Friday, March 27, 2015

Phony US Support for Ending Palestine's Occupation

Phony US Support for Ending Palestine's Occupation

by Stephen Lendman

Washington unequivocally supports Israel. Both countries partner in each other's high crimes.

They oppose granting Palestinians rights mattering most. Claims otherwise ring hollow.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough is a longtime Washington insider.

Earlier he was Obama's chief foreign policy advisor, his strategic communication National Security Council head, and his NSC chief of staff.

In 2004, he was a corporate lobbying group Center for American Progress senior fellow.

On March 23, he addressed J Street conference participants in Washington.

It's a pro-Israeli front group. Executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami is a former Clinton administration deputy domestic policy advisor.

Earlier he was New Israel Fund communications director.

J Street differs from other pro-Israeli groups in rhetoric and style alone. It's AIPAC wrapped in kinder, gentler Zionist extremism. 

Ben-Ami calls J Street pro-Zionist, pro-Israel and pro-peace. He's as anti-Palestinian as overt hardliners.

Former Nixon, Johnson, Clinton official/Council on Foreign Relations member/George Soros advisor Morton H. Halperin serves as chairman.

J Street ideologues believe preparing for war achieves peace.

Their conferences features prominent pro-Israeli speakers.

This year they included:

  • former Secretary of State and Treasury/White House chief of staff James Baker;

  • former US ambassador to Israel/Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Martin Indyk;

  • former Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns; and

  • a number of Knesset members and pro-Israeli journalists - among others.

Denis McDonough was keynote speaker. His comments rang hollow.

He ignored longstanding US policy towards Israel saying and it would "be both wrong and illegal" to keep annexing West Bank territory.

"Israel cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely."

"An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end."

"After the election, the prime minister said that he had not changed his position, but for many in Israel and in the international community, such contradictory comments call into question his commitment to a two-state solution, as did his suggestion that the construction of settlements has a strategic purpose of dividing Palestinian communities and his claim that conditions in the larger Middle East must be more stable before a Palestinian state can be established."

"We cannot simply pretend that those comments were never made, or that they don’t raise questions about the prime minister’s commitment to achieving peace through direct negotiations."

Obama will "never stop working for a two-state solution…(a) sovereign and sustainable" Palestinian state.

Washington expects Netanyahu's new coalition government "to match words with actions and policies that demonstrate a genuine commitment to a two-state solution."

McDonough called J Street a White House "partner" in pursuing peace and advancing a two-state solution.

Fact: Washington's rhetoric belies its longstanding one-sided pro-Israeli policy.

Fact: It supports Israel's worst crimes.

Fact: It partners in its wars of aggression.

Fact: It's done nothing to stop its illegal settlement construction on stolen Palestinian land.

Fact: It's taken no action against lawless militarized occupation.

Fact: It consistently blocks Security Council resolutions inimical to Israeli interests.

Fact: It's done nothing to support Palestinian self-determination.

Fact: It opposes it within June 1967 borders - 22% of historic Palestine.

Fact: It deplores peace. It consistently supports belligerence and status quo harshness.

Fact: During last summer's Israeli premeditated naked aggression on Gaza, Obama supported its right to "self-defense."

Fact: He called legitimate Hamas self-defense "terrorism."

Fact: McDonough speaks for Obama and US bipartisan policy for overall.

Fact: It one-sidedly supports Israel.

Fact: It doesn't give a damn about Palestinian rights, welfare or futures.

Claiming otherwise continues longstanding hypocrisy.

If Washington cared about Palestinians, its one-sided pro-Israeli policy would have ended decades ago.

It never would have begun in the first place. It wouldn't have put up with AIPAC and other pernicious Zionist groups operating as unregistered foreign agents - serving Israel often at the expense of US interests.

After feigning criticism of Netanyahu's racist comments, White House press secretary Josh Earnest called his post-electoral phony flip flop a step in the right direction.

Expect longstanding US support for Israel to continue unchanged. 

Expect both partners in high crimes to remain solid allies.

Expect no end to Palestinian persecution. Expect justice to be consistently denied like always.

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: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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

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Kiev's Ongoing Dirty War on Donbass

Kiev's Ongoing Dirty War on Donbass

by Stephen Lendman

Fascists don't wage wars to quit. Kiev's dirty war of aggression on Donbass didn't stop. 

It slowed to give junta forces time to regroup, rearm, and ready for resumed full-scale combat.

Minsk ceasefire terms proved worthless. Kiev violated them straightaway - like 2014 peace initiatives it spurned.

Virtually everything it agreed to it breached. Multiple violations continue daily.

On Thursday, a Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) military spokesman said:

"From 11:00 PM yesterday evening to 6:00 AM (Friday) morning, representatives of the people’s militia were recording the movement of armoured vehicles of the armed forces of Ukraine from the city of Belovodsk, which is under Ukrainian control, towards Stanitsa Luganskaya."

"The pulled in equipment includes self-propelled artillery weapons of various modifications."

These actions and others like them virtually daily are a "blatant violation of the Minsk agreements."

DPR and LPR officials accused Kiev of moving tanks to front line positions.

