Monday, October 05, 2015

The Latest NYT Propaganda Piece on Syria

The Latest NYT Propaganda Piece on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

The Times is a virtual US administration/Pentagon house organ. Its articles read like imperial press releases, real journalism entirely absent, making sensationalist tabloid operations look good by comparison.

It’s latest propaganda piece headlined “US Aims to Put More Pressure on ISIS in Syria” - polar opposite its agenda, ISIS and other takfiri terrorists its proxy army battling Assad, what Times editors, columnists, correspondents, and contributors disgracefully suppress, what’s vital to report.

The Times claiming Washington and rogue allies are “preparing to open a major front” against ISIS in northeastern Syria is a bald-faced lie, the latest willful deception from America’s so-called “newspaper of record” - its leading lying machine, deliberately betraying its readers.

“President Obama last week approved two important steps to set the offensive in motion over the coming weeks, officials said. Mr. Obama ordered the Pentagon, for the first time, to directly provide ammunition and perhaps some weapons to Syrian opposition forces on the ground,” said The Times. 

“He also endorsed the idea for an increased air campaign from an air base in Turkey, although important details still need to be worked out.”

Fact: All Syrian opposition groups are extremists, terrorists, no so-called moderate elements exist, or enough to matter. Claims otherwise are a ruse.

Fact: Any increased US air attacks will continue waging war on Syria, supporting ISIS and other terrorist ground forces.

“As recently as Friday, Mr. Obama said he would take all steps necessary to combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The new approach relies on Arab fighters whose commanders have been screened by American forces and Kurdish fighters who are more battle-tested and whose loyalties Washington can count on,” said The Times.

Fact: The so-called “new approach” is the same old dirty one, apparently intending to be stepped up, aiming for more death and destruction, harming ordinary Syrians most, assuring continued human floods seeking safe havens, many wanting refuge in Europe.

How long EU countries most affected will put up with Obama’s war remains to be seen - its refugee flood straining their ability to cope, measures taken so far wholly inadequate, a bandaid over a festering wound.

Obama is a serial liar, again over the weekend, telling reporters “(t)he top line message that I want everybody to understand is, we are going to continue to go after ISIL. We are going to continue to reach out to a moderate opposition.”

False!! His agenda is polar opposite. Instead of explaining it, The Times reported it like gospel - deliberately deceiving its readers.

It claimed “(s)enior administration officials say the new offensive holds promise and may change the dynamics on the ground.”

After four-and-a-half years of Obama’s all-out campaign to oust Assad, short of bombing Damascus and sending in hordes of US troops, conflict was largely stalemated until Russia intervened.

It’s only in day six so too early to know it its campaign is decisive. 
But it’s already made a difference. ISIS and other terrorist are panicking, US policy in disarray, frantic to come up with Plan B - for the first time facing a formidable adversary, Putin committed to defeat the scourge of terrorism Washington created, first in Syria, perhaps Iraq next.

The Times repeated the Big Lie circulated by Obama and neocons infesting his administration, claiming Russian operations are “directed largely at Syrian groups that oppose President Bashar al-Assad…”

Fact: It targets all terrorist elements in Syria. So-called moderates or rebels are misnamed. They’re all imported cutthroat killers, US foot soldiers against Assad and the Syrian population.

The Times marches in lockstep with US imperial policy - supporting its ruthless agenda, irresponsibly bashing Putin’s efforts for peace and stability instead of offering high praise.

He represents the best chance for world peace. He’s precisely what’s needed to challenge Washington’s rage for endless wars. The entire free world applauds him. No amount of Times propaganda can change that!

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US and Rogue Allies Plot Plan B in Syria

US and Rogue Allies Plot Plan B in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Putin’s righteous intervention in Syria disrupts Washington’s regional imperial agenda - neocons infesting Obama’s administration on the back foot, flummoxed on what to do next.

Their reaction awaits. Expect endless propaganda war, as well as increased support for ISIS and other takfiri terrorists, maybe plans to destabilize other regional countries - Iran, Lebanon and perhaps greater conflict in Iraq than already. Possibly another US direct or proxy war elsewhere.

