Information Clearing House 29-30 August 2013: Stop The War – Act now – We Can Make A Difference

30 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

Western Pathological Liars Hold World To Ransom

By Finian Cunningham

Who are these butchers, mass murderers and liars to pose as defenders and protectors of humanity? Their cynicism and hypocrisy are astounding.


Bombing Syria: War as Therapy

By Brendan O’Neill

The narcissism of the bomb-Syria brigade is terrifying.


Read The Report

UK Agencies Give Their Verdict on Damascus Chemical Weapons Attack

By Adam Withnall

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “Today we have laid in the library of the House information on what we know about the attack in Damascus last week and the Government’s position on the legality of any military action in response.


George Galloway “Who Are You To Decide That You Will Launch A War?”


George Galloway speaks as The British House of Commons.


US-Israeli False Flag Gas Attack Unravels

By William Bowles

This is where it all started: The Israeli intelligence front the Debkafile.


Attack on Syria: An “Act of Cowardice.”

By John Robles

Launching missiles while fearfully hiding behind a shield where there is no threat to yourself is not something that an honorable soldier on a battlefield would do. It is the tactic of a coward.


War Pimp Alert!

Intercepted Calls Prove Syrian Army Used Nerve Gas, U.S. Spies Say

By Noah Shachtman

An official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of a chemical weapons unit, demanding answers for a nerve agent strike that killed more than 1,000 people. Those conversations were overheard by U.S. intelligence services.


Deja Vu All Over Again

Colin L. Powell, Remarks to the United Nations Security Council: February 5, 2003:

“The material I will present to you comes from a variety of sources. Some are U.S. sources and some are those of other countries. Some are the sources are technical, such as intercepted telephone conversations and photos taken by satellites. Other sources are people who have risked their lives to let the world know what Saddam Hussein is really up to.”


Moral Obscenity:

Toxic Background To US Chemical ‘Highground’

Video Report

Washington claims there’s a moral reason to attack. But the use of chemical weapons was of no concern in the wars that the US waged in the past.


Stop The War

Act now – We Can Make A Difference

By Kevin Ovenden

For many, especially those hundreds of thousands of us who marched against the Iraq war in 2003, the question recurs: can we do anything about this impending disaster?


UK: National Demonstration: No Attack on Syria

By Stop the War

National Demonstration: assemble Saturday 31 August, 12 noon, Temple Place, London.


Why America Cannot Live Without Wars

By Chidanand Rajghatta

War thrills the American soul. Oh just admit it, we have a love affair with war.”


Postcard from the End of America: Trenton

By Linh Dinh

The US can’t be fighting terror when it is the world’s most prolific and relentless generator of terror. Without terror, America would be out of business, literally.


New York Police Reportedly Designates Mosques as Terrorism Organizations

Associated Press

Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.


Muslims Need Not Apply


How USCIS Secretly Mandates the Discriminatory Delay and Denial of Citizenship and Immigration Benefits to Aspiring Americans.


Elysium: When the Elite Ruling Class Makes Hell on Earth for the Masses

By Steven Jonas, MD

One doesn’t have to imagine 2154 to see what life is like for many millions of humans, right now. For the future slum of Los Angeles in the movie was actually set in one of the present slums of Mexico City.


Death toll rises to 86 in Baghdad bombings;

The number of casualties in a series of bomb blasts in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has reportedly reached 86. A total of over 263 people were also injured. Iraqi officials say the bombings were coordinated attacks.


23 killed in Iraq car bomb blasts:

Police said 18 people were killed and 32 others injured when a pick-up truck carrying vegetables exploded in a market in Samarrah, 60 miles (95km) north of the capital, Baghdad.


Nine soliders killed in Damascus car bomb:

Nine soliders were killed when a car bomb exploded in southeast Damascus on Thursday, triggering clashes between government forces and rebel fighters, a watchdog reported.


AP sources: Intelligence on weapons no ‘slam dunk’:

Multiple U.S. officials used the phrase “not a slam dunk” to describe the intelligence picture – a reference to then-CIA Director George Tenet’s insistence in 2002 that U.S. intelligence showing Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was a “slam dunk” – intelligence that turned out to be wrong.


US willing to go it alone against Syria if needed:

The Obama administration said Wednesday it would take action against the Syrian government even without the backing of allies or the United Nations. The U.S. has not publicly presented proof that Assad’s government used deadly chemical weapons near Damascus last week. Even so, U.S. officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, have pointed a finger squarely at Assad


Arab Allies Withhold Public Support for U.S. Strike on Syria:

The U.S. is moving toward possible military strikes against Syria without the public support of any major Arab ally, reflecting broad unease in the region about another Western military intervention.


US Lapdog says:

UN green light not needed for Syria strike, UK :

The British Government issued a statement Thursday stating that if military action against Syria were blocked at the UN Security Council, the United Kingdom would still have legal license to “take exceptional measures” against the Assad regime to alleviate the humanitarian catastrophe.


