17 March 2012— Information Clearing House
“The End Of Israel”
Israel Too Small to Last Even One Week of Real War
“If Israel ever makes that mistake [attacking Iran’s nuclear sites], that will set the time for the end of Israel. They know it very well…. We don’t consider Israel a country. Israel is an entity, the extension of the US influence in the Middle East…. So, the real threat is the US,” he said.
Israel’s Willing Executioners:
By James Petras and Robin Eastman Abaya
From March 4th to March 9th, 2012, 13,000 militant Israel Firsters, took over “political Washington” and imposed a foreign regime’s (Israel) political agenda to the rousing applause and appreciation of their captive vassal US legislators.
U.S. Navy Launches Huge Iran Surge
Gunboats, Super-Torpedoes, Sea-Bots:
By Spencer Ackerman
Consider it Teddy Roosevelt’s gunboat diplomacy for the 21st century.
Netanyahu v Obama
“The most dangerous man in the world”
By Alan Hart
What, really, worries Netanyahu most – the prospect (not real) of Iran posing an existential threat to Israel or the prospect (real) of a second-term Obama?
The People’s Resolution
By Camillo mac Bica
Expressing the sense of the PEOPLE regarding the importance of a peaceful resolution of differences and preventing the Governments of the United States and Israel from continuing/escalating the aggression/terrorism against the PEOPLE of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
A Tale of Two Tales
What Real World?
By Fred Reed
When you recruit citizens of a country to kill their own people in the name of a widely hated puppet government, their enthusiasm is likely to be exiguous.
Maid in Lebanon Abuse Video Kills Herself
Video By Aljazeera
Suicide comes days after footage emerged of Ethiopian woman being violently dragged on Beirut street by male employer.
China’s Impending Financial Crash
By Gwynne Dyer
“This time will be different” is the traditional formula used to reassure nervous investors in the last years before a great economic bubble collapses”
J.P. Morgan Chase’s Ugly Family Secrets Revealed
By Matt Taibbi
In a story that should be getting lots of attention, American Banker has released an excellent and disturbing exposé of J.P. Morgan Chase’s credit card services division.
Corporate Malfeasance – And Why It Corrupts
By John Perkins
Today’s tycoons exemplify the mutant form of capitalism we have misguidedly embraced and been infected with – the exploitation of the many by the few.
Why Republicans Aren’t Mentioning
The Real Cause of Rising Prices at the Gas Pump
By Robert Reich
The rise in gas prices has almost nothing to do with energy policy. It has everything to do with America‘s continuing failure to adequately regulate Wall Street. But don’t hold your breath waiting for Republicans to tell the truth.
An inquisitive alien visits the planet to check on our progress as a species, and gets into a conversation with the first person he meets.
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No No Keshagesh
By Buffy Sainte-Marie
Keshagesh means Greedy Guts. It’s what you call a little puppy who eats his own and then wants everybody else’s.
Turkish soldiers, Afghan civilians killed in helicopter crash: Twelve Turkish soldiers and at least two Afghan civilians were killed Friday when a helicopter belonging to foreign forces crashed into a house in Kabul.
Officials disclose new case of American Marine killed by Afghan soldier: An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwestern Afghanistan last month in a previously undisclosed case of apparent “Afghan treachery” that marked at least the seventh killing of an American military member by his supposed ally in the past six weeks
Pentagon: Afghan security breach was more serious than reported: The Pentagon acknowledged Thursday that a security breach during Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s visit to Afghanistan was much more serious than officials first reported
Afghan leader blasts U.S. over shootings probe:
Afghan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States on Friday, saying he is at the “the end of the rope” because of the lack of U.S. cooperation into a probe of a killing spree allegedly carried out by an American soldier.
Afghanistan: Villagers in town where civilians were killed suspect U.S. conspiracy: “Why did they not stop the killings? These soldiers at the camp spy with expensive equipment on all that happens, from the ground and from the air,” he added. “It’s too difficult to believe that one of their colleagues could get away with this.”
Afghan massacre suspect on flight to US: The soldier is expected to arrive at Fort Leavenworth on Friday afternoon, says his civilian attorney, John Henry Browne.
Afghan fury as US soldier accused of massacre is flown to Kuwait: “It was the demand of the families of the martyrs of this incident, the people of Kandahar and the people of Afghanistan to try him publicly in Afghanistan,” said Mohammad Naeem Lalai Hamidzai, a Kandahar lawmaker who is part of a parliamentary commission investigating the shootings.
Cameron declares Afghanistan a success at 9/11 memorial: Standing next to the water memorial on the site of the north tower, the prime minister said the Nato mission in Afghanistan had succeeded and would draw to a close over the next two years.
One Killed as clashes over federalism break out in eastern Libya: Hundreds of people held a demonstration after Friday prayers in support of a federal system of governance and a plan to divide the country into three self-governing regions. The supporters and opponents of federalism threw stones at each other and exchanged gunfire.
