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Stephen Lendman – Normandy Four in Paris

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Stephen Lendman: Making America Livable Again

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Despotic Saudi Regime Lobbies to Chair Human Rights Council

Despotic Saudi Regime Lobbies to Chair Human Rights Council

by Stephen Lendman

It's one of the world's most repressive states - a blight on humanity, a cancer in a part of the world known for despotic regimes.

Its human rights record is horrific by any standard. Fundamental rights don't exist.

State terror is official policy. Democracy is strictly prohibited. Torture and physical abuse are commonplace. So are public whippings, beheadings and hangings.

Due process and judicial fairness don't exist. Thousands of political prisoners languish in its gulag under deplorable conditions.

Abuse of power is extreme. So is massive corruption and lack of transparency. Inequality is institutionalized. Independent media don't exist. Nor do labor rights.

Islam is the state religion. No other is tolerated. All Saudis are required by law to be Muslims. Failure to comply is considered apostasy - a capital offense.

Capital punishment is standard practice for non-violent crimes - including adultery, armed robbery, drug smuggling, kidnapping, witchcraft, sorcery, and apostasy. 

Absolute monarchal rule tolerates no criticism or opposition. It's despotic, lawless and brutal - a police state by any standard.

Riyadh is Washington's main Arab regional ally. One rogue state supports another.

The UN Human Rights Council includes 47 Member States. Many comprise a rogue's gallery of major human rights abusers - including Saudi Arabia, America, Algeria, Ethiopia, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

Membership is apportioned regionally as follows:

African nations - 13 seats

Asia/Pacific: 13 seats

Latin America and Caribbean - 8 seats

Western Europe and other states - 7 seats

Eastern Europe - 6 seats.

Members serve for three years. They're not eligible for immediate reelection after serving two consecutive terms.

General Assembly Res. 60/251 (April 2006) states:

"(T)he Council shall be responsible for promoting universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner…" 

"(T)he Council should address situations of violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations, and make recommendations thereon..."

Most often HRC mocks what it's mandated to support. It functions as a US imperial tool - notably siding with Washington-backed takfiri terrorists waging war on sovereign Syria. Failing to condemn US-orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing of Yemen.

Reports indicate Riyadh wants to chair the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). Its membership alone is a travesty of justice.

One human rights group called letting Riyadh head the HRC an "abomination, and cynical by a nation that beheads people in public squares."

It's like letting a serial killer become police chief or a pyromaniac being appointed fire commissioner.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom criticized Riyadh's human rights record - including its treatment of blogger Raif Badawi.

He was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, 10 years imprisonment and possible capital punishment -  for freely expressing his views.

Wallstrom said "(o)ne must protest against what are (punitive) medieval methods." 

Riyadh responded by refusing to issue business visas to Swedish nationals or renew current ones. It tolerates no criticism of its horrific practices - even from a high-ranking diplomat like Wallstrom.

In January she tweeted: Riyadh's "cruel attempt to silence modern forms of expression has to be stopped."

Independent human rights groups condemn Riyadh's record as one of the world's most egregious for good reason.

Human rights in the Kingdom don't exist. Saudi Arabia is included in HRC's Asian group. One of its member states is next in line for HRC's chairmanship.

Reports indicate Riyadh is lobbying intensively to get it. Washington is supportive. US pressure may get other Asian nations to back what demands rejection.

Rogue state HRC chairmanship would mock what it claims to stand for. Riyadh's membership alone lacks legitimacy. 

Appointing it head of the human rights group would make the organization a laughing stock. Don't bet against it happening.

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. 

Senate Advances Anti-Consumer Trade Bill Fast Track Authority: Debates Shifts to House

Senate Advances Anti-Consumer Trade Bill Fast Track Authority: Debate Shifts to Houseby Stephen LendmanA major Tuesday consumer victory became defeat on Thursday in a stunning 48-hour turnaround by swing Democrats - at first against, now for fast track...

US Strategy: Bombing Yemen Back to the 19th Century

US Strategy: Bombing Yemen Back to the 19th Century

by Stephen Lendman

On March 26, US-orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing began - supplemented by imported takfiri death squad attacks.

Civilians are prime targets. Obama is systematically destroying Yemen - the way Washington ravaged Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

US strategy is total dirty war without mercy - including deliberately targeting civilian neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, power facilities, refugee camps, food depositories, vital infrastructure and other nonmilitary targets.

Riyadh's so-called 5-day ceasefire (beginning Tuesday) continues being punctuated by terror-bombings and ground attacks.

According to Shiite News, Houthi Ansarullah Brig. General Sharaf Luqman warned against further violations. Saying they'll be met with strong "determination."

"We the armed forces, and the popular committees, and Ansarullah, announce our commitment to this ceasefire," Luqman stressed.

Minutes after it began, "acts of aggression after aggression" followed.

"Right now you (can hear) the anti-aircraft firing and the Saudi firing in the sky over the capital (Sanaa) and in all of the provinces," Luqman explained.

On Thursday, a Saudi helicopter gunship struck a truck in northern Yemen, killing nine people.

Riyadh, complicit with Washington, willfully breached ceasefire terms. Ansarullah fighters are blamed for their crimes.

In normal times, Yemenis endure enormous hardships. Now they're catastrophic.

On orders from Washington, Yemen is being terror-bombed to rubble. It's economy is being systematically destroyed.

The Middle East Eye (MEE) is a UK-based independent online news service. It calls its agenda "led by events, not political leanings."

It published a new report on Yemeni crisis conditions titled "Paint thinner and donkey carts: Resource scarcity in war-torn Yemen."

Saying Yemenis seek alternative ways to survive. They're "(u)sing phone lines to power lamps, paint-thinner to run motorbikes, and donkey carts" for transportation.

Power cuts, food and water shortages, as well as lack of fuel and medical supplies create horrific conditions. 

Survival depends on improvising any way possible. "Majed al-Sharjabi, a 42-year-old doctor, had been using petrol to run a generator in his home until the coalition’s naval blockade, which prevents fuel ships from docking, sent petrol prices soaring," said MEE.

He switched to propane until its price tripled. He gave up his generator and bought a Chinese-made solar panel.

It's "not the best but it works for me," he said. "I can charge my computer and the cell phones of my neighbors."

"If it's a bright day, I can power the television for an hour and find out about how much of my country has been destroyed."

Nasri Abobaker uses a 1.5 volt battery to charge his phone. It cost $1. He built an adapter, he said. "Now I can power one lamp from it and it's free."

Ayman al-Dhobhani earns $9 a day transporting people around Sanaa. He can't afford fuel. He uses paint thinner instead.

In the last week, the price of 1.5 liters of paint thinner quadrupled - from $2 to $8.

Cooking gas is unavailable. Um Naif, a mother of three, uses cardboard and firewood - "foraged from trees and garbage around her house."

"Time has toughened us," she said. Life is hard for all Yemenis. Hani Bakhtan can't afford propane.

She uses an improvised stove metal bucket "crammed with sawdust and overlaid with clay." One bottle of sawdust cost $5 and lasts a week, she said.

Aid organizations use donkeys to distribute supplies. National center for freedoms and development manager Salah al-Homaidi said "(w)e're going back a century" - maybe two before Obama's aggression ends.

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. 
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.

Ukraine’s Latest Big Lie

Ukraine's Latest Big Lie

by Stephen Lendman

Rogue states have no credibility whatever. Ukraine's regime is a US-installed Nazi-infested fascist police state. It's a serial lying machine. 

US-anointed illegitimate oligarch president Poroshenko ludicrously claimed Russia has 11,000 troops in Ukraine - during an interview on German ZDF television.

"Today we can see that, despite the signed Minsk agreement, the number of Russian weapons and Russian troops on the occupied territory is increasing," he blustered.

Not a shred of evidence supports him. He complained about continued conflict in Donbass. He ignored his military's full responsibility complicit with Washington, systematically breaching Minsk ceasefire terms.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded saying Russia "see(s) no need to repeat that such unfounded accusations without any specifics or any evidence, to put it mildly, do not contribute to anything positive here."

Repeated accusations of "Russian aggression" in Ukraine are baseless - some of the most outlandish propaganda in modern times exceeding anything during Cold War years.

A US-created state of war exists in Ukraine. On Thursday, NATO foreign ministers expressed their firm support for Kiev - ignoring its coup d'etat regime waging war on its own people.

They continued turning a blind eye to Moscow's all-out efforts for peaceful conflict resolution. They outrageously demand Russia "cease its (nonexistent) destabilization of eastern Ukraine."

US-installed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg regurgitates what Washington orders him to say.

He ignored ongoing Kiev low-level aggression in Donbass, including against residential neighborhoods.

He outrageous pointed fingers the wrong way claiming "an increase in ceasefire violations, primarily by the separatists, continued Russian support for them, and the continued obstruction of the work of OSCE monitor."

False on all counts - willful Big Lies in support of Washington's imperial project to crush democracy in Donbass, harden fascist rule, and use Ukraine as a pretext to bash Russia irresponsibly risking direct confrontation.

Stoltenberg expressed full NATO support for Kiev's Nazi-infested coup d'etat regime. "Our partnership is strong and getting stronger," he blustered.

On May 14, Ukrainian state-controlled media reported fugitive former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashviki head of Poroshenko's so-called International Advisory Council for Reforms to solidify repressive fascist rule more than already.

Saakashvili is a US neocon favorite. In Georgia, he's a wanted man. His assets were frozen by court order.

He faces corruption and other criminal charges. An international warrant was issued for his arrest. An Interpol Red Notice was served against him.

He'd been living comfortably in New York. In February, Poroshenko appointed him a non-staff advisor.

Despite a Ukraine/Georgia extradition agreement, he’s granted safe haven status in Kiev.

In August 2008, he was complicit with Washington in attacking South Ossetia. Russia was irresponsibly blamed for intervening to protect its own citizens - after hundreds were ruthlessly slaughtered.

A 2010 Independent Fact Finding Mission Report ruled Saakashvili responsible for naked aggression.

He's militantly anti-Russian. So is neocon US Senator John McCain. Poroshenko asked him to join Saakashvili and others on his so-called International Advisory Council - a cover initiative unrelated to responsible reform.

McCain said he's unsure whether Senate rule permit his involvement. They favor all anti-Russian initiatives - the more outlandish the better.

Stoltenberg said US-dominated NATO will send increasing numbers of so-called advisors to "strengthen Ukraine's ability to defend itself" - despite having no enemies except ones it invents.

Low-level dirty war against Donbass continues - to be revved up to full-scale at Obama's discretion. Rogue states operate this way. Washington and Kiev partner in high crimes against peace.

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. 

Obama Wants Extreme Yemeni Pain and Suffering Inflicted

Obama Wants Extreme Yemeni Pain and Suffering Inflictedby Stephen LendmanYemen is Obama's war. Saudis and other regional states are convenient US proxies - waging premeditated aggression against a sovereign independent state threatening no one.A previo...

US/Iranian Relations: Back to Square One?

US/Iranian Relations: Back to Square One?

by Stephen Lendman

US concerns about Iran's well-known peaceful nuclear program were always red herring cover for its real aim - regime change, replacing Iranian sovereignty with stooge governance Washington controls.

However P5+1 one talks conclude by around end of June, US business as usual remains unchanged.

Washington wants Iranian independence destroyed. Israel wants its main regional rival eliminated, ideally balkanized into impotent mini-states under Western control.

In an interview with Saudi Arabian owned and operated Al Arabiya News, Obama declared Iran a "state sponsor of terrorism" - months after National Intelligence director James Clapper said this designation no longer applied to Tehran.

In his annual report to the US Senate, he highlighted Iran's "intentions to dampen sectarianism, build responsive partners, and deescalate tensions with Saudi Arabia."

Obama reversed policy by outrageously claiming "Iran clearly engages in dangerous and destabilizing behavior in different countries across the region. Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism."

It "supports Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. It aids the Houthi rebels in Yemen." 

"So countries in the region are right to be deeply concerned about Iran’s activities, especially its support for violent proxies inside the borders of other nations."

"When it comes to Iran’s future, I cannot predict Iran’s internal dynamics. Within Iran, there are leaders and groups that for decades have defined themselves in opposition to both the United States and our regional partners."

"I'm not counting on any nuclear deal to change that."

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blasted Obama's remarks saying "(t)he US has resorted to projecting blame on others in order to appease its regional allies."

Obama's "statements are merely a repetition of his previous unfounded accusations to appease his allies" - Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states.

"Our policies in the region are based on consolidating friendship and cooperation as well as conducting responsible acts to reinforce stability and guarantee regional security."

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham responded to John Kerry claiming Iran seeks regional destabilization, saying:

"The allegations of certain US officials about what they call 'Iran's destabilizing acts in the region' are completely rejected."

"Instability in the region is rooted in the foreign interference in the region's affairs and this (foreign meddling) threatens security and stability and prevents deep cooperation and strong and constructive interaction based on mutual interests among the regional states."

Afkham blasted Washington hypocrisy - its double standard approach to terrorist groups, supporting the region's most extremist exponents.

On Wednesday, John Kerry lied saying "Iran needs to recognize that the United States is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized or while people engage in over warfare across lines - international boundaries - in other countries."

Iran is the region's leading proponent of peace, stability and mutual cooperation among all nations.


Fidel Castro’s Remarks on the 70th Anniversary of Russia’s Great Patriotic War Victory

Fidel Castro's Remarks on the 70th Anniversary of Russia's Great Patriotic War Victory

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.


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

Ukraine’s Poroshenko Wants Russians Interned in Prison Camps

Ukraine's Poroshenko Wants Russians Interned in Prison Camps

by Stephen Lendman

Ukraine is a US-installed Nazi-infested fascist police state - waging war on its own people.

Criticizing regime policy is strictly forbidden. Anyone opposing state policies is targeted for elimination - by imprisonment or cold-blooded murder.

Free and open media don't exist. Authorities want only their own views disseminated. Reporting hard truths on issues mattering most is criminalized. 

Journalists are murdered for doing their job responsibly. Western governments support what demands condemnation. Western media ignore what demands headlines.

Kiev fascists operate extrajudicially. Poroshenko and supportive lunatics proposed "On legal regime of martial law" legislation.

It mandates extrajudicial concentration camp internment and/or "forced relocation of the citizens of a foreign country who threaten or undertake aggression towards Ukraine."

In January, Kiev's parliament declared Russia an "aggressor state." It called on UN authorities to disenfranchise Russia as a Member State. Some MPs wanted Poroshenko to declare war.

The measure urged the world community to designate the democratic Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics as "terrorist organizations."

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister/State Secretary Grigory Karasin called Kiev's action "absolutely irresponsible…a thoughtless act designed to impede advancement to much needed compromise in Ukraine."

Millions of Russian citizens residing in Ukraine are more at risk than any time since WW II.

On May 12, Poroshenko's measure passed - police state terror by any standard, ignored by Western leaders and media. 

Besides authorizing internment of foreign nationals and/or forced relocation, it permits:

  • extrajudicial confiscation of private property;

  • mandates state control over mass media;

  • prohibits anti-regime protests, demonstrations, rallies, marches or other public gatherings; 

  • bans opposition parties and media "acting against Ukraine's independence;" and

  • requires forced labor for all working-aged Ukrainians not currently performing military service.

Martial law may follow at Poroshenko's discretion with parliamentary rubber-stamp approval.

Ukraine increasingly resembles Nazi Germany. Perhaps its own version of Hitler's Nuremberg laws may follow.

They institutionalized violence and solidified despotic rule. Enemies of the state included communists, Jews, trade unionists, social democrats, gypsies, homosexuals and anyone against Nazi governance.

Aryans alone were entitled to citizenship. Others were designated state subjects with no rights whatever.

Death camps followed. So did WW II. Does WW III loom?

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. 

US Defense Department’s Fabricated Chinese Threat

US Defense Department's Fabricated Chinese Threat

by Stephen Lendman

The whole world knows China threatens no other nation. Its foreign policy is polar opposite America's.

Like Russia, it deplores war. It promotes peace, stability and mutual cooperation among all nations. 

It prioritizes economic growth and development. Its accomplishments over the past three and a half decades reflect one of the great success stories in modern times - enough to roil officials in Washington.

It's becoming the world's preeminent economic power by any measure. It's a powerhouse independent nation. Allied with Russia, it's a major deterrent to US global hegemony.

A new Defense Department report is titled "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2015."

It makes outlandish claims saying:

"The People’s Republic of China (PRC) continues to pursue a long-term, comprehensive military modernization program designed to improve its armed forces’ capacity to fight short-duration, high-intensity regional conflicts."

"Preparing for potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait remains the focus and primary driver of China’s military investment."

"China views modernization of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as essential to achieving great power status. (It stokes) regional tension…to advance its interests."

"(T)he United States will continue adapting its forces, posture, and operational concepts to maintain a stable and secure Asia-Pacific security environment."

Washington's so-called Asia pivot constitutes the most significant threat to regional peace and stability - especially allied with Japan's increasing militarism.

It reflects America's aim for dominance in a part of the world not its own. Containing, isolating and weakening China is official US policy by whatever options work best.

The DOD report criticized Beijing's South China Sea  activities. It took issue with its right to construct artificial islands comprised of 2,000 acres in its own waters, among other issues raised.

On May 10, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying responded to Pentagon claims saying:

"The US report makes willful speculations and comments on China's military growth in defiance of the facts." 

"By hyping up 'China's military threat and the lack of transparency in military strength," the report questions China's normal defense building and strategic intention,and makes inappropriate remarks on China's justified actions of safeguarding territorial sovereignty and security interests in the South China Sea." 

"The Chinese side hereby voices strong opposition to this.
China unswervingly follows the path of peaceful development and a national defense policy that is defensive in nature, and remains a staunch force in maintaining peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific and the world." 

"China's national defense building, a right China is entitled to as a sovereign state, is for the sole purpose of safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity." 

"It is hoped that the American side would abandon the cold-war mentality, view China's military development with objectiveness and reason instead of prejudices, stop issuing such kind of report or doing and saying anything that jeopardizes bilateral relations and military-to-military mutual trust, and make tangible moves to ensure the sound and steady development of state-to-state and military-to-military relations between China and the US."

The Pentagon report ignores America's global empire of bases in around 150 countries - with nuclear weapons targeting China, Russia, Iran and other nations menacingly.

It said nothing about multiple raging US direct and proxy wars - endless ones against invented enemies threatening no one.

It bears repeating. China prioritizes peace, stability, economic growth and development. It targets no other nation militarily. 

Its defense budget is a small fraction of America's outsized one - much of it directed for war-making.

China remains at peace with all its neighbors. America is a global belligerent - waging endless wars of aggression for unchallenged dominion over planet earth and space.

It's heading for direct confrontation with Russia and China. It wants its major geopolitical rivals eliminated. It's risking potential nuclear war madness.

It's drawn Moscow and Beijing more strategically, economically, politically and militarily closer together.

Their deepening alliance is humanity's best defense against reckless US imperial adventurism - a monster threatening everyone.

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. 

Pentagon Document Confirms Israeli Nukes

Pentagon Document Confirms Israeli Nukes

by Stephen Lendman

Israel's open secret is well known. It's nuclear armed and dangerous.

It won't discuss or reveal its program publicly. It wants regional exclusivity to maintain and use its arsenal at its discretion.

Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion recruited Eastern European Jewish scientists to "increase (Israeli) capacity to kill masses," he said.

He was determined to have "non-conventional weapons" - notably nuclear ones to counter what he called the Arabs' numerical advantage.

His farewell address expressed confidence Israeli "science (would) provide us with the weapons that are needed to deter our enemies from waging war against us."

He and former prime minister/president Shimon Peres became Israel's driving forces behind developing and maintaining Israel's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

They date from the 1950s. Following Israel's 1967 Six Day War of aggression, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan ordered production of four to 12 nuclear bombs annually.

US presidents supported Israel's program. By the early 1970s, it had advanced nuclear technology.

Today it's believed it includes hundreds of powerful nuclear weapons and delivery capability able to hit distant targets accurately.

France, South Africa and America were directly involved in aiding Israel's program.

In the 1950s, Washington sent Israel a 5-megawatt highly enriched uranium research reactor as part of Eisenhower's so-called Atoms for Peace initiative.

It was provided to help it develop nuclear weapons. Israeli scientists were trained at US universities.

They had access to domestic weapons labs. Since the early 1970s, Washington gave Israel advanced technology - including supercomputers able to design sophisticated nuclear weapons and delivery systems.

In the mid-a1980s, Dimona nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu revealed dozens of top secret photos and documents on Israel's nuclear weapons program.

His courage cost him 18 years in prison - mostly in solitary confinement.

Israel’s thermonuclear weapons today can destroy entire cities.

In February, the Pentagon released a previously kept secret Institute for Defense Analysis report titled "Critical Technology Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations" dated April 1987.

Revealing what's been long known followed Institute for Research: Middle East Policy director Grant Smith's FOIA suit.

DOD's release is the first official US confirmation of Israel's nuclear weapons program.

US officials knew about it and helped develop it for decades - at least since the 1960s, maybe the 50s.

Western officials, Israeli ones, and media scoundrels obsess over Iran's peaceful nuclear program well known to have no military component.

At the same time, available information on Israel's nuclear weapons program is willfully suppressed.

US major media ignore it entirely. Discussing it is considered verboten - including US help developing it.

Israel is one of only a handful of nations refusing to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Washington ignores its own laws. The 1961 US Foreign Assistance Act prohibits aiding nations developing nuclear weapons.

Israel was secretly exempted. The newly released Pentagon report discusses its nuclear infrastructure.

It includes a vast array of facilities - "equivalent to (America's) Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories," the report said. 

They're "an almost exact parallel of the capability currently existing at our National Laboratories," it explained.

It includes extensive R&D facilities, factories, private companies, and government research centers devoted to developing, upgrading, producing and maintaining Israel's nuclear arsenal.

Its SOREQ center "runs the full nuclear gamut of activities from engineering, administration and non-destructive testing for electro-optics, pulsed power, process engineering and chemistry and nuclear research and safety," the report said. 

"This is the technology base required for nuclear weapons design and fabrication."

In 1987, it was known Israel "develop(ed) the kind of codes (needed) to make hydrogen bombs."

They "detail(ed) fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level."

Israeli nuclear weapons capability was well advanced in the 1980s. Imagine how sophisticated it is now - perhaps matching America's.

Israel was given or stole US technology for decades. Knowledge about it was systematically ignored or suppressed.

Political, economic, military and technological partnership between both countries is longstanding.

It includes America helping Israel develop sophisticated nuclear weapons able to incinerate the entire Middle East and beyond.

Maybe lunatics in both countries have that and more in mind.

US and Israeli Middle East wars are real time testing grounds for new weapons systems - including chemical, biological and radiological ones.

Partnership between both countries may kill us all.

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

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

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Obama’s Duplicitous V-Day Remarks

Obama's Duplicitous V-Day Remarks

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."

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Ukraine Commemorates V-Day by Waging War and Honoring Nazi Criminals

Ukraine Commemorates V-Day by Waging War and Honoring Nazi Criminalsby Stephen LendmanUS-installed Ukrainian fascists commemorated Poroshenko's established victory in Europe Day of Remembrance by vowing to "destroy Moscow," free its people, and let the...

Omar Khadr: Free at Last?


Omar Khadr: Free at Last?

by Stephen Lendman

Khadr is a Canadian citizen - one of America's youngest wrongfully charged war on terror victims at the time of his illegal arrest and detention.

On July 27, 2002, US forces abducted him in Ayub Kheyl, Afghanistan. He was caught in a gun fight, shot twice in the chest and blinded in one eye.

At age 15, he was lawlessly detained, interrogated and brutally tortured at US Bagram and Guantanamo torture gulags.

He was tried before a US military commission the Supreme Court ruled lacks "the power to proceed because (its) structures and procedures violate both the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the four Geneva Conventions (Hamdan v. Rumsfeld June 2006).

Congress circumvented the High Court ruling by passing the Military Commissions Act (October 2006). It grants extraordinary unconstitutional rights. 

It violates core international humanitarian laws. Guantanamo and other US torture prison detainees have no rights whatever.

Guilt by accusation is automatic. Police states operate this way. None match America's global viciousness.

Khadr was charged with being an unlawful enemy combatant (now called an unprivileged enemy belligerent). Either term is a long-defunct WW II designation superseded by the four Geneva Conventions.

Khadr was coerced to admit crimes he never committed. At the time, former Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) President Michael Ratner called his admission:

"...a 'show plea.' He pleaded guilty to crimes he was never charged with and crimes about which there was almost no evidence, except a confession made under torture including threats of gang rape."

"So why did he do it?" He faced life in prison "even without a trial. He was being tried in a military commission, not a real court." 

He had no right of appeal. He was denied judicial fairness. "Under these circumstances his conviction was almost guaranteed."

"The Obama administration is trying to" do the impossible. It wants to "save face. (Khadr) was the first trial of a child soldier by a Western power since World War II."

"Charges and trials of juveniles are utterly illegal. Top that off with torture" coerced confessions. Obama operates as ruthlessly as Bush.

Imagine making a young child look like "a really bad guy and guilty."

"The Khadr case is one of the most disgusting chapters in a post-9/11 detention system that should have long ago been relegated to a trash bin."

He was charged with "material support for terrorism." At the time of his arrest, no such crime existed.

CCR said "civilians like Omar Khadr who engage in hostilities (whether in self-defense or otherwise) do not violate the laws of war merely because they lack the combat immunity of a soldier."

Khadr was Obama's first military commission trial - a kangaroo court by any standard, deeply flawed with no legitimacy.

Military commissions deny due process and judicial fairness. They're tribunals established to convict.

Khadr was born in Toronto. He was an innocent boy when abducted. He was living with his family in Afghanistan. 

He was wrongfully accused of killing a US soldier. A later leaked Defense Department Criminal Investigation Task Force report revealed his innocence. 

The soldier's death was by friendly fire. Khadr had nothing to do with it.

It didn't matter. He was horrifically mistreated - 13 years in gulag confinement, often in solitary confinement.

On September 26, 2012, he was repatriated to Canada - placed in maximum security confinement.

Instead of freeing him at the time, the fascist Harper regime continued his brutalizing treatment - complicit with Washington in gross violation of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms and fundamental international law.

Despite all he endured, he somehow retained his dignity and positive outlook. He yearned only for a normal, productive life. In a December 2012 letter to a friend he wrote:

"The light of goodness outshines shadows that might be. There are too many good things in this life (as hard as it might be) to worry or even care about the bad things." 

"Things are what we make out of them. Prison can be a deprivation of freedom, or a time to enlighten ourselves. For me it is the latter." 

On May 7, Canadian Court of Appeal Judge Myra Beilby said "Mr. Khadr, you're free to go" - despite Ottawa's emergency request to keep him imprisoned. 

In April, a lower Alberta court granted him release on bail while his appeals process continues - under strict conditions.

His lawyer Dennis Edney and wife offered him residence in their home. A required ankle monitor tracks his movements. A 10PM - 7AM curfew was imposed. He has limited Internet access only.

He has restricted communication with his family in Ontario - supervised and only in English.

Ottawa continues contesting his release on bail. He faces more court proceedings in September, as well as a US review of his case.

He's suing Harper's government for $50 million - claiming violation of his fundamental rights, including complicity with US torture and denying him rights of a child under international law.

He wants a "fresh start," he said. "There are too many good things in life that I want to experience."

He wants to finish his education and work in healthcare. "I have a lot of basic skills I need to learn," he said.

He's now aged 28. "This is (his) first time out in society since the age of 15," Edney explained.

"I’m delighted. It’s taken too many years to get to this point. We were the only Western country that didn’t request one of its detainees come home. We left a Canadian child in Guantanamo Bay to suffer torture."

For now he's released on bail. It remains for Canada's judicial system and America's to decide if he'll remain free.

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

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

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Palestinian Authority Hypocrisy

Palestinian Authority Hypocrisyby Stephen LendmanOn May 7, Netanyahu announced the most lunatic fringe coalition regime in Israel's history. It includes racist hate-mongers, over-the-top fascists and religious fundamentalist zealots - an incendiar...
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Washington and Saudis Plan Escalated Aggression on Yemen

Washington and Saudis Plan Escalated  Aggression on Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

On Thursday, John Kerry met with Saudi officials in Riyadh. They planned escalated aggression on Yemen harming defenseless civilians most.

A so-called proposed 5-day humanitarian ceasefire is phony. Terror-bombing continues. US/Saudi enforced blockade prevents enough essentials to life from entering Yemen. 

Suggesting a limited pause in fighting is willful deception. Washington wants all-out terror war against 25 million Yemenis.

It wants control regained over its former client state - no matter how much mass slaughter and destruction it takes to achieve it.

It bears repeating what other articles stressed. Yemen is Obama's war - using Saudis and other regional rogue states as US proxies.

Six weeks of terror-bombing achieved nothing strategically. Nor have thousands of imported takfiri terrorists been able to challenge Houthi rebels effectively.

Is large-scale invasion planned? Launching one assures a far greater bloodbath than already.

On Wednesday, Yemeni UN envoy Khaled Alyemany representing the illegitimate (US-installed) ousted government called for intervention by foreign ground forces.

Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin called invading Yemen "reckless - an escalation of the situation."

"What we need is a speedy resumption of negotiations under the mediation of the United Nations," he stressed.

Otherwise, expect endless conflict, far more deaths, destruction and mass displacement, as well as greater humanitarian crisis conditions than already.

On Thursday, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Johannes van der Klaauw called for an immediate halt to fighting, saying:

"Civilians were reportedly targeted while they were trying to flee to safer areas, having been trapped in Aden with limited or no access to water, food and health care for weeks."

"People in Aden have endured extreme hardship as a result of conflict over the last six weeks and must be able to move to safer areas to seek medical and other assistance." 

"Violence towards civilians and aid workers, and attacks on hospitals and other civilian infrastructure, must stop immediately."

On May 7, Yemeni doctors and other medical workers demonstrated in front of Sanaa's UN office. A doctor attending the rally said:

"We have come here…to call for the UN Secretary-General to put an end to this genocide war against the Yemenis. Many patients die at the hospitals because of" no fuel or medical supplies.

Thousands have died, mostly noncombatant civilians either in harm's way or deliberately targeted.

Thousands more were injured, many maimed for life. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced - desperate people in harm's way wherever they go.

Continued Saudi terror-bombing and proxy takfiri terrorist attacks assure it.

Riyadh's military spokesman Brig. General Ahmed al-Assiri responded to Houthi and tribal fighters' cross-border attacks in retaliation against Saudi terror-bombing, ludicrously saying:

"The Houthi militias have crossed red lines and they will be dealt with differently now. (They'll) pay a harsh and expensive price."

"The formula has changed after Saudi towns and civilians" were shelled.

AP said Houthis and allied forces consolidated control over most of Aden while Kerry was in Riyadh. The previous day they "overwhelmed" Tawahi's downtown district and an area presidential palace.

Reuters reported Riyadh's vow to hit Houthis hard despite a 5-day ceasefire offer. Asseri declined to say if ground invasion is coming. All options are open, he stressed.

In a letter to UN officials, Houthis called for international action against Saudi-led aggression.

Senior Houthi official Tawfiq al-Himyary denounced Riyadh's phony ceasefire offer - calling it "cover" for its failures.

"Saudi Arabia feels it is in trouble after more than 40 days of aggression," Himyary said. "It did not reach its stated goals, but killed and displaced thousands of civilians."

"Saudi Arabia has no right to attack the Yemenis or even to give them any kind of truce. There is no trust in this regime at all."

In April, it lied claiming an end to terror-bombing - replacing it with diplomatic efforts to resolve things.

Dirty war without mercy continued - at times more intensively than earlier. Comments from Riyadh lack credibility.

Rogue regimes operate by their own rules. Ruthlessness defines them - horrific war crimes by any standard.

Expect endless conflict to continue. Yemen is being systematically raped. It's becoming one of history's great crimes. 

Obama bears full responsibility. Saudis and other rogue regional partners share it. Millions of Yemenis suffer largely out of sight and mind. 

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

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

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George Galloway Defeated in UK General Election

George Galloway Defeated in UK General Election

by Stephen Lendman

Parliamentarian, writer, broadcaster, anti-war activist, human rights supporter, Israeli critic, and champion of Palestinian rights among other credentials Respect Party member Galloway was defeated in Thursday's general election.

He lost his Bradford West constituency decisively to New Labour's Naz Shah - 19,977 to 8,557. Down but not out, he commented, saying:

I don't begrudge the Labour members here their moment of celebration, of course."

"But there will be others who are already celebrating: the venal, the vile, the racists and the Zionists will all be celebrating." 

"The hyena can bounce on the lion’s grave but it can never be a lion and in any case, I’m not in my grave. As a matter of fact I’m going off now to plan the next campaign."

"Bradford West will always have a central place in my heart," he explained.

Shah thanked all her opponents in her victory speech "with the exception of one," she said - leaving no doubt who she meant.

She outrageously claimed Galloway "demean(ed) our democracy" while campaigning. He blasted Torries and New Labour for continuing business as usual.

Millions of Brits are suffering. Corrupt politicians don't care. Food banks are proliferating, Galloway explained. "Can you imagine what the country will look like by 2020 if these barbarians are returned" to power, he stressed.

Social justice is fast disappearing. Neoliberal harshness is official UK policy. So is partnering with Washington's endless wars. 

Galloway demands better. He was a marked man for championing what power brokers oppose.

Campaigning was rough and tumble. A Galloway spokesman denied his tactics were out of line. 

"Shah has made it personal from the beginning," he said. "She hasn't told the truth, and she's told untruths about George."

It didn't affect his core supporters, reports indicated. They were out in force. It wasn't enough.

In 2012, Galloway defeated New Labour's Imran Hussein overwhelmingly. This time was different.

In late April, Galloway said he'll run for mayor of London if his reelection campaign fails. He told Sky News:

"I won't run for London mayor if I am reelected on 7 May. If I am not reelected, I will run" in May 2016. 

He ruled out running as a sitting MP - suggesting it would be impossible to represent his constituents properly. A spokesman had no further comment.

Galloway remains one of politics most charismatic figures. Supporters and critics alike agree few can arouse a crowd the way he does.

It was an honor for this writer to be on air once with him as a guest. We had a rousing discussion not heard on major Western media outlets. 

Hard truths on issues mattering most are strictly verboten. Galloway features them on air and in parliament. Maybe as mayor of London next year.

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

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

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Bulk NSA Phone Spying

Appeals Court Strikes Down Bulk NSA Phone Spying

by Stephen Lendman

On June 11, 2013, the ACLU challenged "the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' phone records (ACLU v. Clapper)."

It argued that doing so violates Fourth and First Amendment rights, saying: 

"Because the NSA's aggregation of metadata constitutes an invasion of privacy and an unreasonable search, it is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment." 

"The call-tracking program also violates the First Amendment, because it vacuums up sensitive information about associational and expressive activity."

NSA claims authorization under the Patriot Act's Section 215 - the so-called "business records" provision.

It permits warrantless searches without probable cause. It violates fundamental First Amendment rights. It does so by mandating secrecy. 

It prohibits targeted subjects from telling others what's happening to them. It compromises free expression, assembly and association. 

It authorizes the FBI to investigate anyone based on what they say, write, or do with regard to groups they belong to or associate with.

It violates Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections by not telling targeted subjects their privacy was compromised. 

It subverts fundamental freedoms for contrived, exaggerated, or nonexistent security reasons.

At the time of its suit, the ACLU said "(w)hatever Section 215's 'relevance' requirement might allow, it does not permit the government to cast a seven-year dragnet sweeping up every phone call made or received by Americans."

The 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorized surveillance relating to "foreign intelligence information" between "foreign powers" and "agents of foreign powers." 

It restricts spying on US citizens and residents to those engaged in espionage in America and territory under US control. 

No longer. Today anything goes. America is a total surveillance society. Obama officials claim no authority can challenge them. Governing this way is called tyranny.

The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. It held Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act doesn't permit bulk collection of Americans' phone records. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously - overturning a lower court decision.

The Obama administration argued that the ACLU lacked "standing" to challenge NSA surveillance practices, and Congress "precluded" judicial review except by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court most often only hearing government arguments.

The appeals court rejected this reasoning, saying:

"If the government is correct, it could use Section 215 to collect and store in bulk any other existing metadata available anywhere in the private sector, including metadata associated with financial records, medical records, and electronic communications (including e‐mail and social media information) relating to all Americans." 

"Such expansive development of government repositories of formerly private records would be an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans."

ACLU staff attorney Alex Abdo called the ruling "a resounding victory for the rule of law."

"For years, the government secretly spied on millions of innocent Americans based on a shockingly broad interpretation of its authority." 

"The court rightly rejected the government’s theory that it may stockpile information on all of us in case that information proves useful in the future." 

"Mass surveillance does not make us any safer, and it is fundamentally incompatible with the privacy necessary in a free society."

ACLU deputy legal director/lead counsel in the case Jameel Jaffer explained:

"This ruling focuses on the phone-records program, but it has far broader significance, because the same defective legal theory that underlies this program underlies many of the government’s other mass-surveillance programs." 

"The ruling warrants a reconsideration of all of those programs, and it underscores once again the need for truly systemic reform."

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) executive director Cindy Cohn called the ruling "a great and welcome decision and ought to make Congress pause to consider whether the small changes contained in the USA Freedom Act are enough."  

''The 2nd Circuit rejected on multiple grounds the government's radical reinterpretation of Section 215 that underpinned its secret shift to mass seizure and search of Americans' telephone records.''

“While the court did not reach the constitutional issues, it certainly noted the serious problems with blindly embracing the third-party doctrine - the claim that you lose all constitutional privacy protections whenever a third-party, like your phone company, has sensitive information about your actions."

EFF's legislative analyst Mark Jaycox added:

"Now that a court of appeal has rejected the government's arguments supporting its secret shift to mass surveillance, we look forward to other courts - including the Ninth Circuit in EFF's Smith v. Obama case - rejecting mass surveillance as well." 

"With the deadline to reauthorize section 215 looming, we also call on Congress to both expressly adopt the interpretation of the law given by the court and to take further steps to rein in the NSA and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court."

One court victory doesn't mean overall triumph. The right-wing Supreme Court may have final say - or Congress able to legislatively circumvent High Court or other judicial rulings with no administration opposition by either party.

US governance serves powerful entrenched interests at the expense of popular ones. It's fundamentally anti-democratic, anti-freedom. 

Odds strongly favor no change in business as usual. Sacrificing precious liberties for greater security assures losing both.

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

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UK Elections: Business As Usual Triumphs

UK Elections: Business as Usual Triumphs

by Stephen Lendman

May 7 general elections approach. Britain is like America. It's all over before polls open. Monied interests win every time.

Ordinary people lose out more than ever in modern memory. It shows in opinion polls. 

Only 16% of voters trust politicians. Why anyone besides well-off Brits do they'll have to explain.  

It doesn't matter who wins on Thursday. Torries and New Labour are even in polls. They're like Republicans and Democrats in America - two sides of the same coin, not a dime's worth of difference between them.

Neither major party is expected to win a majority. Expect coalition government with smaller parties to follow. They largely support the same regressive policies.

All politicians lie. Nothing they say can be believed. New Labour leader Ed Miliband maintained the standard saying Britain's "clear choice on Thursday (is) between a Labour government that will put working people first or a Tory government that will only ever work for the privileged few."

Britain's "clear choice" is none at all. Monied interests run things. Bankers top the pecking order.

Politicians come and go. One major party or the other wins. Things stay the same.

Neoliberal harshness, financialization, weak unions, offshoring manufacturing, privatizing state enterprises, deregulation, and disappearing social justice characterize Britain's economy.

London's Guardian warned of a "hit list of (more) welfare cuts" coming.

Voltaire once explained British society saying its people "are like their own beer; froth on top, dregs at bottom, the middle excellent."

Today's froth never had it better. Poor Brits are enduring their hardest times since post-WW II recovery.

Middle class society is fast disappearing - like in America. Britain's weekly Spectator magazine says it's "shrinking and sinking."

"The lifestyle that the average earner had half a century ago -  reasonably sized house, dependable healthcare, a decent education for the children and a reliable pension - is becoming the preserve of the rich." 

"Middle-class pensioners look on amazed at how their children, now into adulthood, seem to have a far harder time."

Rich elites run things more than ever. They doubled their wealth since 2009. The average worker earns less when adjusted for inflation and wage cuts.

Former Bank of England governor Mervyn King said middle class society is enduring the longest squeeze in living memory. Rich folks never had it better.

London is unaffordable to live in. House prices average over $750,000. The average wage is less than $50,000.

In January, thousands participated in a March for Homes rally. They demanded solutions to unaffordable housing prices - worsening as they escalate.

They carried banners saying "People before profit." Build council homes (reasonably priced ones for working class people)." "Take the wealth of the 1%."

Rents surged an average 13% annually since 2010. So have repossessions and evictions. Britain increasingly is unfit to live in - just like America.

New Labour claiming "Britain can be better" rings hollow for millions enduring increasing hardships.

They're "all the same," growing numbers of voters say about a system increasingly ignoring their needs.

They promise one thing. They do another. Serving monied interests and allying with Washington's war machine matter most.

Respect Party Bradford West MP George Galloway is running for reelection. He calls himself "your traditional, much-loved black cab."

"You don't know what you've got until it's gone. There are not a lot of us black cabs around any more."

His constituency is one of Britain's poorest. It's struggling to reinvent itself. Despite his best  best efforts, he's up against a corrupted, uncaring system.

He's one of 650 House of Commons members. "Recovery, what recovery," he asks?

"We keep hearing that the economic recovery is better in Britain than in any other European country."

"Well it may be in London and the Home Counties, but it certainly isn't here" and most other places in Britain.

Millions are suffering. Food banks are proliferating, Galloway explained. "Can you imagine what the country will look like by 2020 if these barbarians are returned" to power, he stressed.

"We need investment in jobs and infrastructure…But it won't come under the Tories or this miserable local Labour administration." Or New Labour if it bests the Torries nationwide.

Social justice is fast disappearing. Force-fed austerity is official UK policy. 

So is growing wealth inequality. It's risen four times faster since 2008 compared to the seven preceding years.

It bears repeating. Britain is like America - governed of, by and for its privileged elites alone.

It's corrupt, fundamentally unfair and ruthlessly anti-democratic. Young people have no futures.

An entire generation is lost. Social welfare cuts hits Britain's most disadvantaged hardest.

Inequality is booming. Politicians able to make a difference don't care. Increasing amounts of public wealth in private hands is a slippery slope to third world status.

Margaret Thatcher escalated inequality. She oversaw one of the greatest ever transfers of wealth to British society's most well-off.

David Cameron is worse. New Labour's Ed Miliband is no better. Robbing poor Peter to pay rich Paul is official bipartisan policy.

It's endorsed by Liberal Democrats, Britain's third ranked party. It's neither liberal nor democratic. It's hard right like the rest.

On Thursday, voting options are death by hanging or firing squad. Ballot choices exclude government serving everyone equitably.

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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Israel: Serial Terror-Bomber

Israel: Serial Terror-BomberBy Stephen LendmanIsrael operates like America, other rogue NATO members and Saudi Arabia. It claims a divine right to terror-bomb other nations, groups and individuals at its discretion.It calls naked aggression "self-defen...

Israeli Soldiers Break the Silence on Gaza War

Israeli Soldiers Break the Silence on Gaza War

by Stephen Lendman

"Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories." 

They recount disturbing experiences Israel wants  suppressed - horrific crimes of war and against humanity including mass murdering civilians "excused as military necessities, or explained as extreme and unique cases."

Truth is polar opposite. Israel operates lawlessly. Killing, persecuting, ill-treating or otherwise harming Palestinians is longstanding practice. 

No Israeli commander or government official was ever prosecuted for horrific high crimes demanding accountability.

Make no mistake. Israel's 2014 Operation Protective Edge was well-planned premeditated naked aggression against 1.8 million largely defenseless Palestinians trapped under lawless siege.

For Israel's powerful military, it was like shooting fish in a barrel. It was cold-blooded mass murder and destruction - mostly harming noncombatant men, women, children, infants and the elderly.

Israel considers them legitimate targets. International law calls killing them a high crime against peace.

Dozens of Israeli soldiers involved in last summer's war broke the silence on war crimes they were ordered to commit. More on what they said below.

The Breaking the Silence web site said testimonies were collected from over 60 IDF officers and rank-and-file soldiers involved in aggressive war on Gaza.

They served in ground, naval and air operations. Their testimonies were carefully vetted for veracity.

Their comments based on direct involvement exposed government and IDF command Big Lies.

Rules of engagement made Gaza a free-fire zone. Commanders ordered troops "to fire at every person they identified in a combat zone" - meaning anyone, anywhere in Gaza, including civilian neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, UN shelters, and other nonmilitary targets.

Everyone in sight was considered an enemy, including small children too young to understand what was happening.

A May 3 press release headlined "This is How We Fought in Gaza 2014. 

Saying released testimonies "paint a disturbing picture of the IDF’s policy of indiscriminate fire, which directly resulted in the deaths of hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians."

"The testimonies collected by Breaking the Silence paint a troubling picture of" official Israeli policy.

Soldiers were told to "shoot to kill" anyone in sight. They were deliberately lied to about areas supposedly cleared of civilians where entire families remained.

"Throughout the Operation, the IDF fired thousands of imprecise artillery shells into residential neighborhoods."

Soldiers were ordered to carry out "mass destruction of civilian infrastructure and homes."

"Many residential homes were shelled, from the ground and from the air, in order to 'demonstrate presence in the area,' or even as an act of punishment."

Breaking the Silence director Yuli Novak said the following:

"From the testimonies given by the officers and soldiers, a troubling picture arises of a policy of indiscriminate fire that led to the deaths of innocent civilians." 

"We learn from the testimonies that there is a broad ethical failure in the IDF’s rules of engagement, and that this failure comes from the top of the chain of command, and is not merely the result of 'rotten apples.' " 

"As officers and soldiers, we know that internal military investigations scapegoat simple soldiers rather than focusing on policy."

"The public must know what missions its sons are being sent to carry out, and according to which norms the IDF acts in its name." 

"We call for the establishment of an investigative committee external to the IDF, which will investigate the policy behind the rules of engagement given during 'Protective Edge,' and the norms and values that stand at the base of this policy."

Soldier testimonies best explain Israel's lawless contempt for Palestinian lives and welfare.

An armored corps first sergeant said in part:

"(B)efore entering Gaza, the commander…said '(w)e do not take risks. We do not spare ammo (including in civilian neighborhoods). We unload. We use as much as possible.' "

A Givati Brigade lieutenant said:

"The motto guiding lots of people was: 'Let’s show them.' It was evident that that was a starting point." 

"Lots of guys who did their reserve duty with me don’t have much pity towards (Arabs). The only thing that drives them is to look after their soldiers, and the mission. They are driven towards an IDF victory, at any price. And they sleep just fine at night."

"They are totally at peace with that. These aren’t people who spend their days looking for things to kill. By no means. But they aren’t afraid to kill, either."

"They don’t see it as something bad. The power-trip element is also at play, it’s all kinds of things." 

"I think that a lot can be learned from Operation Protective Edge about the issue of dealing with civilians, and how that works." 

"There were a lot of people there who really hate Arabs. Really, really hate Arabs. You could see the hate in their eyes."

A Gaza division lieutenant said in part:

"You could feel there was a radicalisation in the way the whole thing was conducted. The discourse was extremely right-wing."

"The military obviously has very clear enemies - the Arabs, Hamas."

"The discourse is racist. The discourse is nationalistic. The discourse is anti-leftist. It was an atmosphere that really, really scared me."

An infantry soldier said:

"The rules of engagement for soldiers advancing on the ground were: open fire, open fire everywhere, first thing when you go in." 

"The assumption being that the moment we went (into Gaza), anyone who dared poke his head out was a terrorist."

A mechanized infantry first sergeant said:

"The rules of engagement are pretty identical: anything inside (Gaza) is a threat. The area has to be ‘sterilised,’ empty of people…"

"Shooting to kill. This is combat in an urban area, we’re in a war zone. The saying was: ‘There’s no such thing there as a person who is uninvolved.’ In that situation, anyone there is involved."

An armored corps first sergeant said:

"During training (they told us) we only enter houses 'wet,' with grenades, and the more of them the better - and (grenade) launchers if you can use them." 

"You’re going to ‘open’ a house? Don’t take any chances, use your grenade launcher, utilise every effective tool you’ve got." 

"Aim, fire and only then go in. You don’t know if there is or isn’t someone in there. Go in ‘wet’ with grenades, with live fire. These were the orders for entering houses."

An infantry first sergeant said:

Orders were "(i)f you spot someone, shoot. Whether it posed a threat or not wasn't a question…If you shoot someone in Gaza it's cool, no big deal."

Commanders "made it clear that there were no uninvolved civilians."

Another first sergeant said "whoever you see (in Gaza), you kill." Asked who gave the order, he said the commander.

Soldiers spoke of "sterilizing" an area - killing everyone in sight. Just open fire, they were told.

Official Israeli policy was kill everyone. All Gazans are considered enemies. Law Professor Phillipe Sands called soldier testimonies "troubling insights into (Israeli) intention and method."

"(T)hey cannot be ignored or brushed aside, coming as they do from individuals with firsthand experience. The rule of law requires proper investigation and inquiry."

Top Israeli government and military officials claiming they took proper care to safeguard civilian lives were lying.

Official Israeli policy considers noncombatant civilians legitimate targets - including women and young children.

Everyone in Gaza is considered a terrorist. The Big Lie is drummed into the minds of recruits - brainwashing them to believe mass murder is the right thing to do.

According to Israeli human rights lawyer/Breaking the Silence advisor Michael Sfard:

"One of the main threads in the testimonies is the presumption that despite the fact that the battle was being waged in urban area - and one of most densely populated in the world - no civilians would be in the areas they entered."

Anyone there was considered fair game to kill. Rules of engagement allowed everything regardless of fundamental international law.

Official Spirit of the IDF code of ethics states "soldiers will not use their weapons and force to harm human beings who are not combatants or prisoners of war, and will do all in their power to avoid causing harm to their lives, bodies, dignity and property."

Dozens of soldier testimonies show it's duplicitous rhetoric - meaningless. 

In combat, anything goes is official Israeli policy - including indiscriminately mass murdering noncombatant civilians. Accountability remains nowhere in sight.

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

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US-Dominated NATO Readying for War on Russia?

US-Dominated NATO Readying for War on Russia?

by Stephen Lendman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • nonexistent "Russian aggression;"

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

  • arming Donbass freedom fighters with heavy weapons; and

  • violating other Minsk ceasefire terms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Final Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Racist Israeli Policies Target Arabs and Ethiopian Jews

Racist Israeli Policies Target Arabs and Ethiopian Jews

by Stephen Lendman

Longstanding Israeli policy is notoriously racist - worse than South African apartheid according to observers familiar with both systems.

Palestinians face ruthless persecution in a nation affording rights to privileged Jews alone. They have virtually none whatever. 

They're fair game for whatever harshness Israel has in mind - including lawless imprisonment and mass murder.

Ethiopian Jews fare no better - unwanted because they're black. Citizenship doesn't matter. Persecuting them is standard Israeli practice.

Last week a video emerged showing police beating an Ethiopian IDF member.

On Sunday, thousands of Ethiopian Israelis protested mostly peacefully - against what happened and widespread discrimination.

Hundreds of Israeli social activists and concerned Knesset members joined Sunday's rally. It came three days after an earlier one protesting police beating an Ethiopian Israeli soldier.

Police reacted as expected - viciously with stun grenades, water cannon fire, pepper spray and beatings.

Scattered protester violence was in response to policy brutality - mostly scuffles, throwing stones and plastic water bottles.

Numerous injuries and arrests followed. Participants chanted "Violent police officers belong in jail." "For blacks and whites, racism is the devil." "Police state." "No to racism."

They held signs saying "A violent policeman must be put in prison." "We demand equal rights."

Not in Israel notorious for ruthlessly denying them. One protester spoke for others saying:

"Being black, I have to protest today. I never experienced police violence against me personally, but it is aimed at my community which I have to support."

Protesters want social inequality addressed. They want violent police charged, tried, convicted and imprisoned for criminality too serious to ignore.

Netanyahu lied saying police abuse cases "will be looked into." Whitewash is standard Israeli policy.  

Over 135,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel. They're treated like second-class citizens or worse.

Their fundamental rights are denied. They face high unemployment, rotten jobs when available, poverty wages and discriminatory mistreatment.

A midday Monday rally is planned. Police warned if "public safety" is threatened, they'll "be forced to disperse the demonstration using means" of crowd control - code language for unrestrained brutality.

Nineteen Sunday protesters face charges of rioting and assaulting police. Innocence is no defense. Guilt by accusation is longstanding Israeli policy. Police brutality doesn't matter.

One protester said the following:

"We have long been the punching bag and scapegoat for everything in this country. People say that they’re with us, that they brought us here." 

"They didn’t bring us here. We came because of Zionism, not like others who came for economic benefits." 

"When you’re a Zionist, you believe with a full heart that this is your country."

"Our forefathers lived here, and we also have the right to live here. But what is going on now is simply a catastrophe." 

"It is racism for the sake of racism. You look for a job today, and even if you’re the best around, there’s a price. Your color carries a price.

"But we will not stay silent any longer. We are not our parents’ generation, who kept quiet, kept their heads down and said ‘amen’ to everything." 

"That period is over. We are a new generation fighting for our rights."

"We are the first to volunteer for the elite units in the military. I personally know many in the community who’ve already fought in three wars." 

"And the state - what it does it tell them to do? Pardon the expression, but it tells them to go stick it you know where."

A 19-year-old protesting IDF soldier said:

"There are too many instances of racism against our community. We kept quiet and kept quiet, and because of that, people who were victims of police violence ended up killing themselves." 

"The boy who was beaten up last week, you can see on the video that he didn’t do anything. He was beaten up for nothing, and it’s really enraging."

"What we’re doing now has nothing to do with what’s going on in Baltimore. They have their issues. We have ours. But we understand them. We both suffer from racism." 

"There, it’s more extreme. People were murdered by police. Here they just got beaten up. Who knows? Maybe somebody was killed by police here, and we don’t even know about it."

"In any event, we will not be silent any longer. It can’t be that our blood is only good for fighting wars." 

Another protesting black soldier said "I almost lost my life for the country, and this is how they treat me."

An Ethiopian protester told Israeli bystanders: "See, our blood is just like yours."

Another said "I feel like we're strangers, like we're not Jews. We fight all these wars, but this is the real war" - for long denied justice.

Things quieted down Sunday around midnight. What happens Monday and thereafter remains to be seen.

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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Jimmy Carter Calls Gaza Conditions “Intolerable”

Jimmy Carter Calls Gaza Conditions "Intolerable"by Stephen LendmanOn Saturday, 90-year-old former US President Jimmy Carter called conditions in Gaza "intolerable" eight months after Israel's summer 2014 genocidal war.Visiting Jerusalem he said:"What w...

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.


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Anniversary of Last May’s Odessa Massacre

Anniversary of Last May's Odessa Massacre

by Stephen Lendman

What happened reflected Kiev ordered no-holds-barbarism - an atrocity committed by a US-installed, Nazi-infested fascist regime against anti-Maidan Odessan civilians wanting to live free.

Nazi Right Sector thugs murdered hundreds of defenseless victims in cold blood.

What happened was far worse than reported. Massacring people reflects the worst of fascist viciousness.

Mass murder was planned in advance. Hundreds of anti-regime Odessans sought shelter in the city's Trade Union House (TUH) building.

Right Sector thugs awaited them inside - armed and dangerous. Mass slaughter followed.

Nearby tents used by peaceful protesters were set ablaze. Doing so preceded a well-planned operation.

Police stood by and did nothing. They conspired with fascist killers. So did Odessan firefighters. They only appeared after massive TUH entrance doors burned through.

Fire confined to parts of two floors only killed no one, nor carbon monoxide poisoning as reported. 

Nazi hoodlums murdered anti-regime victims by gunshot wounds, strangling, bludgeoning, hacking them to death with axes and throwing them alive from windows. They didn't jump.

Coverup and denial followed a day Odessans won't forget. Eyewitnesses and survivors remember best of all. Kiev bore full responsibility. A previous article said the following:

A woman explained she "personally saw with (her) own eyes how a man of maybe around 40 - they cut his throat."

"They pushed him on the ground and cut his throat - and they shouted, 'Glory to Ukraine.' "

"Everything happened so quickly. Someone said that we all have to get inside the Trades Union building."

