Friday, February 05, 2016

Super Bowl 50 to Resemble a War Zone

Super Bowl 50 to Resemble a War Zone

by Stephen Lendman

Anyone who’s watched football games, especially NFL ones the way they’re played today, close to the action, understands their extreme violence, what television doesn’t show - or discuss longterm physical damage to many players.

Some end up with permanent disabling injuries. Traumatic head ones caused by concussions and powerful bodies smashing into each other disrupt normal brain functioning, affecting learning, thinking and other cognitive abilities.

Affected players are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, devastating their lives, shortening them.

Short-term high pay is poor compensation for spending later years dependent on others for care - a deplorable state. Anyone experiencing it knows how awful.

On January 15, 1967, Super Bowl I was played, this year its 50th contest scheduled for February 7. Annual games are America’s most watched television programs, attracting over 100 million US viewers alone.

Security this year will make wide areas around Santa Clara, CA’s Levi Stadium, including the San Francisco Bay Area, resemble a war zone.

It includes patrolling F-15 warplanes, refueling tanker planes, police sharpshooters, bomb-sniffing dogs, helicopters overhead able to evacuate players and staff in case of trouble, metal detectors and routine bag searches, as well as high-tech cameras and sensor equipment able to monitor public transportation.

An FAA-no-fly zone will be implemented throughout much of the bay area, enforced by Pentagon and California Air National Guard pilots manning warplanes. 

Major General Joe Vazquez heads the US Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol (CAP). “The opportunity to ensure safe skies around Levi’s Stadium is a mission CAP takes very seriously,” he said.

“Our aircrews are trained to simulate either threats or duress flights that inadvertently or purposely enter into restricted airspace.”

On game day, extensive flight restrictions will be implemented over a wide area around the stadium, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

All this for a football game. The cost of security, including months of preparations, training, and thousands of personnel involved isn’t publicly known.

It’s likely hundreds of millions of dollars, maybe billions - federal, state and local taxpayers assessed, at the expense of vital public needs gone begging.

America has unlimited resources for endless imperial wars, homeland ones against its most disadvantaged citizens, the world’s largest domestic gulag by far - and public funding of security for sports extravaganzas.

What matters most is ignored - peace, stability, equity and justice.

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. 

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


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Collapse of Farcical Syrian Peace Talks: It's Russia's Fault

Collapse of Farcical Syrian Peace Talks: It’s Russia’s Fault

by Stephen Lendman

Russia’s devastatingly effective aerial campaign, aiding Syrian ground forces retake earlier lost territory, jeopardizes Washington’s regional imperial project - its ability to achieve longterm objectives considerably weakened. 

Farcical Syrian peace talks collapsed. Opposition groups dominated by terrorists committed to the nation’s destruction won’t negotiate except on unacceptable terms.

No responsible leader would agree. Talks were dead on arrival. Resuming them is doubtful. Resolving things diplomatically is pure fantasy. 

Endless conflict shows no letup. Russian air power continues aiding Syrian ground forces advance steadily, strengthening Assad’s government, enhancing his bargaining position.

John Kerry irresponsibly blamed Russia for peace talks breaking down. His office released a duplicitous statement, saying Moscow and Damascus “clearly signaled their intention to seek a military solution rather than enable a political one.”

Kerry separately said “(w)e call upon the regime and its supporters (aka Russia) to halt their bombardment of opposition-held areas, especially in Aleppo, and to lift their besiegement of civilians in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions 2165, 2254 and 2258.”

Fact: Syrian and Russian operations fully comply with international law, including Security Council resolutions - attacking ISIS and other terrorist groups exclusively. No so-called “moderate rebels” exist.

Fact: US-created ISIS and other terrorist groups want Syria destroyed, its Shia and Alawite populations exterminated, a tyrannical caliphate established, holding the entire population hostage.

Fact: Syria and Russia are committed to preventing this scourge from achieving its objectives. America and its rogue allies support it.

Washington wants conflict continued, not ended. It wants the Middle East map redrawn, all sovereign independent countries eliminated, replaced by balkanized US-controlled puppet regimes - a nightmarish objective if achieved.

Western media and many alternative sources persist in calling Syria’s conflict “civil.” 

