ICH 11 August 2013

11 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

Burqas and Empire, Again

By Zillah Eisenstein

The lead up to the Afghan war in post-9/11 used the rhetoric of “women’s rights” to mobilise the American public. We were supposed to save their women from the Taliban and their “backward ways”.



Saudi Rulers Pour Money Into Arming Militants in Region

By Finian Cunningham

This is not the first time that the Saudi loose cannon has swung around on its Western patrons.



Choosing Martin Indyk to Lead the Israel Palestine Peace Talks is a Disaster

By Rachel Davidson

It demonstrates that the U.S. will continue its oxymoronic role as a biased mediator in the conflict.



The Real Reason for Obama’s Terrorist Scaremongering: He’s Losing The ‘War on Terror’

By Chris Nineham

The leaders of the War on Terror are capable of terrible deceptions, but it is the savage opportunism of their policies that is most frightening.



Obama’s Press Conference: The Smiling Face of a Police State

By Barry Grey

At Friday’s press conference, President Barack Obama resorted to outright lies in his defense of the massive and illegal surveillance programs.



This is What a Police State Looks Like


“YOU Open The Door When We Come To YOUR F*cking House!”



TV: Your Mind. Controlled

By Melissa Melton

Are large segments of the American public literally walking around in a hypnotic trance?



Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As –

Nearly 80 killed in Baghdad car bombs:

Shootings and a bombing killed at least seven more people in Iraq on Sunday, after a day of carnage as sectarian tensions rise across the country.



Suspected al-Qaeda gunmen kill 5 Yemeni soldiers:

The official said the attackers surprised the soldiers at their post guarding oil and gas projects in the Radhum area of Shabwa province. The ambush follows a two-week-long spike in suspected U.S. drone strikes targeting al-Qaeda. Yemeni officials say nine attacks have killed 38 alleged militants.



Yemen officials: U.S. kills three “militants”:

A senior Defense Ministry official told CNN that 34 people have been killed in 12 drone strikes since July 28. The official said that nearly a dozen of the killed over the past two weeks are believed to have been innocent.



US embassies to reopen in Middle East and Africa after terror threat:

Yemen mission stays closed amid fear of al-Qaida attack but 18 other offices will open doors on Sunday



Hamas condemns killing of Palestinian:

Salah el-Bardaweel, a senior Hamas leader told Xinhua that the killing of the Palestinian young man “is a violation of the ceasefire agreement reached in November with Israel.”



Palestinians say new Israeli (illegal) settlement plans ‘destroying talks’:

Officials slam decision to build 1,200 units over Green Line; Erekat: Israel ‘determined to force us to leave negotiating table’



Settlements will continue to determine Israel’s future: Op-Ed:

The government will do anything it can to sabotage the talks with the Palestinians. There is no other way to interpret the recent approval of 878 new housing units in secluded West Bank settlements.




Netanyahu tells U.S. mediator Palestinians inciting against Israel:

Israel has complained to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about statements by the Palestinians which it said undermined nascent peace talks, an Israeli official said on Saturday.



Iran to Sign New Nuclear Power Plant Deal with Russia – Minister:

 Iran intends to sign an agreement with Russia soon on the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the Islamic Republic, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Sunday, citing Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.



Egypt’s army says helicopter strike kills 12 suspected militants in northern Sinai Peninsula:

The officials say three helicopters targeted militants in the desert town of Sheik Zuweyid late Saturday.



Israel downplays Sinai drone strike reports:

Israel’s defense minister said that his country won’t let recent “rumors and speculation” harm the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, an apparent attempt to downplay reports that an Israeli drone killed four militants in a cross-border strike into Egypt. The late Saturday statement by Moshe Yaalon did not explicitly deny that Israel carried out the Friday attack.



Cairo cuts electricity to pro-Morsi gatherings;

Morsi’s supporters used generators to power loudspeakers and medical stations at the sit-ins while vowing to carry on with their protests, Israel Radio reported. The Muslim Brotherhood, which organized the protests, threatened to occupy Tahrir Square if the electricity remained off.



Reports: Crackdown on Cairo protests imminent:

Reuters quotes sources as saying that police expected to start action against pro-Morsi supporters early on Monday.



US funded ouster of Egypt’s democratic President Morsi:

Documents obtained by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley show the US channelled funding through a State Department program to promote democracy in the Middle East region.



