14 July 2013 — Information Clearing House
Good Coups, Bad Coups
By Joost Lagendijk
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait promised no less than $12 billion support to the new regime in Cairo. – “It’s pretty clear what the counter-revolutionary Gulf monarchs expect for their generosity, and it’s not democracy.
New Reports Of Israeli Attack On Syria Make Turning a Blind Eye Difficult for Assad
By Amos Harel
After the two suspected Israeli attacks in May, Assad clearly stated that he would not ignore another Israeli infraction, and Israel would pay a heavy price for any attack.
Rifkind Risks a Repeat of Balkans Mistakes in Syria
By Robert Fisk
Today’s superpowers are fighting in Syria, but lets be in no doubt as to their motivations. Continue
In Northern Ireland – A Grotesque Carnivals of Vilification
By Finian Cunningham
Every year, Irish people, both Catholic as well as many decent Protestants, have to endure the hate-filled legacy of British misrule in Ireland.
Inside Look at the Internal Strife Over Al Jazeera America
By Glenn Greenwald
Al Shihabi, has sparked criticism inside al Jazeera by proclaiming that the network “will be the voice of Main Street” and proudly touting a meeting with the Chicago Mayor, former Obama White House chief of staff and vehement “pro-Israel” advocate Rahm Emanuel.
By Paul Craig Roberts
The president of the united states has declared that he possesses these constitutionally forbidden rights, and his regime has used them to oppress and murder US citizens.
Slain and Discarded
Open Season on Black Boys After a Verdict Like This
By Gary Younge in Chicago
“*ucking punks,” Zimmerman told the police dispatcher that night. “These assholes. They always get away.” So true it’s painful. And so predictable it hurts.
White Supremacy Acquits George Zimmerman
By Aura Bogado
This verdict is a crystal-clear illustration of the way white supremacy operates in America.
Only 1 Percent of “Terrorists” Caught By the FBI are Real
By Joshua Holland
Trevor Aaronson exposes the Bureau’s undercover sting operations for the farce they are.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues as
Forty-Three People Killed in Terrorist Attacks across Iraq:
Forty-three people were killed in Iraq as the country is rocked by a fresh wave of militancy, including two bomb attacks near Sunni mosques in Baghdad.
22 killed in Iraq bombings: Saturday:
The blast came a day after a suicide bombing at a cafe in the northern city of Kirkuk killed 41 people and wounded 35.
Iraq foreign minister says can’t stop Iran arms flights to Syria:
“We reject and condemn the transfer of weapons through our airspace and we will inform the Iranian side of that formally. But we do not have the ability to stop it,” he told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat
Gunmen From Syria Kill Iraq Border Policeman:
Clashes between Iraqi border police and gunmen who crossed from Syria into western Iraq killed a policeman and wounded five on Saturday, an officer said.
Syrian troops advance against rebels in Damascus:
The Syrian army has seized the momentum in the civil war over the past three months, wresting back territory lost to rebel forces and solidifying its hold over contested areas, particularly on the fringes of Damascus
Assassination of FSA commander is declaration of war in Syria:
“We are going to wipe the floor with them. We will not let them get away with it because they want to target us,” a senior rebel commander said on condition of anonymity.
Tensions increase within Syria rebel ranks:
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al-Qaeda-linked fighters have clashed again, just days after a leader of the FSA was shot dead at a checkpoint after a row between fighters from the two groups.
Syrian rebels’ Damascus chemical cache found by Assad army – State TV:
Military sources reported that the militants “were preparing to fire mortars in the suburbs of the capital and were going to pack missiles with chemical warheads.”
Obama emphasizes U.S. commitment to Syrian rebels in Saudi call:
President Barack Obama told Saudi Arabia’s king on Friday that he is committed to providing U.S. support to Syrian rebels who have been waiting for shipments of light arms that have been stalled in Washington.
Pakistan Taliban ‘sets up a base in Syria’:
Mohammad Amin, a senior Taliban operative and “co-ordinator of the Syrian base”, told the BBC that the cell to monitor “the jihad” in Syria was set up six months ago. He said that the cell has the approval of militant factions both within and outside of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organisation of militant groups fighting the Pakistani forces.
Israel behind mystery attack on Syrian port – US sources:
Three officials spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity, referring to the pre-dawn explosions in the city of Latakia as an Israeli operation which allegedly targeted Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles.
Report: Israeli submarine strike hit Syrian arms depot:
The alleged Israeli naval strike was closely coordinated with the United States and targeted a contingent of 50 Russian-made Yakhont P-800 anti-ship missiles that had arrived earlier in the year for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, the Times cited Middle East intelligence sources as stating.
US officials confirm Israeli strike on Yakhont missiles in Syria:
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on July 9 denied that Israel was responsible for the incident in Latakia, according to Ynet News. “We haven’t intervened in the Syrian bloodshed in a long time …. We’ve drawn our red lines and we keep to them,” he said.
