Tuesday, February 09, 2016

US Establishment Preferred Presidential Aspirants on Shaky Ground

US Establishment Preferred Presidential Aspirants on Shaky Ground

by Stephen Lendman

Months earlier, before campaign season got in full swing, odds favored a Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush November contest.

Things changed dramatically. After topping Sanders by more than two-to-one in earlier polls, both candidates are now virtually tied, momentum in his favor, notably as more disturbing facts about Hillary’s dark side become public knowledge.

An accompanying article said forget about gender and calls for finally electing a woman president. 

She’s no populist savior, notoriously against peace, equity and justice, as mean-spirited as a sadistic street thug. Her public record as first lady, US senator and secretary of state prove it.

Sanders is more opportunist than populist, a shameless character in his own right. His deplorable voting record shows his call for revolutionary change is a complete hoax, one of his many Big Lies, his credibility sorely lacking.

He’s like all the rest, promising one thing, delivering another, his consistent record throughout years of public service, from local politics to Congress.

He’s part of America’s dirty system like all other political aspirants for top posts - a man of the people in name only, consistently betraying them.

Last year, his campaign was going nowhere, looking certain to be steamrolled by Clinton’s heavily financed, seemingly unstoppable juggernaut.

Campaign momentum often shifts back and forth during America’s endless political season.

Given Wall Street-led monied interests strongly for Clinton and notorious US election-rigging, Sanders remains an underdog, a long shot, enjoying his extended 15-minutes of fame - no matter what polls show.

Last June when Jeb Bush announced his candidacy, smart money had him easily becoming the Republican nominee - November’s contest looking like a deplorable choice between a Bush and Clinton dynasty, assuring dirty business as usual on steroids no matter the winner.

Clinton is still highly favored to represent Democrats this fall. Bush’s candidacy is fading, unable to gain traction, hanging on as long as possible before heading toward dropping out - given his 3% or less support in national polls.

His announcement message about wanting “the decades ahead (to be) the greatest time ever to be alive in this world” is a hollow forgotten echo, meaningless rubbish when stated.

His campaign is fast losing oxygen. He’s no longer a credible contender, perhaps one or two major primary defeats away from dooming his presidential run altogether.

Trump remains way out in front in national polls, maintaining momentum, his campaign looking unstoppable. A previous article said he masterfully outwitted, outmaneuvered and outfoxed seasoned politicians like Bush, beating them at their own dirty game.

Ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, Bush tried putting a brave face on his dismal prospects, saying “I feel (Tuesday) is going to give us an upset.”

Only if electoral rigging creates one. Iowa caucuses showed something distinctly rotten, Hillary likely stealing victory from the jaws of defeat.

Will things be rigged for Bush or another aspirant to defeat Trump the same way? Given his huge lead in New Hampshire and national polls, finishing second or worse would suggest unmistakable fraud.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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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Russia Consistently Blamed for US-Led Imperial Crimes

Russia Consistently Blamed for US-Led Imperial Crimes

by Stephen Lendman

Irresponsible Russia bashing no longer surprises, media scoundrels repeating state-sponsored Big Lies, vicious propaganda.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shamelessly supports imperial interests, serving his US-led Western masters.

After farcical Syrian peace talks collapsed, he outrageously blamed Russia, saying:

“As soon as (Geneva III) convened, (Russian) aerial bombing continued and the ground operation started in Aleppo.” 

He blamed Putin, discretely not naming him. His accusation was clear, turning truth on its head - failing to explain Russia’s war on ISIS and other terrorist groups, a universal scourge the entire world community should oppose and praise him for his forthright efforts.

Ban lied, accusing him of not being “faithful” to Security Council Resolution 2254 provisions. 

He observes them scrupulously along with all international laws, Washington and its imperial allies breaching them altogether, waging naked aggression, notably on Syria and Iraq, heading toward Libya 2.0.

Throughout his deplorable tenure, Ban’s been complicit with imperial high crimes, blaming victims, absolving US and allied perpetrators.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is a US-appointed convenient stooge, repeating Ban’s Big Lies, irresponsibly accusing Moscow of “undermining” (farcical) peace talks.”

