Information Clearing House Newsletter 21 March 2012: Arundhati Roy – Capitalism: A Ghost Story

21 March 2012 Information Clearing House


Afghan Villagers Say Shootings Were Revenge

By Deb Riechmann and Mirwais Khan

Several Afghans near the villages where an American soldier is alleged to have killed 16 civilians say U.S. troops lined them up against a wall after a roadside bombing and told them that they, and even their children, would pay a price for the attack.


Obama‘s Afghanistan Massacre Deniers

Why do liberals ignore millions of non-American war deaths?

By Terry Michael

Victims in the village of Kandahar are just the latest among six million who have perished in America’s wars-of-choice in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and now the Central Asian graveyard of empires, Afghanistan.


Toulouse Cannot be Explained as an Isolated Hate Crime

By Lindsey German

The shootings in south west France are the terrible and disastrous outcome of the West’s war policies and anti-Muslim racism.


Aggression Begets Aggression

By John Perkins

It may serve our egos to remember the good ole days of our own people’s triumphs, but it also serves to perpetuate the myth that aggression is honorable.


Details of Talks with IAEA Belie Charge Iran Refused Cooperation

By Gareth Porter

The first detailed account of negotiations between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran last month belies earlier statements by unnamed Western officials portraying Iran as refusing to cooperate with the IAEA in allaying concerns about alleged nuclear weaponisation work.


The Three Amigos and the Misuse of History

By Paul Pillar

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and John McCain of Arizona – whom their staffers affectionately refer to as the “three amigos,” are most immediately interested in getting the United States involved in the civil war in Syria.


The Ex-FBI Informant with a Change of Heart

‘There Is No Real Hunt. It’s Fixed’

By Paul Harri

Craig Monteilh describes how he pretended to be a radical Muslim in order to root out potential threats, shining a light on some of the bureau’s more ethically murky practices.


Bolivia Has Transformed Itself by Ignoring the Washington Consensus

By Luis Hernández Navarro

By breaking with orthodox prescriptions for progress, Evo Morales has helped to forge a new Bolivia centered on ‘living well’


Capitalism: A Ghost Story

By Arundhati Roy

Capitalism‘s real “grave-diggers” may end up being its own delusional Cardinals, who have turned ideology into faith. Despite their strategic brilliance, they seem to have trouble grasping a simple fact: Capitalism is destroying the planet.


Real Estate 4 Ransom

What role did real estate play in the crashing of the global economy?

Video Documentary

The 40 min documentary looks at whether genuine freedom has been delivered by the democratic system.


Afghan official: 3 civilians killed, 15 wounded by insurgent rocket that explodes in bazaar:

Gen. Zirawer Zahid, the police chief in Ghazni province, said insurgents who fired the rocket Wednesday were targeting the police headquarters, but it fell in a market area of Muqur district instead.


Afghan villagers say massacre was premeditated : In accounts to The Associated Press and to Afghan government officials, the residents allege that U.S. troops lined up men from the village of Mokhoyan against a wall after the bombing on either March 7 or 8, and told them they would pay a price for the attack.


Lawyer: ‘no proof’ Sgt Bales massacred 16 Afghan civilians: His lawyer John Henry Browne told reporters yesterday: “We’ve all heard the allegations. I don’t know that the government has proved much. There is no forensic evidence, there is no confession.”


Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Iraq bombings that killed almost 50: Al Qaeda’s front group in Iraq claimed responsibility Wednesday for a wave of attacks that killed 46 people across the country this week and said the violence exposes how weak government security is ahead of the upcoming Arab League summit in Baghdad.


UN Security Council backs Syria peace plan: The statement expressed the council’s “full support” for Annan’s efforts, and called upon both the government and the opposition “to work in good faith with the envoy towards a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis” and to fully implement his six-point proposal.


Syria rebels committed serious abuses, Human Rights Watch says: Human Rights Watch alleges Syrian opposition fighters have carried out kidnappings and torture, and reportedly executions, in contrast to their freedom fighter image.


US Mercenary “Took Part” in Gaddafi Killing; Sent to Assist Syrian opposition: US government officials requested that an American private security firm contact Syrian opposition figures in Turkey to see “how they can help in regime change,” the CEO of one of these firms told Stratfor in a company email obtained by WikiLeaks and Al-Akhbar.


Turkey readies Syrian buffer zone plan: Turkey has discreetly begun preparations for a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the border between the two countries. – One official said about 500 specialised soldiers had arrived in the area recently to look at military options for the buffer zone and the handling of more refugees.


Iran will produce nuclear weapons if attacked: Russia: Russia warned Tuesday that Iran would have no option but to develop nuclear weapons if it came under attack from either the United States or Israel over its contested atomic programme.


Former Mossad chief: Israel will know before Iran begins producing nuclear weapons: Speaking at an event in a Haifa hospital, Dagan said that currently Israel must not attack Iran, and that a strike on its nuclear facilities should be the last resort.


Rep. King: Israeli attack on Iran won’t be ‘surgical’ strike: House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday suggested that an Israeli attack on Iran could involve the United States in a military conflict with Tehran, but cautioned that the possibility should not weaken resolve to halt Iran’s nuclear program.


Kuwait says Iran has assured it will not shut Hormuz: – Iran has assured Kuwait it will not try to close the vital Strait of Hormuz shipping route, Kuwait‘s ruler said in remarks carried by state-run news agency KUNA on Tuesday.


U.S. Exempts Japan and 10 Other Countries From Sanctions Over Iran Oil: The Obama administration on Tuesday exempted Japan and 10 European nations from the prospect of biting sanctions intended to punish countries that continue to buy oil from Iran, but it left open the fate of other major importers, including China, India and South Korea.


US war game foreshadows Israeli attack on Iran: Details of a recent Pentagon war game, leaked yesterday in the New York Times, underscore the advanced character and recklessness of the Obama administration’s preparations for war against Iran.


Germany to sell Israel new nuke-capable submarine: Germany has announced that it will sell Israel a sixth Dolphin-class submarine capable of carrying nuclear warheads with an operating range of 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles).


Israeli Violation of Lebanese Airspace Unacceptable – Russia: The violation of Lebanese airspace by the Israeli Air Force is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart.


French police prepare to storm building: French police were preparing to storm an apartment building in Toulouse today if a gunman suspected in seven killings and claiming allegiance to al-Qa’ida doesn’t surrender, a top police official said.


Toulouse siege: live: Live coverage of the siege at the home of the suspected Toulouse serial killer responsible for the murders of four people outside a Jewish school and three paratroopers in south west France.


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


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