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America's Media War on Syria

  America's Media War on Syria - by Stephen Lendman

 

Replicating Libya's model, Western generated uprisings began in March. Since then, Syria's been ravaged by violence. Hundreds have been killed, many more injured. 

 

Civilians and state security forces have been affected. Conflict rages daily. Casualties mount. Regime change is planned to establish another US client state. 

 

Constitutionally Protected Symbolic Speech

  Constitutionally Protected Symbolic Speech - by Stephen Lendman

 

Symbolic speech examples include leafleting, picketing, demonstrating, marching, speaking publicly, flag burning, displaying t-shirts, armbands, banners and placards, sit-ins, as well as camping out in public places.

 

With some exceptions, all have First Amendment protection. Numerous Supreme Court decisions addressed the issue. Some agreed. Others didn't.

 

Deepening Debt Contagion

  Deepening Debt Contagion - by Stephen Lendman

 

With pressure building on Europe and America, something's got to give. Progressive Radio News Hour regular Bob Chapman says Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Nicolas Sarkozy search for solutions that don't exist.

 

Nothing's agreed on to be implemented. Austerity weakens failing Eurozone economies. French and other banks are selling bonds. Yields are rising. So isn't economic, financial and political uncertainty.

Targeting Iran and Syria

  Targeting Iran and Syria - by Stephen Lendman

 

America, key NATO partners, and Israel target both countries. 

 

Israel wants regional rivals removed. Washington and key NATO partners want independent regimes ousted, replaced with subservient ones. 

 

Gaza's Suffocating Siege

  Gaza's Suffocating Siege - by Stephen Lendman

 

In early November, the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement published a report titled, "Scale of Control: Israel's Continued Responsibility in the Gaza Strip."  

 

It explained little changed after its alleged 2005 "disengagement."

Arab League Pro-Western Despots

  Arab League Pro-Western Despots - by Stephen Lendman

 

On November 12, New York Times writer Neil MacFarquhaqar headlined, "Arab League Votes to Suspend Syria Over Crackdown," saying:

 

Rogue Israeli Lawlessness

  Rogue Israeli Lawlessness - by Stephen Lendman

 

Endless examples occur daily. Overnight Sunday, Maan News said Israeli forces raided homes of seven recently released prisoners as part of the October 18 exchange.

 

Notices were sent to Akram Mansour, Shadi Zayid and Ibrahim Yasin. They were ordered to report to Israeli intelligence for questioning.

Occupy America for Change

  Occupy America for Change - by Stephen Lendman

 

Good ideas spread fast. This one's long overdue. Real grievances launched it. 

 

They include out-of-control corporate power, complicit politicians, systemic corruption, predatory finance capital, capitalism itself, frustration turned to rage and activism, growing poverty, depravation, unemployment, imperial wars, environmental destruction, unprecedented inequality, rigged elections, and a nation no longer fit to live in for most in it.

Israeli Anti-Democratic Legislation

  Anti-Democratic Israeli Legislation - by Stephen Lendman

 

On October 31, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) expressed concern about "two contradictory main trends" in Israel's Knesset winter session:

America's New World Order Agenda

  America's New World Order Agenda - by Stephen Lendman

 

New world order strategy dictates major global economic, political, and military policies. Nothing happens accidentally.

 

Events are manipulated. At issue is world dominance. America, Israel, and key NATO nations are partnered to achieve it.

 

Financial Tyranny Rules Eurozone

  Financial Tyranny Rules Eurozone - by Stephen Lendman

 

From inception, Eurozone planning was flawed. Uniting 17 dissimilar countries under rigid rules failed.

 

Membership required surrendering monetary and fiscal authority to a central power. 

 

Big Lies Launch Wars

  Big Lies Launch Wars - by Stephen Lendman

 

In "The Art of War," Sun Tzu said "All war is based on deception." 

 

What worked in ancient times more than ever applies now, given instant ways of communicating globally and super-weapons Washington and Israel threaten to use like hand grenades.

 

War of Words on Iran

  War of Words on Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

Provocative rhetoric followed release of the IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program, despite baseless allegations in it.

 

In October 2009, the Agency leaked a document titled "Possible Dimensions of Iran's Nuclear Program" to the New York Times. At issue was circumventing then IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei. Allegations in it were spurious. As a result, he wouldn't touch it.

 

America's Media War on Iran

  America's Media War on Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

When Washington goes to war or threatens it, America's media march in lockstep, cheerleading. Fiction substitutes for fact. 

 

News is carefully filtered, dissent marginalized, and supporting imperial belligerence substitutes for full and accurate disclosure. 

 

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine: South Africa Session

  The Russell Tribunal on Palestine: South Africa Session - by Stephen Lendman

 

Launched on March 4, 2009, "The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) seeks to reaffirm the primacy of international law (to settle) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (by focusing on) the enunciation of law by authoritative bodies (and) address(ing) the failure of application of law even though it has been so clearly identified." 

