29 October 2012 — Information Clearing House
Israel bombs Sudan in Dry Run for Iran Attack
By Uzi Mahmaini, Tel Aviv and Flora Bagenal, Nairobi
Eight Israeli F-15I planes – four carrying two one-ton bombs, escorted by four fighters – struck the giant Yarmouk factory on the southwestern outskirts of Khartoum, the capital, in the early hours of Wednesday.
How to Bomb Iran
By Philip Giraldi
Some Pentagon spokesmen have suggested that Israel cannot do the job alone, but the problem is much larger than that, leading to the question whether Israel can do it at all.
A Permanent Ceasefire is the Only Hope for Syria
By Jonathan Steele
The US needs to change policy. Its one-sided support for armed rebels may condemn Syrians to years of blood.
How US Drones Forge as Many Foes as They Kill
One of the most important changes in world politics over the past decade is that the US has failed to win two wars, one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan, despite deploying large and vastly expensive land armies. Equally telling, these failures were against relatively puny forces of guerrillas.
Obama’s Kill List Expands to Fascistic ‘Disposition Matrix’
Murder Inc. has got nothing on the West Wing.
Obama is announcing this chilling expansion of assassinations one and a half weeks before the election. Wow! Talk about hubris. Talk about arrogance.
US Detention of Imran Khan Part of Trend to Harass Anti-drone Advocates
By Glenn Greenwald
The vindictive humiliation of Pakistan’s most popular politician shows the US government’s intolerance for dissent.
Pentagon is World’s Leading Landlord
By Face the Facts
Worldwide, DOD has more than 2 million people working on 5,000 sites in 41 countries.
Our Words Are Our Weapons
Against the Destruction of the World by Greed
By Rebecca Solnit
Let’s start calling manifestations of greed by their true name. By greed, I mean the attempt of those who have plenty to get more, not the attempts of the rest of us to survive or lead a decent life.
Why I’m Voting Green
Those who rebel are our only hope
By Chris Hedges
The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us.
Afghan raid kills 4 Taliban, 3 civilian bystanders:
Villagers at the funeral of the civilians told reporters they included a farmer, his wife and their 14-year-old son. Video images from the funeral showed the bodies of two men and a woman.
Unknown armed men kill 6 Afghan civilians:
Unknown armed men opened fire and killed six civilians in Ghazni province, 125 km south of Afghan capital Kabul, over weekend, a local newspaper reported Monday.
5 killed in Afghan-NATO operations, civilian deaths feared:
According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, at least 5 Taliban militants were killed and four others were detained following a joint military operation by Afghan and coalition security forces in Ghazni city on Sunday night.
2 Afghan soldiers killed following blast in Helmand:
According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, at least two Afghan national army service members were killed following a roadside improvised explosive device blast in Garmser district on Monday.
Pakistan: Ten killed in Khyber operations:
At least 10 people were killed in aerial firing by the Pakistani Army in the Bara sub-division of the Khyber tribal agency on Monday morning. Two soldiers were also killed in the clashes that preceded return of the helicopter gunships to Bara area.
5 killed in blast in shrine blast in NW Pakistan:
At least five people were killed and over 20 others were injured when a bomb went off near a shrine in Pakistan’s northwest district of Nowshera on Sunday afternoon, local media reported.
At least 13 killed as Iraq suffers violence on third day of Eid festival:
A car bomb blast killed at least 13 people and wounded another 28 in a Shiite section of northwestern Baghdad Sunday, police said, as many residents were at parks and markets observing the third day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
10 Dead in Damascus Car Bomb:
At least ten people were killed and 41 others were wounded Monday in a car bombing on the outskirts of the Syrian capital of Damascus. The blast blew apart pieces of surrounding buildings in the Christian and Druze suburb of Jaramana.
Second Car bomb explosion kills several near Damascus:
The attack came shortly after another car bomb hit an area near the capital, killing at least 15 people, including women and children.
Syrian warplanes bombard rebels with 60 airstrikes: Activists say:
The army warned late Sunday night that it will strike “remnants of terrorists with an iron fist” after they “repeatedly violated the cease-fire.”
