ICH 12 April 2013: Iran Represents a Deathblow to US Global Hegemony

12 April 2013  — Information Clearing House

Engineering Consent For Attack On N Korea?

Pentagon: North Korea has Capacity to Make Nuclear Warhead for Ballistic Missile

By Ernesto Londoño

North Korea probably has a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile, according to a new assessment by the Pentagon’s intelligence arm.



Iran Represents a Deathblow to US Global Hegemony

By Finian Cunningham

The present threat of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula is not really about North Korea or the US-backed South Korean state.



In Case You Missed It

Noam Chomsky on Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest For Global Dominance

Audio and Transcript

Noam Chomsky speaks out on U.S. hegemony, controlling the domestic population through fear and the historical parallels of current U.S. foreign policy.



Exposed: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is EU-Funded Fraud

By By Tony Cartalucci

NYT admits fraudulent Syrian human rights group is UK-based “one-man band” funded by EU and one other “European country.”



Propaganda And Barf Alert

Daniel Pipes: The Case for Backing Assad

By Daniel Pipes

Western governments should support the malign dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad.



The Arab Spring Reaches Israel

By Shahab Jafry

The 40-year lull at the Golan Heights has started to unravel.



To Throw or Not to Throw a Stone

By William A. Cook

A debate rages in Israel today on the truth of Amira Hass’s words “Throwing a stone is the birthright and duty of anyone subject to foreign rule. Throwing stones is an action as well as a metaphor of resistance”



Integrity’s Demise; The Israeli March To Shiflut

By Meir Stieglitz

The Israeli relations with the truth are like those of a businesslike pimp to his prize prostitute.



Jewish Entitlement

“This Two State Idea Is A Lie”

Video By RT

Cross Talking with Susan Abulhawa, Jason Isaacson and Adina Friedman.



Pervez Musharraf Gave US Permission To Murder People In Pakistan

By Jon Boone in Islamabad and Peter Beaumont

Former president Pervez Musharraf has admitted giving permission for the CIA to launch drone attacks inside his country, directly contradicting repeated claims by the Pakistani government that it has never authorised drone strikes.



Two Obamas, Two Classes of Children

By Ralph Nader

Even if households far from war zones are often destroyed in clear violation of the laws of war, the president is not deterred.



Africa: Imperialism’s High Mark of Conquest in the 21st Century

By Glen Ford

“Imperialism with a Black face has been fantastically successful, in Africa.”



Gitmo Defense Lawyers Say Somebody Has Been Accessing Their Emails

By Cora Currier

“Defense emails have ended up being provided to the prosecution, material has disappeared off the defense server, and sometimes reappeared, in different formats, or with different names,”



Obama’s Budget

By Joseph Kishore

Millions more people, particularly the elderly, will be thrown into poverty or be cut off from life-preserving medical care.



Will Voters Forgive Obama for Cutting Social Security?

By William Greider

The Treasury has been borrowing from the Social Security Trust Fund for 30 years, and the debt to Social Security beneficiaries now totals nearly $3 trillion.



Guess Who Is Not Coming to Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral

By Lindsey German

Blair’s demand that we all show respect for the dead is somewhat hard to take from the man incriminated in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan civilians.



Taliban attack Afghan army post; 13 troops killed:

Scores of heavily armed Taliban militants killed 13 Afghan soldiers in fierce clashes yesterday after storming an army post in the east of the country near the Pakistan border, police said.



Britain’s Afghan occupation is over :

Without a deal between Hamid Karzai’s Afghan government and the Taliban, there may well be another civil war



16 killed as fighting rages in NW Pakistan:

Fifteen militants and one soldier were killed on Thursday when the Pakistani military mounted another operation in a week of fighting designed to seize control of a remote but strategic valley in the northwest, the army said.



‘No civilian drone deaths’ in Pakistan claim was false, says US documents:

In June 2011, John Brennan, at the time President Obama’s chief counter terrorism adviser, stated publicly that for ‘almost a year’ no civilian had died in US drone strikes in Pakistan.



