ICH 28 May 2013: How Obama and Al-Qaeda Became Syrian Bedfellows

28 May 2013 — Information Clearing House

How Obama and Al-Qaeda Became Syrian Bedfellows

By Shamus Cooke

It’s now clear that Obama’s foreign policy in Syria is actively encouraging terrorism.



EU Allows Syrian Arms Embargo to Expire

By Christoph Sydow

Beginning Saturday, member countries will be permitted to supply weapons and other military support to rebels, but all previous economic sanctions will remain in place.



Russian Arms ‘to Deter Foreign Intervention in Syria’


Russia says it will go ahead with deliveries of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, and that the arms will help deter foreign intervention. Russia also criticised an EU decision not to renew an arms embargo on Syria.



Israel Warns Russia Over Syria Missiles 

By Josef Federman

Israel’s defence chief said Tuesday a Russian plan to supply sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles to Syria was a “threat” and signalled that Israel is prepared to use force to stop the delivery.



Nowhere Safe for Hezbollah, Warns Syria “Rebel” Chief

By The Daily Star

Salim Idriss, the commander of the Syrian rebel forces, gave Lebanon’s president, the U.N. and Arab League 24 hours to force Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from Syria, warning that rebels could target Hezbollah’s fighters wherever they are.


The Unraveling of Sykes-Picot

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Why should Americans die for a Sunni triumph in Syria?



Who Are The Neoconservatives?

By Laurent Guyénot

Neoconservatism is essentially a modern Jewish version of Machiavelli’s political strategy.



Robo-Snipers, “Auto Kill Zones” to Kill Palestinians

By Noah Shachtman

The Israeli military has been trying to figure out a way to keep Palestinian “militants” in the Gaza Strip. The latest tactic: create a set of “automated kill zones” by networking together remote-controlled machine guns, ground sensors, and drones along the 60-kilometer border.



Torture and Human Rights Violations in Israel and Palestine

By Ludwig Watzal

Besides torture, a wide range of other human rights violations are committed by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinians.



Naming Our Nameless War: How Many Years Will It Be?

By Andrew Bacevich

The conflict begun on 9/11 would define the age. In neoconservative circles, it was known as World War IV.



From Yemen to Pakistan to Laos

Jeremy Scahill & Noam Chomsky on Secret U.S. Dirty Wars


Jeremy Scahill and author Noam Chomsky discuss Scahill’s groundbreaking new book, “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield.”



Engineering Empire

An Introduction to the Intellectuals and Institutions of American Imperialism

By Andrew Gavin Marshall

We have both the opportunity and the responsibility to understand and oppose what our governments do abroad, precisely because we have the opportunity to do so, unlike the majority of the world’s population who live in abject poverty, under ruthless dictators that we arm and maintain.



The War on Terror and the Fate of US Democracy

By Joseph Kishore

Obama all but acknowledged that American democracy is approaching a point of breakdown.



40 Statistics About The Fall Of The U.S. Economy That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

By Michael Snyder

We are in the midst of a horrifying economic decline that is the result of decades of very bad decisions.



Harper Helping the Rich Get Richer Around the World

By Yves Engler

If the Harper government were honest about its policies, it would proclaim for all to hear: “Our goal is to make the rich richer.”



US is The Only Rich Country That Doesn’t Guarantee Paid Vacation or Holidays

By Ezra Klein

European countries establish legal rights to at least 20 days of paid vacation per year, with legal requirements of 25 and even 30 or more days in some countries.



18 Taliban Insurgents Killed in Helmand Raid:

“The incident took place on Monday in the Garmsir district of the province, when several Taliban insurgents attacked an Afghan force’s caravan,” Provincial Governor’s Spokesman, Omar Zwak said.



Seven Afghan police killed by dinner guests:

Suspected Taliban militants killed seven police in southern Afghanistan after persuading the officers to invite them into their checkpoint for dinner, officials said on Tuesday.



