ICH 7 January 2013: A warning to all who consider dissent

7 January 2013 — Information Clearing House


Syria: Why Assad May Yet Claim Victory

By Simon Tisdall

Perhaps it’s not Bashar al-Assad who is detached from reality but Obama and Hague.



Illegal Occupation of Iraq: US-UK Crimes against Humanity

By Felicity Arbuthnot

I write to draw your attention to just a few of the the chilling events currently taking place in Iraq under the US-UK’s despotic, imposed, puppet Prime Minister.



U.S. Senator Calls for Gradual Cut in Aid to Israel

By Aron Heller

Paul insisted Washington should first cut aid to countries with strained ties to America, such as Pakistan and Egypt, and only later wean Israel off aid.



Obama: Hagel Is ‘the Leader Our Troops Deserve’

By David Jackson

President Obama nominates a new Defense secretary and a new CIA director.



Is Chuck Hagel a Hippie?

Only If You Ignore His Record

By Spencer Ackerman

Hagel earned his reputation as a skeptic of American military adventurism, as anyone who remembers his consistent criticism of the Iraq war will remember. But that criticism has blown Hagel’s reputation for dovishness out of proportion.



Why Hagel Matters

By Peter Beinart

It could signal the beginning of a new era in American foreign policy.



John Brennan’s Extremism and Dishonesty Rewarded with CIA Director Nomination

By Glenn Greenwald

Here we see the ethos and morality of imperial Washington.



Does Truth Have A Future In America?

By Paul Craig Roberts

If a majority of Americans were like the readers of this site, truth could prevail over special interests.



Human Resources

Human Behavior Is Predictable, Therefore Controllable

Must Watch – Video

“Brilliant…Riveting…The amount of material the filmmaker covers and unifies is astounding…



America’s White Male Problem

By Frank Schaeffer

The American political process is being hijacked by a reckless, whining dangerous gang of psychologically damaged white men who are far-right ideologues. I used to be one of them. It’s time to tell the truth about our white male problem.



The Last Bastion Of Traditional American Values?


Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA) appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss the attack against prayer at West Point.



State of Fear

An explicit warning to all who consider dissent

By Chris Hedges

Anyone who defies corporate power, even if he or she is nonviolent and acting within constitutional rights, is a suspect.



Bolivia Accuses United States of Plotting Against Morales


Bolivia has “irrefutable evidence” that the US has been working to destabilise the government of President Evo Morales, a senior minister has said.



Ecuador vs The Bankers

President warns of possible ‘CIA attack’ before elections

By Real News

President Correa passes legislation that raises taxes on financial sector to finance a “Human Development Bond”



Idle No More


“We are not going to be silenced, no more!” “Idle No More” is a worldwide indigenous movement started by the First Nation Tribes of Canada as a way to help protect the Constitutional Treaty Rights of the Indian Act.



Obama regime kills 17 people in Pakistan:

At least 17 people, all believed to be suspected militants, were killed and eight others sustained injuries in three separate US drone attacks in the mountainous Babar area of Ladha subdivision in South Waziristan Agency



Afghanistan: 13 Taliban Rebels Killed In Helmand, Kandahar:

Quoting from NATO occupation force press statement said, these Taliban lost their lives when they wanted to attack on security posts and a caravan of Afghan forces.



Three killed in northern Iraq: :

Gunmen killed two policemen and security forces discovered the corpse of a Christian woman stabbed to death in Iraq‘s main northern city on Monday, officials said.



Iraq troops fire in air to disperse Sunni Muslim protesters:

Iraqi troops fired shots in the air to disperse Sunni Muslims rallying against Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday in another day of protests threatening to upset the fragile cross-sectarian government.



2 Palestinians killed in Yarmouk camp: Activists:

Two Palestinian refugees were shot dead on Monday by the Syrian army in Al-Yarmouk camp in Syria, activists said.



Foreign fighters using Yarmouk as base: ex-Arafat aide:

Foreign nationals are using the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus as a base to fight the Syrian government, a former adviser to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said



UN estimate of Syria death toll highlights discrepancies in casualty reporting:

“They are being used as propaganda,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who believes the new numbers overstate the number of dead. “The UN is not a human rights organization, it is a political one.”



Syrian troops repulse rebels in Aleppo: report:

SANA news agency said members of the “terrorist group” were killed and wounded in the late Sunday battle but did not specify the number. The government and the pro-regime media refer to rebels as terrorists.



Report: 100 foreign jets training for Syria scenarios in Israel: –

Israel‘s Channel 2 TV station reported on Sunday that 100 fighter jets from around the world are training in Israel, including preparation for possible intervention in Syria.



Russian Naval Force Gathers Off Syria In Warning To West:

Five Russian landing ships carrying hundreds of marines and military vehicles are gathering in the eastern Mediterranean in a show of force said by one Russian diplomat to be aimed at deterring western intervention in Syria‘s civil war.



