Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Netanyahu Postmortems

Netanyahu Postmortems

by Stephen Lendman

Honest analysts know his double-barreled Washington offensive fell flat - targeting AIPAC and Congress.

His blustering Big Lies wore thin long ago. He repeated the same stuff he regurgitates in all his anti-Iranian/poor threatened israel rants.

You have to be practically comatose not to have heard it ad nauseam. Or sublimely ignorant not to know Iran threatens no one.

It's nuclear program is entirely legitimate - with no military component or intention to have one. 

Or that Israel is the region's only nuclear power - a dangerous one committed to use its arsenal of banned weapons if threatened.

Analysts weighed in on Netanyahu's performance as expected. Haaretz editors were scathing - calling policies Netanyahu and like-minded MKs endorse "the real existential threat to Israel."

They include "unending occupation…Israel's insistence on ruling over millions of Palestinians in the West Bank who lack civil rights, expanding the settlements and keeping residents of the Gaza Strip" lawlessly besieged.

"Israel is mortgaging its (future by) maintain(ing)" polar opposite systems for Arabs and Jews.

It's "fated to explode," said Haaretz editors. Three Gaza wars since December 2008 show a nation fundamentally off-the-rails - against core principles it claims to stand for.

World public opinion grows increasingly anti-Israeli for good reason. Any nation unwilling to treat all its citizens and people it controls equitably according to fundamental rule of law principles is doomed to pariah status.

Zionism and democracy are no more compatible than fire and water.

Throughout Netanyahu's tenure, occupation harshness increased. "Internal tensions between Jews and Arabs" are perhaps unprecedented - a tinderbox waiting to explode.

"Right-wing (lunatics vie to see who's more effective) pushing anti-democratic laws designed to institutionalize discrimination against" minority Arabs, said Haaretz editors.

Campaigning for March 17 elections "is being conducted like a Purim carnival."

Issues mattering most and their dangers are ignored. No one talks about Palestinian rights, occupation harshness, besieged Gazans, or last summer's war.

"But topping them all is the prime minister, who wasted the great opportunity and the enormous attention he received on Capitol Hill and didn't even mention the real danger Israel faces" - itself because of self-destructive policies, Haaretz editors explained.

Its columnists weighed in. Chemi Shalev called Netanyahu's anti-Iranian rant "no game-changer" - either on Washington or Israeli voters.

Yossi Verter said Israelis know leading up to elections Netanyahu bombards them with "words, words, words."

Amiri Oren called his rhetoric "much ado about nothing…made in preparation for (his) imminent electoral defeat - a bid to become defense minister in Issac Herzog's government…"

Zvi Bar'el said he "presented Congress with a warped view of the Middle East."

His existential threats are backwards. For sure Iran poses none. He threatens the entire region.

Reuters stressed how Netanyahu angered Obama for circumventing protocol - by addressing Congress without administration invitation and trying to sabotage ongoing Iranian nuclear talks.

AP said House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D. CA) blasted Netanyahu's condescension - virtually unheard of on Capitol Hill against an Israeli leader.

Obama refused to meet with him. Biden planned a Central American trip to avoid hearing him. Oren Hatch (R. UT) filled in as Senate president pro temp.

John Kerry was negotiating with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva during Netanyahu's rant - both sides aiming for a framework agreement by month's end. Then a final one by end of June.

New York Times editors called Netanyahu's congressional speech "unconvincing."

On the one hand, "fawning lawmakers" "mobbed" him. "Even Washington doesn't often see this level of exploitative political theater," they said.

All the worse because Republicans used Netanyahu to "challenge…Obama's foreign policy."

Netanyahu's rant offered "nothing new." It was all about "proving his toughness on security issues" ahead of March 17 elections - largely for a home audience to win votes.

Times editors called his demand for Obama to push for a better deal entirely "hollow." He rejects any deal with Iran.

He offered no alternative approach. He gave chutzpah new meaning. 

He circumvented administration and congressional authority irresponsibly by trying to make US foreign policy himself - an unforgivable affront rendering him persona non grata as long as Obama remains president.

Neocon Washington Post editors said "Obama needs to provide real answers to Netanyahu's arguments" - something he hasn't yet done, they claim.

They called Netanyahu's obvious distortions, deception and Big Lies "legitimate questions."

They ignore Iran's peaceful nuclear program. In past editorials they urged tougher sanctions. 

They oppose any deal except under terms no nation would accept. They support war if other ways aren't found to deprive Iran of its legitimate nuclear power rights.

Neocon Wall Street Journal editors ludicrously called Netanyahu's bluster "bipartisan and gracious…" 

They accepted his litany of Big Lies as gospel. They treated a world-class thug like a legitimate leader.

They called his affrontary a proper administration policy challenge.

In contrast, Financial Times editors called his bluster "a brazen challenge to Obama."

Saying he snubbed protocol. He arrogantly circumvented presidential authority by appealing directly to a Republican-controlled Congress.

His gambit accomplished nothing to change administration negotiations with Iran.

He "opened cracks within pro-Israeli groups where none existed." He did more harm to US/Israeli relations than any of his predecessors.

He implied "the only way Iran could be stopped was through war."

His Manichean worldview is ideologically over-the-top and then some. "Never before has a foreign leader waded quite so brazenly into US politics," said FT editors.

He "needlessly risk(ed)" rupturing ties "with Israel's strongest ally." 

He's an out-of-control menace. On March 17, Israelis have a chance to oust him once and for all. Given lack of choices they face, it may not matter if he stays or goes.

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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Poroshenko Prepares for More War

Poroshenko Prepares for More War

by Stephen Lendman

Sustainable, durable peace in Donbass is pure fantasy. Obama won't tolerate it. Poroshenko is a convenient US stooge.

