ICH 8 March 2013: Exposed: US Airlift of Arms to Syrian Rebels Through Zagreb’

8 March 2013 — Information Clearing House

US and Europe in ‘Major Airlift of Arms to Syrian Rebels Through Zagreb’

By Richard Spencer

The United States has coordinated a massive airlift of arms to Syrian rebels from Croatia with the help of Britain and other European states, despite the continuing European Union arms embargo.



US-British Al Qaeda Airlift:

3,000 Tons of Weapons Fuel Syria’s Destruction

By Tony Cartalucci

Just like in Libya where the West literally handed an entire nation to sectarian extremists, we are watching a verbatim repeat in Syria.



Syria Says Israel Facilitates Rebels Who Captured UN Peacekeepers:

– Video –

Israel wants to create a buffer zone reaching up to 10 miles inside Syria.



How the US Exported its ‘Dirty War’ Policy to Iraq – with Fatal Consequences

By Murtaza Hussain

Pentagon officials at the highest levels oversaw torture facilities during the war in Iraq. The allegations are decidedly gruesome: rooms used for interrogating detainees stained with blood; children tied into extreme stress positions with their bodies beaten to discoloration.



North Korean nuke threat is ‘absurd and suicidal,’

Says Menendez, even as he supports possible war against Iran

By Philip Weiss

Earlier this week Senator Bob Menendez spoke at AIPAC and vowed to use military force to stop Iran from achieving nuclear capability.



Why Israeli Apartheid is Worse Than South Africa’s Version

By Gilad Atzmon

Once involved with Palestinian Solidarity you have to accept that Jews are special and so is their suffering; Jews are like no other people.



Will Congress Fund Iron Dome Over Head Start?

By James M. Wall

Is the US Congress so beholden to AIPAC and so insensitive to the impact on programs like Head Start for children, that it will give Israel‘s self-designated “defensive needs” priority over US domestic needs?



FBI Surveillance Video

NASA employee agrees to sell U.S. government secrets to Israel


An imperfect video redaction reveals Nozette appearing to say he sold classified U.S. government information to “Israeli Aircraft,” also known as Israel Aerospace Industries or IAI.



Threats of a Wider War in Sabah

By Noel Tarrazona

At least 30 people have been killed in armed exchanges since the Filipino militants first arrived in Sabah on February 12 to assert a centuries-old claim to the area by the now defunct Sultanate of Sulu.



Holder’s Letter Raises More Questions Than It Answers

By Washington’s Blog

Secretive, unaccountable agencies are making life and death decisions which effect our most basic rights. They provide “secret evidence” to courts which cannot be checked … and often withhold any such “evidence” even from the judges.



El Comandante Has Left the Building

By Pepe Escobar

How enlightening to watch world leaders’ reactions to the death of Venezuela’s El Comandante Hugo Chavez.



“Chavez lives! The fight continues!”

Nicolas Maduro Speaks At Funeral Of Hugo Chavez: Full Speech


Venezuela gave Hugo Chavez a lavish farewell at a state funeral Friday that brought some of the world’s most notorious strongmen to tears, with music, prayers and a fiery speech by his successor.



Where is America’s Hugo Chavez?

Who Will Stand Up Against the Military-Oil-Banker Mafia?

By Rob Urie

More than 13,000 delegates to the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) descended on Washington this week.



Cheney Admits that He Lied about 9/11

What Else Did He Lie About?

By Washington’s Blog

Vice President acted as if he was the president on 9/11.



Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day

By UN Women

Of the 140 million girls who will marry before the age of 18, 50 million will be under the age of 15.



Safer Cities: A Girl’s-eye View of Living in Delhi


The theme of International Women’s Day this year is violence against women, and how to stop it. In this film by Plan International, teenage girls in Delhi identify the areas of their neighbourhood in which they feel unsafe, and discuss steps they might take to protect themselves.



At least 22 killed in Iraq attacks:

At least 22 people, including three anti-government protesters, were killed Friday in attacks in Iraq, medics and witnesses said, DPA reported.



10 years on: the elephant in the room the media still won’t mention:

Iraq was a war crime: Op-Ed: News reports list “failures”, “setbacks” and “lessons” for “the West”, but there’s never a line of background saying the people who started the war are now criminally liable.



Syria: ‘Government official killed in Damascus car bomb’:

The bomb had been planted inside the official’s car in a fortified district of northwest Damascus, naming him as Asaad Mohanna.



Iran/Contra Déjà vu:

Croatia transit point for Syrian rebel arms: report:

Some 75 civilian transport planes carrying weapons for the rebels battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad took off from Zagreb airport between last November and February, the influential Jutarnji List reported citing unnamed diplomatic sources.



Video shows Syrian rebels with new weapons:

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West training Syrian rebels in Jordan:

According to European and Jordanian sources the western training in Jordan has been going on since last year and is focused on senior Syrian army officers who defected.



