ICH 19/20 October 2012: Implosion of Syria Myths a ‘Nervous Breakdown’ for US, Allies

012  — Information Clearing House

The End of the New World Order

By Seumas Milne

In the late summer of 2008, two events in quick succession signaled the end of the New World Order. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32804.htm


Implosion of Syria Myths a ‘Nervous Breakdown’ for US, Allies

By Daniel McAdams

The New York Times has finally reported what many watching the Syria insurgency have noticed all along: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32799.htm


Palestinian Authority to Hold Sham Elections

By Stephen Lendman

Longtime Israeli collaborators Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad scheduled West Bank municipal elections on October 20, 2012. Democracy isn’t on the ballot. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32796.htm


Billboard Wars

The Savage vs. the Civilized

By Lawrence Davidson

“Israel is not fighting Jihadists but rather genocidally destroying Palestinians.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32800.htm


“How we can solve the Palestinian-Israeli problem”,

Video Documentary by Sami Moukaddem

“I simply got tired of western mainstream media presenting the Palestinian-Israeli issue as being complex. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32792.htm


The U.S. Is A Slave To Israel

America: From Colony to Nation to Slave

By Michael Scheuer

Obama and Romney have enslaved themselves and their country to Israel and some few thousands of disloyal Jewish-Americans and their equally disloyal Christian Evangelical allies. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32805.htm


Sold Into “a Piece of Hell:”

A Death of Innocence at Gitmo

By Jason Leopold

Sold for a $5,000 bounty, Adnan Latif was among the first prisoners detained at Guantanamo. A federal judge and two presidential administrations said he didn’t belong there. A decade later he left in a box – and no one will say why. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32795.htm


The stitch-up

Stench of Hicks Prosecution Lingers as Court Exposes its Flimsy Basis

By Richard Ackland

John Howard had an election that year and his government had nominated David Hicks as Australia’s terrorism poster-boy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32791.htm


Obama’s Report Card

By Philip Giraldi

The terrifying prospect of a Mitt Romney foreign policy has somehow obscured just how badly President Barack Obama has performed. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32793.htm


CIA Demands Drones Despite 80% Civilian Death Rate


The news comes just a day after the Pakistani Interior Minister quoted statistics suggesting 80 per cent of people killed in US drone attacks have been civilians. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32794.htm


The Nobel Peace Prize for War

By Michael Parenti

EU member states have sent troops to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and additional locales in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, usually under the tutorship of the U.S. war machine. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32797.htm


Obamneycare Converts Health Care Into Profits

By Paul Craig Roberts

While the two sides yell and scream at one another, the concrete hardens around the new common policy of shorter lives for the elderly and more profits for private corporations. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32801.htm


Karl Rove’s Permanent Republican Presidency

By Steven Jonas, MD

With Obama’s strong performance in the second debate, the GOP may have to fall back on cheating to secure victory. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32802.htm


Lessons from the Early History of the Church of Latter Day Saints

Beware the Mormon in the Grass

By Christopher Ketcham

The Mormon sect grows throughout the 1830s and 1840s, and so do the scams: Land theft, bank fraud, cattle rustling. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32806.htm


The Alamo II:

Texans Up in Arms over TransCanada Land Grab

By Jen Alic

Texans – have always been the friends of Big Oil, TransCanada is changing the rules of the game in a legally-aided land grab that will test just how tough Texans are. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32798.htm


Why You Need a Passport Now!:

By Robert Wenzel

At a future point, it may be impossible to get one.



26 people killed in Yemen fight:

Suicide bombers attacked a military base in south Yemen Friday, killing at least 14 soldiers and 12 al-Qaida operatives, military officials said. 



Blast kills 19 en route to Afghanistan wedding:

An explosion from a roadside bomb tore into a minibus carrying people to a wedding in northern Afghanistan on Friday, leaving 19 dead and 16 wounded, authorities said.



Pakistan: Six militants among nine killed in Bara blitz: Nine people, including six militants, were killed while seven others sustained injuries in shelling by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jetfighters in Zawa area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency on Thursday, local sources said. http://is.gd/IGmqo9 


23 Children reported killed in Syria air strike: “We have recovered 44 corpses from under the rubble,” one worker told an AFP news agency correspondent at the scene.



8 killed as deadly blast strikes Lebanon’s capital: Ambulances rushed to the scene of Friday’s blast in the Achrafiyeh district, a mostly Christian neighbourhood, as smoke rose from the area.



Protests, gunfire in Lebanon after Beirut killing: Sunni Muslims take to streets of Beirut, Sidon after bomb targeting senior Lebanese intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan kills 8, wounds 80; Former PM Hariri blames Syria‘s Assad for attack. http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=288538 


Syrian minister condemns Beirut car bomb: Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi condemned what he referred to as “the cowardly acts of terror in the Ashafriyeh neighborhood” in Beirut, adding that “these terrorist attacks, no matter where they take place, must be condemned and are unjustified.”



Syrian rebels ‘killed Palestinian leader’: Gunmen from the Free Syrian Army on Friday assassinated a Palestinian leader in Deraa refugee camp, the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command said.



