Sunday, March 29, 2015

Obama, Rogue Arab States Support Mass Murdering Yemenis

Obama, Rogue Arab States Support Mass Murdering Yemenis

by Stephen Lendman

Yemen is Obama's war. It was planned months ago. Military campaigns require extensive preparation. They're not launched overnight as headlines suggest.

Saudi and other rogue Arab states were enlisted as US proxies to mass murder Yemenis.

Obama usurped diktat authority for wars without end. He's waging multiple direct and proxy ones - endless ones for power and profit.

Yemen is his latest naked aggression. Conflict could continue longterm. Over the weekend, airstrikes intensified.

Countless thousands may die. Perhaps another refugee crisis looms.

Yemen is the latest Middle East country mired in conflict, violence, instability and human misery - a direct result of US imperial policy.

Civilians are being deliberately targeted. Human Rights Watch headlined "Saudi-Led Airstrikes Take Civilian Toll."

Dozens perhaps were killed on day one of bombing alone - maybe hundreds by now heading for thousands.

On Thursday, Amnesty International (AI) reported "(s)ix children (under age 10) among dozens killed in Saudi-led airstrikes."

Fourteen houses near Sanaa's international airport were "turned…to rubble."

AI's Middle East and North Africa Programme director Said Boumedouha "(t)his high toll of civilian deaths and injuries" shows contempt for international humanitarian law.

An ongoing bloodbath continues. US direct and proxy wars show no mercy.

On Saturday, Arab League leaders met in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

They endorsed naked aggression on Yemen. Ousted US-installed puppet Yemeni leader Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called for continued terror-bombing.

"I call for for the continuation of Operation Decisive Storm until this gang (the Houthis) announces its surrender, exits all occupied territories in the provinces, leaves state institutions and military camp," he said.

Naked aggression "will continue until all the goals are achieved," he added.

Saudis said they'll do "whatever it takes" to restore US-installed puppet rule.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ignored mass murdering civilians.

He issued a pathetic statement urging Arab leaders to "lay down clear guidelines to peacefully resolve the crisis in Yemen."

Ban supports all US imperial wars. He disgraces the office he holds. He has no legitimacy whatever. He's a convenient US-installed stooge.

Obama ignored his full responsibility for naked aggression saying Washington shares a "collective goal" with its regional allies for stability in Yemen.

The Wall Street Journal said Washington intends expanding aid to Saudi-led airstrikes.

It's providing intelligence, logistical help, munitions, aerial refueling and other services.

Washington "is deepening its support for the fight by providing military planners with vital intelligence from surveillance flights to help choose targets for the airstrikes in Yemen," the Journal cited US officials saying.

"American military planners are using live intelligence feeds from surveillance flights over Yemen to help Saudi Arabia decide what and where to bomb."

The Pentagon is "beef(ing) up its role in a new military coordination center set up with the Saudis and other countries in the region taking part in the evolving operation." 

"The center has become the focal point for military planning and a handful of Americans are currently taking part, officials said. That number is expected to grow."

Yemeni aggression is the latest example of America's dark side. 

US direct and proxy wars rage for unchallenged global dominance - no matter how many millions of lives they cost.

No matter how many countries are turned to rubble. No matter how much human suffering is inflicted.

The American way is permanent wars of aggression against one country after another.

Yemen may end up a protracted bloodbath - potentially another Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria.

Vladimir Putin sent a message to Arab League leaders meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. 

He urged prompt resolution of conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen "based on the principles of international law, through extensive dialogue and search for nationwide harmony."

On Friday, Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah denounced Saudi-led aggression.

It's "aimed at regaining domination over Yemen," he said.

He called Saudi claims about Houthis threatening regional security "false and baseless."

"It is the right of Yemen's people, who are brave and resilient, to fight and resist, and they will succeed," he stressed.

On Sunday, Fars News (FNA) headlined "Saudi Arabia Sends over 5,000 Takfiri Terrorists to Yemen."

Saying Yemeni army commander Col. Abdel Sattar al-Boushali told FNA Saudi Arabia sent them "to fight the Yemeni army and revolutionary committees."

He said Saudi's defense minister asked Turkey to help deploy more terrorists from its airports to Riyadh.

Houthi Ansarullah Executive Committee member Abdel Mon'em told FNA:

"As the Ansarullah movement has promised collapse of some Arab regimes supporting the terrorists, if Saudi Arabia continues its aggressions against the oppressed Yemeni people the Ansarullah fighters will pave the way for the Saudi regime's destruction by conducting martyrdom-seeking (suicidal) operations inside Saudi Arabia in the coming hours."

He said Israel is involved in fighting. Saudis take orders from Washington, he stressed.

