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Washington Post Anti-Bolivarian Propaganda


Washington Post Anti-Bolivarian Propaganda


by Stephen Lendman


Western media scoundrels waged war on Chavez. They did so throughout his tenure. Managed news misinformation substituted for truth and full disclosure. 


Chavez is gone. Misreporting continues. Post editors march in lockstep with other media scoundrels. Doing so betrays their readers.


UN Human Rights Council: US Imperial Tool


UN Human Rights Council: America's Imperial Tool


by Stephen Lendman


In 1945, the UN was established: 


  • "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war;


Intelligence Fraud from the Outset: Launching War on Iraq

A Last-Second Appeal for Sanity

Ten years ago, the U.S. invasion of Iraq was only hours away, but the case for this unprovoked war was already falling apart with exposure of hyperbole, half-truths and even a forgery. On March 18, 2003, a group of U.S. intelligence veterans pleaded with President George W. Bush to postpone the attack. The text of VIPS's March 18, 2003 Memorandum for the President follows.( A list of all 23 corporate memoranda produced by VIPS since its first, on February 5, 2003, is found at

March 18, 2003

Memorandum for: The President

From: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

Subject: Forgery, Hyperbole, Half-Truth: A Problem

Iraq War Among World's Worst Events

Ever More Shocked, Never Yet Awed
By David Swanson
March 18, 2013
This report is being made available in an attractive 86-page PDF from ColdType here.
Alex Bell has kindly produced an ePub and a Kindle version, also available here: ePub and Kindle.
It is also available at

Not Too Big to Resist: Too Big to Jail


By Dan DeWalt

Corporate America just received the confirmation that they've been waiting for.


Former Newark TSA screener: “a lot of what we do is make-believe,” by Lisa Simeone

A former TSA screener at Newark International Airport concurs with other screeners and with rational observers and actual security experts: “A lot of what we do is make-believe.”

Read the rest at TSA News.

Chavez Laid to Rest


Chavez Laid to Rest


by Stephen Lendman


He died on March 5. Smart money says Obama killed him. His death was very suspicious. A previous article discussed it. 


Hopefully forensic evidence will prove what many people believe. 


Obama Heads to Israel


Obama Heads to Israel


by Stephen Lendman


As now scheduled, he'll arrive March 20. He'll remain until March 23. It's his first presidential visit. He made several trips before. He's only the fifth US president to go. Others included Nixon, Carter, Clinton, and GW Bush.


He waited until Israel's new government was formed. It took weeks to do so. On March 15, coalition partners agreed.

The Washington Post “addresses” a few TSA matters, by Deborah Newell Tornello

In a post today by the normally clear-eyed Jonathan Capehart — and in The Washington Post, no less — you will see plenty of admiration for the way the TSA handles children and the elderly (they get to keep their shoes and jackets on!) as well as cheery support for the some-animals-are-more-equal-than-others 

Detroit Symbolizes America's Decline


Detroit Symbolizes America's Decline


by Stephen Lendman


America's economy is sick. It's getting sicker. Coverup and denial conceal reality. Census data say record numbers of US counties are dying. It's over one in three. 


It reflects population shifts and Depression conditions. America's decline gets little attention.


America's Dirty War in Iraq


America's Dirty War in Iraq


by Stephen Lendman


America wages wars dirty. They're all unprincipled and lawless. It's official policy. Exceptions don't exist. No-holds-barred barbarism is longstanding. 


Rule of law principles don't matter. They never did. Modern technologies make today's wars worse than ever. All forms of brutality are commonplace.


Syria News - Mar 16


Anglo-French plan to arm Syrian rebels meets wall of resistance at EU summit -

Hollande: France has guarantees from Syrian rebels on weapons - Reuters

US State Dep says is favorable on UK and France upping Syria rebel aid, but "we have made our own decision to provide only non-lethal assistance" - AFP

CIA begins sizing up Islamic extremists in Syria for drone strikes -

VIDEO: More Videos Of Croatian Weapons With Non-FSA Islamists, Salafists, and Jihadists - Brown Moses Blog

U.S.-trained Syrian rebels returning to fight in their homeland: senior rebel source - Yahoo! News

US says it will allow money from American citizens and companies to be sent to Syrian opposition forces, exempting them from sanctions - Al Jazeera Blogs

Report: Syrian regime being aided from 12 countries - The Cable

VIDEO: Years After Invasion to Crush Uprising in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia Helps Fuel Conflict in Syria - Democracy Now!


