Information Clearing House 7 July 2014

7 July 2014 — Information Clearing House

“Civilians are Dying Here and Something Needs to Happen to Stop It”
By Vera Graziadei
Some of the people feel abandoned by Vladimir Putin and some of them think that he’s being a hypocrite at this point.


Ukraine Gangster State Calls for ‘Nuclear Strikes’
Video Report
“Ukraine is now literally a government “of the oligarchs, by the oligarchs, for the oligarchs”.



The US Sledgehammer Worldview
By Noam Chomsky
It is hard to ignore the consequences of U.S. state terror.



What’s Behind the Escalating Sectarian War and U.S. Intervention?
By Larry Everest
It isn’t simply the “fault” or “stupidity” of Bush, Cheney and the “neocons,” as some argue.



So, Who Wrote The Script?
Stephen Harper and Oz Prime Minister John Howard SAME SPEECH
In 2003, Stephen Harper and Australian Prime Minister John Howard deliver largely identical speeches urging their nations to join George W. Bush’s Coalition of the Willing to go to war with Iraq.



The “Threat” of Iran? Or the Threat of Saying “No” to Washington?
By Steve Chovanec
What exactly is this “threat?” 



The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”
By Thomas DiLorenzo
The real purpose of the war, the Albany (New York) Evening Journal announced on June 1, 1861, was to warn the rest of “Christendom” of the coming dominance of the American empire. 



Our Wretched Jewish State
By Gideon Levy
These are the children of the nationalistic and racist generation – Netanyahu’s offspring.



Jews for Justice in Palestine
“Racism And Colonialism Are Not Jewish Values”
By Ben Lorber
Our people did not suffer oppression and exile for centuries so that we could turn around and become the oppressors of another people.



The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders
By Conor Friedersdorf
The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans-and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will.



More Fraud In The Works
Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains Are Based on Statistical Fraud
By Paul Craig Roberts


The corruption in present-day America is total.



Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War
By Chris Hedges
No public official dares criticize the armed forces or challenge their divine right to more than half of all the nation’s discretionary spending.



Millions of Soldiers and Veterans in Trouble
By Bill Quigley
Twenty two veterans kill themselves every day according to the Veterans Administration.



Americans Insist on Being Delusional About Racism
By Mychal Denzel Smith
63 percent of Americans choose to believe black people are unambitious, or lazy or incompetent.


Ugandan Army Claim They Killed 60 Gunmen, Troops Now Deployed Near Oil Area:
Uganda worries that ADF-NALU, if left unchallenged in Congo’s loosely governed east, poses a threat to its oil fields in the Albertine rift basin where Tullow Oil, Total and China’s CNOOC are preparing for commercial production, possibly starting in 2017.



Nigeria: At least 50 killed, foreigners nabbed:
Nigerian authorities announced on Monday that more than 44 suspected Boko Haram militants and six soldiers had been killed in separate clashes. “Terrorists and armed gangs operating in the forests were completely rooted out while some were captured during the operation,” Olukolade said.



20 killed in Afghanistan :
At least five police, five civilians and 10 militants were reported dead following separate Taliban attacks and a government airstrike in Afghanistan, officials said on Monday.



Afghanistan: Taliban rocket leaves 5 kids dead in Kunduz province:
District police chief, Majid Khan said heavy clashes broke out between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces around 5:00 am local time.



Afghanistan’s Ghani wins presidential vote: preliminary result:
Afghanistan’s election officials declared on Monday that former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won last month’s second round of a presidential election with 56.44 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results.



Afghan candidates spar over release of results :
Abdullah Abdullah said “What we are asking for is . an audit and after the completion of the audit before the announcement of the preliminary results should be made,” he said Sunday at a news conference. “There is no doubt that fraud has happened, massive fraud has happened,” he said.



5 security personnel killed in Pakistan:
At least five security personnel were killed and another was injured in two separate firing incidents in Pakistan on Sunday night, local media reported on Monday.



Iraq: Citizens in Sharqat kill /16/ elements of the ISIS and destroy 6 vehicles :
A source in the district of Shirqat told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the people of Al-Zwaiya village killed 16 members of the ISIS organization and destroyed 6 cars for them in the right coast of Shirqat north of Tikrit.



3, policemen and civilians wounded in a suicide attack in Kadhimiyah north of Baghdad. :
A police source told the National Iraqi News Agency / Nina /: “A suicide car bomber attacked a checkpoint at the entrance to Kadhimiyah area near Jawadain bridge , noting that the attack resulted in the deaths of three policemen and wounding 10, policemen and civilians.”



Girl killed, eight people hurt in Iraqi airstrike: Kurdish official:
A 12-year-old girl has been killed and eight other civilians wounded in an Iraqi airstrike on a Kurdish-held town in Iraq’s northern province of Salahuddin, a Kurdish security forces official said, APA reports quoting Reuters.



Iraqi general killed in fighting west of Baghdad:
Maj. Gen. Najim Abdullah Ali was overseeing a raid Monday outside the village of Karma when a mortar round exploded nearby, killing him.



