Saturday, July 23, 2016

Turkey's Erdogan Running Wild, Geopolitics in Play

Turkey’s Erdogan Running Wild, Geopolitics in Play

by Stephen Lendman

Wannabe sultan Erdogan’s policies aren’t pretty. His reign of terror continues into its eighth day, likely lots more purging ahead.

What’s unfolding followed what looked like a stage-managed sham military uprising - sloppy, inept and stillborn when initiated, Erdogan never in danger of being toppled.

Citing “Turkish and foreign intelligence sources inside Turkey,” investigative journalist Wayne Madsen called the July 15 uprising a “ ‘false flag’ coup…limited by Erdogan’s design from the start.”

“The coup attempt was a standard ‘fly paper’ operation,” used to flush out opposition elements, seeing which ones stick, eliminating them as a threat to his absolute rule.

He’s taken full advantage, using the events of July 15 to eliminate potential challenges - cleaning house, targeting tens of thousands.

His mass purge continued on Saturday, signing a decree, usurping power to detain anyone for any reason up to 30 days - targeted individuals denied legal rights guaranteed under Turkish and international law.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, he ordered closure of 1,043 private schools, 1,229 charities and foundations, 19 trade unions, 15 universities, as well as 35 hospitals and medical facilities - over suspected links to regime opponent Fethullah Gulen, longtime CIA asset living in Pennsylvania. He denies involvement in the July 15 uprising.

State of emergency powers let Erdogan enact laws without parliamentary approval, crush fundamental freedoms as he sees fit, do whatever he pleases unrestrained - tyranny by any standard.

Turkey needs more prison capacity to handle large numbers arrested and detained. How many more remains to be seen. For now, daily targeting continues.

A massive military restructuring is underway, overseen by the prime minister, defense minister and chief of staff.

“They are all working together as to what might be done, and… within a very short amount of time a new structure will be emerging. With this new structure, I believe the armed forces will get fresh blood," Erdogan explained.

His pledge to protect democracy while mass purging and arrests continue is laughable on its face. Despots always claim they’re right, concocting phony reasons to make their case.

Erdogan long ago lost credibility, a thuggish outlaw, waging wars at his discretion, crushing fundamental freedoms while claiming democratic credentials.

Legitimate opposition is considered terrorism or treason. Critics, including journalists, human rights workers, academics, students and children, are subject to arrest and imprisonment. Cleansed courts are more rubber-stamp than ever. Guilt by accusation is automatic.

According to Fars News, Rai Alyoum and other Arab media cited Ankara diplomats, saying Russian intelligence warned Erdogan of the July 15 uprising hours before initiated - based on “intercepted highly sensitive encoded radio messages,” information passed to Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT).

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov indicated no advance Russian knowledge of what happened on July 15.

Both countries are adversaries, not allies - notably on opposite sides of the Syrian conflict. Turkish relations with Washington are cool - US policy toward Russia extremely hostile. 

Putin’s outreach to Erdogan, if true, is geopolitically sound, attempting to get Turkey to stop supporting terrorism in Syria in return for restoration of normalized ties.

Billions of dollars in trade are at stake, business Turkey’s economy vitally needs. Perhaps Erdogan promised to do more than he intends, playing the Russia and US card simultaneously. He can’t be trusted.

Putin is too savvy to fall for his tricks. Yet an opening exists to damage Washington’s imperial agenda further.

Russia’s intervention against terrorism in Syria hurt greatly. Getting Turkey on board for diplomatic conflict resolution would be a huge Putin victory, a major Obama setback.

Given Erdogan’s untrustworthiness and unpredictability, nothing can be counted on except in hindsight if successful. 

Whatever unfolds, Washington won’t sit idle on the sidelines watching, letting the chips fall where they may. Not a chance!

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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Suspicious Munich Shootings

Suspicious Munich Shootings

by Stephen Lendman

Munich’s history includes earlier notorious events. In November 1923, Hitler’s putsch attempt failed. Imprisonment, Mein Kampf, his rise to power and WW II followed, changing the course of world history.