Poroshenko repeatedly lied claiming heavy weapons were withdrawn. They've been repositioned for resumed combat.

DPR's Defense Ministry recorded 41 ceasefire violations in the last 24 hours. Dozens more occur daily.

Junta forces fired artillery, mortars, tank guns, anti-aircraft guns, heavy machine guns and small arms.

On March 26, Russia's Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said a criminal case was initiated in response to continued junta force shellings.

On the one hand, Kiev breached Minsk agreed on terms. On the other, its forces uses "banned means and methods of warfare," Markin explained.

Unknown numbers of Ukrainian soldiers and Nazi-infested National Guard forces "act(ed) on the motives of political and ideological hatred and hostility," he added.

Kiev continues committing war crimes. Heavy weapons are used against civilian men, women and children. They're murdered in cold blood.

LPR security forces said they detained Nazi-infested Aidar battalion members. A Security Ministry statement said:

The "Ministry has detained a subversive and reconnaissance group from the Aidar battalion, one of the cruelest Ukrainian battalions."

They admitted plotting attacks in crowded civilian areas. Earlier, Amnesty International said Aidar is well known for "brutal reprisals, robbery, beatings and extortion."

Its abuses "amount to war crimes, for which both the perpetrators and, possibly, the commanders would bear responsibility under national and international law."

Aidar is like other Ukrainian Nazi-infested volunteer paramilitary groups.

They're cutthroat killers, notorious human rights abusers, hate-mongering anti-Semites. They openly support white supremacist rule.

They boast about attacking ethnic, racial and social minorities. They're at war with Donbass residents rejecting fascist rule.

Weeks earlier, they were reorganized into the Ukrainian military 24th Separate Assault Battalion. They're used to commit horrific crimes of war and against humanity.

Ukraine is infested with these type elements. Washington loves them. They're like IS fighters America recruits, arms, funds, trains and directs against independent governments it wants toppled.

These, similar forces, and Ukrainian regulars are committing daily high crimes against peace.

Western media scoundrels ignore what demands daily headlines.

At the same time, Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) headed by Valentyn Nalyvaichenko is being transformed into a national Gestapo.

Its mission is state terror. It's targeting enemies of the state for elimination.

It's incorporating independent armed groups like Aidar under Kiev's authority. It assures greater centralized repression.

It gets all regime elements on the same page for consolidated power, resumed full-scale war, and reign of terror harshness against nonbelievers.

Ukraine is a hotbed of fascist extremism. Lunatics in charge are crazy enough to challenge Russia. Expect it with full US support and encouragement.

A Final Comment

Nazi Ukrainian Internal Affairs minister Arsen Avakov publicly said on state-controlled television "we should have blown up the Donetsk regional administration" at the start of conflict last year.

"Something similar should have been done by Ukraine's Security Service in Lugansk," he added.

Avakov is one among other US-supported Nazi thugs running Ukraine. They may set the whole continent ablaze before they're through.

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: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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

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America at War, Again

America at War, Again

by Stephen Lendman

War is America's national pastime, not baseball. It's a longstanding sick addiction. 

The business of America is waging permanent wars against one nation after another.

Nonexistent enemies are created. They're attacked, ravaged, destroyed, controlled and plundered.

They're ruled by US-installed puppets. Their people are ruthlessly exploited.

Governance of, by and for everyone equitably is strictly forbidden. Freedom is a four-letter word.

Longstanding US policy represents a shocking contempt for rule of law principles, democratic values, peace and stability.

War on humanity is the American way. Make no mistake. Yemen is Obama's war.

US predator drones murdered hundreds of Yemenis for years. In February 2012, Washington installed puppet president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Houthi rebels ousted him. He fled to Saudi Arabia. 

Its Washington ambassador Adel al Jubeir said "lengthy (US/Riyadh) consultations" went on for months. They proceeded Saudi-led air strikes.

When Hadi fled Aden on Wednesday, Washington ordered war - using regional proxies to do its dirty work.

On Wednesday night, Saudi-led Gulf state warplanes began bombing Sanaa and other Houthi-held areas.

Attacks continued overnight Thursday. So-called Operation Decisive Storm involves air and possible naval and ground incursions.

On March 26, AP said once airstrikes weakened Houthi positions, "ground invasion is planned by Egyptian, Saudi and other forces." 

"The assault will come from Saudi Arabia and by landings on Yemen's coasts along the Red and Arabian seas, according to three Egyptian military and security officials."

"Three to five Egyptian troop carriers are stationed offshore, they said, although the number of troops was not specified, and the timing of the operation was not given."

"The aim is not to occupy Yemen but to weaken the Houthis and their allies until they enter negotiations for power-sharing, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the plans with the press."

Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi addressed Yemenis on national television. 

He vowed "to confront the criminal, unjust and unjustified aggression."

He blamed Washington, Saudi Arabia and Israel. "Yemenis won't accept such humiliation," he said.

He called enemies attacking Yemen "stupid (and) evil."

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said Cairo is "prepared for participation with naval, air and ground forces if necessary."

Houthi forces reportedly attacked Saudi positions along their shared border.

Obama bears full responsibility for what's ongoing - besides other direct and proxy wars he's waging.

