Information Clearing House 26 November 2013: Pope Slams Capitalism As ‘New Tyranny’

26 November 2013 — — Information Clearing House

Overplaying Its Hand, Israel Still Holds Plenty of U.S. Cards

By Norman Solomon and Abba A. Solomon

All signs point to determined efforts by Israel — and its many allies in the United States — to wreck prospects for a peaceful solution.


Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not “Breakthrough”

By Tony Cartalucci

The West has no intention of striking any lasting deal with Iran.


Iran Nuclear Deal

Saudi Arabia Warns It Will Strike Out On Its Own

By Damien McElroy

Saudi Arabia claims they were kept in the dark by Western allies over Iran nuclear deal and says it will strike out on its own.


Prince Bandar’s Reign of Terror

By Ahmad Barqawi

Saudi Arabia has become so completely unhinged from reality (and humanity) that it might decide to go for broke on the Iraqi-Syrian-Lebanese front.


The False Analogy of Syria and Palestine

By Jonathan Cook

The real hypocrisy lies with these armchair revolutionaries.


Dr Ilan Pappe Testimony on Genocide in Palestine by Israel


The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Hearing on Palestine–Testimony by Dr Ilan Pappe.


Why Care About the N.S.A.?


A short film explores whether ordinary Americans should be concerned about online surveillance.


Did The CIA Murder US Journalist?

Security Experts Saying Michael Hastings Car Was Hacked!


Former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke told The Huffington Post that what is known about the single-vehicle crash is “consistent with a car cyber attack.”


Shielding a Flickering Flame

By Chris Hedges

There will come a time, if there is no radical change, when we too will be forced to choose how we will die, whom we will cling to, what we will risk.


Technology Didn’t Kill Middle Class Jobs, Public Policy Did

By Dean Baker

The story is that innovation rapidly reduced the need for factory workers and other skilled labor. The data just doesn’t support it.


Walmart Heirs Worth Same Amount As Bottom 40 Percent Of Americans

By Huffington Post

The six heirs to the Walmart fortune are worth as much as nearly half of all American households.


Pope Slams Capitalism As ‘New Tyranny’

By Reuters

How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”


Amazon: The Truth Behind the Click

Amazon Workers Face ‘Increased Risk of Mental Illness’

By The BBC

A BBC investigation into a UK-based Amazon warehouse has found conditions that a stress expert said could cause “mental and physical illness”.


Why We Need To Replace Every Member of Congress

Author Unknown

The Parable Of The Five Monkeys.


Gummen kill At least 40 people in Nigeria :

At least 40 people were killed in fresh attacks by gunmen in Nigeria’s middle-belt state of Plateau, where ethno-religious crises have claimed hundreds of residents in the past, local sources said on Tuesday.


Nine killed in Libyan army clash with rebels:

Libyan troops struggling to establish control across the country clashed with militants in the eastern city of Benghazi yesterday and at least nine people were killed in the fighting, according to city officials.


Libya’s Benghazi shuts down in protest at jihadist violence:

Shops and schools closed across Benghazi on Tuesday as residents of Libya’s second city responded to calls for civil disobedience to protest deadly clashes between radical Islamists and the army.


France sends 1,000 troops to Central African Rep.:

France will send 1,000 troops to Central African Republic under an expected U.N.-backed mission to keep growing chaos at bay, the defense minister said Tuesday – boosting the French military presence in Africa for the second time this year.


Police fire water cannon to disperse Egypt rally:

Egypt’s police fired water cannons Tuesday to disperse dozens of activists protesting police brutality in Cairo, the security forces’ first implementation of a controversial new law forbidding protests held without a permit from authorities.


Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As

 Death toll from spate of Iraq attacks rises to 46:

A spate of Iraq attacks, including twin bombings at a market and the assassination of a former MP, killed at least 46 people, officials said Tuesday.


Fifteen killed in car bomb in west Damascus: –

Fifteen people were killed and more than 30 were wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a bus station in a suburb west of Damascus, state media said on Tuesday.,0,2234102.story


14 soldiers executed and beheaded Video – – Warning –


Syria jihadists execute soldiers, ‘collaborators’ near Damascus:

An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria has announced the execution of two soldiers and three “collaborators” with President Bashar Assad’s regime near Damascus, according to a statement published on jihadist sites.


Syria rebels advance around Damascus, Aleppo: Monitor:

Syrian rebels pressed an offensive in the Damascus and Aleppo provinces, in an escalation that has killed 194 fighters on both sides in the past three days, a monitoring group said on Monday.


