Friday, December 02, 2016

Cuban Doctors Coming to Standing Rock

Cuban Doctors Coming to Standing Rock

by Stephen Lendman

Fidel would be proud, smiling from the hereafter, knowing his legacy lives.

Thursday on Facebook, Dr. Revery P. Barnes, a Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine graduate said:

We answer the call to serve in alignment with the mission and core principles of our alma mater and dedication to our commitment to serve underserved communities in our HOME country.”

“While Cuba instilled in us an unwavering commitment to internationalism, with the acceptance of a full scholarship to medical school at ELAM, we made the moral commitment to respond to the needs of our most vulnerable communities here at home in the US.”

Cuban trained doctors will work with the Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council. It “coordinate(s) supplies, resources, and volunteers between various medic and wellness clinics at the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition camps.”

Doctors are treating emergency and chronic health conditions for thousands of Standing Rock Sioux water protectors and supporters.

They’re protesting environmentally destructive Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction on sacred ancestral land - suffering injuries inflicted by militarized police state viciousness, attacking them with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, water cannons, pepper spray and other forms of mistreatment.

It’s unknown how many Cuban-trained doctors are coming or when they’ll arrive. An earlier article called goodwill, doctors and teachers Cuba’s most important exports.

It operates 21 medical schools, the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) the world’s largest with an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students from scores of countries worldwide.

They get free world-class education in return for committing to provide Cuban-style medical services in home or other countries to low-income, under-served communities in need. 

A holistic approach focuses on individual needs, prevention, lifestyle changes important for good health and community wellness.

Cuba spends a small fraction of the cost of healthcare in America, providing better services overall, everyone treated equally, no one left out, world-class care available.

Since exporting healthcare in 1961, tens of thousands of Cuban doctors and other medical personnel served low-income, usually impoverished communities, in scores of countries worldwide.

Cuba wages goodwill, world-class healthcare and education, its most important exports and homeland services.

America wages state terror, endless wars of aggression, mass slaughter and destruction, disdain for democratic values and immiseration on an unprecedented scale.

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Challenging Stein's Michigan Recount Scam

Challenging Stein’s Michigan Recount Scam

by Stephen Lendman

Her recount scam is all about handing Trump’s triumph to Hillary, nothing about “electoral integrity,” as she claimed.

Judicial rulings foiled her scheme for hand recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania - based on phony allegations of voting machine hacking.

Now she may go down in Michigan. According to the Detroit Free Press, state Attorney General Bill Schuette asked Michigan’s Supreme Court justices to halt her scheme before it begins.

In petitioning the court, he said Stein isn’t an “aggrieved” candidate entitled to a recount - and there’s no time to complete one.

“If allowed to proceed, the statewide hand recount could cost Michigan taxpayers millions of dollars and would put Michigan voters at risk of being disenfranchised in the electoral college,” he told the state’s high court, adding:

“Even though Stein could have petitioned for the recount weeks ago, she waited until the last possible moment under state law to do so.”

Trump’s campaign protested the recount scam to Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers, halting a recount until its complaint is resolved. It petitioned to stop them in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. 

Stein said she has no evidence of hacking or other forms of electoral fraud. So what integrity issues concern her? 

None except for Trump defeating Hillary. Stein wants things reversed - proving she’s just another dirty self-serving politician.

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Draconian US Intelligence Authorization Act

Draconian US Intelligence Authorization Act

by Stephen Lendman

Congress annually passes intelligence policy authorization bills. The measure for FY 2017 represents a huge leap backwards, reminiscent of the 1950 Internal Security (McCarran) Act - enacted over Harry Truman’s veto.

It required communist organizations to register with the attorney general. A Subversive Activities Control Board was established to investigate alleged subversive activities.

An emergency detention provision authorized the president to arrest and detain “each person as to whom there is a reasonable ground to believe that such person probably will engage in, or probably will conspire with others to engage in, acts of espionage or sabotage.”

Deplorable McCarthy witch hunts followed. To this day, the term McCarthyism signifies baseless slander, unscrupulous fear-mongering and political lynchings.

Harvard Law School dean Erwin Griswold called McCarthy “judge, jury, prosecutor, castigator, and press agent, all in one.” He targeted innocent victims, ruining careers for political advantage.

He manufactured nonexistent threats, targeting anyone he called a Soviet spy or sympathizer. Guilt by accusation was his standard.

