ICH 16 February 2013: The Great Wealth Robbery

16 February 2013 Information Clearing House


What The Syrian Death Tolls Really Tell Us

By Sharmine Narwani

The latest UN-sponsored figure of 60,000 should not be reported as fact.



Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Denies Wanting to Develop Nuclear Weapons

By Staff and agencies

Supreme leader warns that no state has right to stop Tehran building nuclear arms if it chose to do so.



Are Iranian Magnets the New Aluminum Tubes?

By Peter Hart

In the run up to the Iraq War, the New York Times (9/8/02) famously reported on an Iraqi scheme to procure special aluminum tubes that could only have one purpose: Iraq‘s secret nuclear weapons program.



New Documentary Reexamines the Iraq War “Hoax”

By David Corn

New evidence that Bush scammed the nation into war.



“Hagel Is A Victim Of The Israel Lobby”: Paul Craig Roberts

Congress Is Subservient To Israel


+ Abrams Calls Hagel Anti-Semitic for Questioning Legitimacy of the Israel lobby.



Budget Cuts May Force Reduction in Israel Aid

Kerry Warns of Serious Sequestration Cuts for State and USAID

By Josh Rogin

The State Department will have to cut foreign assistance to Israel, and delay efforts to ramp up diplomatic security abroad after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, if sequestration goes into effect next month, according to Secretary of State John Kerry.



Spielberg v. Tarantino

Hollywood and the Past

By Gilad Atzmon

Spielberg may find it hard to please the entire tribe. Quentin Tarantino, however, doesn’t even try.



Sleeping Through the Coup

By Phillip Farruggio

The sad fact that we live in the mother of all military empires! Alas, the two party con job and their presstitutes are embedded with the powers that be.



While Left And Right Fight, Power Wins

By Paul Craig Roberts

If the power that has been established over the American people is to be shattered, it will come from outside.



The Great Wealth Robbery

By Richard Eskow

There’s a Great Robbery underway, although most of its perpetrators don’t see themselves as robbers. Instead they’re sustained by delusions that protect them from facing the consequences of their own actions.



“Land, Liberty, Work and Peace”

Zapatistas break silence to slam Mexico elite

By Chris Arsenault

“We will resist. We will struggle. Maybe we’ll die. But one, ten, one hundred times, we’ll always win.” Marcos wrote in late January, rallying supporters.



The People Are a Superpower

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

People ask where has Occupy gone?



Civil Disobedience: The Only “Weapon” We Have Remaining?

By Camillo “Mac” Bica

Activists should continue to violate the law if accepting personal risks of severe reprisals from an NDAA-empowered presidency remains a personal moral obligation in response to immorality and injustice.



The Surprising Brain Differences Between Democrats and Republicans

By Chris Mooney

Two new studies further support the theory that our political decision making could have a neurological basis.



Hard News


Pakistan: At least 72 killed in bomb attack on Quetta’s Shia:

The improvised explosive device, which was attached to a motorbike outside a vegetable market in Quetta, targeted Pakistan’s minority Shia population.



About time!

Karzai to ban Afghan forces from requesting NATO airstrikes:

“I will issue a decree tomorrow that no Afghan security forces in any circumstances can ask for the foreigners’ planes for carrying out operations on our homes and villages,” Karzai said during a speech at the Afghan National Military Academy in Kabul on Saturday.



Iraq intelligence academy chief Ali Aouni among 3 killed in suicide blast:

Two suicide bombers launched the attack on Saturday but one was shot dead by his neighbour’s bodyguards



10 Kuwaitis killed in Syria during months of Jan, Feb Number of Kuwaiti victims hits 39:

Ten Kuwaiti citizens died in Syria during the months of January and February, which has increased the number of Kuwaiti victims killed in the two-year Syrian revolution to 39 so far.



Power outage leaves Damascus, southern Syria in darkness:

The Syrian government on Monday said a rebel attack on a key power line for a blackout that hit Damascus and much of the country’s south overnight, leaving residents cold and in the dark amid a fuel crisis that has stranded many at home.



Al Nusrah Front claims suicide attacks in Damascus, al-Shadadi:

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, claimed credit today for two suicide attacks that occurred within the past two weeks.



Rebels say Assad must be excluded from talks:

“Bashar Assad and security leadership who are responsible for the current destruction of the country are outside the political process and must be held accountable for their crimes,” it said in a statement issued in English.



Lavrov: Rebels should drop Assad demand:

“Either we have to want to save lives and … forget about who is responsible for the time being, and to bring all of them to the negotiating table, or we don’t care about lives and care about [Assad’s] fate,” Lavrov said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD.



