Information Clearing House Newsletter 14 March 2012: More Fun Atrocities

14 March 2012 Information Clearing House


Netanyahu is Preparing Israeli Public Opinion for a War on Iran

By Aluf Benn

Haaretz’s editor-in-chief says that what looks like a preparation for war, acts like a preparation for war, and quacks like a preparation for war, is a preparation for war.

Top Ten Media Failures in the Iran War Debate

By Stephen M. Walt

Americans haven’t been well-served by media coverage of the Iran debate.


More Fun Atrocities

By Fred Reed

They are all gooks, dinks, slopes, zipperheads, sand niggers, towel heads. That much used slogan of the Albigensian wars, “Kill them all, God will know his own,” becomes emotional bedrock to soldiers.


Cold-blooded Murder

Targeted Killings: US and Israeli Specialties

By Stephen Lendman

International law permits justifiable self-defense. Targeted killings are prohibited, especially premeditated ones like America and Israel repeatedly commit for reasons other than claimed.


Press Freedom? Obama Just Another Tin-pot Dictator

Why is President Obama Keeping Yemeni Journalist in Prison?

By Democracy Now!

The Obama administration is facing scrutiny for its role in the imprisonment of a Yemeni journalist who exposed how the United States was behind a 2009 bombing in Yemen that killed 14 women and 21 children.


012 Screening

By Mail & Guardian

“People were very angry about the film,” said Victor Ochen, director of a local charity, the African Youth Initiative Network (Ayinet), which arranged the screening. “They were all saying, ‘This is not about us, it does not reflect our lives’.”


The International Criminal Court is, Racist. So why do Liberals Love it?

By Brendan O’Neill

It is remarkable that in an era when liberal observers see racism everywhere, in every thoughtless aside or crude joke, they fail to see it in an institution which focuses exclusively on the criminal antics of dark-skinned people from the “Dark Continent”.


At Last, Some Decency on Wall Street

By Robert Scheer

By the time you read this, the PR hacks of Goldman Sachs will be vigorously pressing their efforts to destroy the reputation of whistle-blower Greg Smith.


On the Road to Catastrophe

Subprime at the Car Lot

By Mike Whitney

Uncle Sam-who had to bail out the whole freaking financial system after the last subprime fisasco-is now “your friendly subprime auto dealer”?


Both The Market and Government Are Irrational

By Paul Craig Roberts

Those dependent on Social Security and Medicare are finding that these programs are being blamed for budget deficits caused by multi-trillion dollar wars of choice.


Selling Out Pays

When a Congressman Becomes a Lobbyist, He Gets a 1,452% Raise (on Average)

By Lee Fang

What’s the best way to “buy” a member of Congress? Secretly promise them a million dollars or more in pay if they come to work for you after they leave office.


Homeless In The USA

One Family’s Story In Pictures

By Lucy Nicholson

One in 45 children, totalling 1.6 million, is homeless, the highest number in United States history.


Hunger: The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools

By Bill Bigelow

During the first winter of famine, 1846-47, as perhaps 400,000 Irish peasants starved, landlords exported 17 million pounds sterling worth of grain, cattle, pigs, flour, eggs, and poultry — food that could have prevented those deaths.


Hard News


13 killed in Afghan roadside bombing: police: A roadside bomb tore through a civilian vehicle in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing nine children and four women, police said


Karzai calls for NATO troops withdrawal: Afghanistan‘s President Hamid Karzai called for NATO troops to leave Afghan villages and confine themselves to major bases after the slaughter of 16 civilians by a U.S. soldier, underscoring fury over the massacre and clouding U.S. exit plans.


Afghan interpreter tried to run down Marines meeting Panetta, officer says: – An Afghan interpreter who breached the security perimeter at a southern Afghanistan airbase Wednesday tried to run over a squad of U.S. Marines assembled to meet Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s plane, an American military official said.


Nine People Killed in Afghan Blasts: Eight civilians and a policeman were killed while three others were wounded in bomb blasts across two southern provinces in Afghanistan on Wednesday, local officials said.


Four Polish soldiers face retrial in Afghan war crimes case: Four Polish soldiers face a new war crimes trial after Warsaw’s supreme court on Wednesday overturned their acquittal of the killing of Afghan civilians, including women and children, in 2007.


Pakistan Says End Drone Strikes: Pakistan has told the White House it no longer will permit U.S. drones to use its airspace to attack militants and collect intelligence on al-Qaeda and other groups, according to officials involved in the talks.


Netanyahu warns: Israel has defied U.S. wishes before: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday told the Knesset that Tehran was behind the recent rocket barrages from the Gaza Strip and ratcheted up his rhetoric regarding a possible military strike on Iran, broadly hinting that Israel might act even without American approval


Presstitute alert: –

Iran backing Houthi rebels, “U.S. claims”: – Iranian military forces are shipping light weapons to rebel groups in Yemen, a senior U.S. official claimed


Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran:

Lieberman: Nuclear-Armed Iran a ‘Global Threat’: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday warned that a nuclear-armed Iran would “destabalize the region” and constitute a “global threat.”


AIPAC’s Iran “Expert” Briefs Hill Staff on Tehran’s “Terror Threat”: Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, briefed some 40 congressional staffers on Iran‘s support for terrorism worldwide.


