ICH 23 July 2013: Livni Squeals, Kerry Deals and the EU Picks Up the Tab

23 July 2013 — Information Clearing House

War Against Iran, Iraq AND Syria?

By Pepe Escobar

Britain, the Netherlands and France, have just branded the organization that is fighting jihadis on the ground in Syria/Lebanon “terrorists”, while the jihadis themselves get away with it. So much for European ignorance/arrogance.



Caving to White House Pressure

Livni Squeals, Kerry Deals and the EU Picks Up the Tab

By Franklin Lamb

Ms. Livni demanded three things from Kerry as the ‘price tag’ of the Israeli government going thru the motions of appearing to be willing to resume negotiations.



Mossad’s Pardo Visits UAE

By Richard Silverstein

If I were an Iranian intelligence official I’d be following very closely the travel schedule of Tamir Pardo, Israel’s Mossad chief.



On the Death of Helen Thomas

By Lawrence Davidson

Since we are on the topic of bigotry, let’s consider the behavior of the Zionists in this regard.



Egypt’s Old Guard Takes the Reins After Overthrow of Mohamed Morsi

By Abigail Hauslohner

Mubarak-era officials give a familiar face to new regime in Cairo as supporters of former president are rounded up.



Tony Blair’s Malawi Adventure

By Elliot Ross

Malawians could cash in on the former British prime minister’s trip through the Arrest Blair campaign, says Elliot Ross.



Washing U.S. Hands of the Dirty Wars

News Coverage Erases Washington’s Role in State Terror

By Kevin Young

U.S. news outlets have usually ignored the role of the U.S. government in supporting these murderous right-wing regimes through military aid and diplomatic support. This pattern also applies to press coverage of current U.S.-backed “dirty wars,” in Honduras and elsewhere.



US: Assassination of Citizens, Uncounted “Collateral Damage” and a Law Suit

By Felicity Arbuthnot

“My grandson was killed by his own government. The Obama administration must answer for its actions and be held accountable.”



Obama, Race and Class:

By Patrick Martin

Obama does not speak for Trayvon Martin. He speaks for a different social class.



Stop Doing the Vicious Work of the Ruling Class

“Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been … a Racist?”

By Arthur Silber

Obama has adopted the white racist framework with regard to every issue of importance.”



Collateral Damage: QE3 and the Shadow Banking System

By Ellen Brown

Rather than expanding the money supply, quantitative easing (QE) has actually caused it to shrink by sucking up the collateral needed by the shadow banking system to create credit.



Onward Back to Feudalism

By Phillip Faruggio

Big investors have poured more than $10 billion into the single family home rental market in recent years… The biggest, the Blackstone Group, has bought 29,000 homes in 13 markets, 25,000 of them in the past year.”



US Middle-class Prosperity is Pure Fantasy

By Les Leopold

New research reveals that the US ranks 27th in the world when it comes to middle-class wealth.



Liberty Slipping

10 Things You Could Do in 1975 That You Can’t Do Now

By Robert Wenzel

1.You could buy an airline ticket and fly without ever showing an ID. 2.You could buy cough syrup without showing an ID.



US Killed 94 Children In Pakistan: Report:

A tally of civilian deaths in Pakistan from drone strikes compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that relies largely on media reports estimates the total number of civilian casualties at somewhere between 411 and 890.



Leaked Pakistani report confirms high civilian death toll in CIA drone strikes:

The United States has consistently claimed only a tiny number of non-combatants have been killed in drone attacks in Pakistan – despite research by the Bureau and others suggesting that over 400 civilians may have died in the nine-year campaign.



Three Americans occupation force soldiers killed by suicide bomber in Afghanistan:

The attacker was riding a donkey when he approached the U.S. personnel and detonated the bomb. According to a U.S. military official, the bomber and the donkey were also killed in the attack.



2 militants killed in Afghan security point attack:

Two militants were killed and one was captured when Taliban launched an armed attack on checkpoints in southern Afghan province of Helmand early Tuesday morning, the police said.



