23 May 2013 — Information Clearing House
What is the U.S. REALLY doing in Syria?
By Stephen M. Walt
Washington can use Qatar and Saudi Arabia as its middlemen, roles they are all too happy to play for their own reasons.
New Arms Bill In Congress Could Involve Major Sanctions On Russia
By Geoffrey Ingersoll
The Syrian Transition Support Act would provide arms to Syrian rebels in support of a regime change – a precedent Russia deeply opposes.
Russia Strikes Back in Syria
The Russian president is weaving a protective web around his client, fending off the Wahhabi winds of Muslim fundamentalism blowing from the Arabian Peninsula.
J Street’s Pipe Dreams of Peace
By Miko Peled
A bi-national democracy that respects and represents the rights of all people is on its way.
US Government Admits Extrajudicial Murder of Four American Citizens
“I am writing to disclose to you certain information about the number of US citizens who have been killed by US counterterrorism operations outside of areas of active hostilities.” United States Attorney General Eric Holder.
Killing Americans:Jeremy Scahill on Obama Admin’s Admission 4 U.S. Citizens Died in Drone Strikes
Three killed in Yemen: the Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, his 16-year-old son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. A fourth, Jude Kenan Mohammed — whose death was not previously reported — was killed in Pakistan.
‘Obama Must be Taken Before ICC for the War on Terror’ – Noam Chomsky
The US war on terror is in fact the most massive terror campaign ever, and the invasion of Iraq was the worst crime in recent history, prominent liberal thinker Noam Chomsky told RT, adding that he wants to see Bush, Blair and Obama tried at the ICC.
Guatemala’s Ríos Montt Genocide Conviction Omen for US Presidents and Their Hired Assassins
By Jay Janson
Once the US is no longer omnipotent, and Americans no longer enjoy immunity as an exceptional race, their crimes against humanity will be prosecuted as was the genocide committed by Ríos Montt.
President Barack Obama HECKLED During Foreign Policy Speech
Video and full transcript of speech
President Barack Obama was heckled during a major foreign policy speech Thursday when talking about closing Guantanamo Bay, by Code Pink protester Medea Benjamin.
London ‘Machete’ Attack Woolwich Killer Footage
‘Was the Machete Supplied by William Hague?’
Video of a man with bloodied hands addressing a camera on a south London street.
Anti-Muslim Reprisals After Woolwich Attack
By Ben Quinn and Conal Urquhart
English Defence League in street battles with police in Woolwich and mosques attacked in apparent acts of revenge.
George Galloway: Woolwich Beheading Attack will be Repeated, EDL are ‘Moral Dwarves’
By Gareth Platt
George Galloway has described the murder in Woolwich as an “indefensible crime” while defending his claim that Britain’s involvement in Syria is equally reprehensible.
Was the London Killing of a British Soldier ‘Terrorism’?
By Glenn Greenwald
What definition of the term includes this horrific act of violence but excludes the acts of the US, the UK and its allies?
Why the Whole Banking System is a Scam – Godfrey Bloom MEP, UKIP
2 Minute Video
“All the banks are broke.” – “It’s a criminal scandal”
Terracide and the Terrarists
By Tom Engelhardt
Destroying the Planet for Record Profits.
26 killed in 2 simultaneous car bombs in Niger:
Suicide bombers in Niger detonated two car bombs simultaneously on Thursday, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine, killing a total of 26 people and injuring 30, according to officials in Niger and France.
13 Pakistani Police Officers Killed in Blast in Restive Region:
At least 13 police officers were killed on Thursday morning when a powerful remote-controlled bomb ripped through a police truck in southwestern Pakistan, officials said. At least 17 others were injured.
Pakistan arrested American citizen before he was killed in drone strike:
According to Pakistani security officials, Jude was killed in a drone attack in South Waziristan in late 2011.
7 killed in Afghan suicide blast:
A teenage suicide bomber killed seven people in central Afghanistan on Wednesday when he targeted local fighters who battle against Taliban insurgents, officials said. The attacker detonated himself in a market place in Ghazni province.
Death toll from north Lebanon clashes hits 16:
Two people were killed and 28 others were wounded in fierce clashes in Tripoli, north Lebanon, which continued until the early hours of Thursday morning, security sources said, as the acting head of the police warned that the situation in the city was dire.
Lebanon: Israeli fighter jets circling over the country:”
Lebanese media reported that Israeli warplanes are practicing simulated attack operations in southern Lebanon.
Syrian “rebels” seize base, kill 40 soldiers:
Pro-rebel activists say: Syrian rebels killed at least 40 soldiers and other fighters loyal to the Syrian government as they captured a military base in the northwestern province of Idlib on Wednesday
Tawhid Brigade in Aleppo sends support units to al-Qusayr:
Tawhid Brigade in Aleppo have sent support units to al-Qusayr surrounded by Assad regime forces and Hezbollah militias, said press advisor of Tawhid Brigade Abdulkerim Abu Firas.