16 killed in bombing of two Sunni mosques in Iraq:

Two back-to-back explosions occurred as worshippers were leaving one mosque, killing at least 15 people and injuring 26 others, the officials added. One person was killed and five were injured in an explosion near a second Baquba mosque, said police.



Fierce battles pit Syria army against Nusra: NGO:

“Fierce battles broke out between regime troops and Al-Nusra Front near Zuri square at the entrance to Qamishli and near the city’s airport, leaving several dead on both sides,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.



Syrian rebels show off headless body & 3 more victims from car ambush Video

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Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda:

A Syrian rebel group’s pledge of allegiance to al-Qaeda’s replacement for Osama bin Laden suggests that the terrorist group’s influence is not waning and that it may take a greater role in the Western-backed fight to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.



Syria calls on UN to list al-Nusra Front as terrorist:

Syria on Thursday called on the UN Security Council to list the Syria-based radical group al-Nusra Front as a terrorist one. On Tuesday, Abu Baker al-Baghdadi, leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, declared the merger with al-Nusra Front, two days after al-Qaida’s central leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged unification of jihad in Syria.



Robert Dreyfuss: US, Al Qaeda Join Forces in Syria: Op-Ed:

The selfsame group that the United States is helping Iraq’s government fight in Anbar province and throughout Iraq is also the recipient of U.S. aid in Syria!



What a joke!

We need arms, rebels’ new leader tells West:

The (CIA’s) new face of the Syrian opposition says he is ready to make the move from Dallas to Damascus in a matter of months – but he needs the West urgently to supply anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to fend off the forces of the Assad regime.



Nearly 20,000 Foreign Mercenaries Fight In Syria: Russian Official :

The civil war in Syria has opened opportunities for foreign mercenaries and about 20,000, financed by Afghan drug trafficking, have been fighting in that Middle East country, according to Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service Director Viktor Ivanov.



Sectarian war will persist in Syria after Assad’s fall:

Islamist extremist groups within the opposition remain powerful far beyond their actual numbers and “have a presence in 13 of the 14 provinces in Syria.” James R. Clapper Jr. told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.



Bishop speaks of starvation in Aleppo:

The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, described the devastation wrought by war as rebels advance on the city.



Russian minister outlines position on Syria:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that attempts to “delegitimise” the Syrian leadership would have disastrous consequences, and hit out against those trying to “foist” such resolutions onto international organisations.



Israel fires at Syria after attack on soldiers:

Israel’s army fired artillery into Syria on Friday night after gunshots and shells were directed at soldiers on the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights, the military said.



From Iron Dome to Unmanned Drones:

The IDF’s Vision for the Future Battlefield: How will Israel’s wars be fought in 10 years’ time? The person best qualified to answer that question is Ophir Shoham, head of the Defense Ministry’s R&D division, who rarely speaks to the media.



Abbas, Fayyad postpone meeting on resignation:

A meeting between Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and President Mahmoud Abbas, which was supposed to take place late Thursday night, was postponed indefinitely, Ma’an News Agency reported on Friday morning.



Engineering Consent For Attack On N Korea:

Pentagon: North Korea has capacity to make nuclear warhead for ballistic missile:

North Korea probably has a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile, according to a new assessment by the Pentagon’s intelligence arm. The conclusion by the Defense Intelligence Agency said the weapon would have “low reliability,”



The arrogance of power!

Kerry: A nuclear-armed North Korea is “unacceptable” :

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stark warning to North Korea on Friday not to test-fire a mid-range missile, while rejecting a new U.S. intelligence report suggesting significant progress in the communist regime’s nuclear weapons program.



Kerry to North Korea: Don’t test missile:

“If Kim Jong Un decides to launch a missile, whether it’s across the Sea of Japan or some other direction, he will be choosing willfully to ignore the entire international community,” Kerry told reporters. “And it will be a provocation and unwanted act that will raise people’s temperatures.”



