Thursday, June 30, 2016

Boris Johnson Quits Tory Leadership Race

Boris Johnson Quits Tory Leadership Race

by Stephen Lendman

On June 30, former London mayor Boris Johnson, Tory frontrunner to succeed David Cameron, dropped out of the race, the latest surprise in the ongoing Brexit saga.

Was it voluntary or was he pushed, pressured by US and EU power brokers, wanting an anti-Brexiteer or weak-kneed supporter - easily swayed to go the other way once becoming Tory leader?

Media gathered to hear what was expected to be a leadership campaign launching address were surprised, Johnson saying “having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in parliament, I have concluded that (the new prime minister) cannot be me.”

“My role will be to give every possible support to the next Conservative administration to make sure that we properly fulfill the mandate of the people that was delivered at the referendum and to champion the agenda that I believe in, to stick up for the forgotten people of this country.”

“And, if we do so, if we invest in our children and improve their life chances, if we continue to fuel the engines of social mobility, if we build on the great reforming legacy of David Cameron, if we invest in our infrastructure and we follow a sensible, one nation Conservative approach that is simultaneously tax-cutting and pro-enterprise, then I believe that this country can win and be better and more wonderful and, yes, greater than ever before.”

Johnson supports neoliberal harshness. So will Cameron’s successor. After saying he backed Johnson’s bid, MP Michael Gove entered the race, saying London’s former mayor lacks leadership skills, promising “a new approach to running this country.”

Isn’t that what they all say, lofty rhetoric forgotten straightaway once entering office. On Friday, Home Secretary Theresa May announced her candidacy to succeed Cameron.

“Our country needs strong proven leadership to steer us through this period of political and economic uncertainty,” she said. “We need leadership that can unite our party and our country.”

She ruled out a second referendum. So did Cameron. “Brexit means Brexit,” she added. “The campaign was fought. The vote was held. Turnout was high, and the public gave their verdict.” 

Instead of supporting it straightaway, she equivocated, a clear red flag, saying Lisbon Treaty Article 50, beginning separation proceedings legally, “should not be invoked before the end of the year.”

Six months is a lifetime. A new US president-elect will be known. Lots of time between now and then can be used for shenanigans, manipulating public sentiment - diverting attention from separation, creating a fictitious threat, enlisting support for unity to confront it.

Confrontation with Russia or China would serve the same purpose. So would manufactured economic and financial turmoil - roiling markets, creating angst, convincing people unity is the way to smooth things.

It remains to be seen who’ll become new Tory prime minister. It’ll be a candidate US and EU monied interests support, someone against Brexit, regardless of what’s said publicly - able to enlist majority voter support for unity, not separation.

Watch for something like this to unfold ahead. The key point is power brokers on both sides of the Atlantic won’t let Brexit happen. They’ll find a way to assure it and get most Brits to go along.

Ignore political rhetoric at all times. Follow events as they unfold.

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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Kerry Suggests Maybe No Brexit

Kerry Suggests Maybe No Brexit

by Stephen Lendman

Addressing the right-wing Aspen Institute on Wednesday, Kerry said Brexit “(d)idn’t change a thing.”

“This is a very complicated divorce.” David Cameron is loathe to invoke Lisbon Treaty Article 50, legally required to begin a lengthy Brexit process. He feels “powerless” to negotiate what he doesn’t want.

“(A)nd I think this is a fair conclusion - to go out and start negotiating a thing that he doesn’t believe in and has no idea how he would do it.”

“(N)or do most of the people who voted for it,” Kerry referring to Leave campaigners like former London mayor Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to replace Cameron until announcing he's pulling out, perhaps pressured by Remain interests.

Asked how Brexit could be “walked back,” Kerry said “I think there are a number of ways.” He declined to enumerate, stopping short of explaining the popular vote was non-binding. 

Parliament alone has final say up or down. Most MPs will support what powerful interests want. Clearly they oppose Brexit, making it highly unlikely.

Did Kerry inadvertently explain what’s ahead, despite leaders like Germany’s Angela Merkel saying “(t)he referendum is a reality…I can see no way that this can be reversed…”

She along with other EU leaders met in Brussels, Cameron included in day one discussions, not day two, creating the impression (or perhaps illusion) of a new 27-nation bloc without Britain.

Talks focused on “curb(ing) a rising tide of populism driven in large part by hostility toward Brussels,” according to The New York Times - talking tough, hardening their position, European Council President Donald Tusk saying there can be “no single market a la carte.”

