ICH 8 April 2013: The Five Stages Of Collapse

8 April 2013  — Information Clearing House

US Threatens War With North Korea, Demands China Cut Off Support

By Alex Lantier

Sections of the US press and foreign policy establishment are now mooting the possibility that Washington will go to war and kill the North Korean leadership.



“A One Sided Slaughter of Helpless People”:


David Swanson on Killing of Afghan Children.



UN Arms Trade Treaty’s Deadly Loophole

By Nile Bowie

If we assume that the United Nations makes the call on which states qualify as human rights abusers and which states do not, then Israel would not be hindered from purchasing conventional weapons, but a country like Syria would be barred from purchasing arms to defend itself and its territorial sovereignty.



The Hijacking of Human Rights

By Chris Hedges

“Humanitarian interventionists” studiously ignore our own acts of genocide, first unleashed against Native Americans and then exported to the Philippines and, later, nations such as Vietnam.



Wikileaks: Google Ideas Director Involved in ‘Regime Change’

By Yazan al-Saadi

“GOOGLE is getting WH [White House] and State Dept. support and air cover. In reality, they are doing things the CIA cannot do.



Washington’s Secret “Five Point Plan” to Destabilize Venezuela

By Stephen Lendman

Washington tolerates no independent governments. It demands pro-Western ones. It wants them serving US interests. Outliers are targeted for regime change.



Kissinger: The illegal we do immediately; unconstitutional takes longer

By Natasha Lennard

News organizations around the world who have partnered with Wikileaks over the Kissinger Cables are already digging up a number of significant stories.



Bursting the Thatcher Bubble

By David Corn

Thatcher joined with Reagan in support of torturers and human-rights abusers around the globe.



Lest We Forget

How Thatcher gave Pol Pot a Hand

By John Pilger

Almost two million Cambodians died as a result of Year Zero. John Pilger argues that, without the complicity of the US and Britain, it may never have happened.



Obama’s Social Security Cuts Are Our Wake-Up Call

By Richard Eskow

How many more cuts can the American people stand?



Who Will Save Social Security And Medicare?

By Shamus Cooke

Before Social Security and Medicare existed, the elderly were either completely dependent on their children or were left to beg in the streets. These programs thus remain sacred to the vast majority of Americans. They allow the elderly dignity and independence instead of poverty and insecurity.



The Five Stages Of Collapse

By Carolyn Baker

Financial collapse leads to commercial collapse which then leads to political collapse, and the effect of each shock is to make the system as a whole less resilient.



US Army Training Material Listing Catholics as ‘Extremists’

By Karen Jowers

An Army Reserve unit cited Catholicism as an example of “religious extremism” – on a list with al-Qaida, the Ku Klux Klan, and the white supremacist Christian Identity.



53 killed in clashes in Pakistan:

Thirty “militants” and 23 soldiers have been killed during fighting between security forces and pro-Taliban rebels in the Khyber tribal region of Pakistan, according to a media report on Monday.



Six “militants” killed in Orakzai:

The security forces claimed to have killed six militants in a clash and shelling in Orakzai Agency on Sunday.



How Pakistan sold its sovereignty:

A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood;

That back-room bargain, described in detail for the first time in interviews with more than a dozen officials in Pakistan and the United States, is critical to understanding the origins of a covert drone war that began under the Bush administration



Pakistan summons Musharraf over treason case:

Top court orders former military ruler to appear over treason allegations and has barred him from leaving the country.



Musharraf not to appear before SC due to security concerns:

Sources close to the former president said Musharraf had taken the decision following advice of his counsels in wake of fresh threats to life hurled by the Taliban.



Afghanistan: NATO kills 12 civilians, including 11 children;

The civilians were killed during a joint Afghan-NATO operation late on Saturday night in the Shigal district of Kunar province, which borders Pakistan



American exceptionalism:

Kerry laments death of US civilian in Afghanistan:

The attack killed Afghan civilians and wounded four more State Department personnel. One of them was in critical condition in a hospital in Kandahar, Kerry told reporters Sunday.



