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They Tell Us Nothing But Lies: Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - A British governmental inquiry has concluded that Russian President Putin...

The 21st Century: An Era Of Fraud – Paul Craig Roberts

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America Is Being Destroyed By Problems That Are Unaddressed – Paul Craig Roberts

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Every Position On The Spectrum Supports The Government’s Propaganda – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - This excellent article by Glenn Greenwald –http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43438.htm – reminded me...

The MH-17 ‘Report’ – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - When I read that the report on the downing of...

Recognizing Neocon Failure Shows Obama Has Come To His Senses – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge and others are misinterpreting Steve...

America: A Land Where Justice Is Absent – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - America’s First Black President is a traitor to his race...

Supply and Demand in the Gold and Silver Futures Markets — Paul Craig Roberts...

Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler (RINF) - This article establishes that the price of gold...

Are Big Banks Using Derivatives To Suppress Bullion Prices? – Paul Craig Roberts and...

Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler (RINF) - We have explained on a number of...

Free Financial Markets Are A Hoax – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - There are no free financial markets in America, or for...
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Washington Protects Its Lies With More Lies – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - My distrust has deepened of Seymour Hersh’s retelling of the...

Memorial Day Is A Hoax – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - Memorial Day commemorates soldiers killed in war. We are told...

Hell Unleashed – Paul Craig Roberts

Hell Unleashed Paul Craig Roberts This is what the arrogant morons who comprise the US government have stirred up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrSzCnz9Sic#t=2141 Watch this video for its entire 1 hour 20 minutes, and then ask yourself if Washington is making a good…

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Seymour Hersh Succumbs To Disinformation – Paul Craig Roberts

Seymour Hersh Succumbs To Disinformation Paul Craig Roberts Seymour Hersh has published a long account of the homicide of Osama bin Laden: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n10/seymour-m-hersh/the-killing-of-osama-bin-laden Hersh concludes that the Obama regime’s account of the killing of bin Laden is a total fabrication…

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War Threat Rises As Economy Declines – Paul Craig Roberts

War Threat Rises As Economy Declines Paul Craig Roberts, Keynote Address to the Annual Conference of the Financial West Group, New Orleans, May 7, 2015 The defining events of our time are the collapse of the Soviet Union, 9/11, jobs…

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Economic Disinformation Keeps Financial Markets Up – Paul Craig Roberts

Economic Disinformation Keeps Financial Markets Up Paul Craig Roberts May 8. Today’s payroll jobs report is more of the same. The Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that 223,000 new jobs were created in April. Let’s accept the claim and see…

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Paul Craig Roberts: Can Evil Be Defeated

Paul Craig Roberts RINF Alternative News John W. Whitehead is a constitutional attorney. As head of the Rutherford Institute he is actively involved in defending our...

Paul Craig Roberts: The Social Costs Of Capitalism Are Destroying Earth’s Ability To Support...

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Washington Has Resurrected The Threat Of Nuclear War – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts  RINF Alternative News Foreign Affairs is the publication of the elitist Council on Foreign Relations, a collection of former and current government officials,...

Paul Craig Roberts: Whatever Became of Economists (and the American Economy)?

Paul Craig Roberts RINF Alternative News According to the official economic fairy tale, the US economy has been in recovery since June 2009. This fairy tale supports...

Will Putin Realize That Russia Holds The Cards? – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts RINF Alternative News More evidence, about which I hope to write at length, is piling up that Europe has acquiesced to Washington’s drive...

UPDATE of the Latest US Government Hoax – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts  RINF Alternative News The Russian Ministry of Defense has declared the purported satellite photos placed on Twitter by the US Ambassador in Ukraine...

US Intelligence: No Evidence Russia Did It – Paul Craig Roberts

US Intelligence: Russia Didn’t Do It Paul Craig Roberts After days of placing hostile blame for the downing of the Malaysian airliner on Russia, the White House permitted US intelligence officials to tell reporters that there is no evidence of…

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The New Republic Is Queen of the Presstitutes – Paul Craig Roberts

The New Republic Is Queen of the Presstitutes Paul Craig Roberts UPDATE: According to the latest reports, the separatists in Donetsk have handed over to Malaysian authorities the black boxes from the downed Malaysian airliner, which indicates that those who…

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What Happened to the Malaysian Airliner? – Paul Craig Roberts

What Happened to the Malaysian Airliner? Paul Craig Roberts Washington’s propaganda machine is in such high gear that we are in danger of losing the facts that we do have. One fact is that the separatists do not have the…

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Sanctions and Airliners – Paul Craig Roberts

Sanctions and Airliners Paul Craig Roberts NOTE: Photos are now available of the wreckage from the Malaysian airliner crash. Notice the extensive debris and the large section of fuselage. You are observing remains of an airliner that was hit with…

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Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains Are Based on Statistical Fraud – Paul Craig Roberts

Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains Are Based on Statistical Fraud And More Fraud Is in the Works Paul Craig Roberts Washington can’t stop lying. Don’t be convinced by last Thursday’s job report that it is your fault if you don’t…

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Washington’s War Crimes Spread from Africa and the Middle East to Ukraine – Paul...

Washington’s War Crimes Spread from Africa and the Middle East to Ukraine Paul Craig Roberts A person might think that revulsion in “the world community” against Washington’s wanton slaughter of civilians in eight countries would have led to War Crimes…

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Cold War Renewed With A Vengeance While Washington Again Lies – Paul Craig Roberts

Cold War Renewed With A Vengeance While Washington Again Lies Paul Craig Roberts The Cold War made a lot of money for the military/security complex for four decades dating from Churchill’s March 5, 1946 speech in Fulton, Missouri declaring a…

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A New Recession and a New World Devoid of Washington’s Arrogance? – Paul Craig...

A New Recession and a New World Devoid of Washington’s Arrogance? Paul Craig Roberts June 25, 2014. A final number for real US GDP growth in the first quarter of 2014 was released today. The number is not the 2.6%…

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Can Putin’s Diplomacy Prevail Over Washington’s Coercion? – Paul Craig Roberts

Can Putin’s Diplomacy Prevail Over Washington’s Coercion? Paul Craig Roberts June 24, 2014. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is trying to save the world from war. We should all help him. Today Putin’s presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov reported that President…

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Washington Is Beating The War Drums – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington Is Beating The War Drums Paul Craig Roberts I wish I had only good news to bring to readers, or even one item of good news. Alas, goodness has ceased to be a feature of US policy and simply…

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Washington’s Iraq “Victory” – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s Iraq “Victory” Paul Craig Roberts The citizens of the United States still do not know why their government destroyed Iraq. “National Security” will prevent them from ever knowing. “National Security” is the cloak behind which hides the crimes of…

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The People Struggle to Find and Retain Representation – Paul Craig Roberts

The People Struggle to Find and Retain Representation Paul Craig Roberts Dave Brat, a professor of economics at Virginia’s Randolph-Macon College, is a marked man. Professor Brat defeated Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a prime trophy of the Israel…

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World War II: The Unknown War – Paul Craig Roberts

World War II: The Unknown War Paul Craig Roberts In my June 6 column, “The Lies Grow More Audacious,” I mentioned that Obama and the British prime minister, who Obama has as a lap dog, just as George Bush had…

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Washington Caught Again In A Lie – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington Caught Again In A Lie Paul Craig Roberts In case you didn’t hear from the presstitute media, Syrian president Assad was just re-elected with 88.7% of the vote. Assad is the “brutal dictator” that Obama claims the Syrian people…

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The Lies Grow More Audacious – Paul Craig Roberts

The Lies Grow More Audacious Paul Craig Roberts If there were any doubts that Western “leaders” live in a fantasy make-believe world constructed out of their own lies, the G-7 meeting and 70th anniversary celebration of the Normandy landing dispelled…

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Rick Wiles TruNews: ‘It Kills Everybody’ Paul Craig Roberts On Nuclear War

By Susan Duclos TruNews' Rick Wiles is joined by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts in a chilling discussion about how the entire world should be very disturbed over America's ideology of supremacy and the "first-strike" nuclear policy that has been in the ne...

Whatever Became Of Morality? – Paul Craig Roberts

Whatever Became Of Morality? — Paul Craig Roberts What are we to make of this?  http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/03/justice/wisconsin-girl-stabbed/index.html Two 12 year-old white American girls who look perfectly normal stabbed their 12-year old friend 19 times in a murder attempt.  By murdering their…

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Interest Rate Puzzle – Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler

Interest Rate Puzzle Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler One of the biggest puzzles in the financial markets this year has been the considerable fall in interest rates despite the Fed’s program of tapering or cutting back the Fed’s bond…

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Are You Ready For Nuclear War? – Paul Craig Roberts

Are You Ready For Nuclear War? Paul Craig Roberts Pay close attention to Steven Starr’s guest column, “The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons.” http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/05/30/lethality-nuclear-weapons/ Washington thinks nuclear war can be won and is planning for a first strike on Russia, and…

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What Obama Told Us At West Point – Paul Craig Roberts

What Obama Told Us At West Point Paul Craig Roberts At West Point Obama told us, to the applause of West Point cadets, that “American exceptionalism” is a doctrine that justifies whatever Washington does. If Washington violates domestic and international…

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Why War Is Inevitable – Paul Craig Roberts

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Russia’s Rise To Global Power – Paul Craig Roberts

Russia’s Rise To Global Power Paul Craig Roberts This article first appeared in Strategic Culture Foundation http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/22/russia-rise-to-global-power.html Western propaganda about events in Ukraine has two main purposes. One is to cover up, or to distract from, Washington’s role in overthrowing…

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The Social Cost of GMOs – Paul Craig Roberts

The Social Cost of GMOs Paul Craig Roberts Ecological economists such as Herman Daly write that the more full the world becomes, the higher are the social or external costs of production. Social or external costs are costs of production…

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Militarist Bunkum – Paul Craig Roberts

Militarist Bunkum Paul Craig Roberts Did you know that 85 to 90 percent of war’s casualties are non-combatant civilians? That is the conclusion reached by a nine-person research team in the June 2014 issue of the American Journal of Public…

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Fed Reserve Laundering Purchases Through Belgium To Hide US Downfall – Dr. Paul Craig...

By Susan Duclos




The second the news broke that Belgium purchased $141 billion in Treasury bonds within a three month period in 2014, almost everyone understood who was really behind it and why, because Belgium simply does not have the resources to make a purchase of that volume.

The federal reserve is behind Belgium's extraordinary purchase, in order to disguise the financial downfall after Russia dumped a fifth of it's treasury holdings.

Via FT:

Russia has offloaded a fifth of its holdings of US Treasury debt in March at a time of heightened speculation that its assets would be frozen as part of sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine.
It was the largest seller during the month while Belgium extended its big buying streak, according to US Treasury International Capital data released on Thursday.

A decline of $25.8bn in Russia’s Treasury holdings to $100.4bn involved the selling of short-term bills.

Russia isn't the only one that has been dumping US Treasury bonds. Back in December China sold the second largest amount of US Treasury bonds, and once again, who jumped in?

Belgium!

More from Greg Hunter and Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who holds a PhD in economics, explains, via USAWatchDog:


We know that Belgium didn’t have any money to buy $141 billion worth of bonds over a three month period. That sum comes to 29% of the Belgium GDP. So, they don’t have a surplus in their budget that is 29% of their GDP, and they don’t have trade or current account surplus in that amount. In fact, everything is in the red. Their budget deficit is in the red, and their trade and current accounts are in the red. So, Belgium didn’t have the money, and yet, they managed to pick up $141.2 billion in U.S. Treasuries over a three month period. So, where did they get the money?

[...]

We know their central bank couldn’t have printed euros to buy the bonds with because the Belgium central bank can’t print euros. Belgium is part of the euro system and has lost the ability to create its own money. So, the only source for that kind of money would have been the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve thought it needed to hide the fact it was buying $141 billion in bonds over a three month period when it was officially reducing or tapering the quantitative easing down to $65 billion. It didn’t want to have to admit it was really purchasing $112 billion a month, almost double the announced purchases.”

Dr. Roberts also says, “I think also the Fed did not want it to get out that some large country is unloading Treasuries. Somebody dropped over $100 billion in Treasuries in one week. If that was a large holder and that became known, it could panic smaller holders and you could see a stampede, and the Fed could lose control of interest rates. So, I think the Fed thought the best thing to do is launder its purchase through a different country; and, thereby, disguise what is actually happening.”


The fact is the US Dollar and economy is being propped up simply by being the reserve currency and countries are tired of the US using that to print money out of thin air with nothing to back it up. The economy is not growing, as is also explained in the video below, but to maintain the illusion, the administration, via the Federal Reserve, is actually laundering purchases through other countries in order to hide the impending downfall.

The entire interview below is a must-see.











The Fed Is The Great Deceiver – Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler

The Great Deceiver — The Federal Reserve Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler Is the Fed “tapering”? Did the Fed really cut its bond purchases during the three month period November 2013 through January 2014? Apparently not if foreign holders…

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Call the Cops at Your Peril – Paul Craig Roberts

Call the Cops at Your Peril Paul Craig Roberts “Live free or die” is the motto of the state of New Hampshire. I hope the residents are prepared to die, because living free is not what they do. NH is…

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Gangster State America— Paul Craig Roberts

Gangster State America Where Is America’s Democracy? Paul Craig Roberts Anyone who looks carefully behind the veil of words cannot find democracy in America. For years I have been writing that the US government is no longer accountable to law…

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Washington Intends Russia’s Demise – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington Intends Russia’s Demise Paul Craig Roberts Washington has no intention of allowing the crisis in Ukraine to be resolved. Having failed to seize the country and evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base, Washington sees new opportunities in…

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US Economy Is A House Of Cards – Paul Craig Roberts

US Economy Is A House Of Cards Paul Craig Roberts The US economy is a house of cards. Every aspect of it is fraudulent, and the illusion of recovery is created with fraudulent statistics. American capitalism itself is an illusion.…

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Moving Closer To War – Paul Craig Roberts

Moving Closer To War Paul Craig Roberts The Obama regime, wallowing in hubris and arrogance, has recklessly escalated the Ukrainian crisis into a crisis with Russia. Whether intentionally or stupidly, Washington’s propagandistic lies are driving the crisis to war. Unwilling…

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Washington’s Corruption and Mendacity Is What Makes America “Exceptional” – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s Corruption and Mendacity Is What Makes America “Exceptional” — Paul Craig Roberts World events permitting, I am going to take a few days off. Many of you write to me asking for financial advice or for explanations of the…

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Privatization Is A Ramp For Corruption and Insouciance Is a Ramp for War –...

Privatization Is A Ramp For Corruption and Insouciance Is a Ramp for War The New York Times has acquired a new Judith Miller Paul Craig Roberts Libertarian ideology favors privatization. However, in practice privatization is usually very different in result…

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Washington Drives The World To War – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington Drives The World To War Paul Craig Roberts The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that…

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Washington Is Humanity’s Worst Enemy – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington Is Humanity’s Worst Enemy Paul Craig Roberts How does Washington get away with the claim that the country it rules is a democracy and has freedom? This absurd claim ranks as one of the most unsubstantiated claims in history.…

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Is the US or the World Coming to an End? – Paul Craig Roberts

Is the US or the World Coming to an End? It will be one or the other Paul Craig Roberts 2014 is shaping up as a year of reckoning for the United States. Two pressures are building on the US…

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How The CIA Made Dr. Zhivago Into A Weapon – Paul Craig Roberts

How The CIA Made Dr. Zhivago Into A Weapon Paul Craig Roberts American Cold War propaganda had little, if anything, to do with the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, by dramatizing Soviet mendacity it made the world blind to…

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Obama Issues Threats To Russia And NATO – Paul Craig Roberts

Obama Issues Threats To Russia And NATO Paul Craig Roberts The Obama regime has issued simultaneous threats to the enemy it is making out of Russia and to its European NATO allies on which Washington is relying to support sanctions…

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Another Fraudulent Jobs Report – Paul Craig Roberts

Another Fraudulent Jobs Report Paul Craig Roberts The March payroll jobs report released April 4 claims 192,000 new private sector jobs. Here is what John Williams has to say about the claim: “The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) deliberately publishes…

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Western Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun – Paul Craig Roberts

Western Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun Paul Craig Roberts It is now apparent that the “Maiden protests” in Kiev were in actuality a Washington organized coup against the elected democratic government. The purpose of the coup is to put NATO…

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Pushing Toward The Final War – Paul Craig Roberts

Pushing Toward The Final War Paul Craig Roberts Does Obama realize that he is leading the US and its puppet states to war with Russia and China, or is Obama being manipulated into this disaster by his neoconservative speech writers…

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How Much War Does Washington Want? – Paul Craig Roberts

How Much War Does Washington Want? Paul Craig Roberts “America does not at the moment have a functioning democracy.” Former US President Jimmy Carter I doubt that the Ukraine crisis precipitated by Washington’s overthrow of the democratic government is over.…

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Three Who Made A War — Paul Craig Roberts

Three Who Made A War Paul Craig Roberts The Spanish-American War was caused by three people: Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst. The war, which killed a number of Spaniards and Americans, including some prominent Harvard “Swells,”…

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back – Paul Craig Roberts

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Paul Craig Roberts Washington’s plan to seize Ukraine and to evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base has come amiss. But to turn around Lenin’s quote, “two steps forward, one step back.” Do…

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The BBC: Washington’s Mouthpiece – Paul Craig Roberts

The BBC: Washington’s Mouthpiece Paul Craig Roberts Once upon a time the BBC was a news organization, but that was before the organization sold out to Washington. Today the BBC is a liar for Washington. Indeed, the BBC is a…

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95.7% of Crimeans Give The Finger To The White House Tyrant – Paul Craig...

95.7% of Crimeans Give The Finger To The White House Tyrant Paul Craig Roberts Update: The latest figures released are: 83.1% voter turnout, 96.77% vote to join the Russian Federation. In an unprecedented turnout unmatched by any Western election, Crimeans…

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Obama Declares Self-Determination To Be A Threat To US National Security – Paul Craig...

Obama Declares Self-Determination To Be A Threat To US National Security Paul Craig Roberts In his March 6 Executive Order, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine,” Obama declares that support for Crimean self-determination constitutes “an…

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Washington Has Set The World On A Path To War – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington Has Set The World On A Path To War Paul Craig Roberts Why is Washington so opposed to Crimean self-determination? The answer is that one of the main purposes of Washington’s coup in Kiev was to have the new…

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World War 1 All Over Again – Paul Craig Roberts

World War 1 All Over Again The same fools play the same game Paul Craig Roberts “If you reduce the lie to a scientific system put it on thick and heavy, and with great effort and sufficient finances scatter it…

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Venezuela Also Is Being Overthrown By The Criminal Regime In Washington – Paul Craig...

Dear Readers, now that US Secretary of State John Kerry has issued an ultimatum to Russia, telling Putin that he has until Monday to follow Washington’s orders or else, hopefully everyone can see the repeat of the March of Folly…

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Obama Regime’s Hypocrisy Sets New World Record – Paul Craig Roberts

Obama Regime’s Hypocrisy Sets New World Record Paul Craig Roberts From the moment that Washington launched its orchestrated coup in Kiev, Washington has been accusing Russia of “intervening in Ukraine.” This propaganda ploy succeeded. The Western presstitute media reported (nonexistent)…

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The Western Media Is A Lie Factory – Paul Craig Roberts

The Western Media Is A Lie Factory Someone is lying to us. Is it the New York Times and the Guardian, or is it Julie Hyland? Julie Hyland describes the neo-nazi forces that Washington’s Ukrainian coup either by intention or…

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No Jobs, No Economy, No Prospects For Peace Or Life – Paul Craig Roberts

Dear Readers, Several of you have told me that you are tired of reading about the deplorable state of affairs in Ukraine produced the by idiots that comprise “our” government. In this current posting you can read instead about the…

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Obama Comes Out Against Self-Determination – Paul Craig Roberts

Obama Comes Out Against Self-Determination Paul Craig Roberts The White House Fool has repeatedly declared erroneously and foolishly that it is “against international law” for Crimea to exercise self-determination. Self-determination, as used by Washington, is a propaganda term that serves…

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Propaganda Rules The News —Paul Craig Roberts

Propaganda Rules The News Paul Craig Roberts Gerald Celente calls the Western media “presstitutes,” an ingenuous term that I often use. Presstitutes sell themselves to Washington for access and government sources and to keep their jobs. Ever since the corrupt…

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The end could be nearer than you think – Paul Craig Roberts

March 3, 2014 The end could be nearer than you think Readers: We are having trouble today with the website. I do not know if it is problems caused by the typical incompetence of US business enterprises, including those who…

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The Crisis In Ukraine – Paul Craig Roberts

The Crisis In Ukraine Paul Craig Roberts In 2004 Hungary joined the EU, expecting streets of gold. Instead, four years later in 2008 Hungary became indebted to the IMF. The rock video by the Hungarian group, Mouksa Underground sums up…

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Interview 829 — Paul Craig Roberts Connects the Dots on the Ukrainian Revolution

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts of PaulCraigRoberts.org joins us to discuss his take on recent events in Ukraine. We examine the historical roots of the crisis and look at the risks of further escalation in the current situation. We also take on the reluctance of those inside the beltway to point out the self-evident truths about the increasingly reckless actions of the American Empire.

Amerikan Stasi Police State Staring Us In The Face – Paul Craig Roberts

Amerikan Stasi Police State Staring Us In The Face American sheeple stick heads in the sand, pretend to be ostriches Paul Craig Roberts Note: The Lorde story is likely a hoax, but it nevertheless captures the truth of the situation. American taxpayers have built an entire city in Virginia so that the Pentagon, can practice…

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Global Capitalism Has Written Off The Human Race – Paul Craig Roberts

Global Capitalism Has Written Off The Human Race Paul Craig Roberts Economic theory teaches that free price and profit movements ensure that capitalism produces the greatest welfare for the greatest number. Losses indicate economic activities where costs exceed the value of production, thus investment in these activities is curtailed. Profits indicate economic activities where the…

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US and EU Are Paying Ukrainian Rioters and Protesters – Paul Craig Roberts

US and EU Are Paying Ukrainian Rioters and Protesters Paul Craig Roberts A number of confirmations have come in from readers that Washington is fueling the violent protests in Ukraine with our taxpayer dollars. Washington has no money for food stamps or to prevent home foreclosures, but it has plenty of money with which to…

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Russia Under Attack – Paul Craig Roberts

Russia Under Attack Paul Craig Roberts In a number of my articles I have explained that the Soviet Union served as a constraint on US power. The Soviet collapse unleashed the neoconservative drive for US world hegemony. Russia under Putin,…

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Should The Minimum Wage Be Raised? – Paul Craig Roberts

Should The Minimum Wage Be Raised? Paul Craig Roberts Some years ago when I was Business Week’s columnist an up-and-coming academic economist published his conclusions that raising the minimum wage did not cause unemployment. An implication was that labor unions…

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What Is Supply-Side Economics? – Paul Craig Roberts

What Is Supply-Side Economics? Paul Craig Roberts Supply-side economics is an innovation in macroeconomic theory and policy. It rose to prominence in congressional policy discussions in the late 1970s in response to worsening Phillips Curve trade-offs between inflation and unemployment.…

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How Junk Economists Help The Rich Impoverish The Working Class – Paul Craig Roberts

How Junk Economists Help The Rich Impoverish The Working Class Paul Craig Roberts Last week, I explained how economists and policymakers destroyed our economy for the sake of short-term corporate profits from jobs offshoring and financial deregulation. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/01/25/economists-policymakers-murdered-economy-paul-craig-roberts/ That same…

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How Economists and Policymakers Murdered Our Economy – Paul Craig Roberts

How Economists and Policymakers Murdered Our Economy Paul Craig Roberts The economy has been debilitated by the offshoring of middle class jobs for the benefit of corporate profits and by the Federal Reserve’s policy of Quantitative Easing in order to…

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No Jobs For Americans – Paul Craig Roberts

No Jobs For Americans Paul Craig Roberts The alleged recovery took a direct hit from Friday’s payroll jobs report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy created 74,000 net new jobs in December. Wholesale and retail trade accounted…

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The Case of the Missing Recovery – Paul Craig Roberts

The Case of the Missing Recovery Paul Craig Roberts Have you seen the economic recovery? I haven’t either. But it is bound to be around here somewhere, because the National Bureau of Economic Research spotted it in June 2009, four…

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2014 Will Bring More Social Collapse – Paul Craig Roberts

2014 Will Bring More Social Collapse Paul Craig Roberts 2014 is upon us. For a person who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1961, a year in which the class ring showed the same date right side up or upside down,…

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The Greatest Gift for All – Paul Craig Roberts

Dear Readers, thank you for your support in 2013. Although you have kept me working past retirement age, I find it encouraging that there are some Americans who can think independently and who want to know. As Margaret Mead said,…

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Manipulations Rule The Markets – Paul Craig Roberts

Manipulations Rule The Markets Paul Craig Roberts The Federal Reserve’s announcement on December 18 that beginning in January its monthly purchases of mortgage-backed financial instruments and US Treasury bonds would each be cut by $5 billion is puzzling, as is the financial press’s account of the market’s response. The Federal Reserve conveys a contradictory message.…

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Washington Drives the World Toward War – Paul Craig Roberts

Dear Readers, you have kept your end of the bargain, and I will keep mine. Washington Drives the World Toward War Paul Craig Roberts Washington has had the US at war for 12 years: Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, and almost Syria, which could still happen, with Iran waiting in the wings. These wars…

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More Misleading Official Employment Statistics – Paul Craig Roberts

Dear Readers, Readership has doubled, but donations in response to the current quarterly request are less than when the site had far fewer readers. Perhaps I have had my 15 minutes of fame and it is time to retire. Writing these columns does not benefit me. I already know the information that I provide to…

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The Money Changers Serenade: A New Plot Hatches – Paul Craig Roberts

The Money Changers Serenade: A New Plot Hatches Paul Craig Roberts Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, a protege of Treasury Secretaries Rubin and Summers, has received his reward for continuing the Rubin-Summers-Paulson policy of supporting the “banks too big to fail” at the expense of the economy and American people. For his service to the…

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The Dying Dollar – Paul Craig Roberts

The Dying Dollar Federal Reserve and Wall Street Assassinate US Dollar Since 2006, the US dollar has experienced a one-quarter to one-third drop in value to the Chinese yuan, depending on the choice of base.   Now China is going to let the dollar decline further in value.  China also says it is considering undermining the…

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How America Was Lost – Paul Craig Roberts

“No legal issue arises when the United States responds to a challenge to its power, position, and prestige.” Dean Acheson , 1962, speaking to...

Escape From The Dollar – Mike Whitney Interviews Paul Craig Roberts

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/11/05/an-interview-with-paul-craig-roberts/print  This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. CounterPunch NOVEMBER 05, 2013 Escape From The Dollar An Interview with Paul Craig Roberts by MIKE WHITNEY Paul Craig Roberts thinks the Fed has backed itself into a corner. A rise in interest rates would strengthen the dollar, give the dollar new life as…

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An Interview with Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts thinks the Fed has backed itself into corner. A rise in interest rates would strengthen the dollar, give the dollar new...

Is Paul Krugman a Voodoo Economist? – Paul Craig Roberts

Is Paul Krugman a Voodoo Economist? Paul Craig Roberts Readers ask me if Paul Krugman could be correct that deficits don’t matter and that neither does printing endless reams of money with which to purchase the Treasury’s debt instruments that finance the deficits. If people at home and abroad who hold dollars and dollar denominated…

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Ignored Reality Is Going To Wipe Out the Human Race – Paul Craig Roberts

Ignored Reality Is Going To Wipe Out The Human Race Paul Craig Roberts To inform people is hard slugging. Everything is lined up against the public being informed, or the policymakers for that matter. News is contaminated by its service to special interests and hidden agendas. Many scientists or their employers are dependent on federal…

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As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap – Paul Craig Roberts

The year 2014 could be shaping up as the year that the chickens come home to roost. Americans, even well-informed ones, don’t know all of...

A Potpourri of Exciting Reading – Paul Craig Roberts

A Potpourri Week-end reading list Paul Craig Roberts The Man Who Usurped The Constitution Just as you think the Republicans have destroyed themselves with their government shutdown/default antics, along comes Obama and appoints a fascist murderer head of Homeland Security. RT http://rt.com/usa/obama-jeh-johnson-dhs-378/ reports that Jeh Johnson, a drone proponent and the Pentagon General Counsel who…

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Stand Up Americans – Paul Craig Roberts

Stand Up Americans Paul Craig Roberts In less than 2 days, if the Treasury secretary can be believed, the Treasury will not have enough money to...

Stand Up Americans – Paul Craig Roberts

Stand Up Americans Paul Craig Roberts In less than 2 days, if the Treasury secretary can be believed, the Treasury will not have enough money to pay all its bills and will have to prioritize. This doesn’t mean default, as interest on Treasury bonds, notes, and bills will be right up there with the military…

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Whatever Became Of Western Civilization? – Paul Craig Roberts

Whatever Became Of Western Civilization? Paul Craig Roberts Not that long ago government and free market proponents were at sword's point, but no more. With little...

Whatever Became Of Western Civilization? – Paul Craig Roberts

Update Oct.15, 2013 (Reuters) – Shares in Royal Mail peaked 48 percent above their privatisation price on Tuesday as a committee of MPs said it planned to summon bankers and the business minister to a parliamentary inquiry into the sale. The government, which last week priced the hugely oversubscribed sale of the near 500-year-old postal…

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Paul Craig Roberts: Worse Than The Great Depression, Gold And Silver Prices Will Explode

Economist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts contends, “The situation is unsustainable.” It will blow up at some point, and Dr. Roberts predicts, “It will be...

A Caesar In Our Future? – Paul Craig Roberts

What Happens If The Shutdown Causes The Treasury To Run Out Of Money Paul Craig Roberts In a speech to the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, November...

A Caesar In Our Future? – Paul Craig Roberts

What Happens If The Shutdown Causes The Treasury To Run Out Of Money Paul Craig Roberts In a speech to the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, November 23, 2010, Peter Dale Scott gave a history of the various directives concerned with government continuity during a state of emergency. He showed that these directives could be used…

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts ~ World Turns to Russia for Leadership Instead of Corrupt...

