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Video: From Russia to NATO: Trump shifts stance on key campaign positions

Donald Trump's complete reversal on certain issues is something the world's slowly getting used to. However when a reporter asked the White House to...

Trump wants to 'get along' with Russia but says NATO 'no longer obsolete'

President Donald Trump has admitted changing his campaign position on NATO, calling the alliance “no longer...

Trump approves Montenegro membership in NATO

Published time: 11 Apr, 2017 14:56Edited time: 11 Apr, 2017 15:16 President Donald Trump has signed the...
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Video: ‘Biggest NATO deployment since Cold War’: Hundreds of British battle tanks arrive in...

Hundreds of British armoured fighting vehicles arrived in the Estonian seaport of Paldiski on Thursday, as part of what is thought to be the...
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Video: ‘Why would Assad attack civilians not military? It’s simply irrational’ – U.S. Senator

More than 80 people were killed in the incident in Syria, but a few weeks ago in the Iraqi city of Mosul, a U.S.-led...
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Video: GOP Senators Trigger Nuclear Option to Confirm Far-Right Judge Neil Gorsuch

http://democracynow.org - Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to the Supreme Court in a final Senate vote today, replacing Justice Antonin Scalia nearly 14 ... Via...

US Senators call for ‘hybrid tribunal’ for Syrian war crimes

Published time: 8 Apr, 2017 11:16 US Senators have introduced a bipartisan bill in a bid to...

GOP Senators Trigger Nuclear Option to Confirm Far-Right Judge Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to the Supreme Court in a final Senate vote today, replacing Justice Antonin Scalia nearly 14 months after Scalia's...
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Video: ‘Designed to undermine democracy’: US senator seeks to revive anti-Nazi bill to counter...

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen even compared RT and Sputnik to Nazi propaganda while promoting her bill entitled 'Foreign Agents Registration Modernization ... Via Youtube
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Video: We must do more to prevent radicalization – EU counter-terror coordinator

After the deadly terror attack in St. Petersburg, many Western leaders have expressed their condolences to Russia and once again called for a joint...

Mattis & Fallon say NATO members must raise their game, accuse Russia of 'interfering'

Other NATO countries must “raise their game” and pull their weight as the US-dominated military...
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Video: ‘Special relationship’: US, UK defence ministers discuss ‘Russian threat’, NATO spending

The so-called Russian threat and interference in other states' affairs have been brought up yet again - as the UK and US defence secretaries...

UK and US tell NATO states to pay their fair share on defence

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon today joined with the US to put pressure on NATO states to pay their “fair share” on defence. Speaking in London...

These Are the 16 Senators Still Undecided About Filibustering Neil Gorsuch

Fifteen Democrats (and one Independent) remain undecided on whether to filibuster Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, according to one news outlet's recent...

US Senate vote ratifies Montenegro joining NATO

Published time: 28 Mar, 2017 21:39Edited time: 28 Mar, 2017 21:43 In a 97-2 vote, the US...

Live firing, GPS denial operations announced in Scotland as NATO launches one of largest...

Published time: 26 Mar, 2017 20:06 Massive military exercises with thousands of service personnel involved have...

Here Are the 50 GOP Senators Who Just Sacrificed Your #BroadbandPrivacy to Corporate Profits

Privacy and consumer advocates—and a seemingly endless chorus of Internet users—were expressing outrage on Thursday after the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate passed a bill that...

Is Tillerson Skipping NATO for Russia a Crisis? (No.)

Is Tillerson committing treason skipping a NATO meeting for Russia? A diplomatic crisis? The end of the alliance? A favor to Putin? No. It’s...

‘Very strong bond’: Mattis meets with NATO chief ahead of anti-ISIS summit

The trans-Atlantic relationship is “getting stronger,” Defense Secretary James Mattis told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg,...

Trump Picks Fights with US Allies: Germany, NATO, EU, Britain etc.

After Trump falsely accused President Obama of having him wiretapped at Trump Tower during the campaign, Sean Spicer upped the ante by charging...

Trump complains of Germany ‘owing vast sums to NATO’, says US owed for defense

Published time: 18 Mar, 2017 18:13 US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to once again...

No indications Trump Tower was under surveillance – Senators

Published time: 16 Mar, 2017 20:48 The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee have...

Kansas senator compares Planned Parenthood to Nazi concentration camp

A $25 donation made to Planned Parenthood in the name of a Republican Kansas state senator resulted in the lawmaker contacting the organization and...

WikiLeaks’ Assange hits back at senator’s calls for his imprisonment

Published time: 13 Mar, 2017 15:24 WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has hit back at Nebraska Senator Ben...

Why Everybody But NATO Lives Happily With Russia

The state of being vigorously anti the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is becoming out of control. It is in danger of becoming pathological and...
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Video: Poseidon Op: NATO Navy drill kicks off in the Black Sea

Over 1500 sailors from seven NATO member states took part in Poseidon 2017 military drills in the Black Sea near the port of Constanta...

Senator Probes FBI's Ties to British Spy Who Investigated Trump

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has opened an inquiry into allegations the FBI worked with the British spy who authored a...

Bipartisan Senators Demand Proof of Trump's Wiretapping Allegation

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Wednesday sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI asking for...

2 US senators ask DOJ for evidence of Obama wiretap on Trump

President Donald Trump’s accusation that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower during...

British NATO General wants cyber-attacks to trigger article 5 collective response

NATO’s top European commander wants cyber-attacks to be considered a strong enough reason to trigger...

NATO’s Strange Addition of Montenegro

Exclusive: Official Washington’s New Cold Warriors are painting NATO’s admission of tiny Montenegro in the stark black-and-white colors of a...
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Video: Estonia’s spy chief: NATO troops threatened by Russia provoking pub brawls

British troops set to arrive in Estonia as part of NATO's mission to deter an alleged Russian aggression should be prepared to face such...
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Video: Dozens of German tanks arrive in Lithuania for NATO deployment

Military equipment from the mechanised infantry battalion of the Federal Defence Forces of Germany, the Bundeswehr, arrived at Sestokai Train Station in ... Via Youtube

Video: NATO combat vehicles lead Estonian Independence Day parade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIylXZ3AsRM Estonia celebrated its Independence Day on Friday, with the participation of US and NATO troops in a military parade in Tallinn's city centre. COURTESY:...
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Video: ‘Russian coup plot claim is an attempt to jumpstart Montenegro’s stalled NATO bid’...

Fresh accusations have been thrown at Russia - this time British media are convinced the Kremlin was behind a murder plot to kill Montenegro's...

US patience 'won't endure forever': Pence tells NATO to spend more, or else

The US is committed to partnership with NATO and the EU, but expects its allies to...

‘Year of kicking Russia in the ass’: US Senator Graham urges more Russia sanctions

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said that 2017 is going to be “the year of kicking...
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Video: Cost of NATO: EU must not let US push it to increase military...

The EU and the US are at loggerheads over NATO's budget. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that Europe must not increase military ... Via...

‘Without MSM fake news filter’: Trump briefs Florida rally on US security, NATO &...

Rich NATO members must pay their fair share for its security, while Gulf states should cough-up...

European Union as NATO’s Auxiliary Economic Alliance

In a recent interview, Donald Trump has praised Britain for opting out of the European Union and called it a smart move. Moreover, he...

Tillerson forced to stay at sanatorium after failing to make timely G20 hotel reservation

Rex Tillerson has learned the importance of reserving hotel rooms in advance, especially during G20 ministerial...
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Video: NATO ‘Mistruths’: Alliance publishes list of ‘myths’ spread by Russia

NATO's claiming there's been a sharp rise in disinformation coming from Russia. The alliance has even set up a special website with 32 myths...