London’s Guardian got it backwards suggesting Moscow’s intervention was “more provocative than decisive” - the same notion proliferated by other media scoundrels in lockstep with their rogue regimes, especially in America, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel.

The Guardian said “(r)egional powers have quietly, but effectively, channelled funds, weapons and other support to rebel groups making the biggest inroads against the forces from Damascus” - allied with Washington’s plan to weaken and isolate Iran.

Saudi Arabia supports the region’s vilest elements, cold-blooded terrorist killers - its Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir boldly asserting “(t)here is no future for Assad in Syria.” If he doesn’t step down, Riyadh will get involved militarily to remove him “from power.”

European Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Julien Barnes-Dacey called Moscow’s intervention “a massive setback for” America and other nations wanting Assad ousted.

Riyadh-based King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies associate fellow Mohammed Alyahya said the Saudi view throughout the conflict is “Assad must go,” echoing calls from Washington, Britain and other nations opposing him.

Prevailing anti-Putin propaganda claims his intervention means more instability and bloodshed - polar opposite the free world’s view. It’s a vital initiative to end conflict, maintain Syrian sovereignty, help its people, as well as free the region and other countries from the scourge of terrorism. It’s already making a difference, causing consternation in their ranks.

Neocon Washington Post editors expressed concern over Russia’s intervention, saying it may shift the balance of power in Assad’s favor, disrupting Obama’s plan to oust him, opening a new phase of war.

US strategy is in disarray, analysts saying as long as Moscow and Tehran provide support, Assad can survive indefinitely. Four-and-a-half years of Obama’s war to oust him failed. Expect Plan B to pursue endless regional wars and instability.

If Russia can curb or defeat ISIS and other takfiri terrorists in Syria, Washington will suffer a major defeat, its entire regional imperial project disrupted.

It’s unclear what it plans next. Expect new efforts to counter Russia’s intervention, partnered with Israel and other rogue states.

Moscow wants terrorism defeated and a political solution in Syria. Washington wants endless regional wars and instability - ousting all independent governments, replacing them with pro-Western ones, no matter the cost in human lives and suffering. Which agenda do you support? Which one deserves universal praise?

Paul Craig Roberts’ new Clarity Press book, titled “The Neoconservative Threat to World Order” explains “the extreme dangers in Washington’s imposition of vassalage on other countries…” - neocons in Washington risking nuclear war to achieve their objectives.

His “book is a call to awareness that ignorance and propaganda are leading the world toward unspeakable disaster.” Top priority for free people everywhere is confronting America’s imperial agenda and defeating it once and for all.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Putin: The Best Hope for World Peace

Putin: The Best Hope for World Peace

by Stephen Lendman

Make no mistake. Syria is Obama’s war, planned long before Washington instigated conflict in March 2011. His neocon-infested administration bears full responsibility for devastating regional carnage. The free world’s top obligation is stopping America’s imperial menace. 

Putin’s intervention is the most significant development since Syria’s conflict began - Washington at the time believing it could oust Assad, rape and destroy Syria as easily as it disposed of Gaddafi, turning Libya into a dystopian wasteland of endless violence and chaos.

Syria was heading for the same dismal fate until Russia intervened responsibly - allying with Iran, Iraq, Damascus and perhaps China, uniting against terrorism, urging other nations to join them cooperatively against a scourge vital to destroy, or watch it spread dangerously cross-borders to other countries, eventually landing in Europe and other distant areas.

The time to confront trouble is early, before it spirals out-of-control. Delay risks disaster. Why Putin’s committed intervention is so important. Russia is vulnerable to terrorism. So are China and numerous other countries.

Washington is using its contagion to wage war on humanity. The time is now to draw a red line, confronting this menace no-holds-barred to crush it - undermining Washington imperial agenda at the same time.

Putin righteously took the lead - hopefully encouraging many other nations to ally with his mission. Together they can crush ISIS and other terror groups - reduce them at most to  annoyances, far from today’s global menace.

Washington’s agenda is endless wars of aggression. Putin forthrightly works for peace and stability. He deserves universal support.

Interviewed from Damascus on Iranian Khabar television, Assad commented candidly and forthrightly on important issues affecting Syria, like he always does - polar opposite Obama’s demagogic bluster and serial lying. He rightfully stressed the folly of trusting Western officials, especially Americans, pursuing a pure evil agenda.