Iran strike imminent: Russian diplomat:

“The attack will be mounted before the end of this year. Israel is blackmailing [U.S. President Barack] Obama by confronting him with a dilemma: either he supports the war option or will lose the support [of the U.S. Jews],” a high-ranking official of the Russian Foreign Ministry told the newspaper ahead of the U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria on Monday.


An Act Of War:

SWIFT Cuts Off Iran As Sanctions Vice Tightens : Iran was effectively cut off from global commerce on Thursday, when the company that handles financial transactions said it was severing ties with many Iranian banks


Iran food stockpiling grows as grain ships near port: – Vessels carrying at least 360,000 tonnes of grain are lined up to unload in Iran, Reuters shipping data showed on Thursday, a sign that Tehran is succeeding in stockpiling food to blunt the impact of tougher Western sanctions.


No sanctions on US wheat?

Iran makes second US wheat purchase-USDA: A weekly export sales report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday showed that Iran has bought an additional 60,000 tonnes of U.S. wheat.


U.S. May Sanction India Over Level of Iran-Oil Imports: India has failed to reduce its purchases of Iranian oil, and if it doesn’t do so, President Barack Obama may be forced to impose sanctions on one of Asia’s most important nations, Obama administration officials said yesterday.


Israeli strike on Iran could raise gas prices to $6-per-gallon, analysts say:

Other analysts agreed that airstrikes would cause a spike in global crude oil prices, and a corresponding jump in U.S. gasoline prices that are currently averaging $3.82 per gallon. But some declined to predict how large that spike would be.


Cameron agrees to help re elect Obama:

U.S., Britain to agree emergency oil stocks release : Britain has decided to cooperate with the United States in a bilateral agreement to release strategic oil stocks, two British sources said, in an effort to prevent high fuel prices derailing economic growth in a U.S. election year.


Pro-government rallies held across Syria: Millions of Syrian government supporters dashed through streets and main squares nationwide, to stage rallies in support of embattled President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday, according to Xinhua.


UK Paper Claims to Have Syrian Leader’s E-Mails: The newspaper said it got the trove of e-mails from a member of the Syrian opposition whom it does not identify.


Child’s death test fragile truce in Gaza: A child died in the Gaza strip on Wednesday from wounds sustained in four-days of Israeli bombardments, but a truce deal appeared to be holding


UN Rights Expert Urges Israel To Release Palestinian Woman On Hunger Strike: – An independent U.N. human rights expert has urged Israel to immediately release Hana Shalabi, a Palestinian woman prisoner who has been on a hunger-strike for a month.


Palestinians ask Israeli court to halt DNA tests:

The Palestinian Authority has asked Israel’s highest court to halt the taking of DNA samples from Palestinian prisoners against their will, a PA minister said on Thursday.


Condition of Bahrain hunger striker seen worsening: The condition of a jailed Bahraini activist who has been on hunger strike for over a month is deteriorating and prison authorities may force-feed him, a lawyer who visited him this week said on Wednesday.


UN panel approves sidelined report praising Gaddafi’s human rights record :

A United Nations panel has adopted a report praising the human rights record of the former government of deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a year after it was sidelined amid international objection.


Ethiopia carries out ground attacks on archrival Eritrea:

Ethiopian forces entered archrival Eritrea on Thursday and carried out what a government spokesman described as “a successful attack” against military posts.


A Quarter of Yemenis Do Not have Food: A United Nations Survey has found that about five million people in Yemen are not in a position to either buy or produce food for their personal consumption, resulting in food shortages, that keep mothers’ and children’s stomachs empty.


US Gulag: Prisoners Put in Solitary Confinement for Going on Strike:

On December 16th, 15 prisoners working in the kitchens at Central Prison, in Raleigh, sat down on the job in protest of the hours, lack of gain time, and working conditions. Prisoners in these kitchens are made to work ten hours a day, seven days a week.


How the FBI MonitoredOrganic Farmers’ Market Under the Guise of Combating Terrorism:

The FBI conducted a three-year investigation, of activists for no apparent reason aside from the fact that they were anarchists, or protested the war in Iraq, or were “militant feminists.” Here’s the file.


Welcome to the USA:

Canadian women allege U.S. border groping: — Four female U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Detroit are being sued by three Canadian women who allege they were sexually fondled at the border.


Soledad O’Brien on Breitbart’s Bombshell: ‘Where’s the Bombshell?’: In this CNN clip, editor Joel Pollak is grilled by Soledad O’Brien in a way I wish more journalists would follow


Greece on the breadline: HIV and malaria make a comeback: Following savage cuts to the national health service budget, including heavy job losses and a 40% reduction in funding for hospitals, Greek social services were “under very severe strain, if not in a state of breakdown. What we are seeing are very clear indicators of a system that cannot cope.”


Greek jobless rate passes 20% in fourth quarter2011:

Greek jobless rate has jumped to 20.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 from 17.7 percent in the previous three month period, with more than a million people looking for work.


Spanish House Prices Tumble: Spanish house prices tumbled at their fastest pace on record in the fourth quarter, a sign that a long-running property bust will continue to weigh on Spanish households and banks.


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 : 2,917


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.