Saying “intense Russian airstrikes, mainly targeting oppositions groups in Syria (aka terrorists), are undermining efforts to find a political solution to the conflict” - failing to explain US-led NATO wants war, not peace.

All opposition elements are cutthroat killers. Misnamed “moderate rebels” don’t exist. Stoltenberg repeated Erdogan’s Big Lie about Russian planes violating Turkish airspace, claiming what never happened “creates risks.”

“Continuing (Russian) aerial bombing…caused a lot of civilian killings (and) civilian facilities,” he added - Big Lies piled on Bigger Ones. Not a shred of evidence supports his accusations or Ban’s. Plenty indicates otherwise.

On Tuesday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov blasted Erdogan claiming Russia occupies part of Syria, saying:

“As for (his phony) allegations, from the legal standpoint, from the standpoint of international law, they are wrong and absurd” - the rantings of a megalomaniac.

Russian/Turkish relations are at their lowest point in decades, unlikely to improve as long as Erdogan remains in power, a despot claiming democratic credentials, responsible for “aggressive and treacherous actions against Russia,” said Peskov.

It’s the only world power forthrightly waging real war on terrorism, wanting a universal scourge degraded to a shadow of its peak strength.

Given US-led Western support for ISIS and likeminded groups, along with Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other rogue Arab states, the struggle for Syria’s soul has a long way to go.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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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The Urgency of Opposing a Hillary Clinton Presidency

The Urgency of Opposing a Hillary Clinton Presidency

by Stephen Lendman

Among an array of deplorable aspirants, she stands out as the most dangerous and loathsome, an anti-populist Wall Street tool, a war profiteer’s dream, shamelessly indifferent to human suffering, a ruthless rogue actor, a menace threatening world peace.

Ignore her gender and calls for finally electing a woman US president. Look at the enormous harm the first Black one caused at home and abroad, Muslims and people of color most affected. 

Obama achieved the impossible - exceeding the worst of George Bush, waging endless wars, bombing seven countries in seven years, ignoring popular needs, force-feeding austerity irresponsibly, orchestrating the greatest wealth transfer to privileged interests in US history, enforcing police state harshness on nonbelievers.

If elected president, expect Clinton’s agenda to continue Obama’s on steroids. Her deplorable record in public office as a US senator and secretary of state reveals her dark side, pure evil by any standard.

She’s a longtime Wall Street favorite. Major banks are her largest campaign contributors, getting far more back in return, ripping off investors, rigging markets with virtually no oversight.

Under Clinton, they’ll continue making money the old-fashioned way, stealing it - grand theft at the public’s expense while popular needs increasingly go begging, social justice on the chopping block for elimination.

Her public office record is shameless, notoriously deploring peace and stability, hellbent for endless imperial wars - from urging husband Bill to bomb Belgrade in 1999 to supporting naked aggression on Afghanistan in 2001, the 2003 Iraq war, along with orchestrating Obama’s wars on Libya and Syria as secretary of state.

She’s militantly anti-Russia and anti-China, supports transforming all sovereign independent nations into US-controlled vassal states - premeditated naked aggression her strategy of choice.

Post-9/11, she notoriously said she’d “stand behind Bush for a long time to come.” Her record in public office proved it. 

She supported all US imperial wars, naked aggression against nonthreatening countries, urges annual increases in military spending at a time America’s only enemies are ones it invents.

She calls nuclear weapons “peacekeepers,” endorses their use, earlier saying “I don’t believe any that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or nonuse of nuclear weapons.”

She backs Israel’s worst crimes, ignores longstanding Palestinian suffering, supports US-installed Kiev putschists against Donbass freedom fighters rejecting fascist rule. She once threatened to bomb Iran as president. If elected in November, will WW III follow?

Her duplicitous rhetoric swings with the political climate, her pure evil agenda unchanged since serving as first lady in the 1990s, partnering with husband Bill’s high crimes, a family enterprise opposed to peace, equity and justice, serving privileged interests exclusively.

