ICH 16 August 2013: Murdering the Wretched of the Earth – Chris Hedges

16 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Silent Martyrs Lie Soaked In Blood

By Robert Fisk

Some had chosen to see the dead – that ultimate statement – in all their reality.



The Army Pulled The Trigger, But The West Loaded The Gun

By Brendan O’Neill

How Western liberals provided the moral ammo for the massacres in Egypt.



Egypt’s Junta Has Nothing to Lose

By Melkulangara Bhadrakumar

The appointment of Robert Ford as the new American ambassador to Egypt was indeed an ominous sign that the Obama administration expected civil war conditions to arise in Egypt.



Egypt’s Army Crosses the Rubicon

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Egypt’s generals cannot now hold elections that a coalition of the Brotherhood and Salafis might win. Were that to happen, many of them could wind up like the shah’s generals, on trays in the morgue.



Morsi Supporters Hold ‘March of Anger’

Live Video

Thousands of supporters of ex-President Mohamed Morsi are gathering on the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities in a nationwide “March of Anger” following Friday prayers.



Washington Seeks To Ensnare Kurds

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

The targeting of Kurdish civilians in Syria by US-supported armed thugs is part of a deliberate attempt to galvanize the Kurds and pit them in a resurgent struggle against the non-Kurd regions.



Nasrallah’s Speech on Anniversary Of 2006 War


“You idiots: read our 30-year experience with Israel well,” Nasrallah said.



U.S. Army Chief Says Military Options Against Iran ‘Better’ Than A Year Ago

By Haaretz

Israel “of course wants us to continue to present a credible military threat to support those diplomatic and economic efforts,” the New York Times cited him as saying.



Arabs, Beware the “Small States” Option

By Sharmine Narwani

Western governments are always warning against the escalation of a Sunni-Shia divide. Yet they are knee-deep in deliberately fueling Shia-Sunni conflicts throughout the region.



Murdering the Wretched of the Earth

By Chris Hedges

What is happening in Egypt is a precursor to a wider global war between the world’s elites and the world’s poor.



Dissent, Disappointment and Draconian Rule

Bradley Manning’s Plea and the Fight to Be Human

By Chris Floyd

I say: go stand in his shoes, face what he’s facing, and see what you’d do.



Bad Precedent and Bad Faith

By Lawrence Davidson

There is not much “daylight” between Obama’s practice and the past behavior of neoconservative vulgarians such as George W. Bush.



The Green Fields Of France

The Fureys and Davey Arthur

I see by your gravestone you were only 19

When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916,

Well, I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean

Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?



Clashes kill 70 as Egypt Islamists protest:

In Jordan, Morocco and the Palestinian territories, meanwhile, hundreds joined demonstrations in support of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement.



Clashes, shots and tear gas at ‘March of Anger’ in Cairo:

Gunfire has broken out in the center of Cairo, as a huge column of pro-Morsi supporters came up against a heavy security presence during a march. Dozens of casualties have already been reported during a countrywide Day of Anger.



Egypt’s Christians face unprecedented attacks:

More than 30 churches have been destroyed in the past week, activists say, as thugs launch a campaign of intimidation.



Back to 2011? Military is in control of Egypt again:

Few people talk now about democracy, civil rights or creating a modern state. Few speak of elections or civilian leadership or reforming the justice system or ending police brutality. The military is back in charge, and many Egyptians support that.



Al Qaeda leader’s ‘I told you so’ on Egypt:

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian-born leader of al Qaeda, has seen this movie before: An Islamist party does well at the polling booth only to be overthrown by a military coup that then plunges the country into chaos.



A Lack of Spine on Egypt: Op-Ed:

The way to oust elected leaders is with ballots, not bullets. How can the United States claim to stand for democracy and ignore this fundamental precept?



Sen. Rand Paul Slams Congress for Funding Egypt’s Generals:

‘How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?’



Hypocrisy –

Saudi King Abdullah declares support for Egypt against terrorism:

King Abdullah said Egypt’s stability is being targeted by “haters,” warning that anyone interfering in Egypt’s internal affairs is “igniting sedition.” King Abdullah added that Egypt is able to cross to safety.



Egypt court extends Morsi’s detention for another 30 days:

Ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s detention extended for another 30 days over charges of conspiring with Palestinian Islamist group Hamas



Iraq violence kills seven:

Attacks in Baghdad and north of the capital killed seven people on Friday, the latest in spiralling violence authorities have failed to stem despite launching wide-ranging anti-militant operations.



33 killed as Baghdad hit by bombings:

Wave of car bombs hit the Iraqi capital yesterday, killing 33 people and wounding dozens, the latest attacks in a months-long surge in violence.



Iraq Open to U.S. Drone Strikes on Terrorists:

Iraq would be open to allowing U.S. drone strikes targeting al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups in his country, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said today.



Car bomb kills 25 in Beirut:

The death toll has risen to 25 people and more than 335 were wounded when a car bomb exploded on Thursday in the stronghold of the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group in the southern Beirut district, reported Reuters on Friday.



Nasrallah blames Takfiri groups for deadly Beirut car bomb attack: Video –

He added that those carrying out the attacks were not Israeli spies, but stressed that it is clear that US and Israeli intelligence agencies have infiltrated into these Takfiri groups and are using them to achieve their own goals



Lebanese president hints at Israeli involvement in Beirut blast:

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman condemned the explosion which occurred on Thursday in the Dahiyeh quarter in southern Beirut. According to him, the blast had the fingerprints of Israel, and its purpose is to destabilize Lebanon.



