ICH 18 December 2012: What If Children Mattered No Matter Where They Lived –

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:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33365.htm 

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33363.htm 

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33361.htm 

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33367.htm 

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33368.htm 

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33362.htm 

 

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.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33360.htm 

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33364.htm 

 

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33366.htm 

 

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.

http://is.gd/z8DNze 

 

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.

http://is.gd/zY9TV9 

 

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.

http://is.gd/fHKSb2 

 

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.

http://is.gd/mgUj1l 

 

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.

http://is.gd/HVW0IU 

 

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.

http://en.trend.az/regions/met/iraq/2100507.html 

 

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.

http://is.gd/sI2esL 

 

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

http://is.gd/ZLOFVr 

 

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.

http://is.gd/ss9cUO 

 

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.

http://is.gd/g2MaGx 

 

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.

http://is.gd/auUOEt 

 

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

http://is.gd/KErSM0 

 

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.

http://is.gd/xsZfil 

 

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.

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121217/178225396.html 

 

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.

http://is.gd/aR9zYr 

 

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.

http://is.gd/dO6xNU 

 

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.

http://is.gd/DC0BRs 

 

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

http://is.gd/XSd9v3 

 

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.”

http://is.gd/PRaFoa 

 

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.

http://is.gd/xhBdxt 

 

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.

http://is.gd/tTYY27 

 

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.

http://is.gd/aw3zj0 

 

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.

http://is.gd/1RqTnL 

 

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20768205 

 

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.

http://rt.com/politics/patrushev-nuclear-weapon-security-267/ 

 

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.

http://is.gd/QNdF4s 

 

Chavez allies sweep Venezuela polls: Ruling Socialist Party wins nearly all 23 states, as Henrique Capriles consolidates position as top opposition leader.

http://is.gd/b0V2rK 

 

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.

http://is.gd/2lSha1 

 

Do Your Senators Support an Assault Weapons Ban?: Some of the answers may surprise you.

http://is.gd/689OLU 

 

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.

http://is.gd/7CPdQi 

 

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.

http://is.gd/uqTKYb

Tom Feeley

 

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

 

$1,404,261,937,861

http://www.costofwar.com/

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