It’s US naked aggression, Obama’s war, Hillary Clinton as secretary of state involved in orchestrating it, importing terrorists from scores of foreign countries, using them as proxy forces to oust a legitimate popular government.

Russia justifiably supports Syrian sovereignty and the right of its people alone to choose who’ll lead them - not America, other imperial allies or rogue partners.

Major media systematically lie, ignoring US-state-sponsored terrorism, waging war on humanity, raping and pillaging one independent nation after another for not surrendering to Washington rules.

Ordinary people worldwide have a choice: resist America’s pure evil or be victimized by it. For millions, it means resist or perish.

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. 

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


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Saudi Arabian Troops Heading to Syria?

Saudi Arabian Troops Headed to Syria?

by Stephen Lendman

Syria’s conflict is getting increasingly dicey. Farcical peace talks collapsed. Resuming them is doubtful. Chances for diplomatic resolution are nil. 

Russia’s aerial campaign aiding Syrian ground forces continues unrelenting, Putin committed to combating all terrorist groups until defeating or reducing them to a shadow of their peak strength - enabling government troops to contain their remnants.

A previous article cited Russian evidence, indicating possible Turkish ground incursion preparations. Earlier Russian video evidence exposed Turkish shelling of Syria’s Latakia province - whether ahead of plans to invade its territory remains to be seen.

Does Riyadh have the same intention? Weeks earlier, it set up a military coordination body with Ankara. Saudi General Ahmed Asseri said “(t)he kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the (US-led) coalition may agree to carry out in Syria” - on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

Washington created ISIS, using its fighters as imperial foot soldiers - supported by other NATO nations, Gulf States including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.

If Ankara and Riyadh invade Syria, they’ll be supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups against Assad - complicit with Washington, wanting Western-controlled puppet governance replacing Syrian sovereign independence.

That’s what Obama’s dirty war is all about (Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State helped orchestrate) - along with eliminating an Israeli rival and isolating Iran ahead of plans to transform the Islamic Republic the same way, a prescription for endless war, greater destruction than already, and possibly millions more lives lost.

Asseri indicated what perhaps Washington supports and  intends - countering Russian/Syrian aerial and ground operations with its own, using US and “coalition” ground forces, raising the stakes hugely, making Syria a more dangerous flashpoint than already, US/Russian direct confrontation increasingly possible, a nightmarish scenario risking global war.

Exactly what Washington intends remains to be seen. Turkey and/or Saudi Arabia would never act unilaterally on their own against Syria without US approval or complicity.

Endless US wars and rage for unchallenged global dominance represent the greatest threat to world peace. 

Daily events should scare everyone. When wars are prioritized over peace, human life hangs in the balance.

A Final Comment

On Friday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter welcomed Riyadh’s willingness to send combat troops to Syria, saying:

“That kind of new is very welcome. I look forward to discussing (it) with…Saudi defense minister (Mohammad bin Salman) next week - that and other kinds of contributions that Saudi Arabia can make.”

Is the die cast? Carter said nothing about possible Turkish troops invading Syria. 

Will Riyadh and Ankara join announced US combat force deployments, intended to aid ISIS and other terrorist groups, continuing endless war, aiming to topple Assad and destroy Syrian sovereignty.

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. 

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


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State-Sponsored BBC Propaganda About Russia Waging Nuclear War

State-Sponsored BBC Propaganda About Russia Waging Nuclear War

by Stephen Lendman

State-owned, controlled and operated BBC resembles Fox News with a British accent - all propaganda, all the time, on major issues mattering most. 

It’s credibility is entirely lacking, truth and full disclosure banned from its airwaves. It’s news programming mocks legitimacy.

A program aired on February 3, titled World War Three: Inside the War Room, irresponsibly discussed Moscow invading Eastern Europe and launching nuclear war on Britain - an implausible scenario only a Russia-bashing propagandist would concoct, polar opposite indisputable hard reality.

Russia is the world’s preeminent peacemaker, Vladimir Putin, Sergey Lavrov and other officials dedicated to resolving conflicts diplomatically. Claiming otherwise is part of irresponsible US-led Western Russia-bashing, turning truth on its head.

