ICH 3 March 2013: Weekend Edition
3 March 2013 – Information Clearing House
Al-Assad: British Leaders ‘Shallow, Immature’
Hala Jaber Interviews President Bashar al-Assad – Video and Transcript
‘We don’t expect an arsonist to be a firefighter,’ Syrian president says.
Information Warfare Against Syria
Assad etached From Reality
By Amal Saad-Ghorayeb
One of the strategies in the information warfare against Syria is the psycho-pathologization and infantilization of Assad as detached from reality/delusional, irrational and irresponsible.
The Oft-Predicted Fickle Syrian ‘Tipping Point’ Has Tipped
By Franklin Lamb
But not the tipping point that the rebel promoters were hoping for, including the NATO countries.
The CIA Is Training Syria’s Rebels
By Robert Dreyfuss
Let us not be that the CIA is doing this; in fact, it’s very likely that this is the tip of a very large iceberg.
Obama Wades Deeper Into Syria’s Morass
By Shamus Cooke
The destruction of Syrian society will continue, indeed, increase. Although there are plenty of non-military options the Obama administration could pursue, he’s instead choosing the bloodiest course possible.
US War Plan, Seven Countries In Five Years
By General Wesley Clark:
“The Warning Was Given And It Was Ignored”
Putin Calls for Drastic Upgrade of Russian Army Within 3 Years
By Associated Press
Putin told the country’s top brass to drastically upgrade the armed forces as part of response to attempts by the United States and NATO to “tip the strategic balance” in the world.
Corruption in Iran:
Clerics Plan to Hang Businessmen
By Akbar E. Torbat
Iran is controlled by a few Islamic clerics, their relatives, and cronies who came to power following the Iranian revolution in1979.
Is This The Third Intifada?
By Uri Avnery
Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat’s heir, is very much afraid of it. He waited for a few days, and then, once he was sure that this was not a general uprising, he ordered his American-trained police forces to intervene and put an end to the demonstrations.
Hamas, Fatah Officials Say US Opposes Palestinian Unity
By Ma’an News Agency
The US administration will “stop aid to the Palestinian Authority if reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah is achieved and Hamas joins a Palestinian unity government,” the senior Hamas official said.
Decolonizing the Mind: Omar Barghouti
How to End Apartheid in Palestine
On Friday 1 February 2013, Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti talked with Amy Goodman, about the Palestinian people’s resistance, and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign.
North Korea and the United States:
Will the Real Aggressor Please Stand Down?
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
US political leaders and media pundits trumpet North Korea‘s recent testing of missiles and nuclear weapons as a great threat. But the US mass media do not tell the whole story.
Culture And The Choice Of A Government Systems
By Moon Of Alabama
The Wilsonians and their neoconservative brethren presume that all humans want “freedom”, “democracy” and “choice”. It is their mission, they say, to “spread” those over the world.
Drones And Suicide Bombs In Central Park: McChrystal
By Special Correspondent
To the United States, a drone strike seems to have very little risk and very little pain, at the receiving end, it feels like war.?Americans have got to understand that.
Pfc. Bradley E. Manning’s Statement for the Providence Inquiry
By Alexa O’Brien
This statement was read by Private First Class Bradley E. Bradley at a providence inquiry for his formal plea of guilty to one specification as charged and nine specifications for lesser included offenses.
US Drones Customized For Domestic Surveillance
By Declan McCullagh
The U.S. has customized its Predator drones, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying guns and tracking their cell phones, government documents show.
The Missing Recovery
By Paul Craig Roberts
Today the stock market is high not from profits from expanding sales revenues, but from labor cost savings.
The 40% Revolution
Hidden Secrets of Money
“We are entering the greatest financial crisis the world has ever known.”
Bomb kills at least 45 in Pakistan:
A huge car bomb blast in a mainly Shi’ite Muslim area of Karachi has killed at least 45 people, amid a spate of sectarian violence that has come as Pakistan prepares for elections.
20 people killed in Nigeria:
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said in a statement all those killed were believed to be fighters from the radical Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram. However, witnesses said at least one of the dead appeared to be a civilian.
