24 July 2013 — Information Clearing House
US Military Plans Direct Intervention in Syria
By Alex Lantier
The Pentagon is planning a major escalation of the US-led war against Syria, involving direct US military involvement to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
America’s Newest Suharto / Pinochet Calls for More Violence in Egypt
By Scott Creighton
What the American trained (and financially backed) al Sisi is doing is overtly telling the Mubarak supporting thug squads it’s open season on the pro-Morsi (pro-democracy) Egyptians all across the country.
Palestinians: Talks Won’t Resume Without Israeli Consent to Basis of 1967 Borders
By Amira Hass and Jack Khoury
Palestinians still waiting for invitation to Washington talks; PLO sources attribute delay to Israeli demands that Kerry add new clause to outline for talks, recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.
Officials to Resume “Peace” Process That Never Was
By Ramzy Baroud
The political peddlers, think-tank experts and media professionals are all back in full force. They want us to believe that US Secretary of State John Kerry has done what others have failed to do.
Iraq Invades the United States
By Eduardo Galeano
And Other Headlines from an Upside Down History of the U.S. Military and the World.
The Amash Amendment: A Vital Shield From Unwarranted NSA Surveillance
By Alexander Abdo
Congress must use this crucial vote on the NSA’s data dragnet to protect our privacy from the agency’s intent to ‘collect it all’
Role Reversal: How the US Became the USSR
By Paul Craig Roberts
Whatever serves the tiny clique that rules america is legal; whatever exposes the criminals is illegal.
Brazil: Extractive Capitalism and the Great Leap Backward
By Prof. James Petras
As portfolio investments decline, and the economy stagnates, extractive capital intensifies its push into the Amazon and with it the terrible toll on the indigenous population and the rain forest.
Blessed Are the Rich
By Jim Hightower
One thing I’ve come to value in the last couple of years is the altruism and keen economic insights of the fourth-richest man in America: Charles Koch.
Bankers Own the World
And are ultimately destroying it
By Chris Martenson
The Top 50 Companies Own 40% of Eveything.
Attacks kill 14 people in Iraq:
Insurgents ambushed a police headquarters in northern Iraq early Wednesday, killing at least nine policemen and extending the surge of attacks that has killed more than 500 people this month alone, officials said.
Syrian rebels kill woman in attack on civilian convoy: activists:
Rebels attacked a convoy of trucks and buses in northern Syria, activists said on Wednesday, after Islamist militants had warned they would target all vehicles on the road to stop the army from using its only remaining route to Aleppo.
Syria: Disillusioned Rebels Drift Back to Take Assad Amnesty:
Disillusioned by the Islamist twist that the “revolution” in Syria has taken, exhausted after more than two years of conflict and feeling that they are losing, growing numbers of rebels are signing up to a negotiated amnesty offered by the Assad regime.
Kurdish group advancing toward northern Iraq border:
The PYD which continues to clash with the El Nusra Front in northern Syria has begun to advance toward the Arabiya Border Gate on the Syria-Iraq border.
FSA would not allow Kurds autonomy: commander:
The general commander of Free Syria Army (FSA), the main armed group of Syria oppositions, said his army would not allow the Kurds to establish autonomy in the north of the country.
Head of Syrian Jihadists: We Support an Islamic Caliphate:
The leader of the jihadist Al-Nusra Front has declared that his group is in favor of establishing an Islamic caliphate in Syria.
Syrian City of Raqqa Suffers Under Rebel Rule:
It is worth bring attention to the governorate that is “ruled” by the opposition, since it is the first actual model of an alternative authority to the state. The opposition referred to here is not the Syrian Coalition or its “temporary” government, but the Free Syrian Army (FSA) brigades and the Religious Body to Support the Syrian Revolution.
Assad govt blocking access to needy in Homs – Red Cross:
“Despite lengthy negotiations with both sides, and three trips back and forth between Damascus and Homs, we have still not received the go-ahead from the Syrian authorities,” he said.
UN chemical weapons experts arrives in Syria:
At government invite, chemical weapons expert, UN disarmament chief arrive in Damascus to hold preliminary talks with regime on chemical attack probe
Russia says US drive to arm Syria rebels hurts chances for peace:
“If our American partners are now focusing on arming the opposition and are sharing plans… to strike Syrian government positions, then this, of course, runs against agreements to hold a conference,” he said.
IDF intel chief: Syria turning into jihadi center:
It is attracting “thousands of radical jihadi activists from the area and the world, who are basing themselves in the country, not only to topple Assad, but also to promote the vision of an Islamic religious state,” he said.
Putin to offer advanced antimissiles to soothe Iran’s S-300 grudge – report:
Russia is offering Iran to purchase S-300VM Antey-2500 air defense systems, according to defense industry sources. It’s a cousin of the S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile family.
What a joke:
Indyk Returns as Kerry’s Chief Negotiator :
Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to name Martin Indyk as the U.S. Representative to the Israel-Palestinian peace negotiation. Indyk has been around this peace talk track before. He belongs to a small group of Jewish diplomats who have specialized in Middle East negotiations.
