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Corporatism and Fascism

What's Next for Syria?

 

What's Next for Syria?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Conflict drags on interminably. Dozens or more die daily. Syrian forces outmatch Western-backed death squad terrorists. They're not rebels. They're lawless invaders. 

 

They're US proxy fighters. They're imported from dozens of countries. They're waging war against sovereign Syrian independence. Don't expect duplicitous Western politicians or media scoundrels to explain.

 

Venezuela Bashing

 

Venezuela Bashing

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's not new. It's longstanding. Washington targets Bolivarian principles. They shame American injustice. 

 

Both countries are constitutional worlds apart. They're polar opposites. Venezuela reflects government of, by and for everyone equitably and fairly. America serves wealth, power and privilege alone.

 

Two different stories linked by one scary trend: Track and Truth: Manning and the "Other" Surveillance System

By Alfredo Lopez


The tumble of revelations and developments involving the Internet has produced a pastiche of truths that, when examined closely, show links between what might usually be considered separate news stories.

Russia Bashing Redux

 

Russia Bashing Redux

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

At issue is independent governance. Washington tolerates it nowhere. It wants all rivals eliminated. It wants unchallenged global dominance. 

 

It stops at nothing. It wages political, economic and hot wars achieve it. What America says goes. Washington rules apply. It demands all nations observe them. Outliers aren't tolerated. US aims are hard-wired.

 

Just for Sissies: US Flaunts the Rule of Law while Demanding that other Countries Honor It

By Dave Lindorff 


Ah, the rule of law. How often we hear our government leaders angrily demand that the rest of the world adhere to this sacred stricture, most recently as it demands that countries -- even countries with which the US has signed no extradition treaty like Russia or China -- honor the US charges leveled against National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and send him to the US for trial.


Aiding the Enemy: Who’s Really the ‘Enemy’ in the Bradley Manning Case?

By John Grant


We now have clarity from a full-bird colonel in judicial robes that Bradley Manning is to be charged with “aiding the enemy.” OK, not much of a surprise here. Colonel Denise Lind’s ruling seems pretty predictable.

Bradley Manning: Aiding the Enemy Charge Sticks

 

Bradley Manning: Aiding the Enemy Charge Sticks

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Manning's an American hero. He's no criminal. He's being hung out to dry wrongfully. It's for doing the right thing. He's a 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. 

 

He exposed US lawlessness. He spoke truth to power. He did so courageously. He challenged American imperial rampaging. Everyone has a right to know.

 

Snowden: Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

 

Snowden: Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Swedish Sociology Professor Stefan Svallfors nominated him. He praised his "heroic effort at great personal cost."

 

He revealed NSA's lawless global spying. He told millions worldwide what they need to know. He did so at great risk. 

 

Snowden in Russia

 

Snowden in Russia

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Snowden remains in Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport transit zone limbo. Russia's his safest option. 

 

Traveling elsewhere's too risky. It's hazardous. He's seeking temporary asylum. Odds are he'll get it.

 

Lawlessness Is Official US Policy

 

Lawlessness Remains Official US Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Sweeping mass surveillance continues. It won't stop. It's intensifying. It reflects rogue state governance. It has nothing to do with national security. Claiming it's a red herring.

 

It's about control. It's to advance America's imperium. It's political and corporate espionage. It's monitoring truth-tellers. It's targeting constitutional rights. 

 

His 'Crime' is Patriotism, not Betrayal Like Hale's Philip Nolan, Snowden has Become a 'Man Without a Country'

By  Dave Lindorff

 

In Edward Everett Hale's short story "The Man Without a Country," US Army Lt. Philip Nolan, following a court-martial, is exiled from his country, his citizenship snatched away, leaving him doomed to sail the seven seas confined to a Navy vessel, unable to make any country his home. His crime: being seduced by a treacherous leader to betray the US of A, the country of his birth.

Napolitano to Head University of California

 

Napolitano to Head University of California

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On July 12, the Los Angeles Times headlined "Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security chief, to head UC," saying:

 

Gitmo Force-Feeding Continues Through Ramadan

 

Gitmo Force-Feeding Continues Through Ramadan

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Doing so constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. It inflicts excruciating pain and suffering. It's aggravated assault writ large. It's torture under international law provisions.

 

It violates human dignity. It reflects disdain for human suffering. It's Josef Mengele-style treatment. Nazi prisoners were coerced. They had no choice. Experiments constituted torture. Obama reflects the worst of cruel despots.

