Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Partial Text of Geneva Ceasefire Deal on Syria

Partial Text of Geneva Ceasefire Deal on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Moscow published the partial text below in Russian on its Foreign Ministry web site, a statement saying it followed “leaks” Western media reported, based on State Department information published on its web site - “not bothering to agree with us (on) the date of the release” or what information it intended to make public.

“On our part, we publish(ed) the text of the relevant agreements in Russian” - the material covered below, translated into English, saying:

“Standard conditions and procedures necessary to ensure the cessation of hostilities

The Russian Federation and the United States as co-chairs of the International Support Group Syria (MTT), in accordance with the provisions of the Joint Statement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria on February 22, 2016 indicated the contact person, and determine the order of interaction between Russia and the US to promote respect and mode control the cessation of hostilities (RPBD) in Syria.

1. To carry out the exchange of information, as well as to facilitate the de-escalation of tension between the parties in order to further the cessation of hostilities on the territory of Syria, Russia and the United States created a "hot" link to simplify the process of rapid exchange of information.

2. In the event of a breach or possible breach RPBD conditions, including the resumption of fighting one of the parties involved in RPBD in respect of the other hand, is also involved in RPBD, using all kinds of weapons (including small arms, mortars, artillery, anti-tank guided missiles and air strikes), the Russian Federation and the United States will be guided by the provisions of the International Task Force, the Syrian support group compliance RPBD (STF RPBD MTT), as well as the following standard procedures to ensure RPBD.

3. The competent authorities shall without delay request all necessary additional information from the party or parties who are suspected of violating RPBD to MTT Co-Chairs had the opportunity to assess the nature and extent of the alleged violation, as well as the extent provided by this breach of the potential threat RPBD compliance. Russia and the United States, respectively, have to provide the maximum possible completeness and objectivity of the information received on this alleged incident and the intention of the party / parties to comply with the terms RPBD.

4. The competent authorities shall, jointly or independently, to determine the circumstances RPBD violations documented findings and, if necessary, take steps to collect more information.

5. The competent authorities shall immediately inform each other of the measures and necessary actions taken to prevent further violations and exceptions escalate the tension and to take all available measures do not force nature to restore compliance RPBD.

6. In accordance with the Joint Statement with military force can be applied proportional to the purpose of self-defense RPBD parties. Any party involved in RPBD that use military force against the other party to the RPBD must notify the authorized body, co-chairs of the STF RPBD MTT and / or the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Syria on the circumstances connected with the use of military force.

7. In the event that Russia or the United States resorted to the use of military force against terrorist groups excluded from RPBD in geographical areas that are in close proximity to the parties involved in RPBD, the party resorted to the use of military force, notify the other party and Special envoy of the UN Secretary General about the circumstances related to the use of military force, and on measures taken to prevent attacks against the parties involved in RPBD.

8. In the interest of obtaining relevant information about actual or potential violations of RPBD The competent authorities and co-chairs the STF RPBD MTT may request information from the parties and the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Syria, and may also request information from other members of the MTT. Additionally, but not required, can be considered the publication in the media, including social media and other open sources of information available through commercial resources.

9. In the event of disagreement between the parties regarding their involvement in a specific violation of a priority in their resolution should be the interaction between the authorized body and the co-chairs of the STF RPBD MTT. Furthermore, Notified Bodies and co-chairs the STF RPBD MTT can be shared with the representatives of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the UN on Syria and other members of the MTT take these differences settlement measures through further investigation and bringing to it stakeholders.

10. In case the co-chairs of the STF RPBD MTT in coordination with STF RPBD determine that the deletion of the part RPBD and depriving the protection granted to it justified the systematic failure to comply with conditions RPBD, they immediately send the recommendation of the Co-Chairs MTT at the ministerial level to take appropriate measures in accordance with the Joint statement.

11. The Co-Chairs of the STF RPBD MTT on a regular basis will be sent to the MTT consistent information on compliance by the parties RPBD. This procedure will be carried out through the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Syria, acting as the secretariat.

12.Control of compliance with the conditions of the cessation of hostilities must be carried out fairly and openly with broad media coverage.

Joint document from 15.07.2016, the

Practical approach to US-Russian efforts in the fight against LIH and "Dzhabhat en-Nusra" and strengthening of the cessation of hostilities

Underwritten aims to promote a political settlement of the Syrian conflict, as well as the fact, to allow the US and Russia to work together in the interests of destruction "Dzhabhat en-Nusra" (DAN) and LIH, including overlapping flow of insurgents, weapons and funding through the Syrian border, in the context of strengthening of the cessation of hostilities (RPBD) RPBD with all parties, to comply with its conditions.

Delimitation of territories controlled by the LIH, DAN and the forces of the moderate opposition, remains a priority, as well as the separation of the moderate opposition forces from DAN.