During the 1972 Olympic games, Black September figures killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches, along with a police officer. Five perpetrators were killed, three others arrested, later released, then tracked down and assassinated by Mossad agents.

Friday was the scene of another Munich massacre, killing a reported 10, wounding nearly two dozen others. Police claimed a lone gunman identified as 18-year-old Ali David Sonboly of Iranian descent lethally shot himself. 

How convenient! Was he carrying ID to make naming him easy? Isn’t this the same reported scenario playing out time and again in these type incidents. Why would an alleged assailant want his identity prominently displayed in headlines?

Silenced to tell no tales, he can’t explain his version of what happened, or if he or perhaps others were involved.

Initial reports suggested multiple gunmen, likely with over 30 casualties, one shooter not easily able to inflict this large a toll before being stopped in a crowded area - whether by police, bystanders, or his own doing as police claim.

His last words reportedly were “I’m German.” Police indicated no evidence linking him a terrorist group or radicalism. Sensationalist reporting draws knee-jerk conclusions.

No organization claimed responsibility for the incident. They’re happening with disturbing regularity in Europe and America - most often state-sponsored to stoke fear and manipulate people to accept what they’d otherwise reject.

Multiple incidents like Munich left France under a virtual permanent state of emergency - police state powers substituting for constitutional governance.

Is Germany next? Will all of Europe follow? Post-9/11, Congress enacted sweeping police state laws, powers hardened under Obama, virtually certain to become more draconian no matter who succeeds him.

Today is the most perilous time in world history. Endless US-led imperial wars rage. Homeland security in Western societies amounts to Gestapo rule - tyranny replacing fundamental freedoms.

Is Munich the latest nail in the coffin of cherished ones too vital to lose? Will something greater follow in America and/or Europe ending them altogether - totalitarian rule under martial law taking over?

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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Hillary's Deplorable VP Choice

Hillary’s Deplorable VP Choice

by Stephen Lendman

Neither wing of America’s duopoly system has acceptable choices for any public office.

The horror of Clinton and Trump as standard bearers for their parties shows a debauched system too irreparable to fix. Their VP choices provide further evidence.

Trump running mate Mike Pence is a neocon Tea Party hardliner, an imperial war cheerleader, an evangelical supporter of Israel’s worst crimes, an anti-progressive.

Clinton’s VP choice, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, is cut from the same mold - pro-war, pro-Wall Street, pro-corporate favoritism, pro-neoliberal harshness, pro-regressive trade deals like TPP, anti-labor rights, pro-serving wealth and power interests at the expense of most others.

A survey of Sanders’ delegates found him 88.5% unacceptable, less than 3% acceptable. Norman Solomon calls him “a loyal servant of oligarchy.”

Progressive Democrats of America executive director Donna Smith said “Kaine does not inspire those many millions of energetic voters…to work for a Clinton-Kaine ticket.”

According to economist William K. Black, “Kaine, like Clinton herself, is a quintessential ’New Democrat’ - meaning they are allies of Wall Street. They embrace a neoliberal, pro-corporate outlook that has done incredible damage to the vast majority of Americans.”

Announcing her choice, Clinton lied calling Kaine “a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation’s history.”

His voting record shows otherwise, revealing a right-wing party loyalist, an anti-populist establishment figure, a thumb in the eye to progressive issues.

Two anti-populist tickets give voters no choice in November, each for policies harming the interests of ordinary people.

One observer tweeted “(s)uggested Clinton/Kaine campaign slogan: ‘Status quo…with lots more wars.’ “

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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Media Scoundrels Laud Deplorable Clinton VP Choice

Media Scoundrels Laud Deplorable Clinton VP Choice

by Stephen Lendman

Media scoundrels largely bash Trump, extolling Clinton instead of resolutely opposing two deplorable candidates unfit to serve.

Each supports wealth, power and privileged interests exclusively, mindless of populist concerns and needs. Don’t let their duplicitous rhetoric fool you.

They’re like all the rest, saying one thing, intending another, embracing policies benefitting monied and imperial interests at the expense of enormous harm to most people worldwide.

