Sunday, May 29, 2016

Time for Putin to Escalate Airstrikes in Syria Against All Terrorist Groups

Time for Putin to Escalate Airstrikes in Syria Against All Terrorist Groups

by Stephen Lendman

Assad and his key advisors explain terrorists in Syria are all elements waging war on its people and sovereign independence, committing cold-blooded murder and atrocities.

Included aren’t just the few Security Council designated groups. Elements wanting Syria raped and destroyed need to be fought and defeated.

For five-and-a-half months, Russian air power proved hugely effective, routing ISIS and other terrorist fighters, destroying their weapons, munitions, supply lines and facilities.

In mid-March, when Putin ordered most Russian warplanes withdrawn from Syria, he indicated Russia’s military capacity could be reassembled if necessary in “a few hours.”

Its state-of-the-art S-400 air defense system remains in place, protecting nearly all Syrian airspace - ready for use “against any targets that we would consider a threat to our servicemen,” Putin explained.

He indicated Russia will maintain its military presence in Syria to combat ISIS and other terrorist groups. Military aid to government forces will continue, boosted as needed.

In a Kremlin ceremony honoring Russian servicemen involved in the Syrian campaign, he said Moscow demonstrated its “leadership, will and responsibility (in fighting) enemies of civilization.”

It’s no time to let up now. Understandably, Putin doesn’t want to get bogged down in endless war, going all-out for diplomatic conflict resolution - so far accomplishing little. Peace talks were dead on arrival. If resumed, they’ll fail again.

Moscow’s formidable campaign changed the dynamic dramatically on the ground, letting Syrian forces regain hundreds of kilometers of lost territory.

Downgrading it slowed important progress, letting ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups regroup and rearm, risking loss of earlier hard-won gains.

Fort Russ said retired Black Sea Fleet commander/current lower house State Duma Committee on Defense head Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov expressed concern about Russia’s de-escalated aerial campaign.

Earlier Moscow said it “reserve(s) the right to conduct unilateral strikes…on…international terrorist organizations and illegal armed units” not agreeing to ceasefire by May 25.

It delayed operations to let nonexistent moderate rebels separate themselves from Security Council designated terrorist groups, saying safe zones aren’t agreed on by different elements - a thinly veiled stalling tactic, anti-Assad forces taking full advantage.

According to Komoyedov, Jabhat al-Nusra increased its forces, rearmed, regained strength, and “is mostly active. (W)e should not just run, and it’s time to end this.”

If Russian operations aren’t escalated, “it is possible to lose something positive that has been achieved.”

It’s time for Putin to act. He erred scaling back in March. The only language America, its rogue allies and terrorists they support understand is brute force.

Russia sustained it effectively for five-and-a-half months. It’s time to resume what worked so well earlier. The alternative, as Komoyedov suggests, is losing hard-won gains.

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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Memorial Day Hypocrisy

Memorial Day Hypocrisy

by Stephen Lendman

America is a warrior state, a serial aggressor, unaccountable for unparalleled high crimes against peace because of public ignorance and indifference.

Americans are sublimely unaware of their nation’s history. Its so-called war of independence substituted new management for old. Everything changed but stayed the same.

Civil war had nothing to do with freeing slaves, everything to do with keeping the nation intact, maintaining business as usual.

Imperial America enslaved Black Africans, exterminated its native people, stole their land and resources, stole half of Mexico, followed by Cuba, the Philippines, Guam, Samoa, Hawaii, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Canal Zone, Puerto Rico and other territories.

Peace candidate Woodrow Wilson turned pacifist Americans into raging German haters, getting the war he wanted. A generation of European youths perished.

Wall Street and UK bankers bankrolled Hitler’s rise to power. Franklin Roosevelt provoked Japan to attack America, a war it didn’t want and knew it couldn’t win. Today it’s a US colony. So is Europe.

Too few Americans know all US post-WW II wars were lawless acts of aggression - 9/11 was state-sponsored false flag terrorism.

Obama didn’t kill bin Laden. He died of natural causes in December 2001, widely reported at the time. He had nothing to do with 9/11, nor did Saudi Arabia.

Bush waged unprovoked naked aggression on Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama continues his wars, waging them from day one in office, bombing seven countries throughout his tenure:  Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. 