Afghan roadside bomb hits bus killing 9: officials:

A roadside bomb in Afghanistan exploded under a bus on Monday, killing nine people and wounding at least 22 people in an attack by suspected Taliban militants, officials said.



15 killed in massive suicide car bomb hits heart of Damascus:

At least 15 people killed: State television footage shows bloodied bodies, chunks of flesh strewn on streets, with bystanders draping clothes or cardboard boxes over them.



‘Nearly 9 000 troops killed in Syrian uprising’:

The Syria-based Violations Documentation Centre has been keeping track of the dead, wounded and missing since the start the uprising against Assad’s rule. It said on Monday 8 785 Syrian troops have died in the fighting.



Syria Army Oust Rebels From Airport Near Aleppo, Activists Say:

Syrian forces pushed rebels, including an al-Qaeda linked group, from a village next to the Aleppo international airport and a military airbase, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.



Syria launches counteroffensive:

After weeks of rebel gains in the south, the Syrian regime launched a counteroffensive on Sunday with widespread airstrikes and an operation that reclaimed a northern village on a strategically important route.



US ‘fueling and orchestrating’ war crime against people of Syria:

It’ the US and NATO that are clearly pumping arms into the region, that have orchestrated and created the crisis



Russian President Putin: Arms to Syrian Opposition Must Stop, All Parties Must Negotiate:

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Al-Qaeda and Jabhat Al-Nusra Collaborating:

This alliance works in the favour of Jabhat Al-Nusra, which emerged as a branch of Al-Qaeda in the middle of 2012 to fight government troops in Syria, alongside a number of other armed groups.



Zawahiri urges establishment of Islamic state in Syria to help return of Caliphate: –

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged rebels to fight to establish an Islamic state in Syria, in an online audio message Sunday in which he also warned France against its military intervention in Mali.



Al-Qaeda Seen Expanding:

Waving al-Qaeda’s flag during protests and marches carried out by Salafists in Lebanon has become very common. Al-Qaeda’s flag was recently seen flying in the center of Beirut when 2,000 Salafists gathered in the capital upon the call of Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir to go to the streets.



Rebels tortured and murdered Syrian Soldiers – Video –




Fact or fiction?

Report: Hamas training Syrian rebels in Damascus area:

Militiamen from the Hamas military wing are training Syrian rebels, according to a report in the Times of London.



Syrian conflict threatens to spill over from Golan into Israel:

IDF exchange fire with rebels and UN reduces peacekeeping activities in buffer zone as Israelis warn jihadists gaining foothold



Syrian troop redeployments raise concerns over Golan Heights security:

Israel fears jihadists will use area as staging ground for attacks after thousands of Syria soldiers withdrawn in recent weeks



Israel honors 6 million victims of Nazi Holocaust:

The ceremony, known as “Every Person Has a Name,” tries to go beyond the incomprehensible numbers to personalize the stories of individuals, families and communities destroyed during the war



Why only commemorate 6 million?

Over 60 million people were killed, in Second World War, which was over 2.5% of the world population.

The tables below give a detailed country-by-country



On ‘loving thy neighbors’ only if they’re Jewish:

 Many children who attend orthodox Jewish schools are taught to disrespect and to hate the ‘other’



7 killed as tribesmen, army deserters clash in south Yemen,:

In a separate incident, tribesmen blew up the main Maarib oil pipeline in south Yemen only two weeks after it was repaired, the interior ministry said.



Israel calls for more death and destruction:

‘West must threaten Iran over nuclear plans’ : Israeli Minister:

A leading Israeli politician has warned that the Jewish state’s patience is running thin and that the West should impose a deadline of weeks to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear enrichment programme, or face military action.



Canadian FM: If Israel strikes, Iran will only have itself to blame:

If Israel decides to strike unilaterally at Iran, the Iranians will only have themselves to blame, Canada’s foreign minister said Monday during a visit to Israel, while stressing that his country did not support unilateral Israeli military action to thwart Tehran’s rogue nuclear program.