"Everyone quickly began carrying everything into the building and reinforcing everything inside."

"When I was on the second floor, I saw many of the pro-Maidan (supporters) gathering around. They surrounded us."

"They were all around the building." A fire was "ignited…I went downstairs and heard shooting inside the building."

A man "was shouting that the Right Sector was coming. Everybody run."

"I ran into an office. Two men were brought in. They had suffocated. They were dead."

"There was not a sound other than the shots. (A) couple of minutes passed. People inside said "(l)et us in. Let us in. We are with you. They are killing us."

"I was in such a shock. I can't even describe this to you. I did not expect that anyone could rejoice so much over killing someone."

"My ears were wringing. We were screaming. We were just begging them not to kill us."

"They killed everyone they saw. Everyone at once. A man was lying right by my feet. He was covered in blood. They beat him with bats."

"They took one woman away. I don't know where. Then as soon as they took me out of an office, I begged them to let me go because I have a small child."

"They could not care less…I stood there. I saw everything. They were dragging people. I don't know where they were taking them."

"When they took me out of an office, I was walking on corpses. Then we went on the stairs and there I only saw blood."

"I saw bodies in the hallway. They were dragging them. They began shooting."

"People inside tried to get out to safety. Some of them were shot."

Somehow some eyewitness survived. Most inside the TUH perished. Most others who got out were murdered.

It bears repeating. Right Sector thugs killed hundreds of Odessans in cold blood, not dozens as reported.

They shot, bludgeoned, strangled, hacked or threw victims to their death out of windows.

Survivors able to escape were attacked outside. Most were murdered in cold blood.

Official accounts suppressed what happened. Media scoundrels regurgitated Big Lies.

Moscow accused Kiev of doing nothing to initiate an independent investigation of massive criminality.

Russia's Foreign Ministry expressed "deep concern…that after one year (since the massacre), the Ukrainian justice system did not take any tangible steps toward an objective, independent and impartial investigation of this horrific crime in order to bring the perpetrators to justice."

State-sponsored barbarism remains unaccountable. Moscow urged the international community and human rights groups to "decisively and honestly" demand Kiev initiate an independent investigation into what happened and correct "glaring flaws" in its judicial system.

Washington's support lets thugs they installed get away with mass murder. Media scoundrels share blame by suppressing what demands headlines.

Killers remain unaccountable. Police states operate this way. Murdering opponents is standard practice. 

Washington provides full support and encouragement. One fascist regime supports another.

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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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."

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Washington Blocks Security Council Action on Vital Yemeni Humanitarian Needs

Washington Blocks Security Council Action on Vital Yemeni Humanitarian Needs

by Stephen Lendman

It bears repeating what other articles stressed. Yemen is Obama's war - another atrocity on his rap sheet affecting an entire country and its 25 million people in dire need of humanitarian aid to survive.

Saudis and rogue regional allies are convenient US proxies - carrying out orders from Washington. They'd never attack another Arab country without America's OK, urging and support.

Washington and Riyadh imposed air and sea blockade on Yemen - a blatantly illegal act on top of US planned and orchestrated naked aggression against an independent country posing no threat to others.

Russia called for an immediate ceasefire, an urgency to address humanitarian crisis conditions and dialogue among all sides to end fighting.

During a Friday emergency closed-door Security Council session on Yemen it called, Washington blocked its initiative.

Obama launched war. He deplores peace. He wants conflict escalated. 

He wants blockade conditions maintained. He wants Yemenis starved to death or perishing from untreated wounds.

He wants no consideration whatever given to addressing essential to life humanitarian needs.

Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin expressed frustration saying "(t)his really shows an amazing lack of understanding of how things are evolving."

"If you can't agree to a (responsible) motherhood and apple pie statement, what can you agree on?"

Churkin pointed fingers at Washington adding:

"Clearly, they need to feel their responsibility since they are supporting the bombing of the coalition, the responsibility of the humanitarian consequences."

Saudi-led airstrikes and blockade are lawless. No Security Council resolution authorized them.

"It is very clear from resolution 2216 that it did not authorize the use of military force," Churkin explained. 

"Some colleagues were saying that the Saudi-led coalition is trying to make sure that resolution 2216 is implemented. This is not the case. Their action is completely outside the resolution."

Among other provisions, it banned supplying Houthis with weapons. It did nothing to stop Washington and Riyadh from arming forces fighting them - including thousands Saudi recruited takfiri terrorists.

On Thursday, an ineffective UN statement without teeth "call(ed) on all parties to ensure that humanitarian agencies and their partners have safe and reliable access to bring aid workers and supplies into Yemen and to deliver aid to millions of people in need."

"All airports are closed to civilian traffic - some have come under direct attack - and naval shipments are being delayed." 

"Yemen's health, water and sanitation systems and telecommunications services are on the brink of collapse."

Yemen faces an acute shortage of food, clean water, medical supplies and other essentials to life.

US-initiated/Saudi-led aggression bears full responsibility. In mid-April, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said food reserves in Yemen were fast running out. Millions of Yemenis face possible starvation. 

The ICRC reported an alarming shortage of virtually everything needed to sustain life.

Its surgical team had to abandon Aden's Al Jamhouria hospital when Saudis terror-bombed it. ICRC's Cedric Scheizer issued a statement saying:

"We are shocked by the lack of respect for the hospital, as a neutral health facility, by the fighting parties."

"Under no circumstances should this be happening, and under no circumstances should hospitals be targeted or used for fighting purposes." 

"Our team had been working in that hospital for three weeks but, after all the patients and staff were put at risk, the hospital had to be vacated."

Washington supplies Riyadh with targets to strike. They include hospitals, residential neighborhoods, schools, mosques, power facilities, food storage areas and civilian infrastructure - blatant illegal acts.

Sanaa's Al Kuwait Hospital administrator Issa Alzugh said "(w)e are facing tremendous logistical difficulties in trying to keep this hospital working."

"We are running out of diesel. Our ambulances can no longer transport patients. Only half of our staff can come to work as the hospital buses have stopped running."

Dr. Zine El Abidine said severe shortages of lifesaving supplies are crippling operations.

An entire country is on the brink of collapse. Appalling human suffering affects millions.

On Friday, thousands of Yemenis protested in Sanaa. They chanted anti-US/Saudi/Israeli slogans.

Women, children and elderly participants addressed the huge crowd. It was the second mass protest since mid-April - organized by Yemen's Supreme Revolutionary Council.

On Friday, Saudis terror-bombed an area 200 meters from Russia's Sanaa embassy - perhaps a shot across the bow. Its diplomats remain in Sanaa.

Its embassy is official Russian territory. Saudis perhaps sent a message indicating a future strike won't miss.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest reiterated Washington's full support for Saudi terror-bombing. 

Claiming Riyadh is "reacting to legitimate concerns…about the security situation along their border" is a brazen Big Lie.

US-planned, sponsored and orchestrated naked aggression continues - endless war against 25 million Yemenis, genocide by any standard.

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

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

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More Reckless Russia Bashing

More Reckless Russia Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

It ebbs, flows but never entirely ceases. Russia remains US public enemy number one - to serve its imperial interests threatening world peace.

Bogus accusations persist - reckless and irresponsible. The New York Times is America's lead corporate instrument of state propaganda.

On April 22, it headlined "Putin Bolsters His Forces Near Ukraine, US Says."

Throughout Obama's proxy war on Donbass, Putin was repeatedly accused of nonexistent Russian aggression.

Big Lies never stop. According to The Times citing US sources, "Russia has continued to deploy air defense systems in eastern Ukraine and has built up its forces near the border…"

"Western officials are not sure if the military moves are preparations for a new Russian-backed offensive that would be intended to help the separatists seize additional territory."

"(T)he new military activity is a major concern because it has significantly reduced the amount of warning that Ukraine and its Western supporters would have if Russian forces and separatists mounted a joint offensive." 

"And some of Russia’s actions, American officials say, are flagrant violations of the cease-fire agreement that European nations negotiated with Russia and Ukraine in February."

Fact: False on all counts. The Times knows it. Irresponsible reporting persists anyway.

Fact: At the same time, Russia has every right to station its military forces anywhere inside its borders.

Fact: Doing so threatens no one.

Fact: America belligerently deploys its military might worldwide - provocatively close to Russia's borders.

Fact: Hundreds of US combat troops are working jointly with Ukraine's Nazi-infested National Guard - readying it for renewed aggression against Donbass, perhaps intending to participate this time along with US terror-bombing.

Fact: Throughout over a year of conflict in Ukraine, Russia  worked harder to end it diplomatically than any other country.

Fact: Washington and rogue allies perpetuate conflict - going all-out to prevent peace and stability.

Fact: The whole world knows no anti-Ukrainian Russian aggression occurred earlier or is planned now.

Fact: Claims otherwise are Big Lies. Not a shred of credible evidence supports them. None exists.

Fact: Kiev agreed to three peace initiatives to end its war on Donbass - Minsk II the latest in mid-February.

Fact: Each time, flagrant violations occurred straightaway. They continue multiple times daily. 

Fact: Donbass forces respond only in self-defense - with no Russian involvement at any time.

Fact: Moscow seized no Ukrainian territory - or has designs on any.

Fact: Crimeans near unanimously voted by open, free and fair referendum to rejoin Russia - to correct a historic mistake. Putin accommodated them responsibly.

According to The Times, "the Russian military has been providing extensive training for separatists in eastern Ukraine."

Fact: Russia's only involvement in Ukrainian crisis conditions is its all-out efforts to resolve them peacefully.

Fact: Its military or other personnel have no involvement in the conflict. Claims otherwise are 
Big Lies.

Fact: America is totally involved in continuing war - its planning, implementation and arming Ukraine with heavy weapons, along with training its combat forces for renewed aggression.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf is paid to lie for her government.

"Combined Russian-separatist forces maintain a sizable number of artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers within areas prohibited under the Minsk accords," she blustered. 

"Russia has continued to ship heavy weapons into eastern Ukraine."

Fact: False on all counts. Harf's comments contradict reality. 

At the same time, she turns a blind eye to flagrant Kiev Minsk violations. Washington considers naked aggression self-defense - its own and when committed by allies.

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

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Efforts to Restart Sham Israeli/Palestinian Peaqce Talks

Efforts to Restart Sham Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talksby Stephen LendmanPalestinians never had a peace partner in Israel, America or other Western countries - less than ever now with fascist US and Israeli lunatics running things.They're all take and ...

Saudi-Style Yemeni Ceasefire: Continued Terror-Bombing

Saudi-Style Yemeni Ceasefire: Continued Terror-Bombingby Stephen LendmanRiyadh's so-called next phase replicates its initial phase. Rhetoric alone changed.Terror-bombing continues. Civilians are most harmed. They're being slaughtered in cold blood.Saud...

Saudis Resume Terror-Bombing Yemen

Saudis Resume Terror-Bombing Yemenby Stephen LendmanSaudis operate like America and Israel. They say one thing. They do another. They represent pure evil.After Wednesday's announced end to terror-bombing, Saudis resumed it on Thursday. It didn't surpri...

Humanitarian Crisis Conditions in Yemen

Humanitarian Crisis Conditions in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Conditions were dire before Saudi terror-bombing began. Yemen is the region's poorest country.

Half the population is food insecure in normal times. Yemenis lack other essentials to life.

Political stability is impossible without addressing humanitarian issues responsibly.

Before Saudi aggression began, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed said over 10 million Yemenis need food aid.

Half of them face acute food shortages. Millions of children face malnutrition. Tens of thousands may die.

Over a third of a million Yemenis were displaced before Saudi-led terror-bombing began.

Earlier humanitarian aid was woefully short of what's needed. Malnutrition alone was "extremely grave," said Ahmed.

Weeks before US planned and orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing began, Oxfam's Grant Pritchard called Yemen's humanitarian situation a "forgotten crisis."

Over 60% of Yemenis need aid, he said - including food, clean water and medical care. 

Now many more. In January, Oxfam warned of a growing "humanitarian crisis of extreme proportions."

Country director Grace Ommer said "(d)espite the challenges, we continue to deliver desperately needed aid to Yemenis…"

"But if the international community continues to stand by and watch while Yemen risks going from a fragile to a failed state, we will find it even harder to maintain this lifesaving support."

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) head of mission Marie-Elisabeth Ingress said before embassy closures were announced:

"There is a difficulty for many people to access healthcare, particularly when there are clashes, but also because many people live in extremely remote areas where there is no health provision for many miles." 

"Not only does conflict cause more casualties, it also hinders access to care for patients not directly affected by the fighting."

Pre-Saudi-led aggression, OCHA said 16 million Yemenis needed aid - 8% more than in 2014.

UN partners sought three-fourths of a billion dollars to help. Hundreds of millions more aid is needed now - besides billions of dollars required to rebuild once conflict ends.

According to OCHA, "(t)he majority of targeted (Yemenis) live in areas where chronic underdevelopment and endemic poverty have potentially life-threatening consequences, leaving people in need of emergency assistance and protection support."

Children and the elderly are most affected. Current conditions are worse than ever.

Saudi terror-bombed hospitals, other medical facilities, civilian neighbors, refugee camps, power plants, food storage facilities and other nonmilitary sites made already dire conditions far worse.

An Aden resident spoke for others saying "power is out. People have no water. They have nothing."

Oxfam said blockade prevents imports of food, medical supplies and fuel from arriving.

"Yemen relies on imports to meet more than 80 per cent of national food consumption, with 90 per cent of staple food items, such as wheat, and all rice imported," it said.

Country director Grace Ommer condemned Saudi terror-bombing its Saada province food storage facilities, saying:

"This is an absolute outrage particularly when one considers that we have shared detailed information with the coalition on the locations of our offices and storage facilities." 

"The contents of the warehouse had no military value. It only contained humanitarian supplies associated with our previous work in Saada, bringing clean water to thousands of households."

In March, UNICEF's Julien Harneis warned of a "major humanitarian crisis" without immediate efforts to provide substantial aid.

Saudi-led terror-bombing created catastrophic conditions for millions of Yemenis so far unaddressed.

Western leaders support US-orchestrated/Saudi-led naked aggression. They've done virtually nothing to help beleaguered Yemenis.

Saudi-led terror war continues. King Salman ordered elite National Guard forces to participate in the next phase of conflict.

Houthis claim they captured Saudi and Israeli spies. Saying they "intended to carry out military operations in Yemen after taking control of several airports and military bases."

Saudi's interior ministry said security was increased at oil facilities and shopping centers based on claimed possible terror threats. 

Maybe Riyadh plans a false flag attack as pretext to resume terror-bombing. 

Thousands more Yemenis may die before conflict ends. An entire nation is being raped. 

It's being systematically ravaged and destroyed on orders from Washington.

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

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Saudis End Operation Decisive Storm: War Continues

Saudis End Operation Decisive Storm: War Continuesby Stephen LendmanOn Wednesday, things in Yemen changed but stayed the same. Saudi rhetoric belies its policy.It announced Operation Restoring Hope replacing Decisive Storm. US-planned and orchestrated/...

US Foreign Policy: Permanent Wars on Humanity

US Foreign Policy: Permanent Wars on Humanity

by Stephen Lendman

Throughout its entire history, America waged endless wars at home and abroad.

From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli to battleground US streets and neighborhoods.

US policy reduced its indigenous population to a tiny fraction of its original numbers. How the West was won involved exterminating millions in cold blood.

In the mid-19th century, half of Mexico was stolen. America's killing machine knows no limits.

One state-sponsored genocide follows others. US imperial policy is responsible for tens of millions of lost lives - horrific conditions for surviving millions. 

Democracy promotion is pure fantasy. America tolerates its nowhere. None exists domestically. 

One party rule with two wings runs things. Monied interests alone are served. They have final say. Voters have none.

State-sponsored high crimes are rewarded. Corporate ones are ignored. Popular needs increasingly go begging.

America is a let 'em eat cake society. War-making is prioritized.

Waging them has nothing to do with external or internal threats. So-called "war on terror" is phony. State-sponsored war OF terror is real - waged ruthlessly on humanity.

"We the people" served are rich and powerful elites. Others don't matter.

New World Order ruthlessness is official policy. So is state-sponsored terrorism - permanent wars masquerading as liberating ones. Washington rules alone apply.

Author/historian/US policy critic William Blum documented US imperial policy since WW II.

He explained how Washington toppled dozens of sovereign governments, assassinated legitimate leaders, removed others by coup d'etats, and reigned terror on every continent - an agenda more ruthless today than ever.

US policies are "worse than (most people) imagine," Blum explains. They include virtually every conceivable form of lawlessness.

Hegemons make more enemies than friends. Longstanding US policy is consistent.

It bullies, intimidates, threatens, or otherwise pressures all nations to bend to its will.

Brute force is exerted. Endless conflicts rage in multiple theaters. America's culture is violent.

Wars are glorified in the name of peace. Gun-related violence is by far the highest among Western nations.

Violent films and video games are some of the most popular. One-fourth of adult women are forcibly raped during their lifetimes.

Most of them experience some form of violence during their lives. Children and the elderly are routinely abused.

Many communities are unsafe to live in. Killer cops threaten all people of color.

US combat troops are trained to kill. Enemies are demonized to make it easy. Overseas missions involve mass slaughter and destruction.

RT International interviewed Blum. US foreign policy won't change regardless of who succeeds Obama, he said.

Both parties operate the same way. US foreign policy remains unchanged.

"(F)or two centuries, (America) has had one basic, overriding goal, and that is world domination, at least from 1890s if not earlier," Blum explained.

It "appeals to both Republicans and Democrats or liberals or conservatives."

They endorse US exceptionalism - the notion that American values matter most. Nonbelievers are targeted for elimination. Iron fist rule defines US policy.

"…NATO is just an arm of US foreign policy," says Blum. Without America's involvement, the Alliance wouldn't exist, he maintains.

It's always been for offense, not defense. Governments not in lockstep with US imperial aims are targeted for regime change - most often by war. 

US-dominated NATO's Eastern European expansion targets Russia. "The US cannot stand anyone who might stay in the way of the Empire's expansion," Blum explains - notably Russia and China.

Throughout its entire history, America used force against enemies - real or invented. Iran is a prime target. Nuclear talks are more sham than real.

Since WW II alone, "the US attempted to overthrown more than 50 foreign governments," Blum explained.

"It has bombed the people of 30 countries. It has suppressed revolutionary parties in at least 20 nations - and I forgot other factors on my list." 

"This is a record unparalleled in all of human history, and there's no reason to think it is changing of will change, except if some superior force comes on a scene, that can actually defeat US."

Russia "has two characteristics of an enemy" Washington won't tolerate. "(I)t has very powerful military capabilities." It's "not a great admirer of the Empire."

"The same applies to China. That's all it takes" to be America's enemy - to be targeted for regime change.

It keeps Washington's war machine raging. It makes peace impossible.

Donbass freedom fighters are targeted for elimination. Washington "is expecting to wipe them out militarily at some point in the near future," Blum explained.

"(T)here's no backtracking from these policies." They apply worldwide. Play by Washington's rules or else.

Accept its dominance or face regime change - by war or other means. America always is at war somewhere - directly and through proxies.

It's only enemies are ones in invents. Al Qaeda, IS, and similar radicalized groups are US creations - enlisted to do America's killing and dying, to wage its dirty wars against independent governments.

Washington created this monster, Blum explained. It may be too late to put the genie back in the bottle, he believes. "(T)he barn door may be closed," he says.

World peace is only possible if US wars end. Otherwise expect endless conflicts and unspeakable horrors they cause.

Instead of abolishing NATO when Soviet Russia dissolved, America expanded it eastward to its borders.

It may be too late to save the world, Blum warns. Nuclear war may be just a matter of time. Mass incineration may follow.

Nothing deters lunatics in Washington. They'll risk destroying planet earth to own it.

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

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

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NYT Gives Former Peruvian Strongman/Human Rights Abuser Feature Op-ed Space

NYT Gives Former Peruvian Strongman/Human Rights Abuser Feature Op-Ed Space

by Stephen Lendman

Alejandro Toledo served as Peruvian President from 2001 - 2006. He led opposition against former despot Alberto Fujimori (1990 - 2000).

He was elected on populist promises to create more jobs, alleviate dire poverty, deliver social justice, and end years of corrupted hardline rule including serious human rights abuses.

As president, he continued business as usual Washington Consensus policies - same old, same old neoliberal harshness.

They include obeying IMF/World Bank diktats, paying bankers first, privatization of state enterprises, deregulation, ignoring social needs, and cracking down hard on nonbelievers.

He targeted anyone challenging his agenda. Independent journalists were harassed, threatened and attacked. So were human rights worker. 

Public protesters faced harsh recrimination. Torture remained official policy. Peruvians suffered hugely during his tenure.

Times editors ignored his ruthlessness. They featured his op-ed criticizing Venezuela's model democracy - polar opposite Peru during his tenure and today.

He blamed President Nicolas Maduro for Obama's political and economic war - including US manipulated street violence and failed February coup d'etat.

He called violent anti-government protesters "peaceful." He ignored clear evidence against coup plotters - and other opposition figures in league with Washington to topple Venezuela's government.

He ludicrously claimed Bolivarian fairness fosters inequality. His solution includes failed policies during his tenure - serving monied interests at the expense of all others, dressed up in populist rhetoric without meaning or follow-through. 

He outrageously accused Maduro of "conspiratorial mindset (thinking) and authoritarian instincts...carried over from the regime of his predecessor, Hugo 
Chavez…"

Venezuela is the region's model democracy - polar opposite America's sham version, what Peruvians got throughout his tenure and conditions today.

Dissent was crushed. In Venezuela it's cherished. Toledo wants criminal opposition figures freed. He wants monied interests alone served.

He wants external and internal pressure maintained against sovereign Venezuelan independence. He wants pro-Western rogue leadership replacing its democracy.

Times editors share his extremism. They waged war on Venezuela throughout Chavez's tenure.

It continues against Marduro. They support wealth, power and privilege. They back every imperial war America wages. 

They want monied interests alone served. They support exploiting all others to make them richer.

A Final Comment

Venezuela represents model Bolivarian fairness. Peru is polar opposite. Why the IMF and World Bank selected it for their October 5 - 12, 2015 meeting - their first in Latin America in half a century.

Thousands of neoliberal advocates will meet in Lima - in recognition of Peru following strict IMF/World Bank diktats at the expense of its own people greatly harmed.

Toledo's legacy remains in place. He urges all Latin America to follow his failed agenda - enforced by harsh crackdowns against nonbelievers.

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

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

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America and Islamic Terrorists: Partners Against Peace

America and Islamic Terrorists: Partners Against Peace

by Stephen Lendman

America is a killing machine. It gives rogue state ruthlessness new meaning.

It's a lying machine. Truth is strictly verboten. Big Lies consistently substitute.

White House hyperbole claims victories against Islamic State fighters. Suppressed is what everyone needs to know.

Washington actively recruits, funds, arms and directs these terrorists and likeminded groups.

They're used as US proxies - shock troops fighting America's dirty wars, currently in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Reports indicate they're in Afghanistan and Libya.

They're used against independent governments Washington wants toppled - as well as to create chaos benefitting US interests.

They're trained at US facilities in Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Georgia. They're taught how to kill and commit atrocities.

They constitute a US-made monster. Many thousands are recruited annually. 

Maybe one day they'll attack its creator. Radicalized elements are capable of anything. White House  press secretary Josh Earnest lied saying:

"We're mindful of this threat, and it's one of the reasons that the president has marshaled so much international support for the effort to try to snuff out this ISIL threat in Iraq and in Syria, and not allow it to continue to spread across the region in a way that could further destabilize an already volatile region of the world."

Washington deplores peace and stability. Wars, chaos and turmoil serve its interests. Calm and mutual cooperation among all nations defeat it.

US support for radicalized takfiris assures endless regional conflicts. Syrians are suffering after over four years of Obama's proxy war.

It's supplemented by US bombing Syrian oil facilities, infrastructure and other targets - on the pretext of fighting IS it's actively aiding.

Rogue NATO countries partner in Obama's war - naked aggression against a nonbelligerent country threatening no one.

Interviewed on France 2 TV, President Bashar al-Assad blamed its government for acting as a "satellite for American foreign policy in the region."

It's helping "terrorists infiltrat(e) (into) Syria," he said. So are other Western countries. 

They're responsible for supporting extremist jihadists they call moderates, Assad explained.

They're killing "civilians and destroying public places, public properties and private properties…"

They admit what they're doing online. "(O)ur role as government is to defend our society and our citizens."

No responsible leader would do less. There's nothing civil about war in Syria. 

Imported death squads wage terror war into its fifth year - with no end in sight.

Obama wants Assad toppled. He wants US-controlled stooge leadership replacing him.

He wants Syrians having no say over who'll lead them. He wants another subservient client state - a key Israeli rival eliminated.

Assad categorically denies using chemical weapons - including last month in Idlib province.

He accused Washington of creating and using IS terrorists against Syria. "Is it democratic to send weapons to terrorists and to support them," he asked?

"(A)l Nusra…published videos where they eat the heart of a Syrian soldier, where they dismember other victims, where they behead others."

What kind of societies support these atrocities and call themselves civilized? Assad denied accusations of indiscriminate killing - including use of so-called barrel bombs.

"What is a barrel bomb," he asked? "Can you tell me what it is?" 

He referred to two pictures publicly shown proving nothing - Western propaganda vilifying him unjustly.

"(I)n our army, we only use regular bombs that could be aimed," he said. "We don't have any armament that could be shelled indiscriminately."

"The war in Syria is about winning the hearts of the people. It's not about killing people. If you kill people" indiscriminately, you can't serve as president. "It's impossible."

Assad called US airstrikes against IS fighters ineffective, "not serious…not helping anyone in the region."

Separately, he stressed Europe "cannot be safe (while its backyard), especially the Mediterranean and Northern Africa, is in chaos and full of terrorists."

Syria is hugely affected. Obama's war shows no signs of ending. Escalation is likely.

America doesn't wage wars to quit. War against Syria could rage years longer. Half the population already is displaced.

Tens of thousands were killed. Many more suffer horrifically. Obama's war is one of history's great crimes. 

It may continue until Syria is entirely destroyed - perhaps hundreds of thousands of its people massacred before things end. 

An entire region is being raped - victimized by US imperial ruthlessness.

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

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

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Nine US Warships Threaten Yemen

Nine US Warships Threaten Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Obama is escalating his war on Yemen. He bears full responsibility for genocidal slaughter - mostly affecting civilian men, women and children.

He's waging premeditated naked aggression using Saudis and other regional rogue states as proxy partners against a nonthreatening nation.

US orchestrated hostilities violate core international law. No nation may attack another without Security Council approval. None exists.

Nine US warships were sent to Yemeni waters. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and escort cruiser USS Normandy joined seven others.

They threaten the entire region with conventional and nuclear armed missiles.

Reports indicate their mission involves intercepting Iranian ships allegedly carrying weapons for Yemeni Houthis.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren lied denying willful US anti-Iranian saber rattling - including from the White House.

Press secretary Josh Earnest claimed "(w)e have seen evidence that the Iranians are supplying weapons and other forms of support to the Houthis in Yemen."

"That's the kind of support that will only contribute to greater violence in that country…that's already been racked by too much violence."

Fact: Neither Earnest or other US officials offer any credible evidence showing Iran supplying Houthis with weapons or other military aid.

Fact: Plenty of evidence shows Washington sending arms and munitions to Saudis and regional Gulf partners - besides choosing targets to terror-bomb and other military-related assistance.

Fact: Anti-Iranian saber rattling provides more evidence showing Obama has no intention of normalizing relations. 

Expect continuing nuclear talks to produce no equitable resolution for Iran. Washington wants unconditional surrender. Claims otherwise are false.

Confrontation with Iran may be one major false flag away. Neocons infesting Washington, Israel and its Lobby may get the war they want.

America's Gulf of Aden naval presence is part of Obama's war on Yemen. A US Navy statement claiming it's to "ensure the vital shipping lanes in the region remain open and safe" is phony.

Nothing threatens them except Obama's wars and America's regional presence.

An unnamed administration official said US warships in Yemeni waters give Washington the option to escalate things further at its discretion.

Other vessels involved include two destroyers, two mine-sweepers, and three amphibious ships carrying 2,200 combat-ready marines - besides other regional US warships.

America's Fifth Fleet is headquartered in Bahrain. It's responsible for its naval presence in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, parts of the Indian Ocean and connecting waterways.

An unnamed administration official said US warplanes will patrol Yemeni airspace - whether to participate in terror-bombing wasn't explained.

US warships already shelled Yemeni targets several times. Washington is getting more directly involved in its proxy war.

Overnight terror-bombing continued into its 27th day. Blasts rocked Sanaa, Yemen's capital. Dozens of civilians were killed, hundreds wounded - many with limbs blown off.

One resident said "(i)t was like the doors of hell opened all of a sudden." He felt his "house lift up and fall."

One bomb struck near Iran's embassy - perhaps sending a message saying the next one won't miss. Tehran sharply rebuked Riyadh for the incident.

After nearly a month of US-orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing, "things are worsening," said UN spokesman Adrian Edwards.

"Basic services are on the verge of collapse." It bears repeating. Obama bears full responsibility.

He's waged multiple genocidal regional wars throughout his entire tenure. One country after another was ravaged and destroyed.

Endless wars continue. New ones are planned - to eliminate all remaining sovereign independent states. 

To give America dominion over planet earth - its resources, markets and populations. 

Genocidal slaughter is considered a small price to pay. Rogue states operate this way. None match US ruthlessness.

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

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

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Gunslinger US General Readies for War with Russia

Gunslinger US General Readies for War with Russia

by Stephen Lendman

America is run by neocon lunatics and gunslinger generals. Together they threaten world peace.

Washington’s only enemies are ones it invents to wage endless wars of aggression - premeditated ones against one country after another posing no threat to anyone.

Rogue states operate this way. Readers familiar with Orwell's 1984 understand. America exceeds the worst of what he envisioned.

World peace hangs by a thread. Humanity's survival is up for grabs.

General Ben Hodges heads US Army Europe (USAREUR). On April 18, he lied telling London's Telegraph NATO must stay united against a "real threat" from Russia.

"This is not an assumption," he blustered. "There is a Russian threat."

Fact: The whole world knows Russia threatens no other country - not America, other NATO members, other nations, none whatever.

Fact: No country goes more all-out for world peace and stability than Russia.

Fact: None try harder to resolve ongoing conflicts diplomatically.

Fact: None more deserve high praise for their efforts.

Fact: America more than any other nation threatens world peace, stability and security.

Fact: Its endless direct and proxy wars kill millions.

Fact: It's reckless imperial agenda may kill us all.

Hodges outrageously accused an unnamed Russian official with threatening Denmark with a nuclear attack "if it participates in any missile defense program" -  intended entirely for offense against Russia.

He said deploying US combat forces in Eastern Europe close to Russian territory and parading them across international borders (an exercise called Dragoon Ride) sends a "reassuring (signal to) our allies."

In March, angry anti-war Czechs responded saying "Tanks? No thanks!" They want no part of US combat troops and heavy weapons on their territory.

They called it "an unnecessary and dangerously provocative military (stunt), which only increas(s) international tension."

World Without Wars and Without Violence member Tana Bednarova said "(t)he last time that vehicles like this came to the Czech Republic, they were Soviet tanks coming to crush moves towards democracy in 1968." 

"We don’t want such vehicles from foreign armies coming here ever again," she stressed.

She criticized NATO's eastern expansion saying if Washington and Alliance partners "want to create security in the world, then Russia and China and all other countries…should be invited to join."

Separately, Hodges said "(t)he whole purpose (of US Eastern European deployments) is to assure those allies that live closest to the Bear that we are here."

"President Putin exercises freedom of movement all the time. He moves troops and stuff around Russia whenever he wants to."

Fact: He does it nonthreateningly inside Russian territory. 

Fact: America operates provocatively on foreign soil close to Russia's borders - risking direct confrontation by intent or judgmental error.

According to Hodges, perhaps it's inevitable so America has "to be militarily ready."

"The best insurance we have against a showdown is that (US-dominated) NATO stands together."

Accusations of "Russian aggression" ring hollow - Big Lies substantiated only by provocative bluster.

"We're not interested in a fair fight with anyone," Hodges said. "I want to have overmatch in all systems."

Russian lower house State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev said Hodges' comments show US-dominated NATO will never treat Russia equitably.

It wants military superiority in readiness for an eventual showdown with Moscow. 

It wants hundreds of thousands of NATO Rapid Deployable Corps combat troops positioned close to Russia's borders. It wants war, not peace.

In his last interview before death, noted German author Gunter Grass warned about  "sleepwalking towards another world war." He told the Spanish newspaper El Pais:

"We have on the one side Ukraine, whose situation is not improving; in Israel and Palestine things are getting worse; the disaster the Americans left in Iraq, the atrocities of Islamic state and the problem of Syria."

"There is war everywhere. We run the risk of committing the same mistakes as before. So without realizing it, we can get into a world war as if we were sleepwalking." 

"All of this together makes me realize that things are finite - that we don't have an indefinite amount of time," Grass explained.

Maybe less than he imagined.

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

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

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Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes Regional Peace and Cooperation

Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes Regional Peace and Cooperation

by Stephen Lendman

Times editors are so consistently hostile to Iran in their one-sided support for Israel's worst crimes it's surprising they gave Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif op-ed space.

He sent a responsible message from Iran everyone needs to read. He indicated important progress in Lausanne in trying to resolve issues over Tehran's well-known peaceful nuclear program.

Suggesting otherwise is red herring cover for Washington's real objectives: 

  • toppling Iran's government;

  • replacing it pro-Western stooges subservient to US and Israeli interests;

  • giving America another client state;

  • eliminating Israel's main regional rival;

  • controlling Iran's vast oil and gas resources;

  • exploiting its people; and

  • marginalizing and weakening Iran - defying it the right to self-defense.

Iranians aren't about to surrender their sovereign rights. Nor should they. Nor should any nation for any reason.

It's high time the world community no longer tolerates fabricated claims about Tehran's nuclear and other activities. 

It's time to normalize relations responsibly. It's time to break free from hostile US/Israeli policies. 

It's time to realize mutual cooperation matters more than confrontation and destabilizing maliciousness.

Iran is the region's leading proponent of peace, stability and mutual cooperation among all nations.

America, rogue NATO partners, Israel, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, and allied despots threaten world peace and security.

Zarif said Iran and P5+1 countries "agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and to lift international sanctions against Iran."

"But to seal the anticipated nuclear deal, more political will is required. The Iranian people have shown their resolve by choosing to engage with dignity." 

"It is time for the United States and its Western allies to make the choice between cooperation and confrontation, between negotiations and grandstanding, and between agreement and coercion."

Vital issues affecting all regional nations need addressing responsibly. Iran is a key Middle East player.

It needs to be part of resolving ongoing wars, chaos and turmoil. "(E)ntire countries are being torn to shreds," Zarif stressed.

"…Iran has weathered the storms of instability caused by this mayhem. But we cannot be indifferent to the unfathomable destruction around us, because chaos does not recognize borders."

Iranian interests and concerns go way beyond nuclear issues, Zarif explained. Good relations with all its neighbors is its top priority, he stressed.

He calls Iranian foreign policy "holistic." Destructive "globalization has rendered all alternatives obsolete," he said.

One nation's interests can't be pursued at the expense of others. 
We're all part of the same human race. Ongoing events affect everyone - for better or worse.

"Nowhere are these dynamics more evident that in the wider Persian Gulf region," Zarif explained.

World leaders need to address them responsibly - most of all waging peace, not war.

Iran needs to be included as part "of a collective forum" established to help resolve vexing regional issues.

Ending Yemen's conflict "would be a good place to start," Zarif said. Iran offered a responsible peace plan. It can work if implemented.

It calls for "an immediate cease-fire, humanitarian assistance and facilitation of intra-Yemeni dialogue, leading to the formation of an inclusive, broad-based national unity government," Zarif explained.

More broadly, regional dialogue and engagement "should be based on recognized principles for shared objectives; notably respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of all states; inviolability of international boundaries; noninterference in internal affairs; peaceful settlement of disputes; impermissibility of threat or use of force; and promotion of peace, stability, progress and prosperity in the region."

Mutual cooperation can benefit all regional nations hugely - far more then endless conflicts against one nation after another without end.

"The world cannot afford to continue to avoid addressing the roots of the turmoil in the wider Persian Gulf region," Zarif stressed. 

"This unique opportunity for engagement must not be squandered."

Imagine if US officials, EU ones  and Israelis felt the same way. Imagine peace instead of endless wars.

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

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

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Operation Decisive Storm: US-Orchestrated, Saui-Led Mass Murder

Operation Decisive Storm: US-Orchestrated, Saudi-Led Mass Murder

by Stephen Lendman

Yemen is in the eye of the storm. Washington planned and  orchestrated ongoing war on an entire population.

Its using Saudi Arabia, other regional rogue states, and extremist takfiri mercenaries to do its killing and dying.

It's systematically destroying an entire nation to tighten its regional chokehold.

Will millions of Yemenis die, sustain disabling injuries and/or lose all future hope before things end?

No nation in world history caused more harm to more people over a longer duration than America.

None operate more ruthlessly. None more callously ignore human lives and welfare. 

None wage more endless direct and proxy wars of aggression for unchallenged global dominance - no matter now many millions of lives it costs. 

No matter how much appalling human suffering at home and abroad - so monied interests can grow richer and more powerful.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif surprisingly rejected Saudi Arabia's request for involvement in its Yemeni aggression.

After debating the issue, MPs said "Pakistan should maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis."

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said his "government and parliament resolved that we should not become a party to this conflict."

"Rather we should try to mediate some sort of peace between warring factions."

"And this is what we are trying to build up - a team or a group which includes Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and other Islamic countries that are not yet party to the conflict - to broker a deal between the warring factions, which can end this conflict."

Analyst Bruce Riedel said Nawaz Sharif "reportedly believes that if the Saudis enter into a ground war in Yemen - with or without Pakistani forces - it will become a quagmire." 

"They have simply 'bitten off more than they can chew.' " 

"The Egyptian experience in Yemen, in which Egypt had up to 20,000 casualties in the 1960s fighting the same Zaydi tribes that back the Houthis, figures prominently in Pakistani thinking, especially in the army."

Arab journalist Adnan Abu Zeed reports Saudi-led war on Yemen deepens Iraqi Sunni/Shia animosity.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned of broader sectarian war. Resolving things in Yemen by military means is impossible.

Diplomacy is the only solution. Iran's sensible peace proposal can work if implemented. 

Washington is the main obstacle. Obama deplores peace. He wants endless regional wars and instability.

They serve US interests. Peace, stability and calm defeat it.

Analyst Mohammad Ali Shabini said "(w)hile it is unclear when the war in Yemen will end, what is clear is that Iranian diplomacy is proving to be an effective response to Saudi money and firepower." 

"And with the goals of the Yemen war increasingly muddled, Saudi Arabia and its allies may soon find themselves bogged down in a quagmire."

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf called Houthi legitimate resistance against US-orchestrated and directed premeditated Saudi terror-bombing "aggression."

Asked if Houthis were attacking Saudi Arabia, she ducked the question. She shamelessly and deliberately lied saying:

"(T)he Saudis are responding to what was blatant Houthi aggression…We're supporting the Saudis in the GCC-led (Gulf Cooperation Council) efforts here."

Washington is directing ongoing Yemeni terror-bombing - selecting targets, providing logistical help, refueling Saudi warplanes, supplying weapons and munitions.

Yemen is Obama's war. Saudi and partnered rogue states are doing his dirty work. Israel is involved.

How many Yemenis will perish before things end? How much pain and suffering is enough?

When will Washington, Western partners, Israel, and regional despotic regimes be held accountable for the highest of high crimes? When will justice finally be served? 

When will the peace-loving world community demand US-led terror wars of aggression end? When will culpable American and allied officials be imprisoned for mass murder?

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

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

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Priority Saudi Targets in Yemen: Civilian Men, Women, Children and Infants

Priority Saudi Targets in Yemen: Civilian Men, Women, Children and Infants

by Stephen Lendman

Saudi Arabia is a ruthless dictatorship. It's a rogue terror state. It brutalizes its own people. 

It punishes anyone challenging its rule with arbitrary arrests and imprisonment under horrific gulag conditions.

Torture and physical abuse are commonplace. So are public whippings and beheadings.

Fair public trials, due process and judicial fairness don't exist. Anyone charged by state authorities is automatically guilty by accusation. Harsh treatment follows.

Most Saudi prisoners are political ones or for offenses too minor to matter.

Human and civil rights are nonexistent. Despotic rule governs virtually all aspects of daily life.

After Israel, Saudi Arabia is Washington's main Middle East ally. Three rogue states partner in each other's high crimes - notably against Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Saudis actively recruit, fund and arm takfiri death squads against Bashar al-Assad's popularly elected government and Yemeni Houthi rebels unwilling to accept US-installed despotic rule.

Obama's war against both countries rages. Saudis are reliable axis of evil partners.

Their money and US weapons are responsible for hundreds of thousands of regional deaths - millions including victims of preventable diseases, starvation, overall deprivation and endless violence.

Washington, Israel, Saudis, and allied dictatorships bear full responsibility for regional nightmarish conditions.

Ongoing in Syria into its fifth year with no end of conflict in sight. Raging in Yemen into its 26th day heading for genocidal mass slaughter, destruction and appalling human suffering.

Saudis conducted over 2,300 airstrikes in less than a month of terror-bombing.

Speaking on national television, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said "(i)t's the right of our people to resist (Saudi) aggression and face the aggressor by any means."

Saudis plan "invasion (and) occupation (to) place this country again under its feet and hegemony."

"Our Yemeni people will never give in. (They) will resist in the face of the savage aggression."

Saudis have "no right to interfere" in internal Yemeni affairs. "The political problem is an internal one, and it is up to us to define our future."

"The US is sponsoring the attacks. The US is directing the attacks against Yemen."

US "criminal hands" are killing Yemenis. America, Saudi Arabia and Israel are partners in war on its people.

Washington chooses targets to strike. Israel is actively involved.

Saudis claim they plan to "restore Yemen to its Arab identity. What kind of Arab identity is this," Houthi asked?

It's to "return Yemen to the Israeli and US identity." It's to let "Al Qaeda seize control of Yemen."

"The Yemeni people have the right and legitimacy to defend" their nation. "Our great people will not surrender. They will stand."

It's the right of all people to resist aggression, he added. He called on Yemenis to unite against a common enemy.

Up to hundreds are being killed or wounded daily across most of the country - by terror-bombing and ground fighting.

Prime Saudi targets include civilian neighborhoods, refugee camps, farming areas, hospitals, schools, mosques, power facilities, food storage ones, and other nonmilitary related sites - ones chosen by Washington to attack.

On Sunday, Oxfam said Saudis terror-bombed its Saada governorate food storage facilities. Its country director Grace Ommer issued a statement saying:

"This is an absolute outrage, particularly when one considers that we have shared detailed information with the coalition on the locations of our offices and storage facilities."

Saudi strategy includes starving Yemenis to death, depriving them of electricity, water and vitally needed medical care.

It's denying them essentials to survive. It's destroying an entire country to control it.

It's partnering with US imperial ruthlessness. On Sunday, Red Crescent Society representative Abdollah Maboud al-Shokri accused Saudis of using lethal chemical agents.

"We will display a video on the death of tens of children who died after inhaling poisonous gases," he said.

Expect increasing Saudi use of banned toxic agents as terror-bombing continues. Washington, other Western powers and rogue regional states encourage it.

Media scoundrels report nothing. They're silent about horrific US-sponsored war crimes. Noncombatant men, women and children suffer most of all.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei condemned Saudi child killers, saying:

"We feel hatred and disgust for those who attack the civilians, women and children and believe that they are not aware of Islam and human conscience, but we don’t meddle in other countries' affairs."

He blamed Washington and other Western states for involvement in what's ongoing - including Saudi, Egyptian and US warships enforcing blockade.

Ships carrying food, medical supplies and fuel can't access Yemeni ports. Roads, bridges and other infrastructure targets were destroyed.

Grinding poverty and deprivation during normal times are greatly exacerbated under wartime conditions.

A humanitarian disaster increases daily. Dire shortages of everything exist. Some hospitals can't function properly for lack of electricity and vital medical supplies.

Yemen's capital Sanaa resembles a ghost town. Usually congested streets are empty. One Yemeni spoke for others saying "(w)e're suffering terribly." 

Obama bears full responsibility. His rogue partners share it. Expect the worst 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."

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Israel Joins Obama’s War on Yemen

Israel Joins Obama's War on Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Obama terror-bombed Yemen throughout his tenure.He murdered hundreds of noncombatant men, women and children in cold blood.

He's at it again. He's waging proxy war against Houthi rebels.

He's using rogue state regional allies to do his dirty work.

They ousted illegitimately US-installed puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Israel quietly joined Obama's dirty war. On March 22, Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi accused Washington and Israel of using Takfiri extremists to stage terrorist attacks on Yemeni civilians.

Mosques were targeted. Scores were killed, hundreds injured. Al-Houthi urged Yemenis to unite against elements aiming to destabilize the country.

"Everyone is a target," he said. He didn't know at the time Washington intended using proxy forces to terror-bomb Yemen into submission.

America's goal is longstanding. Eliminate all independent governments. Replace them with US-controlled puppets.

Hadi was a convenient stooge. Obama wants him back in power serving US interests.

At the same time, denying Iran a regional ally. Aiming to isolate Tehran regionally by eliminating its key allies - mainly Syria and Hezbollah.

Then replacing Iran's independent government with one Washington controls.

America allies with the region's worst despots to further its objectives.

It's in bed with Israel's hegemonic ambitions. Both countries partner in each other's high crimes.

They threaten world peace. They  terror-bomb adversaries.

Washington planned war on Yemen months earlier. It's controlling and directing ongoing Saudi-led aggression against a nation posing it no threat.

Israeli warplanes are involved. Fars News said they're participating in airstrikes.

It quoted Yemen's Al-Haq Political party Secretary-General Hassan Zayd saying:

On direct orders from Netanyahu, "for the first time…Zionists are conducting a joint (military) operation in coalition with Arabs."

Yemen's al-Massira television said aggressor warplanes deliberately targeted civilian homes and a market where people were shopping.

Dozens were killed, scores more injured. Bombing continues.

Houthi forces keep advancing. Reports indicate heavy clashes near Aden.

Senior Iranian parliamentarians urged Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member nations to condemn Saudi terror-bombing.

Iranian MP Zohreh Tabibzadeh spoke for others saying "(w)e expect the NAM countries to condemn this aggression."

Yemenis intend defending their country, she stressed. They deserve universal support against US-planned, sponsored and directed terror-bombing.

On Saturday, Reuters said Houthi fighters continued making gains - despite Saudi-led air attacks.

Yemen is the latest example of Washington's war on humanity.

It's systematically ravaging and destroying one country at a time.

Post-9/11 alone, its aim for unchallenged global dominance took millions of lives.

Gideon Polya estimates Bush/Obama genocidal war on Iraq alone (since 2003) killed 2.7 million people - from violence and "violently-imposed deprivation."

Since 1914, Western wars on Iraq killed nine million, Polya estimates.

What Britain began a century ago, it now partners in what Washington continues - wars without end against Arab populations being systematically exterminated.

Western media scoundrels ignore an ongoing Arab Holocaust far greater than what Hitler did to Jews.

Try finding a single Western report explaining it. None on one of history's greatest crimes.

Arab lives don't matter. Western white supremacists consider them fair game for mass slaughter and exploitation.

Washington's Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian wars continue. Yemen is Obama's latest aggression.

It follows his installing Nazis to run Ukraine - to wage dirty war without mercy on Donbass residents wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism.

What happens longer term  remains to be seen. Washington's war on humanity threatens world peace.

Madness defines US policy. Lunatics in charge won't quit until they turn all countries to rubble.

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

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

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The Scourge of Nazism in Ukraine

The Scourge of Nazism in Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

What millions died for to defeat during WW II is now resurgent in Europe's heartland.

Fascist lunatics in Washington installed overt Nazis to run their newest client state. They're taking full advantage.

They're waging naked aggression on Donbass - at present low-level ahead of renewing it full-blown.

Hundreds of US combat troops (trained killers) are working directly with Kiev's Nazi-infested National Guard and other extremist groups - teaching them the fine art of murder.

Perhaps planning to join them in battle when hostilities resume full-blown - maybe with supportive US terror-bombing.

Kiev Nazis want all opposition elements eliminated - either killed, imprisoned, disappeared or deported.

They want unchallenged control. The Saker reports they created a database of "separatists (and) militants, etc." 

It's called "(i)information for law enforcement authorities and special services about pro-Russian terrorists, separatists, mercenaries, war criminals, and murderers."

Anyone opposing fascist rule risks being eliminated one way or another.

Nazis under Hitler were notorious for radicalized torchlight parades - complete with chilling slogans and symbols. 

In January, thousands of Ukrainian ultranationalists paraded in Kiev. They celebrated Nazi collabortor/mass murderer Stepan Bandera's 106th birthday.

At the time, Czech President Milos Zeman was horrified. "There is something wrong with Ukraine," he said.

"Yesterday evening I was browsing the Internet and discovered a video showing the demonstration on Kiev's Maidan on January 1."

"These demonstrators carried portraits of Stepan Bandera, which reminded me of Reinhard Heydrich" - Gestapo head and key holocaust architect.

"The parade itself was organized similar to Nazi torchlight parades, where participants shouted the slogan: ‘Death to the Poles, Jews and communists without mercy,' " Zeman explained.

Ukrainian fascists consider Bandera a national hero. He was a vicious mass murderer.

Russia's Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights Konstantin Dolgov calls reemergent Nazism in Ukraine a European threat.

"Torchlit marches in Ukraine demonstrate that it is continuing to move along the path of the Nazis," he stressed - with full US support and encouragement.

They were at it again in Odessa. They marched to commemorate Maxim Chaika's death - ultranationalist Blood and Honor group leader. He died during a 2009 street fight.

Around 200 overt Nazis were involved - marching while shouting racist/anti-communist/anti-Russian/ultranationalist slogans.

"The White man is for the Great Ukraine," they chanted. "One race, one nation, one homeland."

"Glory to Ukraine - the glory of heroes!" "Hang the commies." Odessan police accompanied marchers to protect them. 

Participants evoked memories of May 2, 2014 when Right Sector Nazi thugs murdered hundreds of Odessans in cold blood. 

They remain unaccountable for appalling high crimes. So-called investigation into what happened whitewashed them.

State-sponsored mass murder in Ukraine is considered OK. Anyone wanting democratic freedoms is vulnerable.

Truth-telling journalists risk imprisonment or death. Nazi-infested fascist regimes tolerate no opposition.

Last week, Normandy Four foreign ministers called for ending fighting in Donbass.

Washington bears full responsibility. Its Ukrainian proxies share it. Germany and France have done nothing to halt it.

Russia alone continues going all-out to end it - impossible given Obama's rage for war.

Last Thursday, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said "(t)he United States and its allies have crossed all possible lines in their drive to bring Kiev into their orbit." 

"That could not have failed to trigger our reaction. Aiming at complete dominance, Washington stopped taking into account the interests of other countries and respect for international law."

On April 16, addressing Moscow's fourth International Security Conference, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said it's "impossible to resolve the conflict in Ukraine by military force."

"(T)here is no reasonable alternative to peacefully settling the domestic Ukrainian crisis (than) on the basis of full and unconditional compliance with" February 12 agreed on ceasefire terms.

He hopes Western officials will "force authorities in Kiev to scrap destructive policies aimed at glorifying the Nazis and persecuting those who saved Europe from" its scourge.

As long as fascist neocons run things in Washington, chances for world peace are nil. Expect endless wars to continue - perhaps with nuclear weapons able to end life on earth.

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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Neocon Think Tank Proposes US Proxy Army to Control Syria

Neocon Think Tank Proposes US Proxy Army to Control Syria

by Stephen Lendman

The Atlantic Council is a hawkish right-wing think tank. Its directors include a rogue's gallery of high-level US war criminals.

It's notion of "working together to secure the future" is waging endless preemptive wars of aggression. 

Its Distinguished International Leadership Awards go to former US and other Western government and military officials for raping and plundering one country after another.

It was founded in 1961 to support NATO's killing machine. It's one of many similar groups in America threatening world peace and stability.

Its solution for ending Obama's war on Syria is escalated war. It proposes what it calls a Syrian National Stabilization Force (SNSF) - code language for US-controlled conquering and occupying army.

It believes the way for sustainable peace in Syria is through overwhelming military might - featuring "a robust, (US proxy) three-division stabilization force of 50,000 Syrians" established to do Washington's killing and dying.

It wants a Syrian Advisory Task Force (SATF) composed of pro-Western nationals willing to serve US interests.

It says "there is no political solution to the Syrian conflict unless there is a military component" waging no-holds-barred war. 

Its Syrian solution applies to all US direct and proxy war theaters.

Washington and Western allies must lead the way, it urges - so America can gain another subservient client state while eliminating an Israeli rival at the same time.

It advocates US-led "cooperation, engagement, and a clear coherent discourse between Western, regional, and Syrian military and political actors - and the message of commitment projected by putting the train-and-equip program on steroids - can create new dynamics on the ground, build popular appeal to the SNSF's mission and goal, and set the stage for peace in Syria" by continuing to rape the country en route to plundering it and exploiting its people.

It wants President Bashar al-Assad overthrown. It wants Syrians having no say over who'll lead them. 

It wants Washington alone deciding. It wants US-controlled stooge governance replacing Syrian sovereign independence.

Neocons think one way. They want unlimited wealth, power and privilege. They want unchallenged global dominance. 

They want control over world resources and markets. They want populations exploited for profit.

They deplore peace. The support endless wars. They believe millions of corpses are a small price to pay for remaking the world in their own image.

They and likeminded lunatics in Washington risk the unthinkable - possible life-ending nuclear war.

A Final Comment

The New York Times says US arms sales fuel Middle East wars. Saudis and other regional belligerents use American weapons and munitions.

They "stockpiled American military hardware…" They're now using it and want more.

In 2014, Saudi Arabia spent over $80 billion for weapons and munitions. It's the world's fourth largest defense market.

Other regional countries are spending billions of dollars for all sorts of advanced weapons.

The Middle East is awash with implements of death. The Times omits what's most important to explain.

It says nothing about US/Israeli responsibility for all regional conflicts - using local allies to wage proxy wars along with takfiri-recruited death squads.

The road to Middle East peace and stability is eliminating America's presence. It's holding Israel accountable for endless high crimes against Palestinians. 

It's valuing human life more than destroying it. It's waging peace, not war. Don't expect The Times 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. 

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Saudis Using Banned Chemical Weapons in Yemen

Saudis Using Banned Chemical Weapons in Yemenby Stephen LendmanSaudis are some of the world's most ruthless figures. They rule with an iron fist. They tolerate no opposition. They partner with Washington's regional wars.They were caught red-handed...

Saudi Blood Money for Bloodletting in Yemen

Saudi Blood Money for Bloodletting in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

UN officials appealed for an immediate $274 million in desperately needed emergency humanitarian aid for Yemenis.

Saudi mass murderer/King Salman offered to contribute the entire amount - while he continues daily terror-bombing, targeting civilians and exacerbating a horrific humanitarian crisis. 

Billions of dollars in aid are needed to address it. A small fraction of it barely scratches the surface.

Saudi oil wealth won't restore lost lives. It won't replace lost limbs. It won't soothe traumatized children.

It won't erase the agony of lost loved ones. It won't stop US planned, orchestrated and directed Saudi-led aggression.

Yemen is being raped in plain sight. It's being systematically ravaged and destroyed.

Perhaps 3,000 or more died so far in 25 days of fighting - over 85 alone in the past 24 hours in one Yemeni province alone.

Thousands have been seriously injured - many maimed for life, their limbs blown off by Saudi terror-bombing.

Many Yemenis have no access to healthcare. Untreated serious wounds may lead to death. Human suffering is extreme.

An entire country is under siege. On orders from Washington, land, sea and air blockade was imposed. US warships are involved enforcing it.

Nothing can get in or out without US or Saudi permission. On Saturday, fighting raged in most Yemeni governorates.

Saudi-led terror-bombing targeted Sanaa, Aden, Taiz, Marib, Saada, Shabwa, Lahj and other areas.

