Saturday, February 06, 2016

Something Rotten in Iowa

Something Rotten in Iowa

by Stephen Lendman

When establishment candidate A defeats upstart candidate B by six coin toss wins, a 1.6% likelihood or virtual impossibility, red lights flash fraud.

A February 5 Des Moines Register editorial highlighted it, saying “the world is laughing at Iowa. Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about (Clinton’s) coin flips” victory.

What happened reeks of election-rigging. “(R)efusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal” provides disturbing evidence.

Democrats “must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt” - or cast serious doubt about Clinton’s victory, making the caucuses look like a preordained anointment, blatant electoral fraud, winning an election by stealing it.

Razor-thin results demand a complete audit and release of raw vote totals. “Did we win the popular vote,” Sanders asked? He wants full disclosure, everything made public.

Last Monday’s results (a virtual dead heat) were the closest in Iowa Democrat caucus history. After initially congratulating Cruz on his victory, Trump lashed out at him, saying “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa. He stole it.”

“That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!”

He put out a phony statement, saying Ben Carson was quitting the race. “Based on the fraud committed by…Cruz during the Iowa caucuses, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified,” Trump insisted.

Polls show him way ahead in New Hampshire. Losing a second time or winning by a much narrower margin than anticipated would suggest something rotten.

Republicans and media scoundrels support any Republican but Trump. Clinton is the clear Democrat establishment  choice over Sanders.

Electoral fraud is traditional in America, easier than ever with corporate controlled sophisticated technology and electronic ease.

According to Des Moines Register editors, much larger electoral margins trigger automatic recounts in some states.

Disturbing questions were raised following Monday’s process, including “inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems,” they explained.

Register editorial board members observed disturbing “opportunities for error” firsthand. According to Sanders spokeswoman Rania Batrice, precinct-by-precinct campaign rechecking found numerous “inconsistencies.”

Procedures for Iowa caucuses show they’re prone to errors and outright fraud. According to Register editors, they’re “as antiquated and opaque as…smoke-filled rooms” - outcomes predetermined before voting begins.

America’s entire electoral process lacks legitimacy - money-controlled duopoly power, people having no say, dirty business as usual winning every time.

Democracy in America is pure fantasy, the best money can buy.

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.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Russian Rules of Engagement in Syria

Russian Rules of Engagement in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Russia’s intervention last year changed the dynamic on the ground. It holds key trump cards, waging real war on terrorism effectively.

It determined rules of engagement - turning the tide in a protracted conflict government forces were losing, now with the upper hand.

Fort Russ quoted an unnamed senior joint operation Syria, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah command official, saying:

“Russia has established new rules of engagement on the Syrian-Turkish border, and has retained the upper hand for the Syrian air force and the Syrian army.” 

“Russia also refurbished and upgraded custom made Syrian MiG29SMT (warplanes), to protect the Russian air force squadrons, with clear orders to shoot down Turkish planes that enter the Syrian air space.”

An earlier 1998 agreement between Syria’s former longtime leader Hafez al-Assad (Bashar’s father) prohibited government air force planes from flying within 15 km of Turkey’s border, as well as no ground forces deployed in this  no-go territory, except for border control and military officer personnel.

According to the unnamed command official, “this has all gone down the drain…Turkey’s dream of creating a safe zone is dead in the water, and with it the supply lines (once entirely severed), to continue supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Erdogan’s downing of a Russian warplane last November (supported by or complicit with Washington) was a major costly mistake, compounded by repeated provocations and hostile rhetoric.

Billions of dollars in trade were lost. Russia now has unchallenged Syrian aerial superiority. Erdogan-backed Syrian Turkmen were battered, ISIS and other terrorist groups hammered the same way.

Syrian military forces are reinvigorated, its warplanes upgraded by Russia. ZHUK-M radar can track 10 targets simultaneously, engage four together at any time - over a 120 km-long, 5 km wide territory.

