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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. 

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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Fascism’s Willing Co-Conspirators

Fascism's Willing Co-Conspirators

by Stephen Lendman

Western media scoundrels mock legitimacy. They march in lockstep with lawless US policy. 

They misinform readers and viewers. They spurn truth and full disclosure. They proliferate Big Lies. 

They violate core journalistic ethics doing so. They shame themselves in the process.

Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. Managed news misinformation persists daily. Irresponsible Russia bashing is featured.

Truth is twisted to fit US imperial policy. It's turned on its head. It's pure garbage. It doesn't matter. It's featured daily.

America's so-called newspaper of record matches the worst of irresponsible journalism. The New York Times fronts for monied interests, power and privilege.

Its reports, commentaries and editorials distort, misinform, suppress, and deny what readers most need to know. Bald-faced lies substitute.

Its Ukraine coverage is appalling. It reads like bad fiction. It makes ordinary propaganda look good by comparison.

Washington elevated illegitimate Kiev putschists to power. They represent fascism's reemergence in Europe writ large.

Obama bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. He's escalating conflict. He wants hardline rule institutionalized. 

He wants democratic resistance crushed. He blames Putin irresponsibly for his crimes. 

Russia's leader forthrightly supports peaceful conflict resolution. Not according to Times editors. In March, they headlined "Russia's Aggression." 

They outrageously accused Putin of "exploit(ing) the Ukrainian crisis to seize control of Crimea (as well as) any other power grab he may be hatching."

They ludicrously claimed "an immediate threat to Ukrainian Russians is empty." Crimean self-defense volunteers put down attempts by Kiev infiltrators to seize government buildings.

Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters face merciless military assaults. Right Sector thugs murder them.

Times editors repeatedly lie. They support Kiev fascists. They twist truth irresponsibly. They're consistent.

They're on the wrong side of history. They ignore facts. They bury them. 

They make stuff up. They lie for power. They defend the indefensible. They endorse the unthinkable.

So do Times columnists. Thomas Friedman matches the worst. His commentaries reflect hack journalism.

They're deplorable. They're superficial. They're shallow. They're dumbed-down rubbish. They're polar opposite truth. They're featured on Times pages.

On May 6, he headlined "Go Big, Get Crazy." He maliciously bashed Putin. He lied claiming he "unleashed" "separatist forces" (in) eastern Ukraine and dial(s) them up or down as he pleases."

He misinformed readers about ordinary Ukrainian activists. They're not "separatists." They're freedom fighters. 

They're Ukraine's best and bravest. They want local autonomy. They want fundamental democratic rights everyone deserves.

Friedman wants them eliminated. "Get Crazy," he urged Obama. 

"With one initiative he could simultaneously make America stronger, Putin weaker, the planet healthier and our grandchildren safer," he said.

He "should throw caution to the wind and go big." He wants Russian energy targeted. He wants US resources replacing it.

"…Putin thinks he knows the Europeans better, since so many are beneficiaries of his oil and gas," said Friedman.

He called Kiev fascist putschists "reformers."

"The last thing Putin wants is a fairly elected reformist government," Friedman claimed.

He turned truth on its head saying so. He lied claiming Kiev's coup-appointed government is legitimate.

He ludicrously said upcoming presidential elections will be free, fair and open. They'll be farcical when held.

They're illegitimate. Results are pre-determined. Institutionalized fascist rule is planned. 

Washington fully endorses it. So does Friedman. He ignored malicious US Russia bashing.

He lied claiming Putin "Goebbels-scale propaganda in eastern Ukraine…" 

His columns mock legitimacy. They lie for power. They support fascist extremism. They cheat readers. They represent hack journalism.

Neocon Washington Post editors match him. Their Ukraine opinions barely stop short of urging direct US intervention.

They crave war. They deplore peace. They support Kiev fascists. They do so irresponsibly.

An earlier editorial headlined "President Obama's foreign policy is based on fantasy." They bashed Syria's Assad, China's Xi Jinping and Putin.

They want Obama confronting them more aggressively. If he "doesn't make the case for global engagement, no one else" will, they said.

They claimed "the tide of democracy in the world" is "retrenching." They ignored Washington's direct role in subverting it at home and abroad. 

WaPo columnist David Ignatius has longstanding US intelligence ties. He's one of many WaPo neocon contributors.

He twists truths to fit US policy. He fronts for power. He supports the worst of US imperial rampaging. On May 6, he headlined "Obama tends to create his own foreign policy headaches," saying:

"(H)e acts as if he's talking to a rational world, as opposed to one inhabited by leaders such as Russia's Vladimir Putin."

"In the realm of power politics, US presidents get points not for being right but for being (or appearing) strong."

"Say less…do more, Ignatius urged. "Stay the course (with) sanctions, diplomatic pressure, NATO resolve."

"The counter to Putin is strong, sustainable US policy…Suck if up," Ignatius urged Obama.

Fact: It bears repeating. Ignatius fronts for power.

Fact: He's a neocon favorite.

Fact: Putin represents responsible geopolitical leadership.

Fact: Obama is a war criminal multiple times over.

Fact: He elevated illegitimate Kiev fascist putschists to power.

Fact: He supports the worst of their crimes.

Fact: He bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions.

Fact: He deplores democratic governance.

Fact: He tolerates none at home or abroad.

Fact: Don't expect scoundrel correspondents, columnists, contributors or editors to explain.

Wall Street Journal ones match the worst of others. Their editorials irresponsibly bash Russia. 

They target Putin. They consider him public enemy number one. So do neocon WSJ contributors.

William Galston heads the Ezra Zilkha Brookings Institution Governance Studies Program. He's a former Bill Clinton advisor.

He participated in six presidential campaigns. He's a regular Wall Street Journal contributor. His views are hard right.

On May 6, he headlined "The Ukraine Speech Obama Should Give."

He claimed "recent events in Ukraine…threaten a sovereign nation. (T)hey pose a profound challenge to the entire post-Cold-War order."

Putin "yearns to undo what he regards as the heart of that tragedy - the separation of Russian speakers into multiple countries divided by national borders."

"He is not free to achieve that objective through subversion and force - the means he has employed in Ukraine and may well use elsewhere if he is not stopped now."

Ukraine can't "protect itself against aggression" on its own.

"Will we abandon a nation that wishes only to integrate into the world economy and live in peace with its neighbors, or will we offer meaningful help in its hour of need?"

"We all have a responsibility to act, and the United States must lead."

Galston urges "a common (US/EU) front" against Russia. He barely stopped short of recommending direct US intervention.

"Events in Ukraine are part of a larger pattern: Around the world, threats to order and peace are intensifying," he claimed.

He wants Washington acting more aggressively. Misinformation, distortion and Big Lies infested his commentary.

Fact: It bears repeating. Obama created Ukrainian crisis conditions.

Fact: He toppled Ukraine's democratically elected president.

Fact: He elevated fascist putschists to power.

Fact: They have no legitimacy whatever.

Fact: They're societal misfits.

Fact: They represent mob rule.

Fact: The only external threats Ukraine faces are ones they invent.

Fact: Putin represents the best of geopolitical leadership.

Fact: Obama is polar opposite.

Fact: He threatens world peace.

Fact: He menaces humanity.

Fact: He risks global war.

Fact: Don't expect scoundrel media contributors 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."

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


http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour 

Fascism’s Dark Side

Fascism's Dark Side

by Stephen Lendman

An earlier article called Ukraine the epicenter of European fascist reemergence. Kiev putschists reflect it. 

Last Friday's Odessa massacre shows how far they'll go. No-holds-barred barbarism explains it.

What happened exceeded the horrors of early reports. Neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs set Odessa's Trade Union House ablaze.

People were trapped inside. Dozens were massacred. Scores more were injured. Many remain missing. They're either dead or in neo-Nazi hands.

If alive, they face torture and other forms of abuse. They won't survive. They might as well be dead.

Early reports way underestimated what happened. It's multiples worse than reported.

On May 5, Live Journal (LJ) headlined "How the thugs killed Odessa inhabitants in the Trade Union House (TUH) - the details of bloody scenario." 

Casualties way exceed early reports. Neo-Nazis trapped Odessans inside TUH. Unwitnessed massacre followed.

Setting the building ablaze was strategy. It was done to conceal mass murder. Ordinary Ukrainians were slaughtered in cold blood.

Nearby tents were set on fire. Doing so preceded what followed. "Federalism supporters had no Molotov cocktails prepared in advance," said LJ.

Where inside the building did fire erupt," it asked? Right Sector thugs awaited there before slaughtering people began. 

Police stood by and did nothing. They conspired with fascist killers. So did Odessa firefighters. They "only appeared when massive entrance doors were burned through," said LJ.

"Only in a single room in the five-story building with ceilings over 3 meters high had fire visible from outside."

Who had access to TUH's roof? "Perhaps those who in advance got the keys to locked steel gratings protecting the roof doors,"said LJ.

They were armed and dangerous. They were well prepared in advance. Charred bodies were shown on upper floors untouched by fire.

How did they get there? Who's responsible? They were murdered in advance. Things were made to seem like fire consumed them.

"The same bodies from another viewpoint:

  • Wooden battery panel, wooden railings on the stairs and chipboard sheet don't look burnt;

  • Blue oval points to the barricade made of tables, chairs and cabinets. It hadn't even touched by fire, unlike the charred bodies lying nearby;

  • From where has the barricade appeared? It was built by the Right Sector thugs in order to lock people trying to save themselves on the above floors."

