Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Spectacle of Sanders in Philadelphia As Hillary Puppet

The Spectacle of Sanders in Philadelphia As Hillary Puppet

by Stephen Lendman

Sanders didn’t just fall from grace. He crashed, burned and resoundingly proved politicians can never be trusted.

Nothing they say is credible. For months, supporters believed he was the anti-Clinton, campaigning against what she represents - an agenda of endless wars of aggression, world peace at risk, neoliberal harshness, police state terror, the worst of all possible worlds.

She’s the most recklessly dangerous choice for president in US history, the most wicked, the most legally, ethically and morally challenged.

In mid-July, Sanders sold out, betrayed his loyal supporters, proved himself just another self-serving dirty politician by endorsing Clinton, embarrassing himself in the process.

On day one of the Democrat War Party convention, he again made a spectacle of himself before a nationwide audience - assuming the role of Clinton puppet, relegating himself to irrelevance.

He touted a “political revolution” the whole world knows is fake. His populist rhetoric resoundingly rang hollow. Who can believe anything a Judas says, a despicable scoundrel selling out to wealth and power while continuing the charade of supporting populism over privilege.

Bush/Obama policies created a protracted Main Street Depression. Half of US households are impoverished or bordering it. Workers need two or more rotten jobs to survive if they can find them.

America resembles Guatemala, not the home of the free and the brave, beautiful for its privileged class alone, a classic example of thirdworldism.

Sanders lied claiming “(w)e have come a long way in the last 7 1/2 years, and I thank President Obama and Vice President Biden for their leadership in pulling us out of that terrible recession.”

What a shameless misrepresentation of harsh reality! He put his thumb in the eyes of tens of millions of suffering Americans - one missed paycheck away from homelessness, hunger and despair.

He praised Obama instead of condemning him, duplicitously claiming Clinton supports a progressive agenda, a scandalous perversion of truth.

The rest of his remarks included similar mumbo jumbo rubbish repeated endlessly while campaigning -meaningless rhetoric, exposed by endorsing Clinton, shamelessly praising her, bashing Trump.

He reduced himself to a caricature of the phony persona he displayed on the stump. Support for Clinton means endorsing imperial wars, democracy for the few alone and tyranny heading toward becoming full-blown while pretending otherwise.

Saying “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president, and I am proud to stand with her here tonight” showed everything he claims to stand for is a Big Lie. 

It’s pure fantasy, duplicitous doublespeak, the lowest denominator of political dishonesty, stringing along his supporters, betraying them when it most mattered.

His soul was for sale all along. He’s now a footnote in the deplorable history of US politics, hugely corrupted, impossible to fix.

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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Mass DNC Anti-Clinton Protests

Mass DNC Anti-Clinton Protests

by Stephen Lendman

She’s called America’s most powerful woman. She’s also the most reviled, an unparalleled threat to world peace and fundamental freedoms. The possibility of her succeeding Obama should terrify everyone.

Establishment circles love her. Progressive ones in Philadelphia streets Monday demanded “Never Hillary.” “Hill No.” “Lock her up.” Tens of thousands rallied against her outside the Wells Fargo Center convention site in sweltering Philadelphia heat.

From firsthand experience long ago as an MBA student followed by employment in the city, I know how hard it is to bear on many summer days and nights. 

Yet anti-Clinton fervor brought huge numbers out in force, an estimated 50,000 or more on Monday - many more so far than far small numbers against Trump in Cleveland, around one or two thousand.

Philadelphia streets overflowed with anti-Hillary fervor - grassroots revulsion over her upcoming Tuesday nomination as Democrat party standard bearer - an affront to everything democratic.

A same article called The New York Times Hillary’s pseudo-official press agent. Its Monday coverage focused almost exclusively on DNC orchestrated proceedings inside the convention hall - largely papering  over massive protests outside.

It lied claiming a scant “1,000” protestors took to the streets “to vent their frustration.” They overflowed with anti-Clinton revulsion - likely again on Tuesday when she’s nominated and on Thursday for her acceptance speech.

During a Monday lunchtime gathering of Sanders delegates, he was drowned out by boos for saying “we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.”

Inside the convention hall, resounding boos and jeers accompanied mentions of Hillary’s name. Outside, some planned a mock trial. Others erected “tombstones for democracy” in a nearby park.