Sophisticated radio jamming technology was installed. Precision-guided missiles and bombs can now be used. Syria’s MiG29-SMT is “the most advanced…fourth generation” warplane, according to the unnamed source.

Russia now conducts round-the-clock aerial patrols along border areas with Turkey to safeguard its aircraft and monitor any Ankara military activity.

It authorized upgraded Syrian warplanes “to engage with any Turkish targets…violat(ing) Syrian airspace or attempt(ing) violat(ions),” the source said.

Syria regained sovereignty over its border area with Turkey - lost in 1998, especially since Obama’s March 2011 aggression.

As of now, “Syrian air forces have a mandate to strike any violation,”  the source said, fully supported by Russia, aided by its aerial strength, presence and commitment to continue combating terrorist groups.

The source cited media and intelligence reports, indicating “insurgents are turning on each other due to defeats” by Syrian and Russian forces.

Government troops are gaining strength, volunteer numbers increasing, morale greatly uplifted. 

Russia aims to shut porous Syrian borders with Turkey and Jordan, severing terrorists’ supply lines, preventing reinforcements from reaching them, slowly degrading their ability to fight, committed to defeating them to a shadow of their earlier peak strength.

“(T)he Kremlin holds all the cards,” the source explained, “determined not to yield to the opposition anything…endanger(ing)” battlefield gains.

Collapsed Geneva III talks remain dead in the water whatever happens diplomatically going forward. Russia’s military campaign continues undaunted.

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.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Obama's War on Syria: A Potential Catastrophic Flashpoint

Obama’s War on Syria: A Potential Catastrophic Flashpoint 

by Stephen Lendman

America’s rage for unchallenged global dominance risks the unthinkable. Bipartisan neocons infesting Washington let nothing interfere with their reckless agenda - pure evil by any standard, risking humanity’s survival.

Democrat Hillary Clinton is as ruthless, dangerous and over-the-top as the most extremist Republican, a war goddess ready to target humanity militarily, mindless of potential catastrophic consequences.

Longstanding bipartisan US policy calls for replacing all independent governments with Western-controlled puppet regimes, naked aggression Washington’s strategy of choice. 

Endless wars rage, US aggression in Syria using ISIS and other takfiri terrorist groups the most serious because of Russia’s involvement, combating terrorism, wanting it kept from spreading to Central Asia and its own heartland - risking a possible superpower confrontation.

Chances for peace in Syria are virtually nil, diplomatic efforts futile. Washington orchestrated war. Obama didn’t launch it to quit short of achieving regime change and turning the country into a US vassal state - no matter the vast destruction and human cost.

Ruling the world alone matters, eliminating all potential challengers, especially Russia and China, the last frontier against America achieving its megalomaniacal aims.

Moscow’s intervention in Syria reinvigorated its military, both nations battering ISIS and other terrorist groups effectively, winning strategic battles, Washington on the defensive, struggling on how to respond.

Earlier articles discussed possible Turkish and Saudi intervention, complicit with Washington, deploying ground troops illegally in Syria, raising the stakes for possible greater conflict enormously, risking direct confrontation with Russia.

Putin and Assad want peace, not war, escalated conflict avoided. At the same time, they won’t tolerate naked aggression threatening their national security.

Washington’s bombing campaign targets infrastructure and government sites - in Iraq and Syria. It deployed combat troops to both countries on the phony pretext of combating ISIS. If Turkish and/or Saudi forces invade Syrian territory for the same contrived reason, all bets are off.

Russian air power and ground defenses will destroy any potential threat. Moscow/Ankara relations soured after Erdogan downed a Russian warplane in Syrian airspace - approved by or complicit with Washington. Other provocations followed.

If Turkish forces clash with Syrian ones or challenge Russia’s aerial campaign, Moscow’s justifiable response could trigger US-led NATO intervention - the possibility of Russia and America at war, the risk of something much greater than the struggle for Syria’s soul.

Flashpoint conditions exist, Moscow trying to cool them. Washington’s rage for dominance makes the unthinkable possible.

