Sunday, April 19, 2015

Israel Joins Obama's War on Yemen

Israel Joins Obama's War on Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Obama terror-bombed Yemen throughout his tenure.He murdered hundreds of noncombatant men, women and children in cold blood.

He's at it again. He's waging proxy war against Houthi rebels.

He's using rogue state regional allies to do his dirty work.

They ousted illegitimately US-installed puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Israel quietly joined Obama's dirty war. On March 22, Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi accused Washington and Israel of using Takfiri extremists to stage terrorist attacks on Yemeni civilians.

Mosques were targeted. Scores were killed, hundreds injured. Al-Houthi urged Yemenis to unite against elements aiming to destabilize the country.

"Everyone is a target," he said. He didn't know at the time Washington intended using proxy forces to terror-bomb Yemen into submission.

America's goal is longstanding. Eliminate all independent governments. Replace them with US-controlled puppets.

Hadi was a convenient stooge. Obama wants him back in power serving US interests.

At the same time, denying Iran a regional ally. Aiming to isolate Tehran regionally by eliminating its key allies - mainly Syria and Hezbollah.

Then replacing Iran's independent government with one Washington controls.

America allies with the region's worst despots to further its objectives.

It's in bed with Israel's hegemonic ambitions. Both countries partner in each other's high crimes.

They threaten world peace. They  terror-bomb adversaries.

Washington planned war on Yemen months earlier. It's controlling and directing ongoing Saudi-led aggression against a nation posing it no threat.

Israeli warplanes are involved. Fars News said they're participating in airstrikes.

It quoted Yemen's Al-Haq Political party Secretary-General Hassan Zayd saying:

On direct orders from Netanyahu, "for the first time…Zionists are conducting a joint (military) operation in coalition with Arabs."

Yemen's al-Massira television said aggressor warplanes deliberately targeted civilian homes and a market where people were shopping.

Dozens were killed, scores more injured. Bombing continues.

Houthi forces keep advancing. Reports indicate heavy clashes near Aden.

Senior Iranian parliamentarians urged Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member nations to condemn Saudi terror-bombing.

Iranian MP Zohreh Tabibzadeh spoke for others saying "(w)e expect the NAM countries to condemn this aggression."

Yemenis intend defending their country, she stressed. They deserve universal support against US-planned, sponsored and directed terror-bombing.

On Saturday, Reuters said Houthi fighters continued making gains - despite Saudi-led air attacks.

Yemen is the latest example of Washington's war on humanity.

It's systematically ravaging and destroying one country at a time.

Post-9/11 alone, its aim for unchallenged global dominance took millions of lives.

Gideon Polya estimates Bush/Obama genocidal war on Iraq alone (since 2003) killed 2.7 million people - from violence and "violently-imposed deprivation."

Since 1914, Western wars on Iraq killed nine million, Polya estimates.

What Britain began a century ago, it now partners in what Washington continues - wars without end against Arab populations being systematically exterminated.

Western media scoundrels ignore an ongoing Arab Holocaust far greater than what Hitler did to Jews.

Try finding a single Western report explaining it. None on one of history's greatest crimes.

Arab lives don't matter. Western white supremacists consider them fair game for mass slaughter and exploitation.

Washington's Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian wars continue. Yemen is Obama's latest aggression.

It follows his installing Nazis to run Ukraine - to wage dirty war without mercy on Donbass residents wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism.

What happens longer term  remains to be seen. Washington's war on humanity threatens world peace.

Madness defines US policy. Lunatics in charge won't quit until they turn all countries to rubble.

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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The Scourge of Nazism in Ukraine

The Scourge of Nazism in Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

What millions died for to defeat during WW II is now resurgent in Europe's heartland.

Fascist lunatics in Washington installed overt Nazis to run their newest client state. They're taking full advantage.

They're waging naked aggression on Donbass - at present low-level ahead of renewing it full-blown.

Hundreds of US combat troops (trained killers) are working directly with Kiev's Nazi-infested National Guard and other extremist groups - teaching them the fine art of murder.

Perhaps planning to join them in battle when hostilities resume full-blown - maybe with supportive US terror-bombing.

Kiev Nazis want all opposition elements eliminated - either killed, imprisoned, disappeared or deported.

They want unchallenged control. The Saker reports they created a database of "separatists (and) militants, etc." 