It bears repeating. Yemen is Obama's war - lawless naked aggression by any standard.

How many more countries will he attack? How much more war is too much?

How many more millions of lives will be lost? How much more human suffering will be tolerated?

When will mass world outrage say no more? End America's wars on humanity or they'll end us.

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

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New York Times Editors Endorse Murdering Millions of Iranians

New York Times Editors Endorse Murdering Millions of Iranians

by Stephen Lendman

Times editors are neocons masquerading as journalists. They have no credibility whatever. 

They're key parts of America's Big Lying Machine. They suppress hard truths. They blast out daily managed news disinformation rubbish.

They support all war of aggression America wages or plans. They're in lockstep with imperial mass slaughter and destruction. 

They serve wealth, power and privilege exclusively. They're unapologetic about where they stand.

On March 26, they featured former Bush official/unindicted war criminal/neocon hardliner John Bolton.

He took full advantage. He urged Washington bomb Iran's nonexistent nuclear weapons facilities.

He knows doing so puts millions of lives at risk. So do Times editors. 

They published his war advocacy anyway. Doing so supports it.

Attacking Iran could set the whole region ablaze. What's a few million lives to eliminate Israel's main regional rival.

Lunatics like Bolton and Times editors consider them a small price to pay

Maybe they think turning the entire region to rubble is OK as long as oil in the ground remains for America to control - to plunder for profit.

Bolton is a very dangerous lunatic - one of many infesting Washington.

Imagine a Republican winning the White House in November 2016 appointing him Secretary of State or Defense.

Imagine global war exploding straightaway. Bolton ludicrously claims negotiating with Iran on its nuclear program to resolve differences diplomatically "brought a bad situation to the brink of catastrophe."

He claims US intelligence calling Iran's program peaceful is "little more than wishful thinking."

Despite no evidence whatever suggesting it has a military component, Bolton claims he knows better.

"Iran's steady progress toward nuclear weapons has long been evident," he blustered - despite indisputable evidence proving him wrong.

Lunatic neocons like Bolton crave war. They like killing people. They relish mass slaughter and destruction.

They enjoy turning one country after another to rubble - to murdering millions of men, women, children, the elderly and infirm, slaughtering them in cold blood.

They want violence and instability replacing peace and calm. They want governance of, by and for America's rich and powerful alone.

They want control of world resources. They want them plundered for profit.

They want ordinary people exploited as serfs. They want greater human misery worldwide than already exists.

They want all independent governments eliminated. They want unchallenged US dominance. They want it achieved through the barrel of a gun.

Bolton spit out one Big Lie about Iran after another. "The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear program," he blustered. 

"Nor will sanctions block its building a broad and deep weapons infrastructure." 

"The inconvenient truth is that only military action" can work.

"Time is terribly short, but a strike can still succeed," he ranted.

Responsible editors wouldn't touch Bolton's rubbish. Times editors featured it.

As long as lunatics like him infest Washington, expect world peace to hang by a thread.

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

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Nuclear Armed and Dangerous Israel Blasts Iran's Peaceful Program

Nuclear Armed and Dangerous Israel Blasts Iran's Peaceful Program

by Stephen Lendman

Netanyahu and other Israeli officials suppress information on its longstanding nuclear weapons program - an arsenal with thermonuclear ones and long-range delivery capability able to incinerate entire cities.

On Sunday, Netanyahu railed against Iran's known peaceful nuclear program as a March 31 deadline approaches to reach a preliminary framework deal ahead of a June 30 final one.

The whole world knows Iran's program is peaceful. It conforms to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) provisions.

It has no military component. US and Israeli intelligence assessments say so. No evidence suggests otherwise.

For years, Netanyahu lied about Iran's program. Israel continues what he calls an "uphill battle" against it.

He absurdly called what's emerging, if agreed on, worse than he thought.

"This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that," he said.

It's hard imagining anyone taking him seriously. He lost credibility long ago.

He's a world-class thug, a war criminal multiple times over, a serial liar and threat to regional peace.

"After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is maneuvering from the south to take over the entire Middle East," he blustered.

"The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped," he added.

He pressured Republican US Senate leaders to intervene. He lied about agreement terms endangering Israel.

On Sunday, he turned truth on its head saying "(w)hile (P5+1 countries) convene to sign this deal, Iran’s proxies in Yemen are conquering large swaths of land in an effort to overtake the Bab al-Mandab straits, so that they can change the balance of power in shipping oil."

Discussions continue in Lausanne. On Sunday, AP said Iran agreed to limit its centrifuges enriching uranium to 6,000 - maybe fewer numbers.

It's willing to ship its enriched uranium to Russia, AP reported.

