Information Clearing House Newsletter 28 June 2012: The American People Are Angry?

28 June 2012 — Information Clearing House 

Obama Stalling His Way To War With Iran
By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

Obama is locking America into a path that is increasingly likely to result in yet another U.S.-initiated war in the Middle East during the first years of the next presidential term. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31714.htm

Simulating an Iranian Attack on Israel – Why?
By Alan Hart
Given that there is no prospect of Iran initiating missile strikes or other military action against Israel – I mean that it will only fire in response to an Israeli or an American-and-Israeli attack – what is the real purpose of the forthcoming exercise?  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31719.htm
 
Can We Stop a Civil War in Syria?
By Phyllis Bennis
It’s not surprising that the normal human reaction is “we’ve got to do something!” But what is needed is serious diplomacy – not an army or air force action.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31720.htm
 
The U.S. & Syria: Facts You Should Know
By Joyce Chediac
The following timeline reviews the progression of U.S.-NATO intervention in Syria and counteracts the Big Lie in the corporate media aimed at preparing open imperialist military aggression against the Syrian people.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31715.htm
The Wake-Up May Be Too Late
By Philip Giraldi
It is about time that people in the United States begin to realize that unlimited support of Israel has turned US foreign policy into the poison that is bidding to destroy the republic.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31718.htm
 
Palestinians, Question the Point of the P.A.
By Philip Weiss
The Palestinian Authority is a stooge government like the Bantustan governments the South Africans sought to install.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31722.htm
 
Worth It’? Or a War Crime?
How to remember the British terror bombing of German civilians
By Lindsey German
The terror bombing of Germany involved the deliberate targeting of civilians and destruction of their homes, with a total disregard for human life that is quite breathtaking.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31723.htm
 
Obamacare Wins, We Lose
By John Stauber
This is a massive victory for corporate power, forcing citizens to buy an expensive insurance product that won’t serve our needs very well but will profit industry, in lieu of receiving real health care.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31717.htm
 
What the Market Does to Our Souls
By Alan Nasser
Elites are now resolved to defeat organized labor, to reduce as much of the social wage as they can get away with and to do away with impediments to capital’s unlimited freedom to accumulate, i.e. to privatize public assets.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31716.htm
 
The American People Are Angry
By Bernie Sanders
We are in the process of losing the great middle class. We’re seeing more of our people living in poverty. – What the American people are saying is enough is enough.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31721.htm 
 

Militants from Afghanistan launch attack in Pakistan, 8 killed:  At least eight militants were killed when they tried to launch a third attack from Afghanistan inside Pakistan in less than a week, said officials on Thursday. http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2249880&Language=en 

7 Pakistan soldiers killed by blast:  A roadside bomb has hit a paramilitary convoy in north-west Pakistan, killing seven soldiers, officials say. The attack happened as the convoy passed through a bazaar in Bara, a town in the Khyber tribal area. http://is.gd/tyLL26 

U.S. kills at least 5 in Pakistan:  A US drone strike targeting a militant compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal district killed at least five militants late Tuesday, security officials said. 012/06/26/u-s-drone-strike-kills-at-least-5-in-pakistan/

3 in 4 Pakistanis now consider US an enemy as resentment grows:  Approximately 4 in 10 Pakistanis believe that US military and financial aid is having a negative impact on their country; only 1 in 10 believes the impact has been positive. http://www.rt.com/news/pakistan-consider-us-enemy-940/

Taliban Attacks Kill 10 Afghan Police Officers
Afghan officials say roadside bombs and a Taliban ambush have killed at least 10 Afghan police. http://is.gd/P43Dj5

Two NATO occupation force soldiers killed in eastern Afghan blast:  “Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in eastern Afghanistan yesterday,” the NATO-led ISAF said in the statement http://en.trend.az/regions/world/afghanistan/2041234.html

US pays high price for Pak route cut-off:  Moving supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan via Central Asia costs three times as much as routes through Pakistan, which Islamabad shut seven months ago in anger, a senior US officer said Wednesday. http://is.gd/H5lADf

At least 20 killed in northern Mali fighting:  “Al-Qaeda-linked” fighters have taken control of the headquarters of the local separatist rebels in the north Mali town of Gao after a bloody battle that has killed at least 20 people, residents said. http://is.gd/LBW6Wb

Nigeria: 21 Killed As Gunmen, Clash in Kano:  No fewer than 17 Islamist militants were killed, yesterday, in Kano after two days of sustained exchange of fire between the militants and security agents. http://allafrica.com/stories/201206280001.html

Libya’s former PM Mahmoudi ‘tortured’ on forced return to Tripoli:  Extradited politician had ribs broken and lung punctured, claims lawyer, but Tripoli officials dismiss allegations as naked lie. http://is.gd/GaKz8l

At least 14 killed, 59 wound wounded in serial attacks in Iraq:  Eight people were killed and 30 others wounded after a bomb went off in a popular Baghdad market on Thursday while another bomb blast killed two people and wounded 15 in Taji, 25 kilometers north of the capital, the officials said. 012/06/28/248377/attacks-leave-dead-iraq/

7 killed as US-backed gunmen stage massacre at Syrian TV station:  Gunmen stormed a pro-government television station in Syria Wednesday, slaughtering seven employees, wounding others and taking several people hostage. The attack came a day after President Bashar al-Assad declared Syria to be in “a real state of war.” 012/jun2012/syri-j28.shtml    Kofi Annan proposes Syria ‘unity government’:

Kofi Annan, the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria, has proposed setting up a transitional government that could include followers of President Bashar al-Assad and opposition members in a bid to end the country’s war, diplomats said. http://is.gd/ipN7aY

Russia: No backing for any plan that calls for Syria’s Assad to step down: –  Russia on Thursday said it would not endorse a call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to give up power and criticized as inappropriate claims that it had agreed to plans by international envoy Kofi Annan for a new national unity government in Syria that could include the opposition http://is.gd/g2GVjU

Russian trap in Syria: Op-Ed  The duty of teaching Turkey a lesson in not meddling in the Syrian crisis fell on Russia’s shoulders. Our downed military jet can be interpreted as a message from Russia that “I am now in Syrian lands.” http://is.gd/DoQa8q

Syria puts double whammy on Turkey: Op-Ed:  The Russian stance has perceptibly hardened in the past week in response to a recent series of provocative rhetoric by the United States and London’s stage-managed event on June 18 to smear Moscow’s stance on Syria. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/NF26Ak02.html

Turkey sets up ‘security corridor’ on border with Syria:  Turkey has sent missile batteries, tanks and troops to the border with Syria as a “security corridor”, almost a week after the Syrian downing of a Turkish military jet, media reports said Thursday. http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=53105

Russia halts plans to supply S-300 missile system to Syria – reports:  Russia’s main weapons producer has allegedly suspended its contract with Syria to supply S-300 long-range missile systems. Russia’s ‘Vedomosti’ daily published the report, citing unnamed sources within the military-industrial complex. http://www.rt.com/news/russia-halts-syria-s300-contract-822/

U.S. double-standards crystal clear in Bahrain:  Where are the calls from the U.S. and NATO for a “humanitarian intervention” or for regime change in Bahrain, a U.S. ally that hosts a base for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet? Nowhere http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_06_28/79635932/

Armed rebels abduct 14 Palestinian Liberation Army members in Syria:  Fourteen Palestinian Liberation Army members have been kidnapped in Syria by anti-Damascus armed groups. http://is.gd/20m60o

Mossad accused after Hamas member killed in Syria:  The official said Ghannaja was one of the deputies of Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a senior Hamas military commander found dead in a Dubai hotel room in 2010. Investigators in the Gulf emirate have accused Mossad of that murder. http://is.gd/diHAFC

Iran warns EU of ‘repercussions’ over new sanctions:  Iran‘s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, warned the EU in a letter on Thursday that new sanctions will have “repercussions” on talks over his country’s atomic activities. http://is.gd/pWH2WG

Fact or fiction:

Iran’s Vice President Makes “Anti-Semitic” Speech at Forum:  Mr. Rahimi, second in line to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said the Talmud teaches to “destroy everyone who opposes the Jews.” The “Zionists” are in firm control of the illegal drug trade, Mr. Rahimi said, asking foreign dignitaries to research his claims. “Zionists” is Iran‘s ideological term for Jews who support the state of Israel. http://is.gd/8yipeW

UK report finds IDF tortures Palestinian children: 
British lawyers have lodged a complaint at the UN against Israel for allegedly torturing Palestinian children. Their report showed youngsters held in solitary confinement and shackled while in the custody of the Israeli military. http://www.rt.com/news/israel-tortures-palestinian-children-report-002/

Mohamed Morsi to pick woman and Christian as Egypt’s vice-presidents:  Mohamed Morsi’s first appointments as president-elect of Egypt will be a woman and a Coptic Christian, his spokesman has told the Guardian, as he moves to allay fears of the Muslim Brotherhood. http://is.gd/BSnIcJ

Mexican media scandal: secretive Televisa unit promoted PRI candidate
A secretive unit inside Mexico’s predominant television network set up and funded a campaign for Enrique Peña Nieto, who is the favourite to win Sunday’s presidential election, according to people familiar with the operation and documents seen by the Guardian. http://is.gd/4q1G6B

Supreme Court upholds key Obama healthcare centerpiece:  The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama‘s signature healthcare overhaul law requiring that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty, a historic ruling that gave the White House a big win ahead of Obama‘s re-election bid in November. http://is.gd/tqfQ9f 

Who is Bankrolling the Fight Against “Obamacare?”:  The lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB), is a highly partisan front group masquerading as the “nation’s leading small business association,” http://is.gd/88QsA1

Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas:  Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India. http://is.gd/XO3TkQ

012 High:  The number of applications for unemployment benefits hovered last week near the highest level of the year, showing little improvement in the U.S. labor market. http://is.gd/7Rqqa8

Stockton, California slashes workers’ health benefits ahead of bankruptcy filing:  The City Council of Stockton, a river port with nearly 300,000 residents in California’s central valley region, voted Tuesday night to file for bankruptcy protection and adopted an interim budget that slashes health benefits for both current and retired city workers.  012/jun2012/stoc-j28.shtml

JPMorgan Slips on Report Trading Loss Widened to $9 Billion:  JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) fell more than 6 percent in New York trading after the New York Times reported the lender’s losses from credit derivatives may eventually total as much as $9 billion, exceeding the firm’s initial estimate http://is.gd/0e1Y73 

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:  4,807
Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan :3,066

 

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

$1,346,950,078,831      

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