The occupation will continue:

Afghans ‘ready’ to sign US security pact: Karzai:

The Afghan president told the top US military commander Monday that he was ready in principle to let American troops stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, a month after suspending security talks.



Activists: 75 Syria rebels dead in Damascus battles:

Syrian activists say government troops have killed at least 75 rebels over 24 hours in battles for control of the capital, Damascus.



Turkish troops kill civilian trying to cross into Syria:

A Turkish border patrol killed one of eight civilians trying to cross illegally from Turkey into Syria on the tense frontier, the Turkish military said on Tuesday.



For Syrian government, Homs is the key target, not Aleppo:

Forces loyal to the Syriangovernment are escalating their offensive to push rebel fighters out of the divided strategic city of Homs in the central region, indicating their much-touted drive against the northern city of Aleppo was a feint.



Syria Kurds overrun villages, expel jihadists: activists:

Syrian Kurds made rapid advances in the north of the country Tuesday, expelling jihadists from several villages, as a gulf of mistrust between Arabs and Kurds grew, activists said.



Russia: Al-Qaeda-linked extremists hold 200 Kurdish civilians hostage as ‘live shield’ in Syria:

Civilians remain hostage after Syrian Kurds clashed with Al-Qaeda linked militants in the north-eastern Syrian towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain, along the Syrian-Turkish border over the weekend.



US Intel committees approve arming Syrian rebels, top general warns of costs:

Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest-ranking American military advisor, wrote that a no-fly zone over Syria would cost the US between $500 million and $1 billion a month to maintain, and may be ineffective because the Syrian army relies on artillery, not air support, to fight the “insurrection”.



Dempsey Pegs Syria No-Fly Zone at $1 Billion a Month:

Imposing a no-fly zone over Syria would cost as much as $1 billion a month and put U.S. aircraft at risk of being shot down without necessarily toppling Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the U.S. military’s top officer said.



US military intervention in Syria would create ‘unintended consequences’:

The top US military officer warned senators on Monday that taking military action to stop the bloodshed in Syria was likely to escalate quickly and result in “unintended consequences”, representing the most explicit uniformed opposition to deeper involvement in another war in the Middle East.



Syrian Rebels Hope for US Arms in August – Reports:

Both the US Senate and House of Representatives last week signed off on the White House’s plan to allocate US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) resources to provide weapons, training, and logistics and intelligence support to the Syrian rebels, though US officials only confirmed this week that the committees had approved the program.



50 killed in 24 hours in Baghdad:

Violence exploded in Iraq over the past 24 hours near Baghdad and in Mosul, leaving nearly 50 people dead and hundreds of al Qaeda-linked militants free in a massive jailbreak, authorities said



Iran: EU blacklisting of Hezbollah serves Israeli interests:

There was condemnation from Beirut, where the caretaker government had described Hezbollah as “an essential component of Lebanese society”. Leading politicians warned the move would play into the hands of Israel. Al-Manar, the pro-Hezbollah TV channel, reported: “Israel has imposed its will on Europe.”



Richard Silverstein: Israel to Sign Guns for Refugees Deal With African States: Op-Ed:

Ynet reports that the government is close to inking a deal with three African states (who are likely Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Uganda) who will take “tens of thousands” of ‘undesirable’ African refugees from Israel in return to Israeli weapons and training.



Israeli Arms exports hit record $7.5b in 2012:

Israel’s main defense market in 2012 was the Asia-Pacific market. There were also large deals with countries such as India and Azerbaijan. Israeli defense exports to the Asia-Pacific market totaled $4 billion in 2012. Contracts worth $3.5 billion were signed with the US, Canada, and countries in Europe, Latin America, and Africa.



Anti-Arab Sentiment in Israel: Video –

This short film, documents the Israeli side of our 2011 public opinion survey in Israel and the West Bank. For this part of the survey, we visited 5 cities: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Be’er Sheba, Herzliya, and Haifa where we spoke to 250 Jewish-Israelis



US drone strikes in Yemen cast a long shadow over life on the ground:

Unmanned aircraft create refugees and resentment among civilians as remote provinces become a battleground



Murder Inc:

America’s targeted killing policy : Video –

The director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s national security project talks about why the Obama administration’s drone assassinations are not just illegal in many cases, but are becoming increasingly risky for the US itself.