‘Civilizational struggle’: NATO must focus on fight against Islamic terrorism – ex-colonel

NATO must become a tool for civilizational struggle against Islamic extremism in a new crusade involving regional allies like Israel, according to former British...
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Video: Сivilians reportedly killed in Afghanistan airstrike, NATO-led mission investigates

Civilians have been killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan's Helmand province, local media report. The NATO-led mission has confirmed to RT that it recently...

Shut Up, Senator Rubio

Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza extols Senator Marco Rubio for his recent Rodney King-like speech (“Can’t we all just get along?”).  These are the...

Nazi Youth as Human Mine Detonators

Still from “Land of Mine.” Sony Classics. As World War Two came to an end, Denmark was faced with the task of clearing thousands of...
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Video: Winter march: US troops conclude NATO drill in Latvia

Around 160 US and Latvian troops concluded a march on Wednesday, as part of the Bayonet Vanguard military drills that also encompassed Lithuania, Estonia...
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Video: Russian Review Act: US senators seek veto power to block dropping sanctions

If Donald Trump tries to ease sanctions against Russia, he could hit a cross-party firewall in Congress. That's as Democrat and Republican Senators are...

US senators trying to gain veto power that could block Trump from lifting sanctions...

A group of prominent US senators is leading a bipartisan effort to push through the so-called...
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Video: ‘Trump’s smug face sums it up’: Australian senator unveils Trump doormat

An Australian politician unveiled his own tribute to US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, as the Australian parliament met in Canberra for the first...

GOP Senators Aim to Cut Legal Immigration by Half

As the immigration debate rages with a focus on building a wall along the US-Mexico border, two Republican senators proposed a bill...
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Video: Who’s behind Turkey’s terrorism, on Turkish TV in English, Yaz Boz, Tony Gosling,...

Did Canadian taxpayers foot Islamic State's recruitment bill? http://www.redressonline.com/2016/11/did-canadian-taxpayers-foot-islamic-states-recruitment-bill/ ... Via Youtube

Theresa May to push EU members to up NATO spending

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will use the upcoming EU summit in Malta to demand...
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Video: Russian senators ask Ukraine MPs to stop new outbreak of violence in Donbass

The Ukraine ceasefire comes under further strain as fighting between the army and pro-Russia militias intensifies in the country's east. Reports coming out of...

UK minister accuses Russia of MH17 downing & ‘testing’ NATO, Moscow says claims ‘baseless’

When British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon was asked to deliver a speech on ‘Russian resurgence’,...
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Video: Germany begins tank deployment to Lithuania as part of NATO commitment to Baltics

Germany has begun the deployment of tanks to Lithuania as part of the NATO mission to bolster confidence in Eastern European allies. It comes...

‘Focus on ISIS, not starting WWIII’: Trump blasts Senators McCain & Graham

The latest targets of US President Donald Trump’s ire are fellow Republican Senators John McCain & Lindsey Graham, who Trump says should focus on...

Trump committed to NATO but would like to fight ISIS with Putin

US President Donald Trump hopes to have a good relationship with Russia to fight the “evil” Islamic State, he told reporters after meeting UK...

ND Dem Senator seeks Trump’s help to tackle DAPL protesters

Following President Donald Trump’s order removing obstacles to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, North...

Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...

<!--Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, regarding...

NATO Shows Resolve (to Provoke Russia and Frighten Everybody)

2700 U.S. soldiers backed by a column of tanks are rolling across the central lowlands of Poland, in an operation dubbed “Atlantic Resolve.” It...

NATO and Obsolescence: Donald Trump and the History of an Alliance

It should be a point of some delicious reflection for peace activists who have fought for decades against the nature of the North Atlantic...
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Video: Atlantic Resolve, to break NATO? 1000s of US soldiers & tanks deployed to...

Not 'Madders' it was General 'Mad Dog Of Fallujah' James Mattis who said "Russia wants to break NATO" American soldiers stationed near Russia border...
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Video: ‘Preparation for war, not defense against Russia’ – German peace activist on NATO...

Over 3-thousand American soldiers and hundreds of military vehicles have started arriving in Poland for NATO war games The exercises, part of Operation ... Via...
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Video: It’s time to stop hugging Russian bear – former NATO commander

Another shipload of America military hardware has arrived at the German port of Bremerhaven to reinforce US commitment to its allies against the perceived...

France courts US for top NATO job after UK isolated by Brexit

France has been trying to muscle its way into a senior NATO position traditionally held...
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Video: ‘Keep American empire alive’: NATO builds up forces along Russian border

The operation is called 'Atlantic Resolve' and will see the deployment of thousands of American soldiers and tanks. However, ships carrying the first batch...
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Video: Carrington & Kissinger – Bilderberg & NATO’s dying Atlanticist empire showcased on the...

Don't ask Peter Carrington about what happened on the bridge at Nijmegen on the evening of Wednesday 20th September 1944 - he doesn't like...

Could David Cameron become NATO’s next secretary-general?

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron is tipped to become the next secretary-general of NATO,...

British military secretly planning budget cuts, despite NATO spending pledge

Britain’s armed forces are secretly preparing for further budget cuts, despite government pledges to meet...
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Video: Frexit: Le Pen promises to take France out of EU & NATO

French presidential candidate and far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen's once again warned she could take France out of the EU and...

Out of EU and NATO

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said that NATO exists only ‘to serve Washington’s objectives’, and that she planned to hold a Brexit-style referendum,...
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Video: ‘Obama administration lost its game in Syria’ – Russian senator Pushkov

The Obama administration did everything it could to defend the so-called moderate opposition, which is very closely connected with the jihadist groups in Syria,...

‘No one in Russia plans to attack NATO’ – US envoy to alliance

Russia has no plans to attack the North Atlantic Alliance, according to US Permanent Representative to NATO Douglas Lute. In response to a question by...
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Video: ISIS used as tool by Saudis, US & Turkey when it suits their...

Speaking to RT on the advance of ISIS militants from Mosul toward Palmyra, Virginia Senator Richard Black (R) expressed doubt that the US-led coalition...
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Video: NATO conducts military drills, Berlin prepares to lead Lithuania op

Large-scale military exercises are taking place in eastern Bavaria as German troops prepare to lead NATO operations in Lithuania. COURTESY: RT's RUPTLY ... Via Youtube

ISIS used as tool by Saudis, US & Turkey when it suits their interests...

Speaking to RT on the advance of ISIS militants from Mosul toward Palmyra, Virginia Senator Richard Black (R) expressed doubt that the US-led coalition...

After Libya, NATO Looks To Montenegro

NATO’s desperate search for a purpose after the fall of the Soviet Union has left a swath of destruction through...

Anatomy of a Nationalist

Photo by Marc Nozell | CC BY 2.0 County Dublin, Ireland. One of Donald Trump’s stated priorities is to preserve American culture, yet he told New...

The Anatomy of US Military Policy: An Interview With Andrew Bacevich

US Army paratroopers engage in a joint forcible entry exercise at Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, August 23, 2016. (Photo: Airman...

Trump & May talk NATO spending in 2nd phone conference since US election

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President-elect Donald Trump discussed NATO spending in their second phone conversation since the populist tycoon stormed to...
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Video: No time for Aleppo losers: NATO & Israel abandon ISIS proxy ‘regime change’...

Video: Syrian Army Liberates Key ISIS Controlled Areas in Aleppo City ... Via Youtube

NATO should be acting as a bridge between Baltics & Russia, defuse tension –...

West should treat Russia as an equal partner and do more to alleviate tensions between Moscow and some NATO members, in particular Poland and...

German Economist & Politician: “Stop Copying America’s Decline! Leave NATO!”

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Sahra Wagenknecht, Vice President of the German parliament’s Leftist Party, said in Parliament on Wednesday November 23rd, that Germany’s...
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Video: Up for Debate: New breed of politicians push NATO survival into brink

People across Europe also took to the streets to voice their anger over the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. And political elites also have concerns...

