Information Clearing House Newsletter 25 June 2012: “Netanyahu has Decided to Attack Iran Before the U.S. Elections in November”

25 June 2012Information Clearing House

“Netanyahu has Decided to Attack Iran Before the U.S. Elections in November”
By Michael Carmichael
Netanyahu‘s agenda is much broader than knocking out Iranian nuclear installations for his aim is to reshape the political landscape in the USA and Israel shifting everything to the far, far right in order to create a new comfort zone for religious fundamentalists.

US and Israel to Hold Largest Ever Joint Military Exercise
By Aaron Kalman


Focusing on stopping ballistic missiles and featuring thousands of soldiers, the October drill will simulate simultaneous rocket fire from Syria and Iran.


Eyeballing Iran? US Commissions 361 Cruise Missiles
By Yitzhak Benhorin


US Navy to get 361 new Tomahawk cruise missiles, most of which are meant for Fifth Fleet destroyers based in Bahrain. Meanwhile, pressure to mount military strike against Tehran is permeating presidential campaign.


Romney to Jewish Donors: ‘I Get Israeli Briefings’


Republican presidential nominee tells donors at Park City retreat that Israeli officials keep him posted on regional developments.


Regime-Changers’ Report Card
By Justin Raimondo


The policy is a reenactment of the strategy deployed against the former Soviet Union. The idea is to smash up the nation-states in the region – whether it be in the central Asian former Soviet republics, or in the Middle East – splitting them into ever-smaller and more manageable pieces.


A Cruel and Unusual Record
By Jimmy Carter


Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended.


Collapsing U.S. Credibility
By Glenn Greenwald


Condemning foreign governments for abusive acts while ignoring one’s own is easy. But the U.S. leads the way.


Asperity, Austerity, and Control
Huxley, Orwell, and 1984
Must Read – By The Geogre


It took 2003 and George W. Bush to demonstrate to us how well television and the fragmented Internet have made every year 1984.


5 Reasons America Is Not — And Has Never Been — a Christian Nation
By Rob Boston


To hear the religious Right tell it, men such as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison were eighteenth-century versions of Jerry Falwell in powdered wigs and stockings. This is nonsense.


Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way
By Richard Wolff


Why are we told a broken system that creates vast inequality is the only choice? Spain‘s amazing co-op is living proof otherwise.


13 Pakistani soldiers killed in Afghan attack: At least 13 Pakistani soldiers were killed Monday in a cross-border attack launched by militants from Afghanistan. Of the total, seven were found beheaded.


Fact or fiction?
Syrian forces ‘fire at second Turkish plane’: Turkey says Syrian forces fired towards a Turkish military transport plane involved in a search for an F-4 reconnaissance jet shot down by Syria last week, but didn’t bring it down.


Syria warns NATO against action over Turkish plane: – Syria described its shooting down of a Turkish warplane as an act of self-defence and warned Turkey and its NATO allies against any retaliatory measures.


US to help Turkey hold Syria ‘accountable’: – The United States said on Monday it would work with NATO ally Turkey to hold Syria accountable for what U.S. officials believe was a deliberate act of shooting down a Turkish fighter jet.


Russia Reflags Syria Arms Ship: Femco said that was necessary “in order to protect its interests, the security of the ship and its crew, all of whom are Russian citizens.” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday the MV Alaed carried overhauled disassembled helicopters to Syria, not gunships, as claimed by Western media


Russia plans to keep Syrian base – Navy Chief:
“We need this base, it is functioning and it will keep on functioning further,” the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov as saying. The admiral added that Russia needed the base to supply its navy ships on combat duty in the Mediterranean Sea, the Bay of Aden and in the Indian Ocean.


Turkey admits downed plane had strayed into Syrian airspace: Turkish President Abdullah Gul said the Turkish incursion into Syrian air space was not deliberate. “It is routine for jet fighters to sometimes fly in and out over borders,” he said. “These are not ill-intentioned things, but happen beyond control due to the jets’ speed.”


US deploys 4 minesweepers to Iranian Hormuz oil shipping lane : Video Report: Four US minesweepers have arrived in the Persian Gulf – the vital shipping route for the global economy. It comes after an Iranian military chief said the Islamic State might try to block the Strait of Hormuz to defend its interests.


Egypt’s Mursi keen to renew long-severed Iran ties:
Egypt‘s Islamist President-elect Mohamed Mursi voiced interest in restoring long-severed ties with Tehran to create a strategic “balance” in the region, in an interview published on Monday with Iran‘s Fars news agency.


Egypt rejects report of Morsi comments about Iran ties: Fars News Agency had earlier quoted Morsi as saying that Egypt is eager to normalize its economic and political relations with Iran on the basis of common interests. – The Egyptian presidential office has now dismissed the report.


In case you missed it:
Mohammed Morsi: Brotherhood’s backroom operator in the limelight: Morsi, 60, is an engineer who has taught in the US as well as at Egyptian universities. An expert on precision metal surfaces, he worked at Nasa on the development of space shuttle engines in the early 1980s.


Iran will invite Saudi King Abdullah to NAM summit: “The Islamic Republic of Iran will extend [President] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s invitation to the Saudi King to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran,” Iran‘s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told IRNA on Monday.


Libya ex-PM Mahmoudi extradition from Tunisia ‘illegal’:
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has said that his country’s extradition of Libya‘s former Prime Minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi was “illegal”.


Extradition tests Tunisia’s ruling coalition: Move to send back Libya‘s last prime minister al-Mahmoudi leads to row between the president and Islamist PM. 012/06/20126251771209963.html


Paraguay’s Lugo forms ‘parallel cabinet’: Fernando Lugo, the deposed Paraguayan president, says he is aiming to return to power, rallying allies at home and abroad to force congress to reverse a vote to remove him that he called a break with democracy.


WikiLeaks founder wants guarantee he won’t be sent to US: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Monday called for diplomatic guarantees he will not be pursued by the United States for publishing secret documents if he goes to Sweden to face criminal allegations.


Bradley Manning lawyers accuse prosecutors of misleading judge: In a motion ahead of Monday’s pre-trial hearing, civilian lawyer says prosecutors are still denying defence access to documents.


The Power of One: It takes a lot of guts to stand up against a foreign government and the might of the US military. Ten years ago, she was raped in Japan by an American sailor. Neither the local police nor the US navy did anything to help.


Supreme Court upholds controversial AZ immigration law:
The court decided that one highly contentious part of the law could go forward – a provision requiring police to check the status of someone they suspect is in the United States illegally.


Spain requests €100 billion Euro loan to prevent financial meltdown: Spain formally requested a rescue loan of up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion) from its eurozone partners in a letter released Monday.


Cyprus asks EU for financial bailout: The fifth eurozone nation to seek help says it wants to limit exposure of its financial institutions to Greece crisis. 012/06/201262517189248721.html


28% of Americans have no emergency savings:
About 49% of Americans don’t even have enough money saved to cover three months of expenses — slightly worse than the 46% of Americans who reported having less than three months worth of savings last year. More than one-in-four don’t even have a single penny saved.


Genetically Modified Grass Kills Cattle By Producing Warfare Chemical Cyanide: Shockingly (and quite disturbingly), the GM grass actually produced toxic cyanide and sent the cattle into a life-ending fit that included painful bellowing and convulsions. The deaths have led to a federal investigation centered in Central Texas, where the cattle had resided.


Cost Of War

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,807
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,062
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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