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Defending IMF Financial Terrorism

 

Defending IMF Financial Terrorism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 29, New York Times editors headlined "Strengthening the IMF." What demands abolition, they support. It doesn't surprise. 

 

Iranian Nuclear Talks

 

Iranian Nuclear Talks

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 5, so-called P5+1 talks began. They picked up where previous ones left off. Countries involved include America, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany. Almaty, Kazahhstan played host. It did so for the second time.

 

Iran participates in good faith. Saeed Jalili heads its negotiating delegation. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton represents P5+1 countries.

Another Dismal Jobs Report

 

Another Dismal Jobs Report

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Putting lipstick on this pig doesn't wash. One analyst said March data was miserable from every angle. Economist David Rosenberg called it "one soft US jobs report." It "quash(ed) the consensus view of economic re-acceleration."

 

Permanent War: Longstanding US Policy

 

Permanent War: Longstanding US Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Wars define America. They reflect longstanding policy. They're permanent. They've been waged every year in the nation's history. They target enemies at home and abroad. When none exist, they're invented.

 

Peace is a non-starter. It's always been that way. It never had a chance. It doesn't now. It's systematically spurned. 

BOJ Increases QE

 

BOJ Increases QE

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 4, the Financial Times headlined "Bank of Japan follows the Fed, on steroids." Pedal-to-the-metal reflects new governor Haruhiko Kuroda's policy.

 

Playing the North Korea Card

 

Playing the North Korea Card

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

For decades, North Korea's wanted normalized relations with Washington. It's been repeatedly rebuffed. Promises made were broken. America needs enemies. 

 

Institutionalized Barbarism

 

Institutionalized Barbarism: Official Israeli Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed Arafat Jaradat. Shin Bet interrogators killed him. They tortured him to death. Independent autopsy results proved it. 

 

Public Banking: What Better Time Than Now

 

Public Banking: What Better Time Than Now

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Money power in private hands games the system. It does so destructively. Controlling money, credit and debt for private enrichment assures speculation, booms, busts, inflation, deflation, instability, crisis, recessions and depressions.

 

Israeli Murder by Neglect

 

Israeli Murder by Neglect

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel operates one of the world's most unconscionable gulags. Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners fill it.  

 

Fundamental human rights are denied. Torture, ill-treatment and medical neglect are commonplace. 

 

Tariq Aziz: Victim of US Imperialism

 

Tariq Aziz: Victim of US Imperialism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He's ill, isolated and fading. His life hangs in the balance. Washington likely wants him dead. He blames America, Israel and Britain. They bear responsibility for destroying Iraq. More on him below.

 

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Spreads

 

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Spreads

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Detainees have few ways to resist. Refusing food challenges injustice. It's now past two months. 

 

Media scoundrels at first ignored it. Now they say little. Capitol Hill's quiet. Pentagon officials downplay it. Russia Today reports it daily. More on that below.

 

Playing the Venezuelan Anti-Semitism Card

 

Playing the Venezuelan Anti-Semitism Card

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Throughout his tenure, Washington officials vilified Chavez unjustifiably. So did media scoundrels.  

 

He was America top hemispheric enemy. Donald Rumsfeld once likened him to Hitler. Pat Robertson called for his assassination. Anti-semitism accusations surfaced often.

 

Expanding Draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Powers

 

 

Expanding Draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Powers

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed CFAA. It explained the following:

 

It's an anti-hacking law. It's a computer trespass law. It criminalizes accessing computer systems "without authorization." 

 

"(E)xceeds authorized access" terminology was left undefined.

Scandal Hits Cyprus

 

Scandal Hits Cyprus

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Grand theft is official Cypriot policy. Bank account haircuts are authorized. Those above 100,000 euros are targeted.

 

Depositors may lose much more than initially thought. Minimally it's around 40% of their money. It may be double that amount or more. Potentially it's everything. 

 

Monsanto Protection Act

 

Monsanto Protection Act

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Agribusiness giant Monsanto's the world's leading GMO seed producer. They're hazardous to human health. They should be banned. They proliferate.

 

GMO foods and ingredients are toxic. They're unsafe to eat. Independent studies prove it. Monsanto and other agribusiness giants want all animal and vegetable life forms patented. They want worldwide food control.

