ICH 10 May 2013: Death is Preferable to Life at Obama’s Guantanamo

10 May 2013 — Information Clearing House

Free Syrian Army Rebels Defect to Islamist Group Jabhat al-Nusra

By Mona Mahmood and Ian Black

al-Qaida, is luring many anti-Assad fighters away from Free Syrian Army, say brigade commanders.



Nasrallah: Syria Will Provide Hezbollah With ‘Game-changing’ Weapons

By Reuters, Al-Manar TV, Press TV and Haaretz

In televised speech, Hezbollah leader says his group would support Syrian effort to recapture Golan Heights from Israel.



Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah(HA) – Full Speech – May 9, 2013

Video – – English

Commenting on the joint Russian-U.S. effort to organize a conference to end Syria’s two-year-old conflict, Nasrallah said it is shameful that the U.S. is being depicted as Syria’s savior through the proposed political solution.



Israel Rescues Mujahid Obama

By Pepe Escobar

Let’s cut to the chase. Israel’s bombing of Syrian army installations at Jamraya near Damascus is a provocation and an act of war.



Arab League’s Peace Initiative Puts Israel in an Embarrassing Position


Qatari prime minister accepts Kerry’s request to sweeten the offer to Israel. Israeli prime minister Netanyahu urgently sends delegates to prevent the U.S from endorsing the initiative.



Missing from the Arab Peace Plan: an Israeli Partner

By Jonathan Cook

The newly revived Arab peace initiative has the advantage that it appears – unlike its predecessor – to have the enthusiastic backing of the White House.



Harper’s Conservatives Promote Military Ties to Israel

By Yves Engler

In the international affairs equivalent of a Mafia initiation ceremony Canada has sworn undying loyalty and to be a faithful soldier in Israel’s cause.



Pakistan High Court Declares US Drone Strikes as Illegal

By Press Trust of India

Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, ruled the drone strikes were illegal, inhuman and a violation of the UN charter on human rights. The court observed that the strikes must be declared a war crime.



Former Drone Pilot On The Effects Of Killing By Remote Control


“The missile hits, and after the smoke clears there’s a crater there and you can see body parts from the people,” Bryant says. “[A] guy that was running from the rear to front, his left leg had been taken off above the knee, and I watched him bleed out.”



Death is Preferable to Life at Obama’s Guantanamo

By Marjorie Cohn

The detainees who are refusing food have been stripped of all possessions, including a sleeping mat and soap, and are made to sleep on concrete floors in freezing solitary cells.



Homeland Insecurity

Seven Years, Untold Dollars to Silence One Man

By Peter Van Buren

His is an all-too-twenty-first-century story of the extraordinary lengths to which the U.S. government is willing to go to thwart whistleblowers.



Psychopathy, Politics and The New World Order

By Colin Todhunter

Too many people have become “well adjusted to the values of a profoundly sick society,” whether residing in middle England, middle America or the gated communities of south Delhi or Mumbai.



Global Pandemics: Not If, But When

By Ralph Nader

A deadly coronavirus has infected at least 23 people in Saudi Arabia, resulting in 13 Saudi deaths and five more in neighboring countries – a high-fatality ratio.



Hold the Front Page! We Need Free Media

By John Pilger

The medley of voices on the internet has dented monopoly media power, though the same monopolies are now consuming the web.



Nigeria : Militants killed 46 police officers in an ambush:

According to local police, Nigerian militants have killed 46 police officers in an ambush in the north central state of Nassarawa. It has not been confirmed if the attacks were linked to Islamist sect Boko Haram, as Islamist groups usually operate further north than Nassarawa.



Two killed in Central African capital fighting:

Two people died and two others were wounded in fighting between Seleka rebels and residents of the restive Central African capital Bangui, police said on Friday.



C. African Republic Child Soldier Killed by Mob:

An angry mob stoned to death a 17-year-old soldier in Central African Republic who had been freed from a rebel group and moved to the capital for his own safety only to be re-recruited by armed fighters, the U.N. children’s agency said Friday.



Up to 40,000 flee rebel assault in central Sudan – U.N.: –

Up to 40,000 people have fled since rebels launched a major assault in central Sudan, the United Nations said on Friday, amid signs of a new insurgent campaign to push closer to the capital.



Two police stations in Libya’s Benghazi bombed:

Bomb attacks targeted two police stations in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, causing extensive material damage but no casualties, a security official said.



US military units put on alert as security situation deteriorates in Libyan capital:

The U.S. military has alerted two elite military units in Europe to be on standby if needed to respond to a deteriorating security situation in Tripoli, Fox News has learned.