Royal Navy’s hi-tech destroyer breaks down in NATO wargame, towed back to port

One of the Royal Navy’s cutting edge Type 45 destroyers had to be humiliatingly towed...
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Video: Will NATO change under Trump’s presidency?

Trump is soon to enter the White House, and his strategy towards NATO is unclear. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube
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Video: Magnificent great bustard saved by Anatolia locals

An injured great bustard, thought to be possibly the heaviest flying bird in the world, was found in the eastern Anatolian province of Tunceli....
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Video: Brussels votes for ‘EU army’ to operate ‘where NATO is unwilling’

The European Union hopes to ratify plans for a combined, continent-wide army. EU politicians met in Brussels to thrash out details of the proposed...

NATO Quo Vadis? in the Trump Era

Once again as almost twenty seven years ago, NATO is faced with a deep-seated, soul searching existential issue or an internal threat. That’s right,...
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Video: Putin: Russia will oppose any attempts to break global strategic balance, incl. NATO...

Russia will oppose attempts to disrupt the strategic balance around the world, such as NATO's global anti-ballistic missile defense system, Russian President ... Via Youtube

NATO should demilitarize border with Russia, or face new Cold War – Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says NATO’s current policies of adding more troops in eastern Europe...

Tug Of War Between NATO and Trump: Who Will Win?

As a candidate, Donald Trump has repeatedly said that the US should try to get along with Russia. It may...

Islamic school’s sex segregation policy is not discriminatory – High Court

An Islamic school’s policy of segregating its male and female pupils does not constitute discrimination, the High Court found, refuting claims published in a...

Wells Fargo ‘retaliated’ against scandal-linked ‘whistleblowers’ with false reports – US senators

Three US senators suspect Wells Fargo retaliated against hundreds of employees who blew the whistle on the big bank’s bogus accounts. They say Wells...
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Video: Exchange of equipment, arms & experience: Large-scale joint NATO drills held in Romania

Troops from Canada, Germany, Romania and Moldavia gathered to take part in joint drills in Transylvania, Romania, which simulated taking back captured ... Via Youtube

NATO war with Russia ‘not likely’ in 2017, UK Defence Secretary says

Speculation that NATO could go to war with Russia next year are “too extreme,” according to Britain’s defence secretary, who maintained that such an...

Boost Britain’s NATO spending so US will ‘take us seriously,’ says peer

America will only treat Britain as a serious global player if the UK raises the share of its GDP contributed to NATO each year,...
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Video: Clinton presidency will lead to NATO expansion – ex Trump advisor (Going Underground)

We speak with former Trump advisor Carter, Democratic future of Libyan oil production. Plus, Theresa May defends the UK's military alliance with Saudi Arabia...
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Video: Get ready for NATO’s UK terrorism – hidden agenda behind the migrant crisis?...

Clashes have erupted between French police and refugees near the so-called Jungle camp in the port city of Calais as the government is preparing...

‘Give it a rest’: Social media mocks Senator claiming Russia may be behind new...

People on social media shamed US Democratic Senator Tom Ryan, who claimed Russia might actually be...
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Video: ‘Highway to hell’: German stand-up comic lays into NATO policy, Americans & democracy

You might think the subject of NATO and conflict are no laughing matter, but that's not the case for one top-billing German comedian who's...
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Video: NATO, EU ships ‘mark’ Russian fleet as it passes through English Channel

NATO and EU ships were put on full alert along the British coast as a Russian naval fleet passed through the English Channel on...

NATO, EU ships ‘mark’ Russian fleet as it passes through English Channel (VIDEO)

NATO and EU ships were put on full alert along the British coast as a...
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Video: NATO missiles for Syria terrorists? Zionism/Wahhabism = West’s heresies to destroy the great...

Russia has warned against supplying anti-aircraft missiles to terrorist groups in Syria. The foreign ministry spokeswoman said any anti-Russia stance would ... Via Youtube

A Missed Chance to Put Discriminatory Policing on Campaign Agenda

The Washington Post‘s Eugene Robinson (10/7/16) was one of the few commentators to focus on Donald Trump’s comments about the Central Park Five. Some have...

Turkey Now Likely to Leave NATO if Clinton Becomes President

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Turkey’s two top leaders have both indicated that, if the U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton becomes elected as the...

Massachusetts Passes Law Criminalizing ‘Discriminatory' Gender Practices in Public

On Saturday, a Massachusetts law that could throw pastors in jail for using biologically correct pronouns took effect. But you wouldn’t know that...

Chief NATO Lobbyist Urges Trump Be Replaced by Pence

Eric Zuesse (RINF) - As the U.S. hurtles toward nuclear war with Russia over Syria and Crimea, Jon Huntsman, the head of NATO’s lobbying organization the Atlantic Council,...
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Video: Ray McGovern “At NATO’s Warsaw Summit They’ll Agree To Increase Military Presence Near...

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube
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Video: BBC & CNN lying: Did NATO attacks break Sep 12th ceasefire in Syria?

Attacks that broke September 12th ceasefire in Syria: Saturday 17th September on Syrian Arab Army in Deir al-Zour killing 62 and wounding over 100;...

EU army would undermine NATO, says Defence Secretary Fallon

British politicians are intent on killing plans for an EU-wide army, following a Franco-German push for a stronger EU defense policy. The tug-of-war between Europe’s...

NATO is reviewing ‘nuclear playbook’ to deter ‘terrible attacks’ by Russia – Pentagon chief

The Pentagon chief put Russia on par with North Korea when he spoke about threats faced by the US and its allies, and the...

NATO Blues

by One Earth / September 25th, 2016 One Earth is a core group of players ranging in age from 12-85.  “NATO Blues” is our first...

Adelson would have untold influence on Trump: Ex-US senator

US Zionist Sheldon Adelson would have unprecedented influence in a Trump administration, former US Senator Mike Gravel says. Read more
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Video: What the BBC won’t tell you about 9/11 & Syria – foreknowledge =...

Investigative reports: https://politicsthisweek.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/bcfms-weekly-politics-show-presented-by-tony-gosling-46/ 9/11 : Bush blocking John ... Via Youtube

No rivals to NATO: Britain will veto joint EU army as long as it’s...

UK will not allow the creation of a joint European army and does not want...

British MPs denied vote on Saudi arms sales ban, while US senators propose boycott

As the US prepares to debate the legitimacy of selling arms to Saudi Arabia, British...

Pushing NATO to Russia’s Southern Flank

Exclusive: In pursuit of a new Cold War with Russia, Official Washington wants to expand NATO into the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia, creating the potential...

‘Lot of jobs at stake’: CNN host pooh-poohs US senator’s opposition to Saudi Arabia...

CNN host Wolf Blitzer appeared to play up the economic benefit of Washington’s $1.1 billion arms...

NATO’s Expiration Date

(Photo: Drop of Light / Shutterstock.com) If the number of eager applicants on a waiting list determines the strength of a club, then the North...

“Socialists” Supporting NATO and U.S. Empire

At the recent annual convention of Veterans for Peace, VFP Vice President Jerry Condon said: “The US peace movement has been demobilized by disinformation...

‘Terminators’ will be built by our enemies, says top US military chief

The future of war will involve autonomous robots instead of humans, according to Air Force General...

Kremlin would celebrate if Corbyn elected, claims former NATO chief

NATO-led scaremongering hit British airwaves Wednesday night when the military alliance’s former secretary general said...

Biden in Belgrade: A Trip Down NATO-Invasion Memory Lane

Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Serbia was intended to send a message that the US stood by its policies,...
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Video: Ankara considers military ties with Russia as NATO shies away – Turkish FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has lashed out at NATO, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara. In an interview with Sputnik,...
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Video: US-NATO Border Confrontation with Russia Risks Nuclear War and Loss of European Partners

Michael Hudson says that the US-led confrontational approach of NATO with Russia is driving European countries to consider disbanding or leaving the military ... Via...
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Video: Matt Taibbi on Trump’s Position on NATO, Russia & his Campaign Head’s $13...

http://democracynow.org - During Donald Trump's speech in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reversed his ... Via Youtube
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Video: Radicalisation? London schoolgirl Kadiza Sultana joined ISIS via NATO agent Mohammed al-Rashed

Dutroux 20 years on: Belgium's state sponsored paedophile scandal. VIPaedophile CIA Nazi MKultra links Series: State Of The City reports Subtitle: Kadiza ... Via Youtube

ISIS fills ‘vacuum of power’ in Libya left by US – VA senator to...