Electing her president for the next four to eight years risks devastating consequences. Will catastrophic global war follow? 

Will weapons of mass destruction be used, infinitely more powerful than earlier ones? Will humanity perish? Will America’s rage to own planet earth destroy it?

Its criminal class is bipartisan. All mainstream presidential aspirants march to the same drummer, representing wealth, power and privilege exclusively, a rogue’s gallery of self-serving scoundrels - Clinton the most dangerous and ruthless of the bunch.

Don’t let her gender fool you. Kinder, gentler isn’t her nature. She’s as mean-spirited as a sadistic street thug. 

Last October, Vanity Fair discussed what it called her praetorian guard - a notorious array of lawyers, aides, advisers confidants, and hangers-on.

They erected a “tight-lipped human wall,” protecting her, staying “mute and loyal,” suppressing her ruthless dark side.

Her campaign is opaque, secretive and devious, her “way of doing business…so entrenched (it’s) hard…imagin(ing) she could ever behave differently,” said Vanity Fair.

Obama promised the most open and transparent presidency in US history, his deplorable record polar opposite, Clinton as secretary of state part of it.

She’s so controlled and unscrupulous, she earlier protested on national television, saying “I am a real person.”

Vanity Fair said Clinton’s praetorian guard has been around “for a quarter-century,” some names and faces changing. Some now “in place…have built walls of their own and can be as hard to reach as Clinton herself.”

People around her knowing everything say nothing. “There has never been such a well-defended” presidential candidate in US history, Vanity Fair explained.

“Being in her inner circle is as much about keeping people out as anything else.” During husband Bill’s 1992 presidential campaign, critics called her a “modern-day Lady Macbeth.”

From then to now, access to her remained tightly controlled, most often denied. Her aloofness is notorious.

“The e-mail scandal is the perfect distillation of how Hillary’s wall of protection makes matters worse,” said Vanity Fair. 

“Her exclusive use of the Clintons’ personal e-mail server while secretary of state appears born out of a defensive instinct for secrecy.” 

“The eye-rolling dismissiveness with which Clinton herself initially greeted the revelation, and the stonewalling nature of the response by her surrogates, have only fed the scandal more oxygen.”

Throughout her professional life, she’s always been “a lightening rod. From the moment she entered public life, (she’s had) people (around her) selling her (nonexistent) softer side,” fantasy orchestrated as reality.

It’s hard imagining a worse choice for president, a more dangerous and deplorable one, a disaster waiting to happen. 

America will be more unfit and unsafe to live in than already, full-blown tyranny likely instituted, possible catastrophic WW III on her watch. 

Why defeating her leadership ambitions is urgent. World peace hangs in the balance.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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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West Turns a Blind Eye to Erdogan's High Crimes

West Turns a Blind Eye to Erdogan’s High Crimes

by Stephen Lendman

Turkey is a fascist police state, a valued US NATO ally, Erdogan an international outlaw, his high crimes ignored by Western officials and mainstream media scoundrels, on the wrong side of virtually all issues mattering most, notably geopolitical ones.

America created ISIS and other terrorist groups. Erdogan supports them, provides arms and safe haven status on Turkish territory, secretly sells stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil - he, his family members and other top Turkish officials profiting handsomely.

YPG fighters (Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units) are important elements in the fight against ISIS in northern Syria.

Erdogan continues waging all-out terror war on Turkish Kurds, slaughtering civilians in cold blood. More on his latest atrocity below. 

He considers PPK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and YPG freedom fighters “terrorists.” He demanded YPG political  representatives be excluded from sham Syrian peace talks.

He railed against Washington sending a delegation to meet with YPG officials last month. “How can we trust (you),” he ranted?”

“Is it me who is your partner or the terrorists” - sounding as outlandish as George Bush saying post-9/11: “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”

Legitimate resistance groups are automatically called “terrorists,” including Kurds, Palestinians, Donbass freedom fighters, and many other courageous people worldwide opposing tyranny - state-sponsored terrorism, the gravest threat, entirely ignored.

