19 September 2012 — Information Clearing House
‘If I Were a Fanatic I’d Let Off Nuclear Bomb in Chicago’: Romney
Romney brands Iran ‘crazy people’ in new secretly filmed outburst.
What Might Netanyahu Do if Romney’s Defeat Becomes Inevitable?
By Alan Hart
Netanyahu already knows there is no way the America of a second-term Obama is going to become engaged in a war with Iran.
The ‘Pro-Israel’ Network Behind the Innocence Video
By Justin Raimondo
The idea that these vermin, who deliberately set out to make a “movie” that would inflame the Muslim world, are “free speech” heroes is worse than nonsense: it is valorizing villains.
AIPAC Thanks Obama for ‘Steadfast Support’
By Yitzhak Benhorin
“Jewish” lobby says president ‘deepened America’s support for Israel in difficult times’
What To Expect, When You’re Expecting War
By Paul Rosenberg
It looks like war is is coming upon us once again. Aside from the recent eruptions in the Far East and Middle East, I say this because of three basic observations.
Maureen Dowd Accuses The Neocons of Fomenting War
And Is Promptly Tarred As An Anti-Semite
By Philip Weiss
Jeffrey Goldberg, in asserting that the longtime New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd was anti-Semitic in saying that the Romney braintrust includes the same guys who started the Iraq war.
Michael Parenti: Democracy and the Pathology of Wealth
Michael Parenti speaking about Democracy and the Pathology of Wealth, developments in the U.S. political scene, the occupy movement and the struggle against corporate capitalism.
Mass Slaughter of Farm Animals Set to Push Food Prices Up 14%:
By Rupert Neate and Josephine Moulds
Farmers across the world have begun a mass slaughter of their pig and cattle herds because they cannot afford the cost of feed, which has soared following the worst US drought in living memory, according to a report published on Wednesday.
Get Used To ‘Extreme’ Weather, It’s The New Normal
By Connie Hedegaard
Scientists have been warning us for years that a warmer planet would lead to more extreme weather, and now it’s arrived.
George Galloway On 9/11
Calling for a new inquiry into the September 11 attacks, Galloway asserted that “there clearly was a conspiracy” and that “Al-Qaeda are a creation of ours”.
Pakistan : 29 Taliban fighters killed at Afghan border:
The Pakistani military said it killed 29 Taliban fighters on Wednesday, Sept 17, in the final stage of an operation aimed at forcing hundreds of insurgents back across the border into Afghanistan, Reuters reported.
Blast targets Air Force van in Pakistan; 10 killed:
At least 10 people were killed and 22 others injured when a Pakistan Air Force van was targeted with a car bomb on the outskirts of Peshawar city in the country’s restive northwest today, officials said.
Over 1000 Taliban militants attack Afghan police in Kunar:
Heavy clashes erupted between Afghan police forces and Taliban militant in Kamdish district of eastern Nuristan province early Wednesday morning.
Suicide blast hit police academy in Herat, 2 killed:
A heavy explosion took place in western Herat province of Afghanistan early Wednesday morning after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in Adraskan district.
Crocker: Taliban Infiltration Worse Than Estimated:
Taliban infiltration of the Afghan army and police is much worse than the U.S. military and NATO have admitted and was the main factor in the surprise move to limit contacts with Afghan security forces to curb insider attacks, former ranking U.S. officials in Afghanistan said.
Banned Labour MP Paul Flynn stands by ‘Afghan lies’ Commons outburst:
Labour MP Paul Flynn, who was suspended from the Commons for calling the government liars over the need to keep our troops in Afghanistan, has refused to back down over the outburst.
Hacked Emails: DEA Told To Back Off From The Brother Of Afghan President Hamid Karzai:
Newly released internal emails from the U.S. private security firm Stratfor state that in 2007 the Bush Administration and CIA ordered the Drug Enforcement Agency to back off a major drug trafficking investigation of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half brother.
Attacks in Iraq kill five people:
Militants assaulted a police station north of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing one policeman, as four people including two soldiers were shot dead in other attacks, security and medical officials said.
Clashes break out between PKK militants and Free Syrian Army:
According to the newspaper, eight PKK militants were killed during the clashes.
Turkish Polls Show Waning Support for Ankara’s Syria Policy:
A recent opinion poll in Turkey found that only 18 percent of Turks back their government’s support for the Syrian opposition.
Syrian rebels: Too fragmented, unruly – Hurriyet:
There are more than 30 different rebel groups, including the most prominent rebel group, the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), fighting in Syria, according to officials from the most prominent Syrian opposition group, the Syrian National Council (SNC).
SYRIA – Christians form “popular committees” armed to prevent violence:
The Christian communities in Syria, after repeated violence suffered by armed gangs, often jihadist groups, have begun to organize, in different locations, “popular dissuasive committees”, formed by young armed Christians, who seek to prevent banditry and violence and defend their neighborhoods.
UK: Syria intervention would need full US backing:
“It would require intervention on a vastly greater scale than was the case in Libya, with no prospect at the moment of agreement at the U.N. Security Council, and would require the full involvement of the United States,” Hague told the committee.
Syrian rebel leader wants Libyan-style Arab initiative:
“We call on the Arabs to undertake a clear and serious initiative, like the position they took towards the Libyan revolution,” he said after talks in Doha with Qatari officials.
