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Abdul Fatah Younis Killing: War Death or Assassination?

  Abdul Fatah Younis Killing: War Death or Assassination? - by Stephen Lendman

 

On July 28, New York Times writer David Kirkpatrick headlined, "Death of Rebel Leader Stirs Fears of Tribal Conflict," saying:

 

The killing of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) military commander, Gen. Abdul Fatah Younis (Gaddafi's former Interior and Defense Minister) and two other rebel officers, "stirred fears that a tribal feud could divide" anti-Gaddafi forces.

Political Washington Fiddles While Rome Burns

  Political Washington Fiddles While Rome Burns - by Stephen Lendman

 

With an approaching August 2 deadline, Paul Craig Roberts assessed the state of things accurately like he always does, saying in his new article headlined, "Disastrous Outcomes From An Orchestrated Crisis:" 

 

Daily NATO War Crimes in Libya

  Daily NATO War Crimes in Libya - by Stephen Lendman

 

Among them is waging war on truth, Western managed news calling lawless imperial wars liberating ones. No wonder John Pilger says journalism is the first casualty of war, adding:

 

Debt Ceiling Roulette

  Debt Ceiling Roulette - by Stephen Lendman

 

In this game, the house always wins. Bipartisan complicity stacked the deck against millions of working households, needing to know that political Washington is scamming them. 

 

The end result is the banana republicanization of America. American writer O. Henry (William Sydney Porter: 1862 - 1910) coined the term (his fictional Republic of Anchuria) in his book, "Cabbages and Kings." 

Israeli Home Demolition Terrorism

  Israeli Home Demolition Terrorism - by Stephen Lendman

 

Co-founded (with Meir Marglit) and directed by Jeff Halper, the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) "is a non-violent, direct-action organization established in 1998 to resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories."

 

US-Style Free Trade's Dark Side

  US-Style Free Trade's Dark Side - by Stephen Lendman

 

Corporate predators seek cheap labor worldwide in countries like China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Haiti, Jordan, and many others. Employed in global sweatshops, they work up to 90 or more hours a week for sub-poverty wages under horrific conditions, enduring harassment, beatings, sexual abuse and rape.

 

According to the group Sweatshop Watch:

 

America: Heading for Tyranny and Impoverishment

  America: Heading for Tyranny and Impoverishment - by Stephen Lendman

 

It's present, hardening, and threatening to subvert all constitutional and social rights. Among others, three previous articles discussed the danger, accessed through the following links:

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2007/12/police-state-america-look-back-and.html

 

UN Commission Flotilla Massacre Report

  UN Commission Flotilla Massacre Report - by Stephen Lendman

 

Despite irrefutable evidence, including the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) concluding last September that Israel committed serious "violations of international law, including international humanitarian law" by massacring nine Gaza Flotilla activists, injuring dozens more, in international waters, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appeased Israel by appointing his own commission.

 

The Oslo Attacks: More False Flag Evidence

  The Oslo Attacks: More False Flag Evidence - by Stephen Lendman

 

The memorable line from Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore explains what's so often true, saying:

 

"Things are seldom as they seem. Skim milk masquerades as cream."

 

Brutally Isolating Detainees in Israeli Prisons

  Brutally Isolating Detainees in Israeli Prisons - by Stephen Lendman

 

The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Adalah and Physicians for Human Rights/Israel (called Mezan et al below) June 2011 report headlined, "Solitary Confinement of Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons" explains harsh and abusive conditions they endure.

 

Possible Israeli Connection to Oslo Attacks

  Possible Israeli Connection to Oslo Attacks - by Stephen Lendman

 

On July 24, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen suggested a Mossad link, saying "ample evidence" of its involvement exists. 

 

Anders Breivik, the alleged bomber/gunman, calls himself a Christian conservative interested in hunting, body building and freemasonry. He's also expressed strong pro-Israeli views, hostile to Palestinians and Muslims.

The Fix Is In: Washington's Planned Social Contract Destruction

  The Fix Is In: Washington's Planned Social Contract Destruction - by Stephen Lendman

 

The criminal class in Washington is bipartisan, united against working household interests. In fact, lawmakers yield on virtually everything big money wants, notably when banks and other corporate favorites are affected.

