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Palestinian Freedom Later, Not Now

  Palestinian Freedom Later, Not Now - by Stephen Lendman

 

On October 2, Haaretz said "Israel accepts Quartet peace plan," making Palestinian UN membership conditional on negotiating peace with an unwilling partner.

 

No matter that decades of on-and-off talks never achieved resolution and won't now. 

Police State Justice Under Obama

 Police State Justice Under Obama - Stephen Lendman

 

Lawlessness, injustice, and contempt for democratic values define his administration. He delivered change all right - for the worst, and nothing ahead looks promising.

 

Obama-style "rules of engagement" include bullets, bombs, slit throats, knives in the back, or drone attacks justice.

 

Congressional Anti-Internet Freedom Bills

  Congressional Anti-Internet Freedom Bills- by Stephen Lendman

 

Net Neutrality is the last frontier of press freedom. With it, consumers have open access to an array of equipment, content, applications and service, free from corporate control. Public interest groups want it preserved. Giant telecom and cable companies want control to:

  • establish toll roads, or premium lanes; 

 

Abbas Feeling Heavy-Handed Pressure

  Abbas Feeling Heavy-Handed Pressure - by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington wants Abbas' UN membership Security Council application tabled in limbo for months. On September 28, it was sent to a standing admissions committee.

 

On September 30, New York Times writer Neil MacFarquhar headlined, "Palestinian Request Sent to Experts," saying:

Prison Hell in America

  Prison Hell in America - by Stephen Lendman

 

Prison is hell everywhere. America is no different in, by far, the world's largest gulag. Inmates are treated worse than subhumans. 

 

Torture is commonly used. It not just at Guantanamo and similar offshore hellholes. It happens across America in federal, state and local prisons where inmates are terrorized by dogs, shocked with cattle prods, burned by toxic chemicals, harmed by stun guns, beaten, stripped naked, raped, and abused in other ways.

Palestinian UN Membership Roulette

  Palestinian UN Membership Roulette - by Stephen Lendman

 

As Palestinian legal advisor in 1987, Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted its Declaration of Independence, creating a Palestinian state. 

 

Palestinians now want and deserve official recognition and full de jure UN membership. Washington and Israel remain obstructionist. 

 

Entrapping Muslims in America

  Entrapping Muslims in America - by Stephen Lendman

 

Post-9/11, American Muslims became fair game, targeting them for their faith, ethnicity, and at times prominence and charity.

 

As a result, they've been ruthlessly vilified and exploited  as "war on terror" scapegoats for political advantage.

 

Rage Against Wall Street Crooks

  Rage Against Wall Street Crooks - by Stephen Lendman

 

Angry New Yorkers organized an initiative called "Occupy Wall Street." Beginning September 17, they called for "tak(ing) the bull by the horns," referring to the familiar New York financial district symbol.

 

Its web site statement said:

 

Imploding Bubble Economies

  Imploding Bubble Economies - by Stephen Lendman

 

Economic meltdown comes in stages. Recognition takes longer. Tout TV pundits stay in denial longest, calling crisis conditions a normal correction.

 

Reality suggests otherwise with US unemployment approaching 23%, home foreclosures multiplying, and poverty levels double or more official distorted numbers that artificially hold them down.

 

Israeli West Bank Annexation Bill

  Israeli West Bank Annexation Bill - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians petitioned the UN for sovereign recognition and full UN membership.

 

Four extremist MKs responded, calling for West Bank settlements annexed. A previous article explained, accessed through the following link:

 

Ahmad Qatamesh: Israeli Prisoner of Conscience

  Ahmad Qatamesh: Israeli Prisoner of Conscience - by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 21, 2011 at 2:00AM, Israeli soldiers arrested Qatamesh at his brother's Ramallah home.

 

An hour earlier, his wife (Suha), daughter (Hanin), and two female relatives were held hostage to force his surrender.

 

Calls to Annex West Bank Settlements

  Calls to Annex West Bank Settlements - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since 1967, Israel established 121 settlements, recognized by the Interior Ministry as "communities." Another 100 unauthorized outposts were built. 

 

In addition, 12 annexed Jerusalem neighborhoods are considered settlements under international law. Moreover, settler enclaves exist in Palestinian East Jerusalem areas. They include:

Obstructing Palestinian Statehood Begins

  Obstructing Palestinian Statehood Begins - by Stephen Lendman

 

On September 23 in New York, a State Department "Special Briefing" was held. An unnamed "Senior Administration Official" commented on the Quartet's Palestinian statehood proposal, saying:

 

Putin Bashing

  Putin Bashing - by Stephen Lendman

 

On September 24, Russia's Vladimir Putin announced he'll run again for president in 2012 after serving eight years as Dmitry Medvedev's Prime Minister.

 

America's media have better memories than elephants. In November 2007, they recall Putin on National Unity Day telling military cadets and youth groups that while:

Quartet Anti-Palestinian Statehood Proposal

  Quartet Anti-Palestinian Statehood Proposal - by Stephen Lendman

 

Quartet representatives UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Middle East envoy Tony Blair, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy High Representative Catherine Aston explained its elements.

