Monday, March 02, 2015

Obama's War on Humanity at Home and Abroad:: Roland John's Appalling Mistreatment

Obama's War on Humanity at Home and Abroad: Roland John's Appalling Mistreatment

by Stephen Lendman

Obama's agenda combines permanent naked aggression against one country after another with homeland police state repression.

Sovereign independent nations are attacked and destroyed. Thousands of political prisoners languish in America's gulag for opposing rogue US policies.

Others are systematically denied justice other ways. Roland John is one of countless victims of US ruthlessness.

He's been a legal New Jersey resident since 2003. Yet he was wrongfully deported because of US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) abuse of power - "with no immigration hearing, thus violating my human rights," he explained.

On September 13, 2013, a CBP officer "deliberately" falsified information," John said.. His wrongful deportation followed.

"Now I’m at the verge of loosing my home, business and everything I worked for my entire life," he explained.

"I'm a law abiding citizen who don’t break the law and makes every effort to understand the laws and follow them," he added. 

He's a respected member of his community - the type person any nation should be proud to have as a resident or citizen.

He violated no laws. He has no criminal record. Yet his fundamental rights were systematically denied.

He was in Canada on business when his "visa renewal was under process," he explained. He was told by CBP's Peace Bridge Buffalo Border Crossing he could return home with USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) visa renewal notice. 

Yet he was wrongfully denied US re-entry - despite being a longtime legal resident.

He went to several reentry points believing a mistake was made. The last one erroneously issued a removal order.

He explained further as follows:

"In my panic, confusion and trauma, believing I’ll be able to obtain Justice if I’m present in the United States, I made an entry without inspection to prove to the immigration authorities that I did not leave the United States willfully abandoning my home (having a mortgage), business and legal status, and also to get a chance to report the misconduct of the United States Border Patrol agent in giving inaccurate information and deliberately misguiding and trapping me in Canada and knowingly disabling me to meet business, financial and legal commitments." 

"Instead of Justice, I was arrested by CBP and detained for 2 months, making me sign and fingerprint documents under duress, threats and exploiting my lack of understanding of the legal language, after which I was deported again with no right to an immigration attorney or self represent my case to an immigration judge." 

"So in a matter of 3 days, USCBP destroyed everything I achieved in the past 41 years and has branded me as a criminal and send me back to India, when it was their mistake in the first place."

Last December, the ACLU featured a report titled "American Exile: Rapid Deportations That Bypass the Courtroom."

A shocking 83% of deportation orders wrongfully come from immigration officers, not judges, it explains.

Nearly half are expedited with no chance for justice whatever. According to the ACLU:

"Asylum seekers, longtime residents, and others with rights to be in the United States can be deported without a hearing in a matter of minutes."

Washington's Department of Homeland Security operates like a national Gestapo. Current debate on its funding should focus on shutting it down entirely.

Replacing it with individual agencies serving public interests - not systematically violating international, constitutional and US statute laws with impunity.

Ordinary Americans are denied justice. Anyone can be targeted for any reason, wrongfully charged, prosecuted, imprisoned, or in the case of Roland John, deported extrajudicially without just cause - with no right of appeal.

US citizens may be targeted. Everyone is vulnerable. Deportation can follow "a single quick encounter with an (immigration or border patrol) officer," said the ACLU.

Individuals with valid legal status have no "chance to procure or consult with an attorney."

Throughout his tenure, Obama waged war on immigrants. Immigration rights activists call him the "Deporter-in-Chief" for good reason.

He enforces white supremacist policies. People of color aren't wanted. They horrifically abused in detention.

Obama's so-called immigration reform is more pretense than real. He deported more immigrants than all his predecessors combined.

On average over 1,000 a day. In total, over 2.3 million. Likely hundreds of thousands more before he leaves office - the dirty story he wants buried, ignored and forgotten.

Real victims like Roland John don't matter. "In a matter of minutes, a person whose entire life is in the United States can be deported with a removal order that makes returning lawfully extremely difficult" or impossible, said the ACLU. 

Fundamental rights everyone deserves are systematically denied. People are wrongfully deported. Some to dangerous places.

Justice is fundamentally flawed - based on what's proved to a failed policy of deterring unlawful immigration.

Since 1997, millions of removal orders were issued - many of them wrongful with virtually no chance for justice.

A system harming millions is fundamentally cruel and unjust. It violates core human rights.

America's Fifth Amendment guarantees due process protection. Sixth Amendment rights include having legal representation and proper judicial proceedings.

Victims like Roland John are denied these and other rights everyone deserves.

He's a 41-year-old Indian national. A computer software professional. He came to America on an H-1B visa work permit - later converted to a nonimmigrant work visa in 2013.

He regularly traveled to Canada on business. Wrongful deportation followed his last trip as explained above.

