25 August 2013 — Information Clearing House
Syrian Rebels Manufactured Chemical Weapons Outside Damascus: Report
By Fahim al-Surani
Yara Saleh says that the warehouse was at the also a laboratory where shells were stuffed with poisonous chemicals.
Russian President, Saudi Spy Chief Discussed Syria, Egypt
Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon).
A diplomatic report about the “stormy meeting” in July – Putin and Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan concluded that the region stretching from North Africa to Chechnya and from Iran to Syria – in other words, the entire Middle East – has come under the influence of an open US-Russian face-off.
“Military Intervention In Syria”
US Training “Rebels” Since 2011 And The Complete Grand Plan – The March 2012 Leak
By Tyler Durden
For all those still shocked by the “developing events” in Syria, here is the full rundown as it was orchestrated back in 2011, and as it was released in March 2012 by Wikileaks.
“Wag the Dog” – The Sequel Set in Syria
By George Galloway
Another summer, another Muslim country under murderous bombardment by the last people on the planet whose motives are trusted by anyone in the Muslim world.
U.S. Spy Agency Bugged U.N. Headquarters: Germany’s Spiegel
Citing secret U.S. documents obtained by fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel said the files showed how the United States systematically spied on other states and institutions.
America’s Gilded Capital
Video – Moyers and Company
The story of how Washington became an occupied city; its hold on reality distorted by greed and ambition.
Study Finds Wealth Gives Rise to a Sense of Entitlement and Narcissistic Behaviors
By Eric W. Dolan
“As a person’s level of privilege rises, that person becomes increasingly self-focused – in a sense, becoming the center of their own world and worldview,”
Atheists Vote, Too: Why is Religious Pandering so Prevalent?
By Mugambi Jouet
Politicians from Obama to Bush just can’t resist the “God strategy.” Can we ever evolve toward secular government?
In Case You Missed It
None Of Us Are Free – If One Of Us Is Chained
By Solomon Burke – Video
And there are people still in darkness,
And they just can’t see the light.
If you don’t say it’s wrong then that says it right.
We got try to feel for each other, let our brother’s know that we care.
Got to get the message, send it out loud and clear.
Bombs across Iraq kill at least 42 people – police and medics:
The single deadliest attack took place in central Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, when a car bomb blew up near a housing complex killing 11 people, police said.
Syria agrees to let UN inspect site of alleged chemical weapons attack:
Government will allow United Nations experts to visit site of alleged gas attack outside Damascus, according to state media
Britain says Syria chemical attack evidence may already be destroyed:
Britain said on Sunday that evidence of a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus could have already been destroyed ahead of U.N. inspectors visiting the site.
UN experts will not go to Aleppo for security reasons – source:
UN inspectors will not go to Aleppo near Damascus, where the first chemical attack allegedly took place, because none of the uncoordinated Islamist groups operating there will be able to ensure their safety, a high-ranking source said Sunday.
Russia says ‘tragic mistake’ to assign blame too soon for Syrian gas attack:
Without directly naming the United States but in comments that warned against any military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, Moscow urged against “hurried conclusions” over the reports of a poison gas attack.
Tensions Rise as U.S. Nears Determination on Syria Attack:
The U.S. government is weighing the risks of taking action and the costs of not, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, traveling in Malaysia, said Sunday.
Mideast defense chiefs to meet in Jordan :
The Pentagon says U.S. Central Command and the Jordanian Armed Forces are co-hosting Mideast defense chiefs in Jordan over the next few days to discuss the region’s security environment.
US, UK and French forces near Syria:
Details of U.S., French and British forces in the region that could be involved in any attack.
Putin Responds To Syria Escalation:
May “Reinforce Naval Grouping In Mediterranean” Following US Buildup: Interfax reported that Russia is starting to pre-emptively, for now, retaliate.
Syria: Cameron and Obama move west closer to intervention:
British prime minister and US president agree that alleged chemical attack ‘requires a response’
Major arms shipment reaches Syrian rebels, opposition says:
Gulf-financed weapons shipment, which crossed into Syria from Turkey, is one of biggest ever to reach rebels.
Syria warns U.S. not to intervene militarily:
Syria’s Information Minister dismissed the possibility of an American attack, warning that such a move would risk triggering more violence in the region. “The basic repercussion would be a ball of fire that would burn not only Syria but the whole Middle East,” al-Zoubi said
Russia warns against military intervention in Syria:
“All sponsors of the opposition who have any influence on it should press all opponents of Bashar Assad to agree to negotiations, whereas statements with threats of force against the Syrian regime are sending a directly opposite signal to the opposition, and our American and European partners should realize what catastrophic consequences such a policy would have for the region
US will face ‘harsh consequences’ if intervenes in Syria over chemical weapons use: Iran:
A top Iranian military chief today warned that the US will face “harsh consequences” if it intervenes in ally Syria over claims of chemical attacks, Fars news agency reported. “If the United States crosses this red line, there will be harsh consequences for the White House,” armed forces deputy chief of staff
Even war criminal : Colin Powell urges U.S. to back away from Syria conflict:
The choice between President Bashar Assad and the Islamist-influenced rebels did not appear to be much of a choice, he said.
