Monday, August 29, 2016

America: The Epicenter of Pure Evil

America the Epicenter of Pure Evil

by Stephen Lendman

No nation in world history harmed more people grievously over a longer duration than America - never beautiful, no bastion of democratic values, no advocate of world peace and stability.

Bipartisan lunatics run things, a criminal cabal, humanity’s greatest threat. The domestic and geopolitical agendas of each new administration is worse than its predecessors.

Elections when held are farcical. Duopoly power always wins, monied interests alone served, ordinary people increasingly harmed - full-blown tyranny and nuclear war perhaps following the next major state-sponsored false flag.

Americans have no say on how they’re governed, democracy a mirage. None whatever exists. Scoundrel media and self-serving politicians pretend otherwise - most people either unaware of how they’re ill-served or too indifferent to try changing things, going along with what harms them.

Intelligent people I know are too preoccupied in their daily lives to realize and get involved against the grave danger facing humanity.

The likelihood of a Hillary presidency should terrify everyone - a war goddess, the greatest threat to world peace of any leader in US history if she succeeds Obama.

Yet media scoundrels serve as her press agents. Polls show her ahead. US voters are so out-of-touch, uninformed and indifferent, they support what demands opposition.

I tremble at what’s coming with her in charge. Things may never be the same again. How many more wars will be waged? 

How many victims will die or be gravely harmed with her as president? Will the remnants of social justice be entirely discarded? Will police state ruthlessness be harsher than ever? Is unthinkable nuclear war likely?

Is Orwell’s dystopian nightmare on steroids our future? Will Americans ever awaken to the clear and present danger they face? Will they revolt or remain dismissive?

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: How the 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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Republicans for Hillary

Republicans for Hillary

by Stephen Lendman

As part of its daily Trump bashing ritual, The New York Times published a list of scores of Republicans for Hillary, citing fabricated reasons for switching allegiance.

It’s not about Trump wanting a wall built on Mexico’s border, wanting Muslim immigration halted “until we can figure out what is going on,” saying he’ll keep Guantanamo open and “bring back a helluva lot worse than waterboarding,” demeaning Ted Cruz’s wife, or any of the other reasons listed.

GOP turncoats saying they’re “unable to support a party ticket with Mr.Trump at its head” reflect concern about his anti-establishment sounding rhetoric, saying things other politicians wouldn’t dare, fear about not being able to control him fully, disapproval of his wanting better relations with Russia, his opposition to TPP and other jobs destroying trade deals, among other reasons.

They want continuity with no deviations, unobstructed dirty business as usual, state terror remaining official US policy, endless wars of aggression, all sovereign independent nations transformed into US vassal states, harsher than ever neoliberal harshness, and full-blown tyranny replacing remaining freedoms.

Trump likely goes along with most of this. They want it all, especially no rapprochement with Russia, China, Iran or any other independent country.

The latest Times anti-Trump broadside continued its relentless propaganda campaign against him, acting as Hillary’s press agent, along with US monied and imperial interests.

Relying on Times reports, commentaries, op-eds and editorials to stay informed on world and national issues assures accomplishing neither - achieving brainwashing instead, an upside down world view of things instead a right side up one.

The Times is an unofficial instrument of state propaganda, serving establishment interests exclusively - presstitution on issues mattering most, not legitimate journalism.

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: How the 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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Failing TTIP Trade Talks?

Failing TTIP Trade Talks?

by Stephen Lendman

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the deplorable US/EU equivalent of TPP - corporate coup d’etats against the public welfare, ecosanity and fundamental freedoms if enacted into law.

Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch calls it the latest attack venue against consumers, environmental protections and democratic values.

Dominant US and EU corporate predators seek unregulated powers for greater profits, no matter the harm to most people affected by new rules they want instituted.

They want so-called “trade irritants” eliminated, including public safety. They want investor interests alone served at the expense of everyone and everything else.

They want a world unfit to live in, profit-making the sole objective, they alone writing rules forced on participating nations, their people having no say on what’s going on secretly.

