ICH 21 August 2013: ‘Sending A Message’: What The US And UK Are Attempting To Do

21 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

Chemical Missile Launched from Rebel-controlled Eastern Suburbs

By Voice Of Russia

The missile with a chemical poison gas sarine was launched by Syrian rebels and targeted the eastern suburbs of Damascus. This is according to the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich.



Hundreds Said Killed In Syria Chemical Weapons

Warning – Report should only be viewed by a mature audiance

Reports of massive chemical attack near Damascus as UN observers arrive in Syria.



Media Pushes Syrian Rebels Version Of Events Surrounding Possible Chemical Weapons Attack

By 21wire

Logically, it would make little sense for the Syrian government to employ chemical agents at such a time, particularly given the relatively close proximity of the targeted towns (to the U.N. team),” said Charles Lister, analysts at IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center.”



American Hero Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years

By David Gespass

Today, Bradley Manning was sentenced to thirty-five years for the “crime” of revealing the seamy underside of US diplomacy and war-making.



‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’

By Bradley Manning

Transcript of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday



‘Sending A Message’: What The US And UK Are Attempting To Do

By Glenn Greenwald

State-loyal journalists seem to believe in a duty to politely submit to bullying tactics from political officials.



So The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear?

After David Miranda We Now Know Where This Leads

By Simon Jenkins

The destructive power of state snooping is on display for all to see. The press must not yield to this intimidation.



Syrian Rebels: ‘1,300 Killed In Gas Attack’:

Government forces flatly deny using chemical weapons in Damascus days after UN weapons inspectors arrived in the city.



A Mother Identifies Her Baby From A Line Of Bodies – Video –

Footage posted by activists from Erbin in Eastern Ghouta shows a mother identifying her dead baby – a victim of this morning’s attacks – from a line of bodies.



Live updates: Syria crisis: – The Guardian –

Rebels claim hundreds killed in government chemical weapons attack



Syria Live Updates – Reuters –



Syria’s military command denies chemical weapon use:

Syria’s military command denied the opposition’s claims that the government troops had used chemical weapons on the outskirts of Damascus.

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said such claims on the part of the opposition were illogical and had been fabricated.



Israel’s Yaalon Confirms Syria Chemical Attack:

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Wednesday that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, backing opposition claims of multiple deadly strikes around Damascus. “In Syria, the regime has used chemical weapons and it’s not the first time,” Yaalon told Israeli defense correspondents.



Russia wants ‘fair and professional’ Syria attack probe:

Russia’s foreign ministry has called for a “fair and professional” investigation into an alleged chemical attack near Damascus, Syria. The ministry said it has seen evidence suggesting that the reported attack could be a “provocation”.



U.S. condemns alleged Syrian chemical weapons attacks, calls for UN investigation:

The United States is “deeply concerned” by reports that Syrian government forces on Wednesday killed hundreds of civilians by a variety of means, including with chemical weapons, and is urging the United Nations to investigate, the White House said.



UN to meet over reports of hundreds killed in Syria chemicals weapons attacks:

The U.N. Security Council is to hold an emergency session Wednesday over reports from Syria’s opposition that hundreds of civilians – including many women and children – have been killed in chemical weapons attacks.



Media Pushes Syrian Rebels Version Of Events Surrounding Possible Chemical Weapons Attack:

Logically, it would make little sense for the Syrian government to employ chemical agents at such a time, particularly given the relatively close proximity of the targeted towns (to the U.N. team),” said Charles Lister, analysts at IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center.”



In case you missed it:

Is UK Defense Contractor Planning Syrian WMD False Flag?:

Unconfirmed “leaked” documents indicate Washington-approved, Qatari-funded false flag attack using Libyan chemical weapons in Homs, Syria.



Dempsey: Syrian rebels wouldn’t back US interests:

The Obama administration is opposed to even limited U.S. military intervention in Syria because it believes rebels fighting the Assad regime wouldn’t support American interests if they were to seize power right now, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.



Iraq bombings, shootings kill 35, injure dozens: Security officials:

A new wave of deadly attacks and armed clashes in Iraq have killed at least 35 people and injured dozens more, according to security and hospital sources. All of the deadly incidents occurred on Tuesday.



Seven killed, oil pipeline bombed in Iraq violence:

Attacks in Iraq killed seven people, damaged an oil pipeline and hit a Shiite shrine on Wednesday, as the country grapples with a months-long spike in violence.



Lebanon: Police confiscates rockets coming from Syria:

The Internal Security Forces Information Branch confiscated rockets discovered in a truck coming from Syria to Lebanon, media reports said Wednesday.



Kenya: Defence Forces Guns Kill 20 “Al Shabaab Militants” In Garissa:

The militants were crossing the border to Somalia and are believed to be part of a group of nearly 40 militiamen who attacked an administration police camp at Galmagala Division last Friday evening killing four Administration Police Officers.