DAN LIH, and you must deny safe haven to the whole territory of Syria.


1) Russia and the United States are stepping up their efforts to ensure full compliance with the immediate RPBD according to a joint US-Russian statement on February 22, 2016 "Terms of the cessation of hostilities in Syria."

2) Russia and the United States as soon as possible complete the overall map specific areas. These areas include the territory dominated by the opposition, areas with a high concentration DAN formations, as well as areas dominated by the opposition, with some possible presence of DAN. Technical experts from Russia and the United States will cause the geographical coordinates of these special areas.

3) In the context of strengthening RPBD to provide a period of reduced violence, in accordance with the aspirations of Russia and the United States, the United States and Russia will create a Joint Executive Centre (JRC), which will include experts on the subject and Syrian specialists in identifying goals. JRC should be deployed by mutual agreement.

4) The JRC should carry out tasks listed below in the following order:

a) the exchange of intelligence information and the definition of targets for military action against DAN in specific areas. Such information should include leaderboards DAN coordinates the location of training camps of militants DAN, weapons depots, ammunition and material resources, administration, areas of concentration of personnel, weapons and military equipment, as well as supply routes and other purposes relating to DAN.

b) determining the list of targets for air strikes VKS Russia and / or the US Air Force, relating to the activities of DAN.

c) after the approval of the initial list of objectives, the date set for when VKS Russia and / or the US Air Force will start strikes to the agreed objectives DAN. At the same time all of the Air Operation Syria using both aircraft and helicopters will be discontinued in these areas, with appropriate exceptions for the agreed non-combat tasks such as medical evacuation, rehabilitation of victims and other humanitarian supplies agreed non-combat tasks.

d) the Syrian military can conduct air operations against DAN outside special areas.

e) In case of violation of the terms of this document or RPBD, the US or Russia could suspend its participation in the JRC.

5) The process of determining goals through the application of the JRC and airstrikes by DAN forces VKS Russia and the United States Air Force will be constant and continuous. As part of the JRC should be carried out exchange of information on the effectiveness of targeting DAN and the development of the situation on the ground.

6) With the exception of the immediate threats to Russia or the United States, when prior approval can not be objective, Russia and the United States can only act against DAN objects that have been agreed in advance and in accordance with the procedures through existing military channels to prevent incidents.

7) The JRC will also work to build up the most independent, but synchronized effort against LIH.

8) All of the above efforts will be conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law and in full compliance RPBD.

9) The JRC will develop mechanisms for monitoring the effectiveness and to ensure the full implementation of the above provisions.

10) Modalities JRC activities and the implementation of the above steps will be determined in the course of bilateral negotiations, which will begin on Tuesday-Wednesday next week and will be completed within 5-7 days.

11) The steps above should be seen as steps toward a fuller understanding between the US and Russia on three interrelated issues, aimed at the safe end of the conflict and destruction and DAN LIH:

a) military cooperation and intelligence line between Russia and the United States to defeat and DAN LIH;

b) Translation RPBD in a long-term cease-fire throughout the territory of Syria;

c) political transition in Syria in accordance with resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council. US and Russian Recommend Offer Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN on Syria as a starting point for further negotiations of an inclusive group of participants mezhsiriyskogo dialogue and will encourage their constructive and positive work.

Agreed in Geneva, September 9, 2016:

Reducing the level of violence, restoration of access and the creation of SIG

The Russian Federation and the United States (hereinafter - Parties) are going to take joint efforts to stabilize the situation in Syria by taking special measures in the area of ​​Aleppo. The main priority is the delineation of territories under the control of LIH, "Dzhabhat en-Nusra" and the moderate opposition, as well as the separation of the moderate opposition groups and "Dzhabhat al-Nusra."

Parties shall appoint the date and time following entry into force of the measures (the day "D").

On the day of the "D" for a period of 48 hours, all participants of the cessation of hostilities (RPBD) in Syria restore RPBD and will fully comply with the terms RPBD, as outlined in "Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the United States" of 22 February 2016. Specifically: termination of the application of air strikes, missiles, mortars and anti-tank guided missiles; the rejection of the acquisition of territory and the desire to seize the territory occupied by the other parties to the ceasefire; granting humanitarian organizations access to areas under the operational control RPBD participants, as well as creating conditions for immediate humanitarian aid has been delivered to all in need; commensurate use of force in the second order in self-defense.

The parties agree and notify the parties of the date and time of occurrence of the day "D".

The day "D + 2" if RPBD conditions in Syria continue to be met and the parties will be satisfied with its implementation, they will prolong RPBD for an agreed period of time. Later on the same basis as the Party may decide on the indefinite nature RPBD. The Parties shall use their influence on the parties to fully comply with their RPBD conditions.

