Friday, March 06, 2015

The Great American Lying Machine

The Great American Lying Machine 

by Stephen Lendman

It's unprecedented in outrageous lies on Ukraine. Everything from calling US-installed Nazis democrats to phantom Russian hordes pouring across the border Wehrmacht-style.

US officials recite one Big Lie after another. Media scoundrels regurgitate them like gospel. Mindless Americans believe whoppers anyone paying minimal attention would reject. 

Wars without end persist. Millions die. Survivors suffer horrifically. Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. 

It's just a matter of time before full-scale conflict resumes. Perhaps with US combat troops involved and/or shock and awe terror-bombing. Maybe setting the entire continent ablaze.

Megalomania and delusions of grandeur define US ambitions. George Clemenceau once said "(w)ar is too important to be left to the generals." He should have added rogue politicians like Obama and neocons infesting his administration.

In his State of the Union address, Obama shamelessly accused Russia of "aggression" in Ukraine.

Earlier he said it’s "provable" that "Russian combat forces and tanks" moved into Ukraine. 

“(T)hese are the facts. They are provable. They’re not subject to dispute.” No proof whatever was presented. Not earlier. Not now. None exists.

No Russian forces operated in Ukraine at any time during months of conflict. Nor does Moscow supply rebels with weapons.

"(S)how us" proof, Sergey Lavrov repeatedly says. "Present proof" or stop making baseless accusations.

On numerous occasions, Lavrov said "no (Russian) military intervention" in Ukraine exists. His comments fall on deaf ears. Truth is conveniently buried.

Whenever she gets a chance during Security Council sessions, neocon US envoy Samantha Power rants about nonexistent "Russian aggression" in Ukraine.

"Russian troops fight alongside" rebels, she claims. Invisible ones no one can see.

Scholars recently rated John Kerry America's worst Secretary of State in the past 50 years - along with Hillary Clinton perhaps the worst two ever.

Both reflect brazen imperial arrogance. They're shameless demagogues, war criminals multiple times over, an embarrassment to legitimate governance, and indifferent to human suffering.

No just just society would tolerate their high crimes. America glorifies them. Kerry's brazen lying is notorious.

He bellows "Russian aggression" every chance he gets. He turns truth on its head accusing Putin of invading Ukraine, violating its sovereignty, and spurning international law.

"You just don't…invad(e) another country on a completely trumped up pretext," he said. The whole world knows Russia didn't invade Ukraine.

It knows since WW II alone, Washington directly or through proxies lawlessly invaded North Korea, Lebanon, Cuba, southeast Asia, Indonesia, Latin America, Somalia, Haiti, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Ukraine.

It partners with Israel in all its wars of aggression. Post-9/11 alone, It's responsible for millions of death, mass destruction and appalling human suffering.

"Let there be no doubt about who is blocking the prospect of peace" in Ukraine," Kerry blustered recently.

"Russia with impunity…acted to cross (its) border at will with weapons, with personnel, with the instruments of death."

"Russia's continued aggression" is Ukraine's greatest threat, he ranted. "(W)e cannot close our eyes to (its) tanks crossing the border…"

"We cannot close our eyes to Russian fighters in unmarked uniforms…leading companies of so-called separatists in battle."

"We cannot close our eyes" to Kerry's Big Lies throughout months of conflict through current very shaky ceasefire conditions.

Deputy NATO Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow runs the organization. Jens Stoltenberg is a convenient US stooge - a front man representing Washington.

No nation threatens world peace, security and stability more than America. None works harder to resolve Ukraine's conflict diplomatically than Russia.

Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions - including illegitimate fascist governance and naked aggression on its own citizens.

Last month, Vershbow lied saying "Russia has torn up the international rule book. It has returned to a strategy of power politics."  

"It threatens not just Ukraine, but European and global security more generally…Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is not an isolated incident, but a game-changer in European security."

"Russia has used force to alter legally recognized borders and to actively subvert the government of a neighboring state."

On March 3, US General Ben Hodges urged Washington supply Kiev with more heavy weapons than already.

He ludicrously calls doing it "giv(ing) muscle to diplomacy." He lied claiming "Russia has 12,000 (troops) in eastern Ukraine."

He provided no evidence proving it. None exists. No Russian hordes operate anywhere in Ukraine.

Hodges wants Kiev heavily armed for more war. He wrongfully accused Putin of "want(ing) to destroy (NATO), not by attacking it but by splintering it."

He ludicrously added "(i)f you don't believe Russia is directly involved in Ukraine now, you'll never believe it. You don't want to believe it."

Hodges heads US Army Europe (USAREUR). He ignored Kiev's military chief Viktor Muzhenko saying Ukrainian forces "engaged in (no) combat operations against Russian regular units."

Assistant State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf was asked about Hodges' claim. Instead of answering, she asked why the question was asked.

"I am not going to be more specific," she said. She lied saying "(o)bviously (there's) a huge (Russian) presence (in Ukraine), not just of people but of weapons and other things."

"But I'm not going to give more detail on that."

"And where did you get your numbers," she was asked?

"I can check and see," she responded. "I'd refer you to the Department of Defense on their numbers that their officials put out, but I can check and see with our team."

A previous article discussed Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland's House Foreign Affairs Committee testimony.

It was beginning-to-end Big Lies. She called year ago US responsibility for violence using well-trained Nazi thugs "peaceful protest(s) by ordinary Ukrainians."