Many, perhaps most, Sanders supporters reject Clinton, calling her corrupt, an illegitimate candidate. 

Chants said: “One down, one to go,” referring to DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation over election-rigging for Clinton.

Others shouted: “Hell no DNC. We won’t vote for Hillary!” Dozens were arrested, likely many before before proceedings end Thursday evening.

Voters in November get to choose between a billionaire racist and an unindicted war criminal/racketeer. Whoever wins, ordinary people everywhere lose.

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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The New York Times: Hillary's Press Agent


The New York Times: Hillary’s Press Agent

by Stephen Lendman

The Times mocks legitimate journalism. All the news it claims fit to print isn’t fit to read. 

It never lets facts interfere with its worldview, consistently misinforming readers, willfully lying, substituting fiction for hard truths.

Throughout the political season, it’s represented the Clinton campaign, shamelessly acting as a pseudo-official mouthpiece, turning journalism into PR promotion for villainy.

Branding four days exclusively representing America’s privileged class as “Hillary’s Convention,” The Times continues promoting an agenda threatening world peace, supporting monied interests over popular ones, and tyranny masquerading as democracy.

Shamelessly, Times editors, correspondents, columnists and contributors portray a ruthless war goddess/racketeer/Wall Street tool as being “left-leaning…on social, economic and political issues.”

Her agenda, if elected, assures dirty business as usual, likely elevated to an unprecedented level - notably risking global nuclear war by recklessly challenging Russia and China, along with exclusively representing monied interests at the expense of popular ones.

Lofty convention pontificating and platform mumbo jumbo can’t paper over a ruthless agenda demanding universal opposition.

Times editors claiming Hillary “adopt(ed) elements of the Sanders program” is willful deception, failing to explain his “political revolution” was smoke and mirrors demagoguery, illusion substituting for reality.

Hillary Clinton’s new Democrats,” as Times editors call them, aren’t democratic, progressive, anti-war, or anti-America’s imperial agenda.

They’re polar opposites on steroids, a neocon/war goddess-led scourge - the greatest threat to world peace, stability, and fundamental freedoms crucial to oppose.

Endorsing Clinton is further proof of The Times representing wealth and power interests over all others.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Russia's UN Envoy Blasts US Mass Murder in Syria

Russia’s UN Envoy Blasts US Mass Murder in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

All US wars kill many more civilians than combatants - the ugly truth Washington wants suppressed. America considers everyone in war theaters legitimate targets while claiming otherwise. 

Since summer 2014, US warplanes illegally bombed Syrian and Iraqi targets on the phony pretext of combating terrorism, killing unknown numbers of civilians, hundreds, maybe thousands - all the while disingenuously claiming to go all-out to avoid so-called collateral damage.

Syria and Russia condemned the most recent example of US-led “coalition” warplanes massacring civilians in northern Syria - supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups, imperial foot soldiers, ravaging the country for over five years with no conflict resolution in prospect because Washington wants war, not peace while pretending otherwise.

America remains unaccountable for mass murder in multiple war theaters. Despicable neocon UN envoy Samantha Power lied to Security Council members, saying:

Washington will “carefully and thoroughly review any and all credible information we can gather about the (most recent) incident, including information from organizations within Syria that document harm to civilians.”

She outrageously blamed Russia and Syria for US-led “coalition” warplanes bombing “hospitals, clinics and medical personnel.” Her comments to other Security Council members were a litany of despicable lies fooling no one.

Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin responded diplomatically, showing great restraint to avoid exploding angrily to US imperial posturing - misinformation and Big Lies suppressing its ruthlessness.

Washington and its “coalition” allies “astonishingly…did not say a word” about recent US-led imperial massacres in Syria, he said.

Promised investigations into the mass slaughter of civilians in all US war theaters don’t happen or whitewash findings when undertaken. “I’m sure the American military already very well knows the state of affairs” about recent mass slaughter in northern Syria, Churkin explained.

The truth will never be officially acknowledged, he added, important evidence “swept under the carpet. So are there no American drones, no American- and their allies’ special forces in Syria, no satellite intelligence capabilities of the US, no videos which are being made by all modern fighter jets when conducting a strike?” 