Special measures will be introduced on the road, "Castello" (according to the agreed coordinates), in particular:
Starting from the "D" and to deploy checkpoints on the road, "Castello" humanitarian aid will be delivered to g.Aleppo in accordance with the provisions RPBD UN procedures, as well as in coordination with the authorized representatives of the United Nations. The monitoring mission of the United Nations (MMOON) deployed on the Turkish border, continue checking and sealing of trucks intended for the delivery of humanitarian assistance along the way, "Castello" in the eastern part of the city of Aleppo. 

The integrity of the seals will not be violated, and trucks will not be opened by any authorities, between the point of verification and sealing in Turkey and the point of unloading at the UN warehouses and its partner organizations in the eastern and western parts of the city of Aleppo.

The Syrian Red Crescent Society (SRCS) (or another agreed third party) as soon as possible, will begin work on the two CAT (at agreed locations) to confirm that, before issuing CPR UNOPS in accordance with the way described in this same section less traffic on the road is carried out only proven MMOON trucks, and the integrity of the seal is not broken. Small units of no more than 20 armed men on each shift, which is allocated by the government and opposition forces, as well as being equally acceptable to them, will ensure the safety of SRCS staff at the checkpoint in the western and eastern ends of the road "Castello". 

The UN will monitor (via physical presence or remote) the activities of all personnel at the checkpoint. Checkpoints, where SACB and involved staff ensured his physical safety will be transferred under the management of an independent international staff of the UN Office for Project Services (or another agreed third party) as soon as possible. PPC, under international control, will provide a phased unimpeded movement of humanitarian, commercial and civilian traffic on the road, "Castello", as well as non-use of the roads for the transportation of weapons (in accordance with procedures to be developed in the future). 

Phased traffic will begin as soon as possible when the personnel responsible for the work of the CPT, in coordination with the UN and the Parties determines that sufficient opportunities for the safe and orderly traffic.

At the same time with the deployment outlined in paragraph 3b SACB PPC or other agreed third party, the pro-government forces and moderate opposition groups simultaneously depart from the road, "Castello", thereby creating a demilitarized zone.

In particular, pro-government forces shall bring heavy weapons such as armored vehicles and infantry fighting vehicles (other than the BTR-60 and BMP-1 without ATGM), tanks, artillery and mortars, over a distance of 3500 meters north from the road;

Shall bring heavy machine guns, BTR-60 and BMP-1 without ATGM at a distance of 2,500 meters to the north of the road;

Will be allocated the entire personnel, armed with small arms
and machine guns, except for the personnel of the two observation posts, at a distance of 1,000 meters to the north from the road;

Will be allocated the entire personnel and weapons at a distance 500 meters south of the road;

Install no more than two observation posts at a distance
not less than 500 meters north of the road, "Castello". 

Location posts will be agreed between the parties, taking into account the characteristics of the terrain (the staff of no more than 15 people with small arms for self-defense and surveillance facilities); will not interfere with the movement of humanitarian, civil and commercial vehicles on the road, "Castello";

There are not to occupy the areas left by the opposition groups, or to equip the position in the demilitarized zone, except for the observation posts.

Opposition groups at the same time take the following steps:

At the eastern end of the road "Castello" in accordance agreed with the card (to be specified), the opposition will act depending on the action of the Kurdish militia troops. 

If the Kurds will remain in place to the north of the road, "Castello", the opposition will remain in their positions. If the Kurds retreat 500 meters south of the road,
"Castello" then that zone can be considered demilitarized, and opposition groups will depart at 500 meters to the north of the road, "Castello";

In the western end of the "Castello" road (at the contact line, passing to the north of the trade "Castello" center) withdrawing the opposition forces will be similar to the withdrawal of pro-government forces.

The formation of the opposition, are squared 31/15 (map Russian side) in the area north of "Castello" shopping center, would be taken armored vehicles and infantry fighting vehicles (other than the BTR-60 and BMP-1 without ATGM), tanks, artillery
mortars and 3,000 meters, heavy machine guns, BTR-60, BMP-1 without ATGM - 2500 meters, and the staff of small arms or light machine guns - at a distance of 1000 meters north of the road, "Castello".

On the stretch of road from the shopping center "Castello" until the roundabout Layramun opposition groups will be allocated personnel and weapons to a distance of 500 meters north of the road, "Castello", which will mirror the answer to the withdrawal of pro-government forces to a distance of 500 meters south of the road "Castello "between these points;

Opposition groups will not impede the movement of humanitarian, civil and commercial vehicles on the road, "Castello"

Opposition forces would not occupy the areas left by pro-government forces, or equip items in the demilitarized zone, except for the observation posts;

Opposition groups will make every effort to prevent forces "Dzhabhat en-Nusra" in the demilitarized zone with the adjacent areas under the control of opposition groups.

