ICH 24-25 October 2012: UK Support For US Drones In Pakistan May Be War Crime

25 October 2012  — Information Clearing House


Julia Gillard

Making the World a More Dangerous Place

By John Pilger

The day before Barack Obama arrived in Canberra last year to declare China the new enemy of the “free world”, Gillard announced the end of her party’s ban on uranium sales.



Israel‘s Formula For A Starvation Diet

By Jonathan Cook

This experiment in the manufacture of Palestinian despair is, it goes with saying, both illegal and grossly immoral.



Come Back President Carter!

By Alan Hart

What a tragedy it is that American presidents can only speak the truth when they are out of office.



US Does Not Want Real Democracy in Middle East: Chomsky

By Randa Ali

Chomsky described both Israel and the US as rogue states that do not follow international norms because they are powerful enough to ignore them.



Obama Moves to Make the War on Terror Permanent

By Glenn Greenwald

Complete with a newly coined, creepy Orwellian euphemism – ‘disposition matrix’ – the administration institutionalizes the most extremist powers a government can claim.



UK Support For US Drones In Pakistan May Be War Crime

By Ian Cobain


The British government’s support for US drone operations over Pakistan may involve acts of assisting murder or even war crimes, the high court heard on Tuesday.



With 60,000 dead, Mexicans Wonder Why Drug War Doesn’t Rate in Presidential Debate

By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer

“They talk about a humanitarian tragedy in Syria (30,000 deaths) and still don’t say anything about Mex (some 60,000).”



In Amerika There Will Never Be A Real Debate

Must Read – By Paul Craig Roberts

You would never know that US citizens can now be imprisoned and executed without due process.



Mom Found ‘Guilty’ By Court After Refusing TSA Pat Down On Daughter

By Steve Watson

A woman who stood up to TSA screeners and refused to allow them to grope her or her 14 year old daughter has been found guilty of “disorderly conduct”



Remembering Russell Means

“I Am An American Indian Patriot”

Must Watch – Video Interview With Russell Means

“We live in a prisoner of war camp, that’s why they call it a reservation”



He’s Behind You

How Colonel Gaddafi and the Western Establishment Created a Pantomime World

By Adam Curtis

Together the western elites and Gaddafi helped to lead us into a simplistic two-dimensional vision of the world – full of exaggerations and falsehoods. A fake bubble of certainty that has imprisoned us in the west – and is now preventing us from understanding what is really going on in the world outside.



9 killed, 25 injured in Afghan night raid operation:

Most victims were civilians: Nine people were killed and 25 wounded in an overnight operation launched by Afghan and the NATO-led coalition troops in the western province of Ghor, a provincial official said Wednesday, adding that local residents said most victims were civilians, Xinhua reported.



NATO kills four children in Afghan East – Karzai:

The operation took place in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province on Saturday, a statement released by Karzai’s office said, adding: “It resulted in the killing of four innocent children” who were tending to livestock.



US kills at least five people in Pakistan::

Two missiles hit the house and one struck a vehicle resulting in the death of four suspected militants. A woman was also killed in the strike, sources added. The official sources also said that three cows have also been killed as the house was completely destroyed.



Afghanistan drones to be remote-controlled from Britain :

Britain is doubling the number of armed RAF drones flying missions in Afghanistan. And for the first time, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be controlled by airmen at computer screens in the UK.



Kill-list 2.0: Obama’s ‘disposition matrix’ maps out extrajudicial murders for years to come:

US-led drone strikes – the targeted executions of suspected insurgents using remote-controlled, killing machines from tens of thousands of feet above the Earth – are not about to end.



Syrian government, “some rebels” agree to holiday truce:

The Syrian government and some rebel leaders have agreed to a ceasefire during an upcoming four-day Muslim holiday, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria announced Wednesday.



Russia says Syrian rebels have U.S. made shoulder-fired missiles:

Syrian rebels have acquired portable surface-to-air missiles including U.S.-made Stingers, the Interfax news agency quoted Russia’s senior general as saying on Wednesday.



Turks say no to Syria intervention if Assad “fall”:

A narrow majority of Turks is opposed to any intervention by their country in Syria if President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime falls, according to a poll published Tuesday.



4 Palestinians Killed:

Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip, at least four Palestinians dead and several people in Israel and Gaza wounded.



Hamas to complain to UN over Israeli airstrikes:

The government in Gaza will file a complaint with the United Nations over Israel‘s airstrikes, ministers said Wednesday, after a week of bombing left at least six Palestinians dead.



‘No reason’ to shoot Gaza fisherman, family says:

The family of a 22-year-old fisherman killed by Israeli forces says soldiers had no reason to kill him.



UN: Israel killed 2,300 & injured 7,700 people in Gaza under blockade:

Israeli forces have killed nearly 2,300 Palestinians and injured 7,700 in Gaza over the last five years, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Thursday.



Sudan claims Israeli jets blew up arms factory:

Khartoum says four planes bombed the Yarmouk facility, sending exploding munitions into nearby residential areas



Sudan “knows how to retaliate” against Israel: Al-Jazeera video report:

Sudan’s information minister claimed it was the fourth such air strike by Israel, which has not been in Khartoum’s good books since supporting anti-government rebels in the country’s two-decade civil war. Sudan is talking darkly about relatiation.



