Information Clearing House 23 November 2013: The Problem is Civil Obedience

23 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

Deal Reached on Iran’s Nuclear Program

By Al-Jazeera

Diplomats say a deal has been reached in Geneva regarding Iran’s nuclear programme.


Are Obama’s Middle East Peace Talks Sincere?

By Shamus Cooke

Should we trust Obama to be honest in his peace talks with Iran and Syria? His lightning shift from warmonger to peacemaker surprised everyone.


The Battle of the Titans

By Uri Avnery

THIS IS not merely a fight between Israel and the US. Nor is it only a fight between the White House and Congress. It is also a battle between intellectual titans.


Arnon Milchan, Producer Behind ’12 Years a Slave,’Admits to Double Life as Mossad Agent

By Ethan Sacks

‘F— you.’ You know what, I did it for my country and I’m proud of it.”


The Dying Dollar

By Paul Craig Roberts

Federal Reserve and Wall Street Assassinate US Dollar.


Hillary Clinton: War Criminal Warns If U.S. Doesn’t Get Act Together, World Will “De-Americanize”


‘If you guys can’t get your act together, we need to de-Americanize the world.’ Which was a phrase used by a high-ranking Chinese official. That is not good news for us. That is a very unfortunate conclusion.


Federal Reserve Steals From the Poor and Gives to the Rich

By Ron Paul

Far from promoting a sound economy for all, the Federal Reserve is the main cause of the boom-and-bust economy, as well as the leading facilitator of big government and crony capitalism.


The Problem is Civil Obedience

By Howard Zinn

I start from the supposition that the world is topsy-turvy, that things are all wrong, that the wrong people are in jail and the wrong people are out of jail, that the wrong people are in power and the wrong people are out of power.


Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As

21 killed in Iraq violence: More than 120 killed across Iraq this week


10 people killed as twin bombings hit Shiite mosque in northern Iraq:

Several attacks have hit the country’s north including a twin bombing of a Shiite church, which killed at least 10 people and injured dozens. At least 15 people were killed nationwide in a string of attacks.


At least 40 people killed as Syria government air strikes hits Aleppo, activists say:

In one attack, warplanes are reported to have targeted rebel positions in Aleppo itself, but missed and hit a vegetable market instead, killing 15.


Syria conflict: Children ‘targeted by snipers’:

More than 11,000 children have died in Syria’s civil war in nearly three years, including hundreds targeted by snipers, a new report says. Summary executions and torture have also been used against children as young as one, the London-based Oxford Research Group think tank says.


Syrian minister survives attack on his car:

A Syrian government minister survived an attack on his car on Saturday but his driver was killed, state media said, according to Reuters


Rebels take largest Syria oilfield: activists say:

If confirmed, the seizure in Deir Ezzor would mean cutting off Assad’s access to almost all local crude reserves.


Assad says rebel army being prepared in Jordan:

“A [rebel] army composed of 20,000 soldiers is being prepared in Jordan under international and regional supervision,” Assad told a delegation of Lebanese March 8 politicians on Monday. “This army might attack Daraa and try to advance in order to make up for the [opposition’s] losses in Damascus’ outskirts and to re-encircle the capital.”


Fact or fiction?

The US and Europeans give Iran a deadline of Saturday night for concluding a nuclear deal:

After that deadline, those delegations plan to cut the talks short and leave. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif retorted that his government would not bow to threats.


US House looks to enhance commitment to Israel’s military edge:

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), a Democratic sponsor of the bill, said the need for intensified focus on the US-Israel military relationship arose from the recent turmoil in the Middle East.


Israeli occupation force soldiers shoot, wound 4 Palestinians:

Israeli soldiers opened fire on demonstrators in the West Bank north of Ramallah on Saturday, wounding four of them, Palestinian medical sources said.


12 “Insurgents” Killed in Afghan Raids:

“In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police conducted several anti-terrorism joint operations with Afghan National Army and NDS to clean some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan,” read the MoI’s statement.


Twin blasts rocks Khost city, 4 killed and 10 injured:

The first blast took place on Saturday evening targeting a vehicle of the Afghan national army soldier, killing one Afghan army service member and injuring three others.


Afghan leader, U.S.-led forces in new dispute over civilian deaths:

The Afghan president accused U.S. special operations forces of killing two civilians in a night raid on a civilian home Tuesday. That drew an angry response — and heated denial — from American commanders.,0,7564257.story


7 Killed as Deadly Blasts Hit Pakistani City of Karachi

At least seven people are reported to have been killed in two bomb explosions in a busy area of Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi. At least 18 people were injured in the predominantly Shia area of Ancholi, local media report. Angry crowds gathered at the scene, denouncing the attacks.


Protesting Pakistanis block NATO supply route:

Thousands of people protesting US drone strikes have blocked a road in northwest Pakistan that is used to transport NATO troop supplies and equipment in and out of Afghanistan.


