ICH 27 August 2012: US “Fifty Wealthiest Lawmakers” list

27 August 2012 Information Clearing House


Inventing an Iranian Threat

By Stephen Lendman

Washington and Israel target the Islamic Republic relentlessly. Longstanding war plans await implementation. Media scoundrels and right-wing think tanks support it. They’re paid to endorse ravaging one country after another. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32291.htm

Plot to Provoke War with Iran Thwarted by Navy Analyst

By Juan Cole

The Neocons have glommed onto Mitt Romney and will come to power if he does, and they still desperately want a war on Iran. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32285.htm


The American People are at the Mercy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

By Sheldon Richman

While Israel-cheered on by its American boosters led by AIPAC and Mitt Romney-beats the drums ever louder for a war of aggression against Iran, President Obama in late July signed the United States-Israel Enhanced Cooperation Act. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32292.htm


Shas Spiritual Leader Calls on Jews to Pray for Annihilation of Iran

By Haaretz and Reuters

In the past, the Baghdad-born Yosef has stirred controversy by likening Palestinians to snakes, calling for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “perish from this world” and describing non-Jews as “born only to serve us”. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32290.htm


Israel Breaks Silence Over Army Abuses

By Donald Macintyre

Ex-soldiers admit to appalling violence against Palestinian children. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32299.htm


British Paper Claims Western Troops are in Syria

By Tony Cartalucci

“Men of the special forces units plus 1 Para are on the ground working alongside MI6 and the CIA plus American and French troops” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32294.htm


Are Human Rights Becoming a Tool of US “Smart Power”?

By Coleen Rowley

The United States’ own hand is not always its best tool: U.S. interests are furthered by enlisting others on behalf of U.S. goals. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32295.htm


Orwell’s 1984 Solution to Criminalize War

“If There was Hope, it must Lie in the Proles”

By James Tracy

A majority of the population despite ceaseless propaganda still recognizes how war remains the supreme crime and the greatest demarcation between master and slave? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32296.htm


The Conservative Psyche:

How Ordinary People Come to Embrace Paul Ryan’s Cruelty

By Joshua Holland

Scientific research into the way we think explains the reasons decent people wind up supporting horrific policies. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32287.htm


Romney and Ryan: Right Wing Billionaires Think it’s Time to Take the Gloves Off

By Real News

The right wing elite think they can end the last vestiges of the welfare state. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32289.htm


US “Fifty Wealthiest Lawmakers” list:

A Congress of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich

By Eric London

The “50 Wealthiest Lawmakers” list shows that dozens of congressional politicians have amassed huge fortunes while simultaneously slashing the wages, benefits and social services of the American people. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32300.htm


No Way to Avoid Global Financial Collapse, Says Predictive Software

By Susanne Posel

As the mega-banks face the controlled demolition of the US dollar, they have taken the stance of victim to the implosion. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32298.htm


Fight over NDAA’s police-state provisions continues in court

By Jake Olzen

The Obama administration continues to defend its right to violate the rights of the people it is supposed to govern. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32286.htm


Solitary Confinement: Torture Chambers For Black Revolutionaries

By Kanya D’Almeida and Bret Grote

An estimated 80,000 men, women and even children are being held in solitary confinement on any given day in US prisons. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32288.htm


012: It’s Time To Rise

5 Minute Video

The time has come. Be the change you want to see in this world. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32297.htm


Taliban, Pakistani security forces clash in Bajaur; 36 killed:

Clashes between Pakistani security forces and Taliban militants have left 36 people, a majority of them rebels, dead in Bajaur tribal region over the past three days, military sources said today. 



17Afghan civilians killed ‘in Taliban feud’: A group of 17 civilians – 15 men and two women – have been killed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, officials said. 



10 Afghan soldiers killed in attack: Taliban insurgents overran an Afghan army post in the troubled southern province of Helmand in a pre-dawn attack on Monday, killing 10 troopers, authorities said. 



Over 600 Afghan soldiers killed during the past 2 months: Hundreds of Afghan national army soldiers were killed in various incidents across the country during the past two months, Afghan defense ministry officials said on Monday. 



Two NATO occupation force soldiers killed by Afghan army: Two NATO soldiers were killed Monday when an Afghan army soldier opened fire against coalition troops in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led coalition said in a statement. 



Tom Engelhardt: How Quickly Will the U.S. Leave Afghanistan? Op-Ed – New Zealand (like France and South Korea) is now expediting the departure of its 140 soldiers. That’s not exactly headline-making news here in the U.S. If you’re an American, you probably didn’t even know that New Zealand was playing a small part in our Afghan War



Consider The Source:

320 ‘killed execution-style’ in Syria: Syrian opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad’s army of massacring hundreds of people in a town close to the capital that government forces recaptured from rebels. 



