Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Lies and Coverup of US War Crimes in Syria and Iraq

Lies and Coverup of US War Crimes in Syria and Iraq

by Stephen Lendman

Early in his administration, Trump is guilty of horrendous crimes of war and against humanity in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere - governing lawlessly like his predecessors, escalating aggression, not ending it.

Delegating authority for military operations to Defense Secretary Mattis, National Security Advisor McMaster, Joint Chiefs chairman Dunford and other Pentagon commanders doesn’t shift responsibility of the buck stopping with him on all administration policies, none more serious than waging war.

Civilians in harm’s way pay the greatest price in all US war theaters. Pentagon terror-bombing massacres them indiscriminately in Syria and Iraq, all targets considered legitimate ones, including residential neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, mosques with worshipers at prayer, and others.

Pentagon claims about taking great care to avoid or minimize civilian casualties are bald-faced lies. High crimes are either denied or blamed on others. So-called investigations when conducted are whitewashed to absolve US forces of accountability.

Most Americans have no idea about high crimes committed in their name, with their tax dollars, in all US war theaters because media scoundrels are part of the cover-up - either reporting nothing or sanitizing what’s ongoing.

A lengthy New York Times report on Mosul carnage focused largely on tactics, not accountability - no explanation of US war crimes, nothing about indiscriminate terror-bombing, silence on the rape and destruction of the city.

Liberation isn’t the objective. Iraqi ground forces are as vicious as ISIS, shelling and killing their own people indiscriminately. 

Nothing from The Times about the disturbing reality on the ground, including America’s responsibility for creating and supporting ISIS, along with other terrorist groups.

Addressing the March 17 Mosul attack, The Times understated the carnage - at least 237 civilians slaughtered in cold-blood, likely many more once bodies are pulled from rubble, in some cases entire families.

The Times cited US military officials, “insist(ing) there have been no changes to its rules of engagement that lessen the risk for civilians.”

It quoted Defense Secretary James (“mad dog”) Mattis’ Big Lie, claiming “(w)e go out of our way to always do everything humanly possible to reduce loss of life or injury among innocent people.”

In all US war theaters, the truth is polar opposite. Overwhelming evidence, from WW II, Korea, Southeast Asia, Yugoslavia, and all post-9/11 wars of aggression, proves  Washington’s culpability for horrendous mass slaughter and destruction, affecting civilians and combatants alike.

America is the most vicious, unaccountable aggressor in world history, responsible for millions of casualties, civilians harmed most of all - directly from war, related violence, preventable diseases, starvation, displacement, along with overall deprivation and desperation.

Government and military officials ignore responsibility for the appalling human toll in all US wars. Nuremberg-level high crimes are committed in all theaters - accountability never forthcoming.

Discussing military operations in Mosul, neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post editors lied, accusing Russian and Syrian forces of “deliberate(ly) bombing…civilian targets, including hospitals, food stores and aid convoys, at the cost of thousands of lives,” claiming:

“In Mosul…Iraqi counterterrorism forces…limit(ed) the use of artillery and airstrikes to avoid civilian deaths, winning praise from humanitarian groups,” adding:

“A (March 17) US airstrike (on) Mosul may now tarnish that record…Confusion still surrounds the incident. 

“Iraqi military authorities” were cited, claiming ISIS booby traps or car-bombing responsibility for what happened.

Fact: Russian and Syrian forces scrupulous try avoiding civilian casualties - why liberating Aleppo entirely from US-supported al-Nusra terrorists took so long.

Fact: No Russian or Syrian airstrikes targeted hospitals, aid convoys or other nonmilitary sites. Claims otherwise are Big Lies.

Fact: US terror-bombing was responsible for devastating carnage in Mosul. It was no isolated incident.

Fact: Since US-led Iraq and Syria terror-bombing began in 2014, thousands of civilians in harm’s way were massacred in cold-blood. 

Fact: Coverup and/or denial follow all reported incidents of US-led airstrikes, killing civilians in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

The vast majority of attacks go unreported - responsible for millions of post-9/11 casualties, an incomprehensible human toll.