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.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Wall Street Journal Russia Bashing

Wall Street Journal Russia Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

Journal opinion pages represent US peudo-journalism’s far-right - in the forefront of anti-Russian hostility, relentlessly bashing Putin irresponsibly, supporting US-led Western high crimes.

On February 3, its editors headlined “A NATO Message for Mr. Putin,” repeating the same tired old Big Lies about nonexistent “Russian aggression…little green men invad(ing) Crimea and eastern Ukraine - no corroborating evidence ever offered.

None exists, misinformation and Big Lies substituting. Journal editors duplicitously called US-led NATO’s eastern expansion “peaceful.” 

Balkan wars and endless post-9/11 ones prove otherwise. Increasingly encroaching on Russia’s borders risks direct confrontation.

Journal editors accused Putin of nonexistent “Greater Russia” ambitions. “The Kremlin has invaded Georgia, trampled the 1994 Budapest Memorandum that guaranteed Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and repeatedly violated NATO airspace.”

False on all counts. In August 2008, Georgian forces launched US-orchestrated naked aggression on South Ossetia, a premeditated provocation.

Russian nationals and peacekeepers were killed. Moscow intervened responsibly - to protect its citizens, the obligation of leaders to protect their people.

Putin never violated Ukraine’s territorial integrity. No so-called “little green men” exist, a US invention to vilify him unjustly.

Claims about Russia “repeatedly violat(ing) NATO airspace” are spurious, willful bald-faced lies, evidence supporting accusations never presented because none exists.

Moscow resolutely supports the sovereign rights of all nations, free from outside meddling, longstanding US policy polar opposite, raping one independent country after another, part of its greater aim to rule the world - even at the risk of destroying it.

Journal editors deplore peace and stability, support all US wars of aggression. “(A) significant enough NATO force (is needed) to deter (nonexistent) Russian aggression,” they ranted. 

Putin is the preeminent world peacemaker, polar opposite neocon-infested Washington’s rage for endless wars - naked aggression by any standard, pure evil, the greatest threat humanity ever faced.

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.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Erdogan in Ecuador

Erdogan in Ecuador

by Stephen Lendman

Why he was invited, Ecuadorian authorities will have to explain - a tyrannical leader enforcing police state harshness, supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups, waging war on his own Kurdish people, murdering them in cold blood.

An international arrest warrant should greet him wherever he shows up, a menace vital to confront, a valued US imperial ally, both nations partnering in each other’s high crimes.

On an official two-day visit finalizing trade deals (President Rafael Correa dealing with the devil), crowds in Ecuador’s capital Quito heckled him.

Protesting his visit, they shouted: “Long live Kurdistan.” “Murderer Erdogan.” “Out with Erdogan” - as he entered Quito’s IAEN University for a planned address. A sign read “100 years of Armenian genocide and Erdogan continues with the Kurds.”

Giran Ozcan is Latin American representative for the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK). Erdogan’s security guards attacked peaceful protesters, including Ecuadorian parliament member Diego Vintimilla, injuring him, he explained.

Another protester’s nose was broken, requiring hospitalization. “People of Ecuador realize that a (mass-) murderer is visiting their country today,” Ozcan said.

“Through (his) support for ISIS, he is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in Syria” and Iraq.

Ozcan called protesting his presence Ecuadorians’ way of “showing solidarity with the Kurdish people and people of the Middle East against aspiring dictators (like) Erdogan and evil organizations (they) support (like) ISIS.”

Female activists protesting his visit were brutally attacked, Turkish presidential guards beating them savagely for protesting Erdogan’s presence.

They issued a statement, saying his security thugs battered their faces, breasts and other “intimate parts” with intent to injure and humiliate them.

On February 4, Erdogan ended his three-country Latin American tour - in Ecuador after visiting Chile and Peru.

A December initiated White House petition labeled him a state sponsor of terrorism, called for expelling Turkey from NATO.

After getting 30,000 signatures, it was listed on the White House’s web site. It reached a total of nearly 39,000, short of its 100,000 goal.

