Sunday, July 05, 2015

Iran Bashing in Late Stage Nuclear Talks

Iran Bashing in Late Stage Nuclear Talks

by Stephen Lendman

Netanyahu and the Israeli Lobby are in full battle mode as talks continue in Vienna aiming to resolve remaining sticking points this week - whether possible remains to be seen.

On July 4 at the US ambassador's residence in Tel Aviv, he ranted irresponsibly like he always does claiming "Zionism has always been about freedom" - ignoring how it harms Jews and non-Jews alike, a humanity destroying cancer.

"Israel stands out as a beacon of freedom and human right, with unfailing constancy, an island of democracy in a sea of despotism," he absurdly claimed.

Fact: Democracy in Israel is pure fantasy. It's the region's most flagrant human rights violator. Its fascist governance risks embroiling the entire Middle East in conflict.

Netanyahu saved his most vicious broadsides for Iran - willful lies claiming it "conducts a campaign of aggression in the region and terrorism worldwide."

"It seek to build nuclear weapons to advance its mission to export the Islamic revolution…around the globe."

"Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon, (its) worldwide campaign of terrorism and aggression must be stopped."

The more Netanyahu rants, the more he exposes himself as a serial liar. Everything he said about Iran is false. Truth is polar opposite.

On Sunday, his irresponsible Iran bashing continued. At the start of his weekly cabinet meeting, he said "(i)t seems that the nuclear talks in Iran have yielded a collapse, not a breakthrough. The major powers' concessions are growing."

They're "pav(ing) Iran's path to the production of very many atomic bombs and it will also channel to Iran hundreds of billions of dollars that will serve its aggression and terrorism campaigns in our region and around the world."

It's hard enumerating how many times he called what's being negotiated "a bad deal." He absurdly calls Tehran more dangerous than the Islamic State - "1,000 times worse," he hyperventilates.

Neocon lunatics in Washington are likeminded. House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans don't have enough votes to override Obama vetoing their rejection of a nuclear deal if reached. 

Their best strategy is preventing success in Vienna, he believes. The usual way is by repeating Big Lies often enough to get most people to believe them. Its commonplace Washington practice - especially on major issues.

In late June, AIPAC continued its anti-Iranian demonizing saying "(a) nuclear agreement with Iran that fails to close off all Iranian pathways to a bomb will have devastating consequences for the region and shatter the nuclear nonproliferation regime" - knowing no such path exists or is planned. 

"The United States should continue to employ diplomacy to reach an agreement that blocks Iran’s nuclear quest, but should not accept a deal that falls short of American objectives."

Tehran made far more concessions than it's gotten back in return - with sticking points remaining to be resolved to force more sacrificing of its legitimate rights.

A bad deal for AIPAC and Israel is one satisfying Iran. A deal falling short of hardline US objectives "(a)llows Iran to become a nuclear threshold state," said AIPAC - a bald-faced lie.

Other whoppers, gross distortions and willful misinformation it proliferates claims any agreement Israel objects to "raise(s) the prospect of war." It "spur(s) a regional arms race." 

It "provide(s) significant resources to fund terrorism." It "embolden(s) Iran's expansionist efforts." It "weaken(s) our allies and undercut(s) US credibility."

It's hard imagine anyone besides morons and liars believing this rubbish - vicious, irresponsible Iran bashing without a kernel of truth.

No wonder Iranian Ground Force Commander Brig. General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said don't expect rapprochement with America even if nuclear talks succeed.

"The US might arrive at some agreements with us within the framework of the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), but we should never hold a positive view over the enemy," he said.

"Our enmity with them is over the principles and is rooted because we are after the truth and nations' freedom, but they seek exploiting nations and putting them in chains."

Decades of US hostility toward Iran assure any nuclear deal with Iran will be suspect if reached. Washington's sordid history shows its word isn't its bond - notoriously breaching international agreements and blaming other nations for its duplicity. 

Expect Iran treated the same way if any final deal is reached - negating years of good faith talks by its officials.

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Hillary Clinton Threatens World Peace

Hillary Clinton Threatens World Peace

by Stephen Lendman

It's hard imagining a worse choice for the nation's highest office than presidential aspirant/unindicted war criminal Hillary Clinton - notoriously called a war goddess.

Sixteen months ahead of next year's election, she's in full campaign mode recklessly making baseless/inflammatory accusations likely influencing policies if elected.

She's part of America's lunatic fringe masquerading as a populist democrat. Earlier she threatened to "totally obliterate" Iran - meaning a peaceful nation's entire population.

She violated US statute law saying "(w)hoever, whether in time of peace or in time of war and with the specific intent to destroy, in whole or in substantial part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group as such - 

(1) kills members of that group;

(2) causes serious bodily injury to members of that group;

(3) causes the permanent impairment of the mental faculties of members of the group through drugs, torture, or similar techniques;

(4) subjects the group to conditions of life that are intended to cause the physical destruction of the group in whole or in part;

(5) imposes measures intended to prevent births within the group; or

(6) transfers by force children of the group to another group;
shall be punished as provided in subsection (b).

(b) Punishment for Basic Offense. The punishment for an offense under subsection (a) is -

(1) in the case of an offense under subsection (a)(1), where death results, by death or imprisonment for life and a fine of not more than $1,000,000, or both; and

(2) a fine of not more than $1,000,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both, in any other case."

On July 4, Clinton was on the stump in Gorham, New Hampshire. Local response was mixed. Cheers and jeers greeted her. Reporters were roped off from approaching her after briefly being allowed to get close.