US rules of engagement ignore international law. Washington rules override them. Claims otherwise are Big Lies.

GW Bush bragged about being a wartime president. So did Obama throughout every day of his tenure.

So far, Trump is following the same pattern, responsible for devastating carnage on his watch on the phony pretext of combating terrorism Washington supports - likely continuing without letup, perhaps new wars planned against other nations.

America’s permanent war agenda threatens humanity’s survival. Is catastrophic thermonuclear confrontation just a matter of time?

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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Mike Pence Represented Trump at AIPAC

Mike Pence Represented Trump at AIPAC

by Stephen Lendman

Last March, candidate Trump addressed AIPAC, saying he came “as a lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel.”

Its high crimes and threat to world peace didn’t matter then or now.

Railing against the Iran nuclear deal he hadn’t read or understood, he lied calling the Islamic Republic is “a problem in Iraq, a problem in Syria, a problem in Lebanon, a problem in Yemen and will be a very, very major problem for Saudi Arabia.”

The “problem” he didn’t explain is its sovereign independence. It threatens no countries regionally or elsewhere.

Trump let Mike Pence speak for him at AIPAC’s ongoing conference. Like virtually everyone in Washington, he said he and Trump “stand with Israel for the same reason every freedom loving American stands with Israel, because her cause is our cause. Her values are our values.”

Fact: Growing numbers of Jewish Americans and many others oppose Israeli ruthlessness, its imperial partnership with America, one rogue state supporting another - threatening world peace, stability and security.

Pence: “…Trump (intends) finding an equitable and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Fact: Chances are virtually zero, especially with a US administration one-sidedly for Israel, disdainful of fundamental Palestinian rights - putting Zionist zealots in charge of peace talks if they’re held, again assuring they’re dead on arrival.

Pence: “…Trump will never compromise the safety and security of the Jewish State of Israel.”

Fact: No nations, groups or individuals threaten Israel except ones it invents - fantasy enemies, not real ones.

Pence: Israel is “a beacon of freedom and prosperity for all the world to see.”

Fact: It’s polar opposite, a ruthless apartheid regime, state terror its geopolitical and domestic strategy.

Pence: “…Trump is working with our military and the American people can know this, we will hunt down and destroy ISIS at its source so it can no longer threaten our people, our allies or our most cherished ally, Israel. And finally, under President Donald Trump, America will stand strong in the face of the leading state sponsor of terrorism. This administration has put Iran on notice.”

Fact: America created and supports ISIS, along with other terrorist groups. It’s alleged war on terrorism is a fabricated hoax.

Fact: America and Israel are the world’s leading state sponsors of terrorism. Russia, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah are its committed opponents.

Pence is Trump’s bridge to the establishment, a militant Christian fascist, a Blackwater USA supporter, a heartbeat from the nation’s highest office. 

He’s anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT and women’s rights, anti-equity and justice, Islamophobic, militantly pro-war and corporate favoritism at the expense of social justice.

He’s part of the lunatic fringe infesting Washington, a bigoted Christian white supremacist, a far-right religious fundamentalist, serving in the nation’s second highest office.

He’s for virtually everything free societies abhor. Americans have just cause to fear him and other extremists holding top Trump administration positions.

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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Settlements Opponent Challenges Israel

Settlements Opponent Challenges Israel

by Stephen Lendman

Israeli ruthlessness harms Jews and non-Jews alike. The late Palestinian/American scholar/activist Edward Said once called its agenda “refined viciousness” against Occupied Palestine and Arab Israeli citizens.

Its sordid history reflects a pattern of appalling high crimes - why BDS activism flourishes, important resistance against what’s too intolerable to ignore.

On March 6, Israeli legislation banned foreign BDS supporters from entering its territory and areas it controls.

US-based Jewish Voices for Peace executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson issued a strong statement, saying:

“On the same day as the Trump administration signed the second version of an unconstitutional and discriminatory executive order barring visitors from specific Muslim countries, Israel just passed its own discriminatory travel ban barring supporters of nonviolent tactics to end Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.”

