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Bilderberg June 6 - 9 Conference

 

Bilderberg June 6 - 9 Conference

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Its four-day meeting occurs annually. It's a rite of spring. British political economist Will Hutton calls the group the "high priests of globalization." Powerful movers and shakers have their own agenda. 

 

Obama's Anti-Populist Agenda

 

Obama's Anti-Populist Agenda

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama's a reliable corporate tool. He serves powerful monied interests. He spurns populist ones. He's done so throughout his tenure. He's unfit to serve.

 

Since taking office, he targeted America's most disadvantaged. He wants deeper Medicare and Medicaid cuts than already instituted on his watch. He wants Social Security benefits reduced.

 

Israel Threatens Russia

 

Israel Threatens Russia

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel gives chutzpah new meaning. War on humanity defines its agenda. It's partnered with Washington's war on Syria.

 

It's heading perhaps toward greater intervention. It warned Russia about supplying Syria with sophisticated defensive anti-aircraft missiles. It said Israel will react in response. More on that below.

 

Lifting the Fake EU Arms Embargo

 

Lifting the Fake EU Arms Embargo

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 27, the so-called one-year EU arms embargo on Syria's opposition ended. Officially it does so on June 1. EU nations agreed to end what never existed.

 

Since Washington's war on Syria began in early 2011, arms flowed freely. Western-enlisted death squads get them. At issue is replacing Assad with a subservient pro-Western puppet. 

 

Obama: America's Second Teflon President

 

Obama: America's Second Teflon President?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

New poll numbers show recent scandals haven't hurt his approval rating.

 

According to a CNN/ORC International survey, 53% of Americans approve his job as president. Another 45% disapprove. 

Peace Process Pretense

 

Peace Process Pretense

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Peace process initiatives were stillborn from inception. Decades of futility define them. Palestinians genuinely want peace. They deserve it and much more.

 

Israeli leaders pretend they care. Doing so conceals their dark agenda. They deplore peaceful conflict resolution. They prioritize violence and instability. 

 

Milliman Medical Index on Obamacare

 

Milliman Medical Index on Obamacare

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Milliman calls itself one of "the world's largest providers of actuarial and related products and services."

 

It provides independent consulting services. It does so in areas including healthcare among others. It says it maintains "rigorous standards of professional excellence, peer review and objectivity."

Obama at Annapolis

 

Obama at Annapolis

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama represents the worst of rogue leadership. He's a war criminal multiple times over. He's guilty of numerous other crimes. He belongs in prison, not high office.

 

On May 24, he addressed Naval Academy graduates. Why any showed up they'll have to explain. So does why those doing so didn't diss him.

 

Hezbollah's Nasrallah: Syria's the "Linchpin of Resistance"

 

Hezbollah's Nasrallah: Syria's the "Linchpin of Resistance"

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Speaking on the 13th anniversary of Lebanon's Resistance and Liberation Day, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed grave regional dangers.

 

Monsanto: Profits Above Human Health

 

Monsanto: Profits Above Human Health

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 25, tens of thousands of people marched against Monsanto. They did so in dozens of countries worldwide. They had good reason. 

 

They want consumer protections enacted. They want safe food to eat. They want governments assuring it. They want GMO foods and ingredients labeled. 

 

Lebanon's Victory Day of National Liberation

 

Lebanon's Victory Day of National Resistance

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Mexico's President Porfirio Diaz (1830 - 1915) reportedly once said "Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States."

 

Poor Lebanon. It borders Israel. It does so with Syria at the wrong time. It's affected by ongoing conflict. Its southern neighbor matters most.

 

Obama: Defending the Indefensible

 

Obama: Defending the Indefensible

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

His doublespeak duplicity reflects the last refuge of a scoundrel. He's the worst in recent memory. Perhaps the worst ever. Forked tongue rhetoric can't disguise it.

 

Throughout his tenure, he governed lawlessly. He's done so at home and abroad. He spurns rule of law principles and other democratic values. 

 

Media Responses to Obama's Speech

 

Media Responses to Obama's Speech

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

They didn't surprise. Media scoundrels support his worst policies. His neoliberal harshness is endorsed. His alliance with monied interests gets no coverage. 

 

His crimes of war, against humanity and genocide go unmentioned.

 

Woolrich London Killing: Terrorism or False Flag?

 

Woolrich London Killing: Terrorism or False Flag?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Reports said two assailants hacked a British soldier to death. He's been identified as Lee Rigby. He was killed in broad daylight. It was several hundred meters from southeast London's Woolwich Royal Artillery barracks.

 

Weapons included a machete type knife. Alleged attackers remained on the scene. They did so until police arrived 20 minutes later.

 

Wall Street Journal Urges War on Syria

 

Wall Street Journal Urges War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Perhaps publishing it was strategically timed. It comes with John Kerry in the Middle East. He'll be there through Sunday.

