ICH 6 May 2013: Chris Hedges : The Death of Truth

6 May 2013 — Information Clearing House

UN Investigator ‘Stupefied by Syrian Opposition Sarin Use’


It’s the rebels, not President Bashar Assad’s forces, who have used chemical weapons.



The Truth Is That After Israel’s Air Strikes, We Are Involved

By Robert Fisk

If the EU and US say nothing about these attacks, approval is granted.



Escobar: Israel Gets US’s Blessing to Bomb Syria


Israel’s attack on Syria is an act of war! Why Now?



Israeli Bombing of Syria and Moral Relativism

By Glenn Greenwald

Few things are more ludicrous than the attempt by advocates of US and Israeli militarism to pretend that they’re applying anything remotely resembling “principles”. Their only cognizable “principle” is rank tribalism.



Who Will Make The Next Move

IDF on war alert. Iran-Syrian-Hizballah war of attrition threatened. US set to act on Syria

By DEBKAfile

Monday, May 6, the Syrian president spelled out his next plan of action in a message posted to Moscow:



At Behest of Israel Lobby

Hagel, Livni and Free Syrian Army commanders Reported to Gather in D.C.

By Philip Weiss

The U.S. is evidently closely coordinating its policy toward the Syrian civil war with Israel.



America and Israel: Imperial Partners in Crime

By Stephen Lendman

Longstanding US/Israeli policy prioritizes regional destabilization and conflict. At issue is replacing independent governments in Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah in Lebanon with pro-Western puppets.



My Guantanamo Hunger Strike Hell

These are the chairs they use for force-feeding prisoners

By Shaker Aamer

I do sometimes worry that I am going to die in here. I hope I don’t, but if the worst comes to the worst, I want my kids to know that I stood up for a principle.



The Death of Truth

Chris Hedges Interviews Julian Assange

By Chris Hedges

The world has been turned upside down. The pestilence of corporate totalitarianism is spreading rapidly over the earth.



The Financial Press: A Disinformation Machine

By Paul Craig Roberts

Just as the government lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and is now repeating the lie about weapons of mass destruction in Syria, the government lies about jobs and the unemployment rate.



This Is The World’s First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun

By Andy Greenberg

Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun. Now he has.



Experience the Thrill of Being Spied on Via Warrantless Data Mining, Wiretaps, and Facial Recognition

By M.D. Creekmore

IRS to Spy on Our Shopping Records, Travel, Social Interactions, Health Records and Files from Other Government Spies.



Angela Davis and Assata Shakur’s Lawyer

Denounce FBI’s Adding of Exiled Activist to Terrorists List

Video By Democracy Now!

“This is a political act pushed by the state of New Jersey, by some members of Congress from Miami, and with the intent of putting pressure on the Cuban government and to inflame public opinion,”



Noam Chomsky: Things Are Ugly-Do Something About It


“I’ve never seen such fear and anger in the country before,” Noam Chomsky



10 militants killed in Pakistan:

At least 10 militants were killed in northwest Pakistan’s tribal area of Upper Orakzai during security operations while 22 suspects were held during search operation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Geo News reported Sunday.



8 Pakistani soldiers and police killed in violence:

Military operations and insurgent attacks in Pakistan left eight members of the security forces and around 30 militants and criminal suspects dead on Sunday, officials said.



Pakistan should reconsider support for US war on terror:

Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, seen as the front-runner in election race, said the country should reconsider its support for the US war on militancy and suggested that he was in favour of negotiations with the Taliban.



Nine NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan:

The Taliban-linked militancy and violent incidents claimed lives of nine soldeisr of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Saturday, turning the day the bloodiest one since this January for the alliance in the conflict-ridden country, ISAF confirmed in a statement.



4 Civilians Killed in Afghanistan’s Farah Bombing:

At least four civilians were killed and five others wounded during a roadside bombing in the Khak-i-Safid district of Western Farah province on Sunday, an official said.



What do you call a president who accepts bags of cash from a foreign government?

Afghan president says CIA payments to continue:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that the CIA’s station chief in Kabul has assured him that the regular funding that the US intelligence agency gives his government, will not be cut off.