“My grandparents are buried in Israel, my husband and kids are citizens, and I lived there for three years, but this bill would bar me from visiting because of my work in support of Palestinian rights.” 

The new law also bans supporters involved in advocating boycotts of settlement products - produced on stolen Palestinian land.

Australian settlements opponent Judy Bamberger defied Israeli authorities to arrest her on arrival at Ben Gurion airport last week.

They didn’t. Her publicized challenge perhaps gave them pause about highlighting the deplorable legislation.

In a letter to the Canberra Times, published by Haaretz, she wrote:

I’m Jewish, American, Australian.

I urge those able to boycott all things economic, cultural, and academic originating from all Israeli settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem (to do so).

From 1973, I volunteered in Israel; beginning 2001, I volunteered in Palestine. 

From Israeli kibbutzim to Palestinian villages, I work with moms, dads, kids helping them survive wars, incursions, rockets, occupation. Now a ‘sister’ and ‘auntie’ to many on the West Bank, I know they want the same things you and I want: security, safety, stability, hope, a decent life and a future for their next generations.

Settlements and the occupation deny these things to Palestinians and Israelis both. Financial, social, economic, cultural, psychological damage devastates both occupy-er and occupy-ee.

I write this fully ‘aware of (the) possibility’ that my call has a reasonable possibility of leading to the imposition of a boycott.

I arrive (at) Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday, 21 March, UA954. Arrest me.”

Haaretz sent a journalist and photographer to meet her on arrival. The broadsheet cited her saying if she had been detained or deported, it would have been worth it.

“I’m hoping more people will push against this law. I’m hoping more people will have the courage and capacity to do civil disobedience, to bring to light discriminatory laws,” she said.

“(I)f I shine enough of a light on myself when I do this, hopefully I won’t get harassed. And if I do get harassed even with the light shining, well, then I get the opportunity to tell a story. And it’s the story that’s important, not me.”

Anti-BDS legislation is one of numerous Israeli laws, revealing contempt for equity and justice - enacted with full US support and encouragement.

A groundswell of domestic and foreign activists like Bamberger are needed to challenge what’s too intolerable to accept.

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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Dick Cheney on Nonexistent Russian Act of War

Dick Cheney on Nonexistent Russian Act of War

by Stephen Lendman

Cheney represents the worst of America’s dark side, guilty of genocidal high crimes against peace.

Throughout his public life, he showed contempt for rule of law principles as a congressman, defense secretary and vice president.

A special place in hell awaits him! 

Speaking at the Economic Times’ Global Business Summit in New Delhi, India, Cheney lied about nonexistent Russian meddling in America’s presidential election.

He lied about nonexistent “rising number(s) of threats.” He lied about nonexistent “Russia(n) aggressive actions,” saying:

“I think (Putin) has designs on the Baltics.”

False!

“We know he wanted Crimea. He took it.”

False!

“There’s no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways with our basic fundamental democratic processes,” part of his attempting worldwide destabilization. “In some quarters, that could be considered an act of war.”

False!

“I would not underestimate the weight that we as Americans assign to Russian attempts to interfere with our process,” he added.

Longstanding Russia bashing is part of a diabolical US regime change plot, risking possible nuclear war.

Neocons infesting Washington are hell-bent on whatever it takes to achieve their imperial objectives.

Even the risk of thermonuclear mass annihilation doesn’t deter them. 

America’s imperial madness should terrify everyone. Its rage for dominance may kill us all.

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, March 27, 2017

Sergey Lavrov's Geopolitical Worldview

Sergey Lavrov’s Geopolitical Worldview

by Stephen Lendman

Lavrov is a world-class diplomat, a tireless pursuer of world peace and stability - shaming his Western counterparts.

In a March 23 address, he said misfortunes affecting Russia for centuries were “almost always” Western-sponsored.

Yet the nation today remains resilient, maintaining “an independent foreign policy,” part of what sovereignty is all about.

