Information Clearing House 5 November 2013: This Transatlantic Trade Deal is a Full-frontal Assault on Democracy

5 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

By Robert Scheer

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.


US Influence is in a Death Spiral.

Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

By Bob Dreyfuss

Ironically, a U.S.-Iran détente is the one thing that could slow down or reverse the death spiral of American influence in the region.


Blumenthal vs Alterman

Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

By Andrew Sullivan

It’s always a joy to see a smear artist exposed, trick by trick, con by con – and Max is relentless.


Teenagers Are Droned, And a Family Cries Out


“America is sowing hatred in people’s hearts and each strike cultivates more hatred. Even children [in our family] curse America now.


Jeremy Scahill “First Obama Authorized Drone Strike In Yemen Killed 36 Women & Children!”


In Yemen an entire village was destroyed by US military strikes in 2009, and in Mogadishu Somalia a US kill list is executed by local war lords.


Noam Chomsky : De-Americanizing the World

By Noam Chomsky

Principles are valid only if they are universal. Reactions would be a bit different, needless to say, if Cuban special forces kidnapped the prominent terrorist Luis Posada Carriles in Miami, bringing him to Cuba for interrogation and trial in accordance with Cuban law.


On Why I Hate War

By Jared J. Kohler

A little boy, not more than 8 or 10, pulls the hood of his gray sweatshirt over his head and keeps pulling until is covers his eyes and face. He is sobbing.


Ray McGovern Schools CNN: “His Vow Was To The Constitution! NOT The Government!”


“Citizens have to fight against the suppression of information about affairs of essential importance for the public. Those who speak the truth are not committing a crime.”


Escape From The Dollar

An Interview with Paul Craig Roberts

By Mike Whutney

I asked Dr. Roberts if the Fed would sacrifice the dollar in order to save the banks and what the effect would be on Washington’s power viv-a-vis the rest of the world.


This Transatlantic Trade Deal is a Full-frontal Assault on Democracy

By George Monbiot

Brussels has kept quiet about a treaty that would let rapacious companies subvert our laws, rights and national sovereignty.


The Long Terror

Russell Brand and the Need for Planetary Adjustment

By Elliot Sperber

Russell Brand raises important political and philosophical questions concerning, the nature of justice, the importance of voting, and the need for radical, revolutionary change. These deserve serious consideration.


Tips Or Starve

Wage Crisis – The USA’s New Underclass

Must Watch – Video

The land of opportunity? Not anymore.The social consequences could be devastating.


American Hunger and the Christian Right

By Mary Shaw

Sadly, Christian generosity is something we rarely see these days in Washington or on Wall Street.


Police Shoot First & Ask Questions Later

Welcome to the United Police States of America

By John W. Whitehead

We have been silent about too many things for too long, not the least of which is the deadly tendency on the part of police to resort to lethal force. However, as Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”


Why Conservatives Are More Terrified of Sex Than Violence

By Sarah Jane Stratford

What’s so scary about sex and the female body? And why is it so much scarier than violence – including violence committed upon the female body?


50 displaced Syrians ‘die of starvation’ near Jordan border:

Fifty Syrian refugees trapped along the Jordanian-Syrian border by ongoing shelling died of starvation and malnutrition on Monday and Tuesday, activists and border region residents said.


In Syria, Suicide Bombing At School Leaves At Least 6 Dead:

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck in a central, Shiite Syrian village on Monday, state media reported, killing six in the latest attack to underscore the growing sectarian nature of the country’s three-year-old conflict.


Kurdish Forces Crush Islamists in Northern Syria:

Al Qaeda-linked groups and their allies suffer a major setback as Kurdish militias take 19 positions in the past 3 days.


Rebels lose ground to government forces in Syria war; Free Syrian Army official Akaidi resigns:

Forces loyal to Syria’s government are taking advantage of deepening rifts among the country’s rebels to advance into rebel-held territory in northern Syria, overturning some long-held assumptions about the war.


