012 — Information Clearing House
Hypocrisy And The Shooting of Malala Yousafzai
By Shaik Zakeer Hussain
What I am really concerned about is the hypocritical stance taken by some of the voices who are standing up for Malala today.
NATO packs it in; Turkey on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
By Thierry Meyssan
One can understand the frustration of Turkey and the Wahhabist monarchies who at the request of the Alliance invested in the secret war unreservedly, but who now must assume alone the failure of the operation.
The Real Blame for Deaths in Libya
By Ray McGovern
Only a few members of the House and Senate seem to care very much when presidents act like kings and send off troops drawn largely by a poverty draft to wars not authorized (or simply rubber-stamped) by Congress.
The Week the World Stood Still
The Cuban Missile Crisis and Ownership of the World
By Noam Chomsky
There is more reason than ever to attend to the warning of Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein, almost 60 years ago, that we must face a choice that is “stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?”
U.S. Had Foreknowledge of Japan’s Attack on Pearl Harbor.
Let It Happen to Justify American Entry Into WWII
Military Officers and Code Breakers Speak Out … On Camera.
Lest we forget
Casus Belli: Cheney Considered Plan To Trigger War With Iran
The “meeting took place in the Vice-President’s office. ‘The subject was how to create a casus belli between Tehran and Washington,”
History of Iran & USA in 10 min
Every American should watch this!!
A brief history of Iran and America’s relations and the facts that have led to this political gridlock.
Tell Me Lies:
European Satellites Ordered To Drop Iranian Channels In Disregard of Free Speech
By Danny Schechter
Despite the fact that western media is available in Iran, and western journalists frequently report, or as many Iranians believe, ‘distort’ the news from there, the West now wants to seal off more than Iranian oil.
Second Ad Featuring PM Netanyahu Airs in Florida
By Rachel Hirshfeld
A new ad featuring Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set to hit the airwaves in Florida.
The Predictable Consequence of Lesser Evilism
On Wasting Your Vote
By M.G. Piety
A disturbing number of Americans are going to end up wasting their votes in this next election.
012 US Presidential “Non-election”:
Which Brand of “Fascism” this Time?
By Larry Chin
There will, as always, be no real choice: war-mongering, mass-murdering imperialist “A” or war-mongering mass-murdering imperialist “B”.
Debt and Democracy – Has the Link Been Broken?
By Michael Hudson
Governments are told to pay bailout debts taken on not to defend countries in military warfare as in times past, but to benefit the wealthiest layer of the population by shifting its losses onto taxpayers.
Why Congress Can’t Balance The Budget
The answer will shock you!
Join the Blockade of the Keystone Pipeline
By Chris Hedges
“There comes a time when we must make a stand for the future of our children, and for all life on Earth. That time is here. That time is now.”
Nigeria army says kills 24 Boko Haram “Islamists”: Nigeria’s military killed 24 members of the Boko Haram in a gun fight in the remote northeast town of Maiduguri where the Islamist sect has been based during a three-year long insurgency, the army said on Tuesday.
11 killed in violence in Pakistan:
At least 11 people, including four members of the minority Hazara Shia community, were killed by unidentified gunmen in a new wave of sectarian attacks in Pakistan.
Suicide ‘Insider’ Attack Kills Six in Afghanistan:
A member of the Afghan intelligence service detonated a suicide vest Saturday, killing two Americans and four Afghan intelligence agency colleagues, Afghan and international officials said Monday.
Afghan security service says bomber who killed 6 wasn’t one of its agents: Afghanistan‘s security service on Tuesday denied claims that a suicide bomber who killed two American troops and four Afghans in a weekend attack was a member of the country’s intelligence agency.
Four killed in Al Qaeda attack in southern Yemen: Two al Qaeda militants and two tribesmen allied to the army were killed in an attack on a military checkpoint in southern Yemen, tribal sources said on Tuesday.
