ICH 17 December 2012: ‘Useless, useless, useless’: the Palestinian verdict on Tony Blair

17 December 2012 — Information Clearing House


West has Lured al-Qaeda into Syria to be killed: Nasrallah

By Tehran Times

“I warn al-Qaeda: the Americans and the European countries and Arab and Islamic countries have set a trap for you in Syria, and opened for you a battlefield so you come from across the world… to be killed and to kill each other…”



Patriot Missiles in Turkey: Targeting Syria or Iran?

By Sergey Strokan

The pretext for the deployment of NATO Patriot missiles in Turkey does not appear credible.



Gaza is no Longer Occupied. Really?

Roger Walters – Must Watch – Video and Transcript

The will of “we the people of these United Nations” is that all our brothers and sisters should be free to live in self determination, that the oppressed should be released from their burden, by being given recourse to the law, and that the oppressors should be called to account by that same law.



‘Useless, useless, useless’: the Palestinian verdict on Tony Blair

By Matthew Kalman

Palestinian officials say Tony Blair shouldn’t take it personally, but he should pack up his desk at the Office of the Quartet Representative in Jerusalem and go home. They say his job, and the body he represents, are “useless, useless, useless”.



The Visible Government

How the U.S. Intelligence Community Came Out of the Shadows

By Tom Engelhardt

In the past, American presidents pursued “plausible deniability” when it came to assassination plots like those against Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, and Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem. Now, assassination is clearly considered a semi-public part of the presidential job.



Remember All the Children, Mr. President

By Bill Quigley

These tragedies must end.



Sympathy from the Devil

By William Norman Grigg

The government that impudently presumes to rule us has made Sandy Hook-style massacres routine for residents of Pakistan.



Firing Back at Extreme Gun Nuts

NRA: No Rational Answer

By Brian Foley

Shootings are now a slice of Americana, bringing out SWAT teams, burly police chiefs, grief counselors, media speculation about the usually-20-something-year-old-male shooter’s motive, and impromptu flower pile memorials.



How the GOP Promoted Gun Madness

By Robert Parry

When looking at the faces of the six-year-olds butchered in their Connecticut classroom, you should also see the faces of the politicians who pandered to the NRA and its obsessive opposition to commonsense gun control.



Obama, Biden are war criminals under UN Charter: Analyst

By Dave Lindorff

US authorities, including President Obama, are engaged in an “ongoing criminal conspiracy under international law” both to cover up and protect criminals like Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, and to continue the commission of war crimes by the US government.



Hey You!

Do You Love Your Servitude?

By Washingtons Blog

Millions of families are dysfunctional, with parents too busy with their careers and acquiring material possessions, to bother with raising their children in a loving nurturing way.



 6 Ways to Replace Violence With a Culture of Caring

By Alison Rose Levy

Wake up America. Our babies are turning into killers. Our babies are committing suicide at unbelievable rates. We can’t even get past the blame game.



Banking on Criminality:

Drug Money and the Above-the-Law Global Banking Cartel

By Andrew Gavin Marshall

Welcome to the world of financial criminality, the “international cartel” of drug money banks and their political protectors.



System Will Collapse When Goldman Decides to Pull the Plug on Confidence in the US Dollar

By Jim Sinclair

Dollar based entitlement payments will be reduced to nearly meaningless levels on a single day, and that the result will also solve the health care cost crisis in the US.



40 armed men killed in blast in Syria’s Aleppo:

At least 40 armed men were killed Monday in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo when their booby-trapped car went off, the state-run SANA news agency said.



Amateur Video – : Shelling of Syrian town kills 25:

Opposition activists claim at least 25 people have been killed after Syrian government forces attack the town of Helfaya in Hama province.



Syria: Palestinian camp residents flee rebel attacks: Clashes renewed Monday in the Yarmuk refugee camp in southern Damascus between pro-government Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and rebels fighting President Bashar Al Assad’s forces



Syrian Alawites abandon homes: Video report: Shia community flees as opposition fighters push into its territory. Al Jazeera has visited a village in Idlib province which was once home to the Alawite community.



Syrian V.P. suggests unity talks: Syria’s vice president, in an interview to be published Monday, calls for an end to the country’s civil war with negotiations to form a unity government.



Global powers will keep pouring oil on the fire in Syria – Hezbollah: There is no compromise on Syria alone – the entire Middle East is at stake and all the world powers have their interests there, Hezbollah’s Ammar Al-Mussawi told RT.



Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria?:

David Cameron: Syria empowering new al-Qaeda generation:

David Cameron has warned there was a “strategic” as well as “moral imperative” to act as the death toll in Syria mounts.



Syria arms embargo to be reviewed: : European countries including Britain are to review the arms embargo in Syria as part of continuing efforts to support the opposition to President Assad, David Cameron has told the Commons.



Syria “genuinely worried” extremists could get chemical weapons: Syria is “genuinely worried” that some countries might equip extremist groups with chemical weapons and then claim they were used by the Syrian government, the country’s U.N. envoy said in a letter to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.



