Information Clearing House 14 December 2013

14 December 2013 — Information Clearing House

Washington Drives the World Toward War 
By Paul Craig Roberts
Not content with sending war signals to Russia and China, Washington has apparently also decided to torpedo the Iranian settlement by announcing new sanctions against companies doing business with Iran.

Al-Qaeda Rebels To Meet US Officials: Sources
By Gulf Today
Syrian rebel commanders from the Islamic Front which seized control of bases belonging to Western-backed rebels last week are due to hold talks with US officials in Turkey in coming days, rebel and opposition sources said on Saturday.

Syria’s War: The Next Phase
By Tony Cartalucci
While the initial conflict was disingenuously portrayed as the spontaneous militarization of unarmed protesters fighting against a “brutal regime,” in reality Al Nusra was already inside the country and operating on a national scale.

Beware Our Leaders
Seymour Hersh: US Deceived Us On Syria
By Jonathan Cook
If Barack Obama had not been forced to scrap his plan to bomb Syria, we would now be reading about these deceptions after thousands, or more likely tens of thousands, of Syrian civilians had been killed in allied bombing runs.

Palestinians and Israelis Can Coexist if Occupation Ends
By Hussein Ibish
The unstable and unhealthy relationship of dominance and subordination, of discipline and control through violence, built into Israel’s occupation was graphically illustrated this week in two separate, tragic and bloody incidents.

Human Farms
Global Leadership – It’s Broke and it Needs Fixing
By Anthony Evans
We are constantly brainwashed by our trusted leaders with the illusions of freedom.

The Wild and Cruel Gap Between Debtors and Creditors
By Ralph Nader
The situation is bad and getting worse. Savers are being turned into “lockbox customers” in peril of having to actually pay the banks to hold their money.

How Does The Financial System Work?
2 Minute Video
John Clarke and Bryan Dawe with a lesson on how the financial system really works. C

It Is Possible To Be Optimistic
Global Warming and the End of Capitalism
By Gary Engler
If the system you want to build begins with working people around the world taking over the reins of the economy and replacing capitalist minority rule with economic democracy, then that could happen relatively quickly.

What Is The Economic Value Of A Human Life?
How we make decisions. Bram Van den Bergh attempts to uncover the fundamental drivers of our behaviour.

 Afghan Police Kill 13 “Militants” in 24 Hours:

Units of Afghan police backed by the army have killed 13 Taliban militants during a series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released on Saturday.

Drone strike in Pak-Afghan border kills 5 “suspected” militants:
A suspected United States drone strike targeting a boat in the waters of the Kabul river on Saturday near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border has killed five people, said media reports.

Roadside Bomb Kills 3 Police, Wounds 2 in S. Afghanistan:
A roadside bomb struck a police van in the Southern Ghazni province on Saturday, killing three police and wounding two others, a local police official said.

Afghan president says he does not ‘trust’ U.S.:
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in New Delhi on Saturday he no longer “trusts” the United States, accusing the Americans of saying one thing and doing another in his troubled homeland.

Karzai: American threat of full troop withdrawal is ‘brinkmanship’:
Karzai reiterated his position that the Afghan people cannot endorse a bilateral security agreement without the US agreeing to end airstrikes and raids on Afghan homes and help broker a peace process with the Taliban.

Philip Giraldi: Why Remain in Afghanistan?: Op-Ed:
A final possible reason for staying in Afghanistan is more-or-less invisible, and that would be Washington’s saving face for having killed thousands of people and wasted hundreds of billions of dollars

At least 17 people killed in Iraq bombings:
A car bomb blew up near a gathering of Shia pilgrims, killing seven people and injuring another 16.

Iraqi expert: 60% of gunmen fighting in Iraq come from Saudi Arabia:
The expert in the Iraqi Security Affairs Saeed al-Jaiyashi assured that almost 60% of the gunmen who entered Iraq between 2005-2008 were of Saudi nationality, noting that “the statements of the secretary general of Hizbullah, Hasan Nasrallah, and the representative of Syria at the UN, Bashar al-Jaafary, confirm that this case is repeated in Lebanon and Syria.”

Qaeda rebels to meet US officials: Sources:
Syrian rebel commanders from the Islamic Front which seized control of bases belonging to Western-backed rebels last week are due to hold talks with US officials in Turkey in coming days, rebel and opposition sources said on Saturday.

US asks Islamic Front rebels in Syria for stolen equipment back:
The official said the Obama administration is willing to consider supporting an expanded Syrian rebel coalition that would include Islamist groups, provided the groups are not allied with al-Qa’ida

Growing strength of Syria’s Islamist groups undermines hopes of ousting Assad:
The west is being forced to rethink its support for rebel alliance in civil war as forces linked to al-Qaida gain ground

Iran claims to have captured MI6 spy:,
The head of Kerman’s revolutionary court said the alleged spy had admitted being in contact with four British intelligence officers 11 times, both inside and outside the country.

Missing CIA operative failed by US government, family says:
The family of an American missing for almost seven years, revealed to have been engaged on a rogue CIA mission in Iran, berated the US government for failing to do enough to secure his release on Friday and called on the Obama administration to “step up and take care of one of its own”.

ABC, NYT Repeatedly Lied About CIA Operative Robert Levinson:
At the request of the government and Levinson’s family, however, both outlets repeatedly stated, without any caveats, that Levinson was on a “business trip” when he was captured. A review of their coverage indicates that ABC News did so at least 7 times, and the Times at least 3 times.

