Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sergey Lavrov Rips Washington

Sergey Lavrov Rips Washington

by Stephen Lendman

Lavrov did it diplomatically. I won’t - my take on what he said and meant, along with my own no-holds-barred views.

Lavrov did bluntly say the so-called US-led coalition, meaning Washington almost entirely with a little help from its rogue partners, “is just going through the motions,” pretending to wage war on the terrorist scourge it supports.

Lavrov asked John Kerry why Washington isn’t bombing terrorists. It hasn’t tried stopping “oil smuggling into Turkey.”

Kerry’s response was duplicitous doubletalk - on the one hand, claiming the issue is being addressed when it isn’t. On the other, saying bombing terrorists risks harming (nonexistent) moderate rebels.

Lavrov wants this nonsense stopped, blasting Kerry for inventing reasons to wage war, avoid peaceful conflict resolution, and let Syrian civilians continue being slaughtered.

Washington and its so-called “coalition” partners began bombing Syria illegally in September 2014 - without Security Council or Damascus authorization, supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups, striking infrastructure and government sites almost exclusively.

Russia intends unilaterally bombing all terrorists groups not agreeing to ceasefire, so far delayed doing it. Washington asked for time to respond - a thinly veiled scheme to give ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups time to regroup, rearm and plan their next attacks and atrocities on Syrian towns and villages, with full US support and encouragement.

Heavily armed anti-Assad elements continue entering Syria daily through Turkey’s border, “clearly planning an offensive,” said Lavrov, Western and regional-supported aggression prohibited by international law and Security Council resolutions.

Endless war continues. “This circus has been going on” far too long, said Lavrov. Washington pretends to want peace while waging proxy war.

Lavrov said America is playing a dirty game, fooling no one. It wants all independent nations transformed into cauldrons of violence and chaos, prelude to making them US vassal states.

Wherever it shows up, mass slaughter, destruction and human misery follow. Russia is fed up with America’s imperial agenda.

The issue is what does it intend doing about it. The more dominoes falling under US control, the more isolated Russia becomes. 

Diplomacy aside, the time to challenge America’s dirty game is now. It won’t get easier later.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

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Fabricated Reports on Russian Airstrikes Killing Civilians in Syria

Fabricated Reports of Russian Airstrikes Killing Civilians in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Since Russia’s anti-terrorist campaign began in Syria last September, it’s been falsely accused numerous times of striking hospitals, other nonmilitary sites and killing civilians.

It has documented photographic and other evidence disproving falsified claims, used to denigrate its vital mission, deserving universal support.

The UK-based pro-Western imperial mouthpiece Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) features propaganda, not credible information.

On Monday, it accused Russia of killing 2,100 Syrian civilians since last September, including 500 children and 300 women - citing no credible evidence supporting its spurious claim. 

On Tuesday, it was at it again, claiming (nonexistent) Russian airstrikes killed 23 civilians in Idlib city, including seven children, saying an area next to a hospital was attacked, indicating the death toll likely to rise.

Reuters repeated its Big Lie with no due diligence fact checking, accepting a notorious unreliable source as gospel.

Russia categorically denied conducting area airstrikes, Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov, saying “(n)o combat missions, let alone…airstrikes, (were) performed by the Russian Air Force in Idlib province.

Reuters cited Turkey, claiming 60 Idlib area civilian deaths and 200 others injured “carried out by Russian jets on a hospital and a mosque…”

A Turkish foreign ministry statement called on the international community to act swiftly against what it called “indefensible” Russian and Syrian crimes.

Ankara is allied with Washington, NATO, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other regional rogue states in actively supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups, waging endless aggression, wanting tyranny replacing Syrian sovereignty.

Konashenkov urged paying no attention to spurious anti-Russian propaganda, spread by SOHR, Reuters and other media scoundrels - substituting Big Lies for hard truths.

Russia “presented to the world the objective monitoring data, fully disproving” fabricated SOHR/Reuters accusations, said Konashenkov. “(N)either the (so-called) observatory nor the (news) agency even tried to listen…much less publish” a retraction.

Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov indicated its aerial operations will continue combating terrorists in Syria, delivering precision strikes on its forces and facilities, scrupulously avoiding civilian casualties.

