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Israel Threatens More Syrian Attacks

 

Israel Threatens More Syrian Attacks

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

May 15 is Nakba Day. It follows Israel's May 14 Independence Day. This year was no exception. 

 

Clashes erupted across the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel confronts peaceful demonstrations violently. Fundamental human rights are spurned. Rogue governments operate that way.

 

Russia Catches CIA Spy Red-Handed

 

Russia Catches CIA Spy Red-Handed

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

CIA agents operate most everywhere. They don't promote friendly relations. They're up to no good. Some pose as diplomats. 

 

Diplomacy provides cover for why they're sent. Christopher Fogle was caught red-handed. He was assigned to Washington's Moscow embassy political section. He was third secretary.

 

Obama's Contempt for Venezuelan Democracy

 

Obama's Contempt for Venezuelan Democracy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's no surprise. He exceeds the worst of George Bush. He abhors democratic values. He defiles rule of law principles. He governs by diktat authority.

 

He's waging war on humanity. He targets all independent states. He wants puppet pro-US regimes replacing them. 

 

Spies "R" Us

 

Spies "R" Us

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed institutionalized spying on Americans. Anyone can be monitored for any reason or none at all. 

 

Manufactured national security threats, silencing dissent, targeting whistleblowers, and challenging press freedom subvert constitutional rights. 

 

Anti-Assad Forces: Caught in the Act Again

 

Anti-Assad Forces: Caught in the Act Again

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Previous articles discussed Washington-supported death squads in Syria. It's common practice in all US direct and proxy wars.

 

Massacres and unspeakable atrocities are committed. Women are raped. Civilians are treated like combatants. Official coverup and denial follow.

 

Turkey: US Imperial Tool

 

Turkey: US Imperial Tool

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1999, Nobel laureate/outspoken anti-war critic Harold Pinter minced no words denouncing NATO's Yugoslavia war.

 

"Let us face the truth," he said. "The truth is that neither Clinton nor Blair gives a damn about the Kosovar Albanians. This action has been another blatant and brutal assertion of US power using NATO as its missile."

 

Close Guantanamo Now!

 

Close Guantanamo Now!

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

As president and commander-in-chief, Obama has legal authority to do so. On May 3, New York City Bar president Carey R. Dunne wrote him. He did so on behalf of the organization he heads.

 

He called indefinite detention "legally and morally indefensible." He said 25 retired military flag officers said it's "an effective recruiting tool for our enemies."

 

Israeli Lobby Power in America

 

Israeli Lobby Power in America

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1949, the American Zionist Council (AZC) was established. It operated until 1962. It was ordered to register as a foreign agent.

 

It failed to do so. It transferred its responsibilities to AIPAC. It calls itself "America's Pro-Israel Lobby. It operates as an unregistered foreign agent.

 

Another Anti-Assad False Flag

 

Another Anti-Assad False Flag

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since early 2011, Obama's been waging proxy war on Syria. Imported death squads masquerade as freedom fighters. The scheme's familiar. It repeats. It reflects US imperialism's dark side.

 

In the 1980s, CIA-recruited mujahideen fighters battled  Afghanistan's Soviet occupiers. Ronald Reagan called them "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers." He characterized Contra killers the same way.

Israelis Protest Austerity Harshness

 

Israelis Protest Austerity Harshness

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 11, thousands of Israelis protested publicly. They did so for social justice. More on that below.

 

In summer 2011, widespread social justice protests erupted. They continued for weeks. Others followed in summer 2012.

 

Eroding Freedom in America

 

Eroding Freedom in America

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

US democracy is illusory. America never was beautiful. It's not the land of the free and home of the brave. It wasn't created that way. More than ever, it's not now.

 

Freedom is a four-letter word. It's fast disappearing. It's an endangered species. Wealth, power and privilege alone matter. America's war on terror priorities advance them. 

Thirdworldizing America

 

Thirdworldizing America

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Center for Economic and Policy Research co-director Dean Baker calls poverty America's "new growth industry." The state of today's America is deplorable.

 

Anti-Assad Rhetoric Intensifies

 

Anti-Assad Rhetoric Intensifies

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

US-led anti-Assad efforts continue. Obama's going all out to topple him. He's heading America for more war. 

 

His imperial strategy prioritizes it. Rule of law principles are discarded. Unchallenged global dominance alone matters. America's longstanding permanent war agenda advances it.

 

Malcolm Shabazz's Suspicious Death

 

Malcolm Shabazz's Suspicious Death

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 9, Amsterdam News (AN) headlined "Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, killed." 