It's called "(i)information for law enforcement authorities and special services about pro-Russian terrorists, separatists, mercenaries, war criminals, and murderers."

Anyone opposing fascist rule risks being eliminated one way or another.

Nazis under Hitler were notorious for radicalized torchlight parades - complete with chilling slogans and symbols. 

In January, thousands of Ukrainian ultranationalists paraded in Kiev. They celebrated Nazi collabortor/mass murderer Stepan Bandera's 106th birthday.

At the time, Czech President Milos Zeman was horrified. "There is something wrong with Ukraine," he said.

"Yesterday evening I was browsing the Internet and discovered a video showing the demonstration on Kiev's Maidan on January 1."

"These demonstrators carried portraits of Stepan Bandera, which reminded me of Reinhard Heydrich" - Gestapo head and key holocaust architect.

"The parade itself was organized similar to Nazi torchlight parades, where participants shouted the slogan: ‘Death to the Poles, Jews and communists without mercy,' " Zeman explained.

Ukrainian fascists consider Bandera a national hero. He was a vicious mass murderer.

Russia's Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights Konstantin Dolgov calls reemergent Nazism in Ukraine a European threat.

"Torchlit marches in Ukraine demonstrate that it is continuing to move along the path of the Nazis," he stressed - with full US support and encouragement.

They were at it again in Odessa. They marched to commemorate Maxim Chaika's death - ultranationalist Blood and Honor group leader. He died during a 2009 street fight.

Around 200 overt Nazis were involved - marching while shouting racist/anti-communist/anti-Russian/ultranationalist slogans.

"The White man is for the Great Ukraine," they chanted. "One race, one nation, one homeland."

"Glory to Ukraine - the glory of heroes!" "Hang the commies." Odessan police accompanied marchers to protect them. 

Participants evoked memories of May 2, 2014 when Right Sector Nazi thugs murdered hundreds of Odessans in cold blood. 

They remain unaccountable for appalling high crimes. So-called investigation into what happened whitewashed them.

State-sponsored mass murder in Ukraine is considered OK. Anyone wanting democratic freedoms is vulnerable.

Truth-telling journalists risk imprisonment or death. Nazi-infested fascist regimes tolerate no opposition.

Last week, Normandy Four foreign ministers called for ending fighting in Donbass.

Washington bears full responsibility. Its Ukrainian proxies share it. Germany and France have done nothing to halt it.

Russia alone continues going all-out to end it - impossible given Obama's rage for war.

Last Thursday, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said "(t)he United States and its allies have crossed all possible lines in their drive to bring Kiev into their orbit." 

"That could not have failed to trigger our reaction. Aiming at complete dominance, Washington stopped taking into account the interests of other countries and respect for international law."

On April 16, addressing Moscow's fourth International Security Conference, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said it's "impossible to resolve the conflict in Ukraine by military force."

"(T)here is no reasonable alternative to peacefully settling the domestic Ukrainian crisis (than) on the basis of full and unconditional compliance with" February 12 agreed on ceasefire terms.

He hopes Western officials will "force authorities in Kiev to scrap destructive policies aimed at glorifying the Nazis and persecuting those who saved Europe from" its scourge.

As long as fascist neocons run things in Washington, chances for world peace are nil. Expect endless wars to continue - perhaps with nuclear weapons able to end life on earth.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Neocon Think Tank Proposes US Proxy Army to Control Syria

Neocon Think Tank Proposes US Proxy Army to Control Syria

by Stephen Lendman

The Atlantic Council is a hawkish right-wing think tank. Its directors include a rogue's gallery of high-level US war criminals.

It's notion of "working together to secure the future" is waging endless preemptive wars of aggression. 

Its Distinguished International Leadership Awards go to former US and other Western government and military officials for raping and plundering one country after another.

It was founded in 1961 to support NATO's killing machine. It's one of many similar groups in America threatening world peace and stability.

Its solution for ending Obama's war on Syria is escalated war. It proposes what it calls a Syrian National Stabilization Force (SNSF) - code language for US-controlled conquering and occupying army.

It believes the way for sustainable peace in Syria is through overwhelming military might - featuring "a robust, (US proxy) three-division stabilization force of 50,000 Syrians" established to do Washington's killing and dying.

