Information Clearing House 20 October 2013: Food Stamp Corporate Welfare

20 October 2013 — Information Clearing House

It Took Decades for Truth to be Revealed in Algeria. How Long Will it Take Syria?

By Robert Fisk

The real story of the much more recent Algerian war – between the Islamists and the government in the 1990s (total deaths 250,000, a hundred thousand more than in Syria today) – still cannot be told by Algerian historians.


Counting The Dead

From England, One Man Feeds Western Media On Syria

By The Associated Press

It boggles the mind that a man living in Coventry is somehow able to count and categorize the dead in Syria hour by hour, every day of the week. “Something is going on which is quite fishy,”


Fresh Leak on US Spying:

NSA Accessed Mexican President’s Email

By Jens Glüsing, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark

Just how intensively the US spies on its neighbors can be seen in another, previously unknown operation in Mexico, dubbed “Whitetamale” by the NSA.


The Police State Wants What the Police State Wants

By William Boardman

“And if someone wants to know why their own government has decided to go on a fishing expedition through every personal record or private document, through the library books that you read, the phone calls that you’ve made, the emails that you’ve sent, this legislation gives people no rights to appeal the need for such a search in a court of law. “


Worse than Watergate

By Sam Pizzigati

A new Supreme Court campaign finance case could unleash unprecedented political corruption.


Food Stamp Corporate Welfare

By Margaret Kimberley

“Xerox, JPMorgan Chase and eFunds Corporation have all successfully turned poverty into a profit center.”


American Apocalypse

The case for divine retribution

By Justin Raimondo 

Bound by no law but that which they legislate, Washington’s reckless hubris defies the laws of nature and the gods themselves.


Ideological Disaster

A Christian Fundamentalist Nation

By Lawrence Davidson

Many radical conservatives have come to see their moderate compatriots as worse than any liberal Democrat.


The Religious Right Is a Fraud

There’s Nothing Christian About Michele Bachmann’s Values

By Elizabeth Stoker, Matt Bruenig

The notable exclusion of poverty from the Christian agenda would doubtlessly puzzle European Christians, whose support of Christian ethical approaches to family life have always been paired with a deep and vigorous concern for the poor.


The Creators Of Our Destiny

How Do We Generate Kindness?

Video – Russell Brand and Eve Ensler

We are facing a unique crisis as our renewed vigor for attaining enlightenment clashes with our materialist based economy and fear-based politics. Is there a way we can reconcile our current systems with the new spiritual paradigms?


If You are Black, Get Out: The Crisis of Statelessness in the Dominican Republic

By Denise Oliver Velez

The decision by the high court in the Dominican Republic to declare anywhere from 250,000 to 400,000 Dominicans who may have Haitian ancestry “not citizens” with a start date of birth of 1929 is simply appalling.


Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As :

Over 50 killed in bombings across Iraq on Sunday:

A spate of suicide bomb attacks in and around the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and has claimed the lives of over 50 people and left dozens injured, local police said.


Suicide bomber kills at least 30 in Syria’s Hama On Sunday: Video –

Syria’s state TV reports that a suicide truck bomb killed at least 30 people in the central city of Hama, as the Arab League announces possible dates for renewed peace talks in November.


Syria: Regime, Rebels Prepare for Showdown Near Damascus:

Rebels dig in for a battle royal, as pro-government forces prepare for large-scale offensive in Qalamoun. Lebanon watches nervously.


Raw video another syrian T72 tank destroyed by Insurgents : Video –


50 senators: UN Arms Trade Treaty could harm Israel:

Kerry signed on to treaty at UNGA but it is unlikely to garner the two-thirds majority needed to ratify it in the Senate


Netanyahu: Iran’s nuclear program must be ‘dismantled’:

Prime minister says Tehran seeks a partial deal that would lift sanctions while allowing it to pursue an atomic weapon


Iran presented ‘no serious proposals’ at nuke talks, US officials tell Israel:

The talks were “exploratory” rather than substantive, the US officials told Jerusalem, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported Friday night. British officials updating their Israeli counterparts reportedly carried the same message Saturday.


Signs of Rift Between Israel and US Over Iran:

Israel’s prime minister on Sunday called on the U.S. to step up the pressure on Iran, even as American officials hinted at the possibility of easing tough economic pressure. Meanwhile, a leading Israeli daily reported the outlines of what could be construed in the West as genuine Iranian compromises in the talks.


Israel to get US briefing on Iran nuclear talks:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday world pressure on Iran must be maintained, as an Israeli delegation travelled to Washington to be briefed on talks on Iran’s nuclear programme.