America's War on North Korea

 

America's War on North Korea

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On July 27, 1953, the Korean War ended. An uneasy armistice persists. The heavily fortified 2.5 mile Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separates North and South. Occasional incidents occur.

 

Discriminatory Israeli Land Policies

 

Discriminatory Israeli Land Policies

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 28, Haaretz headlined "Just 0.7% of state land in the West Bank has been allocated to Palestinians, Israel admits."

 

Depositor Haircuts Spreading

 

Depositor Haircuts Spreading

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article called them the new normal. Bad ideas spread fast. Canada endorses Cypriot harshness. Its "Jobs Growth and Long-Term Prosperity: Economic Action Plan 2013" says so.

 

Commemorating Land Day

 

Commemorating Land Day

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 30, Palestinians worldwide observe Land Day. They've done so since 1976.

 

Nationwide protests and general strike action erupted. At issue was Israel's land confiscation policy and brutal occupation harshness. 

 

Regime Change Begins at Home

 

Regime Change Begins at Home

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Charles Derber's book by that title says it's the only way to free America from corporate rule. It transformed America from "we the people" to what CEOs say goes.

 

Depositor Haircuts: The New Normal

 

Depositor Haircuts: The New Normal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 29, Cyprus Mail said banks opened Thursday. They did so amid calm. 

 

Long lines queued. People waited patiently. A feared stampede didn't materialize. Whether it's the calm before the storm remains to be seen.

Cyprus Postmortems: Part II

 

Cyprus Postmortems: Part II

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 28, Cyrus Mail said banks opened for the first time in almost two weeks. They did so at midday local time. Cypriots face draconian restrictions. How they'll react remains to be seen.

 

NYT Editors Ignore GMO Health Dangers

 

NYT Editors Ignore GMO Health Dangers

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It doesn't surprise. Times policy is irresponsible. It's unprincipled. It's reprehensible. It's longstanding. It supports wealth, power and privilege. 

 

It endorses what demands condemnation. It ignores GMO dangers. Doing so betrays its readers. More on that below.

 

Honduran Police State Repression

 

Honduran Police State Repression

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 28, 2009, Obama colluded with Honduran fascists. With US approval and support, they ousted Honduras' democratically elected president.

 

Manuel Zelaya was arrested at home. Security forces confronted him at gunpoint.

 

New BRICS Development Bank Announced

 

New BRICS Development Bank Announced

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In September 2006, four original BRIC nations met in New York. On May 16, 2008, Yekaterinburg, Russia hosted a full-scale diplomatic meeting.

 

In June 2009, Brazil, Russia, India and China again met in Yekaterinburg.

 

Destroying Public Education in America

 

Destroying Public Education in Chicago

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's on the chopping block for elimination. It's happening nationwide. Chicago perhaps reflects the epicenter of what's wrong.

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel spent years waging war on progressive politics. He's a former investment banker. He's a corporate predator turned politician. He's an unindicted war criminal. He belongs in prison, not City Hall.

Washington Escalates War on Syria

 

Washington Escalates War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Ousting Assad was planned years ago. At issue is replacing him with a pro-Western puppet. After two years of conflict, he hangs on resiliently. 

 

Whether he'll survive is uncertain. Syria's military is strong and supportive. Free Syrian Army and US-recruited death squads are weak by comparison.

 

Cyprus Postmortems

 

Cyprus Postmortems

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Solutions worse than problems don't resolve them. Cypriots face protracted hard times. Former IMF chief economist Michael Mussa explained three kinds of crises: liquidity, solvency and stupidity.

 

Expanding Guantanamo

 

Expanding Guantanamo

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 2008, candidate Obama promised to close Guantanamo. Straightaway as president, he issued Executive Order titled "Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Closure of Detention Facilities."

 

Obama Spurns Palestinian Rights

 

Obama Spurns Palestinian Rights

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He frankly doesn't give a damn. He spent three days in Israel. He showed one-sided support. He gave Palestinians short shrift. He spent token time in Ramallah. 

 

He told Israelis "so long as there is a United States of America, Ah-tem lo lah-vahd (You are not alone)." He left no doubt what he means. 

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