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The Real Crisis Is Not The Government Shutdown – Paul Craig Roberts

The Real Crisis Is Not The Government Shutdown Paul Craig Roberts The inability of the media and politicians to focus on the real issues never ceases...

The Real Crisis Is Not The Government Shutdown – Paul Craig Roberts

The Real Crisis Is Not The Government Shutdown Paul Craig Roberts The inability of the media and politicians to focus on the real issues never ceases to amaze. The real crisis is not the “debt ceiling crisis.” The government shutdown is merely a result of the Republicans using the debt limit ceiling to attempt to…

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Dr Paul Craig Roberts on gold and gangster capitalism YouTube

Dr Paul Craig Roberts on gold and gangster capitalism YouTube Gold was always considered as solid and save instrument. Many...

Paul Craig Roberts — Libor Fraud Now Part of the System

Paul Craig Roberts – Libor Fraud Now Part of the System US political system unaccountable Paul Craig Roberts US political system unaccountable:...

Washington’s Tyranny – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington's Tyranny Paul Craig Roberts The war criminal barack obama has declared his “outrage” over the 62 deaths associated with the takeover of a Nairobi, Kenya,...

Washington’s Tyranny – Paul Craig Roberts

NOTE TO READERS: Some readers have received via RSS feed an old interview with RT announcing my retirement. This interview was several years ago. It must be some kind of glitch. I am not retiring. This interview is not a new notice of retirement. PCR Washington’s Tyranny Paul Craig Roberts The war criminal barack obama…

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Economic Uncertainty Via QE Unlimited with Paul Craig Roberts

Economic Uncertainty Via QE Unlimited with Paul Craig Roberts Alex welcomes to the broadcast via Skype Dr. Paul Craig Roberts to discuss the...

Humanity Is Drowning In Washington’s Criminality – Paul Craig Roberts

Humanity Is Drowning In Washington's Criminality Paul Craig Roberts Americans will soon be locked into an unaccountable police state unless US Representatives and Senators find the...

[71] Paul Craig Roberts on the Bubble in Bonds, Stocks and the US Dollar

Paul Craig Roberts on the Bubble in Bonds, Stocks and the US Dollar check us out on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/PrimeInterest Follow us @...

Washington’s Drive For Hegemony Is A Drive To War – Paul Craig Roberts

My thanks to donors in North and South America, Europe, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia who support this site. Every reader is...

New York banks ganging up on the Bank of America :Paul Craig Roberts

New York banks ganging up on the Bank of America aul Craig Roberts Press TV has conducted an interview with former Assistant...

Washington Thinks You Are Stupid – Paul Craig Roberts

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The “New Economy” Is The No Jobs Economy – Paul Craig Roberts

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PAKISTANI NATIONAL TV REVEALS THAT OBAMA’S CLAIM TO HAVE KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN IS...

PAKISTANI NATIONAL TV REVEALS THAT OBAMA'S CLAIM TO HAVE KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN IS “AN AMERICAN HOAX.” By readers' request, this is a reposting of...

PAKISTANI NATIONAL TV REVEALS THAT OBAMA’S CLAIM TO HAVE KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN IS...

PAKISTANI NATIONAL TV REVEALS THAT OBAMA’S CLAIM TO HAVE KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN IS “AN AMERICAN HOAX.” By readers’ request, this is a reposting of a translation of a Pakistani National TV interview with an eyewitness to the alleged SEAL Team Six attack that allegedly killed Osama bin Laden. I made the translation available two…

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Police Are More Dangerous To The Public Than Are Criminals – Paul Craig Roberts

The goon thug psychopaths no longer only brutalize minorities–it is open season on all of us –the latest victim is a petite young white...

Police Are More Dangerous To The Public Than Are Criminals – Paul Craig Roberts

The goon thug psychopaths no longer only brutalize minorities–it is open season on all of us –the latest victim is a petite young white mother of two small children http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36211.htm Police Are More Dangerous To The Public Than Are Criminals Paul Craig Roberts The worse threat every American faces comes from his/her own government. At…

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Putin Steps Into World Leadership Role – Paul Craig Roberts

Putin Steps Into World Leadership Role Paul Craig Roberts Putin's article in the September 11 New York Times has the stuck pigs squealing. The squealing stuck...

Putin Steps Into World Leadership Role – Paul Craig Roberts

Putin Steps Into World Leadership Role Paul Craig Roberts Putin’s article in the September 11 New York Times has the stuck pigs squealing. The squealing stuck pigs are just who you thought they would be–all those whose agendas and profits would be furthered by an attack on Syria by the obama Stasi regime. Included among…

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The rule of zombies: Why Are Obama and Kerry So Desperate to Start...

The rule of zombies Why Are Obama and Kerry So Desperate to Start a New War? Paul Craig Roberts What is the real agenda? Why is...

The rule of zombies: Why Are Obama and Kerry So Desperate to Start...

The rule of zombies Why Are Obama and Kerry So Desperate to Start a New War? Paul Craig Roberts What is the real agenda? Why is the obama Regime so desperate to commit a war crime despite the warnings delivered to the White House Fool two days ago by the most important countries in the…

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Paul Craig Roberts talking on Russia Today about Syria 27th Aug 2013 improved sound

Paul Craig Roberts talking on Russia Today about Syria 27th Aug 2013 improved sound Paul Craig Roberts talks about the real...

The West Dethroned – Paul Craig Roberts

The West Dethroned Paul Craig Roberts “The European race’s last three hundred years of evolutionary progress have all come down to nothing but four words: selfishness,...

The West Dethroned – Paul Craig Roberts

The West Dethroned Paul Craig Roberts “The European race’s last three hundred years of evolutionary progress have all come down to nothing but four words: selfishness, slaughter, shamelessness and corruption.” Yan Fu It only took the rest of the world 300 years to catch on to the evil that masquerades as “western civilization,” or perhaps…

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How to Stop Obama’s Military Aggression Against Syria – Paul Craig Roberts

How to Stop Obama’s Military Aggression Against Syria Paul Craig Roberts Many are asking what can be done to stop the pending US attack on Syria. Two...

How to Stop Obama’s Military Aggression Against Syria – Paul Craig Roberts

How to Stop Obama’s Military Aggression Against Syria Paul Craig Roberts Many are asking what can be done to stop the pending US attack on Syria. Two things can be done. One is for the US Congress to realize that it does not save America’s face for Congress to endorse a policy that has been…

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The High Cost Of Saving Face For Obama – Paul Craig Roberts

Will Congress Now Save Obama’s Face By Selling Out Democracy and the Syrian People and Setting the Stage for World War III ? Paul Craig...

The High Cost Of Saving Face For Obama – Paul Craig Roberts

Will Congress Now Save Obama’s Face By Selling Out Democracy and the Syrian People and Setting the Stage for World War III ? Paul Craig Roberts As I observed in previous columns, obama was pushed out onto the end of the limb by Israel and the neoconservatives. The UN, NATO, the British Parliament, and the…

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Obama Has Decided That It Is Safer To Buy Congress Than To Go It...

Obama Has Decided That It Is Safer To Buy Congress Than To Go It Alone Paul Craig Roberts While still claiming dictatorial powers to start a...

Obama Has Decided That It Is Safer To Buy Congress Than To Go It...

Obama Has Decided That It Is Safer To Buy Congress Than To Go It Alone Paul Craig Roberts While still claiming dictatorial powers to start a war on his own authority, Obama put his unilateral attack on Syria on hold when he received a letter from more than 160 members of the House of Representatives…

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Obama Reveals His Dictatorship – Paul Craig Roberts

Obama Reveals His Dictatorship the isolation of America Paul Craig Roberts Washington preens itself on being “the world’s greatest democracy.” Washington uses the claim that it is...

Obama Reveals His Dictatorship – Paul Craig Roberts

Obama Reveals His Dictatorship the isolation of America Paul Craig Roberts Washington preens itself on being “the world’s greatest democracy.” Washington uses the claim that it is spreading democracy as a justification for its naked aggression–a clear and unambiguous war crime–against other countries. Washington cloaks its illegality in democratic rhetoric despite the obvious fact that…

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America Totally Discredited – Paul Craig Roberts

America Totally Discredited Paul Craig Roberts A foolish President Obama and moronic Secretary of State Kerry have handed the United States government its worst diplomatic...

America Totally Discredited – Paul Craig Roberts

America Totally Discredited Paul Craig Roberts A foolish President Obama and moronic Secretary of State Kerry have handed the United States government its worst diplomatic defeat in history and destroyed the credibility of the Office of the President, the Department of State, and the entire executive branch. All are exposed as a collection of third-rate…

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Will Obama Doom Himself As A War Criminal – Paul Craig Roberts

Will Obama Doom Himself As A War Criminal Paul Craig Roberts Obama, pushed by his Israeli and neocon masters, especially his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, who,...

Will Obama Doom Himself As A War Criminal – Paul Craig Roberts

Will Obama Doom Himself As A War Criminal Paul Craig Roberts Obama, pushed by his Israeli and neocon masters, especially his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, who, in effect, functions as an Israeli agent, crawled far out on the limb, only to have it sawed off by the British Parliament. In response, the “socialist” president…

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The Alex Jones Show:(2nd HOUR-VIDEO Commercial Free) Friday July 26 2013: Dr. Paul Craig...

The Alex Jones Show:(2nd HOUR-VIDEO Commercial Free) Friday July 26 2013: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Date: 07/26/2013 Unlimited Ammo Unlimited Control...

Syria: Another Western War Crime In The Making – Paul Craig Roberts

Syria: Another Western War Crime In The Making Paul Craig Roberts Washington and its British and French puppet governments are poised to yet again reveal their...

Syria: Another Western War Crime In The Making – Paul Craig Roberts

Syria: Another Western War Crime In The Making Paul Craig Roberts UPDATE AUGUST 29 The British Parliament has rejected British military intervention in Syria. The US puppet, Cameron, who serves as Prime Minister was forced to admit that he had no evidence that Assad had used chemical weapons, and Parliament said, no evidence, no war.…

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Gangster State US/UK – Paul Craig Roberts

Gangster State US/UK Paul Craig Roberts On July 23 I wrote about how the US reversed roles with the USSR and became the tyrant that terrifies...

BRING THE JOBS HOME & STOP THE WARS OR PREPARE FOR COLLAPSE — Dr....

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Gangster State US/UK – Paul Craig Roberts

Gangster State US/UK Paul Craig Roberts On July 23 I wrote about how the US reversed roles with the USSR and became the tyrant that terrifies the world. We have now had further confirmation of that fact. It comes from two extraordinary actions by Washington’s British puppet state. David Miranda, the Brazilian partner of Glenn…

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Growing Up In America – Paul Craig Roberts

Things Are Bad And Getting Worse Paul Craig Roberts Terrible things are happening faster than we can keep up with them. Monsanto, widely regarded as a...

Growing Up In America – Paul Craig Roberts

Things Are Bad And Getting Worse Paul Craig Roberts Terrible things are happening faster than we can keep up with them. Monsanto, widely regarded as a criminal enterprise, is expanding its monopoly over seeds and food production into Chile and Latin America. http://rt.com/news/chile-protest-monsanto-law-634/ Monsanto has given up for now on monopolizing Europe’s agriculture, but has…

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Humanity Is Drowning In Washington’s Criminality – Paul Craig Roberts

Humanity Is Drowning In Washington’s Criminality Paul Craig Roberts Americans will soon be locked into an unaccountable police state unless US Representatives and Senators find the courage to ask questions and to sanction the executive branch officials who break the law, violate the Constitution, withhold information from Congress, and give false information about their crimes…

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Washington’s Drive For Hegemony Is A Drive To War – Paul Craig Roberts

My thanks to donors in North and South America, Europe, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia who support this site. Every reader is invited to join this illustrious group. Washington’s Drive For Hegemony Is A Drive To War Paul Craig Roberts It was five years ago that the president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvilli, who…

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Washington Thinks You Are Stupid – Paul Craig Roberts

My thanks to donors in North and South America, Europe, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia who support this site. Every reader is invited to join this illustrious group. Washington Thinks You Are Stupid Paul Craig Roberts There’s the old saying that if the government fears the people, there is liberty, but if the…

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The “New Economy” Is The No Jobs Economy – Paul Craig Roberts

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Triple-Feature: “America Discredited,” “Bradley Manning Verdict Convicts Washington,” and “Hiding Economic Depression With Spin”...

Triple-Feature: “America Discredited,” “Bradley Manning Verdict Convicts Washington,” and “Hiding Economic Depression With Spin” — Paul Craig Roberts Quarterly Call For Donations This is your site. This site will continue as long as you support it. There is nothing on this site except information and explanations that the media does not provide. There is no…

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The Two Faux Democracies Threaten Life On Earth—Paul Craig Roberts

Quarterly Call For Donations and a new column This is your site. This site will continue as long as you support it. There is nothing on this site except information and explanations that the media does not provide. There is no political, social, economic, or ideological agenda associated with this site. For the most part,…

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Role Reversal: How the US Became the USSR – Paul Craig Roberts

Role Reversal: How the US Became the USSR Paul Craig Roberts I spent the summer of 1961 behind the Iron Curtain. I was part of the US-USSR student exchange program. It was the second year of the program that operated under auspices of the US Department of State. Our return to the West via train…

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Coup d’etat – Paul Craig Roberts

Coup d’etat Paul Craig Roberts The American people have suffered a coup d’etat, but they are hesitant to acknowledge it. The regime ruling in Washington today lacks constitutional and legal legitimacy. Americans are ruled by usurpers who claim that the executive branch is above the law and that the US Constitution is a mere “scrap…

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Lawlessness Is The New Normal – Paul Craig Roberts

Lawlessness Is The New Normal Paul Craig Roberts In various articles and in my latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism And Economic Dissolution Of The West, I have pointed out that the European sovereign debt crisis is being used to terminate the sovereignty of the countries that are members of the EU. There…

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Has Washington’s Arrogance Undone Its Empire? – Paul Craig Roberts

Has Washington’s Arrogance Undone Its Empire? Paul Craig Roberts No one likes a bully, and Washington’s NATO puppets have been bullied for six decades. British prime ministers, German chancellors, and French presidents have to salute and say “yes sir.” They all hate it, but they love Washington’s money; so they prostitute themselves and their countries…

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Washington Is Driving The World To The Final War – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington Is Driving The World To The Final War Paul Craig Roberts “V For Vendetta,” a film that portrays evil in a futuristic England as a proxy for the evil that exists today in America, ends with the defeat of evil. But this is a movie in which the hero has super powers. If you…

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A New Beginning Without Washington’s Sanctimonious Mask – Paul Craig Roberts

A New Beginning Without Washington’s Sanctimonious Mask Paul Craig Roberts It is hard to understand the fuss that Washington and its media whores are making over Edward Snowden. We have known for a long time that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying for years without warrants on the communications of Americans and people…

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Stasi In The White House – Paul Craig Roberts

Stasi in the White House Paul Craig Roberts, June 21, 2013 On June 19, 2013, US President Obama, hoping to raise himself above the developing National Security Agency (NSA) spy scandals, sought to associate himself with two iconic speeches made at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy pledged: “Ich…

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The Rational Market Myth – Paul Craig Roberts

The Rational Market Myth armageddon without nukes Paul Craig Roberts One of the myths of economics is that markets are rational. Theories are based on this assumption, and the belief that markets are rational fuels the argument against regulation. The market response to the Federal Reserve’s June 19 statement that it will taper off its…

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Washington Is Insane – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington Is Insane Paul Craig Roberts In the 21st century the two hundred year-old propaganda that the American people control their government has been completely shattered. Both the Bush and Obama regimes have made it unmistakenly clear that the American people don’t even influence, much less control, the government. As far as Washington is concerned,…

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What Is The Government’s Agenda? – Paul Craig Roberts

What is the Government’s Agenda? Paul Craig Roberts It has been public information for a decade that the US government secretly, illegally, and unconstitutionally spies on its citizens. Congress and the federal courts have done nothing about this extreme violation of the US Constitution and statutory law, and the insouciant US public seems unperturbed. In…

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Another Phony Jobs Report From A Government That Lies About Everything —Paul Craig Roberts

June 7, 2013. The payroll jobs report for May released today continues the fantasy. Goods producing jobs declined, with manufacturing losing another 4,000 jobs, but the New Economy produced 179,000 service jobs. Are these jobs the high-powered, high-wage “innovation jobs” that economists promised would be our reward from Globalism. I’m afraid not. According to the…

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A BRIEF FOR ANIMALS – Paul Craig Roberts

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Chaos And Propaganda: Washington’s “Reality-Based Order”


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In 2011, Hilary Clinton announced the US was at war. She wasn’t referring to the US’s ongoing invasions, wars and occupations but an ideological war for hearts and minds. Clinton lamented the fact that, since the end of the cold war, US global ideological influence had weakened, especially with the advent of the Internet and TV channels like RT.
Of course, Hollywood still manages to propagate the ‘great American myth’ globally every day: the US as the beacon of freedom, as the flagship of democratic ideals, based on the great ‘American Lie’ of the great ‘American Dream’ whereby the individual can somehow miraculously overcome adversity and make it in life, just as long as s/he keeps his or her nose to the grind. US mass culture exported across the globe. The ‘anyone can make it’ syndrome sugar coated with a sprinkling of ‘freedom and democracy’ then rammed down the collective throat by Hollywood, which magics away into thin air the reality of capitalism and its deeply embedded structural power relations. As the commentator and comedian George Carlin once stated: “The American Dream, you have to be asleep to believe it.”
And let’s not forget Hollywood’s retelling of history with Uncle Sam the movie star, the liberator of the oppressed, the protector of universal good, the sweeper of its mass terror and atrocities away from the screen and conveniently under the carpet.
The internet, Press TV, RT and the ‘alternative media’ in all its forms have however eaten into Washington’s Hollywoodesque version of reality and propaganda. Despite the ownership of the corporate media becoming ever more concentrated in the hands of massive conglomerates and it promoting a common news agenda, the US has had to face up to the harsh truth that it cannot dominate the debate to the extent it once did when it comes to shaping the analysis and reporting of news through its compliant media outlets.
Around the time Clinton was voicing her concerns, Edward Snowden was revealing what many of us had already strongly suspected – people across the world and foreign governments were being monitored by the US government. Before Snowden became public enemy number one, Julian Assange carried that mantle. The US state-corporate machine did almost everything in its power to destroy Assange and WikiLeaks. Most debilitating of all was the shutting down of WikiLeaks’ access to finance, notably via PayPal, MasterCard, the Swiss bank PostFinance, Moneybookers, Bank of America and Visa Inc.
Bank of America was accused of being especially strident in attempting to discredit and destroy WikiLeaks with various dirty tricks, including backing a smear campaign that involved the use of false documents, disinformation, and sabotage. These actions along with demands that Snowden be ‘handed over’ by the countries the US has been caught red handed of spying on, came as little surprise. The US deems it fit to break international laws with impunity, yet bleats about legalities where Snowden or Assange is concerned.
But things are not always so straightforward. Not everyone can be banished to a foreign country or incarcerated in an embassy in London. As a result, former CIA boss General Petraeus is on record as saying US strategy is to conduct a war of perceptions continuously through the news media. We don’t have to imagine much that the prevailing view of world conveyed through the mainstream media and swallowed by many people is based on ‘a pack of lies’ carefully crafted by men like Petraeus and the State Department’s PR machine. British MP George Galloway’s powerful performance in front of a US Senate committee in 2005 highlighted it as such in the case of the invasion of Iraq.
These days, despite state-corporate control and manipulation of the mainstream media, many see through the charade of ‘liberal democracy’. The more the US lacks control over ‘the message’, the more it has to resort restrictions on freedoms. The more paranoid it becomes, the more penetrating and widespread the surveillance and ‘information gathering’ is.
So it was quite revealing to see this week the US House of Foreign Affairs Committee discussing Russia’s ‘weaponisation’ of information. Chairperson Ed Royce claimed that RT is part of a Russian disinformation campaign and asserted that if certain things are repeated over and over again, a conspiratorial theory begins to take on a life of its own.
The hypocrisy was palpable.
The US should know about such things. given its demonisation of Russia and the construction of a narrative of ‘Russian aggression’ in Ukraine that has been on continuous loop and churned out by the corporate media for quite some time now. This story of course has no basis in reality and is intended to mask a wider imperialist agenda to destabilise Russia.
Royce said that RT provides a platform for fringe and radical views worldwide and most broadcasters would not entertain people with such views. While it is correct to say that RT has a pro-Kremlin agenda, virtually all Western corporate media outlets adhere to a broadly defined economic and military ‘Washington consensus’. Where Western outlets see little wrong with wheeling out pro-big business commentators and representatives from powerful thinks for their opinions, little opportunity is provided for trade unionists, the non-mainstream left or any other voices that offer radical critiques of the status to offer their views.
RT has a range of commentators and analysts, including Professor Michel Chossudovsky, Pepe Escobar, Max Keiser, Paul Craig Roberts, William F Engdahl and Manuel Ochsenreiter, who tend to rarely appear on Western corporate mainstream media outlets. While some may not agree with their views or analyses, such people are academically well-qualified and recognised by many as being specialists in their fields. It is too convenient for them to be brushed aside with the ‘deranged conspiracy theorist’ accusation.
These commentators are highly critical of US-Western foreign policies but that does not mean they necessarily support Putin or Russia, as former RT presenter Liz Whal seemed to imply during the committee hearing. If certain commentators are regarded as “fringe” figures or “extremists” as Whal suggested, they are only regarded as such because their views challenge the pro-Washington narrative conveyed by the Western corporate media and thus tend to be side-lined. She argued these ‘alternative’ voices now have platforms to voice their “deranged views” and whip up anti-US sentiment.
Royce claimed Russia’s propaganda machine is currently in overdrive and that part of the focus is to undermine “democratic stability” and foment violence. He went on to state that these tactics have helped stoke the situation in Ukraine and are laying the groundwork for a Russian invasion and asserted that this propaganda has the potential to destabilise NATO members.
Another contributor to the proceedings argued that “our” global order is a “reality based order” and that the likes of RT and the internet makes “reality based politics” impossible.
Washington wishes it had the monopoly on truth but it doesn’t. And the reality is that the US regards views that criticise it as intolerable. But while the internet can at times be a vehicle for churning out some ludicrous views (and in this respect Whal is correct), what could be more sinister than what the mainstream media churns out on a daily basis with its acceptance of and justifications for austerity, gross inequalities, the massive concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, secretive corporate-constructed trade deals, wars of aggression, a bogus war on terror and the rest of the stories designed to beat working people and opponents of Washington’s hegemony into submission?
You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to appreciate that the terms “reality based global order” and “democratic stability” are cynical euphemisms designed to conceal a completely different reality of imposed chaos and disorder around the world. Supporters of this reality are committed to misinforming the public, creating regional destabilisations and bending nations to Washington’s will.

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Professor Francis Boyle on Impeachment of Bush and Obama

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Post-Ukrainian Election Violence

Post-Ukrainian Election Violence

by Stephen Lendman

Billionaire oligarch mega-crook Petro Poroshenko is Ukraine's new president. Illegitimate coup-appointed officials anointed him. 

Sham election-rigging rubber-stamping followed. Fascism defeated democracy. 

Obama said "we commend the resolve of all those who participated, as well as the efforts of the Ukrainian government to conduct these elections in the face of those threats."

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a convenient US stooge. 

He "congratulate(ed) the people of Ukraine, who peacefully exercised their right to vote in Sunday's presidential election." 

"They showed their commitment to freedom and democracy and their determination to decide their own future."

"Despite the criminal violence, intimidation and provocation by pro-Russian separatists, who tried to deny the people of Ukraine their democratic right, the election was declared by international observers to be largely in line with international commitments and respectful of fundamental freedom."

Kiev's war without mercy continues. Courageous Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters are called "terrorists."

Civilians are targeted. They're murdered in cold blood. Self-defense fighters are lightly armed. 

Heavily armed regime forces attack them. Weapons used include tanks, artillery, mortars, helicopter gunships and warplanes.

Foreign mercenaries and neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs supplement special National Guard forces.

On May 26, Itar Tass headlined "People's militia, National Guard units clash near Donetsk railway station."

Regime helicopter gunships and warplanes overflew Donetsk earlier.

Shooting and explosions were heard. Self-defense forces and Kiev troops clashed on the city's outskirts.

In "nearby settlements." One helicopter was downed. Fighting continues is Grobari settlement.

On Stratonavov Street. Self-defense forces said National Guard troops seized the area's airport.

Snipers operate from nearby tall buildings. A People's Republic of Donetsk tweet said:

"The people’s army has the airport in Donetsk back under control. We are rooting out the remaining Kiev’s remaining troops. Airstrikes have stopped for now."

RT International's Maria Finoshina tweeted earlier:

"The Ukrainian occupiers are conducting missile and bomb strikes on Donetsk International Airport. They are deploying military aircraft."

Witnesses said they "heard at least three blasts. Helicopters are circling over the city, and military jets can be heard flying by."

Residential areas were shelled. Helicopter fire targeted an ANNA News reporter. It happened during a live broadcast.

Kiev's Security Service (SBU) press service spokesman Aleksey Dmitrashkovsky said:

"The counter-terror operation started as two Sukhoi Su-25s flew to the airport." 

"They made a warning shot to the area of the terrorists' location."

"Paramilitary troops arrived and they are now cleaning the area off."

Poroshenko favors continued military operations. "I support its continuation," he said. He "demand(s)" a format change.

He wants shorter, more effective operations. He wants better equipped units.

Sergey Lavrov said Moscow is ready for dialogue with him. "We hear what (he said about) relations with Russia that he calls his most important ones."

"We are hoping (he'll) do everything to prevent some extremist radial tendencies in Kiev on the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, or on any other region of this country, from prevailing."

"We hope very much that the Ukrainian authorities will now, after the election, confirm or declare their adherence to the settlement roadmap suggested by the chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe."

"(I)ncumbent authorities should respect their citizens, respect their people and make available compromises based on the interests of all political forces, all ethnic and religious groups." 

"It will hardly be possible to achieve anything without that."

"(T)he election campaign was not without problems…(N)ot all presidential candidates were able to reach the end of the distance, not because they did not want to but because no proper conditions had been created for them."

"There were cases when the election campaign was inhibited. One of the candidates was not allowed to board a plane and so on." 

"Many simply had to withdraw from the race, not least in fear of the physical consequences."

Russia wants Eastern Ukrainian military operations halted. Lavrov raised concerns about illegally armed groups.

Specifically Right Sector ones he said. Foreign mercenaries are involved.

"Literally yesterday or this morning, Arseniy Yatsenyuk's first deputy Yarema said that the Kiev administration will resume the active phase of the so-called anti-terrorist operation now that the voting is over," said Lavrov.

He called ordering it "a colossal mistake."

"The chance we have now to establish mutually respectful and equal dialogue, bearing in mind the voting that has taken place, the results of which Russia, I repeat, is ready to respect, should not be lost." 

"We are hoping that Poroshenko, if his powers are confirmed, will do everything to prevent extremist radical tendencies from prevailing."

Poroshenko named Donbass his first trip destination. He'll visit Moscow in June. He announced it at a press conference, saying:

"As concerns our relations with Russia, this is our largest neighbor. We should stop the war and ensure peace in Eastern Ukraine." 

"It is impossible to do without the Russian representation. Meetings with Russian leaders should be held in the first half of June."

Expect he'll seek normalized Ukrainian/Russian relations. Ukraine is broke. It's bankrupt. He needs all the financial help he can get. 

He needs Russian markets for Ukrainian goods. He has business interests in Russia. Both countries are natural allies.

Putin is ready to cooperate. Poroshenko won't get it free. He'll  have to pay the price. It includes halting Eastern Ukrainian hostilities. 

It's not Poroshenko's choice to make. Not entirely at least. Constitutional changes weakened presidential powers. 

Fascists controlling parliament may overrule him. Washington's dirty hands are involved. 

It's calling the shots. As long as influential neocons want war, diplomatic conflict resolution won't happen.

Expect things most likely to worsen. Fascist regimes operate this way. None more ruthlessly than America.

War on humanity continues. It's official US policy. One country after another is ravaged and destroyed. Obama has others in mind. 

Russia and China are major US rivals. They're independent. They value their sovereign rights. They won't sacrifice them. Nor should they.

They're prime targets. Paul Craig Roberts thinks global war is inevitable. He may be right. Things seem headed that way.

He's a valued contributor to this writer's new edited and contributed to new book titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III."

Neocons infesting Washington make it possible. Madness defines their thinking. Obama is too mindless to contest them.

He shames the office he holds. He's an unindicted war criminal. He belongs in prison, not high office. Impeaching him is a national imperative.

He's by far America's worst ever president. If his war on humanity isn't stopped, he may end up its last!

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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Washington Risks Global War

Washington Risks Global War

by Stephen Lendman

This writer's edited and contributed to new book discusses what's ongoing in depth. It explains why it matters. It sheds light on what's likely coming.

It's titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: Why the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III." Twenty-two distinguished analysts contributed content. They include:

Robert Abele

Michel Chossudovsky

Edward Herman

Nolan Higdon

Michael Hudson

Mickey Huff 

Andrew Kolin

John Kozy

Cynthia McKinney

John McMurty

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

Michael Parenti

David Peterson

James Petras

Peter Phillips

Jack Rasmus

Paul Craig Roberts

Rick Rozoff

Rodney Shakespeare

Jeffrey Sommers

Matthew Witt - and this writer.