Like TPP, TTIP is a scourge vital to defeat. US/EU discussions aren’t going smoothly, America wanting its way force-fed on European countries.

According to German Vice Chancellor/Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, “negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody really admitted it…because we Europeans (do) not want to subject ourselves to American demands.”

Endless rounds of talks failed to find common ground on any single chapter of the deal being discussed.

Obama wants TPP and TTIP consummated before he leaves office - jobs, fundamental freedoms and environmental safety protection destroyers if achieved. 

US and European consumers strongly oppose the deals, gravely harming their welfare if becoming law. They’re about unrestricted profit-making, not trade.

According to journalist, former Belgian deputy parliament speaker Lode Vanoost, TTIP isn’t “about free trade and it’s not even an agreement. It’s basically a deal between the economic elite of the US and the European Union to protect their interests against the will of the population.”

TPP and TTIP are also part of Washington’s attempt to isolate China and Russia - unsuccessful so far, unlikely to fare better ahead.

Defeating both deals is essential to public safety, welfare and what remains of eroding freedoms.

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: How the 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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Turkey Slaughtering Syrian Civilians, World Community Silent


Turkey Slaughtering Syrian Civilians, World Community Silent

by Stephen Lendman

When America, Israel and their rogue allies wage war, civilians are considered legitimate targets - slaughtered in cold blood unaccountably.

Last Wednesday, Turkey, complicit with Washington, invaded Syria, committing naked aggression by any standard. Civilians in combat areas are being slaughtered or injured. 

Reported casualties way underestimate the true toll. In all US war theaters, deaths and injuries are multiples higher than claimed. Reports indicate Turkish and Pentagon warplanes bombed civilian homes. Entire families may have been slaughtered.

Washington and Ankara support ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria. Erdogan lied claiming military operations were initiated to protect Turkish borders and combat terrorism.

He’s waging war on Syrian Kurds along with occupying territory he hopes to annex, suggesting current operations may be expanded to include more northern Syrian territory - with US support and encouragement.

World leaders remain silent instead of condemning naked aggression and demanding Security Council action, including against America for involvement in what’s ongoing. 

Turkey’s invasion upped the stakes for greater war - mission creep heading toward full-scale conflict to topple Assad forcefully, install pro-Western puppet governance and declare victory, the next chapter to be pursued when Hillary succeeds Obama.

She publicly favors regime change by whatever means it takes, including greater US involvement in war without mercy to gain America another imperial trophy.

Saying “(w)e cannot allow terrorists to intimidate us into abandoning our values and our humanitarian obligations” is code language for urging greater naked aggression against an already ravaged and destroyed Syria than currently.

It signals continued conflicts in all US war theaters along with initiating new ones, setting the Middle East and beyond more ablaze than already - while blaming Russia irresponsibly for failing to resolve things diplomatically, White House press secretary Josh Earnest saying:

As long as Russia is willing to support the Assad regime’s murderous military tactics that often claim the lives of innocent women and children, the more difficult it is for a political solution to be reached,” adding its actions “fuel extremism” in Syria.

Assad maintains strong popular support for responsibly combating US-supported terrorism, its imperial agenda, its rage for dominance, no matter the cost in human lives, vast destruction and unspeakable human misery.

Syria remains a dangerous flashpoint - perhaps prelude to turning US cold war on Iran, Russia and China hot if Hillary succeeds Obama.

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: How the 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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Leading US Imperial Press Agent NYT Irresponsibly Accuses Russia of Falsifying Stories

Leading US Imperial Press Agent NYT Irresponsibly Accuses Russia of Falsifying Stories

by Stephen Lendman

The Times is the leading media scoundrel Russia basher, spreading misinformation and Big Lies, vilifying Putin irresponsibly  - its reports turning truth on its head, solely because Moscow remains free from US imperial dominance.