Masked gunmen kill Iraqi military adviser in Yemen: – Two masked men on a motorcycle shot dead an Iraqi military adviser to Yemen‘s army on Tuesday, October 16 security and medical sources said, extending a series of killings bearing the hallmarks of al Qaeda, according to Reuters.
UK pledges to tackle malnutrition in Yemen as hunger crisis fears grow: First tranche of UK‘s £196m support for Yemen will aim to bolster food security of 1.65 million people over next three years
Let them eat tanks:
About 106 US tanks delivered to Yemen: About 106 armored tanks were delivered to Yemen‘s defense ministry, state sources affirmed, pointing out that about 12 armored vehicles were also brought to Yemen to protect the US Embassy
90 dead in Syrian regime attacks on rebel areas: Activists say: : The Syrian military unleashed heavy airstrikes and artillery bombardments targeting rebel strongholds in the north on Tuesday, killing at least 90 people according to “activists”.
Heat-Seeking Missiles in Syria: The SA-7 in Action with Rebels: Video shows what would appear to be a two-man hunter-killer team with an SA-7, waiting for an aircraft
US intelligence admits Syria arms aid goes to Al Qaeda: American Intelligence officials are acknowledging that the bulk of the weapons flowing into Syria for the US-backed war to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad are going into the hands of Al Qaeda and like-minded Islamist militias.
Fact or fiction?
New W. intelligence: Syrian rebels don’t have the numbers to win: The revised estimates compiled by US and French intelligence agencies on the relative strength of Syrian government and rebel forces have given Washington and Arab capitals backing the Syrian opposition pause
Syria: Rebels losing support among civilians in Aleppo: As Aleppo continues to deteriorate, many residents are losing patience with an increasingly violent and unrecognizable opposition – one that is hampered by infighting and a lack of structure, and deeply infiltrated by both foreign fighters and terrorist groups.
Syrian regime says it is ‘interested in exploring’ ceasefire option: The Syrian regime is “interested in exploring” a ceasefire in the 19-month conflict as proposed by international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Maqdisi said on Tuesday.
White House Plans Military Strike in Libya: The White House, under political pressure to respond forcefully to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, is readying strike forces and drones but first has to find a target.
120 prisoners escape from Tripoli jail: Libyan official: About 120 prisoners escaped from a jail in Tripoli on Monday, National Guard chief Khaled al-Sharif said, adding that Libyan security services were on high alert to catch them.
Iran calls new EU sanctions inhuman: Iran said Tuesday the latest round of EU economic sanctions imposed over the country’s disputed nuclear programme are “inhumane” as they target its general population
EU bans natural gas from Iran: A leading European satellite provider, meanwhile, took 19 Iranian television and radio broadcasters off the air Monday – a cutoff due to earlier sanctions. The move prompted accusations of censorship and threats to sue from Iranian state television.
Iran claims ‘dozens’ of its drones have spied on Israel: A senior Iranian military official claimed Tuesday that Iranian-made surveillance drones have made dozens of apparently undetected flights into Israeli airspace from Lebanon in recent years to probe air defenses and collect reconnaissance data. An Israeli official rejected the account..
Panetta says cyber attackers accessed controls for critical US infrastructure:
Defense secretary bluntly warns were in ‘pre-9-11 moment’ that could precede catastrophic attack, hints Iran involved
Global cyber war: New Flame-linked malware detected: A new cyber espionage program linked to the notorious Flame and Gauss malware has been detected by Russia’s Kaspersky Lab. The anti-virus giant’s chief warns that global cyber warfare is in “full swing” and will probably escalate in 2013.
Conviction of Osama bin Laden driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan thrown out by appeals court: The U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday tossed out the conviction of Osama bin Laden’s former driver for supporting terrorism, saying the law under which he was tried did not apply to his crime.
Guantanamo judge orders Khalid Sheikh Mohammed lawyers not to discuss torture: As the long-delayed hearings resumed at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, Mohammed’s defense team argued that his shackles reminded him of the simulated drownings he was subjected to at secret American interrogation sites.
