Sunday, October 23, 2016

Farcical Ceasefire in Aleppo Ends, Combating Terrorism Resumes

Farcical Ceasefire in Aleppo Ends, Combating Terrorism Resumes

by Stephen Lendman

Like previous good faith Russian diplomatic conflict resolution efforts, its unilaterally declared humanitarian pause in combating terrorists infesting eastern Aleppo failed because Washington undermined it - wanting endless war to topple Assad and destroy sovereign Syrian independence.

On October 22, the Russian language broadsheet Izvestia quoted parliamentary security and defense committee deputy chairman Frans Clint Savich, saying “(f)resh rounds of anti-terrorism operations will start as soon as the humanitarian ceasefire ends” Saturday evening.

Syrian parliamentarian Jamal Rabe’eh said combating terrorists in Aleppo will resume, explaining Damascus and Moscow forthrightly tried ending bloodshed by diplomatic means. Washington and its rogue allies sabotaged their good faith efforts.

A Syrian military source said fresh government forces were sent to Aleppo, more troops coming this week. 

According to Fars News, “Syrian government forces, (bolstered by) fresh soldiers, are engaged in an intense battle with (US-supported al-Nusra) terrorist(s) in (eastern Aleppo’s) Housing Project 1070.”

Al-Nusra “(u)nits…have now pulled…back from their positions under the heavy fire of the Syrian army.”

“The present conditions show that Housing Project 1070 will be completely captured soon. There have remained only a few building blocks under (al-Nusra) control.”

“Now the terrorists are under siege, trapped in the circle of government soldiers. They have no way out.” They’ll either surrender or die.

Overnight Saturday, Reuters said Syrian and/or Russian airstrikes on eastern Aleppo resumed after Moscow’s unilateral ceasefire ended. 

According to local sources, Russian warplanes resumed bombing, striking al-Nusra’s southern Aleppo countryside supply lines. Syria’s aerial campaign focused on northern Aleppo terrorist targets.

Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said allowing Syria to be partitioned could have catastrophic regional consequences.

Its “territory should be liberated,” he stressed. “And everything should be done to hinder the breakup of that country into any parts…”

Russia’s mission is aiding Syria’s “legitimate authorities in fighting terrorism, in fighting ISIS and other terrorist organizations.”

“We have two options: either Assad (or al-Nusra) in Damascus.” If it “falls and terrorists are there, then no political settlement” is possible - why defeating them is essential.

On Friday, during a special UN Human Rights Council session, Russia’s UN envoy in Geneva, Alexey Borodavkin, minced no words saying:

“While hysteria is being whipped up around Aleppo, the US-led coalition has been systematically destroying infrastructure in government-controlled areas, delivering crushing strikes to civilians and the Syrian Army, and now seems to intend (to shift) ISIS terrorists from the Iraqi city of Mosul into Syria.”

“(C)ertain countries continue placing stakes on terrorists and extremists, rendering them political and propaganda assistance, supplying them with arms and ammunition” - leaving no doubt he means America, its NATO allies and rogue regional states.

Syria’s liberating struggle continues - Washington systematically preventing diplomatic conflict resolution.

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US Election Stolen for Hillary Before Polls Open

US Presidential Election Stolen for Hillary Before Polls Open

by Stephen Lendman

November 8 isn’t election day. It’s orchestrated grand theft theater to anoint Hillary Obama’s successor. Americans are deluded to believe their vote matters.

This year’s outcome was decided well in advance, likely last year before aspirants announced their candidacy for the nation’s highest office.

Power brokers running America bear full responsibility for concocting a sham system, fantasy democracy, not the real thing.

Disgracefully one-sided pro-Hillary media scoundrels and corporate pollsters share blame for creating the impression of her unbeatability.

Press agent journalism proliferates. Biased corporate polls are easily manipulated to show what sponsors want. On Sunday, The New York Times virtually declared Hillary November’s winner and next president, saying she “has a 93% chance to win.”

The dirty game aims to discourage Trump supporters, convince them he has no chance to win, hoping many will stay home, while encouraging rank and file for Hillary to show up en masse.

