Information Clearing House 29 June 2014: Smedley Butler and the Racket That Is War

29 June 2014 — Information Clearing House

Will The New Caliphate Unite The Middle East Against It?
By Moon Of Alabama
With this declaration al-Baghdadi also declared war on all monarchs and other rulers in the Middle East. He will soon likely call for offensive jihad against them.

 

A Feast For Maggots
The Hounds of War: a Dedication to Our Leaders
By William A. Cook
How sad to witness that ancient soldier, Senator John McCain, shuffle before the cameras, one last glorious moment before the klieg lights finally go out, saliva dripping from his lips in curdled drops-“more war!, more war!, more war!”

 

 

The World Is Sick Of Israel And Its Insanities
By Gideon Levy
It’s all because the entire world is against us; it’s anti-Semitic and hates Israel.

 

 

“Israel Is A Monster”
Video
“I was a Zionist”. Tzvia Thier at demonstrationagainst Israeli raids in West Bank.

 

 

Smedley Butler and the Racket That Is War
By Sheldon Richman
“The more things change, the more they stay the same,” but on reading Butler today, who can resist thinking it?

 

 

How to Create the Ideal Government and Society
By Roger Copple
Living in a classless society where citizens love academic study, philosophical thinking, meditation, and voluntary simplicity, instead of conspicuous consumption, is my ideal.
 
Iraq Army Kills 60 Militants In Tikrit: Gov says:
The Iraq army has killed about 60 militants in Tikrit and recaptured the headquarters of the governor, in the latest offensive on the northern city, the state media reported.

 

 

25 security members killed in clashes near Baghdad:
A total of 25 security members were killed and some 22 others wounded in clashes between Iraqi forces and militants in south of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Saturday, a police source said.

 

 

Iraqi Army Retreats From Saddam’s Hometown As Assault On ISIS Falters:
Insurgents brought down an army helicopter over the northern city of Tikrit on Sunday as the military sent in tanks to try to dislodge them on second day of a major pushback against a Sunni militant takeover of large stretches of Iraq.

 

 

ISIS declares creation of Islamic state in Middle East, ‘new era of international jihad’:
ISIS jihadists have declared the captured territories from Iraq’s Diyala province to Syria’s Aleppo a new Islamic State – a ‘caliphate.’ They removed ‘Iraq and the Levant’ from their name and urged other radical Sunni groups to pledge their allegiance.

 

 

ISIS Battle Plan for Baghdad:
ISIS is formidable, but it is also predictable. ISIS has exposed many of the core elements of its strategy, and it is possible to anticipate their next steps.

 

 

Iraq takes delivery of Russian fighter jets:
Baghdad hopes batch of five second-hand planes will bolster efforts to retake large parts of the country lost to rebels.

 

 

Kurdish forces attack Iraqi military bases in Kirkuk:
Military commander: A senior Iraqi military commander says Kurdish Peshmerga forces have seized heavy weapons and military equipment in Kirkuk governorate. Lieutenant Abdul Amir al-Zaidi said on Sunday that the Kurdish forces attacked military bases and disrupted the security situation in Diyala and Kirkuk.

 

 

Israeli PM Netanyahu endorses Kurdish independence citing chaos in Iraq:
In an apparent clash against the international community’s support of a united Iraq, the Israeli leader has called to back the de-facto independence of Kurds.

 

 

New alliances bring old enemies together as Isis advances in Iraq:
“Old enemies are now sharing intelligence,” said a senior Iraqi political figure. “Even the Iranians are seeing some of the CIA work on Da’ash [a name used for Isis].”

 

 

Iran, Qatar to cooperate against ‘terror’:
The leaders of Shiite Iran and Sunni Qatar vowed Sunday to cooperate to fight “terrorism in the region”, President Hassan Rouhani’s office reported as Iraqi forces counter a militant onslaught.

 

 

ISIS crucifies 8 rebels in Aleppo: activists:
A jihadist group in Syria has publicly executed and crucified eight rebels fighting both President Bashar Assad’s regime and the jihadists, an activist group said Sunday.