American Who Killed for Iran’s Revolution in 1980 Resurfaces in C.I.A. Spy Drama: :
 Robert Levinson, had traveled there to meet with a convert to Islam who fled to Tehran in 1980 after assassinating an enemy of Iran’s revolutionary government who had taken refuge in a Washington suburb.

Spycrash: 5 CIA operations that went south — spectacularly:
The Associated Press yesterday revealed that Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent, was working for the CIA when he disappeared on Iran in March 2007. But perhaps more surprising than Levinson’s ties to the CIA was the reckless way in which the operation was carried out:

Yemenis demand US apologize for deadly wedding strike:
Tribal mediators headed for the capital on Saturday, a day after they succeeded in calming protesters who blocked the road between Rada and Sana during the funeral of 13 relatives said to be all civilians, the official said.

In Yemen, al Qaeda gains sympathy amid US drone strikes:
“These (drone) strikes create more terrorism. In our area there was never anyone linked to al Qaeda. After the strike, everyone in the area started listening to al Qaeda types, exchanging videos on mobile phones.”

Ex-Drone Pilot: Obama can give order to any Predator from his office :
Video report

4 killed as deadly blast ‘shreds’ bus in Kenyan capital:
At least four people haved been killed in a suspected grenade attack on a bus in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, police told Reuters news agency.

Car bomb kills 2 UN peacekeepers in Mali:
The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali has confirmed the deaths of its soldiers, who were killed while guarding a bank.

2 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.

Egypt ‘president” sets date for referendum:
Vote on draft constitution to be held on January 14-15, says interim President Adly Mansour

Nigeria army claims many Boko Haram members killed in air strike:
Nigerian troops killed many Boko Haram members in an air strike at burial rites held by the militant sect for their late fighters, an official said on Saturday.

What is going on in the Central African Republic? : Video report:
We explain exactly what’s going on in CAR and how the conflict reached this point.

US and Chinese warships nearly collide amid tensions over airspace:
A US guided missile cruiser operating in international waters in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action last week to avoid a collision with a Chinese warship, the US Pacific Fleet has revealed.

China lands on Moon:
China says it has successfully landed a craft carrying a robotic rover on the surface of the Moon, the first soft landing there for 37 years.

China’s Jade Rabbit rover rolls onto Moon’s surface:
The robotic vehicle rolled down a ramp lowered by the lander and on to the volcanic plain known as Sinus Iridum.

The clash of civilizations according to Vladimir Putin: Op-Ed:
I believe that the most important part of his speech is the following one: (emphasis added)

5 Places You May Not Know The U.S. Military Operates:
The president is required under the War Powers Act of 1973 to detail to Congress any ongoing activities occurring without a declaration of war from the legislature. Here’s five of them:

Officials Say U.S. May Never Know Extent of Snowden’s Leaks:
A senior N.S.A. official has told reporters that he believed Mr. Snowden still had access to documents not yet disclosed. The official, Rick Ledgett, who is heading the security agency’s task force examining Mr. Snowden’s leak, said he would consider recommending amnesty for Mr. Snowden in exchange for those documents.

NSA has capacity for decoding private conversations:
The cellphone encryption technology used most widely across the world can be easily defeated by the National Security Agency, an internal document shows, giving the agency the means to decode most of the billions of calls and texts that travel over public airwaves every day.

Meet the Robot Telemarketer Who Denies She’s A Robot?:
Our encounter with an all-too-convincing robot.

UN Claims Uruguay Not Allowed to End Marijuana Prohibition :
UN narcotics bureaucrats, whose generous tax-funded salaries depend on the perpetuation of the war on various plants and substances, have responded with outrage and concern.

Uruguay’s President rips into UN officials:
José “Pepe” Mujica shot back on Friday at the president of the International Narcotics Control Board, a U.N. agency, for saying that his administration refused to meet with the agency’s officials before legalizing marijuana this week.

No palace, no motorcade, no frills – meet Uruguay’s unique president:
In the week that Uruguay legalises cannabis, 78-year-old José Mujica explains why he rejects the ‘world’s poorest president’ label.

China bans all imports of shellfish from U.S. West Coast – Official:
China said it decided to impose the ban after recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters were found by its own government inspectors to have high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning

Fracking hell: what it’s really like to live next to a shale gas well:
Nausea, headaches and nosebleeds, invasive chemical smells, constant drilling, slumping property prices – welcome to Ponder, Texas

A Tale of Two Cities: America’s Bipolar Climate Future:
New York City and New Bern, North Carolina both face the same projected rise in sea levels, but while one is preparing for the worst, the other is doing nothing on principle. A glimpse into America’s contradictory climate change planning.

Terry Lee Loewen charged in planned suicide bombing at Wichita airport:
What he didn’t know until his arrest is that the people he had been conspiring with all along were FBI agents, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Friday, stressing that the public and passengers were never in danger.

Wichita Airport Car Bomb Plotter “Was Under Constant FBI Surveillance” :
Video report –

Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War:
The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489.

After 30 Years In Prison, Judge Releases Inmate Whose Testimony Was Beaten Out Of Him:
Wrice was sentenced to 100 years for a sexual assault he says he falsely confessed to after police beatings. Others with similar claims remain behind bars, hoping to seize on precedent from Wrice’s case to expedite their appeals.

Why Police Brutality Goes Unpunished:
An investigation into the Houston police department reveals why officers rarely face the consequences of beatings or shootings.


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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