ICH 14 April 2013: Killing You, For Your Own Safety; The Orwellian Paradigm

14 April 2013 — Information Clearing House

The Real Reasons for the Crisis on the Korean Peninsula

By Alexander VORONTSOV

The majority of media, while painting a vivid picture of North Korea’s militancy, is not trying to understand the reasons why the conflict on Korean soil is currently escalating so dramatically.



Syria’s War to Get Dirtier Than Ever

By David Pratt

A deepening rift between the al-Nusra Front and the Farouq Brigades and has profound implications not only for the CIA’s clandestine arms supply programme but the future direction of Syria’s civil war and its outcome.



How The “Left” Promotes The CIA War In Syria

By Alex Lantier

The implication that all opposition to the US war comes from “supporters of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad” is a slander and a political lie.



Barbara Boxer, AIPAC Seek to Codify Israel’s Right to Discriminate Against Americans

By Glenn Greenwald

A bill introduced by the California Democrat would uniquely exempt Israel from long-standing requirements imposed on all other nations.



Controlled Opposition

From Goldstein to Soros and Beyond

By Gilad Atzmon

Jewish power is the unique capacity to stop us from discussing or even contemplating Jewish power. It is the capacity to determine the boundaries of the political discourse and criticism in particular.



Shots Fired As Guards Clash With Gitmo Prisoners – US Military


The secret pre-dawn operation took place hours after delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross left the remote island prison and during a blackout of news media access to the crisis in the prison camps.



Hunger Strike at Gitmo

‘We Are Dying a Slow Death Here’

By Pardiss Kebriaei

“The government will keep us alive by force-feeding us but they will let us die by detaining us forever.”



The Orwellian Paradigm

Killing You, For Your Own Safety

By Faisal Moghul

In trying to rid the world of evil using the tactics of evil, we unleash even greater horrors; we become what we seek to destroy.



In A World Gone Crazy

Homeland Security’s New $3.9 Billion Headquarters:

By Devin Leonard

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano herself made the case for the agency’s costly new digs: “It will help us have meetings. It will help us create a culture of ‘one DHS.'”



Money for Militarism, not for People:

Obama’s Betrayal of Social Security

By Dave Lindorff

Nobody in Congress is talking about slashing military spending and spending the savings on medical care, Social Security, education and other pressing needs. The public needs to demand this.



Angry White Guys:

The Roots of Reactionary America

By Tom Magstadt

No one familiar with life in America today can honestly claim that this society is fair or equal or just.



The Assault On Gold Update

By Paul Craig Roberts

The Fed fears a dollar crisis or derivative blowup is nearing and is trying to reset the gold/dollar price prior to the outbreak of trouble.



Glenda Jackson on the Death of Margaret Thatcher

‘I had to speak out to stop history being re-written’


“Glenda Jackson let rip with an attack on Thatcher and her “heinous” legacy that had the Tories gasping as if a drunk had gate-crashed their wake.”



21 killed as Syrian troops break siege of key army camps:

Syrian troops have broken a months-long rebel siege on two key military bases in the northwestern province of Idlib, killing at least 21 opposition fighters, a watchdog said on Sunday.



Activists say Syrian airstrike kills 18 people:

Saturday’s air raid struck the town of Saraqeb in Idlib province, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group.



Syrian troops kill at least 12 rebels:

Syrian government troops trying to relieve a besieged military base in the country’s northwest ambushed a rebel checkpoint Saturday, killing at least 12 opposition fighters, activists said.



France says U.N. talks begin on Qaeda-linked Syria rebels:

The U.N. Security Council has begun informal talks on whether to impose sanctions on Syria’s rebel al-Nusra Front after it pledged allegiance to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri this week, France said on Friday.



Syria: Jordan to spearhead Saudi Arabian arms drive:

Jordan has agreed to spearhead a Saudi Arabia-led push to arm rebel groups through its borders into southern Syria, in a move that coincides with the transfer from Riyadh to Amman of more than $1bn (£650m).



Russia will vote against new UN resolution on Syria: Foreign Ministry:

The ministry said that the resolution blames Damascus entirely for the situation in Syria while failing to acknowledge the terrorist activities being carried out in the country, as well as the logistical and financial support foreign-backed militants are receiving.



UK ‘confirms’ use of chemical weapons in Syria after secret MI6 op – report:

The British team was unable to say whether the chemical had been used by Syrian government forces or rebel fighters battling to topple the government of President Bashar Assad.



20,000 U.S. M-16s ‘stolen’ from unguarded warehouse in Kuwait:

The Interior Ministry said thieves broke into a warehouse and stole a huge amount of firearms and ammunition. The ministry said 20,000 U.S.-origin M-16 assault rifles and 15,000 rounds for 9mm pistols were stolen.



How Damascene Jews Hope to Return… to Normalcy:

Franklin Lamb: Op-Ed: The path to internal civil peace for Syria, and likely the region, in the view of Damascene Jews, as well as others in Syria seeking a return to normalcy, emphasize the following points.



Abbas accepts Palestinian PM Fayyad’s resignation:

News agency Wafa said Abbas had asked Fayyad to stay on as caretaker until a new government was formed.