Corpses were dragged from where they died. People perished inside from gunshot wounds, strangling and beatings. Some were thrown from windows. They didn't jump.

It bears repeating. Setting TUH ablaze sought to mask what happened. 

Fire didn't kill activists inside. Neo-Nazi hoodlums did.

"Have you noticed that…some dead people had burnt heads and shoulders only?"

Clothes they wore showed no signs of fire. Someone doused their shoulders and heads with "flammable stuff." 

Hands and wrists were burned to the bone. Photos showed "a strange 'whitewash' " on the floor.

It's "powder from extinguishers…" Right Sector thugs used it on people they killed. They did so to protect themselves from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Hardwood floors show no signs of fire damage. Victims were killed by other means.

"Note: according to one of the main versions of what happened on May 2 in Odessa, the Right Sector thugs performed a false flag operation." 

"They put St. George's Ribbons (symbols of anti-Maidan federalism supporters) and organized violent provocation against Maidan supporters (i.e. against their own allies), in order to later blame federalism supporters and make them look responsible for death of many people," said LJ.

A dead woman was unclothed below her waist. "Most likely she was raped, then doused with a flammable mixture and set aflame."

Photographic evidence is damning. So are independent videos. They show mass murder by means other than fire and/or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Some bodies had multiple gunshot wounds to the head. People were executed in cold blood at point blank range.

A pregnant woman was strangled with an electric wire. She cried for help in vain.

Numbers killed may be as many as 300, said LJ. "Most people, especially children and women, were hacked to death with axes and clubbed to death with wooden sticks in the (TUH) basement." 

On May 7, RT International correspondent Alexey Yaroshevsky interviewed a survivor. Tatyana Ivananko said pro-autonomy activists tried hiding from Right Sector thugs. They barricaded themselves for protection.

"On our way up the stairs, we were taking plywood sheets inside so that we could block the doors and prevent them from getting into the building," she said.

They were inside before fire started. They wouldn't let anyone out. They set parts of the first and third floors ablaze. Other floors weren't affected.

Video evidence showed death by means other than fire. "Have a look at the video," said Tatyanya. An "armed man in a vest is carrying a gun."

Shooting began outside. People tried to escape. They were trapped inside TUH doing it. "(M)any were strangled" to death.

Others were shot at point blank range. Some were thrown from windows. It bears repeating. They didn't jump.

"17-year-old hooligans were finishing off people with bats," said Tatyanya.

Claiming they were foreign nationals didn't wash. They were Ukrainians. They were Odessan residents.

"They all loved their city deeply. We stood shoulder to shoulder from the very first day," Tatyanya stressed.

"A regional council deputy, Vyacheslav Markin, is also known to have been killed" inside.

Victims "were innocent civilians who wanted to live a normal life rather than just 'survive' - as is now the case in Ukraine."

"The guilty party is the current government, which clearly seeks to divide Ukraine."

Videos circulating online are damning. One includes a woman atop UTH. She's screaming for help.

Street-level thugs said she's "not a woman. She's a separatist. Beat the s..t out of her, so that she finally shuts up!"

"Yeah, women sit at home with their children, and this one's an animal!"

Acting prosecuting general Oleg Makhnitsky lied. He claimed it's too early to know who set the building ablaze. Clear evidence is incontrovertible.

Coverup and lies conceal it. Mass murder is ignored. Kiev putschists praise it. Expect similar atrocities repeating. Expect much worse ones ahead.

Perhaps Eastern Ukraine will replicated earlier Cambodian Killing Fields before things end. Coverup and denial will try concealing it. Future reports will discuss more. The worst is yet to come.

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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Rob Schneider: America ‘Sliding Very Fast Towards Fascism’

By Susan Duclos



 Fascisma governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism. Actor and comedian Rob Schneider joins Chris Stigall and discusses the current state of America, where he asserts that "We are sliding very fast towards fascism. It’s an ugly kind of thing. There’s this kind of mob mentality that we have to be careful of." Listen below to that short clip:




A former Democrat, Schnieder also claims that comedians are pressured to favor liberalism, stating "There’s a polarization that’s happening…I do think you look can look at government and go, ‘Wow, it is out of control now,’ and if you do criticize or tend to be not directly along a liberal stand, you can get murdered." 

His direct comments about Obama are not very favorable either, where he points out that Obama's policies have been bad for businesses and his economic polices are a disaster, to paraphrase.

"There’s not one segment of business under the Obama administration that hasn’t been hurt…he attacks for-profit schools, which is totally an elitist thing from a guy that went to Harvard. I think for free, by the way,” Schneider said. 
He was also critical of the media for being overly influenced by the government and not standing up for the American people. 
“We don’t really have freedom of the press. It’s owned by about eight different companies, and it doesn’t really express or help the average American,” Schneider stated.

Readers can listen to the whole show HERE


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by Stephen Lendman

Far-right Ukrainian ultranationalists are fascist extremists. Washington provides support. Oleh Tyahnybok heads the neo-Nazi Svoboda party. It's allied with likeminded groups. 

They openly display Stepan Bandera's Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B) red and black flag. 

He was a Nazi collaborator. He participated in mass executions and ethnic cleansing.

Svoboda's slogan is "Ukraine for the Ukrainians." Bandera said the same thing. He wanted Ukraine made ethnically pure. Mass extermination followed to do so.

Svoboda earlier called itself Socialist-Nationalists. It bears erie resemblance to Hitler's National Socialism. It reflects fascism writ large.

Hooliganism is longstanding fascist strategy. Blackshirt and Brownshirt violence helped elevate Mussolini and Hitler to power respectively. 

Communists, socialists, unionists and other opponents were attacked. El Duce's 1922 March on Rome coup made him Italy's youngest ever prime minister.

He took full advantage. He established a one-party state dictatorship. He eliminated competitors. Italy's business class, military and moderate right wing supported him.

In Weimar Germany's final years, economic and political crisis conditions existed. Ahead of 1932 parliamentary elections, Prussian authorities reported about 300 acts of politically motivated violence.

About two dozen were killed. Hundreds of others were injured. Brownshirt storm troopers enlisted working class support.

Goebbels provoked communists and social democrats. Propaganda highlighted Nazi martyrs killed or injured in street battles.

Hitler's Mein Kampf was a revolutionary manifesto. It denounced what he called the world's twin evils - communism and Judaism.

It openly said Germany's future "lie('s) in the acquisition of land in the East at the expense of Russia."

He blamed Weimar governance, communists, social democrats and Jews for Germany's crisis. He wanted an entirely new order established. 

He wanted absolute control. He eliminated all competitors. He transformed Germany into a one-party state dictatorship. He wanted Nazi hegemony over Europe.

Right-wing extremism dominates Western societies today. America more than ever resembles a police state. Duopoly power runs things.

Rule of law principles don't matter. Human and civil rights are disappearing in plain sight. Friendly US fascism is increasingly unfriendly. It's a short leap to tyrannical rule.

Ideological extremists threaten Europe. They're more subtle than earlier day fascists. They're just as dangerous. They want unchallenged power replacing democratic freedoms.

Neoliberalism replaced social justice. Right-wing politics dominates. US Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same coin. 

Not a dime's worth of difference separates them. Most of Europe operates the same way. Societies are increasingly unfit to live in.

Hard line fascism is a short leap away. Con men like Obama and like-minded European counterparts take full advantage. Powerful interests are served at the expense of all others.

In summer 2013, months before violence erupted in Ukraine, Svoboda conducted paramilitary training.

Obama supports its extremism. So do key EU partners. Fascist elements operated openly in Ukraine since Washington's 2004 Orange Revolution.

Democratically elected Viktor Yanukovoych was ousted. Viktor Yushchenko replaced him. 

Soros money was involved. So were State Department funded organizations. In January 2010, Yanukovych was reelected.

He defeated Yushchenko. His last presidential act was naming Bandera a Hero of Ukraine. 

It's the highest national title award. It's given for "personal heroism and great labor achievements." Honoring Bandera caused uproar in Russia, Poland, Ukraine and elsewhere.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and other Jewish groups condemned it. His award was later revoked.

Post-war, he worked for West German intelligence. Washington-recruited Nazi General Reinhardt Gehlen headed it. In 1959, KGB assassins killed him. 

His close associates were CIA and MI6 operatives. Their past Nazi affiliation was no deterrent. 

Bandara's legacy thrives in Ukraine today. His present day counterparts get open US support. 

In late January, Ukrainian leaders, civic groups and religious organizations wrote Washington, EU officials and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

They condemned neo-Nazi support. They said in part:

"You should understand that in supporting the actions of the guerrillas in Ukraine…you...are directly protecting, inciting and egging on Ukrainian neo-Nazis and neo-fascists."

"None of these oppositionists (Yatsenyuk, Klitschko, and Tyahnybok) hide that they are continuing the ideology and the practices of the OUN-UPA." 

"Wherever the Euromaidan people go in Ukraine, they disseminate, besides the slogans mentioned above, neo-Nazi, racist symbols." 

"Also confirming the neo-Nazi nature of the Euromaidan is the constant use of portraits of the bloody executioners of our people, Bandera and Shukhevych - agents of the (Nazi military intelligence) Abwehr."

"Have the UN, the EU, and the USA ceased to recognize the Charter and Verdict of the International War Crimes Tribunal at Nuremburg, where the Hitlerite Nazis and their henchmen were convicted?" 

"Have human rights ceased to be a value for the countries of the EU and the world community?" 

"Is the Ukrainian nationalists' devotion to Hitler and his mass murders of civilians now considered democracy?"

