ICH 11 July 2013: Arab Oil Cash to Kill Democracy in Egypt

11 July 2013 — Information Clearing House

How Egypt’s ‘Revolution’ Betrayed Itself

By Ramzy Baroud

These very forces were openly involved in toppling the democratically-elected president and his party, as they happily celebrated the return to oppression as a glorious day of freedom.



The U.S. was a Passive Observer in Egypt – If You Believe the New York Times

By Glen Ford

The lies told by the Times and its ilk cannot alter the reality of U.S. decline; they can only make Americans oblivious to the facts.



Arab Oil Cash to Kill Democracy in Egypt

By Finian Cunningham

In order to determine whether the turmoil in Egypt is in the best interests of the mass of ordinary Egyptians, we should use the trusted maxim – follow the money.



Edward Snowden Exposes The US in More Ways Than One

By Harini Calamur

If Gitmo does not tell you how much the US has moved away from its core ideals, then look at the way that the US, led by President Obama, has persecuted Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.



Do We Control Government, Or Does Government Control Us?

Oliver Stone on NSA Spying


All Americans should stand up for our civil liberties at this critical moment in history, — by asking our representatives in Congress to roll back the surveillance state.



No Military Coups for America? What About November 1963?

By Jacob G. Hornberger

To suggest that the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA would help foreign militaries oust their rulers to save their countries but would not do the same for the United States when faced with similar circumstances makes no sense.



Mandela’s Greatness May Be Assured — But Not His Legacy

By John Pilger

When I reported from South Africa in the 1960s, the Nazi admirer Johannes Vorster occupied the prime minister’s residence in Cape Town. Thirty years later, as I waited at the gates, it was as if the guards had not changed.



Bringing Back Jim Crow

By Robert Parry

Many U.S. historians have soft spots for Thomas Jefferson, despite his gross hypocrisy on slavery, and for the Confederates and their supposed gallantry in their fight to preserve slavery. But apologizing for historical racists only invites more racism, warns Robert Parry.



The Mean Team Piles on Jobless Americans

By Jim Hightower

Without jobless payments, you see, desperate millions will be forced to whatever low-wage, no-benefit, dead-end jobs the barons design.



Egypt Army Kills 32 Hamas Militants, Arrests Others in Sinai:

An Egyptian military source told the London-based Arabic-language al-Hayat newspaper on Thursday morning that Egyptian army forces have killed 32 members of Hamas and arrested several others over the past few days in the Sinai Peninsula.



Officials on all sides deny report that Egypt killed 32 Hamas fighters in Sinai?

Israeli, Egyptian and Palestinian sources on Thursday denied an Arabic newspaper report that claimed the Egyptian army has killed some 200 gunmen in Sinai, including 32 Hamas members, and arrested 45 others over the past several days.



Pro-Morsi alliance calls for million-man Cairo march on Friday:

Brotherhood-led ‘Alliance to Support Legitimacy’ calls for Friday million-man march in Cairo to protest Egypt’s new ‘usurper’ government, demand ousted president’s reinstatement



Sudden Improvements in Egypt Suggest a Campaign to Undermine Morsi:

As the interim government struggles to unite a divided nation, the Muslim Brotherhood and Mr. Morsi’s supporters say the sudden turnaround proves that their opponents conspired to make Mr. Morsi fail.



Egypt’s Brotherhood vows to keep defying coup:

Supporters of ousted President Morsi say “popular will of the people shall triumph over force and oppression”.



Raids Kill 16 in Iraq’s Restive Western Province:

Insurgents launched two days of bloody assaults on security force posts in Iraq’s restive Anbar province, killing at least 16 at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, authorities said Thursday.



Two suicide bomb attacks kill five policemen in Iraq:

The first bomber opened fire on a checkpoint as he approached the police station, shooting two dead before entering the building and blowing himself up, killing a further three.



Syrian army inflicted heavy losses on rebels:

The army targeted rebels’ positions in the towns of Ghanto, Rastan, Zafarani, Kafr Laha in Homs, local reports said, adding that many of the rebel militants were killed.



