30 June 2013 — Information Clearing House
Foreign Media Portrayals of the Conflict in Syria are Dangerously Inaccurate
By Patrick Cockburn
The foreign media reporting of the Syrian conflict is surely as inaccurate and misleading as anything we have seen since the start of the First World War.
In Syria and Africa, Obama Ignores US Laws and Human Rights Violations
By John Glaser
The U.S. has a long history of supporting extreme brutality, even genocide, through unsavory proxy militias. And now, as the Obama administration is increasing its support for fighters in places like Syria.
‘UK Aid for Extremists Stokes Woolwich-style Terrorism’: George Galloway
The more we attack and invade other people, the more we arm and finance extreme fury, fanatics, who beheaded a Christian bishop just yesterday and videoed it in front of women and children watching it, and put it up on the internet whilst chanting the name of God..
New NSA Leaks Show How US is Bugging its European Allies
By Ewen MacAskill in Rio de Janeiro and Julian Borger
Edward Snowden papers reveal 38 targets including EU, France and Italy.
Attacks from America: NSA Spied on European Union Offices
By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Fidelius Schmid and Holger Stark
A “top secret” 2010 document describes how the secret service attacked the EU’s diplomatic representation in Washington.
Julian Assange Praises ‘Hero’ Snowden, Rebukes U.S. ‘Disgraceful’ Treatment
Video – ABC This Week
“He has acted in a manner to draw attention to a very serious problem in the United States where, without the will of Congress, without the will of the American population, we now have a state within a state, we have the transnational surveillance apparatus,”
Ecuador’s Correa says Biden asked him to deny Edward Snowden asylum
By Guardian Staff and agencies
“Let’s be consistent,” Correa said. “Have rules for everyone, because that is a clear double-standard here.”
Edward Snowden May be the Last of the Human Spies
By Christopher Steiner
In future, the public may never be alerted to NSA-type revelations because surveillance is fast becoming automated.
Bradley Manning Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize
By Mairead Corrigan-Maguire
As a peace prize winner myself, I am nominating Manning for this honor for his work to help end the Iraq War and other conflicts.
The Crime of Indifference
By Lawrence Davidson
Elie Wiesel is a worldwide personality. – Among his many insights is the famous observation, “The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.”
The Obamas Do Africa
By Glen Ford
The face of America in Africa is war, not trade; extraction of minerals by military intimidation, not conventional commerce.
Lest we forget
Ex-official: CIA Helped Jail Mandela
By Joseph Albright and Marcia Kunstel
the U.S. government has harbored an increasingly embarrassing secret: A CIA tip to South African intelligence agents led to the arrest that put black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela in prison for most of his adult life.
Pakistan bombings kill at least 49
At least 28 die in deadliest attack, near Shia Muslim mosque in Quetta, capital of south-west Baluchistan province
Afghanistan: 22 “Taliban” Killed:
The operation was launched by Afghan forces with NATO air support and so far Mullah Hamayoun a well-known commander of Armed Taliban in Logar province along with 21 others has been killed.
International forces will provide advice to Afghan military until 2020:
Senior military sources say Nato will continue to play major role as Afghan forces are unprepared for 2014 withdrawal
Attacks across Iraq kill six:
Attacks on Sunday struck in Mosul, Dawr, Sharqat and Hilla, killing four people and wounding eight, while officials also found the bodies of two men who had been shot in Sharqat.
Syria activists say six killed in Homs, Idlib:
Government attacks on central and northern cities in Syria killed six people on Sunday, activists said, as the government announced that two years of conflict has cost the public sector $15 billion.
Al Nusrah Front claims joint operations, including a suicide assault, with Syrian rebel groups:
The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, claimed it launched two suicide assaults and other attacks with Syrian rebel groups, including an Islamist unit and two Free Syrian Army brigades.
U.S Special forces are training Syrian rebels for war:
8,000 military personnel are behind Operation Eager Lion training exercise
Confessions of foreign salafi militants captured in Syria by SAA : Video –
FSA members come from Libya, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Watch their stories on how they managed to get to Syria to fight the jihad
Iran, Russia presidents to negotiate Syria, Caspian Sea in Moscow:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to discuss regional issues, including the Syrian crisis, with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when he travels to Moscow on Monday.
