13 February 2012 — Information Clearing House
“The Real Opposition in Syria is Not the Syrian National Council or Free Syrian Army,”
I’m fed up with the simplified, naive views and the manipulative perception management tactics that aim to draw unrealistic picture about the conflict by conveniently framing it simply as idiot proxies and armed elements (SNC/FSA) vs. the brutal mass-murderer autocratic regime (the regime). http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30512.htm
The Arab League Has Misjudged its Actions on Syria
By Abdel Bari Atwan
By misjudging and underestimating the Russian and Chinese response to it has demonstrated a reliance on an outmoded paradigm in which Washington always prevails.
The Covert US War Against Syria
By Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
Russians and Chinese – veto makes more and more sense as events on the ground unmask US culpability in the civil war in Syria. Yes, civil war. That’s what you call it when an armed resistance takes up arms against a sovereign government.
Israel’s Useful Idiot
Iran and a “Potential” Nuclear Bomb
Warnings from Rudy Giuliani.
Khader Adnan’s Heroic Struggle for Justice
By Stephen Lendman
Act on behalf of a man too courageous to let die. Do it now and tell others to show support in solidarity!
‘Greece Doomed, Economy Total Farce & Fiction!’
Video By RT
The lawmakers voted early Monday in favor of the bill that will cut 15,000 public-sector jobs and lower the minimum wage by 20 per cent. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30513.htm
What’s Inside the New “Austerity Measures”
A Death Sentence for Greece
By Mike Whitney
None of this has anything to do with helping Greece. It’s just corporate pillaging gone haywire. Greece is a big pinata that’s just been cracked open and everyone is pushing and shoving to grab their fistful of candy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30515.htm
Occupy Draws Strength From the Powerless
By Chris Hedges
here is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30514.htm
Love, Work, and Dissent
in a Time of Hazmat Suits and Political Hypochondria
By Phil Rockstroh
Many seem at a loss to understand why some are driven to struggle for a more just world, even though, time and time again, their ardor will be met by seemingly implacable, ruthless resistance…that one’s heart will be repeatedly broken.
NATO admits 8 Afghan children killed in Kapisa: Afghan government officials showed gruesome photographs of eight dead boys, and said seven of them had been aged between six and 14, while one had been around 18 years old. They were bombed twice while herding sheep in heavy snow and lighting a fire to keep warm, they said. http://bit.ly/w6tz7u
Six “Taliban” killed, 19 surrender in Afghanistan : At least six Taliban rebels, including a commander named Fida Mohammad, have been killed in a clash with security forces while 19 have surrendered in separate incidents in Afghanistan, officials said Monday.
Army Officer’s Leaked Report Rips Afghan War Success Story: “If the public had access to the classified reports,” Davis writes, “they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is true behind the scenes.” http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106726
Pakistan: Gilani charged with contempt, pleads not guilty: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani was today indicted by the country’s Supreme Court for contempt for refusing to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, but the PM pleaded not guilty to the charges, conviction for which may cost him his job.
For Iraqis, Aid to Rebels in Syria Repays a Debt: Not so long ago, Syrians worked to send weapons and fighters into Iraq to help Sunnis fighting a sectarian conflict; suddenly, it is the other way around.
Israel‘s useful idiot
Lieberman: US should arm Syrian opposition: Lieberman, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, said the Pentagon is putting plans together and that it is time to “help the brave Syrian freedom fighters.”
The West Should Help Assad: A Syrian state crumbling under terror followed by large sectarian slaughter and refugee streams with certain spillover of fighting into all neighboring countries. That can not be in anyone’s interest. http://bit.ly/xFqicb
The USA Enables the Killing Arab Christians: This morning at church, our pastor read a plea from a Christian pastor in Syria who wrote that the Syrian opposition forces – people endorsed by the U.S. Government – have been murdering Syrian Christians with impunity.
Syria launched “indiscriminate attack” on civilians – U.N.: The failure of the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution on Syria has encouraged Damascus to step up its assault on the opposition and launch an “indiscriminate attack” on Homs, the U.N. human rights chief said on Monday.
Russia balks at Syria peacekeeping plan: Russia’s foreign minister has made it clear that Moscow would not support a plan to send United Nations peacekeepers to Syria unless there was a halt to violence by both government forces and their armed opponents.
