12 September 2013 — Information Clearing House
Is This A Fly In The Ointment?
Assad Says Ready to Give Up Chemical Weapons If US Stops ‘Threats’
By RIA Novosti and Reuters
“When we see that the US genuinely stands for stability in our region, stops threatening us with military intervention and stops supplying terrorists with weapons, then we will consider it possible to finalize all necessary procedures and they will become legitimate and acceptable for Syria,” he said.
Leaving Strike on Table, Kerry Says Syrian Words on Arms Deal ‘Not Enough’
By AP and Times of Israel staff
“The words of the Syrian regime in our judgment are simply not enough.”
A Plea To Americans From Russia
What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria
By Vladimir V. Putin
We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.
Putin Steps Into World Leadership Role
By Paul Craig Roberts
Putin is obviously more than a match for the immoral, low grade morons that Americans put into high office.
U.S. Military Confirms Rebels Had Sarin
By F. Michael Maloof
A classified document by the U.S. military, confirms that sarin was confiscated earlier this year from members of the Jabhat al-Nusra Front, the most influential of the rebel Islamists fighting in Syria.
Obama’s Humiliating Defeat
By Glen Ford
“Obama will be back on the Syria warpath as soon as the proper false flag operations can be arranged.”
From Kabul To Damascus
By Tom Engelhardt
The Saudis are, once more funding and arming extreme fundamentalist forces and, however reluctantly, the U.S. is backing and being backed by them.
Syria: A Strategy For Anarchy
Regime change would not be the end of Syria’s troubles but their beginning.
By David Malone
Keep a country in a state of barely contained anarchy and chaos for years on end. Just enough order to extract wealth but not enough to ever unify.
Who Funds Syrian Rebel Advocate O’Bagy and the Syrian Emergency Task Force? You Do
By Charles C. Johnson
The Syrian Emergency Task Force, the pro-rebel lobbying outfit that employs widely quoted intervention advocate Elizabeth O’Bagy as its political director, receives funding from the U.S. Department of State and related government contractors.
Nigel Farage Lambasts `Extreme Militarists` During EU Syria Debate
Video and Transcript
“We’ve seen it all before. An endless series of military adventures over the course of the last 10 to fifteen years, one of which of course – notably, in Afghanistan – is still going on and is not achieving any of its original aims.”
The Shortest Path To Peace In Syria
By Nicola Nasser
Herein the US can secure its regional “vital” interests “peacefully” without dragging its people and the region from one war to another incessantly.
U.S. and Iran are Edging Toward Direct Talks
By Paul Richter
Obama, Rouhani may meet at UN General Assembly.
Crises Both Local and Global
By Lawrence Davidson
Why is it that local problems can often get so much attention and this other problem, the one that threatens the entire planet, get so little?
Shocking dashcam video shows cops in Tallahassee slam their pint-sized, female prisoner onto a patrol car and then the pavement.
Syria Massacre? Nusra Front Fighters Reportedly Kill 22 In Alawite Village:
The British-based Observatory said the victims included seven women, three men over the age of 65, and four children under the age of 16, citing residents and medics.
Syria Christian ‘made to convert at gunpoint’:
Maalula is one of the most renowned Christian towns in Syria, and many of its inhabitants speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus.
BBC Video report from inside Maalula –
Fact or fiction?
Assad Demands End to U.S. ‘Threats’:
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad insisted that the U.S. give up its “policy of threats” and halt arms shipments to rebels before his government turns over its chemical weapons, as U.S. and Russian delegations arrived in Geneva to begin talks aimed at forging a road map for the shutdown of the weapons program.
Carney: No timeline for weighing Syria chemical weapons offer:
He said that the administration needed to evaluate “technical aspects” of assuming control of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, as well as test the seriousness of the offer.
Senate moving on from Syria resolution – for now:
The Senate is formally dropping consideration of a resolution authorizing U.S. military force in Syria and deferring instead to diplomatic attempts to end the crisis.
Where Congress stands on Syria –
Lawmakers appear to be tentatively dividing into four camps over military action in Syria.
White House puts Syria onus on Putin after Russian president pressures US in op-ed:
A senior administration official responded to the op-ed, telling Fox News, “President Putin has invested his credibility in transferring Assad’s chemical weapons to international control, and ultimately destroying them. The world will note whether Russia can follow through on that commitment.”
Putin’s deft timing on a Syria chemical arms surrender plan snookered Obama: Op-Ed:
By stalling military action over Assad’s armoury, the Russian president has merged as an international law upholder
What Vladimir Putin didn’t tell the American people about Syria: –
Russia’s leader poses as a champion of the rule of law in a New York Times op-ed, but his record as Assad’s backer is shameful
Chemical Weapons Deal Only A Hiccup For Saudi Goals In Syria :
Saudi Arabia is interested in ousting Assad but not a popular government taking his place
Assad forces said to use poison gas in new Damascus attack:
Syrian rebels claim that the army of President Bashar Assad again used poison gas in an attack on rebel forces in the Damascus area Thursday, an Israel Radio report said.
