23 April 2013 — Information Clearing House
The Secret Story Behind Obama’s Assassination of Two Americans in Yemen
By Democracy Now!
The U.S. has basically outsourced anything vaguely resembling intelligence in Yemen to a network of Saudi spies and to Saudi intelligence.
America: The World’s Number One Sponsor Of Terrorism
By Garikai Chengu
Like Rome, the hubris of Washington’s politicians and the gung-ho nature of its generals are threatening the empire.
Toxic Fallout in Fallujah
Since the assaults on Fallujah in 2004, the city has seen an astronomical rise in birth defects and abnormalities, including some too new to even have a proper medical name.
277 Million Boston Bombings
By Robert Scheer
President Obama made clear that “anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.” But are we as a society prepared to be judged by that standard?
Did The FBI Photoshop Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Back-Pack?
Video and Pictures
Is this evidence that the FBI are trying to use these boys as Patsy’s?
The Official Tsarnaev Story Makes No Sense
By Craig Murray
There are gaping holes in the official story of the Boston bombings.
‘Boston Strong’: Marching in Lockstep with the Police State
By John W. Whitehead
Most Americans fail to realize that the world around them has been suddenly and jarringly shifted off its axis, that axis being the U.S. Constitution.
Why is Boston ‘Terrorism’ but not Aurora, Sandy Hook, Tucson and Columbine?
By Glenn Greenwald
Even those assuming the guilt of the Tsarnaev brothers seem to have no basis at all for claiming that this was an act of “terrorism”
A Commentary on the Marathon Murders
By Richard Falk
America’s military prowess and the abiding confidence of its leaders in hard power diplomacy makes the United States a menace to the world and to itself.
Jewish Groups Slam UN Official Falk for Blaming Boston Marathon Explosions on U.S. and Israel
Falk blamed Israel for the attacks, writing “[a]s long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy.
Support the Israeli Occupation; It’s Tax Deductible!
Friends of Israel Defense Forces Raises $27 Million Under NY Media’s Radar
By Jeff Blankfort
One can imagine what Eisenhower would think today of an organization of Americans established to help Israeli soldiers, not American troops, and receiving an exemption from paying US taxes at the same time.
US Envoy to UN Says Defending Israel Large Part of Her Job
By Times Of Israel
Susan Rice said a major part of her work as US ambassador to the United Nations is defending Israel’s legitimacy.
The United States Shows its Contempt for Venezuelan Democracy
By Mark Weisbrot
Washington’s clumsy efforts to de-legitimise Venezuela’s election mark a escalation of its push for regime change.
Filmmaker Claims CIA Kept Innocent Man Jailed to Cover Up Drug Trafficking
By Liat Clark
“This is a story about an extreme miscarriage of justice. It involves the CIA, the US Army and a shitload of cocaine.”
Protest-related violence kills 53 in Iraq:
A wave of clashes and attacks involving Iraqi security forces, protesters and their supporters on Tuesday left 53 people dead and prompted two Sunni ministers to quit, sending tensions soaring.
Iraq Makes a Deadly Raid on Protest Camp:
Iraq’s security forces killed 38 people in clashes with mostly Sunni demonstrators and antigovernment insurgents in the northern city of al-Hawijah, as a raid on a protest camp transformed months of sectarian tensions into an armed conflict.
Anger spreads over Iraq army raid on protest camp:
The army’s alleged assault on peaceful demonstrators threatens further armed conflict between the Shia-dominated government and Iraq’s Sunni minority, who are protesting at being treated as second-class citizens since the fall of Saddam Hussein 10 years ago.
Damascus Car Bomb Attack Kills, Injures Dozens:
The explosion rocked the crowded area near Salim Bukhari school, Buaeir Mosque and residential buildings, claiming the lives of at least 12 people, according to preliminary toll announced by medical sources.
Syrian government forces retake towns near Damascus; :
Troops loyal to the Syrian government have re-taken towns southwest of Damascus that had been dominated by anti-Assad “rebel” forces for most of the past year, leaving at least 100 people dead.
Syrian Army Surrounds Strategic Town of Qusayr:
In the course of two days, the Syrian army took over most of the territory surrounding the strategic town of Qusayr, cutting off the opposition’s supply lines from nearby Lebanon.
The Battle for Qusayr:
“It is the battle of Qusayr, and by extension it is the battle of Homs city and Homs province.” This is how military experts from both sides describe the conflict happening in Lebanon’s northeastern corner bordering Syria.
Arab League rejects UN chief’s call to end Syria arms supplies:
Ban pleaded for a halt during talks with Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani, whose country has been accused by Damascus of arming Syrian rebels.
Engineering Consent For Attack On Syria:
Assad attacked rebels with nerve gas:Israeli “expert”
Based on photo evidence, regime deployed sarin on March 19; over 1,000 tons of chemical weapons in Syria
Kerry: NATO needs plan for Syrian chemical weapons:
Kerry, said contingency plans should be put in place to guard against the threat of a chemical strike. Turkey, a member of the military alliance, borders Syria and would be most at risk from such an attack. NATO has already deployed Patriot missile batteries in Turkey.