Yemen's illegitimate government in exile rejected Iran's four-point peace proposal on orders from Washington. It called for:

  • warring parties agreeing to halt fighting;

  • providing desperately needed humanitarian aid;

  • initiating intra-Yemeni dialogue; and

  • establishing unity governance with all parties participating.

It's a sensible way to end conflict - to resolve differences between both sides diplomatically.

Obama wants war continued. He categorically rejects peace. He has lots more death and destruction in mind for Yemenis. He may not quit until he slaughters them all.

Tehran rejects accusations it's aiding Houthis militarily. It very much wants to provide humanitarian aid. Blockade prevents it.

Yemeni tweets best explain ongoing nightmarish conditions.

"My life in #Yemen, no electricity, no water, no food, no security, no work. We're dying every day," said one.

"They've forgotten all abt us," said another.

"Children are extremely terrified," a victim explained.

"After all of this is done. The Saudis better pay for PTSD treatment of 26 million Yemenis."

"24 nights straight of heavy bombing. More than any human can take."

"12:40AM & can hear neighborhood kids/women scream with each earth shaking bomb jets drop…never this intense since onset 3 W ago…"

"My little girl crying silently. Her tears&shaking body while I hug her tell alot."

Saudis intend to continue daily terror-bombing without letup. Scores of ongoing sorties terrify Yemini civilians.

Saudi military spokesman General Ahmed al-Assiri said "(w)e are not in a hurry…We have the time, and we have the capabilities."

Tehran University Professor Mohammad Marandi said "(a)s long as the Saudis are carrying out this shock-and-awe campaign against ordinary Yemenis, there's really no hope for any sort of peace plan to work."

"So the Iranians are waiting for the Saudis to run out of steam and to recognize the enormous mistake that they have made."

Iran's Security Council head Ali Shamkhani calls Saudi-led aggression a "historic mistake." He warned of dire consequences for Riyadh, saying:

"The Saudi aggression against Yemen is against the UN Charter, against the principles of peaceful coexistence and against the legal tenets ruling the UN and aims to deviate the path of the Muslim world and wear off the internal power and capacities of the world of Islam." 

"Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia has made a big historical mistake, and this heresy will definitely have no end but loss and damage for them."

Iranian General Ahme Reza Pourdastan believes Saudi aggression "will certainly fail."

"The Saudi army is a hired (mercenary) army, and now that no bullets have been fired at it, we see the symptoms of defeat in them already…"

Washington is directly involved in ongoing fighting. It's choosing targets to strike - including civilian ones.

On Saturday, reports indicated one or more US warships fired cruise missiles on Yemeni sites. 

They've done it several times before. Perhaps much more to come. Western media remain silent. They support what demands denunciation. 

Millions of suffering Yemenis don't matter. Imperial aims alone count. Yemen's nightmare continues. 

Obama's latest atrocity threatens an entire nation with mass slaughter, destruction, overwhelming deprivation and unspeakable human suffering.

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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Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of Deliberately Murdering Gazan Children

Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of Deliberately Murdering Gazan Children

by Stephen Lendman

A new Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) report accuses Israel of willfully killing Palestinian children during last summer's Gaza war.

Around 550 children were murdered in cold blood - two-thirds under age 12.

Israel considers all civilians legitimate targets. International law calls killing them a war crime.

Another 3,400 children were injured - over 1,000 maimed for life. They need vital medical care unavailable because of Israel's lawless siege - ongoing aggression by any standard with full US-led Western support.

America and Israel partner in each other's high crimes. They're the world's leading aggressor states - the most egregious human and civil rights abusers. 

They're mindless of core international laws, norms and standards.

Imagine willfully murdering defenseless/nonthreatening young children at home asleep, at play, going to or from school, or running errands for parents.

Imagine considering them enemies of the state. Imagine using illegal terror weapons against them. 

Imagine traumatizing young survivors for life. Imagine Israel outrageously trying to justify the unjustifiable.

Imagine a grieving Palestinian mother explaining her nine-year-old son's "arms and legs were cut off" by an Israeli shell. 

"The upper part of his body was separated from his lower body, which was turned into small pieces. I screamed," she said. 

She and her son were returning to a UN shelter when disaster struck. Israel murdered dozens of entire families in cold blood.

Accountability for its highest of high crimes remains nowhere in sight.

Cold-blooded murder is longstanding Israeli policy. Viciously persecuting Palestinians continues daily.

Israel is a ruthless terror state. It's just a matter of time before it ravages Gaza again.

DCIP's report said "2014 was a year that brought violence, fear and loss (to Gaza)."

"The Israeli military offensive" lasting 51 days from early July to late August killed nearly 550 Palestinian children.

Nearly 3,400 other children were wounded - many from illegal terror weapons.

Over 2,200 Palestinians died - mostly defenseless civilians.

"Investigations undertaken by (DCIP) into Palestinian child fatalities during Operation Protective Edge found overwhelming and repeated evidence of international humanitarian law violations committed by Israeli forces."

"These included direct attacks on children, and indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilian homes, schools, and residential neighborhoods."

Witness testimonies and other documented evidence DCIP collected "showed places that should have been provided children with shelter and safety were not immune from attacks from Israeli forces."

"Missiles fired from Israeli drones and warplanes, artillery shelling, and shrapnel scattered by explosions killed children in their homes, on the street as they fled from attacks with their families, and as they sought shelter from the bombardment in schools."

Israel killed scores of children in drone attacks alone. Clear evidence shows "Israeli forces directly targeted children."

One of many examples affected Rawya Joudeh and four of her five children. An Israeli drone attack murdered them in cold blood - "as they played together" in the family's Jabalia refugee camp yard.

Around half the number of children Israel killed came from attacks on residential buildings.

Sunday, July 20, characterized Israeli viciousness most clearly - the deadliest day for children throughout its lawless aggression.

A nighttime and ground assault on the residential Gaza City Shuja’iyya neighborhood killed 27 children. It injured at least 29 others.

Israeli armed forces are "regularly implicated in serious, systematic and institutionalized human rights violations against Palestinian children living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory," said DCIP.

"Children affected by armed conflict are entitled to special respect and protections under international law…"

Israel breaches it repeatedly. It indiscriminately and disproportionately murders and injures defenseless Palestinian civilians in cold blood - including young children and infants, helpless against its onslaught.

Evidence of Israel high crimes is overwhelming. It bears repeating. Accountability is nowhere in sight - nor justice for long-suffering Palestinians.

DCIP stressed "(w)ithout an end to the current regime of collective punishment, targeted assassinations, and regular military offensives, the situation for Gaza's children (and all illegally occupied Palestinians is) guaranteed to further deteriorate."

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

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Vladimir Putin: Voted Most Important World Figure

Vladimir Putin: Voted Most Important World Figure


by Stephen Lendman


Time magazine readers called him the most influential one. In 2007, its editors chose him person of the year for his "extraordinary feat of leadership in imposing stability on a nation that has rarely known it and bringing Russia back to the table of world power."


In 2013 and 2014, Forbes magazine chose him the world's powerful leader. In 2014, Russians voted him Person of the Year for the 16th time.


His domestic approval rating is an astonishing 86% - double or more what Obama scores. Russians consider him their most trustworthy leader. Obama is polar opposite.


He has no credibility whatever. He's a war criminal multiple times over. His neocon-infested administration threatens world peace.


His war crimes remain unaccountable. They continue daily - especially against defenseless civilian men, women and children. He considers them legitimate targets.


Putin is a leading world proponent for peace and stability. Claims otherwise are Big Lies.


Russia under his leadership fosters cooperative relations with all nations. It poses no threat whatever to any. It deplores war. It champions peace and stability.


Claims of Russian aggression in Ukraine are maliciously fabricated Big Lies. Throughout over a year of conflict, no nation worked harder to end it diplomatically than Russia under his leadership.


He and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov deserve Nobel Peace prize recognition more than any other world figures.


Consistently awarding it to war criminals like Obama shows peace advocates needn't apply.


Interviewed on Vesti v Subbotu (Saturday News) television, Putin called Russia a reliable partner because it "does not dance after somebody else's pipe."


It doesn't shift positions under pressure. It doesn't betray its friends and allies.


"There are many components that allow us to consider ourselves a country, and this is actually happening, that is pursuing independent sovereign policy on the international arena and modeling its internal policy in accordance with the will of our people," Putin explained.


"In this sense, we are a rather reliable partner, because we do not dance after somebody else's pipe. We do not shift positions under the influence of a given situation."


Putin is indifferent to favorable ratings he's gotten because "the influence of a given state leader can be assessed first of all based on the economic power and the defense capability of the country."


At the same time, he thanked people showing him "respect." He considers it support for Russia.


It comes at a time US/Russian relations are more hostile than at any time during the Cold War - when Washington aggressively heads for possible East/West confrontation despite Moscow's best efforts to avoid it.


On April 16, Lavrov addressed the fourth International Security Conference in Moscow.


He discussed important issues affecting everyone. Post-WW II opportunities for global cooperation and partnership among nations never materialized, he explained.


US-led "Euro-Atlantic" nations had other things in mind. "(T)hey refused to listen to us, let alone heed our call," said Lavrov.


"(A) totally different negative path" was followed. Confrontation and conflicts overrode cooperation.


Russian policy is "sober-minded and pragmatic…(Things today reflect) a dangerous deterioration of the international situation," Lavrov explained.


"…Russia has found itself at NATO's gates…(The Alliance) coming right up to Russian borders" menacingly threatens world peace.


"Russia (wants) dialogue and cooperation with all those who are willing to cooperate," Lavrov stressed.


US policy is polar opposite. Yemen is the latest example. On Friday, Obama and Saudi despot/King Salman bin Abulaziz al-Saud discussed their terror-war on Yemen.


A White House statement said Obama "reaffirmed the strong friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia and underscored our commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security" at a time neither country faces any threats besides ones they invent.


Both leaders affirmed their "collective goal (for) lasting stability in Yemen through a negotiated political solution" -  while willfully and malevolently raping the country, deliberately mass-murdering civilians.


On Saturday, in northwestern Sadaa province alone, reports indicated at least four dozen killed, 100 or more wounded.


US-directed/Saudi-led terror-bombing continues in 18 of Yemen's 22 governorates - besides Obama's endless direct and proxy wars raging regionally and beyond.


Imagine if Vladimir Putin led America. Imagine Sergey Lavrov in charge of foreign policy.


Imagine peace on earth - cooperation prioritized over confrontation. Imagine a world safe to live in.


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.

US-Sponsored Yemeni Terror-Bombing Continues

US-Sponsored Yemeni Terror-Bombing Continuesby Stephen LendmanUS-planned and orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing continues into its 24th day - more intensively than earlier.Another Obama atrocity is unfolding in plain sight. Civilians are being delib...

Reign of Terror in Ukraine

Reign of Terror in Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

Obama's fascist Ukrainian friends are ruthless. They're dangerous/unscrupulous gangster thugs systematically abolishing personal freedoms.

Try finding a single major Western media report explaining Kiev regime lawlessness - and the ominous threat it poses. None exist. What demands denunciation gets scoundrel media support.

On the one hand, Ukrainian officials are actively readying for renewed full-scale aggression on Donbass - with full US support and encouragement, including heavy weapons and munitions supplied.

On the other, they're reigning terror on anyone opposing their ruthless rule - courageous individuals demanding democratic rights.

Obama and Kiev officials partner in high crimes. One rogue state supports another. Both countries are fascist police states - with laws abolishing personal freedoms.

Last May, Right Sector thugs massacred hundreds of Odessans in cold blood unaccountably. They're at it again.

Residents rallying against dire economic conditions, force-fed austerity, unaffordable gas prices, and lost freedoms were harassed, threatened, kidnapped, and taken to an unknown location.

One protester spoke for others saying "(w)e came here to a peaceful rally in support of initiatives to strengthen local self-government, including initiating 'Porto-Franco' " free trade zone status.

Odessan taxes go to Kiev. Local socio-economic needs are largely ignored.

"We wanted to tell (Ukranian) officials that we will not allow lawlessness and require them to fulfill their duty before the people," another protester said.

Fascist thugs challenged peaceful demonstrators - kidnapping over 50. Their whereabouts remains unknown.

Based on notorious Kiev practices, they're likely being brutalized in confinement. Perhaps some were killed.

The Ukrainian web site Khvylya controlled by state authorities openly calls for imprisoning or deporting pro-Russian supporters.

It separately urged killing Russian journalists in Donbass. Nazi-infested fascist regimes operate this way. 

Illegitimate Ukrainian governance is a cancer in Europe's heartland - fully supported by Washington, rogue EU partners, and go-along media scoundrels ignoring Kiev's worst crimes.

They include assassinating political opponents. In recent weeks, seven high-profile "suicides" were reported - state-sponsored murder by any standard.

Zaporozhzhye regional governor/former ruling Party of Regions member Alexander Peklushenko was the most recent victim last month.

The Nazi-infested internal affairs ministry reported his death as follows:

"Alexander Peklushenko committed suicide at his home in the village of Solnechnoye. At the moment the investigative team is working on the scene."

Fact: Cold-blooded state-sponsored murder in Ukraine is called "suicide" to conceal criminality.

Another former ruling Party of Regions/State Property Fund head, Mikhail Chechetov, was reported dead after mysteriously falling from his apartment window - on the same day as Boris Nemtsov's murder.

Other eliminated former Ukrainian officials included:

  • Nicholai Sergienko: former deputy "Ukrzaliznytsia" head;

  • Nikolai Kolesnik: former Kharkov (Ukraine's second largest city) regional council head;

  • Sergey Valter: former Melitopol mayor;

  • Sergey Bordyuga: Melitopol deputy chief of police; and

  • Stanislav Melnik: former MP.

Political assassinations reflect official Kiev policy. Thousands of others are lawlessly imprisoned under horrific gulag conditions. 

Unknown numbers perish during confinement. Some just disappear.

On Thursday, prominent anti-regime journalist Oles Buzina was murdered in Kiev - the latest political assassination.

He supported legitimate/ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. He was shot to death near his apartment building in central Kiev.

Witnesses said two men wearing masks fled the scene in a Ford Focus car with either Latvian or Belarusian license plates.

Buzina was a journalist/writer/TV host/known Poroshenko regime critic.

On April 13, journalist Sergei Sukhobok was murdered. He co-founded the online sites Obkom and ProUA - critical of fascist rule.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova explained ongoing political purges in Ukraine, saying:

"It is scary because none of the leaders in the EU will take notice that, day after day politicians are being killed in Ukraine." 

"Let’s try and find at least 20 tweets of foreign ministers of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, the UK, Canada, USA, and Australia, representatives of the OSCE, EU and NATO expressing concern over the killing of Ukrainian politician and condemning the situation in Ukraine."

On Wednesday, former MP/regime critic Oleh kalashnikov was murdered in Kiev. He was found shot to death near his residence.

Konstantin Kosachev heads the Commonwealth of Independent States Federal Agency.

He urged Western leaders to "pay attention to the political killings in Ukraine instead of the rhetoric of sanctions against Russia."

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov blamed Kiev for political murders.

He denounced Western leaders, saying "because of your support in Ukraine there are political murders, terror taking place against political opponents, and all the people." 

"What else should these Nazis do, for you to finally understand and be aware of your responsibility for what is happening now in Ukraine."

It bears repeating. US-installed/Nazi-infested Kiev thugs threaten their own people and European peace. 

It's more fragile today than at any time since events preceding WW II.

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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Yemeni Crisis Deepens

Yemeni Crisis Deepens

by Stephen Lendman

US-orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing continues murdering defenseless Yemeni men, women and children daily.

Genocide is occurring in plain sight. Media scoundrels ignore what demands screaming headlines of condemnation.

Obama bears full responsibility. Saudis and other involved despotic regimes share it. So do Western leaders supporting an atrocity they should make every effort to stop.

The World Food Program (WFP) said half of Yemen's 25 million people go hungry for lack of food. Starvation may claim many thousands. 

Untreated wounds for lack of available medicines and treatment may take thousands more. Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable.

On Friday, UN authorities launched an urgent appeal. They need to raise $274 million quickly to provide desperately needed aid. A UN statement said:

"The devastating conflict in Yemen takes place against the backdrop of an existing humanitarian crisis that was already one of the largest and most complex in the world."

Saudi-led terror-bombing and ground fighting so far displaced over 150,000 Yemenis - thousands more daily.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Johannes Van Der Klaauw said "(o)rdinary families are struggling to access healthcare, water, food and fuel - basic requirements for their survival."

Millions are affected in 18 of 22 Yemeni governorates - perhaps all of them as conflict deepens.

Virtually no safe havens exist. Civilian neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, mosques and other non-military related sites are being struck.

Some estimates indicate over 2,500 killed - many more thousands wounded.

"I urge donors to act now to support the people of Yemen at this time of greatest need," Van Der Klaauw urged.

After three weeks of devastating Saudi-led terror bombing (naked aggression by any standard), UN Secretary General noticed.

He's a longtime imperial tool. He disgraces the office he holds. Instead of condemning US-orchestrated/Saudi-led mass murder, he pathetically urged all sides to halt hostilities.

"…I am calling for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen by all parties," he said.

Why now? Why not immediately after Saudi-led terror-bombing began? Why hasn't he clearly condemned the conflict's perpetrators?

Why has he largely ignored Yemenis suffering this long? Why does he support US direct and proxy wars while pretending otherwise?

Why is he a reliable US imperial tool instead of fulfilling his UN mandate?

Yemen is being systematically raped. Millions of Yemeni lives are threatened.

During a Friday Solidarity Rally with Yemen, Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah condemned Saudi aggression.

"This rally is aimed at voicing our condemnation and rejection of the Saudi-American aggression against Yemen and its people and at expressing our support for this noble people," he said. 

He urged all Yemenis to unite against what's ongoing.

"It is our human, jihadist and religious duty to take this stance and all the sons of this nation must reassess their responsibilities and take the appropriate stance," he urged. 

"Intimidation or threats will not prevent us from continuing to declare our condemnation of the aggression against Yemen." 

"This major historic period is affecting the entire region, not only Yemen…This is a war against an Arab people."

Its "real objective is restoring the Saudi-American hegemony over Yemen" Millions of Yemenis are without food, water and medical aid," he added.

He called on all Yemenis to "defeat the aggression." He urged a political solution and end to fighting.

Iran's Defense Minister General Hossein Dehqan blamed Washington and Israel for waging aggression on Yemen. He believes efforts to defeat Houthi resistance will fail.

Vladimir Putin called for "an immediate cessation of military activities" in Yemen within 24 hours after Saudi terror-bombing began.

Obama wants escalated war. He's supplying Saudis with munitions, intelligence, logistical help and targets to strike - including civilian ones.

He's mindless of human suffering. US imperial objectives alone matter.

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.

New video: “You know a politician or talking head doesn’t ‘get it’ when ....

--2014--

784. Oct. 6-9, speaker, Praxis Peace Institute conference, THE ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABILITY-Emerging Models for a Healthy Planet, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco

783. Sept. 12-14, participant, RENY Rethinkecon conference, http://rethinkecon.com/, NY City

782. Aug. 20, interview with Rohan Freeman, ignoranti.org, 10 a.m. PST

781. July 29-Aug. 5. Moving Beyond Capitalism conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

780. July 9, speaker, 2014 Annual Conference of the Council of Georgist Organizations, Inc., Radisson Newport Beach Hotel, near the Orange County John Wayne Airport, 9:15 a.m. PT

779. July 2nd IT’S OUR MONEY WITH ELLEN BROWN – EMINENT DOMAIN TO THE RESCUE? – Progressive Radio Network. Listen to archive here.

778. June 29, interview with Stephen Golden, KABC radio, Pasadena, 7 pm PT

777. June 25, interview, Kerry Lutz - Financial Survival Network, 1 pm ET. Listen to archive here.

776. June 21, participant and speaker, General Assembly of the Green Party of California, http://www.cagreens.org/ga/2014-06/agenda-draft-to-counties, Santa Barbara

775. June 7, interview with Doug Bennett, Unspun: An Experiment in Truth-Telling, KKRN Community radio, 9 am PT Listen to archive here.

774. June 2, interview, Voice of Russia (pre-recorded, check their site).

773. May 31, interview, the Joe Whitehead Show, http://thejoewhiteheadshow.com/, 11:30 am, EDT

772. May 26, interview, Wealth DNA Radio Show, Blog Talk Radio, wealthdna.us, noon EST

771. May 26, Speaker at Occupy SF Forum, Unite HERE Local 2 Union Hall, 215 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco -- along with Laura Wells, Lt. Gov. candidate Jena Goodman, Sect. of State candidate David Curtis, and Congressional candidate Barry Hermanson, 6 pm

770. May 26, interview on the Wealth DNA Radio Show (Blog Talk Radio: wealthdna.us) noon ET

769. May 25, "Occupy Oakland" barbecue at Mike Wilson’s house: 3413 Belmont Ave., El Cerrito, 1:30 pm

768. May 25, interview, the Bob Charles Show, Web Radio Station http://www.kinetichifi.com/, 2 pm EST

767. May 24, Attend and speak at the Sacramento "March against Monsanto" anti-GMO event (starts at the North steps of the State Capitol building).

766. May 23, c. 11:00 am -- Speak to the "Campus Greens" at De Anza College, Cupertino

765. May 23. Ellen and Laura Wells will speak at the "Green Party Candidates Night" -- at the Richmond Progressive Alliance office, in the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, 1021 Macdonald Ave., Richmond, 7 pm

764. May 22, Monterey Co. Green Party candidates forum, with Cindy Sheehan and Laura Wells, Monterey College of Law, 100 Col. Durham St., Seaside, CA 93955, 7 pm

763. May 20, interview with Sinclair Noe, Financial Review, MoneyRadio.com (pre-recorded, check for air time.)

762. May 15, interview with Alan Butler, Butler on Business, Liberty Express Radio, 10 AM EDT

761. May 14, interview with Stanley Montieth, The Doctor Stan Show, Radio Liberty, 7 am PST

760. May 13, interview with Robert Stark and Jeff Crow, Valley Talk Live, centralvalleytalk.com, Fresno, 4 pm PT. Listen to archive here.

759. May 11, Skype participant, Green Party candidate Q&A event, Lieblyl Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94607
Between 65th and 66th St. 5 pm

758. May 10, United We Stand Festival, Pauley Pavilion, UCLA,
https://unitedwestandfest.com/confirmed-guests/

757. May 6, inteview with Rock Cash, The People Speak Radio. Listen to archive here.

756. May 1, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 9 a.m. PDT

755. April 29, moderator, Great Minds #66 with Nomi Prins, Los Angeles, CA., 7 pm PT

754. April 23, Ellen interviews Nomi Prins on It's Our Money. Listen to archive here.

753. April 21, interview with Robert Stark and Jeff Crow, Valley Talk Live, centralvalleytalk.com, Fresno, 4:30 PT

752. April 17, interview Dr. Rima Truth Reports, with Dr. Rima Laibow, 10 pm EST

751. April 17, interview with Greg Hunter, USAWatchdog.com, 11:30 EST

750. April 8, It's Our Money with Ellen Brown, interiews Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. Listen to archive here.

749. April 8, interview with Alan Butler, Butler on Business, Liberty Express Radio, 11:30 AM EDT

748. April 3, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 9 a.m. PDT

747. April 3, interview with James Banks, KGNU radio, Boulder, CO, 5 p.m. PT

746. April 2, interview, WHDTWorldNews, Nextnewsnetwork.com, 10:30 a. m. PDT

745. March 26, 1 pm PDT, It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown. Ellen interviews Prof. ROBERT HOCKETT--fascinating background material for understanding the banks' role in the foreclosure mess and the eminent domain solution. Listen to the archive here.

744. March 24, interview with Kevin Zeese JD and Margaret Flowers MD, Clearing the FOG on We Act Radio, 1480 AM Washington, DC, 8 a.m. PDT

743. March 23rd, "Banking for the People—Not for Wall Street," Agenda for a Prophetic Faith Lecture Series, Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711, http://www.claremontumc.org/, 7 pm PT

742. Apr. 13, Interview with Chris Moore, KDKA Pittsburgh, 5 pm EST

741. March 18, 2 pm, Democratic Club, Friendly Valley Conference Room, Newhall, CA.

740. March 13, interview with Fred Smart, American Underground Network, 8 pm, CDT

739. March 12, 12 pm PDT, It's Our Money radio show with Ellen Brown, featuring Prof. TIM CANOVA on the Federal Reserve. Listen to archive here.

738. March 4, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report, 4:30 PST

737. Feb. 23, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST

736. Feb 20, interview with Bill Deller, 3CR radio, Melbourne, Australia, 3 pm, PST

735. Feb. 17, interview, Strike Debt Bay Area, KPFA, Berkeley, 2 pm (?) PST

734. Feb16, interview with Gary Dubin, The Foreclosure Hour (http://www.foreclosurehour.com/the-host.html), 5 pm PST

733. Feb. 11, interview with Clint Richardson, RBN 5 pm PST

732. Feb 9, interview with Stephen Golden, DEFENDING THE AMERICAN DREAM, KABC Los Angeles, 6 am, PST Listen to the archive here.

731. Feb. 6, interview, Move to Amend Reports, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movetoamend, 5 pm PST

730. Feb. 5, interview with Sinclair Noe, Financial Review, MoneyRadio.com, 9:30 am PST

729. January 30, interview, Kerry Lutz - Financial Survival Network, 12 pm EST

728. January 30, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report, 4:30 PST

727. January 29, interview on Latin Waves, 8 pm PST

726. January 28, Green Party Shadow Cabinet response to State of the Union Speech. http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus 6 pm PST

725. January 26, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST. Listen here.

724. January 23, interview, The Tim Dahaney Show, 12 noon PST. Listen here.

723. January 22, interview with Utrice Leid, "Leid Stories,", PRN.FM, 1 pm EST

722. January 21, interview, Independent Underground Radio LIVE, 9:15 PST. Listen here.

721. January 12, Open Forum with Green Party candidates Luis Rodriguez, Laura Wells and Ellen Brown, hosted by LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) 11277 GARDEN GROVE BLVD., Garden Grove, CA. 2-4 pm

720. January 11, interview with Bill Still on running for California Treasurer. Watch it here. And see another one here.

719. January 8, interview, The Tim Dahaney Show, 12 noon PST. Listen here. (It's the one labelled "Take the Fed Reserve Public.")

718. Jan 7, interview, The Burt Cohen Show, 12 noon ET

--2013--

717. Dec. 30, interview, Stuart Vener Tells It Like It Is, see http://stuartvener.com for stations, 11:30 am EST

716. Dec. 26, interview Dr. Rima Truth Reports, with Dr. Rima Laibow and Ralph Fucetola, 10 pm EST

715. Dec. 21, interview, KPRO Radio San Francisco, 9:30 am PST

714. Dec. 18, interview, The Power Hour with Joyce Riley, 8 a.m. CT

713. Dec. 18, interview, Unwrapped Radio, WRFG, http://www.tuneinradio.com/, 12:40 EST

712. Dec. 15, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST, listen here.
711. Dec. 15, presentation, A Public Bank for Mendocino, at the Crown Hall in Mendocino, Ca., 7 pm

710. Dec. 15, presentation, Why We Need to Own Our Own Bank, Mendocino Environmental Center
106 West Standley, Ukiah, CA 95482, 2 pm

709. Dec. 14, presentation, Why We Need to Own Our Own Bank, Little Lake Grange, Willits, Ca. 7 pm

708. Dec. 13, interview on All About Money, KZYX radio, 9 a.m. PST

707. Dec. 13, interview, Radio Islam, WCEV 1450 AM, 12:05 pm, CST

706. Dec. 12, appearance with Doug McKenty, "The Shift," Mendocino TV, 4:30 pm PST

705. Dec. 11, interview on WHDT World News, http://NNN.is/on-WHDT, 5:30 and 11:00 pm EST. Watch the archive here.

704. Dec. 11, interview, WORT Community Radio, Madison, Wisconsin, 6:10 a.m. PST

703. Dec. 11, interview with Sinclair Noe, Financial Review, MoneyRadio.com, 10:30 PST

702. Dec. 9, UnWrapped Radio, Atlanta, 1 pm PST.

701. Dec. 9, GOHarrison, KPFK Los Angeles, 3:30 pm PST.

700. Dec. 9, interview, Air Cascadia show, KBOO radio, Portland, 10 am PST

699. Dec. 5, interview, WHDT World News TV, 2 pm PST

698. Dec. 4, interview with David Swanson, talknationradio, 7pm PST

697. Dec. 4, interview with Rob Kall, The Rob Kall Bottom-Up Radio Show, 1360 AM, 7:30 pm EST

696. Dec. 3, interview with Kim Greenhouse, It's Rainmaking Time, listen here.

695. Dec. 2, interview with Val Muchowski, Women's Voices, KZYX, 7 p.m. PST

694. Nov. 29, interview with Gregg Hunter, USAWatchdog.com, 11:30 PST

693. Nov. 16, interview This is Hell! radio show, WNUR 89.3 fm, thisishell.com/live, 11.20 a.m. EST. Listen to archive here

692. Nov. 15, interview with George Berry, The Financial News Network Show, truthfrequencyradio.com, 1 pm PST

691. Nov. 14, interview with Stanley Montieth, The Doctor Stan Show, Radio Liberty, 4 pm PSTf

690. Nov. 14, interview with Neil Foster, Reality Bytes show, Awake Radio (UK), Shazziz Radio (US), 8 pm UK time.

689. Nov. 13, interview with Bonnie Faulkner, KPFA, Los Angeles. Listen to archive here.

688. Nov. 12, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report, 4:30 PST

687. Nov. 11, interview, Between the Lines News Magazine, WPKN radio, Bridgeport, CT, 9 p.m. ET. Listen to archive here

686. Nov. 10, skype participant, forum at the Putrajaya International Islamic Arts and Cultural Festival, "Global Economic and Monetary Crisis: What Needs to be Done?" Putrajaya, Malaysia, 11 a.m. MYT, 7 pm, Nov. 9 PST

685. Nov. 3, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST

684. Oct. 31, interview with Voice of Russia radio, American edition, 2:30 pm, CET (Central Europe Time.) Listen to archive here.

683. Oct. 23, interview with Daniel Estulin on RT tv

682. Oct. 16, interview with Per Fereng, KBOO radio, Portland, 11 am PST

681. Oct. 15, presentation, "The Public Banking Forum in Ireland," 7-9 PM, Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Ireland.

680. Oct. 14, presentation, Cork, Ireland

679. Oct. 12, presentation, "The Public Banking Forum in Ireland," 2-4 PM, Springfield Hotel in Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland. Information on these three events here.

678. October 4, interview with Bill Deller, 3CR radio, Melbourne, Australia, 2:30 pm, PST

677. Oct. 3, interview with Joyce Riley, the Power Hour. Listen to archive here.

676. Oct. 1, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report 7:30 EST

675. Sept. 29, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST

674. Sept. 27, interviw with Kevin Barrett, AmericanFreedomRadio.com, NoLiesRadio.org:
http://TruthJihadRadio.blogspot.com, 2 pm PST

673. Sept. 19, interview, The Gary Null Show, 9:30 a.m. Pacific

672. Sept. 19, Interview on the Global Research News Hour with Michael Welch--check site for time and archive.

671. Sept. 18, interview with David Sierralupe, Occupy Radio, KWVA, 88.1 FM, Eugene

670. Sept. 15, interview with Niall Bradley, Sott Talk Radio, sott.net, 2 p.m. EST

669. Sept. 14, interview FDLBookSalon, firedoglake.com, 5pm EST

668. Sept. 10, "Turning Hard Times into Good Times" with Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 12:30 pm PST. Listen to archive here.

667. Sept. 9, interview with Ken MacDermotRoe and Del LaPietro, In Context Report, 9 am PST. Listen to archive here.

666. Sept 7, interview with Valerie Kirkgaard, WakingUpInAmerica.com, 6 am, PST. Listen here.

665. Sept. 6, Interview with Al Korelin, The Korelin Economics Report, 12:30 pm PST

664. Sept. 5, discussion of how to bring public banking to Colorado on "It's the Economy, Stupid," KGNU, Boulder, 5 p.m. PST

663. Sept. 5, interview with Patrick Timpone, oneradionetwork.com, 8 a.m. PST

662. Sept. 3, interview (along with Elliott Spitzer?), "Turning Hard Times into Good Times" with Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 1 pm PST Listen to archive here.

661. Sept. 3, interview with Jeanette LaFeve, The People Speak, 6 pm PST

660. Aug. 25, Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

659. Aug. 22, interview with Christopher Greene, AMTV Radio, simulcast in audio/video over GoogleHangouts and American Freedom Radio, 1 p.m. PST

658. Aug. 22, interview, TheAndyCaldwellShow.com,
CalChronicle.com, 3 pm PST

657. Aug. 21, interview with Merry and Burl Hall, blogtalkradio.com/envision-this, 5 pm PST

656. Aug. 21, interview with Lori Lundin, America's Radio News Network, 10:30 a.m. ET.

655. Aug. 16, interview with Sinclair Noe, Moneyradio.com, 4 pm PST

654. Aug. 15, interview with Justine Underhill, Prime Interest, Russia Today TV, 1:30 pm PST

653. Aug 14, interview with Jim Goddard, This Week in Money, 4 pm, PST. Listen to archive here, starting at minute 32.

652. Aug. 14, interview with Mary Glenney, WMNF 88.5, 10 a.m. PST

651. Aug. 14, interview with Chuck Morse, irnusaradio.com, 8 am, PST

650. Aug. 13, interview with Thomas Taplin, Dukascopy TV, Switzerland, 9 am PST

649. Aug 7-11, Madison Democracy conference, https://democracyconvention.org/

648. Aug. 6, radio interview, INN World Report with Tom Kiely, http://feeds.feedburner.com/INNWorldReportRadio 4:30 PST

647. Aug 5, interview with Arnie Arnesen, 94.7 fm, Concord, NH, 9 am PST

646. Aug 3, interview with Diane Horn, Mind Over Matter show, KEXP radio, 90.3 FM, Seattle, 7:00 a.m. PST

645. July 31, interview with Mike Beevers, KFCF Fresno, 4:30 pm PST

644. July 28, Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

643. July 2, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PDT.

642. July 2, interview with Arnie Arnesen, 94.7 fm, Concord, NH, 12:30 EST.

641. June 30, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT. Listen to archive here.

640. June 24, interview on RT tv re student debt, 10:30 am PST

639. June 17, interview on The Andy Caldwell Show, 3:30 pm PST

638. June 16, interview with Jason Erb, 5 pm Pacific

637. June 13, interview with Paul Sanford, "Time 4 Hemp-LIVE," http://www.AmericanFreedomRadio.com, 10 am, PST

636. June 6 presentation with Jamie Brown at the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek. Info at Favors.org, 7 to 9 pm

635. June 1, interview with Kris Welch, KPFA Los Angeles, 10 am PST

634. May 28, interview with Malihe Razazan, "Your Call" radio, KALW, San Francisco, 10 am PST.

633. May 26, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

632. May 23 interview with Simit Patel, InformedTrades.com (youtube) 3:30 pm PST

631. May 22, Thousand Oaks, 3 expert panel, "A Parachute For the Fiscal Cliff," University Village 2-4 pm

630. May 22, interview with Jack Rasmus, 11 am PST. Enjoy the interview here.

629. May 22, Guns and Butter show, KPFA, http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/91790

628. May 14, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PDT.

627. May 13, live appearance on RTTV, 3 pm PST Watch it here.

626. May 8, interview with Valli Sharpe-Geisler, Silicon Valley Voice, KKUP, 3 pm PST

625. May 8, interview, the Meria Heller Show, 11 am PST

624. May 4, interview, Latin Waves with Sylvia Richardson, 10 am PST

623. April 30, Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 1 pm PST

622. April 29, interview with Rob Kall, Bottom Up Radio, 9 am Pacific
Listen to archive here.

621. April 28, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

620. April 25, interview, the the Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, 5 pm EDT

619. April 17, interview with Mike Harris, rense.com, 1 pm PDT

618. April 16th, speaker, Valley Democrats United (Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley), Van Nuys, Ca. 7-9pm

617. April 13, interview with Darren Weeks, Govern America, noon Eastern, listen here

616. April 9, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PDT.

615. April 6, phone conference, Justice Party, http://www.justicepartyusa.org/public_banking_conference_call, 9 a.m.

614. April 5, interview, Butler on Business, 11 a.m. EDT

613. April 3, interview with Michael Welch, Global Research News Hour, 8:30 a.m. PDT

612. April 2, interview with Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 12:30 PDT. Listen here.

611. April 1, interview with Brannon Howse, www.worldviewradio.com, 11 a.m. PDT

610. April 1, interview with Scott Harris, Counterpoint,
WPKN Radio, 8:30 pm, ET Listen to archive here.

609. April 1, interview with Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. Watch and listen to archive here, starting at minute 50. Articles based on the interview are at Truthout.org.

608. March 31, interview with Jason Erb, Exposing Faux Capitalism, Oracle Broadcasting, 11 a.m. Pacific

607. March 31, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT Listen to the archive here.

606. March 29, interview, The Gary Null Show, 9:30 a.m. Pacific

605. March 28, interview with Stan Monteith, radioliberty.com, 9 pm PDT

604. March 28, radio interview, INN World Report with Tom Kiely, http://feeds.feedburner.com/INNWorldReportRadio 4:30 PDT

603. March 27, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PdT.

602. March 27, interview with Jack Rasmus on PRN, 11 a.m. PDT

601. March 25, interview on the Richard Kaffenberger show, KTOX, Needles, CA. 3:15 PDT

600. March 22, newly available archived radio interview, Mandelman Matters. Listen here.

599. March 22, interview with James Fetzer, The People Speak Radio, 5-7 pm PDT

598. March 22, interview , Our Times With Craig Barnes, KSFR radio, Santa Fe, 10 a.m. MST

597. March 12, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST.

596. March 11, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PST

595. March 9, Interview with Sylvia Richardson, Latin Waves, CJSF 90.1FM, 9:30 am PST

594. March 6, interview with Charlie McGrath, wideawakenews.com, 6pm PST. Watch and listen here.

593. March 3, interview with Lateef Kareem Bey, Fix Your Mortgage Mess, 4 pm PST

592. March 2, Interview with Stuart Richardson, Latin Waves, CJSF 90.1FM, 11 am PST

591. Feb. 27, interview with Jim Banks, KGNU, Boulder, 12 pm PST

590. Feb 27, interview with Sinclair Noe, Financial Review, 10 am PST

589. Feb. 25, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST.

588. Feb. 6, Interview with Phil Mackesy, This Week in Money, TalkDigitalNetwork.com, 11 am PST. Listen to the archive here: http://talkdigitalnetwork.com/2013/02/this-week-in-money-70/

587. Feb. 4, interview with Ken Rose, What Now radio show, KOWS RADIO OCCIDENTAL 107.3 FM, 11 am PST.

586. Jan. 31, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Radio Report, 5:00 pm PST

585. Jan. 27, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio
network, 10 am PST

584. Jan. 23, interview on KPFK, 8pm PST

583. Jan. 22, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST.

582. Jan. 3, interview with Mary Glenney, WMNF 88.5, Tampa, 3 pm EST

581. Jan. 2, interview, The Bev Smith Show, thebevsmithshow.net, 5 pm PST

--- 2012 ---

580. Dec. 27, video interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, listen and watch here.

579. Dec. 24, October talk at First Unitarian Church in Portland aired on KBOO radio, http://kboo.fm/, 8:00 am PST

578. Dec. 24, interview with Ron Daniels, the WWRL Morning Show with Mark Riley, wwrl1600.com, 5:05 am PST

577. Dec. 21, interview with Andy Caldwell, TheAndyCaldwellShow.com, KZSB AM1290 Santa Barbara / Ventura and KUHL AM1440 Santa Maria / San Luis Obispo, 3:30 pm PST

576. Dec. 20, interview with Fred Smart, aunetwork.tv, 9 pm EST

575. Dec. 19, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST. Listen here.

574. Dec. 19, interview with Dr. Jack Rasmus, Alternative Visions, Progressive Radio Network, 2 pm EST

573. Dec. 17, The Bev Smith Show, thebevsmithshow.net, 4 pm PST

572. Dec. 15, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST. Listen here.

571. Dec. 14, interview with Craig Barnes, Our Times With Craig Barnes, KSFR radio, 9 am PST Listen to the archive here.

570. December 9th, speaker, Mayo Arts Center (10 Mayo Street) in Portland, ME
http://mayostreetarts.org/about-us/where-we-are 7:30-9pm

569. Dec. 7, Vermont's New Economy conference, Vermont College of the Find Arts, Montpelier, VT, 9 am to 4 pm and reception at 4:30. $25
www.global-community.org/neweconomy to register

568. Dec. 5, speaker, Pennsylvania Public Bank Project's Forum on Public Banking, at the David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, PA, 7pm

567. Nov. 26-27, 3rd Annual World Conference on Riba, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

566. Nov. 22, presentation before Royal Scottish Academy -- "A Public Bank for Scotland" (here), Riddle's Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG Scotland, 6 pm

565. Nov 8, Healthy Money Summit, speaking with Hazel Henderson at 1-2 pm PST, information here.

564. Sunday, Oct. 28, Keynote Speaker; The Buck Starts Here, 2:00pm, sponsored by the Kairos Occasional Speakers Series & OFOR, Kairos Milwaukie UCC, Milwaukie, OR.

563. Saturday, Oct. 27, Keynote Speaker; OFOR Saturday Symposium: The Buck Starts Here, 10am - 3pm, Molalla, OR

562. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28, Keynote Speaker; Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation Fall Retreat - The Buck Starts Here, Camp Adams, Molalla, OR, Friday, 5pm- Sunday 12 noon

561. Friday, October 26, Invited Commentator; screening of “HEIST” (new documentary about the roots of the American economic crisis), sponsored by First Unitarian Church of Portland's Economic Justice Action Groups, Alliance for Democracy, KBOO, Move to Amend, 7:00pm, First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR

560. (Oct. 25-28, Bioneers Conference, Portland, OR)
Oct. 25, Keynote Speaker; sponsored by Portland Fellowship of Reconciliation (PFOR) and the First Unitarian Church of Portland's Economic Justice and Peace Action Groups, 7:00-8:30pm, First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR

559. Oct. 24, interview with Per Fagereng, KBOO radio, Portland, 9 am PST

558. Oct. 24, KPFA "Guns and Butter" interview. Listen to archived show here.

557. Oct. 21, speaker at BBQed Oysters and Beer Fundraiser Party for PBI, San Rafael, CA, 4 pm PST

556. Oct. 14, Live Gaiam tv interview appearance. Watch it here free at 7pm EST.

555. Oct. 12, interview with Matt Rothschild of The Progressive, 10 a.m. Central time

554. October 11-14, speaker, Economic Democracy Collaborative, Madison, Wisconsin

553. Oct. 11, radio interview with Norm Stockwell, WORT, 12 pm CST

552. Oct. 9, interview with Kevin Barrett, No Lies Radio, listen to archive here.

551. Oct. 8, interview, "Mountain Hours Revolution Radio" with Wayne Walton, on RBN, 12-1 pm PST

550. Oct. 7, interview with Lloyd D'Aguilar, "Looking Back Looking Forward", http://lookingbacklookingforward.com/, 2 pm EST

549. Sept. 26, interview with Douglas Newberry, markettoolbox.tv, 1pm EST. Listen here.

548. Sept. 25, interview with Dr. Stanley Montieth, radioliberty.com, 3pm PST

547. Sept. 24, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PST.

546. Sept. 22, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

545. Sept. 17 interview along with Hazel Henderson, National Teach In for Occupy Wall Street, http://www.livestream.com/owshdtv 5pm EST

544. Sept. 10, interview with Thomas Taplin, Dukascopy TV (Switzerland), 7 am PST Watch and listen here

543. Sept. 7, interview with Mike Harris, republicbroadcasting.org, 6 am PST

542. Sept. 6, interview with Douglas Newberry, markettoolbox.tv, 1pm EST. Listen here.

541. Aug 28, interview, the Meria Heller Show, 11 am PST. Listen to archive here. And listen to excellent Meria Heller show here.

540. Aug 26, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, listen to archive here.

539. August 21, interview with Charlie McGrath, wideawakenews.com. Listen to archive here.

538. Aug 20, interview with Kim Greenhouse, It's Rainmaking Time, listen here.

537. Aug 16, interview with Mike Harris, republicbroadcasting.org, 6 am PST

536. Aug. 14, interview, TheAndyCaldwellshow.com, 4:30pm PST

535. August 13, interview with American Free Press, 1 pm PST

534. July 24, interview along with Victoria Grant, The People Speak, 6pm, PST

533. July 24, interview with Kevin Barrett, NoLiesRadio.org, 9 am PST

532. July 23, interview with Charlie McGrath, wideawakenews.com, 6 pm PST

531. July 22, interview with Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show, 7 pm PST

530. July 22, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST. Listen to archive here.

529. July 19, interview with Mike Beevers, KFCF Fresno, 4:30 pm PST

528. July 10-12, Speaker, Conference on Social Transformation, Faculty of Economics, Split University, Split Croatia

527. July 10, video interview with Max Keiser, the Keiser Report, on the ESM. Watch it here.

526. July 7, Interview with Phil Mackesy, This Week in Money, TalkDigitalNetwork.com, 3 pm PST

525. July 6, video interview with Dr. Mercola, see it here.

524. June 23, Interview with Al Korelin, The Korelin Economics Report, 1 pm PST. Listen to archive here.

523. June 21, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Radio Report, 4:30 pm PST

522. June 21, interview on the Gary Null Show, 9:20 am PST

521. June 18, interview with Ken Rose, What Now radio show, KOWS RADIO OCCIDENTAL 107.3 FM, 1 pm PST. Listen to archive here.

520. June 17, interview with Bill Resnick, KBOO radio, 9 am PST

519. June 16 interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST. Listen to archive here.

518. June 9, interview with Sylvia Richardson, Latin Waves, 9:45 am PST. Listen to archive here.

517. June 5, interview, Truth Quest With Melodee, KHEN radio, 7pm PST

516. June 2, interview about Web of Debt, Our Common Ground,http://www.blogtalkradio.com/OCG, 7pm PST

515. June 1, interview with Robert Stark, The Stark Truth listen here.

514. Newly available video of interview on "Moral Politics" -- see it here

513. May 30, interview, The Tim Dahaney Show, ll am PST

512. May 28, interview with Pedro Gatos, "Bringing Light into Darkness", KOOP.ORG, 6 pm CST

511. May 24, interview, Make It Plain With Mark Thompson, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, 2pm PST

510. May 20, interview, Women's View Radio, blogtalkradio.com, 10 am Central Time. Listen here.

509. May 13, interview, www.Blogtalkradio.com/fixyourmortgagemess, 4:15 pm PST

508. May 12, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST Listen here.

507. May 9, seminar, Re-imagining Money and Credit, Art bldg. rm 103, El Camino college, Torrance, Ca. 5-7:30 pm

506. May 8, interview with Mike Harris, republicbroadcasting.org, 9 am EST

505. May 7, radio discussion on "The Myth of Austerity", Connect the Dots, KPFK Los Angeles, 7 am PST. Listen here.

504. May 4, interview The Unsolicited Opinion, republicbroadcasting.org, 8 am PST

503. April 27-28, speaker, Public Banking Institute Conference, Friends Center, Philadelphia. Listen here.

502. April 25, speaker Global Teach-In (globalteachin.com), 12 noon EST

501. April 17, Interview with Leo Steel, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lasteelshoworg, 8:30 pm EST. Listen here.. 31 minutes in.

500. April 14, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

499. April 14, interview with Al Korelin, The Korelin Economics Report

498. April 10th-12th Speaker at Claremont Conference, “Creating Money in a Finite World” Claremont, CA . See video here.

497. April 5, interview , This Week In Money with Phil Mackesy (howestreet.com) 12:30 PST. Listen to the archive here.

496. April 3, speaker at COMER with Paul Hellyer, "Escape From the Web of Debt," Toronto, 7:30 pm

495. March 27, speaker on "Why are we so Broke? New ways to look at the Finances of our State and City," League of Women Voters luncheon, San Diego, 12 noon

494.5 March 24, radio interview, Mandelman Matters. Listen here.

494. March 17, speaker via skype, SCADS conference, London

493. March 15, interview with Per Fagereng, Fight the Empire, KBOO radio, 9:30 am PST

492. March 15, speaker, San Rafael City Hall 6 pm

491. March 13, speaker at Sergio Lub's house, Walnut Creek, info at Favors.org, 6pm

490. March 11, speaker, TedxNewWallStreet. See it here.

489. March 10, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

488. March 6, interview with Melinda Pillsbury-Foster, http://radio.rumormillnews.com/podcast/, 11 am PST

487. Feb. 25, interview with Martin Andelman, http://www.mandelman.ml-implode.com, 9:30 am PST

486. Feb. 25, interview, This Week In Money with Phil Mackesy (howestreet.com), 3 pm PST

485. Feb. 25, interview on CIVL Radio, Latin Waves, How Greece Could Take Down Wall Street, 11:30am PST

484. Feb 23, interview with Thomas Kiely, INN World Report Radio, 7:30 pm EST

483. Feb. 17, featured speaker, Public Banking in America weekly call, 9 am PST

482. Feb. 11, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

481. Feb. 8, interview with Mike Beevers, KFCF Fresno, 4:30 pm PST

480. Feb. 7, interview with Kevin Barrett, NoLiesRadio.org, 9 am PST; listen to archive here

479. Feb. 6, participant, Occupiers and Wells Fargo Executives Gather to Discuss the American Foreclosure Crisis, The Center of Nonprofit Management at California Endowment Building 1000 N. Alameda, Los Angeles, meeting 3 pm and press conference 5:30 pm

478. Feb. 2, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report Radio, 7:30 pm EST

477. Feb. 2, interview with Patrick Timpone, oneradionetwork.com, naturalnewsradio.com. Listen to archive here

476. Jan. 31, interview, Liberty Coins and Precious Metals, 9 am PST

475. Jan. 27, interview KPFA, Project Censored, 8:30 am PST

474. Jan. 27, FILMS4CHANGE-INSIDEJOB, panel speaker, Edye Second Space, Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, 7:30 pm

473. Jan 22, interview with Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show, 7:30 pm PST. Listen live here.

472. Jan. 20, interview with Mike Harris, The Republic Broadcasting Network, 7 am PST

471. Jan. 16, interview with Rob Lorei, WMNF fm, Tampa, 2 pm PST

470. Jan. 14, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

469. Jan. 11, interview with Jeff Rense, rense.com, 8pm PST

Syrians Vote

Syrians Vote

by Stephen Lendman

June 3 was historic. It was Syria's first ever free, fair, open democratic presidential election.

Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar competed with Assad. He's overwhelmingly popular. 

He'll win easily. Only his victory margin remains to be determined.

Syrians want no one else leading them. Especially while conflict continues. He's fighting for Syrian freedom. He's defeating Obama's dirty game.

On Tuesday, 9,601 polling stations opened at 7:00AM. Heavy turnout kept them open until midnight. To accommodate everyone wanting to vote. 

Syrians in hot zones voted in safe areas. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported "massive" turnout.

A Syrian Presidential Facebook posting said:

"Syrians, who are always up to the expectations, prove day after day their commitment to the culture of life, hope and challenge in the face of the culture of death, terrorism and closeness."

They're committed to preserving Syrian sovereignty, it added. Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem issued a statement, saying:

"No one grants legitimacy except the Syrian people. The Syrians register today their free will in democratic, transparent elections to elect who will lead them" for the next seven years.

They alone are enfranchised. "No one can impose (their) will on the Syrian people."

Assad and his wife Asma voted at a school near his Damascus presidential residence. Hajjar cast his ballot in Salhiya Quarter's parliament palace.

Al-Nuri voted at a Sheraton Hotel polling station. He commented, saying:

"Syria is becoming a different country where pluralism is taking root and a different opinion gets acceptable."

Results won't be announced until all ballots are counted. According to Supreme Judicial Committee for Elections head Hisham al-Shaar:

No exit polls were taken. "Preliminary and final results will be announced simultaneously. No tentative results will be made public."

Thirty Syrian friendly countries sent monitors. Russian upper house Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation First Deputy Chairman Alexei Alexandrov said:

"We have no doubts about the legitimacy of these polls."

"Syria does everything to get aligned with the world's democratic law-governed states." 

"There are no doubts that (Assad) was confronted by serious politicians who had every ground to expect a realistic win." 

"It is obvious that (he) enjoys special prestige, and the people's love for him is felt." 

"From legal and objective points of view, the elections (were) held impeccably." 

"The existing minor reproaches will not influence the final results."

Electoral commission member Ridvan Asan said:

"Turnout of voters has been high. Polling has been held in an open and honest manner."

Itar Tass correspondents visited 15 Damascus polling stations. 

They witnessed unimpeded voting. The process was open, free and fair, they said.

Armed militants' attempts to disrupt things failed. Millions of Syrians wanting to live free foiled them.

One voter perhaps spoke for others, saying:

"Three years of struggle against Saudis and Qatar have not subdued us. They did not even dream of democracy of ours."

Another said "(t)hree years of war have not broken us. We're voting for the future."

A Damascus resident called voting "our duty. We can't allow people from outside to decide for us," he said.

"Our duty is to vote to protect our country." According to another Damascus resident:

"Even if there are mortar bombs like the terrorists promise us, we'll go and vote for Bashar Assad. This is our right."

Al-Watan Waddah editor-in-chief Abed Rabbo said no one but Assad can restore peace and stability. 

"People…will vote for the person who will bring them" what they most value. And best "prospects for the future."

Syrians know Assad. They respect him. They'll elect him overwhelmingly. By a 70% majority or higher.

Syrian expats voted on May 28. Tens of thousands of Lebanese refugees turned out.

Up to an estimated 100,000. Beirut's Syrian embassy extended voting hours to accommodate them.

Washington pressure got France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and other countries to prevent Syrian expats from voting.

They endorsed sham Ukrainian and Egyptian elections. They denounced Syria's model democratic process.

It didn't deter millions of Syrians from exercising their democratic franchise. Or millions more abroad.

Western reporters in Lebanon and elsewhere were amazed. Long lines queued for hours. In countries far off as Brazil. 

Overwhelmingly supporting Assad. Expressing it publicly. They want him alone representing them.

AP said he has "significant support among large sections of the population, particularly among Christians, Alawites and other religious minorities."

In Lebanon, "(t)ens of thousands of Assad supporters flocked to cast ballots at the hilltop embassy in Yarze, a town Southeast of" Beirut.

"The ensuing chaos snarled traffic, trapping schoolchildren in buses for hours and forcing some schools to cancel scheduled exams."

Voters began arriving pre-dawn. Some on backs of pickup trucks. Others in cars and buses.

Traffic was heavy. Some people abandoned cars. They walked several kilometers to polling stations.

They queued for hours in Iraq, Iran and some European countries. Qatar supports Obama's war on Syria.

It owns and operates Al Jazeera. It reported what couldn't be denied.

May 28 "was not an ordinary voting day," it said. "It was a parade of Syrians celebrating their embattled president, Bashar al-Assad, and expressing support for him."

"Since early morning, tens of thousands of Syrians flocked to the heavily fortified area surrounding the Syrian embassy in Lebanon as expatriate voting began ahead of the June 3 presidential election."

"(T)his was the most visible mass gathering the country has witnessed in the past few years and possibly, the largest-ever gathering of Syrians outside their country."

People came from everywhere. "Photos of Assad were plastered on cars and minibuses, national flags and t-shirts." 

"Chanting for Assad broke out periodically on the highway, in front of the embassy and even in the polling room." 

Voters said "God, Syria, Bashar only."

Reuters said  "refugees waved flags and held pictures of Bashar al-Assad as they crushed into Damascus's embassy in Lebanon…to join Syrians worldwide voting early in an election that looks certain to give him a third seven-year term as president."

"Several countries that oppose Assad, including France, have blocked the voting but Syrian government media said people were still able to participate in many countries."

"In Lebanon, which holds a million Syrians - most of them refugees - citizens were driven to the Syrian embassy in Beirut." 

"Their buses blocked one of Beirut's three main highways and men and women waved Syria's flag and held up pictures of Assad."

On June 3, Reuters said Syrians are "expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for President Bashar al-Assad."

"State television showed long queues of people waiting to vote at polling stations…as well as crowds waving flags and portraits of the president."

"(N)either of Assad's rivals…enjoys much support."

Washington reacted as expected. Assistant State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf repeated one Big Lie after another. 

