13 December 2013 — Information Clearing House
Report Alleges Chinese Tried to Stop U.S. Warship in International Waters
By Bill Gertz
The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37115.htm
Are the Senkakus Islands Worth a War?
By Pat Buchanan
The islands, could bring on a shooting war. And if it does, America would be in it.
Iran Halts Nuclear Talks After US Blacklist Move
Iranian negotiators halted nuclear talks after Washington blacklisted a dozen companies and individuals for evading US sanctions, state media reported.
Why Israel Won’t Abide Any Iran Nuclear Accord
By Maysam Behravesh and Anders Persson
With or without nuclear weapons, Iran and its allies are the chief impediments to Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.
Putin: We Won’t Let Anyone Achieve Military Dominance
‘No one will prevail over Russia militarily’: Putin eyes $700bn to advance Army.
Budget Deal: Does the Pentagon Really Need An Extra $20 Billion?
By William D. Hartung
The Congress and the president should rethink the need to give the Pentagon over $20 billion more in fiscal 2014.
The Revelations of Kidnapped CIA Agent Robert Levinson
By David H. Price
The CIA publicly admits Robert Levinson was a CIA agent, but the agency claims he was in Iran as a rogue agent.
The Media’s Hypocritical Oath
Mandela And Economic Apartheid
By David Edwards
What does it mean when a notoriously profit-driven, warmongering, climate-killing media system mourns, with one impassioned voice, the death of a principled freedom fighter like Nelson Mandela?
The Great Unknown
By Tristan A. Shaw
Endowed with virtue and decorated with knowledge, the sacred responsibility of human agency rests in the hands of its masters: yourselves.
Former Bank of Israel Gov. Stanley Fischer Next Federal Vice Chairman
Fischer, who holds both U.S. and Israeli citizenship and now lives in New York, stepped down as governor of the Bank of Israel on June 30, midway through his second five-year term.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As –
Iraq violence kills 37 people with Al-Qaeda, government blamed for five-year high in unrest:
Violence in Iraq, including an attack by gunmen on workers on a gas pipeline from Iran, killed 37 people on Friday and raised fears the country is falling back into all-out conflict.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As –
Masked gunmen shoot dead 18 oil and gas workers in Iraq:
The workers were attacked as they dug a trench to extend a gas pipeline from Iran to Iraq.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As –
Al-Qaeda raises black flag of rule in Iraq:
Ten years after the capture of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is facing an insurgent bloodbath again as al-Qaeda reclaims vast swathes of the country.
Syria: ‘Islamist rebels’ kill 10 Adra civilians:
An attack by Islamist rebels has left at least 10 people dead over the past two days in the Syrian town of Adra, activists and eyewitnesses say.
Syrian troops launch offensive after dozens killed:
Syrian soldiers surrounded an industrial area near Damascus Friday after an al-Qaida linked rebel faction infiltrated the area earlier this week, reportedly killing dozens of civilians, according to the government and activists.
Al-Qaeda linked rebels kidnap 120 Syrian Kurdish civilians – watchdog:
The fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an insurgent group active in Iraq and Syria, entered the village of Ihras, 20 kilometers south of the border town of Azaz, taking the civilians hostage and transporting them to an unknown location, said the British-based Observatory.
Syrian rebels welcome Islamists to talks in Geneva:
For January summit, opposition forces keen to form a delegation that’s ‘as wide as possible,’ including al-Qaeda-linked groups
Qatar Trains Death Warriors for War in Syria:
It is now more evident than ever before that Qatar is playing a vital role in stoking up the chaos which is tearing Syria apart.
Rise of Islamic militants among rebels galvanizes Assad’s camp in Syrian civil war:
Ahmed Luay’s second-eldest son, a soldier in the Syrian army, fell in battle with rebels just over a month ago. Three more of his sons are still on the front lines in the Damascus suburbs. Luay insists he’s prepared to sacrifice them all in what he says is a war against a terrorist invasion.
EX-CIA DIRECTOR: Bashar Assad Win May Be Syria’s ‘Best Option’:
But Michael Hayden, the retired US Air Force general who until 2009 was head of the Central Intelligence Agency, said a rebel win was not one of the three possible outcomes he foresees for the conflict.
EU failing Syria refugees, says Amnesty International report:
European leaders should be ashamed by the paltry numbers of refugees from Syria they are prepared to resettle, human rights group Amnesty says.
UN confirms Syria chemical arms use, US rues rebel setbacks:
The report does not attribute blame for the attacks, as this was beyond the team’s mandate from the UN Security Council.
Militia attack in Central African Republic kills 27 – UN: –
A militia group has killed 27 Muslims in a village in the Central African Republic, the United Nations said on Friday, in an attack underscoring the difficulties faced by French troops in stabilising their former colony.
Two killed in Egypt clashes over Morsi ouster:
Two young men were killed in clashes Friday between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s toppled Islamist president as police used tear gas to disperse protests, officials said.
Government official gunned down in eastern Libya:
Mohammed Osman Akoush, head of the city’s civil records office, was killed Friday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his car in al-Sabri district as he left a restaurant, the official said.