It wants a Syrian Advisory Task Force (SATF) composed of pro-Western nationals willing to serve US interests.

It says "there is no political solution to the Syrian conflict unless there is a military component" waging no-holds-barred war. 

Its Syrian solution applies to all US direct and proxy war theaters.

Washington and Western allies must lead the way, it urges - so America can gain another subservient client state while eliminating an Israeli rival at the same time.

It advocates US-led "cooperation, engagement, and a clear coherent discourse between Western, regional, and Syrian military and political actors - and the message of commitment projected by putting the train-and-equip program on steroids - can create new dynamics on the ground, build popular appeal to the SNSF's mission and goal, and set the stage for peace in Syria" by continuing to rape the country en route to plundering it and exploiting its people.

It wants President Bashar al-Assad overthrown. It wants Syrians having no say over who'll lead them. 

It wants Washington alone deciding. It wants US-controlled stooge governance replacing Syrian sovereign independence.

Neocons think one way. They want unlimited wealth, power and privilege. They want unchallenged global dominance. 

They want control over world resources and markets. They want populations exploited for profit.

They deplore peace. The support endless wars. They believe millions of corpses are a small price to pay for remaking the world in their own image.

They and likeminded lunatics in Washington risk the unthinkable - possible life-ending nuclear war.

A Final Comment

The New York Times says US arms sales fuel Middle East wars. Saudis and other regional belligerents use American weapons and munitions.

They "stockpiled American military hardware…" They're now using it and want more.

In 2014, Saudi Arabia spent over $80 billion for weapons and munitions. It's the world's fourth largest defense market.

Other regional countries are spending billions of dollars for all sorts of advanced weapons.

The Middle East is awash with implements of death. The Times omits what's most important to explain.

It says nothing about US/Israeli responsibility for all regional conflicts - using local allies to wage proxy wars along with takfiri-recruited death squads.

The road to Middle East peace and stability is eliminating America's presence. It's holding Israel accountable for endless high crimes against Palestinians. 

It's valuing human life more than destroying it. It's waging peace, not war. Don't expect The Times to explain.

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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Saudis Using Banned Chemical Weapons in Yemen

Saudis Using Banned Chemical Weapons in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Saudis are some of the world's most ruthless figures. They rule with an iron fist. 

They tolerate no opposition. They partner with Washington's regional wars.

They were caught red-handed supplying Syrian takfiris with chemical weapons - used against defenseless civilians.

They're at it again. Overnight reports indicate they attacked Yemen's Saada province with banned chemical agents.

Toxic gas left scores of Yemeni civilians dead or injured. The exact number isn't known so far. 

Witnesses and aid workers said white smoke rose from Saudi terror-bombing. Injured victims experienced suffocation, nausea and diarrhea.

Days earlier, Houthi rebels intercepted Saudi trucks carrying chemical agents. 

Yemeni General Khalid al-Barayemi said they were heading for areas controlled by terrorists.

Substances seized is used for producing lethal sarin gas. Al-Barayemi believes Turkey is complicit in supplying chemical agents under the cover of humanitarian aid.

World leaders able to stop this horror support it - mindless of naked aggression harming defenseless civilians most of all.

Nightmarish conditions exist throughout much of Yemen. ICRC officials said they were denied access to Maareb in central Yemen - where large numbers urgently need medical treatment.

ICRC's Cedric Schweizer said "(w)e very much regret the lack of access to Maareb, where hospitals face shortages of medical equipment."

"The wounded, including civilians and combatants, cannot get the lifesaving treatment they need."

Similar conditions exist throughout much of the country. Overwhelming needs of virtually everything exceed the best humanitarian efforts to help.

Blockading air, land and sea makes it impossible to deliver enough desperately needed food, water, medical and other vital supplies.

Since Saudi-led terror-bombing began in late March, over 150,000 Yemenis have been displaced, according to OCHA. 

Thousands more flee homes for safety daily. There's nowhere to hide. No safe havens exist.

Saudi terror-bombing deliberately targets civilian sites - including with banned weapons. Naked aggression is mass-murdering and injuring thousands.

Saudis, Washington and Israel are the main backers of regional terrorist groups - IS, Nusra Front, Al Qaeda and others.

They supply them with funding, weapons, munitions and other aid. Saudis provide lethal chemical agents. Maybe Washington and Israel do the same thing.