All Syrians, including militant opposition groups with weapons, can leave the city of Aleppo on the road, "Castello", knowing that they will suffer no harm, and they can go in any direction. 

Militants fleeing Aleppo weapons must coordinate in advance with the representatives of UN terms the use of "Castello" road, as well as the amount of output of personnel, weapons and military equipment. 

In addition, there is no harm to civilians and the formation of the opposition, decided to stay in the city of Aleppo and comply with the terms RPBD.

These violations of the demilitarized zone by any of the participants will be sent to the Russian Federation and the United States. 

In the case of penetration into the demilitarized zone of the militants' Dzhabhat Al-Nusra "after the establishment of SIG, the United States and Russia will act
in accordance with the mandate of SIG.

On the day "D" as pro-government forces and opposition groups that are in the area Ramos, provide safe, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to the eastern and western parts of the city of Aleppo. 

They will also assist in the smooth movement of all commercial and civilian traffic on the road to Khan Tuman passing through Ramus, in coordination with the UN and create a monitoring mechanism, to be agreed by the Parties and the United Nations as soon as possible to ensure continued access. 

For this purpose no later than the fourth day since the "D" will be held the meeting of the Parties to the expert groups and the UN. 

Delivery of humanitarian aid will be in accordance with the provisions established by the UN RPBD and procedures, as well as in coordination with the authorized representatives of the United Nations. 

No opposition groups or pro-government forces will not take attacks within the boundaries of the area indicated on the attached map, in accordance with its geographic coordinates (hereinafter - the "District"). 

No opposition groups or pro-government forces will not attempt to take in the "area" new territory, controlled by the other party.

4. The Parties confirm to each other that the Syrian Government
and opposition groups agree to abide by the provisions of the Mandate SIG, including the agreed areas (geographical coordinates are determined by the Parties), which will not apply the Syrian air force, with the exception of non-combat missions coordinated, and where the parties will develop goals to counter "Dzhabhat al-Nusra."

5. The parties announced the creation of ICS on the basis of a mandate SIG and areas agreed by the Parties, after both parties will be satisfied with the implementation of the measures referred to in paragraphs 1-4 (except for deployment PPC service of the UN Office for Project Services and the relevant humanitarian movement, commercial and civil transport and the organization of the monitoring mechanism referred to in paragraph 3f ), for a minimum of seven days of continuous compliance RPBD conditions.

Appendix A

• Starting with the day "D" Parties will start the preparatory work for the establishment of the JRC. 

This training will include an initial discussion and the exchange of information needed to distinguish between the territories controlled by DAN and opposition groups in areas of intense fighting to eventually come out on the functioning of the JRC. 

A more comprehensive process of demarcation will be carried out by experts from the inception of the JRC. Preparation for the establishment of the JRC will also include: the selection of suitable temporary and long-term facilities for accommodation; definition of necessary working procedures consistent with already agreed mandate; determining the need for mutually agreed adjustments already agreed map of areas that need to be made in accordance with the changes "on the ground" so that the JRC could be fully operational at the end of a seven-day continuous compliance RPBD conditions of access in the city of Aleppo, in accordance with the provisions of this agreement.

• In the period between the day "D" and the establishment of the JRC, each Party shall determine the validity of data for targeting and DAN LIH, in order to be able to share them so that the strikes could begin on the day of the creation of the JRC. 

Along with Russian and American strikes against the agreed objectives of the JRC within the entire Syrian air force activity (aircraft and helicopter flights) in the areas agreed by the Parties will be terminated in accordance with the mandate.

• On the day of the "D" Government and opposition groups are members RPBD, the Parties confirm their commitment to the observance of RPBD. 

In respect of any breach of RPBD before or after the establishment of the JRC will apply measures to the respective to the terms RPBD agreed in the Joint Statement of 22 February 2016, and with the "Standard Terms and procedures necessary to ensure the cessation of hostilities" from March 28, 2016 .

• The Parties undertake to accelerate the deployment of UNOPS mission on the road, "Castello", in accordance with paragraph 3b.

• The action of the day "D" will begin at 19:00 Damascus time Monday, September 12, 2016.

• Each Party reserves the right to withdraw from this agreement if it considers that the provisions are not met.”

The above text is part of what was agreed on between Russia and America in Geneva on September 9. It shows how detailed these type agreements are, wanting everything possible covered, ideally eliminating all ambiguity.

Russia and Syria scrupulously observed terms agreed on. US-supported terrorists breached them straightaway, Pentagon warplanes days later. Instead of ceasing hostilities, they escalated, showing deals America agrees on aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

Liberating Syria requires eliminating all anti-government forces - US-supported terrorists, no moderates among them as falsely claimed.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Trump and Hillary Fiddle While Planet Earth Burns

Trump and Hillary Fiddle While Planet Earth Burns

by Stephen Lendman

Monday night was more evasion, distraction and political fraud than anything resembling real debating - like all previous encounters of the same kind preceding them, demagoguery and bad theater instead of substance, failing to give voters real information on where candidates stand on major issues of our time.

