23 December 2012 — Information Clearing House
Resisting Genocide: Syria, North Korea, and Cuba
By Gearóid Ó Colmáin
As NATO and Gulf Co-operation Council terrorists persist in their attempt to destroy the Syrian Arab Republic with car bombs, torture, beheadings and mayhem, the Syrian state has still shown no evidence of imminent collapse.
Imperial Warrior Kerry at State
By Stephen Lendman
US foreign policy isn’t pretty. Permanent global wars reflect its harshness. Kerry won’t change things.
The Ultimate Logic of a Society Built on Mass Murder
By Glen Ford
It’s not a sudden madness, but a long history of mass murder come full circle.
An Open Letter To All Americans: Shame On You!
By Jim Taylor
Does anyone seriously believe that James Madison intended to ensure Adam Lanza’s right to fire hundreds of rounds into huddled six- and seven-year-old schoolchildren?
Putting Faith On Trial
Is Religon a Force For Good Or Evil?
Interview with renowned atheist Richard Dawkins
Why if god does not exist, is religion so persistent?
Govt airstrike kills dozens in central Syria – activists: The account is supported by an amateur video released on YouTube which shows dozens of dead or wounded people in the rubble of what the off camera narrator says was a bakery. The footage also depicts men carrying victims out of a bombed one-story block, and a crater in the road beside it.
Syria militants use chemical weapons against Syrian forces: Report: According to a commander of the Syrian Presidential Guard, at least seven Syrian soldiers were killed on Saturday after they were attacked by a chemical weapon which produced a toxic yellow gas.
Syria acting to safeguard chemical weapons, says Russia: Syria has acted to consolidate its chemical weapons into “one or two” places to prevent rebels capturing them, Russia’s foreign minister says.
Syria: Iraq 2.0, another false-flag invasion, rated XXX: Op-Ed: The US and NATO are set to invade Syria, something many of us have been warning about for a while now. It has been obvious that they have been looking for a pretext and that pretext has already been injected into the public debate. That pretext: chemical weapons,
UN envoy Brahimi arrives in Damascus: Lakhdar Brahimi is hoping to “achieve a breakthrough”, to broker a solution that would lead to a consensus transitional government with full authority, diplomatic sources told Al Jazeera on Sunday.
In Hezbollah stronghold, Lebanese Christians find respect, stability: In a Christian home in a Shiite suburb of Beirut, images of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah share mantel and wall space with the Virgin Mary.
Iraq bombs – 4 killed: Three separate bomb attacks killed a member of the Kurdish peshmerga security forces and three construction workers in Iraq on Sunday, officers and doctors said.
Exxon oil deal linked to looming civil war in Iraq: – With their opposing armies massed on either side of the contested border dividing southern and northern Iraq, leaders in Baghdad and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region are warning they are close to civil war — one that could be triggered by Exxon Mobil.
Iran ‘has mostly overcome sanction challenges’:
Western sanctions on Iran’s shipping and energy sectors caused serious problems for its oil industry earlier this year but Iran has mostly overcome those challenges, Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi was quoted as saying on Sunday.
‘PA won’t allow (illegal) E1 “settlement” project to happen’:
The Palestinian Authority will not allow Israeli plans to build in the occupied E1 area of Jerusalem to be realized, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa. Abbas said the building plans are “a red line and we will not allow it to happen.”
Netanyahu warns Hamas: We’re not finished with you yet: IDF preparing to hit Islamists ‘with a still heavier blow,’ PM says in pre-election interviews; also hails his government’s economic successes, says ties with US are strong.
Netanyahu lauds Kerry nomination for US secretary of state job: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday welcomed the appointment of his personal friend John Kerry as US secretary of state and described him as “a known supporter of Israel‘s security”.
South Africa’s African National Congress Endorses Israel Boycott: South Africa‘s ruling party, the African National Congress, voted to make boycotts, divestment and sanctions of Israel part of its official policy.
Israel to join NATO activities amidst Turkey tension: Israel has received approval to participate in NATO activities in 2013 that had been held up amid tensions with Turkey, Israeli officials told The Jerusalem Post.
Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for suicide bomb that killed senior minister: Mr Bilour was long on the target list of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella organisation of the Pakistani militant groups, and survived at least two previous assassination attacks.
Pakistan mob burns man for ‘blasphemy’: Police say man beaten to death and set on fire for apparently desecrating Islam’s holy book, Quran.
Prince Harry kills Taliban commander in Afghanistan: reports: Prince Harry who is an RAF helicopter pilot deployed in Afghanistan, has killed a Taliban leader in an airstrike, notching up his first ‘kill’, British media reported today.
Muslim Brotherhood claims victory in Egypt constitution vote amid fraud allegations: Egypt’s new Sharia-based constitution has been approved in a second round of voting, the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party said. The country’s opposition leveled accusations of fraud, saying it will appeal the referendum results.
Thousands protest in Bahrain seeking PM’s ouster: Thousands of Shiite protesters in Bahrain Saturday demanded a transition government and the removal of Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, who has been premier since 1974, witnesses said.
US to deploy newest weapons to Asia-Pacific: The Pentagon will send P-8 submarine-hunting aircraft, cruise missiles, Virginia-class submarines, coastal combat ships and F-35 fighter jets to Asian ports and bases in coming years, the senior official told reporters
Mosque Arsonist: Fox News Made Me Do It!: An Indiana man who pleaded guilty yesterday to setting an Ohio mosque on fire told a judge he was motivated by media accounts – specifically those on Fox News – suggesting Muslims were threatening Americans and were in control of parts of the federal government.
Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons: Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, crowds around the dealer booths, a rush to buy assault weapons even at higher prices and some dealers selling out.
‘Gee Dad … A Winchester!’ Marketing Guns to the American Youth of Yore: Gunmakers in the US used to advertise their deadly products directly to teenage boys, marketing them as the perfect Christmas present. And if the wife resisted, Winchester had the answer.
UK: Banking: thousands of customers switch their accounts out of the big five: Consumers are deserting major high-street banks in unprecedented numbers after a slew of revelations about unethical behaviour, according to data from the Move Your Money campaign.
Christmas food handouts double as millions face ‘financial precipice’:
The number of people who will turn to food banks for sustenance is expected to double this Christmas, as a new report warns that millions more families face a financial “precipice” due to high personal debts, flatlining wages and future interest rate rises.
American Dream Fades for Generation Y Professionals: Generation Y professionals entering the workforce are finding careers that once were gateways to high pay and upwardly mobile lives turning into detours and dead ends. Average incomes for individuals ages 25 to 34 have fallen 8 percent, double the adult population’s total drop, since the recession began in December 2007.
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