A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said:

"Moscow is extremely concerned over the latest developments in the friendly Republic of Yemen, the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of which we have always and consistently supported." 

"We consider it very important that all the parties involved in the Yemeni conflict and their external allies immediately cease any forms of warfare and give up attempts to achieve their goals through military force." 

"We are convinced that the deep-running contradictions in Yemen can be resolved only on the basis of a broad national dialogue."

"Russia, for its part, will step efforts towards promoting peaceful solutions to the conflict in Yemen both in its contacts with the parties involved in the Yemeni events, and at the United Nations."

Vladimir Putin called for an "immediate cessation of military activities" and increased efforts to resolve things peacefully.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Yemen's conflict means greater regional destabilization.

Interviewed on Arabic language al-Alam news, he called for "an immediate stop to the Saudi military operation…"

He said Iran "will spare no effort to contain the crisis…"

Beijing condemned Saudi-led aggression. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying urged all parties to "quickly resolve the dispute through political dialogue, solve the current crisis and restore domestic stability and normality to Yemen at an early date."

Hezbollah called on Saudi-led forces to immediately and unconditionally halt hostilities.

Saying they "lack wisdom and legal and legitimate justification…They endanger the entire region."

"We see that this aggression secures American interests and offers a great favor for the Zionist enemy."

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) urged all parties to protect civilians and medical facilities, as well as fully comply with Geneva Convention provisions.

Fars News reported Yemeni Ansarullah Spokesman Zeifollah al-Shami saying:

"We know that the Saudi aggression and airstrikes have taken place at the order of Israel and the US."

He urged Yemenis to unite against aggression.

"God willingly, the crushing response to the aggressions of the Saudi enemy will come coming days," he said.

Yemeni al-Massira television reported civilian areas bombed, killing and injuring dozens.

It bears repeating. Washington bears full responsibility for what's ongoing. It's directing and controlling Saudi-led aggression. 

It's providing intelligence and logistical support.

Yemen is strategically important. It's near the Horn of Africa. 

It's on Saudi Arabia's southern border, the Red Sea, its Bab el-Mandeb strait chokepoint through which at estimated 3.3 million of barrels of oil pass daily, and Gulf of Aden connection to the Indian Ocean.

Reports indicate Egyptian forces seized control of the strait to keep oil flowing through it uninterrupted.

US CENTCOM commander General Lloyd Austin said US regional forces will insure Mandeb and Hormuz straits stay open.

Riyadh declared Yemeni air space a no-fly zone to halt advancing Houthi forces. How effective it is remains to be seen.

On Thursday, tens of thousands of Yemenis rallied in central Sanaa against US-directed/Saudi-led air strikes. They vowed to respond.

Houthi Political Council member Ali al Kohom said "(w)e will react against Saudi oppression in all ways we are capable."

"Yemeni blood is not cheap. Saudi has announced war in Yemen."

Houthi official Mohammed al-Bukhaiti said "Yemeni people are prepared to face this aggression without any foreign interference."

If Saudi-led forces invade Yemen, regional war may follow.

How much more bloodshed is too much before world outrage says no more? America's rage for war risks ending life on earth.

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: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Putin and Assad Address Western Imperialism

Putin and Assad Address Western Imperialism

by Stephen Lendman

US-dominated NATO is humanity's greatest threat. Its rage for war may kill us all.

Last November, Putin told Tass "(w)e are strong because we are right."

Russia alone continues going all-out for regional peace and stability. Washington recklessly pursues endless conflicts.

Yemen exploding in war is the latest example. Obama bears full responsibility for what's happening.

US-deployed Red Sea warships may join Saudi and other Gulf states' naked aggression, according to CENTCOM.

Ukraine remains in the eye of the storm. Low intensity war could explode full-force any time at Obama's discretion.

Continental Europe is threatened. America's rage for dominance risks nuclear war. 

Never in human history has humanity's fate been more up for grabs than now.

Putin's commitment for world peace is humanity's best defense against neocon lunatics infesting Washington.

On March 26, he addressed a Federal Security Service (FSB) board meeting on major issues facing Russia at a time he called "not an easy one."

"The world situation has exacerbated," he said. "We witnessed growing tensions in the Middle East and a number of other areas of the world, while a state coup provoked civil war in Ukraine."

"Russia is making significant efforts to reconcile the parties and normalise the situation." 

"We have already received and continue receiving thousands, even hundreds of thousands of refugees and are doing all we can to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe."

US imperial policy is hugely destructive, destabilizing and lawless. 

Russia is the world's most important counterweight against policies able to destroy life on earth.

Sovereign Russian independence and forthright efforts to help people in need "caus(ed) outright irritation on the part of those we traditionally call our colleagues and partners," said Putin.

"They are using their entire arsenal of means for the so-called deterrence of Russia: from attempts at political isolation and economic pressure to large-scale information war and special services operations." 

"As it was recently stated quite openly: those who disagree will have their arms twisted periodically." 

"However, this does not work with Russia; it never has and never will."

"Meanwhile, NATO is developing its rapid deployment forces and building up its infrastructure near our borders." 

"Attempts are being made to violate the existing nuclear parity, European and Asia-Pacific segments of the ABM system are being created at an increased pace."