Lavrov Urges Caution Over Syria Chemical Weapons Reports:
Any reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict must be carefully investigated to avoid the repetition of the “Iraqi scenario,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
US steps toward possible military intervention in Syria:
The Pentagon is sending about 200 troops to Jordan, the vanguard of a potential U.S. military force of 20,000 or more that could be deployed if the Obama administration decides to intervene in Syria to secure chemical weapons arsenals or to prevent the 2-year-old civil war from spilling into neighboring nations.
US urges NATO to consider role in Syria:
US Secretary of State says a ‘careful’ consideration required to respond to alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad.
Jordan opens skies for Israel drone attacks on Syria: Report:
French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Monday that Jordan has opened two corridors in its airspace to Israeli Air Force drones seeking to monitor the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Iran Warns US about Deployment of Troops in Jordan:
Iran warned the US against its decision to deploy hundreds of military forces in Jordan to support the opposition groups in Syria, and said any foreign intervention in the Muslim country will harm the Syrian people.
Engineering Consent For Attack On Iran:
‘Iran already past nuclear red line,’ expert says:
Former IDF intel chief says Tehran will be able to break out to the bomb this summer; calls for drastic increase in sanctions
US-Israel arms deal to destabilise region: Iran:
The deal will see the Jewish state obtaining anti-radiation missiles designed to take out enemy air defences, radar for fighter jets, aerial refuelling tankers and Osprey V-22 tilt-rotor transport aircraft.
Senators Approve Resolution to Assist Israel in Iran Strike:
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopts a resolution which stipulates that the U.S. will assist Israel in an attack against Iran.
Russian fleet docks in Iranian port of Bandar Abbas:
A detachment of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet on the way from Vladivostok to the Mediterranean Sea where Russia is forming a squadron entered the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on an unofficial visit on Saturday.
Roadside bomb kills 4 children in southern Afghanistan: Police:
At least four children including two boys and two girls have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, police officials say. Reports say that the Afghan kids were all from the same family.
Two Nato Occupation Force Troops Killed in Insurgent Attack in Afghanistan:
Two Nato soldiers died following an insurgents attack in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, Isaf said.
Afghan president bans films and shows contradicting Islamic law:
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has signed an order banning films and shows that contradict Islamic law, the government’s press service announced on Tuesday.
Suicide bomber kills six in southwest Pakistan:
A suicide bomber blew up his car at a check point near a Shiite dominated area in southwest Pakistan late on Tuesday, killing six people and wounding more than 30, officials said.
Musharraf appears in Pakistani court:
Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has appeared before an anti-terrorism court over the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Pakistan police say explosives found near Musharraf house:
Pakistani police said on Tuesday they found 45 kg of explosives hidden in a car near the residence where former president Pervez Musharraf is under house arrest, television channels reported.
PTI to rid country of US influence: Imran:
The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Sunday that his party, after coming to power, would rid the nation of US influence by quitting the US-led “war on terror.”
Nigeria: Hundreds Killed in Baga –
How Soldier’s Death Sparked Violence Jonathan – Death Toll Grossly Exaggerated
Another journalist killed in Somali capital:
Radio reporter Mohamed Ibrahim Rage, shot in Mogadishu, is the fifth journalist to be killed in Somalia this year.
French embassy in Libya hit by car bomb:
“There was an attack on the embassy. We think it was a booby trapped car,” a French official told Reuters. “There was a lot of damage and there are two guards wounded.”
France vows to punish Libya embassy attackers:
French foreign minister says “terrorists” will pay for the attack, as Libyan and US authorities pledge assistance.
High terror threat in Libya, British government says:
The British government is advising against all but essential travel to Tripoli and other key cities, with the exception of Benghazi. The government said no one should travel to Benghazi.
Three Saudis jailed for plot to kill Americans:
The court in Riyadh issued its ruling late on Sunday, said a witness at the hearing during which two other men were acquitted.
Fact or fiction?
Boston bombing suspect cites U.S. wars as motivation, officials say:
The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, according to U.S. officials familiar with the interviews.
Obama: Don’t form opinions on Boston attacks until government decides:
“There’s a temptation to latch on to any bit of information, sometimes to jump to conclusions,” Obama warned
Canadian passenger train plot suspects in court:
Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto and Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal were arrested in separate raids and charged yesterday, sparking worries of a Canadian attack just one week after the Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured more than 200.
US behind Canada’s anti-Iran allegations to cover up al-Qaeda ties:
On Tuesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said “al-Qaeda’s mindset is by no means congruent with [the ideology of] the Islamic Republic of Iran.” He also noted that Canada has even failed to provide any reliable evidence on the suspects claimed to have been detained in relation to the case.
Ricin accused freed on bail:
Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the US Marshals Service in Oxford, Mississippi, said Curtis has been released from custody, though Woodfin said he doesn’t know if there were any conditions on the release.
