13 November 2013 — Information Clearing House
America on the Self-Defeating Path to War
By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett
The Obama administration’s hegemonically abusive refusal to recognize Iran’s right to safeguarded enrichment is not just diplomatically and strategically counter-productive-it is illegal.
Are Iran and the United States Headed Towards a “Heroic Agreement”?
By Ignacio Ramonet
Obama is trying to free himself up in the Middle East in order to focus more on Asia, which the U.S. sees “as the future in terms of economic growth in the 21st century,”
What A Load Of Utter Crap!
Iran Was Never Ready to Deal on Nukes
By (War Pimp) David Frum
Iran’s offer at Geneva amounted to a six-month delay of its nuclear program that will not in any way impair its ability to get back to bomb-making at any time.
Why Netanyahu Has Put Settlement Expansion On Hold
By Alan Hart
Netanyahu needs the Zionist lobby and its allies including Saudi Arabia to succeed in their efforts to wreck the prospects of an American and European accommodation with Iran.
Why Israel Wanted Arafat Dead
By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth
It is time to state the obvious: Arafat was killed. And suspicion falls squarely on Israel.
Someday – Song for Palestine
Tribute to the incredible resilience and steadfastness of the Palestinians in their struggle for justice and end to apartheid and occupation of their homeland.
Let’s Take Advantage of Suffering Filipinos!
By David Swanson
The discussion in the U.S. media is of the supposed military benefits of using Filipinos’ suffering as an excuse to militarize their country.
David Cameron Blocks Report that Exposes Tony Blair’s Iraq War Crimes
By Lindsey German
David Cameron is blocking publication of the Iraq Inquiry report because it confirms a secret conspiracy by Bush and Blair to take the US and Britain into an illegal war .
Conspiracy Theories? No One Does it Better Than West’s Elite
By Neil Clark
In Western elite circles, it’s OK to claim Iraq possessed WMDs when it didn’t. It’s OK to say Iran has a nukes program. It’s OK to say that the Syrian government launched chemical weapons attacks against its own people.
Corporate America’s New Scam:
Industry P.R. firm poses as think tank!
By Lisa Graves
How the media fell hook, line and sinker for the propagandist, respectable-sounding “Employment Policies Institute”
Happy Birthday: US Gulag 12 Years Old Today
Guantánamo’s 12th Anniversary, And There’s No End In Sight
By Morris Davis
Out of 779 detainees, only seven have been convicted and sentenced. The US must end this costly disgrace.
Welcome To The USA
US Border Agents Probed Woman’s Vagina and Anus Without Consent
By Alex Kane
Federal border agents stripped searched her and told her to spread her genitalia and cough. After that, the agents are said to have pressed their fingers into the woman’s vagina to search for drugs.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As
Violence kills 49 across Iraq:
Violence across Iraq, including bombings against Shiites, killed 49 people on Wednesday as worshippers massed in a shrine city on the eve of major commemoration rituals often targeted by militants.
Mayor of Fallujah killed by sniper shot:
Security source reported to Iraqi News (IraqiNews.com) “The mayor of Fallujah city died due to his serious wounds due to the sniper shot that he suffered while he was roaming in the city.”
Baghdad Governor survives assassination:
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Governor of Baghdad Province Ali a-Timimi survived an assassination attempt due to an armed attack in Baladiyat area of eastern Baghdad on Wednesday evening
Tony Blair kept Cabinet in the dark over Iraq ‘deliberately’ as ministers evaluated case for war in 2003 :
Members of Tony Blair’s Cabinet were “deliberately” excluded from seeing key documents drawn up by officials examining the case for war against Iraq, a former head of the Civil Service has claimed.
11 killed in mortar attacks in Syria:
Nine people were killed and 16 others wounded in a mortar attacks in districts of Syria’s central province of Homs, Xinhua reported citing state-run SANA news agency.
Syria: Children killed in Damascus mortar attack Video report
– WARNING – The deadly mortar rounds reportedly struck a school and school bus in the Syrian capital
Assad’s forces make further gains around Damascus: –
Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad captured the southern Damascus suburb of Hujaira on Wednesday, part of a broader advance that has brought him major gains south of the capital before proposed international peace talks.
