ICH 3 January 2013: The Iranians Are Coming!- The Iranians Are Coming!

3 January 2013 — Information Clearing House

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria

Lies, Damned Lies And UN Statistics

By Moon Of Alabama

Is it really well advised for the United Nations to use a U.S. government funded entity to calculate some inevitably disputed numbers of casualties when the U.S. is supporting one side of the conflict?



Arab Slave Traders Supporting Democracy in Syria?:

By Finian Cunningham

Recent legal moves by the governments of Ethiopia, Indonesia and the Philippines to protect their nationals working in the Persian Gulf Arab states point to this harrowing fact: the Arab slave trade in foreign workers is alive and well.



The Iranians Are Coming!

The Imagined, ‘Sinister’ Iranian Threat in Latin America

By Ramzy Baroud

Apparently, barbarians coming from distant lands are at work. They are gathering at the US-Mexico border, cutting fences and ready to wreak havoc on an otherwise serene American landscape.



Two-state solution’ is cover for the real story, annexation of West Bank

By Philip Weiss

The two-state solution has become an important diversion from discussing the true nature of Israeli colonialism.



Those Who Say ‘I Support the Troops’ Really Don’t

By Michael Moore

I don’t “support the troops” or any of those other hollow and hypocritical platitudes uttered by Republicans and frightened Democrats.



Time Warner Cable Drops Current TV Upon Sale To Al Jazeera

By Michael Calderone

Time Warner Cable pulled the plug on Current TV just hours after news of the cable channel’s sale to Al Jazeera became official. “This channel is no longer available on Time Warner Cable,” read an on-screen message where Current TV used to be found.



France’s Censorship Demands to Twitter are More Dangerous Than ‘Hate Speech’

By Glenn Greenwald

Few ideas have done as much damage throughout history as empowering the government to criminalize opinions it dislikes.



8 Huge Corporate Handouts in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

By Matt Stoller

Here are the corporate subsidies in the fiscal cliff bill that you may not know about.



Sacrifice Zones

Interview with Chris Hedges

This became the template for which the American Empire expanded: the Philippines, Cuba and all throughout Latin America. And today, places like Iraq and Afghanistan.



Everything We Tell Ourselves About America and the World Is Wrong

By Charles Eisenstein

More and more people in the West no longer believe that civilization is fundamentally on the right track.



Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy

Must Watch Video – Stacy Mitchell at TEDxDirigo

What we really need to do is change the underlying policies that shape our economy. We can’t do that through the sum of our individual behavior in the marketplace. We can only do it by exercising our collective power as citizens.”



Suicide car bomber kills 27 Shi’ite pilgrims in Iraq:

A suicide bomber driving a car killed at least 27 Shi’ite Muslims at a bus station in the Iraqi town of Mussayab on Thursday, police and medics said, as they were gathering to return home from a religious rite.



Obama Regime Kills 13 People in Pakistan:

Two U.S. drone strikes on northwest Pakistan killed a senior Taliban commander. One resident, Ajaz Khan, said 5,000 to 10,000 people attended the funeral of Nazir and six other people in Angoor Adda.



Danish occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan:

An elite Danish soldier has been killed in southern Afghanistan by an explosive device, military officials said Thursday.



‘6,000 to 20,000 US occupation force troops in Afghan after 2014’:

Gen John Allen, the senior US commander in Afghanistan, has submitted his much awaited recommendations on the nature and strength of US presence in the country after 2014, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.



Afghan warlord vows attacks on NATO troops:

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar vowed in an interview published Wednesday to kill as many Western soldiers as possible before NATO combat forces withdraw from the country in 2014.



Obama regime kills 3 people in Yemen:

 At least three “suspected al Qaeda” militants including a local commander were killed on Thursday in Yemen by a strike from an unmanned aircraft, residents and a local official said.



Obama regime wins fight to keep drone killings of Americans secret:

A federal judge issued a 75-page ruling on Wednesday that declares that the US Justice Department does not have a legal obligation to explain the rationale behind killing Americans with targeted drone strikes.




Unverified footage purports to show the aftermath of a government air strike on a Damascus petrol station



So-called Free Syrian Army is a group of terrorists: IHCR:

The International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) says the so-called Free Syrian Army is just a group of terrorists, stressing that Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are granting money and weapons to the terrorists in Syria.



Fears for American journalist kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Syria as father pleads for his safe return home:

The Foley family from Rochester, New Hampshire, had hoped keeping silent could aid his release – following the abduction in the northern province of Idlib.



Hezbollah chief warns against division, partition schemes:

“We hereby underscore our rejection of any plan for partitioning or dividing any Arab or Islamic country in the entire middle east region.” He said and added – From Yemen to Iraq to Syria, the region is threatened more than ever by partition, even in Egypt and Libya and Saudi Arabia.”



