Information Clearing House 9 November 2013: Ambling Towards Oblivion: Russell Brand, the Posh Left and the Politics of Class

9 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

Nuclear Accord With Iran Could Create Fierce Diplomatic Storm Between U.S. and Israel

By Chemi Shalev

Netanyahu’s harsh rejection of Geneva accord signals looming battle that could strain relations, split the Jewish community, raise prospects of a unilateral Israeli attack.


The Murder Of Yasser Arafat

By Eric Margolis

Once Arafat was out of the way, the US and Israel swiftly installed a new, servile PLO leadership, headed by a yes-man, Mahmoud Abbas, financed by the US and protected by CIA-run police.


A Farce in Ramallah

By Clayton Swisher

The Palestinian Authority has for years ducked the awkward questions about Arafat’s death. Don’t rely on it to find the truth.


Yes… Arafat Was Poisoned And Israel Killed Him, But What Can We Do?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Now the question is, what role the Palestinian Authority will play, what will their next move be and why have they remained silent all these years and not even tried to investigate his assassination?


6 Things You Buy That Help Support Israeli Brutality

By Alex Kane

Buying products like SodaStream machines helps fuel Israel’s control over Palestinians.


War Criminal

George W. Bush to Raise Money to Bring About Second Coming of Christ

By Sarah Posner

The organization’s goal: to “restore” Israel and the Jews and bring about about the second coming of Christ.


How China Can Cause The Death Of The Dollar And The Entire U.S. Financial System

By Michael Snyder

The death of the dollar is coming, and it will probably be China that pulls the trigger.


Russell Brand: We Deserve More From Our Democratic System

By Russell Brand

The lazily duplicitous servants of The City expect us to gratefully participate in what amounts to little more than a political hokey cokey where every four years we get to choose what colour tie the liar who leads us wears.


Ambling Towards Oblivion: Russell Brand, the Posh Left and the Politics of Class

By Kim Nicolini

I understand what it feels like to be against the wall and under the firing squad of the Posh Left. I am not part of them, nor will I ever be.


Redefoning Heroism

When I was In Vietnam, I was No Hero

By Arnold Oliver

More than a few veterans, myself included, are troubled by the way Americans observe Veterans Day. The holiday has devolved into a hyper-nationalistic worship service of militarism.


JFK Assassination: CIA and New York Times are Still Lying To Us

By David Talbot

Fifty years later, a complicit media still covers up for the security state. We need to reclaim our history.


Bombings across Iraq kill at least 12:

At least 12 people were killed on Friday in bombings across Iraq, where Sunni Islamist insurgents have been regrouping and gaining momentum in recent months.


Drones kill five “al-Qaeda suspects” in southern Yemen:

Five suspected al Qaeda fighters have been killed by two drone strikes in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan, the country’s interior ministry said on Friday.


Major blow to rebellion: Syria army retakes key rebel town:

Monitoring group says rebels in southern Damascus have now had practically all their supply routes cut off near capital after army’s takeover of Sbeineh.


Syria troops launch major offensive in Aleppo:

Syrian troops have recaptured parts of a military base seized by rebels earlier this year in a fierce fighting near Aleppo international airport, activists say. Heavy fighting erupted in the early hours of Friday around Base 80 outside Syria’s main northern city.


Qaeda chief says Nusra Front alone runs Syria ops:

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has ordered the Iraqi faction of his network to stop meddling in Syria and anointed Al-Nusra Front jihadists to carry the network’s banner


Confessions Of A Syrian Activist: “I Want Assad To Win”:

To one prominent activist, Syria’s revolution is already lost. “If we keep going down this line, I think this will be known in history as the Islamic revolution in Syria.”


Missiles flow into Syria, risk falling into hands of al Qaeda:

One source puts the count at dozens and growing, saying the missile systems are in the arsenals of Islamist rebels as well as the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army.


Hundreds of Britons fighting in Syria – MI5 chief:

Andrew Parker, head of domestic intelligence service MI5, told a parliamentary hearing the conflict was attracting al-Qaeda UK sympathisers. Their interaction with militant groups abroad was a “very important strand of the threat” the UK faced, he said.


Syria crisis: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force:

Riyadh ‘fighting two wars in Syria’ as new force Jaysh al-Islam excludes al-Qaida affiliates in bid to defeat Assad regime


Does Pakistan have nuclear weapons ready to ship to Saudi Arabia?:

 A new BBC report says they are packed and ready to go


Iran nuclear talks continue for third day:

Iran and world powers remain split on terms of a nuclear deal because of differences on ways to reduce Tehran’s ability to make atomic weapons using plutonium and enriched uranium, France’s foreign minister has said.


