Sunday, July 24, 2016

Putin Bashing Comes Full Circle

Putin Bashing Comes Full Circle

by Stephen Lendman

He’s the preeminent world leader, its foremost peace and stability champion, saying what he means and meaning what he says forthrightly - polar opposite how Obama and other US officials operate. 

You’d never know it from relentless bashing he takes - shamelessly blaming him for nonexistent “Russia aggression,” fantasy revanchist aims, imaginary super-wealth stashed in tax havens, Hillary comparing him to Hitler - to accusing him of helping Trump by hacking DNC emails and handing them to WikiLeaks for publication.

Romanian Guccifer 2.0 was responsible. Russia had nothing to do with it. Putin is automatically blamed whenever the chance arises, due diligence checking systematically avoided - propaganda taking precedence over facts.

A same-day article explained thousands of emails WikiLeaks released showed Democrat party bosses rigged things for Clinton, aiding her fundraising, enlisting one-sided media support, stealing primaries and caucuses, along with other dirty tricks.

She didn’t win a majority of delegates for nomination. Enough were handed to her to assure it - more criminality added to her notorious rap sheet.

America’s political process resembles Stalinist Russia. He reportedly once said “(i)t’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.”

Today it’s done with corporate-controlled electronic voting machines - preselected winners aided additionally by voter role purging and other dirty tricks.

Dark forces running America’s electoral process should face Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) charges - election-rigging added to other crimes under its mandate.

Putin is relentlessly bashed because he’s on the right side of history - calling rule of law principles inviolable, wanting nation-state sovereign independence respected, supporting peace, opposing war, refusing to yield to imperial pressure.

No evidence suggests he’s trying to influence America’s electoral process at the presidential or any other level.

Plenty shows Washington meddles destructively in the internal affairs of other countries worldwide, flagrantly violating international law, claiming a divine right to do what it pleases - including rigging election outcomes at home and abroad.

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Sham Syria Peace Talks May Resume Next Month

Sham Syria Peace Talks May Resume Next Month

by Stephen Lendman

Assad genuinely wants peaceful conflict resolution. He said so numerous times and means it - again Friday through his Foreign Ministry saying:

Syria reiterates keenness on achieving a political solution for the crisis in the country that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people and gains their support as it is ready for resuming the intra-Syrian dialogue without preconditions with a view that this dialogue would lead to a comprehensive solution led by the Syrians themselves without foreign meddling and backed by the United Nations and the international community.”

At the same time, Syrian and Russian forces remain committed to defeating foreign-backed terrorism responsible for half a million or more deaths, half the population internally or externally displaced, and a humanitarian disaster in areas occupied by US-supported ISIS and likeminded groups.

Since Obama launched war on Syria in March 2011, Damascus engaged in multiple rounds of talks, aimed at resolving conflict diplomatically - each time ending in failure because Washington wants war, not peace, Syrian sovereignty destroyed, US-controlled puppet leadership replacing Assad, and Iran regionally isolated ahead of America’s long arm striking again.

Another round of peace talks will be dead-on-arrival like before - pro-Western envoy Staffan de Mistura determined to proceed anyway, taking orders from Washington, doing its bidding, serving as a convenient stooge, disgracefully supporting its imperial agenda.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov suggested Russia may ramp up its forces in Syria after drawing them down months earlier, saying “such prospects were declared by (Putin) rather long ago” - with no further elaboration.

On July 26, Sergey Lavrov will hold more talks with John Kerry in Geneva “(f)or the purpose of (furthering) US/Russia cooperation” in resolving conflict in Syria.

Earlier meetings accomplished little. Both sides remain intractably apart. America is no reliable peace partner. Its uncompromising in demanding regime change. Its agreements are systematically breached.

Hegemons don’t negotiate. They demand, agreeing only to what serves their interests, wanting their way forced on others - through diplomacy or more violent means.

Throughout over five years of Obama’s war on Syria, resolution is as distant as ever. It’s unclear how Trump will handle things if elected.

Escalated war to topple Assad forcefully may follow if Clinton succeeds Obama - creating greater flashpoint conditions than already, risking direct confrontation with Russia, the unthinkable possibility of nuclear war.

