Information Clearing House Newsletter 28 February 2012: US Has Secret Charges Against Assange: Hacked Emails

28 February 2012Information Clearing House


Blown Away: How the US Fanned the Flames in Afghanistan

By Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse

Is it all over but the (anti-American) shouting — and the killing? Are the exits finally coming into view?


“Friends of Syria” Plan War, Regime Change at Washington’s Behest

By Chris Marsden

This well-rehearsed scenario threatens to end in a conflict far bloodier than Libya and trigger a wider regional or even global war.


Who profits from Qatari-Western “Export of Revolutions”?

By Babich Dmitry

The Rubicon has been crossed and the monarchies of the Persian Gulf have opted for “no limits” strategy in their drive to oust the remaining secular Arab regimes in the Middle East.


AIPAC and the Push Toward War

By Robert Wright

Late last week, amid little fanfare, Senators Joseph Lieberman, Lindsey Graham, and Robert Casey introduced a resolution that would move America further down the path toward war with Iran.


Iran Moves Further To End Petrodollar

By Tyler Durden

Iran, with the complicity of major trading partners like China, India and Russia is preparing to phase out the petrodollar.


US “Democracy” Up For Grabs by Moneybags Under New Laws

By Christopher Williams

People got rich because of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Now, swords are being sharpened for Iran. How many players in the Middle East and elsewhere are interested in seeing this happen? All they need to do is pick up the phone or write a check, and it gets closer every day.


US Has Secret Charges Against Assange: Hacked Emails

By Philip Dorling

UNITED States prosecutors have drawn up secret charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to a confidential internal email obtained from a private US intelligence company, Stratfor.


New WikiLeaks Stash: A Frightening View of Government Intelligence

By Rachel Marsden:

Do you know how a lot of these outfits in the thriving private intelligence sector operate?


Colombia’s Quest for Peace and Justice: The International and National Context

By James Petras

It is time for the new political movements to consider a “Colombian road to socialism” built on public ownership of the commanding heights of the economy, agrarian reform, sustainable agriculture,and environmental protection under democratic control.


Just Say No To Corporate Greed: The Case Of Iceland

By Ellen Russell

All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the people of Iceland. They took a stand and held their ground when all of the forces of international capital were allied against them.


Ralph Nader: Raise the Minimum Wage

By Chris Hedges

The Occupy movement may be able to forge a powerful alliance with millions of working men and women around a national call to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour.


Upper Class People are More Likely to Behave Selfishly, Studies Suggest

By Ian Sample

Higher social classes more likely to lie, cheat, cut up other road users and not stop at pedestrian crossings, say researchers.


Tension high after 100 killed in Libya: “More than 100 have been killed as a result of fighting and as much as half of the town’s population has sought refugee elsewhere,” UN agencies said in a joint statement based on an assessment mission to the area.


Libya ‘close to disintegration’ – PM: Speaking on the first anniversary of the anti-Gaddafi revolution in Misurata Monday, interim Libyan Prime Minister Mustafa Abdeljalil warned of complete national disintegration if the rival tribes and clans that had laid hands on Gaddafi’s arsenals continued to refuse to submit to the authority of the central government.


Libya militia boss says not ready to lay down arms: Militias fought to end Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule, but five months later their heavily-armed units are still patrolling the streets, answering only to their own commanders and flouting the authority of the country’s new rulers.


Libyan city’s fate in the balance: Officials refuse to rule out use of force in taking control of Bani Walid, seized by Gaddafi loyalists recently.


Britain leads dash to explore for oil in war-torn Somalia: Government offers humanitarian aid and security assistance in the hope of a stake in country’s future energy industry


18 people killed in deadly bus attack in northern Pakistan: Gunmen open fire on passenger bus in Kohistan district, leaving at least 18 people dead in suspected sectarian ambush.


400 Pakistani soldiers escape US drone attack: Around 400 Pakistani soldiers and dozens of political administration officials in North Waziristan’s Mir Ali subdivision narrowly escaped a drone attack on Saturday night when a missile fired by a spy plane hit the wreckage of the US drone that had crashed in the area on Saturday.


14 killed in Afghanistan bomb blasts: Two separate blasts in southern Afghanistan killed 14 people, including a group of insurgents who were trying to rig an improvised bomb against Afghan and foreign forces, officials said on Tuesday.


