Information Clearing House Newsletter 27 March 2012: Afghan Massacre and the Obama Cover-Up

27 March 2012 Information Clearing House


The Massacre of the Afghan 17 and the Obama Cover-Up

By James Petras

The ever-complicit Obama regime constructed an elaborate cover-up, exposing the Administration up to charges of conspiracy to suppress the essential facts, falsify data and obstruct justice: All are grounds for criminal prosecution and impeachment.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30922.htm

Obama Takes Bush’s Secrecy Games One Step Further

By Glenn Greenwald

The Obama presidency is cementing the worst abuses of the Bush presidency: the very same ones he so inspirationally vowed to reverse.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30921.htm

 

What Ever Happened to “Extremism in Defense of Liberty is No Vice”?

By A. Barton Hinkle

It’s more than a little ironic that conservatives think the first order of business when fighting terror is to sacrifice freedom.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30920.htm

 

Empires Then and Now

By Paul Craig Roberts

Bush and Obama have doubled the national debt, and the American people have no benefits from it. No riches, no bread and circuses flow to Americans from Washington’s wars. So what is it all about?  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30923.htm

 

U.S. Leaders Had Better Heed Israel’s Warnings on Iran

By Ari Shavit

On the one hand, we cannot exclude the possibility that the senior Israeli officials briefing us are bluffing. On the other hand, what we journalists hear in closed rooms is staggering.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30916.htm

 

Who Is Normal?

By Lawrence Davidson

Maybe it is a variant on “the battered child syndrome” that has led the Israelis to batter the Palestinians and then, when they resist, call them anti-Semites.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30915.htm

 

Imperial Ignorance

By Aijaz Zaka Syed

So this is how the cookie crumbles. From burning books to butchering babies, it seems everything is fair game as the victors near their tether. Four years after Barack Hussein Obama offered a “new way forward”; the gulf between America and the world’s Muslims is at its widest.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30917.htm

 

“I Am No Longer the Monster I Once Was”

Video

“The reason I am doing this,” said former Marine Jon Turner, Until people hear what is going on with this war, it will continue to happen, and people will continue to die.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30913.htm

 

On the Death of Shaima Alawadi

Murdered by a Decade of Militarist Demagoguery

By Justin Raimondo

It sickens me to write this, to report on the latest manifestation of the hate that has enveloped my country and spread out across the world like a giant oil spill.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30914.htm

 

The Receding Tide

Becoming Uzbekistan

By Fred Reed

Several things characterize countries of the Third Word, whatever precisely “Third World” means. The first is corruption. America is rotten with it, but American corruption is distinct from corruption in, say, Guatemala or Thailand, being less visible and better organized.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30918.htm

 

Humor

Quantitative Easing Explained

2 Minute Video

“Avery Largenumber, Economist” Originally aired on ABC TV  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30919.htm

 

Doctor says 20 people killed in Libyan power struggle:

The deadly clash underlined the fragile nature of Libya after the fall of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. The central government has failed to impose its authority, and Libya is ruled instead by squabbling tribes and militias. http://wapo.st/H62wMh

 

NATO’s Secrecy : How many civilians did NATO slaughter in Libya? : The results, by the available evidence, were a horror. By the time NATO’s planes departed, at least 34 people had been killed, many of them women and small children, according to investigations by journalists, human-rights organizations and the United Nations. http://nyti.ms/GQz0vt

 

Ten killed in Afghan bombing: Official : Eight Afghan security personnel and a foreign soldier were among 10 people killed in a Taliban-style roadside bombing in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said yesterday. http://bit.ly/GXZut2

 

Former Afghan MP among 4 killed in roadside bomb : A former Afghan member of parliament was among four people who were killed Saturday in a roadside bomb attack in the country’s central region, local media reported on Sunday. http://bit.ly/H39MEw

 

Two British occupation force soldiers killed by Afghan army soldier: Two British soldiers have been killed by a member of the Afghan national army inside a Nato base in southern Afghanistan, the UK defence secretary has confirmed. http://bit.ly/GV6zKo

 

How much more blood on David Cameron’s hands in Afghanistan?: The news that two soldiers have been killed at the hands of an Afghan soldier only underlines the desperate failure of the war and the senseless loss of life. http://bit.ly/HaeyAa

 

Four killed in northern Iraq amid summit preparations: Four people were killed Monday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul when a roadside bomb went off and gunmen opened fire on a police patrol, local security chief Mohamed al-Jabouri said, dpa reported. http://en.trend.az/regions/met/iraq/2006907.html

 

Heavy shelling on Homs, as Syrian rebels intensify attacks: Ten people and three army soldiers were killed Monday when Syrian forces shelled the province of Homs and opposition rebels intensified their hit-and-run attacks against troops in restive provinces across Syria, activists said. http://bit.ly/HcY4tY

 

Homs shelling kills five: Troops shelled Khaldiyeh district in the flashpoint city of Homs on Monday, with at least five people dying in the onslaught and two more killed elsewhere in Syria, activists and monitors said http://bit.ly/HbBGU0

 