New York Times presidential correspondent Maggie Haberman tweeted: "Spectacle of Clinton as candidate - press being pulled along with a rope."

Restricting media access equates to muzzling it. Politico politics reporter Glenn Thrush tweeted: "Never underestimate @HillaryClinton's capacity to fritter away natural advantages with poor judgment."

Democrat party opponent Bernie Sanders blasted her saying:

"Today, Republican presidential candidates marched in parades across New Hampshire that were open to the public without obstruction from their staff. Their efforts to reach out to voters and engage in retail campaigning stand in sharp contrast to Secretary Clinton's arrogant and shameful behavior." 

Arrogance is one thing, threatening world peace quite another. Clinton irresponsibly bashed Russia and China - accusing them of menacing their neighbors and undermining US interests.

Beijing "steal(s) commercial secrets…from defense contractors (and) huge amounts of government information (by) hack(ing) into everything that doesn't move in America," she blustered.

Accusations without evidence are willful lies besides harming Sino/US relations. "(W)e have to be fully vigilant," said Clinton. 

"China's military is growing very quickly. They're establishing military installations that again threaten countries we have treaties with, like the Philippines, because they are building on contested property."

China has few bases outside its mainland territory. America has many hundreds worldwide (including secret ones) in scores of countries with status of forces agreements (SOFAs) legitimizing de facto occupations in many cases.

Beijing spends a small fraction annually on its military compared to America's bloated defense budget, global saber rattling and endless wars of aggression. Its "contested property" is in its own waters in the South China Sea.

Clinton turned truth on its head calling Iran "a state sponsor of terrorism." Its "aggressiveness will not end," she blustered.

"They will continue to destabilize governments in the region and beyond. They will continue to use their proxies like Hezbollah. And they will continue to be an existential threat to Israel."

Washington has to be "much smarter" in dealing with Vladimir Putin's "territorial ambitions," she claimed - despite clear evidence he has none.

If Ukraine was a NATO member when Crimeans exercised their international law guaranteed self-determination right by re-joining Russia to correct a historic mistake "that would have caused us to have to respond," Clinton said - a direct threat to world peace.

Beijing called US hacking accusations hypocritical. Clear evidence shows America operates the world's most aggressive spying apparatus against virtually every country - especially important ones like China, Russia and Iran, as well as key allies like Germany and France.

Earlier, China's official news agency Xinhua said "presidential candidates make strong, even acrimonious comments, about China to win votes, and yet, once they get into the White House and are confronted with the reality of the situation, they take US relations."

"This is a common tactic in US politics. It seems that Hillary Clinton is an exception. She is taking a hard line before the election, but she'll take an even tougher one afterward."

Her style is recklessly confrontational and divisive. She has a knack for making enemies. Putin commented on her Saturday bluster saying she "has never been known for the elegance of her remarks."

Last winter, she accused European leaders of being "too wimpy" in dealing with him. In June, she said "(m)eet new 'enemies of the American people - 'traditionally threatening' Russia and 'rising' China."

She includes Iran and North Korea on her enemies list. At least one recent poll showed nearly 60% of Americans consider her dishonest and untrustworthy. At the same time, she's the Democrat party frontrunner - Bernie Sanders alone challenging her. 

Another Bush or Clinton in the White House in January 2017 should scare all Americans. Either one might make things more intolerable than ever at home while launching nuclear war risking life on earth.

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UN Human Rights Council Denounces Israeli War Crimes

UN Human Rights Council Resolution Denounces Israeli War Crimes

by Stephen Lendman

The whole world knows Israel committed horrific war crimes last summer against 1.8 million largely defenseless Gazans - even greater ones than it was condemned for in 2008-09 and 2012.

UNHCR's Commission of Inquiry (COI) held top Israeli government and military officials accountable for mass murdering Gazan civilians threatening no one.

COI chairwoman Mary McGowan Davis said "the extent of the devastation and human suffering…was unprecedented and will impact generations to come." 

Nuremberg Principles apply but aren't enforced for rogue states like Israel and America - repeatedly committing mass murder and destruction with impunity because nothing is done to stop them.

Operation Protective Edge was premeditated naked aggression. It had nothing to do with Hamas rockets or bogus claims about it being a terrorist organization. 

It had everything to do with preventing Palestinian statehood and maintaining brutal, illegal military occupation, among other objectives.

Civilians were indiscriminately killed in high density populated areas. Dozens of entire families were mercilessly slaughtered.

On Friday, the HRC adopted a resolution approving its report condemning Israel for war crimes last summer. Washington alone voted against it - de facto endorsing Israeli mass murder, the same type US forces commit on a much greater scale globally.

Five nations disgracefully abstained - Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Macedonia and Paraguay. Major countries endorsing HCR's resolution included Brazil, Britain, China, France, Germany, Japan, and Russia. It passed 41 to 1.

Drafted by Arab countries, it states "the need to ensure that all those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law are held to account, through appropriate fair and independent domestic or international criminal justice mechanisms."

It called on "the parties concerned to cooperate fully with the preliminary examination of the International Criminal Court and with any subsequent investigation that may be opened."

Unindicted war criminal Netanyahu responded as expected saying "(t)he UN Human Rights Council is not interested in the facts and is really not interested in human rights."

"The UNHCR decides to condemn Israel for no fault of its own, for acting to defend itself from a murderous terrorist organization."

"The council that has adopted more decisions against Israel than against all other countries cannot call itself a human rights council."

