Sunday, February 07, 2016

Ukraine: A US-Installed Nazi-Infested Failed State

Ukraine: A US-Installed Nazi-Infested Failed State

by Stephen Lendman

In February 2014, Washington replaced Ukrainian democracy with fascism in Europe’s heartland - illegitimately installed officials waging war on their own people.

Fundamental human and civil rights were abolished. Police state viciousness replaced them. Regime critics risk prosecution, sentencing, imprisonment or assassination.

Two years after fascists seized power, conditions for ordinary Ukrainians are deplorable. According to Germany’s daily broadsheet Junge Welt, they’re “staggering.” 

“Since the end of the Yanukovych era, the average income has decreased by 50%,” it reported - on top of 2015’s 44% inflation, nearly reducing purchasing power by half, making it impossible for most Ukrainians to get by.

They’re suffering hugely, deeply impoverished, denied fundamental social services, abolished or greatly reduced en route to eliminating them altogether.

Ukraine’s economy is bankrupt, teetering on collapse, sustained by US-controlled IMF loans, violating its longstanding rules, a special dispensation for Ukraine. 

It loaned billions of dollars to a deadbeat borrower unable to repay them, an unprecedented act, funding its war machine, turning a blind eye to a hugely corrupt regime persecuting its own people.

Ukraine’s GDP is in near free-fall, contracting by 12% last year, projected to continue declining sharply this year and beyond.

The average pension was cut to 80 euros monthly (around $90), an impossible amount to live on, forcing pensioners to try getting by any way they can, including growing some of their own food in season.

US anointed illegitimate oligarch president Petro Poroshenko is widely despised. So are other key regime officials.

They blame dismal economic conditions mainly on ongoing civil war - US-orchestrated and backed naked aggression against Donbass freedom fighters, rejecting fascist rule, wanting fundamental democratic rights, deserving universal praise and support.

According to Junge Welt, regime critics call Kiev claims lame excuses. “What matters is (it’s) done little or nothing to prevent corruption and insider trading,” elite interests benefitting at the expense of everyone else, stealing the country blind, grabbing all they can.

Complicit regime-connected oligarchs profit hugely in Ukraine, benefitting from grand theft, super-rich Dmitry Firtash apparently not one of them, calling Kiev “politically bankrupt.”

Days earlier, Ukrainian Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius resigned, followed the next day by his first deputy, Yulia Kovaliv, his remaining team, two deputy ministers and Kiev’s trade representative.

Parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman warned of Ukraine “entering a serious political crisis.” Resignations followed nothing done to address vital reforms needed.

In his resignation letter, Abromavicius said corrupt officials blocked them, wanting control over state enterprises for their own self-interest, including natural gas company NAK Naftogaz.

“Neither I nor my team have any desire to serve as a cover-up for the covert corruption, or become puppets for” regime officials “trying to exercise control over the flow of public funds,” he explained.

Firtash blasted corrupt Kiev officials, saying no reform program exists. (T)he most important thing for (regime officials) is…profit(ing)” at the public trough.

“What I see today in Ukraine is the failure of” US policy, “external forces” controlling things, wrecking the country politically and economically.

He supports closer Russian/European relations. “Kiev los(ing) the Russian market had a catastrophic impact on the…economy,” he explained.

He supports European nations, Russia and Ukraine working together cooperatively “at the same table…”

“The last thing Europe needs today is a (politically and economically unstable) Ukraine,” a US-installed puppet regime, a metastasizing cancer in Europe’s heartland.

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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Dubious Pledged Aid for Beleaguered Syrians

Dubious Pledged Aid for Beleaguered Syrians

by Stephen Lendman

Pledging aid is one thing, delivering it another. Past experience shows suffering people in conflict theaters and natural disaster areas treated dismissively, given short shrift - most or all so-called aid diverted for profit-making purposes.

Months after Haiti’s devastating January 2010 earthquake, a donor’s conference pledged over $5 billion to help victims rebuild and recover - virtually all funds earmarked exclusively for profit-making ventures, US companies getting the lion’s share, desperate people entirely ignored, still on their own six years later.

Post-Katrina New Orleans became a metaphor for disaster capitalism, exploiting natural disasters for profit, people needs treated dismissively.