She called Syria's model democratic process "a disgrace." She ludicrously said Assad "has no more credibility today than he did yesterday." 

"Elections should be an opportunity for the people of a free society to be consulted and to play an important role in choosing their leaders," she said.

"Instead, such a process was inconceivable today in Syria, where the regime continued to reject the courageous calls for freedom and dignity that started more than three years ago." 

"It intentionally denied millions of Syrians the right to vote and continued to massacre the very electorate it purports to represent and protect."

It bears repeating. Syria's election was open, free and fair. It mocked America's sham process.

As quoted above, Russian monitor Alexei Alexandrov said:

"We have no doubts about the legitimacy of these polls."

"Syria does everything to get aligned with the world's democratic law-governed states." 

"It is obvious that Assad enjoys special prestige, and the people's love for him is felt." 

"From legal and objective points of view, the elections (were) held impeccably." 

Final results will be announced once all ballots are counted.

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

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


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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

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


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American Exceptionalism Justifies War on Humanity

American Exceptionalism Justifies War on Humanity

by Stephen Lendman

It OKs mass murder. It permits flouting rule of law principles, norms and standards. 

America is a terror state. Criminality continues on an unprecedented scale.

Permanent war is official US policy. One country after another is ravaged and destroyed. Millions of corpses attest to America's barbarity.

No nation in world history matches it. Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. He's a war criminal multiple times over.

Advancing America's imperium matters most. US hegemonic ambitions risk global war. 

So does its rage for full spectrum dominance over all land, surface and sub-surface sea, air, space, electromagnetic spectrum and information systems with enough overwhelming power to fight and win global wars against any adversary. 

International laws, treaties, conventions, standards and norms don't matter. Washington rules alone apply. Might v. right reflects them.

Obama's proxy war on Syria rages without end. Events in Ukraine reflect US-led NATO's drive East. 

Co-opting it into the Atlantic Alliance ensures encroaching on Russia's entire Western flank.

US military strength on its borders cuts it off from Europe. Marginalizing, isolating and weakening it at the same time.

Washington's inexorable drive East threatens world peace. It hangs by a thread. Ukraine is a global flashpoint. It's the gravest geopolitical crisis since WW II.

War without mercy continues. Obama offers full support. His insatiable hegemonic appetite is limitless.

His West Point address showed it. He glorified war in the name of peace. "America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world," he said.

"(T)he United United States is and remains the one indispensable nation."

"…America's willingness to apply force around the world is the ultimate safeguard against chaos."

"Here's my bottom line: America must always lead on the world stage."  

"If we don't, no one else will…(H)istory and hope (are) on our side." America's agenda is "right and just."

In other words, waging war on humanity is OK. US interests alone matter. It's "our way of life," according to Obama.

Not for ordinary Americans. Monied interests alone benefit. Plundering world resources serves them. So does exploiting global populations.

Wars without mercy are America's option of choice. Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. 

On June 2, Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin addressed a closed door Security Council session. He discussed Moscow's draft resolution.

He told reporters it's "not politicized and is of a purely humanitarian nature." It's to "alleviat(e) human suffering."

"Every day civilians get killed, among them women and children. Ukrainian military and paramilitary forces impede the peaceful population, leaving besieged cities or sending their children to safe places." 

"Buses of children are turned back.” Ukraine's war without mercy includes "heavy and indiscriminate shelling of residential areas."

Russia demands “an immediate cessation of hostilities, urges parties to commit themselves to sustainable ceasefire, and calls for the establishment by the parties of humanitarian corridors in order to allow the civilian population to leave safely and to ensure humanitarian assistance.”

Moscow's draft was submitted because “we believe for the situation in Ukraine not to deteriorate further, something needs to be done now in order to stop the violence.”

Churkin criticized what he called Security Council "usual suspects." They're "showing no urgency" in resolving things diplomatically.

"How come we talk all the time, as you know, theoretically about the need of preventing diplomacy, about the need to stop conflict, and then some colleagues sit in the Council and sort of shake their heads and say, 'Well, maybe they are doing the right thing, this military thing, they have the right to do that.' "

"Looking for various legal frames for this kind of an attitude is wrong." 

"It is our duty to stop the conflict as quickly as possible, to try to stop violence as quickly as possible."

Washington called Moscow's draft resolution "hypocritical." It blames Russia for its own crimes. 

On Monday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki lied, saying:

"It is hypocritical of the Russian leadership to call for an end to violence and the creation of humanitarian corridors when, at the same time, armed irregular forces are entering Ukraine from Russia, weapons are being brought illegally from Russia into Ukraine, Russian-backed separatists are attacking new targets and holding OSCE monitoring teams hostage, and Russia is doing nothing to stop these activities." 

"So if they are going to call for or would support a reduction in tensions and a de-escalation, it would be more effective for them to end those activities."

On Monday, Sergey Lavrov said Western nations assured Russia things would improve after Ukraine's May 25 election.

Instead, "everything is happening in exactly the opposite way. People are dying every day," Lavrov stressed.

"Peaceful civilians are suffering more and more. The army, military aviation and heavy weapons continue to be used against them."

Russia forthrightly opposes "any attempts to politicize the humanitarian crisis and to use it to justify external forceful interference…"

On Tuesday, Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov said:

"As many as 90,700 thousand orphans are staying in Ukraine, around one thousand of them are in the zone of hostilities." 

"Russian children's institutions are prepared to receive and accommodate all Ukrainian orphans."

"The more Ukraine uses heavy weapons, the larger the number of refugees who ask for help to pass to Russia as the problem is that no humanitarian corridors had not been created yet."

Washington, Britain, France and Kiev putschists block them. They prioritize conflict. 

They deplore resolving things peacefully. They're mindless of civilian deaths and suffering. They wage war without mercy.

Moscow accused US-led NATO of encouraging Kiev aggression. According to its NATO envoy Aleksandr Grushko:

"NATO is providing Kiev - a member of its Partnership for Peace program - with technical assistance, thus encouraging the prolongation of its use of force." 

"Thus the Alliance accepts a part of the responsibility for the escalation of the situation, and the collapse of diplomatic negotiations."

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen blamed Moscow irresponsibly saying:

"The climate at the moment is not good - not because NATO wants it that way, but because of Russia's illegal aggression against Ukraine."

US-led NATO bears full responsibility. "We have noticed unprecedented NATO activity near Russia's borders," said Grushko.

"It is excessive, inappropriate, and weakens stability, security and predictability in the Euro-Atlantic region."

War rages near Russia's border. It's "necessary to employ all possibilities to put an end to violence and take the situation onto a peaceful road of negotiations." 

"We urged the Council members to demand from the Kiev authorities to immediately stop the punitive operation in the southeast of the country, to begin the implementation of the Geneva accord of April 17 and the 'road map' of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe."

"We also expect the Alliance to at last denounce the criminal wrongdoing of radical nationalists, committed in different Ukrainian cities."

US-led NATO hypocritically supports "political dialogue based on democratic values, respect for human rights, the rights of minorities as well as supremacy of law."

It's actions are polar opposite. They're "fraught with a growing tension in the Euro-Atlantic region."

They disrupt "the existing system of security in the region." They facilitate war without mercy. 

They risk potential East/West confrontation. Russia continues going all-out for diplomatic conflict resolution.

It champions peace. It deplores war. It's mindful not to let Washington draw it into conflict with NATO over Ukraine.

It's horrified over war without mercy. Death toll numbers mount. 

Imagine using helicopter gunships, warplanes, tanks, artillery and other heavy weapons against civilian populations.

On Tuesday, a Slavyansk self-defense spokesman said:

"Several minutes ago two (Sukhoi) Su-25 airplanes conducted strikes…After them, five helicopters…launch(ed) massive airstrikes…" 

"There have been casualties and injuries both among militiamen and the civilian population."

Southeast Front self-defense spokesman Kostantin Knirik said:

"Two airstrikes have been launched against Semyonovka. One of them hit a roadblock, and the second one hit immediately the village." 

"At least one civilian resident has been killed and scores have been injured."

"Two buses full of children tried to leave the city, but they were stopped by Ukrainian security forces." 

"Furthermore, (passengers) were told explicitly: turn back or we will start to bombard you."

Donetsk self-defense forces reported large-scale Ukraine aggression.

"Convoys of armored vehicles are moving toward Slavyansk." 

"Their numbers exceed the number of vehicles already deployed around the city by several times. Apparently, they are preparing to run tanks over us."

A Kramatorsk self-defense spokesman reported "a serious gun battle underway. Three local residents (were) killed" so far.

Slavyansk People's Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov said:

"As a result of (Tuesday's) strikes (on) Slavyansk, one civilian resident has died. The strikes targeted mainly the village of Semenyovka and the city center."

Lugansk's press service chief Vladimir Inogoodsky called Monday's attack "a military crime."

"I was an immediate eyewitness of it, and I saw the warplanes make approaches and open fire," he said.

"Ukrainian mass media are spreading (false) assertions now that we blew ourselves up on our own."

"They not only pour out slander on us and deceive the international community but they also kill us."

Russia's Human Rights Commissioner Ella Pamfilova briefed Putin on refugee problems.

"(T)he inflow from (Ukraine's East) has begun to grow," she said. "(W)e need an urgent systematic program as to how these people should be received, provided with jobs, and so on."

Putin responded saying:

"I will instruct the presidential secretariat to help implement all of your proposals along with the government."

Humanitarian crisis conditions worsen daily. Obama bears full responsibility. Megalomania defines his agenda. So do delusions of grandeur.

He's heading America for full-blown tyranny and ruin. His war on humanity threatens world peace.

Poet Hayyim Bialik (1873 - 1934) once wrote about "with heart's blood and marrow pay(ing) the price of the blaze." 

A century later he'd have had weapons of mass destruction in mind. He'd have wondered how madness became policy. 

Why waging wars instead of preventing them is prioritized. Washington is humanity's greatest threat. 

Its hubris and imperial arrogance are unprecedented. It stops at nothing for unchallenged dominance. 

Its war on humanity persists. It made planet earth unfit to live on.

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

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


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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

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


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Obama in Europe

Obama in Europe

by Stephen Lendman

Wherever he goes, trouble follows. He's the latest in a long line of rogue US leaders. 

Contempt for rule of law principles, duplicity and moral cowardice define them. Pretense otherwise doesn't wash. 

Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. He's guilty of high crimes too grave to ignore. 

Millions worldwide call America a pariah one. They do so for good reason. Its imperial agenda targets fundamental freedoms for elimination. 

Obama went all-out to destroy them on his watch. He did so at home and abroad. He made planet earth unsafe to live on.

More than any of his predecessors. He waged political, economic and hot wars on humanity. They rage out-of-control.

He left Monday. He spent two days in Poland. 

Ostensibly for Polish Freedom Day. Marking its liberation from Soviet Russia's control.

He met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Then with Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian and Slovakian officials.

He met one-on-one with Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko. He pledged full US support. Political, economic and military.

To harden fascist governance. To crush Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters. To head Ukraine for NATO membership. 

To establish US bases on Russia's borders. To encroach on its entire Western flank. To target its heartland. 

To weaken and isolate a major rival. To replace it with pro-Western vassal govenance if all goes as planned.

On June 4 and 5, he was at NATO headquarters in Brussels. He met with other G-7 leaders. It's no longer G-8. Russia is excluded.

Obama came to pressure European allies for stiffer sanctions. He'll get little more than already imposed. 

Germany, France, Britain and other EU nations value strong political and economic ties. 

They won't sacrifice what's too important to preserve. They'll maintain confrontation with Russia over Ukraine.

On June 6, Obama headed for France to commemorate D-Day's 70th anniversary. His agenda prioritizes bashing Russia. 

It's enlisting greater support for Kiev putschists. A Fact Sheet on his trip headlined "European Reassurance Initiative and Other US Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners," saying:

Washington "act(ed), both bilaterally and through NATO, to reassure allies of our solemn commitment to their security and territorial integrity as members of the NATO Alliance."

It calls a "persistent US (regional) presence…especially in Central and Eastern Europe…" vital to support allies "robustly."

It lied about "Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea and other provocative actions in Ukraine."

Washington "stands by its allies…We will continue to take actions that increase the capability, readiness, and responsiveness of NATO forces to address any threat and that aid in deterring further destabilizing activities."  

"That is why the President today called on Congress to support a European Reassurance Initiative of up to $1 billion." It's for bolstering America's presence. It targets Russia.

National Security Advisor Susan Rice explained. "The United States, working with our European partners, has rallied to isolate and pressure Russia for its activities in Ukraine," she said.

"That's the kind of leadership that only the world's greatest power can bring to bear."

Obama plans greater commitment to NATO allies. With "support of Congress, the United States will preposition more equipment (and US forces) in (Eastern) Europe," he said.

"Given the situation in Ukraine right now, we have also increased our American presence." 

"We've begun rotating additional ground troops and F-16 aircraft into Poland…to help our forces support NATO air missions."

He called NATO "the cornerstone of our own security." It's a dagger at humanity's heart. 

It's an imperial tool. It's a global killing machine. It prioritizes war. It deplores peace. It threatens humanity's survival.

Ahead of scheduled meetings, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen explained the Alliance's position. 

He's a convenient US stooge. He turned truth on its head doing so. He substituted Big Lies for NATO's real agenda.

"All (Alliance) allies made clear that we condemn the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea and Allies will not recognize it," he said.

"We commend the people of Ukraine for holding free and fair elections largely in line with international standards." 

"They clearly voted for a united Ukraine. Their choice must be respected and we urge Russia to engage constructively with the newly elected President."

"We call on Russia to withdraw its troops fully and verifiably from Ukraine's border, with additional international inspections." 

"To stop the flow of arms and fighters into Ukraine. To condemn armed separatists…"

To challenge "Russia's illegal aggression against Ukraine."

Rasmussen praised Ukraine's sham election. 

"Despite criminal violence, intimidation and provocation by pro-Russian armed gangs, the Ukrainian people have made their voice heard," he said. 

And (it) must be respected. So we look forward to working with the new president of Ukraine."

"We stand firm in our support for Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity." 

We do not and will not recognize Russia's armed annexation of Crimea." 

"And we strongly support Ukraine's right to choose its own path for the future."

"We have made unprecedented pledges imposing restraint on our military posture, and we have kept them."

"…Russia has not kept its pledges. (It) threatened its neighbours, and used force against them."  

"It has not respected the territorial integrity or political independence of other countries."

All NATO measures "are defensive, moderate, proportionate, transparent, and fully compliant with our international commitments, including the Founding Act." 

"They are not a threat to Russia. It "must show (it's) prepared to play by the same rules as everybody else."

It bears repeating. NATO is an imperial tool. It's a global killing machine. It targets humanity. It ravages one country after another. It threatens world peace.

Russia is polar opposite. It deplores war and instability. It goes all-out for peaceful conflict resolution.

It affirms UN Charter and other rule of law principles. It believes nation-state sovereignty is inviolable.

It challenges US hegemonic ambitions. It does so responsibly. It's proud and re-assertive. It's not about to roll over for Washington. 

It's on the right side of history. Its agenda is the best hope for world peace. It's more than ever needed now. Humanity's fate hangs in the balance.

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

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


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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

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

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Palestinian Unity Governance

Palestinian Unity Governance

by Stephen Lendman

It's official. Its called "national reconciliation government." On Monday, Palestinian ministers were ceremonially sworn in. 

At Ramallah presidential headquarters. Presided over by Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. A last minute disagreement was resolved. More on this below.

Others issues remain. Whether enough to disrupt unity going forward the fullness of time will tell.

Seventeen ministers took oaths of office. Five are from Gaza. Israel denied three Hamas ones West Bank entry. They were sworn in by live video feed.

Hamdallah remains prime minister and minister of interior. Former PA foreign minister Ziad Abu Amr is deputy prime minister and culture minister.

Muhammad Mustafa is deputy prime minister and national economy minister. Shukri Bishara is minister of finance and planning.

Riyad al-Maliki remains foreign affairs minister. Salim al-Saqqa is justice minister. Adnan al-Husseini is Jerusalem affairs minister.

Rula Maya is tourism and antiquities minister. Jawad Awad remains minister of health.

Khawlah Shakhshir is education and higher education minister. Mufeed al-Hasayna is public works and housing minister.

Allam Mousa is telecommunications and transportation minister. Shawqi al-Ayasa is agriculture and social affairs minister.

Hayfaa al-Agha is minister for women. Mamoun Abu Shahla is labor minister. Nayif Abu Khalaf is local governance minister.

Yousif Ideis is endowment minister. No minister of prisoners' affairs was announced. Abbas wanted the Prisoners Affairs Ministry dismantled.

He wanted it put under PLO administration. Hamas opposed doing so. It remained a major disagreement until last minute resolution.

Earlier, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said unity wouldn't be consummated without a prisoners affairs ministry.

It'll likely be replaced by committee. With no official ministerial role. Temporarily it's part of Prime Minister Al-Hamdallah's portfolio.

On Monday, Reuters said "the dispute between Hamas and Fatah has been resolved." In six months or less, presidential and parliamentary elections will follow.

Qadura Fares heads the Palestinian Prisoners Club. He spoke with senior Hamas representatives. They expressed reservations about dismantling the Prisoners Affairs Ministry. Not the process itself.

According to Fares, the decision was made because of an Israeli anti-ministry incitement campaign.

Unity government officials are technocrats. They're nominally independent. Their new platform is expected to recognize Israel, reject terror, and respect previously signed agreements.

After Monday's swearing in ceremony, Abbas said:

"Today, with the formation of a national consensus government, we announce the end of a Palestinian division that has greatly damaged our national case."

"This black page in the history has been turned forever, and we will not allow it to come back,” he added.

"We won't stand with our hands folded in the face of punitive (Israeli) measures, and we will use every legal and diplomatic tool at our disposal in the international community."

Hamas leader Israel Haniyeh called Palestinian unity "historic."

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised "national consensus government, which represents all the Palestinian people."

Netanyahu didn't surprise. His comments turned truth on its head. "Abbas said yes to terror, not peace," he claimed.

"It is the direct continuation of (his) policy to refuse peace, while Israel has made courageous and painful steps for the political process and remains committed to peace."

"Abbas refused to extend the negotiating framework via the US's proposal, continues to incite against Israel, joined international agencies in a set of unilateral moves, and now has formed an alliance with the Hamas terrorist organization - which is responsible for the murder of more than a thousand innocent Israelis, and has fired thousands of rockets at Israeli towns."

"Hamas leaders have reiterated their commitment to terrorism and the destruction of Israel. The agreement with Hamas transfers to Abbas direct responsibility for terrorism from Gaza."

On Sunday, John Kerry spoke to Abbas. According to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki:

He "expressed concern about Hamas’s role in any such government and the importance that the new government commit to the principles of nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel and acceptance of previous agreements with it."

He said Washington will "judge any government based on its composition, policies and actions."

"President Abbas assured the secretary that the new government would be committed to these principles."

On May 29, State Department Bureau of Public Affairs spokesman Ian Kelly was asked if Washington would support Palestinian unity governance if Hamas members pledge to accept Quartet principles.

"The United States would expect any Palestinian Government and all of its members to accept and comply with the Quartet principles of non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations entered into by the PLO and the PA," he said.

According to an unnamed US official, Washington told Israel "it will not support the unity government immediately after it is sworn in."

After Monday's ceremony, Israel's security cabinet vowed to hold PA officials responsible for Gazan rocket fire. 

It's virtually never preemptive. It follows Israeli air, ground and/or sea attacks. It's legitimate self-defense. Israel calls it terrorism.

Its security cabinet members won't negotiate with Palestine's new government. Ultranationalist/defrocked/reinstated Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said if Israel wants to retaliate, it should act, not talk.

Netanyahu said Kerry committed not to recognize Palestinian unity governance straightaway. Israeli officials believe most Western countries will do so within hours or days.

"Recognize the new Palestinian government," urged Haaretz editors. Netanyahu vowed no "contact with the new Palestinian Authority except for necessary security coordination," they said.

National reconciliation government followed heavy Arab pressure. Most Palestinians support it.

So do most Western leaders. Israel "invested great effort in foiling diplomatic negotiations," said Haaretz editors.

"(N)ow it's citing Palestinian reconciliation as a decisive reason for freezing (peace) talks."

Its "refusal to recognize this government is liable to portray it once again as the party refusing to give the diplomatic channel a chance."

No nation may dictate the composition of others. Palestine's new government must serve the needs of its people.

It must provide for their health, education and welfare. It must maintain law and order. It must improve economic conditions.

"Israel should welcome the fact that it is not required to operate or fund those services," said Haaretz editors.

"If Israel had recognized the Palestinian government that was elected in 2006, or had cooperated with the Palestinian unity government that was established afterward, we would have been spared numerous casualties on both sides," they added. 

"Israel cannot repeat the same mistake. So long as the new Palestinian government continues to stick to the agreements it signed with Israel and seeks to continue cooperating with Israel, Netanyahu may not cut off ties with it or threaten to boycott it." 

"He would be better off investing his efforts in renewing the diplomatic process with the partner that still exists."

Israel deplores peace and stability. So does Washington. Rogue states operate this way. They risk regional conflicts. Perhaps global war.

Extremist policies head inexorably toward igniting it. Fascist leadership risks what responsible governance wouldn't dare.

Enemies are invented when none exist. Advancing imperial priorities matters most. Doing so involves eliminating all rivals.

War on humanity follows. Doing so risks destroying it altogether. Lunatics infest Washington and Israel. 

They risk the unthinkable. They do it mindlessly. They do it recklessly.

Palestinian unity is a chance for a new direction. Disrupting it risks the worst of all possible outcomes.


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

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


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Hunger Striking for Liberation and Justice

Hunger Striking for Liberation and Justice

Bt Stephen Lendman

On April 24, 90 Palestinian uncharged administrative detainee political prisoners hunger struck. They did so for long denied justice.

Others joined them. Around 150 overall. On June 1, Maan News reported 1,500. On May 31, Palestine's prisoner affairs minister Issa Qaraqe feared martyrdom for some if strike continues.

On June 2, over 100 refused food for 39 days. Around 70 were hospitalized. According to Qaraqe, they suffer from internal bleeding, memory loss and consciousness. 

Some need surgery. It doesn't matter. They're threatened, beaten, ill-treated and isolated.

They're subjected to "cruel conditions (to) "exhaust them and break their strike," said Qaraqe.

Israeli Prison Service spokeswoman Sivan Weissman confirmed their isolation. No further details were provided.

Qaraqe urged Arab leaders to "urgently intervene and prevent the tragedy that is about to be made by Israel."

Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHR-I) and 16 other NGO's asked EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to do so. They wrote them, saying in part:

"We, the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and the undersigned human rights organizations, wish to bring to your attention the on-going mass hunger strike…and request your urgent intervention on their behalf."

"The majority of the hunger strikers are protesting the continued administrative detention, which is detention without trial or charge." 

"Administrative detention orders are issued by the Israeli Military Commander in the West Bank for periods of one to six months and can be renewed indefinitely." 

"Administrative detainees or their lawyers are not informed of the reasons for their detention and are only informed that there is 'secret evidence' against them."

Fact: No evidence whatever exists.

Fact: Israel lies claiming otherwise.

Fact: Detainees committed no crimes.

Fact: They're imprisoned solely for political reasons.

Fact: Police states operate this way.

Fact: America and Israel are by far the world's worst.

"Israel (uses) administrative detention on a systematic basis against tens of thousands of Palestinians and is an ever present threat in the daily lives of all Palestinians."

"We firmly believe that Israel's use of administrative detention should cease immediately."

"Following the launch of the strike the Israeli authorities immediately began taking punitive measures against the hunger strikers." 

"These included the immediate isolation of all hunger strikers away from the rest of the prison population." 

"Many of hunger strikers have also been transferred to different prisons, while the leaders of the hunger strike have also been placed in isolation."

"The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and Israeli Special Forces have also been conducting violent raids on the prisoner’s cells and intrusive searches the prisoners on a daily basis." 

"In many cases the hunger strikers have been beaten and injured during these raids and were subsequently denied medical treatment."

"As you are aware the mass hunger strike of 2012 ended on 14 May 2012 after an agreement was reached between representatives of the prisoners and the IPS." 

"At this time it was agreed that Israel would limit the use of administrative to only 'exceptional circumstances,' as is required under international law." 

"However, it is quite clear that Israel has reneged on the agreement as it has continued to use administrative detention on a systematic basis which has compelled the prisoners to launch a fresh strike."

'(W)e feel that the prisoners must and can play a central role in bringing about a genuine and lasting peace."

Note: Nine Palestinian Legislative Council members are imprisoned. They committed no crimes. 

They belong to the wrong political parties. Six are hunger striking for justice.

They're lawlessly held uncharged and untried. They're political prisoners. NGO letter signatories include:

Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association

Aldameer Association for Human Rights

Al-Haq

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights

Defence for Children International – Palestine Section

Ensan Center for Human Rights and Democracy

Hurryyat –Centre for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights

Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights

Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies

Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

The Public Committee against Torture in Israel

Adalah - The Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel

Physicians for Human Rights - Israel

Arab Association for Human Rights

Palestinian Prisoners Society

Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs

Hunger striking is open-ended. Palestinian Ministry of Detainees undersecretary Ziad Abu Ein said increasing numbers of detainees are involved.

They're determined to contest horrific prison conditions. They're fighting for fundamental rights.

According to Abu Ein: 

"With their will and determination, the detainees are defeating the occupation, exposing its policies and crimes."

"We need more support (for) the detainees and their cause. We need more international activities." 

"Our people are united. Our international relations are much bigger and wider that Israel's illegitimate occupation. We need to end those crimes."

Palestinian Ministry of Detainees lawyer Ali Sa'ady visited three hunger strikers.

They're in cells "darker and colder than graves," he said. They're not fit for human use. 

They're too small. Prisoners are denied soap, towels, covers and clean clothes.

They're abusively treated. They're repeatedly beaten. They're denied family visits. Lawyer visits are restricted or denied.

Ahmad Rimawi is a student. He's aged 19.  On November 17, 2012, he was arrested. He remains administratively held uncharged.

In May, Israel extended his detention another six month. His father, Ishraq, was imprisoned in June 2001. He committed no crimes.

He's serving a 19-year sentence. Father and son joined in solidarity. At Naqab prison. They're hunger striking for justice.

On April 29, they began. Israel separated them. Ishraq was transferred to Eshel prison.

On May 28, Ahmad was hospitalized. He's suffering from extreme weakness. He repeatedly faints.

Abdul Razeq Yasin Hasan Farraj has been administratively held uncharged for over 92 months.

He was detained five previous times. He's 51 years old. He spent over 14 years of his life imprisoned.

He committed no crimes. He's one of thousands of Israeli political prisoners.

He's accused of being a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) member. 

Israel calls it an illegal organization. It does so without just cause.

Farraj was last arrested on February 25, 2014. On March 3, he appeared before Ofer Military Court.

Military prosecutors accused him of "guiding and directing" PFLP members. 

He's administratively detained unjustly. He's prevented from participating in legal political activities. 

His lawyer is denied specific reasons why. Prosecutors said all details are secret.

Israeli military courts are kangaroo tribunals. Guilt by accusation is official Israeli policy. 

Judge Ron Delomi confirmed Farraj's administrative detention order.

He lied claiming "the materials included in the (secret) file are true and are enough to hold Farraj in administrative detention."

He's "a senior member in the PFLP, and his connections and impact on society indicate that he is dangerous."

He ordered Farraj held administratively uncharged for six months. Through August 24. Interminably if Israel wishes.

For 20 years, military prosecutors failed to charge Farraj. He spent over 14 years imprisoned administratively.

Unjustly. For political reasons. It bears repeating. He committed no crimes. He's a human rights defender. 

Israel violated Fourth Geneva's Article 78. It permits administrative detentions only when clear evidence shows it's necessary for security reasons.

"(I)n accordance with the provisions of the present Convention."

With "the right of appeal…with the least possible delay." With full rights for "protected persons."

Israel systematically spurns virtually all international law provisions. It does what it wants with impunity. 

It remains unaccountable. On April 30, Farraj hunger struck with other Palestinian detainees for justice.

He's imprisoned without just cause. He's a Finance & Administration at Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) director.

UAWC advocates for Palestinian farmer rights. Lawlessly imprisoning Farraj obstructs its work. 

Administratively detaining him and other Palestinians uncharged and untried based on secret evidence withheld from defense counsel violates core international law provisions.

Many administrative detainees languish in Israel's gulag for years. Their fundamental rights are denied. 

They suffer out of sight, mind and public consciousness. World leaders able to help do nothing. Israeli crimes to grave to ignore go unpunished.


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

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


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Kiev Cluster Bombs Lugansk

Kiev Cluster Bombs Luganskby Stephen LendmanOn June 2, Itar Tass headlined "Administration building in Luhansk caught by fire after air strike, five dead, ten injured," saying:"The fourth floor of the Luhansk regional administration building was caught...

Washington Wants Maduro Dead

Washington Wants Maduro Dead

by Stephen Lendman

He's Venezuela's democratically elected president. It doesn't matter. Washington's dirty war continues. 

It's done so since Chavez's December 1998 election. He became president in February 1999. He served until his March 5, 2013 death. 

He survived Washington's April 2002 coup attempt. A 64-day 2002 - 03 general strike and oil management lockout.

A failed August 2004 national recall referendum. He was Washington's main hemispheric enemy. It wanted him ousted.

It wanted him dead. Obama killed him. Most likely by poison or cancer causing substances. Four major surgeries in 18 months couldn't save him.

He knew he was marked for death. He said so numerous times. So did Maduro, saying he "was poisoned by dark forces in order to hit at the Venezuelan people and Latin America."

Washington targets all independent nations for regime change. It wants subservient pro-Western governance replacing them.

It wants convenient stooges it controls empowered. Venezuela made a client state. Bolivarianism crushed. State-owned enterprises privatized. 

Predatory capitalist harshness replacing economic and social justice. Control of Venezuela's vast hydrocarbon resources. 

By far the world's largest. Proved mostly light sweet reserves are around 300 billion barrels.

The Department of Energy estimates heavy and extra-heavy oil resources at up to 1.36 trillion barrels. 

It's a prize Washington covets. For over 15 years, US administrations targeted Venezuela disruptively. Obama continues what his predecessors began.

America's National Endowment for Democracy (NED), National Democratic Institute (NDI), International Republican Institute (IRI), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Development Alternatives, CIA and FBI actively wage economic and political war on Venezuela.

It continues. In mid-February, US-manipulated destabilizing protests began. They continue violently. Dozens died. Hundreds were injured.

Weeks earlier, John Kerry lied saying:

"(T)he Venezuelan government has confronted peaceful protesters with force and in some cases with armed vigilantes claiming to support the government."

On May 8, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski turned truth on its head, saying:

"(D)emocracy is…under threat in Latin America. (W)hat is happening in Venezuela illustrates the threat perfectly."

"(S)uccessive rulers in Venezuela eroded respect for democratic principles…"

Protests became "a movement to restore the democratic freedoms that Venezuelans have lost."

"The government has responded…with teargas, with plastic bullets, leaving more than 40 people dead and hundreds injured." 

"It has empowered armed civilian thugs to intimidate and kill" anti-Bolivarian Venezuelans.

Fact: Venezuelan democracy is real.

Fact: It's by far Latin America's best.

Fact: It shames America's sham system.

Fact: Monied interests rule.

Fact: People have no say.

Fact: Democracy is pure fantasy.

Fact: Venezuelans have the real thing.

Fact: It's model democracy.

Fact: Its electoral system is the world's best.

Fact: It's constitutionally mandated.

Fact: Washington instigated Venezuelan protests.

Fact: It manipulates them.

Fact: They're in middle income and upscale neighborhoods only.

Fact: Most Venezuelans oppose them.

Fact: They support Bolivarian fairness.

Fact: They deplore Washington's dirty hands.

Fact: They oppose disruptive US practices to change things.

Obama wants Venezuela looking like Ukraine. He wants fascists replacing democrats. He wants Washington dictating Venezuelan policy.

He's mindless of what most Venezuelans cherish. Bolivarian fairness is polar opposite neoliberal contempt for social justice.

It bears repeating. Obama wants Maduro ousted. He wants him dead. Fascist anti-government National Assembly member Maria Corina Machado was involved in the aborted April 2002 coup.

She's up to her old tricks again. Venezuela's Bolivarian Intelligence Service was commissioned to intercept or record her private communications by court order.

An email she sent said:

"I believe the time has come to join forces, make the necessary calls, and obtain the financing to annihilate Maduro…"

"(A)nd the rest will come falling down," she added.

She wants Maduro assassinated. She wants him dead. She's currently charged with incitement and other crimes. 

In March, Venezuela's National Assembly (NA) passed an emergency motion to impeach her.

To remove her parliamentary immunity. Ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) member Tania Diaz accused her of treason.

For "seeking foreign government support and advice to sabotage Venezuelan democracy," she said.

NA Speaker Diosdado Cabello supports Diaz. He requested Machado be investigated on charges of terrorism and murder, as well as incitement of violence and related crimes.

"(T)his congresswoman will have to face the Venezuelan justice system for her crimes, destruction, disasters, and the incitement of crime from her calls for destabilization," he said.

"We will investigate and arrive at consequences," he added. 

"There will be no impunity in Venezuela, and this is the message that we send to the people, to be calm and remain confident in Maduro's leadership."

Machado "will be judged as a murderer and a terrorist." 

"She will be tried for crimes against humanity, conspiracy, and destabilization."

Since February, she called for Maduro's ouster. She did so publicly. She encouraged street violence.

She requested foreign intervention. She lied claiming Maduro committed "severe crimes against humanity."

Her May 23 email was intercepted. International strategy isn't working, she said. It's "taking too long," she complained.

"I'm fed up with waiting," she said. "We have to take out this trash - starting with the one heading it and by taking advantage of the world situation with Ukraine and Thailand as soon as possible." 

She intends "struggl(ing) until the end," she added. She wants street violence continued.

"(I)n the subway, Metrobus, Bolivarian high schools, public universities, and everywhere…" 

"We will invade everywhere with women expressing despair at living in a country with no freedom," she claimed.

It bears repeating. She wants Maduro dead. He thanked 20 governors and 255 mayors. On May 30, they "formally rejected the plan for my assassination," he said.

Foreign Minister Elias Jaua compared Venezuela to Washington's disruptive Ukrainian policy, saying:

"The United States' plan to isolate and manipulate Russia…and Venezuela will not succeed, given that the US government no longer has the capacity to determine the fate of the majority of the world's countries."

On May 28, US House members overwhelming passed legislation mandating sanctions against Venezuela.

They did so by voice vote. They acted illegitimately. 

On May 20, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee overwhelmingly approved the "Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act."

It includes sanctions on Venezuelan officials. "(F)or ordering human rights abuses against the citizens of Venezuela, and for other purposes," it said.

It turned truth on its head. Washington's criminal class is bipartisan. It deplores fundamental freedoms. 

It mocks democratic rights. It represents Washington's imperial agenda. It reflects fascism writ large. It wages war on humanity.

Jaua responded. He called congressional action "completely illegal."

"There is nothing in international law that authorizes the US government and its legislature to employ unilateral sanctions," he said. 

"The only body authorized to so is the Security Council of the United Nations."

Usurping its authority doesn't wash. "These are psychological messages," Jaua added.

Washington targets "countries that have taken a path toward independence, toward sovereignty, toward self-determination."

He recalled Chavez's democratic vision. He championed "a balanced world, with many poles of power, so that nobody can exercise imperial hegemony over another, as the United States" claims a divine right to do.

"We've had enough," Jaua stressed. La Salida (the ousting) reflects opposition political strategy. 

Fascist extremists declared war on Venezuelan democracy. Opposition elements say violence will continue until "we remove those who govern us."

By any means possible. Maybe another coup attempt. By ousting Maduro. By killing him.

Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (VSC) issued a statement. In part, it said:

Bolivarian fairness threatens hardline elements. Their "illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional objectives."

"We therefore:

  • Condemn the violence unleashed by extreme right wing elements during opposition rallies and marches that led to the death of innocent people as a result of that violence, and condemn any undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional actions against the democratically elected and constitutional government of President Maduro.

  • Call for the immediate cessation of extreme right wing violence against the established and constitutional authorities of Venezuela, and urge everybody to heed President Maduro's call for peace and dialogue in Venezuela.

  • Express our unconditional support for President Maduro, his elected government and the constitutional principles enshrined in the democratically-endorsed constitution.

  • Urge statements of solidarity for the the elected government of Venezuela and condemning the extreme right wing violence."

"No to violence! No to coup-mongering in Venezuela! Yes to dialogue, peace and respecting the democratic will of the majority!"

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

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


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Battling for Ukraine’s Soul

Battling for Ukraine's Soul 

by Stephen Lendman

Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters aren't quitting. They reject Kiev putschists. 

They deplore fascist governance. They want fundamental democratic rights everyone deserves.

So do Maidan activists. Nonviolent ones. Thousands. On Sunday, they convened a People's Veche (assembly).

The first in two months. In Kiev's Independence Square. Thousands participated. To decide whether to continue tent city activism.

"We are not going to go away," they said. They're watching president-elect Poroshenko. They'll give him a month to deliver on promises made.

On Sunday, activists spoke publicly. They said they protested "to change the system of power." They saw "no changes so far. 
Maidan must stand firm until the goal is achieved," they stressed.

They passed a manifesto. It says "Maidan will not be dissolved until all (their) demands are met."

They include:

  • "punishing criminals, lustration, a package of laws to change the structure of power bodies, punishing those involved in the killings and torture of activists,

  • changing the structure of Maidan;

  • developing a system for dialogue with the authorities," and

  • including Maidan activists in municipal police.

Where this goes remains to be seen. What's ongoing is encouraging. Perhaps growing numbers of Western Ukrainians will join their Eastern counterparts.

Perhaps Obama's newest imperial trophy isn't as secure as he thinks. Perhaps defeat will be snatched from the jaws of victory. 

Perhaps the battle for Ukraine's soul looks more promising than earlier thought. The fullness of time will tell. 

Eastern Ukrainian fighting continues. On May 31, Itar Tass headlined "Ukraine forces resume massive shelling on Semenovka near east Ukraine's Slavyansk."

Sirens warned area residents. Gunfire was heard. Heavy shelling began Friday evening.

Intensive mortar and howitzer fire lasted hours. On Saturday, center city was attacked.

Residential areas were targeted. Revolution and Lenin Street houses were partly destroyed.

On June 1, Itar Tass headlined "Six killed as self-defense forces come under attack at Donetsk airport."

According to Donetsk People's Republic's (DPR) press office:

"During an attempt to take away the bodies of self-defense militiamen, the Ukrainian army fired at an ambulance and self-defense fighters, killing six people."

Ukrainian forces killed dozens of self-defense fighters and civilians. They did so in battles for Donetsk's international airport.

Regime snipers target anything that moves. Civilians are fair game. They're as vulnerable as freedom fighters.

According to DPR Prime Minister Alexander Borodai:

They "continue to be killed every day. No one can give exact figures because access to the airport area is now impossible." 

"We still can’t take away all the bodies and give the exact figure of how many people were killed."

On June 1, Voice of Russia (VOR) headlined "Chinese military official speaks of need to stop punitive operation against civilians in east Ukraine."

Russia's Defense Ministry press service was quoted saying:

"During the discussion of topical international security problems, separate attention was paid to the situation in Ukraine." 

"The head of the Chinese delegation expressed support for the Russian position and voiced serious concern about the developments in Southeastern Ukraine stressing the importance of stopping Kiev's punitive operation against civilians."

According to China's Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guopin:

"Concerning the ongoing violence in Ukraine, I think this is the result of the toppling of the legitimate authorities of this country in the course of disturbances and provocations staged on Maidan." 

"This is the direct cause of the crisis." So is interventionist Western policy, he added.

He stressed "(e)xternal influence, primarily, that of the United States and Western countries which are trying for force Ukraine to follow the(ir) development path…"

"This has an extremely negative effect on the stability and economic development of Ukraine."

"The Ukrainian issue is an internal affair of Ukraine, which needs to be resolved by the Ukrainians themselves." 

"We are opposed to any forms of external interference." Cheng called sanctions on Russia counterproductive. Destabilizing.

"We believe (they're) unable to help resolve the Ukrainian crisis" responsibly, he added. They make crisis conditions worse.

China "is ready to play a constructive role in the cause of resolving the Ukrainian issue by political methods based on the principles of objectivity and justice and in compliance with international law."

"(D)omestic affairs in Ukraine should be settled by the Ukrainian people" alone. "The legitimate interests of all peoples in Ukraine should be respected."

Resolving crisis conditions should "meet the just, legitimate and reasonable demands of the parties comprehensively, in a balanced way and in full measure."

"(O)n the basis of law and order." Without no outside interference.

On June 1, VOR headlined "US/NATO/EU nazi thugs continue killing Ukrainians."

Noncombatant civilians as well as freedom fighters. In cold blood. With impunity. With full Western support.

According to VOR:

America's "foreign policy establishment" is mindless of other people's interests.

Washington's "backed armed coup d'etat in Ukraine (took) this egregious inexcusable ignorance to the next level…"

Ukraine "show(ed) the world that not only is the US completely out of touch with the peoples of the world but in fact has proven to anyone who may have had a doubt that the US not only has no interest in the people being affected and killed by its policies but in fact is completely contemptuous of anyone that is not of use to their waning empire."

Junta power runs Ukraine. War without mercy rages. Calling it an "anti-terror operation" doesn't wash.

It's to institutionalize what growing numbers of Ukrainians reject. Imagine shelling residential areas.

Imagine targeting apartment buildings, hospitals, daycare centers and schools.

Imagine indiscriminate bombing runs. Imagine shooting anything that moves. 

Imagine dead women and children. Imagine US-supported fascist ruthlessness. 

Imagine ongoing atrocities. Imagine media scoundrels ignoring them. 

Imagine propaganda substituting for real news and information. Imagine supporting what demands condemnation.

Imagine lawless aggression without mercy. Imagine bashing Russia irresponsibly. 

Imagine risking possible East/West confrontation. Lunatics infesting Washington make it possible.

So does rogue administration policy. Bipartisan complicity. Criminals making policy.

Imperial madness writ large. War on humanity persist. Risking eventual mass annihilation. 

It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. Today is the most perilous time in world history.

Daily events should scare everyone. Wars rage without end. Popular needs go begging.

Today's upside reality threatens everyone. Criminality is rewarded, not punished.

One country after another is ravaged and destroyed. Wars are the national pastime. 

Maybe until all nations are turned to rubble. Until societies no longer exist. 

Until roaches and bacteria alone remain. Until it's too late to change things.

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

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


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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War on Fundamental Rights in Ukraine

War on Fundamental Rights in Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

Previous articles called it war without mercy. This writer's new book as editor and contributor explains the most significant post-WW II geopolitical crisis. 

Escalating it risks global conflict. Obama bears full responsibility. Washington stops at nothing to advance its imperium.

Imagine the unthinkable. John Pilger fears Washington "threaten(s) to take the world to war."

"We in the west are backing neo-Nazis in a country where Ukrainian Nazis backed Hitler," he said.

"(A) silent coup has taken place in Washington and rampant militarism now rules."

Ukraine is "a CIA theme park." Its operatives oversee "savage attacks" against Ukrainians wanting to live free.

"Add the risk of nuclear war," said Pilger. Neocons infesting Washington make the unthinkable possible.

Perhaps Eastern Ukrainian war without mercy is prelude for East/West confrontation. It rages. Civilians are fair game. They're being murdered in cold blood.

Not according to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. She called fascist aggression "restraint."

Kiev has "every right to take steps to maintain law and order," she said.

"(W)e commend and continue to commend the Ukrainian government's restraint and efforts to limit damage and injury to the civilian population."

Psaki blamed Kiev's crimes of war and against humanity on Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighting victims.

"We have a fundamental disagreement with the Russians about what the Ukrainian government is doing and the validity of their own right to maintain calm and order in their own country," she added.

On Friday, Putin voiced concern over ongoing military aggression. He wants it stopped. He urged peaceful conflict resolution.

So did Lavrov. He called for "(m)ore effective mediation efforts…to cease violence in Ukraine and immediately start a mutually respectful dialogue…"

Slavyansk is besieged. Shelling continues. Mortars, howitzers and heavy artillery are used. Artema and Semenovka village were targeted.

Gunfire was heard near Kramatorsk airport. A Donetsk healthcare department statement said army units opened fire on Slavyansk residential areas. At least seven children were wounded.

Donetsk People's Republic leaders accused Kiev of using chemical weapons in Mariupol. They issued a statement saying:

"Kiev bears the entire responsibility not only for their state agencies' actions, but also for the actions by citizens who illegally apply means of chemical warfare."

"Armed groups controlled by Kiev used unidentified chemical weapons (earlier) while storming the City Council headquarters."

"The defenders of the City Council have left the contaminated area." 

"Many of them had their breathing systems damaged, which is likely to have consequences and probably be a danger to their lives."

The statement urged world leaders to condemn toxic choking gas use. Take comprehensive measures, it added. Isolate Kiev putschists.

They're silent about chemical weapons use. They're waging Eastern Ukrainian dirty war. 

With full US support. One fascist regime backs another. Crimes of war and against humanity don't matter.

Hundreds of Slavyansk children were evacuated to Crimea for their safety.

They're aged eight to 16. They're housed at peninsula summer camps. It wasn't easy getting past Ukrainian border guards.

They're safe in Russia. They'll spend at least a month in Crimea. One child told RT International:

His city "comes under mortar shelling. People get hurt as a result." 

"A mortar shell splinter the size of a walnut hit my grandpa's leg and pierced the bone." 

"If it went a little deeper, it could hit an artery, and that would be it for him."

Another child said:

"It's so unusually calm and quiet here compared to Slavyansk. No explosions going off. It was scary." 

"Nobody expected that things like that could start in our city, which was never famous for anything."

A third child said she "was very scared. There were explosions." 

"My dad just celebrated his birthday and he was woken by the sound of shelling on that day. I'm very glad I'm here now. It’s calm here."

Hopefully it'll stay that way. On May 30, Itar Tass headlined "Members of Right Sector plotting attacks in Crimea," saying:

Russian Federal Security (FSB) officers "detained members of Ukraine's Right Sector terrorist group in the Republic of Crimea."

"The group plotted terrorist attacks in the cities of Simferopol, Yalta and Sevastopol, and later on they planned to destroy several facilities, railway bridges and electricity lines." 

FSB said its "Investigative Department has been working on the criminal case against O. Sentsov, S. Afanasyev, A. Chirniy and A. Kolchenko…"

They're "suspected of setting up a (Crimean) terrorist community." They planned earlier bomb attacks. 

Explosive materials, weapons, gas masks and untranationalist literature were found in their residences. They were taken to Moscow. They're at Lefortovo detention center.

Afanasyev, Chirniy and Kolchenko admitted planning to blow up railway bridges, power lines and public monuments. An FSB statement said:

"The suspects have confessed to being part of Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) and to organizing terrorist acts on the territory of Crimea with the aim of destabilizing the social and political situation on the peninsula."

It doesn't surprise. Fascist regimes operate this way. Right Sector thugs are neo-Nazi extremists. They're Obama's new friends.

They're xenophobic, hate-mongering, ultranationalist anti-Semites. They're aligned with like-minded ideologues.

For the first time since WW II, overt fascists have real power. They hold major government posts.

Anointed president-elect Petro Poroshenko serves as nominal leader. He's militantly anti-democratic. 

He's polar opposite what Ukrainians deserve. Straightaway he OK'd full-scale war without mercy.

New leadership changed nothing. Fascism won. Democracy lost. War on Eastern Ukrainians wanting to live free rages.

Poroshenko wants it continued until all resistance is crushed. Perhaps he intends bloodbath slaughter achieve it.

On May 30, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said:

"Humanitarian aid will be given to (Eastern Ukrainians) for sure, but I can't say anything about military aid. The military should be asked about that."

Itar Tass said:

"On May 28, the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation sent a note to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, attracting attention of the Ukrainian authorities to the fact that Russia has been repeatedly receiving requests from citizens and organizations from the conflict zone in Ukraine’s eastern regions where many people are killed and many are wounded in combat operations." 

Russia "has been requested to provide urgent humanitarian aid, first and foremost of medication and medical goods."

"Russia is ready to provide the population in those regions with everything needed, and asked Ukraine to take necessary steps for ensuring urgent deliveries of Russian humanitarian aid to conflict-hit regions in the shortest term possible."

On May 29, Itar Tass headlined "Ukraine's Foreign Ministry turns down humanitarian aid to eastern regions from Russia."

It called Moscow's request "another element of propaganda." It wants Eastern Ukrainians denied what's vital to supply.

On May 30, Interfax-Ukraine headlined "Pentagon delegation to hold talks in Kyiv."

US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt said Washington tripled US military aid in the last three months.

Special emphasis was placed on improving border security forces combat readiness. Pyatt expects assistance will grow, he said.

Modernizing Ukraine's "defense and security" apparatus is planned, he added. Making its killing machine more effective he omitted explaining.

War without mercy continues. Kiev putschists want fascist governance institutionalized. 

They want democracy prevented. They want what Ukrainians most  deserve denied.

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

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


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Israeli Extrajudicial Assassinations

Israeli Extrajudicial Assassinations

by Stephen Lendman

They're willful, premeditated cold-blooded murder. They're official Israeli policy.

Killers get impunity. Investigations rarely happen. Occasional ones are whitewashed. In May 2007, former Israeli Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said:

"We decided to carry out more physical liquidation operations against (Palestinian) 'terrorists' "

"I think this will eliminate the damage caused to Israeli territory due to the launching of Palestinian rockets."

Just cause for murder doesn't exist. Claiming otherwise rings hollow. International law is clear and unequivocal.

Article 23b of the 1907 Hague Regulations prohibits "assassination, proscription, or outlawry of an enemy, or putting a price upon an enemy's head, as well as offering a reward for any enemy 'dead or alive.' " 

Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person." 

UDHR recognizes the "inherent dignity (and) equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family."

The 1980 Sixth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders condemned "the practice of killing and executing political opponents or suspected offenders carried out by armed forces, law enforcement or other governmental agencies or by paramilitary or political groups."

On December 15, 1980, the General Assembly adopted resolution 35/172.

It urged member states abide by the provisions of Articles 6, 14 and 15 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights.

They cover the right to life and various safeguards. They mandate fair and impartial judicial proceedings. 

The 1989 UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions states: 

"Governments shall prohibit by law all extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions and shall ensure that any such executions are recognized as offences under their criminal laws, and are punishable by appropriate penalties which take into account the seriousness of such offenses." 

"Exceptional circumstances, including a state of war or threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency may not be invoked as a justification of such executions." 

"(They) shall not be carried out under any circumstances including, but not limited to, situations of internal armed conflict, excessive or illegal use of force by a public official or other person acting in an official capacity or by a person acting at the instigation, or with the consent or acquiescence of such person, and situations in which deaths occur in custody." 

"This prohibition shall prevail over decrees issued by governmental authority."

These international law principles apply to occupied populations. So does Fourth Geneva.

Its Article 3 affords them special protections. They cover all actions related to "(v)iolence to life and person, murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture."

"The passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees (is) recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples."

Article 32 states:

"(T)he High Contracting Parties specifically agree that each of them is prohibited from taking any measure of such a character as to cause the physical suffering or extermination of protected persons in their hands." 

"This prohibition applies not only to murder, torture, corporal punishment, mutilation and medical or scientific experiments not necessitated by the medical treatment of a protected person, but also to any other measures of brutality whether applied by civilian or military agents."

"Article 85 refers to "Grave Breaches." They're defined as "(a)cts committed willfully and causing death or serious injury to body or health…"

They subject civilian populations or individuals to "indiscriminate attack(s) affecting (them) or civilian objects…"

The International Criminal Court's Rome Statute calls these violations war crimes. Under Article 8, they include:

  • "Grave" Geneva Convention breaches;

  • "Willing killing..."

  • "Intentionally launching an attack" knowing it will "cause incidental loss of life..."

  • "Killing or wounding" combatants who've laid down their arms;

  • extrajudicial killings; and

  • "Killing or wounding treacherously a combatant adversary..."

On May 31, Haaretz headlined "Israeli military hiding targeted killing investigative panel," saying:

"The Defense Ministry and Israel Defense Forces recently formed a committee to investigate allegations of war crimes raised after recent targeted aerial strikes against Palestinian militants." 

"The names of panel members, however, were not disclosed." Officials called doing so too sensitive.

A retired judge heads the panel Other members include a "veteran general, retired Shin Bet commander and an expert (on) international law."

An IDF spokesman didn't surprise. No incident reviewed so far was illegal, he said. According to Haaretz:

"Military Advocate General Brig. Gen. Danny Efroni publicly commended the establishment of an external body to probe into the legality of targeted killings…"

He "avoided commenting on" member names. He was silent on whether they were to examine claims "about civilian harm."

Potentially they could constitute crimes of war or against humanity.

The current panel follows two earlier ones. The initial one followed Sheikh Salah Mustafa Shehade's 2002 assassination. 

Fourteen Gazans were killed. In February 2013, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz ordered an "independent military investigative body."

According to Efroni, "(t)oday we open an investigation for every incident in which a civilian, unaffiliated with insurgent activities, is killed in Judea and Samaria during a (military) operation that is not an official campaign."

Gaza and neighboring Arab countries policy differs from West Bank practices. Judea and Samaria are largely under Israeli control. Aerial killings aren't used.

Gaza, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria "operate under the shelter of civilian populations and from within them," Israel claims.

Doing so justifies the unjustifiable, it says. Aerial killings are standard practice. 

Haaretz discussed Israel's targeted killings code. It listed 10 "partially vacuous" 10 commandments.

(1) Israel claims it's permissible to attack combatants and anyone called belligerent civilians.

(2) It calls aerial attacks constrained. Civilians killed are called combatants.

(3) Arrests must be considered before ordering targeted killings. Israel says one thing. It does another.

(4) Israel claims it exceeds the proportionality principle. Sometimes aborting attacks. Minimizing collateral damage.

Longstanding Israeli practices are polar opposite duplicitous claims.

(5) "Operational processes" control aerial attacks. "Procedures and standing" orders decide things.

Mumbo jumbo jargon conceals Israeli ruthlessness. Commanders kill without constraint. 

So do pilots and rank-and-file soldiers. They're taught Arabs are violent gun-toting terrorists. 

Killing them violates no law. Truth is turned on its head.

(6) Operational planning for preplanned air strikes isn't practicable "in real time" when threats exist. Israel invents them out of whole cloth.

(7) According to Israel, its military and government officials needing to know are trained in international laws.

Anyone able to read can understand them. Israel spurns them repeatedly. It does what it wants with impunity.

It calls legitimate self-defense terrorism. It claims crimes or war, against humanity and genocide are justified. It turns truth on its head saying so.

(8) According to Israel, military commanders "properly implement the principle of discrimination, the principle of proportionality, and the imperative to take necessary safety precautions, both in relation to the decision to carry out the attack and in the way the attack is to be carried out (e.g. at what time, the kind of weapon used, etc.)."

Military commanders, pilots and rank-and-file soldiers operate without restraint. They do so with impunity. They get away with murder repeatedly.

(9) Israel claims investigations follow war crimes accusations. Virtually always they're whitewashed. Victims are blamed for Israeli crimes.

(10) According to Haaretz, (t)he 10th commandment deals without detail, with the committee of assassinations."

Israel calls it "a special test process…(It) was established in accordance with the ruling of the High Court on targeted killings and is an extra-military committee, which looks into the legality of targeted killings."

The committee's existence and charter "are beyond" what international law requires, claims Israel.

It's makeup is kept secret. Doing so reflects its independence as well as legal and operational professionalism, Israel says.

It bears repeating. Israel does what it wants. International law, its own and High Court decisions don't matter.

Rogue states operate this way. Israel and America are by far the world's worst. 

State terror is standard practice. Anything goes is policy. So is cold-blooded murder.''

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

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


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Mercenary Extremists in Eastern Ukraine

Mercenary Extremists in Eastern Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

On May 29, Itar Tass headlined "About 300 Ukrainian mercenaries from Syria fighting in south-eastern Ukraine - source."

Most "are from western regions of Ukraine, a source in the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces says." More on this below.

A previous article explained the following:

Bild am Sonntag is Germany's largest Sunday circulation broadsheet. It reported Academi operatives near Slavyansk. 