"(N)ew weapons systems" are being developed to wage war from space, he said.

Attempts to bully, pressure or otherwise push around Russia won't work, he stressed.

"We have always had and will have an adequate response to all the domestic and external threats to national security," he maintained.

"The situation cannot remain like this forever and it will change and I hope for the better, including around this country." 

"It will change for the better only in case if we become stronger."

Putin thanked FSB and other Russian officials for major accomplishments in the face of great obstacles.

He applauded their courage to protect Russian security and national interests.

US-dominated NATO prepares recklessly for greater war. 

Russia stands resolutely for world peace and stability. Its efforts to prevent catastrophic nuclear war deserve universal support.

Bashar al-Assad hangs on valiantly as Obama's war on Syria enters its fifth year.

It continues causing devastating mass slaughter and destruction. It aroused overwhelming popular support for Assad.

Last June, he was reelected in an independently judged free, open and fair election by a nearly 90% majority.

The vast majority of Syrians can't imagine anyone else leading them. They want America's dirty hands off their country.

Assad said US-dominated Western policy in Syria and Ukraine aims to weaken Russia.

"There is a connection between the Syrian crisis and what is happening in Ukraine," he said. 

"Firstly, because both countries are important for Russia. Secondly, because there is a goal in both cases to weaken Russia and create a puppet state."

"It is clear that the duty of any state is to protect the interests of the people and the country." 

"And, of course, the role of the government is to implement these interests."

Assad said he "welcome(s) the expansion of Russian presence in the eastern Mediterranean, especially near our shores and in our ports."

The Tartus facility is used for maintenance and resupplying Russian Mediterranean-based warships.

Assad awaits concrete evidence of US alleged interest in dialogue after John Kerry suggested readiness for direct talks.

"We are still listening to the comments, and we have to wait for the action, and then we'll decide," Assad said.

Longstanding US duplicity gravely harmed Syria. It'll take much more than high-sounding rhetoric to change things.

"Any international changes that come about within that framework are something positive, if they are honest and have an effect on the ground," Assad said.

Talks "on the future of the Syrian president (are) for the Syrian people and all the declarations from outside do not concern us," he stressed.

Kerry's rhetoric days earlier about negotiating with Syria rang hollow.

"We'll have to negotiate," he said - on US terms alone giving Syrians no say on who'll lead them.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki clarified Kerry's comments.

She said talks "would not be, and would never be (with) Assad himself."

Washington wants his independent government toppled. It wants pro-Western stooge governance replacing it.

It wants an Israeli rival eliminated. It wants Iran isolated. It wants perpetual war and instability.

US warplanes continue bombing Syria. IS is the pretext. Syrian infrastructure the target. Regime change the objective.

America's imperial lawless may destroy life on earth. End it or it'll end us.

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: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Secret US Intelligence on Yemen Compromised

Secret US Intelligence on Yemen Compromised

by Stephen Lendman

On March 25, the Los Angeles Times said Houthi rebels obtained secret intelligence documents on so-called US Yemeni counterterrorism operations.

They included names and locations of confidential informants, as well as plans for further targeted drone strikes.

The Times said "US intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias…"

Damage to US Yemeni intelligence is "severe," said the Times.

"The US still plans to fly armed drones over Yemen from bases in Saudi Arabia and Djibouti, but officials acknowledged that their ability to identify and find terrorism suspects has been severely hampered by the loss of the intelligence files and the power struggles within Yemen's security services," according to an unnamed source the Times quoted.

Houthi forces took control of Yemen's National Security Bureau. It worked closely with CIA and other US spy agencies against the interests of its own people.

Obtaining information on its secrets exposes some of America's dirty imperial agenda - its long war on humanity for unchallenged global dominance.

Compromised US intelligence got Obama to halt Yemeni drone strikes for two months, said the Times.

In February, US embassy personnel were evacuated. Last weekend, "US special operations and intelligence teams" were taken out of the country.

Before Saudi-led March 26 aggression, the White House revealed it's maintaining close communication with ousted US-installed stooge president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

His whereabouts remains unknown. Members of his regime are being arrested.

Houthis announced a $20 million reward for Hadi's capture. Airstrikes targeted his Aden compound.

Reports on Wednesday indicated he fled by sea. His destination wasn't revealed.

Last August, Houthi uprising began. In September, they seized key Sanaa government facilities.

On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said US officials were in touch with Hadi earlier in the day.

"(H)e is no longer at his residence, which you’ve seen in reporting, but we can certainly confirm," she said. 

"I’m not in a position to confirm any additional details from here about his location." 

"We have been in touch with him over the last several days. And as all of you know, Ambassador Tueller has seen him in person and has traveled from Jeddah to go see him."

"In terms of our counterterrorism cooperation, as my colleagues at, I believe, DOD said yesterday, there’s no question our preference would be to have a presence on the ground." 

"And that’s certainly - that’s why we have diplomatic - diplomats in embassies around the world, is to have that on-the-ground coordination." 

"But we maintain means of working with, monitoring, going after some of the threats that face us, and that’s ongoing." 