Respect for “inviolability of the stabilising foundations of international law unites Russia with most countries of the world,” Lavrov explained.

Its commitment to world peace and stability, along with “its advanced nuclear deterrent capabilities,” lets Moscow play an important geopolitical role when it’s most needed.

Global stability depends on strict compliance with rule of law principles, respecting the sovereign rights of all nations, without interfering in their internal affairs, Lavrov stressed.

Russia prioritizes establishing and maintaining “lasting peace and reliable, equal and indivisible security for all.”

When military force is used, “strict compliance with international (and domestic) laws” are observed, no deviations permitted the way US-dominated NATO operates.

Lavrov explained “not all countries in the world are so scrupulous in providing legal grounds for the use of military force.”

“We have noted cases of loose interpretations of the UN Charter and of removing any boundaries for designating something a threat to one’s own security.”

Clearly he meant Washington and its rogue allies, making their own rules, doing whatever they please, creating global chaos.

“Russia is pragmatic, not ideological,” said Lavrov. It doesn’t impose its traditions and values on other countries. It respects their sovereign rights.

It strictly observes UN Charter principles. Western breaches are at the heart of global turmoil. Its rogue allies share blame. EU failure to cooperate with Russia is disturbing.

“We are patient people,” said Lavrov. “(W)e will wait for our colleagues” to realize the error of their ways and rectify things.

Externally generated Middle East and North African turmoil risks “the annihilation of states and the regional map. (W)idespread chaos (is) conducive (to fostering) terrorism…”

“History shows that betting on hegemony and one’s own exceptionalism leads to greater instability and chaos.” America is Exhibit A.

Russia aims to be “a balancing factor in world politics. We do not favor confrontation or isolationism…(W)e will continue to advance a positive agenda in our relations with our partners and neighbors…”

“(T)here is no alternative to an independent, pragmatic and multi-vector foreign policy based on the consistent defence of national interests along with the simultaneous development of equal cooperation with all who are interested in reciprocating.” 

“All our actions are aimed at protecting our sovereignty and creating conditions for the peaceful and sustainable development of Russia and the Russians.”

If America was governed according to principles Russia respects, peace and stability would be prioritized over endless wars of aggression.

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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Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC

Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC

by Stephen Lendman

He’s a world-class thug, an unindicted war criminal. His deplorable remarks whenever delivered give demagoguery a bad name.

Via satellite, he addressed AIPAC participants, ignoring Israeli apartheid ruthlessness, its high crimes of war and against humanity, its opposition to peace, equity and justice.

“We must ensure that the forces of militant Islam are defeated,” he blustered.

Fact: America created “militant Islam.” Israel supports it like Washington and their rogue allies.

Netanyahu: Iran must be “prevented…from ever…developing nuclear weapons.”

Fact: Iran’s nuclear program has no military component - not now, not earlier, not planned. It supports a nuclear weapons-free Middle East. Nuclear armed and dangerous Israel prevents it - a regional and global threat.

Netanyahu: “More and more in the region and outside the region, around the world, realize that Israel is on their side.”

Fact: The US/UK/Israeli axis is humanity’s greatest threat.

Netanyahu: “Where terrorism threatens innocent people, Israel is there…”

Fact: Indeed, the worst kind of terrorism - state-sponsored.

Netanyahu: “Where people are suffering from hunger and thirst…Israel is there…”

Fact: Brutalized Palestinians yearn for freedom from its presence.

Netanyahu: “I am proud of the unique contribution Israel is making to the world…”

Fact: Its rage for regional dominance threatens Jews and non-Jews alike everywhere.

Netanyahu: “Israel’s hand and my hand is extended to all of our neighbors in peace.”

Fact: Peace and stability are anathema to Zionist zealots, fascist hardliners, and religious fundamentalists running Israel - prioritizing wars of aggression, related violence, along with vicious persecution of Occupied Palestinians and its Arab citizens.

Netanyahu thanked AIPAC for “standing with Israel.” It despicably fronts for its high crimes.