Its latest attack piece headlined “A Powerful Russian Weapon: The Spread of False Stories,” saying:

If Sweden became a NATO partner (its not a member state), fabricated stories are circulating that nuclear alliance members would secretly stockpile WMDs on its soil, able to use them against Russia without Stockholm approval.

NATO troops could rape Swedish women unaccountably, the stories add. All of it rubbish, their source unknown, The Times blaming Russia irresponsibly - claiming the usual unnamed “analysts and experts in American and European intelligence” say so.

The evidence cited: Putin opposes NATO expansion. The whole world should oppose its existence, a killing machine threatening world peace, stability and security.

“Putin…invaded Georgia in 2008 largely to forestall” NATO expansion, said The Times. He was prime minister at the time, out of the country in Beijing.

Dmitry Medvedev was president. In August 2008, Russia forces entered South Ossetia to protect its citizens being slaughtered by Georgian forces, supported and encouraged by Washington.

“In Crimea, eastern Ukraine and now Syria, Mr. Putin has flaunted a modernized and more muscular military,” said The Times.

Fact: Crimeans overwhelmingly voted to join Russia. Putin accommodated them. No annexation occurred - nor did Russia flex military muscle in Southeastern Ukraine, the breakaway Donbass region. Its freedom fighters reject the scourge of US-installed, Nazi-infested, putschist rule.

According to The Times, instead of confronting NATO militarily, Russia is waging information war “to sow doubt and division…to weaken (alliance) cohesion…stir discord…and blunt opposition to” its government.

It’s “planting…false stories,” The Times claims…disinformation…an important aspect of Russian military doctrine.” Accusations without verifiable proof reflects longstanding Times-led anti-Russian media propaganda - along with a steady scurrilous bipartisan stream from Washington.

The Times, a notorious press agent for wealth, power and privilege, cited nonexistent Kremlin “clandestine (disinformation) methods,” including through English language RT International and Sputnik News - sources providing real news, information and analysis, polar opposite US-led Western media rubbish, notably from The Times.

Russia is irresponsibly blamed for US-dominated NATO high crimes - The Times America’s lead propaganda instrument, a lying machine, mocking legitimate journalism, absent in reporting issues mattering most, notably geopolitical ones.

Russia is the leading force for world peace and stability, America their villainous enemy, The Times and other media scoundrels complicit agents of wrong over right - yellow journalism at its worst.

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: How the 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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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Heading for All-Out War on Syria

Heading for All-Out War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, aided by Pentagon warplanes, terrorist fighters, and US forces on the ground, may have been prelude to longstanding US plans for toppling Assad forcefully - on the phony pretext of combating terrorism along with blaming him for Obama’s aggression, orchestrated by Hillary.

If anointed president in November, she’ll order a “full review” of America’s Syria policy, wanting unfinished business completed.

According to her chief foreign policy advisor Jeremy Bash, her top priority is getting Assad “out of there” - in other words, greater US naked aggression to replace him with pro-Western puppet governance, no matter how much more mass slaughter and destruction it takes to do it.

In early August, neocon Washington Institute for Near East Policy fellows Dennis Ross and Andrew Tabler urged America “tak(ing) a harder line against Mr. Assad and his allies.”

“Punish the Syrian government…by using drones and cruise missiles to hit (its) military airfields, bases and artillery positions where no Russian troops are present,” they said - claiming it’s in response to government forces “violating the truce.”

Fact: Russian and Syrian forces scrupulously observe it, striking US-backed terrorists slaughtering civilians, doing their best to protect them from the ravages of US aggression.

Ross, Tabler and other neocons like Hillary want Syria entirely ravaged and destroyed, scorning peaceful conflict resolution, calling for greater war than already.

Obama won’t likely escalate things more than already. Instead, public sentiment is being manipulated with Aleppo Boy and similar propaganda to accept greater conflict once Hillary succeeds him.

It comes with huge risks if undertaken. Putin pledged support for Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity, along with the right of its people alone to decide who’ll lead them.

How far will he go to keep his pledge? Will he risk East/West confrontation? Will America? Are Russia, China and Iran Washington’s next targets with Hillary as president?

