Friday, March 31, 2017

No Investigation of Clinton Foundation Uranium Deal with Russia

No Investigation of Clinton Foundation Uranium Deal with Russia

by Stephen Lendman

Judicial Watch earlier investigated a controversial Clinton Foundation 2010 uranium deal with Russia. As secretary of state, Hillary used her position for profit-making.

In his book “Clinton Cash,” Peter Scheweizer raised questions about the deal and others, involving millions of dollars of Clinton Foundation donations from foreign governments and other sources.

The foundation was used as a money-laundering, pay-to-play, self-enrichment racket, masquerading as a charitable NGO.

Federal, state and international laws prohibit operating so-called public charities for private gain. The Clinton Foundation systematically ignores its legal obligations - unaccountably so far.

The controversial uranium deal involved Canadian company Uranium One, a majority-owned Rosatom subsidiary, Russia’s atomic energy agency.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Hillary was paid $500,000 from a Russian investment bank for a Moscow speech - an obvious conflict of interest for Hillary as secretary of state at the time.

Further, under US law, uranium is considered a strategic asset. Any deals involving it must be approved by seven US cabinet members, including the secretaries of state and treasury.

Separate Judicial Watch FOIA litigation revealed “over 200 conflicts-of-interest rulings that led to $48 million for the Clintons during (Hillary’s) tenure as secretary of state.”

According to Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, the “cash and secrecy on this Russian uranium deal (alone) looks corrupt and criminal.”

With Obama’s treasury department involved, there’s “no daylight between” him and Hillary “on this scandal that place our nation’s security at risk.”

Trump justifiably tweeted “(w)hy isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech…”

“…money to Bill, the Hillary Russian ‘reset, praise by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump’s Russia story is a hoax.”

Why isn’t House Select Committee of Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes investigating Clinton Foundation racketeering - RICO-level criminality, instead of focusing on nonexistent Trump ties to Russia.

After months of FBI investigatory work, not a shred of anything improper was discovered. There’s plenty of illegality to hold the Clintons responsible for. 

So why isn’t it being exposed? Why isn’t the Clinton crime family held accountable for major racketeering offenses, along with all their other high crimes?

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

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

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Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Iran Key Player in Combating Terrorism in Syria

Iran Key Player in Combating Terrorism in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Iran is falsely accused by Washington, Israel, AIPAC and other dark forces of being the world’s “biggest sponsor of terrorism” - a despicable Big Lie.

It’s the price it pays for 38 years of sovereign independence, free from US dominance, refusing to serve its imperial interests.

On Thursday, Sergey Lavrov praised Iran as a “powerful player” in combating terrorism in Syria, saying:

What we do now with Iran and those that cooperate with us and the Syrian army is fighting terrorists in Syria.” 

“Iran is a powerful player on the ground, legitimately invited by (Assad’s) government” - combating the scourge of US-supported terrorism.

America wages phony war on terrorism. Russia, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah are allied against the scourge Washington, NATO, Israel and their rogue partners in high crimes support.

On March 30, a senior unnamed State Department official lied, accusing Iran of “destabilizing activities in the region…undermin(ing) regional security (and) sponsor(ing) terrorism…”

The same accusations repeat ad nauseam, no corroborating evidence supporting them. The objective is gratuitous Iran bashing, Russia targeted the same way.

On March 30, the right-wing Washington Free Beacon said unnamed State Department officials told the publication that sanctions alone aren’t enough to stop Iran’s production and testing of ballistic missiles.

Claiming they’re banned under international law is false. Tehran’s program is entirely legitimate, its missiles not designed to carry nuclear warheads.

“We’ve got a number of measures, and they're not just sanctions that we engage in to slow down and prevent Iran from advancing its ballistic missile program,” the State Department official added.

A Thursday article quoted CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel, outrageously calling Iran “the greatest longterm threat to (Middle East) stability.”

He lied, saying it’s “operating in what I call a gray zone, and it’s an area between normal competition between states…just short of open conflict.”

