20 March 2012— Information Clearing House
No One Asked Their Names
By Qais Azimy
Mainstream media outlets channelled a significant amount of energy into uncovering the slightest detail about the accused soldier. But the victims became an anonymous footnote. Just the number 16. No one bothered to ask their ages, their hobbies, their aspirations. Worst of all, no one bothered to ask their names.
Don’t be Fooled by Afghanistan Massacre: US Marines are Saints Says New Army Video
By Robin Beste
After the massacre of 16 civilians in Afghanistan, the US Army has released a new video to restore the true image of US marines as dedicated servants of humanity opposing tyranny and injustice.
Where Is The Outrage Over The Murder of a U.S. Citizen?
By Leonard Pitt
A U.S. citizen is dead and the U.S. government killed him. Without trial. Without due process. Without hesitation. And many of those who loudly deplored George W. Bush for smaller excesses seem content to allow Barack Obama this larger one.
Ironies in American Justice and Political Cheerleading
By Glenn Greenwald
Yesterday, the Obama administration – which, in the past six months alone, has killed three American citizens in Yemen: Anwar Awlaki, Samir Khan, and Awlaki’s 16-year-old son Abdulrahman – smashed the limits of all known irony charts:
Are Obama’s Efforts to Justify Drone Warfare Aimed at Iran?
By Thomas Darnstädt, Marc Hujer and Gregor Peter Schmitz
Obama had actually come into office promising to end the “imperial presidency” of his predecessor, George W. Bush, whose administration had claimed absolute power unlike anything seen since the Watergate scandal of former President Richard Nixon.
Is Iran Being Pushed to Build the Dirty Bomb?
By Thaha Muzammil
It is disgusting to note the deafening silence of the Secretary General of the United Nations, in the face of blatant violation of rights of a member country and looming WWIII.
Israeli Propaganda Video?
Peres to Iran: If You Bomb, Nobody Will Bomb You Back?:
Video and Transcript
“If you won’t hate, you won’t be hated. If you won’t threaten, you won’t be threatened. If you’ll show friendship, you will get friendship.”
Syria and the Western Media:
Peddling Mythologies in the Garden of Good and Evil
By Matt Carr
Western journalists have learnt nothing from 10 years of spinning the ‘9/11’ wars and have collectively abandoned their analytical and critical faculties when it comes to Syria.
Abu Ghraib US Soldier Feels No Compassion For Her Victims
“Their lives are better. They got the better end of the deal,” England was quoted as saying. “They weren’t innocent. They’re trying to kill us, and you want me to apologise to them? It’s like saying sorry to the enemy.”
Dear Department of Justice:
Please Investigate Your Old Boss for Material Support of Terrorism!
By Coleen Rowley
Former FBI Special Agent
We might have just helped you bag another material supporter of terrorism this week! And you’ll never believe who the culprit is!
Insider Trading 9/11 … The Facts Laid Bare
By Lars Schall
Is there any truth in the allegations that informed circles made substantial profits in the financial markets in connection to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, on the United States?
In Case You Missed It
The Fourth World War
Despite the titanic struggles of dispossessed peoples around the world, the wealth of nations continues to reside in fewer and fewer hands. The economies of poor countries collapse under vicious IMF policies, and capitalism’s global ‘clubs’ thrive ever and ever upward. Meanwhile, people keep struggling, ultimately downward.
“Social Security is Broke”-and Other Corporate Scare Tactics
By Lisa Graves
For years, corporations have been peddling myths to rally us behind their interests. Here are three things everyone “knows,” and why they’re wrong.
Will Noam Chomsky Vote For Obama?
Conversation with Noam Chomsky
The State Journal
“Obama is quite different from the Republican candidates, and the constituencies of the two political organizations differ, which helps lead to different policies”
Iraq: At least 44 killed, 190 others wounded in spate of explosions: At least 15 explosions hit various Iraqi cities and towns earlier on Tuesday, extending a spate of militant violence ahead of next week’s Arab League summit in Baghdad.
13 killed in Pakistan tribal region: At least 13 people were killed and over 15 others injured in a bomb attack and clashes between security forces and militants in the restive tribal belt of northwest Pakistan, officials said on Monday.
