Monday, May 23, 2016

America Wants a World of Vassal States

America Wants a World of Vassal States

by Stephen Lendman

America’s deplorable dark side reflects pure evil, an agenda, including:

  • endless wars on humanity, raping one country after another, murdering millions of helpless victims, creating nightmarish dystopian conditions everywhere it shows up;

  • supporting monied interests exclusively at the expense of beneficial social change, transforming America into a nation of paupers, run by super-rich elites;

  • criminalizing whistleblowers and activists for justice, systematically destroying fundamental freedoms at home and abroad, tolerating nothing interfering with its hegemonic agenda.

Lunatics in Washington fear real democracy, governance serving everyone equitably and fairly, peace and stability, nation-state sovereign independence, and mutual cooperation among all nations, a level playing field benefitting everyone.

They want a world of subservient vassal states, serving their interests exclusively, controlling global resources, exploiting populations as serfs.

Regime change is longstanding US policy - targeting all sovereign independent states, war its usual strategy of choice, other times coups, installing puppets like in Ukraine, many times assassinating “uncooperative” leaders, replacing them with convenient stooges.

America demands its choices run key world institutions - the Bank of International Settlements (the central bank for central banks), all other central banks, the IMF, World Bank and other financial institutions, the UN, the World Trade Organization, labor groups, the OECD, judicial bodies, academia, the clergy, everything everywhere.

Hegemons demand everyone worldwide march to the same drummer. Washington insists its rules alone apply, obedience demanded. Deviants are punished, independent thought and reasoning not tolerated.

Orwell’s envisioned future “imagine(d) a boot stamping on a human face forever” - Big Brother watching everyone. Huxley’s dystopian, totalitarian Brave New World portrayed one controlled by mind manipulation and soma (a narcotic drug), people assigned to certain roles, conditioned to accept them docilely.

America combines characteristics of both worlds - including a permanent state of war against invented enemies combined with police state repression, targeting nonbelievers, along with bread and circuses (soma) distracting people from what matters most.

The narcotic of weekend football, other popular sports, shopping, television with nothing to watch but watched anyway, and other favored diversions manipulate people to ignore their own welfare, accept a miserable status quo instead of demanding something better.

The courage of persecuted Palestinians is absent in America. Societies where serfs love their masters or cower under their boot aren’t fit to live in - the deplorable state of today’s America, a warrior police state, threatening humanity’s survival.

The political philosopher Montesquieu (1689 - 1755) said “(t)here is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”

Rule of law principles no long matter in America. State terror replaced them, disguised as humanitarian intervention and democracy building, as well as maintaining order and security.

A permanent state of war exists. US streets are battlegrounds. Lunatics run things. Washington’s criminal class is bipartisan. The unthinkable is more possible than ever - humanity-destroying nuclear war.

Humans may become the first species ever to destroy themselves, exterminated by arrogance, hubris and overreach - emanating from Washington, partnered with Israel, Britain and other rogue states, ending life on earth, returning it to its state before bacteria emerged or however things began.

We’re our own worst enemies as long as lunatics in Washington run things. They’ll kill us all if not stopped.

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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CENTCOM Commander Plots Escalated War in Syria

CENTCOM Commander Plots Escalated War in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Obama waged war on Syria for regime change. Washington tolerates no sovereign independent countries.

Longstanding plans call for replacing them all with US vassal states, stealing their resources, exploiting their people.

So-called cessation of hostilities and peace talks in Syria represent willful deception, orchestrated to fail, not succeed. America intends ousting legitimate/overwhelmingly popular Bashar al-Assad forcefully.

Together with rogue NATO and regional allies, it continues arming, training, funding and directing ISIS and other terrorist groups.

US and allied combat troops together with CIA agents and hired gun paramilitaries operate on the ground illegally, aiding terrorist fighters while pretending to oppose them.

General Joseph Votel heads US CENTCOM, in charge of American Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia combat operations - launched against nations threatening no others.

Command operations are a sinkhole of endless US aggression, raping and destroying one country after another - heading toward a potentially cataclysmic showdown with Russia and China.

It’s just a matter of time before these major powers clash militarily. WW III may follow with nuclear weapons able to end life on earth.

Neocons infesting Washington intend almost anything to achieve unchallenged US global dominance. Planet earth’s survival hangs in the balance.