Media scoundrels are establishment mouthpieces, supporting fascism over freedom, wealth over populism, privilege over equity and justice for all.

New York Times editors rabidly support Clinton, outrageously calling her “the most broadly and deeply qualified (presidential aspirant) in modern history” - a shocking perversion of truth.

They describe Trump as “the most volatile and least prepared presidential candidate nominated by a major party in modern times.”

In response to Clinton choosing Kaine, they called him “a safe and solid choice…a staunch Catholic with blue-collar roots…a moderate…a liberal Democrat…provid(ing) (her) with important ballast for the stormy and unpredictable race ahead.”

Times editors, like their mainstream counterparts, never let facts conflict with their biased opinions and analysis. Hillary chose a deplorable running mate with extremist views matching her own.

Washington Post editors hailed her “strong running mate…a steady hand marked by a mastery of policy details and politics…His choice reflects well on Mrs. Clinton’s judgment,” they said.

The Wall Street Journal called Kaine “a safe choice…a seasoned politician from a battleground state…broadly respected in the Senate…seen by (Clinton and aides) as a potentially strong partner in governing.”

USA Today editors said Kaine is “the right pick for veep…the smartest…pick Hillary Clinton could have made.”

The Los Angeles Times called him “a well-liked swing-state moderate with broad governing experience…long considered a front-runner for the No. 2 spot in this race.”

The Chicago Tribune described Kaine as “a favorite for Clinton’s ticket…a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state,” his foreign policy experience making him top choice.

Trump-Pence v. Clinton-Kaine gives voters no choice. Neither party or ticket serve their interests. Both represent wealth, power and privilege exclusively.

Expect four more hellish years ahead, hardening the scourge of previous ones since the neoliberal 1990s.

Endless imperial wars, crony capitalism over populism, and full-blown homeland tyranny are likely. Planet earth trembles at the prospect.

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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Russia Bombs Secret US/UK Base in Syria

Russia Bombs Secret US/UK Base in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

US, NATO and regional rogue state operations in Syria flagrantly breach international law - waging war on a nonbelligerent country without Security Council authorization.

Russia alone among major powers operates legally, invited by Damascus to intervene in combatting terrorism.

America and rogue allies aid and abet what they claim to oppose - systematically raping and destroying Syria, massacring its people, displacing half the population internally or abroad.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Russian aircraft bombed a remote garrison in southeastern Syria (in June) - a secret base of operations for elite American and British forces.” They were outside the facility when attacked, followed by a second one on a CIA-linked site. 

Moscow hasn’t commented on the incident. Was it a shot across the bow, along with long-range Russian bombers back in action delivering punishing airstrikes, in response to America obstructing diplomatic conflict resolution?

It wants war, Assad toppled forcefully, and Syria transformed into another US vassal state, an agenda Moscow opposes, including Washington’s support for ISIS and other terrorist groups while feigning opposition.

Various rounds of US/Russian talks were futile. Whatever Americans agree to isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Breaches systematically follow.

According to Russia’s DC embassy spokesman, identified as a “Mr. Melnik,” his nation’s “only objective…is fighting terrorism.” Washington supports it. Conflict resolution remains unattainable.

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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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Horror of a Trump or Clinton Presidency

The Horror of a Trump or Clinton Presidency

by Stephen Lendman

America is a nation of leaders, not laws, ignored to serve their agendas, wreaking havoc at home and abroad - so-called checks and balances nonexistent.

All branches of government march in unison. Congress, the courts and tradition largely give presidents a free hand - notably on geopolitical issues, especially on war and peace. 

Instead of enforcing law and order, they’re abandoned. Imperial priorities take precedence.

Policies Clinton and Trump endorse are more similar than different. Rhetoric and style largely separate them.

Presidents supporting Wall Street, war-profiteers, and other corporate favorites rule America - never a populist one in its history. Constitutional rights apply only for its privileged class.

Jeffersonian “pursuit of happiness” was code language for the right of privileged Americans to accumulate unlimited wealth and property, no matter the harm to others in the process, most struggling to get by. 