Sri Lankan survivors following the devastating December 2004 tsunami were left homeless, forbidden to rebuild homes in destroyed coastal areas, earmarked for corporate development - benefitting state tourism and business interests at the expense of vital people needs.

A post-2014 Gaza war Cairo conference pledged $5.4 billion for reconstruction. Israel was the main beneficiary.

Corrupt PA officials got their share (for so-called unspecified budget purposes), none delivered to needy people - still on their own, rebuilding largely blocked under siege, UN officials complicit with Israel preventing it.

Expect most aid pledged for desperate Syrians to be diverted like earlier thinly veiled profit-making schemes.

Last Thursday, donor countries meeting in London pledged $10.7 billion in aid for Syrians over the next four years. Will any or enough arrive to make a difference - about as likely as the above examples.

Obama’s war left half the population internally or externally displaced, struggling to survive, getting little help. 

Refugees arriving in neighboring countries and European ones are mistreated, exploited, their rights and needs ignored, confined under deplorable slum conditions, in some cases like the notorious Calais, France “jungle,” unfit to live in.

John Kerry duplicitously addressed donor country representatives, saying Syrians struggling to survive “should tear at the conscience of all civilized people, and we have a responsibility to respond to it.”

He entirely ignored Obama’s war, his complicity as a US senator and secretary of state. Washington bears full responsibility for raping Syria.

Complicit NATO and regional regimes share blame, responsible for murdering hundreds of thousands, transforming the country into dystopian hell.

Imperial objectives alone matter, millions killed, injured or uprooted, along with vast destruction, are a small price to pay by US standards.

Aggressors pledging aid for victims show appalling hypocrisy - especially when most funds raised are earmarked for disaster capitalism purposes, profiting from human misery like earlier, people needs at best given short shrift.

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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Western Double Standards on North Korea

Western Double Standards on North Korea

by Stephen Lendman

North Korean military related activities are solely for self-defense - given longstanding US-led Western hostility and forced isolation.

Provocative US-led NATO military activities are far more extensive and menacing, preparing for premeditated wars alliance members frequently wage.

Throughout its history, North Korea never attacked another nation. It threatens none now. It remains justifiably concerned since Harry Truman launched naked aggression in June 1950.

A shaky, unprecedented in length, July 1953 armistice excluded a peace treaty. A state of war persists. Washington misportrays North Korea as a belligerent threat.

Any military related activity it undertakes is automatically called hostile, irresponsibly considered a threat to neighboring countries and America - despite no evidence proving it.

Longstanding US-led Western hypocrisy is notorious. Do what we say, not what we do is official policy. Pyongyang seeks normalized relations with all nations. 

Washington wants its government used as a punching bag, a convenient enemy the way it treats all independent nations.

On Sunday, Pyongyang announced the successful launching of a long-range rocket, deploying a Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite (named after the late Kim Jong Il) into space, orbiting the earth every 94 minutes. 

At the request of Washington, Japan and South Korea, an emergency Security Council session will be held later on Sunday, discussing a nonexistent threat, solely to beat up on Pyongyang like always.

Banning its use of ballistic missile technology is wholly unjustified. Western and regional nations feature it. North Korea’s rights are no less than theirs.

Instead, its victimized by consistent US-led bashing. John Kerry duplicitously responded to Sunday’s launch as expected. 

He lied, calling it “major provocation,” absurdly claiming it threaten(s) not only the security of the Korean peninsula, but that of the region and the United States as well.”

Pentagon officials confirmed the launch posed no threat to North America. Pyongyang justifiably said it’s “legitimately exercising the right to use space for independent and peaceful purposes.”

It intends launching more satellites, what Western and many other nations do routinely, no criticisms heard about their activities, only against independent nations like North Korea - bashed for doing the same thing, with no evidence suggesting its space program threatens any nation.

Security Council resolutions unjustifiably prohibit Pyongyang from using ballistic missile technology. No such ban exists against Western and numerous other countries - a notorious double standard.

Sunday’s launch was North Korea’s sixth. Last month, it announced its fourth underground nuclear test, claiming it successfully detonated a small thermonuclear bomb, whether true or not isn’t clear.

