Information Clearing House Newsletter 19 February 2012: Greece Shows Us How to Protest Against a Failed System

19 February 2012Information Clearing House

Does AIPAC Want War?
By Robert Naiman
If a bill pushed by Lieberman passes, it could give the US “political authorisation for military force” against Iran. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30584.htm
 
Al-Qaeda Agents Worm Into Syrian Rebel Army
By Pepe Escobar
The EU states are calling for creating humanitarian corridors in Syria, which some fear could open the door to foreign intervention. But Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar says it’s already underway. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30590.htm
 
JINSA: Strengthening Israel by promoting Syrian ‘Chalabi’
By Maidhc Ó Cathail
On February 17, subscribers to the mailing list of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) received a message entitled “Want to Know What’s Going On in Syria?” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30589.htm
 
Pundits Waiting for a Palestinian Gandhi?
Meet Khader Adnan.

By Peter Hart
His plight is sparsely covered in the U.S. corporate media, and would seem to go unmentioned by these pundits who seem eager to tell stories like his. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30581.htm
 
Abolishing the Palestinian Authority
An Urgent Prerequisite to Liberation

By Jeff Halper
The Palestinian National Authority, which is nothing but a smokescreen to enable Israel to ethnically cleanse itself while the world and Palestinian quislings are preoccupied with the pursuit of the mirage of a two-state solution. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30587.htm
 
Israel: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
BDS Movement Is A cult

By Norman Finkelstein
I’ve earned my right to speak my mind, and I’m not going to tolerate what I think is silliness, childishness, and a lot of leftist posturing. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30586.htm
 
Syria : From US Ally to Violator of Human Rights
By Mehdi Hasan
In the war on terror America was happy to send suspects to Syria. Now the US cries torture. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30585.htm
 
Torture, Assassination, and the American Way of Life
By Jacob G. Hornberger
It’s finally starting to dawn on many Americans that they stand in no different position, in principle, from the citizenry in those U.S.-supported dictatorships in Latin America and the Middle East. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30583.htm
 
Ron Paul: U.S. “Slipping Into A Fascist System”
By AP
“We’ve slipped away from a true Republic,” Paul said. “Now we’re slipping into a fascist system where it’s a combination of government and big business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30582.htm
 
Greece Shows Us How to Protest Against a Failed System
By John Holloway
The rage displayed in Greek cities against austerity measures inspires all who are suffering for the benefit of banks and the rich. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30592.htm
 
The European Project is Splitting Apart
By Christopher Booker
The European dream has entered a nightmare stage from which there is no rational escape and the consequences will be horrendous, for Europe and the world. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30591.htm
 
The “Global Crises of Capitalism”; Whose Crises, Who Profits?
By James Petras
The ‘crises of capital’ has been converted into a strategic advantage for furthering the most fundamental interests of capital: the enlargement of profits, the consolidation of capitalist rule, the greater concentration of ownership, the deepening of inequalities between capital and labor and the creation of huge reserves of labor to further augment their profits. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30588.htm

20 People Killed in Iraqi Police Academy Blast: A suicide bomber detonated his car Sunday as a group of police recruits left their academy in Baghdad, killing 20 in the latest strike on security officials that angry residents blamed on political feuding that is roiling Iraq. http://abcn.ws/xawTor

Eight Pakistan militias killed in checkpoint bomb: A bomb planted at a checkpoint manned by members of a Pakistani militia fighting a radical group similar to the Taliban and killed eight militia members in north-west Pakistan yesterday, a government official said. http://bit.ly/wHWrfF

What a joke:
US Govt fully respects Pakistan’s sovereignty: Acting Ambassador of the United States in Pakistan, Richard Hoagland on Sunday said that the US government fully respects Pakistan‘s sovereignty and territorial integrity. http://bit.ly/yIt6Xl

4 Civilians Killed in Roadside Bomb in Kandahar: Four Afghan civilians were killed in a roadside bomb in southern Kandahar province on Sunday, local officials said. http://bit.ly/yUWA8f

Syrian rebels gun down legal officials: –
Syrian anti-government rebels staged three assassinations Sunday, killing two legal officials and an aide, state media reported. http://bit.ly/xt9LSb
 
President Bashar Al-Assad is fighting against Al-Qaeda of Iraq. James Clapper is the first top US official to acknowledge US might indirectly support insurgents. http://rt.com/news/syria-opposition-al-qaeda-us-567/
 
