Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NYT Praises Hillary's Monday Night Demagoguery

NYT Praises Hillary’s Monday Night Demagoguery

by Stephen Lendman

Monday’s event mocked what real debates are supposed to be all about, delivering tragedy and farce instead, 90 ranting demagogic minutes without substance, replete with unchallenged Big Lies - symbolic of America’s fantasy democracy.

Times editors commented as expected, one-sidedly for Hillary, delivering a campaign commercial, not serious analysis, praising her duplicitous performance, maintaining a relentless anti-Trump tirade - a clear example of press agent journalism, mocking the real thing.

“(J)ust one candidate is serious and the other is a vacuous bully,” Times editors blustered. “There was a fundamental asymmetry to the exercise, because of the awful truth that one of the participants had nothing truthful to offer.”

Whatever Trump says or doesn’t say, Times editors assail him relentlessly - at the same time ignoring Hillary’s deplorable public record making her unfit to serve.

Times editors: Trump “(s)t(ood) at the lectern, interrupting and shouting, playing (an) invisible accordion with his open hands, filibustering, tossing his word salads…(He) struggled to contend with an opponent…much more poised and prepared than” any Republican primary contender.

Not a word about Hillary’s email scandal, DNC documents showing she stole primary elections, her fealty to Wall Street and other predatory corporate interests, her anti-progressivism, major war crimes, her racketeering Clinton Foundation, and unindicted perjury for lying to Congress and FBI investigators.

She’s the establishment favorite for good reason, representing imperial arrogance at its worst, monied interests over popular ones, a Machiavellian menace, complicit with dark forces running America, unparalleled pure evil.

Times editors: She “st(ood) up to bullying…swatting (Trump’s) attacks aside and confidently delivering her own criticisms from higher, firmer ground.”

Times editors would have praised her performance if she stood mute for 90 minutes. They ignored her serial lying throughout the campaign, notably on Monday night.

Truth is the missing ingredient in virtually all US political contests, rare exceptions proving the rule, most evident in quadrennial presidential races.

Americans get the best democracy money can buy, a criminal cabal running things for its own self-interest, ordinary people left out altogether.

What’s most important to explain, Times editors, columnists, correspondents and contributors suppress, managed news misinformation and willful lying substituting. 

They support a ruthlessly dangerous political system too debauched to fix, neocons in charge threatening humanity’s survival - The Times cheerleading what demands denunciation.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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Syrian Voices of Truth

Syrian Voices of Truth

by Stephen Lendman

Syria is in the eye of a US-created storm, ravaged by imperial viciousness, valiantly struggling to protect and preserve its sovereignty, aided greatly by help from Russia.

What’s ongoing in its sixth year of conflict is a classic good v. evil struggle, a contest crucial to win, defeating malevolent forces ruling America. The alternative is tyrannical subjugation.

On Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said America, Britain and France convened last Sunday’s Security Council session to support anti-government terrorists ravaging the country.

He blasted Washington’s flagrant violation of Geneva ceasefire terms, Syria and Russia alone observing them. Western countries, along with regional partners, fund, arm and train terrorist fighters, he explained.

US warplanes massacring scores of Syrian soldiers 10 days earlier was deliberate, premeditated aggression, nothing accidental about it. Evidence revealed proves it. See below.

If America and its rogue allies wanted peace in Syria, they could achieve it by cutting off all support for terrorist fighters. Without it they can’t exist.

Assad’s political and media advisor Bouthaina Shabban said Syrian forces will strike terrorists nationwide, whoever they are, wherever they exist.

Damascus remains committed to restore, preserve and protect sovereignty over all Syrian territory - and challenge anyone threatening it, she stressed.

She blamed Washington for undermining ceasefire, explaining implementation is unattainable as long as it refuses to comply with what it agreed to.

Syria’s leadership was involved in consultations leading to the Geneva deal, its consent required before Russia agreed on its provisions.

Damascus supports all sides involved in combating terrorism. Western-supported “opposition” is entirely composed of cutthroat killers, imported death squads.

Shaaban criticized Ban Ki-moon for failure to observe UN Charter principles along with pro-Western Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura for operating more secretly than transparently.

A Final Comment

Syria Speaker of the People’s Council Hadiya Khalaf Abbas said her government’s intelligence service discovered an audio file, proving US warplanes’ attack on Syrian soldiers near Deir Ezzur was deliberate.