Chapter topics include:

Introduction: Stephen Lendman 

Washington’s Recklessness Endangers the World: Paul Craig Roberts  

Washington Has Set the World on a Path to War: Paul Craig Roberts 

The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit: Michael Hudson 

Obama’s Ukrainian Power Grab, Sanctions and the 
Boomerang Effect: James Petras 

Ukraine and Regime Change: Michael Parenti 

Ukraine: Another Step in Capitalism’s Global Dominance
Strategies and Power Inside the Transnational Global Corporate Class and US-NATO Global Empire: Peter Phillips, Mickey Huff and Nolan Higdon 

Orange Revolution 2.0: Stephen Lendman 

Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Ukraine: Another War Based on Lies, Pretexts, and Profiteering?: Cynthia McKinney 

The Geo-Politics Behind EuroMaidan: Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya  

Crisis in Ukraine: Russia Extends its Control over the 
Black Sea and Strategic Waterways: Michel Chossudovsky  

The Geostrategic Significance of Ukraine in NATO’s Drive to the East: Rick Rozoff 

Who Benefits from the Ukraine Economic Crisis?: Jack Rasmus 

Mother Russia: An Elusive Prize: John Kozy 

Hangover in Ukraine: Treaty of Versailles Spirits Packaged in Bretton Woods Bottles. The Morning After: Jeffrey Sommers 

The Labyrinth of Geography in a Time of Terror: Matthew T. Witt 

Containing Russia: Stephen Lendman 

The Ukraine Crisis and the Propaganda System in Overdrive: 
Edward S. Herman and David Peterson 

The Norms of Justice, International Law, and the ‘Duty to Protect: Robert Abele  

The Odessa Massacre: Stephen Lendman

Ukraine: From Coup to Police State: Andrew Kolin 

The Kiev Putsch: Rebel Workers Take Power in the East: James Petras 

Is Ukraine a Turning Point in History?: Rodney Shakespeare 

Washington Intends Russia’s Demise: Paul Craig Roberts

The Ukraine Crisis: Decoding its Deep Structural Meaning: John McMurtry 

Ukraine is by far the most significant post-WW II geopolitical crisis. Escalating it risks global conflict.

Obama bears full responsibility. Complicit EU partners share it. Putin deserves no blame for their lawlessness.

Washington stops at nothing to advance its imperium. Millions of corpses attest to its barbarity. 

Replacing independent governments with subservient pro-Western ones is longstanding US policy.

Washington-supported Kiev putschists staged the most brazen coup d'etat since Mussolini's 1922 march on Rome. Claiming otherwise doesn't wash. It denies reality.

On February 22, 2014, Ukrainian freedom died. Fascist extremism replaced it. Coup plotters seized power. They did so extrajudicially. They began consolidating rule straightaway.

Obama's new friends are thugs. He elevated a rogue's gallery of ultranationalist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic societal misfits to power. 

They're fascists. They're ruthless. They include extremist neo-Nazi thugs. They openly display swastikas, Iron Crosses, SS insignia, other Nazi symbols and Sieg Heil salutes.

They represent mob rule. They're convenient US stooges. They have no legitimacy whatever.

They're exploiting Ukrainians nationwide. They're attacking ordinary citizens. They doing it in Eastern cities. They're waging war on their own people.

They're murdering them in cold blood. Right Sector neo-Nazis are involved. So are foreign mercenaries. They're hired guns.

They're trained killers. They operate extrajudiciously. They do so with impunity. On direct orders from Washington. Transmitted to Kiev.

Coup-appointed putschists massed troops on Russia's borders. They did so provocatively. The battle for Ukraine didn't end with them usurping power.

Potential civil war looms. Regional conflict could follow. At risk is a major East/West confrontation. Its spreading it globally. Preventing it matters most. 

Hegemons operate this way. Washington is the most reckless one in world history. Major conflicts start this way. 

Today is the most perilous time in world history. Potential nuclear war is possible. Preventing the unthinkable matters most.

Hopefully "Flashpoint in Ukraine" will help. Readers will fully understand what's ongoing. They'll know why it matters. 

They'll know who's to blame. They understand the risk. They'll realize we're all in this together. Humanity's fate hangs in the balance.

On May 3, Ron Paul headlined "What Does The US Government Want in Ukraine?"

Kiev's "military opened fire on its own citizens," he said. "Dozens have been killed in violence." 

Washington blamed victims for Kiev's crimes. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki turned truth on its head.

She "condemn(ed) the outbreak of violence caused by pro-Russian separatists." They're courageous freedom fighters. 

They're Ukraine's best and bravest. They reject Kiev putschists. They want fundamental freedoms everyone deserves. They deserve universal support.

"Why are people protesting in eastern Ukraine," asked Paul? "Because they do not believe the government that came to power after the US-backed uprising in February is legitimate." 

"They do not recognize the authority of an unelected president and prime minister."

"Would (Americans) accept an unelected government in Washington put in place with the backing of the Chinese and Iranians?"

Washington "gave full support" to violent Maidan putschists. Now they back cracking down hard on Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters.

They falsely accused Putin of supporting them. "The real question is why (Washington) is involved in Ukraine in the first place," Paul stressed.

We're "broke. We cannot even fix our own economy. Yet we want to run Ukraine. Does it really matter who Ukrainians elect to represent them?" 

"Is it really a national security matter worth risking a nuclear war with Russia whether Ukraine votes for more regional autonomy and a weaker central government? Isn't that how the United States was originally conceived?"

"Has the arrogance of the US administration, thinking they should run the world, driven us to the brink of another major war in Europe?" 

"Let us hope they will stop this dangerous game and come to their senses. I say let's have no war on Ukraine!"

Lunatics infest Obama's administration. Francis Boyle addressed a possible East/West nuclear war. Washington's Ukraine policy risks it, he said.

US-led NATO "promot(es) the destabilization and the breakup of Ukraine" for control. It wants its sovereignty co-opted. 

It wants it part of NATO. It wants US bases on Russia's borders. It wants its heartland targeted. It wants it weakened. 

It wants it increasingly isolated. It wants it made another pro-Western vassal state. It risks global war to achieve its objectives.

US-instigated Cold War 2.0 ruthlessness is out-of-control. It's madness. It risks open conflict. 

"The Obama administration and NATO are maneuvering humanity into a reverse Cuban Missile Crisis," said Boyle.

It's right on Russia's borders. "Can World War III be far behind,"  asked Boyle? Can cool heads prevail over neocon lunatics influencing US policy? 

Can humanity be saved in time? It bear repeating what previous articles stressed. It's fate hangs in the balance.

Read "Flashpoint in Ukraine." World-class independent contributors made it the definitive work on this topic. 

It's must reading. It explains what everyone needs to know. 

It's more important now than ever. It bears repeating. We're all in this together. 

We either survive or perish. There's no in between. There's no more dangerous time than now. There's no more important time to act.

Ordinary people can make a difference. It's our choice. Survival depends on us.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 


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Justice Is Dead In Amerika

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Kerry at Yale

Kerry at Yale

by Stephen Lendman

On May 18, he returned to his alma mater. He's class of 1966. He was a mediocre student. He barely managed to graduate. 

He got four freshman year Ds. His cumulative four-year 76 numerical rating barely avoided failure. Gentlemen C's got him through.

He was Yale's featured Class Day speaker. He addressed graduating students. His mother stressed integrity.

"Integrity, John," she said. His father said "diplomacy was really being able to see the world through the eyes of someone else, to understand their aspirations and assumptions."

Two important lessons Kerry never learned. He's vying for Washington's worst ever Secretary of State dishonor. 

He fronts for imperial lawlessness. He's an unindicted war criminal. He represents America's dark side. 

He mocks legitimacy. He shames the office he holds. He's mindless of rule of law principles. He's a serial liar. He's a moral coward.

He's deplores peace. He's brazenly hawkish. He's indifferent to human suffering. 

He relishes spoils of war. He's what Paul Craig Roberts calls a "two-bit punk." More on what he said below.

In November 1984, he was elected Massachusetts junior senator. He succeeded Paul Tsongas. He stepped down for health reasons. 

On January 2, 1985, he took office. For over 29 years, he supported US imperial lawlessness. He was Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman.

On February 1, 2013, he became America's 68th Secretary of State. Its top diplomat. Its front man for ruthless power.

His style reflects bullying, bluster and Big Lies. His job involves telling other nations who's boss. Explaining Washington rules. Demanding compliance or else.

His estimated net worth exceeds $300 million. He's a billionaire through his wife's wealth. She's heir to the Heinz fortune.

Kerry's Senate voting record was deplorable. He was Israel's man in Washington.

He supported NAFTA, Big Media, welfare reform, Plan Columbia, Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF/September 2001), the USA Patriot Act, its 2006 and 2011 reauthorizations, and annual national defense budgets for war.

He endorsed war on terror lawlessness. He backed Bush's imperial aggression. He supported Obama's war on Libya. 

He favors ravaging and destroying Syria. He's for targeting Iran next. He's administration Ukraine agenda front man. He supports illegitimate fascist putschist rule.

Earlier he backed Bush's No Child Left Behind scheme to privatize public education.

He endorsed energy policies benefitting Big Oil, Obamacare, reduced food stamp funding, and freedom threatening cybersecurity legislation among other undemocratic measures.

He favors doubling special forces death squads. He wants them deployed globally. He wants their role in America's war on terror enhanced.

He wants greater US military strength. He wants it better able to wage global wars. He wants stepped up intelligence gathering. He favors tougher anti-terrorist policies. 

He supports offensive national missile defense. He's against cutting nuclear weapons below START levels.

He's brazenly anti-Russian. He's hostile to Moscow/Beijing ties. He has close Wall Street ties. He and George Bush are Yale grads.

He was president of Yale's Political Union. He belonged to Skull and Bones. So did Bush, his father, and grandfather.

In 1832, it was founded. Throughout most of its history as an all-male secret society. Women were excluded until selectively admitted in the 1990s. Its headquarters building is called the Tomb.

Alumni include former presidents, Supreme Court chief justices, CIA officials, cabinet members, congressmen, senators, business leaders, and other prominent members of society.

Hundreds of living ones remain. S&B is Yale's elitist secret society. Members are carefully vetted.

It's more than a club. Fifteen members are chosen annually. It may be America's most elite network. 

Inductees are considered potential future business, government, legal, and other type prominent leaders.

Its alumni have enormous influence. They run America. They've done it for years. Dominant S&B alumni families control it. 

They include Bush, Bundy, Harriman, Lord, Phelps, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford, Taft, and Whitney, among others. Inter-marriage is encouraged.

One observer calls it "an international mafia - unregulated and all but unknown." 

Its agenda reflects New World Order dominance. It wants personal freedoms compromised. Ceremonial silence is sworn.

Bonesmen automatically advance to positions of power. They're expected to serve prominently. Former members financed Hitler. Current ones are fascists. They're neo-Nazis.

Many Bonesmen have close Wall Street ties. At least a dozen are linked to the Fed. 

They control America's media, prominent legal institutions, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Trilateral Commission.

Silence is Skull and Bones' golden rule. Bonesmen are sworn to secrecy. They reflect the worst of America's dark side. Kerry is current Exhibit A.

His Class Day address ignored his imperial agenda. It substituted lies for vital truths. 

He pretended support for peace, civil rights, popular needs, immigration reform that matters, and environmental sanity.

He ludicrously called what happened after he graduated a "daring journey of progress played out over years, decades, and even generations."

"On the world stage," he said, "you will not escape it…We see huge, growing populations of young people in places that offer little education, little economic or political opportunity."

He fabricated concern for "do(ing) more to coordinate an attack on extreme poverty, provide education, opportunity, and jobs…"

He stressed "refus(ing) to accept the downsizing of America's role in a very complicated world."

He told class of 2014 Yale grads: "Your job is to disturb the universe."

He pretended for better, not worse. He meant furthering US dominance. 

Enforcing Washington rules. Targeting outliers for removal. Eliminating major rivals. Waging war on humanity.

He ludicrously claimed "most of the rest of the world doesn’t lie awake at night worrying about America’s presence."

"They worry about what would happen in our absence…(W)hat makes America different from other nations…is that we are united by an uncommon idea…"

"(T)hat we’re all created equal and all endowed with unalienable rights." 

"America is not just a country like other countries. America is an idea and we. All of us, you - get to fill it out over time."

"At Yale, we say your degree admits you to all its 'rights and responsibilities.' " 

"It means we need to renew that responsibility over and over again every day. It's not a one-time decision."

Kerry urged keeping faith in government. Remain hopeful. Stay active. Find solutions. 

Keep "faith with the ability of institutions to do big things when demanded."

It bears repeating. Kerry ignored America's dark side. His lead role. His criminal agenda. 

His war on freedom. His hawkishness. Disdaining peace. Supporting wrong over right. 

Defending the indefensible. Failing as America's top diplomat. Remaining unaccountable. His policies risk potential global war. 

Yale's class of 2014 includes students from 61 countries. Vietnam among others. Ones America ravaged and destroyed. 

They know America's dark side best. Likely Kerry's lead imperial role. His support for wealth, power and privilege. His lawlessness.

His deplorable human rights record. His support for wrong over right. His disdain for what matters most.

New grads can make a difference. Doing so requires making right choices. 

Hopefully one is being Kerry's worst nightmare. Being opposite his imperial madness. 

Being on the right side of history. Wanting societies fit to live in. Supporting peace, equity and justice. Governance of, by and for everyone.

Endorsing right over wrong. Doing it because it matters. Spreading the word. 

Urging others to do the same thing. Beating Kerry and like-minded scoundrels at their own dirty game.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Freedom or Fascism

Freedom or Fascism

by Stephen Lendman

Fascist regimes run America and Ukraine. Democracy is pure fantasy. Monied interests control things. People have no say. 

Fundamental freedoms don't matter. They're trampled on. They're crushed. Ukraine is Obama's latest imperial trophy. Holding it is another matter entirely.

Democracy was systematically quashed. Washington elevated fascist putschists to power. 

They're unelected. They're radicalized ultranationalists. They're overt anti-Semites. They're militant thugs. They have no legitimacy whatever. 

They're convenient US stooges. They're puppets. They take orders from Washington. 

They masquerade as politicians. They represent mob rule. They make mafia bosses look saintly by comparison.

Growing thousands of Eastern Ukrainians resist. They reject Kiev fascists. They do so for good reason. 

Maybe their Western counterparts will join them. Maybe a national convulsion will erupt.

Freedom is too precious to lose. Nothing remains without it. Ordinary people are putting their bodies on the line to save it. 

They're doing so courageously. They deserve worldwide support. They represent model resistance for others to emulate.

Kiev putschists have no legitimacy. They're waging war on their own people. They're doing it no-holds-barred.

They're murdering people in cold blood. They're doing it at Washington's urging. 

Gangsterism reflects official US policy. Accountability is absent. Permanent war is longstanding. Peace is pure illusion. 

Governance is secretive, ruthless and lawless. It's dressed up to look respectable in legal mumbo jumbo. 

Monied interests run things. Duopoly power represents it. Checks and balances don't exist. 

Nor separation of powers. Nor government of, by and for everyone equitably. Claiming otherwise is fantasy.

Corporate-controlled media manipulate people duplicitously.
Managed news misinformation rubbish substitutes for real news, information and analysis.

"Dollar imperialism, threats, bribes, and wars are" ways America pursues unchallenged global hegemony, says Paul Craig Roberts.

At stake is world peace. It's democracy or fascism. It's rule of law governance or tyranny. 

It's freedom or serfdom. It's societies fit or unfit to live in. It's life or death. It's survival or demise.

Ordinary people must decide. Preserving constitutional protections requires fighting for them. Doing so means challenging ruthless authority.

Today's America is militarized. At federal, state and local levels. Police state lawlessness reflects it. 

Neocons infest Washington. Bipartisan criminals run things. They're complicit with bankers, war profiteers and other corporate crooks.

Rotten to the core gangsterism reflects US policy. It's a malignancy in America's heartland. It's self-destructive. Its dark side endangers everyone.

Dissent is increasingly challenged. So is free expression. Without it, all other rights may die.

Privilege is defended. Popular needs don't matter. Social justice is suffocating in plain sight. So are precious civil and human rights.

Elections when held don't matter. They're farcical. Half the electorate usually opts out. 

It bears repeating. Democracy is pure illusion. It's excluded from ballots. Monied interests are permanently empowered. 

Hot, financial and political wars are waged for profit. For unchallenged dominance. For top-down control. 

For hardening it extrajudicially. Under Washington rules. Constitutional ones don't matter.

For institutionalizing tyranny. For preventing fundamental freedoms. So-called Democrats are indistinguishable from Republicans.

They're two sides of the same coin. Longstanding bipartisan policy is horrific. It mocks legitimacy.

It's pro-war, anti-peace, anti-democracy, anti-freedom, pro-business, anti-populist, anti-labor, anti-general welfare, and anti-rule of law governance.

It's polar opposite what everyone deserves. It reveals America's dark. Resisting tyranny is a universal right.

Electoral participation won't do it. Corrupted monied interests make policy. Inequality is unprecedented. So is repressive governance.

Change is possible. Disruptive power works. Popular struggles reflect it. Ordinary people can make a difference.

They have power when using it. Collective defiance is required. Sustaining it. For the long haul. 

For total commitment. For fundamental rights. For ones too precious to lose.

In February, Washington toppled Ukraine's legitimate government. It elevated fascist putschists to power. 

They masquerade as legitimate. Washington extends full support. So do media scoundrels. They defend the indefensible. They back what demands rejection.

Kiev declared war on its own people. Fascist regimes operate this way. 

Fighting rages in Slavyansk. Loud blasts reflect it. So does heavy gunfire.

Full-scale military operations continue. In Slavyansk. In Kramatorsk. In northern Donetsk region.

On Sunday, fighting escalated. Ukrainian forces tried dismantling self-defense posts. Casualty numbers aren't known.

RT International stringer Graham Phillips reported military action around Slavyansk's outskirts.

"There had been repeated blasts, and we have reports that the Ukrainian military is on all sides of the city, he said.

"We have heavy fighting to the east of the city. I went there several hours ago, and we had gunfire breaking out by eight o'clock." 

"We had reports of the Ukrainian military moving in at that side." 

"We got reports that they are moving in from the south, north and also action at the airfield at Kramatorsk."

"There is a conflict between the Ukrainian army and pro-Donetsk forces there."

Phillips reported "loud blasts, explosions…reverberations of gunfire ricocheting around the city."

"The gunfire is a fabric of daily life now in Slavyansk, but this is the heaviest fighting I've heard in Slavyansk since I got here over a month ago," he said.

Ukraine doubled its area forces, he believes. 

"(W)hat you see now seems to be the sharpest and strongest action yet on their part to try to retake the city, which has been in the hands of these pro-Donetsk activists since April 12," he added.

Slavyansk People's Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov said "(t)he city came under fire (Saturday) afternoon and continued throughout the night." 

"Our self-defense force joined the fighting and eliminated up to seven attackers."

Ukraine's military uses heavy weapons. They include tanks, artillery, mortars, and helicopter gunships.

Their forces "tr(ied) to advance further inside the city," said Ponomaryov. "We are not letting them do that but keep them in the outskirts."

Miroslav Rudenko is Donetsk People's Republic co-chairman. He's deputy self-defense force commander.

He reported full-scale hostilities around Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. Fighting began Saturday. It continued Sunday. "Things got pretty tough," he said. 

Kiev National Guard extremists killed at least 10 Ukrainian soldiers.
They refused to attack their own people. They tried defecting.

Stella Khorosheva is Ponomaryov's spokeswoman. She confirmed what happened. 

Other Ukrainian soldiers are increasingly displeased. They're angry. They reject waging war on their own people.

Self-defense fighters met some near Kramatorsk. Their spokesman said they "don't want war. They don't want to shoot or kill anyone."

"Many come from our region. But they refuse to surrender. They have to obey orders."

They're poorly treated. They're ill-fed. Other Ukrainian soldiers defected. They joined self-defense forces. National Guard troops were sent in. Its commander said:

"As a result of the treachery of a group of regular soldiers who had taken an oath of loyalty to the Donetsk People's Republic, and in order to prevent bloodshed among conscripted soldiers, the command of the Eastern Territorial Operational Unit of the Ukrainian National Guard decided to redeploy personnel with armaments to Military Compound No. 2 of military unit 3037."

Right Sector thugs and foreign mercenaries are involved. They're in black uniforms. Without insignia. They operate separately from Ukraine's military.

They're ruthless killers. They target civilians. They murder in cold blood.

The so-called Kiev Maidan council said "volunteers" operate with National Guard forces. They're "defend(ing) Ukraine."

They "form(ed) various government security units within the shortest period of time and fill(ed) them with patriots who will mount an armed defense of Ukraine's territorial integrity and independence." 

"They'll maintain public order in non-combat areas, form a reserve and provide material and technical aid to regular battalions."

They're on the wrong side. They're defending fascism. Doing so wages war on freedom. 

Dozens of CIA and FBI operatives in Ukraine direct them. They represent Washington lawlessness.

Hopefully self-defense forces will triumph. They're fully engaged. They're committed to do so. 

They won't roll over for fascists. They'll fight what needs to be eliminated. Maybe many more thousands will join them.

Maybe mass rebellion will erupt. Maybe it'll rout Ukraine's cancer. Maybe it'll restore democratic rights. 

Maybe Obama bit off more than he can chew. He lost every war he waged. Imagine Ukraine turning out to be his Waterloo. 

Imagine defeating his imperial agenda. Imagine worldwide joy. Imagine peace replacing war. 

Imagine what's vitally needed to save us. It can't happen a moment too soon.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Kiev Obstructs Peaceful Dialogue

Kiev Obstructs Peaceful Dialogue

by Stephen Lendman

Coup-appointed putschists are convenient US stooges. Washington manipulates their policies. They salute and obey.

They spurn peaceful dialogue. They continue lawless aggression. They do so against their own people. They do it with full US support.

On May 8, Russia's Foreign Ministry said they sabotaged OECD peaceful conflict resolution dialogue.

"The reaction to the results of the Moscow meeting between the presidents of Russia and Switzerland that came from the Kiev authorities, who have essentially jeopardized the OSCE efforts to launch an inclusive dialogue, is deeply regrettable," the ministry said.

"Putting an immediate stop to the use of force, primarily of the regular army, and practical steps to disarm illegal armed groups are an obligatory condition."

"Russia expects the slaughter in Odessa to be investigated in an unbiased and comprehensive way and those guilty to be punished seriously."

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov added:

Vladimir Putin's "appeal yesterday to representatives of the south-eastern regions of Ukraine and supporters of federalization to postpone the referendum slated for May 11 creates favorable conditions for starting a substantive and equal dialogue between the Ukrainian sides on the basis of the roadmap proposed by the Swiss Presidency of the OSCE for settling the crisis in Ukraine."

On Thursday, Putin met with his Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan an Tajikistan counterparts. He did so in Moscow.

"Militant nationalism that once led to the emergence of the Nazi ideology is again rearing its head in Europe. We won't dwell on each particular hotbed; we know where we face this danger," he said.

"The example of Ukraine vividly shows that such an irresponsible policy leads to a lot of trouble and losses."

"Hundreds of thousands of people are deprived of the chance to live a peaceful and unharmed life."

"(W)e can't be indifferent to what is going on in Ukraine. We are determined to act within the framework of" four-party agreed on terms.

"Concrete steps have been planned to intensify the OSCE's efforts toward de-escalating tensions in Ukraine." 

They've been taken "primarily through arranging a direct and equitable dialogue between the current Kiev authorities and representatives of the southeastern regions of the country."

Washington-directed Kiev actions subvert his best efforts. He's irresponsibly blamed for their reprehensible behavior.

"The world faces a lot of challenges and threats," Putin explained.

Kiev responded to Putin's diplomatic outreach by deploying 15,000 troops near Russia's borders. According to Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov:

At the same time, NATO massed forces menacingly in Eastern Europe. He called on its leaders "to quit cynically deluding the international society on the real state of affairs on the Russian-Ukrainian border."

On May 6, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke at Chicago's Council on Global Affairs. He enlisted support for escalated US belligerent involvement.

Less "forces us to be more engaged later," he said. "(A)t a higher cost in blood and treasure, and often on the terms of others," he claimed.

He called tough-minded engagement a national priority.

"Although Americans today are increasingly skeptical of foreign engagement and global responsibilities, it is a mistake to view these responsibilities as a burden or as charity," he said.

"Let us remember that the biggest beneficiaries of American leadership and engagement in the world are the American people."

America has 400,000 troops based in scores of countries worldwide. Hagel lied claiming they're there to build a peaceful, free, stable world.

They're involved in advancing America's imperium. They operate lawlessly. They're engaged in multiple direct and proxy wars. They make more enemies than friends.

"Even as we shrink our military’s size…we must continue strengthening the capabilities of our allies, forming new alliances and bolstering old ones, and investing in collective security arrangements,” Hagel said. 

"We want our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines active around the world, deploying with greater frequency and agility, with the skills and expertise needed to build security capacity in each region."

He highlighted non-existing threats. He claimed a need to focus on high-intensity ones from sophisticated adversaries.

He names irregular forces, cyber terrorists, and others increasingly challenging America's technological advantage.

He urged major investments in next-generation weapons. He wants increased cyber and space capabilities.

He wants unmanned systems bolstered. He wants more precision strike platforms. He wants similar intelligence ones.

"I'm not interested in a fair fight," he said. "I don't want to be capable of only fighting the last war."

He wants Washington's war on humanity to continue. He irresponsibly threatens world peace.

No nation does so more than America. Former Reagan Office of Management and Budget Director David Stockman called for dismantling America's warfare state.

He called intervening against other nations "moronic." In 1989, Washington lied promising not moving "one inch to the East."

One mindless policy after another followed. Things get worse, not better. Stockman explained the problem as follows:

"The Washington beltway is floating in a sea of prosperity reminiscent of Imperial Rome." 

"It reflects the fact that the vast machinery of the old cold war has been layered upon by the massive expansion that flowed from the War On Terror." 

"Policy thus happens because our vastly augmented and wholly unnecessary Warfare State needs missions, purposes and a reason for being."

It's heading America toward tyranny and ruin. It threatens world peace.

Famed journalist George Seldes (1890 - 1995) highlighted a "worldwide munitions racket." He did so decades earlier. He called war profiteers "merchants of death."

They promote "imperialism (and) colonization," he said. They do so "by means of war."

"The healthfulness of their businesses depends on slaughter. The more wars," the greater their riches.

He worried about domestic "fascist forces." They're in government, industry and the media. 

They promote wars. They cheerlead them. They mock responsible leadership. They represented a shadow of today's threats.

Viktor Medvedchuk heads the Ukrainian Choice public movement. On Thursday, he said US military aid "will be used to escalate aggression and provoke new conflicts and confrontation in the country."

"This is the real US goal," he added. "(T)he United Staes is ready to finance a new stage of confrontation and aggression in Ukraine."

Stop NATO editor Rick Rozoff went further. Washington wants "military domination of the entire planet," he said.

Its recklessness is unprecedented. It's permanently at war. Outrageous amounts are spent waging them. More is spent on militarism overall. 

"I live in a country where many of us can’t afford even elementary healthcare, dental care, optical care; can’t afford to pay our rent," said Rozoff.

Vital needs go begging. Waging war on humanity takes precedence. So do bullying, pressuring, bribing and threatening other nations to support interests contrary to their own.

America is the only nation in world history ever to "carve up the entire (planet) into military commands," said Rozoff.

It's to solidify unchallenged military dominance. It's to wage war anywhere on a moment's notice.

Longstanding US policy reflects "a corrupt, money-driven political (duopoly) system." Popular interests have no say.

Paul Craig Roberts is right calling America a "gangster state." It's run by "two-bit punks."

"Dollar imperialism, threats, bribes, and wars are means by which US hegemony is extended," he said.

Democracy is fantasy. None whatever exists. None is tolerated anywhere. Accountability is non-existent.

Monied interests run things. Obama is their convenient stooge. So are officials around him. Congressional leaders are no better.

Officials able to make a difference dismiss public need. They pursue reckless policies. They're hopelessly corrupt. They represent gangsterism writ large.

Rule of law principles don't matter. Dissent is criminalized. Washington want its message alone getting out. It's  institutionalizing tyranny. 

Non-existent enemies are invented. It's done to generate fear. It's to wage war on humanity. It may not survive Obama's second term. 

Rogue policies risk the unthinkable. Madness defines them. Obama represents the world's greatest threat. Stopping him matters most.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Kerry Bullying, Bluster and Big Lies

Kerry Bullying, Bluster and Big Lies

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov a world class diplomat. John Kerry is polar opposite. He represents the worst of America's dark side.

He's vying for Washington's worst ever Secretary of State top dishonor. He's what Paul Craig Roberts calls a "two-bit punk."

He's a war criminal multiple times over. Demagoguery punctuates his comments. It exceeds the worst of Cold War rhetoric. He's been caught red-handed numerous times in bald-faced lies.

He disdains rule of law principles. He supports war. He deplores peace. He's indifferent to human suffering. He's a monument to wrong over right.

He disgraces his country, position and humanity. He belongs in prison, not high office. On April 24, he bashed Russia irresponsibly.

He did so recklessly. He did maliciously. Big Lies infested his rhetoric. He turned truth on its head.

Four parties in Geneva "agreed that all sides would refrain from violence, intimidation, and taking provocative actions," he said.

"We agreed that illegal groups would lay down their arms…We agreed to implement" objectives discussed.

"From day one," he added, "the government of Ukraine started making good on its commitments - from day one."

"From day one, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk has kept his word. He immediately agreed to help vacate buildings."  

"He suspended Ukraine's counterterrorism initiative over Easter, choosing de-escalation, despite Ukraine’s legitimate, fundamental right to defend its own territory and its own people."

Fact: Kiev putschists have no legitimacy whatever. They have no legal authority. They represent mob rule.

Fact: "From day one," they violated agreed on Geneva terms. They did so straightaway. They deployed military forces and Right Sector thugs to Eastern Ukraine. 

They attacked nonviolent civilians. They committed cold-blooded murder.

Fact: Yatsenyuk lied. He escalated conflict. Kiev buildings remain occupied illegally.

Kerry: "…On day one, Yatsenyuk…committed his government to undertake constitutional reform that will strengthen the powers of regions."

"He directly addressed the concerns expressed by the Russians, and he did so on day one."

Fact: No constitutional reform exists. No steps were taken so far. No legitimate ones are planned. Putschists want unchallenged nationwide control. 

