19 April 2013 — Information Clearing House
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U.S. Intel Chief Says Iran Isn’t Building Nukes.
By Nima Shirazi
In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Director of National Intelligence reaffirmed what the U.S. intelligence community has been saying for years: Iran has no nuclear weapons program, is not building a nuclear weapon and has not even made a decision to do so.
Boston Bombings: One Suspect Killed – Policeman Dead in Shoot-out:
By Jason Sickles and Dylan Stableford
NBC reported that authorities had taken a third and fourth person, whose identifies are unknown, into custody Friday morning.
Live Video From Boston
‘My Children Were Set Up,’ Father Claims
Aunt of Boston bombing suspects demands to see more evidence
Updated – Video
“Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness,” he said.
Woman Attacked by Man Accusing Muslims of Marathon Bombings
By Maria Sacchetti
As they strolled down Commercial Street, an angry-faced man charged toward the petite woman, his hand balled into a fist. He punched her hard in the shoulder and screamed curses inches from her face.
Pictures From Boston Show Militarization Of US Police Forces
Since 9/11, $34 billion in grants from the Department of Homeland Security were allocated to states to procure military-grade weapons and other security defenses.
US Torture ‘Indisputable’, CNN’s Humiliation, and Iran Sanctions
By Glenn Greenwald
The disgrace of the American torture regime falls on Bush officials and secondarily the media and political institutions that acquiesced to it, but the full-scale protection of those war crimes (and the denial of justice to their victims) falls squarely on the Obama administration.
Obama and the Class War
By Margaret Kimberley
“When a Democrat gets away with austerity and wars of aggression it is truly time to admit that a new paradigm is needed.”
“Manufacturing Consent” 25 Years Later
Edward S. Herman (co-author with Noam Chomsky of “Manufacturing Consent’)
Video and Transcript
We’re in a war system and have war mixed with patriotism. The government is very powerful and aggressive. Concentration in the media keeps increasing. The internet has proved to be a disappointment, but it still has some potential.
Taliban attack kills 13 Afghan police:
Taliban insurgents killed 13 local policemen while they were sleeping Friday, in an attack on their checkpoint in southeast Afghanistan, officials said.
CIA responsible for killing of 10 Afghan Children: President Karzai :
President Hamid Karzai is determined to curb CIA operations in Afghanistan after the death of a US agent and 10 Afghan children in a battle he believes was fought by an illegal militia working for the US spy agency.
Pakistan: Five killed in mortar explosions near tribal belt:
At least five persons including a woman and two children were killed and several others injured as a result of explosions at Buner and Peshawar on Friday.
Pakistani army camp attacked; 1 soldier killed:
Pakistan Officials say a large group of militants attacked an army camp in northwestern Pakistan before dawn with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, killing at least one soldier.
Pervez Musharraf taken into custody on charges of terrorism:
Former military dictator returned to ‘save’ Pakistan but must now face possibility of being tried for treason.
Fierce fighting in Syria, ministry official among 19 killed:
Gunmen killed a government official in a Damascus restaurant, Syrian state media and activists reported Friday as regime troops and rebels fought fierce battles near the Lebanese border, killing 18 people in Syria’s third largest city of Homs.
Behind the Scenes: 4000 Militants Killed in Three Weeks:
According to many Western intelligence sources, the recent reports coming from Syria reflected a significant shift of balance of military power towards the Syrian government benefit.
Syria shoots down balloon carrying US-made spying devices near Idlib:
According to Syria’s official news agency, SANA, the balloon, which was equipped with US-made spying devices including cameras, was shot down over town of Maaret al-Numan on Thursday.
Engineering Consent For Attack On Syria :
France, Britain claim Syria used chemical weapons:
Britain and France have told the secretary-general they have reliable evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons near Aleppo, in Homs and possibly in Damascus, UN diplomats and officials say.
Engineering Consent For Attack On Syria :
US probes alleged Syria chemical weapons use:
A senior US official says chemical weapons may have been used in a limited way and not on a large scale in Syria
US Plans to Send 200 Soldiers to Jordan Contradict Geneva Statement: Russian Foreign Ministry :
“These measures are incompatible with the political commitments and the stances which were agreed upon by all the main foreign parties active in settling the crisis in Syria in Geneva last year,” Lukashevich told the reporters in Moscow on Friday.
