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Papering Over Disaster

  Papering Over Disaster

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Fall 2007 began the onset of America's greatest Depression. Europe's in deep trouble. Reckoning day's delayed by bailing out insolvent banks and throwing money at markets like confetti.

 

Challenging Israeli State Terror

  Challenging Israeli State Terror

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Among other methods, lawlessly imprisoned Palestinians do it by hunger striking. Khader Adnan got world attention. He endured 66 days before Israel agreed to release him on April 17. He continues struggling to regain health and survive.

 

What's Next in Syria?

  What's Next in Syria?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 27, Syria formally accepted Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan. His spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi said:

 

Terrorizing Palestinians Daily

  Terrorizing Palestinians Daily

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Life in Occupied Palestine is harsh, brutal, and repressive. It includes collective punishment, closed borders, economic strangulation, land theft, dispossessions, neighborhood incursions, ground and air attacks, arrests, torture, incarceration, and constant fear.

 

Legislating Greater Wall Street Theft

  Legislating Greater Wall Street Theft

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Political Washington is Wall Street's best friend. Whatever crooked bankers want they get. Their business model features grand theft. Wealth’s amassed through fraudulent double-dealing.

 

Fragging in Afghanistan?

  Fragging in Afghanistan?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

If it's happening, it's not reported. Washington wants no mention or suggestion of what plagued Vietnam. More on that below.

 

Writing about the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky said:

 

The Criminal Class in Washington is Bipartisan

  The Criminal Class in Washington is Bipartisan

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Inside the Beltway, it's evident daily. The political news website Capitol Hill Blue says "Nobody's life, liberty or property is safe while Congress is in session or the White House is occupied."

 

Washington Admits Aiding Syrian Opposition

  Washington Admits Aiding Syrian Opposition

 

On March 25, The New York Times headlined, "US and Turkey to Step Up 'Nonlethal' Aid to Rebels in Turkey," saying:

 

Other US allies were urged to do the same. Insisting no weapons will be sent belies heavy Western and Israeli ones delivered through porous borders for months. 

Terrorizing Palestinian Youths

  Terrorizing Palestinian Youths

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Based on spurious charges or others too minor to matter, Israel arrests, tortures, traumatizes, convicts, and detains hundreds of Palestinian youths lawlessly. Many suffer lasting effects.

 

Stand Your Ground Laws Legalize Murder

  Stand Your Ground Laws Legalize Murder

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Across America, institutionalized incidents replicate 17-year old Trayvon Martin's February 26 cold-blooded murder. A Black high-school student, he was shot and killed in predominantly white Sanford, FL. 

 

He was unarmed, carried candy, a can of iced tea, and some cash. He threatened no one.

Israeli Court Enforces Hana Shalabi Injustice

  Israeli Court Enforces Hana Shalabi Injustice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Lawlessly detained without charge, Hana's 40th hunger strike day began. She wants freedom or death, and not just for herself. It's for thousands of wrongfully imprisoned Palestinians.

 

Challenging Obamacare

  Challenging Obamacare 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Last November, the Supreme Court agreed to hear challenge arguments against Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) - aka Obamacare.

 

From March 26 - 28, oral arguments on PPACA’s constitutionality will be heard, especially certain provisions. A decision is expected by June.

Israelis and Iranians Against War

  Israelis and Iranians Against War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israelis aren't all like Netanyahu and Knesset extremists like him. Most want peace, not war. On March 24, Haaretz headlined, "Hundreds of Israelis march in Tel Aviv to protest war with Iran," saying:

Afghanistan Crimes: Absolving Higher-Ups

  Afghanistan Crimes: Absolving Higher-Ups

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Murder anywhere is bad enough. Nuremberg chief prosecutor Robert Jackson called preemptive aggressive war killing "the supreme international crime against peace." 

 

Convicted Nazi war criminals were hanged. American ones keep killing with impunity.