Moscow threatens no one. Suggesting otherwise ignores its all-out efforts to resolve conflicts in Ukraine and Syria diplomatically, wanting mutual cooperation among all countries, support for rule of law principles, nation-state sovereignty, and multi-world polarity.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov blasted the BBC’s irresponsible program, calling it “trash.” Adding the broadcaster “resort(s) to making public products of quite low quality.”

Russian ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov called the BBC’s program a “dangerous provocation.” The fictional scenario of Moscow invading the Baltic country is implausible and outrageous - one of many examples of Western anti-Russian hostility, using its media as irresponsible attacks dogs.

Propaganda works. Repeated enough gets most people to believe it, why it’s so effective. At times, it precedes hot wars. Deception, managed news misinformation and Big Lies launch them.

Repeated anti-Russian provocations risk open conflict, possible global war, the unthinkable with super-weapons able to 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."

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.


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Obama at Baltimore's Islamic Society

Obama at Baltimore’s Islamic Society

by Stephen Lendman

Responsible historians will remember Obama as a loathsome rogue leader, a duplicitous con man, an unindicted war criminal, a serial liar, a moral coward - responsible for waging war on humanity at home and abroad, mainly against Muslims.

Millions of corpses attest to his barbarity. Islamophobia on his watch rages. Muslims are America’s principal target of choice - state-sponsored, media-proliferated propaganda portraying them as dangerous run-toting terrorists.

On Wednesday, Obama visited a mosque for the first time as president, likely his first time ever, a thinly veiled political stunt, a shameless act, masking his all-out war on Islam, his responsibility for the deaths of millions of Muslims throughout his tenure - by US imperial wars, related violence and chaos, preventable diseases, starvation and overall deprivation.

His foreign policy is based on anti-Muslim viciousness. Domestically, Justice Department prosecutors got numerous Muslims convicted on fabricated terrorist charges, lawlessly sentencing them to long prison terms.

Obama’s address was shameless demagoguery, calling US Muslims part of “one American family” one of many of his Big Lies.

He and George Bush did more harm to more Muslims and Islam than all previous US leaders combined. Championing “freedom of religion” belies his deplorable record. So does saying “an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths.”

On June 9, 2009, Obama addressed Muslims in Cairo - “seek(ing) a new beginning... based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, or need be in competition.” 

“Instead, they overlap, and share common principles - principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

Naked aggression against seven Muslim countries followed, including Afghanistan and Pakistan (AfPak), Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen - along with orchestrating US-installed putschists’ war on Donbass, Israeli slow-motion genocide against Palestinians, and US special forces operating overtly and covertly in over two-thirds of world nations, destabilizing them.

Raping and pillaging one Muslim nation after another defines his deplorable agenda, along with responsibility for the greatest refugee crisis since WW II.

Calling Muslim “children…just like mine” belies genocidal Muslim slaughter on his watch. He addressed a hand-picked audience, applauding on cue, a staged event, shameless and duplicitous.

It bears repeating. Muslims are America’s principal enemy of choice, replacing communism after the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. State-sponsored Islamophobia rages. 

More Muslims suffer today at home and abroad than perhaps any previous time in world history. Obama telling his Baltimore audience he and “your fellow Americans stand with you” is refuted by cold, hard, ugly facts.

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. 

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


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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Planned Turkish Invasion of Syria?

Planned Turkish Invasion of Syria?

by Stephen Lendman

All Turkish military actions are approved by or complicit with Washington. Erdogan would never act unilaterally on his own, not even aggressively against his own Kurdish population, slaughtering civilians in cold blood.

Does he intend a Syrian incursion, unprovoked aggression, if launched? Russian evidence suggests it, according to Defense Department spokesman General Igor Konashenkov, saying:

“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria. We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military.”

Days earlier, Russian video evidence revealed cross-border Turkish shelling on northern Latakia province Syrian populated areas.

US-led NATO officials “and numerous organizations allegedly protecting human rights in Syria, despite our call to respond to these actions, still remain silent,” despite irrefutable evidence of Turkish aggression, along with supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups, Konashenkov explained.

Turkey wants evidence of its illegal military activities along the Syrian border suppressed. It denied a Russian observation flight over its territory, scheduled from February 1 - 5, permitted under the Open Skies Treaty (OST), up to a range of 1,900 km, with Turkish specialists onboard, after earlier expressing no pre-conditions or restrictions.