Eighteen Western Yemeni scholars published an open letter condemning Saudi-led terror-bombing.

They called it "illegal under international law." They called for a Security Council resolution "demanding an immediate, unconditional ceasefire."

They accused Saudis of deliberately targeting "schools, homes, refugee camps, water systems, grain stores and food industries."

They warned "(t)his has the potential for appalling harm to ordinary Yemenis as almost no food or medicine can enter."

"As specialists we are more than aware of internal divisions within Yemeni society, but we consider that it is for the Yemenis themselves to be allowed to negotiate a political settlement," they said.

Signatories include:

Robert Burrowes, University of Washington

Steve Caton, Harvard University

Sheila Carapico, University of Richmond

Paul Dresch, University of Oxford

Najam Haidar, Barnard College

Helen Lackner

Anne Meneley, Trent University

Brinkley Messick, Columbia University

Flagg Miller, University of California-Davis

Martha Mundy, London School of Economics

Thanos Petouris, SOAS-University of London

Lucine Taminian, The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq

Gabriele vom Bruck, SOAS-University of London

Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago

Shelagh Weir

John Willis, University of Colorado

Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck College, London

Expect their plea to fall on deaf ears in Washington, other Western capitals and Riyadh.

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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Saudi Blood Money for Bloodletting in Yemen

Saudi Blood Money for Bloodletting in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

UN officials appealed for an immediate $274 million in desperately needed emergency humanitarian aid for Yemenis.

Saudi mass murderer/King Salman offered to contribute the entire amount - while he continues daily terror-bombing, targeting civilians and exacerbating a horrific humanitarian crisis. 

Billions of dollars in aid are needed to address it. A small fraction of it barely scratches the surface.

Saudi oil wealth won't restore lost lives. It won't replace lost limbs. It won't soothe traumatized children.

It won't erase the agony of lost loved ones. It won't stop US planned, orchestrated and directed Saudi-led aggression.

Yemen is being raped in plain sight. It's being systematically ravaged and destroyed.

Perhaps 3,000 or more died so far in 25 days of fighting - over 85 alone in the past 24 hours in one Yemeni province alone.

Thousands have been seriously injured - many maimed for life, their limbs blown off by Saudi terror-bombing.

Many Yemenis have no access to healthcare. Untreated serious wounds may lead to death. Human suffering is extreme.

An entire country is under siege. On orders from Washington, land, sea and air blockade was imposed. US warships are involved enforcing it.

Nothing can get in or out without US or Saudi permission. On Saturday, fighting raged in most Yemeni governorates.

Saudi-led terror-bombing targeted Sanaa, Aden, Taiz, Marib, Saada, Shabwa, Lahj and other areas.

Yemen's illegitimate government in exile rejected Iran's four-point peace proposal on orders from Washington. It called for:

  • warring parties agreeing to halt fighting;

  • providing desperately needed humanitarian aid;

  • initiating intra-Yemeni dialogue; and

  • establishing unity governance with all parties participating.

It's a sensible way to end conflict - to resolve differences between both sides diplomatically.

Obama wants war continued. He categorically rejects peace. He has lots more death and destruction in mind for Yemenis. He may not quit until he slaughters them all.

Tehran rejects accusations it's aiding Houthis militarily. It very much wants to provide humanitarian aid. Blockade prevents it.

Yemeni tweets best explain ongoing nightmarish conditions.

"My life in #Yemen, no electricity, no water, no food, no security, no work. We're dying every day," said one.

"They've forgotten all abt us," said another.

"Children are extremely terrified," a victim explained.

"After all of this is done. The Saudis better pay for PTSD treatment of 26 million Yemenis."

"24 nights straight of heavy bombing. More than any human can take."

"12:40AM & can hear neighborhood kids/women scream with each earth shaking bomb jets drop…never this intense since onset 3 W ago…"

"My little girl crying silently. Her tears&shaking body while I hug her tell alot."

Saudis intend to continue daily terror-bombing without letup. Scores of ongoing sorties terrify Yemini civilians.

Saudi military spokesman General Ahmed al-Assiri said "(w)e are not in a hurry…We have the time, and we have the capabilities."

Tehran University Professor Mohammad Marandi said "(a)s long as the Saudis are carrying out this shock-and-awe campaign against ordinary Yemenis, there's really no hope for any sort of peace plan to work."

