8 December 2013 — Information Clearing House
UN, EU Subsidize French Crimes in Africa
By Finian Cunningham
French neo-colonialism in Africa is now official fact after the deployment this weekend of hundreds of its troops in the poverty-stricken Central Africa Republic.
The Iran Setup
Obama: Chances for Final Iran Deal 50-50 or Worse
By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DARLENE SUPERVILLE
Saturday in Bahrain, Hagel made clear that any final deal on Iran’s nuclear program wouldn’t end the threat posed by a country the U.S. considers the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
Syria: Whose Sarin?
By Seymour M. Hersh
The White House’s misrepresentation of what it knew about the attack, and when, was matched by its readiness to ignore intelligence that could undermine the narrative.
Noam Chomsky: The Dangerous Rogue States Operating in the Mideast
By Noam Chomsky
“Just how far will [Israel] go to eliminate the feared deterrent on the pretext of an ‘existential threat’?”
The Santa Clausification Of Nelson Mandela
U.S. Lionizes Mandela In Death … But Labeled Him a Terrorist While He Was Alive
The Central Intelligence Agency played an important role in the arrest in 1962 of Nelson Mandela.
Lest We Forget
Nelson Mandela Condemns George W. Bush and War With Iraq
“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care.” — Nelson Mandela.
Six Things Nelson Mandela Believed That Most People Won’t Talk About
By Aviva Shen and Judd Legum
Mandela embraced some of America’s biggest political enemies.
This Is Nelson Mandela
“Arafat is a comrade in arms, and we treat him as such.” -Mandela (1990)
Saving the Net from the Surveillance State: Glenn Greenwald Speaks Up (Q&A)
By Edward Moyer
The man to whom Edward Snowden entrusted his NSA documents isn’t content just to save the Bill of Rights and reinvent journalism. He also wants to stop the Internet from becoming history’s most dangerous spy tool.
The Pathology of the Rich – Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges discusses the psychology of the super rich; their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms.
Amend the Fed: We Need a Central Bank that Serves Main Street
By Ellen Brown
The Federal Reserve Act was drafted by bankers to create a banker’s bank that would serve their interests.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As – Baghdad area bombings kill 35:
A wave of bombings mostly targeting Shiite areas in and around Baghdad killed at least 35 people Sunday as surging violence spurs concerns Iraq is falling back into all-out conflict.
Poll on deaths in Iraq ignored by British media: Op-Ed:
In May 2013 the reputable polling company ComRes asked a representative sample of the British public the following question: “How many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have died as a consequence of the war that began in Iraq in 2003?”
Syrian forces ‘kill children’ near capital: Activists say:
Forces loyal to President Assad kill seven children during fighting for the town of Nabek near Damascus, activists say.
Syrian Troops Seize Control of Strategic Highway:
Syrian government forces secured the highway Sunday that links Damascus with northern Syria, paving the way for the potential shipment of chemical weapons overland to a Mediterranean port for destruction abroad, an activist group and two pro-government TV stations said.
Gunmen kill two senior officers in Yemen – security source:
Gunmen shot dead two senior Yemeni officers in separate ambushes on their cars on Sunday, security sources said.
Death of Palestinian youth ‘cold-blooded assassination’, says Mahmoud Abbas:
A boy of 15 has died after being shot in the back apparently during clashes between Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing Palestinian youths in the occupied West Bank
Report: Israeli police volunteer ‘changes story’ about border killing:
The Israeli border police volunteer who shot and killed a Palestinian worker on Nov. 30 has retracted his original claim that the Palestinian tried to stab him with a sharp object, Israeli media reported Saturday.
Israel minister proposes partial West Bank annexation:
Israel’s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett has proposed the annexation of parts of the Palestinian land of the West Bank under Israel’s full military control.
U.S. ‘security plan’: Another decisive cave-in to Netanyahu: Op-Ed:
Once again, the Obama administration hangs Abbas and the Palestinian Authority out to dry.
