ICH 22 July 2013: Snowden and Latin America Expose Washington’s Impotence in a Changing World

22 July 2013 — Information Clearing House

EU Bows to US Pressure, Blacklists Military Wing of Hezbollah

By Al-Manar

European Union Foreign Ministers announced on Monday their countries’ submission to the pressure exerted by the United States to put the military wing of Hezbollah on the EU list of terrorist organizations.



If we are Going to Retreat, Must we Grovel so Shamefully as we Leave?

By Robert Fisk

We hiss at those who humiliate us – Iran and now the disobedient, ruthless regime in Damascus – and we purr, naturally, if the Israelis are humiliating us.



Aafia Siddiqui: Victim of US Injustice

By Stephen Lendman

Post-9/11, Washington declared war on Islam. It rages out-of-control. It goes on at home and abroad. Many others are victims like Aafia. They’re guilty of being Muslims in America at the wrong time.



Gitmo Prisoner Force-Feeding Violates Medical Ethics

By Nuriel Moghavem, Marty Makary

The cruel practice of forced nasograstic tube gagging of tied down persons who have never had a trial is not an American value.



Snowden and Latin America Expose Washington’s Impotence in a Changing World

By Finian Cunningham

US political and economic power is no longer what it once was. The country is undergoing a historic social meltdown that betrays the moribund state of capitalism in the 21st century.



Gen. Hayden’s Glass House

By Ray McGovern

His barrage Friday against truth-teller Edward Snowden and London Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald invited a return rain of boulders for Hayden committing the same violations of constitutional protections that he is now excusing.



Obama’s Escalating War on Freedom of the Press

By Norman Solomon

The administration’s efforts to quash press freedom are in sync with its unrelenting persecution of whistleblowers.



Obama Is A Global Criminal: Dr. Cornel West

Must Watch – Video

“President Obama Has Very Little Moral Authority”



Trayvon and White Madness

By Glen Ford

Most of African American history has been a struggle to mollify or tame the racist beast, to find a way to coexist with white insanity, possibly to cure it, or to make ourselves powerful and independent enough that the madness cannot harm us too badly.



Chris Hedges: “America is a Tinderbox”

The Liberal Elite Has Betrayed the People They Claim to Defend

Real News Video

Chris Hedges says The Democratic Party used to watch out for the interests of labor and even for the poor. But that all changed under Bill Clinton.



Democracy v. Demarchy

Are “Professional” Politicians the Problem?

By WashingtonsBlog

Do we really need politicians? – Professional politicians just pimp their services out to the highest bidder.



Noam Chomsky: The Corporatization of the University


To prevent increasing privatization, he said the United States should put greater emphasis on funding higher education. He added that many other countries, such as Germany and Mexico, offer free or heavily subsidized access to higher education.



Why Is the United States So Sick?

By Laudan Aron

The rate of premature births in the United States is the highest among the comparison countries and more closely resembles those of sub-Saharan Africa.



Mind Rape and the Christian Right

By Chris Hedges

The trauma, emotional abuse and manipulation Lyons suffered at the hands of Total Freedom Program were familiar to me because of the two years I spent investigating the Christian right for my book “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.”



Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As

Suicide attack kills 25 in northern Iraq:

A suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi army convoy in the northern city of Mosul early on Monday, killing at least 22 soldiers and three passers-by, police said.



Assault on Iraq prisons kill at least 20: –

Militants attacked two Iraqi prisons including the notorious Abu Ghraib in a bid to free inmates, killing 20 security force members in fierce all-night clashes, officials said on Monday.



Over 500 ‘Al Qaeda militants’ escape Iraq’s Abu Ghraib in violent break-out:

A manhunt is underway in Iraq for hundreds of convicts, including senior al Qaeda terrorists, who broke out of Abu Ghraib prison after a military-style raid to free them, authorities said on Monday.



Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As

Depleted uranium used by US forces blamed for birth defects and cancer in Iraq:

Cancer is more common than flu in the Iraqi city of Najaf, about 160 km south of Baghdad, one local doctor told RT. After the start of the war rates of leukemia and birth defects “rose dramatically” due to use of depleted uranium by the US military.