What happened is shocking and disturbing. He's outrageously barred from reentry into America for 20 years.

He did nothing wrong. He never should have been deported in the first place. Yet he has virtually no legal recourse to reverse the appalling injustice done him.

It proves once again America is more police state than democracy. No nation in history did more harm to more people over a longer duration - a disturbing truth everyone needs to know.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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More Kiev Minsk Violations

More Kiev Minsk Violations

by Stephen Lendman

Negotiating with US-controlled fascist thugs assures promises made will be broken. Throughout months of conflict, Kiev broke virtually every one made. Things ahead don't look promising.

Since both sides agreed to Minsk ceasefire terms on February 12, rebels strictly observed them - including withdrawing all heavy weapons as mandated.

On February 28, Donetsk forces completed their pullback from all front line positions. Doing so involved withdrawing 21 artillery groups. Spokesman Eduard Basurin explained, saying:

"The DPR has completed the withdrawal of heavy artillery, today we have withdrawn 6 Gvozdika (Carnation) artillery systems in the southern direction. The withdrawal was taking place under control of OSCE."

On March 1, Lugansk forces announced fulfillment of their obligation. Prime Minister Gennady Tsypkalov said "(w)e have completely withdrawn heavy artillery."

"We submitted it all to the OSCE observers: the information on the withdrawal, the locations of the weapons and the personnel. Pure formalities are left. The withdrawal has been completed."

Kiev lied about its intentions. Fascists operate this way. Trust isn't their long suit. Betrayal trumps observing agreed on terms.

Junta authorities breached last year's ceasefire agreements straightaway. They're at it again.

Basurin said "DPR intelligence…spott(ed) new cases of withdrawn Ukrainian units being redeployed (in) violation of Minsk" terms.

They remain close to front line positions they're supposed to be way distant from.

Basurin denied baseless junta accusations alleging DPR forces were covertly returning pulled back weapons to areas withdrawn from.

"These assumptions are untrue and cannot serve as justification for Ukraine's non-compliance with its obligations to withdraw weapons," he stressed.

OSCE's Donbass Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said its observers aren't given information they need to do their jobs.

He blamed both sides unjustly. Rebels cooperate fully. Junta forces do not - systematically violating ceasefire terms like last year.

Kiev's failure to observe Minsk suggests plans to resume conflict at Washington's discretion. Sputnik News interviewed Syria's Information Ministry advisor/ Academy for Geopolitical Crisis member Ali Ahmady.

He explained "American companies from the arms industry and energy companies are the ones that control America's decisions." 

"It is certain that the world financial crisis along with its consequences push the companies to resolve the crisis by selling weapons to other countries one of which is Ukraine." 

"These companies seek to solve (US) problems at the expense of the people of those countries."

Obama so far hasn't admitted America's open secret about selling Ukraine heavy weapons since conflict began last year. John Kerry's slip of the tongue did, saying:

"We have committed over 118 million dollars in arming… arming… training and equipping but some of it…You know, the eye of the beholder will determine the arming…" The amount he mentioned is the tip of the iceberg.

Kiev's only enemies are ones it invents. Weapons Washington and other NATO countries provide are for naked aggression, not defense.

American University in Moscow senior fellow William Dunkerly calls supplying Kiev with lethal weapons the equivalent of "throwing gasoline onto a fire."

It proves America wants war, not peace. A report last month from sources with US defense industry ties urged selling lethal weapons to Ukraine.

Congressional legislation signed by Obama authorizes it. Administration neocons use fabricated reasons to justify wanting  Ukraine armed more than already.

They want conflict escalated, Donbass freedom fighters crushed, and Russia directly challenged.

Lunatics infesting Washington may start WW III. Russia will respond if attacked. According to Strategic Missile Forces Central Command head Major-General Andrey Burbin:

"If there's a challenge to repel a lighting-fast nuclear attack in any given conditions, it will be done in fixed time. That's dead true."

"There would be no hesitation. The task would be executed.," he stressed. Russia's strategic nuclear armed missiles are dispersed so no strike can destroy them all, he explained.

Moscow's so-called "Dead Hand" perimeter system collects data from radioactivity and seismic sensors positioned throughout the country.

If evidence shows a nuclear strike anywhere on Russian territory, retaliatory missiles are launched automatically without human input. They able can hit targets anywhere in the world with pinpoint accuracy.

Given Washington's intent to replace Russia's sovereign independence with stooge government it controls, the threat of nuclear war is real. Ukraine may be the flashpoint launching it.

Meanwhile, junta fascists lost Donbass. Recent polls show around three-fourths of area residents want independence from Kiev.

Over 94% accused junta officials of waging war on their own citizens. Most want freedom from fascists trying to kill them.

Once trust is lost, it's tough regaining it. Given months of Kiev dirty war without mercy, maybe impossible for most Donbass residents. 

