Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Trump and Hillary Fiddle While Planet Earth Burns

Trump and Hillary Fiddle While Planet Earth Burns

by Stephen Lendman

Monday night was more evasion, distraction and political fraud than anything resembling real debating - like all previous encounters of the same kind preceding them, demagoguery and bad theater instead of substance, failing to give voters real information on where candidates stand on major issues of our time.

Monday and two upcoming spectacles conceal America’s imperial madness, its endless war on humanity at home and abroad, its neoliberal harshness, neocon lunacy and police state viciousness - its fantasy democracy serving its privileged few alone at the expense of most others, millions most in need treated like nonpersons.

Tyrannical ruthlessness gets increasingly worse, each new administration since the neoliberal 90s outdoing previous ones in villainy. 

World war rages in multiple theaters, new ones waiting to explode, all independent governments at risk of being violently toppled, trillions of dollars spent on militarism and imperial madness, social decay festering at home.

Deepening homeland poverty, real unemployment at Depression-era levels, along with an epidemic of hunger and homelessness nationwide go unaddressed, while social justice erodes en route to disappearing altogether.

Presidential aspirants deliver hollow promises for change. Betrayal always follows once in office.

What kind of society spends most of its vast wealth for butchery, barbarism, brutishness, bloodshed and enriching its privileged few at the expense of most others?

What kind turned planet earth into a slaughterhouse, making it too dangerous to live in, laying waste to whole nations, sustaining an insatiable genocidal rage - while giving short shrift to vital needs of its own people. Pretending otherwise adds insult to injury.

Presidential aspirants ignore or pay lip service alone to major issues of our time - power and self-enrichment their main goals, monied interests benefitting over popular ones, tyranny replacing fundamental freedoms.

Will next year bring responsible change? Will new political leadership serve everyone equitably, going where no administration and Congress ever went before?

Is a new leaf about to be turned? Will warriors become peacemakers? Will neoconservatism and neoliberalism disappear? Will honesty and integrity follow longstanding debauched practices?

Will real democracy replace its fantasy version? Will government henceforth represent everyone fairly and squarely? Will swords be turned into plowshares? Will equity and social justice become the new national norm?

Will history’s greatest human and civil rights abuser become its principled champion? Will daily sunrises forevermore occur in the West, sunsets in the East? Will humanity survive endless imperial wars threatening everyone everywhere?

Borrowing a line from Joyce Kilmer, I think that I shall never see America at peace instead of war, harmony instead of conflict, equity instead of injustice, wellness instead of endless 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: How the 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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Jill Stein's Response to Farcical Trump/Hillary Face-Off

Jill Stein’s Response to Farcical Trump/Hillary Face-Off

by Stephen Lendman

Stein’s campaign, straight talk, progressive agenda and comportment are what real democracy looks like - polar opposite one-party state duopoly rule, representing plutocracy and tyranny, not governance of, by and for everyone equitably.

She’s a physician wanting her medical skills used to help heal a sick nation. Barred from participating in Monday’s Trump/Hillary face-off, it proceeded as pre-scripted theater, viewers learning nothing about how either aspirant would govern.

Stein’s involvement would have turned farcical proceedings into meaningful debate, discussing real issues, providing real solutions to issues devastating millions of people at home and abroad.

Excluding her and Gary Johnson smoothes the way for unobstructed continuity - likely dirtier than ever dirty business as usual under Obama’s successor, the real threat of nuclear war if it’s Hillary, likely at this point.

Ahead of Monday’s demagogic display, Stein’s campaign manager, David Cobb, said police state harshness confronted her. Despite having press credentials, she “was literally escorted off” the Hofstra campus site.

Ahead of the Monday night face-off, she hosted a “People’s Debate” on Periscope, over 3,500 people watching, scores of supporters accompanying her to Hofstra.

Separately she tweeted: “Civil disobedience happening now! More police are arriving. #OccupyTheDebates will not move! It’s time for #OpenDebates! #debatenight.”

Over an hour later, she tweeted: “Demonstrators are being arrested at the #OccupyTheDebates rally. This is not what democracy looks like. #debatenight twitter.com/inewsreporter/…”

On Monday, RT International covered her live stream Q&A on social media, watched by over 10,000 viewers, likely more before it ended, contrasting her progressive agenda with debauched duopoly governance.