Russia: No peace conference on Syria before December:

The plans to hold the conference met several obstacles, with the latest being the opposition’s refusal to participate unless there is a commitment from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign.


Arab League backs Syria peace talks, urges opposition to go:

The Arab League’s position indicated Gulf rivals Qatar and Saudi Arabia – who have backed different rebel groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad – had put their differences aside to urge opposition chief Ahmad Jarba to head to Geneva.


U.S and Saudi Arabia agree there should be ‘no role’ for Assad:

“Assad has lost all legitimacy, and he must go,” added Kerry, who described ties with Riyadh as “strategic” and “enduring.”


Russia says Iran must be invited to Syria conference:

Russia said on Tuesday Iran must be invited to a proposed peace conference on Syria, reiterating its stance after the main Syrian opposition leader said his coalition would not attend if Iran took part.


Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As

Iraq attacks kill 13 people:

Attacks in Iraq killed 13 people Tuesday, most of them security personnel, officials said, the latest casualties in a country-wide spike in violence that the government has failed to stem.


Iranian FM says nuclear accord ‘possible’ this week:

“I believe it is even possible to reach that agreement this week but I can only talk for our side, I cannot talk for the other side,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told France 24 television ahead of talks here with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.


Iran urges elimination of all nuclear weapons:

Iran’s UN ambassador on Monday called nuclear weapons the greatest threat to present and future generations, just days before Tehran resumes talks with six world powers aimed at “reining in” its nuclear programme.


Iran, Israel took part in secret Mideast nuclear talks, sources say:

Talks on nuclear non-proliferation held in Switzerland at end of last month; diplomats say there was no direct contact between Israeli and Iranian officials; official in Jerusalem downplays importance of meeting.


Israel’s New Racism: The Persecution of African Migrants in the “Holy” Land :

About 60,000 African migrants have arrived in Israel since 2006, fleeing unrest in their home countries. But upon arrival in the ostensibly democratic country, the migrants have faced intense persecution and have been branded as “infiltrators” by right-wing politicians and activists.


Israeli products marked with yellow sticker in Ireland:

BDS movement places yellow stickers on Israeli products reading ‘For justice in Palestine – Boycott Israel’. Israeli Foreign Ministry : Yellow sticker – reminiscent of dark days of racism, incitement,7340,L-4449775,00.html


14 Taliban militants killed, 53 detained in Afghan operations:

At least 14 Taliban militants were killed and 53 others were detained during joint military operations by Afghan and coalition security forces.


6 Killed in Clash between Taliban, Afghan Forces:

 Five militants and a policeman were killed Monday in a skirmish between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said Tuesday.


Taliban claim responsibility for suicide attack in Afghanistan, say CIA base targeted:

Suicide attackers detonated a car bomb and battled security forces outside Afghanistan’s presidential palace Tuesday, killing three security guards and injuring another, in what the Taliban says was an assault directed at the palace, a CIA base and the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense.


Four “terrorists” killed on Iranian-Pakistani border:

A skirmish took place between Iranian border guards and a group of armed men who who were trying to enter Iranian territory, November 5.


Pak army shows its anti-drone technology:

During the “Azm-e-Nau 4 Exercise” at Bahawalpur in Punjab province yesterday, the army air defence demonstrated its anti-drone technology by successfully bringing down a drone by targeting it with the 35mm Oerlikon guns, ‘The News’ daily said.


7 Boko Haram fighters killed in Nigeria’s Borno State: military:

At least seven Boko Haram fighters were killed in the latest clampdown against the militant sect in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, the military said here on Tuesday.


Egypt Turning from US to Russia for Military Aid:

With US partially suspending military aid, Egyptian overtures to Russia show shifting alliances amid Kerry’s Cairo visit.


Morsi ridiculed in Egyptian press:

A distinct lack of sympathy is shown for the ex-president, who is described as behaving “hysterically” by several dailies. The absence of support for Mr Morsi reflects Egypt’s highly-charged media scene since he was ousted, where many Islamist TV stations have been shut down.