“I would not want to believe that the military condition of the US-led coalition is so poor.” Russia has complete information on all its military operations in Syria - publicly available for examination.

Moscow upholds international law, principles and standards. America and its rogue allies consistently breach them.

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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Monday, July 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton Complicit in DNC Electoral Rigging

Hillary Clinton Complicit in DNC Electoral Rigging

by Stephen Lendman

Clinton had to know and be actively complicit with former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, along with other top party officials, in rigging the electoral process in her favor - handing her the nomination Tuesday night.

The traditional roll call of state delegates is pro forma pomp and circumstance, a tedious exercise, boring to watch, the outcome predetermined last year.

Hillary is called the most powerful woman in America, selected last year before announcing her candidacy to be Democrat party standard bearer.

It’s inconceivable for massive fraud on her behalf to have happened without her full knowledge, support, encouragement and complicity. She had to know and be actively involved - calling the shots as Democrat party leader.

Add another racketeering charge to her rap sheet. Her criminal history since the 1990s makes her the most villainous aspirant for president in US history.

How any thinking person can support her is beyond comprehension. A simple review of her despicable criminal record as me-first lady, US senator and secretary of state is easily accessible online, in literally dozens of articles I’ve written about her and husband Bill, along with what other reliable independent sources have reported.

Avoid cheerleading media scoundrels - the New York Times most prominent in praising her despicable record, suppressing her high crimes, inventing her nonexistent qualifications for president.

However short Trump falls as someone worthy of the nation’s highest office, at least he’s not Hillary. Some national polls now show him ahead - though with over three month’s before November’s election, a lifetime in US politics, anything can change many times between now and election day.

Preventing a Clinton presidency is top priority in US electoral history. Trump could win and still lose - Bush v. Gore and Bush v. Kerry perhaps the two most notorious examples. In 2000 and 2004, the winner lost and loser won, accomplished by massive fraud.

Electoral rigging handed Clinton the Democrat nomination - perhaps the process to be repeated to make her president. 

With it, she becomes commander-in-chief of America’s military - a ruthlessly dangerous war goddess with her finger on its nuclear trigger, nothing preventing her from squeezing it.

Voting for Clinton is a crap shoot for global war with nuclear weapons - perhaps with loaded dice assuring it.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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DNC Chairwoman Resignation Not Good Enough

DNC Chairwoman Resignation Not Good Enough

by Stephen Lendman

Double standard US justice throws the book at ordinary Americans for infractions too minor to matter. Harsh gulag imprisonment awaits them.

Government, business and other privileged individuals are more fortunate - accountability not demanded, their lawbreaking when occurring ignored.

Most often they’re rewarded. Wall Street and other corporate crooks get bonuses and promotions. Crooked politicians get top government posts. Military criminals get medals, generals more stars.

DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was caught red-handed, rigging the electoral process for Clinton, assuring she’ll be party standard bearer in November.

She’s stepping down after this week’s party convention, continuing to represent Florida’s 23rd district - facing no criminal charges, despite committing a serious racketeering offense.

The Clinton campaign announced she’ll remain honorary chair to help elect Democrats in November. She’ll likely receive other rewards for faithful service to a corrupted system, a mockery of democratic fairness.

An RNC tweet said Schultz “out after rigged system exposed.” Democrat convention “off to a good start.”

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort issued a statement, saying “Clinton should follow Wasserman Schultz’s lead and drop out over her failure to safeguard top secret classified information both on her unauthorized home server and while traveling abroad.”

Obama praised Schultz, saying “(f)or the last eight years, (she) has had my back. This afternoon (Sunday) I called her to let her know that I am grateful.”

Bernie Sanders shockingly said Schultz “deserves thanks for her years of service,” while saying she “made the right decision for the future of the Democratic (sic) party.”

Hillary Clinton issued a statement, “thank(ing) my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership…over the past five years.”

She’ll stay on “as honorary chair…to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally…I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready…to work for the American people” - a deplorable perversion of truth.

All politicians are self-serving, Clinton in a class of her own - the most recklessly dangerous choice to lead America in its entire history.

Critics called Schultz’s leadership controversial, claiming she “spends more energy tending to her own political ambitions than helping Democrats win,” according to Politico.

