ICH 7 March 2013: US Plots Conquest of Venezuela in Wake of Chavez’ Death

7 March 2013 — Information Clearing House

Malaysia Invaded

100’s of Terrorists Land on Beaches, Western Media Mute

By Tony Cartalucci

The West’s woeful, irresponsible coverage of a burgeoning region-wide destabilization, fits in nicely with its coverage of US-Saudi funded/armed terrorism around the world, including in Syria.



Syrian Insurgents’ Training at “Assad’s Citadel”

By Andrei Smirnov

American, French and British instructors are providing training to Syrian rebels at a camp in the Jordanian desert.



Chavez: Farewell to Neoliberalism’s Nemesis

By Chris Nineham

Chavez put to shame all the so-called progressive leaders around the world who hide behind fabricated public opinion to justify embracing the market and moving to the right.



US Plots Conquest of Venezuela in Wake of Chavez’ Death

By Tony Cartalucci

Dark days lay ahead for Venezuela.



Chavez: Another CIA Assassination Victim?

Dr. Kevin Barrett

“It is very hard to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some leaders in Latin America. ” President Chavez.



AP: Chavez Wasted His Money on Healthcare

When He Could Have Built Gigantic Skyscrapers

By Jim Naureckas

What kind of monster has priorities like that?



Mission Unaccomplished

End Times for the American Empire

By Peter Van Buren

Why the Invasion of Iraq Was the Single Worst Foreign Policy Decision in American History.



Donald Rumsfeld Must be Indicted over Iraq Militias

By Richard Norton-Taylor

If there were any lingering doubts about whether the former US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, should be indicted before a criminal court, evidence that he asked a veteran of American dirty wars in central America to help set up vicious sectarian militias in Iraq should end them once and for all.



Obama Administration Claims Right to Murder Citizens Within the US

By Joseph Kishore

Where the executive branch and military decide that police action is not the “best means” of responding to an undefined threat, the military will be deployed to kill people at will.



Drone Strikes On US Soil

Rand Paul in His Own Words: Cliffs Notes for the Filibuster

By Conor Friedersdorf

“Are we so complacent with our rights that we would allow a president to say he might kill Americans?”



Democracy, Disillusion and The Political Process

By Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin

The sleight-of-hand conversion of the citizen into consumer only works insofar as the consumer has the wherewithal to consume.



Weren’t We All Sheeple at Some Point?


What if we changed the approach we use when trying to educate those who are not privy to truther knowledge? Do you think it is a good idea to shove knowledge down people’s throats or would it be more effective to offer the teachings with patience.



Chicago Police Terrorized Six Children

By Courthouse News

“After attempting to show the officers that the eleven-month-old’s hands were empty, Charlene asked the officers ‘What is this about?’ To which they replied ‘Shut the f— up.'”



The Soul Of Community

By Carolyn Baker

Empire brings fortune to the few, condemns the majority to misery and servitude, suppresses the creative potential of all, and appropriates much of the wealth of human societies to maintain the institutions of domination.



US Climate Bomb is Ticking

What the Gas Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Natural gas will hasten climate change, poisons the air, land and water, and carries unacceptable risks to our health.



Taliban kill 17 captured Afghan soldiers: Official;

The men were taken hostage in Badakhshan on Saturday while guarding a convoy. Their bodies were discovered by local people in the relatively peaceful mountainous province, which borders China, Pakistan and Tajikistan.



12 Afghan police killed or injured in Farah province:

According to local authorities in western Farah province of Afghanistan, at least 12 Afghan national police officers were killed or injured following an explosion in this province.



6 killed, 9 wounded in Iraq attacks:

Iraqi officials say attacks across Iraq have killed six people and wounded 10. A police officer says a roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in northern Baghdad killed two civilians and wounded four on Thursday morning.



Iraq’s depleted uranium contamination spreads: :

The report, which was funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, documents evidence that DU munitions were fired at light vehicles, buildings and other civilian infrastructure. “The use of DU in populated areas is alarming,” it says, adding that many more contaminated sites are likely to be discovered.



From El Salvador to Iraq: Washington’s man behind brutal police squads:

 In 2004, with the war in Iraq going from bad to worse, the US drafted in a veteran of Central America’s dirty wars to help set up a new force to fight the insurgency. The result: secret detention centres, torture and a spiral into sectarian carnage



Iraq reinforces in military presence on border with Syria:

The government closed a border crossing with Syria and sent in military reinforcements after cross-border fire killed an Iraqi soldier, the Defence Ministry’s spokesman said on Thursday.