Syrian Kurds announce plans for new autonomous region:
Kurdish fighters seize seven towns Wednesday, a day after releasing their blueprint for a regional government
Syria: Jaysh Al-Islam rejects Geneva II conference:
The Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) faction of the Syrian opposition, which includes 60 of the groups fighting against Bashar Al-Assad’s government, has reaffirmed its objection to plans for an international peace conference on the Syrian conflict in Geneva.
How al-Qaeda Militants Get Smuggled into Syria via Turkey: Video Report –
CNN report on how foreign jihadists are being smuggled into Syria under the watch of Ergodan’s regime in Ankara.
Saudi Arabia to finance Syrian rebel government:
Saudi Arabia has allocated $300mln to finance the so-called ‘transitional government’ of Syria set up by the National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces which is the largest alliance of the Syrian opposition abroad, the Sky News Arabia TV channel reports on Tuesday.
In shadow of Syria, Lebanon edges closer to war:
The assassination of a Sunni cleric who supported Hezbollah, Iran’s powerful Shiite proxy in Lebanon, in the northern city of Tripoli, where rival groups have fought for weeks in a spillover of the war in neighboring Syria, has intensified sectarian passions in Lebanon.
Hariri blasts Nasrallah over Saudi accusations:
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday dismissed as “pipe dreams” accusations by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah that Saudi Arabia was blocking the formation of the government while awaiting the outcome of Syria’s war and talks between Iran and world powers.
Abbas: Palestinian “peace” talks team resigns:
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday his peace negotiators had resigned over the lack of progress in U.S.-brokered peace talks clouded by Israeli settlement building.
How 24,000 new settlement homes allowed Netanyahu to save face:
Israel’s nearly unprecedented announcement and subsequent ‘review’ of plans for 24,000 new settlement units was actually a win-win situation – for everyone but the Palestinians, of course.
The Child-Rape Assembly Line: In Ritual Bathhouses of the Jewish Orthodoxy, Children Are Systematically Abused:
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg-who is 63 with a long, graying beard-recently sat down with me to explain what he described as a “child-rape assembly line” among sects of fundamentalist Jews. He cleared his throat. “I’m going to be graphic,” he said.
Netanyahu: Geneva deal with Iran could lead to war:
Upping his rhetoric in current spat with Washington, PM insists there is ‘no reason to submit to Iranian diktats’
New Iran sanctions would risk war, White House warns:
The White House has warned US lawmakers that tightening sanctions on Iran could derail a diplomatic drive for a nuclear deal with Iran, boxing America into a “march to war.”
Kerry to pressure Congress against passing new wave of Iran sanctions:
All eyes are on John Kerry and his attempt to persuade a markedly skeptical Congress to forestall a new wave of sanctions on Iran, as the international community hopes to close out a nuclear deal in eight days’ time.
State clarifies Kerry blame remarks on Iran:
Iran’s top diplomat took umbrage at remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry implicitly faulting his country for turning down a deal in Geneva.
Fact or propaganda?
How last-minute rethink stalled deal on nuclear Iran:
Details have emerged of how talks with Tehran in Geneva broke up at 11th hour after France and US took a robust stance
Iran allows inspectors to visit two key nuclear sites:
IAEA granted permission to enter long-unseen facilities as Tehran seeks to show co-operation after failure of Geneva talks
37 Afghan Taliban Killed in 24 Hours:
Afghan police backed by the national army have killed more than three dozen Taliban militants during a series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement released on Wednesday.
Two Afghan schoolchildren killed in blast:
Two schoolchildren were killed and three others wounded in a bomb blast Wednesday in the western Afghan province of Farah, sources said.
Afghanistan opium crop cultivation rises 36 per cent, production up 49 per cent:
Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose 36 per cent in 2013, a record high, according to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey released today in Kabul by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and UNODC. Meanwhile, opium production amounted to 5,500 tons, up by almost a half since 2012.
Pakistan: At least three ‘Taliban militants’, Rangers man killed in Karachi raid:
Three militants allegedly associated with the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and one Rangers trooper were killed when a shootout took place during a targeted operation conducted by the paramilitary force in the Gulshan-e-Buner area on Wednesday.