Endless wars rage. US special forces death squads operate in 135 countries. Millions of corpses attest to America’s barbarity.

On Memorial Day, the nation honors its war dead, ignoring its responsibility for gratuitous mass slaughter throughout its odious history, waging endless wars of choice for profit and dominance.

The lessons of two world wars weren’t learned. A third 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."

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ISIS on the Move in Syria

ISIS on the Move in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Despite Russian airstrikes killing 28,000 of its fighters and destroying much of its oil facilities and transport network, according to its Defense Ministry, ISIS seems more resurgent than defeated.

It owes its existence and strength to support from America, NATO, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other rogue regional states. Washington’s so-called war to degrade and defeat it is pure deception.

Aided by US warplanes providing cover, it’s shifting large numbers of its fighters from Raqaa to energy-rich Deir Ezzur and Homs, wanting to preserve as much revenue from its oil smuggling operations as possible.

It captured several villages near Azaz, about three miles from Turkey’s border. According to the International Rescue Committee, around 160,000 Syrians are trapped in the area, unable to flee for safety, desperate for help so far not forthcoming.

Russia’s Center for Reconciliation in Syria said ISIS retook five villages near Azaz, about 20 miles from Aleppo. Kurdish YPG forces halted their advance near Ain Dakna.

The Center also reported Jabhat al-Nusra fighters continue provocatively disrupting ceasefire. On Saturday, they attacked Aleppo neighborhoods and Nayrab airport with mortars and rocket fire.

Turkey provides them with daily arms and munitions shipments. Thousands of Al-Nusra fighters comprise a formidable force, new recruits joining them regularly.

Ahrar al-Sham, Jaish al-Islam and other Western and regional-backed terrorist groups continue endless war. Prospects for peace are pure fantasy because Washington wants endless war until Assad is ousted and Syrian sovereignty destroyed.

Europe is a virtual US colony - in lockstep with its imperial agenda no matter how contrary to its own interests. Illegal sanctions imposed on Russia cause its member states more harm than strategic advantage.

On Friday, the European Commission extended illegal sanctions on Syria until June 2017. According to senior ruling Ba’ath Party official Khalaf Muftah, they violate the UN Charter’s letter and spirit.

“They hamper the political process (by) increas(ing) the suffering of” millions of Syrians, and fail to “promote the creation of conditions for political dialogue with Europe.”

They “contradict the (notion) that (the refugee crisis) has political causes.” It’s because of Obama’s war and US/EU-imposed “economic blockade.”

They impose draconian hardships on millions of ordinary Syrians - while at the same time providing material support to terrorist groups responsible for up to half a million mostly civilian deaths, numbers mounting daily.

As long as Washington wants war, endless fighting will continue. It remains to be seen if Russia intends escalating its aerial campaign curtailed weeks earlier. Nothing else so far proved effective.

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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Another Israeli Anti-BDS Conference

Another Israeli Anti-BDS Conference

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is its own worst enemy. Growing BDS effectiveness terrifies its rogue leadership - hardline racist lunatics in charge, ruling by intimidation and state terror.

A late March Stop the Boycott conference in Jerusalem featured state-sponsored misinformation and Big Lies. On May 31, a similar event is scheduled.

A so-called “international summit” will be held at the UN General Assembly, transformed into a pro-Israeli echo-chamber for the event, led by notorious hate-mongering opponent of Palestinian self-determination Danny Danon, Israel’s UN envoy.

Its New York mission, the World Jewish Congress, Keren Hayesod, American Center for Law & Justice, Israel Bonds, StandWithUs, Hillel, the Anti-Defamation League, the Zionist Organization of America, B’nai B’rith International and other pro-Israeli groups co-sponsored the event.

It intends spreading the Big Lie about BDS promoting anti-Semitism and wanting Israel destroyed. Around 1,500 students, academics, politicians and others will attend.

Danon maliciously turned truth on its head, calling BDS “the modern incarnation of antisemitism.” The New York “summit (sic) will bring together (a hand-picked) international coalition (sic) against the boycott movement, and will send a clear message to all our adversaries,” he said.

“Israel will not relent and will continue to reveal the lies (sic) propagated by the BDS movement.” Speakers include a rogue’s gallery of supporters of Israel’s worst crimes.