In 1992, 34 nations signed OST, effective in 2002, including Russia, America, Turkey, EU countries and Canada. Treaty objectives are to foster transparency, monitor fulfillment of arms control agreements, and improve capabilities to prevent crises. 

Konashenkov called denying Russia’s legitimate right to conduct a legitimate observation flight over Turkish territory according to OST provisions “a dangerous precedent and an attempt to conceal illegal military activity near the border with Syria.”

Russian satellite and other intelligence can keep close watch on what Erdogan may intend, including possible cross-border belligerence against Syria.

In 2015, 32 foreign observation flights over Russian territory took place, according to OST principles, four by Turkey.

If Erdogan intends aggression against northern Syria, Russian intelligence will prove it. Key is how Putin and Assad respond.

Neither leader wants greater war than already, nor will they tolerate naked aggression, threatening their national 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. 

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


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Longstanding Israeli Brutality

Longstanding Israeli Brutality

by Stephen Lendman

World leadership indifference and silence lets Palestinian hunger striker for justice Mohammad Elqeiq suffer close to death.

He’s an independent journalist, guilty of no crimes, targeted solely for doing his job. Israel accused him of “journalistic incitement” without issuing formal charges.

He’s administratively held illegally, tortured and abused in captivity, hunger striking for justice denied him, ingesting only water - now for 73 days since November 23.

His life hangs by a thread, slipping in and out of a coma, partly paralyzed, unable to speak, see, hear, stand or do anything on his own, at great risk of organ failure causing death.

In late January, Israel’s High Court rejected his petition for release, saying only it’ll continue monitoring his situation, a possible death sentence without ordering it.

He’s hospitalized at Israel’s Ha’amek medical center, doctors and nurses monitoring his condition only without intervening.

He wants no assistance, now refusing liquids as well as food, willing to die for justice, Israeli viciousness causing him great pain and suffering.

He’s shackled to his bed, adding to his misery. A judicial hearing on a Physicians for Human Rights-Israel petition to remove his restraints was postponed until next week.

Rallies, vigils and protests support him throughout the West Bank. On February 3, Human Rights Watch (HRW) discussed his case, saying last November 21, “Israeli soldiers…blew open (his) front door…blindfolded and arrested him” - without just cause.

So-called evidence against him is secret, unavailable to him, his attorneys or family members - entirely fabricated. He’s unable to defend himself against spurious allegations. He committed no crimes.

Israel doesn’t care if he lives or dies - nor the world community doing nothing to help him, indifferent to his pain and suffering, uncaring about him being wrongfully imprisoned.

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. 

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


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Farcical Syrian Peace Talks Collapse

Farcical Syrian Peace Talks Collapse

by Stephen Lendman

Pro-Western, pro-Saudi, anti-Syrian UN envoy/interlocutor Staffan de Mistura tried putting a brave face on collapse, saying talks going nowhere were suspended until February 25.

They’re a meaningless exercise in deception, mostly opposition terrorist groups, wanting Syria raped and pillaged involved. 

Mistura failed to reveal names of their delegates, groups and individuals as ruthless as ISIS, beholden to US-led Western and Saudi-led foreign powers - committed to war, instability and chaos, wanting Syrian sovereignty replace by caliphate tyranny.

Talks scheduled to begin on January 26 never began. US/Saudi-backed terrorist groups made unacceptable demands designed for rejection.

They intended abandoning Geneva III and returning home Thursday. Mistura tried saving face for himself and foreign backers by announcing failed talks were suspended.

Both sides have intractable positions. Nothing ahead will change in a month, year or longer. Syria’s delegation wants peace, stability, a chance to begin rebuilding, its sovereignty protected, and the right of its people alone to decide who’ll govern them, free from outside interference - mandated under international law.

US-led Western nations, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf States and Israel want the Syrian Arab Republic destroyed, its resources plundered, its people exploited - a formula for endless conflict.

At the same time, they want Iran isolated. Its turn awaits. Washington and rogue partners want the Islamic Republic returned to its bad old days, run by a tyrannical US-controlled puppet.

Syria’s UN envoy/chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari explained opposition terrorist groups intended subverting talks before they began, wanting them to fail, intending to walk out, then wrongfully blame Assad and Russia for their duplicity.