Will the unthinkable become reality with her in charge - nuclear war risking life on earth? When neocon lunatics seeking unchallenged power run the asylum, anything is possible - maybe likely.

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: How the 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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Hillary's BleachBit Controversy

Hillary’s BleachBit Controversy

by Stephen Lendman

BleachBit software is a modern-day version of Orwell’s memory hole - explained in his dystopian 1984 novel.

It’s high-tech censorship to disappear inconvenient or embarrassing documents and other records, making it appear they never existed. 

In Orwell’s world, the so-called Ministry of Truth rewrote history to match state propaganda. Hillary operates the same way, Big Lies substituting for disturbing reality.

Appearing on Fox News, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R. SC) said emails she wanted excluded from public scrutiny, “she and her lawyers…deleted.”

“They didn’t just push the delete button. They had them deleted where even God can’t read them. They were using something called BleachBit.”

“You don’t use (this software) for yoga emails. (It’s for) something you really do not want the world to see.” Here’s how the company describes its product, saying:

“BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy. Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there.” 

“Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean a thousand applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, and more.” 

“Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.”

In other words, whatever users want disappeared forever without a trace can be accomplished through this software. Once erased, recovery isn’t possible. Things are wiped clean like they never existed.

Clinton lied claiming all deleted emails were personal. If so, why go to the trouble of using BleachBit to assure they never see the light of day. Gowdy believes they’re related to her pay-to-play scam, material she wants hidden from public view.

In response to Hillary claiming the issue amounts to “a lot of smoke (with) no fire,” he called her actions “arson…pyromania…not smoke.”

Even listening to her talk about the Clinton Foundation, I couldn't help but go back and remember the press conference she gave on her emails where every single thing she said proved to be false.”

“That’s the interesting thing about credibility and believability: You can't just keep it in one compartment. When you are a habitual, serial liar in this facet of life, it tends to make people not believe you in other facets of life. So when she’s talking about the Clinton Foundation, I go back and remember her saying there’s no classified information, I only used one device, I did it for convenience. All of which were proven to be false.”

All politicians lie. Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton honed to a fine art. Nothing they say is credible. They’re serial liars, unfit for any public office.

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: How the 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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Obamacare: A Failed Experiment

Obamacare: A Failed Experiment

by Stephen Lendman

Obamacare was designed as a healthcare rationing scheme to benefit drug companies, large hospital chains and insurers - instead of Medicare for all, everyone in, no one left out, everybody treated equally on a level playing field.

Healthcare in America comes at double or more the expense compared to other Western countries, millions excluded from coverage, many millions more with too little because of the high cost, making care they need unaffordable.

Young healthy Americans aren’t enrolling in state insurance exchanges in enough numbers to keep many of them viable. Signups are less than half of forecasted numbers. For everyone joining, two others aren’t.

Health insurance giant Aetna cancelled Obamacare 2017 expansion plans. Expected to lose $300 million in Affordable Care Act coverage this year, it may stop providing coverage altogether.

It currently runs Obamacare plans in 15 states, planned to join another five exchanges. According to its CEO Mark Bertolini, it’s reevaluating its “exchange footprint, as the poor performance of these products warrants such an analysis.”

Other providers are hemorrhaging cash because of rising costs, low exchange enrollments (especially among valued young healthy adults), and failing Obamacare co-ops.

According to Health Policy and Strategy Associates president Robert Laszewski, politicians have “about a year to fix” Obamacare’s problems. 

“The math is simple. These plans can’t continue the way it’s going. And that undermines the coverage that all of these people have gotten.”

The fewer the numbers of enrollees, the worse the coverage for others in exchanges as providers cut costs and offer less. 

Aetna’s losses are happening nationwide. “State after state, we are seeing the same scenario - losses (increasing), deteriorating conditions and carriers not being able to continue in the long run,” Laszewski explained .

Choice is disappearing. In many parts of the country, Obamacare enrollees and new customers have one provider, not several among which to choose what’s best for them at the lowest cost.

