ICH 9 April 2013: Thatcher’s Criminal Legacy

9 April 2013  — Information Clearing House

What North Koreans Think

By Stansfield Smith

There is a double standard by the UN. – Other countries are like US puppets to go along with this.



Podcast Discussion With Two of America’s Leading Iran Experts:

By Glenn Greenwald

Two former officials of the US National Security State become the most vocal critics of US policy toward Tehran.



Manipulating Public Perceptions

This Week in History: The Toppling Of Saddam Hussein


The dramatic scene of knocking down one of hundreds of statues of the dictator, turned out to be not much more than an opportune media event.



US Army Stage-Managed Fall of Hussein Statue

By David Zucchino

It was a Marine colonel – not joyous Iraqi civilians, as was widely assumed from the TV images – who decided to topple the statue, the Army report said. And it was a quick-thinking Army psychological operations team that made it appear to be a spontaneous Iraqi undertaking.



The Anti-Empire Report

Wikileaks Has Done It Again.

By William Blum

I guess the US will really have to get tough now with Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.



The Elephant in the Room: Militarism

By Jeff Cohen

Today there’s an elephant in the room: a huge, yet ignored, issue that largely explains why Social Security is now on the chopping block. And why other industrialized countries have free college education and universal healthcare, but we don’t.



Secret FDIC Plan to Loot Bank Accounts

By Stephen Lendman

It shouldn’t surprise. It’s already policy. Market analyst Graham Summers explained. Depositor theft is coming. Europe is banker occupied territory. So is America.



Marc Faber: Stock Crash Likely If Rally Continues

By Matthew J. Belvedere

Faber said he`s worried about the possibility of another financial crisis, which he thinks, could be worse than the one that crushed world markets in 2008.



The Economy Unites Us:

What’s Wrong With the Economy And How We Can Fix It

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

A new economy is rising around the world and within the US. We can build this new economy within the Capitalist economy so that it arises and replaces Capitalism.



John Ralston Saul: The Collapse of Globalism


In the early 1970s, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared, “there is no alternative,” to economic prescriptions to help liberalize the marketplace and expand trade. This approach came to be known as globalization.



Margaret Thatcher’s Criminal Legacy

By Finian Cunningham

The praise, eulogies, wreaths and ceremonies are all self-indictments of association with one of the most ruthless and criminal political figures in modern times.



“Tramp the Dirt Down”

By George Galloway MP

I hated Margaret Thatcher for what seems like all my life. I hated her more than I hated anyone – until the mass murderer Tony Blair came along.



Ken Loach Wants Thatcher’s Funeral Privatised

By Ben Arnold

“Let’s privatize her funeral. Put it out to competitive tender and accept the cheapest bid. It’s what she would have wanted.”



WikiLeaks: Vatican Dismissed Pinochet Massacre Reports As ‘Communist Propaganda’

By Peter Finocchiaro

Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship was responsible for the deaths of as many as 3,200 people in Chile in the 1970s, but the Vatican dismissed reports of bloodshed at the time as “communist propaganda,”


Hard News


Pakistan: 127 killed in Tirah valley clashes:

According to Pakistani military officials, at least 97 militants and 30 Pakistani security forces have been killed as the battle for key heights in Tirah valley intensified on Monday with Jet fighters and gunship helicopters pounded militant positions.



Afghan “crash” kills US NATO troops:

A helicopter “crash” in eastern Afghanistan killed two American members of the NATO-led force on Tuesday, spokesmen said.



Violence during Bangladesh strike leaves one dead:

Rock-throwing protesters enforcing a general strike in Bangladesh on Tuesday clashed with police, detonated home-made bombs and attacked vehicles, leaving one person dead and dozens injured.



South Sudan ambush kills 12:

Seven civilians and five UN peacekeepers were killed in an ambush near the Gumuruk settlement in Jonglei State, the United Nations said on Tuesday.



Egypt’s Coptic pope blasts Morsi ‘negligence’:

Pope Tawadros II said president’s response to sectarian violence in Cairo reflects “negligence and poor assessment”.



Kenya’s new president, Uhuru Kenyatta, offers US embarrassment and dilemma:

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has indicted Kenyatta, 51, for crimes against humanity committed in the weeks and months following Kenya’s 2007 election. His trial is due to begin in July.



More than 450 people killed in March in Iraq: UN:

229 civilians, were killed and more than 1,100 others injured in the terrorist attacks and armed violence in Iraq in March, deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey told reporters here Monday.



America’s Hired Death Squads and Torture Teams Are Still Operating in Iraq:

A 15-month investigation exploring war crimes long denied by the Pentagon lays out the tragic truth.



James Steele: America’s mystery man in Iraq – video –

How retired US colonel James Steele, a veteran of American proxy wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, played a key role in training and overseeing US-funded special police commandos who ran a network of torture centres in Iraq



Iraqi al Qaeda wing says Nusra Front is its Syria branch

The Iraqi wing of al Qaeda announced that a rebel group at the forefront of the rebellion in Syria was its branch in that country and that both groups would operate under one name, according to the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group.



US soldier faces death penalty for fighting with al-Qaeda in Syria:

A former American soldier who fought as a rebel in Syria faces the death penalty for his ties to a Syrian faction, Jabat al-Nusra, that has merged with al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch.



