ICH Weekend Edition – January 26-27 2013: US-Led Sanctions Contribute To The Destruction Of Syria’s Millenary History

26 January 2013 — Information Clearing House

Jordan’s King Abdullah: “The New Taliban Are In Syria”

By Christopher Dickey

Speaking at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, King Abdullah warned of Al Qaeda’s presence in Syria and said that it could take years for peace to return to the war-torn country.


US-Led Sanctions Contribute To The Destruction Of Syria’s Millenary History

By Franklin Lamb

What “civil war”? What “crisis”? One is tempted to ask himself even though there continues to be intermittent “thuds” and a jet streaking overhead now and then en route apparently to one of the suburbs where clashes erupt intermittently.



Holocaust And Extermination

A Terrible Normality

By Michael Parenti

President Barack Obama is not spineless. He is hypocritical but not confused. He is (by his own description) an erstwhile “liberal Republican,” or as I would put it, a faithful servant of corporate America. Continue



The Nation defends John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for the CIA

By Joseph Kishore

The “left” publication speaks on behalf of a privileged layer of the upper middle class, deeply complacent, lacking political principles and more and more integrated into the military and political establishment.



Noam Chomsky : Long Distance Revolutionary


There is no doubt in my mind, my heart, and my soul that Mumia Abu-Jamal is an innocent man.



Nature’s Capital Is The Limiting Resource

By Paul Craig Roberts

Only in science fiction can humans escape the consequences of destroying their own habitat.



Clash between Pakistani Taliban and militia said to kill 31:

At least 31 people were killed when Pakistan Taliban attacked a pro-government militia, according to reports from the two sides on Saturday, but the Taliban were beaten back after hours of fierce fighting.



’10 police killed in Afghanistan suicide attack’:

At least ten policemen were killed and 18 others, mostly civilians, were wounded in a suicide attack on Saturday in a crowded area of the northeast Afghan city of Kunduz, provincial authorities said.



Saudi prince calls for Syrian rebels to be armed:

A senior member of Saudi Arabia’s monarchy called on Friday for Syrian rebels to be given anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to “level the playing field” in their battle against President Bashar al-Assad



Iran warns against attack on Syria:

Iran would consider any attack on Syria an attack on itself, a senior government official was quoted as saying on Saturday, in one of Tehran’s most assertive defences of its ally yet.



Two Iraqi soldiers killed as hundreds attend funeral for protesters:

Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and three others were abducted in Fallujah today as hundreds of mourners gathered in the city for the funeral of protesters killed during a shooting by army troops a day earlier, according to officials.



Sheik wants Iraq to hand over soldiers involved in the killing of 7 protesters:

A Sunni sheik called on the prime minister of Iraq to hand over soldiers involved in the killing of 7 protesters in Fallujah or face “losses among their ranks.” “They need to go back to their barracks and be stopped, or there may be losses among their ranks or the ranks of the police. With all honesty, Fallujah is boiling,” he said.



Iraqi lawmakers pass law to block Maliki from third term:

Lawmakers from Sunni, Kurdish and Shi’ite parties voted for the law, but the legislation still needs the president’s approval and will face challenges in federal court after Maliki’s supporters rejected it as illegal.



Rand Paul: ‘any attack on Israel will be treated as an attack on the United States’:

“Well absolutely we stand with Israel,” he said in an interview with Breitbart News, “but what I think we should do is announce to the world – and I think it is pretty well known – that any attack on Israel will be treated as an attack on the United States.”



Lib Dems condemn MP’s criticism of Israel ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day:

He accused “the Jews” in Israel of “inflicting atrocities on Palestinians… on a daily basis”.



26 dead in Egypt clashes :

The clashes erupted after a Cairo court handed down the sentences over the riot last February in which 74 people were killed, and came a day after violence swept Egypt on the second anniversary of its uprising.



9 killed in deadly clashes across Egypt, Army :

On the second anniversary of the 25 January uprising, deep rifts were exposed in post-revolution Egypt after 9 people were shot dead in nation-wide protests against Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Mursi.



Mali: French-led soldiers in control of Gao airport:

French-led troops in Mali have taken control of the airport in the northern town and Islamist stronghold of Gao, the French defence ministry has said.

Both Gao’s airport and the strategic Wabary bridge have been secured, though fighting continues in the town.



Mali crisis: US admits mistakes in training local troop:

Gen Carter Ham of United States Africa Command (Africom) said its forces had failed to train Malian troops on “values, ethics and a military ethos”.



U.S. may give $32M to train African troops in Mali:

The Obama administration is seeking an additional $32 million to train African troops to fight Islamic extremists in Mali. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Friday the request had been made to Congress.



U.S., French leaders pledge expanded counter-terrorism in North Africa:

The Obama administration sent some 100 military trainers last week to Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo and Ghana — the nations that are poised to send their troops to Mali.



Fears grow that Libya is incubator of turmoil:

Fears are growing that post-Moammar Gadhafi Libya is becoming an incubator of turmoil, with an overflow of weapons and Islamic jihadi militants operating freely, ready for battlefields at home or abroad.



Before he was overthrown and killed, Muammar Gaddafi warned jihadists would conquer northern Africa:

The Islamists would pour in from Afghanistan, Algeria, and Egypt, he warned, saying, “These are beasts with turbans.”



What’s the threat? North Korean rhetoric, reality:

According to its official statements, North Korea is ready to go to the brink. But how serious are Pyongyang’s threats?



Venezuela prison riot ‘kills many’:

The riot was triggered when local media broadcast news that soldiers had been sent to Uribana prison in Barquisimeto to search for weapons, Prisons Minister Iris Varela said. The dead are thought to include inmates, guards and prison workers.



The First Prison Sentence Related To Gitmo Torture Goes To Someone Who Spoke Out Against It:

Ex-CIA officer John C. Kiriakou became the first person to be sentenced to prison for issues related to torture at Guantanamo Bay on Friday- because he talked about, but did not participate in, “enhanced interrogation” techniques.



Total Surveillance : NYPD places full body scanners on the streets of New York –




US appeals panel agrees government can demand Twitter account info in WikiLeaks probe:

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that prosecutors can demand Twitter account information of certain users in their criminal probe into the disclosure of classified documents on WikiLeaks.



Britain is experiencing ‘worse slump than during Great Depression’:

Britain’s recent economic performance is the worst since records began in the pre-Victorian era, experts said today, apart from the two immediate post-war slumps.



Businessweek: World ‘Plunges Into Currency War’:

Governments from Germany, to Russia, to Brazil, to Thailand have expressed worry that the world is plunging into a currency war, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.



Jim Sinclair: This is the Big One!:

Legendary gold trader Jim Sinclair has sent another email alert to subscribers today, warning that the current reaction in gold is the big one, and the last play by the bullion banks to denude gold and silver investors of their positions



US banks shaken by biggest deposit withdrawals since 9/11:

US Federal Reserve is reporting a major deposit withdrawal from the nation’s bank accounts. The financial system hasn’t seen such a massive fund outflow since 9/11 attacks.



More Americans delay retirement, keep working:

Retirement is becoming a more distant dream for a rising number of older Americans, largely because they need the money but also because they are healthy enough to keep working.



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 : 3,257


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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