28 August 2013 — Information Clearing House
Who Is Responsible For This War Crime?
English-Subtitled Videos Show Aftermath Of Chemical Weapons Attacks
Video – Warning – graphic images.
This video shows the distress of a father whose two small children have died in the attacks.
Inspectors In Syria Forbidden From Finding Out WHO Used Chemical Weapons, Only IF They Were Used
By Washingtons Blog
The fix is in … the U.S. will get the war it planned 20 years ago.
Reuters: US to Strike Syria Before UN Evidence Collected
By Tony Cartalucci
If, as the US reasons, obstructing the UN’s investigation implicates guilt, then the US has just made itself the prime suspect of what is increasingly appearing to be a staged provocation to salvage a proxy war the US and its allies have all but lost.
Is the Drive for War on Syria to Cover Up a War Crime?
By William Bowles
Russia’s ambassador in the UN Security Council, Vitaly Churkin, presented conclusive evidence – based on documents and Russian satellite images – of two rockets carrying toxic chemicals, fired from Douma, controlled by the Syrian “rebels”.
A Rush to Judgment is a Rush to War
By Michael Collins
There is no justification to attack Syria without a completed, transparent, publicly reviewed investigation.
Western Logic on Syria: ‘We Need To Bomb It To Save It’
By Nile Bowie
Assad’s opponents intend to militarily intervene in Syria under cover of ‘humanitarian intervention’, a disingenuous narrative that could not be further from the truth.
Syria Vows to Defend Itself in Case of Strikes
Muallem said that his country had defences that would “surprise” the world, and that any such action against it would serve the interests of Israel and Al-Qaeda.
Obama Set For Holy Tomahawk War
By Pepe Escobar
If this all looks like Iraq 2.0 that’s because it is. Time to fix the facts around the policy – all over again. Time for weapons of mass deception – all over again.
America ‘s Battle Cry: Red Lines and Lies
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
Washington has rolled out a heavy arsenal of lies, misinformation, and dubious intelligence to sell war to the American people.
Lest We Forget
Man Whose WMD Lies Led to Iraq War Confesses All
By Jonathan Owen
Defector tells how US officials ‘sexed up’ his fictions to make the case for 2003 invasion.
In Case You Missed It
The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
Translated and edited by Israel Shahak
To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states. Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state.
In Case You Missed It
A Clean Break:A New Strategy for Securing the Realm
By The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies
Given the nature of the regime in Damascus, it is both natural and moral that Israel abandon the slogan “comprehensive peace” and move to contain Syria, drawing attention to its weapons of mass destruction program.
Israel Claims To Have Intercepted “Syrian Regime Chatter” Confirming Assad Behind Attack
By Tyler Durden
The planting and harvesting of false flags in Syria will soon need a full crop rotation following the latest “revelation” by Germany’s Focus magazine (on Saturday), subsequently reported by the Times of Israel today.
Why The US Won’t Declare War on Syria
By Michael Doyle
“The president and his close advisers talk a lot about international law,” Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor of international law at the University of Notre Dame, said in an interview Monday, “so I don’t see how the president can ignore that now without seeming to be hypocritical.”
War Criminal Says
The Hand-wringing Has to Stop. We Must Act
By Tony Blair
If we do not intervene to support freedom and democracy in Egypt and Syria, the Middle East faces catastrophe.
Tell Congress to say NO to a War on Syria
We say No!
The neocon war criminals who took the U.S. into an illegal and disastrous war in Iraq are back – and demanding a Syria War. – We say No!
‘The Killing Of Tony Blair’ : George Galloway & Max Keiser
“Blair killed the labor party, killed one million people and is making a killing.”
Terrorism with a “Human Face”: The History of America’s Death Squads
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Death Squads in Iraq and Syria. The Historical Roots of US-NATO’s Covert War on Syria.
A Time for Creative Suffering
Martin Luther King’s Words in a Surveillance World
By Ariel Dorfman
Let us hope and pray, for his sake and ours, that his faith in his own country was not misplaced and that 50 years later his compatriots will once again listen to his fierce yet gentle voice calling on them from beyond death and beyond fear.
Video – Edwin Starr
War, it ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
War, it’s got one friend
That’s the undertaker
Ooooh, war, has shattered
Many a young mans dreams
Made him disabled, bitter and mean
Life is much to short and precious
To spend fighting wars these days
War can’t give life
It can only take it away.
Suspected Boko Haram attacks kill 24 in Nigeria:
Two attacks by suspected Boko Haram insurgents have killed 24 people in Nigeria’s northeast in the latest violence believed to be in revenge against vigilantes, residents and officials said Tuesday.
At least two killed in southern Egypt clash:
At least two supporters of Egypt’s deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi were killed in clashes with residents and security forces in the southern city of Beni Suef late on Tuesday, a security source said.
11 Killed, One Injured in New Wave of Attacks in Iraq:
A new wave of attacks in Iraq killed at least 11 people, including two prison guards, and injured another one, according to Iraqi security and hospital sources.
Syria rebels seize strategic town, kill dozens: Activists say:
Rebel forces took control of a strategic town in northern Syria on Monday, killing more than 50 pro-government fighters and cutting off government forces’ only supply route out of the city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Video shows Al Qaeda murdering truck drivers for not being Sunni –
Video – Warning
Syrian troops advance in rebel-held areas near Damascus:
The Syrian army continued advancing against the western-backed rebels in the countryside of the capital Damascus, mainly in the hotspots of Jobar and Muadaieh, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said.
