Information Clearing House 20 November 2013: Libya: Rule of the Gun

20 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

The Wahhabi-Likudnik War Of Terror

By Pepe Escobar

What happened in Beirut was a terror attack, cheered by Israel, and fully enabled by Saudis; a graphic display by the Likudnik-House of Saud axis.


Libya: Rule of the Gun

By Borzou Daragahi

“All they care about is power and money. The politicians are actually powerless to influence the debate.”


Bernard Henri Levy and the Destruction of Libya

By Ramzy Baroud

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “the world’s most influential Jew”, Bernard Henri Levy is number 45.


These Sniveling ‘Lefties’

What A Sorry State Of Affairs

By William Bowles

It’s alright to rain bombs on Syria, Libya or wherever, if the pres ain’t Che Guevarra, seems to be the cry of many on the left.


Is Islam a Religion of Violence or Peace?


Defenders of Islam today argue that it is really a religion of peace which has been hijacked by extremists who kill in its name. Extremists, however, see themselves as the only true and proper Muslims. Who is right?


Border Patrol International

“The American Homeland Is the Planet”

By Todd Miller

Just as with the drones that, from Pakistan to Somalia, the White House sends across national boundaries to execute those it has identified as our enemies, so with border patrolling.


War Criminal/Profiteer and

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince: War on Terror Has Become Too Big

By Eli Lake

“I don’t know if I want to live in a country where lone wolf and random terror attacks are impossible ’cause that country would look more like North Korea than America.”


War Criminal George W. Bush Crawls Our From Under His Rock


Bush said that history will judge his legacy. But he didn’t appear concerned.


Electrified Thought Fences – Narcissism: Real And Imagined

By David Edwards

The critics damning Assange, Brand, Snowden and Greenwald as ‘narcissists’ are busy throwing stones in greenhouses. But this only scratches the surface of their hypocrisy.


JPMorgan’s Bait-and-switch

The Ballyhooed Settlement Is Just a Scam!

By David Dayen

Ignore all the noise about the “big” fraud settlement JPMorgan supposedly just signed. Here’s why it’s one big zero.


McDonald’s: Low-Paid Workers, High-Flying Execs

By Jim Hightower

Skinner found it hard to stomach the biggest part of his job, which was to pay poverty wages to McDonald’s workers, shove thousands of them onto food stamps and other programs paid for by taxpayers,.


Wave of Violence in Baghdad, 33 Killed:

At least eight explosions, including seven car bombs, went off mostly against Shiite Muslim neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital from about 0430 GMT onwards, leaving 28 people dead and more than 70 wounded, security and medical officials said.


Flooding swamps Iraq streets, buildings killing at least 11:

Flooding in central and southern Iraq killed at least 11 people as rising waters swamped city streets and toppled buildings, sparking anger over the dilapidated sewage system, officials said Wednesday.


Suicide bombers kill at least 7 Syria troops near Lebanon: Monitor, SANA:

Four suicide car bombs struck Syrian regime targets Wednesday in the Qalamoun region near Lebanon, killing at least seven soldiers, a monitor and state news agency SANA said.


Syria’s Christians Flee Kidnappings, Rape, Executions:

Running from assault, abduction, and assassination at the hands of jihadists and FSA rebels, Syria’s ancient Christian community fears a religious pogrom is set to erupt.


Video: A line of despair as Syrians find refuge in Lebanon:

An estimated 6,000 people flee the southern town of Qara into Lebanon as the Syrian army advances.


Russian Mercenaries Fought for Assad – Reports:

The mercenary battalion, which reportedly comprised 267 troops and included Russian army and law enforcement veterans, as well as Cossacks.–Reports.html


Unable to find any partner, US to destroy Syrian chemicals at sea:

Unable to find a country willing to dispose of Syria’s chemical weapons, the United States is considering plans to place the chemical components of the weapons on a barge where they would be dissolved or incinerated, according to senior US officials.


