ICH 9 February 2013:

9 February 2013 — Information Clearing House

Syria: How Jihadist’s Are Taking Over Syria‘s “Revolution”

By Ruth Sherlock, Aleppo

Life in Syria‘s most populous city has become a dog-eat-dog existence: a battle for survival in a place where the strong devour the weak.



Is Iraq on its Way to a Civil War?

By Adil E. Shamoo

Since coming to power, al-Maliki has taken complete control of the country’s security forces through executive orders. This control was Maliki’s ticket to his own survival and that of the government.



US Officials Confess to Targeting Iran’s Civilian Population

By Franklin Lamb

“It would be a defense lawyer’s worst nightmare wouldn’t it? I mean to have one’s clients, in this case the Vice-President of the United States and the outgoing Secretary of state confess so publicly to serial international crimes against a civilian population?”



US Congress Seeks to Thwart Palestinian Reconciliation

By Annie Robbins

Preventing Fatah-Hamas reconciliation was the agenda in Congress last Wednesday– at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing titled, The Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation: Threatening Peace Prospects. Middle East Subcommittee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen set the pro-Israel tone in her opening statement.



Israel Commits Crimes Without Punishment

By Stephen Lendman

Israel is a rogue state. It’s a serial abuser. It commits crimes without punishment. It tolerates no criticism.



A Tale of Two Presidents

Power, Privilege and Climate Change:

By Joseph Nevins

President José Mujica of Uruguay,”lives in a run-down house on Montevideo’s outskirts with no servants at all. His security detail: two plainclothes officers parked on a dirt road.” He hangs his laundry on a clothesline outside his home.



US’ Betrayal of Truth: Our Silence Is Complicity

Must Watch Video :

Abby Martin sits down with former NSA whistleblower, Thomas Drake, about his personal story as a whistleblower and what he describes as a ‘total betrayal’ by part of the governmet.



Learning From America’s History of Assassinations

By Gary Hart

For a new and very young senator, it was shocking to discover that a sewer of still unknown dimensions was flowing underneath the city on a hill. Such a discovery causes you to suspect almost everyone and everything (in my case not enough) and to believe that expediency will trump principle on almost every occasion.



The Running Man … For Real

By Eric Peters

Civilian areas were overflown by military choppers firing blanks. To train them. More precisely, to acclimate them to the idea of raining death down on Americans.



Cop Punches Victim (US Soldier) for Complaining It Took Them 45 Minutes to Respond to His Call

Must Watch – Raw Video

This story began when a package arrived in the mail from someone inside the department. It was a DVD, a police report, and a letter complaining about a “cowboy attitude” by officers and command staff.



US Air Force Veteran, Finally Allowed to Fly Into US, is Now banned from Flying Back Home

By Glenn Greenwald

Secret, unaccountable no-fly lists are one of many weapons the US government uses to extra-judicially punish American Muslims.



Debt Crisis Looming as Washington ‘Hides the Real Fiscal Cliff Numbers’

By Economist Laurence Kotlikoff

The US national debt is twenty times higher than is officially reported, approaching $222 trillion, and today’s children could soon be paying their parent’s debts.



A Choice For Corporate America:

Are You With America Or The Cayman Islands

By Sen. Bernie Sanders

In 2010, Bank of America set up more than 200 subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands (which has a corporate tax rate of 0.0 percent) to avoid paying U.S. taxes. It worked. Not only did Bank of America pay nothing in federal income taxes, but it received a rebate from the IRS worth $1.9 billion that year.



All Wars Are Bankers’ Wars

By Michael Rivero

I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations.



Breaking the Psychological Chains of Slavery


Dr. Joy DeGruy is the author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America‘s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing”, she argues that African-Americans suffer from a deep psychological trauma that has been passed on through generations.



Pakistan: 15 “militants” killed in Orakzai Agency:

Security sources said that the forces launched action in Ghaljo Lundo Qamar and Mir Kalam Khel and killed 15 militants. Several other militants were also wounded in the action.



US kills nine people in Pakistan: officials:

“Six drones were hovering in the sky at the time of the attack. One drone fired two missiles at a house,” a security official in Miranshah told AFP.



Shame on Pakistan:

Pakistan official admits 20% drone victims are innocent civilians:

Pakistan‘s Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Friday admitted that 600 people killed in the country in drone attacks were civillians.



Whitewash for sale:

 Pakistan urges US to end drone strikes:

Pakistan is holding talks with the United States to end drone strikes against suspected Taliban fighters, which sometimes also kill civilians, a senior Pakistani official has said.



Legalizing murder::

US senators propose assassination court to screen drone targets:

It sounds like an Orwellian idea from a futuristic sci-fi movie. Government officials gather in a secret courtroom, poring over documents and weighing whether to approve the fly-by killing of a suspected terrorist. If the judges say yes, the target dies. If not, the target lives.



Assange to White House staff: ‘Leak drone killing rules’:

Julian Assange addressed US officials on a popular TV channel, urging them to disclose to WikiLeaks the secret instructions on how decisions on eliminating American citizens using drones are being taken. Source confidentiality guaranteed.



CIA And ISI Are Partners in Crime:

CIA used ISI facilities in Karachi, says US report:

Pakistan extended full cooperation to the CIA in tracing suspected terrorists and provided secret detention and interrogation facilities to the US intelligence agency, says a report.



Six killed by Afghan roadside bomb:

A roadside bomb has struck a car in southern Afghanistan, killing six civilians. The spokesman for the governor of southern Helmand province said two women and four men were killed in the blast in the Nad Ali district.



Afghanistan confirms UN report on child killings by US-led troops:

“We agree with the UN report and confirm that innocent kids have been killed during coalition forces operations specifically US troops operations during the past ten years,” Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for the Afghan government, said Saturday.



