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Corporatism and Fascism

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. 

Unrest Continues in Egypt

 

Unrest Continues in Egypt

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington's dirty hands are involved. Controlling what's ongoing continues. Doing so reflects iron fist imperialism. A White House statement claims otherwise. It's typical US-style disinformation. In full it states:

 

Jobs Report Shows America in Decline

 

Jobs Report Shows America in Decline

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Headlines cheered America's June report. Bloomberg said "US Employers Added More Workers in June Than Forecast."

 

"Employment roared ahead in June." America's "economy is poised for faster growth as it shakes off the impact of tax increases and budget cuts."

ElBaradei Heads Egypt's Interim Government

 

ElBaradei Heads Egypt's Interim Government

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's official. He's Washington's man in Cairo. More on that below.

 

Ousting Morsi unleashed widespread violence. Pitched battles erupted. Both sides clashed with each other. 

 

Business As Usual in Egypt

 

Business As Usual in Egypt

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Days of street protests created illusory change. Everything changed but stayed the same. The pattern's familiar. Ousting Morsi assures same old, same old.

 

Washington prioritizes Middle East control. It wants it unchallenged. It's the oil, stupid. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and other regional states have nearly two-thirds of proved world oil reserves. They have huge gas deposits.

 

Targeting Foreign Leaders: Longstanding US Policy

 

Targeting Foreign Leaders: Longstanding US Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

No one's safe from America's long arm. From inception, CIA operatives developed skills to kill. 

 

Fidel Castro survived hundreds of assassination attempts. He knows best how Washington operates. 

 

Controlling the Message: Targeting Press TV

 

Controlling the Message: Targeting Press TV

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington and Israeli Lobby pressure bear full responsibility. At issue is blatant censorship. It's suppressing truth and full disclosure. 

 

It's controlling the message. It's preventing viewers from getting vital news, information and analysis. Press TV features it daily. It provides a vital service. 

 

In Obamaland, ‘Rule of Law’ is for the Other Suckers: US (and French) Courts Have Ruled Head-of-State Immunity is Absolute

By Dave Lindorff


It is clear that the entrapment and forced landing in Austria of the official airplane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was the work of the US, which was obviously behind the decision by France and Portugal to deny air rights to the flight, and which also was obviously behind the Austrian government’s demand to be allowed to search the jet after it landed. After all, those countries have no interest themselves in capturing US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is only Obama’s and the NSA’s quarry. 


What's Next in Egypt?

 

What's Next in Egypt?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Morsi's out. Junta power rules. Generals have final say. Democracy's verboten. Popular interests don't matter. They never did. They don't now. What's next?

 

Headlines said Egyptians celebrated Morsi's ouster. Fireworks lit up Cairo's sky. On February 12, 2011, jubilant crowds reacted the same way. Millions hailed Mubarak's removal. People overthrew entrenched power, they believed.

 

London's Guardian: Out in Front Exposing Lawless NSA Spying

 

London's Guardian: Out in Front Exposing Lawless NSA Spying

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Give credit when deserved. It happens all too seldom. The Guardian's an establishment publication. It's been around since 1821. It's credentials are well-known. 

 

It published other notable scoops. It was out in front on Rupert Murdoch's News International phone hacking scandal. It caused an uproar in parliament. Related police corruption was revealed.

The Fourth of July

On this, the anniversary of the  U.S.’s independence from Great Britain, some observations:

A Noir America: Killers and Roller-Coaster Rides

By John Grant


We're all aware of the reputed Chinese curse about living in interesting times. Upheaval seems to be in the air. According to Wikipedia, the interesting times curse was linked with a second, more worrisome curse: "May you come to the attention of those in authority."

America's Independence Day Hypocrisy

 

America's Independence Day Hypocrisy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Ron Kovic's an anti-war activist. He was born on July 4, 1946. Vietnam combat left him paralyzed. He's wheelchair-bound.

 

His memoir titled "Born on the Fourth of July" became an Academy Award-winning film. Oliver Stone directed it. Tom Cruise played Kovic.

 

Obama Threatens Humanity

 

Obama Threatens Humanity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He represents the worst of rogue governance. He does so lawlessly. He serves monied interests. They own him. Whatever they want they get. 

 

He violates core rule of law principles. He mocks democratic rule.

 

He's waging multiple imperial wars. He's doing so on humanity. He plans others. 