Unresolved issues remain on permitted Iranian nuclear R&D, duration of an agreement, monitoring and removing sanctions.

An unnamed official close to talks said Russia remains opposed to Washington's demand to be able to quickly reimpose any lifted sanctions if it claims Tehran reneged on any commitments.

Moscow fears establishing an unacceptable precedent. With discussions reaching a critical point, talks continue "in various formats," said AP.

On Sunday, P5+1 foreign ministers will get directly involved in trying to consummate a framework deal.

Israel keeps going all-out to sabotage it. Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz spearheads pressuring P5+1 countries against it.

"We may still have a chance," he said. "We are not alone. There are still great doubts in the United States as well as in France, even in England," he claimed.

Interior Minister Gilad Erdan said "(i)t's true that a deal is close, and there is a chance that an agreement on basic principles will be reached in the coming days." 

"But until the final agreement, which is supposed to be signed with Iran by the end of June, there are still a wide range of diplomatic options." 

"If, God forbid, it happens, Israel will also be required to reassess the whole resulting security situation."

His comment borders on threatening war with Iran.

Around midday Lausanne time, AFP reported Iran and P5+1 countries "reached a provisional agreement on key parts of a deal sharply curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, Western diplomats in talks in Switzerland said Sunday."

An unnamed diplomat close to talks said Tehran "more or less" agreed to limit the number of its centrifuges by "more than two-thirds."

It'll ship most of its enriched uranium "abroad" - apparently to Russia.

Iranian diplomats denied reaching a tentative agreement. They called reports "journalistic speculation."

An unnamed senior Iranian negotiator said "publication of such information by certain Western media is aimed at creating an atmosphere to disturb the negotiating process."

With P5+1 country Foreign Ministers involved, expect talks to continue on remaining sticking points.

Congress may be the main one. It's ready to legislatively challenge any deal struck.

A bipartisan group of 367 House members sent Obama a letter stipulating their demands - in defiance of taking a step toward ending 36 years of imperial arrogance toward Iran.

Every House and Senate member knows Iran's nuclear program is peaceful and intends staying this way. 

Tehran threatens no one. It hasn't attacked another country in centuries. It values cooperative relations with all nations. 

The power of Israel and its Lobby keep going all-out to sabotage any prospective deal.

House members said any agreement "must constrain Iran’s nuclear infrastructure so that Iran has no pathway to a bomb, and that agreement must be long-lasting."

"(I)t will be impossible for the international community to judge Iran’s future breakout time with certainty."

They lied knowing Iran has no intention to develop nuclear weapons. 

No evidence suggests otherwise. Plenty confirms Israel is nuclear armed and dangerous - thanks to considerable US help aiding its program since the 1950s.

House members lied claiming "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran."

"(S)hould an agreement with Iran be reached, permanent sanctions relief from congressionally-mandated sanctions would require new legislation." 

"In reviewing such an agreement, Congress must be convinced that its terms foreclose any pathway to a bomb, and only then will Congress be able to consider permanent sanctions relief."

AIPAC owns Congress on matters relating to Israel and US Middle East foreign policy. 

Expect Israeli orchestrated heavy-handed pressure against consummating any final deal if a framework one is reached.

It's unclear if Obama wants one short of unconditional Iranian surrender to US demands.

Longstanding US policy calls for regime change - replacing Iranian independence with US controlled stooge governance. 

Nuclear talks are red herring cover for Washington's real objective. Whatever comes out of current talks, expect US/Iranian relations to remain largely unchanged.

Expect Iran bashing to continue - maybe war if Washington hardliners get their way.

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

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Iran Nuclear Deal: Getting Close, Hold the Cheers

Iran Nuclear Deal: Getting Close, Hold the Cheers

by Stephen Lendman

Reports on progress are mixed. Reuters said "Iran and major powers are close to agreement on a 2- or 3-page accord with specific numbers that would form the basis of a long-term settlement aimed at ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, officials said on Friday."

The New York Times quoted an unnamed State Department official saying:

"Yesterday’s and today’s talks have been tough and very serious."

"We’re at that point in the negotiations where we really need to see decisions being made." 

"We will test whether that is truly possible over the next several days."

The source said consummating a deal hinges on Iran making "tough decisions" - without further elaboration.

The Times said Iranian President Hassan Rohani sent Obama a letter calling for rapid lifting of "all unjust sanctions."

They're illegal. Security Council members alone may impose them - not individual countries on others, something media scoundrels never explain.

The Wall Street Journal cited UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond saying remaining differences suggest any deal reached would be vague at best.

"We envisage being able to deliver a narrative," said Hammond. "(W)hether that is written down or not I don’t think is the crucial issue."