On Friday, Votel secretly and illegally visited Syria, meeting with Kurdish fighters and terrorist groups. Talks involved coordinating US strategy to prevent government forces from taking ISIS stronghold Raqqa - not eliminate their fighters from the area as reported.

Votel expressed confidence in accomplishing US plans, stopping short of explaining America’s goal is ousting Assad, imported death squads used as imperial foot soldiers.

When a senior US general visits a war theater, expect something big to follow. America is aiding ISIS and other terrorist groups, not combatting them.

Diplomats discuss peaceful conflict resolution. Warriors making policy in Washington, Brussels and rogue regional states plan escalated war - endless fighting until Assad is ousted, Syrian sovereignty destroyed.

Russia alone has the power, and hopefully the sustained will, to stop them. The stakes are too great for anything less.

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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Near-End to Another Dreadful US Primary Season


Near-End to Another Dreadful US Primary Season

by Stephen Lendman

Each electoral cycle, theater and deception triumph over straight talk and substance. Duopoly power candidates are virtual cookie cutouts of each other, rhetoric alone differentiating them.

Believing any Republican or Democrat candidate offers responsible change is pure fantasy.

Obama’s successor will likely accelerate policies causing so much harm to so many at home and abroad. It’s been this way since Jack Kennedy’s state-sponsored assassination.

Primary Tuesday this week is quiet, a Republican one alone in Washington signifying nothing - Trump already the presumptive party nominee.

Including her overwhelming super-delegate lead over Sanders (525 - 39), Clinton is less than 100 delegates from securing her party’s nomination.

Six primaries on June 7 should give her far more than she needs - California and New Jersey the big ones with 688 delegates at stake.

A Trump/Clinton race in November is virtually certain. Americans get to choose between a billionaire demagogue and unindicted neocon war criminal/Wall Street tool.

Expect perhaps the most rough-and-tumble, no-holds barred race in memory, candidates making promises to be broken, telling voters everything except what they need to know.

Most polls show a close race, Trump narrowing a larger lead Clinton held earlier. A new ABC News Washington Post (Langer Research conducted) poll has him ahead by two points.

According to LR, his “enhanced competitiveness reflects consolidation in his support since his primary opponents dropped out.”

The poll is the fifth in recent weeks showing he’s ahead of or tied with Clinton. He’s been steadily narrowing her lead. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows her earlier 11 point lead cut to a three-point advantage.

Both candidates are widely disliked by most voters for good reason. Whoever wins in November will likely be the most unpopular US president elect in memory.

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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Obama in Hanoi Targets China

Obama in Hanoi Targets China

by Stephen Lendman

At a Monday joint press conference with Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi, Obama announced the full lifting of a 50-year-old arms embargo, saying:

“The United States is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam…” In 2014, the embargo was partly lifted. Hanoi hasn’t bought US weapons. It wants restrictions entirely removed to more fully normalize relations.

Obama said decisions on weapons sales will be made on a case-by-case basis. China’s state news agency Xinhua commented, saying:

“Efforts for the improvement of U.S.-Vietnam ties should be driven by common pursuit to benefit the Asia-Pacific region while generating interests to both sides, rather than a one-sided, selfish agenda that would add risks to regional peace and stability.”

America “is motivated by an insincere agenda,” using nations as tool(s) to threaten or even damage the strategic interests of a third country.”

Obama’s visit is largely about using Vietnam to America’s advantage against China. He lied claiming otherwise.

US relations with Pacific Rim nations aim to isolate Beijing, heightening tensions, escalating the risk of direct confrontation, heading things almost inevitably toward eventual war.

Washington wants access to Cam Ranh Bay and Danang ports. Both were major US bases during years of Southeast Asian war. It wants Russian regional influence curtailed. 

Vietnam allows its warships unlimited Cam Ranh Bay visits. Its aircraft have refueling rights. It provides 90% of Hanoi’s arms. Washington wants its own replacing them.

Obama’s Asia pivot aims to advance America’s military footprint aggressively - challenging China’s growing economic, political and military strength, along with checking Russia.

Beijing is increasingly concerned about Washington’s increasing militarization of the South China Sea - on the phony pretext of freedom of navigation.

