ICH 23 March 2013: Capitol Hill, Calls for Attack On Syria

23 March 2013 — Information Clearing House

CIA Passing Info to Syrian Rebels: Report

By AFP

The US Central Intelligence Agency has been feeding information to select rebel fighters in Syria to try to make them more effective against government troops, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34378.htm

 

Obama’s Choice: Real Diplomacy With Iran — or War

By Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

The Iran-related messages coming out of President Obama‘s trip to Israel strongly suggest that the risk of a U.S.-initiated military confrontation with Tehran during Obama‘s second term are rising.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34380.htm

 

On Capitol Hill, Calls for Attack On Syria

By John T. Bennett

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told Obama he should use air strikes and take other measures to cripple Assad’s military, boost the opposition and protect Syrian citizens.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34379.htm

 

Real Liars Go To Tehran

By Pepe Escobar

No wonder the rabid American neo-con/Israeli firster/Bomb Iran crowd is gloating.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34384.htm

 

Peace Fraud: Obama Fails to Demand Halt to Illegal Settlements

By Stuart Littlewood

Why insist on more ‘negotiations without preconditions’ unless it’s to buy Israel time to complete its illegal annexation?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34382.htm

 

The Obama-Kerry-Hagel Troika

By James Petras

Selling Death and Buying Assassins In the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34388.htm

 

The Sociocide of Iraq by Bush/Cheney

By Ralph Nader

The Justice Department (should) pursue the proper enforcement against Bush/Cheney and their accomplices.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34389.htm

 

Obama Worse Than Bush And Blair: Noam Chomsky

Video and Transcript

“Let’s take Israel/Palestine. I mean, his position is shocking.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34385.htm

 

Washington Post Prints More Iraq Lies

By Peter Hart

This is complete, utter nonsense; a serious newspaper would be ashamed to print it.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34381.htm

 

Children Horribly Deformed by US Chemical Weapons in Iraq

Video

The depleted uranium usage in Iraq left lasting effects in babies born with horrifying deformities in Fallujah and Basra.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34392.htm

 

I Remember The First Person I killed In Iraq

By Justin Watt

‘I had been prepared to fight the enemy in Iraq, but I never expected to feel betrayed by my own people’

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34386.htm

 

Western Media Ignores Guantanamo Hunger Strike: George Galloway

By Press TV

“If this was happening in Russia, if people had disappeared into a legal black hole in Russia, and were facing indefinite, illegal incarceration without trial, without charge and without access of attorneys we’d never hear the end of it. The western media would be full of it”.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34394.htm

 

From Detroit to Cyprus, Banksters in Search of Prey

By Glen Ford

The global financial octopus is squeezing the life out of society, stripping away public and individual assets in a vain attempt to fend off its own, inevitable collapse.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34387.htm

 

Our Chavez: Huey Long

By Mike Whitney

This is a free market? Give me a break! The Fed is pumping $85 billion per month into financial assets pushing up stock prices, while everyone else faces the grinding deprivation of austerity.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34391.htm

 

Fortune’s Fools

Individual Calling at the Cusp of Ecological Catastrophe

By Phil Rockstroh

Resist the present, corrupt order; organize to bring it down; and strive to create more viable alternatives.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34390.htm

 

The Root of All Evil?

The God Delusion : Richard Dawkins

Video

The God Delusion explores the unproven beliefs that are treated as factual by many religions and the extremes to which some followers have … taken them.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19124.htm

 

Afghanistan: 60 Taliban Killed in Badakhshan: Local Officials Report:

The ground operation by the Afghan army, police and intelligence personnel is still in progress, according to Rasikh, who said the dead included some Taliban commanders.

http://is.gd/mcDfFH

 

3 Afghan Police Killed in Kunar Operation:

Three members of the Afghan National Police (ANP) were killed during a joint security operation in the Narang district of the Eastern Kunar province, an official said.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107155068

 

Nato Occupation Force Soldier Killed in Afghan Blast:

A Nato occupation force soldier has been killed following a roadside bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan Friday, Isaf said.

http://is.gd/8yNdMH

 

8 Security Personnel Killed in Suicide Attack in Pakistan:

Eight security personnel were killed and over a dozen others injured when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a check post in the restive North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan today.

http://is.gd/2PeZnC

 

Pakistani Taliban seek Baloch insurgents’ help to target Musharraf:

Pakistani Taliban has set up a special death squad to target former Pakistani president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf upon his arrival, who is expected to land in Karachi on March 24, says a militant video released on Saturday.

http://is.gd/xt6UCB

 

Five killed in Iraq attacks:

