Information Clearing House 7 December 2013: John Pilger: Apartheid Did Not Die

7 December 2013 — Information Clearing House

Defeated By The Taliban, Washington Decides To Take On Russia And China

By Paul Craig Roberts

What are the Ukrainian protests about? On the surface, the protests don’t make sense.


In Afghanistan, People Died for No Good Reason

By Sheldon Richman

If there had been no American empire, there would have been no 9/11 attacks.


US Congressional Intelligence Chiefs Promote Terror Scare

By Bill Van Auken


two years ago, according to those who chair Congress’s intelligence committees.


A Dissenting Opinion on Nelson Mandela

By Jonathan Cook

There will always be a reason to worship at the feet of those who have no real power but are there to distract us from what truly matters.


Mandela Will Never, Ever be Your Minstrel.

By Musa Okwonga

You will say that Mandela was not about race. You will say that Mandela was not about politics. You will say that Mandela was about nothing but one love, you will try to reduce him to a lilting reggae tune. “Let’s get together, and feel alright.” Yes, you will do that.


The real Mandela: Don’t let his legacy be abused

By John Wight

The manner in which Nelson Mandela’s legacy is being misinterpreted and appropriated is an obscenity.


John Pilger: Apartheid Did Not Die


Apartheid Did Not Die, presented by John Pilger, provides analysis of South Africa’s then new, democratic government.


‘Hundreds killed’ in Central African Republic violence:

The organisation said its staff stopped collecting bodies in Bangui as night fell but would resume over the weekend, and expected the toll to rise.


French troops kill over 100 rebels in Central African Republic:

French troops rumbled into Central African Republic on Friday, trying to quell violence in the capital a day after armed Christian fighters raided Muslim neighborhoods, leaving nearly 100 people dead.


Thousands seek refuge at Central African airport:

Outside the barbed wire fences of the airport, bodies lay decomposing along the roads in a capital too dangerous for many to collect the corpses. Thursday’s clashes left at least 280 dead, according to national radio, and have raised fears that waves of retaliatory attacks could soon follow.


Dozens killed in Kenya fighting amid intervention efforts for Africa:

DOZENS of people have died in northern Kenya in a week of fierce clashes between rival ethnic groups, with Africa now in mourning for Nelson Mandela, as French-sponsored attempts near agreement on intervention forces for the war-torn continent.


American shot in Benghazi is allegedly CIA agent – Libyan sources :

Sources within Libya, including intelligence sources within the Libyan Tribal system have reported that the American shot in Benghazi today Ronald Thomas Smith II was not a teacher as was widely reported. Tribal elders report that currently there are no foreign teachers employed in Libya and that Ronald Smith was in Tripoli meeting John McCain on Tuesday and Wednesday according to sources who were present during the meetings.


Libya makes Sharia law basis for law and state institutions: Tripoli –

The Libyan National Assembly voted to make Sharia Law the basis of all legislative decisions and the legal framework of the country. The move is seen by some as an attempt to outflank more radical Islamic groups some of whom have called some members of the Assembly un-Islamic


Islamists demand fall of Libyan govt, end to oil blockades:

Around 300 Islamists took to the streets of the Libyan port of Benghazi on Friday demanding the fall of the government and an end to strikes and sit-ins stopping crude exports – the first sign of public opposition to the blockades in the oil-rich east.


Libya risks becoming failed state like Somalia: Niger’s president:

“Our fear is that Libya falls into the hands of Salafist terrorists and that the state becomes like Somalia,” Issoufou told reporters ahead of a Franco-African summit in Paris.


SACP confirms Nelson Mandela was a member:

 FORMER president Nelson Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party’s (SACP’s) central executive committee at the time of his arrest in 1962, the SACP and the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed on Friday.


US government considered Nelson Mandela a terrorist until 2008:

Until five years ago, the U.S. officially considered Mandela a terrorist. During the Cold War, both the State and Defense departments dubbed Mandela’s political party, the African National Congress, a terrorist group, and Mandela’s name remained on the U.S. terrorism watch list till 2008.


War criminals: George W. Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton to attend Mandela memorial:

The younger Bush and former first lady Laura Bush “gratefully accepted” the invitation of President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to travel aboard Air Force One, spokesman Freddy Ford said


Video: Abducted Syrian nuns “thank” captors for “protection”:

“We emerged from heavy shelling, and good people brought us here, they befriended us, they housed us, and we’re very thankful to them,” a second nun told the rebel filmmaker. The man then chose a nun at random and asked her if she would agree that they had been “kidnapped” or “detained.” She replied that they had not been detained, but “taken to a safe place.


Syrian air strikes ‘kill at least 12’ in rebel-held city of Raqqa:

Five children and four women reportedly among the dead as seven air strikes hit city in north-east of country


Syria: Suicide car bomber kills 5 in Kurdish town:

A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives near a building manned by paramilitary forces in a mainly Kurdish town in northeastern Syria Friday, killing at least five people, according to the state news agency and activists.


Islamists seize Free Syrian Army arms depots: activists:

The largest Islamist rebel force in Syria seized arms depots belonging to the mainstream Western-backed Free Syrian Army on Saturday, a watchdog said, highlighting tensions among rebel groups.


Disillusioned Fighters Abandon Frontlines as Syria’s Revolution Goes Awry:

Zigga and his seven companions, fighters with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Aleppo’s scorched Old City, have given up their arms, selling them to another militia. They packed a few possessions and drove past checkpoints manned by bearded al-Qaeda loyalists, out into Turkey.


Syria’s FSA Not To Attend Geneva Talks:

In an interview with Press TV, Louay al-Mokdad, a spokesman for the so-called Free Syrian Army, said the group will not attend the Geneva talks unless the international community “gives guarantees” that President Bashar al-Assad will step down.


