ICH 6 January 2013: US-NATO’s Covert War on Syria
6 January 2013 – Information Clearing House
President Assad Outlines Political Solution to Syrian Conflict
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President al-Assad : Out of Womb of Pain, Hope Should Be Begotten, from Suffering Important Solutions Rise .
The Historical Roots of US-NATO‘s Covert War on Syria
The History of America’s Death Squads
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
The recruitment of death squads is part of a well established US military-intelligence agenda. There is a long and gruesome US history of covert funding and support of terror brigades and targeted assassinations going back to the Vietnam war.
The ‘War On Terror’ – by Design – Can Never End
By Glenn Greenwald
Why would anyone in the US government or its owners have any interest in putting an end to this sham bonanza of power and profit called “the war on terror”?
War Addiction Default:
America’s Political Dysfunction at Root is an Unwillingness to Cut War Spending
By Dave Lindorff
The US spends $1.3 trillion a year on a military it does not need. Politicians won’t talk about cutting it down to size.
Six Years Ago, Chuck Hagel Told the Truth About Iraq
By Michael Moore
Thank you, Chuck Hagel. We may not agree on much, but we agree that politicians should tell the truth about war and peace and life and death.
Choosing Hagel Sends An Important Message
By MJ Rosenberg
US interests are being damaged by Israel‘s current shift to the extreme Right, so why not nominate Chuck Hagel?
War Against The People Of Palestine
The US is complicit in these vicious crimes by our direct financial support and by our silence.
Guns and Drugs
We can curb gun violence by ending the War on Drugs.
By Michelle Chen
The American brand of power operates through a continuum of warfare: from Pentagon drone targets to mass school shootings and neighborhood gang battles, and exported across the border to the blood-stained streets of Ciudad Juarez.
Why Gun-control is Certain to be Effective
The New Soviet Asylum”You will take this pill, comrade.”
By Fred Reed
Consider this seriously. The United States has no military enemies, or only those of its own manufacture.
Technology is the Opiate of the Masses
By Joel S. Hirschhorn
Consumers willingly surrender their freedom, money and time in pursuit of what exactly?
Obama regime kills 16 people in NW Pakistan:
At least 16 people were killed and seven others injured when U.S drones fired a number of missiles at different targets in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of South Waziristan on Sunday, reported local media Geo.
Pakistani soldier killed in border clashes with Indian troops:
Islamabad accused Indian soldiers of crossing the Line of Control and attacking a military post, an accusation denied by New Delhi.
Twin blasts kill five at Afghan meeting:
Two suicide bombers struck a meeting of community leaders in a southern Afghan town near the Pakistan border yesterday, killing at least five people and wounding 15, officials said.
The US has spent $600,453,225,429 in Afghanistan, yet 133 Children Die Every Day:
According to available figures, about 73 percent of people in Afghanistan lack access to clean drinking water and 95 percent do not have access to sufficient sanitation. As a result, diarrhoeal diseases are responsible for the death of 48,545 children every year in the country.
Five alleged terrorists killed in Indonesia: police:
Five suspected terrorists were killed in raids on militant camps in eastern Indonesia in the latest in a series of anti-terror operations, police said Saturday.
US-funded anti-terror squad in Indonesia under criticism for killing suspected militants:
\Indonesia‘s U.S.-funded police anti-terror squad has killed seven suspected militants in recent days, triggering renewed allegations that the force is not trying to take suspects alive – a trend that appears to be fueling the very extremism the predominantly Muslim country is trying to counter.
Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: More Extrajudicial Murder:
Welcome to 2013, yet another year of the drone.
5 killed in violence in Iraq’s Diyala:
A car bomb exploded at a popular market in the town of Kan’an north of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, killing three people and wounding six others, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Three people killed, 23 injured in blasts S. Baghdad:
Three persons were killed and 23 others injured in explosions in the city of Hilla, southern Baghdad, on Saturday, a security source said.
Maliki blames Iraq mounting crises on regional polarisation:
Maliki said “regional competition” was negatively affecting Iraq, an apparent reference to the violence in Syria where mainly Sunni rebels are fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and two weeks of rallies in Iraq‘s western Anbar province, which is mostly Sunni.
Assad ‘peace plan’ met with scorn by foes: Arabian Press -
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected peace talks with his enemies on Sunday in a defiant speech that his opponents described as a renewed declaration of war.
Assad offers nothing new – Turkish FM:
Assad did not offer a new approach in his address and the ideas included in the proposal were already discussed in his meeting with Assad two years ago, he said.
Assad Calls for War on Rebels, Israel to Fortify Syrian Border:
Israeli Press – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel would erect a new security fence along its armistice line with Syria in order to protect the Jewish state from “infiltration and terrorism.”
President Assad outlines peace plans for Syria: Shanghai Daily : -
SYRIAN President Bashar Assad yesterday outlined his vision for a road map to end nearly 22 months of violence in Syria but also struck a defiant tone, calling on his countrymen to unite against “murderous criminals” whom he said are carrying out a foreign plot seeking to tear the nation apart.
Britain’s Hague says Assad’s speech ‘beyond hypocritical':
“Assad speech beyond hypocritical. Deaths, violence and oppression engulfing Syria are his own making, empty promises of reform fool no one,” he said in a message on Twitter.