It was archived with no action taken, none expected. One rogue state supports another.

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.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Friday, February 05, 2016

Super Bowl 50 to Resemble a War Zone

Super Bowl 50 to Resemble a War Zone

by Stephen Lendman

Anyone who’s watched football games, especially NFL ones the way they’re played today, close to the action, understands their extreme violence, what television doesn’t show - or discuss longterm physical damage to many players.

Some end up with permanent disabling injuries. Traumatic head ones caused by concussions and powerful bodies smashing into each other disrupt normal brain functioning, affecting learning, thinking and other cognitive abilities.

Affected players are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, devastating their lives, shortening them.

Short-term high pay is poor compensation for spending later years dependent on others for care - a deplorable state. Anyone experiencing it knows how awful.

On January 15, 1967, Super Bowl I was played, this year its 50th contest scheduled for February 7. Annual games are America’s most watched television programs, attracting over 100 million US viewers alone.

Security this year will make wide areas around Santa Clara, CA’s Levi Stadium, including the San Francisco Bay Area, resemble a war zone.

It includes patrolling F-15 warplanes, refueling tanker planes, police sharpshooters, bomb-sniffing dogs, helicopters overhead able to evacuate players and staff in case of trouble, metal detectors and routine bag searches, as well as high-tech cameras and sensor equipment able to monitor public transportation.

An FAA-no-fly zone will be implemented throughout much of the bay area, enforced by Pentagon and California Air National Guard pilots manning warplanes. 

Major General Joe Vazquez heads the US Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol (CAP). “The opportunity to ensure safe skies around Levi’s Stadium is a mission CAP takes very seriously,” he said.

“Our aircrews are trained to simulate either threats or duress flights that inadvertently or purposely enter into restricted airspace.”

On game day, extensive flight restrictions will be implemented over a wide area around the stadium, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

All this for a football game. The cost of security, including months of preparations, training, and thousands of personnel involved isn’t publicly known.

It’s likely hundreds of millions of dollars, maybe billions - federal, state and local taxpayers assessed, at the expense of vital public needs gone begging.

America has unlimited resources for endless imperial wars, homeland ones against its most disadvantaged citizens, the world’s largest domestic gulag by far - and public funding of security for sports extravaganzas.

What matters most is ignored - peace, stability, equity and justice.

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.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Collapse of Farcical Syrian Peace Talks: It's Russia's Fault

Collapse of Farcical Syrian Peace Talks: It’s Russia’s Fault

by Stephen Lendman

Russia’s devastatingly effective aerial campaign, aiding Syrian ground forces retake earlier lost territory, jeopardizes Washington’s regional imperial project - its ability to achieve longterm objectives considerably weakened. 

Farcical Syrian peace talks collapsed. Opposition groups dominated by terrorists committed to the nation’s destruction won’t negotiate except on unacceptable terms.

No responsible leader would agree. Talks were dead on arrival. Resuming them is doubtful. Resolving things diplomatically is pure fantasy. 

Endless conflict shows no letup. Russian air power continues aiding Syrian ground forces advance steadily, strengthening Assad’s government, enhancing his bargaining position.

John Kerry irresponsibly blamed Russia for peace talks breaking down. His office released a duplicitous statement, saying Moscow and Damascus “clearly signaled their intention to seek a military solution rather than enable a political one.”

Kerry separately said “(w)e call upon the regime and its supporters (aka Russia) to halt their bombardment of opposition-held areas, especially in Aleppo, and to lift their besiegement of civilians in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions 2165, 2254 and 2258.”

Fact: Syrian and Russian operations fully comply with international law, including Security Council resolutions - attacking ISIS and other terrorist groups exclusively. No so-called “moderate rebels” exist.

Fact: US-created ISIS and other terrorist groups want Syria destroyed, its Shia and Alawite populations exterminated, a tyrannical caliphate established, holding the entire population hostage.

Fact: Syria and Russia are committed to preventing this scourge from achieving its objectives. America and its rogue allies support it.