“We need to look at opportunities where we can disrupt (Iran) through military (or other) means.”

“We need to look at opportunities where we can expose and hold them accountable for the things that they are doing.”

Does Washington intend war on Iran? Plans were drawn and readied to implement long ago.

Attacking Iran would risk direct confrontation with Russia. America’s drive for hegemony risks the madness of regional or global war.

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

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

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

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Netanyahu's Phony New Settlement Construction Policy

Netanyahu’s Phony New Settlement Construction Policy

by Stephen Lendman

The new policy replicates the existing one - unrestrained construction on stolen Palestinian land.

On the one hand, Israel said it’ll “significantly rein in the footprint” of settlement construction, limiting it “wherever possible” in new areas - a meaningless statement, intending unrestrained longstanding policy.

Netanyahu proved it by announcing Israel’s first new settlement since the 1993 Oslo Accords.

It’ll be located north of Ramallah - on Palestinian land registered as belonging to Israel. Security cabinet members approved it unanimously.

Full cabinet approval is needed to begin construction, a mere formality. Israeli hardliners consistently deny Palestinians their fundamental rights.

Trump officials voiced no opposition, one-sidedly supporting Israel. Continued settlement construction prevents any chance for diplomatic conflict resolution.

Palestinians know they have no friends in Washington, especially from Trump administration officials.

PLO secretary general Saeb Erekat’s weak-kneed objection shows how ill-served Palestinians are by their leadership, collaborating with Israel, not opposing its viciousness by meaningful actions.

PLO official Hanan Ashrawi issued a strong statement, unable to change things, saying “Israel is more committed to appeasing its illegal settler population than to abiding by the requirements for stability and a just peace.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is a US-installed imperial tool. In response to the Falk/Tilley UN report, calling Israel a racist apartheid regime, his spokesman denounced it ahead of removing it from the UN’s web site.

Washington didn’t approve his appointment to criticize Israeli, US or NATO policies, just to be a loyal imperial servant like his predecessors.

His spokesman expressed “disappointment and alarm” over Israel’s announced new settlement, no actions forthcoming from his office to oppose it, a short statement alone with no teeth, a meaningless gesture.

Peace Now said the strategically located new settlement aims to fragment the West Bank more than already, increasingly isolating Palestinians in unconnected cantons, hardening apartheid control.

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

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

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Russia Bashing Senate Hearing

Russia Bashing Senate Hearing

by Stephen Lendman  

Thursday’s hearing on Russia was reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition - a nation and its leadership on trial, spurious accusations featured, made-for-television witch-hunt proceedings. 

McCarthyism is back on steroids. Intense bipartisan Russia bashing risks possible military confrontation.

Fabricated claims about Russian US election hacking persist - despite no evidence suggesting it. Congress is spoiling for a fight.

The Thursday Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing was Orwellian titled “Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns.”

A Committee statement read like a grade B, CIA-financed, Hollywood propaganda film script, claiming “Russian disinformation operators…left behind more clues and traces than ever before” - without naming any because none exist.

“(E)vidence implicating Russian intelligence in hacking-and-leaking operations over the past two years is also more granular than ever before.” 

“This digital forensic evidence can only adequately be assessed by looking at the wider picture of the 2016 influence campaign against the US election.”

“Russia’s intelligence services pioneered dezinformatsiya in the early twentieth century.”

“(I)n the past 20 years, aggressive Russian digital espionage campaigns became the norm.”

“(I)n the past 2 years, Russian intelligence operators began to combine the two, hacking and leaking - or digital espionage and active measures.”

“(I)n the past year… (Russia) targeted at least 109 Clinton campaign staffers…(including her) personal email account…”

“The publicly available evidence that implicates Russian intelligence agencies in the 2016 active measures campaign is extraordinarily strong” - again accusation without evidence. 

“(U)witting agents” were used, including “WikiLeaks.”

Fact: No evidence suggests Russian US election hacking.

Fact: No evidence suggests any hacking.