She covered proposals in her Power to the People Plan. A previous article discussed it, repeated below, putting ordinary people, peace and ecosanity over profits.

She proposed a “Green New Deal,” creating millions of good jobs, transitioning to clean renewable energy, and investing in vital infrastructure sorely neglected for so long - America’s resources today going for militarism and endless wars, not a nation fit to live in.

Living-wage jobs are a human right, she stressed. Democracy should mean what it says - rule of and for all the people, not just its privileged few.

The world’s richest nation should prioritize ending poverty once and for all “to assure every American a life of dignity,” she explained.

Healthcare and education are human rights. Jill wants them guaranteed, including Medicare for all, abolition of student debt and “world-class” tuition-free public education to the highest levels. Other components of her plan include:

  • a federally guaranteed $15 minimum wage;

  • breaking up too-big-to fail banks;

  • “democratiz(ing) the Federal Reserve,” putting money power in public hands where it belongs;

  • progressive business and individual taxation;

  • fair over so-called free trade agreements;

  • ecosanity;

  • putting a moratorium on GMOs and harmful pesticides;

  • racial justice along with freedom and equality for all;

  • ending Big Brother spying, mass incarceration, torture prisons like Guantanamo, and “(e)stablish(ing) a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law and human rights.

Cut military spending in half, she urged. End imperial wars. Close America’s empire of bases and bring all foreign-based US forces home.

Abolish corporate personhood. Reform America’s debauched political system. Use the nation’s resources for productive, not destructive purposes.

Make it the world’s most respected one, instead of the most feared and reviled like now.

Stein is the only presidential candidate taking no funding from monied interests, war-profiteers the fossil fuel industry, or other corporate predators, she explained.

She’s the type leader America and humanity need at the most perilous time 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: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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

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US Supports Terrorists in Syria, Says Al-Nusra Unit Commander

US Supports Terrorists in Syria, Says Al-Nusra Unit Commander

by Stephen Lendman

It’s no surprise to readers of my articles throughout the conflict, begun in March 2011, weeks after US-led NATO began terror-bombing Libya, transforming North Africa’s most developed country into a cauldron of endless violence and chaos. 

Obama launched war on Syria, deceptively calling it civil, using terrorists as proxy foot soldiers - arming, funding, training and directing them, teaching them the fine art of committing atrocities, along with use of chemical and other banned weapons.

All anti-government forces in Syria are terrorists, largely imported from scores of countries. I’ve repeatedly explained the hoax of so-called “moderates.” They don’t exist, claiming otherwise one of many Big Lies about the conflict.

German broadsheet Kolner Stadtanzeiger journalist Jurgen Todenhofer interviewed al-Nusra unit commander Abu Al Ezz in terrorist-controlled eastern Aleppo, saying:

“(T)he US supports the (Syrian) opposition, but not directly. They support the countries which support us. But we are not satisfied with this support.”

“They should support us with highly developed weapons. We have won battles thanks to the ‘TOW’ missiles. We reached a balance with the regime through these missiles. We received the tanks from Libya through Turkey. Also the ‘BMs’ - multiple rocket launchers.”

“(It) is through (directly supplied) American ‘TOW(s)’ that we have the situation in some regions under control.” Operatives on the ground from America, Israel Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar aid them - “(e)xperts in the use of satellites, rockets, reconnaissance and thermal security cameras.”

Al Ezz stressed “(t)he Americans are on our side.” They support all anti-government terrorists ravaging Syria, bearing full responsibility for one of history’s great crimes, continuing endlessly with no prospect for diplomatic resolution possible because neocons infesting Washington reject it.

Hopefully Russia understands the futility of negotiating with a rogue partner, systematically breaching virtually all its deals unilaterally -using diplomacy as cover to continue waging imperial wars.

All sovereign independent nations worldwide are targeted for regime change, by wars or color revolutions, likely headed for nuclear war on Russia, maybe China and Iran - a doomsday scenario if launched.

