the opposition Tony Abbott had to be rescued by riot police after angry protesters surrounded them.

Fidel Castro Calls for LatAm Unity in Opposition to FTA: Fidel Castro described as disastrous the Free Trade Agreement the White House tries to impose on Latin America, as it did with Mexico

EU countries sign unpopular anti-counterfeit treaty: The international treaty was created in behind-closed-doors talks between EU countries and select other World Trade Organisation members over the past five years to enforce intellectual property rights on both digital and physical products.

New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who’s accountable?: With the drone’s ability to be flown autonomously by onboard computers, it could usher in an era when death and destruction can be dealt by machines operating semi-independently.

‘Predictive policing’ could come to UK: A pioneering technique to predict crime before it happens could be imported from the United States to this country, a senior British police chief said yesterday.

U.S. Drops in Press Freedom Rankings: Last year, the United States came in 20th. After 2011, however, the United States finds itself tied for 47th place with Romania and Argentina on the list, which is compiled by Reporters Without Borders

Security video shows police lied about Rand Paul’s behavior: Although police described him as “being irate” in an incident report, footage published Thursday shows Paul sitting calmly inside an airport checkpoint, and occasionally picking up his phone.

Tom DeLay: Newt Gingrich Was ‘Erratic, Undisciplined’: Former Speaker of The House Tom DeLay tells syndicated radiothat Newt Gingrich isn’t a true conservative, and compares him with Bill Clinton:

Top Justice officials connected to mortgage banks: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who’s Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows.

FDA Panelists Had Ties to Bayer: Food and Drug Administration advisers, in a recent vote, said the benefits of four popular Bayer AG birth-control pills outweigh the blood-clot risk. What the FDA didn’t disclose is that three of the advisers have had ties to Bayer, serving as consultants, speakers or researchers.

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 : 2,879

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

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