Brazil insists in criticizing US monetary policy, but “we are prepared”: Brazil’s central bank president Alexandre Tombini refuted on Monday arguments that the US expansionist monetary policy do not harm emerging countries such as Brazil.
Cuba Lifts Exit Visa Requirement on Foreign Travel for Residents: Cuba’s government said it will no longer require residents to apply for exit visas to travel abroad, easing restrictions that have prevented citizens from leaving the communist island for years.
Massive Fraud in Mexico’s Presidential Elections: Mexico could reach a point where “presidents are no longer elected by popular vote, but through periodic auctions.”
Koch Industries Warns 45,000 Employees Of ‘Consequences’ If They Don’t Vote For Republicans: The Koch brothers’ $60 million pledge to defeat President Obama – along with their political network’s $400 million spending – make them two of the most influential conservatives this election.
6 Filthy Rich Moguls Who Will Do Anything to Elect Mitt Romney: The Romney men desperately want to see the first financier president, a man after their own cold hearts.
Obama and Romney agree to cowardly debates: Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will face off for the second of three debates on Tuesday, but viewers awaiting the show-down shouldn’t expect anything out of the ordinary: both candidates are contractually obliged to be boring.
Ohio soup kitchen slams Paul Ryan: “He did nothing”: The head of a charity in Ohio is not pleased with Paul Ryan‘s photo op at a soup kitchen in Ohio, saying that the Romney campaign “ramrodded their way” into their facility unannounced.
Reporters barred from covering Paul Ryan exchange with homeless Ohioans: Ryan stood at the sink and took some large metal pans that did not appear to be dirty, soaped them up and rinsed them, remarking as the cameras clicked and the TV cameras rolled that he had spent a summer washing dishes when he was younger.
Ireland: One in ten ‘at risk of food poverty’: One in 10 people in Ireland are too poor to afford a properly balanced diet, a study has shown.
European car sales ‘fall for 12 months in row’: Demand across the 27 European Union countries fell 10.8% from last year.
Portugal reveals tough 2013 budget: About 2,000 protesters gathered outside parliament on Monday to demand the resignation of the government, chanting: “The people united will never be defeated.”
S&P cuts ratings on 15 Spanish banks after sovereign downgrade:
Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s cut the rating of 15 of Spain’s banks on Tuesday after downgrading the sovereign to one notch above junk with a negative outlook on Friday as investors await a decision from Madrid on a request for aid.
Record numbers of customers are quitting ‘Big Five’ banks for smaller rivals: A recent poll of 1,800 adults by YouGov found 60 per cent do not trust the high-street banks, 49 per cent think they are dishonest and 45 per cent think they are incompetent.
Swiss Prepare Army for Euro Zone Fallout: Switzerland launched the military exercise “Stabilo Due” in September to respond to the current instability in Europe and to test the speed at which its army can be dispatched. The country is not a member of the union or among the 17 countries that share the euro.
UK food banks used by record number, says Trussell Trust:
A record number of people received emergency food from UK food banks in the last six months, a charity says.
Starbucks doesn’t pay a bean in UK tax: Coffee chain faces boycott as it avoids big bills by declaring loss after loss
Food Sickens Millions as Company-Paid Checks Find It Safe: The privatization of industry oversight is leading to deadly consequences. A private company funded by those it inspects gave sterling reviews to companies who were distributing fatal products. This is when money decides what’s right and wrong. The question is when will America decide that money shouldn’t decide that question.
CNN’s Dana Loesch physically molested by TSA in Phoenix airport: According to Loesch, who is a regular contributor to CNN and runs her own conservative radio show, a routine security pat-down ended with Transportation Security Administration agents repeatedly touching her vagina.
Report: Arizona Army National Guard recruiters hunted homeless with paintballs: Misbehavior over the past decade that included instances of sexual abuse, forgery, embezzlement and assaults, including riding in a Humvee and shooting paintball guns at homeless people, according to a five-month investigation by The Arizona Republic newspaper.
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