Information Clearing House 16 July 2014: American and Israeli War Crimes

16 July 2014 Information Clearing House

How US and Blair Plotted ‘Ceasefire’ Scam
By Jonathan Cook
The idea for the so-called Egyptian “ceasefire proposal” was actually hatched in Washington, the messenger boy was arch-war criminal Tony Blair, and the terms were drafted by Israel.


Israel Inflicts Illegal Collective Punishment on Gaza
By Marjorie Cohn
“Israel is able to act with utter impunity because of the military, economic and political support it receives from governments around the world,”



American and Israeli War Crimes
By Margaret Kimberley
Barack Obama and his other partners in world gangsterism such as the prime ministers of Canada, the United Kingdom and other NATO countries blurt out the same lying rhetoric.



Israel Accused Of War Crimes In UK Parliament
Highlights from a UK parliamentary debate in which MPs variously accused Israel of war crimes.



Full Text : President Bashar al-Assad Speech Following the Swearing-in Ceremony
Video and English Transcript
“A few years ago, some called for freedom – your response was to remain free in the age of subservience, to be masters in the age of slaves.”



Atoms For Peace And Iran Nuclear Talk
The Theatrics Continues – From Eisenhower to Obama
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
For 34 years, Washington has been engaged in covert and overt operation to overthrow the government of the Iranian people. It has been complicit in war and war crimes.



Government Repeatedly Told Us We’d Have “Blood On Our Hands”
By Elias Isquith
The former editor in chief of the New York Times says Washington often played the terrorism card to spike stories.



Border Wars in the Homeland
By Todd Miller
A Border Patrol agent forced Vermont’s senior senator Patrick Leahy from his car at a checkpoint 125 miles south of the New York State border.



The Potential Killers All Around Us
By Dave Lindorff
I’ve often wondered why so many innocent people who are shot by police end up dead.



America Is Guilty if We Don’t Prosecute Obama
By Eric Zuesse
The signs of the fascist turn of the American Government are also all around us.



Why We’re Doomed: Interest and Debt
By Charles Hugh Smith


Even if the economy were growing at a faster pace, it wouldn’t come close to offsetting the interest payments on our ever-expanding debt.



Did the Other Shoe Just Drop?
Big Banks Hit with Monster $250 Billion Lawsuit in Housing Crisis
By Ellen Brown
When depositors open their online accounts and see that their balances have shrunk or disappeared, a run on the banks is likely.


At least 222 Palestinians killed: ‘Government murdering children with my money’:
Israeli Jew: Ofer Neiman and a group of like-minded Israeli Jews are not only pained by the ongoing Israeli onslaught against the blockaded Gaza Strip, but also by what they describe as Israel’s “apartheid” policies against the “oppressed” Palestinian people.



Israeli kills another four children in Gaza : medics:
Six other Palestinians including four members of one family, among them a woman, 70, and two children aged 4 and 6, were killed in two Israeli air strikes in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, medics there said.



Fear grips Gaza hospital bombarded repeatedly by Israel:
The staff have appealed to international agencies for protection, and say the hospital is known to the Israeli army. But it was hit again on Tuesday night.



Arab MK Stages ‘Moment of Silence’ for Gaza Dead in Knesset: Video –
MK Basel Ghattas (Balad) cause a firestorm in the Knesset Wednesday, after he staged a “moment of silence” for the “victims” of Israel’s attack on Gaza.



Senate panel votes for defense bill that doubles money for Israel’s Iron Dome:
The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee approved a defense spending bill on Tuesday that would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense, including $351 million for the Iron Dome system .



Israel agrees to UN request for humanitarian ceasefire:
Israel on Wednesday agreed to temporarily halt its assault on Gaza after United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry called for a “humanitarian ceasefire.” The Israeli Defense Ministry said that the ceasefire was meant for Gazans to see the damage wrought by Israel in the last week and a half.



Report: Hamas, Islamic Jihad offer 10-year truce:
Hamas and Islamic Jihad have submitted a list of 10 demands to Egypt to establish a 10-year truce with Israel, the Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported Wednesday.



