12 May 2013 — Information Clearing House
Buying Time in Syria
By Phil Greaves
The current softening of US rhetoric is merely a smokescreen to enable the US Government and its autocratic GCC (Gulf Co-Operation Council) allies to shift strategies and proxy allegiances.
Norman Finkelstein Bids Farewell to Israel Bashing
By Natasha Mozgovaya
Dennis Ross decided Israel needs whatever it says it needs – and the Palestinians get everything that is left over.
Will Pakistan Finally Stand Up Against Illegal US Drone Attacks?
By Clive Stafford Smith
The Peshawar high court has delivered a damning verdict on the strikes. Pakistan must now move towards protecting the security of its citizens.
Rule Britannia For Global Crimes
By Finian Cunningham
With the full record of British criminality on display, this is a country that, far from lecturing others, should be made to hang its head in shame and remain silent.
Ronald Reagan: Accessory to Genocide
By Robert Parry
The conviction of Reagan’s old ally, ex-Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt, for genocide means “Ronnie” must face history’s judgment as an accessory to the crime.
How Elites and Media Minimize Dissent and Bury Truth
By Paul Craig Roberts
I know from my own media experience that an independent print and TV media no longer exists in the West. The American media is a tightly controlled disinformation ministry.
Watch Out, World!
Even America’s Wealthy Are Losing Ground
By Daniel Patrick Welch
While logic and basic morality dictate that they should wake up every morning with the bloody carnage of their own drone army foremost in their minds, they are instead preoccupied with how they can no longer afford an annual pilgrimage to Disney.
Afghan interior ministry says Iranian border guards kill 10 Afghan migrants:
Iranian border guards killed 10 Afghan migrants and wounded another eight when hundreds tried to illegally cross into Iran in search of work, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said Sunday. Iran denied that.
US-led attack leaves two Afghan civilians dead:
At least two Afghan civilians have been killed in a pre-dawn attack by US forces in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar.
Explosion kill district attorney chief in Helmand:
Provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak confirming the report said Marjah district attorney chief, Lal Mohammad was killed early Sunday morning after his vehicle struck with a roadside bomb.
Afghan child killed in Pakistani shelling:
One Afghan child was killed and several other people were injured by missiles fired by Pakistani forces, Afghan officials said.
Pakistan: 6 killed, 46 injured in Quetta blast:
At least six people, including three paramilitary forces personnel and two policemen were killed and another 46 were injured in a suicide attack on the convoy of the Balochistan inspector general police in Quetta late on Sunday night.
Nawaz Sharif set to lead Pakistan for third time:
Out of the 152 seats so far secured by different parties, 21 went to Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) or Justice Movement, 15 to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), 9 to independent candidates, 8 to MQM, 4 to Jui-F, 2 to Jamat-e-Islami, 2 to Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and 5 to others.
Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaaf gains foothold in Pakistan politics:
As results came in, it became apparent that Mr Khan’s party would win a third or fewer of the seats claimed by Mr Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
12 people killed in Iraq’s violence:
A total of 12 people were killed and a government official was wounded in separate incidents in central and northern Iraq on Sunday, the police said.
Assad forces gain ground in Syria:
Syrian government forces are beginning to turn the tide of the country’s war, bolstered by a new strategy, the support of Iran and Russia and the assistance of fighters with Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.
Syrian opposition to meet to decide whether to join peace talks:
The coalition’s general assembly will also elect a new head of the Western and Gulf-backed coalition, and discuss the fate of provisional prime minister Ghassan Hitto, who has come under heavy criticism, the sources told Reuters.
US military involvement in Syria a ‘mistake’: Gates:
Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned yesterday that deepening US military involvement in Syria’s civil war would be a “mistake,” warning the outcome would be unpredictable and messy.
FSA Insurgent Eats Heart of Syrian Soldier: Video
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Nine Turkish citizens arrested over Saturday’s blasts which killed 46 people near Syrian border:
Interior Minister Muammer Guler, who was also speaking on Turkish television, said the attacks on Saturday were carried out by a group known to the Turkish authorities and with direct links to Syria’s Mukhabarat intelligence agency
Syria denies Turkey Reyhanli car bombs role:
Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi told a news conference on Sunday his country “did not commit and would never commit such an act because our values would not allow that”.
‘Damascus is not suicidal, picking fight with Turkey defies logic’:
The claim Damascus is behind the deadly blasts in Turkey should be taken with skepticism, believes Dr Hallinan of Foreign Policy in Focus, who says the Syrian govt is not suicidal and it makes no sense to pick a fight with the biggest NATO army in Europe.
Protests erupt in Turkish border town after bomb attacks:
Protesters in downtown Reyhanli slammed the government’s policy toward Syria and called on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to step down, according to the report.
Syrian “rebels” release UN hostages:
Syrian rebels have released four Filipino UN peacekeepers they abducted last week in a dramatic incident that prompted warnings from the Philippines that the nation might pull out its contingent from the Golan Heights.
Russia’s Mediterranean Task Force to Include Nuclear Subs – Navy Chief:
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu earlier said a decision to deploy a permanent task force in the Mediterranean to defend Russia’s interests in the area had been made. The Russian navy commander also said nuclear submarines could be deployed in the Mediterranean, if necessary.
Advanced Israeli Drone Hijacked by Iran or Hezbollah, Then Destroyed by Israel:
There was no “malfunction.” Rather an unknown hostile force exploited a breach in the navigation system and took control of the vehicle.
Abbas slams settler attacks, Al-Aqsa violations:
President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday condemned settler attacks on Palestinians and violations at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, a statement following a PLO executive meeting said.
