ICH 1 May 2013: Building Consent For A Police State

1 May 2013 — Information Clearing House

US Pledges to Arm Syrian Opposition as New Terror Bombing Hits Damascus

By Alex Lantier

As it fans the flames of sectarian warfare, Washington is setting the stage for a war that could ignite the entire Middle East and be far more destructive and costly than the already deeply unpopular wars launched by the Bush administration.



The Real Reason America Can’t Make a Nuclear Deal with Iran

By Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

The Iranian nuclear issue has at least as much to do with the future of international order as it does with nonproliferation.



Judeocentric Supremacy And Pappe’s Discomfort

By Gilad Atzmon

Expulsion, ethnic cleansing as well as the ongoing abuse of human right in Palestine, are actually consistent with Jewish nationalist supremacist culture and also with a strict interpretation of Jewish Biblical heritage.



Peddling Islamophobia

By Charlotte Silver

Islamophobia has always been a bipartisan affair, and “warmonger Judith Miller is happy to be its shill”



Force-feeding Breaches Law, UN Says Amid Guantanamo Strike


Out of 166 inmates held at the prison at the remote US naval base in southeastern Cuba, 100 are on hunger strike, according to the latest tally from military officers. And of those, 21 detainees are being fed through nasal tubes.



Obama Condemns Indefinite Detention (And Himself)

By Charles Davis

The true story, obfuscated by the president’s occasional condemnations of his own human rights record, is that Obama himself signed an executive order creating “a formal system of indefinite detention for those held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay.



How the Boston Bombings May Change the World for the Worse!

By James Petras

Did the FBI facilitated the bombing in order to revive the flagging fortunes of the ‘war on terror’ foisted on a war-weary and economically depressed American public?



In Wake of Boston Tragedy, Right to Privacy at Risk

By Shane Krauser

Two weeks after the tragic bombings in Boston, our elected officials are offering the American people a stark choice: liberty or security.



Act of Terror


While filming a routine stop and search of her boyfriend on the London Underground, Gemma suddenly found herself detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest.



Google’s Spymasters Are Now Worried About Your Secrets

By Robert Scheer

“Everything a regime would need to build an incredibly intimidating digital police state-including software that facilitates data mining and real-time monitoring of citizens-is commercially available right now.”



Building Consent For A Police State


CNN: If You’re Not Doing Anything Wrong Why Should You Care If They’re Watching YOU?”



George W’s $250 Million Can of Whitewash

By Jim Hightower

Who paid for the new George W. Bush Presidential Library?



Putting People and the Planet Before Profits

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

This past week of economic news reveals both the ruthlessness of big finance capitalism on people and the planet and that people are working for alternative, more just and sustainable, solutions.



Dr. Michael Parenti : Entertainment As Propaganda


Dr. Michael Parenti discusses the use of entertainment media as propaganda, and the relationship between government agencies and the production of such content.



Moon and Crossbones

By Rand Clifford

The government has been spraying chemtrails for years, heavier all the time, yet they call the whole chemtrail hullabaloo “conspiracy theory”.



At least 22 killed in Iraq attacks:

In the north of the capital Baghdad, gunmen attacked a police station and occupied it after killing five policemen, medics and police said.



Militants target Iraqi Sunni militia near Fallujah:

At least 14 members of an anti-al-Qaeda Sunni militia have been killed in two attacks by militants near the western Iraqi city of Fallujah, officials say.



Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As Wave of attacks in Iraq kills 460 in April:

Violence in Iraq rose sharply in April, killing 460 people according to AFP figures, as May started off with attacks that left 13 people dead Wednesday, including six police and four anti-Qaeda fighters.



A Real American Hero:

Kimberly Rivera, Pregnant Mom of Four, Sentenced to Military Prison for Refusing to Serve in Iraq:

“My biggest fear is being separated from my children and having to-having to sit in a prison for politically being against the war in Iraq”



Syrian president shows renewed confidence that momentum in civil war is shifting in his favor:

On Wednesday, a smiling Assad made another rare public appearance, visiting a Damascus power station just a day after a bombing in the capital and two days after his prime minister escapade an assassination attempt.



Syrian envoy says chemical weapons can’t be tolerated, demands probe of alleged Aleppo attack:

Syria’s U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that the use of chemical weapons is not only “a red line” but “a blood line” that cannot be tolerated and again demanded a U.N. investigation of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Aleppo that it blames on rebels.



Bashar Ja’afari on the situation in Syria – Press Conference Video – :

The Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations hold press conference regarding the alleged use of Chemical Weapons.



Syria: The horrific chemical weapons attack that probably wasn’t a chemical weapons attack (Warning – Graphic video)

A recent strike in Aleppo led Syrians to think chemical warfare had broken out. But a closer analysis reveals something different.



The Free Syrian Army has fallen prey to gangsters and fanatics:

BBC journalist Paul Wood talks to Syrian revolutionaries who have deserted the Free Syrian Army in outrage at the atrocities the rebels are committing against ordinary people.



