19 March 2013 — Information Clearing House
Iraq After Ten Years
By Paul Craig Roberts
It is difficult to discern which is the most despicable, the corrupt Bush regime, the presstitutes that enabled it, or the corrupt Obama regime that refuses to prosecute the Bush regime for its unambiguous war crimes.
Iraq: War’s Legacy of Cancer
By Dahr Jamail
Doctors in Fallujah are continuing to witness a steep rise in severe congenital birth defects, including children being born with two heads, children born with only one eye, multiple tumours.
Lest We Forget
Paying The Price: Killing The Children Of Iraq
A documentary film by John Pilger
Sanctions enforced by the UN on Iraq since the Gulf War have killed more people than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945, including over half a million children – many of whom weren’t even born when the Gulf War began.
The Last Letter: To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young
A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran.
Obama & Iranian Children With Cancer
By SIAMAK NAMAZI
Patients in Iran are dying of treatable diseases because of shortages in life-saving medicines.
Syria State TV Airs Footage of ‘Chemical Attack Victims’
Syrian rebels have used a rocket chemical warhead in Aleppo, killing 25 people and injuring 86, says Syria‘s Information Minister. The attack escalates the Syrian conflict and brings the violence to a new level, believe Russian diplomats.
NATO Proxies Using WMD’s in Syria
By Tony Cartalucci
It is outrageous hypocrisy to see the West arming, funding, and politically backing terrorists in Syria who in fact both possess, and are now using such weapons against the Syrian people.
Two Years After Launching Libya Intervention
Arms from Libya are spreading out across the whole continent.
By Alexander MEZYAEV
This day in 2011 NATO started combat actions against the Arab Jamahiriya under the pretext of complying with the United Nations Security Council resolution N 1973.
Who Did You Rape in the War, Daddy?
By Nick Turse
A Question for Veterans that Needs Answering.
Obama’s Israel Trip And A Sham ‘Peace Process
Norman Finkelstein and Mouin Rabbani.
Row Breaks Out in Chambers as Aussie Parliamentarians Criticizes ‘Study Tour’ of Israel
Well done, Mr. Shoebridge. Decency is alive and well.
Maintaining Mental Health In The Age Of Madness
By Carolyn Baker
We maintain our wholeness in the madness by joining with others to begin making the kind of world we want our children and the next seven generations to live in.
60 killed in a dozen car bomb attacks on 10th anniversary of Iraqi invasion:
One car bomb exploded in a busy Baghdad market, three detonated in the Shi’ite district of Sadr City and another near the entrance of the heavily fortified Green Zone that sent a plume of dark smoke into the air alongside the River Tigris.
At least 26 reportedly killed in Syrian chemical weapon attack:
“Sixteen Syrian regular army soldiers were killed in Khan al-Assal,” Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters. “Ten more died in the hospital but I cannot confirm if they are civilians or soldiers.”
Russian Foreign Ministry says Syrian “rebels” used chemical weapons near Aleppo, killing 16:
The ministry said the attack represented an “extremely dangerous” development in the two-year Syrian crisis. It said the rebels detonated a munition containing an unidentified chemical agent early Tuesday in the province of Aleppo. It didn’t give further details.
U.S.: No evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria:
The Obama administration has no evidence to back up a claim by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime that the U.S.-backed Syrian rebels used chemical weapons, the White House said Tuesday.
UK: Syrian chemical arms use would need ‘serious response’:
“The UK is clear that the use or proliferation of chemical weapons would demand a serious response from the international community and force us to revisit our approach so far,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.
How can we find the truth about ‘chemical weapons’ in Syria?:
The embarrassing scare stories put about by the British Foreign Office and US Department of State several months back about credible evidence of chemical weapons being prepared by the regime. – Not a shred of proof was offered from the secret services who brought you Iraqi WMD. We were supposed to take it on trust.
British special force on Syria alert:
UK special forces are being pulled out of Afghanistan ahead of a planned mission to help Syrian rebels.: SAS and SBS commanders are drawing up top secret plans to give the fighters much-needed weapons.
Top US general urges caution on Syria options, rebels:
The United States has a less clear understanding of Syria‘s opposition than it did last year, the top U.S. military officer said on Monday, in comments likely to disappoint rebels hoping that America might be inching toward a decision to arm them.
Syria denies aircraft bombed locations in Lebanon: SANA:
“Lebanese, Arab and international media circulated news about Syrian fighter jets dropping bombs inside Lebanese territory … the [Foreign] Ministry affirms that there is absolutely no truth to this,” the state-run Syrian news agency quoted a high-ranking official at the Foreign Ministry as saying.
Syria air raid on Lebanon ‘unacceptable,’ U.S. says:
“This constitutes a significant escalation in the violations of Lebanese sovereignty that the Syrian regime has been guilty of,” Nuland said. “These kinds of violations of sovereignty are absolutely unacceptable.”