 

 

Report: US fears Israel would be dragged into war with ISIS:
Obama administration concerned that jihadist group, that already seized control of parts of Iraq, Syria, will try to invade Jordan. Israeli diplomats say country prepared to take military action to save Hashemite Kingdom

 

 

US: Jordan may ask Israel to go to war against ISIL:
Once the jihadi group turns its attention to the Hashemite kingdom, Jerusalem may be drawn into the fray, administration officials say

 

 

Yemen troops foil hospital attack, 6 killed:
The ministry statement said the attack occurred in the early hours of Saturday on the hospital in Hadramout province, setting off a battle that lasted for an hour.

 

 

1 Killed, 3 injured in Israeli attack on southern Gaza:
A Palestinian was killed and three others were injured as Israeli warplanes struck al-Qarara in the southern Gaza Strip late Sunday, a Ma’an reporter and Israel’s army said.

 

 

Netanyahu in media blitz warns world powers on any Iran deal:
Netanyahu appeared Sunday in interviews in each of the six countries negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program. On the same day, a high-ranking Israeli delegation left for talks in Washington.

 

 

30 killed in deadly attacks on Nigeria churches:
Residents said that dozens of people may have been killed on Sunday in the raids on villages roughly 10km outside of Chibok, but no one was able to offer an authoritative death toll.

 

 

Egypt to raise electricity and fuel prices, says minister:
“The coming phase will witness difficult decisions. I believe that society is ready to accept these decisions. The rich will bear the largest burden in these reforms,” he said. Approximately 25 million Egyptians live below the poverty line.

 

 

Pakistan: 16 Militants Killed in North Waziristan Military Operation:
Military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said in a statement that seven terrorist hideouts were destroyed by air force aircraft on outskirts of Mirali.

 

 

Afghanistan: 10 policemen killed in a suspected insider attack in Uruzgan:
ALP men killed in uruzganAt least ten policemen were killed following Taliban militants attack in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

 

 

5 civilians killed, 5 others injured in Farah explosion:
At least five civilians were killed and five others were injured following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Farah province. Local security officials said the incident took place in Bala Bolok district after a civilian vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

 

 

Cameraman for Russia’s top broadcaster killed in E. Ukraine:
A cameraman for Russia’s Channel One TV station died from injuries after being shot by Ukrainian troops in Donetsk, the head of the press service for the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) said, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

 

 

Ukrainians protest in Kiev against ceasefire in the east of the country – video:
Ukrainians gather around the presidential administration building and in Kiev’s Independence Square on Sunday to demonstrate against the president’s extension of a ceasefire in the east of the country

 

 

Europe warns Putin on eve of Ukraine truce deadline:
The leaders of Germany and France warned Vladimir Putin on Sunday that Russia could be hit with punishing sanctions within days unless he forced Ukrainian rebels Moscow is accused of backing to suspend their deadly uprising.

 

 

EU leaders join Ukraine-Russia talks amid new clashes:
Protesters angered by the ceasefire gathered outside President Poroshenko’s offices in Kiev on Sunday.

 

 

US pressured Denmark to close Kurdish TV so Rasmussen would become NATO chief – lawyer:
WikiLeaks documents released back in March suggest Rasmussen abused his powers during his time as Denmark’s prime minister, in order to secure his future job.

 

 

Bulgaria makes more arrests over bank runs: –
Bulgarian authorities said on Sunday they had detained three more people on suspicion of plotting to destabilise the country’s banking system by spreading false information about the health of its commercial banks.

 

 

First Nations ‘ecstatic’ over historic Supreme Court ruling:
It’s being hailed as a significant victory for First Nations, and aboriginal people across the country are celebrating today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision granting title to more than 1,700 square kilometres of land in B.C. to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation.

 

 

GI Bill funds flow to for-profit colleges that fail state aid standards:
As a result, the GI Bill – designed to help veterans live the American dream – is supporting for-profit companies that spend lavishly on marketing but can leave veterans with worthless degrees and few job prospects, The Center for Investigative Reporting found.

 

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 :3,454

 

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001
    

 
1,545,555,557,868 

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