Information Clearing House 27 November 2013: Iran: It’s Not about Nuclear Weapons

27 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

France Makes Virtue out of Vice to Exploit Central Africa Chaos

By Finian Cunningham

The strategic value of uranium cannot be overstated as a vital national interest for France.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36991.htm

 

Iran: It’s Not about Nuclear Weapons

By Sheldon Richman

Look at the leading opponents of the agreement: Israel and Saudi Arabia.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36985.htm

 

Netanyahu’s Peace Gesture is Meant to Extract Concessions

By Jonathan Cook

Netanyahu’s offer was as hollow as his previous utterances about Palestinian statehood.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36984.htm

 

US Sends B-52s to China’s Air Defence Zone

By John Chan

If China responded by scrambling fighters to the area and the US military called in fighters from nearby Japanese bases, the incident could have led to an aerial clash with far-reaching and potentially catastrophic ramifications.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36987.htm

 

Top-Secret Document Reveals

NSA Spied On Porn Habits

By Glenn Greenwald, Ryan Gallagher and Ryan Grim

The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36983.htm

 

The N.S.A. Dips Into Pornography

By ANDREW ROSENTHAL

J. Edgar Hoover compiled secret dossiers on the sexual peccadillos and private misbehavior of those he labeled as enemies – really dangerous people like Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy, for example.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36992.htm

 

America, Want Freedom of Choice? Try Public Healthcare Like Canada

By Adrienne Silnicki

Our system ensures the right to care without considering ability to pay or profit margins. No one gets betweens us and our doctors.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36989.htm

 

Pope Francis Understands Economics Better Than Most Politicians

By Heidi Moore

The pope’s screed on “the economy of exclusion and inequality” will disappoint those who considers themselves free-market capitalists, but they would do well to listen to the message.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36988.htm

 

Shakespeare and the Defeat of the Swiss Referendum on Compensations

By Jimmie Moglia

The defenders of extreme capitalism in Switzerland spent as much money as required to defeat the measure, and employed all that can impress awe upon the mind of man.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36990.htm

 

We Will NOT Fight For Queen and Country

Video

The vile religion of Patriotism.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36993.htm

 

Russell Brand “I’m Awake Now”

The Only Thing That Matters To Any Of Us Is Love

Short Video

“The dead human ape has fulfilled its potential,” – “now we must transform, become enlightened, so that we can acces the next realm of conciousness necessary for evolution.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36986.htm

 

Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As –

49 killed in Iraq: –

Suicide bombings and other attacks killed 30 people in Iraq Wednesday, and authorities found the bodies of 19 others shot dead in Baghdad, scenes eerily reminiscent of the country’s gruesome sectarian war.

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/20046409/echoes-of-sectarian-war-as-49-killed-in-iraq/

 

Ten years after the invasion: Iraq helpless under rain of terror:

Saddam Hussein may have gone but, for many poor Iraqis, little has improved. Now a devastating flood has left villagers homeless and there is precious little government support

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ten-years-after-the-invasion-iraq-helpless-under-rain-of-terror-8967622.html

 

Spoils of war:

Maliki inaugurates branch of Standard Chartered Bank in Iraq:

“Maliki mentioned in his inauguration speech that “We are witnessing an important turning point in the economic field where the entry of international banks in Iraq will support the construction process through meeting all required banking services.”

http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/maliki-inaugurates-branch-of-standard-chartered-bank-in-iraq/

 

Syria: Video Of Children Fleeing Shelling:

A group of youngsters run for their lives after an explosion behind them but thousands of children have died in the conflict.

http://news.sky.com/story/1173976/syria-video-of-children-fleeing-shelling

 

Inside Syria: Al-Qaeda Was Here:

A tour through the newly won territory gives a rare look at life under the extremists – and a window into their vision for Syria. “It’s a black-and-white world for them. You can become their enemy very fast.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/inside-syria-al-qaeda-was-here

 

Turkey, Iran call for Syria ceasefire before Geneva two talks – report:

 “All our efforts are to end the conflict and for a ceasefire if possible, even before the Geneva 2 conference takes place,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a news conference in Tehran with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/11/27/uk-syria-crisis-turkey-iran-idUKBRE9AQ0NF20131127

 

Syrian govt says will not surrender power at Geneva:

Syrian authorities will attend talks in January aimed at resolving the civil war but will not succumb to Western demands for President Bashar Al Assad to step aside, a foreign ministry source said on Wednesday.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2013/November/middleeast_November206.xml

 

Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As –

49 killed in Iraq: –

Suicide bombings and other attacks killed 30 people in Iraq Wednesday, and authorities found the bodies of 19 others shot dead in Baghdad, scenes eerily reminiscent of the country’s gruesome sectarian war.