5 killed in Kabul blast:

At least five guards of AWCC were killed and three others wounded, their vehicle struck an insurgents-placed mine on the way between Kabul and Parwan provinces, an official said Tuesday.



Four civilians killed, wounded in Kandahar mine blast:

An insurgent-emplaced improvised explosive device exploded, killing two civilians and wounding two others in the vicinity of Arowgh village, Khakrez district, Kandahar province, the alliance said in a statement Tuesday.



New Pakistan government to try Pervez Musharraf for treason, says Nawaz Sharif’s aide:

“Yes we have decided to try General Musharraf for treason in the Supreme Court. General Musharraf had violated the Constitution and he should face the music,” PML-N parliamentarian Tariq Azeem said.



Muslims and Buddhists clash in northern Myanmar:

Witnesses reported several large fires and said a mosque and Buddhist monastery appear to have been torched.



India troops hunt Maoist rebels after 24 killed in attack:

Thousands of troops searched through the densely forested stronghold of Maoist rebels in eastern India on Monday for those who ambushed a convoy of ruling party officials and supporters, killing 24, police said.



Arundhati Roy: Maoists have no choice but to indulge in ‘counter-violence’.

What I saw when I went into the forests was this – that non-violent resistance has actually not worked



“Cut off my hand and save me”:

Aanna Akhter, a 16 year old Dhaka garment factory worker was trapped in the wreckage of the Rana Plaza. She explains how she could only be freed after her rescuer amputated her hand.



Iraq: 18 people killed, 44 wounded in fresh attacks:

Up to 18 people were killed and 44 wounded in attacks, including a suicide tanker truck bombing, in central and northern Iraq on Tuesday, the police said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.



Iraq PM pledges to hunt down ‘outlaws’:

In a show of cabinet unity, al-Maliki appeared on Tuesday with four leading ministers, including the country’s two most senior Sunni politicians, to speak of his government’s insistence on facing down the fighters.



Syria: At least 15 prisoners killed in fighting at Aleppo jail:

The UK-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory cited prison sources as saying the inmates were killed when rebels layed siege to the jail.



11 killed as Syria “rebels”, Kurds clash: Activists say:

Eleven rebels have been killed in clashes in northern Syria with Kurdish rebels of the main Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.



Rebels kidnap hundreds of Syrian Kurds in Aleppo: activists:

Syrian rebels have kidnapped hundreds of Syrian Kurds in the northern province of Aleppo. The kidnappers are holding the hostages in a town north of Aleppo, the Observatory said, giving no further details about the circumstances of the kidnapping.



Gunmen kill three soldiers in east Lebanon:

Three Lebanese Army soldiers were killed Tuesday in an attack on their checkpoint in the eastern border town of Arsal. The armed group managed to escape and then later crossed the border into Syria, the sources added.



Syria rockets hit Hermel, four wounded:

Four rockets from Syria struck Lebanon’s eastern Hermel region Tuesday afternoon wounding two people, security sources said, raising the day’s total number of wounded to four by seven rocket strikes in the area.



Syrian troops gain ground in Qusair offensive, TV reporter covering fighting killed by gunfire:

Syrian troops gained ground Monday in a nine-day offensive against a key rebel-held town, and a Syrian TV correspondent covering the fighting there was killed by gunfire, state media and a pro-opposition group reported.



Last Report by Journalist Martyr Yara Abbas from Qussayr: Video –

The following is the last report journalist Yara Abbas sent – May 27, 2013



Russia slams end of EU arms embargo, calls S-300s ‘stabilizing factor’ in Syria:

The failure of the European Union to agree on a new arms embargo for Syria is undermining the peace process, Moscow says. But the delivery of S-300 surface-to-air missiles may help restrain warmongers.



Russia S-300 missile exports may stave off Syrian invasion – diplomat:

“In our opinion, these deliveries play a stabilizing role. We believe that such steps will largely help stop certain hotheads from turning it into a possible international conflict, from considering a scenario that would make this conflict international with the involvement of external forces that are not averse to such ideas,” he said.