"And even if you look on the diplomatic side, though Ambassador Tueller and his close team are not based in Yemen, they have been able to continue to communicate with President Hadi and communicate with others and, obviously, with the UN about the political process moving forward."

Psaki added she has no "on-the-ground update" about Houthi advances.

She confirmed they seized Al Anad airbase. She provided no further information.

She ludicrously claimed Washington is working with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies for resolving Yemen's conflict "peaceful(ly)."

She said nothing about US responsibility for regional turmoil.

Asked if Washington plans direct military involvement, she begged off saying "I'm not going to get into (any possible US actions) and certainly any action anywhere would be something the Department of Defense would speak to."

Last year, Obama lied calling Yemen as success story.

Asked if it's still a model for US counterintelligence operations, Psaki turned truth on its head saying "we still have a number of successes to point to in terms of our efforts to push back on al-Qaida and our successes in doing that in coordination with authorities."

Al Qaeda is one among other US-created groups - used strategically as both enemies and allies.

Don't expect Psaki to explain. She's paid to lie, not tell hard truths. She admitted conditions in Yemen are "difficult…volatile…on the ground for a range of reasons."

Violently out-of-control best describes things. Reuters said John Kerry spoke with Saudi and other Gulf states' foreign ministers.

An unnamed senior State Department official said:

"He commended the work of the coalition taking military action against the Houthis and noted the United States' support for those coalition efforts - including intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support for strikes against Houthi targets." 

"The ministers all expressed their support for political negotiations as the best way to resolve the crisis, but also noted that it is the Houthis who have instead waged a military campaign."

"They agreed to stay in close contact going forward" - code language for Washington and Gulf state despots declaring war on Yemen to restore US-installed puppet rule.

If Washington has many more "success stories" like Yemen, planet earth may be set ablaze.

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: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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More US-Sponsored Middle East Aggression

More US-Sponsored Middle East Aggression

by Stephen Lendman

Washington already turned Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria into free-fire cauldrons of violence, instability and chaos.

It partners with Israel's long war on Palestine. It backs the most of the world’s worst tinpot despots - all Middle East ones.

It's responsible for millions of deaths and appalling human suffering.

It's now using Saudi and other thuggish Gulf states as imperial proxies - waging war on Yemen, naked aggression by any standard.

International law is clear and unequivocal. No nation may interfere in the internal affairs of others. 

None may attack others except in self-defense. Doing so requires Security Council authorization.

Otherwise it's strictly prohibited at all times, under all circumstances with no allowed exceptions.

All US post-WW II direct and proxy wars were and remain illegal acts of aggression.

Nuremberg chief prosecutor Robert Jackson called it "the supreme international crime against peace" - greater than any other.

No nation in world history is more culpable than America. None caused more irreparable harm to countless millions over a longer duration.

US Yemeni policy bears full responsibility for current chaotically violent conditions.

Washington continues mass murdering innocent victims globally. Its lawless drone war on Yemen killed countless hundreds. 

A cynical White House statement "strongly condem(ed) ongoing military actions taken by the Houthis against the" US-installed puppet regime.

It expressed phony concern about the welfare of the Yemeni people - the same ones America has been murdering for years.

Yemeni's US-installed president Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi has no legitimacy whatever.

Houthi rebels ousted him from power. Washington coordinated with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to wage war to reinstate him.

It established "a Joint Planning Cell with Saudi Arabia('s) (despotic regime) to coordinate US military and intelligence support."

It pledged further action against "imminent threats" to US regional dominance.

It wants nothing interfering with its divine right to ravage, destroy, control and plunder one country after another.

Murdering millions of people is considered a small price to pay. Establishing viciously oppressive despotic rule is called democracy building.

Plundering nations is considered economic development. Exploiting people is called liberating them.

Thursday headlines announced Saudi-led air war on Yemen.

Al-Arabiya said the kingdom mobilized 150,000 troops, 100 warplanes, artillery and other heavy weapons, as well as naval units for ongoing operations.

Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Morocco are involved. Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Pakistan announced readiness to participate.

An Egyptian junta statement said:

"There is coordination ongoing now with Saudi Arabia and the brotherly gulf countries about preparations to participate with an Egyptian air and naval forces and ground troops if necessary."

Saudi ambassador to Washington announced what's ongoing saying:

"We will do whatever it takes in order to protect the legitimate government of Yemen from falling" - to return an illegitimate thug to power.

Troubled Yemen faces all-out war. Millions are threatened with death, destruction, and greater misery than before.

It's already the region's most impoverished country. Its security officials said Saudi airstrikes targeted a camp for US special forces now controlled by Houthi rebels.

Other targets included Sanaa's Duleimi missile base and fuel depot.

A Houthi statement said they responded with anti-aircraft missiles.

Yemen may again end up divided. Houthis control northern areas, including the capital Sanaa.

They advanced into southern regions, seized Yemen's third largest city Taiz, took much of Lahj province, and may have captured Aden.

They control most of Yemen's military - including its best equipped and trained elements.

On Wednesday, Houthi official Ahmed al Bahri said rebel military operations were launched earlier because Hadi allied with Al Qaeda.

Houthi forces aim to prevent "terrorist militants (from) turn(ing) (Yemen) into chaos," he claimed.