Provocative US air and naval military patrols near Chinese territorial waters and airspace, along with joint exercises with area allies, increase regional tensions and instability.

Washington wants dominion over part of the world not its own. Eventual Sino-US confrontation seems inevitable.

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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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Obama Visiting Scenes of US High Crimes in Asia

Obama Visiting Scenes of US High Crimes in Asia

by Stephen Lendman

On Saturday, he left Washington on a weeklong visit to Vietnam and Japan, part of his Asia pivot strategy, challenging China where America doesn’t belong.

On Monday, he’ll meet with Vietnamese officials in Hanoi, discuss trade and other bilateral relations, deliver a demagogic address, while ignoring devastating US Southeast Asia bombing, its use of Agent Orange and other banned terror weapons, killing up to four million, mostly civilians - genocide by any standard.

Vietnamese can’t ever forgive or forget, still suffering from US aggression - part of their post-WW II 30-year liberating war, ending with America’s April 1975 humiliating departure. 

Undeservedly, Obama will be treated cordially as America’s head of state. On May 25, he’ll leave for Japan, participate in his final G-7 summit in Ise-Shima, then visit Hiroshima on Friday - the first sitting US president to return to the scene of one of America’s great crimes.

The war was over, Japan in process of surrendering. Days apart, America gratuitously incinerated Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 and 9, 1945).

At least 200,000 died, many others later from injuries and radiation poisoning, generations to this day harmed by radiologically caused birth defects and other serious health problems.

Truman lied, claiming both bombings hastened war’s end and saved many lives. He authorized using America’s new super-weapon in real time, testing its destructive power, displaying US strength to Soviet Russia, well along in developing its own atom bomb.

At age 11, I was too young to understand the advent of the nuclear age and potential peril it represents.

Today’s fusion thermonuclear weapons are infinitely more powerful than fission ones used on Japan, putting humanity at risk of extinction if used in future US wars.

Obama won’t apologize during his May 27 visit. According to deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, “(h)e will not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb…Instead, he will offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future.”

It includes permanent US-led wars of aggression, raping one country after another, heading for perhaps inevitable confrontation with Russia and China. If with thermonuclear weapons, humanity’s extinction is likely.

America won’t curb its militarism, its imperial madness, its intention to spend trillions of dollars upgrading its nuclear arsenal and other destructive weapons, heightening the risk of humanity destroying nuclear war.

The lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were never learned. Obama lies claiming he seeks a world without these destructive weapons.

He consistently says one thing, pursues another. The risk of catastrophic nuclear war on his watch was and remains greater than during tenures of any of his predecessors - a far greater danger if Hillary Clinton succeeds him.

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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Washington Rejects Joint US/Russian Coalition Against Terrorists

Washington Rejects Joint US/Russian Coalition Against Terrorists

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article explained Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu’s proposal for US/Russian joint operations against ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorists in Syria not supporting ceasefire - as well as on convoys from Turkey supplying them with arms and munitions.

If America spurns unity against a universal scourge, Shoigu said Russia intends operating unilaterally against armed groups continuing to wage war on Syria and its people.

Surprising no one, Washington rejected Moscow’s offer, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis, saying America’s military doesn’t “collaborate or coordinate with the Russians on any operations in Syria.”

He lied claiming Moscow focuses on “supporting and enabling” Assad while America’s interest is “degrading and defeating ISIL” - the monster it created and supports.

State Department spokesman admiral John Kirby said discussions with Moscow only involve “proposals for a sustainable mechanism to better monitor and enforce the cessation of hostilities.”

He turned truth on its head blaming Syrian forces for the “vast majority” of violations. Virtually all are carried out by US supported terrorist groups.

Washington won’t ally with Russia against terrorists in Syria and elsewhere for obvious reasons. It backs the scourge it claims to oppose, providing arms, munitions, funding, training, direction and other material support.

Partnered with NATO, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other despotic regional regimes, it wants Syria transformed into another US vassal state - why Obama launched naked aggression in the first place, using terrorists as imperial foot soldiers. Moscow respects Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity.

America’s longstanding relations with Russia are adversarial. They’re enemies, not partners. Despite Moscow’s best efforts to normalize relations, top US officials and Pentagon commanders call Russia America’s leading threat, a recklessly dangerous perversion of truth.

