23 November 2012 — Information Clearing House
Netanyahu Agreed to Ceasefire after Obama Promised US troops in Sinai Next Week?
US troops are expected in Egypt early next week. Meanwhile, American forces have all but surrounded Iran and are stationed in countless bases across the Middle East.
Is Middle East Peace a Mirage?
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Israelis appear now to have entrusted their future to a U.S.-guaranteed military superiority – F-16s, smart bombs and an Iron Dome missile defense – rather than peace talks.
By Linh Dinh
Born in blood and maintained through constant bloodletting, Israel has gotten its teeth into its prey, and it won’t let go. If it had a choice, it would have devoured all already.
US Battles Iraq and Afghanistan Over Detention Without Charges
By Glenn Greenwald
The US has long been demanding that the Afghan government continue the American practice of indefinite detention without charges.
Give Thanks You Weren’t Bombed and Murdered by Americans
By Jay Janson
Give thanks that what is happening in Syria this year, Libya last year, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen in years before, continuing today, and planned to happen in Iran in the immediate future, cannot happen to you.
The Fall of the American Empire (Writ Small)
By Tom Engelhardt
Think of the Petraeus version of collapse as a tryout for the fall of the American empire, writ very small:
Taming the Walmart Bully
This time around Walmart’s bully tactics may backfire. And as it goes for any bully, their defensive actions only reveal their core vulnerability and insecurity.
Israeli troops kill Palestinian at Gaza fence: Video –
Israeli troops have shot and killed a Palestinian man and wounded at least 15 others after crowds surged towards Gaza‘s internment camp fence.
Hamas deploys at Gaza border after Israel kills Palestinian:
The Hamas government in Gaza has deployed security forces near the border with Israel after two shooting incidents in the aftermath of Wednesday’s ceasefire.
Israel dealt Hamas ‘a heavy blow’ and is prepared to resume offensive if need be, Netanyahu says:
Barak dismisses claims that ceasefire puts Israel at a disadvantage, says removing Hamas would keep army in Gaza for years; Gantz says IDF achieved its objectives
In pictures: Israel’s war on Gaza :
Associated Press photographer Bernat Armangué was in Gaza as Israel targeted the region during a war that claimed more than 160 lives in eight days.
Russian warships ‘sail to Gaza for possible evacuation of citizens’:
A group of warships from Russia’s Black Sea fleet is headed to the Gaza Strip, a Navy source told RIA Novosti news agency. The ships will evacuate Russian citizens from the troubled region should the Israel–Gaza conflict escalate.
Preparing the battlefield:
For Israel, Gaza Conflict Is Test for an Iran Confrontation:
Just weeks before the attack on Gaza, the United States and European and Persian Gulf Arab allies were practicing at sea, working on clearing mines that might be dropped in shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz.
Analysis – With eye on Iran, Gaza conflict reassures Netanyahu:
Both on the diplomatic and military front, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will draw some comfort from his offensive against Gaza as he switches his gaze once more to his main strategic challenge — Iran.
Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Leader, Blasts Israel-Gaza Peace Deal :
The top leader of Egypt‘s Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday – “The enemy knows nothing but the language of force,” said Mohammed Badie. “Be aware of the game of grand deception with which they depict peace accords,” he said
Iran: Syria key to resistance against Israel and US:
Iran dispatched its speaker of parliament Ali Larijani to Syria on Friday in a show of support for Bashar Al Assad as his regime continued to come under attack in the southern suburbs of Damascus.
Syria: Bomb in Palestinian camp in Damascus kills four:
A bomb blast in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus killed four people and seriously wounded a member of a faction that has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country’s bitter civil war, activists said on Friday.
State TV journalist killed in war-torn Damascus:
A journalist working for Syria’s state TV was killed by an armed gang in the Syrian capital Damascus, SANA news agency reported.
Syrian rebels capture three military bases in a week: Report:
The impact of the new weapons seemed to have been felt immediately along northern frontlines, where Kurdish groups loyal to the Assad regime were on Friday engaged in their heaviest clashes yet with rebel forces and jihadists, near the border town of Ras al-Ain.
Syrian Rebels And Their SA-24s:
Syrian rebels appear to have Russian SA-24 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. At least that’s what recent photos from Syria appear to show.
Not All Syrians Side With the Rebels:
The German weekly newspaper Die Welt published a note by the BND – the German secret service – estimating that 95 percent of the rebels occupying the city came from Turkish rear bases where Islam fighters from all over the world gather before going to war.
Tunisia and Libya delay formal recognition of Syrian opposition council:
“[Tunisia] and Libya are in agreement that we will wait before recognizing. We need to have a real idea about the representation on this body,” Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki told reporters at a news conference during a visit by interim Libyan President Mohammed Magarief.
Lobbyists pay UK authorities to buy support for Israeli regime:
Pro-Israeli lobbyists inside the UK have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds since the last general election taking lawmakers on propaganda tours to the Israeli occupied Palestinian territories.
Russia warns Turkey against missiles: –
Russia’s Foreign Ministry warned against Turkey’s intention to deploy NATO missiles on its border with Syria, saying it “would be an alarming signal.”
Egyptian alarm at Mursi grab for power:
The Egyptian President, Mohammed Mursi, has granted himself far-reaching powers and immunity from legal oversight and ordered the retrial of the former president Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters during the country’s revolution.
Protesters set fire to Morsi party’s headquarters in three cities:
Furious Egyptians have set ablaze the headquarters of President Mohamed Morsi’s party in three cities in protest to a constitutional declaration that gives the president unlimited powers.
Nigeria: Sect kill 18; 4 die in other violence:
Police yesterday blamed a radical Islamist sect for attacks that witnesses say left 18 people dead over the past two days in Nigeria’s troubled north, part of a cycle of spiraling violence that is exacerbating religious tensions and that the government has been powerless to stop.
Congo Violence: Tens Of Thousands Of Civilians Flee Goma (PHOTOS):
Congo’s president has suspended the army’s chief of staff, following the publication of a United Nations report which reveals that Gen. Gabriel Amisi oversaw a criminal network selling arms to rebels in the country’s troubled east.
Suicide blast in northern Pakistan leaves 3 killed:
At least three policemen were reportedly killed and about five others were wounded in a suicide blast Friday evening in Pakistan’s northern district, said police.
2 Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Bomb Attack:
Afghan officials say a suicide car bomber has attacked government offices in eastern Afghanistan, killing two people and wounding at least 70, including several NATO service members.
E-mails say no sailors watched bin Laden’s burial at sea after SEAL raid:
Internal e-mails among U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.
Anonymous hacker behind Stratfor attack faces life in prison:
Hammond is not likely to take the stand until next year, but so far has been imprisoned for eight months without trial.
Jill Kelley awarded prestigious medal from Joint Chiefs in 2011:
The award, the country’s second-highest honor for a civilian, was given to acknowledge Kelley’s “selfless contributions” and “willingness to host engagements” for top pols and military brass.
Cyprus agrees bailout package with EU/IMF/ECB troika:
The Mediterranean island sought financial aid — which could be up to €17.5bn, equal to its entire annual economic output — in June, after its banks were battered by their exposure to the Greek crisis.
Protesting Greek municipal workers occupy town halls:
Greek municipal workers occupied hundreds of town halls across the country for a fifth day on Thursday to protest against public sector layoffs demanded by European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders.
Photo Essay: When a Kid’s Bedroom Isn’t a Room:
A few years ago, James Mollison began taking photos of children around the world and their rooms. “I soon realized that my own experience of having a ‘bedroom’ simply doesn’t apply to so many kids,”
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