His power depends on remembering who's boss. Given his colossal failures to please the power installing him, his days perhaps are numbered.

He admitted Minsk terms won't hold. They won't "be strictly implemented," he said.

In less than so many words he intends more war once his military regroups and rearms from the battering it took.

it suffered one major defeat after another - especially in Devaltseve. He introduced legislation authorizing a 250,000-strength force.

"The size of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in emergencies shall grow by the number of servicemen recruited for military service consistent with the mobilization decrees of the Ukrainian president," he said.

In January, Ukraine's illegitimate defense minister Stepan Poltorak said military budgeting will be 3.6 times greater than last year.

It's when its only enemies are ones it invents at a time it's bankrupt teetering toward economic collapse.

IMF and other Western funding alone maintain short-term solvency. For how long remains to be seen.

Ukraine is a black hole of fascist extremism, extreme repression, out-of-control militantly, scandalous corruption, and rage for more war against its own citizens.

An anti-populist budget passed without parliamentarians given a chance to read it.

It drastically cuts pensions. Retirees will get 15% less. Payments to tax, customs and regulatory body personnel are suspended.

Ukrainians already experience the world's highest hyperinflation at over 270%. Since February 2014, the hryvnia currency lost around 70% of its value perhaps heading toward worthlessness.

Energy prices are skyrocketing. Henceforth, gas for heating will increase 230% to about $132 per 1,000 cubic meters. 

Gas for cooking will skyrocket from $43 to $263 per 1,000 cubic meters. Economic crisis conditions are worsening. 

Devastating austerity was imposed on millions of deeply impoverished Ukrainians to qualify for $17.5 billion in loan-shark-of-last-resort IMF funding.

Despite economic disaster, Poroshenko is preparing for more war. On March 4, RT International headlined "Ukraine replenishes Donbass tank supplies amid ceasefire."

On the one hand, its military continues violating Minsk terms. So far, it refused to withdraw heavy weapons as stipulated. It's repositioning them instead.

It's adding reinforcements. It's preparing for more war. Sporadic shelling continues. Colonel Cassad reports it's targeting Donetsk's airport and "sometimes tries to attack" it.

It perpetuates the myth of a strong military. Reality is a battered one desperately trying to regroup and rearm for more combat. 

Fascist lunatics operate this way - especially with encouragement from Washington.

RT reported Ukraine's state-owned Ukroboronprom defense corporation saying it shipped T64B tanks to the defense ministry and national guard better able to withstand attacks than previous models.

A statement claimed they're "ready to carry out missions in the anti-terrorist operation (AT) zone" - referring to Donbass.

Numbers of tanks supplied aren't known - or payment terms. Ukroboronprom said new ones are equipped with better protective armor. According to a Latvian military source:

"In Ukraine, hulls of T-64 tanks are often severely damaged, with entire pieces of armor plucked out, and you can see that the damage is done along welding seams of the hull, while the rest of the armor plates left out bent." 

"The most obvious explanation to the damages of Ukrainian armored vehicles is the poor quality of manufacturing."

Donbass freedom fighters know ceasefire remains shaky at best. They're ready to repel any future Kiev attacks. Overnight Tuesday, they reported eight Ukrainian military shelling incidents.

On March 4, Sergey Lavrov wasn't encouraging. On the one hand, Kiev Minsk violations continue.

On the other, Lavrov said Contact Group members Russia, the OSCE and Ukraine were "urged to create working groups for reviewing all aspects of the Minsk agreements…as soon as possible."

So far, Kiev hasn't complied. It "refuse(s) the proposals of Donetsk and Luhansk, of the Russian side, to create such groups and announce their composition, trying to drag out the process. It is troubling," said Lavrov.

"There should be no doubt that the documents from February 12 must be implemented fully." 

"This includes immediately establishing working groups, starting work on a constitutional reform, restoring social and economic ties and so on."

Kiev obstructionism shows it wants war, not peace. It's just a matter of time before it resumes - with full US support and encouragement.

Expect Minsk II to accomplish no more than previous Russian initiated conflict resolution efforts.

War and peace decisions are made in Washington, not Moscow. Obama wants Donbass freedom fighters crushed. 

Expect renewed conflict at his discretion. Maybe this time with shock and awe Pentagon support.

In the meantime, Ukraine prepares for more war. It's taking part in ongoing NATO Annual Crisis Management Exercises. 

They're "designed to test (North Atlantic Council) procedures at the strategic political-military level," according to NATO.

"The exercise rehearses decision-making processes using an entirely fictitious scenario" likely to be very real during US-led NATO's next war.

Maybe targeting Donbass. Acting as Kiev's air force. Destroying Novorossia the way Obama ravaged Libya.

Given Washington's rage for permanent wars without end, expect the worst ahead.

Expect more mass slaughter and destruction - perhaps genocide before Washington's Ukraine campaign ends.

Separately, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich blasted US policy, saying:

"We have noticed a remarkable fact. As soon as signs of a peaceful settlement of the severe Ukrainian crisis appear, Washington, that had a hand in last year's coup in Kiev, starts to exacerbate the situation."

"So this time, when the ceasefire regime agreed upon in Minsk on February 12 with assistance of Russian President Vladimir Putin is being implemented, Barack Obama's administration is again issuing threats, announcing extension of the previously imposed sanctions and promising new ones - both against our country and against the DPR and LPR."

"What is this if not an attempt to destroy the tenuous budding of trust between them and Ukrainian authorities, to undermine or even derail the peace process."  

"The same applies to promises of massive American weapons supplies to Ukraine, indulging revanchist plans of Kiev's 'party of war.' "

"We would really appreciate if the United States would finally start thinking about the consequences of its decisions and actions." 