Four killed in massive Bangladesh anti-blasphemy protest (PHOTOS, VIDEO):

Atheists must be hanged”, chanted the demonstrators as they marched along at least six highways, blocking transport between Dhaka and other cities and towns.



Somali suicide bomber kills 11, hits Qatari convoy:

A suicide bomber killed at least 11 people when he rammed his car into a convoy in the centre of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. A visiting delegation from Qatar was in the vehicles being drive through the city but all have been declared ‘safe’.



Mali: 5 killed, including 2 Malian soldiers, after suicide bomber attacks army patrol near Gao:

A suicide bomber on a scooter attacked a Malian army patrol in the troubled northern city of Gao on Saturday as other militants in a car sprayed the troops with gunfire sparking a clash that left three suspected militants and two soldiers dead, an official said.



1 dead, 44 injured in blast in Tanzania church:

A woman died and 44 people were seriously wounded when a bomb exploded in a Roman Catholic church in northern Tanzania, a Tanzanian police official said Sunday



Libya adopts law barring Kadhafi-era officials:

Gunmen who had surrounded the foreign and justice ministries to press for officials from the dictator Moamer Kadhafi’s regime who hold top government jobs to be sacked welcomed the vote and lifted their siege.



Lebanese report: 4 killed in ‘Israeli’ attack in Damascus:

The Lebanese Almayadeen TV channel, affiliated with Hezbollah, reported that four persons have been killed and 70 injured in the alleged Israeli attack in Damascus.



2 Palestinians killed in Syria violence, group says:

Ahmad Nour al-Din, from Yarmouk refugee camp, was killed in shelling on al-Quds Street near Palestine Junction. Ahmad Salim Shtawi died of wounds sustained in shelling on Khan al-Shiekh refuee camp, according to the group



After the airstrikes: Scenes of devastation left by Israeli rockets:

Pictures emerge showing destruction caused to buildings by airstrikes



Syrian rebels get boost from Israel:

Syrian opposition forces got a boost from two nights of Israeli airstrikes against President Assad’s regime, NBC’s Richard Engel reports.



What a sick joke: :

UN chief urges respect for ‘national sovereignty’ after Israeli bombs Syria:

“The secretary-general urges respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries in the region, and adherence to all relevant Security Council resolutions,” Nesirky said.



Israel strikes open up “all possibilities”: Syrian minister:

Although Zoabi did not hint at a concrete course of action, he said it was Damascus’s duty to protect the state from any “domestic or foreign attack through all available means.”



Israel attacked Syria with US green light: Iran’s defense minister:

“The Zionist regime’s (Israel) attack against this country (Syria), which was launched with the US green light, unmasked the connection between the mercenary terrorists and their supporters and the Israeli occupying regime,” Vahidi said on Sunday.



Despite hostile Syrian rhetoric, Israel hoping to avoid further escalation in hostilities:

Assad’s deputy FM calls Israeli airstrikes ‘declaration of war’; Damascus tells UN of fatalities in Israeli attacks, says Israel is fighting regime together with Islamic terrorists; Netanyahu convenes top ministers, deploys Iron Dome, but intends to go ahead with China trip



Ready to defend Syria against Israel, US, says Hezbollah:

The Lebanese Hezbollah’s political council has said the group stands ready to engage in the fight to prevent Syria’s collapse as well as being controlled by Israel and the US, a media report said.



Iraqi Shiite leader urges Syria to strike back at Israel:

Muqtada al-Sadr, former leader of uprising against US occupation, enjoins followers to defend Damascus’s prestige



Iran ready to ‘train’ Syrian army – commander:

“As a Muslim nation, we back Syria, and if there is need for training we will provide them with the training, but won’t have any active involvement in the operations,”



Egypt, Arab League condemn Israeli attacks in Syria:

Egypt condemns Israeli air strikes on Syria, with the Arab League also demanding that the UN Security Council act to stop what it called “Israeli attacks” against the war-torn country.



US senators: Syria’s air defence ‘not impenetrable’:

Two US senators said Syria’s air defence system isn’t as strong as was once thought and add that Israel’s recent air strikes show the regime is vulnerable.



Syria’s army is not quite what Israelis have been led to believe:

In the shadow of two purported Israeli attacks in Damascus, it is clear that the Syrian Army has not been seriously preparing for war against Israel for quite a while.