Monied interests run things. Presidents, Congress and the courts serve them exclusively, they alone afforded justice, egalitarianism pure fantasy.

Trump or Clinton in power means continued horrors harming humanity like now, perhaps more grievously than ever, virtually certain under Killary - the most recklessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history.

Endless imperial wars will continue under either candidate, Trump less likely to start WW III. He’d rather make money. She’s perhaps eager - her militancy terrifying anyone paying attention.

Both support New World Order predation, societies turned into democracy-free zones, the widening gap between super-wealth and increasing poverty, market fundamentalism, free-wheeling capitalism, profits over people, neoliberal harshness, Big Brother surveillance, mass incarceration, and police state terror targeting nonbelievers.

Inside the bubble is paradise, outside dystopian hell. America resembles Guatemala, thirdworldized for its privileged few, bipartisan gangsters running things, profiting at the expense of people they’re sworn to serve.

A new administration takes over in January, campaign promises straightaway forgotten like always, power politics replacing them - likely more Machiavellian than earlier.

Four more horrific years await no matter who succeeds Obama. Can humanity survive the onslaught?

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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Deconstructing Trump's Acceptance Speech

Deconstructing Trump’s Acceptance Speech

by Stephen Lendman

Claiming he “alone” can fix America’s ills, Trump displayed more bombast than charisma and forthrightness in accepting his party’s presidential nomination.

He’s part of the problem, not its solution. Politics in America serves its privileged class alone, harming most others, inflicting a devastating toll on humanity.

Positive change won’t follow no matter who succeeds Obama. Expect more of the same and likely worse.

Longstanding US policy reflects imperialism run amuck, duopoly war party politics running things, each wing following the same script, differing only in rhetoric and style.

Trump claiming he’ll restore law and order amounts to pledging harsher police state policies than already, perhaps eliminating freedom altogether on the phony pretext of making us safer.

His anti-immigrant rant should scare everyone. Associating Latinos and other people of color coming to America with terrorism, other forms of violence, illicit drugs and other crimes ignores state-sponsored criminality threatening humanity’s survival.

He’s right about America’s Potemkin village economy, protracted Main Street Depression conditions affecting most households, people of color most of all, poverty a growth industry, and epidemic levels of unemployment and underemployment.

Saying “America is far less safe and the world is far less stable than when Obama…put Hillary Clinton in charge of America's foreign policy is true enough, but will conditions under his leadership be different if elected in November?

Citing the spread of ISIS, he failed to explain its US creation along with other terrorist groups, used as imperial foot soldiers. America’s agenda seeks world conquest and domination.

Will Trump if elected president operate differently from his predecessors? Will he end imperial lawlessness, seek peace and stability, curtail US militarism, and create a safer world?

Saying he’ll destroy ISIS is code language for pledging endless wars on the phony pretext of combating terrorism - continuing the same agenda followed by Bill and Hillary Clinton’s co-presidency, Bush and Obama.

His notions of “making America great again” and “America first” amount to a declaration of war on all challengers, enforcing US dominance worldwide through militarism, belligerence and intimidation.

Presenting himself as a champion of working and unemployed Americans ignores everything it took to make him super-rich - being a good guy never part of his agenda.

Amassing great wealth comes at the expense of others. Trumpism and populism are antithetical, mortal enemies, not about to change if he’s president.

The business of America is dirty business, endless wars, and corporate favoritism while tolerating no resistance.

No one rises to the level of US presidential politics without being bought over to continue policies benefitting privilege over populism.

Trump is like all the rest, differing in rhetoric and style alone - part of the dirty system, ranting for over an hour Thursday night, certain to support the political establishment he disingenuously attacks if elected president.

Pledging to fix America’s ills is warmed over posturing heard numerous times before. Dirty business as usual always follows.

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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US Wars Kill Way More Civilians Than Combatants

US Wars Kill Way More Civilians Than Combatants

by Stephen Lendman

America, NATO and Israel operate by the same standard. Civilian lives don’t matter. 

