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Glorifying Israel Shames Harvard

  Glorifying Israel Shames Harvard

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Harvard's motto is "VERITAS (truth)." Its shield displays it. So do rings students buy. 

 

It wasn't present at Harvard's April 19 - 20 Israel Conference (IC). Perhaps an invitation wasn't extended.

Dying to Live Free

  Dying to Live Free

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's prison gulag is one of the world's most hellish. Palestinians held suffer horrifically. Inflicting pain and suffering is official Israeli policy. Rule of law principles are spurned.

 

Israel's Gulag Prison Hell

  Israel's Gulag Prison Hell

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

For decades, Palestinians have been slaughtered, displaced, intimidated, humiliated, collectively punished, and denied equal rights as Jews. They've also been mass imprisoned. 

 

Land Day: Why It Matters

  Land Day: Why It Matters

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1948, Israel stole 78% of Palestine. In 1967, they took the rest. The Israeli/Palestinian conflict remains the longest unresolved one of our time.

 

A Nation of Morons

  A Nation of Morons

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Jefferson called an educated citizenry "a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."

 

Madison warned that "A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or, perhaps both."

Abbas Censors Truth

  Abbas Censors Truth

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel notoriously censors truth. Military censorship bans or sanitizes material potentially harming Israel's security. Media/government agreements comply.

 

Preventing Peace to Wage War

  Preventing Peace to Wage War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama plans more wars. The peace candidate can't get enough of them. Hawkishness defines his agenda. So does belligerently transforming independent regimes into client ones. 

 

NGOs Promote Wars for Profit

  NGOs Promote Wars for Profit

 

by Stephen Lendman 

 

Like better known war profiteers, NGOs also cash in. A Centre for the Study of Interventionism (CSI) report discussed it.

 

Media Scoundrels Promote War on Syria

  Media Scoundrels Promote War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Syria's a battle zone. Western generated violence is to blame, not Assad. America's media scoundrels claim otherwise. They want him ousted by any means, including war.

 

Grand Prix State Terror

  Grand Prix State Terror

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Perhaps Bahrain April 22 was a first. Imagine a sporting event featuring state-sponsored terror and blood in the streets. 

 

Imagine one with race drivers and event organizers mindless of raging crimes against humanity nearby.

Marwan Barghouti: Suspect Accusations After the Fact

  Marwan Barghouti: Suspect Accusations After the Fact

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Barghouti's a political prisoner. On May 20, 2004, he was wrongfully convicted of involvement in three terrorist attacks killing five people. Acquitted on 33 other charges, he received five consecutive life sentences plus 40 years.

 

Shaky Economies

  Shaky Economies

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since 2009, an ocean of easy money saved American, EU, and Japanese economies from collapse.

 

Grand Prix Disgrace

  Grand Prix Disgrace

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On Sunday, April 22, Bahrain's Grand Prix went on as scheduled. This year's grand prize is disgrace, not glory. 

 

Security Council Authorizes 300 Syrian Monitors

  Security Council Authorizes 300 Syrian Monitors

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 21, the Security Council unanimously adopted a Russian/EU resolution. It calls for deploying up to 300 unarmed military Syrian observers for three months.

 

Protesting for Justice in Bahrain

  Protesting for Justice in Bahrain

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Long-suffering Bahrainis want democratic change. In response, Al Khalifa security forces attack them. 

 

Washington turns a blind eye. So did Formula One's governing body. On April 22, Bahrain's Grand Prix goes on as planned. Protesters call it "blood on the track." 

America's Gulf Disaster Revisited

  America's Gulf Disaster Revisited

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

April 20 marked the two year anniversary of BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster. Until Fukushima Daiichi's catastrophic nuclear meltdown, it was the largest ever environmental calamity.

 

Grand Prix Hypocrisy in Bahrain

  Grand Prix Hypocrisy in Bahrain

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Al-Khalifa despots rule Bahrain repressively. Bahrainis want democratic change. In summer 2010, sporadic protests began. In mid-February last year, major ones erupted.

 

Warning: Visiting Israel Is Dangerous

  Warning: Visiting Israel Is Dangerous

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Don't visit Gaza by sea. In May 2010, nine Mavi Marmara activists died trying. Anyone planning Gaza, West Bank, or East Jerusalem trips be warned. 

 

Interdictions, beatings, arrests, interrogations, detentions, deportations, or even death may follow. Israel's indeed dangerous. 

Israel Using Oslo Accords to Steal West Bank Land

  Israel Using Oslo Accords to Steal West Bank Land

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Collectively Punishing Palestinian Prisoners and Families

  Collectively Punishing Palestinian Prisoners and Families

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

William Blum once called the holocaust the worst thing ever to happen to Jews. The second worse thing, he said, "is the state of Israel."

 

Defending the Indefensible

  Defending the Indefensible

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Robert Shiller is Yale University Professor of Economics and Professor of Finance and Fellow at the International Center of Finance, Yale School of Management.

 

Khader Adnan: Freed for How Long?

  Khader Adnan: Freed for How Long?

 

On April 17, Palestinian Prisoners Day, Khader gained freedom. At issue is for how long? As announced, Israel released him as scheduled. He endured 66 hunger striking days to be free.

 

So was Hana Shalabi last October when released with other Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Shalit. Held two and a half years without charge, she wasn't free long.

 

America's Lost War

  America's Lost War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's Afghan war is lost and illegal. The Bush administration got no Security Council authorization or congressional declaration of war.

 

Failure in Cartagena

  Failure in Cartagena

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 14 and 15, Cartagena, Columbia hosted the Sixth Summit of the Americas (SOA). Obama came, participated, and left empty-handed.

 

How different things were in three 1990s summits. James Petras calls the decade "the golden age of pillage." That was then. This is now.

Beating Up on North Korea and Iran

  Beating Up on North Korea and Iran 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington needs enemies. When none exist, they're created. North Korea and Iran are prime targets. Neither poses threats. Yet they faced decades of false accusations.

 

Mass Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike

  Mass Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 17, about 1,600 Palestinian prisoners began open-ended hunger strikes. More on that below.

 

Palestinians face hellish conditions in Israeli prisons. They endure torture, deprivation, isolation, intimidation, and denial of basic rights.

Worrisome Security Council Syrian Resolution

  Worrisome Security Council Syrian Resolution

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 14, the Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2042. The UN News Centre headlined, "Syria: Security Council authorizes deployment of advance military observer team," saying:

 

Israel Criminalizes Travel

  Israel Criminalizes Travel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel systematically wages war on rule of law principles, truth, equity, justice, and other democratic values. 

 

Even Jews aren't safe. Anyone challenging Netanyahu's regime and earlier ones becomes vulnerable. 

Nuclear Chess

  Nuclear Chess

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 14, two days of nuclear chess began in Istanbul. At issue is Iran's civilian program. So-called P5+1 countries - America, Russia, China, Britain, and France - plus Germany - know it's peaceful. They pretend otherwise.

 

Tarek Mehanna: Criminalized for Doing the Right Thing

  Tarek Mehanna: Criminalized for Doing the Right Thing

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Post-9/11, the Bush administration declared war on terror. It was sham cover for eroding personal freedoms and waging war on humanity. 

 

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