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: How the 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 Praises Hillary's Monday Night Demagoguery

NYT Praises Hillary’s Monday Night Demagoguery

by Stephen Lendman

Monday’s event mocked what real debates are supposed to be all about, delivering tragedy and farce instead, 90 ranting demagogic minutes without substance, replete with unchallenged Big Lies - symbolic of America’s fantasy democracy.

Times editors commented as expected, one-sidedly for Hillary, delivering a campaign commercial, not serious analysis, praising her duplicitous performance, maintaining a relentless anti-Trump tirade - a clear example of press agent journalism, mocking the real thing.

“(J)ust one candidate is serious and the other is a vacuous bully,” Times editors blustered. “There was a fundamental asymmetry to the exercise, because of the awful truth that one of the participants had nothing truthful to offer.”

Whatever Trump says or doesn’t say, Times editors assail him relentlessly - at the same time ignoring Hillary’s deplorable public record making her unfit to serve.

Times editors: Trump “(s)t(ood) at the lectern, interrupting and shouting, playing (an) invisible accordion with his open hands, filibustering, tossing his word salads…(He) struggled to contend with an opponent…much more poised and prepared than” any Republican primary contender.

Not a word about Hillary’s email scandal, DNC documents showing she stole primary elections, her fealty to Wall Street and other predatory corporate interests, her anti-progressivism, major war crimes, her racketeering Clinton Foundation, and unindicted perjury for lying to Congress and FBI investigators.

She’s the establishment favorite for good reason, representing imperial arrogance at its worst, monied interests over popular ones, a Machiavellian menace, complicit with dark forces running America, unparalleled pure evil.

Times editors: She “st(ood) up to bullying…swatting (Trump’s) attacks aside and confidently delivering her own criticisms from higher, firmer ground.”

Times editors would have praised her performance if she stood mute for 90 minutes. They ignored her serial lying throughout the campaign, notably on Monday night.

Truth is the missing ingredient in virtually all US political contests, rare exceptions proving the rule, most evident in quadrennial presidential races.

Americans get the best democracy money can buy, a criminal cabal running things for its own self-interest, ordinary people left out altogether.

What’s most important to explain, Times editors, columnists, correspondents and contributors suppress, managed news misinformation and willful lying substituting. 

They support a ruthlessly dangerous political system too debauched to fix, neocons in charge threatening humanity’s survival - The Times cheerleading what demands denunciation.

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: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Syrian Voices of Truth

Syrian Voices of Truth

by Stephen Lendman

Syria is in the eye of a US-created storm, ravaged by imperial viciousness, valiantly struggling to protect and preserve its sovereignty, aided greatly by help from Russia.

What’s ongoing in its sixth year of conflict is a classic good v. evil struggle, a contest crucial to win, defeating malevolent forces ruling America. The alternative is tyrannical subjugation.

On Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said America, Britain and France convened last Sunday’s Security Council session to support anti-government terrorists ravaging the country.

He blasted Washington’s flagrant violation of Geneva ceasefire terms, Syria and Russia alone observing them. Western countries, along with regional partners, fund, arm and train terrorist fighters, he explained.

US warplanes massacring scores of Syrian soldiers 10 days earlier was deliberate, premeditated aggression, nothing accidental about it. Evidence revealed proves it. See below.

If America and its rogue allies wanted peace in Syria, they could achieve it by cutting off all support for terrorist fighters. Without it they can’t exist.

Assad’s political and media advisor Bouthaina Shabban said Syrian forces will strike terrorists nationwide, whoever they are, wherever they exist.

Damascus remains committed to restore, preserve and protect sovereignty over all Syrian territory - and challenge anyone threatening it, she stressed.

She blamed Washington for undermining ceasefire, explaining implementation is unattainable as long as it refuses to comply with what it agreed to.

Syria’s leadership was involved in consultations leading to the Geneva deal, its consent required before Russia agreed on its provisions.

Damascus supports all sides involved in combating terrorism. Western-supported “opposition” is entirely composed of cutthroat killers, imported death squads.

Shaaban criticized Ban Ki-moon for failure to observe UN Charter principles along with pro-Western Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura for operating more secretly than transparently.

A Final Comment

Syria Speaker of the People’s Council Hadiya Khalaf Abbas said her government’s intelligence service discovered an audio file, proving US warplanes’ attack on Syrian soldiers near Deir Ezzur was deliberate.

