ICH 16 December 2012: Thinking the Unthinkable

16 December 2012 — Information Clearing House


Syria: Insurgents On The Run?

By Moon Of Alabama

The “western” and Gulf support of the insurgents continues even after nearly all insurgent groups pledged their continued support for the jihadist Nusra Front which the U.S. designated as a terrorist organization.



Massacre At Aqrab

Video Exposes Anti-Syrian Government Propaganda


The Syrian crisis has been plagued by disinformation, especially when it comes to the Mainstream Media (MSM) and its lies about the Syrian conflict to suit their governments’ agendas.



Iran Will Not Allow West to Overthrow Assad: Salehi

By Press TV

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran will never allow any Western plots to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to succeed.



Finucane, Sami al-Saadi and Khaled el-Musri:

By Robert Fisk

Will we once again just ‘move on’ from the murky conduct of MI6 and the CIA?



The Woes of an American Drone Operator

By Nicola Abé

“I never thought I would kill that many people. In fact, I thought I couldn’t kill anyone at all.”



Noam Chomsky: US Intellectual Class Is Morally Degenerate

By Noam Chomsky and Eric Bailey

Democrats and Republicans alike embrace torture and assassination policies that are an attack on 800 years of civil law.



New York’s Top Court Highlights

The Meaninglessness and Menace of the Term ‘Terrorism’

By Glenn Greenwald

A fascinating new ruling unwittingly illustrates the separate system of ‘justice’ invented for Muslims in the US after 9/11.



Government Allowed 9/11 : Sibel Edmonds

Video – Abby Martin Interviews Sibel Edmonds

National Security Whistleblowers, Sibel Edmonds, talks about her story as a whistleblower and the erosion of civil liberties in a post 9/11 America.



Thinking the Unthinkable

By Anarchist Soccer Mom

In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.



25 killed as Syrian jets rocket Palestinian camp in Damascus: Pro-rebel activists report:

Syrian fighter jets bombed the Palestinian Yarmouk camp in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 25 people sheltering in a mosque in an area where Syrian rebels have been trying to advance into the capital, opposition activists said.



300 radical fighters infiltrate Palestinian refugee camp, battling local committees:

More than 300 fighters from the radical al-Nusra Front on Sunday morning infiltrated the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus and clashed with local committees there, causing human losses, great chaos and huge displacement movement, local media said.



At Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, fighting intensifies:

After 2 days of intense fighting in the crowded neighborhood between Syrian rebels and Palestinians who support the government, opposition activists said.



Halt firing on Palestinian camps in Syria: Abbas : –

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas appealed on Sunday for an immediate halt to firing on Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, after air strikes on the Yarmuk camp in Damascus killed at least eight civilians.



Assad’s strategy shift keeps rebels at gates of Damascus:

A rebel assault on Damascus has failed to make serious gains in the Syrian capital, diplomats have said, warning that the struggle between the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the opposition is now likely to drag on longer than had been expected.



Western backed Free Syrian Army has crossed the line:

The Free Syrian Army has committed an affront to all humanity by kidnapping and threatening to execute a female Ukrainian journalist and announcing that they will kill all Russians and Ukrainians they find in Syria. This could be taken to be akin to a declaration of war



EU to consider ‘all options’ to aid rebels as Syria asks for humanitarian help:

EU leaders have called on their foreign ministers to consider all options to support the Syrian opposition and put pressure on the Syrian leadership. It comes as the Syrian FM blames sanctions for the country’s humanitarian crisis, asking for UN aid.



Rebels will not win in Syria: Hezbollah chief:

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shia militant movement Hezbollah, said on Sunday the rebels in Syria could not emerge victorious from the 21-month-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.



Iran unveils six-point peace plan for Syria:

“In this stage, the [Syrian] government and all armed opposition groups should immediately halt military operations particularly in residential areas, and in order to stabilize the situation and [help to] restore calm, they must cooperate with the UN [special] envoy [on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi] and the committee working under his supervision,” the plan read.