Why defeating her is so urgent. The alternative is greater US war on humanity than already.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Democrat War Party Convention Kicks Off Monday

Democrat War Party Convention Kicks Off Monday

by Stephen Lendman

Both wings of America’s duopoly system support endless wars on humanity. They’ll rage under Trump if elected in November. The difference between him and Clinton is he’s less likely to start WW III. 

Hillary succeeding Obama is too great an unthinkable risk - a Wall Street tool, a war-profiteer’s dream, a ruthless rogue actor, the greatest threat to world peace of any presidential aspirant in US history. 

Don’t let her gender fool you. She’s more demon than Democrat, more war goddess than peace advocate. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance if she’s commander-in-chief of America’s military. 

She and husband Bill urge NATO enlargement, enhancing its power and reach, wanting it used as a global enforcer of US policy, Hillary saying “we cannot afford to let the greatest alliance in history slide into military irrelevance.”

On Saturday, Clinton/Kaine debuted in Miami before a handpicked audience on Florida International University’s campus. Both lied, claiming they’ll promote “a strong progressive agenda.”

Their public record disproves them - pro-Wall Street, pro-war, anti-labor, anti-populist. Kaine saying “we’re going to make the American economy work for everybody, not just those at the top” belies its opposite trajectory since the neoliberal 90s.

Expect silence on the stump about Hillary’s rage for war, orchestrating the rape and destruction of Libya and Syria, as me-first lady urging husband Bill to bomb Belgrade, as US senator and secretary of state backing all America’s wars of aggression. 

She relishes endless conflicts, abhors peace, supports belligerence over diplomacy, premeditated aggression her strategy of choice.

She’s militantly anti-Russia, anti-China, anti-Iran, wanting all sovereign independent nations transformed into US vassal states.

She backs Zionist zealotry, supporting Israel’s regional hegemony as America’s junior partner. Professor Denis Rancourt is right, saying “(y)ou want to see a truly insane USA, then vote Hillary.”

Months earlier, John Pilger asked “(h)ow many people are aware that a world war has begun” - so far just “propaganda…lies and distraction (able to) change instantly” by intent or mistake.

A second Clinton co-presidency makes the unthinkable possible, waging wars with super-weapons able to end life on earth in pursuit of America’s hegemonic aims.

Increasing numbers of US-led NATO combat troops are massed on Russia’s border. Nazi-infested Ukraine in central Europe is a dagger targeting Russia’s heartland. 

So are Pentagon missile defense systems intended solely for offense - able to deliver first-strike nuclear attacks on strategic Russian and Chinese targets, from installations in Romania, Poland, S. Korea and other locations to follow.

Obama’s Asia pivot challenges China belligerently. All independent nations risk being toppled by color revolutions or wars.

America’s empire of bases, its first-strike nuclear policy, its land-based strategic bombers, sea-based warships and submarines, its rage for world dominance together represent a combustible mix risking disaster - especially with war goddess/she devil Hillary in charge, her finger on the nuclear trigger as US commander-in-chief if elected in November.

America’s rage for unchallenged hegemony represents humanity’s greatest threat. A second Clinton co-presidency risks WW III. 

The possibility should terrify US voters to resoundingly reject her. World peace hangs in the balance, perhaps life on earth.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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NYT Obscene Pro-Clintonism, Anti-Trumpism

NYT Obscene Pro-Clintonism, Anti-Trumpism

by Stephen Lendman

Times editors reinvented war goddess/Wall Street tool Clinton into a mythical US presidential candidate of unparalleled stature, ignoring her high crimes - while bashing Trump relentlessly.

He’s a billionaire tycoon businessman with no public service record. As me-first lady, US senator and secretary of state, Clinton’s rap sheet warrants condemnation, not praise, prosecution and imprisonment, not high office.

Times editors papered it over, saying she supports “America’s (important) role in the world…hewed to (Obama’s) policies (while being) somewhat more willing to intervene militarily.”

“She was an early supporter of arming and training Syrian rebels fighting (Assad)…called for a no-fly zone to protect Syrian civilians…was a strong supporter of” ousting Gaddafi.

She “believes…in diplomacy backed by military sanctions…helped put in place tough…sanctions on Iran,” supports using NATO “in addressing terrorism from ISIS and other groups.”