U.N. gets reports of child soldiers with Syria rebels: Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad have been accused of using children as fighters in violation of international conventions banning the recruitment of child soldiers, a senior U.N. official said on Monday. http://reut.rs/H5XFuC

 

Annan studies Syria response: Rebel neighbourhood in homs shelled for seventh day as Russia warns of civil war http://bit.ly/H6Nd6T

 

Turkey Closes Embassy In Syria As Border Clashes Escalate: Turkey closed its embassy in Damascus on Monday, citing the deteriorating security situation, as the once close ally moved closer to suspending diplomatic ties with Syria, according to various news reports. http://bit.ly/GSN3fN

 

BRICS warns US against action on Iran: While the central banks of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are set to sign agreements for promoting trade amongst the five nations in local currencies, the BRICS leaders may this week also close ranks to warn US and Israel against any military action on Iran and try to iron out differences within the five-nation bloc on international response to the crisis in Syriahttp://bit.ly/GVz7EQ

 

Palestinian prisoners fight Israeli atrocities with ’empty stomachs’:

OCCUPIED RAMALLAH Inspired by Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who pressured Israel with a 66-day hunger strike, a growing number of his fellow detainees are launching similar protests. http://bit.ly/GT1Fip

 

Questions emerge over police handling of Toulouse, France killings: Details emerging about Mohamed Merah, the alleged gunman in a series of murders in the Toulouse area from March 11 to March 19, raise serious questions about the conduct of French intelligence and police agencies. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/mar2012/toul-m24.shtml

 

Merah may not have been attached to al-Qaeda : Investigators in France have said a suggestion by gunman Mohamed Merah that he was linked to al-Qaeda may have been false. They have found no sign that the gunman was under the umbrella of al-Qaeda or any other militant terror group. http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=204346590

 

British PM sold seats at family dinner table to wealthy donors: Britain’s prime minister, facing new questions about party fundraising, disclosed Monday the names of major donors to his Conservative Party invited to intimate meals at his family’s Downing Street apartment and his official countryside mansion. http://bit.ly/GV9aUs

 

David Cameron publishes details of donor dinners in cash-for-access row: Hours after the Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, said details would not be released, Downing Street published a list of dinners in Downing Street attended by 11 donors and their spouses. http://bit.ly/H5A5g5

 

Calls for probe into possible wrongful conviction of Lockerbie bomber:

The report, which has remained secret for five years, alleges the Crown Office withheld evidence from the defence. It also says there were six grounds on which it believes a miscarriage of justice may have occurred http://bit.ly/GOOBwr

 

Read the report that could have cleared Megrahi of Lockerbie-bombing: pdf format – File make take a moment to download. http://bit.ly/GRN5s4

 

‘The Pope will visit Cuba – so what?’ : The dance between the pope and the Cuban authorities is distressing, especially if one keeps in mind that this is a religious leader with a dreadful record when it comes to dealing with the Latin American left http://aje.me/GRnZbm

 

Lavish spending of America’s first family of televangelism revealed in bitter legal feud: America‘s “first family” of televangelism is being torn apart in a bitter legal feud which includes allegations of lavish spending on private jets, mansions and a $100,000 motor home for their pet dogs. http://tgr.ph/GLmige

 

Only 10 percent of countries, 20 out of 198, carried out executions last year: The United States was again the only country in the Americas and the only member of the G8 group of leading economies to execute prisoners – 43 in 2011. Europe and former Soviet Union countries were capital punishment-free, apart from Belarus where two people were executed. http://bit.ly/H8khrH

 

The killing of Trayvon Martin: The killing of Trayvon Martin is a consequence of the dominance of political reaction in the United States for more than 30 years http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/mar2012/pers-m26.shtml

 

Raw Video: Okla. Police Drag Man Face Down: The arrest of a man at an Oklahoma Airport is under investigation. Officials released surveillance video of officers dragging the man face down across the floor. http://bit.ly/GWRg0l

 

New surveillance system can compare your face against 36 million others in a single second: The system processes footage from both still images and live footage, recognizing faces in real-time. Recognized faces are displayed as thumbnails and grouped with matching footage, allowing the operator to look at all of the actions of a given person immediately. http://vrge.co/GKA59i

 

Subliminal Santorum Ad Flashes Obama’s Face When Talking About ‘Sworn American Enemy’: A paranoid Rick Santorum campaign ad, “Obamaville,” briefly replaces a picture of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad with President Barack Obama‘s face, as the narrator talks about a “sworn American enemy”: http://bit.ly/GTLCMZ

 

Brics’ move to unseat US dollar as trade currency: South Africa will this week take some initial steps to unseat the US dollar as the preferred worldwide currency for trade and investment in emerging economies. Thus, the nation is expected to become party to endorsing the Chinese currency, the renminbi, as the currency of trade in emerging markets. http://bit.ly/GOh93Y

 

EU Gas Now Over $10: Charting The Global Gas Pump Price Shock: For the first time since June 2011, the average price for Gas across the 27 European nations just broke above USD10/gallon. With the US on average above USD4/gallon http://bit.ly/GRvsGP

 

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 : 2,939

 

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

$1,316,160,760,377

http://www.costofwar.com/

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