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Economic Tremors - by Stephen Lendman
Sovereign default threatens Greece. Progressive Radio News Hour contributor Bob Chapman warns when it goes, all troubled Eurozone countries will follow.
Is it imminent? Likely not. More likely is winter or next spring. But given its troubled state, it's just a matter of time.
Life in East Jerusalem - by Stephen Lendman
Palestinians suffer grievously under occupation, including in East Jerusalem. Israel wants it entirely Judaized as its capital even though legally it's an international city under UN trusteeship.
No matter. Palestinians face daily hardships and abuses, including its elected officials.
America's Multi-Headed Monster - by Stephen Lendman
It' combines and represents:
- money power in private hands to make more of it at the public's expense;
- super-wealth and privilege;
Lies, Damn Lies, and NATO Claiming Control Across Libya - by Stephen Lendman
At an October 11 press briefing, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu claimed Operation Unified Protector (NATO's aggression on Libya) "has been a great success. We're pretty close to the end, but we're not there yet."
Ongoing Israeli Human Rights Abuses - by Stephen Lendman
Throughout its history, Israel's been a serial human rights abuser. Count the ways.
State-sponsored terror is official policy. So is collective punishment, apartheid, colonialism, premeditated war, torture, and filling prison cells illegally with Palestinians wanting to live free on their own land in their own country.
Israeli/Palestinian Prisoner Swap - by Stephen Lendman
Since Hamas captured Gilad Shalit on June 25, 2006, on and off talks negotiated his release.
Hamas took him captive, responding to repeated Israeli attacks, including a widely reported beach shelling. It killed eight Palestinians, injuring 32 others, including 13 children. Israel denied responsibility, falsely blaming a Hamas mine despite forensic evidence proving otherwise.
Pushing the Envelope for Confrontation with Iran - by Stephen Lendman
Currently waging multiple imperial wars, Obama perhaps plans more.
On October 11, the Department of Justice charged Iranian involvement in a fake terror plot to kill Saudi Arabia's US ambassador, blow up the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Argentina, and smuggle opium into Mexico.
Libyan Loyalists Fight NATO, Rebels and Propaganda - by Stephen Lendman
Reporting more propaganda than legitimate news, Al Jazeera broadcast another lie about NTC fighters, claiming Mutassim Gaddafi's capture, saying:
"....(O)ne of Gaddafi's sons has been captured in Sirte, according to" NTC officials. He's "currently being held in Benghazi....after being arrested on Wednesday."
Beating Up on Iran - by Stephen Lendman
After Washington bogusly accused Iran of an implausible terror plot on US soil, America's media brazenly regurgitated official lies.
It's nothing new. It's what they do instead of providing real news, information and analysis. Long ago they stopped trying, especially on television. It's little more than a worthless sinkhole no one should waste time on watching.
Abbas, UN Membership and Peace Talks - by Stephen Lendman
Globetrotting to enlist UN membership support, Abbas told Time magazine in Columbia on October 11 that he'll resume talks if Israel accepts the Quartet's proposal.
Iran Falsely Charged with Fake Terror Plot - by Stephen Lendman
Since Iran's 1979 revolution and US hostage crisis, Washington's been spoiling for a fight. The Carter administration considered invading and seizing its oil fields.
Washington exploited Iran/Iraq tensions and encouraged Saddam Hussein to attack. Earlier Iran's Shah was supported. After 1979, US foreign policy shifted.
Major Media Liars Report Fake NATO Victories - by Stephen Lendman
On October 9, BBC claimed National Transitional Council (NTC) forces "made significant gains in the battle for the city of Sirte. (NTC) commanders said they had captured the main hospital, the university and the Ouagadougou conference center."
Fighting for the Soul of the American Dream - by Stephen Lendman
Republics are nations where heads of state aren't monarchs or despots in which citizens elect officials to represent them.
Merriam Webster calls them "government(s) in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law."
Troubled Eurozone Finance Capital - by Stephen Lendman
For years, Progressive Radio News Hour contributor Bob Chapman warned about troubled Eurozone financial institutions and possible sovereign defaults.
Greece died months ago. Default is certain. Only its obituary hasn't appeared. Germany prepared contingency plans to reissue the Deutschemark if Eurozone stability crumbles.
Obama's Depression - by Stephen Lendman
Chosen to serve power, not popular interests, Obama wrecked America's economy to save giant Wall Street banks. He's still doing it, despite claiming he's been out in front doing all he can.
By bailing out too-big-to-fail banks and waging multiple imperial wars, he intensified social misery.