“(N)o foreign officials (should) decide the future of Syria, (its) political system or the individuals” in charge to govern, he stressed. “This is the Syrian people’s decision.”

“…Western officials are in a state of confusion and their vision lacks clarity. At the same time, they are overwhelmed by a sense of failure concerning the plans they drew and didn’t achieve…(They’re) only objective (is) destroying Syria’s infrastructure and causing a great deal of bloodshed.”

“They aimed at replacing this state with a client state which implements the agendas dictated by foreign governments. At the same time…(their) lies…started to unravel.”

Washington and other complicit rogue states used the phony Arab spring they created and manipulated “to attack the states whose political line they didn’t like,” said Assad - notably Libya, Syria and Yemen.

Before conflict began in 2011, the West offered Syria nothing, he explained - only “pressure and blackmail.”

European countries and Canada “have one master, which is the United States. All these countries behave in accordance with the dictates of the American maestro.” They’re “statements are similar,” echoing US dictated policy, following orders from Washington. “This is a fact,” Assad explained.

Asked what the West wants from Syria, he said they want it divided into “a number of weak statelets…at the same time ensuring Israel’s security. These objectives are not new. They have always been there, but the instruments of dealing with them differ from time to time.”

Conflict in Syria is the direct result of foreign intervention, Assad explained, along with the rise of ISIS and other terrorist groups committing atrocities, wrongfully called rebels. They’re mercenaries, extremists, hired killers.

Syria made important constitutional changes, “providing more freedoms, (creating) new (political) parties,” changing media law, Assad explained. “All the things which were demanded, or which were used as slogans in the demonstrations, were implemented.”

Then Western countries, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia “started talking about the issue of the president specifically. Why? Because they wanted to personalize the issue, (to blame everything going on the result of) one individual, and he, and not the terrorists or the regional and Western states (wanting Syria destabilized), is responsible.”

The issue of the presidency and how the state is to be governed is up to Syrians alone, Assad stressed - guaranteed under international law.

“(F)rom the very beginning, it was clear to us that there were foreign hands behind” terrorists causing violence and instability.

Syria’s fight against terrorism must succeed, Assad stressed. Otherwise the entire region is endangered. He’s confident now with Russia and other coalition partners involved, there’s “a great chance (for) success.” The entire free world depends on it.

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Straight Talk on Israeli Viciousness

Straight Talk on Israeli Viciousness

by Stephen Lendman

Judge Israel solely as a political entity - by its policies, the harm it causes millions regionally and beyond. Ignore the right of Jews to statehood.

What about Palestinians, Kurds, Roma, nomadic Bedouin tribes, Rohingyas, Nubians and millions of other stateless people. Are they less deserving? Are Jews special, but not them?

In November 1945, Harry Truman said “I have to answer to hundreds of thousands who are anxious for the success of Zionism. I do not have hundreds of thousands of Arabs among my constituents.”

On May 15, 1945, minutes after midnight, Truman became the first world leader to recognize the new Israeli state - created by mass slaughtering and forcibly displacing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their own land in their own country, never allowed to return.

Former US General George Marshall/then Secretary of State and later Secretary of Defense was appalled at Truman’s decision - along with almost the entire US foreign policy establishment. 

Truman faced reelection in November. Polls showed him trailing Republican Tom Dewey. Marshall wrote a secret memo now known saying “if the President were to follow (wrongheaded) advice and if in the elections I were to vote, I would vote against the President.”

Truman’s first secretary of defense, James Forrestal, agreed with Marshall and many other recognition opponents saying “(t)here are 30 million Arabs on one side and about 600,000 Jews on the other.”

He told Truman aide Clark Clifford: “Why don’t you face up to the realities!” It was a done deal weeks earlier. In March 1948, Truman met secretly with future Israeli president Chaim Weizmann. They struck a deal.

The late Israel Shahak said Jewish groups bribed Truman with $2 million for his presidential campaign. Jack Kennedy later told Gore Vidal: “That’s why our recognition was rushed through so fast” - moments after David Ben-Gurion declared a new Jewish state on 78% of historic Palestine.

