20 March 2013 — Information Clearing House
US, NATO Prepare Syria Intervention
By Bill Van Auken
US and NATO discussions have included providing “lethal support” to the anti-government militias and using direct military force to impose “no-fly zones” in Syria.
Another Syrian Chalabi
By Moon Of Alabama
Parts of the Syrian exile opposition installed a new leader.
The Power Of Propaganda
Poll: Americans Prepared for Military Action Against Iran
By Nathaniel Botwinick
According to a new Pew poll, 64 percent of Americans believe that it’s “more important to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons than to avoid a military conflict.”
Make It Impossible To Inflict Such Barbarism Again
By Seumas Milne
The US and Britain not only bathed Iraq in blood, they promoted a sectarian war that now threatens the region.
Search and Destroy: The Rape of Iraq
By Pepe Escobar
It’s essential to keep in mind this was a direct consequence of Washington smashing international law to pieces; after Iraq, any freak anywhere can unleash preemptive war, and quote Bush/Cheney 2003 as precedent.
Drone Strike Victims Speak Out
Living Under Drones
Many interviewees told the researchers they didn’t know what America was before drones. Now what they know of America is drones, death and terror.
Obama Comes to Bless Israel’s Government of Settlers
By Jonathan Cook
Ynet, Israel‘s popular news website, reported that settler leaders hailed this as their dream cabinet.
Social Engineering and the 21st Century Truth Emergency
By James F. Tracy
The application of independent reason in pursuit of truth has all too frequently been replaced with an unthinking obeisance toward the smokescreen of expertise disguising corporate power and control.
The Plague of Wall Street Banking
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
They blame the people, cut their benefits, tax their savings and demand they work harder for less money.
A New Pope
“The Most Corrupt Vatican Since the Borgias”
Real News Video
The Vatican’s work with the CIA and it’s alliance with far right political forces and Pope Francis’ opposition to liberation theology in Latin America. Continue
Pakistan : 46 Taliban fighters killed in militant infighting:
Forty-six Taliban fighters, including an Uzbek commander, were killed in fierce fighting between rival militant organisations in Pakistan’s restive Khyber tribal region.
Four killed at Afghan Koran protest:
Clashes between police and villagers during a protest about the desecration of the Koran in Afghanistan‘s Helmand province have left four dead.
Polish soldier killed in Afghanistan:”
Another Polish soldier was injured in the explosion, and he has been flown by helicopter to a hospital at the NATO base in Ghazni. His condition is stable.
US troops forced out of Afghan province by abuse claims:
It was a symbolic victory for President Karzai, who has long complained that the special operations forces were outside his control. It is also expected to speed the handover of security in the troubled province.
Afghan government hits back at NATO chief, says war aimless:
“As they question why after a decade, this war in their country has failed to achieve its stated goals, but rather has resulted in the loss of thousands of innocent lives and destruction of their homes”, Aimal Faizi said in a statement.
65 killed in blasts in Iraq:
Insurgents sent a bloody message on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion, carrying out a wave of bombings across the country Tuesday, March 19, that killed at least 65 people in the deadliest day in Iraq this year.
Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Baghdad bombings:
Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks across Baghdad that killed 56 people and wounded more than 220 on the eve of the anniversary of the US invasion.
Maliki’s Iraq: Rape, executions and torture:
“I was tortured and raped repeatedly by the Iraqi security forces,” she told Al Jazeera. “I want to tell the world what I and other Iraqi women in prison have had to go through these last years. It has been a hell.”
Costs of US wars linger for over 100 years:
If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.
Israeli official confirms ‘chemical weapons used in Syria’:
While a U.S. official said there was no evidence of any such attack, Israel confirmed the use of chemical weapons, a Channel 10 news report stated, including seven by AQIM.
Israeli soldiers treat wounded Syrians (Rebels?) on border:
Two of the Syrians were taken to Israeli hospitals due to the severity of their injuries, according the IDF. They will be returned to Syria following their treatment.
NATO has Syria contingency plan – top US commander:
NATO forces are focusing on a “wide range of operations” in Syria, the US top commander in Europe told the US Senate. If called upon, the international coalition is ready to engage on the same level and in same way as it did in Libya.
Islamic law comes to rebel-held Syria:
Building on the reputation they have earned in recent months as the rebellion’s most accomplished fighters, Islamist units are seeking to assert their authority over civilian life, imposing Islamic codes and punishments and administering day-to-day matters such as divorce, marriage and vehicle licensing.
Jordan’s king warns that a jihadist state could emerge in Syria :
Syria could become a regional base for extremist and terrorist groups, which we are already see establishing firm footholds in some areas,” the king added.
In south Egypt, fears over Islamist vigilantes:
The Gamaa Islamiya once waged a bloody insurgency here, attacking police and Christians in a campaign to create an Islamic state. Now a political force, the former jihadis say they are setting up their own parallel police and are determined to ensure law and order in this southern Egyptian province.
Full text of Obama’s speech on arrival in Israel:
US president says it’s no accident that his first foreign visit in his second term is to the Holy Land.
Why Obama’s Israel Trip Is One Big Mistake:
Netanyahu insults the president, backed Romney, and hasn’t moved the peace process. No White House should reward behavior like that, not even from an ally.
