ICH news letter 5/12/2016

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Op-Ed

Syria: East-Aleppo Siege Nears Its End
By Moon Of Alabama
Syria’s alliance is winning, U.S. policy is changing and the end of the war is now foreseeable. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45971.htm
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Trump’s Promised ‘New Foreign Policy’ Must Abandon Regime
By Ron Paul
Such a foreign policy would go a long way toward making us safer and more prosperous. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45973.htm
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The Rules of the (Trump) Game
By Pepe Escobar
« it is fortunate that Trump has come in as President to wind down this mad house that they call Washington. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45975.htm
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The Pentagon’s « 2015 Strategy » For Ruling the World
By Mike Whitney
The Pentagon has merely updated the Bush Doctrine while softening the rhetoric. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45977.htm
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Full Speech: President-Elect Donald Trump « THANK YOU » Rally
Video
Donald Trump Kicks Off Victory Tour in Cincinnati, OH . – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45976.htm
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The Mafia State
By Chris Hedges
What comes next, history has shown, will not be pleasant. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45969.htm
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Chosen Leaders, Proven Failures and Political Debacles
By James Petras
This is how working class and community-based electorates are seduced into voting against their real class, national, community. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45974.htm
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Publish, Punish, and Pardon
By Pratap Chatterjee
Nine Things Obama Could Do Before Leaving Office to Reveal the Nature of the National Security State. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45970.htm
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The Smear Campaign Against Keith Ellison Is Repugnant
By Glenn Greenwald
The first American Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, has been the target of a defamation campaign that is deceitful, repugnant, and yet quite predictable. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45972.htm

Hard News

Airstrikes kill 34 in Syria: Pro-rebel monitor;
At least 34 people were killed on Sunday by intensified airstrikes on rebel-held areas in Syria’s northern province of Idlib, a monitor group reported.
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/airstrikes-kill-34-in-syria-116120500049_1.html

Militant Shelling Kills Civilians in Syria’s Nubl, Zahra;
Dozens of Syrian civilians were killed and injured in rocket attacks carried out by Takfiri militants for a third successive day in the towns of Nubl and Zahra near Aleppo as the Syrian army is making huge gains on the ground in northwestern Aleppo province.
http://tinyurl.com/hhjrazr

2 Russian paramedics killed, 1 gravely injured in militant attack on hospital in Aleppo – MoD;
One Russian medic was killed immediately at the Russian military mobile hospital set up in western Aleppo, and another died later in a hospital after succumbing to her injuries, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
https://www.rt.com/news/369219-medic-killed-russian-aleppo/

Syria « rebels » rule out withdrawal from Aleppo:
SYRIAN rebels overnight ruled out a pullout from east Aleppo despite sweeping government advances, after Moscow announced it would hold talks with Washington on their withdrawal from the city.
http://tinyurl.com/jl9joml

Rebels defiant as Syrian army nears Aleppo’s Old City;
Western and regional states backing the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad appear unwilling or unable to do anything to prevent a major defeat for those fighting to topple the Syrian leader
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/exclusive—syrian-rebels-tell-u-s–they-won-t-leave-aleppo/42727500

UN to vote on Aleppo ceasefire;
It urges all parties to the conflict in Syria to « immediately cease any attacks in the city of Aleppo to allow urgent humanitarian needs to be addressed » for a period of seven days that could be extended, the sources added.
https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/un-to-vote-on-aleppo-ceasefire/

More militants surrender to Syrian Army in rural Damascus;
Some 450 rebel fighters and outlaws from the city of Al-Kiswah and neighboring towns in southern Damascus have just turned themselves in to the Syrian Army, thus ending years-long fight against government forces.
https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/exclusive-militants-surrender-syrian-army-rural-damascus/

U.S. Congress is trying to send anti-aircraft missiles to Syria’s jihadist-infested rebellion;
For the first time in the Pentagon’s legislative blueprint, the United States government will be permitted to sell Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) to Syrian opposition units that have been vetted by the intelligence community.
Congress is trying to send anti-aircraft missiles to Syria’s jihadist-infested rebellion

Fearing abandonment by Trump, CIA-backed rebels in Syria mull alternatives;
Among the options, are a closer alliance with better-armed al-Qaeda and other extremist groups, receipt of more sophisticated weaponry from Sunni states in the Persian Gulf region opposed to a U.S. pullback
http://tinyurl.com/z9zb4lm

EU’s Syria Plan B sees Assad staying, Brussels paying for it – Times:
The EU is reportedly planning to offer Damascus financial aid in exchange for allowing rebel forces stay in power in some regions of Syria. Brussels is no longer insisting on the retirement of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to the Times.
https://www.rt.com/news/369204-eu-pay-assad-power/

Airstrike kills, wounds 22 ISIS militants near Kirkuk;
« The airs strike resulted in the killing of eight ISIS members and wounding of 14 others, » the media outlet added.
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/airstrike-kills-wounds-22-isis-militants-near-kirkuk/

