ICH 18 January 2013: Burn, Burn – Africa’s Afghanistan

18 January 2013 — Information Clearing House


Iraq: A Twenty Two Year Genocide

By Felicity Arbuthnot

Incredibly it is twenty two years to the day since the telephone rang in the early hours and a friend said: “They are bombing Baghdad.”



Stay Out of Mali

By Dan Simpson

French aircraft bombing Malian towns and French troops defending the capital of an African country carries with it the strong, pungent odor of neocolonialism, whatever “terrorist” label the French may try to put on the Malian rebels.



Burn, Burn – Africa’s Afghanistan

By Pepe Escobar

Forget about spotting any Americans; these are – what else – contractors who do not wear military uniforms.



Algeria and Mali: An Obscene Remake of Earlier Western Interventions

By Robert Fisk

We are outraged not by the massacre of the innocents, but because the hostages killed were largely white, blue-eyed chaps rather than darker, brown-eyed chaps.



Syria: Reuters Spreads Another Syrian ‘Massacre’ Lie – Debunked

By Moon Of Alabama

Reuters: Massacre of over 100 reported in Syria‘s Homs



Law Professor Tries & Fails to Legalize an Israeli Attack on Iran

By Nima Shirazi

If this passes for astute legal analysis these days, it’s no wonder the United States has little to no respect for basic tenets of international law.



Obama: Money Power’s Point Man

By Stephen Lendman

Throughout his tenure, Obama’s done what supporters thought impossible. He’s governed to the right of George Bush.



Inequality of Exceptionalism Pervades Our Culture.

By Kim Carlyle

Foreign nationals are less valuable than Americans. Our losses are tragedies; theirs are collateral damage. The American public remains callously indifferent to the suffering of human “others.”



Clean Hands, Dirty Hands… No Hands!

By Philip A Farruggio

This is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand more about the true history of this great nation.



The Military-Industrial Complex

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”



The Lies Of Democracy and the Language Of Deceit

By Colin Todhunter

The state-corporate fraudsters, murderers and liars who wrap themselves in the language of freedom and democracy have been getting away with it for so long.



Toll in Iraq attacks rises to 29:

The toll from a spate of attacks across Iraq on Thursday rose to 29 dead and 120 wounded, officials said, amid weeks of anti-government protests and a political crisis engulfing the country.



Sectarian tensions are pushing Iraq to the brink:

Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has become a dictator. He must resign to prevent a bloody confrontation with Sunnis and Kurds



Explosion kills 12 in Syria’s Aleppo:

Twelve people were killed when an explosion rocked a government -held district of the disputed Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday, a monitoring group said, and both sides in the conflict accused the other of mounting the attack.



Syria crisis: BBC sees evidence of Homs massacre:

The BBC has found evidence to support reports from Syria of a massacre this week in which at least 100 people were killed and burned in their homes. A team visited the village of Haswiya, on the edge of the central city of Homs, and saw charred bodies still lying inside one of the houses.



French journalist killed by sniper fire in Syria:

Debay, who was shot once in the head and once in the chest, was brought to Turkey overnight where medical staff pronounced him dead on arrival, the official said. Syrian anti-government rebels said Debay had been shot in the northern city of Aleppo.



Assad approval ratings rising across Syria:

Franklin Lamb: An analyst says the Syrian president is enjoying increased support from the peoples’ majority in defiance of armed opposition and illegal US-led sanctions.



Iran, China consider Assad plan to end Syria crisis realistic:

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remark after his meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun on the Middle East developments in Beijing on Wednesday.



Hostage situation ongoing, dozens of captives and militants dead:

The militants who seized an Algerian gas plant, taking scores of hostages, have demanded the release of terrorists, one of whom was involved in the 9/11 attacks. At least 30 hostages, including several foreigners, have died in rescue attempts.



60 foreign hostages ‘still missing’:

Algerian special forces resumed negotiating today with the militants holed up in the refinery, according to the news service, quoting a security source. The report said “more than half of the 132 hostages” had been freed in the first two days, but it could not account for the remainder, saying some could be hidden throughout the sprawling desert site.



Mali army ‘regains Konna’ as Nigerian troops arrive:

Mali‘s army has recaptured Konna after Islamist rebels fled, the military and residents in the strategically important central town have said.



Algerian government says terrorists came from Libya:

The Algerian government has said that the Islamist guerrillas responsible for capturing and killing a number of hostages came from Libya. Citing European and American security sources, France’s Le Figaro newspaper has reported that the attack had been planned well before the French military intervention in Mali



Algeria: Militants Demand Safe Passage to Libya :

Islamist militants who seized Westerners at an Algerian gas plant are demanding a safe passage to nearby Libya, authorities said, as fallout from the French offensive in Mali reverberates globally.



US helping but hesitant on Mali intervention:

 Al-Qaida’s expanding foothold in Mali has the Obama administration declaring it cannot accept new terrorist sanctuaries and promising to support French and African efforts to restore security.