In a world gone crazy:

GOP Rep Says Bombing Iran Would Not Be An Act Of War:

“If it is a very targeted strike, many would argue that that’s short of war. And if it only seeks to go after their nuclear program, that is – we’re not talking about invasions or naval engagements or troops on the ground, none of that. And this has been used by other – President Clinton used this tactic.”



Concern Grows Among Iranians After US Debate Remarks:

Iran was mentioned nearly 50 times during this week’s U.S. presidential debate, more than Afghanistan, Iraq and even China. The fact wasn’t lost on Iranians, many of whom watched the debate with interest and concern about the strained relations between the two countries.



Pro-government forces seize Bani Walid:

An RT source has described violent images of militias destroying homes with heavy machinery.



Benghazi attack suspect killed in Egypt, 2nd suspect arrested in Tunisia; AP :

Alex Ortiz the suspect in Egypt, known only by his first name, Hazem, was killed after neighbors summoned police for a suspicious resident. The police came in and exchanged fire with the target. The man blew himself up in his apartment during the engagement with security forces.



‘US knew of terror links within 2 hrs of Libya attack’:

Officials at the White House and state department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.



Growing the Empire:

Bad News for Africa: 3,000 More U.S. Soldiers are on the Way:

The United States plans to permanently station a U.S. Army brigade on African soil, beginning next year. Is this the start of something big – and ominous – or “only a benign creeping U.S. military presence in Africa?”



Panetta: Cannot let al-Qaida hide in north Africa:

Senior U.S. defense leaders are working with allies on a plan to deal with al-Qaida- linked militants in Mali and elsewhere in the North Africa region, with American assistance likely to center on intelligence and logistical support and not troops on the ground



War on Mali Islamists ‘inevitable’ as Europe agrees to act Islamists to tackle:

The prospect of a war in northern Mali has taken a major step forward with European governments backing an international force to retake the region from Islamist groups



Ecuador ‘very concerned about Assange’s health’:

Ecuador is “very concerned” about the health of Julian Assange after the WikiLeaks founder lost a lot of weight while staying at the country’s embassy in London, a foreign ministry official said while in Moscow.



U.S. on track to become world’s top oil producer:

U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer.



Canadian Government Continues to Choose Dirty Energy Over Democracy: Op-Ed –

When so many people oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, would government and industry resort to such extreme measures to push it through?



Saudi Arabia Reveals Plans to Be Powered Entirely by Renewables :

Governor Romney should visit Mecca, Saudi Arabia and learn about the planned utility-scale power plant that will generate electricity from renewables. Mecca, which hosts millions of pilgrims a year visiting Islam’s most holy shrine, is working toward becoming the first city in Saudi Arabia to operate an entire power plant from renewable energy



Now Piers Morgan’s Mirror and The People accused of phone hacking :

Mr Morgan, who was sacked as editor after his newspaper was found to have used faked photographs of British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners, denied any involvement in phone hacking after he was implicated during the Leveson Inquiry by high-profile figures such as Jeremy Paxman.



Australia: One in 20 priests an abuser, inquiry told:

AT LEAST one in 20 Catholic priests in Melbourne is a child sex abuser, although the real figure is probably one in 15, the state inquiry into the churches’ handling of sex abuse was told yesterday.



GOP candidate’s abortion gaffe:

Pregnancy from rape ‘intended by God’: Republican Richard Mourdock suggested that a woman being impregnated by rape is “something that God intended to happen.”



Frightened men love Mitt Romney:

These are the facts you don’t want to know. This is the hard data that can make you cringe, that can despoil the soul and make you wonder at the sad state of the modern world, and gender politics, and the tragically deceived hearts of (ahem) men.



Why even President Obama won’t champion social security:

Although millions of middle-class Americans strongly support social security, big bucks campaign donors hate it. That’s why.



ACLU Asking the Federal Government How It’s Using Drones Inside the U.S:

Today the ACLU filed Freedom of Information Act requests seeking records related to the federal government’s domestic use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – better known as drones – as well as plans for the future rollout of drones in the United States.



The Top 20 Airports for TSA Theft:

Your suitcase has been tagged and whisked away for a TSA security check before being loaded onto a plane en route to your final destination. How safe are the belongings inside?



Get ready for euro zone break-up – Faber : Video –

Veteran investor Marc Faber predicts some countries will have to leave the euro zone within five years and warns the S&P could plummet 20 percent from its recent highs in 2013.



UKIP Nigel Farage – ‘Bailouts’ are a means for total subjugation to EU control : Video:

UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage speaks in the European parliament October 2012



Federal Prosecutors Sue Bank of America Over Mortgage Program;

In a civil complaint that seeks to collect $1 billion from the bank, the Justice Department took aim at a home loan program known as the “hustle,” a venture that has become emblematic of the risk-fueled mortgage bubble. The complaint adds to a flurry of federal and private lawsuits facing Bank of America’s beleaguered mortgage business.



Walmart legal troubles mount as Black Friday walkout looms :

In the midst of worker strikes in several cities and the looming threat of a mass employee walkout on Black Friday (one of the busiest shopping days of the year), the world’s largest retailer has been hit with a class action lawsuit affecting temporary workers in the Chicago area



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 : 3,208


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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