They reject local autonomy. They declared war on freedom. They're waging it against fundamental rights. They're murdering their own people.

Russian nationals are threatened. They live in fear for good reason. Claiming otherwise is false.

Kerry: …"Yatsenuk has publicly announced amnesty legislation -once more, in his words - for all those who surrender arms, come out of the premises and will begin with the Ukrainian people to build a sovereign and independent Ukraine."  

"That is a promise made by the interim government to the people of Ukraine."

Fact: Coup-appointed fascists run Ukraine. Neo-Nazi extremists hold high government positions. 

Trust isn't their long suit. Pledges aren't worth the paper they're written. 

Major ones so far were broken straightaway. Business as usual continues. Expect nothing different going forward.

Kerry: "That is leadership that upholds both the spirit and the letter of a Geneva agreement."

Fact: Actions speak louder than words. Putschist policies reveal their true agenda. Kerry lied claiming otherwise.

Kerry: "The world has rightly judged that Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and the Government of Ukraine are working in good faith."  

"And the world, sadly, has rightly judged that Russia has put its faith in distraction, deception, and destabilization."  

"For seven days, Russia has refused to take a single concrete step in the right direction."  

"Not a single Russian official, not one, has publicly gone on television in Ukraine and called on the separatists to support the Geneva agreement, to support the stand-down, to give up their weapons, and get out of the Ukrainian buildings."  

Fact: Yatsenyuk is an illegitimate "two-bit punk." He's a convenient US stooge.

Russia has gone all-out tirelessly to resolve Ukrainian crisis conditions responsibly. Washington-directed putschists escalated them.

On Friday, Lavrov addressed Ukraine. He did so forthrightly. He "insists on the fulfillment of the Geneva agreements…" He opposes "attempts to distort them."

Kiev putschists acted against their own people, he added. "The so-called Easter ceasefire was disrupted." 

"What Kiev authorities are doing today is just a punitive operation which already resulted in many victims." 

"These are bloody crimes for which they will be held responsible." Washington and rogue EU partners want unchallenged Ukrainian control.

"It is high time (they) admit(ted) the truth that they do not have a monopoly (on) truth. (T)his is unacceptable to make a certain picture of current events as the West want it to be." 

"The West wants to take control of Ukraine guided only by their geo-political ambitions."

"Today it is impossible to conceal the truth. And attempts to do so lead to nothing good."

Lavrov wants Kiev-directed violence stopped. He wants Right Sector neo-Nazis disarmed. 

He wants Geneva agreed on terms fully implemented. He called doing so fundamental to resolving Ukraine's crisis.

Russia is doing everything possible to help, he explained. Kiev putschists initiated violence. 

They're escalating it. They're following US diktats. Lavrov pointed fingers the right way.

RT International (formerly Russia Today) represents the best of responsible news, commentary and analysis. 

Not according to Kerry. He lied saying "the propaganda bullhorn that is the state-sponsored Russia Today program, has been deployed to promote - actually, Russia Today network - has deployed to promote President Putin's fantasy about what is playing out on the ground."  

"They almost spend full time devoted to this effort to propagandize and to distort what is happening or not happening in Ukraine."  

"Instead, in plain sight, Russia continues to fund, coordinate, and fuel a heavily armed separatist movement in Donetsk." 

"Meanwhile, Russian leaders are making increasingly outrageous claims to justify their action - that the CIA invented the internet in order to control the world or that the forces occupying buildings, armed to the teeth, wearing brand new matching uniforms and moving in disciplined military formation, are merely local activists seeking to exercise their legitimate rights."  

"That is absurd, and there is no other word to describe it."

Fact: It bears repeating. RT International shames Western media. Managed news misinformation garbage substitutes for responsible journalism.

RT delivers the real thing. Claims otherwise are false. Kerry's comments turned truth on its head. Big Lies infested them.

Kerry: "The world knows that peaceful protesters don’t come armed with grenade launchers and automatic weapons, the latest issue from the Russian arsenal, hiding the insignias on their brand new matching military uniforms, and speaking in dialects that every local knows comes from thousands of miles away."  

"The world knows that the Russian intelligence operatives arrested in Ukraine didn't just take a wrong turn on the highway."  

"In fact, we have seen soldiers wearing uniforms identical to the ones Russian soldiers wore in Crimea last month."

Fact: "The world knows" that Eastern Ukrainian self-defense forces are nonviolent.

"The world knows" their fundamental rights are threatened.

"The world knows" they have every right to defend themselves.

"The world knows" fascist military forces and Right Sector neo-Nazi thugs attacked them.

"The world knows" self-defense activists act on their own volition. No "Russian intelligence operatives" are involved. 

Nor in Crimea weeks earlier. Kerry lied claiming otherwise.

Kerry: "As international observers on the ground have borne witness, prior to Russia's escalation, there was no violence. There was no broad-scale assault on the rights of people in the east."

Fact: "The world knows" Kiev putschists govern illegitimately.

"The world knows" all Ukrainians are threatened. 

"The world knows" how fascists rule. Fundamental freedoms are being crushed. Rule of law principles are being violated.

"The world knows" Kerry lied about so-called "Russia(n) escalation."

"The world knows" Eastern Ukrainians want stability. US-directed putschists prevent it.

"The world knows" they instigated violence. They escalated it. They intend more. They're waging war on their own people.

Kerry: "The Government of Ukraine has reported the arrest of Russian intelligence agents, including one yesterday who it says was responsible for establishing secure communications allowing Russia to coordinate destabilizing activities in Ukraine."

Fact: Kiev putschists lied. So-called Russian intelligence agent arrests never happened. No Russian efforts to destabilize Ukraine exist. 

Kerry lied claiming otherwise. He outrageously called coup-appointed putschists "legitimate."

Kerry: Russia chose "an illegitimate course of armed violence to try and achieve with the barrel of a gun and the force of a mob what couldn’t be achieved any other way."  

"They've tried to create enough chaos in the east to delay or delegitimize the elections, or to force Ukraine to accept a federalism that gives Russia control over its domestic and foreign policies, or even force Ukraine to overreact and create an excuse for military intervention."  

"This is a full-throated effort to actively sabotage the democratic process through gross external intimidation that has brought inside Ukraine, and it is worse even." 

Fact: Russia goes all-out for responsible conflict resolution. US-directed putschists prevent it.

No Russian intimidation exists. Kiev deplores democracy. So does Washington. So-called May elections when held will be farcical. They'll have no legitimacy whatever.

Kerry: "We have seen this movie before. We saw it most recently in Crimea, where similar subterfuge and sabotage by Russia was followed by a full invasion - an invasion, by the way, for which President Putin recently decorated Russian special forces at the Kremlin."

Fact: Crimeans acted on their own volition. They overwhelmingly chose reunification with Russia. They voted 96.77% to do so. Turnout was a record 83%.

Independent monitors called referendum voting scrupulously open, free and fair. Not a single irregularity was found.

No Russian invasion happened. Kerry invented one out of whole cloth. Irresponsible Russia bashing infested his rhetoric. Big Lies substituted for truth.

Kerry: "Nobody should doubt Russia's hand in" what's ongoing.

"Our intelligence community tells me that Russia's intelligence and military intelligence services and special operators are playing an active role in destabilizing eastern Ukraine with personnel, weapons, money, operational planning, and coordination."

Fact: US intelligence has no information about Russian involvement in Eastern Ukraine. None exists. No "personnel, weapons, money, operational planning, and coordination." Kerry lied claiming otherwise.

Kerry: "The world will remain united for Ukraine. So I will say it again. The window to change course is closing. President Putin and Russia face a choice."  

"If Russia chooses the path of de-escalation, the international community - all of us - will welcome it."  

"If Russia does not, the world will make sure that the cost for Russia will only grow. And as President Obama reiterated earlier today, we are ready to act."

Fact: The world supports fundamental rights of all Ukrainians. Kiev putschists want them denied.

Washington supports their worst policies. Fascists are hardline. They rule one way. They crush resistance. They do so violently. It do it lawlessly.

Russia remains committed for equity, justice and peace. It's strong and resolute. It has responsible leadership. Rolling over for Washington won't happen.

Kerry represents US hegemonic ambitions. He reflects the worst of dark side politics. He deplores democracy. 

He disdains fundamental human and civil rights. He trashes rule of law principles. He supports war on humanity. He wants it for unchallenged global dominance.

It bears repeating. He's a "two-bit thug." He belongs in prison, not high office.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Canada Targets Russia

Canada Targets Russia 

by Stephen Lendman

Right-wing Prime Minister Stephen Harper marches in lockstep with Washington. He's Obama's unctuous little sidekick. He dances to his tune. He partners in his dark side. No pun intended.

Canadian travel restrictions were imposed on senior Russian officials. Crimean ones were targeted. Economic sanctions followed. Last month, Harper announced them, saying:

"It's my strong belief we must keep the pressure on and we must continue to maintain sanctions and maintain putting in place strong steps to dissuade this behaviour."

"What the Putin regime has done cannot be tolerated and can never be accepted. The individuals targeted are responsible for undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and for facilitating Russian military action against Ukraine."

"Canada will not stand by while Russia violates Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity."

He condemned legitimate Crimean reunification. He twisted truth claiming otherwise. He supports Kiev putschists. His new friends are fascist extremists  He promised additional ways to help.

In mid-April, he announced more travel bans and sanctions. Foreign Minister John Baird said Canada "cannot sit by while Russia illegally occupies Ukraine."

"Russia's continued provocative actions in Crimea and elsewhere are completely unacceptable."

"Canada and its allies are prepared to take additional steps that will further isolate Russia economically and politically."

He lied claiming Russian "aggression." Russia attacked no one. No Moscow threats exist. Putin deplores war. 

He goes all-out for diplomatic solutions. Don't expect Harper or complicit Ottawa officials to explain.

Canadian lawlessness includes participation in US-led NATO's 1999 Yugoslavia raping. Ottawa is a US coalition of the willing partner. It was part of Washington's war on Afghanistan.

It helped America selectively against Iraq. It actively participated in Obama's Libyan aggression. 

Harper ignores rule of law principles. He's mindless of democratic rights. He supports Obama's war on Syria. 

He endorses lawless drone strikes. He's comfortable about Washington's globalized torture black sites. Police state laws don't trouble him.

He's in lockstep with the worst of Washington's imperial agenda. He's part of US-led NATO's anti-Russian alliance.

He supports illegitimate Kiev fascist putschists. He's in bed with some of the worst societal misfits. He calls them his new friends. 

They include neo-Nazi extremists. They're ideologically over-the-top. They threaten regional peace. They risk open conflict.

Harper matches Obama's belligerence. He supports hardline measures. He wants Russia marginalized, weakened and isolated.

Last month, he said Putin has "no desire to be a partner." He supports "rivalry" instead, he claimed. He twisted truth saying so. He's part of Obama's plan to plunder Ukraine for profit.

He supports making it another Western colony. He wants it geopolitically annexed. He wants it economically looted. 

He wants its people ruthlessly exploited. He wants Canadian business interests served. His predecessor Paul Martin supported Bush's Orange Revolution.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) was involved. Paul Grod serves as president. He accompanied Harper on his March 22 Kiev visit.

Neo-Nazis infest Ukraine's Svoboda Party. UCC members support them. Their predecessors massacred Jews. They partnered in some of Hitler's worst crimes.

Harper partners in Washington's imperial rampaging. He hopes Canadian interests benefit hugely. He wants Canada's oil displacing Russia's European exports. 

He wants Keystone XL pipeline built. When completed, it'll run from Alberta to America's Gulf coast. It'll transport tar sands bitumen to US oil refineries.

Harper played Cold War geopolitics in Sochi. He skipped participation. He symbolically bashed Russia. He rained on Putin's parade. He acted during a disturbingly tense time.

He's in lockstep with Washington's war on humanity. He's a supportive junior partner. He opposes fundamental freedoms. He's geopolitically hardline.

He ludicrously calls America the "indispensable nation." He supports its "exceptionalism." Paul Craig Roberts is right saying its "corruption and mendacity" alone make it "exceptional."

It pressures, bullies and bribes other nations to go along. It eliminates independent foreign leader outliers. It wages one war after another. It does so worldwide.

"The Russians have a real leader," said Roberts. America has "two-bit punks." They masquerade as legitimate politicians. So does Stephen Harper. 

He's polar opposite what Canadians deserve. He mocks legitimate leadership. He supports wealth, power and privilege. 

He spurns social justice. He trashes rule of law principles. He's an unindicted war criminal. He belongs in prison, not high office.

He endorses "Fortress North America." He does so when Canada and America have no enemies except ones they invent. 

He partners in Washington's wars of choice. Lawless aggression defines them.

He targets US enemies. Russia is in the eye of the storm. Harper may have bit off more than he can chew. Obama has a tiger by the tail.

Ukrainian crisis conditions just started. The worst may lie ahead. Thousands, perhaps millions, of Eastern Ukrainians aren't going quietly into the good night. Maybe their Western counterparts will join them.

Activists on the front lines for freedom. They're going all-out to achieve it. Obama thought he had as easy imperial trophy. If he can keep it, an earlier article said.

It may be slip-sliding away. It may launch greater conflict in the process. It may do what no responsible leader would dare. 

It may cross the point of no return. The worst of all possible outcomes may follow. Allying with Washington against Russia makes Harper share responsibility for what happens.

He mocks legitimate leadership. He's deploying Canadian warplanes to Eastern Europe. Positioning more Canadian Armed Forces personnel at NATO headquarters is planned.

More sanctions may be imposed on Russian officials and business interests. He's in lockstep with potential global conflict. He hypes nonexistent Russian threats.

He claims Moscow "expansionism (and) militarism." He calls what doesn't exist "a longterm, serious threat to global peace and security."

He may partner with US-led NATO's Arctic presence. Doing so will involve him in Obama's new millennium resource wars.

They're ongoing. They're part of a modern-day great game. Resources are increasingly important. World supplies are finite.

Major powers scramble for as much as they can control. Oil is especially valued. No one's sure how much is left. 

America, China, Russia and other major nations want control over as much as possible. They're going all out to get it.

Energy is a strategic source of world power. America's "imperial grand strategy" prioritizes controlling as much of the world's supply as possible. 

The Arctic may become another global battleground. US wars have nothing to do with protecting national security. Claiming otherwise doesn't wash.

Harper boasts about supporting Kiev putschists. He turned truth on its head accusing Russia of "aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic" practices.

He ignores Canada's longstanding partnership in US imperial wars. He wants Canada's share of Ukrainian spoils. 

In mid-April, Canadian media said he's quietly preparing for possible military involvement in Syria. 

Censored documents allude to "the rapidly deteriorating conditions in Syria, its impact on neighbouring counties and…the importance of Middle East security."

Syria remains "defiant," they say. "(M)ost likely (and) worst case" outcomes are claimed. They include greater regional conflict.

A possible pretext for intervention assumes that Ottawa recognizes "a legitimate armed opposition group." Details aren't explained.

At the same time, separate documents show Canadian involvement in training anti-Assad elements.

Partnering in Obama's wars threatens world peace. Harper has much to answer for. 

Scoundrel media propaganda suppresses his crimes of war and against humanity. Expect more ahead if he, Obama and rogue EU partners aren't stopped.

Mass public opposition is needed. It's time enough ordinary people stepped up to the plate and acted.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

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Reckless Russia Bashing Persists

Reckless Russia Bashing Persists

by Stephen Lendman

It's relentless. It persists daily. Big Lies drown out truth. Containing Russia is longstanding policy. Doing so reflects US hegemonic ambitions.

Eliminating a major rival is prioritized. Marginalizing, weakening, isolating, and co-opting it is planned. Escalated tensions risk belligerent East/West confrontation.

Whenever Washington wages war or plans one, media scoundrels march in lockstep. They regurgitate official propaganda ad nauseam. Doing so substitutes lies for truth.

New York Times editors, contributors and correspondents are some of the worst. Russia bashing persists daily. 

It's in front page feature stories. It's malicious. It's irresponsible. It's longstanding against America's enemies. Times editorial policy long ago fell from grace. 

Discredited correspondent Judith Miller perhaps is Exhibit A. She lied for power. She did it daily for months. She did it disgracefully.

She served up regular anti-Iraq propaganda. She used disreputable sources. They represented a Noah's Ark of scam artists. 

She substituted Big Lies for truth. She claimed nonexistent WMDs. She sank to the level of straight Pentagon press handouts. 

Her late 2001 - mid-2003 stories showed a reporter with an agenda. Garbage in. Garbage out. She almost single-handedly spearheaded Bush's drive for war.

She supported it. She promoted it. She used daily front page feature stories doing it. Strung together, they represented a litany of lies, damn lies, and misinformation. 

Truth was systematically buried. Imperial adventurism alone mattered. She's gone from Times front pages. Other disreputable reporters replaced her.

They continue where she left off. They supported Obama's war on Libya. They back ravaging and destroying Syria. 

They ignore the worst of America's longest war. They call imperial aggression humanitarian intervention. They mindlessly bash Russia. 

Perhaps they want what Paul Craig Roberts calls "final war." Maybe they're comfortable about destroying planet earth to save it. 

They support wealth, power and privilege exclusively. They do so over popular interests. They do it with disturbing regularity. They do it disgracefully.

They support NATO encroaching close to Russia's border. They repeat Big Lies about a nonexistent Russian threat. None whatever exists. Claiming otherwise turns truth on its head.

Moscow's Presidential Executive Office Chief of Staff Sergey Ivanov raised concerns about NATO strengthening its positions in Eastern Europe. 

At the same time, he said "(l)ets wait and see" what happens. He doesn't dismiss the threat of potentially hostile forces massed near Russia's border.

Lavrov expressed concern about NATO suspending cooperation with Moscow. Doing so based on nonexistent Russian aggression doesn't wash.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said "(t)he decision taken by the foreign ministers in the NATO council to suspend civil and military cooperation with Russia creates a deja vu effect."

"The language of the statement reminds one of the battle of words during the Cold War era."

"It’s not hard to see who is going to benefit from curbing Russia and NATO's joint work on countering modern threats and challenges to international and European security, in particular in areas like fighting terrorism, piracy, and natural and man-made disasters."

"In any case, this is going to be neither Russia, nor NATO member-states."

Russia categorically denies "aggressive preparations." No evidence suggests any. 

No military activities "aside from the previously declared." They're routine. They're non-belligerent. Russia has nothing to hide.

It welcomes foreign inspectors "who wished to get acquainted with the real situation in the border regions with Ukraine," said Lukashevich.

Lavrov was clear and unequivocal saying "(w)e have absolutely no intentions of crossing Ukrainian borders."

Nothing suggests otherwise. Not according to NYT reports.

On April 2, it headlined "NATO General Says He Sees Potent Russian Threat."

He sees what doesn't exist. General Philip Breedlove claims Russian hoards are within striking distance of Ukraine. They're "poised to attack on 12 hours' notice," he claims. He lied saying so.

They're able to "accomplish their military objectives within three to five days," he added.

"What we can say now is that we do see a battalion size unit moving, but what we can't confirm is that it is leaving the battlefield."

"Whether that movement is aft to a less belligerent configuration or returning to barracks, we do not see that."

Breedlove called what remains "a potent mix of warplanes, helicopter units, artillery, infantry and commandos with field hospitals and sufficient logistics to sustain an incursion into Ukraine," according to The Times report.

It might be a "coercive force," he added. It's able to move into Odessa, Transnistria, and intervene in eastern Ukraine areas.

"I think they have all the opportunities and they can make whatever decision they want," said Breedlove. 

He lied claiming "(t)his is a very large, very well-equipped force to be called an exercise."

In January, Pentagon officials raised concerns about Russian ground-launched cruise missile tests.

They're silent about their own naked aggression. It's ongoing in multiple theaters. Post-9/11, it killed millions. 

Russia is a powerful force for peace. It's up against a belligerent monster. It's headquartered in Washington. 

Don't expect the NYT to explain. It ignores US war crimes. Bashing Russia takes precedence. Breedlove lies were featured. He stated one after another.

He outrageously said Russia used military exercises to mask its planned intervention. Once it begins, it'll "cut telephone cables, jam communications an engage in cyberwarfare to isolate the Ukrainian military on the peninsula," according to The New York Times.

Russia uses "snap" exercises to rehearse its ability to assemble substantial combat power in a short period of time," The Times added.

"They are absolutely able to bring great force to a position of readiness," said Breedlove. 

"That is something that we have to think about: What does that mean geo-strategically that we now have a nation that can produce this ready force and now has demonstrated that it will use that ready force to go across a sovereign boundary?"

Stars and Stripes (S&P) is a Pentagon publication. Propaganda is regularly featured. On April 2, it headlined "Breedlove: Ukraine situation shows need for US forces in Europe."

He argued for greater US European troop strength "in light of a newly assertive Russia."

"We think it is ready to go and we think it could accomplish its objectives in between three and five days if directed to make the actions," he added.

He lied about a nonexistent threat. He said Russian hoards can invade Ukraine within 12 hours and take control in several days.

They deployed "the whole package" to the border, he claimed. Invented crisis conditions makes the case for enhancing Washington's Eastern European force presence, S&P added.

It's part of Pentagon strategy for greater military spending, not less. It's Washington's plan to confront Russia recklessly.

Doing so risks the unthinkable. World conflicts start this way. Deploying US-led NATO forces near Russia's border risks war.

Moscow wants answers. On April 3, Itar Tass headlined "Russia expects NATO to respect bilateral agreements - Lavrov." 

"Russia expects explanations from NATO of its decision to deploy additional troops in East European states," he said.

"We have addressed questions to the North Atlantic military alliance. We are not only expecting answers, but answers that will be based fully on respect for the rules we agreed on," he stressed.

"It is necessary to de-escalate rhetoric which overshoots the mark and crosses into the unreasonable."

"Russia-NATO relations are based on certain rules, particularly the Rome Declaration, under which no country has a right to deploy additional troops in East European states," he added.

Doing so is a belligerent act. At the same time, NATO suspended "all practical civilian and military cooperation (with) Russia."

From Brussels, John Kerry urged greater NATO expansion. He wants more Eastern European military spending.

He wants it to show its "shared security" commitment. He lied claiming Russia confronts European borders "with force."

"It's clear the (North Atlantic) alliance is prepared for this moment…We are unified, and the alliance is strong," he added.

"…Article 5 of NATO's treaty means what it says on land, air and sea. The United States has already begun" to act.

It augmented its Eastern European presence. It plans more of the same. It "reject(s)" Crimean reunification.

"(W)e have all challenged" what doesn't exist. Kerry called it the tactics of intimidation, particularly the deployment of unprecedented amounts of military forces around Ukraine's borders."

He ludicrously claimed Ukraine is on a path toward "democratic and economic success."

He cited NATO Secretary General Rasmussen calling events in Ukraine "a wake-up call - a reminder that the stability and security in NATO's neighborhood requires our constant vigilance."

"To that end," Kerry urged "step(ped) up defense spending."

He outrageously claimed an expanding NATO "open(ed) doors for millions of people who, through the power of this alliance, now are able to experience greater opportunity, a greater prosperity, and greater security." 

"As free nations, we will continue to stand together and stand always in defense of international law, of our mutual security, and of the right of nations and people everywhere to freely choose their own destiny."

On April 3, Itar Tass headlined "NASA suspends cooperation with Russia," saying:

"The US has suspended space cooperation with Russia. Ongoing activity on the International Space Station (ISS) is not affected by this decision."

"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Wednesday that such a decision was taken over the current crisis in Ukraine."

"According to a NASA's memo, 'ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity' prompted the agency to halt contacts with Russia."

A growing East/West divide deepens. It does so recklessly. A leaked NATO plan calls for joint exercises and training between alliance members and three Eastern European nations - Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova.

It's part of NATO's so-called "smart defense" strategy. It proposes opening a Moldovan liaison office, Armenian military training, and Azerbaijan projects to secure Caspian oil and gas fields.

Ludicrous claims about Russia destabilizing Eastern Europe persist. Washington responded by beefing up its regional presence.

According to UK Prime Minister David Cameron:

"We should do everything we can to reassure our friends and colleagues in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland that we really believe in their NATO membership and the guarantees that we have given them."

Planned US-led NATO military exercises in Ukraine suggests trouble. Rapid Trident is scheduled for this summer. Similar exercises are conducted annually. 

US forces in Europe web site says they're designed to "promote regional stability and security, strengthen partnership capacity, and foster trust while improving interoperability between the land forces of Ukraine, and NATO and partner nations."

Perhaps something sinister is planned this year. Maybe confrontation with Russia.

Days earlier, Vice President Joe Biden warned about Washington invoking NATO's Article 5 against Russia. It states an attack on one alliance member obligates them all to respond.

Reckless comments heighten tensions. They do so irresponsibly. Rhetoric risks becoming policy. It bears repeating. Great conflicts start this way.

On April 1, Ukraine's parliament unanimously approved joint military exercises with US-led NATO forces. Doing so puts Western troops close to Crimea.

Washington wants Ukraine made a NATO member. It's currently a Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) one. 

Russia strongly opposes integrating Ukraine fully into NATO. Doing so assures US bases along its 1,400 kilometer border.  

Nearby long-range nuclear-armed missiles will be deployed. They'll target its heartland. Doing so is reckless and dangerous. 

Events seem headed in that direction. The worst of all possible outcomes may follow.

Avoiding confrontation with Russia should be top priority. Ongoing policies are polar opposite. On Thursday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov commented, saying:

"In recent days we have been flooded by signals from Washington that in light of the events in Crimea and Ukraine, the US administration is changing the entire pattern of its dialogue and cooperation with us in a wide range of areas."

Washington is "seeking to demonstrate its refusal to recognize the free expression of will by the population in Crimea and the decisions adopted by us in connection with it, plans to suspend contacts even in areas where, in our opinion, the continuation of our dialogue meets the interests of the US itself."

US Russian policy "exacerbat(es) bilateral relations." Ryabkov hopes things will change. So far, East/West divisions deepen. Doing so risks the unthinkable.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

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NATO Plans Global Dominance

NATO Plans Global Dominance

by Stephen Lendman

NATO was established in April 1949. It's a US imperial tool. It's been this way from inception. Washington provides the lion's share of funding. It's around 75%.

Claiming a NATO "political and military alliance for peace and security" doesn't wash. It never did. It's polar opposite truth. NATO's mission is offense, not defense. 

Post-WW II, the Russians weren't coming. War devastated their country. It took years to recover. Cold War hysteria was contrived. It stoked fear. 

It launched an arms race. War profiteers benefitted hugely. Napoleon once said: "Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self-interest." 

Robert Griffiths is UK Communist Party general secretary. In 2010, he called NATO a "global military and reconnaissance infrastructure…created to support US, British and western European big business interests, especially energy, financial and armaments monopolies."

What began "as a cold war provocation against a non-existent Soviet threat (now) invent(s) or exaggerat(es) threats from so-called failed or rogue states, Islamic fundamentalism and cyber-terrorism."

NATO's original 12 members included America, Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Canada, Portugal, Italy, Denmark, Portugal and Iceland. 

Four new members were added before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. They included Greece and Turkey (1952), West Germany (1955), and Spain (1982).

NATO currently includes 28 member nations, 22 Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) ones, seven Mediterranean Dialogue countries, and four Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) states.

They comprise nearly one-third of world nations. NATO plans exponential expansion. It wants new members and partners on all continents. It wants them virtually everywhere.

It's Washington-led. It's a global killing machine. It wants all adversaries and potential ones eliminated. It wants unchallenged world dominance. 

April 4, 2009 was NATO's 60th anniversary. Peace groups, global justice movements, trade unions, students, and others met in Strasbourg, France.

They rallied under the slogan "No to War - No to NATO." They called NATO an obstacle to world peace. They issued a public statement, saying:

NATO "is a vehicle for US-led use of force with military bases on all continents, bypassing the United Nations and the system of international law, accelerating militarization and escalating arms expenditures."

"To achieve our vision of a peaceful world, we reject military responses to global and regional crises. We refuse to live under the terror of nuclear weapons, and reject a new arms race."

World security depends on peaceful cooperation and coexistence. NATO dominance prevents it.

Bogus threats justify the unjustifiable. Enemies are invented when none exist. They're pretexts for aggressive wars. 

They follow one after another. Multiple ones continue at same time. New nations await targeting.

A permanent state of war exists. World peace is threatened. Bosnia 1995 was NATO's first war of aggression. In 1999, raping Yugoslavia followed. So did war on humanity through today.

Most world nations are allied militarily with America and its NATO allies. US Africa Command (AFRICOM) alone includes 53 nations.

Dozens of countries partner in America's wars. Since 1999, they included air and ground conflicts on three continents - Europe, Asia and Africa. 

Will more European war follow? Will US-led NATO dare risk it with Russia? Will South America be targeted? Will Venezuela be ground zero? 

Will war on humanity destroy it? Will lunatics making policy risk it? Conditions today are incendiary. World peace was never more threatened. 

Ukrainian geopolitical flashpoint conditions risk global war. Paul Craig Roberts calls it a "final" one. World wars I and II were warmups.

Weapons used then were toys compared to now. Humanity could be annihilated in 24 hours or less. The insanity of potential nuclear war makes the unthinkable possible.

Roberts says we're "again on the road to World War." The "drive (toward it) is blatantly obvious." Big Lies precipitating global conflict are "obvious."

America, rogue NATO partners, other willing governments and media scoundrels are involved. Propaganda wars precede hot ones.

Big Lies repeat with disturbing regularity. Rule of law principles don't matter. World peace is a non-starter. Global conquest is US-led NATO's long sought goal. It's insatiable. It's madness.

Imagine risking planet earth's destruction to control it. NATO plans eastern expansion. 

Obama lied saying contingency plans must be "updated" to assure "we do more to ensure that a regular NATO presence among some of these states that may feel vulnerable" to Russia.

No threat whatever exists. America and its rogues allies alone threaten world peace. Their agenda goes all-out to prevent it.

Millions of corpses bear witness. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a US imperial stooge. He regurgitates what his US masters tell him.

"I join Barack Obama in considering additional NATO measures: updated defense plans, enhanced exercises, (and) appropriate deployments" closer to Russia's borders, he said.

