ICH 8 July 2013: UN Accuses Israel of Torturing Palestinian Children

8 July 2013 — Information Clearing House

Massacre in Cairo

By Al Jazeera

At least 42 people killed at the site of a sit-in by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.



When is a Military Coup Not a Military Coup? When it Happens in Egypt, Apparently

By Robert Fisk

The army take over, depose and imprison the democratically elected president, suspend the constitution, arrest the usual suspects, close down television stations and mass their armour in the streets of the capital. But the word ‘coup’ does not – and cannot – cross the lips of the Blessed Barack Obama.



US Egypt Policies Don’t Pass the Laugh Test

By Rep. Ron Paul

You could say that the US “owns” the Egyptian military that just overthrew its democratically-elected leader.



Demoting Democracy in Egypt


Mr. Morsi’s removal will breathe new life into the ideological claims of radicals. Al Qaeda and its followers have long argued that change can’t come through the democracy of “unbelievers”; violence is the only path.



America’s Plan B in Egypt: Bring Back the Old Regime

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

Many people in cheering crowds have treated the Egyptian military’s coup like it was some sort of democratic act. They fail to remember who the generals of the Egyptian military work for.



“You Have Created a New Taliban and new al-Qaeda in Egypt”

– Video –

This footage is taken from a pro-Morsi demonstration in Egypt



UN Accuses Israel of Torturing Palestinian Children

Video Report

The human rights of Palestinian children are regularly violated by the Israeli army and by the Israeli police.



Forcing Down the Bolivian President’s Plane Was an Act of Piracy

By John Pilger

The Damocles sword over Snowden, like the casual abduction of the Bolivian president, ought to stir us into recognising the true nature of the enemy.



How Do We Defend Ourselves from the Corporate and Imperial Forces That Threaten Our Existence?

By Noam Chomsky

Surveying the terrible conflicts in the world, it’s clear that almost all are the residue of imperial crimes and the borders that the great powers drew in their own interests.



Independence Day Greetings to Edward Snowden

By Stephen M. Walt

Snowden may have broken the law, but so did the Founding Fathers when they issued that famous declaration 237 years ago. They did so in defiance of a powerful empire, just as Snowden did.



Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia Offer Asylum to Edward Snowden

By Jonathan Watts and agencies

President Maduro offers to protect NSA whistleblower ‘from persecution by the empire’ and rejects US extradition request.



Bolivia’s President Threatens to Close US Embassy


“We don’t need a US embassy in Bolivia,” he said. “My hand would not shake to close the US embassy. We have dignity, sovereignty. Without the United States, we are better politically, democratically.”



Lawlessness Is The New Normal

By Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s sordid interventions against Snowden and Morales give the world another chance to hold Washington accountable before Washington’s hubris and arrogance force the world into a choice between accepting Washington’s hegemony and World War III.



We Are All Aboard the Pequod

By Chris Hedges

Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” is a portrait of the American character, and like the crew of Ahab’s ship we are complicit in self-annihilation.



Court’s Classified Rulings Expanded Powers of NSA

FISA has evolved into a parallel of US high court

By Eric Lichtblau

The FISA judges have ruled that the NSA’s collection and examination of Americans’ communications data to track possible terrorists does not run afoul of the Fourth Amendment.



The Vanishing Rights of the American Citizen

By Larry Chin

The US Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, gutting one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in American history, and marching the country resolutely towards open fascism and authoritarianism.



78 people killed in Afghanistan:

A roadside bomb seriously wounded a prominent member of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council on Sunday, an official said, while the government announced that recent fighting in the country has killed 14 Afghan soldiers and 64 Taliban militants.