Any number of dirty tricks can be used to assure she’s anointed president-elect. Stolen elections are a longstanding US tradition from the early days of the republic. 

Now it’s done by methods explained above, electronic ease, voter roll stripping and other dirty tricks.

Paul Craig Roberts explains turnout for Trump stump speeches overwhelming exceeds what Hillary attracts.

So how come most polls show her leading, he asks? “We are being told lies in order to cover up the coming election theft,” he justifiably explains.

Want more evidence? Here it is. Citing an October 18 - 19, Rasmussen poll, RT International reported 65% of voters surveyed saying Hillary acted extrajudicially by storing classified State Department emails on her private server.

A 53% majority believe she should be indicted. When asked if Hillary’s email scandal was important in influencing their vote, 70% replied affirmatively - 49% calling it very important.

If Hillary wins as expected, around 70% of Republican voters believe it’s by election-rigging, according to a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll RT cited.

If most voters want her indicted, polls showing her leading Trump lack credibility.

She’s the establishment candidate, Wall Street’s choice, Trump an outlier, relentlessly denigrated, things rigged to assure he loses.

Democracy in America serves its privileged few alone - indifferent to the needs, rights and welfare of most others, especially the nation’s poor and vulnerable.

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AT&T Buying Time Warner: If Approved, Assures Greater Scoundrel Media Consolidation Than Already

AT&T Buying Time Warner: If Approved, Assures Greater Scoundrel Media Consolidation Than Already

by Stephen Lendman

Six corporate giants control most media and related content Americans consume. 

Comcast, News Corp., Disney, Viacom, CBS and Time Warner dominate US broadcast and cable television news, entertainment and sports, movie and TV production, theme parks, record labels, publishing, and for-profit online operations.

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal reported telecommunications giant AT&T and Time Warner agreeing to merge.

Approval, if granted, would likely assure greater consolidation in both industries - benefitting corporate predators at the expense of the vast majority of consumers, giving them less choice than already, ensuring higher prices for poorer service.

Hillary is a Wall Street, war profiteers, corporate predators tool, virtually certain to support this outrageous deal - likely to get FCC and Justice Department approval on her watch.

Campaigning in Pennsylvania, Trump called the proposed deal another example of too few sources disseminating information to Americans, warning of “too much concentration of power,” manipulating people, telling them how to think.

As president, if elected, he vowed to oppose it. He’s against jobs-killing TPP, NAFTA and similar deals. “Our jobs are fleeing the country,” he said. “They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to many other countries.”

Hillary calls TPP the “gold standard in trade agreements,” sure to approve what Trump opposes.

He calls friendly relations with Russia a good thing, praising Putin as “a leader…far more than our president has been,” saying “(i)f we have a (normal) relationship with Russia, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could work together on it and knock the hell out of ISIS.”

Hillary’s rage for endless wars to eliminate all sovereign independent governments risks nuclear confrontation with Russia, China and Iran on her watch.

Trump is no peacenik, no paragon of virtue, yet he’s on the right side of vital issues discussed above. 

Hillary should terrify everyone - on the wrong side of virtually everything mattering most, the most ruthlessly dangerous choice for president in US history.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Our Long National Nightmare Is Just Beginning

Our Long National Nightmare Is Just Beginning

by Stephen Lendman

In less than three weeks, get used to hearing about president-elect Hillary, she and husband Bill heading back to the White House in January for a third co-presidential term - by fair or foul means.

What’s coming should terrify everyone. She’ll largely be calling the shots this time, surrounded with likeminded neocons, war lords, recycled Wall Street crooks, and other assorted miscreants.

The most perilous time in world history is about to worsen with her as US president. Expect America’s war on humanity to escalate dramatically, perhaps striking US soil for the first time since war with Britain in 1812.

It involved land and naval battles, lasting over two-and-a-half years. British forces occupied Washington, setting public buildings ablaze, including the White House (then called the Presidential Mansion) and Capitol Hill.

It was skirmish-like compared to what’s coming if Hillary confronts Russia and China belligerently, risking possible nuclear war, turning cities like Washington to smoldering rubble if launched.

