ICH 6 April 2013: Moscow Slams UN ‘Maneuvering’ on Syria Chemical Attack Probe

6 April 2013   — Information Clearing House

Behind the North Korean Crisis

By Dennis J. Bernstein

All we see is media reporting that singularly ascribes blame to North Korea, which is portrayed as a kind of unquestionable evil, so what the U.S. is doing in response to the supposed provocation seems eminently justified.



What A Third Korean War Would Look Like

By Eric Margolis

North Korea’s military strategy would be to launch a surprise attack on the south to occupy Seoul and Inchon.



Syria’s Breakup Will Cause Mideast to Blow Up: President Bashar Assad


Full Interview of Pres. Assad with Turkish Media.



Guatemalan President Accused of Involvement in Civil War Atrocities

By Associated Press

“The people who were to be executed arrived at the camp beaten, tortured, their tongues cut out, their fingernails pulled out,” he said.



Destroying the Economy and the Democrats

By Robert Kuttner

Now voters can conclude that they can’t trust either party.



Noam Chomsky: Can Civilization Survive Really Existing Capitalism?


UCD Philosophy Society Inaugural Lecture April 2013



30 killed in suicide bombing at Iraq political rally:

The bomber blew himself up as Muthana al-Jourani, a Sunni Muslim candidate campaigning for provincial elections due April 20, was hosting a lunch for his supporters. Al-Jourani survived.



Air raid kills 15 in Kurd area of Syria’s Aleppo: Report:

It was not immediately clear if any of the casualties were fighters from the Democratic Union Party (PYD), Syria’s branch of Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Britain-based Observatory said.



Ahmed, 8-year-old FSA soldier from Aleppo :

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In Pictures: Syria in ruins:

Photos capture shocking devastation caused to war-torn country



Saudi Arabia backs push to carve out liberated southern Syria:

Saudi Arabia is backing a push by Syrian opposition rebels to carve out a “liberated” area in southern Syria, opening a key route of attack on Damascus.



Sectarianism, Saudi-Qatar Jostling:

The task of forming the government is hindered by an American and Qatari insistence on nominating people who would help restructure and expand its level of representation and legitimacy, so that posts and ministries are more equitably divided. It also awaits a Qatari-Saudi consensus on the manner in which Hito’s government would be run



Syria Needs Negotiations to Stop ‘Massacre’ – Putin:

Russia is not looking to oust Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and wants the conflicting parties to negotiate and stop the “massacre,” putting an end to the “catastrophe” in Syria, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.



Moscow Slams UN ‘Maneuvering’ on Syria Chemical Attack Probe:

Moscow believes the United Nations is disrupting an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria under pressure of “certain states,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.



Iran Nuclear Talks: No Breakthrough, But Step Forward:

The latest round of talks between six world powers and Iran on its nuclear program has been “definitely a step forward,” although it has ended with no clear breakthrough, Russia’s top negotiator on Iran said on Saturday.



A Journey to Iran – Video –

A short movie about Iran by Iranian Student Association (ISA) at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU).



Six Americans killed in Afghanistan as top US general arrives:

Attack in Zabul province kills three US occupation force soldiers and two civilians with another civilian killed in east of country, say officials



Bangladesh protesters demand blasphemy law:

Hundreds of thousands of marchers call for law that would include death penalty for bloggers who insult Islam.



At least 5 killed, 8 injured as Copts and Muslims clash outside Cairo:

Fight reportedly broke out after Christian children drew upside down crosses on walls of an Islamic institution in Khosoos



US Secretly Deploys B-1 Strategic Bombers, E-6 “Doomsday” Planes Near North Korea:

This particular deployment has been kept secret from the public (at least the broader public), “a fact that could be the sign that the U.S. is not only making symbolic moves, but it is preparing for the worst scenario: an attack on North Korea.”



Force Feeding Continues As Guantanamo Hunger Strike Grows:

U.S. Says More Prisoners Join In Protest: Eleven hunger strikers are being force-fed to prevent them from losing enough weight to put their lives in danger.



U.N. rights chief calls for closure of Guantanamo prison:

The U.N. human rights chief called on the United States on Friday to close down the Guantanamo prison camp, saying the indefinite imprisonment of many detainees without charge or trial violated international law.



Surviving ‘Collateral Murder’:

Soldier relives infamous WikiLeaks video



FBI interviews ex-CIA chief Petraeus: –

FBI agents interviewed ex-CIA chief David Petraeus to probe whether secret files had been passed to the woman at the center of the scandal that brought him down, USA Today reported.



Venezuela’s opposition presidential candidate wages fierce campaign:

Henrique Capriles, the charismatic Catholic grandson of Holocaust survivors, warns of problems if pro-Chavez acting president remains at the helm.



Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant leaking contaminated water: –

As much as 120 tons of radioactive water may have leaked from a storage tank at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, contaminating the surrounding ground, Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Saturday.



Monsanto Protection Act put GM companies above the federal courts:

Campaigners say that not even the US government can now stop the sale, planting, harvest or distribution of any GM seed



Judge OKs Bank of America’s $2.43 billion settlement:

The bank proposed the settlement in late September. The agreement resolves allegations that Bank of America did not disclose the state of its finances or those of Merrill Lynch when it agreed to buy Merrill in September 2008.



ACLU catches Ohio jailing those too poor to pay fines:

A new ACLU report accuses Ohio courts of imprisoning people who are unable to pay court fees. The group, which claims to have found evidence in seven counties, likened the practice to a resurgence of debtor’s prisons – which were outlawed by the 1830s.



As cities lay off police, frustrated neighborhoods turn to private cops:

On the streets of Oakland, budget cuts have made the beat cop a rare breed, and some of the city’s wealthy neighborhoods have turned to unarmed security guards to take their place.



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 : 3,279


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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