AIPAC Bill Runs Into Unusual Resistance In Congress:

The main issue is a portion of the bill which, in the Senate version, would grant a US visa exemption for Israeli citizens without requiring a reciprocal arrangement from Israel.



Iraq: Attack kills 3 people including election candidate:

Iraqi authorities say a roadside bomb explosion followed by a gunbattle north of Baghdad killed three people, including a Sunni candidate running in the upcoming provincial elections.



9 killed as bomb hits bus in NW Pakistan:

At least nine people were killed and nine others injured when a bomb targeted a passenger bus in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar on Saturday afternoon, local police said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.



Study Uncovers Obama Lies On Drone Program:

The report also confirms that the CIA has targeted individuals merely suspected of association with various militant groups.



Afghanistan: 2 Women Killed in Kunar Shelling from Pakistan:

Two Afghan women have been killed and two more injured in eastern Kunar province when their house was struck during a missile attack apparently launched from Pakistan, local officials said Saturday.



Taliban kill two Afghan policemen, kidnap six:

“They attacked the outpost with the cooperation of a policeman who was their infiltrator, killing two police and kidnapping six others,” Raoufi told dpa.



ISAF airstrike that killed civilians breached presidential ban – Karzai:

A recent ISAF airstrike that killed 17 Afghan civilians violated an executive order banning air strikes in residential areas, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday. This strike by coalition forces is a definite violation of human rights, he said.



Billions of US tax dollars potentially funding Afghan terrorism – report:

The “alarming” findings were greeted with calls for urgent action to mend the weak links in US regulations.



Official sends out missile alert instead of earthquake alert:

A Japanese official mistakenly announced the launch of a North Korean missile instead of sending an alert about a strong earthquake that hit western Japan on Saturday morning.



5 Killed As Gunmen Attack Mogadishu Court:

Militants launched a serious and sustained assault on Mogadishu’s main court complex Sunday, detonating at least two blasts, taking an unknown number of hostages and exchanging extended volleys of gunfire with government security forces, witnesses said.



Libya simmers over law targeting ex-Kadhafi officials:

A bill banning associates of former dictator Moamer Kadhafi from politics risks inflaming tensions in Libya and could see top officials including the premier and the assembly chief removed from their posts.



Thousands gather in Trafalgar Square to protest against Thatcher’s legacy: Video –

About 3,000 people gathered in the rain in Trafalgar Square on Saturday night to “celebrate” the demise of Margaret Thatcher.



Spanish region blocks home evictions:

The measure, which came into force in Spain’s most populous region on Friday just three days after it was approved by decree, is opposed by the conservative central government, which sees it an attack on private property rights.



Venezuela votes to choose new president

Chavez’s handpicked successor Maduro “ready to accept” outcome, but rival Capriles has questioned fairness of race.



Putin unveils $50 bn Russian space drive:

President Vladimir Putin on Friday unveiled a new $50 billion drive for Russia to preserve its status as a top space power, including the construction of a brand new cosmodrome from where humans will fly to space by the end of the decade.



Russia bans 18 Americans from country in answer to US list:

Former Bush staffers and Guantanamo Bay commanders on list released in response to US Treasury visa bans



President Obama’s shame: The forgotten prisoners of America’s own Gulag: Op-Ed:

No charge, but no release. Yesterday the anger of hunger-striking detainees boiled over in clashes with their jailers.



‘No way Gitmo detainees could be armed’ – lawyer:

While the US Military accused the detainees of covering surveillance cameras, windows and partitions to prevent guards from observing them during their two-month-plus hunger strike, Panuco said the real point of the move was to break the prisoners’ resolve.



September 11 defendants ‘had emails hacked’:

Lawyers for the five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks asked a judge Thursday to delay an upcoming hearing after learning that emails with their clients had been monitored.



Homeland Security’s New $3.9 Billion Headquarters:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new headquarters, the largest federal construction project since the Pentagon rose in the 1940s. The cost: $3.9 billion.



Are California Prisons Punishing Inmates Based on Race?:

In several men’s prisons across California, colored signs hang above cell doors: blue for black inmates, white for white, red, green or pink for Hispanic, yellow for everyone else.



California governor has 20 days to fix overcrowded prisons or be put on trial:

The governor of California and other leading authorities will be held in contempt of court in 20 days unless they find a way to release thousands of prisoners from the overcrowded state corrections system.



For-Profit Prisons Admit Lying to Get Taxpayer Money: Video report:

For-profit, private prisons are marketed as a way for states to save money, but what about when they often go out of their way to support unnecessary imprisonment? What about when they’re [often] proven to be corrupt?



With Police in Schools, More Children in Court:

Youth advocates and judges are raising alarm about what they have seen in the schools where officers are already stationed: a surge in criminal charges against children for misbehavior that many believe is better handled in the principal’s office



Black America Is Living Through a Great Economic Depression :

The big economic problems remain for a huge part of our nation still living with the echoes of its racist past.



Congress Repeals Financial Disclosure Requirements For Senior U.S. Officials:

Joining the Senate, the House of Representatives approved a measure today that repeals a requirement that top government officials post financial disclosures on the Internet. The House, like the Senate, acted quietly without a vote. Instead, they sent the measure to the president’s desk by unanimous consent.



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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