In Syria, Sunni rebels besiege Shiite villages: Anyone who tries to slip out of the Shiite villages of Zahraa and Nubl is risking his life. Sunni rebel snipers stand ready to gun down anyone who dares. Roads are blocked with barricades and checkpoints.



Turkey “retaliates” after shells fired from Syria: state TV: Turkey‘s military fired back into Syria on Friday after two shells launched from Syria landed in Turkish territory, Turkish state broadcaster TRT reported, without specifying where the incident occurred.



US Mulls Syria No-Fly Zone: The United States says it is still considering a no-fly zone for northern Syria as cross border shelling with Turkey threatens civilians on both sides



Iran would accept Assad fall through elections: Annan says Tehran will only accept fall of Syrian leader if Syrians are allowed to decide through elections.



11 Killed as ‘Libya in chaos, divided as never before’ : Video report – The country remains close to chaos following the Western-backed armed rebellion last year



Libyan Islamist says he was at U.S. consulate during attack: A Libyan militia commander who U.S. officials say is under investigation in connection with the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi which led to the death of the ambassador said he was present during the incident but was not one of the ringleaders.



International Law Suffers Another Blow in Libya Conflict: Op-Ed: NATO silent as its client regime vows “no mercy” for city of Bani Walid.



CIA seeks to expand drone fleet, officials say: The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service’s decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said.



In show of hypocrisy:

UN chief: Hezbollah drone launch ‘reckless’: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Hezbollah’s recent drone launch into Israeli airspace a “reckless provocation” in a report submitted Thursday to the Security Council, and warned that the war in Syria was destabilizing Lebanon.



‘Palestinian push for UN upgrade likely to succeed’: UN General Assembly president Vuk Jeremic says most expect Palestinian bid for non-member status will succeed, warns US against cutting funding to UN over issue. http://is.gd/rqg3K9 


Thousands of Israeli Bedouins protest against home demolitions: “While the media is busy with the elections, the state has opened a war of destruction against the Bedouin villages,” Abu Rass said, adding that “people are afraid they won’t have a roof over their heads.” http://is.gd/FKyP7J 


Chomsky makes first Gaza visit::? Noam Chomsky reportedly called for an end to Israel’s siege of Gaza, on his first ever visit to the Hamas-ruled enclave on Thursday. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4294235,00.html 


28 Turkish troops hurt in Iran-Turkey pipeline attack: Twenty-eight Turkish soldiers were wounded and Iranian gas supplies to Turkey interrupted Friday after Kurdish rebels attacked a pipeline linking the two countries, media reports said. http://is.gd/G7GTby 


Engineering Consent For An Attack Iran?

U.S. targets al-Qaida operatives in Iran: The U.S. State Department announced it authorized rewards of up to $12 million for information about two al-Qaida operatives believed to be in Iran. http://is.gd/OFKJbZ 


Knocking at Iran’s door: US Israeli forces to stage drill: The United States and Israel are set to launch a major military exercise in a show of unity aimed at Iran, despite friction between American and Israeli leaders over how to counter Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=54962 


Attack on bus kills 4 Pakistani Shiite pilgrims in central Iraq:

Salahuddin provincial police say Friday’s attack involved a roadside bomb that struck the pilgrim’s bus near the town of Balad. http://is.gd/JVmE9n 


Iraq inks deal to buy 18 F-16 jet fighters: Iraq has signed a contract to buy its second set of 18 F-16 fighters from the United States, part of a deal to purchase 36 of the jets to rebuild its air force, Iraq‘s acting defence minister has said. http://is.gd/mM3NxG 


UK complicity in unlawful treatment of Iraqi detainees ‘was institutional’:

The former chief legal adviser to the army in Iraq has said the UK’s complicity in the unlawful treatment of detainees was “institutional” and must be wiped out to prevent future abuses by British troops. http://is.gd/YNXPHG 


Families of slain British soldiers win right to sue government: Relatives of British troops killed in the war in Iraq will be able to sue the government for negligence and pursue damages if they can prove factors such as inadequate equipment led to the soldiers’ deaths, an appeal court ruled on Friday. http://is.gd/JwXtos 


28 Turkish troops hurt in Iran-Turkey pipeline attack: Twenty-eight Turkish soldiers were wounded and Iranian gas supplies to Turkey interrupted Friday after Kurdish rebels attacked a pipeline linking the two countries, media reports said. http://is.gd/G7GTby 


Shiite protests pose major challenge for Saudi Arabia: Labad, 26, and two teenage relatives were fatally shot by police Sept. 26 as they sat in plastic chairs on the narrow sidewalk in front of their house in this broken-down little town in the far east of Saudi Arabia. http://is.gd/iFjaYX 


Saudi protesters say no links with Iran: The outbreak of civil unrest, which the Washington Post Friday termed the worst in years in Saudi Arabia, was sparked by the fatal shooting by police of an outspoken critic of the government’s treatment of Shiites and needed no provocation from the outside world. http://is.gd/xZsNqV 


Where oil and gas development goes, health problems often follow. : Yet industry representatives and policymakers seeking to expand drilling often dismiss claims of health impacts as “personal anecdotes” and isolated incidents. http://is.gd/gpIzMt


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 : 3,206


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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