NATO support of Syrian rebels makes it an accessory to murder, kidnapping’:

Syrian rebels are refusing to release a group of UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights until government forces withdraw from the area. As the hostage crisis continues to unfold, many say it’s the rebels’ supporters that are truly responsible.



Syria says Israel facilitates rebels who captured UN peacekeepers: Video –

Israel wants to create a buffer zone reaching up to 10 miles inside Syria



UN peacekeepers pull out of Syrian-Israeli DMZ:

Eight United Nations peacekeepers working in the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria abandoned their posts today, saying they “feared for their lives.”



IDF ready for possible UN pullout from Syrian buffer zone:

After the current hostage crisis is resolved, the remaining countries that make up UNDOF – the Philippines, India, and Austria – may choose to reconsider their presence, as battles rage between Syrian rebels, some of them radical jihadis, and the Assad regime.



How Turkey Recruits Fighters in Syria:

The Turkish authorities established a “Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria” as a civil facade to Al-Nusra Front and the militants its trains and arms in its lands before it sends them to Syria.



Damascus briefs UN on transfer of Libyan, Saudi arms, militants to Syria:

According to the letters, Turkish lawmakers have recently raised the issue of Turkey’s Interior Ministry assigning a special mission to a Libyan ship, dubbed “Intisar,” to carry 400 tons of weapons and hand them over to the militants fighting against the Syrian government.



Turkish Government and Opposition Go Head To Head over the Syrian Crisis:

The fight which almost turned violent started when main opposition Republican People’s Party deputy ?mit ?zgümüs took the floor to argue that the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmad Davutoglu had made a misjudgment on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s fate.



Pimping for war:

Peres to Hollande: Iran about to miss last chance:

The French president told his Israeli counterpart that he was honored to have him and that his country harbored great appreciation for Peres’ promotion of peace.



Time’s Ticking Clock on War With Iran:

Can you threaten to start a war to stop something that doesn’t exist? Open the March 11 issue of Time magazine and you’ll see the headline “The Path to War: Inside Barack Obama‘s Struggle to Stop an Iranian Nuke.”



Israeli occupation forces shoot, critically injure man in north Gaza:

Omar Wady, 22, was shot east of Jabalia refugee camp and taken to hospital for treatment, medics told Ma’an.



Clashes across the West Bank, dozens injured:

Dozens of Palestinians were injured during clashes across the West Bank on Friday, as tensions rose just weeks before a visit by US President Barack Obama.



Netherlands calls on stores to label products from illegal Israeli settlements:

The Netherlands’ foreign minister, Frans Timmermans, said in a speech to parliament Wednesday that the settlements are illegal and an obstacle to peace. He said that the labeling of products by retail chains in Holland will allow consumers to know whether they want to purchase these products.



Obama meets US Jewish leaders ahead of Israel trip:

“President Obama invited leaders from across the American Jewish community to discuss and get input about his upcoming trip to Israel,” the official said.



U.S. presses European bank to cut Iran out of transfer system:

David Cohen, an undersecretary of the Treasury, said in a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday that his department is pressing the ECB to ban access by Iranian officials to “Target2,” the bank’s cross-border funds transfer system.



7 killed in blast at Afghan ministry:

Seven reported killed in apparent suicide attack at defence ministry in Kabul as US defence secretary visits country.



5 Afghan Officers Killed:

Five Afghan police officers were killed by homemade bombs while carrying out a poppy-eradication campaign in western Farah Province, officials said Friday,



Afghan security forces attack US base:

Uniformed Afghan security forces attacked a US military base in eastern Kapisa province, killing a civilian contractor. Three Afghan troops are also said to have been killed in the incident.



U.S. Reneges On Agreement: Cancels Transfer of Bagram Prison to Afghans:

There was no official word on why the transfer was canceled, but American officials were known to be upset with Mr. Karzai over remarks he made in a speech on Wednesday in which he criticized the Americans’ slowness on the detention issue and promised to release many of the prisoners as soon as the transfer was complete.



Pyongyang To Cut North-South Hotline, Cancel Non-Aggression Pact:

Pyongyang’s statement appears to refer to the bilateral pact signed in 1991 that endorses the peaceful settlement of disputes and the prevention of accidental military clashes. However, earlier this week the North also reiterated threats to walk away from the 1953 armistice that technically ended the Korean War.



North Korea says ‘prepare for war’:

China expresses concern and appeals for calm as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un tells troops to prepare for “all-out war”.



Malaysia rejects ceasefire offer from Filipino group:

The ceasefire offer by the group’s leader based in Manila came after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an end to the violence in Sabah.

Since fighting began, 60 people have died: 52 Filipinos and eight policemen.