She turned truth on its head about nonexistent Russian involvement claiming "Russia and its separatist puppets unleashed unspeakable violence and pillage."

"Hundreds of Russian heavy weapons and (thousands of)
 troops poured across the border, fueling the conflict," she blustered.

She ludicrously called Ukraine " a manufactured conflict controlled by the Kremlin, fueled by Russian tanks and heavy weapons; financed at Russian taxpayers’ expense and costing the lives of young Russians…"

Media scoundrels regurgitate these Big Lies like gospel. Obama lies. Joe Biden lies. Kerry lies. His assistant secretary, spokespersons, UN envoy and ambassadors lie. 

Congress lies. Virtually everyone connected to government in Washington lies.

The great American lying machine has many voices. Truth is their mortal enemy. It's buried to suppress US high crimes - to conceal its ruthless imperial agenda.

People are willfully deceived. America's maniacal drive for world hegemony risks WW III. 

Its determination to eliminate Russia and China as major rivals may make it unstoppable. Fascist extremism headquartered in Washington may end life on earth.

Its common thread is unchallenged dominance through mass slaughter, vast destruction, unspeakable human misery, and transforming people everywhere into exploited serfs getting poverty or sub-poverty wages. 

The business of America is war - cold-blooded naked aggression against weak countries easy to roll over.

Except when ordinary people rise up and resist - from North Vietnamese to Afghans to Syrians, to Donbass freedom fighters.

Anti-fascist patriots unite. Survival depends on confronting this monster and crushing it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Israeli Women Wage Peace

Israeli Women Wage Peace

by Stephen Lendman

Anti-war women of the world unite. They're doing it in Israel. Thousands represent a refreshing antidote to Netanyahu's hate-mongering rage for war.

Women Wage Peace (WWP) activists support a "viable" Israeli- Palestinian peace. They want working for it "place(d) at the top of the public agenda."

They call peace the only solution "offer(ing) life and hope." With Israeli general elections days away, they urge a "new and different reality in the Middle East."

They call it "feasible." Saying "we must strive for it." Inspired by the horrors of last summer's Gaza war, they "decided to initiate, mobilize and propose an alternative."

"The last round of violence has made it clear to all that we must break out of the spiral," they stress.

"Whether Left or Right-wing, religious or secular, Arab or Jewish, we want to live in a society characterized by normality, prosperity and human rights." 

"All of us wish to lead a sane and balanced existence." They hope to enlist widespread public support.

They intend "engag(ing) decision-makers and demand a change in priorities. They want peace "over military and security-based approaches."

Their mission statement says the following:

WWP "is a non-political, broad-based, and rapidly growing movement of thousands of women, taking action to influence the public and political arena."

It aims "to restore hope and work towards a peaceful existence for ourselves, our children and future generations."

It wants future wars prevented. It wants peaceful, viable conflict resolution benefitting everyone equitably.

It believes involving large numbers of women increase chances for achieving its objective.

"Cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli women working together to promote (peace) will increase the chances for a sustainable (longterm) solution."

It calls its values:

-- "Perseverance and determination

-- Mutual respect

-- Cooperation and joint leadership"

It calls on all Israeli women to join a mass initiative for peace.

"Spread the word," it urges. "Influence change." Wage peace, not war. WWP activists intend going all-out to stop its scourge.

On March 3, its members carrying anti-war banners marched down Tel Aviv's Rothschild Blvd. ahead of a planned mass rally outside Israel's Knesset.

WWP has about 7,000 members. They want Palestinian peace talks revived.

On Wednesday, thousands surrounded the Knesset. They delivered what they called an "alternative" to Netanyahu's congressional rant.

WPP member Michal Shamir said he spoke "in Washington in English, and we have chosen to speak in Jerusalem in Hebrew and Arabic."

Group members began their rally walking from Independence Hall (where Israel's May 1948 declaration of independence was signed) to Derech Hashalom - a main exit to the Tel Aviv/Jerusalem highway.

Derech Hashalom means Peace Way. "If there is no way, there is no peace," said Shamir.

Israeli lawyers Irit Tamir and Michal Barak founded WWP in the wake of last summer's Gaza war. Yael Elad heads its media efforts. She serves as spokeswoman.

She says "women cannot just sit at home, complain, and hope for the best, without actively doing something to change the situation."

"It's time for us to be part of the dialogue that revolves around security and peace."

"We sense that women disappear from the public space when you look at TV panels or listen to radio shows." 

"This place is reserved for generals or politicians, but never for women. This has to change." 

"Women are half of the population. We raise the kids who eventually get sent to fight wars or protect the country." 

"We should be there to say something about the outcome."

Since last August, WWP attracted new members through at home meetings and social media.

It has over 7,000 registered and more than 10,000 Facebook followers. It aims to grow its ranks to 700,000.

"We must become a powerful electoral voice," said Elad. "We disagree on many things but agree on the necessity of a peace agreement for the future of Israel."

Rihad Abdul Halim said she joined WWP's steering committee because of a deep belief in the power of women to peaceful conflict resolution.

It "starts at home," she said. "As women, our role is to educate for tolerance and the acceptance of the other. Why do we want peace? Because we hurt most during war."

Recruiting Arab women is harder because "(we) don't see ourselves as decision-makers," she said.

"We feel we have no influence. (It) rests with the government, which is Jewish." Nevertheless, when I hold parlor meetings, I see the women change their minds."