Erdogan rules Turkey despotically. Democracy is pure fantasy. He’s brutalizing Turkish Kurds for wanting greater autonomy, their legitimate rights respected.

His latest atrocity involved massacring about 60 Kurdish civilians, taking shelter in the basement of a Cizre building, hoping for safe haven protection from his terror war.

On the phony pretext of claiming they were PKK fighters, Turkish forces attacked them last Sunday. Loud explosions were heard.

Photos circulating online showed evidence of mass murder, civilians not involved in fighting victimized by Erdogan’s ruthlessness.

Claiming only Kurdish militants were attacked was a bald-faced lie. Remember Cizre! Turkish activists called Sunday’s state-sponsored atrocity an “utter human tragedy.”

Erdogan’s war on Turkish Kurds has been ongoing since ceasefire ended last July. He wants all opposition to his despotic rule eliminated.

Protests throughout Europe rage against his brutality towards Kurds, civilians attacked like militants, women and children like adult males.

Kurds urge people worldwide to support their liberating struggle. Washington and other Western states turn a blind eye to Erdogan’s worst crimes.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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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Relentless Russia Bashing Continues

Relentless Russia Bashing Continues

by Stephen Lendman

US-led Western managed news misinformation and Big Lies consistently drown out hard truths. 

Russia intervened responsibly in Syria, waging real war on terrorism, polar opposite US phony war, supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups it pretends to oppose.

Moscow scrupulously observes international law. Claims about its aerial campaign killing civilians and using illegal weapons are Western-sponsored propaganda.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is part of the problem, not the solution to resolving US-orchestrated Middle East wars, Germany a reliable imperial ally.

Meeting with rogue Turkish officials in Ankara, she lied, irresponsibly blaming Russia for killing Syrian civilians, using “indiscriminate weapons,” citing no corroborating proof because there is none.

She shamelessly blamed its aerial campaign for the suffering of Syrian people, ignoring her complicity with Obama’s war, naked aggression using ISIS and other takfiri terrorists - absurdly saying it’s hard holding peace talks under these conditions.

It’s notably hard when Washington wants endless war, when opposition representatives are terrorists wanting Syria destroyed, when peace is pure fantasy, when collapsed talks were farcical, when Big Lies substitute for hard truths.

On February 8, a shameless Human Rights Watch (HRW) report irresponsibly accused Russia of banned “daily cluster munition attacks…since January 26…kill(ing) at least 37 civilians, including six women and nine children, and wound(ing) dozens.”

No credible evidence proves it. None exists. Cluster munitions if used are solely by US-supported terrorists, armed by Washington, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and other regional rogue states, including with chemical and other banned weapons.

HRW said nothing about their high crimes, waging naked aggression against a nonbelligerent country for nearly five years with no letup - pretending to want peace while continuing endless war.

Its deputy Middle East director Nadim Houry pointed fingers the wrong way, saying “(a)ny solution (to) the Syrian crisis needs to address ongoing indiscriminate attack. A good place to start would be a commitment by Russia and Syria to stop using cluster munitions.”

Both countries categorically deny spurious allegations. Throughout nearly five years of conflict, Assad was irresponsibly accused of using chemical and other banned weapons - false charges every time, US-supported terrorists alone responsible for using them multiple times, willfully targeting civilians, murdering them in cold blood. 

Russian photographic evidence of all its air strikes refutes spurious allegations claiming civilian deaths and use of banned weapons.

ISIS and other US-supported terrorist groups can fire cluster munitions and other banned weapons, using foreign-supplied rockets and artillery.

Earlier, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said photographic evidence shows no civilians or civilian sites struck. “There are no (cluster munitions) at the Russian air base in Syria,” he stressed.

Claims otherwise are US-led Western and regional propaganda, HRW shamelessly reporting spurious accusations instead of forthrightly debunking them.

The organization occasionally puts out important information suppressed in the mainstream. Irresponsibly accusing Russia and Syria of using banned weapons spoils any credible work.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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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Monday, February 08, 2016

America's Deplorable State

America’s Deplorable State

by Stephen Lendman

Campaigning for November elections is in full swing - meaningless theater without substance, most Americans mindless about a money-controlled process too corrupted to fix.