Trump tweeted “(t)oday proves what I have always known, that (RNC chairman) @Reince Priebus is the tough one and the smart one, not Debbie Wasserman Shultz…The Dems Convention is cracking up…”

A change.org petition collected almost 65,000 signatures calling for Schultz’s resignation before she stepped down, expressing “the utmost sense of contempt and disdain for the Democratic (sic) party, its principles, and the democratic process.”

The Institute for American Democracy and Election Integrity filed a racketeering lawsuit against the DNC. It’s seeking funds to cover expenses.

Electoral fraud in America is longstanding, the process notoriously corrupt - no one in high places held accountable for crimes too serious to ignore.

Are things rigged for Clinton to succeed Obama? Will a war goddess/racketeer be handed the nation’s highest office? Will WW III follow?

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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Dems Convention Off to Rocky Start

Dems Convention Off to Rocky Start

by Stephen Lendman

Democrats mock the term’s meaning. Exposed electoral rigging anointed Clinton party standard bearer honors - an unindicted war criminal/racketeer belonging in prison, not high office.

DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned on the convention’s eve - guilty of racketeering for stealing primary and caucuses to assure Clinton’s nomination - yet remaining unaccountable, staying on through the November elections as honorary chairwoman.

Had things been open, free and fair, Sanders would likely be Dem nominee, not Clinton. Despite flagrant fraud depriving him of the chance to face Trump in November, he shockingly continues supporting Clinton - responsible for back-stabbing him.

Asked if Sunday revelations changed his position, he replied “(n)o, no, no. We are going to do everything we can to protect working families in this country.” 

“What a campaign is about is not about Hillary Clinton. It’s not about Donald Trump. It's about the people of this country.” What rubbish from an exposed Judas - supporting what he campaigned against!

He called the most recklessly dangerous presidential candidate in US history a “far, far superior” one to Trump. “We're going to focus on defeating the worst Republican candidate I've seen in a lifetime. We've got to elect Secretary Clinton.”

Conveniently he forgot the horrors of the Bush/Cheney co-presidency, their war on humanity after the 9/11 mother of all false flags, continuing throughout Obama’s tenure, virtually certain to escalate if Clinton succeeds him.

Trump justifiably blasted Sanders, calling him “weak…pathetic…Sorry folks, but Bernie Sanders is exhausted, just can’t go on anymore. He is trying to dismiss the new e-mails and DNC disrespect. SAD!”

His political revolution was phony all along - in name only, not real. New York Times Clinton cheerleading throughout the campaign tried downplaying flagrant DNC criminal fraud, saying:

It “threaten(s) to undermine the delicate healing process that followed the contentious fight between” Sanders and Clinton - more a tempest in a teapot as things turned out.

The Times disgracefully suggested “Russia (perhaps) had a hand in the leaks that helped bring down the head of an American political party” - despite clear evidence showing otherwise.

It quickly changed the subject to quoting officials expressing support for a legally challenged woman unfit for any public office, unaccountable despite her high crimes too serious to ignore.

Circus theatrics without substance will unfold over the next four days, the usual array of speakers pontificating plenty, saying nothing, Dems hoping to make voters forget about electoral rigging giving Clinton the nomination she didn’t earn.

Hail to the thief if more of the same hands her the nation’s highest office in November. America’s deplorable state continues reaching for new lows.

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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Regime Change in Syria Remains Official US Policy

Regime Change in Syria Remains Official US Policy

by Stephen Lendman

John Kerry’s mid-July discussions in Moscow focused on pressuring Russia to yield to Washington’s regime change demands in Syria - wanting Assad betrayed in return for US cooperation in combating Security Council designated terrorist groups only, ones it created and supports along with all others in Syria, the region and elsewhere.

US officials called Kerry’s proposal a “final offer.” Assad justifiably says America isn’t serious about fighting terrorism, extending support instead.

On Monday, Tass quoted Sergey Lavrov calling US regime plans “villainy,” blasting a scheme Russia opposes.

Former Saddam Hussein generals head ISIS, recruited by Washington for death squad terrorist operations, benefitting US imperial interests.