Defenseless men, women, children, the elderly and infirm are treated like combatants - indiscriminately or willfully slaughtered.

Post-9/11 alone, millions of civilians perished in US direct and proxy wars - either being in harm’s way, deliberately targeted or succumbing to war related violence, preventable diseases, starvation or deprivation.

French and US warplanes willfully slaughtering scores of Syrian civilians is the latest example - a horrendous war crime, one of many atrocities committed by America, its rogue allies and terrorist foot soldiers in waging naked aggression on a nation threatening no others.

When US officials say they’re investigating these incidents they’re lying. Whitewash follows every time.

America is history’s most monstrous rogue state, harming more tens of millions worldwide than any other over a longer duration. 

State Department spokesman admiral John Kirby embarrassed himself claiming “(n)o military, none, works as hard to prevent civilian casualties.”

“When it happens, we investigate it, report the findings, and we take lessons learned.” Over 240 years of endless “lessons” taught nothing.

Rogue states operate by their own rules, ignoring, whitewashing or blaming their high crimes on others. So-called collateral damage is code language for willful mass slaughter.

Attacks on civilian areas are cold, calculated crimes of war and against humanity. Noncombatants are killed willfully, not accidentally. 

The vast majority of US drone war deaths are civilians, very few so-called high-value targets eliminated.

Sociologist Emile Durkheim (1858 - 1917) once said “(t)he immorality of war depends entirely on the leaders who willed it.”

In his opening Nuremberg address, Justice Robert Jackson denounced “men who possess themselves of great power and make deliberative and concerted use of it to set in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched.”

He called them “men of station and rank (who don't) soil (their) hands with blood.” They let “lesser folk” do their killing for them to enhance their status, privilege, wealth and power. 

Rules of engagement permit mass slaughter and destruction - in defiance of international, constitutional and US statute laws.

All US post-WW II wars were and continue to be illegal, immoral and unnecessary - pure evil to advance America’s imperium, millions of lost lives considered a small price to pay.

Bipartisan neocons in charge threaten world peace, stability and security. Their agenda reflects madness. Will America destroy planet earth in its megalomaniacal quest to own 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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Russia Changed the Dynamic in Syria

Russia Changed the Dynamic in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Interviewed by Cuba’s Prensa Latina, Assad explained how Moscow’s intervention shifted the balance of power on the ground, saying:

“Since the Russians decided to intervene in supporting legally the Syrian Army in fighting the terrorists in Syria, mainly al-Nusra and ISIS and some other affiliated groups, the scales have been tipped against those terrorists, and the Syrian Army has made many advancements in different areas in Syria.”

“And we are still moving forward, and the Syrian Army is determined to destroy and to defeat those terrorists.”

They’re recruited from over 100 nations, waging “aggression against Syria,” supported by Western and regional countries, Assad explained. Russia turned the tide against them.

They heavily pour into Syria through Turkey’s border, along with weapons, munitions and other material support, helping them slaughter defenseless civilians - aided by US-led coalition air power.

Syria’s priority if fighting Western and regional supported ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Cham and Jaish al-Islam - like-minded terrorist groups “kill(ing) anyone who doesn’t look or doesn’t feel or behave like them,” Assad stressed.

War on Syria is “full-blown,” foreign powers supporting terrorists, waging political and economic war at the same time - bleeding the country, destroying its infrastructure, terrorizing its people.

Other than Russia, Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, outside help isn’t forthcoming. The UN, their pro-Western mediators, and Security Council dominated by US-led and pressured states operate as a Syrian enemy instead of strictly observing international law.

Russia alone among major powers want’s long-running conflict settled diplomatically and equitably - “while the Americans always play games in order to use the terrorists, not to defeat them,” Assad explained.

They “only started to shrink when” Russia intervened last September. He’s ready to leave power if Syrians no longer wish him to lead. It’s for them alone to decide, he stressed, no outside powers.

He’s leery of all US administrations. Bush sends in troops, Obama death squad mercenaries, aiming for the same outcome - toppling independent governments, replacing them with pro-Western puppet ones.

