Information Clearing House Newsletter 21 February 2012: Crisis with Iran? The Real Story Versus the Cover Story

21 February 2012Information Clearing House


Israel to Release Khader Adnan

Palestinian Prisoner Ends 66-day Hunger Strike

By Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem

The agreement was reached less than an hour before the supreme court hearing was scheduled to begin. It had been brought forward by 48 hours amid fears that Adnan might die before the case could be heard.

More Than 100 Killed in South Libya Clashes


Fierce clashes between two tribes in Libya‘s remote southeastern desert have killed more than 100 people over the past 10 days, tribal sources said on Tuesday.


Behind the Deepening Crisis with Iran:

The Real Story Versus the Cover Story

By Mark H Gaffney

The American people need to know the truth. This is a phony crisis.


Pat Buchanan: 300 Nukes in Israel yet Iran a Threat?

Video Interview By RT

America’s crusade under the banner of ending tyranny in the world is “utterly utopian”.


Obama Administration Opens Door to Aid for Syrian Rebels

By The Associated Press

The Obama administration opened the door slightly Tuesday to international military assistance for Syria‘s rebels, with officials saying new tactics may have to be explored if President Bashar Assad continues to defy pressure to halt a brutal crackdown on dissenters.


Made in Jordan:

Thousands of Gunmen Preparing to Fight In Syria?


Over 10,000 Libyans are reportedly being trained in a closed-off zone in Jordan, before being snuck into Syria to fight for the opposition. These men are allegedly paid around US$1,000 a month, funded by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.


Arab League As An Anti-Arab Weapon


The Arab League lauded the West’s new onslaught on the Middle East and volunteered a blessing to unspecified “peacekeeping forces” that would be dispatched to Syria to dislodge Assad. Who, under the scenario, would take his place?


Another View – Reality In Syria?

Syrian Girl – What Syria Should Do


What is happening in Syria, and what Syria should be doing.


The Fake Election In Yemen

By Moon Of Alabama

After a year of bloody protests the people of Yemen could today enjoy the Saudi/US arranged elections for a new president.


Hypnotized Into an Endless Dirty War

By Gary Kamiya

America has decided it has the right to kill whoever it wants, whenever it wants.


Crisis and the Creeping Militarization of American Society

By Christopher J. Coyne & Abigail R. Hall

Small town police forces have been equipped with SWAT gear and automatic weapons. State and local law enforcement are receiving training akin to that expected in the armed forces.


The 50-State Foreclosure Settlement

Why Hasn’t Anyone Gone to Jail?

By Mike Whitney

Homeowners have lost $8 trillion in home equity (in the last 4 years) and 11 million people are currently underwater on their mortgages. All of this is unprecedented. All of this is the result of fraud.


We Need to Know Who Funds These Thinktank Lobbyists

By George Monbiot

The battle for democracy is becoming a fight against backroom billionaires seeking to shape politics to suit their own interests.


She’s Alive… Beautiful… Finite… Hurting… Worth Dying For


This is a non-commercial attempt to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporations and mindless ‘consumers’ are combining to destroy life on earth.


16 killed in intense Syria shelling: UN is expected to send a special envoy to deliver humanitarian aid, Russia says


Libya 2.0:

U.S. ‘May Have To Consider Additional Measures’ To End Bloodshed: The United States says it will consider taking “additional measures” to end the bloodshed in Syria if an international outcry and a strengthened sanctions regime do not convince the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its crackdown on the opposition.


Russia: ‘We won’t go to Syria summit’: Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the meeting in Tunisia “looks like an attempt to forge some kind of international coalition as it was with the setting-up of a ‘contact group’ for Libya.”


Fact or fiction?

No Iranian ships docked in Syrian port-Pentagon: The Pentagon said on Tuesday it had no indication that Iranian ships had docked in Syria over the weekend, contrary to an account by Iran‘s state-run media.


Iran: We Will Make Pre-emptive Strike If Threatened: “Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran‘s national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions,” Mohammad Hejazi told Fars news agency.


Analysts warn oil could pass $200 on Iran tensions: Oil hit a nine-month high yesterday, peaking at around $124, spurred by supply problems in South Sudan, Libya and Yemen as well as the escalating concern over disruption in Iran.


Iran is “winning” on Western oil sanctions – Vitol: An increase in world oil prices has more than compensated Iran for revenues lost to lower crude exports because of sanctions imposed by the West, the head of the world’s leading oil trader said on Tuesday.


Oil Embargo Sends US Gas Prices Soaring: Forecasters at predict the price may be on its way to $5 a gallon by Memorial Day weekend.


Israel: Public U.S. objections to military attack serve Iran’s interests: Netanyahu, Barak, senior officials make their displeasure known to national security adviser during visit to Israel.


NATO Says 3 Service Members Killed in Roadside Bombing in Southern Afghanistan


2 Albanian occupation force soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan: Suspected Afghan police opened fire on Albanian and other foreign troops in the war-wracked country’s south Monday, killing two Albanian soldiers and prompting the arrest of 11 Afghan policemen, authorities said.


Afghanistan to Spy on Its Soldiers: Afghanistan is rolling out an ambitious plan to spy on its own soldiers, the most serious attempt so far to halt a string of attacks by Afghan troops on their Western comrades-in-arms, according to Afghan and American military leaders.


‘Quran burning’ triggers Afghan protests: Top NATO commander apologises and orders investigation into reported incident as protesters besiege Bagram airbase.


Bagram prisoner’s bid for freedom rebuffed in UK:

Britain’s Court of Appeal has accepted that the government has been unable to comply with an order to obtain the release of a Pakistani man from a U.S. military prison in Afghanistan because “the Americans are not going to play ball.”


Arab League condemns Netanyahu”s wish of “death to all Arabs” remarks: – The Arab League Monday condemned a phrase posted in Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s facebook page in which he wished death to all Arabs, following a school bus accident that killed 10 children and injured 40 others.


Saudi Arabia vows ‘iron fist’ to end violence: The Sunni Muslim kingdom has accused an unnamed foreign power, widely understood to mean Shiite Iran, of backing attacks on its forces in the Eastern Province.


Libyan leader acknowledges government is powerless to control militias: Abdul-Jalil said the governing National Transitional Council has made mistakes, but he also criticized former rebels who have formed powerful militias and local governments that have emerged as rivals to the Tripoli-based central government that assumed power after Gadhafi was ousted.


Elections in Libya’s Misrata show a splintered nation: Libya is splintering into largely autonomous city-states, with powerful local militias and emerging local governments that at best have loose ties to the Tripoli-based central government known as the National Transitional Council.


Libya: Displaced People Barred from Homes: Authorities in and around Misrata are preventing thousands of people from returning to the villages of Tomina and Kararim and have failed to stop local militias from looting and burning homes there, Human Rights Watch said today.


FBI Tries To Coax Muslim Into Bombing US Capitol : Video report


Drones come to the US: A little-noted amendment to a $63 billion Federal Aviation Authority appropriations bill has ominous implications for democratic rights in the United States.


Owe IRS Taxes, Lose Your Passport: This is only a proposed law and only for those owing more than $50,000 to the IRS. Another proposal is to make the Thrift Savings Fund accounts federal employees have-currently exempt from IRS levies-fair game. Both proposals are from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). See Hatch’s Memo to Reporters & Editors


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 : 2,898


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan


Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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