On Wednesday, Houthis captured Hadi's defense minister (Mahmood al Subaihi), top military commander (Faisal Rajab), and Hadi's brother, Nasser.

Arrests took place in Lahij province, bordering Aden.

Saudi-led Yemeni aggression coincided with US warplanes terror-bombing Tikrit, Iraq.

US strategy perhaps intends setting the entire region ablaze.

Wherever America shows up or exerts unwarranted influence, death, destruction and appalling human misery follow.

If Yemeni warplanes retaliate against Saudi oil facilities, the impact could be potentially huge.

Houthi official Mohammed al Bukhait warned against spreading Arabian peninsula "wide war."

Saying "(t)he Yemeni people are a free people and they will confront the aggressors. I will remind you that the Saudi government and the Gulf governments will regret this aggression."

Fars News reported Houthi forces seizing control of most of Aden. Fighting just began. Washington initiated aggression can go on for years.

How many more millions of deaths are tolerable? How much more mass destruction? When will free societies say no more?

When will America be universally condemned for waging war on humanity? When will peace replace endless wars?

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: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

US- Created Violene and Chaos in Yemen

US-Created Violence and Chaos in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Yemen is one of many examples of what happens following lawless US intervention.

Obama waged drone war on Yemen throughout his tenure - indiscriminately killing many hundreds of defenseless victims, mostly civilians.

Like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Palestine, Yemen is a cauldron of violence and instability threatening to spin entirely out-of-control.

In January, Houthi forces ousted US-backed Ab-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's regime. They took over the presidential palace.

They extended control to other parts of the country. Last year, Obama ludicrously touted Yemen as a success story.

Saying US strategy "of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years."

US interventionist strategy created violence, instability and chaos in both countries - much like virtually elsewhere else Washington intervenes lawlessly.

Houthis control the capital Sanaa, Taiz (Yemen's 3rd largest city), other areas, and head toward seizing Aden. 

In February, Hadi fled there from Sanaa. Declared himself still president. 

Reports now indicate he fled the country after Houthi forces approached Aden.

They seized al-Annad air base near Lahij - about 60 km from Aden. Hadi established it as a temporary capital.

US personnel were evacuated from the country. Witnesses saw a convoy of presidential vehicles leaving Hadi's residence on a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Reports indicate he fled by boat as Houthis advanced. AP said he left with aides around 3:30PM local time Wednesday - in two vessels under heavy security.

His destination wasn't disclosed. He's scheduled to attend an Arab summit this weekend in Egypt.

AP reported Houthis "closing in on Aden…(T)he city's fall appears imminent" as of midday Wednesday.

Yemen heads toward exploding in full-blown civil war. Involving IS fighters for good measure - US proxies used to help Washington regain control.

If things turn out like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, years of fighting may follow on top of what's already happened.

Hadi asked UN officials to authorize foreign military intervention.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal warned Riyadh may take "necessary measures" if Houthis don't resolve things peacefully - with no further elaboration. More on this below.

Hadi's Gulf State allies evacuated their Aden-based diplomatic personnel. Earlier they relocated them from Sanaa.

Houthis occupied Yemen's capital last August. Seizing the presidential palace in January forced Hadi's resignation.

Houthi leader Abdel Malik al Houthi leader's cousin Mohammed Ali al Houthi was declared new president.

Hadi was placed under house arrest. He escaped, fled to Aden, organized supportive military forces, and now apparently fled Yemen altogether.

The Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee called on security forces and civilians to fight what it called "terrorist forces across the country."

Obama bears full responsibility for Yemeni chaos. Drone warfare followed his December 2009 missile attack on Al Majan village.

It killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

UN special advisor on Yemen Jamal Benomar addressed an emergency Security Council session on Yemen via video conference.

Things are headed for a "rapid downward spiral," he said.

"Emotions are running extremely high and, unless solutions can be found, the country will fall into further violent confrontations." 

"Events in Yemen are leading the country away from political settlement and to the edge of civil war."

Humanitarian crisis conditions affect over 60% of the population. UN sources call Yemen "a patchwork of simmering feuds."

On March 20, suicide bombers targeted Sanaa mosques during Friday prayers - killing at least 126, injuring scores more.

Yemen grows increasingly violent and chaotic. A meaningless Security Council statement said:

"(T)he solution to the situation in Yemen is through a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people for peaceful change and meaningful political, economic and social reform."

Violence continues unabated. Last weekend, Saudi and other Gulf states issued a statement backing Hadi's regime.

They announced their willingness to use "all efforts" to defend it.

Saudi Arabia deployed heavy weapons along its border with Yemen. A porous 1,800 km border separates the two countries.

Conditions remain chaotic. Houthis claim they seized Aden. Reuters said Hadi's defense minister was arrested.

So far, Saudi forces haven't moved cross border. Air strikes may be planned - maybe joint ones with Washington.

Hadi wants Security Council authorization for force - "to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression," he said.

Yemeni military officials calling themselves the Higher Committee to Preserve the Armed Forces and Security reject foreign intervention, saying:

"We express our total and utter rejection of any external interference in Yemeni affairs under any pretext and in any form and from any side."