Israel deploys Iron Dome systems, closes airspace in north after alleged Syria strike:,

The airspace over northern Israel and Haifa area are also said to be closed off to civilian flights.



Turkey: ‘Assad the Butcher’ will be Tried:,

Turkey’s prime minister on Sunday delivered his most virulent attack so far on Bashar al-Assad, calling the Syrian president a “butcher” and warning that he will be held to account for the deaths of tens of thousands of his citizens.



Canada open to air support for Syrian rebels, John Baird says:

The Canadian government is open to discussing an air campaign against the Syrian government, spurred on by a concern that the embattled Syrian regime is using chemical weapons against civilians, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said. But he remains opposed to arming the rebels.



Turkish doctors say no nerve gas in Syrian victims’ blood:

Doctors in Turkey say initial tests of blood samples from victims of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria last month are negative for sarin gas.



Syrian rebels enter northern air base:Activists say:

Rebels occupied Sunday parts of a military air base in northern Syria after days of fighting with government troops who have been defending the sprawling position for months.said.



Tourist town’s new wave of visitors: Fighters on their way in or out of Syria:

“I wish to die in Syria while I’m defending the oppressed there,” said the 27-year-old Islamist fighter from Libya, a veteran of three six-week tours in Syria who adopted a false name when he took up arms.



Syria’s Christians Fear:

Syrian Christians are being reproached for not actively participating in the March 2011 popular protests against an authoritarian regime and for not fighting alongside the armed opposition – as was expected of them.



Egypt and Iran seek Syria political exit:

Regional and Western diplomats in Cairo have told Ahram Online that Cairo and Tehran are both working on a blueprint for a peace plan for Syria that could be “swallowed” by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.



Iraqi officials say 2 attacks kill 3 people, wound 6 others:.

Iraqi authorities say two attacks, including a blast near a Sunni mosque, have killed three people and wounded six others near the capital.



Policeman Killed, another Wounded in Iraq’s Mosul:

“Unidentified gunmen threw a grenade at a police checkpoint in the Yarmouk district of Western Mosul, killing one policeman and wounding another,” a police source in Nineveh said.



Bahrain court sentences 31 over police attack:

A defense lawyer in Bahrain says a court has sentenced 31 protesters to 15 years in prison each for roles in firebomb attacks against security forces during an anti-government demonstration last year.



UK watchdog admits losing nuclear materials dozens of times:

Nuclear experts have warned that some of the lost material could be used by terrorists and said there should be a crackdown by the regulators to ensure such “carelessness” is brought to a speedy halt.



UK to pay compensation for imperial rule crimes

Payments to Kenyans tortured during 1950s Mau Mau insurgency could open door for other victims



Briton in Guantánamo describes hunger strike:

The last British resident to be held at Guantánamo Bay has described his experience of the hunger strike protest at the detention camp



Guantánamo hunger strike: prisoners being force fed:

Video report



Argentina: Three Ex Military Sentenced For Crimes Against Humanity:

Three former military officials during the 1976-83 dictatorship were found guilty of crimes against humanity yesterday in the first trial for such crimes in the northwestern province of Jujuy.



Florida Passes Law To Speed Up Executions:

Gov. Rick Scott (R) is currently considering a bill passed by the legislature this week that would speed up executions in the state by limiting “frivolous” appeals by inmates and shortening the time they spend on Death Row.



NRA speaker’s advice: Keep a gun in your child’s room:

A home-defense seminar at this weekend’s National Rifle Association convention urged parents to overcome their initial misgivings and store firearms in their childrens’ bedrooms



A march on Washington with loaded rifles:

A gun activist is planning a massive march on D.C., with participants’ rifles illegally slung over their shoulders



Recovery?: One-In-Five Britons Borrow Money To Afford To Eat:

The BBC reports, while London real estate prices smash old records, a stunning one-in-five households borrowed money or used savings to cover the costs of food in April.



Low-wage, part-time jobs dominate tepid rise in US payrolls:

The vast bulk of the new jobs being created are in low-wage service industries or in temporary or part-time positions, underscoring that the “new normal”



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 : 3,303


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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