ICH 21 August 2012: Criticism of “Free Syrian Army” tactics is building

21 August 2012 — Information Clearing House


Netanyahu ‘Determined to Attack Iran’ Before US Elections

By Times of Israel

The report added that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak believe Obama would have no choice but to give backing for an Israeli attack before the US presidential elections in November.


Ryan Adviser Calls On Congress To Authorize War With Iran

By Zack Beauchamp

If we are unwilling as a nation to state that we will act to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, that conclusion should solidify support for what would then become the inevitable Israeli strike.



Appeal to Non-Aligned Leaders Meeting in Tehran

By Veterans for Peace

Israel’s leaders regard the period between now and the U.S. election on Nov. 6 as the most opportune time to virtually guarantee U.S. support for such an attack. And the continuing buildup of U.S. forces in the area of the Persian Gulf strengthens the impression of U.S. readiness to provide it.



They Snipe at us Then Run and Hide in Sewers’

By Robert Fisk

So many Aleppo citizens talked to me, out of earshot of soldiers, about armed “foreigners” in their streets along with Syrians “from the countryside” that the presence of considerable numbers of non-Syrian gunmen appeared to be true.



Criticism of “Free Syrian Army” tactics is building

Pawns in Syrian Conflict Await an Endgame

By Jonathan Steele in Damascus

As destruction creeps nearer, the mood has changed dramatically in the six months since I was last here. People on all sides – all feel that Syria has become a victim and a plaything taken over by foreigners.



US Desperation Surfaces in Syria

By Tony Cartalucci

Obama‘s bizarre threats indicative of losing strategy and increasing desperation.



Lives In The Balance

A Must Watch 3 Minute Video

Jackson Browne – Lives In The Balance



Decent Men vs. Strutting Ogres

By Linh Dinh

Done with making anything useful, the United States is the world’s leading producer of weapons and illusions, mostly of itself.



Human rights critics of Russia and Ecuador parade their own hypocrisy

By Glenn Greenwald

The media’s new converts to civic freedom over the Pussy Riot and Assange asylum affairs show a jingoism blind to US abuses.



A World of Hillbilly Heroin:

The Hollowing Out of America, Up Close and Personal

By Chris Hedges

“I’ve seen a lot of busts in the county over the last few years, and a lot of the people that have been arrested are elderly people that are sellin’ their medication just to live,”



Death toll from Turkey bomb rises to 9:

Firat, a pro-Kurdish news agency, cited militants as saying they were not involved and guerrilla forces would not attack civilians



US kills 5 people in Pakistan: :

An unmanned American aircraft fired missiles at a vehicle in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan Tuesday, killing five



Afghans to spy on own troops to stop ‘insider’ attacks:

Nine U.S. troops have been killed by their Afghan counterparts in the past 12 days



Four dead in Lebanon clashes:

Four people were killed and more than 60 wounded in clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawites in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli as the war in neighbouring Syria inflamed tensions there again, security and medical sources said on Tuesday.



Engineering Consent for an attack on Syria :

Obama warns Syria against use of chemical weapons:

US President Barack Obama has issued the toughest warning to his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, saying the use of chemical or biological weapons by Damascus would be a “red line” that would change his calculus significantly and provoke a foreign military intervention.



Russia warns West on Syria after Obama threats :

“I think this is the only correct path in today’s conditions,” Lavrov told Dai, who also met President Vladimir Putin and his top security adviser, Nikolai Patrushev, on Monday for consultations that went unannounced by the Kremlin.



Syria Dismisses Obama Invasion Threat as Election Ploy:

“After the Russian-Chinese veto [at the UN Security Council] the West is looking for an opportunity for military intervention in Syria, but we must say that such intervention is impossible,” Jamil said. “Those who are contemplating that evidently want to see the crisis expand and spill over beyond Syria.”



Russia: Syrian rebels getting lots of Western arms:

Russia on Monday cited what it called increasing evidence that Syrian rebels were obtaining large amounts of Western-made arms, suggesting the United States and European countries are helping fuel persistent violence in the divided country.



Syria slams UN envoy over “civil war”comments:

“To speak of civil war in Syria contradicts reality and is found only in the head of conspirators,” the Syrian foreign ministry said in a statement published by the official SANA news agency.



Man who armed Black Panthers was FBI informant, records show:

The man who gave the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training – which preceded fatal shootouts with Oakland police in the turbulent 1960s – was an undercover FBI informer, according to a former bureau agent and an FBI report.



Renewed String Of Anti-Islam Attacks Threaten U.S. Muslims During Ramadan:

This year’s Ramadan has been overshadowed by an uptick in Islamophobic attacks against American Muslims in their schools, homes, and places of worship.



Muslim spying led to no leads, terror cases:

In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department acknowledged in court testimony unsealed late Monday.



Anonymous releases how-to instructions on fooling facial recognition (VIDEO)

Big Brother may indeed be watching, but that doesn’t mean you have to make his unwarranted surveillance mission easy to operate.



Number of Americans Living in Poverty Reaches All Time High :

Americans are falling into poverty at a rapid rate, and have been for at least the past 8 years. As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, inequality has risen to an all time high.



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 : 3,155


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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