"I describe this connection like a woman standing on the side of a lake and throwing in a pebble, representing our vision." 

"The stone creates water circles that grow wider and wider. Similarly, this movement created circles of humanity between women." 

"We exchange knowledge and culture, empowering each other. The influence is not just in the domain of peace, but in society more broadly.”

It's not easy in male-dominated Israel. Only one woman, Golda Meir, ever served as prime minister. She was no dove.

A potential future leader, Tzipi Livni, matches Netanyahu's hawkishness. Women for peace in Israel find it hard to be heard.

WWP activists intend to keep trying for a goal vital to achieve. Professor Irit Keynan heads the Institute for Civic Responsibility.

"Politicians who are uninterested in peace hold onto weak excuses and raise the ghosts of the Jewish people's traumatic fears," she said.

Those wanting peace "are afraid to say so out loud, and compete with each other" to see who's toughest.

Patriotism is identified with pro-war discourse. Peace is a four-letter word. Unless Israel ends conflict with Palestinians, its future is grim, Keynan believes.

Michal Keidar said she "lost the only man (she ever) loved in the madness of this country."

She believes no one else should die because hawkish politicians choose war over peace. She urged others to support candidates "for a quiet, normal life" on March 17.

WWP activists want Israel governed by officials waging peace, not war. So do supporters of peace, equity and justice for their own countries worldwide.

Join the struggle against lunatics in Israel and Western countries threatening humanity's survival to achieve their imperial goals.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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Nuland Lied to Congress about Phantom Russian Hordes in Ukraine

Nuland Lied to Congress about Phantom Russian Hordes in Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland represents the worst of America's dark side. Her rap sheet reads like convicted Nazis hanged for high crimes against peace.

A fascist neocon by any standard, she's a former Dick Cheney aide. She was Obama point person in charge of Washington's February 2014 coup in Ukraine. 

Fascism reemerged in Europe's heartland for the first time since WW II. Nazis replaced democrats. Naked aggression followed against Donbass Ukrainians wanting to live free from its scourge.

Governance Washington installed in Ukraine is a blight on humanity. Fascists in charge may spark direct confrontation with Russia.

European leaders able to act responsibly support what demands rejection. Ukraine is a fascist dictatorship. Its leaders are Nazi lunatics.

They terrorize their own people. They risk setting the entire continent ablaze. 

Russia acts heroically to prevent the worst possible outcome. Its reward is wrongful blame for US/Kiev crimes.

On March 4, Nuland addressed House Foreign Affairs Committee members. They shamed themselves for inviting her.

They should have ordered her apprehended the moment she showed up. She's guilty of high crimes too egregious to ignore.

Her statement was polar opposite truth. It was a beginning-to-end litany of Big Lies no committee member challenged.

She called murdered US-funded, self-serving opportunist Boris Nemtsov a "freedom fighter, Russian patriot and friend."

She ignored the almost certain CIA false flag responsible for killing him. She absurdly called Ukraine "central to our 25 year Transatlantic quest for a 'Europe whole, free and at peace.' "

Fact: Washington wants Ukraine used as a dagger against Russia's heartland - with menacing US bases on its borders threatening is sovereign independence.

Nuland called US planned and implements year ago Maidan violence using well-trained Nazi thugs "peaceful protest(s) by ordinary Ukrainians."

"They braved frigid temperatures, brutal beatings and sniper bullets…Ukraine began to forge a new nation…holding free and fair election…and undertaking deep and comprehensive economic and political reforms."

Fact: US-deposed President Viktor Yanukovych's police showed remarkable restraint.

Fact: Washington-supported Nazi thugs bore full responsibility for beatings, sniper killings and other violence.

Fact: Ukrainian parliamentary and presidential elections were farcical - with no legitimacy whatever.

Fact: So-called economic reforms involve crushing hardships on already impoverished Ukrainians in return for loan-shark-of-last-resort IMF blood money.

Fact: No responsible political reforms exist. None are planned. It bears repeating. Ukraine is a US-installed fascist dictatorship.

Nuland lied claiming "enhance(d) (Ukrainian) transparency in public procurement, reduce(d) government inefficiency and corruption, (laws) making the banking system more transparent, and measures to improve the climate for business and…foreign investment."

Ukrainian banking is a black hole of grand theft. State farmland and enterprises are being sold to Western predators at fire sale prices.

Corruption is worse than ever. Government and military officials are stealing everything they can get their dirty hands on - at the expense of imposing crushing austerity on deeply impoverished millions.

Hyperinflation grips the country. The "breadbasket" of Europe can't feed its people. Rationing was imposed.

Energy prices skyrocketed to unaffordable levels. Ukraine symbolizes humanitarian disastrous conditions wherever America shows up.

Nuland recited a litany of Big Lies about the "new Ukraine," - a Nazified menace to its people, Europe and humanity.

Claiming it's "building a peaceful, democratic, independent" nation is polar opposite truth.

She aimed the worst of her rant at Russia and Donbass freedom fighters. 

She lied about Crimea "under illegal occupation" - ignoring near Crimean unanimity to reverse a historic mistake and rejoin Russia.

She turned truth on its head claiming "(i)n eastern Ukraine, Russia and its separatist puppets unleashed unspeakable violence and pillage."

"MH17 was shot down. Hundreds of Russian heavy weapons and troops poured across the border, fueling the conflict."

"Sixteen Russian uninspected 'humanitarian convoys' entered Ukraine in violation of agreements with the Ukrainian government, the ICRC and the international community." 