Republicans are no different from Democrats. All duopoly power candidates are cookie cutouts of each other. 

Otherwise they wouldn’t be so-called presidential material. They’re carefully vetted to assure it. No outliers accepted. Don’t let their deceptive rhetoric fool you. 

No current major party aspirant has any intention of changing the dirty system. Sanders’ call for revolutionary change is a complete hoax. His public office record proves it.

He and other aspirants are in lockstep on all issues mattering most. Campaign promises are duplicitous, made to be broken every time, the public consistently betrayed.

America is owned and run by powerful elitist interests. Political and bureaucratic officials serve them. Elections when held are farcical, bread and circuses deception changing nothing.

Business as usual continues seamlessly, conditions worsening over time. A nation permanently at war on humanity risks extinguishing life on earth.

Officials serving wealth and power interests exclusively show contempt for democratic principles, pure fantasy in America from inception. 

Voting is a waste of time, accomplishing nothing. Ordinary people have no say whatever on issues affecting them most. Conditions in America are deplorable. Militarization and endless wars take precedence over peace, equity and justice.

Fundamental freedoms are eroding en route to eliminating them altogether, dissent endangered, privilege defended exclusively at the expense of beneficial social change.

Ordinary people have disruptive power when choosing to use it. Now more than ever it’s needed - refusing any longer to accept status quo governance for elitist interests only, taking to the streets, conducting protracted work stoppages, battling authorities for international and constitutionally guaranteed rights, putting their bodies on the line for constructive change, the only way it’s ever gotten.

The only solution is nonviolent revolution. Change only comes bottom up, never top down.

At times, I’m asked why I write and do media work pro bono late in life if things are so deplorable and prospects for change so slim.

I’m committed to putting my actions where my principles lie. I urge others to understand the dangers we face, to realize only committed disruptive actions (civil disobedience) can change things.

Tyranny threatens America. Resisting it is a universal right and obligation. 

We have a choice - fight for change no matter the odds or live enslaved by a bipartisan system serving wealth and power interests exclusively - enforcing police state harshness on everyone else.

I made my choice. What’s yours?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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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Are America and Britain Preparing for WW III?

Are America and Britain Preparing for WW III?

by Stephen Lendman

Provocative US war games near Russia’s borders risk direct confrontation, madness if initiated.

Is this why they’re held, preparing for the unthinkable, possible WW III? Neocons infesting Washington intend letting nothing deter their quest for unchallenged global dominance, an agenda reflecting pure evil.

Britain is a longtime reliable US ally, both nations partnering in each other’s high crimes. Is David Cameron, complicit with Washington, preparing for escalated war, perhaps intending to confront Russia belligerently - inventing a phony reason as a pretext?

A new London Telegraph report suggests it, saying “(m)ore than 1,600 British troops will head to the Middle East to practise an Iraq invasion-scale operation for the first time in more than a decade” - the last one in Oman in 2001.

Ostensibly it’s to ensure thousands of heavily armed UK combat troops are prepared to wage war anywhere globally.

According to The Telegraph, citing unnamed sources, “Exercise Shamal Storm could be a dry run for one day having to send a large armoured force of British troops to Eastern Europe if there was ever a Russian confrontation with Nato.”

“This isn’t a counter-Isil exercise, If anything, this is much more about us being prepared to join the US in Ukraine than it is in Syria. This is not the sort of force you(‘d) expect to roll into Aleppo to take on a bunch of jihadists.”  

The Telegraph failed to explain Washington created ISIS and other terrorist groups. Britain, other key NATO partners, Israel and rogue Arab states support a universal scourge.

Are UK combat troops preparing to join American ones in Pentagon chosen war theaters - in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine or elsewhere? 

Is Iran at risk? Are provocative East Asia operations planned? US-led NATO targets all nations not operating by Washington rules. 