"Moreover, no sanctions will change Russia's principal position. It is high time for Washington to realise it."

According to Russia's ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, Moscow will do whatever is necessary to counter possible threats from Alliance involvement in Ukraine.

Mostly blaming Washington, he said some "NATO countries are adding fuel to the fire of this conflict."

Deploying combat troops masquerading as instructors directly aids Kiev's "party of war" intention to resolve crisis conditions "by military means."

"It runs counter to NATO leadership statements (claiming) Ukrain(e's) crisis has no military solutions," Grushko stressed.

It bears repeating. Ukraine's conflict is far from settled. It'll resume at Obama's discretion. 

Odds favor sometime this spring - perhaps Libya-style war using Kiev ground forces as US shock troops the way Washington uses ISIS in Syria.


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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Netanyahu's Ugly Israel

Netanyahu's Ugly Israel

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is a rogue terror state by any standard. No amount of speechmaking changes reality. Fascist lunatics run things. 

They want supreme hegemonic regional control. They want all potential challengers eliminated. 

They're willing to wage genocidal wars to achieve objectives - including use of nuclear, chemical, biological and other banned weapons.

Their Machiavellian extremism threatens world peace and stability. Netanyahu is the tip of the iceberg. Embedded fascist power runs Israel like America.

Netanyahu came to Washington to convince Congress, the US public and his own population about a nonexistent Iranian threat.

He knows Iran threatens no one. Its nuclear program is peaceful. It has no military component. His own Mossad says so. So does US intelligence annually.

Claiming an existential Iranian threat is a ruse - a Big Lie. None exists. Netanyahu is a serial liar. He wants pro-Western stooge governance replacing Iranian sovereign independence. 

He's willing to massacre millions of Iranians to rule the region unchallenged. His madness could launch nuclear war.

At the same time, his goon squads terrorize Palestinians daily. Media scoundrels ignore his worst crimes.

Every day is Kristallnacht in Palestine. So-called Israeli security forces terrorize Palestinians with impunity. So do radicalized settlers with full state support and encouragement.

Gaza remains lawlessly besieged. An Israeli caused humanitarian disaster worsens daily. 

West Bank and East Jerusalem Palestinian communities are virtual war zones - subjected to daily terrorizing incursions.

Fear is pervasive. Collective punishment is official Israeli policy. So is institutionalized racism worse than anything experienced in apartheid South Africa.

Peaceful public demonstrations are brutally attacked. Free expression and movement are prohibited.

Population centers are isolated. Borders are closed. Militarized occupation prohibits normal daily life.

Palestinians face rascist discrimination, land theft, bulldozed homes, regular terror attacks, targeted killings, mass arrests, wrongful imprisonments, torture, punitive taxes, impoverishment, indentured servitude, ethnic cleansing and slow-motion genocide.

Palestinians wanting to live free on their own land in their own country are called terrorists. Fishermen are attacked at sea.

So are farmers working their land. Their crops, livestock and orchards are lawlessly destroyed. 

Israeli goon squads shoot Palestinian children for target practice. Fundamental civil and human rights are denied.

Few services are provided. Vital ones are lacking or inadequate. Palestinian lawmakers are imprisoned for belonging to the wrong party. 

Israeli democracy is pure fantasy. None whatever exists. When Israelis vote on March 17, embedded power will emerge victorious.

Business as usual will continue. Nothing fundamental will change. Conditions for Palestinians will remain cruel and unjust.

The whole world knows. Western leaders able to change things sit on their hands and do nothing.

Washington funds Israel's killing machine with billions of dollars annually, the latest weapons and technology, and bipartisan endorsement of its worst crimes.

Before Netanyahu left for Washington, Israel cut off power for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians twice in the dead of winter. 

It warned about further outages if PA officials don't pay millions of dollars in outstanding debt. 

Impossible because Israel won't release around $250 million in tax revenues belonging to Palestine - collective punishment for joining the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Israel punitively opened dams near Gaza's border. Flooding caused hundreds of Palestinians to flee water levels more than three meters deep.

Many others were affected - compounding the humanitarian disaster from Israel's summer war. 

Media scoundrels ignore a catastrophe affecting hundreds of thousands of Palestinians on their own with virtually no promised aid delivered.

While Netanyahu ranted to Congress, his goon squads destroyed thousands of acres of wheat, barley and other Bedouin Rakhama village crops.

Tractors protected by killer cops uprooted privately owned Palestinian land. One resident spoke for others saying:

"This is vandalism through which they plan to displace the Bedouins from the Negev so as to create a Jewish state free of Arabs." 

"(M)y message to them is that if you turn over the land a million times, and if you demolish our homes a thousand times we will continue to live on this land and won't allow anybody to take it from us."

Area bedouins were given land to compensate for forced 1954 displacement. Israeli agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on.

Bedouins live in so-called unrecognized villages - without essential services Israel refuses to provide. It wants Arabs displaced for exclusive Jewish development. 

It uses various means to remove them - including declaring privately owned Palestinian land closed military zones.

On Tuesday, radicalized settlers attacked Palestinian MK Hanin Zoabi. She was speaking at Ramat Gan college near Tel Aviv.

Lunatic Israelis attacked her with bottles and milk spilled on her. She sustained moderate injuries.

Reports indicated Israel's extremist right-wing ordered the attack. Without security intervention, she could have been killed.

On March 17, she's running for reelection. On February 18, Israel's High Court overturned a right-wing Knesset ruling disqualifying her from general elections.

She's condemned for participating in the May 2010 Mavi Marmara humanitarian Gaza mission. Israeli fascists call her a traitor for supporting right over wrong.

On March 2, a B'Tselem press release headlined "Incident in which soldiers set dogs on Palestinian youth was part of official policy."