Major flashpoints in Syria, Ukraine and the South China Sea could ignite US/Sino-Russia conflict, a potential doomsday scenario. Uninformed, indifferent and distracted Americans don’t realize the clear and present danger.

Moscow justifiably fears tens of thousands of US-led NATO combat troops in Eastern Europe. Mobilized provocatively near its border could be prelude for explosive war like nothing matching it earlier.

Conflicts in Syria and Ukraine could ignite it. So could increasing US provocations in the South China Sea, Pentagon warships challenging Beijing’s right to its own waters and territory.

On Friday, US navy guided missile destroyer USS Decatur sailed perilously close to China’s Nansha Islands - without entering their 12 nautical mile territorial limits.

Beijing called the incident “illegal” and “provocative.” Two Chinese warships warned America’s vessel to leave. China’s military announced  increased air and sea patrols as needed - to protect its waters and territory from potential hostile acts.

Beijing’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said America “severely violated China’s sovereignty and security interests” - calling the latest action “an extremely irresponsible provocative act.”

“The US intentionally created and exaggerated tensions. Beijing will continue to closely watch the maritime and air situation and will take all measures that are necessary to defend China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime interests.”

The action was Washington’s latest provocation, following numerous earlier ones, four in 2016 alone, last occurring in May. 

Will things escalate dangerously with Hillary as US president? Will China be more threatened than already? Will America again wage war in Asia, last time losing to Vietnam, China a much more formidable challenge?

Will Hillary attack Russia - perhaps using a 9/11 type false flag as pretext for naked aggression? 

Washington’s rage for global dominance threatens everyone, everywhere, especially with an emotionally unstable war goddess in charge. 

Will Americans only awaken to the threat when it’s too late to matter? Will Hillary’s ascension to power doom us all?

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UN Human Rights Blames Russia and Syria for US-Led High Crimes

UN Human Rights Chief Blames Russia and Syria for US-Led High Crimes 

by Stephen Lendman

Like his deplorable predecessor Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, represents US-led Western imperial interests exclusively.

Earlier he was Jordan’s UN envoy and ambassador to America. Appointed to his current post in September 2014, he straightaway continued dirty business as usual.”

It’s why he was chosen to succeed Pillay, supporting what he’s mandated to oppose, instead of working to promote and protect fundamental human rights guaranteed under international law.

On Friday, Zeid blamed Russia and Syria for war crimes in Aleppo, without citing them by name, largely ignoring the real perpetrators - Washington, its rogue allies and terrorist foot soldiers.

He disgracefully called eastern Aleppo freedom fighting/liberating efforts crimes of war and against humanity.

Addressing a special UN Human Rights Council session, he said “(a)rmed opposition groups (without identifying them as US-supported terrorists) continue to fire mortars and other projectiles into civilian neighborhoods of western Aleppo, but indiscriminate air strikes across the eastern part of the city by government forces and their allies are responsible for the overwhelming majority of civilian casualties.”

Clearly he meant Russia and Syria, ignoring their heroic struggle against US-supported terrorists - fighters imported from scores of countries, heavily armed, trained, funded and directed by operatives from America, other NATO countries and rogue regional ones.

“The violations and abuses suffered by people across the country, including the siege and bombardment of eastern Aleppo, are simply not tragedies. They also constitute crimes of historic proportions, Zeid added.

He called on the pro-Western Human Rights Council to refer the situation in Aleppo to the International Criminal Court, urging responsible parties be held accountable.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro was appointed International Commission of Inquiry on Syria to serve US-led NATO imperial interests exclusively.

Perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity will only cease to violate the laws of war when it is clear they will be held to account,” he blustered - meaning Syria and Russia. 

“This why referral of the conflict in Syria to the ICC or an ad hoc international justice mechanism is critical to resolving this conflict,” he added - wanting US-led imperial high crimes ignored, liberating efforts by Syria and Russia punished.

A Final Comment

On Saturday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov blasted US-led mass murder in Iraq, saying Pentagon and so-called “coalition” warplanes massacred dozens of civilian men, women and children in Daquq, Iraq near Kirkuk - mourners, not ISIS or other terrorist fighters. 