Last year, only 2% of eligible customers had only one choice. According to a McKinsey Center for US Health System Reform, 17% will have a single choice next year.

Things are deteriorating, not improving. Many, perhaps most, Obamacare plans resemble Medicaid with a high deductible and large co-pays, a deplorable situation.

With steadily rising costs, healthcare in America, the most fundamental human right along with food, shelter and clothing, is unaffordable for millions, getting too little coverage or none at all - especially for expensive treatments, hospitalizations, and drugs increasing in price exponentially.

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) promotes the only equitable system - state-sponsored single-payer Medicare for all, “letting the delivery of care remain largely in private hands,” with individuals able to choose their own providers.

Coverage should include “all medically necessary services, including doctor, hospital, preventive, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drug and medical supply costs,” PNHP explains.

Premiums, co-pays and deductibles would end. So would financial barriers to proper care. Patients “would regain free choice of doctor(s) and hospital(s). Doctors would regain autonomy over patient care.”

Obamacare was designed for profit-making, not putting patient needs first. Replacing it with universal coverage is vitally needed - excluding middlemen insurers increasing costs while providing no care.

A valued doctor, activist friend explained to me “what medicine should be all about - help(ing) a patient live a good and useful life.”

Rationing care by making it unaffordable for millions, along with letting insurers make healthcare decisions, is no way to do it.

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: How the 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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Who Are the Real Terrorists in Syria?

Who Are the Real Terrorists in Syria?

by Stephen Lendman

State-sponsored and scoundrel media propaganda on Syria’s conflict is some of the worst in memory.

Most Americans and others in Western countries are sublimely ignorant about what’s going on, fed misinformation and Big Lies instead of hard truths about Obama’s dirty war - state terror against millions of defenseless Syrians, victims of imperial ruthlessness.

The real terrorists in Syria are foreign nation-states, America most of all - responsible for launching preemptive naked aggression, disguised to look like a revolutionary uprising using Islamist jihadist fighters, largely imported from scores of countries, not homegrown.

Other terrorists waging war on Syrian sovereign independence include Britain, France, Turkey, other NATO countries, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, other Gulf States, Israel, Jordan and Australia - America in the lead, others playing a supporting role.

On the phony pretext of combating ISIS, they’re waging war on the Syrian Arab Republic - raping it, massacring its people, committing gruesome atrocities, using terrorist groups (largely called moderates) to their dirty work - supplemented by US-led “coalition” bombing of government sites and infrastructure targets.

Syria’s war isn’t civil. It’s US-led naked aggression. When Obama addressed the nation on September 10, 2014, he lied, saying he ordered US warplanes to begin bombing Syrian targets to “destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL,” claiming it’s to keep America “safer.”

“(W)e continue to face a terrorist threat,” he blustered. He failed to say it’s headquartered in Washington under his leadership - the nation’s terrorist-in-chief.

Nor did he explain that ISIS and virtually all other terrorist groups operating in Syria, elsewhere in the region and beyond are US creations, that no moderates exist, that all heavily armed anti-government forces are US-sponsored death squads, that Washington wants Syria colonized, its sovereign independence replaced by pro-Western puppet governance.

Most Americans are so uninformed they believe ISIS and other terrorist groups threaten them. They’re more likely to be struck by lightning.

Death by auto accident, preventable diseases, violence at home by one family member against another, alcoholism or legal drug overdoses are infinitely higher.

Death or injury by homegrown or imported terrorism is virtually zero. Incidents in Boston, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Orlando and elsewhere were false flags, Americans deceived to believe otherwise.

State-sponsored terrorism is the worst kind. High-profile groups like ISIS and likeminded ones serve as imperial foot soldiers, waging war against independent nation-states, multi-world polarity, fundamental freedoms and democracy the way it should be.