Conversations were taped between American and ISIS forces before Pentagon warplanes massacred scores of Syrian soldiers - the US side telling its terrorist foot soldiers to attack and capture the area following the aerial assault.

Syrian ground forces retook areas initially lost, foiling Washington’s plan. They continue repelling ISIS fighters in the area, inflicting heavy losses, along with making progress toward liberating parts of Aleppo in terrorists’ hands.

Controlling the battered city and and surrounding areas is key to liberating Syria entirely - defeating America’s imperial strategy if achieved.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Monday's Trump/Hillary Travesty: All Rant, No Substance

Monday’s Trump/Hillary Travesty: All Rant, No Substance

by Stephen Lendman

Who won? Who lost? Who cares? What matters is who really lost - millions of ordinary Americans, betrayed again, doomed to suffer under continued duopoly power control over their lives, serving privileged interests exclusively, harming their well-being and futures - waging endless wars of aggression at the expense of world peace, stability, equity and justice.

That’s the message of the entire campaign, including Monday night theatrics, an exercise in demagoguery, bluster, and avoidance of substantive discussion, interchanges and debate on the vital issues of our time with clear policies laid out for real change - not forthcoming no matter who succeeds Obama.

Why would any sensible person support either duopoly power candidate, like signing one’s own death warrant for doing it. One aspirant alone stands out, and she was barred from participating or even attending the event.

According to her press director Meleiza Figueroa, Jill Stein came to the Hofstra University debate (sic) site, was blocked by its security and Nassau county police, was told after broadcast interviews, she’d be “escorted off campus immediately,” meaning forcibly if she justifiably resisted.

Police states operate this way. International and constitutional laws are null and void, raw power and privilege alone served, a deplorable situation, fantasy democracy, not the real thing.

Jill and supporters demonstrated outside Hofstra, used social media and alternative media interviews to get out her message. “I have an opportunity to have a voice that can be heard by tens of millions on social media,” she said.

As for tragedy and farce masquerading as “debate,” it was 90 demagogic minutes of he said, she said - saying nothing, mocking what real debates are supposed to be all about, making tired old empty promises to be broken straightaway no matter who becomes America’s 45th president. It happens every time, yet voters are repeatedly duped, easy marks to roll over.

The entire campaign, Monday night, two debates (sic) to follow and what remains on the stump until November 8 reflect an exercise in fooling an uninformed, indifferent electorate again, manipulating them. 

Candidates promise everything. Remember Obama’s duplicitous hope and change message? They deliver nothing, harder than ever hard times following for ordinary people, deepening tyranny challenging resisters. 

NBC News moderator Lester Holt was buffoon-like, failing to do his job, not challenging and refuting misinformation and Big Lies, especially from Hillary, an unindicted perjurer.

America’s state is deplorable, combining plutocracy, predatory corporate oligarchy, public and private gangsterism, perpetual wars against invented enemies, and tyranny headed toward becoming full-blown.

Will November elections change things? Only for the worst, America on a slippery slope toward the worst of all possible worlds - meaner, nastier and more frighteningly dangerous than ever.

Be scared, very scared for what’s coming! A comatose public has itself to blame, failing to defend its vital interests, victimized by its own indifference.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Vicious Trump Bashing Ahead of Monday's Presidential Debate

Vicious Trump Bashing Ahead of Monday’s Presidential Debate

by Stephen Lendman

Continuing their dual role as Hillary’s lead press agents, abandoning fair and balanced reporting entirely, neoliberal NYT editors and their neocon Washington Post counterparts unleashed an anti-Trump blitzkrieg ahead of Monday’s “debate.”

What’s coming is far from what debating is supposed to be all about. An earlier article discussed the Socratic method, involving opposing sides asking and answering questions.

Ideas are freely aired. Beliefs are challenged. Truths are sought. Critical thinking is stimulated. Opinions are formed. Conclusions are reached through free and open dialogue and discussion.

Debates should give opposing sides full opportunity to air views while challenging those of others. What’s coming in all three presidential “debates” is pre-scripted theater, resembling stump campaigning, involving talk without substance, leaving voters uninformed on what they need to know.

