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Stepped Up Media War on Syria

  Stepped Up Media War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

When America goes to war or plans one, media scoundrels march in lockstep. Journalism is the first casualty. Managed news misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure.

 

Targeting Bahraini Human Rights Lawyer Mohammed Al-Tajer

  Targeting Bahraini Human Rights Lawyer Mohammed Al-Tajer

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since anti-Al-Khalifa protests began early last year, Al-Tajer was persecuted for defending human rights and denouncing Bahraini repression publicly.

 

America's Student Loan Racket

  America's Student Loan Racket 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

This writer's recent book titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War" includes a chapter on America's student loan racket. It discusses the issue in detail.

 

David Sanger's War on Iran

  David Sanger's War on Iran

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Sanger is New York Times chief Washington correspondent. Previously he held other posts. He's reported on foreign policy, globalization, Asian issues, and nuclear-related ones.

 

Cooperatively with other Times correspondents, he won two Pulitzer Prizes. Its board might consider retracting them.

More Syrian Blood on Obama's Hands

  More Syrian Blood on Obama's Hands

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Morning headlines again falsely accused Assad of mass killings in Qubeir village in central Hama province.

 

Houla-style slaughter was repeated. Reports said as many as 78 civilians were killed. Half were women and children. Around 35 members of one family were murdered in cold blood. 

Endangered Press Freedom in Israel

  Endangered Press Freedom in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America and Israel both wage wars on free and open expression. Whistleblowing journalists are targeted. Threats give others pause. Bradley Manning and Julian Assange understand Washington's wrath.

 

So dooes Israeli journalist Anat Kam and Haaretz's national security reporter Uri Blau.

Remembering Bob Chapman

  Remembering Bob Chapman

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 4, longtime market expert, analyst, Progressive Radio News Hour regular, International Forecaster owner and editor, and valued friend succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

 

He endured a protracted struggle to recover from what took him. He'll be sorely missed.

Walker Wins, Wisconsinites Lose

  Walker Wins, Wisconsinites Lose

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Morning headlines read more like obituaries than reason for anyone to celebrate. Despite pre-election polls suggesting either candidate could win, odds greatly favored Republican Scott Walker.

 

Heated Anti-Assad Rhetoric Promotes War

  Heated Anti-Assad Rhetoric Promotes War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Increasingly war looks likely. Earlier Obama said "the Assad regime must come to an end."

 

In early June, White House press secretary Jay Carney said "bloody sectarian war will be diminished if Assad removes himself from power or is no longer in power."

Israeli Commanders Face Trial in Turkish Court

  Israeli Commanders Face Trial in Turkish Court 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed arrest warrants issued for four ex-IDF senior officers. 

 

Crisis Economic Conditions

  Crisis Economic Conditions

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Global economic data signal trouble. Headlines reflect worsening conditions.

 

The Financial Times said America's dismal jobs report and world economic weakness raise "fears of a sharp global slowdown" or worse.

 

Reason for Hope and Despair in Palestine

  Reason for Hope and Despair in Palestine

 

By Stephen Lendman

 

First the good news.

 

On May 24, Haaretz headlined "Turkey issues arrest warrants for ex-IDF officers," saying:

Wisconsin's Recall Election

  Wisconsin's Recall Election

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Winter 2011 witnessed an epic worker rights battle. Wisconsin public workers challenged Republican Governor Scott Walker.

 

Discrimination Against Arab Communities in Israel

  Discrimination Against Arab Communities in Israel and Palestine

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

An April joint Bimkom Planners for Planning Rights/Arab Center for Alternative Planning (ACAP) report titled "Outline Planning for Arab Localities in Israel" explains state-sponsored discriminatory injustice.

 

Opposing Doctrines: Putin v. Obama

  Opposing Doctrines: Putin v. Obama

 

One leader supports peace and stability. The other thrives on violence and wages imperial wars. 

 

One believes nation-state sovereignty is inviolable. The other endorses the divine right of intervention.

 

Russian Journalist Exposes Propaganda Lies about Houla Massacre

  Russian Journalist Exposes Propaganda Lies about Houla Massacre

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Going to war depends first on selling it. Gaining public support is vital. Previous articles discussed it. Walter Lippmann coined the phrase "manufacture of consent."

