ICH 15 October 2012: Blood, Oil, and “The American Dream”

15 October 2012  — Information Clearing House

Blood, Oil, and “The American Dream”

By William Manson

In our times, in a media-saturated culture in which well-packaged and comforting lies are explicitly preferred to unsettling truths, those who reveal sordid realities are often dismissed if not reviled. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32752.htm


The Horrors of WMD

US, UK ‘Cause Birth Defects in Iraq’


Between 2007 and 2010 in Fallujah, more than half of all babies surveyed were born with birth defects. – Also, over 45 percent of all pregnancies surveyed ended in miscarriage. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32740.htm


In Case You Missed It

Fallujah – The Hidden Massacre


Veteran admits: Bodies melted away before us. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10907.htm


US Citizens Goose-Step to Voting Booth & War with Iran

By Libbyliberal

All American citizens should think of this as they cast their ballots. Think of their own participation — their enabling — the greatest crime against humanity — WAR. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32753.htm


Syria, Turkey, Israel and a Greater Middle East Energy War

By F. William Engdahl

Why would Israel want to get rid of the “enemy she knows,” Bashar al-Assad, for a regime controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32742.htm


How Rent-a-mob Jihadis are Tormenting a Benighted Christian Minority in Syria

By Mark Field

Ethnic cleansing is an ugly phrase, but that’s just what is going on right now for Christians in Syria. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32750.htm


Without Asking Congress, Obama Puts U.S. Troops on Syria Border

By Alex Newman

Some lawmakers are upset, warning that the U.S. is now even closer to overt military intervention in Syria. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32741.htm


Religious Leaders Call on Congress to Reevaulate Military Aid to Israel

By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Fifteen leaders of U.S. churches and other faith-based organizations have asked Congress – for an investigation into possible violations by Israel of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act and the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, which would make Israel ineligible for U.S. military aid. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32744.htm


Beware Those Wicked Malians

By Eric Margolis

Welcome Mali, our newest crisis! Open your maps. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32745.htm


Why Europe Did Not Deserve a Nobel Peace Prize

By David Swanson

Was Nobel asking so much really when he asked that a prize go to whoever did the best work toward abolishing war? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32751.htm


It Is ‘Impossible’ for the US To Implode

Right Up to the Moment It Happens

By Jack D. Douglas

Did you believe the Soviet System would implode one day and the Wall would be torn down by the people in the streets? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32746.htm


The REAL Reason America Used Nuclear Weapons Against Japan

(It Was Not To End the War Or Save Lives)

By Washington’s Blog

Like all Americans, I was taught that the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end WWII and save both American and Japanese lives. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32743.htm


A World Of Fear And Secret Wars

President John F Kennedy “Secret Society” Speech

Audio and Transcript

There is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32747.htm


Kids in Solitary Confinement

America’s Official Child Abuse

By Jean Casella and James Ridgeway

Thousands of teenagers, some as young as 14 or 15, are routinely subjected by US prisons to this psychological torture. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32749.htm


In Case You Missed It

Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

By Deborah Davies

Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8451.htm


Will E-Voting Machines Give Romney the White House?

By Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman

Electronic voting machines owned by Mitt Romney’s business buddies and set to count the votes in Cincinnati could decide the 2012 election. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32748.htm


US assassination drone strike kills 29 in southern Somalia: On Sunday, the unmanned aircraft targeted al-Shabab fighters near the Shalanbood region in Merka town. Earlier in the day, heavy clashes erupted between al-Shabab fighters and Somali government troops in the same region where at least 24 Somali troops were killed. http://is.gd/LaB5wF


Six killed in Pakistan: At least six militants were killed and one Pakistan Army soldier sustained injuries in a clash in Upper Orakzai Agency, officials said on Sunday http://is.gd/1DjJkl


NATO killed 3 Children in attack: Afghan officials : Farid Ahmad Farhang, a spokesman for Helmand police, confirmed the incident and said the raid killed two insurgents and three children. http://www.brecorder.com/world/south-asia/85931.html


Fact or fiction:

Syria: Syrian army kills 111 rebels: At least 111 armed men were killed Saturday during clashes with the Syrian troops in Aleppo and the coastal Latakia cities, Xinhua reported. http://is.gd/I5peZR


Fact or fiction:

Syria: FSA kill 60 Hezbollah fighters, retake town: After previously threatening to transfer the conflict from Syria to the southern suburbs of Beirut, Free Syrian Army [FSA] spokesman Fahd al-Masri, informed Asharq Al-Awsat that 60 Hezbollah elements had been killed in the town of al-Qaseer on Thursday. http://www.asharq-e.com/news.asp?section=1&id=31423


FSA chief hits back at Hezbollah, says group involved in Syrian fighting: Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander Colonel Riad al-Assaad said in remarks published Sunday that Hezbollah‘s fighters were involved in the “war against the Syrian people.” His remarks came after Hezbollah‘s chief, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, denied Thursday that his movement was joining the raging fighting in violence-stricken Syria. http://is.gd/kVlWRv