US-imposed sanctions on North Korea are longstanding. Congress is moving to impose new ones, including against Chinese companies doing business with Pyongyang, intensifying Washington/Beijing tensions.

Expect more international sanctions to follow. Washington and its Asian allies want tougher ones imposed - deepening longstanding US-led anti-North Korean hostility.

It bears repeating. Anything military related or technologically sophisticated Western nations and their allies undertake is OK.

North Korea doing some of the same things is irresponsibly called hostile and threatening. The double standard is glaring.

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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Syrian Forces Winning the Strategically Important Battle of Alleppo

Syrian Forces Winning the Strategically Important Battle of Aleppo

by Stephen Lendman

Winning the battle of Aleppo (Syria’s commercial hub before Obama launched naked aggression in 2011) is key to controlling the country’s northwest along with strategic areas bordering Turkey - severing key supply routes, providing ISIS and other terrorist groups with weapons, munitions and other aid.

Greatly helped by Russian air power, Syrian forces gained full control over the main supply route from Turkey.

The Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway runs north to the Turkish border. Syrian forces liberated Ratyan and Mayer in northern Aleppo. Fighting continues in other contested towns and villages.

Syrian forces almost entirely encircled Aleppo areas still held by terrorist groups. According to International Institute for Strategic Studies senior fellow Emile Hokayem, their “downward slope is increasingly steep.”

Their eventual defeat looms. Liberating Aleppo and surrounding areas entirely will constitute the most strategic government victory in nearly five years of conflict.

Syrian forces clearly have the upper hand, thanks to supportive Russian air power. Anti-government fighters in Aleppo “will be killed or forced to surrender,” according to one analyst.

Another called winning the battle of Aleppo “a turning point in the war,” a major step toward defeating Washington’s regional imperial agenda, its aim for unchallenged control.

Syrian forces continue advancing in key Deir Ezzur and Homs provinces, as well as in other areas. ISIS and other terrorist groups reportedly are using child soldiers too young to fight effectively as cannon fodder, some pre-teens, a sign of desperation.

On Thursday, an unnamed US defense official was cited, saying ISIS forces are diminishing in size and strength in Syria and Iraq - at the same time, expanding elsewhere, notably in Libya, somewhat in Central Asia and elsewhere.

The battle to liberate Syria continues, a longterm struggle with no end in sight as long as Washington and its rogue allies continue supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups.

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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Poll Shows Sanders and Clinton Nearly Tied Nationwide

Poll Shows Sanders and Clinton Nearly Tied Nationwide

by Stephen Lendman

Clinton is a Wall Street favorite. War profiteers love her. Dirty deep-pocketed corporate money funds her campaign.

Binding strings are attached, donors expecting and getting multifold benefits for every dollar contributed, investments earning surefire huge returns.

Corporate America shuns Sanders. His support is largely grassroots, from organized labor and individual donors.

It’s a long time from now to November. Momentum can swing back and forth numerous times. Early frontrunners can become also-rans.

Upstarts rarely surprise. Will Sanders prove the exception to the rule? Quinnipiac’s Polling Institute is nationally recognized for its independent political and public policy surveys.

Its polls are highly rated for accuracy in predicting primary and general election results. In December, it had Clinton leading Sanders by a two-to-one margin nationwide (61 - 30%).

Its latest poll results released on February 5 shows a nearly dead heat - Clinton ahead nationwide by a 2% margin (44 to 42%) with 11% undecided.

Assistant poll director Tim Malloy highlighted the remarkable short-term turnaround, saying “Democrats nationwide are feeling the Bern as Sen. Bernie Sanders closes a 31-point gap” in weeks.

Poll results show he’ll fare better against leading Republican candidates than Clinton, growing increasingly unpopular, her disturbing past catching up with her.

Her net nationwide favorability rating is a negative 17. Sanders scored 9-points positive, the highest rating among top candidates. 

Trump remains way out-in-front among Republican aspirants - getting 31% support to Ted Cruz’s 22%, Marco Rubio’s 19% and Ben Carson’s 6%. 

No other Republican aspirant scored better than 3%, 9% remaining undecided.