Earlier Israel's Foreign Ministry lied saying its "military acted according to the highest international standards." Nothing in them justifies mass murder - an Israeli specialty.

Its UN ambassador in Geneva Eviator Manor said HRC's resolution "is an anti-Israeli manifesto. (It) distorts the intention of the authors of the report by completely ignoring alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law committed by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups."

Fact: Hamas and Palestinian resistance groups violated no international laws with regard to war. 

HRC claiming otherwise in its report (not resolution) ignored the right of all attacked people to respond in self-defense. Israel preemptively waged naked aggression against Gaza last summer.

Washington's UN ambassador in Geneva Keith Harper said "(w)e are troubled that this resolution focuses exclusively on Israel."

US officials should be especially troubled about their nation's odious history of horrendous genocidal crimes of war and against humanity since the republic's inception.

Palestinian UN ambassador in Geneva Ibrahim Khraishi welcomed HRC's resolution saying it shows how "Israel stands above international law…"

Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth said America "stands embarrassing alone (41 - 1) in opposing the UN rights council resolution urging justice for (Israeli committed) Gaza war crimes." One rogue state supports another.

On April 1, Palestine became an ICC member. In June, its Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki filed war crimes charges in the Hague over Israel's 2014 Gaza aggression and illegal settlements.

Chief ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will use them in determining if a full investigation is warranted - a decision ICC pretrial department judges make.

Established in July 2002 to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes of war and against humanity, court authorities never once charged Western or Israeli officials with high crimes too grave to ignore. Expect nothing different this time.

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Greek Bailouts for Creditors, not Economic Recovery

Greek Bailouts for Creditors, not Economic Recovery

by Stephen Lendman

Troika bandits are running a giant Ponzi scheme - wealth transfer looting of Greece's economy and population to benefit banksters violating the EU constitution prohibiting bail-outs. They violate Maastricht and Lisbon Treaty provisions.

State financing through ECB purchases of government bonds is prohibited. Article 125.1 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union forbids one member state from bailing out another, stating:

"The Union shall not be liable for or assume the commitments of central governments, regional, local or other public authorities, other bodies governed by public law, or public undertakings of any Member State, without prejudice to mutual financial guarantees for the joint execution of a specific project." 

"A Member State shall not be liable for or assume the commitments of central governments, regional, local or other public authorities, other bodies governed by public law, or public undertakings of another Member State, without prejudice to mutual financial guarantees for the joint execution of a specific project."

Greece is in a financial death spiral caused by economic mismanagement and multiple bailouts imposing a crushing burden too great to bear. The more assumed, the worse things get.

Banksters profit at the expense of economies they loot and populations they punish. Taxpayers are on the hook for most unserviceable debt. 

Greece is Exhibit A for what's planned across Europe, in America and elsewhere - mass thirdworldizing to create ruler-serf societies worldwide benefitting monied interests through grand theft and crushing debt peonage.

Bailouts are based on the fiction of financial aid to stabilize economies and help restore growth. Ponzi schemes require new money to pay investors. Without it, things collapse.

Public Ponzi schemes are more flexible than private ones. Financing can let debt grow exponentially with no theoretical finite limit - at least until taxpayers rebel and stop irresponsible practices or economies collapse under their own weight. What can't go on forever, won't.

Greece is a stark example of how Troika bandits operate. Around 90% of what's loaned goes to pay European financial institutions. The rest lets the country continue operating by paying bureaucrats and other public employees, etc. 

Nothing goes to stimulate recovery and economic growth. The more money borrowed, the greater the death spiral at the expense of crushing burdens on ordinary people and looted Greek wealth, assets and enterprises.

Greek debt is odious - illegitimately incurred to benefit powerful monied interests at the expense of its economy and people. The obvious solution is default - walking away, refusing to pay, wiping the slate clean and starting over to restore economic health, freed from Troika-imposed debt peonage.

Doing the right thing works. In December 2001, Argentina halted all debt payments to domestic and foreign creditors. Months earlier, an IMF loan didn't help. 

Nearly $100 billion in debt was restructured, completed in 2005 on a take it or leave it basis. Stiff haircuts were imposed on bondholders agreeing to terms of around 65%, deciding something was better than nothing. 

Most holdouts out capitulated in 2010 on similar terms. 
Sustained economic growth followed from 2003 through 2007, helped by debt restructuring and a devalued currency. 

Greece and other troubled Eurozone countries can resolve their financial burdens the same way - by rejecting odious debt bondage, reclaiming their sovereignty, controlling their own monetary and fiscal policies, reinstituting their pre-euro currencies, and beginning the path back to economic growth.

Icelanders suffered hugely when economic crisis conditions hit in 2008. Many lost everything. A fourth of its homeowners faced mortgage default.

Today Iceland is a modern-day success story. It rejected austerity and bank bailouts, imprisoned crooked bankers, devalued its currency to stimulate exports, maintained vital social services throughout troubled times and restored economic growth.

President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson enjoys strong public support - reelected for a fifth term in 2012.

In 2013, he asked "(w)hy are the banks considered to be the holy churches of the modern economy? Why are private banks not like airlines and telecommunication companies and allowed to go bankrupt if they have been run in an irresponsible way?" 

"The theory that you have to bail out banks is a theory that you allow bankers enjoy for their own profit, their success, and then let ordinary people bear their failure through taxes and austerity," he added. 

