19 February 2013 — Information Clearing House
Hysteria Over Kim’s Nukes
By Eric Margolis
While everyone was fulminating against the wicked North Koreans, there was barely any mention of US-South Korean-Australian war games near North Korea that Pyongyang claimed were training for a US-led invasion.
Libya: The Second Anniversary of a Bloody “Coup”
By Maximilian Forte
Libyans have won the right to live in fear, as they have won the freedom to be ruled by countless armed despots each engaged in torture, abductions, and persecution of minorities.
Hubris : Selling the Iraq War
We must not allow the perpetrators of the Iraq War to rewrite history. Their actions and the consequences of their actions must be remembered in infamy.
Hubris Isn’t the Half of It
By David Swanson
As our government was making a fraudulent case to attack Iraq in 2002-2003, the MSNBC television network was doing everything it could to help. Continue
From The Archive – Sunday September 22, 2002
Hawks Won’t Stop With Baghdad
By Rosemary Hollis
The neo-conservative wing of the Bush administration is looking for a new regional order, where liberal-capitalist, democratic governments aligned with the United States will replace theocratic, dictatorial and otherwise antithetical regimes.
Russia Must Beware of West Chicanery Over Bahrain, Syria
By Finian Cunningham
Moscow should be careful not to buy into recent cosmetic efforts by the West to revamp its Persian Gulf client monarchy – and to sell the Bahraini people short for the sake of saving its ally in Syria.
Bulgarian Revelations Explode Hezbollah Bombing “Hypothesis”
By Gareth Porter
Bulgarian report on the investigation, has produced no more than an “assumption” or “hypothesis” of Hezbollah complicity.
America Shamed Again: A Colonized People
By Paul Craig Roberts
To every American’s shame, the Republicans demonstrated for all the world to see that they are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Israel Lobby.
The Latin American Exception
How a Washington Global Torture Gulag Was Turned Into the Only Gulag-Free Zone on Earth
By Greg Grandin
In one part of the world, in this century at least, the sun never rose on US-choreographed torture.
US Border Patrol Selling Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartel
By Project Censored
US Border Patrol providing the Sinaloa Cartel with guns has led to the Sinaloa Cartel taking the turf of Mexico’s west desert while simultaneously building up their drug territory all the way to the United States border.
US Training of Mexican Troops Has Escalated in Step With Mexico’s Murder Rate
By Bill Conroy
Foreign Assistance Act records reveal that US military training was provided to Mexican soldiers in fiscal 2010 and 2011 by the US Department of Defense’s Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). The Institute was formerly the School of the Americas.
The Unholy Trinity
Death Squads, Disappearances, and Torture — from Latin America to Iraq
By Greg Grandin
Pundits, like the Atlantic Monthly’s Robert Kaplan, rewrite history, claiming that operations like the Phoenix Program in Vietnam or the death squads in El Salvador were effective, morally acceptable tactics and should be emulated in fighting today’s “War on Terror.”
Why Did You Murder Me?
The Slaughter of the Children Drones On & On & On & On
By Michael Hall
When the drones are slaughtering innocent children in your name do you bother to get concerned even when on your knees on Sunday?
Senator Elizabeth Warren Grills Financial Regulators
By Justin O’Brien
It was an artful if devastating performance. In just seven minutes, Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts signaled the arrival of what appears destined to be a powerful force on Capitol Hill.
Economic Facts That Will Make Your Head Spin
By Lynn Stuart Parramore
The latest Census Bureau data shows that 50% of Americans currently falls into either the “low income” category or is living in poverty.
Our Residential Future: Segregation Forever?
By Sam Pizzigati
Rising inequality, newly released data make plain, has left America‘s metro areas – and neighborhoods – considerably less mixed by income. Are the rich about to bid the rest of us good-bye?
Banksters Rip Apart Spanish Health Care
By Thom Hartmann
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s latest health care rankings of the 34 most developed nations in the world, the United States ranks dead last in male life expectancy.
There’s Still a Foreclosure Crisis
By Mike Whitney
As Many as 90% of Foreclosed Properties Held Off the Market.
Abolish The Income Tax:
You Won’t Believe Who Is Getting Away With Paying Zero Taxes
By Michael Snyder
These 30 companies had combined profits of more than 163 billion dollars during those three years, and yet the combined net tax liability of those companies was negative 10.6 billion dollars.
Decolonize the Consumerist Wasteland
Re-imagining a world beyond capitalism and communism.
By Arundhati Roy
Here in India, even in the midst of all the violence and greed, there is still hope. If anyone can do it, we can. We still have a population that has not yet been completely colonized by that consumerist dream.
Large study links excessive TV in childhood to criminal behavior in adults
By Eric W. Dolan
The study found that those who watched more television during childhood were at a significantly higher risk of having a criminal conviction and a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder.
21 killed in clashes with militants in Mali:
A French soldier and more than 20 Islamist rebels were killed during what appeared to be the first clashes in north Mali‘s Adrar des Ifoghas mountain range, where militants have taken refuge.
French nationals kidnapped in northern Cameroon:
Seven French nationals, including four children, have been abducted in Cameroon, French President François Hollande confirmed on Tuesday. Radio France International (RFI) earlier reported that the kidnapped French nationals were taken by armed men on motorbikes toward the border with Nigeria.