Western-supported fascist elements are responsible for violent protests. They're terrorizing Ukrainians. They're murdering civilians. They're killing police.

They're occupying government buildings. They're setting others ablaze. Yanukovych defends his country responsibly. 

He's wrongfully blamed for their violence. He's battling fascism's ugly agenda.

Rogue elements support it. Others are duped to do so. Washington and EU partners fund it. Most Ukrainians have no idea what's going on.

Their futures are on the line. So is Ukraine's sovereignty. Eighty-one years ago this past January 30, Hitler rose to power.

He became Germany's chancellor. He did so with Western support. He kept it through much of the 1930s. 

He established a ruthless dictatorship. Mass slaughter, barbarism and anti-Semitism defined it. He ravaged most of Europe. He murdered millions.

He might have emerged victorious if he hadn't invaded Soviet Russia. Waging war on two major fronts defeated him. Imagine if things turned out the other way.

Fascism didn't die. It's alive and well. It resides in Europe. It thrives in America. US policy exceeds the worst of Nazi crimes.

Hitler's Third Reich lasted a dozen years. Post-WW II America wages war on humanity. It does so at home and abroad. 

Millions ruthlessly slaughtered attest to America's ruthlessness. Syria is in the eye of the storm. So is Ukraine. Both countries are US-instigated battlegrounds.

How many more will die before both conflicts end? What will happen in their aftermath? 

How many more countries will America attack? Venezuela is the top Western Hemisphere target. Iran tops the Middle East list.

Trotsky once wrote:

"Fascism is a particular governmental system based on the uprooting of all elements of proletarian democracy within bourgeois society." 

"The task of fascism lies not only in destroying the Communist vanguard but in holding the entire class in a state of forced disunity." 

"To this end, the physical annihilation of the most revolutionary section of the workers does not suffice." 

"It is also necessary to smash all independent and voluntary organizations, to demolish all the defensive bulwarks of the proletariat, and to uproot whatever has been achieved during three-quarters of a century by the Social Democracy and the trade unions." 

European Jews suffered most under Hitler. So did all other Third Reich enemies. 

Washington wants all challengers eliminated. It wants supreme global power. It's waging war on humanity to achieve it. 

It may end up destroying it altogether. How many wars are too many? How many more millions will suffer and die? How much more ravaging is too much?

When will Washington's imperial agenda be challenged? When will White House lies be universally denounced?

On February 20, an Office of the Press Secretary statement wrongfully blamed Yanukovych. It ignored months of US-instigated, manipulated, supported street violence. It lied said:

"We are outraged by the images of Ukrainian security forces firing automatic weapons on their own people."  

"We urge President Yanukovych to immediately withdraw his security forces from downtown Kyiv and to respect the right of peaceful protest, and we urge protesters to express themselves peacefully."  

"We urge the Ukrainian military not to get involved in a conflict that can and should be resolved by political means."   

"The use of force will not resolve the crisis - clear steps must be taken to stop the violence and initiate meaningful dialogue that reduces tension and addresses the grievances of the Ukrainian people."  

"The United States will work with our European allies to hold those responsible for violence accountable and to help the Ukrainian people get a unified and independent Ukraine back on the path to a better future."

It bears repeating. Washington bears full responsibility. Plans to topple Yanukovych were made well before violence erupted.

Obama chose when and how to initiate it. He's in league with Ukrainian fascist extremists. He wants another imperial trophy. He'll stop at nothing to get it.

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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After the 22nd of July 2011 most of the literature has focused on the victims and the personality of Anders Behring Breivik, the man who carried out the two acts of terror in Norway. But this text is different. Instead, the cultural and ideological conditions for fascist mass violence in our time are brought to the surface. More than what we are used to from the Norwegian left, the author Eystein Kleven at Marxist publishing uncompromisingly proceeds to take action about what he sees as a strengthened reactionary political tendency in the European deep culture. With a little defined labor movement safely positioned in the role as the hero of history, the pamphlet from the fall of 2011 pounces on bourgeois society:

“That is how the reactionary becomes the particular in the bourgeois at the same time as the general in fascism. This is true even though the reactionaries, and not at least fascisms, have the habit to dress up with creations of the past, be it kings’ men, crusaders, the pope’s church supremacy or the caliphate of the East. Among the bourgeois theories or ideologies, fascism is the ideology that most consequently and brutally substantiates the fight against the labor movement” (P.41).

The pamphlet has weaknesses making it vulnerable to the author’s opponents among liberals and authoritarian anti-Marxists.  Eystein Kleven’s way of reasoning and phrasing in a direct way has something sober about it, but just as much belongs to a time before 1960, when the faith in Marxism as the consummation of science was considered a state religion in the East, and a plausible point of view at the universities in the West. The text seems to have been created in a strange closed universe, without any references to public debate or scientific literature at all. It is thus up to the reader to seek other texts within and outside of the Marxist mainstream to supplement Kleven, and to create a more effective political synthesis.

“The White Terror” is a term used about the harsh behavior of the French restoration monarchy after the fall of Napoleon and the last breath of the revolution in 1815. It is at this point that we arrive at last at the most insisting pinprick: “in history the reactionary violence has consistently been considerably more cruel and violent than the violence carried out by progressive forces during revolutions” (P.21). From here the author moves on to an uncompromising statement that on a strategic level capital will at any time be prepared to form alliances with fascism against social counterforces to avoid change of the economic system.

To fully understand this, it might be suitable to be specific about the implications this analysis has for the political forecast in Europe: The statement implies that the dominating financial interests today seeking to transform the European Union into a more complete plutocracy and corporate power structure, will have less to fear from neo-fascist governments than in a social Europe. And if the Troika and the creditors on Wall Street and at the Frankfurt stock exchange would have to choose, they would – every day throughout the whole year – prefer Golden Dawn’s mob rule to Syriza and the attempt to organize the Greek and the European community against the interests of capital. The leading theorist of the Frankfurt School, Max Horkheimer, expressed the essential point like this in the 1930s: “Whoever is not prepared to talk about capitalism should keep quiet about fascism”.  


Idar Helle is a researcher in the field of contemporary history, with a special focus on labour movements and industrial relations in Norway and Europe.

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EcofascistsThe environmental fascists believe that if people are allowed to have large amounts of freedom and liberty that the planet will literally be destroyed.  That sounds crazy, but that is what they actually believe.  Left to our own devices, they are fully convinced that global warming and out of control pollution will transform the earth into an uninhabitable hellhole.  Therefore, they believe that it has become necessary to strictly manage human behavior “for the good of the environment”.  With each passing year, the control of the social planners gets even tighter.  Today, they have banned certain kinds of light bulbs, they are putting mandatory “smart meters” into our homes, and they have instituted all kinds of ridiculous regulations concerning what you can do with your own land.  Tomorrow, they plan to put “black boxes” into our vehicles and move most of us into “stack-and-pack” housing that has communal bathrooms and no elevators.  There is a reason why these people are called ecofascists.  The “true believers” of the environmental fascism movement actually believe that they are “saving the world” by being control freaks.  They truly believe that they know better than the rest of us, and they love to get into positions of political power so that they can impose their will on everyone around them.

The environmental fascists are constantly “pushing the envelope” and doing whatever they can to use the power of the government to impose new rules on all the rest of us.  Most of the time, Americans just take it without ever fighting back.  For example, a car wash for a high school cheerleading squad was recently shut down because the cheerleaders were “in violation of water discharge laws“…

It’s hard to wave your spirit fingers when the city shuts down the cheerleading squad’s fundraising car wash to protect the environment.

This is what happened to Lincoln High School cheerleaders trying to raise money to attend a national competition in April. The San Jose Mercury reports that local environmental officials warned the high school cheerleaders that their car wash violated the city’s water discharge laws.

“We had a visit from the city of San Jose Environmental Services Department who said that the car washes at Hoover [Middle School] are in violation of water discharge laws, therefore we had to cancel this and all future car washes,” said an email that was sent out to neighborhood email lists on Oct. 18.

Fortunately, there are some Americans that are still willing to stand up and fight back against this emerging ecofascism.  A recent Businessweek article profiled one north Idaho couple that is vigorously fighting back against the ridiculous demands of the EPA…

Four years ago the Sacketts were filling in their lot with dirt and rock, preparing to build a simple three-bedroom home in a neighborhood where other houses have stood for years. Then three federal officials showed up and demanded they stop construction. The agency claimed the .63-acre lot was a wetland, protected under the Clean Water Act.

The Sacketts say they were stunned. The owners of an excavation company, they had secured all the necessary local permits. And Chantell Sackett says that before work began, she drove two hours to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to consult with an Army Corps of Engineers official. She says the official told her orally, though not in writing, that she didn’t need a federal permit. “We did all the right things,” she says.

The EPA issued an order requiring the Sacketts to put the land back the way it was, removing the piles of fill material and replanting the vegetation they had cleared away. The property was to be fenced off and the Sacketts would be required to submit annual reports about its condition to the EPA. The agency threatened to fine them up to $32,500 a day until they complied.

Sadly, this kind of thing is happening all over the nation.  The EPA is completely and totally out of control, and they seem to be obsessed with making life absolute hell for farmers and private landowners.

But over in Europe, environmental fascism is actually even worse than it is in the United States.  In fact, one new regulation that was recently implemented bans Europeans from owning large vacuum cleaners

Incandescent light bulbs have already been removed from the shelves. Next being removed are larger size vacuum cleaners. Germany’s online flagship daily the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports: “Beginning September 2014 in the EU only vacuum cleaners that consume less than 1600 watts may be sold. From 2017 only a maximum of 900 watts will be allowed.”