Afghans arrest alleged U.S. Special Operations translator on murder, torture charges:

Afghanistan authorities have arrested a man who they say was a U.S. Special Operations translator who tortured and killed Afghans, accusations that prompted President Hamid Karzai to order the expulsion of U.S. forces from a province near Kabul, officials said Sunday



Footage of Kiwi troops in biggest firefight since Vietnam : Video –

A video of NZ soldiers fighting a fierce battle in Afghanistan has been release



US Kills 18 People In Pakistan:

Locals of the area observed the worst kind of terror and fear as four missiles exploded with big bangs in the thickly populated residential area of Serai Darapa Khel.



In public relations exercise:

Pakistan denounces latest Drone attack:

Pakistani officials say the strikes violate the country’s sovereignty and that civilian deaths in such “illegal” actions are strengthening ranks of the militants.



Five killed, 50 injured in Lahore blast:

At least five people were killed, including a six-year-old girl, and 50 injured. The blast occurred in a high security zone which is home to government offices, including the Central Police Office.



Boko Haram militants kill 42 students, teacher:

Militants believed to be associated with the al Qaida-affiliate Boko Haram attacked a school in Yobe, Nigeria, killing at least 42 students and one teacher.



Nigerian troops burned homes in extremist attack:

 Soldiers involved in a shootout with Islamic militants who were given refuge in one Nigerian village hut took revenge on the community by setting ablaze about 10 homes, according to refugees who fled to neighboring Niger.



Syria: Desperate moves by rebels as Homs campaign intensifies:

Rebels inside Khaldieh recorded videos of themselves strapped with explosive belts, pledging to blow up themselves and their surroundings if regime forces entered the mosque complex.”We have been besieged here for a year and a month now. We have been pounded with missiles, tank shells and warplanes,” one of the fighters says in the video.



Rebels clash with Qaeda-linked opposition group in Syria:

The rebel infighting comes as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have made gains on the battlefield and drawn comfort from the downfall this week of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which under ousted President Mohamed Mursi had thrown its weight behind the Syrian opposition.



Israel Destroyed Syrian Weapons Depot Containing Advanced Russian Arms:

 A massive explosion last Thursday at a major Syrian weapons depot in Latakia, not far from the main port of Tartous, completely destroyed the facility and munitions stored there. Tartous is Syria’s main port. It is largely controlled by the Russian military, and the route by which all weapons transported by sea would enter Syria.



Engineering Consent For An Israeli Attack On Syria?

 Let them kill themselves quietly: Op-ed:

Netanyahu’s fingers are itching. Whoever saw him this week making threats at the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, saw a leader with his finger on the trigger



Online videos showcase Syrian rebels’ foreign weaponry:

“They must be being flown in and shipped across the border from Jordan and Turkey.” Saudi Arabia and Qatar, most believe, are the major buyers.



Qatar gives Libyan arms to Syrian rebels: Audio report:

Weapons used during the rebellion against Qaddafi have been spirited out of Libya by agents of Qatar. The arms are smuggled through Turkey across the Syrian border. The guns transferred by Qatar are said to be going to fighters who are more extreme and Islamist than the rebels being supported by the Obama administration.



Qatar Charity Wiring $5bln to Syria Rebels :

“Following the Friends of Syria meeting in Doha, Qatar has undertaken to pay a sum of USD5 billion to Syrian rebel groups,” a diplomat present at the recent Doha meeting told FNA.



Syrian opposition PM Ghassan Hitto resigns:

Ghassan Hitto, prime minister of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the country’s main opposition group, announced his resignation on Monday, citing his inability to form an interim government.



Syrian opposition chooses Saudi-backed leader:

Syria’s fractious opposition elected a new leader on Saturday but rebel groups were reported to be fighting among themselves in a sign of growing divisions on the ground between factions trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad.



Syria embassy re-opens in Cairo:

The opening of the Syrian mission in Egypt is believed to be the first sign of Egypt’s shifting policy towards President Bashar al-Assad.



Egypt: 50 people killed as Interim leader Adly Mansour calls for calm:

The Brotherhood’s political wing meanwhile called for an “uprising”.



