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Netanyahu Spurns Social Justice Demands

  Netanyahu Spurns Social Justice Demands - by Stephen Lendman

 

Unaffordable housing prices ignited mass social justice protests in Israel. At issue is settlement developments at the expense of other construction, creating a supply/demand imbalance enough to cause prices to skyrocket. Israelis demand that issue be addressed responsibly.

 

Israeli Social Justice Protests Continue

  Israeli Social Justice Protests Continue - by Stephen Lendman

 

Ongoing since mid-July, America's media hardly notice, but indeed care as evidenced by their silence to suppress mass outrage over longstanding social injustice Israelis want changed.

 

New York Times Disinformation, Denial and Suppressing Vital Truths

  New York Times Disinformation, Denial and Suppressing Vital Truths - by Stephen Lendman

 

America's "newspaper of record" makes painful reading for alternative media consumers, knowledgeable about what Times correspondents, opinion contributors and editorial writers misreport, conceal, or lie outrageously about.

 

For example, writer CJ Chivers' August 12 "Notes From the Front Lines" piece practically lionized cutthroat rebels, embedded with them to present their point of view only, saying:

Israeli Persecution of Palestinian Children

  Israeli Persecution of Palestinian Children - by Stephen Lendman

 

Repeatedly in many ways, the real Israel belies the myth of a free, open, democratic state. In fact, the very notion is ludicrous even to growing numbers of fed up Israelis, voting with their feet and leaving.

 

As a result, it's no exaggeration calling Israel a failed state, a topic Noam Chomsky addressed in one of his many books.

 

Dire State of America's Children

  Dire State of of America's Children - by Stephen Lendman

 

A new Children's Defense Fund (CDF) report shows the dire state of children in America today. Titled, "The State of America's Children: 2011," it can be accessed in full through the following link:

 

http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/state-of-americas-2011.pdf

 

Congressional Junkets to Israel

  Congressional Junkets to Israel - by Stephen Lendman

 

Eighty-one House members, one fifth of the chamber, will visit Israel during the traditional summer recess, instead of addressing festering local issues at home during the nation's gravest economic crisis too serious to ignore.

 

Arriving first were 26 Democrats together, including Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (MD). Another 55 Republicans will follow in two groups, including 47 freshmen. 

Riots Across Britain: Perhaps More than Meets the Eye

  Riots Across Britain: Perhaps More than Meets the Eye - by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article said the following:

 

On August 6, rioting began in Tottenham, North London after police shot and killed Mark Duggan, a 29-year old father of four. It triggered other outbreaks on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in Brixton, Enfield, Walthamstow, Islington, Hackney, Croydon, Lewisham, Peckham, Clapham, Ealing, central London, and Birmingham, Britain's second largest city.

Repression in Israel and Bahrain

  Repression in Israel and Bahrain - by Stephen Lendman

 

On August 8, London Guardian writer Ian Black headlined, "Bahrain protests: 'The repression is getting worse,' " saying:

 

Bahraini police grabbed Hassan Ali Salman. One "forc(ed) his T-shirt roughly up over his head as three or four others laid in with wooden batons, dragging and pushing him to a line of waiting Land Cruisers and more helmeted cops."

 

New York Times Support for US Imperial Wars

  New York Times Support for Imperial Wars - by Stephen Lendman

 

The Times never met a US imperial war it didn't endorse or designated enemy it didn't vilify. Nor are concerns ever raised about constitutional and international law issues, crimes of war and against humanity, or mass slaughter and destruction. 

 

Imperial Plans for Libya Post-Gaddafi

  Imperial Plans for Libya Post-Gaddafi - by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article suggested NATO's Libya war is unraveling, having misjudged the commitment of Libyans to resist, fight back, and support Gaddafi. Access it through the following link:

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2011/08/natos-libya-war-unraveling.html

 

Sustaining Protest Energy in Israel

  Sustaining Protest Energy in Israel - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since mid-July, Israelis have protested in unprecedented numbers for long denied social justice. Succeeding depends on sustaining that energy disruptively for change. Though never easy, it's the only way.

 

Frances Fox Piven discussed it in her book titled, "Challenging Authority" about social movements becoming pivotal forces for change when ordinary people used their considerable clout, saying:

Growing Israeli Tyranny

  Growing Israeli Tyranny - by Stephen Lendman

 

For years, America and Israel followed similar paths toward full-blown tyranny, threatening all their citizens. Believing either is democratic and egalitarian is ludicrous and nonsensical, especially now under right-wing neoliberal governments, cracking down hard against challenges to their authority. 

 

The Greatest Depression

  The Greatest Depression - by Stephen Lendman

 

One sign is the enormous worldwide financial shock, erasing nearly $8 trillion of equity wealth since late July. Another is teetering global economies, notably across Europe and America. 

 

Still another is growing poverty, deprivation, and despair for millions without jobs, enough income, or futures. Combined they indicate Depression in its early stages and deepening.

New York Times Opposition to Palestinian Self-Determination

  New York Times Opposition to Palestinian Self-Determination - by Stephen Lendman

 

In September, when the General Assembly meets (beginning 9/13), Palestinians will seek de jure UN membership. Unless current policy changes, it will ask for official recognition as an independent sovereign state. Currently, it has Observer State Status only, denying its right to vote.

 

Israel opposes recognition. So does Obama, both Houses of Congress, and The New York Times.

No Joy in Mudville

  No Joy in Mudville - by Stephen Lendman

 

Indeed not. The equity markets struck out, or as highly respected analyst Louise Yamada believes: "Clearly, this cyclical bull is over," but it's worse than that with Western and other economies cratering. 