Ultimately, the ecofascists intend to manage virtually every detail of our lives, because literally everything that we do “affects the environment” in some way.

According to the Los Angeles Times, one of the next things they hope to do is to put “black boxes” in our vehicles that they can use to tax us and track the “damage” that we are doing to the environment…

As America’s road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.

The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America’s major roads.

The usually dull arena of highway planning has suddenly spawned intense debate and colorful alliances. Libertarians have joined environmental groups in lobbying to allow government to use the little boxes to keep track of the miles you drive, and possibly where you drive them — then use the information to draw up a tax bill.

What I find humorous about the above excerpt is that the L.A. Times is trying to get us to believe that this is something that “libertarians” actually want.

Another thing that the ecofascists have planned for the future is to move much of the population into “eco-friendly” stack-and-pack living environments.  These stack-and-pack living environments were described in a recent article by Suzanne Eovaldi

A typical stack-and-pack living area in the 200 square foot APodment bulding in Sammamish, WA is already developed. Occupant Judy Green (Seattle Times 5-12-13) “shares the kitchen with seven other tenants on the second floor.”  With no elevators, she has to walk up and down six flights of stairs to get to her loft! Bathrooms often are communal; no or few cars are allowed because of global warming.

The ultimate goal is for the government to watch, track, monitor and control everything that we do “for the good of humanity”.

And of course this emerging “Big Brother” control grid has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years.  In fact, it is being reported that the United States spied on 60 million Spanish phone calls in just one single month recently, and according to CNN, the U.S. had even been spying on the private phone conversations of 35 foreign leaders…

The release of further allegations of National Security Agency surveillance efforts caused the Spanish government to summon the U.S. ambassador Monday, and The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House ordered a halt to some eavesdropping on foreign leaders after learning of it this summer.

Quoting unidentified U.S. officials, the newspaper’s website said the wiretapping of about 35 foreign leaders was disclosed to the White House as part of a review of surveillance programs ordered by President Barack Obama after NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified information on the NSA’s phone monitoring systems.

The White House ordered a halt to the monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and unspecified other leaders, the newspaper reported. The Journal report did not specify who gave the shutdown order or the date it was issued.

And this “control grid” is getting much tighter and much more oppressive on the local level as well.  For example, just check out what happened to one Texas woman recently

A Texas woman was arrested, strip-searched and jailed for an overdue traffic ticket Wednesday, a local CBS affiliate first reported.

Sarah Boaz said she was cuffed outside her Richland Hills home by an officer who was waiting for her when she stepped out to go to work, the New York Daily News reported.

The officer told her a warrant had been issued for her arrest after she failed to pay a summons for running a stop sign in August. Mrs. Boaz admitted that she didn’t pay the fine because she lost the summons.

“I’m like nobody puts out a bench warrant after 60 days,” she told the Daily News. “Why would you do that?”

Mrs. Boaz said she was forced to step into a jail cell and remove her clothes for a search. Her family bailed her out within a couple of hours.

When most people read about stuff like this, they are absolutely outraged.

But the ecofascists actually love this kind of stuff.  They want an all-powerful government that will have the power to force people to do “what is right for the environment”.  In fact, many of them actually believe that the planet will not survive if government does not behave in such a manner.

In the end, they are not going to settle for anything less than total control.  They want to control where you live, what kind of work you do, what kind of transportation you use and even how many children you have.

It is a totalitarian system wrapped up in a “save the world” package.

And right now, the ecofascists are steadily gaining ground.  If they are going to be defeated, people need to start standing up for freedom and liberty while they still can.

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Eric Zuesse The most important news-story since the U.S. Presidential election has been the blockbuster by Glenn Greenwald and Ben Norton at The Intercept, headlining...

‘People Can Protect the Rights of Everyone in Their Community’ – CounterSpin interview with...

Janine Jackson interviewed Sue Udry about civil liberties under Trump for the November 18, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Sue...

How Trump Knows that Continued Global Warming Will Make Earth Uninhabitable 100 Years From...

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org He knows it because his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon — a polymath — was personally involved in proving it. Bannon...

The Real and Wannabee Elite

Recently I made a few comments about the world’s self-identified “elite”, and also about the migrants that are plaguing Europe. Happily, I was able to...

Resisting Despair: Speaking Truth in the Face of Trump

(image: Lauren Walker / Truthout) At Truthout, we don't pull any punches when it comes to criticizing the forces in power. Don't wait to hold...

‘Freedom of speech no excuse’: Students ban Daily Mail, Sun & Express from London...

The students’ union at London’s City University has voted for a motion stating that “there...

Stay Alert

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—Philosopher George Santayana Stay alert, America. This is not the time to drop our guards,...

Brexit Should Have Told Us This Was Coming

Demonstrators supporting a British departure from the European Union, in London, June 15, 2016. Although referendums such as Brexit, the rejection of...

The Fascist in November

President-elect Donald Trump addresses the nation, around 3 a.m. in New York, November 9, 2016. (Photo: Damon Winter / The New York...

Is this person our new President?

Here’s Why Hillary Won’t Allow Her Corporate Speeches to be Published Eric Zuesse (update added 8 November 2016) In a previous report, I indicated "Why Hillary Clinton’s...

Globalism vs. Human Nature

The U.N. does many things that are wrong. Its setup and philosophy are fundamentally flawed, but its charter does contain some items that aim...

America to choose either ‘proto-fascist’ or ‘corruption queen’ – Jill Stein to RT (VIDEO)

Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein has told RT that this year’s presidential election is...

America, the World’s Public Enemy Number One

An Interview with Dr. Gary Brumback Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the long history of US interventionism? What is your analysis? Dr. Gary Brumback: “Interventionism”...

Why the Left Loves the New Cold War

The Clinton campaign’s full-scale effort to turn this election into a referendum on Vladimir Putin is causing liberals like Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of...

How the 2004 Presidential Election Was Stolen by George W. Bush

Eric Zuesse (RINF) - In 2006, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. headlined at Rolling Stone “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” and he presented an argument that...

Nuclear Annihilation

Twenty-five years is a long time to get back to where you started, but two-and-a-half decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it...

Why Progressives Love the New Cold War

The Clinton campaign’s full-scale effort to turn this election into a referendum on Vladimir Putin is causing liberals like Katrina...

Trump’s Return to the Good Old Days and the Specter of Mass Terror

Recent revelations about Trump’s misogyny and acts of violence towards women are now on full display given the recent revelations regarding his vulgar, crude,...

Corbyn slams racism in UK during major London rally

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has denounced growing racist and xenophobic sentiments in the country, saying he will never stop fighting those who are...

China’s Influence on World Stage

“China and Russia have their work cut out for them, fighting for their countries, peoples, ways of life, and indirectly, for humanity’s 99% and...

Why Are Billionaires Backing Hillary And Icing Trump?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org No U.S. Presidential candidate since William McKinley in 1896 has received as nearly-unanimous financial backing from America’s wealthiest 0.01%...

I’m a Bernie Sanders Voter: Here’s Why I’ll Vote Trump

By Eric Zuesse Sometimes, things in politics are the opposite of the way they seem. The Presidential contest between the ‘liberal’ Hillary Clinton’ and the...

Why Does U.S. Gov’t. Donate $38B to an Enemy Nation?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On September 13th, the AP headlined "Israel to get $38 billion in US military aid over 10 years”, and they called...

Killer Cops and Capitalism

Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are dying who could be...

Parenting Magazine Warns ‘Blond, Cheerful’ Families Dangerous, Likely Right Wing

The Left's efforts to create the perfect breeding ground for fascism continue unabated. Don't be surprised when it arrives, folks... Parenting magazine Baby & Family...

Neo-Nazis run ‘whites only’ food bank for Glasgow homeless

A Neo-Nazi group which celebrates the evil concentration camp crimes of Dr Josef Mengele is...

Homophonophobes v. Trump

Donald J. Trump is both a racist and not a racist, depending upon the source that one consults.   His comments regarding the rapaciousness of...

Vietnam and the Things We Must Never Forget

It’s all around us and is destined to remain all around us: the perpetual star-spangled, noisy tribute to lives lost defending the Empire aka...

‘I don't have any feelings one way or the other’ – Trump on ‘bromance’...

The mainstream media’s obsession with Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia has been raging for months. The...

Socialism Laid Bare

Review of Thomas J. DiLorenzo, The Problem with Socialism (Regnery Publishing, 2016), xi + 226 pgs., hardcover. Couple the presidential candidacy of avowed socialist Senator...

Mussolini's Fascist Message to Future Found Under Obelisk in Rome

Editor's note: The following article is misleading. Scholars have not "uncovered a secret message from Mussolini." The text is still buried at the bottom...

Ukraine was Right! Why Russia is the “Biggest Threat” in the World!

by George Eliason Is Russia really the greatest threat to the world? The answer lies somewhere between how you define a threat and what you're...

HuffPo Goes Haywire Against Russia, For Hillary

Eric Zuesse, commentary on ‘news’ reporting As part of their campaign for Hillary Clinton to become President, Huffington Post bannered their home-page on the night...

The Politically Incorrect Liberal

Recently while rereading John Stuart Mill’s Considerations on Representative Government, a tract published in 1861 by a self-described political “Radical,” an early feminist, and...

The Movement and Elections: It’s What We Do That Matters

Sergei Bachlakov | Shutterstock.com As the final months of the 2016 election are upon us, its important to remember that the rank and file of the social...