It’s way too early to draw conclusions from current polls. Two things are clear so far. Trump remains way out in front as the Republican favorite, maintaining a substantial lead for months.

Sanders closed a big gap, now running virtually even with Clinton. Each primary shifts momentum. A clearer picture may emerge by summer.

It bears repeating what other articles stressed. America’s sham political process is too corrupted to fix. 

Big money-controlled duopoly power runs things, both parties replicating each other on issues mattering most.

Names and faces change. Policies stay the same. Dirty business as usual always wins, peace, equity and justice be damned.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Something Rotten in Iowa

Something Rotten in Iowa

by Stephen Lendman

When establishment candidate A defeats upstart candidate B by six coin toss wins, a 1.6% likelihood or virtual impossibility, red lights flash fraud.

A February 5 Des Moines Register editorial highlighted it, saying “the world is laughing at Iowa. Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about (Clinton’s) coin flips” victory.

What happened reeks of election-rigging. “(R)efusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal” provides disturbing evidence.

Democrats “must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt” - or cast serious doubt about Clinton’s victory, making the caucuses look like a preordained anointment, blatant electoral fraud, winning an election by stealing it.

Razor-thin results demand a complete audit and release of raw vote totals. “Did we win the popular vote,” Sanders asked? He wants full disclosure, everything made public.

Last Monday’s results (a virtual dead heat) were the closest in Iowa Democrat caucus history. After initially congratulating Cruz on his victory, Trump lashed out at him, saying “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa. He stole it.”

“That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!”

He put out a phony statement, saying Ben Carson was quitting the race. “Based on the fraud committed by…Cruz during the Iowa caucuses, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified,” Trump insisted.

Polls show him way ahead in New Hampshire. Losing a second time or winning by a much narrower margin than anticipated would suggest something rotten.

Republicans and media scoundrels support any Republican but Trump. Clinton is the clear Democrat establishment  choice over Sanders.

Electoral fraud is traditional in America, easier than ever with corporate controlled sophisticated technology and electronic ease.

According to Des Moines Register editors, much larger electoral margins trigger automatic recounts in some states.

Disturbing questions were raised following Monday’s process, including “inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems,” they explained.

Register editorial board members observed disturbing “opportunities for error” firsthand. According to Sanders spokeswoman Rania Batrice, precinct-by-precinct campaign rechecking found numerous “inconsistencies.”

Procedures for Iowa caucuses show they’re prone to errors and outright fraud. According to Register editors, they’re “as antiquated and opaque as…smoke-filled rooms” - outcomes predetermined before voting begins.

America’s entire electoral process lacks legitimacy - money-controlled duopoly power, people having no say, dirty business as usual winning every time.

Democracy in America is pure fantasy, the best money can buy.

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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Russian Rules of Engagement in Syria

Russian Rules of Engagement in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Russia’s intervention last year changed the dynamic on the ground. It holds key trump cards, waging real war on terrorism effectively.

It determined rules of engagement - turning the tide in a protracted conflict government forces were losing, now with the upper hand.

Fort Russ quoted an unnamed senior joint operation Syria, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah command official, saying:

“Russia has established new rules of engagement on the Syrian-Turkish border, and has retained the upper hand for the Syrian air force and the Syrian army.” 

“Russia also refurbished and upgraded custom made Syrian MiG29SMT (warplanes), to protect the Russian air force squadrons, with clear orders to shoot down Turkish planes that enter the Syrian air space.”

An earlier 1998 agreement between Syria’s former longtime leader Hafez al-Assad (Bashar’s father) prohibited government air force planes from flying within 15 km of Turkey’s border, as well as no ground forces deployed in this  no-go territory, except for border control and military officer personnel.

According to the unnamed command official, “this has all gone down the drain…Turkey’s dream of creating a safe zone is dead in the water, and with it the supply lines (once entirely severed), to continue supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Erdogan’s downing of a Russian warplane last November (supported by or complicit with Washington) was a major costly mistake, compounded by repeated provocations and hostile rhetoric.

Billions of dollars in trade were lost. Russia now has unchallenged Syrian aerial superiority. Erdogan-backed Syrian Turkmen were battered, ISIS and other terrorist groups hammered the same way.