“The still hypocritical calls for regime change, including in Syria, after what happened to Iraq when Hussein was deposed, or in Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi was barbarously butchered, it seems to me, are made by the people who are at least narrow-minded, if not villains who simply enjoy or seek the destruction of countries and regions in the hope of getting their own benefit,” Lavrov stressed - blasting Washington and its rogue allies for imperial lawlessness.

Russia supports Syrian sovereignty, territorial integrity and right of its people alone to decide who’ll lead them - free from foreign interference, supported by international law.

America often jettisons leaders for new ones more servile to its interests. Russia favors mutual cooperation with all nations, strict adherence to international law, peace and stability, firm opposition to war, diplomacy its chosen method for settling conflicts.

Hegemons operate by different standards, forcing other nations to bend to their will - America the prime example, rampaging globally for unchallenged power, wars its main strategy of choice.

Russia won’t betray a loyal ally to suit US interests. On Tuesday, Kerry and Lavrov will meet again on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings in Vientiane, Laos. 

Laotians have long memories. From 1964 - 1973, America ravaged the country, 580,000 sorties dropping over two million tons of ordnance, including illegal terror weapons, killing, injuring or displacing one-third of its 6.5 million people at the time.

Kerry will again try pressuring Lavrov to go along with what Russia won’t accept. Unlike America, it’s loyal to allies. It won’t throw them over to suit Washington.

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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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Putin Bashing Comes Full Circle

Putin Bashing Comes Full Circle

by Stephen Lendman

He’s the preeminent world leader, its foremost peace and stability champion, saying what he means and meaning what he says forthrightly - polar opposite how Obama and other US officials operate. 

You’d never know it from relentless bashing he takes - shamelessly blaming him for nonexistent “Russia aggression,” fantasy revanchist aims, imaginary super-wealth stashed in tax havens, Hillary comparing him to Hitler - to accusing him of helping Trump by hacking DNC emails and handing them to WikiLeaks for publication.

Romanian Guccifer 2.0 was responsible. Russia had nothing to do with it. Putin is automatically blamed whenever the chance arises, due diligence checking systematically avoided - propaganda taking precedence over facts.

A same-day article explained thousands of emails WikiLeaks released showed Democrat party bosses rigged things for Clinton, aiding her fundraising, enlisting one-sided media support, stealing primaries and caucuses, along with other dirty tricks.

She didn’t win a majority of delegates for nomination. Enough were handed to her to assure it - more criminality added to her notorious rap sheet.

America’s political process resembles Stalinist Russia. He reportedly once said “(i)t’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.”

Today it’s done with corporate-controlled electronic voting machines - preselected winners aided additionally by voter role purging and other dirty tricks.

Dark forces running America’s electoral process should face Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) charges - election-rigging added to other crimes under its mandate.

Putin is relentlessly bashed because he’s on the right side of history - calling rule of law principles inviolable, wanting nation-state sovereign independence respected, supporting peace, opposing war, refusing to yield to imperial pressure.

No evidence suggests he’s trying to influence America’s electoral process at the presidential or any other level.

Plenty shows Washington meddles destructively in the internal affairs of other countries worldwide, flagrantly violating international law, claiming a divine right to do what it pleases - including rigging election outcomes at home and abroad.

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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Sham Syria Peace Talks May Resume Next Month

Sham Syria Peace Talks May Resume Next Month

by Stephen Lendman

Assad genuinely wants peaceful conflict resolution. He said so numerous times and means it - again Friday through his Foreign Ministry saying:

Syria reiterates keenness on achieving a political solution for the crisis in the country that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people and gains their support as it is ready for resuming the intra-Syrian dialogue without preconditions with a view that this dialogue would lead to a comprehensive solution led by the Syrians themselves without foreign meddling and backed by the United Nations and the international community.”

At the same time, Syrian and Russian forces remain committed to defeating foreign-backed terrorism responsible for half a million or more deaths, half the population internally or externally displaced, and a humanitarian disaster in areas occupied by US-supported ISIS and likeminded groups.

Since Obama launched war on Syria in March 2011, Damascus engaged in multiple rounds of talks, aimed at resolving conflict diplomatically - each time ending in failure because Washington wants war, not peace, Syrian sovereignty destroyed, US-controlled puppet leadership replacing Assad, and Iran regionally isolated ahead of America’s long arm striking again.

