Information Clearing House 17 November 2013: The Logic Behind Mass Spying: Empire and Cyber Imperialism

17 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

Israel, Saudi Arabia Unite For Attack On Iran


Saudis are willing to assist an Israeli attack by cooperating with the use of drones, rescue helicopters, and tanker planes. “Once the Geneva agreement is signed, the military option will be back on the table.”


A Third Option For Peace With Iran

By Tom H. Hastings and Erin E. Niemela

Attack or do nothing. Demonstrate a resolve to kill or show cowardice. It’s a wonder we haven’t nuked Canada.


Zionist, Arab Despots ‘Strategic Partners’

By Finian Cunningham

The Persian Gulf Arab monarchies have now clearly emerged as strategic partners with the Israeli regime. Despite superficial differences, all are lawless regimes that are guilty of crimes against humanity and crimes against Arab and Muslims in particular.


Egypt: There is Something Deeply Unhealthy About the Sisi Worship

By Robert Fisk

The mass worship of Sisi has surely gone too far.


German Expose of America’s “Secret War” Attracts Quick, Strong U.S. Rebuttal

By Matthew Schofield

From spying to murder campaigns, reported allegations cover it all.


The Logic Behind Mass Spying: Empire and Cyber Imperialism

By James Petras

The ever-expanding technology of spying strengthens the police state. The list of targets is endless and bizarre. Nothing and no one will be missed!


Chomsky: Fight Back Against NSA Spying or be ‘Complicit’

By Chris Kanaracus

While U.S. officials have long cited national security as a rationale for domestic surveillance programs, that same argument has been used by the “most monstrous systems” in history, such as the Stasi secret police in the former East Germany, Chomsky said.


Jeremy Hammond Gets 10 Years In Prison For an Act Of Nonviolence

By Chris Hedges

“This is just another symptom of a dysfunctional state”


The Obama Apology That Is Needed

By Kevin Zeese

Change has always come from the bottom up, so we are not waiting for the top to acknowledge their own corruption.


29 Taliban killed, 19 injured in joint Afghan-NATO operations: Afghanistan Violence

At least 29 Taliban militants were killed and 19 others were injured during joint military operations by Afghan and coalition security forces.


Afghan Villagers Find Bodies of 6 Beheaded Workers:

Afghan villagers discovered the beheaded bodies of six government contractors Sunday in the country’s restive south, the apparent victims of insurgents who regularly target state projects, officials said.


UN report detailing Taliban fighter deaths warns of forces’s illicit funding:

According to Afghan government sources and “Taliban internal statistics” quoted in a special report to the UN Security Council, an estimated 10-12,000 rebels are thought to have been killed compared to more than 2,000 Afghan soldiers and police.


Pakistan to try ex-president Musharraf for treason:

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Sunday that the government would put Musharraf on trial under Article 6 of the constitution for declaring a state of emergency in 2007 and suspending the constitution.


31 Syrian soldiers killed in bomb near capital -monitoring group:

Thirty one Syrian soldiers were killed on Sunday in bomb attack at a government building in a town on the outskirts of the capital, a monitoring group that documents Syrian battlefield developments said.


Syria starts offensive by border near Lebanon:

 Syrian troops clashed with rebels in a mountainous western region Saturday in what appeared to be an offensive to cut an opposition supply route from Lebanon, forcing hundreds to flee for safety across the border, activists and officials said.


At least 20 killed in Iraq attacks:

Attacks across Iraq killed at least 20 people today, officials said, as gunmen attacked a militia leader and bombs targeted police officers and civilians.


Israel, S. Arabia planning joint Iran strike – report: “The Sunday Times”:

Mossad agents met top Saudi officials to draw up a plan for a joint attack against Iran if the six powers talks fail.


John Kerry to visit Israel while world powers resume talks with Iran:

Officials say U.S. Secretary of State will be on standby to fly to Geneva to sign an agreement with Iran if a deal is reached.


French president, arriving in Israel, promises tough stance in upcoming Iran nuclear talks:

 France’s president on Sunday promised to take a hard line in upcoming nuclear talks with Iran this week, pleasing Israeli officials who warmly welcomed him to the Jewish state for a three-day visit.


Basij Commander: US Threat of Military Action against Iran Only A Bluff:

Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said Iran is not afraid of the US military, but Washington’s allegations about the continued possibility of military action against Iran are nothing, but bluffing.


Iranian FM: No need for world to acknowledge our right to enrichment:

Mohammad Javad Zarif’s remarks offer potential way to sidestep another sticking point on a possible nuclear deal when talks resume later this week.


Report: Obama rejecting calls from Netanyahu amid tension over Iran:

Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida reported Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama has been refusing to take phone calls from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of the tension between the two countries over how to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.


Why Israeli Jews flee to Europe :

Tens of thousands of educated middle-class Jews are fleeing every year – not out of the continent, but rather from Israel into Europe, and especially to Germany


Shocking video: Ethiopian workers tortured, abused in Saudi Arabia:

Ethiopia’s Information Ministry has released a shocking video footage dubbed “Hell on Earth” that shows appalling conditions of its nationals in Saudi Arabia.


Wounded stream into Tripoli hospital : Video –

The death toll from clashes in Tripoli on Friday rises to more than 43, with at least 460 others wounded, according to Libyan state television. Jillian Kitchener reports.


State of emergency declared in Libyan capital:

Libyan PM urges former rebels to leave Tripoli as fresh clashes leave one dead a day after more than 40 were killed.


Libya’s capital begins 3-day strike over militia violence:

The streets of Tripoli were deserted as the vast majority of the city’s businesses and schools were closed. Bakeries, pharmacies, hospitals and gas stations remained open. Al-Sadat al-Badri, who is head of Tripoli’s city council, said the strike is to last three days.


Libya’s deputy spy chief kidnapped at airport – sources: –

Libya’s deputy intelligence chief was kidnapped outside Tripoli airport on Sunday, two security sources said, days after clashes between rival militias and protesters in the capital killed at least 45 people.


GCHQ snoops on hotel reservations targeting diplomats – Snowden leaks:

A UK spy agency infiltrated international hotel booking systems for some three years, tracing high profile officials and wiretapping their suites, new leaks reveal. GCHQ’s top secret ‘Royal Concierge’ program tracked 350 hotels across the globe.


Threat from NSA leaks may have been overstated by UK, says Lord Falconer:

Ex-lord chancellor defends Guardian reporting of Snowden files and says he’s sceptical of warnings from spy agency chiefs


Thousands protest press credibility in march against mainstream media:

Thousands of people in the UK and US united in their rejection of mainstream media in a mass protest. Protesters targeted the headquarters of media giants like Fox News, the BBC and NBS, decrying their narrow coverage of world affairs.


Amazon destruction could cut US rainfall by 50%:

The total deforestation of the Amazon may reduce rain and snowfall in the western US, resulting in water and food shortages, and a greater risk of forest fires.


Occupy Wall Street activists buy $15m of Americans’ personal debt:

Rolling Jubilee spent $400,000 to purchase debt cheaply from banks before ‘abolishing’ it, freeing individuals from their bills.


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 : 3,397


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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