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Duplicitous Human Rights Misinformation On Ukraine

Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News A previous article discussed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. It discussed her duplicitous anti-Assad report. It wasn’t her first one....

Duplicitous Human Rights Misinformation on Ukraine

Duplicitous Human Rights Misinformation on Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article discussed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. It discussed her duplicitous anti-Assad report. It wasn't her first one. It won't be her last

She's a reliable imperial tool. She buries truth. She lies for power. Her credibility long ago was lost. Not a shred of it remains. 

She never had any in the first place. It launched her career earlier. It sustained it. 

Her new report supports illegitimate putschist fascists. It's titled "Misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred need to be urgently countered."

During months of Maidan protests, Berkut special police showed remarkable restraint. Pillay lied claiming otherwise.

They used "excessive force," she said. So did other security elements, she added. Doing so "led to the radicalisation of the protest movement," she claimed.

Yanukovych government "(v)iolations related to the Maidan protests should be investigated and addressed in order to ensure accountability of perpetrators," she said.

"Most acts of severe beatings, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment were reportedly attributed to the Berkut."

False! Western-supported and paid radicalized elements bore full responsibility. Pillay lied saying otherwise.

She claimed Crimea's reunification referendum had "no validity." 

Saying it "raised a number of human rights concerns pertaining to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and other civil and political rights flies in the face of reality.

Pillay twists truth for power. She does so to please her Western sponsors. She does consistently. 

Crimea's referendum reflected model democratic process. Independent monitors called it scrupulously open, free and fair. Not a single irregularity was reported.

Not according to Pillay. She accused Crimean authorities of "vote-rigging." She lied saying so.

She said "paramilitary" and "soldiers without insignia" intimidated voters. Not one report on the ground said so. Conditions were polar opposite.

"What is clear from our findings is that there is an urgent need to ensure full respect for the rule of law and human rights in Ukraine and thus guarantee the enjoyment of all human rights for all, including minorities," she said.

"The international community, including the UN, can play a role in supporting the creation of such an environment." 

"My Office and its monitoring team can provide impartial and authoritative human rights assessments to contribute to establishing the facts, de-escalating tension, and paving the way for an environment that is conducive to the holding of free and fair elections on 25 May."

Results when held will be farcical. Ballot choices exclude democracy. Junta power victory is certain. Illegitimate putschists run things. Don't expect Pillay to explain.

It bears repeating. Throughout her career, she's been a reliable imperial tool. Her reports include a litany of lies. 

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich responded to her latest one. It mocks legitimacy. It reads like bad fiction.

On April 15, Lukashevich was unsparing. He was clear and unequivocal, saying:

"We have to acknowledge that the report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Ukraine is one-sided, politicized and unobjective, and does not reflect the real situation in this country." 

"The authors of the report chose not to notice that the current 'authorities' in Ukraine have become such as a result of an armed coup d’etat." 

"There is not a word about the February 22 events, including an attack and takeover by illegal armed formations of administrative buildings." 

"The individuals who gained power illegally are positioned as a legitimate government." 

"Facts testifying that from their first minutes the 'new' authorities have been working in the atmosphere of violence and lawlessness are being deliberately omitted."

"No attention is being paid to a very dangerous trend - the unchecked rise of aggressive nationalism and neo-Nazism." 

"The almost 30-page document makes no use of the term 'neo-Nazism' at all." 

It pretends it doesn't exist. It suggests fascist putschists are democrats. Doing so flies in the face of reality. Radicalized criminals run Ukraine.

"The rampant chauvinism staged by Right Sector and other ultra-right groups in western and central Ukraine is described as certain sources sharing their feelings that the minorities' right to take part in the political life is not fully taken into consideration."

Regime rights violations go unnoticed. Criminal acts aren't mentioned. Coverup and denial substitutes. Pillay supports lawlessness. She fronts for power. 

She blames victims for putschist high crimes. She twists truth to fit Western policy. She commits grave human rights violations in the process.

Her report "ignores a whole host of other gross human rights violations by the self-proclaimed authorities, including, in particular, kidnappings, tortures, extrajudicial killings, encroachments on the independence of the judicial system, the suppression of mass media and civil society," said Lukashevich.

"The document abounds in flagrant selectiveness. It depicts radical actions on Maidan in late February as a peaceful protest and manifestation of popular discontent and effectively justifies it." 

"Its attitude towards protests in the country's southeast is different." Pillay's so-called 'observers' failed to see the legitimate interests of the Russian population of this region."

"The report gives odious opinions on the situation around freedom of speech and press as if ignoring the ongoing attempts by the Ukrainian 'authorities' to resist objective coverage of the situation in the country, threats and intimidation of reporters, denying entry to foreign reporters."

"Overall, the impression is that the report was fabricated in accordance with preset conclusions, for which one need not have travelled to Ukraine."

Western-supportive elements wrote it. Truth was systematically buried. Big Lies substituted. It's longstanding imperial policy.

Putschists bear full responsibility for human rights abuses. Pillay blamed victims for their crimes. She does so consistently. She does it unapologetically. She disgraces the office she holds.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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

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


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Obamacare Enrollment Misinformation

Obamacare Enrollment Misinformation

by Stephen Lendman

Mark Twain popularized what Disraeli allegedly said: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics."

A good rule of thumb suggests disbelieving official government reports. Misinformation infests them. It's hard separating facts from fiction. It's best to disregard them altogether.

Agendas alone matter. Reality is twisted to fit policy. It's standard practice. In December, a White House PR campaign went all-out to sell Obamacare.

Multi-millions of taxpayer dollars were spent. Lies substituted for truth. Facts don't matter. Government claims are duplicitous.

On January 10, Obama twittered: "Six million Americans have gotten coverage thanks to health reform. Have you?"

Official government figures say around four million. Hard evidence suggests many fewer. Data is so incomplete and inaccurate it's hard knowing anything for sure. 

A January 16 Washington Post report explained," saying:

"The 6 million figure comes from combining a figure of 2.1 million for people selecting a plan via state and federal exchanges, through December, and 3.9 million for Medicaid, through November." 

"Thus the claim that '6 million Americans have already signed up for coverage thanks to health reform.' "

It's deceptive. It says nothing about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects Medicaid enrollment.

ACA expanded it to individuals with incomes up to 138% of the federal $15,850 poverty level. The Supreme Court let states decide whether or not to participate.

So far 25 plus the District of Columbia chose to do so. Four others are considering it.

ACA initially pays 100% of the cost. Later it drops to 90%. The current formula splits costs around evenly between states and Washington.

In 2014, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates about a nine million Medicaid enrollment increase.

Washington claims 3.9 million enrollees are people on Medicaid because of ACA provisions. 

According to Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy David Simas:

"When we break down the numbers a little bit more, this includes more than 2.1 million people who've enrolled in private plans through the federal and state-based marketplaces since October 1st and 3.9 million Americans who learned that they're eligible for coverage through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, in October and November."

Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Marilyn Tavenner claims ACA is working as intended.

"Nationwide enrollment for health care coverage surged in December," she said.

"Additionally, 3.9 million Americans learned they're eligible for coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in October and November." 

"These numbers include new eligibility determinations and some Medicaid and CHIP renewals."

According to WaPo, "(t)he word 'some' should be a tip-off. Here's what the number actually includes:

  • ''Medicaid and CHIP eligibility determinations made directly through state Medicaid and CHIP offices in every state.

  • Medicaid and CHIP eligibility determinations made directly through state-based marketplaces (where the state is running their own marketplace).

  • New eligibility determinations as well as renewals - i.e., people previously enrolled in Medicaid who are deemed eligible for another year."

Something is missing, added WaPo:

  • "Any of the Medicaid or CHIP eligibility determinations made through healthcare.gov. (Through November, that figure was nearly 270,000 (not) 750,000."

"Note: this column was briefly posted with the (wrong) figure for the December report but the numbers have now been corrected."

Theoretically the Medicaid eligible November and December universe combined 3.9 million and 270,000. 

CMS acknowledges some duplication. Maybe more than some. The actual number is unknown or unreported.

Reported numbers don't explain how many additional Medicaid enrollees ACA made possible. No one knows.

CMS claims accurate information will be available in April. It'll be when states bill Washington for their Q I refunds. According to WaPo:

"Determining how many people came out of the 'woodwork' - the previously eligible who suddenly focused on health care options and thus joined Medicaid - will take even more analysis."

It's false to claim ACA enrollees "are in any way equivalent to the 3.9 to 4.2 million" Medicaid eligible individuals.

December Medicaid enrollment numbers are due out. They'll be as deceptive as the 3.9 million figure. They're false unless proved otherwise.

On January 18, Forbes headlined "Coverage Expansion Fails: Less Than One-Third of Obamacare Exchange Enrollees Were Previously Uninsured," saying:

"(N)ew data suggests that Obamacare" fell short of its goal. "Instead of expanding coverage to those without it, Obamacare is" is mostly enrolling individuals with coverage.

"Surveys from insurers and other industry players indicate that" from 65 - 89% of enrollees were previously insured.

A McKinsey & Co. report says "only 11 percent of consumers who bought new coverage under the law were previously uninsured."

Over half of non-enrollees cited affordability. Another 30% indicated "technical challenges in buying the plans."

HealthMarkets is a Texas-based insurance holding company. It conducted its own survey. It found only 35% of enrollees were previously uninsured.

A Priority Health insurer survey found only one-fourth of enrollees without previous coverage.

Michigan health insurers expected about 400,000 sign-ups by yearend. They got less than 76,000. Most hadn't paid their first premium.

A Minnesota-based insurer doesn't know "if we're growing the number of people" seeking coverage. "We're just adding complexity," it believes. According to Forbes:

"If we assume that around one-third of exchange enrollees were previously uninsured, and that 90 percent of those who have 'selected a marketplace plan' will eventually enroll in coverage, the Obamacare exchanges have thus far only expanded coverage to 660,000 people, far less than the 7 million projected by the Congressional Budget Office."

A separate analysis contradicts administration enrollment claims. "Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics (estimates) that only 5 - 7.5% of (new) enrollees were due to Obamacare."

He examined new Medicaid enrollments in states expanding their rolls under Obamacare. He compared them to others that haven't.

Of about 1.7 million people in November "determined eligible for Medicaid and CHIP by state agencies" under Obamacare, 55% were in states not expanding Medicaid coverage.

In other words, most new enrollees were previously Medicaid eligible.

Trende learned people are enrolling and leaving Medicaid all the time. Aside from normal enrollment trends, "we have an actual estimate for Medicaid enrollment due directly to the ACA's expansion of Medicaid (by) 190,000," said Trende.

CBO projects about 14 million previously uninsured Americans will gain ACA coverage.

About 10 weeks remain in this year's enrollment period. "(W)e're looking at a coverage expansion of less than one million," said Forbes.

"(A)s many as 100 million previously insured Americans will (pay) higher premiums…under Obamacare." 

Many face stiff increases. ACA beneficiaries may be way outnumbered by millions more harmed. It remains to be seen how disappointed Americans react.

On January 9, the Augusta Chronicle headlined "Most uninsured Americans haven't tried to sign up for health care plan."

Nearly 70% haven't visited Healthcare.gov or state web sites to do it. Most cite affordability.

Over 80% don't know they face a March 31 deadline. Many don't know they need to sign up. They're unaware of penalties for not doing it.

On January 18, The Hill headlined "Document: ObamaCare contractor faces mid-March deadline or disaster." 

CGI Federal was hired to fix back-end Healthcare.gov problems. In mid-December, it wasn't found up to the task.

Accenture replaced it. Limited time remains to complete the task. According to a government document: 

"If this functionality is not complete by mid-March 2014, the government could make erroneous payments to providers and insurers."

At risk is "financial harm to the government." Healthcare providers could be jeopardized.

"Additionally, without a Financial Management platform that accounts for enrollments and associated program costs that integrates with the existing CMS Accounting platform, the entire healthcare reform program is jeopardized."

Failure to meet the mid-March deadline may cause "inaccurate issuance of payments to health plans which could seriously put them at financial risk; potentially leading to their default and disrupting continued services and coverage to consumers."

Back-end problems extend beyond federal subsidy payments. The entire program is vulnerable to "inaccurate forecasting" of risk mitigation programs in place.

One issue among many is compensating insurers enrolling higher than expected numbers of sick consumers with costly illnesses.

This and other problems "potentially (put) the entire health insurance industry at risk," said The Hill.

By mid-March, Accenture must complete building a financial management platform. It must be able to track eligibility and enrollment transactions.

It must account for insurer subsidy payments. It must "provide stable and predictable financial accounting and outlook for the entire program."

It must be integrated with existing CMS and IRS systems. It's an enormous task to complete accurately in a short time. 

It involves making sure 500 million lines of Healthcare.gov's code works. Imagine the complexity. Imagine the time constraints. Imagine possible failure.

Many unresolved problems remain. It's unclear how, when or if they'll be fixed. On January 20, Wall Street Journal editors headlined "The Young and the Obamacare-less," saying:

Evidence disputes ACA defenders. They claim huge numbers of enrollees. They way exaggerate reality.

"Lifting the veil of secrecy last week, the feds revealed that 2.2 million people nationwide had selected a plan through December."

"Traffic increased sevenfold over October and November." It's way short of expectations. It fails "by Obama's own standard."

"About one of six Americans under age 65 lack insurance in the official statistics. So where are they?" They haven't sought coverage. Why not?

Signing up young and healthy enrollees is crucial for ObamaCare's success. So far, "merely 24%...are between ages 18 and 34."

At least 40% is critical mass. Current enrollment "skews heavily to people 55 - 64 years old, at 33%."

"Insurance policies plunge into a 'death spiral' when premiums don't cover the cost of claims..." Rates surge to compensate. Current enrollees unable to afford them drop out.

Washington, Ohio, Texas, Indiana and four other states face this problem now. Humana expects ACA's risk pool to be "more adverse than previously expected."

"Expect managed-care (companies) to start making writedowns on their ObamaCare business," said Journal editors.

Will things improve or worsen ahead? Nearly four months of ACA experience suggest greater trouble than already.

Obamacare is unaffordable for millions. It makes underinsurance the new normal.

Sticker shock awaits millions. They're responsible for paying 40% of out-of-pocket costs. Doing so is on top of expensive premiums.

Millions will remain uninsured. Nothing controls spiraling costs. Obamacare has many disturbing surprises. 

Eventually consumers will know they've been scammed. Corporate profits are prioritized over healthcare. 

When it's most needed, it'll be unaffordable for millions. How they'll react remains to be seen.

America is the only developed nation without some form of universal coverage. Obamacare makes a dysfunctional system worse. 

It appears worse than already imagined. Before end of 2014, we'll know more.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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

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12 Months of Misinformation: Explaining Fox News’ ‘Record Low’ Credibility

A new poll reveals that Americans distrust Fox more than ever. Here's why.

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Fox News’ credibility hit a record low this year, according to new Public Policy Polling (PPP) research released Wednesday. In a press release, PPP put Fox’s abysmal year into context:

Just like its actual ratings, Fox News has hit a record low in the four years that we've been doing this poll. 41% of voters trust it to 46% who do not. To put those numbers into some perspective the first time we did this poll, in 2010, 49% of voters trusted it to 37% who did not.

After another year of airing misinformation and embarrassing gaffes, it’s no surprise that Fox News continues to lose Americans’ trust:

January 2012  - Fox Peddles Racist “Food Stamp” Rhetoric

Echoing Newt Gingrich’s disgusting nickname for the president, several Fox personalities peddled the misinformation that Obama is giving out more “freebies” than any other administration. As Media Matters reported, that’s false. In actuality, George W. Bush oversaw the largest increase in food stamp usage. Evidently, coded racism doesn’t bode well for credibility.

February 2012 – Fox Pundit Says Military Women Should “Expect” to be Raped

Fox News pundit Liz Trotta learned that Americans aren’t too fond of victim blaming. Responding to news that women would be working closer to front lines, Trotta implied that women should “ expect” to be raped more if they want to serve this country. 

March 2012 — Fox Pundit Claims “Hoodie” Killed Trayvon Martin

Geraldo Rivera started a national movement this year when he suggested that Trayvon Martin died because of what he was wearing, not the overzealous vigilantism of a George Zimmerman or outrageous “stand your ground” laws.

April 2012 — Fox Host Misinforms on the Environment

Everyone knows Fox News has an appalling record on the environment. As the Union of Concerned Scientists revealed, Fox News has misled the American public in 93 percent of their climate change coverage. And in April, host Greg Gutfeld uttered a slew of environmental falsehoods, including the claim that the world plants more trees than it cuts down.

May 2012  — Fox Appeals to Jingoism and Lies About Obama

Media Matters reports a full on assault against from President Obama for allegedly failing to express his gratitude to the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden.

June 2012 — Fox Ignores Context of “Private Sector is Doing Fine”

“The private sector is doing fine.” Remember when Fox News used this quote from the president to demonize him as an out of touch socialist without including the context that private sector jobs were in fact growing at a higher rate than the public sector?

July 2012  — Fox Peddles Voter Fraud Myths

Despite widespread reports on the rarity of voter fraud in this country, Fox’s Patti-Ann Brown willingly referred to Pennsylvania’s racist voter ID law as an “attempt to fight voter fraud.”

August 2012 — Fox Chooses not to Talk About Todd Akin

In August, Rep. Todd Akin found a national audience when he claimed that women’s bodies are biologically tuned to abort pregnancies resulting from “legitimate rape.” As Think Progress reports, Fox News barely covered the story.

September 2012 — The Polls Are Rigged…

When the polls weren’t in Mitt Romney’s favor, Fox News pundits joined conservative conspiracy theorists claiming that someone must’ve been cooking the numbers.

October 2012 — So Let’s Ignore Them…

The now-terminated pundit Dick Morris predicted that Mitt Romney would win in a “landslide.”

November 2012 — And Refuse to Believe When the Polls are Vindicated

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‘If You Work a Full-Time Job, You Shouldn’t Be Earning a Poverty Wage’

For the June 9, 2017, episode, CounterSpin reaired a piece originally broadcast on November 14, 2015, in which Janine Jackson interviewed Holly Sklar about...

Military probe finds mistakes in US airstrike on Syrian mosque, declares it ‘blow to...

A military investigation into a US airstrike on a mosque in Syria’s Aleppo province found that...

Minnesota measles outbreak bigger than all cases in 2016… for entire US

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Penn State University Wages Union-Busting Campaign Against Its Own Graduate Students

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Major Media Organize to Rig Web-Search Results

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White Sliced Inbred

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The NY Slimes

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What Are They Hiding about the USA Attack on Syria?

What are the events that led to the first direct military attack against the Syrian government by the USA? We are told that “on...

NYT Cheers the Rise of Censorship Algorithms

Exclusive: The New York Times is cheering on the Orwellian future for Western “democracy” in which algorithms quickly hunt down...

Bigoted Americans Far More Supportive of War Against Syria

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The Return of the Dangerous ‘Obama Did Nothing’ Narrative on Syria

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US Senate bill targets RT & Sputnik as ‘propaganda’

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) claims RT and Sputnik are “designed to undermine our democracy”...

‘Media Are Unwilling to Look at Government and Say There’s Conscious Malfeasance’ – CounterSpin...

Steve Rendall interviewed Robert Dreyfuss about pre–Iraq War intelligence for the February 27, 2004, episode of CounterSpin; the interview was reaired for the March...

DHS chief ‘dismissive’ of immigration questions frustrates Democrats

After repeated requests, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly finally met with House Democrats over concerns about...

Is Trump a Jacksonian?

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Trump's Budget Won't Balance Federal Spending, but It'll Move a Lot of Money to...

The political theater that passes for serious policy debate is about to run into an unfortunate reality as Donald Trump's budget plan comes face...

A Double Deuce to Working Families (and Math)

The political theater that passes for serious policy debate is about to run into an unfortunate reality as Donald Trump’s budget plan comes face...

Fake News & Fake Values

It appears that America has little awareness of the value of awareness since fake news and fake values arrived to take possession of the...

Science Isn't Just for Scientists—We Can All Take Part

After he moved to London in his early 20s, Luke Howard became obsessed with the weather. Howard had a day job running a pharmacy...

Boris Johnson launches £700mn aid fund to ‘thwart Russia’s Europe takeover’

Amid criticism of Russia’s ‘soft power’ in Eastern Europe, Britain is now itself spending hundreds...

US intel agencies keep Trump in dark citing alleged ‘Russian contacts’ – media

US intelligence officials may have kept sensitive information from President Donald Trump due to concerns of...

Trump Supporters Support Trump: To Maintain ‘Balance,’ Media Resort to Tautology

Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East has been a major story during the new administration’s...

UK splurges £2bn on cybersecurity while ramping up Russophobia

The British government has shelled out almost £2 billion on bolstering its cyber-defenses while accusing...

Monsanto and GMO Propagandists Softening-up UK Public for GM After Brexit

On the back of Brexit, the UK government is planning what could be a disastrous trade deal with the Trump administration. It would likely...

‘No proof, just allegations’: Russia’s UK embassy brands Russian cyberattacks on UK ‘fake news’

The Russian embassy in the UK fired back at the claims made by Britain’s cybersecurity...

Russian embassy blasts claims Sputnik news agency aiming to ‘encourage’ Scottish independence

Russia’s London embassy criticized allegations that Russian news agency Sputnik is seeking to promote the...

Monsanto’s Communications Guru to Visit the UK: Instead of Promoting GM, Take Responsibility for...

Monsanto is preparing a fresh effort to promote genetically modified (GM) crops to the UK public, according to a piece in The Scottish Farmer. The...

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

When British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon was asked to deliver a speech on ‘Russian resurgence’,...

No Gods, No Masters: Live the Golden Rule

Deep inside anyone who’s capable of thinking for themself beats the heart of an anarchist. Robb Johnson, arguably the greatest political songwriter working today,...

Trump’s Muslim Ban: Another Symptom of the War on Terror

Photo by thierry ehrmann | CC BY 2.0   On January 28, President Trump signed an executive order denying entry for 90 days to the United...

Media Matters Says It Is Secretly Working with Facebook to Fight ‘Fake News’

Left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America has been quietly working with social media giant Facebook to combat what the group describes...

Spicer spars with media over 'always negative' reporting

White House press secretary Sean Spicer held his first regularly scheduled press briefing, two days after...

Watch Your Twitters

When the late Don Drysdale was throwing fastballs for the Los Angeles Dodgers he would say, if the other team’s pitcher threw at the...

Hacked NYT tweet claims Russia will attack US with missiles

After apparently being hacked, a Twitter account belonging to the New York Times reported that Russia...

Britain preparing ‘official’ anti-Moscow campaign – Russian embassy

The Russian embassy in London says that the British authorities are looking to launch an official campaign against Moscow, based on what senior diplomats...

Tillerson Called Out for 'Lying About Climate' During Confirmation Hearing

At his senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, U.S. secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson on Wednesday dodged questions about ExxonMobil's long history of denying...

‘Putin’s not on our team’: Obama urges Trump to trust US intelligence community

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has warned Americans and his successor Donald Trump that Vladimir Putin...

‘Not buying it’: Social media slams ‘ludicrous’ Fox News interview with Trump’s chief of...

Fox News and host Chris Wallace have been blasted for an interview with incoming White House...

Trump mocks critics of Russia-friendly stance as ‘fools’ & ‘stupid people’

President-elect Donald Trump took to his favorite social media platform early Saturday to state that only...

WaPo Spreading Own Falsehoods Shows Real Power of Fake News

Washington Post story (12/31/16) with revised headline and a never-mind editor’s note. Is this “fake news”? The putative scourge of “fake news” has been one...

National Socialism Bad

George Soros is at it again.  Don’t blame him for the calamities facing the various countries of the west.  It is all Germany’s fault;...

Something Wicked This Way Comes

I stopped trying to predict markets back in 2008 when the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, Wall Street bankers, and their propaganda peddling media mouthpieces...

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

Russia has no plans to attack the North Atlantic Alliance, according to US Permanent Representative to NATO Douglas Lute. In response to a question by...

Russia launched ‘cyberwar & propaganda campaign’ against UK – media

The UK is facing a cyberwarfare and a propaganda campaign from Russia, British newspaper The...

The New York Times’ Biased Obituary of Fidel Castro

After Fidel Castro passed away Friday night at 90 years old, the obituaries written about him in the American press typified the U.S. government...

WaPo blasted online for article accusing Russia of ‘sophisticated’ US election propaganda

The Washington Post was blasted on social media for its latest hit-piece claiming a “sophisticated ...

Porn and Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

‘Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”—Mark Twain With recent criticism of fake news...

The Lying Washington Post Gets Exposed, And All Major U.S. ‘News’ Media Refuse to...

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

Fake News

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell, Visionary Author Now that the rigged election circus is finally behind...

Zuckerberg hints at third-party news verification to fight ‘fake news’ on Facebook

Facebook may entrust a third party with verifying content to stop so-called ‘fake news’ from spreading, its head said in a post. The social...

Is Soros Funding the Trump Protests?

Paid instigators are making an already bad situation much much worse. As riots and protests rage through the streets of America, the question has to...

Is this person our new President?

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

NBC Reports U.S. Prepping Possible False-Flag Cyber-Attack Election Day

NBC Reports U.S. Prepping Possible False-Flag Cyber-attack on Election Day Eric Zuesse The reliability of all of these reports can reasonably be questioned, but here they...

The Intercept Outs Neocon Democrat’s Smear Against Trump as ‘Putin’s Puppet’

Eric Zuesse On November 1st, The Intercept headlined "HERE’S THE PROBLEM WITH THE STORY CONNECTING RUSSIA TO DONALD TRUMP’S EMAIL SERVER”, and the reporting team of Sam Biddle, Lee...

Who Gains from Colombia’s Vote for Permanent War?

(Photo: medea_material / Flickr) In early October, the Colombian people voted NO to peace. Or to be exact, 50.2 percent of 37 percent of the eligible...

‘We’re Not Helping Our Kids by Keeping the Deficit Down’ – CounterSpin interview with...

Janine Jackson interviewed Dean Baker about the debt boogeyman for the October 21, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Dean Baker:...

Russia’s Very Different Reality

Special Report: The demonization of Russian President Putin and Russia, in general, has reached alarming levels in the West with...

Why Is the Truth on Syria Difficult To Decipher?

“The United States has the power to decree the death of nations,” wrote Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe. Kinzer’s article was entitled: “The media are misleading...

The Life and Death of Hanoi Hannah

Exclusive: The death of Hanoi Hannah, the radio voice urging U.S. G.I.’s to turn against the Vietnam War, brought back...

Obama Stepped Back From Brink, Will Hillary?

The American people need to understand what’s going on in Syria. Unfortunately, the major media only publish Washington-friendly propaganda which makes it difficult to separate fact...

El Cajon Police Department releases Alfred Olango shooting footage

Footage of the shooting of Alfred Olango by police in a suburb of San Diego has...

‘Peace With Justice Is Still a Long Way Away’ – CounterSpin interview with Mario...

Janine Jackson interview Mario Murillo about the Colombian peace accords for the September 23, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. MP3...

Chicago police to expand use of bodycams, undergo de-escalation training

Along with an $8 million plan to add more body cameras, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson wants to teach officers to de-escalate conflicts....