Protests Rock Egypt: Morsi's Out

 

Turmoil Rocks Egypt: Morsi's Out

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Events are fast moving. Russia Today's live Cairo video shows huge Tahir Square crowds. They're nonviolent. They're expectant. The mood's electric.

 

Egyptian troops control key sites nationwide. Large contingents are deployed around Cairo.

 

Servile Euro Leaders Cave Under US Pressure: Bolivia's Morales Dissed and Pissed as Diplomatic Immunity Ignored

By Dave Lindorff


Those of us who have been saying that the US has become a weak, or at least more ordinary power among many in the world because of its military failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and because of its economic decline, will have to recalibrate our analysis after watching the pathetic behavior of the leaders of Russia, Germany and France under pressure from the Obama administration not to allow Edward Snowden to gain asylum in those countries or even to escape his purgatory in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Public Support Grows for Snowden in Europe: Germany and France Should offer NSA Whistleblower Asylum

By Dave Lindorff


Europeans are pissed off at the US, in the wake of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s latest revelation that the US was aggressively spying on its European allies, both at their and the European Union’s embassies in Washington, and in Europe itself, gleaning not information about terrorism, but inside-track knowledge about trade negotiation positions and other areas of disagreement or negotiation.


Quelle Surprise: NSA Spies on Europe

 

Quelle Surprise: NSA Spies on Europe

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

NSA spies globally. Enormous amounts of meta-data are collected. It's been ongoing for decades. Post-9/11, it intensified. It's out-of-control today. It's lawless. It's menacing. It persists.

 

Spying domestically isn't for national security. Nor is monitoring allies. It's about control. It's for economic advantage. It's to be one up on foreign competitors. It's for information used advantageously in trade, political, and military relations.

Kerry's Shuttle Diplomacy Excludes Peace in Our Time

 

Kerry's Shuttle Diplomacy Excludes Peace in Our Time

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America and Israel deplore peace. Claims otherwise are pretense. On June 27, Kerry arrived in Jerusalem. It was his fifth regional trip since February. He'll return. He met straightaway with Netanyahu.

 

They talk peace. They plan war. They abhor diplomatic conflict resolution. They don't negotiate. They demand. They want Israeli/Palestinian peace talks resumed with no preconditions. 

We let them do it and we can still stop them! The Snowden Controversy and our Legacy of Choices

By Alfredo Lopez


In one of the most innovative uses of the bizarre rules of international travel, whistle-blower Edward Snowden sits in an airport transit lounge outside the customs barrier that is Russian enough to not invade but not Russian enough to claim the Russians are hiding him. He has now reportedly applied for asylum in Russia.

Mass Protests Rock Egypt

 

Mass Protests Rock Egypt

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington engineered Hosni Mubarak's ouster. He fell from grace. He opposed Obama's regional agenda. It cost him dearly.

 

He became more liability than asset. Mohammed Morsi replaced him. He's Washington's man in Egypt. Hard line rule continues.

 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wrongfully Indicted

 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wrongfully Indicted

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 27, federal grand jurors indicted him on 30 counts. They did so disgracefully.

 

Charges include:

 

Biden/Obama full-court press on Snowden is a bad joke: The Real Traitors to America are in Washington and New York

By Dave Lindorff


It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry as the US goes all out to get its hands on National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

America: Government by Terror, Torture and Tyranny

 

America: Government by Terror, Torture and Tyranny

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America governs lawlessly. Out-of-control rogues run things. Conditions go from bad to worse. Tyranny threatens everyone. So does possible global war.

 

Texas: America's State-Sponsored Execution Capital

 

Texas: America's State-Sponsored Execution Capital

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1972, the Supreme Court's Furman v. Georgia ruling banned capital punishment, saying:

 

"(T)he imposition and carrying out of the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments." 

 

Texas: America's State-Sponsored Execution Capital

 

Texas: America's State-Sponsored Execution Capital

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1972, the Supreme Court's Furman v. Georgia ruling banned capital punishment, saying:

 

"(T)he imposition and carrying out of the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments." 

 

Senate Passes Racist Immigration Bill

 

Senate Passes Racist Immigration Bill

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 27, S. 744: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (BSEOIMA) passed. House members address it next.

 

On June 28, The New York Times headlined "Senate, 68 to 32, Passes Overhaul for Immigration," saying:

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