Information Clearing House Newsletter 10 March 2012: 10 Myths about Iran Driving the Insane Push for War And Why They’re Dead Wrong

10 March 2012 Information Clearing House

 

The Bloody Road to Damascus

The Triple Alliance’s War on a Sovereign State

By James Petras

There is clear and overwhelming evidence that the uprising to overthrow President Assad of Syria is a violent, power grab led by foreign-supported fighters.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30769.htm

10 Myths about Iran Driving the Insane Push for War And Why They’re Dead Wrong

By Jasmin Ramsey

Israeli officials and GOP candidates spout nonsense about Iran. Here’s the truth.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30772.htm

 

America Gone Stupid Over Iran

Making The Same “Mistake” Twice

By Lawrence Davidson

The politicians appear to be out for blood. One wonders how many dead and maimed bodies will satisfy them?  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30768.htm

 

No Apocalypse Yet

Will Putin do what the oligarchs fear?

By ISRAEL SHAMIR

If he wants to survive politically, he will have to implement the national agenda, confront the oligarchs, curb the creative class, provide support to those who supported him.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30776.htm

 

Don’t Look Away from Bahrain’s Revolution

By Ala’a Shehabi

Over the past year, as cameras turned away, the Bahraini regime carried out some of the worst atrocities in its history.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30773.htm

 

Weapons Financed By US Kill Unarmed Palestinians and U.S. Citizens.

By David Elkins

“U.S. weapons provided to Israel at taxpayer expense make the U.S. complicit in Israel’s human rights abuses of Palestinians living under Israel’s 44-year military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip”  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30767.htm

 

Stratfor: Blood On Their Hands

And it gets worse.

By Khadija Sharife

With their emails, Stratfor appears to advocate for a world where polluters and murderers, circumvent accountability by obtaining information to pre-empt – and in the process destroy – their opposition.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30777.htm

 

The Crime of Truth:

Obama’s Persecution of the Peacemaker

By Chris Floyd

Bradley Manning will spend the rest of his life in a federal prison for the unforgiveable crime of telling the truth to people who don’t want to hear it.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30771.htm

 

The Dirty War on WikiLeaks

By John Pilger

Media smears suggest Swedish complicity in a Washington-driven push to punish Julian Assange.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30770.htm

 

Stop the Machine!!!!!

Must Watch Short Video

A brief and crucial history of the United States. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30620.htm

 

Obama Signs Anti-protest Trespass Bill

By RT

US President Barack Obama signed his name to H.R. 347 on Thursday, officially making it a federal offense to cause a disturbance at certain political events – essentially criminalizing protest in the States.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30774.htm

 

‘War on Terror is War on Liberty’

Farage demands that the UK break treaty with US

By Nigel Farage: EU MP

“No British court has ever been allowed to examine the evidence against Mr Tappin and I believe this Treaty, signed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, needs to be amended and the British government needs to stand up for its own people.   http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30764.htm

 

Britons Fund Own Orwellian Future?

By RT

The British government is pushing through an anti-terror law that will enable it to monitor all private electronic communication, including social media.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30766.htm

 

Drugmakers Have Paid $8 Billion in Fraud Fines

By Kelly Kennedy

The nation’s largest drugmakers have paid at least $8 billion in fines for repeatedly defrauding Medicare and Medicaid over the past decade, but they remain in business.   http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30775.htm

 

Life in America on Two Dollars a Day

Or Why American Poverty Will Soon Match That of the Third World

By CanSpeccy

The latest poverty statistics that show the number of American families with an income of less than two dollars per person per day more than doubled between 1996 and 201.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30765.htm

 

From The Archives

Mystery: How Wealth Creates Poverty in the World

By Michael Parenti

Isn’t it time that liberal critics stop thinking that the people who own so much of the world—and want to own it all—are “incompetent” or “misguided” or “failing to see the unintended consequences of their policies”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17102.htm

 

U.S. Kills 33 People In Yemen: At least 33 people have died and 55 injured in two US air raids on Al-Qaeda strongholds in the Al-Bayda mountains. The area is south of the capital Sana’a, in Abyane Province in Southern Yemenhttp://bit.ly/yEAkmH

 

Pentagon plans to restart military aid to Yemen: While no agreements have been cemented, U.S. defense officials said as much as $75 million in military assistance could begin to flow later this year. The officials said the Pentagon and State Department are putting together a letter to send to Congress to request the aid be restarted. http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/98111/

 

US kills 13 people in Pakistan:

A US drone killed at least eight “militants” yesterday when it fired two missiles on a vehicle in Pakistan‘s tribal area near the Afghan border, security officials said. http://bit.ly/xcDXks

 

Seven troops ‘killed in Taliban ambush’ in Pakistan: Taliban militants armed with guns and rockets ambushed a Pakistani military convoy Friday, killing seven soldiers in the militant stronghold of North Waziristan, officials said. http://bit.ly/A97sIC

 

Vladimir Putin to visit Pakistan in Sept: This will be the first-ever trip to Islamabad by any Russian head of state. http://bit.ly/yN643C

 

US-led airstrike leaves 4 Afghan civilians dead: At least four civilians have been killed and two others injured in a US-led airstrike in the northeastern Kapisa province in Afghanistan, Press TV reports. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/230925.html

 

Israel kills at least 14 people in Gaza:

Militants retaliate with fierce rocket attack on Israel’s southern border communities http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/10/israeli-air-strikes-gaza-strip

 

Eight Israelis wounded in retaliatory Palestinian rocket attacks: Reports say eight Israelis were wounded, with one in critical condition, after 60 homemade rockets from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israeli towns and communities early Saturday morning. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/230894.html

