13 November 2012 — Information Clearing House
Netanyahu: Engineering Consent For An Attack On Gaza
Netanyahu: We’ll take whatever action is necessary to put a stop to this. This is not merely our right, it’s also our duty, and it’s something that I think is understood by any fair-minded person in any fair-minded government in the world.
BDS, Arab Land, and the Custodian of Absentee Property
By Paul Larudee
I am among those that believe that the only way to end the injustices is to end the state itself, but the participants in BDS need not agree about this in order to undertake BDS actions.
“The War on Global Anti-Semitism” in the Age of Islamophobia
By Julie Lévesque
This initiative is another demonstration of the Jewish “monopoly of victimization”. In the post-9/11 world, where Muslims and Arabs are victims of religious and racial profiling in Western countries, such a decision is logically unjustifiable.
Confirmed : US Was Holding “Prisoners” at Benghazi Annex
The US was holding and interrogating Libyan, Arab and African prisoners in Benghazi
The Surveillance State
By Glenn Greenwald
FBI’s abuse of the surveillance state is the real scandal needing investigation.
FBI Agents Raid Home of Author in Petraeus Scandal
Agents on scene would not confirm what they were looking for, nearly a dozen agents were seen carrying boxes and taking photographs inside the home.
David Petraeus Scandal Widens to Include Barack Obama’s Cabinet
By Raf Sanchez
The US Attorney General knew about the affair for months but kept it secret until the day of the presidential election.
The Killing Continues
Code Pink: Stop the Drones Die-In
Code Pink came to the homes of Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi to protest President Obama’s escalation of the drone attacks.
America Isn’t The Greatest Country Anymore
By Lance Roberts
Here are some other stats where the U.S. ranks.
Poll: One-Third of Americans Would Accept Cavity Searches By TSA
By Jonathan Turley
A particularly chilling measure of just how passive and accepting citizens have become to the new realities of our internal security system.
Why the Romnibus Wasn’t the Omnibus
By Fred Reed
I have been a bad person. I did not vote. I confess it. I would rather be caught in a gay brothel dealing in underage boys than in a voting booth.
Is The War on Drugs “All About the Money”?
Stephen Downing,a retired deputy chief of police for the Los Angeles Police Department and Terry Nelson, retired from Department of Homeland Security on why they support treating addiction as a healthproblem and are for the total legalization of drugs.
Afghanistan: 23 insurgents killed in Kapisa, Wardak:
An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was among 24 people killed in two separate incidents in central Kapisa and Maidan Wardak provinces.
US kills 3 Afghan teenagers:
The attack took place in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province on Monday. Local officials confirmed the airstrike, saying three teenagers, all under the age of 16, were killed in the attack.
Insurgents fire rockets on Afghan capital, killing at least 1 person: –
Insurgents fired four rockets into the Afghan capital early Tuesday, killing at least one person, police said.
EU reduces financial help to Afghanistan: The EU has been forced to cut financial aid to Kabul, citing inefficiency and lack of progress in governance and justice system reforms in Afghanistan. The EU ambassador warned that future help will also depend on actual positive results obtained.
Pakistan accuses Afghans of killing civilians:
Pakistan on Monday accused Afghan forces of killing at least four civilians in a cross-border shelling attack, increasing tension just as a senior Afghan official visited
Islamabad to discuss peace talks with the Taliban.
Two killed in Pakistan blast:
At least two people were killed and about 10 injured Tuesday when a roadside bomb hit a paramilitary vehicle in Pakistan’s Quetta city, Xinhua reported.
Palestinian militants agree to Gaza truce if Israel ends all military operations:
In statement released after meeting summoned by Hamas, groups stipulate ceasefire on Israel’s ending of blockade on Gaza. http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=291510
Politicians split on possible Gaza operation: Rivlin:
Election shouldn’t prevent IDF from taking action in Gaza; Knesset to hold special session on escalation in the South.
PA sets U.N. vote on upgrading status:
President Barack Obama reiterated U.S. opposition to Abbas Sunday during a congratulatory call on Obama’s election victory, the White House said. But Abbas said
he intended to press forward anyway, Palestinian officials said.
Israeli who revealed “medieval-style” torture of Palestinians faces virulent backlash:
An Israeli who posted a testimony on Facebook about the “medieval-style” torture of Palestinians he assisted in during his army service in the occupied territories has faced a virulent backlash from fellow Israelis, including threats of violence.
Libya: Abuses against foreign nationals have worsened since Gaddafi –
Amnesty report: Amnesty International has warned that the plight of foreign nationals in Libya has worsened since the end of Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi’s rule, amid a general climate of lawlessness in the country.
Spoils of War:
France eyes Libya deals after unfreezing $2 billion assets:
France said on Monday it was ready to start releasing almost $2 billion in frozen assets belonging to Libya‘s sovereign wealth fund, as it looks to secure investment from the oil-producing nation.
Syrian rebels says west has promised military aid:
The Syrian opposition says it has been promised western military support in return for forming a united front, in advance of a donors’ conference in London on Friday intended to consolidate the new rebel coalition.
US says new Syria (puppet) body legitimate:
The State Department says the US looks forward to supporting Syria’s new coalition as it charts a course for the end of Assad’s bloody rule.
Arab League divided over support of nascent Syrian coalition:
The Arab League fell short of unanimous support for the new Syrian opposition coalition. The body still lacks full recognition, some Arab nations reluctant to back the uprising against President Assad, whom they still view as a legitimate ruler.