"So the Iranians are waiting for the Saudis to run out of steam and to recognize the enormous mistake that they have made."

Iran's Security Council head Ali Shamkhani calls Saudi-led aggression a "historic mistake." He warned of dire consequences for Riyadh, saying:

"The Saudi aggression against Yemen is against the UN Charter, against the principles of peaceful coexistence and against the legal tenets ruling the UN and aims to deviate the path of the Muslim world and wear off the internal power and capacities of the world of Islam." 

"Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia has made a big historical mistake, and this heresy will definitely have no end but loss and damage for them."

Iranian General Ahme Reza Pourdastan believes Saudi aggression "will certainly fail."

"The Saudi army is a hired (mercenary) army, and now that no bullets have been fired at it, we see the symptoms of defeat in them already…"

Washington is directly involved in ongoing fighting. It's choosing targets to strike - including civilian ones.

On Saturday, reports indicated one or more US warships fired cruise missiles on Yemeni sites. 

They've done it several times before. Perhaps much more to come. Western media remain silent. They support what demands denunciation. 

Millions of suffering Yemenis don't matter. Imperial aims alone count. Yemen's nightmare continues. 

Obama's latest atrocity threatens an entire nation with mass slaughter, destruction, overwhelming deprivation and unspeakable human suffering.

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, April 18, 2015

Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of Deliberately Murdering Gazan Children

Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of Deliberately Murdering Gazan Children

by Stephen Lendman

A new Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) report accuses Israel of willfully killing Palestinian children during last summer's Gaza war.

Around 550 children were murdered in cold blood - two-thirds under age 12.

Israel considers all civilians legitimate targets. International law calls killing them a war crime.

Another 3,400 children were injured - over 1,000 maimed for life. They need vital medical care unavailable because of Israel's lawless siege - ongoing aggression by any standard with full US-led Western support.

America and Israel partner in each other's high crimes. They're the world's leading aggressor states - the most egregious human and civil rights abusers. 

They're mindless of core international laws, norms and standards.

Imagine willfully murdering defenseless/nonthreatening young children at home asleep, at play, going to or from school, or running errands for parents.

Imagine considering them enemies of the state. Imagine using illegal terror weapons against them. 

Imagine traumatizing young survivors for life. Imagine Israel outrageously trying to justify the unjustifiable.

Imagine a grieving Palestinian mother explaining her nine-year-old son's "arms and legs were cut off" by an Israeli shell. 

"The upper part of his body was separated from his lower body, which was turned into small pieces. I screamed," she said. 

She and her son were returning to a UN shelter when disaster struck. Israel murdered dozens of entire families in cold blood.

Accountability for its highest of high crimes remains nowhere in sight.

Cold-blooded murder is longstanding Israeli policy. Viciously persecuting Palestinians continues daily.

Israel is a ruthless terror state. It's just a matter of time before it ravages Gaza again.

DCIP's report said "2014 was a year that brought violence, fear and loss (to Gaza)."

"The Israeli military offensive" lasting 51 days from early July to late August killed nearly 550 Palestinian children.

Nearly 3,400 other children were wounded - many from illegal terror weapons.

Over 2,200 Palestinians died - mostly defenseless civilians.

"Investigations undertaken by (DCIP) into Palestinian child fatalities during Operation Protective Edge found overwhelming and repeated evidence of international humanitarian law violations committed by Israeli forces."

"These included direct attacks on children, and indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilian homes, schools, and residential neighborhoods."

Witness testimonies and other documented evidence DCIP collected "showed places that should have been provided children with shelter and safety were not immune from attacks from Israeli forces."

"Missiles fired from Israeli drones and warplanes, artillery shelling, and shrapnel scattered by explosions killed children in their homes, on the street as they fled from attacks with their families, and as they sought shelter from the bombardment in schools."

Israel killed scores of children in drone attacks alone. Clear evidence shows "Israeli forces directly targeted children."

One of many examples affected Rawya Joudeh and four of her five children. An Israeli drone attack murdered them in cold blood - "as they played together" in the family's Jabalia refugee camp yard.

Around half the number of children Israel killed came from attacks on residential buildings.

Sunday, July 20, characterized Israeli viciousness most clearly - the deadliest day for children throughout its lawless aggression.

