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Social Justice on Trial in Canada

  Social Justice on Trial in Canada

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Destructive neoliberal mandates harm US and European societies. Canada's conservative government force-feeds similar policies.

 

Continuing Palestinian Hunger Strikes

  Continuing Palestinian Hunger Strikes

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel mocks democratic freedoms. Force-fed occupation injustice reveals its true face. It rivals the world's worst tyrannies. Scoundrel media cover-ups can't change facts.

 

Iran Nuclear Talks in Baghdad

  Iran Nuclear Talks in Baghdad

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Previous nuclear talks failed. On April 14 and 15, another round convened. 

 

Istanbul hosted so-called P5+1 countries. They include the five permanent Security Council members - America, Russia, China, Britain, and France - plus Germany.

Separate and Unequal in Israel

  Separate and Unequal in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 23, Yousef Munayyer headlined his New York Times op-ed "Not All Israeli Citizens are Equal," saying:

 

Residing in Lod, Israel, he's an Arab citizen. His Palestinian wife lives in Nablus in the West Bank. 

Heightening Tensions for War on Iran

  Heightening Tensions for War on Iran

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed two House bills. On May 18, HR 4310 passed. It includes two hawkish anti-Iranian provisions: Sections 1221 and 1222. 

 

So does HR 568. It expressed the importance of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons "capability." 

Time Profiles a World Class Thug

  Time Profiles a World Class Thug

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Time magazine's May 28 cover features "King Bibi: He's conquered Israel. But will Netanyahu make peace - or war?"

 

Chicago: America's Police Repression Capital

  Chicago: America's Police Repression Capital

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A personal note. Chicago's my home. I live north of the Chicago River. It's the traditional North/South dividing line. I'm close to where protests occurred on the Michigan Ave Bridge and nearby.

 

Killing with Impunity

  Killing with Impunity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A new initiative called "Killing Without Consequence" wants justice for Ziad Jilani. Border guard Maxim Vinogradov murdered him with impunity. More on that below.

 

Battleground Chicago

  Battleground Chicago

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Chicago police have an odious reputation for brutality. It's well deserved. On Sunday, it showed up forcefully. The whole world watched.

 

Baton-wielding cops confronted protesters violently. Official policy is swing first, ask questions later, and blame victims for police thuggishness. More on that below.

Pushing for War on Iran

  Pushing for War on Iran

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Congressional hawks want war. Bipartisan support backs it. Moderates outnumber hotheads. At issue is for how long.

 

Saber rattling, fear mongering, and bogus accusations persisted for years. Now it's showing up in legislation. More on that below. 

Chicago Under Siege

  Chicago Under Siege

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

NATO arrives everywhere violently. Chicago was no exception. During summit activities, city cops are enforcers. They specialize in serving wealth, power, and imperial interests.

 

Their guerrilla warfare history is notorious. They're reliable state terror partners. 

Jerusalem Day

  Jerusalem Day

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In May 1948, Israel's independence was Palestine's Nakba. In June 1967, Jerusalem Day for Jews was Nakba 2.0 for Palestinians.

 

Life in Occupied Chicago

  Life in Occupied Chicago

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Through Monday, downtown residents live in occupied Chicago. 

 

Secret Service agents, NORTHCOM and National Guard forces, as well as thousands of state and local police seem everywhere.

 

Headlines Reveal Life in Occupied Palestine

  Headlines Reveal Life in Occupied Palestine

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

They also reflect rogue Israeli leadership threatening humanity. More on that below.

 

Gaza remains isolated and besieged. Its health minister said the lives of 404 kidney failure patients are threatened. Enough dialysis "Bloodline" supplies aren't available.

Chicago Militarized for NATO

  Chicago Militarized for NATO

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Ready or not, NATO arrived on May 19 and 20. Chicago's in virtual lockdown. Residents feel occupied. Building occupants got special instructions.

 

Israeli Police State Crimes

  Israeli Police State Crimes

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Multiple times daily they occur in Occupied Palestine. In the week ending May 16, Palestinian West Bank communities experienced 41 lawless incursions.

 

Numerous arrests followed. Three journalists and three children were targeted. Dozens of peaceful Nakba Day demonstrators were injured. Others were arrested.

Greece Reflects Growing Economic Turmoil

  Greece Reflects Growing Economic Turmoil

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Straightjacket Eurozone rules trap 17 dissimilar countries. Greece proved most vulnerable. It's cratering under imposed austerity. 

 

It's the epicenter of Europe's deepening economic crisis. Fed up Greeks want change. May 6 parliamentary elections favored anti-austerity candidates.

Ziyad Yaghi: Guilty of Being Muslim in America

  Ziyad Yaghi: Guilty of Being Muslim in America

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Post-9/11, America declared war on Islam. Wars rage abroad. At home, innocent victims are wrongfully charged, prosecuted, convicted by intimidated and pressured juries, and imprisoned.

 

Israel's Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons

  Israel's Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's long known open secret is its formidable nuclear arsenal. Less is known about its chemical and biological weapons (CBW) capability. More on that below.

 

Syria and Iran in Focus

  Syria and Iran in Focus

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's longstanding agenda targets both countries. Israel wants regional rivals removed. Washington wants independent regimes replaced by pro-Western puppet ones.

 

The Nakba: Before and After

  The Nakba: Before and After

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

May 15 marks Israel's 64th independence day. This year's Jewish calendar commemorated it on April 25. 

 

For Palestinians, May 15 represents 64 years of Nakba suffering. Survivor testimonies bare witness. No words adequately explain their catastrophe. An unnamed Jew said:

Hunger Strike Aftermath

  Hunger Strike Aftermath

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

As they say, it's not over 'till it's over. Palestinian prisoners have been mass hunger striking since April 17. Others began earlier. Some hadn't eaten for two months or longer.

 

US/Israeli Special Relationship

  US/Israeli Special Relationship

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Strategic interests largely benefitting Israel, not shared values, are at issue. Washington doesn't provide the Jewish state more aid than all other nations combined because of historic binding ties.

 

Hunger Strike Ends

  Hunger Strike Deal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinian hunger strikers redefined courage. Mass willingness to die for justice is unprecedented. 

 

On May 13, they reiterated their dignity or death steadfastness. More on that below.

 

FBI Wants Greater Surveillance Powers

  FBI Wants Greater Surveillance Powers

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

FBI Director Robert Mueller wants Congress to enact greater surveillance powers following the false flag underwear bomb plot blamed on Al Qaeda.

 

Israeli and Palestinian Protests

  Israeli and Palestinian Protests

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strikes continue. Freedom, dignity, and respect for their rights are at issue. Strikers want horrific Israeli prison abuses ended. More on that below.

 

Fabricating Lies to Wage War on Iran

  Fabricating Lies to Wage War on Iran

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Turning Iran into a reliable pro-Western puppet state is a long-sought US goal. All options are considered, including war.

 

Waging Total War on Islam

  Waging Total War on Islam

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton said that's where the money is. Washington targets the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia because it's where most proved oil and gas reserves are.

 

Brookings: A Reliable Imperial Tool

  Brookings: A Reliable Imperial Tool

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Brookings calls itself a Washington-based NGO "conducting high-quality, independent research" to advance three goals: democracy, economic and social welfare for all, and a "more safe, prosperous and cooperative international system."

 

Hunger Strikes Highlight Israeli Injustice

  Hunger Strikes Highlight Israeli Injustice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel treats Palestinian prisoners horrifically. Cruel and unusual punishment is policy. Detention conditions include torture, intimidation, and other abusive practices. 

 

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