None were in the area at the time. “These deadly attacks on civilian areas, which have all the marks of war crimes, are becoming almost a daily routine for the (US-led) international coalition,” Konashenkov explained.

“Too often weddings, funerals, hospitals, police stations, and humanitarian convoys are being hit by coalition warplanes.”

Will UN human rights chief Zeid demand America and its coalition partners be held accountable by the ICC or similar judicial body?”

Not as long he wants his job, values staying in the good graces of Jordan’s ruling authority (his native country), and cherishes his life and freedom.

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Farcical Ceasefire in Aleppo

Farcical Ceasefire in Aleppo

by Stephen Lendman

Russian/Syrian good faith ceasefire efforts to provide humanitarian relief for thousands of eastern Aleppo residents held hostage as human shields by US-backed terrorists failed as expected.

Ceasefire plays into their hands, letting them regroup, rearm and mobilize for further attacks - with full US support and encouragement.

Russia and Syria know what’s going on and why. So why extend ceasefire another day, two or longer, letting terrorist forces grow stronger? The only way to liberate eastern Aleppo is by smashing them entirely, forcing their remaining elements to surrender or die.

On Friday, Russian General Sergey Rudskoi said extending the humanitarian pause followed requests by pro-Western organizations, including the UN, supporting America’s imperial project.

Russia agreed despite “so-called opposition groups and their curators” preventing anyone from leaving eastern Aleppo. Those trying risk death or serious injury.

A western Aleppo resident told RT International that so-called Free Syrian Army and al-Nusra terrorists “open fire and beat and torture everyone…try(ing) to leave (areas of) the city” they control. His trapped family held hostage can’t get out - nor others in the besieged part of the city.

Another Western Aleppo resident said thousands of eastern city hostages have no food, water, electricity or fuel. “They’ve got nothing,” she said.

Rudskoi said Russian “requests to the Americans to make a positive influence on the fighters of the so-called opposition to make them stop the firing, to let civilians leave, and leave themselves remain unanswered.”

Washington is deliberately and maliciously obstructing ceasefire and efforts to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid to eastern Aleppo residents.

It’s no secret why. Sustaining hostilities serve its interests, going all-out to prevent Aleppo’s liberation - so far short of direct intervention likely coming under Hillary’s leadership next year, risking direct confrontation with Russia.

According to Rudskoi, eastern Aleppo terrorists mobilized around “1,200 (heavily armed) militants, among them 30 (suicide) bombers…read(ying) to…attack from the militant part of the city.”

The longer Russia extends its humanitarian pause, the stronger terrorists get, the longer it’ll take to defeat them.

US-backed eastern Aleppo fighters continue terrorizing thousands of residents - while their daily shelling kills civilians in liberated parts of the city.

In the last 24 hours alone, eight died, over 30 injured, some seriously. Putin said Russia is willing to suspend airstrikes as long as needed - “until the terrorists in (eastern Aleppo) intensify their activity.”

On Friday, he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Ukraine’s US-installed puppet leader Petro Poroshenko.

So-called Normandy Four talks accomplished nothing toward resolving conflicts in Syria or Ukraine. Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry discussed conflict in Aleppo by phone. A Russian Foreign Ministry statement followed, saying:

The heads of the foreign ministries…discussed the ways to normalize the situation in the eastern part of Aleppo, where Syria’s government forces and Russia’s Aerospace Forces have announced a humanitarian pause in their military operations and are ready to extend it if al-Nusra Front and illegal armed groups that have joined it do not violate the ceasefire regime.”

Diplomats talk endlessly, achieving nothing substantive, while Syrians die. How long will Russia continue the ceasefire charade?

It’s harming, not helping defenseless victims, delaying Aleppo’s liberation, key to hoped for eventual triumph in Syria over US imperial ruthlessness!

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Pressure Building for Direct US Intervention in Syria

Pressure Building for Direct US Intervention in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Obama is incrementally upping the stakes in Syria - building pressure, preparing for Hillary’s takeover in January, a near certainty as things now stand - things rigged for her as Trump justifiably claims.