America is the world’s leading terrorist, its rogue agenda threatening humanity’s survival - a scourge vital to defeat. World peace 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: How the 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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Media Scoundrels for Hillary

Media Scoundrels for Hillary

by Stephen Lendman

Never before in US history was media coverage so outrageously biased for one presidential candidate over the other. It’s so bad, it’s surreal, character assassination posing as journalism. 

Veteran pollster Pat Caddell calls it a “terrifying crisis in democracy” - promoting Hillary while relentlessly bashing Trump, inventing reasons to smear him.

He was right earlier saying he’s running more “against the crooked media” than “against crooked Hillary Clinton.”

They’re protecting her, suppressing her deplorable record, her racketeering, her fealty to Wall Street, war-profiteers, Big Pharma and Monsanto, her threat to world peace.

In contrast, accusations against Trump are outrageous. Favoring better relations with Russia got former acting CIA director Michael Morell to call him an “unwitting (Putin) agent.” 

Other propaganda suggests he’s a Manchurian candidate for Putin. He’s compared to Hitler. A late July Washington Post editorial called him “a unique threat to American democracy.”

In its latest edition, WaPo compared what it called Hillary’s careful preparation for upcoming presidential debates to Trump’s “WrestleMania.”

So-called “debates,” like US elections, are farcical when held - independent candidates excluded, the format each time pre-scripted, letting Republican and Democrat presidential aspirants rant instead of holding their feet to the fire with important questions on major issues and demanding answers, not evasions.

New York Times editors bash Trump relentlessly, one of many examples from an earlier editorial saying “Republicans seem to be reeling, unable or unwilling to comprehend that a shady, bombastic liar is hardening the image of their party as a symbol of intolerance and division.”

It’s latest edition accused him of being biased against Blacks while ignoring Hillary once saying “(a)ll Black youths are super-predators.”

He’s against jobs destroying TPP. Hillary earlier called it “the gold standard in trade agreements.” Neither candidate is the type leader Americans deserve, both deplorable figures.

Hillary is by far the worst, the most ruthlessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history.

Her administration likely means a policy agenda across the board, surpassing the high crimes of previous ones - especially her rage for endless wars on humanity with no reluctance to use nuclear weapons based on her earlier comments.

Supporting her risks the worst of all possible world’s to come - maybe its end in a mushroom-shaped cloud.

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: How the 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, August 27, 2016

The Kerry/Lavrov Show's Record of Futility

The Kerry/Lavrov Show’s Record of Futility

by Stephen Lendman

Both ministers met numerous times since Kerry took over at State from Hillary on February 1, 2013.

Last March, Lavrov said both men met 18 times in the past year alone, more discussions held since then, including Friday in Geneva, focusing largely on Syria.

Like all previous meetings, nothing advanced things closer to conflict resolution. It’s perhaps more distant since Turkey invaded northern Syria, backed by US warplanes, its special forces and hundreds of terrorist fighters, intending indefinite occupation of territory seized, perhaps annexation to follow with barely a public whimper from Moscow.

Commenting after Friday’s meeting, Kerry saying talks were “productive and constructive” indicated nothing was achieved toward resolving Obama’s war - in its sixth year with no prospect for peace.

Claiming the need “to get the job done, to provide for a real ceasefire, and to meet the needs of the Syrian people” ignores US naked aggression against a sovereign independent state threatening no one.

Saying warring parties “stand on the brink (of) going back to a state of all-out war” fails to acknowledge America’s responsibility for launching and continuing it brutally, deploring peaceful conflict resolution.

Agreed on cessation of hostilities last February failed to end them. Days of futile peace talks reflected tragedy and travesty, achieving nothing. 

Millions of Syrians fear death, mutilating injuries, or other ill effects from war, related violence, untreated diseases or starvation. The fate of entire nation hangs in the balance - victims of US barbarism.

Endless US/Russian diplomatic talks reflect exercises in futility. Syria burns while both sides fiddle.

Kerry lied saying Friday “we achieved clarity on the path forward. We have completed the vast majority of (what he calls) technical discussions…primarily focused on making this cessation real and improving the level of humanitarian assistance, and thereby getting the parties to the table so we can have a serious negotiation about how to end this war.”