US orders most diplomats to leave Lahore, Pakistan;

Americans warned not to travel to Pakistan


Russia to Ignore Int’l Ruling on Greenpeace Ship – Kremlin:

The International Tribunal on the Law for the Sea in Hamburg ruled on Friday that Russia must release the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker and all 30 people on board on bond of 3.6 million euro ($4.8 million).–Kremlin.html


12 killed in Nigerian Islamist stronghold:

Gunmen killed 12 people in a raid on a northeastern Nigerian village on Saturday, the police said, in a region where troops are battling an Islamist militant insurgency.


Former Kadhafi security agent shot dead in Libya:

Unidentified men with assault rifles gunned down Fares al-Zarruk in a busy street in the centre of Derna, a town that has been hit by mounting deadly unrest, the security official said.


Egypt expels Turkish ambassador:

Egypt has told the Turkish ambassador to leave the country, a day after the Turkish leader called for ousted President Mohammed Morsi to be freed.


Indonesians Demand Public Apology from Australia over Spying : Video –

Indonesian residents were firm at calling for an apology on Friday from Australia after reports of surveillance by the country.

On Wednesday a government official said Indonesia planned to downgrade its relations with Australia in a row over alleged spying by Canberra.


N.S.A. Report Outlined Goals for More Power:

Officials at the National Security Agency, intent on maintaining its dominance in intelligence collection, pledged last year to push to expand its surveillance powers, according to a top-secret strategy document.


NSA has collected bulk data on Americans since Reagan: Video

The secretive spy agency has faced scandals during two successive presidential administrations, first under President George W. Bush, and now under President Barack Obama. But the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ metadata began long before that, at the beginning of President Ronald Reagan’s administration.


Taking the “Meh” out of Metadata:

How the government can discover your health problems, political beliefs, and religious practices using just your metadata.


FBI spies on Chinese diplomatic missions in US: report:

The US National Security Agency in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly been spying on Chinese and other foreign embassies and consulates in the United States for almost a century. The agencies even built full size mock-ups of the buildings they are housed in to train their agents to break into them


China establishes ‘air-defence zone’ over East China Sea:

China’s defence ministry said aircraft entering the zone must obey its rules or face “emergency defensive measures”.


Hagel: U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ with China air defense map:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Saturday the United States is “deeply concerned” over China’s move to establish an air defense zone over a string of disputed islands in the East China Sea.


China’s planned crude oil futures may be priced in yuan – SHFE: –

The Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) may price its crude oil futures contract in yuan and use medium sour crude as its benchmark, its chairman said on Thursday, adding that the bourse is speeding up preparatory work to secure regulatory approvals.


US already third world economy: American economist:

“America is in the toilet, and the rest of the world knows it,” he wrote, noting, “More small businesses close, as memberships decline in golf clubs, as more university graduates return home to live with their parents, who are drawing down their savings to live.”


Debunking the Troika’s ‘success’ in Ireland:

As Ireland’s three-year bailout programme is coming to an end, its lenders are keen to present the exit as proof that austerity policies can work – but economists and social activists are sceptical.


Atheists Sue IRS Over Preferential Treatment to Churches:

The IRS gives preferential treatment to churches and religious organizations who seek or have 501(c)(3) non-profit status compared to secular non-profit organizations. The groups say this violates non-believers’ Constitutional rights because it treats churches differently than non-churches and equates to government support of religion.


In a world gone crazy:

Nuclear Threat Detection System Set for SoCal:

A $11.4 million federal grant will be used to set up a system to detect nuclear and radiological threats around the greater Los Angeles region, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today.


Car accident leads to panic at LA Airport –



Stupid Government Policy Is More Dangerous than Terrorism:

You are approximately 9 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist. This is a result of bad policy: the over-the-top militarization of American police forces.


Appeals court upholds stop-and-frisk ruling, ending Bloomberg’s final attempt at reversal:

A federal appeals court declined Friday to block the decision by a district court judge that the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional, marking an end to outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bid to reverse the ruling.


Florida police accused of racial profiling after stopping man 258 times, charging him with trespassing at work:

In the last four years Earl Sampson, 28, has been questioned by police 258 times, searched more than 100 times, jailed 56 times, and arrested for trespassing 62 times. The majority of these citations occurred at his place of work, a Miami Gardens convenience store where the owner says police are racially profiling.


Police use ‘nose telescope’ for cannabis odour mapping:

Denver has passed a new “odour ordinance” with a potential $2,000 (£1,247) fine for anyone found guilty of polluting the atmosphere.


Can’t afford new tires? Now you can rent them:

Rent-to-own tire businesses say they give credit-challenged people an opportunity to jazz up their rides. But consumer advocates warn that renters risk finding their cars on cinder blocks.


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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