China holds live fire drills at North Korean border:

Tanks and armoured vehicles from a Shenyang military unit took part in the drills on the Chinese side, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.



Nigeria: 7 Killed in Kano:

Operatives of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in Kano killed six suspected terrorists on the wee hours of Friday during an operation at a suspected terrorist residence in Sheka quarters located on the outskirts Kano.



Suicide Bombing in North Mali Kills 3 Chad Troops:

A suicide bombing by “Islamic militants” has killed at least three Chad soldiers and injured civilians at a market, officials and a humanitarian worker said Friday.



Egyptian doctors ‘ordered to operate on protesters without anaesthetic’:

Senior Egyptian army doctors were ordered to operate without anaesthetic on wounded protesters at a military hospital in Cairo during protests against military rule, according to an investigation commissioned by president Mohamed Morsi.



Egypt army chief warns against slandering military:

With the Islamist President by his side, Egypt’s army chief warned against slandering the military, denying in remarks broadcast Friday that the military committed any abuses against protesters during the turbulent transition of the past two years.



Red Cross chief blasts US for force-feeding Gitmo inmates:

“We urge you to begin working to transfer the remaining detained men to their home countries or other countries for resettlement, or to charge them in a court that comports with fair trial standards.”



Guantanamo Bay detainee Shaker Amer petition triggers Parliamentary debate:

More than 100,000 people have now signed an official online petition urging the Government to demand the immediate release of Shaker Aamer, the last British detainee in Guantanamo Bay.



How Guantanamo Bay’s Existence Helps Al-Qaeda : Op-Ed:

As the ongoing hunger strike intensifies at Guantanamo Bay, this issue and the facility itself continues to undermine our national security.



ACLU: Prison not allowing Muslim prayer:

The American Civil Liberties Union said a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., is not following a court order allowing Muslim inmates to pray five times a day in a case brought by American Taliban John Walker Lindh.



‘The Nightmare Has Started Again,’ According to Hunger Striking Guantanamo Prisoner:

A prisoner, who has been held in detention for eleven years without charge or trial, has told an attorney that the prison authorities are trying to “break Muslims.”



Chile student protests resume as 100,000 march:

In the capital, Santiago, riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to break up the march, after being targeted by hooded protesters.



Brazilian state of Acre in illegal immigration alert:

Officials said most of the immigrants originally came from Haiti but others had come from as far afield as Bangladesh, Senegal and Nigeria.



Hypocrisy run riot?

US publishes Magnitsky list of sanctioned Russians:

The United States has published a list of mainly Russian officials banned from entering the country because of alleged human rights abuses.



Police fear ‘death parties’ will disrupt Margaret Thatcher’s funeral procession:

An event celebrating Mrs Thatcher’s death is planned for Saturday evening at Trafalgar Square, the scene of arguably the worst rioting of her tenure as Prime Minister. And there have been reports that the funeral procession itself will be disrupted by those who opposed Mrs Thatcher.



Ireland and Portugal get more time:

European Union finance ministers have agreed to grant Ireland and Portugal seven years more years to pay their bailout loans, easing the burden on their economies and paving the way for a quicker return to sustainable growth.



UK: 8 Millions ‘at risk of losing home’:

Eight million people are estimated to be just one month’s salary away from struggling to pay for their home, a charity has warned.



Obama Budget Plans on Replacing USDA Poultry Inspectors with Industry Self Regulation: Video report:

Plan will put our food supply at risk in a move that will increase profits of poultry producers and save only 90 million dollars over three years



IRS to Reduce Audits of Big Businesses by 18%:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to expend 18 percent less effort auditing businesses with assets of $10 million or more compared with just two years ago, according to a very timely IRS planning document.



Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Declines to a Nine-Month Low:

Confidence among consumers fell in April to a nine-month low as Americans grew more pessimistic about the outlook for the economy.



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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