Independent states aren’t tolerated, notably Russia and China. Is eventual US-led military confrontation planned, Britain allied with America and other NATO partners, risking WW III?

Planned UK Jordanian operations involve practicing “theater entry tactics…landing in a hostile area,” preparing for all contingencies, according to The Telegraph.

An unnamed UK military spokesman said the planned Jordanian exercise “presents the British Army with a challenging environment in which to assure its combat readiness to deploy and support an armoured force of up to 30,000 troops anywhere in the world.” 

“The exercise will test key evolving concepts such as the air deployment of a very high readiness field hospital and the latest explosives ordnance disposal and search capabilities, all of which will enable us to be more agile in deterring threats to the UK and its interests.”

Preparing for possible war with Russia is madness. Putin is the world’s preeminent peacemaker, forthrightly supporting resolving conflicts diplomatically - threatening no other nations.

Claims otherwise are malicious Big Lies. Earlier he said “only an insane person and only in a dream (could) imagine…Russia…suddenly attack(ing) NATO.”

Fear-mongering persists, nonexistent enemies created, pretexts for out-of-control military spending, used for endless wars.

Peace and stability in the West are anathema. Will US-dominated NATO confront Russia militarily? Is WW III inevitable - a potentially cataclysmic nuclear clash if initiated?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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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Bashing North Korea for Political Reasons

Bashing North Korea for Political Reasons

by Stephen Lendman

Pressured by Washington, four anti-North Korea Security Council resolutions were adopted since 2006.

The first two came after Pyongyang’s 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests, the third in 2012 after it successfully launched a satellite. 

Previous resolutions prohibited space launches, on the phony pretext of claiming the technology has potential dual use ballistic missile development applications.

In February 2013, the fourth resolution was adopted after another North Korean nuclear test. All resolutions were unanimously approved under Chapter VII, Article 41 of the UN Charter, authorizing SC measures not involving use of armed force, including economic and political sanctions.

They called for Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program “in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner” and refrain from ballistic missile tests.

A fifth SC resolution looms following an emergency Sunday meeting, its text to be determined in the coming days or weeks. Earlier ones didn’t deter Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. All were adopted for political, not security reasons.

Western nations, Israel and others have nuclear and ballistic missile programs - free from Security Council sanctions. Why North Korea and not them?

A previous article explained Pyongyang was victimized by US 1950s aggression. It justifiably fears a possible repeat. It never attacked another country throughout its history. It threatens none now.

Claims otherwise reflect US-led Western propaganda - hostility solely for political reasons. Washington needs enemies to justify its out-of-control military spending and imperial project.

When none exist, they’re invented. For decades, North Korea sought rapprochement with the West. Washington continues to block it.

Longstanding US hostility gives Pyongyang just cause to feel threatened. Its military related activities are pursued for self-defense.

Without them, it’s vulnerable to more US-led naked aggression. The UN Charter and other international law recognize the right of self-defense - in response to an armed attack and in preparation trying to prevent one.

Yet North Korea is targeted for pursuing its legitimate rights, a nation wanting peace, stability and mutual cooperation with all nations.

US-led NATO members, Israel and their rogue allies threaten world peace. What actions have Security Council members and the UN secretary-general taken to address an issue too grave to ignore?

America wages endless wars of aggression against one invented enemy after another, raping and pillaging countries, stealing their resources, slaughtering millions, exploiting people globally, threatening world peace.

The UN and its member states turn a blind eye to its high crimes, giving US regimes carte blanche to wage war on humanity with impunity.

Why haven’t Washington’s weapons of mass destruction been sanctioned? Why not other NATO states and Israel?

Why are they allowed to operate solely by their own rules, consistently violating fundamental international laws?

Why is non-threatening North Korea and other independent states alone targeted by international sanctions?

Do as we say, not as we do represents longstanding US-led Western policy. Unacceptable double standards reflect it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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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Israel Censoring Bloggers

Israel Censoring Bloggers

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is like other fascist police states, wanting criticisms of its ruthless policies suppressed.

Its new military censor, Col. Ariela Ben-Avraham, demanded bloggers and social media users submit their material for screening before posting.