39 people killed in the Syrian city of Raqqa:

Opposition activists: More troops have been sent to recapture Raqqa and activists claim Wednesday saw at least 25 air raids.



Video of Captive U.N. Peacekeepers in Syria:

One day after Syrian rebels seized 21 United Nations peacekeepers from the Philippines in the Golan Heights, a part of Syria held by Israel since the 1967 war, six of the captives appeared in a brief video clip released by an opposition group.



Syrian rebels want troop pullout to free UN men:

Rebels holding 21 UN peacekeepers near the Golan Heights in southern Syria say government forces must leave the area before they free their “guests”, an activist in touch with the fighters said on Thursday.



Israel warns of Lebanon pain in next war with Hezbollah;

Wary of a spill over from the conflict in Syria, Israel is preparing to take on the Hezbollah militia that it suspects is getting advanced weapons from a distracted Damascus.



Palestinian demonstrator dies two weeks after being shot by Israeli occupation forces:

 A Palestinian man shot in the head with a rubber bullet by Israeli troops during a West Bank demonstration two weeks ago has died.



U.N. Finds Israeli Military Abuses Palestinian Children:

Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military are subject to widespread, systematic ill-treatment that violates international law, a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund said.



US reduces Israel aid cut:

US military aid to Israel for fiscal year 2013 will be reduced by 5%, instead of the 8% initially planned, amounting to $155 million, rather than $250 million, out of $3.1 billion.



Why Is The US Spending Hundreds Of Millions On These Secret Israeli Bunkers?:

Last year it was announced the U.S. was looking to build a secret underground complex in Israel. On February 13 a contract was awarded to Conti Corp Federal Services in Edison, NJ to complete the project.



In historic move, Ohio buys $42 million in Israel Bonds;

Ohio has bought $42 million in Israel Bonds, reportedly the largest single government purchase of Israel Bonds in U.S. history.



Obama will not address Knesset during upcoming visit:

According to senior Knesset source, requests for Obama to address the Israeli people in its representative body were rejected.



Sweden recognizes Palestinian Embassy:

Sweden on Wednesday upgraded the Palestinian Authority delegation in Stockholm to the status of an embassy, but refused to recognize Palestine as an independent state.



Prisoner X was working for Israeli government, Australia confirms;’

 Australia’s foreign minister, Bob Carr, has confirmed that the man known as Prisoner X, a dual Israeli-Australian national who died in mysterious circumstances in a high-security Israeli prison in 2010, was working for the Israeli government.



Australian probe: Prisoner X was facing 20-year sentence for ‘serious espionage’:

The Australian foreign ministry investigation confirms Ben Zygier was facing a 20-year prison sentence for a security-related crime and criticizes the Australian government’s handling of the case.



Next round of Iran-P5+1 talks test of Western sincerity: Leader:

 Ayatollah Khamenei said the West has a track record of disregarding its own agreements and statements.



US general: thousands of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft arms from Libya are still at large:

Army Gen. Carter Ham tells the Senate Armed Services Committee some of those weapons, as well as explosives and other arms once under Ghadafi’s control, have fallen into the hands of extremists in northern Mali. He says others have spread to rebel groups in Syria.



Libyan national congress attacked by rogue militias:

Several hundred militiamen attacked building in protest against proposed isolation law to purge Gaddafi-era officials



Gunmen attack private Libyan TV and abduct owner:

Security is still amiss in Libya. Several gunmen stormed the headquarters of Alessama TV, a private television channel known to be close to Mahmoud Jibril’s liberal coalition.



Egypt poll cancellation a blow to Mursi: experts:

Wednesday’s ruling by the administrative court cancelling controversial parliamentary elections scheduled for April 22 has worsened the political crisis that still faces Egypt two years after Mubarak’s overthrow.



Exclusive report from jihadist stronghold in Mali:

Matthieu Mabin, was able to enter the Ametetai valley, where a decisive battle between French forces and jihadists is raging. Here is his exclusive report.



North Korea threatens US with pre-emptive nuclear strike – video:

North Korea‘s state television channel, KRT, broadcasts a statment from the country’s foreign ministry on Thursday, pledging a preemptive nuclear attack against the US. North Korea has accused Washington of using military drills in South Korea as a launch pad for a nuclear war



US warns North Korea over ‘suicidal’ nuclear threat:

Experts do not believe the North has managed to produce a warhead small enough to be mounted on a missile that could reach the US. They also pointed out that the original Korean language version referred to “invaders” rather than merely the “aggressors” of the English translation.



China’s Richer-Than-Romney Lawmakers Reveal Reform Challenge:

Almost 10% of those attending China’s National Peoples’ Congress are wealthier than Mitt Romney. When the rich run the country, the poor are in trouble.