Washington, Israel and their imperial allies consider them legitimate targets. International law calls them high crimes of war and against humanity.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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Obama's War on Syria: Tragedy and High Crime

Obama’s War on Syria: Tragedy and High Crime

by Stephen Lendman

People living distant from war zones can’t imagine the horrors millions in them face - unsure each day if they’ll live or die, remain whole or be harmed by disabling injuries. 

Will surviving children be permanently traumatized? Will countless numbers perish for lack of essentials to life? 

Will conditions in Syria ever be normal again? America’s sordid history in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Ukraine, complicit with Israel against Palestine and elsewhere leaves little hope.

Syria is one of many US war theaters, one of history’s great crimes - half a million or more killed in over five years of conflict, half the population internally or externally displaced, the extent of chaos and human suffering incalculable. 

There’s nothing civil about Obama’s war, using ISIS and other imported death squads to do his dirty work.

Cessation of hostilities is farcical. Endless war rages. Peace talks were dead on arrival. Syria has no legitimate partner. Resuming negotiations will be no more successful than failed efforts up to now.

Obama didn’t wage war to quit. America wants Assad ousted, pro-Western puppet governance replacing him, Syrian sovereignty destroyed, the nation partitioned for easier control, its resources stolen, its people exploited.

Chief Saudi controlled High Negotiations Committee (HNC) negotiator Mohammed Alloush resigned - a known terrorist representing the ISIS-equivalent Jaysh al-Islam group, wanting Syria raped and destroyed.

According to Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, his resignation shows “the opposition has no common platform and no common approach (on) how to conduct negotiations…”

It wants unconditional surrender to its demands, intending endless war until they’re met, assuring no prospects for peace. Intractable positions separate both sides.

Russia believing it has a peace partner in America is pure fantasy. On Sunday, its Foreign Ministry said Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry agreed by phone to work actively for conflict resolution - despite Washington aggressively pursuing war, disdaining peace.

Hundreds of US special forces deployed to northern Syria are covertly engaged in combat, part of America’s strategy to oust its popularly elected government.

Washington’s refusal to cooperate with Russia against terrorists shows Obama wants endless war, not peace, US imperial policy continuing unchecked under his successor - heading for what appears an inevitable showdown with Russia and China.

Turkey is a key US imperial partner, actively supporting ISIS and other anti-Assad terrorist groups.

Its Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu proposed joint operations with America in northern Syria, excluding Kurdish YPG fighters - what he described as “a large operation involving significant forces,” including from Britain, France and Germany. 

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov denounced the scheme - calling it “a violation of the sovereignty of Syria and no justification gives right to this act.” If implemented, escalated war is certain.

Peace and stability defeat America’s agenda. No matter who succeeds Obama, endless wars will continue. Imperial madness threatens everyone.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

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UK Schoolgirl Censored for Award-Winning Free Palestine Speech

UK Schoolgirl Censored for Award-Winning Free Palestine Speech

by Stephen Lendman

UK-based Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge is open to London and Essex secondary school students - “believ(ing) everybody should have the skills, confidence and desire to speak in public, and (is) dedicated to helping people of all ages and levels achieve this.”

Wanstead High School student Leanne Mohamad’s uplifting Birds of Peace, not Bombs speech took top honors in the Redbridge regional final - supporting Palestinian rights, wanting them treated as human beings, opposing racist discrimination.

UK-based anti-Palestinian blogger Edgar Davidson complained to the Speakers Trust - involved in training students to participate in the Speak Out Challenge.

He turned truth on its head, accusing Mohamad of delivering “a virulently anti-Israel speech full of lies and blood libels,” claiming it “should not have won the competition…”

In response, the Jack Petchey Foundation and Wanstead High School unanimously excluded Mohamad from participation in final rounds competition.

Speakers Trust CEO Julie Holness invented nonexistent ST “rules,” used to justify Mohamad’s exclusion, saying:

Speakers “must have a positive and uplifting message…(They) should never inflame or offend the audience or insult others…(P)ropaganda is ruled out absolutely…”

Mohamad’s speech was warmly received, greeted with standing applause and approval, discussing hard facts, disturbing reality in Occupied Palestine, what anti-Palestinian racists want suppressed.

