ICH 1 August 2013: ‘I’ve Killed Lots Of Arabs In My Life And There’s No Problem With That’ : Israeli Minister

1 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

Fresh Evidence of CIA Drone Strikes on Rescuers

By Chris Woods

The tactic has previously been labelled a possible war crime by two UN investigators.



U.S. Military Has Awarded Contracts To Al-Qaeda In Afghanistan

By Michael Krieger

Yep, this is exactly what happens when an empire gets too big, too corrupt, and ends up in the hands of a bunch of sociopaths.



More Israeli Attacks On Syria Likely

Syria moved missiles before alleged Israeli strike, report says

By Haaretz

Israel failed to destroy a Syrian arsenal of Russian-made cruise missiles in an alleged attack last month on a warehouse near the city of Latakia.



U.S. Gave Israel, Palestinians Letters of Assurance in Order to Renew Talks

By Barak Ravid

The letter to Israel apparently included an American declaration stating Israel is a Jewish state and that the U.S. position is that the Palestinian refugees should return to the future Palestinian state.



The Indyk Appointment

Reviving the Israel-Palestine Negotiations

By Richard Falk

Are we so accustomed to a biased framework that it is taken for granted, or is it overlooked because it might spoil the PR effect of reviving the moribund peace process?



‘I’ve Killed Lots Of Arabs In My Life And There’s No Problem With That’ : Israeli Minister


A member of Israel’s cabinet has declared his backing for simply killing Palestinian prisoners, rather than bringing them to trial.



Neocons Desperate To Start War Against Iran

By Damian Lataan

It’s not a matter of ‘if’ the US and/or Israel attack Iran, it’s a matter of when.



Ex-Envoy’s Account Clarifies Iran’s 2003 Nuclear Decision

By Gareth Porter

Newly published recollections by the former French ambassador to Iran suggest that Iran was not running a covert nuclear weapons programme that it then decided to halt in late 2003, as concluded by U.S. intelligence in 2007.



Guards Are Sexually Assaulting Me, Says The Last Briton In Guantanamo Bay

By Paul Cahalan

The last British resident in Guantanamo Bay claims he is being assaulted, sometimes sexually, during prison searches as he continues a hunger strike against his unlawful detention.



Bradley Manning Lynched by the US Government

By Pepe Escobar

The verdict for Manning was predetermined, and the show trial in a kangaroo court – a post-modern American remix of China in the 1960s during the Cultural Revolution – just signed, sealed and delivered it.



Manning Verdict Risks Freedom Of The Press If The People Do Not Act

By Kevin B. Zeese

The crimes Manning exposed were much more serious than the crimes of which he has been convicted. 



Snowden Granted 1-year Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport


With his newly-awarded legal status in Russia, Snowden cannot be handed over to the US authorities, even if Washington files an official request.



NSA Collects ‘Nearly Everything a User Does on the Internet’

By Glenn Greenwald

Analysts can also use XKeyscore and other NSA systems to obtain ongoing “real-time” interception of an individual’s internet activity.



Exclusive: NSA Pays £100m in Secret Funding for GCHQ

By Nick Hopkins and Julian Borger

The US government has paid at least £100m to the UK spy agency GCHQ over the last three years to secure access to and influence over Britain’s intelligence gathering programmes.



How to Decode the True Meaning of What NSA Officials Say

By Jameel Jaffer and Brett Max Kaufman

A lexicon for understanding the words U.S. intelligence officials use to mislead the public.



America’s Police State Marches On, Media in Tow

By Dave Lindorff

Challenging fascism and the national security state: Bradley Manning, Aaron Swarz and Edward Snowden.



Hiding Economic Depression With Spin

By Paul Craig Roberts

Time is running out for the US economy and the American people. The financial press and economic commentators, with few exceptions, do a good job of keeping this fact from the public.



Syria: 40 killed in huge Homs explosion:

Rocket attacks struck government-held districts in the central Syrian city of Homs on Thursday, setting off successive explosions in a weapons depot that killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens, an opposition group and residents said.



150 Syrian troops killed over two days:

Syrian troops attacked rebel positions outside Khan Al Assal yesterday as they seek to recapture the northern town at the centre of rival chemical weapons accusations, a watchdog said. The army lost 150 soldiers over two days, 50 of them summarily executed after their capture, in an act condemned by the mainstream opposition leadership.



Assad visits Syria troops, tells them is ‘sure of victory’:

Assad’s visit to Daraya is his first known public trip outside the Syrian capital, his seat of power, since he visited the battered Baba Amr district in the central city of Homs after troops seized it from rebels in March 2012.



Who controls what in Syria since the fall of Qusair?: Video report:

Nahed Abouzaid, from the BBC’s Arabic service, takes a look at the current map of Syria and illustrates how the power pendulum has been swinging since the fall of Qusair in June.



West’s main aid group for Syrian rebels collapses into disarray:

The main Western support group for the Syrian opposition is in disarray, has failed to channel any substantial aid to fighters on the ground and is “struggling to keep the lights on”



Saudi Weapons Delivered to Al-Qaeda in Northern Syria:

The UN has received intelligence showing that 60% of Saudi arms shipments to Syria have been delivered to al-Qaeda forces, sources said.