7 killed as heavily armed Islamists attack in Cairo:

RESIDENTS of Cairo’s Manial neighbourhood are recovering from a bloody night of clashes with armed supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood who killed at least seven people and left dozens injured, they’ve told AFP.



Video shows protesters thrown off building in Alexandria:

Egyptian activists circulated on Saturday an online video showing what appeared to be Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohammad Mursi throwing two young men off a building during clashes in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.



“You have created a new Taliban and new al-Qaeda in Egypt”: Video –

This footage is taken from a pro-Morsi demonstration in Egypt after the Egyptian military intervened on behalf of the millions of Egyptians who demanded an end to the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt



Putin says Egypt on verge of civil war:

“Syria is already in the grip of a civil war. No matter how sad this sounds, Egypt is moving in the same direction. I would like the Egyptian people to avoid this possible negative development.” Washington has not condemned the military takeover or called it a coup, prompting suspicion within the Muslim Brotherhood that it tacitly supports the overthrow.



Law requires Obama administration to cut off Egyptian aid:

The $1.5 billion in U.S. foreign aid slated for Egypt next year is in jeopardy after the Egyptian army deposed democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday.



U.S. lawmakers urge calm, cautious approach to Egypt:

The United States is unlikely to pull its $1.5 billion in mostly military aid to Egypt any time soon, U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday. While U.S. law calls for aid to be suspended if a country’s military ousts a democratically elected leader, the U.S. lawmakers appeared reluctant to do so.



McCain calls for suspension of US military aid to Egypt:

“I’ve thought long and hard about this, but I believe that we have to suspend the aid to the Egyptian military, because the Egyptian military has overturned the vote of the people of Egypt,” Mr McCain said Friday evening at a press conference in his home state of Arizona. he said.



Egypt orders arrest of more Brotherhood leaders:

Egypt’s prosecutor general ordered on Sunday the arrest of two high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood officials accused of inciting violence following the ouster of former president Mohammad Mursi, Youm 7 newspaper reported.



The Egyptian Army: State Within A State: Op-Ed:

Real civilian rule could spell an end to the system of massive military corruption and patronage that has gone on for decades in Egypt, a system that has given the military unimpeded control over an estimated 40% of the Egyptian economy



Morsi supporters, opponents hold mass counter-rallies:

Iran calls Mohammed Morsi’s ouster by Egyptian military ‘improper’, prods his supporters to sustain efforts on his behalf.



Morsy ouster in Egypt crushes Hamas dreams: analysts:

“The new Egyptian government will not have good relations with Hamas which can no longer rely” on its support when it comes to Gaza



Egypt’s army increases the destruction of Gaza tunnels: Video –

Egyptian army has increased its crackdown on tunnels between Gaza and Egypt following the toppling of President Mohammed Morsi. These days, you can see Egyptian bulldozers destroying tunnels along the border with Gaza more than any time in the past. Egyptian army has also deployed tanks which have pointed their guns towards Gaza.



Fact or fiction?

Qatar orders Khaled Meshaal out of country :

Qatar has ordered Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal (who took refuge in Qatar after it was no longer palatable to be sheltered by Bashar al-Assad) out of the country, and has withdrawn support from the Muslim Brotherhood as a result of Wednesday’s events in Egypt (link in Arabic).



Egypt Crisis: Fall Of Morsi Challenges Qatar’s New Emir.:

The Qatari support for Islamists throughout the Middle East as a strategy to establish itself as a regional powerbroker now looks increasingly threadbare.



Egypt’s central bank governor seeking aid from Gulf: reports:

The governor of Egypt’s central bank, Hisham Ramez, flew to Abu Dhabi Sunday, officials at Cairo airport said, following Egyptian media reports Cairo was seeking financial aid from Gulf states after the ousting of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi.



Gunmen attack Sinai checkpoints close to Israel border:

Armed men attacked four security checkpoints on Sunday in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, close to Egypt’s border with Israel and the Gaza Strip, part of an upsurge of violence there since Wednesday’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.