French defense minister calls for Assad’s ouster:

France weighing terrorist group classification for Hezbollah, according to report



Syrian rebels: Israel assassinated Iran commander:

Israel was responsible for the assassination of a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander in Syria, a faction of Syrian rebels said Friday according to the Wall Street Journal.



Israel to receive harsh response for killing Islamic Revolution Guards Corps cmdr.:

Iran Majlis: In a statement issued on Saturday, the committee condemned the assassination of General Hassan Shateri, saying that the Israeli regime will receive a severe response for its crime in due time and place.



US president should change approach to Middle East: Iran MP:

“Supporting terrorists and the fake Zionist regime [of Israel] which is a major threat to the region will only stoke crises in the Middle East and if the United States does not change its policies in this region, it will be faced with major challenges,” Seyyed Baqer Hosseini said on Saturday.



Iran’s Nuclear-Technology Gains Suggest Sanctions Are Backfiring:

While trade and financial sanctions have spurred the Islamic Republic to find its own solutions for subsequent technological innovations. Now, Iran is positioned to both build better nuclear devices and export them.



Israel’s ‘Prisoner X,’ may have revealed how Mossad used foreign passports:

In the space of three days, a two-year-old mystery about an unidentified prisoner who hanged himself in a high-security Israeli prison has become a scandal for Israel‘s vaunted Mossad spy agency. Many here are predicting that it will cost some top officials their jobs.



EU calls for better conditions for Palestinians jailed in Israel:

Foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton says she is ‘following with concern’ the deteriorating health of four Palestinian inmates who are staging long-term hunger strikes in protest of their detention.




Jewish Democrats Blast Florida Sen. Marco Rubio For Not Mentioning Israel:

The National Jewish Democratic Council issued a statement criticizing Sen. Marco Rubio for leaving Israel out of their responses to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.



Rubio to humiliates himself and his country:

Marco Rubio to Middle East, to talk with Netanyahu about nuclear Iran, Palestinian “peace” treaty:

“America’s friendship with Israel is a truly special one, and we must continue to do all we can to support this beacon of democracy, religious freedom and free enterprise in the heart of an unstable region,” Rubio said.



Bahrain: Police and mourners clash at funeral of teenager killed in demonstration:

Clashes broke out yesterday at the funeral of a teenager killed in demonstrations to mark the second anniversary of Bahrain’s uprising, with police firing tear gas to disperse mourners, witnesses said.



U.S. Still Acquiescing in Bahraini Crackdown:

Two years ago this week, the Bahraini monarchy started cracking down on its people. It’s still at it, with the complicity of the Obama Administration.



Somalia: Mufti of Puntland Killed Inside Mosque:

Civilians praying at the mosque quickly overwhelmed the killer, who shot and wounded a young male and a woman bystander as he tried to escape.



Car bomb kills 1 in Mogadishu :

Mohamed Hassan, a local police officer, said Saturday’s explosion took place in the parking area of a popular beachfront restaurant in the Lido area of Mogadishu frequented by Somali officials and city residents.



Egyptian police publicly beat protester to death:

Officers and police personnel arrested and beat to death a man they accused killed a colleague at the site of funeral for the fallen captain in the southern governorate of Beni Suef



Libya arrests 4 foreigners suspected of trying to spread Christianity in Muslim nation:

The four were arrested in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday and are under investigation for printing and distributing books that proselytize Christianity. Police said they found 45,000 books in their possession and that another 25,000 have already been distributed.



Car bomb hits Libya’s Benghazi:

A car bomb exploded Friday near al- Berka area in downtown Benghazi, Libya‘s second largest city, leaving no casualties, local security sources told Xinhua.



Russian meteorite followed by claimed sightings in Cuba and California: Video –

A day after a stunning meteorite tore through the skies above Russia, causing widespread damage and hospitalising scores of people, sightings of fireballs have been reported by residents in California and on Cuban state television.



Asteroid ‘narrowly’ misses earth on day meteorite hits Russia – video;

A 50-metre asteroid has skimmed past the earth at a distance of 17,000 miles, closer than any other object of its size in history.



Christopher Dorner died as result of self-inflicted wound, officials say:

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Captain Kevin Lacy told a news conference on Friday. Authorities have not yet determined who fired that fatal round. “The information we have seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner’s life was self-inflicted,” Lacy said.





“Let us be peace and joy”


Tom Feeley


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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