Israeli-Style Peace and Justice - by Stephen Lendman
Israel is a repressive rogue state. Netanyahu bombs Gaza and attacks fishermen while talking peace.
On October 10, without provocation, Israeli jets bombed northern Gaza. An explosion rocked Rafah city. So far, no cause is known but Israel most likely is responsible.
Social Justice Protests Head Everywhere - by Stephen Lendman
Ordinary people across the Middle East, Europe and America are fed up and want long denied social justice.
Londoners are enraged about growing social pain, government in the pockets of monied interests, and endless imperial wars they want ended - NOW!
Dominant Finance Capital Institutions - by Stephen Lendman
Most people know about the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of England, and Bank of Japan.
Few ever heard of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the central bank for central bankers. Based in Basle, Switzerland, it's a banking boss of bosses accountable to no government.
Making Sense of Syria - by Stephen Lendman
Last March, Syria's externally generated uprisings began. Despite legitimate grievances, Washington orchestrated change there like elsewhere in the region.
It's part of its imperial "New Middle East" project to control North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia to Russia's borders.
NATO Brussels Summit Claims Successful Afghan and Libyan Campaigns - by Stephen Lendman
Despite NATO claims, Libyans heroically keep resisting overwhelming genocidal slaughter. NATO perhaps measures success by body count.
It far exceeds 100,000 and multiples more injured, some life threatening, others debilitating. In a country of six million people, the catastrophic numbers are horrific.
Stop The Machine Occupies Washington - by Stephen Lendman
On October 6, thousands massed in Washington on the 10th anniversary of America's illegal Afghan war against a nonbelligerent country.
Years ago it was lost. Nonetheless, it continues without end. The business of America is war, permanent wars, multiple ones. One nation after another is plundered for wealth and power while homeland needs go begging.
Anti-Defamation League Assails Palestinian UN Membership - by Stephen Lendman
For nearly a century, ADL falsely called itself "the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency (fighting) anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry...."
New York Times Bashes Outspoken World Leaders - by Stephen Lendman
Few world leaders challenge US and Israeli crimes. Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan often assails Israel, including at a Pretoria, South Africa Turkish foreign policy conference.
Wall Street Runs America - by Stephen Lendman
Major Wall Street banks occupy and control Washington. They recycle their officials in and out, make policy, and enforce it with money power supremacy for virtually everything they want.
Political Washington salutes and obeys. Money power in private hands and democracy can't co-exist. It buys what it wants at the expense of government of, by and for the people. It never was and isn't now.
Palestinians Protest Israeli Prison Hell - by Stephen Lendman
Israel treats Palestinian prisoners horrifically. In detention, interrogations include torture, intimidation and other abuses.
"Security prisoners" are punitively isolated for extended periods. Others for any reason or none at all face similar short or longer-term treatment.
Libyans Resist NATO's Killing Machine - by Stephen Lendman
For over six and a half months, Libyans tied down the world's mightiest military force despite overwhelming odds against them and enormous loss of life and human suffering.
Established in 1949, NATO was never a "military alliance for peace and security." It was for offense, not defense. Cold War hysteria was contrived to incite fear and assure an arms race for corporate dominance and enrichment.
Israeli Occupation, Colonialism and Apartheid: Crimes Against Humanity - by Stephen Lendman
Colonialism and apartheid are especially serious international law breaches because they fundamentally violate core legal principles and values.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed self-determination as an essential principle of international law. All states must respect and promote it. Colonial occupation is in clear violation.
The New York Times: Distorting and Suppressing Truth for Power - by Stephen Lendman
Imagine winning 106 Pulizer Prizes awarded for excellence in journalism, more than any other broadsheet, for delivering managed, not real news, information and opinion.
Imagine doing it since 1851. Imagine being called the "newspaper of record," producing "All the News That's Fit to Print."
Israeli State Terror Belies Wanting Peace - by Stephen Lendman
In his book "Overcoming Zionism," Joel Kovel called Israel "a machine for the manufacture of human rights abuses" led by terrorists posing as democrats.
Throughout its history, Israeli policy toward Arabs has been corrosive, destructive, racist, extremist, undemocratic and hateful.
Bailout Roulette - by Stephen Lendman
Daily the charade continues as world economies crater. Longtime financial analyst and Progressive Radio News Hour regular Bob Chapman says systematic global risk "lurks around every corner."
The European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) wants governments to increase bailing out banks close to failure. Taxpayers become lenders of last resort.