Sinai blasts cut Jordan’s Egyptian gas supplies:

According to a Ministry of Energy source, a series of dawn blasts outside the Sinai city of El Arish “completely cut” Jordan’s gas supplies from Egypt on Sunday, previously the country’s main energy source.



War criminal:

Tony Blair hired ex Israeli army intelligence officer despite envoy role:

The 30-year-old was previously a policy adviser to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, working with security agencies and senior officials.



Bomb blast kills three cops in Yemen:

A bomb hidden in a plastic bag exploded at a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday, killing three policemen and wounding a fourth, a security services official said.



Thousands demand secession for south Yemen:

Thousands of people rallied in south Yemen on Sunday’s 19th anniversary of the civil war that was won by the north to demand secession for the south.



Gunmen kill Bahraini policeman:

A homemade bomb killed one policeman and left two injured in Bahrain late on Saturday, the interior ministry said.



Police disperse protesters marching on Istanbul’s Gezi Park:

Turkish police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday as they gathered to enter Gezi Park, which was the centre of anti-government protests last month.



‘Death to Arabs’ spray painted on Jerusalem restaurant:

Restaurant in capital systematically suffers attacks by teens vowing revenge for business’s employment of Arabs; graffiti found Sunday by employees.



Nicaraguan Embassy in Russia Receives Snowden’s Asylum Bid:

Nicaragua’s embassy in Moscow has received an official asylum request from fugitive former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, an embassy spokesperson confirmed to RIA Novosti on Monday.



Venezuela to Wait Until Monday for Response From Snowden on Asylum Offer:

 Venezuelan officials have not yet had direct contact with U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and will wait until Monday to see if the fugitive accepts the South American country’s asylum offer, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said Saturday.



The U.S. Already Wants Venezuela to Send Snowden Home:

The U.S. has pre-emptively sent an extradition request to Venezuela should the hacker find his way to the country after their president offered him a safe haven in the South American country. Hopefully they spelled his middle name right this time.



Edward Snowden: ‘The US government will say I aided our enemies’ – video interview:

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden contemplates the reaction from the US government to his revelations of top-secret documents regarding its spying operations on domestic and foreign internet traffic, email and phone use. This interview was recorded in Hong Kong on 6 June 2013



Glenn Greenwald: The NSA’s mass and indiscriminate spying on Brazilians:

As it does in many non-adversarial countries, the surveillance agency is bulk collecting the communications of millions of citizens of Brazil



NSA leaks: UK blocks crucial espionage talks between US and Europe:

The talks, due to begin in Washington on Monday, will now be restricted to issues of data privacy and the NSA’s Prism programme following a tense 24 hours of negotiations in Brussels between national EU ambassadors. Britain, supported only by Sweden, vetoed plans to launch two “working groups” on the espionage debacle with the Americans.



Snowden row intensifies as hidden bug found in Ecuador’s embassy:

Ecuadorean minister threatens to reveal perpetrators after device discovered during meeting over Assange



Evo Morales: Plane-grounding debacle will never be forgotten in South America:

Bolivian President Evo Morales has threatened “measures” against European countries in response to the grounding of his plane in Vienna last week, demanding they reveal the source of false information that Edward Snowden was on board.



US Postal Service photographing 160 billion letters annually:

The US Postal Service photographs the outside of every piece of mail it processes each year : At the request of law enforcement agencies, postal workers take pictures of the letters and packages before they are delivered, the New York Times reported.



AT&T joins Verizon, Facebook in selling customer data:

AT&T has announced that it will begin selling customers’ smart phone data to the highest bidder, putting the telecommunications giant in line with Verizon, Facebook and other competitors that quietly use a consumer’s history for marketing purposes.



How innocent citizens become terror suspects:

Intelligence agencies in the US and Britain collect enormous amounts of data to track down terrorists. But they don’t operate with great accuracy. Innocent citizens can also attract the attention of secret services.



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: 4,801


Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,347


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001


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