ISIS executes 11 persons near Kirkuk, including whole family;
Today, ISIS executed four youths from al-Baghaliya village, in Hawija district, for collaborating with security forces, the source told Alsumaria News.
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/isis-executes-11-persons-near-kirkuk-including-whole-family/

West Mosul shelled as Iraq steps up fight against Islamic State:
Western-backed Iraqi forces have begun shelling parts of west Mosul, residents said, in preparation for a new front against Islamic State seven weeks into a difficult campaign to drive the militants from the city.
http://tinyurl.com/gwzlp5z

Iraq denies Daesh leader Baghdadi was killed;
A senior Iraqi security source inside the country’s Nineveh province dismissed reports that the leader of Daesh, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, was dead, according to Russian news agency Sputnik.
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161205-iraq-denies-daesh-leader-baghdadi-was-killed/

Defense Secretary says US, partners need to stay in Iraq:
The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group, outgoing Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.
http://tinyurl.com/zjm8vx5

Iran seeks more cooperation with Saudi Arabia;
 » Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says the Islamic Republic and its regional rival Saudi Arabia can and should cooperate to resolve regional crises.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11761066

Saudi jets attack Pakistani boat off Yemen, kill six sailors;
The Saudi jets targeted a boat carrying 12 Pakistani sailors off Mukha coast in the Yemeni province of Ta’izz on Sunday, Yemen’s Saba news agency said.
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/blog/2016/12/05/saudi-jets-attack-pakistani-boat-off-yemen-kill-six-sailors/

Saudi aggression air strikes kill woman, wound 2 daughters in Baqi;
A woman was killed and two daughters were wounded when a Saudi aggression air strikes launched five Strikes on al-Mhjar area in Baqim district of Saada province overnight, a security official told Saba on Monday.
http://www.sabanews.net/en/news448687.htm

Boris Johnson says ‘we do not think the threshold has been crossed’ by Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen:
Boris Johnson has insisted a « threshold has not been crossed » by Saudi Arabia in its bombardment of Yemen.
http://tinyurl.com/zbgbrum

Israel government nears deal that could ‘legalise’ settler homes;
International community considers all Jewish settlements on occupied land to be illegal, whether authorised by Israel or not. Homes located in Israel-approved settlements were built on Palestinian land
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=80154

Central African Republic: Civilians Killed During Clashes:
Serious fighting in the Central African Republic in late November 2016 between two Seleka groups left at least 14 civilians dead and 76 wounded, Human Rights Watch said today.
https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/12/05/central-african-republic-civilians-killed-during-clashes

Libyan forces claim control of ISIL stronghold of Sirte;
Hundreds of loyalist troops and unknown number of ISIL fighters killed as pro-government forces seize coastal city.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/libyan-forces-claim-control-isil-stronghold-sirte-161205140941343.html

With fall of Sirte, IS down but not out in Libya;
The fall of Sirte to pro-government forces is a significant setback for the Islamic State group in Libya, but will not spell the end of the jihadists in the strife-torn country, experts say.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4002182/With-fall-Sirte-IS-not-Libya.html

Relations between US and UN strained over Afghanistan war reports;
US military is increasingly trying to control public information about conflict, nearly leading to ban on UN staff from Kabul base.
http://tinyurl.com/gqhn46b

Trump’s Taiwan phone call was long planned, say people who were involved:
Donald Trump’s protocol-breaking telephone call with Taiwan’s leader was an intentionally provocative move that establishes the incoming president as a break with the past.
http://tinyurl.com/zuc9px9

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-Wen ‘initiated’ phone call with Donald Trump;
It was Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen who initiated the unprecedented phone conversation with United States president-elect Donald Trump, following weeks of intense lobbying from Taipei, the island’s presidential spokesman told the South China Morning Post.
http://tinyurl.com/z75vxax

Ukraine: Five police killed in friendly-fire shoot-out;
The overnight shoot-out between two sets of police began when each side believed the other to be criminals. It happened near Kiev and has been described as a « heartbreaking tragedy ».
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38200089

‘I rigged parliament votes for President Poroshenko’ – fugitive Ukrainian MP;
The money used to buy votes had been embezzled from the state coffers and even includes funds provided to Ukraine by the International Money Fund, Aleksandr Onishchenko said in a Skype interview to Russian TV.
https://www.rt.com/news/369239-poroshenko-vote-rigging-allegations/

Propaganda alert;
The US military now sees Russia as its biggest threat; :
Russia’s increasing military activities around the world have unsettled top US military officials, who say they are reshaping their budget plans to better address what they now consider to be the most pressing threat to US security.
http://uk.businessinsider.com/r-us-reshaping-budget-to-account-for-russian-military-threat-2016-12

Austria far-right candidate Norbert Hofer defeated in presidential poll;
Mr Van der Bellen, 72, won with about 53% of the votes – a projection, as postal ballots are still being counted.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38202669