“Those wanting access to our single market” must play by its rules, obeying its “four freedoms,” including movement of capital, people, goods and services.

French President Francois Hollande warned London no longer would be able to clear euro-denominated trades, important for its financial industry.

Consensus was no talks with Britain until it invokes Article 50. Some there want the referendum ignored. Parliament can simply vote it down, said prominent lawyer Geoffrey Robertson.

“Our democracy does not allow, much less require, decision-making by referendum. Democracy has never meant the tyranny of the simple majority, much less the tyranny of the mob.”

According to Robertson and others like him, rule by privileged few alone matters, not popular sentiment. Important decisions shouldn’t be left to ordinary people.

EU leaders, together with Washington’s dominating influence, will chart a course to prevent Brexit. A consensus statement was deceptive posturing, saying it “creates a new situation for the European Union…many people express(ing) dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs.”

They “expect us to do better when it comes to providing security, jobs and growth, as well as hope for a better future.”

They’ll chart it like always, serving special interests exclusively. Western democracy serves the privileged few alone, not the popular will.

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

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Three Amigos Summit Promotes Dirty Business As Usual

Three Amigos Summit Promotes Dirty Business As Usual

by Stephen Lendman

Meeting in Ottawa, Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto promoted NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - anti-consumer trade legislation, benefitting corporate interests exclusively at the expense of fundamental freedoms and social justice.

“The integration of national economies into a global economy - that’s here. That’s done,” said Obama. “We’re going to do more to speak with one united North American voice on the world stage” - promoting greater “integration” at the expense of fundamental human and civil rights.

“Countries like ours (have) to…shape (global trading) rules…Because if we don’t, China will write the rules, and they might not have the same regard for the values (sic) that we care about.”

Globalization is the mortal enemy of sovereign independence, fundamental freedoms, and societies fit to live in.

Obama, Trudeau and Nieto stressed unity over independence, free, not fair, trade.

Their agenda is hugely destructive, policies harming millions, fostering wealth extremes, destroying good, high-paying jobs, creating Depression-level unemployment and poverty - so predatory corporate interests and super-rich elites can get richer.

Without naming him, Obama blasted Trump, saying “I’m not prepared to concede the notion that some of the rhetoric that’s been popping up is populist.” 

“Somebody…who has never shown any regard for workers…has worked against economic opportunity for workers and ordinary people, (isn’t) a populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes.” 

“That’s not the measure of populism. That’s nativism, or xenophobia, or worse.” Nieto compared Trump to Mussolini, accusing him of wanting “to eliminate and destroy what has taken decades to build.” 

Trudeau stressed the special US/Canadian/Mexican relationship, transcending their leaders, he said. 

America, Canada and Mexico, like EU nations, are fundamentally pro-business, pro-monied interests, pro-war, anti-populist, anti-worker, anti-democratic, anti-societies fit to live in for the vast majority of their citizens and residents.

Deplorable policies they endorse assure greater harm to millions than already.

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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Russia: America's Sworn Adversary

Russia: America’s Sworn Adversary

by Stephen Lendman

It’s no secret. Longstanding US plans call for regime change, wanting Russian sovereign independence eliminated, hegemonic US control replacing it.

Recklessly dangerous US provocations seem heading things inevitably toward confrontation, especially worrisome if neocon Hillary Clinton succeeds Obama, a longstanding Russia/Putin hater, favoring belligerence over diplomacy - likely to be more aggressive than troubling current administration policy.

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, US-dominated NATO “more than doubled” its provocative actions near Russia’s border - deploy(ing about 1,200 pieces of military equipment, including 30 combat jets, as well as more than 1,000 soldiers on the territories of the Eastern European countries on a rotational basis.”

“US navy ships as well as military vessels of other NATO members regularly enter the Baltic and Black Seas,” threatening Russian security.

So-called missile defense systems in Romania, Poland to come, are solely for offense, targeting Russia’s heartland, potentially with nuclear weapons.

Thousands more US-led NATO combat troops intended for Eastern Europe heighten the risk for war, Russia forced to take counter-measures, Putin explaining:

“A modern and well-equipped army and navy are a guarantee of the Motherland’s sovereignty and independence, as well as of our citizens’ security.”

He stressed a national commitment to “be ready to respond quickly and adequately to any potential threats…provocation(s) (or) aggressive actions” - well aware of the danger Washington poses.