Cameron Struggles for Lawmaker Assent:

Britain released an assessment showing it “highly likely” the Syrian government was behind the mass killing of civilians with chemical weapons on Aug. 21 near Damascus. Still, Cameron bowed to opposition demands to await a judgment by on-site United Nations inspectors.


State Dept Admits It Doesn’t Know Who Ordered Syria’s Chemical Strike:

 U.S. officials are basing their assessment that the Assad regime bears responsibility for the strike largely on an intercepted phone call between a panicked Ministry of Defense official and a commander of a Syrian chemical weapons unit.


US: Assad responsible even if didn’t order gas attack:

“We ultimately of course hold President Assad responsible for the use of chemical weapons by his regime against his own people, regardless of where the command and control lies,” State Department deputy spokesman Marie Harf told a press briefing.


US, UK should show Syria chemical weapons intel to Russia – ex-British navy chief;

As the western powers call for a military strike, Baron Alan West of Spithead, a former First Sea Lord and senior security adviser to the British government, warned that the conflict could spiral out of control and play into the hands of al-Qaeda-linked rebel groups operating in Syria.


Russia evacuating Tartus staff:

Russia is moving to evacuate its staff from its naval facility in Syria’s Tartus amid signs the West will soon conduct military strikes on the Bashar al-Assad regime, Reuters cited the Interfax news agency as saying Wednesday.


How Syria action risks unsettling fragile Middle East balance of power: Op-Ed:

The violence has already affected neighbouring states and strengthened the hand of jihadists


Military action against Syria will burn Israel, Iranian commander says:

“In case of a military action by the anti-Syria front, the Syrian nation will resist and the result of their resistance will be victory,” said Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri on Wednesday, the Fars News Agency reported.


US sends fifth destroyer to eastern Med: official:

The USS Stout, a guided missile destroyer, is “in the Mediterranean, heading and moving east” to relieve the Mahan, said the official, who said both ships might remain in place for the time being.


Russia sending anti-submarine ship, missile carrying cruiser to Mediterranean Sea:

 “The known situation that is currently observed in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea requires us to make certain adjustments to our naval group. A large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet is expected to join it within the next few days.”


Strike on Syria Would Lead to Retaliation on Israel, Iran Warns:

“Any military measure against Syria will draw the Zionists deep in the fire [as well],” said Major General Hassan Firouzabadi in an address on the recent American military threats against the Syrian nation and government on Thursday.


Obama hits pause on U.S. action in face of crippling cyber strikes from Syria, Iran:

Syria and its ally Iran have been building cyberattack capabilities for years and soon might have a chance to use their skills in a hot war for the first time.


Strike on Syria Would Lead to Retaliation on Israel, Iran Warns:

Iranian lawmakers and commanders issued stark warnings to the United States and its allies on Tuesday, saying any military strike on Syria would lead to a retaliatory attack on Israel fanned by “the flames of outrage.”


Thousands crowd gas mask centers in Haifa, Tel Aviv:

Jerusalem branch closed after mob took protective kits by force; civilians worried by Syria threat overwhelm distribution points


Israeli Lobby Looks to 2008 Law to Justify Request for More U.S. Aid:

Israel cut its defence budget in 2013, and the reduction of over 820 million dollars, which is more than 25 percent of the annual aid it currently receives, might raise the question of how Israel can request increased aid while reducing its own budget.


Militants kill Yemen intelligence official, son:

The officials said Col. Ali el-Hadi was shot to death in his car Wednesday in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. The officials said el-Hadi’s son, who was shot with him in the car, died of his wounds at a hospital.


Here are 3 other places the US military bombed in the past month:

Not every bombing campaign is as well publicized as the one probably coming soon to Syria.


Afghan Taliban kill 15 police in Farah province:

The Taliban have ambushed a police patrol in the western Afghan province of Farah, killing 15 policemen and injuring 10 others, officials say.


Head of Eastern Libya’s military police killed:

Alsifer was in a car driving along a street in the Al Lizi district in Cyrenaica’s capital together with his brother who also died.


Muslim Brotherhood leader Beltagi arrested:

Egyptian police on Thursday arrested Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagi, the secretary-general of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party.


Saudi Arabia studies report on Egypt’s financial needs:

Saudi Arabia pledged $5 billion in aid soon after the army, prompted by mass protests, ousted Muhammad Mursi on July 3.


US fast-food workers on strike over pay:

Fast-food workers in dozens of US cities are on strike, union leaders say, in what could be one of the industry’s biggest walkouts. Workers want to be paid $15 (£10) an hour, double the rate for many employees at fast-food chains.


Raising kids on McDonald’s wages: ‘Some days I’ve been up for 48 hours’:

Jemes is one of the fast-food workers in a projected 50 cities who will be striking Thursday, in what fast-food worker organizers are billing as the largest fast food strike in American history


How the Restaurant Lobby Makes Sure Fast-Food Workers Get Poverty Wages and Have to Work While Sick:

Fast-food workers feed their families on a pittance while the big corporations resist fair pay and sick leave.


5 big Native American health issues you don’t know about:

Young Native Americans are more likely to kill themselves than any other group.


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 : 3,270


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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