ICH newletter 9/12/2016

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Op-Ed

Rolling Back the Empire
By Mike Whitney
Washington’s Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat in Aleppo. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45994.htm
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James Mattis Is a War Criminal: I Experienced His Attack on Fallujah Firsthand
By Dahr Jamail
« Mad Dog, » has shown a callous disregard for human life, particularly civilians, as evidenced by his behavior leading marines in Iraq. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45992.htm
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Washington Post Appends « Russian Propaganda Fake News » Story, Admits It May Be Fake
By Tyler Durden
How is the Washington Post any different from the « fake news » it has been deriding. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45990.htm
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NYT, WaPo Fake News Still Bringing Real Guns to Iraq, Killing Thousands
By Robert Barsocchini
The US, at Nuremberg, executed Germans who it determined had issued fake news in service of creating the conditions for Germany to invade other nations. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45996.htm
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Dismal Jobs Report
By Paul Craig Roberts
The false news is that the collapsing economy continues to boom with 178,000 new jobs in November.. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45997.htm
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More Thoughts on Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
By Ellen Brown
A revolutionary movement needs a revolutionary financial system. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45998.htm
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Donald Trump Will Cause US Power to Collapse
By Harriet Agerholm
A sociologist credited with predicting the fall of the Soviet Union has warned that US global power – will collapse while the property mogul is in the White House. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45999.htm
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Populism In America: « Follow The Money »
By Charles Hugh-Smith
America has a long and rich history of populism that did not lead to authoritarianism or fascism. -http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45991.htm
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Trump’s EPA Pick Has Challenged More Than Climate Change Rules
By Robinson Meyer
Pruitt sent an official letter to the EPA, bearing his signature and letterhead, that had been almost completely written by lawyers at Devon Energy, a major oil and gas company. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45989.htm
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Are Sanctuary Cities Legal?
By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Are state and local governments required to help the feds enforce federal law? In a word: No.. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45995.htm
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Power to the People: John Lennon’s Legacy Lives On
By John W. Whitehead
Yes, America, it is possible to use occupations and civil disobedience to oppose government policies. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45993.htm

Hard News

Air strike kills 55 civilians in western Iraq;
Air strikes killed dozens of people, including women and children, in an Islamic State-held town near Iraq’s western border with Syria on Wednesday, two parliamentarians and local hospital sources said.
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/air-strike-kills-dozens-western-iraq-1622392673

Iraqi army denies bombing civilians in ISIL-held Qaim;
Military claims air strikes killed ISIL foreign fighters, accusing media and politicians of aiding propaganda effort.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/iraqi-army-denies-bombing-civilians-isil-held-qaim-161208153959672.html

Airstrikes, unknown gunmen kill 7 ISIS members in Anbar:
Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi, said three ISIS militants were killed south of Qaem in an airstrike by US-led international coalition jets, which also destroyed two heavy gun-supplied vehicles.
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/airstrikes-unknown-gunmen-kill-7-isis-members-anbar/

Iraqi troops pull out from Mosul hospital after fierce battle;
The ferocity of the fighting reflects the importance of the army’s push from southeast Mosul towards the center, their deepest advance in a grueling seven-week offensive to crush Islamic State in Iraq’s largest northern city.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/iraqi-troops-retreat-mosul-hospital-battle-130013641.html

IS kills at least 26 Syrian government fighters in Homs:
Islamic State group jihadists killed at least 26 members of Syrian government forces on Thursday in an assault on regime positions in the central province of Homs, a monitor said.
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=80210

Syrian army’s Aleppo advance slows but victory in sight;
Outside of Aleppo, the government and its allies are also putting severe pressure on remaining rebel redoubts. Assad said in an interview with a Syrian newspaper that victory in Aleppo would be a landmark, but not the end of the war.
http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKBN13X1QB

TV: Nusra Front militants requesting evacuation from Aleppo:
Nusra Front terrorists, who are currently calling themselves ‘Jabhat Fateh al-Sham’, are being surrounded by government troops and have agreed to leave the city of Aleppo through the northern corridor
http://tass.com/world/917686

Obama grants waiver for military support of foreign fighters in Syria – White House:
President Barack Obama has ordered a waiver of restrictions on military aid for foreign forces and others in Syria, deeming it « essential to the national security interests » of the US to allow exceptions from provisions in the four-decades-old Arms Export Control Act.
https://www.rt.com/usa/369702-obama-waiver-military-aid-syria-forces/

Syrian Army suspends active military operation in Aleppo – Russian FM ;
Syrian government forces have suspended « active military activities » against militants in eastern Aleppo to enable the withdrawal of civilians from the city, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced
https://www.rt.com/news/369674-army-stops-aleppo-actions/

Syrians leaving east Aleppo in bus loads: U.N.;
More Syrians have fled eastern Aleppo, with reports of about 800 arriving in the past 24 hours at a disused cotton factory in the Jibreen district of west Aleppo and 1,260 in Hanano district, retaken by government forces, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aleppo-un-idUSKBN13W248

Putin surprised human rights activists pay little attention to Russian hospital’s bombing:
Very few human rights defenders raised their voices to condemn the bombing of a Russian makeshift hospital in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. « The hospital was attacked deliberately, » the president noted.
http://www.undpi.org/Syria-2011/Putin-surprised-human-rights-activists-pay-little-attention-to-Russian-hospital-s-bombing.html

Lieberman hints at Israel’s responsibility for Damascus airport attack;
He claimed the attack was to prevent the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah.
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161208-lieberman-hints-at-israels-responsibility-for-damascus-airport-attack/