On November 30, House members overwhelmingly passed HR 6393: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 - 390 in favor, 30 against, 14 not voting. Expect easy Senate passage followed by Obama signing the measure into law.

Despite no Russian threat to America or any other country, it establishes an interagency committee to counter its nonexistent meddling in the internal affairs of other countries - including by (nonexistent) media manipulation, disinformation and other forms of fake news, a US and media scoundrel specialty.

The law authorizes the newly established committee to counter nonexistent “measures by Russia to exert covert influence, including exposing falsehoods, agents of influence, corruption, human rights abuses, terrorism and assassinations carried out by the security services or political elites of the Russian Federation or their proxies.”

Moscow was falsely accused of hacking DNC emails and interfering with America’s electoral process - despite no evidence proving it, just baseless accusations, part of longstanding Russia bashing.

Sergey Lavrov called targeting Russia irresponsibly “myth-making with a goal to solve the short-term political objectives. No promised ‘evidence’ of interference in the electoral process has been presented neither to the American (or) international public.”

During his October address to the annual Valdai Discussion Club, Vladimir Putin debunked the notion of Russia interfering in America’s political process, saying:

“Does anyone seriously think that Russia can somehow influence the choice of the American people? Is America a banana republic or what? America is a great power.”

“It is much easier to distract people with the Russian so-called hackers, spies, agents of influence” than deal with important domestic and geopolitical issues responsibly, he explained.

The measure also prohibits Russian diplomats from traveling more than 50 miles from its Washington embassy and consulates in other US cities without FBI permission, a disgraceful insult.

Russia is a world power, targeted for its sovereign independence, not for any alleged threat it poses. Key after Trump’s inauguration is whether Moscow/Washington bilateral relations will improve.

Candidate Trump suggested it, expressing respect for Putin,” praising his “intelligence (and) no-nonsense way,” saying “I think I’d get along very well with Vladimir Putin.”

“I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect.”

Were the above comments empty campaign rhetoric or resolve for improved bilateral ties once he takes office? Trump has a lot of proving to do. World peace and stability hang in the balance.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Trump Names Hawkish US General As Defense Secretary

Trump Names Hawkish General As Defense Secretary

by Stephen Lendman

At a Thursday Cincinnati rally, Trump announced retired Marine Corps General James Mattis as defense secretary - calling him “the closest thing we have to (WW II era) General George Patton.” Earlier he tweeted he’s “being considered for Secretary of Defense…A true General’s General!”

He last served as US CENTCOM head from August 2010 to March 2013. Notoriously known as “Mad Dog,” he earlier said “it’s a lot of fun to fight…It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you. I like brawling.”

He considers Iran the greatest threat to Middle East peace, a disgraceful Big Lie. Iran hasn’t attacked another country in over two centuries. It threatens none now.

Mattis opposes rapprochement with Russia, irresponsibly claiming nonexistent Putin revanchism and belligerence.

During US naked aggression on Iraq, Bush/Cheney’s war, Mattis commanded the 1st Marine Division during the 2003 invasion and subsequent assault on Fallujah.

Mass slaughter, arbitrary arrests, torture, humiliation and other forms of abuse targeted city residents. 

US-enforced siege denied them food, medicines, and other essentials - a flagrant Fourth Geneva violation, a Nuremberg-level high crime.

Random bombing and rocket fire (including use of cluster bombs, white phosphorous, and other illegal munitions), massacred or wounded thousands, many thousands more displaced, homes and other property destroyed.

Collective punishment included US snipers shooting “any moving body,” including noncombatant men, women, children, the elderly and infirm.

A bridge connecting Fallujah to the area’s general hospital was cut off, preventing the ill and injured from reaching it for treatment - another flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.

Residents were denied food, water and medical help for days. Fallujah’s football stadium became a burial ground for thousands of dead victims of US barbarism.

Two Fallujah battles were fought - from April 4, 2003 - May 1, and from November 7 - December 23. Between them, US forces kept terror-bombing residential and industrial areas.

Negotiations to halt hostilities failed. Washington spurned peace, chose mass slaughter and destruction instead, mostly harming civilians.

Hundreds arrested went to Abu Ghraib and other infamous US torture prisons. Many died from torture and ill treatment.

During combat, witnesses confirmed the wholesale slaughter of unarmed civilians in their homes and mosques, some shot after being handcuffed.