Fact: All ongoing US wars are illegal, waged without Security Council authorization. Clinton fully backs what demands denunciation.

Fact: She abhors diplomacy, wars of aggression against nonbelligerent states her strategy of choice.

Fact: So-called “Syrian rebels” are US-supported death squads, terrorist fighters recruited from scores of countries, murdering civilians, using chemical and other illegal weapons, committing other atrocities.

Fact: Security Council members alone can authorize no-fly zones. Clinton wants it instituted to prevent Syrian self-defense against US-backed terrorist invaders. She doesn’t give a damn about protecting civilians.

Fact: Her orchestrated war on Libya was naked aggression, raping and destroying Africa’s most developed country, part of America’s global hegemonic agenda.

Fact: Sanctions on Iran were illegal, imposed solely for political reasons, US ones largely remaining in place, flagrantly violating last year’s nuclear deal.

Fact: Clinton wants NATO used as a tool for enforcing US imperial policies, not combating ISIS and other terrorist groups it supports.

Times editors: Trump “is pushing radical nationalist and isolationist ideas…has a fallacious view of America…in decline and disrespected abroad…plans to disengage from the world, tear up trade deals and use bullying tactics (that) would be irrational and dangerous.”

His wanting NATO used largely to fight terrorism “would threaten the nation’s international role and put at risk a Western-led world order.”

His “approach would play into the hands of…Putin…eager to have NATO unravel, (giving) him more freedom to expand Russian influence.”

His questioning massive US overseas troop deployments “would profoundly affect” America’s security, reducing its global influence.

Fact: It’s unknown precisely what Trump would do as president. He has no public record providing clues. At the same time, it’s hard imagining radically shifting from dirty bipartisan business as usual.

Putting America first campaigning isn’t isolationist. It’s political posturing. Longstanding bipartisan policy endorsing “American exceptionalism” and “the indispensable nation” backs the US supremacist agenda, imperial madness, endless wars of aggression reflecting it.

Trump is right about America in decline and disrespected abroad. The late historian Gabriel Kolko believed its downward trajectory began during Truman’s early 1950s aggression on North Korea, accelerating during its Southeast Asian war, hastened post-9/11 by endless conflicts in multiple theaters.

Trump’s anti-TPP rhetoric will be tested if elected in November. Presidents back what business wants. TPP and its counterpart TTIP empower corporate interests to override national sovereignty and domestic laws - anti-consumer, ecocide measures by any standard, serving investor rights exclusively, likely including Trump’s business interests.

He differs from other presidential aspirants largely in rhetoric and style. If elected in November, expect him to be like all the rest, supporting special interests at the expense of all others.

Times editors saying he “seems to care very little about relations between nations” is absurd. He’ll try using them in pursuit of America’s hegemonic agenda like his predecessors.

He’ll pursue policies responsible for making America the most feared, widely despised nation on earth. 

He’s unlike Clinton in being less likely to start WW III - an unacceptably high risk with her as president.

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WikiLeaks Exposes DNC's Rigged Process for Clinton

WikiLeaks Exposes DNC’s Rigged Process for Clinton

by Stephen Lendman

A race to be Democrat nominee never existed, things rigged from the start last year to select Clinton party standard bearer.

The process was like holding a world series or super bowl with only one team represented.

Sanders never had a chance and knew it, enjoying his extended 15 minutes of fame while it lasted - caving in the end as expected, endorsing what he campaigned against, betraying supporters, proving he’s just another dirty self-serving politician.

Last week’s WikiLeaks revelations of thousands of DNC emails showed party support for Clinton, plotting against Sanders, rigging things to make her party nominee.

Assorted dirty tricks were used, including DNC/media collusion (notoriously from the NYT, operating as a virtual Clinton press agent), as well as fundraising on her behalf.

Sanders never had a chance. Party bosses chose Clinton, rigging the process for her, stealing primaries and caucuses, more evidence of a political system too corrupted to fix - fantasy democracy, not the real thing.

“The people’s choice” is doublespeak for what monied interests want and get. Elections are farcical. Ordinary people have no say whatever - voting a waste of time.

