3 November 2013 — Information Clearing House
Another Murderous American Drone Strike
By Peter Koenig
Washington has not only become the capital of a failed state – but the capital of a willing killing machine.
Malala and Nabila: Worlds Apart
By Murtaza Hussain
Unlike Malala Yousafzai, Nabila Rehman did not receive a welcoming greeting in Washington DC.
Israel Buys the US Congress
Sabotaging the US-Iran Peace Negotiations
By James Petras
Over past decades Israel ‘s agents have bought the loyalties of the vast majority of Congress people, training them to recognize and obey the whistles, signals and script from the war mongers in Tel Aviv.
It’s Time For Washington To Tell Saudi Arabia To Pound Sand
By Doug Bandow
If the only way to get Riyadh to buy U.S. weapons is to encourage tyranny and start wars, Washington should say no thanks.
No More Arms to Iraq, Obama
By Haifa Zangana
The Maliki regime blames all terrorist acts (frequent car explosions, often in markets, cafes and mosques) on al-Qaida, selectively choosing not to mention the regime’s own militias.
The Consequences of US Decline
By Immanuel Wallerstein
America’s gradual loss of global influence may trigger a chaotic, multipolar power struggle.
Ben Franklin Was Right About The NSA
By Eric Margolis
Senator Frank Church warned: ” If this government ever became a tyrant, – the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.
Meet the “Dark Mail Alliance”
Planning to Keep the NSA Out of Your Inbox
By Ryan Gallagher
Email might be on the verge of a radical makeover. And the NSA is not going to like it.
The Bank Guarantee that Bankrupted Ireland
By Ellen Hodgson Brown
Five years of austerity has not restored confidence in Ireland’s banks. In fact the banks themselves are packing up and leaving.
The Entire Fiat Money System is Bankrupt:
Demise of the Global US Fiat Dollar Reserve Currency
By Matthias Chang
The fiat money system has but one outcome – total collapse. It will also mean the demise of the global US dollar reserve currency.
How the 1 Percent Always Gets Its Way
By David Sirota
Here’s why plutocrats control our politics: Corporate America knows both parties are up for sale.
America’s Greatest Shame
Child Poverty Rises and Food Stamps Cut While Billionaires Boom
By Les Leopold
There are 16.4 million American children living in poverty. That’s nearly one quarter (22.6%) of all of our children. Why do we put up with such injustices?
Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies
By JUSTIN GILLIS
The scientists describe a natural world in turmoil as plants and animals colonize new areas to escape rising temperatures, and warn that many could become extinct.
8 Reasons Straight Men Don’t Want To Get Married
By Helen Smith
I talked with men all over America about why they’re avoiding marriage.
US Kills 25 people in Pakistan:
The head of the Pakistani Taliban was killed by a US drone strike in Pakistan on Friday. “Among the dead, are Hakimullah’s personal bodyguard Tariq Mehsud and his driver Abdullah Mehsud, two of his closest people,” said one intelligence source, adding at least 25 people were killed in the strike.
Pakistan Taliban secretly bury leader, vow bombs in revenge:
“Every drop of Hakimullah’s blood will turn into a suicide bomber,” said Azam Tariq, a Pakistani Taliban spokesman.
Khan Said is the new leader of the Taliban:
Pakistan’s Taliban has chosen a veteran insurgent with a reputation for brutality as its new leader after a US drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud.
Pakistan accuses US of ‘scuttling’ Taliban talks with drone strike, summons ambassador:
“Brick by brick in the last seven weeks we tried to evolve a process by which we could bring peace to Pakistan and what have you (the US) done?” Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar, Ali Khan said. “You have scuttled it”
Pakistan reviews US relationship over Taliban drone kill:
The Pakistani government is holding a high-level meeting to review its ties with the US. The country’s top officials were infuriated with the US drone assassination of a Taliban commander, who was about to engage in talks with Islamabad.
President Obama Reportedly Told His Aides That He’s ‘Really Good At Killing People’:
This will not go over well for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner. According to the new book “Double Down,” President Barack Obama told his aides that he’s “really good at killing people” while discussing drone strikes.