Syria: FSA commander says group will not attend peace talks:

Head of the rebel opposition says they will not attend Geneva II and will not respect any ceasefire


Syria opposition says no role for Assad in transition:

Syria’s main opposition National Coalition on Tuesday warned that President Bashar al-Assad must not play any role in the transitional period, a day after peace talks were announced for January 22.


Gunmen kill two Belarussian military instructors in Yemen: police source:

The sources said the experts, attached to a presidential security force, were shot as they left a hotel where they had lived for nearly a year near the president’s office in southern Sanaa.


Iran nuclear deal: joint plan of action – full document


Obama advised Netanyahu of Iran talks in September:

Israeli media reports now suggest that Israel’s intelligence services were already aware of Obama’s clandestine outreach to Iran, which had begun some seven months earlier, but senior U.S. officials have told The Associated Press that this was the first time America’s closest Mideast ally had been formally notified that it was underway.


Nuclear Negotiations With Iran Were Kept Super Secret:

News outlets, including the Associated Press and Al-Monitor, even knew of the talks before the United States officially told Israel what was happening. “The White House and State Department disputed elements of the account and the AP could not confirm the meeting,” the news agency reported, perhaps minimizing its agreements with the government.


US envoy to Israel: Military option still on the table:

Ambassador Dan Shapiro says Iran knows if it doesn’t honor commitments in nuclear deal, all sanctions and pressure will come back


AIPAC urges new Iran sanctions:

The most powerful pro-Israel advocacy group in the U.S., the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is bucking the Obama administration by urging Congress to press forward with legislation that could impose new nuclear-related sanctions on Iran.


Senator Chuck Schumer promises more Iran sanctions, vows to ‘defeat’ Arab world and Palestinians: Video –

New York Senator Chuck Schumer was his usual hawkish self on Sunday evening


Israeli team heading to US to try to shape final nuclear pact:

After speaking with Obama on Sunday, Netanyahu dispatching national security adviser to Washington; says permanent deal must dismantle Iran’s program


‘Iran will still make a nuclear bomb’:

Israel’s ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub argues the Geneva deal endangers us all.


The Real Nuclear Option: Op-Ed:

Why Israel might nuke Iran to prevent Tehran from going nuclear. Seriously.


Isralei occupation forces killed two Palestinians:

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in Yatta, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.


Israel approves new illegal settlements in the West Bank only weeks after halting similar project:

Israel’s Defense Ministry announced on Monday that the construction of 800 additional settler homes in the occupied West Bank territory had been given the go-ahead, invoking swift criticism from parties involved in the peace process with the Palestinians.


Arnon Milchan reveals past as Israeli spy:

The Hollywood producer behind box office hits including Fight Club, Pretty Woman and LA Confidential has spoken about his life as an Israeli secret agent and arms dealer, saying he was proud of working for his country.


75% of UAE Prisoners Report Police Torture:

75% of prisoners in Dubai central jail allege being tortured by police, a new report released today by the human rights charity Reprieve has revealed. The release comes just days before the country will find out whether its bid to host the 2020 World Expo has been successful.


Afghanistan: 6 “Insurgents” Killed:

Local officials of western Badghis province on Tuesday confirmed the deaths of six Taliban insurgents during a clash with the Afghan security forces that took place on Monday night. The officials said that five other insurgents were injured in the attack.


Yeah right!

White House tells Hamid Karzai: Take deal, or U.S. troops are leaving Afghanistan:

The White House issued President Hamid Karzai an ultimatum Monday night, telling him that all U.S. troops will exit Afghanistan in 2014 if he doesn’t sign on to the newly drawn security pact.


Pres Karzai Refuses To Sign Security Deal With U.S. Until All Afghan Citizens Released From GITMO :

Video report


Gunmen kill four policemen in southern Pakistan:

Gunmen on motorcycles Tuesday shot dead at least four policemen and wounded two others in a southern Pakistani city, police said.ll


Pakistani leaders protest US drone murders:

Senior minister of the provincial government Siraj-ul-Haq led a group of provincial ministers and lawmakers who marched to the heavily-guarded US consulate and handed over a protest note to the diplomats, saying that the American drone strikes violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and kill innocent people, Xinhua reported.


How Guantanamo prisoner thwarted US torturers:”

Abu Zubaydah developed coping strategies as he endured beatings and humiliation at hands of US and allies, diaries show.


Why Don’t We Try to Understand and End Human Violence?:Op-Ed:

The pre-eminent problem confronting humankind is human violence. It is our own violence, in its various guises, including the ongoing possibility of nuclear war and the ongoing devastation of the natural environment, that threaten to consign us to the fossil record within decades, if not sooner.