Iran backs Syria presidential election, halt to arms shipments as parts of peace bid:

Iran in the past has offered initiatives to end the Syrian bloodshed, but none are likely to gain any momentum with the main rebel forces



Ahmadinejad ‘shuns’ Turkey after Iran’s top brass warns against Patriots:

NATO missiles on the Turkish-Syrian border are a prelude to ‘World War‘, warns Iran‘s top general. Following the remarks, the country’s leader, President Ahmadinejad, reportedly cancels his visit to Turkey.



7 killed as Multiple blasts hit two Iraqi cities :

Two car bombs and seven roadside bombs on Sunday targeted two Shia places of worship in Kirkuk, one in the city’s north and another in its south, killing a total of five people and wounding 14, a senior police officer told the AFP news agency.



Palestinian cancer patient refused treatment:

The management of the Israeli Kabalan Hospital in Rohovot has dismissed eight-year-old Gazan Leen Hassan, who has cancer in both kidneys, from that hospital’s care under the pretext that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has failed to settle the fees for the girl’s treatment.



Gaza Youth: Growing Up In ‘The World’s Largest Jail’:

Some 53 percent of Palestinians are under 18, according to the latest figures, many growing up in conditions resembling concentration camps, with limited access to necessities like running water and electricity.



Palestinian premier: Boycott Israeli goods:

Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, a U.S.-educated economist, told reporters the call for a boycott is a protest against Israel’s withholding of Palestinian tax funds



New Zealand government fund divests from Israeli firms over settlement construction:

A New Zealand government fund divested from three Israeli companies because of their involvement in the construction of West Bank settlements.



Bye, the beloved country – why almost 40 percent of Israelis are thinking of emigrating:

According to a new survey, more than a third of Israelis would leave the country if they could, citing economic opportunities as the main reason. Who are the wannabe leavers, and what can be done to induce them to stay?



Afghanistan: 11 “militants” killed in Kandahar:

At least 11 government armed oppositions were killed during a one-hour counterinsurgent battle in southern province of Kandahar, provincial press office said in a statement Sunday.



Last French combat troops leave Afghanistan:

This comes two years before a deadline for all NATO combat forces to withdraw, and was hastened by inside attacks and a change of power in Paris.



An Afghan Mystery: Why Are Large Shipments of Gold Leaving the Country?:

Last year alone, Afghanistan‘s central bank says, roughly $4.5 billion in cash was spirited out through the airport.



6 killed as gunbattle follows Pakistan airport attack:

“Five militants were hiding in an under-construction house near Peshawar airport,” Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the provincial information minister, confirmed. “All of them were suicide bombers. They had weapons and hand grenades.”



Libya: Four killed in Benghazi Police Station Attack:

Four policemen in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi were killed when a police compound was attacked on Sunday, a security official said, in the latest violence to plague the cradle of Libya’s uprising, reports Reuters.



Attack on Ivory Coast army checkpoint kills 2:

The assault took place Sunday morning in Agboville, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Abidjan. Moussa says the attackers were heavily armed with rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikovs.



Egyptian voters back constitution in early election results::

Preliminary results released immediately after the polls closed showed that voters approved the constitution by 65 percent, according to parties supporting the constitution and monitors counting the vote.



Protests flare in Bahrain after king’s speech:

Activists in Bahrain say police have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters who took to the streets after an annual address by the Gulf nation’s king.



Kuwait emir warns critics as protest-hit parliament opens:

Kuwait’s ruler opened a new parliament on Sunday in the face of months of street protests and political unrest, saying he welcomed constructive criticism but would not accept lawless behaviour and chaos on the streets.



Our kill list president:

Obama to attend vigil with Newtown families:

US president set to visit Connecticut to console families affected in rampage that killed 26 people, mostly children.



Man With Assault Rifle Shot Dead by Police After Alabama Triple Murder:

A man armed with an assault-style rifle and suspected of killing three men in a domestic dispute was shot dead by police after a car chase and shootout that left an officer wounded, marking a second incident of deadly gun violence in Alabama in two days, officials said on Sunday.



Indiana man with 47 guns arrested after threatening elementary school:

Police were called after he allegedly threatened to set his wife on fire and “kill as many people as he could”



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 : 3,241


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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