Anti-Muslim pamphlet upsets residents in NZ

The "racist" anti-Muslim rants included in a pamphlet circulating in Whanganui have upset some locals but been defended by the group posting...

Anti-Muslim pamphlet upsets residents in NZ

The "racist" anti-Muslim rants included in a pamphlet circulating in Whanganui have upset some locals but been defended by the group posting...

Anti-Muslim pamphlet upsets residents in NZ

The "racist" anti-Muslim rants included in a pamphlet circulating in Whanganui have upset some locals but been defended by the group posting...

Anti-Muslim pamphlet upsets residents in NZ

The "racist" anti-Muslim rants included in a pamphlet circulating in Whanganui have upset some locals but been defended by the group posting...

Anti-Muslim pamphlet upsets residents in NZ

The "racist" anti-Muslim rants included in a pamphlet circulating in Whanganui have upset some locals but been defended by the group posting...

“It’s Never As It Seems, Bubba”

by John R. Hall / September 6th, 2016 Truth is an elusive beast at best.  Hunter S. Thompson nailed the truth about truth as well...

“Socialists” Supporting NATO and U.S. Empire

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

A Right-Wing Myth About Planned Parenthood Could Hurt Florida's Fight Against Zika

At the end of July, the first outbreak of the Zika virus occurred in Miami, FL -- confirming many experts' fears that...

Misreporting forced ‘clock boy’ Ahmed to flee US – attorney to RT

Teen inventor Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim boy famous for bringing a homemade clock to school that...

Russian embassy responds angrily to Times’ criticism of RT

The Russian embassy in Britain has responded to recent criticism of RT in the Times...

‘These Agreements Depend on Secrecy in Order to Pass’ – CounterSpin interviews with Lori...

The July 22, 2016, episode of CounterSpin brought together three classic interviews on corporate trade pacts. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

The Hangover (British Version)

(Photo: justified sinner / Flickr) It’s the morning after. The British have woken up, dazed and woozy. They’re not exactly sure what happened a few days...

How the Dairy Industry Tricked Us Into Believing We Need Milk 

Got Milk? We sure hope not. Despite being a somewhat tasty addition to coffee, tea, and delectable treats, the ingredient – when pasteurized –...

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

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

Koch Front Groups Are Defending ExxonMobil's Anti-Science Campaigns

If you're an executive at a big oil company watching as ExxonMobil is finally exposed for studying climate change, covering up the...

Anti-Choice Protesters Find a Way to Follow Patients Into Abortion Clinics

An investigative report by Rewire News has found that abortion protesters have finally grabbed the brass ring: They've figured out how to follow...

Cable News Conversation Is Far Removed From Reality of Abortion

A majority of Americans support women’s right to abortion, a fact that’s been true for about two decades now. Support for that right actually...

What Big Pharma Does Not Want You to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

The prescription opioid epidemic is not new. It began when Pharma rolled out and aggressively marketed time-released opioids like Oxycontin, driving “pill mills” that...

NYPD ‘thug’ points gun at video witness while arresting ‘illegal’ dirt biker (VIDEO)

An NYPD cop was caught on video aiming his gun at someone recording him and punching...

Propaganda Countdown to WWIII

While the two leaders from Armenia and Azerbaijan met this week and agreed to comply with the treaty set forth that ended their bloody six-year war...

Libertarianism and the Libertarian Party

Now that Mary Matalin and the mainstream media have mentioned the Libertarian Party as a possible alternative to the Republicrat Party, already there is...

Sadiq Khan and the End of Islamophobia

Sadiq Khan proved the limits of Islamophobia, at least in multicultural London. But we’ll know that the era of Islamophobia has passed when the...

Exxon ‘Knew Earlier, They Knew With Certainty and They Knew Globally’

Brendan DeMelle: “They knew that they could evade accountability, or at least delay regulatory and public scrutiny, by suggesting that there was doubt about...

Govt-backed counter-extremist ‘propaganda’ program operating without oversight – report

Counter-narratives on extremism are being peddled by a secret government propaganda program in the absence of oversight under the guise of “grassroots Muslim voices,”...

Wisconsin police shot hostage without warning, video shows

No warning was given before Neenah, Wisconsin police shot and killed a hostage, then left him...

Chernobyl, 30 Years On

Government workers wait for a bus outside the entrance to the abandoned reactor number four in Chernobyl, Ukraine, on April 9, 2016....

Freemasonry linked to ‘police cover-up’ of Hillsborough disaster that left 96 dead

Freemasonry has been linked to allegations of a police cover-up concerning the Hillsborough disaster, as...

Why Conservatives' Plans for Pregnancy 401(k)s Fall Short

The Independent Women's Forum is counting on a magical change in corporate and philanthropic behavior to pay for parental leave. (Image: Jared...

Pro-Turkey group skywrites slogans denying Armenian genocide above NYC (PHOTOS)

Pro-Turkey activists “seized” the sky above New York City, while hired supporters danced below, to scribble...

‘There’s Never Been a Drug Law That Wasn’t Tied to Race’

Janine Jackson interviewed asha bandele and Laura Carlsen about the War on Drugs for the April 1, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a...

School Shutdown in Chicago Underscores Attacks on Public Education Nationwide

Annie Tan demonstrates with fellow Chicago Teachers Union members in February of 2016 during a protest over debt owed by the school...

Obama’s Fakery, ‘News’ Media’s Suckery

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org How can it be that the same news-medium that reported, on 22 April 2015, that the Obama Administration allows...

Don't Forget, Trans People Are Loved

Henry Seaton (left) and Chase Strangio (right) attend a House Committee hearing on anti-trans legislation in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo: Chase Strangio)Fight back...

Secretive food industry jeopardizing public’s right to information

I just don't get it. Over the more than 20 years I have worked as a business journalist, I've always been motivated by a simple...

An Essential Citizen’s Guide to the Truth About GM Crops and Food

GMO Myths and Truths: A Citizen's Guide to the Evidence on the Safetyand Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops and Foods, 3rd Edition, by Claire Robinson Mphil, Michael...

MMFA Cites FAIR’s Work on Baltimore ‘Purge’

The Baltimore Sun (4/27/15) justified a police crackdown based on a dubious “Purge” threat. (screengrab: MMFA) In a report highlighting how little has changed since...

Organic Agriculture, Capitalism and the Parallel World of the Pro-GMO Evangelist

Consider that India had for generations sustained one of the highest densities of population on earth, without any chemical fertilisers, pesticides, exotic dwarf strains...

‘Single Payer Saves Money by Saying No to the Insurance Industry’

Janine Jackson interviewed Steffie Woolhandler on single payer for the January 29, 2016, CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.   Steffie Woolhandler (photo: Rick Friedman) ...

Ebola Crisis Highlights Urgent Need for Reform

The world's worst Ebola crisis broke out in December 2013 and swept across West Africa claiming the lives of over 11,300 people. It decimated...

The Seeds Of Spin: Decoding Pro-GMO Lies And Falsehoods

If you are in some way critical of genetically modified food and agriculture or have some concerns that remain unaddressed, here is a brief...

Wrestling with Wrestling Jerusalem

Aaron Davidman in Wrestling Jerusalem Solo shows are about journeys. The performer tells the story of how he or she navigated through an experience of...
bank bail-ins implemented in UK

UK Banking Industry — Most Unstable in G7 Implements Depositor Bail-in Scheme

Back in September we published an article “Grand Theft Auto — UK and EU Bank Depositor Bail-In Regime Implemented” in which we described how...
British public perceptions

British Public Perceptions Wrong On Most Important Issues

Misinformation, disinformation and propaganda — you are subjected to all three every single day. The problem is that the media in Britain is heavily...

The GMO Issue: False Claims, Pseudo-Analysis And A Politically Motivated Agenda

Critics of GM promote pseudo-science, make false claims based on ignorance and are driven by politically motivated ideology. The actions of these affluent elitists...

Do Racists Like Fox News, or Does Fox Make People Racist?

Watching Bill O’Reilly’s network seems to have a powerful effect on viewers’ racial attitudes. (image via Crooks & Liars) Since the election of Obama in...
COP21 and the global propaganda show

COP21 And The Global Propaganda Show

The big problem with trying to convince everyone that global warming is catastrophic to the human existence is that the campaign to do just...

‘A Woman’s Ability to Pay Her Bills Should Not Be Dependent on the Whims...

CounterSpin interview with Saru Jayaraman on the lower wage for tipped workersJanine Jackson interviewed Saru Jayaraman about the issues of tipped workers for the...

‘A Woman’s Ability to Pay Her Bills Should Not Be Dependent on the Whims...

CounterSpin interview with Saru Jayaraman on the lower wage for tipped workersJanine Jackson interviewed Saru Jayaraman about the issues of tipped workers for the...

NYT Fairy Tale about Paris Attacks

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - The NYT is America’s longstanding leading voice for wealth, power and privilege exclusively - state-supportive propaganda its specialty, the most...

Media Reports ISIS Nuclear Plot That Never Actually Involved ISIS

CBS‘s claim of a “plot to sell nuke materials to ISIS” is misleading; the assertion that “ISIS looks to buy nuclear weapons” is just...

The Anti-Russian Lying Machine in Action

Stephen Lendman (RINF) - It never rests, now in high gear following Russia’s announced aerial campaign against ISIS in Syria, beginning on September 30. For the...

Irresponsible Putin Bashing Following His UN Address

  by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - It’s always open season on irresponsibly bashing him - instead of embracing his sensible solutions to major world problems. Western media...

UN Condemns Ukrainian Government Cover-Ups

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

Grand Theft Auto — UK and EU Bank Depositor Bail-In Regime Implemented

Shares and stocks are tumbling around the world, with investors worried that the next global crisis has already begun. There is considerable uncertainty and...

‘This Deal Affirms the Peaceful Nature of the Iranian Nuclear Program’ – CounterSpin interview...

Janine Jackson interviewed Nima Shirazi on recent coverage of the Iran deal for the September 4 CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson:...

Nima Shirazi on Iran Deal, Mark Trahant on Native Americans

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Financial war for profit – Monied Interests Run America

Stephen Lendman (RINF) - Powerful Wall Street headquartered monied interests run America - in league with corrupt federal, state and local officials, waging financial war...

Zionists Latest Anti-Semitic Inducing Provocation: Trying to Destroy a Highly Worthy and Sane Nuclear...

The same Neo-Con-Artists, and the same lying and blackmail game players AIPAC Lobby, and the same mainstream news media newspapers and televisions stations are...

US media keep Americans in dark about Israel’s nuclear bombs: Analyst

US mainstream media have for long kept Americans in the dark about Israel’s massive nuclear arsenal while spreading misinformation about Iran’s civilian nuclear activities,...

New Sandra Bland footage released to dismiss rumors of violent mistreatment

Texas officials have released a new batch of videos showing Sandra Bland as she was being processed at Waller County Jail. The release aims...

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Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - The entire Western edifice rests on lies. There is no other foundation. Just lies. This makes truth an enemy. Enemies have...

Organic Under Attack: Report Exposes Big Food’s Tobacco-Style PR Blitz

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by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - The Times is an establishment publication - a lying machine, a mouthpiece for powerful monied interests at the expense of...

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ALBA’s humanistic growth model pushes Latin America ahead

From continent to continent, policies promoting regional integration have become a core tenant of 21st century development strategies. Whether laying the foundations of transportation and communication infrastructure or shaping trade opportunities, broader market access and economic development, the politics of regional integration are central to consensus building and cooperation in our era.

Regional integration in itself, however, has not proven to a recipe for dynamic policies – as evidenced by public disenfranchisement with traditional politics throughout the European Union. The growing popularity of once-fringe nationalist parties throughout Europe should be seen as a response to economic policies centered on liberalization and denationalization by broad deregulation and austerity measures; a disproportionate focus on free trade; the erosion of state sovereignty by supranational bylaws and one-size-fits-all monetary policies.

Events that have unfolded in Latin America over the last decade, although woefully underreported by the globe’s dominant media outlets, have set an example that demands a reevaluation of conventional regional integration strategies. The embassies of Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador recently held a panel discussion in Kuala Lumpur to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Treaty of Commerce of the People (ALBA-TCP), an alternative regional development platform for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Since its formation in 2004, originally as an alliance between Cuba and Venezuela, the ALBA grouping has positioned itself as an alternative to the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement championed by the United States, which sought to remove trade barriers and introduce sweeping intellectual property laws that would have limited the cross-importation of pharmaceuticals. Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and several other Caribbean states later joined the ALBA bloc.

Liberalizing trade regimes and economic policies have failed to achieve economic development and alleviate poverty in Latin America, according to Lourdes Puma Puma, Ambassador to Ecuador in Malaysia, during her address to the panel, explaining the factors that contributed to the expansion of ALBA into a nine-nation regional grouping. Based on the emancipatory ideas of Simón Bolívar and José Marti, both being historical figures that symbolize the independence of Latin American nations from colonial Spain, the ALBA grouping defines itself by emphasizing policies that create social uplift and focus more on complementarity rather than competition.

ALBA’s unique significance compared to other regional organizations, according to Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), is precisely on the tremendous importance it places on human welfare and social justice with programs that provide free medical care and treatment for the disabled. ALBA’s integration strategy is built on the foundations of a people-centered, inclusive model though prioritizing the common distribution of medicines, emphasizing food self-sufficiency, and ambitious projects to eradicate hungry and illiteracy.

One of the features of ALBA’s complementarity economics is the use of compensated trade through direct product exchanges so that countries can use their resource advantages in a mutually beneficial way that doesn’t necessarily imply a financial transaction. A common example of this is how Venezuela provides oil to Cuba in exchange for doctors and healthcare professionals; this system of trade-offs also includes educational and medical services, scientific projects and commodities.

Cuba, which has punched far above its weight in the fight against Ebola, has more doctors per capita than any other country in the world by virtue of its state-run healthcare system. One of the crowning achievements of ALBA’s partnership has been the ‘Operation Miracle’ project that saw the deployment of Cuban ophthalmologists across Latin America to perform surgeries on vision-impaired people suffering from cataracts and glaucoma. Some 3.4 million people have had their sight restored, free of charge.

Throughout the ALBA bloc, 1.2 million disabled people have been treated while more than 2 million consultations have taken place. Another regional initiative has been the Grand-National Project of Literacy and Post-Literacy, offering universal primary education. More than 3.8 million people have been made literate through the “Yo si peudo (Yes I can)” program to promote reading and writing, which has been recognized by UNESCO. ALBA has also incentivized scholarships for higher education and academic exchanges within the bloc.

Contrary to traditional regional economic intergradation schemes that encourage the scaling back of the state in favor of the market, ALBA countries believe that the state has a role to play in regulating economic activity in the interest of maintaining social welfare. As both an economic and political alliance, the grouping shares common positions on the principals of sovereignty, multi-polarity, self-determination, environmentally sustainable development strategies and an opposition to interventionism and war.

ALBA’s drive to create a complementary economic zone with PetroCaribe, a separate grouping between Venezuela and Caribbean states, has enormous potential for development as a region encompassing 21 nations within a 7 million km zone, boasting a workforce of 60 million people. Investment opportunities are also aplenty, in areas ranging from mining and energy to tourism. The grouping has also launched a bank and a digital currency – the Sucre – as a mechanism for international payments and the use of local currency for payment of imports, in addition to reducing dependence on US dollar transactions.

The United States, with its long-standing hostility toward Cuba and continued unilateral blockade of the island’s economy, views the independent direction of ALBA as an affront to its interests. ALBA countries believe that the media coverage of developments in Latin America throughout the West are tinged with bias and misinformation, which led the bloc to introduce a number of television and radio stations such as Telesur and AlbaTV to present their side of the story to international and domestic audiences.

There are undoubtedly challenges ahead as ALBA solidifies its indigenous regional integration model and deepens cooperation with other regional blocks in Latin America, such as CELAC and Mercosur, of which many ALBA states are participants. In attempting to reverse the legacy of hegemony and dominance in the region, the nations of ALBA understand the limitations of the nation-state. A regional body has far more clout to enact systemic changes that the people of Latin America have been enormously supportive of.

Simón Bolívar once said that it was the inexorable destiny of Latin America to be united – there is no question that ALBA is at the forefront of this struggle for dignity and social justice.

This article was appeared in the November 26, 2014 print edition of The Malaysian Reserve newspaper.

Nile Bowie is an independent journalist and political analyst based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His articles have appeared in numerous international publications, including regular columns with Russia Today (RT) and newspapers such as the Global Times, the Malaysian Reserve and the New Straits Times. He is a research assistant with the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), a Malaysian NGO promoting social justice and anti-hegemony politics. He can be reached at [email protected]. 

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We also plan to enlighten the public on the amount of misinformation that this government is putting out with documented proof. 


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Ottawa, May 28, 2014 –Veterans, families and fellow Canadians will come together on Parliament Hill beginning June 4, 2014. This peaceful gathering is set to be the largest demonstration in support of veterans since the First World War, which began 100 years ago.

Unlike the politically scripted photo ops of military members and veterans which have inundated Canada’s media these past eight years, “Rock the Hill” is a truly grassroots apolitical initiative bringing Canadians together with veterans and their families.

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At the steps of Canada’s seat of democracy, Canadians will join together with those who sacrificed to preserve our most sacred democratic institution. Their goal is to change the path of Canada’s abandonment of her veterans from despair to hope. Our Canadian Forces veterans including those who served in Afghanistan, Canada’s longest war, deserve more than two minutes of silence and a photo op.

“Rock the Hill” is calling upon all Canadians to offer their support in numerous ways:

1) If you are in the Ottawa area from June 4 to 7th, and could continue much longer, get to know your Canadian veterans, share some good times and hear their stories
2) If you are a veteran, come support other veterans and share your stories
3) If you can’t come out, please consider donating to the cause. Any surplus funds will be donated to a yet to be determined charity providing direct assistance to veterans and their families.
4) If you are a music creator of family friendly rock and roll, please contact us



 For all the details, go to Rock The Hill home site, or find the Rock the Hill FaceBook page.
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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."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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


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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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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."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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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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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."

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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.

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


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Freedom or Fascism

Freedom or Fascism

by Stephen Lendman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ukraine doubled its area forces, he believes. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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

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


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Sacking NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson

Sacking NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson

by Stephen Lendman

In September 2011, she succeeded Bill Keller. On May 14, The Times headlined "Times Ousts Jill Abramson as Executive Editor, Elevating Dean Baquet."

It reflects "an abrupt change of leadership." Times chairman/publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. claimed "an issue with management in the newsroom."

Times staff familiar with her relationship with Sulzberger suggested she was "polarizing and mercurial." She "clash(ed) with (managing editor) Baquet.

He was "angered" over Abramson's "job offer" to senior London Guardian editor Janine Gibson. She wanted her as "co-managing editor."

"Conflict between them arose." Sulzberger got involved. He decided earlier to sack her. On May 15, he appointed Baquet executive editor.

"(N)either side (explained) detail(s) about Abramson's firing," said The Times. She was its first female executive editor in its 160-year history.

In 1997, she joined the broadsheet. She served as Washington bureau chief. As managing editor. 

Earlier she was a Wall Street Journal correspondent/reporter/deputy bureau chief. The American Lawyer staff reporter. 

The same capacity at Time magazine. As Legal Times editor-in-chief. She taught at Princeton. She's an American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow.

As an undergraduate, she was arts editor of the Harvard Independent.

In 2012, Forbes named her its fifth most powerful woman. She ranked after German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and Melinda Gates.

Michelle Obama ranked seventh. IMF chief Christine Lagarde was eighth.

Baquet is The Times first African-American executive editor. He promised staff he'd "listen hard…be hands on…be engaged…walk the room. That's the only way I know how to edit," he said.

David Bromwich is Yale University Professor of Literature. On May 15, he headlined "After 9/11: The Stories We Tell and the Stories We Don't."

He writes on civil liberty issues. About "America's wars of choice." About its "continuous engagement in multiple wars."

"And if not wars, then widely distributed black-op killings, in faraway places where (America claims having an) interest."

Officially it's called counterterrorism. Their alleged terrorism, not ours.

Bromwich called civil liberty wars "poisonous." Fundamental freedoms are destroyed. "(T)hings come up every day," he said.

He addressed Abramson's sacking. He cited Sulzberger's claimed reasons. They "seem credible enough," he said.

"(A)nd yet, the same qualities were compatible with (lots) of her predecessors." It begs the question. Why was Abramson sacked and not them?

It's unlikely for her management style. She learned former executive editor Bill Keller earned more than she did. She asked for a raise. Likely comparable pay and benefits.

It sounds credible, said Brownwich. Hardly reason to sack her. Or wanting a co-managing editor. As executive editor, it was her call.

Nothing suggested she was wrong. Executives make important decisions. It's their job. They get fired for serious bad ones. Ones adversely affecting profits. 

Abramson likely thought added managing editor strength would boost Times readership. It was her call to make. No reason to sack her.

Something else led Sulzberger to do so. Other than what he said. 

In January, Abramson called Julian Assange and Edward Snowden heroes.

"I view (Snowden), as I did Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, as a very good source of extremely newsworthy information," she said.

The Times didn't cover his revelations straightaway. At the same time, Abramson didn't avoid controversy.

Months earlier, she called the Obama administration "the most secretive" in her experience.

"I dealt directly with the Bush White House," she said. "(W)hen they had concerns (about) stories (relating) to national security…"

"The Obama administration had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history."

"It's on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with."

It reflects direct orders from Obama, she added. In June 2013, she expressed concern over Justice Department officials surveilling reporters.

She said "the process of news gathering is being criminalized." Perhaps her views came home to roost.  

Perhaps the real reason for her sacking. Publicly criticizing US policy Times correspondents, commentators and editors defend in print appears cause for dismissal.

It reflects gross hypocrisy. Publishing one thing. Saying something entirely different at times. Bashing the White House The Times deplorably defends in print.

Baquet avoided doing it. As Times managing editor or elsewhere. He was a New Orleans-based Times-Picayune journalist. Then the Chicago Tribune.

In 1990, he became The Times' metropolitan editor. Then a business desk special projects one.

In 2000, he became LA Times managing editor. Then editor-in-chief. In 2007, he returned to the NYT. His positions included Washington bureau chief, national editor, assistant managing editor, managing editor, and now executive editor.

In 2006, he killed an LA Times story about NSA spying on Americans. About wiretapping them. About operating illegally.

About unconstitutional data-mining. About troubling civil liberty violations. About authorizing searches on millions of Americans without court-authorized warrants. 

Mark Klein worked for AT&T for 22 years. In 2004, he retired. After doing so, he turned whistleblower. 

He revealed blueprints and photographs of NSA's secret room. It's inside the company's San Francisco facility.

Three other whistleblowers submitted affidavits. They explained post-9/11 lawless NSA spying on millions of Americans. 

The FBI, CIA, Pentagon, state and local agencies operate the same way.

Spies "R" us defines US policy. America is a total surveillance state. It's unsafe to live in. Everyone is suspect unless proved otherwise.

The 2012 FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act renewed warrantless spying. It passed with little debate. 

On December 30, 2012, Obama signed it into law. Doing so largely went unnoticed. 

Warrantless spying remains law for another five years. Phone calls, emails, and other communications may be monitored secretly without court authorization. 

Probable cause isn't needed. So-called "foreign intelligence information" is sought. Virtually anything qualifies. Vague language is all-embracing.

Constitutional protections don't matter. All major US telecommunications companies are involved. 

So are online ones. They have been since 9/11. Things now are worse than then.

One expert said what's ongoing "isn't a wiretap. It's a country-tap." It's lawless. 

Congress has no authority to subvert constitutional provisions. Legislation passed has no legitimacy. Constitutional changes require amendments. 

The Patriot Act trampled on Bill of Rights protections. Doing so for alleged security doesn't wash. Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment due process rights were compromised. 

So were First Amendment freedom of association ones. Fourth Amendment protections from unreasonable searches and seizures were violated. Unchecked sweeping surveillance followed.

So-called "sneak and peak" searches are conducted through "delayed notice" warrants, roving wiretaps, email tracking, as well as Internet and phone use.

Section 215 pertains to alleged suspects, real or contrived. It authorizes government access to "any tangible item." 

Included are financial records and transactions, education and medical records, phone conversations, emails, other Internet use, and whatever else Washington wants to monitor.

Individuals and organizations may be surveilled whether or not evidence links them to terrorism or complicity to commit it. In other words, everyone is fair game for any reason or none at all.

Post-9/11, sweeping surveillance became policy. What Bush began, Obama escalated. 

Privacy rights are systematically violated. Good journalism requires telling people what they most need to know. 

Media scoundrels suppress it. They bury truth. They substitute misinformation rubbish. They lie, distort, mislead, conceal and twist reporting to fit official US policy.

They mock legitimate journalism. They betray its core ethical standards. They shame themselves in the process.

Expect Baquet to continue The Times ignoble tradition. It supports wealth, power and privilege. 

It does so at the expense of popular interests. Burying truth and full disclosure. Expect more of the same going forward.

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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Justifying the Unjustifiable

Justifying the Unjustifiable

by Stephen Lendman

Navi Pillay is UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She's a reliable imperial tool. She betrays her mandate. She does so consistently. 

She disgraces the office she holds. She twists vital truths irresponsibly. She substitutes misinformation rubbish. 

She serves Western interests exclusively. She's up to her old tricks again.

Her new report is titled "Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine." It’s infested with lies. It whitewashes what's most important to reveal.

On the one hand, it totally ignores fascist putschists usurping power. Imposing hardline rule. Governing lawlessly. 

Targeting all opposition elements for elimination. Bearing full responsibility for nationwide violence. Especially in Eastern Ukraine.

Waging war on their own people. Murdering them in cold blood. Doing it with full US support. Planning much more ahead.

Intending sham May 25 elections. Holding fake national unity talks.  Turning Ukraine into a fascist police state.

Pillay's report didn't surprise. It disgracefully pointed fingers the wrong way. 

It reported "an alarming deterioration in the human rights situation in the east of the country, as well as serious problems emerging in Crimea, especially in relation to the Crimean Tatars."

It covered the April 2 - May 6 period. It described "an increasing tendency in some critical urban areas for rallies of opposing groups to be held simultaneously, often leading to violent confrontations." 

It noted "repeated acts of violence against peaceful participants of rallies, mainly those in support of Ukraine's unity and against the lawlessness in the cities and villages in eastern Ukraine."

"In most cases, local police did nothing to prevent violence, while in some cases it openly cooperated with the attackers," it said.

It bears repeating. Pillay's report is infested with lies, damn lies, and shocking Big Ones. It accused victims of Kiev crimes. 

It said "targeted killings, torture and beatings, abductions, intimidation and some cases of sexual harassment (were) mostly carried out by well-organized and well-armed anti-Government groups in the east."

"The problem has been especially marked in and around the town of Slovyansk, in the Donetsk region, with a group called the 'Slovyansk self-defence unit' heavily implicated."

"Journalists, bloggers and other media personnel either based in the region, or visiting, are facing increasing threats and acts of intimidation, including abduction and unlawful detention by armed groups."

"The struggle for control of the media outlets, and who is able to broadcast where, continues inside Ukraine, particularly in the east."

