Information Clearing House 9 July 2014

9 July 2014 — Information Clearing House

Troublemaking Washington
Pushing Ukraine to the Brink

By Mike Whitney

There should be a concerted effort to abandon the dollar, ditch US Treasuries, jettison the petrodollar system, and force the US to become a responsible citizen that complies with International law.


National Endowment for Empire
Democracy Promotion Means Regime Change
By Ed Warner
Like it or not, Russia remains a substantial power not to be ignored.



Netanyahu Government Knew Teens Were Dead As It Whipped Up Racist Frenzy
By Max Blumenthal
The Shin Bet even lied to the parents of the kidnapped teens, deceiving them into believing their sons were alive.



Israelis Have The Upper Hand When It Comes To Vengeance
By Jonathan Cook
The Israelis thirsting for reprisals are simply echoing their politicians and religious leaders whose statements for vengeance surpassed even the ugly grandstanding of Hamas.



I Filmed the LAPD Assaulting Me at pro-Israel Demo
Video By Ali Abunimah
As I was arriving, I heard one participant say: “A good Muslim is a dead Muslim.”



The Emperor’s New Clothes
The Naked Truth About the American Police State
By John W. Whitehead
What we have now is a feudal monarchy, run by wealthy overlords and financed with the blood, sweat and labor of the underclasses who are kept in check by the increasingly militarized police.



Under Surveillance
Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On
By Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain
Ghafoor has no doubts that he was placed under government surveillance because of his name, his religion, and his legal work.



American Exceptionalism
Are You a True Believer?
By Scott Lazarowitz
I wonder if the true believers could ever consider the possibility that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were already being planned before 9/11.



In Case You Missed It
Put Away the Flags
By Howard Zinn
Is not nationalism — that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder — one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?



Magical Thinking
Why Housing Will Crash Again
By Charles Hugh Smith
The stock market goes higher forever, housing goes higher forever, and the Fed has banished recessions forever. If this isn’t magical thinking, then what is it?


Yemeni Shi’ites capture city after fighting kills 200: –
Shi’ite Muslim fighters captured one of the main cities in northern Yemen on Tuesday, a local official and residents said, after fighting that has killed at least 200 people and puts the Shi’ites on the outskirts of the capital.



Yemen accuses Shiite rebels of ‘atrocities’ near Sanaa:
Home to an estimated 120,000 people, the city fell into rebel hands on Tuesday after a three-day battle which has uprooted some 10,000 families, according to the Red Crescent.



Saudi King orders urgent aid to Yemen – Pres. Hadi says:
The Saudi King has ordered different kinds of aid and assistance to be provided to the Yemeni government, said President Hadi Wednesday after his return from a visit to Saudi Arabia.



Fifty bodies found south of Baghdad:
Iraqi security forces have found the bullet-riddled bodies of 53 men in a mainly Shia area south of Baghdad. The men, who were bound, blindfolded and had wounds to the head or chest, were found in a field outside Hamza al-Gharbi, a town in Babil province.



47 ISIL rebels killed in Baghdad:
A statement by Baghdad Operations Command received by IraqiNews.comsaid “The security forces within the 24th Brigade of the Iraqi Army killed 45 ISIL terrorists and destroyed four of their vehicles in the Ebadi, Shortan and Sa’adan areas of western Baghdad.”



Iraq PM calls Kurd city ‘base for terrorism’:
Nouri al-Maliki accuses Kurdish leaders of allowing Islamic State fighters to operate in the city of Erbil.



53 Palestinians killed, over 450 injured in Gaza assault:
Five Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on northern and southern Gaza Wednesday evening, bringing the total death toll in Gaza to 53, medical officials said.



Murder In Gaza:
Israeli attack kills family of 3:
Muhammad Khalaf al-Nawasrah, 4, toddler Nidal Khalaf al-Nawasrah, and their mother Sumud al-Nawasrah were killed when an Israeli missile hit their home in central Gaza. Two other children are reported missing, with their bodies believed to be buried under rubble.



Israel bombs 200 Gaza sites, 8 children reported dead, Hamas fires rockets:
At least eight children have been killed in the last 24 hours as Operation Protective Edge launched by Israeli forces entered its second day. The IDF claims it has hit at least 200 targets in Gaza since Tuesday.



PA eyes The Hague as Abbas accuses Israel of ‘genocide’:
Palestinian leader invokes Auschwitz during emergency meeting; PLO calls for world’s protection



Ex-envoy to US warns: There’s no Iron Dome against Abbas’s moves:
Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren warned that Abbas’s moves to penalize Israel through international organizations were a “strategic threat” for Israel.



World uninterested in Gaza operation, senior official says:
International leaders are tired of the conflict and busy with worse crises in the region, Israeli source says.



Israeli officials: Airstrikes will ‘exact a heavy price’:
Airstrikes on Gaza will become more intense in the coming days, Israeli media quoted Israeli officials as saying Wednesday. “We’ll continue with strikes that will exact a very heavy price from Hamas,” Israel’s defense minister told army radio.