Syrian opposition announces candidates for interim gov't president - Xinhua |

Syrian Brotherhood refuses talks with Assad - World Bulletin

FSA chief vows to fight until 'new Syria' established - NOW

Few Protests On 2nd Anniversary Of Syrian Uprising - NPR

Aleppo activist Edward Dark: ‘People here don't like the regime, but they hate the rebels even more’ - The Globe and Mail

VIDEO: Message from FSA chief of staff. In English -

VIDEO(Arabic): Syrian National Council Head George Sabra Speaks to Syrian People - YouTube


Syrian rebel leader confronted with video of his men killing prisoners (VIDEO) - CBS News

VIDEO: Salafi Terrorist confesses: We did the massacre of 50 people, including women and children, in Homs (Syria) In April 2012! - YouTube

Sharia Court Orders Authorizes Rebels to Use and Loot Syrians' Properties - Real Syria Updates

New obstacles emerge in case of Lebanese kidnapped by Syrian rebels - THE DAILY STAR

Damascus warns of strike on Syrian rebels hiding in Lebanon — RT News

Lebanese Official Charges 10 with Belonging to al-Nusra Front — Naharnet

Syrian Conflict Extends to Border With Israel - Al-Monitor

Syria accuses Jordan of opening borders for jihadists - NOW

Under Internal Pressure, the Tunisian Security Starts to Dismantle Networks Recruiting Jihadists and Sending them to Syria - Real Syria Updates

VIDEO: Caucasian Fighters In FSA -


In War-Torn Syria, Kurdish Regions Remain Remarkably Calm • Kurdistan Today News 

The Kurdish Rebellion in Syria: Toward Irreversible Liberation - PUKmedia


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Petition to save Lynne Stewart's life

Lynne Stewart has devoted her life to the oppressed – a constant advocate for the countless many deprived in the United States of their freedom and their rights.

Reflections of 10 years os Illegitimate US War in Iraq

by  the Steering Committee of World Can't Wait            Samatha Goldman:Ten years ago, I was a student in high school when the war in Iraq began. At 15, I threw myself wholeheartedly into resisting the war. I remember the agony and outrage I felt when despite mass protest, a war based on lies was waged in our names...


Peace Essay Contest

How Can We Obey the Law Against War?

Top Prize $1,000

Peace Essay Rules

In 800 words or less answer the question:

How can we obey the law against war?

Please include your: (1) name, (2) age (if under 19), (3) mailing address, (4) phone number, (5) email address, and (6) year and school that you first learned about the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

Mail your Peace Essay – postmarked by April 14, 2013 – to:

Peace Desk, 213 S. Wheaton Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187

Peace Essays will be judged by members of the West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition (WSFPC) ( based on:

(1) Knowledge of the Kellogg-Briand Pact

(2) Insight into how the Pact influences U.S. foreign policy

(3) Creativity in recommendations regarding compliance

(4) Quality of the Peace Essay prose


The author of the best essay will receive $1,000. Also, if the award winner identifies the school where she/he learned about the Kellogg-Briand Pact, a book – When the World Outlawed War, by David Swanson – will be donated to the school library. The WSFPC will also send the best Peace Essays to key members of the U.S. Congress.

For more information please contact

Frank Goetz at

Everyone who respects the Law should work for Peace.


Most People understand that war is destructive but few know that it is illegal. On August 27, 1928 many countries signed a treaty called the Kellogg-Briand Pact which outlawed war. After ratification by the U.S. Senate the following year this Pact became the supreme law of the land in the United States and sixty-five other countries. How can we respect the law if most of us are ignorant of its existence? Members of the Peace Community have decided to: 1) educate the population on why this law was passed, and 2) encourage insight and creative expression on how we can bring our country into compliance.