A Virginia state senator told RT that the US campaign against the Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, Libya is nothing but...

NATO and Trump’s Misconceptions

Again Trump has it backwards. According to NATO’s internal logic, the US should pay the members – not the other ...

Past Time To Rethink NATO

With Democrats howling that Vladimir Putin hacked into and leaked those 19,000 DNC emails to help Trump, the Donald had a brainstorm:...

US Court Overturns NC Voting Law Requiring ID for Being "Discriminatory" to NonWhites

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday overturned North Carolina’s 2013 elections law that included a provision requiring voters to show...

North Carolina voter ID law is discriminatory – federal appeals court

A federal appeals court struck down a North Carolina law requiring voters to present a photo...

Jewish Groups Press to Continue with Discriminatory Land-use

Despite a backlash evocative of those who defended the Jim Crow US South, Green Party members recently voted in favor of a resolution calling...

Sheldon Richman on NATO’s Broken Promise

If you want to understand the context in which the US demonization of Russia and Vladimir Putin is occurring, read Joshua Itzkowitz Shifrinson’s excellent piece...
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Video: Huge fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey

A massive fire has erupted near a NATO base within the Buca district, Izmir, western Turkey. Authorities are investigating a possible act of sabotage,...

Coups Inside NATO: A Disturbing History

Exclusive: Turkey’s embattled President Erdogan suspects U.S. sympathy for the failed coup if not outright assistance to the coup plotters,...
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Video: Philadelphia’s Chinatown in Spotlight: Successful Fight Agaist Gentrification in Decade Before DNC

http://democracynow.org - As the the Democratic National Convention gets underway today in Philadelphia, residents and elected officials hope to bring ... Via Youtube

Big Pharma boss Shkreli attacks Bernie Sanders on Twitter, senator fails to take bait

Possibly the most hated man in America, Big Pharma baron Martin Shkreli has become embroiled in...
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Video: Would ‪‎Trump‬ honor ‪‎NATO‬ solidarity principle if elected? There are doubts

Would Trump honor NATO solidarity principle if elected? There are doubts... Watch...

The Big Boom: Nukes And NATO

“Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War and most people are blissfully...

Donald Trump 'sounds like he would use NATO' — Ron Paul to RT [VIDEO]

Former congressman Dr. Ron Paul spoke with RT to offer his non-interventionist perspective on both Donald...

Texas voter ID law is discriminatory, requires changes – court

A federal appeals court ruled that Texas’ strict voter ID law discriminates against minorities and the...

Turkey Distances Itself From the U.S. and NATO

President Erdogan is pursuing ethnically narrow, Turkish-chauvinist, domestic and foreign policy. (Photo: Russia Today) Cross-posted from View from the Left Bank. Some Background The aftershocks of...

Henry A. Giroux on Violence, Neoliberalism and the Hallucinatory Anti-Politics of the Trump Era

Cultural critic Henry Giroux explains how violence seeped from the United States' background into the foreground of our psychology, robbing our politics...

US supporting NATO more than it should: Trump

US presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says NATO should play a more active role in the war against Daesh (ISIL), adding that Washington...

Clinton vetting ex-NATO military chief Stavridis for vice-president – report

The Clinton camp is reportedly vetting retired four-star Admiral James Stavridis as a potential vice presidential running mate. The former NATO brass served as...

Putin’s “Threats” to the Baltics: a Myth to Promote NATO Unity

Ververidis Vasilis | Shutterstock.com   In his book 2017: War with Russia published a few months ago, former deputy commander of NATO Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff predicts that to...

Fool’s Errand: NATO Pledges Four More Years of War in Afghanistan

The longest war in US history just got even longer. As NATO wrapped up its 2016 Warsaw Summit, the organization agreed...

NATO Reaffirms Its Bogus Russia Narrative

Exclusive: President Obama and NATO leaders signed on to the false narrative of a minding-its-own-business West getting sucker-punched by a bunch of...

What Is NATO — Really?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org When NATO was founded, that was done in the broader context of the U.S. Marshall Plan, and the entire U.S. operation...
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Video: CrossTalk: Aggressive NATO

Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has been trying to find its new role. Its operations in Afghanistan and Libya were disasters....
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Video: Security Split: On surface NATO working well together

As NATO's largest summit since the Cold War opens in the Polish capital RT's William Whiteman gauges the mood at the summit. RT LIVE...
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Video: Protesters burn US, NATO flags during rally in Greece

Anti-NATO protesters gathered in central Thessaloniki to condemn the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit currently taking place in Warsaw. Via Youtube
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Video: NATO meets in Poland to show firm stance against ‘resurgent Russia,’ but something...

What the troop balance on Russia's northwest border will REALLY look like - READ MORE http://on.rt.com/7i8v RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Time to Rethink NATO

Donald Trump angered the D.C. establishment when he said that NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance, may be obsolete and the U.S. should reassess its spending...

Russia Pushes Back on NATO Expansion

As NATO presses up to Russia’s borders – with secret schemes to influence and absorb unwilling populations – Russia has...

NATO Summit Closes By Condemning Russia

Eric Zuesse The issues that were discussed at this year’s NATO Summit were mainly preparations for a possible war against Russia. The two-day Summit in Warsaw...

NATO Marches Toward Destruction

As the West’s elites growl about “Russian aggression” – as they once did about Iraq’s WMD – NATO leaders meet...

Time To Rethink NATO

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by Stephen Lendman

Mounting evidence should scare everyone - especially with neocon lunatics in Washington driving policymaking. 

They deplore peace. They demand endless wars against all nations not subservient to America's will - puppet vassal states serving US interests, letting their resources be plundered for profit.

Russia and China are prime targets - the only nations able to challenge America militarily, economically, and/or politically.

Washington pressuring Japan and other Asian nations against China shows what Beijing faces. So does America's planned increased regional military presence.

Growing numbers of US combat troops close to Russia's borders reflect confrontation waiting to happen - between the world's preeminent nuclear states risks the unthinkable.

Provocative US-dominated NATO military exercises in Russia's backyard ups the ante for trouble. More on this below.

In late April, US-installed NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said dealing with Russia requires "a strong collective alliance" - code language for preparing for military confrontation?

He lied about what he called the "disturbing…behavior of Russia in Ukraine" - using "force to change borders."

"(W)e have to keep NATO strong"- especially in Eastern Europe, Stoltenberg said. 

"(W)e are making our forces more ready, more prepared (by more than) doubling" the Alliance's Readiness Action Plan strength - including a "High Readiness" force able to act within 48 hours.

Stoltenberg repeated NATO commander General Philip Breedlove's Big Lies claiming: 

  • nonexistent "Russian aggression;"

  • "substantial Russian buildup along the border with Ukraine, but also inside eastern Ukraine;"

  • arming Donbass freedom fighters with heavy weapons; and

  • violating other Minsk ceasefire terms.

False on all counts! Russia threatens no one. No evidence suggests menacing troop buildups along Ukraine's border, its forces operating inside its territory, or supplying Donbass freedom fighters with heavy or other weapons.

In contrast, hundreds of US combat troops operate in Ukraine - readying its Nazi-infested National Guard and likeminded extremist groups for war.

Washington supplied Kiev with heavy weapons since conflict erupted last spring. Planeloads more arrive regularly.

America threatens Russia and world peace. Its numerous provocations risk direct confrontation.