"All members of the armed forces and security and all the sons of the proud people of Yemen with all its components will confront with all their strength and heroism any attempt to harm the pure soil of the homeland, its independence or its sovereignty or to threaten its unity and territorial integrity."

Last month, Houthi leader Abdel Malik al Houthi accused Saudi Arabia of wanting Yemen divided along sectarian lines, saying:

"Our elder sister, the Saudi kingdom, doesn't respect the Yemenis and wants to impose here in Yemen the sequence of events and divisions that happened in Libya."

Whether Saudi forces intend attacking Yemen remains to be seen. What Obama has in mind matters most.

He's engulfed large parts of the region in conflict and chaos. Maybe he'll compound it by greater intervention in Yemen.

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: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Israel Wants Iran Nuclear Deal Blocked

Israel Wants Iran Nuclear Deal Blocked

by Stephen Lendman

An end of March deadline approaches for reaching a draft agreement ahead of an end of June comprehensive final one.

Sticking points remain. Iran wants nothing interfering with its legitimate nuclear power rights. 

It justifiably wants all lawless sanctions removed straightaway - or close to it.

Now may be Tehran's best chance for as much fairness as possible it won't likely see ahead for the foreseeable future.

Miss this opportunity and it may be lost. Whether Obama really wants a deal remains to be seen.

Friction with Iran has nothing to do with its nuclear program. The whole world knows it has no military component.

Suggesting otherwise now or ahead is red herring cover for Washington's longstanding regime change plans.

US policy tolerates no sovereign independent governments. It wants pro-Western stooge ones it controls. 

At the same time, Obama's tenure so far reflects total failure,  including: 

  • wrecking the economy;

  • looting the Treasury for Wall Street; 

  • creating longterm Main Street Depression conditions;

  • permanent wars;

  • presiding over a homeland police state apparatus;

  • spying on everyone illegally;

  • waging war on organized labor;

  • turning public education into another business profit center; and 

  • enriching healthcare providers at the expense of universal care for all.

Ending decades of anti-Iranian hostility would be something positive in his otherwise deplorable legacy.

Will or won't he go for it? Will he bite the bullet and do the right thing?

Or will he sabotage the best chance for rapprochement with Iran in decades - demanding what no responsible government would accept?

It's no secret Israel wants any possible deal blocked - under Netanyahu or anyone else.

It calls Iran's legitimate nuclear program threatening.

It perpetuates the myth about Tehran seeking Israel's destruction.

It wants regime change. It wants Iran eliminated as a regional rival.  It may be willing to go to war to achieve its objective.

On March 23, the Wall Street Journal headlined "Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks with US."

Saying Washington and other P5+1 nations learned Israel spied on their closed-door talks all along.

It was part of Netanyahu's scheme "to penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal," the Journal cited current and former US officials saying. 

Israel "eavesdropp(ed), acquired information from confidential US briefings, informants and diplomatic contacts in Europe."

Espionage is common practice. Everyone watches everyone else.

White House officials were angered because Israel "share(d) inside information with US lawmakers and others" to scuttle any prospective deal reached.

According to an unnamed senior US official:

"It is one thing for the US and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal (its) secrets and play them back to (congressional) legislators to undermine US diplomacy."

Netanyahu and Israel's US ambassador Ron Dermer "early this year saw a rapidly closing window to increase pressure on Mr. Obama before a key" end of March draft deal deadline, said the Journal.

They believed their best strategy was lobbying Congress to kill or reshape what Israel can't do on its own - even at the expense of harming relations with Washington.

Things haven't worked as planned. Netanyahu's congressional address and other tactics alienated many Democrats.

It's well known Israel spies on America more aggressively than any of its other allies. It's been caught red-handed numerous times.

An unnamed senior Netanyahu official lied saying:

"These allegations are utterly false. The state of Israel does not conduct espionage against the United States or Israel’s other allies." 

"The false allegations are clearly intended to undermine the strong ties between the United States and Israel and the security and intelligence relationship we share."

As closed-door talks with Iran progressed into 2013, US intelligence agencies monitored Israeli communications to learn what it knew.

It pretty much knew everything going on. Its fear-mongering campaign followed.

Israel considers any deal bad short of unconditional Iranian capitulation to demands no sovereign government would accept.

It's unclear whether US demands are just as tough. In days we'll know if a new draft agreement was reached.

If not, whether talks continue toward a new deadline. Or if things fell apart altogether because gaps are too wide to close.

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: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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

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Heading for WW III

Heading for WW III

by Stephen Lendman

The signs are ominous. US combat forces are directly aiding Ukraine's military.

It's readying for resumed war on Donbass. Congress wants more heavy weapons sent to Ukraine than already.

They've been covertly supplied since conflict began last April.

According to Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Prime Minister Alexander Zakhsrchenko:

"The United States is already supplying weapons there. For instance, in Debaltsevo we saw US ammunition. That’s a lethal weapon."  

"NATO planes land at the airports of Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia and Kharkiv every day."

"Ukraine has not pulled back weapons. It is bringing them back. The pullout was a fake."

Zakharachenko believes junta forces may attack from the south and northwest to separate Donetsk from Lugansk.

