4 December 2012 — Information Clearing House
Washington Floats Chemical Weapons Charge as Pretext for Syria Buildup
By Bill Van Auken
The alleged threat from Syrian “weapons of mass destruction” is entirely concocted. Not a single piece of hard evidence is cited by any government official or any media source.
Welcome to the “Liberated Zone” of Aleppo
By Thierry Meyssan
The new authorities of the “liberated zone” of Aleppo are currently setting up a religious dictatorship inspired by the Saudi model.
The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
Translated and edited by Israel Shahak
The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states.
In case you missed it
Israel’s Sacred Terrorism
By Livia Rokach
To all the Palestinian victims of Israel‘s unholy terrorism, whose sacrifice, suffering and ongoing struggle will yet prove to be the pangs of the rebirth of Palestine…
UN Calls On Israel To Open Nuclear Facilities
By The Associated Press
The resolution, approved Monday by a vote of 174-6 with 6 abstentions, calls on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty “without further delay” and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
It’s Time for the Media to Talk About Zionism
By Philip Weiss
The acknowledgment of Jewish prominence in the Establishment, and of the power of Zionism, would make a lot of Jews uncomfortable, so the conversation is verboten.
012 Killed 3.3 Millions
By Sherwood Ross
Approximately 3.3 million Iraqis, including 750,000 children, were “exterminated” by economic sanctions and/or illegal wars conducted by the U.S. and Great Britain between 1990 and 2012, an eminent international legal authority says.
Beware the Anti-Anti-War Left
Why Humanitarian Interventionism is a Dead End
By Jean Bricmont
After the Kosovo Albanians in 1999, we have been told that “we” must protect Afghan women, Iraqi Kurds and more recently the people of Libya and of Syria.
Lawyer: Military Treatment of Bradley Manning ‘Criminal’
By JOSH GERSTEIN
“Brad’s treatment at Quantico will forever be etched in our nation’s history as a disgraceful moment in time,”
Bradley Manning: A Window Into The American Soul
By Paul Craig Roberts
In their desire to punish Manning, US military and civilian authorities failed to realize that the lesson for soldiers is that crimes against humanity will not be punished, but those who reveal the crimes will be punished.
Understanding the Fiscal Cliff (In 2 Minutes 30 Seconds)
By Robert B. Reich:
Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff:
Syrian rebels kill 29 students in attack on school near Damascus:
Although the attack was confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the identity of the attackers remains unknown. Syria‘s state news agency reported that an unspecified group of rebels shelled the school.
Lebanon: Tension in Tripoli as clashes erupt again:
Clashes broke out in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli on Tuesday between gunmen loyal to opposing sides in neighbouring Syria‘s civil war, wounding one person, residents said.
Hyping Syrian WMD:
Syrian Government Harbors Tons Of Chemical Agents:
President Obama has warned the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons against its own people or face serious consequences. Tom Bowman talks to Melissa Block about Syria‘s program and what the U.S. options might be.
Senate orders study on U.S. no-fly zone in Syria:
The Senate voted Tuesday to order President Obama to study what military options the U.S. would have if it wanted to get more deeply involved in the revolt against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
Could US remove Syria chemical weapons?:
President Barack Obama’s warning about Syria‘s unconventional weapons arsenal is one of those “sit up and take notice” moments. He warned, “we cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people”. The US president added, “we have put together a range of contingency plans”.
Memories of Iraq – the Syria ‘has chemical weapons’ story:
Have we really learnt nothing at all from what happened in Iraq?
Pepe Escobar: Patriot missiles, chemical weapons hype aim to intimidate Syria :
Iran Captures US drone:
Iran‘s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has captured a US ScanEagle drone over the Persian Gulf waters upon its intrusion into the Iranian airspace.
US denies losing drone over Iran:
“The U.S. Navy has fully accounted for all unmanned air vehicles (UAV) operating in the Middle East region. Our operations in the Gulf are confined to internationally recognized water and air space,” a spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain said.
Video of Drone on Iranian Television: Video –
Iran‘s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps displayed on Tuesday what state television channels described as a captured American drone that had entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf “in the past few days.”
