4 October 2012 — Information Clearing House
Ex-defense Chief Says Attack On Iran Would Be Disastrous
By Bill Sizemore
Neither the United States nor Israel is capable of wiping out Iran‘s nuclear capability, he said, and “such an attack would make a nuclear-armed Iran inevitable.
Study: Thousands Would Die in an Attack on Iran‘s Nuclear Sites
Estimating the human toll of airstrikes
By Golnaz Esfandiari
‘Nobody has ever talked about the humanitarian consequences of a military strike on Iran,” Molavi says. “Those humanitarian consequences are grave, so I think this report fills a very important vacuum.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32647.htm
The Currency War on Iran
By Peter Beaumont
A collapse in the rial, greeted with glee by some, is a cause not for celebration but for fear.
China To Challenge US Dollar Reserve Currency Status
By Mark OByrne
At the Clinton Global Initiative last week Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said that the US could risk its status as the world’s reserve currency…
Appeals Panel Undermines Free Speech Victory Over NDAA
By Nick Pinto
The U.S. government is still allowed to lock up American citizens indefinitely inside military facilities, thanks to a ruling this week by a panel of three 2nd-circuit appeals judges.
Intelligence Effort Named Citizens, Not Terrorists
By MATT APUZZO and EILEEN SULLIVAN
Multibillion-dollar intelligence effort ‘improperly collected information about innocent Americans’.
Voting for Death
By Linh Dinh
America, you have become a nation of enablers and apologists for tyranny and mass murder.
America’s Duopoly of Money in Politics and Manipulation of Public Opinion
By Charles Ferguson
Both Obama and Romney are completely avoiding, or being dishonest about, huge economic issues – even when their opponent is highly vulnerable to attack.
Expanding the Debate Exclusive:
Third Party Candidates Break the Sound Barrier As Obama-Romney Spar
Democracy Now! gets real-time responses from candidates Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party.
The Secret GOP-Dem Effort to Shut Out Third Parties
By Alexander Reed Kelly
Do you know to what extent the corporate-sponsored presidential debates are rigged via secret agreements between the Democrats and Republicans?
Why the US Demonises Venezuela’s Democracy
By Mark Weisbrot
Venezuela is about to hold impeccably free and fair elections. Yet the US treats it as a dictatorship.
Emergency Call for a United Front Against Austerity
By Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
No matter whether Obama or Romney wins the coming presidential election, American working people will face a savage assault on their economic rights starting after the vote.
15 armed Taliban killed in Kandahar:
As many as 15 rebels were killed as a group of up to 30 members insurgents was attempting to attack a local police checkpoint in Tangi area of Shahwali Kot district, press office of the provincial media said Thursday.
30 killed in Wardak Raid: Isaf:
Five high-ranking Taliban commanders were killed in a six-day operation in central Wardak province which also killed an Afghan soldier and up to 30 other “suspected insurgents”, Isaf said Thursday.
US war on Afghanistan militants will not succeed, President Hamid Karzai says:
The outgoing leader said U.S. efforts to defeat the Taliban would fail “from Afghanistan‘s view” because it was being fought in Afghan villages, rather than against insurgents based in neighboring countries – an apparent allusion to Pakistan.
21 Republican Guards killed in Syria blast:
An explosion followed by an exchange of fire with rebels in Damascus province yesterday left at least 21 members of Syria’s elite Republican Guards unit dead, a watchdog said.
Syrian soldiers killed by Turkish fire near border:
Syrian soldiers were killed late Wednesday night and early Thursday during bombing by the Turkish army on a position of the Syrian army on the border between Syria and Turkey, according to a Syrian NGO. The number of soldiers killed has not been clarified.
Syria apologizes for civilian deaths in Turkey:
Turkey‘s deputy prime minister says Syria has admitted it was responsible for the shelling that killed five civilians in Turkey and has formally apologized for the deaths. Syria has reassured the UN that “such an incident will not occur again.”
Turkey’s Parliament Approves Further Military Action Against Syria:
Turkey‘s Parliament approved a motion Thursday that authorizes further military action against Syria, as Turkey began its second day of shelling targets within Syria in response to a mortar attack that killed five civilians.