Monday and two upcoming spectacles conceal America’s imperial madness, its endless war on humanity at home and abroad, its neoliberal harshness, neocon lunacy and police state viciousness - its fantasy democracy serving its privileged few alone at the expense of most others, millions most in need treated like nonpersons.

Tyrannical ruthlessness gets increasingly worse, each new administration since the neoliberal 90s outdoing previous ones in villainy. 

World war rages in multiple theaters, new ones waiting to explode, all independent governments at risk of being violently toppled, trillions of dollars spent on militarism and imperial madness, social decay festering at home.

Deepening homeland poverty, real unemployment at Depression-era levels, along with an epidemic of hunger and homelessness nationwide go unaddressed, while social justice erodes en route to disappearing altogether.

Presidential aspirants deliver hollow promises for change. Betrayal always follows once in office.

What kind of society spends most of its vast wealth for butchery, barbarism, brutishness, bloodshed and enriching its privileged few at the expense of most others?

What kind turned planet earth into a slaughterhouse, making it too dangerous to live in, laying waste to whole nations, sustaining an insatiable genocidal rage - while giving short shrift to vital needs of its own people. Pretending otherwise adds insult to injury.

Presidential aspirants ignore or pay lip service alone to major issues of our time - power and self-enrichment their main goals, monied interests benefitting over popular ones, tyranny replacing fundamental freedoms.

Will next year bring responsible change? Will new political leadership serve everyone equitably, going where no administration and Congress ever went before?

Is a new leaf about to be turned? Will warriors become peacemakers? Will neoconservatism and neoliberalism disappear? Will honesty and integrity follow longstanding debauched practices?

Will real democracy replace its fantasy version? Will government henceforth represent everyone fairly and squarely? Will swords be turned into plowshares? Will equity and social justice become the new national norm?

Will history’s greatest human and civil rights abuser become its principled champion? Will daily sunrises forevermore occur in the West, sunsets in the East? Will humanity survive endless imperial wars threatening everyone everywhere?

Borrowing a line from Joyce Kilmer, I think that I shall never see America at peace instead of war, harmony instead of conflict, equity instead of injustice, wellness instead of endless suffering.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Jill Stein's Response to Farcical Trump/Hillary Face-Off

Jill Stein’s Response to Farcical Trump/Hillary Face-Off

by Stephen Lendman

Stein’s campaign, straight talk, progressive agenda and comportment are what real democracy looks like - polar opposite one-party state duopoly rule, representing plutocracy and tyranny, not governance of, by and for everyone equitably.

She’s a physician wanting her medical skills used to help heal a sick nation. Barred from participating in Monday’s Trump/Hillary face-off, it proceeded as pre-scripted theater, viewers learning nothing about how either aspirant would govern.

Stein’s involvement would have turned farcical proceedings into meaningful debate, discussing real issues, providing real solutions to issues devastating millions of people at home and abroad.

Excluding her and Gary Johnson smoothes the way for unobstructed continuity - likely dirtier than ever dirty business as usual under Obama’s successor, the real threat of nuclear war if it’s Hillary, likely at this point.

Ahead of Monday’s demagogic display, Stein’s campaign manager, David Cobb, said police state harshness confronted her. Despite having press credentials, she “was literally escorted off” the Hofstra campus site.

Ahead of the Monday night face-off, she hosted a “People’s Debate” on Periscope, over 3,500 people watching, scores of supporters accompanying her to Hofstra.

Separately she tweeted: “Civil disobedience happening now! More police are arriving. #OccupyTheDebates will not move! It’s time for #OpenDebates! #debatenight.”

Over an hour later, she tweeted: “Demonstrators are being arrested at the #OccupyTheDebates rally. This is not what democracy looks like. #debatenight…”

On Monday, RT International covered her live stream Q&A on social media, watched by over 10,000 viewers, likely more before it ended, contrasting her progressive agenda with debauched duopoly governance.

She covered proposals in her Power to the People Plan. A previous article discussed it, repeated below, putting ordinary people, peace and ecosanity over profits.

She proposed a “Green New Deal,” creating millions of good jobs, transitioning to clean renewable energy, and investing in vital infrastructure sorely neglected for so long - America’s resources today going for militarism and endless wars, not a nation fit to live in.

Living-wage jobs are a human right, she stressed. Democracy should mean what it says - rule of and for all the people, not just its privileged few.

The world’s richest nation should prioritize ending poverty once and for all “to assure every American a life of dignity,” she explained.