Times and WaPo editors one-sidedly support Hillary, ignoring her war crimes, racketeering and perjury, operating like they’re part of her campaign, bashing Trump relentlessly because US power brokers and monied interests aren’t sure he’s entirely controllable. 

Who ever heard of an anti-establishment billionaire, yet he sounds like one. Favoring better relations with Russia scares them. So does his opposition to TPP and calling NATO obsolete. 

Headlining “Why Donald Trump Should Not Be President,” Times editors substituted hyperbole for good judgment, calling his views “matters of dangerous impulse and cynical pandering rather than thoughtful politics.”

That was prelude to accusing him of “bursts of false and outrageous allegations, personal insults, xenophobic nationalism, unapologetic sexism and positions that shift according to his audience and his whims.”

At the same time, not a word about Hillary’s longstanding war crimes, support for all US wars of aggression since husband Bill’s rape of Yugoslavia, Hillary urging him to terror-bomb Belgrade, massacring defenseless residents. 

Nothing about her email scandal, lying about it to FBI investigators and Congress. Not a word about the Clinton Foundation money-laundering self-enrichment racket, posing as a charitable NGO. Silence on the most recklessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history - no explanation of her despicable public record.

Both candidates are the most widely reviled ones in US history. Neither deserves public support. Independents Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are prohibited from participating - so voters won’t hear alternative views on how America should be governed.

They have no say over who runs the nation and deplorable policies  continuing in their name - their tax dollars going for harms their well-being, security and futures.

Times editors rattled off a stream of anti-Trump pejoratives, not a fair and balanced view throughout their tirade - uproariously ending by calling US presidents “role models for generations of our children.”

A rogue’s gallery of miscreants served as US presidents from inception. Except for Jack Kennedy’s transformation in office from warrior to peacemaker (why he was assassinated), not a worthy one in the bunch.

For sure neither Trump or Hillary. She’s the most despicable and dangerous of the two.

Neocon WaPo editors’ headline trumpeted “It’s beyond debate that Donald Trump is unfit to be president” - by implication saying “crooked,” “trigger-happy,” serial lying Hillary is.

“(T)he challenge for Monday’s audience is to avoid the trap of thinking of this debate as yet another opportunity for ‘the real Trump’ - or even a ‘new Trump’ - to emerge,” said WaPo editors.

Same old serial lying Hillary will oppose him. Whether both aspirants comport themselves or engage in mudsling remains to be seen.

One thing for sure. Three so-called debates won’t reveal dirty business as usual continuing no matter who succeeds Obama - one or the other duopoly power candidates always winning, voters consistently losing out.

I won’t be watching. Listening is too painful. I’ll comment on what both candidates said from transcripts of their remarks.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Is Russia Finally Admitting Negotiating with America Is Futile?

Is Russia Finally Admitting Negotiating with America Is Futile?

by Stephen Lendman

Not quite, but any rhetorical shift in the right direction is welcome, Russia’s tone changing. Maybe policy measures will follow. More on this below.

Anyone knowledgeable about its sordid history knows America negotiates in bad faith, saying and agreeing to one thing, intending something entirely different - never compromising on its imperial priorities.

Interviewed over the weekend on Russian television, Sergey Lavrov called Sunday’s emergency Security Council session, convened by America, Britain and France, an attempt to distract attention from US warplanes massacring Syrian forces a week earlier.

During a Security Council ministerial meeting and International Syria Support Group (ISSG) sessions, “(t)he Syrian government and we were accused of all sins and all answers regarding the accusations” made, said Lavrov.

“We can only guess why it was necessary to convene the urgent meeting during the weekend. I think it is not difficult to guess. It is evident that the West led by the US does not cope with its obligations. (Sunday’s session was) “to distract the attention from the bombing near Deir ez-Zor. We will demand the most thorough investigation.”

Lavrov is clearly frustrated by years of futile dealings with his US counterparts, especially Hillary and John Kerry, duplicitous figures, accomplishing little. He’s been Russian Foreign Minister for over a decade, serving with distinction.

“…Kerry keeps saying that Jabhat Al-Nusra poses the same terrorist threat as the Islamic State (ISIS). But Nusra remains untouchable,” Lavrov stressed, failing to explain so does ISIS, Washington and its rogue allies supporting these terrorist groups and all others.