Russia warns against UN “peacekeepers” in Syria: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said his country would use its veto powers on the UN Security Council against any resolution for a military intervention in Syria and “this includes the deployment of peacekeepers,” according to Interfax news agency.



Who’s in the Syria driving seat as the US and NATO prepare for military intervention?: Op-Ed : The intention of the British, US and French governments is clear: to use the fears about chemical weapons to move from secret intervention to no fly zones, air strikes and possible incursions.



At least 20 killed as more deadly bombings hit Iraq: A series of car bombs near Shia places of worship has killed at least 20 people and injured many, a day after multiple blasts had hit two Iraqi cities killing nine people, a year after US forces departed the country.



Gunmen kill military intelligence officer in south Yemen: The latest in a series of assassinations targeting Yemeni officials saw a military intelligence officer shot dead at the hands of masked gunmen



Starving Iran: Iran says oil revenues down by half: Report: Iran‘s oil revenues have been cut in half this year compared with last year, a newspaper quoted Iran‘s economic minister as saying, an admission of how deeply Western sanctions are cutting Tehran’s chief source of funds.



Israel guilty of ‘bleak’ and ‘severe’ human rights abuses, local NGO asserts: Civil rights group’s report decries situation in the West Bank, among the Bedouin, and relating to African migrants in Tel Aviv



Israel is sterilizing Ethiopian women:

Ethiopian women immigrants say that they were given Depo-Provera (a contraceptive injection containing the hormone progestin administered once every three months) against their will.



012: More children resort to begging, or quit school to enter workforce: Needy families are sliding into still harsher times, report shows; public sees dealing with poverty as more urgent than national security



Bomb attack kills 16 at Pakistan market: The bomb exploded on Monday in a small market near a bus stop, killing and wounding people waiting for buses to take them across the northwest and to other parts of the country, according to officials.



Afghan Landmine Blast Kills 10 Young Girls: A child accidentally hits a landmine with an axe while collecting firewood, triggering a deadly explosion.



Car bomb at U.S. compound in Afghan capital kills 2: A car bomb exploded outside of a compound housing a U.S. military contractor in the Afghan capital Monday, blowing apart an exterior wall, killing at least two Afghan workers and wounding more than a dozen other people, company representatives and police said.



UK to announce major troops reduction in Afghanistan: According to reports the prime minister will announce to reduce at least 4,500 troops from the Afghanistan which will be more than half of the British troops deployed in Afghanistan.



4 killed in attack on Police station in Libya’s Benghazi: 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.



Two Libyan soldiers killed: Gunmen killed two army officers on Sunday in a Libyan town that was one of the last strongholds of Moamer Qadhafi’s regime before his overthrow and killing last year, the military said.



Libya orders temporary closure of borders: Libya declared its vast desert south a closed military zone in the face of growing unrest.



Egypt opposition calls for protests against referendum: The National Salvation Front urged people to “take to the streets on Tuesday to defend their freedoms, prevent fraud and reject the draft”.



Tunisia descends into turmoil : – Two years after the ‘Arab Spring’ revolution in Tunisia, the country is in turmoil. The economy is paralyzed, and the political, religious and social gulf between Islamists and the secular opposition is growing wider.



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Bahrain protesters challenge police in capital: Security forces in Bahrain have fired tear gas and stun grenades to break up protest marchers after calls by anti-government groups to snarl the Gulf nation’s capital with demonstrators.



012 – Putin: The restoration of Russia’s position on the market of modernization and overhaul of military hardware is extremely important, he said. “Hence, we will both preserve the portfolio of military-technical orders and enlarge it,” he said.



China and Russia sign contracts worth $15 billion: Among the specific projects named, he said Russia and China were considering the joint design of a wide-body long-distance passenger plane.



Beaten and sodomized: European human rights court finds CIA guilty of torture: The European Court of Human Rights found the CIA guilty of torturing a terror suspect for the first time ever. A German citizen was illegally detained, tortured and sodomized by a CIA “rendition team’ after being mistaken for an al-Qaeda member.



Protests erupt after Chicago police kill unarmed man: Area residents, including some of Moore’s family members, reacted with fury to the killing. Gathering near the intersection of Ashland and Garfield shortly after the young man was killed, people threw bottles and rocks at police cars and physically confronted police. Police officers were seen fighting with residents.



Hundreds of thousands expected to join Spanish protest against austerity measures, reforms: The demonstrations Monday have been called by the main labour unions and dozens of social groups. They are to take place in 55 cities. Union leaders are to head what is expected to be the largest march in Madrid.



Ed Miliband: Tories are drifting towards EU exit: Cameron is tipped to make a much-delayed keynote speech on Europe early next year



Has America got it in for British banks?: As his audience at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt hotel tucked into their three-course lunch on Monday, Sir Mervyn King explained why British banks need to raise billions of pounds more in capital.



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 : 3,242


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001





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