Pakistani army blasts Islamist party leader for calling Taliban chief ‘martyr’:
Army said to be breaking ‘mullah-military alliance’ by criticising Jamaat-e-Islami leader’s remarks about Hakimullah Mehsud
Jason Leopold: Abu Zubaydah wanted to ‘bring America to its knees’ after 9/11:
The Guantanamo detainee’s diary reveals complexity of Al-Qaeda’??s milieu in months leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks
Philippines: Eight killed in food stampede amid desperate wait for aid:
Thousands storm rice warehouse in the devastated central Philippines while Haiyan relief effort flounders
Looting and panic in Philippines as death toll climbs:
Desperation gave way to violence in typhoon-ravaged parts of the Philippines on Wednesday as looting turned deadly and survivors panicked over shortages of food, water and medicine, some digging up underground water pipes and smashing them open.
Deadly clashes rage in typhoon-ravaged Philippines as survivors fight for food:
Driven to despair, survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines turned to looting in search for food, water and medicine amid reports of warehouses and shops attacked in the aftermath of one of the strongest storms ever recorded
In Pictures: Typhoon Haiyan relief effort:
Aid workers and relief supplies head into eastern provinces hit by typhoon Haiyan
US fears climate talks will focus on compensation for extreme weather:
Officials fear the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan will overshadow core issue of climate change prevention
Somalia cyclone: 140 confirmed dead in Puntland:
A cyclone that hit Somalia’s north-eastern Puntland region at the weekend is known to have killed 140 people, and the number could rise to 300, a government minister has said.
Three killed in clashes in Central African Republic’s capital:
Three people were killed and several wounded in Central African Republic’s capital Bangui on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and former rebel fighters, police and government officials said.
Libyan rebels to government: It’s either sharia or chaos!: –
Libya’s top jihadist group, blamed for deadly unrest that includes attacking a US mission, said Tuesday there will only be security in the increasingly lawless country if Islamic law is introduced.
Egypt’s Morsi: I was kidnapped day before military ouster:
In a letter read on TV by his lawyer, deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi indicates for first time that he was held against his will.
Morsi warns of Egypt instability without reinstatement:
Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi has warned that the country cannot be stable until he is returned to power. He also denounced as illegitimate the court that is trying him on charges of inciting murder and violence.
Mubarak may be released from house arrest as early as next week:
A court trying Mubarak, 85, on charges of complicity in killing hundreds of protesters during a 2011 uprising against his rule, is expected next week to decide on ending his house arrest.
U.S. Foreign Aid Group May Ignore Its Own Rules and Give Cash to Corrupt Regimes:
A U.S. government-funded foreign aid organization is considering sending hundreds of millions of dollars in grants to countries whose flawed, corrupt or undemocratic governments should almost certainly be ineligible for the money according to the agency’s own internal guidelines.
NSA ‘Chilling’ Effect Feared By Writers:
American writers are increasingly fearful of government surveillance in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency and have even started to self-censor their work, a survey released by the writers’ group PEN on Tuesday found.
Brazil ex-President Joao Goulart to be exhumed:
The remains of a former president of Brazil, Joao Goulart, will be exhumed on Wednesday to establish whether he died of natural causes or was poisoned.
The real question about the terror suspect who fled in a burqa: did MI5 bring him here illegally?:
Mohamed was in Britain against his will: he had been forced aboard an aircraft in Somaliland, the breakaway territory in northern Somalia, and flown to the UK in March 2011 in an operation that his lawyers say amounted to little more than an act of rendition.
Dave Pierre on Surviving 1,144 Days Locked Up Inside the Failed U.S. Immigration System:
In a story of life and death that intersects with 20 years of failed immigration policy, we look at the case of Dave Pierre, who has just been released after three years in immigration detention.
A Living Death: Sentenced to Die Behind Bars for What? :
For 3,278 people, it was nonviolent offenses like stealing a $159 jacket or serving as a middleman in the sale of $10 of marijuana. An estimated 65% of them are Black
Approval Rating of US Congress at Four-Decade Record Low: –
A Gallup poll showed that the US Congress’ approval rating has sunk to an all-time low of 9 percent, down from 11 percent during the government shutdown in October.
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