Pro-Morsi alliance calls for Friday protests ‘against the coup’:

National Alliance to Support Legitimacy has called for mass demonstrations after the cabinet says it will take steps to disperse pro-Morsi sit-ins



Egypt court orders Mubarak released:

 Former president will remain in custody for at least 48 hours pending a possible appeal by prosecutors.



Israeli firster:

John Bolton: U.S. should back Egyptian army, ‘like it or not’:

“If the Muslim Brotherhood wins, say good-bye to the peace treaty with Israel and stability in Sinai,” Mr. Bolton said. “Egypt has not yet succumbed to all-out civil war, as Syria has, but it’s getting close.”



Israeli deputy minister: Demand for (illegal) settlement freeze is anti-Semitic:

Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin tells a Brazilian newspaper that Israel has never accepted the 1967 borders and never will.



EU ambassador’s convoy attacked in Libyan capital:

The European Union has lodged a formal complaint with Libya about an attack on an escort vehicle for EU Ambassador Nataliya Apostolova.



Libya: workers shut down oil terminals:

The Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) appealed to the Defense Ministry for military reinforcements after clashes at the Zueitina oil port Aug. 20. PFG chief Edris Abokhamada claimed that armed protesters at the facility “fired on civilians” after being asked to leave



Lebanon: Police confiscates rockets coming from Syria:

The Internal Security Forces Information Branch confiscated rockets discovered in a truck coming from Syria to Lebanon, media reports said Wednesday.



35 “Taliban militants” killed in Afghan military operations:

At least 35 Taliban militants died Wednesday during military operations across Afghanistan, the Interior Affairs Ministry said. The operations took place in Kunar, Laghman, Baghlan, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Maidan, Wardak, Logar and Ghazni provinces, Khaama Press reported.



Afghans tell U.S. court about aftermath of massacre by American soldier:

An Afghan man who lost 11 relatives including all but one of his seven children in a rampage by a U.S. soldier testified on Wednesday at a sentencing trial for the killer about what it was like to lose his loved ones.



2 killed, 15 injured in blast in SW Pakistan: –

At least two people were killed and 15 others injured on Wednesday afternoon when a bomb blast hit a railway station in Pakistan’s southwestern border city of Chaman, local media and official said.



Pakistan Says Soldier Killed by Indian Troops as Violence Builds:

The Pakistani army said an officer was killed by Indian troops as growing violence across a disputed border threatens to jeopardize new efforts to normalize relations between the nuclear-armed countries.



Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in Wikileaks case:

Pte Manning will receive a credit against his sentence of about three and a half years, including time he has already served in jail and 112 days in recompense for the harsh conditions of his initial confinement. He could be eligible for parole in about 11 years.



Manning asks Obama for pardon, but ready to pay ‘heavy price for living in a free society’:

The lead attorney for Army Private first class Bradley Manning told the media on Wednesday that he’ll begin asking US President Barack Obama to pardon his client as early as next week.



Statement by Julian Assange on today’s sentencing of Bradley Manning:

The Obama administration is demonstrating that there is no place in its system for people of conscience and principle. As a result, there will be a thousand more Bradley Mannings.



How The NSA Scours 75% Of The Nation’s Internet Traffic – In One Chart:

The NSA – has, according to the Wall Street Journal, built a surveillance network that covers more Americans’ Internet communications than officials have publicly disclosed, current and former officials say.



Close Cameron aides asked paper to destroy Snowden data:

News that Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood and National Security Adviser Kim Darroch were involved drags Cameron into a storm over Britain’s response to coverage of leaks from the fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor – a response that left even its U.S. ally talking of the importance of media freedom.



Russia slams UK’s ‘double standards’ over Guardian pressure:

“The incident at the Guardian office is just another example of “the double standards practice applied by London in the sphere of human rights,” Lukashevich added.



US military tested using Twitter to profile civilians in anti-terror scheme:

The US military has been investigating how to track security threats from terrorism to money laundering by mining public data from social media sites such as Twitter, raising concerns that the microblogging company may inadvertently enable government profiling of its users.



‘RIP privacy’: New Zealand govt passes NSA-style snooping bill:

New Zealand has passed a hotly-disputed bill that radically expands the powers of its spying agency. The legislation was passed 61 votes to 59 in a move that was slammed by the opposition as a death knell for privacy rights in New Zealand.



New radioactive leak found at Fukushima plant: Video report:

 RT’s Meghan Lopez has more on the alarming update.


EU/U.S. – Transatlantic Convergence:

Although most Americans have barely heard of TTIP – if they’ve heard of it at all – this plan for economic and political merger of the United States and the European Union will assume ever greater urgency over the next year as the negotiation process concludes and we move closer and closer to a vote in Congress.



Black people twice as likely to be charged with drugs possession – report:

Black people are not just significantly more likely to be searched by police for drugs than their white peers, but face almost double the chance of being charged if any are found, according to a study of racial disparities in the way drug laws are enforced.



50 Years Later, the Untold History of the March on Washington & MLK’s Most Famous Speech:

“I think today the way the speech and the march is understand is wrapped in the flag and seen as one more example of American genius, when in fact it was a mass, multiracial, dissident-dissident act.



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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