Information Clearing House 28 November 2013: The End of American Thanksgivings: A Cause for Universal Rejoicing

28 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

Tony Blair Asked Me To ‘Help Invade Zimbabwe’, Says Thabo Mbeki

By David Blair

South Africa’s former president claims that his country was asked to help Britain topple Robert Mugabe.


Washington’s B-52 Diplomacy

By Nile Bowie

US flyover in China-Japan island row: Will the real provocateur please stand up?


New Snowden Docs Show U.S. Spied During G20 in Toronto

By Greg Weston, Glenn Greenwald, Ryan Gallagher

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government allowed the largest American spy agency to conduct widespread surveillance in Canada during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits.


Glenn Greenwald: The Goal Of The U.S. Government Is To Eliminate ALL Privacy Globally!”

Video – BBC – Hardtalk

Glenn Greenwald – the man who broke the Snowden story. His mission, he says, is to hold power to account. Is this a journalistic crusade that’s gone too far?


9/11 – Investigating The Role of the Saudi Government


Revealing the 9/11 Conspiracy Would Undo the Entire US-Saudi Alliance — Sen. Bob Graham



By P.T.W. and K.N.C.

How America’s military spending stacks up.


John Perkins : The Economic Hitmen

Short Video

A great illustration on how corporations take control of countries, and how capitalism drives the expansion of the Military Industrial Complex.


Discovering the Power of People’s History – and Why it is Feared Today

By John Pilger

“Austerity” – the new jargon for imposed poverty.


The 1% Are The Very Best Destroyers Of Wealth The World Has Ever Seen

By George Monbiot

If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.


The Empire Strikes Back

By Laura Gottesdiener

How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme — Again.


Thanksgiving in America

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey

Even as food banks across the country report increasing demand and dwindling supplies, the US media is obsessed with snowstorms, travel delays and Black Friday sales.


The End of American Thanksgivings: A Cause for Universal Rejoicing

By Glen Ford

The Mayflower’s cultural heirs are programmed to find glory in their own depravity, and savagery in their most helpless victims”


On Thanksgiving

A Radical and Simple Solution Set for Humanity

By Carlo Ami

Do you really want to move through life continuing to accept a world in which a tiny minority hold the majority of this planets’ wealth while 40,000 people starve to death every day? Is this OK with you?


33 “militants” killed in Kabul:

At least 33 Taliban militants were killed in joint operations launched by Afghan security forces and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF) during the past twenty-four hours in different regions of the country


Pakistan: PTI calls for trial of CIA Islamabad chief:

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Wednesday called for trial of US clandestine agency CIA station chief in Islamabad, Craig Osth, under Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism law.


Pakistan blows cover of suspected CIA chief after drone strike:

One of Pakistan’s major political parties has published the name of what it believes to be the CIA’s chief operative in Islamabad after a US drone strike killed five people last week. The group demanded on Wednesday that the spy chief face murder charges.


25 dead as car bombs rock Iraq:

Attacks in Iraq killed 25 people Thursday as 11 car bombs struck nationwide, the latest in a surge of violence sparking fears Iraq is slipping back into all-out sectarian war.


One killed, nine wounded in shelling of Russian Embassy in Damascus:

One Syrian was killed and nine others were injured during a mortar shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.


Shelling of Russia’s embassy in Damascus is terrorism – Foreign Ministry:

Russia has condemned an attack on its Damascus embassy, saying it considers this an “act of terrorism”. A mortar shell hit Russia’s diplomatic mission compound on Thursday, and another nearby, killing one local and injuring nine.


Syria army retakes Deir Attiyeh town near Damascus: TV:

The Syrian army recaptured the strategic town of Deir Attiyeh Thursday, less than a week after losing it, taking the advantage in its bid to crush rebels just north of Damascus.


Syrian troops capture rebel-held town near Lebanese border after days of fighting:

Syrian troops captured a western town near the border with Lebanon on Thursday, after days of heavy fighting that killed dozens including nine doctors and nurses and the nephew of a Hezbollah cabinet minister, anti-government activists and state media said.


Syrian President Assad to Skip Geneva Conference:

“The conference will open at a foreign minister level. Logically, the [Syrian] government’s delegation should be headed by Foreign Minister Walid Muallem,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters after a meeting about Syria between Russian, US and UN officials in Geneva.


Free Syrian Army says no ceasefire for Geneva talks: –

The commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) said on Tuesday his group would shun a planned peace conference in Switzerland in January and would pursue its fight to topple President Bashar al-Assad regardless.


Syria opposition head to go to talks :

Syria’s main opposition leader says he will attend peace talks in Geneva in January, after the government confirms it will also go.


The Good, Bad Deal for Iran: Op-Ed:

President Obama is stealing Iran blind and continues to claim the “right” to attack the country in the future. “It is in fact a slap in the face to Iran.”


Report: Obama asks Netanyahu to ‘take a breather’ from vocal criticism of Geneva deal:

Washington Post reports US president advocated for backroom diplomacy in phone call with Netanyahu; Gulf states ask P5+1 for assurances the Geneva deal “would not be at the expense of the security” of Arab states.