A nighttime and ground assault on the residential Gaza City Shuja’iyya neighborhood killed 27 children. It injured at least 29 others.

Israeli armed forces are "regularly implicated in serious, systematic and institutionalized human rights violations against Palestinian children living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory," said DCIP.

"Children affected by armed conflict are entitled to special respect and protections under international law…"

Israel breaches it repeatedly. It indiscriminately and disproportionately murders and injures defenseless Palestinian civilians in cold blood - including young children and infants, helpless against its onslaught.

Evidence of Israel high crimes is overwhelming. It bears repeating. Accountability is nowhere in sight - nor justice for long-suffering Palestinians.

DCIP stressed "(w)ithout an end to the current regime of collective punishment, targeted assassinations, and regular military offensives, the situation for Gaza's children (and all illegally occupied Palestinians is) guaranteed to further deteriorate."

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

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

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Vladimir Putin: Voted Most Important World Figure

Vladimir Putin: Voted Most Important World Figure


by Stephen Lendman


Time magazine readers called him the most influential one. In 2007, its editors chose him person of the year for his "extraordinary feat of leadership in imposing stability on a nation that has rarely known it and bringing Russia back to the table of world power."


In 2013 and 2014, Forbes magazine chose him the world's powerful leader. In 2014, Russians voted him Person of the Year for the 16th time.


His domestic approval rating is an astonishing 86% - double or more what Obama scores. Russians consider him their most trustworthy leader. Obama is polar opposite.


He has no credibility whatever. He's a war criminal multiple times over. His neocon-infested administration threatens world peace.


His war crimes remain unaccountable. They continue daily - especially against defenseless civilian men, women and children. He considers them legitimate targets.


Putin is a leading world proponent for peace and stability. Claims otherwise are Big Lies.


Russia under his leadership fosters cooperative relations with all nations. It poses no threat whatever to any. It deplores war. It champions peace and stability.


Claims of Russian aggression in Ukraine are maliciously fabricated Big Lies. Throughout over a year of conflict, no nation worked harder to end it diplomatically than Russia under his leadership.


He and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov deserve Nobel Peace prize recognition more than any other world figures.


Consistently awarding it to war criminals like Obama shows peace advocates needn't apply.


Interviewed on Vesti v Subbotu (Saturday News) television, Putin called Russia a reliable partner because it "does not dance after somebody else's pipe."


It doesn't shift positions under pressure. It doesn't betray its friends and allies.


"There are many components that allow us to consider ourselves a country, and this is actually happening, that is pursuing independent sovereign policy on the international arena and modeling its internal policy in accordance with the will of our people," Putin explained.


"In this sense, we are a rather reliable partner, because we do not dance after somebody else's pipe. We do not shift positions under the influence of a given situation."


Putin is indifferent to favorable ratings he's gotten because "the influence of a given state leader can be assessed first of all based on the economic power and the defense capability of the country."


At the same time, he thanked people showing him "respect." He considers it support for Russia.


It comes at a time US/Russian relations are more hostile than at any time during the Cold War - when Washington aggressively heads for possible East/West confrontation despite Moscow's best efforts to avoid it.


On April 16, Lavrov addressed the fourth International Security Conference in Moscow.


He discussed important issues affecting everyone. Post-WW II opportunities for global cooperation and partnership among nations never materialized, he explained.


US-led "Euro-Atlantic" nations had other things in mind. "(T)hey refused to listen to us, let alone heed our call," said Lavrov.


"(A) totally different negative path" was followed. Confrontation and conflicts overrode cooperation.


Russian policy is "sober-minded and pragmatic…(Things today reflect) a dangerous deterioration of the international situation," Lavrov explained.


"…Russia has found itself at NATO's gates…(The Alliance) coming right up to Russian borders" menacingly threatens world peace.


"Russia (wants) dialogue and cooperation with all those who are willing to cooperate," Lavrov stressed.


US policy is polar opposite. Yemen is the latest example. On Friday, Obama and Saudi despot/King Salman bin Abulaziz al-Saud discussed their terror-war on Yemen.


A White House statement said Obama "reaffirmed the strong friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia and underscored our commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security" at a time neither country faces any threats besides ones they invent.


