ICH 3 December 2012: Chris Hedges: Katrina, All Over Again

3 December 2012 — Information Clearing House

Syria WMD Claim Is False

By Moon Of Alabama

If the Wired writers, had even some basic knowledge about ammunition engineering they would not fall for such a stupid claim some anonymous official makes.



The Geopolitical Chess Game behind the Israeli Attack on Gaza

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

The events in Gaza are tied to Syria and the US‘s regional maneuvers against Iran and its regional alliance system.



“We dream of a normal life, in freedom and dignity.”

012 – Gaza and the UN resolution

By Noam Chomsky

The call for “direct negotiations” without substance is an old Israeli tactic to prevent steps towards diplomatic settlement that would impede its expansionist projects.



Is Netanyahu Trying to Make the Two-State Option an Impossibility?

By Karl Vick

The project Netanyahu’s government began moving forward on Friday would cut the West Bank itself in half, dividing its north from its south.



US Building $100-Million Underground Bunker at Secret Israeli Missile Base

By Richard Silverstein

Israel anticipates mounting such an attack and needs to ensure its critical military forces will remain intact after an Iranian response.



Arson Seen in Attack on Ex-Israeli Spy

By Robert Parry

It’s unclear if the fire was an assassination attempt to finally silence a man who has angered the Israeli government, powerful Republicans and others



Murder, Inc.

The “Rule of Law” and State Killings

By Bill Van Auken and David North

If the US government is empowered to carry out the extrajudicial execution of US citizens and noncitizens alike overseas, it is only a matter of time-that is, a matter of waiting for a carefully crafted political opportunity-before the president orders an assassination within the United States.



“Legal Imperialism” and International Law:

Legal Foundations for War Crimes, Debt Collection and Colonization

By James Petras

The empire’s legal experts redefine assassinations, coercion, torture and arbitrary arrests as compatible with the ‘constitutional order’ by claiming imminent and constant threats to the security of the imperial state.



Katrina, All Over Again

By Chris Hedges

This is the new America. – It is an America divided between corporate predators and their prey. It is an America that, as things unravel, increasingly sacrifices its own.



Poverty in the U.S.A.

Chris Hedges with Jeremiah Wright

Video Recorded at the Newberry Library in Chicago on 12 November, 2012.



A’Croaking We Shall Go

All Aboard the Night Train

By Fred Reed

Men created the gods in distant times and a different world. They do not fit today’s circumstances.



Bomb kills five in southern Afghanistan:

At least five people, including two women, were killed when a bomb targeting an army vehicle exploded in southern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.



NATO Occupation Force Soldier Killed In Southern Afghanistan:

A NATO soldier has been killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan‘s south, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement posted on its website late on Sunday.



Airstrike kills 12 in Syrian border town: Activists:

Among the dead were four civilians and eight rebels, the Britain-based watchdog said.



Lebanese army clashes with Syrian rebels on border:

The clash occurred when a Lebanese border patrol spotted the rebel fighters along the border and the rebels opened fire to prevent the patrol from approaching, a Lebanese military source said.



Al Qaida-linked group Syria rebels once denied now key to anti-Assad victories:

Not only does the group still conduct suicide bombings that have killed hundreds, but they’ve proved to be critical to the rebels’ military advance. In battle after battle across the country, Nusra and similar groups do the heaviest frontline fighting.



Manufacturing Consent For An Attack On Syria?

US official: Syria moving chemical weapons components:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, reiterated President Barack Obama’s declaration that Syrian action on chemical weapons was a “red line” for the United States that would prompt action. “We have made our views very clear: This is a red line for the United States,” Clinton told reporters.



Manufacturing Consent For An Attack On Syria?

Report: Syria Combining Chemicals for Sarin Gas:

Engineers working for Assad are combining the two chemical precursors needed to weaponize sarin gas, says U.S. official.



Israel sought Jordanian permission to destroy chemical weapons sites in Syria:

Israel has asked Jordan for permission to bomb Syrian chemical weapons sites twice in the past two months, US magazine the Atlantic has reported.