Fact: Ending it is simple - requiring America and its rogue allies cease military and other support for all terrorists elements waging war on sovereign Syrian independence - acknowledging no moderate rebels exist. Resolution is unattainable any other way.

Fact: Endless war continues because Washington rejects peace and stability. Conflict serves its interests, the cost in human lives and misery of no consequence.

Kerry’s comments Friday followed by Lavrov saying discussions were a step in the right direction bely dire reality on the ground. Raging conflict continues with nothing achieved toward advancing things toward resolution.

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: How the 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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Failure in Geneva to Resolve Obama's War on Syria

Failure in Geneva to Resolve Obama’s War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

When diplomats says talks were constructive they mean failure to achieve what’s most important.

Countless hours of US/Russia face-to-face and telephonic talks on Syria’s conflict preceded Friday’s Kerry/Lavrov session in Geneva - yet irreconcilable differences remain between both sides.

Endless war rages because Washington wants it continued - dangerously escalated by Turkey’s lawless invasion of northern Syria, aided by US warplanes and operatives on the ground.

Obama wants Syria transformed into another US colony, its sovereign independence destroyed, its leadership replaced with servile puppets, its resources looted, its people exploited. Friday Geneva talks changed nothing.

No progress was achieved toward resolving conflict and restoring peace to a war-torn country - raped by US imperial viciousness.

When Lavrov says he and Kerry “reduce(d) mutual levels of misunderstanding (and) the level of mutual mistrust between” Washington and Moscow, it begs the question of how many previous times similar comments were made without achieving anything toward conflict resolution. 

US imperial aims are hard-wired, immune to diplomatic efforts to change things. Bipartisan neocon hawks exert enormous influence  - believing dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations is America’s divine right, achievable through brute force.

The proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes. Endless US direct or proxy wars continue raging in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Donbass, Ukraine, Yemen, Somalia and partnered with Israel’s slow-motion genocide against Palestine.

US special forces operate covertly and overtly worldwide, creating instability and chaos. America’s empire of bases are launching pads for wars. 

Has WW III begun with no one noticing? Are Russia, China and Iran the next targets? Will America attack these countries preemptively with nuclear weapons - separately or together?

Syria, if lost, appears prelude to likely greater war on humanity, risking potential catastrophic consequences. Lavrov’s best efforts in Geneva and earlier changed nothing.

Diplomacy doesn’t work with Washington. The only language it understands is force. Conflict in Syria will be resolved on the battlefield - not in luxury hotels in Geneva or anywhere else.

Whatever America agrees on diplomatically it breaches to serve its interests. So why does Russia persist in pursuing what can’t be achieved with a duplicitous negotiating partner time and again - Friday the latest exercise in futility?

Sergey Lavrov is a world-class diplomat. Yet his consummate skills and good intentions are no match against the real evil empire - pretending diplomatic sincerity while plotting its next dark move.

All heavily armed anti-government forces in Syria are US-backed terrorists - cold-blooded killers imported from scores of countries. Yet Lavrov persists in distinguishing between good and bad elements - calling the former ones “healthy opposition forces.”

Why when he knows none exist. Pretending otherwise serves US interests for endless war. It makes regime change more possible. It betrays the interests of millions of long-suffering Syrians.

His reference to “our American partners” sounds more like surrender than advancing the cause of peace. Defeating the scourge of US imperialism should be Russia’s top priority. 

Currying favor with Washington weakens its position, leaving its sovereign independence up for grabs.

No one with any sense wants war between the world’s dominant nuclear powers. Yet the more Russia yields to US demands, the greater the chance for the unthinkable - the more likely pure evil will triumph.

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: How the 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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NYT Reinvents Obama's War on Syria

NYT Reinvents Obama’s War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Disgracefully calling Obama’s naked aggression against a nonbelligerent nation civil war denigrates millions of long-suffering Syrians - victims of US imperial viciousness.