In June 1967, Israel took the rest, including East Jerusalem - an international city under a UN mandate. Seven earlier Security Council resolutions condemned Israel’s annexation. They world community did nothing to reverse it.

Systematically it’s being entirely Judaized. denying Palestinians their rightful capital. Throughout Israel’s sordid history, it’s waged genocidal war on Palestine - blaming victims for its crimes.

Palestinians continue enduring the longest illegal occupation in modern memory - living in limbo, terrorized, denied self-determination, having no control over their daily lives, living in constant fear, denied freedom of expression and movement, economically strangled, collectively punished, especially Gazans under suffocating blockade.

Every day is Kristallnacht in Palestine. Fundamental human and civil rights are denied. Genocidal high crimes repeat without redress. Wanting to live free from occupation harshness is called terrorism.

Punitive taxes are imposed. Few services are provided. Fishermen are attacked at sea. Farmers working their land are shot. Trying at the wrong time risks arrest, injury or death. Crops and orchards are destroyed. Settlers commit regular attacks with impunity.

Justifiable resistance is prohibited. Protesters for democratic rights are beaten, tear gassed, arrested, and at times murdered in cold blood.

Thousands of political prisoners languish in Israel’s gulag - including elected Palestinian officials for belonging to the wrong political parties. Hundreds are in prison uncharged and untried - thousands of others on fabricated charges.

Multiple times daily, Israeli soldiers, police and other security forces terrorize, brutalize, injure, arrest and at times murder Palestinians in cold blood - with near certain immunity for their crimes. Accountability is rare - never for military or regime officials most responsible.

Institutionalized racism defines Israeli policy. Young children are brainwashed to hate Arabs before they’re old enough to understand, taught to believe their existential threats.

Indoctrinated to be warriors, told military service is “noble and worthy,” mandatory for male and female youths. Soldiers participate in classroom discussions.

Teachers are retired military officers, especially principals. Photos of fallen heroes adorn school walls. Field trips for all ages visit military memorials on former battlefields.

Textbooks and classroom instruction teach militarism. High schools have mandatory "preparation for the IDF" programs - including training and indoctrination to be warriors. 

Military heroes and imperial conquests are glorified. Arabs are vilified. Genocidal wars are considered natural - military service a right of passage preparing for adulthood.

An entire population is brainwashed to fight. Arabs are called natural enemies. Brutalizing them is considered OK.

Defending Israel against nonexistent threats alone matters. Israeli culture reflects blind patriotism, militarism, belligerence, vilifying Arabs and indifference to their suffering.

A never-ending readiness for war persists. Its perniciousness affects all aspects of Israeli society and culture - worse than ever today under its most extremist regime in history, run by fascists, racists and religious zealots, indifferent to rule of law principles, a police state masquerading as democratic.

When lunatics run the asylum, the worst of things follow. Greater regional war is virtually certain - maybe next time Israel using its nuclear trump card, incinerating an entire population it attacks.

A society conditioned to brutalize, kill and destroy stops at nothing to achieve its objectives. A US/Israeli alliance threatens world peace.

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Whitewashing US/Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

Whitewashing US/Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

America is a rogue state of unparalleled pure evil, masquerading as a democracy, run by bipartisan criminals, fascist neocons, serving powerful monied interests and their own. 

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s vilest regimes, a fascist police state, partnering with America’s regional aggression, supplying chemical and other terror weapons to ISIS and other takfiris, ruthlessly waging war on Yemen, committing horrendous high crimes - Obama’s war, planned and orchestrated in Washington, the US and Riyadh complicit in creating a humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.

Obama administration officials applauded Riyadh’s outrageous appointment to head a five-member UN Human Rights Council (HRC) panel - charged with reporting on abuses worldwide, mocking the legitimacy of the initiative, exposing the HRC as a sham group, fundamentally against what it claims to support.

In its new capacity, Riyadh went all-out to block a Netherlands proposed HRC investigation into war crimes and other human rights abuses in Yemen since conflict began last March.

It called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to “dispatch a mission, with assistance from relevant experts, to monitor and report on the human rights situation in Yemen.”