"This will be effectively a political statement or perhaps political statements…to make it clear that we have now got this boulder over the hill and we are into the detailed work to produce an agreement."

Fars News said Iranian Atomic Energy Organization head Ali Akbar Salehi indicated Iran and P5+1 countries "developed a common understanding over a major part of the technical issues in their nuclear talks in Lausanne."

At the same time, he said one or two technical issues remain unresolved.

Iran's deputy lead negotiator Sayed Abbas Araqhi elaborated saying nuclear R&D and removing sanctions remain the key sticking points.

If agreement is reached, a 2-3 page document will be made public, an official close to talks explained.

Some details will stay confidential. Agreement terms, if reached, will cover:

  • maximum number and types of uranium enrichment centrifuges Iran can operate;

  • permitted size of its uranium stockpile;

  • types of R&D allowed;  

  • details on lifting sanctions and monitoring procedures; and

  • duration - a period longer than 10 years is expected.

A March 31 deadline looms for a preliminary framework deal - to be followed by a comprehensive June 30 final one.

Reuters said it's unclear whether agreement terms would be "formally signed or agreed to verbally."

It indicated Tehran prefers the latter - fearing that committing in writing will limit its ability to negotiate details for a final agreement.

Even if a preliminary deal is reached, efforts to resolve many technical details by June 30 could fail.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said "(w)e think an agreement is still possible, but when is another story."

Talks could be extended days or weeks beyond March 31.

How Congress reacts is another issue. Anti-Iranian sentiment is longstanding.

Lawmakers want new sanctions imposed if agreement isn't reached next week.

Imposing them by a veto-proof margin would kill talks altogether.

Besides additional sanctions, House and Senate members want Congress empowered to approve, amend or reject any deal with Iran - another potential deal-breaker.

So are Washington's monitoring demands. They go way beyond IAEA verification arrangements with over 100 other countries.

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter said Washington and key allies intend maintaining Iran's "sanctions architecture" longterm after any deal is consummated.

Ending it would hinge on IAEA officials confirming Tehran "abiding by the terms of a deal over an extended period of time (to) maintain leverage on Iran to honor the accord."

In the meantime, Washington at best might agree to sequentially suspending (not lifting) sanctions incrementally over a number of years - another possible deal-breaker.

Maintaining unfair restrictions on Iran's legitimate nuclear program means rapprochement with Western nations won't happen - at least not with Washington.

Iran may end up no better off than before. The whole world knows its nuclear program is peaceful.

It's legitimate. It observes Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) provisions.

It has no military component. US intelligence confirms it annually. So does Israel's Mossad.

No evidence suggests Tehran wants nuclear weapons. Plenty indicates it abhors them.

It wants a nuclear weapons-free Middle East. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons development. President Rohani stressed Iran will never develop them.

Years of on-and-off negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program hides the greater issue no talks will resolve.

Longterm US anti-Iranian sentiment has nothing to do with its nuclear program.

Focusing on it is red herring cover for Washington's long sought regime change.

It wants pro-Western stooge governance it controls replacing sovereign Iranian independence. It wants its oil and gas plundered.

It wants ordinary Iranians exploited. It wants Israel's main rival removed. It wants another imperial trophy.

Washington's long history of deal-making shows it can't be trusted. It says one thing. It does another.

It ignores international, constitutional and US statute laws. It breaches treaty obligations repeatedly.

Native Americans suffered through centuries of heroic lost struggles. From 1492 to today, they experienced promises made and broken.

Winning the West involved betraying them. All US treaties were violated. 

Imperialism works this way. Things haven't changed. 
Today they're worse than ever.

Earlier US policy makers sought sea to shining sea dominance. Today they want it globally. 

They want it unchallenged. They'll stop at nothing to get it.

America betrayed its Native Peoples. Centuries of genocidal slaughter and broken promises reflect longstanding US policy - now operating worldwide

Washington's global holocaust continues in many forms. It's unparalleled in scope, ruthlessness and duration.

Will US policymakers offer Iran what it denied its Native People?

Will it break longterm policy and observe fundamental rule of law principles?

Will its word for virtually the first time in its history be its bond?

Will responsible behavior replace longterm imperial arrogance?

Washington's intentions are most important in consummating a nuclear deal with Tehran. 

Key above all else is if one is reached will it be honored longterm? If US history is any guide, don't bet on 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: 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, March 28, 2015

Washington Wants Its Big Lying Machine Revved Up

Washington Wants Its Big Lying Machine Revved Up

by Stephen Lendman

Its annual three-fourths of a billion dollars spent isn't enough. It's for managed news disinformation rubbish aired by:

Voice of America;

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,

Radio Free Asia;

Radio and TV Marti aimed at Cuba; and

Middle East Broadcasting Networks. 

