15 April 2013 — Information Clearing House
Bombs In Boston Kill 3
By Erin McClam
New England Cable News, said on Twitter that she saw people’s legs blown off. “Runners were coming in and saw unspeakable horror,” she said.
US Secretary of State Blackmails China over North Korea
By John Chan
While the US has no intention of dismantling its anti-missile systems in the region, Kerry’s arm-twisting appears to have produced some results.
The Islamic Emirate of Syriastan
By Pepe Escobar
Baghdad has seen the writing on the wall – a direct consequence of the divide and rule, Sunni-against-Shi’ite games the Americans have been encouraging for 10 years now; the next stage is set for a civil war, Syria-style, in Iraq.
France’s Media Admits that the Syrian “Opposition” is Al Qaida
Justifies French Government Support to the Terrorists
By Gearóid Ó Colmáin
Le Monde wants us to believe that Japhat Al Nosra is a good, more civilized version of Al Qaida, one perhaps worthy of Western military support!
Fighting Drone Wars Behind Our Back
Cheap, Invisible and Risk-free Mass Murder
By Chris Nineham
The great advantage of drones for western governments is they can be used without domestic casualties and therefore, they hope, without the risk of popular opposition or protest.
The Enemy-Industrial Complex
By Tom Engelhardt
How to Turn a World Lacking in Enemies into the Most Threatening Place in the Universe.
The War You Don’t See
Must Watch – Video Documentary By John Pilger
A powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq.
The Propaganda System That Has Helped Create a Permanent Overclass Is Over a Century in the Making
By Andrew Gavin Marshall
Through the educational system, the social sciences, philanthropic foundations, public relations, advertising, marketing, and the media, America and the industrialized states of the world developed a unique and complex system of social control and propaganda.
Gitmo Is Killing Me
By Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel
I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity.
Russia Bars Bush-Era Torture Lawyers
By Robert Parry
Several of the Americans targeted by Moscow – were clearly guilty of human rights crimes. John Yoo and David Addington were former legal advisers to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, respectively.
Nicolas Maduro Wins Presidential Election in Venezuela
Capriles Refuses to Concede
By Chris Carlson
Maduro garnered only 234,935 more votes than opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, who refuses to concede and wants a full recount of Sunday’s election.
The Legacy of Hugo Chavez Lives On
A Conversation With Julio Rafael Escalona, Venezuelan Ambassador to UN.
It’s Time to Shine a Light on the Poverty Creation Industry
By Alnoor Ladha, Joe Brewer, Martin Kirk
It’s about time we called out the great myth that mass poverty just is, as if it were a natural part of some universal moral order. Such thinking is both profoundly untrue and disastrously misleading.
“Corporations Are Not Persons”
Democracy Is Coming… To The U.S.A.!
By Mike Ferner
When Judge Debbie O’Dell-Seneca, recently directed a corporate “fracking” combine in Western Pennsylvania to unseal the terms of a settlement with citizen-plaintiffs, she struck a clear blow for the public’s right to know.
Sweatshops on Wheels
By Chris Hedges
“People now have to drive a bus 100 hours a week to make a living,” Hanley said. “The limit is 70, but there are a number of ways the drivers are forced to break the law.
Multiple car bombings kill 55 in Iraq:
The death toll from a spate of bomb attacks across Iraq has exceeded 55 with almost 200 injures, security and medical sources say.
Iraqi forces arrest 18 al-Qaeda suspects at Syria border:
The arrests came amid increased security measures on the border with Syria to cut off all forms of contact between al-Qaeda affiliates, the “Islamic State of Iraq” and Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) in Syria.
Report: Syria’s Nusra Front Supplies Iraqi Al-Qaeda with Chemical Weapons:
al-Nusra Front has sent chemical weapons to al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq through the country’s al-Anbar province in recent days, the Arabic-language daily al-Bayana al-Jadida quoted informed sources as saying on Monday.
Syrian airstrike leaves 18 dead:
A Syrian government airstrike on a town in the country’s north-west killed at least 18 people, shattering store fronts, setting cars ablaze and sending a giant plume of black and grey smoke over the horizon,
Assad’s forces break rebel blockade in north Syria:
Syrian government troops have broken through a six-month rebel blockade in northern Syria and are now fighting to recapture a vital highway, opposition and state media said on Monday.
Muslim Brotherhood denies extremist control in Syria:
Speaking in Arabic, he added: “As far as I know, there is no extremism in Syria.”
Australians answer the Syria jihad call:
THE number of Australians believed to be fighting in Syria has doubled in less than six months to about 200, and ASIO is concerned that at least 100 are fighting for radical al-Qa’ida offshoot, the al-Nusra Front.
US sending weapons to Syria: Rand Paul:
US Senator Rand Paul said the statements by persons claiming that the US is not involved in smuggling weapons to Syria, are false.
Despite Netanyahu’s weekly warnings on Iran, Syria is more imminent danger. Op-Ed:
Far-off Iran is viewed as a problem of the “international community” – in other words the United States. The dangers across the border seem much more concrete, with the threat of them blowing up in our faces much more imminent.
Netanyahu calls stone-throwing, Palestinians “subhuman” terrorists:
Netanyahu, at a ceremony at the Mount Herzl national cemetery, pointed to the case of Israeli toddler Adele Biton, still in critical condition after being hurt in a stone-throwing attack on her mother’s car in the West Bank a month ago.
Abbas must form national unity government, official says:
“The president must hold consultations with Palestinian movements to form a national unity government and set a date for elections,” Azzam al-Ahmed, a leader of Abbas’s Fatah party, told the official Voice of Palestine radio.