The report noted "numerous examples of harassment, intimidation and blocked broadcasting in eastern Ukraine and especially in Crimea, where a number of radio and TV stations have had to cease broadcasting altogether."

Reunification made Crimea part of Russia. Crimeans near unanimously approved it.

Not according to Pillay. Her report claimed "legislation of the Russian Federation is being (force-fed) on the 'territory' of Crimea, at variance with UN General Assembly resolution 68/262."

It lied about alleged Tatar persecution. None whatever exists. It turned truth on its head claiming:

  • Tatar leaders are denied free movement;

  • "cases of physical harassment;"

  • "restrictions on Crimean Tatar media;"

  • persecuting Muslims;

  • delegitimizing and terminating "the work of the Parliament of the Crimean Tatars;"

  • thousands of mostly Crimean Tatars "internally displaced in other areas of Ukraine."

  • closing Crimea's Ombudsman's office; and

  • forcing Crimean-based NGOs to "operate under the law on foreign agents of the Russian Federation."

Russia's Foreign Ministry reacted sharply. It said Pillay's report "actually justifies the criminal punitive operation in the southeast of Ukraine…"

It "conceals casualties among peaceful civilians…"

It 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.

Misreporting Odessa's massacre was especially reprehensible. Kiev bore full responsibility. Victims were blamed for their crimes.

Neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs were unleashed. They had license to mass murder. They took full advantage.

They massacred around 300 Odessans. They did so in cold blood. 

They trapped them inside Odessa's Trade Union House (TUH) building. They were waiting for them inside.

They executed them at point blank range. They shot them in the back of the head. They strangled others. 

They beat some to death. They threw people out of windows. They hacked some to death with axes.

They murdered a pregnant woman with an electric wire. She cried for help in vain. Women and children were massacred like men.

They set TUH ablaze on two floors to mask their crimes. Fire didn't kill activists inside. Neo-Nazi hoodlums did.

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

Some bodies showed multiple gunshot wounds to the back of the head. Coverup and lies concealed what happened.

It bears repeating. Pillay's report blamed victims for Kiev putschist crimes. It ignored their ongoing human rights abuses. It's "delivered as Kiev's official line," said Russia's Foreign Ministry.

It excludes "mention of any manifestation of aggressive nationalism and neo-Nazism in Ukraine." It's scandalous political propaganda. 

It's entirely one-sided. It turned truth on its head. It reads like bad fiction. 

It exposes Pillay's dark side. She's complicit in high crimes of war and against humanity. She shames the office she holds.

"When the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights pronounced the Crimea referendum as 'illegal' following the suit of Kiev and its Western patrons, it seconded that it accepts a nation's right to self-determination established by international human rights laws only when it is politically favorable," said Russia's Foreign Ministry.

Kiev's war without mercy continues. Donetsk and Slavyansk regions are especially targeted. 

Ukrainian forces attacked Russian journalists. They did so near Kramatorsk. According to reporter Oleg Sidyakin:

"We saw that machines were gone and the shooting stopped like half-an-hour ago. We tried to enter (Oktyabrskoe village) to find out what happened to locals, if they needed help, and if there were wounded among them."

"But as we got closer to the outskirts of the village, we ran into an armored troop carrier with a Ukrainian flag on it and armed people in black uniforms." 

"We were going in a car with 'TV' stickers, indicating that were are press." 

"We stuck hands out of windows, but first there came one shot and then machine gun fire."

"I had to make such decision because I could not put in danger the lives of a driver and a cameraman."

RT International reported Kiev APCs firing on two Ruptly TV journalists. Their car was attacked near Kramatorsk.

APCs "came out of nowhere. (They) opened fire for no apparent reason," they said.

Ruptly journalist Katica Djurovic tweeted "2 BTRs shoot at our car. We were on the main road and they came from small street. Guns made them think they have more traffic right @Ruptly"

A Russian TV Channel 5 crew was in the same car. It avoided it being struck.

The incident followed Ruptly's crew attacked days earlier. Its journalist Fyodor Zavaleykov was shot in Mariupol.

He was filming at the time. He was seriously wounded. He was treated in Ukraine. 

He was flown to Moscow for further care. He's stable. He'll survive. Others may not be as lucky. 

Hardline fascist forces operate in Eastern Ukraine. They shoot to kill. They give no quarter.

Kiev putschists plan sham May 25 elections. The'll mock legitimate ones when held. Results are largely predetermined. Fascist supporters are sure to win.

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will head Washington's observer team. She has blood on her hands. 

She's an unindicted war criminal. She was Clinton's UN envoy and Secretary of State. 

She believes NATO should intervene militarily regardless of international law restrictions.

She was criminally involved in America's Balkan wars. She was complicit in genocide against Iraqi civilians. 

She's unapologetic. She called murdering over half a million Iraqi children a small price to pay.

Other US observers include International Republican Institute delegates. OSCE ones are coming. So are various pro-Western international organization representatives.

They won't surprise. They'll endorse what demands condemnation. They'll call sham elections legitimate ones. They'll lie saying so.

Alexis Tsipras is a Greek Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) European Parliament chairman aspirant. He debated other candidates on air. He was clear and unequivocal, saying:

"We should not accept and recognize the government of neo-Nazis in Ukraine." He wants Ukrainians able to decide who'll lead them.

In free, fair, open democratic elections. According to rule of law principles. Independently monitored.

"We in the EU should not give preference to changing borders, but must respect the position of the peoples, who had decided to create a Federation within the state," he added.

He advocates East/West dialogue. He denounced military aggression. He called targeting Russia irresponsible. He prioritizes diplomatic conflict resolution.

He said EU nations must change to survive. They lack democracy. Their people don't believe voting matters. Major parties reflect two sides of the same coin.

Monied interests run things. Kiev's election will solidify hardline rule. They'll legitimize the illegitimate. They'll mock government of, by and for everyone equitably.

It's strictly forbidden. Ukrainians will get fascist-imposed governance. They'll have no say. How they'll react 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. 

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

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New York Times War on Truth

New York Times War on Truth

by Stephen Lendman

The so-called "newspaper of record" is an establishment broadsheet. It represents wealth, power and privilege. 

It's America's lead instrument of state propaganda. It marches in lockstep with official US policy. 

It's a virtual Washington house organ. A lying machine. A de facto ministry of state misinformation.

Vital truths are buried. Managed news rubbish substitutes. Core journalistic ethics are violated. Readers are systematically lied to. 

They deserve better. They're cheated on what matters most. They're betrayed. 

It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. All the news fit to print isn't fit to read.

Famed Chicago columnist Mike Royko (1932- 1997) once said "no self-respecting fish would (want to) be wrapped in a Murdoch paper..." Or the NYT he might have added.

Its war on truth persists. It's regular daily fare. It's featured. It's deplorable. It's longstanding. It's fundamental Times policy. 

When America wages lawless aggression or plans it, Times correspondents, contributors and editors march in lock step.

When Washington replaces democratic leaders with despots, official Times policy endorses what demands denunciation.

Ukraine is Exhibit A. In February, Washington elevated fascist putschists to power. They replaced democratic leadership.

They did so illegitimately. Times editors cheerled their lawlessness.  They continue doing so. 

They pretend fascist extremists are democrats. They bury truth in the process. They systematically turn it on its head. 

They twist reality to fit US policy. They irresponsibly bash Putin daily.

On May 12, they headlined "What Mr. Putin Can't Control." They claimed legitimate free, fair, open democratic Eastern Ukrainian referendums were "farcical."

They blamed Putin for US-instigated Ukrainian crisis conditions. He's gone all-out to resolve them diplomatically. Not according to Times editors. 

They lied claiming his real aim is "to transform Ukraine into a federation under a weak and neutral Kiev government permanently dependent on Russia."

He'll impose "unacceptable demands…Ukraine is broke…(He's) claiming unrealistically large payments to continue supplying natural gas."

His hand isn't "all aces. He must be aware that any Russian military drive into southeastern Ukraine would entail bloody resistance" and much more.

"…Mr. Putin is not immune to the damage done to his reputation, especially in Germany, the European country he seems to care most about."

Fact: Putin has no territorial ambitions.

Fact: He respects Ukrainian sovereignty.

Fact: He does so for all nations.

Fact: He supports real democracy.

Fact: He opposes coup d'etat illegitimacy.

Fact: So should everyone.

Fact: He made no "unacceptable demands."

Fact: He "claim(s) (no) unrealistically large" gas payments.

Fact: In mid-April, he said Ukraine's gas debt reached a "critical" level.

Fact: It was unpaid for three months.

Fact: He wants addressing it prioritized.

Fact: He wants payment for natural gas provided.

Fact: Companies don't supply products and services free of charge.

Fact: Or nations from state enterprises.

Fact: Since Soviet Russia's dissolution, Moscow guaranteed Ukraine cut-rate-priced natural gas.

Fact: Uninterrupted transit through its territory was assured.

Fact: Russia fulfilled all its contractual obligations.

Fact: Ukraine putschists violated theirs systematically.

Fact: Russia continued providing unprecedented natural gas discounts.

Fact: From 2009 to today, they totaled $17 billion. Plus another $18.4 billion incurred by Kiev as a minimal take-or-pay fine.

Fact: Russia subsidized Ukraine's economy generously. 

Fact: It went way out of its way doing it.

Fact: Since 2009, it provided $34.4 billion.

Fact: It helped preserve stability and credibility. 

Fact: It saved jobs.

Fact: Russia alone showed this type generosity.

Fact: EU nations denied support.

Fact: So did Washington.

Fact: They seek to exploit.

Fact: They're imposing harsh IMF diktats.

Fact: They'll wreck Ukraine's economy.

Fact: They'll hollow it out entirely.

Fact: They'll deeply impoverish millions in the process.

Fact: They want Ukrainian resources plundered.

Fact: They want its state enterprises sold to Western corporate predators and fire sale prices.

Fact: They created a huge Ukrainian trade imbalance.

Fact: It exceeds $10 billion.

Fact: It's two-thirds of Ukraine's 2013 deficit.

Fact: It negatively affects Ukraine's ability to fulfill its contactual obligations for Russian natural gas.

Fact: Moscow alone is forced to bear an unreasonable burden.

Fact: Ukraine's gas debt grows monthly.

Fact: It's done so by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Fact: No longer.

Fact: Beginning mid-May, supplies provided must be pre-paid.

Fact: Overly generous discounts ended.

Fact: They should have long ago.

Fact: Gazprom deserves fair prices.

Fact: What other customers pay.

Fact: It's not in business to be cheated.

Fact: Don't expect Times editors to explain.

"The OSCE must set out its road plan as soon as possible, and the Germans, above all others, must make clear to Mr. Putin that they won't be lulled by more false promises," they said.

"(T)hat unless he clears the way for presidential elections on May 25, gets his minions in southeastern Ukraine in line and really pulls back his armies, the European Union and the United States will impose sanctions that will cut Russia off for a long time from Western sources of technology, arms and finance."

Fact: On May 7, Putin and OSCE head Didier Burkhalter met. 

Fact: They discussed roadmap principles.

Fact: They did so to resolve Ukraine's crisis diplomatically.

Fact: They did what Washington deplores.

Fact: Steps proposed include halting hostilities, deescalating tensions, establishing dialogue, and holding free, fair, open democratic elections.

Fact: On the one hand, Putin called planned Ukrainian presidential elections "a movement in the right direction."

Fact: On the other, he said they'll "settle nothing if all Ukrainian citizens will not understand how their rights will be guaranteed after" elections are held.

Fact: Kiev putschists reacted negatively to OSCE principles.

Fact: They scorn diplomacy.

Fact: They abhor responsible national dialogue.

Fact: They want their way imposed.

Fact: They want fascist rule.

Fact: Washington is going all-out to perpetuate conflict.

Fact: Planned May 25 Kiev elections will be farcical when held.

Fact: Obama wants pro-Western stooges running Ukraine.

Fact: He wants ordinary Ukrainians having no say.

Fact: He wants Russian diplomatic conflict resolution efforts scuttled.

Fact: He wants total US control.

Fact: He wants Ukraine made another NATO member state.

Fact: He wants US bases encroaching on Russia's borders.

Fact: He wants long range multiple nuclear armed missiles targeting its heartland.

Fact: He wants Russia eliminated as a major rival.

Fact: He wants pro-Western puppet governance replacing its sovereign independence.

Fact: He wants its resources plundered.

Fact: He wants its people exploited.

Fact: He scorns diplomacy.

Fact: He deplores democracy.

Fact: He tolerates none at home or abroad.

Fact: He prioritizes confrontation.

Fact: He substitutes belligerence for peaceful conflict resolution.

Fact: He's the most ruthless leader in US history.

Fact: He's the most dangerous by far.

Fact: He exceeds the worst of his predecessors.

Fact: He's ideologically over-the-top.

Fact: He's recklessly out-of-control.

Fact: He risks igniting WW III to achieve his objectives.

It bears repeating. Don't expect New York Times editors to explain. Endorsing what demands condemnation matters more. 

So does daily Russia bashing. Times policy is on the wrong side of history. World peace hangs in the balance.

A Final Comment

John Pilger's 2003 documentary "Breaking The Silence: Truth And Lies In The War on Terror" exposed US "war on terror" Big Lies.

Washington's actions "have nothing to do with fighting terrorism," he said. They're "part of an opened-ended war" on freedom.

It rages for unchallenged US "global dominance…" It's for plundering world resources. It reflects state terrorism writ large.

Pilger asked:

"What are the real aims of this war and who are the most threatening terrorists?" 

"Who is responsible for far greater acts of violence than those committed by the fanatics of Al-Qaeda, crimes that have claimed many more lives than September 11th and always in poor, devastated, faraway places?"

His documentary revealed "rapacious imperial power." It's about "terrorism that never speaks its name." Because it's "our terrorism," he stressed.

It masquerades as humanitarian intervention. Big Lies substitute for truth.

Pilger's latest article headlined "Break the Silence: a World War is Beckoning."

"Why do we tolerate (it) in our name," he asked? Why do we permit such risk?"

Post-WW II, Western enemy names changed over time. They ranged from "communism to Islamism…"

It's "any society independent of western power and occupying strategically useful or resource-rich territory."

It's leaders are systematically eliminated. Pro-Western stooges replace them.

"Washington’s role in Ukraine is ­different only in its implications for the rest of us," said Pilger. It's heading things toward possible world war.

"We in the west are backing neo-Nazis in a country where Ukrainian Nazis backed Hitler."

Like ravaged and destroyed Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, Washington turned Ukraine "into a CIA theme park run by CIA director John Brennan in Kiev, with 'special units' from the CIA and FBI setting up a 'security structure' that oversees savage attacks on those who opposed the February coup."

Russian-speaking Ukrainians are endangered. They're "fighting for survival." Their enemy is headquartered in Washington.

It maintains satellite branches in other Western capitals, Kiev and elsewhere. 

Post-911, things changed. They did so horrifically for the worst. Washington bears full responsibility. Rogue EU/Israeli partners share it.

Lunatics make policy. Madness reflects it. "Rampant militarism now rules," said Pilger. Liberty is "hemorrhaging" in plain sight.

War on humanity threatens everyone. Potential nuclear war looms. It begs the question, said Pilger. "W)hy do we tolerate" the unthinkable?

Why does madness prevent responsible policy? Daily events should scare everyone. 

Upside down reality threatens humanity. Criminality is rewarded. Doing the right thing is punished.

Warmakers win peace prizes. Peace advocates are scorned. They're targeted for elimination.

Today is the most perilous time in world history. It bears repeating. 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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Bashing Real Democracy

Bashing Real Democracy

by Stephen Lendman

Media scoundrels reacted as expected. They didn't surprise. They march in lockstep with official Washington policy. 

They bashed Sunday's legitimate Donetsk and Lugansk referendums. They reflect real democracy. 

They exposed America's sham process. Perhaps they'll inspire people everywhere to follow their courageous example.

Not according to The New York Times. It twists important truths daily. It does so irresponsibly. On May 11, it headlined "Ukraine Vote on Separation Held in Chaos," saying: 

"Separatists in two provinces of eastern Ukraine conducted chaotic and sometimes violent plebiscites on Sunday that offered voters just one question about self-rule, while raising many more about where events in the region were headed."

"Opponents appeared to be staying away from the polls, as many had said they would." 

"The ballot papers that could be seen in transparent ballot boxes in two cities, Donetsk and Slovyansk, were almost all marked yes."

"But the voting took place in such a raw state of lawlessness that no one other than the organizers and perhaps their Russian patrons seemed likely to accept the results as a democratic expression of the voters will."

"The interim central government and many leaders in the West have said that the separatists in eastern Ukraine were proxies for the Russian intelligence services, and were trying to destabilize the country after mass protests drove Ukraine's former pro-Russian leader from power."

"Referendums offered no reliable gauge of (popular) support."

"Despite their slapdash nature, the referendums in the east risked escalating the smoldering conflict in Ukraine by entrenching the political wings of pro-Russian militant groups, giving them a chance to claim at least the semblance of a popular mandate, while facing the authorities in Kiev with the awkward problem of appearing to defy voters."

Coup-appointed presidential chief of staff Sergiy Pashinskiy was quoted, saying:

"The so-called referendum in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions is an attempt by the terrorists to cover up their crimes."

"In fact, there is no referendum taking place." Voting went on only in about one-third of the region, he claimed. Organizers will be prosecuted, he added.

Fact: Times managed news misinformation rubbish substitutes for accurate reporting.

Fact: It does so systematically.

Fact: It does willfully.

Fact: It does daily.

Fact: Eastern Ukrainians aren't separatists.

Fact: They're not terrorists.

Fact: They're not militants.

Fact: They're factory workers, miners, farmers, shopkeepers, and store clerks.

Fact: They're freedom fighters.

Fact: They're Ukraine's best and bravest.

Fact: Like-minded residents support them.

Fact: They include ordinary people of all stripes, doctors, lawyers, academics, accountants, other professionals, students, mothers, grandparents, and religious figures.

Fact: They share one common trait.

Fact: They're democrats.

Fact: They support the real thing.

Fact: They reject illegitimate Kiev putschists.

Fact: Everyone everywhere should.

Fact: Voting was well organized.

Fact: It wasn't "slapdash."

Fact: So-called "chaos" was state-sponsored.

Fact: Donetsk and Lugansk regions are virtual war zones.

Fact: Residents risked life and limb to vote.

Fact: Turnout was huge.

Fact: It was unprecedented.

Fact: Nearly 80% of eligible voters overall.

Fact: They left no doubt where they stand.

Fact: Near unanimity chose democracy.

Fact: So-called "opponents" were near non-existent.

Fact: So-called "raw state of lawlessness" was state-sponsored.

Fact: So-called "Russian patrons" don't exist.

Fact: Voters acted on their own volition.

Fact: They're "proxies" for no one.

Fact: They want real democracy.

Fact: They want the real thing.

Fact: They want peace, law and order. 

Fact: They want stability nationwide.

Fact: They deplore fascism.

Fact: They reject what no one should tolerate.

Fact: Referendum results showed clear popular self-rule sentiment.

Fact: Voters inspired other Ukrainians to follow their example.

Fact: They inspired people everywhere to do so.

Fact: They exposed Kiev's dark side. 

Fact: State-sponsored terrorism reflects it.

Fact: Fascist regimes operate this way.

Don't expect Times correspondents, commentators or editors to explain. They support wealth, power and privilege exclusively. 

They deplore social justice. They oppose real democracy. They're on the wrong side of history. They disgracefully back wrong over right.

On May 12, The Times headlined  "Kiev Condemns Separatist Vote as Russia Offers Tepid Support," saying:

"Ukraine's interim president, Oleksandr V. Turchynov, on Monday dismissed weekend referendums in the country's restive east, calling them 'a farce' with no legal basis…"

He accused Moscow of trying to overthrow Kiev's government. He bashed Kremlin officials irresponsibly. 

He said they aim to disrupt May 25's election. It reflects stage-managed illegitimacy writ large.

Claiming tepid Russian support doesn't wash. Expect future Kremlin comments to leave no doubt about backing what deserves universal recognition.

Coup-appointed Kiev security chief Andriy Parubiy called Sunday's referendums "Putin propaganda."

"Europe needs to understand that because Hitler was not stopped at the beginning, it led to a huge war and millions and millions of victims," he claimed. 

"If Russia recogniszes (the results), Ukraine will defend its territory."

Washington denounced the referendum results. It's unwilling to recognize them.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said they "have zero credibility in the eyes of the world. They are illegal by anybody's standards."

It bears repeating. Sunday's referendums were legitimate. Claiming otherwise doesn't wash.

Self-determination is a universal right. Comparing legal self-rule to Hitler on the march shows how far Kiev putschists sunk. They'll go to any extremes to denounce real democracy.

To conceal lawless rule. To pretend illegitimacy is proper. To continue waging aggressive war. To keep killing civilians. 

To crack down hard on nonbelievers. To harden fascist rule. To crush legitimate opponents. To do it no-holds-barred.

The Washington Post headlined "Eastern Ukrainians vote for self-rule in referendum opposed by West," saying:

Results threaten "to deepen divisions in a country already heading perilously toward civil war."

It quoted Kiev's self-appointed foreign ministry calling Sunday's referendums a "criminal farce." Run by a "gang of terrorists."
Reflecting its view about Russian agents backing them. 

"Many residents who oppose the separatist movement boycotted the vote," said WaPo. But it did appear that turnout was relatively high.

"Relatively" grossly understates reality. At nearly 80%, it was unprecedented. So-called "opposition" was practically non-existent.

WaPo couldn't get its facts straight. Fantasy substitutes for truth. Distortion for reality. Bald-faced lies for legitimate journalism.

The Wall Street Journal headlined "Pro-Russian Separatists Declare Victory in East Ukraine," saying:

Doing so "ratchet(ed) up tensions between the West and Moscow, which by recognizing the results could push the country toward a break-up."

Results suggest "weeks of instability and violence" to come.

"Amid an absence of electoral observers and a heavy presence of separatist gunmen patrolling the streets, the government in Kiev said the results of the vote were certain to be rigged."

"(F)igures (released) are certain to arouse skepticism, since polls last month showed only 30% of voters in the Donetsk region supported independence from Ukraine." 

"Pro-unity activists said that many opponents of splitting from Ukraine simply stayed at home and that long lines were caused by a restricted number of voting stations."

The Journal blamed victims for Kiev's aggression. It said they "began armed confrontations in Mariupol" and elsewhere.

Twisting facts to fit Washington's imperial agenda is longstanding scoundrel media policy. Calling freedom-fighting activists terrorists shows how far they've sunk.

Equating real democracy with separatism reveals more. Near self-rule unanimity showed alleged pre-election 30% support flat wrong.

Sunday's record turnout belied claims about many self-determination opponents staying home. Hard facts expose scoundrel media Big Lies.

The Chicago Tribune headlined "Rebels declare victory in East Ukraine vote on self-rule."

It called a historic triumph "makeshift…Potentially grace implications may follow."

"Ballot papers…were printed without security provision…(V)oter registration was patchy…(T)here was confusion over what the vote was for." 

Not based on voter turnout. None on what they support. Scoundrel media post-mortems reflect sour grapes grousing. Taking issue with real democracy shows how strongly they oppose it.

Eastern Ukrainians spoke loudly. It bears repeating. Self-rule affirmation was near unanimous. 

So was opposition to illegitimate Kiev fascist rule. The struggle for Ukraine's soul continues. It just began. It remains to be seen what follows.

Regular updates will keep explaining the most significant geopolitical issue of our time. 

Stay tuned for regular updates. Learn what everyone needs to know.

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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Fascist Killers

Fascist Killers

by Stephen Lendman

Three nations among others stand out: America, Israel and Ukraine.

America's deplorable history reflects barbarism writ large. Killing civilians is longstanding policy. Doing so violates core international law.

It prohibits collective punishment. It forbids attacking noncombatants. Targets unrelated to military necessity are strictly off-limits. 

Lawless attacks constitute crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. Committing them reflects official US policy. It's been so throughout America's sordid history.

It's guilty as charged. Its drone program alone is damning. It reflects out-of-control state terror.

Attacks are indiscriminate. Mostly noncombatant civilians are killed. A 2012 "Living Under Drones" report explained.

Stanford University's International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic (SU) and New York University School of Law's Global Justice Clinic (NYU) jointly prepared it.

Credible firsthand documentation was compiled. It "present(ed) (clear) evidence of the damaging and counterproductive effects of" Obama's drone-strike policy.

So-called benefits don't exist. Mostly noncombatant civilians are harmed. Men, women, children, infants, the elderly and infirm are murdered in cold blood.

"Living Under Drones" exposed what official accounts suppress.

US imperial wars killed millions of civilians. Indiscriminate mass murder reflects longstanding US policy. 

March 19 marked the 10th anniversary of Washington's Iraq war. Waging it destroyed the cradle of civilization.

It's one of history's greatest crimes. It followed Gulf War devastation and punishing sanctions. 

They caused about 1.5 million Iraqi deaths. Most were young children. Up to 7,000 died monthly. 

Former UN humanitarian coordinator Dennis Halliday resigned in protest. He refused to be part of what he called "genocide."

Weeks of so-called "Operation Iraqi Freedom" destroyed virtually everything needed for normal functioning.

Terror bombings and ground assaults damaged or demolished targets unrelated to military necessity.

They included power plants, dams, water purification facilities, sewage treatment and disposal systems, telephone and other communications, hospitals, schools, mosques, residential neighborhoods, factories and private businesses, government buildings, historical sites and much more.

The region's most developed country was systematically destroyed. The cradle of civilization no longer exists. Dystopian hell replaced it.

Millions of Iraqis suffer horrifically. They struggle daily to survive. Their nation remains a cauldron of violence and instability. 

US installed stooge governance remains. So-called elections are farcical when held. Democracy is pure fantasy. 

Crimes of war and against humanity continue. Iraq is a virtual free-fire zone. Washington bears full responsibility. Obama continues what Bush began.

Hegemons operate this way. Fascist regimes give no quarter. America represents the worst of imperial barbarism.

Conquest, domination, colonization and plundering nations for profit matter most. Millions of human lives lost attest to Washington's ruthlessness. 

They're inconsequential. They're considered a small price to pay. Coverup and denial suppress the worst of US policy.

America's human rights record is appalling. It's by far the world's worst. Every imaginable crime and then some was committed. 

They continue out-of-control. They're largely out of sight and mind. They're unreported.

Torture is sanctioned. Peace and stability are verboten. Permanent war is official policy. So is global state terror.

America operates the world's largest gulag. Thousands of political prisoners fill it. Global torture prisons supplement it.

Crime bosses make policy. Monied interests control them. New World Order ruthlessness reflects official policy. Rule of law principles don't matter. Washington rules alone apply.

Israel operates the same way. So-called "Dahiya Doctrine" lawlessness is official policy. It's named after a Beirut suburb. 

It reflects how all Israeli wars are waged. Former IDF Northern Commander Gabi Eisenkot explained earlier, saying:

"What happened in the Dahiya quarter of Beirut in 2006 will happen in every village from which Israel is fired on." 

"We will apply disproportionate force at the heart of the enemy's weak spot (civilians) and cause great damage and destruction." 

