4 August 2013 — Information Clearing House
In Rare Interview Egypt’s Commanding General Sharply Criticized U.S.
By Lally Weymouth
“You left the Egyptians. You turned your back on the Egyptians, and they won’t forget that,” said an indignant Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi.
AIPAC’s Push To Scuttle Iran Diplomacy
By Ali Gharib
The latest sanctions bill, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act , which passed the House 400 to 20 last night, would impose the as yet toughest measures to date, just days before Rowhani’s inauguration.
Christian Zionism: The Heresy that Undermines Middle East Peace
By Revd Dr Stephen Sizer
Christian Zionism propagates a worldview in which the Christian message is reduced to an ideology of empire, colonialism and militarism.
Crying Wolf, Wolf, Wolf
By Moon Of Alabama
After weeks under heavy pressure for limitless spying on people everywhere the U.S. intelligence services conveniently detect a “threat” of some undefined future attacks.
US is Using Satellites to Spy on Citizens and News Organizations
PBS – Video
NSA Collects ‘Word for Word’ Every Domestic Communication, Says Former Analyst.
Congress Eyes Renewed Push for Legislation to Rein in the NSA:
By Spencer Ackerman and Paul Lewis in Washington
Proposals signify major shift in political opinion as laws would represent the first rollback of the NSA’s powers since 9/11.
Intelligence Director James Clapper Should Resign for ‘Lying to Congress,’ say Lawmakers
By Adi Robertson
“[Clapper] was here in March and unambiguously lied to Congress,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)
John Kerry Needs an Intervention
By David Swanson
If he were beating his wife, we’d advise her to leave. So, we must advise the world’s governments. Stop putting makeup over your bruises and covering up for your abuser.
Obama’s Embrace of Militarism
Our Dystopian Present
By Tim Tolka
We are to believe that the persecution of the press is protection of national security, secrecy is transparency, debt servitude is opportunity, imprisoning the poor is correction, assassination is public relations, a militarized police state is public service.
What Google Knows About You
By Tyler Durden
Imagine there’s a list somewhere that contains every single webpage you have visited in the last five years. It also has everything you have ever searched for, every address you looked up ………
By Ralph Nader
These are multi-billion dollar companies attempting to win your trust to sell their products and often, to divert attention away from more disturbing truths.
9 killed, 24 injured in explosion near Indian Consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad:
At least nine Afghans, including children, were killed and 24 wounded on Saturday when a suicide bomber blew up a car loaded with explosives near the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city, police said. The mission staff was unhurt.
98 killed in Afghanistan battle:
“We lost 22 of our brave policemen, but the militants have been taught a lesson of our strength, their attack was completely repelled and 60 of their fighters were killed,” Hashemi said, adding a further 16 insurgents were killed during the rescue of the politician.
Bomb, mortar attacks kill 8 people in Iraq : Sunday:
Iraqi authorities say bomb and mortar attacks across the country have killed eight people, including a judge on Sunday.
Iraqi general survives blast as attacks kill 24:
A top Iraqi army officer said he survived a bombing on Saturday that killed nine soldiers during an operation against al-Qaeda militants north of Baghdad, while 15 people died in other attacks.
Kurdish-Islamist violence kills 12 Al-Qaeda-linked fighters:
At least 12 Islamist fighters were killed in clashes with Kurdish militants in the Syrian city of Hasaka early Friday, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.
Al Qaeda murdering civilians/kurds in Syria –
Video – Warning
13 year old confesses beheading:
Video – Warning – “My name is Badr Mohamad Sleibi. My uncle asked me to go with him where I saw 2 officers, he asked me to take the machete and behead them.”
Syrian Christian towns emptied by sectarian violence:
Towns and villages in Syria that have been home to Christians for hundreds of years are being steadily emptied by sectarian violence and targeted kidnappings.
Saudi Arabia Tries to Cut a Deal: Op-Ed:
It is significant for Putin to personally receive Bandar bin Sultan. Moscow wants the Saudi visitor to know that deals and compromises are possible, but not at any price.
Ambush kills six Syrian rebels near Lebanon border:
An ambush Saturday on the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon killed at least six rebels, a Lebanese security source said, adding that nine other people were wounded in the attack.
3 European arms experts killed in Syrian coastal city: report:
Three European arms experts working with Syrian rebels were killed Saturday in the countryside of Syrian coastal city of Latakia, pro-government Sham FM radio cited a military source as saying.
Syrian rebels seize army weapons cache:
Opposition fighters raid ammunition depot north of Damascus, seizing French-made anti-tank weapons and Russian missiles.
Syrian army defeats rebels in Homs, UNICEF appeals to save women, children:
State-run SANA news: The army pursued the rebels and inflicted heavy losses upon them in Bab-Hud, al-Waer, Joret al-Shayah and al-Qarabis neighborhoods, the report said.
Two killed, 5 hurt as rival factions in Yemen Army clash:
At least two people died and five were wounded in clashes between soldiers once loyal to Yemen’s ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and a rival army faction in Sanaa on Friday, police and medical sources said.