Morsy wants al-Assad tried for war crimes:
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy supports calls by people in Syria for President Bashar al-Assad to be tried for war crimes, he told CNN on Sunday in an exclusive interview.
Iran Unveils Copycat Arsenal:
Tehran’s copycat arsenal could contain a few nasty surprises for the U.S. and its allies in the unlikely event that tensions over Iran‘s nuclear program come to blows.
Zbigniew Brzezinski: Iran should be key topic at hearings: Op-Ed:
Recent Israeli media reports have cited a former member of President Obama‘s National Security Council staff predicting a U.S. attack by about midyear.
Netanyahu unreliable, ‘possessed’ by Iran:
Former Shin Bet chief levels sharp criticism over the decision-making process at the highest echelons of Israeli government.
Egypt policeman killed in Sinai:
Security officials say unidentified gunmen shot and killed an Egyptian policeman in northern Sinai’s main city of el-Arish.
In pictures: Fatah rally in Gaza
Founded by Yasser Arafat in the 1950s, Fatah was once the cornerstone of the Palestinian national cause, but its power has since faded.
Abbas changes name of Palestinian Authority to ‘State of Palestine':
Under new decree, all stamps, signs, and official letterheads will be changed to bear the title
Major Test for Israel Lobby As Obama Leans to Hagel for Pentagon:
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), faces a major dilemma. If it mounts a vigorous campaign to fight Hagel’s confirmation by the Senate, it could put at serious risk its relations with the president, who is about to be inaugurated for another four-year term.
U.S. Jewish leaders express ‘concern’ about impending Al Jazeera incursion into millions of American homes:
Both Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents and Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League publicly voiced their apprehensions on Friday in the wake of reports that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore had sold his Current TV network to Al-Jazeera
Gore under fire from conservatives, Jewish leaders, for selling to Al-Jazeera:
American conservatives and Jewish leaders are up in arms over former vice-president Al Gore’s sale of Current TV to Al-Jazeera, accusing the noted climate change activist of everything from hypocrisy to lining his pockets with cash from anti-Americans.
Gunmen attempt to assassinate head of Libyan political party:
Gunmen attacked the hotel where Magarief was staying an engaged in a three-hour gun battle with his bodyguards, three of whom were wounded, the politician told state TV
S. Africa sends troops to Central African Republic:
The South African presidency announced Sunday that is sending 400 army troops to Central African Republic to help the country’s army as it faces a threat from a coalition of rebel groups.
Central African rebels seize one more town:
Fighters take control of Alindao shortly after UN Security Council urges them to retreat from captured territory.
Russia Plans Construction of 50 Warships:
The Defense Ministry said in a statement six strategic nuclear submarines and special operations support vessels, 18 surface warships, and 30 special-purpose and counter-subversion vessels are planned for construction, RIA Novosti reported.
Construction is complete on behemoth airship; first flight planned:
According to aircraft maker Worldwide Aeros Corp., construction is complete on a 36,000-pound blimp-like aircraft designed for the military to carry tons of cargo to remote areas around the world.
At least 26 dead in Mexico drug gang violence:
At least 26 people were killed in Mexico in the past 24 hours in apparent drug-related crimes, including six men shot dead whose bodies bear signs of torture, authorities said Saturday.
Ecuadorian president warns of possible ‘CIA attack’ before elections:
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has said the CIA may try to kill him prior to upcoming elections. Citing reports of a plot to “destabilize the region,” Correa said the threats were “credible,” given the history of US involvement in Latin America.
Venezuela says Chavez oath can be delayed:
Official says ailing Hugo Chavez will not relinquish presidency even if he must be sworn in to new term at later date.
Chavez allies re-elect legislative chief in Venezuela:
Allies of President Hugo Chavez on Saturday chose to keep the same National Assembly president – a man who could be in line to step in as a caretaker leader in some circumstances.
Eric Margolis: Chavez’s Illness may Sink Cuba: Op-Ed :
Venezuela‘s 29 million people are praying for their ailing Commandante Hugo Chavez – half that he will survive his latest bout of cancer, and the other half that he won’t.
In case you missed it:
US, EU agencies fund Venezuelan opposition with $40-50 million annually:
A revealing report prepared with funding from the World Movement for Democracy (a project of the US-based National Endowment for Democracy, NED), has disclosed that international agencies are funding the Venezuelan opposition with a whopping US$40-50 million annually.
Nightmare Continues For US Man Jailed in Bolivia :
Ostreicher languished for a year and a half, among the murderers, rapists and pretty drug criminals locked up in the bizarre and dangerous place, where prisoners run the prison and guards rarely enter. He was never charged and no evidence was brought against him.
The World Sends Us Garbage, We send you back music:
Idle No More targets Canadian travel routes:
Some U.S. border crossings and rail lines shut down by First Nations demonstrators
US credit agency sues JP Morgan again:
US federal regulators have launched a lawsuit against financial firm JP Morgan Chase & Co over the sale of risky mortgage securities that contributed to the collapse of three credit unions.
U.S. public schools cut 11,000 jobs in December: -
Local U.S. governments cut jobs for the fourth straight month in December, including 11,000 in public schools, dragging down the nation’s fragile economic recovery, jobs data showed on Friday.
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 : 3,253
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001