ICH 22 August 2012: Why Are Americans So Confused?

22 August 2012 Information Clearing House


Netanyahu is Preparing his Nation for War.

Israel war talk fails to ignite U.S. debate

USA Today Editorial

Netanyahu’s timing – speculative but logical – is that he sees the American political campaign as a moment of maximum leverage. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32254.htm

War Fever As Seen From Iran

By Pepe Escobar

So it’s time for something completely different – and totally absent from Western corporate media; sound Iranian minds rationally analyzing what’s really going on behind the drums of war – regarding Iran, Turkey, the Arab world and across Eurasia.



Chinese State Media

Chemical Weapons ‘Excuse for US to Intervene in Syria’

By Liu Chang

With the hypocritical talks of eliminating weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and protecting civilians in Libya still ringing in the ears, such “red line” threats seem to have almost become a signal for the United States and some of its Western allies to sharpen their weapons before exercising interventionism. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32256.htm


Post-Qathafi Libya…Another Fine Mess, NATO

By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Nice one, NATO, nice one… Chuckle smugly and look over your shoulders. Karma time’s a-coming!



Tilling the Ground for the Seeds of Terrorism

Rep. Dennis Kucinich

This situation is rife with potential for a “false flag” operation. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32261.htm


Don’t Lose Sight of Why the US is Out to Get Julian Assange

By Seumas Milne

They disgorged devastating evidence of US war crimes and collusion with death squads in Iraq on an industrial scale, its illegal US spying on UN officials – as well as a compendium of official corruption and deceit across the world. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32253.htm


Amnesty International is US State Department Propaganda

By Tony Cartalucci

Amnesty run by US State Department representatives, funded by convicted financial criminals, and threatens real human rights advocacy worldwide. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32257.htm


The “Antiwar” Logic of Phyllis Bennis

Of War and Empire

By John V. Walsh

Let’s ask how Bennis would respond if U.S. military action would work, that the U.S. could install a “democratic” regime that would suit the U.S. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32259.htm


Monster – America

Video – Steppenwolf

“The cities have turned into jungles,

and corruption is stranglin’ the land.

The police force is watching the people,

and the people just can’t understand. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32255.htm


Why Are Americans So Confused?

By Ira Chernus

To put it just a bit too bluntly, an awful lot of Americans feel like losers. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32258.htm


Death toll from Lebanon fighting climbs to 12: The death toll from fighting between Lebanese Sunni Muslims and Alawites echoing the conflict in Syria climbed to at least 12 on Wednesday, the third day of clashes described as some of the heaviest since Lebanon‘s 1975-90 civil war. http://is.gd/NrT6FV 


Mikati: Save Lebanon from abyss: – Lebanon‘s Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged national unity to insulate the country from “the burning fires all around it,” after gun battles in his hometown of Tripoli. http://is.gd/c9eyIJ 


Robert Fisk: Aleppo battle is over — but snipers still seek targets: The snipers are at apartment windows. Three times yesterday, they opened fire on soldiers and then vanished. http://is.gd/jqbJJW 


West incites Syrian opposition to fight – Moscow: The Russian Foreign Ministry states that Western partners have done nothing so far to make the Syrian opposition commence a dialogue with the government, but openly incite them to continue their struggle instead. http://rt.com/politics/west-syria-opposition-instigate-301/ 


Syrian troops battle rebels near Iraq border: Syrian government forces fought rebels on Wednesday for control of a military base and an airfield near the eastern town of Albu Kamal on the Iraqi border, a local Iraqi official and a Syrian rebel commander said. http://is.gd/mo45L0 


Syria says preparing to finalize oil deal with Russia: Syria is preparing to complete a deal with ally Russia to secure much-needed oil products to keep its economy and military running, the head of a Syrian delegation to Russia said on Tuesday, weeks after he said an agreement had been reached. http://is.gd/jlbxhN 


US kills another 4 people in Pakistan: Four alledged militants were killed when US drones targeted a vehicle in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan tribal region today, taking the total number of missile strikes in the area since Saturday to four http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=772774 


Americans tune out Afghan war as fighting rages on: “We’re bored with it,” said Matthew Farwell, who served in the U.S. Army for five years including 16 months in eastern Afghanistan, where he sometimes received letters from grade school students addressed to the brave Marines in Iraq – the wrong war. http://is.gd/1LEXq7 


Civilian Deaths from US Drone Attacks Much Higher than Reported : New investigative work shows that civilian deaths in Pakistan, including from second wave attacks, higher than Pentagon reports. http://is.gd/OXfchw 


Iran decries Israel”s imminent attack on its nuclear facilities:

Iran on Wednesday complained to the UN about Israel’s reported imminent attack against its nuclear facilities and vowed to defend itself if attacked. http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2258775&Language=en 


Iran and Hezbollah issue warnings to Israel: “If we are forced to use them to protect our people and our country, we will not hesitate to do so… and that will turn the lives of hundreds of thousands of Zionists into a living hell,” he said in a speech marking al-Quds [Jerusalem] Day. http://is.gd/NXMA0w 


Rabbi Ovadia Yosef briefed on Iran: Head of Israel’s National Security Council Major-General (Res.) Yaakov Amidror met Monday with Shas’ spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and briefed him on the Iranian threat, according to the haredi website Kikar Hashabat. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4270833,00.html 


PA condemns Lieberman’s call to oust Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: Abbas’ spokesman urges world leaders to reject a letter by the Israeli foreign minister which calls for new PA elections and the removal of the Palestinian president. http://is.gd/tiQSjI 


The United Church of Canada boycott products from Israeli settlements : The church’s General Council voted today to call on its members to avoid buying products coming from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. http://is.gd/ivxSBp 


Yemen’s Food Crisis: 10 Million Starving: With the world’s media attention focused on Yemen’s fight against Al-Qaeda, you would probably be forgiven for not knowing that Yemenis are facing the worst hunger crisis since records began. http://is.gd/mFEd0V 


‘US not our daddy to punish us’ – Ecuador FM: Ecuador does not fear US revenge for granting asylum to Julian Assange. Despite America‘s power in the world, it is not Ecuador‘s “father or teacher to punish us,” the country’s foreign minister said exclusively to RT Spanish host Eva Golinger. http://is.gd/esbB4H 


Authorities gain power to collect Australians’ internet records: Laws passed today will allow authorities to collect and keep Australians’ internet records, including their web-browsing history, social media activity and emails. http://is.gd/3mrDOY 


Fukushima fish carrying 258 times the ‘safe’ level of radiation: A pair of fish captured near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have shown to be carrying record levels of radiation. The pair of greenlings are contaminated with 258 times the level government deems safe for consumption http://rt.com/news/fukushima-nuclear-radiation-fish-238/ 


Belize misses $23m interest payment as default looms: Belize is in danger of defaulting on its debt after it missed a $23m (£14.6m) bond payment due on Monday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19330491 


CBO warns of looming recession in the US: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has said that the US economy can fall into recession, if the Congress fails to take action to stave off tax increases and automatic budget cuts scheduled for January 1. http://is.gd/d41S5I 


AT&T: Pay Me, Screw Net Neutrality: AT&T just announced that unless its iPhone customers subscribe to a more expensive “mobile share” unlimited text-and-voice plan, the company will cripple the device’s built-in FaceTime app so users can’t make mobile video calls. http://is.gd/AiBl5n


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: 4,883


Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,155


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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