Army mortar fire kills 14 civilians near Damascus: Activists say:

At dawn on Friday, the army bombarded the rebel-held districts of Muadamiya al-Sham, southwest of the capital, and Yabrud and Rankus to its north, sparking clashes, the watchdog added.



With Eyes on Syria, U.S. Turns Warehouse Into Support Hub for Jordan:

On the outskirts of Jordan’s capital is a corrugated steel warehouse that serves as a testament to the fact that with enough plywood, electrical cable and bottled water, any austere structure anywhere in the world can be converted into an American military headquarters.



Aftershocks Of Iran’s 1953 Coup Still Felt Around The World, 60 Years Later:

Sixty years ago, on August 15, 1953, Iranian military officers backed by U.S. and British intelligence agencies initiated a coup d’etat whose aftershocks can still be felt around the globe.



UN chief decries Israeli settlement policy:

“I am deeply troubled by Israel’s continuing settlement activity in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” Ban at a news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.



Did an 8-Year-Old Spy for America?

U.S. Drone Killed Yemeni Man After Boy Planted Tracking Chip: How American forces recruited a young boy to plant a chip on his stepfather – an Al Qaeda target in Yemen – so they could kill him in a drone strike



Afghanistan: 17 Insurgents Killed in ANSF Baghlan Operation:

Local officials confirmed on Friday that at least 17 Taliban insurgents were killed, five wounded and nine captured during an operation launched by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in northern Baghlan province.



Libya threatens army action against striking oil workers:

In a critical challenge to the government, strikes at Libya’s largest ports have pushed oil production and exports, the lifeblood of the north African country’s economy, to their lowest levels since the civil war that ousted veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.



Ecuador restates support for Julian Assange on asylum anniversary:

A year after granting WikiLeaks founder political asylum, Ecuador says it remains committed to finding solution to standoff



Senators challenge NSA’s claim to have foiled ‘dozens’ of terror attacks:

Mark Udall and Ron Wyden – critics of NSA’s surveillance – say they want proof that programs have disrupted plots against US



NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds:

Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order.



Huge majority wants Clapper prosecuted for perjury:

There is no longer any doubt that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to Congress. Likewise, there is no doubt that his lie runs afoul of federal law.



Edward Snowden Says Media Being Misled ‘About My Situation’:

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to set the record straight after individuals associated with his father have, in his words, “misled” journalists into “printing false claims about my situation.”



Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say:

Snowden downloaded information while employed by Dell about eavesdropping programs run by the NSA and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, and left an electronic footprint indicating when he accessed the documents, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.



Walker’s Cop Nabs Me for Being a Reporter:

I went to the Wisconsin capitol again today to report on the Solidarity Singers, as I’ve done many times before. I was not intending to get arrested. Nor did I want to get arrested. But that’s what happened.



Angela Y. Davis: Indefinite solitary confinement violates human rights: Op-Ed:

California prisoners are now in their 33rd day of a hunger strike; what they are risking their health and possibly their lives for is basic: an end to indefinite solitary confinement, a practice that most countries recognize as a violation of basic human rights.



Florida cops shot an innocent, unarmed man:

two Florida deputies shot 15 rounds at a 60-year-old unarmed Florida man who was looking for his cigarettes in his mother’s car, parked in his own driveway.



Why are SWAT Teams Answering Routine Police Calls?:

In recent years, the use of SWAT teams for routine law enforcement matters has been on the rise, with sometimes fatal consequences.



Reversing the U.S.’s military policing:

Today in America, SWAT teams are deployed about 100 to 150 times per day, or about 50,000 times per year – a dramatic increase from the 3,000 or so annual deployments in the early 1980s, or the few hundred in the 1970s. The vast majority of today’s deployments are to serve search warrants for drug crimes



African American firefighter and pastor was cuffed after he waved at cops -:

A photo of police forcing an off-duty firefighter to the ground has gained national attention after it was revealed that the police action was taken after the man waved to the officers.



Deputy files civil lawsuit against 9-1-1 caller after he was injured during assault at her home:

The deputy says he was injured when she made that call from her subdivision. In this lawsuit, he claims the homeowner failed to adequately warn 9-1-1 of the dangerous situation he was walking into.



Mayor Bloomberg Says City Should Fingerprint Public Housing Residents:

In a bid to boost security at public housing complexes, Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning suggested fingerprinting residents so they can access their homes.



California economist says real US debt $70 trillion:

The federal government has been low-balling the public for years on how much debt it actually has, a University of California, San Diego economics professor says, adding that the real amount is $70 trillion – not $16.9 trillion.



US Consumer Bankruptcies Jump By Most In Three Years; Third-Party Collections At All Time High:

As the Fed just disclosed in its quarterly Household Debt and Credit Report, the number of consumer bankruptcies during the second quarter, just jumped by 71K, to 380K from 309K in Q1, the biggest quarterly jump in precisely three years



Consumer Confidence Misses Expectations By Most On Record:

For the first time in 2013, UMich consumer confidence missed expectations dropping from a cyclical high 85.2 to a ‘mere’ 80.0. However, the miss from an expectation of 85.0 is the big news – this is the biggest miss since records began in 1999.



The “Bankization” of America:

The share of our national income which goes to corporate profit is the highest it’s been since they started tracking it in 1929, while the share going to people – as salary and wages – is the lowest. And the percentage of that corporate profit which goes to Wall Street is also the highest on record.



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 : 2,350


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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