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Deepening Global Financial Trouble

  Deepening Global Financial Trouble - by Stephen Lendman

 

Desperate times call for desperate measures, especially for troubled Eurozone economies. 

 

Trapped under euro straightjacket rules, everything tried so far failed, despite hooplas announcing each new plan.

 

Tarek Mehanna: Victimized by Racist Injustice

  Tarek Mehanna: Victimized by Racist Injustice - by Stephen Lendman

 

Post-9/11, Mehanna is one of hundreds of Muslim Americans victimized, vilified, and persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, prominence, activism, and at times charity.

 

On October 21, 2009, an FBI press release said:

 

Destroying the American Dream

  Destroying the American Dream - by Stephen Lendman

 

Corporate greed and profits over people priorities launched nationwide OWS protests in hundreds of US cities for change.

 

Mindless of growing public rage, political Washington keeps cutting vital social benefits needing increases during hard times.

 

Israeli Delegitimization

  Israeli Delegitimization - by Stephen Lendman

 

Under the UN Charter, other international law, and principles of sovereign equality, all states are equal. None are more or less legitimate than others.

 

Under the 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, Israel qualifies as one. It has:

Money Power World Rule

  Money Power World Rule - by Stephen Lendman

 

The late Georgetown University historian Carroll Quigley said in his book titled, "Tragedy and Hope:"

 

Growing Hunger and Homelessness in America

  Growing Hunger and Homelessness in America - by Stephen Lendman

 

Millions of Americans now endure protracted Depression conditions at a time half the population is either poor or low income. Long-term unemployment is unprecedented, and federal aid is being cut, not increased. 

 

Global Economic Tremors

  Global Economic Tremors - by Stephen Lendman

 

On December 17, Gerald Celente told On the Edge host Max Keiser:

 

"The entire financial system is collapsing. Look what's going on in China. All of the empty buildings. Look at the home sales and real estate market. They're in steep decline now."

 

Terrorizing Palestinians and Israeli Arabs

  Terrorizing Palestinians and Israeli Arabs - by Stephen Lendman

 

Two new reports provide more evidence besides volumes already available.

 

Explaining daily life in Occupied Palestine, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said about half of Palestinian households experience Israeli and other forms of violence.

Washington's Greater Middle East Agenda: War

  Washington's Greater Middle East Agenda: War - by Stephen Lendman

 

Targeting the Middle East's rich oil and gas resources, Washington plans waring against the region one country at a time to replace independent regimes with client ones.

 

At issue is achieving total dominance over MENA (Middle East/North Africa) countries and Central Asia to Russia and China's borders. Another key objective is removing or marginalizing their regional influence. 

Ugly Israeli Realities Emerge

  Ugly Israeli Realities Emerge - by Stephen Lendman

 

On December 16, Haaretz writer Barak Ravid headlined, "Secret EU paper aims to tackle Israel's treatment of Arab minority," saying:

 

Haaretz obtained parts of "a classified working paper produced by European embassies in Israel...."

Political Washington Abolishes Due Process Protections

  Political Washington Abolishes Due Process Protections - by Stephen Lendman

 

Main Street Europe and America face protracted Depression conditions. As a result, millions lost jobs, homes, incomes, and futures. 

 

Human misery is growing. So is public anger. Rage across America and Europe reflect it. Gerald Celente explains the stakes, saying:

 

Kristallnacht in Palestine

  Kristallnacht in Palestine - by Stephen Lendman

 

Virtually daily, Israeli security forces attack, kill, or injure Palestinian civilians with impunity. They also destroy their property by bombing, shelling, bulldozing and uprooting it.

 

At the same time, Israeli authorities wink and nod, occasionally decry, yet do nothing to deter extremist settler crimes against Palestinian civilians.

 

Banker Occupation and Europain

  Banker Occupation and Europain - by Stephen Lendman

 

Bankers rule the world. A new Swiss Federal Institute of Technology study says so. Written by Stefania Vitali, James Glattfelder and Stefano Battiston, it's titled "The network of global corporate control," saying:

 

Obama Approves Draconian Police State Law

  Obama Approves Draconian Police State Law - by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama supports draconian FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act provisions. Justification given is national security and war on terror hokum.

 

Henceforth, anyone anywhere, including US citizens, may be indefinitely held without charge or trial, based solely on suspicions, spurious allegations or none at all.

 

Europe in Disarray

  Europe in Disarray - by Stephen Lendman

 

Europe's underpinnings can only hold so long. Years of entrapment under euro straightjacket rules means eventual dissolution and collapse.

 

Throwing more money at out-of-control debt problems buys delay only. Instead of swallowing painful solutions, EU leaders keep repeating the same mistakes, heading dire conditions to catastrophic ones.