Binyamin Netanyahu Expresses Dismay Over Iran’s ‘Very Bad Deal’ in Geneva: Video –

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu strongly criticises and rejects Iran’s historic breakthrough deal in Geneva over its nuclear plans. He says the rival state got the ‘deal of the century’, but it is a ‘very bad deal’ for the international community


Netanyahu: Israel refuses to abide by any future agreement with Iran –

Netanyahu told reporters right before his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday that he can imagine Iran’s satisfaction with the deal, describing how “they [the Iranians] should be happy right now because they got everything in return for nothing.”


‘Iran won’t accept nuclear deal US is ready to offer without Israel’s approval’:

The deal currently being discussed in Geneva, if successful, would only take effect 6 months from the date of signing – something that the Iranian delegation cannot return to Tehran with, Amirahmadi added.


Congress Poised to Pounce on Iran Deal:

Key White House allies on Capitol Hill and throughout the Middle East appeared to be on a collision course with the Obama administration Friday as lawmakers and world leaders waited for details about what could be an imminent nuclear deal between Washington and Tehran.



Israel warns John Kerry over Iranian nuclear deal:

Binyamin Netanyahu says Iran is getting ‘deal of the century’ and Israel would not be bound by any agreement


Israeli occupation forces shoot dead Palestinian in Nablus:

Israeli police said on Thursday that the troops opened fire on the man after he attacked a bus stop with fireworks at Tapuah Junction, south of Nablus.


Palestinian officials: Israel only suspect in Arafat death:

The head of the Palestinian committee set up to investigate Yasser Arafat’s death, Tawfik Terawi, said: “Israel is responsible for Arafat’s blood”


Stephen Lendman: Israel Killed Arafat: Op-Ed: :

He was targeted for elimination. Sharon awaited Washington’s approval


Royal Marine found guilty of ‘executing’ Afghan insurgent:

A Royal Marines sergeant faces life imprisonment after being found guilty of the cold-blooded battlefield murder of a seriously wounded Afghan insurgent.


US and Israel lose UNESCO voting rights:

Both countries stopped paying the UN agency in protest over a 2011 UNESCO decision granting membership to Palestine.


Officials: Roadside bombs kill 12 in restive south Afghanistan; 5 women among the dead:

Two roadside bombs exploded Friday in different parts of Afghanistan’s volatile south, killing 12 people, including five women, Afghan officials said..


Pakistani Taliban warns of revenge attacks:

Group threatens to target security forces and political leaders after US drone strike killed its leader.


In case you missed it:

“Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars”: Video –

The film takes viewers on a journey through the struggles of Pakistanis who have been affected by the strikes as well as a former USAF drone operator’s feelings about what he has done.


6 killed as deadly car bomb rocks Somali capital:

At least six people, including four policemen, killed after explosion outside Maka al-Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu.


Eastern Libya attacks kill four people:

A string of attacks in eastern Libya has killed a public prosecutor and three members of the security forces in less than 24 hours, judicial and medical sources said on Saturday.


Child killed in Cairo clashes after pro-Morsi protest:

A child was killed Friday in clashes between backers and opponents of Egypt’s ousted president in Cairo, the interior ministry said, amid protests by Mohamed Morsi’s backers in several cities.–


Deadly fighting erupts in Libyan capital:

Rival militia groups battled for hours in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Thursday, using anti-aircraft guns and grenades. At least one person was killed and 12 others injured in the violence, which was the worst the city has seen in months.


US plans to train Libyan army to counter militias:

The US and other NATO countries want to develop a Libyan army under control of the central government that will be able to control the militias and enforce central government authority. While this may seem a sound and sensible idea, it fails to take into account the context of what is happening in Libya.


Lara Logan Apologizes For Botched ’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report, Says Show Will Issue Correction:

“The most important thing to every person at ’60 Minutes’ is the truth, and today the truth is that we made a mistake,” she said, calling it a very “disappointing” situation.


Lampedusa boat victims raped and tortured:

Dozens of the people who were on the boat that sank near the Italian coast last month were raped and tortured in Libya before starting their journey, Italian police said.


The Colony: Chile’s dark past uncovered: Video –

How did a secret German sect in Chile become a haven for Nazi fugitives and a torture centre for the Pinochet regime? Forty years after the US-backed military coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power in Chile, the truth about the sordid abuses and crimes that took place during his dictatorship are still emerging.