 

Bahrain Unrest Stirs Unease in Washington

  Bahraini Unrest Stirs Unease in Washington - by Stephen Lendman

 

After months of ruling Al Khalifa family crackdowns against nonviolent protesters, political opponents, human rights activists, medical professionals, independent journalists, and others wanting democratic change, reports suggest Washington may move its Fifth Fleet elsewhere.

 

Michele Bachmann: Way Out There in the Blue

  Michele Bachmann: Way Out There in the Blue - by Stephen Lendman

 

Frances Fitzgerald titled her 2000 book on Reagan's Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative, "Way Out There in the Blue," leaving unsaid but letting readers conclude that America during his tenure was run by right wing extremists.

 

He and most others around him were ideologically hard right, their legacy including: 

 

Social and Economic Inequality in Israel

  Social and Economic Inequality in Israel - by Stephen Lendman

 

Notably since the early 1980s, neoliberalism began replacing New Deal/Great Society values to the detriment of millions harmed. It means markets know best so let them, liberating enterprise to move capital, goods and services freely, benefitting the few at the expense of the many.

 

Leonard Peltier: Victimized by Criminal Injustice

  Leonard Peltier: Victimized by Criminal Injustice - by Stephen Lendman

 

A Leonard Peltier Defense Committee site can be accessed through the following link:

 

http://www.leonardpeltier.net/theman.htm

 

It calls him:

 

Denying Palestinian Children Education

  Denying Palestinian Children Education - by Stephen Lendman

 

In July 2011, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a new report titled, "Education Denied: Israel's Systematic Violation of Palestinian Children's Right to Education," even though it's a fundamental human right.

 

Israeli/Washington Peace Process Rejectinism

  Israeli/Washington Peace Process Rejectionism - by Stephen Lendman

 

Pretending to restart Israeli/Palestinian peace talks, Quartet representatives met in Washington on July 11. Attending were Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and former UK Prime Minister/reinvented war criminal/current Middle East envoy Tony Blair.

 

Israel Terrorizing Palestinians Lawlessly

  Israel Terrorizing Palestinians Lawlessly - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians bear witness daily to Israeli state terror. Complicit Western and regional nations, in fact, condone it through silence or failure to condemn what never is tolerable and must end. 

 

For nearly a week, Israeli aircraft struck Gaza preemptively. As a result, fear of a new war grows.

 

Rahm Emanuel: Chicago's War Criminal/Anti-Labor Mayor

  Rahm Emanuel: Chicago's War Criminal/Anti-Labor Mayor - by Stephen Lendman

 

Except for Harold Washington's 1983 - 1987 tenure until his untimely death, Chicago never had populist mayors, notably under father Richard J. (April 20, 1955 - December 20, 1976) and son Richard M. Daley (April 24, 1989 - May 16, 2011). 

 

However, after two months in office, Emanuel looks likely to be Chicago's worst, based on policy initiatives he supports.

Washington's Ongoing Libya Terror Bombing

  Washington's Ongoing Libya Terror Bombing - by Stephen Lendman

 

On July 14, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile headlined, "The Libyan War ends. Obama makes Moscow peace broker. NATO halts strikes," saying:

 

"Bar the shouting, the war in Libya ended Thursday morning, July 14, when (Obama) called Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to hand Moscow the lead role in negotiations with (Gaddafi to end) the conflict - provided only that the Libyan ruler steps down in favor of a transitional administration."

Murdoch's World: Demagoguery, Propaganda, Scandal, Sleaze and Warmongering

  Murdoch's World: Demagoguery, Propaganda, Scandal, Sleaze, and Warmongering - by Stephen Lendman

 

Famed journalist George Seldes (1890 - 1995) condemned press prostitutes in books like "Lords of the Press," denouncing their corruption, suppression of  truth, and news censorship before television reached large audiences, saying:

 

"The most sacred cow of the press is the press itself - the most powerful force against the general welfare of the majority of the people."

Upcoming Holy Land Foundation Appeal for Justice

  Upcoming Holy Land Foundation Appeal for Justice - by Stephen Lendman

 

On September 1, the US 5th Circuit Appeals Court will hear arguments on behalf of five wrongly convicted Holy Land Foundation (HLF) principles. More on their case below.