According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, its latest provocation involved the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Gravely, breaching international navigation safety rules and bilateral agreements, coming dangerously close to Russia’s Yaroslav Mudry frigate in the eastern Mediterranean.

“The Russian warship was in international waters, cruising steadily and without making any dangerous maneuvers towards the US ship,” a ministry statement said. It violated International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCS).

The Pentagon “constantly accus(es) Russian pilots and sailors of the lack of professionalism.”

“(T)his incident concerning the dangerous maneuvering of the guided missile destroyer Gravely has shown that US Navy sailors allow themselves to forget about the fundamental principles of navigation security and ignore the consequences dangerous maneuvering can cause in heavy shipping areas.”

The Gravely provocatively came within 180 meters of the Yaroslav Mudry in international waters. It violated IRPCS Rule 13, requiring “an overtaking vessel (to) keep out of the way of the” ship it’s approaching.

Rule 15 was breached, stipulating that approaching another vessel on its starboard side requires yielding it right-of-way passage.

Repeated US provocations risk direct confrontation. Is eventual war inevitable?

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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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Anti-Democratic Democrat Party Platform

Anti-Democratic Democrat Party Platform

by Stephen Lendman

Republican and Democrat party policies consistently represent privileged Americans at the expense of most everyone else - notably since Bill and Hillary Clinton’s deplorable 1990s co-presidency.

Campaigning ahead of the 1992 election, Bill promoted the idea, using the phrase “two for the price of one.” The prospect of repeating the same mistake this November should scare everyone.

Meeting in St. Louis last weekend, Democrats drafted a largely business as usual platform, lofty mumbo jumbo rhetoric pretending otherwise - final approval coming when the full platform committee meets in Orlando, FL on July 8 and 9, ratification at the Philadelphia party convention from July 25 - 28.

Jobs creation is highlighted, fulfillment way short of bipartisan campaign and platform rhetoric, notably since the GW Bush years. 

Most good ones went overseas to low-wage countries. They’re gone, others joining them. Largely rotten low-pay/poor-benefit ones remain. Workers need two or more to survive.

Proposals for universal healthcare, a $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation, ending Israel’s occupation of Palestine, a carbon tax, opposition to the anti-consumer, stealth corporate coup d’etat Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and fracking were rejected.

Nothing was said about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) -like TPP, involving America and EU countries - both trade bills nightmarish for ordinary people.

Nothing about Washington’s imperial project. Nothing about endless wars of aggression. Nothing about renouncing them, endorsing peace as the party’s top priority. 

Nothing about rescinding police state laws. Nothing about endorsing governance of, by and for everyone equitably, the general welfare, making America beautiful for everyone, instead of its privileged few alone.

Virtually nothing worth supporting. Weasel words about “advancing our party’s progressive ideals…addressing the needs of all Americans,” supporting public education, “looking out for working people,” taxing the super-rich, “expanding Social Security,” curbing prescription drug costs, promoting clean energy, ending mass incarceration, and “Wall Street reform” rang resoundingly hollow.

Even claiming to support the abolition of the death penalty “as a cruel and unusual form of punishment (for) the first time in (party) history” is duplicitous.

What about millions of imperial war victims, corpses attesting to bipartisan barbarity - capital punishment on an industrial scale, genocide by any standard!

Undemocratic Democrats like their Republican counterparts aren’t looking out for anyone but themselves and privileged interests they support.

In November, voters should either back independent candidates or none at all - renouncing neocon-infested Democrat and Republican parties once and for all.

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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Putin Lifts Tourism Ban to Turkey, Normalized Relations to Follow?

Putin Lifts Tourism Ban to Turkey, Normalized Relations to Follow?

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article discussed Erdogan’s hollow apology to Putin for the willful downing of a Russian warplane in Syrian airspace - an act of war, a treacherous “stab in the back,” according to Russia’s president at the time.

Both countries have irreconcilable differences on Syria. Allied with Washington, NATO and other rogue partners, Erdogan supports ISIS and other terrorist groups, wants Assad toppled, northern parts of the country annexed, the Syrian Arab Republic’s sovereignty destroyed.

Putin wants peaceful conflict resolution, Syrian independence and territorial integrity preserved and protected.

So why is he willing to deal with a ruthless despot, an international outlaw, a war criminal, a man he called “an accomplice of terrorists” - why when nothing in prospect will likely bridge the huge chasm between the agendas of both countries?

Yet following Erdogan’s hollow outreach, he agreed to lift the ban on Russian tourism to Turkey - during a phone conversation between both leaders he initiated.