Military exercises begun on Monday involve thousands of US, UK, German, Belgian, Dutch, Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian and Polish combat troops readying for possible confrontation with Russia.

Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski signed a resolution establishing a Polish/Lithuanian/Ukrainian military brigade for the same purpose.

At full operational strength scheduled for 2017, it'll include 4,500 combat ready troops.

According to Komorowski, the joint force is "part of a wider plan…to support Ukraine, among others, in the area of modernization" for greater combat readiness against Moscow.

Washington and Brussels want NATO members spending more on "defense." They want homeland needs sacrificed for greater militarism at a time America and rogue Alliance allies pose the world's only threat.

Russia poses none. So-called "Russian aggression" is nonexistent. Moscow is the continent's leading peacemaker.

On Monday, US, German, Norwegian and Swedish submarines joined 13 surface ships from America, Britain, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, and Turkey for Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE - despite no regional submarine or other threat affecting the participating nations.

Finland reservists are being enlisted in Washington's growing belligerence toward Russia.

Defense Minister Carl Haglund sent 900,000 reservists a letter explaining their role in a potential "crisis situation" - insinuating confrontation with Russia.

Both countries share a 1,340 km border with Russia - running mostly through uninhabited forests and sparsely populated rural areas.

It bears repeating. Mounting evidence suggests US-dominated NATO heading for direct confrontation with Russia. If initiated with nuclear weapons, all bets are off.

A Final Comment

No nation in world history along with its presstitute media proliferate more provocative propaganda than America - Big Lies by any standard.

None pose humanity a greater threat. None more leave world peace hanging by a thread.

US-pressured EU leaders intend developing new ways to counter Russian proliferated hard truths irresponsibly called propaganda.

Sputnik News called it a planned "new Iron Curtain" at a time US-dominated NATO alone threatens world peace enhanced by relentless Russia bashing - malicious disinformation substituting malicious Big Lies for hard truths.

According to the Brussels-based EUobserver, "Russian propaganda disseminated by outlets such as RT and Sputnik News is finding receptive audiences in various EU member states" - because it's some of the most reliable news and information found anywhere, polar opposite Western rubbish.

Washington and Brussels call truth-telling on vital issues "propaganda." They want nothing interfering with their mind-manipulating disinformation. No alternative views are tolerated - especially on major geopolitical issues.

Western free expression is just a figure of speech. State-sponsored lawlessness threatens to eliminate it altogether.

Perhaps it's just another 9/11-type major US and/or EU-instigated false flag away - followed by martial law and suspension of fundamental democratic rights.

Police states are born this way - especially when people are duped to believe sacrificing freedoms enhance their security. They end up losing both big time.

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."

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US-Led NATO’s War on Humanity

US-Led NATO's War on Humanity

by Stephen Lendman

US-led NATO threatens humanity. It's an imperial tool. It's a global killing machine. 

It prioritizes war. It deplores peace. Humanity's survival hangs in the balance.

It 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.

It wants them on all continents. It wants them virtually everywhere. It wants a global military established.

It wants unchallenged control. It wants all outliers eliminated. It wants pro-Western vassal states replacing them.

Its strategy prioritizes war on humanity. It's ravaging and destroying one country after another.

Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. On Friday, Putin said it may join NATO. Washington may take full advantage. 

It may deploy nuclear-armed missiles on Russia's borders. It may target its heartland.

Ukraine's coup occurred, said Putin. "(T)hey (won't) talk to us." They obey orders from Washington. 

"The next step will be Ukraine's membership in NATO. They never ask us about that…" 

"(A)nd they do not engage in dialog with us…'No dialog,' they say…" 

"(I)t is none of your business, and it does not concern you.' " 

"Ukraine may become a member of NATO tomorrow," said Putin. Under US control. 

Doing so threatens Russia. Cooperative relations with Moscow ended. Minimal contacts alone continue.

Putin said Western countries elevated Kiev putschists to power. They have no legitimacy whatever.

"There was a coup d'etat backed by American and European partners," he explained. "Then there was chaos, and now we are witnessing a full-scale civil war."

Washington imposed sanctions on Russia to gain economic advantage, Putin said. They're counterproductive. They won't work.

On the one hand, Chinese investors will replace EU companies if they're squeezed out. So will other global businesses.

On the other, Russian economist/Putin advisor Andrey Belousov said Moscow prepared retaliatory measures in response.

At different levels, he explained. It depends on US policy going forward. Moscow will respond in kind. 

In its own way. Its own timing. "(W)e know exactly how to react," said Belousov.

On May 23, Reuters headlined "Exclusive: EU weighs Russia sanctions from caviar to oil and gas," saying:

"EU leaders will hold their first detailed discussion next week of specific steps they can take against Russia if Ukraine's elections are not free and fair, including restrictions ranging from luxury goods imports to an oil and gas ban."

Reuters cited a two-page document. It explains three scenarios - low, medium and high-intensity sanctions.

Low ones target Russian diamonds, precious metals, furs, vodka, caviar, and other luxury goods.

Medium ones aim at fertilizers, chemicals, tires, vessels to Russia, as well as weapons imports and exports.

High-intensity ones target investments, capital markets, other financial operations, as well as importing oil and gas.

At the same time, said Reuters, "there is no (EU) unanimous backing for (this) move." German and other European business interests strongly oppose it. 

They want no restrictions imposed. They want nothing interfering with bottom line interests.

"Unless there is unanimous backing for stricter sanctions, the EU will not be able to move ahead - a hurdle that has been frustrating for the United States, which is keen for Europe to move further in imposing restrictions on Moscow," said Reuters.

On May 24, Itar Tass headlined "Lugansk Republic head says provocations possible during Ukrainian presidential elections."

A false flag attack may be planned. Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) Governor Valery Bolotov said:

"I recommend LPR nationals not go to the polling stations as we have information about provocations being prepared by the Ukrainian government and National Guard." 

"They will be conducted to later accuse the Army of the Southeast of disrupting the elections."

May 25 voting began. It remains ongoing. Kiev's sham electoral process won't change things. 

Putschist approved aspirants alone are competing. Billionaire bandit Petro Poroshenko looks sure to win. 

A previous article explained. He made his money the old-fashioned way. He stole it.

He supported Maidan putschists. He ignored their violence. He helped bankroll them. He wants Ukraine plundered for profit. 

He's up to his old tricks again. He's paying 1,000 hryvnyas per day (about $84) for anti-Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighter volunteers.

He admitted it publicly. Their "life and health will be insured for one million hryvnyas," he said. Ukrainian forces receive 600 hryvnyas per month.

Results are predetermined for Poroshenko to win. Perhaps on two rounds. Ballot choices exclude democracy. Expect worse than ever policies to follow. 

Fascist regimes operate this way. Ukraine is Europe's worst. Putschists threaten regional security and stability.

Voice of Russia (VOR) interviewed Ukrainian Dennis Schedrivy. He participated in Maidan protests. He supported them. No longer.

Kiev-instigated violence continues, he said. He expects more ahead. He called coup-appointed Kiev officials "junta" governance.

"I don't see (May 25) elections as anything," he said. "The whole thing with Maidan revolution is not successful." 

"According to the law they have adopted, even if the small village (alone) votes…elections will be considered successful."

"I am sure that at least part of the sane world will not accept these elections," he added.

"(T)hey are bombing…civilians…(T)his is a farce. (T)hey will try to (legitimize) this whole circus…"

Growing thousands of Ukrainians express similar views. Nothing ahead looks encouraging.

War without mercy rages. Ukrainian forces target civilians. They're killing them in cold blood.

Freedom is on the chopping block. Fascists want it entirely eliminated. They want unchallenged top-down hardline rule replacing it. 

They want it enforced. They want junta power institutionalized. Gangsterism is planned. Democracy is prohibited. 

They want what most Ukrainians oppose. It remains to be seen how they'll react. Civil war rages. National rebellion may follow.