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/20046409/echoes-of-sectarian-war-as-49-killed-in-iraq/

 

Ten years after the invasion: Iraq helpless under rain of terror:

Saddam Hussein may have gone but, for many poor Iraqis, little has improved. Now a devastating flood has left villagers homeless and there is precious little government support

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ten-years-after-the-invasion-iraq-helpless-under-rain-of-terror-8967622.html

 

Spoils of war:

Maliki inaugurates branch of Standard Chartered Bank in Iraq:

“Maliki mentioned in his inauguration speech that “We are witnessing an important turning point in the economic field where the entry of international banks in Iraq will support the construction process through meeting all required banking services.”

http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/maliki-inaugurates-branch-of-standard-chartered-bank-in-iraq/

 

Syria: Video Of Children Fleeing Shelling:

A group of youngsters run for their lives after an explosion behind them but thousands of children have died in the conflict.

http://news.sky.com/story/1173976/syria-video-of-children-fleeing-shelling

 

Inside Syria: Al-Qaeda Was Here:

A tour through the newly won territory gives a rare look at life under the extremists – and a window into their vision for Syria. “It’s a black-and-white world for them. You can become their enemy very fast.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/inside-syria-al-qaeda-was-here

 

Turkey, Iran call for Syria ceasefire before Geneva two talks – report:

 “All our efforts are to end the conflict and for a ceasefire if possible, even before the Geneva 2 conference takes place,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a news conference in Tehran with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/11/27/uk-syria-crisis-turkey-iran-idUKBRE9AQ0NF20131127

 

Syrian govt says will not surrender power at Geneva:

Syrian authorities will attend talks in January aimed at resolving the civil war but will not succumb to Western demands for President Bashar Al Assad to step aside, a foreign ministry source said on Wednesday.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2013/November/middleeast_November206.xml

 

Syrian Rebels Shun Geneva Peace Talks:

The commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army says his group will not participate in a peace conference planned for January in Geneva and intends to pursue its fight to topple President Bashar al-Assad regardless.

http://www.voanews.com/content/syrian-rebels-say-no-ceasefire-for-peace-talks/1798048.html

 

Iran: Construction will continue at Arak nuclear site:

Iranian FM says “no new nuclear fuel will be produced,” no new components will be installed, but Iran will continue heavy-water reactor construction.

http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Iran-Construction-will-continue-at-Arak-nuclear-site-333166

 

Obama adviser urges Israel not to strike at Iran:

President Barack Obama’s close aide and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes encouraged Israel to give the negotiations a chance, and warned that military action could be counterproductive.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/obama-adviser-urges-israel-not-to-strike-at-iran/

 

Clashes in Hebron after funeral for 3 men killed by Israel: –

Clashes broke out across the Hebron district on Wednesday as thousands of mourners gathered to take part in funeral processions for three Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces a day earlier.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=651741

 

UN votes overwhelmingly on five decisions on the Question of Palestine:

The United Nations General Assembly has overwhelmingly adopted five draft resolutions on the Question of Palestine. This year’s number of countries to vote in favour of draft resolutions on the Question of Palestine has increased compared to last year.

http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/8542-un-votes-overwhelmingly-on-five-decisions-on-the-question-of-palestine

 

Over 40 suspected Boko Haram members killed in Borno:

More than 40 suspected Boko Haram Islamist sect members were Wednesday killed in a Military raid involving air strikes and ground troops of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army in Bita village area along Damboa-Gwoza road of Borno state.

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/11/40-suspected-boko-haram-members-killed-borno/

 

3 soldiers killed as Libyan army fights Islamists in Benghazi:

Libya’s army clashed with Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi early on Wednesday and three soldiers were shot dead, security and medical officials said.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/libyan-army-fights-islamists-benghazi-three-soldiers-killed-123029076.html#bxQAlbT

 

Libya struggles to pay salaries, more clashes erupt:

Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said today his government will be unable to pay public salaries and may have to seek loans if armed militias blockading oilfields and ports continue to choke off crude shipments.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20131127/world/libya-struggles-to-pay-salaries-more-clashes-erupt.496513

 

Prominent militant leader killed in Sinai offensive:

Egypt’s army spokesperson says three militants, including prominent leader Abu-Mounir, were killed Tuesday in a joint police-army offensive in Sinai