According to a Kremlin press statement, he “instructed the government to enter into negotiations with the relevant Turkish authorities to restore mutually advantageous bilateral cooperation in the trade and economic and other spheres” - including lifting the ban on Russian tourists visiting Turkey.

Both leaders stressed “the necessity to intensify international cooperation in the fight against the common terrorist threat.”

Fact: Putin means it. He’s genuine, candid, forthright - a mensch. He says what he means and means what he says.

Fact: Erdogan is polar opposite - ruthless, lawless, duplicitous. His policies challenge Russia’s geopolitical agenda, wanting it undermined.

According to the Kremlin press service, both leaders “agreed to consider the possibility of…meeting in the near future.” Their discussion “aimed at restoring the traditionally friendly character of a multi-faced bilateral cooperation.”

On July 1, Sergey Lavrov will meet his Turkish counterpart during the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). Putin indicated normalizing Russia/Turkey relations began - following receipt of Erdogan’s letter and issues both leaders discussed by phone.

Will normalization begin a new era of Turkish/Russia relations, their leaders supporting the same anti-terrorism world peace agenda? 

Will America end its imperial project, renounce war, slash its military spending, and pay generous reparations to surviving families of its millions of victims?

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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Istanbul Blasts: Terrorism or False Flag?

Istanbul Blasts: Terrorism or False Flag?

by Stephen Lendman

It’s too early for a rush to judgment. Here’s what’s known. On Tuesday night, multiple blasts and automatic rifle fire, reportedly by three suicide bombers, rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.

Dozens were killed, over 230 injured. Was the incident terrorism or state-sponsored false flag deception to look that way? It’s too soon to know.

Timing is often significant. Six years after Israeli commandos slaughtered 10 Turkish nationals aboard the Mavi Marmara Gaza Freedom Flotilla mother ship, Netanyahu and Erdogan normalized relations.

Israel agreed to pay $20 million in reparations to surviving family members, along with other mutually agreed on terms. Gaza remains besieged despite Ankara claiming otherwise.

At the same time, Erdogan apologized to Putin by letter for downing a Russian Su-24 warplane flying over Syria - at the time, falsely claimed to have entered Turkish airspace.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, “(a) telephone conversation between President Putin and President Erdogan will take place (on Wednesday, June 29) at the initiative of the Russian side.” He stopped short of indicating whether normalized relations would follow.

Were either or both of these events connected to Tuesday night’s incident? Again, it’s unknown at this time.

No claim of responsibility followed the attack. Prime Minister Binali Yildirm blamed ISIS, saying “(t)he findings of our security forces point at the Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack.”

Erdogan called for a “joint fight” against terrorism, saying nothing about his support for ISIS, letting them operate freely from Turkish territory, supplying them with arms and munitions, selling their stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil - he, his family and other regime officials profiting hugely.

It begs the question. Why would ISIS attack an important benefactor? Others include America, NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other regional states.

Erdogan is at war with Kurds in three countries, naked aggression by any standard - at home, in Syria and Iraq. Yet he didn’t blame their fighters for what happened.

While it’s unknown if Tuesday’s incident was state-sponsored, previous similar ones in Europe and America suggest it. The fullness of time should tell.

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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David Cameron in Brussels

David Cameron in Brussels

by Stephen Lendman

Calling his meeting a last supper, according to some media reports, was overblown, creating the impression of holding a wake for Britain. A northern European leader was quoted saying “only nice things can be said about the dead.”

The United Kingdom has been around for hundreds of years. Brexit voting changed nothing. Talk of inevitable divorce is more hyperbole than reality. 

Required legal proceedings haven’t begun, extremely unlikely in the weeks and months ahead because powerful interests on both sides of the Atlantic want unity. Watch what they do, not what they say.

The Financial Times described the mood in Brussels as “good-tempered…jibes few and far between.” Angela Merkel called the occasion “sad,” adding Germany will defend its economic priorities. 

Francois Hollande said Cameron was “emotional” about what he called the “lies and approximations” of the Leave campaign. Urging Europeans to stick together, he asked “(w)hat do we do if confronted by the same choice” Brits faced?

No longer calling for a swift divorce, 27 EU leaders said Brexit would carry a heavy price. Britain no longer will enjoy bloc benefits. 

Merkel stressed it, saying “(a)nyone who wants to leave this family cannot expect that as all the responsibilities of EU membership are removed, all the rights remain.”

