10 April 2013 — Information Clearing House
In This Nuclear Standoff
It’s The US That’s The Rogue State
By Jonathan Steele
The idea of hegemony, often sanitised as “leadership”, is unacceptable.
How the West Fueled the Ever-Growing Carnage in Syria
By Nicolas J.S. Davies
The actions of the United States and its allies in Syria have only led to escalating violence and chaos.
Syria Behind the Lines
FRONTLINE explores the perilous reality of everyday life for Syria’s rebels and its regime.
Anonymous Murder From A Safe Distance
By William Pfaff
In the worst American military tradition, established in Vietnam and Iraq, of anonymous murder from a safe distance, in this case from the White House itself. Who talks about legality, morality — or dishonor?
What Christians Don’t Know About Israel
By Grace Halsell
American Jews sympathetic to Israel dominate key positions in all areas of our government where decisions are made regarding the Middle East.
Free Speech, Culture Wars, and Enlightenment
By Lorenzo Ospri
Darwinists are nihilistic time-bombs – since true morality only stems from the literal word of the Bible.
Sucking Up To The Saudi Crown
George Galloway and John Rentoul discuss the Saudi regimes justice system and human rights.
Winner Takes All
Why Derivatives Threaten Your Bank Account
By Ellen Brown
All Depositors, Secured and Unsecured, May Be at Risk.
7 Chilling Facts About Retirement in America
By Lynn Stuart Parramore
Obama’s plan would be economically irresponsible, socially disruptive and morally repugnant.
Ending Forfeiture Abuse:
Law enforcement can take your property without even charging you with a crime.
Home-made Guns Soon To Be Piece Of Cake With 3D Printing?
3D printing may well be the next technological revolution, changing our life as much as computers, mobile phones and the internet have.
Pakistan: 8 militants killed in Orakzai clash:
At least two security forces personnel were injured and eight militants killed on Wednesday in a clash between militants and security forces in Dabori area of Orakzai tribal region.
Obama’s drone war kills ‘others,’ not just al Qaida leaders:
The documents show that drone operators weren’t always certain who they were killing despite the administration’s guarantees of the accuracy of the CIA’s targeting intelligence and its assertions that civilian casualties have been “exceedingly rare.
Four Afghan policemen killed in bomb blast:
Four policemen were killed and two others injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in south-western Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday.
US occupation force troops open fire on civilian bus in Herat, 2 killed or injured:
The incident took place after the civilian bus got close to the convoy of the US troops.
Iraq: Three policemen killed in north:
The Wednesday afternoon attack took place when gunmen in a speeding car fired on policemen manning a checkpoint in the former al-Qaida stronghold city of Mosul
Iraq’s “most wanted”: Where are they now?:
Ten years after the fall of Baghdad, Al Jazeera looks at what became of the Iraq invasion’s top players.
Dead man talking:
Audio emerges from allegedly dead Al Qaida chief:
Most of the message is directed against Saudi Arabia, which Al Shihri accuses of allowing Americans to attack “the faithful of Yemen” from their soil.
Syrian “rebels”pledges allegiance to al-Qaeda:
The leader of the al-Nusra Front, a jihadist group fighting in Syria, has pledged allegiance to the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Celebrating the Unification of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (Syria) – Video –
“Let us declare, relying on Allah, the cancelation of the name “The Islamic State of Iraq” and the cancelation of the name “Jabhat al-Nusrah” and blending them under one name: “The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shaam,” and also the unification of the banner, the Banner of the Islamic State.”
Syrian “rebels” disown Syrian “rebels:
The mainstream Syrian rebel command distanced itself from the jihadist Nusra Front Tuesday after Al-Qaeda in neighboring Iraq confirmed that it spawned and supervised the group.
Syrian “rebel” Colonel Defends Jabhat al-Nusra: Video –
Marginalizing them will only increase their fame and power.
Kerry Says U.S. Is Considering More Support For “Rebel” Fighters:
Mr. Kerry made the remarks at a news conference at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel as he completed three days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials.
