30 April 2013 — Information Clearing House
Why Would Syria Use Chemical Weapons Now?
By Tim Marshall
Why attempt a very limited attack, resulting in no obvious military advantage?
West’s WMD Lies Fray as Syrian Army Overruns Terrorist Proxies
By Tony Cartalucci
Absurd “chemical weapons” claims begin to fall apart amidst NATO’s desperate bid to save its collapsing terror front in Syria.
Syria’s Friends Won’t Let It Fall in US, Israel, Takfiri Hands
Sayed Nasrallah Speech on Latest Developments
Video – English Translation
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a televised speech on Tuesday in which he tackled topics related to the Israeli enemy, the Syrian crisis, and Hezbollah’s fighters as well as martyrs.
Afghanistan, Slush Funds and Sleaze
By Stephen M. Walt
The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan,” one American official said, “was the United States.”
US Presidents Must be Prosecuted for Military Aggressions, War Crimes
By David Swanson
I do assess with varying degrees of horror that a lot of people are going to die.
Did Muslims Attack America on 9/11?
By Ibn e Abdul Haq
The stage has been set for a massive ploy of psychological and media war to be unleashed on the unsuspecting minds of the masses.
Terrorism in Boston
War is War, No Matter What You Call It
By Fred Reed
Never have so many been so controlled by so few. It’s brilliant.
Report: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Repeated Requests for a Lawyer Were Ignored
By Glenn Greenwald
There is zero legal or ethical justification for denying a suspect in custody this fundamental right.
Remarks at the UN International Meeting on Palestine in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
By Cynthia McKinney
I am a former Member of Congress because pro-Israel sympathizers known as the “pro-Israel Lobby” ensured my ouster from Congress.
Bomb tears through Damascus, killing at least 14 people:
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but car bombs and suicide attacks targeting Damascus and other cities that remain under government control in the third year of the conflict have been claimed in the past by the Al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front – one of scores of rebel factions fighting to oust Assad.
Rebel strongholds near Lebanon fall to Syrian military:
A Syrian government offensive near the Lebanese border is being described as the fiercest fighting in months by villagers fleeing the violence, with troops loyal to President Bashar Assad seizing control of villages that had been rebel strongholds.
Syrian rebels to get 1st direct U.S. support as $8M in medical supplies, rations set for delivery:
The Obama administration promised this aid two months ago to the SMC, which is led by Syrian defector, Gen. Salim Idris.
Britain ‘less eager’ to arm Syrian rebels following intel on Al-Qaida links:
Government exercising more caution following intelligence reports and warnings by other governments that the major part of the rebel movement has been taken over by Jihadist groups.
Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah in Syria pledge:
He also warned that if a key Shia shrine south of Damascus – that named after Sayida Zeinab, a granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad – were to be destroyed, it would spark revenge that could get out of control.
US says Syria has beefed up air defenses:
With technical support from Russia, Syria has bolstered its air defenses, posing a threat to US aircraft if America decides to intervene in the war, a US official said
Obama says US not sure who used chemical weapons in Syria, suggests military action possible:
President Barack Obama strongly suggested Tuesday he’d consider military action against Syria if it can be confirmed that President Bashar Assad’s government used chemical weapons in the two-year-old civil war.
Republicans urge Obama to enforce Syria ‘red line,’ oppose deploying troops:
“For America to sit on the sidelines and do nothing is a huge mistake,” Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Political intrigue hampers honest investigation of WMD use in Syria – Lavrov:
He told a news conference in Moscow on Monday, “There are states and external players who think that all means are good if they lead to displacement of the Syrian regime. But the issue of the use of weapons of mass destruction is too serious and no one should play with it. I consider it inadmissible to use this issue and speculate on it.”
Iran: Chemical arms use in Syria a ‘red line’:
“Iran is opposed to the use of any kind of weapon of mass destruction, and not just their use but their production, accumulation, and use,” Salehi added. “On Syria,” he said, “we have also requested that the United Nations…identify the main culprit in this regard, which is the opposition.”