“(W)e know that the (US/Saudi-backed) delegation had the intention to withdraw,” he explained. De Mistura gave them “diplomatic cover (on) orders from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar,” as well as Washington, mostly responsible for orchestrating failure.

Notably, after years of ISIS and other terrorist groups’ control of strategically important Nubl and Al-Zahra in northern Aleppo province, Syrian ground forces aided by Russian air power liberated them.

At the same time, most terrorists in Ma’arasa, al-Khan, As Sin and al-Uweinat were eliminated. Most important, the strategic supply line from Turkey to Aleppo was severed.

Another tenuously operates from Turkey to Idlib (37 miles southwest of Aleppo) and Aleppo province. Expect Russian air power to let Syrian ground forces control the area in the days or weeks ahead.

According to Sergey Lavrov, conflict resolution depends heavily on “blocking illegal trafficking across the Turkish/Syrian border,” supplying terrorist groups with weapons, munitions and other supplies.

Northern Syria near Turkey’s border is being incrementally liberated, a slow process, a key strategic aim vital to achieve overall victory.

Syrian forces greatly aided by Russian air power have ISIS and other terrorist groups on the back foot - another reason why US-Saudi-backed opposition delegates withdrew. Negotiating from weakness defeats them.

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. 

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


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America Created Daesh (ISIS)

America Created Daesh (ISIS)

by Stephen Lendman

America created global terrorist groups at least since the CIA’s involvement against Soviet Russia in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Virtually all headline-making groups are US creations, or offshoots from them, used as imperial foot soldiers - recruited from scores of countries, armed, funded, trained and directed to serve Washington’s pure evil agenda, its quest for unchallenged global dominance, its endless wars of aggressions, its ravaging and destroying one nation after another.

At a Rome news conference with his Italian counterpart Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, John Kerry was interrupted by a woman, accusing America of “creat(ing) Daesh,” shouting a vital truth in public, reported on Italian state-owned RAI television.

Many others continue to explain the same thing, this writer numerous times. Last August, former US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) head/retired Lt. General Michael Flynn cited official US documents, proving creating ISIS was “a willful (Obama administration) decision.”

The so-called war against it and America’s “war on terror” are complete fabrications, proliferated by US officials and supportive media scoundrels.

Washington consistently violates Security Council Resolution 2178 (September 2014), calling on member states to “suppress the recruiting, organizing, transporting, equipping and financing of foreign terrorist fighters” (ISIS and related groups).

A declassified 2012 US report said “there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria, and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime” and replace it. 

Russia’s intervention last year appears to have foiled Washington’s best laid plans, aiming to redraw the Middle East map, destroying Syrian sovereignty key, increasingly looking like a failed objective.

The region remains on the boil, a cauldron of endless violence, instability and chaos - America’s pure evil agenda entirely responsible.

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. 

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


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NYT Proliferates the Big Lie About Russia Threatening America

NYT Proliferates the Big Lie About Russia Threatening America

by Stephen Lendman

No nation shows greater commitment to world peace, stability and security than Russia - no leader more than Vladimir Putin. 

He’s the most worthy Nobel Peace Prize candidate never to be honored, passed over for war criminals like Obama.

NYT editors mock credible journalism, proliferating the Big Lie about nonexistent “Russian aggression,” posing the greatest threat to US security.

“It is undeniable that Russia has become openly aggressive under President Vladimir Putin, who has violated sovereign borders by annexing Crimea and stoking civil war in Ukraine,” they ranted. 

“A cease-fire in Ukraine was declared last year, but Russian forces still maintain a presence in eastern Ukraine, raising questions about whether Russia might try to extend its reach to the Baltic States.”

Fact: No responsible editors would touch this rubbish. They’d forthrightly denounce it.

Fact: It bears repeating. Putin is the world’s preeminent peacemaker - polar opposite Obama’s rage for endless premeditated wars of aggression, responsible for millions of deaths, countries raped, destroyed and pillaged, along with unspeakable human misery.

Fact: Putin violated no sovereign borders of any country, nor does he intend to. No credible evidence suggests otherwise.

Fact: Washington’s 2014 coup replaced Ukrainian democracy with illegitimate Nazi-infested putschists - waging naked aggression against their own people.