Escalated conflict to oust Assad is virtually certain with her as commander-in-chief of America’s military. A dubious, likely fabricated, confidential UN report to Security Council members throws fuel on the raging (made in the USA) Syria fire.

A UN-led inquiry unjustifiably claimed Syrian forces used chemical weapons three times - citing “sufficient (unsubstantiated) information.” 

One attack on Qmenas near Idlib city “was caused by a Syrian Arab Armed Forces helicopter dropping a device from a high altitude, which hit the ground and released the toxic substance that affected the population,” the report claimed.

Investigators believe chlorine gas was used - its weaponized use banned under the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. It’s readily available to US-supported terrorists, they didn’t explain - or say these elements used various toxic substances before numerous times.

Security Council members will discuss the report’s findings in closed session next week - Russia, and likely China, virtually certain to veto any unjustifiable US, UK and French anti-Syrian measures proposed.

Ahead of debating the issue next week, Russia questioned the inquiry’s findings, calling alleged evidence inconclusive. Numerous times before, Syria was falsely accused of CW attacks carried out by US-backed terrorists.

Under a 2013 Russia/US brokered deal, Syria agreed to destroy its entire CW stockpile. On January 4, 2016, the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Damascus “complete(d) (the) destruction of all (its) chemical weapons…”

At the time, OPCW director-general Ahmet Uzumcu said “(t)his process closes an important chapter in the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapon(s) programme…”

No verifiable evidence suggests any remain. Plenty indicates US-supported terrorists have access to toxic weapons, using them at their discretion.

The Security Council resolution supporting Syria’s agreement to destroy its CW stockpile included a provision, saying if noncompliance occurred, measures under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter would be imposed - sanctions and/or use of military force, another resolution needed for implementation, Russia, and likely China, virtually certain to veto any draft proposed.

Falsely accusing Damascus and Russia of war crimes builds pressure for escalated war once Hillary assumes power - including likely direct US intervention against Syrian military targets.

Will direct confrontation with Russia follow? Are things headed for possible nuclear war? Bipartisan neocons infesting Washington under Hillary’s leadership make the unthinkable perhaps likely.

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NYT Falsely Claims Hillary's Emails Weren't Damaging

NYT Falsely Claims Hillary’s Emails Weren’t Damaging

by Stephen Lendman

Daily WikiLeaks dumps of Hillary’s emails reveal her disturbing polar opposite public and private views on major issues.

They show she’s a pathological liar, a pay-to-play influence peddler in return for large Clinton Foundation donations, earning millions of dollars in supportive Wall Street speeches, and disturbing information on how horrifically she’ll govern as president - entirely different her campaign posturing.

Disgracefully claiming Russia hacked Hillary’s emails “to influence the presidential election” despite no evidence suggesting it, Times editors discounted their importance, saying none…so far seem particularly harmful to Mrs. Clinton.”

Absurdly claiming “she has nothing to hide,” The Times claimed “(f)uller disclosure would clearly have helped her when it came to her lucrative speeches to Wall Street…”

Saying they largely discussed “incentivizing growth and spurring entrepreneurship” suppressed her one-sided support for Wall Street banks and other financial interests at the expense of Main Street.

She barely stopped short of threatening China with war, saying “we’re going to ring (the country) with missile defense (for offense). We’re going to put more of our fleet in the area. You either control them, or we’re going to have to defend against them.”

She expressed support for no-fly zone implementation in Syria, an act of war if imposed, risking military confrontation with Russia.

She lied about US post-9/11 policies “ke(eping) us safer.” She left no doubt about the major threat to world peace, stability and security she poses as US president.

On October 20, Judicial Watch (JW) released “email correspondence between (Hillary) and Gen. David Petraeus” when he headed CENTCOM, saying:

“If there is ever anything you need or want me to know, pls use this personal email address” -…

JW president Tom Fitton commented, saying “(i)t’s now clear why (Hillary) deleted or withheld so many (emails), and why (she) didn’t recall or declined to answer questions about her email security” under oath, in response to judicially approved JW questions.