Washington wants conflict continued, not ended. It wants the Middle East map redrawn, all sovereign independent countries eliminated, replaced by balkanized US-controlled puppet regimes - a nightmarish objective if achieved.

Western media and many alternative sources persist in calling Syria’s conflict “civil.” 

It’s US naked aggression, Obama’s war, Hillary Clinton as secretary of state involved in orchestrating it, importing terrorists from scores of foreign countries, using them as proxy forces to oust a legitimate popular government.

Russia justifiably supports Syrian sovereignty and the right of its people alone to choose who’ll lead them - not America, other imperial allies or rogue partners.

Major media systematically lie, ignoring US-state-sponsored terrorism, waging war on humanity, raping and pillaging one independent nation after another for not surrendering to Washington rules.

Ordinary people worldwide have a choice: resist America’s pure evil or be victimized by it. For millions, it means resist or perish.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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


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Saudi Arabian Troops Heading to Syria?

Saudi Arabian Troops Headed to Syria?

by Stephen Lendman

Syria’s conflict is getting increasingly dicey. Farcical peace talks collapsed. Resuming them is doubtful. Chances for diplomatic resolution are nil. 

Russia’s aerial campaign aiding Syrian ground forces continues unrelenting, Putin committed to combating all terrorist groups until defeating or reducing them to a shadow of their peak strength - enabling government troops to contain their remnants.

A previous article cited Russian evidence, indicating possible Turkish ground incursion preparations. Earlier Russian video evidence exposed Turkish shelling of Syria’s Latakia province - whether ahead of plans to invade its territory remains to be seen.

Does Riyadh have the same intention? Weeks earlier, it set up a military coordination body with Ankara. Saudi General Ahmed Asseri said “(t)he kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the (US-led) coalition may agree to carry out in Syria” - on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

Washington created ISIS, using its fighters as imperial foot soldiers - supported by other NATO nations, Gulf States including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.

If Ankara and Riyadh invade Syria, they’ll be supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups against Assad - complicit with Washington, wanting Western-controlled puppet governance replacing Syrian sovereign independence.

That’s what Obama’s dirty war is all about (Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State helped orchestrate) - along with eliminating an Israeli rival and isolating Iran ahead of plans to transform the Islamic Republic the same way, a prescription for endless war, greater destruction than already, and possibly millions more lives lost.

Asseri indicated what perhaps Washington supports and  intends - countering Russian/Syrian aerial and ground operations with its own, using US and “coalition” ground forces, raising the stakes hugely, making Syria a more dangerous flashpoint than already, US/Russian direct confrontation increasingly possible, a nightmarish scenario risking global war.

Exactly what Washington intends remains to be seen. Turkey and/or Saudi Arabia would never act unilaterally on their own against Syria without US approval or complicity.

Endless US wars and rage for unchallenged global dominance represent the greatest threat to world peace. 

Daily events should scare everyone. When wars are prioritized over peace, human life hangs in the balance.

A Final Comment

On Friday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter welcomed Riyadh’s willingness to send combat troops to Syria, saying:

“That kind of new is very welcome. I look forward to discussing (it) with…Saudi defense minister (Mohammad bin Salman) next week - that and other kinds of contributions that Saudi Arabia can make.”

Is the die cast? Carter said nothing about possible Turkish troops invading Syria. 

Will Riyadh and Ankara join announced US combat force deployments, intended to aid ISIS and other terrorist groups, continuing endless war, aiming to topple Assad and destroy Syrian sovereignty.

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.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

State-Sponsored BBC Propaganda About Russia Waging Nuclear War

State-Sponsored BBC Propaganda About Russia Waging Nuclear War

by Stephen Lendman

State-owned, controlled and operated BBC resembles Fox News with a British accent - all propaganda, all the time, on major issues mattering most. 

It’s credibility is entirely lacking, truth and full disclosure banned from its airwaves. It’s news programming mocks legitimacy.