Syrian military forces are reinvigorated, its warplanes upgraded by Russia. ZHUK-M radar can track 10 targets simultaneously, engage four together at any time - over a 120 km-long, 5 km wide territory.

Sophisticated radio jamming technology was installed. Precision-guided missiles and bombs can now be used. Syria’s MiG29-SMT is “the most advanced…fourth generation” warplane, according to the unnamed source.

Russia now conducts round-the-clock aerial patrols along border areas with Turkey to safeguard its aircraft and monitor any Ankara military activity.

It authorized upgraded Syrian warplanes “to engage with any Turkish targets…violat(ing) Syrian airspace or attempt(ing) violat(ions),” the source said.

Syria regained sovereignty over its border area with Turkey - lost in 1998, especially since Obama’s March 2011 aggression.

As of now, “Syrian air forces have a mandate to strike any violation,”  the source said, fully supported by Russia, aided by its aerial strength, presence and commitment to continue combating terrorist groups.

The source cited media and intelligence reports, indicating “insurgents are turning on each other due to defeats” by Syrian and Russian forces.

Government troops are gaining strength, volunteer numbers increasing, morale greatly uplifted. 

Russia aims to shut porous Syrian borders with Turkey and Jordan, severing terrorists’ supply lines, preventing reinforcements from reaching them, slowly degrading their ability to fight, committed to defeating them to a shadow of their earlier peak strength.

“(T)he Kremlin holds all the cards,” the source explained, “determined not to yield to the opposition anything…endanger(ing)” battlefield gains.

Collapsed Geneva III talks remain dead in the water whatever happens diplomatically going forward. Russia’s military campaign continues undaunted.

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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Obama's War on Syria: A Potential Catastrophic Flashpoint

Obama’s War on Syria: A Potential Catastrophic Flashpoint 

by Stephen Lendman

America’s rage for unchallenged global dominance risks the unthinkable. Bipartisan neocons infesting Washington let nothing interfere with their reckless agenda - pure evil by any standard, risking humanity’s survival.

Democrat Hillary Clinton is as ruthless, dangerous and over-the-top as the most extremist Republican, a war goddess ready to target humanity militarily, mindless of potential catastrophic consequences.

Longstanding bipartisan US policy calls for replacing all independent governments with Western-controlled puppet regimes, naked aggression Washington’s strategy of choice. 

Endless wars rage, US aggression in Syria using ISIS and other takfiri terrorist groups the most serious because of Russia’s involvement, combating terrorism, wanting it kept from spreading to Central Asia and its own heartland - risking a possible superpower confrontation.

Chances for peace in Syria are virtually nil, diplomatic efforts futile. Washington orchestrated war. Obama didn’t launch it to quit short of achieving regime change and turning the country into a US vassal state - no matter the vast destruction and human cost.

Ruling the world alone matters, eliminating all potential challengers, especially Russia and China, the last frontier against America achieving its megalomaniacal aims.

Moscow’s intervention in Syria reinvigorated its military, both nations battering ISIS and other terrorist groups effectively, winning strategic battles, Washington on the defensive, struggling on how to respond.

Earlier articles discussed possible Turkish and Saudi intervention, complicit with Washington, deploying ground troops illegally in Syria, raising the stakes for possible greater conflict enormously, risking direct confrontation with Russia.

Putin and Assad want peace, not war, escalated conflict avoided. At the same time, they won’t tolerate naked aggression threatening their national security.

Washington’s bombing campaign targets infrastructure and government sites - in Iraq and Syria. It deployed combat troops to both countries on the phony pretext of combating ISIS. If Turkish and/or Saudi forces invade Syrian territory for the same contrived reason, all bets are off.

Russian air power and ground defenses will destroy any potential threat. Moscow/Ankara relations soured after Erdogan downed a Russian warplane in Syrian airspace - approved by or complicit with Washington. Other provocations followed.

If Turkish forces clash with Syrian ones or challenge Russia’s aerial campaign, Moscow’s justifiable response could trigger US-led NATO intervention - the possibility of Russia and America at war, the risk of something much greater than the struggle for Syria’s soul.