Syria: 45 Christian civilians killed by Islamist militias:
The bodies of thirty Christian civilians have been found in two separate mass graves, including women and children, killed by Islamist militias in the city of Sadad. And, altogether, the Christian civilians killed in a small town halfway between Homs and Damascus are 45.
Car bomb explosion kills 10 near Damascus: –
Ten people were killed and many others wounded on Saturday in a car explosion in the countryside of the Syrian capital of Damascus, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
Video from FSA-Nusra Raid on Ancient Syriac Christian Town of Sadad in Syria :
Video The first scene shows the militants next to the corpses of murdered men wearing plain clothes and carrying no weapons. The cameraman claims they were members of the Shabbiha, a term that the opposition uses to refer to all pro-government Syrians
Rebel mortar shells hit Christian-Druze suburb of Damascus, 2 women killed:
Several mortar shells launched by foreign-backed militants have hit Jaramana, a majority Christian-Druze suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Syrian army captures strategic town at approaches to Aleppo:
The capture of Safira is significant in that it marks a rare victory for Assad’s forces near the mostly rebel-held north. Opposition groups confirmed the army’s seizure of the city, southeast of Aleppo.
Israel ‘furious’ with White House for leak on Syria strike:
Daniel noted that by keeping silent on whether it carried out such attacks, Israel was maintaining plausible deniability, so that Syria’s President Bashar Assad did not feel pressured to respond to the attacks.
Cease-fire in Yemen after more than 100 killed:
An official in Yemen says a cease-fire has taken effect between an Islamic Salafi movement and rebels in the country’s restive north following three days of fighting that killed more than 100 people.
5 killed in attacks in Iraq:
Gunmen in a car shot dead two members of government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group and wounded two others at their checkpoint west of the city of Samarra, some 120 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua.
U.S. to boost military aid to Iraq:
President Obama promises to increase intelligence support and provide new weaponry to Baghdad. The move is a notable shift for his administration.
U.S. Jewish leaders won’t campaign publicly for tougher Iran sanctions for 60 days:
The understanding was reached – this week between a group of senior Administration officials and executives and leaders from influential Jewish organizations: AIPAC, the American Jewish Committee, The Anti-Defamation League and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.
U.S. Congress committee endorses $488 million “aid” increase to Israel:
The U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee has endorsed a $488 million increase in military aid to Israel, which would pay for Israel’s procurement and development of additional rocket and missile interception systems.
US to supply Israel with its latest military aircraft within two years:
The deal was negotiated between Hagel and Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon during the former’s last visit to Israel. According to Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, the estimated cost of one V-22 Osprey is $69 million.
Israel to drill for oil in the occupied West Bank:
A large reserve may lie under Israel and the occupied territories, but Palestinians are unlikely to reap the benefits.
Official: Israel to demolish homes of over 15,000 Palestinians: –
Municipality officers escorted by Israeli soldiers issued demolition warrants for thousands of Palestinian homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ras Khamis and Ras Shahada on Thursday, a local Palestinian official said.
South African minister: ‘The Palestinian struggle is our struggle’:
The struggle of the people of Palestine is our struggle” and South Africa has decided to “slow down” and “curtail senior leadership contact” with the Israeli “regime,” South Africa’s International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Friday. Already, she said, South Africa’s government ministers do not visit Israel.
30 suspected al-Shabaab militants killed in Kenyan-Somali operation:
Thirty suspected members of the Islamist militia al-Shabaab were killed Saturday by Kenyan and Somali soldiers on the Somali side of the border between the two countries, the Kenya Defense Force said.
Nigeria: 30 killed in fresh Adamawa ambush:
A bridegroom, family members and friends were said to be among 30 persons killed yesterday in an attack by insurgents believed to be members of Boko Haram in Michika local government area of Adamawa State.
Two French journalists killed in Mali town of Kidal:
Two French journalists have been killed after they were kidnapped in the northern Mali town of Kidal, France’s foreign ministry has confirmed.