It's uncertain who hired them, it said. Washington's dirty hands are involved. Russia's Foreign Ministry said:

"(I)n the absence of support from the Ukrainian population, the Maidan government has only one option if it wants to remain in power - to mobilize any support possible from foreign sponsors, including foreign mercenaries."

"Among the candidates for the role of gendarme is the company Greystone Limited, registered in Barbados, which is integrated with the Academi corporation," it said.

"It is an analogue, or, probably, an affiliate body of the Blackwater private army, whose soldiers have been accused of committing rigorous and regular human rights abuses in troubled regions."

Note: Greystone is a private company. In 2010, it separated from Academi. Both firms maintain close ties. They operate the same way. They do so extrajudicially.

"It looks as though this practice, if it really is implemented, goes against the Ukrainian laws that ban foreign citizens from working with private security companies," said Russia's Foreign Ministry.

"Such initiatives demonstrate that those who have conquered their place in power in Kiev cannot guarantee minimal order or even their own security." 

"The question arises, what the price of this plan is and where the money will come from." 

"To what extent will the burden of spending on highly-paid foreign specialists be shifted to ordinary Ukrainians who, in connection with the painful tax increase, including taxes on gas as the precondition for securing loans from the International Monetary Fund, will have to tighten their belts even stronger?" 

Kiev putschists can't defeat Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters on their own. Mercenary extremists are enlisted to help.

So are neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs. On May 4, Fars News said Saudi Arabia shifted extremist Takfiri fighters from Syria to Ukraine.

They're Saudi and Chechnian nationals. They "receive financial and military backup from the Saudi intelligence agency…"

Weeks earlier, they arrived in Kiev. They were "immediately dispatched to Kramatosk city in Eastern Ukraine, and are now fighting beside the Ukrainian army forces against the pro-Russians under the name of militias who support the government."

A previous article explained. Fars News said Saudi Arabia wants revenge.

It wants Moscow punished for supporting Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Last July, Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan visited Moscow. He tried bribing Vladimir Putin.

In return for billions of dollars in Russian arms purchases and other economic incentives, he wanted him to stop supporting Assad.

He discovered Putin isn't for sale. He rejected Bandar's blood money. 

He "redoubled his support for the Syrian government in response to Bandar's blend of bribes and warnings," said Fars News.

He "issued his own thinly veiled threats against the Saudis."

On May 29, Itar Tass reported the latest, saying:

"About 300 Ukrainian mercenaries who fought in Syria on the opposition side against Bashar Assad returned to Ukraine in March-April and are now participating in the punitive operation of Ukrainian government forces in the southeast of Ukraine, according to a source in the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces."

"After returning from Syria, they joined the battalion of Right Sector radicals participating in the government forces' punitive operation against residents in southeastern regions of the country."

"Most of the mercenaries are from western regions of Ukraine. Among them are snipers and soldiers of Special Forces known for their cruelty." 

"They fought in more than one 'hotspot,' including in the North Caucasus where they participated in fighting against federal forces."

Kiev's war without mercy continues. It rages. According to its defense minister Mykhaylo Koval, military operations will continue until anti-government resistance is eliminated.

Scores so far died on both sides. Civilians suffered most. On Friday, Slavyansk was shelled. A children's hospital and clinic were hit.

On Wednesday, mortar fire targeted a school and kindergarten. A teacher said the roof "was simply blown away."

Luckily no children were hurt. Maybe next time they'll be killed. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay shames the office she holds.

She justifies the unjustifiable. She serves Western interests exclusively. She substitutes misinformation rubbish for hard truths.

Her words ring hollow. She "call(ed) on the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that no excessive force is used, not to take discriminatory action and to avoid action that can harm the civilian population."

She sounds like Ban Ki-moon. They lie for power. They're imperial stooges. 

They say one thing. They support another. Pillay's policy papers speak louder than disingenuous words.

She blames victims for Kiev putschist crimes. According to Russia's Foreign Ministry, she "justifies the criminal punitive operation in the southeast of Ukraine…"

She "conceals casualties among peaceful civilians…" She irresponsibly blames "pro-Russian forces" for Kiev crimes. For horrific human rights violations.

For state-sponsored terrorism. For war without mercy. For murdering civilians in cold blood. For massacring them in Odessa.

For turning a blind eye to hard facts. For twisting them to fit Washington's agenda.

For "carrying out a political order to whitewash" Kiev putschists' crimes of war and against humanity.

Lugansk People's Front leader Alexiy Chmylenko said Kiev forces massed near Rubizhne and Lisichansk.

"We are receiving information that convoys of armored vehicles have been moving at a high speed to the town of Rubizhne since early morning," he said. 

"Apparently, forces are being amassed there." Self defense fighters are watching things closely. They'll resist Ukrainian aggression if launched.

On Friday, Russian presidential commissioner for children's rights Pavel Astakhov said Ukrainian forces targeted Sloviansk residential areas.

Seven children were injured. They had shrapnel and bullet wounds. Expect lots more civilian casualties as long as fighting continues.

On May 30, Voice of Russia headlined "Right Sector militants suspected of plotting terror acts detained in Crimea - Russia's FSB.

They're suspected of planning sabotage and terrorist attacks. According to an FSB press release:

"The main goal of this criminal group was to stage acts of sabotage and terrorist attacks in the cities of Simferopol, Yalta and Sevastopol, as well as subsequently destroy a number of vital facilities such as railway bridges and power transmission lines."

On Thursday, Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Prime Minister Alexander Borodai said "(e)xplosive bullets are fired and all the banned ammunition is used by the other side."

"(M)ercenaries are fighting for the Ukrainian armed forces, and they employ all possible dirty methods."

Ukrainian armed forces, National Guard and Right Sector extremists arrive daily in Eastern areas. 

"The enemy is concentrating large forces and although we know how many of them are in the area, I wouldn't like to disclose the figures, said Borodai."

"Civilians are dying every day and no-one can provide the exact death toll figures as the access to the airport is strictly forbidden at the moment," he added.

"We are unable to carry all the bodies out of there and to say exactly how many people were killed."

On Thursday, Sergey Lavrov urged world leaders to demand all sides of the Ukrainian conflict comply with Geneva agreement terms.

"We do not impose any concrete forms," he said. "But we feel the need for the international community to make concerted efforts," he stressed.

On Thursday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said:

"Yet again we demand the Kiev authorities stop the war of kith-and-kin and start real nation-wide dialogue with all political forces and representatives of the country's regions to search ways for Ukraine to overcome the deepest crisis."

"Russia expresses deep concern due to further escalation of the situation in eastern Ukraine."

On Thursday, Public Broadcasting (PBS) News Hour co-anchor Gwen Ifill interviewed John Kerry.

She asked soft ball questions. She gave him a platform to lie. PBS isn't public. It's government and corporate controlled.

Earlier promises long ago were abandoned. News reporting replicates other scoundrel media.

Misinformation substitutes for hard truths. News, information, and analysis viewers most need to know is suppressed.

Featuring Kerry insulted viewers. He mocks legitimacy. He shames the office he holds.

He lied claiming "evidence of Russians crossing over (into Ukraine) to stir things up, to engage in fighting."

No evidence whatever suggests Russian involvement. Plenty shows Putin, Lavrov and other top officials go all-out for peaceful conflict resolution.

Not according to Kerry. "We hope the Russians would actually engage more proactively in efforts to now try to de-escalate," he said.

Lies infested his interview. Ifill didn't challenge him. Viewers were cheated. Ukraine's war without mercy continues. 

Crimes of war and against humanity go unreported. Victims are wrongfully blamed for doing the right thing. How things turn out remain to be seen.

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

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


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Egypt’s Illegitimate New President

Egypt's Illegitimate New President

by Stephen Lendman

Egypt's sham process has no legitimacy. Elections are farcical when held.

General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ran practically unopposed. Hamdeen Sabahi masqueraded as an opponent. He supports junta rule. 

On most everything that matters he's anti-democratic. Anti-populist. Anti-what ordinary Egyptians deserve.

Egyptian elections require more than one candidate. Doing so provides a veneer of legitimacy. It's fake.

Junta power runs Egypt. Sisi heads its current regime. He's Egypt's Pinochet. He's Washington's man in Cairo. 

He's a US War College graduate. He maintains close Pentagon ties. He has no legitimacy whatever. He reflects fascism writ large.

Brute force is official policy. Ousting Morsi on July 3 was reminiscent of September 11, 1973. Chileans old enough to remember won’t forget.

A reign of terror followed. Sisi governs the same way. He sentenced hundreds of opposition figures to death. Thousands were imprisoned.

Sweeping crackdowns continue. Democracy is pure fantasy. Opposition elements aren't tolerated.

It bears repeating. Elections when held are farcical. Sisi is Egypt's new strongman. He's its anointed new president.

Turnout was embarrassingly low. IkhwanWeb is the banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB) web site. On May 29, it headlined "90% of Egyptians Boycott Sham Presidential Election."

MB issued a statement saying:

"With a 90% boycott of the blood ballot - the show presidential election, the Egyptian people have dealt a serious and humiliating blow to the illegitimate coup and its so-called roadmap." 

"This is the beginning of the end of the military coup. We hail the Egyptian People's resilience and steadfastness."

"The Egyptian people have turned their back to the sham presidential elections. All the military coup's begging, pleas and threats have failed." 

"The Egyptian people have thus told the whole world that they will not abandon democratic legitimacy, freedom or dignity."

"The people of Egypt are one nation and will continue to hold high their values and their unity."

"The honorable patriotic people of Egypt affirm that they are the only authority that can grant legitimacy to those they can trust, and that the murderous military coup has no legitimacy or popularity." 

"They further affirm that they will continue to reject the coup and resist it until they defeat it completely - with God's help - and with peaceful creativity and selfless devotion, patience and determination." 

"The Egyptian people will reclaim their rights and freedom, and will write glorious new pages of their homeland's history."

Egypt's junta-controlled press reported 37%. Independent sources said around 15%. Two electoral days weren't enough. 

Propaganda didn't help. It claimed Sisi enjoyed overwhelming support. Big Lies failed to convince most Egyptians. 

Sisi mythology fell flat. His 95% landslide was farcical. More theater of the absurd than real. More fiction than fact. More surreal than legitimate.

Reuters said "lines outside polling stations in various parts of Cairo were short, and in some cases no voters could be seen on Tuesday."

Authorities were desperate. They ordered an extra day of voting. They threatened fines for anyone not doing so. TV commentators called non-voters "terrorists."

Al-Azhar is Egypt's highest Islamic authority. It called not voting tantamount to "disobeying the nation."

It didn't help. Turnout was disastrously low. It reflected widespread anti-regime sentiment. It showed most people reject Sisi.

They want democracy. The real thing. Not junta rule. Or Sisi heading things. He failed to get a popular mandate. 

He fell way short. He tried inventing one instead. He consolidated military rule. He represents state terrorism writ large.

Last July, he ousted Mohamed Morsi. Martial law followed. Egypt's constitution was suspended. 

Tanks patrolled streets. Peaceful demonstrators were murdered in cold blood.

Weeks before the election, he said he'd "finish the Muslim Brotherhood as a group" once and for all. 

He hunted them down. He rounded them up. He imprisoned them. Kangaroo court proceedings followed. Hanging judges sentenced hundreds of its members to death.

Fascist police states operate this way. Egypt is one of the worst. Obama supports what demands denunciation. 

Coup d'etat authority has no legitimacy. Claiming otherwise doesn't wash. Diktat power rules Egypt. Tanks patrol streets. Demonstrators are shot, killed, injured and/or arrested.

War on ordinary Egyptians continues. Against its working class. Anyone protesting junta rule. Sisi defended Egypt's anti-protest law.

He "will not let protests destroy the country," he said. His off-the-record conversation was leaked. He asked:

"Will you bear it if I make you walk on your own feet? When I wake you up at five in the morning every day?" 

"Will you bear cutting back on food, cutting back on air-conditioners?"

"People think I'm a soft man. Sisi is torture and suffering."

His comments warned Egyptians. Anyone challenging junta rule assures his wrath.

On Wednesday, Obama told graduating West Point cadets he cooperates with Sisi for "security interests."

Assuring Israel has a friendly neighbor. For both countries "shared efforts against violent extremism."

They represent the worst of its dark side. Low turnout showed most Egyptians reject it.

Pew Research showed around three-fourths of Egyptians expressed dissatisfaction with junta led governance.

Sisi is Egypt's new president. Its new strongman. Its illegitimate ruler. He represents fascism writ large.

It doesn't matter. He enjoys full US support. Including generous annual aid. 

Around $1.3 billion in military assistance in 2014. Plus another $250 million in economic support. Providing it violates US law.

The 1961 Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) and 1976 Arms Export Control Act (AECA) prohibits it.

AECA permits military related sales only for defense or legitimate internal security purposes. FAA forbids aiding governments that engage:

"in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, including torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention without charges, causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction and clandestine detention of those persons, or other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, and the security of person, unless such assistance will directly benefit the needy people in such country."

The 2001 Foreign Operations Appropriations Act's (FOAA) Leahy Law provision states:

"None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to support any training program involving a unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of Defense has received credible information from the Department of State that a member of such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights, unless all necessary corrective steps have been taken."

FOAA prohibits funding foreign security forces that commit gross human rights violations unless its government "is taking effective measures to bring the responsible members of the security forces unit to justice."

Egypt is one of many rogue states Washington supports illegally. Its high crimes against peace, equity and justice don't matter.

It receives generous aid. Obama approves it. Congress rubber-stamps it. Doing so violates US law. It's forthcoming anyway.

It bears repeating. Sisi is Washington's man in Cairo. He's one of many rogue Obama friends. 

They comprise a Noah's arc of world class scoundrels. They're part of America's war on humanity.

How long oppressed people tolerate them remains to be seen.

A Final Comment

Observers found Egypt's electoral process sorely lacking. It fell way below international standards. Eric Bjornlund heads Democracy International.

It's an election monitoring organization. "Egypt's repressive political environment made a genuinely democratic presidential election impossible, said Bjornlund.

European observers said much the same thing. Egypt's election "f(ell) short of constitutional principles."

It had no legitimacy whatever. It rubber-stamped coup e'tat rule. It prevented democratic governance. 

Junta authority runs Egypt. Challengers aren't tolerated. Rogue states operate this way. Egypt is one of the worst.

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

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


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Manufacturing Crisis Irresponsibly

Manufacturing Crisis Irresponsibly

by Stephen Lendman

It's longstanding US policy. Enemies are invented when none exist. War on terror duplicity continues.

It's fake. It creates fear. It's used to justify the unjustifiable. It's to advance America's imperium. One country after another is ravaged and destroyed.

Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. So is Syria. Iran's turn awaits. Washington wants its sovereign independence eliminated. 

It wants pro-Western stooge governance replacing it. Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. 

It has no military component. It never did. Claims otherwise are Big Lies. Sixteen US intelligence agencies once said so. No longer. 

They dispel notions about a weaponized Iranian nuclear program. They do annually. It doesn't matter. 

Neocons infest Washington. Big Lies about Iran's nuclear policy persist. They do so despite public knowledge otherwise. 

Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. It wants it kept this way. It deplores nuclear weapons. It wants a nuclear-free world. 

It wants peace. It abhors war. Managed news misinformation claims otherwise.

Iran opposes violence and instability. It wants rapprochement with all nations. Especially hostile Western ones.

Ongoing P5+1 talks continue. So do efforts to subvert them. By Israel most of all. Netanyahu knows Iran's program is peaceful.

So do other Israeli hardliners. It doesn't matter. They want a Middle East rival eliminated. They want regional hegemony.

Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) spreads Big Lies. Iran is a prime target. On May 24, it headlined "The Big Charade: Nuclear diplomacy is a flop, the finale is secretly postponed to 2015."

"All hands on board the project for proving that Iran is amenable to dialogue and concessions on its nuclear program worked overtime this week to mask the truth, which is that negotiations were going nowhere," said DF.

Mid-May talks ended inconclusively, it added. It failed to explain why. Washington keeps raising the bar. 

New demands are made. Ones unrelated to Iran's nuclear program are introduced. Doing so shows bad faith. 

DF blames Iran. It does so irresponsibly. It claimed Obama officials "reached two important decisions." To change the earlier agreed on July deadline.

To "postpone (it) to January 15, 2015." Israel calls it "extremely problematic."

Iran's agreement "not to use its advanced IR2 centrifuges for rapid uranium enrichment…was valid for only six months," said DF.

According to its "military sources," Iran "will be able to reach the nuclear threshold in two to three months' time, i.e. by July-August."

Last year, Netanyahu claimed about the same thing. DF claims Obama wants congressional approval to attack Iran unilaterally "if Tehran (is) found cheating on its nuclear commitment."

He won't use it, claimed DF. It said nothing about Iran's peaceful nuclear program. It hyped nonexistent threats.

It's longstanding Israeli policy. It's like Washington's policy. Duplicity defines them.

On May 23, the IAEA said transparency measures "have been implemented by Iran as planned." It's fully complying with P5+1 interim agreement terms.

"Iran's engagement with the agency, including the provision of information, and the Agency's ongoing analysis is helping the agency to gain a better understanding of Iran's nuclear program."

Political analyst Gareth Porter calls Iranian nuclear program tensions a CIA-Mossad plot.

His new book titled "Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of Iran Nuclear Scare" discusses it.

It covers the history of Iran's nuclear program. It includes declassified US intelligence reports. Congressional speeches and documents. IAEA information.

It dispels anti-Iranian hype. Irresponsible fear-mongering. It shows Tehran's program is entirely peaceful.

No evidence whatever suggests otherwise. Plenty proves Iran's program has no military component.

Journalist Andrew Cockburn interviewed Porter. Questions focused on his new book.

He asked if Iran ever had a nuclear weapons program. In his book, Porter showed claims were "based on false history and falsified records."

They bear "no resemblance to the essential historical facts." For example:

"One would never know from the narrative available to the public over the years that Iran had been prepared in the early 1980s to rely entirely on a French-based company for enriched uranium fuel for its Bushehr reactor, rather than on enriching uranium itself," said Porter.

"Nor would one learn that the Reagan Administration sought to strangle Iran's nuclear program, which was admitted to have presented no proliferation threat, in its cradle by pressuring Germany and France to refuse to cooperate in any way."

Doing so forced Iran to the "black market." It defied "unilateral US policy." Doing so was deliberately misinterpreted. 

According to popular narrative Big Lies, it showed Tehran sought nuclear weapons.

History was reinvented to claim it. About the Iran/Iraq war. With regard to chemical weapons use.

US claims that both sides used them were false. Iraq alone did so. Not Iran. According to Porter:

"(T)he evidence is very clear that Iran never used chemical weapons during the war." Claims otherwise are Big Lies.

Since the early 1990s, "senior Iranian officials (made) cogent arguments against nuclear weapons based on strategic grounds…"

Where did fake US evidence come from, asked Cockburn?

Falsified intelligence, said Porter. In 2004, it "appeared mysteriously." Supposedly from an "purloined (Iranian) laptop…"

Porter learned otherwise. Exiled Iranian "terrorist organization Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK)" fabricated them.

They gave them to German intelligence. Mossad was involved. It uses MEK. It does so "to launder intelligence it (doesn't) want attributed to Israel."

"Israel (is) the only country…known to have a special office responsible for influencing news coverage of Iran’s nuclear program."

It hypes nonexistent threats. It proliferates fake evidence. It does so about Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Why did IAEA earlier believe Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program and may still have one, asked Cockburn?

IAEA was "crucial," said Porter. Because it's allegedly neutral. Mohamed ElBaradei headed the agency from December 1997 through November 2009.

He dismissed anti-Iranian evidence. Of suspicious origin, he believed. Things changed under Yukiya Amano.

Washington chose him. According to Porter:

"A WikiLeaks cable from July 2009 reveals that Amano promised US officials he would be firmly in their camp on Iran in return for American support of his election as director general."

" 'In their camp' could only have meant that he would support the publication of the intelligence dossier - based entirely on intelligence reports and documents from Israel - that ElBaradei had refused to authorize."

Its November 2011 publication was well-timed. It supported Washington wanting "crippling international sanctions" imposed.

"How do you compare the performance of the US intelligence community on Iran with its record on Iraq," asked Cockburn?

"The same political and institutional dynamics drove both failures," said Porter. Big Lies substituted for truth.

"(T)he most ambiguous evidence" about Iran's intentions was twisted to fit US policy.

Misinformation became facts. Iran's peaceful nuclear program was called heading toward becoming weaponized.

"In other words," said Porter, "intelligence followed the policy, not the other way around."

Hard evidence about Iran's peaceful program was suppressed. So was everything contradicting Washington's official narrative.

Claims about Iran having an earlier nuclear weapons program and stopping it were falsified.

Nothing suggests Tehran ever had such a program. Plenty shows otherwise. It was systematically buried.

It bears repeating. Big Lies substitute for hard truths. They proliferated under Bush and earlier administrations.

They continued throughout Obama's tenure. They do so irresponsibly.

"How (have major media) comported (themselves) with respect to Iran," asked Cockburn?

They've been "virtually unanimous," said Porter. They regurgitate official lies. Due diligence is nonexistent.

Fact-checking is verboten. Late 2007 and early 2008 New York Times and Washington Post misinformation was deplorable.

It was "(s)ome of the most egregious," said Porter. Its sole sources were Bush administration officials.

It substituted rubbish for hard truths. It's the same today. Fiction substitutes for fact. Iran is irresponsibly vilified.

How will Iran bashing affect P5+1 talks, asked Cockburn?

"It creates serious obstacles," said Porter. It lets Israel manipulate US policy.

Claims about an Iranian "breakout" are falsified. They repeat with disturbing regularity. Neocon think tanks do so.

So-called experts are well-paid to lie. Reliable analysts are ignored. Obama is "intimidated by…breakout" misinformation, said Porter.

"(F)ear-mongering propagandists may well succeed in pushing the United States into a situation of increased tension with Iran…"

Including possible military confrontation. It's what Netanyahu "long sought," Porter stressed.

It's madness if happens. It assures regional conflict. Perhaps global. Washington's agenda risks the worst of all possible outcomes. 

Fascist regimes operate this way. America is by far the world's worst. Peace hangs by a thread. Perhaps humanity's survival.

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

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


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Obama at West Point

Obama at West Point

by Stephen Lendman

On May 28, Obama addressed West Point graduates. Why anyone showed up, they'll have to explain. Commissioning ceremony is traditional. 

It requires new "US Army officers to solemnly swear (to) support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that (they) bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that (they) take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that (they) will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which (they are) about to enter so help (them) God."

They're supposed to support, respect, and abide by constitutional principles. They include all US ratified treaties and conventions. 

They're automatically US law under the Constitution's Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2).

Supporting a war criminal president constitutes a flagrant violation. Perhaps West Point curricula omit instruction on fundamental rule of law principles.

Perhaps nothing on constitutional law. Or US statutes relating to war. Or appropriate international laws.

Obeying them is fundamental. Failure to know them is no excuse.

Presidents take an oath of office. It's hard imagining it given how they govern. 

Obama is a former constitutional law professor. He knows the law. He taught it. He spurns it. He does so knowingly, willfully and ruthlessly.

Under the Constitution's Article II, Section one, Clause 8:

"Before (presidents) enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

It means abiding by all its provisions. Without exception. At all times. No president ever did.

Some governed better than others. Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. He's guilty of high crimes too grave to ignore.

Impeaching him is a national imperative. So is prosecuting him for crimes of war, against humanity and genocide.

No one is exempt. Not presidents or anyone. He belongs in prison, not high office. Accountability is long overdue.

He delivered his usual demagogic mumbo jumbo. He justified the unjustifiable. He defended the indefensible. 

"…I congratulate you on taking your place on the Long Gray Line," he said.

"You are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan."

If not there, somewhere else. America has been at war throughout its history. Every year. Every day. Without exception.

From before July 4, 1776 through today. Don't expect longstanding tradition to change. Not now. Not anytime soon.

Not likely ahead. Not while 2014 class members remain in service. Perhaps not after they retire. America is addicted to war.

Its culture reflects violence. So does its history. It's blood-drenched. 

It glorifies war. In the name of peace. It's self-destructive. Today's super-weapons make the unthinkable possible.

Hyman Rickover knew.  Decades ago. He founded America's nuclear navy. In 1982, he told Congress:

"I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it if it creates radiation." Then you might ask me why do I have nuclear powered ships?" 

"That is a necessary evil. I would sink them all. I am not proud of the part I played in it. I did it because it was necessary for the safety of this country." 

"That's why I am such a great exponent of stopping this whole nonsense of war. Unfortunately limits - attempts to limit war have always failed." 

"The lesson of history is when a war starts every nation will ultimately use whatever weapon it has available." 

"Every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has a certain half-life, in some cases for billions of years."

"I think the human race is going to wreck itself, and it is important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it."  

It's the only way to live in peace. The alternative is annihilation. The choice is clear. 

The wrong one assures disaster. America is heading humanity toward it. A slow-motion train wreck looms. 

A big one. With no second chance. No coming back. Either we end wars or they'll end us.

Today's weapons make earlier ones look like toys. It bears repeating. They make the unthinkable possible.

Governments operate in a realm of their own. So do presidents. Without checks and balances. 

Unresponsive to popular interests. Or general welfare. Government of, by and for everyone equitably and fairly is fantasy.

Presidents are limited only by the boundaries of what's possible. Obama and likeminded extremists take full advantage.

"America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world," said Obama.

"Those who argue otherwise - who suggest that America is in decline, or has seen its global leadership slip away - are either misreading history or engaged in partisan politics."  

"Think about it. Our military has no peer. The odds of a direct threat against us by any nation are low, and do not come close to the dangers we faced during the Cold War."

"(O)ur economy remains the most dynamic on Earth; our businesses the most innovative."  

"Each year, we grow more energy independent. From Europe to Asia, we are the hub of alliances unrivaled in the history of nations."

"So the United States is and remains the one indispensable nation."

"Russia's aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while China's economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors."

"It will be your generation's task to respond to this new world."

"The question we face, the question each of you will face, is not whether America will lead, but how we will lead - not just to secure our peace and prosperity, but also extend peace and prosperity around the globe."

"…America's willingness to apply force around the world is the ultimate safeguard against chaos, and America’s failure to act in the face of Syrian brutality or Russian provocations not only violates our conscience, but invites escalating aggression in the future."

"Here's my bottom line: America must always lead on the world stage."  

"If we don't, no one else will. The military that you have joined is and always will be the backbone of that leadership."

"For the foreseeable future, the most direct threat to America at home and abroad remains terrorism."

"We have been through a long season of war…You will represent a nation with history and hope on our side.  

Your charge…is not only to protect our country, but to do what is right and just."

Fact: Nation strength depends on how it's used.

Fact: For good or evil.

Fact: America is lawless.

Fact: Ruthless.

Fact: Its human rights record is deplorable.

Fact: The world's worst.

Fact: No other nation approaches its unprincipled history.

Fact: Earlier high crimes were largely internal and/or regional.

Fact: Twentieth century ones went global. 

Fact: New millennium ones elevated atrocities and other human rights abuses to an unprecedented level. 

Fact: America is guilty of virtually every crime imaginable and then some.

Fact: It's in longterm decline.

Fact: It's a pariah state.

Fact: It makes more enemies than friends.

Fact: Russia challenges America's military might.

Fact: Its nuclear strength and delivery systems are formidable.

Fact: China is heading toward becoming the world's leading economy.

Fact: Sino/Russian unity matches America's political, economic and military strength.

Fact: They're heading toward besting them.

Fact: In all respects, America becomes less of a "hub of alliances unrivaled in the history of nations."

Fact: Calling it an "indispensable nation" insults all other sovereign states.

Fact: So-called "Russian aggression" doesn't exist.

Fact: China's growth worries America alone, not other nations.

Fact: Washington is unnerved about becoming Number Two.

Fact: It's inevitable.

Fact: China is rising.

Fact: America is declining.

Fact: Nothing foreseeable will change things.

Fact: "The question" isn't "whether America will lead." It's how it'll adjust down a slippery slope toward ordinary status and eventual ruin.

Fact: "America's willingness to apply force around the world is the ultimate" assurance of chaos.

Fact: Perhaps eventual self-destruction.

Fact: The notion that "America must always lead on the world stage (because) no one else will" insults all other sovereign states. 

Fact: "The military (West Point grads) joined is the scourge of peace, stability and survival.

Fact: "The most direct threat to America at home and abroad remain(s)" its hubris, imperial arrogance and war on humanity policy.

Fact: "Your charge" is to shift from warriors to peacemakers.

National survival depends on it. So does humanity's.

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

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


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Reactions to Obama at West Point

Reactions to Obama at West Point

by Stephen Lendman

This writer's accompanying article called his address typical Obama demagogic mumbo jumbo. 

He justified the unjustifiable. He defended the indefensible. He repeated one Big Lie after another. Media scoundrels reacted.

The New York Times headlined "Obama Warns US Faces Diffuse Terrorism Threats," saying:

He "tried…to articulate his vision of the American role in the world on Wednesday, telling graduating cadets here that the nation they were being called to serve would seek to avoid military misadventures abroad, even as it confronts a new set of terrorist threats from the Middle East to Africa."

Fact: America's war on terror is subterfuge deception to advance its imperium.

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

Fact: Military adventurism is longstanding US policy.

Fact: America lurches from one war to others.

Fact: Don't expect longstanding policy to change.

An accompanying Times article headlined "Rebutting Critics, Obama Seeks Higher Bar for Military Action," saying:

"After more than five years in office, Mr. Obama has become increasingly convinced that while the United States must play a vital role beyond its borders, it should avoid getting dragged into the quicksand of international crises that have trapped some of his predecessors." 

"It is time for an end to what he called 'a long season of war.' "

Fact: Obama is the latest in a long line of US warrior presidents.

Fact: He exceeds the worst of his predecessors by far.

Fact: His rap sheet is blood-drenched.

Fact: He's responsible for millions of deaths.

Fact: He's a serial liar.

Fact: His word isn't his bond.

Fact: He says one thing.

Fact: He does another.

Fact: He waged war on humanity throughout his tenure.

Fact: Claiming he wants "a long season of war" ended rings hollow.

Fact: Expect no change ahead.

Times editors called his address "largely uninspiring." It lacked "strategic sweep," they said.

It won't likely "quiet his detractors, on the right or the left."

He "did make a strong case (for) the use of force," they said. "Mr. Obama was steady and sensible on this vital issue."

"He (correctly) endorsed military action, even unilaterally, when the country is threatened or when the security of its allies is in danger."

His "comments on China and Russia barely touched on how he plans to manage two major countries that have turned increasingly aggressive."

"(W)hat matters ultimately is his record in the next two and a half years."

Fact: Core international law is clear and unequivocal.

Fact: Military action is prohibited except in self-defense.

Fact: America does it preemptively.

Fact: Repeatedly.

Fact: Without just cause.

Fact: No nation may intervene in the internal affairs of others.

Fact: Longstanding US policy prioritizes it.

Fact: Russia and China deplore war.

Fact: They threaten no one.

Fact: Don't expect Times editors to explain.

The Washington Post headlined "Obama lays out new postwar foreign policy, stresses nonmilitary options," saying:

He "laid out his vision for a comprehensive post-9/11 foreign policy after more than a decade of war overseas, arguing for a new form of American leadership that strikes a balance between interventionism and avoiding "foreign entanglements.' "

Fact: Obama's new "vision" reflects his old one.

Fact: Wrapped up in deceptive hyperbole.

Fact: Balance isn't a US attribute.

Fact: Meddling in the affairs of other nations is longstanding US policy.

Fact: Obama's agenda for five and half years featured it.

Fact: Expect no change that matters going forward.

Washington Post contributor EJ Dionne headlined "Obama outlines doctrine where restraint makes us stronger," saying:

He "challenged his critics, at home and abroad…This is as close as we have gotten to an Obama doctrine."

He was "elect(ed) as a pragmatic antiwar candidate…(He) declared…he was opposed not to all wars but to…dumb" ones.

"It was clear Wednesday that it remains a source of pride to him that he has brought what he called 'a long season of war; to an end."

"In calling for restraint and realism - and by insisting on raising the threshold for wars of choice - Obama may yet prove himself to be the best friend American internationalists have."

Fact: Restraint isn't a US attribute.

Fact: It never was.

Fact: For sure not now.

Fact: Multiple direct and proxy wars raged throughout Obama's tenure.

Fact: They still do.

Fact: Expect no substantive change going forward.

Wall Street Journal editors headlined "Obama at West Point." Obama "skipped a few world events," they said.

He wasn't robust enough, they claimed. They called "listening to (him) trying to assemble a coherent foreign policy agenda from the record of the past five years was like watching Tom Hanks trying to survive in 'Cast Away:' " 

"Whatever's left from the wreckage will have to do."

They omitted what this writer stressed above. Obama is a serial liar. He broke every major promise made.

He says one thing. He does another. One speech sounds like others. Doublespeak duplicity defines them.

Chicago Tribune editors headlined "Obama's Strategy: Outsource the war on terror," saying:

Obama "charted a vision for protecting America that relies less on military power and more on training foreign security forces to fight on their own soil."

Fact: America is addicted to war.

Fact: It's the national pastime.

Fact: Obama's speech changed nothing.

Fact: Military might reflects official US policy.

Longstanding war on humanity won't change. Imposing Washington rules on other nations will continue.

So will targeting all independent states. America wants subservient pro-Western ones replacing them.

War is Washington's bottom line option. It's been this way since the republic's founding. It's much worse than ever now. Humanity itself is threatened.

Obama is an unindicted war criminal. He glorifies war in the name of peace. Might justifies right, he believes.

He calls imperial wars liberating ones. He ravaged and destroyed one nation after another throughout his tenure. Don't expect him to change now.                                                                                              


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

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


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Afghanistan: Permanent US Occupation Planned

Afghanistan: Permanent US Occupation Plannedby Stephen LendmanAmerica came to stay. Obama saying "(w)e will bring America's longest war to a responsible end" is false. It's his latest Big Lie.His Monday statement included many others. "The United State...

War Without Mercy Continues

War Without Mercy Continues

by Stephen Lendman

Sergey Lavrov calls it fratricidal war. "The West tried to use Ukraine not as a uniting link on the European territory, but as a watershed," he said.

"Those who advocated such policy did not worry about it that much."

"The elections in Ukraine should put an end to violence and serve as a start of dialogue."

Russia wants Eastern regions provided humanitarian aid. Its urgently needed.

Its Foreign Ministry said Moscow is "receiving urgent requests from individuals and organizations based in the conflict zone in the eastern Ukrainian regions, where hostilities led to human casualties and multiple injuries, asking to provide immediate humanitarian aid, primarily medications and medicinal drugs."

"Given the emergency nature of the current situation, (it wants) the swiftest possible reply from the Ukrainian side."

"It was emphasized that the Russian side is ready to provide the population in these regions with the required assistance and therefore proposes to the Ukrainian side that necessary measures be taken within the shortest possible period to ensure the immediate delivery of Russian humanitarian aid to the regions affected by the conflict."

"Specific itineraries and transportation conditions for such humanitarian aid…could be agreed upon on a routine basis between the relevant Russian and Ukrainian government departments," it stressed.

On May 28, RT International headlined "Reports of shooting in Donetsk, as city braces for third day of fighting."

It's ruthless. It targets civilians. Claims otherwise are false. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki regularly twists truths irresponsibly.

On Monday, in response to a question on Ukraine violence, she said:

"In terms of the events over the weekend or the reports of violence, we certainly have been watching those events closely." 

"We remain concerned about the actions of Russian separatists against civilians in eastern Ukraine." 

"We support the efforts of the Government of Ukraine to maintain calm and take steps to maintain order in their own country, and we remain in close contact with them as well."

A follow-up question asked:

"Well, so you believe that this violence is the responsibility entirely of pro-Russian separatists?" 

"Is that - I mean, do you have any words of caution or advice of restraint to the Ukrainian Government?"

Psaki: "Well, certainly to all parties. But I would remind you - and obviously there are a range of reports out there about events that have happened over the course of the past couple of days." 

"There are some involving the airport. There are some involving the fact that a special monitoring mission is missing." 

"So there are a range of different reports, different - and I guess I could speak to all of those." 

"But my point I was making is that the Ukrainian Government and the Ukrainian authorities have every right to certainly take steps to maintain calm and order where they see fit."

Question: "Right. But you don't have any concerns about whether they are acting - that they’re going too far?" 

"You don't have any concern that - do you believe that everything the Ukrainian authorities have done to this point in trying to maintain law and order has been reasonable and appropriate?"

Psaki: "I'm not expressing a concern about the events over the course of the weekend, no, in terms of the Ukrainian authorities, no."

Question: "So in the view of the State Department, view of the Administration, is that what is happening on the ground in the east right now, in Donetsk and other places where there are clashes, where there's fighting, that is all the fault of the separatists?"

"They are the instigators?"

Psaki: "Obvious - they are - certainly, we believe they're the instigators, yes." 

"And we believe - and I think there's broad reporting on their involvement in what's happening at the airport or what happened at the airport over the course of the weekend."

Question: "Well, but there are a lot of reports from my news organization, from others as well, that this isn't entirely one-sided, that - and I mean, the separatists - some of the separatists leaders say that they've been - that the Ukrainian authorities have been shooting at civilians." 

"But you don't - you haven’t seen that?"

Psaki: "But that's not where we are at this moment."

Question: "(I)s there any evidence that Russia's hand is still in - is part of any of this fighting that's going on from the separatists' side?

Psaki: "Well, I think there's been evidence all along that there has been a Russian hand in the activities that have been happening on the ground, whether it's the - how equipped the militants have been, what their equipped with, kind of a trend that we've seen from Crimea that has carried forth to parts of eastern Ukraine." 

So we've seen a great deal of evidence on the ground of their engagement."

Question: "And today (Monday) Russian President Putin called for an immediate halt to the Ukraine's military operations…" 

"And he said that he called for Ukraine to talk to the Russian separatist leaders." 

"Would you support that kind of dialogue to try to resolve this? Or I mean, there's a possibility this could just escalate, so how is the US seeing this being resolved?"

Psaki: "Well, as you know, our primary goal here has been de-escalation from the beginning." 

"But I would remind you that there are a range of calls that President Putin and others have been made that have not been backed up by action in terms of taking their own de-escalatory steps." 

"And we certainly feel there are a range of steps that they could take in order to show they’re going to back their words with action. We eagerly await that."

"I would also point you to the fact that President-elect Poroshenko made clear that his number one priority after taking office will be to restore order in eastern Ukraine by increasing dialogue with citizens of that region, traveling to the area soon after his inauguration, increasing transparency of the ongoing constitutional reform process." 

"And so we believe that's a positive step and the right approach to return stability to the area."

Fact: Eastern Ukrainian activists aren't separatists.

Fact: They're federalists.

Fact: They want Ukrainian unity.

Fact: They want local autonomy.

Fact: They want the right to elect their own officials.

Fact: They want fundamental human and civil rights.

Fact: They're not aggressors.

Fact: They're self-defense force freedom fighters.

Fact: They're not attacking civilians.

Fact: They're defending them.

Fact: From willful Ukrainian military attacks.

Fact: They're targeting residential areas.

Fact: Reliable video images prove it.

Fact: So do ID'd bodies in morgues.

Fact: Claiming Kiev forces try to "maintain calm" turns truth on its head.

Fact: Heavy weapons target self-defense forces and civilians.

Fact: They include tanks, artillery, mortars, helicopter gunships, warplanes, and chemical weapons used earlier.

Fact: Blaming victims is longstanding US policy.

Fact: So is turning a blind eye to perpetrator crimes.

Fact: Claiming Russian involvement in what's ongoing doesn't wash.

Fact: Saying Washington's "primary goal here has been de-escalation from the beginning is polar opposite truth.

Fact: In mid-April, CIA head John Brennan visited Kiev. 

Fact: He held secret talks.

Fact: He plotted war strategy.

Fact: He wants Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters eliminated. 

Fact: He wants them slaughtered in cold blood.

Fact: He wants challengers to Washington's imperium crushed. 

Fact: After his visit, coup-appointed president Okeksandr Turchynov announced a northern Donetsk region "anti-terrorist operation."

Fact: To "protect the citizens of Ukraine," he claimed. 

Fact: To be conducted "stage-by-stage." 

Fact: Vice President Joe Biden visited Ukraine after Brennan. 

Fact: He praised his new friends.

Fact: He pledged more US help.

Fact: He supported war without mercy to crush Eastern Ukrainians wanting fundamental rights everyone deserves.

Fact: Poroshenko OK'd it against Eastern freedom fighters.

Fact: He did so straightaway.

Fact: After his electoral victory.

Fact: Before taking office.

Fact: Doing so shows his real agenda.

Fact: He deplores democratic freedoms.

Fact: He supports fascist extremism.

Fact: He's ideologically over-the-top.

Fact: He's polar opposite what Ukrainians deserve.

Fact: What they expected.

Fact: They'll learn soon enough what they got.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian military attacks continued. Donetsk city center was targeted. Residents were told don't "come close to the windows."

Don't "step out onto the balconies or go outside" unless necessary.

A Slavyansk school was shelled. With students inside. According to an unnamed male teacher:

"Around midday, there was a loud explosion in the school, and I fell to the floor taking cover," he said.

He rushed to the corridor, he explained. He assembled all teachers and students. He took them to a safe place. Clouds of dust were visible.

The shell exploded right above the school hall. Where students gather for special events. Part of its roof was blown away. 

Luckily no students were assembled at the time. Many might have been killed or injured.

Rossiya-24 TV reported nine people injured overall. Including a four-year-old boy.

The channel's crew narrowly escaped injury or death by mortar fire. A shell exploded "literally next to (its) car," they said.

Kiev forces blamed Slavyansk freedom fighters. Their commander, Vladislav Seleznyov, said:

"Currently, we are confirming the information on the terrorists’ shelling of the residential quarters and the territory of the school in Slavyansk."

Kiev forces targeted residential buildings, a city college dormitory, power lines and water pipeline.

Right Sector thugs want heavy weapons. They asked Kiev to supply them. 

Putschists violated their Geneva agreed on obligation to disarm regional paramilitary groups. Including the Dnepr battalion, National Guard, Right Sector extremists and likeminded groups.

They're being used. They're waging war without mercy. They're murdering civilians in cold blood. 

They're blaming their crimes on freedom fighters. They want hardline rule enforced. 

They want fascist governance. They want democracy prevented at all costs.


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

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Ukraine’s New President

Ukraine's New President

by Stephen Lendman

He's like his predecessor. Coup-appointed. In his case anointed. By electoral rubber-stamping. 

He's anti-democratic. Fascist. Mega-crook. Neoliberal. Confrontational. Militant. Belligerent. Bellicose. Criminal.

Opposite what Ukrainians deserve. Straightaway he OK'd full-scale war without mercy. More on this below.

Russia wants Eastern Ukrainian military aggression halted. Obama wants it continued. He congratulated Ukrainians.

"(F)or making their voices heard," he said. For "the efforts of the Ukrainian government to conduct these elections in the face (of) provocations and violence," he claimed.

"This election is another important step forward in the efforts of the Ukrainian government to unify the country and reach out to all of its citizens to ensure their concerns are addressed and aspirations met," he said.

He ludicrously called Ukraine's fascist regime "democra(tic)." One fascist regime praised another's sham process. 

John Kerry did the same way. He called Ukraine's illegitimate election "historic."

"The successful conduct of these elections reaffirms Ukraine's commitment to the democratic process," he said. 

"The United States will continue to work with the people of Ukraine and the newly elected president to build on this victory for democracy."

At the same time, he condemned what he called "Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea."

He finds new ways to shame the office he holds. He's headed toward becoming America's worst ever Secretary of State. Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. 

Poroshenko is Washington's man in Kiev. He's billionaire oligarch. He made his money the old-fashioned way. He stole it.

He cut deals. He greased palms. He entered politics. For good reasons. For power. 

For better connections. For friends in high places. For business opportunities. To avoid prosecution. 

Ukrainian pols have immunity. As long as they're part of the system.

In 1998, Poroshenko entered politics. He won a Verkhovna Rada (parliament) seat. Initially he was a United Social Democratic Party of Ukraine member .

In 2000, he created a so-called independent Solidarity party. In 2001, he helped create the Party of Regions.

In 2001, he joined Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine Bloc opposition faction. In 2002 parliamentary elections, it won the largest popular vote share.

Poroshenko won a seat. He headed parliament's budget committee. He was accused of "misplacing" around 47 million hrynias (nearly $9 million).

In 2004, he broke ranks with other Party of Regions members. He help bankroll Orange Revolution plotters. 

Viktor Yanukovyh was illegitimately ousted. Viktor Yushchenko replaced him. Washington backed him.

Poroshenko was appointed National Security and Defense Council Secretary. In 2005, he was accused of corruption. It stemmed from state enterprise privatizations.

Friends in high places got all charges dropped. In March 2006, he retained his Verkhovna Rada seat. He chaired its Finance and Banking Committee.

In 2009, he was reappointed National Security and Defense Council Secretary.

From 2009 - 2010, he was Foreign Affairs Minister. In 2012, he was Trade and Economic Development Minister. 

From 2007 - 2012, he headed Ukraine's National Bank Council. In 2012, he returned to parliament. He did so as an independent member.

From November 2013  through February's coup, he helped bankroll Kiev putschists.

On March 29, 2014, he announced he'd run for president. On May 25, he was elected with about a 54.4% majority.

He supports joining NATO. Not now. He favors later. "(S)o as not to ruin the country," he said.

His business interests include food, automotive, shipping, and media. Bodgan Corporation is a leading Ukrainian car and bus manufacturer.

Roshen Confectionery Corporation earned Poroshenko the "Chocolate King" nickname. 

It's the world's 18th largest confectionery producer. Its products include chocolate and jelly sweets, caramel, chocolate, biscuits, waffles and cakes.

It's most famous for its Kiev Vechirniy chocolate candy and cakes. Overall, it produces about 200 confectionery products. Its output is around 410,000 tons annually.

English language 5 Kanal television channel features news and other programming. It broadcasts to Ukraine, Europe and Canada.

Leninska Kuznya shipyard produces river ships, industrial ones, small fishing vessels, self-propelled barges, related products and various military equipment.

Ukraine's changing of the guard changed nothing. Fascism defeated democracy. Full-scale war without mercy continues.

Scores of Donetsk area deaths were reported. According to its People's Republic Prime Minister Aleksandr Boroday:

"We’ve lost more than 50 self-defense fighters. Many of the casualties are a result of two Kamaz trucks having been shelled by the Ukrainian army." 

"The trucks were driving the wounded from the battlefield near the airport. Around 15 people died there."

"Two of our Kamaz trucks were fired at from the air and from an ambush on the ground."

They displayed medical assistance service flags. It didn't matter. 

"Shooting the wounded runs contrary to all international conventions." It's a war crime. So is aggressive war without mercy.

Self-defense fighters "were wounded. The car was driving them from a battlefield. First snipers shot the driver." 

"Then they fired point-blank at the rest from a shoulder-launcher." 

"The survivors were then gunned down by Right Sector militants. No one in the truck survived."

Ukrainian National Guard forces attacked an ambulance. It was transporting wounded self-defense fighters from Donetsk airport.

According to Donetsk People's Governor Pavel Gurarev, Ukrainian forces crossed the line.

"The junta has finally and irrevocably taken the path of crimes against humanity," he said. 

"Battle continues at the Putilov Bridge. The Right Sector fire mortar shells at anything that moves. Massive civilian casualties" followed.

Fighting continued Monday night into Tuesday morning. Helicopter gunships and warplanes are involved.

Ukrainian troops suffered losses. According to Boroday:

"They were on the offensive. That's why their losses have not been that big." 

"We intercept their conversations. They are demoralized, and are counting on breaking through from the airport."

Two Ukrainian military helicopters were shot down.

Fighting raged elsewhere in Donetsk. Residential areas were attacked. At least three civilians were killed. Others were wounded.

Donetsk People's Republic's (DNR) press service reported about 200 May 26 and 27 deaths. 

They include freedom fighters and civilians. One regime sniper shot a woman. 

She was at a railway terminal. Two other civilians there were killed. A child was wounded.

The terminal was set ablaze. Apparently from shell fire. Everyone inside was evacuated.

DNR's press service issued a report, stating: "Attention! We urgently need doctors, volunteers, donors."

Fighting rages in Mariupol. People's Republic of Donetsk headquarters there was targeted.

Attackers were either Right Sector thugs or foreign mercenaries. They wore unmarked black uniforms. No casualty count information was announced.

Sergey Lavrov issued a statement. He denounced ongoing hostilities. He wants them halted.

"Immediately stopping the use of the army against the population and ending any violence by all sides is the top priority task and 'endurance test' for the Kiev authorities," he said.

"We will firmly insist on it, and we will insist on the implementation of all other principles of the adopted Geneva statement."

"(I)t is absolutely necessary to immediately implement the agreements reached in the Geneva statement of April 17 and stop any violence."

Poroshenko wants to visit Russia by around mid-June. As long as hostilities continue, he's persona non grata.

"A Russian trip of Poroshenko is not being considered or discussed by diplomatic or any other channels," said Lavrov.

"As to the recent events, let me remind you that Poroshenko made a promise to unite the country in his election campaign." 

"He said yesterday his first trip would be made to Donbas but they have a real war there so far."

"He said that the so-called counterterrorist operation should be rapidly brought to an end, but suggested that should be done through intensification."

"If there are plans to suppress resistance in the southeast by the army powered with heavy armaments, the National Guard, Right Sector and their ilk before (his) inauguration…so that he comes to Donbas as a victor, I do not think that will create a good environment for the cordial welcome to the Donetsk region."

"The military operations must be stopped immediately," Lavrov stressed.

"We hope he will act in the interests of the Ukrainian people as a whole. If this is the case, he will find a serious and reliable partner in Russia."

At the same time, Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said it's "too early" to invite Poroshenko to Moscow.

It's unclear whether Putin intends to congratulate him. If hostilities continue, most likely he'll condemn him.

On May 27, a Kremlin press office statement said:

"Putin has emphasized the necessity of immediately stopping the tactical punitive operation in southeastern regions and introducing peaceful dialogue between Kiev and representatives of the regions."

Fighting continues. It rages. More intensively than earlier. Until "self-defense units are neutralized," according to Kiev putschists.

It doesn't surprise. Fascist regimes operate this way. Ukraine is Europe's worst. 

Its most dangerous. Its most lawless. Its most ruthless. Poroshenko's election changed nothing.

It bears repeating. On Sunday, fascism won. Democracy lost. So did Ukrainians. What follows remains to be seen.

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

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


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War Without Mercy

War Without Mercy

by Stephen Lendman

Ukraine's President-Elect Petro Poroshenko ordered it straightaway. He wants Eastern freedom fighters crushed.

He calls them "terrorists." He declared war without mercy. More on this below.

A 1990s board game is called War Without Mercy. It's surreal. It's a game. Warmaking is play-acting. No one dies.

Opposing forces are rated for offense, defense and movement. Armor against infantry warrants bonus rolls.

One side may attack en masse. With overwhelming force. For quick conquest. Or do it incrementally.

Air combat lets players launch fighters, bombers and transports. Naval operations wage war at sea.

Weather rules introduce harsh conditions. Both sides have strategic option choices. Winning requires choosing the right ones.

It's fun and games. It's fast-paced. It's just a game. Ukrainian war without mercy is real.

Obama support it. He called Poroshenko. He congratulated him. He promised US help.

Poroshenko wants US military aid. He wants decisive quick victory. He wants freedom entirely crushed. 

Democratic rights eliminated. Hardline rule instituted. Putschist power enforced. Real war without mercy rages. 

On May 27, RT International headlined "Alarm in Donetsk as people brace for Ukrainian forces attack."

Residential areas are attacked. Homes are destroyed. Shop shelves are emptied.

Residents fear "full-scale storming. Fighter jets are buzzing overhead…as self-defense prepares for a fight in the occupied administrative buildings."

People expect longterm fighting. Many shops, banks, restaurants and cafes closed. Streets are mostly empty. Residents are too scared to go out.

Schools were evacuated. Bomb shelter addresses were distributed. Kiev forces blocked most roads.

Self-defense forces withdrew from most surrounding areas. They're in Donetsk's city center. 

They're barricaded inside administrative buildings. They're braced for a fight.

No one feels safe in Donetsk. In Slavyansk, apartment buildings were shelled. At least three civilian deaths were reported.

A Twitter campaign was launched. Under the hashtag #SaveDonbassPeople. Hundreds of tweets showed civilians killed.

Some images are too disturbing to view. Skochinskogo, Abakumova, Chelyuskintsev, Trudovskaya miners walked out. 

They're protesting putschist aggression. "People have been standing by the entrances, not wanting to go underground," they said. 

They're "having rallies demanding the suspension of military action."

On Sunday, hundreds of Donetsk residents rallied outside oligarch Rinat Akhmetov's home.

He's one of Ukraine's richest and most powerful. His net worth exceeds $11 billion. 

He's involved with organized crime. He deplores democracy. He supports Kiev putschists. He helped bankroll Maidan militants.

He "owns much of Ukraine's industrial companies," said RT. He pressured his employees to participate in what he calls "anti-separatist" rallies.

Threatened with "losing their jobs" if not, said RT. He supports war without mercy.

Bodies are piling up in Donetsk morgues. Poroshenko wants operations continued.

Civilians are attacked without mercy. Anything that moves is vulnerable. It's part of Poroshenko's plan.

A Slavyansk resident told RT:

"We came up to look at the man but he was already dead. A shell had fallen right next to a nine-story apartment block, all the glass was out. The man’s head was bleeding, his arms and legs were broken."

"When we went further, we found a dead woman near a teachers college. A shell hit there too." 

Another body was found nearby. Mortar fire targeted Donetsk residential areas.

Coup-appointed vice premier Vitaly Yaryoma said operations will continue until no self-defense fighters are "left on the territory of Ukraine."

"We saw the results yesterday," he said. Expect more of the same, he stressed.

Kiev putschists blamed freedom fighters for their crimes. So-called "anti-terror operation" head Vladislav Selezniov said:

"To discredit Ukrainian security agencies engaged in the anti-terror operation…the self-propelled artillery vehicle NONA, seized by the militants, was shelling residential districts of Slovyansk and Semenivka." 

"There is a casualty among civilians and wounded in the aftermath of the gunfire...Today terrorists are shelling residential districts of Slovyansk anew."

He lied claiming "Ukrainian security (forces) do not subject residential districts to fire even when militants' firing positions are located there."

He said reports otherwise are untrue. He turned verifiable evidence on its head saying so. Bald-faced lying is official putschist policy.

Sergey Lavrov wants all hostilities stopped. He wants crisis conditions resolved diplomatically.

He's gone all-out to achieve it. He lacks a reliable peace partner. Obama wants war without mercy. So does John Kerry.

Russia is repeatedly blamed for Western crimes. "We perceive philosophically the fact that we are blamed for nearly each and every conflict that occurs in the world," said Lavrov.

Attempts to pressure Russia won't work, he stressed. "People are busy looking for whatever pretext can be found for putting pressure on us is just ridiculous."

Doing so "never yielded results…As for Western sanctions, had it not been Ukraine, it would have been something else." 

"Long before the tragic events in Maidan, before radicals had seized Maidan, there had been lots of complaints about Russia in connection with Syria or Iran, or why we hosted the Olympics, and so on." 

"This is a sign of deep-lying problems in the West," Lavrov stressed. 

It's decadent. It's lawless. It's ruthless. It's belligerent. It's waging a losing battle.

It brought China and Russia closer together. It makes more enemies than friends.

It calls aggressive wars democratic ones. Lavrov called "(s)topping the use of the Armed Forces against the civilian population of Ukraine…an 'endurance test' for the Kiev authorities."

He wants hostilities stopped immediately. "We firmly insist on it," he said.

They continue. They show no signs of ending. Washington's dirty hands are involved.

Obama bears full responsibility. He's America's latest warrior president. He deplores peace. 

He exceeds the worst of his predecessors. His rap sheet is blood-drenched. He's got new targets in mind.

Wars segue to new ones. An endless cycle of mass slaughter, destruction and human suffering follow.

The business of America is war. It's the national pastime. It's heading America for full-blown tyranny and ruin.

Neocons run things. They're ideologically over-the-top. They make peace impossible. 

What's ahead bears close watching. Signs suggest plenty of reasons to worry.

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

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


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Political Prisoner Nabeel Rajab Freed

Political Prisoner Nabeel Rajab Freed

by Stephen Lendman

Bahrain's Al Khalifa monarchy rules despotically. Ruthlessly. Extrajudicially. State terror is official policy. 

