Information Clearing House 11 October 2013: Sydney’s Week-long Military Extravaganza Foreshadows New Wars

11 October 2013 — Information Clearing House

Foreigners Train Syrian Rebels in Afghanistan to Use Chem Weapons – Russian Foreign Minister


“Al-Nusra Front is planning to smuggle toxic compounds and relevant specialists into Iraqi territory to stage terrorist attacks there this time,” Lavrov said.


Sydney’s Week-long Military Extravaganza Foreshadows New Wars

By James Cogan

American and Australian strategic documents have been explicit about the purpose of this “pivot”-to position air and naval forces that will be used to wage war against China.


Obama at the UN General Assembly: Five Years a Zionist Lackey

By James Petras

It was vintage Obama, the con-man: talking peace while preparing new wars.


Blacklisted for Being Muslim:

By Yvonne Ridley

As UK construction firms pay compensation for unlawful blacklisting, Muslims start to appear on neo-McCarthyite lists.


Wall Street Bets a Quadrillion of Everybody Else’s Money

By Glen Ford

“Even if the whole planet were offered as collateral, it could not cover Wall Street’s bets.”


A Repo Implosion

The Nightmare Scenario

By Mike Whitney

This is why the media is pushing so hard to end the debt ceiling standoff; to preserve this mountainous stinkpile of larceny, greed and corruption run by a criminal bank Mafia and their political lackeys on Capital Hill.


“Congress All Bribed” – World Bank Whistleblower:

Video and Transcript

“Most of the American citizens are clueless about the corruption that’s rifling their economy.”


Four Horsemen

Video Feature Documentary

FOUR HORSEMEN is an independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works.


Stealing Africa – Why Poverty?

How much profit is fair?

Video Documentary

Glencore’s mines in Zambia don’t generate much wealth for Zambians. But they do make some people in Switzerland very rich. How do multinationals work the tax system and operate in Africa?


Story of Jesus Christ was ‘Fabricated to Pacify the Poor’

By Rob Williams

Christianity was a sophisticated government propaganda exercise used to pacify the subjects of a the Roman Empire, claims scholar.


The Coming Plague

By Stephen Leahy

A climate plague affecting every living thing will likely start in 2020 in southern Indonesia, scientists warned Wednesday in the journal Nature. A few years later the plague will have spread throughout the world’s tropical regions.


 10 killed, 60 injured in blasts across Pakistan:

Bomb blasts rocked four major Pakistani cities on Thursday, killing 10 people, including three terrorists, and injuring more than 60 others


Pakistan re-arrests ex-president Musharraf:

Pakistan’s former ruler Pervez Musharraf has been re-arrested over a deadly commando operation at a mosque in 2007, a day after getting bail in another case.


John Kerry in Afghanistan to push to keep U.S. troops in the country after 2014:

US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Friday to try to advance troubled negotiations with Afghanistan on some US troops staying in the country after 2014.


‘The US not really leaving Afghanistan’ – Indian foreign minister:

The view that the United States is going to withdraw from Afghanistan is a bit exaggerated, since their troops will remain in at least six bases currently prepared for them. That’s according to our guest Salman Khurshid, the foreign minister of India.


U.S. forces capture No. 2 commander of Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan:

Latif Mehsud, second-in-command of Pakistani Taliban forces, has been captured by American forces and is being held by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told NBC News on Friday.


Afghan officials accuse U.S. of snatching Pakistani Taliban leader from their custody:

The United States recently seized a senior Pakistani Taliban commander in eastern Afghanistan, snatching him from the custody of Afghan intelligence operatives who had spent months trying to recruit him as an interlocutor for peace talks, Afghan government officials charged Thursday..


Turkey approves strikes against rebels in Iraq:

Turkey’s parliament has extended for another year a mandate allowing the military to carry out operations against Kurdish rebels based in neighboring northern Iraq.


70 people killed as Syrian government forces capture souhern Damascus:

The Damascus suburbs of al-Thiabiya and Husseiniya, a Palestinian refugee camp, were combed after they were overrun, according to sources.–526343


Rebels committed ‘crime against humanity’ in Syria: HRW:

Al-Qaeda and other militant Islamist groups fighting the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad executed scores of civilian men, women and children after a battle in the north-west of the country, Human Rights Watch has said


Syria extremists financed by private Gulf donors carried out mass killings – HRW:

At least 190 people were killed and more than 200 taken hostage by Syrian rebels financed by private Gulf donors in an August 4 military offensive in the Latakia governorate, according to a Human Rights Watch report.


US report warns of threat posed by anti-aircraft missiles taken from Syrian military arsenals:

The report released Friday by the Federation of American Scientists, a prominent Washington group that focuses on issues of science and security, warns that some opposition factions inside Syria are already wielding small numbers of anti-aircraft systems in combat against Syrian government forces.


Conflicts of interest in the Syria debate:

Hadley’s audience was not informed that he serves as a director of Raytheon, the weapons manufacturer that makes the Tomahawk cruise missiles that were widely cited as a weapon of choice in a potential strike against Syria.