Hezbollah fighters exposed to chemical agents in Syria: source:
Between four and five members came into contact with the chemical agents while searching a group of rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar over the weekend.
‘Not too late to trace nerve gas in Syria’, experts say;
TRACES of nerve agent would remain in victims for weeks, easily detectable if UN inspectors can examine people poisoned in last week’s suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, experts say.
Chemical experts can gather Syria evidence despite time lapse -UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.
Britain said on Sunday that evidence of the attack, which is believed to have killed hundreds of people, could have already been destroyed ahead of a visit to the site by U.N. inspectors.
Russia: West has no proof Assad launched gas attack:
Russian FM Lavrov tells press conference any use of force in Syria without UN mandate would violate international law and be ‘repetition of past mistakes.’
In Rush to Strike Syria, U.S. Tried to Derail U.N. Probe: –
After initially insisting that Syria give United Nations investigators unimpeded access to the site of an alleged nerve gas attack, the administration of President Barack Obama reversed its position on Sunday and tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. to call off its investigation.
Russia ‘regrets’ US decision to shelve Syria talks:
“It is a pity that our western partners have decided to cancel the bilateral US-Russian meeting to discuss calls for an international conference on Syria,”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s Press Conference
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Syrian Kurdish leader says Assad not to blame for attack:
He suggested last Wednesday’s attack, which the opposition says was carried out by government forces and killed hundreds of people, was aimed at framing Assad and provoking an international reaction. Assad has denied his forces used chemical weapons.
Syria: Western Chemical Weapons Experts Cast Doubt on Obama Nerve Gas Claims:
Dan Kaszeta, a former officer in the US Army’s Chemical Corps, said tell-tale signs of a chemical weapons attack were conspicuously absent from footage shot in the aftermath of the attack.
US/UK/France could ATTACK Syria in days, envoys tell rebels:
Some Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.
What A US Strike On Syria Would Look Like:
Four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers — and probably a nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine — are already within Tomahawk cruise missile range of Syrian targets. In addition, the United States can call upon strategic bombers based in the continental United States as well as B-1 bombers from Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
Former NATO commander: Syria strike a bad move: Video –
U.S. retired Col. Douglas Macgregor led Kosovo mission
Russia says strike on Syria won’t be made easy:
An unnamed Moscow official warned that the international community wouldn’t be granted an “easy victory” in Syria, pointing to what the individual claimed was Damascus’s sufficient air defense systems, including surface-to-air missile systems, capable of thwarting severe damage, the Russian Interfax news agency reported.
U.S. No Longer Seeking U.N., NATO Permission to Strike Syria:
Instead, the U.S. has focused on building a rapid coalition consisting of the United Kingdom, France and several Arab states, by sharing intelligence evidence that U.S. officials say proves Bashir al Assad’s regime was responsible for last week’s chemical weapons attack.
Iran warns against consequences of military action against Syria:
“Any miscalculation of the situation in Syria would throw the entire region into a a dangerous and complicated stage which will …engulf all regional countries,” he added. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Syria: Saudi Prince at the heart of the push for war:
Months of applying pressure on the White House and Congress over Syria have slowly born fruit. The CIA is believed to have been working with Prince Bandar directly since last year in training rebels at base in Jordan close to the Syrian border.
Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria:
Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.
Iraq opposes use of airspace to strike Syria:
“We do not agree to any use of our airspace … to attack any neighbouring country through our land,” Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s spokesman told AFP, asked if Baghdad would authorise the use of its airspace in any action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Fact or fiction?
Assad wants brother dead:
In my best estimation, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad wants his brother Maher dead. Also, in my best estimation, it was Maher who unleashed the gas attack without any warnings or orders from anyone, which is why Russia has issued a statement saying a US military intervention will not cause it to start a war. The Russians are happy if this surgical US approach means Bashar can survive.
Palestinian negotiators say they canceled meet with Israelis after deadly clashes:
A senior Palestinian official told Haaretz that the Palestinian envoys to the peace talks canceled a meeting with their Israeli counterparts. According to the official, the measure was meant to protest the deaths of three Palestinians from Israeli gunfire during clashes at the Qalandiya refugee camp earlier in the day.
Afghanistan aid workers among 12 civilians killed in pair of insurgent attacks:
Afghan officials say insurgents have shot and killed 12 civilians, including six aid workers working on government projects, in two separate incidents.
Six Truck Drivers Killed By Insurgents in Paktia:
Taliban insurgents killed six abducted truck drivers in eastern Paktia province on Monday night after negotiations with relatives for their release failed. The relatives of the drivers said they were abducted 11 days ago while on the way to Khost province.
US Kills 7 People In Pakistan; :
Seven “militants”, including a commander, have been killed in a drone strike in the Watapur district of eastern Kunar province, an official said on Tuesday
6 Killed in Militant Attack in Pakistan:
At least six people were killed in militants’ recent attack on a camp of the security forces in the tribal region of South Waziristan.
10 Militants killed in police checkpoints attack in W. Afghanistan:
Ten militants were killed Tuesday morning as they launched attack on Afghan border police checkpoints in Bala Murghab district of the western province of Badghis, a provincial source said, adding the clash is still continuing there.
Venezuela says hitmen captured in plot to kill Maduro;
Venezuela said it derailed a plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, arresting two hitmen it said wanted to assassinate the leftist leader on orders from a Colombian conservative ex-president.
Report shows how recession hit families:
The number of U.S. households with an unemployed parent and a child under 18 living at home soared from 2005 to 2011, a Census Bureau report says.
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