ICH 6 March 2013: Viva Chavez: On the Legacy of Hugo Chávez

6 March 2013 — Information Clearing House 

Venezuelans Mourn Late President Hugo Chavez

By Al-Jazeera

“I love him,” said Iris Dicuro, 62, who came from the northeastern city of Puerto La Cruz and wore a shirt with the words “Forward Comandante.” “I want to bid farewell because he was a good man who gave everything to the poor.”



Chavismo Lives!

By Stephen Lendman

Venezuelans mourn. Chavismo lives! Bolivarianism is institutionalized.



Hugo Chavez Frias, Rest in Power

Eres de los muertos que nunca mueren!

By Daniel Patrick Welch

What this man meant, and means, to the global south and to all those striving for a better path for humanity, can not be overstated. I am saddened almost beyond words.




Obama’s Atrocious Statement on Chavez’s Death

Posted by Jennifer Rubin

He is too afraid of giving offense to vile regimes and calling out gross abrogation of human rights.



Latinamerican Leaders Praise Chavez

By MercoPress.

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez suspended all official activities, declared three days of mourning and will be flying to Caracas for the funeral.



The Revolution Within the Revolution Will Continue

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Chavez was a leader who, in unity with the people, was able to free Venezuela from the grips of US Empire, bring dignity to the poor and working class, and was central to a Latin American revolt against US domination.



Viva Chavez: On the Legacy of Hugo Chávez: Op-Ed -

The esteem in which Chávez was held by the majority of Venezuelans, many of them dark-skinned, was matched by the rage he provoked among the country’s mostly white political and economic elites. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34186.htm


Venezuela Mourns Chavez – : – Live Video -

Thousands of people are watching the body of deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez being transported from the military hospital to the Military School of Venezuela in Caracas.



President Jose Mujica Should be an Inspiration for other World Leaders

By David Suzuki

Have you noticed, though, how often idealism gives way to a sense of entitlement to all the perks that come with political office?



We Have Prepared a Military Option for Iran, US General Says

By Aaron Kalman

Such means to bring Iran “to its knees.”



Blix Warns on Repeating Iraq Scenario


“In the case of Iraq, there was an attempt made by some states to eradicate weapons of mass destruction that did not exist, and today there is talk of going on Iran to eradicate intentions that may not exist. I hope that will not happen.”



No Wonder Bashar al-Assad Sounds so Confident

By Robert Fisk

John Kerry wants the Gulf to support the Syrian rebels. But which rebels? The soft, safe ones? Or those horrible, ‘terrorist’ Islamists?



Syrian Uprising Emboldens Iraq’s Minority Population

By Patrick Cockburn

At the heart of the problem of creating an acceptable consensus and balance of power between Shia, Sunni and Kurd in Iraq is that they have all been traumatised by atrocities inflicted on them by other Iraqi communities in the recent past.



Holder: Obama Could Order Lethal Force in U.S.


President Barack Obama could order the use of deadly force against an American inside the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) released Tuesday.



Can Civilization Survive Capitalism?

By Noam Chomsky

Capitalism as it exists today is radically incompatible with democracy.



In Case You Missed It

The Corporation


This is an extraordinary film about the creation of the American corporation, its global economic dominance and its psychopathic tendencies.



18 Afghan Soldiers Killed in Badakhshan Attacks:

 “Sixteen Afghan National Army soldiers have been killed in the Warduj District of the province on Wednesday,” provincial spokesman Abdul Maroof . Two other the soldiers were killed on Tuesday in clashes with the Taliban, Rasikh added.



General Says 20,000 Troops Should Continue Afghan Occupation:

Gen. James N. Mattis of the Central Command, revealed his recommendation during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he also said that a NATO contribution to an “enduring mission” in Afghanistan could equal half of the American deployment



Violence, bombings kill dozens in Iraq:

At least 17 people, including five police officers, killed and 43 were wounded in bombing and other attacks across Iraq, security officials said.



Iraqis call for U.S. military aid after Nusra-linked assault on ‘innocent Syrians':

An ambush well inside Iraq by suspected Islamist militants that left more than 50 Syrians and a dozen Iraqi troops dead. The Iraqi government was clearly rattled by Monday’s incident, which seemed to bear out its worst fears that Syria‘s civil war would spill into the country.



US special forces veteran links General Petraeus to torture in Iraq – video -

A 15-month investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic reveals how US colonel James Steele, a veteran of American proxy wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, played a key role in training and overseeing US-funded special police commandos who ran a network of torture centres in Iraq.



