18 December 2012 — Information Clearing House
Obama’s War on Syria and Its Implications
By Shamus Cooke
The Obama administration has already declared war on Syria, even if it isn’t “official” yet. Consider the facts, all of them acts of war:
Israel Is Set To Receive 5,000 US Bunker Buster Bombs After Delaying Its Attack On Iran
By Michael Kelley
The U.S. Department of Defense notified Congress of a $647 million agreement to provide the Israel Air Force with 10,000 bombs – more than half of which are bunker-busters.
In the US, Mass Child Killings are Tragedies. In Pakistan, Mere Bug Splats
By George Monbiot
Barack Obama‘s tears for the children of Newtown are in stark contrast to his silence over the children murdered by his drones.
What If Children Mattered No Matter Where They Lived-and Died?
By Peter Hart
We do not live in a world that treats all life equally. Not even close.
We Have Become Death
By Camillo Mac Bica
We ignore the obvious, and refuse to look at who we are, better, what we’ve become, as a nation, a people.
Martial Law in Arkansas
SWAT cops to ask for IDs from everyone in Arkansas town
By William Grigg
Mayor Mike Gaskill and Police Chief Todd Stovall endorsed a plan to send cops dressed in full-fledged SWAT gear and equipped with AR-15s into downtown Paragould starting in 2013.
Fire Arm Insurance
By John Gear
We can fix the gun problem. We can make America safer, without limiting our right to bear arms. And we can do it without an expensive, dangerous, and futile “War on Guns.”
The Fiscal Cliff Is A Diversion:
The Derivatives Tsunami and the Dollar Bubble
By Paul Craig Roberts
The fiscal cliff has become the way for the Republicans to save the country from bankruptcy by destroying the social safety net put in place during the 1930s, supplemented by Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” in the mid-1960s.
Obama, Republicans Move Toward Deal to Slash Social Programs
By Barry Grey
48 million Americans who rely on Medicare, more than 50 million on Medicaid, and 54 million who receive Social Security benefits. The living standards of these millions of people will be severely affected by the structural changes and cuts that are being prepared by both big business parties.
17 killed in Pakistani tribal area blast: Wazir said that an explosives-laden vehicle had been parked outside the office of the Khyber’s political agent, the area’s top civilian administrator.
Six polio workers shot dead in Pakistani cities: In June, Taliban militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region ordered a ban on polio vaccination campaign, saying it could be a cover-up for the US espionage in the country.
Afghanistan: 3 police killed in separate attacks: A roadside bomb killed two police while a police officer was killed in a gun attack by Taliban in Kunar province, police said Monday.
NATO occupation force troops killed by Afghan security forces: Timeline of rogue attacks: Two NATO coalition troops were killed at a joint base in Zhari district in Kandahar on Thursday after two Afghan men, one of whom was apparently a soldier, turned their weapons against them.
59 Iraqis killed in violence: In the deadliest attack on Monday, a car bomb exploded at a car dealership in north Baghdad, killing at least 11 people and wounding at least 40, security and medical officials said.
Iraq’s foreign minister says President Talabani not dead: President Talabani a Kurd who has mediated among the country’s Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish parties, was in hospital on Tuesday after suffering a stroke that left him in “critical but stable condition,” government sources said.
Syria: 40 Civilians Killed in Rebels’ Attack on al-Yarmouk Camp: Dozens of civilians were killed following the Syrian rebels’ deadly attack on al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Southern Damascus.
Syrian rebels fight Palestinian pro-government group By Tuesday afternoon, the Syrian military deployed several tanks along camp’s main entrance, the residents said. There were no Syrian government troops in the camp and most of the fighting was between rebels and PFLP-GC gunmen
Syria: Armed Opposition Takes Yarmouk Refugee Camp: After fierce battles on Sunday, 16 December 2012, Palestinian neutrality in the Syrian crisis collapsed completely as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamist fighters overran most of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus.
Syria hits back at UN over Palestinian refugees: “Syria offered something to our Palestinian brothers decades ago that no other Arab host country has offered,” he told Ban in a telephone call, quoted by state news agency SANA.
Jihadis bankroll aid efforts in Syria to win followers:
Among those with money to throw around in the scrum for influence are groups like Jabhat al-Nusra, which the State Department says has ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq.