"People in enlightened democracies are not going to accept that in the long run." Western leaders aren't like Grimsson. Instead of governing responsibly for all their people, they serve monied interests exclusively at the expense of their own people.

A Final Comment

Greeks are voting up or down as this is written on whether to accept most harsh austerity terms or all of them - in return for bailout help for banksters, not them or their economy.

The obvious choice not offered is rejecting austerity entirely and following the Argentine or Icelandic models. Irresponsible SYRIZA governance denies them the only way back from the financial abyss not taken.

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Thoughts on Independence Day Weekend

by Stephen Lendman

As Americans festively celebrate Independence Day weekend, their leaders are busy conducting business as usual.

Attempting to topple popularly elected Ecuadorean and Venezuelan governance takes precedence over barbecues, outings and other celebratory activities.

So does waging genocidal direct and proxy wars as well as covert mischief worldwide - against Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Donbass freedom fighters, Libyans wanting to live free, Somalis, partnered with Israel against Palestine and elsewhere - besides at home against Blacks, Latino immigrants, Muslims, environmental and animal rights activists, as well as political dissidents and people believing popular rights matter more than monied ones willing to risk harsh recrimination for refusing to accept less than equity and justice in a nation systematically denying both to most of its people while high-mindedly claiming otherwise.

Independence for growing numbers of Americans in the world's richest country means poverty, unemployment, underemployment, discrimination, police brutality, homelessness, hunger and deprivation levels not seen since the height of the 1930s Great Depression - when New Deal programs addressed human need compared to today's force-fed austerity exacerbating it.

The so-called "greatest nation on earth" - for Hillary Clinton an "indispensable" one - enriches its few, exploits its majority and cracks down viciously on nonbelievers. The world's largest gulag bears testimony to its lawlessness.

So do money-controlled elections mocking legitimate ones. America's Potemkin facade conceals government of, by and for its privileged few alone - on Independence Day like all others.

Judge America by its actions - not self-aggrandizing hypocrisy, by its lunatic imperial pursuits, its cruel and unreasonable brutality on millions worldwide.

On Independence Day and all others, remember no nation in human history caused more harm to more people over a longer duration than America.

None are more violent and inhumane on a global scale, none more committed to unchallenged global dominance, no matter the cost in human lives and welfare for most people worldwide.

The late Howard Zinn once asked who gained from America's revolution? Everything changed but stayed the same under new management.

America's founders were an earlier day Wall Street crowd - bankers, lawyers, merchants, slave owners, the rich, well-born and privileged.

"Do you think the Indians cared about independence," asked Zinn? Or Blacks considered property, not people? Or women consigned to homemaking and child rearing, denied the right to vote until 1920 Nineteenth Amendment enfranchisement - in the so-called land of the free and home of the brave.

America's founding fathers wrote slavery into the Constitution. They legitimized it - now transformed to wage slavery.

"What about class divisions," asked Zinn? "We try to pretend in this country that we're all one happy family. We're not," he said.

America's so-called revolution wasn't "a simple affair of all of us against all of them" - any more than sending young men and women warriors abroad to make the world safe for capital today advances democratic principles.

Zinn urged everyone to "rethink this question of war(s)" and why they're waged. America never fought liberating struggles, imperial ones only to advance its hegemonic agenda.

Its leaders serve its privileged few alone - protecting their freedom to "invest, speculate, trade and accumulate wealth," Michael Parenti explained.

Celebrants this holiday weekend enjoying outings, picnics, barbecues, ballgames, outdoor concerts, parades, fireworks displays, visits to the shore, and other pleasures might reflect about growing millions of Americans in need and billions worldwide harmed by their government's lunatic quest to rule the world at the risk of destroying it.

Washington's maniacal agenda is no reason to celebrate. Nor is the human misery it causes at home and abroad.

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US-Orchestrated Coup Attempt in Ecuador

by Stephen Lendman

Washington wants all independent governments toppled - regime change by US-orchestrated color revolutions, coups or naked aggression.

Ecuador is in the eye of the storm. Obama's earlier 2010 attempt to forcibly unseat popular President Rafael Correa failed. 

He's trying again. Ecuadorean democracy is being attacked. Since early June, US-orchestrated right-wing protests (mainly in Quito and Guayaquil) erupted. They continue at times violently to replace Correa with fascist rule.

They began on the pretext of announced higher inheritance and capital gains taxes affecting about 2% of the population - the Law to Redistribute the Wealth now being debated after Correa halted its implementation to make rich Ecuadorians pay more along with creating more social enterprises, collectives and cooperatives. 

Protest leaders want Correa forcibly ousted. Interior Minister Jose Serrano revealed a plot to storm the presidential palace, block airports and bridges on the Colombian and Peruvian borders, as well as attack security forces.

Serrano said opposition lawmakers Andres Paez and Lourdes Tiban conspired with former Col. Mario Pazmino to instigate violence and chaos during protests.

Pazmino was former army military intelligence head - "very close to the CIA," according to Correa. In 2008, he was sacked for colluding with Colombia's bombing of Ecuador.

The coup plotters' plan involved advancing from north and south to converge around Quito's presidential palace - intending to occupy it forcibly.

"They planned to use pointed sticks to break police shields, throw balloons filled with paint for police to lose visibility, pepper-spray police horses and dogs" to scare and scatter them, Serrano explained.

They intended publishing letters in two national newspapers - El Universo and La Hora - as well as anti-government letters to Pope Francis to undermine his forthcoming visit, an American tour beginning in Ecuador on July 5 followed by Bolivia, Paraguay, Cuba and the United States.