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/87519/Egypt/Politics-/Prominent-militant-leader-killed-in-Sinai-offensiv.aspx

 

Egypt court hands 14 Brotherhood women 11-year jail terms: Sources:

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 14 women from the Muslim Brotherhood to 11 years in jail after convicting them of belonging to a “terrorist organisation,” judicial sources said.

http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Nov-27/239124-egypt-court-hands-14-brotherhood-women-11-year-jail-terms-sources.ashx

 

Egyptian secular activists arrested under new protest law:

 Arrests follow return of secular protesters to streets in significant numbers for first time since fall of Mohamed Morsi

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/27/egypt-secular-activists-arrested-protest-law

 

China asserts control over air zone despite US B-52 flights:

“The Chinese government has the will and ability to defend our national sovereignty and security,” foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a regular press briefing.

http://news.yahoo.com/us-flies-b-52-bombers-chinas-air-defense-172803843.html

 

33 armed “Taliban militants” killed in Afghan operations:

Afghan police keep order after a protest in KabulAt least 33 Taliban militants were killed during military operations conducted by Afghan national security forces in various provinces of Afghanistan during the past 24 hours.

http://www.khaama.com/33-armed-taliban-militants-killed-in-afghan-operations-3119

 

6 Afghan soldiers killed in blasts:

Six Afghan army soldiers were killed and six others wounded in separate roadside bomb attacks over the last 24 hours, said the country’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday evening.

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=183356

 

Six Aid Workers Killed in Faryab:

Six Afghan staffers of the French Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) were shot dead by militants on Wednesday in northern Faryab province, local officials said.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12887-six-aid-workers-killed-in-faryab

 

US looks to bypass Karzai on Afghanistan security deal, sources say:

U.S. officials seeking to resolve a tense standoff with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were exploring on Tuesday whether they could bypass him and get other senior officials to sign a security deal authorizing American troops to remain in the country after 2014.

http://www.adn.com/2013/11/25/3199224/us-looks-to-bypass-karzai-on-afghanistan.html

 

Five policemen killed in Pakistan firing:

At least five policemen were killed and one person was injured in two separate incidents of firing at police mobiles in Hyderabad city of Pakistan’s Sindh province Tuesday night, Xinhua reported.

http://newindianexpress.com/world/Five-policemen-killed-in-Pakistan-firing/2013/11/27/article1913921.ece

 

Pakistan urges end to drone strikes in UN General Assembly:

Pakistan called for the immediate cessation of “illegal” US drone strikes on its territory, after a UN committee unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday that underscores the need for an international agreement on legal questions involving the use of remotely piloted aircraft

http://dawn.com/news/1058935/pakistan-urges-end-to-drone-strikes-in-un-general-assembly

 

NATO supply trucks still stuck in Pakistan:

Trucks carrying NATO troop supplies to Afghanistan remained stuck in Pakistan on Tuesday as concern lingered about demonstrators seeking to stop the vehicles in protest of U.S. drone strikes, Pakistani transportation officials said.

http://news.yahoo.com/nato-supply-trucks-still-stuck-pakistan-125510474.html

 

Pakistani Party Identifies Man It Says Is C.I.A. Station Chief:

The political party of the former cricket star Imran Khan on Wednesday identified a man it described as the Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Pakistan, in an escalation of Mr. Khan’s campaign to end American drone strikes in the country.

 

‘Hostile’ aircraft could be shot down in new air zone: Chinese air force general:

A PLA air force general has warned that any foreign aircraft disobeying warnings and deemed to be “hostile” could be shot down in China’s newly-established air defence identification zone (ADIZ), Chinese media reported on Wednesday.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1367110/hostile-aircraft-could-be-shot-down-air-defence-zone-pla-general

 

Thailand: Parliament on lock-down for no-confidence vote: Video report –

Police were in heavy presence at the National Assembly of Thailand where members of Parliament are debating a no-confidence vote against President Yingluck Shinawatra,

 

Protesters force evacuation of ‘Thai FBI’, aim to invade every ministry:

Thousands of protesters in Thailand have forced the closure of several government ministries and vowed to take over government offices nationwide in a bid to force embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from power.

http://rt.com/news/thai-protesters-evacuation-department-373/

 

Teen caught in ‘fake war on terror’ contrived by U.S. spy agencies:

On Tuesday, a court filing by Daoud’s attorneys characterizes U.S. spy agencies as outlaw arms of the government that snagged the west suburban teenager in a dummied-up bomb plot. The nation’s intelligence gathering agencies, they believe, are operating in what amounts to a fourth, runaway, branch of government.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=9340967

 

Judge Suspends Sentencing Of Would-Be Bomber After NSA Revelations:

The sentencing of a Somali-American man convicted of trying to bomb a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., in 2010 has been put on hold indefinitely. That move comes just days after the Justice Department notified his lawyers that part of the case against him had been “derived from” secret NSA electronic surveillance.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/26/247412767/judge-suspends-sentencing-would-be-bomber-after-nsa-revelation

 

Fact or fiction?

