11 December 2013 — Information Clearing House
India, Pak Nuclear War Could Put 2 billion People at Risk: Study
By Lalit K Jha
A nuclear war between India and Pakistan would result in a global famine that could kill over two billion people – a quarter of the world’s population – and end human civilisation, a study warned today.
Seymour Hersh: Obama “Cherry-Picked” Intelligence on Syrian Chemical Attack to Justify U.S. Strike
The American president that we now have-a guy I voted for, – was willing to go to war, wanted to throw missiles at Syria, without really having a case and knowing he didn’t have much of a case. And that, to me, is very troubling.
NATO’s War on Syria Just Got Dirtier
By Tony Cartalucci
West scrambles to cover up Syria false flag revelations as Pulitzer Prize-winner & Syria’s Electronic Army expose all.
CIA Document Suggests
U.S. Lied About Biological, Chemical Weapon Use in the Korean War
By Jeff Kaye
The evidence I’ve laid out, should make anyone think twice, if not three times, about relying on U.S. assurances or propaganda regarding the use of chemical weapons by anybody.
Beyond The Propaganda
The Korean War, A History:
Watch – Video -Bruce Cumings
The historical origins of the Korean war, from the early disputes between North and South Korea and then on thru to the more recent history of North Korea.
Where is Palestine’s Mandela?
By Alan Hart
He is in an Israeli jail where he has been since his arrest in Ramallah by an IDF unit in 2002, after which, in 2004, he was sentenced to five life terms in prison.
Beyond The Propaganda
The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa
Must Watch – Video and Transcript
In the words of Mandela, the Cuban “destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor … [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.” Historian Piero Gleijeses argues that it was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa.
Obama Failed To Deliver Long-Overdue Apology To Mandela
By Linn Washington Jr.
George W. Bush and Bill Clinton – also were on hand for the Mandela memorial service. Neither of them had extended an apology to Mandela for the CIA’s role in his arrest.
Deeply Disappointed with Obama.
By William Pfaff
This seems a disheartening disappointment, which the United States might have been spared.
Leonard Peltier on Passing of Nelson Mandela: Apartheid Still Exists in America
By Levi Rickert
Leonard Peltier, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, who has been imprisoned for the past 37 years, issued statement on the passing of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela.
Chomsky: It Is All Working Quite Well for the Rich, Powerful
By CJ Polychroniou and Anastasia Giamali
The US remains a world empire and, by your account, operates under the “Mafia principle,” meaning that the godfather does not tolerate “successful defiance.”
Protesters In Rep. Paul Ryan’s Office Demand ‘People’s Budget’
Representatives from a broad coalition demanding a budget that would cut military expenditures in order to increase funding for a wide range of domestic programs called on Congressional leaders to craft a budget for people, peace and the planet.
More Misleading Official Employment Statistics
By Paul Craig Roberts
How it is possible for the economy to have been in recovery since June 2009 (according to the National Bureau of Economic Research) and there are 1,277,000 fewer jobs today than existed six years ago prior to the recession?
Bill Hicks & George Carlin: The Big Question
Why are we here?
Syria: ‘Dozen killed in clashes between jihadists in north’:
At least 12 people were killed in fighting between jihadist groups in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, opposition activists from the UK-based Human Rights Observatory said Tuesday.
US and UK suspend non-lethal aid for Syria rebels:
A US embassy spokesman in Ankara said the decision was made after Islamist rebels seized bases belonging to the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA). Fighters from the Islamic Front, took control of the bases at the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey last week.
Mother Agnes-Mariam: “Nobody is Safe”: Foreign Forces Need to Stop Fueling Violence in Syria :
Video – Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix, founder of the James the Mutilated Monastery in Syria, who says that the videos show the chemical weapons were used by Syrian rebels, not the Assad administration.
Gulf Arabs urge foreigners out of Syria, drawing regime ire:
Gulf Arab states demanded foreign militias quit Syria and said President Bashar al-Assad must have no future role Wednesday, in a declaration his Iran- and Hezbollah-backed regime denounced as meddling.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As 10 Killed, 20 Injured In Funeral Attack In Iraq:
At least 10 people were killed and 20 others injured in a violent attack at a funeral in southern suburbs of Baquba in Baghdad on Tuesday.
2 Slaughtered heads discovered to north of Tikrit:
The police forces discovered two heads belong to Sahwa leaders to the north of Tikrit city. A source reported that”The police forces found two heads, that belong to the Sahwa leader, Nashmi al-Fadam, and one of his relative.
Iraqi civilian ‘tortured, killed’ by British troops, court told:
The family claims he was shot eight times in the chest and that his hands were bruised and tied with plastic wire.
Iran, IAEA hold productive nuclear talks, new meeting on January 21:
He envisaged that the discussions would include what the IAEA calls the “possible military dimensions” to Iran’s nuclear program.
Top senator says new Iran sanctions will have to wait:
Word of delay comes after Kerry warns lawmakers that applying ‘gratuitous’ pressure could give Tehran an excuse to back out of Geneva deal
USA Today Finds Public Doesn’t Like Iran Deal if They Don’t Know What’s in It:
For the last few weeks, the general sense is that the US public backs the tentative deal on Iran’s nuclear program. So it’s surprising to see USA Today (12/9/13) hyping a poll that sends a very different message. Has public opinion shifted? Not really-you simply have to look at what the polls are asking.
UN slams Israel demolition of West Bank properties:
West Bank home demolition harshly condemned by UN, human-rights NGOs. Issue highlights sensitive topic of West Bank construction
EU ‘must stop paying Gaza officials’ – auditors:
European auditors say the EU should stop paying the salaries of thousands of Palestinian civil servants in the Gaza Strip who are not going to work. – Many Gaza civil servants had not worked since the Islamist movement Hamas was elected to power in 2007, the auditors added.
