ICH 27 January 2013: Blast at Iranian Nuclear Facility: Report
27 January 2013 – Information Clearing House
Israeli Officials Confirm Blast at Iranian Nuclear Facility
By Yoel Goldman
Report cites intelligence sources who say Iran hasn’t evacuated area around Fordo plant; unclear if explosion was ‘sabotage or accident’
U.S. Could Strike Iran to Block Nuclear Progress: Ehud Barak
By The Daily Beast
If sanctions fail to halt Tehran’s nuclear weapons development, the Pentagon has plans for a ‘surgical operation’ to end the threat, the Israeli defense minister said.
Netanyahu Deploys ‘Syrian’ Iron-Dome
Israeli Minister Claims US Preparing ‘Surgical’ Strikes Against Iran
By Tyler Durden
Defense minister challenges idea that military operation against Iran would develop into a “full fledged war the size of the Iraqi war”; says surgical strikes will delay Tehran’s nuclear drive “by a significant time frame.”
Paranoia Run Wild
By Paul Balles
Israel continues to insist on action to pre-empt Iran’s capacity to develop nuclear weapons.
Preventative War Has Become The Rule
Belgian MP Laurent Louis stands against war in Mali and exposes the international neo-colonial plot
Must Watch – Video
“Preventative war has become the rule. And today in then name of democracy and the fight against terrorism, our states grant themselves the right to violate the sovereignty of independent countries and to overthrow legitimate leaders”
The United States Promotes Israeli Genocide Against the Palestinians
By Francis A. Boyle
These Israeli “grave breaches” of the Fourth Geneva Convention mandate universal prosecution for the perpetrators and their commanders, whether military or civilian, including and especially Israel’s political leaders.
Sheldon Adelson Invested in Fight Against Hagel
Secretly-funded groups in the United States have been running advertisements against the appointment of Chuck Hagel to secretary of defense, with at least one of them describing him as “anti-Israel”, “anti-gay” and “anti-women”
I killed people in Afghanistan. Was I right or wrong?
By Timothy Kudo,
When I joined the Marine Corps, I knew I would kill people. I was trained to do it in a number of ways, from pulling a trigger to ordering a bomb strike to beating someone to death with a rock.
Kiriakou and Stuxnet:
The Danger of the Still-escalating Obama Whistleblower War
By Glenn Greenwald
“the president’s crackdown chills dissent, curtails a free press and betrays Obama’s initial promise to ‘usher in a new era of open government.’”
Talking to Reporters Is Not A Crime:
New Leak Investigation Threatens Press Freedom
By Trevor Timm
The FBI is using new, “sophisticated software to identify names, key words and phrases embedded in e-mails and other communications, including text messages, which could lead them to suspects.”
Progressive forces acting together to build a better society
By Maude Barlow
Common Causes is an assembly of social movements dedicated to defending democracy, social justice, the environment and human rights in the face of an all-out assault by the Harper government.
18 Afghan police officers killed in two attacks:
At least 18 Afghan police officers were killed in two separate explosions Saturday in Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, one of the bloodiest days in months for the force charged with the country’s security once Western troops leave.
Afghan suicide bomber kills anti-terror chief:
Counter terrorism police chief, traffic chief and several other police officers killed in suicide attack in Kunduz.
Egypt’s Leader Declares State of Emergency in Three Cities;
President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency and a curfew in three major cities on Sunday, as escalating violence in the streets threatened his government and Egypt’s democracy.
Three people dead, over 400 injured in 4th day of Egyptian clashes:
Three people have been shot dead and over 400 injured in fresh clashes in the Egyptian city of Port Said. The death toll has risen to 48 as violence on the streets of Egypt continues for the fourth day in a row.
Libya: Brotherhood member assassinated:
A Muslim Brotherhood official and member of the local council from Misrata was shot dead as he left a mosque in the Libyan city, a report said on Sunday.
France kills civilians in Mali:
Residents of a Malian town are describing civilian casualties from airstrikes used by France to drive out Islamic militants.
Celebrations in Mali as French troops retake Gao:
French and Malian troops begin restoring control in Timbuktu:
Malian military source says troops met no resistance as they entered Timbuktu and were working towards securing the town
U.S. expands aid to French mission in Mali:
The United States is significantly expanding its assistance to a French assault on Islamist militants in Mali by offering aerial refueling and planes to transport soldiers from other African nations, the Pentagon announced Saturday night.