Syria’s al-Nusra Front – ruthless, organised and taking control:

The al-Nusra Front, defies the cliche of Islamist fighters around the Middle East plotting to establish Islamic caliphates from impoverished mountain hideaways. In north-eastern Syria, al-Nusra finds itself in command of massive silos of wheat, factories, oil and gas fields, fleets of looted government cars and a huge weapons arsenal.



Al Nusra torture room found in Rif Dimashq: Video report:

Several areas around the shrine of Sayyida Zainab (PBUH) have come under army’s control following heavy clashes which left many terrorist dead or injured.



Meeting al-Qaeda in Syria:

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch has been cementing control of villages near Turkey’s border and aims create an Islamic state.



Syrian Jihadists lose support as abuses mount:

“Out, out, out, the [Islamic] State [of Iraq and Syria] must get out,” protesters shouted at a rally in the northern town of Manbij this week, referring to an Al-Qaeda front group.



Syrians protest against Islamist rule:

Residents of towns near Aleppo demonstrate against al-Qaeda linked group



Syrian rebels behind Aleppo sarin attack, not Assad forces – Russian inquiry to UN : Video report:

That’s according to a Russian team that conducted an on-site investigation and believes the chemical trail leads straight to the rebels.



Lavrov: Syrian Opposition Undermining Geneva Talks:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the new president of the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC) is hindering attempts to hold the proposed Geneva talks, which aim to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.



US senator calls for military strikes on Syria:

The influential chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin (D-Mich.) who has returned from a fact-finding trip to the Middle East, also expressed support for arming the militant groups fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.



UK parliament wins veto over any move to arm Syrian rebels:

Britain’s parliament backed a motion on Thursday, July 11 requiring Prime Minister David Cameron to give it a veto over any future move to arm Syrian rebels, in a symbolic vote the government said it would heed, according to Reuters.



Exiled dissidents claim Iran building new nuclear site:

The National Council of Resistance of Iran exposed Iran’s uranium enrichment facility at Natanz but analysts say it has a mixed track record and a clear political agenda.



Photos suggest Saudis targeting Iran, Israel with ballistic missiles:

Daily Telegraph says analysts who examined satellite images from surface-to-surface missile base deep in Saudi desert spotted two launch pads with markings pointing north-west towards Tel Aviv and north-east towards Tehran



5-year-old Palestinian detained by IDF:

 Child suspected of throwing stones near Hebron detained by IDF, transferred to Palestinian Police. Father claims to have been beaten by soldiers. Watch B’Tselem’s video



Two successive roadside bombings kill five in southern Afghanistan:

Officials say a twin bombing in southern Afghanistan has killed five people, three civilians whose car struck a roadside bomb and two police officers who had rushed to the scene to help the victims when the second bomb went off.



Pakistan quietly preparing for civil war in Afghanistan:

Recognising the realities on the ground leading to fast changing events inside Afghanistan, with no one having a clue to what might happen subsequently after Nato withdraws next year, Pakistan is focusing on how to ‘secure’ its own territory, as it does not rule out a ‘civil war’ once again.



Three killed in mosque blast in Pakistan:

At least three people were killed and 10 others injured when a bomb went off outside a mosque in Pakistan’s northwest Kohat district Thursday, Urdu media reported.



Clive Stafford Smith On Hunger Strike Over Guantanamo Detainee Shaker Aamer:

Clive Stafford Smith, a top human rights lawyer and activist has declared himself on hunger strike in solidarity with Shaker Aamer, the last British man held in Guantanamo



Reprieve: When will White House transfer cleared Gitmo prisoners?: –

If you were disturbed yesterday by the video we released of Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) being force-fed like a Guantánamo prisoner, please consider: right now this is happening 90 times a day at Guantánamo Bay. (If you haven’t seen it yet, the video is here. You may find the images distressing.)