"From our standpoint, these are not civilian villages (towns or cities). They are military bases. This is not a recommendation. This is a plan. And it has been approved."

Terror bombings target civilians. They're murdered in cold blood. 
Israel's preemptive 2006 Lebanon war horrific. Weeks of slaughter, destruction, mass displacement and human misery followed.

Over 1,000 died. One-fourth of Lebanese people fled for their lives. Terror bombings were merciless.

They destroyed or damaged ports, Beirut International Airport, roads, bridges, other infrastructure, schools, hospitals, power stations, commercial sites, factories, dams, civilian neighborhoods, government buildings, mosques, churches, radio and TV stations, an orphanage, Sidon's refugee camp and other non-military targets.

Jiyeh’s utility plant south of Beirut was struck. Doing so caused massive oil spillage. Over 90 miles of coastal waters were polluted. 

Biodiversity was damaged. Heightened cancer risk followed. Many thousands of Lebanese remain vulnerable.

A land, sea and air siege was imposed. Illegal weapons were used. They included depleted uranium, chemical agents, as well as white phosphorous bombs and shells. They burn flesh to the bone.

So-called thermobaric bombs were dropped. They contain polymer-bonded or solid fuel-air explosives. They penetrate buildings, underground shelters and tunnels. 

Their blast pressure sucks oxygen out of affected areas. It horrifically affects people in them. It’s a terror weapon designed to kill and destroy monstrously.

Israel's December 2008/January 2009 Gaza war replicated Lebanon atrocities. Appalling crimes of war and against humanity were committed.

Israel did so with impunity. Goldstone Commission findings were damning. They showed clear "evidence indicating serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law…"

They said Israeli "actions amount(ed) to war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity." Indisputable evidence explained.

Over 1,400 Palestinians died. They were murdered in cold blood. Roads, bridges, other infrastructure, residential neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, mosques, public buildings, factories, Gaza's sole power plant, police stations, other structures and facilities were damaged or destroyed.

Israel's lawless siege prevents proper reconstruction. So do repeated air, ground and sea attacks. 

They inflict more death and destruction. Children are affected most. Longterm trauma persists.

World leaders able to make a difference turn a blind eye. Doing so lets Israel get away with mass murder. Committing it is official Israeli policy. Unaccountability follows every time.

Ukraine represents America's latest imperial adventurism. Democratic governance was destroyed. Illegitimate coup-appointed fascists replaced it.

They're committing the unthinkable. They're waging war on their own people. 

They're using tanks, artillery, mortars, APCs, helicopter gunships other heavy weapons, and toxic chemicals against lightly armed Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters.

They're willfully murdering unarmed civilians. They're doing it daily. The May 2 Odessa massacre killed around 300 defenseless city residents. 

Doing so reflects how far they'll go. It suggests much worse to follow. Washington endorses their worst barbarism. 

Orders come straight from the White House. No-holds-barred death and destruction was OK'd. Tyrants operate this way. One fascist regime supports another.

Washington blamed victims for their own deaths. It blames Russia for its crimes. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki consistently turns truth on its head. She lies for power. 

She suppresses what people most need to know. She does it in regular press briefings. She substitutes misinformation Big Lies for vital truths.

On Friday, she outrageously "condemned the outbreak of violence caused by pro-Russian separatists…in Mariupol…"

Fact: Kiev putschists bear full responsibility.

Fact: They acted on direct orders from Washington.

Fact: They murdered around 20 civilians in cold blood.

Fact: They injured many others.

Fact: They violated core international law provisions.

Fact: They operate with impunity.

Fact: They likely plan much greater bloodbaths.

Fact: Eastern Ukrainian self-defense forces aren't separatists.

Fact: They're not terrorists.

Fact: They're federalist supporters.

Fact: They're freedom fighters.

Fact: They reject US-installed Kiev fascist putschists.

Fact: They want local autonomy.

Fact: They're Ukraine's best and bravest.

Fact: They fighting for rights everyone deserves.

Fact: They merit worldwide support.

Fact: Kiev putschists have no legitimacy.

Fact: They demand universal condemnation.

It bears repeating. Fascist regimes operate this way. America is by far the worst. Kiev putschists serve US interests. 

They do so at the expense of their own people. Exploiting them ruthlessly is planned. So is letting Western corporations plunder Ukraine's resources. IMF diktats demand it.

War on Eastern Ukraine continues. Mass slaughter may follow. Bloodbath conditions promise much worse ahead. 

It bears repeating. Hegemons operate this way. Proxy stooges serve their interests. One fascist regime supports another. 

Longstanding US policy reflects its dark side. It shows America's true face. It exposes the depths of its depravity. Humanity's fate hangs in the balance.

A Final Comment

Jaime Lopez and Dallas Peavy endured weeks of political imprisonment. They're US citizens. 

From March 14 through April 22, they were held lawlessly in Djibouti. They committed no crimes. They're uncharged.

US consular officials are complicit with Djiboutian authorities. They want Lopez/Peavy abuse kept under wraps. They want Congress US media kept uninformed.

On Saturday, Lopez emailed this writer. He asked for help. He explained what happened. 

He detailed how grievously he and Peavy were treated. He explained:

"US embassy (officials) provided derogatory written and verbal information to US military base (Camp Lemonier)" authorities.

Doing so got its commander "to declare us to be persona non-grata at the base." Misinformation claimed "Mr. Peavy (was) wanted by the FBI."

US consular officials hold Lopez's passport. They won't return it. Both men committed no crimes. They want to go home.

They're prevented from doing so. They remain effectively imprisoned.

US consular officials lied. They claimed "they are no longer involved in the legal matter," said Lopez.

Even though both men are uncharged. US citizens warrant consular protection. Their fundamental rights were violated. 

It bears repeating. Washington is complicit with Djiboutian authorities.

It's acting against the welfare of two of its citizens. It doesn't give a damn how they're treated. Lopez emailed this writer for help.

He and Peavy are two among countless victims of America's contempt for fundamental human rights. They're trapped against their will in Djibouti. 

They can't get out. They can't go home. They're stuck where they don't want to be. 

Consular officials haven't done a thing to help. Whether things get resolved appears unlikely short-term. Both men remain in limbo.

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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Odessa Massacre: Eyewitness Account

Odessa Massacre: Eyewitness Account 

by Stephen Lendman

Fascists wage wars their way. Dirty ones rage. America fights this way. 

It's done so throughout its existence. No-holds-barred barbarism reflects official policy.

Washington manipulates criminal events in Ukraine. Coup-appointed putschists are convenient stooges. They're murdering their own people. They're doing it in cold blood.

Donetsk People's Republic leaders said Mariupol self-defense forces were attacked with chemical weapons. A statement issued said:

"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 on May 6 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."

A toxic choking agent was used. One victim was diagnosed with unidentified gas poisoning.

Others were affected. Symptoms include first-degree chemical-inflicted eye burns, alcoholic-like intoxication, bodily lacerations and fainting. Victims were hospitalized. 

At the same time, Kiev forces attacked Mariupol. They did so with tanks and other heavy weapons.

Federalization supporters screamed "Fascists." Armored vehicles fired on unarmed civilians. Reports suggest around 20 deaths. Many more were wounded.

The 0629.ua news service reported "a tank seized at the crossroads of Lenina and Torgovaya streets by the representatives of the Donetsk People's Republic."

"At 12.50, 14 tanks were spotted coming from the agricultural base towards Mariupol. According to medics, there are two dead and 8 wounded," the report added.

"(O)n Lenin avenue, two people were seriously wounded - one in the head and another in the stomach." 

"A huge pool of blood (was) next to the Arbat cafe. It's not known whether the wounded people have survived." 

"Witnesses sa(id) they were driven away in a passenger car. The fighting (went) on next to the main police department."

"Gunfire (was) heard. Two armored vehicles blocked Artyom street." Residents barricaded streets. They burned tires. They overturned cars.

They stormed Mariupol's Interior Ministry building. According to a self-defense force representative: 

"Camouflaged people...storm(ed) the building of the city’s interior ministry department. A bus with soldiers dr(ove) up."

"They (came) from a military unit located in the vicinity of Mariupol. Policemen who refuse to obey Kiev regime's orders (were) detained."

"Policemen of the city department refused to obey Kiev's orders and guard the building of the city council, which had been seized a day earlier by the Ukrainian security services." 

"As a result, Kiev authorities decided to storm the building of the city Interior Ministry department. Policemen are shooting back."

"The building (was) surrounded." Self-defense forces said "(a)rmored vehicles approached (it) and opened fire with heavy weapons."

"The building is old and has thick walls, so you can't penetrate it with machine-gun fire." A city resident added:

"On the central street of the city, I saw tanks and armored vehicles with the Ukrainian flags at around 11.40 am (local time)." 

"Then, the city residents started to gather near the city executive committee building." 

"Then some of the protesters tried to go to the district department of interior, but it seemed that the Kiev regime military was beginning to shoot at those who attempted to approach." 

"I don't know if they were shooting to kill, but at their legs - that's for sure."

A separate report said the Interior Ministry was set ablaze.

RT International reported what happened. Its stringer was wounded. He's identified only as Andrey for his safety.

It happened while filming. He sustained a stomach injury. His bulletproof vest didn't help. He's hospitalized in serious condition. Reports suggest he'll survive.

On Friday, gun battles raged. Ukrainian MP Oleg Lyashko said:

"The perimeter around the Interior Ministry department building in Mariupol is completely blocked by the armed forces." 

"Terrorists are barricaded inside and are now returning fire. An order has been issued not to take anyone alive."

Fascists fight this way. Friday was Victory Day. It commemorated Nazi Germany's defeat. Russia honored heroes of its Great Patriotic War.

Ukrainians did so nationwide. Many thousands were on city streets. Imagine waging war this day. Imagine attacking civilians. 

Imagine targeting unarmed ones. Imagine doing so with thousands in harm's way. 

Imagine US media scoundrels ignoring what happened. Imagine European ones misreporting it. 

Imagine them calling freedom fighters "terrorists." Imagine them ignoring civilian casualties.

Imagine fascists fighting this way. Imagine Washington supporting their worst brutality. Imagine direct orders to commit mass murder. One fascist regime supports another.

About 1,500 Mariupol residents participating in Victory Day commemoration marched on police headquarters.

They did so resisting Ukraine's military. According to a self-defense forces spokesman:

"Demonstrators - about 1,500 in all - rushed to the police department building." 

"Men wearing black camouflage walk(ed) towards them, firing shots in the air."

Other residents burned tires near City Council headquarters. Mariupol is one of many Eastern Ukrainian battlegrounds.

Kharkov is Ukraine's second largest city. On Friday, an anti-government rally was held. Around 1,500 residents participated.

One held a sign reading: "Referendum. We're not separatist!" Residents oppose Kiev's "junta." They called coup-appointed officials "US henchemen."

Putschists are waging "war against (their) own people," they said. Thousands of Donetsk residents rallied. They chanted greetings to Great Patriotic War veterans.

"Congratulations!" "Hurrah!" and "Russia!," they shouted. Self-defense forces leader Denis Pushilin thanked veterans for defeating fascism.

He urged people to vote in Sunday's referendum, saying:

"We must confirm our choice on May 11, confirm our holy duty to continue to carry the banner of Victory." 

"We are Russians. The great Russian heritage is awakening in us, and we will win a victory whatever the cost."

Police were supportive. They wore St. George's ribbons. City residents applauded them.

Thousands in Slavyansk rallied. They celebrated Victory Day. They did so despite Kiev-imposed martial law.

Recently released People's Governor Pavel Gubarev urged residents throughout Southeast Ukraine "to join the people's militia under the command of Igor Strelkov."

Slavyansk People's Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev called on them to fight fascism. Vote in Sunday's referendum, he stressed.

Odessans displayed a red banner over the Trade Union House building. They did so honoring hundreds Right Sector thugs killed on May 2. Most were inside.

Crowds assembled in Taras Shevchenko Park. They did so to honor Soviet soldiers killed in the Great Patriotic War.

Others gathered in Kulikovo Field. Right Sector thugs burned activist tents on May 2. Doing so was prelude to murdering 300 unarmed civilians inside and outside the Trade Union House building.

Odessan mayoral candidate Aleksey Albu said:

"We have plans to put up a new tent camp after May 9. This time, there will be many more people there."

Odessa and other Eastern Ukrainian cities remain battlegrounds. Expect no end of fighting soon. Perhaps bloodbath conditions before things end.

Orders come straight from Washington. Eliminate opposition elements. Do it at all costs. 

Unleash violence without mercy. Use tanks, artillery, mortars, APCs, helicopter gunships, and other heavy weapons against civilians.

Murder them in cold blood. Lie. Claim they're terrorists. Say you're protecting Ukraine. 

Good journalism is the first casualty of war. It's a "weapon of war," said John Pilger. 

Censorship is longstanding policy. Truth-telling is verboten. Media scoundrels suppress what people most need to know.

Managed news misinformation substitutes. Reporting on Ukraine has been appalling and then some. It matches the worst against Saddam, Gaddafi and Assad.

Bad fiction substitutes for hard truths. It persists daily. Presstitutes make street whores look good by comparison. Marching in lockstep with US policy alone matters.

Expect lots more of the same ahead. Ukrainian crisis conditions promise to get worse. Perhaps much worse before things end.

Perhaps Obama bit off more than he can chew. Ukraine isn't the walkover he planned. He's his own worst enemy.

He may have shot himself in the foot. Putin makes him look amateurish by comparison. 

He outsmarted him since crisis erupted last November.  At times he made him look foolish. 

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland mocks the office she holds. 

She was caught on tape using obscene language. She admitted Washington spent over $5 billion dollars toppling Ukraine's democratically elected government.

On Thursday, House Foreign Affairs Committee members challenged her with tough questions on Ukraine.

Dana Rohrabacher (R. CA) said Ukrainians had a "legitimate election before, and the legitimate president was removed after we had major street violence." 

"There were pictures of people running around that we were told were neo-Nazis."

Nuland was hard-pressed to answer. Rohrabacher wanted straight talk. She failed to deliver. She lied saying:

"First of all, the vast majority of those who were participating on Maidan were peaceful protesters. There were mothers and grandmothers and veterans."

Rohrabacker interrupted her. He didn't mince words stressing:

"I saw those pictures, and I also saw a lot of people throwing fire bombs at groups of policemen." 

"There were people shooting into the ranks of police. So, yes, there were mothers with flowers, but there were also very dangerous street fighters engaged in those demonstrations." 

"The question is: were there neo-Nazi groups involved?"

Nuland was nonplussed. She couldn't deny credible video evidence. "There were many colors of Ukraine involved including very ugly colors," she said.

She stopped well short of truth, the whole truth, and nothing else. US-supported neo-Nazis bore full responsibility for Maidan violence. Likeminded extremists shared it.

Clear evidence proved it. Coverup and denial suppressed it. Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych had no involvement. Nor members of his government. 

Nuland didn't explain. She's a war criminal. She's guilty of high crimes. Her policy positions indict her. 

She belongs in prison doing hard time. So does Washington's entire criminal class. They mock legitimate governance. 

They shame positions they hold. Washington makes more enemies than friends. They're heading America for tyranny and ruin.

It's too late for mere scattered reforms. Hubris, arrogance and overreach assure ending imperial rampaging sooner or later.

America is plagued by the same dynamic that doomed past empires. It's spending itself to death. It's bullying nations into supporting what harms their own interests. 

It's threatening outliers that don't. It's increasingly having to work harder to accomplish less. It's falling short or failing more often. It's the world's top pariah state. 

It bears repeating. It's heading for tyranny, bankruptcy and ruin. Misguided policies wreck all empires. Washington is no exception. 

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. When America goes, the crash will resonate worldwide. 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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Kiev Uses Chemical Weapons

Kiev Uses Chemical Weapons 

by Stephen Lendman

Fascists wage wars their way. Dirty ones rage. America fights this way. 

It's done so throughout its existence. No-holds-barred barbarism reflects official policy.

Washington manipulates criminal events in Ukraine. Coup-appointed putschists are convenient stooges. They're murdering their own people. They're doing it in cold blood.

Donetsk People's Republic leaders said Mariupol self-defense forces were attacked with chemical weapons. A statement issued said:

"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 on May 6 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."

A toxic choking agent was used. One victim was diagnosed with unidentified gas poisoning.

Others were affected. Symptoms include first-degree chemical-inflicted eye burns, alcoholic-like intoxication, bodily lacerations and fainting. Victims were hospitalized. 

At the same time, Kiev forces attacked Mariupol. They did so with tanks and other heavy weapons.

Federalization supporters screamed "Fascists." Armored vehicles fired on unarmed civilians. Reports suggest around 20 deaths. Many more were wounded.

The 0629.ua news service reported "a tank seized at the crossroads of Lenina and Torgovaya streets by the representatives of the Donetsk People's Republic."

"At 12.50, 14 tanks were spotted coming from the agricultural base towards Mariupol. According to medics, there are two dead and 8 wounded," the report added.

"(O)n Lenin avenue, two people were seriously wounded - one in the head and another in the stomach." 

"A huge pool of blood (was) next to the Arbat cafe. It's not known whether the wounded people have survived." 

"Witnesses sa(id) they were driven away in a passenger car. The fighting (went) on next to the main police department."

"Gunfire (was) heard. Two armored vehicles blocked Artyom street." Residents barricaded streets. They burned tires. They overturned cars.

They stormed Mariupol's Interior Ministry building. According to a self-defense force representative: 

"Camouflaged people...storm(ed) the building of the city’s interior ministry department. A bus with soldiers dr(ove) up."

"They (came) from a military unit located in the vicinity of Mariupol. Policemen who refuse to obey Kiev regime's orders (were) detained."

"Policemen of the city department refused to obey Kiev's orders and guard the building of the city council, which had been seized a day earlier by the Ukrainian security services." 

"As a result, Kiev authorities decided to storm the building of the city Interior Ministry department. Policemen are shooting back."

"The building (was) surrounded." Self-defense forces said "(a)rmored vehicles approached (it) and opened fire with heavy weapons."

"The building is old and has thick walls, so you can't penetrate it with machine-gun fire." A city resident added:

"On the central street of the city, I saw tanks and armored vehicles with the Ukrainian flags at around 11.40 am (local time)." 

"Then, the city residents started to gather near the city executive committee building." 

"Then some of the protesters tried to go to the district department of interior, but it seemed that the Kiev regime military was beginning to shoot at those who attempted to approach." 

"I don't know if they were shooting to kill, but at their legs - that's for sure."

A separate report said the Interior Ministry was set ablaze.

RT International reported what happened. Its stringer was wounded. He's identified only as Andrey for his safety.

It happened while filming. He sustained a stomach injury. His bulletproof vest didn't help. He's hospitalized in serious condition. Reports suggest he'll survive.

On Friday, gun battles raged. Ukrainian MP Oleg Lyashko said:

"The perimeter around the Interior Ministry department building in Mariupol is completely blocked by the armed forces." 

"Terrorists are barricaded inside and are now returning fire. An order has been issued not to take anyone alive."

Fascists fight this way. Friday was Victory Day. It commemorated Nazi Germany's defeat. Russia honored heroes of its Great Patriotic War.

Ukrainians did so nationwide. Many thousands were on city streets. Imagine waging war this day. Imagine attacking civilians. 

Imagine targeting unarmed ones. Imagine doing so with thousands in harm's way. 

Imagine US media scoundrels ignoring what happened. Imagine European ones misreporting it. 

Imagine them calling freedom fighters "terrorists." Imagine them ignoring civilian casualties.

Imagine fascists fighting this way. Imagine Washington supporting their worst brutality. Imagine direct orders to commit mass murder. One fascist regime supports another.

About 1,500 Mariupol residents participating in Victory Day commemoration marched on police headquarters.

They did so resisting Ukraine's military. According to a self-defense forces spokesman:

"Demonstrators - about 1,500 in all - rushed to the police department building." 

"Men wearing black camouflage walk(ed) towards them, firing shots in the air."

Other residents burned tires near City Council headquarters. Mariupol is one of many Eastern Ukrainian battlegrounds.

Kharkov is Ukraine's second largest city. On Friday, an anti-government rally was held. Around 1,500 residents participated.

One held a sign reading: "Referendum. We're not separatist!" Residents oppose Kiev's "junta." They called coup-appointed officials "US henchemen."

Putschists are waging "war against (their) own people," they said. Thousands of Donetsk residents rallied. They chanted greetings to Great Patriotic War veterans.

"Congratulations!" "Hurrah!" and "Russia!," they shouted. Self-defense forces leader Denis Pushilin thanked veterans for defeating fascism.

He urged people to vote in Sunday's referendum, saying:

"We must confirm our choice on May 11, confirm our holy duty to continue to carry the banner of Victory." 

"We are Russians. The great Russian heritage is awakening in us, and we will win a victory whatever the cost."

Police were supportive. They wore St. George's ribbons. City residents applauded them.

Thousands in Slavyansk rallied. They celebrated Victory Day. They did so despite Kiev-imposed martial law.

Recently released People's Governor Pavel Gubarev urged residents throughout Southeast Ukraine "to join the people's militia under the command of Igor Strelkov."

Slavyansk People's Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev called on them to fight fascism. Vote in Sunday's referendum, he stressed.

Odessans displayed a red banner over the Trade Union House building. They did so honoring hundreds Right Sector thugs killed on May 2. Most were inside.

Crowds assembled in Taras Shevchenko Park. They did so to honor Soviet soldiers killed in the Great Patriotic War.

Others gathered in Kulikovo Field. Right Sector thugs burned activist tents on May 2. Doing so was prelude to murdering 300 unarmed civilians inside and outside the Trade Union House building.

Odessan mayoral candidate Aleksey Albu said:

"We have plans to put up a new tent camp after May 9. This time, there will be many more people there."

Odessa and other Eastern Ukrainian cities remain battlegrounds. Expect no end of fighting soon. Perhaps bloodbath conditions before things end.

Orders come straight from Washington. Eliminate opposition elements. Do it at all costs. 

Unleash violence without mercy. Use tanks, artillery, mortars, APCs, helicopter gunships, and other heavy weapons against civilians.

Murder them in cold blood. Lie. Claim they're terrorists. Say you're protecting Ukraine. 

Good journalism is the first casualty of war. It's a "weapon of war," said John Pilger. 

Censorship is longstanding policy. Truth-telling is verboten. Media scoundrels suppress what people most need to know.

Managed news misinformation substitutes. Reporting on Ukraine has been appalling and then some. It matches the worst against Saddam, Gaddafi and Assad.

Bad fiction substitutes for hard truths. It persists daily. Presstitutes make street whores look good by comparison. Marching in lockstep with US policy alone matters.

Expect lots more of the same ahead. Ukrainian crisis conditions promise to get worse. Perhaps much worse before things end.

Perhaps Obama bit off more than he can chew. Ukraine isn't the walkover he planned. He's his own worst enemy.

He may have shot himself in the foot. Putin makes him look amateurish by comparison. 

He outsmarted him since crisis erupted last November.  At times he made him look foolish. 

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland mocks the office she holds. 

She was caught on tape using obscene language. She admitted Washington spent over $5 billion dollars toppling Ukraine's democratically elected government.

On Thursday, House Foreign Affairs Committee members challenged her with tough questions on Ukraine.

Dana Rohrabacher (R. CA) said Ukrainians had a "legitimate election before, and the legitimate president was removed after we had major street violence." 

"There were pictures of people running around that we were told were neo-Nazis."

Nuland was hard-pressed to answer. Rohrabacher wanted straight talk. She failed to deliver. She lied saying:

"First of all, the vast majority of those who were participating on Maidan were peaceful protesters. There were mothers and grandmothers and veterans."

Rohrabacker interrupted her. He didn't mince words stressing:

"I saw those pictures, and I also saw a lot of people throwing fire bombs at groups of policemen." 

"There were people shooting into the ranks of police. So, yes, there were mothers with flowers, but there were also very dangerous street fighters engaged in those demonstrations." 

"The question is: were there neo-Nazi groups involved?"

Nuland was nonplussed. She couldn't deny credible video evidence. "There were many colors of Ukraine involved including very ugly colors," she said.

She stopped well short of truth, the whole truth, and nothing else. US-supported neo-Nazis bore full responsibility for Maidan violence. Likeminded extremists shared it.

Clear evidence proved it. Coverup and denial suppressed it. Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych had no involvement. Nor members of his government. 

Nuland didn't explain. She's a war criminal. She's guilty of high crimes. Her policy positions indict her. 

She belongs in prison doing hard time. So does Washington's entire criminal class. They mock legitimate governance. 

They shame positions they hold. Washington makes more enemies than friends. They're heading America for tyranny and ruin.

It's too late for mere scattered reforms. Hubris, arrogance and overreach assure ending imperial rampaging sooner or later.

America is plagued by the same dynamic that doomed past empires. It's spending itself to death. It's bullying nations into supporting what harms their own interests. 

It's threatening outliers that don't. It's increasingly having to work harder to accomplish less. It's falling short or failing more often. It's the world's top pariah state. 

It bears repeating. It's heading for tyranny, bankruptcy and ruin. Misguided policies wreck all empires. Washington is no exception. 

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. When America goes, the crash will resonate worldwide. 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. 


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

Bashing Putin’s Diplomatic Proposal

Bashing Putin's Diplomatic Proposal

by Stephen Lendman

It bears repeating what other articles stressed. Putin represents responsible geopolitical leadership. Obama is polar opposite.

Responses to Putin's diplomatic proposal didn't surprise. According to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki:

"(W)e need to see more from President Putin than simply calling for (Eastern Ukrainian referendums) to be postponed."

"And we believe and we would call on Russia to use its influence to - with the militant groups to ensure a safe and secure environment for all Ukrainians to cast their ballots on May 25th. And that's how they can deliver on these words."

Russia is withdrawing its forces from close to Ukraine's borders. They never threatened Ukraine. They engaged in Western-monitored military exercises.

Putin said Western nations can use satellite intelligence to confirm what he announced.

Not according to Psaki, saying: "We have not seen evidence of such movement to date."

"(T)here are still efforts underway to hinder the preparations for the May 25th elections," she claimed.

Tougher US sanctions are being considered, she added. She ludicrously called Kiev's coup-appointed government "legitimate." 

She blames Russia irresponsibly for US crimes. So do other US officials. They represent the worst of Washington's dark side.

Media scoundrels support what demands denunciation. The New York Times responded dismissively to Putin's responsible diplomatic proposal. It did so offensively, saying:

"(I)t remain(s) unclear to analysts and political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic whether he was truly reversing course on Ukraine or if this was just another of his judo-inspired feints."

According to Times editors:

"NATO officials said they saw no pullback of the 40,000 Russian troops who have been threateningly massed on the Ukrainian border for several weeks now."

Ongoing Eastern Ukrainian events "may have demonstrated to the Russian president that his strategy of manipulated rebellion could be getting out of hand." 

"Moreover, a referendum on secession in rebel-controlled zones would have produced a predictably lopsided vote without a shred of credibility, but would have curtailed Mr. Putin’s exit options."

Fact: Putin's announced pullback was genuine.

Fact: He wouldn't have publicly said so otherwise.

Fact: Redeployment takes time.