Afghan attack kills three US soldiers:

A US official said on Sunday that fighters in Paktia province killed the soldiers from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).



Michael Hayden, Former NSA Chief: After A Major Attack, U.S. Likely To Seize More Surveillance Powers:

Former National Security Agency chief Gen. Michael Hayden hinted Sunday at how the NSA’s eavesdropping and data collection program is likely to evolve over time.



The NSA is turning the internet into a total surveillance system:

The NSA is searching the content of virtually every email that comes into or goes out of the United States without a warrant. To accomplish this astonishing invasion of Americans’ privacy, the NSA reportedly is making a copy of nearly every international email



Press Corps Fails To Ask Any NSA Questions At Obama’s NSA Press Conference:

During the hour-long press conference President Obama held specifically to answer questions about the NSA, not a single journalist asked him details about the NSA. As a result, we learned precisely zero information from something slated to be critically informative.



Ex-MI6 officer joins Guantánamo inmate in hunger strike;

A former MI6 officer will begin a week-long hunger strike on Monday in solidarity with the Guantánamo Bay detention camp prisoner Shaker Aamer, a move he says is prompted by shame over the behaviour of the British intelligence service he once served.



After Guantánamo, Another Injustice:

Instead of showing some guts and admitting they were wrong, the American authorities will whisk him away, dump him on the streets of Algiers and wash their hands.



California inmate in prison hunger strike:

Each minute has been torturous’: Hundreds of inmates across the state enter second month of protest against ‘inhumane’ solitary confinement units



Californian hunger strikes inspired by IRA prison leader Bobby Sands:

Todd Ashker was so inspired by Sands’ 1981 hunger strike that it became the springboard for the largest prison protest in California’s history, a hunger strike in protest over the indefinite solitary confinement of thousands of inmates which today enters its 28th day.



IRS Needs AR-15’s For “Standoff Capabilities”?:

Duncan questioned why IRS agents needed to be trained with AR-15 military rifles with 30 round magazines for “standoff capability” and why the IRS couldn’t use agencies like the U.S. Marshals to assist them when needed.



UK wages fall among sharpest in EU:

Figures show real wage value has fallen 5.5% since 2010, more than in eurozone crisis countries such as Spain and Cyprus



Americans abroad rejecting US citizenship as tax hikes loom:

The number of Americans who decided to renounce their citizenship in the second quarter of 2013 increased sixfold the same period in 2012.

The United States is the only country out of 34 in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that continues to tax citizens regardless of where they live around the world.



Religious fundamentalism could soon be treated as mental illness:

Kathleen Taylor, said that radicalizing ideologies may soon be viewed not as being of personal choice or free will but as a category of mental disorder. She said new developments in neuroscience could make it possible to consider extremists as people with mental illness rather than criminals.



Signs banning Muslims from parking lot causes outrage in US:

Signs banning Muslims from using a shopping centre’s parking lot mysteriously appeared this week in a city of the southern US state of Texas, generating massive outrage.



Warrantless Vaginal Searches Conducted By Texas Police:

A new set of videos show Texas state troopers probing women’s vaginas and anal areas while searching for drugs.



Trooper Who Conducted Cavity Search Reinstated:

The Texas Department of Public Safety reinstated a state trooper on Friday that it fired for conducting a roadside cavity search during a traffic stop for speeding.



A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water:

Fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone-dry and people thirsty



Fox News found to be a major driving force behind global warming denial;

American consumers of conservative media like Fox News distrust climate scientists and don’t believe the planet is warming



Unbelievable Ways Companies Are Trying to Keep You From Seeing Where Your Meat Comes From:

The modern meat industry has some good reasons to fear the public finding out that Old MacDonald’s farm isn’t so happy these days.



How drugs pumped into supermarket chickens pose a terrifying threat to our health:

Every second of every day, somewhere in the world the same scene unfolds. A batch of several hundred eggs, precisely arranged in uniform rows, moves along a conveyor belt, coming to a halt beneath a machine linked to a jumble of tubes.



Do Chicken Plant Chemicals Mask Salmonella?:

Remember that proposed US Department of Agriculture plan to speed up kill lines at factory-scale poultry slaughterhouses, and cut way back on the number of USDA inspectors to oversee them?



Obamacare installs fines for charitable hospitals that treat uninsured people:

Charitable hospitals that treat uninsured Americans will be subjected to new levels of scrutiny of their nonprofit status and could face sizable new fines under Obamacare.



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 : 3,363


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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