Attacks in Iraq on Friday killed five people, including two anti-Qaeda militiamen, officials said, the latest in an apparent spike in violence less than a month ahead of provincial elections.

http://arabnews.com/news/445702

 

Obama Warns Syria Could Become Enclave For Extremists:

“Something has been broken in Syria, and it’s not going to be put back together perfectly immediately anytime soon, even after Assad leaves,” he said.

http://is.gd/2rtRLW

 

France, Britain fail to win easing of Syria arms ban:

France and Britain failed to persuade the European Union to back their call to lift an arms embargo on Syrian rebels on Friday despite warning that President Bashar al-Assad could resort to using chemical weapons.

http://is.gd/hh33HN

 

US intel not seeing signs chemical weapons were used in Syria:

That official told CNN, “there are strong indications now that chemical weapons were not used by the regime in recent days.”

http://is.gd/vaTLcf

 

Syria: no peace through arming rebels, Aleppo’s bishops says:

The international community must help Syria end its civil war through reconciliation and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must be a part of that process, the Chaldean bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo, told ANSAmed in an interview on Friday.

http://is.gd/zle3xs

 

US and UK public reject stronger military support for Syrian rebels:

Bilateral poll shows support for current ‘non-lethal’ assistance but widespread opposition to prospect of supplying arms.

http://is.gd/5UBWOy

 

Video of al-Nusra Beheading Syria – Video

 Warning –

http://europenews.dk/en/node/65766

 

Islamic Flag Raised in Raqqa:”

Video

http://is.gd/OuVZIm

 

Syrian bishop says 30,000 Christians have fled Aleppo:

The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo, said on Thursday that up to 30,000 Christians have fled the Syrian city and spoke of his concern about two priests kidnapped weeks ago.

http://is.gd/PIdXda

 

Hundreds of Syrian Girls Are Being Sold Into Early Marriage:

“If the war had not happened I would not marry my daughter to a Saudi. But the Syrians here are poor and have no money.”

http://is.gd/Blyyp2

 

Syria fires on Lebanon: Lebanese seethe, government mum:

Syria‘s heavy influence over Lebanon tempers government reaction to cross-border attacks, but Lebanese near the border don’t feel the same constraints – and their patience is waning.

http://is.gd/w5pFCC

 

Sniper fire kills one in Tripoli, Mufti calls for calm:

Sniper fire killed one man and wounded another in Tripoli Saturday, a day after a cease-fire was brokered in the northern city to end deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

http://is.gd/MUghao

 

Lebanon’s government falls:

Lebanon’s government fell on Friday evening after Prime Minister Najib Miqati resigned from his office, dropping a political bombshell on a country suffering a week of sectarian strife that saw intense clashes explode in Tripoli.

http://is.gd/oeHyR3

 

In Moscow, new Chinese leader Xi warns against meddling:

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against foreign interference in the affairs of other nations during a speech in Moscow on Saturday, sending a signal to the West and echoing a message often repeated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

http://is.gd/0LPXOJ

 

Erdogan says Israeli apology shows Turkey’s new clout:

“We are entering a new period in both Turkey and the region,” said Erdogan, who plans to visit the Palestinian territories, including the Gaza Strip, next month.

http://is.gd/wYbDmc

 

Lieberman says apology to Turkey a ‘serious mistake’:

“Erdogan’s refusal to apologize for his explicitly anti-Zionist remarks alongside the Israeli apology hurts Israel‘s dignity and status in the region and the world.”

http://is.gd/oai2Qm

 

Israel opens fire on Gaza fishermen:

Israeli forces opened fire on fishermen off Gaza‘s coast Saturday, two days after the Jewish state announced that it limited Palestinian sea travel in a move widely regarded as collective punishment.

http://is.gd/Ckbgub

 

Hamas appeals to Egypt after Israel halves Gaza fishing zone:

Hamas complained to Egypt on Friday after Israel suspended part of a Cairo-brokered truce agreement by halving Palestinian access to fishing waters in response to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.

http://is.gd/vjVp4d

 

Mossad Hacked: Anonymous leaks names, addresses of 35,000 Israeli officials;

The Red Hack, a Turkish Internet group that operates as an affiliate of Anonymous, posted spreadsheets with the personal information online.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34383.htm

 

Kurdish rebels declare formal ceasefire with Turkey:

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group declared a “formal and clear ceasefire” with Turkey on Saturday after the rebels’ jailed leader ordered an end to the decades-long armed campaign for autonomy.

http://is.gd/HAtqCN

 

Somalia: Human Rights Worker Shot and Killed in Mogadishu:

A woman working for human rights agency was shot and killed in Mogadishu’s Dharkenley district on Saturday, Garowe Online reports.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201303230174.html

 

US-led Libyan abuses worse than Gadhafi:

Since the U.S.-led violent regime change in Libya, Hassan El Amin, chair of Libya’s parliament human-right committee told a U.S. newspaper reporter than rights abuses are worse there than during Gadhafi’s leadership.

http://is.gd/whNDyl

 

Libya to spend billions on defence:

The defence budget is at least 10 per cent of the total budget,” Col Nasser said. He added that all branches of the Libyan military were seeking to buy the best hardware that western defence manufacturers could offer.

http://is.gd/BOlT7V

 

Central African Republic rebels ‘enter capital Bangui’:

Residents said hundreds of Seleka rebels had entered the north side of the capital on Saturday evening.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21913926

 

Egypt police guard Muslim Brotherhood headquarters after clashes:

Police have been positioned outside the offices of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a day after more than 190 people were injured in clashes

http://is.gd/zIO0An

 

Murder Inc.

Drone base in Niger gives U.S. a strategic foothold in West Africa:

The U.S. military has built a major drone hub in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, and flies unarmed Reaper drones from Ethiopia. Until recently, it conducted reconnaissance flights over East Africa from the island nation of the Seychelles.

http://is.gd/8NngnJ

 

Climate Change Now Seen as Security Threat Worldwide:

Defence establishments around the world increasingly see climate change as posing potentially serious threats to national and international security, according to a review of high-level statements by the world’s governments released here Thursday.

http://is.gd/sceonp

 

Cyprus eyes 25 percent levy on big savers at stricken Bank of Cyprus:

Sarris told reporters that “significant progress” had been made in talks with officials from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – the so-called ‘troika’ – and that the discussions may conclude on Saturday evening.

http://is.gd/JuIbns

 

U.S. Depositors Are Worse Off Than Cypriots: Jim Rickards:

Video

http://is.gd/FqirQ4

 

Recession stalks France as business slump hits crisis levels:

French business activity shrank in March at the fastest pace in four years, defying expectations for an improvement and probably plunging the euro zone’s second-biggest economy into a recession, a survey showed on Thursday.

http://is.gd/c9We4q

 

Fitch poised to cut UK’s AAA ratin:

Britain looked poised to lose its AAA rating from a second ratings agency after Fitch Ratings warned on Friday it was likely to downgrade the country in the coming weeks, citing high government debt levels and weak growth.

http://is.gd/8hTf93

 

Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Its First in 4 Years:

The Senate on Saturday adopted its first budget in four years, a $3.7 trillion blueprint for 2014 that would fast-track passage of tax increases, trim spending gingerly and leave the government still deeply in the debt a decade from now.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100584821

 

Neither the NYT nor Washington Post Has Heard About Unemployment: Op-Ed:

In their articles on the budget passed by the Senate last night neither the NYT or Washington Post said one word about how the budget would affect the economy over the next decade.

http://is.gd/ov4zw7

 

Poverty hits America’s suburbs:

The number of suburban residents living in poverty rose by nearly 64 percent between 2000 and 2011, to about 16.4 million people, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of 95 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.

http://is.gd/gRiZeu

 

Boeing plans to cut up to 2,300 jobs:

The Boeing Company says it will cut up to 2,300 jobs by the end of 2013 in line with plans to mainly downsize the production line of its cutting-edge 787 Dreamliner jets.

http://is.gd/PpNH1K

 

What US recovery? Many workers still stuck in recession:

A survey finds that low-wage employees feel worse off now than they were during the economic downturn.

http://is.gd/x4ISQa

 

Coal company kicks 10,000 workers off health care:

In a corporate sleight-of-hand, the promises won with a lifetime of hard work and hard bargaining disappeared first into a holding company. Now, if the bankruptcy judge agrees, they will disappear into thin air.

http://is.gd/Vl15jE

 

12 arrested during coal co. protest:

About 2,000 people marched from Peabody’s office to U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Twelve protesters were arrested for sitting in the street.

http://is.gd/FTuOCc

 

US Home Builder Confidence Declines for Third Month:

For the third straight month, sentiment among U.S. home builders declined in March, dropping two points on a monthly industry index.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100563301

 

Chicago Teachers, Parents Riled By Plan To Close 54 Public Schools:

 The district says it’s closing 54 schools and programs in all; the actual buildings proposed for closure total about 60. They are overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods where there’s been a big population decline in recent years.

http://is.gd/XSKj7d

 

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 : 3,271

 

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

 

$1,435,668,661,594

http://www.costofwar.com/

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