Abbas to meet Hamas leaders in Cairo:
Abbas “wants a ceasefire to end the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip,” senior Fatah leader Nabil Shaath told a Wednesday press conference in Ramallah.



Infrastructure destruction in Gaza throws doubt on Israeli motives:
Israeli claims that its air strikes are aimed at rocket launching sites, but Gazans complain that the sorties are also targeting infrastructure ranging from fishing boats to schools



Israel buys tweets to promote Gaza escalation:
PM Netanyahu’s twitter account uses promoted tweets seeking to build support for the escalation in the Gaza Strip.



Rebel clashes in Yemen leave 35 fighters dead: officials:
The officials say the Hawthi rebels, who belong to a Shiite sect, have been battling their conservative Sunni rivals from one of Yemen’s largest tribes, backed by a local army unit, in Jouf province since Tuesday, July 15.



Yemen: 10 million Yemenis still struggle for food: –
A new United Nations survey has found that over 10 million Yemenis – more than 40 per cent of the population – do not know where their next meal will come from.



15 ISIL rebels killed in Mosul:
“The Iraqi Air Force targeted the ISIL shelters in the Right Side of Mosul to kill 15 of them including, Abdul Aziz al-Maytoni, who is responsible for the assassinations.”



Iraqi forces retreat from ISIS-held Tikrit:
Iraq state forces have retreated from the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, held by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, after a renewed effort to take back the city was met with heavy opposition, according to a soldier who fought in the operation on Wednesday.



ISIS Militants Captured 52 American-Made Artillery Weapons That Cost $500,000 Each
These U.S.-supplied artillery pieces have a range of up to 20 miles and can also be outfitted with GPS aiming systems. The howitzers’ range could place Baghdad, as well as many other major Iraqi cities, squarely within bombardment range of ISIS.



Crack in the Caliphate? ISIS Executes Dozens of its Own Men in Iraq and Syria:
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi may have announced himself the undisputed caliph of the Islamic State, but there are many in the ranks who are opposing ISIS. Taking its internal fights to the streets, the ISIS recently executed 12 of its own Sunni militants in Saadiya.



War criminal :
Dick Cheney: I Have No Regrets About the Iraq War:
But former Vice President Dick Cheney has no regrets. “I believed in it then,” Cheney told Politico’s Mike Allen. “I look back on it now, it was absolutely the right thing to do.”



A few thousand dollars – the price of life for civilians killed in war zones:
The United States frequently paid $2,500 in response to the death of a civilian in Iraq, and continues make payouts around this amount in Afghanistan. In contrast, the U.S. government pays families of U.S. soldiers killed in those countries a death gratuity of $100,000.



At least four killed in Damascus following Assad inauguration ceremony:
Syria’s state news agency SANA reported that mortars struck the center of the capital immediately after Assad’s speech at his swearing in ceremony for his third term ended.



Syria’s President Assad says the Arab Spring is dead (+video)
 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad mocked the failures of the Arab Spring in a defiant speech at his swearing in ceremony for a third term in office today. President Assad signaled his intent to serve the full seven-year term.



Bush’s “Redirection” and the Rise of ISIS:
It is good to remember that the policy that led to this mess was initiated under the Bush Administration, with full cognizance of the possibility that it could result in severe terroristic and destabilizing blowback. It was in 2007 that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia launched what Seymour Hersh, “the Redirection.”



How the West bankrolls Isis:
Millions from governments and NGOs funding radical Islamic terror group



35 militants killed in air strike, says Pak army:
The Pakistani military said its jets killed 35 suspected militants today as part of an anti-Taliban offensive.



US murders 13 people in northwest Pakistan:
Another security official said as many as 20 people may have been killed in the strike. He said the attack took place around 2:00am (2100 GMT) while an important meeting was going on in the compound.