Both leaders affirmed their "collective goal (for) lasting stability in Yemen through a negotiated political solution" -  while willfully and malevolently raping the country, deliberately mass-murdering civilians.


On Saturday, in northwestern Sadaa province alone, reports indicated at least four dozen killed, 100 or more wounded.


US-directed/Saudi-led terror-bombing continues in 18 of Yemen's 22 governorates - besides Obama's endless direct and proxy wars raging regionally and beyond.


Imagine if Vladimir Putin led America. Imagine Sergey Lavrov in charge of foreign policy.


Imagine peace on earth - cooperation prioritized over confrontation. Imagine a world safe to live in.


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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US-Sponsored Yemeni Terror-Bombing Continues

US-Sponsored Yemeni Terror-Bombing Continues

by Stephen Lendman

US-planned and orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing continues into its 24th day - more intensively than earlier.

Another Obama atrocity is unfolding in plain sight. Civilians are being deliberately murdered in cold blood.

Some estimates put the death toll at over 2,700 - many thousands more injured. An appalling humanitarian crisis worsens daily.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani condemned aggressor crimes - against "children, elderly women and men in Yemen," he said.

"Why do the aggressors not extend a hand of friendship and reconciliation to other nations," he asked? 

"What is the point in sending financial and arms aid to terrorists in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq?" 

"What is the point in the bombardment of the oppressed and innocent people in Yemen?"

Rohani stressed Iran's commitment for regional peace and stability, adding:

"Our doctrine is not a military and war doctrine but (is) a defense doctrine." 

"Our strategy is always an active deterrent strategy - deterrence to establish peace and security in our country and also in regional states."

US and Israeli Big Lies claim otherwise. Both countries and rogue partners threaten world peace.

Ongoing regional wars, related violence and chaos attest to their barbarity. They partner in high crimes of war and against humanity - genocide by any standard.

Yemen is Obama's latest dirty war - complicit with Saudi Arabia and other regional rogue states.

Daily terror-bombing continues. Scores of deaths and injured mount. Saudis lied claiming they're only attacking Houthi positions.

Clear evidence shows they're targeting civilian neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, refugee camps, food storage facilities, power stations, and numerous other non-military related sites - selected by Washington to destroy.

US military personnel are working with Saudis in Riyadh - choosing targets to terror-bomb.

The strategy is longstanding US policy - notably during WW II as well as subsequent multiple acts of direct and proxy naked aggression against nations posing no threat to anyone. 

Witnesses report Saudis are using terror weapons against civilians - maybe toxic chemical agents. 

Washington and Riyadh are recruiting thousands of IS, Al Qaeda and other Takfiri terrorists as shock troops to battle Houthis in ground fighting.

They're relocating others from Syria. According to Lebanon's Al-Akhbar Arabic language newspaper:

"The Jeish al-Islam terrorists landed in the port city of Al-Mokala, provincial capital of Hazar al-Mout province, and joined (Saudi-recruited) Al Qaeda terrorists in that province."

They took control of the city. Yemeni army commander Col. Abdel Sattar al-Boushali said Saudis "sent around 5,000 Takfiri mercenaries to fight against the Yemeni army and revolutionary committees."

Separately, Iranian armed forces commander General Hassan Firouzabadi said:

"We have received reports that the US planes visit the ISIL(-controlled) airports."

They're delivering weapons and munitions to terrorist fighters. Iranian top international affairs advisor Ali Akbar Velayati added:

"Today, we see extremist groups like ISIL which are the proteges of the Americans and do not see any difference between various Muslim sects and group and massacre everyone." 

"They claim to be supporters of Islam but their behavior and actions are against their words."

US direct and proxy aggression rages in multiple theaters. Humanity's survival today more than ever is threatened.

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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Reign of Terror in Ukraine

Reign of Terror in Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

Obama's fascist Ukrainian friends are ruthless. They're dangerous/unscrupulous gangster thugs systematically abolishing personal freedoms.

Try finding a single major Western media report explaining Kiev regime lawlessness - and the ominous threat it poses. None exist. What demands denunciation gets scoundrel media support.

On the one hand, Ukrainian officials are actively readying for renewed full-scale aggression on Donbass - with full US support and encouragement, including heavy weapons and munitions supplied.

On the other, they're reigning terror on anyone opposing their ruthless rule - courageous individuals demanding democratic rights.