Fact: By now, satellite images may show it clearly.

Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions.

Fact: Eastern Ukrainians acted solely on their own volition.

Fact: No evidence whatever suggests Russian involvement.

Fact: As of May 8, Donetsk and Lugansk referendum will be held as planned.

Times editors irresponsibly accused Putin of initiating a "lightening-fast annexation of Crimea."

He "use(d) the threat of similar annexations in southeastern Ukraine to press Kiev and the West to agree to a federation structure (to) give Russia a strong influence over the eastern provinces and an effective veto against Ukraine forming alliances with the West," they said.

False! Putin annexed nothing. Nearly 97% of Crimeans voted for reunification with Russia. Turnout was 83%. 

Putin endorsed their wishes. He could do no less. No evidence whatever suggests he seeks territorial gains anywhere. Nor does any exist showing he's meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs. 

He respects Ukrainian unity. He supports democratic governance. It's up to citizens of countries themselves to pursue it. 

International law prohibits outside interference. Putin respects its core provisions honorably. Washington consistently rejects them.

Times editors call Kiev's coup-appointed government "legitimate." They turned truth on its head claiming it.

Putin "deviously…exploited divisions in Ukraine," they said. They lied. They do so in numerous anti-Russian editorials.

They suggested Putin's diplomatic initiative may "prove to be another feint." If so, they added:

"(T)he United States and Europe are left with no choice but to press ahead with extensive and stern economic sanctions against Russia."

Fact: Times editors are notorious.

Fact: They're irresponsible.

Fact: They march in lockstep with the worst of Washington's dark side.

Fact: They substitute misinformation, distortion, and bald-face lies for truth and full disclosure.

Fact: It's longstanding Times policy.

Washington Post reporting matches the worst of Times' disinformation.

On May 7, it misinformed readers saying "key questions remained about whether Putin's efforts would actually rein in violence, including whether Russia retained control over the bands of armed separatists who have taken over cities across eastern Ukraine and whether his proposals were palatable to the Ukrainians."

Fact: Eastern Ukrainians aren't "separatists."

Fact: They're ordinary people.

Fact: They're freedom fighters.

Fact: They want rights everyone deserves.

Fact: Putin has no involvement in their activism.

Fact: Coup-appointed putschists unleashed violence.

Fact: They did so at Washington's behest.

Chicago Tribune editors asked if Putin "blinked on Ukraine."

They irresponsibly accused him of perhaps wanting diplomacy to resolve crisis conditions "he had a huge hand in creating."

Fact: Since trouble erupted last November, he's gone all-out to resolve things responsibly.

Fact: Washington escalated conflict lawlessly.

Fact: It deplores peaceful conflict resolution.

Fact: Longstanding policy prioritizes violence and instability.

Former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinsk is a notorious Russian hater. Tribune editors irresponsibly quoted him, saying:

"What is at stake is a secure and open Europe." The alternative is "some sort of a Russian imperial enterprise next door, based largely on force, and as a result probably quite unstable. So the stakes are really enormous."

Tribune editors added:

"Russian tanks may or may not roll into Kiev one day, the way Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest in 1956 or Prague in 1968."

"Europe can't pursue business as usual with Russia. Not unless it wants to be responsible for losing Ukraine."

Fact: Soviet Russia bears no relation to today's. Any more than Berlin matches Nazi era harshness.

Don't expect Tribune editors to explain. Putin bashing remains official policy.

Coup-appointed prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk accused Putin of "talking through his hat." His appeal was "hot air," he added.

Leading Kiev presidential aspirant/multi-billionaire Petro Poroshenko said:

"We are even ready to have a (national) referendum but not under the barrels of machine guns or automatic rifles."

"After the presidential election. After restoring law and order, we are ready to discuss any referendum and…constitutional changes…with anyone."

Fact: After Kiev fascists solidify power! 

Fact: After they crush democratic resistance.

Fact: After they eliminate freedom initiatives.

Fact: After more Odessa massacres.

Fact: After potentially replicating Cambodia's Killing Fields.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen reacted dismissively to Putin's proposal, saying:

"This is not yet the moment when we can announce with enthusiasm that the crisis is over. We both hope that perhaps Putin's words indicate some kind of a more optimistic scenario, but today it is too early for us to confirm that."

Poland marches in lockstep with lawless US policy. It's Prime Minister Donald Tusk added:

"The Nato assessment, in line with ours, is that we should approach President Putin's statement with great caution."

Washington reacted as expected. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns accused Russia of heading down a "dangerous and irresponsible path."

He promised stepped up US pressure. He ignored Washington full responsibility for ongoing events. He turned a blind eye to Russia's forthright efforts to resolve them peacefully and diplomatically.

Anti-Russian political economist Nicolas Eberstadt got featured Wall Street Journal op-ed space.

"History is full of instances where a rising power, aggrieved and dissatisfied, acts aggressively to obtain new borders or other international concessions," he said. 

"In Russia today, we see a much more unusual case: This increasingly menacing and ambitious geopolitical actor is a state in decline."

Irresponsible Russia bashing infested his op-ed. He outrageously accused Putin of "leading a country in serious decline."

"If his dangerous new brinksmanship" continues, "we should expect more of it in the future, possibly much more, " he claimed. 

He ignored out-of-control US imperial adventurism. It's risking possible WW III.

Francis Boyle addressed the threat, saying: 

"The Ukrainian crisis had been planned as well as the war. There was a war plan. Then it was revised and implemented."

"We are seeing steps now being taken that were planned in advance." It's despite no threat other than Washington invents. 

It's "being used as a pretext to" involve NATO belligerently. Things "are clearly going ahead" as planned.

"The US has already resumed the Cold War with the neo-Nazi coup d'etat in Ukraine that the United States sponsored, controlled, and directed."

Washington wants "to provoke Putin to invade Ukraine. I think they plan to take over all of Ukraine to solidify control of Ukraine by the neo-Nazi thugs in Kiev, and then at least de jure to bring NATO military forces into Ukraine under one pretext or another."

Former CIA analyst/State Department official  Larry Johnson fears something similar. A dangerous dynamic is unfolding, he said.

"Now there is a very strong element in the United States which is pushing for really almost a confrontation with Russia over Ukraine and they haven't really thought through it," he said.

"When they talk about arming the dissidents or arming folks opposing Russia in the Ukraine, they don't appreciate the possibility of the escalation that that can create."

"We tend to try to portray these things in a way that doesn't really take into account all the dynamics that are involved. And I think it's really dangerous," he added.

Sergey Lavrov repeated earlier statements about "fostering a national dialogue aimed at carrying out fair constitutional reform that would take into account the interests of all political forces and regions" in Ukraine.

"Otherwise, the presidential elections in Ukraine scheduled for May 25 will be senseless," he added.

Responsible comments like Lavrov's fall on deaf ears. Reprehensible ones head things recklessly toward potential East/West confrontation.

Francis Boyle is right. Things are headed dangerously in the wrong direction. It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. The worst of all possible outcomes may follow.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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

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


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Fascism’s Willing Co-Conspirators

Fascism's Willing Co-Conspirators

by Stephen Lendman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He called Kiev fascist putschists "reformers."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact: It bears repeating. Ignatius fronts for power.

Fact: He's a neocon favorite.

Fact: Putin represents responsible geopolitical leadership.

Fact: Obama is a war criminal multiple times over.

Fact: He elevated illegitimate Kiev fascist putschists to power.

Fact: He supports the worst of their crimes.

Fact: He bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions.

Fact: He deplores democratic governance.

Fact: He tolerates none at home or abroad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact: He toppled Ukraine's democratically elected president.

Fact: He elevated fascist putschists to power.

Fact: They have no legitimacy whatever.

Fact: They're societal misfits.

Fact: They represent mob rule.

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

Fact: Putin represents the best of geopolitical leadership.

Fact: Obama is polar opposite.

Fact: He threatens world peace.

Fact: He menaces humanity.

Fact: He risks global war.

Fact: Don't expect scoundrel media contributors to explain.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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


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War Propaganda: Another New York Times ‘Sort of’ Retraction on Ukraine

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Scandalous Scoundrel Media Big Lies

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State Department Big Lies

State Department Big Lies

by Stephen Lendman

John Kerry repeats them ad nauseam. They come in country reports. They're in press releases. They're in daily briefings.

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. It reminds governments of their obligation to support it. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

On May 2, a State Department Fact Sheet addressed world press freedom. It did so disingenuously. Washington goes all-out to suppress it. 

Not according to State Department misinformation, saying:

"On World Press Freedom Day, the United States pays special honor to the importance of media freedom - a crucial element of freedom of expression - at home and abroad." 

"A diverse and independent press is crucial to holding governments accountable and promoting democracy around the world."

Washington deplores press freedom. It does so at home and abroad. It wants its message alone disseminated. It wants dissenting views buried.

The State Department lied claiming "(t)he US Government…brought media freedom issues to the fore at the UN and in regional multilateral forums."

Truth is the best disinfectant. Revealing it exposes America's dark side. It's evident in Ukraine.

On Friday, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf addressed ongoing events.

Fantasy substituted for reality. She was asked about Kiev arresting hundreds of journalists.

"More than 500 have been harassed, beaten, abducted, and (one) killed," she said.

She pointed fingers the wrong way. She blamed ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. She turned truth on its head doing so.

Kiev putschists banned Russian TV channels. They shut down independent Ukrainian ones.

The OSCE's media watchdog criticized its actions. It voiced strong concerns. Its media freedom representative Dunja Mijatovic said:

"Banning programming without a legal basis is a form of censorship. National security concerns should not be used at the expense of media freedom."

"While I deplore any kind of state propaganda and hate speech as part of the current information war, everyone has the right to receive information from as many sources as he or she wishes."

"Switching off and banning channels is not the way to address these problems. Any potentially problematic speech should be countered with arguments and more speech."

At least 5 Russian channels were blocked. They include Vesti, Russia 24, Channel One (worldwide), RTR 'Planeta.' and NTV-World.

Over half of Ukrainians speak Russian. Around one-third call it their native language.

According to Crimea's Information Minister Dmitry Polonsky:

"From the moral point of view, all Ukrainian TV channels were rigidly censored by Kiev's illegitimate authorities."

They did so "(i)n violation of fundamental principles. They broadcast only one point of view."

They harass, beat, and terrorize independent journalists. Ukrainian media freedom is fantasy. 

Challenging Kiev putschists risks brutalizing, arrests and death. Police states operate this way. Harf pretended otherwise.

Putin "has a choice to make now," she said.

"He can de-escalate the situation, pull back from the brink, or if he chooses to continue moving forward, we will impose additional costs, including sectoral sanctions that will make very clear to the Russian people that President Putin is more concerned with chest - beating in the region than actually giving his people the economic opportunities they deserve."

"We’ll keep imposing additional costs, and Russia will become increasingly isolated, their people will become isolated, their economy will become isolated." 

"All the work they did in terms of the WTO, the G8, which is now the G7, all of that will go down the drain and they will become increasingly isolated, which will really, really, severely hurt their economy."

"And it's up to President Putin whether he wants those costs."

She ignored his geopolitical leadership. She turned a blind eye to his forthrightness. He prioritizes diplomatic conflict resolution. 

Obama supports violence against Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters. So does Kerry. Harf didn't explain. Lies substituted for truth.

On April 28, an Office of the White House Press Secretary statement on Ukraine said in part:

"The United States has taken further action today in response to Russia's continued illegal intervention in Ukraine and provocative acts that undermine Ukraine's democracy and threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity."  

"At the contact group meeting in Geneva on April 17, 2014, Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union decided on a number of steps to deescalate the situation in eastern Ukraine, including refraining from further violence or provocative acts."   

"Since April 17, Russia has done nothing to meet its Geneva commitments and in fact has further escalated the crisis."  

"Russia's involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable."

Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for "threaten(ing) (Ukraine's) peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity."

Fact: Putin forthrightly supports it.

Fact: He's gone all-out to resolve things diplomatically.

Fact: Washington systematically subverts his best efforts.

Fact: America's "involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable."

Fact: Blaming Russia doesn't wash. Repetition doesn't transform Big Lies into Truths.

"The international community has been unified in its position that Russia must cease its illegal intervention and provocative actions in Ukraine," the statement continued.  

"The United States, working closely with its partners, remains prepared to impose still greater costs on Russia if the Russian leadership continues these provocations instead of de-escalating the situation, consistent with its Geneva commitments."

Fact: Sanctions have no legitimacy.

Fact: They have no legal standing.

Fact: It bears repeating. Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions.

Fact: Russia continues going all-out to resolve them forthrightly.

Don't expect State Department officials to explain. Or spokespersons paid to lie. 

Expect Big Lies to substitute. It's longstanding US policy. It's the American way.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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

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Putting together Power Outside The Matrix

Putting together Power Outside the Matrix by Jon Rappoport May 3, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com In this article, I’ll focus on the section of Power Outside The Matrix (my new mega-collection) called Analyzing Information in the Age of Disinformation. It really started with my first book (1988), AIDS INC., Scandal of the Century. (The complete text (331 […]

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Putting together Power Outside the Matrix by Jon Rappoport May 3, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com In this article, I’ll focus on the section of Power Outside The Matrix (my new mega-collection) called Analyzing Information in the Age of Disinformation. It really started with my first book (1988), AIDS INC., Scandal of the Century. (The complete text (331 […]

‘Cold War Against Russia – Without Debate’

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The New Cold War and the Unquestioned ‘Establishment’

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U.S. Media Propaganda: Russia Accused of Spreading “Conspiracy Theories” on Ukraine

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – The New York Times reported that Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev wrote a Facebook post that said “Blood has been spilled in Ukraine again,” wrote Mr. Medvedev, once favored in the West for playing good cop to the hard-boiled president, Vladimir V. Putin. “The threat of civil war looms.” According to the New York Times article ‘Russia Is Quick to Bend Truth About Ukraine’, said that “He pleaded with Ukrainians to decide their own future “without usurpers, nationalists and bandits, without tanks or armored vehicles — and without secret visits by the C.I.A. director.” The New York Times followed with a statement regarding Medvedev’s post. It said the following:

And so began another day of bluster and hyperbole, of the misinformation, exaggerations, conspiracy theories, overheated rhetoric and, occasionally, outright lies about the political crisis in Ukraine that have emanated from the highest echelons of the Kremlin and reverberated on state-controlled Russian television, hour after hour, day after day, week after week

Now let’s look at the facts. First, blood has been spilled since the beginning of the crisis. Back in February, USA Today published a headline that declared many people were killed. The title read “As many as 100 killed in New Ukraine Clashes” proves Mr. Medvedev’s claims. The Ukraine’s unelected government is made up of Nationalists and bandits. They are the same people who don’t even agree with each other as they resorted to violence during sessions of the Ukrainian parliament. Here are some of the photos below:

                                              A common occurrence as Violence erupts in the Ukrainian Parliament

                                                                              Followed by more violence

                                                              A Ukrainian Official apparently lands on his face

Seems like banditry to me. The New York Times states that “Conspiracy Theories” are coming out of “State-Controlled Russian Television” constantly. Well, Reuters did confirm that the head of the Central Intelligence Agency did visit Ukrainian officials. “We don’t normally comment on the CIA director’s travel but given the extraordinary circumstances in this case and the false claims being leveled by the Russians at the CIA we can confirm that the director was in Kiev as part of a trip to Europe,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.” How about that other conspiracy theory concerning the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria “F**K the EU” Nuland and US Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt and their conversation on how they can install a “Puppet” government in the Ukraine by nominating Bat’kyvshchina Party leader Arseniy Yatseniuk as Deputy Prime Minister and have Udar Party leader and former Boxer Vitaly Klitschko step aside. At the same time, Nuland and Pyatt agreed to discredit the Svoboda party, a Neo-Nazi political party they originally backed. These are not conspiracy theories, these are the facts. However, the New York Times did admit that “There is no question that the new Ukrainian government and its Western allies, including the United States, have engaged in their own misinformation efforts at times, with officials in Kiev making bold pronouncements in recent days of enforcement efforts that never materialized. On Tuesday, some American officials were spreading unverified photographs allegedly showing Russian rocket launchers carried by pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine.”

The anti-Russian crusade carried out by the American mainstream media is more apparent as the crisis continues. The media reports are even sometimes laughable. The New York Times is at least truthful in one sense; they do report “All The News That’s Fit To Print.” Nobody in the alternative media would ever disagree with that statement.

NYT Russia Bashing Stench

NYT Russia Bashing Stench

by Stephen Lendman

In 2005, Chicago's famed City News Bureau closed. Times correspondents, contributors and editors ignore it notable principle. 

"It your mother tells you she loves you, check it out with two independent sources," it said. Get it right before publishing. 

Journalism requires truth-telling. Times rubbish features managed news misinformation. Readers are systematically lied to. The so-called newspaper of record is a de facto Washington house organ.

Discredited Times correspondent Judith Miller wrote daily propaganda rubbish. Front page space featured it. 

War on Iraq was promoted. Lawlessly destroying the cradle of civilization followed.

Miller reflects the worst of irresponsible journalism. She was a reporter with an agenda. 

She was a de facto Pentagon press agent. Her sources were a Noah's Ark of scam artists. She remains unapologetic.

So do current Times correspondents, contributors and editors. They continue her disgraceful agenda. 

They lie for power. They substitute garbage for real news and information.

They bash Russia relentlessly. They do it irresponsibly. They ignore US imperial crimes. They support Kiev fascist putschists. 

They make yellow journalism look good by comparison. The late Gore Vidal called The Times the "Typhoid Mary of American journalism." He did so for good reason.

An April 15 Times article headlined "Russia Is Quick to Bend Truth About Ukraine." 

It lied about Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev. It called their honest assessment "misinformation, exaggerations, conspiracy theories, overheated rhetoric and, occasionally outright lies…"

It turned truth on its head claiming "an extraordinary (Kremlin) propaganda campaign." 

A same day Times editorial headlined "Mr. Putin's Power Play," saying:

"When President Vladimir Putin of Russia talks about what is happening in Ukraine these days, it is as if he’s looking into a mirror." 

"He says fascists and nationalists are running amok in Kiev, even as Crimea is annexed in the name of Great Russia…"

"(H)e says Russians are threatened in eastern Ukraine, even as Russia directs secessionists there to seize administrative buildings and arms…" 

"(H)e calls on President Obama to use his influence to prevent the use of force in Ukraine, even as he puts a major military force on the Ukrainian border."

Fact: Washington toppled Ukraine's democratically elected government. It violated international, constitutional and US statute law doing so.

Fact: It elevated illegitimate fascist putschists to power.

Fact: They're xenophobic, ultranationist, anti-democratic, anti-Semitic, anti-Russian hate-mongers.

Fact: Washington threatens world peace. So do Kiev putschists.

Fact: Putin prioritizes peaceful conflict resolution.

Fact: Washington prioritizes war, mass slaughter, destruction and world domination.

Don't expect Times editors to explain. Lies, damn lies and Big ones substitute for credible news and analysis.

"What the world sees is an outrageous and highly dangerous power play," said Times editors. 

"A report by the United Nations high commissioner for human rights says 'greatly exaggerated stories of harassment of ethnic Russians by Ukrainian nationalist extremists' in Crimea were 'systematically used to create a climate of fear and insecurity.' "

Fact: Russian Ukrainian policy represents the best of peaceful conflict resolution.

Fact: Washington's agenda features "dangerous power play" policies.

Fact: Times reporting substitutes propaganda for real news, information and analysis. It's longstanding editorial policy.

Fact: Eastern Ukrainians acted on their own volition. They've done so without Russian involvement.

Not according to Times editors. They lied claiming Moscow "incit(ed) secessionists…" They make stuff up. No credible evidence supports them. None exists.

Fact: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay lost credibility long ago. She's an imperial tool. She disgraces the office she holds.

Her reports bury truth. They substitute misinformation garbage. She's pro-putschist. She's anti-democratic governance. 

She marches in lock step with US imperial policy. So do Times editors. Russia bashing persists irresponsibly. Truth is systematically buried.

Big Lies follow earlier ones. In early April, The Times hyped fake satellite photos. They "show(ed) Russia(n)" hoards on Ukraine's borders.

NATO supplied them. Images "offered some of the first documentary evidence of a military buildup that the West says Russia could use to invade Ukraine at any moment," said The Times.

Images released dated from August 2013. Russia's General Staff exposed them. Times mea culpa didn't follow. Liars don't apologize. Big Lies repeat.

A follow-up Times report hyped fake photos allegedly linking masked men in East Ukraine to Russia.

It lied calling them the same "Russian military and intelligence forces - equipped in the same fashion as Russian special operations troops involved in annexing the Crimea region in February."

Clear evidence showed otherwise. Claiming Russian military involvement in Crimean reunification reflected another Times Big Lie.

On April 26, The Times headlined "For Russia, Negatives Seem to Outweigh Positives for an Invasion," saying:

"Thousands of Russian troops are maneuvering along the border, with Russian fighter jets menacing Ukraine’s airspace." 

"Ukrainian leaders have warned that border crossings by any soldiers would be considered an invasion, even while the country pursues military operations against a pro-Russian rebellion in the east."

Fact: Russian military exercises don't threaten Ukraine.

Fact: Its airspace wasn't violated. Russia's Defense Ministry debunked spurious accusations. Its statement said:

"Russia's airspace monitoring systems have not registered any violations of air borders of the states adjacent to Russia, including Ukraine."

On the one hand, said The Times, Putin "seems to have strong reasons to dispatch his tanks: shaping the Ukraine he wants well before elections scheduled for May 25 put a new, legitimate government in place; reclaiming an area that was historically part of Russia; gaining direct access to natural resources and factories that have been crucial to Moscow's military-industrial complex since Soviet times." 

"And his land grab of Crimea in March made him wildly popular at home."

On the other, it added:

"Yet the reasons for Mr. Putin to refrain from further military adventurism make a longer, more tangled list: the cost of a huge occupation force and the responsibility for the welfare of millions more people; the effect of new, more severe Western sanctions on an already weak economy; the possibility of significant Russian casualties caused by an insurgency in eastern Ukraine; a new, implacably anti-Russian western section of Ukraine; and likely pariah status internationally."

Fact: Putin and Obama are geopolitical opposites. 

Putin isn't expansionist. His agenda isn't revanchist. He deplores imperial rampaging. He prioritizes peace and stability. He respects for rule of law principles.

Obama trashes international, constitutional and US statute laws. He's waging multiple direct and proxy wars. His imperial policy threatens world peace.

Don't expect The Times to explain. "Mr. Putin would rather feed the insurrection from afar," it claims.

He "never quite allow(s) the calm that would give Ukraine the opening needed to join the European Union, or worse, NATO." 

"It is a tactic Russia has used successfully in previous attempts by former Soviet republics to shift westward."

Fact: Putin respects national sovereignty. He's polar opposite Washington. He doesn't intervene against other nations lawlessly like Obama and previous warrior presidents. 

He supports peace and stability. He backs multi-polar world policies. He's geopolitically on the right side of history. He reflects leadership America lacks.

Claiming "signs that Russia seems poised to invade" is another Times Big Lie.

A matching one calls US aggression humanitarian intervention. So-called responsibility to protect is pretext for ravaging, destroying and plundering one country after another.

Times correspondents, contributors and editors leave inconvenient truths unexplained. Big Lies substitute. 

Longstanding policy features them. Rubbish substitutes for news fit print. Increasing numbers of readers vote with their feet and ignore it. Maybe some day everyone will.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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

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Kerry Bullying, Bluster and Big Lies

Kerry Bullying, Bluster and Big Lies

by Stephen Lendman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"The world knows" their fundamental rights are threatened.

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

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

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

Nor in Crimea weeks earlier. Kerry lied claiming otherwise.

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

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

"The world knows" all Ukrainians are threatened. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Irresponsible RT International Bashing

Irresponsible RT International Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

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

John Kerry lied saying "the propaganda bullhorn that is the state-sponsored Russia Today program, has been deployed to promote - actually, Russia Today network - has deployed to promote President Putin's fantasy about what is playing out on the ground."  

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

RT justifiably demands an apology. Its Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Kerry "refuse(s) to recognize facts that he doesn't like and makes such ungrounded accusations."

He twists vital truths. He does so for political advantage. Lies, damn lies, and Big ones substitute. 

It's standard Kerry practice. He's been caught red-handed numerous times. He's unapologetic.

"We are planning to write an official request to the State Department for concrete examples of when RT has distorted facts," said Simonyan.

"It's unfortunate that the head of the State Department knows so little about what's going on in Ukraine at the moment."

"It surprises me that at this difficult and embarrassing time for the US, State Secretary John Kerry has nothing else to worry about apart from our television channel."

Sergey Lavrov called his comments "uncivilized (and) prosecutorial." Western nations were "convinced for some time that (they) had a full monopoly on mass media," he said.

RT International "won a large audience in the US and Western Europe, not to mention Latin America and the Arab world."

Voice of Russia (VOR) said Kerry "leav(es) a lot of people uneasy." He doesn't "have an elegant way with words." He twists them irresponsibly.

"A bigger question…is how long Americans (will) put up with (his) inaccuracies." Increasing numbers shun mainstream media. 

They do so for good reason. They suppress real news and information. They substitute managed news misinformation garbage.

Cable channels feature it 24/7. Print publications do it online. Viewers and listeners are systematically lied to. Propaganda enlists public consent.

Media scoundrels distort, exaggerate and lie. Biased, irresponsible, sensationalist reporting masquerades as legitimate journalism.

Uncomfortable truths are hidden. State interests are served. So are corporate ones. So-called news fit to print isn't fit to read.

Television is worst of all. It's a wasteland of worthlessness. It sells junk people don't need. It's a machine for manufacturing Big Lies. 

Murdoch's world reflects it. Others replicate his demagoguery, propaganda, warmongering and junk food news. 

They reflect what famed journalist George Seldes (1890 - 1995) called "prostitution of the press." He fought censorship. He exposed Big Lies.

Major media today are worse than ever. Free and open societies aren't tolerated. They're at risk. Fiction substitutes for facts. 

Monied interests control things. State propaganda proliferates. Media scoundrels regurgitate it ad nauseam. 

News and information are carefully filtered. Dissent is marginalized and suppressed. Imperial wars are called liberating ones. Pacifism is considered sissy. 

Human and civil rights are suppressed for our own good. Patriotism means going along with government lawlessness.

Reality is upside down. Terrorism is what they do, not us. Popular interests are spurned. Beneficial social change is considered heresy. 

Wealth, power and privilege alone matter. Lives and freedoms lost are considered small prices to pay. Humanity is at risk but who cares.

Imperial and monied priorities alone matter. People are systematically lied to. Non-believers are cowed into submission.

De facto one-party rule is ignored. Sham elections are called legitimate ones. Democracy is pure fantasy. 

Media propaganda glorifies wars. It does so in the name of peace.

Managed news misinformation manufactures public support. Mind manipulation convinces people to back what demands condemnation. 

Invasions and occupations are called liberation. Crimes of war, against humanity and genocide are whitewashed.

Plunder is called economic development. Exploitation and imperial control are called democracy.

Might justifies right. Code language conceals real motives. Official policy involves ravaging the world one country at a time or in multiples. Nations are destroyed for their own good. 