How Netanyahu provoked this war with Gaza: Op-Ed:
His antagonism to all Palestinians – to Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority no less than to Hamas – started and steadily fueled the chain reaction that led to the current misery.



Florida lawyers fired for Palestinian Facebook abuse:
Pair of assistant public defenders allegedly posted comments comparing Palestinians to pigs and cockroaches



Air raid kills 20 ‘jihadists” in Syria:
At least 20 members of IS were killed and others were injured in air strikes… targeting an IS training base in Raqa,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.



Syria rebels kill 14 in Hama village:
At least 14 people, among them women, were killed by Syrian rebels in the village of Khatab in central Hama province overnight, state media and an NGO said Wednesday.



Syrian government forces squeeze insurgents in Aleppo:
Syrian armed forces have taken strategic ground around Aleppo this week, residents and state media said on Wednesday, squeezing the main rebel supply line into the city after months of battlefield gains by Damascus.



FSA brigades pledge allegiance to ISIS in Al Bukamal, east Syria:
Sources and eyewitnesses in the border town of al-Bukamal east Syria informed Zaman Alwasl that many factions affiliated with FSA have pledged allegiance with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) amid a huge public attendance, where their weapons have been handed over to “ISIS”.



1,000 Syrian rebels defect to Islamic State, activists say:
A Syrian rebel brigade defected to the Islamic State this week, a sign that the extremist group continues to build strength after seizing vast territories in western Iraq and eastern Syria, anti-government activists said Tuesday.



31 killed in massive Taliban attack in Afghanistan:
A massive attack, including suicide bombings, launched Wednesday by Taliban militants against the police headquarters and provincial governor’s office in Kandahar city, the capital of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, left 31 people dead, Abdul Raziq, a provincial police official, said.



11 militants killed in Pakistan:
Jet fighters carried out air strikes on suspected militant hideouts during the Zarb-i-Azb operation in the North Waziristan tribal region, Dawn online reported.



Pakistani terror group becomes ‘first jihadi group to defect to ISIS outside of Middle East’ :
Tehreek-e-Khilafat has declared it will raise the flag of the Islamic State – formerly known as ISIS – above south Asia and Khurusan, an historical Islamic region comprising parts of Afghanistan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.



Four Killed in Somalia Presidential Palace Attack:
Four people, including three militants, were killed in an overnight attack on the presidential palace in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, government sources said Wednesday.



Egyptian soldier killed in Sinai bombing:
Four others injured in roadside attack on armored vehicle



Ukrainian Forces Re-Take Eastern City of Artemivsk:
Ukrainian forces are now in control of the eastern city of Artemivsk. They captured the Eastern city in Donetsk as part of a government offensive.



Ukrainian army prepares siege of Donetsk:
After regaining control of Slavyansk, the Kiev regime has announced an offensive against the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.



Russia, Serbia agree €2.1bn South Stream construction deal:
 Serbia has signed a 2.1 billion euro contract with Gazprom subsidiary Centrgaz to construct the South Stream pipeline across its territory. There is increasing pressure from the EU to suspend the project because it claims it breaks competition law.



German paper reports second US spy:
The German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung has reported that German criminal police have searched the Berlin apartment of a second man thought to be spying for the CIA. The man worked for the German military, says the paper.



Senate committee adopts cybersecurity bill:
Intelligence committee approves major bill that civil libertarians say would give NSA even wider access to Americans’ data



Don’t be shocked that the US spied on American Muslims.
Get angry that it justifies spying on whomever it wants



White House: racial slurs in NSA intelligence material ‘unacceptable’:
 FBI and NSA to review policy after leaked documents suggest training materials referred to targets using offensive language.



US military studied how to influence Twitter users in Darpa-funded research:
The activities of users of Twitter and other social media services were recorded and analysed as part of a major project funded by the US military, in a program that covers ground similar to Facebook’s controversial experiment into how to control emotions by manipulating news feeds.



Files on UK role in CIA rendition accidentally destroyed, says minister:
Rights groups say FCO claim records of flights in and out of Diego Garcia missing due to water damage ‘smacks of cover-up



Russian Foreign Ministry outraged by Russian citizen’s kidnapping by US secret service in Maldives:
Russian citizen Roman Seleznyov was detained in the airport of Male, Maldives, forced by agents of American secret service into a private jet and brought to Guam Island



BRICS countries near development bank deal to rival IMF, WB:
The emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, are a couple of days from agreeing the $10 billion BRICS development bank, as well as a $100 billion currency pool. It could challenge global lenders like the IMF and World Bank.



Obama lawyers: Guantanamo detainees ‘not persons’ like Hobby Lobby:
The Obama Administration is resisting giving religious rights to Guantanamo detainees on the basis that they are “not…’person[s]'” entitled to the protection of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) – unlike US corporation Hobby Lobby.



‘Flee or die’: violence drives Central America’s child migrants to US border:
When the gruelling journey eventually brought them to the banks of the Rio Bravo, Karla thought the family’s nightmare was finally over. But after putting themselves in the care of a US customs agent, a new one began


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 :3,459


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



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