Iraqi general : ‘He was hanging upside down. Steele didn’t react’ – video:

Iraqi General Munthader al-Samari worked at Iraq‘s interior ministry from 2003 to 2005. When US special forces veteran James Steele was eating lunch at the ministry, he heard screams and opened a door to see a boy hanging upside down. Steele is alleged to have closed the door and sits back down, unphased



Revealed: Pentagon’s link to Iraqi torture centres: Exclusive:

General David Petraeus and ‘dirty wars’ veteran behind commando units implicated in detainee abuse



Iraqis captured by UK troops ‘were told they had been taken to Abu Ghraib':

Al-Sweady inquiry into allegations against British troops hears captured Iraqis were played recordings of screams to scare them



Inspector general report: U.S. cannot account for $1.7 billion spent in Iraq:

After invading Iraq ten years ago, the United States spent $60 billion on a vast reconstruction effort that left behind few successes and a litany of failures, an auditor’s report said Wednesday.



Warplanes pound rebel enclaves, dozens killed:

Syrian warplanes struck rebel enclaves in flashpoints across the country on Wednesday, while a raid in the northern city of Raqqa killed and wounded dozens of people, a watchdog said.



UN: about 20 peacekeepers detained by armed fighters in Syria:

Syrian rebels say they have seized a convoy of United Nations observers near the Golan Heights, according to videos posted on the Internet site YouTube on Wednesday by a violence monitoring group.



 UK to give rebels body armour, vehicles:

 Hague warned that Britain and the European Union must be ready to take further steps if no political solution to the crisis is found.



Arab League says members free to offer Syria rebels arms:

Arab League member states state willingness to support rebel Syrian forces against Basha al-Assad’s forces by offering all types of defence including military



Arab League offers Syria seat to opposition:

The Arab League has invited the opposition Syrian National Coalition to choose a representative to attend the league meeting in Doha later this month.



Kerry: U.S. more confident arms flow to Syria moderates:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Washington was increasingly confident that weapons being sent to the Syrian opposition by other countries were going to moderate forces.



General says Syria too complex to give lethal aid:

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, the top officer at U.S. Central Command, said he is concerned U.S. enemies might wind up with weapons that are given to the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad because of instability throughout the country.



Militants from Russia’s North Caucasus join ‘jihad’ in Syria:

Flanked by almost 20 men with rifles, Omar Abu al-Chechen kneels on a carpet and delivers a rousing speech urging fellow Muslims to support the ‘jihad’ against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Dressed almost entirely in black, the militant from Russia’s Chechnya region declares an Islamist state is within reach.



Engineering consent for an attack on Iran:

 EU says Iran nuclear “procrastination” unacceptable:

The European Union said on Wednesday that Iranian stonewalling of a U.N. nuclear agency inquiry into suspected atom bomb research was “unacceptable”, and voiced deep concern about Tehran’s expanding atomic work.



The truth hurts:

U.S. envoy walks out of nuclear meeting over Iran’s Israel remark:

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations nuclear watchdog walked out of an agency meeting on Wednesday in protest when Iran‘s representative accused Washington’s ally Israel of “genocide”, diplomats said.



Hagel to Barak: US will support Israel despite fiscal constraints:

US, Israel defense ministers meet in Washington, discuss war in Syria, nuclear Iran, continued military, diplomatic cooperation between countries



Apartheid: Separate roads for Jews, Palestinians:

Road leading to Cave of Patriarchs separated by fence: paved side for Jews, unpaved for Arabs.



Arab woman alleges another racist attack in Jerusalem:

Victim says youths spat on her, threw rocks on her car, and called her Jewish friend a ‘bitch’ for associating with an Arab



‘Prisoner X’ worked for Israeli government, Australia foreign minister confirms:

 Carr warned that the case raises serious questions about the use of Australian passports by dual nationals working for foreign governments



Where children are sentenced to death:

Yemen is one of only four countries in the world known to have executed juvenile offenders in the past five years. The others are Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan.



France says fourth soldier killed in Mali fighting: -

A fourth French soldier deployed in an eight-week-old military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali was killed on Wednesday, the French government said.



Libya interim leader’s car comes under fire;’

The attack took place as Mohammed Magarief left a chaotic session of the national assembly disrupted by protesters.



Egypt court orders cancellation of April 22 legislative vote:

Egypt’s administrative court on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of controversial parliamentary elections scheduled for April 22, throwing the country deeper into political crisis.



Port Said situation deteriorates amid outbreak of fresh clashes:

Police and protesters lobbed rocks at each other under a volley of tear gas that caused several people to collapse. Gunfire could also be heard, as military planes circled low overhead.



U.N. torture sleuth says no U.S. change on Guantanamo detainee access:

United Nations’ torture investigator Juan Mendez said on Tuesday the Obama administration showed no sign of reversing its position and allowing him access to terrorism suspects in long-term detention at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.



FBI secretly requests data on thousands of Google users annually:

Google has revealed receiving up to 999 national security letters a year asking for the private user data of thousands of people. The company said the FBI is authorized to make such requests without warrants or disclosure to users.



Pound’s World-Worst Drop Seen Growing in Pimco Math:

Even after the biggest drop of any major currency in the first two months of the year, the pound is still overvalued as both Pacific Investment Management Co. and hedge fund FX Concepts LLC bet it will fall further.



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




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