Plus enormous sums spent by supportive corporate media, as well as so-called public (be damned) broadcasting and radio blasting out Big Lies, fake news, and other grand deceptions instead of what everyone deserves.

Reuters previewed a new report claiming America is losing the information war to Russia - written by two former US propagandists, S. Enders Wimbush and Elizabeth Portale.

They along with 30 foreign policy/diplomacy professionals polled want America's Big Lying Machine revved up.

They want it top-to-bottom overhauled. "US international communications strategy should be rebuilt from the ground up," their report says.

"(A)nti-US messaging forment(s) an information war (it's) winning."

It claims "US international broadcasting is challenged to keep pace with competitors and changes in the media landscape."

Experts paid to lie claim Russia  out-guns America - by spreading hard truths on issues mattering most. 

RT television reaches US viewers. It spends less than a third annually what Washington's Big Lying Machine budgets.

Its audience grows because Americans and others are hungry for real news, information and analysis.

They're sick and tired of misinformation rubbish proliferated instead. They're tuning out. 

They're choosing reliable alternative sources everyone should follow exclusively - many available online in print or in audio and video form.

Growing numbers of people want hard truths not available through traditional sources. For sure not from America's Big Lying Machine.

Report co-author Wimbush called Ukrainian crisis conditions "the most serious challenge US international broadcasting has faced since the fall of the Soviet Union."

Hard truths are increasingly giving US proliferated Big Lies a run for their money.

House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce (R. CA) complained about Russian English language media beating America's.

US "international broadcasting is floundering. It's unacceptable," he said.

He sponsored legislation aimed at restructuring the US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).

Former CEO Andrew Lack quit after six weeks on the job. From 1993 - 2001, he was NBC president. He's returning to head its news operation.

Deputy BBG International Broadcasting Bureau director, Jeff Trimble, said 25 new (propaganda) programs were created or expanded in the past year - mostly Russian language ones.

He wants more money for proliferating more Big Lies. Last month, John Kerry lied to Congress on what RT television spends.

He claimed "more than $500 million annually to mislead audiences, sow divisions, and push conspirac(ies)."

RT's current annual budget is $225 million. It's spent reporting hard truths - ones driving Kerry and other US war criminals nuts.

He wants Congress appropriating $639 million for US state-sponsored propaganda.

"(T)o help our friends in Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova as they seek to strengthen their democracies, withstand pressure from Russia, and to integrate more closely into Europe," he claimed.

The State Department wants over $2 billion for so-called "democracy, human rights, and governance programs" -  propaganda rubbish by any other name.

Wimbush and Portale ludicrously claim private media aren't always in lockstep with US foreign policy objectives.

They regurgitate them ad nauseam. They blast out the same Big Lies daily.

BBG wants more money for what it ludicrously calls "credible journalism and information at scale in order to provide Russian language speakers with a fair and balanced picture of the world."

They want to out-shout truth-tellers with Big Lies Russian news consumers reject.

They're not stupid. They're not over-entertained and under-or-misinformed like Americans.

They don't buy Big Lies increasing numbers of US news consumers now reject.

America's Big Lying Machine has to work harder to blast out greater amounts of rubbish increasingly not working.

People want real information - hard truths America's Big Lying Machine buries.

Experts Wimbush/Potale polled expect "no reform…likely to go far enough" to fix what increasing numbers of news consumers reject.

They want real information and analysis on issues mattering most. 

They want what America's public and private Big Lying Machine systematically bury.

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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Israel Uses Lethal Force Against Palestinian Children

Israel Uses Lethal Force Against Palestinian Children

by Stephen Lendman

It's longstanding Israel practice - shooting defenseless Palestinian children in cold blood.

Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P) explains what's virtually unreported in the West.

On March 23, DCI-P called on UN member states to hold Israel accountable for crimes against Palestinian children.

It issued a statement to the UN Human Rights Council saying in part:

"A generation of Palestinian children living under prolonged Israeli military occupation have been arrested, shot, shelled and bombed since 2000, and, during this time, Israeli forces have killed over 1,900 children."

"Israel is the only state to automatically and systematically prosecute children in military courts that lack basic standards of due process." 

"Recent amendments to Israeli military laws concerning children have had little to no impact on ending widespread and systematic ill treatment and torture."

"Despite well-documented evidence of grave violations of international law, justice and accountability is persistently denied to Palestinian children."

"Instead, (they) continually bear the brunt of Israel’s repeated military offensives and suffer from a completely man-made humanitarian crisis created by Israel’s eight-year long blockade of Gaza."

