20 December 2012 — Information Clearing House
Syria: Palestinian Camp Empties Pending Government Counter-Attack
By Franklin Lamb
Souha said she passed about a dozen bodies on the steps and front ground next to the Abdul Qader Al-Hosseini mosque as she left Yarmouk.
Swift Boating Hagel
Stand Up to the Intimidators
By Paul Pillar
Their main reason for going after Hagel, is that he does not believe in subordinating U.S. interests to the wishes of the right-wing Israeli government and its American backers.
Hagel is anti-Semitic –
Chuck Hagel and the Neocon Smear Machine
By Robert Wright
What you’re seeing now is one of the final desperate spasms of a group that has already helped destroy the thing it loves
Obama Versus the Israel Lobby
By Kevin MacDonald
Whether or not Hagel is nominated as the Secretary of Defense, floating his name is a good indication that the Obama Administration has no intention of war with Iran and is quite comfortable with someone who is not a mindless foot soldier on behalf of the Israel Lobby.
Did General David Petraeus Grant Friends Access to Top Secret Files?
By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
It is alleged he granted two friends astonishing access to top secret files as he ran the Afghan surge. Rajiv Chandrasekaran reveals how the volunteers won big donations from defence firms – and how they pushed the army towards a far more aggressive strategy.
US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend
By Michael Kelley
UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Christof Heyns said that if there are “secondary drone strikes on rescuers who are helping (the injured) after an initial drone attack, those further attacks are a war crime.”
Assange’s Christmas address from Ecuador embassy in London
Video (Full Speech)
When our media is corrupt. When our academics are timid. When our history is filled with half truths and lies. Our civilization will never be just.
The Religious and Social Crises and Political Consequences
By James Petras
The religious crises, the decline in belief and institutional affiliation, is intimately related to the moral decay in US public institutions and the precipitous decline of living standards.
Slavery’s Global Comeback
By J.J. Gould
There are now twice as many people enslaved in the world as there were in the 350 years of the transatlantic slave trade.
Obama Proposes Social Security Cuts
By Patrick Martin
Obama has publicly proposed to cut future benefits for Social Security recipients, underlining the bipartisan agreement that the working class and the elderly, not Wall Street or the super-rich, must pay for the crisis of American capitalism.
24 killed in South Sudan clashes: Juba – Fighting between South Sudan’s army and a militia led by a self-proclaimed prophet killed 24 people in an eastern region where France’s Total and other foreign oil groups are hoping to explore large concessions, the military said.
Four killed in clash in Libya’s Benghazi: officials: –
Four people were killed when security forces clashed with armed demonstrators outside a police station in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, security sources said.
The Mess We Left Behind in Libya: Op-Ed : While Washington is busy fighting over a report, Benghazi is descending into chaos.
The Same Old Colonial Powers Are Licking Their Chops at the Thought of Invading Mali…and the Rest of West Africa: Op-Ed: The current crisis in Mali is the recent manifestation of a recurring episode of terrible suffering and constant struggles.
Fifty-five drowned off Somali coast: “Without doubt, the Gulf of Aden is now the deadliest route for people fleeing conflict, violence and human rights abuses in the Horn of Africa,” said UNHCR Representative for Somalia, Bruno Geddo.
Seven Killed By A Roadside Bomb: A roadside bomb has killed two police officers and five civilians in southwestern Afghanistan.
US Parliament approves USD 5.7bn for strengthening Afghan forces: US parliamentThe US House of Representatives and Senate have agreed to fully finance building the capacity of the Afghan army and police by approving an amount of USD 5.7bn.
Karzai welcomes British troop withdrawal: Afghan president Hamid Karzai has welcomed news that nearly half of Britain’s troops will be withdrawn from the country next year.
War or prosperity?
UK announces higher price tag for Afghan war while cutting vital social services: The UK has revealed that the cost of its involvement in the war in Afghanistan has reached $27.6 billion, and may end up being as much as $32.5 billion. Meanwhile, the UK continues to slash domestic social services to reduce its budget deficit.
Syrian conflict turning increasingly sectarian, warns UN human rights watchdog: The report, commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council, found that foreign fighters, many linked to extremist Sunni groups, are infiltrating into Syria. They are operating in independent units that co-ordinate actions with the Free Syrian Army – the Western-backed armed group which is the rebels’ main military force.
UK Government warned on direct Syrian intervention: Direct intervention in Syria‘s civil war to bring down President Bashar al-Assad would be illegal in the absence of a UN resolution, MPs warned the Government last night.
2,000 foreign troops expected in Turkey as part of Patriot deployment: In an atmosphere of tense relations between Turkey and war-torn Syria, 2,000 foreign troops are expected to be deployed in various Turkish provinces along the country’s border with Syria to operate the Patriot surface-to-air defense system.