Frank Goetz

213 S. Wheaton Avenue

Wheaton, IL 60187

Phone: 630-510-8500 ext. 104

Paul Ryan's At It Again


Paul Ryan's At It Again


by Stephen Lendman


He represents Wisconsin's first congressional district. He was Romney's vice presidential running mate. He's House Budget Committee chairman. Wall Street Journal editors love him.


On March 12, they headlined "A Ryan Reboot," saying:

TSA’s Blogger Bob: bombs too hard to spot unless they look like Road Runner cartoon, by Amy Alkon

Indeed, bombs are too hard to detect by the TSA’s force of unskilled workers who take money for violating American’s dignity, genitals, and Fourth Amendment rights.

The LAX Millennium Bomber plot was discovered, over the phone, by a guy in Seattle — a highly trained FBI agent who heard a guy who had a passport saying he was born in Montreal but speaking with a French-Algerian accent.

Israel's Fascist Government


Israel's Fascist Government


by Stephen Lendman


On January 22, Israelis voted. Results hardened fascist rule. Dominant right-wing parties control 102 of 120 Knesset seats. 


Israelis have themselves to blame. They elected their most extremist government in history. Belligerence, state-sponsored terrorism, militarized occupation, racist persecution, settlement expansions, and neoliberal harshness reflect official policy.

Challenging Israel's Right to Exist Responsibly


Challenging Israel's Right to Exist Responsibly


by Stephen Lendman


Israel's a rogue terror state. It's been so from inception. Its leaders' hands are blood-drenched. They're responsible for decades of high crimes.


Syria News - Mar 15


France pushes EU to end Syria arms ban, warns that it could break with the EU embargo - Reuters

VIDEO: France, Britain to push EU to end Syria arms ban - Video Dailymotion

Those who would like to see Assad overthrown, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, worry the U.S. is supporting negotiations - Haaretz

VIDEO: US State Department Briefing Exchange on the Syrian List of Names of Regime and Opposition Representatives at Negotiations - YouTube

As Kerry Backs Political Solution, Khatib Faces Dissent - Al-Monitor

Syria’s Opposition Still Divided, Mistrustful - Al-Monitor

Ambassador: US providing $114 million in aid to Syrian rebels - The Hill's Global Affairs

Exclusive: U.S. sending Free Syrian Army 200,000 halal MREs - The Cable

House Republicans to hold hearing on White House's Syria policy - Washington Times

Moscow Warns Arab League Over Syria Seat for Rebels - RIA Novosti


Institute for the Study of War: Though depleted and fatigued, Syrian army remains cohesive - THE DAILY STAR

Defections, desertions, battlefield losses and damage to morale cut Syrian troops to 50,000, IISS Says - Bloomberg

Exclusive: Iran steps up weapons lifeline to Syria's Assad: envoys - Reuters

Israel:  Iran and Hezbollah have built up 50,000-strong units of Syrian militiamen besides the army - reuters


Syrian rebels ramp up extrajudicial killings of soldiers, suspected informants, pro-government militias and captured or kidnapped civilians: Amnesty Int’l - RT News

Syrian Rebels Aren't Able To Fill Government's Role As They Take Cities : NPR

Al Nusrah Front poised to take over last major city on Euphrates River - The Long War Journal

How important is the rebel takeover of Raqqa? - The Globe and Mail

VIDEO: Syria Rebels committing war crimes -


3 Syrian Diesel Tankers Torched in Tripoli, Gunmen Appear on Streets — Naharnet

Syria Warns Lebanon to Stop Insurgency - Real Syria Updates

Hezbollah, Jabhat al-Nusra Set for Showdown in Syria - The Daily Beast

Security Council Voices 'Grave Concern' over Lebanon-Syria Border Violence — Naharnet


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Afghanistan Protest Case Court Support


On December 1, 2009, hundreds of people gathered outside West Point at the US Military Academy to protest Barack Obama's announcement that he was vastly expanding the US war on Afghanistan.

TSA: hostile work environment in Syracuse, by Lisa Simeone

Perhaps this would be better titled "Poetic Justice."

In another case of whistleblowing, a TSA administrator in Syracuse, New York has accused his supervisor of creating a hostile work environment.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Obama Killed Chavez


Obama Killed Chavez


by Stephen Lendman


Most likely he was either poisoned or infected with cancer causing substances. Four cancer surgeries in 18 months raise suspicions.