UN Envoy Urges New Talks in Syria Despite Failed Ceasefire:
“The situation is bad and getting worse,” a downbeat Brahimi said after a meeting in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as cited by RIA Novosti.
‘Die slowly, Christian dog’: “Christians to Beirut, Alawites to the grave”.’
This chant is so often repeated and reported, it’s become almost the official jingle of the civil war.
US commanders spark questions over military presence in Turkey:
The Turkish military and the minister of defense have quickly denied any US military presence in Turkey after top US commanders said military personnel had been sent to Turkey to assist in handling the spillover of the Syrian crisis and the fight against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Beijing report says Chinese Muslims are fighting in Syria:
Chinese Muslim separatists from the northwest region of Xinjiang are battling Syrian government forces alongside al-Qaida and other extremist groups, an official Chinese newspaper reported Monday.
Kurdish fighters more involved in Syria’s fighting against rebels:
Scores of Kurds fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have attacked strongholds of the rebels Free Syrian Army in the northern province of Aleppo in retaliation to similar attacks carried by rebels on Kurds- dominated areas in Syria, media reports said Saturday.
US admiral in Turkey to discuss closer cooperation in anti-PKK fight:
A top U.S. admiral is visiting Turkey today amid increasing military cooperation between Washington and Ankara on the fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and mounting tension on the Turkish-Syrian border to Syria’s crisis.
US has about 70 nuclear bombs in Turkey: Report:
The United States deployed around seventy B61 nuclear bombs in Turkey, according to a Turkish news agency citing well informed sources.
Turkey hits Syrian targets after new shell lands in Hatay:
The military has again responded to a stray shell fired from Syria that landed in Turkey, the Anatolia news agency said on Monday.
Origin of Syrian shells into Turkey unclear, US general says:
“We are not sure if these shells are from the Syrian army, from rebels who want to get Turkey involved in the issue or from the PKK [Kurdish Workers’ Party],” he said.
Nine killed as Turkish forces, Kurdish rebels clash:
Violence between security forces and Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey left one police officer and eight rebels dead, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported Monday.
Turkish police teargas thousands-strong secularist demo (VIDEO):
Tear gas and water cannons met thousands of protesters in Ankara who had staged a pro-secular rally on Republic Day. The clashes mark a growing gap between the Islam-leaning government and the country’s secular layers.
US military chief in Israel to oversee countries’ largest ever joint maneuvers:
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was meeting Sunday with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the beginning of his visit. He’ll also be meeting with his Israeli counterpart and the country’s president.
Hamas “activist” killed in Israeli air strike: –
An Israeli aircraft attacked a group of members of the Islamic Hamas movement in Gaza on Sunday killing one activist and Israeli ground troops bulldozed Palestinian properties at the demarcation line between the strip and Israeli-patrolled territories.
Israeli raids on Gaza draw 18 rocket fires: –
Gaza radicals on Monday fired 18 rockets at southern Israel, ending several days of calm, with the armed wing of the ruling Hamas movement saying it was revenge after an air raid killed one of their men.
Dennis Ross: What Obama has done for Israel’s security is ‘without precedent’:
Former top White House official says he supports the U.S. president, and ascribes Jewish hostility toward the president as resulting from’disinformation and polarization.’
Iranian warships dock in Sudan, days after alleged Israeli airstrike:
Two Iranian warships docked at Port Sudan on Monday, less than a week after a munitions plant in the Sudanese capital went up in flames in what Khartoum has claimed was an Israeli airstrike
Fact or fiction?
Report: Intel found on slain Hamas official led to Sudan strike:
U.K.’s Sunday Times cites military intelligence reports that Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, assassinated in Dubai, was in possession of an agreement between Iran and Sudan from 2008 that permitted Iran to manufacture weapons in Sudanese territory.
Palestine set to seek UN observer status next month:
“We will go to the UN regardless of any threats,” said Tawfik Tirawi, a senior member of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement.
Fact or fiction?
Message with a bang: what Israel told US with Sudan hit:
Was Israeli attack on Khartoum missile plant a ‘dry run’ for Iran – or a memo to the next US President?