Activists are targeted, arrested, tortured, and imprisoned. Kangaroo court proceedings deny justice.

Nabeel Rajab is one of Bahrain's best. He's a prominent human rights leader. A courageous one. Committed for right over wrong.

In 2002, he, current political prisoner Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, and others co-founded the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). 

Its objectives include:

(1) Promoting civil, political, and economic freedom.

(2) Ending racial discrimination.

(3) Disseminating human rights culture.

(4) Supporting and protecting victims' rights.

Promoting fundamental human and civil rights in Bahrain risks life and limb. Rajab was targeted before.

He was harassed, vilified, beaten, injured, arrested, tortured and detained. Bahraini justice is none at all.

Activists like Rajab know what they face. They challenge Al Khalifa ruthlessness anyway.

On August 16, 2012, Rajab was sentenced to three years in prison. At the time, BCHR condemned it "in the strongest terms." 

He was already serving a three month sentence. For defending fundamental rights. For "libeling the citizens of the town of Muharraq over twitter," prosecutors said.

Rajab responded, saying "(y)ou can jail me for 3 years or 30 years, but I will not back down or retreat."

No matter the personal cost. He promised continued support for democratic values. He called them too important to be denied.

"I think we have to pay a much higher price than what normally people pay for freedom and democracy because you will not hear much about what’s going on here, as much as you will hear things happening in different countries," he explained.

On March 20, 2011, masked security forces dragged him from his home. They did so after midnight. They blindfolded and handcuffed him.

They severely beat him. He was attacked before. He was interrogated about statements he made. His family was threatened. 

His children were harassed in school. His wife was sacked from her job.

He was banned from travel for several months. He was denied permission to participate in human rights conferences and meetings.

He was imprisoned for "illegal practices, inciting illegal assemblies, and organizing unlicensed demonstrations through social media websites."

He championed justice. Fundamental human and civil rights. Bahraini authorities criminalized them. King Hamad calls peaceful protests "foreign plots."

Rajab said Washington supports Bahraini despotism. Including "attacks against human rights defenders," he explained. Before his arrest, he said:

"Given that Bahrain in essence lacks a judiciary system that is independent and/or fair, and is far from being in line with international standards of a fair trial, I have decided to boycott the trial against myself." 

"The judiciary system in Bahrain, today, is a tool used against human rights defenders and people calling for democracy and justice."

He explained two formative incidents. They changed him. They inspired his human rights advocacy.

"Two events affected me most," he said. "(O)ne when a colleague dropped himself from second floor to escape under-covered police who stormed school." 

"The second incident was when a dear teacher was arrested. That is when my voice started to rise and become annoying." 

"I was caught while writing apolitical human rights statements on school walls and was given the choice to either be submitted to police or to switch schools." 

"I was the top student back then, but I choose to switch to Sheikh Abdul Aziz school." In college he challenged all forms of injustice.

Later he got involved in national campaigns. In 1999, he co-founded the Bahrain Human Rights Society. In 2002, BCHR followed.

It supports "a prosperous democratic country free of discrimination and other violations of human rights."

It "encourage(s) and support(s) individuals and groups to be proactive in the protection of their own and others' rights."

It "struggle(s) to promote democracy and human rights in accordance with international norms."

Rajab won numerous human rights awards. For wanting Bahrainis to live free. For championing fundamental democratic rights.

He's now free. After serving two years of his three-year sentence. BCHR welcomed him back. 

"His release comes at a time when thousands of others continue to be imprisoned and targeted on trumped up charges," it said.

"It is important to note that (he's) not being released as a gesture of goodwill, but rather because he served the full length of his arbitrary detention sentence."

On December 11, 2012, Bahrain's Court of Appeal reduced his sentence to two years. In prison, he was tortured. He was ill-treated. 

He was subjected to "dire conditions," said BCHR. He was mostly isolated in solitary confinement. Almost naked, he said.

RT International interviewed Rajab. "After two years in prison, I see Bahrain's political environment as more difficult and still without a roadmap for real reforms," he said.

"I was kept separate in a separate building for two years, just to make sure that I did not connect with the other prisoners," he added.

"There were very few people who were with me in that separate building." 

"They were people who did not speak my language or people who were charged with criminal charges, which was completely different from what I was charged with."

He'll keep fighting for justice, he stressed.

"I know this is the cost of the struggle in this part of the world and I am planning to continue my struggle, no matter how much is the cost, knowing that all the countries have freedom and democracy today," he said.

"Maybe some people have to pay this cost in order to achieve democracy and human rights and I am one of many people in this country who is willing to pay this cost for my nation and my second generation to have democracy, justice and human rights."

He was only tortured once, he said. Emotionally things were tougher. Others were less fortunate, he explained.

"I have witnessed other people being tortured in front of my eyes." 

"I have seen people being tortured by the police and I made a lot of noise while I was there." 

"I sent a complaint to the United Nations and they finally told me that they are looking into those accusations."

He said Bahraini political prisoners get little or no attention.

"We have been ignored by the international community because Bahrain is with the Gulf and Saudi Arabia, which has a lot of influence in the west," he said.

The struggle for justice in Bahrain continues. Achieving it is distant. It's a long ways off, Rajab stressed.

"When I was sent to jail, there was no violence. I tweeted that I have said to the government that if you take peaceful people like me, who advocate peaceful gatherings and put them in jail, then you will face people who commit violence." 

"All human rights activists in Bahrain are behind bars and this is why you see such violence."

Achieving real Bahraini democracy is his fundamental goal.

"All the aims which I am holding and the values that I am fighting for, it keeps me going, knowing that a lot of people are waiting for me, a lot of people need me to be out, need me to be focused and strong," he said.

"I will be there for my people."

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) called his detention arbitrary.

It contravened articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and articles 9, paragraph 1, 14, 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it said. 

Horrific human rights abuses occur daily. Bahraini officials are rewarded for committing them. 

In July 2013, evidence proving Lt-Colonel Mubarak bin Huwail's guilt was dismissed.

Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa responded saying: "Thank you for your good work."

Bahrain's culture of impunity shows what human rights champions face. Rajab challenged this system courageously. He's not about to quit now.

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

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


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Obama in Afghanistan

Obama in Afghanistan

by Stephen Lendman

He left Washington Saturday. He arrived in Afghanistan Sunday. It was his fourth visit. He stayed less than four hours.

Earlier trips were in March 2010, December 2010 and May 2012.

Obama addressed US troops. He did so at Bagram Air Base. It houses one of America's notorious torture prisons. 

Dozens of others operate globally. Guantanamo is the tip of the iceberg.

Bagram is called the Parwan Detention Facility (aka Bagram Theater Internment Facility). 

It's next to Bagram's air field. It was formerly called the Bagram Collection Point.

In mid-2011, it held 1,100 political prisoners. Maximum during Bush years was 600. None have POW status. All are political prisoners. They illegally held.

Abuse continues. It's notorious. It's not reported. It's out of sight and mind. Former detainees describe horrendous treatment. Not far from where Obama spoke. It includes:

  • painful extended period shackling;

  • exposure to extreme heat and cold;

  • abusive treatment while naked, hooded or blindfolded;

  • waterboarding numerous times;

  • isolation in tiny cells;

  • other times in overcrowded ones forcing detainees to sleep in shifts;

  • permanent trauma-creating torture and ill-treatment;

  • severe beatings;

  • continuous blaring noises or music;

  • 24-hour bright light or total darkness;

  • extended sleep deprivation periods;

  • painful stress positions for long periods;

  • being sodomized;

  • denied food, too little, or inedible kinds;

  • painful force-feeding for hunger strikers;

  • prisoners experiencing it call it torture;

  • denied medical care;

  • forced confessions for crimes not committed;

  • hung from steel bars in cells or metal hooks in interrogation rooms for extended periods;

  • kept in tubs of ice water creating hypothermia;

  • threatened with or attacked by dogs;

  • electro-shocking; and

  • other physical and psychological cruel, abusive and degrading treatment.

Investigative Journal Andy Worthington does extensive research on US torture prisons. He co-directed a documentary titled "Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo."

One of his many articles is titled "Dark Revelations in the Bagram Prisoner List." He discussed foreign prisoners held.

He explained secret Bagram CIA operations. A subsequent "UN Secret Detention Report Ask(ed) 'Where Are The CIA Ghost Prisoners?' "

Obama could end prisoner abuse by executive order. He could free every prisoner illegally held the same way. 

He could order torture prison closures. He could do it straightaway. He ignored Bagram international law violations during his stay.

He addressed about 3,000 US troops. He lied saying "Americans stand in awe of you."

"For many of you, this will be your last tour in Afghanistan. America's war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end."

"That progress is because of you, and the more than half a million Americans - military and civilian - who've served here in Afghanistan."

(Y)ou are completing our mission…(Y)ou've helped prevent attacks and save American lives back home."

"Al Qaeda is on its heels in this part of the world, and that's because of you."

"We said that we were going to reverse the Taliban's momentum. And so you went on the offensive, driving the Taliban out of its strongholds."

"(J)ust look at the progress that you've made possible. Afghans reclaiming their communities, and more girls returning to school, dramatic improvements in public health and life expectancy and literacy. That's your legacy."

Fact: "Prevent(ing) attacks and sav(ing) American lives back home" is rubbish.

Fact: Afghanistan didn't attack or threaten America.

Fact: Washington's Afghan war had nothing to do with fighting terrorism.

Fact: Waging it was lawless.

Fact: No Security Council authorization was gotten.

Fact: No congressional one.

Fact: War was never formally declared.

Fact: No state of war exists.

Fact: It's raged since October 2001.

Fact: It shows no signs of ending.

Fact: It could continue for another decade or longer.

Fact: All post-WW II US wars were lawless.

Fact: America hasn't won a war since WW II.

Fact: Afghanistan is a lost cause.

Fact: Pentagon commanders know it.

Fact: Lt. Col. Daniel Davis' unclassified report and more detailed classified one explained ongoing disastrous conditions.

Fact: America can't win, he said.

Fact: Official statements conceal hard truths.

Fact: Davis visited Afghanistan.

Fact: He witnessed "the absence of success on virtually every level," he said.

Fact: Every area he observed firsthand "all over Afghanistan (showed) the tactical situation was bad to abysmal."

Fact: Taliban forces prevailed for over a decade.

Fact: They do now.

Fact: They're a force to be reckoned with.

Fact: They show no signs of quitting.

Fact: They want US forces and coalition partners out of Afghanistan.

Fact: They want their country back.

Fact: Washington's legacy is criminal.

Fact: 12 and a half years of war left millions dead.

Fact: Violence, displacement, deprivation, starvation and diseases killed them. 

Fact: Millions of Afghans suffer horrifically.

Fact: More than half of Afghan children suffer severe malnutrition.

Fact: An entire generation is affected.

Fact: Hunger is a national disease.

Fact: Unemployment affects millions.

Fact: Millions live in squalor.

Fact: In deplorable conditions.

Fact: With inadequate shelter, water, health care, and education.

Fact: Millions remain internally or externally displaced.

Fact: Thousands of women and girls continue to be beaten, raped and/or murdered. 

Fact: Humanitarian aid is woefully inadequate.

Fact: One in five children die before age five.

Fact: War claims some.

Fact: Most perish from preventable diseases, malnutrition or both.

Fact: Millions of Afghans are on their own.

Fact: It's hard imagining a more long-suffering people anywhere.

Fact: America abandoned them.

Fact: Obama lied claiming otherwise.

Fact: If hell on earth exists, it's in Afghanistan.

Fact: Coverup and denial don't wash.

Obama called horrific Afghanistan conditions "progress."

"Tomorrow (Monday) is Memorial Day," he said. "(W)e'll pay tribute to all those who’ve laid down their lives for our freedom." 

"And that includes nearly 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice…We will honor every single one of them - not just (Monday), but forever."

Memorial Day is commemorated on the last Monday in May. It honors America's war dead. They fought and died in vain.

To benefit America's privileged. To advance its imperium. To make it safe for bankers, war profiteers and other corporate favorites.

Crimes of war, against humanity and genocides are small prices to pay. So is ravaging and destroying one country after another.

Conquering, colonizing, and plundering them. Exploiting their people. 

Claiming humanitarian intervention. Responsibility to protect. Democracy building rubbish.

One Big Lie follows others. Memorial Day warrants special condemnation. It reflects Washington's permanent war policy.

It discards peace as a viable option. It's an American tradition. Notably since WW II. Lincoln's words long ago went unheeded, saying:

"(W)e here resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Imagine inventing enemies. Imagine sending one generation after another of US youths to war for false reasons. 

Imagine destroying them physically and emotionally. Imagine pledging peace while waging war. 

Imagine duplicitous leaders like Obama saying one thing and doing another. He's back home in Washington.

On Wednesday, he'll address West Point cadets. He'll lay out what deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes calls his broad vision "interventionist and internationalist" agenda.

Expect typical Obama demagogic boilerplate. Duplicitous doublespeak. Beginning-to-end rubbish.

A follow-up article will discuss it. US policy won't change. Imperial lawlessness reflects it. 

Expect more of the same. Expect propaganda, political, financial and hot wars to continue. It's the American way.

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

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


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Post-Ukrainian Election Violence

Post-Ukrainian Election Violence

by Stephen Lendman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regime helicopter gunships and warplanes overflew Donetsk earlier.

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

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

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

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

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

RT International's Maria Finoshina tweeted earlier:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He called ordering it "a colossal mistake."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Punishing Palestinians Ruthlessly

Punishing Palestinians Ruthlessly

by Stephen Lendman

Occupation harshness continues unabated. Gaza remains besieged. Multiple West Bank communities are targeted daily. 

East Jerusalemites suffer horrifically. Rogue states operate this way. Israel is one of the world's worst.

It's punishing Palestinians ruthlessly. Rule of law principles don't matter. Democracy is pure fantasy. None whatever exists.

Ordinary Palestinians suffer most. Lawlessly imprisoned ones most of all. On April 24, thousands began hunger-striking for justice. 

Scores continue doing so. They refused food for over a month. They're punished for resisting courageously. 

They're isolated from other prisoners. They're viciously ill-treated.

Their personal belongings were confiscated. They face brutalizing daily strip searches.

They're bound and handcuffed 10 or more hours daily. They're denied essential salt for survival.

Dozens were transferred to Ayalon/Ramleh Prison. They're crammed in overcrowded isolation cells. They're like cages. They remain there 24 hours a day. 

In early May, they were severely beaten. Several required hospitalization. Others were transferred to unknown locations.

Mothers, wives and sisters reacted. They petitioned UN and ICRC officials. "We are calling for immediate action to end the harrowing policy of (lawless) detention forever," they said.

"We also express our deep concerns and fears with respect to additional violations perpetrated against the prisoners such as solitary confinement, arbitrary transfers, raids, and strip-searches, all of which are committed by the administration of the Israeli Prison Service."

"We urge you…to take urgent action to save the lives of our children and to pressure the (Israeli) occupation to end its policy of administrative detention against Palestinians, which is direct violation of international human rights."

Mahmoud Shalatwa remains imprisoned for 25 months. He's uncharged without trial. His brother, Muhannad, said his wife and family are denied visitation rights.

"There hasn't been any news about him," he said. "We haven't heard anything." B'Tselem issued a statement, saying:

"Unlike a criminal proceeding, administrative detention is not intended to punish a person for an offense already committed, but to thwart a future danger."

"The entire procedure is secret. Administrative detainees are not told the reason for their detention or the specific allegations against them."

"Since the detainees do not know the evidence against them, they are unable to refute it."

Itiraf Rimawi spent 47 months imprisoned without charge or trial. He and other administrative detainees endured "psychological shock," he said.

They're treated horrifically. They're lied to. They're told they're "endangering the Israeli state or something like this, but (they're not given) any details about why (they're) arrested," he explained.

Family members aren't told where they're held. They're isolated from outside contacts. They're brutally treated.

"They'd often wake us in the middle of the night to count us, or tell us to stand in a different room while they searched (their) cell(s)," said Rimawi.

"When we returned, everybody's stuff would be strewn across the room, all mixed together."

Palestinian hunger strikers redefine courage. Mass willingness to die for justice is unprecedented.

In spring 2012, over 2,000 refused food for weeks. In mid-May, Egypt brokered a deal to end their ordeal.

Israel agreed to charge prisoners or release them at the end of their terms.

No extensions would be imposed. Solitary confinement would end within 72 hours.

Family visit bans would end. The punitive Shalit Law would be revoked. Improved prison conditions were promised.

Straightaway, Israel breached all terms agreed on. It didn't surprise. Its agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on.

Things now are worse than ever. Fundamental rights are denied. Horrific treatment is standard practice. 

Hundreds at times are isolated. Essential medical care is denied. Food isn't fit to eat. 

Sanitary conditions are deplorable. Families are denied visitation rights. Brutal beatings are commonplace. So is daily harassment. Ill-treatment is standard practice.

Thousands remain lawlessly imprisoned. They're held for political reasons. They committed no crimes.

Dozens of children, a number of women, and Palestinian lawmakers are victimized.

Israel calls challenging occupation harshness illegal. So is belonging to the wrong political party. 

Virtually anything can be called terrorism. Life in Occupied Palestine reflects cruel and unusual punishment. Praying to the wrong God is considered blasphemy. 

Israel violates virtually all human and civil rights. It does so with impunity. Palestinians are treated like subhumans. They're targeted for being non-Jews.

On May 12, B'Tselem headlined "Israel continues to bar Gazan children from visiting fathers imprisoned in Israel."

It did so as punishment. It followed thousands of Palestinian prisoners hunger striking for justice.

B'Tselem got testimonies from affected children and siblings. Ones interviewed haven't seen their fathers since 2007.

"The basic right of the inmates and of their relatives to family life, including prison visits, is enshrined in both international and Israeli law, which recognizes that people are social creatures who need family and community frameworks," said B'Tselem. 

"It is the state's duty to protect the right of every inmate to such visits, regardless of the offense for which he or she was convicted."

Israel breaches international law systematically. It does so with impunity.

Leen a-Saftawi is like many other Palestinian children. She's aged 13. She doesn't know her father.

She never saw him. He's been imprisoned for 14 years. She lives with her mother, brothers and sister in Gaza City.

"I don’t know anything about my father," she said. "I don't remember getting a hug from him like other kids, who feel their parents' love." 

"I'm very sad. I have no words to describe how I feel. I feel something is missing in my life, especially on holidays or special occasions."

"It really hurts when I see my cousins hugging their parents and sharing their problems with them and telling them how their day was." 

"I try to hide my feelings but sometimes I can't, and then I start crying. I've always dreamed of visiting my father and talking with him, sharing what I’m going through, and telling him about my life." 

"I really hope that someday we'll be allowed to visit him at least once a month. I know my father only from photos." 

"The last time I got a photo was two weeks ago, when my mom visited him. I was so happy." 

"I decorated it and posted it on Facebook and wrote: How is Dad? Does he have any gray hair? Every time I use the computer, I see my father's photo."

Leen is one of five children. "(N)one of us can visit out father," she said. Lawlessly imprisoning Palestinian men punishes family members with them. Cruel and inhumane treatment reflects official Israeli policy.

In late April, Hamas and Fatah agreed to end political divisions. It remains to be seen. Earlier efforts failed. This time may fare no better.

Netanyahu reacted as expected. He demanded Abbas "choose between peace with Israel or peace with Hamas." 

He lied saying "(t)here cannot be peace with both because Hamas strives to destroy the state of Israel and says so openly."

He falsely claimed what never was said. He lied. He's a serial liar. He mocks legitimate leadership. 

He blames Palestinian victims for his crimes. He retaliated in response to Palestine's announced unity agreement.

He did so multiple ways. Sham peace talks were halted. Threats followed. Tax revenues owed Palestine were withheld. Other punitive measures were promised. 

On May 16, Haaretz headlined "Israeli punitive action targets Palestinian banks."

They're prohibited from making shekel deposits in Israel. At the same time, state-owned Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) cut electricity supplied East Jerusalem and West Bank communities.

It's two hours less daily. Allegedly it's because of 1.5 billion unpaid shekels. IEC sued Palestine's Jerusalem District Electric Company (JEDCO).

It did so to recover 531 million shekels. JEDCO said it's paid. According to Haaretz:

The restrictions on Palestinian banking contacts, which have taken place routinely for decades, follow an Israeli inner cabinet resolution from April 24, the day the PA announced its reconciliation pact with Hamas." 

"Among other things, Israel is withholding as much as 400 million shekels ($116 million) in tax revenues it collects every month on behalf of the PA."

"Israel never before barred Palestinian banks from depositing funds in Israel." 

The 1994 Israeli/PLO Paris Protocol lets the Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA) convert excess cash into foreign currencies.

It's done through the Bank of Israel. Palestinian commercial banks maintain active accounts with Israeli ones.

They regularly transfer funds. They do so to conduct business at home and abroad. 

On May 14, Palestinian bankers said Israel wants Palestine's economy strangled. If sanctions continue, PMA officials may abandon shekel transactions altogether.

Ties with the Bank of Israel and other Israeli banks may be cut.

"If the Palestinians lodge a complaint with the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank, it could also place Israel in a difficult situation," said Haaretz.

It remains to be seen what follows. What further punitive measures Israel intends to impose. Its actions reveal its dark side. 

Millions of Palestinians suffer horrifically. Israeli ruthlessness punishes them. 

Liberation remains a distant dream. Maybe some day. Not now.

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

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


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Sham Ukrainian Presidential Election

Sham Ukrainian Presidential Election

by Stephen Lendman

Presidential aspirants were all putschist-approved. They're fascists. Ballot choices excluded democrats.

Several legitimate candidates dropped out. They were threatened. They feared for their lives.

Ukrainians chose a president, Kiev mayor, Kiev Council deputies and six regional center mayors - in Mykolaiv, Odessa, Sumy, Kherson, Cherkasy and Chernivtsi.

If no presidential aspirant wins a majority, second round voting is scheduled for June 15.

About 35 million Ukrainians were eligible to vote. So were diaspora ones. They number around 470,000. Scores of polling stations opened in 75 countries. 

On election eve, coup-appointed prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk addressed Ukrainians. He pressured them to vote. 

"Tomorrow we will prove to the whole world, and first of all to ourselves, that it is not possible to intimidate us, that we are going to decide ourselves how to rebuild our home and how to work in it," he said.

"But we have fought for these elections. We are defending our land, restoring our military, rebuilding the destroyed industry, destroying the schemes that had been washing billions out of the country." 

"We are learning to control the power and laying the ground for further development…By our ballots we elect and thus win."

He addressed Donetsk and Lugansk freedom fighters, adding:

"I want to assure you. Not much time is left for the bandits, terrorizing your regions."

A previous article said expect billionaire oligarch Petro Proroshenko to win.

Expect electoral rubber-stamping anointment. So-called polls showed his support ranged from 33 - 44%. Vote tallies show he's heading for a first round victory.

It doesn't matter. Fascism won on Sunday. Hardline rule prevails. Police state authority reflects it.

Ukrainians had no say. Sunday's election masqueraded as legitimate. Farcical sham defined it.

Expected winner Poroshenko will serve five years. Presidential elections will next be held in March 2019.

Coop-appointed central election committee members approved 2,784 fascist-supporting observers. They include about 100 US ones.

Former Secretary of State/unindicted war criminal Madeleine Albright came. So did numerous Senate and House members. 

They support fascist illegitimacy. They endorsed sham elections. They mock democratic ones. Monied interests control US ones.

Russian observers didn't come. They were excluded. They weren't wanted. They weren't invited. For the first time in modern Ukraine history.

RT International listed 10 facts about Sunday's presidential election. It called doing so examining the campaign's dark "underbelly."

(1) Coup-appointed putschists significantly reduced presidential powers. Poroshenko may be more figurehead than leader.

(2) Former illegitimate Orange Revolution prime minister/convicted felon Yulia Tymoshenko threatened new street protests if Poroshenko wins.

(3) Twenty-three putschist-approved candidates competed. Seven others dropped out. Some after threats on their life. Vitaly Klitschko to run for Kiev's mayoralty.

(4) Two initial presidential aspirants were attacked. Oleg Tsarev was brutally beaten. He dropped out of contention. He was threatened. He feared for his life.

(5) Ukraine's war without mercy continues. Coup-appointed president Aleksadr Turchinov ludicrously claims it's to "bring peace and serenity." 

Election day was one of the bloodiest so far. Expect worse going forward.

(6) Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic rejected sham elections. They didn't participate.

Putschists amended electoral rules. Turnout didn't matter. Results are considered valid if one constituency alone participates.

(7) Freedom fighting regions aren't the only ones rejecting sham elections. Ukraine's Communist Party may do so. 

Its leader Petr Simonyenk dropped out of contention. Why bother with fascism sure to win.

(8) Putschists barred Russian journalists from covering Sunday's election. They want credible voices silenced. They want their voice alone reported.

(9) RT estimated over 3,600 foreign observers. From 19 putschist-approved countries. From 19 international organizations they approved.

(10) Putin said he'll respect electoral results. He'll work with its leader. At the same time, he rejects putschist rule. More on his strategy below.

Moscow's post-electoral response depends on post-electoral Ukrainian policies. Mostly whether attacking Eastern freedom fighters stops.

At the same time, a viable Ukraine comes down to money. Kiev needs Moscow more than the reverse.

Its heavy industry depends on Russian markets. Some of Poroshenko's factories operate in its heartland.

On May 22, Brookings headlined "Ukraine: A Prize Neither Russia Nor the West Can Afford to Win."

At issue is "how much each side is willing to pay for their preferred outcome." The amount is huge. It's too great to bear.

Brookings estimates around $276 billion. An "unthinkable" amount. "(T)here can be no viable Ukraine without serious" Western and Russian contributions, it said.

"(A) Ukraine exclusively in the West is the least feasible. A Ukraine fully under Russian control and with severed links to the West is, unfortunately, possible."

Russia prefers Ukraine federalized. It wants national unity. Local autonomy. Weak central government. 

Findlandization is option two. Strong Russia influencing weak Ukrainian policy. According to Brookings, Kiev needs normalized Russian relations. 

Expect Poroshenko to go all-out to get it. He has to. He has no other choice. He'll have to pay the price. Expect it to include halting hostilities.

Neocon Obama administration planners miscalculated. They didn't see what unfolded. 

They misjudged. They failed. They missed the East/West split.

Ukraine is geopolitically disintegrating in plain sight. Aggressive war won't change things. It's not working.

Eastern Ukrainians are more resilient than they imagined. They're courageous. They fighting for rights too important to sacrifice.

They're going all-out to preserve them. They're gaining adherents. Scores of Ukrainian soldiers defected. Maybe hundreds will follow. Maybe many more.

They'e reluctant to attack their own people. Special hardline National Guard forces are involved. 

So are neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs. Foreign mercenaries were hired. How things turn out is hard to predict so far.

Conditions are fluid. They're up for grabs. The battle for Ukraine's soul continues. Expect whichever side with more staying power to prevail.

At the same time, Brookings wasn't encouraging overall saying:

"In the 23 years of its independence, the Ukraine has not succeeded in developing a viable economic model, and it failed to promote a higher standard of living for the almost totality of its inhabitants."

"Economic bankruptcy, demographic implosion, ubiquitous corruption, internal and external political polarisation, great power influence if not outright intervention…" 

"Ukraine has been walking on extremely thin ice for quite some time." 

"The weakness of the Ukrainian experimental state has generated a number of dangerous feedback mechanisms…" 

"(T)he weaker Kiev became, the more intense grew international pressure around it, and even inside it." 

"The more intense these international pressures, the weaker Kiev became."

Brookings called 2004 Orange Revolution destabilization "the beginning of the end." Political unrest followed.

Coupled with Kiev's inability to pay its energy bills. It's worse now than ever. Ukraine is bankrupt.

IMF billions are woefully inadequate. Kiev needs many multiples more than any source will provide. 

Protracted Greek-like Depression conditions are certain. Ordinary Ukrainians will suffer most. Unemployment will soar.

Millions will be deeply impoverished. They'll get little or no outside help. They'll be on their own to survive. 

They'll be stuck longterm. Under fascist rule. The worst of all outcomes. How they'll react remains to be seen.

When pain levels cross thresholds too great to bear, all hell breaking lose often follows. Perhaps this time. 

Perhaps Orange Resolution 3.0. A grassroots one this time. Maybe violent. Maybe bloody. With more uncertainty following.

Ukraine is one of Europe's worst basket cases. Economic, political, and socially destructive crises reflect it.

It's internally divided. It's politically unstable. It's despotically governed. 

It's bankrupt. It's hugely in a deepening hole. Russia is advantageously positioned. 

Putin can play a waiting game. Intervention isn't part of his strategy.

He can watch Ukraine disintegrate. See it self-destruct. Name his price for helping.

Ukraine has no choice. Or the West. He's in the catbird seat. He'll come out a winner. He already did.

Previous articles called him a master chess player. He keeps proving it. Bashing him accomplishes nothing.

Sanctions imposed cut both ways. EU countries increasingly realize it. They're more bark than bite.

Perhaps Washington will end up more increasingly isolated. Obama's strategy backfired. 

He picked the wrong adversary. Putin keeps besting him. He's running out of strategies. 

Everyone tried so far failed. Not just in Ukraine. He's by far America's worst ever president.

Its most lawless. It's most ruthless. It's most belligerent. It's most duplicitous.

It's most mendacious. Its most immoral. It's most hypocritical. Its most dishonest. Its own reckless. Perhaps heading for its most hated.

On Sunday, thousands rallied in central Donetsk's Lenin Square. They displayed People's Republic flags.

Speakers urged attendees to boycott illegitimate proceedings. Oplot militia members patrolled area streets to assure safety.

Polling stations closed in Donetsk, Gorlovka, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Konstantinovka and Druzhkovka.

Some opened elsewhere. It didn't matter. Ballots weren't available.

It bears repeating. Putschist-approved candidates alone competed. Ballot choices excluded democracy. Fascism won easily.

Ukrainians had no say whatever. Legitimacy was nowhere in sight.

A Final Comment

Runoff voting won't be needed if exit polls are accurate. Three were conducted.

Organizations involved included the Ilk Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives foundation, the Kiev International Institute of Sociology, and the Alexander Razumkov Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Research.

They had Petro Proroshenko at around 56%. Runner-up Yulia Tymoshenko scored 12%.

At 12:00 GMT, voter turnout was 40%. Some irregularities were reported. They included vote-buying. More information will be known later.

It's unclear how long before final vote tallies are known. On Friday, CyberBerkut hackers said they destroyed Ukraine's Central Election Commission electronic system.

If true and hand-counting follows, perhaps days are needed to complete it.

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

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


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Media Scoundrels on Sham Ukrainian Elections

Media Scoundrels on Sham Ukrainian Elections

by Stephen Lendman

Their comments didn't surprise. They supported sham Ukrainian elections. Throughout the run-up, voting and aftermath.

They endorse sham US ones. They pretend fantasy democracy is real. They do it every time. Unapologetically. With a straight face. 

The New York Times headlined "Election of President Seen as Beginning to Repairing Ukraine," saying:

Some Ukrainians called Sunday's election "the triumphant culmination of six months of protests and at times violent upheaval."

The Times claimed many people believe Ukraine is different than earlier. With "systemic government reforms." With "more on the way."

Citing unnamed "analysts" claiming unidentified "civic activists, combined with pressure from… International Monetary Fund demand(s) in exchange for…emergency financing…set Ukraine on a course…past…post-Soviet…corruption and mismanagement."

Unnamed "experts" were cited. "(I)mportant changes" were made, they claimed. Raising gas prices, The Times noted. It called it a step "experts" urged for years. 

Fact: Most Ukrainians are impoverished. 

Fact: Many deeply. 

Fact: Millions more heading for destitution.

Fact: IMF loan sharks demand bankers get paid first.

Fact: Then other major investors.

Fact: Debt service matters most.

Fact: Force-fed austerity is mandated.

Fact: When Ukrainians need help most of all.

Fact: Residual amounts pay depleted bureaucrat ranks. 

Fact: Those not sacked get poverty or sub-poverty wages.

Fact: Without benefits, hugely reduced ones, or too few to matter.

Fact: With virtually nothing for ordinary Ukrainians longterm.

Fact: Kiev putschists increased gas prices 50% starting May 1.

Fact: Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz hiked them 40% more beginning July 1. 

Fact: It promised further stiff increases ahead.

Fact: At the same time, Ukraine's central bank began limiting currency interventions. 

Fact: Since January 1, Ukraine's hryvnia currency lost over one-fourth of its dollar value. 

Fact: It may end up worthless.

Fact: Expect more deterioration ahead.

Fact: Pensioner income was halved.

Fact: It went from $160 to $80 dollars monthly.

Fact: Other social benefit cuts were made.

Fact: Across-the-board.

Fact: More coming.

Fact: Ordinary Ukrainians are hit hardest.

Fact: Kommersant-Ukraine (K-U) obtained an internal document.

Fact: "The Finance Ministry has prepared a plan for optimizing budget expenditures, which implies budget sequestration is to be in force before the end of March," said K-U. 

Fact: "For this purpose, in particular, it has been proposed to reduce capital costs, eliminate tax schemes and preferences and to cut social benefits, for example, 50 percent of pensions to working pensioners."

Fact: At the same time, plans are to plunder Ukraine.

Fact: Hollow out its economy.

Fact: Sell its state enterprises at fire sale prices.

Fact: Sack growing thousands of its workers.

Fact: Eliminate its trade unions altogether.

Fact: Crack down hard on nonbelievers.

Fact: A race to the bottom defines official policy.

Fact: Hunger and homelessness are increasing.

Fact: So is human misery.

Fact: Popular needs don't matter.

Fact: Fascist regimes operate this way.

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

Fact: Editorial policy defends the indefensible.

Washington Post editors bash Putin irresponsibly. "Will the West move the goalposts again for" him they asked?

Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "warned that disruption of Ukraine's election by Russia would trigger a tough new round of sanctions by the West."

They expanded "what (they) meant by 'disruption…' " They said it's "not just whether "Moscow's agents tried to stop voting, but whether the government of Vladimir Putin tried to prevent such interference."

Voting included "substantial disruption(s)." In "two (Eastern) provinces…"

"(W)here Moscow's agents tried to stop voting," they claimed.

Where Vladimir Putin did nothing "to prevent such interference," they said.

"(N)o voting (was) possible" in most Donetsk and Lugansk districts.

"Ukrainian security forces (were) ambushed." Kiev "election commissions (were) abducted and threatened."

"There's little question among Ukrainian government officials and Western diplomats in Kiev that Russia is backing the separatists and has done nothing to stop their interference."

"Yet US and German officials…again (moved) the goalposts." They "justif(ied) retreat by (saying voting) will proceed smoothly in the rest of the country."

Noting Putin "hinted he would accept the results. The bottom line is that Mr. Putin could come out of the election having kept alive the separatist movement…"

"(W)ithout suffering economic consequences." Giving "Moscow de facto suzerainty over the eastern provinces…"

"(A) power to block any move by Ukraine toward the West."

WaPo called it "lapse of Western resolve."

Fact: It bears repeating.

Fact: Ukraine's sham electoral process was farcical.

Fact: It had no legitimacy whatever.

Fact: So-called Eastern Ukrainian "substantial disruption(s)" reflect freedom fighting in action.

Fact: For fundamental human and civil rights everyone deserves.

Fact: For what warrants universal support.

Fact: So-called "Moscow agents" don't exist.

Fact: Ukrainian freedom fighters acted on their own volition.

Fact: No evidence suggested otherwise.

Fact: None whatever.

Fact: They're not separatists.

Fact: They're not militants.

Fact: They're ordinary people wanting to live free.

Fact: Most Donetsk and Lugansk residents reject Kiev putschists.

Fact: They refused to vote.

Fact: Ballot choices excluded democratic ones.

Fact: Fascists or sympathizers alone competed.

Fact: Putin "hinted" nothing.

Fact: He was clear and unequivocal.

Fact: "We understand that the people of Ukraine want their country to emerge from this crisis," he said.

Fact: "We will treat their choice with respect."

Fact: "We are today working with those people who control the government, and after the election we will of course work with the newly elected authorities."

Fact: He urged peaceful conflict resolution.

Fact: He stressed "constructive dialogue." 

Fact: He made no demands or ultimatums.

Fact: He urged mutual respect.

Fact: He supports unity.

Fact: He opposes separatism.

Fact: He has no Ukrainian territorial ambitions.

Fact: Or anywhere else.

Fact: Claims about him wanting Russia's empire restored don't wash.

Fact: He called making them "a tool in the (anti-Russian) information war."

Fact: "People are trying to label us as such, that we're trying to restore the empire, the Soviet Union, to bring everybody under our influence. But this is totally inaccurate," he said.

Fact: Ukrainian security forces wage war without mercy.

Fact: On ordinary Donestsk and Lugansk civilians.

Fact: Notions of heavily armed troops being "ambushed" are sheer nonsense.

Fact: Or claims about "threaten(ing)" and "abduct(ing)" them.

Fact: Or saying Putin backs separatists and does nothing to stop them.

Fact: Or suggesting he's in any way involved.

Fact: So-called goalpost retreat claims reflect WaPo editors neocon credentials.

Fact: They're militantly hardline.

Fact: They support war.

Fact: They deplore peace.

Fact: They reject diplomatic conflict resolutions.

Fact: They prefer belligerent ones.

The Wall Street Journal headlined "Ukraine Seeks to Regain Stability as Voters Head to the Polls."

"In Donetsk, hundreds of heavily armed pro-Russia rebels paraded in front of a crowd of about 2,000 to underscore the power they hold there," it said.

"The rebel insurgency has left dozens of people dead and transformed much of the country's southeast into a conflict zone."

Fact: Journal comments were milder than their usual militancy.

Fact: Perhaps a Monday editorial follow-up will talk tough. Perhaps it'll make up for what its election day report lacked.

Fact: So-called "heavily armed pro-Russia rebels" use hand-held light ones.

Fact: They're no match against Ukrainian tanks, APCs, artillery, mortars, attack helicopters and fixed wing warplanes.

Fact: They reject fascist rule.

Fact: Most prefer Ukrainian unity.

Fact: They want local autonomy.

Fact: They want Ukraine federalized.

Fact: They want the right to elect their own officials.

Fact: They reject having them appointed.

Fact: Doing so denies their democratic rights.

Fact: Washington bears full responsibility.

Fact: It turned their regions into conflict zones.

Fact: It elevated illegitimate fascist putschists to power.

Fact: They launched war without mercy.

Fact: They did so against freedom-fighting Ukrainians.

Fact: They acted at Obama's behest.

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

Fact: They in lockstep with longstanding US policy.

Fact: Imperial lawlessness reflects it.

Fact: Ukraine is in the eye of the storm.

Fact: It's Obama's latest imperial trophy.

Fact: Holding it is another matter entirely.

Fact: Ukrainian freedom fighters may have final say.

Fact: Perhaps if they stay the course.

Fact: If their will to win remains indomitable.

Fact: If growing thousands more Ukrainians join them.

Fact: If freedom fighting protests spread nationwide.

Fact: If they're sustained.

Fact: Organized people can beat organized money.

Fact: Perhaps Ukrainian freedom fighters will become role models.

Fact: Perhaps for activists everywhere.

Fact: Perhaps they'll inspire resistance too strong to beat.

Fact: Perhaps real change is possible.

It bears repeating. The fullness of time will tell.


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

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


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Neocon WaPo Editors Urge War on Syria

Neocon WaPo Editors Urge War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

WaPo editors long ago fell from grace. Credibility is entirely gone. Watergate-type exposes are verboten.

Editorial policy fronts for power. Extreme hawkishness defines it. New owner Jeff Bezos has CIA ties. He's in bed with the devil. 

He was bought. He was paid off. He got a $600 million CIA contract.

It's double what he paid to buy WaPo. Late last year he said: "We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA."

Perhaps it involves much more than meets the eye. He expects lots more business. For sure CIA officials want plenty back besides Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Bezos' disturbing history curries favor with national security officials. After WikiLeaks published State Department cables, AWS removed them.

WaPo should explain Bezos' CIA connection. Readers should know its editorial policy is biased. 

It's propaganda. It turns truth on its head. It's corrupted. It's illegitimate. It's bought and paid for. WaPo is a CIA house organ.

Communications Professor/journalism scholar/media critic Robert McChesney commented, saying: 

"When the main shareholder in one of the very largest corporations in the world benefits from a massive contract with the CIA on the one hand, and that same billionaire owns the Washington Post on the other hand, there are serious problems." 

"The Post is unquestionably the political paper of record in the United States, and how it covers governance sets the agenda for the balance of the news media." 

"Citizens need to know about this conflict of interest in the columns of the Post itself."

"If some official enemy of the United States had a comparable situation - say the owner of the dominant newspaper in Caracas was getting $600 million in secretive contracts from the Maduro government - the Post itself would lead the howling chorus impaling that newspaper and that government for making a mockery of a free press." 

"It is time for the Post to take a dose of its own medicine."

It's time for full disclosure. It bears repeating. WaPo editors front for power. They're extremely hawkish. 

They urge war on invented US enemies. They're militantly anti-Syrian. Last February, they headlined "The president has options on Syria. He should use them."

Obama "has adopted the position that any US intervention in Syria would be ineffective, 'short of us being willing to undertake an effort in size and scope similar to what we did in Iraq.' "

"In reality, the United States has a number of (robust) options for action in Syria…"

"They might not bring the Syrian civil war to a quick end, but they could address several major challenges, including the horrific war crimes being committed by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the dire humanitarian crisis affecting several parts of the country and the growing power of Islamic extremist forces."

Fact: Syria is Obama's war.

Fact: He planned it.

Fact: He initiated it.

Fact: He's responsible for recruiting, funding, arming, training and directing death squad foreign proxies.

Fact: He wants pro-Western puppet governance replacing independent Syrian sovereignty.

Fact: So does Israel.

Fact: Both countries partnered.

Fact: They're ravaging and destroying Syria.

Fact: So are complicit EU, Arab states and Turkey.

Fact: Assad is wrongfully blamed for Western-sponsored crimes.

Fact: Nothing civil about Obama's war on Syria exists.

Fact: Insurgents are US proxies.

Fact: They're foreign invaders.

Fact: Assad battles them responsibly.

Fact: He deserves universal support.

Nuremberg Charter, Judgment and Principles apply. Crimes of war and against humanity are called crimes against peace. They include:

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

(2) "Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned" above.

War crimes are defined as:

"Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave-labor or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity."

Crimes against humanity include:

"Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime."

"Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity...is a crime under international law."

All of the above apply to Syria. The 1907 Hague Convention on the Opening of Hostilities includes similar laws of war.

The US Army Field Manuel 27-10 covers "The Law of Land Warfare." Section II explains Crimes Under International Law. Paragraph 498 states:

"Any person, whether a member of the armed forces or a civilian, who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefor and liable to punishment.

Such offenses in connection with war comprise:

Crimes against peace.

Crimes against humanity.

War crimes."

Paragraph 499 defines War Crimes, saying:

"The term 'war crime' is the technical expression for a violation of the law of war by any person or persons, military or civilian. Every violation of the law of war is a war crime."

Paragraph 500 covers Conspiracy, Incitement, Attempts, and Complicity, saying:

"Conspiracy, direct incitement, and attempts to commit, as well as complicity in the commission of crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and war crimes are punishable."

These provisions apply to all US military and civilian personnel. They include top commanders, the Secretary of Defense, his subordinates, and the President and Vice President of the United States.

Under the Constitution's Supremacy Clause (Article VI, paragraph 2), all international laws and treaties are the "supreme Law of the Land."

The UN Charter's Article 2 states:

"The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its members..."

"All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered."

"All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations."

Article 33 states:

"The parties to any dispute, the continuance of which is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security, shall, first of all, seek a solution by negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means of their own choice."

Nations are prohibited from settling disputes by planning, instigating or waging direct or proxy wars. Security Council authorization alone permits it.

Only in self-defense. Only when one nation attacks another. Or if attack is too imminent to ignore.

America, rogue EU partners, complicit Arab states, Israel and Turkey wage proxy war on Syria. It's illegal. It's not civil. 

Belligerent states bear full responsibility. So do complicit media scoundrels. They support what demands denunciation.

On May 23, WaPo editors headlined "US inaction on Syria helped make it a hell on earth."

They outrageously accused Assad of waging "war against Syrian civilians…"

"The only thing that could deter him is credible military opposition from the rebels, who continue to receive far too little help from the United States, which realistically is the only country in a position to change the calculus of this terrible war."

WaPo editors quoted Obama's neocon UN envoy Samantha Power. She mocks legitimacy. She shames the office she holds.

"Years from now our grandkids will ask how we could've failed to bring justice to people living in hell on earth," she said.

She stopped short of explaining Washington's full responsibility. Syrians and Assad are victims. Don't expect WaPo editors to explain.

"For more than three years," they said, Obama "resisted advice from inside and outside his administration to abandon his passivity." They want him responding more robustly.

Without more "US involvement, the worst-case predictions are coming true, " they said.

Assad is "stronger than ever. (He) g(ave) up much of his chemical weapons arsenal."

"(H)e continues to launch chemical attacks…(He targets) schools, bakeries and apartment buildings…"

WaPo editors lied. They consistently turn truth on its head. They urge more robust US action. They want Syria entirely ravaged and destroyed.

They want Assad blamed for Obama's crimes. They want all US-invented enemies eliminated. 

They deplore peace. War is their option of choice. They urge it when other methods fail. Neocons operate this way. 

WaPo ones are some of the worst. Propaganda substitutes for legitimate journalism.

Defending the indefensible is official editorial policy. It supports unchallenged US dominance. It urges war on humanity to achieve it.

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

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US-Led NATO’s War on Humanity

US-Led NATO's War on Humanity

by Stephen Lendman

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

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

It includes 28 member nations, 22 Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) ones, seven Mediterranean Dialogue countries, and four Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) states.

They comprise nearly one-third of world nations. NATO plans exponential expansion. It wants new members and partners.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Final Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knishenko explained what followed, saying:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Openness and transparency are vital for democracy." 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Putin on Ukraine’s Sham Election

Putin on Ukraine's Sham Election

by Stephen Lendman

He's a master chess player. He's a world-class geopolitical leader. 

He shames his Western counterparts. He makes them look amateurish by comparison.

He thanked St. Peterburg Economic Forum participants. He thanked everyone attending.

"We established good rapport with our partners in all areas of production, from all sectors of the economy," he said. 

"(W)e are very pleased with how cooperation with our partners" went, he added.

I'm impressed with "this year's attendance," he said. Elements involved included "80% of the global information flow," he explained.

Their influence on "global and national news cannot be overstated." He requested they disseminate their message widely.

Spread it worldwide, he urged. Build good relations with Russia. Do it because it matters.

Putin addressed Sunday's Ukrainian election. "This is what I think," he said. Putschist power may be strengthened. 

Ukraine's new president may either be transitional, hardline or despotic.

Kiev junta power and "principal (presidential) candidates are, after all, different people…(It) may not be in the interests of those (in charge) today (to have a legitimate) newly elected president."

"I wouldn't like to think that it's the start of a new cold war," he said. "No one needs it, and I don't think it's going to happen."

"It would have been more logical and more fundamental in my opinion to hold a referendum at first, to adopt the constitution and then to hold the elections basing on the new legislature."

"A new constitution may be adopted" post-election. "If this is how it turns out to be, then the new president could become intermediary." 

"Or on the contrary, he would be accumulating maximum of authoritative powers. Both scenarios will be tied to the escalation of the domestic political fight" for control.

Either way, Russia urges "constructive dialogue." Excluding demands or ultimatums. Based on mutual respect. Without ulterior motives.

Russia operates in good faith, Putin stressed. It expects likewise treatment in return. Nothing less is acceptable. It wants trustworthy partners.

It respects sovereignty of all nations. It expects no less in return. It deplores war, violence and instability. It champions peaceful conflict resolutions.

Its actions speak louder than words. It reflects geopolitical honesty. It's polar opposite Western policies. It's struggling to prevail.

Saturday was a Kiev-ordered "Day of Silence." Sunday presidential and mayoral elections followed.

In seven regional areas - Kiev, Nikolaev, Odessa, Sumy, Kherson, Cherkassy and Chernovtsy.

Saturday campaigning was prohibited. Sunday voting continued from 8AM to 8PM. It didn't matter either way. 

Twenty-one aspirants competed for president. If no one wins a majority, second round voting follows. Matching two leading candidates.

Most likely in early June. Initial results should be published by around June 4. If needed, round two will follow soon as possible. In days or weeks at most.

It doesn't matter. Final results are virtually preordained. They're predetermined. Petro Proroshenko is anointed to win.

Expect electoral rubber-stamping to follow. So-called polls show his support at from around 34 - 38 - to as much as 44%. 

He's highest in Western Ukraine. Less in Eastern. Least in Southeastern.

Yulia Tymshenko ranks second. She's way behind. At 5.9 - 8.4% overall. She has no chance whatever. Nor do other candidates scoring less.

They're all putschist-approved. They're regime supporters. They're hardline fascists. Not a democrat among them.

None approved. None whatever among ballot choices. Ukrainians have none at all. Key is Russia's response.

It rejects Kiev putschists. It's hard imagining support for what's coming. Moscow wants free, fair, open, democratic elections.

Sham ones followed. Will Moscow recognize what it rejects? Don't bet on Putin supporting what demands denunciation.

His policy may differ from post-electoral rhetoric. For sure he won't accept what harms Russian interests. Especially hostile Western policies.

Post-electoral Ukrainian governance will determine Russian policy. Mostly whether attacking Eastern freedom fighters ceases.

Anything less is unacceptable. Elections during regime aggression have no legitimacy whatever. Nor do putschist-controlled ones.

Lugansk and Donetsk regions reject them. It's unclear how most Ukrainians feel. How many will vote? 

How many know what's at stake? How many understand democratic choices don't exist? 

How many realize they've been had? How many will go along or opt out? Will electoral manipulation obscure vote totals and turnout?

Will anything officially reported be legitimate? Will Big Lies substitute? Will independently disseminated information expose them?

On May 24, Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics united. A Novorossiya (New Russia) state was formed.

Donetsk (DPR) leader Denis Pushilin announced it, saying:

"We’ve signed a memorandum on the republics' union. We've named the united regions as the union of people's republic."

They include Donetsk, Lugansk, Odessa, Nikolaev, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kharkov, and Kherson regions. 

Details are being finalized. Commissions are preparing political, economic and social policies.

They'll be completed in due course. Donbass Governor Pavel Gubarev confirmed Novorossiya's formation.

"The document was signed by DPR premier Alexander Borodai and head of the Lugansk People's Republic Alexei Karyakin," he said.

A popular manifesto was adopted. It vows self-determination. It includes protection from neo-Nazi terrorism.

It stresses Popular Front resistance. It includes "everybody (able and) ready to resist self-appointed" Kiev putschists.

Against their illegitimacy. Against their aggressive war without mercy. Against their cold-blooded murder.

Against oligarch power. Against complicit Western interests. Against fascists wanting freedom destroyed. 

Against their hardline rule. Against war on democracy. Against attempts to destroy fundamental human and civil rights. Against what freedom fighters support.

"We do not recognize the president and parliament of Ukraine," DPR and LPR leaders said. 

"The Donetsk and Lugansk republics are independent states." 

"We will recognize a government of a newly-elected president if (Kiev) recognize(s) the republics' independence."

It "should immediately withdraw troops from our republics…(It) should stop (all) military actions."

It should do so straightaway. It should recognize regional self-rule. Their sovereign self-determination, Gubarev stressed.

It shows no signs of doing so. War without mercy continues. Expect worse post-election.

Expect all-out war. Hot and propaganda ones. What follows remains to be seen. 

Freedom-fighting struggles aren't resolved quickly. They continue. Perhaps longterm.

Perhaps after lots more bloodshed. It's unclear how things will end. 

Whatever side is more committed may prevail. Battles are usually decided this way.

Eastern Ukrainians show no signs of quitting. Their resolve is their best hope. It's encouraging. It's inspiring. It's motivating others to get involved.

Perhaps growing thousands will do so. Perhaps an eventual majority. Perhaps including Western Ukrainians. 

Perhaps huge numbers nationwide. Perhaps Obama's latest imperial trophy isn't secure. Perhaps it'll slip-slide away. 

Perhaps he'll lose another war. He hasn't won one yet. Nor did Bush. Or Clinton. Or Bush I. 

Or their post-WW II predecessors. Despite millions of corpses revealing their barbarity. 

Displaying hubris and arrogance. Making more enemies than friends. 

Prohibiting democracy at home and abroad. Heading America for full-blown tyranny and ruin.

Waging war on humanity. Perhaps destroying it altogether. 

Fascist regimes operate this way. America is by far the worst in world history. 

Others pale in comparison. It threatens humanity's survival. It hangs by a thread.

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

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


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Wall Street Journal Supports Putschist Ukrainian Oligarch Rule

Wall Street Journal Supports Putschist Ukrainian Oligarch Rule

by Stephen Lendman

Sham elections approach. They'll be held Sunday, May 25. They're illegitimate. They have no legal standing.

Coup-appointed putschists are running them. Washington supports what demands rejection. So does the Wall Street Journal.

It's in lockstep with putschist rule. Murdoch's world reflects presstitute power. 

It features demagoguery, propaganda, pseudo-journalism, corporate power, and warmongering. It supports wrong over right.

It turns truth on its head. It lacks ethical and moral standards. Its poisonous influence debauches whatever it touches. It endorses Wall Street grand theft.

It favors hard right billionaire bandits running Ukraine. On May 22, it headlined "A Pragmatic Favorite to Lead a Shaky Ukraine," saying:

Candidates reflect "few policy differences." Their "backgrounds are similar…The only issue in the Ukrainian presidential vote on Sunday is the country's survival."

"The election takes place 'at a time of war.' " Russia "occup(ies) Crimea…Slow to confront Moscow, Western leaders are reluctant to call what's going on by its proper name."

Fact: Putschist-approved candidates alone are competing.

Fact: Ballot choices exclude democratic one.

Fact: So-called "pragmatic favorite" Petro Poroshenko is a billionaire oligarch crook.

Fact: He made money the old-fashioned way.

Fact: He stole it.

Fact: "We can do business with anyone," he says, as long as he gets his share.

Fact: He supported Maidan putschists.

Fact: He did so straightaway.

Fact: He ignored their violence.

Fact: Ukrainian oligarchs notoriously plunder the country for profits.

Fact: They exploit ordinary Ukrainians.

Fact: They deplore responsible law and order.

Fact: Poroshenko's empire includes food, automotive and media interests.

Fact: Oligarch power began after Soviet Russia's dissolution.

Fact: It hardened during Leonid Kuchma's presidency (July 1994 - January 2005).

Fact: He's called oligarch power's founding father.

Fact: One hand feeds the other.

Fact: Mutual dependence reflects official policy.

Fact: Ukrainian government officials conspire with oligarch crooks.

Fact: They facilitate massive corruption.

Fact: Each side benefits hugely.

Fact: They do so with underworld elements.

Fact: All Ukrainian presidents operate this.

Fact: Some more than others.

Fact: Differences are in degree, not kind.

Fact: Putschists running things are worst of all.

Fact: Expect greater than ever grand theft.

Fact: Expect Ukraine more than ever plundered.

Fact: Expect Western crooks stealing plenty.

Fact: Expect Ukraine turned into a cash cow for looting.

Fact: Expect the entire country sucked dry.

Fact: Expect the economy hollowed out for profit.

Fact: Expect greater than ever mass impoverishment.

Fact: Expect sham elections rubber-stamping things.

Fact: Expect hardened Ukrainian fascism.

Fact: Expect it in Europe's epicenter.

Fact: Expect protracted Great Depression conditions.

Fact: Expect total Western support.

Poroshenko is a "runaway" Sunday favorite, said the Journal. At issue only is whether he'll need one or two rounds to become president.

He's "a rebuke to the Kremlin propaganda machine," said the Journal.

Fact: Journal editors bash Russia irresponsibly.

Fact: Misinformation rubbish substitutes for credible journalism.

In the 1980s, Poroshenko studied with former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili.

They maintain contact. One fascist thug supports another. In the 1990s, Poroshenko amassed a fortune. 

He "dabbled in politics" at the same time, said the Journal. Sitting in parliament assured immunity from prosecution.

He held various ministerial jobs. "His most enduring alliance has been with Ukraine's pro-Western camp," said the Journal. 

He supported 2004 Orange Revolution conspirators. He operates politically and in business extrajudicially.