Serrano said "if they were not able to seize power, (they) would have created national chaos" to force Pope Francis to cancel his visit, as well as "maintain…indefinite protest(s)."

Correa commented on "clear evidence of a plot meant to take over the (presidential) palace. They want to defeat violently a government internationally and domestically supported," he explained.

They'll be defeated like September 30, 2010 plotters (called 30S) "peacefully but firmly," Correa said. "We are more, many more," he stressed.

On Thursday, violent clashes erupted. Right-wing extremists attacked Ecuadorean police near Quito's presidential palace. Their plan to breach their lines failed. Four officers sustained injuries.

Journalists were attacked. Culture Minister Guillaume Long said "(t)oday we are facing (a) real threat of destabilization. It is fundamental (for) the people of Ecuador to come here and (defend) democracy. We're not going to allow more coups."

Thousands of Correa supporters rallied Thursday night to defend their government in Quito's Independence Plaza, its main square (the Carondolet). 

Correa addressed them saying "(w)e are ready to defend the revolution against coup plotters. We will remain firm in defending the revolution against the ultra-right."

"(M)obilizations to tire us out…to prevent us from governing (won't) work. We are willing to defend our history and our citizen's revolution. Here we have democracy. Here the majority rule and the past will never return." 

Washington wants Correa's government replaced by a regime it controls, neo-colonial rule most Ecuadoreans oppose - following the pattern of earlier failed Venezuelan protests. 

So far, popular support for Correa prevails. At the same time, dark forces headquartered in Washington never end their dirty game for unchallenged global dominance - a plot to create unfit to live in ruler-serf societies worldwide.

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Tentative Deal on Iran Sanctions Relief?

by Stephen Lendman

Ending US-pressured Western sanctions on Iran is one of the thorniest issues in ongoing P5+1 talks. On July 4, AP News headlined "Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief," saying:

P5+1 countries and Tehran tentatively agreed on what "sanctions will be lifted and how quickly" - short of key officials signing off on final agreement terms.

Unnamed diplomats said sanctions terms were resolved this week. No details were provided. An unnamed senior US official indicated work remains to complete a final deal.

Other sticking points include inspection guidelines, Iranian advanced nuclear technology R & D, non-nuclear related sanctions, snapback of relief if Tehran violates agreement terms (true or false), as well as fabricated claims of Iranian human rights violations and involvement in regional terrorism.

Longstanding US Iran bashing is the thorniest matter of all standing in the way of treating the Islamic Republic fairly and resolving nuclear talks equitably.

Whatever is agreed on in Vienna, Congress has final say up or down - with enormous Israeli Lobby pressure to block terms Tel Aviv rejects. 

In a Friday video message, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said all sides "have never been closer to a lasting outcome" than now. "But there is no guarantee" of resolving remaining sticking points.

"Getting to yes requires the courage to compromise, the self-confidence to be flexible, the maturity to be reasonable, the wisdom to set aside illusions and the audacity to break old habits."

"Some stubbornly believe that military and economic coercion can ensure submission. (E)ight years of aggression by Saddam Hussein and his patrons did not bring the Iranian nation that stood alone to its knees."

"(T)he most indiscriminate and unjust economic sanctions against my country have achieved absolutely none of their declared objectives."

Nations hostile to Iran "need to make a critical and historic choice: agreement or coercion…(B)alanced agreements (alone) can withstand the test of time."

Ongoing talks are short of resolution.  An unnamed Iranian source said "nothing (is) agreed on (until) agreement (is reached) on everything."

Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister/senior negotiator Majid Takht Ravanchi said "(m)ost of the issues in the experts meetings have ended, while talks among the deputies continue, and there will possibly remain one or two issues that will need ministerial decisions."

US-led Western officials must decide if they want to resolve things equitably with Iran or continue unwarranted hostility benefitting no one but war-mongers and Israel's extremist regime.

Closer than ever to resolving differences, as Zarif explained, may end up back at square one if Washington chooses confrontation over ending fabricated claims about Iran's well-known legitimate nuclear program. The ball, as they say, is in America's court.

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Hillary Clinton Warns of Nonexistent Iranian Threat to Israel

by Stephen Lendman

Iran promotes regional peace and stability. It threatens no other nation. Claims about it wanting Israel destroyed are manufactured Big Lies - repeated to demonize the Islamic Republic, maintain lawless sanctions and keep it isolated.

On Friday, presidential aspirant/unindicted war criminal Hillary Clinton addressed a hand-picked audience at a Dartmouth College campaign event. She lied calling Iran an "existential threat to Israel."

She demonized Tehran further saying "I hope we are able to get a deal next week that puts a lid on (its) nuclear weapons program."

"Even if we do get such a deal, we will still have major problems from Iran. They are the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism." 

"They use proxies like Hezbollah to sow discord and create insurgencies to destabilize governments. They are taking more and more control of a number of nations in the region and they pose an existential threat to Israel."

"We…have turn our attention to working with our partners to try to reign in and prevent this continuing Iranian aggressiveness."

Fact: US and Israeli intelligence both say Iran's nuclear program has no military component.

Fact: No evidence whatever suggests Tehran wants one. Plenty indicates otherwise.

Fact: Iran is a leading anti-terrorism force - polar opposite America and Israel, the world's leading sponsors of destabilizing violence and aggression.

Fact: Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas threaten no one - nor seek control of other nations.

Fact: No Iranian aggressiveness exists. Claiming otherwise is willful lying - a notorious Hillary Clinton trait.