U.N. says chemical weapons inspectors to visit three Syrian sites:

U.N. inspectors will travel to Syria “as soon as possible” to investigate claims of chemical weapons use during the country’s civil war after President Bashar al-Assad’s government granted access to three sites, the United Nations said on Wednesday.



19 killed, 47 wounded in attacks in Iraq:

Bomb and gunfire attacks on Wednesday killed a total of 19 people and wounded 47 across Iraq, amid the surge in violence that threatens to bring the country back to widespread bloodshed, Xinhua reported.



Bush- Blair Legacy Continues :

UN: July deadliest month in Iraq since 2008:

A total of 1,057 Iraqis killed and 2,326 wounded in violence whose impact on civilians “remains disturbingly high”.



Egypt cabinet orders end to sit-in protest:

Interim government says it will take all measures to deal with unrest from rallies in support of ousted president Morsi.



Egypt police call on Morsi supporters to disperse:

Egypt’s interior ministry on Thursday promised Mohamed Morsi’s supporters “safe exit” if they quickly leave their Cairo protest camps, as police prepared to disperse them amid international appeals for restraint.



Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters gird for conflict:

Standing by a brick and sandbag barricade on the edge of a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp in Cairo, chief guard Mohamed Saqr is preparing to resist a threatened attempt by security forces to storm in.



U.S. to go ahead with joint military exercise in Egypt:

The United States still plans to hold a major military exercise called Bright Star in Egypt in mid-September, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday, even after the Egyptian military’s toppling of the president and the violence that has ensued.



Senate roundly rejects proposal to halt Egypt aid:

The Senate roundly rejected a proposal Wednesday to redirect aid for Egypt into bridge-building projects in the U.S. after a potential Republican presidential candidate and tea party favorite challenged the Obama administration’s refusal to label the ouster of Egypt’s president a military coup.



U. S. House votes for toughest sanctions yet against Iran:

The measure, which will be discussed by the Senate in September, would devastate Iran’s already-limited ability to export oil.



Netanyahu: US House sanctions send ‘clear message’ to Iran:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday warmly welcomed a US House of Representatives decision imposing new, punishing sanctions on Iran, and saying this sent an important message that Iran will not get a period of grace because of the election of Hassan Rouhani.



Jewish “sect member” charged with offering to spy for Iran:

The would-be spy, a member of Naturei Karta, met with Iranian representatives in Berlin, and made subsequent attempts to maintain contact. He reportedly confessed to hating Israel.



Israel: Eviction of 1,300 Palestinians necessary to save IDF time, money:

The state wants to evict 1,300 Palestinians from their homes in an army firing zone in the West Bank in part because training there saves the Israel Defense Forces time and money, according to the state’s response to two petitions against the mass eviction.



US Kills 5 Afghan Policemen:

A provincial government spokesman said Afghan special forces called for air support during a clash with a group of Taliban fighters at a police checkpoint. Bryan Gatewood, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said “a U.



Report: Deal close on U.S. presence in Afghanistan after 2014:

The report said issues resolved include acceptance of the Pentagon’s condition that only the United States will have legal jurisdiction over its troops in Afghanistan and not the local courts.



US deploying jets around Asia to keep China surrounded;

The United States Air Force will dramatically expand its military presence across the Pacific this year, sending jets to Thailand, India, Singapore and Australia, according to the service’s top general in the region.



XKeyscore presentation from 2008 – read in full:

Training materials for the XKeyscore program detail how analysts can use it and other systems to mine enormous agency databases and develop intelligence from the web



Snowden slips out of Moscow airport for secret location:

“He is the most wanted man on planet Earth. What do you think he is going to do? He has to think about his personal security. I cannot tell you where he is going,” his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told Reuters.



Edward Snowden safest in Russia, says father – video –

Edward Snowden’s father Lonnie Snowden says he would stay in Moscow if he was in his son’s position. Speaking to Russia 24 from Washington on Wednesday, Lonnie Snowden says he would be comfortable for his son to spend the rest of his life in Russia



‘Bullsh*t! You Lied To Congress!’

NSA Director Gets Heckled And Cursed At During Conference Speech



Bradley Manning leak did not result in deaths by enemy forces, court hears:

Counter-intelligence officer who investigated WikiLeaks impact undermines argument that Manning leak put lives at risk



Most expensive prison ever: Gitmo costs $2.7 million annually per inmate:

The analysis, first provided to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and made public last week, concluded that the cost of keeping the Pentagon open will amount to $5.242 billion by the end of 2014.



Venezuela: Cuban exiles in Miami are backing plots to kill president:

 “The plans to physically eliminate Maduro are under way,” National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello told state-run TV. “Where is this coming from? Miami … from Cubans who went there many years ago – who are living there – and have contact with Venezuela.”



In a world gone crazy:

Hillary Rodham Clinton to Receive American Patriot Award :

This year’s American Patriot Award, which annually recognizes leaders who have strengthened America’s strategic interests and advanced global security, will be presented on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at a gala dinner hosted by the NDU Foundation at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.



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 : 3,358


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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