Israel ranked poorest member of OECD:
The 111-page report notes that Israel stands below average in “social connections, housing, education and skills, personal security, environmental quality and civic engagement.”
Obama takes aim at Israeli positions on Iran:
President Obama sharply criticized as not viable several Israeli government postures on talks with Iran, but asserted that the military option remained on the table should those negotiations fail.
Propaganda alert: Israel president Peres says ready to meet Iran counterpart Rouhani:
“We must concentrate all our efforts on making sure Iran does not become a nuclear danger for the rest of the world,” he told journalists.
19 “Taliban militants” killed, 3 injured in Afghan operations:
Taliban militants1At least 19 Taliban militants were killed and 3 others were injured during joint military operations by Afghan national security forces.
Coalition airstrike kill four people in Afghanistan: :
A local security official confirming the report said the militants were killed during a drone strike in Asmar district late Saturday.
Two Afghan soldiers killed or injured in Badghis roadside blast:
Afghan army soldiers killed in road accidentAt least two Afghan national army soldiers were killed or injured following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in western Badghis province of Afghanistan.
Libya cemetery blast kills one;
One person was killed and five wounded on Sunday when a car blew up in a cemetery in Libya’s increasingly volatile second city Benghazi, security and medical sources said.
Libyan soldiers arrive in Turkey for training:
185 Libyan soldiers started their training soon after their plane touched down at the airport in the western city of Isparta. The Turkish military will train groups of Libyan soldiers, a total of some 3,000 in all, in a 14-week-long course before sending them back to Libya to join the professional national army.
Libya loses $7 billion to oil strikes, must find new buyers:
Libya has lost more than $7 billion and faces new competition from Algeria and Nigeria in oil markets due to strikes at oilfields and ports drying up exports, Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi said on Dec. 7.
South Korea expands air defense zone in territory row with China:
South Korea has announced it will expand its air defense zone in a move that could raise regional tensions with China. The new zone encroaches on air space that Beijing had previously claimed, sparking outrage from its Asian neighbors.
Huge crowds rally for EU deal, build barricades in Ukrainian capital:
Ukrainian protesters blocked streets leading to government buildings with barricades, as tens of thousands rallied on Kiev’s Independence Square. The opposition hoped its pro-EU protest would attract 1 million people, calling it “The Million March.”
Sweden spying on Russian business targets, including energy – report:
It now seems Sweden was engaged in industrial espionage against business targets including Russian energy companies, Sveriges Television reports and inevitably, the information was shared with the NSA.
Rushing for the Arctic’s Riches:
WHILE many existing oil and gas reserves in other parts of the world are facing steep decline, the Arctic is thought to possess vast untapped reservoirs. Approximately 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil deposits and 30 percent of its natural gas reserves are above the Arctic Circle, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Fukushima Radiation to Reach U.S. Coast at Safe Levels, NRC Says:
Council members in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Fairfax yesterday passed a resolution calling for more testing of coastal seafood and for international experts to work on reducing radiation emissions from the Japanese plant.
FBI can secretly turn on laptop cameras without the indicator light:
The Washington Post reports that the FBI has had the ability to secretly activate a computer’s camera “without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording” for years now.
South Carolina sheriff refuses to lower flag in honor of Nelson Mandela: –
A South Carolina sheriff is refusing to lower the American flag in tribute to Nelson Mandela, saying the honor should be reserved for American citizens.
Minnesota Archdiocese Names 34 Priests Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse : Video report –
EU imposes record 1.7bn euro fines on major intl banks over rate-rigging:
The European Commission has slapped record fines of 1.7 billion euros on six major banks for manipulating lending rates that play a key role in the global economy. The penalties will add to already escalating costs for leading global lenders.
88% of Congress On Gas Industry Payroll As Campaign Donations Hit Record Level:
A new report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) shows that the industry’s campaign contributions are now at record levels as they battle politicians wishing to tighten the reins on fracking.
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