ICH 25 August 2012: America’s Descent into Poverty

25 August 2012 — Information Clearing House


The Human Cost of War on Iran

By Elizabeth Murray

The subject of human suffering is almost taboo among these elites, and is generally raised only when negative media publicity, or the prospect thereof, forces them to take action. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32276.htm

The Children Are Still Dying: Violence is Not News

By Ramzy Baroud

“No child that ever enters this place ever leaves alive.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32278.htm


In case you missed it

The Troops Protect Our Freedom, and Other Lies I Learned in School

By Kevin Carson

When it comes to guaranteeing stability and promoting democracy, the United States’ record is pretty clear. “Global security” and “stability” mean the security and stability of a particular global order guaranteed by the United States-a global order that reflects the interests of the coalition of class forces that control the American government. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24250.htm


America’s Descent into Poverty

By Paul Craig Roberts

The Republicans believe that the suffering of poor Americans is not helping the rich enough. Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney are committed to abolishing every program that addresses needs of what Republicans deride as “useless eaters.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32284.htm


Iceland Shows the Way

By Washingtons Blog

Letting the banks go bust – instead of perpetually bailing them out – is the right way to go. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32283.htm


012 US Elections: Obamney vs. Rombama

By Tony Cartalucci

War, economic collapse, and personal devastation await Americans no matter who they vote for – and what we should do instead. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32280.htm


Paul Ryan And The Fountainhead

By Uri Avnery

There is something in the teachings of this Jewish White Russian preacher of extreme egoism that appeals to the primitive American myths of rugged individualism, gun-toting Wild West self-reliance http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32277.htm 


Are US Religious Fundamentalists Any Different Than Middle Eastern Ones?

By Shirin Sadeghi

Are we to believe that a fundamentalist in a suit is less scary than a fundamentalist in a beard, even if both are spouting hatred against women? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32282.htm


Julian Assange Arrest Plan Revealed Accidentally

By Damien Pearse

The document, pictured under the officer’s arm by a Press Association photographer, appears to advocate arresting the WikiLeaks founder whether he leaves the building in a diplomatic bag or in a diplomatic car. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32275.htm


Imperial ambitions’ won’t change Ecuador`s position on Assange – Correa

Video Interview With President Rafael Correa

The whole world knows that Latin America, including Ecuador, is going through historical changes right now. We are finally witnessing social justice, equality, sovereignty, and dignity. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32281.htm


9/11 – Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out


Over 40 experts in high-rise architecture, structural engineering, metallurgy, chemistry, physics, explosives, and controlled demolition share their professional expertise and insights about the events of 9/11. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32279.htm


Afghanistan: 16 Killed in Nangarhar Uprising: Report:

Hisarak is a remote district in the province in which insurgents have been actively targeting government sites. The uprising started after the Taliban planned to strike the district governor compound. 



3 Afghan Soldiers Killed in “Insurgent” Attack:


 Police official Mohammad Zaman told reporters insurgents stopped the soldiers’ vehicle in the Ahmad Khil district of Paktia province and forced them off. The soldiers’ bodies were found along the road later on Thursday. http://is.gd/KIJ0rD


Pakistan: Forces kill 28 militants in Bajaur Agency:


 Pakistani troops backed by Amman Lashkar (Peace militia, local pro-government militia), conducted a joint military operation in a tribal town of Bajaur Agency on the Afghan border, killing at least 28 militants, government sources said on Saturday. http://is.gd/nUU0QY


None dare call it murder:

US Kills 18 people in Pakistan:


 A volley of American drone strikes in Pakistan‘s tribal belt early Friday killed at least 18 people, security officials said, marking a sharp escalation of the controversial C.I.A.-led campaign that continues to roil relations with Pakistan. http://is.gd/HbyGf3


Three killed in Baghdad prayer twin blasts:


 Two explosions in the Sadr City neighbourhood of north Baghdad ahead of Friday prayers killed three people and wounded at least eight, security and medical officials said. http://is.gd/CSJdsg


Iraqi officials: gunmen kill 3 in country’s north:


Iraqi authorities say gunmen have killed three people, including a local official, in the country’s north. http://is.gd/3mT3p5


Turkish jets ‘bomb Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq’:


 The villages bombed lie around 115 kilometres (70 miles) north of Sulaimaniyah, the second biggest city in Iraq‘s autonomous Kurdish region. http://is.gd/fGsPgU


Engineering Consent for an attack on Syria:

France ready for Syrian intervention without UN:


 France signalled it would be willing to participate in a limited no-fly zone and suggested for the first time that such an operation could be mounted without reference to the UN Security Council, where Russia and China wield a veto. http://is.gd/VXqMQm