Military cooperation with Ukraine will be enhanced, he added. On April 1, Reuters headlined "NATO plans support for east Europeans worried about Crimea."

It switched headlines midday to "NATO sees no sign of Russian pullback from Ukraine border."

On April 1 and 2, NATO ministers met in Brussels. They examined "options ranging from stepped-up military exercises and sending more forces to eastern members states, to the permanent basing of alliance forces there…"

Encroaching closer to Russia's border is hugely provocative. Imagine Washington's reaction if Moscow planned deploying its forces along America's northern and/or southern borders.

Imagine if its warships patrolled its east, west, and Gulf of Mexico waters. Imagine if its warplanes patrolled close to its airspace.

Imagine potential war erupting. Imagine it following provocative US-led NATO plans.

Claiming a Russian threat doesn't wash. None whatever exists. Moscow prioritizes peaceful co-existence. America is obsessed with empire building.

A circulating social media graphic shows Western and Eastern Europe infested with NATO bases encroaching on Russia's borders. 

How dare Moscow locate its territory close to NATO military installations, it suggests. 

Putin abhors acquiring territory belligerently. He's polar opposite Obama. He prioritizes peace and stability. 

You'd never know it from how intensively he's bashed. He's an obstacle to unchallenged US global dominance. 

He's the best chance around to prevent it. He deserves praise, not condemnation. 

He deserves Nobel Peace Prize recognition. He deserves what only war criminals get. Obama is Exhibit A.

He claims no intention in intervening militarily in Ukraine. He's a serial liar. He broke every major promise made. His word isn't his bond. 

He represents the worst of rogue leadership. His conspiratorial partners share responsibility. Wrongfully claiming Russia seized Crimean is a rallying cry for war.

Germany is more belligerent than any time since WW II. It's considering sending warplanes to patrol Eastern European airspace.

NATO deployed aircraft doubled in recent weeks. Expect more of the same ahead. Expect Western warships patrolling Black Sea waters provocatively.

Expect NATO forces establishing a permanent Ukrainian presence. Expect fascist putschists supplied destructive weapons and munitions. 

Expect provocative NATO-led war games on Russia's borders. Washington already increased its Eastern Europe air patrols.

Its NATO ambassador Douglas Lute said Kerry would discuss additional measures with Eastern European allies.

"They will talk about…what more can be done to amplify the measures that have been taken already and to sustain them over time so that these measures are not simply short-term gestures," he said. 


Preparing for was takes time. Perhaps plans were drawn to wage what Paul Craig Roberts calls the "final" one. 

A nonexistent Russian threat is being hyped provocatively. America's sordid history is long and disturbing. 

Enemies are invented. They're pretexts for war. Permanent ones reflect official US policy. 

The late Gore Vidal once said "our rulers…made sure that we are never to be told the truth about anything that our government has done to other people, not to mention our own."

Historian Harry Elmer Barnes (1889 - 1968) worried about disturbing trends. If they continue, "we shall soon reach this point of no return, and can only anticipate interminable wars, disguised as noble gestures for peace," he said.

Washington threatens humanity. Hans Morgenthau (1904 - 1980) was a prominent geopolitical observer. Ignore reality and perish, he believed.

He called a third world war inevitable. A "strategic nuclear war," he said. "I do not believe anything can be done to prevent it." 

"The international system is simply too unstable to survive for long." America bears full responsibility. Rogue European, Israeli and other conspiratorial partners share it.

Escalating tensions makes the unthinkable possible. Obama itches for more war. His entire tenure reflects it. He waged multiple and direct ones from day one to now.

They're wars of choice, not necessity. They lawless acts of aggression. They continue out-of-control. He's got lots more targets in mind. Imagine challenging Russia belligerently.

Imagine what no previous US presidents dared. Imagine lunatics doing it for unchallenged power. Imagine the worst of all possible outcomes. Imagine risking mass annihilation.

The road to hell is paved with megalomaniacal ambitions. Whether or not Nero fiddled while Rome burned pales in comparison today's threat.

Incendiary geopolitical global conditions exist. They're worse than any time since WW II. They're real. It bears repeating. At stake is humanity's survival. 

Obama risks destroying it entirely. East/West global war is the surest way to do it. His agenda heads increasingly closer to waging it.

It's hard imagining anything more reckless. Stopping him before it's too late matters most. Humanity's survival depends on it. What greater priority than that.

A Final Comment

On April 1, NATO suspended all military and civilian cooperation with Russia. It did so based on lies relating to Ukraine. A statement said:

"We have decided to suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia." 

"Our political dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council can continue, as necessary, at the Ambassadorial level and above, to allow us to exchange views, first and foremost on this crisis."

In June, NATO/Russian relations will be reviewed. NATO foreign ministers urged Moscow "to take immediate steps…to return to compliance with international law."

US-led NATO blames lawlessly targeted countries for its crimes. It's "implement(ing) immediate and longer term measures to strengthen Ukraine's ability to provide for its own security."

It's not threatened. It doesn't matter. NATO wants greater encroachment on Russia's border. It wants it provocatively targeted. 

It wants long range nuclear armed missiles targeting its heartland. It wants what no responsible threatened leader would tolerate.

It wants its fascist putschist allies involved in provocative lawlessness. Perhaps a major false flag operation is planned. 

Perhaps it's to goad Russia into belligerent confrontation. Perhaps it's for what Paul Craig Roberts calls "final" war. 

Hegemons operate this way. America exceeds the worst of all earlier ones. Obama heads the world's most ruthless one by far. 

World conquest involves lots more death and destruction he has in mind. It means eliminating all rivals and potential ones. 

It may end up destroying planet earth to own it. Perhaps nothing will be left worth fighting for.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 


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Debunking Western Propaganda

Debunking Western Propaganda

by Stephen Lendman

It's malicious. It's unrelenting. Big Lies repeat one after another. Official sources announce them. 

Media scoundrels regurgitate them as gospel. It's standard practice. Agitprop substitutes for accurate reporting.

Ukraine crisis misinformation proliferates. Responsible Russian replies get short shrift. Often they're ignored. Sometimes they're twisted irresponsibly.

On March 28, Vladimir Putin said professional Russian action saved Crimean bloodshed. He thanked "the command and service members of the Black Sea Fleet, other units and formations based in Crimea, for their stamina and personal courage."

He praised their "clear and professional actions." They "avoid(ed) provocations and prevent(ed) bloodshed and ensure(d) conditions for a peaceful and free referendum."

One observing UN Charter principles. One entirely legal. One contradicting Western lies claiming otherwise.

"Serious work must be done to modernize the military structure in Crimea," he added.

"We need to complete the formation of police, emergency and penitentiary, as well as security, investigative and drug-control agencies in the new constituent regions of the Federation."

Most Ukrainian forces reject Kiev putschists. They remain in Crimea. They do so freely. Reports otherwise are false.

Those wishing to remain on active duty are being integrated into Russia's military.

Their services are valued. "They will retain their military ranks and service record and have their school diplomas recognized," said Putin.

"The(ir) pay and social status will be brought in line with the Russian legislation." Moscow's military pay is "about four times that of Ukraine."

"Over the next few days the Russian government will make relevant decisions on all the matters concerning military pensions, allowances and salary payouts." 

"We respect the choice of those Ukrainian service members and other law enforcement officers who are returning to Ukraine."

"Attitudes towards them and their families must be extremely correct, as required by the traditions of military honor."

All Ukrainian military personnel in Crimea wishing to return home either left or plan to. Around 2,000 of Kiev's 18,000 contingent chose to do so. Moscow provided them help to return home.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said "the organized withdrawal of the units of the Ukrainian army which have expressed a wish to continue serving in the Ukrainian Armed Forces has been completed."

"The state symbols have been replaced on all ships and in all units that have taken the side of the Russian army." 

"No acts of desecration and disrespectful treatment of Ukrainian state symbols have taken place."

Spurious Western reports lied about Russian troops massing on Ukraine's border. Invasion perhaps is imminent, they suggested. Saying so is malicious propaganda.

Throughout Ukrainian/Crimean crisis conditions, Putin acted responsibly. International laws were observed. They still are. He's geopolitically opposite Obama.

Reprehensible Western reports claim otherwise. Lies substitute for truth. On March 28, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich responded responsibly.

He debunked false charges. The Russians aren't coming. Aggression isn't planned. No evidence suggests an imminent attack.

Inspectors from Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Lativa, Switzerland and Ukraine were in direct contact with Russian military unit chiefs on the ground.

They photographed deployed sites and military equipment freely. They accompanied Russian forces on maneuvers.

They know no threat exists. They informed their superiors. Falsified reports claim otherwise. They stoke fear. 

They bash Russia maliciously. They do it daily. It bears repeating. Big Lies drown out truth. Media scoundrels echo them like gospel.

Lukashevich issued a detailed statement. It's repeated below in its entirety, saying.

"In the light of claims on an allegedly threatening deployment of units of the Russian Armed Forces on the border with Ukraine, which are fanned by mass media at the instigation by certain politicians in the U.S and some other NATO countries, we find it necessary to make the following remarks."

"The practice of collaboration among member-states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) - and all of NATO's member-states also have membership of the OSCE - boasts a number of well-adjusted and fairly reliable methods of 'getting analgesia' in the form of ground-based and aerial inspections under the 2011 Vienna Document, as well as surveillance flights under the Treaty on Open Skies."

"An opportunity to hold these inspections was offered to everyone who wished to get familiarized with the actual state of affairs in the areas (of Russia - Itar-Tass) adjoining the Ukrainian border. The results of the inspectors' work were reflected in the official reports distributed to all the member-states of the OSCE.

"The unbiased information contained in them should have become, in our opinion, a subject of scrupulous analysis and the groundwork for further conclusions. And did the inspectors establish any signs of a military threat to Ukraine on the part of Russia?"

"Nothing of this kind. A total of four international inspections held on the Russian territory under the 2011 Vienna document on trust-building and security measures involved representatives of Latvia, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Belgium, France, and Ukraine, who did not track down any aggressive preparations and did not see any military activity apart from the one, on which Russian had sent notifications earlier."

"Even a Ukrainian inspection group that visited the Belgorod region from March 18 to March 20 agreed that the Russian Armed Forces were not conducting any major military activity there." 

"The three battalions of Airborne Troops it had found outside the zone of permanent stationing - that is, in the process of a military exercise - could scarcely be viewed as signs of a "menacing buildup of military muscle."

"Apart from inspections under the Vienna document, US and German inspectors made surveillance flights under the Treaty on Open Skies in March." 

"Although their officials conclusions will be known somewhat later after the processing of photo materials is over, one can assume that had our partners registered some aerial signs of large concentrations of Armed Forces, they would not have procrastinated with presenting "hardboiled evidence." 

"But they did not, and this means such evidence simply does not exist. In connection with the aforesaid, a few questions arise."

"What is the sense of verifications in the military and defense policy sphere if their results do not influence political practices, including the formation of US and NATO approaches to the situation around Ukraine?"

"Is it linked to the fact the unbiased information gathered by military inspectors does not reach political leadership?" 

"Or are these very same leaders so susceptible to emotions that they might ignore facts in favor of own political tastes and preferences?"

"In any case, our Western counterparts give grounds for calling the efficiency of the International Security Treaty mechanism from the angle of consolidating trust and security." 

"We will take account of this in our work on further improvement of the Vienna document and in the process of scrutiny of supplementary initiatives in the format of the OSCE forum on security cooperation."

On Friday, Putin called Obama. He did so to discuss Ukraine. Itar Tass said he stressed ongoing violence by extremists. They're "committing acts of intimidation against civilians," he said.

They act with impunity. Putin urged international efforts to stabilize things. John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov will meet to discuss joint US/Russian efforts to do so.

Putin acted responsibly. An irresponsible White House press release lied saying otherwise. 

"President Obama reiterated that the United States has strongly opposed the actions that Russia has already taken to violate Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," it said.

Obama ludicrously claimed  "the the Ukrainian government continues to take a restrained and de-escalatory approach to the crisis and is moving ahead with constitutional reform and democratic elections."

He urged Putin to support what demands rejection. He lied claiming Russian troops massed on Ukraine's border. Avoid "further provocations," he said.

He twists facts repeatedly to fit policy. He threatens world peace. He threatens humanity's survival.

Putin isn't naive. He knows what he's up against. He knows Washington's imperial ambitions. He's been outspoken about them many times.

He knows how great conflicts begin. So does Paul Craig Roberts. "We are again on the road to World War," he fears. "(T)he drive to war is blatantly obvious."

Washington bears full responsibility. Rogue Western nations and supportive media scoundrels share it.

"(T)he world (is) again being led down the garden path by lies and propaganda…(T)his time (it's) (on) behalf of (unchallenged) American world hegemony," Roberts stresses.

Putin understands the threat. He's going all-out to defuse it. He has no willing partner in Washington. Advancing America's imperium matters most.

Obama reflects the worst of rogue leadership. He's duplicitous. He's a serial liar. He represents corrupted monied interests. He's a war criminal multiple times over.

He's waging war on humanity. He's doing it at home and abroad. He blames victims for his crimes. Millions of corpses attest to his barbarity. His belligerence risks World War III. 

On Friday, Security Council members met in closed-door session. They did so to discuss Ukraine. UN envoy Vitaly Churkin explained Moscow's position publicly.

"Someone must seriously think through what they are doing and the consequences of certain actions they are advocating," he said. 

"Our international partners insist that the only way out is to have this presidential election on May 25." 

"In a situation of political chaos in the country? What will be the effect of those elections if some of the regions do not participate or turnout is very low in the course of those elections?"

Ukraine needs legitimate governance. It needs constitutional reform. It needs them in place before elections are held, Russia stresses.

"There is no political leader in sight who might be able to unite the country," said Churkin. 

"All the politicians one can hear about are extremely divisive for the Ukrainian society." 

"The other thing that is going to come up in the next couple of months is most likely dramatic decline of the living standards of people, because of IMF package which now has been proposed to them" and accepted.

Western nations urge Russia to engage in dialogue. At the same time, they turn a deaf ear to what it's saying.

"If you want dialogue, please respond to what we've been saying," said Churkin. "They are responding, sometimes, but the response is that: 'Well, but you know, the Ukrainians…' "

"We understand the importance of constitution, but how can they do it now? Can they do this constitutional assembly? There is no one to organize the constitutional assembly!"

"Well, if there is nobody to organize, maybe this is exactly the role of the international community? This Compact support group we have been proposing to help them organize those things if there is nobody currently in Ukraine who can take this responsibility."

"Our position is very clear. (It's) disappointing that those things which are obvious to us do not seem to sink in in the minds of our international interlocutors and our Ukrainian colleagues."

Ukrainian conditions remain chaotic. Stability is nowhere in sight. Fascist putschists run things. Responsible governance is absent. 

Sham May elections aim to legitimize illegitimate rule. Democracy is strictly verboten. Russia in under no illusion. 

Western supported rogue Ukrainian governance threatens its security. Potential civil war looms. Igniting it risks cross-border spillover. Doing so risks global war. 

Russia is going all-out to defuse things. Its best efforts may not be enough.

Separately, Lukashevich said irresponsible Western sanctions "cannot go without reaction." Moscow intends "a responsive measure, which we are mirroring to a large extent."

Hungary opposes Western sanctions. Germany has mixed feelings. Angela Merkel wants "de-escalation."

She's against economic sanctions. She hopes to avoid them. Germany is heavily dependent on Russian natural gas. After China, it's Berlin's largest trading partner. Volume approaches $100 billion annually.

Thousands of German companies are involved. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are at stake. Safeguarding them is vital to Germany's economy. Merkel is responsible for doing so.

Russian parliamentarians are considering imposing sanctions on US companies. Reports suggest setting limits to offices considered legal entities.

Duma Deputy Vadim Dengin said:

"If the US cares little about losing business contacts with Russia through imposing its sanctions, then Russia should have long since started supporting Russian producers in full."

US companies want business as usual to continue. Bottom line priorities matter most. Political disagreements hurt them. How much they're able to curb further action remains to be seen.

It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. Today is the most perilous time in world history. 

Paul Craig Roberts is justifiably worried. People don't "learn from history," he says. Obama bears full responsibility. 

He justifies US aggression irresponsibly. He's heading down "the road to World War."

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 


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US-Stoked Violence Rocks Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

Washington bears full responsibility for three months of street protest violence. At issue is toppling Ukraine's democratically elected government. More on this below.

On Sunday, Ukraine offered amnesty to anti-government protesters. It did so provided they vacated occupied public buildings. An official statement said:

Amnesty "comes into force from February 17, 2014 and stipulates that charges against the people having committed offenses…will be dropped."

It took effect after protesters met authorities half-way. They left some occupied Kiev buildings. They evacuated others in Lvov, Ivano-Frankovsk and Ternopol.

Ukrainian authorities agreed to let OSCE ambassadors control the buildings. Unblocking Grushevsky Street began. Traffic was partly restored.

Municipal services began removing debris. Under amnesty agreed on terms, 268 people arrested from December 27 - February 2 were scheduled for release.

National Strategy Institute director for International Projects Yuri Solozobov said authorities prepared to honor their commitment even though opposition elements only partly observed theirs.

Amnesty terms required all occupied buildings be vacated. Only four in Kiev were returned to authorities. Only one was an administration building.

Batkivshchina party leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk demanded 2,000 detainees be released. Otherwise protests would continue until "final victory," he said.

He and other protest leaders are US stooges. They're self-serving. They represent Washington. They're mindless of what best serves Ukrainians.

Obama wants Ukraine's sovereignty destroyed. He wants a subservient pro-Western government replacing a democratically elected independent one.

The battle for Ukraine's soul continues. Washington wants control over all former Soviet republics. It wants them transformed into subservient US satellites.

It wants them plundered. It wants them colonized for profit. It wants Russia increasingly isolated and weakened.

On February 18, new violence erupted. It's gripping Ukraine. Opposition elements demand President Viktor Yanukovych resign. Their other demands aren't clear.

Hopes for ending three months of crisis faded. Rioting left buildings in flames. Death toll numbers keep rising. 

Early Wednesday, 26 were reported. Ten police officers were killed. They were shot. They died from gunshot wounds. So was Vesti newspaper reporter Vyacheslav Veremey.

Around 700 others were injured. They include dozens of security forces. A Ukrainian Health Ministry statement said:

"Taking into consideration the nature of the dead civilians' wounds and also the nature of the weapons, which have been confiscated, we can assume that these wounds were inflicted by violent protesters."

"Police officers and interior troops do not use fire arms. Law enforcers are only using non-lethal weapons."

Western politicians wrongfully blame street thug violence on President Viktor Yanukovych's government. It doesn't surprise.

Washington threatens to impose sanctions. So do several EU nations. Ambassadors are paid to lie for their countries.

US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, earlier was caught on tape openly plotting the overthrow of Ukraine's government with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland.

On February 19, he said: "From this moment on, the USA holds Yanukovych responsible for everything that happens in Ukraine."

Moscow calls these type comments carte blanche authority for radicalized extremists to continue violence.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Yanukovych. He practically threatened him. "(T)he government bears special responsibility to de-escalate the situation," he said.

John Kerry through his spokeswoman Jen Psaki expressed similar views. He blamed Yanukovych for US-stoked violence.

The State Department issued a travel alert. It warned US citizens "of the increased risks of travel to Ukraine because of the ongoing political unrest and violent clashes between police and protesters."

"US citizens whose residences or hotels are located in the vicinity of the protests are cautioned to leave those areas or prepare to remain indoors, possibly for several days, should clashes occur."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov cautioned against outside meddling. "We don't want to be as intrusive as our Western partners are trying to be, nor do we advise anyone else to be," he said.

"The situation must be settled within the limits of the constitutional prerogatives of the incumbent Ukrainian authorities." 

"We caution against attempts at intrusive mediation. We have witnessed such attempts more than once."

"We call upon everyone to put the interests of the people of Ukraine above their own geopolitical plans."

Voice of Russia (VOR) reported weapons and ammunition stolen from an Ivano-Frankovsk region Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) facility.

Included were 268 pistols, two rifles, three assault rifles, 92 grenades, and 15,000 cartridges.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian Security Service head Oleksandr Yakymenko said:

"The Ukrainian Security Service and Antiterrorist Center decided today to start holding an antiterrorist operation in Ukraine." 

"I have already informed the president of the decision regarding holding the antiterrorist operation."

Ongoing violence shows "growing escalation of forceful resistance and mass use of arms by extremist-minded groups."

"In many regions of the country, local authorities, structures of the Interior Ministry, Security Service, prosecutor's office, military units and storage facilities with ammunition are being seized." 

"Court offices are burning, and vandals are destroying private apartments and killing civilians." 

"In the past 24 hours alone, over 1,500 units of firearms and 100,000 pieces of ammunition ended up in criminal hands."

Ukraine's Security Service deputy head Volodymyr Porodko said it switched to "a higher state of readiness. (It's) in accordance with the law on fighting terrorism."

It's US-manipulated. It's Western-sponsored. It's aim is destabilizing Ukraine. It's toppling its government. 

It's worse than anything so far seen since violence erupted in November. Security forces warned protesters to disburse. Otherwise a harsh crackdown will follow.

An official government statement said:

"Extremists are killing innocents on the streets of the capital, burning buildings and cars. Unless the disorder stops, we will have to restore order by all means envisaged by law."

Disruptive mayhem in parliament accompanied street violence. Opposition leaders want Ukraine's government transformed. They want a dominant parliamentary system replacing a presidential one.

They want Ukraine's 2004 constitution restored. They won't succeed by rioting. Nor by diktat declarations.

Yanukovych allies blocked their scheme. Events are fluid. They're incendiary.

Russia accused Washington of meddling in Ukrainian affairs. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said:

"Once again, we note that the United States is trying to impose the 'Western vector' of development on the Ukrainian government under the guise of calls to stop interference into the Ukrainian people's freedom of choice, and tells the authorities of a sovereign state what they should do next and how they should do it."

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf "offers numerous instructions for what the Ukrainian government should do next."

She issued outrageous Obama administration demands. 

They include halting "all investigations, arrests, detentions and prosecutions against demonstrators and civil society activists."

"The next step in this process," she said, "should be the formation of a multiparty technical government, with genuine power-sharing and responsibility..."

Imagine any government irresponsibly making demands on another. Imagine lawlessly interfering in its internal affairs.

Imagine practically saying do it our way or else. Imagine  manipulating street protests. Imagine stoking violence.

Imagine supporting fascist extremists. Imagine arming them with deadly weapons. Imagine directing their rioting. 

Imagine trying to topple a democratically elected government. Imagine inciting violence to do it.

Imagine if violent protesters ran wild in Washington. Imagine if they occupied government buildings.

Imagine if they set some ablaze. Imagine if foreign elements armed them. Imagine if they used life fire. Imagine if they hurled petrol bombs and bricks.

Imagine if they shot and killed people. Imagine if they seriously injured many others.

Imagine if Russia demanded no arrests, investigations, detentions and prosecutions. Imagine if it demanded power-sharing.

Imagine Obama administration rage. Imagine it on Capitol Hill. 

Imagine screaming anti-Russian headlines. Imagine greater than ever Putin bashing.

Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara "call(ed) on foreign states and international organizations to make objective and impartial assessments of the situation in Ukraine and expect them to strongly condemn the illegal actions of radical forces."

An Interior Ministry report said "(f)ive interior troops were wounded." 

"Doctors have taken a bullet from one serviceman's body and another one is bleeding." 

"A pistol bullet has been removed from one serviceman's body. Another law enforcement official is now bleeding and doctors are trying to remove a bullet from him."

Police reported 37 law enforcement officials hurt. Government loyalists held their own rally.

They want Western manipulated violence stopped. They demonstrated around Kiev's parliament building.

They chanted "Stop Nationalism and Fascism!" "Support Viktor Yanukovych."

Washington and key EU partners bear full responsibility for stoking violence. They're in league with fascist extremists. They recruited street thugs.

They're paid to riot. Paul Craig Roberts quoted sources saying "most protesters get an average payment of 200 - 300 grivna (about 15 - 25 euros)."

Another just back from Ukraine said most protesters "get only 100 grivna. 300 is for students."

Washington is spending billions of dollars to control Ukraine. It's the most important former Soviet republic. 

Ordinary Ukrainians are being duped. They're deceived. They're manipulated to support what's against their own self-interest. They'd never participate in this type destructive violence otherwise. 

CIA and State Department funded organizations are involved. They're coup-fomenting experts. They've done it lots of times before.

Whether this one succeeds remains to be seen. Extreme violence was strategically timed. It wasn't spontaneous. 

It's while Moscow largely focuses on Sochi. Putin prioritizes a successful Winter Olympics. On February 6, it began. It continues through Sunday, February 23.

On February 18, well-planned extreme violence erupted. It was after Kiev's amnesty offer. Washington manipulators chose this time to act. It remains to be seen how much worse things may get.

On February 19, RT.com headlined "Moscow blames radicals for deadly clashes in Ukraine, EU leaders ponder sanctions against government."

Russia's Foreign Ministry called ongoing violence a radicalized coup d'etat attempt. Moscow accused Western officials and supportive groups of "refusing to admit that all of the responsibility for (street violence) rests with the opposition."

Dmitry Peskov is Putin's press secretary. He said "Moscow strongly condemns violence on the part of the extremist elements, which used the fulfillment of conditions of the amnesty and immediately began violent actions."

Russia doesn't meddle in Ukraine's internal affairs, he added. Resolving what's ongoing "is the exclusive prerogative of the legitimate (Ukrainian) authorities."

Putin respects sovereign independence of all countries. He opposes outside interference. He knows Washington's dirty hands are manipulating ongoing violence. How he'll respond remains to be seen.

He's keeping close watch. He's not interfering. He's watching and waiting. The Federation Council is Russia's parliament upper house.

Its International Affairs Committee chairman Mikhail Margelov called ongoing violence stage-managed.

"(M)ilitants dealt with law enforcers' attacks...skillfully," he said. "There is an evident organized nature behind the fighting, he added.

Rioters "not only occupy state offices...but storm police wards and dismantle (special police unit) Berkut(s)."

Everything ongoing was carefully orchestrated. It's a Washington  manipulated operation. It's similar to what's happening in Syria.

At issue is regime change. It's attempting a violent coup d'etat. Events remain fluid. Washington doesn't initiate violence to quit.

Expect no easy end of conflict. Perhaps things will get worse before  improving. Maybe they'll spin entirely out-of-control.

Imperial ruthlessness operates this way. It's longstanding US policy. It involves ravaging and destroying one country after another. 

It's the American way. Advancing its imperium matters most. So is making the world safe for corporate plunderers. 

It's carving countries up for profit. It's looting their resources. It's exploiting ordinary people mercilessly. It's inflicting unspeakable human misery.

Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. Rapaciousness has no limits on his watch.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.


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The Five Criminals: In America the Gestapo Has Replaced The Rule Of Law

The Five Criminals In America, the Gestapo Has Replaced the Rule of Law Paul Craig Roberts RT is the best English language news source available to Americans. On January 29, RT published a photo of 5 presidential appointees lying through…

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Washington Orchestrated Protests Are Destabilizing Ukraine

Washington Orchestrated Protests Are Destabilizing Ukraine Paul Craig Roberts The protests in the western Ukraine are organized by the CIA, the US State Department, and by Washington- and EU-financed Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that work in conjunction with the CIA and…

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Low Wage America

Low Wage America

by Stephen Lendman

Welcome to low-wage America. Lousy jobs, rotten pay, eroding benefits, and poor working conditions reflect things for growing millions. 

Most workers live from paycheck to paycheck. They have few or no savings. They're trapped in financial insecurity. They struggle to survive out of sight and mind. 

They do so to cover bare essentials. They're hard-pressed to do it. They're more than ever debt entrapped. They're increasingly on their own. 

They're one missed payday from possible destitution, homelessness, hunger and despair.

Raising the minimum wage obscures things. Debating it crowds out reality. Where have all the good jobs gone?

They've been offshored to low-wage countries. Monthly employment reports show mostly low-pay/poor-or-no-benefit/part-time or temp jobs created.

Most pay poverty or sub-poverty wages. Households need two or more to survive. High unemployment makes finding one hard.

Previous articles explained. Reported 6.6% unemployment is fake. Real unemployment is 23.2%. Over 100 million working age Americans can't find jobs. 

It's 10 million more than when Obama took office. His job creation boasting is phony. He's a jobs destroyer, not creator. 

His job creation scheme is cutting corporate taxes. Doing so doesn't create jobs. It improves bottom line performance. It benefits shareholders. It does nothing to help workers or job seekers.

Real unemployment persists at Depression era levels. No federal policy was instituted to change things. Minimum wage debates divert attention from what's needed.

Americans deserve living wage protection. They deserve good benefits. They need Washington guaranteeing both.

They need policies instituted to do so. They need progressive governance. They need what bipartisan complicity denies.

Fairness isn't America's long suit. Class warfare defines official policy. Since the mid-1970s, inflation-adjusted wages declined. Workers earn less real money today than then.

Benefits steadily eroded. Good jobs disappeared. Class struggle between haves and have-nots persists. 

Never have so few benefitted at the expense of so many. Privileged Americans never had things so good.

Wealth disparity extremes are unprecedented. Inequality defines America. Social justice is disappearing in plain sight. 

Business as usual is policy. Ordinary people are exploited. Growing millions face poverty, unemployment, underemployment, homelessness, hunger and overall deprivation.

Government of, by and for everyone equitably doesn't exist. Monied interests alone thrive. Neoliberal harshness harms most others.
Bipartisan complicity force-feeds it.

It's institutionalized when vital aid is needed. Doing so wages financial war on millions. It's official policy. Most people struggle to get by.

Welcome to today's America. It's no fit place to live in. Progressive governance demands waging war on concentrated wealth and power.

Doing so would institute social justice. It would be official policy. Peace would be prioritized. Imperial wars would be end. So would foreign occupations. 

Defense spending would be hugely slashed. Minimally to half its current size. Ideally much more.

America's empire of bases would close. Force levels would be cut to a small fraction of current size.

Progressive taxation would replace today's policy. No more free lunches. Corporate America would be forced to pay its fair share. So would rich elites.

