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Libyan Violence and Instability

  Libyan Violence and Instability - by Stephen Lendman

 

NATO's killing machine ravaged a nonbelligerent country posing no threat. Tyranny replaced Jamahiriya government. Violence followed stability.

 

On January 3, Middle East Online contributor Jay Deshnukh headlined, "Ex-rebels' war for money, power: Fierce clashes erupt in Tripoli," saying:

Promoting War on Iran

  Promoting War on Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

In June 2009, a Brookings Institution report titled, "Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran" was a regime change policy paper. Pro-Israeli right-wing ideologues prepared it, including:

 

Obama Plans More War

  Obama Plans More War - by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 5, Obama held a first ever administration Pentagon news conference. Its thinly veiled hawkishness explained his 2012 military agenda.

 

Systematic West Bank Settler Violence

  Systematic West Bank Settler Violence - by Stephen Lendman

 

B'Tselem's been on the story for years. Settler violence is longstanding, troubling, and largely without accountability.

 

Since September 2000 alone (the beginning of the second Intifada), the toll includes 50 Palestinians killed. Since December 1987 (the first Intifada's onset), it's 115, besides many more injured, including children.

Palestinian Children Detained Oppressively in Isolation

  Palestinian Children Detained Oppressively in Isolation - by Stephen Lendman

 

DCI/Palestine "is a national section of the international non-government child rights organisation and movement (dedicated) to promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children," according to international law principles.

 

Money Power Runs America

  Money Power Runs America - by Stephen Lendman

 

Wall Street does it by controlling money, credit and debt, as well as manipulating markets for private enrichment. House and Senate millionaires do it their way for greater wealth, privilege, power and status.

 

Shooting the Messenger in Syria

  Shooting the Messenger in Syria - by Stephen Lendman

 

At issue is discrediting Sudanese General Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi. He's Arab League observer mission head in Syria. More on him below.

 

The phrase "shooting the messenger" is centuries old. Shakespeare wrote "Don't shoot the messenger" in Henry IV, part two. In Antony and Cleopatra, she reacted to Antony jilting her by threatening to treat the messenger's eyes as balls.

Crisis Conditions Grip Eurozone

  Crisis Conditions Grip Eurozone - by Stephen Lendman

 

From inception, the euro system was doomed to fail. In the 1990s, Progressive Radio News Hour regular Bob Chapman predicted it.

 

Proposed FCC Media Consolidation Rules

  Proposed FCC Media Consolidation Rules- by Stephen Lendman

 

In October 2007, then FCC chairman Kevin Martin proposed lifting the 1975 media cross-ownership rule. It forbid owning a newspaper and television or radio station in the same city even though conglomerates like Rupert Murdock's News Corp. and the (Chicago) Tribune Company already did. 

 

Obama's America: Tyranny and Permanent War

  Obama's America: Tyranny and Permanent War - by Stephen Lendman

 

December 31, 2011 will be remembered as a day of infamy. More on it below. October 17, 2006 was an earlier one under Bush.

 

In a White House ceremony, he signed the infamous Military Commissions Act (MCA). It authorized torture as official policy. 

 

Ratcheting Up Middle East Tensions

  Ratcheting Up Middle East Tensions - by Stephen Lendman

 

Post-9/11, Washington's aggression created a Middle East cauldron. As a result, it's been on the boil. Things ahead look worse. Obama and key NATO allies threaten the entire region. In 2012, expect continued destructive violence. 

 

Obama's New Year Resolution: More Middle East War

  Obama's New Year Resolution: More Middle East War - by Stephen Lendman

 

Syria and Iran are targeted. Regime change is planned. At issue is replacing them with client ones, controlling the region's strategic resources, and depriving key rivals China and Russia from access.

 

Appalling Bahraini Prison Conditions and Treatment

  Appalling Bahraini Prison Conditions and Treatment - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since early 2011, Washington, Western governments, and major media scoundrels largely ignored outrageous Al Khalifa monarchy abuses. They include crackdowns on nonviolent protesters, mass arrests, torture, intimidation, and cold-blooded murder.

 

Ron Paul's Anti-Progressive Agenda

  Ron Paul's Anti-Progressive Agenda - by Stephen Lendman

 

Compared to a rogue's gallery of Republican aspirants, supporters claim Paul looks good by comparison. Look again and think carefully about America in his hands.

 

True enough, he wants the Federal Reserve abolished. He calls it "dishonest, immoral, unconstitutional," and America's "great(est) threat to....security and prosperity."

State of Human Rights in Israel

  State of Human Rights in Israel - by Stephen Lendman

 

Annually, the State Department publishes human rights reports for over 190 countries. Its latest April 8, 2011 Israel assessment noted serious human rights abuses, including:

 

(1) numerous NGO complaints about torture and other abuses in Gaza and the West Bank.

Israel v. Palestine in 2012

  Israel v. Palestine in 2012 - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians have endured decades of ruthless occupation. World leaders decline support. They're left largely on their own despite growing millions globally supporting them.