Roadside bomb kills four Thai soldiers:
Four Thai soldiers were killed and at least a dozen more wounded, some critically, when a powerful roadside bomb went off Wednesday in Thailand’s unrest-plagued south, police said.
U.S. Behaves Like A Colonizer:
Karzai “They threaten us by saying ‘We will no longer pay your salaries; we will drive you into a civil war.’ These are threats,” Karzai said. “If you want to be our partner, we must be friends. Respect Afghan homes, don’t kill their children and be a partner.
Simple Question About U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Stumps Officials:
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R., Calif.) had a simple question Wednesday for three of the Obama administration’s top Afghanistan specialists: How many American troops have been killed in Afghanistan this year?
In propaganda exercise:
Pakistan unanimously passes resolution against US drone strikes:
The National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution against US drone strikes in Pakistan, calling them a violation of “the charter of the United Nations, international laws and humanitarian norms.”
How South Africa’s apartheid regime saved Israel’s defense industry:
In the 1980s, Israel’s defense industry was cash-starved until it struck a secret and unprecedented $1.7 billion deal to sell South Africa 60 Kfir combat planes.
Obama shakes hands with Raúl Castro, in perfect homage to his hero Mandela:
Can the handshake at the FNB stadium end the freeze between America and Cuba that is one of the last legacies of the Cold War?
Raul Castro Reaches Out to Obama, but Don’t Call It a Thaw: Op-Ed:
Obama creates international incident with ‘selfie’ at Mandela service: A stern-looking Michelle Obama can be seen staring straight ahead, hands clasped. As if to remind anyone who sees this photo years from now that it was, after all, a memorial service for one of the great human rights leaders.
In case you missed it:
Castro and Clinton Shake Hands at U.N. Summit:
Diplomats and other observers believed it was also the first time since Castro, 74, took power in 1959 that the communist leader had shaken the hand of an American president.
Obama creates international incident with ‘selfie’ at Mandela service:
A stern-looking Michelle Obama can be seen staring straight ahead, hands clasped. As if to remind anyone who sees this photo years from now that it was, after all, a memorial service for one of the great human rights leaders.
Desmond Tutu’s house burgled while he was delivering a prayer at Mandela’s memorial service:
It is the second time in four months that the former Archbishop of Cape Town has been the victim of burglars.
Gunmen Kill Libya Port Official, School Attacked:
A Libyan security official says gunmen have assassinated a senior official of the port of Darna, while a bombing hit a polling center elsewhere in the same eastern city known to be a stronghold of an al-Qaida inspired militia.
Only four shooters at Kenya mall and they may have escaped alive, says NYPD:
The report debunked many of the assertions made by Kenyan authorities, who claimed that as many as 15 attackers were involved, including some who might be foreign nationals, and that they were holding hostages.
China’s Monroe Doctrine-or Escalation in Asia?:
What America’s Far East “pivot” and Beijing’s new Air Defense Identification Zone mean.
New Details of CIA Sabotage Operations During the Cold War:
A review of these declassified Director’s Logs revealed several instances of cases where CIA operatives, or agents employed by the CIA’s former covert action arm, the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC), engaged in secret sabotage operations
Ukraine police stand down after protest grows:
The withdrawal of riot police from two areas in Ukraine’s capital is raising opposition hopes that three weeks of escalating protests have begun to erode police support for President Viktor Yanukovych and his government.
Mass protests in Kiev:
‘Muddling and meddling’? US, EU politicians plunge deeper into Kiev protest:
Pro-EU protests in Kiev have been marked by western politicians’ regular visits to the protesters’ camp, and their emotional condemnations of Ukraine’s authorities. This is seen by some analysts as unprecedented meddling in a country’s internal affairs.
EU talking to IMF, World Bank, others about Ukraine assistance: –
European officials are in discussion with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other major financial institutions on ways to help Ukraine if it decides to sign a free-trade agreement with the European Union
Britain in line for brutal Israeli drone:
A lethal drone used by Israelis to kill over 800 Palestinians in raids against the Gaza Strip is being used as the basis for a similar machine being developed for the UK military.
Study suggests NSA can legally access majority of American phone data:
A new study published by the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School suggests that the methods the NSA uses to determine reasonable and articulable suspicion (RAS) of terrorist activity may authorize the agency to examine the call records of more American citizens than previously believed.
New documents show how the NSA infers relationships based on mobile location data:
Everyone who carries a cellphone generates a trail of electronic breadcrumbs that records everywhere they go. Those breadcrumbs reveal a wealth of information about who we are, where we live, who our friends are and much more.
NSA uses Google cookies to pinpoint targets for hacking:
The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using “cookies” and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.
Pope Francis named Time’s ‘Person of the Year 2013’:
For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year,” as managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, explained the magazine’s choice.
Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega ‘could stand for fourth term’:
A constitutional reform which would allow Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to run for an unprecedented fourth term has been approved by the National Assembly. The plan, which must still be ratified next year, abolishes the two-term limit for presidents.
Uruguay becomes first nation to legalise marijuana trade:
Uruguay has become the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana.
Uruguay’s move to legalise marijuana breaks treaty: INCB:
Uruguay’s legalisation of marijuana violates an international drug control convention and fails to consider a negative health impact, a body set up to monitor compliance with the five-decade-old treaty said on Wednesday.
Russia forgives $29 billion of Cuban debt from Soviet era:
Russia and Cuba have quietly signed an agreement to write off 90 percent of Cuba’s $32 billion debt to the defunct Soviet Union, a deal that ends a 20-year dispute and opens the way for more investment and trade, Russian and European diplomats told Reuters news agency.
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