Germany warns US: no ‘red lines’ in Syria:
“I support all forms of political pressure but I currently do not see a role for the military,” De Maizière told reporters while on a trip to Washington, rejecting “automatic” military action in response to Syria’s chemical weapons.
Syria chemical weapons: British MPs demand evidence of sarin use by Assad:
Pressure was growing on the Government to publish detailed evidence of Syria’s alleged chemical weapons use before authorising further intervention in the conflict.
Doubt cast Syrian chemical attack:
Images out of Syria showing people frothing at the mouth don’t prove Bashar al-Assad’s government has been using chemical weapons, according to an expert in the field.
Seven Killed, Wounded in Bomb Explosion in Iraq;
“A suicide bomber exploded his car near a federal police checkpoint in Sulaiman Beg area.” a police source told the National Iraqi News Agency.
1 Palestinian killed, another injured in Israeli airstrike on Gaza:
An Israeli airstrike on western Gaza has killed one Palestinian and injured another, as the Tel Aviv regime continues to conduct air raids on the besieged Palestinian enclave.
Brigades ‘fire 5 rockets at Israel’:
The al-Ansar Brigades says it fired five rockets at Israeli targets on Tuesday in response to an airstrike that killed a 25-year-old Palestinian.
Palestinian kills Israeli settler in West Bank:
Israeli media say the attacker stabbed the settler before seizing the man’s gun and shooting him at a junction near Nablus
Egypt quits nuke talks over ‘inefficiency’ in Middle East:
Egypt said it quits Non-Proliferation Treaty talks to protest the failure of the parties involved to implement a resolution aimed to free Middle East from nuclear weapons. Although not articulated, Israel is said to be the reason for the withdrawal.
Saudi Arabia police ‘shoot and arrest wanted protester’:
There have been low-level protests for more than a year in the Qatif region of Eastern Province, where most of Saudi Arabia’s Shia Muslim minority live.
N. Nigeria fighting leaves at least 17 dead:
A military official said at least 17 people have been killed in fighting between Islamic extremists and security forces in northeastern Nigeria.
Gunmen surround Libyan justice ministry:
Armed groups in pick-up trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns and rocket-launchers surrounded Libya’s justice ministry Tuesday to press demands for former aides to deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi to be barred from senior government posts.
Libya aims to end fuel subsidies in 3 years: Minister:
The IMF estimates over 14 percent of Libya’s budget or about $7bn will be swallowed up by subsidies for food and fuel. “The authorities intend to remove subsidies on all fuel, including both petrol and diesel,” the oil minister said in an interview.
Egypt’s president calls a halt to privatizations:
“There will not be any more selling of the public sector again. That is over,” Mursi said in a speech to metal industry workers in a Cairo suburb during celebrations ahead of Labour Day.
Roadside bombs kill 8 in Afghanistan, including 3 NATO occupation force soldiers
Bomber on Motorcycle Kills 9 During Rush Hour in Pakistan: –
A suicide bomber killed 9 people and wounded 29 on a busy road here early on Monday, officials said, in the latest episode of violence as Pakistan moves nervously toward elections scheduled for May 11.
Courts Order More Detention For Musharraf, Lifetime Ban On Public Office:
The court banned Musharraf from running for public office for the rest of his life. The ruling, by the Peshawar High Court, was in response to Musharraf’s appeal against a ban on his candidacy in upcoming parliamentary elections.
Barbaric force feeding continues :
Red Cross arrives at Guantánamo as hunger strike hits 100 mark:
One-fifth of the hunger strikers were being force fed nutritional supplements through feeding tubes, said Army Lt. Col. Samuel House, a prison camps spokesman.
Some of force-fed hunger striking detainees in Guantanamo were cleared for release years ago:
“I will never forget the first time they passed the feeding tube up my nose. I can’t describe how painful it is to be force-fed this way,” he wrote. “As it was thrust in, it made me feel like throwing up. I wanted to vomit, but I couldn’t. There was agony in my chest, throat and stomach. I had never experienced such pain before. I would not wish this cruel punishment upon anyone.”