Syrian forces kill at least 49 rebels near Damascus – monitors:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces ambushed rebels in a strategic suburb near the capital Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 49 people, a pro-opposition monitoring group said.



Explosions and firefights in Damascus:

Amateur video purportedly shows Syrian rebels launching mortars at what they say is a government ammunition storage facility in Damascus. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.



Syria conflict: Khan al-Assal ‘falls to rebels’:

A strategic town close to the northern city of Aleppo has fallen to Syrian rebels, according to UK-based activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.



Palestinian fighters take on Syrian militants at Yarmouk camp:

Palestinian volunteer fighters have been advancing into the camp slowly, facing the militants who have turned every building and every street into a bunker.



Syria’s civil war could last for years, says US official:

David Shedd, deputy director of the Defence Intelligence Agency, delivered one of the grimmest US public assessments of the Syrian conflict as he described the increasing strength of Islamic radicals in the Middle East. His sobering analysis was echoed by David Cameron on Sunday.



Syria conflict in stalemate, David Cameron says:

Mr Cameron said there was “too much extremism” among the opposition, but moderate groups still deserved support.



Russia to follow through with promised missiles to Assad:

In an attempt to bolster Syria’s war-battered economy, Russia is considering extending a loan to Damascus and is still committed to delivering S-300 missiles in defiance of the West, a top Syrian official said Monday.



Lavrov Says Syrians Must Unite to Expel ‘Terrorists’:

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued a new call Monday for the Syrian government and opposition to work together to expel all “terrorists and extremists from Syria,” news agencies reported.



Israel praises Hezbollah blacklist, calls on EU to go further:

Netanyahu says Israel doesn’t distinguish between military and political wings, highlights group’s involvement in Syrian civil war



Israel to free ‘around 80’ Palestinian prisoners:

Israel is set to decide on the release of around 80 long-serving Palestinian prisoners ahead of renewed peace talks, an Israeli official said on Monday.



Netherlands: Retailers ban goods from illegal Israeli settlements:

Dutch media reports 2 of country’s largest retail chains announce they will not sell more products originating beyond Green Line. Foreign Ministry: ‘Boycott is tainted with hypocrisy, prejudice’



Iranian Leader: US Not Trustworthy:

Supreme leader of Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, warned that the United States is “not trustworthy” after former US officials and lawmakers urged diplomacy with the Islamic republic’s incoming president, Sheikh Hasan Rouhani.



Six killed in militant attacks in Egypt’s Sinai:

Six Egyptians were killed and 11 others wounded in several attacks by militants in the Sinai peninsula near Egypt’s borders with Israel and the Palestinian Gaza strip, medical sources said on Monday.



15 year-old child killed in clashes north of Cairo:

Clashes in Egypt’s Qaliubiya province just north of Cairo between supporters and opponents of ousted president Mohamed Morsi led to the death of a 15 year-old child who was shot in the chest, reported Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website.



Dozens injured in clashes between Morsi supporters, opponents in Egypt’s Suez:

The head of the emergency department of the Suez Health Directorate said on Monday that 46 people were injured in clashes between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and his opponents.



EU calls on military to stand aside in Egypt:

EU foreign ministers called Monday on Egypt’s military to stand aside and allow a peaceful transition to civilian rule after ousting the elected government earlier this month.



Egypt Denies Morsi and U.S. Joined in a Plot:

A central question hanging over Egypt – what is to become of Mohamed Morsi, the ousted president – turned cloudier on Sunday as state institutions conducted a bizarre public argument about his legal status.



Family of Egypt’s ousted president vows legal action against “kidnapping:

The family of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said on Monday it would take legal action against the army, accusing it of abducting the country’s first democratically-elected president.



Retired colonel shot dead in eastern city in Libya,:

The official said gunmen shot and killed the 70-years-old retired officer while he was driving his car Sunday in the volatile city of Derna.