Bradley Manning’s Defense Rests:

Prosecutors, who plan to call rebuttal witnesses on Monday when the trial resumes, have argued that Manning knew al Qaeda would see the documents online.



Blowback from the White House’s vindictive war on whistleblowers: Op-Ed:

Edward Snowden is explicit: seeing whistleblowers like me punitively treated only motivates citizens of conscience more



Wikileaks to begin fundraising for Snowden ‘Flight of Liberty’:

The whistleblowing website said via Twitter that it was on the verge of beginning what it called a “Flight of Liberty” campaign.



Obama gives himself control of all communication systems in America:

The powers he provides to himself and the federal government under the latest order are among the most far-reaching yet of any of his executive decisions.



US allies Mexico, Chile and Brazil seek spying answers:

The reports, based on leaks by fugitive Edward Snowden, said the US ran a “data-collection base” in Brasilia. The O Globo newspaper said the US facility in the Brazilian capital was part of a network of 16 such bases maintained by the National Security Agency (NSA) around the world to intercept transmissions from foreign satellites.



Pressure builds in Germany over Edward Snowden claims:

Angela Merkel under pressure to demand a freeze on transatlantic data-sharing



US must fix secret Fisa courts, says top judge who granted surveillance orders:

James Robertson breaks ranks and says he was shocked to hear of changes to allow broader authorisation of NSA programs



Tiny Utah-based ISP makes a name for itself by rebuffing government snoops:

 Meet Xmission, the internet service provider embracing transparency as it shields customers from warrantless authorities



EU raids telecoms firms in Internet probe:

The European Union said Thursday that its inspectors raided the offices of several telecommunications companies this week to see if they had abused their dominant position in the global market for Internet traffic.



Boston bombing suspect pleads not guilty:

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev responds to 30 charges connected with the deadly bombings in April.



Tens of Thousands of California Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike:

The strikers are calling for an end to long-term solitary confinement and better prison conditions.



The Horrible Psychology of Solitary Confinement:

In the largest prison protest in California’s history, nearly 30,000 inmates have gone on hunger strike. Their main grievance: the state’s use of solitary confinement, in which prisoners are held for years or decades with almost no social contact and the barest of sensory stimuli.



Lawmaker demands the National Guard patrol the streets of Chicago to stop gun violence:

Davis, a 76-year-old Democrat who represents Chicago in the Illinois House of Representatives, said Tuesday that Gov. Pat Quinn should order both the Illinois State Police and the Illinois National Guard to assist with law enforcement efforts in her city aimed at curbing crime.



Global Corruption Report 2013:

World’s Biggest Countries For Bribes, According To Transparency International: In the United States, roughly 1 in 14 people said they paid off officials. Of those, 7 percent said they bribed the police, 11 percent said they bribed educators and 15 percent said they bribed judges. Americans also said they saw political parties as the most corrupt public institution,.



Crisis-Struck Europeans Say They’re Losing Faith in Governments:

Less than 10 percent of people surveyed in the European countries hardest hit by the region’s debt crisis say that their leaders are doing a good job at fighting corruption, a survey by the anticorruption group Transparency International has found.



Eurozone House Price Decline Worsens In Q1:

Spain registered the biggest decrease with prices falling 12.8 percent. Portugal and the Netherlands followed with declines of 7.3 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively.



UK: Homelessness reaches five year high:

“Behind these numbers are thousands of families up and down the country who have lost the battle to stay in their homes. In these tough times more and more people are struggling to pay their housing costs, but changes to housing benefit mean the safety net that prevents families from losing their homes if they become ill or lose their job is no longer sufficient to catch them.”



Greek unemployment rate scales new high in April:

Unemployment rose to 26.9 percent from 26.8 percent in March, the highest reading since statistics service ELSTAT began publishing jobless data in 2006. It is more than twice the average rate in the euro zone, which hit 12.2 percent in May.



Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Rise to Two-Month High:

First-time claims rose by 16,000 to 360,000 in the week ended July 6 from a revised 344,000, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington.



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 : 2,348


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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