Healthcare and education are human rights. Jill wants them guaranteed, including Medicare for all, abolition of student debt and “world-class” tuition-free public education to the highest levels. Other components of her plan include:

  • a federally guaranteed $15 minimum wage;

  • breaking up too-big-to fail banks;

  • “democratiz(ing) the Federal Reserve,” putting money power in public hands where it belongs;

  • progressive business and individual taxation;

  • fair over so-called free trade agreements;

  • ecosanity;

  • putting a moratorium on GMOs and harmful pesticides;

  • racial justice along with freedom and equality for all;

  • ending Big Brother spying, mass incarceration, torture prisons like Guantanamo, and “(e)stablish(ing) a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law and human rights.

Cut military spending in half, she urged. End imperial wars. Close America’s empire of bases and bring all foreign-based US forces home.

Abolish corporate personhood. Reform America’s debauched political system. Use the nation’s resources for productive, not destructive purposes.

Make it the world’s most respected one, instead of the most feared and reviled like now.

Stein is the only presidential candidate taking no funding from monied interests, war-profiteers the fossil fuel industry, or other corporate predators, she explained.

She’s the type leader America and humanity need at the most perilous time in world history.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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US Supports Terrorists in Syria, Says Al-Nusra Unit Commander

US Supports Terrorists in Syria, Says Al-Nusra Unit Commander

by Stephen Lendman

It’s no surprise to readers of my articles throughout the conflict, begun in March 2011, weeks after US-led NATO began terror-bombing Libya, transforming North Africa’s most developed country into a cauldron of endless violence and chaos. 

Obama launched war on Syria, deceptively calling it civil, using terrorists as proxy foot soldiers - arming, funding, training and directing them, teaching them the fine art of committing atrocities, along with use of chemical and other banned weapons.

All anti-government forces in Syria are terrorists, largely imported from scores of countries. I’ve repeatedly explained the hoax of so-called “moderates.” They don’t exist, claiming otherwise one of many Big Lies about the conflict.

German broadsheet Kolner Stadtanzeiger journalist Jurgen Todenhofer interviewed al-Nusra unit commander Abu Al Ezz in terrorist-controlled eastern Aleppo, saying:

“(T)he US supports the (Syrian) opposition, but not directly. They support the countries which support us. But we are not satisfied with this support.”

“They should support us with highly developed weapons. We have won battles thanks to the ‘TOW’ missiles. We reached a balance with the regime through these missiles. We received the tanks from Libya through Turkey. Also the ‘BMs’ - multiple rocket launchers.”

“(It) is through (directly supplied) American ‘TOW(s)’ that we have the situation in some regions under control.” Operatives on the ground from America, Israel Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar aid them - “(e)xperts in the use of satellites, rockets, reconnaissance and thermal security cameras.”

Al Ezz stressed “(t)he Americans are on our side.” They support all anti-government terrorists ravaging Syria, bearing full responsibility for one of history’s great crimes, continuing endlessly with no prospect for diplomatic resolution possible because neocons infesting Washington reject it.

Hopefully Russia understands the futility of negotiating with a rogue partner, systematically breaching virtually all its deals unilaterally -using diplomacy as cover to continue waging imperial wars.

All sovereign independent nations worldwide are targeted for regime change, by wars or color revolutions, likely headed for nuclear war on Russia, maybe China and Iran - a doomsday scenario if launched.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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NYT Praises Hillary's Monday Night Demagoguery

NYT Praises Hillary’s Monday Night Demagoguery

by Stephen Lendman

Monday’s event mocked what real debates are supposed to be all about, delivering tragedy and farce instead, 90 ranting demagogic minutes without substance, replete with unchallenged Big Lies - symbolic of America’s fantasy democracy.

Times editors commented as expected, one-sidedly for Hillary, delivering a campaign commercial, not serious analysis, praising her duplicitous performance, maintaining a relentless anti-Trump tirade - a clear example of press agent journalism, mocking the real thing.

“(J)ust one candidate is serious and the other is a vacuous bully,” Times editors blustered. “There was a fundamental asymmetry to the exercise, because of the awful truth that one of the participants had nothing truthful to offer.”

Whatever Trump says or doesn’t say, Times editors assail him relentlessly - at the same time ignoring Hillary’s deplorable public record making her unfit to serve.

Times editors: Trump “(s)t(ood) at the lectern, interrupting and shouting, playing (an) invisible accordion with his open hands, filibustering, tossing his word salads…(He) struggled to contend with an opponent…much more poised and prepared than” any Republican primary contender.

Not a word about Hillary’s email scandal, DNC documents showing she stole primary elections, her fealty to Wall Street and other predatory corporate interests, her anti-progressivism, major war crimes, her racketeering Clinton Foundation, and unindicted perjury for lying to Congress and FBI investigators.

She’s the establishment favorite for good reason, representing imperial arrogance at its worst, monied interests over popular ones, a Machiavellian menace, complicit with dark forces running America, unparalleled pure evil.