Detainee treatment task force member condemns force-feeding –
The Center for Constitutional Rights Demands Obama Take Action Available to Him to Close Gitmo:
Use Waiver, Transfer 86 Cleared Men, Lift Yemen Repatriations Ban
Boston suspect’s defense team gets major boost?:
The defense team representing the Boston Marathon bombing suspect got a major boost Monday with the addition of Judy Clarke, a San Diego lawyer who has won life sentences instead of the death penalty for several high-profile clients, including the Unabomber and the gunman in the rampage that injured former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
“We didn’t do it.”: Actual Footage Boston Bombing Suspects Fire Fight With Police, Watertown
Report: ‘Misha’ denies any link to Boston bomb plot:”
The once mysterious “Misha,” dubbed by an uncle of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a major radicalizing influence on his nephew, tells The New York Review of Books that he was not Tamerlan’s Islamic teacher, had no connection to the bomb plot and hadn’t seen him in three years.
Ken Livingstone goes on Iranian TV to ‘blame’ the U.S. for the Boston bombings:
Mr Livingstone sparked controversy by suggesting the brothers who carried out the attack did so out of anger over American foreign policy
Carbon dioxide emissions reachest highest point in three million years:
As global carbon dioxide, emissions teetered on the threshold of 400 parts per million (PPM) for the first time in three million years, delegates from countries all over the world yesterday started another round of talks on how to tackle climate change.
Three Fracking Moratorium Bills Win Key Vote in California Legislature:
Three bills that would halt fracking in California won key votes last night, passing the Assembly Natural Resources Committee despite intense pressure from the oil industry.
Climate change reduces US food production:
Last year’s drought in California raises food security concern as production of staple crops declines.
More mass layoffs in Greece:
On Sunday, the Greek parliament agreed the dismissal of 15,500 public service workers in expedited proceedings, as well as the reduction of the country’s minimum wage, the expansion of property taxes and the extension of teachers working hours.
Parliament in Cyprus passes international bailout deal:
Parliament in Cyprus has approved the country’s international bailout after warnings that the alternative would be financial collapse. MPs voted through the loan package by 29 votes to 27.
Oligarchs escape as Cyprus crisis hits middle class:
Russian shopkeepers, small businesses and middle-class expats are among the victims of the island’s financial meltdown.
Eurozone unemployment at record high:
Unemployment in the 17 countries using the euro hit 12.1% in March, up from February’s 12%, according to official figures from Eurostat. In total, 19.2m people are now out of work in the region.
Italy Unemployment Rate Remains Close to 20-Year-High Amid Slump:
The euro region’s third-biggest economy will shrink 1.8 percent this year amid rising unemployment and low consumer and investor confidence, Mooody’s Investors Service forecast April 26.
Bernanke Watch: Is He Eyeing the Exit?:
As the Federal Reserve meets this week, it’s nearly a given on Wall Street that Chairman Ben Bernanke will not be presiding over the Fed at this time next year.
U.S. consumer spending slows in March:
Consumers were more cautious spenders in March and income growth also softened, reinforcing a bevy of reports that indicate the U.S. economy slowed as the spring began.
Business Activity in U.S. Unexpectedly Shrank in April:
The MNI Chicago Report’s business barometer fell to 49 in April, the lowest since September 2009, from 52.4 last month. A reading less than 50 signals contraction. The median forecast of 51 economists surveyed by Bloomberg was 52.5.
Chicago Business Barometer Indicates Unexpected Contraction:
The drop came as a surprise to economists, who had expected the business barometer to come in unchanged compared to the previous month. With the unexpected decrease in April, the Chicago Business Barometer fell to its lowest level in well over three years.
Will The New Housing Bubble That Bernanke Is Creating End As Badly As The Last One Did?:
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has done it. He has succeeded in creating a new housing bubble. By driving mortgage rates down to the lowest level in 100 years and recklessly printing money with wild abandon
$3.1B in anti-terror and public security funding unaccounted for, AG says:
More than $3 billion in federal funding allocated for public security and anti-terror projects is unaccounted for, Auditor General Michael Ferguson says in his latest report.
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 : 3,291
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001