Washington would support organized labor's right to bargain with management on equal terms.

Living wage protection would be instituted. It would take urban, rural, state and local conditions into consideration.

Legislation would penalize companies offshoring jobs for profit. Corporations moving abroad to escape penalties wouldn't work. 

Doing business in America would require obeying fair practice policies. Exploitive companies would be shut out.

Anti-trust laws with teeth would be instituted. Monopoly and oligopoly power would be abolished.

Public education would be supported. It would be reinvigorated. It would be federally funded. States would have to conform to federal standards. It would be the law of the land.

Universal/single-payer healthcare would be instituted. Everyone covered. No one left out. Predatory insurers would be excluded. Except as a voluntary option.

Money power would return to public hands where it belongs. Wall Street crooks would be prosecuted. So would other lawless corporate predators.

Tobin taxation would be instituted. Large investors would be targeted. Speculation would be discouraged.

At one-half of one percent, hundreds of billions annually would be raised. A one-tenth of one percent tax on daily derivatives trading would raise over half a trillion dollars annually.

Imagine the benefits this kind of revenue could produce. Imagine social justice like no country ever before experienced. Imagine ending a broken system.

Imagine unprecedented fairness. Imagine making America fit to live in. Imagine making it a model to emulate.

Minimum wage debates obscure these issues. They're smoke and mirrors deception. They divert attention from what really matters.

Not according to New York Times editors. On February 8, they headlined "The Case for a Higher Minimum Wage," saying:

"(E)vidence show(s) that increasing the minimum wage is vital to the economic security of tens of millions of Americans, and would be good for the weak economy."

"An hourly minimum of $10.10, for example…would reduce the number of people living in poverty by 4.6 million..."

Fact check

Obama's $10.10 minimum wage scheme applies only to federal contractors. What about all public employees. 

What about state and local ones. What about private sector workers. What about restoring lost benefits. What about strengthening them.

What about explaining what $10.10 an hour means: x 40 hours x 52 weeks = $21,000. The federal poverty level for a family of four is $23,500.

It's woefully below reality. It's based on a decades old guideline. Households need at least double that amount to avoid poverty.

They don't need minimum wage protection. They need guaranteed living wages. Enough to cover all essential expenses. Enough to live like most working Americans did decades ago.

Obama's scheme is smoke and mirrors mumbo jumbo. "Give America a raise," he said. His rhetoric rings hollow. 

Working American wages eroded for decades. Inflation adjusted, they decline annually. Real inflation is multiples higher than fake numbers.

Times editors are right saying minimum wage debates are more political than economic. They're wrong supporting higher minimum pay at the expense of what people need to live on.

They're right saying it's no "cure-all." It's "not bold or innovative." It doesn't matter, they suggest. "(I)t deserves to pass," they say.

Americans deserve much better. What about restoring the dream of millions. What about instituting policies discussed above. 

Longstanding Times policy supports wealth, power and privilege. Endorsing more crumbs for workers doesn't wash. 

Ending let 'em eat cake policy really matters. So does making America fit to live in. Don't expect Times editors to explain.

Paul Craig Roberts discussed "recover(ing) justice." Doing so requires "a reasonable distribution of income, the accountability of government, (and making) corporations and banksters (conform) to the rule of law..."

Reinvigorating demand requires ending "the existing order that serves the one percent...The ladders of upward mobility must be restored."

Roberts justifiably opposes higher minimum pay to buy "compliance." To keep the rabble in line. To curb discontent. To let business as usual continue.

"By purchasing compliance, Washington can continue to masquerade as…indispensable, 'a light unto the world,' " a benevolent society, while..."murder(ing) people in half a dozen countries," and waging war on ordinary people at home, Roberts explained.

Ruthless unfairness defines today's America. Institutionalized policies are legally, morally and ethically degenerate.

Hardwired inequality harms growing millions. Changing things requires entirely dismantling an unjust system. It requires a total makeover. 

It requires replacing injustice with fairness. It requires government of, by and for everyone equitably. 

It requires what never before existed. It never will without organized people demanding no less.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.


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Market Manipulations Become More Extreme, More Desperate

Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler In two recent articles we explained the hows and whys of gold price manipulation. The manipulations are becoming more and more blatant. On February 6 the prices of gold and stock market futures were…

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Washington Destabilizes Ukraine

Washington Destabilizes Ukraine Only Washington Knows Best Paul Craig Roberts The control freaks in Washington think that only the decisions that Washington makes and imposes on other sovereign countries are democratic. No other country on earth is capable of making…

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Obamacare Harms America’s Workforce

Obamacare Harms America's Workforce

by Stephen Lendman

Obamacare scams consumers. It's a ripoff. It's a corporate designed scheme. It's smoke and mirrors deception. It's rife with disturbing inequities. It makes a dysfunctional system worse.

It enriches insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains. It's fast food healthcare. It rations it. 

It leaves millions uninsured. Millions more are way underinsured. It's outrageously expensive. It's double the cost of other developed countries. It makes healthcare more than ever unaffordable. 

Millions of households have to pay 40% or more out-of-pocket. It's for co-pays and deductibles. It's on top of costly premiums. It gets worse.

New York Times editors are some of Obamacare's biggest boosters. They noticed a glaring problem. On February 4, The Times headlined "Health Care Law Projected to Cut the Labor Force."

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis says so. By 2021, Obamacare will shrink the labor force by about 2.3 million workers. 

An earlier estimate predicted 800,000 shrinkage. By 2024, CBO projects 2.5 million. Maybe a future update will hike numbers higher. The more closely Obamacare is examined, the worse it looks.

Ordinary Americans are getting squeezed. Obamacare makes things worse. Doing so harms public health.

The New York Times downplayed the impact. It did so saying the new law "nudges workers to work less."

"(I)nsurance expansion reduces the need for a person to take a full-time job just to get coverage. Premium subsidies effectively bolster household income."

Most workers want higher-paying full-time jobs. They want affordable healthcare coverage. They want what Obamacare denies. 

The Times didn't explain. It touts a plan demanding condemnation. It's one of the greatest ever corporate scams. 

Martin Luther King called healthcare injustice "the most shocking and inhumane" kind. Inequality is institutionalized. Treatment when most needed is inadequate. For too many it's denied.

Proper healthcare more than ever depends on what people can afford. It means low-wage workers get less. Limited resources make expensive treatments unaffordable.

CBO claims its report isn't about jobs. It states:

"The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor, so it will appear almost entirely as a reduction in labor force participation and in hours worked relative to what would have occurred otherwise rather than as an increase in unemployment (that is, more workers seeking but not finding jobs) or underemployment (such as part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours per week).

Official unemployment numbers are fake. It's not 6.7%. It's 23.3%. It includes millions of workers wanting jobs who can't find them.

Imagine Obamacare making things worse. Imagine low-wage earners reducing their hours to keep Obamacare subsidies. Imagine "creating an implicit tax on (subsidy) earnings," said CBO.

Imagine them delaying or foregoing employment altogether. CBO can't predict numbers leaving the work force. 

It doesn't know how many will shift to part-time work. It makes predicting how things will turn out ahead hard to do.

A shrinking workforce indicates economic decline. So does replacing high-pay/good-benefit full-time jobs with low-pay/poor-or-no-benefit part-time or temp ones.

America's workforce no longer resembles a developed country, says Paul Craig Roberts. It's a shell of its former self. 

A shrinking workforce when population is rising accelerates its race to the bottom. Imagine designing a healthcare system this way.

Imagine one harming overall health. Imagine it reducing aggregate labor compensation. Imagine the impact of penalties. 

They affect workers refusing to buy healthcare coverage. They impact employers not providing it to full-time workers. 

Imagine dozens of new tax provisions letting IRS agents enforce Obamacare implementation. Imagine giving them this much power. Imagine making things more nightmarish.

Imagine a politicized healthcare system. Imagine one harming health more than protecting it. Imagine bad medicine multiple ways. Imagine Republicans taking full advantage.

"The president's healthcare law creates uncertainty for small businesses, hurts take-home pay, and makes it harder to invest in new workers," said House Speaker John Boehner. 

"The middle class is getting squeezed in this economy, and this CBO report confirms that Obamacare is making it worse."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV) said Americans "rightfully...shouldn't have job lock."

"We live in a country where we should be free agents. People can do what they want."

It they want to eat, pay rent and cover other vital expenses, they need jobs. They need decent incomes. They need government working for, not against them.

Senator Joe Manchin III (D. W VA) called the combination of low enrollments and workforce declines Obamacare's "Waterloo."

Whether true or not remains to be seen. CBO also estimated about a million fewer Americans than expected getting healthcare coverage this year.

Rollout problems bear much responsibility. So do fewer Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Plan enrollments. 

CBO estimates six million Americans enrolling through exchanges this year. Earlier it estimated seven million.

Expanded Medicaid and other public programs will enroll about eight million Americans. It's down from nine million estimated earlier.

"Over time," said CBO, "more people are expected to respond to the new coverage options, so enrollment is projected to increase sharply in 2015 and 2016."

By 2017, it estimates 25 million enrollees. A White House statement said "individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods."

They'll "have the opportunity to pursue their dreams." Perhaps Obama endorses the American dream of not working. 

Ordinary Americans can't survive without it. Obamacare promises were broken. Remember ones Obama made.

"If you like your health care plan," you can keep it, "period."

Millions of Americans lost theirs.

"If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period."

Doing so requires millions of Americans paying extra.

"(W)e'll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year."

They're significantly higher for most households.

Up to "90% of Americans (with) health insurance (get) stronger, better and more secure (coverage than) before...They don't have to worry about anything else."

Onerous mandates are imposed on individuals with employer-provided coverage.

"(N)o family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase."

Obamacare mandates 18 tax hikes, fees and penalties. Middle class households are heavily impacted.

Obama said he wouldn't sign any plan "add(ing) one dime to our deficits - either now or in the future."

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates annual Obamacare costs will "increase the primary deficit by 0.7 percent of gross domestic spending." 

Elements "reduc(ing) costs for families, businesses, and government (are) in this bill."

Higher insurance premiums and other increased costs assure higher spending, not less.

"I will protect Medicare," Obama promised.

Obamacare cuts Medicare spending. Mandates decrease it by over $700 billion from 2013 - 2022. Future reductions are planned.

Over the next decade or earlier, Medicare will be transformed radically. Obama wants it privatized en route to eliminating it altogether.

He wants the same for Social Security. Medicaid years ahead may be substantially downsized.

Obama promised a public option. He said he'd "sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of (his) first term as president that will cover every American."

Obamacare leaves millions uninsured. It leaves millions more woefully underinsured. It makes a dysfunctional system much worse. It enriches providers at the expense of proper healthcare.

"(T)his law means more choice, more competition, and lower costs for millions of Americans."

Obamacare is polar opposite. A fundamental human right is compromised. Human life and welfare are bartered for profit.

Marketplace competition decreased. In half of US counties, consumers have either one or two insurer choices. 

Costs are much higher for most people. Americans deserve much more than they're getting. 

Universal single payer advocates hope their day will come. Medicare for all is the obvious solution.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.


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Abbas Accepts Occupation Harshness

Obamacare Harms America's Workforce

by Stephen Lendman

Obamacare scams consumers. It's a ripoff. It's a corporate designed scheme. It's smoke and mirrors deception. It's rife with disturbing inequities. It makes a dysfunctional system worse.

It enriches insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains. It's fast food healthcare. It rations it. 

It leaves millions uninsured. Millions more are way underinsured. It's outrageously expensive. It's double the cost of other developed countries. It makes healthcare more than ever unaffordable. 

Millions of households have to pay 40% or more out-of-pocket. It's for co-pays and deductibles. It's on top of costly premiums. 
It gets worse.

New York Times editors are some of Obamacare's biggest boosters. They noticed a glaring problem. On February 4, The Times headlined "Health Care Law Projected to Cut the Labor Force."

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis says so. By 2021, Obamacare will shrink the labor force by about 2.3 million workers. 

An earlier estimate predicted 800,000 shrinkage. By 2024, CBO projects 2.5 million. Maybe a future update will hike numbers higher. The more closely Obamacare is examined, the worse it looks.

Ordinary Americans are getting squeezed. Obamacare makes things worse. Doing so harms public health.

The New York Times downplayed the impact. It did so saying the new law "nudges workers to work less."

"(I)nsurance expansion reduces the need for a person to take a full-time job just to get coverage. Premium subsidies effectively bolster household income."

Most workers want higher-paying full-time jobs. They want affordable healthcare coverage. They want what Obamacare denies. 

The Times didn't explain. It touts a plan demanding condemnation. It's one of the greatest ever corporate scams. 

Martin Luther King called healthcare injustice "the most shocking and inhumane" kind. Inequality is institutionalized. Treatment when most needed is inadequate. For too many it's denied.

Proper healthcare more than ever depends on what people can afford. It means low-wage workers get less. Limited resources make expensive treatments unaffordable.

CBO claims its report isn't about jobs. It states:

"The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor, so it will appear almost entirely as a reduction in labor force participation and in hours worked relative to what would have occurred otherwise rather than as an increase in unemployment (that is, more workers seeking but not finding jobs) or underemployment (such as part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours per week).

Official unemployment numbers are fake. It's not 6.7%. It's 23.3%. It includes millions of workers wanting jobs who can't find them.

Imagine Obamacare making things worse. Imagine low-wage earners reducing their hours to keep Obamacare subsidies. Imagine "creating an implicit tax on (subsidy) earnings," said CBO.

Imagine them delaying or foregoing employment altogether. CBO can't predict numbers leaving the work force. 

It doesn't know how many will shift to part-time work. It makes predicting how things will turn out ahead hard to do.

A shrinking workforce indicates economic decline. So does replacing high-pay/good-benefit full-time jobs with low-pay/poor-or-no-benefit part-time or temp ones.

America's workforce no longer resembles a developed country, says Paul Craig Roberts. It's a shell of its former self. 

A shrinking workforce when population is rising accelerates its race to the bottom. Imagine designing a healthcare system this way.

Imagine one harming overall health. Imagine it reducing aggregate labor compensation. Imagine the impact of penalties. 

They affect workers refusing to buy healthcare coverage. They impact employers not providing it to full-time workers. 

Imagine dozens of new tax provisions letting IRS agents enforce Obamacare implementation. Imagine giving them this much power. Imagine making things more nightmarish.

Imagine a politicized healthcare system. Imagine one harming health more than protecting it. Imagine bad medicine multiple ways. Imagine Republicans taking full advantage.

"The president's healthcare law creates uncertainty for small businesses, hurts take-home pay, and makes it harder to invest in new workers," said House Speaker John Boehner. 

"The middle class is getting squeezed in this economy, and this CBO report confirms that Obamacare is making it worse."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV) said Americans "rightfully...shouldn't have job lock."

"We live in a country where we should be free agents. People can do what they want."

It they want to eat, pay rent and cover other vital expenses, they need jobs. They need decent incomes. They need government working for, not against them.

Senator Joe Manchin III (D. W VA) called the combination of low enrollments and workforce declines Obamacare's "Waterloo."

Whether true or not remains to be seen. CBO also estimated about a million fewer Americans than expected getting healthcare coverage this year.

Rollout problems bear much responsibility. So do fewer Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Plan enrollments. 

CBO estimates six million Americans enrolling through exchanges this year. Earlier it estimated seven million.

Expanded Medicaid and other public programs will enroll about eight million Americans. It's down from nine million estimated earlier.

"Over time," said CBO, "more people are expected to respond to the new coverage options, so enrollment is projected to increase sharply in 2015 and 2016."

By 2017, it estimates 25 million enrollees. A White House statement said "individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods."

They'll "have the opportunity to pursue their dreams." Perhaps Obama endorses the American dream of not working. 

Ordinary Americans can't survive without it. Obamacare promises were broken. Remember ones Obama made.

"If you like your health care plan," you can keep it, "period."

Millions of Americans lost theirs.

"If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period."

Doing so requires millions of Americans paying extra.

"(W)e'll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year."

They're significantly higher for most households.

Up to "90% of Americans (with) health insurance (get) stronger, better and more secure (coverage than) before...They don't have to worry about anything else."

Onerous mandates are imposed on individuals with employer-provided coverage.

"(N)o family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase."

Obamacare mandates 18 tax hikes, fees and penalties. Middle class households are heavily impacted.

Obama said he wouldn't sign any plan "add(ing) one dime to our deficits - either now or in the future."

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates annual Obamacare costs will "increase the primary deficit by 0.7 percent of gross domestic spending." 

Elements "reduc(ing) costs for families, businesses, and government (are) in this bill."

Higher insurance premiums and other increased costs assure higher spending, not less.

"I will protect Medicare," Obama promised.

Obamacare cuts Medicare spending. Mandates decrease it by over $700 billion from 2013 - 2022. Future reductions are planned.

Over the next decade or earlier, Medicare will be transformed radically. Obama wants it privatized en route to eliminating it altogether.

He wants the same for Social Security. Medicaid years ahead may be substantially downsized.

Obama promised a public option. He said he'd "sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of (his) first term as president that will cover every American."

Obamacare leaves millions uninsured. It leaves millions more woefully underinsured. It makes a dysfunctional system much worse. It enriches providers at the expense of proper healthcare.

"(T)his law means more choice, more competition, and lower costs for millions of Americans."

Obamacare is polar opposite. A fundamental human right is compromised. Human life and welfare are bartered for profit.

Marketplace competition decreased. In half of US counties, consumers have either one or two insurer choices. 

Costs are much higher for most people. Americans deserve much more than they're getting. 

Universal single payer advocates hope their day will come. Medicare for all is the obvious solution.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.


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Why is the Fed tapering?

Why is the Fed tapering? Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler On January 17, 2014, we explained “The Hows and Whys of Gold Price Manipulation.” http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/01/17/hows-whys-gold-price-manipulation/ In former times, the rise in the gold price was held down by central…

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The Hows and Whys of Gold Price Manipulation

Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler. The deregulation of the financial system during the Clinton and George W. Bush regimes had the predictable result: financial concentration and reckless behavior. A handful of banks grew so large that financial authorities declared…

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Progressive Radio News Hour Guests for January 17, 18, and 19, 2014

Friday, January 17 at 10AM US Central time: Paul Craig RobertsRoberts was former Assistant Treasury Secretary under Ronald Reagan, a Wall Street Journal Associate Editor, and holder of numerous academic appointments, including at Georgetown University'...

Corporate Taxes in America

Corporate Taxes in America

by Stephen Lendman

Raising them should be a national imperative. Corporations should pay their fair share. Not according to Laurence Kotlikoff.

He's a right-wing economist. He's a corporatist writ large. He claims  abolishing corporate taxes will create jobs.

Doing so requires dropping money on Main Street. Get it in people's pockets directly. Do it by cutting their taxes. 

Guarantee a living wage. Support worker-friendly legislation. Restore their bargaining power with management.

Return money creation power to public hands where it belongs. Initiate government jobs creation programs. 

New Deal ones put millions back to work. Doing so reinvigorated the national spirit.

Unemployment was measurably cut. It dropped from 25% in 1933 to 11% in 1937. Doing the right things work.

In 1961, corporate tax cuts were linked to job creation. Business had to prove they added jobs to qualify.

No longer. Corporate tax cuts and credits are handed out freely. They're not linked to job creation. They're standard practice. More are planned this year.

Under Bush and Obama, corporations get tax cuts for overseas investments. Domestic job reductions accompany them. Offshoring is rewarded.

Multiple Bush tax cuts handed corporations around $3.4 trillion. Doing so was hailed as a way to create jobs.

Post-recession jobs creation during the early 2000s was the weakest on record. It took 46 months to recover those lost.

It'll take over a decade now. The so-called 2007 - 2009 Great Recession continues to take an enormous toll on ordinary Americans. Main Street Great Depression conditions persist unabated.

Low pay/poor or no benefit part-time jobs replaced higher paying, good benefit full-time ones. It's been ongoing for decades. America is in economic decline.

Offshoring millions of jobs exacerbates hard times. According to Paul Craig Roberts, only fools believe doing so is good for America.

Likeminded so-called experts can't see the forest through the trees. US corporations are hoarding cash. Bush and Obama tax cuts added $10 trillion or more to their balance sheets.

Much was shifted to offshore subsidiaries. Doing so avoids US taxes altogether. It's unknown how much corporate wealth sits in tax havens. Perhaps trillions from generous business handouts.

During the height of 2008 crisis conditions, $168 billion stimulus legislation was enacted. About $90 billion went to business and rich elites.

Jobs were lost, not created. From July through December 2008, nearly a million a month disappeared. Doing so matched the 1929-1930 rate.

Obama's February 2009 $787 billion stimulus bill handed corporations nearly $400 billion in tax cuts. Over $225 billion went for business/investor cuts.

Through December 2010, zero jobs were created. Part-time ones replaced higher paying full-time jobs. 

Hundreds of thousands of federal, state and local public workers were laid off. Current unemployment tops 23%. 

Official numbers are fake. They mask the greatest jobs crisis since the Great Depression. Before this one ends, it may be greater.

Bush and Obama benefitted corporations and rich elites hugely. They never had it better. Unprecedented wealth amounts shifted from ordinary people to them.

The great wealth transfer heist continues. America is being thirdworldized in the process. Employment opportunities are dreadful.

It bears repeating. Tax cuts don't create jobs. They could if linked to jobs creation. They haven't been since Kennedy's mandate.

Democrats and Republicans today are polar opposite. Reverse Robin Hoodism is policy. It created the greatest wealth disparity in US history.

Half or more of US households are impoverished or bordering it. Good jobs are disappearing in plain sight. Nearly 50 million Americans need food stamps to eat. 

Hard times are getting harder. Needy households are increasing exponentially. At the same time, corporate profits are higher than ever.

Business taxes are way too low. The top nominal rate is 35%. Obama, Republicans and many Democrats plan cutting it to 28 or 25%.

Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D. MT) is retiring this year. He favors lower corporate rates. He helped spearhead Obamacare's enactment.

Doing so wrecked America's healthcare system. It did so to benefit business. The full fallout remains to unfold.

One of many propagated myths is that US corporations pay too much in taxes. "Abolish the Corporate Income Tax," says Kotlikoff. He wants people to believe what's untrue.

"Just ask" Seattle-based Boeing machinist workers, he said. They accepted major contract concessions. They did so for greater "long-term success," Kotlikoff claimed.

False! Contract terms substitute largely worker funded 401ks for company-paid pensions, higher healthcare costs, reduced wage increases, and no strikes.

Heavy pressure was applied. Union bosses claimed 51% of International Association of Machinists approved what no workers want. Others claimed vote rigging.

Kotlikoff said Boeing workers acted in their own best interest. How does cutting their standard of living do so?

"In recent decades, American workers have suffered one body blow after another," he admitted.

"What can (they) do to mitigate their plight," he asked? Eliminate corporate taxes, what else.

"It's not…a giveaway to the rich," he maintains. Corporate taxes are "economically self-defeating." They hurt "workers, not capitalists..."

He claims America "may well have the highest effective marginal corporate income tax rate of any developed country."

As explained above, nominally it's 35%. Bipartisan complicity agreed to cut it to 28 or 25%. Most large corporations pay less than half that amount.

Many pay much less. Some pay nothing. Others get rebates in profitable years. Corporate taxes have been in free fall for decades.

As a percent of GDP and national income, they're half what they were two decades ago. They're going lower. Obama demands it. He's doing so while waging war on ordinary Americans.

He's one-sidedly pro-business. He's anti-labor, anti-populist, anti-fairness. He wants greater austerity than already. He wants America's social contract eliminated. 

He wants corporate giants handed trillions more than already. So does Kotlikoff. He supports the great tax giveaway.

He wants corporate ones entirely eliminated. He claims maintaining them gets business to shift operations abroad.

They do so largely for lower labor costs. They're in countries with no worker protections. They're free to exploit their workforce for greater profits.

Kotlikoff claims eliminating corporate taxes assures a "stunningly large" economic windfall. He's for raising personal income tax rates at the same time.

He wants ordinary people to bear the burden. They do so more than ever now. He claims hitting them when they can least afford it "leads to a short-run inflow of capital."

It'll "rais(e) (America's) capital stock (machines and buildings) by 23 percent, output by 8 percent, and the real wages of unskilled and skilled workers by 12 percent," he maintains.

It bears repeating. Corporate tax cuts don't create jobs. Clear evidence proves it. Throughout the new millennium, profits shifted abroad tax free. 

They remain on business balance sheets. They went for stock buybacks, dividends, high executive salaries and bonuses, as well as other unrelated non-job creation purposes.

Why else would unemployment exceed 23%? Inflation-adjusted wages have been declining for decades. Benefits workers took for granted are disappearing.

So are good full-time jobs. Class war rages. Middle America is disappearing in plain sight. Detroit reflects nationwide decline.

Other troubled cities include major ones. Growing millions are on their own sink or swim. Predatory capitalism is malignant. It's eating its seed corn. It's killing its host.

It's been a stunning failure for decades. It hollowed out America. It harms its most vulnerable. 

It caused the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history. Detroit once symbolized America's industrial might. It's zombie-like today.

Nothing is done to change things. Kotlikoff wants ordinary people hit harder. He claims raising their tax burden lifts all boats. 

He says it does so when coupled with eliminating corporate taxes. He shows a shocking disregard for human welfare.

His formula assures greater crisis conditions. Millions already can't cope. More add to their ranks daily. Raising their taxes will accelerate the process.

How can destroying the well-being of most Americans be beneficial? Kotlikoff apparently believes doing so will save them. He admits that inflation-adjusted wages are "10 percent lower today than (in) 1966."

"This is America's nightmare, not its dream," he explains. "Turning things around requires getting a lot of things right, starting, (he argues) with corporate tax reform."

In 2007, his book titled "The Healthcare Fix" proposed ending Medicare, Medicaid, and employer-provider insurance. 

He wants government-provided vouchers replacing them. He wants their cost maintained at a fixed 10% of GDP. 

Well-off recipients could supplement coverage by buying more on their own. Others would be stuck with bare bones care.

Corporations are Kotlikoff's concern. Ordinary people don't matter. Deepening social inequality is OK. 

Human misery is out of sight and mind. Kotlikoff's formula assures hard times getting harder for growing millions.

America already is unfit to live in. Kotlikoff wants impossible conditions for most people. Imagine if it turns out this way. Imagine the worst of all possible worlds.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour


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Washington Has Discredited America

Washington Has Discredited America Paul Craig Roberts Years ago when I described the George W. Bush regime as a police state, right-wing eyebrows were raised. When I described the Obama regime as an even worse police state, liberals rolled their eyes. Alas! Now I am no longer controversial. Everybody says it. According to the UK…

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Progressive Radio News Hour Guests for December 20, 21, and 22, 2013

Friday, December 20 at 10AM US Central time: Paul Craig RobertsRoberts was former Assistant Treasury Secretary under Ronald Reagan, a Wall Street Journal Associate Editor, and holder of numerous academic appointments, including at Georgetown University...

Amend the Fed: We Need a Central Bank that Serves Main Street

December 23rd marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve. Dissatisfaction with its track record has prompted calls to audit the Fed and end the Fed. At the least, Congress needs to amend the Fed, modifying the Federal Reserve Act to give the central bank the tools necessary to carry out its mandates.

The Federal Reserve is the only central bank with a dual mandate. It is charged not only with maintaining low, stable inflation but with promoting maximum sustainable employment. Yet unemployment remains stubbornly high, despite four years of radical tinkering with interest rates and quantitative easing (creating money on the Fed’s books). After pushing interest rates as low as they can go, the Fed has admitted that it has run out of tools.

At an IMF conference on November 8, 2013, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers suggested that since near-zero interest rates were not adequately promoting people to borrow and spend, it might now be necessary to set interest at below zero. This idea was lauded and expanded upon by other ivory-tower inside-the-box thinkers, including Paul Krugman.

Negative interest would mean that banks would charge the depositor for holding his deposits rather than paying interest on them. Runs on the banks would no doubt follow, but the pundits have a solution for that: move to a cashless society, in which all money would be electronic. “This would make it impossible to hoard cash outside the bank,” wrote Danny Vinik in Business Insider, “allowing the Fed to cut interest rates to below zero, spurring people to spend more.” He concluded:

. . . Summers’ speech is a reminder to all liberals that he is a brilliant economist who grasps the long-term issues of monetary policy and would likely have made an exemplary Fed chair.

Maybe; but to ordinary mortals living in the less rarefied atmosphere of the real world, the proposal to impose negative interest rates looks either inane or like the next giant step toward the totalitarian New World Order. Business Week quotes Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office: “We’ve had four years of extraordinarily loose monetary policy without satisfactory results, and the only thing they come up with is we need more?”

Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, calls the idea “harebrained.” He is equally skeptical of quantitative easing, the Fed’s other tool for stimulating the economy. Roberts points to Andrew Huszar’s explosive November 11th Wall Street Journal article titled “Confessions of a Quantitative Easer,” in which Huszar says that QE was always intended to serve Wall Street, not Main Street.  Huszar’s assignment at the Fed was to manage the purchase of $1.25 trillion in mortgages with dollars created on a computer screen. He says he resigned when he realized that the real purpose of the policy was to drive up the prices of the banks’ holdings of debt instruments, to provide the banks with trillions of dollars at zero cost with which to lend and speculate, and to provide the banks with “fat commissions from brokering most of the Fed’s QE transactions.”

A Helicopter Drop That Missed Its Target

All this is far from the helicopter drop proposed by Ben Bernanke in 2002 as a quick fix for deflation. He told the Japanese, “The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.” Later in the speech he discussed “a money-financed tax cut,” which he said was “essentially equivalent to Milton Friedman’s famous ‘helicopter drop’ of money.” Deflation could be cured, said Professor Friedman, simply by dropping money from helicopters.

But there has been no cloudburst of money raining down on the people. The money has gotten only into the reserve accounts of banks. John Lounsbury, writing in Econintersect, observes that Friedman’s idea of a helicopter drop involved debt-free money printed by the government and landing in people’s bank accounts. “He foresaw the money entering the economy through bank deposits, not through bank reserves which was the pathway available to Bernanke. . . . [W]hen Ben Bernanke fired up his helicopter engines he took the only path available to him.”