Snowden's Asylum Quest

 

Snowden's Asylum Quest

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Snowden reflects the best of heroic activism. He acted responsibly. He did the right thing. He committed no crimes. He knew the risks and took them. 

 

Few would do as much. Legions more are needed. Maybe he'll inspire others to come forward. Today they're more than ever needed.

 

Obama Blocks Snowden's Asylum

 

Obama Blocks Snowden's Asylum

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On July 12, Russia Today (RT) headlined "US 'blocks my asylum:' Snowden human rights activists to airport meeting," saying:

 

Snowden remains stuck. He's in limbo. He's at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. He's in its transit area. A source told Interfax he'll meet with human rights organizations late Friday. 

Wrongheaded Fed Policy

 

Wrongheaded Fed Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's been that way far too long. Bernanke and other Fed governors represent Wall Street. They're hired hands. They take orders and obey. They consistently spurn good policy. 

 

Greenspan created an earlier mother of all bubbles. Bernanke exceeded the worst of his policies. Day of reckoning time awaits. The fullness of time will decide when.

 

Rage Against the System: Why It Matters

 

Rage Against the System: Why It Matters

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Public anger in Egypt, Turkey, Palestine, Brazil, Chile, across Europe, in America against Wall Street, and elsewhere is real. It's visceral. It's deep-seated. It's growing. It reflects what media scoundrels won't explain.

 

Democracy's more illusion than real. People get the best kind money can buy. Manipulated elections control things. Systemic rule is hardline. Progressive change is verboten.

Ongoing Fighting in Sinai

 

Ongoing Fighting in Sinai

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Headlines focus on Egypt. Sinai gets little attention. What's ongoing bears close watching.

 

On July 7, Maan News headlined "Egypt army 'preparing for Sinai operation,' " saying:

 

Junta-Style Transition in Egypt

 

Junta-Style Transition in Egypt

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Events remain fluid. They're fast-moving. Interim President Adly Mansour appointed Hazem Beblawi prime minister. He's a technocrat. He's an economics PhD. He and Mansour are pro-Western stooges.

 

From 1965 - 1980, Beblawi held academic positions at the University of Alexandria and elsewhere. From 1980 - 1983, he was an Industrial Bank of Kuwait manager.

 

Of All the Stupid Ideas: New York Police and Brookhaven Lab Suggest a Terror Plot

By Dave Lindorff


Straphangers in New York City became a mass of unwitting guinea pigs Tuesday in a system-wide test by the New York Police Department and the Brookhaven Lab to determine how successful a terrorist organization could be at poisoning the city’s underground commuters with toxic gas.


Washington Ousted Egypt's Morsi

 

Washington Ousted Egypt's Morsi

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Previous articles discussed it. So did The New York Times. More on that below.

 

Egyptian Model:  Three Cheers For Coup Democracy

By John Grant


It was a typical US government response to favorable facts-on-the-ground rooted in violence. Once the military coup in Egypt had been accomplished and the first democratically-elected president of Egypt and many of his allies had been arrested and all sympathetic radio stations had been shut down, the US State Department released a statement expressing US condemnation of any future violence.

Stasi's New Incarnation

 

Stasi's New Incarnation

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Stasi was East Germany's secret police. It suppressed opposition to Stalinist power. It was one of the most repressive state apparatuses in modern times.

 

When East Germany collapsed in 1989, Stasi had over 90,000 full-time employees. Another 300,000 were paid informants. They spied on East German citizens. Thousands of West German collaborators did so on theirs. 

 

Middle East Continues to Boil

 

Middle East Continues to Boil

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article called it the curse of oil and gas. Independent countries are targeted. Washington's war on Syria rages. 

 

It's been ongoing for 28 months and counting. It continues because America, key NATO allies, Israel, and rogue Arab states pour arms into Syria. They do so lawlessly. They're responsible for tens of thousands of deaths.

 

Snowden Affair exposed more than NSA spying: US Corporate Media shown to be Rank Propaganda Arms

By Dave Lindorff


It’s little wonder that despite his disclosure of an unprecedented KBG-like or Stasi-like spying program targeting all Americans, fully half of all Americans polled are saying that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is a “spy” or “traitor” who should be brought to justice.

Why would this be, when a solid majority also say they oppose the spying program?

When Is a Coup not One?

 

When Is a Coup not One?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

"What's in a name," asked Shakespeare? A coup by any other name doesn't change things.

 

It isn't one when it's "our coup, a 'good cause' coup," said Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins. Western diplomats are scrambling to characterize it otherwise. 

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