Failure will be considered a crime. Regime critics risk prosecution, censorship now elevated to a higher level.

Israel wants control over pre-published material relating to its policies - vetted so anything it disapproves of gets trashed, the right of free expression abolished.

Blogger Yossi Gurvitz revealed Israel’s new policy. He was notified to submit written material before publishing, showing democracy is more farcical than already.

Until now, Israel’s military censor monitored Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites for material considered objectionable.

Ben-Avraham’s predecessor, Sima Vaknin-Gil, said “censorship cannot control the internet through prevention.”

“If the censorship will require that each journalist who just opened a Twitter would provide it everything in advance, we would be stopping their processes. One of the changes we have inserted was the decision to simply tail them.”

He called the policy “post-facto surveillance,” saying “(w)ith Facebook and Twitter, as bodies, we have no communication. We address the users directly.” 

“The moment you pass a certain threshold, we identify you, initiate contact with you, explain to you the censorship and learn to work with you,” expecting compliance with regime-imposed rules.

After receiving notice from Israel’s new military censor, Gurvitz published a Facebook comment, saying he wouldn’t comply.

“The meaning of this demand is an extermination of the new media in Israel, the spirit of which is in the speed of response”, he wrote. “I am surveying the legal procedures available for me.”

“I don’t intend to provide them with anything. As far as I’m concerned, I’m taking this to court.”

Other Israeli bloggers and social media users were informed of the new pre-publication rules. Meretz party MK Ilan Gilon commented, saying:

“Under the cover of darkness, there is no limit to the expansion of Big Brother…I’ve asked for a debate to understand what the boundaries of censorship are and how far they can go. Am I also subject to censorship (in public comments)? This is totally unacceptable.”

In 2012, Israel recognized bloggers as journalists. Now they’re being treated as possible fifth column threats.

New censorship rules accompany heightened Israeli persecution of Palestinians, brutalizing them, killing them extrajudicially in cold blood.

Regime critics and human rights defenders are targeted, called traitors, recklessly accused of incitement, Israel’s latest catch phrase, labeling defenders of fundamental freedoms enemies of the state.

Israeli contempt for international law mandated human and civil rights belies its Big Lie about being democratic - in name only. Hard truths expose its viciousness.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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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Netanyahu Wants an Arab-Free Knesset

Netanyahu Wants an Arab-Free Knesset 

by Stephen Lendman

An organization representing Palestinian victims of Israeli state-terror invited Joint (Arab) List MKs to meet with surviving family members - a responsible thing to do, deserving praise, not shameless criticism.

Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas paid their respects to fallen martyrs. The meeting focused on pressuring Israel to return bodies of victims they murdered in cold blood. 

Netanyahu and Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein lodged an unprecedented complaint to the body’s ethics committee, recklessly saying Arab MKs fostered “incitement (and) encourag(ed) murder,” the usual Israeli Big Lie, blaming victims for its high crimes.

According to Edelstein, “(i)t is inconceivable that at a time when innocent citizens are being slaughtered (polar opposite what’s happening), these MKs go to console the families of the murderers and with unbelievable insolence dare to bring the families’ demands to the government.”

“I see this as a severe injury to the Israeli legislature and the State of Israel and hope that these actions will finally be noted by the judges of the High Court of Justice the next time they discuss an appeal against disqualifying unworthy candidates from running for office as lawmakers.”

State-sponsored misinformation and Big Lies repeated enough gets most people to believe them. Israel wants an Arab-free Knesset, reserved exclusively for Jews, showing its self-declared democracy is phony, pure fantasy, proving it in numerous other ways.

Netanyahu is a notorious Arab-hating racist. MKs who…comfort the families of terrorists (freedom fighters vilified for opposing lawless occupation harshness)…do not deserve to be in the Israeli Knesset,” he ranted - asking Edelstein to examine ways to remove them.

Arab MKs defended their honorable action, Hanin Zoabi blasting Israel’s refusal to return bodies of fallen martyrs. “It is our duty to do our utmost to” oppose this outrage, she stressed.