Their aim is manipulating young minds, feeding them Israeli propaganda, brainwashing them irresponsibly, wanting them used as state-sponsored tools against regional peace, equity and justice.

BDS terrifies Israel because it works, increasingly gaining momentum and influence. Around 23,000 supporters signed an appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, protesting Israel’s war on BDS.

In part, it said “(w)e, the undersigned citizens concerned about human rights and democracy, appeal (for) action…to ensure (the rights of) individuals, groups, associations, public and private institutions and local governments participating in (BDS to) freely express their opinion and act for Palestinian human rights without unlawful interference or repression.”

BDS supports the right to pursue nonviolent resistance against Israeli high crimes, long denied Palestinian self-determination, and persecution too serious to ignore.

Democratic freedoms include the right to boycott and express views freely. Yet Israel and US-led Western states “undermine the right of human rights defenders (by) delegitimization and intimidation” measures, including “undemocratic laws, false allegations of racism, and attacks on the safety and integrity of persons.”

The Palestinian BDS National Committee urges UN condemnation of these type lawless practices, violating UN Charter principles and other fundamental human rights laws.

BDS isn’t going away. It’s a vital initiative for combating Israeli viciousness. It deserves universal support against a regime threatening world peace and security.

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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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day Ignores Millions of US Imperial Victims

Memorial Day Ignores Millions of US Imperial Victims

by Stephen Lendman

The day commemorates lost lives of US servicemen and women sent to war for the wrong reasons - from the 18th century to today, notably America’s so-called War of Independence, its Civil War, WW I and II and all subsequent wars of choice.

America’s only enemies in the past 70 years and throughout at least most of its history were and remain ones it invents.

It could have been a model peaceful nation had it chosen a different path. Instead, its history reflects unbridled militarism, endless wars of choice, related violence and chaos, contempt for rule of law principles, along with unparalleled barbarism and viciousness - while vital homeland needs increasingly go begging.

America’s privileged class lets others do its fighting and dying, innocent youths to conflicts based on Big Lies.

Terrorists and hired gun mercenaries are used as imperial foot soldiers, militarism and war-profiteering today greater than ever from Pentagon waste, fraud and abuse, along with rape and destruction of one country after another. 

America’s wars rage in more theaters simultaneously under Obama than any of his predecessors - against countries threatening no others.

Who honors the millions of US imperial victims - slaughtered, maimed or displaced? Who respects the loss their surviving family members sustained?

America is a rogue gangster state, waging endless wars on humanity for profit and dominance, wanting all nations turned into US vassal states, wanting dominion over planet earth, its resources and people.

We’re at a critical stage in world history. The possibility of another world war should scare everyone.

If launched with today’s super-weapons, they’ll be no more Memorial Days to commemorate!

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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Israeli Administrative Detentions: State-Sponsored Terrorism

Israeli Administrative Detentions: State-Sponsored Terrorism

by Stephen Lendman

Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners languish under hellish gulag conditions, around 750 held administratively, including women and children - uncharged and untried.

The Addameer human rights and prisoner support group calls detention without charges or trial for indefinite periods a form of psychological torture, victims at risk of longterm depression and anxiety.

The UN Committee Against Torture called for Israel “(t)aking the measures necessary to end the practice,” and ensure current detainees “are afforded all basic legal safeguards.”

It received reports from at least 10 human rights groups, providing evidence of systematic use of torture and abuse - during arrests, interrogations and detentions, Israeli forces treating children as harshly as adults, terrorizing them in isolation, holding detainees based on alleged secret information unavailable to defense lawyers.

Israel systematically ignores international humanitarian law and pressure for it to change its abhorrent practices. Palestinians are defenseless against its ruthless persecution.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS), Israel issued 729 administrative detention orders from January through late May, mostly renewing previous ones - a 35% year-over-year increase.

PPCS media spokesman Riyad al-Ashqar called what’s happening “very serious, very dangerous. In the past, Israel used to issue such numbers of orders every few years.”

“Now, we are witnessing this serious increase in just few months. Israel uses this policy to hold hundreds of prisoners captive, without charges or trial, and largely keeps renewing them” multiple times without justification - one of many methods it uses to intimidate and terrorize an entire population.

Palestinians, including young children and women, are kidnapped daily, denied their fundamental rights, detained for indefinite periods, at times years - despite having committed no crimes.

