ICH 17 August 2013: Chomsky: American Power is Dangerous

17 August 2013 — Information Clearing House


Egypt’s Revolution After the Smoke Clears

By Shamus Cooke

Why would one enemy of the revolution be attacking another?



Obama’s Egypt Address: A License to Kill

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi can relax. Obama spoke but he did not speak a language that the generals will interpret as anything but a license to kill.



Protecting U.S. Defence Contractors.

U.S. Arms Industry Would Lose Big from Egypt Aid Cut-Off

By Thalif Deen

Virtually all – or an overwhelming proportion – of the 1.3 billion dollars granted under Foreign Military Financing (FMF) is plowed back into the U.S. economy, specifically into the U.S. defence industry.



Israel’s West Bank Plans Will Leave Palestinians Very Little

By Noam Chomsky

Israel has also been clearing the Jordan Valley of Palestinians while establishing Jewish settlements, sinking wells, and otherwise preparing for eventual integration of the region within Israel.



You Won’t BELIEVE What’s Going On with Government Spying on Americans

By WashingtonsBlog

Government spying has always focused on crushing dissent … not on keeping us safe.



What If The President Lied To Us?

By David Sirota

It is utterly absurd to claim Director of National Intelligence James Clapper didn’t lie before Congress, it has now become almost silly to insinuate or assume that the president hasn’t also been lying.



The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy

By Noam Chomsky

American power is diminishing, as it has been in fact since its peak in 1945, but it’s still incomparable. And it’s dangerous.



Holder Did Not Go Far Enough On Sentencing & Drug Policy Reform

By By Kevin Zeese and Cliff Thornton

President Obama would pardon tens of thousands of people and save billions of dollars and quickly end an ongoing injustice.



ATM Justice

Wealthy Criminals Pay to Stay in Luxury Prison


Prisoners can pay a hundred dollars a day to stay in the upscale city jail



No No Keshagesh

By Buffy Sainte-Marie

Got Mother Nature on a luncheon plate

They carve her up and call it real estate

Want all the resources and all of the land

They make a war over it; they blow things up for it.



Friday violence in Egypt killed 173 people – Health Ministry:

Violent clashes across Egypt on Friday that pitted supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood against security forces killed 173 people, including 95 in central Cairo, the health ministry said on Saturday.



Son of top Muslim Brotherhood leader killed:

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Saturday that a son of its spiritual leader was killed during fierce clashes in downtown Cairo, as hundreds of Islamists supporters of the country’s ousted president remained barricaded inside a mosque.



Egypt: Protesters Mowed Down By Heavy Gunfire : Video – Warning –

Intense footage has emerged from Egypt today showing security forces shooting at protesters causing many casualties.



Man carrying dead body, shot by sniper: Video – Warning



Video show unarmed protester shot – Video



Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood denies attacks on churches:

The political wing of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood denied that their members were attacking churches after scores of the buildings were reportedly burned down in the violence sweeping the country.



Military fire shots, tear gas at Cairo mosque filled with protesters:

Security forces fired bullets and tear gas at the scene of the El Fath mosque in Cairo after an exchange of heavy gunfire outside spilled into the building on Saturday. Hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters had barricaded themselves inside overnight.



Egypt crisis: Cairo mosque ‘cleared’ after siege:

The confrontation at the al-Fath mosque continued for most of the day – with exchanges of gunfire between security forces and protesters.



Erdogan blames Egypt junta with state terrorism:

Turkish PM Erdogan strongly condemned government in Egypt and “all attacks targeting places of worship, no matter it is a mosque or a church, since they are sacred”



Thousands of pro-Morsi protesters take to Turkey streets:

Carrying Egyptian flags the protesters also implored the Muslim world to “help the Egyptian people who are being massacred.”



Egyptian prime minister proposes ban of Muslim Brotherhood:

 Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has proposed the legal dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood and the government is studying the idea, a government spokesman said.



Germany Suspends Egypt Aid As World Continues To React To Crisis: –

Reactions on Friday around the world to developments in Egypt following clashes in which hundreds of people were killed and thousands injured:



US Seeks to Keep ‘Leverage’ by Maintaining Egypt Aid:

A White House adviser who consulted with the president on his decision told ABC News in a background briefing the fundamental position of the United States is to maintain the current relationship with Egypt and remain engaged to help the military move in the right direction, while keeping “some leverage.”



Here are the top 10 American corporations profiting from Egypt’s military:

The 10 biggest US Defense contracts involving direct military aid to Egypt from 2009 to 2011, according to The Institute for Southern Studies.



Venezuela Withdraws Its Ambassador from Egypt:

“We have witnessed a blood bath in Egypt…We warned that the coup against Morsi was unconstitutional. Morsi was kidnapped and the responsible party for what is occuring in Egypt is the empire, which has its hands in it,” said the head of state.