"Donetsk airport was obliterated…Debaltseve, a key rail hub beyond the ceasefire lines, fell to separatist and Russian forces six days after Minsk was signed…"

"This is a manufactured conflict controlled by the Kremlin, fueled by Russian tanks and heavy weapons; financed at Russian taxpayers’ expense and costing the lives of young Russians…"

Fact: Kiev collaboratively with Washington launched naked aggression against Donbass residents wanting democratic rights everyone deserves - wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism.

Fact: No Russian hordes "poured across (Ukraine's) border." Kiev's own military chief said so.

No evidence whatever shows Russian involvement. None exists except photos exposed as fakes.

Fact: Washington and Kiev bear full responsibility for unleashing unspeakable violence against Donbass residents.

Fact: One or more Ukrainian warplanes downed MH17- a US/Kiev false flag. Russia and rebels had nothing to do with it.

Fact: Russia is the only nation delivering vitally needed humanitarian aid - inspected by ICRC representatives.

Fact: Minsk ceasefire terms included nothing about Debastseve.

Fact: Washington and Kiev "manufactured" Donbass' conflict - not Moscow or rebels.

Not a single House Foreign Affairs Committee member challenged Nuland's obvious and outrageous Big Lies.

They accepted them as gospel. They let an unindicted war criminal insult them.

Russia and rebels are consistently and wrongfully blamed for US/Kiev crimes.

Obama wants war, not peace. He wants unchallenged control over America's newest colony. He wants it pillaged for profit.

He wants it as a stepping-stone toward long sought regime change in Russia - replacing its sovereign independence with pro-Western puppet governance.

His maniacal agenda risks possible nuclear war. Nuland is one of many neocon fascists infesting Washington. 

Their notion of peace and prosperity includes endless wars of aggression, mass slaughter and destruction, stealing world resources, enslaving its people, and creating unspeakable human misery. 

They quest for world dominance may kill us all!

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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Nemtsov Wanted Color Revolution Change in Russia

Nemtsov Wanted Color Revolution Change in Russia

by Stephen Lendman

Don't mourn Nemtsov's passing. He died rich. Likely murdered by a CIA false flag - a thinly veiled failed scheme to create anti-Putin sentiment.

Nemsov's popular support was virtually nil. At around 1%, he was a political nobody. He was worth more to Washington dead than alive.

He was a corrupted pro-Western darling - a US-funded self-serving opportunist. A former top Boris Yeltsin government official.

Part of his right-wing pro-Western rogue administration responsible for plundering the country, impoverishing its people and creating unspeakable human misery.

Yeltsin, Nemtsov and like-minded officials ignored essential needs, human rights and civil liberties.

They let corruption and criminality flourish. One scandal followed others. Money-laundering became sport. Tens of billions dollars in stolen wealth were hidden in Western banks and offshore tax havens.

Western-instituted "shock therapy" produced economic genocide. GDP plunged 50%. Life expectancy fell sharply. 

Democratic freedoms died. An oligarch class accumulated enormous wealth at the expense of millions of harmed Russians.

Free-market gangsters ran things. Another generation may be needed to undo the damage done. 

Nemtsov shared blame with other political opportunists. Russians despised him for good reason.

Fort Russ discussed WikiLeaks cables showing Nemtsov wanted color revolution change in Russia. Komsomolskaya Pravda published them.

They revealed meetings of fake human rights defenders and hard-right elements with US officials at America's Moscow embassy.

One cable, dated January 14, 2010, discussed US ambassador to Russia John Beyrle’s meeting with these elements.

Others like it took place - including on January 19, 2010 under the code name "Moscow 000305." Attending were Nemtsov, Vladimir Milov, Vladimir Ryzhkov and "The Right Deed" party representative Georgy Goft.

Discussion focused on conditions needed to ensure new leadership replacing Putin. Beyrle wrote at the time:

"The Russian right opposition agreed that the goal of the opposition during the next two years should be the work to prevent the return of Vladimir Putin to the post of the president." 

"But according to their opinion, only an emergency situation would bring about his demise."

No other way is possible because Russian civil society "is still asleep," said Beyrle. Most people support Putin.

Beyrle covertly discussed regime change with Nemtsov and like-minded anti-Putin elements.

Talks focused on creating an emergency situation severe enough to generate anti-Putin sentiment.

They wanted Russia returned to its bad old days under Yeltsin. They had color revolution change in mind.

They wanted pro-Western stooge governance replacing sovereign Russian independence.

They wanted democracy eliminated entirely. Western darling Nemtsov was part of a scheme against his own citizens - a traitor by any standard.

He envied Ukrainians, he said. "Thanks to the Orange Maidan, they…have democracy and happiness all around."

"Only if we could have the same," he added. He dreamed of removing Putin - replacing Russian democracy with fascist dictatorship.

In January 2012, Obama appointed Michael McFall ambassador to Russia to pursue "dePutinization." Nemtsov was a key prop in his scheme.

Under current US ambassador John Tefft, he was worth more dead than alive.

Komsomolskaya Pravda commented, saying:

"It is hard to imagine that the representatives of Democrats or Republicans would run to the Russian Embassy in Washington DC and tearfully beg: 'Please be harder on our government' and without blinking formulate the task: 'In order to come to power we need a collapse!' "

Russians aren't stupid. They deeply resent Washington meddling in their internal affairs.

