Monday, September 22, 2014

Telling It Like It Is On Israel

Telling It Like Is Is On Israel

by Stephen Lendman

It's high time growing numbers of critics speak out forthrightly. It's essential whatever the risks.

Israeli high crimes against peace are too egregious to ignore. It's vital to denounce them publicly. 

It's essential to maintain a steady drumbeat of truth. It's crucial to enlist growing numbers to demand accountability.

Israel is a rogue terror state. It's been so from inception. It's entire history is blood-drenched. 

It's so-called democracy is pure fantasy. Fascist hardliners run things. They govern lawlessly. 

Netanyahu and key officials around him are world-class thugs. They have no legitimacy whatever. 

They belong in prison, not high office. Why Israelis don't demand it, they'll have to explain.

Israel's 20% Arab population is effectively disenfranchised. Their fundamental rights are systematically denied. 

Their few Knesset members are treated like potted plants. Like enemies of the state. 

They're scorned. They're denounced. They're persecuted. They're treated like fifth column threats.

Occupied Palestinians face daily state terror. Gaza's blockade remains despite repeated Israeli promises to ease things.

It's invaded, bombed and shelled preemptively at Israel's discretion.

Palestinians are wrongfully blamed for Israeli high crimes against peace. West Bank communities face multiple daily incursions.

Homes are ransacked. Property is damaged, destroyed or stolen. Families are terrorized. Children are traumatized. Dozens of lawless arrests are made.

Gazan fishermen are attacked at sea. Israel does so despite its Operation Protective Edge ceasefire agreement pledge not to do so. 

Israeli promises aren't worth the paper they're written on. They're systematically spurned. It works the same way every time. Rogue states operate this way.

Farmers are shot in their fields. Israeli border guards shoot Palestinian children for target practice.

Peaceful protesters are attacked with tear gas, stun grenades, batons, rubber-coated steel bullets and live fire.

Steven Salaita refused to be silent. He acted responsibly. Doing so cost him his tenured University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign American Indian Studies professorship.

His Twitter comments pulled no punches. They touched vital nerves. 

He called Israel "a great example of how colonization impairs ethics and compels people to support shameful deeds in the name of atavistic ideals."

He said "Hamas is the biggest red herring in American political discourse since Saddam’s ‘weapons of mass destruction.' "

Claiming "Hamas makes us do it…isn't new," he explained. "American settlers used (similar logic) in slaughtering and displacing Natives."

"Forget biting the hand," he said. "Israel just devoured Obama’s arm to the shoulder blade."

It's the only nation mass "murder(ing) (hundreds of Palestinian children) and insisting it is the victim."

It's gets away with murder and mass destruction. It does so because Western leaders able to make a difference do nothing. 

They don't intervene. They don't give a damn about doing the right thing. 

They support Israeli lawlessness. They back its genocidal high crimes. They ignore Palestinian rights. Israeli ones alone matter.

Few outspoken people anywhere match George Galloway. He's a British politician/broadcaster/writer. He's a Respect Party Bradford West MP.

He gained prominence in Scottish politics. In 1983, he became London-based War on Want charity general secretary.

He won a Labor party parliamentary seat the same year. He represented Glasgow Hillhead. He later represented its successor Glasgow Kelvin constituency. 

He retained the seat until 2005. In October 2003, he was expelled from Labor for opposing Bush/Blair's naked aggression on Iraq.

Shameless Labor leaders said he brought disrepute to Britain's Labor party. At the time, he said he'd stand as an independent MP.

He "consider(ed) his position…" He "consult(ed) (anti-war) movement" members.

"I will definitely defend my position in parliament," he said. "I am not leaving politics."

He called his expulsion "a travesty of justice, a politically motivated kangaroo court. The verdict was written in advance."

"It is clear now that Mr. Blair intends to go after" likeminded anti-war advocates. "His response to the disaster is to attack those who opposed" it.

In April, he said if he was "sacked," what message will (British people) take about the nature of Mr. Blair's regime from that?"

"If necessary I will defend the new Glasgow Central constituency on a platform of real Labor values, and I believe I shall win."

In a 50-page deposition, he argued he was wrongfully singled out for punishment. He voiced legitimate criticisms.

Other Labor party members shared them. They included former cabinet members Robin Cook and Clare Short.

At the opening of proceedings against him, he called them a "political show trial." He said it was more like how Saddam ran things than modern-day Britain.

Former Labor MP Tony Benn defended him. He said Blair described peace protesters disgracefully. He stressed they had "blood on their hands."

"Serious things were said on both sides," he added. Labor has no internal appeal process against expulsion.

Galloway was with Labor from age 13. He was saddened to leave party ranks. Labor would "rue the day" it expelled him, he said.

National constitutional committee panel chair Rose Burley issued a statement, saying:

"Following the case brought by the national executive committee of the Labour party to the national constitutional committee and after a two day hearing the unanimous decision of the panel of the national constitutional committee found four of the five charges brought against Mr Galloway proven and the decision of the panel was that Mr Galloway be expelled from membership of the Labour party forthwith."