Trump reacted to WikiLeaks’ dump of DNC emails, tweeting “(l)eaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more…really vicious. RIGGED.”

“Tim Kaine is, and always has been, owned by the banks. Bernie supporters are outraged, was their last choice.”

He was counted out before campaigning began last year. So are independent candidates like Green Party presumptive presidential nominee Jill Stein - excluded from national coverage and party standard bearer debates.

Voters are denied a chance to hear genuine progressive views, representing their interests, not special ones exclusively.

Democrats invade Philadelphia this week, intending circus proceedings like Republicans - lots of pomp and circumstance, no substance.

On Thursday, things culminate with Clinton accepting her party’s nomination - a legally challenged war criminal/racketeer belonging  in prison, not high office.

The deplorable truth about America’s political system is it’s too debauched to fix - fantasy democracy masquerading as the real thing, voters with no say on how they’re governed.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Turkey's Erdogan Running Wild, Geopolitics in Play

Turkey’s Erdogan Running Wild, Geopolitics in Play

by Stephen Lendman

Wannabe sultan Erdogan’s policies aren’t pretty. His reign of terror continues into its eighth day, likely lots more purging ahead.

What’s unfolding followed what looked like a stage-managed sham military uprising - sloppy, inept and stillborn when initiated, Erdogan never in danger of being toppled.

Citing “Turkish and foreign intelligence sources inside Turkey,” investigative journalist Wayne Madsen called the July 15 uprising a “ ‘false flag’ coup…limited by Erdogan’s design from the start.”

“The coup attempt was a standard ‘fly paper’ operation,” used to flush out opposition elements, seeing which ones stick, eliminating them as a threat to his absolute rule.

He’s taken full advantage, using the events of July 15 to eliminate potential challenges - cleaning house, targeting tens of thousands.

His mass purge continued on Saturday, signing a decree, usurping power to detain anyone for any reason up to 30 days - targeted individuals denied legal rights guaranteed under Turkish and international law.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, he ordered closure of 1,043 private schools, 1,229 charities and foundations, 19 trade unions, 15 universities, as well as 35 hospitals and medical facilities - over suspected links to regime opponent Fethullah Gulen, longtime CIA asset living in Pennsylvania. He denies involvement in the July 15 uprising.

State of emergency powers let Erdogan enact laws without parliamentary approval, crush fundamental freedoms as he sees fit, do whatever he pleases unrestrained - tyranny by any standard.

Turkey needs more prison capacity to handle large numbers arrested and detained. How many more remains to be seen. For now, daily targeting continues.

A massive military restructuring is underway, overseen by the prime minister, defense minister and chief of staff.

“They are all working together as to what might be done, and… within a very short amount of time a new structure will be emerging. With this new structure, I believe the armed forces will get fresh blood," Erdogan explained.

His pledge to protect democracy while mass purging and arrests continue is laughable on its face. Despots always claim they’re right, concocting phony reasons to make their case.

Erdogan long ago lost credibility, a thuggish outlaw, waging wars at his discretion, crushing fundamental freedoms while claiming democratic credentials.

Legitimate opposition is considered terrorism or treason. Critics, including journalists, human rights workers, academics, students and children, are subject to arrest and imprisonment. Cleansed courts are more rubber-stamp than ever. Guilt by accusation is automatic.

According to Fars News, Rai Alyoum and other Arab media cited Ankara diplomats, saying Russian intelligence warned Erdogan of the July 15 uprising hours before initiated - based on “intercepted highly sensitive encoded radio messages,” information passed to Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT).

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov indicated no advance Russian knowledge of what happened on July 15.

Both countries are adversaries, not allies - notably on opposite sides of the Syrian conflict. Turkish relations with Washington are cool - US policy toward Russia extremely hostile. 

Putin’s outreach to Erdogan, if true, is geopolitically sound, attempting to get Turkey to stop supporting terrorism in Syria in return for restoration of normalized ties.

Billions of dollars in trade are at stake, business Turkey’s economy vitally needs. Perhaps Erdogan promised to do more than he intends, playing the Russia and US card simultaneously. He can’t be trusted.

Putin is too savvy to fall for his tricks. Yet an opening exists to damage Washington’s imperial agenda further.