Benghazi, Libya, has become training hub for Islamist fighters:
Every week, about a dozen Syrians arrive at Benghazi’s airport for what’s described as insurgent training. When they fly out, they’re carrying fake Libyan passports, according to three officials familiar with the comings and goings of foreigners at the airport.
Bubonic plague ‘worse than Black Death’ kills 39 in Madagascar:
A government doctor said 90 per cent of the cases were pneumonic plague, a strain much more vicious than the common bubonic plague that can kill within three days, leaving little time for antibiotics to work.
US Kills 17 people in Yemen: new toll:
A drone strike on a wedding convoy in Yemen killed 17 people, mostly civilians, medical and security sources said Friday, adding grist to mounting criticism of the US drone war.
Four killed in Bangladesh clashes after Islamist leader executed:
At least four people were killed in Bangladesh on Friday when supporters of Islamist leader Abdul Quader Mollah vented their fury at his execution for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
Three Polio Workers Killed in Pakistan; Karzai Begins Visit to India;
Unidentified gunmen attacked two separate polio vaccination teams operating in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing one vaccination worker and two police guards (AP, Dawn, ET).
Abbas rejects US plan for permanent Israel troop presence:
President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected US proposals for Israel to keep troops in a future Palestinian state along its border with Jordan, a Palestinian source said on Friday.
Palestinian negotiators angered as Kerry proposes Israeli demands:
According to senior Palestinian advisor, the atmosphere at the meeting last night was not good because of “American pressure.” The Americans want an Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley for a period of 10 to 15 years
Israel-PA deal possible by end of April:
Secretary of state says Israel, Palestinians still on schedule to reach full Middle East peace deal by end of April, adds both sides are committed to negotiations
Abbas: Don’t boycott Israel:
Infuriating activists, PA president tells reporters in South Africa he backs boycott of settlements but not of Israel, with whom ‘we have relations’
Israel & Saudi team up, frustrated at US policy: Video report:
The unlikely pairing of Saudi Arabia and Israel are reportedly teaming up, in response to Washington’s Middle East policies. Representatives from the countries’ intelligence services apparently met for talks in Jerusalem.
Moscow warns new U.S. sanctions may jeopardize Iranian nuclear talks:
Moscow said Friday it can not accept a recent U.S. decision to introduce new sanctions against a group of Iranian individuals and businesses, warning that the measure will jeopardize nuclear talks.
Missing American in Iran Robert Levinson said to be CIA:
An American ex-FBI agent believed to have been held in Iran for the last seven years was working for the CIA on an unapproved mission, the Associated Press news agency reports.
Why AP is publishing story about missing American tied to CIA:
The Associated Press today is publishing an article about serious blunders at the Central Intelligence Agency and an effort to cover them up. At the heart of the story is a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson, who was recruited as a spy by a rogue group of analysts inside the CIA.
Report: American Jew who vanished in Iran was on rogue CIA mission:”
An American Jewish man who disappeared in Iran in 2007 had been working for the CIA in a rogue operation, an American newspaper reported.
US to add $173 million for Israel missile defense:
Funds for missile defense collaboration are separate from the average $3 billion (NIS 10.5 billion) in defense assistance Israel receives from the United States annually .
Congress triples Obama’s request on defense cooperation with Israel:
Defense cooperation funding, to which Israel contributes, is separate from the $3.1 billion Israel receives in defense assistance as part of a 10-year package.
N Korea says leader’s powerful uncle executed:
News agency says Jang Song-thaek, uncle of Kim Jong-un, was found guilty of seeking to overthrow the state.
North Korean purge of leader’s uncle sparks stability fears:
South Korean defence chief Kim Kawn-jin promised “heightened readiness” after the purge of Chang Song-thaek. He said the execution could be seen as part of a “reign of terror” by the North Korean leader.
CIA Torture Report Poised for Release — At Least Some of It:
Portions of the Senate’s long-awaited report on Bush-era interrogation practices are poised to be released, according to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
FBI cons another patsy:
Feds say they disrupted suicide bomb plot by worker at Wichita airport –
A 58-year-old airport worker was charged Friday with allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a passenger terminal at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kasnsas.
New Zealand: Backpacker stripped of tech gear at Auckland Airport:
A Customs officer at Auckland International Airport took law graduate Sam Blackman’s two smartphones, iPad, an external hard drive and laptop – and demanded his passwords.
Who’s Watching You Watch Porn?:
Privacy experts warn that advertisers, even the NSA, could be following your visits to adult sites.
Ukraine to offer amnesty to protesters:
President Yanukovich, holding talks with the opposition, promises to fulfill a key demand of demonstrators.
‘I feared the Greek police more than the Syrian military’:
By Amnesty International’s researcher on migration in the European Union
Probe finds ex-president of Brazil was assassinated by US-backed regime:
A commission investigating the August 1976 death of Juscelino Kubitschek has concluded that the ex-Brazilian president (1956-1961) was the victim of a plot hatched by the US-backed military dictatorship.
Mexican Congress approves controversial oil and gas bill:
The new energy law allows private oil and gas companies to drill for oil and gas with the state-run firm Pemex in exchange for a share of the profits.
Why Is Former Bank Of Israel Head Being Given Number Two Position At The US Federal Reserve? :
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Warning: Jobless rate may be rigged:
The Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification.
|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