Putin and Obama are geopolitical opposites - the world’s preeminent peace maker v. its leading aggression, both leaders promoting agendas opposite the other’s.

Washington won’t ever agree to policies diverging from its imperial objectives - achieving dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations.

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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America Should Rule the World, Says Neocon Infested Think Tank Report

America Should Rule the World, Says Neocon Infested Think Tank Report

by Stephen Lendman

The neocon infested Center for a New American Security (CNAS) promotes endless wars on the phony pretext of protecting US security at a time America’s only enemies are ones it invents. 

Its aim is solidifying US global dominance by eliminating all sovereign independent states. Several CNAS members hold or previously held key Obama administration posts.

The organization and likeminded ones threaten world peace. They publish reports on militarism, terrorism, irregular warfare and national security challenges.

Its conferences feature top US military and government officials as speakers, promoting the gospel of America the indispensable nation with a divine right to rule the world.

Extremist policies groups like CNAS endorse risk influencing policymakers to launch WW III. Unchallenged power alone matters, they believe, no matter the human and material cost.

People everywhere have cause for concern. The fate of humanity and planet earth hang in the balance.

A new CNAS report co-produced by the neocon Project for the New American Century co-founder Robert Kagan (Victoria Nuland’s husband, responsible for replacing Ukrainian democrats with Nazi-infested putschists) is titled “Extending American Power: Strategies to Expand US Engagement in a Competitive World Order.”

Kagan and former Clinton state department official James Rubin co-headed “a group of current and former government officials, strategists and scholars…with the goal of…shap(ing) the national conversation on America’s role in the world during the run-up” to the November presidential election.

They produced a thinly veiled scheme for unchallenged US world dominance - claiming American leadership “is critical to preserving and strengthening the bedrock of today’s international order,” jeopardized they believe by rival world powers Russia and China, along with radical Islamic terrorists groups - ones America created and supports, they left unexplained.

They believe it’s vital to brainwash Americans to believe US world leadership is essential to preserve and extend its new world order dominance globally.

They urge adoption of stealth corporate coup d’etat, anti-consumer, anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-fundamental freedom TPP and TTIP trade bills.

They urge America usurp sovereignty over parts of the world not its own, international law ignored. They call “the transatlantic community…both the foundation and the core of the liberal (sic) world order” - now threatened by nonexistent Russian aggression.

They support greater NATO commitment to militarism, including deploying larger numbers of combat troops near Russia’s borders.

They argue for using Ukraine as a dagger targeting its heartland, claiming it’s a way for it to “achieve political and economic stability,” controlled by Washington.

They urge supporting ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups while pretending to oppose them. Assad must go, they demand, wanting him forcibly ousted, Syria partitioned on the phony pretext of creating “safe space” for its people to “relocate without fear of being killed by (his) forces.”

They endorse using Syrian territory to “arm, train, and organize” terrorist groups masquerading as moderates. They claim nonexistent Iranian aims for regional dominance must be prevented.

Neocon infested groups like CNAS and extremist policymakers they influence are the greatest threat to world peace - especially if war goddess Hillary Clinton succeeds Obama.

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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US Investigating Alleged Doping of Russian Athletes - Thinly Veiled Russia Bashing

US Investigating Alleged Doping of Russian Athletes - Thinly Veiled Russia Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

Last week, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko fired back against reports indicating US Justice Department officials launched an investigation into alleged doping of Russian athletes, saying:

“There are enough violations of anti-doping rules round the world, and they can all be probed. We would like to see the United States probing its own national team. The atmosphere there is far from being cloudless.”

Late last year, Putin ordered a thorough investigation into alleged doping of Russian athletes, saying offenders alone should be punished, not an entire country. “(T)hat’s the rule,” he stressed.

In November, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published a report describing what it called “state-sponsored” doping in Russia, recommending its athletes be banned from international competition - notably this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic games.

Last week, The New York Times said the US Justice Department opened an investigation into alleged doping of Russian athletes.

“The United States attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York is scrutinizing Russian government officials, athletes, coaches, antidoping authorities and anyone who might have benefited unfairly from a doping regimen, according to the people, who did not have authorization to speak about the inquiry publicly,” The Times reported. 

“Prosecutors are believed to be pursuing conspiracy and fraud charges.” International law is clear. No nation may interfere in the internal affairs of others, except in self-defense if attacked.