Fact: Credible evidence points to disgruntled Democrat party insider leaks - a topic not raised during congressional or FBI investigations, focusing solely on fabricated claims of Russian hacking.

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chairman Richard Burr (R. NC) and ranking Virginia Democrat Mark Warner lied, claiming an “outside foreign adversary effectively sought to hijack” the 2016 presidential election.

RT and Sputnik News were wrongfully accused of reporting fake news about the election to US audiences, influencing the results - utter nonsense, not a shred of evidence suggesting it.

Claiming “Russian ‘propaganda on steroids’ was designed to poison the national conversation in America” was a malicious Big Lie.

Former US National Intelligence Council official Eugene Rumer turned truth on its head, saying “fake news” and “trolls” are an “integral part of Russian foreign policy.”

“It is the totality of Russian efforts in plain sight - to mislead, to misinform, to exaggerate - that is more convincing than any cyber evidence.”

Neocon Senator Marco Rubio (R. FL) lied, claiming “(f)ormer members of my presidential campaign team who had access to the internal information of my presidential campaign were targeted by IP addresses with an unknown location within Russia. That effort was unsuccessful.”

“I would also inform the committee within the last 24 hours, at 10:45 AM…a second attempt was made, again, against former members of my presidential campaign team who had access to our internal information - again targeted from an IP address from an unknown location in Russia. And that effort was also unsuccessful.”

King’s College London Department of War Studies professor Thomas Rid called WikiLeaks, Twitter and “over-eager journalists” “unwitting Russian agents.”

Moscow was falsely accused of interfering in European and other elections - again no corroborating evidence because there is none.

In early March, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denounced what he called “hysteria in official Washington and in the American media,” strongly denying Russian US election interference.

“This is unimaginable and someone has to say all this is not true,” he stressed.

During a panel discussion at Thursday’s Arkhangelsk, Russia International Arctic Forum, Putin called accusations about Russian US election hacking “lies…used for domestic American political agendas.”

When asked directly if Russia interfered with last year’s campaign, he borrowed the phrase once used by GHW Bush, saying: “Read my lips. No” - the first three words in Russian, the last one with emphasis in English.

In days earlier House Select Committee on Intelligence testimony, FBI director James Comey and NSA head Michael Rogers said no evidence of Russia influencing the 2016 presidential election results was found.

Instead of stressing no further investigation is justified, they said an active one remains ongoing.

Given intense bipartisan congressional and scoundrel media hostility toward Russia, chances for improved bilateral relations are virtually nil.

US-instigated direct confrontation is more likely, possible unthinkable nuclear war, madness if launched.

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

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

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

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US Phony War on Terror

US Phony War on Terror

by Stephen Lendman

America seeks global conquest and dominance, a diabolical agenda threatening humanity’s survival.

Its so-called war on terror is a fabricated hoax - state-sponsored terror to advance its imperium by smashing one sovereign independent state after another.

Democracy and humanitarian intervention are Washington’s most destructive exports, aiming to be the world’s judge, jury, executioner and dominant power, a pure evil agenda.

Monied interests are served at the expense of popular ones. Washington rules replaced international laws, norms and standards.

Anything goes is US policy, no matter the human cost or risk of catastrophic nuclear war. Terrorism is what they do, not us. 

After the Soviet Union dissolved, Muslims replaced communism as America’s target of choice, its pretext for waging war on humanity, ongoing endlessly in multiple theaters, new ones planned, aiming to replace all sovereign independence governments with pro-Western puppet regimes.

Fascist harshness masquerades as democratic governance, everyone at risk worldwide. Wars have momentum of their own, easy to launch, hard to end, especially with bipartisan support for waging them endlessly.

Enemies are invented to justify them. Fear-mongering enlists public support. Political rhetoric defends the indefensible.

Howard Zinn once asked “(h)ow can you make war on terrorism if war is terrorism” - the worst kind, state-sponsored, the highest of high crimes.

US war strategy involves dividing and conquering targeted nations, the diabolical plan for Syria.

