17 May 2013 — Information Clearing House
Mystery Sponsor Of Weapons And Money To Syrian Mercenary “Rebels” Revealed
By Tyler Durden
The tiny gas-rich state of Qatar has spent as much as $3bn over the past two years supporting the rebellion in Syria, far exceeding any other government.
The CIA, Qatar, and the Creation of Jabhat al Nusra.
By Phil Greaves
An armed group belonging to the Free Syrian Army umbrella, for example, can engage in a war crime, and then the next day issue a condemnation. It is an unlimited license for war crimes.
Cannibalizing Syria: The West to Blame
By Finian Cunningham
The grotesque video depicting the cannibalism by one man is really a vignette of the bigger picture of cannibalism that the Western regimes have unleashed on the entire Syrian people.
When I Met The Syrian Rebel Who ‘Ate Soldier’s Heart’
The Syrian rebel apparently pictured “eating a soldier’s heart” was captured in a Channel 4 News report last year. Filmmaker Mani recalls Abu Sakkar joking that he would “cut his throat”.
UN General Assembly Vote Reflects Shift in Syrian Public Opinion
By Franklin Lamb
The “Friends of Syria” non-binding GA resolution contradicts the reality on the ground, backs terrorism in Syria and hinders the international efforts to help achieve a political solution.
3 Glaring Hypocrisies in Obama’s Iran Policy
By John Glaser
Americans need to stop pointing the finger at the “bad guys” Washington is so keen to warn us about, and start paying attention to their own government’s crimes.
Washington Gets Explicit: Its ‘War on Terror’ is Permanent
By Glenn Greenwald
Senior Obama officials tell the US Senate: the ‘war’, in limitless form, will continue for ‘at least’ another decade – or two.
Obama Administration Claims Power to Wage Endless War Across the Globe:
Must Watch – Video and Transcript
SEN. ANGUS KING: Gentlemen, I’ve only been here five months, but this is the most astounding and most astoundingly disturbing hearing that I’ve been to since I’ve been here. You guys have essentially rewritten the Constitution here today.
100 Days of Guantanamo Hunger Strike: Special Coverage
Video Report By RT
RT discusses the stand-off with former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei, the legal representative of 8 Guantanamo detainees, military attorney Lt. Col Barry Wingard on the line from the detention camp, and Col. Morris Davis, former Chief Prosecutor for the Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay.
Cornel West: ‘They say I’m un-American’
Dr Cornel West Calls President Obama a War Criminal
By Hugh Muir
Influential philosopher and history West is disappointed with Obama.
Obama Worse Than Nixon?
Pentagon Papers Attorney Decries AP Phone Probe, Julian Assange Persecution
The AP example is a good example of something that Obama has done but Nixon never did.
Corporate Profits Are Up 4X and Their Taxes Have Fallen by 50% —
Meanwhile the Workers’ Payroll Tax Has Doubled
By Paul Buchheit
Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged” fantasizes a world in which anti-government citizens reject taxes and regulations, and “stop the motor” by withdrawing themselves from the system of production.
Patriotic Yardsticks for Unpatriotic Giant Corporations
By Ralph Nader
Why are big, global U.S. corporations so unpatriotic? After all, they were created in the U.S.A., rose to immense profit because of the toil of American workers, are bailed out by American taxpayers whenever they’re in trouble.
Postcard From the End Of America: Scranton
By Linh Dinh
In our media, working class people are endlessly caricatured as ignorant and racist buffoons, so they only have themselves to blame if they’re struggling.
Scientists Say Humans Are Causing Global Climate Change
By Health 24
A study shows that more than 97% of scientists believe humans are the main drivers of climate change.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues TO KILL:
Blasts against Sunnis in Iraq kill at least 49:
At least 49 people were killed in Iraq after two explosions hit a Sunni mosque and another struck a Sunni funeral procession, officials told AFP.
Three mass graves with 1,000 corpses found in Iraq:
The graves were uncovered in Iraq’s western province of al-Anbar. The remains are believed to be from victims killed by US forces during 2004 and 2005 in the city of Fallujah, located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of Baghdad.
Iraq in ruins:
Post-war life overshadowed by crumbling infrastructure, corruption, poverty:
Six killed in fresh mortar attacks in Syrian capital:
Six people were killed Thursday when armed groups fired mortar shells at a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus in clashes between rebels and government troops in the vicinity of a central prison in the northern city of Aleppo, the state media said, APA reports quoting AP.
“At least 94,000 killed in Syria” – Pro-“rebel” “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” say:
About 41,000 people who were killed belong to Alawite, religious community of the Syrian president, Bashar Al-Assad. As the Head Of Observatory stated, that number is confirmed from eight different sources in Syria.
41.000 Alawites killed in the conflict in Syria:
“Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” claims that more than 43 percent of all dead of the current conflict in Syria belonged to the Alawite religion, although Alawites (Alawis) only make up about 10 percent of the Syrian population.
Syrian troops flush out rebels who stormed central prison in northern city of Aleppo:
The forced retreat was the latest setback for fighters seeking to topple President Bashar Assad, whose forces have been gaining ground in the country’s civil war.