Never a Dull Moment

Murray Rothbard was a true polymath. He wasn’t just the number one theoretician of the modern libertarian movement — author of the monumental Man,...

The Shot Heard All Over the Country

On June 28, 1914, the Austrian heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, visited Sarajevo, the main town of Bosnia, then an...

The Shot Heard All Over the Country

On June 28, 1914, the Austrian heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, visited Sarajevo, the main town of Bosnia, then an Austrian province. Three young...

America’s Recent Achievements in the Middle East

America’s Recent Achievements in the Middle East Eric Zuesse Here are before-and-after pictures, at https://twitter.com/MAL0mt/status/701077438525263873/photo/1, of what the U.S. government has achieved, in the Middle East: What’s especially interesting...

The Psychology of Ideology and Religion

Robert J. Burrowes Two of the drivers of world affairs that manifest in the daily decisions that affect our lives are ideology and religion. Ideology is...

Libertarian What-Me-Worryism

As elderly people get older they tend toward feeble-mindedness. Not in every case, of course, but as a general rule applicable to any given...

How America’s Press Are Covering the Trump Campaign

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org America’s press cover the Trump campaign with barely concealed hostility toward it, and with an obsessive emphasis upon the...

The Party’s Over

Well, the party is over and the machine has prevailed. Our attempt to revive democracy in the electoral arena failed. Still, we owe Bernie...

Pillory Hillary Now

Krista Kennell | Shutterstock.com   Hillary Clinton is not a lesser, but good enough, Bernie Sanders, even allowing for his many faults. She is a Wall Street flunky and...

Far-right Britain First leader claims police banned him from Skype for ‘wearing political uniform’

Britain First leader Paul Golding claims police ordered him to refrain from using Skype and...

Emigre Super Bloc Part 4- Clinton’s Jihadis | Will the Super Delegates Vote YES...

By the end of this section, you will understand Islamic terrorism better than most analysts. Where it came from, where it's going,who's driving it...

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot: Afghanistan is FUBAR

Afghanistan keeps dropping out of the headlines. Despite its endless bleeding, its Enduring Freedom torment, caused by America’s anti-communist obsession, and perpetrated by its...

Where Did the American Century Go?

Vladimir Putin recently manned up and admitted it. The United States remains the planet’s sole superpower, as it has been since the...

Election 2016 Emigre Super Blocs Part 3- How the Emigres Steal Elections

"Walled safely inside their gerrymandered districts, incumbents are insulated from general-election challenges that might pull them toward the political center, but they are perpetually...

Whose Century Is It? Life on an Increasingly Improbable Planet

The United States remains the planet's sole superpower, as it has been since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. "America," the Russian...

Cognitive Dissonance: The Dilemma of The Left

Dmitry Orlov has kindly taken the time to patiently explain the needed distinctions between Patriotism, Nationalism and, Fascism.  He carefully dissects the nuances of...

Why There Will Probably Be a Second Referendum on Brexit

Opinion, by Eric Zuesse PRELIMINARY Brexit (British exit from the European Union) would be a ferocious kidney-blow to the international aristocracy, the people (and their agents)...

America’s One-Party Government

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org INTRODUCTION Today’s United States is a more realistic version of the type of society that George Orwell fictionally described in...

Donald Trump and America B

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore (via Flickr) The voters vowed to take their revenge at the polls. They’d missed out on the country’s vaunted prosperity....

Here’s Why Hillary Won’t Allow Her Corporate Speeches to be Published

Eric Zuesse (update added 8 November 2016) In a previous report, I indicated "Why Hillary Clinton’s Paid Speeches Are Relevant”, but not what they contained. The...

The Second Coming of Ehud Barack

Suddenly, a familiar face, almost forgotten, appeared on the TV screen. Well, not entirely familiar, because it now sports a prominent black...

Please Join Me in Supporting RFK Jr. for U.S. President

Eric Zuesse TO: http://www.robertfkennedyjr.com/contact.html Hearing that Sanders will vote for Clinton removes all hope. Unless you declare your candidacy for the U.S. Presidency as a...

Brexit Vote: A Very British Affair

A deal David Cameron (pictured in a happier time) cut with his party came back to bite him – and the entire UK. (Photo:...

U.S. Study Finds Immigrants Imprisoned to Boost Prison-Corporation Profits

Eric Zuesse 93% of the people who are locked up in the U.S. in order to meet the minimum legal requirements for the number of...

Far-right Britain First holds ‘activist training camp’ in remote Welsh mountains (VIDEO)

Britain First, the far-right group known for invading mosques and halal restaurants, has released a...

America’s War on Terror is a Matrix of Lies and Deceit

Christopher Black So how is your war on “terrorism” going? I’m not doing too well at it since I have no idea who the enemy...

UKIP’s Brexit refugee poster bears striking similarity to Nazi propaganda film

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been compared to a Nazi propagandist after unveiling a new...

The 2016 Super Bloc Vote Part II Unleashing David vs the Russian Goliath

Voting blocs, smoting blocs, who gives a damn? I got bloc'd in traffic the other day! This is America and everybody has a “voting bloc!” What ya' didn't...

Israel bars all Palestinians after Tel Aviv attack

Editor's comment: Imagine Europe banning all Muslims from traveling in or out of Europe after the terrorist attacks in Belgium or France. How do you think the...

Inside The Super Majority that Decide Election 2016 & War with Russia

How well the candidate from either party satisfies 7 questions from a particular group of people will determine who the President of the United...

Depoliticizing Anti-Trump Protests Plays Into Right-Wing Narrative

The right-wing Daily Wire (6/3/16) ran this AP photo of anti-Trump protesters above a story on “the lawless display of Leftist outrage.” (photo: Noah...

Anti-Politics and the Plague of Disorientation: Welcome to the Age of Trump

"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have." -- James Baldwin The Greek chorus has finally been heard in that both the...

Donald Trump Is the Mosquito — Not the Zika Virus

US presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign stop at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (Photo: Matt Johnson) Graduates of...

‘F*** your wall!’: Trump protesters & supporters clash in San Jose as Ryan offers...

Violence erupted in San Jose, California when around 1,000 demonstrators clashed with supporters of Republican presidential...

Ms. Armageddon

“Clinton to Paint Trump as a Risk to World Order.” Thus, did page one of Thursday’s New York Times tee up Hillary Clinton’s big San...

Obama Tries to Ram His TTIP Down Europeans’ Throats

Eric Zuesse Like the foie gras producer ramming food down ducks’ throats in order to create diseased super-fatty livers that some humans find acceptable to...

The Day of the Rhino

I recently mentioned the German word Gleichschaltung – one of the most typical words in the Nazi vocabulary. “Gleich” means “the same”, and “Schaltung” means...

Netanyahu Consolidates Power Over Israeli Society

I recently mentioned the German word Gleichschaltung – one of the most typical words in the Nazi vocabulary. "Gleich" means "the same", and...

Vox editor suspended over Tweets

A deputy editor of Vox was suspended on Friday after taking to Twitter on Thursday to...

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump Are Symptoms of Creeping Caesarism

Democracies are finding themselves led by autocrats. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr Commons) ‘Charisma’ is usually what most people think of when recalling the German...

The End of M.A.D. — The Beginning of Madness

Eric Zuesse, originally published at The Saker John Helmer, who explains military-strategic matters better and more knowledgeably than just about anyone, headlined on May 30th, “The...

Is Obama’s Entire Foreign Policy Going Down in Flames?

(To see that 3-minute video of the Syrian war, click here.) Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org LIBYA On May 19th, the Washington Post headlined "Agreement that could lead...

Israeli Weimar: It Can Happen Here

“Please don’t write about Ya’ir Golan!” a friend begged me, “Anything a leftist like you writes will only harm him!” So I abstained for some...

And Away We Go!

The Honeymooners is not only widely considered to be the first official TV spin-off series, it also served as the inspiration for the many...

U.S., UK, and EU, Are Now Dictatorships

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org How can it be that in virtually all of the U.S. Presidential-candidate head-to-head Democratic versus Republican polling that was done...

Moshe Ya’alon fixes Netanyahu in Resignation Speech

Israel’s defense minister Moshe Ya’alon was replaced by one of the most extreme politicians in Israel: Avigdor Liberman. The rift between Ya’alon and Netanyahu...

NATO & the Humanitarian Dismemberment of Yugoslavia

On March 24th, 1999, NATO launched its 78-day round the clock aerial assault on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia without the approval of the...

The Mainstream Media and Its Discontents

Those of you who have been through college know that the educational system is very highly geared to rewarding conformity and obedience … it...

Twitter Claims To Block Intel Agencies From Tweet-Mining Service

Twitter Claims To Block Intel Agencies From Tweet-Mining Service Peter Van Buren, May 11, 2016 Twitter claims it does not want...

America’s Biggest of All Big Lies

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On April 26th, Reuters headlined from Romania, “‘We’re Not Here to Provoke,’ Say U.S. Pilots on Putin’s Doorstep”, and...

International Corporations Know — and Know How — They’re Raping Us

Eric Zuesse On April 26th, Britain’s Guardian headlined "TTIP: Chevron lobbied for controversial legal right as 'environmental deterrent’,” and allowed the public to see, in a more-raw fashion...

British Conservative Breaks Ranks, Opposes TTIP

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org It’s as if, say, during the Republican Administration of U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush, the person who had...

Fear and Loathing in Ukraine

Despite favorable – even fawning – propaganda in Western media, the U.S./E.U.-backed regime in Ukraine tramples on traditional liberal values...