America has no legal right to investigate alleged doping of Russian athletes, undertaken solely to denigrate and disqualify them from international competition - part of longstanding US state-sponsored Russia bashing.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said his government “treat(s) with notable skepticism and a notable degree of misunderstanding and rejection the cases of the ex-territorial application of the jurisdiction of US courts that have become quite widespread lately.”

At the same time, Russia supports an independent investigation short of “cast(ing) a shadow on our champions who take part in honest competitions.”

Doping isn’t an exclusive Russian problem. Numerous US amateur and professional athletes were caught red-handed, notably high-profile ones.

America is the world capital of criminality, corporate and state-sponsored high crimes gone unpunished, doping inconsequential by comparison.

Russia bashing in all forms makes headline news. Media scoundrels ignore US high crimes. Upside down justice badly needs right-siding. World peace depends on it.

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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Former PM Calls Israel's Regime Fascist

Former PM Calls Israel’s Regime Fascist

by Stephen Lendman

On Friday, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak called appointing ultranationalist extremist Avigdor Lieberman defense minister “a red light for all of us regarding what’s going on in the government.”

“What has happened is a hostile takeover of the Israeli government by dangerous elements. And it’s just the beginning.”

Netanyahu’s government is “infected by seeds of fascism.” It “needs to be brought down” before it destroys Israel…There are no serious leaders left in the world who believe” in it.

He blasted legislation similar to what Turkish lawmakers enacted Saturday - lifting immunity for Knesset members to eliminate Arab MKs critical of Netanyahu’s regime, falsely claiming they support terrorism.

He failed to explain zionism harms Jews and non-Jews alike. Israel treats its own Arab citizens ruthlessly, along with West Bank, Gazan and East Jerusalem Palestinians - a policy far more discriminatory and vicious than what occurs in Western and most other societies.

The late Israel Shahak wrote extensively on how Israel mistreats Arabs in virtually all aspects of their lives, including what he called most important - “residency rights, the right to work (and) equality before the law.”

The intention is obvious, he said - to achieve maximum Jews and minimum Arabs. Zionism is violent, anti-democratic, repugnant and indefensible.

Netanyahu is Israel’s most polarizing leader, exceeding the worst of his predecessors, a fascist by any standard, heading the nation’s most extremist ever regime - hardened with Lieberman’s appointment as defense minister.

It’s just a matter of time before he unleashes full-force fury on Palestinians throughout the territories and causes greater alienation of Israel than already.

“We will…have to pay the price for (his) appointment,” said Barak, adding he “pray(s) that the price won’t be too hefty.”

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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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Extrajudicially Held Guantanamo Detainee to be Released

Extrajudicially Held Guantanamo Detainee to be Released

by Stephen Lendman

Guantanamo remains a black hole of US extrajudicial viciousness, hundreds of innocent men and boys (all Muslims, most sold for bounty) held lawlessly since January 2002 - denied due process and judicial fairness.

Obama’s pledge to close the prison camp before end of 2009 was willful deception. An executive order alone is needed, not congressional authorization as he maintains.

Today, 80 men remain indefinitely detained, most uncharged and untried - perhaps all innocent victims. Nine perished in captivity, murdered in cold blood. Over two dozen recommended for release remain imprisoned.

US forces kidnapped Afghan national known as Obaidullah from his family home on July 20, 2002. Charges against him were entirely fabricated, later dropped. He was never arraigned in a war court. In a later statement, he said:

“The Americans came while my family and I were all sleeping in our home in the village of Milani, close to Khost City. At that time I was approximately 19 years old.” 

“On that night, I heard noises and the soldiers woke me up. I was very confused about what was going on, and why they were in my home, but I and my family cooperated with them.” 

“Even though I was not resisting, they tied my feet together and my hands together with plastic cuffs. Then they put a hood over my head and forced me to sit for hours against a wall.” 

“The plastic cut into my hands and it was painful to sit that way for so long. I was terrified about what would happen to me.”

He was forcibly taken to America’s Chapman airfield forward operating base, then Bagram prison, brutally interrogated, tortured, beaten, threatened with death, isolated, his hands at times painfully chained to the ceiling.

In October 2002, he was transferred to Guantanamo. Brutal treatment amounting to torture continued. “I was very sick for many days,” he said, denied medical treatment.