Chavez’s death could be US plot: Russian leader:

The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from cancer may have been part of a plot by the US to infect its enemies in Latin America with the disease, according to Gennady Zyuganov, leader of Russia’s Communist party.



Chavez’s pal or US-backed rich kid: Who will inherit Venezuela?:

Maduro made it all the way up to the top of the Venezuelan political elite from a grassroots level. He was a bus driver and later a trade unionist for the workers of the Caracas Metro transport system.



Behind the Hatred and Love of Hugo Chavez; Op-Ed :

Within my lifetime only one other figure came to symbolize the struggle for freedom with the same potency, the same dignity, and that was Nelson Mandela.



Barack Obama ‘has authority to use drone strikes to kill Americans on US soil’:

President Barack Obama has the authority to use an unmanned drone strike to kill US citizens on American soil, his attorney general has said.



Rand Paul Ends 13-Hour Filibuster of CIA Director nominee John Brennan.:

‘Oh, the battlefield’s come to America’ and ‘the battlefield’s everywhere,’ ‘the war is limitless in time and scope,’ be worried, because your rights will not exist if you call America a battlefield for all time,” the senator said.



Paul fires back: Sens. McCain, Graham think ‘whole world is a battlefield’:

Paul criticized the hawkish senators for thinking the laws of war should take precedence over the Bill of Rights. The two had criticized Paul’s statements about drone policy during the Kentucky Republican’s nearly 13-hour filibuster on Thursday.



Newly Released Autopsy Reports Raise Questions About Deaths of Two Guantanamo Detainees:

Nassim, who was known as Inayatullah at Guantanamo, would eventually succeed in taking his own life. In the dead of night on May 18, 2011, he secured a white bed sheet to a pipe in the recreation area adjacent to his cell, stuck his head through a noose he made and hung himself.



MA Prosecutor Lets Rumsfeld Walk, Charges Protester Instead:

It turns out that Rumsfeld not only knew about the worst of the worst abuses of the Bush Torture Era, including what was happening at Guantanamo, in Afghanistan, and at Abu Ghraib. He perhaps even ordered it.



Obama promised to close Guantánamo. Instead, he’s made it worse:

Facing deteriorating conditions and the hopelessness of their legal abyss, detainees are starving themselves in protest



Kansas Lawmakers Tack Guns-For-Teachers On To Existing Bill:

A Kansas legislative committee passed a bill Wednesday morning to allow concealed guns in public buildings and to allow teachers to carry guns at school.



Florida bill would require anger management courses for bullet buyers;

A Florida legislator wants anyone trying to buy ammunition to complete an anger management program first, in what critics say is the latest example of local lawmakers reaching for constitutionally-dubious solutions to the problem of gun violence.



8 Year Old Girl Handcuffed and Thrown in Jail For Throwing Tantrum;

After the police arrived, the little girl was handcuffed, put in the back of a police car, and driven to jail like a common crook, where she remained for 2 hours.



New data shows Eurozone sinking deeper into recession:

The 17-nation eurozone sank further into recession in the last three months of 2012 as the debt crisis continued to exact a heavy price, official data showed Wednesday.



French unemployment rises again to 10.6 percent in Q4:

Its gross domestic product has shrunk for three of the last four quarters, and some expect the economy will enter another recession in the first part of this year.



US Oil Production Surpasses Saudi Arabia’s for the First Time in a Decade:

The financial crisis may or may not be a game changer in terms of the global political economy, but the cheap energy story in the US is a game changer and the full ramifications are still being contemplated.



‘State Department’ Keystone XL Report Actually Written By TransCanada Contractor:

The State Department’s “don’t worry” environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL tarsands pipeline, released late Friday afternoon, was written not by government officials but by a private company in the pay of the pipeline’s owner.



Eric Holder: Some Banks Are So Large That It Is Difficult For Us To Prosecute Them:

Since, “it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy,” one has to stare open-mouthed at the state of our union.



Wholesale Foreclosure Sales Planned:

The U.S. federal government is making plans to sell more than 250,000 foreclosure homes at wholesale prices in bulk to a series of investor-backed firms in an effort to speed up the recovery of the housing market and artificially push home prices higher.



New York’s Homelessness Worst Since The Great Depression:

More than 21,000 children – an unprecedented 1% of the city’s youth – slept each night in a city shelter in January, an increase of 22% in the past year;



US woman kept ‘Indian slave’ at home:

Mathai has testified that she slept in a closet, worked long days without vacation, days off or sick time and wasn’t allowed to leave the property.



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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