Bernanke created debt-free money and bought government debt with it, returning the interest to the Treasury. The result was interest-free credit, a good deal for the government. But the problem, says Lounsbury, is that:

The helicopters dropped all the money into a hole in the ground (excess reserve accounts) and very little made its way into the economy.  It was essentially a rearrangement of the balance sheets of the creditor nation with little impact on the debtor nation.

. . . The fatal flaw of QE is that it delivers money to the accounts of the creditors and does nothing for the accounts of the debtors. Bad debts remain unserviced and the debt crisis continues.

Thinking Outside the Box

Bernanke delivered the money to the creditors because that was all the Federal Reserve Act allowed. If the Fed is to fulfill its mandate, it clearly needs more tools; and that means amending the Act.  Harvard professor Ken Rogoff, who spoke at the November 2013 IMF conference before Larry Summers, suggested several possibilities; and one was to broaden access to the central bank, allowing anyone to have an ATM at the Fed.

Rajiv Sethi, Barnard/Columbia Professor of Economics, expanded on this idea in a blog titled “The Payments System and Monetary Transmission.” He suggested making the Federal Reserve the repository for all deposit banking. This would make deposit insurance unnecessary; it would eliminate the need to impose higher capital requirements; and it would allow the Fed to implement monetary policy by targeting debtor rather than creditor balance sheets. Instead of returning its profits to the Treasury, the Fed could do a helicopter drop directly into consumer bank accounts, stimulating demand in the consumer economy.

John Lounsbury expanded further on these ideas. He wrote in Econintersect that they would open a pathway for investment banking and depository banking to be separated from each other, analogous to that under Glass-Steagall. Banks would no longer be too big to fail, since they could fail without destroying the general payment system of the economy. Lounsbury said the central bank could operate as a true public bank and repository for all federal banking transactions, and it could operate in the mode of a postal savings system for the general populace.

Earlier Central Bank Ventures into Commercial Lending

That sounds like a radical departure today, but the Fed has ventured into commercial banking before. In 1934, Section 13(b) was added to the Federal Reserve Act, authorizing the Fed to “make credit available for the purpose of supplying working capital to established industrial and commercial businesses.” This long-forgotten section was implemented and remained in effect for 24 years. In a 2002 article on the Minneapolis Fed’s website called “Lender of More Than Last Resort,” David Fettig noted that 13(b) allowed Federal Reserve banks to make loans directly to any established businesses in their districts, and to share in loans with private lending institutions if the latter assumed 20 percent of the risk. No limitation was placed on the amount of a single loan.

Fettig wrote that “the Fed was still less than 20 years old and many likely remembered the arguments put forth during the System’s founding, when some advocated that the discount window should be open to all comers, not just member banks.” In Australia and other countries, the central bank was then assuming commercial as well as central bank functions.

Section 13(b) was eventually repealed, but the Federal Reserve Act retained enough vestiges of it in 2008 to allow the Fed to intervene to save a variety of non-bank entities from bankruptcy. The problem was that the tool was applied selectively. The recipients were major corporate players, not local businesses or local governments. Fettig wrote:

Section 13(b) may be a memory, . . . but Section 13 paragraph 3 . . . is alive and well in the Federal Reserve Act. . . . [T]his amendment allows, “in unusual and exigent circumstances,” a Reserve bank to advance credit to individuals, partnerships and corporations that are not depository institutions.

In 2008, the Fed bailed out investment company Bear Stearns and insurer AIG, neither of which was a bank. Bear Stearns got almost $1 trillion in short-term loans, with interest rates as low as 0.5%. The Fed also made loans to other corporations, including GE, McDonald’s, and Verizon.

In 2010, Section 13(3) was modified by the Dodd-Frank bill, which replaced the phrase “individuals, partnerships and corporations” with the vaguer phrase “any program or facility with broad-based eligibility.” As explained in the notes to the bill:

Only Broad-Based Facilities Permitted. Section 13(3) is modified to remove the authority to extend credit to specific individuals, partnerships and corporations. Instead, the Board may authorize credit under section 13(3) only under a program or facility with “broad-based eligibility.”

What programs have “broad-based eligibility” is not clear from a reading of the Section, but it isn’t individuals or local businesses. It also isn’t state and local governments.

No Others Need Apply

In 2009, President Obama proposed that the Fed extend its largess to the cash-strapped cities and states battered by the banking crisis. “Small businesses and state and local governments are having serious difficulty obtaining necessary financing from debt markets,” Obama said. He proposed that the Fed buy municipal bonds to cut their rising borrowing costs.

The proposed municipal bond facility would have been based on the Fed program to buy commercial paper, which had almost single-handedly propped up the market for short-term corporate borrowing. Investors welcomed the muni bond proposal as a first step toward supporting the market.

But Bernanke rejected the proposal. Why? It could hardly be argued that the Fed didn’t have the money. The collective budget deficit of the states for 2011 was projected at $140 billion, a drop in the bucket compared to the sums the Fed had managed to come up with to bail out the banks. According to data released in 2011, the central bank had provided roughly $3.3 trillion in liquidity and $9 trillion in short-term loans and other financial arrangements to banks, multinational corporations, and foreign financial institutions following the credit crisis of 2008. Later revelations pushed the sum up to $16 trillion or more.

Bernanke’s reasoning in saying no to the muni bond facility was that he lacked the statutory tools.. The Fed is limited by statute to buying municipal government debt with maturities of six months or less that is directly backed by tax or other assured revenue, a form of debt that makes up less than 2% of the overall muni market.

The Federal Reserve Act was drafted by bankers to create a banker’s bank that would serve their interests. It is their own private club, and its legal structure keeps all non-members out.  A century after the Fed’s creation, a sober look at its history leads to the conclusion that it is a privately controlled institution whose corporate owners use it to direct our entire economy for their own ends, without democratic influence or accountability.  Substantial changes are needed to transform the Fed, and these will only come with massive public pressure.

Congress has the power to amend the Fed – just as it did in 1934, 1958 and 2010. For the central bank to satisfy its mandate to promote full employment and to become an institution that serves all the people, not just the 1%, the Fed needs fundamental reform.

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Ellen Brown is an attorney, president of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books, including the best-selling Web of Debt. In The Public Bank Solution, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her blog articles are at EllenBrown.com.

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The Kennedy Assassination (November 22, 1963) 50 Years Later

The Kennedy Assassination (November 22, 1963) 50 Years Later Paul Craig Roberts November 22, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The true story of JFK’s murder has never been officially admitted, although the conclusion that JFK was murdered by a plot involving the Secret Service, the CIA, and…

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Thom Hartmann’s War on Your Mind

By James F. Tracy

In October a debate ensued on Memory Hole and at Project Censored regarding Alex Jones and Infowars’ legitimacy and trustworthiness as news sources. The exchange began when Nolan Higdon presented various predictions made by Jones that were not borne out by subsequent events.

Yet it looks as if the gloom and doom-style Jones has been taken to task for is being appropriated and given a “liberal” spin by Thom Hartmann–also a longtime proponent anthropogenic global warming theory. The progressive-left author and talk show host has begun touting his new conspiracy-flavored book, The Great Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America–and What We Can Do to Stop It.

Hartmann and Jones are well-acquainted, having on occasion simulcast their weekday radio programs where they once expressed mutual appreciation of each others’ views and work. For example, on April 15, 2009 the two personalities co-hosted a remarkable hour-length segment in which they generally found common ground on numerous issues–civil liberties, the financial industry’s gigantic influence over federal governance, the growing militarized police state, and even local militias.

Indeed, at one point during the above referenced broadcast Hartmann remarked, “I think that actually as Americans, Alex, who believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, there’s more that unites [libertarians and progressives] than divides us” (Alex Jones and Thom Hartmann 3/4 at 8:55).

Yet in subsequent years, the two personalities drifted apart. As the reality of Obama’s presidency and shifting political winds set in Hartmann went on to host a program at RT where he increasingly disparaged Jones and the Truth movement, and from this perch even seemed to vie for a post at MSNBC.

Unlike Jones’ hillbilly-meets-DARPA-whistleblower rants, Hartmann consciously plays the bespectacled scholarly-type, appealing to his self-styled dispassionate and rational progressive audience. Appearing on Democracy Now! this week, the liberal talker’s sturm und drang economic forecast at first glance resembles not only Jones, but also Texas Congressman Ron Paul, libertarian talk show host Peter Schiff and “Father of Reaganomics” Paul Craig Roberts. Among others, these economic analysts argue that the private Federal Reserve bank’s incessant and fervent money printing will inevitably lead to and intensify the coming economic cataclysm.

Hartmann appears to “borrow” from these observers by arguing that such a crash is indeed unavoidable. Yet in a clear sleight of hand the pedantic doomsayer completely evades the problem of monetary profligacy by suggesting how the Obama administration and Fed are earnestly staving off the final reckoning. Is this White House-inspired (or perhaps sponsored) propaganda? Here are some outtakes and reinterpretations from the recent interview below (beginning at about 2:05).

“Obama was successful in the first few months of his administration by putting enough of a band aid on it that they’re holding this back with bailing wire and bubble gum.”

[Translation: The Federal Reserve (US Taxpayer) shoveled untold trillions to the bankers and corporatists to temporarily prop up the economy with another gigantic stock market bubble, yet the Fed can't print forever.]

Hartmann: “But, Bush had hoped—he saw this coming, the Bush administration—had hoped [sic] that he could wait until November 2008 so that it would be after the election so that it wouldn’t hurt the Republican candidate. He was unsuccessful.”

[Translation: The two party system is continuously at odds and competing to represent the popular will. There’s absolutely no chance that such a crash was engineered by Wall Street financiers to ensure an Obama-Biden victory. Or, “free markets capitalism” inevitably leads to dire crises.]

Hartmann: “The Obama administration is now—because they’re not doing the real structural changes necessary—they’re hoping they can push it off until 2016 and that’s why we chose that date [in the book’s title]. Now there’s an enormous amount of effort in our government and in the Fed to try to hold this off ‘til after the election of 2016. Whether they’re successful or not I don’t know [sic]. This literally could happen overnight.”

[Translation: We are doomed! Again, any conflict worthy of public attention takes place directly on the political stage. The good guys—you know, the Democratic Party, the Federal Reserve, and the prevailing economic scheme controlled by central banking--aren't fleecing taxpayers and the economic system but rather saving them.]

Some representatives of the “fanatical right wing” that progressives so readily point to in arguments about the deficit and economy argue that such a crash is in fact being intensified by the careless monetary policies of the Fed, which continue and intensify with the tacit approval of the US Congress and Obama administration. In fact, the federal debt has grown seventy percent under Obama–from $10 to $17 trillion. Such a reckless monetary policy is tailor-made for politicians who cannot resist a money-printing press that allows them to “kick the can down the road,” while leaving Americans with the ever-expanding tab.

Hartmann attempts to commandeer the economic thesis long-articulated by libertarians and their advocacy for “sound money,” while tempering it for those who hang on every word uttered by Paul Krugman. The upshot of Hartmann’s (and the overall Keynesian) version, however, is that profligate monetary policy is not the cause of the present problem, but remains to a large degree its solution. Nevermind the fact that America’s industrial base has been thoroughly gutted.

For example, Hartmann argues how the buildup to the next disaster is a replay of the prelude to the 1929 crash and, moreover, how both are rooted in “conspiracies” and “plots” developed by “economic royalists,” “banksters,” and “globalism,” against which the federal bureaucracy (FDR and his postwar successors) wages a valiant struggle.

Yet Hartmann’s sensationalism doesn’t end there. He goes on to reference his previous anthropogenic  climate change propaganda, describing the deathly carbon-based greenhouse gases destined to do us all in should they be allowed to increase even minutely over the next several decades. But wait! The scenario is even more dire. According to Hartmann (at around 12:35 in the DN! interview video above), such apocalyptic climate change could take place almost overnight, and is something the (some would argue fraudulant) United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “is not talking about.”

“It’s a very significant stressor,” Hartmann somberly informs Goodman in the November 12 interview. “Scientists [and] people are hysterical or very concerned” about the imminent release of

trillions of tons of methane hydrate–methane frozen up in ice, in the arctic and around continental shelves. If that melts, then there will be a sudden global warming. And when you look at the five past extinctions on planet earth every single one was triggered by one of these methane releases.

This will come to pass unless, of course, we can drastically reform our behavior and energy consumption … and assuming the forthcoming economic crash doesn’t get us first, or both don’t hit simultaneously.

But, hey, whoever said that a talk show host should be held accountable for making extravagant claims and suggesting that the modern situation is almost completely hopeless? Further, is the promotion of unfounded conspiracy theories and historical revisionism really all that bad? If you’re championing the “correct” political stances then negativity appears to become prophetic, shadowy plots constitute accurate economic and historical analysis and projections, and UN-distilled interpretations of climate science and “green” advocacy literature are embraced as genuine climatological research. Taken as a whole, Thom Hartmann delivers the entire package in an absolute war on your mind that is without parallel.

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Progressive Radio News Hour Guests for October 25, 26, and 27, 2013

Progressive Radio News Hour Guests for October 25, 25, and 27, 2013Friday, October 25 at 10AM US Central time: Paul Craig RobertsRoberts was former Assistant Treasury Secretary under Ronald Reagan, a Wall Street Journal Associate Editor, and holder of ...

Washington Brinksmanship Resolution. The US Senate Approved the “Reopening of the Government”. What Next?

Beltway theatrics don’t surprise.

Late Wednesday, 16 days of government shutdown ended. Denouement came with a whimper, not a bang.

The Senate approved reopening government 81 – 18. The House followed suit 285 – 144. Obama signed the measure shortly after midnight.

HR 2775: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 authorizes funding through January 15. It raises the debt ceiling through February 7.

It maintains $986.3 billion for five appropriation bills. It includes other unreported provisions. It’s standard Washington sausage-making. It makes the real thing look good by comparison.

Section 122 “(e)xtends authority for activities to counter Lord’s Resistance Army” activities. It’s a Ugandan guerrilla force. It’s waging low intensity war against repressive governance.

Section 123 “Extends authorization for construction of Olmsted Locks and Dams included within the President’s FY 14 budget request, FY 14 House-passed and Senate-reported Energy and Water Appropriations bills and similar to language included in the Water Resources Development Act.”

Doing so earmarks about $3 billion for Kentucky. It’s Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state. Critics call it the “McConnell Kickback.”

They do so for good reason. He and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV) agreed on legislative terms. A few billion for constituents is common Capitol Hill practice. Doing so reflects business as usual.

Section 126 provides $26 million in judiciary funding. Other sections provide additional funding for Interior Department and Forest Service firefighting.

Section 146 provides Senator Frank Lautenberg’s widow a $174,000 gratuity. Numerous other sections include other add-ons.

Note: Five versions of HR 2775 were introduced:

“1. To condition the provision of premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act upon a certification (to) program to verify household income… (Introduced in House).

2. No Subsidies Without Verification Act (Engrossed in House) (Passed House).

 3. No Subsidies Without Verification Act (Placed on Calendar Senate – PCS).

4. Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (Engrossed Amendment Senate – EAS).

(5) Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (Enrolled Bill) (Passed House and Senate).”

In three months, high drama repeats. On Thursday, federal employees went back to work.

 Shutdown theatrics left America more than ever discredited. Brinksmanship masked what’s going on.

 Real crisis conditions persist. They aren’t addressed. Venal politicians ignore them. So do media scoundrels.

Poverty, real unemployment, underemployment, hunger, homelessness, and overall deprivation persists at Depression era levels.

America is permanently at war. Imperial direct and proxy ones rage out-of-control. New conflicts are planned.

Police state harshness targets whistleblowers, journalists who report their disclosures, and other right over wrong defenders.

Industrial America is being hollowed out. It’s disappearing in plain sight. Offshoring high pay/good benefit jobs lowers household income. It reduces US tax revenue. It erodes economic growth.

It continues America’s decline. Out-of-control militarism, police state harshness, and corporate favoritism bear full responsibility for today’s deficit.

It approaches $17 trillion. It’s nearly $54,000 for every US citizen. It’s impossible to repay. Fed money printing madness masks a growing debt crisis.

Creating a trillion dollars annually out of thin air debases the currency. It’s the basis of dollar hegemony. It’s why China urges de-Americanizing.

It wants a new world order. It wants out from under beltway banditry. It’s tired of US perniciousness. It wants an entirely new financial architecture. It’s not alone.

According to Paul Craig Roberts, America’s economy isn’t “salvageable in its present form.” It’s too far gone to be fixed.

Collapse “seems the most likely forecast,” he says. Perhaps rebuilding from ruins will change things, he hopes. Not without entirely changing America’s political process.

 Duopoly power subverts responsible governance. It bears full responsibility for crisis conditions. Rogues, crooks and morons run America.

They’re suffocating it. They’re hollowing it out. They’re destroying it. They’re doing it for power, self-enrichment and other benefits they enjoy. They’re doing it at the expense of ordinary Americans.

They’re ruthlessly exploited. The worst is yet to come. What’s emerging is similar to what happened in August 2011 and December 2012.

The debt ceiling was increased in exchange for a $1 trillion in social spending cuts. Another $1.2 trillion in sequestered ones became effective January 2013.

Around $4 trillion of Bush’s $4.6 trillion tax cuts were permanently extended. Bipartisan duplicity agreed on $6.2 trillion irresponsibly. Rich elites benefitted hugely. They did so at the expense of ordinary Americans.

Bipartisan double-dealing intends more massive social spending cuts on top of earlier ones.

At the same time, expect generous corporate tax cuts. They’re agreed on. They’re not discussed. Enacting them under the radar is planned. Don’t expect major media headlines explaining them.

The difference between now and earlier will be enacting more of what corporate America wants. In exchange, the debt ceiling will be increased.

A political armistice will persist through November 2014 mid-term elections. Business as usual will continue.

Cutting Obamacare was a ruse. It was smoke and mirrors. It was red meat rhetoric for Tea Party conservatives. It was never part of resolving things.

Both parties are in lockstep on massive social spending cuts. Details and timing alone separate them. Social Security and Medicare are prime targets.

 They’re erroneously called entitlements. They’re insurance programs. They’re funded by worker/employer payroll tax deductions.

They’re contractual federal obligations. They’re for eligible recipients who qualify. Targeting them reflects grand theft.

Robbing poor Peter to benefit rich Paul is official bipartisan policy. Obama’s as hardline as most Republicans. Public squabbles mask double-dealing complicity.

Social America is being destroyed in plain sight. It’s on the chopping block for elimination. Disadvantaged households are out of luck. So are seniors and retirees.

Washington reform is deform. Neoliberal force-fed austerity reflects it. America is the world’s richest country. It isn’t broke. It misallocates its resources.

Expect much greater misallocation ahead. It’ll be phased in incrementally. It’ll hammer ordinary Americans hugely. They’ll be increasingly on their own.

Millions will be entirely out of luck. A decade from now or earlier, New Deal/Great Society benefits no longer will exist. Dark age harshness will replace them.

 Wall Street crooks demand it. Whatever they want they get. Ripping off ordinary Americans benefits them hugely. Market manipulation lets them use added riches to make more of them.

 The dirty game continues. Grand theft America is policy. Venal politicians are in league with corporate crooks.

The more they get, the more they want, the more political Washington obliges. Brinkmanship theatrics mask it. Public pain is real.

Media scoundrels don’t explain. They support business as usual. They’re in lockstep with what demands condemnation.

Union bosses are just as duplicitous. No one represents Main Street. Ordinary Americans are increasingly on their own sink or swim. Harder than ever hard times loom.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].

His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.”

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

http://www.dailycensored.com/washington-brinksmanship-resolution/

Pakistan TV Exposes Osama bin Laden Killing Hoax, Documentary Debunks 9/11 Official Story

“Pakistan TV Exposes bin Laden Killing Hoax” and Documentary Exposes 9/11 Official Story”

Original Bashir interview that contradicts Washington’s account of killing bin Laden

A website in the UK, themindrenewed.com, that downloaded the video from the link in my original report of the Pakistani TV interview with Mohammad Bashir has posted the interview with the original English subtitles. You can view it here:

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xffT-8R38lQ [1]

 This interview of an eyewitness to the entire event is powerful evidence that the Obama regime’s story of the killing of Osama bin Laden and his burial at sea is a hoax and a lie. Pakistani Samaa TV confirms that Bashir is who he says he is and that he lives next to the alleged bin Laden compound. Samaa TV also confirms that neighbors knew the residents of the “compound.” There has never been any mention of the Bashir interview in the presstitute media.

http://themindrenewed.com/interviews/2013/334-int-32 [2]
Published on Oct 16, 2013
Mohammad Bashir, Abbottabad resident and neighbour to the alleged “compound” of Osama bin Laden, gives his eyewitness account of what he saw happen on 2 May 2011 (local time), when – according to the official story – US Navy SEALs assassinated Osama bin Laden. In this interview, soon after the event, with a Pakistan national TV station (Samaa.tv), Bashir gives an account which fundamentally contradicts the official story.



For a transcript of the interview, please see: http://paulcraigroberts.org/2013/09/16/pakistani-national-tv-reveals-that-obamas-claim-to-have-killed-osama-bin-laden-is-an-american-hoax-paul-craig-roberts/



For a detailed interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary to the US Treasury for Economic Policy, who obtained the translation, please see: www.themindrenewed.com [3]

This video is being made public for the purposes of education. It provides documentary evidence with respect to the transcript and interview mentioned above; it is thus posted here in the spirit of Fair Use.

Massimo Mazzucco’s 9/11 Documentary

The extraordinary 5-hour film by Massimo Mazzucco exposing the 9/11 official explanation is now available (see below). Information and documentation continue to pile up that 21st century history is largely an orchestrated disinformation event.

Review of “September 11 – The New Pearl Harbor.”  A documentary by Massimo Mazzucco.
David Ray Griffin

There have been several good films and videos about 9/11. But the new film by award-winning film-maker Massimo Mazzucco is in a class by itself.

For those of us who have been working on 9/11 for a long time, this is the film we have been waiting for.

Whereas there are excellent films treating the falsity of particular parts of the official account, such as the Twin Towers or WTC 7, Mazzucco has given us a comprehensive documentary treatment of 9/11, dealing with virtually all of the issues.

There have, of course, been films that treated the fictional official story as true. And there are films that use fictional stories to portray people’s struggles after starting to suspect the official story to be false.

But there is no fiction in Mazzucco’s film – except in the sense that it clearly and relentlessly exposes every part of the official account as fictional.

Because of his intent at completeness, Mazzucco has given us a 5-hour film. It is so fascinating and fast-paced that many will want to watch it in one sitting. But this is not necessary, as the film, which fills 3 DVDs, consists of 7 parts, each of which is divided into many short chapters.

These 7 parts treat Air Defence, The Hijackers, The Airplanes, The Pentagon, Flight 93, The Twin Towers, and Building 7. In each part, after presenting facts that contradict the official story, Mazzucco deals with the claims of the debunkers (meaning those who try to debunk the evidence provided by the 9/11 research community).

The Introduction, reflecting the film’s title, deals with 12 uncanny parallels between Pearl Harbor and September 11.

The film can educate people who know nothing about 9/11 (beyond the official story), those with a moderate amount of knowledge about the various problems with the official story, and even by experts. (I myself learned many things.)

Mazzucco points out that his film covers 12 years of public debate about 9/11. People who have been promoting 9/11 truth for many of these years will see that their labors have been well-rewarded: There is now a high-quality, carefully-documented film that dramatically shows the official story about 9/11 to be a fabrication through and through.

This is truly the film we have been waiting for.

Availability: The film is freely available to the world at:
1. The film-maker’s own website, complete with detailed index:http://www.luogocomune.net/site/modules/sections/index.php?op=viewarticle&artid=167 [4]
2. On YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1GCeuSr3Mk (Preview)  [5]

Washington Brinksmanship Resolution


Washington Brinksmanship Resolution

by Stephen Lendman

Beltway theatrics don't surprise. Ordinary people lose out most often. For sure this time. More on that below.

Late Wednesday, 16 days of government shutdown ended. Denouement came with a whimper, not a bang.

The Senate approved reopening government 81 - 18. The House followed suit 285 - 144. Obama signed the measure shortly after midnight. 

HR 2775: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 authorizes funding through January 15. It raises the debt ceiling through February 7. 

It maintains $986.3 billion for five appropriation bills. It includes other unreported provisions. It's standard Washington sausage-making. It makes the real thing look good by comparison.

Section 122 "(e)xtends authority for activities to counter Lord's Resistance Army" activities. It's a Ugandan guerrilla force. It's waging low intensity war against repressive governance.

Section 123 "Extends authorization for construction of Olmsted Locks and Dams included within the President’s FY 14 budget request, FY 14 House-passed and Senate-reported Energy and Water Appropriations bills and similar to language included in the Water Resources Development Act."

Doing so earmarks about $3 billion for Kentucky. It's Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's home state. Critics call it the "McConnell Kickback."

They do so for good reason. He and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV) agreed on legislative terms. A few billion for constituents is common Capitol Hill practice. Doing so reflects business as usual. 

Section 126 provides $26 million in judiciary funding. Other sections provide additional funding for Interior Department and Forest Service firefighting.

Section 146 provides Senator Frank Lautenberg's widow a $174,000 gratuity. Numerous other sections include other add-ons.

Note: Five versions of HR 2775 were introduced:

"1. To condition the provision of premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act upon a certification (to) program to verify household income... (Introduced in House).

2. No Subsidies Without Verification Act (Engrossed in House) (Passed House).

3. No Subsidies Without Verification Act (Placed on Calendar Senate - PCS).

4. Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (Engrossed Amendment Senate - EAS).

(5) Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (Enrolled Bill) (Passed House and Senate)."

In three months, high drama repeats. On Thursday, federal employees went back to work.

Shutdown theatrics left America more than ever discredited. Brinksmanship masked what's going on. 

Real crisis conditions persist. They aren't addressed. Venal politicians ignore them. So do media scoundrels.

Poverty, real unemployment, underemployment, hunger, homelessness, and overall deprivation persists at Depression era levels.

America is permanently at war. Imperial direct and proxy ones rage out-of-control. New conflicts are planned. 

Police state harshness targets whistleblowers, journalists who report their disclosures, and other right over wrong defenders.

Industrial America is being hollowed out. It's disappearing in plain sight. Offshoring high pay/good benefit jobs lowers household income. It reduces US tax revenue. It erodes economic growth.

It continues America's decline. Out-of-control militarism, police state harshness, and corporate favoritism bear full responsibility for today's deficit. 

It approaches $17 trillion. It's nearly $54,000 for every US citizen. It's impossible to repay. Fed money printing madness masks a growing debt crisis.

Creating a trillion dollars annually out of thin air debases the currency. It's the basis of dollar hegemony. It's why China urges de-Americanizing.

It wants a new world order. It wants out from under beltway banditry. It's tired of US perniciousness. It wants an entirely new financial architecture. It's not alone.

According to Paul Craig Roberts, America's economy isn't "salvageable in its present form." It's too far gone to be fixed. 

Collapse "seems the most likely forecast," he says. Perhaps rebuilding from ruins will change things, he hopes. Not without entirely changing America's political process. 

Duopoly power subverts responsible governance. It bears full responsibility for crisis conditions. Rogues, crooks and morons run America. 

They're suffocating it. They're hollowing it out. They're destroying it. They're doing it for power, self-enrichment and other benefits they enjoy. They're doing it at the expense of ordinary Americans. 

They're ruthlessly exploited. The worst is yet to come. What's emerging is similar to what happened in August 2011 and December 2012.

The debt ceiling was increased in exchange for a $1 trillion in social spending cuts. Another $1.2 trillion in sequestered ones became effective January 2013.

Around $4 trillion of Bush's $4.6 trillion tax cuts were permanently extended. Bipartisan duplicity agreed on $6.2 trillion irresponsibly. Rich elites benefitted hugely. They did so at the expense of ordinary Americans.

Bipartisan double-dealing intends more massive social spending cuts on top of earlier ones.

At the same time, expect generous corporate tax cuts. They're agreed on. They're not discussed. Enacting them under the radar is planned. Don't expect major media headlines explaining them.

The difference between now and earlier will be enacting more of what corporate America wants. In exchange, the debt ceiling will be increased. 

A political armistice will persist through November 2014 mid-term elections. Business as usual will continue.

Cutting Obamacare was a ruse. It was smoke and mirrors. It was red meat rhetoric for Tea Party conservatives. It was never part of resolving things.

Both parties are in lockstep on massive social spending cuts. Details and timing alone separate them. Social Security and Medicare are prime targets.

They're erroneously called entitlements. They're insurance programs. They're funded by worker/employer payroll tax deductions. 

They're contractual federal obligations. They're for eligible recipients who qualify. Targeting them reflects grand theft. 

Robbing poor Peter to benefit rich Paul is official bipartisan policy. Obama's as hardline as most Republicans. Public squabbles mask double-dealing complicity.

Social America is being destroyed in plain sight. It's on the chopping block for elimination. Disadvantaged households are out of luck. So are seniors and retirees.

Washington reform is deform. Neoliberal force-fed austerity reflects it. America is the world's richest country. It isn't broke. It misallocates its resources.

Expect much greater misallocation ahead. It'll be phased in incrementally. It'll hammer ordinary Americans hugely. They'll be increasingly on their own. 

Millions will be entirely out of luck. A decade from now or earlier, New Deal/Great Society benefits no longer will exist. Dark age harshness will replace them.

Wall Street crooks demand it. Whatever they want they get. Ripping off ordinary Americans benefits them hugely. Market manipulation lets them use added riches to make more of them.

The dirty game continues. Grand theft America is policy. Venal politicians are in league with corporate crooks. 

The more they get, the more they want, the more political Washington obliges. Brinkmanship theatrics mask it. Public pain is real.

Media scoundrels don't explain. They support business as usual. They're in lockstep with what demands condemnation. 

