1 July 2014 — Information Clearing House
Three Israeli Settlers And The The Searing Hypocrisy of the West
By Susan Abulhawa
Palestinian children are assaulted or murdered every day and barely do their lives register in western press.
Tell The Imperial President: No More Wars!
By Patrick J. Buchanan
It is astonishing that Republicans who threaten to impeach Obama for usurping authority at home remain silent as he prepares to usurp their war powers – to march us into Syria and back into Iraq.
Regional War Swallowing the Middle East
By Shamus Cooke
All these developments emphasize the need to revive the antiwar movement here in the U.S.
Pity the Children
By Chris Hedges
People who carry weapons and travel with armed units have a terrifying God-like power to humiliate, to demand instant and unquestioned obedience and to kill.
West Should Stop Turning World Into ‘Global Barracks’
By Vladimir Putin
What did our partners expect from us as the developments in Ukraine unfolded?
How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector
By Noam Chomsky
We now face the most ominous decisions in human history.
Facebook Admits Playing With Our Moods
By Jonathan Cook
If we want to understand the brave new world we are entering with social media, then this story is an important read.
Sixty Five Million Left Out July 4
By Bill Quigley
Over sixty five million people in the US, perhaps a fifth of our sisters and brothers, are not enjoying the “unalienable rights” of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”
More than 2,400 Iraqis killed in June: UN report:
The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has released new casualty figures for June, Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here, adding at least 2,417 Iraqis have been killed and another 2, 287 have been injured in acts of terrorism and violence during the month.
Pentagon says growing US forces in Iraq need ‘flexibility’ for mission:
Unofficially, the Pentagon is indicating that the number of troops in Iraq is likely to continue the incremental expansion that President Barack Obama launched last month after Islamic State forces overran Sunni areas of the country.
Iraq Veterans Against the War Statement on the Crisis In Iraq:
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) – calls on Congress, the President, and his administration to reject the use of violence and militarism in response to the current outbreak of violence in Iraq.
Envoy: Iraq can’t wait for U.S. military aid:
Iraq is increasingly turning to other governments like Iran, Russia and Syria to help beat back a rampant insurgency because it cannot wait for additional American military aid, Baghdad’s top envoy to the U.S. said Tuesday.
Russia to the rescue in Iraq? Moscow delivers jet fighters to Baghdad.:
The first shipment of ground attack Sukhoi fighters comes after Iraq complained the US wasn’t delivering support its needs to fend off Islamic militants.
All Iranian Su-25 Frogfoot attack planes have just deployed to Iraq:
All the seven operational Su-25 Frogfoot attack planes operated by the Pasdaran have completed their deployment to Imam Ali Airbase where they will join the ex-Russian Air Force Su-25s already delivered to Iraq in the air war against ISIS (Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).
Isis leader calls on Muslims to ‘build Islamic state’:
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on Muslims to immigrate to the “Islamic State”, saying it was a duty. He made a “special call” for judges, doctors, engineers and people with military and administrative expertise.
Iraqi rebel leader calls for ‘holy war’:
Proclaiming a “new era” in which Muslims will ultimately triumph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued the call to jihad – holy war – in an audio message lasting nearly 20 minutes that was posted online on Tuesday.
Isis Caliphate has Baghdad worried because of appeal to angry young Sunnis: Op-Ed:
As Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), declares himself the caliph of a new Islamic state larger in size than Great Britain, people in Baghdad wait for a fresh assault on the capital by his fighters, who have already captured much of northern Iraq.
Iraq parliament session ends in chaos as turmoil deepens:
After a break called to calm soaring tempers, so many Sunni and Kurdish deputies stayed away that the quorum was lost, so a speaker could not be elected as was constitutionally required, and the session ended in disarray.
John Kerry says U.S. war on Iraq was serious “mistake”:
In an interview to Chinese news agency, US Secretary of State, John Kerry said he had termed this decision of former President George Bush going for war on Iraq a grave mistake.