The late internationally renown human rights champion Hedy Epstein (August 1924 - May 2016) once said “Palestinian are an amazing, resilient people. They will never give up. Israelis may kill many of them, destroy their homes, destroy their lives, but they will never be able to destroy their hope.”

Mohamad spoke forthrightly about occupation harshness, Gaza’s blockade causing her baby cousin’s death. Denied medical care took his life.

Her free Palestine speech deserved top honors, now considered verboten, removed from the Speakers Trust site and You Tube. 

It’s one of many examples of the power of Israel and its minions to control the message - denigrating truth-tellers, exposing Israeli high crimes, the only possible way to stop them.

A Final Comment

A previous article discussed Imad Barthouthi, a distinguished Palestinian astrophysicist, an Al-Quds University Professor of Theoretical Space Plasma Physics.

In December 2014, Israel lawlessly detained him for nearly seven weeks - over Facebook comments he posted, critical of its summer 2014 Gaza aggression.

On April 24, he was again lawlessly arrested, sentenced days later to three months administrative detention without charges or trial - for truth-telling Israel wants suppressed.

Last week, an Israeli military court ordered him released, effective Sunday, citing no justifiable reason to hold him. 

Netanyahu’s regime ignored the ruling, invented so-called “incitement” charges to detain him indefinitely - despite international support for his release.

Palestinian Prisoners Society attorney Jawad Boulos blasted the decision, saying it revealed “again…to those who…look for proof that all the legal procedures by the (Israeli) occupation forces - namely, the military prosecution - are trivial and illusionary, and pay no attention to legal rules.”

Nearly half a century of brutal Israeli occupation reflects the worst of institutionalized racist viciousness - Palestinians victimized for not being Jews.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Horrific EU Mistreatment of Refugees

Horrific EU Mistreatment of Refugees

by Stephen Lendman

Desperate people fleeing US war zones, state terror and persecution are some of the world’s least welcome - denigrated for seeking safe havens, wanting life, not death.

European refugee camp conditions are deplorable, below minimum standards for human habitation, warehouses for unwanted people, concentration camps in Turkey. 

Greece is no better, new Thessaloniki camps way overcrowded, vital humanitarian aid lacking, thousands transferred from now cleared Idomeni because of its deplorable conditions.

Greece’s Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis called it a “modern (day) Dachau.” Human rights activists consider new Thessaloniki camps no better.

According to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical coordinator for Greece, Dr. Lamia Bezer, “(t)he places where the camps have been set up are all in industrial areas.” 

“All these areas are not supposed to be residential areas. They are not really fit to be hosting thousands of people.”

They’re way overcrowded, basic hygienic conditions absent, endangering the health and lives of their inhabitants.

Waste piles up where people live. Better planning and concern for desperate people could have handled things better. UNHCR’s Melissa Fleming said some of the Thessaloniki camps she visited were deplorable, well below minimum human habitation standards.

Greece is hostage to Troika bandits, financially raping and pillaging democracy’s birthplace, demanding new pounds of flesh on top of earlier amounts extracted.

Ordinary Greeks suffer hugely under extreme neoliberal harshness. Desperate refugees fleeing war zones and persecution are treated like disposable garbage.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

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Fear-Mongering Preceding UEFA Euro 2016

Fear-Mongering Preceding UEFA Euro 2016

by Stephen Lendman

From June 10 - July 10, European football championship matches will be held in France - fear-mongering in high gear, hyping a suspected ISIS sleeper cell terrorist attack.

The Islamic State is US-created, Western-supported. Any attack during upcoming games will be another in a series of false flag incidents, hyping fear to justify endless aggression and tougher police state harshness - Western societies increasingly unfit and unsafe to live in.

Evidence strongly indicates false flag responsibility for last November’s well-coordinated, strategically timed, multiple attacks in Paris. 

Salah Abdeslam became the target of one of Europe’s largest manhunts for his alleged involvement. In March, he was arrested during a police raid in the Molenbeek area of Brussels, Belgium.

Photos claimed to have been retrieved from his laptop allegedly suggested an ISIS sleeper cell planned a mass-casualty incident - possibly involving drones, suicide bombers and chemical weapons during the June 11 UK/Russia match in Marseilles.