Stop The War coalition leaders called his expulsion an "absolute disgrace."

Coalition convenor Lindsey German said he "told the truth before, during and after the war with Iraq, whereas Tony Blair has told nothing but lies."

"It is disgraceful that the Labour party is penalizing (him) and giving Blair a standing ovation because that does not reflect the British people's views."

London Unison convenor George Martin said: 

"This will drive more people away from the Labour party and will make it more difficult to maintain the link between the party and trade unions."

Labor MP socialist campaign group members called for an emergency NEC meeting. They urged overturning "this contemptible decision and reinstat(ing) Galloway with immediate effect."

Waging war on Iraq was illegal, Galloway stressed. He urged British troops to disobey "illegal orders." He asked:

"Why don't Arabs do something for the Iraqis? Where are the Arab armies? We wonder when the Arab leaders wake up? When are they going to stand by the Iraqi people?"

Galloway remains passionately anti-war. He's unapologetic about where he stands.

In May 2005, he bested US senators on Capitol Hill. He exposed them. He embarrassed them. He made fools of them. 

He gave far more than he took. He accused them of manufacturing "the mother of all smokescreens."

He did so in refuting wrongful charges about profiting from Iraqi oil sales. He told Senate subcommittee members they conducted a "schoolboy howler" in investigating illicit oil sales.

They tried diverting attention from the aftermath of Bush/Blair's Iraq aggression. He was powerfully defiant.

He told Republican subcommittee chairman Norm Coleman:

"I know that standards have slipped over the last few years in Washington, but for a lawyer you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice."

"I am here today, but last week you already found me guilty." 

"You traduced my name around the world without ever having asked me a single question, without ever having contacted me, without ever having written to me or telephoned me, without any contact with me whatsoever."

"And you call that justice."

Senate subcommittee members targeted Galloway for his anti-war convictions. They had no evidence that he profited from Iraqi oil sales. None existed.

"What counts is not the names on the paper," he said. "What counts is where's the money, senator?" 

"Who paid me money, senator? Who paid me hundreds of thousands of dollars?

"The answer to that is nobody. And if you had anybody who paid me a penny, you would have produced them here today."

Senate subcommittee member lied. They claimed Galloway and former French interior minister Charles Pasqua got lucrative oil revenue payouts in return for demanding sanctions imposed on Iraq be loosened.

Galloway and Pasqua denied the accusation. Galloway said so-called documents used against them were "forged." It's a "proven fact," he said.

Rightwing broadsheets published them. They did so to discredit Galloway. 

He told Norm Coleman "(y)ou have nothing on me, senator, except my name on lists of names from Iraq, many of which have been drawn up after the installation of your puppet government in Baghdad."

He assured senators he "never (got) a penny from an oil deal, a cake deal, a bread deal or from any other deal."

At the same time, he attacked Bush/Blair's naked aggression. The immorality of post-Gulf War sanctions. The unconscionable harm done to millions of Iraqis.

"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong," he said.

Bush/Blair waged war based "on a pack of lies," he stressed. He accused Congress having blood on its hands.

He opposed Saddam's regime "when British British and American governments and businessmen were selling him guns and (poison) gas," he said.

"I have a better record of opposition to Saddam Hussein than you do," he stressed.

Galloway supports Palestinian rights. He's forthrightly anti-Zionist. It's a cancer harming Jews and non-Jews alike.

He was involved in Viva Palestina humanitarian aid missions. He's a powerful speaker. The Spectator named him 2001 Debater of the Year.

He said Israeli products, academics and tourists aren't welcome in his Bradford West district. He declared it an "Israeli-free zone." Israelis aren't wanted here, he stressed.

"We don't want any Israeli goods. We don't want any Israeli services. We don't want any Israeli academics coming to the university or the college." 

"We don't even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford, even if any of them had thought of doing so."

In response to police questioning, he said:

"This is a monumental - and monumentally expensive - waste of police time set off by people who apparently find it excusable to incinerate innocent children and babies." 

"I will not suffer any attempts to have my freedom of speech curtailed and I am confident that at the end of this charade my right to speak the truth will be upheld."

Daniel Taub is Israeli UK ambassador. Things escalated after he visited Bradford in mid-August. He held meetings with Jewish groups and prominent councillors. 

He claimed Jewish community leaders and Israeli supporters invited him after Galloway said tourists weren't welcome.

He tweeted a picture of himself holding an Israeli passport outside city hall. Another with an Israeli flag in Bradford's Greengates area.

Bradford Council of Mosques secretary Zulfi Karim called his actions "deliberate(ly) provocati(ve)."

"For an ambassador to unfurl an Israeli flag by a Welcome to Bradford sign is a deliberate provocation and not the behaviour I would expect of an ambassador of one of the world's most important countries," he said.