Iran nuclear talks adjourn, Netanyahu leaves Moscow ’empty-handed’:

Brief Geneva meeting lays groundwork for further talks, US says; Netanyahu demands ‘full freeze’ in Iranian program; Khamenei says Israel is ‘rabid dog… not human’


Khamenei vows no retreat in crunch Iran talks:

Predicting the demise of “doomed” Israel, which Iran has accused of trying to “torpedo” a deal, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the powers must respect the Islamic republic’s “red lines”.


In rare public display, Iranian Jews rally in support of nation’s nuclear program:

Hundreds of Iranians, including university students and members of the country’s Jewish community, rallied Tuesday in support of the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear program on the eve of the resumption of talks with world powers.


Republicans defy Barack Obama to table new Iran sanctions:

Six Republican senators last night tabled an amendment to introduce new economic sanctions on Iran, only hours after Barack Obama had personally appealed to the Senate not to make any moves that could derail nuclear talks in Geneva.


Lieberman: Ties with US deteriorating, more allies needed:

Foreign Minister Lieberman says ties with US only part of network of allies Israel seeks, more allies should be found, stresses State ‘should be looking for diverse allies with common goal’,7340,L-4455958,00.html


Israel, Gulf in ‘Strange Alliance’ Against Iran:

In one of the region’s oddest pairings, Israel and the Gulf Arab states led by Saudi Arabia increasingly are finding common ground – and a common political language – on their mutual dismay over Iran’s history-making overtures to Washington and the prospect of a nuclear deal in Geneva


Netanyahu: Islamists taking us back to the ‘Dark Ages’:

In Tel Aviv University address, PM compares fundamentalist Islam to North Korea, reiterates demand for more pressure on Iran


Israeli soldiers get six months in jail for beating blindfolded Palestinian:

Military judges ruled the soldiers had harmed the man’s body, his dignity and ‘the IDF’s image as a moral army.’


Israel to stop issuing birth certificates to babies born to foreigners:

 Israel says it is not obliged to issue documentation and wants to stop foreigners using birth certificates to stay in country


Former Likud minister bashes own party for pushing apartheid legislation:

Former cabinet minister Dan Meridor harshly criticized his past colleagues from the Likud faction for pushing legislation that discriminates against Israeli Arabs and the refugees, claiming they are trying to establish an apartheid state.


EU forms ‘drone club’ to compete with US, Israel:

Several European Union countries, including France and Germany, have agreed to form a “drone users club” to develop a rival to the US and Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In a meeting of EU defense ministers in Brussels on Tuesday, the participants approved a project to develop a “European generation” of drones in 10 years.


11 Egypt soldiers killed as bombs hit Sinai, Cairo:

A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into one of two buses carrying off-duty soldiers in Egypt’s turbulent region of northern Sinai on Wednesday, killing 11 and wounding 37, security and military officials said.


Death toll from Tuesday’s violence in Cairo climbs to two:

Fifty-one people were also injured during nationwide protests marking the second anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes.


As US clout wanes, Russia inks arms deal with Cairo:

The head of Russia’s state-controlled industrial holding company says Moscow has signed a deal to provide Egypt with air defense missile systems. Egypt also expressed interest in combat jets and helicopters


Pakistan: Five security personnel killed in NWA: –

As many as five security personnel were killed and 10 others injured in a car bombing in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on Wednesday.


Two killed, nine hurt in Quetta blasts:

At least two persons were killed and nine others, including a child, sustained injuries as a result of three blasts that rocked Quetta within short span of 10 minutes, Geo News reported.,-nine-injured-in-Quetta-blasts


3 killed in restaurant blast in S. Afghanistan:

Three civilians were killed and 14 others wounded Wednesday evening when an explosion took place in a restaurant in Kandahar city, the provincial capital of southern Afghan province of Kandahar, sources said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.


District police chief killed in Taliban ambush in Helmand:

Afghan police2According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, district police chief for Marjah was killed during an ambush by Taliban militants in this province.


