ICH 26 March 2013: Obama Unleashes Dogs of War in Syria

26 March 2013 — Information Clearing House

Threat of Pre-emptive Nuclear War Directed Against Iran

By Michel Chossudovsky

Mini-nukes are the chosen weapons system under the doctrine of pre-emptive nuclear war, to be used in the conventional war theater against terrorists and ‘state sponsors of terrorism’, including the Islamic Republic of Iran.



Obama Unleashes Dogs of War in Syria

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

The comprehensive destruction of Syria as a major military power in the Middle East means that all three major Arab powers which could offer defiance to Israel in the past and have been the repositories of “Arabism” at one time or another – Iraq, Egypt and Syria – have been dispatched to the Stone Age.



Syria’s Descent: The Agony of Aleppo’s Children

Channel 4 News Video Report

For Aleppo’s children “blood has become like water”. Filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen has spent several weeks meeting children facing unimaginable horror as they work in a city hospital.



Syria’s Shiites Offer Different Picture of War

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos

Shiite Muslims who fled Syria for Lebanon tell of an ‘ethnic cleansing’ campaign by rebels intent on creating a Sunni-run Islamic state.



The Holy Land Gets Skunked

Something Is Rotten in the State of Israel

By Lawrence Davidson

Sooner or later everyone possessing a humane conscience, to say nothing of a functioning honest nose, will refuse to have anything to do with this “apartheid-like” state.



North Korea Orders Military to Combat Ready; Target U.S.

Could take Out South in 3 days, latest video claims

By Cheryl K. Chumley

North Korea on Tuesday ordered its long-range artillery units to stand at combat ready, prepared to attack sites on mainland America, as well as Hawaii and Guam.



Force Feeding Prisoners Is Barbaric and Inhuman:

28 Guantanamo Prisoners now on Hunger Strike; 3 in Hospital

By Ben Fox

More prisoners have joined a hunger strike at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, officials said Monday, as defence lawyers expressed alarm about one of the most sustained protests at the base in several years.



Guantanamo Exposes Reality of US Fascism

By Finian Cunningham

Thanks to the suffering of prisoners at Guantanamo, the world is seeing some shocking home truths about the real nature of American government.



The Media Didn’t Fail on Iraq;

Iraq Just Showed We Have a Failed Media

By Jim Naureckas

The real job of the media is not to sprinkle 1 percent truth amidst 99 percent bullshit.



The Morality Brigade

By Robert Reich

The morality brigade worries about fetuses, but not what happens to children after they’re born. They and other conservatives have been cutting funding for child nutrition, healthcare for infants and their mothers, and schools.



European Union Imposes Bank Bailout on Cyprus

By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden

Depositors and shareholders in Laiki will see their assets transferred to a “bad bank” and could lose everything.



Cyprus Has the Global Money Elite’s Fingerprints All Over It

By Richard Eskow

Whenever they need or want your money, they consider it theirs to take – and sovereignty be damned.



The Corporation State

Obey: The Routine Of Obedience

Must watch – Video Documentary

The future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.



The Magic Of The Market

Subprime Banking Mess

Humor – Video

John Bird and John Fortune brilliantly, and accurately, describing the mindset of the investment banking community in this satirical interview.



Death toll from Myanmar unrest hits 40: state media:

The clashes were a stark reminder of the challenge that Muslim-Buddhist tensions pose to Myanmar’s government as it tries to reform the country after decades of iron-fisted military rule ended two years ago.



8 suicide bombers strike Afghan police station in country’s east, killing 5 officers:

The attack in Jalalabad, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Kabul, came on the second day of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the Afghan capital.



UK occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan:

The soldier was serving in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province when he was injured in an attack by insurgents on Monday.



US troops will continue occupation of Afghanistan:

Speaking in Washington, General Allen said he had never been asked to produce a report on the so-called “zero option” – the suggestion that no American troops would remain after the 2014 deadline, floated by one White House adviser in January.



Bomb kills two Iraq politicians in disputed town:

Bomb kills two politicians who were candidates in provincial elections to be held in April, in disputed territory claimed by both by Arab government and autonomous Kurdish region



Deadly Damascus suicide attack kills 3:

 A suicide bombing in northern Damascus on Tuesday killed three people and wounded several others, state news agency SANA reported, hours after a girl was killed in a mortar attack in the city.



Rebels Rain Down Mortars On Damascus

The United Nations announced it was relocating about half of the 100 members of its international staff in the city for security reasons.



Syrian army recaptures symbolic Baba Amr district in Homs: –

Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad recaptured the shattered Baba Amr district in central Homs on Tuesday, an opposition monitoring group said.



Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A

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 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad



Syrian Jihadist Fighters Getting Western Weapons:

A Syrian rebel group the Obama administration considers a terrorist organization is managing to obtain modern anti-tank weapons meant for other groups fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad, according to regional experts.



Hard times for Syria’s rebels: top commander injured, PM rejected:

The rebel Free Syrian Army’s Col. Riad al-Asaad was reportedly injured in a blast, while the Free Syrian Army rejected the political council’s appointment of Ghassan Hitto as provisional prime minister.



US should use Patriot missiles to protects Syrian rebels, says opposition leader:

Moaz Alkhatib said he had asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for U.S. forces to help defend rebel-controlled northern parts of Syria with Patriot surface-to-air missiles.



NATO says has no intention of intervening in Syria:

NATO said on Tuesday it had no intention of intervening militarily in Syria after a Syrian opposition leader said the United States should use Patriot missiles to protect rebel-held areas from President Bashar al-Assad’s airpower.



