Information Clearing House Newsletter 20 February 2012: Acts of Love

20 February 2012Information Clearing House

Syrian Uprising Will Fail But Leave Lasting Divisions
By Michael Jansen
For several months now money and arms have been flowing semi-clandestinely to local militias and the “Free Syrian Army”, composed of army deserters.
‘SWIFT Boating’ Iran:
Economic War a Prelude to Military Attack

By Tom Burghardt
Despite, though likely because, Iran is ready to restart negotiations with the so-called P5+1 group (the five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) over its civilian nuclear program, belligerent rhetoric and sharply-worded political attacks from Israel and the United States have escalated.

Iran Sanctions Push Oil Prices Into Recession Territory
By Moon Of Alabama
So what will it be? An illegal war of aggression against Iran and a huge recession? No war, sanctions and a recession? No sanctions and peace in our time?
The Butterfly Effect
By Paul Balles
The poverty stricken nobody whose death changed the world, Mohamed Bouazizi, was a 26 year old from Tunisia.
No Dinner for Khader Adnan
Israel can do what they like, do what the bloody like, and we willl support them”
US in Violation of Geneva in Afghanistan
Mass Child Freezing Deaths, Proof of Mass Starvation

By Ralph Lopez
Within short distances of the camps, at Camp Phoenix outside of Kabul, for example, warehouses are stacked high to the rafters with blankets, sleeping bags, Meals-Ready-to-Eat, heat tabs.
Real Threats?
Reality and the Senate Intelligence Committee

By Lawrence Davidson
Rogue individuals operating “within the ranks” of the intelligence community and armed forces” now constitute a major threat to U.S. security.
New War on the Horizon
“We Are Drowning” On A Road To Nowhere

By Danny Schechter
It’s not enough to chant, “We are the 99%.” We have to explain who rules America and how to change it.
Silencing The Critics
By Paul Craig Roberts
Last week in one fell swoop the last two remaining critics of Washington/Tel Aviv imperialism were removed from the mainstream media.
Acts of Love
By Chris Hedges
Love is not selflessness. It is the giving of one’s best self, giving one’s highest self unto the world. It is finding true selfhood. Selflessness is martyrdom, dying for a cause. Selfhood is living for a cause.
Icelandic Anger Brings Debt Forgiveness
By Omar R. Valdimarsson
Since the end of 2008, the island’s banks have forgiven loans equivalent to 13 percent of gross domestic product, easing the debt burdens of more than a quarter of the population.
How Greece could take down Wall Street
By Ellen Brown
The Houses of Morgan, Goldman and the other Big Five are justifiably worried right now, because an “event of default” declared on European sovereign debt could jeopardize their $32 trillion derivatives scheme.

‘Many killed’ in attack on Nigerian market:   Nigeria’s military said it killed eight suspected radical Islamists who attacked a market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, denying reports that dozens of civilians had been killed in the attack.

Iraq officials: Violence drops as al Qaida group moves to Syria:   The departure of al Qaida-affiliated fighters from Iraq to join the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria has had one benefit, Iraqi officials say: Violence has dropped in this country, in some areas by as much as 50 percent in just a few months.
Syrian security has upper hand after weekend unrest:   Syrian security forces maintained calm Monday in areas of Damascus rocked by demonstrations over the weekend, as president Bashar al-Assad reiterated that ongoing violence was the result of armed terrorist groups funded by “foreign parties.”
U.S. providing secret aid to Syria opposition: diplomat:   Maalouf said the doors of the White House and Congress are open to officials from the Syrian expatriate community, most of whom are supportive of the SNC, adding that the U.S. is secretly providing aid to the opposition, though he did not specify whether this support was financial or military.
Senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham Say U.S. Should Arm Syrian Rebels:
The senators, both of whom are on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that rebel fighters deserved to be armed and that helping them take on the Syrian government would aid Washington’s effort to weaken Iran.
China: US and allies push Syria into civil war:   US and its allies are pushing Syria into civil war by backing the armed opposition, the newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party writes. The article insists Beijing must stick to opposing any attempt to intervene or regime change in Damascus.
Red Cross negotiating Syria aid ceasefire:   Agency holding talks with authorities and opposition to halt violence in order to deliver humanitarian supplies.
Opposition groups to attend Tunis conference:   “There has been enough killing. There must be radical political change,” Abdessalem said after meeting with his counterparts from Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal and Spain.
IAEA team in Tehran, may or may not visit nuclear sites:   A five-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has arrived in Tehran to try and find proof that Iran’s nuclear intentions are not indeed peaceful.
The power of propaganda:
Americans consider Iran to be U.S.’s greatest enemy, poll shows: 
  Gallup’s World Affairs survey puts China as second on list of ‘greatest enemies,’ with North Korea a distant third; Republicans more likely to cite Iran than Democrats.
White House: Netanyahu, Obama to meet in Washington on March 5:   A White House statement rounding up the recent Israel visit by Obama‘s National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, which announced the date for the upcoming meeting, indicated that the top advisor discussed the “full range of security issues of mutual concern” during his meetings with Israeli leadership.
Iran conducts war exercise to protect nuclear sites:   Iran deployed warplanes and missiles Monday in an ‘exercise’ to protect nuclear sites and warned it could cut oil exports to more European Union nations unless sanctions were lifted
India importing Iran oil, slap in face for US: Ex-US Official:   “The Indian government’s ill-advised statement last week that it will continue to purchase oil from Iran is a major setback for the US attempt to isolate the Iranian government over the nuclear issue,” Nicholas Burns, former US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
‘Economic blockade of Iran is an act of war’: Video:   RT interviews Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition
Iran threatens to cut oil flow to other EU states:   Iran’s Deputy Oil Minister Ahmad Qalebani on Monday hinted at the possibility of a halt in oil exports to Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Italy and Portugal.
Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff: It’s ‘Not Prudent’ For Israel To Attack Iran Now:   Video
Security aid to Israel at ‘heart” of US political debate:   Republican Jewish Coalition posts web ad accusing Obama of cutting missile defense aid to Israel.,7340,L-4191966,00.html
Bahrain uprising may lead to civil war:   There is a “dangerous possibility” of civil war in Bahrain unless the government starts opening a dialogue to democracy and discussing the serious qualms of the people, an analyst tells us.
A U.S. double-standard for Bahrain?:   The protesters are mainly Shia Muslims, who make up 70 percent of the population but are shut out of almost all government posts. The Sunni al Khalifa family has ruled Bahrain for more than 200 years, with King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa holding nearly complete control of the country.
NATO double game in Libya under UN cover revealed:   A Canadian newspaper has revealed an account of NATO‘s double-game in Libya and disclosed how the NATO countries collaborated with each other to topple the Libyan regime and secretly supplied most sophisticated weapons and drones to Libyan rebels.
Afghanistan’s coldest winter in years kills at least 40:   More than 40 people, most of them children, have frozen to death in what has been Afghanistan‘s coldest winter in years.
Afghan schools open, but under the Taliban’s rules:   Afghanistan‘s state-run schools are experiencing a renaissance, with some reopening for the first time in nearly a decade. Acid attacks on girls, murdered teachers, bombings of classrooms – these are on the decline.

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 : 2,892

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

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