Information Clearing House Newsletter 2 July 2012: Son Of Liberty: Born and raised in America

2 July 2012 — Information Clearing House 

An Act Of War?

Iran Sanctions Will Halve Oil Sales But May Still Not Succeed

By Julian Borger and Saeed Kamali Dehghan

Embargo has led to huge increases in price of staple foods, while currency has lost half its value since 2010.


Turkish Jet Downed in Syrian Airspace, U.S. Officials


U.S. Intelligence, Contradicting Ankara, Indicates Aircraft Was Shot Down by Syria in Its Own Airspace, Officials Say


How the Corporate Media is Snookering You on Syria

By Russ Baker

For those versed in the black arts of propaganda, the hijacking of Arab Spring must be a beauteous thing to behold.


Australia is the World’s First Murdochracy

By John Pilger

Rupert Murdoch controls most of Australia’s media. But even the so-called free press serves only profit and PR.


How The Press Uses Julian Assange’s Private Life To Conceal the Real Triumph of WikiLeaks

By Patrick Cockburn

Without the access to the US secret cables, the world would have no insight into how their governments behave.


Video Shows Aftermath Of US Drone Strike In Pakistan


Rachel Maddow shares exclusive, never before seen footage of the site of an alleged U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan.


Son Of Liberty

Born and raised in America

By Tarek Mehanna

I was born and raised right here in America. This angers many people: How can an American believe the things I believe, take the positions I take?


Clusterfuck Nation

Strange Jubilee

By James Howard Kunstler

Is there a Baby Boomer so dim in this land of rackets and swindles who thinks that he or she will escape the wrath of the Millennials rising?


In Case You Missed it

Chris Hedges “Brace Yourself! The American Empire Is Over

& The Descent Is Going To Be Horrifying!”


“We have undergone, I think, in the last few decades a kind of slow motion coup d’état.”


World’s First GM Babies Born


The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics.


Hard News


Kenya: 16 killed and 68 injured in Church attack: At least 16 people have been shot dead and more than 68 others seriously injured in two separate attacks by suspected Al Shabaab militiamen on churches in Garissa town


Libya clashes kill 47: “Thirty-two have been killed this week in the two Toubou residential areas,” a doctor treating Toubou casualties in Kufra told AFP. “The number of wounded exceeds 100,” added Dr Wehli. Abdullah Zwai said his tribe had also suffered heavy losses at the hands of the Toubou.


At least 35 killed in Mali clashes: At least 35 people died in clashes this week between Islamists and Tuareg rebels in the north Mali town of Gao, according to a new toll released by a medical source.


IED kills 10 civilians aboard Afghan bus: Ten people died in Afghanistan Sunday when a civilian bus was hit by a roadside bomb in Ghazni province, the International Security Assistance Force said.


NATO says 3 occupation force service members killed in southern Afghanistan: NATO says a man in an Afghan police uniform has shot and killed three of its service members in southern Afghanistan. In a statement, NATO said the incident took place on Sunday


US kills 8 people in Pakistan: US missiles fired from a drone in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border killed eight “suspected” militants early on Sunday, officials said, as the controversial American strikes continue despite Islamabad’s persistent demands that they stop.


97 pct Pakistanis oppose US drone attacks: Report: Ninety-four percent of people believe the attacks kill too many innocent people, the Express Tribune reports.


US refusal to apologize for killing Pakistani soldiers costs $2.1 billion: Pakistan closed the ground route to NATO supplies after a U.S. airstrike “mistakenly” killed 24 of its soldiers last November. The only other access to land-locked Afghanistan is through the Northern Distribution Network, a series of roads through Russia and Central Asia.


Seven killed in Iraq blast targeting police:

Seven people were killed when gunmen planted two roadside bombs targeting a police checkpoint in central Iraq, security sources said on Sunday, dpa reported.


9 killed in clashes across Syria: NGO: At least nine people were killed in fighting across Syria on Sunday, a watchdog said, as rebels and regime troops clashed in several provinces as they battled for control of restive areas.


World powers agree to Syria transition plan: UN-brokered peace pact leaves open whether President Bashar al-Assad could be part of a proposed “unity” government.


Syrian opposition reject latest peace plan: The Syrian National Council has rejected a plan by world powers to create a transitional government in the country. Their cool reaction comes after the Action Group on Syria meeting in Geneva left open the option for members of the current regime to play a future role.


US must arm Syria rebels despite Islamists- “Rebels”: Syria‘s opposition says the United States must overcome its fear of Islamists among the rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, and start arming the resistance movement to show it wants the entire ruling elite removed.


