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Israel: Land of Inequality and Injustice

  Israel: Land of Inequality and Injustice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Conditions go from bad to worse. Jews, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinians suffer.

 

Last summer, social justice protests erupted. Hoped for change never came. Promises made were broken. Betrayed Israelis demand rights they've been denied.

Libor Scandal Reflects a Cesspool of Financial Fraud

  Libor Scandal Reflects A Cesspool of Financial Fraud

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

At issue is a bad barrel, not a few rotten apples. Western banking is rife with fraud. The business model of major banks is grand theft.

 

Dismal Jobs Report Reflects Economic Decline

  Dismal Jobs Report Reflects Economic Decline

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Years ago, America's economy was a job creation machine. Today it's rusted, wheezing, and sputtering on the way to collapsing.

 

In June, America added 80,000 jobs. U-3 unemployment remained at 8.2%. Based on 1980 calculations, it tops 22%. 

Israel Likely Killed Arafat

  Israel Likely Killed Arafat

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Credible information on Arafat's death surfaced years ago. It wasn't natural. Evidence suggests he was assassinated. Israel most likely was responsible. More on that below.

 

Unresolved Iran Nuclear Talks

  Unresolved Iran Nuclear Talks

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Multiple rounds have been held. Istanbul technical talks just concluded.

 

Breakthroughs haven't happened. How can they when Washington blocks them.

 

TPP: A Trade Deal from Hell

  TPP: A Trade Deal from Hell

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama and political Washington support an alphabet soup of repressive police state laws, other freedom destroying measures, and hellish trade deals.

 

Stealth Trade Agreement Secret Negotiations

  Stealth Trade Agreement Secret Negotiations

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Two other articles address the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). They discuss what the companion article to this one calls a trade deal from hell.

 

PRI Regains Mexican Presidency

  PRI Regains Mexican Presidency

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Like its northern neighbor, wealth and power dominate Mexican politics. Elections are notoriously tainted. Populist candidates are excluded. The late John Ross said Mexico perfected the art of electoral theft.

 

US Intelligence Says Turkish Warplane Downed in Syrian Waters

  US Intelligence Says Turkish Warplane Downed in Syrian Waters

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 29, the Wall Street Journal headlined "Doubts Cast on Turkey's Story of Jet," saying:

 

Lynne Stewart Loses Appeal

  Lynne Stewart Loses Appeal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

For 30 years, Lynne heroically defended America's poor, underprivileged, unwanted, and forgotten. Without advocates like her, they never have a chance for due process and judicial fairness.

 

Lynne championed equity and justice. She devoted her life and work to upholding principles too important to reject. 

Yitzhak Shamir's Criminal Legacy

  Yitzhak Shamir's Criminal Legacy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Shamir reflected the worst of what Joel Kovel calls "imperialist expansion and militarism (with) signs of the fascist malignancy."

 

Palestinian Authority Police Brutalize Peaceful Protesters

  Palestinian Authority Police Brutalize Peaceful Protesters

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

President Mahoud Abbas is a longstanding Israeli collaborator. He and unelected Prime Minister Salam Fayyad serve illegitimately.

 

Failure in Geneva

  Failure in Geneva

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Morning headlines belie continued conflict on the ground. East/West divisions remain. Nothing changed but political rhetoric from Geneva.

 

After Annan's so-called peace plan, violence increased because Washington planned it that way.

Profile of Institutionalized Racism

  Profile of Institutionalized Racism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

According to Hamoked, the Center for the Defence of the Individual, Israel revoked residency rights for about 240,000 Gaza and West Bank Palestinians from 1967 to 1994. About 15,000 were aged 90 or older.

 

Obama Planning More War

  Obama Planning More War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's favorite pastime isn't baseball. It's war, permanent imperial wars that won't end in our lifetime Dick Cheney said earlier.

 

America is addicted to war. One nation after another is ravaged and plundered. Unchallenged global dominance is sought. 

Spurious Terrorism Indictments

  Spurious Terrorism Indictments

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 19 and 20, NATO occupied Chicago violently. Downtown residents were in virtual lockdown. No-fly zones were imposed. Elaborate barricades were erected. Constitutional rights were suspended.

 

Big Win for Predatory Healthcare Giants

  Big Win for Predatory Healthcare Giants

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

At issue was National Federation of Independent Business, et al, Petitioners v. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al (NFIB v. Sebelius).

 

Voting 5 - 4 on Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld what should have been rejected. Pro-business High Court rulings aren't new.

Summit Fatigue

  Summit Fatigue

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since crisis conditions erupted, it's number 19 and counting. Like earlier summits, they met. They talked. They agreed to talk more. They accomplished little more than before.

 

Dozens of rescue packages preceded Friday's. Promises are made and broken. Hyped plans failed. Conditions are worse now than ever. 

Reports of Troop Movements Near Syria's Borders

  Reports of Troop Movements Near Syria's Borders

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced new rules of engagement, Turkey deployed missile batteries, rocket launchers, and anti-aircraft weapons close to Syria's border. 

 

Duplicitous Human Rights Council Report on Syria

  Duplicitous Human Rights Council Report on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 27, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) discussed conflict conditions in Syria. Truth took a back seat. Some present denounced its absence.

 

Heated Anti-Assad Rhetoric

  Heated Anti-Assad Rhetoric

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington's Syrian regime change plans are longstanding. All independent governments are targeted. 

 

At issue isn't whether they're despotic, democratic, or anything in between. It's about establishing client states subservient to Western interests. That matters most.

State of War in Syria

  State of War in Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On Wednesday, Assad said "a state of war" exists. 

 

"(A)LL our policies, directives and all sectors will be directed in order to gain victory in this war."

Commemorating Anti-Torture Day

  Commemorating Anti-Torture Day

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Annually on June 26, The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture remembers and honors victims, survivors, and family members.

 

On June 26, 1987, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment took effect. 

Advancing the Ball for War on Syria

  Advancing the Ball for War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

What's ongoing bears disturbing similarities to events preceding NATO's 1999 Yugoslavia aggression.

 

In the 1990s, NATO lawlessly intervened for the first time outside territories of its member countries. No nation or alliance may attack another except in self-defense. 

Boland Amendment Redux

  Boland Amendment Redux

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1982, the House passed the Boland Amendment. It was attached as a rider to the 1983 Defense Appropriations Act.

 

Syria Blamed for Turkish Provocation

  Syria Blamed for Turkish Provocation

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 22, two Turkish warplanes provocatively entered Syrian airspace low and fast. Doing so showed hostile intent. 

 

The Obama administration's dirty hands are all over this incident. Washington and Ankara wanted a reaction and got it. Expect what's ahead to unfold as planned.

Social Justice Protests in Israel

  Social Justice Protests in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Last summer, Israelis protested for weeks for social justice. Hundreds of thousands rallied throughout the country.

 

Obama's War on Democracy

  Obama's War on Democracy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In June 2009, Obama orchestrated Honduran President Manuel Zelaya's ouster. A US supported fascist despot replaced him. 

 

For good reason, Honduras is called the murder capital of the world. Independent journalists are killed. So are protesters for democratic change. 

War of Words Over Turkish Aircraft Incident

  War of Words Over Turkish Aircraft Incident

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On Friday, Turkey provocatively flew two warplanes at low altitude over Syrian airspace. Perhaps it was testing its defense systems or probing for other reactions. 

 

With conflict raging for months, doing so for any reason was hostile and aggressive.

Heading for Economic Collapse

  Heading for Economic Collapse

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The late Bob Chapman predicted it years ago. So does Paul Craig Roberts. It could "destroy Western civilization," he believes.

 

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