ICH 25 October 2012: Britain Rejects US Request to Use UK Bases in Nuclear Standoff with Iran

25 October 2012  — Information Clearing House

US Coordinates Weapon Deliveries to Syria Rebels: Russia


Russia on Thursday accused Washington of “coordinating” deliveries of arms to Syrian rebels, despite assurances by the State Department.



Britain Rejects US Request to Use UK Bases in Nuclear Standoff with Iran

By Nick Hopkins

Secret legal advice states pre-emptive strike could be in breach of international law as Iran not yet ‘clear and present threat’



‘Israeli Attack’ on Sudanese Arms Factory Offers Glimpse of Secret War

By Ian Black

Sudan‘s angry accusation that Israel bombed the Yarmouk factory in Khartoum is highly plausible.



War Crimes And U.S. Threats To Withdraw Financial Support For Palestinians


Sadly, the US is conspicuously treating Palestinian diplomatic efforts at the UN as more serious than Israel‘s interminable breaches of the 20-year-old Oslo Accords.



A Failed Formula for Worldwide War

By Nick Turse

How the Empire Changed Its Face, But Not Its Nature.



How Team Obama Justifies the Killing of a 16-Year-Old American

By Conor Friedersdorf

A boy among boys eating dinner by an open fire along the side of a road when an American drone came out of the sky and fired the missiles that killed them all.



A Nation Armed to the Teeth but Living in Fear

By Dave Lindorff

The whole country is populated by adults who have been raised in a climate of fear by a media and a government that are hell-bent on scaring the shit out of everyone.



Is The World Abandoning The U.S. Economy?

By Brandon Smith

The possibility of a U.S. without financial hegemony is very real. To understand that this possibility exists is one thing; to understand that the process of destabilization has already begun is another.



Stopping Trans Canada’s Keystone XL Pipeline

Activism from the Trees and on the Ground

By Ann Wright

In East Texas, the farm lands and forests have been seized for the Canadian company through eminent domain and are already being destroyed for the foreign pipeline.



Fred For President!

Fred Throws Sombrero in Ring

By Fred Reed

Do not misunderstand me. I am as patriotic as the next guy, and consequently happy to kill remote strangers for no reason, and their wives, children, dogs, and flcoks. Unfortunately, we can no longer afford it.



Libya: ‘600 killed in Bani Walid fighting in one day’ – source: Video –

Amid conflicting reports that the Libyan city of Bani Walid was captured by army forces, RT has learned that 600 people were allegedly killed in Wednesday’s fighting, and over 1,000 have been hospitalized. Locals are appealing for international aid.



Loyalists hold out in last stand at Bani Walid:

The last of Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalists were supposed to have been purged from this Libyan desert town, after an eight-day offensive by the army. Instead, there was mayhem here on Thursday, as it became clear the Gaddafi loyalists are far from beaten.



32 killed as clashes occur in a bazar in Afghanistan:

Special police forces killed 25 guerrila members. The geurrila killed 5 agents, reported the spokesperson of the provincial governorship, Abdullah Bayash, quoted by the “Aip” press agency.



17 “militants” killed in gov’t building attack in S. Afghanistan:

“A group of militants, numbered dozens of armed men, launched an attack against district compound in Registan at around 2 a.m. local time Thursday, sparking a three-hour gunbattle that left 17 militants dead,” administrative chief of the district, Abdul Khaliq Ayoubi, told Xinhua.



Royal Marine and Female Occupation Force Soldier Killed in Afghanistan [VIDEO]:

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the two could have been killed in a “green on blue” attack, in which Afghan troops turn rogue and kill their western counterparts, said the BBC’s defence correspondent in Afghanistan, Caroline Wyatt.



2 US Occupation Force Soliders Killed in Insider Attack :

An Afghan police officer on Thursday turned his weapon against Isaf forces in southern Uruzgan province, killing two US soldiers, officials said.



Court told UK spies ‘assisting’ CIA to murder Pakistanis:

The High Court has been told that the UK intelligence officials could be “encouraging or assisting murder” and the commission of war crimes by providing assistance for then CIA drone strikes in Pakistani tribal areas.



Remote U.S. base at core of secret operations: Djibouti –

Around the clock, about 16 times a day, drones take off or land at a U.S. military base here, the combat hub for the Obama administration’s counterterrorism wars in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.



Myanmar official says 56 killed, almost 2,000 houses torched in latest ethnic violence:

The 25 men and 31 women were reported dead in four Rakhine state townships in violence between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities that re-erupted Sunday, local government spokesman Win Myaing said.



11 killed in Iraq attacks:

Shootings and bombings in Baghdad and north of the capital killed 11 people on Wednesday, including six government employees in a minibus on their way home, in the run-up to the Eid holiday.



Iraq looks to reinstate disbanded army officers:

Efforts by Iraq‘s premier to court disbanded army officers from Sunni areas of the country can help boost security and support for the Shiite leader ahead of upcoming elections, analysts and observers say.



Dozens killed in ‘Douma massacre’:

The state-run SANA News Agency said that an “armed terrorist group has committed an ugly massacre that claimed the lives of 25 people who were killed by knives near Hawa Mosquein Sli Bin Taleb Street in Douma.” The opposition accused the Syrian government of being behind the “massacre”



Damascus agrees to 4-day Eid ceasefire across Syria, starting Friday:

Syrian army command agreed to suspend military operations, but insisted on the right to retaliate against any rebel attacks. The Free Syrian Army commander responded that the rebels would commit to the truce, on the condition that prisoners be released on Friday.