At Syria’s border, after months of waiting, the weapons arrive: Weapons are not the only new arrivals. The rebels acknowledged that three days ago an American man, believed to be a government employee, passed through. He had first been shown around a nearby refugee camp and was brought into Syria by rebels who are not from here; his destination unknown.


President Assad speaks: “Foreign intervention is not possible without internal elements in the territory,” he pointed out.


Turkish military: Turkish warplanes scramble on Syrian helicopters: The statement said one MI-17 and two MI-8 helicopter gunships flew as close as 4 miles to the Turkish airspace over Mardin and Hatay, adding, however, that the Syrian helicopters did not violate Turkey’s flight zone.–s


Russia helped Syria shoot down Turkish plane: Report: According a Sunday Times of London, the Russians and Syrians believed the plane was on a NATO mission to test Syria‘s airspace and was shot down, in a split-second decision, to send a message to the organization.


Iran’s food costs soar and unemployment spirals as sanctions begin to bite: Iranians are abandoning traditional eating habits, being thrown out of work at alarming rates and face running short of medicines as the nation braces itself for fresh sanctions aimed at forcing its leaders to scrap their suspect nuclear programme.


Iran fights oil embargo with £150bn reserve: “We are implementing programmes to counter sanctions and we will confront these malicious policies,” Mehr news agency quoted the governor of the Iranian central bank, Mahmoud Bahmani, as saying.


Egypt’s New President Vows to Win Release of World Trade Center Plotter: Egypt‘s president-elect has vowed to win the release of an Egyptian cleric jailed by the U.S. for planning the first attack on New York’s World Trade Center.


Egypt signs $1 billion loan: The Egyptian government signed an agreement on Sunday with the Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) that will provide $1 billion to finance energy and food imports, the government said in a statement.


Israel asks Egypt’s Morsi to uphold peace treaty:

Israel wants to strengthen its relations with Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a letter to new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a senior Israeli official told dpa Sunday on condition of anonymity, dpa reported.


Death of a Proud, Self-Avowed Terrorist: Former Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir Goes to the Great Hague in the Sky


“Al-Qaeda” planning terror attack on US airline: Report: The Sunday Times claimed AQAP had recruited a Norwegian Muslim convert and given him terrorist training in Yemen, and that the group were believed to have selected a US passenger jet as a target.


Ecuador still deciding on Assange asylum: “We are analyzing the case with full responsibility and, as we have said a thousand times, we have no deadline to make a decision,” Correa said. “That decision will be absolutely sovereign and … (show) respect for human rights,” he added.


Banking scandal: how document trail reveals global scam: It’s not a comfortable weekend for the men heading some of the world’s biggest banks. Barclays has already been hit by a £290m fine for rigging interest rates but that could be dwarfed by a series of global lawsuits which could cost banks billions


The Barclays scandal is not ‘wholly inappropriate’.

It’s a crime: If the authorities were consistent, they would punish the banks just as severely as they reacted to last year’s rioters


Cable: The City is a massive cesspit: The Government was under growing pressure last night to call a public inquiry into the behaviour of Britain’s bankers as the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, admitted the sector was a “massive cesspit” that needed cleaning up.


Top Tories dragged into banking scandal: Cameron allies linked to City firms under scrutiny over interest rate fixing


Tony Blair earned £20m in just one year advising business bosses and foreign governments: Mr Blair runs a business consultancy, Tony Blair Associates, which has deals with the governments of Kuwait and Kazakhstan.


BofA Fined $2.8 Million for Overbilling 95,000 Accounts:

Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch wealth-management unit was fined $2.8 million by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for overbilling customers by $32.2 million over an eight-year period.


77% of JP Morgan’s Net Income Comes from Government Subsidies: JPMorgan receives a government subsidy worth about $14 billion a year, according to research published by the International Monetary Fundand our own analysis of bank balance sheets. The money helps the bank pay big salaries and bonuses.


The Sharp, Sudden Decline of America’s Middle Class: They had good, stable jobs – until the recession hit. Now they’re living out of their cars in parking lots.


Unemployment benefits whittled down: Although Congress reauthorized federal emergency unemployment benefits earlier this year, lawmakers reduced the weeks the jobless can collect payments. The cutbacks come in two phases — one now and another in September. This round affects the jobless in at least 24 states, while all Americans will be affected in the fall.


US consumer spending and wages flat in May: Americans cut back spending on cars and other long-lasting manufactured goods, even though they paid less for gas.


America Sets a New Record for Old Cars: The average age of the 245 million vehicles registered in the U.S. in the first quarter of this year was 11 years.


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 : 3,067


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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