 

Illegal FBI Spying on Community Groups

  Illegal FBI Spying on Community Groups - by Stephen Lendman

 

On December 1, an ACLU of Northern California press release headlined, "FOIA Documents Show FBI Illegally Collecting Intelligence Under Guise of Community Outreach," saying:

 

Legislating Tyranny in America

  Legislating Tyranny in America - by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama won't prosecute CIA torturers, Wall Street crooks, other corporate criminals, lawless war profiteers, or other venal high-level civilian or government officials. 

 

Instead, expect him to sign into law (or at least tacitly approve) indefinite military detentions of US citizens allegedly associated with terrorist groups, with or without corroborating evidence.

 

Lawless Israeli Oppression in Palestine

  Lawless Israeli Oppression in Palestine - by Stephen Lendman

 

On December 9, al-Nabi Saleh village residents protested peacefully against settlers stealing their land. At point blank range, an Israeli soldier fired a tear-gas canister directly at Mustafa Tamimi's head, killing him.

 

Europe Lays an Egg

  Europe Lays an Egg - by Stephen Lendman

 

Like earlier summits, they met. They talked. They agreed to talk more and solved nothing. Once again Europe laid an egg. 

 

In fact, in 2011 alone, EU leaders held 19 emergency meetings/summits, proposed dozens of rescue packages, made as many promises, yet are back at square one.

 

Critical Health Issues in Gaza

  Critical Health Issues in Gaza - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since locked down and isolated by Israel, Gaza's experienced systemic crisis. Its health system especially was gravely harmed. 

 

Many services and life-saving treatments aren't available. Accessing it elsewhere is uncertain and tenuous. Treating chronic illnesses is jeopardized by inadequate medicines and proper equipment.

 

Wrecking Europe to Fix It

  Wrecking Europe to Fix It - by Stephen Lendman

 

From inception, Eurozone monetary union was an idea doomed to fail. Nonetheless, it was engineered fraudulently to look workable.

 

In 1979, Europe's Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) was introduced as part of the European Monetary System (EMS) to propel the continent to one European currency unit (ECU).

 

Treating Palestinians Lawlessly

  Treating Palestinians Lawlessly - by Stephen Lendman

 

December 11 marks the 63rd anniversary of UN Resolution 194, mandating that:

 

Muslim Charity Principals Denied Justice

  Muslim Charity Principals Denied Justice - by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 25, 1995, Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 12947 - Prohibiting Transactions With Terrorists Who Threaten To Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process. 

 

The same year, Hamas was declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). It's still one today, so any individual or group charged with providing it material support (true or false) is prosecuted unjustly. 

Critical Health Issues in Gaza

  Critical Health Issues in Gaza - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since locked down and isolated by Israel, Gaza's experienced systemic crisis. Its health system especially was gravely harmed. 

 

Many services and life-saving treatments aren't available. Accessing it elsewhere is uncertain and tenuous. Treating chronic illnesses is jeopardized by inadequate medicines and proper equipment.

 

Human Rights Day

  Human Rights Day - by Stephen Lendman

 

A commonly accepted definition calls human rights basic freedoms "to which all humans are entitled, often held to include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law."

 

The UN said "(o)n Human Rights Day 2011, we pay tribute to all human rights defenders and ask you to get involved in the global human rights movement."

 

Denying Palestinians Fair Access to Water

  Denying Palestinians Fair Access to Water - by Stephen Lendman

 

Water is essential to life. Denying it is criminal.

 

Water and sanitation are recognized as indispensable human rights. In July 2010, the General Assembly's Resolution 64/292 affirmed it. It called on member states and international organizations to:

 

Russia Bashing

  Russia Bashing - by Stephen Lendman

 

On December 4, parliamentary elections were held to fill 450 State Duma seats, Russia's Federal Assembly lower house.

 

With nearly all votes counted, RIA Novosti said Medvedev/Putin's United Russia party won 238 seats, falling slightly below a majority with 49.67% of the vote.

New Report on Israel Restricting Free Expression and Assembly

  New Report on Israel Restricting Free Expression and Assembly - by Stephen Lendman

 

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel assesses Israel's human and civil rights record annually. Its newly released 2011 report cites increasing crackdowns on basic freedoms. More on it below.

 

Losing free expression and assembly rights threatens others. They're basic ones Israel's High Court affirmed.

Fascism in America

  Fascism in America - by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1932, Mussolini declared the 20th century a "Fascist century," saying:

 

"It is to be expected that this century may be that of authority, a century of the "Right," a Fascist century." He claimed it would "sav(e) Western civilization." For what he didn't explain.

 

Israeli-Style Justice

  Israeli-Style Justice - by Stephen Lendman

 

Accused Israelis face charges in civil courts. Military tribunals try Palestinians. Virtually everyone is guilty by accusation. A new study says so. More on that below.

 

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