They know America is their greatest threat - Putin their greatest hope to remain free from its dominance.

It bears repeating. Washington's long sought goal is regime change in Russia.

It wants control over its vast territory. It wants it balkanized for easier control. 

t wants its resources plundered. It wants its people exploited. It wants pro-Western stooge governance replacing a major rival.

It's part of Washington's longstanding goal for unchallenged global dominance. 

Ukraine is a key piece on its grand chessboard. Russia and China its final frontier targets.

A Final Comment

On March 4, Putin "urged Interior Ministry officials…to focus on smothering (Western provoked) budding color revolution" destabilization efforts.

"We see attempts to use so-called 'color revolution technology,' ranging from organizing unlawful public protests to open propaganda of hatred and enmity on social networks," he said during an Interior Ministry meeting.

"The aim is obvious - to provoke civil conflict and strike a blow at our country's constitutional foundations, and ultimately even at our sovereignty," he stressed.

He urged "preventive work" to counter nefarious schemes. Color revolutions in post-Soviet states are warnings of potential Russian threats," he explained.

"(E)verything necessary" should be undertaken to prevent them in Russia, he stressed.

With his approval rating topping 85%, they're virtually impossible. Don't expect Washington's destabilizing to stop.

A Levada Center survey shows only about 10% of Russians would participate in anti-Putin protests.

The vast majority supports him for good reason. They want no part of repeating the human misery caused by US-manipulated 1990s.

A week before Nemtsov's murder, thousands of Muscovites participated in an anti-Maidan rally - against Western-instigated color revolutionary change in Russia.

Some protesters held signs calling Nemtsov a Ukraine Maidan organizer causing turmoil creating today's crisis conditions.

Putin reminded Russians to remain vigilant against similar internal threats. 

Kommersant newspaper said a research body associated with Moscow's Security Council recommended adopting measures able to counter "destabilization of the internal political situation."

One recommendation urged countering the "romanticization of (internal) revolution." 

What Putin calls "extremists poison(ing) society with the venom of their belligerent nationalism, intolerance and aggression."

As long as he remains popular, US-instigated color revolutions won't happen. Russians want no part of America's dirty hands running their country.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Netanyahu Postmortems

Netanyahu Postmortems

by Stephen Lendman

Honest analysts know his double-barreled Washington offensive fell flat - targeting AIPAC and Congress.

His blustering Big Lies wore thin long ago. He repeated the same stuff he regurgitates in all his anti-Iranian/poor threatened israel rants.

You have to be practically comatose not to have heard it ad nauseam. Or sublimely ignorant not to know Iran threatens no one.

It's nuclear program is entirely legitimate - with no military component or intention to have one. 

Or that Israel is the region's only nuclear power - a dangerous one committed to use its arsenal of banned weapons if threatened.

Analysts weighed in on Netanyahu's performance as expected. Haaretz editors were scathing - calling policies Netanyahu and like-minded MKs endorse "the real existential threat to Israel."

They include "unending occupation…Israel's insistence on ruling over millions of Palestinians in the West Bank who lack civil rights, expanding the settlements and keeping residents of the Gaza Strip" lawlessly besieged.

"Israel is mortgaging its (future by) maintain(ing)" polar opposite systems for Arabs and Jews.

It's "fated to explode," said Haaretz editors. Three Gaza wars since December 2008 show a nation fundamentally off-the-rails - against core principles it claims to stand for.

World public opinion grows increasingly anti-Israeli for good reason. Any nation unwilling to treat all its citizens and people it controls equitably according to fundamental rule of law principles is doomed to pariah status.

Zionism and democracy are no more compatible than fire and water.

Throughout Netanyahu's tenure, occupation harshness increased. "Internal tensions between Jews and Arabs" are perhaps unprecedented - a tinderbox waiting to explode.

"Right-wing (lunatics vie to see who's more effective) pushing anti-democratic laws designed to institutionalize discrimination against" minority Arabs, said Haaretz editors.

Campaigning for March 17 elections "is being conducted like a Purim carnival."

Issues mattering most and their dangers are ignored. No one talks about Palestinian rights, occupation harshness, besieged Gazans, or last summer's war.

"But topping them all is the prime minister, who wasted the great opportunity and the enormous attention he received on Capitol Hill and didn't even mention the real danger Israel faces" - itself because of self-destructive policies, Haaretz editors explained.

Its columnists weighed in. Chemi Shalev called Netanyahu's anti-Iranian rant "no game-changer" - either on Washington or Israeli voters.

Yossi Verter said Israelis know leading up to elections Netanyahu bombards them with "words, words, words."

Amiri Oren called his rhetoric "much ado about nothing…made in preparation for (his) imminent electoral defeat - a bid to become defense minister in Issac Herzog's government…"

Zvi Bar'el said he "presented Congress with a warped view of the Middle East."

His existential threats are backwards. For sure Iran poses none. He threatens the entire region.

Reuters stressed how Netanyahu angered Obama for circumventing protocol - by addressing Congress without administration invitation and trying to sabotage ongoing Iranian nuclear talks.

AP said House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D. CA) blasted Netanyahu's condescension - virtually unheard of on Capitol Hill against an Israeli leader.

Obama refused to meet with him. Biden planned a Central American trip to avoid hearing him. Oren Hatch (R. UT) filled in as Senate president pro temp.

John Kerry was negotiating with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva during Netanyahu's rant - both sides aiming for a framework agreement by month's end. Then a final one by end of June.