No Letup in Western-Backed Syrian Violence

  No Letup in Western-Backed Syrian Violence

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington's dirty hands control anti-Assad violence. At issue is longstanding policy to install a pro-Western regime. All means are used to do it, including war if others fail. 

 

Heading for Inevitable Disaster

  Heading for Inevitable Disaster

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1959, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz liberated Cuba from imperial America, police state rule, and mafia bosses who turned the nation into a casino and brothel.

 

Cubans may want change, but won't tolerate recolonization under puppets serving Washington's interests.

Keeping the Syrian Pot Boiling

  Keeping the Syrian Pot Boiling

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The ink's barely dry on the March 21 Security Council Presidential Statement. It called on both sides "to bring an immediate end to all violence" and engage in conflict resolution diplomacy.

 

Palestinians Denied Essentials to Life

  Palestinians Denied Essentials to Life

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Besides persecution, repression, and injustice, deprivation defines life in Occupied Palestine. Essentials fall way below minimum standards. 

 

Shortages and crises affect water, sanitation, electricity, fuel, and vital healthcare when most needed.

Worrisome Security Council Presidential Statement on Syria

  Worrisome Security Council Presidential Statement on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

After months of internal wrangling, Security Council members unanimously endorsed efforts to end Syrian violence. Or did they? More on that below.

 

Gaza Siege Harshness Continues

  Gaza Siege Harshness Continues

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's claimed easing is false. Besieged Gazans remain isolated. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) assessed conditions in January.

 

Freedom or Death

  Freedom or Death

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 22, Hana Shalabi's 36th hunger strike day began. After examining her, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) said she's in imminent danger of death.

 

Perils of Attacking Iran

  Perils of Attacking Iran

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In mid-April, Istanbul or Geneva will host nuclear talks with Iran. America, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany will attend. Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov calls them a "last chance" to avoid war.

 

New York Times Promotes War on Syria and Iran

  New York Times Promotes War on Syria and Iran

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

As America's leading broadsheet, what it reports matters, especially on war and peace. 

 

Instead of accuracy, full disclosure, and supporting right over wrong, The Times consistently cheerleads US wars and prospective ones.

Stepped-Up Pressure on Assad

  Stepped-Up Pressure on Assad

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Last weekend's anti-Assad Damascus and Aleppo terrorist violence reflects Washington's violent pursuit of regime change.

 

Peaceful resolution efforts are subverted. Obama's waging undeclared war. On March 19, Iran's Russian ambassador, Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi, explained US-style democracy, saying:

Dying for Justice

  Dying for Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 20, Hana's 34th hunger strike day began. The previous day, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) said she's in imminent danger of dying.

 

US Afghan Detainees Sent to Torture Prisons

  US Afghan Detainees Sent to Torture Prisons

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Post-9/11, torture became official US policy. Bush officials mandated it. Obama continues it in US overseas prisons and foreign ones, including in Afghanistan. 

 

America and Israel: Modern Day Spartas

  America and Israel: Modern Day Spartas

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America and Israel live by the sword. One day they'll perish by it. 

 

The more belligerence they pursue, the more enemies they make. They also lose influence. Eventually homeland support will erode, decay, and fade.

Asking the Wrong Questions About War

  Asking the Wrong Questions About War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller now writes Times op-eds on alternate Mondays, as well as articles for The New York Times Magazine.

 

Too bad his columns get failing grades. Scoundrel journalism is featured. Truth and full disclosure are excluded. His March 18 article is typical. 

Washington Preparing for More War

  Washington Preparing for More War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Already embroiled in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and numerous proxy wars in Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, central Africa, and elsewhere, evidence suggests Obama's preparing for more.

 

Rape and Murder in Afghanistan

  Rape and Murder in Afghanistan

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 11, up to 20 US forces murdered 16 Afghan men, women, and nine children, aged two to 12. Children were massacred while they slept. Two women were also raped before soldiers killed them.

 

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