Hagel, Dempsey Warn of Involvement in Syria:
Hagel also provided the first details of the Pentagon’s efforts in assisting Jordan’s military for the possibility of having to secure Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, including $70 million worth of training and equipment.
US Troops in Jordan Will Only Add to Syrian Crisis – Russia:
“This is definitely not the type of action currently needed to get the situation in Syria out of deadlock. Such actions will only aggravate the crisis in Syria, which has already begun deteriorating into a disaster on a regional scale,” the spokesman said.
Jordanian Islamists reject U.S. troop deployment:
“The government must review its decision to authorize the deployment of foreign troops on Jordanian soil,” the Islamic Action Front, political arm of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, said in a statement.
Officials in Israel Stress Readiness for a Lone Strike on Iran:
With Chuck Hagel scheduled to begin his first visit to Israel as secretary of defense on Sunday, Israeli defense and military officials issued explicit warnings this week that Israel was prepared and had the capability to carry out a lone military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Report: Israel, UAE, Saudis in huge US arms deal:
The US Department of Defense is nearing the finalization of a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, The New York Times reported Thursday.
35 killed in Iraq ahead of vote:
Iraq ramped up security yesterday on the eve of its first polls since US troops left as attacks, including a bombing at a Baghdad billiards cafe, killed 35 people in a spike in unrest before the vote.
Eight killed in Iraq attacks on eve of polls:
Mortars and a bombing north of Baghdad killed eight people on Friday, on the eve of Iraq’s first polls since US troops withdrew and a day after a blast in a cafe in the capital left 27 dead.
Five health workers allegedly killed by soldiers in South Sudan|:
South Sudanese soldiers allegedly attacked a hospital, killing five workers in retaliation for the deaths of eight security force members, officials said.
One dead as Libya prison convoy ambushed:
Gunmen ambushed a Libyan police convoy transporting detainees to a jail in a Tripoli suburb on Thursday, killing one prisoner, Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani told AFP.
Nicolas Sarkozy investigated over alleged Libya funding:
French prosecutors are investigating allegations that Libya helped fund Nicolas Sarkozy’s successful 2007 presidential election bid.
Clashes disrupt Islamist protest in Cairo, dozens injured:
Clashes broke out between Islamist protesters and unknown opponents near Cairo’s High Court on Friday, leaving tens injured. Ramses Street and the Six of October Bridge have been blocked for hours.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev Doctor, Describes Efforts To Revive Bombing Suspect:
When Tsarnaev arrived, he immediately went into cardiac arrest. CPR was performed until a team of doctors could attempt to resuscitate him, inserting chest tubes to treat potential injuries and gain vascular access to give the patient what Schoenfeld described as “massive blood transfusions.”
Boston Bombing Suspect Traveled to Russia Through NYC Last Year:
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev flew in and out of John F. Kennedy Airport last year and was out of the country for six months, and investigators said they want to know if he received any terror training while he was overseas, NBC 4 New York has learned.
Police warn people in Boston suburb not to open doors: –
Massachusetts State Police warned people in the Boston suburb of Watertown not to open their doors and said they would conduct a door-to-door, street-by-street search due to what it called a fluid situation.
What the Boston Lockdown Might Cost in $:
The manhunt for the remaining Boston Marathon bombing suspect has largely shut down the city and its surrounding areas, as authorities asked residents in Boston and a number of nearby neighborhoods to stay indoors.
Venezuela election vote to be audited:
The announcement comes hours ahead of President-elect Nicolas Maduro’s inauguration.
ACLU: Detroit Police Dumping Homeless Outside City:
“DPD’s practice of essentially kidnapping homeless people and abandoning them miles away from the neighborhoods they know – with no means for a safe return – is inhumane, callous and illegal,” said Sarah Mehta, ACLU of Michigan staff attorney.
Fertilizer plant explosion kills up to 20, wounds 160 in Texas:
A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant obliterated part of the town of West, Texas Wednesday evening. As many as 20 people have been killed, Mayor Tommy Muska estimated Thursday evening.
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