Spies worry over “doomsday” cache stashed by ex-NSA contractor Snowden: –

 British and U.S. intelligence officials say they are worried about a “doomsday” cache of highly classified, heavily encrypted material they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has stored on a data cloud.


NSA could have accessed Google, Yahoo data through private cable provider:

A new analysis of the National Security Agency’s covert eavesdropping operations suggests the private American company that supplies the likes of Google and Yahoo with fiber optic cables might have allowed the NSA to infiltrate those networks.


EU demands protection against U.S. data surveillance: –

The European Commission called on Tuesday for new protection for Europeans under United States’ law against misuse of personal data, in an attempt to keep in check the U.S. surveillance revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


How NSA Mass Surveillance is Hurting the US Economy:

Major sectors of the US economy are reporting financial damage as the recent revelations shake consumer confidence and US trade partners distance themselves from companies that may have been compromised by the NSA or, worse, are secretly collaborating with the spy agency.


Fact or fiction?

Julian Assange unlikely to face U.S. charges over publishing classified documents:

The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do so without also prosecuting U.S. news organizations and journalists, according to U.S. officials.


Police clash with Ukraine protesters: Video –

Ukraine protesters have clashed with police near the government building in a second day of demonstrations against an administration decision to scrap signing of a trade deal with the European Union.


US planes defy China air defence zone:

Two B-52s reported to have flown over disputed area of South China Sea, ignoring China’s instructions for prior warning.


China’s first aircraft carrier steams towards disputed South China Sea:

China sent its sole aircraft carrier on a training mission into the South China Sea on Tuesday amid maritime disputes with the Philippines and other neighbours and tension over its plan to set up an airspace defence zone in waters disputed with Japan.


China to send ‘jade rabbit’ lunar rover to the moon:

China will launch its first ever moon rover early next month, state media said Tuesday, with the vehicle named “Jade Rabbit” in a nod to Chinese folklore.


Ten Haitian migrants die, 100 cling to capsized ship in Bahamas: –

At least 10 Haitian migrants were killed and rescuers scrambled to save about 100 more who clung to the hull and mast of an overloaded wooden sloop that capsized in the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday.


Honduras election: Hernandez has ‘irreversible’ lead:

Honduras’ conservative governing party candidate has an unbeatable lead in the country’s presidential vote, according to election officials. Second-placed Xiomara Castro has alleged massive electoral fraud and refused to accept the results.


CIA secret Gitmo camp for recruiting double agents:

In the early stages of the ‘War on Terror,’ CIA agents at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility turned detainees into double agents, helping the US to track and kill terrorists, according to US officials.


Texas cop accused of handcuffing and raping teen at traffic stop:

A San Antonio, Texas police officer has been arrested and charged with raping a 19-year-old woman following an early morning traffic stop.


New Mexico Police Spray Woman’s Vagina With Mace After Drug Arrest:”

A New Mexico woman was allegedly strip searched–and then had mace sprayed on her vagina, according to a federal lawsuit filed earlier this week. The New Mexico news outlet KOB 4 reports that Marlene Tapia suffered from the ordeal for weeks after the incident.


Four Adults Charged With Helping Cover Up The Steubenville Rape Case:

On Monday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that the grand jury investigating the Steubenville rape case has charged four adults in the community for allegedly helping to cover up the crime that made national headlines last spring. That includes the school district’s superintendent, who is the only one to face felony charges.


American Retailers Refuse To Contribute To Compensation Funds For Bangladeshi Workers:

Walmart, Sears, Children’s Place, and other American retailers that sold goods produced at Tazreen, a factory that caught fire and killed more than 100 people last year, and Rana Plaza, the factory that collapsed in April and killed 1,132 people, are refusing to contribute to the efforts to create compensation funds for the families of the victims


Wages Stagnate as U.S. Manufacturers Reap Record Profits:

“This is really a symbol of what’s going on in this whole country,” said Machinist Thomas Campbell, 40. “We’re losing middle-class jobs.”


Consumer Confidence in U.S. Declines to a Seven-Month Low:

Confidence among U.S. consumers unexpectedly declined in November to a seven-month low as Americans grew more pessimistic about the labor-market outlook.


New Wave of US Mortgage Trouble Threatens Banks:

U.S. borrowers are increasingly missing payments on home equity lines of credit they took out during the housing bubble, a trend that could deal another blow to the country’s biggest banks.


Banks Threaten To Charge You For Saving Money:

In an effort to protect their record profits, banks might soon charge you for the privilege of having a savings account.


US government “profits” from student loans in 2013 surpassed $41 billion:

The US government made enough profit from student loans in the last year to provide full Pell Grants of over $5,600 to 7.3 million students. But, like many government financial issues, accounting methods complicate the story.


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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