NATO backs Turkey but unlikely to do more over Syria:
The incidents, with Turkish forces retaliating in kind, are serious but not enough on their own to justify intervention given the risk of being sucked into an increasingly bloody Syrian conflict, they said.
Turkey snubs Iraq’s call for troop pullout:
Turkey has ignored a recent Iraqi move not to extend treaties signed in the past allowing the presence of foreign forces or military bases on Iraqi territory, but Turkey has maintained several military bases in northern Iraq since the 1990s.
5 killed, 13 wounded in Baghdad comb explosion
Two police officers say the parked car bomb went off Thursday, Oct 4 morning in the upscale Mansour district but narrowly missed a passing convoy of employees working for a foreign security company.
US kills 5 people in Yemen:
A suspected US drone strike has killed five people in two cars in which al Qaida-linked militants were travelling in southern Yemen.
Yemen’s capital plunged into darkness after tribesmen blow up electricity pylons:
Yemen‘s electricity company said Wednesday protesting tribesman blew up main pylons a day earlier, cutting off power to the capital, Sanaa, and plunging it into darkness.
A Rare Occurrence In The Saudi Currency Market Tells You That Trouble Is Brewing In The Middle East:
An important shift is developing in Saudi Arabian currency derivatives markets as Iran becomes engulfed in populist protests amid hyperinflationary pressures and armed conflict breaks out between Turkey and Syria, heightening concerns about tensions in the Middle East.
Hyperinflation Hits Iran; Monthly 70% Inflation Rate; Reflections on Economic Warfare:
The oil embargo against Iran has worked, assuming one defines “work” as a destruction of the Iranian riall which has fallen 33% in a week, 57% in three months and 75% in a year vs. the US dollar.
Iranians Abandon Meat for Bread as Rial Drop Fires Protests:
Iran‘s freefalling currency is turning meat into a luxury, sparking overnight price surges and spurring shoppers to stockpile goods.
Sanctioning society: From Iraq to Iran: Op-Ed
Untargeted sanctions against a country is not an alternative to war, but a form of war in and of themselves
In a world gone crazy:
US court orders Iran, others to pay $6 b for 9/11 terror attack:
A US judge has formally ordered Iran, al-Qaeda and several other defendants to pay $6-billion compensation to the victims of September 11, 2001, in a largely symbolic ruling.
Three policemen killed in Libya coastal town: medic, police:
Radical Islamists have killed three Libyan policemen in a raid on their checkpoint near a coastal town east of second city Benghazi, police and medical officials said Wednesday.
Protesters storm Libyan parliament:
Protesters stormed the chamber of Libya‘s parliament on Thursday, preventing MPs from taking their seats to vote on whether to approve a new cabinet.
Two reportedly held in Istanbul over US ambassador’s killing in Libya:
Two Tunisians have been arrested in Turkey in connection with the September killing of US Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya, Turkish media reported Thursday evening.
Four Russian policemen killed in Ingushetia ambush: –
Suspected Islamist militants killed four Russian policemen in an ambush in the restive North Caucasus province of Ingushetia on Wednesday, Interfax news agency quoted a law-enforcement source as saying.
How has Venezuela changed since Hugo Chavez took power?:
By looking at key indicators we can see that poverty levels and illiteracy have fallen but violent crime and inflation has increased.
UK: Workers are £1,600 a year poorer because of state of economy, study finds:
Workers are on average £1,600 worse off each year than three years ago because the “dire” state of the economy has pushed down wages, according to a new study.
In a world gone crazy:
Exclusive: Banks Fire Warning Over Fines:
Bank bosses have warned the FSA that escalating fines could threaten the stability of the UK’s banking system.
Iceland’s Economy now growing faster than the U.S. and EU after arresting corrupt bankers:
So Iceland decided not to follow the rest of the world by bailing out the bankers. Instead, they chose to arrest them. Now their economy is recovering faster than the EU and the United States. Hmmmm.
Six Biggest U.S. Banks Earn $63 Billion:
Four years ago today, President George W. Bush signed into law the biggest corporate rescue in American history. Even as U.S. unemployment has remained above 8 percent for 43 months, the country’s biggest banks are making almost as much as they ever have.
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 : 3,197
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001