Children saw parents shot. Adults saw spouses and children killed. US Marines participated in looting homes and stores, many indiscriminately destroyed.

Vast environmental contamination caused a significant increase is cancer cases and congenital malformations. Official Fallujah health statistics showed the following:

  • in 2006, 5,928 documented cases of previously unknown or rarely seen diseases;

  • in the first half of 2007, 2,447 seriously ill patients (half of them children) had mostly little known symptoms;

  • research studies determined sharp increases of leukemia, other cancers, infant mortality, abnormal deliveries, and injuries similar injuries to Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, clearly from depleted uranium and other toxic chemical exposures;

  • a February 2010 field study found cancers had multiplied fourfold, ones similar to Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors;

  • over a five year period, a 12-fold cancer rate in 14-year-old children was found;

  • infant mortality was 80 per thousand live births, compared to 19 in Egypt, 17 in Jordan, and 9.7 in Kuwait;

  • the gender birth ratio was also affected, dropping from almost even to a three-to-one female weighting over males; and

  • birth defects rose over 25%, many hideous from radiation poisoning; congenital heart defects had the highest incidence, followed by neural tube defects, and skeletal abnormalities.

Post-9/11 alone, US wars of aggression were responsible for millions of casualties - from war, related violence, preventable diseases, starvation and overall deprivation, civilians mostly affected, continuing to die, injured or otherwise abused by America’s rage for war.

Does Mattis’ selection indicate Trump’s intent to be America’s latest warrior president, renouncing peace for endless conflicts?

Will lofty promises be breached? Does calling Mattis “the real deal…a brilliant, wonderful man” indicate support for his war crimes? Will endless imperial wars continue on Trump’s watch?

A Final Comment

If confirmed, Mattis will be the first retired US general to serve as defense secretary since George Marshall, appointed in 1950. Federal law requires appointees not to have been on active duty for seven years.

Congress granted Marshall an exemption, likely for Mattis as well.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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A New Era of Peace Under Trump?

A New Era of Peace Under Trump?

by Stephen Lendman

On December 1, Trump began a thank you tour of states aiding his electoral triumph, stopping first in Cincinnati - pledging a “new era of peace,” saying:

“On defense, we will begin a major national effort to rebuild our badly depleted military. We have no choice. The world is a tinder box.” 

“We want a strong military that ideally we don’t have to use. Although, we will destroy ISIS.
We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past.” 

“We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Six trillion dollars (wasted) in the Middle East. Our goal is stability, not chaos.” 

“We want to rebuild our country. We will partner with any nation that is willing to join us in the effort to defeat ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism.” 

“In our dealings with other countries, we will seek shared interests wherever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding, and good will.”

Quite a mouthful. Here’s what Trump should have said but didn’t. America’s only enemies are ones it invents. It’s military is hugely bloated.

It should be reduced to a small fraction of its current size, the defense (aka war) budget significantly slashed.

America’s global empire of bases should be closed once and for all, many domestic ones with them. US policy bears full responsibility for a “tinder box” world.

Washington created ISIS and virtually all other terrorist groups, 
CIA dirty hands involved. Choosing hawkish Mike Pompeo as director suggests continued support for this scourge. Announcing General James (Mad Dog) Mattis as his defense secretary isn’t encouraging.

Saying he won’t topple other governments is reassuring if he means it, fulfilling his pledge despite enormous pressure to continue America’s permanent war agenda.

Pursuing “a new era of peace, understanding and good will” would dramatically change longstanding US imperial policy.

Lofty promises are one thing, fulfilling them another.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Stein's Recount Scam Imploding

Stein’s Recount Scam Imploding

by Stephen Lendman

Her largely Soros funded ill-conceived scheme to undermine Trump’s triumph for Hillary is heading toward failure as expected.

Days earlier, a Wisconsin judge ruled against her hand recount request. She alleged state voting machines may have been hacked, despite no evidence suggesting it.

Her lawsuit to force a hand recount fell flat. Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Mike Haas said state voting machines are federally certified and field tested for accuracy.

On December 1, Pennsylvania Judge Bernard A. Moore dismissed recount petitions of voters in 78 precincts because no evidence suggests they’re warranted.

According to the Montgomery County Times Herald, elections board solicitor Nicole Forzato said “Montgomery County takes great, great pride in being concerned about its infrastructure for IT generally, and they have gone through a vigorous process to make sure our technology general, including voter services technology and the voting machines are safe and secure to use.”