Abbas seeking to shelter Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria: The Palestinian president has asked the UN for help in bringing over the refugees, willing to take them into Palestinian territories; any such move would require Israel‘s consent.
Israeli settlements leave U.S. odd man out at U.N. Security Council: US refuses to join 14 other members of the U.N. Security Council in a statements at the United Nations opposing Israeli plans to expand illegal Jewish settlements around Jerusalem after the United States repeatedly blocked attempts to take stronger action.
Israeli attacks on Gaza journalists unlawful: : HRW: Israel‘s killing of two Palestinian journalists and attacks on media facilities during its Gaza offensive last month violated the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.
Israel approves Qatar emir’s visit to West Bank, in nod to Abbas: Israel approved the visit under assumption that the emir will offer financial aid to the struggling Palestinian Authority, and give Palestinian Authority diplomatic strengthening over Hamas rival.
Pro-Israel groups want to block appointment of Chuck Hagel as new US defence secretary: Pro-Israel groups have tried to derail a possible plan for the White House to appoint a former Republican senator as the next US secretary of defence, saying his comments on Jewish influence in American politics “border on anti-Semitism”.
More Chuck Hagel Pushback: Israel Group Airs Attack Ad: As pro-Israel groups continue to wrangle over Chuck Hagel, reportedly President Obama‘s likely nominee for secretary of defense, the conservative Emergency Committee for Israel plans to air a new ad on cable TV in the Washington, D.C., area today and Friday.
Click Here To Nominate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense — and fight for his nomination: In response to the news that former Sen. Hagel is a frontrunner for SecDef, a vicious smear campaign has been launched that seeks to impugn his character.
Russian destroyer docks at Iranian port: The Russian Marshal Shaposhnikov destroyer docked at the Iranian port on Wednesday, the public relations department of the Iranian Navy announced.
U.S. Congress to Probe Iran ‘Presence’ in Latin America: In a 386-6 vote, the House of Representatives has called for the US State Department to launch an immediate investigation into Iran‘s diplomatic and business interests in central and South America.
An Honorable Handful Oppose Iran Resolution: These Iran resolutions are straight out of Orwell.
Florida Man, Planned To Bomb NYC Over Drones Deaths, Prosecutors Say: A Pakistani-born man wanted to avenge the deaths of U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan by blowing up a New York City landmark but lacked the money and materials to carry out the plan, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.
Former Marine: I burned Ohio mosque to avenge US troops: “Every day you turn on the TV, you see Muslims trying to kill Americans,” said Linn, a truck driver from St. Joe
Pistol purchased by ATF agent found at alleged cartel crime scene in Mexico:
CBS News has learned that two guns found in the area of a recent Mexican drug cartel shootout have been linked to Fast and Furious: One trafficked by a suspect in the case, and the other purchased by a federal agent.
South Dakota Teen Fatally Shot By Friend Over Paintball Game: The victim, Dalton Williams of Pierre, was found lying in the entryway of the accused shooter’s house around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with a gunshot wound to the chest. Paramedics rushed the high school sophomore to a nearby hospital, but he later died.
Guns Out of Stock at Wal-Mart as Magazine Prices Surge on: With President Barack Obama endorsing sweeping gun restrictions in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, prices for handgun magazines are surging on EBay (EBAY) and semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) locations.
Lanza wanted to join the Marines: That is what he told his mother Nancy Lanza, his biggest cheerleader, and that is what she relayed to one of her closest friends, Ellen Adriani of Sandy Hook
Texas trooper suspended after conducting roadside cavity searches:
Trooper Kelly Helleson was suspended one day after two women filed a lawsuit against her for violating their bodies in search of marijuana. The two women had initially been pulled over by a male trooper for throwing a cigarette butt out the window. After claiming he smelled marijuana, he called his colleague, Helleson, to search the women’s bodies.
12 year old driven to tears as TSA claims sick girl tests positive for bomb residue: Video – A 12-year-old girl in a wheelchair was detained for nearly an hour at DFW Airport while trying to get through security.
Nearly 205K Deportations of Parents of U.S. Citizens in Just Over Two Years: The federal government conducted more than 200,000 deportations of parents who said their children are U.S. citizens in a timespan of just over two years, according to new data
Food Stamps To Be Cut Next November: Benefits will decline for every SNAP household. For families of three, the cut likely will be $25 to $30 a month – $300 to $360 a year.
Climate trends upsetting ecosystems: A report led by U.S. Geological Survey — “Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services” — says animal and plant species are flowering, laying eggs or migrating in different ways and at different times than in previous years. This pattern, the USGS said, is accelerating.
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