In 2013, he said he was losing all hope for release. At the time, Amnesty International said his “experience exemplifies the multiple violations of human rights perpetrated by a country that claims to be committed to the respect and promotion of international human rights principles.”

On May 19, the Guantanamo periodic review board approved Obaidullah’s release, a statement saying he “has not espoused any anti-US sentiment that would indicate he views the US as his enemy.”

He poses no “threat to the security of the United States…Neither the detainee nor his family have any ties to extremists outside of Guantanamo.”

The board recommended he be transferred “with appropriate security assurances” to a country with a “strong monitoring program.” Whether he’ll go home to Afghanistan is unclear.

Marine Major Derek Poteet represented him since 2010. “This young man should have been released years ago,” he said.

He was innocent of initial charges against him, fabricated to frame him unjustly. During his 2013 hunger strike for justice, Poteet said he withered to a “bag of bones.”

Once released, he faces a long, hard readjustment struggle. The injustice of what he endured won’t ever be erased.

The ordeal continues for dozens of other wrongfully held Guantanamo detainees - victims of US imperial viciousness.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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

Death Threats on Woman Wearing America Was Never Great Hat

Death Threats on Woman Wearing America Was Never Great Hat

by Stephen Lendman

American exceptionalism, the “indispensable nation,” an “empire of liberty,” the “leader of the free world,” a “shining city on a hill,” and other patriotic slogans mask hard truths about the most ruthlessly dangerous regime in world history.

America is only beautiful for its privileged few alone. For most others it’s hell, increasingly getting worse, fundamental freedoms disappearing. A scoundrel media supported permanent state of war exists.

Trump’s phony campaign slogan about making America great again inspired 22-year-old Krystal Lake to order and wear a custom-made hat with the phrase: “America Was Never Great.”

Its sordid history from inception proves it, today more than ever with megalomaniacal aims for world conquest and dominance.

Lake, like many others, justifiably got sick and tired of hearing Trump supporters repeat his duplicitous slogan, knowing America was never great, serving wealth, power and privilege exclusively, most others grievously harmed by regressive policies.

She got the hat a week ago, wore it the next day at work. The day passed uneventfully, she said. In short order, things changed. An image of her wearing the hat was posted online.

She got bombarded with social media criticism, including racial pejoratives (she’s Black) and death threats.

Critics “were actually threatening to kill me over a hat,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it…How is this happening.”

Many critics complained to her employer, Home Depot. Workers stopped answering phones. She expected to be fired.

Without addressing her hat, company spokesman Stephen Holmes said employees aren’t allowed to wear clothing or insignia in any form expressing political or other personal opinions. Termination could follow refusal to comply.

Lake said Home Depot employees wear supportive Trump t-shirts and badges without comment or criticism. “No one ever says anything to them,” she explained.

Asked why she dislikes Trump, she cut to the chase, saying “(i)f you’re not the race that he would want, or whether it’s sexual preference, if you have any disabilities, your financial status, race, everything, all of that combined, or even if you don’t think like him, he will automatically write you off.”

She has supporters as well as critics. She’ll graduate with a degree in media studies from the College of Staten Island in two weeks.

She seeks a career in music, radio, social media or journalism. She intends buying more copies of her hard-hitting hat.

She can do much better than work for notoriously anti-labor/anti-worker Home Depot. An earlier leaked video discouraged employees from joining unions. Corporate America deplores them. Large retail chains want them eliminated.

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. 


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

Kerry's Claim About Progress Toward Peace in Syria Belies Reality on the Ground

Kerry’s Claim About Progress Toward Peace in Syria Belies Reality on the Ground

by Stephen Lendman

Now in its 6th year, Obama’s war on Syria remains committed to its main goal - transforming the nation into another US vassal state, partitioning it, stealing its resources, exploiting its people.

Days earlier, Kerry’s claim about “mov(ing) the ball forward (toward) a comprehensive ceasefire” is utter rubbish. Little on the ground changed. Things are dangerously close to escalated war.

US-supported terrorists continue moving freely from Turkey into Syria on a virtual daily basis. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Ankara’s support contributes greatly to deteriorating conditions. 