“That I cannot trust (America) 100% is for certain,” he said. Along with Britain, France and other rogue allies, it’s “mov(ing) the goalposts…(T) United States (isn’t) an impartial co-chair of the ISSG. It brings the grist to one mill.” Its imperial priorities alone matter.

Pro-Western UN Syrian envoy Staffan de Mistura is no better, said Lavrov, saying “(w)e are being told if there is stable truce in the whole territory of Syria, if it lasts, and if all obstructions to the delivery of humanitarian aid are lifted, then the political process will begin.”

“The so-called Supreme Commission for Negotiations (Saudi Arabia’s High Negotiations Committee comprised of anti-Syrian terrorist groups) has inconspicuously torpedoed intra-Syrian talks since May.”

“Sadly, the special envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, caters to their interests” instead of doing his job responsibly for diplomatic conflict resolution.

Despite consistent failure to resolve years of conflict diplomatically, Lavrov said Russia remains committed to agreements reached. Washington breached them straightaway.

Separately, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called ceasefire “ineffective,” terrorists using it “for regrouping, replenishing their arsenals, for apparent preparation and carrying out their offensive.”

He blasted US and UK rhetoric on Syria as “unacceptable,” making conflict resolution less attainable than already, along with “caus(ing) great harm (to) bilateral relations.”

Interviewed on state owned and operated BBC, UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson featured Big Lies like his predecessor, showing no change in British geopolitical policy - disgracefully calling Russia “guilty of protracting” war in Syria, “making it far more hideous,” practically accusing it of war crimes, ignoring his own country’s culpability, complicit with Washington, two rogue states committed to endless wars of aggression.

It’s unclear what diplomatic path Russia intends taking ahead. It seems clear it intends combating terrorist fire with greater fire - hopefully sustaining and escalating it for as long as it takes to eliminate this scourge.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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Russian Straight Talk v. US Big Lies on Syria

Russian Straight Talk v. US Big Lies on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Washington, Britain and France convened a duplicitous emergency Sunday Security Council meeting on Syria, arrogantly using it to demagogue the conflict, Obama’s war, blaming Russia and Syria for his high crimes - complicit with rogue Western and regional partners.

They bear full responsibility for years of naked aggression against a sovereign independent nation threatening no one. US and other anti-Syria politicians consistently lie. 

Western media scoundrels act as imperial press agents, suppressing truth and full disclosure, managed news misinformation and Big Lies substituting. Everyone following their reports end up brainwashed, victims of state-sponsored propaganda, suppressing what they most need to know.

Vitaly Churkin is Russia’s UN representative, serving his nation with distinction - polar opposite his American counterpart, neocon Samantha Power, a deplorable she-devil, using Sunday’s SC session to blame Russia and Syria for US-led imperial high crimes. 

Examples of her despicable tirade follow below with a caveat. It’s painful reading, imperial arrogance at its worst, reality reinvented, a litany of beginning-to-end Big Lies consistent with how America operates.

Power: “Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war. Instead of helping get life-saving aid to civilians, Russia and Assad are bombing the humanitarian convoys, hospitals, and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive.”

Fact: What utter rubbish, reality turned upside down! America calls its imperial naked aggression against one country after another humanitarian intervention, vital self-defense by its victims waging war.

Pentagon and “coalition” warplanes bomb Syrian government targets and civilian sites, pretending they’re targeting ISIS, providing air cover for terrorists.

The Solidarity Movement calls George Soros-backed White Helmets al Qaeda “with a facelift,” a criminal gang used for propaganda purposes, not as first responders to save lives.

Powers accused Russia and Syria of striking areas where they operate, falsely saying they “bravely rush to the scene of bombings to” help survivors. They’re imperial agents, not humanitarian volunteers.

Power: “Eastern Aleppo remains under seige…(T)he only items making it (there) are (nonexistent) barrel bombs and incendiaries…dropped by Assad’s forces and Russian forces.”

Fact: All post-WW II US wars were and remain naked aggression, including use of chemical, biological, radiological and other banned terror weapons, largely affecting defenseless civilians Washington considers legitimate targets.

Throughout years of conflict, Syria felt the full brunt of US viciousness, complicit with its imperial partners and terrorist foot soldiers - responsible for the highest of high crimes against peace, transforming a peaceful nation into a slaughterhouse.