Forzato stressed no evidence suggests voting machines were hacked or otherwise tampered with - nor were Stein’s recount petitions correctly filed along with proper fees paid.

While admitting no evidence of fraud, Stein hasn’t so far ended her recount scam. It’s being judicially ended for her.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Russia Aims to Liberate Aleppo Entirely by Yearend

Russia Aims to Liberate Aleppo Entirely by Yearend

by Stephen Lendman

“We are hoping for this. Yes, indeed,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. We need to force these (US-backed) terrorists out the same way as they need to be forced out of Mosul and Raqqa. It’s a common task.”

Eastern Aleppo is being liberated one neighborhood at a time, thousands of trapped residents held as human hostages already freed, numbers growing daily - hundreds of US-backed terrorists surrendering or retreating.

In the last 72 hours, Syrian and allied forces routed terrorists in 16 districts, capturing northern  parts of eastern Aleppo. According to a Syrian military source, government and allied troops began an offensive to liberate southern portions of the city.

They control over half of eastern Aleppo territory, US-supported terrorists clearly on the back foot, losing to government and allied forces decisively.

Syrian terrorist leaders are in talks with Russian representatives to end fighting in Aleppo, Turkey brokering them in Ankara.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova isn’t denying them, saying “Washington isolated itself. We’ve been negotiating with opposition (elements) in Turkey for years. It’s not news.”

Moscow is adamant in demanding all terrorists cease fighting and leave eastern Aleppo - or they’ll be forcibly driven out. 

So far, they’re unwilling to relinquish remaining parts of the city they hold. Liberating it and surrounding areas is key to defeating Washington’s regime change scheme.

Fighting will likely continue until they’re routed from all parts of the city, achievable possibly within weeks - why Washington is desperate to halt fighting. Russia and Syria aren’t buying it.

Separately, on December 1, the General Assembly adopted a resolution it overwhelmingly approved numerous times before,  demanding Israel withdraw from Syrian Golan - restoring pre-June 1967 borders.

General Assembly members condemned Israel’s failure to observe Security Council Resolution 497 (1981), declaring its occupation “null and void and without international legal effect.”

Golan remains illegally occupied for nearly half a century, officially recognized as sovereign Syrian territory.

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Russia's Foreign Policy Compared to America's

Russia’s Foreign Policy Compared to America’s

by Stephen Lendman

Both countries have polar opposite agendas. Obama isn’t remotely close to Putin in stature, integrity and high-mindedness.

On December 1, Putin approved Russia’s new concept of foreign policy. It calls for “enhancing international security, stability at the strategic and regional levels.”

It urges strict “implementation of the Russia-US Treaty for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of April 8, 2010.”

It reiterates “readiness to discuss issues of further phased reduction of nuclear potentials based on the growing topicality of giving this process a multilateral character with due account of factors influencing strategic stability.”

It supports establishing a zone free from nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, especially in the Middle East.

It seeks broad international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, free from politicization and double standards, in strict conformity with international law.

“Russia believes that predictable and gradual development of dialogue with the US on bilateral relations and the global agenda is only possible if based upon the principle of equality, mutual respect of interests and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other.”

“Moscow does not accept Washington’s attempts to exercise extraterritorial jurisdiction that violate international law, and is adamant to resist any military, political or economic pressure reserving the right to strictly respond to unfriendly actions particularly by strengthening national defense and taking tit-for-tat as well as asymmetrical measures.”

In his annual State of the Nation address, responsible foreign policy principles he outlined contrast markedly with America’s imperial agenda, under Obama and earlier US administrations.

Putin seeks world peace, stability, and mutual cooperation among all nations, so far unattained -expressing concern over “intensifying political, social and economic contradictions,” along with the risk of increased “force in international relations.”

Believing chances for large-scale conflict, including a nuclear one, remain low, regional wars continue raging, despite Russia’s good faith efforts to resolve things, notably in Syria and Ukraine.

America under Obama and past presidents continues waging endless wars of aggression against invented enemies. Peace and stability are anathema to its imperial agenda. It remains to be seen if Trump breaks from tradition or continues dirty business as usual.

“Russia is ready to cooperate with (his) administration,” Putin stressed. “It is important to normalize and develop bilateral relations on an equal and mutually beneficial basis.” 

