ICH 27 March 2013: ICH: “Respect Us Or Kill Us” Gitmo Prisoner

27 March 2013 — Information Clearing House

N. Korea Warns : Danger of Nuclear War on Korean Peninsula

By Korea News Service

On Monday U.S. B-52 strategic bombers – staged a nuclear bomb dropping drill aimed at a surprise nuclear preemptive attack on the DPRK. Their flight defying our repeated warnings clearly proves that the U.S. plan for a nuclear war has entered an uncontrollable phase of practice.



Kerry’s Middle East Tour Prepares Endless War in Afghanistan, Syria

By Alex Lantier

Washington’s neo-colonial war in Afghanistan-like its proxy war in Syria, Iran’s main Arab ally-aims at establishing US imperialist hegemony over the Middle East and Central Asia.



BRICS Go Over The Wall

By Pepe Escobar

When Putin stressed that he does not see the BRICS as a “geopolitical competitor” to the West, it was the clincher; the official denial that confirms it’s true.



War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity:

The story of U.S. Exceptionalism in Iraq

By Ajamu Baraka

What the U.S. war on Iraq demonstrated is that in order to maintain their fantasies of continued global dominance, the U.S. and its colonialist allies will resort to naked piracy. But it is not gold trinkets and slaves that are the contemporary booty – it is whole nations.



US ‘Shock and Audit’ over Iraq Expenses

By Charles McDermid

A down-to-the-nickel analysis of nine years and $60bn worth of waste, arrogance and ineptitude unequalled in American history.



What If They Gave A War And Nobody Paid?

By David Hartsough

We cannot in good conscience pay for killing people in other parts of the world.



Obama’s “Peace” Antics in Israel – Four More Years of This?

By Ramzy Baroud

Now that Jewish colonies are flourishing – with occupied East Jerusalem area EI being another major exploit – Netanyahu is once more aspiring for a war against Iran, one that would not be possible without US funding.



If I Ruled the World

By Antony Loewenstein

We have a responsibility as a connected world to not tolerate and enable injustice in one state while opposing it elsewhere.



Force Feeding Continues At US Gulag

Gitmo Prisoner: “Respect Us Or Kill Us”


“I scare myself when I look in the mirror. Let them kill us as we have nothing to lose. We died when Obama indefinitely detained us. Respect us or kill us. It is your choice. The US must take off its mask and kill us.”



Incomes Of Bottom 90% Grew $59 in 40 Years

By Natasha Lennard

During the same period, average income for the top 10 percent of Americans rose by $116,071.



52 Taliban insurgents killed in Afghanistan:

Up to 52 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 45 wounded in operations in Afghanistan, the interior ministry said Wednesday.



Occupation forces kill four children in Afghanistan – police:

Reuters television footage taken in the village, Sejewand, showed the bodies of at least three children.



NATO occupation force soldier killed in militants attack in eastern Afghanistan:

NATO soldier killed in AfghanistanA NATO service member was killed following militants attack in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday.



Four killed in Iraq attacks:

A series of attacks near Baghdad and north of the capital killed four people on Wednesday, the latest in an apparent spike in violence just weeks ahead of Iraq‘s first elections in three years.



Iraq executes 18 despite international outcry:

Iraq executed 18 people this month, eight of them on the same day as an attack on the justice ministry, a top official said today, despite global condemnation over its ongoing executions.



Car bomb explodes near Damascus, kills 3 – Syrian TV;

A terrorist suicide bomber blew up a van in the east of Rukn al-Din neighbourhood in Damascus and preliminary information indicates there are martyrs and people wounded,” state news agency SANA reported.



Aftermath of Suicide bombing in Damascus –




In Syria, the Rebels Have Begun to Fight Among Themselves:

“Nobody dies before his time,” Abu Azzam said, repeating a common Arabic phrase. In a chilling premonition of what would happen just a few hours later, he said: “I know that I am going to be killed either by the regime or by the Jabhat. There is no difference, they are both dirty.”



Outsiders are killing Syrian People, destroying Churches and mosques – Christian Bishop:

They kill people. They do not care about people, about human lives. And that’s more important than churches and cathedrals, because if there are no people, there’s no need for cathedrals.



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



Summit says Arab states have right to arm Syria rebels:

Member states had the right to provide military support to Syrians fighting al-Assad, says the final declaration of the 24th Arab League Summit



Syria Rejects AL Resolutions, Warns against Playing with Fire:

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the government considered the AL resolution as “unprecedented” in the League’s history “for it blatantly violates the AL Charter and its statutes and the rules of the joint Arab action.”



Syria, Russia, Iran Slam Arab League:

Russia’s foreign ministry called the league’s move “illegal and indefensible” because it said the Syrian government is still a “legitimate” United Nations member-state.



Assad Appeals To BRICS Countries For Help To Fight ‘Terrorists’:

“This requires a clear international will to dry up the sources of terrorism and stop its funding and arming,” Assad said Syria is subjected to “acts of terrorism backed by Arab, regional and Western nations” and asked the leaders to “work for an immediate cessation of violence that would guarantee the success of the political solution.”