Anti-war group calls for vigilance as battle for Syria continues:

“The ominous signs of impending war with Syria escalate. NATO is massing troops and military equipment on Syria‘s borders, and preparing to install missiles aimed at Syria. U.S. warships are stationed off Syria‘s coast.



1 dead in failed murder bid on Islamist Libyan leader:

Libyan Islamist leader Ahmed Abu Khattala said on Monday that a man was killed and another injured when planting a car bomb in a bid to assassinate him.



Libyan president survived attack:

Libya‘s interim president says he has survived an assassination attempt in an oasis city in the country’s southern deserts.



Libya Crackdown Makes Benghazi Ghost Town as Police Fight Gunmen:

As night fell in Libya‘s eastern city of Benghazi, masked men pulled a senior officer from his car at a traffic light.



Are the Arab monarchies next?:

As the chaotic transition towards democracy continues in North Africa and Yemen, the fighting in Syria is intensifying. And, less noticed, opposition to the Arab monarchies is growing.



Iran oil exports ‘plunge 40% in nine months’:

“There has been a 40 percent decrease in oil sales and a 45 percent decrease in repatriating oil money,” Qasemi told the Iranian parliament’s budget commission, according to the ISNA news agency citing MPs.



New Iran sanctions target industry:

The new measures passed by Congress and signed by President Obama last week are intended to deliver powerful blows against key industries ranging from shipping and ports-management to the government-controlled news media, congressional officials and economic experts say.



Leaders unmoved by Israeli objections to State of Palestine IDs:

The Palestinian leadership couldn’t care less about Israel‘s objections to planned State of Palestine passports and other identity documents, a Fatah official said Monday.



What Netanyahu and Liberman really mean when they speak of a two-state solution:

Liberman has never made a secret that he favors a “population exchange” leading to “maximal separation.”



Sen. Graham blasts Hagel pick as an ‘in your face nomination’ from Obama:

This is an in your face nomination of the president to all of us who are supportive of Israel,” he added.



The Real Reason Republicans Hate Hagel:

They fear that Hagel will cut the military budget. They fear that he’ll roll over if Iran builds a nuclear weapon. They fear that he’s too reluctant to use military force generally. And they fear he doesn’t much like Israel; the extremists on this point claim he’s anti-Semitic.



Chuck Hagel’s views on war forged by Vietnam experience:

Badly burned after his armored personnel carrier hit a land mine in Vietnam, Chuck Hagel sat in a medical evacuation helicopter thinking of the horrors he had experienced during combat. “If I ever get out, if I ever can influence anything, I will do all I can to prevent war,” he would later tell his biographer, Charlyne Berens.



Max Cleland: Next Week ‘The Bullshit’ Stops On Hagel Nomination:

“I don’t see the United States Senate rejecting Chuck Hagel. Under any circumstance that we can foresee at this point,” he said. When the chips are really down, Cleland says it’s virtually impossible to imagine his Senate vote failing.



Netanyahu probed last year for allegedly accepting money from businessman:

No criminal investigation opened following initial police check; Justice Ministry confirms such investigation was underway last year, says police concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant a criminal probe.



U.S. Intervention in El Salvador, by Privatization This Time:

Unions in El Salvador are fighting a bill that would auction off everything from highways, ports, and airports to municipal services and higher education to private companies-mainly foreign multinationals.



The Only CIA Officer Scheduled to Go to Jail Over Torture Never Tortured Anybody:

Reporter for the New York Times, Scott Shane, wrote a feature story on the case of former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who is the first from the agency to face jail time for a classified leak. He is to be sentenced to 30 months of jail on January 25.



112th Congress succeeded most at ‘erosion of civil liberties’: Video –

“How disturbing is it that the success of the 112th Congress is to pass legislation that essentially criminalizes elements of democracy?



Bank of America to pay Fannie Mae billions to settle mortgage claims:

Bank of America has agreed to pay US government mortgage agency Fannie Mae $3.6bn (£2.2bn) to settle claims relating to residential home loans. In addition, it has agreed to buy back 30,000 mortgages for $6.75bn, and pay a further $1.3bn in compensation.



GOP Threat: Cut Social Security and Medicare or we’ll kill the economy: Op-Ed:

Republicans are very clear about their latest extortion threat to the American people: Unless you cut Social Security and Medicare benefits, within the next two months we will throw the US economy back into recession – by refusing to allow the US raise the debt ceiling and pay our bills



US to become ‘net energy exporter’:

Shale gas boom rewrites geopolitical rules, as US is set to produce more petroleum than Saudi Arabia within a decade.



US Created 1.8 Million Jobs in 2012: Where Did They Come From?:

Other than maybe food services and professional services, no single industry grew at a particularly rapid pace



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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