Iraq parliament delays session until August:
Iraq’s newly elected parliament has postponed its next session until August 12, state television said, amid political deadlock over choosing a new prime minister.



Iran’s Surveillance Drones Over Iraq Make U.S. Military Wary:
As Iran helps Iraqi government forces fight rebels pushing through Iraq, the use of unarmed Iranian drones has U.S. officials on edge, as analyst Anthony Cordesman explains to NPR’s Linda Wertheimer.



Six militants from Army of Islam killed near Damascus:
Six militants from Jaish Al-Islam (Army of Islam) and allied Islamist groups, were killed on Monday in clashes with forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in East Ghouta, Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.



Syrian troops advance in key city of Aleppo:
Troop movement into what was once country’s commercial centre seen as attempt to lay siege to its rebel-held parts.



Threat Posed By Britons Returning After Fighting With ISIS Is Exaggerated, Says Ex-MI6 Chief :
“I feel deeply uncomfortable to see our national media making national security monsters out of rather misguided young men from our Muslim communities who frankly, I think, cut rather pathetic figures.



57 Years Ago: U.S. and Britain Approved Use of Islamic Extremists to Topple Syrian Government:
Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive “regime change” in another Arab country… by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures.



Hamas threatens revenge after Gaza air raids kills 9 people:
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, on Monday accused Israel of a “grave escalation” in violence and threatened to retaliate, saying Israel would “pay the price”.



Rockets from Gaza follow Israeli air strikes:
Nine people were killed overnight in Gaza and nearly 40 rockets and mortars were fired into southern Israel.



Israel calls up reservists as tensions increase:
Israel called up reserve troops Monday for a possible escalation of hostilities with Palestinians in Gaza where Hamas said six of its fighters were killed by airstrikes, something Israel denied.



Hamas demands release of re-arrested prisoners before ceasefire:
A video published Sunday on YouTube, allegedly produced by Hamas, threatened Israeli “settlers” of Beersheba and urged them to depart before it was “too late.”



Gaza groups claim responsibility for rocket fire:
The militant wings of four Palestinian political groups claimed responsibility for rocket fire at southern Israel overnight Sunday.



3 Israelis in custody ‘admit Palestinian teen murder’:
“Three out of six suspects in custody have confessed to the murder and burning of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, and performed a re-enactment of the crime” in front of officers, the source told AFP, requesting anonymity.



If Israel can do this to two American boys imagine what Palestinians face every day:
Two American boys, one of them Jewish, see the true face of Israeli “democracy” when visiting Israel and occupied East Jerusalem.



We Palestinians are garbage: nobody cares about us :
No one cares if six people are missing, 10 people die, two kids are kidnapped, 10 women are killed. No one cares about Palestinians.



As a Jew living in America, the past week has changed me forever:
I have begun, for the first time, to consider what a single, bi-national state might look like, to consider that it might finally end this madness.



Al-Qaeda Kills Two Yemeni Soldiers: Military:
Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed two Yemeni soldiers and wounded five on Monday in the southern province of Abyan, a stronghold of the jihadists, a military official said.



Lavrov: Ukraine crisis reminds of Belgrade bombing in 1999:
Washington should feel responsibility for the crisis in Ukraine, said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointing out that the current events in the country recall NATO bombings of Yugoslavia in 1999.



German spy who sold secrets to US tried to make deal with Russians:
The German intelligence “double agent” who allegedly sold hundreds of top secret documents to the Americans was caught by his own country’s counter espionage agents while trying to broker an additional spying deal with the Russian secret services, according to intelligence sources in Berlin.



Merkel’s mad: German leader indignant over ‘serious’ US spying allegations:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said allegations of a German working as a double agent for the US intelligence are “serious” and if proven correct contradict the spirit of bilateral cooperation.



Germany to escalate counter-espionage efforts in wake of US spying allegations:
Bild newspaper says interior ministry emphasising the need for effective counter-intelligence in wake of arrest of BND staffer



Germany’s failed attempts to get its gold back from the US ‘opens question of its sovereignty’:
What’s really behind Germany’s efforts to get its gold reserves back?



The NSA is Probably Already Following You:
Remember all those times we were told that the government, especially the National Security Agency (NSA), only tracks folks who either guilty of something or involved in suspicious-seeming activity? Well, we’re going to have amend that a bit.



Security fears loom over CIA report:
“shocking” brutality during the George W. Bush administration.



Bad news for sea-level rises as quickening Antarctic winds point to faster ice melt:
Sea levels may rise much faster than predicted because climate models have failed to account for the disruptive effects of stronger westerly winds, Australian-led research has found.



Pope Francis lambasts Catholic bishops who helped cover up child abuse:
“There is no place in the church’s ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not.”



Fourth of July weekend toll: 82 shot, 14 of them fatally, in Chicago:
Five of the people were shot by police over 36 hours on Friday and Saturday, including two boys 14 and 16 who were killed when they allegedly refused to drop their guns.



Why Homelessness Is Rising For New York City Students:
The number of homeless students in New York City rose last school year to reach 76,816, according to new data from the city. That figure is up 16 percent over the 66,003 homeless students in the 2010-2011 year


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 :3,455


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



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