He sees no positive change in US policy whether Trump or Clinton succeeds Obama. He’s reliant on loyal allies and the redoubtable spirit of Syrians to remain free from imperial domination.

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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Russia's Lavrov Blasts West

Russia’s Lavrov Blasts West

by Stephen Lendman

Noted for his unmatched world-class diplomacy and seemingly infinite patience in dealing with intractable issues, Lavrov was uncharacteristically blunt in calling the West (meaning America mostly) “a bull in a china shop.”

Perhaps venting frustration over dealing with Washington and its European colonies in trying to resolve major geopolitical issues, he called what’s happening in the Middle East and North Africa “the direct result of a very incompetent and unprofessional attitude to the situation.”

US-led NATO wants unchallenged “dominance,” running amuck in trying to achieve it, the scourge of Western imperialism threatening everyone.

“In Iraq, an overthrow of the regime was announced under a false pretext,” said Lavrov. Chaotic violence engulfs the nation, hundreds killed weekly. 

US-led Western nations say “let’s resolve the problem of Libya, Syria and Iraq, organize elections and eradicate terrorism.” 

“They say first it is necessary to remove Assad and then we’ll struggle against terrorism. We say: Okay, we’ll urgently organize elections in Syria and Assad will be removed by way of elections. And who will guarantee that Syria won’t repeat the Libya scenario?”

Ousting Gaddafi ravaged and destroyed Africa’s most developed country, transforming it into a violent, chaotic dystopian wasteland.

Islam, Christianity and Judaism coexisted in the Middle East for millennia. Imperial lawlessness “threatens to destroy the ethno-confessional balance which has been preserved despite deadly wars.”

“If we witness the disruption of this balance in our epoch, it would be a disgrace for all of us all.” Numbers of Christians in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region “dropped significantly.”

“This tendency should be stopped. Together with our colleagues, including from the Vatican, we are holding several events to draw attention to inadmissibility of Christianophobia.”

NATO seeks enlargement to contain, marginalize, weaken and isolate Russia. “(S)ecurity cannot be ensured at the expense of others,” Lavrov explained.

Russia bashing rages, propaganda more hostile than during Cold War years, risking East/Western confrontation, perhaps unthinkable global war.

Lavrov barely stopped short of calling US-dominated NATO the greatest threat to world peace. Instead of fostering it, alliance members wage endless wars on humanity, risking possible nuclear annihilation.

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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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hatemongering Israeli Defense Minister Denigrates Palestine's Poet Laureate

Hatemongering Israeli Defense Minister Denigrates Palestine’s Poet Laureate

by Stephen Lendman

Neocon lunatics run Israel, a crowd similar to America’s ruling authority under either right wing of its duopoly government.

Ultranationalist, hatemongering Israeli defense minister/former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman is an embarrassment to legitimate governance. In Israel, he holds high office, an Arab-hating gangster with his finger on his nation’s nuclear trigger.

On Israeli Army Radio, he compared revered Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941 - 2008) with “glorification of the literary marvels of Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kamph” - a shocking perversion of truth, typical of how Lieberman and likeminded Israeli extremists operate.

Regarded as Palestine’s national poet, Darwish won numerous literary awards, his spirit and work reflecting Palestinian anguish and hope.

He’s described as representing “the tradition of the political poet in Islam, the man of action whose action is poetry.”

At age six, Israeli soldiers destroyed his Galilee al-Barawi village, turning it into rock-strewn soil. He and his family fled to Lebanon, returning later to Galilee’s Deir al-Asad village.

For a decade, he became a “present-absentee,” persecuted for his activism, incarcerated and placed under house arrest several times.

“My homeland is a suitcase,” he once said. “In fact, for years my homeland has been my language alone…I am from here, and here I am, and I am I, and here am I, and I am I…forever here, here forever.”

Gideon Levy called his “superb poems (some of) the most powerful love songs ever written to this bleeding land. His words of yearning cannot fail to move anyone who reads them.”

Home for him was “sit(ting) with oneself - with books, with music, and with white paper. The house is like a room to listen to one’s inner voice and try to use the time in the best way possible.”