Conversations were taped between American and ISIS forces before Pentagon warplanes massacred scores of Syrian soldiers - the US side telling its terrorist foot soldiers to attack and capture the area following the aerial assault.

Syrian ground forces retook areas initially lost, foiling Washington’s plan. They continue repelling ISIS fighters in the area, inflicting heavy losses, along with making progress toward liberating parts of Aleppo in terrorists’ hands.

Controlling the battered city and and surrounding areas is key to liberating Syria entirely - defeating America’s imperial strategy if achieved.

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: How the 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's Trump/Hillary Travesty: All Rant, No Substance

Monday’s Trump/Hillary Travesty: All Rant, No Substance

by Stephen Lendman

Who won? Who lost? Who cares? What matters is who really lost - millions of ordinary Americans, betrayed again, doomed to suffer under continued duopoly power control over their lives, serving privileged interests exclusively, harming their well-being and futures - waging endless wars of aggression at the expense of world peace, stability, equity and justice.

That’s the message of the entire campaign, including Monday night theatrics, an exercise in demagoguery, bluster, and avoidance of substantive discussion, interchanges and debate on the vital issues of our time with clear policies laid out for real change - not forthcoming no matter who succeeds Obama.

Why would any sensible person support either duopoly power candidate, like signing one’s own death warrant for doing it. One aspirant alone stands out, and she was barred from participating or even attending the event.

According to her press director Meleiza Figueroa, Jill Stein came to the Hofstra University debate (sic) site, was blocked by its security and Nassau county police, was told after broadcast interviews, she’d be “escorted off campus immediately,” meaning forcibly if she justifiably resisted.

Police states operate this way. International and constitutional laws are null and void, raw power and privilege alone served, a deplorable situation, fantasy democracy, not the real thing.

Jill and supporters demonstrated outside Hofstra, used social media and alternative media interviews to get out her message. “I have an opportunity to have a voice that can be heard by tens of millions on social media,” she said.

As for tragedy and farce masquerading as “debate,” it was 90 demagogic minutes of he said, she said - saying nothing, mocking what real debates are supposed to be all about, making tired old empty promises to be broken straightaway no matter who becomes America’s 45th president. It happens every time, yet voters are repeatedly duped, easy marks to roll over.

The entire campaign, Monday night, two debates (sic) to follow and what remains on the stump until November 8 reflect an exercise in fooling an uninformed, indifferent electorate again, manipulating them. 

Candidates promise everything. Remember Obama’s duplicitous hope and change message? They deliver nothing, harder than ever hard times following for ordinary people, deepening tyranny challenging resisters. 

NBC News moderator Lester Holt was buffoon-like, failing to do his job, not challenging and refuting misinformation and Big Lies, especially from Hillary, an unindicted perjurer.

America’s state is deplorable, combining plutocracy, predatory corporate oligarchy, public and private gangsterism, perpetual wars against invented enemies, and tyranny headed toward becoming full-blown.

Will November elections change things? Only for the worst, America on a slippery slope toward the worst of all possible worlds - meaner, nastier and more frighteningly dangerous than ever.

Be scared, very scared for what’s coming! A comatose public has itself to blame, failing to defend its vital interests, victimized by its own indifference.

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: How the 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, September 26, 2016

Vicious Trump Bashing Ahead of Monday's Presidential Debate

Vicious Trump Bashing Ahead of Monday’s Presidential Debate

by Stephen Lendman

Continuing their dual role as Hillary’s lead press agents, abandoning fair and balanced reporting entirely, neoliberal NYT editors and their neocon Washington Post counterparts unleashed an anti-Trump blitzkrieg ahead of Monday’s “debate.”

What’s coming is far from what debating is supposed to be all about. An earlier article discussed the Socratic method, involving opposing sides asking and answering questions.

Ideas are freely aired. Beliefs are challenged. Truths are sought. Critical thinking is stimulated. Opinions are formed. Conclusions are reached through free and open dialogue and discussion.

Debates should give opposing sides full opportunity to air views while challenging those of others. What’s coming in all three presidential “debates” is pre-scripted theater, resembling stump campaigning, involving talk without substance, leaving voters uninformed on what they need to know.