Israeli goon squads routinely use vicious attack dogs against unarmed defenseless Palestinian civilians.

B'Tselem published video evidence "of two soldiers from the IDF dog unit filmed by another soldier after they had set dogs on a Palestinian boy." 

"The footage was first posted on former MK Michael Ben Ari’s Facebook page, but has since been removed from there." 

"The military’s official response read: 'Upon receipt of the footage, the Commander of the Airborne and Special Training Center ordered an immediate internal inquiry into the incident.' " 

" 'Upon completion of this inquiry, conclusions will be drawn and the necessary steps will be taken to prevent such incidents from recurring.' ”

So-called Israeli inquiries are whitewashes by any standard. Expect no change in official Israeli policy.

Superiors up the Israeli chain of command authorize killer attack dog terrorism.

B'Tselem "documented and publicized this incident about two months ago," it said.

Video evidence reveals "standard" IDF practice. Attack dogs are unleashed. They're ordered against Palestinians. They savagely bite into human flesh until handlers order release.

Sometimes dogs maintain killer grips, said B'Tselem. Handlers have to taser them to release victims.

Previous responses to B'Tselem complaints indicate so-called inquiries focus "only on how the dogs were used, and not on whether they should have been used at all," the organization said.

It wants all dog attacks stopped. Its only response gotten in 18 months is that this type unacceptable viciousness "is under review."

Israel continues numerous terror tactics against Palestinians no just society would tolerate. The incident in question occurred on December 23, 2014.

Palestinians threw stones in response to a confrontation Israeli soldiers initiated.

An eyewitness said they unleashed attack dogs on Palestinian youths. One dog savagely bit 16-year-old Hamzeh Abu Hashem.

He required hospitalization. His family said he was arrested, handcuffed, removed from the hospital and taken to Ofer Prison.

B'Tselem said he was sentenced to six months imprisonment. Similar incidents occur often.

Israel uses killer attack dogs as terrorizing weapons against Palestinians for virtually any reason or none at all.

Netanyahu's congressional rant didn't explain. Supportive House and Senate members didn't ask. Or express any outrage against Israeli viciousness.

One rogue state supports another. Millions of innocent victims suffer horrifically. 

Expect the worst ahead as long as criminal gangs run both countries. Their rule by terror threatens everyone.

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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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Netanyahu's Congressional Rant

Netanyahu’s Congressional Rant

by Stephen Lendman

He last addressed a joint congressional session on May 24, 2011. At the time, Haaretz writer Gideon Levy called it a rant "filled with lies on top of lies and illusions heaped on illusions."

Netanyahu never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to do the wrong thing. He praised Israel's nonexistent democracy.

Critics denounced its business as usual policy. Its brutalizing occupation harshness. Wars against defenseless civilians at its discretion. Subjugating millions of Arabs ruthlessly for not being Jews.

A previous article explained why Netanyahu chose now to address Congress - a combination of political campaigning ahead of March 17 Israeli elections and a deliberate effort to sabotage Iranian P5+1 talks.

One thing alone is sure. He did more to damage relations with America than any previous Israeli leader. Neocons in Washington supporting him compound it.

Paul Craig Roberts noted a disturbing Andy Borowitz New Yorker article. He headlined "Boehner Calls Netanyahu Closest Ally in Fight Against Obama."

It reflects the lunacy gripping Washington perhaps one day heading toward destroying us. So does a second right-wing National Review article Roberts spotted titled "Netanyahu, Not Obama, Speaks for Us."

Thankfully levelheadedness still exists. A New York Times ad headlined "No, Mr. Netanyahu - You do not speak for American Jews."

"The American People Do Not Want a War with Iran." Noted American Jews and others signed it. 

Millions of Americans would have if given a chance. Likely billions of people worldwide - including most Israelis.

Netanyahu, like-minded Israelis, and lunatics in Washington may risk all on nuclear war. Humanity's greatest challenge is stopping them before their megalomania kills everyone.

Netanyahu's congressional address continued where his AIPAC rant left off. He lied claiming Israel defended itself from Hamas rockets last summer.

It launched cold, calculated, well-planned naked aggression against a largely civilian Gazan population. It had nothing to do with Hamas rockets.

It had everything to do with preventing Palestinian self-determination and unity as well as maintaing brutalizing militarized occupation harshness.

Netanyahu repeated tired old Big Lies as expected. He segued from one to another. His own Mossad explains a nonexistent iranian threat he hypes ad nauseam.

Claiming a modern-day "Persian potentate" threatens Israel's survival is polar opposite truth. No legitimate evidence corroborates his Big Lie. 

Nothing suggests Iran threatens anyone. Plenty proves a US/Israeli/UK alliance menaces humanity - the real axis of evil.

Iran and other peace-loving nations oppose their rage for war - one after another against fictitious enemies to satiate their maniacal craze for unchallenged dominance.

Don't expect Netanyahu to explain. He absurdly compared Iran to Nazi Germany saying its "regime" is not merely a Jewish problem any more than" Nazis were one.

It "poses a grave threat (to) the entire world." It's hard imagining anyone believing these reckless Big Lies demanding denunciation.

Most congressional members applaud it. Israel is nuclear armed and dangerous. Fascist ideologues control things. 

They threaten regional peace and stability. Perhaps humanity if their rogue agenda isn't stopped.

Netanyahu turned truth on its head claiming Israel and America support "life, liberty" and other fundamental freedoms.

At the same time, he lied saying Iran's founding document "pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad." 

He recklessly blamed Tehran for US/Israeli regional crimes. He viciously and irresponsibly claimed its "goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights (stolen from Syria) are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror."

He lied saying "(b)acked by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians."

Fact: Israel partners with Obama's proxy war on Syria.