Engineering Consent For Police State Attack On Iran:
Iran “closer and closer to the bomb,” Netanyahu says:
Iran is getting “closer and closer to the bomb,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday on “Face the Nation,” and in deciding whether to wage an attack on the nation aggressively pursuing nuclear capabilities, he added, “I won’t wait until it’s too late.”
US lawmakers call for penalizing Argentina over Iran ties:
A number of lawmakers in the US House of Representatives listed Argentina’s conciliatory approach to Iran among reasons to penalize the country economically.
Fact or fiction?
US to seek direct nuclear talks with Iran: Report:
The Saturday report by The Wall Street Journal said that senior US officials are meeting with representatives of the four other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany on Tuesday in Brussels to discuss how to engage with President-elect Hassan Rohani over the nuclear issue.
Egyptian army reports 5 militants killed in Sinai:
The Egyptian army killed five terrorists in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday amid ongoing battles between Islamists and security forces in the peninsula, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported Sunday.
Morsi loyalists protest in supporting of ousted president:
“No person, no elite group and no military institution will impose their decision on the people,” Al-Erian said. “The restoration of legitimacy through reinstating the president, the constitution, the Shura Council and the cabinet is the only doable roadmap; it’s the roadmap proposed by President Mohamed Morsi.”
Mursi supporters plan more protests in Egypt:
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called on Saturday for more mass demonstrations in support of ousted President Mohamed Mursi after a huge pro-Mursi march broke up peacefully before dawn, ending a week in which at least 90 people were killed.
Egypt freezes Muslim Brotherhood funds:
Public prosecutor orders temporary block on assets of senior leaders of Muslim Brotherhood and pro-Morsi groups.
U.S. to Egypt: Ousted President Morsi must be freed:
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily briefing that Washington agrees with Germany’s call for Morsi to be freed. “We do agree,” she said, urging Egypt’s security forces to stop “politically motivated arrests” and let go those caught up in such dragnets.
Egypt announces criminal investigation against Morsi:
Complaints of spying, inciting violence and ruining the economy are first step in criminal process, allowing prosecutors to begin investigation that can lead to charges.
U.S. Sends Marines, Navy to Egypt:
The U.S. military has repositioned a group of crisis response units off the coast of Egypt as the local political crisis continues to seethe, and pro-administration groups plan new support rallies on Friday.
As US Ships Approach, US Embassy In Egypt Denies Move Presages “Imminent US Invasion”:
With the situation in Egypt continuing to border on sheer chaos, many wonder what approach the US will take, so far having demonstrated its inability to decide how to swallow the humiliation of having a US-backed regime get swept away in a military coup while it continues supporting the country with both money and weapons.
Cameraman films his own murder in Egypt:
”I think that his only crime, that he is recording a video for the massacre – what happened in Nasr city, only, only his crime. He has no gun no pistol, no anything in his hand, except the camera.”
Gaza Palestinians still stranded abroad by Egypt’s restrictions:
After closing Rafah, Egypt began to deport Gaza residents as they arrived at Cairo airport, and instructed international airlines to deny boarding to Palestinian Authority passport holders on flights bound for Cairo.
Prominent Fatah member calls Abbas ‘tyrant’ and ‘dictator’:
Article written by Dr. Sufian Abu Zaida, a former prisoner in Gaza and today a lecturer at Al-Quds University, reflects the Palestinians’ ongoing loss of faith in their political system.
Turkish police fire tear gas at Istanbul protesters:
Turkish police fired water cannon and tear gas on Saturday to disperse hundreds of protesters who gathered to march to Gezi Park, which has been at the heart of fierce unrest against Prime Minister Erdogan’s rule.
Plainclothesmen attack anti-government protesters in Turkey:
Fresh reports and videos have been released showing plainclothesmen attacking anti-government protesters with knives, machetes and sticks in several cities in Turkey
12 Pakistani Taliban militants killed in Kandahar province:
The Taliban militants killed during the clashes were from Pakistan who entered Afghanistan from the other side of the border to attack Afghan security forces.
US Kills 3 People In Pakistan; Report:
An airstrike carried out by a US assassination drone has killed three people in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area, which borders Afghanistan.
Gunmen kill 2 Yemeni soldiers in province where army battling al-Qaida:
The official says the soldiers were attacked Saturday while traveling in a military vehicle in Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa. The official spoke on condition of anonymity according to regulations.
U.S. Has Nothing to Say About 10-Year-Old Killed in Yemen Drone Strike:
Officials refused to comment on a June 9 drone strike in Yemen that allegedly killed a 10-year-old boy. It’s the first prominent allegation of a civilian death since President Obama pledged in a major speech in May “to facilitate transparency and debate” about the U.S. war on al Qaida-linked militants beyond Afghanistan.
