ICH 12 August 2013: America’s Descent Into Madness

12 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

Neocons Seek ‘Control’ in Egypt

By Chris Rossini

Control is the aim of neoconservatism, and what the whole disgusting endeavor in Egypt is all about.



Africa’s Hitler?

Mugabe Victory in Zimbabwe: Dictatorship or Decolonization?

By Nile Bowie

The last thing multinationals want is for other African leaders to look at Zimbabwe and Mugabe as a positive point of reference.



Why Are We At War in Yemen?

By Ron Paul

The US is sending mixed signals by attacking al-Qaeda in Yemen while supporting al-Qaeda linked rebels fighting in Syria.



Guantánamo Bay: The US Was Dead Wrong, But No One Can Admit It

By John Grisham

When John Grisham heard Guantánamo prisoners were requesting his books, he wanted to learn more. What he found out about Nabil Hadjarab – detained for 11 years – horrified him.



Memo from Oslo

If Peace Is Prized, a Nobel for Bradley Manning

By Norman Solomon

The Nobel Committee and its Peace Prize are in dire need of rehabilitation. In truth, the Nobel Peace Prize needs Bradley Manning much more than the other way around.



Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the Media’s Reverence of National Security Officials

By Glenn Greenwald

The former NSA director is held up by the Face the Nation host as an objective authority when he is everything but that.



James Risen’s Risk of Prison Means Journalism is Being Criminalised

By Lindsey Bever

That a New York Times national security reporter may be jailed for refusing to name a source is a total affront to press freedom.



The Moral Imperative of Activism

By Ray McGovern

Never in my lifetime have there been such serious challenges to whether the Republic established by the Founders will survive.



Country Joe & The Fish

“Vietnam Song (Live From Woodstock)”


Come on mothers throughout the land

pack your boys off to Viet Nam

come on fathers don’t hesitate

send your sons off before it’s too late

and you can be the first ones on your block

to have your boy come home in a box.



America’s Descent Into Madness

By Henry A. Giroux

America is descending into madness. The stories it now tells are filled with cruelty, deceit, lies, and legitimate all manner of corruption and mayhem.



America’s Disappeared

By Chris Hedges

In America, when you are poor, you can instantly disappear like this into the subterranean rabbit holes of our vast jail and prison complex.



Life-saving Transplant Denied and Health Insurance Canceled Over 26-cent Shortfall

By Karin Price Mueller

“They know he’s literally in a life and death situation and for 26 cents, they’re denying him the right to get the health insurance coverage he needs,” he said.



The U.S. Government Does Not Want Americans To Travel Abroad

By Ingenious Press

In the 21st century, they desperately want to avoid having you see for yourself just HOW FAR BEHIND our country has fallen.



Noam Chomsky on Atheism, Religion, and the Scientific Method


“I would call Americanism – a totalitarian doctrine.”



Nearly 60 dead in east Syria fighting: NGO:

At least 33 fighters of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and Al-Nusra Front have been killed since Saturday, according to the Syria Observatory for Human Rights.



Air strike kills 20 people in Syria’s Latakia:

10 anti-government militants of Syrian and unspecified foreign nationality and 10 civilians – were killed in an air strike by government forces on the town of Salma in the Jabal al-Akrad region of Syria’s Latakia governorate late on 10 August, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Daily News Egypt reported



US providing $15m to fund for Syrian opposition: –

The U.S. is providing $15 million to an international fund to help Syria’s opposition govern territory under its control.



30 killed, 104 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq:

An unidentified suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt in a cafe in Balad, some 80 km north of the capital Baghdad, killing 23 people and injuring 66 others, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.



Israel approves 900 additional (illegal) homes in occupied East Jerusalem:

Blindsiding the US, Interior Ministry committee secretly permits construction near Beit Jala; 1,200 units were authorized on Sunday



Chutzpah –

Meeting with German FM, Netanyahu raps new EU rules:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the European Union’s new anti-settlement directives Monday in a meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who was on an official visit to Israel.



Former Israeli Spy Chief Calls On Israel To Endorse U.S-Iran Nuclear Talks:

“Some of the Americans may reach the conclusion that Israel’s only goal is to hurt the chances for negotiations with Iran,” he wrote.



‘Rampant injustice rules Saudi Arabia’ – Saudi prince : Video –

Saudi Arabia, a major supporter of opposition forces in Syria, has increased crackdown on its own dissenters, with 30,000 activists reportedly in jail. A Saudi prince defector explained what the monarchy fears most.



Over 40 people killed while praying in Nigeria mosque – security forces:

The bodies were only counted on Monday, although the deadly attack by militants took place on Sunday morning, some 35 kilometers outside of Maiduguri – the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state.



Sudan: Dozens of Refugees Killed in Darfur Violence:

Dozens of people have been killed and an estimated 50,000? have fled into Chad during months of violence in Central Darfur, a Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) report reveals. Witnesses describe attacks in which people were shot, and villages looted and burnt to the ground.



Egypt judiciary extends Mursi detention for 15 days: –

Egypt’s judiciary said on Monday that it was extending ousted president Mohamed Mursi’s detention for a further 15 days pending an investigation into his collaboration with Hamas.



Hamas deplores Egyptian army for unfounded accusations against it:

The Hamas Movement strongly denounced a senior Egyptian army commander for claiming that the investigations revealed the involvement of Hamas individuals in the Sinai events.



Tunisian armed forces launch air strikes on Islamist militants:

Aircraft bombed caves in and around Mount Chaambi. Several militants had been killed and four were arrested in the same region on Sunday. He gave no death toll.



Pakistan accuses India of killing civilian;

Pakistan has accused Indian troops of shelling its territory along the disputed Kashmir border and killing a civilian, the latest in a series of allegations by both sides over the past week.



Spy access to NZ used as bargaining tool:

The ability for US intelligence agencies to access internet data was used as a bargaining tool by a Telecom-owned company trying to keep down the cost of the undersea cable from New Zealand.



Radioactive Water from Fukushima in the Pacific:

More than two years after the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan had a meltdown, Japanese officials still don’t know how to contain the radiation fully.



Boston’s Custom Designed Terror: Operation Urban Shield 27:

On June 6, 2013 “Operation Urban Shield Boston” published videos via its YouTube Channel highlighting the so-named 2011 and 2012 law enforcement and emergency response drills that bore a remarkable resemblance to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by Tamarlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev.



Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violated Rights, Judge Rules:

A federal judge has found that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of minorities in New York, and called for a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms.



Man Arrested for Video Recording SWAT Team from Public Sidewalk

– Video –


LAPD detains photographer for ‘interfering’ with police investigation -from 90 feet away: – Video –

How the passive act of filming can interfere with investigations or obstruct officials is left to the imagination.



In a world gone crazy:

Tenn. judge changes infant’s name from ‘Messiah’:

A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.”



It’s Time to Do Something When a Corporation Like WalMart Won’t Pay a Living Wage:

Walmart employees are the single largest group of Medicaid recipients in the United States.



Australia Has $16 Minimum Wage : Video –

Australia has twice the minimum wage as the US and Big Macs cost roughly the same.



How The $1.2 Trillion College Debt Crisis Is Crippling Students, Parents And The Economy;

Two-thirds, that’s right, two-thirds of students graduating from American colleges and universities are graduating with some level of debt. How much? According to The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) Project on Student Debt, the average borrower will graduate $26,600 in the red.



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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