Italy referendum: ‘Period of uncertainty’ predicted after Matteo Renzi’s defeat – live;
Prime minister confirms he will resign following heavy referendum defeat, and Austria elects left-leaning president over Norbert Hofer
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/dec/04/italian-referendum-and-austrian-presidential-election-live

Italian banks tumble as investors eye contagion risk;
Shares in Italy’s beleaguered banks tumbled by up to 6% as investors took fright at the decisive ‘no’ vote in the country’s constitutional referendum.
http://citywire.co.uk/money/italian-banks-tumble-as-investors-eye-contagion-risk/a976414

French PM Valls running for president:
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday threw his hat in the ring to succeed Francois Hollande in next year’s presidential election. « I am a candidate for the presidency of the Republic, » he said.
http://www.thelocal.fr/20161205/french-pm-valls-to-announce-bid-for-presidency

Greece must reform or leave eurozone, says German minister:
Wolfgang Schäuble rules out debt relief for Greece before meeting of eurozone’s finance ministers
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/04/greece-must-reform-or-leave-eurozone-says-german-minister

Muslim cleric is in US court fighting against deportation;
Imam Mohammad Qatanani is the leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic County. A judge ruled against immigration authorities’ attempt to have him deported eight years ago. Federal officials say he didn’t disclose being convicted in Israel for being a member of Hamas
http://tinyurl.com/jgxxt43

What’s the future of US for-profit immigrant detention?;
The president-elect has been widely criticised for his anti-immigrant positions and has vowed to bulk up border, immigration and police authorities – possibly preventing for-profit detention centres from closing.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/11/future-profit-immigrant-detention-161123184707763.html

Standing Rock: Army denies Dakota pipeline permit;
Victory for Native Americans and climate activists who had been protesting against the $3.8bn project.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/standing-rock-army-denies-dakota-pipeline-permit-161204221847396.html

US Congress overwhelmingly backs $619 billion Pentagon budget;
By an overwhelming 375-34 vote, the US House of Representatives last Friday passed a $619 billion Pentagon budget that ensures the growth of war and militarism under an incoming Trump administration
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/12/05/ndaa-d05.html

VA may have infected 600 veterans with HIV and Hepatitis:
Nearly 600 veterans could have been infected with HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C at a Veterans Affairs facility in Tomah, Wis. because a dentist didn’t properly clean his instruments.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article118292888.html

Proposed ‘Anti-Semitism Awareness Act’ is an Unconstitutional Mess:
Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) have introduced the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act which is meant to « to ensure the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has the necessary statutory tools at their disposal to investigate anti-Jewish incidents » on college campuses.
http://reason.com/blog/2016/12/01/proposed-anti-semitism-awareness-act-is

New York Governor blacklists BDS businesses:
« This state will not stand for the politics of discrimination… and we will continue to demonstrate our unwavering support for the people of Israel in the fight for freedom, liberty and democracy. »
http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/NY-Gov-blacklists-BDS-businesses-474328

Dow jumps to record high;
The Dow Jones industrial average gained around 100 points to hit a new record high, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most gains. The S&P 500 advanced 0.69 percent, with energy rising more than 1 percent to lead advancers.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/05/us-markets.html

Trump hasn’t taken office yet, but he’s probably already had an impact on your finances;
The bulls are running now, but economists say the honeymoon could end as soon as the president-elect outlines specifics.
http://tinyurl.com/jdvv58s

Trump visits Carrier factory in Indiana to begin ‘thank you tour’ – video :
The US president-elect visited air-conditioner maker factory on Thursday to celebrate election win and for keeping 1,000 jobs there from moving to Mexico.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2016/dec/01/indiana-donald-trump-thank-you-tour-carrier-video

Trump’s Carrier speech ‘absolutely chilling,’ economic analyst says;
President-elect Donald Trump’s speech about his deal to keep Carrier jobs in the United States was « absolutely the worst speech, » economic policy analyst Jimmy Pethokoukis told CNBC on Thursday.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/01/trumps-carrier-speech-absolutely-chilling-economic-analyst-says.html

Trump Is Going After Another Company for Sending Jobs Overseas:
In a tweet sent late Friday, Trump went after Rexnord over its plans to move a plant from Indianapolis to Mexico. « Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers, » the tweet read. « This is happening all over our country. No more! »
Donald Trump Is Going After Another Company for Sending Jobs Overseas

Trump to Nominate Ben Carson as Housing, Urban Development Secretary:
In the statement, Trump said he was « thrilled » to nominate Carson, who dropped out of the campaign race in March after a string of disappointing primary finishes on Super Tuesday.
http://tinyurl.com/h4uwqo2

Federal Judge Orders Michigan Recount To Start Today At Noon As Stein Vows New Lawsuit In PA;
After both Trump and Stein, among others, filed lawsuits last Friday in Michigan, it seems that U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith has cleared the path for a recount this morning
http://tinyurl.com/gmnsyuf

« Let us be peace and joy »

Tom Feeley
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:
4,801

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,858

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Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001
1,729,135,105,184 http://www.costofwar.com/

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