ICH 13 May 2013: Chris Hedges: Murder Is Our National Sport

13 May 2013  — Information Clearing House

Syria Endgame Approaching Fast

By Shamus Cooke

Syrian government forces have scored significant battlefield victories over the rebels, and this has provoked a mixture of war provocations and peace offers from the U.S. and its anti-Assad allies.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34922.htm

 

Another Anti-Assad False Flag

By Stephen Lendman

Since early 2011, Obama’s been waging proxy war on Syria. Imported death squads masquerade as freedom fighters. The scheme’s familiar. It repeats. It reflects US imperialism’s dark side.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34923.htm

 

Syrian Rebel Bites Heart of Dead Syrian Soldier

Video – Warning –

A video posted on the Internet shows Abu Sakkar, a founder of the rebel Farouq Brigade who is well known to journalists as an insurgent from Homs, cutting into the torso of a dead soldier.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34927.htm

 

Under the Black Flag of al-Qaeda

Syrian City Ruled by Gangs of Extremists

By Richard Spencer, and David Rose

The black flag of al-Qaeda flies high over Raqqa’s main square in front of the smart new governor’s palace. Their fighters, clad also in black, patrol the streets.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34925.htm

 

Outgoing Syrian National Coalition President Exposes Roles of Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the Syrian Crisis

Video

He said that he felt like a salesman for foreign governments who had their own agendas in Syria, he was being used to sign papers on behalf of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34926.htm

 

Turkey’: Protesters Blame Erdogan and FSA for Bombings in Reyhanli

– Video –

The people of Antakya blame Erdogan terrorist supporting foreign policy for the bombings in Reyhanli.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34924.htm

 

Nuclear Terror in the Middle East

Lethality Beyond the Pale

By Nick Turse

An Israeli attack on the Iranian capital of Tehran using five 500-kiloton weapons would, the study estimates, kill seven million people — 86% of the population — and leave close to 800,000 wounded. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34918.htm

 

Consequences of Western Intransigence in Nuclear Diplomacy With Iran

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

As long as Washington refuses to recognise Iran’s right to enrich, no substantial agreement will be possible.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34920.htm

 

Afghans Say an American Tortured / Disappeared Civilians

By ROD NORDLAND

Included in the evidence, the Afghan officials say, is a videotape of Mr. Kandahari torturing one of the 15 Afghans, a man they identified as Sayid Mohammad.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34915.htm

 

Dirty Wars, Filthy Hands:

5 Unsavory Ways America Conducts Its Global War on Terror

By Alex Kane

America’s allies are terrorists, warlords, and corrupt officials, plied with bounty payments and quid-pro-quo assassinations.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34919.htm

 

Ríos Montt Guilty of Genocide:

Are Guatemalan President Pérez Molina, U.S. Officials Next?

Video and Transcript

“The judge’s order to further investigate everyone involved in Ríos Montt’s crimes could encompass U.S. officials [who] were direct accessories to and accomplices to the Guatemalan military.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34921.htm

 

Murder Is Our National Sport

By Chris Hedges

The deeper our empire sinks under the weight of its own decay and depravity, the more we kill. 

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34929.htm

 

Eroding Freedom in America

By Stephen Lendman

US democracy is illusory. America never was beautiful. It’s not the land of the free and home of the brave. It wasn’t created that way.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34928.htm

 

When 3 Gunmen Shoot 19 at a Mother’s Day Parade, It’s Not “Terrorism”

By John Aravosis

When two guys use bombs to hurt people en masse at a marathon, it’s instantly “terrorism.” But when two to three people use guns to hurt people en masse at a parade, it’s simply “the relentless drumbeat of street violence.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34930.htm

 

IRS Targeted Groups that Criticized the Government, IG Report Says

By Juliet Eilperin

The documents, show IRS staffers described giving special attention to instances where “statements in the case file criticize how the country is being run.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34914.htm

 

Former Nixon Aide Claims He Has Evidence Lyndon B. Johnson Arranged John F. Kennedy’s Assassination in New Book

By Damian Ghigliotty

Roger Stone claims Johnson ‘micro-managed’ Kennedy’s Dallas motorcade, demanding it pass through Dealy Plaza on the afternoon he was shot.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34916.htm

 

Gerald Celente on the New Renaissance and Big Non-State Trends Changing the World

By Anthony Wile

 

It’s time for another revolution, this one, of course, not of bombs and bullets or armies but of the mind, the spirit and the heart.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34917.htm

 

Nigeria: 20 killed, houses destroyed as gunmen attack Benue communities:

No fewer than 20 people Weekend lost their lives and several property destroyed in Okpancheni and Ekwo area of Agatu local government of Benue state when unknown gunmen numbering about 19 invaded the area.