Peace talks collapsed, ceasefire more fantasy than real. Multiple daily violations continue. Since cessation was agreed on in late February, the Russian Coordination Center reported 568 violations through May 20, virtually all by US supported terrorist groups.

Syrian media reported government forces continue battling terrorists “across the country.” Depleted ranks are reinforced with heavily armed new recruits.

Nothing suggests an end of fighting in prospect. Plenty indicates US-supported endless war.

On Friday, senior Iranian cleric Mohammad Emami Kashani warned of US plots to create and widen rifts among Muslims, saying US global arrogance fosters Islamophobia and Iranophobia.

Defeating its scheme requires Islamic unity, he stressed. In early May, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei blasted US imperial policies, irresponsibly blaming Tehran for its destructive agenda.

False US accusations about Iran supporting terrorism lets Washington unjustifiably impose new sanctions, violating the nuclear deal, wanting the Islamic Republic kept isolated ahead of longstanding regime change plans - by color revolution or war.

Another round of farcical Syria peace talks may be held in late May or early June. They’ll be dead-on-arrival like earlier ones. 

Expect Washington to use failure as a pretext for escalated fighting, making deplorable conditions on the ground far worse.

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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NATO Foreign Ministers Agree on Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan

NATO Foreign Ministers Agree on Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan

by Stephen Lendman

Endless US-led naked aggression and occupation of Afghanistan continues - coming up on 15 years this October.

The 9/11 mother of all false flags was used as a phony pretext to attack a nonbelligerent country threatening no others.

Candidate Obama pledged he’d remove all US troops from the country straightaway if elected. They remain, part of endless US war and occupation.

Taliban fighters control more territory than in 2001, over half the country, US proxy Afghan forces ineffective against them, the US installed regime deeply corrupted.

US imperialism destroyed the country, killed millions and caused unspeakable misery for long-suffering Afghans. War continues despite Obama’s pledge to end it.

Most Americans have no idea what’s going on in their name, trillions of dollars poured down a black hole of endless wars in multiple theaters in a megalomaniacal quest for unchallenged world dominance.

On May 20, US-led NATO foreign ministers agreed to extend Alliance Afghan operations in perpetuity. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg lied, claiming “Afghan forces are showing real courage, determination and professionalism…”

Fact: They’re ineffective, lack the will to fight, and try avoiding engaging superior Taliban fighters.

Stoltenberg said ministers agreed to continue NATO’s mission beyond 2016, maintaining funding for Afghan forces through 2020 - in a futile attempt to achieve “lasting security.”

Kabul’s puppet regime has no legitimacy. Afghan forces avoid fights. Taliban elements keep making gains. Perhaps ahead they’ll control the entire country.

Washington pretends things are going well. The war was lost years ago. It continues to maintain the illusion of restoring peace to a war-torn country.

Another generation of fighting won’t improve things. Obama’s successor will continue waging endless war, the longest in US history. 

No exit strategy exists to bring it to an end. Expect no accountability for endless US-led 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: 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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Turkish MPs Stripped of Immunity

Turkish MPs Stripped of Immunity

by Stephen Lendman

In three separate Friday votes on portions of Erdogan’s controversial measure, his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) members along with pressured or bribed Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment stripping immunity from MPs.

The measure targets pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party of Turkey (HDP) MPs and others expressing opposition to Erdogan’s agenda.

Around 138 lawmakers are vulnerable to expulsion from parliament, arrest, prosecution, conviction and imprisonment on charges of criticizing the president, terrorism and/or treason.

US and other Western criticism following the vote rang hollow. Turkey is a valued NATO member. Erdogan’s high crimes are systematically ignored - including war without mercy on Turkish, Syrian and Iraqi Kurds, harming civilians most.

He’s been solidifying police state rule, targeting press and academic freedom, wanting critics of his rogue agenda eliminated.

Anyone accused of insulting the president faces prosecution and imprisonment, including students and children.

Erdogan rules by intimidation, brute force and elimination of opponents - now constitutionally authorized against parliamentary opponents, similar to how all despots seize unchallenged power.

HDP co-chairmen Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag called Friday’s measure “a political coup attempt to completely destroy the separation of powers by subordinating the legislative to the executive and leaving the former to the mercy of a thoroughly politicized and biased judiciary.”

