ICH 24 December 2012: The Greatest Gift For All

24 December 2012 — Information Clearing House


The Rape of Syria

By Pepe Escobar

That is disaster capitalism in action, phase I; the terrain is already prepared for a profitable “reconstruction” of Syria once a pliable, pro-Western turbo-capitalism government is installed.



‘We Are Not in the Business of Regime Change’ Russian Foreign Minister

Video – Interview With Sergey Lavrov

Western governments have begun distinguishing between “bad terrorists and acceptable terrorists” on the ground in Syria, refusing to condemn acts of terror there.



The Real Obstacles to Successful Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

There’s never any examination of what drives American politics to demonize countries like the Islamic Republic of Iran… The issue is something here; it’s about domestic politics here.



AIPAC Owns Congress

US House Urges Obama to Close PLO Office as Punishment for UN Vote


Letter signed by more than half of U.S. House of Representatives also calls for defunding of UN-affiliated organizations that similarly enhance PLO membership.



The Terror Lurking in a Christmas Tree

Israel Tries to Ban Non-Jewish Celebrations

By Jonathan Cook

There is plenty of religious intolerance verging on hatred being quietly exercised against non-Jews, mostly behind the scenes so as not to disturb Israel’s “Jewish and democratic” image.



The Greatest Gift For All

By Paul Craig Roberts

Be we religious or be we not, our celebration of Christ’s birthday celebrates a religion that made us masters of our souls and of our political life on Earth.



Jihadists kill 30 people, take large part of Syria Alawite village: activists say: :

Jihadists overran large parts of an Alawite village in the central Syrian province of Hama on Monday in fighting that killed at least 30 combatants, a monitoring group said.



Syria: Several killed by Homs gas attack: Pro reber activists say: Activists in Homs claim Syrian government forces used poisonous gas on a rebel-held neighbourhood, killing several people on Monday.



Chemical war of words: Syrian govt, rebels trade accusations: Though Moscow maintains that Syria’s chemical weapons are secure, new rumors have recently swept international media: Syrian rebels and government forces have accused each other of using nerve agents that led to fatalities, unconfirmed reports said.



Syrian peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in talks with Assad: President Assad expressed support for “any effort in the interest of the Syrian people which preserves the homeland’s sovereignty and independence”, the state-run Sana news agency reports.



Russian military presence in Syria poses challenge to US-led intervention: Advisers deployed with surface-to-air systems bolster President Assad’s defences and complicate outcome of any future strikes.



Obama regime kills two alledged militants in southern Yemen: officials: At least two alledged militants were killed on Monday in what security and local officials said was a U.S. drone strike on a suspected position of al-Qaeda-linked insurgents in southern Yemen.



Iraqi protesters block road to Jordan and Syria: Protesters have flocked to the streets in recent days in the western Sunni heartland. They say Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has marginalized them, and that anti terrorism laws are being used unfairly against Sunnis.



‘I don’t care what the UN says!’ Netanyahu vows to continue illegal settlement activity: The Israeli prime minister has vowed to continue building settlements in the “Israeli capital of Jerusalem,” defying near-unanimous international criticism of the illegal activity in retaliation for Palestine’s upgraded UN status.



Iran warns citizens to avoid US travel: Iran has issued a travel warning to its citizens against visiting the United States, an official said, after the death of an Iranian national reportedly following a grilling by US customs officials.



Afghanistan: Five killed in separate security incidents: Five people were killed two separate security incidents in eastern Nangarhar and northern Faryab provinces, officials said on Sunday.



Local Cop Kills 5 Colleagues: In northern Afghanistan, a local police officer in Jowjzan Province shot dead five of his colleagues.: Provincial Police chief Abdullah Aziz Ghairat told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan that the officer fled and turned himself over to Taliban fighters. A Taliban spokesman confirmed the officer’s defection.



Afghan policewoman kills US adviser: police: The killing of the American, who worked as a contractor with the NATO command, was the first known insider attack by a woman in Afghanistan.



Taliban not demanding Afghan power monopoly: “We are not looking to monopolize power. We want an all-Afghan inclusive government,” the speech said. It was delivered by two Taliban officials, Mawlawi Shahbuddin Dilawar and Muhammad Naeem during the conference on Thursday and Friday.



Jihadists kill 30 people, take large part of Syria Alawite village: activists say: : Jihadists overran large parts of an Alawite village in the central Syrian province of Hama on Monday in fighting that killed at least 30 combatants, a monitoring group said.



Egyptian judges review ballot on divisive constitution: Egyptian judges were investigating opposition accusations of voting irregularities on Monday before declaring the result of a referendum set to show that a contentious new constitution has been approved.



Mali: Armed Intervention in Mali Risks Worsening the Crisis: Amnesty: The UN Security Council’s approval of armed intervention into Mali risks worsening the human rights and humanitarian crisis in the north, Amnesty International said today.



Two firefighters shot dead in New York state: Two firefighters have been shot dead and two others wounded in New York state when a gunman opened fire as the emergency personnel responded to a Christmas Eve blaze, police said.



Dr. Cornel West Says President Obama, Politicians Are ‘Cowards’ for Lack of Response to Gun Violence In the Black Community: Community leaders in Chicago have been asking the White House to create stricter gun laws for decades in response to the staggering number of African American children who have been killed via gun shot wound, but no one responded to their requests.



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 : 3,245


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001





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