"Between July 8 and August 26, 2014, Israeli attacks on Gaza killed over 500 Palestinian children."

"(T)he need for justice and accountability is urgent."

DCI-P reported on Israel repeatedly using live fire against peaceful protesters.

Since January, at least 30 Palestinian children were shot in cold blood.

According to DCI-P accountability program director Ayed Abu Eqtaish:

"The high rate of incidents involving live ammunition against children amounts to a de facto policy that permits Israeli forces to use lethal force on (defenseless) civilians."

"Soldiers operate with the knowledge that their brutal actions will go unchecked whatever the result."

They have license to kill. They take full advantage. Palestinian lives don't matter.

Young children are treated as brutally as adults. In December, DCI-P quoted Israeli General Tamir Yadai saying the IDF adopted a "tougher approach" against Palestinian protesters.

"In places where we used to fire tear-gas or rubber (coated steel) bullets], we now fire Ruger bullets and sometimes live bullets."

"We’re at around 25 people hit here in the last three weeks. That’s a relatively high figure on any scale."

Yadai's statement contradicts Israeli military regulations.

They permit live fire only in cases of real threats. Peaceful protesters pose none. They're shot anyway.

In the past three months, Israeli goon squads injured 258 West Bank Palestinians.

Between March 10 and 16 alone, 18 Palestinians were shot with live ammunition - including nine children.

Since 2000, Israeli goon squads murdered nearly 9,000 Palestinians - including about 1,900 children.

A February 2015 UNICEF report confirms ill-treatment of Palestinian children. Horrific abuse is systematic and widespread. 

DCI-P's Eqtaish said "(d)espite an ongoing dialogue with UNICEF over nearly two years, Israeli authorities have persistently failed to implement practical changes to stop violence and ill-treatment against Palestinian child(ren)."

Especially torture and ill-treatment during detention. Militarized brutality makes life in Occupied Palestine unbearable.

Nothing is done to hold Israel accountable for its high crimes.

DCI-P's Brad Parker explains Palestinian "children are shot in circumstances that fail to justify lethal force under the Israeli military’s own live-fire guidelines, yet no soldier is held accountable."  

"Nobody is held accountable for violating regulations and definitely not for the actual lethal conduct."

"Systemic impunity essentially guarantees that Israeli soldiers will go unpunished even for lethal conduct."

They're given carte blanche freedom to brutalize and murder Palestinians - including young children.

When rare investigations are conducted, they're routinely whitewashed.

Accountability is entirely absent. Children too young to understand what's happening are targeted.

Six-year-olds are shot. Israeli soldiers murdered 10-year-old Khalil Mohammad Ahmad al-Anati meters from his home while at play.

Parker was clear and unequivocal saying "(t)he bottom line is that Israel’s military occupation directly threatens the lives of Palestinian children." 

"Until soldiers are held accountable for their actions, more children will be killed."

Occupied Palestine is a war zone. Israel takes full advantage murdering defenseless young children with impunity.

On March 25, DCI-P advocacy officer Olivia Watson told Maan News:

"The pace at which we are documenting injuries from live ammunition in 2015 shows no sign of slowing down."

"…Israeli forces continue to shoot at (Palestinian) children with impunity."

They live in constant danger of being brutalized, shot, killed, injured or maimed for life.

World leaders able to intervene responsibly do nothing. 

Palestinian lives and welfare don't matter - not earlier, now or any time ahead in the foreseeable future.

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 Stooge Abbas Supports Obama's War on Yemen

Israeli Stooge Abbas Supports Obama's War on Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Israel appointed Mahmoud Abbas Palestinian Authority leader to provide enforcer services - dirty work it subcontracts.

He's hugely corrupt. He amassed great stolen wealth serving Israeli interests - conspiring against his own people.

He's a Palestinian Judas, a longtime Israeli collaborator. He has no legitimacy whatever. He belongs in prison, not high office.

On Thursday, he expressed support for Saudi terror-bombing - naked aggression by any standard. 

He backs US-installed ousted puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

He ludicrously called restoring him to power important to create Yemeni security and unity.

He turned a blind eye to his despotic rule. He's mindless of US-directed Saudi terror bombing murdering scores of civilian men, women and children - maybe hundreds by now.

Reports indicate Saudi and Egyptian military forces intend invading Yemen as soon as orders from Washington signal go.

Expect mass slaughter to follow. Millions of Yemenis are at risk.

Abbas supports what demands universal condemnation.

Naked aggression violates core international law. No nation may attack another except in self-defense.

Security Council members alone may authorize it. Otherwise it's brazenly illegal.

The Electronic Intifada said senior PA official Mahmound al-Habbash called on Arab states to "strike" Gaza - terror-bomb 1.8 million people the way Israel did last summer.