Times editors: She “st(ood) up to bullying…swatting (Trump’s) attacks aside and confidently delivering her own criticisms from higher, firmer ground.”

Times editors would have praised her performance if she stood mute for 90 minutes. They ignored her serial lying throughout the campaign, notably on Monday night.

Truth is the missing ingredient in virtually all US political contests, rare exceptions proving the rule, most evident in quadrennial presidential races.

Americans get the best democracy money can buy, a criminal cabal running things for its own self-interest, ordinary people left out altogether.

What’s most important to explain, Times editors, columnists, correspondents and contributors suppress, managed news misinformation and willful lying substituting. 

They support a ruthlessly dangerous political system too debauched to fix, neocons in charge threatening humanity’s survival - The Times cheerleading what demands denunciation.

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Syrian Voices of Truth

Syrian Voices of Truth

by Stephen Lendman

Syria is in the eye of a US-created storm, ravaged by imperial viciousness, valiantly struggling to protect and preserve its sovereignty, aided greatly by help from Russia.

What’s ongoing in its sixth year of conflict is a classic good v. evil struggle, a contest crucial to win, defeating malevolent forces ruling America. The alternative is tyrannical subjugation.

On Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said America, Britain and France convened last Sunday’s Security Council session to support anti-government terrorists ravaging the country.

He blasted Washington’s flagrant violation of Geneva ceasefire terms, Syria and Russia alone observing them. Western countries, along with regional partners, fund, arm and train terrorist fighters, he explained.

US warplanes massacring scores of Syrian soldiers 10 days earlier was deliberate, premeditated aggression, nothing accidental about it. Evidence revealed proves it. See below.

If America and its rogue allies wanted peace in Syria, they could achieve it by cutting off all support for terrorist fighters. Without it they can’t exist.

Assad’s political and media advisor Bouthaina Shabban said Syrian forces will strike terrorists nationwide, whoever they are, wherever they exist.

Damascus remains committed to restore, preserve and protect sovereignty over all Syrian territory - and challenge anyone threatening it, she stressed.

She blamed Washington for undermining ceasefire, explaining implementation is unattainable as long as it refuses to comply with what it agreed to.

Syria’s leadership was involved in consultations leading to the Geneva deal, its consent required before Russia agreed on its provisions.

Damascus supports all sides involved in combating terrorism. Western-supported “opposition” is entirely composed of cutthroat killers, imported death squads.

Shaaban criticized Ban Ki-moon for failure to observe UN Charter principles along with pro-Western Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura for operating more secretly than transparently.

A Final Comment

Syria Speaker of the People’s Council Hadiya Khalaf Abbas said her government’s intelligence service discovered an audio file, proving US warplanes’ attack on Syrian soldiers near Deir Ezzur was deliberate.

Conversations were taped between American and ISIS forces before Pentagon warplanes massacred scores of Syrian soldiers - the US side telling its terrorist foot soldiers to attack and capture the area following the aerial assault.

Syrian ground forces retook areas initially lost, foiling Washington’s plan. They continue repelling ISIS fighters in the area, inflicting heavy losses, along with making progress toward liberating parts of Aleppo in terrorists’ hands.

Controlling the battered city and and surrounding areas is key to liberating Syria entirely - defeating America’s imperial strategy if achieved.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Monday's Trump/Hillary Travesty: All Rant, No Substance

Monday’s Trump/Hillary Travesty: All Rant, No Substance

by Stephen Lendman

Who won? Who lost? Who cares? What matters is who really lost - millions of ordinary Americans, betrayed again, doomed to suffer under continued duopoly power control over their lives, serving privileged interests exclusively, harming their well-being and futures - waging endless wars of aggression at the expense of world peace, stability, equity and justice.

That’s the message of the entire campaign, including Monday night theatrics, an exercise in demagoguery, bluster, and avoidance of substantive discussion, interchanges and debate on the vital issues of our time with clear policies laid out for real change - not forthcoming no matter who succeeds Obama.

Why would any sensible person support either duopoly power candidate, like signing one’s own death warrant for doing it. One aspirant alone stands out, and she was barred from participating or even attending the event.

According to her press director Meleiza Figueroa, Jill Stein came to the Hofstra University debate (sic) site, was blocked by its security and Nassau county police, was told after broadcast interviews, she’d be “escorted off campus immediately,” meaning forcibly if she justifiably resisted.

Police states operate this way. International and constitutional laws are null and void, raw power and privilege alone served, a deplorable situation, fantasy democracy, not the real thing.

Jill and supporters demonstrated outside Hofstra, used social media and alternative media interviews to get out her message. “I have an opportunity to have a voice that can be heard by tens of millions on social media,” she said.