Cameron urged maintaining “the closest possible relationship” with Europe. He’s excluded from Thursday discussions, focusing on preventing other member states from holding their own referendums.

On Monday with John Kerry in London, UK Foreign Minister Philip Hammond stressed Britain’s special relationship with America, saying its “global role remains undiminished. There is absolutely no question that Britain will turn its back on the world or indeed on Europe.”

“(U)ntil a (Lisbon Treaty) Article 50 is served, (it) remains a full member of the European Union.”

Kerry responded, stressing “the unbreakable bond” between both countries, adding the “special relationship…is perhaps even more important” today.

Expect lots of pressure brought to bear ahead to maintain business as usual. Whatever occurs along the way isn’t likely to change the status quo.

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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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Putin Calls for Defending Russia from Potential Threats, Provocations or Aggressive Acts

Putin Calls for Defending Russia from Potential Threats, Provocations or Aggressive Acts

by Stephen Lendman

Clearly with hostile US-dominated NATO in mind, Putin addressed Russian military and law enforcement school graduates.

He explained “the invisible ties and continuity between the many generations of defenders of our Motherland” - certain future Russian leaders were in attendance among their numbers.

He called military strength “a weighty argument against any provocation,” promising continued modernization and strengthening of Russian forces.

“A modern and well-equipped army and navy are a guarantee of the Motherland’s sovereignty and independence, as well as of our citizens’ security,” he stressed. 

“They are a weighty argument against any attempts to provoke us, against blackmail or pressure on our country. I have no doubt that you understand this well.”

“We remain committed to doing everything it takes to enhance the prestige and status of the military. Primarily, we will continue to develop the system of social guarantees that has undergone significant improvements in recent years.”

“Today we are working to solve a lot of large-scale tasks. But strengthening our military forces is definitely is definitely the most important of them all.”

“The strategic course for modernization and perfection of the military forces remains unchanged. The operation of our air force and our navy in Syria has confirmed that this course had been correct and that it had been implemented effectively.” 

“We will continue to optimize the structure and numbers of our army and navy and take the system of coordination between units to a new level, including the coordination with our allies.”

“(E)mphasis will be on (equipping Russian troops with) the most advanced high-precision arms, advanced hardware and communication devices.”

He stressed a national commitment to “be ready to respond quickly and adequately to any potential threats…provocation(s) (or) aggressive actions.”

He’s well aware of Washington wanting Russia turned into another US vassal state, its sovereignty destroyed, its resources plundered, its people exploited, its vast land mass partitioned for easier control.

He’s committed to do whatever it takes to prevent it - while going all-out for global peace and stability, stressing the importance of mutual cooperation among all nations.

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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Anti-Brexit Media Campaign Kicks Off

Anti-Brexit Media Campaign Kicks Off

by Stephen Lendman

Scoundrel media mouthpieces for power, along with monied interests they feature oppose Brexit. Expect a torrent of gloom and doom fear-mongering to come.

Representing hundreds of member publications in over 150 countries, the Project Syndicate featured new world order/billionaire speculator George Soros’ anti-Brexit op-ed - misinformation and Big Lies substituting for straight talk.

In the EU, Britain “had the best of all possible deals,” he claimed, ignoring its lost political sovereignty to a higher Brussels authority - what no responsible government should accept.

Brexit represented public discontent, an anti-neoliberal rebellion, opposing its assault on personal freedoms. Soros claimed its supporters “exploited the deteriorating refugee situation,” adding:

“(T)he catastrophic scenario that many feared has materialized, making the disintegration of the EU practically irreversible.”

Fact: There’s nothing “catastrophic” about sovereign independence, despite ongoing disruptions and uncertainty continuing over an indefinite period.

Fact: EU policies represent pure evil, the alliance a CIA creation, giving America greater control over a unified Europe, colonization made easier.

Admitting the “EU is a flawed construction,” Soros wants it redesigned and saved. He’s not alone.

NYT editors warned of negative “spillover” consequences. They accused Brexit proponents of making “false promises,” saying they’re “crumbl(ing).”

Unexplained was EU subservience to America’s imperial agenda, its neoliberal war on ordinary Europeans, rewarding its privileged class at their expense.

Instead The Times backs pure evil policies Brussels represents, unconcerned the enormous harm inflicted on countless millions.

Neocon Washington Post editors’ antidote to Brexit is “a strong NATO,” waging more wars of aggression than already.

They accused David Cameron of being soft “in resisting Russian aggression in Ukraine” and “retreating” on bombing Syria until belatedly joining Obama’s illegal campaign - on the phony pretext of combatting ISIS.