It sounds like the plot of a grade-B Hollywood film we’ve seen before - the bad guys always Islamic extremists. The (UK-based) Sun hyped it, calling Abdeslam a terrorist-plotting “kingpin,” aiming to disrupt Euro 2016, saying his “followers are determined to continue with his bomb plot despite his capture.”

France remain on maximum alert, a state of emergency in force throughout Euro 2016 and the Tour de France - scheduled from July 2 - 24.

Thousands of heavily armed police, SWAT teams, and other security forces are expected to be deployed, turning France into an armed camp, constitutional rights discarded.

Alleged laptop information named Marseilles as a top Euro 2016 target, an unnamed Brussels security source claiming “plans were being drawn up to attack England and Russia fans before the game.”

The UK/Russia match is less than two weeks away. Any attack during Euro 2016 or the Tour de France will likely be another false flag incident - used to justify the unjustifiable, continue phony war on terrorism, erode fundamental freedoms more than already, ordinary people duped to believe sacrificing them assures greater security.

False flags are planned for a reason. Nothing good follows what happens.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

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Hillary Clinton Vulnerable to Indictment on Federal Racketeering Charges?

Hillary Clinton Vulnerable to Indictment on Federal Racketeering Charges?

by Stephen Lendman

The Bill and Hillary crime family long ago should have been held accountable for high crimes against peace and numerous others.

Hillary is the most recklessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history, supporting endless imperial wars and state terror, once saying “(w)hat do we have NATO for if not to defend our way of life.”

She endorses first-strike nuclear weapons use, calling them peacekeeping deterrents, mindless of their power to destroy life on earth. 

She’s militantly anti-Russia, earlier compared the nation to Nazi Germany, Putin to Hitler, claiming “he doesn’t have a soul,” has revanchist aims, wanting Russian greatness restored - all of the above an abhorrent perversion of truth.

The so-called Clinton Foundation is a suspected criminal enterprise, masquerading as a charitable NGO. 

It promotes Big Lies about “improving global health, increasing opportunity for women and girls, reducing childhood obesity and preventable diseases, (as well as) creating economic opportunity and growth…”

Film producer Frank Huguenard believes Hillary Clinton faces impending federal racketeering charges under the 1970 Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Enacted to fight organized and white collar crime, racketeering is defined to include fraud, bribery, money laundering, embezzlement, drugs trafficking, murder, and various other offenses under the Federal criminal code (Title 18), even acts of terrorism.

According to Huguenard, Obama-appointed FBI chief James Comey will recommend Attorney General Loretta Lynch treat “the Clinton Foundation (as) an ongoing criminal enterprise engaged in money laundering and soliciting bribes in exchange for political, policy and legislative favors to individuals, corporations and even governments both foreign and domestic.”

Strong stuff if only partly true! Huguenard cites credible evidence, indicating the Clinton Foundation is largely a money laundering, influence peddling racket.

Less than 10% of “tens of millions of dollars donated” went for charitable purposes, the rest for self-enrichment.

“There is ample evidence already in the public record that the Clinton Foundation qualifies as a criminal enterprise and there’s no doubt that the FBI is privy to significantly more evidence than has already been made public,” said Huguenard.

If Comey recommends Attorney General Lynch indict Hillary Clinton, it’s unlikely she’ll prosecute a woman she’s had close ties to for years. Bill Clinton appointed her US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York - serving from 1999 - 2001.

From 2003 - 2005, she was a Wall Street controlled New York Federal Reserve Bank of New York board member - the mother bank most complicit with its member bank crooks.

From 2002 - 2010, she was a Washington-headquartered Hogan & Hartson (H & H) law firm partner. Its New York-based partner Howard Topaz filed income tax returns for Bill and Hillary Clinton, beginning in 2004.

In May 2004, H & H filed patent trademark documents for Denver-based MX Logic Inc., the computer software firm responsible for developing email encryption technology used to manage Hillary’s private email server, beginning in July 2013.

According to Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, if H & H (now Hogan Lovells following a 2010 merger) “represented the Clintons on tax matters,” Lynch is responsible for disclosing any involvement she may have had, direct or indirect.

In April 2008 during Hillary’s first presidential campaign, The American Lawyer called H & H one of her largest legal industry supporters.

Partner Christine Varney was chief counsel to the Clinton/Gore 1992 campaign. The ties between H & H, Lynch and the Clintons are longstanding.