“Cooperation between Russia and the United States in addressing global and regional issues is in the interest of the whole world. We share responsibility for ensuring international security and stability.”

Putin is “committed to the friendly, equal dialogue, to upholding the principles of justice and mutual respect in international affairs.”

He’s “ready (for) serious conversation on building a stable system of international relations of the 21st century. Unfortunately, in this context, the decades that passed after the end of the Cold War were lost in vain,” he explained.

His geopolitical agenda benefits everyone. Washington’s rage for war is humanity’s greatest threat.

Will Trump normalize ties with Russia as pledged? Will he be a peace and stability leader or a warrior one like his predecessors. We’ll know once he begins governing. 

If past is prologue, hope for turning a page responsibly may be wishful thinking. We won’t know either way until a changing of the guard in January.

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NYT Editors Ignore US Responsibility for "A World of Trouble"

NYT Editors Ignore US Responsibility for “A World of Trouble”

by Stephen Lendman

Suggesting “concerns about his ability to manage the international challenges he will face in office” continues relentless Trump bashing.

“A World of Trouble” awaits him, said Times editors - mostly of Washington’s making, they failed to explain. Trump’s geopolitical agenda remains to be seen.

“An early test may be North Korea,” Times editors claimed. It’s sought normalized relations with Washington and other Western countries for decades. Instead it’s used as an imperial punching bag, its security threatened - relations with America unlikely to change under Trump or other duopoly power leader.

Times editors: “American forces are engaged in major battles to liberate Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria from the Islamic State and are fighting extremists elsewhere.”

Fact: Washington supports ISIS and other terrorist groups. No US battles are confronting them anywhere.

Times editors: Trump “talked of abandoning American support for rebels trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad and joining the alliance between Mr. Assad and Russia, Mr. Assad’s partner in bombing Syrian civilians.”

Fact: Trump indicated willingness to partner with Russia in combating terrorism in Syria.

Fact: All anti-government forces are terrorists. No so-called “rebels (meaning moderates) exist.

Fact: No evidence suggests Russian or Syrian warplanes bomb civilians. Plenty proves America and so-called coalition partners killed thousands of noncombatants in Syria and Iraq - terror-bombing them since 2014.

Times editors: “(T)here’s no end to the five-year civil war, which has created chaos, allowing ISIS to thrive and claim large parts of Syrian territory.”

Fact: Syria is Obama’s war, naked aggression, nothing “civil” about it, using ISIS and other terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers.

Times editors: “Syrians…brutalized (by) Assad…are unlikely to accept (his) remain(ing) in power indefinitely.”

Fact: He was overwhelmingly re-elected in June 2014, a process independent international observers judged open, free and fair. Syrians want no one else leading them.

Times editors: “Mr. Trump has vowed to tear up the 2015 deal under which Iran halted its most dangerous nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions.”

Fact: Iran’s nuclear program fully complies with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty principles - earlier and now. It’s entirely legitimate with no military component.

Fact: Tehran fully observes the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal. Washington breached it straightaway, remaining in noncompliance.

Fact: It’s an international agreement involving the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany. Trump won’t unilaterally disavow it. He may violate its terms, exceeding Obama’s breaches.

Times editors: Trump “spoke casually about possibly retaliating against the Islamic State with a nuclear weapon…”

Fact: The way to defeat the Islamic State and other terrorist groups is by ceasing support. Without it, they’ll wither and fade away.

Times editors: “Mr. Trump’s questioning of the value of NATO, other alliances and America’s role in the world has shaken the core institutions that kept the peace in Europe and elsewhere for decades.”

Fact: Peace for decades? It lawlessly raped and destroyed Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia! NATO is a US-dominated killing machine - for offense, not defense.

Times editors: Trump displayed no concern for Russian expansionism in Ukraine. His plan to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership suggests a willingness to allow China to expand its influence in Asia…The world has long relied on the United States to be a steady hand.”

Fact: No Russian expansionism exists anywhere. Putin promotes world peace and stability. Endless US wars in multiple theaters threaten humanity’s survival.

Fact: TPP and other destructive deals like it are neoliberal ripoffs, giveaways to corporate predators, freedom and ecosystem destroying nightmares.

Fact: America has no business meddling in parts of the world not its own. Its imperial project threatens everyone.