 

Obama's Syria Game Plan: Libya 2.0

 

Obama's Syria Game Plan: Libya 2.0

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama's already waging multiple direct and proxy wars. He's heading America for more. Media scoundrels support it. They back all US aggression. They're beating the drums again now. They're manipulating public sentiment for support.

 

Russia, China and most other nations want peace. May 8 commemorates Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). Russia's toll was greatest. For many, war horrors still echo.

Hawking Boycotts Israel

 

Hawking Boycotts Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Hawking was invited to participate in a June 18 - 20 Israeli Presidential Conference. Initially he accepted. In early May he declined. He's boycotting. He's protesting Israel's occupation. More on that below.

 

Hawking's a renown British physicist. His web site says he's the "former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge."

Willie Manning: Unjustly Sentenced to Death

 

Willie Manning: Unjustly Sentenced to Death

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Capital punishment is barbaric, unjust and unconscionable. It's the ultimate denial of human rights. Nothing justifies state-sponsored murder. Wrongfully executing innocent victims alone explains why.

 

Kerry in Moscow

 

Kerry in Moscow

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Russian condemnation of Israeli air strikes preceded Kerry's arrival. Moscow's Foreign Ministry called them "a threat to regional stability." 

 

UN Human Rights Council Duplicity

 

UN Human Rights Council Duplicity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article said the following:

 

On May 5, Reuters headlined "UN has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator."

 

Fannie and Freddie in Good Hands with Mel Watt

 

Fannie and Freddie in Good Hands with Mel Watt

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 1, Obama nominated Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). 

 

It replaced the Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB), the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD).

 

Profile of Lawless Aggression

 

Profile of Lawless Aggression

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel and America are longstanding imperial partners. They spurn international laws. They do so repeatedly. They ignore their own. 

 

Yair Shamir: Profile of Israeli Extremism

 

Yair Shamir: Profile of Israeli Extremism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He's a former IDF officer. He's now an Israeli politician and businessman. He's former Prime Minister Yitzhak's son. He's named after Avraham "Yair" Stern.

 

In 1940, he founded the terrorist Lehi group. It's commonly called the Stern Gang. During WW II, it offered to help Nazi Germany and fascist Italy against Britain. 

BBC's Longstanding Pro-Israeli Bias

 

BBC's Longstanding Pro-Israeli Bias

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since 1922, BBC's first general manager, John Reith, explained his mandate. UK officials "know they can trust us not be be really impartial," he said.

 

It's a reliable business/government partner. Earlier it was called the "British Falsehood Corporation." More recently it's been known as the "British Bombing (or Bombast) Club."

America and Israel: Imperial Partners in Crime (Part II)

 

America and Israel: Imperial Partners in Crime (Part II)

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In late January, Lebanese military sources reported multiple Israeli violations of Lebanon's airspace. One or more targets on the Syrian-Lebanese border were struck.

 

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes attacked a military research center in Jamraya. It's about 10 miles from the Lebanese border. Early Sunday morning, Israel struck it again.

Google Recognizes Palestinian Statehood

 

Google Recognizes Palestinian Statehood

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 1, Google recognized Palestine. It did so on its homepage. Earlier it referred to "The Palestinian Territories." More on that below.

 

On January 4, Abbas' presidential decree acknowledged the State of Palestine. It followed gaining UN nonmember observer status. 

 

America and Israel: Imperial Partners in Crime

 

America and Israel: Imperial Partners in Crime

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Longstanding ties remain firm. Both nations are imperial partners. Naked aggression is official policy. Regime change in Syria is planned. Daily events head inexorably toward full-scale intervention.

 

Honduras: State-Sponsored Death Squad Terror

 

Honduras: State-Sponsored Death Squad Terror

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Adrienne Pine is American University Professor or Anthropology.  She's worked in Honduras. She's written about state-sponsored violence.

 

US-Style Free Trade in Good Hands with Michael Froman

 

US-Style Free Trade in Good Hands with Michael Froman

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 2, Obama named Froman his new US trade representative. He's a former Harvard law school classmate. He's currently a key adviser. More on him below.

 

Andy P. Hart: Suicide or Murder?

 

Andy P. Hart: Suicide or Murder?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 1, Truthout's Jason Leopold reported Hart's "apparent suicide." He represented a number of Guantanamo prisoners. More on that below.

 

US Hatched Terror Plots

 

US Hatched Terror Plots

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Terrorists "R" us. Washington bears full responsibility. Numerous schemes are planned. Some are alleged and foiled. Others involve violent plots. Media scoundrels convict innocent people in the court of public opinion. 

 

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