Nothing ahead looks promising. What kind of government usurps power? What kind establishes itself by force?

What kind rules extrajudicially? What kind by intimidation? What kind of legitimacy do ultranationalist, xenophobic, neo-Nazi, anti-Semites have? 

What kind substitutes unrestrained coercion for rule of law principles? What kind prohibits opposing views? 

What kind mandates its message alone getting out? The same kind substituting despotism for democracy!

The battle for Ukraine's soul didn't end with putschists usurping power. It just began. It continues.

Ukraine's future is up for grabs. Ordinary people alone will determine it. They have every right to do so. 

Hopefully they'll take full advantage. They'll have themselves to blame if not.

A Final Comment

On May 24, RT International headlined "Russian journalists being banned entry to Ukraine to cover presidential election."

They're accredited to do so. It doesn't matter. They're refused entry. RT's press service said:

"Without explaining the reason for refusal, the members of (Ukraine's) border service forced the RT crew to buy return tickets at their own expense."

It's not the first time. It won't be the last. Fascist regimes operate this way. 

Expect more of the same ahead. Expect police state ruthlessness enforced. 

RT's Anna Knishenko, Elderra Khaled ad Konstantin Bolshakov arrived at Kiev's Borispol International Airport.

Knishenko explained what followed, saying:

"At the border control, they immediately took our passports. An hour later, we - one by one - were invited to a special room for an interview."

They were denied entry. For falsified reasons. For not properly explaining why they came, they were told.

Echo of Moscow correspondent Ilya Azar was treated the same way. So were Russian TV channel reporters.

Everyone denied entry had press cards. Ukraine's Central Electoral Committee accredited them to cover its election earlier.

It didn't matter. Fabricated reasons denied them. Kiev wants its message alone reported. It wants truth suppressed. 

"A whole range of Russian media outlets, including Channel One, NTV, TVC and Zvezda channels have been denied entry to Ukraine headed by the coup-appointed authorities," said RT.

Kiev putschists wage war on media freedom. Russian journalists are targeted. So are others not putschist-approved.

On May 23, The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) headlined "Russian journalists barred from entering Ukraine," saying:

CPJ "condemns the move…(It) call(ed) on Ukrainian authorities to allow all journalists to carry out their job without harassment."

CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program researcher Muzaffar Suleymanov added:

"If Ukrainian authorities are looking to build a democratic state, they must stop barring the press from covering public events in the country, especially the presidential vote."

"Openness and transparency are vital for democracy." 

"We urge Ukraine to grant entry to all journalists, no matter their nationality or affiliation, or their newsroom's editorial line."

It "equate(s)" legitimate conflict reporting "with terrorism," he added. CPJ denounced what media scoundrels ignore.

They support Sunday's sham process. They equate putschist rule with democracy. 

They turn truth on its head claiming it. Don't expect them to explain.

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. 

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Rasmussen announced stepped up measures. He called doing so "reinforc(ing) our collective defence and demonstrat(ing) the strength of Allied security."

More warplanes are coming. More ships. More troop deployments. Sending them means more "readiness" on land, he said.

Measures announced are being implemented straightaway. "More will follow, if needed, in the weeks and months to come," he added.

Doing so "send(s) a clear message. NATO will protect every Ally and defend against any threat against our fundamental security. That is our firm commitment."

No threats exists. Invented ones substitute. Rasmussen didn't explain. He's a convenient US stooge. He serves at America's behest. He's one of its imperial frontmen.

Stars and Stripes is a Pentagon publication. On April 16, it headlined "NATO to deploy more forces to eastern Europe in response to Ukraine crisis."

It quoted Rasmussen saying "(m)ilitary staff from allied nations will deploy to enhance our preparedness, training and exercises. Our defense plans will be reviewed and reinforced."

General Philip Breedlove ordered increased readiness. He's Washington's European commander/Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)/NATO Allied Command Operations head.

He wants more US-led NATO warplanes, ships and land forces. He wants them closer to Russia's borders. He does so despite no Moscow threat. Claims otherwise are false.

Commodore Georgiy Alafuzoff formerly was Finland's Defense Forces Intelligence Manager. He's currently EU intelligence military intelligence head.

No Russian involvement in Eastern Ukraine exists, he said. No reported military presence. Moscow had nothing to do with seizing government buildings in Eastern Ukraine cities, he stressed. 

Claims otherwise are false. "In my opinion, it's mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs," he explained.

They're concerned about their own welfare. They risk losing fundamental freedoms. Alafuzoff agrees with what Sergei Lavrov and other Russian officials stress. 

Western propaganda claims otherwise. It drowns out truth. It substitutes lies. On April 16, Itar Tass headlined "Foreign observers carry out 8 inspections in Russia's territory."

They reflect Moscow's military transparency measures. They comply with 2002 Open Skies Treaty provisions. Thirty-four nations are signatories.

They include Russia, America, Canada, Turkey, Ukraine and most other European states. They permit unarmed surveillance overflights. They promote military activity openness.

In March alone, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said foreign inspectors carried out eight Russian territory inspections. 

Seven were near the Ukraine/Russian border. No evidence suggests a massive military buildup. Claims otherwise are false. They're groundless, said Antonov.

"We have mechanisms of transparency agreed in Vienna within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)," he explained. 

"There is the Open Skies Treaty and the 2011 Vienna Document on Transparency and Confidence-building Measures which provide for certain verification procedures," he said.

"It is nonsense to say that the nuclear West is disarming while the nuclear Russia is building up forces." 

Russia destroyed over 2,000 ground-based ballistic missiles. They included cruise missiles able to hit targets from 500 to 5,500 kilometers away.

More than 3,000 nuclear warheads with a combined 500,000 ton yield were eliminated. So were 825 launchers.

"NATO has 10,000 tanks," said Antonov. "(W)e have only 3,500…"

"NATO has 22,000 armored vehicles compared to Russia's 7,500," he added. Don't figures speak for themselves, he stressed.

They're ignored. They're not reported. Russia bashing takes precedence. Lies substitute for truth.

Putin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Western news consumers are denied real information.

"It's very regrettable but it's so," he said. Even comments by Putin, Lavrov, and other top Russian officials are ignored. A "concrete wall of censorship" blocks them out.

"We never saw anything like this before. We never thought this could happen and that it could happen so openly," said Peskov.

On geopolitical issues, the Washington Post is a de facto CIA publication. Columnist David Ignatius has longstanding close US intelligence ties. 

His commentaries lack credibility. He lies for power. On April 15, he headlined "The Cost of Putin's adventurism in Ukraine."

None whatever exists. Not according to Ignatius. He lied saying he "seiz(ed) Crimea." 

He's "fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, perhaps as a prelude to invasion."

"…Russian agents infiltrat(ed) eastern Ukraine, backed by 40,000 troops just across the border," he claimed.

Truth is polar opposite. It bears repeating. Ignatius lies for power. He willfully spreads disinformation. He's stoking conflict.

"(T)he White House sees Putin weighing three options," he said. He calls all of them "bad for the West." Two are fabricated. More on them below.

The other is accurate. Putin supports involving all Ukrainian political voices in a federalized state. He favors Ukrainian nonaligned status.

Option two, said Ignatius, is "annex(ing) eastern Ukraine." Putin forthrightly opposes it. Claims otherwise are false.

Option three is "invasion, using the pretext of civil war in eastern Ukraine," said Ignatius.

Putin plans none. At the same time, he's committed to protecting Russian nationals if endangered. 

Western leaders would do no less for their own. Washington invents threats. It does so to deploy US forces to foreign countries.

Putin responsibly uses his. He prioritizes saving lives. Mass slaughter and destruction follow Pentagon deployments.

Don't expect Ignatius to explain. He claims Putin "prefers the veneer of legitimacy." He shames his US counterpart.