Egypt’s Tamarod movement: Cancel peace deal with Israel:

The Tamarod movement, which was a leading force in Egypt’s protest movement, urged Egyptians to refuse US aid and call on the Egyptian government to renege on the 1979 Camp David Accords, signed with Israel.



Israel Deserves to Be Expelled from UN, Miguel D’Escoto Says :

According to the former Nicaraguan foreign minister, all nations of the world must break off trade and diplomatic relations with Israel, while that country persists in continuing to attack the Palestinian people.



18 dead as Al-Qaeda attacks Syrian Kurdish town:

Al-Qaeda loyalists attacked a mainly Kurdish town in northeastern Syria sparking fighting in which 18 people were killed, two of them ambulance crew, a watchdog said on Saturday.



Syria: Gunmen kill 11 near Christian villages:

Gunmen shot dead 11 people, mostly Christians, near a town in central Syria on Saturday, state media and activists said, an attack described by a local resident as aimed at members of the religious minority.



Iraq attacks kill 12 security personnel:

Gunmen killed 12 Iraqi policemen and soldiers on Saturday while a truck bomb hit a southern port, the latest in a surge in violence that authorities have failed to curb.



Afghanistan: 20 killed in bomb, gun attacks:

Ten people died when a group of insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the country’s western Herat province Friday evening, police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said.



Pakistan: 10 militants killed in search operation in Bolan:

Ten miscreants were killed in a search operation conducted in the Bolan district by the security forces on Saturday, following an attack on Jaffar Express train, military sources said.



Nigeria: 13 Feared Killed in Latest Boko Haram Attack in Borno:

About 50 Boko Haram terrorists drove into Damboa in nine Volkswagen Golf cars and four motorcycles. They attacked Damboa police station, but the officers there effectively repelled them; they also attempted attacking the military post in the town but the soldiers also repelled them.



Libya: Bomb blast hits Egyptian consulate in Benghazi:

Witnesses said the blast tore through the garden wall of the consulate, wounding five children who were cut by flying glass from blown out vehicles building windows



Diana’s Death: Police Passed New Information: Video –

The information, thought to include the allegation that the Princess of Wales, Dodi al Fayed and their driver were killed by a member of the British military, will be assessed by officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Command.



Watch SpaceX rocket lift off, hover, return to launch pad in key test:

In a key test flight, rocket maker SpaceX blasted its new reusable 10-story Grasshopper rocket more than 820 feet and steered it around as if it were a remote controlled plane.



Court: Ability to police U.S. spying program limited:

The leader of the secret court that is supposed to provide critical oversight of the government’s vast spying programs said that its ability to do so is limited and that it must trust the government to report when it improperly spies on Americans.



House panel withheld document on NSA surveillance program from members:

A letter drafted by the Obama administration specifically to inform Congress of the government’s mass collection of Americans’ telephone communications data was withheld from lawmakers by leaders of the House Intelligence Committee in the months before a key vote affecting the future of the program.



5 Companies That Make Money By Keeping Americans Terrified of Terror Attacks:

A massive industry profits off the government-induced fear of terrorism.



Fukushima apocalypse:

Years of ‘duct tape fixes’ could result in ‘millions of deaths’:



Lakota Women Lead Fight Against “Liquid Genocide”:

The small, un-incorporated town sits on the outskirts of the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Despite a population of only 14 people, it has four different liquor stores that sell about 12,500 cans of beer per day or 4.9 million cans per year.



Dozens of California prisoners hospitalized after 40 days of hunger strike:

The inmates are protesting state prison conditions, including increasing reliance on solitary confinement as a punishment.



Order That Police Wear Cameras Stirs Unexpected Reactions:

Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, of Federal District Court in Manhattan, ruled on Monday that the city’s stop-and-frisk program was unconstitutional and ordered that police officers in certain precincts strap tiny cameras to their uniforms to record their dealings with the public, Mr. Bloomberg’s response was immediate and emphatic.



Stocks: Dow notches its worst week of the year:

Stocks closed slightly lower after an up-and-down session on Wall Street following Thursday’s sharp declines, capping the worst week of the year for the Dow Jones industrial average.



Wal-Mart’s Woes Stem From Economy in ‘State of Collapse’:

The world’s biggest retailer cut its full-year profit forecast after second-quarter profit came in below analysts’ expectations.



Retailers Delivering Grim Forecasts for Rest of 2013:

Major retailers, have issued negative for the rest of the year, blaming high gas prices and the 2% payroll tax. Shelly Banjo reports on MoneyBeat



Comcast Looms Large in Paid Sick Days Fight in Philly:

Philadelphia is the latest front in the battle over workers’ rights, with a coalition of paid sick day advocates urging city council members to override a veto by Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter against a bill passed last month that would allow almost 180,000 workers to take a sick day without losing pay or their jobs.



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: 4,883


Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,258


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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