Power: “Russia, of course, has long had the power to stop this suffering. (America supports) halting the violence and returning to a cessation of hostilities…Russia has consistently said one thing and done its opposite.”

Fact: Power’s above remarks apply solely to Washington and its rogue allies - polar opposite years of forthright Russian conflict resolution efforts.

The remainder of Power’s tirade was as viciously duplicitous as her above comments. She’s paid to lie for empire. It’s too transparent to work.

Churkin countered her offensive with cold, hard facts, strictly verboten from the US side. Here’s some of what he said:

“Requests for ceasefire…have become a routine practice. We have always been making concessions, at least tried, and reached agreements with the Syrian government. In the long run, it all ended in militants’ regrouping, receiving reinforcement and staging new offensives.”

US-supported al-Nusra terrorists comprise the main anti-government force in Aleppo. They, ISIS and likeminded cutthroat killers can’t exist without foreign backing - from Western and regional countries.

Churkin: They’re “armed with tanks, APCs, field artillery, multiple rocket launchers…dozens and dozens of units, including heavy weaponry.” 

“Of course, they couldn’t have made this equipment themselves. All of this has been received by them and is still being shipped to them by generous Western backers,” - Washington the maestro of mass murder, responsible for planning, orchestrating and implementing the whole ugly business, raping and destroying the Syrian Arab Republic, my words, not Churkin’s. He’d agree.

“The ceasefire can only be salvaged now on a collective basis,” he stressed. “It's not us that have to prove something to somebody unilaterally.” 

“We have to see proof that there is a genuine desire to separate US-allied rebel groups (sic) from the Al-Nusra Front, then destroy the Al-Nusra Front and bring the opposition into a political process. Otherwise our suspicions that this was only meant to shield the Al-Nusra Front would only grow stronger.”

Fact: No so-called moderate rebels exist. All anti-government forces are terrorists. Russia understands, yet insists on what isn’t possible or ever going to happen. Why it hasn’t explained.

Churkin accused Washington of “trickery,” flagrantly breaching promises made, assuring endless war, not resolution.

“What we need is a serious process without fooling around,” he said. “Conditions should not be changed every other day because we have a deal. What must be done is to implement” terms agreed on with no deviations for any reasons at any time.

Russia knows what it’s up against dealing with America, a rogue state bent on global dominance, wanting all challengers eliminated - mainly Russia and China, targeted for regime change.

Neocon lunatics infesting Washington may have nuclear war in mind to do it - a major threat few Americans understand.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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NYT Blames Russia and Syria for US-Led Imperial Crimes

NYT Blames Russia and Syria for US-Led Imperial Crimes

by Stephen Lendman

On issues of war and peace, The New York Times is a press agent for US-led imperial high crimes of war, against humanity and genocide - consistently reinventing reality, turning truth on its head, willfully and maliciously lying to readers.

Syria is struggling for survival, up against US hegemonic ruthlessness, Russia providing invaluable help, both nations deserving universal support and praise.

Not according to The Times, continuing its steady drumbeat of deception and Big Lies, supporting US-led aggression, blasting Syrian self-defense aided by Russia, its reports reading like Pentagon handouts, its latest saying:

“Make life intolerable and death likely. Open an escape route, or offer a deal to those who leave or surrender. Let people trickle out. Kill whoever stays. Repeat until a deserted cityscape is yours.”

“It is a strategy that both the Syrian government and its Russian allies have long embraced to subdue Syrian rebels, largely by crushing the civilian populations that support them.”

Fact: Syrian and Russian forces are combating US-supported terrorists, scrupulously defending, not targeting, civilian areas. Claims otherwise constitute willful deception and Big Lies.

America, its rogue allies, and terrorist foot soldiers massacre civilians unaccountably. Comments The Times made above have things upside down - the way it’s reported consistently throughout Obama’s war and all other US ones.

So-called Syrian rebels are US-supported terrorists - all anti-government forces as cold-blooded and ruthless as ISIS and al-Nusra. Nonexistent “moderates” is one of many Big Lies about the war - grand deception fooling no one paying attention. Too few do, letting America and its rogue allies get away with genocide, The Times cheerleading their high crimes, blaming victims instead.

Claiming “killing and destruction in Syria…stupefied much of the world over the past five years” ignores a US-led imperial strategy similar to all its wars of aggression, regime change their objective no matter the human cost.