It involves balkanizing the country, part of a broader US/Israel scheme to redraw the Middle East map - why US special forces and combat troops invaded northern Syrian territory. 

They’re aided by US-led “coalition” terror bombing - targeting vital infrastructure and government sites, not terrorists as claimed, massacring civilians in harm’s way.

Russia’s September 2015 intervention in Syria at the behest of Assad changed the dynamic on the ground, letting government and allied forces liberate areas controlled by US-supported terrorists.

Assad must go rhetoric changed. At a press conference in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, US Secretary of State Tillerson said “the longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people.”

Separately in New York, US UN envoy Nikki Haley said “(y)ou pick and choose your battles, and when we’re looking at this, it’s about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out.”

“Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No. What we are going to focus on is putting the pressure in there so that we can start to make a change in Syria.”

America didn’t wage over six years of war on the country to back off from wanting pro-Western governance replacing its sovereign independence. 

Strategy changed, not Washington’s imperial objective. It’s northern Syrian presence aims for controlling the territory, balkanizing the country, destroying the Syrian Arab Republic as it now exists.

Trump earlier said he’ll “absolutely do safe zones in Syria for the people.”

Last week, Tillerson said Washington intends establishing “interim zones of stability” in Syria and Iraq, without further elaboration.

Assad called US forces “invaders,” operating illegally, aiding anti-government terrorists, not combating them as falsely claimed.

No-fly or safe zones in foreign countries are illegal without Security Council authorization, not forthcoming with certain Russian and likely Chinese veto power.

Assad rejects them. So does Moscow without his permission.  Syrians won’t be safe until terrorism is defeated, illegal sanctions lifted, and all US forces are out of the country. 

Russia supports Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, along with the right of its people to decide who’ll lead them.

Washington’s agenda is polar opposite, waging wars of aggression in multiple theaters to force its will on other nations - risking possible nuclear war to eliminate Russia and China as rival powers.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Nikki Haley's Historical Revisionism

Nikki Haley’s Historical Revisionism

by Stephen Lendman

In March 29 remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Haley called America “the moral conscience of the world.”

Orwellian dystopia more accurately describes the horrors of US policies. Haley’s disinformation fell flat.

“(H)uman rights are at the heart of” America’s UN mission, she blustered, ignoring its rape, destruction and plunder of one nation after another, shifting blame for its high crimes on others.

US terror-bombing massacres civilians indiscriminately. It targets hospitals, schools, residential areas and other nonmilitary sites - flagrant international law violations.

Haley’s remarks ignored reality, blaming Assad for America’s crimes of war and against humanity.

“Syrian human rights violations have led to the greatest refugee crisis since WW II,” she ranted. 

America bears full responsibility for millions of casualties, vast destruction, and floods of internal and external refugees, desperately seeking safe havens to survive US aggression, including atrocities committed by its terrorist foot soldiers.

Haley: “This is a moment of great responsibility for those who believe in peace and security through international cooperation.”

Fact: Peace and stability undermine America’s imperial agenda. Endless wars of aggression serve it.

Might makes right reflects official US policy. America glorifies wars. It made planet earth more a battleground than hospitable habitat - unsafe and unfit to live in because of state-sponsored rage to dominate.

Its arrogance, hubris, delusions of grandeur and madness may kill us all.

Haley is part of the problem, not the solution, along with other bipartisan lunatics infesting Washington - humanity’s greatest threat.

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

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

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

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Slim Chances for Improved US/Russia Relations

Slim Chances for Improved US/Russia Relations

by Stephen Lendman

According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House “pushe(d) off the Kremlin’s proposals for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin and takes an increasingly skeptical view of reaching a grand bargain with Moscow.”

In mid-April, Tillerson will meet with Sergey Lavrov in Moscow for the first time since a brief get-to-know-you meeting on the sidelines of the Bonn, Germany G20 foreign ministers summit.

Heightened anti-Russia sentiment in Washington prevents improved bilateral relations, unlikely any time ahead as long as it’s prudent to predict.