Kerry says Egypt ‘vital partner’ of US:
“We are committed to work and we will continue our cooperation with the interim government,” Kerry told reporters in a joint news conference on Sunday, calling for “inclusive, free and fair elections.”
Egypt army chief seeks immunity for military:
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in leaked audios says army should have immunity under new constitution.
Morsi from jail: Our troubles serve Israeli interests:
Al-Watan releases first photos allegedly documenting ousted President Mohamed Morsi in jail.
Was ISRAEL behind the hacking of millions of French phones and NOT the U.S.?
Extraordinary twist in spying saga revealed: In the latest extraordinary twist in the global eavesdropping scandal, Israeli agents are said to have intercepted more than 70 million calls and text messages a month. Up until now the French have been blaming the U.S., even summoning the country’s Paris ambassador to provide an explanation.
UK: says Greenwald’s partner involved in ‘terrorism’, carrying Snowden docs:
British law enforcement said in official documents that the domestic partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald was involved in espionage and terrorism when he tried to carry documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden through a London airport in August.
Metropolitan police detained David Miranda for promoting ‘political’ causes:
Justification for airport detention of partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald alarms human rights groups and Tory MP
Give Snowden asylum, Germans urge:
Writing in Der Spiegel, more than 50 high-profile Germans add to increasing calls for Berlin to welcome NSA whistleblower
GCHQ and European spy agencies worked together on mass surveillance:
The German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence services have all developed methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic over the past five years in close partnership with Britain’s GCHQ eavesdropping agency.
Australia and US spied on Indonesia during UN summit – report:
Australia and the US worked side by side on a large-scale joint surveillance operation on Indonesia, during the 2007 UN climate change conference in Bali, a new report from the NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, has revealed.
Brazil and Germany draft anti-spy resolution at UN:
The draft calls for an end to excessive electronic surveillance, noting that the illegal collection of personal data “constitutes a highly intrusive act”.
NSA surveillance may cause breakup of internet, warn experts:
Internet specialists highlight moves by Brazil, Germany and India towards creating separate networks in order to block spying
Snowden document reveals key role of companies in NSA data collection:
NSA leverages relationships with commercial partners to collect vast quantities of data from fibre-optic cables, file shows
NSA Files Decoded:
What the revelations mean for you.
IPCC Leaked Report Warns of Food Shortage in the Next Decades:
A 29-page leaked report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed that food shortage may be another issue humans have to face in the next decades. This is another threat brought by climate change.
Noam Chomsky slams Canada’s shale gas energy plans:
Exploitation of Canada’s tar sands and shale gas will have dire consequences for the environment, says Chomsky
Venezuela Siezes Houston Company Oil Rigs :
The seizure started Thursday after a judge in the state of Anzoategui entered a Superior depot and ordered the company to hand over the rigs to an affiliate of state-owned PDVSA. Four members of the local police and national guard are overseeing the equipment’s removal.
Shoppers’ faces to be scanned in advertising push at Tesco petrol stations across the UK:
The faces of millions of shoppers are to be scanned at tills across the UK in a new way of targeting adverts at specific groups of customers.
The secrets of the world’s happiest cities:
As much as we complain about other people, there is nothing worse for mental health than a social desert. The more connected we are to family and community, the less likely we are to experience heart attacks, strokes, cancer and depression. Connected people sleep better at night. They live longer. They consistently report being happier.
Graphic court video shows prison guards deploying pepper spray on mentally ill inmate: Video –
“People in California should see for themselves the excessive for used on seriously mentally ill patients and be able to measure the impact it has on their sense of humanity.”
Try living on food stamps this month: Can you feed yourself on $4.50 a day? –
That’s the typical daily benefit for someone who gets food stamps. Millions of low-income Americans are dependent on the program
Gallup: US No Longer Seen as Land of Opportunity:
Fewer Americans see the United States as the having “plenty of opportunity” to get ahead, a new Gallup poll reveals.
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 : 3,393
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001