Syria: ISIS Shows off Military Hardware: Video –
NBC News ISIS members are seen parading their military vehicles and equipment, including a missile, through the streets of Raqqa, Syria
ISIS Parades Scud Missile ‘Heading Towards Israel’:
ISIS parades Scud missile and tanks in Syria transferred from Iraq, as ISIS member threatens missile ‘heading towards Israel.’
Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in Jenin refugee camp:
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during a military operation in Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank early Tuesday, locals and medics said.
Israel’s three murdered teens buried side-by-side amid national outpouring of grief;
Israel vows to apprehend killers ‘dead or alive’; US warns Israel against ‘heavy-handed’ response.
At ransacked homes of suspects, disbelief that killings took place:
Standing in their devastated abodes, family members of the two suspected kidnappers find it hard to believe the Israeli account.
The High Cost Of Israel’s Brutal Assault On Palestinians In Search For Israeli Teens:
“Hit me one time in the face, and then hit me again, and again, it will start to feel normal. That’s what the occupation is like. That’s what losing my sons is like.”
‘Now that bodies found, world won’t abide large military campaign’:
International community supported search and Hamas arrests, but sees no justification for extended offensive or settlement expansions, official warns
Hamas: Not interested in confrontation with Israel, but ready:
The Israeli threats, added the spokesman, “do not scare Hamas,” though the movement takes these threats very seriously.
Has CNN officially become Israeli State TV?:
Since the initial disappearance of three Israelis feared kidnapped when hitchhiking in occupied Palestinian territory almost three weeks ago, Israel unleashed a wide-scale campaign of arrests and raids that resulted in ten Palestinian deaths and over 500 arbitrarily arrested Palestinians, and the destruction of property in countless home
Iran: U.S. Demand for Deep Centrifuge Cut Is a Diplomatic Ploy: –
With only a few weeks remaining before the Jul. 20 deadline, the Barack Obama administration issued a warning to Iran that it must accept deep cuts in the number of its centrifuges in order to demonstrate that its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes.
Nigeria: Over 50 killed in Maiduguri’s largest market:
At least 50people have been killed in an explosion at a market in Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria, a medical worker has told the BBC. The explosives were reportedly hidden in a vehicle carrying charcoal.
Uganda clashes with CAR Seleka rebels, 12 killed:
Uganda said on Tuesday its forces in Central African Republic (CAR) had clashed for the first time with fighters from Seleka, a mainly Muslim rebel force, killing 12, and would pursue them as part of a campaign against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Report: 58 killed in hospitals in S.Sudan conflict:
Patients were shot in their hospital beds, medical and humanitarian staff killed, and medical facilities were destroyed in fighting in South Sudan since December in actions that breach international law, an aid group said in a report released Tuesday.
Dead migrants from Libya ‘crammed in boat like animals for slaughter’:
Italian police begin interviewing survivors of fishing vessel containing bodies of at least 30 men thought to have suffocated.
11 Militants Killed in Airstrike by Afghan Air Force:
Gen. Azimi further added that Mi-35 helicopters were used to target the Taliban militants during the air raid.
Election result delayed in Afghanistan:
Abdullah Abdullah, reported to be far behind in the vote count, welcomed the delay and called for an anti-fraud audit that could trigger a prolonged political stalemate as US-led combat troops end their 13-year war against the Taliban.
Japan cabinet approves landmark military change:
A reinterpretation of the law will now allow “collective self-defence” – using force to defend allies under attack. PM Shinzo Abe has been pushing hard for the move, arguing Japan needs to adapt to a changing security environment.
Ukraine troops resume attacks on rebels:
Ukrainian tanks and fighter bombers have resumed their assault on pro-Russian insurgents after Kiev’s Western-backed leader brushed off a last-gasp European effort to save a tenuous 10-day truce.
Pro-Russian rebels capture police HQ in Ukraine city:
The Interior Ministry headquarters in eastern Ukraine’s largest city fell to pro-Russia separatists Tuesday after a five-hour gunbattle that erupted hours after the Ukrainian president ended a ceasefire.