Syrian envoy responds forcefully to suggestion of Israel attacking Syria :


Syria‘s Ambassador to Jordan Bahjat Suleiman said that Syria is capable of destroying Israel‘s nuclear facilities with 20 missiles, should Syria be attacked, in spite of the many casualties Syria would incur over such a move, Jordanian media reported Thursday…. http://is.gd/QuII7t


Romney open to sending US troops to Syria attacking Iran: The former Massachusetts governor has limited foreign policy experience, but has so far outlined bullish positions on potential threats in the Middle East. He also told CBS News that he’d be willing to go to war to stop Iran from “becoming nuclear.” http://is.gd/mpJLPj


Syrian Christians in 2-week blockade by rebel fighters, residents desperate:


 An estimated 12,000 people have spent two weeks blockaded in the Christian town of Rableh, Syria, near Homs in the south. Experiencing a shortage of food and medical supplies, residents could not leave as rebel snipers were shooting at them. http://is.gd/SBQdFh


US sending aircraft carrier back to Persian Gulf four months early: Defense secretary tells sailors early deployment needed amid Iran and Syria fears http://is.gd/XK3988


Former IDF Chief of Staff comes out against Iran strike:


 Former IDF Chief of Staff comes out against Iran strike: The former chief of staff said Israel should handle the situation on three level: A secret campaign, economic sanctions and maintaining a viable military option. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4272549,00.html


Lebanon death toll at 15:


 The number of people killed in fighting between pro- and anti-Syrian factions in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli this week has risen to 15, a security official said Saturday. http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/309355/


12 killed in Libya:


 Around 40 people were also injured in the clashes. http://is.gd/FO5yCa


Libya Islamists destroy Sufi shrines, library-military:


 Ultra-conservative Islamists used bombs and a bulldozer to destroy the tomb of a 15th century Sufi scholar in the Libyan city of Zlitan, witnesses said on Saturday, the latest attack in the region on sites branded idolatrous. http://is.gd/ZL348O


Engineering Consent for an attack on Mali :

Mali’s Islamist warlord declares war on the west:


 A militant Islamist leader whose forces have just conquered two-thirds of the West African state of Mali vows to launch holy war against the west. http://is.gd/ZMgY1q


Mali Islamists warn Algeria after hostage swap rejected:


An al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group based in northern Mali warned Algeria of deadly reprisals on Friday after Algerian officials rejected a hostage swap, a statement released by the group said. http://is.gd/00WWGx


Unconfirmed reports:

37 killed in US-led drone strike in southern Somalia: The attack, which took place in the strategically important port city of Kismayo on Friday, claimed over 37 lives and injured dozens. http://is.gd/iAbFSS 


America’s Dangerous Game : Video report – This film reveals the full scale of Washington’s covert war in Yemen and asks: Is the US creating more enemies than it can capture or kill? http://is.gd/idreTw 


President Arafat’s wife agrees to have husband’s remains tested for poisoning:

“Time is of the essence, you could say it’s a question of weeks, not months, because the traceability of polonium diminishes by half every 138 days,” Christen was quoted as saying. http://is.gd/USY37F 


Ecuador is right to suspect a conspiracy: US officials are clearly after Assange’s blood and Britain’s handling of the matter has sparked a major diplomatic row with most of South America; President Correa is in no mood to let bygones be bygones. http://is.gd/nXMHly 


Ambassadors visit Ecuador embassy in London:

AMBASSADORS from several South American countries visited the Ecuadoran embassy in London on Friday to express their support for its decision to offer asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. http://is.gd/sPCNse 


Trapwire surveillance system exposed in document leak: Papers released by WikiLeaks show US department of homeland security paid $832,000 to deploy system in two cities http://is.gd/Hmigcg 


Drones to patrol skies over Republican convention: Security-conscious authorities will be using a wide variety of devices and technology to monitor the skies, streets and waterways around Tampa during next week’s Republican National Convention. Cameras, helicopters and law enforcement officers all will be employed to help look for suspicious activity and “possible threats”. http://is.gd/InkITc 


Obama asks eurozone to keep Greece in until after election day: US officials are worried that if Greece exits the eurozone, it will damage President’s election hopes http://is.gd/BKIoRm 


Germans Fret about Their Foreign Gold Reserves: A large portion of Germany’s massive gold reserves are stored abroad, mainly in the Federal Reserve in New York. But are the bars really where they are supposed to be? http://is.gd/gFXqO7 


Millions were in germ war tests: Much of Britain was exposed to bacteria sprayed in secret trials http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2002/apr/21/uk.medicalscience


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 : 3,156


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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