Fact: Crimeans overwhelmingly voted by independently monitored referendum to rejoin Russia and correct an historic mistake. Putin forthrightly accommodated them.

Fact: Russia has no military presence in eastern Ukraine, no intention “to extend its reach to the Baltic states.”

Fact: Kiev systematically violated Minsk I and II ceasefire agreements, bearing full responsibility for continuing conflict - with full support and encouragement from Washington.

What’s most important to report, NYT editors systematically suppress, substituting state-sponsored propaganda for real news, information and analysis.

Readers are consistently lied to. Credibility isn’t The Times long suit - a longstanding mouthpiece for wealth, power and privilege exclusively, the public interest be damned.

Increasing US-led NATO encroachment on Russia’s borders represents a major threat to world peace. Times editors got it backwards, accusing Moscow’s defensive missile systems of “threaten(ing) NATO’s military access to airspace in parts of Europe…”

They irresponsibly bashed Putin’s vital anti-terrorist Syrian air campaign. They deplore peace and stability, in lockstep with US imperial lawlessness, its endless wars of aggression threatening humanity.

They consistently blame Russia and other regime change targeted nations for America’s high crimes, pure evil on an unprecedented scale.

Truth and full disclosure are systematically banned from its pages on issues mattering most. Managed news misinformation and Big Lies substitute.

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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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Putin Intends Defeating the Scourge of Terrorism

Putin Intends Defeating the Scourge of Terrorism

by Stephen Lendman

His righteous mission deserves universal support. He’s committed for as long as it takes, wanting the terrorist scourge prevented from establishing a Central Asian foothold, especially kept out of Russia - a key US objective.

On Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov responded to unacceptable demands made by Syrian opposition delegates in Geneva, representing terrorist groups, ones Moscow is committed to defeat, saying:

Russia’s aerial campaign will continue, intensified as needed. “I see no reason why the operation of our Air Force in Syria should be stopped as long as terrorists are not defeated yet.”

He praised Russia’s successful operations, a game-changer on the ground, reinvigorating Syrian ground forces, large numbers of volunteers joining them, retaking earlier lost territory - ISIS and other terrorists groups on the back foot, hopefully heading toward decisive defeat throughout Syria.

Russian and US-led operations are polar opposite, Washington using takfiri terrorists as imperial foot soldiers, supporting them with arms, munitions, funding, training and months of bombing Syrian targets.

Russia is the only major power committed to defeat a common scourge, its efforts hugely successful, the best chance for liberating Syria, restoring peace and stability.

Diplomacy is a waste of time, sham Geneva III peace talks dead on arrival. Terrorists don’t negotiate. They demand. Washington wants war, not peace.

As long as Western and regional regimes support ISIS and other terrorist groups, endless fighting will continue, perhaps years before it ends, maybe decades.

Syrians continue suffering and dying daily. Obama bears full responsibility. 

America’s quest for unchallenged global dominance is the greatest threat to world peace. It hangs 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

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.


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French TV Airs Stinging 2014 Maidan Coup Documentary

French TV Airs Stinging 2014 Maidan Coup Documentary

by Stephen Lendman

Canal+ TV’s “Les Masques de la Revolution” (The Masks of Revolution) revealed facts US-installed Kiev putschists want suppressed. It aired on February 1, despite Ukraine’s efforts to block its broadcast.

Canal’s web site said journalist/documentary filmmaker Paul Moreira “strips the masks of modern-day Ukraine and carries out an investigation on the firing line of the new ‘Cold War’ between the East and the West.”

He discussed how US-backed Nazi-infested elements instigated deadly Maidan violence, a coup, ousting the democratically elected Yanukovych government, illegitimate putschists replacing it. 

He also covered the Kiev-ordered May 2014 Odessa massacre, premeditated mass murder, using Nazi-infested Right Sector thugs.

Moreira’s hard-hitting documentary counters “the commonly accepted narrative,” he said. “I knew I was going to meet a strong opposition, would be accused of playing into the hands of Putin, of using elements of propaganda,” he explained.

“I didn’t expect to meet such denial, bordering on hysteria…I was called a ‘terrorist’ in the pay of the Russian secret services.” 

Notorious neocon Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland (a Hillary Clinton appointee) orchestrated the Maidan coup - shamelessly calling it “peaceful protest(s) by ordinary Ukrainians.”