 

Putin in 2012

  Putin in 2012 - by Stephen Lendman

 

Currently he's United Russia's Prime Minister, serving with President Dmitry Medvedev. 

 

From May 7, 2000 - May 7, 2008, he was Russia's second President, succeeding Boris Yeltsin, a man known for destructive "shock therapy" that created shocking levels of poverty and social inequality.

 

AIPAC's Ugly Agenda

  AIPAC's Ugly Agenda: by Stephen Lendman

 

AIPAC is an unregistered foreign agent representing Israel. Edward Said once called it "the most powerful and feared lobby in Washington."

 

Calling itself "America's Pro-Israel Lobby," it's represented Israeli interests since founded in 1953. In 1963, it was incorporated as a division of the American Zionist Council (AZC), its precursor.

 

Netanyahu and Obama Spurn Peace

  Netanyahu and Obama Spurn Peace - by Stephen Lendman

 

As a belligerent modern-day Sparta, Israel is a pariah state. Netanyahu exceeds the worst of Ariel Sharon. 

 

His government is Israel's worst ever. His majority Knesset allies are rogue, racist criminals, operating outside international law.

 

The Irvine 11: Guilty of Being Muslims in America

  The Irvine 11: Guilty of Being Muslims in America - by Stephen Lendman

 

Post-9/11, America targeted Muslims ruthlessly for political advantage. Law-abiding citizens discovered they're living here at the wrong time. 

 

Police state repression endangers growing millions, including Muslims for their faith, ethnicity, and forthrightness to confront injustice no one should tolerate.

 

No Peace or Justice in Our Time with Netanyahu

  No Peace or Justice in Our Time with Netanyahu - by Stephen Lendman

 

Like his Washington paymaster/partner, Netanyahu deplores peace. Initiating talks never worked before and won't now.

 

Speaking privately at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York, Bill Clinton said Netanyahu lost interest because Palestine has a president he controls, and normalizing relations with the Arab world is within reach.

 

Resuming Peace Process Hypocrisy to Subvert Palestinian Statehood

  Resuming Peace Process Hypocrisy to Subvert Palestinian Statehood - by Stephen Lendman

 

On September 20, London Guardian writer Chris McGreal headlined, "Palestinian statehood: plan emerges to avoid UN showdown," saying:

 

State-Sponsored Murder: Official US Policy

  State-Sponsored Murder: Official US Policy - by Stephen Lendman

 

Georgia's September 21 cold-blooded murder of Troy Anthony Davis symbolizes what's wrong with America. 

 

Notably, the system at all levels is hopelessly corrupted and broken. The only option is tearing it down and starting over.

 

Obama-Style Deficit Reduction

  Obama-Style Deficit Reduction - by Stephen Lendman

 

On September 8, Obama's "American Jobs Act" address to Congress was a thinly veiled campaign speech. More on it below. 

 

Palestinian Statehood: If not Now, When?

  Palestinian Statehood: If not Now, When? by Stephen Lendman

 

After 63 years, including 44 under occupation, 85% of Palestinians want statehood now, not later or perhaps never.

 

Israel and Washington object, wanting permanent occupation and subjugation. 

 

Georgia Board of Pardons Affirms State-Sponsored Murder

  Georgia Board of Pardons Affirms State-Sponsored Murder - by Stephen Lendman

 

At issue is saving Troy Anthony Davis. On September 21, he'll die by lethal injection, despite clear evidence he's innocent.

 

On September 20, Georgia's Board of Pardons denied him clemency.

 

Ban Ki-moon: A Record of Failure and Betrayal

  Ban Ki-moon: A Record of Failure and Betrayal - by Stephen Lendman

 

The UN Charter's Preamble states:

 

"WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED

 

Obama and Netanyahu to Palestinians on Statehood: Go to Hell

  Obama and Netanyahu to Palestinians on Statehood: Go to Hell - by Stephen Lendman

 

"(T)he (UN) General Assembly shall meet every year in regular session commencing on the Tuesday of the third week in September, counting from the first week that contains at least one working day."

 

The 66th session began Tuesday, September 13. Access its agenda through the following link:

 

Rage Against the System

  Rage Against the System - by Stephen Lendman

 

The business of America is war on humanity. 

 

The business of Wall Street is grand theft. 

 

The business of corporate America is exploiting nations, markets and people globally for profit.

 

Hard Times Getting Harder

  Hard Times Getting Harder - by Stephen Lendman

 

Americans are being hammered economically, politically and socially. Paul Craig Roberts quoted Vladimir Putin calling America "a parasite on the world."

 

PR manipulators present a virtuous image. Roberts said "Putin understated the burden that America is on the world. How much longer will (it) put up with" our virtuosity?

 

Imperial Arrogance and Hypocrisy

  Imperial Arrogance and Hypocrisy - by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington supports a UN seat for the illegitimate Transitional National Council (TNC) Libyan government.

 

Obama vows to veto a Palestinian bid for statehood and full de jure UN membership.

 

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