He urged Galloway and Taub to stop "bring(ing) (their) politics to the streets of Bradford to create disharmony among our communities."

Galloway urged Bradford's council to table a no confidence motion against Labor leader Dave Green. He met with Taub at city hall. So did Conservative and Liberal Democrat members.

Green accused Galloway of using Israel's Gaza war to benefit himself politically locally and internationally. In response, Galloway said:

"I think Labor's open invitation that 'Israelis are welcome in Bradford' and the ambassador's furtive visit ensured my re-election, no?"

In 2012, Galloway won Bradford West's byelection overwhelmingly. At the time, he called his victory the "Bradford Spring."

Separately on September 20, Labor candidate Vicky Kirby was suspended after using social media to criticize Israel. She justifiably called its regime "evil." 

She reportedly said "(w)e invented Israel when saving them from Hitler, who now seems to be their teacher." 

"I will never forget, and I will make sure my kids teach their children how evil Israel is!"

"Apparently you can ask IS/ISIS/ISIL questions on ask.fm." 

"Anyone thought of asking them why they're not attacking the real oppressors #Israel?"

Suspending Kirby didn't surprise. Criticizing Israel is the third rail of Western politics. It's a potential career ender for those who try.

Galloway is a notable exception. If enough other government representatives an aspirants followed his lead, things might change dramatically.

Israel high crimes would be highlighted. They wouldn't fade from public attention. 

Perhaps accountability would follow. Maybe long overdue justice owed Palestinians.

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, September 21, 2014

Fear-Mongering Ahead of Another US False Flag?

Fear-Mongering Ahead of Another US False Flag?

by Stephen Lendman

Fear-mongering is sinister. It's reprehensible. It's longstanding US policy. So are false flags. 

Merriam-Webster calls them "deliberate gross distortion(s) of the truth used especially as a propaganda tactic."

Wikipedia says they're "covert operations designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities."

Official reports hype Big Lies. MSM scoundrels regurgitate them. Truth is systematically buried. Deception substitutes for reality. 

False flags are pretexts for militarism, wars, occupations, colonization, resource theft, and exploiting populations for profit. 

They facilitate ruthlessness. They foster police state repression against freedom.

Post-9/11, global war on terror lawlessness followed. It rages out-of-control. One country after another is ravaged, destroyed and pillaged. 

No end of conflicts loom. Permanent war is official US policy.

Big Lies hype nonexistent threats. Regurgitated ad nauseam gets most people to believe them.

Obama, John Kerry and other top US officials lie. They do so repeatedly. They say ISIS/ISIL/IS intends attacking America. It poses a unique threat, they claim.

Homeland Security officials lied claiming "credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by ISIL to attempt to cross the southern border" through Mexico.

John Kerry claims an "urgency to move on ISIL." Chuck Hagel said it's "beyond just a terrorist group."

It's "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen," he says.

Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey calls IS a "trans-regional and global threat."

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly compares IS to Hitler's Nazis.

"The situation is almost identical to what happened in the 1930s, when Hitler and his Nazi thugs were gaining power," he claims.

"There is no difference in the mentality of the Nazis and ISIS. They are identical in their hate and tactics."

Hyperbole substitutes for reality. It's US daily television fare. It's fear-mongering writ large. It's deadly deception. It ignores what everyone most needs to know.

IS a US creation. It's used strategically as both ally and enemy.

US special forces and CIA operatives train, arm and direct its fighters in Jordan. Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are involved. 

They're sent cross border to Syria. They're used to wage proxy war for regime change.

Big Lies conceal US policy. Its belligerence. Its objectives. Its lawless agenda. 

Its longstanding war on humanity. Its quest for global dominance. Its willingness to risk world peace to achieve it.

How many previous times were so-called unique threats hyped? How often did US state terrorism follow? 

How many premeditated wars? How much death, destruction and unspeakable human misery?

In late August 2013, John Kerry repeated Colin Powell's infamous February 5, 2003 Security Council moment. It was shameless deception.

Plans were set. The die was cast. Weeks later, America bombed, invaded and occupied Iraq. The cradle of civilization was destroyed. 

No WMDs existed. It was well-known. Powell knew. He lied claiming otherwise.

"(F)acts and Iraq's behavior show that Saddam Hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction," he said.

"(E)very statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we're giving you are the facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence."

"The gravity of this moment is matched by the gravity of the threat that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction pose to the world."

None existed. Powell knew it. He lied. He suppressed vital truths. Doing so is longstanding US policy.

In September 2002, Bush national security advisor Condoleezza Rice claimed "no doubt that Saddam Hussein's regime (posed) a danger to the United States and to its allies, to our interests."

"(W)e have evidence, increasing evidence, that he continues his march toward weapons of mass destruction," she said.

"(G)iven what we experienced on September 11, I don't think anyone wants to wait for the 100% surety that (he'll use them against America) because (we'll only know for certain) when something lands on our territory."