Republican and Democrat senators vowed to “go wherever the intelligence leads us.” House members are “bogged down amid partisan acrimony,” the Journal explained.

US intelligence claims about Russian US elections hacking were fabricated. No evidence corroborates them. None exists except what’s invented - to bash Russia and undermine Trump.

It’s hard imagining anything positive developing ahead. US hostility toward Russia is longstanding. 

It’s all about its sovereign independence. During Putin’s tenure, it’s because of his anti-imperial/multi-world polarity advocacy - in stark contrast to America’s rogue agenda.

The Journal quoted mixed signals from an unnamed senior Trump official, saying he’s “looking for and at potential areas of cooperation,” but is mindful of differences between both countries on major geopolitical issues, adding:

“We don’t want to be in a position where we do a lot of giving and don’t get a lot in return.”

Since the Soviet Union’s dissolution, Russia gave plenty in return for nothing except broken US promises.

At Thursday’s Arkhangelsk, Russia International Arctic Forum, Putin said he’s ready to meet with Trump at the September 18 - 20 Arctic Energy Summit in Helsinki, Finland.

An alternate time and place could be the July 7 and 8 Hamburg, Germany G20 summit. US hostility created deplorable bilateral relations, he explained.

He’s eager to change things, provided Russia’s sovereignty and interests are respected.

On a CNBC-moderated panel at the International Arctic Forum, Putin called accusations about Russian US election hacking “lies… used for domestic American political agendas.”

When asked directly if Russia interfered with last year’s campaign, he borrowed the phrase once used by GHW Bush, saying: “Read my lips. No” - the first three words in Russian, the last one with emphasis in English.

US accusations about Russian hacking, “Russian aggression,”  and other claims against Putin and his nation are Big Lies.

Repeated enough times gets most people to believe them. Not a shred of evidence supports them.

As long as US Russia bashing persists, chances for better relations are nil.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Brazil's Coup Plotter Convicted on Corruption Charges

Brazil’s Coup Plotter Convicted on Corruption Charges

by Stephen Lendman

Former Brazilian Chamber of Deputies president Eduardo Cunha was convicted on corruption and related charges in connection with Operation Car Wash, a scandal involving state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Last May, Brazil’s Supreme Court suspended him as lower house speaker for attempting to intimidate members of Congress and obstruct investigations into corruption allegations.

In September, the Chamber of Deputies stripped him of his position for breaching parliamentary decorum for lying about secret offshore accounts he maintained.

Accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes, he hid his wealth in foreign tax havens - like many other crooked politicians and others with ill-gotten gains.

Cunha was instrumental in ousting democratically elected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff last August, a coup plot on fabricated charges - phony claims about budget manipulations, nothing improper about what she did, a practice many governments employ, notably America.

On Thursday, Cunha was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of corruption, money laundering, and tax evasion. His power-broker days are over.

Until his October 2016 arrest, he was one of Brazil’s most influential politicians. He used his position for ill-gotten gains, along with engineering Rousseff’s ouster.

Michel Temer replaced her, heading Brazil’s illegitimately installed coup d’etat regime, a deplorable figure, widely reviled, praised by the Obama administration, involved in the coup plot.

Before his downfall and conviction, Cunha was next in line for Brazil’s presidency.

In pronouncing sentence, federal Judge Sergio Moro said “(t)he responsibility of a federal parliamentarian is enormous, and therefore so is his guilt when he commits crimes.”  

“There is no bigger crime than that of trying to use one’s parliamentary mandate and the sacred trust the people place in it to obtain personal gain.”

Cunha’s lawyers said they’ll appeal. He’ll be imprisoned and stay there during the appeals process.

His imprisonment is a small measure of justice for Rousseff, unfairly removed from the office she won democratically.

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

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

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Neocon US General Urges War on Iran

Neocon US General Urges War on Iran

by Stephen Lendman

Iran threatens no one. It’s a leading global advocate for peace, stability, and mutual cooperation among all nations. 