Fact: He wants an Israeli rival removed.

Fact: He wants pro-Western stooge governance replacing sovereign Syrian independence.

Fact: He uses Pentagon/CIA recruited, armed, funded, trained and directed iSIS fighters as proxy US foot soldiers.

Fact: They're cold-blooded cutthroat terrorists.

Fact: Israel treats their wounded so they can go back and kill more Syrians. It provides arms and other support.

Despite no corroborating evidence whatever, Netanyahu ludicrously claimed "for the last 36 years, Iran (conducted) attacks against the United States."

If true, war between both countries would have erupted years ago. 
Even jaded congressional members know Netanyahu's claim about Iran "killing and maiming thousands of American service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan" is pure rubbish.

Yet they dutifully applauded instead of demanding he leave their chamber and never return. No regional country is responsible for more mass slaughter, destruction and state terror than Israel.

The entire Congress knows what not a single profile in courage among 535 members will admit.

Netanyahu's Big Lie urging congressional members to "stand together to stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror" was followed by rousing applause.

"Iran's regime is as radical as ever," Netanyahu ranted. It "will always be an enemy of America."

He disgracefully compared its government to ISIS - saying they're "competing for the crown of militant islam."

He cut to the chase lying about it "soon (to) be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs."

He ignored Israel's nuclear arsenal and long-range delivery capability it threatens to use at its discretion.

"I'll say it one more time," he ranted. "The greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of (Iranian) militant Islam with nuclear weapons."

Fact: Humanity's greatest threat is a US/UK/Israeli axis of evil threatening everyone with mass destruction.

Fact: Iran's commitment for world peace and stability goes unheralded.

Netanyahu finds new ways to lie about its peaceful nuclear program. He shamelessly says successful P5+1 talks "will not prevent (it) from developing nuclear weapons."

They'll "all but guarantee that (it) gets those weapons, lots of them" - despite ample evidence showing its nuclear program is entirely peaceful with no military component.

How does Netanyahu know he's right and sophisticated US and Israeli intelligence are wrong? "You can Google it," he claims.

You can't make this stuff up. According to him, Googling will reveal top secret information spy sleuths don't know.

How he spews these lies with a straight face he'll have to explain. He claimed any deal with Iran will leave its "vast nuclear infrastructure" in place.

It's no different from dozens of other countries operating nuclear reactors for commerial power. Iran conforms fully with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty provisions. 

Israel refuses to sign the benchmark treaty. It wants its open secret left unexamined. It ludicrously claims any deal leaves Iran "with a short break-out time to the bomb."

No evidence whatever substantiates it - or other Netanyahu Big Lies about Iran's legitimate nuclear program.

"According to the deal (being discussed), not a single nuclear facility would be demolished," he ranted. 

"Thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium would be left spinning. Thousands more would be temporarily disconnected, but not destroyed."

"Because Iran's nuclear program would be left largely intact, (its) break-out time would be very short - about a year by US assessment, even shorter by Israel's."

In 2012, Netanyahu claimed Iran would have a nuclear weapon in 3 to 6 months. Nothing he says holds water. Malicious Big Lies substitute for honest hard truths. 

His longstanding anti-Iranian position reflects his desire for unchallenged regional hegemony. Achieving it requires eliminating all rivals - principally Iran, Syria and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Claiming a fabricated Iranian nuclear threat is red-herring cover for wanting their governments replaced by pro-Western stooge ones.

The entire Congress knows Netanyahu's dirty game - the same one they play in America's pursuit for unchallenged global dominance.

It bears repeating what other articles stressed. Either we stop these lunatics or they'll kill everyone. Their hegemonic madness may end life on earth.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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


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The CIA-Controlled Neocon Washington Post

The CIA-Controlled Neocon Washington Post

by Stephen Lendman

America's MSM mock legitimate journalism. State propaganda Big Lies substitute for real news, information and analysis on issues mattering most.

The Washington Post ranks with the worst. Its editorial policy long ago fell from grace. It openly fronts for wealth, power and privilege.

Extreme hawkishness defines its agenda. Neocons control editorial policy. Owner Jeff Bezos has CIA ties. He's bought, paid for and owned by dark forces ruling America.

He got a $600 million CIA contract for much more than Amazon Web Services (AWA). He proliferates information dark forces in America want published.

He has a disturbing history currying favor with national security officials. WaPo should explain his CIA connection. Readers should know its editorial policy reflects its war on humanity agenda.

WaPo is a virtual CIA house organ. Earlier, Communications Professor/journalism scholar/media critic Robert McChesney commented, saying: 

"When the main shareholder in one of the very largest corporations in the world benefits from a massive contract with the CIA on the one hand, and that same billionaire owns the Washington Post on the other hand, there are serious problems." 

"The Post is unquestionably the political paper of record in the United States, and how it covers governance sets the agenda for the balance of the news media." 

"Citizens need to know about this conflict of interest in the columns of the Post itself."

"If some official enemy of the United States had a comparable situation - say the owner of the dominant newspaper in Caracas was getting $600 million in secretive contracts from the Maduro government - the Post itself would lead the howling chorus impaling that newspaper and that government for making a mockery of a free press."

Paul Pillar is a former top CIA analyst. On February 8, he headlined his Consortium News article "WPost Lost in Neocon Fantasyland."

Saying, in effect, its editorial policy supports endless wars of aggression against nonexistent enemies. 

Its Watergate-type exposes no longer exist. It's in bed with dark forces it should confront with forceful editorial truth and full disclosure.

It's on the wrong side of virtually every issue harming millions in America and worldwide. It proliferates pure propaganda, not journalism.

WaPo editors are part of the anti-Putin chorus. They consistently blame him for US/Kiev high crimes. 