Annan sending team to discuss Syria monitors:
Annan has presented a five-point peace plan including a ceasefire, access for humanitarian aid and political dialogue with the Syrian opposition.
Syria: Assad tells the UN ‘we want to cooperate with Annan’: Bashar Assad, the Syrian president said that, “the Syrian government is determined to disarm the terrorists and is continuing to seek a peaceful solution to the crisis by cooperating with the special envoy Kofi Annan.
Turkey may create buffer zone, recall envoy in Syria, PM says: Turkey has said it is considering setting up a “security” or “buffer zone” along its border with Syria and may withdraw its ambassador to Damascus after Turkish citizens inside the neighboring country return home.
Fox News Poll: 78% of Voters Oppose Sending Troops to Syria: American voters oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria, where the government has killed an estimated 7,500 people as it tries to end a year-long uprising. In addition, a majority thinks there should be a national debate before the U.S. intervenes in hot-spots around the world.
‘Strike on Iran could be counterproductive’: A recently retired US general now working for a Jewish national security think tank cautioned Tuesday that military strikes against Iran could be counterproductive.
Top Iran official calls for cooperation from West : Ultimately, Iran is willing to allow “full transparency” of its nuclear program with “permanent human monitoring,” Larijani said, but not right away and only if Western powers give Iran all the rights allowed under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Iran Takes ‘Urgent Steps’ As Saturday Cut-Off Looms: Money exchange houses in the Gulf said they were ceasing dealing in the risky Iranian rial, in another blow to Tehran’s trading channels.
Iran Deleted From the World’s Banking Computers: Once the SWIFT codes for Iranian banks are deleted, Iranian banks will no longer be able to transfer funds to and from other worldwide banks, turning Iranian international commerce into a barter operation.
Will SWIFT ban on Iran strangle Spain?: In an attempt to pressure Tehran, technocrats in Brussels might actually be leading Spain to the scaffold.
Iran’s Crude Oil Exports to Fall 50% on Embargo, IEA Says: Iran exported just below 2 million barrels a day last month, compared with 2.6 million in November, the IEA, adviser to 28 industrialized nations, said in a report today. Iran’s oil minister said exports haven’t decreased.
Exclusive: Iran sanctions seen spurring more Saudi oil sales to U.S.: Saudi Arabia is preparing to extend this year’s unexpected jump in oil sales to the United States, adding to speculation about the response of the world’s top oil exporter to sanctions against Iran and a rally in prices.
China will ensure tankers can haul Iran oil: China, the biggest buyer of Iranian oil, will take steps to prevent European trade sanctions disrupting shipments from the Persian Gulf nation, said tanker operator China Shipping Development Co.
Israel takes Iran nuclear concern to partner China: Israel Friday took its concern about Iran’s nuclear program to one of Iran’s main partners, China, and hinted it could launch a pre-emptive attack on the Islamic Republic despite repeated calls by China to allow diplomacy to take its course.
Ex-US officials investigated over speeches to Iranian dissident group on terror list: Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton have received federal subpoenas as part of an expanding investigation into the source of payments to former top government officials who have publicly advocated removing an Iranian dissident group from the State Department list of terrorist groups
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Former U.S. Officials Make Millions Advocating For Terrorist Organization:
Onstage next to former FBI director Louis Freeh sat Ed Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania and current MSNBC talking head; former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean; former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton; former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo West; former State Department Director of Policy Planning Mitchell Reiss; former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway; Anita McBride, the former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush; and Sarah Sewall, a Harvard professor who sits on a corporate board with Reiss.
U.S. urged to clarify destination of arms shipment near Suez: Egypt denied Friday a U.S. arms shipment headed to the Suez Canal would be unloaded in the country, after rights group Amnesty International warned that Egyptian security forces could abuse the weapons.
Eritrea calls Ethiopia raid ‘deceitful ploy’: Red Sea state says attack on its soil is meant to divert attention from neighbour’s “illegal occupation” of border area.
Attorney asks for dismissal in WikiLeaks case: He asked that charges against his client be dismissed because the government has “hopelessly” messed up the document turnover in the nearly two years his client has been incarcerated.
Honduras: When Engagement Becomes Complicity: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Honduras on March 6 with a double mission: to quell talk of drug legalization and reinforce the U.S.-sponsored drug war in Central America, and to bolster the presidency of Porfirio Lobo.
Wilmington, Delaware Passes ‘Sperm Person’ Resolution:
The Wilmington, Deleware city council voted 8-4 for a “tongue-in-cheek” resolution “that asks state legislatures and U.S. Congress to enact laws that forbid men from destroying their semen” last week. The resolution was the idea of city councilwoman Loretta Walsh
Federal jobless aid ending for 80,000 S.C. residents:
Extended federal unemployment benefits are being phased out for almost 86,000 jobless workers in South Carolina despite the state’s high 9.3 percent jobless rate.
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 : 2,930
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001