Frustrated Lakhdar Brahimi to quit as Syria peace envoy: diplomats:

“He wants to resign because he feels that the Arab League has taken themselves in a directions which is a bit different from the UN,” said the Security Council diplomat.



Poll: Americans against U.S. intervention in Syria, N. Korea:

Sixty-two percent of Americans continue to say the United States does not have a responsibility to intervene in the fighting in Syria, while 24 percent of Americans think the United States does have a responsibility to do something about the fighting between government forces and anti-government groups there – a four point increase since last month.



First Russian warship docks at Israeli port:

A Russian spokesman said the Azov would remain in the port until Friday to resupply and allow the crew to rest, RIA Novosti reported.



Haaretz Columnist Confirms Two Unarmed Palestinian Teenagers Executed by IDF:

Recently, I wrote a post about two Palestinian teenagers murdered by the IDF near Tulkarem. Now, Gideon Levy not only confirms this, he adds an even more damning charge that the boys were executed by the Haredi IDF unit.



Palestinians say they (may) back minor land swaps in peace deal;

“In the event that Israel should accept a two-state solution based on 1967 borders, the Palestinians may consider small border adjustments, as long as it does not harm Palestinian interests,” Erekat said.



Netanyahu cool to Arab land-swap initiative:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel and the Palestinians could not achieve a peace deal based on land swaps alone and insisted that the most important thing is for Palestinians to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state.



Armed protests in Libya threatening safety in capital:

Armed protests targeting Libya’s ministries and media in the capital this week have alarmed international observers who say deteriorating security conditions are becoming a matter of serious concern.



Why Libya’s militias are up in arms:

Both the foreign and justice ministry buildings in the city remain surrounded by a mix of young and older men in pick-up trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns.



Afghanistan peace negotiator killed in bombing:

A roadside bomb killed a provincial peace negotiator and two police officers in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, dealing another setback to President Hamid Karzai’s attempts to get talks started with Taliban militants after more than 11 years of conflict.



Russia; Two teenagers killed by bomb in Dagestan:

Two teenagers who tried to open the dangerous object died at the scene. Two of their fiends were wounded and later hospitalized. The killed and wounded were aged 15 to 17, the spokesman said.



Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev linked to Canadian jihadist William Plotnikov?:

Tsarnaev left Dagestan two days after William Plotnikov’s body was prepared for burial. Plotnikov, a Russian who moved to Canada with his family when he was a teenager, died along with six others in a firefight with Russian forces in July last year.



Russia had elder Boston suspect under surveillance:

Russian agents placed the elder Boston bombing suspect under surveillance during a six-month visit to southern Russia last year, then scrambled to find him when he suddenly disappeared after police killed a Canadian jihadist, a security official told The Associated Press.



Three arrested for allegedly helping suspect after Boston bombings:

Three friends of one of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were charged Wednesday with interfering with the investigation after the attack.



Bombing suspect’s wife to allow family to claim his body:

The widow of suspected marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev said Tuesday she would let other family members claim his body, which has been kept at the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for more than a week.



Myanmar Buddhist-Muslim Clashes at Mosque Leave One Dead:

Violence flares up between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya after crowd attacks mosque in Mie Laung Sakhan village



Bolivian President Evo Morales expels USAID:

Speaking at a rally in La Paz, the president said there was “no lack of US institutions which continue to conspire against our people and especially the national government, which is why we’re going to take the opportunity to announce on this May Day that we’ve decided to expel USAID”.



Mexico’s Curbs on U.S. Role in Drug Fight Spark Friction:

Shortly after Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, took office in December, American agents got a clear message that the dynamics, with Washington holding the clear upper hand, were about to change.



Dengue epidemic rages on in Paraguay:”

With country’s annual pesticide supply already running out, at least 45 people have died from the disease.



Most Americans Favor Public Surveillance: Poll:

Results of a new poll show that Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of the installation of surveillance cameras in public places and see the move as an acceptable trade-off to any infringement that might cause on their privacy, The New York Times reports.



Stephen Lendman: Institutionalized Spying on Americans: Op-Ed:

Big Brother no longer is fiction. It hasn’t been for some time. It’s official US policy. According to ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program director Barry Steinhardt:



Largest Prison-Owning Corporation Issues Massive Dividend of $675 Million to Sharedholders;

If you want to make money these days, owning stock in a prison company is the place to do it. The confinement of human beings, while selling their cheap labor to companies seeking to save on labor costs has become a cash cow.



Nikolayev Family Reunited with Baby Sammy, Calls for Change:

A Sacramento couple is speaking out about their ordeal after their five-month-old son was taken from their home by police and put into protective custody.



Banks on the Run: Op-Ed: : Consider this:

Latinos lost 66 percent of their household wealth after the housing bubble burst, and African-American households lost 53 percent. Nearly 12 million families-disproportionately people of color-have either lost their homes or are currently in foreclosure, and another 16 million are underwater, owing more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.



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




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