ICH 18 March 2013: Is Your Money Safe? Insured Bank Deposits At Risk

18 March 2013 — Information Clearing House

Syrian Warplanes Strike Lebanon Border – Reports


The warplanes entered 1 kilometer into Lebanese airspace and struck the town of Kerbet Younan in the Wadi al-Khayl region of Arsal, where the majority of Sunni Muslim residents support Syrian rebels.



MI6 and CIA Were Told Before Invasion That Iraq Had No Active WMD

By Richard Norton-Taylor

BBC’s Panorama reveals fresh evidence that agencies dismissed intelligence from Iraqi foreign minister and spy chief.



Arundhati Roy on Iraq War’s 10th:

Bush May Be Gone, But “Psychosis” of U.S. Foreign Policy Prevails

Video Interview

“We are being given lessons in morality [by world leaders] while tens of thousands are being killed, while whole countries are shattered, while whole civilizations are driven back decades, if not centuries,”



Iraq: Ten Years Ago and Today: A Warfare State of Mind

By Norman Solomon

Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, don’t expect the vast numbers of media hotshots and U.S. officials who propelled that catastrophe to utter a word of regret. Many are busy with another project: assisting the push for war on Iran.



10th Anniversary Of Iraq War

U.S. Still Hasn’t Learned Its Lessons

By Robert Taylor

I am not quite sure most Americans have come to grips with what has been to done to Iraq by the U.S. government.



From The Archives

Fallujah – The Hidden Massacre:


WARNING – This video contains images that depict the reality and horror of war.

Veteran admits: Bodies melted away before us.



My Lai 45 Years Later

And the Unknown Atrocities of Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan

By Nick Turse

On the anniversary of the infamous My Lai massacre, Nick Turse recalls the numerous, less-well-known atrocities that marked the Vietnam War, and asks which atrocities from Iraq and Afghanistan we will be remembering in 45 years.



The Curse of Chutzpa

By Nahida the Exiled Palestinian

The failure of Jewish communities -liberal and otherwise- to acknowledge, address and deal with this “heritage” in a sincere and healing manner will provoke severe and unavoidable consequences.



From The Archives

The Israel Lobby

Video Documentary

Does the United States in fact keep Israel on its feet? And how long will it continue to do so?



The Shame of America’s Gulag

By Chris Hedges

If, as Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” then we are a nation of barbarians.



In Case You Missed It

Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons


Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?



“With Liberty and Justice for Some” : Glenn Greenwald

“The Rule Of Law Is Dead In America”


In a healthy society, politicians should always fear for their job, and sometimes fear for their physical safety.



US Civil War: Is It Possible?


The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2013 has some prominent features.



The Rape Of Cyprus By The European Union & The IMF

By Mark J. Grant

Nothing now; Nothing is safe!



The Great Cyprus Bank Robbery by Financial Terrorists

Cyprus’s Cash Machines Run Dry


People in Nicosia, Cyprus give their reactions to news the government is imposing a tax on bank savings.



Insured Bank Deposits At Risk

By Peter Schiff

What happens in Cyprus doesn’t necessarily stay in Cyprus. The media says it can’t happen here but it can. If several major U.S. banks failed, trillions of deposits would be at risk, including hundreds of billions insured by the FDIC.



20 Killed in Blast at Northern Nigeria Bus Station:

The blast Monday hit the Sabon Gari area of Kano, the region’s biggest city. Witnesses say it destroyed several buses at the station, which is frequented by passengers travelling to and from Nigeria’s largely Christian south.



8 killed in by car bomb in Somalia’s capital:

The scene is one of utter destruction, with body parts scattered across a wide area



Four killed at Pakistan court complex in Peshawar:

At least four people have been killed and 30 injured in a militant attack on a court and prison complex in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, police say. , he says.



Pakistan seeks UN ban on unilateral drone strikes:

In a statement issued after his previously unannounced trip, the head of the UN panel concluded that US drone strikes did in fact violate Pakistan’s sovereignty.



As drone monopoly frays, Obama seeks global rules:

President Barack Obama, is now openly seeking to influence global guidelines for their use as China and other countries pursue their own drone programs.



A New Intifada in Kashmir?

Arundhati Roy & Sanjay Kak on the World’s Most Densely Militarized Area



US Will Not Leave Afghanistan: Karzai:

“The US is not leaving. They will not leave and we should ask them all our demands,” Karzai said in response to the question of whether the US will withdraw completely.



Karzai opponents talk with Taliban, aim for peace ahead of election – report:

Opponents of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have reportedly begun talks with the Taliban in hopes of brokering peace before the 2014 election and NATO troop withdrawal. The opposition has grown frustrated with the government’s lack of progress.



Attacks, kill 9 in Iraq:

The suicide car bomber hit a security checkpoint near an outdoor market in the town of Balad Ruz in the afternoon, killing five people, including a police officer, and wounding 16 others, said police Col. Ghalib al-Kharkhi, the spokesman for Diyala provincial police.