Syrian Rebels Pick U.S. Citizen to Lead Interim “Government”:
Fahed al-Masri, a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army’s unified command, questioned how a government could function when it controlled little territory or money yet would be held responsible for the fate of more than one million Syrian refugees and several times that number displaced inside the country
Syrian opposition PM rejects peace, dialogue with Assad Government:
Syria‘s opposition will not enter into dialogue with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, the country’s newly elected rebel prime minister said Tuesday in his inaugural speech.
Syria crisis is tipping Iraq into civil war, says minister:
Some areas of Iraq‘s western border are slipping out of control and the foreign minister has warned that his country faces renewed civil war in the event of President Assad’s downfall in Syria.
Israel PM warns of ‘enormous threats’ in region on eve of Obama visit:
“Obama‘s visit will be an opportunity to thank him,” Netanyahu said after warning that Israel faced “enormous threats” in the region and pledging to “guarantee the future of the Jewish people by guaranteeing the future of the state of Israel, the root of our existence”.
Israel to ‘demand” spy’s release by Obama:
Jonathon Pollard, plan to stage a “hunger strike” for his release during Obama‘s three-day visit that will begin Wednesday, The New York Times reports on Tuesday.
Propaganda And War Pimp Alert
“Israel Needs a Credible Military Option on Iran’:
Former Israel Air Force Commander Ido Nechushtan said Tuesday that Israel needed a “credible military option” against Iran. “We must have the ability to act if necessary and the means to send a message to Iran that we will use our abilities if we need to. I will not elaborate on this,” Nechushtan said.
Iran’s surgeons struggle to cope as sanctions hamper drug supplies:
Operating theatres in Iran are running out of anesthetics due to international sanctions, reported The Guardian on Monday.
Jordan’s King Abdullah criticises regional leaders:
Jordan’s King Abdullah II has said Egypt’s president has “no depth” of understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Clashes break out at Libyan oil field:
“The clashes are at the Dahra field. (The guards) came under attack. It has been going on since this evening,” the source said. “We are now taking steps to see how to move workers from the field for their security.”
Hillary Clinton’s hacked Benghazi emails sent to RT:
A hacker using the alias “Guccifer” was credited last week with compromising the AOL email account of Sidney Blumenthal, a 64-year-old journalist who formerly worked as an assistant to then-President Bill Clinton.
Gunmen clash with Tunisian security forces: report:
“Clashes are currently taking place in the Gam Halfaya area of Tajerouine (in the Kef region), between an armed group consisting of six members and units from the army and national guard,” the TAP news agency quoted a security source in the region as saying.
Mali: Old Wine in New Bottles? Justifying France’s Military Intervention in Mali:
Less than two years after Franco-British-led air strikes helped topple Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya in March 2011, and French troops made the arrest of the former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo possible in April 2011, the French army is once again intervening in Africa;
2 US service members killed at special operations base in Afghanistan:
Two U.S. service members were killed and at least eight others injured Monday in a possible insider attack at a special forces site in Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan officials said.
Chavez’s successor asks US not to frame him with rival’s murder:
Venezuela’s acting president Nicolas Maduro has claimed the CIA and the Pentagon are conspiring to kill his main competitor in the upcoming election and pin the blame on him. He urged US President Barack Obama to stop the plot. Maduro cited “a very good source” as to why he believes such a conspiracy exists.
Venezuelan leader Maduro has big poll lead over Capriles:
Venezuela’s acting president, Nicolas Maduro, has a commanding 14-percentage point lead over opposition candidate Henrique Capriles ahead of next month’s election, according to the first major poll published since the death of Hugo Chavez.
Cyprus is rejecting its bailout. Now what?:
Reports from Nicosia suggest that the bailout plan – negotiated between the Cypriot government and the so-called “troika” of the European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF) – doesn’t have the votes to pass that country’s unicameral legislature.
Fitch places Cypriot banks on Rating Watch Negative:” –
US rating agency Fitch has placed the three largest banks in Cyprus on ‘Rating Watch Negative’ to reflect downside rating risks related to the possibility that losses will be imposed on bank depositors.
New Zealand considers Cyprus-style banking failure solution;
New Zealand is facing a similar bank failure to Cyprus, is likely to adopt open bank resolution (OBR), which will see small depositors lose part their savings in favour of a big bank bailout, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said. The country’s Finance Minister Bill English supports the open bank resolution.
Kiwis could face Cyprus-style trim:
Plans that would mean a “haircut” or partial loss on all deposits if a bank failed in New Zealand, as is happening in Cyprus now, are due to come into force from the end of June.
HSBC faces new money laundering claims in Argentina:
Argentina has alleged that the bank used “fake receipts” to facilitate money laundering and tax evasion, and launder 392m pesos ($77m; £50m).
Too-big-to-fail banks are “crony” capitalists:
The largest U.S. banks are “practitioners of crony capitalism,” need to be broken up to ensure they are no longer considered too big to fail, and continue to threaten financial stability, a top Federal Reserve official said on Saturday.
US funding bill to make sequester cuts permanent:
Hundreds of thousands face unpaid furloughs
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