They consider Illegitimate Ukrainian Nazis democrats. They call courageous Donbass freedom fighters terrorists.

They ignore Putin's all-out efforts for peaceful conflict resolution. They come perilously close to urging US war on Russia.

They're mindless about a potentially humanity destroying conflict if lunatics in Washington launch it.

Their reporting on Boris Nemtsov's murder reads like bad fiction. They ludicrously portray him as Churchillian.

He was a political nobody. Previous articles explained. His RPR-PARNAS party has less than 5% support. He enjoyed around 1% at most.

Polls show over 85% of Russians back Putin - more than double Obama's support in America.

A Sunday planned spring commemoration became a Nemtsov memorial march - a one-day Moscow event of no significance attracting around 21,000 participants at its height.

Most came simply to show respect - not support for a man the vast majority of Russians disliked.

Previous articles explained he was a US-funded Putin-bashing self-serving opportunist - polar opposite what the vast majority of Russians want and deserve.

The typical type scoundrel Washington likes installing in governments it topples as a convenient stooge serving US interests and their own at the expense of their own people they betray.

WaPo editors turned truth on its head claiming "(t)housands def(ied) Putin in Moscow." They look for any reason to bash him. 

They lied claiming "Russians know all too well the possible consequences of joining protest rallies in Moscow."

Police don't "regularly attack and beat peaceful demonstrators" as WaPo editors claimed.

It's common practice in America and other Western countries. Police in cahoots with Washington viciously attacked Occupy Wall Street protesters earlier in cities nationwide.

Club-wielding/head bashing cops attacked anti-war and global justice demonstrators earlier. Anyone challenging US injustice risks facing full-force state ruthlessness - including prison time, torture or death.

Don't expect WaPo editors to explain. Instead they lied claiming "tens of thousands showed up" in Moscow Sunday for Nemtsov.

It bears repeating. Estimates were about 21,000 at most. Claiming they "def(ied) fear that pervades Vladimir Putin's Moscow" is polar opposite truth.

Saying Sunday's turnout showed "many Russians, like Mr. Nemtsov himself, did not give up the cause of democracy and human rights" reveals more about WaPo-style neocon "fantasyland."

So does hyping nonexistent Putin "imperialism and repression." Citing a "democratic West," in contrast, is pure fantasy.

WaPo editors make garden-variety big liars look benign in comparison. 

"(M)any Western leaders remain in a state of denial about Mr. Putin or still hesitate to take measures that might stop his aggression," they ranted.

No Russian aggression exists now or earlier. None is planned. No evidence suggests it. Putin shames Western leaders. 

They support Washington's permanent war agenda. They're comfortable with US-dominated unipolarity.

Putin deplores war. He supports multi-world polarity, peace and stability.

WaPo editors urge more sanctions on Russia. They want Kiev supplied with more heavy weapons than already. They want war, not peace.

They lied about phantom Russian forces in Ukraine. No one can find them because they don't exist.

Since both sides agreed on February 12 Minsk ceasefire terms, Kiev continues to violate them. Rebels respond only if attacked.

WaPo editors maliciously accused "Russian forces" of breaching Minsk. They practically compared Putin to Hitler.

They outrageously claim he intends "to forcibly overturn the post-Cold War order in Europe."

On the one hand, they said "(i)t's not known who murdered Mr. Nemtsov…" On the other, they claim "it probably won't be (known) as long as Mr. Putin remains in power."

They ludicrously said Sunday marchers "placed responsibility where it must lie."

A previous article said it's inconceivable to think Putin wanted Nemtsov killed. Few Russians think so. Clear signs suggest a CIA false flag!

The article quoted Washington's ambassador to Russia John Tefft practically admitting Nemtsov was more valuable to America dead than alive. It said draw your own conclusion.

It bears repeating. WaPo editors want war, not peace. They're heading perilously close to urging direct confrontation with Russia. 

They part of the lunatic fringe in America's capital. The danger to humanity is they may get the war they crave.

A Final Comment

Readers expect more from Financial Times commentaries than Gideon Rachman's March 2 anti-Putin rant. He headlined "Vladimir Putin's survival strategy is lies and violence."

Ad hominem maliciousness substituted for facts and legitimate analysis. Rachman lied saying Putin "stirs nationalist paranoia that makes Nemtsov's killing permissible."

He outrageously blamed him for the crime saying "(w)hen a government starts murdering its critics in the streets, it has crossed the line into barbarism."

Lay blame where it belongs. America's CIA and Israel's Mossad have longstanding records of eliminating figures opposing their governments' imperial policies the old-fashioned way - by a bullet, bomb, slit throat or convenient well-planned accident.

Don't expect MSM writers to explain. Rachman disgracefully compared today's Russia to Soviet years under Stalin and Nazi Germany.

He sounded like WaPo editors saying "(u)nleashing vioience and then lying about it has become standard operating procedure for Mr. Putin's Kremlin - from eastern Ukraine to the streets of Moscow."

Anyone making minimal efforts to understand what's ongoing knows Washington, Israel, Britain and rogue NATO partners bear full responsibility for most global violence, instability and cold-blooded killings like Nemtsov's murder.

Blaming Putin for their crimes doesn't wash. Willful lying on issues this serious shows Rachman is no different from neocon US journalists - paid propagandists by any standard.

His article included a litany of Big Lies - whoppers shaming FT editors for publishing it. Making them look like their Murdoch-controlled Wall Street Journal counterparts.

They owe their readers an apology for printing rubbish they should have rejected straightaway.

Start by replacing Rachman. Follow up with an editorial retracting his Big Lies. 

Join others in working for world peace and stability. Help save humanity from the scourge of possible nuclear war.