Nasrallah: Turkey financing Syrian rebels:

Hizbullah Secretary-General Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah commented on the situation in Syria saying that “three influential countries are financing the rebels in Syria and arming them – Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.”



Vatican Envoy Praises Iran Plan for Syria:

He said the Pope calls for promotion of dialogue and peace, adding that the international community never agrees to shipment of arms and financial support to the Syrian opposition groups.



Syria and Hezbollah won’t join the fight if Israel strikes Iran, top-level report predicts:

Foreign Ministry says Assad can’t help Tehran for fear of losing power, Israel would launch massive ground operation in Lebanon if attacked



Iran claims shooting down two US drones: –

Iran on Wednesday said it had shot down two US-made RQ-11 reconnaissance drones in the past 15 months, adding to a ScanEagle drone and RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft it already claims to have captured.



State bars Westerners living in West Bank from entering Israel, East Jerusalem:

Israel recently renewed restrictions on the freedom of movement of foreign nationals who live and work in the West Bank that prohibit them from entering East Jerusalem or Israel.



Half of Israelis don’t want anything to do with mentally disabled:

 More than a quarter of Israelis say intellectually challenged shouldn’t have sex, 40% don’t want to live next to them, survey finds



Gunmen kill 4 in Nigeria police station attack: –

Gunmen have killed four people and burned down a police station in northeast Adamawa state, the police said on Thursday, the latest such attack in a region where Islamist sect Boko Haram has its stronghold.



Clashes in Libya kill 2: local official:

Two Libyans were killed on Wednesday when fighting erupted between rival tribes in the southern oasis of Sabha, a local official told AFP.



Libyan gunmen kidnap top investigator in Benghazi:

Gunmen have kidnapped the acting head of the criminal investigation department in Libya‘s second city, Benghazi, officials have said.



State Dept. warns against travel to Libya:

The State Department issued a new travel warning for Libya on Wednesday, citing “ongoing instability and violence” and strongly advising against all travel to the eastern city of Benghazi, where the U.S. Consulate was attacked by terrorists Sept. 11.



Nicolas Sarkozy DID take $50 million of Muammar Gaddafi’s cash, French judge is told:

Documentary proof exists that France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy took more than €50m from the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, a French judge has been told.



Mexico troops kill 12 in gun fight in Zacatecas state:

Troops in Mexico pursued and shot dead 12 people after coming under attack in Zacatecas state, officials have said.The clash happened when soldiers tried to stop suspect vehicles and the occupants opened fire, leading to a chase for 50km (31 miles).



Hugo Chavez ‘living his last days’:

 Hugo Chavez is “living his last days” after his latest cancer operation in Cuba was an “absolute failure”, according to a high-profile Venezuelan doctor.



Hugo Chávez in very worrying condition, says Evo Morales – video:

His statement comes amid demands from the Venezuelan opposition that the government in Caracas tell the truth about the president’s health.



Hugo Chávez: Venezuelans urged to ignore ‘enemy’ health rumors:

Venezuela’s vice-president seeks to reassure compatriots following Chávez’s emergency surgery three weeks ago



French agent deported for plot to assassinate President Hugo Chavez:

Venezuelan authorities said Saturday that they had deported a man they described as a French intelligence agent who was jailed for alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate President Hugo Chavez.



Secrecy of Memo on Drone Killing Is Upheld:

A federal judge in Manhattan refused on Wednesday to require the Justice Department to disclose a memorandum providing the legal justification for the targeted killing of a United States citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who died in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.



Obama sells out again:

US: Defense Bill Signing Backtracks on Guantanamo:

US President Barack Obama‘s refusal to veto a defense spending bill restricting detainee transfers from Guantanamo undercuts his pledge to close the prison, Human Rights Watch said today.



013 without objecting to indefinite detention of Americans:

President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 on Wednesday, giving his stamp of approval to a Pentagon spending bill that will keep Guantanamo Bay open and make indefinite detention for US citizens as likely as ever.



Weapon background checks hit record high in US:

 Last month, the FBI ran a record 2.8 million background checks on those wishing to purchase firearms in the US, with most of those checks occurring after the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown, Conn.



House GOP blocks Violence Against Women Act:

House Republicans insisted the bill is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans — and they’d rather let the law expire than approve a slightly expanded proposal



‘Fiscal cliff’ deal has billions in business tax breaks:

The measure includes $63 billion in special tax breaks for rum makers, Hollywood studios and more. Supporters note bipartisan support from the Senate Finance Committee.



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 : 3,253


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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