"The way I see the situation, I believe there will be three attacks," he said. 

"The main group of the Ukrainian forces is concentrated in the areas of Volnovakha, Krasnogolovka, Artyomovsk, Kurakhovo and other communities."

They're positioning to attack. Minsk is dead. Ceasefire is pure fantasy. 

Junta forces violated it multiple times daily - over 50 times in the last 24 hours.

The Saker reports Poroshenko acting "as bellicose as ever, making grand statements about everything and running around (like a generalissimo) in battle fatigues."

So far he has Washington's support. For how long remains to be seen.

On Tuesday, Russia's Foreign Ministry blasted US and EU interference in Ukraine, saying:

"The policy of unabashed meddling in the domestic affairs of sovereign states was implemented also in Ukraine where direct US and EU support led to the unconstitutional power change of February 2014 which, in turn, ignited a civil war in southeastern Ukraine."

"Unfortunately, numerous crimes committed against civilians by the Kiev military, the mass killings and the humanitarian catastrophe in Donetsk and Luhansk regions is something those who once bemoaned the human rights abuses in Kosovo just couldn’t care less about."

"The sheer logic of global progress and common threats and challenges urgently begs for collective decisions made within the framework of internationally recognized formats."

Instead, US bellicosity risks setting the entire continent ablaze.

Washington wants Russia eliminated as a global rival. Its aggressiveness may launch WW III.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg repeatedly lies about nonexistent "Russian aggression" in Ukraine.

He said NATO is strengthening its collective defense more than any time since Soviet Russia dissolved.

He lied saying "Russian troops crossed the borders of its neighbors."

"They have annexed a part of another country and that is the first time since the end of the Second World War that that has happened in Europe."

He lied claiming Russian forces in Moldova and Georgia are working to destabilize Eastern Ukraine.

NATO is strengthening its Eastern European presence in readiness for war.

No Russian threat exists. US-dominated NATO invented one as pretext perhaps for war.

Britain marches in lockstep with Washington's imperial agenda. 

A report titled "Re-thinking defense to meet new threats" focuses on so-alled "reassurance measures" needed to meet nonexistent Russian threats.

Including menacing large-scale military exercises and beefing up US-led NATO's presence in countries close to Russia's borders.

British MPs want NATO's Eastern European presence enhanced. The report states:

"The US has made it clear that it perceives the UK's commitment as the lynchpin of the broader NATO commitment to increase defense spending."

"The current national security strategy is no longer adequate for this changed world, nor is the future force structure."

"The UK will need to make tough choices within limited resources, about what to do, and perhaps more importantly, what not to do." 

"But it is vital to rethink the fundamental assumptions of our defense planning, if we are to help arrest the descent into chaos, which threatens to spread from the Western Mediterranean to the Black Sea."

The report is an exercise in fear-mongering. It's used to justify unjustifiable military spending.

Nonexistent threats are invented. Britain has NATO's second largest defense budget.

It's the EU's largest. Hawkish MPs want UK resources badly needed for other purposes spent preparing for war.

On Wednesday, Normandy Four countries France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are meeting in Paris.

They're discussing Donbass conditions as this article is being written. In February, they agreed on Minsk ceasefire terms.

Kiev breached them straightaway - like Minsk I and other Russian-spearheaded efforts to end conflict.

Days earlier, Sergey Lavrov called on his French and German counterparts "to immediately take necessary joint steps…to prevent (further) deterioration of the situation."

Ceasefire is more myth than reality. Low-intensity fighting continues, heading for greater escalation.

Just Russia party first deputy chairman Mikhail Emelyanov wants Putin given authorization "to use armed force in Ukraine if the US decides to send sizable arms supplies to that country."

"We believe our parliament should not ignore" America supplying Ukraine with heavy weapons while claiming it seeks peace.

"We should not be shy about supporting the militia, including with weapons and (giving Putin) the right to send military units onto Ukrainian territory."

Moscow can't let Ukraine become an "international militant aimed at Russia," he stressed.

Washington isn't interested in deescalating conflict, he added.

"The US is trying to arm Ukraine at all costs, because it views Ukraine as a country that is tying Russian down, something that the US needs in order to prevent Russia from developing into a superpower."

Russia bashing remains intense. New York Times editors gave feature op-ed space to neocon Henry Jackson Society Russian Studies Center director Andrew Foxall.

He took full advantage repeating the same litany of Big Lies we've heard for months - including nonexistent Russsian "land grab(bing) (and) intimidati(ng) (its) neighbors."

Claiming throughout his tenure, "Mr. Putin has built a system in Russia in which opposition voices are silenced, individual rights are trampled on, freedom of expression is restricted, organized crime is rampant and property rights are arbitrarily enforced."

Truth is polar opposite. Foxall cited the junta controlled Kiev Post lying about "85 incidents of harassment and censorship against reporters in Crimea during March 2014 alone."

Anti-Russian propaganda is intense. Times editors publish some the worst.

They systematically bury hard truths. Neocons like Foxall get feature op-ed space to vilify Putin. He barely stopped short of urging war.

Things head recklessly in this direction. Lunatics in Washington may start WW III.

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: 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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