Human rights groups strongly endorsed the proposal, citing appalling high crimes committed, no accountability mechanisms in place to challenge them, civilians most of all being harmed, over 80% of the population in dire need of humanitarian aid - mostly prevented from reaching suffering Yemenis by the US/Saudi blockade, a major war crime along with daily terror bombing.

Riyadh and other Gulf states lobbied ferociously (with US/UK tacit support) for the ousted, US-Saudi-backed, despotic Hadi regime to establish a commission of inquiry on Yemen - effectively letting Washington and Riyadh whitewash their horrendous war crimes, blaming Houthis alone for what’s happening.

Human Rights Watch criticized the move, saying Yemeni authorities neither investigated or held anyone accountable for serious high crimes since 2011 - “nor has (Riyadh) investigated possible war crimes by its forces.”

Deputy HRW director Philippe Dam said “(b)y failing to set up a serious UN inquiry on war-torn Yemen, the Human Rights Council squandered an important chance to deter further abuses.”

“Such a mechanism would have been crucial to confront continued impunity for crimes committed in the country…” 

“The increasingly desperate Yemeni population should not be ignored by the world’s preeminent human rights body. It's all been about Saudi Arabia protecting itself from an international probe, really.”

Putting the US/Saudi-controlled ousted Hadi regime in charge of investigating war crimes and other human rights abuses in Yemen is no different from letting a serial killer serve as prosecutor, judge and jury at his own trial.

The outcome is predetermined. Other parties will be blamed - in this case, the Houthis serving as chumps.

The battle for Yemen’s soul continues. Millions of lives are at stake. Nothing in prospect suggests an end to their suffering any time soon. US/Saudi aggression could continue for years.

How many more Yemenis will be terror bombed to death? How many perishing from starvation or unavailable medical care for untreated wounds or illnesses. How many dying from world indifference to help them?

Yemen is being raped and destroyed while the whole world turns a blind eye to millions of suffering people - victims of imperial viciousness.

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Israel on a Rampage

Israel on a Rampage

by Stephen Lendman

Violence begets violence. Israel willfully instigates it, brutally persecuting Palestinians daily. People take only so much before reacting - expressing justifiable anger and frustration.

Israel responds as expected - viciously unleashing indiscriminate state terror, collective punishment, war on defenseless civilians.

The latest after a Palestinian killed two Israelis and injured two others, including a two-year-old infant. The attack occurred in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Police shot and killed the alleged perpetrator, 19-year-old Mohammad Shafiq Halabi, then went on a rampage - assaulting innocent Palestinian shop owners, forcing them to shut down, closing off East Jerusalem, restricting movement in and out of the city, setting up numerous checkpoint to harass and likely commit more violence, assuring more of it in return.

Recent incidents of Israeli security forces desecrating the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, justifiably enraged Palestinians - including prohibiting men under age 50 from entering the compound.

On Saturday, senior Hamas official Mahmud Zahar said “(t)he only solution to defend the Al-Aqsa mosque and to prevent Israelis from carrying out their plans there is for West Bank and Jerusalem residents to take up arms (and) defend” it.

Throughout the weekend, hundreds of Israeli soldiers raided West Bank neighborhoods, breaking into homes pre-dawn, ransacking them, making indiscriminate arrests, injuring innocent victims with live fire and beatings - continuing a search for the killer of two settlers Thursday night.

Free societies don’t operate this way. They conduct police investigations when murders or other crimes are committed. No soldiers involved. No terrorizing entire communities.

No indiscriminate use of live fire, beatings and mass arrests with no evidence. No declaring innocent suspects guilty by accusation. No brutalizing them in detention - to confess or provide information about others they likely don’t have.

No demolishing family homes on suspicion one of its members committed a crime. No persecuting an entire population for not being Jewish.

Israeli terror attacks continue. On Sunday, soldiers and Zionist zealots assaulted dozens of Palestinians viciously, destroying property, leaving many wounded, and making numerous arrests.

Medical workers trying to help injured Palestinians were attacked. The Silwan Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) reported dozens of extremist settlers rampaging against Wadi Hilweh Palestinian homes.

Soldiers joined them, invading the neighborhood, indiscriminately firing tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades against defenseless Palestinians, injuring nearly 20 victims.