Another round of peace talks will be dead-on-arrival like before - pro-Western envoy Staffan de Mistura determined to proceed anyway, taking orders from Washington, doing its bidding, serving as a convenient stooge, disgracefully supporting its imperial agenda.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov suggested Russia may ramp up its forces in Syria after drawing them down months earlier, saying “such prospects were declared by (Putin) rather long ago” - with no further elaboration.

On July 26, Sergey Lavrov will hold more talks with John Kerry in Geneva “(f)or the purpose of (furthering) US/Russia cooperation” in resolving conflict in Syria.

Earlier meetings accomplished little. Both sides remain intractably apart. America is no reliable peace partner. Its uncompromising in demanding regime change. Its agreements are systematically breached.

Hegemons don’t negotiate. They demand, agreeing only to what serves their interests, wanting their way forced on others - through diplomacy or more violent means.

Throughout over five years of Obama’s war on Syria, resolution is as distant as ever. It’s unclear how Trump will handle things if elected.

Escalated war to topple Assad forcefully may follow if Clinton succeeds Obama - creating greater flashpoint conditions than already, risking direct confrontation with Russia, the unthinkable possibility of nuclear war.

Why defeating her is so urgent. The alternative is greater US war on humanity than already.

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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Democrat War Party Convention Kicks Off Monday

Democrat War Party Convention Kicks Off Monday

by Stephen Lendman

Both wings of America’s duopoly system support endless wars on humanity. They’ll rage under Trump if elected in November. The difference between him and Clinton is he’s less likely to start WW III. 

Hillary succeeding Obama is too great an unthinkable risk - a Wall Street tool, a war-profiteer’s dream, a ruthless rogue actor, the greatest threat to world peace of any presidential aspirant in US history. 

Don’t let her gender fool you. She’s more demon than Democrat, more war goddess than peace advocate. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance if she’s commander-in-chief of America’s military. 

She and husband Bill urge NATO enlargement, enhancing its power and reach, wanting it used as a global enforcer of US policy, Hillary saying “we cannot afford to let the greatest alliance in history slide into military irrelevance.”

On Saturday, Clinton/Kaine debuted in Miami before a handpicked audience on Florida International University’s campus. Both lied, claiming they’ll promote “a strong progressive agenda.”

Their public record disproves them - pro-Wall Street, pro-war, anti-labor, anti-populist. Kaine saying “we’re going to make the American economy work for everybody, not just those at the top” belies its opposite trajectory since the neoliberal 90s.

Expect silence on the stump about Hillary’s rage for war, orchestrating the rape and destruction of Libya and Syria, as me-first lady urging husband Bill to bomb Belgrade, as US senator and secretary of state backing all America’s wars of aggression. 

She relishes endless conflicts, abhors peace, supports belligerence over diplomacy, premeditated aggression her strategy of choice.

She’s militantly anti-Russia, anti-China, anti-Iran, wanting all sovereign independent nations transformed into US vassal states.

She backs Zionist zealotry, supporting Israel’s regional hegemony as America’s junior partner. Professor Denis Rancourt is right, saying “(y)ou want to see a truly insane USA, then vote Hillary.”

Months earlier, John Pilger asked “(h)ow many people are aware that a world war has begun” - so far just “propaganda…lies and distraction (able to) change instantly” by intent or mistake.

A second Clinton co-presidency makes the unthinkable possible, waging wars with super-weapons able to end life on earth in pursuit of America’s hegemonic aims.

Increasing numbers of US-led NATO combat troops are massed on Russia’s border. Nazi-infested Ukraine in central Europe is a dagger targeting Russia’s heartland. 

So are Pentagon missile defense systems intended solely for offense - able to deliver first-strike nuclear attacks on strategic Russian and Chinese targets, from installations in Romania, Poland, S. Korea and other locations to follow.

Obama’s Asia pivot challenges China belligerently. All independent nations risk being toppled by color revolutions or wars.

America’s empire of bases, its first-strike nuclear policy, its land-based strategic bombers, sea-based warships and submarines, its rage for world dominance together represent a combustible mix risking disaster - especially with war goddess/she devil Hillary in charge, her finger on the nuclear trigger as US commander-in-chief if elected in November.