Americans strongly oppose US intervention in Syria – even if chemical weapons are confirmed:
About 60 per cent of Americans surveyed said the US should not intervene in Syria’s civil war, while just 9 per cent thought the US president, Barack Obama, should act.
Syria’s opposition considers national rebel army, Islamists angered:
Momentum behind the new force comes from Saudi Arabia and Western nations who, alarmed by the growth of radical Islamists in rebel-held areas, have thrown their weight behind the Syrian Coalition, hoping it could help stem their power.
Governor of Syrian province killed in car bombing:
The governor of the central Syrian province of Hama, Anas Abdel-Razaq, was killed in a car bombing, reports state news agency SANA, dpa reported.
At least 6 killed, 26 injured in Yemen blast:
A bomb blast ripped through a bus carrying members of Yemen’s air force to their base in the capital Sanaa, witnesses said. At least 6 people were killed and 26 others injured, officials at the scene told Reuters.
Israel’s Most Liberal City Introduces Racially Segregated Kindergartens:
When the children of south Tel Aviv head back to school on Tuesday, kindergarteners will attend facilities that are segregated by race
Saudi Arabia says 16 nuclear reactors to be ready by 2030:
“After 10 years we will have the first two reactors,” Melaibari told Arab News. “After that, every year we will establish two, until we have 16 by 2030. We would like to cover 20 percent of electricity needs using nuclear energy.”
Militants kill 44 in northeast Nigeria:
An official says suspected militants killed at least 44 villagers in continuing attacks in an Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria.
Several killed in eastern DRC fighting:
Woman and three children among those killed in clashes between M23 rebels and government troops backed by UN forces.
Senior criminal investigator killed in Libya:
A security official in Libya says gunmen have killed a senior criminal investigator in Benghazi after clashes between armed groups the day before.
Mubarak retrial postponed to 14 September:
During Sunday’s session, the sixth in the retrial, Mubarak’s defense team asked the court to summon Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to give testimony in his former capacity as military intelligence chief during the 2011 uprising.
Egypt’s dead – dehumanised and disregarded: Op-Ed –
As the death toll in Egypt rises, the condemnations of other nations are strangely muted.
Bolivia prison violence: Riot death toll rises to 31:
Police and medical officials say the latest death occurred Saturday. Most victims of the Friday battle among rival gangs were inmates, but a 1 ?-year-old toddler died along with his father. Bolivian law allows children 6 and younger to stay with their parents in prison.
FARC kills 13 Colombian soldiers: army:
FARC guerillas have killed 13 soldiers in an attack on a Colombian army patrol shortly after officials announced talks with the leftist rebels would resume.
Colombia agricultural strike sparks fear of shortages:
Thousands of anti-riot police have been deployed across Colombia as protests by agricultural workers spread further. Some 200,000 farmers have blocked dozens of roads, leaving the central province of Boyaca cut off.
5 Afghan soldiers killed, 13 injured in military operations:
Afghan Army3According to Afghan defense officials, at last 5 Afghan national army soldiers were killed and 13 others were injured during military operations across the country.
Blast Kills Two Children in Helmand:
Local Helmand officials on Sunday confirmed a bomb blast near the home of Malem Baredad, a local school teacher, and said the explosion resulted in the deaths of two of his children.
Pakistan claims two killed in shelling by Indian Army:
Pakistani authorities on Sunday claimed that two women were killed and seven other persons were injured in “unprovoked” shelling by the Indian Army across the LoC.
UK police ‘charged’ with misusing anti-terrorism procedures at border crossings:
Scotland Yard came under fire for abusing harsh anti-terror laws at border crossings, British media report. It now faces charges over its refusal to hand over the results of inquiries into the misuse of these practices when questioning people.
Guardian Editor: ‘British More Complacent’ about Surveillance:
In an interview, Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger talks about his confrontation with the government and why the scandal isn’t making waves in Britain.
Hard Evidence: How biased is the BBC?:
Does the BBC really have a left-wing, anti-business agenda as certain elements of the press like to claim? Or is there more to it than that? Cardiff University Lecturer Mike Berry crunches the numbers to see where Auntie’s leanings really lie.
Rising levels of acids in seas may endanger marine life, says study:
Experts claim current rate of change is likely to be more than 10 times faster than it has ever been in Earth’s history
‘Them and us:’ One in four children living in poverty in UK:
The ‘Greater Expectations’ report, seen by the Guardian, highlighted that in some ways the childhood poverty is now even worse than it used to be nearly fifty years ago.
In a world gone crazy –
Police Tase, Fire on, and Kill 95-Year Old WWII Vet –
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