Syria: Qusayr Battle Far From Over:
The Syrian army may have made some rapid advances in the battle for the town of Qusayr, but a short visit to the embattled city reveals that the opposition is digging in for a long fight.
Militants in Syria receive 35-ton Saudi arms cargo: Top cmdr.:
Brigadier General Salim Idris, the chief of staff of the Free Syrian Army, said on Thursday that the consignment will help armed men in their battles against the Syrian Army.
Syrian Army detains Saudi, Qatari officers caught aiding rebel forces:
Arab diplomatic sources said the Army detained Qatari military officers as well as a senior ally of the Saudi intelligence community in the rebel-held town of Qusair. They said the Saudi captured near the Lebanese border was identified as an agent of the Saudi intelligence agency.
Engineering Consent For Arming “Rebels”:
Syria government is making gains and ‘planning a major push’:
President Bashar al-Assad has made such significant miltiary gains that arming rebels directly has become a matter of urgency, according to British sources.
An interview with Jabhat al-Nusra: How has Jabhat al-Nusra become so powerful? –
The reason is the weakening of the other groups. Jabhat al-Nusra gets the advantage because of our ideology. We are not just rebels; we are doing something we believe in. We are not just fighting against tyranny; Bashar Assad is only part of our fight. The other groups are only a reaction to the regime, whereas we are fighting for a vision.
General says Israel ready to attack Syria should Assad fall:
Major-General Amir Eshel said Israelis should brace for a protracted and painful conflict should their forces engage in combat with Hezbollah or its main backer, Iran.
This Russian Mobile SAM Site Could Be a Serious Ace Up Syria’s Sleeve:
Coalition airstrikes helped turn the tides of the Libyan revolution in favor of the rebels; why not do the same in Syria? Because the Syrian government may or may not have just taken possession of one of the most frightening anti-aircraft batteries ever devised, that’s why.
Israeli sensors search for the S-300 in Syria:
According to reliable sources, at least one shipment of Russian-made S-300 missiles has been transferred to Syria.
Russia says Assad’s foes lack commitment to peace talk.
“We value the constructive reaction of the Syrian leadership to this proposal (for a conference),” Lavrov said at the start of talks with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in Moscow. “We also hope that a constructive reaction from various opposition groups … will follow. So far, however, the news is not hopeful.”
Syrian rebels, U.S. disagree on peace talks:,
The Syrian opposition said Wednesday it welcomes the promise of increased U.S. involvement in finding a solution to two years of war, but that it would not accept peace talks if top members of the regime of Bashar Assad are involved.
Qatar PM says Assad departure:
Qatar’s prime minister said on Wednesday that President Bashar al-Assad’s must step down if a political end to Syria’s civil war is to be achieved, echoing similar remarks from Britain.
Turkey shuts Syria border crossing after deadly bombs:
The prime minister’s visit could stir up tensions in Reyhanli and the surrounding area where several anti-government protests have erupted since the attacks.
Syria: 10,000 people at the gates of Turkey:
A few months ago, 4,000 people were staying in this temporary settlement – now there are around 10,000. Most live in tents, but Hussein Alwawi and his family have found refuge inside the local mosque.
Iraq: Seven soldiers killed in clashes with gunmen:
Seven Iraqi soldiers were killed in clashes with gunmen on Thursday, police and hospital sources said, as fears mount that Iraq might slide back into bloody sectarian strife.
In the world of charity, Israel is still receiving a lot more than it gives back:
Billions of dollars were collected around the world to help the victims of the tsunami and other disasters, but Israel’s financial contribution was meager. Israelis contributed 10 cents on average to international relief efforts, compared with $20 by the typical Dutchman and $200 by the typical Norwegian.
Hamas sentences man to death for collaborating with Israel:
A military court in the Gaza Strip has sentenced a Palestinian to death for collaborating with Israel and another to a life sentence with hard labor, the Hamas interior ministry said on Thursday.
Iran election: Rafsanjani criticises leaders’ ‘ignorance’:
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused Iran’s leaders of incompetence and ignorance, an opposition website reports.
Iran says IAEA report shows nuclear drive is peaceful:
It also showed there was “no evidence of diversion in nuclear material and activities toward military purposes” and that “all the centrifuges and each gram of uranium are under the supervision of the agency,” he said.
In a world gone crazy:
‘Corruption Of Blood’ Bill Would Convict Family Members Of Iran Sanctions Violators :
Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Wednesday offered legislative language that would “automatically” punish family members of people who violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, levying sentences of up to 20 years in prison.