Obama and Kiev officials partner in high crimes. One rogue state supports another. Both countries are fascist police states - with laws abolishing personal freedoms.

Last May, Right Sector thugs massacred hundreds of Odessans in cold blood unaccountably. They're at it again.

Residents rallying against dire economic conditions, force-fed austerity, unaffordable gas prices, and lost freedoms were harassed, threatened, kidnapped, and taken to an unknown location.

One protester spoke for others saying "(w)e came here to a peaceful rally in support of initiatives to strengthen local self-government, including initiating 'Porto-Franco' " free trade zone status.

Odessan taxes go to Kiev. Local socio-economic needs are largely ignored.

"We wanted to tell (Ukranian) officials that we will not allow lawlessness and require them to fulfill their duty before the people," another protester said.

Fascist thugs challenged peaceful demonstrators - kidnapping over 50. Their whereabouts remains unknown.

Based on notorious Kiev practices, they're likely being brutalized in confinement. Perhaps some were killed.

The Ukrainian web site Khvylya controlled by state authorities openly calls for imprisoning or deporting pro-Russian supporters.

It separately urged killing Russian journalists in Donbass. Nazi-infested fascist regimes operate this way. 

Illegitimate Ukrainian governance is a cancer in Europe's heartland - fully supported by Washington, rogue EU partners, and go-along media scoundrels ignoring Kiev's worst crimes.

They include assassinating political opponents. In recent weeks, seven high-profile "suicides" were reported - state-sponsored murder by any standard.

Zaporozhzhye regional governor/former ruling Party of Regions member Alexander Peklushenko was the most recent victim last month.

The Nazi-infested internal affairs ministry reported his death as follows:

"Alexander Peklushenko committed suicide at his home in the village of Solnechnoye. At the moment the investigative team is working on the scene."

Fact: Cold-blooded state-sponsored murder in Ukraine is called "suicide" to conceal criminality.

Another former ruling Party of Regions/State Property Fund head, Mikhail Chechetov, was reported dead after mysteriously falling from his apartment window - on the same day as Boris Nemtsov's murder.

Other eliminated former Ukrainian officials included:

  • Nicholai Sergienko: former deputy "Ukrzaliznytsia" head;

  • Nikolai Kolesnik: former Kharkov (Ukraine's second largest city) regional council head;

  • Sergey Valter: former Melitopol mayor;

  • Sergey Bordyuga: Melitopol deputy chief of police; and

  • Stanislav Melnik: former MP.

Political assassinations reflect official Kiev policy. Thousands of others are lawlessly imprisoned under horrific gulag conditions. 

Unknown numbers perish during confinement. Some just disappear.

On Thursday, prominent anti-regime journalist Oles Buzina was murdered in Kiev - the latest political assassination.

He supported legitimate/ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. He was shot to death near his apartment building in central Kiev.

Witnesses said two men wearing masks fled the scene in a Ford Focus car with either Latvian or Belarusian license plates.

Buzina was a journalist/writer/TV host/known Poroshenko regime critic.

On April 13, journalist Sergei Sukhobok was murdered. He co-founded the online sites Obkom and ProUA - critical of fascist rule.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova explained ongoing political purges in Ukraine, saying:

"It is scary because none of the leaders in the EU will take notice that, day after day politicians are being killed in Ukraine." 

"Let’s try and find at least 20 tweets of foreign ministers of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, the UK, Canada, USA, and Australia, representatives of the OSCE, EU and NATO expressing concern over the killing of Ukrainian politician and condemning the situation in Ukraine."

On Wednesday, former MP/regime critic Oleh kalashnikov was murdered in Kiev. He was found shot to death near his residence.

Konstantin Kosachev heads the Commonwealth of Independent States Federal Agency.

He urged Western leaders to "pay attention to the political killings in Ukraine instead of the rhetoric of sanctions against Russia."

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov blamed Kiev for political murders.

He denounced Western leaders, saying "because of your support in Ukraine there are political murders, terror taking place against political opponents, and all the people." 

"What else should these Nazis do, for you to finally understand and be aware of your responsibility for what is happening now in Ukraine."

It bears repeating. US-installed/Nazi-infested Kiev thugs threaten their own people and European peace. 

It's more fragile today than at any time since events preceding WW II.

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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