New York Times editors called Netanyahu's congressional speech "unconvincing."

On the one hand, "fawning lawmakers" "mobbed" him. "Even Washington doesn't often see this level of exploitative political theater," they said.

All the worse because Republicans used Netanyahu to "challenge…Obama's foreign policy."

Netanyahu's rant offered "nothing new." It was all about "proving his toughness on security issues" ahead of March 17 elections - largely for a home audience to win votes.

Times editors called his demand for Obama to push for a better deal entirely "hollow." He rejects any deal with Iran.

He offered no alternative approach. He gave chutzpah new meaning. 

He circumvented administration and congressional authority irresponsibly by trying to make US foreign policy himself - an unforgivable affront rendering him persona non grata as long as Obama remains president.

Neocon Washington Post editors said "Obama needs to provide real answers to Netanyahu's arguments" - something he hasn't yet done, they claim.

They called Netanyahu's obvious distortions, deception and Big Lies "legitimate questions."

They ignore Iran's peaceful nuclear program. In past editorials they urged tougher sanctions. 

They oppose any deal except under terms no nation would accept. They support war if other ways aren't found to deprive Iran of its legitimate nuclear power rights.

Neocon Wall Street Journal editors ludicrously called Netanyahu's bluster "bipartisan and gracious…" 

They accepted his litany of Big Lies as gospel. They treated a world-class thug like a legitimate leader.

They called his affrontary a proper administration policy challenge.

In contrast, Financial Times editors called his bluster "a brazen challenge to Obama."

Saying he snubbed protocol. He arrogantly circumvented presidential authority by appealing directly to a Republican-controlled Congress.

His gambit accomplished nothing to change administration negotiations with Iran.

He "opened cracks within pro-Israeli groups where none existed." He did more harm to US/Israeli relations than any of his predecessors.

He implied "the only way Iran could be stopped was through war."

His Manichean worldview is ideologically over-the-top and then some. "Never before has a foreign leader waded quite so brazenly into US politics," said FT editors.

He "needlessly risk(ed)" rupturing ties "with Israel's strongest ally." 

He's an out-of-control menace. On March 17, Israelis have a chance to oust him once and for all. Given lack of choices they face, it may not matter if he stays or goes.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Poroshenko Prepares for More War

Poroshenko Prepares for More War

by Stephen Lendman

Sustainable, durable peace in Donbass is pure fantasy. Obama won't tolerate it. Poroshenko is a convenient US stooge.

His power depends on remembering who's boss. Given his colossal failures to please the power installing him, his days perhaps are numbered.

He admitted Minsk terms won't hold. They won't "be strictly implemented," he said.

In less than so many words he intends more war once his military regroups and rearms from the battering it took.

it suffered one major defeat after another - especially in Devaltseve. He introduced legislation authorizing a 250,000-strength force.

"The size of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in emergencies shall grow by the number of servicemen recruited for military service consistent with the mobilization decrees of the Ukrainian president," he said.

In January, Ukraine's illegitimate defense minister Stepan Poltorak said military budgeting will be 3.6 times greater than last year.

It's when its only enemies are ones it invents at a time it's bankrupt teetering toward economic collapse.

IMF and other Western funding alone maintain short-term solvency. For how long remains to be seen.

Ukraine is a black hole of fascist extremism, extreme repression, out-of-control militantly, scandalous corruption, and rage for more war against its own citizens.

An anti-populist budget passed without parliamentarians given a chance to read it.

It drastically cuts pensions. Retirees will get 15% less. Payments to tax, customs and regulatory body personnel are suspended.

Ukrainians already experience the world's highest hyperinflation at over 270%. Since February 2014, the hryvnia currency lost around 70% of its value perhaps heading toward worthlessness.

Energy prices are skyrocketing. Henceforth, gas for heating will increase 230% to about $132 per 1,000 cubic meters. 

Gas for cooking will skyrocket from $43 to $263 per 1,000 cubic meters. Economic crisis conditions are worsening. 

Devastating austerity was imposed on millions of deeply impoverished Ukrainians to qualify for $17.5 billion in loan-shark-of-last-resort IMF funding.

Despite economic disaster, Poroshenko is preparing for more war. On March 4, RT International headlined "Ukraine replenishes Donbass tank supplies amid ceasefire."

On the one hand, its military continues violating Minsk terms. So far, it refused to withdraw heavy weapons as stipulated. It's repositioning them instead.

It's adding reinforcements. It's preparing for more war. Sporadic shelling continues. Colonel Cassad reports it's targeting Donetsk's airport and "sometimes tries to attack" it.

It perpetuates the myth of a strong military. Reality is a battered one desperately trying to regroup and rearm for more combat. 

Fascist lunatics operate this way - especially with encouragement from Washington.

RT reported Ukraine's state-owned Ukroboronprom defense corporation saying it shipped T64B tanks to the defense ministry and national guard better able to withstand attacks than previous models.

A statement claimed they're "ready to carry out missions in the anti-terrorist operation (AT) zone" - referring to Donbass.

Numbers of tanks supplied aren't known - or payment terms. Ukroboronprom said new ones are equipped with better protective armor. According to a Latvian military source:

"In Ukraine, hulls of T-64 tanks are often severely damaged, with entire pieces of armor plucked out, and you can see that the damage is done along welding seams of the hull, while the rest of the armor plates left out bent." 