 

16 rebels, four soldiers killed in Syria’s Idlib: NGO: Sixteen rebels and four regular army troops were killed on Saturday in clashes in Idlib province of northwest Syria, bordering Turkey, a “monitoring group” said. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/16-rebels-killed-syria-ambush-ngo-140348446.html

 

Kofi Annan’s calls for talks spark anger: Syrian opposition activists have angrily rejected calls by Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, for dialogue with the government. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17312040

 

Assad Tells Kofi Annan He’s Open To ‘Honest Effort To Find Solution’: Assad warned the envoy that dialogue was unlikely to succeed while “armed terrorist groups” remained. http://huff.to/ypeN6y

 

Russia not taking sides in Syrian conflict – Lavrov: “We should not be involved in the discussion on who to blame. Right now it is more important to secure a ceasefire and humanitarian aid.” http://rt.com/politics/lavrov-syria-arab-league-271/

 

Russia threatens to veto U.S. resolution on Syria: Russia will not support a new U.S.-drafted resolution on Syria because it fails to urge both the government and the rebels to halt violence, said a top Russian diplomat. http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2978397.ece

 

Russia sees “chance” for new U.N. resolution on Syria: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Arab ministers on Saturday that a new U.N. Security Council resolution had a “chance” to be approved if it was not driven by a desire to ensure armed rebels took control of Syria’s streets. http://thesent.nl/wFenqs

 

No military solution in Syria: EU ministers: As Qatar called in Cairo for the dispatch of Arab and international peacekeeping troops to Syria, Juppe joined his counterparts in saying that for the EU “military action is not on the agenda.” http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/syria-politics.fml

 

US officials: Loyal army, inner circle back Assad: Despite the Obama administration’s predictions that the Syrian government’s days are numbered, recent U.S. intelligence reports suggest President Bashar Assad commands a formidable army that is unlikely to turn on him, an inner circle that has stayed loyal and an elite class that still supports his rule. http://bit.ly/A6CDBZ

 

Controversy surrounds CNN footage from Syrian activist: Video footage broadcast by CNN purporting to depict Syrian government violence was staged by the journalist reporting on camera, recent reports have claimed. http://bit.ly/y7i07p

 

War Criminal:

Netanyahu Hints Iran Attack Just Months Away: In television interviews, PM says the date of an attack “is not a matter of days or weeks” but “it is not a matter of years.” http://bit.ly/ywoY0p

 

Time’s Iran Nuke Assumptions: The most important issue to understand is that there is no evidence that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon. Since this is the basis for the current “crisis” narrative, it’s important for journalism to try to clearly differentiate what is known and what is speculation. http://www.fair.org/blog/2012/03/09/times-iran-nuke-assumptions/

 

If Iran attacked it will launch 11,000 missiles at Israel, US: envoy:

Tehran’s ambassador to Lebanon says Iran has prepared itself to launch about 11,000 missiles at Israel and U.S. bases in the region if they do a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Lebanese media reported. http://www.mehrnews.com/en/newsdetail.aspx?NewsID=1556104

 

Bahraini forces kill 21-year-old protester in capital Manama: Activists say the protester, named Fadhel Mirza, was killed on Saturday when regime forces attacked a group of demonstrators struggling to reach Pearl Square. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/230916.html

 

East Libya ‘Semi-Autonomy’ is Irreversible – Leader: The semi-autonomy declared by Eastern Libya Tuesday is irreversible, said Friday Ahmed Al-Zubair al-Senussi, a local clan leader appointed to manage the affairs of the region. http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=137391

 

Libya rallies denounce Cyrenaica autonomy calls: Thousands of Libyans have rallied in the country’s two main cities to denounce moves by leaders in the east to create a semi-autonomous territory. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17322429

 

Moscow protest against Putin sees drop in support: Between 10,000 and 20,000 people lined an avenue near the Kremlin, compared to crowds of 100,000 in December. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17323565

 

China to export yuan to BRICS: China is reportedly to begin extending loans in yuan to BRICS countries in another step towards internationalizing the national currency and diversifying from the US dollar. http://rt.com/business/news/china-us-dollar-currency-129/

 

China Has Biggest Trade Shortfall Since 1989 on Europe Turmoil: Europe’s sovereign-debt turmoil damped exports and imports rebounded after a weeklong holiday. The shortfall was $31.5 billion, the customs bureau said yesterday. Imports rose 39.6 percent from a year earlier, after a 15.3 percent slump in January, while exports increased 18.4 percent, the bureau said. http://bloom.bg/y1gzB8

 

Greece Defaulted: Moody’s: Moody’s had downgraded Greece’s sovereign rating to C froM Ca on 2 March 2012 further to the announcement of the debt exchange proposals. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/09/idUSWNA217120120309

 

Greek Credit Event In Unanimous Decesion: :

That will lead to payouts of credit default swaps-essentially, insurance contracts on holdings of Greek bonds under Greek law-that investors purchased to hedge against the risk of holding Greek sovereign debt. http://read.bi/yUkG0g

 

Iceland calls its former PM to account for financial crash: Geir Haarde, whose trial began this week, could face up to two years in jail if convicted over country’s 2008 economic collapse http://bit.ly/wCE746

 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Set to Default on $5.27 Million GO Bond Payments: The city, carrying a debt load of more than five times its general-fund budget, will miss $5.27 million in bond payments due March 15 on $51.5 million of bonds issued in 1997. http://bloom.bg/zDDAB8

 

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 : 2,915

 

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

$1,310,588,498,075

http://www.costofwar.com/

 

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