The collaborative Palestinian Authority does nothing to intervene responsibly, involved in persecuting its own people.

Palestinians perhaps are at greater risk than earlier with the appointment of Arab-hating untranationalist extremist Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister.

Another Gaza blitzkrieg appears just a matter of time, perhaps more intense than in summer 2014, turning large part of the Strip to rubble, killing or wounding around 13,000 Palestinians, displacing tens of thousands.

As long as rogue Western and regional leaders partner with Israeli depravity, Palestinian liberation remains unattainable. Their long ordeal continues.

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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Is America Preparing for WW III?

Is America Preparing for WW III?

by Stephen Lendman

The 9/11 false flag and endless US wars followed George Bush’s stolen 2000 election. 

If things are rigged for Hillary Clinton to succeed Obama next year, will America attack Russia and China, an unthinkable act of madness if launched!

Provocative US-led NATO troop deployments and military exercises near Russia’s borders, its Romania-based missile system targeting its heartland, along with militarization of the South China Sea risk the unthinkable. It gets worse.

US ambassador to Bulgaria Eric Rubin said Washington intends “a very significant increase” in US forces deployed to the country along with allied NATO troops, part of recklessly dangerous Pentagon strategy for greater control over the Black Sea region, including waters close to Crimea.

An area US Navy SEAL base is planned. Their tactical units already operate provocatively in Black Sea waters, conducting combat exercises - perhaps in preparation for an anti-Russian operation.

Is training underway to invade Crimea, a reckless act if undertaken! It’s Russian territory. Invading or otherwise attacking it would be a declaration of war - perhaps prelude to WW III.

US imperial madness seems headed inevitably in this direction. Moscow is preparing to counter US belligerence. 

The Saker notes “Russians like to say that ‘Russia never starts wars. She only ends them.” The mission of its military is “survival. At all cost.”

It’s preparing for WW III (it wants avoided) to leave no doubt US-dominated NATO “will never survive a war with Russia, even if every single Russian is killed.”

Next year under a new administration in Washington could be decisive in world history.

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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Remembering Hedy Epstein

Remembering Hedy Epstein

by Stephen Lendman

On May 26, German-born holocaust survivor, human rights champion Hedy Epstein died at age 91 at her St. Louis home.

She was internationally respected for supporting human and civil rights, justifiably critical of how Israel persecutes Palestinians.

She was activist to the end. At age 90 in August 2014, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “STAY HUMAN,” she was arrested “for failing to disperse” during a St. Louis, MO protest over the police murder of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

At the time, she said she’d “been doing this since” her teenage days. She “didn’t think (she’d) have to do it (at age) 90,” adding:

“We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they are 90.” In 1939 at age 14, her parents arranged for her Kindertranport to England, allowing her to survive.

Her parents and most of her relatives were Nazi holocaust victims. She remained in England until WW II ended, returned to Germany in 1945, then emigrated to America in 1948, committed to helping others.

She was a Freedom of Residence, Greater St. Louis Committee volunteer, supporting fair housing laws, later serving as its executive director in the mid-1970s. In the 1980s, she worked for Chackes and Hoare, a law firm representing employment discrimination victims.

She outspokenly opposed US wars of aggression. Following Israel’s 1982 Lebanon invasion and Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacres, she began actively supporting Palestinian rights.

In 2001, she founded the St. Louis chapter of Women in Black, an anti-war group formed by Israeli women in 1988, following the outbreak of the first intifada, responding to horrific IDF human rights violations, expressing strong opposition to illegal occupation.

Her later activism focused mostly on ending it, including frequent public addresses and volunteer work with the Palestine Solidarity Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace.

She traveled several times to the West Bank, was a participant in Gaza Freedom Flotilla missions, trying to deliver humanitarian aid to the illegally besieged Strip.

She remained outspoken for human rights to the end, received numerous awards for her courageous activism.

Her philosophy was simple, believing “(i)f we don’t try to make a difference, if we don’t speak up, if we don’t try to right the wrong that we see, we become complicit. I don’t want to be guilty of not trying my best to make a difference.”

Her lifelong dedication to human rights and justice earned her international respect and praise.