Richard Engel and NBC crew freed from captivity in Syria: Engel says the crew managed to escape while being moved from one location to another. The journalists were being transferred Monday evening “when their captors ran into a checkpoint manned by members of the Ahrar al-Sham brigade, a Syrian rebel group,” NBC reports
Syrian rebels delay execution of Ukrainian reporter: The Kremlin’s Human Rights Council has joined the White House, the Reporters Without Borders and the International Press Institute in urging the Syrian rebels to immediately release captured Ukrainian journalist Ankhar Kochneva.
Russian Embassy in Syria Investigates Reported Abduction: The Russian embassy in Syria confirmed on Monday that two Russian nationals had been abducted near the western Syrian port city of Latakia.
Russia sends warships to Syria for possible evacuation: Russia sent warships to the Mediterranean to prepare a potential evacuation of its citizens from Syria, a Russian news agency said on Tuesday, a sign President Bashar al-Assad’s key ally is worried about rebel advances that now threaten even the capital.
Syrian rebels maintain threat to kill Ukrainian journalist: The abductors said they would execute Kotchneva by Dec. 13, but then delayed their plans, claiming they were waiting for Ukrainian or Russian authorities to meet their demands, which they refused to announce publicly. According to news reports, the rebels denied money was on the list of demands.
Israel considering attack on Syrial: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has twice asked Jordan for its support to bomb Syria‘s alleged chemical weapons facilities.
Israel presses on with plans for 6,000 new settler homes: The settlements are illegal and Western powers have been especially troubled by Israel‘s declared intent to build in E-1, a wedge of land between occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank
Palestinians threaten to involve UN over new illegal Israeli “settlement” plan: President Mahmoud Abbas‘ spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeina, told AFP news agency on Monday, that the leadership is about to take “important and necessary measures against Israel‘s illegal settlement building, including recourse to the UN Security Council, to prevent implementation of these decisions.”
4 EU nations to condemn latest illegal Israel “settlements”: – A European diplomat says Germany and three other European members of the U.N. Security Council are preparing a statement condemning Israel‘s latest settlement plans in occupied east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
Palestinians prefer Hamas leader Haniyeh over Abbas, poll shows: If Palestinians were to vote for their president today, they would elect Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh over Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a recent poll shows.
Poll: Majority of Israelis prefer two-state solution: According to the survey, 58% of Israelis would prefer to see Israel remain as a Jewish, “democratic” state through fixed state borders along the route of the West Bank security barrier, seeing Israel preserve its Jewish character alongside a demilitarized Palestinian state.
Reciting a poem brings life sentence in Qatar: Qatari poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami, who after spending a year in solitary confinement, on November 29, 2012 was sentenced to life in prison by the Qatari courts.
Seven online activists ‘arrested in UAE’: Last month, the UAE government tightened the law on internet use. It became a criminal offence to deride or damage the state or its institutions, or to organise unauthorised demonstrations.
US seeks ‘world supremacy’ through advanced weapons – Security Chief: The Secretary of the Security Council of Russia has provided his views on a number of national security issues, including the importance of preserving Russia’s nuclear arsenal against potential adversaries.
U.S. Increasing Military Presence in the Philippines:
In a move that prompted a swift and angry response from China, the U.S. has reportedly agreed to substantially increase its military presence in the Philippines, increasing the number of troops, aircraft and ships which routinely rotate through the country.
Chavez allies sweep Venezuela polls: Ruling Socialist Party wins nearly all 23 states, as Henrique Capriles consolidates position as top opposition leader.
Newtown shootings: Obama ‘backs assault weapons ban’: US President Barack Obama wants to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, his spokesman says.
Do Your Senators Support an Assault Weapons Ban?: Some of the answers may surprise you.
The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way: Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited, an examination by The New York Times found.
Foreign holdings of US debt hit record of $5.48 trillion in October; China’s holdings rise: China, the largest holder of U.S. government debt, increased its holdings slightly to $1.16 trillion. Japan, the second-largest holder, boosted its holdings by a smaller amount to $1.13 trillion. Brazil, the country with the third-largest holdings, increased its total to $255.2 billion.
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 : 3,243
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001