Making sense of Mali’s armed groups:

After spending weeks reporting from the country’s restive north, Al Jazeera’s May Ying Welsh reviews some of the different groups and what they want.



Mali: fragile democracy and clumsy US policy: Op-Ed:

“Under siege by drones in Pakistan and Yemen, al-Qaida 3.0 has exploited the ‘Arab Awakening’ to create its largest safe havens and operational bases in more than a decade across the Arab world. This may prove to be the most deadly al-Qaida yet.”



Report: Libya on the road to oil failure?:

 An editorial from Bloomberg News states that Libya may eventually fail as a petro-state unless it does more to address ongoing security and political woes.



CIA intelligent agents arrested in Tehran:

Iranian Intelligence Ministry has said that its agents have discovered a group of CIA undercover agents in what the Ministry defined as ‘constant and smart operations.’



Emirati citizen found guilty of espionage:

The UAE citizen stands accused of providing a foreign state with secret military intelligence via a foreign consulate. This comes amidst reports that the suspect’s wife is an Iranian national. The UAE citizen pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 7 years imprisonments.



Rubio’s New Foreign Policy Adviser Called For War With Iran:

 Rubio – considered to be a top contender for the Republican nomination for president in 2016 – “has worked to establish his credentials in foreign affairs,” the Times notes, “espousing a hawkish view as he sits on foreign relations and the intelligence committee.”



Netanyahu ‘will not dismantle settlements’:

Israel’s prime minister has said no Jewish settlements in the West Bank will be removed during his next term in office if he wins elections on Tuesday. benjamin Netanyahu told Israel’s Maariv newspaper: “The days when bulldozers uprooted Jews are behind us, not in front of us



Saudi Arabia to grant $100m to Palestinians:

Saudi Arabia will give the Palestinian government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank $100m to help alleviate a worsening budget crisis, the Palestinian president’s office has said.



U.S. Senator to Abbas: U.S. rejects Palestinian’s intention to join UN agencies:

U.S. Senator Rand Paul told Abbas after a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah that the United States will impose sanctions on the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) if it decided to join UN agencies.



How the media let Israel get away with murder:

Israel spends a lot of time talking about secure borders and how the need for them drives its policies regarding the Palestinians. With few exceptions, the media act as willing promoters of this perversion of reality.



Hamas, Fatah agree to implement unity agreements:

The most recent reconciliation agreement, which was signed in Doha, Qatar, envisages the establishment of a unity government headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.



Pakistan says it will free all Afghan Taliban detainees:

Pakistan plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its detention, including the group’s former second-in-command, an official said on Friday, in the clearest signal yet that it backs reconciliation efforts.



Pakistan strikes deal with opposition cleric:

Canadian-Pakistani Tahir-ul Qadri calls off four-day protest in Islamabad after government makes concessions.



WikiLeaks suspect’s motive no defense: US judge:

A US military judge ruled Wednesday that Bradley Manning’s motive for allegedly leaking a huge cache of secret files to WikiLeaks is no defense against the long list of charges he faces.



Supreme Court to consider if silence can be evidence of guilt:

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether a suspect’s refusal to answer police questions prior to being arrested and read his rights can be introduced as evidence of guilt at his subsequent murder trial.



TSA ‘Viper’ team makes appearance in train stations:

People are used to seeing TSA inspectors at airports but on Wednesday, a specialized team made their presence known at the Amtrak station in Emeryville



With Cash and Commandos, U.S. Escalates Its Battle Against the Mexican Cartels:

The U.S. military is getting ready to send its elite troops to help in the fight against Mexico’s drug lords. American special operations forces will expand their training of Mexican commando teams, teaching them to hunt cartel chieftains like they were al-Qaida extremists.



More Preschoolers Than Cops Get Shot Dead:

According to a new report from the Children’s Defense Fund in 2008 and 2009 – the two years after the Virginia Tech shootings – 173 kids age five and under died from gunfire in the US. By comparison, 89 police officers were shot and killed during the same period.



China sovereign wealth fund may cut US debt holdings:

China‘s sovereign wealth fund, which has more than US$480 billion in assets, could cut holdings of US Treasury Bonds as they are becoming a less attractive investment, state media said on Tuesday.



Keystone’s Tar Sands Waste Said to Warm Climate More Than Coal:

Refining Canada’s oil sands into gasoline may speed global warming more than previously estimated after accounting for use of a waste product, which can be burned like coal.



If You Are Unemployed In These States, Move!:

 The following states are the worst to live in if you are unemployed. Connecticut tops the list with its massive wealth disparity – more than one $200,000 household for every household earning less than $10,000. New York, California, and D.C. are close behind with Oregon and Alabama in 19th and 20th ‘worst’ place to be unemployed.



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 : 3,258


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001





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