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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US Special Forces in Syria Covertly Engaged in Combat

US Special Forces in Syria Covertly Engaged in Combat

by Stephen Lendman

Endless war in Syria isn’t civil. Mischaracterizing it this way is one of many Big Lies about US naked aggression, using imported death squads as imperial foot soldiers - aided by US special forces directly involved in combat, aiming to oust Syria’s popularly elected government.

Pentagon and State Department claims otherwise are Big Lies. Photographic evidence exposed them. US combat troops were seen wearing Kurdish YPG insignia, fighting alongside their forces.

On Friday, Turkish foreign minister Melvut Cavusoglu called their involvement wearing YPG insignia “unacceptable…It is impossible to accept it. This is a double standard and hypocrisy,” he said.

Turkish ambassador to Washington Serdar Kilic expressed similar irritation during a State Department visit. Both officials called it unacceptable for Washington to collaborate with the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its YPG armed wing.

Aiming to smooth relations with Ankara, an important NATO ally, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said US forces were told to remove YPG patches - explaining nothing about their illegal presence, engaged in combat on foreign soil without Security Council authorization.

Separately during a Friday SC session, Syria’s UN envoy Bashar-al-Jaafari accused Turkey of using humanitarian corridors as transit routes for terrorists, crossing into Syria along with weapons supplied them, at the same time obstructing delivery of humanitarian aid - fully supported by Washington and rogue NATO partners.

Cessation of hostilities is pure fantasy. Conflict could escalate dramatically any time, including involvement of much larger numbers of US combat troops. 

Washington’s refusal to cooperate with Russia against terrorists shows Obama wants endless war, not peace.

A Final Comment

Former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray openly criticizes his government’s support for terrorists in Syria - stressing “there aren’t any moderates. Forces (supporting) a secular democratic Syria could be counted on the fingers of very few hands.”

These elements “simply do not exist. They are a figment of the imagination.” What’s ongoing is “very dangerous…creating more violence, more radicalization, and more groups (potentially endangering) everybody.”

Conditions in Syria, the region and elsewhere aren’t improving. America’s rage for dominance risks the unthinkable possibility of eventual 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."

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Russia Admits Ceasefire Let Terrorists Regroup and Rearm in Syria

Russia Admits Ceasefire Let Terrorists Regroup and Rearm in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Russian General Sergey Rudskoy mentioned Jabhat al-Nusra alone. All US-supported terrorist groups took advantage of ceasefire to strengthen their positions, including ISIS and members of Riyadh’s so-called High Negotiations Committee - terrorists masquerading as diplomats, committed to Syria’s destruction and Assad’s ouster.

According to Rudskoy, Aleppo and Idlib provinces bordering Turkey are key hot spots where groups like Jabhat al-Nusra are entrenched for endless war.

Russia said beginning on May 25, it “reserve(s) the right to conduct unilateral strikes…on…international terrorist organizations and illegal armed units” not agreeing to ceasefire.

It delayed operations to let nonexistent moderate rebels separate themselves from Security Council designated terrorist groups, a huge mistake.

It’s time to correct it straightaway, yet Russia keeps delaying, Rudskoy saying separate zones aren’t agreed on by different elements - a thinly veiled stalling tactic to give anti-Assad forces maximum advantage.

He and other Russian officials refer to misnamed moderate rebels - knowing none exist. They call Obama’s naked aggression using imported terrorists as imperial foot soldiers “civil war.”

Syria was invaded. Ongoing war isn’t civil. The only language America and its rogue partners understand is force. 

It’s time for Russia to step up aerial operations beyond against illegal oil extraction targets and small-scale attacks supporting Syrian ground forces. They proved so effective earlier. Delay puts conflict resolution further out of reach.

According to Rudskoy, anti-Assad terrorists get daily arms and munitions shipments from Turkey. As long as its border stays open, weapons will continue flowing. Peace will remain out of reach.

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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Deconstructing Obama's Demagoguery in Hiroshima

Deconstructing Obama’s Demagoguery in Hiroshima

by Stephen Lendman

His speeches make painful listening - a litany of deception, Big Lies, and for Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims and survivors, continued coverup of one of history’s great crimes - massacring civilians gratuitously.

Obama saying “(w)e come to mourn the dead” ignores US responsibility for mass murder and endless wars of aggression - notably post-9/11.