Fierce clashes in Libya’s Tripoli leave 2 wounded, protestors burn Benghazi:

Fierce clashes between former rebels and security authorities at a checkpoint in Tripoli left two people wounded Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse. Protestors in Benghazi also burned several parts of the coastal city to demand the resignation of the current government this week, according to Reuters.


Militias fight gun battles in Libyan capital Tripoli:

Libyan militia fighters on the government payroll fought each other with rifles, grenades and anti-aircraft weapons on the streets of Tripoli on Tuesday in the worst clashes in the capital in weeks


Russia implores UN to take control of Libya’s ‘unguarded’ yellowcake uranium:

Recent reports have said that Al-Qaeda is interested in the supply as a potential nuclear weapon component. “I have spoken with UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon about the issue, and asked him to take it up with the United Nations mission in Libya,” Russia’s UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, told ITAR-TASS


Britain allegedly operating spy posts in Berlin:

Documents leaked by Snowden suggest covert listening station being operated near Bundestag


Germany calls in British ambassador over spy claims:

Leaked US National Security Agency documents suggest the UK could be using hi-tech equipment housed on the embassy roof. Any such a spy station would be against international law, Berlin says.


U.S. Snooping Makes It a Neighbourhood Pariah: –

As the first formal probe by an international rights body into allegations of U.S. mass surveillance began here Monday, privacy advocates from throughout the Americas accused Washington of violating international covenants and endangering civil society.


Switzerland Wants to Offer the World a Spy-Proof Cloud:

The European country’s state-owned telecom, Swisscom, may offer a “Swiss Cloud” to international companies looking for a secure and private way to conduct their online business affairs, Reuters reported yesterday.


John McAfee is developing a $100 device to block the NSA:

During a recent chat at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Antivirus software founder John McAfee unveiled plans to create a gadget called the D-Central which he claims can keep your information safe from the National Security Agency.


U.S. and U.K. Attack Independent Journalists:

As part of this effort to suppress information which would reveal the government’s hypocrisy, the American government – like the British government – is treating journalists as terrorists.


CNN Has Lowest Ratings Week In A Year:

The cable news network suffered its lowest Monday-Friday primetime average in over a year for the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. Averaging just 385,000 viewers and 95,000 adults 25-54, both key measurements marked CNN’s worst showings since the 20-year record lows last August


Bird’s eye view of Texas fracking causes rumble:

Saw these strange new human-made landscapes on my flight from Sacramento to Houston. Many miles of rectangular patches etched out of the earth, some with pools next to them, all with roads to them. Welcome to your new landscape!


World’s richest get even richer:

The world’s top 100 richest people have added a collective US$200 billion to their net wealth over the past year – bringing their collective total to US$2.1 trillion.


US Rents Rise To New All-Time High; Homeownership Rate Stuck At 18 Year Low:

 One quarter ago, when we performed our regular update on trends in US homeownership and rents, we said that “The American Homeownership Dream is officially dead. Long live the New Normal American Dream: Renting.”


Matt Taibbi: Chase Isn’t the Only Bank in Trouble:

 There are multiple scandals blowing up right now, including a whole set of ominous legal cases that could result in punishments so extreme that they might significantly alter the long-term future of the financial services sector.


Hedge fund giant led by Jewish billionaire to pay biggest penalty in history:

SAC Capital Advisors will plead guilty to criminal fraud charges, stop investing money for others and pay $1.8 billion – the largest financial penalty in history for insider trading – to resolve criminal and civil claims against the hedge fund giant, the government announced Monday.


Police And Doctors Conduct Illegal Cavity Search, Colonoscopy On Innocent Man:

Medical records released to KOB 4 News revealed in graphic detail just how far police and doctors went, reminiscent of something one would expect to hear from Abu Ghraib prison.


When Did “Serve And Protect” Become “Seize and Profit”?: Video –

Police officers are forcing people to choose between time behind bars or turning over their money and property — all without ever making an arrest. Fight civil asset forfeiture abuse. 


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 : 3,394


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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