Protest halts Libyan port’s oil exports for 6th day:

Protesters demanding jobs closed off the eastern Libyan port of Zueitina for a sixth day on Monday, extending a halt in oil exports, according to a senior oil industry source and to one of the demonstrators.



4 soldiers killed in southern Afghan roadside bombing:

Four Afghan army soldiers were killed and one was wounded Monday when their vehicle was hit by a Taliban roadside bombing in the country’s southern province of Zabul, the provincial police chief said.



The Five Totally Reasonable Demands That Prisoners In California Are Willing To Die For:

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, stated that any time over 15 days in solitary confinement constitutes torture. Yet California prisoners have been caged in solitary for 10 to 20 years or more.



Imported Torture Haunts Poland:

According to a U.S. intelligence source quoted by The New York Times, the prison in Poland was the most important of the CIA’s black sites, where terror suspects were subjected to interrogation techniques that would not be legal in the United States. The source claimed that Poland was picked mostly because “Polish intelligence officials were eager to cooperate.”



Two FARC rebels killed in Colombia clashes: military:

Two leftist FARC guerrillas were killed Monday in a flare-up of fighting in Colombia that claimed the lives of 25 soldiers and rebels over the weekend, the military said.



Colombia vows full-bore assault on FARC:

President Juan Manuel Santos promises decisive retaliation after 19 soldiers killed in ambush by FARC rebels.



NSA growth fueled by need to target “terrorists” –

Already bigger than the Pentagon in square footage, the NSA’s footprint will grow by an additional 50 percent when construction is complete in a decade. And that’s just at its headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.



“What Is That Box?” – When The NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company;

For nine months, this Utah ISP had a little black box in the corner, courtesy of the NSA. Its owner tells his story.



UK: Online pornography to be blocked by default, PM announces:

Most households in the UK will have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it, David Cameron has announced. In addition, the prime minister said possessing online pornography depicting rape would become illegal in England and Wales – in line with Scotland.



Report questions costs of villas and mansions for top military brass:

The five-bedroom residence, across the street from the famed Biltmore Golf Course, is provided rent-free to Kelly as head of U.S. Southern Command, which oversees military operations in the Caribbean Latin America.



Militiamen Showing Up in Wisconsin as Mining Co. ‘Security’: Video report:

Imagine taking a hike in your local woods and coming upon characters toting semi-automatic weapons, dressed in camo and wearing masks. Then imagine finding out they are militia-movement followers hired by a mining operation to protect against “eco-terrorists.”



Fukushima Plant Admits Radioactive Water Leaked To Sea:

Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, also came under fire Monday for not disclosing earlier that the number of plant workers with thyroid radiation exposures exceeding threshold levels for increased cancer risks was 10 times what it said released earlier.



CDC Admits 98 Million Americans Received Polio Vaccine In An 8-Year Span When It Was Contaminated With Cancer Virus:

The CDC has quickly removed a page from their website, which is now cached here, admitting that more than 98 million Americans received one or more doses of polio vaccine within an 8-year span from 1955-1963 when a proportion of the vaccine was contaminated with a cancer causing polyomavirus called SV40.



Don’t Have A Stroke In The State Of Florida:

Speaking incoherently and unable to move his left arm, Hicks was arrested on a charge of obstructing a law enforcement officer when he did not respond to commands to exit his car. Just after noon, he was booked into the Orient Road Jail.



Being homeless soon a crime in Miami? : Video report:

City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff is considering making being homeless illegal, and sleeping on a park bench, eating on sidewalks or congregating in public spaces could land you behind bars.


A Black Box for Car Crashes:

About 96 percent of all new vehicles sold in the United States have the boxes, and in September 2014, if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has its way, all will have them.



‘You’re Dead, Mother**r!’:

Those were the last words spoken to 41-year-old Kamas, Utah resident Wade Pennington as he bled to death from two gunshot wounds inflicted at point-blank range



After Detroit bankruptcy filing, city retirees on edge as they face pension cuts:

The battle over the future of Detroit is set to begin this week in federal court, where government leaders will square off against retirees in a colossal debate over what the city owes to a prior generation of residents as it tries to rebuild for the next.



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 : 3,350


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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