Saying “(w)e stand here in the middle of this city (and) force ourselves to feel the dread of  children…listen to a silent cry…remember all the innocents killed” in global wars, especially WW II, begs the question of why America nuked Japan twice when it was defeated in process of surrendering.

Obama: “(W)e have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.”

Fact: US wars of aggression against countries threatening no one leaves millions of casualties in their wake, endless suffering over and over again.

Obama: “(T)he memory of the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, must never fade. That memory allows us to fight complacency. It fuels our moral imagination. It allows us to change.”

Fact: America is morally depraved, change unattainable, its aim for unchallenged world dominance overrides peace, stability and other considerations.

Obama: “(S)ince that fateful day, we have made choices that give us hope.”

Fact: Today is the most perilous time in world history. Reality is polar opposite the fantasy Obama presented - claiming “international community established institutions and treaties…work to avoid war.” They rage out-of-control in multiple theaters, America bearing full responsibility.

Obama: We “aspire to restrict and roll back and ultimately eliminate the existence of nuclear weapons.”

Fact: America intends spending a trillion dollars in the next 30 years upgrading its nuclear arsenal, making it more ominous and destructive than ever.

Obama: “We must change our mindset about war itself to prevent conflict through diplomacy and strive to end conflicts after they’re begun.”

Fact: The self-described peace candidate waged and continues waging endless wars of aggression every day throughout his tenure. They serve America’s imperial agenda. Peace defeats it.

Obama: “The irreducible worth of every person, the insistence that every life is precious, the radical and necessary notion that we are part of a single human family - that is the story that we all must tell.”

Fact: Longstanding US policy since the beginning of the republic reflects contempt for human life and welfare, insistence that government serve its privileged elites alone.

Social Security, Medicare, civil rights legislation and other beneficial measures enacted earlier were more about saving and preserving capitalism than instituting social democracy.

Obama saying “we come to Hiroshima (to) think of people we love” mocks the reality of daily life caused by US lawlessness, the endless pain and suffering, the possibility of US-launched nuclear war consuming us all.

Imperial madness makes today’s threat greater than ever.

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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Obama in Hiroshima

Obama in Hiroshima

by Stephen Lendman

Obama is the first US sitting president to visit Hiroshima. He came to flex US muscle in a part of the world not its own, not apologize for gratuitous mass murder.

The war was over. Japan was negotiating surrender. America used nuclear weapons against a defeated enemy, showing its meanness, incinerating defenseless civilians - a taste of greater viciousness to come, its endless wars of aggression, its contempt for peace, democratic values and international law.

Asked if he’d apologize for one of history’s great crimes, he said: “No, because I think that it's important to recognize that in the midst of war, leaders make all kinds of decisions.”

“It's a job of historians to ask questions and examine them, but I know as somebody who has now sat in this position for the last seven and a half years, that every leader makes very difficult decisions, particularly during wartime.”

The notion that nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved lives by avoiding an invasion is one of history’s great lies. None was intended or needed. Japan was defeated.

America wages endless wars of choice, not necessity. Nations threatening no one are raped and destroyed, millions killed from war, related violence, disease, starvation and overall deprivation.

No nation in history caused more harm to more people over a longer duration than America. None more greatly threaten world peace.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki are two of many examples of US depravity, its lawlessness, its rage for dominance no matter the cost in human lives and welfare.

Obama visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - expressing contempt for peace and stability in a world without nuclear weapons - not the other way around as the White House claimed prior to his arrival.

Saying his visit “offer(s) a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future” belies reality in its multiple war theaters.

His presence in Hiroshima is a thumb in the eye to millions of US war victims, its responsibility for most of history’s greatest crimes, Obama’s rage for endless wars of conquest.

His call for abolishing nuclear weapons was and remains pure subterfuge. Hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent upgrading America’s arsenal, not dismantling it, risking humanity’s survival.

Obama saying “(p)art of the reason (he’s) going (to Hiroshima) is (to) underscore the very real risks that are out there and the sense of urgency that we all should have” ignores America’s endless war agenda, the risk it’ll use nuclear weapons again - next time potentially ending 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."

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No Prospects for Peace in Syria

No Prospects for Peace in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Obama’s war continues, hundreds of US special forces and marines involved in combat, directly aiding terrorists in northern Syria.