A program aired on February 3, titled World War Three: Inside the War Room, irresponsibly discussed Moscow invading Eastern Europe and launching nuclear war on Britain - an implausible scenario only a Russia-bashing propagandist would concoct, polar opposite indisputable hard reality.

Russia is the world’s preeminent peacemaker, Vladimir Putin, Sergey Lavrov and other officials dedicated to resolving conflicts diplomatically. Claiming otherwise is part of irresponsible US-led Western Russia-bashing, turning truth on its head.

Moscow threatens no one. Suggesting otherwise ignores its all-out efforts to resolve conflicts in Ukraine and Syria diplomatically, wanting mutual cooperation among all countries, support for rule of law principles, nation-state sovereignty, and multi-world polarity.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov blasted the BBC’s irresponsible program, calling it “trash.” Adding the broadcaster “resort(s) to making public products of quite low quality.”

Russian ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov called the BBC’s program a “dangerous provocation.” The fictional scenario of Moscow invading the Baltic country is implausible and outrageous - one of many examples of Western anti-Russian hostility, using its media as irresponsible attacks dogs.

Propaganda works. Repeated enough gets most people to believe it, why it’s so effective. At times, it precedes hot wars. Deception, managed news misinformation and Big Lies launch them.

Repeated anti-Russian provocations risk open conflict, possible global war, the unthinkable with super-weapons able to end life on earth.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Obama at Baltimore's Islamic Society

Obama at Baltimore’s Islamic Society

by Stephen Lendman

Responsible historians will remember Obama as a loathsome rogue leader, a duplicitous con man, an unindicted war criminal, a serial liar, a moral coward - responsible for waging war on humanity at home and abroad, mainly against Muslims.

Millions of corpses attest to his barbarity. Islamophobia on his watch rages. Muslims are America’s principal target of choice - state-sponsored, media-proliferated propaganda portraying them as dangerous run-toting terrorists.

On Wednesday, Obama visited a mosque for the first time as president, likely his first time ever, a thinly veiled political stunt, a shameless act, masking his all-out war on Islam, his responsibility for the deaths of millions of Muslims throughout his tenure - by US imperial wars, related violence and chaos, preventable diseases, starvation and overall deprivation.

His foreign policy is based on anti-Muslim viciousness. Domestically, Justice Department prosecutors got numerous Muslims convicted on fabricated terrorist charges, lawlessly sentencing them to long prison terms.

Obama’s address was shameless demagoguery, calling US Muslims part of “one American family” one of many of his Big Lies.

He and George Bush did more harm to more Muslims and Islam than all previous US leaders combined. Championing “freedom of religion” belies his deplorable record. So does saying “an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths.”

On June 9, 2009, Obama addressed Muslims in Cairo - “seek(ing) a new beginning... based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, or need be in competition.” 

“Instead, they overlap, and share common principles - principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

Naked aggression against seven Muslim countries followed, including Afghanistan and Pakistan (AfPak), Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen - along with orchestrating US-installed putschists’ war on Donbass, Israeli slow-motion genocide against Palestinians, and US special forces operating overtly and covertly in over two-thirds of world nations, destabilizing them.

Raping and pillaging one Muslim nation after another defines his deplorable agenda, along with responsibility for the greatest refugee crisis since WW II.

Calling Muslim “children…just like mine” belies genocidal Muslim slaughter on his watch. He addressed a hand-picked audience, applauding on cue, a staged event, shameless and duplicitous.

It bears repeating. Muslims are America’s principal enemy of choice, replacing communism after the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. State-sponsored Islamophobia rages. 

More Muslims suffer today at home and abroad than perhaps any previous time in world history. Obama telling his Baltimore audience he and “your fellow Americans stand with you” is refuted by cold, hard, ugly facts.

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.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Planned Turkish Invasion of Syria?

Planned Turkish Invasion of Syria?

by Stephen Lendman

All Turkish military actions are approved by or complicit with Washington. Erdogan would never act unilaterally on his own, not even aggressively against his own Kurdish population, slaughtering civilians in cold blood.