Consider The Source:

35 killed as Syria opens new front in Damascus: Activists report: At least 35 people, including children, were killed as Syrian forces backed by combat helicopters battled rebels in a new front in and around east Damascus today, a monitoring group said. 



Syrian helicopter down under fire in Damascus: State television confirmed a helicopter had crashed in Damascus but gave no details. Opposition activists said rebels had shot it down. Opposition video footage showed a crippled aircraft burning up and crashing into a built-up area, sending up a pillar of oily black smoke. 



Robert Fisk: The Syrian army would like to appear squeaky clean. It isn’t: Op-Ed – “Our own beloved Free Syria Army has actually advertised its own murders on YouTube” 



Sharp increase in refugee flows from Syria: A surge in the number of Syrians seeking sanctuary from their country’s soaring violence prompted the Turkish government to halt the flow of refugees at two key border crossings Sunday 



France: Chemicals in Syria ’cause’ for intervention: French President Francois Hollande warned Monday that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would be a legitimate reason for a foreign intervention. 



France would recognize Syrian opposition gov’t: French President Francois Hollande urged Syria‘s divided opposition to form a provisional government, promising that France would recognize it in hopes of upping the pressure on President Bashar Assad’s regime as the violence escalates in the Arab country. 



10 killed in Iraq in bombs, shootings: A series of attacks across Iraq on Sunday killed 10 people, among them three soldiers and two policemen, security and medical officials said. 



Egyptian Leader Adds Rivals of West to Syria Plan: Staking out a new leadership role for Egypt in the shaken landscape of the Arab uprisings, President Mohamed Morsi is reaching out to Iran and other regional powers in an initiative to halt the escalating violence in Syria



Egypt security officials reach temporary cease-fire with Sinai militants: Egyptian newspaper reports that a delegation sent by President Morsi met with radical Salafi leaders on Saturday, resulting in agreements to cease fire and free prisoners. 



Egypt rejected U.S. demand to fire on Iranian ship: Suez chief: Egyptian Naval Forces recently rejected a U.S. demand to fire on an Iranian vessel loaded with arms and heading to Syria, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority has told Al Arabiya. 



U.S. Arms Sales Make Up Most of Global Market: Weapons sales by the United States tripled in 2011 to a record high, driven by major arms sales to Persian Gulf allies concerned about Iran‘s regional ambitions, according to a new study for Congress. 



US warns of crime, political violence in Libya: The State Department says violent crime, especially carjacking and robbery, has become a serious problem. The department also said political violence in the form of assassinations and vehicle bombs has increased in Benghazi and Tripoli. 



Libya minister quits over Sufi shrine attack: Interior minister resigns after Sufi Muslim sites are demolished by armed groups witnesses say claim to be Salafis. 



Finian Cunningham: Britain’s barbaric ‘special relationship’ with Arab dictators: Op-Ed – The image of British Prime Minister David Cameron greeting Bahrain’s King Hamad on the steps of 10 Downing Street last week conveys a subtle message of Britain’s presumption of global superiority. It also betrays the real role of Britain’s rulers in the suppression of democracy and human rights around the world. 



There Are More Than Three Times As Many Gun Dealers In The United States As There Are Grocery Stores :

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, there are 129,817 federally licensed firearms dealers in the United States 



Ecuador: UK Wikileaks’ Julian Assange ‘threat’ over: Britain has “given up its threat” to enter Ecuador’s London embassy to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Ecuador’s president has said. 



Ron Paul speech at “We Are The Future” Rally 8/26/12 – Video 



Average U.S. Household Has Lost 5% in Annual Income Since Economic “Recovery” Began: The rich are getting richer, and the poor really are getting poorer. According to a new report, Americans are earning less today on average than they were when the Great Recession, which began in December 2007, ended in June 2009. 



Payday lenders use courts to create modern debtors’ prison: Wakita Shaw’s troubles started with a $425 payday loan, the kind of high-interest, short-term debt that seldom ends well for the borrower. But most of them don’t end up in jail. So Shaw was surprised in May of last year to hear that the St. Louis County police were looking for her. She and her mother went to the police station. 



Bankers’ profits soar on backs of home buyers: Don’t you just love the bankers? The worse things get, the more money they make. 



U.S. Debt On Track to Hit $16 Trillion Within Week: The federal government’s debt could hit an unprecedented $16 trillion this week while the Republican Party is holding its national convention in Tampa, Fla. 



DEBT BOMB – The Global Financial Crisis Stripped Bare – Video –




World Watches as Danish Intrest Rates Venture Below Zero: Of all the many striking policy measures taken since the financial crisis, one of the most extraordinary has gone almost unremarked-the introduction of negative official interest rates by Denmark. 



Italy miners barricade themselves underground with explosives: Up to 100 Sardinian miners armed with hundreds of kilograms of explosives have barricaded themselves nearly 400 meters underground in Italy’s only coal mine to put pressure on the Rome government to protect its survival. 



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 : 3,159


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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