Egyptian military takes over for police in Port Said:

Army seeks to quell more than a month of unrest in Mediterranean city ahead of court ruling in last year’s soccer massacre



Gunmen storm Tripoli TV station, still holding two people:

Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s attack by gunmen on the Tripoli headquarters of the pro-liberal, privately-owned TV station Al-Assema and voices deep concern about the fate of its owner, Jomaa Al-Osta and its former executive director, Nabil Shebani, who were taken away by the gunmen when they left.



Libya: priest escapes gunman, Copts subjected to intimidation campaign:

A Catholic priest narrowly escaped assassination in the cathedral of Tripoli, Libya, on March 3. An unidentified gunman shot at the priest but missed, in the latest of a series of violent attacks on Libya’s Christian minority



Land grabs in Ethiopia show dark side of south-south co-operation:

The takeover of peoples’ land and water by corporations – even if they are from the global south – is a new form of colonisation



Boots on the ground:

More US Marines For Africa:

A new Africa-focused Marine crisis response unit could soon be in place as part of a broader effort to beef up Africa Command’s ability to confront emerging terrorism threats on the continent, its commander Gen. Carter Ham told a Senate committee on Wednesday.



Kenya election: Uhuru Kenyatta ‘wins vote count’:

Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta appears to have won the presidential election by the tightest of margins, provisional results indicate. After all the votes were counted, he had polled 50.03% of the vote, 4,109 votes over the threshold required for outright victory.



Child brides beaten up, killed in South Sudan:

The 17-year-old beaten to death for refusing to marry a man old enough to be her grandfather. The teen dragged by her family to be raped to force her into marrying an elderly man.



3 women a day killed by partner in SA:

A woman is killed by an intimate partner every eight hours in South Africa, according to a study published in August and co-authored by Professor Rachel Jewkes of the South African Medical Research Council.



Operation Condor trial begins in Argentina:

The US government, and in particular former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, provided crucial support for the bloody repression carried out under the mantle of Condor.



High court affirms Maduro acting president:

Venezuela’s Supreme Court says Vice President Nicolas Maduro became acting president the moment Hugo Chavez died, and can run for president. The decision comes just hours before Maduro is to be sworn in as acting president before the National Assembly and it was issued during the state funeral for Chavez.



Bin Laden Son-in-law Pleads Not Guilty:

The Obama administration’s decision to try him in civilian court has been criticised by Republicans. They say Mr Abu Ghaith should be sent to the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to face a military tribunal.



Bin Laden Son-in-Law’s Video Messages – Video –

Archival footage of Mr. Abu Ghaith with Bin Laden.



US court bails Pakistan bomb suspect:

A US man accused of giving “material support” for a deadly suicide bombing in the Pakistani city of Lahore in 2009 has been given bail by a US court.



Leaders and supporters bid farewell to Chavez: Video –

Heads of state and hundreds of thousands of other mourners gather in Venezuelan capital for Hugo Chavez’s state funeral.



Argentina court convicts ex-President Menem over arms:

A court in Buenos Aires has convicted ex-President Carlos Menem of illegally selling 6,500 tonnes of arms to Croatia and Ecuador during the 1990s.



Drone semantics: Obama’s definition of ‘combat’ may be unlike ordinary humans’:

 I think they left a lot of wriggle room in the way they worded the statement. And they certainly have the past history of being pretty liberal in how they choose to define terms when it suits their interests.



Senators Will Get to Know When Obama Can Kill Americans-But You Won’t:

The White House has agreed to more widely share secret Justice Department memos justifying the targeted killing of American citizens suspected of terrorism, Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday



Murder Inc. gets new leader:

Brennan wins confirmation as CIA director:

The Senate approves career spy John Brennan by a wide margin despite long delays. Now he faces the sensitive issues of interrogation, drones and the September attack in Benghazi, Libya.



How they voted : U.S. Senate Roll Call Brennan Votes:

On the Nomination (Confirmation John Owen Brennan, of Virginia, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency )



McCain calls Paul, Cruz, Amash ‘wacko birds’:

 In an interview with the Huffington Post, McCain referred to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as “wackos.”



How Many Billions Of Drug-Laundered Money Does It Take To Shut Down A Bank?:

If you’re caught with an ounce of cocaine, the chances are good you’re going to go to jail… for the rest of your life. But evidently, if you launder nearly a billion dollars for drug cartels and violate our international sanctions, your company pays a fine and you go home and sleep in your own bed at night – I think that’s fundamentally wrong.”



Laundering $881 Million Is Now Acceptable:

Senator Elizabeth Warren grills regulators (again) for failing to yank banking charters or criminally prosecute banking executives for their transgressions.



Offshore Cash Hoard Expands by $183 Billion at Companies:

The largest U.S.-based companies expanded their untaxed offshore stockpiles by $183 billion in the past year, increasing such holdings by 14.4 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.



80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read:

Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.



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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