Jimmy Carter calls on EU to label illegal settlement goods:
Former US president Jimmy Carter has called on the European Union to start labeling Israeli products from the occupied West Bank, joining advocates who believe such a measure would pressure Israel into restarting peace talks with the Palestinians.
Israeli interrogator accused of torture: Suspects must believe anything goes:
“When you are in the midst of an interrogation,” George said in the interview, “when it involves hardcore terrorists who understand what we’ll call the laws limiting you, sometimes you need to show them a bit more, so they understand that from your standpoint at least, everything is allowed.”
Israeli college’s promotional clip deemed racist:
Student union posts video depicting students detained by lecherous Arabs with terrible teeth en route to party
Standoff at Western Wall Over Praying by Women:
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews tried to block a liberal women’s group from praying at the Western Wall on Friday morning, creating a tense standoff in the latest flash point of a broader battle over religion and identity that has engulfed Israel.
The U.S. has Spent $8 Trillion “Protecting” the Straits of Hormuz:
The Strait of Hormuz is the busiest passageway for oil tankers in the world, with over 17 million barrels (or 20% of the total world supply) moving through the narrow stretch of water each day.
Growing Anger Over American Drones in Yemen:
“Mrs. Michele Obama: Tell us can your husband sleep after so many innocent people were killed by his drones?” read a banner held by a Yemeni activist at a recent rally to protest increasing American drone strikes in Yemen.
Two more police stations bombed in Libya’s Benghazi on Sunday: :
“There were two new attacks today targeting al-Gwarcha and al-Uruba police stations, and both buildings have been lightly damaged,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
Oil company BP withdrawing some staff from Tripoli office following recent unrest in Libya:
Oil company BP says it is temporarily withdrawing some nonessential and non-Libyan staff from its office in Libya’s capital following similar action by Britain’s Foreign Office.
McCain alleges White House Benghazi ‘coverup’ as GOP increase pressure:
Republicans pushing for yet another congressional hearing to force Hillary Clinton to testify on attack at consulate in Libya
Presidents of ABC and CBS News Have Siblings Working at White House With Ties to Benghazi:
Let’s also show you why CNN did not go very far in covering these hearings because the CNN deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is married to Hillary Clinton’s deputy, Tom Nides.
“How al-Qaeda, Boko Haram smuggle arms into Nigeria”:
The Libyan and Malian rebels are desperate to exchange arms for money to Boko Haram terrorists, their financiers and collaborators as the sect has since been affiliated to Al-Qaida in the Maghreb
Guatemala: the state of siege, this time to protect Canadian investment:
On May 1, 2012, Perez Molina decreed another state of siege against the Mayan people, – Heuhuetenango, to defend the interests of the Spanish company Hidro Santa Cruz, which currently operates in relative calm because there, they managed to murder and imprison the leaders of the organizations in resistance.
UK denies Pentagon claim Britain in ‘no rush’ to free Guantánamo inmate:
UK Secretary of Defence tells Guardian government is actively pursuing the release of Shaker Aamer, who is on hunger strike
America’s 10 Worst Prisons:
Prisoners fear “that it’s not safe to take a shower, that it’s not safe to go to sleep…that you can be manipulated into sexual favors, it’s really horrific.”
83-year-old nun facing 20 year sentence for ‘symbolic’ nuclear facility break-in:
An 83-year-old nun who broke into a Tennessee depleted uranium storage facility in 2012 and splashed human blood on several surfaces, exposing a massive security hole at the nation’s only facility used to store radioactive conventional munitions, was convicted Wednesday and faces a term of up to 20 years in prison.
Mysterious SARS-like virus kills 15 people in Saudi Arabia:
“The number of people who contracted the virus in the kingdom since August/September is 24, of whom 15 have died,” Rabia told a news conference in Riyadh.
World Health Organization says new coronavirus may be passed person to person:
The WHO says it appears likely that the novel coronavirus (NCoV) can be passed between people in close contact. This comes after the French health ministry confirmed a second man had contracted the virus in a possible case of human-to-human transmission.
At least 12 shot during Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans:
Twelve people are being treated for gunshot wounds following a shootout at a second line parade on Mother’s Day in New Orleans. The youngest victim in the surprise attack was 10 years old, according to a local resident.
At Least 71 Kids Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown:
In the last five months there have been at least 71 of them. None older than 12, several as young as five or six months, all of their lives ended by a bullet.
Another Crisis Coming, Worse Than the Last: Roche:
The bond markets will crash once global central banks stop buying debt, triggering a financial crisis much worse than the one seen in 2008, strategist David Roche told CNBC.
U.S. One Of The Worst Industrialized Countries for Mothers:
The Mothers’ Index ranked 176 countries — The U.S. ranked 30th, according to the measure.
Poverty in America: Why Can’t We End It?:
RONALD REAGAN famously said, “We fought a war on poverty and poverty won.” With 46 million Americans – 15 percent of the population – now counted as poor, it’s tempting to think he may have been right.
Thousands in Ohio too poor to pay debts, jailed : Video –
The American Civil Liberties Union is warning the US public against being bogged down in too much debt. The group has revealed figures showing a rising number of people who fail to pay their debts and fines end up behind bars without a court verdict. The practice is being criticized as unconstitutional, but it’s alive and kicking in the State of Ohio
Washington Area Is Tops in Income:
Washington, is the nation’s highest-income metropolitan region, fueled mainly by its army of attorneys, consultants, lobbyists and outside government contractors.
Americans renounce citizenship over ‘unfair’ taxation & policies:
While taxes are often seen as the price to pay for living in a civilized society, many believe the amount people have to stamp up is not distributed fairly.
Do not cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans’ Benefits : Video –
Highlights of a Summit held May 8th, 2013 to preserve and protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans’ Benefits in the Hart Office Building of the US Senate.
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