Nine killed in Iraq bus terminal explosion:

A car bomb exploded at a bus terminal in Iraq’s predominantly Shi’ite Muslim south yesterday, killing at least nine people, police said.



Qaeda attack on Iraq ministry killed 30:

Security and medical officials had previously put the toll from the 14 March violence at 18 killed and 30 wounded.



Syrian warplanes strike Lebanon border – reports:

Syrian planes have bombed a Lebanese border town in eastern Bekaa Valley, the first such attack during the country’s ongoing crisis, according to a Lebanese army source.



Syria rebels seize security compound near Golan:

Syrian rebels on Sunday seized a Syrian military intelligence compound in the southern Hauran Plain near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, stepping up attacks in the strategic region which stretches to the outskirts of the capital Damascus, rebel commanders said.



Rep. introduces bill supporting arming Syrian rebels:;

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel introduced legislation Monday giving President Barack Obama the authority to provide rebels in Syria “lethal equipment,” which the United States has thus far avoided doing over the course of the two-year conflict.



Kerry says US won’t stand in way of France, Britain or anyone else arming Syria’s rebels:

The Obama administration lent its support Monday to British and French plans to arm Syria‘s rebels, saying it wouldn’t stand in the way of any country seeking to rebalance the fight against an Assad regime supported by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.



Propaganda: And War Pimp Alert :

Kerry “warns” from fragmentation of state in Syria:

“We have consistently said the longer the bloodshed goes on, the greater the prospect that the institutions of the state of Syria implode, and therefore the greater the danger is to the region and the world that chemical weapons fall into the hands of really bad actors. We do not want that to happen”



Israel to request U.S. support for strike on potential Syrian weapons transfers:

The request, according to the Guardian, will come during Obama‘s visit to Israel later this week. It may include a request for U.S. participation in the strike, according to an unnamed Israeli official.



Tensions high in Lebanon after assault on clerics; –

Several hundred demonstrators angry over attacks against Sunni Muslim clerics blocked roads with garbage bins and burning tires in Beirut and other Lebanese cities on Monday, enflaming old tensions already boiling over the conflict in Syria.



U.S. shuns UN debate on illegal Israeli “settlers” ahead of Obama visit:

UN Human Rights Council concludes that Israel‘s ‘creeping annexation’ of West Bank violates many rights; U.S. ambassador says Washington is ‘extremely troubled’ by UN council’s ‘biased and disproportionate focus on Israel.’



Liberman: IDF should open fire at stone-throwers:

 Liberman asserted that “rock-throwing [should] be treated like shooting using firearms,” adding that “only this kind of change will stop civilians and soldiers from being targeted by Arab rioters and prevent disasters.”



Honouring Rachel Corrie, 10 years on:

US peace activist was killed by Israeli bulldozer in Gaza as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian home.




No peace partners, says incoming deputy defense minister: Danny Danon:

United States and the rest of the world will have to get used to increased settlement construction




Israeli Leader Says Peace Hopes ‘Delusional’:

A senior member of Israel‘s new government says anyone who thinks peace can be reached with the Palestinians is “delusional.”



The Curse of Chutzpa: Op-Ed:

The failure of Jewish communities -liberal and otherwise- to acknowledge, address and deal with this “heritage” in a sincere and healing manner will provoke severe and unavoidable consequences.



The power of propaganda:

More Americans Sympathize with Israel, Don’t Want U.S. to Lead Peace Talks:

Fifty-five percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll sympathize more with Israel, vs. 9 percent who side more with the Palestinian Authority, with the rest favoring neither, or undecided.



Let Israel Declare War for U.S. — Seriously?:

Three days after 9/11, Congress gave presidents the power to launch wars. Now a resolution in the Senate would effectively allow a foreign nation to launch the United States into a war.



IAEA chief Amano is US’s puppet over Iran: German MP:

“I think even the German government is aware that Amano is a US puppet when it comes to Iran,” Jan van Aken, deputy head of the German Left Party said.



Yemeni police ‘kill protester’ in anti-dialogue demo:

Police shot dead a protester in the historic southeastern Yemeni city of Tarim during a demonstration Monday against a national dialogue that opened in the capital, an activist said.



Venezuela’s Maduro urges Obama to halt “plot” against rival:

Venezuela’s acting president urged U.S. leader Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup before an April 14 election.



‘Gitmo created more terrorists than we could’ve ever imagined’:

A former guard at Guantanamo Bay – speaks out against the abuses he witnessed at the prison, and lack of ongoing media attention given to them. Neeley enlisted for five years in 2000, heading to Guantanamo in 2002.



China replaces Britain in world’s top five arms exporters – report:

 China’s volume of weapons exports between 2008 and 2012 rose 162 percent compared with the previous five-year period, with its share of the global arms trade rising from 2 percent to 5 percent, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said.



Record levels of radiation found in fish near Japan’s Fukushima plant:

Record levels of radiation contamination have been found in fish near Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant.