Russia’s geopolitical agenda fosters the same objectives. US policies are polar opposite, waging endless wars of aggression against sovereign independent countries - wanting pro-Western puppet regimes replacing their legitimate ones.

CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel outrageously called Iran “the greatest longterm threat to (Middle East) stability.”

He lied, saying it’s “operating operating in what I call a gray zone, and it’s an area between normal competition between states…just short of open conflict.”

“We need to look at opportunities where we can disrupt (Iran) through military (or other) means.”

“We need to look at opportunities where we can expose and hold them accountable for the things that they are doing.”

He’s “paying extraordinary close attention” to Iranian activities in the Persian Gulf. US provocative actions risk direct confrontation. Things appear heading in this direction with neocon generals in charge of Trump’s military agenda.

“What is the US doing in the Persian Gulf,” asked Iran’s Defense Minister General Hossein Dehqan?

“They better leave this region and not harass the regional countries. Is it acceptable that an ignorant armed robber breaks into someone’s house and expects to get red carpet treatment? This is an instance of modern, 21st century barbarism.”

Weeks earlier, Pentagon officials falsely accused Iran of harassing and threatening the US aircraft carrier George HW Bush while passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Tehran’s military spokesman General Massoud Jazayeri dismissed the claim, calling it US misinformation.

Iran repeatedly warned it will respond appropriately to any unauthorized movements in its territorial waters.

Jazayeri said America must “monitor and control the conduct of its warship in the Persian Gulf” where they don’t belong.

“…Americans are to blame for any disturbance in the Persian Gulf and for this reason we once again warn that the US forces must alter their attitude.”

“If the US warmongers and their stooges carry out an immature and unprofessional act, they will definitely face the Iranian combatants’ tough response.”

“The current military and security conditions of the Persian Gulf are in such a way that the enemy’s forces and equipment are completely within the reach of Iran’s military forces.”

Attacking Iran would have devastating regional consequences. Yet it remains a prime US target for greater Middle East wars than already - risking a strong Russian response if launched.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is currently in Moscow, meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Extensive talks continue on issues affecting both countries. Their relationship is strong and growing in importance.

Rouhani was awarded an honorary degree from Moscow State University. Commenting at a ceremony in his honor, he said “(r)esolving the issues of today’s world requires cooperation among scientists and governments.”

“The decline of the West’s dominance and the end of the monopoly on wealth is a historic opportunity to build a new world.”

“(T)here should be a global consensus to root out extremism and violence,” he added. “Islamophobia, racism and takfiri ideas have common roots.”

Noting centuries of diplomatic ties between Tehran and Moscow, Putin said “Iran is a good neighbor, and a stable, reliable partner.”

Both leaders partner in initiatives for peace and stability - polar opposite endless US aggression.

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

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

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

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CENTCOM Commander on Phony Regional Threats

CENTCOM Commander on Phony Regional Threats

by Stephen Lendman

America’s rage for endless wars is the greatest threat to world peace, stability and security.

Russia justifiably fears possible preemptive US nuclear attack on its territory.

According to its General Staff deputy head of operations Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, “(t)he presence of American ABM sites in Europe and ABM-capable ships in the seas and oceans close to Russia’s territory creates a powerful clandestine potential for delivering a surprise nuclear missile strike against Russia.”

“The presence of the global ABM system lowers the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, because it gives the US the illusion of impunity for using strategic offensive weapons from under the protection of the ABM ‘umbrella.’ “

“The ABM shield is a symbol of the build-up of rocket forces in the world and a trigger for a new arms race.” 

Since the onset of Western-instigated Cold War in the late 1940s, lunatics in Washington and at the Pentagon believed nuclear war on Russia was winnable.

Madness, yet the notion persists, undermining global security, threatening humanity more than ever with neocons in charge of US militarism and war-making.

Intense US hostility toward Russia negates the chance for nuclear sanity, increases the unthinkable - mass annihilation from possible nuclear war.