Stop AIPAC activists condemn Israeli militarism, racism, occupation, and hegemonic rage for dominance.

They welcome global activists for peace, equity and justice for all, joining in the most vital struggle of our time.

They want AIPAC’s stranglehold over US Middle East policy ended. They support international law over endless imperial wars.

They condemn high crimes committed by America and Israel. A better world isn’t possible as long as their rage for dominance goes unchecked.

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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Jews Challenge AIPAC

Jews Challenge AIPAC

by Stephen Lendman

AIPAC is Israel’s key US lobby organization, supporting its apartheid ruthlessness, its high crimes of war and against humanity - operating illegally as an unregistered foreign agent.

Few congressional members dare confront it. Doing the right thing is a career-ender. AIPAC exerts enormous political influence to assure whatever Israel wants it gets. One rogue state supports the other.

What benefits Israel harms humanity. Sunday was day one of AIPAC’s three-day conference in Washington.

A rogue’s gallery of Zionist zealots are scheduled to speak, pledging fealty to Israel, ignoring its flagrant breaches of international law, its contempt for millions of Palestinians, other Arabs and humanity.

They include Benjamin Netanyahu, other Israeli political figures, Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, Tony Blair, Stephen Harper, Dennis Ross, neocon extremists John Bolton and William Kristol, Alan Dershowitz, Nikki Haley, Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Tim Kaine, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez, Ben Cardin, and many others.

On Sunday, many hundreds of Jews and other protesters formed a human chain, blocking access to AIPAC’s Washington Convention Center venue.

They chanted anti-AIPAC slogans. Signs displayed said “AIPAC: You do not represent us.” “Jews won’t be free until Palestinians are, reject AIPAC, reject occupation.” “Jews against white supremacy.” “Jewish resistance against racism.” “Reclaim, reimagine, resist.”

Anti-settlement group IfNotNow.org organized the anti-AIPAC protest. Its web site states: “We will be the generation that ends our community’s support for the occupation.”

“Today, the Jewish community is faced with a choice. Will we leave our tradition in the hands of out-of-touch leaders, or we will fight for a vibrant, liberated Jewish community that supports freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians?”

Resist AIPAC, it stresses, an organization “promot(ing) endless occupation and Islamophobia…(It does not) represent our generation of Jews.”

On Sunday, clashes erupted when the fascist Jewish Defense League tried to disrupt the protest. Activists weren’t deterred.

IfNotNow co-founder Yonah Lieberman said a “unique moral moment for the Jewish-American community” exists today.

“(W)e have a unique role to play to ensure the occupation comes to an end. We have a responsibility to resist it.”

Separately on Sunday, National Campaign to Lift the Closure of Hebron activists protested in the southern West Bank city - denouncing AIPAC on day one of its conference.

Signs and banners called for the group’s dismantlement. Hebron Defense Committee coordinator Hisham Sharabati said Sunday’s action was organized to condemn AIPAC’s support for Israel’s “colonial racist regime,” its militarized occupation, its ruthless persecution of Palestinians.

While speakers addressed AIPAC participants on Sunday, Israeli soldiers rampaged through Palestinian communities, invading homes, terrorizing families, traumatizing children, abducting at least 19 Palestinians for praying to the wrong God.

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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Pentagon Heads Toward Escalating Genocide in Yemen

Pentagon Heads Toward Escalating Genocide in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Yemen is Obama’s war, now Trump’s, complicit with Saudi terror-bombing, massacring civilians indiscriminately, causing vast destruction, human suffering and starvation.

A previous article explained millions of Yemenis face slow, painful deaths from lack of food needed to survive, blockaded coastal areas preventing it from entering the country. 

Amounts airlifted in are woefully inadequate. Media scoundrels suppress the ongoing horror, ignoring US responsibility for genocide.

On March 26, the neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post-owned Foreign Policy magazine headlined “Pentagon Weighs More Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen,” saying:

“Several Defense officials told Foreign Policy the prospect of more American help for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen was under discussion even as the administration examines its broader strategy in the region, including looking at ways to counter Iran and to defeat Islamic State militants.” 

