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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30607.htm

More Than 100 Killed in South Libya Clashes

By AFP

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30608.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30606.htm

 

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”.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30610.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30619.htm

 

Made in Jordan:

Thousands of Gunmen Preparing to Fight In Syria?

By RT

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30616.htm

 

Arab League As An Anti-Arab Weapon

By Elena PUSTOVOITOVA

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?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30617.htm

 

Another View – Reality In Syria?

Syrian Girl – What Syria Should Do

Video

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

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30613.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30618.htm

 

Hypnotized Into an Endless Dirty War

By Gary Kamiya

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

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30611.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30609.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30614.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30612.htm

 

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

Video

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30615.htm

 

16 killed in intense Syria shelling: UN is expected to send a special envoy to deliver humanitarian aid, Russia says
http://bit.ly/A6d4kS

 

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.

http://bit.ly/yDIOOu

 

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.”

http://bit.ly/AcKGY0

 

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.

http://reut.rs/zqmz4O

 

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.

http://bit.ly/wEwjQy

 

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.

http://bit.ly/Ac7pRd

 

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.

http://yhoo.it/ArUSZx

 

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

http://bit.ly/AC9G6i

 

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.

http://bit.ly/A4zlD7

 

NATO Says 3 Service Members Killed in Roadside Bombing in Southern Afghanistan http://abcn.ws/AgDFHx

 

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.

http://bit.ly/AdoL4Q

 

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.

http://on.wsj.com/zrzvdu

 

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

http://aje.me/yTbKI3

 

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.”

http://bit.ly/A5Cdyh

 

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.

http://bit.ly/AAUi79

 

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.

http://bit.ly/x09WcS

 

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.

http://wapo.st/yuIJW0

 

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.

http://bit.ly/w0PnTx

 

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.

http://bit.ly/wGAbyv

 

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1sYlW5al_4

 

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.

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/pers-f21.shtml

 

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

http://onforb.es/zY9McI

 

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 : 2,898

 

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

 

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

$1,304,638,555,033http://www.costofwar.com/

 

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