We may regard British troops in Syria as enemy:
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) made it a must for British troops to work in coordination with the Syrian opposition if they wanted to enter Syrian territory
Nato ‘will defend Turkey’ from Syria attacks :
“NATO as an organization will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey, our ally. We have more plans in place to make sure that we can protect and defend Turkey and hopefully that way also deter so that attacks on Turkey will not take place,” he said.
Syrian officials, opposition to meet in Tehran next week:
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Tehran is to host a meeting between Syrian government and opposition groups next week.
Iran to test fire indigenously-produced Hog missile system in military drill:
Brigadier General Shahrokh Shahram, the spokesperson for the massive maneuver, said that Iranian forces had successfully detected, identified and intercepted mock enemy aircraft on Tuesday.
‘Iran Hawk Petraeus pushed out for warmongering’ ?
Gen. John Allen ensnared in Petraeus scandal:
Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the four-star U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan, exchanged thousands of “potentially inappropriate” emails with Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who claimed to have been harassed by the ex-mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior defense official told POLITICO early Tuesday.
Petraeus whistle blower and her surgeon husband are ‘broke:
Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, 37, and her cancer surgeon husband Scott owe millions to banks after the collapse of their real estate holdings in 2010. The Kelleys are currently the targets of at least four indebtedness lawsuits.
FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Under Scrutiny:
A federal agent who launched the investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to superiors’ concerns that he had become personally involved in the case, according to officials familiar with the probe.
Broadwell spoke of access to classified info:
Paula Broadwell told an audience this summer that she routinely had access to classified information while researching a book on Petraeus’s work as the commanding general in Afghanistan.
Disgraced Petraeus too busy with affair fallout to give evidence in Benghazi inquiry:
Republicans demand General attends inquiry on Benghazi killings as he handles affair fallout
Collins: Petraeus must testify:
It is “absolutely imperative” that Gen. David Petraeus testify about what went wrong in Libya, even as he reels from his sex scandal roiling the intelligence community, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Tuesday.
Ros-Lehtinen Raises Possibility of Clinton Subpoena on Benghazi:
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen suggested Monday that subpoenas might be used to force Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify about the attack in Benghazi, Libya if she continues to remain unavailable to testify before Congress.
How the CIA Became the 6th Branch of the Military: Op-Ed:
This overlap of Pentagon and CIA missions is the result of a creeping militarization of the CIA that may be undermining America’s national security.
General demoted for lavish travel, spending:
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.
Abu Qatada release: Cameron ‘fed up’:
Prime Minister David Cameron says he is “completely fed up” about the release on bail of Abu Qatada after the Muslim cleric won his deportation appeal. Mr Cameron said ministers had “moved heaven and earth” to try to deport him and would continue to do so.
‘New IRA’ group claims it killed prison officer:
The group issued a statement to the Belfast paper the Irish News on Monday linking the killing to conditions inside the top-security Maghaberry prison.
Internet freedoms put in stranglehold in UAE:
Lawmakers in the Arab Emirates have introduced jail terms for all those who incite public protests and insult the state and its rulers online. The Persian Gulf countries are tightening internet laws, fearing Arab Spring-style uprisings.
Did Skype Give a Private Company Data on Teen WikiLeaks Supporter Without a Warrant?:
Skype’s privacy credentials took a hit in July over a refusal to comment on whether it could eavesdrop on conversations. Now the Internet chat service is facing another privacy-related backlash-after allegedly handing over user data without a warrant to a private security firm investigating pro-WikiLeaks activists.
UK: Police accused of over-zealous reaction to poppy burning:
The arrest of a teenager on suspicion of posting a picture of a burning poppy on Facebook has triggered fresh allegations of over-zealous policing of the internet.
70,000 in Texas demand secession from US :
Either US President Barack Obama or a member of his administration or staff will be required to address the overwhelming number of votes to “Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”
Anti-terrorism expert advises against BioWatch upgrade:
A Homeland Security Department undersecretary has told Janet Napolitano she has doubts about a new version of the nation’s troubled system for detecting a biological attack.
Argentine Judge Freezes Chevron Assets To Pay $19 Billion Ecuador Fine:
Adrian Elcuj Miranda, a judge in Buenos Aires, has ordered the seizure of Chevron’s assets in Argentina, to force the company to pay a $19 billion penalty for polluting the Amazon in Ecuador. The plaintiffs are seeking similar legal action in Brazil, Canada, Colombia and other countries.
Greece Given 2-Year Lifeline But Money Release Is Delayed:
Greece’s international creditors failed to agree Monday on how to get the country’s bailout program back on track and put off again the release of the next batch loans that Athens is using to pay its day-to-day bills.
Anti-austerity strikes, protests to engulf Europe:
A wave of anti-austerity anger breaks across Europe on Wednesday, with general strikes in Spain and Portugal spearheading a day of protest that will ground more than 700 flights.
Unemployed youth clash with police in Italy (PHOTOS, VIDEO) –
About 3,000 unemployed demonstrators have clashed with riot police in Naples during a protest against rocketing youth unemployment. The violence erupted in the city after a visit by Labor Minister Elsa Fornero and left 23 people injured.
Amazon, Google and Starbucks are struggling to defend their tax avoidance:
It is rare that US companies are held to account by their shareholders: US law does not encourage it. It is rarer still that they are held to account in the UK and yesterday’s parliamentary public accounts committee hearing on the tax affairs of three of the biggest of them – Starbucks, Amazon and Google – has to be unique.
Shock jump in UK inflation to 2.7pc:
UK inflation jumped to a surprise five-month high of 2.7pc in October as higher university tuition fees and food costs pushed up the cost of living for British households.
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 : 3,227
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001