Tanks guard US Yemen embassy in terror alert:
Tanks were deployed 500 metres from the US embassy in Sanaa yesterday with Yemen’s elite special forces posted outside amid fears of a terror attack by Al Qaeda.
Leave Yemen now, Britons warned amid fears of growing violence:
Foreign Office says British embassy closed as precautionary measure as US issues global travel alert
Livni: Israel-Palestinian talks to resume this month:
“These discussions that began in Washington will resume during the second week of August and will take place in the region,” Livni told the private Channel 10 television station, reported by AFP news agency.
Iran gets new president, vows ‘constructive’ foreign relations:
Hassan Rouhani took office as Iran’s president on Saturday promising “constructive interaction with the world” after eight years under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked by diplomatic confrontation and damaging sanctions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges end to sanctions:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged the West to drop sanctions and treat Tehran with respect, during his inauguration speech to parliament. MPs cheered as he said: “If you want an adequate response, you shouldn’t speak the language of sanctions, you should speak the language of respect.”
US senators demand Obama place tougher sanctions on Iran:
76 Senators signed a letter sent to President Barack Obama on Friday calling on the White House to toughen sanctions on Iran, despite the election of Hassan Rouhani, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Pentagon Weighs Iran, N. Korea War Readiness :
The U.S. Defense Department has launched a far-reaching study to determine if the country’s available military assets are still up to the task of carrying out battle plans formulated for possible use in hotspots such as Iran and the Korean Peninsula
Bomb explodes in Tunisian capital, 1 killed:
A bomb attack hit the house of a couple in the west of the Tunisian capital on Friday evening, killing a man and critically wounding his wife, Mosaique FM reported, quoting a security source.
CIA ‘running arms smuggling team in Benghazi when consulate was attacked’:
The CIA has been subjecting operatives to monthly polygraph tests in an attempt to suppress details of a US arms smuggling operation in Benghazi that was ongoing when its ambassador was killed by a mob in the city last year, according to reports.
Egypt army chief holds talks with opposition:
General Abdel Fatah El Sisi meets representatives from Islamist movements overnight to resolve current political crisis.
Egypt denies entry to Nobel Peace winner:
She has voiced support to Muslim Brotherhood followers, calling Mohammed Morsi’s ousting “undemocratic”.
Army has no role in Egypt resolution-Mursi allies:
Allies of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi have told mediators that they respected the demands of a mass protest that led to his downfall but that army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi must not be part of any political deal.
Al-Qaida leader says Egypt’s coup proof that democracy not the path for Islamic rule:
Al-Qaida’s leader said the military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi provides proof that Islamic rule cannot be established through democracy and urged the Islamist leader’s followers to abandon the ballot box in favor of armed resistance.
Mugabe wins poll landslide, opposition cries foul:
Zimbabwe’s 89-year-old Robert Mugabe romped to victory in presidential and parliamentary polls on Saturday, but his longtime foe Morgan Tsvangirai vowed to boycott the government formed by the “fraudulent” vote.
Kenya claims US diplomat killed father of three:
Joshua Walde, who worked at the embassy in Nairobi, was flown out of Kenya with his family the following day, leaving the victims of the crash, and the pregnant widow of the man who died, with no financial assistance.
‘Russia is not a colony, US has no legal basis to claim Snowden’ – lawyer:
The US government stance on Edward Snowden causes more harm than good to the USA, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said, calling the US officials’ claims of filing “lawfully” grounded requests for his extradition “cynical”.
NSA – XKeyscore a ‘God-terminal’ into Internet:
New information has revealed the extent to which the National Security Agency can spy on Internet users. The US agency has apparently developed software that allows detailed searches with just a few clicks of the mouse.
NSA: permission to spy in Germany:
Germany has been under surveillance by the United States for decades, and German leaders have been fully aware of it, says historian Josef Foschepoth. The reason? Secret post-war accords.
Germany nixes surveillance pact with US, Britain:
“The cancellation of the administrative agreements, which we have pushed for in recent weeks, is a necessary and proper consequence of the recent debate about protecting personal privacy,” Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a statement.
UK: BT and Vodafone among telecoms companies passing details to GCHQ:
Fears of customer backlash over breach of privacy as firms give GCHQ unlimited access to their undersea cables
GCHQ: inside the top secret world of Britain’s biggest spy agency:
Files leaked by Edward Snowden reveal how the NSA pays for and influences some of the UK’s intelligence gathering programmes. The documents also give unique insights into the challenges faced by the agency and the concerns it has about how to tackle them
Of 953,000 Jobs Created In 2013, 77%, Or 731,000 Are Part-Time:
The world finally noticed that the US was slowly being converted to a part-time worker society.
The Most Important Number In The Entire U.S. Economy:
There is one vitally important number that everyone needs to be watching right now, and it doesn’t have anything to do with unemployment, inflation or housing.
Dolphins gain unprecedented protection in India:
India has officially recognized dolphins as non-human persons, whose rights to life and liberty must be respected. Dolphin parks that were being built across the country will instead be shut down.
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