Staff pulled from UK Libya embassy:

The Foreign Office has temporarily withdrawn some staff from the British Embassy in Libya in response to the “ongoing political uncertainty” in the country.



Rand Paul alleges CIA smuggled weapons through Benghazi:

Sen. Paul said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility that last year’s attack unfolded as a result of a secret arms trade. The confusion in the immediate aftermath of the event – including unfounded admissions from America’s United Nations envoy Susan Rice – could actually be a cover-up, the senator said.



15 killed in Pakistan violence ahead of polls:

Violence continued unabated a day ahead of Pakistan’s landmark general election, with 15 people killed in a bombing and an attack by pro-Taliban militants in the country’s restive northwest on Friday.



12 killed in Kurram:

Three Pakistani soldiers were martyred and three wounded as suspected Taliban militants on Friday ambushed a post of security forces in Kurram Agency.



Afghans united in anger against Pakistan border attack: :

 Clashes have sparked an outcry by the Afghan people as thousands have taken to the streets throughout the country protesting the alleged Pakistani breach with chants of “Death to Pakistan.” The crowds have hailed the dead border police officer as a martyr.



U.S. to maintain 9 bases in Afghanistan after 2014:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed on Thursday that the bases, including in Kabul, Bagram, Mazari Sharif, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Herat, would stay because that was in the interests of Afghanistan.



Watchdog says government has tried to silence him on Afghanistan:

The watchdog who tracks the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to rebuild Afghanistan says government officials have tried to silence him because they think he’s embarrassing the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai by pointing out the waste and fraud.



Dozens of Afghans killed in Iran:

According to local authorities in western Farah province of Afghanistan, dozens of Afghans were killed or injured after Iranian security forces opened fire on a group of Afghans inside the Iranian soil.



Army shelling kills 25 in Syrian town after truce ends: Actvists say:

Syrian forces issued an ultimatum to the town’s elders saying the rebels must leave by Thursday evening and started shelling it heavily as the deadline passed, Hamawi said.



Syrian troops advance in central city of Homs:

Syrians troops regained control Thursday of the Wadi Sayeh district in the center of Homs.



Syrian army warns civilians to leave Qusayr:

 Syria’s army has dropped leaflets over Qusayr in central Homs province, warning civilians to leave ahead of an attack that will be launched if rebels holding the town do not surrender, a military source said on Friday.



Top U.S. Official Meets With “Rebels” Inside Syria:

Ambassador Robert Ford, the State Department’s point man on Syrian policy, crossed into northern Syria on Wednesday. The secret visit was confirmed by Syrian activists at the media office at the Bab al-Salama crossing on the Turkish frontier.



UK, Syria ask for UN sanctions against Jabhat al-Nusra:

UN diplomats say Syria and Britain are separately seeking to impose UN sanctions against the radical rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra, one of the dominant forces in the Syrian civil war.



France wants U.N. to label Syria’s al-Nusra Front a terrorist group:

The United Nations should declare Syria’s Islamist militant al-Nusra Front a terrorist organization to differentiate it from other Syrian rebel groups, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday.



Russia To Send Syria (S-300 system) Advanced Air Defense System:

 Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia would be fulfilling contracts it has already concluded with Damascus but it did not include the sale of the S-300 system, Reuters said.



Kerry warns Russia against selling high-performance missiles to Syria:

“We’ve made it crystal clear that we prefer that Russia would not supply them assistance,” Kerry said during a news conference with Italy’s new top diplomat. “That is on record. That has not changed.”



Israel asks Russia not to sell Syria advanced S-300 air shield: officials:

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Israel had told Washington that Syria had already began payments for a $900 million purchase of the S-300 and an initial delivery was due within three months.



Russia defends anti-aircraft delivery to Syria:

Israel has asked Russia to cancel what it says is an imminent sale of S-300 batteries to the Syrian government, arguing it would complicate the situation.



Turkey says Syria used chemical arms:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has evidence that Syria has used chemical weapons in the fight against rebel forces.



Syria ‘ready’ for UN to investigate chemical arms use:

“We were ready and we are always ready, right now, to receive the delegation that was set up by (UN chief) Ban Ki-moon to investigate what happened in Khan al-Assal,” Muqdad said, referring to the March 19 incident near Aleppo.



Syria threatens to ‘respond immediately’ to any Israeli strike:

Damascus also welcomed a U.S.-Russian initiative to find a political solution to end the two-year-old civil war, while balking at Washington’s demand that President Bashar al-Assad would need to stand down.



Assad: We will Become Resisting Country Similar to Hezbollah:

“What we want is a strategic revenge by opening the door of resistance, and turning Syria into a resisting country.”