Truth is the most powerful disinfectant. Suppressing it is official policy. Alex Carey's book titled "Taking the Risk Out of Democracy: Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty" explained, saying:

"The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy."

PR/propaganda pioneer Edward Bernays did earlier. His 1928 book titled "Propaganda" said it's possible to "regiment the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments their bodies."

"If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it?"

He called doing it "engineering of consent." He invented the press release. He was Sigmund Freud's nephew. 

He drew on his psychoanalytic ideas. He pioneered PR techniques. He believed propaganda works the same way. 

Effective repetition gets people to believe it. Especially when real news and information are suppressed.

His 1947 book titled "The Engineering of Consent," called manipulating public opinion "the very essence of the democratic process, the freedom to persuade and suggest." 

It convinces people that harmful policies help them. It does so deceptively. Wealth, power and privilege alone are served. 

Popular interests don't matter. They're disappearing in plain sight. America is on a fast track toward tyranny. 

Media scoundrels cheerlead what threatens us. They're on the wrong side of history. They support what harms us. 

Repeating Big Lies gets people to believe them. Deplorable outcomes follow. Managed news misinformation works this way.

Suffering millions know best. Media scoundrels have much to answer for. Big Lies proliferated share responsibility for crimes too grave to ignore.

Neoliberal harshness is supported. So is America's police state apparatus. Thousands of political prisoners languish in its gulag. 

It's the world's largest by far. Dozens of torture prisons supplement it worldwide. Media scoundrels suppress what goes on. Deplorable US practices are buried.

The worst of Obama policies are ignored. He wrecked the economy. He looted the nation's wealth. 

He stole it from ordinary people. He handed it to Wall Street, war profiteers and other corporate favorites.

He consigned growing millions to impoverishment, unemployment, underemployment, homelessness, hunger and deprivation.

He's heading America for full-blown tyranny. He targets whistleblowers, dissenters, truth-tellers, Muslims, Latino immigrants, and environmental and animal rights activists called terrorists. Exposing government lawlessness is considered criminal.

Monied interests own him. He serves their interests alone. He spurns popular ones. He broke every major promise made. 

He contemptuous of human need. He deplores democratic values. He destroyed hard won labor rights. 

He's commodifying public education. He's making it another business profit center. 

He's anti-progressive, hard-right, reactionary, belligerent, and pro-corporate. His financial reform enriched predatory bankers. 

Obamacare scams millions. It's unaffordable for many. It benefits insurers, drug giants and large hospital chains. It denies full and effective medical treatment when most needed.

Obama represents the worst of rogue governance. Impeaching him is a national imperative. Media scoundrels ignore his worst malfeasance. Lies drown out truth. 

Fundamental journalistic principles are violated. Scurrilous reporting substitutes. Doing so makes yellow journalism look good by comparison.

Doing the right thing is its own reward. So is good journalism. Savvy readers and views know one from the other. 

Growing numbers choose reliable alternative sources. Maybe some day everyone will. 

Imagine the difference. Imagine a nation fit to live in. Imagine what's essential to work for. More than ever now it's crucial.

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

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

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Obama Threatens Russia and China

Obama Threatens Russia and China

by Stephen Lendman

Obama represents the worst of rogue leadership. He's a war criminal multiple times over. He threatens world peace. 

On Wednesday, he arrived in Tokyo. It's the first leg of his Asian tour. South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines follow. 

He noticeably snubbed China. He reassured Tokyo saying relations with Beijing won't come "at the expense of Japan or any other ally."

At issue is advancing regional hegemony. It's targeting Russia and China. Obama heightened US/Beijing tensions, saying:

"The policy of the United States is clear. The Senkaku islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of Article 5 of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security."

"(W)e oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan's administration of these islands."

Beijing's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang responded saying:

Washington "should respect the facts, in a responsible manner abide by its commitment not to choose sides over a territorial sovereignty issue, be cautious on words and deeds and earnestly play a constructive role for peace and stability in the region."

Much more than a territorial dispute is at stake. Regional tensions could erupt into something much more serious. 

Washington wants Russia and China contained. It wants them isolated, weakened and co-opted. 

It wants them transformed into US-controlled vassal states. Great conflicts begin this way. 

Obama warned Russia. Sanctions are "teed up and ready to go," he said. 

"Assuming they do not follow through, we will follow through with what we said, which is that there will be additional consequences." 

Expect them "in days, not weeks," he added. He lied saying Moscow isn't "abiding by the spirit or letter" of Geneva four-party agreement terms.

"So far the evidence doesn't make me hopeful," he said. "We have been preparing for the prospect that we have to engage in further sanctions." 

They require "technical work" and coordination with other countries. "There are some things the United States can do alone but ultimately it's going to have to be a joint effort, a collective effort."

"The fact I haven't announced them yet, doesn't mean they aren't" ready to be implemented.

On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki lied claiming menacing Russian hoards "mass(ed) on the border of a country they've just illegally occupied…"

"Were talking about illegally occupied buildings in eastern Ukraine where the legitimate government is taking steps to ensure there's law and order, versus tens of thousands of troops in a threatening position on the border of the country," she said.

Russia's comments don't suggest it plans implementing four-party Geneva agreement terms, she added.

New sanctions are expected to target high-level Kremlin officials as well as entities they oversea. Others on key Russian industries may follow depending on events as they unfold.

Putin responded to Obama's threats. He did so from a St. Petersburg media forum. Sanctions "are absolutely not critical in nature, but you can't of course say they are a good thing," he said.

Russia isn't planning to punish Visa and Mastercard, he added. "We are not envisioning any steps to punish the careless partners, but they have undermined their credibility, meaning they will definitely lose the market," he said.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka commented on Russian sanctions, saying:

"The Czech government holds a skeptical position on the introduction of 'broad-based' sanctions because it would also hurt economic growth in Europe."

Imposing them cuts both ways. Other EU countries expressed concerns. Washington bullies them to go along.

Eastern Ukrainian events aren't encouraging. Kiev's military attacked Donetsk region self-defense forces. A Donetsk People's Republic spokesman said:

"An all-arms operation has been launched in Slovyansk. This means just one thing - a civil war." Acting Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev warned residents to stay home.

He said local police and self-defense forces are ready to counter military attacks. "There will undoubtedly be resistance. We are restraining" Kiev forces.

"All roads are blocked. We are prepared for them if they break through."

"The convoy of armored vehicles has yielded ground. The people's police have got reinforcements from the city of Krasny Liman." 

"Volunteers - even unarmed - continue to arrive at the strategic post." Reports suggested Ukrainian forces pulled back. They massed from a more distant point.

Police and self-defense forces swept a nearby forest area. They looked for Right Sector thugs and other hostile elements.

In response to crisis conditions, Russia ordered new military exercises. They're planned for regions bordering Ukraine. 

"We are compelled to react to (the) situation," said Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. 

"From today, military exercises have started in regions bordering Ukraine involving battalions of tactical forces of the southern and western military districts."

"The order to use force against civilians has already been given, and if this military machine is not stopped, the amount of casualties will only grow."


"War games by NATO in Poland and the Baltic states are not helping the normalization of the situation. We are forced to react to the situation."

Drills involve ground and air exercises, he added. They in response to 11,000 Ukrainian soldiers, 160 tanks, 230 armored vehicles, and at least 150 artillery pieces, he said.

They're targeting their own people lawlessly. "National guard units and Right Sector extremists are fighting against the peaceful population, as well as a volunteer Donbass 'anti-terrorist' unit." 

"Also security and internal forces transferred to Lugansk and Donetsk from other areas of the country are suppressing dissent."

Self-defense forces are way outnumbered and outgunned, Shoigu explained.

Ukrainian sabotage units were deployed near Russia's border, he added. Things seem headed from bad to worse.

Lives of Russian nationals are threatened. Lavrov said they won't be left unprotected. Targeting them is attacking the Russian Federation, he said.

US paratroops arrived in Poland. They're the first ones in Eastern Europe since Ukrainian crisis conditions erupted.

They're Vicenza-based 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team members. They arrived a day after the Pentagon announced plans to deploy 600 US forces to Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said they're part of a series of rotational deployments. They'll continue throughout 2014. Perhaps into 2015.

"Russia's aggression in Ukraine has renewed our resolve to strengthening NATO's defense plans and capabilities, and to demonstrate our continued commitment to collective defense in reinforcing our NATO allies in central and eastern Europe," he said.

Deploying them isn't symbolic, he added. "Any time you put troops on the ground and doing exercises, in this case for a month at a time, it's more than symbology."

"The kind of work that we're going to be doing is real infantry training. And that's not insignificant."

Former Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski called it "a first step to change our security status."

"We hope this is one of the many steps to enhance the security of Poland and central Europe," he added.

"Fifteen years ago, when we joined NATO, it was a second-class, class B membership. It was a completely different geopolitical situation." 

"We expected Russia would, many of us hoped would, follow along with democratization. We know now we were living under an illusion."

Irresponsible Russia bashing continues. Big Lies repeat with disturbing regularity. Media scoundrels regurgitate them.

Days earlier, The New York Times lied about so-called "mysteriously well-armed, professional" Eastern Ukrainian masked gunmen.

It cited fake administration photos. They bogusly identified them as "Russian military and intelligence forces."

The Times was caught red-handed lying. It unsuccessfully tried buying the story. It did so well into a follow-up report.

Downplaying Big Lies doesn't mitigate them. It wasn't the first time its bogus reports were exposed. For sure it won't be the last.

Daily Times Russia bashing continues. Shameless misinformation substitutes for legitimate journalism. Readers are consistently lied to. So-called fit to read news is garbage.

On April 23, The Times headlined "Eastern Europe Frets About NATO's Ability to Curb Russia."

So-called Russian threats don't exist. Claiming otherwise turns truth on its head. So is saying "Moscow's muscular intervention in neighboring Ukraine" threatens its neighbors.

Don't expect Times correspondents, commentators or editors to explain. Wall Street Journal editors bash Russia relentlessly.

On April 24, they headlined "Putin and Navalny." More on what they said below.

Putin challenges Obama's imperial adventurism responsibly. Navalny is a convicted embezzler. 

He masquerades as an anti-corruption crusader. He's a Western darling. He's a convenient stooge. 

He's no democrat. He's ideologically over-the-top. He gets generous State Department funding.

Don't expect Journal editors to explain. They lied claiming he was convicted on "trumped-up corruption charges." He was caught red-handed.

He's under house arrest. He awaits trial on other grand theft charges. He "warned for years that an authoritarian Putin would eventually become a threat to the West, but they were dismissed by Westerners who said it was none of our business," said Journal editors.

"Now we can see who was right, as Mr. Putin carves up Ukraine, with more of Europe potentially on the menu."

Truth is polar opposite duplicitous Journal editor claims.

Days earlier, they headlined "Putin's Westward March: Revisionist powers are rising as Obama and Europe fail to respond."

Putin "refuse(s) to withdraw his troops massed at the border. (He's) ready to invade if he pleases…"

"All of this continues the pattern of Mr. Obama and Europe underestimating the Russian strongman."

Fact: Russian hoards aren't "ready to invade."

Fact: Russian democracy under Putin shames America's sham version.

Fact: Putin respects rule of law principles.

Fact: Obama consistently violates them.

Fact: Putin goes all-out for peaceful conflict resolution.

Fact: Obama wages one war of aggression after another.

Journal editors reported other Big Lies. "Iran is attempting to (develop) nuclear weapons," they claimed. Clear evidence shows otherwise. 

China threatens its regional neighbors. It's "pressing its territorial claims in the East and South China seas." 

It's "pressing" what it considers its legitimate rights.

"Russia is marching west with a goal of reclaiming the influence and perhaps the territory it lost with the collapse of the Soviet Union."

No evidence whatever suggests a revanchist Moscow agenda. Journal editors lied claiming Putin "march(es) on." 

He's the one world leader above all others challenging Washington's imperial rampaging responsibly. Sino/Russian cooperation has the best chance to contain it.

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

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US Threatens Russia

US Threatens Russia

by Stephen Lendman

Washington bears full responsibility for elevating illegitimate fascist putschists to power. Doing so reflects another sordid chapter in US history. For sure, it won't be the last.

Bullying, bluster and threatening ultimatums define US policy. John Kerry warned Sergei Lavrov. 

Moscow has "days, not weeks," to assure Ukrainian four-part agreement terms are implemented. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki repeated his threat, saying:

"The secretary urged Russia to take concrete steps to help implement the Geneva agreement, including publicly calling on separatists to vacate illegal buildings and checkpoints, accept amnesty and address their grievances politically."

"He also called on Russia to assign a senior diplomat to work with the OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine to make absolutely clear to the separatists that Russia supports the agreement and wants de-escalation."

"The Secretary also made clear that Russia’s recent public statement casting doubt on Ukraine's commitment to the Geneva agreement flies in the face of the facts." 

"The Government of Ukraine put forward a broad amnesty bill for separatists to give up buildings and weapons, and has sent senior representatives to the east with the OSCE to help implement the agreement, and had called an Easter pause in its counterterrorism operations." 

"He asked that Russia now demonstrate an equal level of commitment to the Geneva agreement in both its rhetoric and its actions." 

"As noted in Geneva, without implementation, the joint statement is only a piece of paper, and what is needed is true de-escalation."

"The Ukrainians have taken steps. The Russians have to take additional steps." Otherwise, they'll be "consequences for inaction."

Fact check

Kiev putschists deployed neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs. They did so to Eastern Ukraine. They unleashed violence. They violated Easter truce terms straightaway. 

Deescalation is a convenient illusion. Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. Rogue EU nations partner in crime.

Cold War 2.0 rages. At stake is world peace. A potential East/West confrontation looms.

Washington wants all rival governments eliminated. It wants pro-Western stooge ones replacing them. It wants unchallenged worldwide dominance. It risks possible global conflict in the process.

Psaki didn't explain. She irresponsibly blamed Russia for US imperial adventurism. It persists relentlessly. Core international, constitutional and US statute laws are violated.

Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. The worst of all possible outcomes may follow. Targeting Russia raises the stakes.

Sergei Lavrov is a consummate diplomat. He shames his US counterpart. Washington should take responsibility for its actions, he said.

"Before giving us ultimatums, demanding that we fulfill demands within two or three days with the threat of sanctions, we would urgently call on our American partners to fully accept responsibility for those who they brought to power," he stressed.

Threatening Russia with consequences won't work, he added. It's "big, independent (and) power(ful)…(It) knows what it wants."

Washington, rogue EU partners and Kiev putschists lie. They "invent possible and impossible arguments against Russia," Lavrov said.

Claiming Russian arms in Eastern Ukraine proves Moscow interference doesn't wash. Saying so is "ludicrous. Everybody has Russian arms in Ukraine."

At the same time, illegal Ukrainian elements have US weapons, not Kiev's military.

Putschist "authorities are doing nothing, not even lifting a finger, to address the causes behind this deep internal crisis in Ukraine,"  Lavrov stressed.

They violated four-party agreement terms straightaway. Days earlier, CIA head John Brennan arrived in Kiev. He came with US administration instructions.

Wage war on Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters, they were told. Putin warned of potential "civil war."

So did Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Putschists launched violence, he said.

"The illegal rulers are trying to restore the order they cynically trampled on when they participated in an armed uprising," he added.

They deployed military forces east. They unleashed Right Sector neo-Nazis thugs. They lied claiming otherwise.

According to Lavrov, they're "running the show" in central and Western Ukraine. They're "trying to affect eastern regions."

Kiev putschists claim Maidan "act(s) legally which is totally inadmissible." Attacking Slavyansk activists shows Kiev want four-party agreement terms derailed, Lavrov said.

"The fact that extremists started to shoot at unarmed civilians is unacceptable." At the same time, putschists target foreign journalists.

Some are blocked. They're denied permission to enter Ukraine. Others are threatened, harassed and arrested. So are Southeastern Ukrainian activists. 

Police states operate this way. Ukraine is one of the worst. Order must be restored, said Lavrov. Real constitutional reform is essential. 

So far it's nowhere in sight. Extremism as well as ethnic and religious intolerance continue. 

Illegally armed groups operate freely. They do so extrajudicially. They rampage with impunity. They threaten anyone challenging them. They shoot to kill.

Russia won't allow civil war in Ukraine to erupt, said Lavrov. "There has been a surge in appeals to Russia for saving them from this outrage." 

"We are being put into an extremely complex position," he added.

"Those who are deliberately pursuing a civil war, possibly, in an attempt to start a big, serious bloody conflict, are pursuing a criminal policy." 

"And we will not only condemn this policy but will also stop it," he stressed.

"Geneva agreements on Ukraine specify no timeframe, but measures should be taken urgently." Putschists haven't done so, said Lavrov. 

"Everything points to the fact that (they) are not able to control extremists, or do not want to control them." 

"The main thing now is to prevent any kind of violence in Ukraine. It is the first clause of the Geneva agreements, the first requirement." 

"This part of the Geneva agreement is not fulfilled, but on the contrary, steps are taken by (Kiev putschists) in violation of" its terms.

"We are concerned that instead of confirming the responsibility for the situation, Kiev and the West-European countries are trying to make Russia responsible."

Claiming four-party agreement terms don't apply to Maidan is "absolutely acceptable," Lavrov added.

Obama dispatched Vice President Joe Biden. He arrived in Kiev. He did so to meet with his new friends. He expressed full US support.

Washington will help its "leaders" create national unity, he said. They face "humiliating threats" and "daunting problems," he added.

He called planned sham May elections the most important in Ukraine's history. They'll be farcical when held. Biden didn't explain.

He came for a victory lap. It's for Obama's latest imperial trophy. If he can hold it, a previous article explained. 

Eastern Ukrainians reject Kiev putschists. They want their legitimate rights respected. They want local autonomy. They're going all-out to get it legitimately.

On April 21, Voice of Russia headlined "Biden to test US face-saving retreat plan for Ukraine," saying:

He'll "explore the possibilities for Washington's face-saving exit from its foreign policy catastrophe in the country…"

Rostislav Ishchenko heads the Kiev-based Centre for Analysis and Prognosis. Washington's failure in Ukraine necessitates a retreat without losing face, he said.

Biden arrived with a mandate. It's "to cover up (America's) retreat." Kiev can't "suppress" Eastern Ukrainian activists. It won't fulfill four-party deal terms.

Biden came to make the best out of a bad situation. Putting lipstick on this pig won't work.

Fascists running Kiev can't hide their extremism. Big Lies don't wash. Washington is public enemy number one. 

Kiev putschists are convenient stooges. They have no legitimacy whatever. Eastern Ukrainians reject them. They do so responsibly. 

Perhaps Western ones will join once their full agenda is implemented. Repression and neoliberal harshness reflect it. People take only so much before rebelling.

Scoundrel media lie. New York Times misinformation is scandalous. Russia bashing repeats daily. On April 21, The Times headlined "Russia Displays a New Military Prowess in Ukraine's East," saying:

It "combine(s) cyberwarfare, an energetic information campaign and the use of highly trained special operation troops to seize the initiative from the West."

It "project(s) power in the 'near abroad.' " It "road-tested" strategy in Crimea. It combines "hard and soft power."

"For its intervention in Crimea, the Russians used a so-called snap military exercise to distract attention and hide their preparations." 

"Then specially trained troops, without identifying patches, moved quickly to secure key installations. Once the operation was underway, the Russian force cut telephone cables, jammed communications and used cyberwarfare to cut off the Ukrainian military forces on the peninsula."

Moscow "sen(t) small, well-equipped teams across the Ukrainian border to seize government buildings that could be turned over to sympathizers and local militias."

"Police stations and Interior Ministry buildings, which stored arms that could be turned over to local supporters, were targeted."

"The Kremlin has used its military deployment to buttress its diplomatic strategy of insisting on an extensive degree of federalism in Ukraine, one in which the eastern provinces would be largely autonomous and under Moscow’s influence."

Fact check:

You can't make this stuff up. Times reports read like bad fiction. No evidence whatever supports its claims. They're manufactured out of whole cloth. They lack credibility.

At the same time, daily content is silent about Washington elevating illegitimate putschists to power. The Times supports them. It pretends they're democrats.

Readers are systematically lied to. Managed news misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure. 

America's imperial rampaging continues. Times correspondents, contributors and editors support it.

All so-called news fit to print is rubbish. Readers are on their own to learn truth. Times management excludes it from daily content. Doing so is longstanding editorial policy.

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

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

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Outrageous Pro-Kiev Op-Ed

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Unacceptable Kiev-Sponsored Murder

Unacceptable Kiev-Sponsored Murder

by Stephen Lendman

Fascist thugs operate this way. Moscow denounced them. Slavyansk Mayor Vladimir Ponomaryov asked Russia to send peacekeepers for protection. More on this below.

A companion article said Kiev putschists pledged no Easter weekend Eastern Ukraine attacks. Straightaway they occurred.

Earlier deployed Right Sector neo-Nazis murdered 4 Slavyansk activists. They did so in cold blood. 

Other gunmen attacked central city residents. Two victims were injured. They remain hospitalized. Expect more Right Sector initiated violence ahead.

They bear full responsibility for Maidan killings. Clear evidence proves it. Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych had nothing to do with what happened.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet's leaked conversation with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton confirmed it.

He visited Kiev. He commented on what he learned. It's polar opposite mainstream propaganda. He explained what's vital to know.

Yanukovych was wrongfully blamed, he said. "(T)here is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovyich, but it was somebody from the new coalition."

"The Russian side is enraged by the militant provocation which is an indication of the reluctance of the authorities in Kiev to bridle and disarm nationalists and extremists."

On March 12, 2014 former Ukrainian Security Service head Aleksandr Yakimenko confirmed Paet's assessment. He blamed putschist official Andrey Parubiy. He's a neo-Nazi Svoboda party leader.

"Shots came from the Philharmonic Hall," he said. "Maidan Commandant Parubiy was responsible for this building." 

"Snipers and people with automatic weapons were 'working' from this building on February 20. They supported the assault on the Interior Ministry forces on the ground who were already demoralized and had, in fact, fled," he added.

"When the first wave of shootings ended, many have witnessed 20 people leaving the building."

They were carrying military-style bags used for sniper and assault rifles with optical sights.

Many witnesses saw them. Foreign elements may have been involved. Perhaps CIA, US special forces, and secret service operatives.

What happened was well planned in advance. "These were the forces that carried out everything that they were told by their leadership - the United States," Yakimenko stressed.

Maidan leaders practically lived at Washington's embassy, he added. As security chief, he was ready to order Ukrainian troops to enter the building and remove the snipers, he said.

He needed approval from Parubiy to do it, he explained. Otherwise, so-called "self-defense" elements would have attacked him, he believes.

"Parubiy did not give such consent," he said. He controlled access to weapons used in Independence Square.

Moscow expressed outrage over Slavyansk killings. A Foreign Ministry statement said:

"The Russian side is enraged by the militant provocation which is an indication of the reluctance of the authorities in Kiev to bridle and disarm nationalists and extremists."

"It is surprising that the tragedy occurred after the signing on April 17 in Geneva of the final statement of the four-sided meeting of representatives of Russia, the USA, EU and Ukraine which calls for refraining from any violent actions, intimidation or provocations." 

"The Russian side insists on the strict fulfillment by the Ukrainian side of its commitments concerning the de-escalation the situation in southeast Ukraine."

"The Eastern ceasefire was violated in Slavyansk on April 20. As a result of an armed attack by the so-called Right Sector innocent civilians died." 

"Local residents seized the vehicles of the attackers in which they discovered arms, aerial maps of the area and Right Sector paraphernalia."

Slavyansk Mayor Ponomaryov wants protection. He asked Russia for help. City residents are vulnerable. Right Sector thugs target them.

"They kill our people," said Ponomaryov. "They don't talk to us but just kill. The town has actually been besieged by the Right Sector."

Only Russia can help, he said. He asked Putin to send peacekeepers to Eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

Print US media scoundrels largely ignored Slavyansk killings. BBC and US television accounts misreported. Propaganda substituted. Fingers pointed the wrong way.

On April 19, The New York Times headlined "Pro-Russian Forces Work on Consolidating Power," saying:

They "paused what had been the daily expansion of their territory in eastern Ukraine." They're focusing on "consolidating political power over areas already under their control."

They "pressured…dissenters and the media in ways that are commonplace in Russia but had not been in Ukraine until now."

Fact check

Times editors support Kiev fascist putschists. They have no legitimacy whatever. They usurped power lawlessly. They represent mob rule.

Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters are the best and bravest. They reject Kiev putschists. They want their inviolable rights respected. 

They want local autonomy. They want democratic governance. They want what everyone deserves. 

They're putting their bodies on the line for equity, fairness and justice. They enjoy growing widespread support.

Russian democracy mocks America's sham process. Kiev putschists blocked Russian males aged 16 from 60 from entering Ukraine.

Russian TV channels were shut down. Russian nationals and Jews are targeted. Don't expect The New York Times to explain. Managed news misinformation garbage substitutes.

It claimed threatening Russian hoards massed near Ukraine's border. It called courageous Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters "militants." It did so in the worst sense of the term.

It said "Kiev had expressed some hope that a settlement was still possible." It stopped short of explaining ruling putschists demand unconditional surrender.

It called "separatists' political grip" on cities they control "a setback." The Times supports unchallenged illegitimate fascist rule.

It reported Kiev's pledge to suspend Eastern Ukrainian attacks over Easter weekend. It ignored cold-blooded murder that followed.

It blamed Eastern Ukrainian activists for struggling for their freedom. 

"(I)t was clear all along that for (four-party agreement terms) to have a chance for success, the Kremlin would have to pressure the militants to loosen their grip on areas already seized," it said.

It's "clear" that Ukrainian freedom depends on struggling for it. On replacing putschist rule with democracy. On turning East, not West. 

On maintaining sovereign independence free from US dominance. Don't expect Times correspondents, contributors or editors to explain.

Or neocon Washington Post editors. On April 18, WaPo headlined "After Russian moves in Ukraine, Eastern Europe shudders, NATO to increase presence."

It lied claiming Russia intervened in Ukraine. No evidence whatever suggests it. Eastern European countries aren't vulnerable.

Washington pressured them to say so. At issue is expanding US-led NATO east. It's encroaching closer to Russian's borders. It's targeting its heartland. It's threatening its sovereignty.

WaPo ludicrously calls NATO "a mutual defense organization." It  was established for offense, not defense. 

It's a US-controlled killing machine. It's expanding from an Atlantic to a global alliance. It aims to become a worldwide police force. 

It wants all sovereign independent governments ousted. It wants subservient pro-Western puppet regimes replacing them. Don't expect WaPo to explain.

Propaganda substitutes for truth and full disclosure. Readers are systematically lied to. 

Alternative independent sources are the only choices for real news, commentaries and analysis. Growing numbers rely on them. They're abandoning scoundrel media they don't trust.

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

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

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Power Outside The Matrix: breaking the boundaries

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Fake Donetsk Letter Circulating

Fake Donetsk Letter Circulating

by Stephen Lendman

John Kerry denounced it, saying:

"During the past couple of days Jews in one of the cities were sent letters that they should declare themselves as Jews. The letter also contained threats."