India’: Protests over hanging of Kashmiri separatist turn violent:

Dozens have been injured in clashes between protesters and police in India, after demonstrators took to the streets over the hanging of a Kashmiri man accused of a 2001 attack on India’s parliament.



At least 10 killed in attack on Iranian opposition camp in Iraq:

Another 100 people were injured in the rocket and mortar attack on Camp Liberty, which houses around 3,100 MeK dissidents given sanctuary by former dictator Saddam Hussein. It was not clear who was responsible for the attack.



Embassy demo after refugees killed:

Members of the Iranian community in Britain gathered outside the US Embassy, calling on the US government to facilitate the transfer of the 3,100 Iranian dissidents in the camp back to another camp in Iraq, Camp Ashraf, where they were before.



Saddam and the US failed, so why should Maliki think he can control Iraq by force?: Op-Ed:

The Prime Minister may have electoral legitimacy, but the Sunni revolt against his government is growing in strength



Iraq’s Maliki – Assad could hold on for years:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could survive two more years of revolt despite U.S. expectations of a more imminent fall, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was quoted as saying on Saturday.



Woman killed in south Yemen clashes:

A pregnant woman was accidentally shot dead in the southern city of Aden on Saturday as protesters calling for the release of prisoners clashed with Yemeni police, government and medical officials said.



Assad’s forces battle rebels closing in on Damascus ; Video report:

President Bashar al-Assad’s forces battle rebel fighters closing in on Damascus with shelling and air strikes, amateur video purports to show. Sunita Rappai reports.



Syria says talks with opposition cannot have ‘preconditions’;

“When you speak of dialogue, it means dialogue without conditions, which excludes no one. But if someone comes to me and says ‘I want to talk about this issue or I’ll kill you’, that’s not a dialogue,” he said, adding: “There must be no preconditions.”



Insults, profanities and almost fistfight on Hezbollah television:

The show brought together two men, each of whom holds starkly different opinions, to debate the Syrian crisis. The result is a nasty verbal fight that highlights the bitter divisions in Lebanon as a whole when it comes to neighboring Syria.



Spy chief: Dozens of Dutch citizens have travelled to Syria to join ‘jihad’: –

Dozens of Dutch citizens are fighting with rebels in Syria and could return home battle-hardened, traumatized and even further radicalized, the chief of the Netherlands’ top intelligence agency has warned.



Erdogan vs Army: ‘15% of Turkish top brass on trial, hundreds resign’:

Turkish officers are resigning en masse to avoid arrest and sentencing for conspiracy against the government. The cabinet of PM Erdogan is winning the decade-long battle with country’s once almighty generals



US Congress seeks to thwart Palestinian reconciliation :

Preventing Fatah-Hamas reconciliation was the agenda in Congress last Wednesday– at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing titled, The Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation: Threatening Peace Prospects. Middle East Subcommittee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen set the pro-Israel tone in her opening statement



34 Egyptians injured in clashes:

The clashes between opponents of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and riot police left 34 injured persons countrywide, the Ministry of Health said Friday evening.



Egypt: Presidential Palace Severely Damaged By Protesters:

 Cairo’s prosecutor investigations revealed on Saturday that the presidential palace suffered severe damages. Gate (four) of the palace was set aflame and completely burned. The guard booths outside the palace were also demolished.



Egypt blocks YouTube over anti-Islam film:

Court orders suspension of video-sharing website’s services for a month for carrying anti-Islam film.



Tunisia PM to resign if new cabinet rejected:

Jebali threatens to resign if his technocratic cabinet offer is rejected as thousands of pro-ruling party mass in Tunis.



Paratroops mutiny in Mali’s Bamako:

Malian government soldiers fought mutinous paratroops in the capital Bamako yesterday in a clash that threatened to undermine a French-led offensive against Islamist rebels that has moved up close to the Algerian border.



Major explosion near Gao, northern Mali:

A massive explosion near Gao in northern Mali late Saturday raised fears of an Islamist attack, hours after villagers near the city detained two youths preparing suicide bombings.



Heavily armed Mali rebels spreading across Africa:

When the 13-vehicle convoy of Malian rebels crashed through the Libyan frontier, armed with anti-aircraft guns and other heavy weapons, the Libyan border guards were soon overwhelmed.



U.S. military wants quick forces in wake of Libya:

The U.S. military is determined to position small, quick reaction forces closer to global crises after the rapid assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya last September kept U.S. armed forces from responding in time to save four Americans. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen.



More Marines to Japan; Vietnam, Cambodia next:

The Marine Corps’ shift to the Pacific will ramp up considerably this year, with more personnel and aircraft rotating to Japan and other destinations throughout the region.



Inside the FBI’s ‘Terror factory’: Video –

Since the attacks of September 11, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has brought approximately 500 terror cases to trail. Of these cases, 150 people have been involved in sting operations in which the FBI has supplied suspects with materials to act out plans of terror



Venezuela devalues currency against US dollar:

Venezuela is devaluing its currency by 32 percent against the dollar on the orders of President Hugo Chavez, in part to reduce the country’s budget deficit.



Billionaires Dumping Stocks, Economist Knows Why:

Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of “disappointing performance” in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods.



Great Recession Leaves Long-Lasting Scars: Poll:

Americans remain deeply pessimistic about the nation’s economic future nearly four years into the recovery, and the vast majority think it will take “many years” for things to return to the way they were before the downturn, according to a poll released Thursday.



Why gasoline prices are headed even higher:

Gasoline prices at the pump have climbed every day for the past 21 days – and they’re not going to let up anytime soon.



UK; Horse meat scandal:

‘More contaminated food likely to be found’: Horse meat could be found in even more British foods within days, ministers warned on Saturday.



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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