In November 2014, Obama announced her appointment as attorney general, succeeding Eric Holder, effective April 27, 2015 after Senate confirmation.

It’s hard imagining her biting a hand contributing greatly to her career advancement. Key for Clinton is how much more of her dark side becomes public knowledge besides what’s already known.

If enough despite Lynch declining to indict and supportive media scoundrels downplaying or whitewashing her offenses, the Democratic (sic) National Committee (DNC) might be forced to jettison her as damaged goods.

She’d be red meat for Trump to take full advantage of in the fall campaign. Would Bernie Sanders party bosses don’t want become Democrat standard bearer in July?

Or will Joe Biden or another high-profile party member perhaps be chosen as a late-stage establishment nominee, a brokered convention manipulating things?

America’s political system is too debauched to fix. Duopoly power eliminates governance of, by and for everyone equitably. 

Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same coin - special interests served exclusively, ordinary people betrayed, the same outcome every electoral cycle. 

Whoever succeeds Obama, likely worse than ever governance will follow. The greatest concern is preventing possible WW III. 

Clinton’s rage for endless wars, along with her Sino/Russian hostility makes the unthinkable possible.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

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China Deploying Nuclear Armed Subs to Counter Growing US Threat

China Deploying Nuclear Armed Subs to Counter Growing US Threat

by Stephen Lendman

The nuclear doomsday clock is ticking. America’s rage for unchallenged dominance threatens world peace. 

Its global military footprint and out-of-control belligerence heighten the risk of eventual nuclear war, crossing an unthinkable catastrophic rubicon of no return if launched.

China is justifiably concerned, According to London’s Guardian, it’s “poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time (because) new US weapons systems have so undermined (its) existing deterrent force that it has been left with no alternative.”

Despite no official confirmation from Beijing, state-run People’s Daily headlined “Nuclear patrol to boost China’s own security,” saying “(a)s Sino-US tensions build, it is necessary for China to strengthen its capability for nuclear retaliation.”

“It is time the People’s Liberation Army sends nuclear submarines into the depth of the Pacific Ocean for regular patrols.”

In stark contrast to Washington, Beijing maintains a no-first-strike nuclear policy. Knowing the threat America poses, it’s forced to have deterrence capability ready to use if needed.

America bears full responsibility for heightened regional tensions. Obama’s Asia pivot prioritizes its aggressive Pacific presence - recklessly challenging China’s growing economic, political and military strength, pressuring Asia nations to adopt anti-Beijing policies harming their national security and interests.

Using the unjustifiable pretext of “freedom of navigation,” provocative US air and naval military patrols, along with joint exercises with Asian allies, ups the stakes for possible direct Sino/US confrontation.

London’s Guardian irresponsibly blamed Beijing for adopting a necessary nuclear deterrent policy, given the threat America poses, saying “missile patrols could further destabilise the already tense strategic standoff with the US in the South China Sea.”

China and Russia both strongly object to America deploying so-called missile defense systems close to their territory - intended solely for offense, capable of delivering intermediate and long-range nuclear strikes.

Beijing warned South Korea against installing US Thaad anti-ballistic interceptors on its territory, saying bilateral relations could be “destroyed in an instant” if it proceeds.

China’s Foreign Ministry minced no words, saying “(n)o harm shall be done to China’s strategic security interests.” Aggressive US policy forces it to maintain an effective deterrent, including by upgrading its nuclear capability.

The US-based Union of Concerned Scientists warned about Washington and Beijing “a few poor decisions away from starting a war that could escalate rapidly (into) a nuclear exchange.”

“Miscommunication or misunderstanding could spark” the unthinkable. Eventual nuclear war seems increasingly likely. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Time for Putin to Escalate Airstrikes in Syria Against All Terrorist Groups

Time for Putin to Escalate Airstrikes in Syria Against All Terrorist Groups

by Stephen Lendman

Assad and his key advisors explain terrorists in Syria are all elements waging war on its people and sovereign independence, committing cold-blooded murder and atrocities.

Included aren’t just the few Security Council designated groups. Elements wanting Syria raped and destroyed need to be fought and defeated.

For five-and-a-half months, Russian air power proved hugely effective, routing ISIS and other terrorist fighters, destroying their weapons, munitions, supply lines and facilities.