In response to Russian and Syrian efforts to liberate parts of Aleppo controlled by terrorists, essential to achieve, The Times quoted US and UK Big Lies, despicably accusing Moscow of “barbarism (and) war crimes…”

It shamelessly accused them of bombing “schools, clinics and even playgrounds,” despite evidence showing imperial responsibility.

It failed to explain ceasefire was farcical from inception, prospects for conflict resolution virtually nil because Washington wants war, regime change, and Syria colonized as another US imperial trophy.

What’s most important to explain, The Times consistently suppresses - instead serving as a press agent for US-led imperial viciousness.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Straight Talk from Syria's UN Envoy

Straight Talk From Syria’s UN Envoy

by Stephen Lendman

Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari is a longtime distinguished Syrian diplomat, a political science and history of Islamic civilization expert, fluent in Arabic, English, French and Farsi, author of five scholarly books - including on Syrian foreign affairs, as well as the UN and new world order.

He’s been active in Syrian foreign affairs since 1980, serving in numerous capacities, representing his nation with distinction - polar opposite a criminal cabal holding diplomatic and other positions in Washington, other Western capitals infested the same way.

US, UK and French UN envoys disgracefully boycotted his Sunday Security Council remarks on Obama’s war raping and destroying his country - walking out on him one of countless examples of imperial arrogance.

Below is some of what he said, supporting his nation’s sovereignty, featuring truth-telling, not imperial Big Lies and deception by US, UK and French envoys, suppressing what they don’t want revealed.

Al-Jaafari blasted them justifiably, saying Syria hasn’t and never will yield to imperial lawlessness. They seemed to be “rediscovering the wheel when they said that the Syrian government is seeking to reclaim Aleppo.”

Imagine the scale of this monumental discovery made by the representatives of three permanent member states in the Security Council, as if Aleppo is a city in Djibouti or Afghanistan or in Brazil! I would like to reassure them that the Syrian government will reclaim Aleppo in its entirety.”

He explained US, UK and French obstructionism blocked efforts for Security Council resolutions condemning terrorism in Syria - instead calling cold-blooded killers moderates.

These countries convene emergency Security Council sessions whenever their terrorist foot soldiers are being defeated - notably with Syrian and Russian forces incrementally winning the battle for Aleppo, crucial to free from its terrorist infestation.

“We believe that some permanent member states’ calls for holding this session constitute a message from these states to Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups affiliated to it saying that the support and political cover provided to them are still standing and won’t stop, and that using terrorism as a weapon to pressure the Syrian government and its allies politically is still effective,” al-Jaafari stressed.

Syrians in Aleppo areas controlled by US-backed terrorists are hostages used as human shields, he added.

No evidence suggests Syrian use chemical or other banned weapons, despite duplicitous claims otherwise - by Western officials and Ban Ki-moon, longtime imperial tool.

Damascus is committed to diplomatic conflict resolution, unattainable because Washington and its rogue allies continue using terrorists as imperial foot soldiers.

“With premeditated intention to sabotage this agreement and bury it in its crib and disavow it, the military aircrafts of the so-called international coalition led by the United States bombarded a position for the Syrian Army which was fighting ISIS in Tharda Mountain area in Deir Ezzor,” al Jaafari explained.

Endless war rages for “lack of political will among sponsors of terrorism to stop the bloodbath…Would anyone dare today present to us here justification for the support” in supplying funding and weapons for terrorists massacring Syrian civilians?

Al-Jaafari urged intra-Syrian dialogue free from foreign interference, excluding terrorists vital to eliminate. 

Neocons infesting Washington want Assad forcibly ousted, US-controlled puppet leadership replacing him, diplomacy with Russia a duplicitous smoke screen, concealing their real aim.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

NYT Endorses War Criminal, Racketeer, Perjurer Hillary for President

NYT Endorses War Criminal, Racketeer, Perjurer Hillary for President

by Stephen Lendman

Consistently on the wrong side of history, Times editors again showed it’s exclusively a mouthpiece for wealth, power and privilege.

In January, it endorsed Hillary for Democrat party nomination, disgracefully calling her “one of the most deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern memory” - polar opposite cold, hard facts, ignoring her longstanding criminal rap sheet, making her unfit for any public office.