 

Some hover close to collapse or may head there. The operative word is hard times, the beginning of leg two of the global Depression that begin in fall 2007, likely to exceed it in harshness and duration.

Escalating Street Protests in Israel

  Escalating Israeli Street Protest - by Stephen Lendman

 

Ongoing since mid-July, Israeli street protests are unprecedented in size, scope, and (so far) determination to stay the course for social justice.

 

Two previous articles discussed them, accessed through the following links:

 

Destabilizing Syria

  Destabilizing Syria - by Stephen Lendman

 

What began in January escalated to an uprising in March. Ever since, it's been violent, disruptive and widespread, killing hundreds, and injuring many more. 

 

The stakes are high. The entire region is affected. It's very similar to what began in Libya, pitting imperial powers against ruling governments for destabilization and control. 

 

Vilifying Muslims in America

  Vilifying Muslims in America - by Stephen Lendman

 

Judge nations by how they treat all people, whether equally, or advantaging some over others. Judge them harshly if they persecute some for political advantage. 

 

In America, people of color and Muslims are fair game. It's longstanding policy based on prejudicial attitudes, stereotypes, deep-seated racism, and notions of corrupted Western values, high-mindedness, and moral superiority.

America's Cratering Economy

  America's Cratering Economy - by Stephen Lendman

 

Slow-motion fiscal collapse perhaps explains its current state after decades of mismanagement, accelerated under Bush and Obama. The chickens are now coming home to roost big time, hitting ordinary people hardest, suffering under a protracted Main Street Depression. More on that below.

 

Last April 18, Standard & Poor (S & P) downgraded its rating on America to negative, saying:

Rude Awakening

  Rude Awakening - by Stephen Lendman

 

In 2008, a protracted global depression began, criminally manufactured by Wall Street and Washington scoundrels, complicit with major European partners. 

 

Why? To permit greater financial and other corporate consolidation, more power, and ability to buy favored assets cheap, profiting hugely at the expense of millions of working households.

 

Israeli Street Protests: Suppressed by US Media

  Israeli Street Protests: Suppressed by US Media - by Stephen Lendman

 

Well, almost. Virtually nothing shows up on US television. Some gets print coverage, but not enough to explain a major story accurately and fully. More on that below.

 

For weeks, tens of thousands of Israelis have been protesting high prices, especially unaffordable housing, creating an intolerable burden for growing numbers being priced out of a place to live.

Filling Prison Beds for Profit

  Filling Prison Beds for Profit - by Stephen Lendman

 

At yearend 2010, America's prison population topped 2.4 million, including federal and state facilities, local jails, Indian, juvenile, and military ones, US territories, and numbers held by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

 

NATO's Libya War Unraveling

  NATO's Libya War Unraveling - by Stephen Lendman

 

On August 1, Ramadan began. Nonetheless, fighting continues. The good news is Libyans are winning. The bad news is NATO knows it but keeps bombing, averaging 52 daily strike sorties in the past week alone.

 

On August 2, London Telegraph writer Damien McElroy headlined, "Libya: Gaddafi regime rallies after rebel turmoil," saying:

 

Budget Cutting Perfidy

  Budget Cutting Perfidy - by Stephen Lendman

 

It's all over but the mourning. After weeks of tooing-and-frooing theater, Obama signed the deal from hell. Understand clearly what happened. A bipartisan conspiracy took step one to ending America's social contract. Subsequent ones will follow.

 

Hard Right Extremism in America and Europe

  Hard Right Extremism in America and Europe - by Stephen Lendman

 

Anders Breivik's July 22 Oslo rampage highlighted a problem far greater than him, a topic three previous articles discussed, stopping short of what this article addresses. More on how Europe is affected below.

 

Israel: Rogue State Land of Inequality

  Israel: Rogue State Land of Inequality - by Stephen Lendman

 

Growing millions worldwide understand Israel's decades-long project to colonize Palestine, dispossess its people, steal their land, and terrorize them into submission. They also know it hasn't worked nor will it.

 

Bipartisan Debt Deal Betrayal

  Bipartisan Debt Deal Betrayal - by Stephen Lendman

 

Seven previous articles explained the following:

 

(1) Bipartisan lying manipulated popular sentiment to believe what political Washington won't tolerate - defaulting or not raising the debt ceiling. In fact, it's been done routinely 74 times since 1962, including 10 times in the last decade. Moreover, whatever may unfold ahead, default won't happen now, and top officials know it.

Libya: What America's Media Won't Report

  Libya: What America's Media Won't Report - by Stephen Lendman

 

America's media staunchly back all US imperial wars, regurgitating officials lies as truths. Moreover, they never explain their illegality or daily crimes of war and against humanity against civilians, as well as non-military related infrastructure and other sites. 

 

America's Media: Dancing Around the Debt Debate Charade

  America's Media: Dancing Around the Budget Debate Charade - by Stephen Lendman

 

Previous articles explained an Obama-led bipartisan conspiracy to destroy America's social contract, returning the nation to 19th harshness harshness. But you'd never know it from major media reports, op-eds and editorials, ducking the issue even when critical.

 

The debate charade's gone on for weeks, both sides concealing their basic agreement on major cuts for political advantage. 

Heading Toward Economic Ruin

  Heading Toward Economic Ruin - by Stephen Lendman

 

Bad policies assure bad results. Destructive ones assure calamities. Well before Obama took office, bipartisan initiatives plotted a course for disaster. 

 

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