Claiming they’re advising and assisting (nonexistent) moderate rebels is pure rubbish. Obama wants Assad forcibly ousted before he leaves office. Maybe he intends US-led NATO bombing.

Peace talks begun in early February were dead on arrival, now indefinitely suspended. On Thursday, pro-Western UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told Security Council members during a closed session that progress toward so far unattainable ceasefire must be achieved before resuming them.

Talks can accomplish nothing without “credible…cessation of hostilities improvement and stabilization,” he said. Peace is unattainable because Syria has no legitimate partner.

Washington and its rogue allies want war, Assad toppled and Syrian sovereign independence destroyed.

At a Thursday Persian Gulf Cooperation Council ministerial meeting in Moscow, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubier “disagree(d) with the position of Russia on the issue of members of the delegation at the Syrian (peace) talks.” 

He claimed US/Riyadh cobbled together High Negotiations Committee members (composed entirely of terrorists or terrorist related groups) are the “only legitimate representative(s) of the Syrian people.”

They profoundly disagree, overwhelmingly expressing support for Assad and his government. Lavrov insists “the fate of Syria should only be determined by (its) people,” free from foreign interference.

Syria is one of numerous US war theaters, part of its rage for world conquest and dominance. Reckless brinksmanship with Russia and China could cross a rubicon of no return.

Will America’s next president launch WW III? Be terrified if it’s Hillary Clinton, a neocon, power-crazed lunatic, the most recklessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history.

Her agenda represents pure evil. Her finger on the nuclear trigger should scare 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. 


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Unaffordable Housing in America

Unaffordable Housing in America

by Stephen Lendman

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) report, titled “Out of Reach 2015,” income inequality in America makes housing increasingly unaffordable.

“(I)n no state, metropolitan area, or county can a full-time worker earning the prevailing minimum wage afford a modest two-bedroom apartment,” it said.

At $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage, it would take 112 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, meaning all work and sleep with no time for anything else. 

Stagnant wages, declining benefits, high inflation (8.8% according to economist John Williams, not the phony 1.1% CPI), and protracted Main Street Depression conditions created a deplorable situation for growing millions.

Not only isn’t America beautiful, modestly priced housing is increasingly unaffordable. According to NLIHC president and CEO Diane Yentel, “(t)he federal government has the resources to end the shortage of housing affordable to the lowest income families.”

“It is simply a matter of how those resources are allocated. Instead of subsidizing the mortgages of higher income people, we must invest in making rental housing more affordable and available to those most in need of assistance.”

Trillions of dollars go for warmaking and benefits for America’s privileged class. Most others are increasingly on their own. Millions are one lost paycheck away from hunger, homelessness and despair.

The world’s richest country cares little about its most disadvantaged, why poverty is a growth industry and one in four working aged Americans have no jobs. Potemkin village illusion conceals reality.

In contrast, million dollar book deals and 6-figure speech payments await Obama when he leaves office in January - already very rich, about to become super-rich, cashing in on serving monied interests throughout his tenure, waging class war on most others.

Problems affecting ordinary Americans don’t concern him. An affluent lifestyle awaits. Reportedly he’ll move into an 8,200 square foot, 9-bedroom luxury home in Washington’s upscale Kalorama neighborhood, two miles from the White House.

Former Clinton aide Joe Lockhart owns the mansion. Obama will pay $22,000 in monthly rent. It would take an average low-wage US worker up to 12 or more years to cover its annual rental cost - provided he or she didn’t eat, own a car or have medical, transportation, or utility expenses.

The community is home to Washington’s political elites. Former presidents William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt lived there.

In March, Obama said he’ll remain in Washington at least until his youngest daughter finishes Sidwell Friends School - uncaring about the global human misery he caused, unaccountable for war crimes too appalling to ignore.

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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West Hails Release of Ukrainian Killer

West Hails Release of Ukrainian Killer

by Stephen Lendman

Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko involved with the infamous Nazi-infested Aidar battalion is an unapologetic killer. 

Last March, she was convicted in a Russian court on multiple charges, including murdering two Russian journalists in Donbass - Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin. In June 2014, she sent coordinates of their location to an Aidar artillery unit.