U.N. Pulls Some Staff After Afghan Siege Over Qurans: The United Nations pulled its international staff out of its main office in northeastern Afghanistan, joining a growing number of foreign organizations and nations that have scaled back operations for safety reasons amid violence sparked by a Quran-burning at a U.S. military base.


McKeon bill would block contractors from securing US bases in Afghanistan: The bill would make it more difficult for U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan, as many bases in Afghanistan often use contractors for security


25 reported killed as Syrian army pounds rebels, new move at U.N.: Syrian forces shelled opposition strongholds, killing at least 25 people, on Tuesday and a wounded British photographer was smuggled out of Homs into neighbouring Lebanon.


Free Syrian Army chief calls for Riyadh to arm rebels: Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal said at the international conference on Syria in Tunisia that he backed the idea of arming the opposition against Assad’s regime. The Free Syrian Army chief said that “more than 60 percent of Syrian territories are [no longer] under the control of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.”


Venezuela to Keep Syria Fuel Exports,: “We’ve sent Syria two cargoes of diesel and shipments will continue as they are needed,” Venezuela’s Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez told reporters during a signing ceremony with Chinese officials in Caracas yesterday. “We have a high degree of friendship and cooperation with Syria, a country under siege.”


Violence across Iraq, kills 8 people: A series of attacks across the Iraqi capital left seven people dead and nine wounded Tuesday, while another attack killed a local leader and wounded his guard in Falluja.


AP source: Israel won’t warn US before Iran attack: The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill.


U.S. policy aimed at ‘buying time’ with Iran, says senior official: Top security adviser Antony Blinken says U.S. ‘won’t tell Israel what to do’; lambasts political partisanship in U.S. on Israel and Iran; claims Assad regime is ‘eroding’.


Palestinian Authority threatens to ‘reevaluate’ its agreements with Israel: Member of PLO Executive Committee tells Ma’an news agency that PA is mulling whether to spark a ‘popular uprising’ against the Israeli occupation.


Yemen’s new boss is same as the old boss: Last week saw the fraudulent election of Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi as president of Yemen. Hadi claims to have won 99 percent of the vote in an election in which he was the only candidate.


Yemen’s Saleh to seek exile in Ethiopia, his aides say: The ousted president has lingered on in Yemen, much to the dismay of the man who replaced him, the international officials who facilitated the handover of power, and people on the street who want his head.


A Look At The World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Armies: Security giant G4S is the second-largest private employer on earth


‘Not for Pub’: US drew up secret Assange charges – Stratfor leak: ? ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold’ – ?This is how Burton commented on Assange’s arrest by London police on behalf of Swedish authorities


The NYPD’s war on Muslims: The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) program of spying on Muslims has reached far beyond New York City.


Homeland Security Dept. Pays General Dynamics to Scour Internet for Criticism of its Policies: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been paying a defense contractor $11.4 million to monitor social media websites and other Internet communications to find criticisms of the department’s policies and actions.


NYPD Experimenting With Terminator Drones To Monitor NYC – Video


Breaking: Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France: In a major victory for public health and what will hopefully lead to other nations taking action, a French court decided today that GMO crops monster Monsanto is guilty of chemically poisoning a French farmer.


USDA to Give Monsanto’s New GMO Crops Special ‘Speed Approval’: Despite links to organ damage and mutated insects, the USDA says that it is changing the rules so that genetically modified seed companies like Monsanto will get ‘speedier regulatory reviews’.


Monsanto Pays 93 Million to Victims In Settlement: Monsanto has now set a precedent for settling claims, and hopefully some good attorneys will seize the opportunity in order to hold Monsanto accountable.


Greece in ‘selective default’ on debts: Credit agency S&P further downgrades Greece as Germany approves $175bn bailout for debt-stricken eurozone nation.


Irish leaving in droves to work abroad: More people will leave Ireland to find work abroad, than at any time since the 1980s.


“A Terrible Sight”: Police Evict Occupy London, Arrest 20 Protesters: Hundreds of police and around 100 bailiffs swarmed the campsite and arrested about 20 individuals, some of whom reportedly tried to form a barricade and set off smoke bombs to prevent officials from clearing the area.


Durable goods orders drop by most in 3 years: U.S. businesses slashed spending on machinery and equipment in January after a tax break expired, pushing orders for long-lasting manufacturing goods down by the largest amount in three years.


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 : 2,905


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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