Headlining Syria’s Paradox: Why the War Only Ever Seems to Get Worse,” The Times reinvented one of history’s greatest crimes - besides numerous others on America’s despicable rap sheet. More on its article below.

Tim Anderson’s important book, titled “The Dirty War on Syria: Washington, Regime Change and Resistance” is the definitive account of the conflict - must reading to understand it. 

Separately, he explained Obama’s dirty war in basic terms as follows:

“Washington and its allies try another ‘regime change’ in Syria. A fake ‘revolution’ uses Islamic gangs, during an ‘Arab Spring.’ The Western media constantly lie about this covert, dirty war.”

“A political reform movement is driven off the streets by Islamic violence. (The misnamed pro-Western) ‘Free Syrian Army’ slaughters minorities and government workers.”

“Saudi and Qatari backed Islamists carry out a series of massacres, falsely blaming them on the Syrian Army and President Assad.”

“Most of Syria’s opposition backs the state and army against terrorism. Washington calls a puppet exile group ‘the Syrian opposition.’ “

“Washington (using Saudis, Qatar, Turkey and Israel) backs all the armed Islamist groups, pretending some are ‘moderate rebels.’ “

“A resistance coalition rallies to Syria. Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq and Russia join the Syrian Army in destroying western backed terrorist groups.”

Anderson’s book explains all of the above and more in detail, why it’s essential reading to understand what’s going on - polar opposite media propaganda, notably from The New York Times, Washington’s leading imperial press agent.

I’ve written scores of articles on the conflict since Obama launched it in March 2011, believing things would go like against Libya - its country raped, its leadership deposed in months.

US naked aggression against sovereign Syrian independence rages in its sixth year with no prospect for resolving things in sight.

Diplomats talk endlessly, accomplishing nothing to end war while scores, maybe hundreds more Syrians die daily, numerous others injured, millions displaced, an entire population traumatized - victims of US state terror.

A separate article today explained failure in Geneva - Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry spending hours on Friday achieving nothing toward resolving years of US naked aggression.

It’ll either be won on the battlefield or not at all. Negotiating with rogue state America wastes time, an exercise in futility every time tried.

New York Times coverage of the Syrian conflict includes some of worst rubbish in memory - shameless disinformation and Big Lies, vital truths suppressed.

Instead of explaining why war continues endlessly, its intensity increasing, The Times substituted a reinvented version of what’s ongoing, suppressing hard truths.

Saying “(i)t frustrates any attempt at resolution” fails to discuss how war began, who’s responsible, and how ending it depends on America and its rogue allies ceasing support for terrorists.

Without foreign supplied arms, munitions, funding, training, direction and other material support, terrorist groups in Syria and elsewhere wouldn’t exist.

America created them for use as imperial foot soldiers - its proxy army doing its killing and dying for it, a seemingly endless supply of Islamist extremists willing to wage war for whatever benefits they hope to achieve - for many an early grave.

The Times: “The fact that the underlying battle is multiparty rather than two-sided…works against resolution.”

Fact: War in Syria pits US imperialism against the nation’s sovereign independence. No moderate rebels exist. All anti-government forces are US created and supported terrorists.

Fact: Washington wants Assad ousted, Syria transformed into another US vassal state, isolating Iran, next in line for regime change.

Times reports explain none of the above, instead maintain the fiction of various anti-government elements vying for control. They’re pawns on America’s chessboard, used to achieve imperial aims.

The Times: “Pro-government forces have conducted by far the most attacks against civilians” - falsely accusing Syria’s military, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, a disgraceful perversion of truth.

US-supported terrorists along with US-led so-called “coalition” terror-bombing bear full responsibility for massacring hundreds of thousands of Syrians, mostly defenseless civilians.

Syria’s only hope for restoring peace and stability is continued commitment from Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and maybe China to defeat the scourge of US imperialism. 

Otherwise endless war is likely, perhaps millions of Syrians perishing before it ends - besides other conflict theaters and new ones ahead killing millions more.

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: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.