America’s rage for unchallenged hegemony represents humanity’s greatest threat. A second Clinton co-presidency risks WW III. 

The possibility should terrify US voters to resoundingly reject her. World peace hangs in the balance, perhaps 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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NYT Obscene Pro-Clintonism, Anti-Trumpism

NYT Obscene Pro-Clintonism, Anti-Trumpism

by Stephen Lendman

Times editors reinvented war goddess/Wall Street tool Clinton into a mythical US presidential candidate of unparalleled stature, ignoring her high crimes - while bashing Trump relentlessly.

He’s a billionaire tycoon businessman with no public service record. As me-first lady, US senator and secretary of state, Clinton’s rap sheet warrants condemnation, not praise, prosecution and imprisonment, not high office.

Times editors papered it over, saying she supports “America’s (important) role in the world…hewed to (Obama’s) policies (while being) somewhat more willing to intervene militarily.”

“She was an early supporter of arming and training Syrian rebels fighting (Assad)…called for a no-fly zone to protect Syrian civilians…was a strong supporter of” ousting Gaddafi.

She “believes…in diplomacy backed by military sanctions…helped put in place tough…sanctions on Iran,” supports using NATO “in addressing terrorism from ISIS and other groups.”

Fact: All ongoing US wars are illegal, waged without Security Council authorization. Clinton fully backs what demands denunciation.

Fact: She abhors diplomacy, wars of aggression against nonbelligerent states her strategy of choice.

Fact: So-called “Syrian rebels” are US-supported death squads, terrorist fighters recruited from scores of countries, murdering civilians, using chemical and other illegal weapons, committing other atrocities.

Fact: Security Council members alone can authorize no-fly zones. Clinton wants it instituted to prevent Syrian self-defense against US-backed terrorist invaders. She doesn’t give a damn about protecting civilians.

Fact: Her orchestrated war on Libya was naked aggression, raping and destroying Africa’s most developed country, part of America’s global hegemonic agenda.

Fact: Sanctions on Iran were illegal, imposed solely for political reasons, US ones largely remaining in place, flagrantly violating last year’s nuclear deal.

Fact: Clinton wants NATO used as a tool for enforcing US imperial policies, not combating ISIS and other terrorist groups it supports.

Times editors: Trump “is pushing radical nationalist and isolationist ideas…has a fallacious view of America…in decline and disrespected abroad…plans to disengage from the world, tear up trade deals and use bullying tactics (that) would be irrational and dangerous.”

His wanting NATO used largely to fight terrorism “would threaten the nation’s international role and put at risk a Western-led world order.”

His “approach would play into the hands of…Putin…eager to have NATO unravel, (giving) him more freedom to expand Russian influence.”

His questioning massive US overseas troop deployments “would profoundly affect” America’s security, reducing its global influence.

Fact: It’s unknown precisely what Trump would do as president. He has no public record providing clues. At the same time, it’s hard imagining radically shifting from dirty bipartisan business as usual.

Putting America first campaigning isn’t isolationist. It’s political posturing. Longstanding bipartisan policy endorsing “American exceptionalism” and “the indispensable nation” backs the US supremacist agenda, imperial madness, endless wars of aggression reflecting it.

Trump is right about America in decline and disrespected abroad. The late historian Gabriel Kolko believed its downward trajectory began during Truman’s early 1950s aggression on North Korea, accelerating during its Southeast Asian war, hastened post-9/11 by endless conflicts in multiple theaters.

Trump’s anti-TPP rhetoric will be tested if elected in November. Presidents back what business wants. TPP and its counterpart TTIP empower corporate interests to override national sovereignty and domestic laws - anti-consumer, ecocide measures by any standard, serving investor rights exclusively, likely including Trump’s business interests.

He differs from other presidential aspirants largely in rhetoric and style. If elected in November, expect him to be like all the rest, supporting special interests at the expense of all others.

Times editors saying he “seems to care very little about relations between nations” is absurd. He’ll try using them in pursuit of America’s hegemonic agenda like his predecessors.

He’ll pursue policies responsible for making America the most feared, widely despised nation on earth. 

He’s unlike Clinton in being less likely to start WW III - an unacceptably high risk with her as president.

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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