Chavez knew he was marked for death. He said so numerous times. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez believes Washington and Israel conspired to kill him. 


Gitmo Atrocities Continue


Gitmo Atrocities Continue


by Stephen Lendman


America's by far the world's leading human rights abuser. It commits horrific crimes globally. No other nation matches its record. It's longstanding. It's unconscionable. It's lawless.


It violates fundamental international, constitutional, and US statute laws. It does so with impunity. It's official US policy.


Syria News - Mar 14


Kerry Urges Syria Opposition to Unite, Talk to Assad with the aim of forming a "transitional government" -

Russia warns UK against arming Syrian rebels, says it is violation of international law - The Guardian

UNICEF fears a 'lost generation' of Syrian children -

Save the Children: Children of Syria struggle to survive - The Chronicle Herald

How the new $60 million of Syria aid is being spent - Foreign Policy The Cable


Syria's Brotherhood calls for 'week of action' on revolt anniversary, blasts the international community for failing the Syrian people - Ahram Online

How the Muslim Brotherhood Hijacked Syria's Revolution -  Foreign Policy

Khatib may resign as Syria’s National Coalition leader over division on the formation of an interim government: report - 

Syria anti-regime protesters demonstrate against Al-Nusra - AFP

Kurds in Syria hoping for oil discoveries - Al Bawaba

Mortar Shells in Damascus Kill 3, Wound 50 - ABC News

EU representative killed outside Damascus - NOW

PHOTOS: Mass Rally in Aleppo in Support of Syrian Army - Real Syria Updates

VIDEO: Assad regime Arming Alawite Civilians -

VIDEO: Syrian Government pays salaried in rebel controlled areas - Jazeera


With Official Wink And Nod, Hundreds Of Young Saudis Join Syria's Rebels - NPR

Exclusive: Gaza Salafists Take Fight To Syria - Al-Monitor

Conflict in Syria creates wave of British jihadists - The Independent

At least 50 French citizens ‘waging jihad in Syria’ - FRANCE 24

'German' jihadist fighting in Syria (VIDEO) - The Sun

The Netherlands raises terror threat amid fears Dutch fighters returning from Syria may be traumatized and further radicalized   - NY Daily News

VIDEO: "If you were a man, we’d kill you’: Captive journalist tells RT how she escaped Syrian rebels — RT News

VIDEO: Rebels Beheading & Shooting Civilians In Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: Some Minarets Gets destroy in Syria -


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Wrongheaded NYT Views When They're Right


Wrongheaded NYT Views When They're Right


by Stephen Lendman


On March 9, a Times editorial headlined "Repeal the Military Force Law." Reasons given omitted what's most important. More on that below.


Talk Nation Radio: Robert Fantina on War and the Bravery of Deserters

Robert Fantina discusses the courage of those who desert the military, including some 20,000 in the United States during the "global war on terra."  Fantina is the author of
Desertion and the American Soldier,
Look Not Unto the Morrow, and
Empire, Racism, and Genocide: A History of U.S. Foreign Policy.
He discusses all of these books on the program.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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Some European Media Showed Some Guts 10 Years Ago

An Unheeded Warning on Iraq

March 12, 2013

Editor Note: Ten years ago, as the clock was ticking down to George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, a campaign of U.S. government lies and exaggerations had convinced many Americans that they were the ones under threat. A few U.S. intelligence veterans spoke up, but were heard mostly in Europe and on the Internet.  This was the second of three Memoranda issued by the (then-newly formed) Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) before the US/UK attack on Iraq. (The first, addressed to President Bush, gave Colin Powell's speech a C-minus for content -- a far too charitable grade, in retrospect.)


DATE: March 12, 2003

MEMORANDUM FOR: Confused Americans

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

America's Retirement Crisis


America's Retirement Crisis


by Stephen Lendman


Decades of class war leaves most Americans nearing retirement woefully unprepared.


Since the mid-1970s, real wages haven't kept pace with inflation. Benefits steadily eroded. High-paying jobs disappeared. Improved technology forces wage earners to work harder for less. 


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