Wadi Hilweh was sealed off. Soldiers rampaged through the neighborhood, continuing indiscriminate violence, including use of live fire.

The same pattern repeated in numerous other Palestinian communities. East Jerusalem is a battleground - in response to two Thursday killings, automatically blaming Palestinians without evidence, and the latest Saturday incident, killing two more Israelis.

An entire city is on lockdown, its entire Arab population terrorized. Washington, other Western nations and rogue regional states are complicit through silence - failing to condemn Israel’s latest outrage, turning a blind eye to soldiers, militarized police and Zionist zealots brutalizing Palestinians indiscriminately.

State terror is longstanding Israeli policy, more vicious than ever under Netanyahu - a ruthless thug masquerading as a legitimate leader, heading a fascist police state.

The longer this continues, the more likely a Third Intifada will erupt. If anything like the last one, Israeli mass murder will follow.

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Putin Irresponsibly Bashed for Doing the Right Thing

Putin Irresponsibly Bashed for Doing the Right Thing

by Stephen Lendman

The entire free world wants terrorism defeated. Russia leads the effort to confront it head-on, a righteous undertaking despite the risks.

Putin’s initiative deserves universal praise. Contrary to US propaganda, it’s already making a difference. More on this below. 

Administration and Pentagon officials claiming it’ll strengthen ISIS, prolong war, and increase human suffering is pure rubbish - willful misinformation and Big Lies.

They keep coming nonstop, part of longstanding anti-Putin US policy for outrageous reasons - his independence and support for nation-state sovereignty, urging mutual cooperation among all nations, deploring war, supporting peace initiatives, calling international law principles inviolable, wanting offenders held accountable, and refusing to observe Washington rules, its ruthless geopolitical agenda, making it a pariah in the eyes of free people everywhere.

On October 3, Tass said Russian aircraft conducted over 60 sorties so far, bombing 50 ISIS targets, causing consternation in its ranks. National Defence Control Centre Col. General Andrey Kartapolov said “aircraft have been taking off from the Hmeimim air base (night and day), targeting the whole of Syria.”

“In the past three days we have managed to disrupt the terrorists’ infrastructure and to substantially degrade their combat capabilities. Intelligence reports say that militants are leaving the areas under their control.”

“A bunker-busting BETAB-500 air bomb dropped from a Sukhoi Su-34 bomber near Raqqa has eliminated the command post of one of the terror groups, together with an underground storage facility for explosives and munitions.”

A powerful precision electro-optical TV-guided KAB-500 air bomb was used against an ISIS location near Maarrat al-Numan, destroying its facilities, weapons, ammunition, fuel and equipment. 

Photographic evidence showed major damage and destruction of ISIS targets struck. Drones maintain round-the-clock surveillance of their activities.

Chosen targets are “promptly engaged, regardless of” atmospheric conditions, Kartapolov explained.

“There is panic and desertion among (ISIS) ranks. Nearly 600 mercenaries have abandoned their positions and are making attempts to get out to Europe.”

Lebanon-based Arab satellite television Al Mayadeen reported ISIS forces evacuating areas around their stronghold Raqqa location. Unknown numbers pulled out.

After Russia’s campaign began, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said ISIS and other terrorist groups are being targeted. “These organizations are well known and the targets are chosen in coordination with the armed forces of Syria.”

US media feature willful Pentagon misinformation and Big Lies, including Air Force General Robert Otto claiming Russia is using “dumb bombs,” not laser-guided precision weapons, accusing Moscow irresponsibly of indiscriminate bombing - polar opposite truth.

Claims about Russian air strikes killing civilians are willfully falsified. Targets are carefully chosen to avoid them - unlike how America operates. 

Deliberately targeting an Afghan hospital last week, killing and injuring doctors, other medical staff and patients is the latest US atrocity. Calling a willful war crime collateral damage compounds it.

Washington won’t cooperate with Russia in a real war on terrorism for obvious reasons. Waging it undermines its objective, using ISIS and other takfiri terrorist to achieve its strategic aims.

US imperialism turns nations to rubble, set parts of the world ablaze, murders millions, creates enemies, spawns elements like ISIS, then used for imperial advantage.

When will world leaders stop tolerating an agenda serving US interests at the expense of others? How long will world populations put up with genocide and human misery - killing millions, creating dystopian conditions for most others?