The attack on their position killed them along with Ukrainian civilians. On March 22, RT International’s Murad Gazdiev twittered “(t)he court has no doubts about #Savchenko’s guilt on all counts.”

Russia’s Investigative Committee collected reliable evidence, including eyewitness testimonies. In pronouncing sentence, Judge Leonid Stepanenko said she was well “aware of the extent and social danger of her actions…”

She was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Charges of killing civilians were dropped, the court saying it “ha(d) no authority to try her for murdering Ukrainian civilians.”

Kiev outrageously called her a prisoner of war. In March 2015, she was awarded the title of “hero of Ukraine.” She admitted directing artillery fire at two Russian journalists.

While imprisoned in Russia for murder, she was elected to Ukraine’s parliament and her nation’s permanent mission to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

During trial proceedings, she remained defiant, interrupting Judge Stepanenko, singing the Ukrainian national anthem and chanting “(g)lory to Ukraine! Death to our enemies!”

On Wednesday, she returned home, swapped for two illegally held Russian nationals (Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, falsely accused of being combatants in Donbass), greeted by US-appointed oligarch president Petro Poroshenko. 

Reports indicated the exchange was agreed on late Monday during a phone conversation between Putin, Germany’s Angela Merkel, France’s Francois Hollande and Poroshenko.

European Parliament president Martin Schulz, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier outrageously hailed the good news.

Russian upper house Federation Council President Valentina Matviyenko said “(i)t’s very sad for a country where they make national heroes out of representatives of radical nationalist organizations, people with blood on their hands, accomplices to fascists.”

“As for Savchenko, there’s no reason to make her a national hero because it’s been proved by a Russian court that she was guilty in the deaths of Russian journalists, among other things.”

While in custody, Obama and other Western leaders disgracefully called for her release. John Kerry ludicrously called it “an important part of fulfilling Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements.”

Neocon US UN envoy Samantha Power said Washington is “overjoyed” at Savchenko’s release. As expected, she blasted what she called “farcical Russian legal proceedings” - ignoring the high crime of murder and Washington’s direct involvement in Ukraine’s war on its own Donbass citizens.

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: Imperial Press Agent

NYT: Imperial Press Agent

by Stephen Lendman

Times propaganda supports America’s imperial agenda, its Syria coverage some of the worst in memory.

Managed news misinformation and Big Lies consistently substitute for reliable news and information readers need to know.

The Times perpetuates the myth of America’s war on terrorism, its phony intention to degrade and destroy ISIS - the monster it created and supports along with other terrorist groups used as imperial foot soldiers. 

Instead of debunking official Big Lies, The Times proliferates them - its latest propaganda piece claiming US airstrikes “are hitting more significant ISIS targets” when no reliable information suggests they’re hitting any.

They continue aiding the monster they claim to oppose, providing weapons and other material support. 

Not according to The Times, claiming unnamed “military officials saying they have corrected the poor intelligence collection and clumsy process for identifying targets that initially plagued the campaign, and are now hitting targets like oil rigs and secret cash coffers that finance the terrorist group’s war machine.”

There’s more. The Times says these targets were previously avoided “for fear of causing civilian casualties.”

Fact: US airstrikes target infrastructure and government sites, not terrorists America supports.

Fact: Civilians are harmed most in all US wars. Most casualties are noncombatants, often the vast majority. The notion of Pentagon commanders protecting them is a gross perversion of truth.

US Central Command head General Charles Q. Brown Jr. turned truth on its head, saying “(w)e’re hitting them where it hurts a lot more than we were in the past. Every bomb now has a greater impact.”

US warplanes began bombing Syrian targets illegally in September 2014 - aiding, not degrading or destroying ISIS and other terrorist groups, imperial aggression on the phony pretext of combating terrorism.

It took Russia’s real war on this scourge beginning last September to change things dramatically on the ground.

According to Moscow’s Deputy Security Council Secretary Evgeny Lukanov, Russian airstrikes and Syrian forces eliminated about 28,000 ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra fighters.

Washington takes credit for their military successes, ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra weakened because of their combined efforts.

The Times giving US forces credit for turning the corner in Syria is pure rubbish. Russian air power and intelligence along with rejuvenated government ground forces made the difference.

America’s imperial agenda threatens world peace, Russia the best hope to preserve it - what Times reports never 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. 


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