Retired CIA Analyst: US’s Evidence on Syria Chemical Attack Fabricated:
Elements within the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have fabricated intelligence to implicate the Syrian government in the recent chemical attack in Syria and cater for Washington’s case for launching strikes on the Middle-Eastern country, said a retired CIA analyst.
Russian Plan ‘Is Just A Lie,’ Syrian Rebel General Says:
Russia is “playing games. … They know that the regime in Damascus is a criminal regime,” Gen. Salim Idris . The general’s words echoed a statement he made in a video posted online late Wednesday. “We announce our definitive rejection of the Russian initiative to place chemical weapons under international custody,”
Syria preparing to send chemical arms to Iraq: rebels:
Louai Miqdad told the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan that the weapons transfer would take place under the supervision of the Quds Force, a special unit of Iran’s army, and with the knowledge of the Iraqi government of MP Nour al-Maliki.
Israel adamant it won’t ratify chemical arms treaty before hostile neighbors:
Israel signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1993, but never ratified it. Consequently, it hasn’t agreed to submit itself to international inspections or to refrain from steps that would violate the convention.
US struggles show hazards of chemical weapons destruction:
The US vowed to destroy its cache of chemical weapons by 2012. But tons of nerve agents remain in Colorado and Kentucky – reflecting how complicated the process could prove in Syria
Three soldiers among 7 killed in Iraq attacks:
A spate of attacks across Iraq killed seven people on Thursday, including three who died when a suicide car bomber struck as recruits were leaving a military base, officials said.
No plans to supply Iran with S-300 systems – Putin’s press secretary:
Answering the questions from reporters, Dmitry Peskov replied “no” when asked if President Putin had given such orders. Earlier, the Russian newspaper Kommersant informed that Moscow will offer Iran S-300 missiles and help in constructing a new building in Bushehr nuclear reactor site.
Report: US and Iran laying framework for first direct talks in over 30 years: LA Times:
Obama, Rouhani may meet at UN General Assembly.
U.S. Eases Sanctions to Allow Good-Will Exchanges With Iran:
The Obama administration on Tuesday eased longstanding restraints on humanitarian and good-will activities between Iran and the United States, including athletic exchanges.
The UK’s dirty secrets: Palestine and the arms trade:
“The Jaffa orange is fast being edged out of the public consciousness by the Uzi submachine gun as Israel’s major export. Israel is the largest per capita arms exporter in the world”
Egypt extends state of emergency for two months:
A separate decision will be made on the night-time curfew which is in effect in parts of the country.
Why gunmen have turned off Libya’s oil taps:
Armed groups in Libya are currently blocking key oilfields and ports – hijacking the government of its main source of revenue and leading to some fuel shortages and blackouts.
China took away the Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India pipeline from USA:
“With a subtle motion of the hand” China took away the Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India (TAPI) pipeline project from USA and became yesterday the chief controller of gas resources in Central and South Asia.
The truth about the US and Chile’s coup:
My journalist husband was murdered because he knew too much about Pinochet’s US backers. Accountability is 40 years overdue
Dutch apologise for Indonesian executions:
Formal apology for colonial era mass killings comes ahead of state visit by the Dutch prime minister to Jakarta.
EU lawmakers nominate Snowden for Sakharov human rights prize:
Members of the European Parliament have officially nominated whistleblower and former CIA employee Edward Snowden for the prestigious prize, which celebrates freedom of thought.
Brazil MPs intend to meet Edward Snowden in Russia:
Brazilian MPs set up a special commission to investigate whether the US secret services were spying on the Brazilian leader, the lower house of Brazil’s parliament reported. The group of MPs will come to Moscow to meet ex-CIA contractor Edward Snowden.
The NSA machine: Too big for anyone to understand:
Newly declassified documents released Tuesday tell a story of a surveillance apparatus so unwieldy and complex that nobody fully comprehended it, even as the government pointed it at the American people in the name of protecting them.
WATCH: College Students Chase David Petraeus and Shout at Him on First Day of Class:
Video shows former CIA director David Petraeus being chased down a New York City street by student activists at the City University of New York.
Florida pastor arrested en route to Koran-burning:
A controversial Florida pastor who has made headlines worldwide for repeated threats to publicly burn copies of the Koran has been arrested with thousands of kerosene-soaked copies of the Muslim holy book in his possession.
One more reason it’s crap to be a waiter in America:
The IRS is cracking down on tips – again. Why go after billionaires when you can squeeze more out of servers?
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 : 3,272
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001