FBI: No ricin found in home of Mississippi man accused of sending poisoned letters:
“There was no apparent ricin, castor beans or any material there that could be used for the manufacturing, like a blender or something,” Grant testified. – Grant said computer technicians are now doing a “deep dive” on the suspect’s computers after initially finding no “dirty words” indicating Curtis had searched for information on ricin.
Ricin Letter Found At Bolling Air Force Base, Harry Reid Says:
A third ricin letter has been discovered by authorities in the nation’s capital Tuesday, the same day the initial suspect in the mailing of earlier letters was released, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters.
Barbaric force feeding continues as 84 on hunger strike at US gulag:
Some 84 of the 166 prisoners at the prison camp have joined the hunger strikers, with 16 being force-fed.
Guantanamo Hunger Strike Will Lead To Multiple Deaths : –
Military officials found a detainee “almost dying because of hunger and thirst” after a raid to regain control of a communal prison camp early Saturday, a Muslim military liason told reporters
12 Arrested in Die-In at NYC Federal Courthouse:
Responding to reports that 84 men – more than half of those imprisoned at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay – are hunger striking to protest their indefinite detention, 12 concerned citizens with Witness Against Torture were arrested at approximately 3pm in a “die-in” on the steps of the Federal Courthouse at Manhattan’s Foley Square
6 government lies on detainee torture:
A new report from the Constitution Project has helped expose U.S. prisoner abuse post-9/11
Venezuela stern warning to US:
Elias Jaua, the new Venezuela Foreign Minister said: “if the US considers economic or any other type of sanctions against this country, we would also take measure in trade, energy, economic and political reactions to properly respond the US action
AP Twitter account hacked, ‘explosions at White House’ tweet crashes DOW:
A hacker compromised the main Twitter account for the Associated Press on Tuesday, creating momentary chaos across the world by inaccurately posting that US President Barack Obama was injured by an explosion in the White House.
A tale of two cities:
The Boston bombings continue to dominate the American media, while the Texas fertilizer plant explosion has virtually dropped out of the news.
Say good bye to freedom:
Mayor Bloomberg Says Interpretation of Constitution Will ‘Have to Change’ After Boston Bombing:
“But we live in a complex word where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”
Feds delay policy to allow small knives on planes:
A policy change scheduled to go into effect this week that would have allowed passengers to carry small knives, bats and other sports equipment onto airliners will be delayed, federal officials said Monday.
No charges for NYPD cops filmed punching, pepper-spraying Occupy protesters:
Two New York City Police officers will not face charges after the Manhattan District Attorney decided that widely circulated videos of them punching and pepper-spraying protesters amounted to insufficient evidence that they had done so.
Climate change feared to create global food crisis:
Price shocks, swelling populaces may bring political destabilization
Analysis Finds 55% Ground Beef, 39% Chicken Contaminated with Superbugs:
Would you still eat that turkey burger if you knew it contained antibiotic resistant bacteria? Maybe not. But if you eat turkey, there’s a good chance you are ingesting some of these potentially lethal “super bugs”.
U.S. foreign strategy to create new global order:
The U.S. share of global GDP has shrunk from 23 to 18 percent over the past decade, while the share of mainland China has risen from 10 to 15 percent. Unless the Chinese economic development model hits an impasse, China will catch up with the U.S. in terms of GDP as soon as this decade
The Coming Challenge to U.S. Economic Dominance:
Late last month, leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the so-called BRICS – announced they were forming their own development bank to assist other emerging economies. The bank is expected to compete with the World Bank and the International Monetary fund, two institutions with power structures based firmly in the United States and Europe.
100,000 Euro Insurance Fund Not To Cover Irish Pensions?:
The Irish Business Post announces senior bondholders will get wiped out. That’s right, a 100% loss! Zilch! Zero! Nada! – This is actually MUCH WORSE than the deal the Cypriots got. These Irish pensioners are facing a total wipeout – 100% LOSS!!!
‘No justice where might is right’:
“Cyprus was treated as an experimental guinea-pig for testing the economic theory of enforcing a haircut on bank deposits and the consequent repercussions which were to follow,” President Nicos Anastasiades said yesterday, on the first day of a two-day conference.
France, Spain miss deficit goals; EU seeks focus on growth:
Crippling levels of unemployment and outbreaks of violence in southern Europe are now forcing something of a rethink, with the focus shifting to economic growth strategies.
Eurozone Debt Levels Reach Record High – Eurostat:
Eurozone government debt levels reached the highest level on record last year, the region’s official statistics office said, even as austerity measures around the single currency area narrowed budget deficits levels amid a deepening recession.
Pew: 93% of US households lost net worth 2009-11:
The richest Americans got richer during the first two years of the economic recovery while average net worth declined for 93% of the nation’s households, the Pew Research Center said Tuesday.
Wall Street betting billions on single-family homes in distressed markets :
Big investors are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into real estate hard hit by the housing crash, bringing those moribund markets back to life but raising the prospect of another Wall Street-fueled bubble that won’t be sustainable.
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