Iranian, Russian Commanders Discuss Air Defense Cooperation:

During the meeting in Tehran today, Brigadier General Esmayeeli and Lieutenant Bondarev also discussed exchange of information, air defense techniques, electronic and radar as well as missile systems.


Thousands of slaves in Israel, global study finds:

Israel has as many as 8,500 slaves, according to a new comprehensive study of worldwide slavery. Israel placed 111 out of 162 slave-holding countries in the Global Slavery Index 2013. Lebanon, Tunisia, and Egypt scored better than the Jewish state.


Rebels kill 41 in South Sudan:

Dau Akoi, commissioner of Twic East, a county in Jonglei, said rebels loyal to former theology student David Yau Yau were believed to be behind the attack.


“Islamists” kill 19 at checkpoint in northeast Nigeria:

Islamist Boko Haram militants disguised as soldiers killed 19 people at a checkpoint on Sunday, mostly by slitting their throats, witnesses said.


Egypt: Police fire teargas as Islamist students protest in Cairo:

Egyptian police fired teargas at Islamist students who pelted them with rocks during an anti-army protest in Cairo’s Al-Azhar university on Sunday, an AFP reporter and the interior ministry said.


Egypt’s army chief rides wave of popularity towards presidency:

Growing numbers of Egyptians applaud General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi’s hardline approach to Muslim Brotherhood


US drone strikes claim 18 lives across Afghanistan:

At least eighteen people have been killed and several others injured in a series of US assassination drone attacks in Afghanistan over the past three days.


2 killed, 4 wounded in Kabul car bomb attack:

At least two people were killed and four others wounded when a vehicle-borne explosives were set off in Kabul, police said Saturday.


Explosion kill NATO occupation force soldier in southern Afghanistan:

A NATO soldier was killed following a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.


Afghan special forces commander defects with guns to insurgents:

An Afghan army special forces commander has defected to an insurgent group allied with the Taliban in a Humvee truck packed with his team’s guns and high-tech equipment, officials in the eastern Kunar province said on Sunday.


U.N. report: Fifth of deaths from U.S. drone strikes are civilians:

Civilians account for almost one fifth of the deaths from U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan over the past decade, a U.N. report says.


US killing of (alleged) al-Shabaab leader in ’08 may shine light on NSA surveillance program:

A newly disclosed FBI email suggests the National Security Agency may have played a role in Ayrow’s killing. That could shed new light on how agency surveillance programs — including collection of data inside the United States — is used to support lethal U.S. counterterrorism strikes oversea.


NSA leaks: Years of spying on Mexico govt gave US investment benefits:

In a single year, this operation produced 260 classified reports that facilitated talks on political issues and helped the Americans plan international investments.


How stores use your phone’s WiFi to track your shopping habits:

Every smartphone these days comes equipped with a WiFi card. When the card is on and looking for networks to join, it’s detectable by local routers.


‘Casualty catastrophe’: Cell phones and child brains: Video report:

Insurers stop covering for cell phone use, called the next ‘casualty catastrophe’ after tobacco and asbestos; phone manufacturers hit with a class action and personal lawsuits; and the warning deep inside your mobile.


Video: Massive rallies IN Rome against austerity turn violent – Video


Irelands: ‘Austerity worst is yet to come’:

Ireland’s set to leave its international bailout program – says the country’s Prime Minister. The 85-billion-euro emergency aid came after the banks collapsed in 2010, it meant tax rises and spending cuts to qualify for it. But even when relieved of the bailout burden, there are still years of punishing austerity ahead for Ireland.


Canadian Police Use Military Tactics to Disperse Indigenous Anti-Fracking Blockade: Video report:

New Brunswick Mounted Police deploy rubber bullets and tear gas, arrest 40 protesters for blockading highway.


Trust in Government Nears Record Low:

62% Have Positive View of Federal Workers


JPMorgan nears $13 billion deal with Justice Department:

JPMorgan Chase & Co has reached a tentative $13 billion agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to settle government agency investigations into bad mortgage loans the bank sold to investors before the financial crisis, a source said on Saturday.


HSBC unit ordered to pay $2.46BR:

A division of Europe’s HSBC bank has been ordered to pay about $2.46 billion in a class action lawsuit claiming that it violated federal securities laws. HSBC plans to appeal.


Nearly half of US public school children are poor:

Nearly half of public school children in the United States were poor in the school year that ended in 2011, according to a new study by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), the oldest US educational charity. In 17 states in the South and four in the West, children from low-income families comprised a majority in public schools.


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 : 3,391


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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