 

Risking Global War

  Risking Global War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Tyranny and permanent wars define Obama's agenda. Since taking office, he exceeded the worst of George Bush. 

 

Much more ahead is coming. Ravaging humanity is policy. Foreign nations and America's homeland are targeted. Rule of law principles are ignored. Unchallenged dominance alone matters. 

Baghdadi Mahmoudi Faces Torture and Death in Libya

  Baghdadi Mahmoudi Faces Torture and Death in Libya

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Mahmoudi is a physician. He also served as Deputy Prime Minister before becoming Prime Minister and General Secretary of the General People's Congress of the Libyan Jamahiriya. He assumed that post in March 2006. 

 

Murder, Inc: Official Obama Policy

  Murder, Inc: Official Obama Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama's wars increase body counts daily. New ones planned will add more. Death squads operate in 120 or more countries. So do CIA agents licensed to kill. 

 

US citizens may be targeted at home or abroad. No one anywhere is safe. 

Obama Prioritizes War

  Obama Prioritizes War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Colleagues say killing comes easy for Obama. So does his insatiable appetite for war. Duplicitous rhetoric hides it. Close advisors know better.

 

America is on a fast track toward attacking Syria. Humanitarian intervention hypocrisy justified war on Libya. Expect something similar used for Damascus.

Obama Plans War on Syria

  Obama Plans War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Guilty of war crimes multiple times over, Obama plans more death, destruction, conquest, colonization, resource control, exploitation, and dominance.

 

Syria is target one, then Iran, then other nations. It follows Washington's longstanding pattern of waging war on humanity. 

Looming Economic Realities

  Looming Economic Realities

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Conditions show weakness, not improvement. Soft-land enthusiasts face rude awakening challenges. Later in 2012 and especially 2013, expect tougher times to reshape their outlook. They're always notoriously behind the curve.

 

BBC Wages Propaganda War on Syria

  BBC Wages Propaganda War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Millions globally follow BBC reports regularly. Most perhaps don't know they get propaganda, not real news, commentary and opinion.

 

Since established in October 1922, it's operated as a UK imperial tool. Its first general manager, John Reith, set the tone, saying:

Violence-Wracked Honduras

  Violence-Wracked Honduras

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 28, 2009, a coordinated State Department-Pentagon project allied with Honduran military commanders and top opposition figures ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

 

Industrialists, financial interests, large landowners, and transnational corporations supported the coup.

Anti-Syrian Propaganda Promotes War

  Anti-Syrian Propaganda Promotes War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed scoundrel media anti-Iranian propaganda. They also target Syria. They march in lockstep with imperial lawlessness. 

 

Readers and viewers deserve better than misinformation and betrayal. They need alternative sources to avoid it.

Piling on Irresponsibly Against Syria

  Piling on Irresponsibly Against Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

When Washington and Israel plan war, even sources that know better pile on. Haaretz is no exception.

 

At times it reports responsibly. Other times it falls short. More on that below.

 

Daily Kristallnacht in Palestine

  Daily Kristallinacht in Palestine

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Imagine daily life under these conditions. Occupation harshness enforces institutionalized terror. Fear is constant. Collective punishment is policy.

 

Peaceful public demonstrations are assaulted. Free expression and movement are prohibited. Population centers are isolated. Borders are closed. 

Israel's Enforcer

  Israel's Enforcer

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel enforces rogue state harshness. Rule of law principles are spurned. Even Jewish rights are marginalized. Palestinians have none. 

 

Occupation ruthlessness terrorizes them. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad serve illegitimately.

Anti-Iranian Propaganda

  Anti-Iranian Propaganda

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

When America goes to war or plans one, media scoundrels march in lockstep. 

 

Articles, commentaries, editorials, and broadcasts feature Washington handout-style journalism. 

 

Police Brutality During Chicago NATO Summit

  Police Brutality During Chicago NATO Summit

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

NATO arrives everywhere violently. Chicago was no exception. Residents were terrorized for days. 

 

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