Russia’s intervention against terrorism in Syria hurt greatly. Getting Turkey on board for diplomatic conflict resolution would be a huge Putin victory, a major Obama setback.

Given Erdogan’s untrustworthiness and unpredictability, nothing can be counted on except in hindsight if successful. 

Whatever unfolds, Washington won’t sit idle on the sidelines watching, letting the chips fall where they may. Not a chance!

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Suspicious Munich Shootings

Suspicious Munich Shootings

by Stephen Lendman

Munich’s history includes earlier notorious events. In November 1923, Hitler’s putsch attempt failed. Imprisonment, Mein Kampf, his rise to power and WW II followed, changing the course of world history.

During the 1972 Olympic games, Black September figures killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches, along with a police officer. Five perpetrators were killed, three others arrested, later released, then tracked down and assassinated by Mossad agents.

Friday was the scene of another Munich massacre, killing a reported 10, wounding nearly two dozen others. Police claimed a lone gunman identified as 18-year-old Ali David Sonboly of Iranian descent lethally shot himself. 

How convenient! Was he carrying ID to make naming him easy? Isn’t this the same reported scenario playing out time and again in these type incidents. Why would an alleged assailant want his identity prominently displayed in headlines?

Silenced to tell no tales, he can’t explain his version of what happened, or if he or perhaps others were involved.

Initial reports suggested multiple gunmen, likely with over 30 casualties, one shooter not easily able to inflict this large a toll before being stopped in a crowded area - whether by police, bystanders, or his own doing as police claim.

His last words reportedly were “I’m German.” Police indicated no evidence linking him a terrorist group or radicalism. Sensationalist reporting draws knee-jerk conclusions.

No organization claimed responsibility for the incident. They’re happening with disturbing regularity in Europe and America - most often state-sponsored to stoke fear and manipulate people to accept what they’d otherwise reject.

Multiple incidents like Munich left France under a virtual permanent state of emergency - police state powers substituting for constitutional governance.

Is Germany next? Will all of Europe follow? Post-9/11, Congress enacted sweeping police state laws, powers hardened under Obama, virtually certain to become more draconian no matter who succeeds him.

Today is the most perilous time in world history. Endless US-led imperial wars rage. Homeland security in Western societies amounts to Gestapo rule - tyranny replacing fundamental freedoms.

Is Munich the latest nail in the coffin of cherished ones too vital to lose? Will something greater follow in America and/or Europe ending them altogether - totalitarian rule under martial law taking over?

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Hillary's Deplorable VP Choice

Hillary’s Deplorable VP Choice

by Stephen Lendman

Neither wing of America’s duopoly system has acceptable choices for any public office.

The horror of Clinton and Trump as standard bearers for their parties shows a debauched system too irreparable to fix. Their VP choices provide further evidence.

Trump running mate Mike Pence is a neocon Tea Party hardliner, an imperial war cheerleader, an evangelical supporter of Israel’s worst crimes, an anti-progressive.

Clinton’s VP choice, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, is cut from the same mold - pro-war, pro-Wall Street, pro-corporate favoritism, pro-neoliberal harshness, pro-regressive trade deals like TPP, anti-labor rights, pro-serving wealth and power interests at the expense of most others.

A survey of Sanders’ delegates found him 88.5% unacceptable, less than 3% acceptable. Norman Solomon calls him “a loyal servant of oligarchy.”

Progressive Democrats of America executive director Donna Smith said “Kaine does not inspire those many millions of energetic voters…to work for a Clinton-Kaine ticket.”

According to economist William K. Black, “Kaine, like Clinton herself, is a quintessential ’New Democrat’ - meaning they are allies of Wall Street. They embrace a neoliberal, pro-corporate outlook that has done incredible damage to the vast majority of Americans.”

Announcing her choice, Clinton lied calling Kaine “a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation’s history.”

His voting record shows otherwise, revealing a right-wing party loyalist, an anti-populist establishment figure, a thumb in the eye to progressive issues.

Two anti-populist tickets give voters no choice in November, each for policies harming the interests of ordinary people.

