19 December 2013 — Information Clearing House
Some Might Call It Treason
By Philip Giraldi
I am referring to a concerted “betrayal of trust” by a group of American government elected officials in openly advancing policies that serve the interests of a foreign country.
Israel’s ‘Demographic Time Bomb’ Is a Dud:
BY Uri Sadot
Sorry, but the real number of Arab Israelis isn’t an existential threat to the ‘Jewish state”.
Washington Has Discredited America
By Paul Craig Roberts
“Look at me! I’m so important that the government spends enough money to wipe out US poverty spying on me and my Facebook, et. al., friends.”
By Andrew P. Napolitano
In place of the political claptrap is the court’s finding that not only is the NSA spying unconstitutional, but it doesn’t work.
If You Believe the Goverment, ‘You’re Stupid’
By Jon Schwarz
Americans are taught the myth that their democracy is safeguarded by an independent press. But the government and other powerful entities have long mastered the art of manipulating the major media.
Pierre Omidyar Provides $50M To Establish First Look Media
By Jay Rosen
“This initial capital is the first step of many to bring the vision of this news organization to life,” said Omidyar. “I am deeply committed to the long-term effort to build a new and exciting platform for journalism”
Why Soldiers Commit Suicide?
The Global War on Terrorism is Killing Mankind
Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja
“We should be saddened but not shocked when we see the broken men and women return from battles overseas. We should be angry with those who send them to suffer and die in unnecessary wars.
Invest in People, Not War
By Ralph Nader
As millions of Americans struggle with inadequate health care, low wages, deteriorating public services, billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars are pouring into the coffers of the Department of Defense every year.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As – Suicide bombers, violence kill 41 in Iraq:
Three suicide bombers detonated explosives belts among pilgrims in Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 36 people, while militants shot dead a family of five, officials said.
Britain’s Involvement In Torture And Kidnap ‘Truly Shocking’:
On Thursday Sir Peter Gibson published the findings of his aborted inquiry into the complicity of British intelligence agencies in torture. It found agents were reluctant to raise issues about the way detainees were being treated because they feared jeopardising relations with their international counterparts.
Amnesty Int’l: Al-Qaeda in Syria kidnaps, tortures, executes prisoners in secret jails:
Abductions, torture, killing, sharia courts, secret prisons with “inhuman” conditions – that’s what an Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Syria is accused of in the latest report by Amnesty International. Victims included children as young as eight.
Syrian rebel group rejects talks with U.S.:
The most powerful coalition of Syrian rebels, the newly formed Islamic Front, has rejected talks with U.S. officials just days after seizing control of warehouses apparently filled with American military equipment destined for more secular rival rebel groups.
The Islamic Front ‘will not fight the al Qaeda organization’:
While denying rumors of a purported meeting between the US and the newly formed Islamic Front, a Syrian jihadist group that cooperates with al Qaeda’s branches in Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that such a meeting is possible
“All Syrian Patriots Must Unite to Fight Against Islamic Front, Jihadists, and Al Qaeda”:
The Russian Foreign Minister says that “Syrian patriots” must unite with the Assad regime to help expel the Islamic Front, Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham and other “terror groups”, to return Syria to a multi-religious state.
Russia blocks UN action against Syria air attacks:
Diplomats say Russia has objected to a proposed U.N. Security Council statement expressing outrage at Syrian government alledged airstrikes, especially this week’s indiscriminate use of heavy weapons in Aleppo that have killed more than 100 people.
Iran and Russia helping Syrian aid effort: European officials:
Iran and Russia have used their influence on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to get visas for U.N. aid workers and improve access for convoys in Syria, but much remains to be done, senior European officials told Reuters on Thursday.
Turkey’s PM fights back after massive corruption crackdown :
Video report – Seven of the 52 people arrested on Tuesday in a corruption crackdown in Turkey have been released. But the country’s prime minister continues to denounce the operation as an attempt to smear his administration.
Iran, Six World Powers Resume Expert Talks on Nuclear Deal:
Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks in Geneva on Thursday to work out how to put into practice a landmark deal obliging Tehran to curb its nuclear program in return for some relief from economic sanctions.
Top Senate Democrats Break with White House and Circulate New Iran Sanctions Bill:
Three top senators, including two Democrats, have begun circulating a draft of a new Iran sanctions bill that critics say could violate the terms of an agreement struck between Iran and the United States in Geneva last month.
Additional sanctions against Iran counterproductive: Putin:
The Russian president added that the sanctions will adversely affect the recent deal struck between Iran and the six world powers in the Swiss city of Geneva over Tehran’s civilian nuclear activities.
Israeli occupation force soldiers kill Palestinian in second overnight incident: –
Israeli soldiers killed a member of the Palestinian security forces in the early hours of Thursday in Qalqilya in the West Bank, just several hours after a Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in Jenin.
West Bank killings threaten peace talks: Palestinians:
“This dangerous Israeli escalation aims to thwart American and international efforts to move forward with the peace process, and leads the negotiations to a dead end,” presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement published by the official WAFA news agency.