Yemen: Six Saudi soldiers sniped, tank destroyed in Asir:
A military source in Asir told Saba that snipping units of the army and popular committees sniped six Saudi soldiers near the command of Border Guards in Al-Rabou’ah.
http://www.saba.ye/en/news449018.htm

Yemen: US-Made Bombs Used in Unlawful Airstrikes: HRW:
Dozens of Civilian Deaths Underscore Need for Saudi Arms Embargo
https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/12/08/yemen-us-made-bombs-used-unlawful-airstrikes

Johnson says Saudi Arabia is a ‘puppeteer’ in Middle East proxy wars:
Boris Johnson accused Saudi Arabia of abusing Islam and acting as a puppeteer in proxy wars throughout the Middle East, in remarks that flout a longstanding Foreign Office convention not to criticise the UK’s allies in public.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/dec/07/boris-johnson-accuses-saudi-arabia-of-twisting-and-abusing-islam

Boris Johnson’s Saudi ‘proxy wars’ comment ‘not UK’s view’;
Downing Street has said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s comments on Saudi Arabia do not represent « the government’s position ». The PM’s spokeswoman said these were the foreign secretary’s personal views.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38248316

Germany: Israeli bill violates international law:
Berlin « extremely concerned » about Israel’s plans for legalising settlement homes built on private Palestinian land.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/germany-israeli-bill-violates-international-law-161207134344500.html

U.K. Intelligence Called Israel ‘True Threat’ to Middle East;
Britain’s GCHQ intelligence-gathering apparatus defined Israel as « a true threat » to the Middle East
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.757541

Hifter in Moscow: Russia’s shifting interests in Libya;
Russia’s relationship with Hifter has become more than just diplomatic courtesy. This dynamic is a two-way street in which both sides see beneficial opportunities.
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/12/general-hifter-moscow-new-political-front-libya.html

Russia Tests Nuclear-Capable Drone Sub:
Russia conducted a test of a revolutionary nuclear-capable drone submarine that poses a major strategic threat to U.S. ports and harbors.
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russia-tests-nuclear-capable-drone-sub/

Paris makes all public transport FREE to cut polluting traffic after worst smog in 10 years;
The Metro and other rail services in the French capital were tonight said to be buckling under the strain with thousands taking advantage
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/paris-makes-public-transport-free-9419019

Marine Le Pen: No free school for illegal migrants in France:
« I tell them: if you come to our country don’t expect to be taken care of, to be looked after, that your children will be educated without charge, » she said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38249570

German firms including BMW pull advertising from Breitbart;
Boycott comes as rightwing website plans to launch new services in France and Germany in time for pivotal 2017 elections
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/08/breitbart-looks-to-france-and-germany-another-alt-right-victory-steve-bannon

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds:
One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live.
http://tinyurl.com/grf86xv

Trump’s Pentagon pick says Russia ‘dangerous,’ Putin possibly ‘delusional’:
While Mr. Trump has praised Mr. Putin as a « strong » leader in an exchange of compliments, retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis said in May 2015 that among world threats « in the near term, I think the most dangerous might be Russia. »
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/6/donald-trump-james-mattis-differ-on-vladimir-putin/

Opinion: Trump’s pick of Pruitt to run the EPA spells disaster for the environment:
Pruitt, has sued the EPA challenging its authority to regulate under the Clean Water Act, and over President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-trump-pruitt-epa-climate-change-20161207-story.html

Trump’s mixed messages on climate change :
« By naming Pruitt, President-elect Trump has flunked. The American people did not vote to return to the country to the dirty old days or to turn a blind eye on dangerous climate change. »
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/08/with-pruitts-nomination-trump-intends-to-wage-war-on-clean-air-and-clean-water.html

Trump picks burger baron Andy Puzder for labor secretary post;
Puzder, a vocal critic of government intervention in labor markets whose industry has been the primary target of the « Fight for $15 » movement, could bode poorly for national efforts to increase the federal minimum wage
http://tinyurl.com/jgws3ar

Donald Trump Pentagon Pick Mattis Made Nearly $1,000,000 On Board Of Defense Contractor:
Mattis’ link to General Dynamics poses major conflict-of-interest questions for a Defense Department that annually directs more than $250 billion worth of spending to private military contractors.
http://tinyurl.com/hdmtovv

Bob Dole Worked Behind the Scenes on Trump-Taiwan Call:
Former Senator Bob Dole, acting as a foreign agent for the government of Taiwan, worked behind the scenes over the past six months to establish high-level contact between Taiwanese officials and President-elect Donald J. Trump’s staff.

US Steel wants to accelerate investments, bring back jobs, CEO says:
United States Steel would like to accelerate its investments and hire back laid-off employees now that Donald Trump will be occupying the Oval Office, CEO Mario Longhi told CNBC on Wednesday.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/07/us-steel-wants-to-accelerate-investments-bring-back-jobs-ceo-says.html

Carrier union boss: No regrets about calling Trump a liar;
The Indiana union leader attacked by Donald Trump in tweets says he has no regrets about calling the president-elect a liar for his claims about saving jobs at Carrier.
http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/08/news/companies/trump-carrier-union-boss/

Santa Ana declares itself a sanctuary city in defiance of Trump :
Santa Ana City Council members voted to declare Orange County’s second-most populous city a sanctuary city – a largely symbolic gesture to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally.
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-santa-ana-sanctuary-city-20161206-story.html

« 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
1,729,760,483,062 http://www.costofwar.com/

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