"By 2014, after all the lessons that history has presented to us, it is not just unacceptable. It is - absurd. This is - beyond acceptability."

"People involved in this kind of activity on both sides need to understand that there is no place for this."

The story went viral. Media scoundrels feature it. The New York Times headlined "Demands That Jews Register in Eastern Ukraine Are Denounced, and Denied.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national director Abraham Foxman hypes anti-Semitism hysteria. He supports Jewish supremacy over Arabs. The Times quoted him saying:

"We have seen a series of cynical and politically manipulative uses and accusations of anti-Semitism in Ukraine over the past year." 

"The perpetrators and their targets are opposing politicians and political movements, but the true victims are the Jewish communities." 

"We strongly condemn the anti-Semitic content, but also all attempts to use anti-Semitism for political purposes."

ADL's international affairs director Michael Salberg said Russia or one of its splinter groups distributed the leaflet. 

He accused Moscow of cynically exploiting anti-Semitism. "The message is a message to all the people that is we're going to exert our power over you," he said.

"Jews are the default scapegoat throughout history for despots to send a message to the general public: Don't step out of line."

The Washington Post headlined "What we know about the "grotesque" leaflet handed out to Jews in Donetsk."

It's written in Russian. It has Russia's national symbol on it. It includes an alleged Donetsk People's Republic of Donetsk insignia.

It calls for Jews over 16 to register before May 3. It demands a detailed list of property they own. Failure to comply means citizenship revocation, deportation and assets seized, it said. 

The leaflet reads as follows:

"Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality. 

Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported (Nazi era allied) Bendery Junta and oppose the pro-Slavic People's Republic of Donetsk, (it) decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic's territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register."

"ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles."

"Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property."

Jews were ordered to pay $50 to register. "(W)ho is behind the leaflet," asked WaPo? "That's not exactly clear," it said. It looks authentic, WaPo suggested.

"And who received the leaflet," it added? "Again, this isn't exactly clear." Allegedly it was distributed by "masked men wearing military uniforms and carrying a Russian flag Tuesday."

"So, what is going on," WaPo asked? It urged caution. At the same time it said:

"It certainly seems possible that the flier was the work of pro-Russia separatists, working with or without the support or knowledge of" People's Republic of Donetsk Governor Denis Pushilin.

He denounced it. He called it fake. More on his comments below.

"Whatever actually happened, there is one clear takeaway here," said WaPo. 

"With both sides accusing the other of being 'Nazis,' and accusing the other of anti-Semitism, Eastern Ukraine's Jewish community is having an especially tough time during the Ukrainian crisis."

Ukrainian Jews nationwide have one thing alone to fear. They're targeted. They're endangered. Neo-Nazi putschists threaten them.

Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh openly boasts about "killing Jews and Russians till I die." Media scoundrels ignore his threat.

USA Today headlined "Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine," saying:

"World leaders and Jewish groups condemned a leaflet handed out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in which Jews were told to 'register' with the pro-Russian militants who have taken over a government office in an attempt to make Ukraine part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media."

US Ukraine ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt lied calling the leaflet "the real deal."

Zionist Organization of America president Morton Klein said:

"This is a frightening new development in the anti-Jewish movement that is gaining traction around the world."

Donetsk People's Republic Governor Denis Pushilin allegedly signed it. His spokesman Alexander Maltsev denied it. "This has nothing to do with us," he said.

"It is a provocation." Pushilin called it fake, saying:

"There are similar letters not only addressed to Jews, but also to businessmen, foreign students, people of certain other occupations." 

"This is actually a fake, and not a good one. There's a sign 'People’s Governor." 

First of all, no one calls me by that title. No one elected me. 

"Secondly, the stamp is the former mayor's. Everything's photoshopped."

RT International said the leaflet directed to Jews appears "fake." Former ruling Party of Regions parliamentarian Boris Kolesnikov visited Eastern Ukraine.

He urged carefully checking this type information. Its authenticity is suspect. He said Ukrainian law enforcement official aren't honest.

They lied claiming Russian servicemen involvement in protests. No evidence whatever suggests it. He cited a video. It appeared online.

It features a man dressed in military attire. He addressed anti-Kiev city of Gorlovka police officers. He claimed Simpheropol, Crimean Russian Lt. Col. credentials.

He lied. He was recognized. Local residents said he's a former local cemetery director. According to Kolesnikov, he was "fired two years ago for selling 38 fences, stealing a monument, and extorting money from old women for new graves." 

"There are Interior Ministry and intelligence services in the country, which should give us truthful information," he added.

Donetsk activists threaten no one, he stressed. Misinformation buries truth. Putschists spread it. Washington officials hype it.

In early April, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki lied saying Eastern Ukrainian protests "appeared to be a carefully orchestrated campaign with Russian support."

Asked if the State Department assesses conditions based on Kiev information, she added:

"Well, of course we remain very closely in touch with the Ukrainian Government, and that's who we work closely with, and of course, they are on the ground, so their information is often very relevant and current."

Propaganda wars rage. Washington's dirty hands bear full responsibility. Obama's "new friends" share it. 

Plundering Ukraine is planned. Controlling its resources. Exploiting its people ruthlessly. 

Incorporating Ukraine into NATO. Deploying nuclear armed missiles on Russia's borders. Targeting its heartland. Doing the unthinkable. 

Risking global conflict. It bears repeating. The worst of all possible outcomes may follow.

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

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

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

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Ukrainian Offensive Falters

Ukrainian Offensive Falters

by Stephen Lendman

Western media headlined it. The New York Times said "Ukraine Push Against Rebels Grinds to a Halt." Things "unraveled in disarray."

An "entire contingent of 21 armored vehicles…surrendered or pull(ed) back…It was a glaring humiliation for the new government in Kiev. (Events) underscored (its) weakness."

The Wall Street Journal said "Ukraine's Efforts to Regain Control of East Sputter." Locals "halted army columns."

"The faltering 'antiterrorist' operation, launched a day earlier, leaves the government looking increasingly powerless in the face of separatists who are holding government buildings in as many as 10 cities close to the Russian border."

"The stumbling start underscored difficulties faced by the new government…(It) leaves Kiev with narrowing options."

"(M)uster(ing) more force…risk(s) further undermining its already shaky legitimacy in the east, as residents accuse it of sending soldiers against unarmed civilians."

BBC headlined "Ukraine crisis: Armored vehicle(s) 'rebranded as Russian." 

Russian flags were hoisted. Weapons were surrendered. Soldiers joined locals.

One resident asked: "Why did you come to our land? Why are you driving over our fields? We are peaceful people! And we just want our demands to be respected!"

Reuters said "pro-Moscow separatists took control of some of their armored vehicles and crowds surrounded another column, forcing the troops to hand over the pins from their rifles and retreat."

Other reports highlighted elite Ukrainian units defecting. They refused to attack unarmed civilians.

Ukrainian forces were lied to. They were ordered to wage an "anti-terrorism operation." One soldier perhaps spoke for others saying:

They were told "Russian invaders who have taken the local population hostage are waging war at us." Orders said "free Donbas from occupants."

"This morning, we started our attack, but the picture we saw (in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk) turned out to be completely different." 

"We saw in front of us a crowd of locals, mostly adults, women and men." 

"They explained to us that there are no occupants here and there is no one to fight. Instead, they gave us food and talked to us."

Dozens of soldiers vowed "not to follow orders and shoot at these people." Some sided with residents. Others stayed neutral.

APCs hoisted Russian flags. Elite units refused to obey orders. They fraternized with residents. They surrendered their weapons.

Following negotiations in Slavyansk, around 300 Ukrainian soldiers refused to fight. They agreed to go home. Locals cheered.

Media scoundrels lied. They didn't seize armored vehicles and weapons. Soldiers switched sides peacefully. A Slavyansk activist said:

"…Ukrainian troops arrived here flying a Russian flag. (T)hey have taken the side of the people."

Photos showed women and children climbing atop APCs. They fraternized with soldiers. In Pchyolkino village, similar scenes occurred.

Ukrainian troops were exhausted. According to one soldier:

"They've had us running around for about two months now. We're being sent to one city, then to the next. We cannot even wash, or eat normally or rest."

Others complained about media propaganda. "(F)ake information is spread." Doing so "creat(es) unnecessary tension." 

Soldiers found "no (local) aggression." Peaceful locals weren't threatening.

State-controlled Ukrainian media lied saying soldiers will "never surrender."

Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR) leader Vitali Kitschko allies with illegitimate fascist putschists.

He lied claiming Eastern Ukrainian pro-Russian supports get "300 to 500 dollars a day." Funds come "from abroad," he said. Moscow sends them, he added.

No evidence whatever suggests it. State-controlled Ukrainian media featured his comments.

Separately, they claimed they claimed Russian "shock troops" massed on Ukraine's border near Chernihiv, Sumy and Kharkov.

Ukrainian Center of Military and Political Studies head Dmytro Tymchuk lied, saying:

They consist of "airborne forces and special groups of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the Russian Federation." They're "battalion" sized tactical groups.

Another report said "(s)abotage and terrorist groups and local extremists have seized several armored vehicles of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region."

"In the center of the town the column was blocked by locals, including representatives of Russian subversive and terrorist groups."

So far, one exception proved the rule. Mariupol-based soldiers attacked unarmed civilians. 

Illegitimate putschist interior ministry head Arsen Avakov lied. He called them "armed militant." Three deaths were reported. Over a dozen others were injured.

Protesters approached the base peacefully. They posed no threat. They urged soldiers to support their struggle. They refused. 

They fired on defenseless civilians. Whether this type incident repeats remains to be seen. So far, Kiev's offensive failed.

Illegitimate putschist president Okeksandr Turchynov ordered Ukraine's 25th separate airborne brigade "disestablished."

It "showed cowardice and surrendered (its) arms," he said. Its members "will stand trial," he added. Kiev's prosecutor-general was told to prepare charges.

Illegitimate putschist prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk lied accusing Moscow of "exporting terrorism."

"The Russian government must immediately call off its intelligence-diversionary groups, condemn the terrorists and demand that they free the buildings," he said.

Eastern Ukrainian activists aren't terrorists. "Who are you at war with," they asked soldiers? "With which terrorists?" Local residents are peaceful. They threaten no one. 

One perhaps spoke for others, saying:

"Today, Ukrainian troops sided with the people. (T)roops sent to our city to suppress 'terrorism' " found none.

"We do not see any terrorism in our city. This means they have been sent to fight with peaceful civilians, with women and children…to fire at those women and elderly people who have gathered on the city's square."

"Before we had chance to talk with the boys, we had to feed them. It is because they threw those boys at us like kittens, to fire at us, but forgot to even provide them with food."

One soldier called himself a 25th paratrooper division member. "We are all boys who won’t shoot our own people, he said.

Kathrin Hille is Financial Times Beijing correspondent. She shills for power. She headlined "Putin: Russia's great propagandist," saying:

He "annex(ed) Crimea." On March 18, he "lashed out against a 'fifth column' of 'national traitors' enlisted by the West to subvert Russia."

"He vowed to respond forcefully." Hille called Russia's "imperfect democratic institutions under severe threat."

"Since the Crimea annexation, there have been frequent moves that symbolise a Soviet revival," she claimed.

No evidence whatever suggests it. Invented misinformation substitutes for hard facts. Russian democracy shames America's sham process.

Putin enjoys overwhelming popular support. Polls at times shows it tops 80%. Major Western leaders are scorned. 

Hille didn't explain. She claims "Putin is tightening his grip."

"The Russian government is determined to control the internet as part of its quest to tighten the noose around free speech."

Voice of Russia, RT International, RIAN, and other Russian media shame their Western counterparts.

They feature real news, information and analysis. Don't expect Hille to explain. 

She lied claiming "Putin brought almost all traditional media either directly under state ownership or into a position where they could be indirectly controlled…"

Western media feature Russia bashing. Putin is public enemy number one. He defends Russian sovereignty. He does so responsibly.

He opposes lawless US imperialism. He says what everyone needs to hear. 

A separate article discusses his April 17 annual televised Q & A session. He holds them with ordinary Russians.

In 2013, it ran a record four hours, 48 minutes. No Western leader matches him. Rare US events are carefully scripted. 

Regime supporters alone participate. They do so by invitation. Questions and answers resemble a love fest. Propaganda substitutes for straight talk.

Ongoing events are worrisome. Kiev wants direct NATO intervention. Putschist grip on power is weak without it. 

Eastern resistance shows its vulnerability. So do military units refusing to fight. London's Guardian said "large chunks of the east (are) in open revolt."

"Ukraine is rapidly vanishing as a sovereign state. Its army is falling apart."

"What was meant to be a show of strength" turned into a fiasco. Kiev declared war. 

It did so on Washington's orders. Soldiers refused to fight. It remains to be seen what follows.

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

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

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

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Ukraine on the Brink

Ukraine on the Brink

by Stephen Lendman

Obama declared war on Ukraine. He dispatched CIA chief John Brennan to Kiev. He arrived with administration instructions.

Obama's proxy putschist stooges were unleashed to wage war on Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters. The battle for Ukraine's soul escalated.

The country is "on the verge of civil war," said Putin. Prime Minister  Medvedev said the same thing. Putschists launched violence.

"The illegal rulers are trying to restore the order they cynically trampled on when they participated in an armed uprising," Medvedev added.

Their military forces headed east. Tanks, armored vehicles and artillery are on the move. An assault on activist controlled Eastern Ukrainian cities began.

Kramatorsk's airfield was stormed. Gunfire and explosions were heard. Ukrainian warplanes were involved.

Soldiers manning six tanks switched sides. They hoisted Russian flags. A local resident said:

"We found them at a square near the railway station. A group of women surrounded them." 

"We started telling them we were peaceful residents who are just fighting for their rights and that there are no terrorists. They won't shoot us."

"The main armored transport vehicle had a Russian flag on it and they left together with our insurgents towards Slavyansk."

"We are deeply concerned over the military operation launched by the Ukrainian special forces with support of the army. There have already been victims," he said.

"Current events demonstrate persistent unwillingness of Kiev's authorities to organize a dialogue with Ukrainian regions, which is necessary for the country," he added.

On Tuesday, Slavyansk was attacked. According to Donbass people's militia head Sergey Tsyplakov:

"Currently there is a major attack on Slavyansk. Armored personnel vehicles are entering the city."

"There are many troops. The men are getting ready to defend" the city. "There is a lot of military machinery here. But the shooting hasn't started yet."

An uneasy calm awaits a likely storm. Activists still maintain control. Hundreds gathered in central Skavyansk. 

They're not leaving. They want local autonomy. So do growing thousands across Eastern Ukraine. They're putting their bodies on the line for freedom.

One activist said civil war erupted. So far no major hostilities. Just local flareups. It remains to be seen what's next.

Fascists operate lawlessly. Washington runs things. Putschists are proxy stooges. Claiming they acted with "great caution" is polar opposite truth. So is saying they're "prov(ing) law and order."

Behind the scenes manipulation is longstanding US practice.

Sergei Lavrov condemned using military force against Eastern Ukrainian civilians.

"We will seek tranquility and insist on the respect of Kiev leaders for the opinions and demands of the southeast and Ukrainian citizens who live there, as well as on negotiations aimed to de-escalate the situation rather than escalate it with the involvement of law enforcement authorities, moreover, the army, which is clearly prohibited by Ukrainian law," he said.

Putschists have no legitimacy. Growing numbers of Eastern Ukrainians reject them. East/West divisions threaten civil war.

"(U)nity state (authority) stopped working in Ukraine," Lavrov added.

"Its foundations were shattered by a series of political disasters that were shaking the country for years." 

"One of the main reasons of such situation is the absence of a balanced basic law in Ukraine, which adequately takes into account the interests of all ethnic and language groups and ensures the rights and interests of all the citizens of Ukraine."

"It is impossible to consider the situation, when after each Presidential election the Constitution of the country fixing a particular form of government was changed depending on the desire of the victorious political forces, to be normal."

"Therefore, federalization is a way to ensure that each region feels comfortable and secured in his rights, traditions and traditional ways of life."

"All this should be reflected in the reformed Constitution, and the multi-ethnic Ukrainian society should treat it as a reliable foundation of the legal state meant for a long-term perspective." 

"I am convinced that it will be difficult for Ukraine to preserve its unity and to solve urgent tasks aimed at overcoming the current severe crisis."

"Of course, no one can dictate a scheme of organizing a state system to the Ukrainian side. But Ukrainians must start a dialogue and ensure its inclusive and comprehensive character." 

"The idea is that all regions and political forces of Ukraine, without exceptions, should participate in it on an equal basis and have equal rights in solving essential issues."

Media scoundrels twist truth daily. They disgrace themselves in the process. They're presstitutes. They make street whores look respectable by comparison.

On April 15, The New York Times continued its daily Russia bashing. Gore Vidal once called The Times the "Typhoid Mary of American journalism."

He did so for good reason. It headlined "Russia Is Quick to Bend Truth About Ukraine."

It called above quoted Putin and Medvedev comments "bluster and hyperbole." It lied calling their honest assessment "misinformation, exaggerations, conspiracy theories, overheated rhetoric and, occasionally outright lies…"

It claimed "an extraordinary (Kremlin) propaganda campaign." A "new brazenness," it added.

A "24-hour vortex of alarmist proclamations of Western (sponsored) aggression…"

"Sinister claims of rising fascism and breathless accounts of imminent hostilities by the 'illegal' Ukrainian government in Kiev…"

You can't make this stuff up. It bears repeating what earlier articles stressed. All the news Times editors call fit to print isn't fit to read.

Truth is systematically buried. Lies, damn lies and bigger ones substitute. Times editors and management notoriously support lawless US imperialism. 

Their longstanding overall record is deplorable. It's worst of all when America goes to war, plans one or uses proxy stooges. Unquestioning support follows.

A companion April 15 Times article headlined "UN Cites Abuses in Crimea Before Annexation Vote."

A litany of lies followed. A previous article discussed duplicitous human rights misinformation on Ukraine. Not according to The Times.

It reported bald-faced lies as truth. It said Crimea's model democratic voting process was "rigged." 

It falsely claimed harassment, journalist abductions and torture occurred. It ignored independent monitors saying Crimea's process was scrupulously open, free and fair. 

Not a single irregularity took place. Not a sign of wrongdoing. No crimes were committed before, during or after Crimeans voted. Claims otherwise were false.

Twisting truth for power is longstanding Times policy. It's buried. Readers are systematically lied to. Misinformation is featured.

Washington propaganda is worst of all. On March 5, the State Department published misinformation on Russia. It claimed Putin "fiction."

Russia "spins a false narrative to justify its 'illegal' actions in Ukraine," it said. It wrongfully claimed "Russian aggression in the Ukraine."

A litany of lies followed. More on April 13. The State Department headlined "Russian Fiction the Sequel: 10 More False Claims About Ukraine."

It lied claiming "Russia continues to spin a false and dangerous narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine." 

"The Russian propaganda machine continues to promote hate speech and incite violence by creating a false threat in Ukraine that does not exist." 

"We would not be seeing the violence and sad events that we've witnessed this weekend without this relentless stream of disinformation and Russian provocateurs fostering unrest in eastern Ukraine.

More lies, damn lies, and bigger ones followed.

(1) "Russia Claims: Russian agents are not active in Ukraine."

No evidence suggests otherwise. Not according to the State Department. 

It said Kiev putschists arrested "more than a dozen 'suspected' Russian intelligence agents…"

Innocent victims are targeted. Lies substitute for truth.

(2) "Russia Claims: Pro-Russia demonstrations are comprised exclusively of Ukrainian citizens acting of their own volition…"

Again no corroborating evidence refutes this. "This is not the grassroots Ukrainian civic activism of the EuroMaidan movement," said the State Department.

No "grassroots" activism existed. Washington orchestrated Kiev lawlessness. It manipulated events disruptively. 

It funded fascist thugs. It did so to unleash violence. It ousted Ukraine's democratically elected government.

(3) "Russia Claims: Separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine enjoy broad popular support."

The State Department claims a "large majority" of Donetsk region residents reject them.

No evidence suggests it. Growing thousands across Eastern Ukraine reject Kiev putschists. The State Department didn't explain.

(4) "Russia Claims: The situation in eastern Ukraine risks spiraling into civil war."

It's happening. It risks spilling cross-border. It risks a potential East/West confrontation.

Uprisings "would not be happening without Russian disinformation and provocateurs fostering unrest," claims the State Department. 

They "would not be happening if a large Russian military force were not massed on the border, destabilizing the situation through their overtly threatening presence."

No Russian disinformation exists. No provocateurs. No Russian forces massed on Ukraine's border. No threatening presence. State Department Big Lies don't wash.

(5) "Russia Claims: Ukrainians in Donetsk rejected the illegitimate authorities in Kyiv and established the independent 'People's Republic of Donetsk.' "

Not according to the State Department. It ignored mass anti-Kiev opposition. It lied claiming a "small number of separatists" are involved.

For every one active on Donetsk streets and elsewhere across Eastern Ukraine, hundreds, perhaps many thousands, more support them.

(6) "Russia Claims: Russia ordered a 'partial drawdown' of troops from the Ukrainian border."

"No evidence" suggests it, said the State Department. Russian forces are involved in nonthreatening military exercises.

Western monitors observed them. They've had direct contact with Russian commanders. 

They took on site photos. They reported no irregularities. Nothing suggests Moscow threatens Ukraine. US officials lie claiming otherwise.

(7) "Russia Claims: Ethnic Russians in Ukraine are under threat."

The State Department lied claiming no threat exists. Neo-Nazi thugs run key ministries. They hate all opposition elements. They live under threat. Their lives and safety are endangered.

(8) "Russia Claims: Ukraine's new government is led by radical nationalists and fascists."

The State Department twisted truth claiming otherwise. Neo-Nazi thugs prominently display swastikas, Iron Crosses, SS insignia and other fascist symbols.

US officials ignore it. Obama's new friends are thugs. They represent the worst of societal misfits. 

They threaten all Ukrainians. They threaten regional peace. They risk turning Ukraine's crisis into global conflict.

(9) "Russia Claims: Ethnic minorities face persecution in Ukraine from the 'fascist' government in Kyiv."

All Ukrainians are at risk. Fascists tolerate no opposition. Presidential aspirant Oleg Tsarev is Exhibit A. He opposes Kiev putschists.

A previous article discussed him. Neo-Nazi Right Sector Sector thugs attacked him. They brutally beat him. He's hospitalized in critical condition. Washington ignored what happened. Scoundrel media buried the story.

His candidacy stands. He's not pulling out. If he recovers, maybe putschist thugs will kill him. Fascists operate this way. Obama supports them.

(10) "Russia Claims: Russia is not using energy and trade as weapons against Ukraine."

The State Department lied claiming otherwise. Since 2009, Moscow subsidized Ukraine's economy.

It provided unprecedented natural gas discounts. They totaled $17 billion. Plus another $18.4 billion Ukraine incurred as a minimal "take-or-pay fine."

"No other country provided such support except Russia," said Putin. Western ones provided none.

They want Ukraine colonized. Plundering its resources is planned. Exploiting its people. Turning Ukraine into a pro-Western vassal state. Incorporating it into NATO. 

Deploying US nuclear armed missiles on Russia's borders. Threatening regional peace and stability unconscionably. Risking WW III.

Don't expect the State Department to explain. Or neocon infesting Washington. 

Or supportive scoundrel media. War winds head dangerously toward gale force. Risks demanding headlines are buried.

A Final Comment

On April 16, Odessa anti-Maidan activists proclaimed the People's Republic of Odessa. They issued a statement saying:

"From today, Odessa region becomes the People's Republic of Odessa, where the power belongs to the people living in its territory."

City residents were urged to prevent outside traffic from entering except ambulances. Odessa activists joined their counterparts in over a dozen other Eastern Ukrainian cities.

Growing protests demand local autonomy and democratic rights.

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

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

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

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More NATO Forces for Eastern Europe

More NATO Forces for Eastern Europe

by Stephen Lendman

US-led NATO threatens world peace. It's a global killing machine. It prioritizes militarism and war. It threatens humanity in the process.

It's escalating East/West tensions. It supports Kiev fascist putschists. It buries truth. It spreads lies about Russia.

On April 16, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said:

"We have just taken further measures to respond to the crisis in Ukraine."

"We call on Russia to be part of the solution. To stop destabilising Ukraine, pull back its troops from the borders and make clear it doesn't support the violent actions of well armed militias of pro-Russian separatists."

NATO deployed warplanes to Eastern Europe provocatively. US navy vessels patrol Black Sea waters. France plans sending one of its own to join them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass

Robert Parry The acting president of the coup regime in Kiev announces that he is ordering an “anti-terrorist” operation against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine,...

Ukrainians Resist

Ukrainians Resist

by Stephen Lendman

They're the best and bravest. They reject Kiev putschists. They're what democracy looks like. 

They want fundamental rights everyone deserves. They're putting their bodies on the line for them. 

They're a model for freedom-loving people everywhere. The only solution to state repression is revolution. 

It grips Eastern Ukraine. It's spreading throughout the region. Activists in a dozen or more cities are involved. So are others in small towns and villages.

What's ongoing perhaps heads toward mass insurrection. Democratic change requires sustained resistance.

Ukrainians represent hope. They deserve universal support. On April 14, Reuters headlined "Ukraine's east braces for anti-rebel operation as deadline passes."

Lawless full-scale assault looms. Illegitimate putschist president Oleksandr Turchynov blames Moscow. "We will not allow Russia to repeat the Crimean scenario in the eastern regions of Ukraine," he said.

Obama's UN envoy Samantha Power lacks credibility. She's ideologically over-the-top. 

Her husband, Cass Sunstein, is former Obama Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs administration. Francis Boyle calls him a "lethal neocon."

Power is one of many administration extremists. She disgraces the office she holds. At an emergency Saturday Security Council session, she railed irresponsibly against Russia.

Power lied maliciously. She outrageously accused Moscow of spreading "disinformation and propaganda." Her notion of "facts" is polar opposite truth.

She lied claiming Russian forces invaded Ukraine. She wrongheadedly blamed Moscow for ongoing protests. "We know who is behind" them, she said.

"Indeed, the only entity in the area capable of these coordinated, professional military actions is Russia," she said.

Washington bears full responsibility for toppling Ukraine's democratically elected government. 

It elevated fascist putschists to power. It did so lawlessly. It acted illegitimately. 

Growing numbers of Eastern Ukrainians demand fundamental democratic rights. They reject Kiev extremists denying them.

Ongoing protests are local. They're spontaneous. They're homegrown. Russia has no involvement in them. Power lied claiming otherwise.

Moscow's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin explained things responsibly. His comments fell on deaf ears.

He denounced Kiev putschists. He did so before. "The international community must demand the stooges of Maidan stop the war against their own people," he said.

"Reckless actions (threaten) to rip apart the delicate garment of Ukrainian mosaic society."

Kiev putschists ignore justifiable Eastern Ukrainian public anger. Growing numbers reject their “radicalized, chauvinistic, russophobic, anti-Semitic forces."

"Some, including those in this hall, constantly look for Moscow's hand in the events in the southeast, persistently without wishing to see the true reasons of the events in Ukraine. Quit doing it," Churkin said.