Pakistan Tells America: Remove Your Drones: On Tuesday a Pakistani Parliamentary Commission demanded that American drones end military operations inside the country.
Glenn Greenwald: Afghanistan and American imperialism: Demands that the atrocity be investigated by Afghans are grounded in part by reports that Bales did not act alone. While US military officials decreed from the start that Bales was the lone culprit, eyewitnesses in the villages reported the presence of multiple attackers.
Soldier Accused Of Afghan Atrocity Made Disturbing Facebook Comment About Shooting “Hagi” “Giving money to Hagi instead of bullets don’t seem right.”
Suspect in Afghan massacre has memory loss, lawyer says: An Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians was not drunk at the time, but doesn’t remember what happened and is in shock, his attorney told CBS News on Monday.
Afghan Killings Suspect Owes $1.5 Million in Fraud Case: The soldier accused in the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians owes $1.5 million from a 2003 arbitration ruling that found him guilty of securities fraud.
Yemen army kills five “Qaeda suspects” in south: The Yemeni army shelled suspected hideouts of Al-Qaeda militants in the southern province of Abyan, killing five of them, a local official told AFP on Tuesday.
Syria rebels quit eastern city, army on offensive: Rebel fighters were forced to flee the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Tuesday in the face of a fierce army assault, suffering the latest setback in their bid to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian rebels abusing regime troops, says Human Rights Watch: An international human rights group Tuesday accused some in Syria‘s armed opposition of carrying out serious abuses, including the kidnapping and torture of security forces, in a sign of the growing complexity of the year-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.
Fact or fiction?
Russian Anti-Terror Troops Arrive in Syria: A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was “a bomb” certain to have serious repercussions.
Syria denies receiving special forces from Russia: A Syrian military source on Monday refuted as “baseless” some media reports about the arrival of Russian warships carrying military staffs by the Syrian shores, according to state-run SANA news agency.
Russian special forces arrive in Syrian port: “opposition sources”: Israeli-based open source military intelligence website DEBKAfile has also reported that two Russian naval vessels have anchored at the Syrian port of Tartus.
Russia Calls For Humanitarian Ceasefire In Syria: Russia on Monday called for enforcing a daily two-hour humanitarian ceasefire in un-rest Syria, following a meeting between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and chief of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Moscow.
Al Jazeera obtains secret Syria files: Papers prepared for President Assad by intelligence and security chiefs throw light on his strategy to quell protests.
Russia’s Lavrov warns against attacking Iran: A military strike against Iran would be a great mistake, followed by a catastrophic outcome, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Iran will attack to defend itself – Ayatollah Khamenei: “We do not have nuclear weapons and we will not build them but in the face of aggression from the enemies, whether from America or the Zionist regime, to defend ourselves we will attack on the same level as the enemies attack us,” said Khamenei in a New Year speech broadcast live on television.
US, Israeli military chiefs hold another face-to-face: The two generals meet for the third time in six months and discuss Iran and Syria
When ‘pro-Israel’ means comparing Israel to the Nazis: It’s time for American Jews to examine their Zionist organizations, and think about whether they really are pro-Israel or not.
Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi hospitalized: “Hana Shalabi was transferred this evening to Israel’s Meir hospital after her state of health deteriorated,” Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqaa said on Monday.
NATO must pay for errors in Libya – Amnesty: The watchdog said it has documented 55 cases of named civilians, including 16 children and 14 women, killed in air strikes in the capital Tripoli and the towns of Zliten, Majer, Sirte and Brega.
Pentagon says it has no records of bin Laden’s death; : The Pentagon said it could not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for bin Laden, or any pre-raid materials discussing how the government planned to dispose of bin Laden’s body if he were killed.
12 Mexican police killed in highway ambush: Twelve officers killed on their way to investigate the beheadings of 10 people in Guerrero state.: The La Familia cartel and its offshoot, Los Caballeros Templarios (The Knights Templar), are among the gangs fighting for territory in the region. The heads had been left with a message threatening the La Familia gang, local media reported.
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: 4,801
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,930
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001