10 killed in Egypt:

At least six people were killed early Tuesday when opponents of Mursi attacked supporters of the deposed president who were staging a sit-in near Cairo University, state media reported. The deadly clashes which also wounded dozens broke out on Monday, raged through the night and were continuing on Tuesday, a day after Mursi’s family vowed to sue the military over his ouster.



71% of Egyptians unsympathetic with pro-Morsi protests: Poll:

71 percent of Egyptians voiced their disapproval of the Brotherhood-led protests which have been taking place for three weeks, according to a poll conducted by the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Baseera).



Rocket attack in Libya hits near Tripoli luxury hotel where prime minister has apartment:

The official says the rocket launcher was attached to a vehicle, which erupted in flames. No injuries were immediately reported, though the residential building next to the hotel was damaged in the Tuesday attack.



Survey finds religious freedom did not increase during Arab Spring:

The survey may be a sign that the hopes world leaders had expressed of democracy emerging from the uprisings in Egypt and several other countries in the region won’t improve conditions for the world’s religious minorities anytime soon.



Snowden hopes to be able to leave airport by Wednesday: lawyer:

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden hopes to be granted papers by Wednesday allowing him to end his month-long stay in the transit area of a Moscow airport and move to the city center, his Russian lawyer said on Monday.



Russian official slams US for turning down Moscow’s extradition requests:

 “Law agencies asked the US on many occasions to extradite wanted criminals through Interpol channels, but those requests were neither met nor even responded to,” spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry Andrey Pilipchuk said on Monday.



NSA locates cell phones even when they are turned off:

Never mind the non-stop collection of metadata and other sneaky surveillance tools being implemented by the NSA: a new report has revealed that the National Security Agency’s spy powers allow the government to grab location data on just about anyone.



Justin Amash’s NSA Surveillance Amendment Ruled In Order:

A little more than a month after secret National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs were leaked to the public, one GOP congressman is making headway with his push to defund those initiatives.



Here Come the Drone Wars in America — The Public vs. Overzealous Police:

Using drones for surveillance in the US won’t make overzealous police behaviour or lack of accountability disappear.



US Gulag:

Guantánamo Rulings Change Little:

Over the last two weeks, three federal judges have issued rulings on the legitimacy of the recent rough treatment being doled out to the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.



FBI Admit They May Have Abused Hair Analysis To Convict Hundreds To Thousands Of Innocent People:

For the DOJ, it’s never about justice, but about winning. And that can be a bit dangerous when you’re the guys with the most guns and you get to make up many of the rules as you go along.



Poll: Obama’s job approval plunges; Congress, especially GOP, still unpopular:

Stung by Americans’ persistent worries about the economy and a capital gripped by controversy and gridlock, President Barack Obama is suffering his lowest job approval numbers in nearly two years, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.



Police Say Sexual Favors Spur $1.5 Billion Glaxo China Sales:

GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s (GSK) sales in China jumped 20 percent to about 1 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) last year, almost quadruple the pace of growth across its emerging markets. Police say bribes and sexual favors spurred the gain.



BofA, Barclays Sued by Houston For Libor Manipulation:

The Texas city seeks unspecified damages for both receiving artificially low interest and paying artificially high rates on municipal investments dating back six years, according to a complaint filed today in federal court in Houston.



Banks Are Fined for LIBOR & Energy Manipulation, But Prosecution of PM Rigging Cannot Be Permitted!:

We know market rigging occurs every day. We may not be able to see it, as it’s hidden in vast arrays of high frequency trading at the nanosecond level. The manipulators can conceal their work through offshore accounts. Proxy traders conceal their actions, but we still know it goes on.



Chicago Fires More than 2,000 School Staff as Crippling Cuts Deepen:

 Austerity deepens in Chicago this year with the firing of more than 3,000 total school staff after closing 50 schools.



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 : 3,353


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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