"Quit spreading tales that we built up military armadas on the border with this country, ready at any moment, within a few hours to reach almost as far as La Manche, that we sent hordes of agents to coordinate actions of the protesting people of Ukraine."

Illegitimate Kiev parliamentarians responded to Eastern Ukrainians demands for fundamental rights by passing "draconian laws."

They threatened longterm imprisonment for "separatism (and) terrorism." Churkin denounced anti-Russian accusations. He warned against using force against peaceful protesters.

"Let's move aside from speculations, accusations, from searching for Russian phantoms flying all over different corners of Ukraine, but let’s concentrate attention on what we can do - in this case I'm directing my eyesight at my Western colleagues - in order to prevent the Kiev authorities' reckless actions, which at this moment are embodied in the criminal order of Mr. Turchinov, and to prevent the realization of this order, which will have the most severe implications primarily for the people of Ukraine," he said.

"Why did you not accuse of terrorism those who were terrorizing your government for a span of several months?"

"Those who actually terrorized the security forces, who actually set on fire the policemen, shot at them, just like they did at those who were protesting against the authorities and seemingly acted on their side." 

"Those people, for some reason, you did not call terrorists, and even relieved them from any liability for their criminal actions that were conducted over several months."

He called anti-Russian accusations "ridiculous." Throughout Ukraine's crisis, Moscow went all-out for resolving things responsibly, Churkin explained.

"It is not our fault what we are witnessing" now, he added. He accused Western nations of double standards. 

Their hypocrisy is brazen. They encouraged violently overthrowing Ukraine's legitimate government. They manipulated events to do so.

They duplicitously call Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters "terrorists."

On Sunday, Russia's Foreign Ministry condemned Kiev's full-scale military operation order as "criminal."

"The Kiev authorities, who self-proclaimed themselves as a result of a coup, have embarked on the violent military suppression of the protests," it said.

On Monday, Sergei Lavrov criticized Western hypocrisy. Elements encouraging force must be held responsible, he said.

"The decision to apply military force is an extremely dangerous development. Those, who encourage such actions in Kiev should be held responsible to the full extent."

"We do not interfere in Ukraine’s domestic affairs. There are no Russian agents, neither GRU, nor FSB," he added.

"Russia is interested in an integral, united, friendly Ukraine, where all citizens live in peace, exercise their rights, have the possibility to normally interact with their neighbors."

"It is possible to achieve this through a complete constitutional reform. The case in hand is that all Ukrainians should be equal in their rights, there would be no subhumans, who are forced to hear daily insults and tolerate humiliation from neo-Nazis."

"Russian-speaking residents in the south and east of the country felt betrayed by those authorities that spoke about freedom, equal rights for all Ukrainians, but haven't even stirred a finger to start a responsible dialogue with the South-East until the South-East stated that it would not tolerate this situation."

"Only in recent days, some actions have been taken, but still these actions were spoiled by the decision to apply force in full extent, including army units."

"We have clearly stated that applying force against the protesters would substantially undermine…the prospects of cooperation in setting the Ukrainian crisis."

At a Sunday press conference, ousted President Viktor Yanukovych warned of impending civil war. "Blood was spilt today," he said.

"The Kiev junta has issued a criminal order to use armed forces and the army against the protesters."

"During my time in Kiev, we never used such methods against radicals and extremists."

He blamed Washington for crisis conditions. CIA head John Brennan secretly visited Kiev. He met with putschist officials. 

Announced use of military force followed. Washington's dirty hands are involved. Brennan "de facto sanctioned" assaulting protesters violently, said Yanukovych.

He urged Kiev security forces to disobey "unlawful orders." Don't shoot the "people of Ukraine," he said. "You will never be forgiven."

Referendum choice is the only solution, he added. "Now there is an urgent question of the referendum, which can protect the country from split," he said.

First a referendum. Then real constitutional reform. Followed by democratic elections. Putschists plan polar opposite policies. Expect greater chaos to follow.

Former Ukrainian internal affairs minister/national police service head Vitally Zakharchenko warned of Kiev plotting Ukraine/Russia border provocations.

"According to our information, in eastern regions of Ukraine, provocations are being planned near the border in order to discredit the military personnel of the Russian Federation," he explained.

He urged Ukrainian security forces to disobey illegal orders. He condemned Kiev putschists for issuing them.

"From the legal point of view, illegal orders are given out by the illegitimately appointed Turchyno, Avakov, Nalivaychenko (and) Makhnitsky," he said.

Anonymous Ukraine interior ministry sources confirmed what's planned, he added.

"Kiev authorities are preparing a big provocation, with a purpose to discredit the people of Donetsk and Lugansk regions who are committed to holding a referendum and federalization of the country" he said.

"An order arrived at the management of divisions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the armed forces of Ukraine deployed in Donetsk region, to use fighters from the Right Sector to simulate armed attacks on the these divisions."

Lavrov expressed concern about Brennan's secret Kiev visit.

"We would like to understand what reports about the CIA Director Mr. Brennan's urgent trip to Kiev could mean. We have not received any reasonable explanation so far," he said.

Eastern Ukrainian protests are growing. They spreading. Donbas miners are involved. Detachments are guarding occupied government buildings.

A retired miner perhaps spoke for others, saying:

"It's hard to arouse the miners, but when you do, there will be trouble." They oppose Kiev putschists. 

They're involved in protests against them. They're defiant. Their involvement strengthens anti-Kiev resistance. So do growing numbers across the region.

Western propaganda gives no quarter. On April 12, The New York Times headlined "Xenophobic Chill Descends on Moscow." The Times lied claiming Moscow invaded Ukraine. 

"From the moment that Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea cast a new, bitter chill over relations with the West, a sinister jingoistic vibe has pervaded this unsettled capital - stirred up by state-controlled television and Mr. Putin himself," it said.

Wall Street Journal editors are vicious. Bashing Russia is official policy. On April 13, they headlined "Russia's Second Invasion," saying:

Vice President Joe Biden heads for Kiev next week. He's going to express Western support. A litany of Big Lies followed, adding:

He "may want to speed up his" visit. "By then Vladimir Putin may already have annexed another chunk of Ukraine."

"…Russia('s) invasion of eastern Ukraine may already be underway," they hyperventilated.

"Masked and armed Russian speakers with the distinct look of special forces, but no military insignias, took over police stations and other locations in much of Ukraine's east over the weekend." 

"This was the Russian president's stealth mode of invasion in Crimea. By the time the West figured out what was going on, the deed was done."

Russia didn't invade Crimea. Invading Eastern Ukraine isn't planned. Polar opposite policies stress responsible crisis resolution. Don't expect Journal editors to explain.

Big Lies repeat. Readers are deceived. Malicious misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure. Russia bashing persists daily.

Journal editors suggest Putin plans full-scale invasion. Within weeks, they said. "(F)aux diplomacy" masks his intentions, they claim.

"His real goal is to redraw the postwar map of Europe to Russia's advantage," they added. "(B)y force if necessary."

Twisting truth to fit official US policy is longstanding scoundrel media practice.

On April 13, neocon Washington Post editors headlined "Escalation in Ukraine," saying:

"The Ukrainian government, for its part, has rightly taken the position that it cannot allow Russia to take over its cities by force of arms without fighting back."

"Moscow is demanding that the country be chopped up into pieces and that areas under its influence be given a veto over Ukraine's foreign policy."

"It may be too late to prevent war in eastern Ukraine. But the United States must quickly take the measures promised by Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry, or lose what little credibility it retains on Ukraine."

"If Ukrainians are forced to fight for their country, they should be helped."

WaPo editors support Obama's war on Syria. They support illegitimate Kiev fascist putschists. 

They barely stopped short of urging Washington confront Russia belligerently. They deplore peace and stability. 

They're against legitimate democratic governance. They're part of the Russian bashing chorus. They shame themselves in the process.

A Final Comment

On April 14, Voice of Russia (VOA) headlined "Leaked UN report claims Russia 'rigged' Crimean referendum."

VOR cited an April 10 Foreign Policy (FP) propaganda report. It's titled "Exclusive: UN Hints Russia and Its Allies Rigged Crimea's Secession Vote."

Washington's dirty hands were involved. Lies substituted for truth. Not according to FP.

It's Washington Post owned. WaPo is CIA-linked. US propaganda is prominently featured.

On April 15, a so-called confidential UN report will be presented to Security Council members.

It wrongfully blames ousted President Yanukovych for ordering "a bloody crackdown on pro-Europe protesters."

He "plunged the country into turmoil," it says. It led to "unrest in Crimea and Russia's subsequent invasion and annexation…"

It claims 10 days before Crimea's referendum, reunification critics "were threatened, detained and tortured."

"(V)ote rigging" was rife, it added. Unidentified sources lied. They claimed "non-Ukrainians" participated. They "vot(ed) numerous times in different locations."

Ivan Simonovic is UN Secretary-General for Human Rights. He's a convenient US stooge. He wrote the report.

"Preliminary findings, based on publicly available information as well as reports from civil society representatives in Crimea, suggest that the referendum on March 16 raised a number of concerns in terms of respect for human rights," he said.

Crimeans were "victims of (Russian) propaganda and misinformation," he added.

Moscow "stage-managed the Crimean crisis." Its "military presence" raised concerns.

At the same time, Simonovic's report suggests that "Crimea's Russian-speaking majority (wouldn't) have voted any differently if conditions were less threatening to dissidents," said FP.

It begs the question FP didn't ask. Why rig election results assuring reunification support. Independent pre-election polls showed it overwhelmingly.

Independent monitors called voting scrupulously open, free and fair. Not a single irregularity was reported. Nor any human rights abuses.

Crimea's vote was a model democratic exercise. It shamed America's sham process. It has no legitimacy whatever. 

Don't expect FP to explain. Or Simonovic. He lied claiming "credible allegations of harassment, arbitrary arrest, and torture targeting activists and journalists who did not support the referendum."

No evidence whatever exists. No credible sources have any. Invented rubbish substitutes. Russia bashing is official US policy. 

Simonovic marches in lockstep. His report included a litany of Big Lies.

VOR cited Moscow justifiably saying Crimea's referendum "was fully compliant with international law and must be recognized as legitimate."

Claims otherwise have no credibility whatever. Big Lies substitute for clear unequivocal truth.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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US Anti-Iranian Arrogance

US Anti-Iranian Arrogance

by Stephen Lendman

Iranian President Hassan Rohani appointed Hamid Aboutalebi as permanent Tehran UN ambassador. It's effective July 25, 2014. More on him below.

Last week, Congress unanimously voted to deny him visa permission to enter America. Effectively he was declared persona non grata. 

Legislation passed "den(ies) admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has engaged in espionage activities against the United States, poses a threat to United States national security interests or has engaged in a terrorist activity against the United States."

Neocon Ted Cruz (R. TX) sponsored Senate legislation. He outrageously called Iran a "rogue nation."

Rep. Ed Royce (R. CA) was no better. He maliciously said appointing Aboutalebi "show(s) contempt for the United States."

"Congress has unanimously approved legislation that sends a message to Tehran: 'Application Denied.' "

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama opposes Aboutalebi's appointment. His position was "communicated to the Iranians that the selection they've put forward is not viable."

"We concur with the Congress and share the intent of (its) bill." Aboutalebi earlier was Tehran's ambassador to Australia, Italy, Belgium and the EU.

He served as Ministry of Foreign Affairs political director general. In the 1990s, he was part of Iran's New York UN delegation. 

He holds a Belgium-based Katholieke University of Leuven historical sociology doctorate. He's a Sorbonne master's degree graduate. His bachelor's degree is from Tehran University.

His publications include Basic Challenges of US Foreign Policy towards Iran, Rocky Mountains of Nuclear Extremism, Turkey: Modern Diplomacy and New Ottoman Caliphate, and New Challenges of Iran Foreign Policy towards US.

His anthropological book is titled Anthropology of Ethics: First Volume of Philosophy of Social Ethics in 2013.

Iran denounced his rejection. It called doing so "not acceptable." It's illegal. More on this below. 

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham called Aboutalebi one of Iran's most capable diplomats.

Washington earlier granted him visa permission to enter America. Iran insists its appointment stands. 

Iranian National Security and Foreign Policy Commission parliamentarian Mohammad Hassan Asafari called barring Aboutalebi "sheer interference in the internal affairs of the UN."

"The Americans are not entitled to the right to oppose the entry of the Islamic Republic of Iran's representative at the UN and the US Senate approval is illegal," he added.

All nations have sovereign rights to appoint their diplomatic representatives. Others have no right to interfere. 

Washington ignores international laws, standards and norms. Its rules alone apply. Rogue states operate this way. 

America is by far the worst in world history. None past or present match its ruthlessness. Numerous examples explain. 

Denying Aboutalebi is its latest deplorable act. It's illegal. It violates an "Agreement Between the United Nations and the United States Regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations, Signed June 26, 1947, and Approved by the General Assembly October 31, 1947."

At the time, General George Marshall was US Secretary of State. Trygve Lie was UN Secretary-General. 

The Agreement said "federal, state or local authorities of the United States shall not impose any impediments to transit to or from the headquarters district of representatives of Members or officials of the United Nations."

Hassan Rohani, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and other Iranian leaders freely attended New York UN sessions. So did Gaddafi, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, and Yasser Arafat.

Syria's permanent UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari attends Security Council and General Assembly sessions. So do Cuban and North Korean envoys. 

Representatives from all UN member states may attend. It bears repeating. Denying them is illegal.

Aboutalebi is a distinguished diplomat. Deny him US entry is unacceptable. At issue was his alleged involvement during 444 Iranian hostage crisis days.

It lasted from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1971. Carter called holding dozens of US diplomats "victims of terrorism and anarchy."

Media scoundrels regurgitated Washington's position. They called hostage taking "vengeance and mutual incomprehension."

Aboutalebi had no involvement in what happened. He wasn't a hostage taker. He didn't participate in taking over America's embassy. He explained saying he only served as translator during negotiations.

At the time, he was a student. He was a Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line (MSFIL) member. So were others involved in occupying Washington's Tehran embassy.

They did so justifiably. They believed it was a den of espionage. They acted nonviolently. Participants were young. 

They were orderly. They were well-behaved. They were calm, responsible men and women.

In February 2013, the film Argo took top honors. Hollywood's 85th Academy Awards chose it the year's top film. There's nothing best about it.

It should have been denounced. It was unconscionable anti-Iranian propaganda. It was malicious. It turned truth on its head. 

It related a little known hostage crisis episode. Fifty-three Americans were held captive. Six others escaped. 

Former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor sheltered them in his home. He's highly critical. He said script writer Chris Terrio misportrayed events.

Argo recounts their rescue. It downplays Canada's involvement. Terrio took creative liberties. Scenes were fabricated. 

People were mischaracterized. Iran's hospitable side was ignored. It's commonplace Hollywood practice. Truth is twisted to fit official US policy. It's systematically buried.

Argo is Iranophobic. It's trash. It's rubbish. It's fiction, not fact. It's unjust. It's one-sided. It's politically motivated. 

It reinvented history. It turned it on its head. It bears no relation to what happened. It ignored the 1981 Algiers Accords. Iran and Washington signed it. Most Iranian assets were unblocked.

A day later, US hostages were released. It was moments before Reagan's inauguration. Washington want US/Iranian conciliation at the time concealed. It was short-lived.

Argo ignored what should have been featured. It bashed Iran unjustifiably in the process. 

It's part of Washington's propaganda machine. It shouldn't surprise. Doing so is longstanding practice. Hollywood does it for profit. 

America prioritizes unchallenged dominance. It deplores sovereign independence. It wants vassal governance replacing it. Don't expect Hollywood to explain

Argo was some of its worst propaganda. It fomented anti-Iranian hatred. It stereotypically portrayed Iran. It did so according to Western misinformation.

US Anti-Iranian policies persist. Rogue states operate this way. Scoundrel media regurgitate official policy. They march in lockstep. Hollywood follows the same script.

The New York Times downplayed denying Aboutalebi visa permission to perform his UN duties. A Mark Landler/Rick Gladstone article stopped short of denouncing it. They called Washington's decision "unusual." 

A same day editorial was worse. It discussed ongoing Iranian/P5+1 nuclear talks. It's common knowledge in high places that Tehran's nuclear program has no military component.

Not according to Times editors. They lied saying it's "naive to understate how hard it will be to remove the threat of Iran's producing a nuclear weapon." 

They discussed denying Aboutalebi's visa rejection. They ignored reality. They called congressional legislation doing so "unclear legality."

At the same time, they said Obama will "set an unfortunate precedent…saying (he'll) deny Mr. Aboutalebi a visa anyway."

As UN host, America "is supposed to admit" member states' envoys, they said. False! It's legally bound to do so. Failure violates the 1947 agreement.

Times editors outrageously called appointing Aboutalebi "a real misstep." 

"It's hard to believe (Rohani) does not know how acutely the embassy takeover affected Americans and did not realize that he was handing hard-liners a new issue."

Times editors stopped short of explaining Aboutalebi's noninvolvement in what happened. 

Twisting truth to fit US policy is longstanding Times practice. Failure to denounce Washington lawlessness shows which side they're on. Doing the right thing is systematically avoided.

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

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Europe Targets Russia Irresponsibly

Europe Targets Russia Irresponsibly

by Stephen Lendman

European nations follow Washington's lead. They act disgracefully. They do so reprehensibly. They harm their own self-interest.

They partner in America's wars. They embrace confrontation. They harm their own people. Russia bashing is prioritized.

On Thursday, the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe (PACE) stripped Russia's voting rights through yearend. It imposed other sanctions.

Members voted 145 to 21. Another 22 abstained. Russia's right to vote against its own ostracism was denied. Democracy is a dead letter. Acting responsibly is verboten.

Moscow is excluded from leadership positions. It's removed from Presidential and Permanent committees. Observer rights are denied.

Alexei Pushkov heads Russia's PACE delegation. He condemned the decision saying:

"The most unpleasant thing in this history is that the Parliamentary Assembly betrayed its own principles: rule of law and rule of human rights." 

"The majority took the path of serving the interests of a group of states that is poised on the geopolitical grasping of Ukraine."

The "decision on future Russia-PACE relationship will be made in the coming weeks." Moscow walked out of PACE's April session. 

"We will not partake in this session any longer," said Pushkov. "We are leaving this session in protest and reserving the right to consider the further involvement of Russia in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe." 

PACE condemned legitimate Crimean/Russian reunification. It expressed disapproval of Russia's responsible Ukraine policy. 

It ludicrously claimed "no right-wing takeover of the central government in Kiev, nor was there any imminent threat to the rights of the ethnic Russian minority in the country, including, or especially, in Crimea."

Saying so turns a blind eye to reality. PACE's new friends include a rogue's gallery of societal misfits. They're lawless putschists.

They're xenophobic, hate-mongering, ultranationalist anti-Semites. They represent mob rule.

They're militant fascists. Their worst elements are neo-Nazis. They openly display swastikas, Iron Crosses, Nazi SS insignia and other fascist symbols.

Washington elevated them to power. PACE member states support them. They do so unconscionably.

They target Russia irresponsibly. They condemned Putin's all-out effort to resolve crisis conditions equitably and fairly. They want Crimeans denied their legal self-determination rights.

They're in bed with US imperial lawlessness. They endorse what demands denunciation. They made one spurious accusation after another.

They destroyed their credibility in the process. Pushkov called their action a "political farce." It's an "inquisition," he added.

If they want to be inquisitors, "let them (do) it on their own," he said. Russia will consider whether to opt out of PACE altogether. 

Its action destroyed its legitimacy. Its credibility no longer exists. Hypocrisy defines its agenda. It's complicit in crimes of war, against humanity and genocide.

It backed raping Yugoslavia. It supported Washington's lawless aggression on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. 

It endorses Obama's war on Syria. It abhors human and civil liberties. It opposes rule of law justice.

On April 10, Itar Tass headlined "Russia will not be forced to act in West's way - deputy PM."

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov responded to reprehensible Western actions, saying:

"We will be looking for ways to protect our own interests. No threats will make either President Vladimir Putin or other political forces act the way the US, Germany and other partners want them to."

"The more appeals for sanctions we hear, the tougher they are, the stronger the Russian society will mobilize, the more united we will be."

"The Western community is discussing developments in Ukraine beyond the context of the key reason of the conflict."

"It is criminal to pull Ukraine in different directions, making it choose between the EU and the Russian Federation." 

"We, in Russia, are interested in a stable and prosperous Ukraine more than anybody else."

Washington and other Western nations plan plundering it for profit. They want its resources stolen. They want its crown jewels sold at fire sale prices.

They want their people exploited. They want Ukraine incorporated into NATO. They want hostile bases close to Russia's borders.

They want Russian sovereignty weakened. They want it eliminated altogether. They want pro-Western subservient governance replacing it. 

They want control over Russian policy. They want another vassal state. Ideally they want balkanized, powerless mini-states.Their policies risk open confrontation. Perhaps war.

Hardliners influencing policies risk what responsible officials wouldn't dare. The worst of all possible outcomes may follow.

Russia won't let rogue Western nations run roughshod over its interests. It defends them responsibly. It has every right to do so.

On April 10, RT International headlined "Standoff between gvt, protesters intensify, 24 hours before Kiev ultimatum ends."

Kiev putschists threatened force against Eastern Ukrainian protesters. Reports said tanks headed for Donetsk.

"Several locals were allegedly injured trying to stop the convoy," said RT. "An eyewitness (named Lyudmila) confirmed the information about military forces arriving in the city," saying:

"At about 2pm we received information that military hardware had arrived at our local train station." 

"We went there and saw APCs, military vehicles and troops. The whole town gathered nearby." 

"The soldiers tried to start moving, and the people tried to stop the vehicles." Soldiers responded belligerently.

They "twisted the arms of pensioners. There were two men standing there…" Tanks "drove over their feet." 

"I was pulled back by local coalminers while I tried to stop the vehicles. They didn't even look at who was in front of them." 

"The men started shouting for them to stop, saying there were girls and women in front of them, but they didn't care."

Illegitimate putschist acting president Aleksandr Turchinov signed a decree to use force. 

Fascists operate this way. Kiev ones are allied with their US counterparts. They waging war on freedom. 

They want Ukraine strip-mined for profit. They want dystopian harshness imposed.

On Wednesday, putschist interior minister Arsen Avakov said "special police task force" elements arrived in Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov.

They're ordered to use force if needed. Greystone Limited mercenaries were deployed in Eastern Ukraine. Reports say about 150. Maybe others will follow.

They're notorious. They're trained killers. They operate extrajudicially. They're unaccountable under local laws. They represent America's imperial agenda.

They came to suppress nonviolent protests. They're free to do whatever it takes to do so. It's standard procedure wherever they show up. 

It remains to be seen how targeted Ukrainians respond. Bloody confrontation may follow.

RT said protesters still control Donetsk and Lugansk power structure buildings. They built barricades. They're preparing in case outside forces assault them. 

They're burning tires. They're singing songs. They're waving Russian and regional flags. Women and elderly participants stand with others on center city night watch.

They'll alert others if needed. "We will be on duty here all night," they said. "(T)he assault could begin at any moment."

Thousands more locals are ready to join them. "Several times over the last few days, activists assembled to train their response to emergency situations," said RT.

On Tuesday, "armed men without insignia and masked law enforcement officers" stormed Kharkov's administration building. They did so after local police refused Kiev's order to attack.

About 100 newly-formed Ukrainian National Guard elements arrived at Donetsk's airport. 

They're joined by about 100 neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs, "as well as a hundred employees from a private US military company operating under contract with Kiev" putschists.

They comprise about 300 "professionals or well-trained and motivated fanatics." People's Militia of Donbas deputy director Sergey Tsyplakov told RT:

"This is a major force, but we are ready to fight."

Earlier, Donetsk protesters blocked two buses with camouflaged armed men. They did so near the city's military commissariat.

Activists think they're Western mercenaries. They couldn't identify them. They said nothing. They refused to answer questions.

The New York Times suppresses real information on Ukraine. It supports lawless putschists. It ignores their fascist agenda.

It downplayed Eastern Ukrainian resistance. It ludicrously claimed Donetsk protesters have "no authority outside an 11-story Ukrainian government building…"

It called activists inside "an unruly Russian-speaking, club-bearing crowd…" It called the Donetsk People's Republic "a quixotic and, to many here, (a) crackpot project…"

It's limited to "the few hundred people now holed up in the government building," it said.

Growing thousands of Donetsk residents reject Kiev putschists. They're resolute in standing against them. 

Others across Eastern Ukraine want their own local autonomy. They're putting their bodies on the line to get it. They're courageously rallying for justice. 

They want their legitimate rights respected. Don't expect The New York Times to explain. It's on the wrong side of fundamental issues. It fronts for wealth, power and privilege.

It deplores popular rights. It suppresses vital information. It substitutes unacceptable misinformation. It's part of America's propaganda machine. It works against most of its readers.

Neocon Washington Post editors produce some of the most outrageous scoundrel media misinformation. They maliciously bash Russia. They bury truth doing it.

On April 8, they headlined "Russia will respond only to increased sanctions over Ukraine."

They lied claiming Russian forces invaded Crimea. Nonthreatening Russian military exercises were falsely called a possible "invasion (of) three Ukrainian cities."

They maliciously called Eastern Ukrainian activists "rent-a-mobs." They quoted John Kerry's lie.

He recklessly accused Moscow of an "illegal and illegitimate effort to destabilize a sovereign state and create a contrived crisis with paid operatives."

He ignored Washington elevating extremist putschists to power. WaPo editors support them. 

They call lawless fascists democrats. They turned truth on its head saying:

"It's not too late to prevent Russia from destroying Ukraine, but this time the West must act quickly." 

They suggested Moscow perhaps intends disrupting May elections. They're illegitimate. They'll maintain putschist power. 

Russia has no intention of interfering. It rejects lawless governance. Ukrainians deserve real democracy. They're denied it. 

Don't expect WaPo editors to explain. They lied claiming Kiev authorities show "admirable restraint." They call Eastern Ukrainian activists "provocateurs."

They want tougher US sanctions imposed on Moscow. Not just against targeted individuals, they urged.

Against "sectors of the economy." They ignored doing so cuts both ways. Maybe they don't care. Punishing Russia harshly matters most, they claim.

Wall Street Journal editors express similar sentiments. They bash Russia relentlessly. They consider Putin public enemy number one.

On April 8, they headlined "Putin Invades, Obama Dismantles." They lied claiming Russia "seized Crimea." It massed "50,000 troops as a potential invasion force," they said.

They ignored repeated US treaty violations. They lied claiming Moscow ones. Obama is "maneuvering the US closer to a position of absolute nuclear inferiority to Russia," they claim.

America has the world's largest nuclear stockpile. It's the most formidable. It's sophisticated delivery systems can strike targets worldwide with pinpoint accuracy.

It well over 1,000 empire of bases can do it shorter range. Russia prioritizes peace and stability. America deplores both. Permanent wars define official policy. 

Don't expect Journal editors to explain. Or that Washington is humanity's greatest threat. 

Pointing fingers the wrong way is longstanding scoundrel media policy. Journal editors blame Putin for Obama's crimes.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.