Israeli report: Dozens of Turkish intelligence officers captured in Syria: Syria has recently published “confessions” that it allegedly gathered from the Turkish officers that they were trained by Israel‘s Mossad and given instructions to carry out bombings to undermine the country’s security. http://bit.ly/yr89Yt

Israel’s ex-spy chief sees opportunity in Syria crisis: Israel‘s Efraim Halevy believes a collapse of the Assad regime in Syria could deal a blow to ally Iran‘s regional ambitions and nuclear program. http://lat.ms/zsFT8o

Fact or fiction?
Reports reveal Saudi-US anti-Syria plot devised in 2008: The former Saudi ambassador to the United States and the former US ambassador to Lebanon devised a plot in 2008 to overthrow the Syrian government, reports say. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/227523.html

Iran warships ‘dock in Syria’s Tartous port’: Israel‘s foreign ministry denounced the deployment as a “provocation” and a “power play”.: Youcef Bouandel, professor of international affairs at Qatar University, told Al Jazeera that Iran‘s deployment has to be viewed as part of a “broader picture” – that it to say that the Iranian government feels that “Syria is the first step towards putting Iran in the corner”. http://aje.me/zZoeEl

Iran, Russia naval presence in Syrian waters message to US: MP: A senior Iranian lawmaker says the presence of Iranian and Russian naval forces in Syria’s coastal waters is a clear warning to the US to refrain from any possible military adventurism. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/227506.html

U.S. official: Signs pointing to increasing likelihood of Israeli strike on Iran:
U.S. wants Israel to wait a few months in order to give the international sanctions against Iran a chance before deciding on an attack. http://bit.ly/A0GsKy
 
US Envoy Visits Israel to Discuss Iran Tensions:
U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon met with Israeli leaders amid growing American concern Israel is planning a pre-emptive strike on Iran‘s nuclear facilities. http://bit.ly/AxVued
 
Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran?
IDF uncovers Iranian-made explosive device in Gaza: Explosive device with unmistakable Iranian trademarks found, dismantled near border fence http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4191437,00.html
 
Iran stops oil exports to Britain, France in retaliation for EU sanctions: Tehran’s move is seen as warning shot to other EU nations that are bigger consumers of Iranian oil, including Italy, Spain and Greece. http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=50731
 
Iranian War Is Imminent: Short video on the role of France and Britain in the 1953 overthrow of Iranian democracy and the installation of the puppet Shah that tortured, murdered and suppressed for a quarter of a century on behalf of the French, British and Americans. http://bit.ly/xeksPA
 
Algeria seizes missiles smuggled from Libya: source:
Algerian security forces have found a large cache of weapons, including shoulder-fired missiles, which they believe were smuggled in from neighboring Libya, a security source briefed on the discovery told Reuters on Saturday. http://yhoo.it/AERhht
 
Stranger than fiction:
Rick Santorum says: Dutch elderly are euthanized en masse:
Republican Rick Santorum, candidate for the presidential elections in 2012, is known for his conservative views. But hey Also Appears to have an Unbridled imagination, at least about the Netherlands’ where half or the elderly are euthanized Against Their Will. ” According To Santorum http://bit.ly/wYYgLY
 
Ron Paul Gets More than Double of Romney’s Votes in Washington County: Still on a statewise count, Paul couldn’t defeat Romney in Maine, where a recounting was done to include poll results from counties which went unaccounted earlier. http://bit.ly/ziXZOo
 
Obama’s Plan to Save the Military From Cuts-at the Expense of Domestic Programs:
A startling White House plan has become clear: the administration is seeking to undo some mandatory cuts to the Pentagon at the expense of critical domestic programs. http://bit.ly/y6IU5F
 
Riot police guard Greek assembly: – Riot police shielded Greece‘s national parliament on Sunday as demonstrators protested against austerity measures on the eve of talks in Brussels on a 130-billion-euro ($171 billion) bailout needed to avert bankruptcy. http://bit.ly/zBTN6c
 
Live Video Stream Greece Protesthttp://bit.ly/mPeaBW
 
Irish Home Loans 90+ Days Delinquent Hits 9.2%; Spain Lending Shrinks at Record Pace: Spain and Ireland have economies in shambles over housing bubbles popped long ago. Damage continues to mount. Here are a pair of stories highlighting problems. http://bit.ly/wxWXfC

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:
4,801

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,888

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001
 $1,303,955,468,406 http://www.costofwar.com/

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