Murder perhaps thousands more. Maybe turn all remaining parts of Gaza Israel didn't destroy to rubble.

Abbas supported Israel's 2008-09 Cast Lead and 2012 Pillar of Cloud wars. Most likely its 2014 Operation Protective Edge carnage.

He's Palestine's worst enemy. He supports mass murdering his own people.

Al-Habbash serves as PA religious advisor. What kind of a god he prays to isn't known - for sure not one civilized people believe in.

He said Arab states are obligated to "strike those who have violated legitimacy with an iron fist, regardless of the place, time or circumstances, beginning with Palestine."

In January 2006, Palestinians overwhelmingly elected Hamas their legitimate government.

Al-Habbash called its democratic victory and what followed "a coup" separating Gaza and West Bank authority.

"(I)t must be addressed with firmness," he said. Mass murder is his method of choice.

"There can be no dialogue with coup-makers. They must be hit with an iron fist."

Israel complicit with Washington orchestrated "coup-mak(ing)" against Palestine's legitimately elected government.

Hamas successfully resisted their lawlessness. The price of electoral victory and resisting coup d'etat efforts was longterm isolation under siege and three US-supported and encouraged Israeli wars of aggression.

Abbas solidified West Bank power as Palestine's illegitimate leader.

Besieged Gazans continue suffering horrifically under Israel's lawless blockade - with no end in sight or international community help to support their legitimate rights.

Al-Habbash perhaps spoke for Abbas saying "(t)here are many other (regional) cases that should be treated like Yemen."

In other words, mass murdering Arabs is OK as long as privileged ones benefit.

Abbas, al-Habbash and likeminded corrupt PA officials are Palestinians worst enemies. Why they put up with them, they'll have to explain.

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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Israel Joins Obama's War on Yemen

Israel Joins Obama's War on Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Obama terror-bombed Yemen throughout his tenure. He murdered hundreds of noncombatant men, women and children in cold blood.

He's at it again. He's waging proxy war against Houthi rebels.

He's using rogue state regional allies to do his dirty work.

Houthis ousted illegitimately US-installed puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Israel quietly joined Obama's dirty war. On March 22, Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi accused Washington and Israel of using Takfiri extremists to stage terrorist attacks on Yemeni civilians.

Mosques were targeted. Scores were killed, hundreds injured. Al-Houthi urged Yemenis to unite against elements aiming to destabilize the country.

"Everyone is a target," he said. He didn't know at the time Washington intended using proxy forces to terror-bomb Yemen into submission.

America's goal is longstanding. Eliminate all independent governments. Replace them with US-controlled puppets.

Hadi was a convenient stooge. Obama wants him back in power serving US interests.

At the same time, denying Iran a regional ally. Wanting Tehran isolated by eliminating its key allies - mainly Syria and Hezbollah.

Then replacing its independent government with one Washington controls.

America allies with the region's worst despots to further its objectives.

It's in bed with Israel's hegemonic ambitions. Both countries partner in each other's high crimes.

They threaten world peace. They  terror-bomb adversaries.

Washington planned war on Yemen months earlier. It's controlling and directing ongoing Saudi-led aggression against a nation posing it no threat.

Israeli warplanes are involved. Fars News said they're participating in airstrikes.

It quoted Yemen's Al-Haq Political party Secretary-General Hassan Zayd saying:

On direct orders from Netanyahu, "for the first time…Zionists are conducting a joint (military) operation in coalition with Arabs."

Yemen's al-Massira television said aggressor warplanes deliberately targeted civilian homes and a market where people were shopping.

Dozens were killed, scores more injured. Bombing continues.

Houthi forces keep advancing. Reports indicate heavy clashes near Aden.

Senior Iranian parliamentarians urged Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member nations to condemn Saudi terror-bombing.

Iranian MP Zohreh Tabibzadeh spoke for others saying "(w)e expect the NAM countries to condemn this aggression."

Yemenis intend defending their country, she stressed. They deserve universal support against US-planned, sponsored and directed terror-bombing.

On Saturday, Reuters said Houthi fighters continued making gains - despite Saudi-led air attacks.

Yemen is the latest example of Washington's war on humanity.

It's systematically ravaging and destroying one country at a time.

Post-9/11 alone, its aim for unchallenged global dominance took millions of lives.

Gideon Polya estimates Bush/Obama’s genocidal war on Iraq (since 2003) killed 2.7 million people - from violence and "violently-imposed deprivation."

Since 1914, Western wars on Iraq killed nine million, Polya estimates.

What Britain began a century ago, it now partners in what Washington continues - wars without end against Arab populations being systematically exterminated.