Libya’s guns, gangs and the liberation of a masculine sickness: Op-Ed:
In Benghazi or a US suburb, the gun is a devil whispering to masculine hearts. This picture is less about freedom than power
Libya’s displaced Tawergha threaten unilateral return:
Tawergha community leaders say they are fed up waiting for reconciliation to start, and in June this year say they will leave their 20-odd camps – mainly in Tripoli and Benghazi – to return home.
Syria children among 19 killed in Aleppo missile strike: NGO:
Six children and three women were among at least 19 people killed and “the death toll is likely to rise as bodies are being rescued from under the rubble,” the Britain-based Observatory said.
Troops pour into Syria’s Aleppo:
A large number of government troops are approaching Aleppo from the east, as a battle rages for control of Syria‘s second-largest airport.
Britain could ramp up scale of security to Syria rebels:
Britain could dramatically widen the scale of its security support for the Syrian rebels, William Hague has said despite failing to scrap the EU arms embargo at talks in Brussels.
Qatar criticises EU over Syria arms embargo:
Key supporter of Syrian rebels says decision to extend blanket arms embargo will only prolong war
‘People want Assad to stay’:
Life has become difficult for the residents of Damascus, in Syria, but little is reported of the lives of those in Damascus who support the Assad regime. BBC reporter Zubeida Malik spoke on the Today programme to some of the government supporters in Syria‘s capital city.
In a small corner of Syria, rebels attempt to reconcile:
Rebels and pro-government militias have agreed to stop shooting in Talkalakh, thanks to the efforts of Sheikh Habib
Deadly blasts hit Iraq’s Kirkuk : Video –
A series of blasts in Iraq‘s city of Kirkuk kill at least one person and damage a mosque. Sarah Sheffer reports.
Iraq approves plan to pipe Iranian gas to Syria: Report:
Iraq‘s oil minister will approve a plan for a new pipeline channeling Iranian gas to Syria and possibly on into Europe by way of Iraqi territory, according to Middle East Online.
Iran says it is willing to make nuke deal with West:
Tehran indicates it can ease concerns over enrichment work in exchange for ‘show of goodwill’ from US and others at upcoming talks
Indian pays for Iran oil in rupees, Turkey route halted: sources;
India is now paying Iran only in rupees for its oil after it lost another payment route in euros due to tougher sanctions from February 6, sources at local refiners said, leaving Tehran struggling to use the tightly-restricted Indian currency.
‘Zygier hanged himself with bed sheet in bathroom’:
Jailed spy was not on suicide watch, Maariv report claims; former Australian FM says agent’s offense was likely more serious than passing info to Aussie spooks
Zygier arrested after leaking Mossad work to ASIO: sources:
Zygier was one of three Australian Jews who changed their names several times, taking out new passports for travel in the Middle East and Europe in their work for Mossad.
Account of 2007 Speech Prompts Letter from Senators to Hagel:
Sens. Graham, Ayotte ask Hagel if he said Israel controls U.S. State Dept.
7 Taliban killed, 10 wounded during clash:
At least seven Taliban were killed and 10 more wounded during a clash with security forces in Darzaab district of northern Jowzjan province yesterday, an official said Monday.
4 Militants Killed in Search Operation in Pakistan:
Pakistani security forces have killed four militants suspected of involvement in a bombing that killed 89 Shi’ites in the southwestern city of Quetta.
UAE to acquire $200 million worth of US drones:
A defense official in the United Arab Emirates said the Gulf nation has signed $1.4 billion in military contracts that include purchases of US-made drones.
German Cabinet approves Mali mission:
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet has approved a plan to send up to 330 German military personnel to Mali to help train the country’s soldiers and provide logistical support.
Spanish woman set herself on fire in bank:
Upon being rescued the woman reportedly cried “Look what you’ve done, you’ve ripped me of everything,” which led local media to suggest the 47-year-old had debt in the bank she was unable to pay.
The impact of Bolivia’s nationalisation: Video –
As Bolivia takes control of a Spanish-owned airports operator, we examine President Morales’ economic policies.
Meet 6 Politicians Getting Rich from America’s Endless Wars:
The defense industry is a powerful and influential lobby.
‘Robocop’ headset lets police see through walls and identify suspects just by LOOKING at them:
The system can also identify suspects using facial recognition, receive alerts from motion sensors, scan licence plates instantly, monitor basic vital signs and call up floor plans and GPS coordinates.
Dems Sponsor Bill To Allow Police Search Gun Owners Homes: :
Washington State Democrats have sponsored Senate Bill 5737, which has a little provision that apparently was to go unnoticed that would have said that police have a right to search a private citizen’s home once per year if they own certain types of firearms.
Death of Texas toddler fuels Russian government’s anti-adoption stance:
Russian authorities have blamed “inhuman treatment” for the death of a 3-year-old boy adopted by an American family, but Texas officials say they are still investigating claims that the child was abused before his death.
New York city mentally ill roundup plan:
Cops in the NYPD’s Real Time Crime Center are using high-tech methods to first track down the individuals, and detectives on the street have been assigned to then go after them and take them to hospitals, law-enforcement sources said.
“Let us be peace and joy”
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