“The Pentagon views increased support for the Saudi-led coalition as one way of potentially pushing back against Iran’s influence in Yemen, as well as shoring up ties with an ally that felt neglected by the previous administration.”

What’s likely is escalated US-orchestrated aggression in a nation already devastated by two years of imperial war - besides years of US drone war since launched by the Bush/Cheney administration in January 2002, civilians overwhelmingly harmed.

Intensifying combat operations assures far more mass slaughter, destruction, chaos and human suffering, besides what’s already intolerable - achieving nothing but endless conflict, benefitting war-profiteers at the expense of countless numbers of innocent victims.

According to one unnamed Defense Department official, “(w)e’re interested in building the capability of the Saudis” to operate in Yemen and elsewhere regionally - free to commit atrocities with US help.

In a Saturday address, marking the second anniversary of imperial war on Yemen, Ansarullah movement leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi denounced Saudi terror-bombing war crimes, including use of chemical and other banned weapons - accomplishing nothing but mass slaughter and destruction.

Denouncing aggression on its second anniversary, hundreds of thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in Sana’a’s al-Sabin Square, waving national flags, chanting anti-Saudi slogans.

Supreme Political Council president Saleh al-Samad praised effective resistance against Saudi aggression, despite unlimited resources, weapons, munitions, and US-led Western aid.

Now in its third year, Washington apparently wants conflict escalated, not ended. The longer it continues, the greater the human toll. 

The lives and welfare of millions of Yemeni civilians are at risk. Countless more numbers may perish before conflict ends.

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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US Terror-Bombing Killing Thousands of Civilians

US Terror-Bombing Killing Thousands of Civilians

by Stephen Lendman

AirWars.org calls itself “a journalist-led transparency project. It “(m)onitor(s) and assess(es) civilian casualties from international airstrikes in Iraq, Syria and Libya (from) open-source reports and military claims by nations.”

From August 2014 - March 21, 2017, it estimates up to nearly 9,800 civilian deaths from US-led terror-bombing in Iraq and Syria, citing casualties from over 1,000 incidents.

Civilian deaths and injuries aren’t aberrations. They occur virtually daily from indiscriminate terror-bombing. 

AirWars’ figures likely way undercount the full extent of massacres committed by America and its rogue allies, unconcerned about the human toll. Imperial priorities alone matter.

According to Iraqi General Sair al-Mousavi, about 4,000 civilians were killed so far in the battle for western Mosul, thousands of residential houses destroyed, families inside buried under rubble.

Civilian men, women, children, the elderly and infirm in harm’s way are being indiscriminately slaughtered - out of sight and mind because media scoundrels remain silent.

Public knowledge of the March 17 Mosul massacre belies the coverup of sustained US-led barbarism, harming area civilians most.

How many US atrocities went unreported in Iraq and Syria? Administration and Pentagon claims about the need to protect civilian lives is utter rubbish.

US rules of engagement permit anything. What’s required to be observed is ignored. Laws of war and international humanitarian laws don’t matter. 

Washington rules override them. Mass slaughter and destruction occur in all US war theaters, chaos and appalling human suffering of no consequence.

Wars are waged to advance America’s imperium. They’re not about humanitarian intervention or democracy building. 

The horror of what’s ongoing in Iraq and Syria is virtually unreported in the West. 

Barbarous campaigns are falsely portrayed as liberating struggles. Most Americans are none the wiser. Media scoundrels suppress what’s vital to know.

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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Iran Sanctions 15 US Companies

Iran Sanctions 15 US Companies

by Stephen Lendman

The symbolic act came days after Washington imposed sanctions on 30 foreign companies and individuals - allegedly for violating export controls on Iran, Syria and North Korea, along with selling technology aiding Tehran’s legitimate missile program.

Its government also acted in response to Congress introducing the “Countering Iran’s Destabilization Activities Act of 2017” - certain to pass both houses, likely unanimously, targeting Tehran’s missile program intended solely for defense, along with falsely accusing its government of supporting terrorism.