Kerry Says Deal Reached To Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan:

Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the U.S. has struck a deal with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the final language of a security agreement that will keep American troops in Afghanistan after NATO’s combat mission ends next year.

Kerry Says Deal Reached To Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan


New deal leaves door open to a ‘war without end’:

Up to 15,000 troops could stay in military bases in the war-torn nation to train Afghan security forces and conduct anti-terror missions


Russia Concerned at US Plans for Bases in Afghanistan:

Russia’s presidential envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, told RIA Novosti in an interview Wednesday that the bases would “exert a serious influence on the whole vast Asian region and become a powerful foothold for any large-scale military operation.”


Just 90 Companies Caused Two-thirds of Man-made Global Warming Emissions:

Chevron, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show


House To Vote On Bill That Would Impose $5,000 Fee For Protesting Drilling Projects:

The bill, is broad legislation designed to make it much easier for oil and gas companies to obtain permission to drill on public lands. If an individual does not like a proposed drilling project and wanted to oppose it, he or she would have to pay a $5,000 fee to file an official protest.


Gasland : Video – Documentary – :

The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe?


Hang the bankers:

Justice Department, Federal and State Partners Secure Record $13 Billion Global Settlement (Bribe) with JPMorgan for Misleading Investors:

It’s the largest settlement (Bribe) paid by a company to the government. As part of settlement, JPMorgan will have to pay $9 billion. The bank will also pay another $4 billion that will go to “consumer relief”, the press release states.


Record $1bn payout expected as Russian regulator pulls plug on ‘dubious’ bank:

Russia’s Central Bank (CBR) has revoked the license of Master Bank over $61 million in alleged illegal banking transactions. Above 100 of ATMs are frozen, and the head office is being raided by police.


Massive Pentagon Waste, Fraud and Grand Theft:

“Former military service officials say record-keeping at the operational level throughout the services is rife with made-up numbers to cover lost or missing information.”


Census Bureau Faked Employment Numbers During 2012 Election?:

Ben Swann takes a look at allegations to first surface in the New York Post that Census Bureau employees may have faked data to improve the nations unemployment rate during the final month of the 2012 Presidential campaign


Was Jack Welch right? Jobs numbers under fire:

A report Tuesday, though, suggested that the data may well have been manipulated, though it’s not as clear-as Welch charged-that political motivations were afoot.


Massachusetts State Senators Approve Nation’s Highest Minimum Wage:

The Massachusetts state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $11 an hour and ensure future automatic increases tied to inflation. If it were to pass the state House and be signed into law by the governor, it would be the highest state minimum wage in the country.


McDonald’s to employees: Break your food into small pieces to feel full and sell your Christmas presents for cash:

The restaurant chain made the recommendations on its “McResource” employee website to help workers manage stress, health and finances.


Walmart Can Afford To Pay All Workers $25,000 Without Raising Prices:

Walmart is a leader in promoting an employment model in which workers earn too little to generate the consumer demand that supports hiring and would lead to economic recovery


Labor Board Sides With Workers: Walmart Can’t Silence Employees Any Longer:

A landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board says Walmart unlawfully harassed and fired employees for protesting.


Texas drivers pulled over at random, told to turn over blood, saliva samples:

Dozens of Texas drivers have been stopped at a police road block, where they were then directed into a parking lot and forced into surrendering blood, saliva and breath samples in a study that has upset civil liberties advocates.


Hawaii lawmaker wages campaign against the homeless and their belongings with sledgehammer:

State Representative Tom Brower (D) is currently dedicated to dealing out his own personal brand of “justice” by seeking out homeless people and destroying their possessions


Rob Ford isn’t the only one: US congressman pleads guilty to cocaine possession:

United States Rep. Trey Radel (R-Florida) pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in Washington, DC to possession of cocaine, a misdemeanor, hours after it was reported that he had been arrested in the nation’s capital weeks earlier.


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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