"The most obvious explanation to the damages of Ukrainian armored vehicles is the poor quality of manufacturing."

Donbass freedom fighters know ceasefire remains shaky at best. They're ready to repel any future Kiev attacks. Overnight Tuesday, they reported eight Ukrainian military shelling incidents.

On March 4, Sergey Lavrov wasn't encouraging. On the one hand, Kiev Minsk violations continue.

On the other, Lavrov said Contact Group members Russia, the OSCE and Ukraine were "urged to create working groups for reviewing all aspects of the Minsk agreements…as soon as possible."

So far, Kiev hasn't complied. It "refuse(s) the proposals of Donetsk and Luhansk, of the Russian side, to create such groups and announce their composition, trying to drag out the process. It is troubling," said Lavrov.

"There should be no doubt that the documents from February 12 must be implemented fully." 

"This includes immediately establishing working groups, starting work on a constitutional reform, restoring social and economic ties and so on."

Kiev obstructionism shows it wants war, not peace. It's just a matter of time before it resumes - with full US support and encouragement.

Expect Minsk II to accomplish no more than previous Russian initiated conflict resolution efforts.

War and peace decisions are made in Washington, not Moscow. Obama wants Donbass freedom fighters crushed. 

Expect renewed conflict at his discretion. Maybe this time with shock and awe Pentagon support.

In the meantime, Ukraine prepares for more war. It's taking part in ongoing NATO Annual Crisis Management Exercises. 

They're "designed to test (North Atlantic Council) procedures at the strategic political-military level," according to NATO.

"The exercise rehearses decision-making processes using an entirely fictitious scenario" likely to be very real during US-led NATO's next war.

Maybe targeting Donbass. Acting as Kiev's air force. Destroying Novorossia the way Obama ravaged Libya.

Given Washington's rage for permanent wars without end, expect the worst ahead.

Expect more mass slaughter and destruction - perhaps genocide before Washington's Ukraine campaign ends.

Separately, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich blasted US policy, saying:

"We have noticed a remarkable fact. As soon as signs of a peaceful settlement of the severe Ukrainian crisis appear, Washington, that had a hand in last year's coup in Kiev, starts to exacerbate the situation."

"So this time, when the ceasefire regime agreed upon in Minsk on February 12 with assistance of Russian President Vladimir Putin is being implemented, Barack Obama's administration is again issuing threats, announcing extension of the previously imposed sanctions and promising new ones - both against our country and against the DPR and LPR."

"What is this if not an attempt to destroy the tenuous budding of trust between them and Ukrainian authorities, to undermine or even derail the peace process."  

"The same applies to promises of massive American weapons supplies to Ukraine, indulging revanchist plans of Kiev's 'party of war.' "

"We would really appreciate if the United States would finally start thinking about the consequences of its decisions and actions." 

"Moreover, no sanctions will change Russia's principal position. It is high time for Washington to realise it."

According to Russia's ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, Moscow will do whatever is necessary to counter possible threats from Alliance involvement in Ukraine.

Mostly blaming Washington, he said some "NATO countries are adding fuel to the fire of this conflict."

Deploying combat troops masquerading as instructors directly aids Kiev's "party of war" intention to resolve crisis conditions "by military means."

"It runs counter to NATO leadership statements (claiming) Ukrain(e's) crisis has no military solutions," Grushko stressed.

It bears repeating. Ukraine's conflict is far from settled. It'll resume at Obama's discretion. 

Odds favor sometime this spring - perhaps Libya-style war using Kiev ground forces as US shock troops the way Washington uses ISIS in Syria.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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Netanyahu's Ugly Israel

Netanyahu's Ugly Israel

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is a rogue terror state by any standard. No amount of speechmaking changes reality. Fascist lunatics run things. 

They want supreme hegemonic regional control. They want all potential challengers eliminated. 

They're willing to wage genocidal wars to achieve objectives - including use of nuclear, chemical, biological and other banned weapons.

Their Machiavellian extremism threatens world peace and stability. Netanyahu is the tip of the iceberg. Embedded fascist power runs Israel like America.

Netanyahu came to Washington to convince Congress, the US public and his own population about a nonexistent Iranian threat.

He knows Iran threatens no one. Its nuclear program is peaceful. It has no military component. His own Mossad says so. So does US intelligence annually.

Claiming an existential Iranian threat is a ruse - a Big Lie. None exists. Netanyahu is a serial liar. He wants pro-Western stooge governance replacing Iranian sovereign independence. 

He's willing to massacre millions of Iranians to rule the region unchallenged. His madness could launch nuclear war.

At the same time, his goon squads terrorize Palestinians daily. Media scoundrels ignore his worst crimes.

Every day is Kristallnacht in Palestine. So-called Israeli security forces terrorize Palestinians with impunity. So do radicalized settlers with full state support and encouragement.

Gaza remains lawlessly besieged. An Israeli caused humanitarian disaster worsens daily. 

West Bank and East Jerusalem Palestinian communities are virtual war zones - subjected to daily terrorizing incursions.

Fear is pervasive. Collective punishment is official Israeli policy. So is institutionalized racism worse than anything experienced in apartheid South Africa.

Peaceful public demonstrations are brutally attacked. Free expression and movement are prohibited.

Population centers are isolated. Borders are closed. Militarized occupation prohibits normal daily life.