 

Life in occupied Palestine is harsh and repressive. On December 26, Jerusalem's mayor, Nir Barakat, delivered another blow. The Municipality will classify 70,000 Israeli Arab citizens non-residents and involuntarily transfer them to West Bank locations.

Saudi Arabian State Terror

  Saudi Arabian State Terror - Stephen Lendman

 

Annually, the State Department publishes human rights reports for over 190 countries. Its latest April 8, 2011 Saudi Arabia assessment discusses "significant human rights abuses and the inability of citizens to change its absolute monarchal rule. Abuses include:

Escalating Anti-Iranian Tensions

  Escalating Anti-Iranian Tensions - by Stephen Lendman

 

Whether or not anti-Iranian rhetoric, saber rattling, sanctions, other policy measures, and recent events signal war isn't known. Growing dangers though mount.

 

America targets all independent regimes. At issue is replacing them with client ones.

 

Grim 2012 Economic Outlook

  Grim 2012 Economic Outlook - by Stephen Lendman

 

Yearend isn't just about holiday season binge shopping, parties, and over-indulgence. It's also when economic predictions surface. 

 

The Wall Street Journal publishes consensus views. On December 23, it headlined, "Risks Cloud Outlook for Economy in 2012," saying:

Wrecking America's Postal Service

  Wrecking America's Postal Service - by Stephen Lendman

 

At a time of open-checkbook military spending, multiple imperial wars, Wall Street bailouts, handouts to other corporate favorites, transferring unprecedented wealth to America's rich, and preserving their tax cuts and other benefits for more, austerity is impoverishing millions, destroying their futures, and wrecking America's Postal Service (USPS).

 

Gaza: One of History's Great Crimes

  Gaza: Remembering Cast Lead - by Stephen Lendman

 

December 27 marks the third anniversary of Israel's lawless war on Gaza. Without provocation, three weeks of terror bombing and invasion devastated the Strip. 

 

Missiles, bombs, shells, and illegal weapons were used against defenseless people. Mass slaughter and destruction followed.

 

Responsible New York Banking

  Responsible New York Banking - by Stephen Lendman

 

Founded in 1882, the Bank of Cattaraugus (B of C) exception proves the rule. Located in Western New York, it's miles from Wall Street's cesspool of fraud, market manipulation, grand theft, bailouts, and influence peddling in league with corrupt politicians getting generous campaign contribution bribes in return.

 

Netanyahu Rejects Peace

  Netanyahu Rejects Peace - by Stephen Lendman

 

Sham Israeli peace negotiations were stillborn from inception. Writer Henry Siegman once called them "the most spectacular deception in modern diplomatic history."

 

Netanyahu once said they're "a waste of time." Previous Israeli officials called occupation and status quo conditions "permanent."

Obama Year Three: Continuing His Rogue Agenda

  Obama Year Three: Continuing His Rogue Agenda - by Stephen Lendman

 

In 2011, Obama continued the destructive pattern he followed in years one and two. Throughout his tenure, he's done what supporters thought impossible.

 

Russian v. US Elections

  Russian v. US Elections - by Stephen Lendman

 

Russia's December 4 elections filled 450 State Duma seats, Russia's Federal Assembly lower house.

 

Claims of electoral fraud followed. All elections have irregularities. At issue is whether results are comprised. Election monitor Golos accusations were spurious. America's National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funds it. It supports regime change in non-US client states.

Spoiling for a Fight with Syria and Iran

  Spoiling for a Fight with Syria and Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

Syria remains the region's only independent secular state. Washington aims to replace its regime with a client one.

 

Libya's model was replicated. Months of externally generated violence followed. So far it's short of war. For how long is uncertain. Obama can't wait to wage another one to keep ravaging the world one country at a time.

Israel's Repressive Permit System

  Israel's Repressive Permit System - by Stephen Lendman

 

Under South African apartheid, pass laws segregated blacks from whites, restricted their movements, required pass books be carried at all times, and be produced on demand or face arrest and prosecution. 

 

Evolving from the 18th and 19th century until their 1986 repeal, they restricted entry to cities, forcibly relocated blacks, denied them most public amenities, many forms of employment, and became apartheid's most hated symbol.

Holiday Season Hypocrisy

  Holiday Season Hypocrisy - by Stephen Lendman

 

Most Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25. For Eastern Orthodox faith adherents, it's January 7. It commemorates Christ's birthday, even though it's widely acknowledged not to be that day.

 

EU Protests Israeli Occupation Policies

  EU Protests Israeli Occupation Policies - by Stephen Lendman

 

On December 23, Haaretz writer Barak Ravid headlined, "EU voices protest over Israeli policies in East Jerusalem, West Bank," saying:

 

Medicare Privatization Plans

  Medicare Privatization Plans - by Stephen Lendman

 

The idea's been around for years. More recently, bipartisan support's been growing. Various plans have circulated.

 

A 2006 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study assessed "Designing a Premium Support System (PSS) for Medicare." It discussed pros, cons, other choices and implications in terms of costs and recipient benefits.

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