More lambasting followed, notably citing his initial backing of Brexit, later turning against it. They claimed unpredictable events ahead may “devalue (the US/UK) “special relationship.’ “

They urged more aggressive US dominance of NATO than already, Britain remaining a member, “reinforc(ing) (the) transatlantic military partnership…bridg(ing) the (alleged) gap between London and the continent.”

Wall Street Journal editors took a similar tact, calling on Washington to “seize this moment of uncertainty to reassert its leadership in a Western alliance of free (sic) nations.”

The London-based Financial Times urged the ouster of Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, saying he “must go…(His) position is no longer tenable,” blaming him for “his role on the Remain side,” calling it “little short of sabotage.”

London’s Guardian said Brexit supporters “don’t know what they’re doing,” claiming they have no plan “beyond withdrawal…”

Voices of power and their media acolytes want status quo conditions remaining. Responsible change is discredited. Power and privilege alone matter.

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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Torries Intend Greater Austerity Following Brexit Vote

Torries Intend Greater Austerity Following Brexit Vote

by Stephen Lendman

Political fallout from Thursday’s Brexit vote didn’t take long to unfold. David Cameron began it by announcing his resignation, effective when Torries meet in October, he said.

On Tuesday, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s greater austerity announcement didn’t surprise. Days before last Thursday’s vote, he claimed Brexit would cause a 30 billion pound public finance hole - public health service, education, transport and other spending cuts needed, as well as tax hikes to make up for the alleged shortfall.

At the time, he said “(f)ar from freeing up money to spend on public services…quitting the EU would mean less money. Billions less. It’s a lose-lose situation for British families.”

Brexit supporters responded by accusing him of threatening to break key Tory 2015 campaign pledges, notably Cameron’s “manifesto for working people,” saying “as a majority government, we will be able to deliver all of it.”

Included were increased National Health Service spending, tax-free childcare, and no income, VAT, rail fare, or National Insurance tax hikes.

All politicians lie. Believe nothing they say. What they do alone matters, serving special interests exclusively at the expense of beneficial social change.

On Tuesday, Osborne said “(i)t’s very clear that (Britain) is going to be poorer as a result of what’s happening to the economy.” Conditions are weakening, likely headed for recession.

Instead of promising vitally needed fiscal stimulus, directed at helping Britain’s most disadvantaged, along with a jobs creation program for the nation’s unemployed and underemployed, Osborne announced social spending cuts and counterproductive tax hikes.

“We are in a prolonged period of economic adjustment in the UK,” he said. “We are adjusting to life outside the EU…” He lied claiming “it will not be as economically rosy as life inside the EU.”

Longer-term, responsible governance, entirely absent in Britain, could make things much better. Osborne sounded like Obama earlier calling for “shared sacrifice” - failing to explain he meant making ordinary Americans sacrifice so privileged ones could share.

We have a plan, Osborne ranted. “We are absolutely going to have to provide fiscal security to people. We are going to have to show the country and the world that the government can live within its means.”

Asked if he meant spending cuts and tax hikes, he said “(y)es, absolutely.” On Monday, S&P Global Ratings lowered Britain from AAA to AA with a “negative” outlook, calling Brexit “a seminal event…lead(ing) to a less predictable, stable, and effective policy framework in the UK.”

Fitch cut its rating from AA+ to AA, citing a negative outlook. Some financial analysts predict recession, stagflation and contagion.

Separately, Cameron is meeting with other EU leaders in Brussels on Tuesday for the first time since last Thursday’s vote.

Britain seeks to maintain the “strongest possible” economic ties with its member states, he said - at the same time, ruling out a second referendum.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Britain’s capital needs more autonomy to protect its economic and financial interests. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faces a no-confidence vote after most of his shadow cabinet ministers resigned on Sunday, replaced on Monday.

He remains steadfast, his spokesman saying “(t)he people who elect the leader of the Labour party are the members of the Labour party, and Jeremy has made that crystal clear.” 

“He’s not going to concede to a corridor coup or backroom deal which tries to flush him out. He was elected by an overwhelming majority of the Labour party. He is not going to betray those people and stand down because of pressure.”

“(I)f there is another leadership election, (he’ll) be standing again…This is not about any individual. This is about democracy of the movement.”

So far, Lisbon Treaty Article 50, initiating the Brexit process, hasn’t been invoked - highly unlikely in the weeks and months ahead despite reports indicating otherwise.

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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