Syria Stresses It Won’t Use Any Chemical Weapons:

The Ministry source slammed the US for being the first country in history to use nuclear weapons in 1945 against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, calling on it to stop fabricating such things.



UN pulling staff from Syria, violence near capital:

Fighting between rebels and government forces raged near the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, forcing an inbound commercial jet to turn back while the U.N. said it was withdrawing staff because of deteriorating security conditions.



Turkey Scrambles Fighter Jets as Syrian Violence Flares on Border:

Syrians run for cover as smoke rises over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain after an airstrike, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar. The strikes, and Turkey‘s response, came just hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Istanbul for talks.



Russia warns Turkey over deployment of NATO missiles on Syria border:

 “Creating additional capabilities on the border does not defuse the situation but on the contrary exacerbates it,” Putin said in a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after talks in Istanbul on Monday.



Missiles on Turkish border prelude to NATO interference: Larijani:

Speaking at a Monday press conference in the Iranian capital city, Tehran, Larijani voiced Iran’s opposition to deployment of NATO Patriot missiles along Turkey‘s 900-km border with Syria, saying the scenario is a prelude to NATO‘s intervention in the region.



Turkey to keep buying Iran’s gas despite sanctions:

Turkey will continue to buy natural gas from Iran despite the prospect of tighter US sanctions, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said, indicating the measures are not likely to have much impact on the countries’ gold-for-gas trade.



US boosts number of spy drone flights over Iran:

The Wall Street Journal alleges this week that the US has ramped-up its number of spy drone missions over the Bushehr nuclear reactor ever since fuel rods were unexpectedly discharged from the facility in October, just two months after the facility became fully operational.



Palestinian killed by Israeli fire N. West Bank:

A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire in Allar village north of Tulkarm city of the West Bank, it was reported here Monday.



Showing contempt for international law:

Israel expedites plan for 1,700 illegal housing units in occupied East Jerusalem:

The controversial “settlement” construction in Ramat Shlomo was approved in March 2010, during a visit by U.S. VP Joe Biden; Israel decides to accelerate plans in response to PA‘s UN upgrade.



Israel Illegal Building Plan Prompts Diplomatic Protest by 5 Nations:

Britain, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark summoned the Israeli ambassadors to their countries on Monday to protest Israel‘s plans for increased settlement construction, an unusually sharp diplomatic step that reflected the growing frustration abroad with Israel‘s policies on the Palestinian issue.



Canada plays down Israeli illegal settlement criticism:

Canada stood apart Monday from some major allies, the U.S. included, in refusing to condemn Israeli plans for new illegal settlements.



Mahmoud Abbas’ real “accomplishment” was not the UN vote on Palestine: Op-Ed:

The Palestinian president has accomplished more for Israel than he has for Palestine.



Segregation in Israel’s public bus lines : Video –

For months now, a campaign has been waged far from the public eye to bar Palestinians employed in Israel from using public transportation.



Australian surveillance ‘out of control’: 20% increase in 1 year;

Access to private data has increased by 20 per cent by Australia’s law enforcement and government agencies – and with no warrant. Australians are 26 times more prone to be placed under surveillance than people in other countries, local media report.



Facebook accused of massive ‘data grab’ with new service that automatically uploads your phone pictures:

Whether or not users decide share the photos on their public newsfeed, Facebook itself will still have access.



Drones to use US airspace as safety record questioned:

A newly-released internal investigation by the US Air Force has shown a plague of non-mission-related accidents involving drones in its foreign operations. Meanwhile, Washington is pushing ahead with plans to allow drones into US civil airspace.



1,000 Bystanders Tear Gassed by Wichita Cops:

Video –



The Biggest Bank Bailouts in History (#2 Is Happening Right Now):

At $10 billion in a $18 billion economy, bailing out its banks will cost Cyprus a stunning 56 percent of GDP



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 : 3,234


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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