When is enough enough? America is a global scourge, a serial killer, a neocon-infested monster, waging war on humanity, its mortal enemy - the real evil empire, vital to challenge and stop before it kills us all.

Russia is the world’s new moral leader. Its war on US-supported terrorism deserves universal support.

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

US Warplanes Willfully Attack an Afghan Hospital

US Warplanes Willfully Attack an Afghan Hospital

by Stephen Lendman

A same day article discussed what happened briefly. This one covers updated information. US-claimed “collateral damage” when explaining civilian targets struck reflects willful coverup and denial.

America has precision munitions, able to hit targets with pinpoint accuracy. Its forces knew the coordinates of the Kunduz, Afghanistan hospital.

The only plausible explanation for what happened was cold, calculated, deliberate murder. US warplanes bombed the hospital for over an hour - the first strike at 2:10AM.

Hospital staff notified NATO officials in Kabul minutes later. Bombing continued until 3:13AM. It bears repeating. Let’s not mince words.

Multiple US air strikes were willful acts of murder, likely targeting nearby Taliban fighters, maybe injured ones inside, or perhaps another reason yet to be revealed.

At least 19 were killed - 12 MSF  staff and 7 patients, including three children. NATO spokesman Col. Brian Tribus lied claiming the “incident is under investigation.”

All conducted are routinely whitewashed. US military and civilian officials are never held accountable for cold-blooded murder - why these type incidents are commonplace, regular occurrences. Empires don’t apologize. Statements issued ring hollow. 

An MSF statement expressed outrage, “condemn(ation) in the strongest possible terms” - calling the attack “a grave violation of international humanitarian law,” demanding a full independently conducted investigation, assuring “maximum transparency and accountability.”

MSF president Meinie Nicolai said “(w)e cannot accept that this horrific loss of life will simply be dismissed as ‘collateral damage.’ “ A same day article discussing the incident briefly called so-called collateral damage Orwellian code language for willful US mass murder.

It explained Russian aircraft strike ISIS targets in Syria with pinpoint accuracy, avoiding civilian casualties - polar opposite how America operates.

The main hospital building was engulfed in flames. Patients unable to escape were immolated in their beds. US commanders ordered the hospital attacked. They had precise coordinates to avoid striking it. Its standard MSF practice in conflict theaters to provide them.

The facility was the area’s only hospital. Much of it lies in ruins. Thirty-seven people were injured, including 19 MSF staff, another 30 still unaccounted for.

In 2014, the facility treated over 22,000 patients pro bono, including over 5,900 requiring surgery, many to repair their war-shattered bodies, numerous others to save their lives. No one needing care was turned away, regardless of “ethnicity, religious beliefs or political affiliation,” said MSF.

It’s been working in Afghanistan since 1980 - opening the Kunduz Trauma Center in August 2011. 

Surviving doctors and staff desperately tried saving as many lives as possible after America’s attack - using a makeshift operating room in an undamaged area. Other critically injured patients were sent to a Puli Khumri hospital, a two-hour drive away.

MSF said “(b)esides resulting in the deaths of our colleagues and patients, this attack has cut off access to urgent trauma care for the population in Kunduz at a time when its services are most needed.”

US imperial ruthlessness bears full responsibility. Afghans and MSF will long remember this vicious attack - how America operates worldwide, dismissive of human life and welfare.

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Bad News Friday

Bad News Friday

by Stephen Lendman

Imperial America suffered multiple body blows. So did most Republican presidential aspirants in the latest Pew Research poll - conducted from September 22 - 27, based on Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters, indicating they’ll vote in the Republican primary or caucus in their state. More on this below.

First how the empire fared, a time its power brokers would like to forget, symptomatic of a nation in decline, the eventual fate of all empires in history. 

Soviet Russia the last one. America’s turn awaits. Lunatics in Washington assure it, a bipartisan criminal class - corrupt, ruthless, lawless. When it goes, it may take us all with it.

A snapshot of what’s happening now. For the first time since Soviet Russia dissolved, America’s imperial project was challenged - Putin waging real war on terrorism, Obama officials frantic about what to do next, daring no more than a war of words accomplishing nothing.