Times editors see “little reason to believe (Trump) will provide strong leadership.” The proof of the pudding will come after he takes office.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Security Council Meeting on Syria

Security Council Meeting on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

At France’s request, representing America’s imperial project, its own and Britain’s, Security Council members met on Wednesday in “emergency” session on Syria.

It had nothing to do with resolving the “humanitarian catastrophe” as French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault explained why it was convened - everything to do with supporting terrorists in eastern Aleppo, being smashed by Syrian and allied forces, likely routed entirely in the coming weeks.

According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, over 18,000 eastern Aleppo residents, held captive for years by US-supported terrorists, escaped to government controlled areas in the past week - 647 fighters surrendering to Syrian forces, thousands more to Kurdish YPG elements.

America, Britain and France want Aleppo’s liberation halted, endless aggression on Syria continued, Assad ousted, pro-Western puppet rule replacing him.

Briefing SC members by video link from Geneva, pro-Western UN envoy to Syria Steffan de Mistura explained the dire conditions in Aleppo without placing blame where it belongs.

Resolving things requires liberating the city and surrounding areas entirely, smashing terrorists decisively - most important having Washington and its rogue allies stop supporting these elements once and for all.

They exist because of foreign backing. Conflict resolution depends on ending it. Otherwise war may be endless, new hordes of terrorists replacing eliminated ones.

Russian involvement is vital to hopefully resolving things - America, Britain, France,Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel and other rogues states the main obstacle.

Key is what Trump intends once inaugurated. Will he cooperate with Russia in combating terrorism or continue supporting these death squads?

Will he diverge from America’s longstanding imperial project or go another way? Hope for the best. Expect little or nothing positive unless proved otherwise.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Veterans in Solidarity with DAPL Protestors

Veterans in Solidarity with DAPL Protestors

by Stephen Lendman

From December 4 - 7, perhaps longer, over 2,000 veterans, an initiative called Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, intend serving as nonviolent human shields for Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protestors - Sioux Tribe members and supporters calling themselves water protectors.

Participating veterans resolved to defend them from “assault an intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force,” they said.

On Monday, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple ordered immediate evacuation of the Oceti Sacowan camp - on the pretext of “anticipated harsh weather conditions.”

Protesters remain steadfast. Dalrymple threatened fines and blocked access to essential services, then backed off from the threat.

Sioux Tribe members claim land rights under the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty. Washington stole it along with other Native American land nationwide.

Since last spring, protestors and supporters demonstrated nonviolently against environmentally destructive pipeline construction, discussed in previous articles.

They don’t intend backing off, resolved to protect the sacred ancestral land. Likely speaking for others, one protestor said they’re “not planning on going nowhere until we accomplish what we came here to do.”

On Facebook, veterans said they’re coming to “support our country,” wanting to “stop this savage injustice being committed right here at home.”

According to federal officials, anyone remaining in the Oceti Sacowan encampment may face trespassing charges.

As of Tuesday, an online fundraiser drew pledges exceeding $570,000 - to pay for winterizing the camp, food, transportation and other supplies.

Oglala Lakota/Northern Arapaho Native American US army veteran Black Shawl said “OK, are you going to treat us veterans who have served our country in the same way as you have those water protectors?”  

“We’re not there to create chaos. We are there because we are tired of seeing the water protectors being treated as non-humans.”

They’re victims of police state harshness, attacked with water cannons, rubber-coated steel bullets, pepper spray, tear gas and other abusive practices, injuring hundreds.

On Monday, the Water Protector Legal Collective, a National Lawyers Guild initiative, filed a class-action lawsuit against militarized Morton County police and others, claiming excessive use of force, seeking a court injunction to stop it.

A Veterans Stand for Standing Rock operations order said in part:

“In response to the assertion of treaty rights, citizen rights, tribal rights, and protection of the most valuable of resources - water - the Sioux tribes and allied comrades are under sustained assault by agents working for private interests under the color of law.” 

“First Americans have served in the United States Military, defending the soil of our homelands, at a greater percentage than any other group of Americans.” 

“There is no other people more deserving of veteran support and this situation encapsulates whether we are called heroes for violence and cashing paychecks, or for justice and morality.”

Veterans will have a “chain of responsibility,” not a chain of command, no ranks recognized, participants referring to each other by name only. “We are the cavalry,” their operations order said.

Sioux spokesman Dave Archambault II said “(e)veryone that comes knows our intent - to remain in peace and prayer.”

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