http://is.gd/2NHrsh

 

Libya: Car bomb near Benghazi hospital ‘kills 15’:

Libyan security official Abdel-Salam al-Barghathi said the car was parked outside a bakery near the city’s main hospital when the blast occurred and the fatalities included three children.

http://is.gd/5uU2lx

 

In Benghazi, CIA Trusted Local Militia That Melted Away:

CIA officers at the Benghazi mission’s annex had responsibility for vetting the Libyan militia that they counted on, but failed to arrive, as one of the first responders on the night of the 9-11 anniversary attacks last September

http://is.gd/AdOFuM

 

Darfur rebel-faction leader killed in Chad:

Mohamed Bashar, who signed peace deal with Sudan last month, killed by rival Justice and Equality Movement fighters.

http://is.gd/Xv5DCo

 

Jihadist leader threatens war against Tunisia government:

“To the tyrants who think they are Islamists… know that the stupid things you are doing are dragging you to war,” said Abu Iyadh, the fugitive leader of Ansar al-Sharia who is wanted by the police over deadly unrest last year.

http://is.gd/D7uXxr

 

Afghanistan: 25 Insurgents Killed:

The insurgents were killed in an operation by Afghan forces which were conducted yesterday.

http://is.gd/C4c84P

 

Afghanistan: 10 killed and 12 injured as blast rocks Kandahar:

Provincial security chief Gen. Abdul Razaq confirming the report said at least 10 civilians including 7 women were killed and 12 others, all women and children were injured.

http://is.gd/nnTE9f

 

Propaganda alert:

US must take Pakistan drone concerns seriously: Nawaz Sharif:

“Drones are indeed a challenge to our sovereignty. Of course we have taken this matter up very seriously and also spoken to the Americans during our meetings,” he said.

http://is.gd/tXs4Dq

 

Libya: Car bomb near Benghazi hospital ‘kills 15’:

Libyan security official Abdel-Salam al-Barghathi said the car was parked outside a bakery near the city’s main hospital when the blast occurred and the fatalities included three children.

http://is.gd/5uU2lx

 

Darfur rebel-faction leader killed in Chad:

Mohamed Bashar, who signed peace deal with Sudan last month, killed by rival Justice and Equality Movement fighters.

http://is.gd/Xv5DCo

 

Jihadist leader threatens war against Tunisia government:

“To the tyrants who think they are Islamists… know that the stupid things you are doing are dragging you to war,” said Abu Iyadh, the fugitive leader of Ansar al-Sharia who is wanted by the police over deadly unrest last year.

http://is.gd/D7uXxr

 

800 Tunisian Islamists fighting in Syria:

Tunisian Foreign Minister Othmane Jarandi told AFP on Saturday that some 800 Tunisians are fighting in Islamist rebel ranks in Syria and said the country would work to repatriate its citizens taken prisoner there.

http://is.gd/iiBJm7

 

Geraldo Rivera: My Sources Tell Me Benghazi Was About Running Missiles to Syrian Rebels:

Geraldo Rivera said Friday that his sources tell him the U.S. was involved in a secret mission in Libya to arm the Syrian rebels, which was the reason for the initial secrecy about the attack in Benghazi.

http://is.gd/UIyfbp

 

Syrian army takes villages near Qusayr: officer:

Syrian troops captured three villages in the strategic Qusayr area of Homs province on Monday, allowing them to cut supply lines to rebels inside Qusayr town, a military officer told AFP.

http://is.gd/MSrsAX

 

Syria army liberates disputed southern town, says activist group:

Syrian troops have taken control of a town near the main road linking the capital, Damascus, with Jordan, an advance in the regime’s campaign to drive rebels from the south, an activist group has said.

http://is.gd/bEf2dR

 

Syria Christian village breathes easier as army advances :

The advance of regime troops on the rebel stronghold of Al-Qusayr in central Syria has come as a relief for at least one village, mostly-Christian, nestled on the shores of Lake Quttina.

http://is.gd/Ehq8UQ

 

US ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford poses with “rebel” leader : Video – :

Ambassador Ford entered Northern Syria on May 9th to meet with various “resistance” leaders to discuss the current situation.

http://is.gd/MG0wMq

 

Syria/Lebanon: Syrian-Lebanese antiquities-for-arms trade:

Armed groups are managing to fund their fighting through looting, smuggling and selling antiquities; the other has gathered further testimony from illicit antiquities traders that (at least some of) the armed groups who are selling or bartering antiquities for guns are the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

http://is.gd/tUksEQ

 

Al Qaeda’s £168million cocaine smugglers: terror group flooding Britain with drugs:

Al Qaeda has teamed up with other terror groups to smuggle cocaine to Britain, the Sunday People has ?discovered. One plot involved a staggering four tons of the illegal drug with a street value of £168million.

http://is.gd/OHiyRJ

 

US, Britain seek to ‘increase pressure’ on Assad:

US President Barack Obama said Monday that he and British Prime Minister David Cameron had agreed to “increase the pressure” on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with his departure the goal.

http://is.gd/2isdFm

 

Syria opposition to “consult” allies over US-Russia initiative:

George Sabra, head of the SNC, said Monday his coalition wants to consult with its allies, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, before making a decision.

http://is.gd/WLtGqZ

 

In Pictures: Reyhanli Car-Bombings in Turkey

– Warning –

http://is.gd/ogvst7

 

Syria denies responsibility for Turkey bombings:

A Syrian minister on Sunday denied accusations that Damascus was behind a bomb attack in a Turkish town that left dozens dead, a day after Ankara blamed supporters of President Bashar al-Assad for the blasts.

http://is.gd/fWRZqH

 

Erdogan is a murderer, claims Syrian minister after deadly car bombings:

Syria’s information minister has blamed Turkey’s government for deadly car bombings near the Syrian border and branded Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan a “murderer”, state-run Russian TV company RT reported.

http://is.gd/tLYVTj

 

Turkey’: Protesters blame Erdogan and FSA for Bombings in Reyhanli : Video –

The people of Antakya blame Erdogan terrorist supporting foreign policy for the bombings in Reyhanli.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34924.htm

 

12 people killed in Iraq’s violence:

In northern Iraq, the police found five bodies in execution- style near the town of Hamam al-Alil in southern Mosul city, some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

http://is.gd/W1NvRw

 

The organization behind illegal West Bank outpost construction:

With friends in high places, law-evading ploys and piles of money in the bank, veteran settler leader Ze’ev Hever and his organization Amana are seemingly immune to Israeli legal action.

http://is.gd/OGd4cn

 

Revealed: Netanyahu’s secret talks with the Palestinians:

Netanyahu seemed ready to renew negotiations within the framework of two states based on the June 4, 1967, lines. But the prime minister subsequently backed away from the contacts and the channel was discontinued.

http://is.gd/6ZNpDl

 

Red Cross says 3 workers kidnapped in Yemen:

The three are alive and “hopefully unharmed,” and the organization is negotiating for their release. She says she assumes the kidnappers might be the same group involved in a similar incident last week.

http://is.gd/r9Be1z

 

US committing grave mistake on Venezuela, Maduro says:

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says the United States has made a ‘grave mistake’ in refusing to acknowledge his victory in the recent presidential election.

http://is.gd/p4VrRR

 

Gitmo Lawyer Speaks Out: Video –

In this interview with WeAreChange, Remes gives us a look at the current situation in gitmo, the start of the hunger strike and some of the personal stories of the detainees he represented.

 

Grassroots campaigns can stop fracking one town at a time:

City councils and local activists have stymied shale gas mining in New York, and could prove an example for others to follow

http://is.gd/e9zWXw

 

Steinmetz $9 Billion Fortune at Risk in Soros-Backed Probe:

BSG Resources Ltd., the diamond producer controlled by Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz, was among those firms that came calling starting in 2005. The perks allegedly offered: A gift of a $60,000 diamond-studded gold watch and the promise of a $2.5 million commission to Conte’s wife if BSGR got the mining license. In 2008, BSGR was awarded the license.

http://is.gd/tdGOOc

 

Europe Eases Corporate Tax Dodge as Worker Burdens Rise:

George Osborne said he would lower the U.K.’s corporate tax rate to 21 percent, below Germany and France, from 28 percent in 2010. A month after that, the U.K. cut the rate further, to less than 6 percent, on profit attributed to offshore arms that make loans to other units.

http://is.gd/2pdsdM

 

Spain Home Expropriation Plans Seen Violating EU Bailout:

Spanish politicians trying to cushion the blows of austerity plan to seize foreclosed homes to house the needy, discouraging foreign investment and threatening to violate terms of the European bailout of the country’s banks.

http://is.gd/K8Sgnp

 

U.S. Business Inventories Come In Flat For Second Straight Month:

With a drop in retail inventories offsetting an increase in wholesale inventories, the Commerce Department released a report on Monday showing that U.S. business inventories unexpectedly came in unchanged in the month of March.

http://is.gd/pRAVR7

 

Young U.S. workers are worse off than in parts of Europe:

 According to a new report, the jobless rate for 15- to 24-year olds in the richest countries is at a decades-long high and isn’t expected to drop much in the next few years.

http://is.gd/gLkPKH

 

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

 

$1,438,878,954,128

http://www.costofwar.com/


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