Does he intend a Syrian incursion, unprovoked aggression, if launched? Russian evidence suggests it, according to Defense Department spokesman General Igor Konashenkov, saying:

“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria. We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military.”

Days earlier, Russian video evidence revealed cross-border Turkish shelling on northern Latakia province Syrian populated areas.

US-led NATO officials “and numerous organizations allegedly protecting human rights in Syria, despite our call to respond to these actions, still remain silent,” despite irrefutable evidence of Turkish aggression, along with supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups, Konashenkov explained.

Turkey wants evidence of its illegal military activities along the Syrian border suppressed. It denied a Russian observation flight over its territory, scheduled from February 1 - 5, permitted under the Open Skies Treaty (OST), up to a range of 1,900 km, with Turkish specialists onboard, after earlier expressing no pre-conditions or restrictions.

In 1992, 34 nations signed OST, effective in 2002, including Russia, America, Turkey, EU countries and Canada. Treaty objectives are to foster transparency, monitor fulfillment of arms control agreements, and improve capabilities to prevent crises. 

Konashenkov called denying Russia’s legitimate right to conduct a legitimate observation flight over Turkish territory according to OST provisions “a dangerous precedent and an attempt to conceal illegal military activity near the border with Syria.”

Russian satellite and other intelligence can keep close watch on what Erdogan may intend, including possible cross-border belligerence against Syria.

In 2015, 32 foreign observation flights over Russian territory took place, according to OST principles, four by Turkey.

If Erdogan intends aggression against northern Syria, Russian intelligence will prove it. Key is how Putin and Assad respond.

Neither leader wants greater war than already, nor will they tolerate naked aggression, threatening their national 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."

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.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Longstanding Israeli Brutality

Longstanding Israeli Brutality

by Stephen Lendman

World leadership indifference and silence lets Palestinian hunger striker for justice Mohammad Elqeiq suffer close to death.

He’s an independent journalist, guilty of no crimes, targeted solely for doing his job. Israel accused him of “journalistic incitement” without issuing formal charges.

He’s administratively held illegally, tortured and abused in captivity, hunger striking for justice denied him, ingesting only water - now for 73 days since November 23.

His life hangs by a thread, slipping in and out of a coma, partly paralyzed, unable to speak, see, hear, stand or do anything on his own, at great risk of organ failure causing death.

In late January, Israel’s High Court rejected his petition for release, saying only it’ll continue monitoring his situation, a possible death sentence without ordering it.

He’s hospitalized at Israel’s Ha’amek medical center, doctors and nurses monitoring his condition only without intervening.

He wants no assistance, now refusing liquids as well as food, willing to die for justice, Israeli viciousness causing him great pain and suffering.

He’s shackled to his bed, adding to his misery. A judicial hearing on a Physicians for Human Rights-Israel petition to remove his restraints was postponed until next week.

Rallies, vigils and protests support him throughout the West Bank. On February 3, Human Rights Watch (HRW) discussed his case, saying last November 21, “Israeli soldiers…blew open (his) front door…blindfolded and arrested him” - without just cause.

So-called evidence against him is secret, unavailable to him, his attorneys or family members - entirely fabricated. He’s unable to defend himself against spurious allegations. He committed no crimes.

Israel doesn’t care if he lives or dies - nor the world community doing nothing to help him, indifferent to his pain and suffering, uncaring about him being wrongfully imprisoned.

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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Farcical Syrian Peace Talks Collapse

Farcical Syrian Peace Talks Collapse

by Stephen Lendman

Pro-Western, pro-Saudi, anti-Syrian UN envoy/interlocutor Staffan de Mistura tried putting a brave face on collapse, saying talks going nowhere were suspended until February 25.

They’re a meaningless exercise in deception, mostly opposition terrorist groups, wanting Syria raped and pillaged involved. 