In Syria, some brace for the next war:
“Fighting is unavoidable,” said Abu Mansour, a commander with the rebel Free Syrian Army’s Farouq Brigades, whose men clashed last month with those of the extremist Jabhat al-Nusra movement in the border town of Tal Abiyad, one of several instances in which the tensions have erupted into violence. “If it doesn’t happen today, it will happen tomorrow.”
The Bombing of al-Bara: Video – [Warning: Graphic violence]
Olly Lambert was filming an interview with a Syrian rebel leader in the village of al-Bara, a regime airstrike hit barely 300 meters from where he was standing. He kept the cameras rolling
Syrian opposition group accuses rebel unit of torture: –
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Tuesday accused a rebel battalion of torturing civilians and extorting money from them in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo.
Syria’s Jihadists face test of government in eastern city:
Hardline Islamist brigades patrol streets abandoned by police. A religious court has replaced a collapsed judicial system, and minorities have fled, according to civic activists in Raqqa, the largest city to fall to the opposition
Libya arms fueling conflicts in Syria, Mali and beyond: U.N. experts:
The experts said transfers of arms to Syria – where a two-year-old civil war has killed more than 70,000 people – had been organized from various locations in Libya, including Misrata and Benghazi, via Turkey or northern Lebanon.
Militias drain Libya’s coffers:
The addition of tens of thousands of armed revolutionaries to the state payroll in Libya has helped swell the public sector salaries bill this year to $16bn – more than double the $6.6bn allocated in the 2010 budget under Muammer Gaddafi
Mozambique : At least 7 killed, 13 wounded :
Mozambican authorities say they have made some arrests after recent attacks and fighting between police and alleged members of an opposition group killed at least seven people.
Obama approves US military assistance to Somalia:
Mr Obama issued a memo to Secretary of State John Kerry saying it would “strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace”
Somalia acknowledges rape by soldiers:
After months of denial, Somalia’s government has for the first time acknowledged that its security forces were involved in rape cases that drew an international outcry by human rights groups.
Qatar buys Egypt:
Qatar offers Egypt $3bn in aid:
Gas-rich Qatar has already announced an aid package of $5bn to Egypt, comprising an outright grant of $1bn and $4bn in bank deposits.
US, S. Korea on high alert in anticipation of Pyongyang’s missile launch:
The Combined Forces Command is effectively at Watchcon 2 status ready to tackle a “vital threat” from North Korea; Yonhap news agency reported citing an anonymous senior military official. If the next upgrade occurs, the nations will be in a state of war.
Cheney: US in ‘deep doo doo’ with North Korea:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney discussed tensions on the Korean peninsula with Republican leaders in Congress in a closed-door meeting Tuesday, warning them that the United States was in danger.
Russia warns against stoking N.Korea tensions:
“One just shouldn’t scare anyone with military maneuvers and there’s a chance that everything will calm down,” he added in Russian, without specifying which countries he believed were carrying out such military exercises.
George Galloway vs Professor Anthony Glees on North Korea:
British parliament recalled to pay tribute to Thatcher:
“To show its respect, the Speaker has agreed to recall Parliament on Wednesday for a special session in which tributes will be paid,” said Prime Minister David Cameron, who cut short a visit to Europe to return to Britain after the news of Thatcher’s death was announced.
MPs should be free to criticise Margaret Thatcher, says Labour veteran:
A veteran Labour MP who was first elected to parliament in 1966 has said members of his party should be free to criticise the “brutal contempt” with which Margaret Thatcher treated millions of working people.
Rust sets in on The Ironic Lady: Margaret Thatcher, Supposed Champion of ‘Freedom and Democracy’, and Her Dictator Friends:
Thatcher was a staunch supporter of many of the world’s most brutal regimes, propping up and arming war criminals and dictators in service to Western imperialism, anti-Communism and neoliberal hegemony.
‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ reaches midweek top ten following Margaret Thatcher’s death :
Those who saw her death as a cause for celebration have prompted a download surge for the track. Within 48 hours of the former Prime Minister’s death, the song has entered the official UK chart at number 10.
Judge orders prosecution to prove that Bradley Manning intended to ‘aid the enemy’:
A US military judge says the government must prove that Army Private Bradley Manning intended to aid the enemy when he released hundreds of thousands of sensitive files to WikiLeaks.
Force feeding is torture:
Guantanamo Hunger Striker, Attempted Suicide, Lawyer Says:
A Guantanamo detainee who had been on a hunger strike for 43 days tried to kill himself in solitary confinement in March, his lawyer told The Huffington Post.
International Committee of the Red Cross failed to be involved, report on what is happening in Gitmo;
Part of the reason why the Guantanamo Bay hunger strike is being neglected is because the International Committee of the Red Cross is favoring one side, which is not the side of the prisoners, Barry Wingard, military attorney for Gitmo inmates said.
“Guantanamo is America’s moral failure”:
The hunger strike that has spread since early February among the 166 detainees still at Guantanamo Bay is again exposing the lawlessness of the system that marooned them there.
Golden Cage: US blows $800k per Gitmo inmate each year ;
Demonstrations are planned on Thursday across the U.S. in support of the Guantanamo inmates, and to push for the notorious facility to be shut down. But, as Gayane Chickakyan reports, the Pentagon’s only pumping more cash into keeping it open.
Tens of thousands march for peace in Colombia after decades of conflict:
At noon, church bells rang throughout the country in remembrance of the victims of the conflict, which include an estimated 70,000 dead, as many as 50,000 disappeared, and more than four million internal refugees.
Capriles Attacks Venezuelan Electoral Council, Refuses to Sign Document: –
Tonight rightwing candidate Henrique Capriles said that he will not sign a National Electoral Council (CNE) document to guarantee that he would recognise the results of the 14 April presidential elections.
Death penalty ‘becoming thing of the past’, says Amnesty:
The five countries carrying out most executions remain China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the US.
Noam Chomsky – Why Marijuana is Illegal and Tobacco is Legal : Video –
George Carlin – Death Penalty and Drugs In USA – Video
China Trade Balance Unexpectedly Turns To Deficit As Imports Surge:
China unexpectedly reported a trade deficit for March amid a surge in imports and a weaker expansion in exports, official data showed Wednesday. Separately, Fitch Ratings downgraded the country’s local currency sovereign rating on Tuesday, citing surging credit growth in the country.
Cyprus To Sell €400 Million In Gold, About 75% Of Its Total Holdings, To Finance Part Of Its Bailout:
Curious why every bank and their grandmother, and most recently Goldman today, has been lining up to push the price of gold as low as possible? Here’s why:
FBI investigate secret recording of US Senate Republican Leader planning mental health smear of opponent and actress Ashley Judd :
The recording, hears Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell discussing ways to exploit Ms Judd’s previous problems with depression at a meeting in February at his Louisville campaign headquarters. Ms Judd later decided not to run for Mr McConnell’s Kentucky seat.
Secrets of FBI Smartphone Surveillance Tool Revealed in Court Fight:
A legal fight over the government’s use of a secret surveillance tool has provided new insight into how the controversial tool works and the extent to which Verizon Wireless aided federal agents in using it to track a suspect.
Fed sent minutes early to staffers, trade groups:
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday confessed to sending out market-moving minutes from the last interest-rate-setting meeting to Hill staffers and trade groups a day early.
In Congress, nearly half the members are millionaires:
The Senate’s median net worth is $2.63 million. The House’s is $756,00.
Millionaire Freshmen Make Congress Even Wealthier:
According to a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, the median estimated net worth of the incoming freshmen is almost exactly $1 million more than that of the typical American household.
The mole people:
Police find ‘homeless city’ where vagrants – including kids – live in labyrinth of tunnels 25ft below Kansas City:
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