Afghanistan: Major attack foiled in Paktia, 19 alledged suicide bombers/militants killed:
According to the local security officials, a group of 20 militants including 10 suicide bombers were looking to carry out coordinated attack in this province.



War criminals go free as:
US drone protester sentenced to 1 year in jail:
 A grandmother of three was sentenced to one year at the Onondaga County jail Thursday in DeWitt Town Court after she was found guilty of violating an order of protection while protesting at Hancock Air Base.



Ukraine: At least 30 civilians killed in latest attack as government battles to control eastern regions:
Yuri crouches to cradle the lifeless body of Ira, his ex-wife, to his cheek. Her blood is smeared across his face. Next to her, Ira’s teenage sister lies face down with her foot poking from beneath a blanket. In the courtyard their parents lie next to a children’s swing set. “I will slit these Ukrainian bastards’ throats,” he said.



Airstrike in eastern Ukraine kills 11 civilians:
An airstrike in eastern Ukraine sent an apartment building crumpling to the ground Tuesday, killing at least 11 people and adding to the steadily mounting civilian death toll. Rebels pinned the attack on the Ukrainian air force. The government swiftly denied blame but was not immediately able to offer an alternative explanation.



More Ukrainian soldiers killed as fighting rages in east, peace move flops:
Ukraine’s military said 11 more troops were killed in the space of 24 hours, mostly in clashes near the frontier..



Ukraine rebels reclaim village:
Rebels said they retook a village near the Russian border from government forces Wednesday as both sides pressed to claim territory in eastern Ukraine



U.S. hits oil giant Rosneft, other firms with toughest Russia sanctions:
The targeted companies also include Russia’s second-largest gas producer, Novatek, Vnesheconombank, or VEB, a state-owned bank that acts as payment agent for the Russian government, and eight arms firms.



Russia to reopen Cuban mega-base to spy on America – report:
Moscow and Havana have reportedly reached an agreement on reopening the SIGINT facility in Lourdes, Cuba – once Russia’s largest foreign base of this kind – which was shut down in 2001 due to financial problems and under US pressure.



A Real American Hero:
Navy nurse rejects force-feed of Gitmo prisoners:
The nurse decided against being a participant after deciding the practice was criminal.. Southern Command spokesman Army Col. Greg Julian confirms the report. He says it is the first time a Navy nurse has refused to tube-feed a hunger-striking prisoner. He says the nurse is a lieutenant and has been assigned to other duties



Nigeria: 27 Killed in Fresh Borno Village Attack:
Seven others who were said to have attempted to bury their dead relatives in the Sabon Gari graveyard were also killed on Wednesday morning as the insurgents came back again, our source revealed.



Fresh attacks on Libya airport push death toll to 30:
Libya’s international airport in capital Tripoli has been under renewed attack on Wednesday with the death toll reaching 30, according to security sources.



Militias Clash At Libyan Airport For Fourth Day:
The control tower and 20 aircraft have been damaged by shelling at Libya’s main airport in Tripoli as fighting continued there for a fourth day.



Zintan militia in control of Libya airport:
Fighters from Libya’s Zintan militia, armed with anti-aircraft guns and mortars, have fanned out across Tripoli’s airport, transformed into a battlefield by two days of fighting that has cut the capital off from the outside world.



Libyan militants return from Iraq and Syria to fight ex-general Haftar:
Libyan jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq are returning home to fight the breakaway (CIA) militia led by Khalifa Haftar, who has recently emerged as a serious threat to the country’s Islamists, security and military sources toldAsharq Al-Awsat.



Libya in mortal danger:
The only feasible way in and out of the country is currently the border crossing into Tunisia. This is already crowded and frequently shut by disputes between Libyan and Tunisian border authorities.



Assange arrest warrant upheld by Swedish court:
Swedish Judge Lena Egelin was quick to dismiss the legal challenge to Assange’s arrest warrant, but noted that the decision could still be appealed.



Bush and Chaney walk free as : Actress who sent Obama ricin sentenced to 18 years:
The Texas actress who admitted sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday, the U.S. attorney’s office said


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 60


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



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