As a 2008 presidential aspirant, she addressed AIPAC's annual convention saying:

"The United States stands with Israel now and forever. We have shared interests....shared ideals....common values. I have a bedrock commitment to Israel's security." 

"(O)ur two nations are fighting a shared threat" against Islamic extremism. I strongly support Israel's right to self-defense (and) believe America should aid in that defense."

"I am committed to making sure that Israel maintains a military edge to meet increasing threats. I am deeply concerned about the growing threat in Gaza (and) Hamas' campaign of terror."

No such campaign exists. The only threats Israel faces are ones it invents.

Clinton repeated tired old lies saying Hamas' charter "calls for the destruction of Israel. Iran threatens to destroy Israel."

"I support calling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard what it is: a terrorist organization. It is imperative that we get both tough and smart about dealing with Iran before it is too late."

She backs "massive retaliation" if Iran attacks Israel, saying at the time:

"I want the Iranians to know that if I'm president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them."

In other words, she threatened to murder 77 million Iranians. She's unabashedly hawkish. She favors police state harshness domestically. She voted for the Patriot Act as a US senator and other repressive legislation.

She endorses outsized military spending. She supports every war America wages and plans. She earlier said "I'll stand behind (GW) Bush for a long time to come."

She endorses using cluster bombs, toxic agents and nuclear weapons in US war theaters. She calls them deterrents that "keep the peace."

She was one of only six Democrat senators opposed to blocking deployment of untested missile defense systems - first-strike weapons entirely for offense.

She represents the worst of America's dark side - a monument to wrong over right, a major threat to humanity if she's elected president next year.

Global predator George Soros and media mogul Haim Saban are two of her major donors along with powerful corporate interests hedging their bets by supporting leading candidates from both parties.

She's an unabashed warmonger indifferent to human suffering. Her posturing about human rights belies her public record. 

She's militantly anti-Putin. At an earlier California fundraiser, she outrageously compared him to Hitler. 

Will she claim a mandate to confront him militarily if elected president? Will she be remembered as the lunatic who launched WW III? It's hard imagining a worse choice for the nation's highest office.

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Scare-Mongering Greeks to Vote "Yes" on Sunday

by Stephen Lendman

Choice Greeks have in Sunday's referendum is accepting most Troika austerity demands or all of them - what this writer calls death by hanging or firing squad.

A real choice should be starvation under oppressive euro straightjacket rules and diktats or sovereign independence - freedom for Greece to make its own monetary and fiscal choices, not have them mandated by Brussels and Frankfurt, externally imposed tyranny by any other name.

Troika bandits are going all-out to scare Greeks to accept what most harms them - endless austerity until the entire population (except its elites) is forced into impoverished  indentured servitude under Western bankster rules.

The latest 11th hour rumor claims "Greek banks prepare plan to raid deposits to avert collapse," according to the Financial Times.

A so-called "bail-in" would impose at least a 30% haircut on deposits over 8,000 euros, the FT said citing unnamed bankers and businesspeople. It would resemble the 2013 Cyprus plan imposing haircuts on uninsured deposits over 100,000 euros.

An unnamed source said the bail-in "would take place in the context of an overall restructuring of the bank sector once Greece is back in a bailout programme. This is not something that is going to happen immediately."

It's not coincidental that rumors  like this (true or false) are floated on the referendum's eve. With a close vote expected, Troika bandits aim to shift enough undecided Greeks to the "yes" camp on Sunday.

Banks are closed. Capital controls remain in place restricting depositor access to maximum 60 euros daily from ATM machines alone. No foreign transactions are allowed.

Greek bankers want people to vote "yes" on Sunday - to protect their bottom line interests. The FT cited two unnamed Athens ones saying only enough cash remains to supply them for a few more days.

Greek deposits are guaranteed up to 100,000 euros. The FT said deposit insurance funds amount to only three billion euros - not enough to cover demand in case of bank collapses. 

Months of capital flight left few deposits over 100,000 euros left. The FT quoted an unnamed analyst saying "it makes sense for the banks to consider imposing a haircut on small deposits as part of a recapitalisation" plan.

Bail-ins are grand theft by other means - a financial coup d'etat on top of all other wealth transfer schemes imposed to save banks from their own transgressions - making ordinary people pay to keep them operating by declaring deposits part of their capital structure, no longer money belonging to savers.

Whether bail-ins are coming remains to be seen. Greece's Bank Association head/National Bank of Greece chairman Louka Katseli said reports of depositor raids belong "only in the sphere of fantasy. There are no such scenarios at any Greek bank, not even as an exercise on paper."

In late May, the European Commission gave France, Italy and nine other EU countries two months to adopt new rules on propping up banks facing insolvency or face legal action.

All EU countries must comply with so-called bank recovery and resolution directives (BRRD) mandating bail-ins instead of bail-outs to rescue troubled financial institutions.

Greece is in compliance so can institute bail-ins if ordered. They may follow if conditions warrant. 

It bears repeating. Raising the issue and other pressure tactics ahead of Sunday's vote aim to scare Greek voters to accept what demands rejection. It remains to be seen what they decide. Polls indicate it could go either way.

Voting "no" won't change Europe's financial landscape. It won't end Greek crisis conditions or painful austerity. It will be a huge victory in one respect - showing ordinary people can say no to bankers and perhaps triumph. 

At the same time, the struggle for Greece's soul, all Europe, America and beyond continues. Business as usual still dominates - the power of monied interests over democracy and populism. Nothing in prospect suggests real change. 