Revealed: US and Britain launched 1,200 drone strikes in recent wars:
The information, much of it classified until now, shows that US Air Force drones carried out most of the 1,168 attacks. However British crews are also responsible for a significant portion of the strikes in Afghanistan.
Palestinian Authority’ threatens International Criminal Court action over settlement plans:
Ramallah warns that it may file war crimes charges against Israel with International Crimes Court if it refuses to halt east Jerusalem construction plans
This Time, Israel Has Defied the Whole World’:
While sanctions appear not to be on the table, German commentators say it is time to get tough with Israeli premier Netanyahu.
Jordan king to visit Palestine Thursday:
“King Abdullah will visit the state of Palestine the day after tomorrow, on Thursday, in the first visit by a top official to the Palestinian state after we received UN recognition,” said Nimr Hammad, political adviser to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
Report: One-quarter of Israelis-and 37 percent of kids-live in poverty:
Israel has the second-highest poverty rate in the developed world, behind only Mexico, according to statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD
Afghanistan: 5 killed, 9 injured following blast in Uruzgan province:
According to local authorities in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan at least 14 Afghan civilians were killed or injured following an explosion in in this province.
Two NATO occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan:
The NATO-led alliance said in a statement issued late Monday that the blast occurred earlier that day. It did not provide further details or the nationalities of the dead.
US Senate OKs $631 billion defence bill that pushes for US drawdown in Afghanistan:
The Senate overwhelmingly approved a sweeping, $631 billion defence bill Tuesday that sends a clear signal to President Barack Obama to move quickly to get U.S. combat troops out of Afghanistan, tightens sanctions on Iran and limits the president’s authority in handling terror suspects.
So much for “war on terror” Terror attacks quadrupled since 9/11:
The number of terrorist attacks each year has more than quadrupled in the decade since September 11, 2001, a study released on Tuesday said, with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan the most affected.
Clashes outside Egypt’s presidential palace:
Anti-Morsi demonstrators tear gassed in Cairo, as thousands gather to protest proposed constitution.
Libya ‘talking points’ were heavily edited by the CIA, Wall Street Journal reports:
The ‘talking points’ about the Libya embassy attack were edited to remove a reference to Al Qaeda, among other details.
Mali rebels agree to respect ‘national unity’:
The Malian government and two rebel groups have agreed to respect the country’s “national unity”, after holding their first talks to try and end a criss that has seen the west African country effectively split in two.
Nigerian army accused of killing civilians:
Rights groups accuse Joint Task Force in Maiduguri of gross human rights violations in fight against Boko Haram.
Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans’ text messages:
State and local law enforcement groups want wireless providers to store detailed information about your SMS messages for at least two years — in case they’re needed for future criminal investigations.
Judge stops school from expelling girl who refused to wear tracking device:
A Texas high school student will be allowed to continue going to class for now despite her refusal to cooperate with a program that forces pupils to be mandatorily tracked with computer chips.
Facebook faces European legal showdown over privacy violation claims:
Facebook is about to be the subject of a new legal battle over its data protection policies and alleged violations of privacy as an Austrian privacy group plans to bring the case in an Irish court.
Mom Received 12-Yrs Prison for Selling $30 Worth of Marijuana:
She’s Released: The 26-year old mom from Oklahoma was just released after a two year stint in prison. She’d been given a full 12-year sentence for the peculiar act of selling just $30 worth of marijuana to a police informant.
Kissinger and the secret spy network of old Nazis and German aristocrats ‘who plotted to overthrow West German goverment’:
‘The Little Service’ was made up of many former Gestapo and S.S. men as well as titled barons and counts
Publicist confirms it: Fox News banned book critical of George W. Bush:
Bartlett wrote that he’d published a book in 2006 called “Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy,” and said it had cost him his job at a conservative think tank – a widely discussed episode at the time. Bartlett also wrote that the book got him blacklisted at Fox News:
Corporate Profits Hit Record Highs As Wages Continue To Fall:
It would seem that the corporate end of the business world is doing much better following the recession. – Sadly, employees are seeing wages reach an all-time low. According to Robert Brusca, economist with FAO Research in New York, this an unfortunate part of the game.
More data pointing to slowdown in US economy:
Following a dismal report last week on retail sales for November, the first month of the holiday shopping season, manufacturing data released Monday confirmed that the US economy is weakening.
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 : 3,236
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001