Times and WaPo editors one-sidedly support Hillary, ignoring her war crimes, racketeering and perjury, operating like they’re part of her campaign, bashing Trump relentlessly because US power brokers and monied interests aren’t sure he’s entirely controllable. 

Who ever heard of an anti-establishment billionaire, yet he sounds like one. Favoring better relations with Russia scares them. So does his opposition to TPP and calling NATO obsolete. 

Headlining “Why Donald Trump Should Not Be President,” Times editors substituted hyperbole for good judgment, calling his views “matters of dangerous impulse and cynical pandering rather than thoughtful politics.”

That was prelude to accusing him of “bursts of false and outrageous allegations, personal insults, xenophobic nationalism, unapologetic sexism and positions that shift according to his audience and his whims.”

At the same time, not a word about Hillary’s longstanding war crimes, support for all US wars of aggression since husband Bill’s rape of Yugoslavia, Hillary urging him to terror-bomb Belgrade, massacring defenseless residents. 

Nothing about her email scandal, lying about it to FBI investigators and Congress. Not a word about the Clinton Foundation money-laundering self-enrichment racket, posing as a charitable NGO. Silence on the most recklessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history - no explanation of her despicable public record.

Both candidates are the most widely reviled ones in US history. Neither deserves public support. Independents Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are prohibited from participating - so voters won’t hear alternative views on how America should be governed.

They have no say over who runs the nation and deplorable policies  continuing in their name - their tax dollars going for harms their well-being, security and futures.

Times editors rattled off a stream of anti-Trump pejoratives, not a fair and balanced view throughout their tirade - uproariously ending by calling US presidents “role models for generations of our children.”

A rogue’s gallery of miscreants served as US presidents from inception. Except for Jack Kennedy’s transformation in office from warrior to peacemaker (why he was assassinated), not a worthy one in the bunch.

For sure neither Trump or Hillary. She’s the most despicable and dangerous of the two.

Neocon WaPo editors’ headline trumpeted “It’s beyond debate that Donald Trump is unfit to be president” - by implication saying “crooked,” “trigger-happy,” serial lying Hillary is.

“(T)he challenge for Monday’s audience is to avoid the trap of thinking of this debate as yet another opportunity for ‘the real Trump’ - or even a ‘new Trump’ - to emerge,” said WaPo editors.

Same old serial lying Hillary will oppose him. Whether both aspirants comport themselves or engage in mudsling remains to be seen.

One thing for sure. Three so-called debates won’t reveal dirty business as usual continuing no matter who succeeds Obama - one or the other duopoly power candidates always winning, voters consistently losing out.

I won’t be watching. Listening is too painful. I’ll comment on what both candidates said from transcripts of their remarks.

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: How the 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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Is Russia Finally Admitting Negotiating with America Is Futile?

Is Russia Finally Admitting Negotiating with America Is Futile?

by Stephen Lendman

Not quite, but any rhetorical shift in the right direction is welcome, Russia’s tone changing. Maybe policy measures will follow. More on this below.

Anyone knowledgeable about its sordid history knows America negotiates in bad faith, saying and agreeing to one thing, intending something entirely different - never compromising on its imperial priorities.

Interviewed over the weekend on Russian television, Sergey Lavrov called Sunday’s emergency Security Council session, convened by America, Britain and France, an attempt to distract attention from US warplanes massacring Syrian forces a week earlier.

During a Security Council ministerial meeting and International Syria Support Group (ISSG) sessions, “(t)he Syrian government and we were accused of all sins and all answers regarding the accusations” made, said Lavrov.

“We can only guess why it was necessary to convene the urgent meeting during the weekend. I think it is not difficult to guess. It is evident that the West led by the US does not cope with its obligations. (Sunday’s session was) “to distract the attention from the bombing near Deir ez-Zor. We will demand the most thorough investigation.”

Lavrov is clearly frustrated by years of futile dealings with his US counterparts, especially Hillary and John Kerry, duplicitous figures, accomplishing little. He’s been Russian Foreign Minister for over a decade, serving with distinction.

