ICH 28 July 2013: 80 Percent Of U.S. Adults Face Near-Poverty, Unemployment: Survey

28 July 2013 — Information Clearing House

Eyewitness in Egypt

‘Most Were Shot In The Face – Only One In The Back’

By Robert Fisk

A massacre? Most certainly. And these were only a few of the dead.



The Arab Spring is Being Stifled by the Force of Arms

By Nabila Ramdani

The grotesque murders of ordinary Egyptians by their own military says everything about the non-progress of the Arab spring.



Arming the Syrian Opposition Will Create Another Afghanistan

By Kapil Komireddi

Once Assad falls, where will the foreign fighters in Syria go?



Puttin’ the Pressure on Putin

By Ray McGovern

The United States is one of the few advanced societies that still puts lots of people to death and was caught just last decade torturing detainees at CIA “black sites”



A Shameful Day to Be a US Citizen

By Dave Lindorff

If this were a country that honored the rule of law, Attorney General Holder would not need to promise not to torture.



Chomsky says ‘Snowden Should Be Honored’ For ‘Telling Americans What The Government Was Doing’


If you look at anyone who’s spent any time poring through declassified records — you find that overwhelmingly the security is the security of the state from its own population and that’s why things have to be kept secret.



80 Percent Of U.S. Adults Face Near-Poverty, Unemployment: Survey

By Hope Yen

Hardship is particularly growing among whites, based on several measures. Pessimism among that racial group about their families’ economic futures has climbed to the highest point since at least 1987.



Suicide bomber kills nine policemen in north Iraq:

A suicide bomber killed nine Kurdish policemen in northern Iraq on Sunday, a district official and a doctor said. The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a police convoy in the town of Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province



10 killed in Iraq attacks:

At least 10 people were killed and 15 wounded in separate bombing and shooting incidents in Iraq Saturday, the police said.



‘U.S. kills six people in Yemen:

“A night drone strike targeted two cars of “al-Qaeda militants” in Wadi Dhiqa in Mahfad, killing the six people inside them,” the official said.



Syria says rebels killed 123 people in north, majority civilians:

Syrian state media accused insurgents on Saturday of killing 123 people, the majority of them civilians, during a rebel offensive this week to take the northern town of Khan al-Assad.



Syrian forces make gains in assault on rebel Homs, NGO says:

“Loyalist forces backed by fighters from Hezbollah have advanced over the last 24 hours and now control 50 percent of Khaldiyeh,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.



Thousands of Syrian police who joined the rebels are on U.S. payroll: Report:

Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has approved tens of millions of dollars to pay the salaries of police officers who joined the rebels. They said the officers were working to maintain order in rebel-controlled territory, mostly in northern Syria.



Lindsey Graham Wants War with Iran at the End of the Summer:

Sen. Lindsey Graham told a “cheering” audience Tuesday that if the relationship between the U.S. and Iran doesn’t improve by the end of summer, he will ask Congress to authorize going to war.



Israeli cabinet backs release of Palestinian prisoners:

The cabinet also backed a bill requiring any peace deal with the Palestinians to be put to a referendum. Jerusalem it would be put to a popular vote.



Israeli ambassador calls Al-Sisi a “national hero for all Jews”:

The Israeli ambassador in Cairo has told a minister in the interim government that the people of Israel look upon General Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi as a “national hero”. According to Israel Radio, the ambassador said, “Al-Sisi is not a national hero for Egypt, but for all Jews in Israel and around the globe.”



Egyptian security forces kill 10 gunmen in Sinai:

Egyptian security forces killed 10 militants and captured 20 others in an operation in the Sinai Peninsula over the past 48 hours, state news agency MENA reported on Sunday.



Violent clashes in east Cairo leave dozens of Morsi supporters dead:

Muslim Brotherhood claims 200 killed in overnight violence with police near Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque; Ministry of Health says only 65 dead arrived at hospitals so far



Egypt: ‘The injuries were very precise … the snipers were shooting to kill’:

The crush of dead and injured in the field hospitals was so intense that exhausted doctors struggled to cope



Two killed in Egypt clashes overnight: security source:

The deaths came in two separate incidents, one in the Suez Canal city of Port Said, and the other in the town of Kafr el-Zayat in northern Egypt.



Libya closes Egypt border for security reasons:

The decision came following the assassination of well-known politician Abdelsalam al-Mosmary as well as three others in Benghazi to prevent the perpetrators from fleeing through the borders.



Thirty-one boat migrants drown off Libya: –

Thirty-one migrants, including nine women, drowned off the coast of Libya during an attempted crossing to Italy according to survivors who managed to complete the journey, Italian media reported Sunday.



Raped, plundered, ignored: central Africa state where only killers thrive:

The Central African Republic is all but lawless, with just 200 police to guard 4.6m people from rebel gangs who attack women, kill men and recruit children at will.



Shias lose over half of seats in Kuwait polls:

Kuwait’s Shia minority has lost more than half of their seats while the country’s liberals and Islamists improved their previous score in the country’s parliamentary polls.



Fox News Anchor Dumbfounded That A Scholar, Who Is Muslim, Had The Audacity To Write A Book About Jesus: Video –

Host Lauren Green launched into an Islamophobic attack on Aslan’s credentials and expressed incredulity that he, a self-professed Muslim, would be able to write about Christianity in a fair and honest way.



45 Taliban killed in Afghanistan:

As many as 45 Taliban militants were killed in an air-strike in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, authorities said Saturday.



Peru protesters clash with police:

Clashes broke out on Saturday when thousands of people tried to march towards the Congress building. They were met by about 500 riot police and hundreds of plainclothes officers who blocked their way. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to drive back demonstrators.



Glenn Greenwald: Low-Level NSA Analysts Have ‘Powerful and Invasive’ Search Tool:

“The NSA has trillions of telephone calls and emails in their databases that they’ve collected over the last several years,” Greenwald told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.



US spy agencies eavesdrop on Kiwi:

The New Zealand military received help from US spy agencies to monitor the phone calls of Kiwi journalist Jon Stephenson and his associates while he was in Afghanistan reporting on the war.



“There is more support for the government’s data-collection program among Democrats (57% approve) than among Republicans (44%)”:

50% approve of the government’s collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts, while 44% disapprove. These views are little changed from a month ago, when 48% approved and 47% disapproved.



Protesters in 40 cities take part in Bradley Manning ‘International Day of Action’:

As a US military judge decides the fate of former army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, activists in dozens of cities across the world are calling for the Convening Authority on the case to free the whistleblower.



California prisons, hunger-strike backers clash over inmate death:

Supporters of California prison inmates staging a prolonged hunger strike said on Saturday that one of the prisoners who had been refusing meals has died, but state corrections officials said the death was under investigation as a suicide.



North Carolina Eugenics: Sterilization Program Victims Offered Funds:

The barbaric neutering sounds like something from a dystopian fiction. But it is very much a reality, a shameful era in American history that finally ended less than 40 years ago.



The Chilling Effects of License-Plate Location Tracking:

This type of widespread tracking endangers our rights of protest and association and has the potential to reach deep into our lives and alter our daily decision making.



FBI admits to flying drones over US without warrants:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says it has used drones for domestic surveillance purposes in the United States at least ten times without obtaining warrants.



US approves drones for civilian use:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued certificates for two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use. The move is expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operation later this summer.



Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying Gulf evidence:

 “A Halliburton subsidiary has agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanour violation associated with the deletion of records created after the Macondo well incident, to pay the statutory maximum fine of $200,000 and to accept a term of three years probation,” the company said in a statement



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 : 3,356


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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