He respects national sovereignty. He supports rule of law principles. His governance is polar opposite Obama's. 

Ignatius claims he prefers "paramilitary covert action, rather than rolling tanks across an international border."

Russia's military strength is a "warning sign that (he'll) keep the threat of force alive until his demands are met," he added.

Hegemons operate this way. Washington is Exhibit A. One country after another is targeted. They're systematically ravaged and destroyed.

Putin prioritizes peace and stability. His policies reflect his pronouncements. Ignatius didn't explain. 

Lies substituted for truth. His columns feature them. He's part of the Putin bashing crowd. He's one of many. 

Outrageous misinformation persists. Readers are cheated. They're grossly misinformed. War of words is vicious. 

Propaganda wars precede hot ones. Conflicts glorify them. They do so in the name of peace. They rage one after another. 

Hegemons give no quarter. Mass slaughter and destruction are standard practice. All US direct and proxy wars turn out this way. 

Ukraine may become the latest example. Victims are blamed for US crimes. Today's yellow journalism makes earlier stuff look tame by comparison.

The so-called "newspaper of record" operates as lead US ministry of information and propaganda. The Washington Post doesn't hide its CIA connection.

Big Lies repeat ad nauseam. Perhaps employment contracts mandate proliferating misinformation, deceit and distortion.

Truth is buried. Ethical standards are ignored. Daily fare reads like bad fiction. Television is worst of all.

Demagoguery, warmongering, Big Lies, censorship, pseudo-journalism, and juiced-up junk food news substitute for vital information viewers most need to know.

May Ukrainians for peace, equity and justice prevail. May they inspire activists globally. May they motivate others to join them. 

May their ranks overflow. May freedom triumph worldwide. May humanity be saved.

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. 

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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

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NATO’s Rape of Yugoslavia

NATO's Rape of Yugoslavia

by Stephen Lendman

March 24, 1999 will go down in history as a day of infamy. US-led NATO raped Yugoslavia. Doing so was its second major combat operation.

It was lawless aggression. No Security Council resolution authorized it. NATO's Operation Allied Force lasted 78 days. 

Washington called it Operation Noble Anvil. Evil best describes it. On June 10, operations ended.

From March 1991 through mid-June 1999, Balkan wars raged. Yugoslavia "balkanized" into seven countries. They include Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia.

Enormous human suffering was inflicted. Washington bears most responsibility.

Diana Johnstone's book titled "Fools' Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusions" is a definitive account of what happened.

Claims about Milosevic's "Greater Serbia" ambitions were false. Washington-led wars wanted Yugoslavia balkanized. Germany was very much involved.

Both countries encouraged cessation. They provoked conflict. After ravaging and destroying Yugoslavia, they took credit for ending it.

Milosevic wanted Yugoslavia's disintegration prevented. He wanted minority Serbs protected. Johnstone said Washington's aims included:

  • preventing a European-backed settlement;

  • "assert(ing) its dominance over European allies in the arbitration of European conflicts;" 

  • expanding NATO through a new "out of area" humanitarian mission (aka US dominated colonization); and

  • "gain(ing) influence in the Muslim world by championing the Bosnian Muslims."

She called "government by international bureaucracy (a) new trend in the New World Order."

After the 1995 General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (the Dayton Accords), "Bosnia-Herzegovina (was) ruled by…a complicated set of local authorities under the strict supervision of a 'High Representative' (a contemporary Proconsul or Viceroy) who can, and does, annul laws adopted by the local democratic institutions or dismiss democratically chosen officials" not supportive of US imperial aims, said Johnstone.

In other words, democracy was verboten. It prevented from emerging. Washington rules were instituted. Colonization ended Yugoslavia's market socialism experiment.

Predatory free-market harshness replaced it. Complete with IMF-imposed financial terrorism. In October 1998, a NATO air verification mission was agreed to for Kosovo.

In November, Milosevic agreed to a framework political settlement. A second Verification Mission was established to assure compliance with UN Security Council Resolutions 1160 and 1199.

The former banned arms sales to Serbia. It imposed economic sanctions. The latter ordered both sides in Kosovo to end hostilities and observe a ceasefire.

The so-called February 1999 Interim Agreement for Peace and Self-Government in Kosovo (the Rambouillet Agreement) was prelude for war.

It was an ultimatum Milosevic couldn't accept. It was designed for rejection. It was a take-it-or-leave-it demand. 

It ordered Milosevic to surrender Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) sovereignty to a NATO occupation force.

It demanded unimpeded access to its land, airspace and territorial waters, as well as any area or facility therein. 

It required the FRY to let NATO freely operate outside federal law. Demanding it was outrageous. Milosevic's justifiable refusal became pretext for war.

It followed mercilessly. Nobel laureate Harold Pinter denounced what happened. 

He called US-led bombing and dismemberment of Yugoslavia "barbaric (and despicable), another blatant and brutal assertion of US power using NATO as its missile (to consolidate) American domination of Europe."

For 78 days, around 600 aircraft flew about 3,000 sorties. Thousands of tons of ordnance were dropped, as well as hundreds of ground-launched cruise missiles. Up to then, its ferocity was unprecedented. 

Nearly everything was struck. Massive destruction and disruption followed. Known or suspected military sites were targeted.

So were civilian sites and infrastructure unrelated to military operations. They included: 

  • power plants; 

  • factories; 

  • civilian transportation; 

  • telecommunications facilities; 

  • roads, bridges and rail lines; 

  • fuel depots; 

  • schools; 

  • a TV station; 

  • China's Belgrade embassy willfully on a false pretext (claiming a mistake didn't wash); 

  • hospitals; 

  • government offices; 

  • churches; 

  • historic landmarks; and more.

Cities, villages and other areas were struck throughout the country. NATO began running out of targets. It didn't matter. Bombing continued relentlessly.

It was willful, lawless aggression. Horrendous war crimes were committed unaccountably. Humanitarian disaster followed.

Outrageous claims about humanitarian intervention were fraudulent. Washington claimed another imperial trophy. The former Yugoslavia no longer exists. 

An estimated $100 billion in damage was inflicted. Environmental contamination was extensive. 

Large numbers were killed, injured or displaced. Two million people lost their livelihoods. Many their homes and communities. Most their futures.

Serbia's sovereign Kosovo territory was lost. It's now US/NATO occupied territory. It's home to Camp Bondsteel. It's one of America's largest military bases. 

Kosovo is run by Hashim Thaci. He's a former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright protege. 

In 2000, she ordered then chief Hague prosecutor Carla del Ponte to exclude his name from a list of suspected war criminals.

He's a street thug posing as prime minister. He's nicknamed "The Snake" for good reason. 

Former Clinton Balkans envoy Robert Gelbard called him and likeminded figures "terrorists."

Former US DEA official Michael Levine said:

He has known organized crimes ties. "The KLA (he formerly headed) is tied in with every known Middle and Far Eastern drug cartel." 

"Interpol, Europol, and nearly every European intelligence and counter-narcotics agency have files open on drug syndicates that lead right to the KLA…"

He remains unindicted. Washington, EU nations and UN officials elevated him to power.

He's a former Kosovo Liberation Army  (KLA) commander. Post-war, he usurped power. He took control of many municipalities.

It doesn't matter. He's Washington's man in Kosovo. He runs it like a crime family. Friends in high places support him.

Washington and complicit EU partners opened an avenue to Eurasia. A permanent US military presence was established where it previously didn't exist. It serves America's broader imperial agenda. 

Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria followed. So does slow-motion genocide in Palestine. Iran's turn awaits. 

Washington's dirty hands want Venezuela's democratically elected government ousted. Obama's war on humanity continues. 

Russia is in the eye of the storm. Global war is threatened. Neocons infest Washington. They influence administration and congressional policy.

What's ongoing bears erie resemblance to events preceding WW I. Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August" explained its beginning and early weeks.