Sudan: a front for Israel’s proxy war on Sinai jihadis?:
If Israel bombed a Sudanese munitions factory, as Khartoum alleges, the raid was part of its widening proxy war against Islamist militants in neighbouring Egypt which the Jewish state is reluctant to confront directly.
Clinton in Algeria to press on Mali, Qaeda:
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday to press for a possible military intervention in neighbouring Mali, where Islamists control large areas.
Libya: Capture of Bani Walid smacks of revenge:
The chaotic, vengeful scenes demonstrated the weakness of the new government’s authority over former rebel militias which owe it allegiance but essentially do what they like.
Libyans disillusioned with government amid chaos:
The deafening noise of a dozen heavy-caliber machine guns sent demonstrators running and filled the upscale neighborhood with the sounds of battle. Blocks away, shocked bystanders wondered if one year after the civil war ended, Libya had gone back to war.
7 killed, 100 wounded in Nigeria church bombing:
A suicide bomber rammed an SUV loaded with explosives into a Catholic church holding Mass on Sunday in northern Nigeria, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 100 others in an attack that sparked reprisal killings in the city, authorities and witnesses said.
U.S. kills 4 people in east Yemen:
Yemeni security officials say an airstrike targeting a vehicle traveling through the country’s east has killed at least four suspected militants.
US drones are killing many civilians: Op-Ed –
When we’re told that 16 militants have been killed in a drone strike, it usually turns out that, for example, four of these militants were children and seven were women.
Yemen’s ‘Death to America’ rebels bring calm to northern Yemen :
Many residents expressed enthusiastic approval of Houthi governance, saying the rebels’ rule has lead to security and stability. And as the frequent sight of construction attests, some here are confident enough about the current calm to invest, pouring money into infrastructure projects in the impoverished province.
Ex-President Allende’s granddaughter wins race :
Maya Fernandez Allende, the granddaughter of Chile’s fallen socialist President Salvador Allende, won her first major political race on Sunday as leftist parties regained lost ground in municipal elections nationwide.
Canadian police urge Parliament to pass domestic spying bill:
Police across Canada are urging Ottawa to resurrect a controversial Internet surveillance bill that would allow them to monitor Canadians’ digital activities in real-time without a warrant.
U.S. Prisons Bursting at the Seams:
Uncompromising pictures from inside America‘s overcrowded prison system show the cramped lives lived by more than two million inmates
World Series victory triggers mass riots in San Francisco (VIDEO, PHOTOS):
Victory celebrations turned into mass rioting after the San Francisco Giants clinched the 2012 MLB World Series. Thousands of frenzied baseball fans lit fires, overturned cars and rampaged through the city.
Climate Change Feeds Hurricane Sandy:
Fewer but fiercer and more-destructive hurricanes will sweep the Atlantic Basin in the 21st century as climate change continues, a new modeling study by U.S. government researchers suggests
Why ‘Frankenstorm’ Is Just Right for Hurricane Sandy:
Sandy, the hurricane that appears set to pummel the East Coast, promises a historic potential for damage and a terrifying look at what may be in store for us-ever more frequent assaults of not-so-natural origin.
Naomi Klein: Geoengineering: Testing the Waters:
Mr. George is one of a growing number of would-be geoengineers who advocate high-risk, large-scale technical interventions that would fundamentally change the oceans and skies in order to reduce the effects of global warming.
Fifth of UK workers “paid less than living wage”, says KPMG:
KPMG, a leading provider of audit, tax and advisory services, has found that 4.82 million people are paid a wage that does not enable a basic standard of living
Tens of thousands protest against austerity in Rome:
“We are here against Monti and his politics, the same politics as all over Europe, that brought Greece to its knees and that is destroying half of Europe, public schools, health care,” said demonstrator Giorgio Cremaschi.
Paul Krugman: Medicaid on the Ballot: Op-Ed:
There’s a lot we don’t know about what Mitt Romney would do if he won. He refuses to say which tax loopholes he would close to make up for $5 trillion in tax cuts; his economic “plan” is an empty shell.
10 Filthy-Rich, Tax-Dodging Hypocrites Pushing Disastrous Austerity on America:
Brace yourself for one of the most aggressive corporate lobbying campaigns of all time. And one of the most hypocritical.
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 : 3,213
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001