At the time, Sergey Lavrov cited hard evidence of fascist thugs’ responsibility for what happened. Former Estonian Foreign Minister Urman Paet was ignored, saying “there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition.”

“All the evidence shows” they were shooting police and nonviolent Maidan protesters.” Former Ukrainian Security Service head Aleksandr Yakimenko confirmed Paet's assessment. He blamed putschist official Andrey Parubiy, a Nazi Svoboda party leader.

“Shots came from the Philharmonic Hall,” Yakimenko explained. “Maidan Commandant Parubiy was responsible for this building.”

“Snipers and people with automatic weapons were ‘working’ from this building on February 20. They supported the assault on the Interior Ministry forces on the ground who were already demoralized and had, in fact, fled.”

“When the first wave of shootings ended, many have witnessed 20 people leaving the building.” They were carrying military-style bags used for sniper and assault rifles with optical sights.

Many witnesses saw them. Foreign elements may have been involved. Perhaps CIA operatives and US special forces.

What happened was well planned in advance. “These were the forces that carried out everything that they were told by their leadership - the United States,” Yakimenko stressed.

Maidan leaders practically lived at Washington's embassy, he explained. Parubiy controlled access to weapons used to oust the Yanukovych government violently.

Ukraine is an illegitimate Nazi-infested US vassal state, waging war on its own people, committing horrendous human and civil rights abuses, reviled by most Ukrainians.

Maybe a real people’s revolution Maidan 2.0 looms, restoring lost democratic rights, ending US-orchestrated terror war on Donbass, restoring good relations with Russia.

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. 

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


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New Israeli Stop and Frisk Police State Law Targets Palestinians and Black African Asylum Seekers Exclusively

New Israeli Stop and Frisk Police State Law Targets Palestinians and Black African Asylum Seekers Exclusively

by Stephen Lendman

Ostensibly it targets anyone for any reason or none at all - permitting random indiscriminate stop and frisks without just cause. 

In fact, it’s directed at Palestinians and Black African asylum seekers, meant to further harass, denigrate and persecute them, another example of Israeli viciousness - a tyrannical fascist regime masquerading as democratic.

Until now, stopping and frisking required just cause, a reasonable suspicion of possible intended wrongdoing. No longer. Anyone can be indiscriminately harassed and humiliated - Palestinians and Black Africans specifically targeted.

MK Michal Rozin blasted the new law, saying it “flagrantly ignore(s) the daily distress of weak groups, who suffer serious discrimination in Israel. Police are no less racist than anyone else.”

Joint (Arab) List MK Jamal Zahalka said the new law “unleashed” security forces to do what they please unaccountably.

Ahead of Monday’s vote, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) warned “Ethiopians, Arabs and people of Middle Eastern appearance (will) suffer.”

Regime officials claimed the measure is meant to deal with ongoing violence - entirely state-sponsored. Notorious racist Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan proposed the new law, saying:

“Following recent terrorist attacks, there is an urgent need to give the police authority to conduct body searches to better deal with knife terrorism” - one of the many regime Big Lies, Erdan adding”

“This is another step I am promoting in a series of decisions to strengthen the police and its authority to increase personal security on the street.”

Police states operate exclusively by their own rules, ignoring fundamental international human rights laws, Israel a notorious violator throughout its sordid history.

Zionist extremism is the scourge of Jews and non-Jews alike - reckless, ruthless, lawless. Israeli racism is institutionalized.

A previous article discussed hardline Knesset members rejection of Joint (Arab) List MK Jamal Zahalka’s draft measure, calling for inclusion of an equality clause in Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.

It considers equality for all its citizens an existential threat. Dozens of racist laws were enacted throughout its history, denigrating Arab citizens, imposing brutal military rule on Occupied Palestinians.

On February 3 alone, Israeli security forces killed three Palestinians, abducted dozens, rampaged through numerous Palestinian communities, terrorized families and traumatized children.

Ramallah is now isolated and blocked, an IDF spokeswoman, saying “(i)n accordance with situation assessments following (a weekend incident), only residents of Ramallah are allowed to enter the city.”

The ban applies to international visitors, more evidence of collective punishment - the way all police states operate.

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. 

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


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.