Mistura failed to reveal names of their delegates, groups and individuals as ruthless as ISIS, beholden to US-led Western and Saudi-led foreign powers - committed to war, instability and chaos, wanting Syrian sovereignty replace by caliphate tyranny.

Talks scheduled to begin on January 26 never began. US/Saudi-backed terrorist groups made unacceptable demands designed for rejection.

They intended abandoning Geneva III and returning home Thursday. Mistura tried saving face for himself and foreign backers by announcing failed talks were suspended.

Both sides have intractable positions. Nothing ahead will change in a month, year or longer. Syria’s delegation wants peace, stability, a chance to begin rebuilding, its sovereignty protected, and the right of its people alone to decide who’ll govern them, free from outside interference - mandated under international law.

US-led Western nations, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf States and Israel want the Syrian Arab Republic destroyed, its resources plundered, its people exploited - a formula for endless conflict.

At the same time, they want Iran isolated. Its turn awaits. Washington and rogue partners want the Islamic Republic returned to its bad old days, run by a tyrannical US-controlled puppet.

Syria’s UN envoy/chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari explained opposition terrorist groups intended subverting talks before they began, wanting them to fail, intending to walk out, then wrongfully blame Assad and Russia for their duplicity.

“(W)e know that the (US/Saudi-backed) delegation had the intention to withdraw,” he explained. De Mistura gave them “diplomatic cover (on) orders from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar,” as well as Washington, mostly responsible for orchestrating failure.

Notably, after years of ISIS and other terrorist groups’ control of strategically important Nubl and Al-Zahra in northern Aleppo province, Syrian ground forces aided by Russian air power liberated them.

At the same time, most terrorists in Ma’arasa, al-Khan, As Sin and al-Uweinat were eliminated. Most important, the strategic supply line from Turkey to Aleppo was severed.

Another tenuously operates from Turkey to Idlib (37 miles southwest of Aleppo) and Aleppo province. Expect Russian air power to let Syrian ground forces control the area in the days or weeks ahead.

According to Sergey Lavrov, conflict resolution depends heavily on “blocking illegal trafficking across the Turkish/Syrian border,” supplying terrorist groups with weapons, munitions and other supplies.

Northern Syria near Turkey’s border is being incrementally liberated, a slow process, a key strategic aim vital to achieve overall victory.

Syrian forces greatly aided by Russian air power have ISIS and other terrorist groups on the back foot - another reason why US-Saudi-backed opposition delegates withdrew. Negotiating from weakness defeats 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. 

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


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America Created Daesh (ISIS)

America Created Daesh (ISIS)

by Stephen Lendman

America created global terrorist groups at least since the CIA’s involvement against Soviet Russia in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Virtually all headline-making groups are US creations, or offshoots from them, used as imperial foot soldiers - recruited from scores of countries, armed, funded, trained and directed to serve Washington’s pure evil agenda, its quest for unchallenged global dominance, its endless wars of aggressions, its ravaging and destroying one nation after another.

At a Rome news conference with his Italian counterpart Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, John Kerry was interrupted by a woman, accusing America of “creat(ing) Daesh,” shouting a vital truth in public, reported on Italian state-owned RAI television.

Many others continue to explain the same thing, this writer numerous times. Last August, former US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) head/retired Lt. General Michael Flynn cited official US documents, proving creating ISIS was “a willful (Obama administration) decision.”

The so-called war against it and America’s “war on terror” are complete fabrications, proliferated by US officials and supportive media scoundrels.

Washington consistently violates Security Council Resolution 2178 (September 2014), calling on member states to “suppress the recruiting, organizing, transporting, equipping and financing of foreign terrorist fighters” (ISIS and related groups).

A declassified 2012 US report said “there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria, and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime” and replace it. 

Russia’s intervention last year appears to have foiled Washington’s best laid plans, aiming to redraw the Middle East map, destroying Syrian sovereignty key, increasingly looking like a failed objective.

The region remains on the boil, a cauldron of endless violence, instability and chaos - America’s pure evil agenda entirely responsible.

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.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.