Video: Israeli soldiers round up children in Hebron:
Israeli rights group B’Tselem on Wednesday said Israel‘s mass arrest of children in Hebron was “unacceptable,” and released a video of the detentions.
Erdogan says comments calling Zionism a ‘crime against humanity’ misinterpreted;
“It is quite natural for us to continue to criticize Israel, as long as it has not abandoned its denial of the Palestinian state’s right to exist.
Obama pledges to keep Iran from nuclear weapon:
Eager to reassure an anxious ally, President Barack Obama on Wednesday promised to work closely with Israel and do whatever is necessary to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons
Al Qaeda ‘beheads French hostage in revenge for war in Mali’:
There are at least 14 French hostages currently held by Al Qaeda in west Africa
Mali: ‘Alarm’ over food situation in the north:
Food prices in the region of Gao have gone up drastically, causing 80% of adults to reduce their food intake to feed children, its research shows.
US B-52s imitate nuclear bombing of North Korea:
In a bid to intimidate North Korea and draw attention to the US military’s capabilities, American B-52 bombers – which are capable of carrying out nuclear strikes – are practicing over South Korea.
North Korea’s Kim supervises ‘drone attack’ drill:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised a drone attack on a simulated South Korean target on Wednesday, Pyongyang’s KCNA news agency reported, and the armed forces shot down a target mimicking a cruise missile.
Venezuela halts all diplomatic communication with US after diplomats expelled:
Elias Jaua said Wednesday that “any type of contact has been postponed” until officials in Washington respect Venezuela’s sovereignty and stop commenting on its internal matters.
Ríos Montt and Guatemala’s Genocide Trial:
A United Nations truth commission documented more than 600 massacres carried out by the Guatemalan army and its proxies. In some Mayan territories, up to 90 percent of villages were destroyed.
TSA agents ‘humiliated’ wounded Marine:
A Marine who lost both legs in an IED blast was reportedly asked by TSA inspectors to remove his prosthetic legs during screening at a Phoenix airport.
US “Justice” Dept. drops fight against tougher rules to access e-mail:
The Justice Department has dropped its long-standing objection to proposed changes that would require law enforcement to get a warrant before obtaining e-mail from service providers, regardless of how old an e-mail is or whether it has been read.
ACLU in Court Arguing that GPS Tracking Requires a Warrant:
Should law enforcement agents have to obtain a warrant based on probable cause to attach a GPS tracker to a vehicle and track its movements? We will argue that the government cannot engage in this type of tracking without going to a judge for a warrant first.
One Million Police Hours: Making 440,000 Marijuana Possession Arrests in New York City:
The report finds that NYPD used approximately 1,000,000 hours of police officer time to make 440,000 marijuana possession arrests over 11 years. These are hours that police officers might have otherwise have spent investigating and solving serious crimes.
New York’s Police Union Worked With the NYPD to Set Arrest and Summons Quotas:
“Many officers feel pressure to meet their numbers to get the rewards that their commanding officer is giving out,” says John Eterno, a former police captain and co-author of The Crime Numbers Game:
Germany’s finance minister has warned Cyprus that its banks may never be able to reopen:
He was speaking after the Cypriot parliament rejected an international bailout deal that would have imposed a one-off tax on bank deposits.
Cyprus seeks Russian rescue, EU threatens cutoff:
Russia’s finance ministry said Nicosia had sought a further 5 billion euros, on top of a five-year extension and lower interest on an existing 2.5 billion euro loan.
Denmark Races to Prevent Foreclosures as Home Prices Sink:
“Eighty percent of homeowners under 35 years of age are under water. That’s a lot,” Curt Liliegreen, head of the Center for Housing Economics in Copenhagen, said yesterday in a telephone interview. “This is a problem that threatens the Danish economy.”
Irish Foreclosure Wave Risks Housing Recovery:
Irish bankers preparing for the biggest wave of foreclosures in the nation’s history are struggling with how to dispose of the homes as the central bank pressures them to go after owners of investment properties.
IMF chief’s Paris home searched over ‘illegal’ payout under Sarkozy:
French authorities are searching the home of IMF Chief Christine Lagarde over a probe into a million-dollar payout to a supporter of ex-President Sarkozy. Lagarde has been under investigation since 2011, but denies any wrongdoing.
Freddie Mac Sues More Than A Dozen Banks Over Libor Losses:
Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co, UBS AG and Credit Suisse Group AG are among the banks named as defendants in the lawsuit.
JPMorgan Chase Secretly Downgraded by Bank Regulators;
The Senate report on JPMorgan Chase’s London Whale fiasco revealed that federal regulators secretly downgraded the bank’s management rating last summer-a fact kept from investors and the public
Senate Censors Part of Report on JPMorgan About Its Stock Trading:
It now appears that the worst of this story may be so unsettling to the markets and the public perception of Wall Street that it must be censored from public viewing.
China’s richest man gives up US green card:
Efforts by United States authorities to expand investigations into tax evasion have caused several wealthy Chinese to give up their US permanent residency or citizenship, including China’s richest man, Zong Qinghou.
Debt Bomb:Economics Stripped Bare: Video – Humor:
The Global Financial Crisis Stripped Bare by Dominic Frisby
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