"We can't afford to wait" for mushroom-shaped cloud certainty, Rice added.

No WMDs existed. No nuclear weapons program. No imminent mushroom-shaped cloud. No truth and full disclosure. 

Big Lies substituted. Longstanding US policy features them. Willful deception facilitates planned imperial adventurism.

How much of a threat do Islamic militants pose? Does IS threaten America's homeland?

It gets worse. On September 20, The New York Times hyped the latest Big Lie. It headlined "US Suspects More Direct Threats Beyond ISIS," saying:

"(I)ntelligence and law enforcement officials said another Syrian group, led by a shadowy figure who was once among Osama bin Laden's inner circle, posed a more direct threat to America and Europe."

It's called "Khorasan." It "emerged in the past year" in Syria. It may plan striking "the United States or its installations overseas with a terror attack," said The Times.

Unnamed officials say Muhsin al-Fadhli heads it. They called him "a senior Qaeda operative."

"(H)e was among a small group of people who knew about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks before they were launched."

Fact check:

A previous article called 9/11 the mother of all Big Lies. Myths drowned out reality.

Bin Laden had nothing to do with it. Or so-called "crazed Arabs." It was well-planned state-sponsored terrorism.

It was used to wage premeditated imperial wars. They're ongoing. More are planned.

All wars are based on lies. Truth would out reasons for waging them. It would prevent them. 

It would further peace. It would sabotage America's imperial ambitions.

Little is known about Khorasan, said The Times. Unnamed 
"intelligence, law enforcement and military officials (claim It's) made up of Qaeda operatives from across the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa." 

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper said "in terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as the Islamic State."

Other US officials warn it's more sinister. It intends striking overseas, they claim. They do so with no verifiable evidence.

An anonymous senior US law enforcement official said:

"What you have is a growing body of extremists from around the world who are coming in and taking advantage of the ungoverned areas and creating informal ad hoc groups that are not directly aligned with ISIS or Nusra."

In 2012, State Department officials said al-Fadhi heads Al Qaeda's Iranian branch. He controls regional "movement of funds and operatives."

He does so from his native Kuwait. He works with wealthy "jihadist donors." He supports Syrian opposition fighters.

James Phillips is a right-wing Heritage Foundation senior research fellow. He writes extensively on Middle East issues and international terrorism.

He hypes threats ad nauseam. He's a Committee on the Present Danger member. CPD members include a rogue's gallery of right-wing extremists.

Former CIA head James Woolsey, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and former senators Joe Lieberman and Jon Kyle are co-chairmen.

CPD's mission is winning "the war on terror." It supports America's permanent war policy.

Phillips claims Khorasan recruits "European and American Muslim militants that form part of the rebel coalition fighting Syria's Assad regime."

"It hopes to train and deploy these groups, who hold American and European passports, for attacks against Western targets."

He calls Khorasan Al Qaeda's new arm against America. It's allied with Al Nusra in Syria, says Phillips. 

It conducts terrorist attacks abroad, he claims. It works with prominent Al Qaeda bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri, he says.

It intends supplying bombs to US and other foreign jihadists returning home, he maintains.

He provides no verifiable evidence backing his claims. It's hard separating facts from fiction. 

CPD has "one goal," it says: "to stiffen American resolve to confront the challenge presented by terrorism and the ideologies that drive it."

It hypes what it calls "the new 'present danger' - militant Islamism and the terrorism (it) spawn(s)."

"(M)ilitant Islamists seek to bend the world to their vision."

"They are eager to attack - indeed, to kill - anyone who stands in their way."  

"In the face of this global threat, which transcends state borders and recognizes no law, complacency and ignorance are as dangerous as military weakness."

CPD partners with likeminded groups. It promotes war. It deplores peace. It hypes threats. 

It wants US interests defended at all costs. At the expense of all others. 

Its ideologically over-the-top. It promotes conflicts and instability. It threatens world peace.

Its members include over 100 former right-wing White House officials, congressional members, cabinet secretaries, ambassadors and others.

Their mission is hyping threats. It's fear-mongering. It's creating enemies where none exist. 

It's promoting permanent wars on humanity. It's going all-out to prevent peace and stability. 

It's up to ordinary people to challenge them. It's exposing their dark side ideology. 

Another world is possible with commitment. With unity. With solidarity. With participatory democracy. With social, economic and political justice.

With resisting capital's divine right. With respecting fundamental freedoms. With popular struggles to protect them.

With supporting right over wrong. With government of, by and for everyone equitably and fairly. With ending imperial wars before they end us.

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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MSM War on Venezuela

MSM War on Venezuela

by Stephen Lendman

MSM scoundrels support monied interests. They deplore popular ones. 

They substitute managed news misinformation for truth and full disclosure.

They waged war on Venezuela since Hugo Chavez's December 1998 landslide presidential victory. They're at it again. More on this below.

After Chavez took office, New York Times Latin American correspondent Larry Roher lied. He called him a "populist demagogue, an authoritarian caudillo (strongman).