German Economic News Reports Obama Has Abandoned His ‘Neocons’

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN), the most reliable news-source on geostrategic matters, reported, on March 31st, that U.S....

Arrests made after clashes at far-right and anti-fascist rallies in Dover (VIDEO)

Arrests have been made in the port of Dover, in the south east of the...

#RefugeesWelcome beamed onto White Cliffs of Dover ahead of far-right demo

Campaigners have responded to an anti-immigration protest taking place in Dover this Saturday by projecting...

Deadly Blowback from Neo-Imperial Wars

Exclusive: The E.U.’s crisis – with the post-World War II project to unify Europe spinning apart amid economic stress, refugees...

Features of the war in the Donbass

Alla Pierce "War is merely the continuation of politics by other means", correctly noted the Prussian military theorist General Carl von Clausewitz in his book...

Economic Update: Choosing Your Struggles

This episode provides updates on the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates, US struggle over trade with China, the UK's possible exit from...

Senator Orrin Hatch Reverses Himself on Merrick Garland Nomination

Eric Zuesse On March 13th, Republican U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch said of Obama’s process to nominate a replacement for the deceased former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin...

There Are No Words Left for the GOP Charade

Help! We political wordsmiths are in urgent need of assistance from lexicologists. The Republican presidential primary has gone so far out, so beyond accepted boundaries of...

In OtherWords: March 9, 2016

This week in OtherWords, Jim Hightower says we’ve run out of words to describe the weirdness of this year’s GOP presidential race and Jill Richardson...

Gove cites ‘Hitler worshipers’ & terrorism worries as reasons for Brexit

UK politician Michael Gove, who is campaigning for a British exit from the EU, said the bloc is damaging Britain’s safety, and Brussels is...

For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum! Statement of the Socialist...

Hillary Clinton’s Six Foreign-Policy Catastrophes

Eric Zuesse Many commentators have mentioned (such as here and here and here and here) that Hillary Clinton left behind no major achievement as the U.S. Secretary of State;...

A Look at Ukraine’s Dark Side

Exclusive: Americans have been carefully shielded from the ugly underbelly of Ukraine’s Maidan uprising in 2014 that overthrew the elected president and installed a...

The Dangerous Ideology of Religion

Ideology, in the hands of true-believers, tends to reject facts in favor of some grander “truth,” an especially dangerous tendency when mixed with religious...

Media War on Trump

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - His super-wealth, demagogic style, outlandish views, support for wealth and power, and likely business as usual agenda if elected president...

George Soros Finally Suspends His Lifelong War Against Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On January 21st, George Soros, who has throughout his life been passionately opposed not just to communism but also...

Secretary of State Clinton Disobeyed President Obama

Eric Zuesse At a crucial juncture after the 28 June 2009 coup by Honduras’s oligarchs overthrowing Manuel Zelaya, the popular progressive democratically elected President of...

Obama’s Invasion Plan of Syria Was Drawn Up by Kim Roosevelt in 1957

Eric Zuesse The same person, Teddy Roosevelt’s grandson, who planned and headed the CIA coup to overthrow Iran’s progressive secular democratic anti-communist President Mohammed Mossadegh...

The Good, Bad and Ugly in Oregon Standoff Coverage

Unraveling the Gordian knot of media issues in the Oregon standoff between federal authorities and a Patriot/Militia alliance of building occupiers is a daunting...

8 Signs You Are Living Under a Fascist Regime

In Part 1 I asserted that there is a new globalised Fascist movement that has gradually, in fits and starts, insinuated itself as a...

The fracturing of the European Union

It is 70 years since large parts of Europe lay in ruins. Great power aspirations, nationalism and fascism made the continent the focus of...

Terrorism and Trump: New Challenges for Social Justice Organizations

Donald Trump courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Flickr The wake-up call is right there in the front page headline of the Dec. 11 New York Times:...

Trump, the Islamic State, and the Cliché of Civilizations

(Photo: Aldas Kirvaitis / Flickr) I was listening to a German parliamentarian the other night. She was making some anodyne comments about transatlantic friendship and...

Ukraine’s Nazi Government Tries to Sell Stolen Art

Eric Zuesse On December 7th, the Netherlands Times headlined “Ukrainian Secret Service Accused of Trading in Stolen Dutch Paintings,” and Janene Pieters reported that, "Members of the Ukrainian...

Nothing to Fear But the Fearful Themselves

When I first learned of the recent attacks in Paris, a chill went down my spine. “No,” I thought, “This is all happening too...

Hilary 2016? Benn’s ‘career-defining’ speech could see him challenge Corbyn for Labour leader

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn was applauded by Tory and opposition MPs after giving an impassioned speech for airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. Tipped...

How the Government Made Me a Dissident

I sometimes say the government turned me into a dissident – after I spent 14 years at the CIA and two more at the...

‘Scholarship or War Propaganda’ attracts wide interest

By Christoph Dreier The book Scholarship or War Propaganda, published by the Mehring Verlag publishing house in October, has hit a nerve. Just a few weeks...

Deciphering Ideological Labels

Eric Zuesse On October 29th, France24 bannered “Sarkozy to meet Putin as French right looks to Russia,” and promulgated, as is often done, a widespread...

Odessa: A Fate Worse Than Death

If you are under 21, do not read this. If you are over 21, you have a moral obligation to read this, and view...

Europe Secretly Starts Imposing TTIP Despite the Public’s Overwhelming Opposition

Eric Zuesse The terms of Obama’s proposed TPP ‘trade’ treaty with Asian countries won’t be made public until the treaty has already been in force...

TTIP: The Aristocracy Aren’t Satisfied; They Demand More

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A new analysis of the Obama-proposed TTIP ‘trade’ treaty, which the U.S. would have with Europe, finds that it...
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Video: ‘US Islamophobia based on cultural illiteracy & ignorance’

Many people in the US confuse the words "Arab” or “Islam” with terrorism or islamo-fascism, says media and legal analyst Lionel. This is a...

Empire or Humanity?

[Note from TomDispatch editor Tom Engelhardt: Here’s how I described Howard Zinn in 2005 when I met him for a TomDispatch interview: “He's tall and...

Obama v. Putin: Their Debate on Crimea

The Source of the ‘New Cold War’: The Basic Disagreement Between Obama and Putin Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org INTRODUCTION The basic disagreement between U.S. President...

UN Condemns Ukrainian Government Cover-Ups

Eric Zuesse On September 18th, the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights headlined “Statement of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof...

Modi and Monsanto: A Wake Up Call For India

Immediately prior to Narendra Modi being elected India’s PM last year, there were calls from some quarters for him to usher in a Thatcherite-style...

Corporate Press Fails to Trump Bigotry

Depiction of Donald Trump in the LA Times, which described the candidate as “polarizing.” (photo: Robert Gauthier / LAT) The outlandish rhetoric of Republican presidential...

Why Does the EU Ally with the U.S?

Eric Zuesse VIDEOS that starkly pose the problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1566&v=yalyCk4kK-8 (The following is actually several videos, introduced by an article from me, providing context to them all.) http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/brookings-wants-villages-firebombed-ukraines-anti-terrorist-operation.html And here...

Anti-war Jeremy Corbyn attacked for defending white peace poppy

Opponents of newly-elected Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn have attacked the Stop the War coalition chairman’s defense of the white peace poppy and lukewarm...

US-NATO Killing and Destruction

The leaders and bureaucrats of the European Union (EU) are fortunate that they have largely disarmed the citizens of EU member states. If the...

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Says Refugee Crisis Is Putin’s Scheme. The Backstory

Eric Zuesse The show aired on September 5th, and interviewed their contracted expert: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4466018186001/european-union-leaders-struggle-to-deal-with-migrant-crisis/?#sp=show-clips https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=2&v=8-RyOaFwcEw TRANSCRIPT, starting at 4:45: 4:45, Interviewer: The other place that nobody seems to want to...

U.S. Drops Bombs; EU Gets Refugees & Blame. This is insane.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Starting in 2011 in Libya, the United States dropped bombs on Libya in order to replace its pro-Russian dictator,...

U.S. Has Now Retrospectively Joined Fascist Side in WW II

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org At a commemorative celebration in Beijing on Thursday September 3rd, marking the 70th Anniversary of China’s freedom from the...

The Rise Of The Inhumanes

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - America’s descent into totalitarian violence is accelerating. Like the Bush regime, the Obama regime has a penchant for rewarding Justice...

Ultra-right Maidan forces riot in Kiev over eastern Ukrainian autonomy law

By Alex Lantier On Monday, elements of the Ukrainian far right rioted in Kiev outside the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, as it passed a...

Doctors will be made obsolete by emerging AI diagnosis systems

Nearly everyone with internet access has, at one point or another, used an online diagnostic tool when trying to identify an illness. It's a...

Why and How All Large Estates Should Be Taxed to Death

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org All non-taxation of estates at death is feudal; it’s systematic continuation of feudalism, into our own era. Here’s a good...

The Greatness of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Or Not?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Many people are aware that U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt skillfully lured Japan into attacking Pearl Harbor so as to...

Bernie Sanders versus Obama & the Clintons: The Big Difference

Eric Zuesse I state here why I have come to support Bernie Sanders for President: Whereas Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama – the...

The Plague of American Authoritarianism

Authoritarianism in the American collective psyche and in what might be called traditional narratives of historical memory is always viewed as existing elsewhere. Viewed...

George Soros’s Fakery

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org George Soros pretends to be a progressive, but he invests in and finances nazis. That’s not “Nazis” as in...