Western media scoundrels ignore an ongoing Arab Holocaust far greater than what Hitler did to Jews.

Try finding a single Western report explaining it. None on one of history's greatest crimes.

Arab lives don't matter. Western white supremacists consider them fair game for mass slaughter and exploitation.

Washington's Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian wars continue. Yemen is Obama's latest aggression.

It follows his installing Nazis to run Ukraine - to wage dirty war without mercy on Donbass residents wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism.

What happens longer term remains to be seen. Washington's war on humanity threatens world peace.

Madness defines US policy. Lunatics in charge won't quit until they turn all countries to rubble.

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

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Phony US Support for Ending Palestine's Occupation

Phony US Support for Ending Palestine's Occupation

by Stephen Lendman

Washington unequivocally supports Israel. Both countries partner in each other's high crimes.

They oppose granting Palestinians rights mattering most. Claims otherwise ring hollow.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough is a longtime Washington insider.

Earlier he was Obama's chief foreign policy advisor, his strategic communication National Security Council head, and his NSC chief of staff.

In 2004, he was a corporate lobbying group Center for American Progress senior fellow.

On March 23, he addressed J Street conference participants in Washington.

It's a pro-Israeli front group. Executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami is a former Clinton administration deputy domestic policy advisor.

Earlier he was New Israel Fund communications director.

J Street differs from other pro-Israeli groups in rhetoric and style alone. It's AIPAC wrapped in kinder, gentler Zionist extremism. 

Ben-Ami calls J Street pro-Zionist, pro-Israel and pro-peace. He's as anti-Palestinian as overt hardliners.

Former Nixon, Johnson, Clinton official/Council on Foreign Relations member/George Soros advisor Morton H. Halperin serves as chairman.

J Street ideologues believe preparing for war achieves peace.

Their conferences features prominent pro-Israeli speakers.

This year they included:

  • former Secretary of State and Treasury/White House chief of staff James Baker;

  • former US ambassador to Israel/Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Martin Indyk;

  • former Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns; and

  • a number of Knesset members and pro-Israeli journalists - among others.

Denis McDonough was keynote speaker. His comments rang hollow.

He ignored longstanding US policy towards Israel saying and it would "be both wrong and illegal" to keep annexing West Bank territory.

"Israel cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely."

"An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end."

"After the election, the prime minister said that he had not changed his position, but for many in Israel and in the international community, such contradictory comments call into question his commitment to a two-state solution, as did his suggestion that the construction of settlements has a strategic purpose of dividing Palestinian communities and his claim that conditions in the larger Middle East must be more stable before a Palestinian state can be established."

"We cannot simply pretend that those comments were never made, or that they don’t raise questions about the prime minister’s commitment to achieving peace through direct negotiations."

Obama will "never stop working for a two-state solution…(a) sovereign and sustainable" Palestinian state.

Washington expects Netanyahu's new coalition government "to match words with actions and policies that demonstrate a genuine commitment to a two-state solution."

McDonough called J Street a White House "partner" in pursuing peace and advancing a two-state solution.

Fact: Washington's rhetoric belies its longstanding one-sided pro-Israeli policy.

Fact: It supports Israel's worst crimes.

Fact: It partners in its wars of aggression.

Fact: It's done nothing to stop its illegal settlement construction on stolen Palestinian land.

Fact: It's taken no action against lawless militarized occupation.

Fact: It consistently blocks Security Council resolutions inimical to Israeli interests.

Fact: It's done nothing to support Palestinian self-determination.

Fact: It opposes it within June 1967 borders - 22% of historic Palestine.

Fact: It deplores peace. It consistently supports belligerence and status quo harshness.

Fact: During last summer's Israeli premeditated naked aggression on Gaza, Obama supported its right to "self-defense."

Fact: He called legitimate Hamas self-defense "terrorism."

Fact: McDonough speaks for Obama and US bipartisan policy for overall.

Fact: It one-sidedly supports Israel.

Fact: It doesn't give a damn about Palestinian rights, welfare or futures.

Claiming otherwise continues longstanding hypocrisy.

If Washington cared about Palestinians, its one-sided pro-Israeli policy would have ended decades ago.

It never would have begun in the first place. It wouldn't have put up with AIPAC and other pernicious Zionist groups operating as unregistered foreign agents - serving Israel often at the expense of US interests.

After feigning criticism of Netanyahu's racist comments, White House press secretary Josh Earnest called his post-electoral phony flip flop a step in the right direction.

Expect longstanding US support for Israel to continue unchanged. 

Expect both partners in high crimes to remain solid allies.

Expect no end to Palestinian persecution. Expect justice to be consistently denied like always.

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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