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Destroying Susiya Village to Save It

  Destroying Susiya Village to Save It

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On February 7, 1968, AP correspondent Peter Arnett contributed one of the Vietnam War's most memorable quotes.

 

Writing about Ben Tre, he cited an unnamed US major saying: "It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it."

Gulf of Tonkin Redux?

  Gulf of Tonkin Redux?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Lyndon Johnson wanted war on Vietnam and got it. 

 

The August 1964 false flag Gulf of Tonkin incident initiated full-scale conflict after Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

 

Cold War Politics Redux

  Cold War Politics Redux

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Following Soviet Russia's dissolution, everything changed but stayed the same. US aims remained hard-wired. Today it's back to the future.

 

Cold War politics were reinvented. Russia's again the Evil Empire. Today's stakes are much greater. World peace is threatened. 

Israel Reneges on Hunger Striker Deal

  Israel Reneges on Hunger Striker Deal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on. 

 

Rogue states don't deal. They demand. They lie. They cheat. They betray. They're intolerant of justice and other democratic values.

 

Turkish Plane Reported Shot Down in Syrian Airspace

  Turkish Plane Reported Shot Down in Syrian Airspace

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 22, Reuters headlined "Turkish jet downed by Syria air defenses: report," saying:

 

CIA Arming Syrian Insurgents

  CIA Arming Syrian Insurgents

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 21, The New York Times headlined "CIA Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition," saying:

 

Western Hypocrisy on Iran's Nuclear Rights

  Western Hypocrisy on Iran's Nuclear Rights

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

According to senior Iranian legislator Esmayeel Kosari:

 

Struggling on Empty Stomachs for Justice

  Struggling on Empty Stomachs for Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Rare Palestinian battles are won.  Liberating struggles continue. 

 

Hunger strikers Khader Adnan and Hana Shalabi were released. After 92 days without food, Israel agreed to free footballer Mahmoud Sarsak. 

UN Monitors Spy for Washington

  UN Monitors Spy for Washington

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 21, Security Council Resolution 2043 established UNSMIS. 

 

It authorized 300 observers to monitor "a cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties and to monitor and support the full implementation of the (Annan plan) to end the conflict in Syria."

Israel Declared an Apartheid State

  Israel Declared an Apartheid State

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Colonialism and apartheid breach international law.

 

Putin/Obama Talks

  Putin/Obama Talks

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since reelected in March, Putin and Obama met for the first time on Monday at the Los Cabos, Mexico G20 meeting.

 

Discussions focused on major geopolitical and economic issues. Differences on Syria remain unresolved.

 

Palestinian Footballer Wins Release

  Palestinian Footballer Wins Release

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 18, Maan News headlined "Al-Sarsak ends hunger strike in release deal," saying:

 

Fraud at the Polls

  Fraud at the Polls

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

At age 25, Orson Welles co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane. It looks critically at the life and times of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. 

 

Israeli Turned Palestinian Activist

  Israeli Turned Palestinian Activist

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Popular 1965 Hal David/Burt Bacharach lyrics said "What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of." 

 

It applies aptly to how Israel treats Palestinians.

 

Washington Arming Syria Insurgents

  Washington Arming Syrian Insurgents

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's no surprise. It's an open secret. It's been ongoing since early last year directly and/or indirectly. Rhetorically supporting peace while waging war exposes Washington's transparent hypocrisy.

 

Palestinian Footballer Near Death

  Palestinian Footballer Near Death

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Several Palestinian prisoners continue hunger striking for justice.

 

Footballer Mahmoud Sarsak declined food for 90 days and counting. He's been detained uncharged for nearly three years. He demands release. Israel refuses.

Washington's Imperial Brinksmanship

  Washington's Imperial Brinksmanship

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Syrian violence rages. Washington bears direct responsibility. Regime change plans are longstanding. Military intervention is planned. Expect it. It's coming.

 

Europe in Crisis

  Europe in Crisis

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Four and a half years after crisis conditions erupted, nothing's been done to resolve them. The smartest guys around haven't fixed things. 

 

On June 14, rumors circulated about coordinated central bank intervention. European banks are especially troubled. Recapitalizing them hasn't worked.

Scoundrel Media Support for Obama

  Scoundrel Media Support for Obama

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Months before November's election, New York Times editors made their choice: Obama in 2012. Expect an official endorsement to follow.

 

Gaza Blockade's Fifth Anniversary

  Gaza Blockade’s Fifth Anniversary

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Gaza's blockade is illegal. Collective punishment is prohibited. Fourth Geneva's Article 33 states:

 

"No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited."

Presidential Medal of Freedom Hypocrisy

  Presidential Medal of Freedom Hypocrisy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On July 6, 1945, Harry Truman authorized awarding the Medal of Freedom "to any person....who, or on after December 7, 1941, has performed a meritorious act or service which has aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against an enemy or enemies and for which an award of another United States medal or decoration is considered inappropriate."

 

JPMorgan Chase on Capitol Hill

  JPMorgan Chase on Capitol Hill

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 13, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon testified before the Senate Banking Committee. He discussed his firm's recent trading loss and industry practices.

 

Olympism Profiteering, Exploitation and Corruption

  Olympism Profiteering, Exploitation and Corruption

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Olympism is more about profiteering, exploitation, and cynicism than sport. 

 

Helen Jefferson Lenskyj knows it well. More on her writings below.

 

Stepped Up Russia Bashing

  Stepped Up Russia Bashing

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Russia is Washington's main military rival. Each nation has powerful nuclear arsenals and delivery systems able to destroy the other. 

 

On December 31, 1999, Russia's lost decade under Boris Yeltsin ended. Vladimir Putin replaced him. 

Supreme Court Approves Police State Harshness

  Supreme Court Approves Police State Harshness

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 12, 2008, the Supreme Court ruled 5 - 4 in Boumediene v. Bush. It affirmed habeas rights for Guantanamo detainees. It let them petition for release from lawlessly imposed custody.

 

Spain: The Latest Shoe to Drop

  Spain: The Latest Shoe to Drop 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

This one won't be the last. The late Bob Chapman warned years ago about what's unfolding now in real time. He explained what this writer calls bad policies assure bad results. It happens every time.

 

Pressure Builds for War on Syria

  Pressure Builds for War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's baked in the cake. Preparations began months ago. Regime change plans are longstanding. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus.

 

Washington runs everything. It controls the process. At stake is regional dominance. Key also is shutting out Russia and China. 

Contagion Affects Europe

  Contagion Affects Europe

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Europe keeps sinking deeper into financial crisis. Eurozone straightjacket rules force 17 dissimilar countries to live by one size fits all diktats. Flawed planning preordained eventual disaster.

 

Monthly more systemic cracks emerge. Money creation alone prevents collapse. That game only works for so long. 

Insurgents Named Responsible for Syrian Massacres

  Insurgents Named Responsible for Syrian Massacres

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A Syrian documentary aired on June 9, and a June 7 report by Germany's leading broadsheet provide more evidence. Both refutes Western and scoundrel media misinformation. More on the latter below.

 

Palestinian Hunger Strikes Continue

  Palestinian Hunger Strikes Continue

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Over 2,000 Palestinian hunger strikers redefined courage. Their willingness to die for justice was unprecedented.

 

On May 14, an Egyptian brokered deal was reached. Strike leaders and Israel Prison Service (IPS) officials agreed on terms. They included:

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