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NATO Heads for Chicago

  NATO Heads for Chicago

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A $100 million NATO invasion is coming. Low intensity conflict may follow. The "City of Broad Shoulders" may get more than it bargained for. 

 

Nelson Algren once called Chicago the "City on the Make." NATO's May 20/21 "on the make" invasion isn't welcome.

Activism for Justice

  Activism for Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Activism has many forms. OWS protesters want long denied social change. Palestinians want to live free. So do Bahrainis.

 

Guantanamo Show Trial Begins

  Guantanamo Show Trial Begins

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

At issue is prosecuting five 9/11 suspects: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM: the alleged mastermind), Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa al Hawsawi. 

 

Israel: Profile of a Police State

  Israel: Profile of a Police State

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Police states are defined by lawlessness, injustice, and contempt for democratic values.

 

Another Foiled False Flag

  Another Foiled False Flag

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Wikipedia defines false or black flags as "covert operations designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities." 

 

Predatory Capitalism Failed

  Predatory Capitalism Failed

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Independent observers knew it long ago. Today's global economic crisis provides added confirmation. In 2008, a staunch champion of the system expressed second thoughts. More on him below.

 

Israel's High Court Spurns Justice

  Israel's High Court Rejects Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 8, hunger strikers Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh reached day 71. 

 

On May 7, Israel's High Court ruled let 'em die. It rejected an urgent appeal to save them. They're uncharged political prisoners, not criminals. 

European Electoral Postmortems

  European Electoral Postmortems

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The morning after election Sunday, French and Greek voters have major issues unresolved. Austerity harmed people in both countries. Technocrats remain in charge. Odds remain long for change. 

 

Palestinian Prisoner Unity

  Palestinian Prisoner Unity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Commentary is a neoconservative publication. Fronting for Israel is policy. 

 

Washington Targets OWS

  Washington Targets OWS

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Last October, Obama told ABC News:

 

FBI Entrapment Snares More Victims

  FBI Entrapment Snares More Victims

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The latest plot involves five subjects allegedly planning to bomb a Cleveland area bridge. More on it below.

 

Entrapment occurs when law enforcement officials or agents induce, influence, or provoke crimes that otherwise wouldn't be committed. 

Occupy Wall Street's Act II

  Occupy Wall Street's Act II

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Grassroots activism takes time to grow. Broad-based participation is vital. Issues must be clearly defined. Leadership is needed. Major obstacles must be overcome.

 

Solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers

  Solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Courage comes in many forms. Perhaps none stand out more than willingness to die for justice.

 

An estimated 2,500 Palestinian detainees began open-ended hunger strikes on April 17 - Palestine Prisoners Day. Others haven't eaten much longer. 

New York Times Publishes Hate Ad

  New York Times Publishes Hate Ad

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The Times notoriously provides one-sided Israel/Palestine coverage. Jewish rights and all things Israel matter. Palestinians don't count. 

 

World Press Freedom Day

  World Press Freedom Day

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's First Amendment affirms it. So does Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

 

Israel Toughens Prison Harshness

  Israel Toughens Prison Harshness

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians throughout the Territories face daily state terror. Prisoners in Israel's gulag are worst off. Prison harshness just increased. More on that below. 

 

Choice Not on Ballot in French Election

  Choice Not on Ballot in French Election

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

France replicates most Western societies. Elections give voters little choice at best. Most often there's none. Two dominant parties usually compete. In France, there's three.

 

United Methodist Church Rejects Divestment

  United Methodist Church Rejects Divestment

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Doing the right thing is easy. Doing it wrong takes effort. It also belies some groups' moral values.

 

UMC "emphasi(zes) Christian living (by) putting faith and love into action." On May 2, they were noticeably absent.

Afghanistan: Permanent Occupation Planned

  Afghanistan: Permanent Occupation Planned

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Replicating post-WW II occupations is planned. Sixty-seven years after war's end, US troops still occupy Germany, Japan and Korea. They're part of America's growing empire of bases. 

 

Status of forces (SOFA) agreements establish the framework under which US forces operate abroad.

Targeting Murdoch

  Targeting Murdoch

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Quelle surprise! Britain's parliament discovered what media critics and people wanting real news and information knew decades ago.

 

Whitewashing Mass Murder

  Whitewashing Mass Murder

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's 2008-09 Gaza war was one of history's great crimes. Missiles, bombs, shells, and illegal weapons were used against defenseless people. Mass slaughter and destruction followed.

 

May Day Protests for Justice

  May Day Protests for Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Annually on May 1 in dozens of countries worldwide, labor commemorates International Workers Day. It's now called May Day.

 

Since the 1880s in America and Canada, Labor Day is a national holiday on the first Monday in September. It once had meaning. It no longer does.

Chavez in 2012

  Chavez in 2012

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

After 12 years in office, Chavez remains overwhelmingly favored for reelection in October. Given the alternative, most Venezuelans have a clear choice.

 

Police State Harshness

  Police State Harshness

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 26, the House passed HR 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) of 2011 248 - 168.

 

A companion S. 2105: Cybersecurity Act of 2012 awaits Senate consideration. Obama promised a veto if passes. He lied. He does it repeatedly.

Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Painfully Force-Fed

  Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Painfully Force-Fed

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

May 1 marks his 83rd hunger striking day. At issue is justice denied him and all Bahrainis. One of the world's most ruthless dictatorships terrorizes them.

 

They resist courageously. Abdulhadi inspires them. He's now painfully force-fed against his will.

Washington and Israel Threaten Humanity

  Washington and Israel Threaten Humanity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

So does NATO. It's America's imperial tool. An alliance for war, not peace, enemies were invented post-Soviet Russia.

 

Communism then was the alleged threat. Today it's terrorism. Strategically intervening under US control, world peace and humanity are threatened. 

Palestinian Rights Activism Endangered

  Palestinian Rights Activism Endangered 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In America, Israel, Europe and elsewhere, supporting Palestinian rights publicly is dangerous. 

 

In September 2010, FBI agents raided homes of Chicago and Minneapolis human rights activists.

 

What's Next for Libya

  What's Next for Libya?

 

NATO's "responsibility to protect" (R2P) was subterfuge to wage war. Months of terror bombing left Libya a charnel house.

 

Africa's most developed country was ravaged, not liberated. Protracted struggle continues. Expect it to persist for years.

 

Drone Warfare in Yemen

  Drone Warfare in Yemen

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Predator drones sanitize killing on the cheap compared to manned aircraft and ground troops. Teams of remote warriors work far from, and at times, closer to battlefields. 

 

Daring to Criticize Israel

  Daring to Criticize Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Addressing this issue responsibly risks rebuke, ostracism, or job loss. For some, it's a career ender. Scoundrel media writers and broadcasters are vulnerable. So are university professors.

 

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