Flashpoint conditions exist, Moscow trying to cool them. Washington’s rage for dominance makes the unthinkable possible.

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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Wall Street Journal Russia Bashing

Wall Street Journal Russia Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

Journal opinion pages represent US peudo-journalism’s far-right - in the forefront of anti-Russian hostility, relentlessly bashing Putin irresponsibly, supporting US-led Western high crimes.

On February 3, its editors headlined “A NATO Message for Mr. Putin,” repeating the same tired old Big Lies about nonexistent “Russian aggression…little green men invad(ing) Crimea and eastern Ukraine - no corroborating evidence ever offered.

None exists, misinformation and Big Lies substituting. Journal editors duplicitously called US-led NATO’s eastern expansion “peaceful.” 

Balkan wars and endless post-9/11 ones prove otherwise. Increasingly encroaching on Russia’s borders risks direct confrontation.

Journal editors accused Putin of nonexistent “Greater Russia” ambitions. “The Kremlin has invaded Georgia, trampled the 1994 Budapest Memorandum that guaranteed Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and repeatedly violated NATO airspace.”

False on all counts. In August 2008, Georgian forces launched US-orchestrated naked aggression on South Ossetia, a premeditated provocation.

Russian nationals and peacekeepers were killed. Moscow intervened responsibly - to protect its citizens, the obligation of leaders to protect their people.

Putin never violated Ukraine’s territorial integrity. No so-called “little green men” exist, a US invention to vilify him unjustly.

Claims about Russia “repeatedly violat(ing) NATO airspace” are spurious, willful bald-faced lies, evidence supporting accusations never presented because none exists.

Moscow resolutely supports the sovereign rights of all nations, free from outside meddling, longstanding US policy polar opposite, raping one independent country after another, part of its greater aim to rule the world - even at the risk of destroying it.

Journal editors deplore peace and stability, support all US wars of aggression. “(A) significant enough NATO force (is needed) to deter (nonexistent) Russian aggression,” they ranted. 

Putin is the preeminent world peacemaker, polar opposite neocon-infested Washington’s rage for endless wars - naked aggression by any standard, pure evil, the greatest threat humanity ever faced.

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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Erdogan in Ecuador

Erdogan in Ecuador

by Stephen Lendman

Why he was invited, Ecuadorian authorities will have to explain - a tyrannical leader enforcing police state harshness, supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups, waging war on his own Kurdish people, murdering them in cold blood.

An international arrest warrant should greet him wherever he shows up, a menace vital to confront, a valued US imperial ally, both nations partnering in each other’s high crimes.

On an official two-day visit finalizing trade deals (President Rafael Correa dealing with the devil), crowds in Ecuador’s capital Quito heckled him.

Protesting his visit, they shouted: “Long live Kurdistan.” “Murderer Erdogan.” “Out with Erdogan” - as he entered Quito’s IAEN University for a planned address. A sign read “100 years of Armenian genocide and Erdogan continues with the Kurds.”

Giran Ozcan is Latin American representative for the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK). Erdogan’s security guards attacked peaceful protesters, including Ecuadorian parliament member Diego Vintimilla, injuring him, he explained.

Another protester’s nose was broken, requiring hospitalization. “People of Ecuador realize that a (mass-) murderer is visiting their country today,” Ozcan said.

“Through (his) support for ISIS, he is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in Syria” and Iraq.

Ozcan called protesting his presence Ecuadorians’ way of “showing solidarity with the Kurdish people and people of the Middle East against aspiring dictators (like) Erdogan and evil organizations (they) support (like) ISIS.”

Female activists protesting his visit were brutally attacked, Turkish presidential guards beating them savagely for protesting Erdogan’s presence.

They issued a statement, saying his security thugs battered their faces, breasts and other “intimate parts” with intent to injure and humiliate them.

On February 4, Erdogan ended his three-country Latin American tour - in Ecuador after visiting Chile and Peru.

A December initiated White House petition labeled him a state sponsor of terrorism, called for expelling Turkey from NATO.

After getting 30,000 signatures, it was listed on the White House’s web site. It reached a total of nearly 39,000, short of its 100,000 goal.

It was archived with no action taken, none expected. One rogue state supports another.

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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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.


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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.