Despite U.S. concerns, little prevents Islamists from joining Syria fight:

The jihadist pipelines – mainly via Turkey, but also through Jordan and Iraq – are an open secret



Arms supplies to all sides of Syrian conflict should be halted – Putin:

“There are international legal norms stating that it is unacceptable to supply arms to the armed groups that strive to destabilize the situation in a certain country with the use of arms,” Putin said, describing the situation in Syria as “a disaster” and “a catastrophe.”



Syria says UN request for chemical weapons investigation contradicts its demand: —

Syrian Foreign Ministry said Monday that the UN request to conduct a full investigation about chemical weapons on all Syrian territories runs counter to the request of the Syrian government.



Video shows Syrian Sunni cleric’s exact moment of death: Video – Warning –

Syrian activists uploaded the video on YouTube, which shows Sheikh Mohammed Saeed Ramadan al-Bouti preaching from his chair when a loud explosion was heard.



Tunisia Now Exporting “Jihadis”: –

Tunisian families have begun to dread knocks on their doors, or late-night phone calls, fearing that the messenger will bear the news that their son has been smuggled out of the country to join the “jihad” in Syria.



Quake hits near Iran’s nuclear city Bushehr, 37 dead:

The 6.3 magnitude quake totally destroyed one village, a Red Crescent official told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA), but the nearby Bushehr nuclear plant was undamaged, according to a local politician and the Russian company that built it.



Kerry pledges support for Israel against Iran “threat”:

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Iran on Monday that his country would not hesitate to take military action if the diplomatic process failed to prevent Tehran from continuing its drive for nuclear weapons.



US-born Jewish terrorist receives two life sentences:

Tytell, in court to hear his sentence, expressed no regret and said that he was “proud” of his actions.



How Islam Saved the Jews – Audio – :

Islam conquered the entire Persian Empire and most of the Mediterranean world. Uniting virtually all the world’s Jews in a single state, it gave them legal and religious respectability, economic and social freedoms, and linguistic and cultural conditions that made possible a major renaissance of Judaism and the Jews.



Pyongyang warns foreigners to evacuate S. Korea, threatens ‘thermonuclear’ war:

North Korea has warned all foreign nationals to prepare to evacuate the South in the event of conflict. “We do not wish harm on foreigners in South Korea should there be a war,” Reuters quoted KCNA news agency as saying,



White Paper Reveals Danger of US-S. Korea War Drills:

The National Reunification Institute Monday released a white paper revealing the gravity and danger of the war drills being held by the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean regime to prove who is the provoker increasing the danger of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.



Chiquita Sues to Block Release of Files on Colombia Terrorist Payments:

Banana Giant Fears National Security Archive “Media Campaign”



Force feeding is inhuman:

US now naming force-fed Guantanamo prisoners:

Crider said Mukbel told her that he had refused to be force-fed on one occasion in March and was taken by guards to the detainee hospital and handcuffed to a bed for 24 hours to undergo the procedure. The account could not be independently verified.



Stop the media blackout on Bradley Manning’s trial!:

Despite the unprecedented and historic nature of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning’s trial, journalists have thus far been banned from recording the proceedings. Sign our petition demanding that he ensure journalists can record Bradley Manning’s court martial proceedings!



Video: WikiLeaks Birgitta Jónsdóttir interview on Democracy Now!:

Icelandic Parliamentarian and WikiLeaks representative, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, visited the USA to spread the word about Pfc Bradley Manning and to garner support for his case. She was interviewed on Democracy Now!



Nobel Peace Prize to Bradley Manning?:

The grassroots activist group, RootsAction.org, has drafted a petition addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee calling for the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to imprisoned US whistleblower, The response to the petition has been swift and substantial. More than 30,000 people signed on in a matter of days.



Police injured and arrests made as hundreds ‘celebrated’ death of Margaret Thatcher:

Police officers were injured and arrests were made as hundreds held parties “celebrating” the death of Margaret Thatcher.



Australian PM announces direct yuan-Australian dollar trading:

The deal is meant to help promote business between the two countries by allowing trade without using the US dollar as an intermediary.



France Faces ‘Devastating Scandal’ as Economy Stalls:

France’s economy is at near-stall speed, trade and budget deficits widened last month and the country is embroiled in increasing political uncertainty.



Marc Faber: Stock Crash Likely If Rally Continues:

In the near-term, the U.S. stock market is overbought and adding that any more near-term gains portend big trouble for the market



Bogle: Stocks Might Drop 50% in Next 10 Years:

Investors should be prepared for up to a 50 percent drop in stocks in the coming decade, according to Jack Bogle, senior chairman and founder of The Vanguard Group.



Poor U.S. job data indicate weak recovery:

Full impact of sequestration yet to be felt in economy: This is a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad jobs report.



Forbes: Unemployment is really 14.3%, not 7.6%:

One in seven of every potential full-time employee in the U.S. economy is not able to earn a proper living wage



IRS to monitor Facebook, Twitter for tax cheats:

Though the agency says that it will only conduct such monitoring if a tax form raises a red flag, it is somewhat unclear to what extent it will be capable of delving into social media accounts.



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 : 3,281


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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