Live updates 2: Millions pour onto Egypt’s streets for anti-Morsi protests;
1 killed in Beni Suef: Ittihadiya presidential palace and Tahrir Square both packed as Cairo sees unprecedented numbers on the streets calling for President Morsi to step down; major protests also in Alexandria, Nile Delta cities
Live Video –
Egyptian opposition movements are staging a massive anti-government rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and outside the Presidential Palace, one year after President Mohamed Morsi’s inauguration.
‘Morsi tries to ram Sharia constitution down Egyptian people’s throats’:
President Morsi’s attempts to push through a Sharia constitution go against Egyptian cultural tradition and spark an even worse uprising as people don’t want religion to be dictated
Turkish Anti-Erdogan Protests Continue: Video –
Turkish riot police clash again with protesters in Instanbul; Police have moved in to break up a rally by thousands of protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square chanting slogans against the government and police after security forces killed a Kurdish demonstrator in south-east Turkey
Greenwald : NSA can obtain one billion cell phone calls a day, store them and listen:
The NSA has a “brand new” technology that enables one billion cell phone calls a day to be redirected into its data hoards and stored, according to the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who said that a new leak of Snowden’s documents was ‘coming soon.’
Washington Post releases four new slides from NSA’s Prism presentation:
Newly published top-secret documents detail how NSA interfaces with tech giants such as Google, Apple and Microsoft
NSA Snoops on 500 Million German Data Connections:
Secret documents viewed by SPIEGEL reveal that the American intelligence service monitors around half a billion telephone calls, emails and text messages in the country every day.
EU demands clarification over US spying claims:
European parliament president ‘deeply worried and shocked’ by claims published in Der Spiegel that US bugged EU offices
Ecuador’s Correa: Solution for Edward Snowden’s destination ‘in hands of Russia’:
Ecuador President Rafael Correa says Russia will decide the destination of former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, currently believed to be holed up at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. seeking safe passage to Ecuador after leaving Hong Kong.
Schumer: Russia ‘should pay a price’ for harboring NSA leaker Snowden:
“They should pay a price, either diplomatic, economic, geopolitical, for doing what they did. They’re always putting their finger in our eye,” said Schumer on “Fox News Sunday,” arguing for repercussions against Russia.
Campaign to End NSA Warrantless Surveillance Surges Past 500,000 Signers:
Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web, Joins Half Million Users in Opposing NSA Dragnet Surveillance
Damage control: Edward Snowden has not weakened president, says Susan Rice:
New US national security adviser says diplomatic consequences of NSA leaks are not that significant
Senators accuse government of using ‘secret law’ to collect Americans’ data:
Bipartisan group seeks answers from intelligence chief James Clapper over scale of and justification for NSA surveillance
Exposed: UK cops unit SOCMINT sucks up data from your online networks:
It appears the UK’s sweeping surveillance is going beyond the GCHQ phone and online eavesdropping. A special police unit has reportedly been scanning what British citizens are posting online in social networks.
Two top Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked chiefs killed by own forces:
One of the dead, Ibrahim Haji Jama Mead, also known as Al-Afghani, tops Washington’s wanted list of terrorists. Last June, the State Department placed a US$5 million bounty for information leading to his location. The other, Abul Hamid Hashi Olhayi was also a top commander of the extremist group and one of the founders of the terrorist group.
President Obama to visit Nelson Mandela’s jail cell:
President Barack Obama will Sunday stare into the stark cell where Nelson Mandela spent years as prisoner of a racist regime, in a visit paying homage to his hero after he left Johannesburg without seeing the ailing icon.
Hollywood helped Adolf Hitler with Nazi propaganda drive, academic claims:
The book describes many Jewish studio bosses not only censoring films to suit the regime, but also producing material that could be inserted into German propaganda films and even financing German weapons manufacturing.
Immigration Reform: Good News for Contractors:
Senators accepted a $40 billion “border surge” compromise to win support for comprehensive reform-but who stands to gain from what the bill’s own sponsor called “almost overkill”?
ATF uses fake drugs, big bucks to snare suspects: :
Is this ‘good law enforcement’ or has the government gone too far?
Judge won’t allow bank protester to claim first amendment rights:
The trial began in the case of a San Diego man who is being charged with 13 counts of vandalism for writing anti-big-bank slogans with washable children’s chalk on a sidewalk outside of three Bank of America branches in Mid-City.
Homeless Population in Los Angeles County Increases by 16 Percent;
The changes come amid decreased federal funding for local programs that help the homeless and increased efforts in Washington to target veteran homelessness across the country.
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 : 3,344
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001