The measure calls for sanctioning anyone involved with Iran’s missile program, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a branch of its armed forces, responsible for defending the nation from foreign adversaries.

US companies sanctioned include ITT Corp., Raytheon, United Technologies, BENI Tal, Re/Max Real Estate, Oshkosh (truck-making) Corp., Magnum Research, Kahr Arms, M7 Aerospace, Lewis Machine and Tool Co., Daniel Defense, Bushmaster Firearms International, OF Mossberg & Sons, and H-S Precision Inc.

An Iranian Foreign Ministry statement said “(t)he Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the recent measure taken by the United States administration to impose one-sided extraterritorial sanctions against Iranian and non-Iranian individuals and institutions.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran accepts no restrictions imposed against its efforts to protect its dignity, territorial integrity and security of the people.”

Companies were targeted for supporting Israeli oppression, brutality and atrocities against Palestinians, along with illegal settlements. 

They’re symbolically barred from doing business in Iran, their former and current officials ineligible for visitation visas. 

Companies with assets in Iran may be seized. A senior Iranian lawmaker said the US military and CIA may be designated as terrorist organizations if congressional legislation targets the IRGC the same way.

Actions by Washington breach the 2015 nuclear deal’s letter and spirit. Perhaps Trump administration hardliners want Tehran provoked enough to walk away unilaterally - because of repeated US violations, wanting the Islamic Republic blamed for Washington’s actions.

Depending on US actions, Iran may sanction more American companies and entities.

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, March 26, 2017

Orchestrated Protests in Russia

Orchestrated Protests in Russia

by Stephen Lendman

They aim to weaken Putin’s overwhelming popularity - acts of futility, always failing. Yet they erupt sporadically, again on Sunday. More on this below.

Over 80% of Russians want no one else leading them. He’ll likely run for reelection next year, easily winning overwhelmingly.

When occasional politically motivated protests erupt, foreign interference is the usual suspect. 

Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen earlier cited an unnamed Eastern European intelligence source, saying the CIA, Britain’s MI-6 and George Soros finance anti-Putin dissident groups.

Staged protests and other tactics used to try weakening his public support never worked. He’s respected for straight talk, challenging US imperialism, and protecting Russian interests.

Political analyst Alexander Dugin called him “irreplaceable.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he’s the guarantor of the “Russian world.”

Russian media praise his ideological beliefs and commitment to protect state interests - jeopardized by US-led Western imperial objectives

His multi-polarity advocacy stands in stark contrast to America’s unipolar aims. Millions of Russians fear what will happen to them and their country if he’s not around.

On Sunday, a Moscow police spokesman up to 8,000 took part in an unauthorized opposition rally in central Moscow - on the pretext of opposing corruption.

More than 100 participants were detained, including Western darling Alexey Navalny - a phony anti-corruption activist, a convicted embezzler, a self-serving opportunist, a convenient Western stooge. 

He’s likely getting State Department funding through the so-called National Endowment for Democracy (NED) - for disruptive activities.

It’s prominently involved in orchestrating color revolutions, wanting pro-Western puppet regimes replacing sovereign independent governments.

Earlier polls showed his popularity at 4%. He’s more politically dead than alive. Yet when incidents like Sunday’s protests occur, he’s usually part of them.

He was detained along with others. Moscow authorities rejected his rally application, saying its intended central city location would be disruptive.

They offered less congested locations. Navalny refused. Moscow’s Interior Ministry City Directorate warned residents against participating in Sunday’s unlicensed event.

It took place anyway. Participants failed to disperse when ordered. Navalny and others were detained, charged with an administrative code violation pertaining to public gatherings, then released pending further action.

They can be fined, ordered to perform community service, or administratively detained.

Smaller protests took place in St. Petersburg and other Russian cities, evidence that the disruptive events were coordinated, likely foreign sources involved in orchestrating and funding them.

They’re part of longstanding destabilization activities, aiming for regime change, corruption allegations used as a pretext to launch them - authorities not fooled nor many Putin supporters.

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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