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

One source described the cache of still unpublished material as Snowden’s “insurance policy” against arrest or physical harm.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/25/us-usa-security-doomsday-idUSBRE9AO0Y120131125

 

How The FBI Actually Does Much Of The NSA’s Spying, But Is Keeping That Quiet:

For all the focus on the NSA of late, a few folks have been trying to remind everyone that the FBI is heavily involved in all of this and, in many ways, has an equally bad if not worse record in abusing the rights of Americans.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131125/02515925349/how-fbi-actually-does-much-nsas-spying-is-keeping-that-quiet.shtml

 

Thousands protest against tough new official secrets law in Japan:

Critics say proposed secrets act would stifle information on issues such as the Fukushima nuclear crisis

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1362220/thousands-protest-against-tough-new-official-secrets-law-japan

 

Leakers, privacy activists find new home in Berlin: :

An international cadre of privacy advocates is settling in Germany’s once-divided capital, saying they feel safer here than they do in the United States or Britain, where authorities have vowed to prosecute leakers of official secrets.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/leakers-privacy-activists-find-new-home-in-berlin/2013/11/26/272dc7fc-4e1d-11e3-97f6-ed8e3053083b_print.html

 

How In Five Short Years, China Humiliated The World’s Central Banks:

China has expanded its financial balance sheet by 50% more than the assets of all global central banks combined!

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-11-26/chart-day-how-five-short-years-breakneck-liquification-china-humiliated-worlds-centr

 

Bitcoin Tops $1000:

Having broken above $900 yesterday to new record highs (and a 100% gain in a week), the crypto currency is not looking back now. On what is higher than average volume this morning, Bitcoin just broke above the magic $1000 level for the first time (at $1025).

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-11-27/bitcoin-tops-1000

 

UK: Cameron targets welfare benefits for EU migrants:

Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed a swath of benefit cuts and “free movement” restrictions to EU migrants in a bid to shore up the UK’s social welfare system, as a fresh wave of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants are set to arrive on British soil.

http://rt.com/news/uk-cameron-welfare-migrants-379/

 

UK: Britain’s state pension one of the worst in the world:

Of the 34 countries in the OECD, only Mexico had a worse rate at 29 per cent compared to a 54 per cent average across the rest of the bloc.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/retirement/445328/Britain-s-state-pension-one-of-the-worst-in-the-world

 

UK; Figures show number admitted to hospital with malnutrition has almost doubled since 2008:

Bradford West MP George Galloway asked for the statistics in response to concerns of constituents he says have to choose between food or heating. And yesterday those figures were revealed to him by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/10835986.MP_George_Galloway_calls_for_action_over_levels_of_malnutrition_in_Bradford/

 

US banks could face legal charges of over $100 billion: :

The fallout from the subprime mortgage crisis continues to plague U.S. banks, according to Standard and Poor’s, with the ratings agency estimating billions of dollars in extra litigation fees may hit major lenders.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101231303

 

Poll: Most Americans Unhappy About Economy, Fear Losing Their Jobs:

Among those with jobs, 62 percent said they worry about losing their jobs because of the economy, including 32 percent who worry “a lot” and 30 percent who worry “a little.”

http://www.moneynews.com/Economy/Poll-Jobs-Economy-America/2013/11/26/id/538851

 

Cross-border shopping promotes inequality:

Twelve years ago, author Barbara Ehrenreich described what it’s like to be poor in America after taking low-wage jobs at a big-box retail outlet, a diner, a long-term-care home, and a housekeeping service.

http://www.straight.com/news/537276/cross-border-shopping-promotes-inequality

 

We’re Not Broke – We’ve Been Robbed: Op-Ed:

Slashing government spending now is just going to make our nation poorer.

http://otherwords.org/broke-weve-robbed/

 

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

 

$1,492,445,517,164

http://www.costofwar.com/

 

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