Five Iranian Revolutionary Guards Reported Killed In Kurdish Area:

A report from an Iranian news agency says five members of the elite Revolutionary Guards have been killed by an armed group. The Fars news agency said the deaths occurred on October 10 in the Kurdish Baneh region, in the northwest of Iran.


Israeli Claim of Iranian ICBM Exploits Biased U.S. Intel:

In an effort to provoke any possible opposition in U.S. political circles to a nuclear deal with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has returned to exploiting an old claim that Iran is building intercontinental ballistic missiles that could hit the United States.


Israel army chief says war possible on many fronts: Head of Israel’s armed forces :

“It is possible that there will be a cyber attack on a site supplying the daily needs of Israeli citizens; that traffic lights would stop working or the banks would be paralysed,” he added.


Abbas: No compromise on 1967 borders:

He also said that “there is no peace without Jerusalem as the capital for the state of Palestine.”


After years of blocking, Israel backs Gaza offshore gas:

After decades of stifling Palestinian efforts to develop Mediterranean natural gas fields off the Gaza Strip, the Israeli government is reported to be supporting the $1 billion project, which observers say could transform Palestinian aspirations for statehood.


Palestine before 1948: Video –

The video contains pictures of different Palestinian cities during the 1920’s and 1930’s, before the creation of the state of israel by the zionists in 1948.


Pew survey of U.S. Jews: soaring intermarriage, assimilation rates:

The proportion of Jews who say they have no religion and are Jewish only on the basis of ancestry, ethnicity or culture is growing rapidly, and two-thirds of them are not raising their children Jewish at all.


Pew Director Explains Rationale Behind Survey of U.S. Jews:

“basing our identity in dreadful narratives of death and survival, and/or an amorphous ‘caring’ about a country [Israel] that’s an ocean away…is a path to failure. Indeed, if that’s all we care about, I’d say it already has failed.”


Israel Unhappy With Freeze on U.S. Military Aid to Egypt:

“Certainly it can be confirmed that we had been troubled by how decisions of this kind were liable to be interpreted in Egypt, and of course the risk of consequences for relations with Israel,” Civil Defence Minister Gilad Erdan told Israel Radio.


Scattered anti-coup protests held in Egypt.

Health ministry says one killed in Sharqia province but demonstrations across the country are largely peaceful.


From Egypt, the message is “Obama keep your aid”:

Most worrying for the United States is the possibility that the Egyptian army — the largest in the Arab world — will turn to a rival country for aid after decades of close ties to Washington.


Blast damages Swedish consulate in Libya:

Explosion outside diplomatic post in Benghazi occurs a day after country’s PM was seized briefly by an armed group.


Libya PM calls his abduction a ‘coup’ attempt:

“This bears the hallmarks of an attempted coup d’etat against legitimacy,” said Zeidan, who was abducted from the Corinthia hotel, where he had been living for several months for security reasons.


Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes:

Video – using testimony from five detainees, this animated film reveals the daily brutality of life inside Guantánamo. Today there are 17 prisoners still on hunger strike, 16 of whom are being force-fed. Two are in hospital – Warning: contains scenes some viewers might find disturbing


Some at Guantanamo jail too sick to keep locked up:

Tarek El-Sawah is in terrible shape after 11 years as a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, a fact even the U.S. military does not dispute.


Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA:

Ten years ago, the calling service had a reputation as a tool for evading surveillance but now it is under scrutiny for covertly passing data to government agencies


10 Ways the NSA Spies on You: Video –

Careful what you search for, because somebody is always watching, find out more in 10 ways the NSA spies on you.


NSA Veterans: The White House Is Hanging Us Out to Dry:

The top brass of the country’s biggest spy agency feels they’ve been left twisting in the wind, abandoned by the White House and left largely to defend themselves in public and in Congress against allegations of unconstitutional spying on Americans.


Sir David Omand: Snowden leak is ‘most catastrophic loss to British intelligence ever’:

“The assumption the experts are working on is that all that information, or almost all of it, will now be in the hands of Moscow and Beijing.


ACLU coordinating NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s defense:

As Greenwald notes, that’s very good news.


‘Dutch sandwich’ grows as Google shifts €8.8 billion to Bermuda:

 Google funneled €8.8 billion ($12 billion) of royalty payments to Bermuda last year, a quarter more than in 2011, underlining the rapid expansion of a strategy that has saved the U.S. internet group billions of dollars in tax.


JPMorgan Chase reports quarterly loss on legal costs:

JPMorgan Chase has reported a loss in the third quarter after setting aside $9.2bn (£5.8bn) to cover legal bills. The bank lost $380m during the quarter, compared with a profit of $5.7bn in the same period last year.


So far, the ‘Ride for the Constitution’ is a bust:

The so-called “Ride for the Constitution” that was supposed to bring truckers from states neighboring Washington D.C. to circle the beltway slowing three lanes for three days is, as of this writing, yet another protest bust.


Thousands of doctors fired by United HealthCare:

In the midst of major changes in health care, UnitedHealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors.


US intelligence assets in Mexico reportedly tied to murdered DEA agent:

The details of the case are not new. However, those involved in investigating the case, have until now remained silent about the role U.S. intelligence assets played in Camarena’s capture and Quintero’s escape.


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 : 3,389


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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