In mid-March, when Putin ordered most Russian warplanes withdrawn from Syria, he indicated Russia’s military capacity could be reassembled if necessary in “a few hours.”

Its state-of-the-art S-400 air defense system remains in place, protecting nearly all Syrian airspace - ready for use “against any targets that we would consider a threat to our servicemen,” Putin explained.

He indicated Russia will maintain its military presence in Syria to combat ISIS and other terrorist groups. Military aid to government forces will continue, boosted as needed.

In a Kremlin ceremony honoring Russian servicemen involved in the Syrian campaign, he said Moscow demonstrated its “leadership, will and responsibility (in fighting) enemies of civilization.”

It’s no time to let up now. Understandably, Putin doesn’t want to get bogged down in endless war, going all-out for diplomatic conflict resolution - so far accomplishing little. Peace talks were dead on arrival. If resumed, they’ll fail again.

Moscow’s formidable campaign changed the dynamic dramatically on the ground, letting Syrian forces regain hundreds of kilometers of lost territory.

Downgrading it slowed important progress, letting ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups regroup and rearm, risking loss of earlier hard-won gains.

Fort Russ said retired Black Sea Fleet commander/current lower house State Duma Committee on Defense head Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov expressed concern about Russia’s de-escalated aerial campaign.

Earlier Moscow said it “reserve(s) the right to conduct unilateral strikes…on…international terrorist organizations and illegal armed units” not agreeing to ceasefire by May 25.

It delayed operations to let nonexistent moderate rebels separate themselves from Security Council designated terrorist groups, saying safe zones aren’t agreed on by different elements - a thinly veiled stalling tactic, anti-Assad forces taking full advantage.

According to Komoyedov, Jabhat al-Nusra increased its forces, rearmed, regained strength, and “is mostly active. (W)e should not just run, and it’s time to end this.”

If Russian operations aren’t escalated, “it is possible to lose something positive that has been achieved.”

It’s time for Putin to act. He erred scaling back in March. The only language America, its rogue allies and terrorists they support understand is brute force.

Russia sustained it effectively for five-and-a-half months. It’s time to resume what worked so well earlier. The alternative, as Komoyedov suggests, is losing hard-won gains.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

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Memorial Day Hypocrisy

Memorial Day Hypocrisy

by Stephen Lendman

America is a warrior state, a serial aggressor, unaccountable for unparalleled high crimes against peace because of public ignorance and indifference.

Americans are sublimely unaware of their nation’s history. Its so-called war of independence substituted new management for old. Everything changed but stayed the same.

Civil war had nothing to do with freeing slaves, everything to do with keeping the nation intact, maintaining business as usual.

Imperial America enslaved Black Africans, exterminated its native people, stole their land and resources, stole half of Mexico, followed by Cuba, the Philippines, Guam, Samoa, Hawaii, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Canal Zone, Puerto Rico and other territories.

Peace candidate Woodrow Wilson turned pacifist Americans into raging German haters, getting the war he wanted. A generation of European youths perished.

Wall Street and UK bankers bankrolled Hitler’s rise to power. Franklin Roosevelt provoked Japan to attack America, a war it didn’t want and knew it couldn’t win. Today it’s a US colony. So is Europe.

Too few Americans know all US post-WW II wars were lawless acts of aggression - 9/11 was state-sponsored false flag terrorism.

Obama didn’t kill bin Laden. He died of natural causes in December 2001, widely reported at the time. He had nothing to do with 9/11, nor did Saudi Arabia.

Bush waged unprovoked naked aggression on Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama continues his wars, waging them from day one in office, bombing seven countries throughout his tenure:  Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. 

Endless wars rage. US special forces death squads operate in 135 countries. Millions of corpses attest to America’s barbarity.

On Memorial Day, the nation honors its war dead, ignoring its responsibility for gratuitous mass slaughter throughout its odious history, waging endless wars of choice for profit and dominance.

The lessons of two world wars weren’t learned. A third may end life on earth.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

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ISIS on the Move in Syria

ISIS on the Move in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Despite Russian airstrikes killing 28,000 of its fighters and destroying much of its oil facilities and transport network, according to its Defense Ministry, ISIS seems more resurgent than defeated.