Bombings in Iraq kill eight:
Bombings in Iraq, including two car bombs at a sheep market, killed at least eight people and wounded dozens more on Friday, security and medical officials said.
Iraq’s political crisis deepens after finance minister quits:
“I am presenting my resignation in front of you. I do not care about a government that does not respect the Iraqi blood and its people,” Mr al-Issawi told thousands gathered to protest against what they see as unfair treatment and discrimination against their sect by prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government.
Iraqi army helped Syrian government retake border checkpoint – reports:
The Iraqi army has reportedly shelled Free Syrian Army positions inside Syria near the border with Iraq. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Iraq was helping Syrian government forces regain control of a border checkpoint seized by the insurgency.
Dozens killed after a battle in North Syria:
“Fierce clashes pitting rebel fighters from several battalions against regular troops have raged since dawn on the outskirts of Raqa city,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Saturday.
Assad forces take Aleppo village, reopen supply line:
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the capture of Tel Shghaib marked the last step to creating a land supply route north into Aleppo from Hama province, crucial for Assad’s forces who have lost control of part of the main north-south highway.
Rebels in Syria suffer losses on two fronts:
The loss of the motorway, which links the city of Hama with Aleppo’s international airport, would be a major blow for the rebels and could alter the balance in the months-long battle for Syria’s largest city.
Rebels down second helicopter in a week near Aleppo;
Free Syrian Army fighters shoot down the second helicopter in a week near Menagh airbase near Aleppo. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Shi’ite Fighters Rally to Defend Damascus Shrine:
The presence of Shi’ite combatants from neighboring states – confirmed by sources in Iraq and Syria and highlighted in videos glorifying their mission – underlines how Syria’s conflict is inflaming sectarian feelings in the region.
Islamist Syrian rebels reportedly seize Scud missiles:
Deputy PM says Israel is tracking developments but sees no immediate danger, adds that ‘when we identified a threat, we took action along the border and elsewhere’
Syria crisis: European countries expected to start arming rebels:
Syrian opposition representative in UK says ‘breakthrough’ is expected after relaxation of EU rules
Syria Ready to Hold Talks Even with Armed Opposition:
“The Syrian government has voiced its preparedness (for talks) and there remains no excuse (for the opposition to avoid talks). Mr. Mualem has announced in Syria that his country’s leaders are prepared to even talk with the armed opposition,” Salehi added.
Syria and Iran condemn U.S. plan to aid anti-Assad rebels:
“If you really feel sorry about the ongoing situation in Syria you should force the opposition to sit at the negotiation table with the Syrian government and put an end to bloodshed,” he said. “Why do you encourage the opposition to continue these acts of violence?”
Syria’s Assad ‘will take part’ in 2014 election:
Iran said on Saturday that President Bashar al-Assad will take part in Syria’s presidential election next year and that the people will choose whomever they want as their leader.
Assad accuses Britain of ‘militarising’ Syrian civil war: Video -
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused Britain of having a “naive, confused and unrealistic” approach to his country’s bloody civil war.
From his perch in clouded cuckoo land:
Kerry says U.S. finds Erdogan Zionism comments “objectionable”:
“We not only disagree with it, we found it objectionable,” Kerry told a news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, saying he raised the issue “very directly” with Davutoglu and would do so with Erdogan.
Does Kerry find this “objectionable”?
Israeli Ministry launches ‘Palestinians only’ buses:
Several bus drivers told Ynet that Palestinians who will choose to travel on the so-called “mixed” lines, will be asked to leave them.
Jewish women challenge Western Wall rules: Video report -
A group of Jewish women are demanding to be allowed to pray in the same way men do at the Western Wall in occupied East Jerusalem.
Building material skyrockets as Egypt targets Gaza tunnels: –
The construction industry in Gaza has been hit hard by Egypt‘s recent crackdown on underground smuggling tunnels, causing the price of raw materials to skyrocket, officials in the coastal territory say.
Hagel to meet Israeli defense minister Barak at Pentagon:
“The secretary is honored that Minister Barak will be the first foreign counterpart that he will host at the Pentagon,” the official said, adding the two had known each other for more than a decade.