Palestinians face rascist discrimination, land theft, bulldozed homes, regular terror attacks, targeted killings, mass arrests, wrongful imprisonments, torture, punitive taxes, impoverishment, indentured servitude, ethnic cleansing and slow-motion genocide.

Palestinians wanting to live free on their own land in their own country are called terrorists. Fishermen are attacked at sea.

So are farmers working their land. Their crops, livestock and orchards are lawlessly destroyed. 

Israeli goon squads shoot Palestinian children for target practice. Fundamental civil and human rights are denied.

Few services are provided. Vital ones are lacking or inadequate. Palestinian lawmakers are imprisoned for belonging to the wrong party. 

Israeli democracy is pure fantasy. None whatever exists. When Israelis vote on March 17, embedded power will emerge victorious.

Business as usual will continue. Nothing fundamental will change. Conditions for Palestinians will remain cruel and unjust.

The whole world knows. Western leaders able to change things sit on their hands and do nothing.

Washington funds Israel's killing machine with billions of dollars annually, the latest weapons and technology, and bipartisan endorsement of its worst crimes.

Before Netanyahu left for Washington, Israel cut off power for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians twice in the dead of winter. 

It warned about further outages if PA officials don't pay millions of dollars in outstanding debt. 

Impossible because Israel won't release around $250 million in tax revenues belonging to Palestine - collective punishment for joining the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Israel punitively opened dams near Gaza's border. Flooding caused hundreds of Palestinians to flee water levels more than three meters deep.

Many others were affected - compounding the humanitarian disaster from Israel's summer war. 

Media scoundrels ignore a catastrophe affecting hundreds of thousands of Palestinians on their own with virtually no promised aid delivered.

While Netanyahu ranted to Congress, his goon squads destroyed thousands of acres of wheat, barley and other Bedouin Rakhama village crops.

Tractors protected by killer cops uprooted privately owned Palestinian land. One resident spoke for others saying:

"This is vandalism through which they plan to displace the Bedouins from the Negev so as to create a Jewish state free of Arabs." 

"(M)y message to them is that if you turn over the land a million times, and if you demolish our homes a thousand times we will continue to live on this land and won't allow anybody to take it from us."

Area bedouins were given land to compensate for forced 1954 displacement. Israeli agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on.

Bedouins live in so-called unrecognized villages - without essential services Israel refuses to provide. It wants Arabs displaced for exclusive Jewish development. 

It uses various means to remove them - including declaring privately owned Palestinian land closed military zones.

On Tuesday, radicalized settlers attacked Palestinian MK Hanin Zoabi. She was speaking at Ramat Gan college near Tel Aviv.

Lunatic Israelis attacked her with bottles and milk spilled on her. She sustained moderate injuries.

Reports indicated Israel's extremist right-wing ordered the attack. Without security intervention, she could have been killed.

On March 17, she's running for reelection. On February 18, Israel's High Court overturned a right-wing Knesset ruling disqualifying her from general elections.

She's condemned for participating in the May 2010 Mavi Marmara humanitarian Gaza mission. Israeli fascists call her a traitor for supporting right over wrong.

On March 2, a B'Tselem press release headlined "Incident in which soldiers set dogs on Palestinian youth was part of official policy."

Israeli goon squads routinely use vicious attack dogs against unarmed defenseless Palestinian civilians.

B'Tselem published video evidence "of two soldiers from the IDF dog unit filmed by another soldier after they had set dogs on a Palestinian boy." 

"The footage was first posted on former MK Michael Ben Ari’s Facebook page, but has since been removed from there." 

"The military’s official response read: 'Upon receipt of the footage, the Commander of the Airborne and Special Training Center ordered an immediate internal inquiry into the incident.' " 

" 'Upon completion of this inquiry, conclusions will be drawn and the necessary steps will be taken to prevent such incidents from recurring.' ”

So-called Israeli inquiries are whitewashes by any standard. Expect no change in official Israeli policy.

Superiors up the Israeli chain of command authorize killer attack dog terrorism.

B'Tselem "documented and publicized this incident about two months ago," it said.

Video evidence reveals "standard" IDF practice. Attack dogs are unleashed. They're ordered against Palestinians. They savagely bite into human flesh until handlers order release.

Sometimes dogs maintain killer grips, said B'Tselem. Handlers have to taser them to release victims.

Previous responses to B'Tselem complaints indicate so-called inquiries focus "only on how the dogs were used, and not on whether they should have been used at all," the organization said.

It wants all dog attacks stopped. Its only response gotten in 18 months is that this type unacceptable viciousness "is under review."

Israel continues numerous terror tactics against Palestinians no just society would tolerate. The incident in question occurred on December 23, 2014.

Palestinians threw stones in response to a confrontation Israeli soldiers initiated.

An eyewitness said they unleashed attack dogs on Palestinian youths. One dog savagely bit 16-year-old Hamzeh Abu Hashem.

He required hospitalization. His family said he was arrested, handcuffed, removed from the hospital and taken to Ofer Prison.

B'Tselem said he was sentenced to six months imprisonment. Similar incidents occur often.

Israel uses killer attack dogs as terrorizing weapons against Palestinians for virtually any reason or none at all.

Netanyahu's congressional rant didn't explain. Supportive House and Senate members didn't ask. Or express any outrage against Israeli viciousness.

One rogue state supports another. Millions of innocent victims suffer horrifically. 

Expect the worst ahead as long as criminal gangs run both countries. Their rule by terror threatens everyone.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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