ICH 26 March 2013: Chris Hedges: The Day TV News Died

26 March 2013 — Information Clearing House

Jihadists, Not Assad, Apparently Behind Reported Chemical Attack In Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer

The explosion claimed the lives of Syrian Armed Forces soldiers who are apparently loyal to Assad, and the Syrian government was quick to demand an international investigation of the incident. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34403.htm


Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With CIA Aid: NY Times Report

By Press TV

With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.



Confirmed: US Shipping Weapons to Syria

Al Nusra’s “Mystery” Sponsors Revealed

By Tony Cartalucci

While the Western media has attempted in the past to feign ignorance as to where Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra was getting their weapons from, it is now abundantly clear.



Syria: The Failure Of Our So-called International Community

By Desmond Tutu

How can the country be abandoned in its hour of need? Power plays have taken priority over the terrible suffering of Syrians.



Maliki Resists Kerry’s Call to Halt Flow of Iranian Arms to Syria

By Paul Richter

Maliki repeated Iraq‘s view that there is no definitive proof that the cargoes are arms, rather than humanitarian aid, as the Iranians contend.



U.S., Israel To Negotiate Military Aid Extension


The pending 10-year military aid package would commit Washington to provide up to $40 billion in additional Foreign Military Financing (FMF) grant assistance to Israel.



Military Force Feeding Prisoners at US Gulag

‘Men Live in Guantanamo Animal Cages, Will Never Get Trials’


The situation has alarmed Lt. Col Barry Wingard, a US military attorney who advocates for Guantanamo detainees.



The Racism That Fuels the ‘War on Terror’

By Glenn Greenwald

The effort to depict Muslims as something other than “real Americans” has long been a centerpiece of the US political climate in the era of the War on Terror.



Article That The Washington Post Would Not Print

Ten Years Ago: Already Media Hype on Iraq Invasion Apparent

By Greg Mitchell

The Bush administration had beaten the press at its own game. It had turned the media into a weapon of war.



The Day That TV News Died

By Chris Hedges

The lie of omission is still a lie. It is what these news celebrities do not mention that exposes their complicity with corporate power.



It’s Offical

Banks In Europe May Now Seize Deposits To Cover Their Gambling Losses

By Henry Blodget

This will create a general state of unease among rich depositors throughout the Eurozone.



Why Does No One Speak of America’s Oligarchs?

By Yves Smith

The time is long past to kid ourselves about the nature of the ruling class in America and start describing it accurately, as an oligarchy.



A Warning From History

Major General Smedley Butler & The Plot To Takeover Of The USA

By Jules Archer

Under orders from President Herbert Hoover, General Douglas MacArthur led troops in driving the Bonus Army out of Washington at bayonet point and burning down their shacktowns.



17 South African troops killed in Central African Republic:

South African troops came under attack on Saturday in the Central African Republic as rebels advanced on the capital, Bangui. The rebels have overthrown the country’s president and seized the presidential palace.



Seleka leader Michel Djotodia declared new president of Central African Republic: –

Michel Djotodia who is the head of the rebel coalition known as Seleka, on Sunday announced that he was the new president of the Central African Republic and further imposed a curfew on the country’s capital



Six killed as Islamists battle Malian army in Gao:

Six people were killed on Sunday in a second day of fighting between Islamist rebels and Malian and French forces in the northern Malian town of Gao, authorities said.



5 killed, 13 injured in Iraqi violence:

Four people were killed and 13 others wounded in separate attacks in Iraq Monday, while an al- Qaida militant leader was shot dead in a raid, the police said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.



Syrian rebel army chief severely wounded in car blast:

Al Jazeera reported that Riad al-Asaad, the commander of the rebel force, was severely wounded after an explosive device was attached to his vehicle.



CIA aids huge arms smuggling to Syria – report:” .

At least 3,500 tons of have been delivered – some ending up on the black market, with the Turkish government an active player, a media report says.



Evidence Of Jabhat al-Nusra With Croatian Weapons:

In recent weeks I’ve been tracking the spread of arms purchased from Croatia by Saudi Arabia which were then sent to what were meant to be moderate Free Syrian Army groups via Jordan. Already there’s been examples of groups such as Ahrar al-Sham and other militant Islamist groups using these weapons



Engineering Consent For Attack On Syria:

Chemical Weapons Probably Used in Syria, Rogers Says:

“Over the last two years there is mounting evidence that it is probable that the Assad regime has used at least a small quantity of chemical weapons,” Rogers, a Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said today on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program.