All unfilled munitions by Syrian Government have been destroyed: OPCW:

 Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on 6 November 2013 said that the unfilled (Category 3) munitions declared by the Syrian Government have been destroyed.


Iraqi FM warns of jihadi ’emirate’ in Syria:

Iraq’s top diplomat warned Saturday that the “toxic” proliferation of extremist groups among Syria’s rebels raises the prospect of a jihadist-ruled territory at the heart of the region.


Eight killed in attacks in Iraq:

Eight people were killed and 24 wounded in separate bombings and shootings across Iraq on Saturday, police said, Xinhua reported.


19 “Insurgents” Killed, 3 Injured in Operations:

Nineteen insurgents were killed and three were injured during a series of coordinated operations over the past 24 hours carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National Police (ANP) and National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan Ministry of Interior said in a statement on Saturday.


Afghanistan won’t bow to U.S. “pressure” over security pact – official:

A senior aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the United States on Friday of trying to pressure elements of his government to accept a security deal that would shape the post-2014 U.S. military presence in the country.


Anti-Drone Blockade In Pakistan Forces Halt To US Military Shipments:

Protesters vow to continue blockade until US ceases deadly drone strikes in that country.


Life After a Drone Strike:

No foreign journalist travels to the most-bombed region of Pakistan to separate dead mother from militant; not even other Pakistanis can travel there without first getting special approval from the government. And so the news that gets out is, “Danger!”; a 20- second story on CNN about “bad people dying over there.”


Hagel: Military Strike Against Iran Still On The Table:

“We are not going to change any of our military posture in this area during that six-month period,” Hagel said aboard the USS Ponce, which is only 120 miles off the coast of Iran

Hagel: Military Strike Against Iran Still On The Table


Hagel outlines new weapons sale plan for Gulf:

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel opened the door for the US to sell missile defense and other weapons systems to US-friendly Gulf nations, with an eye toward boosting their abilities to counter Iran’s ballistic missiles, even as global powers ink a nuclear deal with Tehran.


Fears mount that Dems will undermine White House on Iran:

Multiple Democrats on Capitol Hill are worried that House Democratic leaders are close to joining with House GOP leaders to support a bipartisan measure that could undermine the White House’s efforts to reach a long term deal curbing Iran’s nuclear program, I’m told by sources involved in discussions.


Pentagon approves $1.1 billion Raytheon missile sale to Saudi Arabia:

The Pentagon has approved the sale of more than 15,000 Raytheon Co anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia under two separate deals valued at nearly $1.1 billion.


Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli sniper near Ramallah:

Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi, 14, was shot with live bullets in the back by an Israeli sniper in front of his school. Al-Ramahi was taken to the hospital, and placed in the ICU until he died.


Lieberman: No chance for deal with Palestinians”:

Israeli foreign minister says Israel, Palestinians are at ‘dead end’. Ahead of meeting with US secretary of state, Lieberman stresses Israel must not rely solely on US, should diversify in foreign policy,7340,L-4462288,00.html


NSA tracks billions of int’l cell phones daily – on Reagan’s orders:

 Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden first leaked the information that such a practice happens up to 5 billion times each day, and functions by scooping up streams of data from fiber-optic cables, The Washington Post reported.


Japan enacts controversial state secrets law:

Japan has enacted a new law to increase punishment for leaks, despite growing worries that the state-secrets law will erode press freedoms.


Glenn Greenwald: Revealed: How the Nsa Targets Italy:

A special unit operating under cover and protected by diplomatic immunity, assigned to a very sensitive mission: to spy on the communication of the Italian leadership. That is what top secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden and published in Italy exclusively by l’Espresso in collaboration with “la Repubblica” reveal.


Snowden to speak to European Parliament, delegate claims:

The German member of the European Parliament, Jan Philipp Albrecht, said on Thursday that Snowden would be appearing by videolink at a session of the assembly’s Committee on Legal Affairs.


Government whistle-blowers to Edward Snowden:

Don’t come home: Kiriakou, a former CIA agent, is serving 30 months in prison. He emailed a freelance reporter the name of a covert CIA officer, violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. The name was never published, but Kiriakou became one of eight people charged by the Department of Justice since 2008 for leaking classified information under the Espionage Act.


Exposed: Globally Renowned Activist Collaborated With Intelligence Firm Stratfor:

Serbia’s Srdja Popovic is known by many as a leading architect of regime changes in Eastern Europe and elsewhere since the late-1990s, and as one of the co-founders of Otpor!, the U.S.-funded Serbian activist group which overthrew Slobodan Milosevic in 2000.


Report: One in Four ‘Activists’ May be Corporate Spies:

A stunning new report compiles extensive evidence showing how some of the world’s largest corporations have partnered with private intelligence firms and government intelligence agencies to spy on activist and nonprofit groups. Environmental activism is a prominent though not exclusive focus of these activities.


Florida cop arrested for refusing to remove Guy Fawkes SPEAKS OUT : Video –

Ericson Harrell who’s a 15 year veteran of the florida PD and a military veteran tells us why decided to protest and stand up for his rights by not taking off the V for Vendetta mask.


Map of the Day: Where the Brits never invaded :

A new map is making the rounds that shows the places where the British have invaded. Of the nearly 200 countries out there, the Brits have invaded all but 22. That is just about 90% of all countries!


Muslim Patrol’ vigilantes jailed for attacks in UK:

Three members of a self-styled “Muslim Patrol” vigilante group, who threatened members of the public on the streets of east London by claiming to enforce Sharia law, have been jailed.


Venezuela Leads Region in Poverty Reduction in 2012, ECLAC Says:

 This 5.6 percentage point decrease in Venezuela translates into a 19 percent decline in poverty overall last year


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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