One observer tweeted “(s)uggested Clinton/Kaine campaign slogan: ‘Status quo…with lots more wars.’ “

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Media Scoundrels Laud Deplorable Clinton VP Choice

Media Scoundrels Laud Deplorable Clinton VP Choice

by Stephen Lendman

Media scoundrels largely bash Trump, extolling Clinton instead of resolutely opposing two deplorable candidates unfit to serve.

Each supports wealth, power and privileged interests exclusively, mindless of populist concerns and needs. Don’t let their duplicitous rhetoric fool you.

They’re like all the rest, saying one thing, intending another, embracing policies benefitting monied and imperial interests at the expense of enormous harm to most people worldwide.

Media scoundrels are establishment mouthpieces, supporting fascism over freedom, wealth over populism, privilege over equity and justice for all.

New York Times editors rabidly support Clinton, outrageously calling her “the most broadly and deeply qualified (presidential aspirant) in modern history” - a shocking perversion of truth.

They describe Trump as “the most volatile and least prepared presidential candidate nominated by a major party in modern times.”

In response to Clinton choosing Kaine, they called him “a safe and solid choice…a staunch Catholic with blue-collar roots…a moderate…a liberal Democrat…provid(ing) (her) with important ballast for the stormy and unpredictable race ahead.”

Times editors, like their mainstream counterparts, never let facts conflict with their biased opinions and analysis. Hillary chose a deplorable running mate with extremist views matching her own.

Washington Post editors hailed her “strong running mate…a steady hand marked by a mastery of policy details and politics…His choice reflects well on Mrs. Clinton’s judgment,” they said.

The Wall Street Journal called Kaine “a safe choice…a seasoned politician from a battleground state…broadly respected in the Senate…seen by (Clinton and aides) as a potentially strong partner in governing.”

USA Today editors said Kaine is “the right pick for veep…the smartest…pick Hillary Clinton could have made.”

The Los Angeles Times called him “a well-liked swing-state moderate with broad governing experience…long considered a front-runner for the No. 2 spot in this race.”

The Chicago Tribune described Kaine as “a favorite for Clinton’s ticket…a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state,” his foreign policy experience making him top choice.

Trump-Pence v. Clinton-Kaine gives voters no choice. Neither party or ticket serve their interests. Both represent wealth, power and privilege exclusively.

Expect four more hellish years ahead, hardening the scourge of previous ones since the neoliberal 1990s.

Endless imperial wars, crony capitalism over populism, and full-blown homeland tyranny are likely. Planet earth trembles at the prospect.

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Russia Bombs Secret US/UK Base in Syria

Russia Bombs Secret US/UK Base in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

US, NATO and regional rogue state operations in Syria flagrantly breach international law - waging war on a nonbelligerent country without Security Council authorization.

Russia alone among major powers operates legally, invited by Damascus to intervene in combatting terrorism.

America and rogue allies aid and abet what they claim to oppose - systematically raping and destroying Syria, massacring its people, displacing half the population internally or abroad.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Russian aircraft bombed a remote garrison in southeastern Syria (in June) - a secret base of operations for elite American and British forces.” They were outside the facility when attacked, followed by a second one on a CIA-linked site. 

Moscow hasn’t commented on the incident. Was it a shot across the bow, along with long-range Russian bombers back in action delivering punishing airstrikes, in response to America obstructing diplomatic conflict resolution?

It wants war, Assad toppled forcefully, and Syria transformed into another US vassal state, an agenda Moscow opposes, including Washington’s support for ISIS and other terrorist groups while feigning opposition.

Various rounds of US/Russian talks were futile. Whatever Americans agree to isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Breaches systematically follow.

According to Russia’s DC embassy spokesman, identified as a “Mr. Melnik,” his nation’s “only objective…is fighting terrorism.” Washington supports it. Conflict resolution remains unattainable.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Horror of a Trump or Clinton Presidency

The Horror of a Trump or Clinton Presidency

by Stephen Lendman

America is a nation of leaders, not laws, ignored to serve their agendas, wreaking havoc at home and abroad - so-called checks and balances nonexistent.

All branches of government march in unison. Congress, the courts and tradition largely give presidents a free hand - notably on geopolitical issues, especially on war and peace. 

Instead of enforcing law and order, they’re abandoned. Imperial priorities take precedence.