US training secular Syrians in Jordan, say officials:

The training has been taking place since late last year at an unspecified location, concentrating largely on Sunnis and tribal Bedouins who formerly served as members of the Syrian army, officials said. The forces aren’t members of the leading rebel group, the Free Syrian Army, they said.



Tunisian Jihadists Fighting in Syria:

The details of the journey undertaken by Tunisian jihadists embarking for Syria say a great deal about a country where jihadist propaganda is spreading at an alarming pace and a grinding war for which foreign jihadists provide a continuing source of fuel.



Inevitably biased? Russian, Chinese experts refused part in Syria chemical weapon probe:

The United Nations’ investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria will not include experts from Russia and China. But without them, such a probe will not have any credibility, argues political analyst Kamel Al Wazne.



Iran Urges UN to Probe Use of Chemical Arms in Syria:

In a Tuesday letter to the UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, Salehi emphasized that the terror act represents a major threat to international peace and security and an open violation of global norms



NATO research team calls Stuxnet attack on Iran an ‘act of force’:

While that accusations against Washington and Tel Aviv have never been confirmed by either government, a NATO Commission has now confirmed it as an “act of force.”



India insists on continuing Iran oil imports:

India’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M. Veerappa Moily has emphasized that his country will not halt imports of Iranian crude oil, rejecting recent Western news reports to the contrary.



Saudis say have evidence of spy suspects’ links to Iran:

He said Iranian intelligence had paid the suspects “in exchange for information and documents about important sites”. The investigation is ongoing, he added.



Qatar Emir Proposes Fund to Protect Jerusalem’s Arab Nature:

The Arab states must act seriously and promptly. We are forced to defend Jerusalem?,said the Emir in his speech at the opening of the 24th Arab League Summit, in which he also proposed holding a mini- summit in Cairo, Egypt’s capital, to culminate inter-Palestinian reconciliation.



Is Qatar abandoning Egypt?:

After promising $5 billion in soft loans and grants to help curb the Egyptian pound’s recent slide against the dollar, the tiny but vastly wealthy Gulf nation of Qatar is now backing off pledges of any further funding for the cash-strapped nation.



CAR rebel head Michel Djotodia ‘suspends constitution’:

 “I consider it necessary to suspend the November 27, 2004 constitution, to dissolve parliament as well as the government,” Mr Djotodia said in a statement to reporters. “During this transition period which will lead us to free, credible and transparent elections, I will legislate by decree.”



Central African Republic: Upheaval in the ‘phantom state’:

Rebels take over the Central African Republic from the mismanagement of President Francois Bozize.



Russian lawmaker quits over reports of Israeli citizenship:

A Jewish member of the upper house of Russia’s parliament, the Federation Council, submitted his resignation Tuesday over allegations that he holds Israeli citizenship and unreported assets in Canada.



Boris Berezovsky postmortem identifies hanging as cause of death:

Postmortem examination by Home Office pathologist finds no signs of struggle before Russian oligarch’s death.



Was Boris Berezovsky Murdered?:

Boris Berezovsky and the dangers of being a Russian exile in the UK: He’s not the only Russian exile in the UK to meet a suspicious death – so is Putin really silencing his enemies in Britain?



Guccifer emails link Tony Blair to top-secret Bohemian Grove gathering:

The mysterious computer hacker known only as Guccifer has once again supplied RT with a trove of presumed personal emails in which the private correspondence between some of the world’s most influential men is put under the looking glass.



New BRICS bank to rival World Bank, IMF:

The BRICS group of emerging economies has unveiled a new development bank, which is aimed at breaking the monopoly held by Western-backed institutions.



Cyprus: Big depositors face 40% haircut:

The country’s draft capital controls include export limits on euros and a ban on cashing cheques. Cyprus’s finance minister earlier confirmed that depositors with more than 100,000 euros could see 40% of their funds converted into bank shares.



Cyprus businesses hurt as banks stay shut:

Cyprus’s central bank governor, Panicos Demetriades, said “superhuman efforts are being made” to open banks on Thursday.



Overseas lending, bank exposure to Cyprus around $100 billion:

BIS, Moody’s: BIS statistics, the only ones to chart cross-border lending around the world, do not include loans from Russia. Ratings agency Moody’s estimates Russian bank loans to Cyprus-based companies of Russian origin were $30-40 billion.



Irish House Prices Continue To Fall:

Residential property prices in Ireland decreased further in February, though at a slower rate than in the previous month, continuing the trend started more than four years ago, data released by the Central Statistics Office showed Tuesday.



French unemployment rises, knocks consumer morale:

The number of people out of work in France climbed towards a record high in February, with the now 22-month rise taking an increasingly heavy toll on consumer morale in the euro zone’s second-biggest economy, data showed on Tuesday.



Number of US veterans who die waiting for benefits claims skyrockets:

“The common refrain we hear from many veterans is, ‘Delay, deny, wait till I die,’ ” said Miller, who called the burgeoning backlog of benefits claims a “national embarrassment.”



The corporate ‘predator state’: Op-Ed:

Economist James Galbraithcalls this the “predator state,” one in which large corporate interests rig the rules to protect their subsidies, tax dodges and monopolies. This isn’t the free market; it’s a rigged market.



U.S. consumer confidence drops in March as outlook sours:

U.S. consumer confidence tumbled in March as Americans turned more pessimistic about economic prospects in the short term, according to a private-sector report released Tuesday.



Customers Flee Wal-Mart Empty Shelves for Target, Costco:

Wal-Mart doesn’t have enough bodies to restock the shelves, according to interviews with store workers. In the past five years, the world’s largest retailer added 455 U.S. Wal-Mart stores, a 13 percent increase. In the same period, its total U.S. workforce, which includes Sam’s Club employees, dropped by about 20,000, or 1.4 percent.



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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