Two Lebanese Killed in ‘Armed Attack’ on Syrian Border Town: Two Lebanese nationals were killed in an armed attack in the Syrian town of Rableh on the border with Lebanon, state-run National News Agency reported on Sunday, after Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Friday that around 30,000 Lebanese residents live in 23 Syrian border towns and 12 farms in the frontier region. http://is.gd/cQiVmE


Hezbollah’s Qassem calls on Hariri to “stop arming” Syrian rebels: “I say to the Future Movement and to [it leader MP] Saad Hariri: have mercy on Lebanon and its people, have mercy on Syria and its people and stop funding and arming the [Syrian] opposition,” the National News Agency quoted Qassem as saying. http://is.gd/THHkAw


Syrian regime supporters stage Beirut rally: Hundreds of Syrian and Lebanese supporters of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad staged a rally in Beirut earlier on Sunday afternoon to thank Russia and China for supporting the Damascus regime, an AFP journalist said.



Rebel Arms Flow Is Said to Benefit Jihadists in Syria: Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats. http://is.gd/IL4v5s


Turkey Moves Tanks to Hilltops Overlooking Syria: Turkey deployed tanks and missile “defense” systems on hilltops overlooking Syria today, the state- run Anatolia news agency said. http://is.gd/lPtcOH


Rebel Arms Flow Is Said to Benefit Jihadists in Syria: Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials http://is.gd/IL4v5s


Western spies get discreetly involved in Syria: Western intelligence agencies are quietly at work supporting the Syrian opposition from Turkey. While governments officially deny involvement, media reports paint an ever clearer picture.



UN peace envoy draws up plan for 3,000 strong peacekeeping force in Syria: The new peace envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is drawing up plans for a 3,000-strong peacekeeping force that could involve European troops in policing a future truce.



Iran builds new bomber drone Hazem: A senior Iranian commander says the country’s experts have built a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with bombing abilities.



Israel Attacks Gaza, Kills 5 People: Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry, said the strike killed Ezzedine Abu Nasira, 23, and Ahmad Fatayer, 22, and left another two people in critical condition. http://is.gd/fmQFBQ


How much military aid do you provide to Israel? Click on the map to learn how much money your state will give in weapons to Israel from 2009-2018 and what that money could fund instead for community needs.



Drone got Israel-US spy pics: A drone plane transmitted live pictures of secret Israeli military bases back to Iran‘s military, marking a rare breach of Israeli airspace and a new kind of arms race in the Middle East. http://is.gd/ohqUkm


Iran defense minister confirms Hezbollah drone was Iranian: “Whatever we have at our disposal will be used at the proper time in defending the Muslim community and Islamic territories and that’s natural,” Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Sunday adding, “Given the Zionist regime’s frequent incursions into the Lebanese airspace, we see it as the natural right of Lebanon’s Hezbollah to fly its drone above the Occupied Territories.”



Iran offers to halt 20 percent enrichment if given fuel for research reactor: Iran would negotiate on halting higher-grade uranium enrichment if given fuel for a research reactor, senior officials said, reviving a previous offer in a possible attempt to show flexibility in stalled nuclear talks with world powers.



EU plans to introduce harshest sanctions yet against Iran: European Union governments plan to ratchet up sanctions pressure over Iranian nuclear program, introducing new measures against Tehran’s banking, industry and shipping sector at meeting of 27 EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.



Iran Blamed for Cyberattacks: U.S. Officials Say Iranian Hackers Behind Electronic Assaults on U.S. Banks, Foreign Energy Firms http://is.gd/DsJv6A


Gunmen disguised as police kill 21 at Nigeria mosque: A gang disguised in police uniforms opened fire on worshippers at a mosque in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 21 people, officials and residents said. http://is.gd/mBVp25


Libyan colonel escapes assassination: A police car exploded on Saturday during a failed assassination attempt on a police colonel in the eastern city of Benghazi, a Libyan police official said. http://is.gd/KB8j85


Mali Islamists tell France they will open doors of hell: If France kept pushing for armed intervention to retake the rebel-held north. http://is.gd/lRJ7cc


Nigel Farage- European Union’s Nobel Peace Prize- What A JOKE! : Discussing the insane decision by the Nobel Peace Prize committee to give a price for peace to the European Union http://is.gd/kBoQtc


Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez played role in Colombia’s peace talks with Farc: Meetings in Havana paved the way for negotiations that open in Oslo on Wednesday on ending long-running civil war http://is.gd/wL5scq


Fidel Castro in good health, says son: Once again this week social networks like Twitter have been buzzing with rumours about the health of the 86-year-old Fidel Castro, who delegated power to younger brother Raul in 2006 after being stricken with a serious intestinal ailment. http://is.gd/sy4tGF


Crime pays – for police programs; asset-forfeiture funds grow crucial for law enforcement :”If you create a monster, the monster must be fed. It gives law enforcement the incentive to go after things that may not be forfeitable but they still go after individuals for funds to increase the pot and pay themselves from that pot,” Kessler said. http://is.gd/GszSCM


US runs a 4th straight $1 trillion-plus budget gap: :

The deficit for the just-ended 2012 budget year – the gap between the government’s tax revenue and its spending – totaled $1.1 trillion. Put simply, that’s how much the government had to borrow. http://is.gd/5PTclF


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 : 3,205


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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