U.K. phone-hacking scandal uncovers 100s of new cases:

A new conspiracy uncovered by British investigators has found hundreds of potential phone-hacking victims of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid, a victim’s lawyer said Monday.



Max Keiser on Cyprus: The debt bomb just got bigger:

The amount of debt worldwide is more than all of the bank accounts in the world, and the current financial situation in Cyprus is the inevitable next phase: Confiscation.



Cyprus banks euro tax bail-out is a small-scale smash-and-grab compared to Britain’s slow-motion bank robbery ;

Outrage about the Cyprus banks euro tax bail-out should not be allowed to obscure the fact that millions of savers in British banks have already lost much more of the real value or purchasing power of their money to prop up financial institutions closer to home.



Russian anger at Cyprus bailout levy:

Russian President Vladimir Putin called it “unfair, unprofessional and dangerous”, while the finance minister said Russia may reconsider the terms of a 2.5bn euro loan (£2.1bn) to Cyprus.



Germany And IMF’s Initial Deposit Haircut Demand: 40% Of Total:

It appears that the settled-upon 9.9% haircut is a ‘good deal’ compared to the stunning 40% of total deposits that Germany’s FinMin Schaeuble and the IMF demanded.



Is Your Credit Union Safe?:

If you think credit unions automatically give you a safe haven far removed from the weakened U.S. banking system, think again.



March 17


At least 12 killed in Iraq attacks:

Ten people were killed when two car bombs exploded in the mostly Shiite city of Basra. Elsewhere, two people were killed in an attack on their house by gunmen in Mosul, about 400 kilometres north of Baghdad, said police.



Video of Spanish troops “supposedly” beating Iraqi detainees sparks outrage: Video

The Defense Ministry is going to investigate the authenticity of a video that allegedly shows a group of Spanish soldiers in Iraq kicking two detainees in a jail cell, government sources said on Sunday



Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590”:

The number is shocking and sobering. It is at least 10 times greater than most estimates cited in the US media, yet it is based on a scientific study of violent Iraqi deaths caused by the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003.



The Real Cost Of Our Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan… [PHOTO]:

Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia March 11, 2013.



Israel to ask Obama to use air strikes in case of Syrian missile transfer:

US expected to resist Israeli pressure to attack Iran, while Tel Aviv unlikely to yield on Palestine, leaving Syria a common goal



Israel gets special treatment, 93% of Americans polled say they want foreign aid cuts:

In an effort to save aid to Israel from mandatory, across-the-board cuts now being imposed on all discretionary federal programs, pro-Israel activists are opening the door on a dramatic course of action they have rejected repeatedly in the past.



Israel to define itself as ‘national state of Jewish people’ – despite Arab population:

Israel‘s new government plans to pass a controversial new law defining the country as a “national state of the Jewish people” despite the presence of 1.5 million Arabs within its borders.



Israel: Where Soccer Fans Boo Their Own Players When They Score:

“It’s not racism. They just shouldn’t be here.”



Slander Israel’s critics as anti-Semites, shut down debate on Israel‘s atrocities: Op-Ed:

Diaspora Jewish defense organizations’ calculated paranoia brands harsh critics of Israeli policy as anti-Semites because it serves their interests: What’s good for the occupation is good for Netanyahu’s Israel , which is good for the Diaspora Jewish establishment.



Iran to try 18 for nuclear scientist deaths:

Tehran has accused Israel, US and Britain of being behind the alleged assassinations of at least five nuclear scientists since 2010



Iran Navy warns off Australian plane near Sri Lanka:

“Immediately after receiving the warning, the Australian reconnaissance plane changed its flight course, but it began dropping submarine detection devices…all of which was picked up by [our] marines,” he added.



Blast in northern Mali kills 1 French soldier, wounds 3 other troops:

The death on Saturday brings to five the number of French troops killed since they launched the military operation on Jan. 11



Al-Shabab fighters seize Hudur town in southern Somalia: Residents:

“Hudur (in the southern Bakool region of Somalia) is now under the control of the al-Shabab fighters again after the Ethiopian soldiers moved out late last night,” said a resident on Sunday.



Chavez laid to rest after final Caracas tour:

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans thronged the streets of Caracas on Friday to bid a final farewell to the man who ruled the oil-rich South American country for 14 years.



Gitmo Hunger Strike: ‘Prisoners put their lives on the line in a medieval torture chamber’:

An inmate hunger strike at Guantanamo prison has entered its 40th day, with more than 100 reportedly taking part



Telecoms firm hails ‘significant victory’ as judge blocks FBI’s data demands:

 Credo Mobile speaks out after judge orders US government to stop issuing ‘national security letters’ to access citizens’ data



Bailout terms prompt run on Cyprus banks:

Savers react with shock after government agrees to levy on deposits in return for $13bn eurozone rescue package.



REPORT: Germany Told Cyprus They Could Tax Their Depositors, Or Leave The Eurozone:

The background is that because Cyprus has an enormous banking system — and houses a lot of offshore Russian money – there was not much political appetite to bail it out, even though the amount of cash was minimal.



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 : 3,270


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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