It owes its existence and strength to support from America, NATO, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other rogue regional states. Washington’s so-called war to degrade and defeat it is pure deception.

Aided by US warplanes providing cover, it’s shifting large numbers of its fighters from Raqaa to energy-rich Deir Ezzur and Homs, wanting to preserve as much revenue from its oil smuggling operations as possible.

It captured several villages near Azaz, about three miles from Turkey’s border. According to the International Rescue Committee, around 160,000 Syrians are trapped in the area, unable to flee for safety, desperate for help so far not forthcoming.

Russia’s Center for Reconciliation in Syria said ISIS retook five villages near Azaz, about 20 miles from Aleppo. Kurdish YPG forces halted their advance near Ain Dakna.

The Center also reported Jabhat al-Nusra fighters continue provocatively disrupting ceasefire. On Saturday, they attacked Aleppo neighborhoods and Nayrab airport with mortars and rocket fire.

Turkey provides them with daily arms and munitions shipments. Thousands of Al-Nusra fighters comprise a formidable force, new recruits joining them regularly.

Ahrar al-Sham, Jaish al-Islam and other Western and regional-backed terrorist groups continue endless war. Prospects for peace are pure fantasy because Washington wants endless war until Assad is ousted and Syrian sovereignty destroyed.

Europe is a virtual US colony - in lockstep with its imperial agenda no matter how contrary to its own interests. Illegal sanctions imposed on Russia cause its member states more harm than strategic advantage.

On Friday, the European Commission extended illegal sanctions on Syria until June 2017. According to senior ruling Ba’ath Party official Khalaf Muftah, they violate the UN Charter’s letter and spirit.

“They hamper the political process (by) increas(ing) the suffering of” millions of Syrians, and fail to “promote the creation of conditions for political dialogue with Europe.”

They “contradict the (notion) that (the refugee crisis) has political causes.” It’s because of Obama’s war and US/EU-imposed “economic blockade.”

They impose draconian hardships on millions of ordinary Syrians - while at the same time providing material support to terrorist groups responsible for up to half a million mostly civilian deaths, numbers mounting daily.

As long as Washington wants war, endless fighting will continue. It remains to be seen if Russia intends escalating its aerial campaign curtailed weeks earlier. Nothing else so far proved effective.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Another Israeli Anti-BDS Conference

Another Israeli Anti-BDS Conference

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is its own worst enemy. Growing BDS effectiveness terrifies its rogue leadership - hardline racist lunatics in charge, ruling by intimidation and state terror.

A late March Stop the Boycott conference in Jerusalem featured state-sponsored misinformation and Big Lies. On May 31, a similar event is scheduled.

A so-called “international summit” will be held at the UN General Assembly, transformed into a pro-Israeli echo-chamber for the event, led by notorious hate-mongering opponent of Palestinian self-determination Danny Danon, Israel’s UN envoy.

Its New York mission, the World Jewish Congress, Keren Hayesod, American Center for Law & Justice, Israel Bonds, StandWithUs, Hillel, the Anti-Defamation League, the Zionist Organization of America, B’nai B’rith International and other pro-Israeli groups co-sponsored the event.

It intends spreading the Big Lie about BDS promoting anti-Semitism and wanting Israel destroyed. Around 1,500 students, academics, politicians and others will attend.

Danon maliciously turned truth on its head, calling BDS “the modern incarnation of antisemitism.” The New York “summit (sic) will bring together (a hand-picked) international coalition (sic) against the boycott movement, and will send a clear message to all our adversaries,” he said.

“Israel will not relent and will continue to reveal the lies (sic) propagated by the BDS movement.” Speakers include a rogue’s gallery of supporters of Israel’s worst crimes.

Their aim is manipulating young minds, feeding them Israeli propaganda, brainwashing them irresponsibly, wanting them used as state-sponsored tools against regional peace, equity and justice.

BDS terrifies Israel because it works, increasingly gaining momentum and influence. Around 23,000 supporters signed an appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, protesting Israel’s war on BDS.

In part, it said “(w)e, the undersigned citizens concerned about human rights and democracy, appeal (for) action…to ensure (the rights of) individuals, groups, associations, public and private institutions and local governments participating in (BDS to) freely express their opinion and act for Palestinian human rights without unlawful interference or repression.”