A Final Comment

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Troika officials offered an acceptable bailout deal, according to a Channel 4 interview. It's conditional on Greeks voting "no" on Sunday.

He didn't reveal details so it's unclear what both sides may accept. It's very clear terms involve greater austerity than already - instead of no further anti-populist measures and an agenda to restore vital social services once economic and financial conditions permit.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Human Rights in Venezuela v. America

by Stephen Lendman

Both countries are polar opposites when it comes to respecting the rights of their people and others worldwide. They're constitutional worlds apart. 

Venezuela enshrines human rights in its document - approved overwhelmingly in a December 1999 referendum.

It "establish(ed) a democratic, participatory and self-reliant, multiethnic and multicultural society in a just, federal and decentralized State that embodies the values of freedom, independence, peace, solidarity, the common good, the nation's territorial integrity, comity and the rule of law for this and future generations."

It "guarantees" what Americans can't imagine: the world's most open, free and fair electoral system, "the right to life, work, learning, education, social justice and equality, without discrimination or subordination of any kind; promotes peaceful cooperation among nations and further strengthens Latin American integration in accordance with the principle of nonintervention and national self-determination of the people, the universal and indivisible guarantee of human rights, the democratization of imitational society, nuclear disarmament, ecological balance and environmental resources as the common and inalienable heritage of humanity."

It's more than language. It's real. The contrast with America is stark. Endless wars target invented enemies. Police state control undermines fundamental civil and human rights. Dissent is increasingly criminalized. So is exposing government wrongdoing.

Democracy is pure fantasy. Deepening social decay threatens the nation's very fabric. Unprecedented wealth disparity created a permanent underclass. Middle class society is being systematically destroyed.

Due process and judicial fairness are hollow principles. Torture is official policy. The world's largest gulag is one of its harshest. Dominant media function as though-control police gatekeepers.

Government serves its privileged elites alone. Ordinary people are exploited and ignored. Streets are virtual battlegrounds. Killer cops have license to kill with impunity.

The Latin American Foundation for Human Rights and Social Development (Fundalatin) is Venezuela's oldest human rights group. Venezuela Analysis spoke to its president, Sister Eugenia Russian.

She explained Venezuela "is a state that respects human rights…Our Constitution is broad, open, pluralistic, (and) participatory…" Governance shames what passes for its counterpart in America.

China annually publishes a report on US human rights based on documented sources and hard facts. They time its release to coincide with the State Department's annual country reports on human rights omitting any mention of America's own horrific record - the world's worst on a global scale.

Documented facts show "self-styled human rights defender" America has a deplorable record it wants concealed - adversely affecting the lives and well-being of millions of people worldwide.

Gun violence makes US communities unsafe. So do killer cops murdering hundreds of Blacks and other people of color annually with impunity.

CIA torturers indiscriminately brutalize suspects or known innocent victims on unsubstantiated allegations of terrorism - using arbitrary secret indefinite detention, "sleep deprivation, waterboarding, long-term solitary confinement, slamming prisoners against the wall, lashing, death threats and even rectal rehydration' or rectal feeding" along with other barbaric techniques in blatant violation of international law.

Big Brother watches everyone in violation of Bill of Rights protections. Equity, justice and respect for rule of law principles are meaningless figures of speech. Washington operates by its own standards - extrajudicially serving its own interests at the expense of others.

America discriminates against its least advantage. "Serious racial bias persist(s)…Minority groups and indigenous people are subject to unfairness in environment, election, health care, housing, education and other fields," China's report explained.

"Money is the deciding factor in US politics." Ordinary people have no say whatever. Democracy exists in name only. We the people are its rich, well-born and privileged.

The world's richest country spurns fundamental rights for most of its people - especially those least advantaged. Income inequality is extreme - homelessness and hunger rampant. Poverty is a growth industry. Deprivation effects growing millions.

Women and children's rights aren't protected. "Each year, 2.1 million American women on average (are) assaulted by men. Three females (are) murdered by their partner each day, and four females" die daily from abuse, China reported. 

Sexual harassment and assaults on female soldiers are rampant. Reporting it to superiors assures recrimination. "Millions of American children (are) homeless. Three children" die daily from abuse. 

School violence and sex assaults (are) pervasive" as are gun shooting incidents at times killing multiple victims.

America never ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women or the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Other treaties and conventions agreed to are  breached with impunity.

America's human and civil rights records are deplorable. It systematically violates what it claims to support. 

Millions of victims attest to its barbarity - besides how ruthlessly it treats people worldwide, an unmatched record of savagery on a global scale.

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Israel Falsely Claims Hamas Supports ISIS in Sinai

by Stephen Lendman

Nothing Israeli officials say is credible. Accusing Hamas of supporting ISIS terrorists battling Egyptian forces in Sinai flies in the face of its efforts to rid Gaza of their presence.

General Yoav Mordechai is Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. He lied saying "clear information (shows) Hamas is supporting the Wilayat Sinai, which belongs to Daesh (ISIS)."

He turned truth on its head saying it's supplying weapons, training, logistical support and treatment of its wounded in Gaza hospitals. 

He claimed "proof" but revealed none. He accused two Hamas members of involvement - again, with nothing backing up his claims.

He ignored close Egyptian monitoring of Sinai/Gaza border areas to prevent free movement between the two areas except when allowed through the Rafah crossing.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abi Zuhri rejected Mordechai's accusations as baseless. "Security forces in Gaza control the borders and prevent any movement into and from Gaza," he said. "Such a silly Israeli incitement will not fool anyone," he added.