“…Kerry keeps saying that Jabhat Al-Nusra poses the same terrorist threat as the Islamic State (ISIS). But Nusra remains untouchable,” Lavrov stressed, failing to explain so does ISIS, Washington and its rogue allies supporting these terrorist groups and all others.

“That I cannot trust (America) 100% is for certain,” he said. Along with Britain, France and other rogue allies, it’s “mov(ing) the goalposts…(T) United States (isn’t) an impartial co-chair of the ISSG. It brings the grist to one mill.” Its imperial priorities alone matter.

Pro-Western UN Syrian envoy Staffan de Mistura is no better, said Lavrov, saying “(w)e are being told if there is stable truce in the whole territory of Syria, if it lasts, and if all obstructions to the delivery of humanitarian aid are lifted, then the political process will begin.”

“The so-called Supreme Commission for Negotiations (Saudi Arabia’s High Negotiations Committee comprised of anti-Syrian terrorist groups) has inconspicuously torpedoed intra-Syrian talks since May.”

“Sadly, the special envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, caters to their interests” instead of doing his job responsibly for diplomatic conflict resolution.

Despite consistent failure to resolve years of conflict diplomatically, Lavrov said Russia remains committed to agreements reached. Washington breached them straightaway.

Separately, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called ceasefire “ineffective,” terrorists using it “for regrouping, replenishing their arsenals, for apparent preparation and carrying out their offensive.”

He blasted US and UK rhetoric on Syria as “unacceptable,” making conflict resolution less attainable than already, along with “caus(ing) great harm (to) bilateral relations.”

Interviewed on state owned and operated BBC, UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson featured Big Lies like his predecessor, showing no change in British geopolitical policy - disgracefully calling Russia “guilty of protracting” war in Syria, “making it far more hideous,” practically accusing it of war crimes, ignoring his own country’s culpability, complicit with Washington, two rogue states committed to endless wars of aggression.

It’s unclear what diplomatic path Russia intends taking ahead. It seems clear it intends combating terrorist fire with greater fire - hopefully sustaining and escalating it for as long as it takes to eliminate this scourge.

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: How the 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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Russian Straight Talk v. US Big Lies on Syria

Russian Straight Talk v. US Big Lies on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Washington, Britain and France convened a duplicitous emergency Sunday Security Council meeting on Syria, arrogantly using it to demagogue the conflict, Obama’s war, blaming Russia and Syria for his high crimes - complicit with rogue Western and regional partners.

They bear full responsibility for years of naked aggression against a sovereign independent nation threatening no one. US and other anti-Syria politicians consistently lie. 

Western media scoundrels act as imperial press agents, suppressing truth and full disclosure, managed news misinformation and Big Lies substituting. Everyone following their reports end up brainwashed, victims of state-sponsored propaganda, suppressing what they most need to know.

Vitaly Churkin is Russia’s UN representative, serving his nation with distinction - polar opposite his American counterpart, neocon Samantha Power, a deplorable she-devil, using Sunday’s SC session to blame Russia and Syria for US-led imperial high crimes. 

Examples of her despicable tirade follow below with a caveat. It’s painful reading, imperial arrogance at its worst, reality reinvented, a litany of beginning-to-end Big Lies consistent with how America operates.

Power: “Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war. Instead of helping get life-saving aid to civilians, Russia and Assad are bombing the humanitarian convoys, hospitals, and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive.”

Fact: What utter rubbish, reality turned upside down! America calls its imperial naked aggression against one country after another humanitarian intervention, vital self-defense by its victims waging war.

Pentagon and “coalition” warplanes bomb Syrian government targets and civilian sites, pretending they’re targeting ISIS, providing air cover for terrorists.

The Solidarity Movement calls George Soros-backed White Helmets al Qaeda “with a facelift,” a criminal gang used for propaganda purposes, not as first responders to save lives.

Powers accused Russia and Syria of striking areas where they operate, falsely saying they “bravely rush to the scene of bombings to” help survivors. They’re imperial agents, not humanitarian volunteers.

Power: “Eastern Aleppo remains under seige…(T)he only items making it (there) are (nonexistent) barrel bombs and incendiaries…dropped by Assad’s forces and Russian forces.”

Fact: All post-WW II US wars were and remain naked aggression, including use of chemical, biological, radiological and other banned terror weapons, largely affecting defenseless civilians Washington considers legitimate targets.