He backed Maidan putschists. He helped bankroll them.

His "visit to Crimea at the start of the Russian invasion in February earned him points for bravery," said the Journal.

Fact: Crimeans acted on their own volition.

Fact: They did so near unanimously. 

Fact: They voted 96.77% for unification with Russia.

Fact: They did so with historic turnout. At 83%, it was unprecedented.

Fact: Russia had no involvement whatever.

Fact: Claiming otherwise turns truth on its head.

Fact: Longstanding Journal editorial policy reflect lies, damn lies, Big Lies, and more of them.

According to the Journal, Poroshenko promises to build, not destroy. He ludicrously vowed "zero" corruption tolerance.

He's up to his ears in it. He amassed his fortune this way. He plans grabbing much more.

"We live in a different Ukraine," he claimed. He omitted explaining in what way. 

He was silent about fascist putschist power. His connection to it. His pillaging plans as president.

"History has given us a unique chance," he said. He intends taking full advantage.

He'll enforce police state ruthlessness. He'll continue waging aggressive war. 

He'll keep killing his own people. He'll blame victims for his crimes. He'll get full Western support. 

According to the Journal, "Putin is playing spoiler. If not for Russian intervention Ukraine's chances of achieving that banal European dream of normalcy had looked better than even." 

"Its media, civic and student groups and broader society are mature and vigilant. This is no post-revolutionary Egypt."

Fact: Egyptian fascism is horrendous.

Fact: Democracy is fantasy.

Fact: US-supported putschists run things.

Fact: Anointed president-to-be General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Chile's Pinochet.

Fact: State terror is official policy.

Fact: Ukraine is worse.

Fact: It's much worse.

Fact: Conditions are incendiary.

Fact: At risk is civil war.

Fact: It risks spilling cross-borders.

Fact: It risks potential East/West confrontation.

Fact: It risks possible global war.

"Ukrainians have done their part," said the Journal. It stopped short of explaining horrendous horrors Ukrainian face post-election. 

Worse than post-February coup. It remains to be seen how they'll react. They'll learn soon enough they were had.

They may join their Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters. National rebellion may follow. The fullness of time will tell.

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

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


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Activist Professor Denis Rancourt’s Judicial Lynching

Activist Professor Denis Rancourt's Judicial Lynching

by Stephen Lendman

Rancourt reflects academia's best, most competent, most responsible and bravest. He has two blog sites. Visit them for updated information.

Activist Teacher and U of O Watch provide updates. They explain what most people can't imagine. 

What happened to Rancourt can happen to anyone responsibly challenging what's too deplorable to accept.

Injustice defines Western societies. Canada marches in lockstep with Washington. 

Rogue state ruthlessness defines both countries. Imperial priorities matter most. Inviolable laws don't matter. Nor judicial fairness. 

Rancourt is a distinguished University of Ottawa (U of O) professor. He's tenured. He's a recognized physics and environmental science expert.

Students loved him. He's a "phenomenal teacher," they said. He didn't teach to the test like in America.

He prioritized learning. He inspired academic achievement. He supports fundamental human and civil rights.

Political activism caused his dismissal. University of Ottawa's campus isn't safe. President Allan Rock is a former Canadian politician. 

He runs U of O like his private fiefdom. Like a police state. He's unprincipledly hard right. He ignores fundamental Canadian law doing so.

Academic freedom doesn't matter. Or free thought, opinion or expression. U of O is a hotbed of fascist extremism. It's inhospitable to learning.

U of O Law Professor Joanne St. Lewis colluded with Rock. She did so against Rancourt. 

She sued him unjustifiably. She wants $1 million. She irresponsibly charged racism.

It related to his legitimate blog site comments. He called St. Lewis a "house negro." He cited Malcolm X. He first used the term.

A 2011 Statement of Claim (SOC) against Rancourt said:

"The Defendant's conduct and actions are reprehensible insulting, high-handed, spiteful, and outrageous." 

"Such conduct warrants condemnation by this Court by means of an award of punitive damages." 

It spuriously claimed "(t)he Defendant defamed Professor St. Lewis in furtherance of his personal animosity towards President Allan Rock and the University of Ottawa which terminated him as a Professor."

U of O pays all St. Lewis legal fees. Doing so smacks of collusion. It violates Rancourt's Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

For over three years, he's battled for justice so far denied. One-on-one against St. Lewis is one thing.

Against U of O maliciousness another. Against courts piling on something else entirely. Against systemic injustice matters most.

Cynthia McKinney is special. She's extraordinary. She's an exception that proves the rule. She's a true profile in courage. 

She supports right over wrong. She does it courageously. She's a committed human/civil rights champion.

She was Georgia's House of Representatives first African American member.

She represented Georgia's 11th district. She did so from January 1993 - January 2003. 

She was 2008 Green Party presidential candidate. She's close to receiving her doctorate.

She supports judicial fairness. She wants Rancourt given no less. She's involved helping him get what he's so far denied.

He was fired for doing the right thing. Over three years of battling judicially followed. It's not east challenging systemic injustice.

McKinney circulated a petition. It protests Ontario Superior Court Judge Michel Z. Charbonneau's judicial lynching.

Rancourt is his own legal defense. He taught himself law to do so. During his opening jury statement, Charbonneau silenced him. 

He did so reprehensibly. He acted extrajudicially. He took the law into his own hands. He twisted it irresponsibly.

He prohibited Rancourt's fundamental right to speak. He violated Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It's a constitutional bill of rights. It states:

"Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

(a) freedom of conscience and religion;

(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;

(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and

(d) freedom of association."

Article 7 assures "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person and the right not to be deprived thereof in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice."

Academic and speech freedoms are inviolable. So is the right to a fair and just legal defense. America denies them. So does Canada.

Doing so reflects police state injustice. Charbonneau is more hanging than real judge. He shames the office he holds.

He has no legitimacy whatever. Rancourt walked out of court in disgust. He explained why, saying:

"On May 16, 2014, at 10:00 AM, in courtroom #36 of the Ottawa Courthouse of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, I walked out from the trial in which I am being sued, and in which I was representing myself without a lawyer." 

"The trial is continuing in my absence, before a Jury of my peers." He continued, adding:

"Your Honour, the law foresees that I must be free to advance the very serious charge of “reasonable apprehension of bias."

"It is very difficult for me to make this intervention. Give me five minutes because I must present the new evidence."

"During my motion of May 7, 2014, asking that Your Honour recuse himself, Your Honour's decision was silent on the central point that I had made that Your Honour's decisions in this action could affect the reputation of the University of Ottawa and affect the monetary value of its scholarships, to which Your Honour donates money regularly and annually." 

"Then, on the first day of trial, Monday May 12 of this week, we did a motion in the afternoon, a so-called 'Voir Dire,' with detailed facta." 

"Mr. Dearden (plaintiff's lawyer) brought the motion with a factum of 32 pages served on May 9 and accompanied by a book of authorities of 347 pages." 

"His motion was to eliminate my defence called 'Litigation by proxy contrary to the Charter.' "

"I answered with a factum of May 9 containing 14 pages and accompanied by a book of authorities of 342 pages." 

"I argued in detail that, in fact, my defense was a defence of abuse of process having three branches, with one branch being the 'Jameel' defence based on a 2005 decision of the England and Wales Court of Appeal: Dow Jones Inc. v. Jameel, and I pointed to paragraphs 68 to 71 of my 'Statement of Defence' as pleading this Jameel defence." 

"The decision of this Court (of Your Honour) was pronounced on May 14 regarding the said motion or Voir Dire: The paragraphs 61 to 67 of the Statement of Defence were struck." 

"Paragraphs 68 to 71 remained intact, as did my Jameel defence."

"Then, on May 15, yesterday, during my Opening Statement, the Court allowed Mr. Dearden to interrupt me when I was explaining my Jameel defence to the Jury." 

"And Your Honour, off the cuff, struck and forbade my Jameel defence despite my protest, and despite the fact of not having done so when Your Honour should have done so if you had had that intension."

"It has been more than three years that I have been fighting for procedural justice in this action - and my 'Statement of Claim' is struck, cut into pieces, before my eyes during my Opening Statement, in contradiction with the considered decision of May 14 of Your Honour."

"This would give nightmares to Kafka himself."

"To my eyes, we are no longer in Canada - and we can no longer claim to have a system of justice in this action before you Your Honour."

"I am outraged by this gag order imposed in a manner that is apparently arbitrary, which does not allow me to be heard and to 'have my day in court.' "

"I have pleaded 'abuse of process' at every step and now, at trial itself, I don't even have the right to say that the University of Ottawa is entirely financing the plaintiff or the right to use the Jameel defense that applies to situations where the defendant advances a lack of actual damage to reputation, that’s 'actual' damage, and to 'reputation,' not some other kind of damage."

"I was very disturbed by these incomprehensible events, and I have been deeply perturbed all day yesterday; confused also, as a self-represented litigant." 

"This morning I inform the Court that I can no longer participate in such a process." 

"Therefore, I'm leaving this unjust process. You will take the decisions in my absence. It's over for me: I’m leaving."

McKinney represents Rancourt's fight for justice. He deserves universal support. He's battling Canadian injustice singlehandedly. 

He's doing it on a shoestring. He performed courageously. He accomplished what few others would dare.

He's a true justice champion. He's a modern-day Don Quixote. He's battling an entire judicial system. He's entitled to fair proceedings. 

A "judge cannot be or appear to be biased," said McKinney. Each side deserves due process. Fairness requires defendants knowing charges against them.

Defenses available must be be permitted. "(A)fter more than three years of legal procedures," said McKinney, "Charbonneau summarily denied Rancourt's opening jury statement."

His main defense. Without justification. Without legal basis. With unconscionable bias. One-sidedly supporting his opponent.

Perhaps unprecedented or close to it. Doing so was outrageously egregious. It reflected hanging court injustice. It has no legal standing.

Under Canadian law, Rancourt's trial continues without him.

Prior to trial, he asked formerly involved Regional Senior Judge Charles Hackland to appoint a case judge with no U of O connection.

Charbonneau is an alumnus. He's an endowment fund contributor. His university connection disqualifies him. 

He's unfit to serve. He's judge, jury and executioner.

Rancourt formally petitioned him to recuse himself. He refused to do so. He acted irresponsibly.

"Help defend justice," Mckinney urged. Sign the attached petition. It tells national, provincial and regional Canadian chief justices to halt trial proceedings.

Start over. Under a new judge. With no U of O ties. Under scrupulously free, fair and open proceedings. 

With both sides treated justly. With due process respected. With jurors given all relevant information. 

With them able to decide responsibly. With justice prevailing. With assuring it above all else.

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

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Disgraceful Security Council Resolution o Syria

Disgraceful Security Council Resolution on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

France proposed it. Doing so serves Washington's interests. France is a convenient US proxy. It has its own regional aims in mind.

It partners in Western imperial lawlessness. Not according to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

"The members of the United Nations Security Council must unite to bring the Syrian tragedy before the International Criminal Court," he said.

Fact: The ICC serves Western imperial interests. 

Fact: It targets victims. 

Fact: It absolves perpetrators. 

Fact: It ignores its mandate. 

Fact: It has no credibility whatever.

Fabius: Syria "flout(s) war "rules…on a daily basis."

Fact: Syria was invaded.

Fact: Washington recruited, armed, funded, trained and directed death squad killers.

Fact: Salvador Option strategy was chosen. 

Fact: Rules of engagement include massacres, torture, and other atrocities.

Fact: No-holds-barred barbarity reflects official US policy.

Fact: Death squad massacres are OK.

Fact: Assad defends Syria responsibly.

Fact: He enjoys overwhelming support.

Fact: He deserves international community backing.

Fact: He's unjustifiably criticized for doing his job.

Fabius: "Chemical weapons are being used. They killed 1,400 civilians in a single night on August 21 last year."

Fact: Attacking Ghouta was Western provoked lawlessness.

Fact: Insurgents were responsible.

Fact: Evidence proved it.

Fact: So-called anti-Assad intelligence was fabricated.

Fact: At the time, John Kerry lied claiming 1,429 deaths.

Fact: At the same time, France and Britain said several hundred.

Fabius: Syria attacks "thousands of innocent civilians. Sexual violence against women is used..."

"Torture in used on detainees in the tens of thousands…(T)hose in Syria responsible for these crimes are not subject to prosecution."

Fact: Fabius repeated one Big Lie after another.

Fact: No evidence whatever indicts Syria.

Fact: Plenty points fingers the right way.

Fact: Western-supported death squads bear responsibility.

Fact: Wrongfully blaming Assad for their crimes doesn't wash.

Washington's UN envoy Samantha Power shames the office she holds. Edward Herman calls her a prominent "cruise missile left" adherent.

Francis Boyle calls her husband Cass Sunstein a "lethal neo-con." Power matches him blow-for-blow.

She justifies the unjustifiable. She supports US imperial lawlessness. She blames victims for Washington's crimes.

Big Lies infested her May 22 Security Council address. Truth was noticeably absent. She wrongfully blamed Assad for US-supported death squad crimes.

She did so shamelessly. She did repeatedly. "Today is…about accountability," she said. She pointed fingers the wrong way.

She wrongfully accused Assad of "industrial killing." She ignored his freedom struggle. For Syria's sovereignty. Its liberation. Its soul.

For defending his country responsibly. What every responsible leader would do. What Syrians overwhelmingly support.

At the same time, she ignored longstanding US crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. Millions of corpses attest to its barbarity. 

Power turned a blind eye to what matters most. To Obama's war on Syria. His ravaging and destroying the country. 

His regime change scheme. His wanting pro-Western stooge governance replacing its sovereign independence. His war on humanity.

Power's convoluted notion of justice is none at all. She condemned Russia and China. They vetoed France's resolution from hell. They did so responsibly.

Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin spoke truth. France's resolution was a "betrayal of Syrian people," he said. 

So-called "good guys" are death squad killers. They enjoy full Western support.

They "pursu(e) regime change by force…at all costs that precipitated the drawing out of the crisis and undermines the Geneva negotiations," said Churkin.

"(T)here is not a single word on the political settlement and the negotiations process among Syrians in the communique of the latest May 15 meeting of the so-called 'London 11.' " 

"And the western 'troika' was taking great pains to dissuade the Secretary General and his Special Envoy from calling another round of Geneva negotiations."

"What justice can one talk about when the overriding policy aims at escalating the conflict?" 

"The draft resolution rejected today reveals an attempt to use the ICC to further inflame the political passions and lay the groundwork for eventual outside military intervention."

Referring Libyans for ICC prosecution resolved nothing, said Churkin. It "added fuel to the flames of conflict."

US-led NATO war followed. Tens of thousands were slaughtered.

"Our colleagues from NATO countries arrogantly refused to address this issue altogether," Churkin stressed. "They even refused to apologize." 

"And they wax eloquent about shame! They advocate fighting impunity, but are themselves practicing the policy of all-permissiveness."

France's Security Council resolution was thinly veiled deception. It was cover for UN Charter Chapter 7 authorization. 

It relates to threats to peace, its breaches and acts of aggression. Appropriate measures are authorized. 

If political and economic ones fail, military force can be used. Security Council members decide.

Adopting France's draft resolution meant Libya 2.0. Vetoing it slowed America's war machine. It prevented further Syrian carnage.

It likely saved tens of thousands of lives. Obama's proxy war continues. Slow-motion genocide reflects it.

Obama bears full responsibility. Rogue Western partners share it. So do Saudi Arabia, Qatar, other Gulf States, Turkey, Jordan and Israel.

Churkin addressed another issue. Washington ignores its own crimes. It solely wants ICC victim prosecutions.

It's "reluctant to accede to the Rome Statute itself," said Churkin. "And in today's draft, the United States insisted on an exemption for itself and its citizens."

"Great Britain is a party to the ICC, but it is for some reason unenthusiastic about the exploration that began there of the issue of crimes committed by the British nationals during the Iraq war."

Both countries have do as they say, not do, policies. So does France. They want others prosecuted for their crimes.

They want freedom to commit them with impunity. If America and Britain "refer(red) their Iraqi file to the ICC together, the world would see they are truly against impunity," said Churkin.

They'd reveal their crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. Instead they ignore them. They blame others.

They remain unaccountable. They prioritize war. They deplore peace. They threaten humanity. 

Their officials are unindicted war criminals. French ones are willing partners in crime.

Media scoundrels support what demands denunciation. Imperial crimes are ignored. Victims are vilified.

On May 22, The New York Times headlined "China and Russia Block Referral of Syria to Court," saying:

"Beheadings, torture, aerial bombardments of schools and hospitals: The war in Syria, raging for more than three years with no sign of relief, represents the very excesses of war that the International Criminal Court was designed to take on."

"Nevertheless, the court will not take on war crimes in Syria, not anytime soon anyway." 

"China and Russia voted Thursday against a Security Council resolution that would have empowered the world tribunal to go after perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Syria."

The Times quoted Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson's disgraceful statement, saying:

"If members of the Council continue to be unable to agree on a measure that could provide some accountability for the ongoing crimes, the credibility of this body and the entire organization will continue to suffer."

Eliason and Ban Ki-moon march in lock step. They're convenient pro-Western imperial stooges.  

They defend the indefensible. They ignore longstanding US-NATO crimes. So do media scoundrels.

They're virtual Western house organs. Propaganda substitutes for real news, information, opinion and analysis. 

They support official policy. They bury vital truths. They substitute Big Lies. They report rubbish. They have no credibility whatever. 

They deserve dumping in history's dustbin where they belong. They warrant lower level of hell justice Dante forgot.

So does Human Rights Watch most often. It's a Western imperial tool. Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Soros and other corporate foundations provide funding.

Its stock and trade is misreporting. It's twisting facts to fit Western policies. It's deception. It's well compensated for doing so.

On May 22, it headlined "UN Security Council: Vetoes Betray Syrian Victims," saying:

"The Russian and Chinese vetoes on May 22, 2014, of a UN Security Council resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) betray victims of serious crimes there." 

"The resolution has broad international support and was approved by the other 13 Security Council members."

HRW's international justice director Richard Dicker lied saying:

"Moscow and Beijing can veto a resolution but they can't suppress the desire for justice by the Syrian people and the dozens of governments that stood for their rights."

"With the Syrian crisis entering a fourth year, atrocities raging on all sides, and the death toll skyrocketing well over 150,000, Russia and China's vote for continued impunity is a disgrace."

It bears repeating. Syria is Obama's war. Death squad proxy killers wage it. Assad's government is wrongfully blamed.  

Failure to hold anti-Syrian Western and regional partners in crime accountable assures war without end continuing.

Supporting imperial crimes is unconscionable. So is blaming victims. HRW stands guilty as charged. 

Media scoundrels share blame. Imperial partners most of all. Syria's liberating struggle continues.

It's sovereign independence demands saving. Its soul. Assad continues going all-out to do it. He deserves universal support.

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

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Putin in St. Petersburg

Putin in St. Petersburg

by Stephen Lendman

He addressed its 18th Economic Forum. Heads of state attended.

So did other political officials, business leaders, academic and scientific community members, as well as media and numerous others.

Putin was warmly received. He welcomed "traditional old friends and new guests." He welcomed everyone sharing "long-term strategic priorities with Russia."

Who partner for "global development." Who desire "cooperation and dialogue." Who do so independently. "(F)ree from short-term considerations of the moment," he said.

"Consistency and openness are always met with reciprocal steps and mutual trust." 

"Trust is above all about finding compromises, mutually acceptable solutions, and working and acting together." 

"This idea is the main theme of this year's Forum - Sustaining Confidence in a World Undergoing Transformation."

Things are fast-moving, he said. "We are witnessing colossal geopolitical, technological and structural shifts." 

"The unipolar model of a world order failed…(It's) clear to everyone today.

"(E)ven to those who still try to operate within the familiar reference system…(T)ry to maintain their monopoly…" 

"(D)ictate their rules in politics, trade, and finance, and impose their cultural and behavioral standards."

Global dominance efforts don't work, said Putin. New millennium failures explain. They're a wakeup call for change.

"(I)nstead…an unwillingness to listen to new global development leaders" persists. Meaningful change so far is fantasy. 

Attempts go nowhere. "(T)his is an economic forum," Putin said. At the same time, "there is no avoiding a few words on politics."

It "influences economic processes." Failure to "find compromises, unwillingness to" respect others' interests, and "blunt…pressure…add to chaos and instability…"

It "creates new risks for the international community's continued development."

"Does anyone gain from disruption to regular cooperation between Russia and the European Union?" 

"Does anyone gain from the seeing our joint work on important issues for everyone such as nuclear safety, fighting terrorism, trans-border crime and drug trafficking, and other priority issues come to a standstill?" 

"Will this make the world any more stable and predictable? Probably not," Putin said.

Today's world is "interdependent." Nations increasingly rely on each other. Cooperation benefits all sides. Disunity harms them.

Economic sanctions don't work. They have a boomerang effect. They're lose-lose.

They have negative economic, financial, and business "consequences."

"I understand very well the concerns of foreign businesspeople who have invested billions of dollars in Russia, earned an excellent reputation here and are doing successful business in our country." 

"I understand the representatives of engineering and machine-building companies for which Russian contracts have become a big growth source, or the European tourism industry, which to a large extent has been focusing on Russian consumers."

"And now, for the sake of a failing political course, successful businesses have to suffer losses and relinquish to competitors this huge market and the positions they had built up?"

"We cannot change the logic of global political and economic development."

Today's world is multipolar. There's no going back. There's no in between. Trying assures failure. It ensures trouble.

Today's "geo-economic map of the world is changing," said Putin. It includes new "economic growth centres."

"(N)ew trade and investment routes are forming." Stronger "new integration organizations."

Greater demand for "collective leadership." Each side respecting all others. 

"(D)ecisions reached through consensus and agreement." Making societies more fit to live in.

Making them safer. Creating better environments for business. Addressing popular needs. 

Supporting peace. Preventing war. Doing so by not participating when asked.

Putin is a model geopolitical leader. He's polar opposite Obama. He's a master chess player. He's besting his US counterpart at his own dirty game.

Sergey Lavrov is world-class diplomat. He stands tall. He shames his US and EU counterparts. He makes them look amateurish by comparison. 

He deplores war. He champions peace. He tirelessly pursues it. He's done it despite ongoing US-led Western imperial adventurism.

He commented on geopolitical issues. He addressed Ukrainian crisis conditions.

"We are very concerned" about what's ongoing, he said. Russian journalists "are suffering during the military actions with the participation of Ukrainian armed forces."

National guard troops are involved. They "consist of radicals and extremists, militants of the Right Sector and other groups." 

Russian and other journalists "are being detained despite the fact that they have an accreditation and artificial requirements are imposed on them, which do not fit any generally recognised norms." 

"Even those, who have the money required according to the rules introduced are not let in, and so on."

One "case…relate(s) to the two journalists from LifeNews TV channel, Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saychenko." 

"We immediately used our channels, when we received information about their detention and transfer to a territory controlled by some military unit, and accused of terrorism or preparation of a terrorist attack." 

"Yesterday, late in the evening, I contacted the Current OSCE President, Swiss President, Didier Burkhalter, and appealed to him to use his authority and authorisations to achieve an immediate release of our journalists." 

"The same appeal was made by our Permanent Representative to the OSCE, Andrey Kelin, to the Secretariat of this Organisation and the office of its Representative on Freedom of the Media." 

"The same appeal was made by the Russian Embassy in Kiev to the leaders of the OSCE's special monitoring mission in Ukraine, the mandate of which includes issues of ensuring norms and principles of the Organisation in this country."

"(T)he legal basis of OSCE mission's activities in Ukraine has not been resolved yet, because the Verkhovna Rada has not ratified the memorandum between Ukraine and the Organisation in over two months of its stay there, which must lay the legal foundations of its activities and ensure privileges and immunity of employees of this mission in the country." 

"We are concerned about such a state of affairs, because this mission also includes Russian nationals." 

"We do not want them to be unprotected in conditions, where the Ukrainian authorities regularly use provocations…" 

"The OSCE Secretariat answered our question stating they were also concerned about this." 

"They contacted the Kiev authorities regarding the acceleration of ratification of this memorandum and received an answer that they 'didn’t get round; to this yet, but the Verkhovna Rada is dealing with a range of other urgent matters." 

"We believe that this is a delaying tactic and suspect more and more that the wish to 'leave their hands free' for potential provocations is behind this." 

"We appeal to the OSCE leaders to immediately get a decision from the Verkhovna Rada about ratification of the respective memorandum."

Lavrov expressed outrage about Right Sector thugs massacring Odessan civilians. He wants what happened independently investigated.

"Nobody can evade answers to…questions" begging for resolution, he said. Covering up mass murder won't be tolerated.

Nor lawless aggression against Eastern Ukrainians. Waging war on freedom prevents resolving crisis conditions responsibly.

Calling it counterterrorism doesn't wash. So does avoiding real constitutional reform. 

Ukrainians are being terrorized for their political convictions, said Lavrov. Kiev putschists violated Geneva four-party agreement terms straightaway.

They prioritize war. They deplore peaceful conflict resolution. War without mercy persists. Civilians are being murdered in cold blood.

Excluding Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters from national unity talks mocks them. It delegitimizes them. They represent one side only.

A bad peace is better than conflict. Lavrov said US-led Western "megalomania" triggered Ukrainian crisis conditions. He wants them resolved diplomatically. So does Putin.

They want military action ended post-election. Wage peace, not war, they urged. No end in sight looms.

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

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


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Irresponsible Syria Bashing

Irresponsible Syria Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

Syria's June 3 presidential election approaches. It's historic. It's the Syrian Arab Republic's first ever free, fair, open presidential process.

Twenty-four aspirants registered to compete. Parliamentarians Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar were approved. So was Assad.

He's overwhelmingly popular. He's expected to win easily. Syrians want no one else leading them. He's especially trusted now. He's defeating foreign invaders. 

He's doing it responsibly. He's fighting for Syrian freedom. For its independent sovereign rights. 

He's up to the challenge. He's winning. He's defeating Obama's dirty game. He deserves universal support. 

Friends of Syria/London 11 countries include America, Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

On May 15, they issued a joint statement. They irresponsibly denounced what deserves support. 

They shamelessly called Syria's upcoming democratic presidential election "illegitimate."

It'll be free, open and fair. International monitors will observe things. It'll shame what passes for sham London 11 country processes.

It's representatives outrageously called what's upcoming "a parody of democracy." Under conflict conditions, turnout is expected to be impressive. Not according to them.

They ludicrously claimed it'll "be devoid of political participation of millions of Syrians." They "call(ed) on the entire international community to reject" what's planned.

They "agreed unanimously to take further steps…" They called doing so "a coordinated strategy." They support death squad killers.

They lied calling them "moderate opposition" forces. They blamed Assad for their crimes. 

They want him and Syrian officials prosecuted in the International Criminal Court. More on this below.

They're implementing a so-called Core Group action plan. They stopped short of explaining details. 

Their strategy prioritizes aggressive war. They want tens of thousands more Syrians killed. 

They want the entire country ravaged and destroyed. They want its sovereign independence eliminated. 

They want illegitimate puppet rule replacing it. They want what Syrians overwhelmingly reject.

On May 18, Syria's Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Minister Faisal Mikdad criticized Western hypocrisy.

"Those who conspire against the presidential elections in Syria are conspiring against democracy, political pluralism and the freedom of expression in Syria," he said.

His comments followed John Kerry's Big Lie. He called planned upcoming elections "a farce." A "fraud on democracy," he added. He promised redoubled opposition support. 

"Our teams are going to come together in very short order now to lay out a specific set of steps that can and will take in order to have a greater impact," he said.

He stopped short of discussing military aid. "(E)very possible avenue that is available is going to be pursued," he promised.

He lied claiming Assad "is making partnership with terrorist elements, attracting terrorists, and engaging in terrorist activities agains his own people."

He practically ruled out resolving things diplomatically. He did so by turning truth on its head. 

He disingenuously claimed Assad refuses to negotiate. He's gone all-out to do so responsibly. So has Russia. 

Their best efforts were spurned. Washington bears full responsibility. It deplores political solutions.

Obama didn't wage war on Syria to quit. He prioritizes war. He abhors peace. He's got lots more death and destruction in mind.

He wants greater charnel house conditions than already. Salvador Option strategy was chosen. 

Rules of engagement include massacres, torture, and other atrocities. No-holds-barred business as usual continues.

Civilians are fair game. They're vulnerable. They're targeted. They're murdered in cold blood. 

Assad is wrongfully blamed for Western-supported death squad crimes. War without mercy continues. Washington bears full responsibility.

Syria is Obama's war of choice. He's got blood on his hands. He's responsible for tens of thousands of deaths. 

For millions internally and externally displaced. For continued war without mercy. For more of the same planned.

On May 20, Putin and China Xi Jinping issued a joint statement. "Russia and China find any attempts at an external forcible interference in Syria impermissible," it said.

Both countries "support efforts taken by the Syrian government and the international community for a successful finalizing of the process of destroying the chemical weapons of Syria."

Both leaders support resolving things diplomatically. Syria invited Russia to monitor June's electoral process.

Moscow's Central Election Commission confirmed it. Chairman Vladimir Churov said:

"We are closely watching the election process in" Middle East countries. He's considering whether to send observers.

Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said there's "nothing in the Geneva (agreement) that would ban or question such elections."

Claiming otherwise is false, he stressed. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is an unapologetic pro-Western stooge. 

He's an imperial tool. He lied claiming Syria's presidential election runs counter to Geneva's "letter and spirit."

Syria's constitution requires them. They must be held before Assad's tenure expires in July.

Russia's upper house Federation Council Deputy Chairman Ilyas Umakhanov endorsed what's planned. Elections are positive for Syria, he said.

Its people alone must choose who'll lead them, he stressed. On May 21, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported "Syrians more enthusiastic as elections draw near."

They represent democracy in action. They're important. They're "taking place alongside a series of army's victories in the battlefield against terrorist groups," said SANA.

"Heartened by the positive atmosphere prompted by the political and military victories, Syrian citizens continue to stage various activities and events to express their happiness over the course their country is walking."

Huge crowds filled Damascus' Al-Hejaz Square. Strong Assad support was expressed. Denigrating Western and regional rhetoric was rejected.

Damascus faculty, students and workers voiced support for Assad. They called voting in June's election a national duty.

Similar rallies, marches and events took place in other Syrian cities. Support for June's election was expressed.

National flags and Assad photos were featured. Syria's army fighting terrorist invaders was endorsed.

France is a virtual US proxy. It drafted a Security Council resolution. It's expected to be voted on Thursday.

It's irresponsible. It's one-sidedly anti-Assad. It wrongfully blames him for Western-supported terrorist crimes. 

On Wednesday, Moscow's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin promised a veto. "Yes, we'll do this," he said.

"The adoption of such a resolution may have negative implications for common efforts toward settling the crisis in Syria," he added.

He'll explain more later, he said. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov called France's resolution unacceptable. 

It "urges the referral of files to the ICC," he said. "We…oppose such an approach in the Security Council," he added.

It's "counterproductive in the current situation." It's thinly veiled deception.

It's cover for UN Charter Chapter 7 authorization. It'll be used "for...force against Damascus," he stressed.

It's "knowingly politicized." It's pretext for US-led NATO direct intervention. It supports Libya 2.0.

"The draft resolution that is currently submitted to the Security Council is unacceptable to us, and we will not support it. If it is put to a vote, we will veto it," Gatilov stressed.

China was expected to do likewise. Both countries vetoed three previous irresponsible Western-sponsored one-sidedly anti-Syrian SC resolutions.

Doing so avoided all-out war. Longstanding US policy pressures, bullies and threatens other nations. It does so to support its imperial agenda.

Five dozen nations irresponsibly blamed Assad for Western-supported terrorist crimes. 

They expressed support for prosecuting Assad and other Syrian officials in the International Criminal Court.

It's an imperial tool. It blames victims for Western crimes against them. 

It has no legitimacy whatever. It violates fundamental legal norms and standards.

Thursday SC voting proceeded as scheduled. Russia and China  vetoed France's resolution. They acted responsibly. Doing so slows Obama's imperial project.

New York Times editors consistently support what demands condemnation. They're on the wrong side of history.

They support Washington's imperial agenda. They're one-sidedly anti-Syrian. 

They feature contributors with likeminded views. They deny responsible voices space to respond.

Jonathan Stevenson is a former International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) senior fellow.

From November 2011 - May 2013, he was Obama's Middle East/North Africa national security political/military affairs director.

He's currently a Naval War College professor. Scoundrel media publications feature him often.

On May 21, he headlined his NYT op-ed "Go Beyond Diplomacy on Syria."

He urged Obama "not merely advance Mr. Assad's exit from office…" He wants him replaced.

He ignored international law. It prohibits interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. 

It doesn't matter. He wants Syrians having no say. He wants what he calls "moderate and capable" governance running Syria.

None that matters opposing Assad exists. Western-supported radicalized elements wage war against him.

So-called "power-sharing compromise" is figment of his imagination. "(A)ctive American diplomacy" he cites is nonexistent.

He urged supplying illusory "moderate" opposition groups with "sustained covert assistance."

Doing so he claims signals Washington and its imperial partners are serious about pursuing "peaceful political transition in Syria."

Like Afghanistan. Like Iraq. Like Libya. Like wherever America shows up. Mass slaughter, destruction and human misery follow.

Peaceful countries become charnel houses. They're transformed into uncontrollable cauldrons of violence.

So-called democracy instituted doesn't exist. Claiming otherwise is pure fantasy. 

Stevenson supports war. He does so without admitting it. He deplores peace. Claims otherwise ring hollow.

He cited nonexistent "global terrorist threats." They're convenient illusions. They're figments of his imagination.

They invented as pretexts. They used to advance America's imperium. It rages against humanity. It threatens its survival.

Times editors featured Stevenson's rubbish. Likeminded hawkishness is embraced. 

Imperial supporters remain unapologetic. They bury vital truths. They substitute Big Lies. They ignore fundamental rule of law principles. 

They promote wrongheaded policy. They support US crimes of war and against humanity.

They're willing co-conspirators. They use journalism as a dagger against freedom. They defend the indefensible. Don't expect them to explain.

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

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


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Kiev’s War on Freedom

Kiev's War on Freedom

by Stephen Lendman

Western-supported coup-appointed putschists have no legitimacy. Waging war on freedom reflects official Kiev policy.

Washington endorses it. Upcoming sham May 25 elections exclude democracy from ballot choices.

They're at the same time as Kiev aggression continues. They're attacking Eastern Ukrainians.

They're murdering them in cold blood. So-called "anti-terrorist operation(s)" reflect state terrorism writ large.

Fascist regimes operate this way. They reemerged in Europe. Coup-appointed Kiev thugs represent its epicenter.

Upcoming elections are rigged. Democracy is pure fantasy. Results are largely pre-determined. 

Washington wants illegitimacy approved. So do rogue EU partners. They endorsed fascism. They deplore freedom.

Illusion substitutes for reality. Hypocrisy for legitimacy. Duplicity for fundamental democratic rights. 

What everyone deserves. What fascist ideologues prohibit. What Ukrainians face going forward.

Kiev escalated aggressive war. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashivich said:

"We state that the Kiev authorities are still not ready and do not want to fulfill the decisions agreed upon in the Geneva Declaration of April 17 and developed into a 'road map,' which was prepared and officially distributed by the Swiss chairmanship in the OSCE."

It repudiated violence. Kiev "intensifie(d) (its) punitive operations against its own people…"

It's waging lawless aggression. It's "bombard(ing)" Eastern Ukrainian "cities and settlements." 

It's attacking civilians with "heavy weapons." It ludicrously claims Sunday's sham elections represent democracy.

For all Ukrainians. Doing it fairly. Openly. Freely. Leaving no one out.

Under the barrel of a gun. During premeditated aggression. Excluding real choice. 

Targeting freedom. Wanting it entirely destroyed.  Wanting hardline/top-down ruthlessness replacing it. 

Wanting what Ukrainians nationwide deplore. What they reject.

May 22 brought good news and bad. RT International's stringer journalist Graham Phillips was freed.

He's lucky to be alive. Things could have turned out otherwise. As long as he's in Ukraine, he's endangered. He's vulnerable.

He was lawlessly abducted. He was held captive for 36 harrowing hours. He had no idea how they'd end.

Thankfully he's free. But not safe. He's OK, he said. He was intensively interrogated.

"All my work in order," he said. "(N)o charges. (N)o deportation." 

(N)o one laid a hand on me in anger. Ukrainian authorities treated me fairly."

At the same time, it was touch and go. Things might have turned out otherwise. 

Throughout his ordeal, RT supported him. So did his colleagues and followers, he said.

"Thank you so much for all your support during this. Some moments were a little bit difficult, but I knew you guys were there supporting me and that meant the world," he said.

He did so with genuine sincerity. His reporting was special. He did so in the line of fire. He endured clear and present dangers. They remain.

He represents the best of responsible journalism. So do other RT correspondents doing the same thing. And Russian colleagues.

War zone reporting is hazardous. It risks life and limb. Possible abduction, detention, and abuse exacerbate things. 

Phillips was taking photos near Mariupol. He did it "dozens of times" before, he said. Without incident.

"I was questioning these soldiers at the checkpoint in Mariupol on what happened on that day, and I've done that a lot of times before," he explained.

"And then they saw that I work for RT, and then things escalated after that. It got more serious this time." 

"They started phoning people and then I was detained. I had my things taken off of me and interrogated quite thoroughly."

"I was with soldiers at this point at a block post and then the SBU came. This is the Ukrainian Secret Services (SBU)."

Two locals working with him were released. Not him. Around 9PM Monday, he was taken away.

It was after spending around nine hours at a military checkpoint. He was transferred to Zaporozhye at "gun point."

He was sent to military barracks. "An SBU man made it quite clear that I was under detention," he said.

Kiev authorities accused him of spying. Working for RT is a "black spot," they said. He was viewed with "particular wariness," he explained.

He understands Russian. He speaks it. Questions asked included: 

"You are working for Russian TV?"

"What is your purpose?

"Are you a spy?"

At the same time, his interrogators were "all right," he said. "I mean they fed me."

"They looked after me, but I was held at gunpoint, and that was quite dramatic," he stressed.

Early Wednesday, interrogation ended. He was taken to Britain's Kiev embassy.

At the same time, its defense ministry press service said he was detained for "filming facilities which are forbidden from being filmed."

Phony charges claim anything. Phillips was lucky. Things could have gotten serious. 

He could have been detained longterm. He could have been tortured. 

He could have faced kangaroo court proceedings. He could have been imprisoned. He could have been killed.

Russian LifeNews journalists Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko remain detained. They're held incommunicado.

False charges claim they transported weapons. Others said they aided and abetted terrorists. They're "members of terrorist groups." 

They're journalists. They're not terrorists. They aided no one. They're not combatants. They were doing their job.

Challenging captors under duress isn't easy. Or refuting their lies.

On May 22, coup-appointed Kiev national security/defense council head Andriy Parubiy said investigating Sidyakin and Saichenkro continues.

It's up to "investigator(s) to decide whether to hand them over to the Russian side."

Putin denounced their detention. "It's absolutely unacceptable, and, of course, the question arises over the legitimacy of all political procedures in Ukraine," he said.

He called accusing them of carrying portable air defense system weapons "nonsense."

Russia's lower house State Duma passed a statement. It demanded Kiev release both journalists straightaway.

Russia's upper house Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matvienko said:

"We will succeed in freeing our two journalists and guarantee the freedom of their activities in Ukraine, including during large upcoming internal political events in Ukraine - the presidential election."

Russia's Foreign Ministry expressed outrage over Kiev denying OSCE representatives permission to visit both journalists. A separate statement said:

"This kind of lawlessness directed against Russian journalists, which has become a regular practice, confirms once again that the Ukrainian side is ignoring basic norms of democracy, in particular, freedom of speech."

Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Ukraine's military and security services of "dangerously interfering with press freedom."

It called for immediately releasing Russian journalists. Deputy Europe and Central Asia director Rachel Denber said:

"We're deeply worried about the fate and whereabout of (captive) journalists. Detaining (them) and then failing to provide information on what's happening to them or to respect their due process rights are serious violations that have to end."

"Failure to provide information on the whereabouts and fate of anyone deprived of their liberty by agents of the state, or those acting with its acquiescence, may constitute an enforced disappearance." she added.

Acting extrajudicially reflects police state ruthlessness. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki endorses the worst of its dark side.

She supports Kiev lies about Saichenko and Sidyakin supporting terrorism. She claims legitimate journalists doing their job responsibly aren't what they say they are.

She accepted Kiev Big Lies as facts. She did so at face value. She dodged questions about their veracity.

A next day follow-up statement softened too little to matter. She called on Ukrainian authorities to investigate what happened. 

She claimed no further updates on what's ongoing. She said nothing about refuting irresponsible charges. Effectively she endorsed them.

Separately, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich accused OSCE's monitoring mission of suppressing vital information.

Inconvenient truths are buried, he said. Outright censorship, he claimed.

Facts are twisted to fit coup-appointed Kiev putschists' policies.

"We believe that the mission should work with citizens' direct appeals, especially considering that the tasks of interacting with civil society and monitoring human rights violations are directly sealed in the mission's mandate," Lukashevich said.

Ukrainian crisis conditions remain far from resolved. Ongoing conflict continues. It rages out-of-control.

It violates core rule of law principles. It enjoys full Western support. It bears repeating.

It targets Ukrainian freedom. It wants it destroyed altogether. It wants hardline fascist rule replacing it.

It's up for grabs how things will end. Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters are going all-out for fundamental rights everyone deserves.

Their struggle is ours. They deserve universal support.

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

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


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Washington Risks Global War

Washington Risks Global War

by Stephen Lendman

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

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

Robert Abele

Michel Chossudovsky

Edward Herman

Nolan Higdon

Michael Hudson

Mickey Huff 

Andrew Kolin

John Kozy

Cynthia McKinney

John McMurty

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

Michael Parenti

David Peterson

James Petras

Peter Phillips

Jack Rasmus

Paul Craig Roberts

Rick Rozoff

Rodney Shakespeare

Jeffrey Sommers

Matthew Witt - and this writer.

Chapter topics include:

Introduction: Stephen Lendman 

Washington’s Recklessness Endangers the World: Paul Craig Roberts  

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

The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit: Michael Hudson 

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

Ukraine and Regime Change: Michael Parenti 

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

Orange Revolution 2.0: Stephen Lendman 

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

The Geo-Politics Behind EuroMaidan: Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya  

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

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

Who Benefits from the Ukraine Economic Crisis?: Jack Rasmus 

Mother Russia: An Elusive Prize: John Kozy 

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

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

Containing Russia: Stephen Lendman 

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

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

The Odessa Massacre: Stephen Lendman

Ukraine: From Coup to Police State: Andrew Kolin 

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

Is Ukraine a Turning Point in History?: Rodney Shakespeare 

Washington Intends Russia’s Demise: Paul Craig Roberts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Historic Sino/Russian Trade Deal Signed

Historic Sino/Russian Trade Deal Signed

by Stephen Lendman

New York Times editors ate crow. They did so without admitting it. Hours earlier they approved copy headlining "China and Russia Fail to Reach Deal on Gas Plan."

It was when Russian officials said it was 98% complete. Finalizing it looked imminent. On May 21, it was signed, sealed and delivered as promised.

A follow-up Times article was was woefully dishonest. It suppressed what readers need to know. 

It headlined "China and Russia Are Said to Reach Major Gas Deal."

Close to reaching it should have been reported the previous day. Times editors tolerate no favorable Sino/Russian reports.

Its correspondents write as ordered. Doing so features misinformation rubbish. Vital truths are buried. It's longstanding editorial policy.

On May 21, The Times falsely claimed "it was not immediately clear if the accord was an actual contract with details of prices and terms, or if it was a memorandum of understanding that would signal the need for further negotiations."

Itar Tass claimed otherwise. It reported facts, not fiction. It said:

"Russia's Gazprom and China's CNPC have stricken a deal on natural gas supplies to China." 

"The document has been signed in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping."

"Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller reported that the contract has been concluded for $400 billion for 30 years."

"In the gas contract for China, the sides envisaged granting preferential mineral extraction tax regimes, said Gazprom CEO."

Xinhau confirmed Itar Tass' report. It headlined "China, Russia ink long-awaited gas deal," saying:

It's finalized. "China and Russia on Wednesday inked the long-awaited gas deal in Shanghai, ending the decade-long natural gas supply talks between the two neighbors."

Official documents "were signed at a ceremony attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin."

"The deal...fully embodied the principle of mutual trust and mutual benefit of China and Russia…"

It "accelerate(s) the economic and social development in Russia's far east region, and also diversify the export of the major oil and natural gas exporter."

Both countries established "a comprehensive energy cooperation partnership." They pledged stronger economic and financial ties.

They're natural partners. They promised wide-ranging cooperation. They'll increasingly trade in their own currencies. 

They'll bypass dollar transactions. They'll weaken it in the process. Other countries are doing the same thing. More on this below.

The Moscow Times headlined "China and Russia Sign Gazprom Supply Agreement," saying:

They "signed a long-awaited natural gas supply deal on Wednesday…(It) secur(es) the world's top energy user a major new source of the clean-burning fuel and open(s) a market to Moscow as Europeans look elsewhere for their energy."

The deal "represents a major (Putin) triumph as he seeks to forge new partnerships in Asia while customers in Europe attempt to reduce their reliance on Russian gas in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine." 

RT International headlined "Russia and China seal historic $400 gas deal."

"Ten years of talks ended positively. Both countries "signed a historic gas deal…(It'll) provide the world's fastest growing economy with the natural gas it needs to keep pace for the next 30 years."

It's the largest Gazprom deal ever. No other contractual arrangement approaches it. No other bilateral one anywhere.

Potentially it could nearly double in size. It depends on China's future needs.

Voice of Russia headlined "Russia, China sign contract on gas supplies worth $400 bln over 30 years."

Agreement was finalized at 4:00AM Wednesday Shanghai time. "All the fundamental issues were resolved."

Sino/Russian ties stress unity. They're stronger than ever in modern times. They're deepening. They expanding.

Gazprom and related trade deals strengthen them.

Russia will supply China with around 38 billion cubic million meters of natural gas annually. For the next 30 years.

It bears repeating. It may nearly double in size ahead. Depending on China's internal needs.


(1) Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak and China's National Energy Administration director Wu Xinxiong signed a Memorandum of Understanding on delivering Russian gas to China.

(2) Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and China National Petroleum Corporation head Zhou Jiping signed a "purchase and sale contract" to supply China's needs for the next 30 years.

Putin said implementation begins on May 22. Doing so "makes it possible to begin the next project with our Chinese partners, namely to begin working on the Western supply route."

He referred to supplying gas from Western Siberian resources. 

Secondly, he said, it's "possible for us to realize our plans to develop Russia's gas industry by connecting the Eastern and Western parts of extraction with the appropriate infrastructure."

"If need be, supplies can be diversified from the West to the East and from the East to the West."

Other increased trade deals were agreed on. In technological, industrial, and commercial sectors. In military hardware. 

Growing Sino/Russian trade lessens reliance on increasingly undependable Western sources. It gives them less access to Eastern markets.

The President of Russia's web site headlined "Vladimir Putin and President Xi Jinping witnesses the signing of agreements on gas supplies from Russia to China via the Eastern Route.

Putin and Xi Jinping "signed a Joint Declaration of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the new stage of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation between the two countries."

They "witnessed the signing of a package of intergovernmental, interdepartmental and commercial documents on cooperation in the economy, trade, energy and the humanitarian areas."

They issued a joint statement. "(A)mbitious goals" were agreed on, it said. "(L)ong-term milestones" were established.

"(I)mportant bilateral documents" were signed. "Relations between Russia and the People’s Republic of China are developing successfully and have reached a new level of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation," it stressed.

"(S)pecial attention (was on) economic issues. China is Russia's leading foreign trade partner."

A Sino/Russian Investment Committee was established. Its mandate is expanding economic and financial ties.

It's "diversifying trade." It's "reducing…dependence on global economic" conditions.

It's promoting cooperation in "technology-intensive areas." They include industrial, commercial, banking and military areas.

They're increasing bilateral ruble/renminbi trade. It bears repeating. Doing so bypasses dollar transactions. It weakens dollar strength.

Economist John Williams sees its reserve currency days ending. "I don't see what will save it at this point," he said.

"Now we are to the point that the dollar has been ignored for years."  

"The federal deficit has been ignored for years. That's where we are on the brink of disaster with, and that is what has to be addressed now, and that's not happening."  

"The way I see it, the dollar could go to zero in terms of its purchasing power."  

"You don’t want to have your assets in US dollars."

Williams sees continuing US decline. Economic conditions are much weaker than reported, he said.

Inflation-adjusted growth is way overstated. Official government data is fabricated. Consumers are "strapped." 

"Median household income, net of inflation, is as low as it was in 1967."  

"The average guy is not staying ahead of inflation. For decades, you could get consumption from the future by borrowing more money and expanding your debt."  

"That all blew apart in 2007 and 2008. Now, you don't have the ability to borrow money the way you used to, and without that, there is no way consumption can grow faster than the rate of inflation." 

"There is no way you can have positive sustainable growth in the economy without the consumer being healthy."  

"It's just not going to happen." Another plunge is coming, said Williams. Exponentially rising debt is out-of-control.

America's solvency is threatened. Global markets are concerned. US economic conditions are weak. They're heading south.

Doing so harms dollar strength. So does money printing madness. "As the renewed downturn gains wider acceptance or wider recognition, that will intensify the selling pressure," Williams believes.

"When someone starts selling, it’s going to be a race for the door, and I am looking for a dollar selling panic to be the trigger for the onset of hyperinflation," he said.

He sees US deficits exploding. "It's going to do bad things to the banking system," he added.

"The Fed is going to have to come in and prop up the system until it falls apart."

It remains to be seen if he's right. Billions worldwide hope so. US imperial wars require massive funding.

Inability to do so prevents them. Peace may replace permanent conflicts. Perhaps when most needed. 

Perhaps in time to prevent disaster. The fullness of time will tell.

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

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


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Israeli State Terror

Israeli State Terror

by Stephen Lendman

Every day is Kristallnacht in Palestine. Israeli security forces attack, brutalize, murder or injure nonviolent Palestinians with impunity.

They're ruthless. They're lawless. It's standard practice. Crimes too grave to ignore occur multiple times daily. 

Soldiers, border guards and police harass, intimidate and terrorize Palestinians ruthlessly.

They hold an entire population hostage.

Fear is constant. It's pervasive. Collective punishment is official Israeli policy. Peaceful public demonstrations are prohibited.

So are free expression and movement. Population centers are isolated. Borders are closed. Occupation harshness denies Palestinians control over their own land.

Normal daily life is nonexistent. Economic strangulation is imposed. Institutionalized racism reflects official Israeli policy. 

Curfews, roadblocks, checkpoints, separation walls, electric fences, and other barriers are standard practice. 

Neighborhood incursions, land, sea and air attacks, bulldozed homes, land theft, ethnic cleansing, slow-motion genocide, targeted killings, political assassinations, mass arrests, torture, and gulag imprisonment reflect daily life.

Fundamental human and civil rights are verboten. Crimes of war and against humanity repeat without redress. 

Wanting to live free in sovereign Palestine is called terrorism. So is legitimate self-defense.

Punitive taxes are imposed. Few services are provided. Vital ones are lacking or inadequate. Palestinian lawmakers are imprisoned for belonging to the wrong party. 

Fishermen are attacked at sea. Soldiers shoot Palestinian children for target practice. Farmers in their fields are vulnerable. 

Working at the wrong time risks arrest, injury or death. Crops and orchards are destroyed. Settlers commit regular attacks. Courts provide no help. 

Slow-motion genocide reflects official Israeli policy. Gazans suffer horrendously under siege. They're being suffocated.

Media scoundrels blame victims. Vital truths are buried. Israeli crimes are suppressed. The myth of the region's only democratic state persists.

Democracy is fantasy. Hardliners run things. They do so ruthlessly. They do it lawlessly. 

Palestinians have no rights whatever. Israeli Arab citizens have too few to matter.

Amira Hass once lived in Gaza. She knows firsthand what goes on. She writes about Occupied Palestine harshness. She does so regularly. 

On May 21, she headlined "IDF uses live-fire zones to expel Palestinians from areas of West Bank, officer admits."

It's done to "reduc(e) the number of Palestinians living nearby," she said. It's to prevent what Israel calls illegal construction.

Building on their own land without permission is considered criminal. Israel controls so-called Area C. 

It comprises over 60% of West Bank land. It includes vital Palestinian water resources Israel stole. 

It designated about 18% of West Bank land closed military zones. It's one among other ways it steals land.

Thousands of Palestinians in dozens of communities are affected. They lived on their land for generations. It doesn't matter.

Occupation changed things. They're terrorized. They're  dispossessed. They're mostly in Jordan Valley and Dead Sea communities.

They're vulnerable. They're victimized for not being Jews. Living in Occupied Palestine risks life and limb.

On May 15, Israeli forces murdered two Palestinian children. They shot them in cold blood. 

They wounded eight civilians. One child was injured. He's in serious condition. He may not survive.

Two gunned down children threatened no one. They were commemorating the 66th Palestinian Nakba anniversary. They did so near Ofer Prison.

Dozens of Palestinian men, women, students and children participated. They headed toward Ofer's gate.

Israeli forces closed it. They stood guard. They threatened demonstrators. Palestinians responded.

They set tires ablaze. They threw stones. Soldiers used rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas, sound bombs and live fire.

Two deaths and eight injuries followed. Israel disdains Palestinian lives. Jewish ones alone matter. 

These type incidents are commonplace. So are similar ones.

On May 19, 12-year old Ahmad Qasim was arrested. Israeli soldiers broke into his home. He's wanted for interrogation.

He's detained. He awaits military kangaroo court trial. For what isn't clear. Guilt by accusation is official Israeli policy.

He likely faces imprisonment. Imagine treating a 12-year old this way. Israel makes no distinction between children and adults. 

Doing so violates Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) provisions. Palestinian children are violently arrested. They're beaten. They're blindfolded.

They're painfully shackled. They're isolated. They're sleep-deprived. They're brutalized in other ways.

They're physically and verbally abused. They're given limited access to water, food, toilet facilities and medical care.

They're isolated from family members and lawyers. They aren't told their rights. 

Confessions are extracted under duress. They're forced to sign them in Hebrew they can't read. 

They're threatened with physical violence, death, and sexual assault against themselves (and/or) family members.

They're treated like subhumans. High crimes to grave to ignore are commonplace. Generations of Palestinian children suffered.

Nadim Ahmed Nowarah and Mohammed Mahmoud Odah Abu Thaher Israel's latest victims. Video evidence showed Israeli soldiers murdering them in cold blood.

Rigat Kissis heads DCI-Palestine. "These acts by Israeli soldiers may amount to war crimes, and the Israeli authorities must conduct serious, impartial, and thorough investigations to hold the perpetrators accountable for their crimes," he said.

Oscar Fernandez-Taranco is Assistant UN Secretary-General for Political Affairs. At a Security Council briefing he said:

"It is of serious concern that initial information appears to indicate that the two Palestinians killed were both unarmed and appeared to pose no direct threat."

"The UN calls for an independent and transparent investigation by the Israeli authorities into the two deaths, and urges Israel to ensure that its security forces strictly adhere to the basic principles on the use of force and firearms by law enforcement officials."

Palestinian officials accused Israel of "excessive and indiscriminate violence." At the same time, illegitimate president Abbas does nothing to help.

He actively collaborates with Israel. He's done so for many years. He betrays his own people. He's Israel's enforcer. 

He governs extrajudicially. He has no legitimacy whatever. He represents Quisling rule. He's more stooge than leader.

He subverts Palestine's liberating struggle. Collaborating with the enemy is treason. He's guilty multiple times over.

Israel lied about killing Nadim and Mohammed. It turned truth on its head claiming:

"A preliminary investigation determined that live fire was not used by security forces." 

"The video clip which was released today has been edited, and doesn't document the full extent of the event, nor does it reflect the violent nature of the riot."

Clear video evidence showed otherwise. It was independently made. Eyewitnesses confirmed what happened. Israeli soldiers committed cold blooded murder.

DCI-Palestine's Bratt Parker said:

"What we do know is that at the time (both boys) were shot it was relatively calm." 

"There was no stone throwing. There was a very low level of violence, if any, based on the video we have."

Some stone throwing occurred earlier. None ever warrants live fire responses. Police states operate this way.

