Information Clearing House 11 November 2013: Poppycock – Or Why Remembrance Rituals Make Me See Red

11 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

Why France Sank an Iran Nuke Deal

By Robert Parry

Saudis and Israelis wanted to sink the negotiated deal on Iran’s nuclear program, so the French launched the diplomatic torpedo to take it down. But behind France’s action were Saudi financial muscle and Israel’s political skill.


The Secret Diary of Abu Zubaydah, from Student to Hardline Jihadi and CIA Torture

By Rupert Cornwell

Remarkable personal account released of Guantanamo detainee allegedly responsible for planning 9/11 atrocity and other major attacks.


I Believe There Will Not Be a United Ireland

By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate.

Be honest and face the realities that there will not be a united Ireland and we can together build a Northern Irish identity.


Poppycock – Or Why Remembrance Rituals Make Me See Red

By Robert Fisk

How come this obscene fashion appendage – inspired by a pro-war poem, for God’s sake, which demands yet further human sacrifice – still adorns the jackets and blouses of the Great and the Good? Even Tony Blair dares to wear a poppy.


The Greatest Generation?

By Francis Boyle

58,000 young men

Of my generation

Were murdered

By The Greatest Generation.


Veterans Day – From Another Angle

By Fred Reed

How many Laos did we butcher for nothing, how many Vietnamese, how many Cambodians? Millions, literally. For nothing. Nothing. How many Iraqis? Afghans? Pakistanis? If any of it preserved my freedom, I am unaware of it.


It’s Business That Really Rules Us Now

By George Monbiot

Corporate interests have captured the entire democratic process. No wonder so many have given up on politics.


The Revolutionaries in Our Midst

By Chris Hedges

Jeremy Hammond sat in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center last week in a small room reserved for visits from attorneys. He was wearing an oversized prison jumpsuit.


“I Won’t Back Down”

Russell Brand In Conversation With HuffPost UK’s Mehdi Hasan


A Brand New Politics: Here’s the full conversation between comedian, actor and activist Russell Brand and the HuffPost UK’s Mehdi Hasan.


For Intelligent Civilization – on Earth

By Paul Street

Imagine that an advanced species capable of inter-galactic travel and research came upon the remains of human society on Earth in, say, the year 2500.


The Indian “Miracle”


Underneath the glittering surface of India’s economic boom lie the ugly realties of modern day India: mass suicide by debt-ridden farmers and a caste system which condemns millions to a life of servitude.


Afghanistan: 28 Insurgents Killed in Raids:

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement on Sunday said 28 Taliban militants were killed in several coordinated operations conducted by Afghan and coalitions forces around the country.


U.S. Backing Afghan Companies Accused of Financing Terrorism:

ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer revealed a new report from John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which claims the United States has paid more than $150 million to Afghan companies that may have helped finance terror attacks on U.S. soldiers and assets in Afghanistan.


In Afghanistan, interpreters who helped U.S. in war denied visas;

The interpreters, many of whom served in Taliban havens for years, say U.S. officials are drastically underestimating the danger they face.


Report: A Million Veterans Injured In Iraq, Afghanistan Wars:

The International Business Times reported Friday that the Department of Veterans Affairs had stopped releasing the number of non-fatal casualties of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, thus concealing what the paper called a “grim milestone” of 1 million injuries.


Senior Haqqani leader shot dead in Pakistan:

A senior leader of the Haqqani network, one of the most feared groups fighting US troops in Afghanistan, has been shot dead on the outskirts of Islamabad, a Pakistani Taliban commander and an intelligence official have said.


Mortar fire kills nine children at Damascus school: TV:

Another four students were killed when a mortar hit the vehicle they were in, in the central Bab Sharqi district of the capital, state news agency SANA said, adding that the driver was also killed.


Syria army seeks to reopen Aleppo airport: military:

The Syrian army has secured most of the area around Aleppo International Airport and could reopen the facility which fighting has kept closed for nearly a year, a military source said Monday.


Syrian opposition renews rejection for any future role for Assad:

The group’s spokesman Khaled al-Saleh said in a press conference in Istanbul that while the coalition is committed to a “political solution,” it will not participate in the proposed peace talks in Geneva to end the 32-month Syrian conflict unless certain demands are met.


Is this Australia’s first suicide bomber?: Video –

Australian ‘suicide bomber’ on video before Syria blast


Iraqi official: Qatar must mind its size and respect others:

Iraqi deputy foreign minister says Qatar must consider its ‘size’ and try to respect other Arab nations, criticizing Doha’s support to the war in Syria which has turned to a threat for Iraq as well.