Syria Opposition in Disarray: Khatib Resigns, Hitto Unaccepted:

Syrian opposition is facing turmoil as the head of the opposition coalition Moaz al-Khatib resigned on Sunday and the so-called “Free Syrian Army” rejected the group’s appointment of an interim prime minister.



Translation of Syria opposition chief Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib’s resignation speech:

We have been getting slaughtered for two years, while the entire world watches and listens, by a cruel and unprecedented regime.



Syria slams Arab League for giving seat to rebels:

“The League has handed Syria’s stolen seat to bandits and thugs, to the (opposition) Coalition which thinks it can sit in the name of the Syrian people,” the official Al-Thawra newspaper said.



Palestinian negotiator rejects idea of partial settlement freeze:

Abbas says he won’t return to negotiations without an Israeli construction freeze, arguing that Israel‘s building on war-won land pre-empts the outcome of talks on a border between Israel and a future state of Palestine. Abbas last held talks with Netanyahu’s predecessor in late 2008.



Normalization with Israel not a done deal, Erdogan says: “We have said:

‘An apology will be made, compensation will be paid and the blockade on Palestine will be lifted.’ There will be no normalization without these,” Erdogan said, clarifying that Turkey would not return its ambassador to Israel right away. “Normalization will happen the moment there is an implementation.”



Oman says Gaddafi’s family members granted asylum; –

Oman has granted asylum to some members of Muammar Gaddafi’s family, two of whom are wanted by Interpol, an Omani official said on Monday, but Libya said it was too early to talk about any possible extradition requests.



US faces $6bn bill to ship equipment home from Afghanistan:

Huge numbers of weapons and vehicles and tense relations with nearby countries make task more daunting than Iraq pullout.



Kerry in Afghanistan, bypasses Pakistan:

In a briefing as Kerry arrived in Afghanistan for discussions with President Hamid Karzai, the official said “given the state of conspiracy theories” in Pakistan Kerry preferred to visit the country after its May elections, the Los Angeles Times reported.



Pakistan’s Sharif holds huge election rally:

The frontrunner in Pakistan‘s election race, opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, attracted tens of thousands Monday to a rally at which he promised development and economic success.



Drone war: every attack in Pakistan visualised: Graphic:

Using data from the Bureau for Investigative Journalism (which we used to create this map), California-based designers Pitch Interactive have visualised every known attack by the US and Coalition military since 2004.



Men live in Guantanamo animal cages, will never get trials’: Video report:

The situation has alarmed Lt. Col Barry Wingard, a US military attorney who advocates for Guantanamo detainees.



Activists join Guantanamo hunger strike in week of fast:

The fast will be accompanied by public gatherings to protest against the existence of Guantanamo prison and the condition of people held there.



A Short List Of American Political Prisoners:

Removed from community because they seek justice for their people, some are branded with inappropriately long sentences and are often in solitary confinement to destroy their beliefs.



New York Times: Immigrants In Solitary Confinement, Often for Weeks:

What is particularly heinous about putting immigrants into solitary confinement-as the New York Times piece notes-is that they are not supposed to be punished in detention. Detained immigrants are held on civil, not criminal, charges, and are only being confined to ensure that they appear for administrative hearings.



Cyprus defends bailout deal amid recession fears:

The government of Cyprus has defended a 10bn-euro bailout deal to save its banks from collapse, amid warnings the island faces deep recession. Laiki (Popular) Bank, the country’s second largest, will be wound up, but small savers will be protected. Depositors with more than 100,000 euros ($130,000; £85,000), many of whom are Russian, face big losses.



Cyprus: Further limits on ATM cash withdrawals:

TRYING to avert a further ATM run on Cyprus’ banks, daily withdrawal limits were further limited yesterday across the two biggest banks.



A People’s Revolt in Cyprus: Richard Wolff : Video –

The government of Cyprus has brokered a last-ditch $13 billion bailout deal with European officials to stave off the collapse of its banking sector. Under the deal, all bank deposits above approximately $130,000 will be frozen and used to help pay off the banking sector’s debts.



European shares fall as Cyprus bailout relief fades:

European shares fell on Monday, led lower by financial stocks, as relief over a Cyprus bailout faded after the Dutch Finance Minister said the stern deal could set a new template for the region.



Why is DHS stockpiling guns and ammunition?:

The Department of Homeland Security has plans to buy enough ammunition to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraq War – on US territory – and even US congressmen don’t understand why.



California Officials Turn Up The Heat On Secretive ‘Dark Money’ Groups:

California officials have widened an investigation into the source of $11 million that was mysteriously funnelled by a few nonprofit groups in 2012 to sway two ballot measures in the state.



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




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