Israel is by far the region's worst. State terror is official policy. According to Parker:

"The Israeli army has an obligation to not use lethal force, unless they are threatened with lethal force." 

"So when the teens were shot there was no immediate threat to any soldiers' lives and therefore these killings are not justified under international humanitarian law, under international human rights law, and also the use of live fire isn't justified in this circumstance under the Israel's military own guidelines."

Israel denied using live fire. Autopsies proved otherwise. Dozens of Palestinians are murdered annually.

Palestinian lives don't matter. Brute force is official Israeli policy. Nonviolent unarmed Palestinians are murdered in cold blood. Young children are treated like adults. 

On May 20, B'Tselem said "initial findings on Nakba Day incident at Bitunya indicates grave suspicion that forces willfully killed two Palestinians, injur(ing)…others."

"Findings refute the military's claim that no live ammunition was fired in the incident."

On May 20, B'Tselem obtained full video footage. Four security cameras provided it. They're installed on the building opposite the incident. 

It's "available to the media at B'Tselem's offices," it said.

"We have made available two sequences, containing footage from two opposing cameras, depicting the moments of the killing," it added.

B'Tselem analysis refutes Israeli lies. Soldiers used live ammunition. Circumstances revealed no justification whatever.

Evidence shows killings were "willful." Israel stands guilty as charged.

B'Tselem obtained expert medical opinions. Autopsies concluded deaths by live fire. Bullets were found in wounded victims.

They weren't rubber-coated ones. Eyewitnesses described live gunfire sounds. It's different from firing rubber-coated bullets.

Israeli open-fire regulations are clear. They leave no ambiguity. They prohibit live fire at all times.

Except when soldiers' lives are threatened. Clear video evidence showed no danger whatever.

Nadim was shot while walking peacefully. He threatened no one. Mohammed was shot in the back. Both youths were murdered in cold blood.

B'Tselem demands a full investigation. They want one "into the military's incorrect version of the incident conveyed to the media," it said.

Whitewash for sure will follow. It's longstanding Israeli practice. 

Cold blooded murder is swept under the rug. It's done so routinely. Unjustifiable killings are called self-defense. 

Dead Palestinian children don't lie. They deserved better. Their corpses prove crimes too grave to ignore. 

It bears repeating. Israel stands guilty as charged. It's not the first time. For sure not the last.

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

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


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Kiev Wages War on Free Expression

Kiev Wages War on Free Expression

by Stephen Lendman

It wants truth suppressed. It wants its own message alone reported. It wants fundamental freedoms eliminated altogether.

Neo-Nazi fascist regimes operate this way. Ukraine is by far the region's worst. It menaces its own people. 

It launched premeditated aggression. It continues against Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters. Against noncombatant civilians. 

Against opposition elements nationwide. Against independent journalists. Against Russian ones.

Some were denied entry. Others were deported. Various ones were attacked. 

LifeNews journalists Oleg Sidyankin and Marat Saichenk were harassed. They were arrested. They're detained. 

They're held incommunicado. They're lives are endangered. They're charged with "aiding terrorist groups." 

They released damning video images. They showed Kiev military forces using UN-marked attack helicopters against their own people.

RT International stringer Graham Phillips was targeted. He was arrested. Right Sector thugs put a bounty on his head. 

They offered $10,000 for his capture. They lied calling him a "Russian spy." 

Washington supports violent Kiev crimes. It urges more of the same. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki finds new ways to disgrace herself.

She regurgitated official Kiev lies. She outrageous suggested detained Russian journalists "aid(ed) terrorists." On May 20, she duplicitously said:

"The Ukrainian Security Services, according to reports, have detained a number of people who were in possession of fake journalist credentials issued by the non-existent Donetsk People's Republic."

Washington supports illegitimate coup-appointed putschist rule. It opposes democratic freedoms. 

It does so worldwide. It prevents real democracy at home. It's longstanding US policy.

Putin responded to Kiev targeting Russian journalists. He called detaining them on terrorism charges outrageous.

"Now they have been accused of all deadly sins already," he said. They include "transport(ing) some weapons…"

Claiming it "is utter nonsense," he said. It's "absolute nonsense and rubbish," he stressed.

"This is absolutely unacceptable and, of course, initially big questions regarding the legitimacy of all (Kiev) political procedures will emerge." 

"I hope that the Ukrainian authorities will take necessary steps in order to dignify political processes…"

"(I)t will be very difficult for us to build relations with people who come to power on the background of the punitive operation that continues in the southeastern regions of Ukraine and impedes the work of the press."

He urged an internationally monitored new constitution national referendum before holding elections.

"I believe it would be much cleaner and easier, from a legal viewpoint, to hold a referendum on all main issues, on the constitution, bearing in mind that the current Ukrainian Constitution does not allow elections because there is a lawful president," he said.

"I would like to reiterate that," he stressed. Viktor Yanukovych remains Ukraine's legitimate president, he said.

He called a new constitution vital for electing a new president and parliament. 

"In my view, it would be much more logical to do it that way, and it would lead to greater stability." he stressed.

"We are watching very closely all movements of some radical groups in Ukraine, and some have been detained in Russia."

He called Odessa's May 2 massacre disturbingly unaddressed. Failure assures repetition, he said.

On May 21, US-led Western Security Council members blocked Russia's proposal. It called for investigating Odessa's massacre responsibly.

Moscow's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said:

"Unfortunately, UN Security Council members have been unable to back our call to turn to the secretary general with a request to conduct an objective probe."

At the same time, Russia's lower house Stat Duma Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Aleksei Pushkov accused Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) members of inaction regarding Ukrainian crisis conditions.

"I think that the PACE leadership is following an absolutely vicious path turning a blind eye to what the regime in Kiev is doing, as a result of which it is getting more and more impudent," he said.

"The Kiev authorities do not even pretend that they are trying to keep to internationally recognised norms and rules, including the documents signed and accepted by Ukraine itself." 

"They actually do not recognise or implement a so-called ‘road map’ of the OSCE (the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe), which has been negotiated and put forward as a single document serving as a basis for the settlement of the situation.”

“Instead of this, the Kiev leadership has proposed its own 'road map' which is aimed not at negotiations but at violent suppression, and vacuous and stupid use of forces and heavy armaments against the civil population." 

"Sloviansk has become the only place in Europe in the 21st century where people have to hide in basements sheltering from permanent gunfire by Kiev.s military."

"All this is happening with the connivance of the US Administration, which deliberately ignores all these atrocities and human rights violations." 

On Wednesday, coup-appointed Kiev defense ministry deputy head Bogdan Senyk commented on arrested journalist Graham Phillips.

He "was detained at a National Guard checkpoint," he said. He "was handed over to law enforcement officials for the violations he committed."

He ludicrously claimed "he was filming facilities which are forbidden from being filmed." 

"And this was pointed out to him. His footage proved the violations, as we were told."

Proceedings against him are concluded, he added. "He will be, or might have been already handed to the (British) consul."

At the same time, Kiev's Security Service refused comment. Phillips' whereabouts remain unknown.

As of early evening May 21, it's unclear whether or not he'll be freed. 

Britain's Foreign Office provided little encouragement. On the one hand, it's aware of his detention.

It knows holding him violates fundamental press freedom.

On the other, it only said it's looking into his situation. It's "in contact with the Ukrainian authorities."

It's "ready to provide consular assistance." It stopped short of explaining further. 

It suggests providing little or no help whatever. It remains to be seen what happens going forward.

Russia's Foreign Ministry Special Human Rights Representative Konstantin Dolgov denounced Kiev aggression.

He cited "large-scale military force, including artillery and armor, against civilians in Eastern Ukraine."

Washington turns a blind eye, he said. So do complicit EU partners.

"They actually justify (and support) arrest(ing) foreign, especially Russian journalists in Ukraine" he said.

They turn a blind eye to Kiev's worst crimes. They include torture, intimidation, murder and premeditated aggression.

They reflect longstanding US-NATO policy. Russia's Foreign Ministry accused Kiev of escalating Eastern Ukraine state terror.

"Contrary to the obligation of refraining from any violent actions, intimidation, and provocations, not only has Kiev not canceled a punitive operation against its own people, but it is also consistently stepping it up and regularly shelling cities in the eastern part of the country at night, including with the use of heavy weaponry," it said.

Aggressive war continues. So does suppressing free expression. It bears repeating. 

Fascist regime operate this way. Kiev putschists enjoy full US-led Western support.

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

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

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Irresponsible China Bashing

Irresponsible China Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

China bashing reflects official US policy. Washington does it numerous ways. 

It's reprehensible. It's confrontational. It's potentially belligerent. Rogue states operate this way.

No nation spies on more nations than America. None more intrusively. None more aggressively. None more lawlessly.

None for more reasons. None in more ways. None more duplicitous about it. None more involved in cybercrime. More on this below.

China is a major US economic, political and military rival. Washington wants it marginalized, weakened and isolated.

It wants its sovereign independence eliminated. It want pro-Western puppet governance replacing it.

It wants its resources plundered. It wants its people exploited. Bashing China risks open conflict. So does pursuing America's overall imperial objectives.

On May 19, Washington declared unprecedented cyberwar on China. 

The Justice Department headlined "US Charges Five Chinese Military Hackers for Cyber Espionage Against US Corporations and a Labor Organization for Commercial Advantage"

"First Time Criminal Charges Are Filed Against Known State Actors for Hacking"

A federal grand jury indicted five Chinese Peoples Liberation Army officials. Doing so was unprecedented. It was provocative. 

Individuals charged didn't matter. Washington confronted the People's Republic of China directly. It did so by targeting its military.

Charges include "computer hacking, economic espionage and other offenses directed at six American victims in US nuclear power, metals and solar products industries."

They allege conspiracy "to hack into American entities, to maintain unauthorized access to their computers and to steal information from those entities that would be useful to their competitors in China, including state-owned enterprises (SOEs)."

Attorney General Eric Holder claimed "economic espionage by members of the Chinese military and represents the first ever charges against a state actor for this type of hacking."

"The range of trade secrets and other sensitive business information stolen in this case is significant and demands an aggressive response," he said.

FBI Director James Comey claimed "(f)or too long, the Chinese government has blatantly sought to use cyber espionage to obtain economic advantage for its state-owned industries."

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin said:

"State actors engaged in cyber espionage for economic advantage are not immune from the law just because they hack under the shadow of their country’s flag."

Third Department Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Unit 61398 officials named include Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui.

Alleged companies targeted include Westinghouse, SolarWorld subsidiaries, US Steel, Allegheny Technologies, Alcoa, "the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, (and) Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW)."

Charges include:

  • One count of "conspiring to commit computer fraud and abuse."

  • Eight counts of "accessing (or attempting to access) a protected computer without authorization to obtain information for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain."

  • Fourteen counts of "transmitting a program, information, code, or command with the intent to cause damage to protected computers."

  • Six counts of "aggravated identify theft."

  • One count of "economic espionage."

  • One count of "trade secret theft."

Xinhua is China's official press agency. It's a ministry-level department. It provides electronic and print news and information.

On May 20, it headlined "China strongly opposes US indictment against Chinese military personnel," saying:

"China lodged protests with the US side following the announcement, urging the U.S. side to immediately correct its mistake and withdraw the indictment."

"(T)he position of the Chinese government on cyber security is consistent and clear-cut. China is steadfast in upholding cyber security." 

"The Chinese government, the Chinese military and their relevant personnel have never engaged or participated in cyber theft of trade secrets." 

"The US accusation against Chinese personnel is groundless with ulterior motives."

Evidence shows "terminals of Chinese military access to the internet have suffered from great number of foreign cyber attacks in recent years, and a considerable number of such attacks originated from the United States."

"China demands that the US side explain its cyber theft, eavesdropping and surveillance activities against China and immediately stop such activities."

America is "the biggest attacker of China's cyber space."

US attacks "infiltrate and tap Chinese networks belonging to governments, institutions, enterprises, universities and major communication backbone networks." 

"Those activities target Chinese leaders, ordinary citizens and anyone with a mobile phone."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said:

"This US move, which is based on fabricated facts, grossly violates the basic norms governing international relations and jeopardizes China-U.S. cooperation and mutual trust."

Nine or more major online companies cooperate with lawless NSA spying. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, Skype, YouTube and others are involved.

They do so through NSA's Prism. It gains access to search histories, emails, file transfers and live chats. 

It's gotten directly from US provider servers. Doing so facilitates mass surveillance. NSA spies globally. Its activities reveal rogue agency lawlessness.

NSA targets China intensively. It lawlessly hacks its computer and telecommunications networks. 

It focuses on strategically important information. It does so through its ultra-secret China hacking group.

It conducts cyber-espionage. Huang Chengquing is Beijing's top Internet official. China has "mountains of data," he said.

It reveals widespread US hacking. It's designed to steal government secrets. NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) in involved.

It's ultra-secret. Most NSA personnel and officials know little or nothing about it. Only those with a need to know have full access.

TAO operations are extraordinarily sensitive. They penetrate Chinese computer and telecommunications systems.

They've done so for nearly 16 years. They generate reliable intelligence. They learn what's ongoing in China.

They obtain what Washington most wants to know. It's done by surreptitious hacking.

It cracks passwords. It penetrates computer security systems. It decrypts successfully. It steals hard drive data.

In October 2012, Obama authorized cyber-attacks. He did so by secret presidential directive.

His Offensive Cyber Effects Operations (OCEO) "offer(s) unique and unconventional capabilities to advance US national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging."

Washington "identif(ies) potential targets of national importance where OCEO can offer a favorable balance of effectiveness and risk as compared with other instruments of national power."

Domestic spying works the same way. Anything goes defines policy. Constitutional protections don't matter. Or US statute laws. Or international ones. Or relations with other nations.

Washington rules alone apply. TAO's mandate is penetrating, destroying, damaging, or otherwise compromising targeted sites.

It's the largest, most important NSA Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) Directorate component.

Well over 1,000 military and civilian computer hackers, intelligence analysts, targeting specialists, computer hardware and software designers, and electrical engineers are involved.

Their job is identifying sensitive computer systems and supporting telecommunications networks. Their mandate is penetrating them successfully.

They exceed the capability of other US intelligence gathering agencies. Their activities expand exponentially.

China knows what's going on. So do Russia and other nations. They're acutely aware of NSA activities. They knows the threat. They take appropriate countermeasures.

Cyber-attacks constitute war by other means. Doing so compromises freedom. It risks confrontation. It threatens world peace.

It doesn't matter. America operates solely for its own self-interest. For control. For economic advantage.

For being one up on foreign competitors. For information used advantageously in trade, political, and military relations. NSA's get it all mandate explains.

June 5 is a landmark date. It marks the first anniversary of Edward Snowden revelations. He connected important dots for millions.

He revealed lawless NSA spying. He did so in great detail. He's the gift that keeps on giving. 

Western nations collaborate irresponsibly. They do so with major corporations. Privacy no longer exists. 

There's no place to hide. Big Brother watches everyone. Spying goes way beyond protecting national security.

All electronic communications can be monitored, collected and stored. Legal restraints are absent. 

Obama heads the most rogue administration in US history. He exceeds the worst of his predecessors. Congress and American courts permit the impermissible. 

Mass US surveillance is standard practice. It's global. It's all- embracing. It targets world leaders. It's after everything and everyone of possible interest.

No constraints exist. No standards. Rogue states operate this way. America is by far the worst.

Bashing China turns a blind eye to US high crimes. They're too egregious to ignore. 

America is a pariah state. It exceeds the worst in world history. It risks global confrontation. Stopping it matters most. 

It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. Today is the most perilous time in world history. World peace hangs in the balance.

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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Irresponsible Scoundrel Media China Bashing

Irresponsible Scoundrel Media China Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

Media scoundrels march in lockstep with Washington's worst policies. They do it egregiously. They do it irresponsibly. They do it ad nauseam.

They're virtual government house organs. They twist vital truths to fit US policy. 

They're bashing China. They're piling on. It followed reprehensible Justice Department charges. A separate article discussed them.

Washington never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to engage other nations responsibly. 

Polar opposite polices substitute. They're standard practice. Washington rules alone apply. Other nations are pressured, bullied and threatened to comply.

Outliers are targeted. No-holds-barred tactics are used. Nothing too extreme is avoided. Rule of law principles don't matter. 

Media scoundrels ignore what deserves headlines. Managed news misinformation rubbish substitutes. One-sided reporting follows.

The New York Times operates as a virtual US propaganda ministry. An earlier editorial claimed "little doubt that Chinese hackers have taken aim at a range of government and private systems in the United States…"

On May 19, The Times headlined "With Spy Charges, US Draws a Line That Few Others Recognize."

It charged China with "commercial, for-profit espionage…Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (claimed) we-don't-spy-for-corporate-America."

"There is little doubt, based on the evidence published last year, that…companies that compete directly with state-owned Chinese enterprises (are) targets of Chinese espionage," said The Times.

The Washington Post said China spying is longstanding. "High-level executives at US firms frequently complain that they are targeted whether they are bickering with their Chinese counterparts or…acting in concert."

Nonproliferation Policy Education Center executive director Henry Sokolski was quoted, saying "(t)he Chinese want to know everything. What they can't buy, they steal."

Brookings' Kenneth Lieberthal lied, claiming "the US has been vigorous and vehement about drawing a clear distinction between espionage, cyber-intrusions for purposes of national security and for commercial advantage."

"I think that's a distinction that the Chinese don't make…because to them the competitive health of their firms, especially the big state-owned enterprises, is part of their national security."

The Chicago Tribune bashes Beijing often. It said Chinese "hackers targeted US companies in the nuclear power, metals and solar products industries to steal information useful to competitors in China…"

George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute head Frank Cilluffo was quoted, saying:

"…DOJ has 'smoking keyboards' and (is) willing to bring the evidence to a court of law and be more transparent."

He said nothing about lawless NSA spying. He ignored it altogether.

An unnamed FBI official was cited saying multiple cybersecurity-related indictments and arrests are coming. It's unclear if he means against China.

USA Today accused Beijing of "theft of business secrets…beyond espionage. It quoted Center for Strategic and International Studies analyst James Lewis.

He lied claiming "(t)he United States engages in cyber spying activities but does not penetrate commercial companies for the benefit of domestic firms."

The Wall Street Journal bashed China. It regurgitated Justice Department charges. It did so without challenge.

It reported them like gospel. "(O)ther cases relating to China are being prepared," it said.

"(H)ackers in Russia are likely to be charged soon," it added. "US agencies have also been investigating incidents with possible ties to Iran and Syria," it said.

The Journal featured a "WANTED BY THE FBI" posting. It claimed "Conspiring to Commit Computer Fraud."

"Accessing a Computer Without Authorization for the Purpose of Commercial Advantage and Private Financial Gain."

"Damaging Computers Through the Transmission of Code and Commands."

"Aggravated Identity Theft."

"Economic Espionage."

"Theft of Trade Secrets."

Photos of indicted Chinese officials were shown. Alleged aliases were listed. Some disparaging. 

Wang Dong's were Jack Wang and UglyGorilla.

Sun Kailiang was called Sun Kai Liang and Jack Sun.

Posted Wen Xinyu's alias were Wen Xin Yu, WinXYHappy, WinXY and Lao Wen.

Huang Ang Zhehyu was called Huang Zhen Yu and hzy lhx.

Gu Chi Nhui was called Gu Chun Hui and KandyGoo.

The Journal said posting their photos was "unusual." It begs the question. Why did Journal editors do it? What they suggested was out-of-line.

Why instead of just reporting what happened? Why without challenging US accusations. Why without explaining lawless NSA spying? 

"US officials privately acknowledge they spy on companies for foreign intelligence purposes" only, said the Journal.

"(B)ut they say they won't steal secrets to provide an advantage to US companies."

White House press secretary Jay Carney lied claiming "(w)e don't do what those Chinese national were indicted for."

"We don't gather intelligence for the benefit of US companies."

Fact: A separate article explains otherwise.

Fact: It does so in detail.

Fact: NSA spying targets everything and everyone of possible interest.

Fact: It does it domestically and abroad.

Fact: It does it globally.

Fact: No nation is left behind.

Fact: No officials Washington considers important.

Fact: No foreign government agencies it wants to monitor.

Fact: No administrations.

Fact: No parliaments.

Fact: No business sectors and companies it wants to steal proprietary information from. 

Fact: Spies "R" us defines official US policy. 

Fact: It's mostly unrelated to national security concerns.

Fact: It's for control.

Fact: For economic advantage.

Fact: For being one up on foreign competitors.

Fact: For information used advantageously in trade, political, and military relations.

Fact: Don't expect media scoundrels to explain.

A same day Journal editorial bashed China. "The vast extent of China's cyber spying against government and private US targets is well known," it said.

"(S)o the power of this case is its public specificity," it added.

"(M)uch of the American public still doesn't comprehend the magnitude of the cyber assault against US private industry, and in that sense the indictment will be instructive."

It cited an unnamed intelligence source claiming "only two kinds of companies in the US today: Those who've been hacked and those who don't know they've been hacked."

"This isn't some rogue band of hackers," it said. "The five named defendants are part of the Chinese military, which has a formal cyber arm that targets American secrets." 

"These hackers are as much agents of the Chinese state as the pilots of PLA warplanes."

"The proper way to respond to cyber war is to use the tools of statecraft to make China pay a political and economic price."

Journal editors want punitive measures imposed. Likely harsh sanctions targeting Chinese business sectors and specific companies.

Measures aimed at weakening Beijing politically. Similar ways Journal editors urge targeting Russia.

In China's case, they want a "cyber battle plan (attacking Beijing) targets and forc(ing) (it) to play defense rather than devot(ing) all its resources to hacking US targets."

They want Chinese firms punished. They want Sino/US military-to-military ties limited.

They want visas to children of "China's elites" for attending American colleges and universities denied.

They want lots more than indicting five Chinese officials. They barely stopped short of urging all-out cyberwar. 

Perhaps a follow-up editorial will do so. Maybe other irresponsible US editors will do the same thing. 

Expect voices urging good international relations to be silenced. Perhaps the worst of all possible outcomes will 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. 

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Sino/Russian Unity: What Washington Fears Most

Sino/Russian Unity: What Washington Fears Most

by Stephen Lendman

China is an economic powerhouse. It's the world's second largest economy. It's heading for number one status. 

Perhaps sooner than most expect. It's growth way outdistances America. It's multiples greater.

Russia matches Washington's military might. It does so in nuclear weapons strength. With sophisticated delivery systems. 

Able to strike global targets accurately. With hugely destructive force. Enough to decimate potential adversaries. Perhaps to discourage potential aggression.

Russia is rich in what China needs most. Oil and gas mainly. Technological expertise. Industrial equipment. Sophisticated weapons.

Each nation is significant separately. They're able to challenge America responsibly.

Together they're a powerful combination. A force for world peace. For multi-polarity. For humanity. For weakening Washington's imperium.

Sino-Russian ties stress unity. They're strategically important. They're stronger than ever in modern times. 

They're deepening. They expanding. Washington is increasingly concerned. It's going all-out to subvert what weakens its strength.

It's waging political, economic and cyberwar. It's fighting a losing battle. Sino/Russian unity is odds on to prevail. 

Especially with committed ties. With deepening ones. With stronger than ever ones. 

On Tuesday, Putin arrived in Shanghai. It's China's financial capital. He came to finalize a "Holy Grail" trade deal. It's enormously important.

It bonds both countries more closely together. It does so politically economically, commercially and militarily.

Both countries will trade increasingly in their own currencies. They'll strengthen them. They'll bypass dollar transactions. They'll weaken it.

Russia will supply China with around 38 billion cubic million meters of natural gas annually. For the next 30 years.

It may double in size ahead. Depending on China's internal needs.

Other increased trade was agreed on. In technological, industrial, and commercial sectors. In military hardware. 

Growing Sino-Russian trade lessens reliance on increasingly undependable Western sources. It gives them less access to their markets.

Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping reject irresponsible US-led Western bashing. They called sanctions political tools.

They condemned "encouraging and financing" Washington's regime change agenda. 

The President of Russia's web site headlined "Russian-Chinese talks." Both leaders met in Shanghai. 

They "signed a Joint Declaration of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the new stage of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation between the two countries."

They "witnessed the signing of a package of intergovernmental, interdepartmental and commercial documents on cooperation in the economy, trade, energy and the humanitarian areas."

They issued a joint statement. "(A)mbitious goals" were agreed on, it said. "(L)ong-term milestones" were established.

"(I)mportant bilateral documents" were signed. "Relations between Russia and the People’s Republic of China are developing successfully and have reached a new level of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation," it stressed.

"(S)pecial attention (was on) economic issues. China is Russia's leading foreign trade partner."

A Sino/Russian Investment Committee was established. Its mandate is expanding economic and financial ties.

It's "diversifying trade." It's "reducing…dependence on global economic" conditions.

It's promoting cooperation in "technology-intensive areas." They include industrial, commercial, banking and military areas.

They're increasing bilateral ruble/renminbi trade. It bears repeating. Doing so bypasses dollar transactions. It weakens dollar strength.

Putin said "the historical memory of the great heroism of our peoples in World War II brings Russia and China even closer."

Both leaders agreed to hold joint celebrations. They'll commemorate "the 70th anniversary of Victory."

Other international issues were discussed. They include common geopolitical ones. Similar priorities are shared. Closer coordination is planned.

Sino/Russian unity, partnership and friendship were strengthened. It's a "new stage" in "strategic relations."

Strong bilateral relations are a force to be reckoned with. It promises to be more so ahead.

Moscow remains justifiably angry. It's enraged about Washington elevating Kiev putschists to power. Rogue EU partners share blame.

Putin and Xi said crisis conditions can only be resolved diplomatically. They demand dialogue. They reject confrontation.

They "urged all Ukrainian regions and public and political groups to enter in broad nationwide talks…" 

They want responsible governance. They want legitimate constitutional development.

They want "universally recognized rights and freedoms of people" observed.

Sergey Lavrov said Russian/EU/US-led NATO relations need fundamental reconsideration.

They require "essential rethinking," he said. Disagreements must be resolved diplomatically, he stressed.

US-led NATO created Ukrainian crisis conditions. Russia targeting followed. 

Western forces irresponsibly expand eastward. Encroaching on Russia's borders threatens its heartland.

Bilateral relations are jeopardized. East/West confrontation is risked. So is world peace.

The road to Moscow runs through Kiev. Junta power has no legitimacy. Fundamental freedoms are targeted.

Eliminating them altogether is planned. Hardline rules runs things. Opposition isn't tolerated.

Free expression is verboten. Putschists want their message alone getting out. They want vital truths suppressed.

Independent journalists aren't safe. Russian LifeNews ones were targeted. 

Oleg Sidyankin and Marat Saichenk were harassed. They were arrested. They're detained. They're held incommunicado. 

Their lives potentially are endangered. They're charged with "aiding terrorist groups." 

They released damning video images. They showed Kiev military forces using UN-marked attack helicopters against their own people."

Air and ground assaults murder them in cold blood. Kiev wants this type information buried. 

It wants reliable news sources eliminated. RT International's stringer journalist Graham Phillips was arrested. 

He explained by phone before silenced incommunicado, saying:

"I’m sitting at a blockade post in a portacabin. The dialogue is quite interrogation oriented."

His car was searched. His laptop, equipment and personal belongings were confiscated.

"At the moment I’m with the Ukrainian forces…near Mariupol," he said. "I've been here for over two hours and I've been described, my status, as being detained in terms of I can't leave."

"I would also say I'm being treated OK…I believe that someone is coming." 

"They've done checks on my documentation. They found my reports and clips I've done and they're now looking through them asking me my position on things, asking if I'm a spy, and asking me quite thorough questions." 

"They've checked all my documentation and photos, my laptop and the car. So that's who I'm with at the moment."

He was asked about separatism. About working with RT. He "describ(ed) (his) position on Crimea."

He called its referendum legitimate. He stands by his position, he said.

He called Kiev's government illegitimate. It "isn't democratic. I don't support this current situation in the east of Ukraine," he said.

In Donetsk and Lugansk regions. He called attacking Eastern Ukrainians "completely wrong."

At the same time, he "maintains complete objectivity and neutrality as a correspondent."

His bulletproof jacket and helmet were confiscated. He’s unharmed so far, he said. Incommunicado since cut off there's no way to know for sure.

Right Sector thugs targeted him. They put a bounty on his head. They offered $10,000 for his capture.

They called him a "Russian spy." His life's endanger in their hands. Or in sight to be shot in cold blood.

Radicalized Kiev elements posted a Facebook comment. He "works for terrorists," it said.

"(H)e photographs and publishes the location of Ukrainian troops…"

He "spreads disinformation. (He publishes) Putin's propaganda in the media."

"He must be immediately detained by Ukrainian forces ad deported from Ukraine." Orders come from "EuroMaidan leaders," it claimed.

Russia's Foreign Ministry condemned his detention. Its human rights commissioner Konstantin Dolgov called it media obstruction.

"This is another step…made by Ukrainian authorities to curb the activities of unwanted journalists," he said. 

They "work professionally and show an objective picture, the ugly side of the outrages made by ultranationalists, the results of (Kiev putschists') punitive operation in the southeast," he stressed.

Seizing Phillips constitutes an "unlawful seizure, detention of Russian journalists." Moscow demands all lawlessly detained media representatives be released.

Kiev "continues its vicious line," Dolgov added. Coup-appointed officials spurn their "international obligations concerning freedom of speech."

They target media freedom. They want it eliminated altogether. They want their message alone reported. They want truth buried.

They want fascist putschist power enhanced. They deplore democratic values. 

They want ordinary Ukrainians having no say. Polls show their popularity eroding. They risk losing it overwhelmingly. 

Perhaps nationwide rebellion will follow. When ruthlessness exceeds levels too great to tolerate, all bets are off.

The only solution is nonviolent revolution. Perhaps just a matter of time. It can't happen a moment too soon.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Kerry at Yale

Kerry at Yale

by Stephen Lendman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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NYT Editors Defend the Indefensible

NYT Editors Defend the Indefensible

by Stephen Lendman

Jill Abramson is gone. Dean Baquet replaced her as executive editor. Deplorable policy remains unchanged.

It's featured daily. It's done so in articles, commentaries and editorials. Disgraceful op-eds are standard practice. 

Scoundrels are invited. Truth-tellers aren't welcome. Misinformation rubbish is featured. What readers most need to know is buried.

Lies, damn lies and Big Ones infest Times pages. Yulia Tymoshenko is a former illegitimate Orange Revolution prime minister.

She's billionaire mega-thief. She accumulated wealth the old-fashioned way. She stole it.

She was imprisoned for embezzlement and serious "abuse of public office."

Charges included illegally diverting $425 million meant for environmental projects into pension funds. A second case involved stealing around $130 million for personal use. 

Putschists freed her. They did so lawlessly. She has presidential aspirations. She enjoys weak support.

Earlier she had dozens of secret offshore bank accounts in over two dozen countries. Reportedly most are closed. 

At least 13 worldwide remain open. They hide her ill-gotten wealth. She conspired with former prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko among others.

From the mid-1990s, enormous funds were stolen. They disappeared. They did so when Tymoshenko ran United Energy Systems (UES).

Lazarenko awarded it monopoly rights to import Russian natural gas. In 2004, a US court convicted him of money laundering, theft, and hiding funds in foreign accounts.

His indictment called his crime "part of a conspiracy (related to) receiv(ing) money from companies owned or controlled by Tymoshenko, including United Energy Systems, in exchange for which (he) exercised his official authority in favour of (her) companies."

US prosecutor Martha Moerosch cited "evidence that companies controlled by Tymoshenko took part in the schemes for transferring money to Lazarenko's accounts."

"There were bank statements" proving it, she said. Prosecutors found Tymoshenko funds worldwide. 

As Orange Revolution prime minister, "she did nothing to reform the economy and establish rule of law," she explained.

"Instead, she focused her attention on infighting inside the Orange Revolution in order to prepare her presidential race." 

"Most (Euromaidan protesters) were not demanding her release." Her shady business practices earned her the nickname "gas princess."

On May 18, she headlined her NYT op-ed "A Vote for Ukrainian Freedom."

She lied about Ukraine's upcoming sham May 25 elections. She called fascist governance democratic.

She ludicrously cited "threats of invasion and sabotage by fifth-column separatists." She outrageously suggested putschist-run Ukraine resembles America under Lincoln.

She quoted his 1864 reelection comment, saying:

"We cannot have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone, a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us."

"Like Lincoln, we Ukrainians are resolved to go to the polls to choose a new president, in defiance of every threat." 

"We will not grant victory to those who would discredit and dismember our country by allowing the May 25 vote to be canceled." 

"Our election must go ahead if only to prove that the 100 and more men and women who died for our liberty in the protests around Maidan, Kiev's Independence Square, did not die in vain."

Fact: Coup-appointed putschists rule Ukraine.

Fact: They're lawless fascists.

Fact: Washington elevated them to power.

Fact: They include neo-Nazi militants.

Fact: They're Obama's new friends.

Fact: He pretends they're democrats.

Fact: They have no legitimacy whatever.

Fact: So-called May 25 elections exclude democracy from ballots.

Fact: Fascist putschists intend anointing likeminded ideologues.

Fact: They murdered scores of Maidan civilians and special Berkut police in cold blood.

Fact: They planned it well in advance.

Fact: Shots came from nearby Philharmonic Hall windows. Its rooftop.

Fact: Ukraine's toppled legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych was wrongfully blamed.

Fact: Police died doing their job.

Fact: They showed remarkable restraint.

Fact: Washington's dirty hands bore full responsibility.

Fact: Stooge putschists shared it.

Fact: Right Sector thugs were trained to commit what happened.

Fact: CIA operatives were involved.

Fact: Tymoshenko represents the worst of Ukrainian society.

Fact: She belongs in prison serving hard time.

She lied claiming Putin intends "transform(ing) our democratic country into a Russian vassal state."

"No one should doubt that Mr. Putin's primary aim is to hollow out our democracy." 

"But Americans, and free people everywhere, must not be deceived by Russia's aggression, or by Mr. Putin's current peace offensive."

"The separatist cause fomented by Russia would never win on its merits in any free and fair vote of Ukrainians."

"Russia's separatist mafia can win only sham elections of the type that Mr. Putin has imposed on Russia since he came to power 14 years ago, and which he recently forced upon our fellow citizens, now hostages, in Crimea."

Fact: Putschist-run Ukraine excludes democracy.

Fact: Putin represents responsible geopolitical leadership.

Fact: He's polar opposite Obama.

Fact: He believes rule of law principles are inviolable.

Fact: He respects sovereign self-determination.

Fact: Democracy in Russia shames America's sham process.

Fact: Crimeans voted near unanimously for reunification with Russia.

Fact: They reject Kiev fascists.

Fact: They want fundamental democratic rights.

Fact: They want what everyone deserves.

Fact: They merit universal support.

Tymoshenko lied called Putin Russia's "strongman." He's overwhelmingly popular. He enjoys over 85% support.

It's for good reason. He governs democratically. He opposes imperial lawlessness. He's polar opposite Kiev fascists.

Tymoshenko lied claiming "Ukraine's liberty is a mortal threat to the authoritarian, state-capitalist system that Mr. Putin has unleashed on Russia's citizens."

"If Ukrainians…can build an open society and a free economy…then ordinary Russians may recognize the scale of the liberties and the economic opportunities that have been stolen from them under Mr. Putin's misrule."

Fact: Putschist-run Ukraine is polar opposite Tymoshenko's Big Lie.

Fact: Times editors are complicit.

Fact: They embrace it.

Fact: They featured it.

Fact: It's longstanding Times policy.

Fact: Reprehensible rubbish substitutes for what readers most need to know.

"(W)e must man the barricades of freedom…if Ukraine is to remain free," Tymoshenko claimed.

She turned truth on its head saying so. She wants more Western aid. She wants weapons and other military aid.

She wants it straightaway. She wants it to murder Ukrainian freedom fighters.

She wants democracy supporters crushed. She wants hardline fascist rule solidified.

She wants greater opportunities for more grand theft. She wants her share of plundered Ukrainian resources.

She wants her own people exploited. She wants freedom entirely crushed. She wants what most Ukrainians reject.

Perhaps it's just a matter of time before thousands, maybe millions, of Ukrainians nationwide realize they were had.

Perhaps they'll rebel and demand better. Real democracy replacing illegitimate putschist power. 

Maybe they'll defeat Obama's imperial ambitions. Maybe handing him another defeat. 

Maybe preserving rights too precious to lose. Maybe saving Ukraine at the same time. Maybe achieving real change.

Maybe inspiring others to emulate them. Maybe people everywhere wanting to live free.

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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State-Sponsored Terror in Ukraine

State-Sponsored Terror in Ukraineby Stephen LendmanNazism thrives in Ukraine. US-supported fascists govern this way. Democracy is verboten. Opposition isn't tolerated. Freedom is a four-letter word. Putin addressed what's ongoing responsibly.Russi...

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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India’s Sham Democracy

India's Sham Democracy

by Stephen Lendman

India is like America. Democracy is fantasy. Two major parties dominate. 

In India most often. Others compete. At most, some become junior coalition partners.

Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governance control things. They take turns. They're largely two sides of the same coin.

Indian elections ran in nine phases. From April 7 to May 12. The longest election in Indian history. Over 800 million were eligible to vote.

Over 8,000 candidates competed. They did so for India's Lok Sabha. It's House of the People. Its lower house. Parliamentarians represent 543 constituencies.

Turnout exceeded 66%. Highest ever for general elections. On May  16, results were announced. 

Ruling Congress party candidates were trounced. They won 44 of 554 seats. BJP aspirants won a majority 282 seats. The BJP National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 336 seats.

Money power triumphs no matter who wins. Like in America. In Europe. In Israel. Most elsewhere . Democracy is fantasy.

Narendra Modi is India's new prime minister. He's no democrat. Or agent of change. 

He's pro-business writ large. He's notoriously anti-populist. He's neoliberally one-sided. He represents strongman rule. His Gujarat tenure was ruthless. 

He was responsible for its 2002 massacre. Up to 2,000 Muslims were slaughtered. Thousands more were injured. Hundreds went missing.

Children were burned alive. Rape and other atrocities were committed. Widespread looting occurred. Property destruction was vast.

Modi initiated what happened. He condoned it. He remains unaccountable. In 2012, a Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team cleared him of involvement.

Muslims justifiably were enraged. Cold-blooded mass murder was whitewashed. State terrorism triumphed. Perhaps more of the same ahead with Modi in charge.

Not according to New York Times editors. They headlined "With Narendra Modi, a Change in India."

They praised what demands denunciation. They lied claiming Modi's victory "reflects a changing country more willing to extend governance to those outside the established elite."

Obama congratulated him. He invited him to Washington. Modi promised "economic revival."

"He set a good tone…(He) promised to work for the good of all Indians," said Times editors. He omitted explaining which ones he means.

Wall Street Journal editors headlined "India's Modi Moment," saying:

"(H)e has a rare mandate to enact (greater) market-opening reforms" than already. "Indian equities soared…"

"Mr. Modi's record offers reason for optimism." He's an "archetypal energetic executive…(He) welcomes foreign investment."

"He has a gut sense of the economic aspirations of ordinary Indians."

"Picking (men) of ideas to balance his own strength as a man of action would be a winning combination."

Washington Post editors called Modi "a compelling alternative as a leader with a record of overseeing a decade-long boom in the state of Gujarat, primed by aggressively tackling infrastructure and energy bottlenecks, paring excessive regulation and attracting private investment." 

"He has promised to do the same for the country at large, sketching ambitious plans for new cities linked by bullet trains."

Arundhati Roy calls India's model one "designed to uphold the consensus of the elite for market growth" at the expense of fairness. 

It "metastasized into something dangerous." High-level corruption reflects it. So does hardline rule.

Roy compared Hindu persecution of Muslims to Hitler's treatment of Jews. "What kind of India do they want," she asked earlier?

She described a "limbless, headless, soulless torso left bleeding under the butcher's clever with a flag driven deep into her mutilated heart?"

She commented on India's election, saying:

"…"(W)e're always told there's going to be a trickle-down revolution."

"You know, that kind of opening up of the economy that happened in the early '90s was going to lead to an inflow of foreign capital, and eventually the poor would benefit."

"Well, trickle down hasn't worked, but gush up has. After the opening up of the economy, we are in a situation where…100 of India's wealthiest people own 25 percent of the GDP."

"Whereas more than 80 percent of its population lives on less than half a dollar a day."

Roy noted horrendous malnutrition, hunger and human misery.
India's growing middle class comes at the expense of a "much larger (permanent) underclass."

Small farmers among others suffer. Around 250,000 committed suicide. "If you try to talk about (it) on Indian television channels, you actually get insulted…"

Roy's new book is titled "Capitalism: A Ghost Story." It explains well. It makes a strong case. It shows globalized capitalism created unprecedented inequality, violence, racism and ecocide.

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian/journalist/sharp critic of New Delhi policy.

He called BJP candidates winning decisively a clear mandate. He's not encouraged. He expects worse of what voted rejected ahead.

He commented on Hinduism's strong pro-Israeli sentiment. "Hindutva and Zionism shared a muscular nationalism that developed - because of their context - a programmatic apathy to Islam and Muslims," he said.

In 1884, BJP candidates won two seats. This year "the tide turned," said Prashad.

It did so despite Modi's genocidal legacy. Anti-Congress sentiment mattered more.

India has "a powerful Hindu Right government with a very weak opposition," Prashad added. "It is the worst of all worlds."

Congress prioritized neoliberal policies. They combined "liberalization, privatization and globalization."

Prashad calls it "an explosive mix that brought India in line with the planet's rising inequality."

It's grown steadily for years. Especially so in the new millennium. Extreme depravation affects around "680 million Indians."

Congress policies exacerbated things. Inequality escalated during its tenure. Voters reacted.

Its candidates were rejected. BJP ones replaced them and then some. Both parties represent monied elites. Corruption is deep-seated.

BJP and Congress largely govern the same way. Prashad said Modi's Gujarat "malnutrition rate is so high that it is worse than the average…in sub-Saharan Africa."

Its development model is exclusively pro-business. Modi family-controlled companies profit handsomely.

He "ran as a development candidate with a carefully calibrated argument," said Prashad.

He turned truth on its head. He claimed neoliberalism didn't create inequality. He blamed corruption. He "tied it to the mast of Congress."

He rode an anti-ruling party wave. He did so successfully. He reflects hard right Hindu nationalist extremism.

He'll form his government going forward. He'll have to decide whether it's "the ideology he concealed in plain sight or from the campaign rhetoric…he delivered," said Prashad.

Election results showed India's left considerably weakened. Its alternative is rebuilding "strength outside parliament through popular political struggles," Prashad stressed.

Did ordinary Indians get what they wanted, he asked? Was it "good governance or Hindu nationalism?"

On the one hand, they get what they voted for, good or bad.

On the other, they're stuck with the worst of both worlds they deplore. Hardline pro-business Hindu nationalists are empowered for the next five years.

For hundreds of millions of deeply impoverished Indians, it'll feel like a lifetime.

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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Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkov Opt Out of Sham May 25 Elections

Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkov Opt Out of Sham May 25 Elections

by Stephen Lendman

They mock legitimate ones. Choices exclude democracy. Fascist ones alone will compete. 

Results are largely pre-determined. No matter who wins, ordinary Ukrainians lose.

Eastern regions won't participate. Days earlier, Donetsk and Lugansk leaders opted out. On May 18, Kharkov's Yuri Apukhtin said:

His "region will hold a referendum on independence following Donetsk and Lugansk." 

"Our task is not to participate in Ukrainian presidential elections in any case." 

"We should meet on this square on May 25. We do not recognise these elections."

On May 17, second round sham national unity talks were held in Kharkov. Freedom-fighter activists were excluded from participating. 

Pro-coup supporters alone were invited. Apukhtin justifiably criticized what everyone should denounce.

On Sunday, Sergey Lavrov spoke to his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Russia's Foreign Ministry said:

They "expressed concern about the continuing clashes and agreed that the situation must be de-escalated urgently." 

"The violence should be stopped in order to avoid further fatalities and favorable conditions should be created for a truly comprehensive national dialogue on constitutional reform."
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They discussed "the importance of roundtable discussions, taking into account that the interests of the country's southeastern regions must be duly represented."

Steinmeier said Western countries should avoid confrontation with Russia over Ukraine.

At the same time, he faced Bundestag criticism. Various members oppose Berlin's anti-Russian policies. Ones harming German interests.

Both countries are major trading partners. They want nothing interfering with business. They want Ukrainian crisis conditions resolved diplomatically.

Steinmeier promised support. He can't guarantee success, he said.

He's concerned about sanctions. He calls them "dead end" policy. He fears "we will all have to bear the costs."

Days earlier, Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a campaign event. She was roundly booed. Protesters oppose her agenda.

Signs read "Europe is strong only with Russia." "Stop the Nazis in Ukraine."

German industrial giants reacted sharply to sanctions. They want longstanding valued business relations protected. 

A leaked German-Russian Chamber of Foreign Trade letter said:

"Deeper economic sanctions would lead to a situation where contracts would increasingly be given to domestic firms, projects would be suspended or delayed by the Russian side, and Russian industry and politicians would turn to Asia, in particular China."

German and other European firms fear losing market share. They're concerned about "longterm and sustained irreparable damage."

They want East/West squabbles handled politically, not economically or financially. They want nothing harming their bottom line interests.

Over 6,000 German companies do business in Russia. Around 300,000 German jobs are at stake.

Germany's Economic Minister/Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel largely blamed Russia for Ukrainian crisis conditions. He admitted flawed EU policy.

"It was certainly not smart to create the impression in Ukraine that it had to decide between Russia and the EU," he said.

John Laughland heads the Paris-based Institute of Democracy and Cooperation.

"The West is engaged in all-out ideological and geopolitical struggle with Russia, which it intends to win," he said. 

"There are all sorts of things Europe can do. It can ratchet up what it's already done." 

"It can publish longer lists of people who are subject to personal sanctions." 

"It will definitely abandon the visa liberalization program, which Russia has been requesting for nearly a decade now." 

"And it can even reduce economic exchanges. Russia should not be under any illusions." 

"The European elites are prepared to cut off their nose to spite their face." 

"In other words, they are prepared to undergo or make other people undergo severe economic pain in order to justify and entrench their ideological hostility to Russia."

In some ways perhaps. Not others. Nothing harming valued economic ties. Business wants bottom line interests protected.

Politicians depend on its support. They won't bite valued hand feeding them. Other than token anti-Russian policies largely too minor to matter.

Washington may be tougher. Despite domestic business opposition. US/Russian trade is small compared to Europe's.

Whether losses can be made up elsewhere remains to be seen.

Moscow and Beijing are close to consummating a "Holy Grail" trade deal. It'll bond both countries more closely together. It'll do so politically and economically.

They'll trade increasingly in their own currencies. They'll bypass dollar transactions. They'll weaken it doing so.

Russia will supply China with around 38 billion cubic million meters of natural gas annually. It'll do do for the next 30 years.

Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said supplies could rise up to 60 billion cubic meters annually. It depends on Beijing's needs going forward.

Northwest and Northeast pipelines will ship Russian gas. They'll feed China's huge appetite.

Last year, it imported 53 billion cubic meters of natural gas. Putin's visit is his first since Xi Jinping became president in March 2013.

Both countries are close to a whopper of a trade deal. It's "98% ready," said Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovksy.

On May 20, Putin arrives in China. Top Russian political and business officials are coming with him.

They include Gazprom's Miller. Annual Sino/Russian trade runs around $100 billion. It'll increase going forward.

Both countries are major trading partners. Worsening US relations solidifies stronger ties.

Putin and China's Xi Jinping reached consensus months earlier.

China's Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said companies from both nations discussed pricing.

"We will strive to get (them) to (finalize deal terms and have things) witnessed by both state leaders while Putin is in China," he said.

At the same time, coup-appointed Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia urged tougher sanctions. 

He wants what he called "preventative ones." He wants what EU countries won't impose. Valued economic ties won't be jeopardized.

Alexey Pushkov is Russia's lower house State Duma International Relations Committee Chairman.

"There will be an election in Ukraine," he said. 

"The question is, however, whether Donetsk and Lugansk will participate in it." 

"Evidently not but that's got nothing to with Russia. It’s the free choice of the population of those regions." 

"I hope that after the election, more pragmatic politicians will come to power in Kiev, who will realize that the problems facing Ukraine cannot be solved without Russia."

Post- election, they'll have to deal with Russia, he added. Confrontation is self-defeating.

"The price of gas, the export of Ukrainian goods, the tariffs, the contracts needed to keep lots of Ukrainian industries running."

"They will have to discuss all those issues with us. Without Russia, and this is acknowledged both in Germany and France, there is no solving the Ukrainian crisis."

On Sunday, RT International said Kiev forces targeted Russian journalists Oleg Sidyankin and Marat Saichenko.

They're LifeNews employees. They were attacked last week. They escaped unharmed. At the time, they were with RT's Ruptly video crew. 

On May 18, Ukrainian forces confronted them. They arrested them. They harassed them. They handcuffed them. They detained them.

They're missing. Their whereabouts is unknown. Communication was cut off. Before abduction, Sidyankin text-messaged "things look bad."

EuroMaidan posted their photos on Twitter. A caption read: "Lifenews employees captured near Kramatorsk."

Sidyankin was wounded earlier. Saichenko is a prominent photojournalist/cameraman. Earlier he worked during Libyan and Syrian conflicts.

He photographed oligarch Mkhail Khordorkovsky in prison. He was the first person to do it. He gained prominence at the time.

He and Sidyankin are endangered. Fascists give free people everywhere cause for concern.

LifeNews asked Lavrov for help. General Director Ashot Gabrelyanov issued a statement, saying:

"We bring to your attention the fact that a LifeNews TV crew of reporter Oleg Sidyakin and cameraman Marat Saichenko went missing on May 18, while on an editorial mission to cover developments in the southeast of Ukraine."

"Journalists of LifeNews TV channel were in Ukraine legally, and were working in accordance with international rules without violating law." 

"We ask you to help free journalists of a Russian television channel."

They'll likely need plenty. Fascists give no quarter. Police states operate this way. 

Kiev putschists resemble Nazi era thugs. No one in Ukraine is safe with them in charge. 

Eliminating them is top priority. Restoring democracy matters most. Courageous Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters aim to do so. 

They deserve universal support! Their struggle is ours! It's everyone's wanting to live free!

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’s Fascist Roots

Ukraine's Fascist Roots

by Stephen Lendman

US-installed putschists are fascist extremists. Elevating them to power should scare everyone. 

Ukraine is the epicenter of European fascist reemergence. It's a freedom-destroying cancer. 

It threatens world peace. It risks global conflict. It doesn't surprise. Its roots are deep. 

Washington offers full support. It's longstanding. It dates from 1945. Svoboda and Right Sector parties are modern-day Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) heirs.

Its Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) leaders were Nazi collaborators. They fought with Hitler's Waffen SS Galician Division. 

Their forces massacred hundreds of thousands. Their hero was Stepan Bandera. He headed OUN-B. It terrorized Ukrainian and Polish Jews.

His legacy thrives in Ukraine today. His heirs openly display his OUN-B red and black flag. They enjoy full US support. 

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

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

Svoboda openly calls for "creat(ing) a truly Ukrainian Ukraine in the cities of the East and South."

"We will need to cancel parliamentarism, ban all political parties, nationalise the entire industry, all media, prohibit the importation of any literature to Ukraine from Russia."

"Completely replace the leaders of the civil service, education management, military (especially in the East)." 

"Physically liquidate all Russian-speaking intellectuals and all Ukrainophobes (fast, without a trial shot. Registering Ukrainophobes can be done here by any member of Svoboda)." 

"Execute all members of the anti-Ukrainian political parties."  

Svoboda straightaway abolished Russian-speaker minority rights. It targets Jews, ethnic Russians and opposition elements. 

Its manifesto calls for "carry(ing) out a broad public discussion about the meaning of Ukrainian pluralism for the future of Europe, Russia and the world."

Its aim is undermining Russian Eurasian influence. It wants fundamental freedoms destroyed. It wants hardline rule replacing it. 

Democracy is strictly verboten. Hooliganism is longstanding  strategy. Unrestrained violence reflects it. Opposition elements are targeted for elimination.

Post-WW II, Washington began cooperating with Ukrainian fascists. OUN-B leader Mykola Lebed (1909 - 1998) openly collaborated with Nazis.

He was responsible for massive Volhynia and Eastern Galicia Polish ethnic cleansing.

In 1949, he emigrated to America. He did so with CIA/State Department help. 

He lived in New York. His CIA-funded Prolog Research Corporation spied on Soviet Russia.

In his book titled "The OUN, the UPA and the Holocaust: A Study in the Manufacturing of Historical Myths," Per Rudling said:

"During the early Cold War, extreme nationalism and fascism were retooled and employed by Western intelligence services in the struggle against the USSR." 

"One CIA analyst argued that 'some form of nationalist feeling continues to exist (in Ukraine)…"

"There is an obligation to support it as a cold war weapon."

According to Rudling, CIA and State Department officials collaborated with OUN members. 

They sponsored them. They brought them to America. They shielded them from war crimes prosecutions.

They helped them gain "positions of of influence and authority, assisting their creation of semi-academic institutions and/or academic positions at established universities," said Rudling.

They whitewashed their WW II crimes. They transformed them into Ukrainian heroes. 

During Viktor Yushchenko's illegitimate Orange Revolution presidency, institutes of memory management and myth-making were established.

They buried information about OUN/UPA atrocities. 

According to Rudling, "(u)nlike many other former Soviet republics, the Ukrainian government did not need to develop new national myths from scratch, but imported ready concepts developed in the Ukrainian diaspora."

Washington calls OUN/UPA and its modern-day heirs "nationalists." It buries their fascist roots. It ignores their criminal past.

Rudling was clear and unequivocal saying:

"The OUN shared the fascist attributes of antiliberalism, anticonservatism, and anticommunism, an armed party, totalitarianism, anti-Semitism, Führerprinzip, and the adoption of fascist greetings." 

"Its leaders eagerly emphasized to Hitler and Ribbentrop that they shared the Nazi Weltanschauung and a commitment to a fascist New Europe."

Racial/ethnic purity was a core ideological element. It remains so today. Washington's alliance with hard right extremist groups is longstanding.

Political analyst Caleb Maupin said decades before European fascism, Ku Klux Klan elements were state-sponsored in former slave-holding states.

It wasn't the only fascist organization Washington embraced, said Maupin. Post-WW I, American Legion leaders were openly fascist.

So were prominent US industrialists like Henry Ford. Fascism thrives in today's America. It reflects its dark side.

It emerged post-WW I. At the time, Western civilization was called decadent and destructive. It was in decline, critics said.

In his book titled, "The Decline of the West," Oswald Spengler said "liberalism, democracy, socialism (and) free-masonry" weakened it. Fascism alone could save it, he claimed.

In his essay titled, "Fascism: Doctrine and Institutions," Mussolini said, "Fascism denies, in democracy, the absurd conventional untruth of political equality dressed out in the garb of collective responsibility."

He called it Marxism's "complete opposite." In class struggle for social progress and justice, he added. 

"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power," he stressed.

His definition applies now. Corporatism's alliance with political Washington reflects his ideology. It built for decades. 

It's deeply entrenched. It reflects Washington's bipartisan agenda. Its criminal class runs things.

Huey Long once said fascism will arrive "wrapped in an American flag." In his book titled, "Friendly Fascism," Bertram Gross called Ronald Reagan its prototype ruler.

He described a slow, powerful "drift toward greater concentration of power and wealth in a repressive Big Business-Big Government." 

It reflects a Big Brother alliance. It leads "toward a new and subtly manipulative form of corporatist serfdom." Its friendly face conceals its dark side.

In the 1930s, George Seldes saw it coming. He worried about New Deal policies eroding. 

In his 1934 book titled, "Iron, Blood and Profits," he discussed a "world-wide munitions racket." 

He cited WW I militarists. He named weapons makers in Europe and America.

He called them "merchants of death." They promote "imperialism (and) colonization - by means of war." 

"(T)he healthfulness of the business depends on slaughter. The more wars," the more profits.

His 1943 book titled "Facts and Fascism" explained "Fascism on the Home Front" in Part One. It's called "The Big Money and the Big Profits in Fascism."

In Parts Two and Three, he discussed "Native Fascist Forces" in industry and his day's media. It was a shadow of today's propaganda machine.

Print and radio's early days alone existed. Television was years away.

In his 1935 novel titled, "It Can't Happen Here