Oren: Israel trying to guarantee US military aid:
In light of cuts in US gov’t spending, Israeli ambassador says J’lem will try to safeguard funding for Iron Dome, Arrow.
U.S. lawmakers question military aid to Egypt, citing concerns about Israel:
A growing number of American lawmakers are challenging the wisdom of providing $1.3 billion a year in military aid to Cairo, arguing that the policy is overdue for a wholesale review.
John Kerry talks of ‘imploding’ Iran in another overseas gaffe :
One dead, dozens hurt in Egypt clashes:
One person was killed and dozens injured in overnight clashes between police and protesters in Egypt‘s Nile Delta city of Mansura, a security official told AFP on Saturday.
Mursi is a ‘Zionist’ who shares security interests with Israel: Egyptian cleric:
An Islamic cleric who opposes the Muslim Brotherhood and supports a “civil state” system in the post-revolutionary Egypt described Friday Islamist President Mohammed Mursi as a “Zionist” who shares security interests with Israel.
Dozens of Egyptian Copts tortured in Libya:
Around 100 Egyptian Copts have been detained and reportedly tortured by Libya’s Preventive Security forces in Benghazi on charges of illegal immigration.
Al-Qaeda Calls for Assassinations of Western Leaders, Current, Former:
The latest edition of Al-Qaeda’s English-language online magazine calls on its readers to carry out one-man assassinations of current and former leaders of western countries, including the US, Britain and France.
Australian soldiers kill 2 Afghan children:
The two boys, aged seven and eight, were shot dead when they were mistaken for insurgents during an operation in the northwest of Uruzgan on February 28, ISAF commander, US General Joseph Dunford, said in a statement.
Three killed in more Bangladesh war crimes violence:
Three people have been killed in Bangladesh after demonstrators protesting against the death sentence on an Islamist party leader clashed with police for a third day running.
Fascism in the Church:
Ex-Priest on “The Pope’s War,” Clergy Abuse and Quelling Liberation Theology
What a joke:
U.S. Says Cuba Still a Global Sponsor of Terror:
According to the U.S. State Department, the world’s most prolific terrorist groups are supported by the government of Iran, Sudan, Syria and Cuba.
Venezuela Chavez having chemotherapy, says VP Maduro:
“The treatments Commander Chavez is receiving are tough, but he is stronger than them,” the vice-president told reporters as he left the chapel.
How the U.N. Caused Haiti’s Cholera Crisis — and Won’t Be Held Responsible:
The organization is functionally above the law — and victims of Haiti’s cholera outbreak aren’t the only ones paying the price.
Bob Woodward Gets In Bed With Hannity
Bob Woodward has gotten into a war of words with the White House and, as far as I can tell, it’s not going all that well for him. So why on earth he chose to appear on the Hannity show last night suggests he cares a lot more about – well, I’m not sure what, exactly, but whatever it is it ain’t journalism or integrity.
NYPD lied under oath to prosecute Occupy activist:
An Occupy Wall Street activist was acquitted of assaulting a police officer and other charges on Thursday after jurors were presented with video evidence that directly contradicted the NYPD’s story.
‘Homeland Security’ Has Received $791 Billion Since 9/11 -
What is “homeland security?” – Whatever it is, the federal government has spent on a fortune on it.
US Building Drone Base in Sunny Malibu?:
The goal is 24/7 surveillance-an American eye over the water at all times, during wartime, during peacetime, and all the time.
Obama Orders Cuts That Will Be ‘Slow Grind’ on Economy:
President Barack Obama ordered the start of $85 billion in government spending cuts, beginning a potentially decade-long wave of belt-tightening that risks curbing U.S. economic growth this year.
For Recent Grads, Student Loan Delinquencies Reach 35%:
Since 2004, educational debt has nearly tripled, to $966 billion, surpassing credit-card debt, auto loans, and home equity lines of credit to take second place behind mortgage debt, with a total balance moving steadily toward $1 trillion. Even through the recession, student debt showed no signs of stopping.
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 : 3,258
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001