Throughout years of conflict, Syria felt the full brunt of US viciousness, complicit with its imperial partners and terrorist foot soldiers - responsible for the highest of high crimes against peace, transforming a peaceful nation into a slaughterhouse.

Power: “Russia, of course, has long had the power to stop this suffering. (America supports) halting the violence and returning to a cessation of hostilities…Russia has consistently said one thing and done its opposite.”

Fact: Power’s above remarks apply solely to Washington and its rogue allies - polar opposite years of forthright Russian conflict resolution efforts.

The remainder of Power’s tirade was as viciously duplicitous as her above comments. She’s paid to lie for empire. It’s too transparent to work.

Churkin countered her offensive with cold, hard facts, strictly verboten from the US side. Here’s some of what he said:

“Requests for ceasefire…have become a routine practice. We have always been making concessions, at least tried, and reached agreements with the Syrian government. In the long run, it all ended in militants’ regrouping, receiving reinforcement and staging new offensives.”

US-supported al-Nusra terrorists comprise the main anti-government force in Aleppo. They, ISIS and likeminded cutthroat killers can’t exist without foreign backing - from Western and regional countries.

Churkin: They’re “armed with tanks, APCs, field artillery, multiple rocket launchers…dozens and dozens of units, including heavy weaponry.” 

“Of course, they couldn’t have made this equipment themselves. All of this has been received by them and is still being shipped to them by generous Western backers,” - Washington the maestro of mass murder, responsible for planning, orchestrating and implementing the whole ugly business, raping and destroying the Syrian Arab Republic, my words, not Churkin’s. He’d agree.

“The ceasefire can only be salvaged now on a collective basis,” he stressed. “It's not us that have to prove something to somebody unilaterally.” 

“We have to see proof that there is a genuine desire to separate US-allied rebel groups (sic) from the Al-Nusra Front, then destroy the Al-Nusra Front and bring the opposition into a political process. Otherwise our suspicions that this was only meant to shield the Al-Nusra Front would only grow stronger.”

Fact: No so-called moderate rebels exist. All anti-government forces are terrorists. Russia understands, yet insists on what isn’t possible or ever going to happen. Why it hasn’t explained.

Churkin accused Washington of “trickery,” flagrantly breaching promises made, assuring endless war, not resolution.

“What we need is a serious process without fooling around,” he said. “Conditions should not be changed every other day because we have a deal. What must be done is to implement” terms agreed on with no deviations for any reasons at any time.

Russia knows what it’s up against dealing with America, a rogue state bent on global dominance, wanting all challengers eliminated - mainly Russia and China, targeted for regime change.

Neocon lunatics infesting Washington may have nuclear war in mind to do it - a major threat few Americans understand.

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: How the 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 Blames Russia and Syria for US-Led Imperial Crimes

NYT Blames Russia and Syria for US-Led Imperial Crimes

by Stephen Lendman

On issues of war and peace, The New York Times is a press agent for US-led imperial high crimes of war, against humanity and genocide - consistently reinventing reality, turning truth on its head, willfully and maliciously lying to readers.

Syria is struggling for survival, up against US hegemonic ruthlessness, Russia providing invaluable help, both nations deserving universal support and praise.

Not according to The Times, continuing its steady drumbeat of deception and Big Lies, supporting US-led aggression, blasting Syrian self-defense aided by Russia, its reports reading like Pentagon handouts, its latest saying:

“Make life intolerable and death likely. Open an escape route, or offer a deal to those who leave or surrender. Let people trickle out. Kill whoever stays. Repeat until a deserted cityscape is yours.”

“It is a strategy that both the Syrian government and its Russian allies have long embraced to subdue Syrian rebels, largely by crushing the civilian populations that support them.”

Fact: Syrian and Russian forces are combating US-supported terrorists, scrupulously defending, not targeting, civilian areas. Claims otherwise constitute willful deception and Big Lies.

America, its rogue allies, and terrorist foot soldiers massacre civilians unaccountably. Comments The Times made above have things upside down - the way it’s reported consistently throughout Obama’s war and all other US ones.