In testimony before House Armed Services Committee members, CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel lied about Iran, calling the Islamic Republic “the greatest longterm threat to (Middle East) stability.”

America and Israel earned that dubious distinction long ago - threatening the region and world peace.

Votel: Iran seeks regional “hegemon(y).”

Fact: Iran seeks mutual cooperation among all nations. It seeks world peace, forthrightly opposing US-led imperial wars.

Votel: “(H)umanitarian cris(es) are exploited by violent extremist organizations and terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.” 

“These groups have clearly indicated their desire and intent to attack the US homeland, our interests abroad and the interests of our partners and allies.”

Fact: America bears full responsibility for creating humanitarian crises in the Middle East, North Africa and central Asia. NATO, Israel and their rogue allies share blame.

Fact: America created and supports al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups. Chances of them attacking the US homeland are virtually nil. Votel lied claiming otherwise.

Votel: “(T)he central region has come to represent the nexus for many of the security challenges our nation faces.”

Fact: America’s only threats are invented ones, no others. They’re used to enlist public and congressional support for out-of-control defense spending - funds used for militarism and endless wars of aggression against nations threatening no one.

Votel: An investigation will be conducted on the March 17 Mosul airstrike killing hundreds of civilians - “to establish what happened, establish what the facts are, identify accountability, and…lessons learned…”

Fact: America indiscriminately massacres civilians in all its wars. Investigations when conducted are systematically whitewashed to avoid accountability for Nuremberg-level high crimes.

Fact: Eyewitness survivors blamed US-led warplanes for the March 17 massacre. Facts don’t need to be “establish(ed).” They’re indisputable.

Mass Pentagon-led slaughter of civilians will continue in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. US war criminals remain unaccountable for high crimes of war and against humanity.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Hillary Unleashed

Hillary Unleashed

by Stephen Lendman

She’s back. She never went away. 

In a St. Patrick Day address, she suggested she’ll return to politics - despite a Suffolk University poll showing her popularity at 35%, an all-time low.

Asked after an earlier Wellesley College address (her alma mater) what she’d change about her disastrous 2016 campaign, she said: “I’d win.”

Anyone so widely reviled should realize she’s unwanted and back off. Not Hillary, perhaps as much focused on undermining Trump as pursing a political comeback.

On Tuesday, she spoke at a San Francisco diversity conference, hosted by Professional Business Women of California, invited as keynote speaker, likely for 6-figure remuneration.

“There is no place I’d rather be than here with you,” she blustered - “other than the White House. Obviously the outcome of the election wasn’t the one I hoped for…”

She criticized Trumpcare, calling it “a disastrous” replacement for Obama’s (increasingly unaffordable) Affordable Care Act - ignoring her own “disastrous” foray into health care reform as first lady.

Her “managed competition” scheme was long on marketplace medicine, short on high quality affordable care for all Americans, HillaryCare in its early stages hatched secretly.

Her plan failed. Obamacare became the law of the land, a healthcare rationing scheme, benefitting insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains - instead of universal, single-payer care coverage, everyone included, no one left out, everybody getting equal benefits, the only workable, equitable plan Hillary, Obama, Trump and most other political figures reject.

Her March 17 and Tuesday addresses sounded like she’s still campaigning, her longstanding deplorable record ignored.

She and husband Bill comprise one of America’s most notorious crime families. She’s unabashedly hawkish, pro-Wall Street, pro-other predatory corporate interests, and pro-police state harshness.

She one-sidedly supports Israel’s high crimes. She’s militantly anti-Russia, anti-Iran, and anti-all other sovereign independent states.

She favors interventionism over diplomacy, orchestrated genocidal war on Libya and Syria, was involved in toppling democratic governments in Honduras and Paraguay, along with profiting hugely from plundering Haiti along with husband Bill.

She remains unaccountable for years of high crimes, supports monied interests over popular ones, remains a world-class menace in waiting.

Is she considering another White House run? In the meantime, she appears focused on undermining Trump - perhaps as a way of boosting her future chance to gain the high office twice lost trying.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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