Erdogan confirms plan to visit Gaza in late May:
The Turkish leader, who has for years spoken of his desire to visit the Palestinian enclave, was expected to travel there this month but postponed his trip last week at the request of Washington, the Turkish daily Hurriyet and other local media reported
Israel arrests 14-year-old US citizen:
On Friday April 5. Eight heavily armed soldiers burst in to the modest home, waking the Khaleq family – the two parents and six children, the youngest just six years old – and gathered them in one room.
Israel’s booming economy puts billions in US aid under spotlight: –
Boosted by newly discovered natural resources, Israel is surging ahead economically – a success that is pushing the issue of the country’s $3 billion in annual aid from the United States onto the agenda.
Ahmadinejad says Iran does not need atomic bomb:
“We don’t need an atomic bomb. … And besides, it is not atomic bombs that threaten the world, but Western morals and culture declining in values.”
Formerly Banned Iranian (Terrorist) Group Opens Office Near White House:
The opening of the office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella group dominated by the MKO (aka the People’s Mujahedin of Iran), was attended by several former U.S. officials, NCRI members, and their legal team, who described it as a “great day” for the Iranian people, for democracy in Iran, and for the values the United States cherishes.
North Korea ready to develop relations, ensure stability ‘as a responsible nuke state’:
North Korea is ready to develop peaceful relations with world nations – but only as a nuke state, the DPRK’s nominal head of state Kim Yong-nam said on Sunday. This comes as the US, Japan, and China call for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Somali militants threaten more attacks after bombs kill 30:
Somali militants linked to Al-Qaeda warned on Monday of further attacks in the capital, a day after killing at least 30 people in a wave of coordinated bombings and shootings that exposed the fragility of security gains in Mogadishu.
At least 12 killed as rebels clash with residents in CAR capital Bangui:
More than a dozen Bangui residents were killed over the weekend in clashes with the Seleka rebels that seized power in the Central African Republic last month. Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia took over as transitional president on Saturday.
Egypt’s Mubarak stays in detention despite release order:
Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will stay in detention despite a judge ordering his release on bail pending a retrial over charges in complicity in the murder of protesters because he still faces other charges, court officials said on Monday.
Afghan commandos kill 22 “insurgents”:
The raid was carried out in the Bati Kot district of Nangarhar when a team of commandos raided a village looking for the Taliban leader, the U.S.-led Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force said in an announcement.
7 civilians killed in bombing in Afghan Zabul province:
Up to seven Afghan civilians were killed and four were wounded Monday when a roadside bombing went off in southern province of Zaubl, the Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement.
Some 12 Thousand Occupation Force Soldiers To Remain In Afghanistan:
General Martin Dempsey Chief of Army Staff of the US forces in his latest assertions has stressed that the US wants to preserve from 8 to 12 thousand of its forces in Afghanistan after 2014.
Afghans hold anti-US demo in Jalalabad;
Shouting anti-US slogans, the protesters, including hundreds of university students, took to streets of the capital city of Nangarhar Province on Monday. They carried an effigy of US President Barack Obama and burnt an American flag during the demonstration.
US Kills 4 People In Pakistan: :
The house was razed to ground following the attack and some more people are feared to be buried under the debris.Sunday’s strike was launched in the country’s tribal area after a brief lull of 22 days. Earlier on March 22, a U.S. drone attacked a house in the same area, killing four people and injuring two others.
Pakistan condemns US drone strike:
“The Government of Pakistan calls upon the US Government to stop such attacks, based on mutual respect and established international norms.”
Musharraf skips hearing in treason trial:
Case against Pakistan ex-president concerns accusation that he illegally dismissed senior judges in 2007.
Callous City Ignores Accident Victims, Mother and Child Bleed to Death:
CCTV footages showed that the woman’s husband and his four-year-old son beseeched passers-by for help for almost 10 minutes. However, no one stopped to help them, police said.
Guards shoot at Gitmo inmates forcing them to solitary cells: Video report.
Officers tried to forcibly remove detainees from communal living quarters and isolate them in individual cells. Non-lethal rounds were fired at the prisoners as they resisted with improvised weapons.
Army Captain Assaulted And Harassed For His Military Service
The victim, who was wearing his Army uniform, told officers that a man standing directly behind him in line began to yell derogatory statements towards him about the United States of America and his service to the country. The suspect then struck him several times in the face.
Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights case:
Staying out of the raging national debate over guns, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to weigh in on whether gun owners have a constitutional right to carry handguns outside the home.
Lawmakers Rush To Outlaw Undercover Farm Videos
Whistleblowers Who Shoot Undercover “Farm Videos” Could Be Put On Terror Watch List.
Here Are Some Farm Videos Pennsylvania Legislators Don’t Want You To See:
Here’s one involving McDonald’s suppliers:
Alarming report of Fukushima fallout harming U.S. infants:
Two years later, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan may be affecting the health of young children in San Diego.
Canada’s liberals elect Trudeau as new leader;
Justin Trudeau, son of former PM, named new leader of Liberal Party of Canada, promising “positive politics” and change.
Canadians losing faith in economic “miracle”:
The slowdown could spell trouble for the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, which is showing signs of mid-term stress and losing ground in opinion polls to the third largest party, the Liberals.
What Happened The Last Time We Saw Gold Drop Like This?:
We have seen two other such instances of disorderly ‘hurried’ selling in the last five years. In July 2008, gold quickly dropped 21% – seemingly pre-empting the Lehman debacle and the collapse of the western banking system.
Shoppers Stay Home Even With Cheaper Gas Prices;
Retail sales slid in March even though producer prices recorded their biggest drop in 10 months as the cost of gasoline tumbled.
US Households On Foodstamps Hit Record High:
Record Dow, record S&P, record debt, record plunge in gold, and now: record US households on foodstamps.
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