Islamic militant group in Syria rejects truce:

The current international peace plan seeking to stop Syria’s civil war suffered a major setback Wednesday when an al-Qaida-inspired militant group rejected a cease-fire proposed by the international envoy.



Orthodox priest kidnapped in Damascus found dead:

This was confirmed to Fides by Fr. Haddad’s greek-orthodox confrere, who asked for anonymity. “His body was horribly tortured and his eyes gouged out,” he told Fides. “It is a purely terrorist act. Fr. Haddad is a martyr of our church. “



US deploys troops to Turkey: General:

The U.S. Armed Forces recently sent soldiers to Turkey amid the incidents in Syria and the soldiers deployed in Turkey have been sharing intelligence, U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling has said



2 Yemeni senior security officers assassinated south of the capital:

A Yemeni security official says militants have assassinated two senior officers in drive-by shooting south of the capital.



Gaza man dies of wounds from Israeli airstrike:

A 24-year-old Palestinian died Thursday from injuries sustained in an Israeli air strike a day earlier, Gaza’s health ministry said.



Israel and Gaza militants agree fragile truce:

A fragile truce took effect between Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian militants early on 25 October, bringing a tentative end to a period of escalating violence between the two sides.



Report: Netanyahu and Lieberman to merge right-wing parties ahead of Israeli elections:

This move should puncture the notion that Lieberman’s ethnocentric, right-wing politics that push for the “transfer” of Palestinian citizens of Israel is somehow an outlier in Israeli politics.



US extends $4bn Israel loan program:

The loan guarantees are independent of $10 billion in annual US military assistance to Israel and joint USIsrael missile defense projects.



UN independent expert calls for boycott of businesses profiting from Israeli settlements:

A United Nations independent expert today called on the world body’s General Assembly, as well as civil society, to take action against Israeli and international businesses that are profiting from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.



Sudan arms factory blast: Khartoum to report Israel to UN:

Belal warns that Sudan has a right to strike back against Israel. “Sudan reserves the right to strike back at Israel,” he told Reuters.



Sudan reporter: Local communications severed prior to arms factory blast:

The telecommunications network in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum were disconnected for about an hour before an explosion rocked an arms factory there a local journalist told Haaretz on Thursday.



Iran slams Israeli airstrike on Sudan:

Iran has denounced an Israeli airstrike on an arms factory in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, saying the aggressive act runs counter to international regulations and violates the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the African country



Mali Tuaregs killed by ‘uniformed’ men:

Several Tuareg civilians have been killed by uniformed men in Diabali in central Mali, the site of a mass shooting by Malian troops in September, regional media and Tuareg officials said



Government to argue speedy trial doesn’t apply to Bradley, veterans to rally in support:

As Army Private First Class Bradley Manning nears 900 days in jail without trial, his lawyer moves to dismiss all charges for lack of a speedy trial.



Pentagon prisons revealed: WikiLeaks publishes terror detainee manuals:

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks is releasing over 100 classified documents detailing US Department of Defense procedures for running Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Camp Bucca and other infamous prisons where terror suspects are detained.



Teen: NYPD Paid Me To Bait Innocent Muslims : Video –

Shamiur Rahman, said police told him to embrace a strategy called “create and capture.” He said it involved creating a conversation about jihad or terrorism, then capturing the response to send to the NYPD. For his work, he earned as much as $1,000 a month and goodwill from the police after a string of minor marijuana arrests.



Entire Indian tribe threatens to commit mass suicide after Brazil court rules they must leave sacred burial land:

‘We ask, one time for all, for the government to decree our extinction as a tribe, and to send tractors to dig a big hole and there to throw our dead bodies.



CIA drones spur radical movements in Pakistan and Yemen:

Far from quelling Islamist insurgencies in places such as Pakistan and Yemen, however, the US spy agency’s move to escalate its aerial campaign is likely to further radicalise civilian populations, driving otherwise peaceful people into the arms of militant groups, say observers.



16 arrested in anti-drone protest:

The protesters were a part of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars. They blocked the base’s gates at its main entrance off Molloy Road, and at entrances at Thompson and Town Line roads.



War Criminal:

Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for president:

“I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012 and I’ll be voting for he and for Vice President Joe Biden next month.”



Donald Trump Offers $5 Million For Obama’s College Transcripts, Passport:

Donald Trump’s big “announcement” dropped Wednesday, when the real estate mogul offered $5 million for President Barack Obama to reveal his college transcripts and passport application.



US Election: Barack Obama ridicules Donald Trump on Jay Leno show : Video –

Mr Obama yesterday joined in the chorus of mockery of Mr Trump, who also subscribes to the “birther” conspiracy theory that the President was born in Africa and not Hawaii.



Texas attorney general threatens to arrest international election monitors:

Abbott has written to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe warning that its monitors have no right to monitor the vote even though they have observed previous US elections.



First Commercial Tar Sands Project in U.S. Approved:

A Utah water quality board approved the first commercial tar sands project in the U.S. Wednesday, opening a largely undeveloped area in Utah’s eastern desert to production next year.



Texas Keystone Pipeline Critics Resist Use of Eminent Domain:

Several appeals have been filed by Texas landowners trying to resist the efforts of pipeline company TransCanada to use a local law to force reluctant landowners to permit construction of a southern extension of the line from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.



China Surpasses US as Top Foreign Investment Venue:

THE US State Department is circulating a confidential letter urging European Union (EU) members and other “friendly” countries to help block Palestinian attempts to secure non-member Observer State status at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.



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 : 3,212


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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