In April 2002, Times editors ignored Washington's orchestrated coup. It was short-lived. It lasted two days.

Times editors lied. They said Chavez "resigned." They claimed removing him "was a purely Venezuelan affair." 

They outrageously said "Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator."

"Mr. Chavez, a ruinous demagogue, stepped down after the military intervened and handed power to a respected business leader, Pedro Carmona."

Chavez established democracy. It's the hemisphere's best. He institutionalized it. He did so by national referendum. 

He let Venezuelans decide. He abolished despotism. He instituted Bolivarian social justice.

Carmona headed Fedecameras. It's Venezuela's Federation of Chambers of Commerce. 

It includes 12 trade groups: banking, agriculture, commerce, construction, energy, manufacturing, media, mining, ranching, insurance, transportation and tourism.

Washington plotted with Venezuelan oligarchs. Ousting Chavez was top priority. Bush officials hand-picked Carmona. They did so at the expense of ordinary Venezuelans.

Straightaway he proved his bona fides. He suspended democratically elected National Assembly legislators. He abolished Bolivarian constitutional reforms. 

He did so by diktat. He replaced democracy with despotism. New York Times editors approved.

His tenure was short-lived. People power intervened. So did Venezuela's military. They reinstated Chavez in two days. He remained president until Washington killed him. 

He was marked for death. Chavez knew it. He said so numerous times. He was infected with cancer-causing substances. They were too toxic to cure. 

Four operations in 18 months didn't help. Washington wanted him dead. He's gone. Chavismo lives.

Chavez consistently won reelections overwhelmingly. In December 2006, his landslide majority topped all US presidential victors since James Monroe ran virtually unopposed in 1820.

Bolivarianism benefits ordinary Venezuelans hugely. It does so in ways most Americans can't imagine. 

It's too precious to lose. So is sovereign independent freedom.

It reflects Simon Bolivar's vision. He defeated Spanish conquistadors. He liberated half of South America. He advocated using national wealth responsibly, fairly and equitably.

He strove to overcome what he called the imperial curse. He said it  "plagues Latin America with misery in the name of liberty." 

Chavez became his modern-day incarnation. Chavismo reflects Bolivarian principles. 

They're hardwired in place. Venezuelans won't tolerate returning to their ugly past. 

Constitutional law protects them. It benefits them hugely.

It guarantees free education to the highest levels, quality healthcare, subsidized food and housing, land reform, respect for indigenous rights, job training, micro credit, affordable electricity and cooking gas, gasoline at 6 cents a gallon, and other social, economic, and political benefits. 

Americans get permanent war on humanity, imperial lawlessness, police state harshness, force-fed austerity, social injustice, growing poverty, high unemployment and underemployment, unaddressed homelessness, hunger and deprivation, as well as governance beholden solely to monied interests.

The history of America's MSM is unprincipled, deplorable and longstanding. All the news they claim fit to print or broadcast isn't fit to read or view.

Big Lies substitute for what readers and viewers most need to know. Chavez replaced Castro as Washington's top hemispheric bete noire.

He did so for good reason. He represented the threat of a good example. So does current President Nicholas Maduro.

Venezuelan social democracy shames America's sham system. Bolivarianism works.

So does its political system. Elections are open, free and fair. Jimmy Carter calls them "the best in the world." 

America's are polar opposite. They're the Western world's worst.

They lack legitimacy. Democracy is pure fantasy. Candidates are pre-selected. Big money owns them. 

Key outcomes are predetermined. Duopoly power runs things. Voters get same old, same old. They have no say whatever. 

They get the best democracy money can buy. They get government of, by and for privileged elites alone. 

It's hugely unfair. It's worse than ever now. MSM scoundrels support what demands condemnation. They march in lockstep with monied interests.

They wage war on Venezuelan fairness. Big Lies repeat with disturbing regularity.

Destabilizing Venezuela is longstanding US policy. Chavez forthrightly denounced it. So does President Maduro.

After his April 2013 election, he accused opposition candidate Henrique Capriles of coup plotting against him.

"Preparations are under way for an attempt to de-recognize democratic institutions," he said.

Dark forces never quit. At the time, Maduro accused US embassy officials of plotting "acts of violence."

He expelled two Obama military attaches. He accused another embassy employee of plotting sabotage against Venezuela’s electrical grid.

"I will use a hard hand against fascism and intolerance," he said. "I declare it. If they want to overthrow me, come and get me."

He asked Venezuelans to “(d)ecide who you are with…the country and peace and the people (or) fascism."

Destabilization continues. Obama wants regime change. MSM scoundrels support it.

Opposition fascist leader Leopoldo Lopez plotted against Maduro's government. He supported earlier in the year street violence. 

He barely stopped short of urging insurrection. He was complicit with crimes too egregious to ignore.

Venezuelan authorities charged him with murder, terrorism, conspiracy, incitement to crime, setting fire to a public building, damaging public property, public intimidation, and inflicting serious injuries.