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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Netanyahu at AIPAC

Netanyahu at AIPAC

by Stephen Lendman

His Monday bluster was a warmup for what honest observers call the most outrageous address ever by a foreign official to a joint congressional session - scheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at 11:00AM EST.

Netanyahu spurned protocol. He circumvented administration control over who gets invited to address Congress. 

He's persona non grata at the White House. No welcome mat greeted him on arrival. Obama refused to see him. 

Nearly five dozen House and Senate members intend boycotting his address - showing unprecedented disapproval of a foreign leader visiting Washington.

Voters should demand others explain why they intend showing up to support a cold-blooded racist mass-murderer serial liar.

On the one hand, his address is a thinly veiled campaign stunt two weeks ahead of March 17 Israeli elections.

On the other, It's an anti-Iranian fear-mongering effort - intended to sabotage ongoing P5+1 talks. 

It represents an unprecedented affront to US presidential authority - besides willfully lying about a Tehran nuclear weapons program his own intelligence agency (Mossad) says doesn't exist.

Annual US intelligence assessments say the same thing. Hard truths don't matter. Any excuse to bash Iran will do. Big Lies substitute for cold, hard facts.

Netanyahu's AIPAC speech was beginning-to-end demagogic boilerplate - full of bluster, megalomaniacal ranting, pompousness,  and Big Lies.

"Israel never forgets its friends," he said. He then recited a list of individuals complicit with Israeli crimes.

He insulted Palestinians and freedom fighters everywhere calling Jerusalem Israel's "eternal undivided capital."

False! It's a UN established international city. The vast majority of countries with embassies in Israel refuse to locate them there - including America.

Netanyahu avoided explaining what he'll tell Congress on Tuesday. It's no secret. He'll lie about a nonexistent Iranian nuclear weapons program.

He absurdly called Iran an existential threat. It hasn't attacked another country in centuries. It has no intention of doing so now.

None of its neighbors feel threatened. Tehran seeks cooperative relations with all states.

Netanyahu gives chutzpah new meaning. Despite deliberately circumventing US presidential protocol, he ludicrously claimed his speech isn't intended to show disrespect.

Or inject himself "into the American partisan debate." In 2012, he openly supported Romney. It's no secret he and Obama dislike each other.

How anyone can stand either of them they'll have to explain. They're both serial liars and war criminals multiple times over.

Israel's attorney general is investigating Netanyahu for alleged criminal use of state funds. Possible prosecution and imprisonment could follow.

He thanked Washington for "back(ing) Israel in defending itself at war and in our efforts to achieve a durable peace with our neighbors."

He ludicrously said "a potential deal with Iran could threaten the survival of Israel." He repeated the Big Lie about "Iran (being) the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in the world."

He turned truth on its head claiming "Iran vows to annihilate Israel."

Fact: Israel deplores peace. It thrives on wars and instability it creates.

Fact: Its only enemies are ones it invents.

Fact: It wages perpetual war against defenseless Palestinian civilians. 

Fact It terrorizes them ruthlessly.

Fact: It incarcerates 1.8 million Gazans in the world's largest open-air prison. 

Fact: Last summer it terror-bombed large parts of the Strip to rubble. it murdered or maimed thousands of its people.

Fact: Israel and Washington partner in each other's wars.

Fact: They're cold, calculated acts of premeditated aggression.

Fact: Washington provides Israel with generous funding, weapons, munitions and full support.

Netanyahu's serial lying wore thin long ago. It bears repeating. Iran threatens no one. Its nuclear program is peaceful. It has no military component. No evidence proves otherwise.

Anyone paying attention knows Netanyahu's claims are deliberate acts of deception - Big Lies to influence Congress, the US public and his own constituents about a nonexistent Iranian threat.

"Israel lives in the world's most dangerous neighborhood," he claims. Israel and Washington bear full responsibility for violence and instability throughout the region. Both countries threaten world peace.

Common values they share aren't "liberty, equality, justice, tolerance (and) compassion," as Netanyahu claims.

They're polar opposite aims to conquer, dominate and exploit - benefitting rich and powerful interests at the expense of all others.

No two countries in world history threaten humanity's survival more. None more reflect pure evil - a scourge vital to stop before it destroys everyone in its maniacial aim for world dominance.

On Monday, the White House and State Department warned Netanyahu against revealing sensitive details he apparently knows about P5+1 talks.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest said doing so would constitute a "betrayal" of US trust.

John Kerry said "(w)e are concerned by reports that suggest selected details of the ongoing negotiations will be discussed publicly in the coming days." 

"I want to say clearly, doing so would make it more difficult to reach the goal that Israel and others say they share in order to get a good deal."

Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Obama officials gave Israel detailed classified information. 

She explained Kerry's remarks were directed at Netanyahu. Revealing information given Israel in confidence would be more of an affront than already.

In recent weeks, US officials largely ceased keeping their Israeli counterparts informed on P5+1 talks - because of concern about Netanyahu leaking information or revealing it publicly before Congress.

On Monday, Israel's Channel 10 said Washington halted all intelligence cooperation with Israel pertaining to Iran's nuclear program.

Days before his congressional address, a blistering Haaretz editorial accused Netanyahu of "wrecking Israel's ties with" Washington.

It said his actions "gravely impair" what's called a special relationship. "(D)ue primarily to electoral considerations, (he's) determined to act like a wrecking ball," it stressed.

He "insist(s) on damaging Israel's most important relationship. (He's) embarrassing Barack Obama in his home court."

He'll challenge him openly "on Capitol Hill and urge (his opponents) to (sabotage) his diplomacy with Iran, just so that he can portray himself as the 'savior of the nation' back home and please his (paymaster) American billionaire Sheldon Adelson…"

Haaretz editors called him an irresponsible leader. His congressional address is meant to be a deliberate "frontal confrontation with the US president," they said.