As for tragedy and farce masquerading as “debate,” it was 90 demagogic minutes of he said, she said - saying nothing, mocking what real debates are supposed to be all about, making tired old empty promises to be broken straightaway no matter who becomes America’s 45th president. It happens every time, yet voters are repeatedly duped, easy marks to roll over.

The entire campaign, Monday night, two debates (sic) to follow and what remains on the stump until November 8 reflect an exercise in fooling an uninformed, indifferent electorate again, manipulating them. 

Candidates promise everything. Remember Obama’s duplicitous hope and change message? They deliver nothing, harder than ever hard times following for ordinary people, deepening tyranny challenging resisters. 

NBC News moderator Lester Holt was buffoon-like, failing to do his job, not challenging and refuting misinformation and Big Lies, especially from Hillary, an unindicted perjurer.

America’s state is deplorable, combining plutocracy, predatory corporate oligarchy, public and private gangsterism, perpetual wars against invented enemies, and tyranny headed toward becoming full-blown.

Will November elections change things? Only for the worst, America on a slippery slope toward the worst of all possible worlds - meaner, nastier and more frighteningly dangerous than ever.

Be scared, very scared for what’s coming! A comatose public has itself to blame, failing to defend its vital interests, victimized by its own indifference.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Vicious Trump Bashing Ahead of Monday's Presidential Debate

Vicious Trump Bashing Ahead of Monday’s Presidential Debate

by Stephen Lendman

Continuing their dual role as Hillary’s lead press agents, abandoning fair and balanced reporting entirely, neoliberal NYT editors and their neocon Washington Post counterparts unleashed an anti-Trump blitzkrieg ahead of Monday’s “debate.”

What’s coming is far from what debating is supposed to be all about. An earlier article discussed the Socratic method, involving opposing sides asking and answering questions.

Ideas are freely aired. Beliefs are challenged. Truths are sought. Critical thinking is stimulated. Opinions are formed. Conclusions are reached through free and open dialogue and discussion.

Debates should give opposing sides full opportunity to air views while challenging those of others. What’s coming in all three presidential “debates” is pre-scripted theater, resembling stump campaigning, involving talk without substance, leaving voters uninformed on what they need to know.

Times and WaPo editors one-sidedly support Hillary, ignoring her war crimes, racketeering and perjury, operating like they’re part of her campaign, bashing Trump relentlessly because US power brokers and monied interests aren’t sure he’s entirely controllable. 

Who ever heard of an anti-establishment billionaire, yet he sounds like one. Favoring better relations with Russia scares them. So does his opposition to TPP and calling NATO obsolete. 

Headlining “Why Donald Trump Should Not Be President,” Times editors substituted hyperbole for good judgment, calling his views “matters of dangerous impulse and cynical pandering rather than thoughtful politics.”

That was prelude to accusing him of “bursts of false and outrageous allegations, personal insults, xenophobic nationalism, unapologetic sexism and positions that shift according to his audience and his whims.”

At the same time, not a word about Hillary’s longstanding war crimes, support for all US wars of aggression since husband Bill’s rape of Yugoslavia, Hillary urging him to terror-bomb Belgrade, massacring defenseless residents. 

Nothing about her email scandal, lying about it to FBI investigators and Congress. Not a word about the Clinton Foundation money-laundering self-enrichment racket, posing as a charitable NGO. Silence on the most recklessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history - no explanation of her despicable public record.

Both candidates are the most widely reviled ones in US history. Neither deserves public support. Independents Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are prohibited from participating - so voters won’t hear alternative views on how America should be governed.

They have no say over who runs the nation and deplorable policies  continuing in their name - their tax dollars going for harms their well-being, security and futures.

Times editors rattled off a stream of anti-Trump pejoratives, not a fair and balanced view throughout their tirade - uproariously ending by calling US presidents “role models for generations of our children.”

A rogue’s gallery of miscreants served as US presidents from inception. Except for Jack Kennedy’s transformation in office from warrior to peacemaker (why he was assassinated), not a worthy one in the bunch.

For sure neither Trump or Hillary. She’s the most despicable and dangerous of the two.

Neocon WaPo editors’ headline trumpeted “It’s beyond debate that Donald Trump is unfit to be president” - by implication saying “crooked,” “trigger-happy,” serial lying Hillary is.

“(T)he challenge for Monday’s audience is to avoid the trap of thinking of this debate as yet another opportunity for ‘the real Trump’ - or even a ‘new Trump’ - to emerge,” said WaPo editors.

Same old serial lying Hillary will oppose him. Whether both aspirants comport themselves or engage in mudsling remains to be seen.

One thing for sure. Three so-called debates won’t reveal dirty business as usual continuing no matter who succeeds Obama - one or the other duopoly power candidates always winning, voters consistently losing out.

I won’t be watching. Listening is too painful. I’ll comment on what both candidates said from transcripts of their remarks.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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