“And her request to Petraeus while he was the Commander of the United States Central Command to communicate with her solely at her unsecure email address shows (her) willful negligence in handling national defense information.”

Times editors saying if she “had done her own giant information release (including texts of her highly paid speeches to Wall Street and other special interests) by now, everyone would have long since moved on ignores major scandal surrounding the Clintons they want suppressed.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

UN Human Rights Council Supports America's Imperial Project in Syria

UN Human Rights Council Supports America’s Imperial Project in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

The HRC includes a rogue’s gallery of states supporting naked aggression among its 47 members, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and NATO nations Britain, Germany, France, 
Belgium, Latvia, Albania, and Slovenia - backing US-led aggression on Syrian sovereign independence.

On Friday, it passed a resolution on Aleppo, introduced by Britain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE (notorious human rights abusing states), calling for a war crimes investigation, irresponsibly blaming Russia and Syria for most civilian casualties.

It requested the pro-Western International Commission of Inquiry (ICI) to “conduct a comprehensive independent special inquiry into the events in Aleppo” - to hold parties responsible for crimes of war and against humanity accountable.

According to Alexei Borodavkin, Russia’s Geneva-based UN envoy, the resolution “was not an objective and unbiased discussion of the situation in Syria, in Aleppo in particular, but yet another attempt at an information propaganda warfare on Damascus and Moscow.”

A disgraceful statement largely blamed Russia and Syria for high crimes committed by America, its rogue partners and terrorist foot soldiers.

It called for “an immediate, prolonged and all-encompassing ceasefire” in Aleppo - a thinly veiled scheme to let terrorists regain the advantage, prevent the city’s liberation, and continue endless war for regime change.

Separately, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blasted Washington for failing to work cooperatively with Russia on delivering humanitarian aid to 
Aleppo and helping to enforce ceasefire conditions.

“I would like to emphasize that the difficult situation there (is) the result of the US failure to comply with its obligations within the framework of the September 9 Russian-US agreements” reached in Geneva, she said.

Humanitarian crisis conditions in Syria, especially Aleppo, are exacerbated by illegally imposed US/EU sanctions, she added.

Reporting from Aleppo, Russian RIA Novosti correspondent Mikhail Alaeddin expressed frustration over militants in eastern Aleppo blocking residents from leaving.

He quoted a Russian colleague, saying “(s)o much for the ‘humanitarian pause’ and the terrorists’ response to it. Now I think no one will leave” eastern Aleppo. 

It’s Washington’s strategy, wanting the Syria pot kept boiling endlessly, heading for greater conflict than already when Hillary succeeds Obama. 

The end game remains the same - regime change and destruction of Syrian sovereign independence.

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Hillary Favors Privatizing Social Security

Hillary Favors Privatizing Social Security

by Stephen Lendman

She’s been deplorably pro-Wall Street throughout her public life - as president next year in a position to benefit major financial firms more than ever by incrementally privatizing Social Security.

According to journalists David Sirota and Avi Asher-Schapiro, financial services giant Blackstone Group “openly promote(s) a plan to give (Wall Street and other financial) firms control of hundreds of billions of dollars in retirement savings” - savers required to go along involuntarily.

Company president/major Hillary fundraiser Tony James is touted to become her Treasury secretary, according to some observers.

His scheme is a back-door way of privatizing Social Security, a scheme no previous administration dared try. Workers and employers would be required to put designated portion of their retirement savings into “pooled plans run by professional investment managers,” according to James.

A single mandatory system would replace individual retirement accounts, diverting a designated portion of Social Security revenues to private hands - financial predators benefitting at the expense of savers.

James claiming they’ll have “access to (the) highest quality managers (with) long-term investment horizons” is cover for a giant scam if enacted into law - another way to transfer personal savings to wealthy monied interests, further enriching them, most people none the wiser about how they’re being ripped off.

James favors retiree savings invested “like pension plans,” including “real estate, private equity, commodities and hedge funds” - generating big fees for financial firms, returns not justifying the costs, according to critics.

Leaked emails showed Hillary praised a presidential commission, recommending Social Security cuts, Sirota and Asher-Schapiro explained.