One thing led to others. Events spun out-of-control. Deadly consequences followed. Before it ended, over 20 million died. Many more were wounded and/or maimed. An entire generation of youth was lost.

Weapons used then were toys compared to now. A possible armageddon end times scenario looms. Irresponsible leaders risk it. Media scoundrels support what demand opposition.

History has a disturbing way of repeating. George Santayana famous dictum is forgotten. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," he said.

George Bernard Shaw once said: "We learn from history that we learn nothing from history."

Damn fools run things now like before. Today's super-weapons make earlier ones seem like toys. 

Crazies act like nuclear missiles and bombs are king-sized hand grenades. Humanity's fate hangs in the balance.

Will Ukraine become a flashpoint for East/West confrontation. Will something erupt making Yugoslavia's destruction look insignificant by comparison?

Will Washington neocon extremists challenge Russia belligerently? Will media scoundrels support them? Will public outrage fail to materialize? 

Will potential armageddon be risked? Will never again really happen this time? Einstein once said he didn't know what WW III weapons would be used.

"…WW IV will be fought with sticks and stones," he said. Betrand Russell was an Einstein contemporary. 

"Shall we put an end to the human race, or shall mankind renounce war," he asked? It's the only way to live in peace. The alternative risks annihilation. 

The choice is clear. The wrong one assures potential disaster. America heads humanity dangerously toward it. Either we end wars or they'll end us. There's no in between.

A Final Comment

The late Michael Mandel (1948 - 2013) was among a group of law professors wanting justice. They filed war crimes charges against numerous Western officials and complicit allies.

They did so at International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Notable US ones charged included Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, William Cohen and General Wesley Clark.

European ones included Tony Blair, Robin Cook, George Robertson, Javia Solana, Jamie Shea, and numerous others - 68 in all.

On February 22, 2000, in testimony before Canada's House of Commons, Mandel explained he "specialize(d) in criminal law and comparative law with an emphasis on domestic and foreign tribunals."

He got involved because of the outrageous "killing and maiming of innocent people for what…were purely self-interested motives."

He called it "the farthest thing from humanitarianism." NATO's war was illegal, he stressed. Force is justified only in self-defense or when Security Council authorized.

He explained relevant UN Charter provisions. They leave no ambiguity. They were systematically violated. So was the NATO Treaty and Canadian law.

The NATO Treaty Preamble states:

"The Parties to this Treaty reaffirm their faith in the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and their desire to live in peace with all peoples and all governments."

"Article 1: The Parties undertake, as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations."

"Article 7: This treaty does not affect, and shall not be interpreted as affecting in any way the rights and obligations under the charter of the Parties which are members of the United Nations, or the primary responsibility of the Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security."

The Canada Defense Act states:

  • "31. (1) the Governor in Council may place the Canadian forces or any component, unit or other element thereof on active service anywhere in or beyond Canada at any time when it appears advisable to do so.

  • (a) by reason of an emergency, for the defence of Canada; or

  • (b) in consequence of any action undertaken by Canada under the United Nations Charter, the North Atlantic treaty or any other similar instrument for collective defence that may be entered into by Canada."  

Mandel was unequivocal saying:

"The illegality of NATO's war on Yugoslavia is not disputed by any legal scholar of repute, even those who had some sympathy for the war…"

"NATO has no humanitarian lessons to teach the world," he stressed.

"Much more plausible than the humanitarian thesis is the one that the United States deliberately provoked this war, that it deliberately exploited and exacerbated another country's tragedy…for purely selfish (political) and economic" reasons.

It ravaged and destroyed a country for power and profit. War crimes charges against culpable officials are warranted.

Grave international law breaches were committed. No Western or complicit official was held accountable. Justice remains denied.
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. 

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Tom Coburn Leaves a Lonely Place Lonelier

Jan 17, 2014


A good man is leaving the Senate. Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/Bloomberg 


You knew what might be coming when Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma announced in November that he had a recurrence of cancer. He managed for a long time with a triple threat -- colon and prostate cancer and a benign brain tumor. He announced yesterday that he will leave at the end of this congressional session to spend the time he has left with his three children and seven grandchildren. It may be one of the only times when a politician says he wants to spend more time with his family and we know it is utterly the truth.

 "Coburn has always had a gift for honesty. He didn't need consultants to tell him how to be a senator. He had the white hair, all-American accent and a doctor's wisdom of life and death, his vocation before politics. He talked to the president frequently but didn’t brag about it. His colleagues -- fellow Republicans and Democrats -- liked to have him around, even though he could be a thorn in both sides. He was often the first to be asked to join the various bipartisan "Gangs of."... 


GO read the rest here. 
The Guardian (London) had this to say about Senator Coburn: 

... this decision isn't about my health, my prognosis or even my hopes and desires.
"As a citizen, I am now convinced that I can best serve my own children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere. In the meantime, I look forward to finishing this year strong."


Coburn, nicknamed "Dr No" for his voting record in the Senate, was supposed to serve through 2016. Instead, he'll step down in January 2015. He had already vowed not to seek a third term.
Senate republican leader Mitch McConnell released a statement Thursday describing Coburn as "one of the most intelligent, principled and decent men in modern Senate history".
"When it comes to the transcendent debate over the size and cost of government, Tom Coburn is simply without peer," McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said. "No one has done more to awaken Americans to the threat posed by a government that chronically spends more than it takes in, and no one has worked harder at finding a solution."
Known as a conservative maverick during his three terms in the US House in the 1990s, Coburn continued that role after being elected to the Senate in 2004. A fierce critic of what he described as excessive government spending, Coburn was most vocal about opposing the earmarking of special projects.
His office routinely produced reports on wasteful spending, such as a 37-page report in 2011 dubbed Subsidies of the Rich and Famous that detailed nearly $30bn spent annually on government tax breaks and federal grant programs for millionaires....

There is more, and it IS an interesting read, here.

I first became aware of Senator Coburn because of his annual Waste Book, where he detailed the mind-boggling waste that could be painlessly cut from the American budget.  Follow that link and see the 2013 edition.  (For previous posts on Coburn here,  just put his name in the search thing at top left.)

In December, upon release of the latest version of the chronicle of absurdities paid for by American tax dollars, there was this:

Coburn Releases Annual Wastebook Highlighting Most Egregious Spending of 2013
 Dec 17 2013


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today released his annual oversight report “Wastebook 2013” highlighting 100 examples of wasteful and low-priority spending totaling nearly $30 billion.

“While politicians in Washington spent much of 2013 complaining about sequestration’s impact on domestic programs and our national defense, we still managed to provide benefits to the Fort Hood shooter, study romance novels, help the State Department buy Facebook fans and even help NASA study Congress,” said Dr. Coburn.

“Had Congress, in particular, been focused on doing its job of setting priorities and cutting the kind of wasteful spending outlined in this report, we could have avoided both a government shutdown and a flawed budget deal that was designed to avert a shutdown.  The nearly $30 billion in questionable and lower-priority spending in Wastebook 2013 is a small fraction of the more than $200 billion we throw away every year through fraud, waste, duplication and mismanagement.   There is more than enough stupidity and incompetence in government to allow us to live well below the budget caps.  What’s lacking is the common sense and courage in Washington to make those choices – and passage of fiscally-responsible spending bills – possible,” said Dr. Coburn.

“This report speaks volumes about why confidence in government is at an all-time low.  The hard truth is we’d much rather borrow than cut.  The American people are right to expect more,” said Dr. Coburn.

Examples of wasteful spending highlighted in “Wastebook 2013” include:

    Uncle Sam Looking for Romance on the Web – (NEH) $914,000 
     
     To read the details of just this first entry - and many, many more go over here.
     
     It should be obvious to anybody, that the current administration has NO idea how to manage Americans' money (hard-earned dollars collected by the IRS by the way.)  Now that Senator Coburn has announced his intention to leave, we need other voices raised to keep  attention on the pigs at the trough. 

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