Hamas: Egypt trying to restore rule over Gaza:
Hamas officials blame Fatah for “smear” campaign in Egypt press, decry Egyptian helicopter flights over Gaza Strip.
UN says Egypt crackdown closes 80 percent of Gaza smuggling tunnels:
About 80 percent of tunnels used to smuggle goods and arms into the Gaza Strip from Egypt are “no longer functioning” due to a crackdown by the Egyptian military after it ousted President Mohamed Morsi this month, a UN official said on Tuesday.
Egypt clashes toll reaches 15:
The toll in the clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in different parts of Egypt rose to 15 early Wednesday, with 114 people injured. A police officer was killed and 24 people, mostly security personnel, suffered injuries in an overnight blast targeting the security department headquarters in Mansoura city.
Egypt: aftermath of fatal clashes in Cairo – video:
Debris and blood remain on the streets of Cairo on Wednesday morning after a night of violence which left six people dead.
Two Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai: security:
One soldier died of a bullet wound to the chest after gunmen fired at a checkpoint near the north Sinai town of EL-Arish, the officials said. Another soldier was shot dead several hours later in an attack on a water truck belonging to the army in El-Arish.
Egyptian General Calls for Mass Demonstrations:
The commander of the armed forces on Wednesday called on Egyptians to hold mass demonstrations on Friday that he said would give the army a “mandate” to fight violence and terrorism, a call for popular action that seemed to contradict the military’s repeated assertions that it would not interfere in politics.
In case you missed it:
US Bankrolled Anti-Morsi Activists:
Documents reveal US money trail to Egyptian groups that pressed for president’s removal.
Tales of witnesses to Cairo massacre back pro-Morsi version:
The stories of nine occupants of the apartment buildings whom McClatchy interviewed seem to back the protesters’ version of events, even though many of those residents said they had little sympathy for Morsi and had grown frustrated with the protesters’ constant chants, which had gone on for days.
US delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt delayed:
Shipment of four F-16 fighter jets destined for Egypt on Tuesday as part of a US military aid deal has been delayed while the Obama administration considers to evaluate the situation on the ground.
95 killed in Guinea clashes:
A government spokesperson says recent clashes in Guinea’s southeast forest region killed 95 and injured hundreds, a significant increase over numbers provided last week.
Eastern Congo rebel group charges that civilians were killed in army strikes on military camp:
Army helicopters struck civilians during an attack targeting the M23 rebels in eastern Congo on Wednesday, according to the group’s president and a resident.
One killed, several wounded in Somalia car bomb: police:
At least one person was killed and several others were wounded Wednesday when a car bomb exploded in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the latest in a string of attacks, police said.
Pakistan: 4 killed, 35 injured in gun-and-bomb attack on ISI office in Sukkur:
At least four people have died and 35 were injured in two suicide bombings and exchange of fire that took place at an office of the Inter-Services Intelligence in sukkur’s Barrage Colony on Wednesday.
Leaked Pakistani Report on U.S. Drone War Undermines Claims of Low Civilian Toll : Video –
The Pakistani report investigates 75 CIA drone strikes and five operations by NATO between 2006 and 2009. It finds that the attacks left at least 746 people dead, including at least 147 civilians, 94 of them children
White House urges Congress to reject moves to curb NSA surveillance:
Obama administration alarmed by vote on ‘Amash amendment’ aimed at blocking blanket surveillance of phone records
House forces vote on amendment that would limit NSA bulk surveillance:
Opposition to bulk surveillance swells with vote that would ‘end authority for blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act’
NSA Calls Emergency Private Briefing To Lobby Against Justin Amash Amendment Curtailing Its Power:
The National Security Agency called for a “top secret” meeting with members of the House on Tuesday to lobby against the first House amendment to challenge the agency’s authority to cull broad swaths of communications data, according to an invitation circulated in Congress.
Wyden on NSA Domestic Surveillances: Video –
In his speech Wyden warns that “if we don’t seize this unique moment in history to reform our surveillance laws and practices, we will all live to regret it.”
Report: Snowden has document to enter Russia:
Russian state news agency says US leaker Edward Snowden has been granted a document that allows him to leave the transit zone of a Moscow airport and enter Russia.
Bradley Manning’s Nobel Peace Prize: Please sign this petition to the Norwegian Nobel Committee:
No individual has done more to push back against what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism” than Bradley Manning. And right now, remaining in prison and facing relentless prosecution by the U.S. government, no one is more in need of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mexico violence leaves 22 dead in Michoacan:
Gunmen blocked roads and ambushed police as fighting intensifies between police and drug cartel in western Mexico
‘Dead’ Mexican poll winner Lenin Carballido arrested:
A Mexican man who won a mayoral election even though he had been certified as dead, has been arrested on suspicion of providing false testimony.
Pope’s visit to Brazil met with protests:
Brazilian police have used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesters in Rio de Janeiro rallying against the vast amount of public funds spent on Pope Francis’ visit to the country.
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 : 3,354
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001