ICH 29 November 2012: U.S. at Risk of Military Dictatorship?

29 November 2012 — Information Clearing House

NATO Preparing Psy-Op in Syria

By Tony Cartalucci

Internet connections & telecom reportedly failing across Syria, right as NATO has finished preparing their proxy “SNC” and readies for final push.



AP’s Dangerous Iran Hoax Demands an Accounting and Explanation

By Glenn Greenwald

Evidence proves that the graph trumpeted by AP as evidence of Iran‘s nuclear weapons program is an obvious sham.



Is Hamas Really a ‘Surrogate’ of Iran?

By Robert Wright

The confident assertion that Hamas is an Iranian “surrogate”, is oddly out of touch with recent developments in the region.



U.N. Set to Implicitly Recognize Palestinian State, Despite Threats

By Louis Charbonneau

Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland all pledged to support the resolution.



Supporting Palestine at the UN Today Is a Vote for Peace

By Hanan Ashrawi

Countries that do not vote with Palestine will be on the wrong side of history, morality and international law.



The Humiliation of Bradley Manning

By Ray McGovern

Manning has become the subject of harsh incarceration himself, as some U.S. pundits and even members of Congress have called for his execution as a traitor.



Progressives Won’t Criticize Obama for War Crimes.

5 Minute Video

Progressives, liberals and democrats are unprincipled:



Sucking Up to the Military Brass

U.S. at Risk of Military Dictatorship?

By William J. Astore

Americans need to stop genuflecting to our paper Caesars before we actually produce a real one, a man ruthless enough to cross the Rubicon (or the Potomac) and parlay total military adulation into the five stars of absolute political authority.



A Professionalised Political Elite

By Owen Jones

There are still idealistic young things who have a sense of wanting to rail against injustice. But among them are shamelessly ambitious politicos, too, who’d happily trade an aunt on eBay for a Parliamentary seat.



Americans Have Less Access to Justice than Botswanans

By WashingtonsBlog

Among high-income countries, the U.S. ranked near the bottom in access to civil justice … behind Estonia, United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic and other countries:



At least 49 killed, 150 injured, in Iraq blasts:

At least 49 people were killed and scores injured Thursday in a series of attacks in Iraq, targeting mainly Shiite Muslims, reported security officials, dpa reported.



Syria conflict: ‘Fierce clashes’ near Damascus airport:

The main road to the airport of the Syrian capital Damascus has been closed and some flights there have been suspended amid fierce fighting in the area, rebel groups say. The rebels said there were clashes all along the road, and mortars had been fired at the airport runway.



Syrian rebels mark new success when striking aircrafts with missiles:

In less than 24 hours, rebels used surface-to-air missiles to strike down two aircraft in northern Syria, marking a turning point in their war with forces of President Bashar al-Assad.



Syria Rebels display the Cobra (SA-7) anti-aircraft missile : Video –

Aleppo Rebel explains how to use the Cobra (SA-7) anti-aircraft missile



U.S. Weighs Bolder Effort to Intervene in Syria’s Conflict:

The Obama administration, hoping that the conflict in Syria has reached a turning point, is considering deeper intervention to help push President Bashar al-Assad from power, according to government officials involved in the discussions.



Syrian rebels using children in war – Human Rights Watch:

Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad have sent children into combat and used boys as young as 14 to transport weapons and supplies, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.



Five Jordanians nabbed for Syria plot:

Jordan police said it arrested on Wednesday five Jordanian men, including a terror convict, for planning to infiltrate into neighboring Syria with automatic weapons.



Syria suffers internet blackout as connections switched off:

“In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the internet,” Renesys said in its blog.



“Terrorists” cut Syria’s Internet – minister of information:

Syria’s minister of information said that “terrorists”, not the state, were responsible for a countrywide Internet outage on Thursday, a pro-government TV station said.



Palestinians certain to win recognition as a state:

The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state Thursday but success could exact a high price: Israel and the United States warn it could delay hopes of achieving an independent Palestinian state through peace talks with Israel.



Germany: won’t back Palestinian state at UN:

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Wednesday Berlin is still evaluating the situation and consulting with its European partners. But he said: “It is also very certain that Germany will not vote for such a resolution.”



Munib al-Masri: ‘The spring is coming’:

One of the most influential Palestinians discusses his fears for the future of both Palestinians and Israel. “Enough is enough … and I think that it’s coming, the Spring is coming, and the tsunami is coming, and the volcano is coming.”