BDS supports the right to pursue nonviolent resistance against Israeli high crimes, long denied Palestinian self-determination, and persecution too serious to ignore.

Democratic freedoms include the right to boycott and express views freely. Yet Israel and US-led Western states “undermine the right of human rights defenders (by) delegitimization and intimidation” measures, including “undemocratic laws, false allegations of racism, and attacks on the safety and integrity of persons.”

The Palestinian BDS National Committee urges UN condemnation of these type lawless practices, violating UN Charter principles and other fundamental human rights laws.

BDS isn’t going away. It’s a vital initiative for combating Israeli viciousness. It deserves universal support against a regime threatening world peace and security.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day Ignores Millions of US Imperial Victims

Memorial Day Ignores Millions of US Imperial Victims

by Stephen Lendman

The day commemorates lost lives of US servicemen and women sent to war for the wrong reasons - from the 18th century to today, notably America’s so-called War of Independence, its Civil War, WW I and II and all subsequent wars of choice.

America’s only enemies in the past 70 years and throughout at least most of its history were and remain ones it invents.

It could have been a model peaceful nation had it chosen a different path. Instead, its history reflects unbridled militarism, endless wars of choice, related violence and chaos, contempt for rule of law principles, along with unparalleled barbarism and viciousness - while vital homeland needs increasingly go begging.

America’s privileged class lets others do its fighting and dying, innocent youths to conflicts based on Big Lies.

Terrorists and hired gun mercenaries are used as imperial foot soldiers, militarism and war-profiteering today greater than ever from Pentagon waste, fraud and abuse, along with rape and destruction of one country after another. 

America’s wars rage in more theaters simultaneously under Obama than any of his predecessors - against countries threatening no others.

Who honors the millions of US imperial victims - slaughtered, maimed or displaced? Who respects the loss their surviving family members sustained?

America is a rogue gangster state, waging endless wars on humanity for profit and dominance, wanting all nations turned into US vassal states, wanting dominion over planet earth, its resources and people.

We’re at a critical stage in world history. The possibility of another world war should scare everyone.

If launched with today’s super-weapons, they’ll be no more Memorial Days to commemorate!

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Israeli Administrative Detentions: State-Sponsored Terrorism

Israeli Administrative Detentions: State-Sponsored Terrorism

by Stephen Lendman

Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners languish under hellish gulag conditions, around 750 held administratively, including women and children - uncharged and untried.

The Addameer human rights and prisoner support group calls detention without charges or trial for indefinite periods a form of psychological torture, victims at risk of longterm depression and anxiety.

The UN Committee Against Torture called for Israel “(t)aking the measures necessary to end the practice,” and ensure current detainees “are afforded all basic legal safeguards.”

It received reports from at least 10 human rights groups, providing evidence of systematic use of torture and abuse - during arrests, interrogations and detentions, Israeli forces treating children as harshly as adults, terrorizing them in isolation, holding detainees based on alleged secret information unavailable to defense lawyers.

Israel systematically ignores international humanitarian law and pressure for it to change its abhorrent practices. Palestinians are defenseless against its ruthless persecution.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS), Israel issued 729 administrative detention orders from January through late May, mostly renewing previous ones - a 35% year-over-year increase.

PPCS media spokesman Riyad al-Ashqar called what’s happening “very serious, very dangerous. In the past, Israel used to issue such numbers of orders every few years.”

“Now, we are witnessing this serious increase in just few months. Israel uses this policy to hold hundreds of prisoners captive, without charges or trial, and largely keeps renewing them” multiple times without justification - one of many methods it uses to intimidate and terrorize an entire population.

Palestinians, including young children and women, are kidnapped daily, denied their fundamental rights, detained for indefinite periods, at times years - despite having committed no crimes.

The collaborative Palestinian Authority does nothing to intervene responsibly, involved in persecuting its own people.

Palestinians perhaps are at greater risk than earlier with the appointment of Arab-hating untranationalist extremist Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister.

Another Gaza blitzkrieg appears just a matter of time, perhaps more intense than in summer 2014, turning large part of the Strip to rubble, killing or wounding around 13,000 Palestinians, displacing tens of thousands.

As long as rogue Western and regional leaders partner with Israeli depravity, Palestinian liberation remains unattainable. Their long ordeal continues.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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