Israeli defense chief indicates if Russia ships advanced missiles to Syria, they could be hit:

“At this stage I can’t say there is an escalation. The shipments have not been sent on their way yet. And I hope that they will not be sent,” he said. But “if God forbid they do reach Syria, we will know what to do.”



Saudi Arabia strikes arms deal with Turkey’:

Saudi Arabia has struck an arms imports deal with Turkey worth one billion dollars during a recent visit of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Turkey, reports say.



Qatar seeks to send Yemen’s military elite to fight alongside the Free Syrian Army:

Qatar is now looking to by-pass the hurdle by sending Yemen Republican Guards to the front. Of course the men would go in their civilian capacity, hired as mercenaries by the State of Qatar.



Inside McCain’s secret trip to Syria : Video –

Mouaz Moustafa, who helped plan McCain’s trip to Syria, discusses details of the trip with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.



Syria $4 billion credit line:

Iran has opened two lines of credit totaling $4 billion to Damascus and expects to open up a third to counter the effects of an international embargo, Syria’s central bank said on Monday.



Syrian “rebels”in Golan Heights “stole” UN’s armored trucks:

Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade now has two ‘virtually indestructible’ vehicles, which Israeli expert warns could be used in surprise attacks



Israel’s New Neighbor: Syrian Al-Qaeda Rebel Group:

Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra, closely identified with al-Qaeda, has “moved in” to Golan Heights



Israel doesn’t want peace::

Netanyahu will not freeze settlements in return for resumption of negotiations:

An Israeli official has claimed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not freeze West Bank settlements in order to facilitate the resumption of peace talks and negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.



King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Of Saudi Arabia Reported To Be ‘Clinically Dead’: Report:

The Saudi Arabian monarch, who has not been seen publically for many months, is reported to have been dead since Wednesday following failure of his heart, lungs and kidneys.



C.African Republic rebels attack villages, kill 25:

Namssene Paulin, a Red Cross worker in the region near Bossangoa said that elements of the Seleka rebel alliance are spreading fear in the area with these attacks, and villagers have fled to find safety.



Somali Militants Claim To Have Shot Down U.S. Drone:

A suspected U.S. reconnaissance drone has crashed in a region of southern Somalia controlled by the al-Shabab militant group, a governor of the region says.



Pentagon: The Chinese stole our newest weapons:

The designs for more than two dozen major weapons systems used by the United States military have fallen into the hands of the Chinese, US Department of Defense officials say.



The NSA Reportedly Tested Its Top Spyware on New Zealand:

With the cooperation of allied governments, the US reportedly tested its most sophisticated surveillance software on the citizens of friendly nations.



Canadian Judge Confirms: 2011 Election Fraudulent: Video –

The Canadian Federal Court has confirmed that the country’s 2011 federal election, which led to the victory of Stephen Harper’s government, was fraudulent.



Election Fraud Ruling Prompts Calls For Accountability:

The judge pointed the finger at the Conservative Party’s database CIMS, the Constituency Information Management System, and said it was the source of information used by somebody to engage in voter suppression tactics, including phone calls to non-Conservative voters telling them their polling station had been moved.



Eric Holder Under Investigation By House Judiciary Committee For Lying Under Oath:

Will he too receive an extended absence of leave (with pay) after pleading the fifth, or will the circle of lies slowly but surely start to unwind?



Europe’s Banks Turn to U.S. Subprime for Salvation:

The U.S. mortgage bonds that were exported around the globe and triggered the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression are now helping Europe’s banks and governments repair balance sheets after jumping in value.



The heroic story of working-class Detroit: Op-Ed:

Almost 50 years after the Civil Rights Movement won the 1965 Voting Rights Act, racist politicians and their wealthy sponsors are finding new ways to disenfranchise Black workers. In Michigan, the Emergency Manager Law is a big hammer.



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 : 3,316


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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