On September 24, its editors acted again as expected, endorsing Hillary for president, the most ruthlessly dangerous aspirant in US history - calling Trump “the worst nominee…by a major party” - to be discussed in a forthcoming editorial.

The Times lost credibility long ago. It’s hard imagining why anyone takes it seriously - featuring managed news misinformation and Big Lies on all issues mattering most, notably geopolitical ones, despicably bashing sovereign independent states and their leaders, supporting all US wars of aggression.

The self-styled newspaper of record is a press agent for US wars on humanity, Wall Street, corporate empowerment and police state harshness - neocon-run America a modern-day Third Reich with nukes and intercontinental ballistic missiles, not shy about using them.

Times editors shamelessly said their endorsement “is rooted in respect for (Hillary’s) intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service” since the 1990s.

Disgracefully they called her “a determined leader intent on creating opportunity for struggling Americans at a time of economic upheaval and on ensuring that the United States remains a force for good in an often brutal world.”

Fact: Her record shows contempt for ordinary Americans, especially its poor and most vulnerable. She and husband Bill pushed relentlessly for jobs-destroying NAFTA enactment and so-called welfare reform harming millions.

Earlier she called TPP “the gold standard” of trade bills. Opponents call it NAFTA on steroids, intending unimpeded corporate empowerment at the expense of the public welfare, fundamental freedoms and ecosanity.

She supported husband Bill’s Balkan wars, the rape of Yugoslavia, all US post-9/11 wars of aggression, neoliberal harshness benefitting Wall Street and other corporate predators, along with police state crackdowns on nonbelievers.

Time editors praised her nonexistent “record of service to children, women and families,” ignoring her fealty to monied interests at the expense of popular ones if enacted into law.

No presidential aspirant in US history posed a greater threat to world peace and humanity’s survival. None more greatly relished endless wars, mass slaughter and destruction.

None more deceitfully breached virtually every promise made. None more consistently lied about everything important. None was more terrifyingly treacherous - none more despicably on the wrong side of all issues mattering most.

No one stands out more as unfit to serve, a testimony to her Machiavellian pure evil. Everything Times editors praised her for is polar opposite hard truths.

Saying she believes America “must engage confidently in the world to protect its interests and be true to its values, which include helping other escape poverty and oppression” is polar opposite its ruthless agenda. 

Hillary has been one of its lead malefactors for the last generation, deserving Nuremberg-style judgment, accountability for the supreme crime against peace too grave to ignore.

Times editors saying her “commitment to solving problems in the real world qualifies” her for president ignores a ruthless she-devil, likely to wage preemptive nuclear war as president, threatening life on earth like never before.

Is this the type leader humanity deserves, her finger on the nuclear trigger if anointed president - eager to squeeze it at her discretion?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Russian Warships Destroyed Western/Israeli Operations Site in Aleppo Province



Russian Warships Destroyed Western/Israeli Operations Site in Aleppo Province

by Stephen Lendman

Obama’s naked aggression on Syria represents a seminal struggle of good refusing to surrender to pure evil, headquartered in Washington - a malevolent force unparalleled in human history, wanting dominion over planet earth achieved by brute force.

Score one for the good guys. Fars News cited Sputnik News’ Arabic service, saying “Russian warships fired three Caliber missiles at the foreign officers' coordination operations room in Dar Ezza region in the Western part of Aleppo near Sam'an mountain, killing 30 Israeli and western officers.”

Among them were US, British, Israeli, Turkish, Saudi, and Qatari operatives - aiding ISIS and likeminded groups wage terror-war on Syrian civilians and soldiers.

The operations room was hidden in a chain of mountains. Russian intelligence located it. Weeks earlier, Syrian forces destroyed a similar command and control center in Aleppo, “foil(ing) plots to attack the region’s supply roots,” an unnamed source explained.

Moscow needs escalated mobilization to smash all anti-government forces seeking Syria’s destruction, defeating them decisively, ceasing futile talks with Washington, betrayal following every time.

Preparing for a likely Hillary presidency succeeding Obama should be prioritized, militantly anti-Russia, anti-Putin. In her 2014 memoir, Hard Choices, she urged challenging Russia confrontationally, saying:

“We should hit the pause button on new efforts. Don’t appear too eager to work together…Make it clear that Russian intransigence wouldn’t stop us from pursuing our interests and policies (worldwide). Strength and resolve were the only language Putin would understand.”