Amnesty: Indiscriminate government attacks are maiming, terrorizing Syria civilians:
The Syrian government has carried out indiscriminate air bombardments and artillery strikes on residential areas that do not target opposition fighters or military objectives, and instead appear aimed solely at punishing civilians seen as sympathetic to rebel forces
A new report detailing abuses carried out by Syrian opposition forces
Syria accuses West of nuclear double standards over Israel:
At major UN meeting, Syrian ambassador seeks to turn tables on Damascus accusers by hitting out at Israel, says influential Western states are implicitly condoning Israeli atomic arsenal.
IDF chief orders surprise Golan Heights drill:
Forces from the Central and Northern Commands, Air Force and other units are taking part in the drill. A large number of regular army and reserve soldiers received surprising telephone calls from their units overnight Wednesday, ordering them to attend the exercise.
U.S. suspends aid talks with Egypt over anti-American protests, report says:
Officials speaking to Washington Post say U.S. waiting to see ‘how things materialize’; several officials say suspension is temporary move, not an overhaul of U.S. policy.
Egypt orders arrest of US-based Copts over film:
An arrest warrant has also been issued for US Christian pastor Terry Jones. One woman and seven men, including Mr Jones, are accused of “insulting the Islamic religion, insulting the Prophet and inciting sectarian strife”, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Al-Qaida threatens attacks on US diplomats:
Al-Qaida’s branch in North Africa on Tuesday called for attacks on U.S. diplomats and an escalation of protests against an anti-Islam video that was produced in the United States and triggered a wave of demonstrations and riots in the Middle East and beyond.
Cartoons in French weekly fuel Prophet Mohammad furore:
A French magazine ridiculed the Prophet Mohammad on Wednesday by portraying him naked in cartoons, threatening to fuel the anger of Muslims around the world. The French government said it was temporarily shutting down premises including embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday, when protests sometimes break out after Muslim prayers.
Free Speech? France to ban new prophet film protest:
The prime minister said he would block a demonstration by people angry over a movie insulting to Islam as the country plunged into a fierce debate about free speech.
Ancient text has Jesus referring to ‘my wife’:
A Harvard University professor on Tuesday unveiled a fourth-century fragment of papyrus she said is the only existing ancient text quoting Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife.
Abbas moots cancelling Oslo Accords: PLO official:
President Mahmud Abbas proposed cancelling the Oslo Accords with Israel at a weekend meeting of the Palestinian leadership, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) told AFP on Tuesday.
PLO: Romney must stop pandering to Israeli lobby:
“It seems to me it is about time that he stops pandering to the Israeli lobby and funders by selling out Palestinian rights and by destroying the chances of peace in the region. Such statements are dangerous and could be irreparable damage to American credability.”
More Secret Videos and Romney’s True Thoughts on Israel: Video –
Is Romney just pandering to filthy rich donors or is he really speaking his mind this once? David Corn, who first broke the story for Mother Jones, talks about what this means for the downward spiraling Romney campaign.
NY transit authority weighs options on pro-Israel, anti-Islam subway ad:
New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority said it is considering its options after a US District Court ordered the authority to run an advertisement that reads “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
Russia shows USAID the door:
After 20 years of working in Russia, USAID officials said they were informed by the Russian government that their services were no longer required. According to the Foreign Ministry, USAID was attempting to manipulate the election processes in the country.
Crowd attacks US ambassador in Beijing:
An angry crowd mobbed a car carrying the US ambassador to China at the height of protests against Japan’s claims over islands in the East China Sea.
Somali forces battle al-Shabab near Kismayo:
“Somali troops” backed by Kenyan forces say they have made progress against al-Qaeda-linked group near key port town.
Somalia’s Election Farce:
While the international media might trumpet “Somalia’s First Free and Fair Elections in 50 Years” reality on the ground in Mogadishu reveals a truly grand farce of an “election” process.
ACLU takes CIA to court as agency denies existence of drone programme:
Despite references by president and defence secretary, CIA has refused FOIA request on grounds it cannot confirm drone use
Mapping drone proliferation: :
A new US Congress report on the proliferation of drones has confirmed a huge rise in the number of countries that now have military unmanned aerial systems.
Voter ID laws and roll purges are the real defrauding of US “democracy”:
‘Voter fraud’ has made a strong Republican rallying cry. But it’s a con.
“Ten Most Wanted Corrupt US Politicians” for 2011:
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2011 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes:
Forbes: richest Americans’ net worth reaches $1.7 trillion:
The 13 percent growth in the wealth of the richest Americans far outpaced that of the economy overall, helping widen the chasm between rich and poor.
4,000 millionaires in Romney’s ‘47%’:
Mitt Romney’s “47%” who pay no federal income tax include several thousand of the highest-income households in the country.
American prison labor means longer unemployment lines:
Two southeast companies that make U.S. military uniforms are shedding hundreds of jobs, as the government looks to federal inmates for the fatigues.
Shocking Report Explodes 5 Myths About American Education:
We’re number one? Hardly. The entire idea of American exceptionalism should be called into question.
California August Sales Tax Collection Down 20% From Year Ago,
Total Revenues Down 5.5%, Income Tax Up 11.6%; Spending Out Of Control By $3 Billion
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 : 3,187
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001