8 killed in attacks in Iraq:

Eight people were killed and ten others wounded in separate bombings and shootings in Iraq on Monday, police said. In northern Iraq, a soldier was killed in gunmen attack on an army checkpoint in the city of Mosul, some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad


Iran to give U.N. inspectors more access to nuclear sites:

Iran will grant U.N. inspectors “managed access” to a uranium mine and a heavy-water plant within three months as part of a cooperation pact reached on Monday that aims to allay concern about Tehran’s nuclear programme.


Iranians angry and bewildered after French torpedo Geneva nuclear entente:

The Irna state news agency reported that Iranian businessmen were considering reducing their trade ties with France, saying they no longer considered it as a good partner because of its “adventurist and immature behaviour” at Geneva.


Blaming Iran?

Iran backed out of nuclear deal – John Kerry:

Amid reports that France’s reservations scuppered an agreement, Mr Kerry told reporters in Abu Dhabi: “The French signed off on it; we signed off on it.”


Iran blames US for ‘gutting deal’s draft,’ foiling agreement:

Iran’s FM Zarif pans US’s ‘conflicting statements’ which damaged confidence,7340,L-4452320,00.html


Propaganda? :

‘Israel will attack Iran if you sign the deal, French MP told Fabius’:

A French member of parliament telephoned French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Geneva at the weekend to warn him that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if the P5+1 nations did not stiffen their terms on a deal with Iran, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported Sunday.


Kerry: Obama prepared to use force in Iran after nuclear talks collapse:

“The president has been willing and made it clear that he is prepared to use force with respect to Iran’s weapon, and he has deployed the forces and the weapons necessary to achieve that goal if it has to be achieved,” Mr. Kerry said during an interview with NBC.


Netanyahu calls on American Jews to stand ‘together with us’ to stop Iran deal:

The largest American Jewish organization, the Jewish Federations, is having its annual conference in Israel this year. Netanyahu addressed the group tonight and said they had a responsibility to stop the deal that global leaders are trying to reach with Iran.


Liberman sworn in as Foreign Minister following acquittal on fraud charges:

Yisrael Beytenu Avigdor Liberman is now Foreign Minister, after he was sworn in to the position in the Knesset Monday, less than a week after his acquittal from fraud and breach of trust charges.


Most Israelis think future dependent on American Jewry:

A large majority of Israelis, nearly four in five, believes Israel’s future is dependent on the country’s ties to American Jewry, a new poll of Israeli public opinion has found.


Detention of president Morsi extended over jailbreak:

A Cairo appeal court on Monday extended the detention of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi for a further 30 days on charges of escaping from jail and espionage during the 2011 uprising.


Libyan separatists take over oil exports as PM warns of foreign intervention:

A separatist Libyan region has announced an establishment of an independent oil company after taking over several commercial sea ports. As Tripoli struggles to regain control, the PM has warned of foreign intervention unless central govt rule is restored.


Libyan Berbers shut gas pipeline to Italy, cut major income source:

Protesters have shut Libya’s gas export pipeline to Italy, its only customer, demanding more rights for the Amazigh, or Berber, minority and depriving the weak government of a major source of income.,0,5104968.story


Libyan PM warns of foreign forces:

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan warned Libyans of the possibility of foreign powers intervening unless the country’s current chaos ends, in an appeal on Sunday aimed at rallying his campaign against militias.


Scores arrested for booing French president:

French interior minister says protesters included members of far right groups opposed to government policies.


Jimmy Carter calls for fresh moratorium on death penalty:

 Carter says it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and justices should reintroduce ban that stood from 1972 to 1976


Artist nails his testicles to ground in Red Square: Video – Warning –

Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky stages protest at ‘apathy, political indifference and fatalism of Russian society’


Ex-Irish PM Bertie Ahern assaulted by man with a crutch:

Ahern was attacked with a crutch by a man in his forties inside the Sean O’Casey bar just off O’Connell Street, the Irish capital’s main thoroughfare. Many who lost out when the Celtic Tiger economy crashed blamed Ahern and his Fianna Fáil party for fuelling a property boom based on credit.


Wealth of world’s billionaires doubles since 2009:

Even as workers in the US and other countries have seen their incomes plummet, the combined net worth of the world’s billionaires has doubled since 2009, according to a report published Tuesday by UBS and Wealth-X, a consultancy that tracks super-rich individuals.


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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