 

He met with foreign ministers of 11 so-called Friends of Syria countries and opposition group representatives. In Jerusalem, he discussed Syria with Netanyahu. 

Israeli Pillar of Cloud War Crimes

 

Israeli Pillar of Cloud War Crimes

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 8, B'Tselem published a report titled "Human Rights Violations During Operation Pillar of Defense: 14 - 21 November 2012."

 

Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud (aka Cloud Column/Pillar of Defense) was naked, premeditated aggression. Previous articles discussed it.

Iraq Today: America's Imperial Legacy

 

Iraq Today: America's Imperial Legacy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

US imperial wars reflect mass slaughter, widespread destruction, ecocide, resource theft, exploitation, unspeakable human pain, suffering and misery, as well as permanent occupation.

 

Washington came to Iraq to stay. US military and other security elements infest the region. It's the oil and unchallenged Middle East dominance, stupid.

 

Mission Creep Toward Full-Scale War on Syria

 

Mission Creep Toward Full-Scale War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 20, Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the Middle East. It's his fourth regional visit since January. 

 

On May 21, he met Oman's Sultan Qaboos. An air defense system/weapons sale, Syria, and related issues were discussed.

 

Obama's War on Free Expression

 

Obama's War on Free Expression

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's the most fundamental right. Without it all others are endangered. Obama's waging war to destroy it. He's done so throughout his tenure. 

 

He targeted AP. He did so unjustifiably. A previous article discussed it.

 

Israel Heads Closer to War on Syria

 

Israel Heads Closer to War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Syria is Washington's war. It was planned years ago. It began in early 2011. No end of conflict looks near. Escalating it appears likely.

 

Israel's very much involved. It abhors peace and stability. Its history reflects belligerence. It’s a direct threat. It borders Syria. 

 

Are Japanese Bonds Signaling Trouble?

 

Are Japanese Bonds Signaling Trouble?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed the disconnect between soaring markets and troubled economies. Liquidity driven markets only skyrocket so long.

 

What can't go on forever, won't. No one's sure when. Eventually the music stops. When that happens, watch out. Signals provide clues.

 

Reinventing Guatemalan History

 

Reinventing Guatemalan History

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

History reinventors support despots. Social democrats are vilified. Crimes of war, against humanity and genocide are sanitized. They're whitewashed. They disappear in plain sight.

 

Wall Street Journal columnist Mary O'Grady tried reinventing Guatemalan history. She failed. More on that below.

 

Supreme Court Colludes with Monsanto

 

Supreme Court Colludes with Monsanto

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's no surprise. Michael Parenti calls America's High Court its "autocratic branch." 

 

It's notoriously pro-business. It's longstanding. In Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railway (1886), it granted corporations legal personhood.

 

America: A Modern-Day Sparta

 

America: A Modern-Day Sparta

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Permanent war is longstanding policy. America deplores peace. Throughout its history, it's waged war annually at home and/or abroad. Today it does so globally.

 

Giving peace a chance is loathed. Direct or proxy wars rage in multiple countries. 

 

Guantanamo Force-Feeding Constitutes Torture

 

Guantanamo Force-Feeding Constitutes Torture

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Guantanamo detention constitutes torture, abuse and ill-treatment. Long-term detention compounds it. 

 

Force-feeding increases unconscionable pain and suffering. Doing so violates core rule of law principles.

 

Disconnect: Soaring Markets/Troubled Economies

 

Disconnect: Soaring Markets/Troubled Economies

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Forget everything you learned about markets, economics and finance. Perhaps Newton, Galileo, Copernicus, Darwin, Freud, Einstein, and other noted figures were wrong.

 

Central banks run today's world. Major ones matter most. Money printing madness controls everything. Love doesn't make the world go round. Liquidity-driven markets reflect the power of bankers to do it. 

America Honors Its Worst

 

America Honors Its Worst

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Presidential Medals of Freedom are awarded annually. They mock what they claim to represent. Many go to deplorable recipients. 

 

Previous dishonorees include GHW Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Gates, Henry Kissinger, Tony Blair, Shimon Peres, Margaret Thatcher, Alvaro Uribe, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, and Alan Greenspan among others.

IRS Scandals: MoreThan Meets the Eye

 

IRS Scandal Headlines: More Than Meets the Eye

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

More than targeting political enemies is involved. More on than below. The practice is longstanding. Republican and Democrat administrations use the IRS abusively.

 

During the Coolidge administration, Republican Senator James Couzens investigated the IRS' predecessor - the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). 

 

Putin v. Obama et al

 

Putin v. Obama et al

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 16, the Wall Street Journal headlined "Russia Raises Stakes in Syria," saying:

 

Stop and Frisk: NYPD Racial Profiling

 

Stop and Frisk: NYPD Racial Profiling

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The Fourth Amendment states: 

 

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

 

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