Maduro compared him to 2002 coup plotters. "There you have the face of fascism," he said. "They should go behind bars," he added.

He's part of an "ultra-rightwing group." It seeks US-supported regime change. Maduro promised justice.

Lopez "is responsible for crimes," he said. "He has to pay, and he will pay."

"For us, what's important is to govern and to make sure that groups like these don't do any more damage to the country."

Lopez was arrested in February. He publicly encouraged anti-government street protests. He supported violence. Dozens of deaths followed.

In late July, his trial along with four co-conspirators began. Delay followed. Proceedings were postponed until September 22.

On September 11, Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf lied. She accused Venezuelan authorities of "lack of due process or fair trial guarantees for persons detained in relation to protests in Venezuela."

She defended Lopez's lawlessness. She referred to "opaque justice procedures in place." She claimed detaining him and others was "arbitrary."

She blamed Venezuelan authorities for fascist-provoked street violence. She shamelessly accused them of "torture" and other human rights violations.

She demanded Venezuela "respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed by international law."

Fact check:

No nation abuses fundamental human and civil rights more than America.

It's a pariah state for good reason. It wages genocidal war on humanity. 

It's guilty of every imaginable high crime against peace and then some.

Rule of law principles don't matter. Torture is sanctioned. Peace and stability are verboten. Permanent war is longstanding. 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. Washington's criminal class is bipartisan. Monied interests control it. 

New World Order ruthlessness is official policy. Washington rules alone apply.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez responded to Harf's spurious accusations. He called them "unacceptable interference in (the nation's) internal affairs."

"Venezuela categorically rejects the interventionist statement…in which our democratic institutions and constitutional principles are ignored."

Lopez's lawyers falsely claim Venezuelan authorities intend to deny him judicial fairness. Not according to constitutional lawyer Jesus Silva, saying:

His legal team knows "the Constitution and (Venezuela's) criminal code…"

"(B)ut this is part of an (anti-Bolivarian) international agenda…" It erroneously portrays Lopez as "a political prisoner."

He's "using this case as a political platform." Venezuelan authorities denounced Harf's September 11 statement, saying:

It's "full of lies and inaccuracies that aim to distort the reality of our country before the international community."

Venezuelan governance is polar opposite Washington's. America "systematically violates the human rights of its people and other people around the world," said Ramirez.

“The most advanced human rights principles are enshrined in the constitution of the Bolivarian Republic and they form a fundamental component of the morals and ethics of our people."

On geopolitical issues mattering most, New York Times editors consistently support wrong over right. 

On September 20, they headlined "Venezuela's Crackdown on Opposition," saying:

Venezuelan authorities "responded to a wave of street protests by jailing opposition leaders, deploying the army against unarmed protesters and tightening control of the media." 

"The deplorable tactics have largely driven an inspiring opposition movement underground, depriving Venezuelans of the right to challenge a leader who has put a once-prosperous nation on a perilous track."

"The imprisonment and trial of an opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, show how far President Nicolas Maduro is willing to go to stave off legitimate grievances in a country he and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, mismanaged."

Fact check:

Washington orchestrated violent street protests. It funded them. 

It's dirty hands bore full responsibility. Venezuelan fascists shared it. Their lawlessness caused dozens of deaths.

Venezuela is the hemisphere's most open society. Media freedom is cherished. So is free expression. America pales by comparison.

Venezuela's Law of Social Responsibility for Radio and Television (LSR) guarantees freedom of expression without censorship.

It mandates respect for human rights. It encourages domestic independent productions.

It balances popular duties, rights and interests with those radio and television providers as well as related parties deserve.

It disseminates cultural values. It promotes active citizen participation in national affairs.

It's polar opposite US values. Venezuela shames its northern neighbor.

Its jurisprudence assures due process and judicial fairness for Lopez and others charged with him. It does so in all trials.

Times editors claimed otherwise. They lied calling his trial "a travesty." They called his indictment "bizarre."

They shamelessly called violent street protests he helped lead "peaceful."

Venezuelan democracy under Chavez and Maduro is the hemisphere's best. 

Times editors lied. They said Chavez governed "despotic(ally)." They called Maduro "an even more dangerous and divisive leader."

He "throttled a once-free press," they claimed. They called his "abuses…dangerous for the region and certainly warrant strong criticism from Latin American leaders."

They want Venezuela denied its rightfully deserved two-year Security Council seat next year.

They urged "Latin American countries (to) lead an effort to prevent Caracas from representing the region when it is fast becoming an embarrassment on the continent."

Times editors, correspondents and contributors consistently turn truth on its head. So do other MSM scoundrels.

John Pilger once said:

"Never has a country, its people, its politics, its leader, its myths and truths been so misreported and lied about as Venezuela in the past decade."

Lopez was complicit in high crimes. He barely stopped short of urging insurrection. 

