ICH 22/23 November 2012: As Gaza is Savaged Again, Understanding the BBC’s Role Requires More Than Sentiment

22/23 November 2012 — Information Clearing House

Israel Suffered a Double Defeat

By Norman Finkelstein

The once mighty Israeli army that caused the whole Arab/Muslim world to tremble could not even defeat the impoverished and weaponless tiny enclave of Gaza.



As Gaza is Savaged Again, Understanding the BBC’s Role Requires More Than Sentiment

By John Pilger

Mark Regev, Israel‘s chief propagandist, seemingly has a place reserved for him near the top of BBC news bulletins.



Demonizing Hamas

Christiane Amanpour Spinning The Israeli Line


Christiane Amanpour meets the man who is a hero to Palestinians and a terrorist to Israelis.



Text of Israel-Hamas Peace Agreement

By Reuters

The verbatim English text of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza.



Gaza Ceasefire Document is Not a Binding Agreement.

By Alan Hart

It has to be acknowledged that Zionism is without equal in the business of finding ways not to honour commitments it makes in agreements.



Senate Threatens to Cut Aid to Palestinians Over Statehood Bid at UN

By Julian Pecquet

Abbas is seeking observer status, akin to that of the Vatican. Doing so could allow the Palestinians to pursue war crime charges against Israel at the U.N.’s International Criminal Court.



The Zionist Story

Must Watch Video

This is a story of ethnic cleansing, colonialism and apartheid to produce a demographically Jewish State.



“Peace and Freedom Walk Together”

By John F. Kennedy

What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave.



Elite Intrigues and Military Purges: It’s Not About Sex, Stupid!

By Prof. James Petras

Nothing could be more far-fetched simply on prima facie evidence.



How Washington Makes Love for War

What Paula Broadwell teaches us about the foreign-policy elite.

By Justin Logan

The Washington foreign-policy elite is an insular, cosseted clique .



In Case You Missed It

Fracking America

5 Minute Video

Residents in Butler County, Pennsylvania share their fracking experience.



In Case You Missed It

How I Stopped Hating Thanksgiving

By Robert Jensen

Over the past few years a growing number of white people have joined the longstanding indigenous people’s critique of the holocaust denial that is at the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday.



At least 36 people killed in string of Pakistan attacks: 36 people have been killed in three separate bomb attacks in Pakistan, in the cities of Karachi, Quetta and Rawalpindi. The attacks in Karachi and Rawalpindi targeted members of the Shia sect,



Afghanistan: 8 “militants” killed: Eight militants, including three commanders, were killed during a joint operation in the Baraki Barak district of central Logar province on Wednesday, an official said.



30 rebels, 10 govt troops killed in Syria: As many as 30 armed men were killed Wednesday in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour during clashes with government troops, a pro-government media reported, as sources said that a total of 10 government forces were also killed Wednesday in a roadside bomb blast in the northwestern province of Idlib.



Syrian Planes Bomb Building Near Hospital, Kill 15: Syrian warplanes flattened a building next to a hospital in Aleppo, killing at least 15 people and damaging one of the last remaining sources of medical help for civilians in the northern city, activists said Thursday.



Jihadist rebels in standoff with Syria Kurds: NGO: Hundreds of Kurdish militiamen massed in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain on Thursday in a mounting standoff with mainly jihadist Arab-led rebels who had seized much of the town from government forces, a watchdog said.



Syria presents foreign fighter list in bid for UN to acknowledge terror acts:

Syria has presented the UN Security Council a list of 143 foreign citizens killed in Syria fighting government troops. Damascus hopes the move will force the UN to declare the presence of foreign nationals in Syria to be international terrorism.



Russia warns Turkey on Patriot missiles: Russia has warned Turkey against deploying surface-to-air Patriot missiles to protect its troubled border with Syria, calling its moves a “worrying sign”.



Public holiday in Gaza to celebrate truce deal: For the first time in more than a week, the noise of traffic jams and honking horns filled the air in Gaza City, replacing the terrifying booms of air strikes and rocket fire.



Israeli drones still hovering over Gaza: “We do not want to feel that we still under the Israeli authorities’ sight, and we do not want to feel that we still in a war,” said Rana Matar.