September 30 changed the equation in Syria. It’s too early to tell how things will turn out. Putin is committed. He’s no quitter. He’s got plenty of domestic support.

Addressing the World Economic Forum last January, Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Igor Shuvalov, said Russians steadfastly support their leader.

“Read our history. (They’ll) never give up their leader. We will tighten our belt, eat less food, suffer any privations, but if outsiders want to force changes on us, we will be united as never before.” 

It shows in Putin’s overwhelming popularity. Russians trust him for good reason. He says what he means and means what he says - polar opposite Obama’s serial lying.

Will Putin’s Syrian campaign change things dramatically? At least enough to let Washington know it’s reckless agenda is being challenged. If successful in Syria, maybe Iraq next - a mission to defeat the scourge of terrorism, its elements supported by Washington, reviled by humanity.

The monthly US jobs report was another Friday disaster - dismal barely describes it. Economist David Rosenberg called it a big disappointment, far worse than the headline number - 142,000 mostly rotten jobs supposedly created, July and August figures revised lower, wage growth flat, Rosenberg saying:

“Adding insult to injury and revealing an even softer underbelly to this report was the contraction in the workweek to 34.5 hours from 34.6 hours in August, which is effectively equivalent to an added 348,000 job losses.”

“So take the headline number, tack on the downward revisions, and the loss of labour input from the decline in the workweek, and the “real” payroll number was -265,000. You read that right.”

Increasing numbers of layoffs makes things worse. Challenger Gray reported 58,877 in September, 205,759 for Q III, the highest total since 2009’s third quarter.

Year-to-date, nearly half a million US workers were laid off, on track to be the highest yearly total since 2009, perhaps indicating a worse 2016.

Paul Craig Roberts explained US labor force participation fell to its lowest level in four decades - why real unemployment is 23%, not the fake 5.1% headline figure, a willful deception and outrage to the millions of Americans wanting jobs, unable to find them.

Most getting them are low-paid service workers, employed at poverty or sub-poverty wages.

Roberts’ coauthor Dave Kranzler commented on Friday’s jobs report, saying “(t)here’s not enough lipstick in the world to pretty up this pig.”

He called the official numbers “a fairytale,” nightmarish for the unemployed and underemployed. Most alarming is his description of the state of things as follows:

“The Fed is losing control of a system that is rapidly collapsing from countless skeletons in the closet that have come to life.”  

“Too much debt in every nook and cranny of the US system;  hidden OTC derivatives bombs with lit fuses; impending emerging market sovereign bankruptcies; declining tax revenues, and State/local Governments on the verge of insolvency;  a real economy that is in a frenetic downward spiral; the most overvalued stock market in history (when you strip out all the accounting gimmicks piled into what is being reported by S&P 500 America).”

“Perhaps most frightening is a political system with the wheels coming off.” Imperial America is like a washed up, punch-drunk fighter, believing he can challenge the world and win.

China, Russia, India and other nations are rising. America’s preeminence is fading, already thirdworldized for the majority of its citizens, impoverished or close to it, suffering from social injustice, duopoly power running things exclusively for monied interests.

Kranzler concludes his comments, saying America is “economically, financially, politically and socially collapsing.”

The ongoing race to succeed Obama is farcical and meaningless - the outcome predetermined, known before polls open next November. 

Business as usual always wins, at the expense of democratic governance. Voters have no say whatever.

For what it’s worth, Pew Research delivered bad news to most Republican aspirants - Trump increasing his top standing to 25% support, runner-up Ben Carson falling to 16%.

From there it’s all downhill:

Rubio and Fiorina - 8%

Cruz - 6%

Establishment favorite Bush - a dismal 4%; a third Bush presidency looks increasingly unlikely

Huckabee and Paul - 2%

All other candidates combined - 4%

Expect most to wither and disappear before long. US political candidates at all levels are bought like toothpaste - billions of dollars spent in each cycle, each one more expensive than earlier ones.

The Center for Responsive Politics reports a “five-fold upsurge” in funding from political organizations working to influence the outcome of next November’s election - over the same time period in the 2012 campaign cycle.

Americans get the best democracy money can buy - exclusively for the privileged few, none for themselves.

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