“This coup would be a most crucial step for Erdogan to replace Turkey’s parliamentary democracy, which he has twice declared ‘de facto over,’ with an absolutist presidential system in which the legislative, executive and judiciary powers are virtually monopolized by the president himself.”

Erdogan achieved a great leap backwards - scores to be purged from parliament, prosecuted and imprisoned for opposing his ruthless rule.

His reign of terror is free to continue virtually unopposed. 

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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Friday, May 20, 2016

Moscow Proposes Joint US/Russian Coalition Against Terrorists Washington Supports

Moscow Proposes Joint US/Russian Coalition Against Terrorists Washington Supports

by Stephen Lendman

Give Moscow credit for trying - its proposal another offer America will either refuse or undermine if accepts.

Why would Washington bomb terrorists it invested so much into recruiting, arming, funding, training and directing - wanting endless war continued to depose Assad, polar opposite Russia’s all-out efforts for diplomatic conflict resolution.

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said US/Russian joint operations against terrorists in Syria would enhance prospects for peace. He suggested beginning them on May 25 against ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other groups not supporting ceasefire - as well as on convoys carrying arms and munitions to terrorist fighters from Turkey.

Beginning on May 25, Russia “reserve(s) the right to conduct unilateral strikes…on…international terrorist organizations and illegal armed units” not agreeing to ceasefire.

In late March, Moscow warned Washington of its intention to unilaterally strike armed groups continuing to wage war on Syria and its people.

Daily violations continue in northern Syria, suburban Damascus and other areas. Washington supports terrorists involved in furthering conflict.

Endless war continues to replace Assad with pro-Western puppet governance. He blames US-led Western hegemony allied with regional rogue states in raping Syria for over five years.

Conflict resolution is likely years away at best. A permanent made-in-the USA state of war now exists.

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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Israeli Defense Minister Resigns from Politics, Blasts Netanyahu

Israeli Defense Minister Resigns from Politics, Blasts Netanyahu

by Stephen Lendman

Fascist rule under Netanyahu exceeds Sharonian evil. It’s about to get worse with ultranationalist extremist Avigdor Lieberman replacing Moshe Ya’alon as defense secretary.

On Friday, he resigned from politics in protest, on Facebook and Twitter, saying:

“I informed the prime minister this morning that following his recent actions and developments, and in light of the lack of his confidence in me, I am resigning from the government and the Knesset and taking a break from political life.”

He’s not leaving public life, he explained. He intends returning “to compete for the national leadership of Israel.”

“…I recently found myself in strong disagreement on moral and professional issues with the prime minister, a number of (other) ministers and several MKs.”

An unnamed Likudnik called the rupture between both men “real and serious, not political spin.” Ya’alon expressed concern over “extremist and dangerous elements (taking) over Israel and the Likud Party…”

He failed to explain it took over long ago, preceding Netanyahu, exacerbated on his watch, now maybe heading over the abyss with Arab-hating lunatic Lieberman in charge of war-making.

He endangers the region and world peace. He believes soldiers killing Palestinians in cold blood deserve praise, not prosecution. 

As former foreign minister, he was just an embarrassment. In charge of defense, he could invade Syria, nuke Iran and start WW III.

Ya’alon’s resignation sets the stage for his formal acceptance. Opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog said his appointment risks a perilous “journey of war and funerals,” sending a “message to the world that Israel prefers extremism, occupation and settlements to a peace accord.”

A Thursday Channel 10 poll showed Israelis prefer Ya’alon over Lieberman by 51 - 27%. Others had no view either way.

A Channel 2 poll was much narrower, favoring Ya’alon by 38% over Lieberman’s 35%. Most Israelis believe Netanyahu forced Ya’alon’s resignation to make way for Lieberman.

The entire region has cause for concern. Palestinians hold their breath, awaiting his hammer sure to drop. Gazans fear another likely devastating war.

America keeps rewarding Israeli ruthlessness. On Wednesday, House members authorized over $600 million for its deeply flawed, inaccurate missile defense programs - on top of hundreds of millions previously OK’d.

Rubber-stamp Senate approval is automatic, including annual billions of US taxpayer dollars for Israel’s killing machine.

New legislation includes anti-Iranian provisions, part of longstanding US/Israeli hostility toward the Islamic Republic. 

An eventual showdown is likely, perhaps embroiling the entire region in conflict.

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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