Saudi Arabia irritated by the changing US relationship with Iran:

Barack Obama calls King Abdullah to confirm commitment to Gulf allies – but Saudi’s options are limited after nuclear deal


U.S to counter Hezbollah activities despite Iran deal:

U.S. Ambassador David Hale said Thursday Washington will continue to combat Iran and Hezbollah’s terrorist activities in the region despite ongoing negotiations with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program.


Fact or fiction?

London is mediating indirect secret talks between US and Hezbollah :

The US and Hezbollah are in secret indirect talks managed by London dealing with the fight against Al-Qaida, regional stability and other Lebanese political issues.


Attack kills at least 10 at south Libya arms depot: Army:

An explosion killed at least 10 people and wounded 15 during an attack by an armed group on a weapons depot in southern Libya Thursday, the military governor of the region said.


‘Three Libyan soldiers’ killed in Benghazi clash:

Three Libyan soldiers were killed and three wounded in new fighting in the restive eastern city of Benghazi Thursday as the army clashed with an armed group, a medic said.


One killed in clashes between Egyptian police and protesters:

One protester was killed in clashes between supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and security forces at Cairo University on Thursday, medical sources said.


Blair plotted military intervention to remove Mugabe:

Mbeki alleged that the former British prime minister pressured him to join a “regime change scheme” as Zimbabwe plunged into a political and economic crisis in the early 2000s. But the claim was strongly denied by Blair’s office.


China sends war planes to newly declared air zone:

China has said all planes transiting the zone must file flight plans and identify themselves, or face “defensive emergency measures”.


China deploys only aircraft carrier after US sends B-52s over disputed islands:

China has deployed its one and only aircraft carrier after two unarmed American B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island chain and through what China insists is restricted airspace.


US cautions airlines crossing China air zone:

Commercial flights advised to take safety measures when flying over East China Sea as China-Japan row persists.


Senkaku islands row reflects broader tensions between China and Japan: Op-Ed:

 Experts say chances of head-on collision between the world’s second and third biggest economies are growing


Thai protests escalate after failed vote: –

Thousands of boisterous demonstrators swarmed Thailand’s police headquarters on Thursday in a defiant protest after beleaguered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra easily survived a no-confidence vote in parliament.


Microsoft, suspecting NSA spying, to ramp up efforts to encrypt its Internet traffic:

Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic amid fears that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications links, said people familiar with the emerging plans.


Dan Carlin – Radio interview with William Binney, NSA whistle blower: Audio –

William Binney was an NSA official for three decades before he turned his life upside down by becoming one of the most prominent whistle-blowers in the history of U.S. Intelligence. Dan talks to him about surveillance, spying, secrecy and Edward Snowden.


Is Ikea Spying on Its Customers?:

Ikea’s French division is already mired in allegations it illegally spied on job applicants and employees, and now the furniture company faces accusations from a French customer who says he was tracked by a private detective after he complained about a late delivery.


Hernandez declared winner of Honduras vote:

Official count finds conservative candidate victorious in presidential election as opposition alleges fraud.


Honduran Election Results Contested by International Observers:

The elections have been fraught with irregularities and violent intimidation, threatening to throw the embattled nation into further political disarray.


Richard Dawkins answers the question: what makes us human? – BBC Radio 2 – Audio –

Professor Richard Dawkins reflects on the qualities he thinks make us human.


Fracking to blame? Texas rocked by 16 earthquakes in last 3 weeks:

Northern Texas towns are experiencing an intense string of earthquakes – the last of which was one of the most powerful in 5 years. As unusual tremors have been going on for over 3 weeks now, many suspect fracking might be to blame.


Stock Market Rally the Biggest Case of “Financial Engineering” in History? :

From the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013, Dow Jones Industrial Average companies collectively bought an outstanding 2.33 billion of their own shares. Effectively, they removed over two billion shares from the market! What did these stock buybacks do to the companies’ corporate earnings?


The High Price of Rising Income Inequality: Op-Ed:

Incomes of the top 1% grew by 31.4% from 2009 to 2012, compared to just 0.4% for the remaining 99%.


California teachers’ pensions sink further into debt:

A new report released by the California Public Policy Center on November 12 reported that the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) added $4 billion to its unfunded pension obligations for the 2012 fiscal year.


Activists Plan Nationwide Walmart Protests for Black Friday:

OUR Walmart, the group behind last year’s Black Friday activism, has promised even more actions this year with 1,500 protests scheduled at stores all across the country. Walmart is clearly nervous ahead of this year’s plans


Demand for holiday food boxes remains high as food stamps cuts take toll:

“It would be depressing and very broke without this. We wouldn’t have anything,” said Orchards resident Shannon Hardman, who picked up a food box for her husband and 14-year-old daughter at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. “With this, we have the basics.”


As Homeless Line Up for Food, Los Angeles Weighs Restrictions:

By 6:30 p.m., more than 100 homeless people had lined up at a barren corner in Hollywood, drawn by free meals handed out from the back of a truck every night by volunteers.


Homeless in Detroit allege they are being driven out of downtown:

Some homeless make accusations that police pick them up and drive them out of town, away from new development


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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