How & Why the U.S. Media Do Propaganda Against Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The owners of U.S. newsmedia know that in order to serve their fellow U.S. aristocrats who want to...

Forced vaccinations part of HHS’s Healthy People 2020 ‘Decade of Vaccines’ agenda

We're right smack-dab in the middle of the federal government's "Decade of Vaccines" (2010-2020), and things couldn't be moving any faster in the direction...

Tomi Lahren- It’s Not the Muslims Stupid!

  @TomiLahren's rant heard round' the world was the first I've ever heard of her. I listened to it a couple of times and a...

OPINION: Concentrated Wealth + Widespread Stupidity = End of Democracy

Eric Zuesse Today’s America is not a democracy: “Dark Money Groups Are Funded By Dark Money Groups That Fund Dark Money Groups That Fund…" That terrific investigative news report...

Agency to Enslave Greeks Is Established

Eric Zuesse Late on Thursday, July 16th, German Economic News headlined “Greece: Debt Restructuring Through the Back Door,” and reported that, “The majority of Greece’s...

The Constitution of the EU’s Dictatorship

Eric Zuesse It’s here: http://www.esm.europa.eu/pdf/ESM Treaty consolidated 13-03-2014.pdf That’s the treaty establishing (which was originally done in 2012) the ultimate lending-fund for what the EU now officially...

Entering the Age of Nuclear Terror

As much as this year’s 70th anniversary of stopping the Holocaust was a moment to honor, the anniversaries over the next few weeks will...

New IMF Report on Greece Says Projections Are Unrealistically Optimistic

Eric Zuesse A new IMF report on Greece, issued on Tuesday, July 14th, is titled “AN UPDATE OF IMF STAFF’S PRELIMINARY PUBLIC DEBT SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS,” and it says...

How Fascist Capitalism Functions: The Case of Greece

Eric Zuesse There is democratic capitalism, and there is fascist capitalism. What we have today is fascist capitalism; and the following will explain how it...

CNN: Obama White House Lied ‘We Didn’t Know About Hillary’s Private Email’

Eric Zuesse On July 1st, CNN reported that "President Barack Obama's top aides, including David Axelrod, communicated with Hillary Clinton at her private email address while she was secretary of state,” and...

Growing momentum in US to Isolate Israel: Researcher

The growing movement in the United States to isolate Israel is an effective strategy to force the “fascist” regime to retreat from occupied Palestinian...

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by Stephen Lendman

Fidel is a living legend - bigger than life, remarkable by any standard, a hero to Cubans and millions worldwide. 

He recovered from serious illness that nearly took him. His inner strength and redoubtable spirit saved him. He's an inspiration to us all.

In August, he'll reach age 89. His intellect and spirit remain strong. The flesh isn't what it used to be - nor for most anyone after 80 years. 

He still writes occasional articles and reflections - always with important thoughts to convey - this time on "Our right to be Maxist-Leninists."

His article was published the day before Russia's stunning V-Day commemoration - a glorious tribute to millions of heroes who saved their Motherland, Europe and beyond from the scourge of fascism.

It didn't die. It's resurgent in Europe's heartland. It's headquarters shifted from Berlin to Washington. 

It threatens humanity's survival more than ever before. Perhaps Russia allied with China and other independent countries will save us - hopefully before America's war machine kills us all.

Castro called Lenin "a brilliant revolutionary strategist who did not hesitate in assuming the ideas of Marx and implementing them in an immense and only partly industrialized country, whose proletariat party became the most radical and courageous on the planet in the wake of the greatest slaughter that capitalism had caused in the world, where for the first time tanks, automatic weapons, aviation and poison gases made an appearance in wars, and even a legendary cannon capable of launching a heavy projectile more than 100 kilometers made its presence felt in the bloody conflict."

The war to end all wars spawned new ones - endless ones preventing peace and stability.

Castro quoted comments he made 23 years ago at a UN Conference on the Environment an Development, saying:

"An important biological species is in danger of disappearing given the rapid and progressive destruction of its natural life-sustaining conditions: man." 

He didn't "know at that time, how close we were to this," he said - today closer than ever before.

Honoring Russia on the 70th anniversary of its Great Patriotic War victory, Castro "put on record (his) profound admiration for the heroic Soviet people, who provided humankind an enormous service."

Today he noted the "solid" Sino/Russian alliance - "both countries with their close cooperation, modern science and powerful armies and brave soldiers…"

They "constitute a powerful shield of world peace and security, so that the life of our species may be preserved."

"Physical and mental health, and the spirit of solidarity are norms which must prevail, or the future of humankind, as we know it, will be lost forever." Castro explained. 

"The 27 million Soviets who died in the Great Patriotic War, also did so for humanity and the right to think and be socialists, to be Marxist-Leninists, communists, and leave the dark ages behind."

The scourge of US imperial lawlessness risks darker than ever dark times. Heroic figures like Castro are needed to save 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."

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


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Obama’s Duplicitous V-Day Remarks

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by Stephen Lendman

Obama and Vladimir Putin are geopolitical polar opposites. Russia's leader supports peace, stability and mutual cooperation among all countries.

He believes nation-state sovereignty is inviolable. He embraces UN Charter and other fundamental rule of law principles.

He opposes interfering in the internal affairs of other nations. He believes no country may attack another except in self-defense - and only if Security Council members authorize it as core international law stipulates.

Obama thrives on endless wars of aggression, violence and instability. He claims a divine right to intervene against other nations at his discretion - politically, economically and militarily.

He believes war is peace. He calls wars of aggression liberating ones. His notion of humanitarian intervention is genocidal slaughter and destruction - against one nation after another. 

He flagrantly breaches Nuremberg Principles defining crimes against peace to include:

"(i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances; (and)

(ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i)."

He targets all sovereign independent countries for regime change. He wants US-controlled puppet leadership replacing them.

He wants unchallenged dominion over planet earth. He wants its resources plundered for profit, its people ruthlessly exploited.

Endless US wars of aggression rage. One country after another is systematically raped. 

Fundamental freedoms are targeted for elimination. New World Order priorities matter most. 

On May 9, in his weekly remarks, Obama discussed V-Day's 70th anniversary.

His comments addressed America's European war effort alone - creating the illusion that US forces defeated Nazi Germany almost singlehandedly. 

No nation contributed more with greater sacrifice than Soviet Russia. Without its heroic efforts, Hitler might have won. 

Obama ignored its contribution entirely. His "tribute to all who served" included only US "soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard, (and) merchant marines (who) risked their lives, and gave their lives so that we, the people the world over, could live free."

"This was the (US) generation that literally saved the world - that ended the war and laid the foundation for peace."

He urged "rededicating ourselves to the freedoms for which they fought" - ones he's systematically gone all-out to destroy at home and abroad.

"Let's make sure that we keep striving to fulfill our founding ideals," he said.

America was always run by its rich, well-born and privileged. It's democracy is fake. It exists in name only. Ordinary people have no say whatever. 

Elections when held are farcical - meaningless exercises in illusion. Half or more of the electorate opting out shows popular rejection of rule of, by and for monied interests only.

They run things. Duopoly power serves them. Washington's criminal class is bipartisan. Popular needs and concerns are increasingly ignored. They're disappearing in plain sight. 

"Let’s stand united with our allies, in Europe and beyond, on behalf of our common values - freedom, security, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law around the world - and against bigotry and hatred in all their forms so that we give meaning to that pledge: 'Never forget. Never again,' " Obama blustered.

Fact: Neocon lunatics run the Washington asylum. 

Fact: State terrorism is official policy. So is carving up whole continents for profit.

Fact: America's only enemies are ones it invents.

Fact: No nation in world history harmed more people over a longer duration than America.

Fact: None more duplicitously breach core democratic principles it claims to support.

Fact: None wage more endless wars of aggression against nations threatening no others.

Fact: None support more despotic regimes for its own self-interest.

Fact: None have greater imperial aims - destructive ones violating core international laws, norms and standards.

Fact: None more threaten world peace, security and stability.

Fact: None more leave humanity's survival up for grabs.

Fact: Nothing matters more than stopping this monster before it kills everyone.

Putin is geopolitically opposite. He's not revanchist. He has no territorial aims.

He doesn't threaten his neighbors. He supports multi-world polarity. He deplores war. He champions peace. 

He wants all conflicts resolved diplomatically. He justifiably opposes America's hegemonic ambitions. He knows we must find a way to end wars or they'll end us.

His forthright Saturday Moscow Red Square V-Day address contrasted markedly with Obama's duplicity.

He "pa(id) tribute to all those (from dozens of countries) who fought" to defeat the scourge of fascism.

"Many European nations were enslaved and occupied," he explained. "The Soviet Union bore the brunt of" Hitler's aggression.

Its heroic efforts contributed most by far to his defeat. "Veterans of the Great Patriotic War…should know…we highly value their fortitude, courage and dedication to frontline brotherhood."

Putin notably "pa(id) tribute to our allies in the anti-Hitler coalition. We are grateful to the peoples of Great Britain, France and the United States of America for the contribution to the Victory," he said.

He explained how "basic principles of international cooperation have come to be increasingly ignored."

He stressed the importance of multi-world polarity. He warned about "strong-arm block thinking gaining momentum."

He stressed the urgency of "creati(ng) a system of equal security for all states…Only then will we be able to ensure peace and tranquility on the planet."

He welcomed around 30 foreign leaders, other dignitaries and numerous guests from abroad who participated in Saturday's momentous commemoration.

Obama, US officials and rogue Western counterparts were noticeable by their absence.