Egypt's junta collaborates with Israel in keeping Gazans trapped under siege. A Cairo security source said no evidence indicates "Hamas as an organization" is involved in Sinai attacks.

Israel claiming otherwise is false. Hamas and ISIS are mortal enemies. The Islamic State affiliated Information Bureau of the Aleppo Province released a video accusing Hamas of apostasy.

In June, the Financial Times said "Hamas seeks to stamp out Isis in Gaza. Night-time security checkpoints…around Gaza City (are) the most visible sign of a crackdown" on Islamic State followers. Dozens in Gaza were "rounded up and imprisoned."

A group calling itself "Supporters of the Islamic State in Jerusalem" attacked a Khan Yunis Hamas training site with mortars.

Egypt and Hamas are following ISIS activities "warily." They might forge common cause against a common enemy - overtly or covertly.

Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies analyst Yoram Scheitzer believes "(t)here might be indirect and undeclared cooperation between Hamas and Egypt, and between Hamas and Israel."

So far, small numbers ISIS adherents are operating in Gaza, Scheitzer explained. Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights director Issam Younis said Hamas arrested about 30 or 40 of its members - compared to its own security, police and military ranks numbering around 35,000.

Political Science Professor Mkhaimar Abusada said in any confrontation between both sides, ISIS elements "will be crushed."

In 2009, Hamas last fought local Salafis when one group's leader, Jund Ansar Allah, declared an Islamic emirate in Gaza. They were brutally defeated.

International Crisis Group analyst Nathan Thrall says "(t)he basic dynamics haven't changed, but the Salafis have gotten more bold. They are now openly attacking and threatening Hamas itself, which is something new."

Claiming Hamas aids Islamic terrorists it opposes is another example of Israeli demonization of Palestine's legitimate government - perhaps as pretext for more planned deadly attacks.

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Greece: Ground Zero for Global Pillage

by Stephen Lendman

Troika-waged financial war is systematically destroying Greece. It's being raped and pillaged to enrich bankers. Its people are being transformed into impoverished serfs - denied vital social services everyone deserves.

Its entire political system is corrupt. Democracy is absent where it originated. Instead of ending austerity as promised, SYRIZA piled on more, capitulating to Troika demands barely short of unconditional surrender likely coming. 

Paying bankers matters more than serving all Greek citizens fairly and equitably. They're suffocating under austerity mandates no government should impose - everything for rich and privileged elites, crumbs for everyone else.

Sunday's referendum options are virtually none at all - either accepting more austerity than already imposed by rejecting Troika demands or agreeing to even greater harshness by accepting them, a Hobson's damned if you do or don't choice.

It's sort of like death by hanging or firing squad. Either way you're dead. Ordinary Greeks are doomed to an endless cycle of deepening impoverishment, mass unemployment and human deprivation as long as Athens opts to remain under euro bondage. 

No wonder the nation's best and brightest are leaving. They'll find little relief elsewhere in European countries run by kleptocrats serving their own interests exclusively.

An intense monied interest-run propaganda campaign is trying to scare Greeks into voting "yes" on Sunday, accept harsh Troika austerity demands, weaken SYRIZA governance, and force it to hold snap elections - betting it'll be replaced by hardline rule.

Financial Times contributor Chris Giles says "Tsipras has earned his punishment. The Greek people are enduring the consequences of their prime minister's childish misbehaviour."

He ludicrously claims Troika bandits aided Greece greatly. He ignores its financial war transforming it into a zombie country teetering on bankruptcy - its population suffering hugely under austerity harshness.

New York Times editors called Sunday's referendum "a bad idea." They want Greeks denied any choice about their futures. They want bankers paid above all others. They want business as usual serving wealth, power and privilege exclusively.

They claim Grexit means "near-term calamity and long-term unknowns" instead of explaining Greece's only way to restore financial solvency and economic growth is by renouncing its odious debt, exiting the euro straightjacket and regaining control over its monetary and fiscal policy.

They lied claiming Grexit means "losing the ability to borrow from foreign investors…" BRICS membership awaits and access to its New Development Bank (NDB) offering loans on fair and equitable terms - not loan shark of last resort ones from Troika bandits.

Washington Post editors support continued predation of Greece's economy, saying "(t)he only prudent course for (Athens), Europe and the rest of the world" is accepting endless Troika-imposed austerity. 

They sounded daft suggesting as Greece goes, so goes the world. They're concerned about Tsipras turning East to Moscow for help - "a fate worse than the country's current predicament," they claim. Along with Grexit, it's Tsipras' most sensible option he hasn't taken so far. 

Wall Street Journal editorial fear-mongering headlined "Greek Suicide Watch," saying "Athens has itself to blame if it defaults and leaves the euro."

They called harsh Troika demands "modest…" They claim Grexit "would be a tragedy…"

"Appeasing Syriza's demands could spread political contagion to Spain, Portugal and other countries that might think they too can avoid reform and still be rescued," they said.

They call rejecting austerity "suicide by ignoring economic reality." They want ordinary Greeks starved to death but won't admit it.

Media giants want predatory monied interests enriched more than already including themselves. They want Greek wealth, assets and enterprises entirely looted until there's nothing left to steal. 

They want the same thing across Europe and in America. They want ordinary people everywhere consigned to a lower level of hell than Dante imagined - so monied interests can get richer than ever at their expense.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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