Russia Not Ruling out Peacekeepers for Syria: “If we agree the terms of the mission’s presence in the country, if the principles of the UN organization charter are fulfilled, there will be no problem,” Russian Presidential Middle East Ambassador Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120213/171298532.html
Mossad chief’s secret U.S. visit meant to gauge American response to Israeli attack on Iran : Pardo asked top American officials questions such as : “What is our posture on Iran? Are we ready to bomb? Would we [do so later]? What does it mean if [Israel] does it anyway?” The report added that Israel has ceased sharing a “significant” amount of intelligence concerning its military preparations with the U.S.
Bombs target Israeli diplomats in India, Georgia; 2 injured: The wife of an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi and her driver were injured on Monday when the car they were traveling in was bombed, officials said. A second attempted bombing was defused outside the Israeli embassy in Tblisi, Georgia, at about the same time. http://wapo.st/AgwMmT
Chabadniks in India deny espionage charge: Chabadniks in the southern Indian city of Kochi on Tuesday vehemently denied a report that appeared in local media earlier in the day accusing them of being part of an Israeli covert operation.
Netanyahu: Iran behind attack on Israeli officials in New Delhi: In wake of car bomb attack, PM says Israel will not cease its fight against international terror, of which Iran is the ‘world’s greatest exporter.’ http://bit.ly/xwEYpV
Report: Iran summons Azerbaijan envoy over alleged Mossad activity: The report said “terrorists” linked to the killings of Iranian nuclear scientists escaped to Israel through Azerbaijan.
Obama prepares Georgia for Iran war: Analyst: Last week Georgian Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia announced the imminent arrival of a delegation of American military experts, asserting US–Georgia military relations were entering “an entirely new phase.” http://www.presstv.ir/detail/226491.html
Iran presses ahead with dollar “attack”: Last week, the Tehran Times noted that the Iranian oil bourse will start trading oil in currencies other than the dollar from March 20. This long-planned move is part of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s vision of economic war with the west.
Palestinian PM: Armed Resistance Best Option for Defense against Israel: “Gun is our only response to Zionist regime. In time, we have come to understand that we can obtain our goals only through fighting and armed resistance and no compromise should be made with the enemy,” Haniya said. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9010174630
Israel rejects Palestinian hunger striker’s appeal: An Israeli military court on Monday rejected an appeal by a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than eight weeks over his detention without charge, his lawyer Jawad Bulus said. http://bit.ly/wYgNQQ
Khader Adnan‘s life at risk as hunger strike enters 58th day; solidarity protests spread: Doctors have expressed grave concern for the life of Khader Adnan, who has been on a hunger strike for the 58 days since his arrest. He also recently stopped drinking water. http://bit.ly/yaRVK0
Egyptian lawmaker: US aid to Cairo ‘assured’: Senior Muslim Brotherhood official tells ‘Al Hayat’ if the US cuts aid to Egypt, it would be violation of 1979 peace accords.
Egyptian police detain four over ‘incitement’: Labour activist and Australian reporter among four people accused of paying Egyptians to protest against authorities.
U.S.-Backed Bahraini Forces Arrest and Deport Two American Peace Activists Acting As Human Rights Observers: On Saturday, Bahrain arrested and detained two American citizens, Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath, for their role in recent protests. They were deported Sunday and returned to New York last night. http://bit.ly/y4xSQu
Guantánamo: It’s time for America to put an end to this shameful scandal : It is staggering to contemplate that the US government has perpetuated this injustice http://ind.pn/wiUMGU
Fukushima reactor readings raise reheating concern: Concern is growing that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan is no longer stable after temperature readings suggested one of its damaged reactors was reheating. http://bit.ly/wQmacg
Greek lawmakers approve austerity bill as Athens burns: Cinemas, cafes, shops and banks were set ablaze in central Athens as black-masked protesters fought riot police outside parliament.
Greece still to convince Europe over rescue deal: Scenes of running battles between police and rioters and flames engulfing cinemas, shops and banks underscored a sense of deepening turmoil in the country after more than four years of recession and two of punishing austerity.
The end of Greece : Within the last four weeks the Germans have outrageously plotted to cunningly take over the Greek Parliament, particularly in relation to its power of expenditure.
Obama budget plan to tax the rich?: The proposal includes $1.5 trillion (£950bn) in new taxes, much from allowing Bush-era tax cuts to expire. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17014744
Obama budget proposes new security, airline fees: – Airlines and their passengers would pay up to $32 billion in new air traffic and security fees over 10 years, and grants to big airports would fall sharply under White House budget proposals on Monday aimed at deficit reduction.
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:
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,886
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001