China's Xi Jinping stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Putin. Its military forces for the first time marched with their Russian counterparts in the ceremonial parade. Its ships joined Russia's Black Sea Fleet offshore.

China's participation highlights deepening Sino/Russian ties. Both leaders adopted a joint declaration on strengthening strategically important/mutually beneficial relations.

A separate joint declaration involves cooperating on Eurasian Economic Union and Silk Road Economic Belt development.

Important bilateral economic, financial, business and security agreement documents were signed.

Current, past, and certain future ones signify increasing Sino/Russian ties benefitting both nations enormously.

Together they're a powerful political, economic and military alliance against destructive US hegemonic ambitions - a union for peace and stability v. America's war machine.

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. 

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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Ukraine: A US-Supported Fascist Cancer in Europe’s Heartland

Ukraine: A US-Supported Fascist Cancer in Europe's Heartland

by Stephen Lendman

As Russia and leaders from dozens of other countries prepare to celebrate Victory in Europe on May 9 in Moscow, the defeated scourge again threatens regional peace and stability - courtesy of US-installed and supported Ukrainian Nazi thugs.

They celebrated May 2 as Victory Day - the infamous year ago day when Kiev-unleashed Right Sector Nazi thugs murdered hundreds of anti-regime Odessans wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism.

City police did nothing while they shot, bludgeoned, strangled, hacked to death with axes, and threw defenseless victims from windows of Odessa's Trade Union House building where they sought sanctuary in vain.

Right Sector thugs awaited them inside for a well-planned mass murder operation ordered by Kiev, OK'd by Washington.

Ukraine's Nazi-controlled Svoboda party outrageously said the following:

"May 2, 2014 was a historic day for Odessa. Odessans bravely repulsed Kremlin gangs and their local leaders, thus protecting the city from the arrival of the 'Russian world.' "

"This day was decisive in the months-long stand off between the members of Odessa Maidan and the anti-government and staunchly pro-Moscow Anti-Maidan." 

"It culminated in Ukrainian victory and the beginning of a new page in the history of the city."

Svoboda proclaimed May 2 as a "day of victory over the Kremlin terrorists groups, the day of purification from the Kremlin infection."

"This day is a proud page in the history of the city." 

Washington is in bed with some of the world's most ruthless elements - including monarchal and other despots, Nazis, takfiri terrorists, and virtually any outlaw groups and individuals willing to do its dirty work.

US imperial ruthlessness menaces humanity worldwide. It assures endless wars, genocidal slaughter, mass destruction and unspeakable human misery.

It passes under the radar of a complicit media ignoring what demands daily headlines. Presstitution triumphs over legitimate journalism. 

State-sponsored propaganda substitutes for reporting hard truths on issues mattering most.

Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. Irresponsible Russia bashing remains intense.

Last Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf outrageously accused Moscow of "a lot of lip service…about its Minsk commitments but not a lot of action."

Asked about the year ago Odessa massacre, she ducked  explaining Kiev's responsibility complicit with Washington.

She called the anniversary "important…not to lose sight of the bigger picture in Ukraine and that the fact that Russia's 'aggression' has left more than 6,000 people dead and displaced at least a million more."

It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. Russia is the continent's leading peace and stability proponent.

America threatens world peace. It bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions - for dirty war without mercy against Donbass civilians, for last May's Odessa massacre murdering hundreds in cold blood.

Don't expect any US official to explain. They're complicit in the highest of high crimes. 

Blaming Russia irresponsibly is cover for their own criminality - on an unprecedented worsening global scale.

The Donetsk People's Republic Prime Minister Denis Pushilin accused Kiev's "overseas sponsors" (mainly Washington) of helping their puppet regime continue waging war on Donbass.

Poroshenko refuses to observe Minsk ceasefire terms. He ignores them entirely. He's preparing for escalated war.

"We are ready for any turn of events, but we will do the utmost to solve the situation at the negotiating table," Pushilin explained.

Fascist regimes don't negotiate. They demand. Kiev and its US puppet master want unconditional Donbass surrender.

They want nationwide fascist rule. They deplore democratic rights. They'll continue waging dirty war to eliminate them entirely nationwide. Expect lots more death and destruction ahead.

Moscow expressed concern about blatant Kiev Minsk breaches - especially recent heavy shelling of Donetsk.

According to DPR officials, residential areas were targeted. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged OSCE chairman Ivica Dacic to intervene responsibly to halt Kiev aggression.

Moscow's Foreign Ministry wants OSCE monitors to "demand that Kiev immediately stop a flagrant violation of the Minsk agreements."

Donetsk Mayor Igor Martynov said residential buildings and a school were struck.

OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) is expected to visit the targeted area on Sunday to assess what happened.

Its latest report explained deteriorating conditions "involving live fire (by Ukrainian forces) near and at SMM patrols."

It bears repeating what previous articles explained. Minsk was dead on arrival.

Washington demands continued dirty war without mercy. Expect escalation at Obama's discretion. 

Potentially targeting Russia belligerently looms. US forces are readying for confrontation. Will WW III follow?

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. 

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. 

Kiev’s Poroshenko Vows Continued War

KIev's Poroshenko Vows Continued War

by Stephen Lendman

He lied agreeing to Minsk ceasefire terms. He violated them straightaway. 

He has no intention of observing them. Washington won't permit it. Obama wants escalated conflict. He's readying Ukrainian forces to launch it full-scale.

He deplores peace and stability. So does Poroshenko. He's beholden to Washington controlling his geopolitical agenda.

On state-controlled television, he said "(t)he war will be over only when Ukraine regains control of Donbas and Crimea." 

"It will take as much time as it takes. The country’s territorial integrity must be priority number one." 

"We will use every way possible. We will be uncompromising on that matter."

Crimea is Russian territory. It won't be handed back to Ukraine. Crimeans won't tolerate it. Nor should they.

Donbass rejects Kiev fascist rule. Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Parliament Speaker Denis Pushilin said Poroshenko's comments "are aimed at escalating the conflict in Donbas." 

"This once again confirms the fact that Kiev is not ready to implement all the conditions of the Minsk agreements." It wants war, not peace.

DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko said "(t)oday we are building our young state enthusiastically." 

"Still not everything comes easily, but despite the intention of our enemies to destroy the republic, I want to state firmly - we have established ourselves as a young state. We are developing and we have won!" 

He praised Donbass residents for their courage, unity and spiritual strength.

"I am sure that by our joint efforts we will soon turn our dream into reality and establish a strong, independent and prosperous state created by people and for people," he added.

In April 2014, Donetsk and Lugansk declared themselves sovereign states. After their May 2014 referendums, they created the Union of People's Republics, Novorossiya.

It bears repeating. They reject fascist rule. They want real democracy. They've risked life and limb fighting for it. 

They intend defending what they won. They deserve universal support.

Low-level war continues daily. In the 24-hour period ending April 30, Ukrainian forces shelled Donetsk 37 times - using heavy artillery and mortar fire.

According to Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin, Kiev continues waging war on Donbass.

"Ukrainian forces also continue harassing fire on our settlements near the contact line from tanks and IFVs (infantry fighting vehicles), and from firearms." 

"Ukrainian commanders continue covertly pulling in rocket artillery systems to positions along the contact line."

DPR intelligence noted heavy Ukrainian weapons well inside the agreed on contact line - in flagrant violation of Minsk. They're used to shell Donbass.

Information collected is given to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination, Basurin explained. Dozens of ceasefire violations occur daily.

On Thursday, "our reconnaissance registered a brief exchange of fire at the positions of the Ukrainian armed units," he said. 

"Our reconnaissance officers said in their reports that an unknown unit of commandos had stormed and seized a platoon-level fortified strongpoint set up by punitive expeditioners from a nationalistic battalion."

"That’s the first time since the outbreak of the conflict that we see an operation of this kind conducted on Kiev’s side in an area adjoining the frontline."

"(T)he unit that stormed the positions of the Ukrainian punitive battalion used silent killer weapons that didn’t belong to the Kalashnikov family of assault rifles and was obviously manufactured by a Western company."

It's unclear who ordered the operation. Basurin thinks Kiev will blame Donbass freedom fighters - maybe as a pretext for escalated fighting.

On Wednesday, Basurin cited intelligence information indicating Kiev plans large-scale provocations coinciding with May 8 and 9 Victory in Europe commemorations - including shelling residential Donbass areas.

He explained numerous previous times about Kiev forces building up aggressively along the contact line - in brazen violation of Minsk.

Now he's "referring to the use heavy artillery and jet propulsion systems with considerable destructive potential that could lead to mass civilian casualties."

If DPR intelligence is correct, expect Kiev aggression on the 70th anniversary of when it ended in May 1945 - Victory in Europe over the scourge of Nazism.

Reemerged in Europe's heartland - risking setting the whole continent ablaze again, potentially with nuclear weapons if Washington attacks Russia.

The worst of all possible outcomes could follow. Humanity destroying war was never more possible than now. Power-crazed lunatics in Washington may risk the unthinkable.

A Final Comment

America's propaganda machine never rests. On Friday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest lied saying:

"Unfortunately, we see that the Russians continue to fail to live up to the obligations they have made in the context of the Minsk agreements."

Fact: The whole world know Russia scrupulously observes Minsk terms to the letter.

Fact: Washington and Kiev blatantly violate them daily.

Earnest outrageously claimed Kiev's "clear willingness" to observe Minsk. Clear evidence proves otherwise.

Washington and rogue EU partners support and encourage its naked aggression against its own citizens. 

Donbass self-defense forces vow to continue resisting to live free from the scourge of fascism.

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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