Hamas PM calls for unified Palestinian government with PA:
Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip, invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday to a meeting to discuss the formation of a unity government.
Nearly 1 million Gazans to need food aid in 2014 – U.N.:
The main reason for the increase in the number of needy families was Egypt’s closure in recent months of smuggling tunnels under its border into the enclave which has deprived thousands of people of jobs and halted construction projects, he said.
Pakistan: 33 “Islamist Insurgents” Killed in Clashes:
Pakistani officials say security forces have killed at least 33 Islamist insurgents during clashes in the North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan, while residents say many civilians were among the dead.,
Six Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack:
At least six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed while eight others sustained injuries when several well-equipped Afghan Taliban attacked a terminal near the US Sheraz Army base camp, some two kilometres from the Torkham border in Afghanistan
Afghan army hands over check posts to Taliban in Helmand:
A member of the provincial council for Helmand province who has requested not to be named, has said that the Afghan soldiers have handed over three security check posts in Sangin district.
Most say Afghan war ‘wrong’: US poll:
In the Associated Press-GfK poll, 57 per cent now say that going to war in Afghanistan after the 2001 attacks was probably the “wrong thing to do”.
22 killed in Nigeria attack:
An eyewitness said that about 20 gunmen attacked foreign exchange shops in the market, killing 10 people, while they stole an undisclosed amount of currencies.
Workers clash in South Sudan oil fields, 16 dead, says official:
Fighting between workers in two oil fields in South Sudan has killed at least 16 people but the government is now in control and oil production has not been affected, a senior official in a major oil producing area in the country said on Thursday.
South Sudan rebels control Jonglei state capital, says military:
Officials in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, are believed to have defected as violence spreads after alleged coup attempt
Senators: CIA ‘Misleading’ Public Over Secret Torture Report:
U.S. senators openly castigated the Central Intelligence Agency on Tuesday for delaying the release of a long-awaited report on torture and secret prisons during the Bush era.
Obama advisory committee whitewashes US spying programs:
A report released Wednesday by the Obama administration’s hand-picked presidential advisory panel on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) spying programs consists of minor reforms intended to preserve and legitimize the government’s illegal operations
Presidential Panel to NSA: Stop Undermining Encryption:
The National Security Agency should not undermine encryption standards that are designed to protect the privacy of communications, the panel of experts appointed by President Obama to review NSA surveillance recommended in a report released today.
Glenn Greenwald “U.S. Government Uses Terrorism As It’s Excuse To Do Almost EVERYTHING!” :
UN votes to protect privacy in digital age:
The U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age on Wednesday in the most vocal global criticism of U.S. eavesdropping.
Saab wins $4.5bn Brazil fighter jet contract:
Many had expected Boeing or Dassault to emerge as the winner. The BBC’s Gary Duffy in Sao Paulo says Boeing’s cause was not helped by a recent row between the US and Brazil over spying allegations.
Beijing warns US against meddling in China Sea:
Beijing has warned the United States to be cautious in its words and actions with regard to territorial disputes involving China and its neighbors. The Chinese Foreign Ministry warning comes amid a diplomatic wrangle over Beijing’s newly announced air defense zone in the East China Sea.
Fidel Castro hails brother for Obama handshake: –
Fidel Castro praised his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro, on Thursday for shaking hands with U.S. President Barack Obama at a memorial for Nelson Mandela, saying he demonstrated courtesy and dignity with the gesture.
Lawsuit: Woman Faced Illegal Body Cavity Search, Observed Bowel Movement:
Agents quickly stripped searched her and did cavity searches but found no evidence of drugs, court documents said. But the woman was transported in handcuffs to the University Medical Center of El Paso, the lawsuit said, where doctors subjected her to an observed bowel movement, a CT scan and other exams without a warrant.
Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat: –
Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question.
China US debt holdings reach US$1.305tn in October:
China increased its holding of US bonds by US$10.7 billion to US$1.305 trillion in October. A financial expert said the surge of net capital inflow in October suggests that the demand for US debt is still healthy despite concerns about potential defaults, reports the financial news website of Chinese web portal Tencent.
Bloomberg: London Gold Vaults Are Virtually Empty, All the Gold Has Been Transferred to Hong Kong!: Video –
All that gold (26 million ounces) has been transferred from London and has gone to Switzerland where it has been recast to higher grade formats and shipped off to Hong Kong and then to China never to return.”
Facebook won’t pay taxes again, will get refund instead:
It’s shaping up to be another multi-billion dollar year for Facebook, but don’t expect the social networking site to pay it forward: according to a new analysis, the website will pay no taxes this year and will instead likely receive a federal refund.
US Senate approves bipartisan austerity budget:
The US Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a two-year budget agreement that will maintain the bulk of the spending cuts imposed through the “sequester” process and allow extended unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people to lapse on December 28.
Jobless claims spike to 9-month high:
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level in nearly nine months, casting a shadow on the labor market.
US existing home sales fall to lowest level in nearly a year:
U.S. home resales fell sharply in November to their lowest level in nearly a year, hurt by a rise in interest rates since the spring and ongoing price increases that have shut some home buyers out of the market.
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 : 3,405
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001