Union bosses are just as duplicitous. No one represents Main Street. Ordinary Americans are increasingly on their own sink or swim. Harder than ever hard times loom.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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Glenn Greenwald Destroys BBC Prestitute

Dear Readers, normally this would be in the Guest section, but it is too good not be be on the home page. Watch Glenn Greenwald Tear a BBC Pressitute to pieces http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36423.htm About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall…

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Obamacare Is Another Private Sector Rip-Off Of Americans

Obamacare Is Another Private Sector Rip-Off Of Americans The private sector allied with government is a second IRS Paul Craig Roberts The government of the “world’s only superpower,” the “exceptional,” the “indispensable” country, claims to know what is best for Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Mali, Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, China, indeed…

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The US Government Stands Revealed to the World as a Collection of War Criminals...

The US Government Stands Revealed to the World as a Collection of War Criminals and Liars Paul Craig Roberts Does the American public have the strength of character to face the fact that the US government stands before the entire world revealed as a collection of war criminals who lie every time that they open…

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Breaking News—Today’s Job Report

After reading my account of today’s payroll jobs report, please proceed to today’s main article, “Lawlessness Is The New Normal.” No Hope On The Jobs Front Paul Craig Roberts Do you remember the promise of the New Economy that was going to replace the lost “dirty fingernail” manufacturing jobs with innovative highly paid New Economy…

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The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West

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Author’s  Note

I receive numerous questions from readers about our economic situation and the condition of civil liberty.

There is no way I can answer so many inquiries, and no need. I have written two books that provide the answers, and they are inexpensive. I have done my job. It is up to you to inform yourself. Kindle Reader software is available as a free online download that permits you to read ebooks in your own web browser.

My latest, The Failure Of Laissez Faire Capitalism And Economic Dissolution of the West , is available as an ebook in English as of March 2013 from Amazon.com and from Barnes&Noble.

My book is endorsed by Michael Hudson and Nomi Prims and has a 5 star rating from Amazon reviewers (as of March 23, 2013). Pam Martens’ review at Wall Street On Parade is available here

Libertarians who have not read the book have had an ideological knee-jerk reaction to the title. They demand to know how can I call the present system of crony capitalism laissez faire. I don’t. The current system of government supported crony capitalism is the end result of a 25-year process of deregulation.

Deregulation did not produce libertarian nirvana. It produced economic concentration and crony capitalism.

Amazon provides as a free read the introduction by Johannes Maruschzik to the German edition. Below is my Introduction to my book.

Paul Craig Roberts, March 27, 2012

Not only has your economy been stolen from you but also your civil liberties. My coauthor Lawrence Stratton and I provide the scary details of the entire story in The Tyranny of Good Intentions [5]. In the US law is no longer a shield of the people against arbitrary government. Instead, law has been transformed into a weapon in the hands of the government.

Josie Appleton documents that in England also law has been turned into a weapon against the people. http://www.spiked-online.com/site/printable/13420/ [6] Anglo-American law, the foundation of liberty and one of the greatest human achievements, lies in ruins.

Libertarians think that liberty is a natural right, and some Christians think that it is a God-given right. In fact, liberty is a human achievement, fought for by Englishmen over the centuries. In the late 17th century, the achievement of the Glorious Revolution was to hold the British government accountable to law. William Blackstone heralded the achievement in his famous Commentaries On The Laws Of England, a bestseller in pre-revolutionary America and the foundation of the US Constitution.

In the late 20th century and early 21st century, governments in the US and Great Britain chafed under the requirement that government, like the people, is ruled by law and took steps to free government from accountability to law.

Appleton says that the result is a “tectonic shift in the relationship between the state and the citizen.” Citizens of the US and UK are once again without the protection of law and subject to arbitrary arrests and indictments or to indefinite detention in the absence of indictments.

In the US, citizens can be detained indefinitely and even executed without due process of law. There is no basis in the US Constitution for these asserted powers. The unconstitutional powers exist only because Congress, the judiciary and the American people have accepted the lie that the loss of civil liberty is the price paid for protection against terrorists.

In a very short time the raw power of the state has been resurrected. Most Americans are oblivious to this outcome. As long as government is imprisoning and killing without trials demonized individuals whom Americans have been propagandized to fear, Americans approve. Americans do not understand that a point is reached when demonization becomes unnecessary and that precedents have been established that revoke the Bill of Rights.

If you are educated by these two books, you will be better able to understand what is happening and, thus, you will be in a better position to survive what is coming.

Introduction to The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic
Dissolution of the West: Towards a New Economics for a Full World

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the rise of the high speed Internet have proved to be the economic and political undoing of the West. “The End Of History” caused socialist India and communist China to join the winning side and to open their economies and underutilized labor forces to Western capital and technology. Pushed by Wall Street and large retailers, such as Wal-Mart, American corporations began offshoring the production of goods and services for their domestic markets. Americans ceased to be employed in the manufacture of goods that they consume as corporate executives maximized shareholder earnings and their performance bonuses by substituting cheaper foreign labor for American labor. Many American professional occupations, such as software engineering and Information Technology, also declined as corporations moved this work abroad and brought in foreigners at lower renumeration for many of the jobs that remained domestically. Design and research jobs followed manufacturing abroad, and employment in middle class professional occupations ceased to grow. By taking the lead in offshoring production for domestic markets, US corporations force the same practice on Europe. The demise of First World employment and of Third World agricultural communities, which are supplanted by large scale monoculture, is known as Globalism.

For most Americans income has stagnated and declined for the past two decades. Much of what Americans lost in wages and salaries as their jobs were moved offshore came back to shareholders and executives in the form of capital gains and performance bonuses from the higher profits that flowed from lower foreign labor costs. The distribution of income worsened dramatically with the mega-rich capturing the gains, while the middle class ladders of upward mobility were dismantled. University graduates unable to find employment returned to live with their parents.

The absence of growth in real consumer incomes resulted in the Federal Reserve expanding credit in order to keep consumer demand growing. The growth of consumer debt was substituted for the missing growth in consumer income. The Federal Reserve’s policy of extremely low interest rates fueled a real estate boom. Housing prices rose dramatically, permitting homeowners to monetize the rising equity in their homes by refinancing their mortgages.

Consumers kept the economy alive by assuming larger mortgages and spending the equity in their homes and by accumulating large credit card balances. The explosion of debt was securitized, given fraudulent investment grade ratings, and sold to unsuspecting investors at home and abroad.

Financial deregulation, which began in the Clinton years and leaped forward in the George W. Bush regime, unleashed greed and debt leverage. Brooksley Born, head of the federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission, was prevented from regulating over-the-counter derivatives by the chairman of the Federal Reserve, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The financial stability of the world was sacrificed to the ideology of these three stooges that “markets are self-regulating.” Insurance companies sold credit default swaps against junk financial instruments without establishing reserves, and financial institutions leveraged every dollar of equity with $30 dollars of debt.

When the bubble burst, the former bankers running the US Treasury provided massive bailouts at taxpayer expense for the irresponsible gambles made by banks that they formerly headed. The Federal Reserve joined the rescue operation. An audit of the Federal Reserve released in July, 2011, revealed that the Federal Reserve had provided $16 trillion–a sum larger than US GDP or the US public debt–in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks, while doing nothing to aid the millions of American families being foreclosed out of their homes. Political accountability disappeared as all public assistance was directed to the mega-rich, whose greed had produced the financial crisis.

The financial crisis and plight of the banksters took center stage and prevented recognition that the crisis sprang not only from the financial deregulation but also from the expansion of debt that was used to substitute for the lack of growth in consumer income. As more and more jobs were offshored, Americans were deprived of incomes from employment. To maintain their consumption, Americans went deeper into debt.

The fact that millions of jobs have been moved offshore is the reason why the most expansionary monetary and fiscal policies in US history have had no success in reducing the unemployment rate. In post-World War II 20th century recessions, laid-off workers were called back to work as expansionary monetary and fiscal policies stimulated consumer demand. However, 21st century unemployment is different. The jobs have been moved abroad and no longer exist. Therefore, workers cannot be called back to factories and to professional service jobs that have been moved abroad.

Economists have failed to recognize the threat that jobs offshoring poses to economies and to economic theory itself, because economists confuse offshoring with free trade, which they believe is mutually beneficial. I will show that offshoring is the antithesis of free trade and that the doctrine of free trade itself is found to be incorrect by the latest work in trade theory. Indeed, as we reach toward a new economics, cherished assumptions and comforting theoretical conclusions will be shown to be erroneous.

This book is organized into three sections. The first section explains successes and failures of economic theory and the erosion of the efficacy of economic policy by globalism. Globalism and financial concentration have destroyed the justifications of market capitalism. Corporations that have become “too big to fail” are sustained by public subsidies, thus destroying capitalism’s claim to be an efficient allocator of resources. Profits no longer are a measure of social welfare when they are obtained by creating unemployment and declining living standards in the home country.

The second section documents how jobs offshoring or globalism and financial deregulation wrecked the US economy, producing high rates of unemployment, poverty and a distribution of income and wealth extremely skewed toward a tiny minority at the top. These severe problems cannot be corrected within a system of globalism.

The third section addresses the European debt crisis and how it is being used both to subvert national sovereignty and to protect bankers from losses by imposing austerity and bailout costs on citizens of the member countries of the European Union.

I will suggest that it is in Germany’s interest to leave the EU, revive the mark, and enter into an economic partnership with Russia. German industry, technology, and economic and financial rectitude, combined with Russian energy and raw materials, would pull all of Eastern Europe into a new economic union, with each country retaining its own currency and budgetary and tax authority. This would break up NATO, which has become an instrument for world oppression and is forcing Europeans to assume burdens of the American Empire.

Sixty-seven years after the end of World War II, twenty-two years after the reunification of Germany, and twenty-one years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Germany is still occupied by US troops. Do Europeans desire a future as puppet states of a collapsing empire, or do they desire a more promising future of their own?

Shanghai Gold Exchange Sees Volumes Jump 24% In Year

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Shanghai Gold Exchange Sees Volumes Jump 24% In Year

Today’s AM fix was USD 1,582.50, EUR 1,216.37and GBP 1,065.30 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,577.50, EUR 1,213.28 and GBP 1,058.37 per ounce.

Silver is trading at $29.18/oz, €22.53/oz and £19.71/oz. Platinum is trading at $1,605.25/oz, palladium at $773.00/oz and rhodium at $1,200/oz.

Gold rose $3.00 or 0.19% and closed yesterday at $1,581.10/oz. Silver rose to $29.09 and finished +0.1%.


Cross Currency Table – (Bloomberg)

Gold gained for the third straight session, the longest rally this year, on the realisation that the European crisis may worsen. Fitch Ratings cut Italy’s credit rating by one level on Friday. Fitch downgrading Italy is likely providing support as is robust demand in Asia, particularly China.

Average daily trading combined volumes on the three main gold contracts on the Shanghai Gold Exchange in the first two months of the year jumped 24% on the year, according to Reuter’s calculations.


Shanghai Share Index, 5 Year – (Bloomberg)

"The strong physical demand in China is the main reason behind gold's resilience," a Beijing-based trader told Reuters. Physical demand prospects out of China remain positive in the weeks ahead, UBS AG said  according to Bloomberg.

China is very vulnerable to a property crash and its own economic crisis. The Chinese stock market has performed very poorly in recent years and Chinese people realise the importance of gold as a store of value.


Gold In Chinese Yuan, 5 Year – (Bloomberg)

The market continues to digest the better than expected U.S. jobs data with the risks still emanating from Italy and the Euro zone. Contagion in the Eurozone and indeed currency crises remain real risks – risks which are being completely ignored ... for now.

Sentiment is as bad as we have seen it in recent years which suggests to us that while gold may go lower in the short term - we are close to a bottom.

The global debt crisis is far from over and when it erupts anew, gold's appeal as an important diversification and safe haven will be appreciated once again.

NEWS

Gold futures log highest close of month – Market Watch

Gold sticks in range as growth hopes weigh, Asia buying supports - Reuters

Gold Little Changed as ETP Holdings Extend Drop Amid Recovery - Bloomberg

Gold Gains for Third Day as Europe Concern Boosts Haven Appeal - Bloomberg

COMMENTARY

Don’t Be Sucked In – Euro Zone Will Break Up - Reuters

Staring Armageddon In The Face But Hiding It With Official Lies –Paul Craig Roberts – Paul Craig Roberts

Presenting The Currence Crises, Devaluations And Regime Changes Since The Collapse Of The Gold Standard – Zero Hedge

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Truthdigger of the Week: Anonymous Obamacare Explainer

Truthdigger of the Week: Anonymous Obamacare Explainer

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By Alexander Reed Kelly

The best journalists are also teachers who, mindful of the bewildering complexity of the issues they report, patiently explain their deep meanings and consequences in language literate audiences can understand.

President Obama’s devoted supporters hailed the passage of his 2010 Affordable Care Act as a legislative victory for the public over a pro-corporate Republican Party. What many of them did not and still don’t seem to know is that the measure, which will go into full effect in 2014, is another instance of government and business coming together to pick the pockets of the American people. An anonymous writer on the website of former Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts explains how.

“The ACA was not selflessly designed with the intent of providing affordable and equitable medical services to those in need,” the author writes, “but rather to acquire taxpayer money for the private insurance companies under the seemingly helpful guise of health care and the ideological excuse of personal responsibility. It takes money from ordinary people and gives it to a medical insurance industry that profits handsomely from this legally-enforced corporate welfare—all while keeping Americans locked in the same broken system that puts profit before patients.”

As should be expected from a bill fashioned by hordes of lobbyists (in 2009, the health insurance industry had six lobbyists for every member of Congress), mere mortals hoping to understand how the Affordable Care Act works have to find their way through “a complex, convoluted maze of regulations and procedures.” With Americans working longer and harder than they have in previous decades, or suffering the overwhelming, mind-sapping anxiety that comes with being un- or underemployed, who has the time and sophistication to devote to such study? Aside from a few intellectual and independently wealthy oddballs, only those who are paid to, that’s who. It’s from this understanding that Roberts’ anonymous author must have written his or her explanation, which, while lengthy and demanding of some time, appears to be one of the most concise attempts to clarify in sufficient detail how the law will contribute to the already considerable “financial distress” of many Americans.

Although “a few websites” contain explanations of the law, often “very important details have either been left out or glossed over,” the author says. “These details are well worth understanding so you will know what’s at stake for you and your family.”

In the article, the author discusses the roles that the following factors play in the Affordable Care Act: 1. Modified Adjusted Gross Income, 2. tax credits, 3. the customer’s share of the insurance premium, 4. the return of tax credits to the IRS, 5. the expansion of Medicaid and estate recovery, 6. inadequate coverage in most subsidized plans, 7. penalties and 8. exemptions and more.

“The way this law works is fundamentally unfair and will not bring medical care to the many,” the author explains, “but, instead will progress to greater personal debt for individuals and families who can’t afford the ‘affordable’ insurance as well as those who must keep an eye on their income to avoid the many traps and false ends this law creates. At their expense, the forced purchase of health insurance will bring increased revenue to the industry, not to mention more kickbacks to Congress, and in the very near future, the health insurance industry will be ‘too big to fail.’ ”

Rather than leading Americans to quality, low-cost health care, the Affordable Care Act was passed to enrich the executives and stockholders of the corporations that wrote it, evidence-based accounts indicate. For giving the much-needed medicine of information to his or her audience, we honor the anonymous author of Roberts’ Obamacare clarification as our Truthdigger of the Week. Read it here.

Hear Bill Moyers explain how lobbyists tanked the public option—a proposed government-run program that would have forced health insurers into competition—below.

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9/11: Does the Truth Have a Chance?

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The years march on as we slip further and further from the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001. Mainstream media won’t touch it, unless it’s in shameless defense of the neverending War on Terrorism that is used even today to “justify” attacks on countries around the globe.

9/11 and the media disinformation that has plagued it have set into motion over a decade of war, and there are still many unanswered questions surrounding that fateful day. But if we really want to understand why the world is at war, we must not let these important events slip into obscurity. After years of repeated lies, the truth is still out there.

In 2011, experts and scientists from around the world gathered in Toronto, Canada to present new and established evidence that questions the official story of 9/11. This evidence was presented to a distinguished panel of experts over a 4 day period.

Through their analysis and scientific investigations, they hope to spark a new investigation into the attacks of September 11, 2001.

As Dr. Paul Craig Roberts wrote:

“In the US on September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of 9/11, politicians and their presstitute media presented Americans with “A Day of Remembrance,” a propaganda exercise that hardened the 9/11 lies into dogma. Meanwhile, in Toronto, Canada, at Ryerson University the four-day International Hearings on the Events of September 11, 2001, came to a close at 5pm.

During the four days of hearings, distinguished scientists and scholars and professional architects and engineers presented the results of years of their independent research into all aspects of 9/11 to a distinguished panel consisting of the honorary president of the Italian Supreme Court who was an investigative judge who presided over terrorism cases and three distinguished scholars of high renown and judgment. The distinguished panel’s task is to produce a report with their judgment of the evidence presented by the expert witnesses.

The Toronto Hearings were streamed live over the Internet. I was able to watch many of the presentations over the four days. I was impressed that the extremely high level of intelligence and scientific competence of the witnesses was matched by a high level of integrity, a quality rare in US politics and totally absent in the American media…

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How Can We Reconcile Freedom-Loving Libertarianism with Tough Prosecution of Fraud?

 

Liberty and Justice Are Not Irreconcilable

I voted for Gary Johnson (and am a huge fan of Ron Paul), and respect and fully-support the libertarian passions for freedom and free markets.

But I am also a tireless crusader for enforcing the rule of law.

You might assume that these are opposite philosophies.  For example, a reader asks:

Your work on the dangers of the American nuclear industry has been really comprehensive, and you have drawn attention to the deception, manipulation, neglect, and willful ignorance of the nuclear industry. For example, I just watched the Al Jazeera video you posted earlier this year (3/12), in which the NRC and the nuclear industry are (rightly) criticized for waiting for harm to happen, instead of preventing it. At the same time, you identify as libertarian, and I believe you supported Gary Johnson in the presidential election. He is opposed to public regulation of industry and has said that post-harm lawsuits -- for example, in medical contexts -- are sufficient to encourage businesses to self-regulate for public safety. Could you please explain how you reconcile the libertarian position against regulation with your clear recognition that too-loose self-regulation of the nuclear industry imperils the public?

Nuclear Power Would Not Exist In a Free Market

Initially, it is undisputed that nuclear power plants would not exist if operators had to obtain funding and insurance through the free market. Private insurers won’t touch nuclear energy. Investors run the other way, because the odds of losing all of their investment are so high.

No private company in the world would operate a nuclear plant unless the government put a very low cap on liability. In many parts of the world, governments cap liability at a mere $13 billion dollars.

This is a little insane, given that “the risk of a nuclear catastrophe … could total trillions of dollars and even bankrupt a country”.

Indeed:

If there was a free market in energy, nuclear power would be over … immediately.

AP notes:

Nuclear power is a viable source for cheap energy only if it goes uninsured.

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Governments that use nuclear energy are torn between the benefit of low-cost electricity and the risk of a nuclear catastrophe, which could total trillions of dollars and even bankrupt a country.

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The cost of a worst-case nuclear accident at a plant in Germany, for example, has been estimated to total as much as €7.6 trillion ($11 trillion), while the mandatory reactor insurance is only €2.5 billion.

“The €2.5 billion will be just enough to buy the stamps for the letters of condolence,” said Olav Hohmeyer, an economist at the University of Flensburg who is also a member of the German government’s environmental advisory body.

The situation in the U.S., Japan, China, France and other countries is similar.

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“Around the globe, nuclear risks — be it damages to power plants or the liability risks resulting from radiation accidents — are covered by the state. The private insurance industry is barely liable,” said Torsten Jeworrek, a board member at Munich Re, one of the world’s biggest reinsurance companies.

***

In financial terms, nuclear incidents can be so devastating that the cost of full insurance would be so high as to make nuclear energy more expensive than fossil fuels.

***

Ultimately, the decision to keep insurance on nuclear plants to a minimum is a way of supporting the industry.

“Capping the insurance was a clear decision to provide a non-negligible subsidy to the technology,” Klaus Toepfer, a former German environment minister and longtime head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said.

U.S. News and World Report reports:

The disaster insurance for nuclear power plants in the United States is currently underwritten by the federal government, Cooper says. Without that safeguard, “nuclear power is neither affordable nor worth the risk. If the owners and operators of nuclear reactors had to face the full liability of a Fukushima-style nuclear accident or go head-to-head with alternatives in a truly competitive marketplace, unfettered by subsidies, no one would have built a nuclear reactor in the past, no one would build one today, and anyone who owns a reactor would exit the nuclear business as quickly as possible.”

See this and this.

In other words, this is not a free market.  Instead, the public has funded the nuclear industry.  As such, we - the owners - should get some control over how nuclear plants operate.

Likewise, the government created the mega-banks, big oil and the other mega-corporations.

Free Market Champions Demand Prosecution of Fraud

A strong rule of law is the main determinant of prosperity.  On the other hand, failure to prosecute fraud is destroying our prosperity.

Nuclear meltdowns, the financial crisis and the Gulf oil spill all happened for the same reason:  fraud to make a few more pennies, and a subsequent cover-up to try to protect the wrongdoers and continue "business as usual". And see this.

This is not free market economics.

Indeed, the father of free market economics - Adam Smith  - leading Austrian economists, and other free market advocates are for the prosecution of fraud:

There is a widespread myth that free market supporters are against regulation or prosecuting fraud.

In fact, Adam Smith – the father of free market capitalism – was for regulation of banks, and believed that trust is vital for a healthy economy. Because strong enforcement of laws against fraud is a basic prerequisite for trust, Smith would be disgusted by the lack of prosecution of Wall Street fraudsters today.

Smith railed against monopolies and their corrupting influence. And Smith was pro-regulation, so long as the regulation benefited the little guy, as opposed to the wealthiest:

When the regulation, therefore, is in support of the workman, it is always just and equitable; but it is sometimes otherwise when in favour of the masters.

Richard Posner – one of the leading proponents over the course of many decades for removing the reach of the law from the economy – has now changed his mind.

So has another leading proponent of deregulation and turning a blind eye towards fraud: Alan Greenspan.

While some promoters of a fake version of Austrian economics are anti-regulation and against prosecuting fraud, the main Austrian economists were unambiguously for them.

William K. Black – professor of economics and law, and the senior regulator during the S&L crisis – notes that leading Austrian free market economists said that fraud must be prosecuted:

Real Austrian economists … hate elite frauds and want them prosecuted vigorously. Ludwig von Mises and Friederich Hayek are the two most famous Austrian economists.

Hayek, F.A. The Road to Serfdom

To create conditions in which competition will be as effective as possible, to prevent fraud and deception, to break up monopolies— these tasks provide a wide and unquestioned field for state activity.

The Constitution of Liberty

There remains, however, one other kind of harmful action that is generally thought desirable to prevent and which at first might seem distinct. This is fraud and deception. Yet, though it would be straining the meaning of words to call them ‘coercion,’ on examination it appears that the reasons why we want to prevent them are the same as those applying to coercion. Deception, like coercion, is a form of manipulating the data on which a person counts, in order to make him do what deceiver wants him to do. Where it is successful, the deceived becomes in the same manner the unwilling tool, serving another man’s ends without advancing his own. Though we have no single word to cover both, all we have said of coercion applies equally to fraud and deception.

With this correction, it seems that freedom demands no more than that coercion and violence, fraud and deception, be prevented, except for the use of coercion by government for the sole purpose of enforcing known rules intended to ensure the best conditions under which the individual may give his activities a coherent, rational pattern…..

Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions…. Liberty and responsibility are inseparable.

Mises, L.

Government ought to protect the individuals within the country against the violent and fraudulent attacks of gangsters, and it should defend the country against foreign enemies.

Black also notes that fraud is a leading cause of financial bubbles and malinvestment – two of the greatest sins which Austrian economists rightly fight against.

Unless financial fraud is prosecuted, bubbles will be blown … and when they burst, the economy will tank. Fraud – along with bad Federal Reserve policy – is what causes bubbles in the first place.

The Proof Is In the Pudding: Fewer Prosecutions Equals a Worse Economy

Obama has prosecuted fewer financial crimes than any president in decades – less than Ronald Reagan, less than George H.W. Bush, less than Bill Clinton, and less than George W. Bush.

The economy is worse than it has been since the Great Depression, if not before.

See the connection? See this and this.

Everyone Supports Laws Protecting Contract and Private Property Rights

Even the most radical free market advocates support laws protecting contract and private property rights. In other words, they support the judicial branch of government and the basic laws Congress passes to support such rights.

There are obviously good, pro-competitive laws and bad, anti-competitive laws.

Paul Craig Roberts – a true conservative, who was a Wall Street Journal editor and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan, and is widely credited with being the “father of supply-side economics” – points out:

Regulation can increase economic efficiency and … without regulation external costs can offset the value of production.

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Thirty-three years ago in an article in the Journal of Monetary Economics (August 1978), “Idealism in Public Choice Theory,” I developed a model to assess the benefits and costs of regulation. I argued that well-thought-out regulation could be a factor of production that increases GNP. For example, regulation that contributed to the quality and safety of food and medicines contributed to specialization in production and lower costs, and regulations enforcing contracts and private property rights add to economic efficiency.

 

On the other hand, bureaucracies build their empires and extend their regulations into the realm of negative returns. Moreover, as regulations increase, economic managers spend more time in red tape and less in productive activity. As rules proliferate, they become contradictory and result in paralysis.

I had hopes that my analysis would result in a more thoughtful approach to regulation, but to no avail. Liberals continued to argue that more regulation was better, and libertarians maintained than none was best.

Do Anti-Law Advocates Really Want Anarchy?

All sports need a referee. Some players will be bigger or more talented than others, which is great. They have a better chance of outcompeting the other guy and winning.

But without basic rules and referees, ruthless players might use a knife or kick the other guy in the knee. Perhaps we could suspend all rules, and maybe everyone would whip out a knife break the other guy’s kneecap. That’s fine … but that’s not the game of football.

Radicals who believe that we should not have any laws against fraud are implicitly arguing for anarchy. They might not use that word, but that is what they’re arguing for.

But the same Founding Father who argued for periodic revolutions to keep the government honest also argued against tearing down something unless you have something better in mind to replace it? Thomas Jefferson, the most vocal advocate of the citizens’ right to revolt to ensure honest government also cautioned against tearing something down unless it was for the express purpose of replacing it with something better.

Real, deep-thinking anarchists (as opposed to those using fake anarchy philosophy in order to promote lawlessness by the super-elite) are not for destroying all organization.  Instead, they argue for self-organization and self-regulation. See this, this and this.

JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs aren’t reining in one another’s fraud.  Bank of America and MF Global didn’t police each other’s fraud.   Tepco and BP didn’t make sure the companies made accurate reports about their safety measures.  Solyndra and Koch Industries didn’t guard against abuse by the other company.

So if one wants to argue that the Federal government should not regulate financial players, fine (perhaps our country is too big and complex to manage, and the federal government has become too corrupt) … but who should?

The states? Cities? Communities? Neighbors?

Human beings have the ability to form social contracts. Our D.C. government has largely breached it social contract with the people.

But we shouldn’t tear down the federal government unless we replace it with something better.

No one wants to tear down the state of organization so completely that we go back to monkeys (without the ability to talk), or one-celled critters . . . so the question is how do we want to organize?

Do you want to live as a “savage”? In reality, the natives had survival skills, cultural traditions, and knowledge developed over many hundreds or thousands of years (including knowledge gained before the migration from Asia to America), stored in the database of oral traditions. The settlers had traditions and knowledge as well. If we tear away all of that organization, life is going to be pretty challenging.

It is easy for a teenager to criticize his parents, but a lot harder to actually create a better adult life for himself. A teenager looks silly and immature when he criticizes everything his parents do without understanding the challenges he’ll face as an adult. But a young person who rebels against his parents and then creates a better adult life is doing important and heroic work.

In other words, anarchy as an economic model could work if economic players organized in such a way as to police against fraud and criminal behavior (the equivalent of pulling out a knife or taking out someone’s kneecap in the middle of a football game).

This is a long-winded way of saying that we should not stop the government from enforcing fraud laws unless we come up with a more effective way to stop fraud.

The Real Problem ...

While liberals tend to distrust big corporations and conservatives tend to distrust the federal government, it is really the malignant, symbiotic relationship between the two is the root problem.

Too much government overreach? Giant unaccountable corporations?

Maybe ... but the root problem is that corrupt government officials and corrupt corporate fatcats have merged into a crime syndicate.

Do you get it?    Before we can have a real free market, we need to burst the bubble of fraud.

Before we can have a functioning government, we need to stand up to corrupt government officials.

We all need to step out of the left-right dichotomy which is distracting us and dumbing us down.

We need liberty and justice.

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Video: US Russia Time Bomb

Paul Craig Roberts talks about the current stand off between the United States and Russia in the Ukraine. Is it too late to avoid...

Where is Neo When We Need Him

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - In The Matrix in which Americans live, nothing is ever their fault. For example, the current decline in the US...

Western Democracy Is An Endangered Species On Its Way To Extinction

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) -The British Labour Party no longer represents the working class. Under...

EU’s Greek Austerity Plan Rejected By The IMF

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - I have maintained since the so-called Greek Debt “crisis” began...

Who Shot Down MH-17?

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - The available evidence convinces me that the Malaysian airliner shot...

The Real Reasons For the Iran Agreement

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - Obama is being praised as a man of peace for...

Capitalism Has Become Socially Dysfunctional

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - If you have not read John Perkins’ book, Confessions Of...

Nuclear Agreement With Iran

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - Washington’s issue with Iran has never been Iran’s nuclear energy...

Truth is a Crime Against The State

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - The entire Western edifice rests on lies. There is no other foundation. Just lies. This makes truth an enemy. Enemies have...
An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington (Reuters / Jason Reed)

Pentagon Concludes America Not Safe Unless It Conquers The World

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - The Pentagon has released its “National Military Strategy of the...

Greek Democracy Is Failing

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - The Greek debt is unpayable. It is simply too large...

New York Times Big Lies

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - The Times is an establishment publication - a lying machine, a mouthpiece for powerful monied interests at the expense of...