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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34160.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34161.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34153.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34144.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34154.htm

 

US War Plan, Seven Countries In Five Years

By General Wesley Clark:

“The Warning Was Given And It Was Ignored”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34143.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34147.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34145.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34155.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34152.htm

 

Decolonizing the Mind: Omar Barghouti

How to End Apartheid in Palestine

Video

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34150.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34149.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34158.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34148.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34146.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34159.htm

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34157.htm

 

The 40% Revolution

Hidden Secrets of Money

Video

“We are entering the greatest financial crisis the world has ever known.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34151.htm

 

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.

http://is.gd/yUXv2Y

 

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.

http://is.gd/Ifl8Lq

 

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.

http://is.gd/sJIIDh

 

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.

http://is.gd/yQc0gr

 

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.

http://rt.com/news/syria-iraq-border-checkpoint-706/

 

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.

http://is.gd/bHYt1J

 

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.

http://www.tradearabia.com/news/LAW_231537.html

 

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.

http://is.gd/xKioH4

 

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.

http://is.gd/xZkqoE

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34162.htm

 

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’

http://is.gd/RYg6Eu

 

Syria crisis: European countries expected to start arming rebels:

Syrian opposition representative in UK says ‘breakthrough’ is expected after relaxation of EU rules

http://is.gd/CgH1b8

 

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.

http://is.gd/bLtabI

 

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?”

http://is.gd/Mesg8K

 

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.

http://is.gd/zN0WSk

 

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.

http://is.gd/dHaxln

 

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.

http://is.gd/duln19

 

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.

http://is.gd/fMxhB1

 

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.

http://is.gd/zRt3Sy

 

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.

http://is.gd/9xOCqt

 

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.

http://is.gd/YOhyVA

 

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.

http://is.gd/wKnCeY

 

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.

http://is.gd/BGtqbh

 

John Kerry talks of ‘imploding’ Iran in another overseas gaffe :

Video -

http://is.gd/bhFrKH

 

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.

http://is.gd/nz54s7

 

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.

http://is.gd/fmCrwJ

 

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.

http://is.gd/WrgYg7

 

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.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107149158

 

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.

http://is.gd/6Dr9Te

 

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21639831

 

Fascism in the Church:

Ex-Priest on “The Pope’s War,” Clergy Abuse and Quelling Liberation Theology

http://is.gd/Z8TXiw

 

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.

http://is.gd/pqs87C

 

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.

http://is.gd/PA1nA1

 

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.

http://is.gd/4jSy4v

 

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.

http://is.gd/2Sfyol

 

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.

http://rt.com/usa/nypd-occupy-michael-premo-703/

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34156.htm

 

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.

http://is.gd/SmRzrS

 

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.

http://is.gd/S8U9WC

 

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.

http://is.gd/eLl9il

 

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

 

$1,428,092,127,499

http://www.costofwar.com/

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