BRICS warns against militarising Syria conflict further:

The BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have warned against militarising the conflict in Syria any further and, for the first time, made a strong statement on the humanitarian situation in the country torn by civil war.



‘Too late’ for military intervention in Syria, Annan says:

“Further militarisation of the conflict, I’m not sure that is the way to help the Syrian people. They are waiting for the killing to stop. You find some people far away from Syria are the ones very keen for putting in weapons



Critically wounded Syrian (rebels?) treated in Israel; one dies:

Syrians wounded in civil war met by Golani soldiers at border; those in critical condition secretly transferred to hospital in Israel with army chief’s authorization



Turkish police fire teargas at protesting Syrians in refugee camp, many wounded: Raw Video:

Rock-throwing Syrian refugees clashed with Turkish military police during a protest against poor living conditions in their relief camp, witnesses said. Police fired teargas and a water cannon to break up the crowd at the Suleiman Shah site according to protesters. Rough Cut



Israel to pay Turkey tens of millions over Gaza flotilla deaths, sources say:

Israel will transfer the amount to a humanitarian fund set up by Turkish government to compensate for deaths of Turkish activists on Mavi Maramara in 2010; Turkish diplomat says U.S. pressuring Erdogan not to visit Gaza, West Bank.



Abbas hails Emir’s proposal to set up $1bn Arab fund:

Describing HH the Emir’s gesture as “fantastic and wonderful”, the Palestinian president expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Emir.



600 Islamists and 63 Malian soldiers, killed since January: army:

“The deaths among the Islamists is an estimate, because the Islamists generally take their dead away for burial,” Maiga told AFP, adding that it was French and African forces who had killed “these terrorists”.



U.N. chief proposes peacekeeping force for Mali:

Up to 11,200 troops were suggested for the peace keeping mission at a meeting of the Security Council.



28 killed in Nigeria village attack:

Up to 28 persons were confirmed dead on Tuesday by the police in central north Nigeria’s Plateau State following an attack by unknown gunmen in two communities in the state



N. Korea Warns : Danger of Nuclear War on Korean Peninsula:

On Monday U.S. B-52 strategic bombers – staged a nuclear bomb dropping drill aimed at a surprise nuclear preemptive attack on the DPRK. Their flight defying our repeated warnings clearly proves that the U.S. plan for a nuclear war has entered an uncontrollable phase of practice.



North Korea cuts its military hotline with the South:

The decision coincided with an announcement that the North’s top political leadership would meet in the next few days to discuss an unspecified “important issue” and make a “drastic turn”.



South Korea, US sign military plan against North ‘provocations’:

Under the new plan, South Korea will be able to call on US assistance should Pyongyang follow through with its recent threats, for example to attack remote South Korean islands, says the BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Seoul.



Day 50 of Gitmo strike: Red Cross on alert, attorneys fear protest turning deadly:

The US Military admitted that 31 Guantanamo inmates are refusing food, as the prison’s biggest-in-years hunger strike enters its 50th day. The Red Cross is urgently sending delegates to Gitmo as the detainees’ lawyers warn the strike may turn deadly.



Striking Guantanamo Prisoners Say Water Denied:

Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay say they are being denied access to drinking water as a hunger strike grinds on and apparently grows at the U.S. base in Cuba.




The bureau says it has made gaining more powers to wiretap all forms of Internet conversation and cloud storage a “top priority” this year.



Brain scans predict which criminals are more likely to reoffend:

In a twist that evokes the dystopian science fiction of writer Philip K. Dick, neuroscientists have found a way to predict whether convicted felons are likely to commit crimes again from looking at their brain scans.



Smile & Wave! Fed pushes big bro drones despite public outcry in US:

It appears the sky is the limit for U.S. law enforcement, with aerial surveillance drones set to be used domestically. But Capitol Hill has met some firm resistance to the plans



Cyprus bail-out: savers will be raided to save euro in future crises, says eurozone chief:

Savings accounts in Spain, Italy and other European countries will be raided if needed to preserve Europe’s single currency by propping up failing banks, a senior eurozone official has announced.



Much of the big Russian money in Cyprus has escaped:

Der Spiegel is reporting that the Cypriot central bank may have looked the other way as large sums of capital exited the island earlier this month. Whether this happened just before the bank holiday or right after the holiday began is unclear.



Saving Cyprus Means Nobody Safe as Europe Breaks Taboo:

The message that stakeholders of all stripes can be coerced into helping a cash-strapped nation may make investors more skittish they’ll be targeted if Slovenia, Italy, Spain or even Greece again is next in line to need help.



UK: Plan to force banks to stockpile an extra £25billion will hit lending and damage growth:

Britain’s banks have been told to stockpile £25billions by the end of the year to prepare for future financial crises.



UK: Poorer families ‘cut back on food’:

More than five million families with children cut back on food last year as they struggled to stay in their homes, a charity has said.



Spanish deficit, retail figures deepen economic gloom:

Spain revised up its public deficit for 2012 on Wednesday, piling pressure on the government to scale down its budget ambitions for 2013 as data suggested economic recovery was a distant prospect.



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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