On the one hand, his actions will have no effect on US policy, Haaretz editors maintain. On the other, they're destroying the fabric of a longstanding relationship.

His "flawed judgment" shows he's unfit to serve. Haaretz editors urged Israelis to replace him. Adding one of a new prime minister's "first tasks will be to fix what Netanyahu has destroyed."

It'll take more than a rogue prime minister to undo decades of US/Israeli partnership in high crimes against peace.

Leaders come and go. An ugly alliance of pure evil persists. A rising tide of resistance needs to confront it. Humanity's fate hangs in the balance.

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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Monday, March 02, 2015

Obama's War on Humanity at Home and Abroad:: Roland John's Appalling Mistreatment

Obama's War on Humanity at Home and Abroad: Roland John's Appalling Mistreatment

by Stephen Lendman

Obama's agenda combines permanent naked aggression against one country after another with homeland police state repression.

Sovereign independent nations are attacked and destroyed. Thousands of political prisoners languish in America's gulag for opposing rogue US policies.

Others are systematically denied justice other ways. Roland John is one of countless victims of US ruthlessness.

He's been a legal New Jersey resident since 2003. Yet he was wrongfully deported because of US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) abuse of power - "with no immigration hearing, thus violating my human rights," he explained.

On September 13, 2013, a CBP officer "deliberately" falsified information," John said.. His wrongful deportation followed.

"Now I’m at the verge of loosing my home, business and everything I worked for my entire life," he explained.

"I'm a law abiding citizen who don’t break the law and makes every effort to understand the laws and follow them," he added. 

He's a respected member of his community - the type person any nation should be proud to have as a resident or citizen.

He violated no laws. He has no criminal record. Yet his fundamental rights were systematically denied.

He was in Canada on business when his "visa renewal was under process," he explained. He was told by CBP's Peace Bridge Buffalo Border Crossing he could return home with USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) visa renewal notice. 

Yet he was wrongfully denied US re-entry - despite being a longtime legal resident.

He went to several reentry points believing a mistake was made. The last one erroneously issued a removal order.

He explained further as follows:

"In my panic, confusion and trauma, believing I’ll be able to obtain Justice if I’m present in the United States, I made an entry without inspection to prove to the immigration authorities that I did not leave the United States willfully abandoning my home (having a mortgage), business and legal status, and also to get a chance to report the misconduct of the United States Border Patrol agent in giving inaccurate information and deliberately misguiding and trapping me in Canada and knowingly disabling me to meet business, financial and legal commitments." 

"Instead of Justice, I was arrested by CBP and detained for 2 months, making me sign and fingerprint documents under duress, threats and exploiting my lack of understanding of the legal language, after which I was deported again with no right to an immigration attorney or self represent my case to an immigration judge." 

"So in a matter of 3 days, USCBP destroyed everything I achieved in the past 41 years and has branded me as a criminal and send me back to India, when it was their mistake in the first place."

Last December, the ACLU featured a report titled "American Exile: Rapid Deportations That Bypass the Courtroom."

A shocking 83% of deportation orders wrongfully come from immigration officers, not judges, it explains.

Nearly half are expedited with no chance for justice whatever. According to the ACLU:

"Asylum seekers, longtime residents, and others with rights to be in the United States can be deported without a hearing in a matter of minutes."

Washington's Department of Homeland Security operates like a national Gestapo. Current debate on its funding should focus on shutting it down entirely.

Replacing it with individual agencies serving public interests - not systematically violating international, constitutional and US statute laws with impunity.

Ordinary Americans are denied justice. Anyone can be targeted for any reason, wrongfully charged, prosecuted, imprisoned, or in the case of Roland John, deported extrajudicially without just cause - with no right of appeal.

US citizens may be targeted. Everyone is vulnerable. Deportation can follow "a single quick encounter with an (immigration or border patrol) officer," said the ACLU.

Individuals with valid legal status have no "chance to procure or consult with an attorney."

Throughout his tenure, Obama waged war on immigrants. Immigration rights activists call him the "Deporter-in-Chief" for good reason.

He enforces white supremacist policies. People of color aren't wanted. They horrifically abused in detention.

Obama's so-called immigration reform is more pretense than real. He deported more immigrants than all his predecessors combined.

On average over 1,000 a day. In total, over 2.3 million. Likely hundreds of thousands more before he leaves office - the dirty story he wants buried, ignored and forgotten.

Real victims like Roland John don't matter. "In a matter of minutes, a person whose entire life is in the United States can be deported with a removal order that makes returning lawfully extremely difficult" or impossible, said the ACLU. 

Fundamental rights everyone deserves are systematically denied. People are wrongfully deported. Some to dangerous places.

Justice is fundamentally flawed - based on what's proved to a failed policy of deterring unlawful immigration.

Since 1997, millions of removal orders were issued - many of them wrongful with virtually no chance for justice.

A system harming millions is fundamentally cruel and unjust. It violates core human rights.

America's Fifth Amendment guarantees due process protection. Sixth Amendment rights include having legal representation and proper judicial proceedings.

Victims like Roland John are denied these and other rights everyone deserves.

He's a 41-year-old Indian national. A computer software professional. He came to America on an H-1B visa work permit - later converted to a nonimmigrant work visa in 2013.

He regularly traveled to Canada on business. Wrongful deportation followed his last trip as explained above.

What happened is shocking and disturbing. He's outrageously barred from reentry into America for 20 years.

He did nothing wrong. He never should have been deported in the first place. Yet he has virtually no legal recourse to reverse the appalling injustice done him.

It proves once again America is more police state than democracy. No nation in history did more harm to more people over a longer duration - a disturbing truth everyone needs to know.

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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