Syrian forces using ‘new tactics’ to push back rebels:
Speaking to ITV News International Correspondent Bill Neely he said the government now knew “the arts of how to fight” rebel soldiers trying to overthrow the 40 year Assad regime.
Syria’s Government is Winning:
This week, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the idea of the rebels resolving the conflict by force “is not looking promising.”
In UNGA on Syria, 107 Votes Is “Big Loss for Qatar,” Kidnap Email Mystery:” –
After the Syria resolution drafted by Qatar garnered only 107 “yes” votes on Wednesday, compared to over 130 the past two times, many diplomats described it to Inner City Press as a “big loss” for Qatar, “and for France and the UK, the ‘brains’ behind” the resolution.
EU to block arming of Syrian rebels:
British attempts to lift the European Union ban on arming Syrian rebels are expected to fail as member states prepare to extend the embargo to give a US-Russian peace initiative time to work.
Statement By Abu Sakkar To The Media :
I am willing to face trial for my actions if Bashar and his thugs stand trial for their atrocities. My Message to the world, IF the blood in Syria doesn’t stop, all of Syria will become like me.”
Obama is ready to take unilateral actions if Syria uses chemical weapons:
“Those chemical weapons inside of Syria also threaten our security over the long term as well as [that of] our allies and friends and neighbours,” US President Barack Obama said after meeting Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Obama says U.S. won’t act alone on chemical weapons in Syria: –
President Obama on Thursday ruled out any unilateral U.S action in response to the alleged Syrian use of chemical weapons, further reducing the chance of any forceful response to the crossing of what Obama had described as a “red line.”
Video Of An Unknown Object Reportedly Dropped From A Helicopter During The Alleged Chemical Attack In Saraqeb, Idlib:
One device was said to have landed on the outskirts of Saraqeb, with eyewitnesses describing a box-like container, with a hollow concrete casing inside.
Russia Sends More Advanced Missiles to Aid Assad in Syria:
The Yakhont antiship missile system provides the Syrian military a formidable weapon to counter any effort by international forces to reinforce Syrian opposition fighters by imposing a naval embargo, establishing a no-fly zone or carrying out limited airstrikes.
Russian warships enter Mediterranean to form permanent task force:
Warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet have entered the Mediterranean for the first time in decades. Russia’s Navy Chief says the task force may be reinforced with nuclear submarines, as the country starts building up a permanent fleet in the region.
Obama and Erdogan: Syria’s Assad Must Go : Video –
President Obama, speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says that Turkey and the U.S. agree that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad must give up power to a transitional government.
David Cameron and Vladimir Putin discuss Syria:
They agreed that the US, Russia and UK clearly share the same aim: to find are solution to the conflict that ends the killing and prevents violent extremism taking hold, with a transitional government with full executive powers, established with the consent of both sides, that preserves the integrity of the Syrian state and its institutions.
Lavrov says Russia, U.N. agree on Syria:
Lavrov, who met with Ban during the U.N. chief’s visit to Russia, said the pair are unanimous in their agreement the Syrian conflict should be settled without any interference from the outside, ITAR-Tass reported.
Russia to Arm Syria, Despite Israel’s Objection:
Russia clarified on Thursday that it would go ahead with selling S-300 advanced missile systems to Syria, despite a request by Israel to cancel the deal.
U.S. could cripple Syria’s air defenses with secret cyber weapons:
The U.S. military could blind Syria’s air defenses – as it would need to do to establish a ‘no-fly’ zone over rebel held areas – without firing a shot, using new and highly secret cyberattack capabilities, according to USA Today.
Israeli official: We underestimated Assad:
The opinion that the fall of Assad and the assumption of power by the rebels would be good for Israel has become less popular recently, as it has emerged that the infiltration of extremist Jihad and al-Qaida elements is deeper and wider than was originally estimated.
CIA chief ‘in surprise Israel trip over Syria’:
Private television station Channel 10 said that Yaalon reaffirmed during the talks that Israel “will not permit the transfer of weapons” from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Arab envoys urge UN to condemn Israeli violations in J’lem:
Ambassadors from Egypt, Libya and Lebanon and the Palestinian delegate called on UN bodies to sanction Israel over violations it commits in Jerusalem, Egypt’s foreign ministry said. The group called on the organization to condemn the ongoing settler attacks against Muslim and Christian places of worship in Jerusalem.
Engineering Consent For Attack On Iran:
Former CIA chief warns of decision on Iran:
The Obama administration likely will be faced with a decision to bomb Iran or allow the nation to have nuclear weapons, former Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden said Thursday in Colorado Springs.
Saudi man dies after setting himself on fire in protest:
He is said to have killed himself after being searched by police. The incident echoes the death of a Tunisian who set fire to himself as a protest in 2011, triggering revolution.
Bahrain forces raid top cleric’s house, opposition says:
Bahraini security forces raided the house of top Shi’ite cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim on Friday, the opposition said, an act likely to enrage the island’s majority Shi’ite population which is at logger heads with its Sunni rulers.
Pakistan: 20 killed in twin blasts in Malakand mosques:
At least 20 people were killed and dozens other injured when two blasts hit as many mosques in Malakand before the Friday prayers, Geo News reported.