He called exile the opposite of home…When deprived of it, it turns into a need and a lust…the ultimate aim of the whole journey.”

On August 8, 2008, he died following open-heart surgery, lapsing into a coma, then death. Buried on a plot next to Ramallah’s Cultural Palace, he received a state funeral attended by thousands of Palestinians and other admirers.

His “Silence in Gaza” in part said:

“Gaza is far from its relatives and close to its enemies, because whenever Gaza explodes, it becomes an island and it never stops exploding." 

"It scratched the enemy’s face, broke his dreams and stopped his satisfaction with time. Because in Gaza time is something different." 

"Because in Gaza, time is not a neutral element." 

"It does not compel people to cool contemplation, but rather to explosion and a collision with reality." 

"Time there does not take children from childhood to old age, but rather makes them men in their first confrontation with the enemy." 

"Time in Gaza is not relaxation, but storming the burning noon. Because in Gaza values are different, different, different." 

"The only value for the occupied is the extent of his resistance to occupation. That is the only competition there." 

"Gaza has been addicted to knowing this cruel, noble value. It did not learn it from books, hasty school seminars, loud propaganda megaphones, or songs. It learned it through experience alone and through work that is not done for advertisement and image." 

"Gaza has no throat. Its pores are the ones that speak in sweat, blood, and fires. Hence the enemy hates it to death and fears it to criminality, and tries to sink it into the sea, the desert, or blood." 

"And hence its relatives and friends love it with a coyness that amounts to jealousy and fear at times, because Gaza is the brutal lesson and the shining example for enemies and friends alike." 

"(Gaza) is not the most elegant or the biggest, but it equals the history of an entire homeland, because it is more ugly, impoverished, miserable, and vicious in the eyes of enemies." 

"Because it is the most capable, among us, of disturbing the enemy’s mood and his comfort. Because it is his nightmare." 

"Because it is mined oranges, children without a childhood, old men without old age and women without desires. Because of all this it is the most beautiful, the purest and richest among us and the one most worthy of love." 

"We do injustice to Gaza when we turn it into a myth, because we will hate it when we discover that it is no more than a small poor city that resists." 

"Gaza was born out of fire, while we were born out of waiting and crying over abandoned homes." 

"It is true that Gaza has its special circumstances and its own revolutionary traditions. But its secret is not a mystery: Its resistance is popular and firmly joined together and knows what it wants (it wants to expel the enemy out of its clothes)." 

"Enemies might triumph over Gaza." 

"They might break its bones." 

"They might implant tanks on the insides of its children and women. They might throw it into the sea, sand, or blood." 

"But it will not repeat lies and say 'Yes' to invaders." 

"It will continue to explode." 

"It is neither death, nor suicide. It is Gaza’s way of declaring that it deserves to live.” 

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.

Trump in Spotlight Thursday Night

Trump in Spotlight Thursday Night

by Stephen Lendman

Accepting his party’s presidential nomination Thursday night represents his triumphant moment - overcoming long odds and internal opposition to emerge last man standing.

What persona will show up? Will he continue demagogic bravado or try appearing presidential?

Expect both, Trump using his acceptance speech to bash “crooked Hillary” while attempting to show leadership qualities - aiming for party unity and a more favorable image in the minds of voters, largely reviling him for good reason.

Rejecting Hillary around as much means Obama’s successor will be the most widely loathed new president in US history on taking office - a shocking indictment of a deplorable system, corrupted beyond fixing, the “people’s choice” rendered meaningless.

Politicking is tedious, uninspiring and boring. Love or hate him, Trump speeches attract listeners and viewers. Demagoguery and showmanship provide red meat for the faithful. Expect millions to watch. Divided or united, the GOP is his party - at least through November elections.

Does it matter who wins? A Trump presidency assures dirty business as usual, marked by his distinctive way of doing things - perhaps running America like a wholly-owned Trump Enterprises subsidiary.

Clinton succeeding Obama risks WW III - an unthinkable horror above all to prevent.

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.