U.S. overseeing mysterious construction project in Israel:

Expected to take more than two years to build, at a cost of up to $100 million. Only U.S. construction firms are being allowed to bid on the contract and proposals are due Dec. 3, according to the latest Corps of Engineers notice.



Propaganda alert:

U.S. gives Iran until March to cooperate with IAEA: –

The United States set a March deadline on Thursday for Iran to start cooperating in substance with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation, saying it would otherwise urge reporting the issue to the U.N. Security Council.



Turkey snubs US move on gas-for-gold Iran trade:

Turkish Economy Minister Çaglayan defies US preparations to ban gold trade with Iran, as the commodity has become de facto tool of payment for natural gas Turkey buys from the Islamic Republic



Roadside bomb kill at least 12 Afghan civilians in east, south:

Two roadside bombs exploded on Thursday in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least 12 people and injuring 16 others, officials said.



US Kills 3 People In Pakistan: :

According to sources, the drone fired two missiles which targeted a vehicle in the Barmal area of the agency and foreigners were among those killed.



Suicide blast targets Taliban commander in Waziristan, 2 killed, 6 injured:

 At least two persons were killed and more than six others were wounded in a suicide blast that targeted the convoy of a wanted Taliban commander on Thursday in Pakistan’s troubled South Waziristan tribal agency, bordering Afghanistan, said sources.



Stranger than fiction:

Anwar al-Awlaqi killed by drone had been in custody:

US-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, killed in a US drone attack in Yemen last year, had been in US custody at least twice in prior years but was released, a human rights group said.



U.S. Above International Law:

Family, neighbors of Yemeni killed by U.S. drone wonder why he wasn’t taken alive:

Sitting less than an hour’s drive from the capital, residents here say Qadhi could have been captured easily. The Central Intelligence Agency in the United States, whose drone launched the missile that killed Qadhi, declined to comment.



In a world gone crazy:

Pentagon: A Human Will Always Decide When a Robot Kills You:

The Pentagon wants to make perfectly clear that every time one of its flying robots releases its lethal payload, it’s the result of a decision made by an accountable human being in a lawful chain of command.



Driven to suicide In U.S. gulag:

Investigators Said to Question How Detainee Died of Overdose:

A Yemeni detainee who was found dead in September at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, died from an overdose of psychiatric medication, according to several people briefed on a Naval Criminal Investigative Service inquiry.



Close Guantanamo:

Government report confirms US prisons can handle Gitmo detainees:

Military and federal US prisons have the capacity to take in the 166 detainees currently held in Guantanamo Bay, as long as a number of modifications are made to enhance and secure the facilities.



US military chiefs ‘planned to blow up the moon with nuclear bomb’ as show of Cold War muscle, physicist claims:

Claims that military bosses developed a classified plan to launch a nuclear weapon 238,000 miles to the moon where it would be detonated upon impact.



War on Drugs, Mexican Death Toll Could Exceed 120,000 As Calderon Ends Six-Year Reign :

Although the now estimated 120,000 to 130,000 intentional homicides in Mexico – called “homicidios dolosos” – outraged Le Monde, few other prominent news organizations in the United States or Mexico took notice.



Border Patrol under scrutiny for deadly force:

An agent responded by aiming a gun into Mexico and firing multiple shots at the assailant, killing a 16-year-old boy whose family says was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.



Will Congress Kill Indefinite Detention Without Trial for Americans? :

Americans might once again be guaranteed the right to trial: a clause in the most recent draft of next year’s defense spending bill ensures that United States citizens aren’t stripped of their right to habeas corpus.



Shocking video catches Oklahoma police officer using TASER on woman in handcuffs: Video –

 An Oklahoma woman is suing her local police station after an officer attacked her with his taser while she was handcuffed in jail – and it was all caught on tape.



Citigroup Sees 90% Chance That Greece Leaves Euro:

Citigroup updated its forecast for a Greek exit from the 17-nation currency union from a previous estimate of 50 percent to 75 percent, and said it would most likely happen in the next two to three quarters



French Jobless Total Hits 14-Year High:

The number of people out of work in France soared again in October to hit its highest level in 14-and-a-half years, piling pressure on Socialist President Francois Hollande who has promised to halt the relentless rise by the end of 2013.



Nearly U.S. 15 million households on food stamps:

The number of American households receiving food stamps jumped nearly 10% in 2011.



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 : 3,233


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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