Basel Ghattas slammed Israeli viciousness, saying “(w)hen the trumpets of fascism incite against us, it means that we are protecting human values.” 

“We condemn the incitement against party members perform(ing) their duty to help families to return the bodies of their children, which the Israeli authorities hold contrary to international laws and values.”

Israel is a fascist police state, institutionalized racism official policy, democracy for Jews alone.

Arabs are unwanted, persecuted and murdered in cold blood, defenseless against its killing machine, victimized for living on land privileged Jews want exclusively for themselves - willing to go to any lengths to get it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Ukraine: A US-Installed Nazi-Infested Failed State

Ukraine: A US-Installed Nazi-Infested Failed State

by Stephen Lendman

In February 2014, Washington replaced Ukrainian democracy with fascism in Europe’s heartland - illegitimately installed officials waging war on their own people.

Fundamental human and civil rights were abolished. Police state viciousness replaced them. Regime critics risk prosecution, sentencing, imprisonment or assassination.

Two years after fascists seized power, conditions for ordinary Ukrainians are deplorable. According to Germany’s daily broadsheet Junge Welt, they’re “staggering.” 

“Since the end of the Yanukovych era, the average income has decreased by 50%,” it reported - on top of 2015’s 44% inflation, nearly reducing purchasing power by half, making it impossible for most Ukrainians to get by.

They’re suffering hugely, deeply impoverished, denied fundamental social services, abolished or greatly reduced en route to eliminating them altogether.

Ukraine’s economy is bankrupt, teetering on collapse, sustained by US-controlled IMF loans, violating its longstanding rules, a special dispensation for Ukraine. 

It loaned billions of dollars to a deadbeat borrower unable to repay them, an unprecedented act, funding its war machine, turning a blind eye to a hugely corrupt regime persecuting its own people.

Ukraine’s GDP is in near free-fall, contracting by 12% last year, projected to continue declining sharply this year and beyond.

The average pension was cut to 80 euros monthly (around $90), an impossible amount to live on, forcing pensioners to try getting by any way they can, including growing some of their own food in season.

US anointed illegitimate oligarch president Petro Poroshenko is widely despised. So are other key regime officials.

They blame dismal economic conditions mainly on ongoing civil war - US-orchestrated and backed naked aggression against Donbass freedom fighters, rejecting fascist rule, wanting fundamental democratic rights, deserving universal praise and support.

According to Junge Welt, regime critics call Kiev claims lame excuses. “What matters is (it’s) done little or nothing to prevent corruption and insider trading,” elite interests benefitting at the expense of everyone else, stealing the country blind, grabbing all they can.

Complicit regime-connected oligarchs profit hugely in Ukraine, benefitting from grand theft, super-rich Dmitry Firtash apparently not one of them, calling Kiev “politically bankrupt.”

Days earlier, Ukrainian Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius resigned, followed the next day by his first deputy, Yulia Kovaliv, his remaining team, two deputy ministers and Kiev’s trade representative.

Parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman warned of Ukraine “entering a serious political crisis.” Resignations followed nothing done to address vital reforms needed.

In his resignation letter, Abromavicius said corrupt officials blocked them, wanting control over state enterprises for their own self-interest, including natural gas company NAK Naftogaz.

“Neither I nor my team have any desire to serve as a cover-up for the covert corruption, or become puppets for” regime officials “trying to exercise control over the flow of public funds,” he explained.

Firtash blasted corrupt Kiev officials, saying no reform program exists. (T)he most important thing for (regime officials) is…profit(ing)” at the public trough.

“What I see today in Ukraine is the failure of” US policy, “external forces” controlling things, wrecking the country politically and economically.

He supports closer Russian/European relations. “Kiev los(ing) the Russian market had a catastrophic impact on the…economy,” he explained.

He supports European nations, Russia and Ukraine working together cooperatively “at the same table…”

“The last thing Europe needs today is a (politically and economically unstable) Ukraine,” a US-installed puppet regime, a metastasizing cancer in Europe’s heartland.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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.