Policies Clinton and Trump endorse are more similar than different. Rhetoric and style largely separate them.

Presidents supporting Wall Street, war-profiteers, and other corporate favorites rule America - never a populist one in its history. Constitutional rights apply only for its privileged class.

Jeffersonian “pursuit of happiness” was code language for the right of privileged Americans to accumulate unlimited wealth and property, no matter the harm to others in the process, most struggling to get by. 

Monied interests run things. Presidents, Congress and the courts serve them exclusively, they alone afforded justice, egalitarianism pure fantasy.

Trump or Clinton in power means continued horrors harming humanity like now, perhaps more grievously than ever, virtually certain under Killary - the most recklessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history.

Endless imperial wars will continue under either candidate, Trump less likely to start WW III. He’d rather make money. She’s perhaps eager - her militancy terrifying anyone paying attention.

Both support New World Order predation, societies turned into democracy-free zones, the widening gap between super-wealth and increasing poverty, market fundamentalism, free-wheeling capitalism, profits over people, neoliberal harshness, Big Brother surveillance, mass incarceration, and police state terror targeting nonbelievers.

Inside the bubble is paradise, outside dystopian hell. America resembles Guatemala, thirdworldized for its privileged few, bipartisan gangsters running things, profiting at the expense of people they’re sworn to serve.

A new administration takes over in January, campaign promises straightaway forgotten like always, power politics replacing them - likely more Machiavellian than earlier.

Four more horrific years await no matter who succeeds Obama. Can humanity survive the onslaught?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Deconstructing Trump's Acceptance Speech

Deconstructing Trump’s Acceptance Speech

by Stephen Lendman

Claiming he “alone” can fix America’s ills, Trump displayed more bombast than charisma and forthrightness in accepting his party’s presidential nomination.

He’s part of the problem, not its solution. Politics in America serves its privileged class alone, harming most others, inflicting a devastating toll on humanity.

Positive change won’t follow no matter who succeeds Obama. Expect more of the same and likely worse.

Longstanding US policy reflects imperialism run amuck, duopoly war party politics running things, each wing following the same script, differing only in rhetoric and style.

Trump claiming he’ll restore law and order amounts to pledging harsher police state policies than already, perhaps eliminating freedom altogether on the phony pretext of making us safer.

His anti-immigrant rant should scare everyone. Associating Latinos and other people of color coming to America with terrorism, other forms of violence, illicit drugs and other crimes ignores state-sponsored criminality threatening humanity’s survival.

He’s right about America’s Potemkin village economy, protracted Main Street Depression conditions affecting most households, people of color most of all, poverty a growth industry, and epidemic levels of unemployment and underemployment.

Saying “America is far less safe and the world is far less stable than when Obama…put Hillary Clinton in charge of America's foreign policy is true enough, but will conditions under his leadership be different if elected in November?

Citing the spread of ISIS, he failed to explain its US creation along with other terrorist groups, used as imperial foot soldiers. America’s agenda seeks world conquest and domination.

Will Trump if elected president operate differently from his predecessors? Will he end imperial lawlessness, seek peace and stability, curtail US militarism, and create a safer world?

Saying he’ll destroy ISIS is code language for pledging endless wars on the phony pretext of combating terrorism - continuing the same agenda followed by Bill and Hillary Clinton’s co-presidency, Bush and Obama.

His notions of “making America great again” and “America first” amount to a declaration of war on all challengers, enforcing US dominance worldwide through militarism, belligerence and intimidation.

Presenting himself as a champion of working and unemployed Americans ignores everything it took to make him super-rich - being a good guy never part of his agenda.

Amassing great wealth comes at the expense of others. Trumpism and populism are antithetical, mortal enemies, not about to change if he’s president.

The business of America is dirty business, endless wars, and corporate favoritism while tolerating no resistance.

No one rises to the level of US presidential politics without being bought over to continue policies benefitting privilege over populism.

Trump is like all the rest, differing in rhetoric and style alone - part of the dirty system, ranting for over an hour Thursday night, certain to support the political establishment he disingenuously attacks if elected president.

Pledging to fix America’s ills is warmed over posturing heard numerous times before. Dirty business as usual always follows.

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