Al Qaeda targets Germans, Britons in Libya: Spiegel:
Al Qaeda is plotting to kidnap German and British citizens in Libya, the Spiegel weekly magazine quoted German intelligence sources as saying.
Britains warned to leave northern Somalia over ‘specific threat’:
British citizens face a new “specific threat” in northern Somalia and should leave the region immediately, the Foreign Office warned on Sunday.
Syrian gov’t intensifies attacks on rebels:
The Syrian network for human rights said it documented 86 deaths across Syria Sunday — including 26 in an around Damascus, 16 in Aleppo, 15 in Homs, 10 in Idlib, nine in Daraa, seven in Hama and one in Lattakia.
Islamic extremists threaten Syria’s Christians:
The United States’ active support for regime change in Syria has signaled an anarchic scramble for power and influence, as neighboring states and terrorist groups such as al Qaeda vie for a share of the collapsing state. The Syrian civil war has become, in the words of Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, “a situation that is rapidly spinning out of control.”
Israeli minister welcomes report of huge blast at Iran nuclear plant:
Israel’s Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter on Sunday welcomed a report that Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility had been rocked by a huge explosion.
Iran “threatens” ‘axis of resistance’ if West attacks Syria:
IRAN will defend the Syrian government to the end to preserve an “axis of resistance” to Israel and the West, its ambassador in Damascus has warned.
Israel: We won’t wait till use of chemical weapons to attack Syria:
Israeli Vice Premier Silvan Shalom said on Sunday any sign that Syria‘s grip on its suspected chemical weapons is slipping as it battles an armed uprising, could trigger Israeli military strikes.
Engineering consent for an attack on Iran
Netanyahu warns of Iran, Syria:
“We are continuing to monitor the lethal weapons in Syria, ” Israel Radio quoted Netanyahu saying. “Iran’s race to achieve nuclear capability must be stopped. We will prevent these threats from materializing. This is our first task as a government and a nation.”
Engineering consent for an attack on Iran:
Netanyahu: Iran preparing for another Holocaust:
Israel must not make the mistake of underestimating the Iranian threat to destroy Israel, says Netanyahu, adding that his government’s first and foremost mission remained to prevent Tehran from becoming a nuclear power.
U.S. Could Strike Iran to Block Nuclear Progress: Ehud Barak:
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is confident, he says, that the United States has plans for surgical strikes against Iran as a last-ditch measure if Tehran refuses to stop its development of a nuclear weapons capability.
U.S. upgrades strike capabilities against Iran in Persian Gulf:
The United States significantly upgraded its strike capabilities in the Persian Gulf last week when it stationed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) six F-22 “stealth” fighters with advanced strike features.
China defying sanctions imposed on Iran:
The recently released data shows Iran’s crude oil exports to China soared to the second highest level in December 2012, despite US-led sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s energy sector.
Fiasco of Israeli plot to kill Saddam:
A new book reveals how a disaster in the desert left five elite troops dead
A government of rich, white men;
The leaders of the three parties that will form Israel’s next government are four rich, white guys.
Sheldon Adelson invested in fight against Hagel:
Secretly-funded groups in the United States have been running advertisements against the appointment of Chuck Hagel to secretary of defense, with at least one of them describing him as “anti-Israel”, “anti-gay” and “anti-women”, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
Thousands throng streets as UN team visits Yemen:
Thousands thronged the streets of Sanaa Sunday to demand the scrapping of immunity given ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh under a UN-backed deal, as a Security Council team paid a rare visit to Yemen’s capital.
‘Assange effectively denied opportunity to enjoy asylum’ – Ecuadorian FM:
By not allowing passage to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from London to Latin America, where he was granted asylum, Britain infringes same international documents it vigorously lobbied for, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino tells RT.
CIA’s secret prison: ‘Poland dragging out investigation’:
A Polish investigation into secret CIA jails is being suppressed because it will embarrass the top echelon of the country’s government, lawyers of two men held illegally in one of the CIA’s ‘black sites’ in Poland tell media.
Nicholas Stern: ‘I got it wrong on climate change – it’s far, far worse’:
Author of 2006 review speaks out on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is ‘on track’ for 4C rise
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 : 3,257
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001