Earlier this year, James said “(i)f this (proposal) gets enacted, there are going to be thousands and thousands and thousands of asset managers that will benefit…” - major ones like Blackstone and Wall Street banks most of all.

Critic Curtis Loftis, South Carolina Treasurer, said “(t)his new plan depends on sweeping government mandates, the appropriation of trillions of dollars from the private sector that is then handed over to zillionaire investment managers who make no guarantees about rates of returns or discounted fees.”

“The only guaranteed benefit I see in this plan is one for wealthy money managers and their cronies. Wall Streeters reading this plan will understand…that having Hillary Clinton and the federal government use its power to aggregate the existing and future retirement funds of working Americans and entrust it to them is the Holy Grail of finance.”

Hillary supports the scheme, according to James. “I am hopeful she’ll grab this issue once elected (sic) and run with it,” he said.

Its end game is ending Social Security as it now works altogether, privatizing trillions of dollars of personal savings, an unprecedented windfall for predatory Wall Street banks and other financial giants if enacted into law.

Hillary’s likely ascension to power risks having the most outrageous of all financial scams become the law of the land - one of many reasons to oppose her.

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US-Supported Terrorists Blocking Humanitarian Aid to Eastern Aleppo

US-Supported Terrorists Blocking Humanitarian Aid to Eastern Aleppo

by Stephen Lendman

On Friday, Russia extended its humanitarian pause for another 24 hours - until 7:00PM local time Saturday evening unless maintained longer.

It must decide whether to continue suspending its eastern Aleppo anti-terrorist aerial campaign or resume it because ceasefire failed - like all earlier attempts, futile efforts because Washington wants endless war.

According to Russian General Sergey Rudskoy, terrorists used the temporary ceasefire to regroup and mobilize for attacking Aleppo from the southwest - with tanks, armored vehicles, artillery, and armor-piercing TOW missiles.

On Friday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said maintaining the pause longer “depends on the way the process will continue. Until now militants’ exodus from the city has been sluggish.” 

Continuing a pause depends on “the process of ensuring security of the humanitarian convoy and on the approach the militants will choose, whether they continue aggressive offensives or not, whether they use this humanitarian pause for regrouping, rearmament and equipment modernization of the terrorist groups, set in the eastern parts of the city.”

On Friday, Sergey Lavrov said al-Nusra and other terrorist groups “cooperat(ing) with them are…sabotaging UN efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to eastern Aleppo…”

They continue shelling safe passage corridors, preventing civilians and other militants from leaving, risking death or serious injury if they try.

“We are very much concerned that, despite the goodwill gestures that Moscow and Damascus have undertaken,” al-Nusra fighters “refus(e) to leave the city,” Lavrov added.

Washington has done nothing “whatsoever (to) suppress this terrorist organization,” showing their fighters are being used to try toppling Assad.

Addressing the General Assembly, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin blasted notorious imperial tool Ban Ki-moon for failing to mention the presence of anti-Syrian terrorists in remarks he delivered to the body - US-supported death squads responsible for brutal atrocities.

Separately, a disturbing Washington Post report indicated America’s “foreign policy elite are laying the groundwork for a more assertive…foreign policy” under Hillary’s leadership next year - something I explained earlier, warning of escalated conflict in Syria, risking direct confrontation with Russia.

A Brookings Institution report due out in December “call(s) for more aggressive American action to constrain Iran, rein in the chaos in the Middle East, and check Russia in Europe,” said WaPo.

Policies presented reflect Hillary’s views, including “stepped-up military action to (topple Assad and) deter…Russian forces in Syria.”

She favors no-fly and safe zones. Establishing them assures “(y)ou’re going to kill a lot of Syrians,” she acknowledged, according to WikiLeaks released information on her comments.

Last month, Joint Chiefs Chairman General “fighting Joe Dunford told Senate Armed Services members that “for us to control all of the airspace in Syria (by establishing a no-fly zone) would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia.”

WaPo quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official, saying “(y)ou can’t pretend you can go to war against Assad and not go to war against the Russians.”

Hillary’s rage for war and anti-Russia militancy may assure it - an act of madness if launched.

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