US Kills 9 people in Pakistan:
At least nine suspected militants, including two foreigners, were killed in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region in a US drone strike and a separate Pakistan military operation, security officials said on Sunday.
5 “Taliban” killed in NATO airstrike in Afghanistan:
Coalition spokesman Captain Luca Carniel said Sunday that NATO forces had carried out a “precision strike” in Paktia province the night before, killing five “militants”
Seven peacekeepers killed in Sudan’s Darfur:
Seven peacekeepers were killed on Saturday during an ambush in Sudan’s Darfur region, the African Union-UN Mission said, marking the worst-ever losses in the five-year history of the operation.
U.S. Marines reach transition point in Libya mission:
SPMAGTF-Africa will continue to advise and train with African militaries that have friendly relations with the U.S. It has teams deploying this month to Uganda and Burundi, nations in which Marines have deployed repeatedly in recent years to train African troops.
Russia says no asylum request yet from fugitive Snowden:
Russia kept former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden at arm’s length on Saturday, saying it had not been in touch with the fugitive American and had not yet received a formal request for political asylum.
Asylum for Snowden won’t stop Greenwald from publishing more leaks:
“There are many more domestic stories coming, and big ones, and soon,” Greenwald wrote in an email to Politico on Friday.
Glenn Greenwald: Snowden ‘chose not to release’ most damaging data:
“Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the US government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States,” he told the paper in an interview published on Saturday.
Bolivian President Evo Morales Accuses The US Of Hacking Email Accounts:
“Those US intelligence agents have accessed the emails of our most senior authorities in Bolivia, Morales said in a speech. “It was recommended to me that I not use email, and I’ve followed suit and shut it down,” he said.
S. American states to recall ambassadors from Europe over Bolivian plane incident:
“We’ve taken a number of actions in order to compel public explanations and apologies from the European nations that assaulted our brother Evo Morales,” explained Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, who revealed some of the agenda debated during the 45th summit of Mercosur countries in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo.
Glenn Greenwald: About the Reuters article: Op-Ed:
The latest effort to distract attention from the NSA revelations is more absurd than most
Protests in US after Zimmerman acquittal:
Small protests break out after Florida neighbourhood watchman found not guilty for death of black teen Trayvon Martin.
The Trayvon Martin verdict, and the white supremacist Groundhog Day that is American history: Op- Ed:
I woke up this morning to the horrible news that George Zimmerman has gotten away with murder. Sadly, this verdict was not unexpected.
Zimmerman Walks, While Mother Serves 20 Years after Firing Warning Shots for Protection:
In light of what happened last night to Trayvon Martin and his family, we must always remember that there is a Trayvon in every city, and these Trayvons are both male and female:
A similar case to Trayvon Martin’s gets ignored by media:
The question is, why isn’t CNN or the social media spewing with stories about Jordan Davis? Why hasn’t this story reached the airwaves like the Trayvon Martin story?
Georgia Set To Put To Death Mentally Disabled Man:
As the American Civil Liberties Union noted in a blogpost on Thursday, “All experts who have evaluated Warren Hill agree that he fits the diagnostic classification of intellectually disabled (formerly called mentally retarded).”
Gangs Ruled Prison as For-Profit Model Put Blood on Floor:
In the four privately run prisons holding Mississippi (BEESMS) inmates last year, the assault rate was three times higher on average than in state-run lockups. None was as violent as the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility.
What the Prison Hunger Strikes Mean for an Architect:
From Guantanamo Bay to California’s Pelican Bay, thousands of prisoners are on hunger strike, protesting intolerable living conditions, solitary confinement, and indefinite detention.
Guantanamo Prisoners’ Groins Protected; Too Bad Yours Aren’t:
In an excellent ruling that provides rare good news for the prisoners illegally detained at Guantanamo, a U.S. judge reveals that he actually has a sense of justice. The good news for the prisoners, however, doesn’t extend to the rest of us.
Texas passes one of toughest anti-abortion laws in US:
The senate passed House Bill 2 by 19 votes to 11 just before midnight local time. Texas governor Rick Perry is now due to sign it off.
Why is the rich US in such poor health?:
US: AMERICANS die younger and experience more injury and illness than people in other rich nations, despite spending almost twice as much per person on healthcare.
The shadowy cartel of doctors that controls Medicare.:
Since 1992, the AMA has summoned this same committee three times a year. It’s called the Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (or RUC, pronounced “ruck”), and it’s probably one of the most powerful committees in America that you’ve never heard of.
Renewed fear of global recession as companies rein in spending plans:
Growth in spending on machinery and investment by the world’s 2,000 biggest companies has begun to contract for the first time since the Lehman crisis, led by sharp falls in China and a near collapse in Latin America.
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