Kerry insists Assad must go:

Speaking as he met Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Kerry said all sides were working to “effect a transition government by mutual consent of both sides, which clearly means that in our judgement President Assad will not be a component of that transitional government.”



Hezbollah offers to help Syria fight for Israel-occupied Golan:

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday his forces would support any Syrian effort to recapture the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, days after the Jewish state launched raids in Syria believed to have targeted weapons destined for the Lebanese militant group.



Israeli Defense minister okays 296 homes in illegal West Bank settlement:

Palestinians say move proves Israel doesn’t want peace; US says settlement construction counteractive to peace efforts



U.S. says Israeli illegal settlements in West Bank are ‘counterproductive’:

“As the president said, Israelis must recognize that continued settlement activity is counterproductive to the cause of peace and that an independent Palestine must be viable, with real borders that have to be drawn,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell was quoted saying by AFP.



Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood stages anti-Israel rally:

In first such protest by the Brotherhood,from which Egypt’s Morsi hails, after the 2011 uprising that ousted Mubarak, Bortherhood protests Israel strikes on Syria and the detention of a Muslim cleric.



Two soldiers among 5 killed in Iraq:

Insurgents attacked an army checkpoint in the northern city of Mosul, sparking a gunbattle in which one soldier and three gunmen were killed, a security official told broadcaster Alsumariya News.



Blast kills 3 mosque worshippers in Iraq:

Police say bomb went off after Friday mid-day prayers as worshippers were leaving al-Sultan mosque south of Baghdad.



Iran Recalls Its Ambassador in Cyprus:

The Cyprus Foreign Ministry said Iran objected to last month’s decision to send Iranian Saeid Mohabat to the U.S. to face charges of breaching United Nations sanctions against Iran, and that Iran responded by recalling its ambassador on Wednesday “for consultations” in Tehran.



Iran unveils ‘Epic’ new drone:

“This aircraft with its stealth quality can avoid detection by the enemy,” he added.



The US government might be the biggest hacker in the world:

The US is guilty of spending millions on discovering, identifying and exploiting previously unknown security flaws, often gaining unfettered access to the systems and networks of international targets.



Is this the documentary that got a U.S. citizen sentenced to hard labor in North Korea?:

In November, North Korean officials arrested an American citizen named Kenneth Bae who was on what was supposed to be a five-day guided tour of the North Korean city of Rason. Bae was charged with unspecified crimes against the state and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.



Carbon dioxide levels hit historic high:

Scientists warn pollution creating prehistoric climate as gases break 400 parts per million threshold for first time.



Guantánamo hunger strike grows, highlights abusive conditions:

American Medical Association President Dr. Jeremy Lazarus stated in an April 25 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that “force feeding of detainees violates core ethical values of the medical profession,” according to the Miami Herald.



‘Don’t They Realize We Are Human?’

Yemeni Mothers of Gitmo Prisoners Want Freedom For Their Sons



US military expands its drug war in Latin America:

The U.S. authorized the sale of a record $2.8 billion worth of guns, satellites, radar equipment and tear gas to Western Hemisphere nations in 2011, four times the authorized sales 10 years ago, according to the latest State Department reports.



No jobs, slave wages drive Portuguese abroad: Video –

Portugal’s unemployment level has hit a painful 18 per cent, with close to half of young people now out of work. And while the figure threatens to grow even further, scores of people are jumping ship for jobs and a decent living outside a home country battered by debt.



Unemployment in Greece at 27 percent: Video report:

The bankers continue to squeeze Greece for all its worth.



Calif. sues JPMorgan Chase over debt collection:

California’s attorney general sued one of the nation’s largest banks Thursday, alleging that JPMorgan Chase & Co. used illegal tactics in its efforts to collect debts from more than 100,000 credit card holders.



Many Americans say they can’t retire until their 70s or 80s:

More than four in 10 Americans think they’ll have to work into their 70s or 80s because they can’t afford to retire, according to a new survey..



While Wall Street soars, jobs market still scarred:

Don’t let the soaring stock market and applause from politicians over a slight dip in the unemployment rate fool you. A deeper dive into government data underscores just how bleak the picture still is in today’s labor market.



Foreclosure Crisis Still Has Millions in Its Grip:

Five years after the mortgage meltdown sparked a wave of home foreclosures, millions of Americans are still in housing “limbo,” battling to save their homes despite government programs meant to help them.



Number of homeless Americans rising: Video –

An economy run by bankers serves the wealthy and disposses the poor.



Twelve Things You Can Do To Fight Poverty Now:

The sequester is the latest chapter in a time-honored tradition of kicking the poor when they are down. A do-nothing Congress certainly isn’t going to do something about poverty without pressure from the grassroots.



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 : 3,305


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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