London attacker British, of Nigerian origin: source:
Local media named one of the two suspects as British-born, 28-year-old Londoner Michael Adebolajo and said police raided homes of relatives in the city and near the town of Lincoln. Both men involved in Wednesday’s attack appeared to have converted to Islam from Christian backgrounds, media said.
Woolwich attack: Suspects known to security services:
Sources said reports the men had featured in “several investigations” in recent years – but were not deemed to be planning an attack – “were not inaccurate”.
Soldier killed in London had served in Afghanistan:
The British soldier butchered on the streets of London by two suspected Islamists was a 25-year-old father who had fought the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.
Ken Livingstone: we were warned that Iraq “would make Britain a target”:
In response to the Woolwich attack, the former Mayor of London says “we are still experiencing the dreadful truth of this warning”.
Prominent Journalists Challenges Secrecy Of Manning Court Martial In Civilian Court:
The lawsuit challenges the fact that substantive legal matters in the court martial – including a pretrial publicity order – have been argued and decided in secret. The plaintiffs include CCR and journalists Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill, Kevin Gosztola, Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange, and Chase Madar.
With New Mini-Satellites, Special Ops Takes Its Manhunts Into Space:
In September, the U.S. government will fire into orbit a two-stage rocket from a Virginia launchpad. The launch purpose: to help the elite forces of U.S. Special Operations Command hunt down people considered to be dangerous to the United States and its interests.
Father of man killed by FBI shares regrets:
The father of a Chechen immigrant shot dead by U.S. law enforcement agents while being questioned about his ties to a Boston Marathon bombings suspect said Thursday that he regrets allowing his son to go to the United States.
Pope Francis calls on Christians to accept the good works atheists perform:
It is not the first time Pope Francis has voiced solidarity with atheists. In March, he said atheists and nonbelievers could be “precious allies in efforts to defend the dignity of man, in the building of a peaceful coexistence between peoples and in the careful protection of creation.”
Israel and Mexico swap notes on abusing rights:
Earlier this month, Jorge Luis Llaven Abarca, Mexico’s newly-appointed secretary of public security in Chiapas, announced that discussions had taken place between his office and the Israeli defense ministry. The two countries talked about security coordination at the level of police, prisons and effective use of technology (“Israeli military will train Chiapas police,”
A Global Goal on Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Women’s Empowerment: Op-Ed:
Hardly a day goes by without a news story on some violation of women’s rights. In recent months, appalling incidents of violence against women and girls, from Delhi to Johannesburg to Cleveland, have sparked public outrage and demands to tackle these horrific abuses.
U.S. Sergeant Raped in Afghanistan Found Nowhere to Go:
As the only woman in her bomb-disposal unit in Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Rebekah Havrilla said she had learned to endure sexual harassment from her team leader and contempt from the captain who commanded the unit.
Army: Soldier secretly taped female cadets:
The Army is investigating a soldier who helped train cadets at West Point amid allegations that he made secret videos of female cadets, the latest in a rash of cases that have brought heavy political pressure on the Pentagon to crack down on sexually oriented offenses in the ranks.
TPP: The Biggest Threat to the Internet You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: Video –
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is being negotiated in secret between more than 12 countries around the Pacific region. Find out why it’s the biggest threat to the Internet you’ve probably never heard of.
Bernanke Sparks Massive Sell Off : Video –
Fed Chairman Bernanke and weak Chinese data rattle markets. Japan’s Nikkei tumbles over 7 percent – its biggest one-day fall in two years – shedding over 1,000 points. Europe deeply in the red too.
“Everybody is in trouble!” – Real financial crisis is yet to come – Video –
American sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein speaks about the “quotstructural crisis” in the global financial system and the dangers facing both rich and developing countries.
Millions of poverty-stricken Italians unable to afford heat, meat amid economic crisis:
As a severe recession and unprecedented unemployment sweeps Italy, millions of people are struggling to make ends meet. The number of those receiving food assistance has doubled in the past two years
US Manufacturing Growth Slips to Seven-Month Low:
U.S. manufacturing slowed for a second straight month in May as weak overseas demand and government belt-tightening at home led to the sector’s most sluggish rate of growth since October, a survey showed on Thursday.
A Budget That Tightens Belts by Emptying Stomachs:
A time-honored tactic of conservative lawmakers is to “starve the beast”by defunding government programs. In the case of food stamps-the quintessential whipping boy for budget hawks-they’re going a step further by trying to starve actual people.
Outcry from Chicago teachers as city votes to close 50 schools:
Critics have blasted Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, and Byrd-Bennett, saying the closings disproportionately affect minority neighborhoods and will endanger children who may have to cross gang boundaries to get to a new school.
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