Gaza truce: Both sides feel the ceasefire won’t hold: A poll reported on Channel Two television right after the cease-fire found that 70% of the residents of southern Israel opposed the cease-fire. Almost two-thirds of them thought it would not last long, and a quarter of those surveyed thought it would not hold at all.



The Vatican on Gaza: Israel is a Baby-Killer”: Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, commenting on the war between Israel and Hamas, delivered a severe attack on the Jewish people: “I think of the ‘massacre of the innocents’. Children are dying in Gaza, their mothers’ shouts is a perennial cry, a universal cry”.



Obama to Seek More Defense Aid for Israel: This was part of conversations that led Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to decide to give a ceasefire “a chance” to possibly help “stabilize” the situation “before exerting more force.”



Iran transferred Fajr-5 missile technology to Gaza: IRGC chief :

The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has said that Iran did not supply Gaza with a Fajr-5 missile but transferred the technology to manufacture it to the Palestinians,



Iran’s president calls for new world order: “Former colonial power and slave masters in a new guise and with new slogans are using different methods and tactics to dominate and plunder resources of nations on the basis of the same hegemonic doctrines,” he said.



Shame on us:

The U.S. won’t admit this dying Iranian sociologist:” His last hope is to come to the U.S., where his wife and children are, and where doctors say he could receive potentially life-saving treatment. But the U.S. won’t let him in. And they won’t say why.



23 Bahraini health workers sentenced to prison: – On Wednesday, a court in the Persian Gulf kingdom sentenced the medics to three months in jail for treating Bahraini protesters and taking part in demonstrations.



Bahrain repressed protesters with West’s tacit approval – Amnesty International: A year after an eruption of protests in Bahrain, the ruling monarchy continues to commit serious human rights abuses against activists. Amnesty International has criticized the US and UK for ignoring the repression, and urged action.



Protesters firebomb Al-Jazeera TV studio in Cairo: Protesters had accused the channel of bias in favour of the country’s most powerful political force, the Muslim Brotherhood.



U.S. Considers Increasing Military Presence in Mediterranean: Senior U.S. military officials are considering increasing the American military presence in the Mediterranean because of what they see as growing instability in recent months. “This is post-Benghazi,” one military official told CNN. “We’re looking at instability in Libya, Egypt, Syria and now Israel and Gaza.”



DR Congo rebels push forward: M23 rebels march on strategic eastern town of Bukavu after seizing provincial capital of Goma earlier this week.



Washington’s Role in the Renewed Violence in DR Congo: The outbreak of fighting is also the result of a colossal failure by US foreign policy-makers dating back to the mid-1990s, aided and abetted by an ill-led United Nations peacekeeping force that stood by as the M23 seized Goma.



Mozambique: Thousands Unlawfully Held in Substandard Prisons: Thousands of people are being held in Mozambique’s prisons despite not having been found guilty of a crime, Amnesty International said in a report released today, which exposes how many inmates are arrested on spurious grounds and held for years without access to a lawyer.



An American Moral Crisis: Dennis Kucinich – Op-Ed: It’s easy to forget sometimes, but here’s the world we’re living in: over the past several years, the United States has conducted hundreds of drone strikes under the secret authority of the CIA-which is accountable to no one-resulting in the deaths of several thousand people.



A Map of Destruction: How Europeans Stole Native Land: A shocking look at the theft of Native American Land.



Posthumous book claims Ford knew of CIA coverup in Kennedy assassination: Did the CIA orchestrate a cover-up in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?



Fitch Downgrades Sony, Panasonic to ‘Junk’ Status: Fitch Ratings downgraded the ratings of Sony Corp. 6758.TO +1.83% and Panasonic Corp. 6752.TO +0.74% to noninvestment, or “junk,” status, another blow for the money-losing Japanese electronics giants struggling to turn around their businesses.



Spain facing ‘humanitarian’ crisis over evictions: As eviction-related suicides continue to rise in Spain, protests are becoming more frequent with the public outraged at the government’s lack of action to combat social ills. Evictions are a “humanitarian concern,” the national bank chief has said.



Walmart and Black Friday protests: Protests against Walmart are about a ruthless capitalist system that exploits workers as MNCs post record profits.



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 : 3,230


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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