 

On June 15, 2009 former UK MP turned activist George Galloway said:

 

Crackdowns, Torture and Intimidation in Bahrain

  Crackdowns, Torture and Intimidation in Bahrain - by Stephen Lendman

 

Largely ignored by Washington, Western governments, and America's media, the ruling Al Khalifa monarchy continues cracking down brutally against nonviolent protesters since civil resistance began last February.

 

On July 14, UK Telegraph writer Richard Spencer headlined, "Bahraini woman poet tells of torture while in custody," saying:

 

Aftermath of Israeli Anti-Free Speech Law Passage

  Aftermath of Israeli Anti-Free Speech Law Passage - by Stephen Lendman

 

Buoyed by passage of their anti-boycott bill, Knesset Yisrael Beitenu and Likud party extremists taste blood and want more. Most worrisome is a proposed measure to investigate leftist group activities, heading for a final vote next week.

 

YNet News writer Moran Azulay quoted Meretz party chairwoman, Sahava Gal-On, calling it "a political inquisition," adding:

Denunciation of Israel's Anti-Boycott Law

  Denunciation of Israel's Anti-Boycott Law - by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed it in detail, accessed through the following link:

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2011/07/israels-knesset-passes-boycott.html

 

Debt Ceiling Debate Charade Masks Planned Entitlement Cuts

  Debt Ceiling Debate Charade Masks Planned Entitlement Cuts - by Stephen Lendman

 

Short of finalizing details and assuring enough bipartisan support, it's a done deal to slash Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other social spending while leaving outsized military budgets and generous handouts to corporate favorites in place. 

 

At the same time, the timeline to accomplish it is undetermined. Political posturing may extend the August 2 deadline until fall or beyond.

A Decade of US War Costs

A Decade of US War Costs - by Stephen Lendman

On June 29, Reuters writer Daniel Trotta headlined, "Cost of war at least $3.7 trillion and counting," explaining:

In June, when Obama claimed America's post-9/11 (Iraq/AfPak) wars cost $1 trillion, he did what he does best - lied about how much, in fact, was spent and projected, five or more times his figure.

According to a June Brown University Watson Institute for International Studies (WIIS) "Cost of War" report, up to $5,444 trillion was spent and projected with all related expenses and obligations included. More on that below.

In March, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) made its own estimate in an Amy Belasco report titled, "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11," saying:

Post-9/11, America "initiated three military operations:"

(1) Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in:

NATO and Rebel War Crimes in Libya

Nato and Rebel Atrocities in Libya - by Stephen Lendman

Previous articles discussed:

-- NATO's illegal Libya aggression;

-- American and Western media in the lead cheerleading it; some reporters, in fact, complicit with NATO forces by supplying target coordinates;

-- planning it many months (perhaps years) before fighting began last winter;

-- waging it to conquer, colonize, loot, and balkanize Libya, masquerading as humanitarian intervention;

-- covertly funding, arming and training mercenary insurgents, including Al Qaeda linked Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) paramilitaries;

-- establishing an illegitimate Transitional National Council (TNC) government with CIA/British Intelligence (SIS/MI6) links;

-- terror bombing Libya daily since March 19, using depleted uranium weapons, cluster bombs and perhaps other illegal weapons;

Freedom Flotilla II: Final Thoughts

Freedom Flotilla II: Final Thoughts - by Stephen Lendman

Palestinian analyst/advocate/author and former journalist Nadia Hijab is right, saying "(i)t was never about aid."

In her article titled, "Freedom Flotilla II: No to a Kinder, Gentler Siege," she said like earlier and new initiatives to come, it's "a political act" against Israel's illegal occupation/Gaza blockade - forced isolation, in fact, since 1988 "permit system" terrorism was instituted.

In 1991, closures began, "institutionalized" in 1993, then a 1994 electronic wall, and continued repression by lawless incursions, air attacks, home demolitions, targeted assassinations, mass arrests, daily intimidation, Cast Lead, and virtually anything Israel can dream up to collectively punish 1.6 million people, guilty of being Arabs, not Jews.

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