Russia’s Lavrov warns of ‘new round of bloodshed’ in Ukraine:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged a halt to Ukraine’s military operation against separatist rebels in the east in a telephone call with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, warning of “a new round of bloodshed.”
Putin vows to protect ethnic Russians abroad after Ukraine truce expires:
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, after Kiev renewed military operations against pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, that Moscow would continue to defend the interests of ethnic Russians abroad.
Putin to West: Stop turning world into ‘global barracks,’ dictating rules to others:
He has stressed that Russia and European partners could not convince Poroshenko to not take the path of violence, which can’t lead to peace.
French ambassador to Russia:
France trying to persuade Poroshenko to reinstate ceasefire:
Speaking to Interfax on Tuesday, Ripert said the government of France, as well as the governments of Germany and other European countries, is putting pressure on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to reinstate the ceasefire.
Putin Slams US $9 Billion Fine Against French BNP As “Blackmail” For Russian Warship Deal:
Recall that about a month ago we reported that shortly after France was stunned to see its largest bank slammed by its bestest buddy, the US, with a record $9 billion fine, “France responded to the fine by announcing it will train hundreds of Russian seamen to operate the French-Made Warship”, the Mistral.
EU Delays Decision on Further Russia Sanctions:
The European Union held off from agreeing additional sanctions on Russia at a meeting Tuesday, according to several people briefed on discussions, with the bloc deciding to closely monitor the situation on the ground over coming days.
European Court of Human Rights upholds French ban on full-face veils:
The Strasbourg-based court was ruling on a case brought by a 24-year-old French woman, who argued that the ban on wearing the veil in public violated her freedom of religion and expression.
EU Slashes Mobile Data Roaming Fees By 55%:
The price cap for one megabyte of data use will be lowered to 20 euro cents (27 dollar cents) from 45 cents – a 55 percent drop. Phone calls and text messaging services across national borders are also getting cheaper by about 25 percent.
EU admonishes US for overseas data requests:
The EU has slammed the US for its demand that Microsoft surrender overseas data – emails held on Irish servers – saying that the move could contravene international law.
France’s Sarkozy held for questioning:
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been held in police custody for questioning over suspected influence-peddling, sources told Al Jazeera.
China to Set Yuan Clearing Banks in Luxembourg, Paris:
In its continued push to make the yuan a global currency, China’s central bank said Sunday it plans to designate clearing banks for its currency in Paris and Luxembourg, as the two financial centers battle with London to become the leading European offshore yuan-trading city.
Snowden docs will be released to avert ‘unspecified US war’:
All the remaining Snowden documents will be released next month, according t?o? whistle-blowing site ?Cryptome, which said in a tweet that the release of the info by unnamed third parties would be necessary to head off an unnamed “war”.?
Is NSA Surveillance Mastermind Keith Alexander Selling US Secrets to Wall Street?:
Perhaps you already assume that there’s some kind of twisted marriage between Wall Street megabanks and the US global surveillance regime. Why wouldn’t there be? But not even a total cynic could have anticipated spymaster Keith Alexander cashing in this hard, this fast.
Mexican security forces kill 22 ‘drug gang members’:
Mexican authorities said that the 22 victims were probably members of La Familia Michoacana drug cartel. The criminal gang is active in neighbouring Michoacan and Guerrero states.
Unprecedented numbers of US war veterans affected by drug dependency, at risk of suicide:
1 Million US Vetrans are taking opiods
Interaction with Salt Lake City police after officer shot dog: Video –
Sean Kendall shot this video of his interaction with Salt Lake City police after learning an officer had shot his dog in his backyard.
Regulators accuse T-Mobile of bogus billing:
T-Mobile US knowingly made hundreds of millions of dollars off its customers in potentially bogus charges, federal regulators alleged Tuesday in the first lawsuit of its kind against a wireless provider.
Carbon Dioxide In Our Air Just Reached New Record, Scientists Are Worried:
If the trend continues, some said, carbon levels will soon surpass 450 ppm – a level that many scientists agree would create a level of global warming that would be too difficult for some humans to adapt to.
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
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001