During last October’s Democrat primary debate, she called it “important (to) make it very clear to Putin that it’s not acceptable for him to be in Syria creating more chaos, bombing people on behalf of Assad. And we can’t do that if we don’t take more of a leadership position.”

When asked during a later debate if she’d down Russian and/or Syrian warplanes, she equivocated, saying she doubted “it would come to that.”

Like Obama administration hardliners, Kerry included, she favors imposing a no-fly zone on Syria, giving Washington and its rogue allies exclusive control of its airspace - a prescription for war with Russia.

Tough talk is more proof of her ruthlessness, clear indication of escalated wars with her in charge, including the frightening prospect of confronting Russia militarily, perhaps waging nuclear war.

What better reason to oppose her in November, why it’s crucially important to defeat her presidential ambitions. Humanity’s survival is threatened otherwise.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Liberating Syria Requires Winning the Battle for Aleppo

Liberating Syria Requires Winning the Battle for Aleppo

by Stephen Lendman

After farcical ceasefire in Syria collapsed, a charade because America never negotiates in good faith, systematically breaching virtually all deals arranged, Syria and Russia began heavy bombardment of Aleppo areas held by US-backed terrorists.

They remain ongoing to liberate the entire city, Syrian ground forces advancing, inflicting heavy losses on terrorist fighters, retaking the Handarat Palestinian refugee camp and surrounding areas.

On Saturday, Syrian military sources said large numbers of Fatah al-Sham terrorists surrendered, adding:

“The growing trend of surrender among the terrorists in the Eastern districts of Aleppo has caused Fatah al-Sham’s commanders to take preventive measures across the militant-held neighborhoods in the city.”

“Fatah al-Sham has deployed more monitoring checkpoints across the Eastern districts of Aleppo to confront those militants who try to surrender to the government forces and takes tough action against those who intend to lay down arms.”

Fars News said Washington deployed unknown numbers of special forces to “at least 7 bases in Northern Syria…Qamishli, Ain Issa, Kobane, Hasaka and Tal Abyadh regions.”

“No official report has been released yet about the exact number of the US forces and weapons transferred to the above mentioned bases, but field sources have reported observing armored vehicles, semi-heavy weapons, TOW missiles, thermal cameras, advanced wireless devices and night goggles in them.”

US direct and indirect operations in Syria flagrantly violate international, constitutional and US statute laws pertaining to war.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a despicable  statement through his spokesman, blaming Syria for defending its sovereignty against US-backed terrorists, saying:

He’s “appalled by the chilling military escalation. Since the announcement two days ago by the Syrian Army of an offensive to capture eastern Aleppo, there have been repeated reports of airstrikes involving the use of incendiary weapons and advanced munitions such as bunker buster bombs.”

Throughout his tenure, Ban never once condemned US aggression, complicit with its allies, responsible for massive loss of life, vast destruction, and the most serious refugee crisis since WW II. Instead he blames victims.

His arrogance and failure to uphold UN Charter principles makes him complicit in US-led high crimes - indifferent to unspeakable human suffering wrought by imperial wars.

On Sunday around midday New York time, at the behest of America, Britain and France, another worthless Security Council session will convene on Syria - accomplishing nothing like all previous times, other than giving imperial diplomats a chance to blame Syria for their crimes of war and against humanity.

On Saturday, John Kerry ignored US-backed terrorism against Syrian sovereignty and appalling high crimes against its people, duplicitously saying:

“I want to make this clear. What is happening in Aleppo today is unacceptable. It is beyond the pale.” 

“If people are serious about wanting a peaceful outcome to this war, then they should cease and desist bombing innocent women and children, cease cutting off water and laying siege in medieval terms to an entire community, and work with the international community in order to be able to bring peace to people who are starving - literally starving, but also starving for the possibilities of a future without chlorine dropping on them out of the sky, barrel bombs, and indiscriminate bombing.” 

“And Russia needs to set an example, not a precedent – an unacceptable precedent, I might add, for the entire world. I know we will as a group have more to say about this later today, so I’ll leave it at that.”

Empires never admit culpability for their high crimes - instead shift blame on victims. The pattern repeats at home and abroad.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.