5 killed in attack on convoy:
Three Pakistan Army soldiers and two civilians were killed while six others sustained injuries in a bomb attack followed by firing on a security forces’ convoy on the Kohat Road near Sra Khawra Matani while on its way from Kohat late Thursday night.
Three killed as protest rallies of PML-F, allied parties turn violent:
Violence during the strike called by PML-F claimed three lives while, as many as, 10 people were injured in Khairpur on Thursday.
11 “Insurgents” Killed In Eastern Afghan Operations In Last 24 Hours:
Eleven “insurgents” have been killed in military operations in eastern Afghan provinces within the last 24 hours, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Friday.
Nine killed, 60 injured in Afghanistan bombing:
At least nine Afghan civilians were killed and scores others injured in a twin bomb explosion in the southern city of Kandahar on Friday, officials said, dpa reported.
Karzai to ask for lethal weapons from India, wouldn’t mind troop presence on Afghan soil:
Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali said, “Investment in the security of Afghanistan is in India’s interest.” He noted that while India had been training Afghan security personnel, it was not adequate to address the issues of a difficult security situation.
At least 30 killed as Nigerian troops attack “militants”:
An army spokesman said jets and helicopter gunships had been used to attack several camps.: Nigerian forces are trying to regain control in the states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno.
NEF to Jonathan: You ‘ve declared war on Northern Nigeria:
Northern elders, yesterday, broke their silence on the slamming of state of emergency on three states, describing the action of President Goodluck Jonathan as an indirect declaration of war on Northern Nigeria.
Attack on Katsina police station kills 8 people: :
Police confirmed the death of five suspected gunmen who attacked two police stations and four banks on Thursday in Daura. The Nigerian Army had earlier announced the death of three soldiers during the shooting.
3 soldiers, several gunmen killed in Daura attack – Army:
The Nigerian Army on Friday confirmed that three soldiers were killed in an attack by gunmen in Daura, Katsina State.
Hundreds March in Cairo Demanding Morsi Ouster:
The demonstration was called by a number of opposition groups, including the Al-Dustur party of former U.N. atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei and the April 6 movement which spearheaded the 2011 uprising to oust then president Hosni Mubarak.
UK: Nigel Farage condemns ‘fascist scum’ who forced him to take refuge in Edinburgh pub:
The Ukip leader Nigel Farage has condemned “fascist scum” for haranguing him in Edinburgh and hung up on a BBC interview in outrage at its tone of “hatred”.
Hunger strike, Yemeni dilemma could spur Guantanamo closure plans:
The European Parliament, the United Nations’ human rights commissioner, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and U.S.-allied governments have stepped up criticism of conditions they see as driving desperate captives to starve themselves.
Obama Worse Than Nixon? Video –
Pentagon Papers Attorney Decries AP Phone Probe, Julian Assange Persecution:
Costa Rica’s president in scandal over ‘drugs’ jet:
Revelations that Costa Rica’s president used the jet of a Colombian with alleged links to drugs trafficking have led to three high-profile resignations.
Canada PM touts Keystone pipeline in U.S., says must be approved:
President Barack Obama is under pressure from environmental groups to veto the northern section of the proposed $5.3 billion pipeline, which would take crude from the Alberta tar sands in Western Canada to refineries in Texas.
Second IRS official resigns after scandal:
The appointment of Werfel comes as a second top IRS official announced Thursday that he is stepping down in the aftermath of revelations that the agency targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
This Is No Ordinary Scandal:
Political abuse of the IRS threatens the basic integrity of our government.
Lawsuit Says IRS Illegally Seized 60 Million Health Records:
The “medical records contained intimate and private information of more than 10,000,000 Americans, information that by its nature includes information about psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual or drug treatment, and a wide range of medical matters covering the most intimate and private of concerns.”
Global Government Debt Is Already 80% Of Global GDP:
The truth is an economy that is soaked in debt just doesn’t grow because it is always marked by at least one, if not all three, of the following growth-killing conditions; high interest rates, rampant inflation and onerous tax rates.”
US Home Foreclosure Rates are Comparable to the Great Depression:
Given that there are currently around 316 million Americans – more than twice the number during the Great Depression – such high foreclosure rates mean that there may well be as many people suffering foreclosure than during the Great Depression … or more
Gen X on track to be worse off than Boomers in retirement, study finds:
If they don’t start paying off debt and saving more, Gen Xers (those between the ages of 38 and 47) and younger Boomers (those in their late 40s to mid-50s) are on track to retire financially worse off than the generations before them, according to analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit
The Empire’s Next Effort to Extract Your Wealth:
Since before the tech bust, we’ve been suggesting that while Americans “think” they’re getting richer… they’re actually heading in the other direction. They’re getting poorer.
10 Amazing Charts That Demonstrate The Slow, Agonizing Death Of The American Worker:
The middle class American worker is in danger of becoming an endangered species. The politicians are not telling you the truth, and the mainstream media is certainly not telling you the truth, but the reality is that there is nothing but bad news on the horizon for workers in the United States.
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 : 3,315
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001