So-called Syrian rebels are US-supported terrorists - all anti-government forces as cold-blooded and ruthless as ISIS and al-Nusra. Nonexistent “moderates” is one of many Big Lies about the war - grand deception fooling no one paying attention. Too few do, letting America and its rogue allies get away with genocide, The Times cheerleading their high crimes, blaming victims instead.

Claiming “killing and destruction in Syria…stupefied much of the world over the past five years” ignores a US-led imperial strategy similar to all its wars of aggression, regime change their objective no matter the human cost.

In response to Russian and Syrian efforts to liberate parts of Aleppo controlled by terrorists, essential to achieve, The Times quoted US and UK Big Lies, despicably accusing Moscow of “barbarism (and) war crimes…”

It shamelessly accused them of bombing “schools, clinics and even playgrounds,” despite evidence showing imperial responsibility.

It failed to explain ceasefire was farcical from inception, prospects for conflict resolution virtually nil because Washington wants war, regime change, and Syria colonized as another US imperial trophy.

What’s most important to explain, The Times consistently suppresses - instead serving as a press agent for US-led imperial viciousness.

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: How the 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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Straight Talk from Syria's UN Envoy

Straight Talk From Syria’s UN Envoy

by Stephen Lendman

Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari is a longtime distinguished Syrian diplomat, a political science and history of Islamic civilization expert, fluent in Arabic, English, French and Farsi, author of five scholarly books - including on Syrian foreign affairs, as well as the UN and new world order.

He’s been active in Syrian foreign affairs since 1980, serving in numerous capacities, representing his nation with distinction - polar opposite a criminal cabal holding diplomatic and other positions in Washington, other Western capitals infested the same way.

US, UK and French UN envoys disgracefully boycotted his Sunday Security Council remarks on Obama’s war raping and destroying his country - walking out on him one of countless examples of imperial arrogance.

Below is some of what he said, supporting his nation’s sovereignty, featuring truth-telling, not imperial Big Lies and deception by US, UK and French envoys, suppressing what they don’t want revealed.

Al-Jaafari blasted them justifiably, saying Syria hasn’t and never will yield to imperial lawlessness. They seemed to be “rediscovering the wheel when they said that the Syrian government is seeking to reclaim Aleppo.”

Imagine the scale of this monumental discovery made by the representatives of three permanent member states in the Security Council, as if Aleppo is a city in Djibouti or Afghanistan or in Brazil! I would like to reassure them that the Syrian government will reclaim Aleppo in its entirety.”

He explained US, UK and French obstructionism blocked efforts for Security Council resolutions condemning terrorism in Syria - instead calling cold-blooded killers moderates.

These countries convene emergency Security Council sessions whenever their terrorist foot soldiers are being defeated - notably with Syrian and Russian forces incrementally winning the battle for Aleppo, crucial to free from its terrorist infestation.

“We believe that some permanent member states’ calls for holding this session constitute a message from these states to Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups affiliated to it saying that the support and political cover provided to them are still standing and won’t stop, and that using terrorism as a weapon to pressure the Syrian government and its allies politically is still effective,” al-Jaafari stressed.

Syrians in Aleppo areas controlled by US-backed terrorists are hostages used as human shields, he added.

No evidence suggests Syrian use chemical or other banned weapons, despite duplicitous claims otherwise - by Western officials and Ban Ki-moon, longtime imperial tool.

Damascus is committed to diplomatic conflict resolution, unattainable because Washington and its rogue allies continue using terrorists as imperial foot soldiers.

“With premeditated intention to sabotage this agreement and bury it in its crib and disavow it, the military aircrafts of the so-called international coalition led by the United States bombarded a position for the Syrian Army which was fighting ISIS in Tharda Mountain area in Deir Ezzor,” al Jaafari explained.

Endless war rages for “lack of political will among sponsors of terrorism to stop the bloodbath…Would anyone dare today present to us here justification for the support” in supplying funding and weapons for terrorists massacring Syrian civilians?

Al-Jaafari urged intra-Syrian dialogue free from foreign interference, excluding terrorists vital to eliminate. 

Neocons infesting Washington want Assad forcibly ousted, US-controlled puppet leadership replacing him, diplomacy with Russia a duplicitous smoke screen, concealing their real aim.

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: How the 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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