We don’t intend to build nukes, Israel told US in 1975:

Newly published documents also shed light on Rabin, Peres visits to Tehran in 1976 and Dayan plan to give citizenship to Palestinians in Ramallah and Bethlehem



Iran might pull out of nuclear treaty over Western demands, sanctions:

Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Iran cannot remain an NPT member while it is punished for exercising its nuclear rights, while offering terms for a deal at the same time – halting high-quality enrichment in exchange for cancellation of punishing Western sanctions.



American declares himself favourite to replace Ahmadinejad as Iran president;

The problem, however, is that most Iranians inside Iran have never heard of him, and he has not lived in the country of his birth for nearly 40 years, well before the Islamic revolution.



War criminal:

Tony Blair and Iraq: The damning evidence:

Secret testimony to Chilcot Inquiry by British intelligence shows former PM ‘accepted Libya was a bigger threat’



Cheney’s Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War:

Private or publicly listed firms received at least $138 billion of U.S. taxpayer money for government contracts for services that included providing private security, building infrastructure and feeding the troops.



Nigeria: Thirteen Policemen Feared Dead in Bayelsa Boat Attack:

26 others were killed in separate attacks in Adamawa, Plateau and Borno States.



Two more dead after sectarian clashes in Egypt:

Two more deaths were reported on Monday after sectarian violence at Cairo’s Coptic cathedral that the Egyptian government and Muslim and Christian leaders scrambled to calm.



In pictures:

Egypt protests: the aftermath of the clashes :

Award-winning Australian photojournalist, Ed Giles, documents the growing dissatisfaction with the government of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt



Korean nuke conflict may make Chernobyl look like ‘fairytale’ – Putin:

If a nuclear conflict erupts on the Korean Peninsula, Chernobyl would look like a “kids’ fairytale,” Russia’s president said. Tensions have been escalating rapidly, with last week seeing conflicting reports about North Korean nuclear activity.



WikiLeaks publishes 1.7m US diplomatic records:

Julian Assange says 1973-76 reports, including many by Henry Kissinger, show vast range and scope of US activity



Cyprus officials warns of imminent default amid crisis:

Cyprus Accountant General Rea Georgiou has said that the island nation is in need of at least 75 million euros (USD 97 million) to pay its bills this month.



New Trouble for Euro in Portugal:

Just weeks after European leaders tamped down a banking crisis in Cyprus, troubles in the euro zone have again reared their head, this time in Portugal.



UK poverty numbers underestimated:

THE UK and Scottish governments may be underestimating the number of families living in poverty by as much as 40 per cent, researchers have claimed.



Where Bank Regulators Go to Get Rich:

Mary Schapiro, the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, must take us for fools.



Military Health Care Costs Impedes US Ability To Wage War: Hagel: :

The greatest fiscal threat to the military is not declining budgets, Hagel warned, but rather “the growing imbalance in where that money is being spent internally.” In other words, money dedicated to health care or benefits is money that’s not spent on preparing troops for battle or pilots for missions.



More Than 101 Million Working Age Americans Do Not Have A Job: Op-Ed:

The jobs recovery is a complete and total myth. The percentage of the working age population in the United States that had a job in March 2013 was exactly the same as it was all the way back in March 2010.



Why US Jobs Market Is Going to Get a Lot Worse:

Weak U.S. jobs data on Friday confirmed the worst trading week this year for European and U.S. stocks, and now analysts are warning that investors should brace for further trouble ahead as fiscal tightening begins to take its toll.



The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers:

Despite an increased emphasis on treatment and prevention programs in recent years, the Obama administration in its 2013 budget still requested $25.6 billion in federal spending on the drug war. Of that, $15 billion would go to law enforcement, interdiction and international efforts.



Law and Disorder: The Destructive Dynamic of America’s Segregated Cities:

By one estimate, between 20% and 30% Chicago school children have witnessed a shooting. The US now has more people in its penal system than the Soviet Union did at the height of the gulag system.



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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