In America, he'd face sedition or treason charges. Longterm incarceration or capital punishment could follow.

Fascists operate extrajudicially. Washington supports their worst crimes. Tyranny defines US governance. It's perilously close to full-blown.

Replacing sovereign Venezuelan democracy with pro-Western stooge governance remains official US policy.

Don't expect Times editors to explain. Or Washington Post ones. They want Venezuela denied its rightful Security Council seat next year. 

They called Maduro an "economically illiterate former bus driver." He's a former union leader, legislator, National Assembly speaker, and foreign minister. He's now Venezuela's president.

Chavez called him Venezuela's most capable leader to succeed him.

WaPo editors wrongfully blamed him for opposition fascist street violence. For dozens of deaths that followed. 

For practically urging insurrection. They want "more visible action." They want sanctions. They want regime change. 

They want US intervention to achieve it. They want ruthless money-controlled governance Americans get replacing it.

They want what Venezuelans deplore. What they won't tolerate. Bolivarian fairness is too precious to lose. 

Chavez went all-out to preserve it. Maduro continues his commitment.

America is polar opposite. Class war rages. Wealth is redistributed up. Monied interests benefit at the expense of most others. 

Social justice is a figure of speech. It's eroding in plain sight. It's on the chopping block for elimination altogether.

America isn't fit to live in. Bipartisan complicity plans much worse ahead. 

Venezuelans have officials who care. Don't expect MSM scoundrels to explain. They're on the wrong side of history. 

They support privilege over social justice. They back perpetual war for unachievable peace. 

They ignore rule of law principles. They spurn democratic values. They support wrong over right.

They believe might makes right. They substitute Big Lies for truths too important to suppress.

They betray their readers and viewers in the process. It bears repeating. Don't expect them to explain.

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."

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hate-Mongering in America

Hate-Mongering in America

by Stephen Lendman

Systemic injustice is rife. It's longstanding. Constitutional rights don't matter. America's First Amendment clearly states:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Privileged Americans alone have rights. America's least advantaged have few or none.

America's racist drug laws disproportionately harm Blacks, Latinos and ethnic minorities. So do longstanding attitudes about people of color.

Western discourse unfairly portrays Muslim/Arabs stereotypically as culturally inferior, dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy, religiously fanatical, and violent.

In his book, "Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People," Jack Shaheen explained how they've been defamed for generations.

They've been vilified throughout decades of cinematic history. From silent films to recent ones.

Prejudicial attitudes are fostered. Notions of Western values, high-mindedness, and moral superiority are reinforced.

Slanderous media commentaries portray gun-toting terrorists. It's the wrong time to be Muslims in America.

They're victimized, vilified, and persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, prominence, activism, and charity. 

Their rights are systematically denied. They're denigrated for praying to the wrong God. They're guilty by accusation.

They're dehumanized, spied on, targeted, hunted down, rounded up, held in detention, kept in isolation, denied bail, restricted in their right to counsel, tried on secret evidence, convicted on bogus charges, imprisoned for false reasons, and treated harshly as political prisoners.

America's MSM turn a blind eye. They ignore gross injustice. They regurgitate spurious accusations. 

Innocence becomes guilt. Muslims are targets of choice. Hate-mongering is longstanding practice.

Muslims are war on terror scapegoats. Dirty war targets them unjustly. Waging war requires enemies. They're created when none exist.

The Runnymede Trust calls itself Britain's "leading independent race equality think tank." It says Islamophobia is "a challenge for us all."

Muslims are stereotypically mistreated. Dominant perceptions are damaging. They ignore vast complexities and differences in Muslim identities.

They mischaracterize Muslims disgracefully. They turn truth on its head. They do it for political reasons. They ignore reality. They cause enormous harm.

Islam is falsely characterized as:

  • monolithic, static, and unresponsive to change;

  • having differing values from other cultures and religions;

  • being inferior to Western societies;

  • barbaric, irrational, primitive, sexist, violent, aggressive, threatening, terror-prone, and ideologically different Western civilization;

  • seeking political or military advantage;

  • irrationally criticizing Western values;

  • warranting discriminatory practices permitting exclusion from mainstream society; and

  • believing anti-Muslim hostility is natural and normal.

Bernard Lewis is a notorious Islamophobe. So was the late Samuel Huntington. They promoted clash of civilization notions.

Huntington claimed Islamic fundamentalism isn't Western societies' underlying problem. It's Islam.

It's "a different civilization whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power," he claimed.

The late Edward Said criticized both men. He called their thinking "belligerent."

He cited Huntington's 1993 "The Clash of Civilizations" and Lewis' 1990 "The Roots of Muslim Rage."

He said both men treat Islam(ic) identity and culture in "cartoon-like" fashion. It's similar to how "Popeye and Bluto bash each other mercilessly."

The more "virtuous" one prevails. Huntington, Lewis and likeminded ideologues rely on stereotypes and gimmickry. They ignore reason. They shun reality.