 

Iran: WMDs Redux

  Iran: WMDs Redux - by Stephen Lendman

 

Here we go again. Everything that goes around, comes around. We've seen it all before, each time fake. Nothing's different now. 

 

Previous articles said US intelligence assessments through March 2011 found no evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons development.

 

Washington and Israel v. Iran and Flotilla Activists

  Washington and Israel v. Iran and Flotilla Activists - by Stephen Lendman

 

While high stakes nuclear roulette continues, the fate of Freedom Waves to Gaza activists hangs in the balance.

 

On November 2, Canada's Tahrir and Ireland's Soairse (Freedom) sailed from Fethiye, Turkey. Israel warplanes and naval vessels shadowed them in international waters.

 

Fabricated IAEA Report on Iran Released

  Fabricated IAEA Report on Iran Released - by Stephen Lendman

 

Previous articles said US intelligence assessments through March 2011 (the latest one) found no evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons development.

 

During his December 1, 1997 - November 30, 2009 tenure as IAEA director general, Mohamed ElBaradei concurred. He carefully avoided anti-Iranian rhetoric and baseless charges.

 

Kicking the Cannes Down the Road

  Kicking the Cannes Down the Road - by Stephen Lendman

 

They met. They talked. They agreed to talk more and solved nothing. A November 4 Guardian editorial headlined, "G20 summit: slumping to the occasion," saying:

 

War Winds Target Iran

  War Winds Target Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

Anti-Iranian rhetoric and saber rattling is one thing, baseless accusations another if serve as pretext for aggressive war.

 

Whether or not it's coming isn't known. Heated tensions are worrisome if boil over. Leaked information on an imminent IAEA report may or may not precipitate it even though what's coming lacks credibility.

 

Israel Assaults Freedom Waves to Gaza Activists

  Israel Assaults Freedom Waves to Gaza Activists - by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article explained the following:

 

On November 2, two vessels blocked last summer from reaching Gaza sailed again from Fethiye, Turkey.

 

Spoiling for Another Fight?

  Spoiling for Another Fight? - by Stephen Lendman

 

American foreign policy is defined by rage to ravage. Lunatics run the asylum. Washington's criminal class is bipartisan. 

 

People have no say. Wealth and power alone matter. It's always been that way, today more than ever. Post-WW II, America lurched from one war to another. 

 

America v. Paul Bergrin in Court

  America v. Paul Bergrin in Court - by Stephen Lendman

 

Lawlessness and injustice define America. Democratic values are absent. So is respect for human and civil rights. 

 

Challenging the system invites trouble. Unjust prosecutions often follow. Bergrin understands. His ordeal stemmed from doing his job. 

 

America's Imperial Arrogance

  America's Imperial Arrogance - by Stephen Lendman

 

Already waging multiple direct and proxy wars, will Obama dare launch more? Views differ. Some believe budget constraints contain him. Others say imperial aims matter most.

 

Heading into an election year adds further complications for and against more war. Will presidential aspirants anger voters advocating it? Republican hawks aren't worried. Will Obama launch it when public sentiment wants current ones ended? Don't bet against it, whatever he says.

Internet Freedom Threatened

  Internet Freedom Threatened - by Stephen Lendman

 

Candidate Obama promised to "(s)upport the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet." 

 

As president, his FCC and congressional extremists threaten it. On May 12, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D. MN) introduced "S. 978: A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes."

Washington and Israel: Rogue State Partners

  Washington and Israel: Rogue State Partners - by Stephen Lendman

 

This articles follows another about both countries' state terror partnership. Their agenda includes waging belligerent, political, economic, social, and repressive wars on humanity at home and abroad.

 

Money and power alone matter. Human welfare is sacrificed for more of both. Equity, justice, freedom, and other democratic values are non-starters. Humanity's survival is threatened.

National Public Radio's War on Free Speech

  National Public Radio's War on Free Speech - by Stephen Lendman

 

Like other major media sources, NPR serves corporate and imperial interests. It's called public to conceal its real agenda. Critics ridicule it as National Pentagon or Petroleum Radio for good reason.

 

Target Iran

  Target Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

In the past five years, Iran faced four harsh rounds of sanctions. At issue is its alleged nuclear threat. No evidence proves it.

 

Last May, its Bushehr nuclear plant began operating. In September, it began supplying the national grid with 60 megawatts of electricity, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). 

 

Washington's Man in Libya

  Washington's Man in Libya - by Stephen Lendman

 

After ousting independent leaders, Washington replaces them with puppets. Mustafa Abdul Jalil is interim chairman. Until October 23, Mahmoud Jibril was prime minister. 

 

Abdurraheem el-Keib replaced him, a dual US/Libyan citizen. He lived in America, holds a doctorate in electrical engineering, and taught at North Carolina State University and the University of Alabama for years. 

Dissing Europe's Flawed Bailout Scheme

  Dissing Europe's Failed Bailout Scheme - by Stephen Lendman

 

Heavily indebted Eurozone countries face insolvency. Adding more can't save them. Nonetheless, policy makers repeat past mistakes, compounding failure with more of it.

 

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