At least 1,200 killed by typhoon in Philippine city, reports Red Cross:

The Philippine Red Cross estimated that more than 1,200 people were killed in the coastal city of Tacloban and at least 200 in hard-hit Samar province when one of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall slammed into the country.


Germans lose trust in US, see NSA whistleblower Snowden as hero – poll:

Germans’ confidence in the US as a trustworthy partner has plummeted following the NSA scandal, while Edward Snowden, who exposed America’s spying on its allies, is considered a hero by 60 percent of the population, a poll shows.


Forget the Back Door: The Government Now Wants the Keys to the Internet:

If the Department of Justice gets its way in court, secure email could become a thing of the past.


Fact or propaganda?

Edward Snowden used passwords provided unwittingly by NSA colleagues – sources:

A handful of agency employees who gave their login details to Snowden were identified, questioned and removed from their assignments, said a source close to several US government investigations into the damage caused by the leaks.


San Diego Gets in Your Face With New Mobile Identification System:

The system, which allows officers to use mobile devices to collect face images out in the field, already has a database of 1.4 million images and serves nearly 25 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the region.


Iowa police kill son whose father only wanted to ‘teach him a lesson’:

Police in Ames, Iowa began pursuing 19-year-old Tyler Comstock after his father, James, reported the van he was driving as stolen. By the time the chase ended, Tyler was dead, shot six times by Ames police officer Adam McPherson.


22 Year Old With Down Syndrome Beaten By The Police For “Bulge In Pants” That Was His Colostomy Bag:

Gilberto Powell, who has Down Syndrome, is left with horrible bruises and scars on his face after he had an encounter with police outside his home.


Texas prosecutor to serve 10 days for innocent man’s 25-year imprisonment:

A former Texas prosecutor who won a conviction that sent an innocent man to prison for nearly 25 years agreed Friday to serve 10 days in jail and complete 500 hours of community service.


Dont Ever Talk to Police: Video –

An law school professor and former criminal defense attorney tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police.


Portugal public workers go on strike amid new wage cuts:

 Portuguese public workers have gone on a 24-hour nationwide strike to protest against the government’s new round of wage and pension cuts. Among those who joined the walkout on Friday were hospital workers, teachers and trash collectors.


Deflated: Prices in Greece at a 50-year low:

In its sixth year of deep recession, unemployment and wage cuts have eroded demand and pushed prices to fifty year lows. Greeks are nearly 40 percent poorer than 5 years ago, with disposable incomes down by a third since the country fell into recession.


The People vs The Banks: Video –

This is the story of how on 31 May 2012, the Bird family were facing eviction from their home in Potters Bar, UK. However, a small group of people decided to stand by the Bird family and resist the eviction that was about to take place. “This film is a testament of what can be achieved when we stand together…..”


More than 50 arrested after largest civil disobedience act ever against Walmart :

Los Angeles police arrested more than 50 people out of a crowd of 200 protesting what they believe to be unfairly low wages provided by Walmart.


Backers of $15 minimum wage declare victory in Seattle suburb:

A ballot initiative to enact a $15 hourly minimum wage for many workers in a working-class Seattle suburb that houses the region’s main international airport was leading on Tuesday, with proponents declaring victory in their fight for a livable wage.


U.S. unemployment rate 7.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

The U-6 unemployment rate, considered a broader measure of actual unemployment in the U.S., increased to 13.8 percent, up from 13.6 percent. The labor force participation rate fell to 62.8 percent, down from its previous 63.2 percent, the worst showing since March 1978:


Billionaires benefiting from farm subsidies, study says:

The Environmental Working Group said among the billionaires receiving subsidies were Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft; S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A; and Charles Schwab, the founder of the brokerage firm by the same name. Collectively, the 50 recipients had a net work of $316 billion.


Maher: U.S. Christians have traded Christ’s values for philosophy of ‘F*ck off and die’:

“Don’t say you’d like to help but your hands are tied,” he continued, “because if you did, it would cause a culture of dependency or go against the Bible or – worst of all – rob them of their freedom to be sick and hungry.”


You Will Be Shocked at How Ignorant Americans Really Are:

 What Americans don’t know and don’t understand is quite an obstacle to progress.


In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich:

The United States is one of few advanced nations where schools serving better-off children usually have more educational resources than those serving poor students


Obama ‘sorry’ Americans are losing health insurance despite promises:

US president says administration is working to close holes in healthcare law after millions get cancellation letters


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 : 3,395


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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