Huntington claimed "Western ideas of individualism, liberalism, constitutionalism, human rights, equality, liberty, the rule of law, democracy, free markets, the separation of church and state, often have little resonance in Islamic societies." 

So-called Western values are polar opposite what Huntington claimed. Likeminded hate-mongers call Islam a religion of war, not peace.

In February 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft said it's "a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him." 

"Christianity is a faith in which God sent his son to die for you."

Edward Said contrasted a West/East dichotomy. He wrote about colonizers v. the colonized, "the familiar (Europe, West, us) and the strange (the Orient, East, them)."

The strong against the weak. The superior against the lesser. The belief that might makes right, no matter how misguided, destructive or hateful.

Islam mischaracterizations are rife. It's diverse, not monolithic.

It's not inherently violent or intolerant. The term jihad is wrongfully used to connote holy war. 

It refers to internally struggling to overcome personal weaknesses, as well as striving for self-preservation and defense.

Common notions turn truth on its head. Western societies spread democratic values, it's claimed. Islam spawns terrorism.

Western societies must modernize, restrain and tame it. America's choice is mass slaughter, destruction, colonization, exploitation and dominance.

Netanyahu lies saying "Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas."

"They simply work in the same way," he claims. "They are branches of the same poisonous tree."

Israeli hardliners want Hamas destroyed. Vilifying its adherents is longstanding practice. 

On September 20, RT International headlined "Hamas = ISIS? Anti-Islamic ad campaign to run on NYC buses," saying:

"A provocative ad campaign featuring anti-Islamic messages is to run on one hundred New York City buses and two subway stations beginning next week." 

"Costing $100,000, it equates Hamas with Islamic State militants for 'education purposes.' "

It's stereotypical hate-mongering. It's fear-mongering. It's waging war on Islam.

Big Lies substitute for truth. "Hamas is ISIS," it says. "Islamic Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran."

It's not in the Koran. It contains positive references about Children of Israel and Jewish history. Systemic Islamic Jew-hatred is nonexistent.

Many Jewish prophets are mentioned more often than the Prophet Muhammad. Writing about the Torah, the Koran says:

"It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong)." (3:3)

"It was We who revealed the law (to Moses): therein was guidance and light…And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God." (5:44,46)

Writing about Jewish prophets, it says:

"Say ye: “We believe in God, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them, and to Him have we submitted ourselves." (2:136)

"Behold, we have inspired thee (O Prophet) just as we inspired Noah and all the prophets after him - as We inspired Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants, including Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon; and as We vouchsafed unto David a book of divine wisdom." (4:163)

"And We bestowed upon (Abraham) Isaac and Jacob, and We guided each of them as We had guided Noah aforetime." 

"And out of his offspring, (we bestowed prophethood upon) David, Solomon, Job, Joseph, Moses and Aaron: for thus do We reward the doers of good." 

"And upon Zachariah, John, Jesus, and Elijah: ever one of them was of the righteous; and (upon) Ishmael, Elisha, Jonah, and Lot: every one of them did We favor above other people." (6: 84-86).

"Hamas is CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations)," say the ads. Islamophobes call the organization a cancer in US society. Its ideology is polar opposite these type mischaracterizations.

It seeks to "enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."

One ad is titled "Yesterday's Moderate is Today's Headline." It features a photo of London-based Muslim Abdel-Majed (aka Abdel Bary) with the caption "Executioner who beheaded a reporter before he became a jihadist."

An image of journalist James Foley in an orange jumpsuit appears alongside a hooded man before his execution.

It's captioned "Executioner who beheaded a reporter after being devout." British intelligence claims Abdel-Majed is the executioner.

Language along the ad's bottom says "It's not Islamophobia. It's Islamorealism."

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) claimed First Amendment law requires these type ads be run.

Pamela Geller's Stop Islamization of America ran them. SIOA is known as the American Freedom Initiative or Freedom Defense Initiative.

It's an Islamophobic hate-mongering organization.

Geller lied calling it "a human rights entity dedicated to the freedom of speech, which is under attack, as well as to the freedom of religion and to individual rights."

New York's MTA initiated a new policy. Ads continue. A disclaimer says they don't reflect transit authority opinions.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tried having things both ways. On the one hand, he called Islamophobic ads "outrageous, inflammatory and wrong, and have no place in New York City or anywhere."

On the other, he's done nothing to counter them through public service announcements, other responsible messages or city policy.

Hate-mongering continues unabated. Proliferating it benefits America's war on Islam. It rages out-of-control. It shows no signs of ending. 

It reflects Washington's permanent war policy. Its genocidal war on humanity. 

Its merciless slaughter of millions for unchallenged dominance. It's longstanding. It shows no signs of ending. 

Wars ravage one country after another. Humanity is ruthlessly targeted.

Battlefields shift from one theater to another. Rule of law principles don't matter. Nor democratic values. Nor human and civil rights.

Might justifies right. It's the American way.

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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