Ukraine may face an irreconcilable East/West split. Given horrific Kiev policies, Maidan 2.0 may follow. 

With fascist lunatics infesting Ukraine, things may end up worse than already. Prospects ahead aren't encouraging.

On March 1, tens of thousands of Donbass residents rallied against Western backed junta aggression and Kiev fascists in charge making policy. They expressed solidarity with Russia.

Their numbers were multiples greater than Moscow's Sunday Boris Nemtsov's memorial march. Media scoundrels ignored them entirely.

If they turned out in Western Ukraine, hoodlum security forces would attack them as terrorists. Organizers would be arrested.

Anyone against Kiev's regime or opposing its aggression on Donbass faces up to five years imprisonment and/or a large fine.

In early February, journalist Rusian Kotsaba was arrested for urging Ukrainian youths boycott conscription. He said he'd risk prison rather than wage war on other Ukrainians.

Prosecutors charged him with high treason. He faces potential longterm imprisonment. Amnesty International calls him a "prisoner of conscience."

AI's Ukrainian representative Tatyana Mazur accused junta authorities of "viol(ating) the basic human right of freedom of expression."

Separately, Kiev's interior ministry aide Anton Gerashchenko said anyone against conscription or regime war on Donbass faces arrest.

US-installed stooge president Poroshenko said state security services (SBU) "discovered (what he called) a den of rogues involved in anti-Ukrainian activity."

"As of today, they grabbed 19 active critics of the mobilization by their private parts," he said. 

He ludicrously claimed anti-war activists "pose a threat equal to that posed by the 'enemy' at the front."

He ridiculed them saying their activism "has nothing to do with democracy and freedom of speech."

Junta officials intend crushing Donbass democracy. They prohibit its emergence anywhere nationwide.

Ukraine's regime is a US-installed fascist dictatorship. Opponents are ruthlessly targeted for elimination. 

Activists wanting fundamental democratic freedoms are considered enemies of the state. They're marked for imprisonment or death.

Obama's Ukrainian allies are ruthless Nazi thugs. Since usurping power a year ago, they launched a reign of terror against anyone opposing their regime. 

Unless checked and stopped, they may conspiratorially with Washington drag Europe into catastrophic nuclear war with Russia. Preventing it is humanity's top challenge.

A Final Comment

Marsha Gessen is a US propagandist/Putin basher living in Moscow. She's a former controversial Washington controlled Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Russian Service director.

Her job then and now is proliferating anti-Russian/anti-Putin propaganda. Virtually everything she says and writes is rubbish - fabrications polar opposite truth.

No legitimate editors would touch her stuff. On March 1, New York Times editors featured it. Gessen took full advantage headlining "Russia's Army of Avengers."

On the one hand, she ludicrously called Boris Nemtsov's murder "the beginning of yet another new and frightening period in Russian history."

On the other, she fabricated a tall tale about a Kremlin-created "loose army of avengers who believe they are acting in the country's best interests…"

She lied calling Nemtsov "a logical first target for this menacing force."

Fact: Nemtsov though well known was a political nobody with around 1% popular support. 

Fact: He was a US funded self-serving political opportunist - widely disliked for good reason.

Fact: A previous article quoted US ambassador to Russia John Tefft suggesting he was worth more to Washington dead than alive - without directly saying it explicitly. Draw your own conclusion.

Gessen repeated the Big Lie about nonexistent Russian aggression "waging battle against Ukraine for a year - and like any country at war, it has focused much of its rhetorical effort on the domestic opposition."

Fact: Not a shred of evidence suggests Russian involvement in Kiev's war on Donbass.

Fact: Plenty of evidence shows Putin and Sergey Lavrov continue going all-out for diplomatic conflict resolution.

Fact: Nothing suggests Moscow targets opposition elements. Polls show Putin enjoys overwhelming 85%+ popular support. So-called opposition is too insignificant to matter.

Gessen's op-ed featured beginning-to-end Big Lies. Times editors treated them like gospel.  They banish hard truths systematically.

Managed news disinformation substitutes. It bears repeating. No legitimate editors would touch Gessen's rubbish. Times editors featured it.

Outrageous Big Lies like Gessen saying "(t)he message (is) clear: People will be killed in the name of the Kremlin, in plain view of the Kremlin, against the backdrop of the Kremlin, simply for daring to oppose the Kremlin."

Cold hard verifiable facts prove otherwise. Instead of publishing them, Time editors serve as quasi-official state propagandists.

Readers are advised to avoid them altogether. Choose reliable alternative sources of real news, information, and analysis to know what's happening and why on issues mattering most.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Putin Bashing Crowd in Overdrive Over Nemtsov Killing

Putin Bashing Crowd in Overdrive Over Nemtsov Killing

by Stephen Lendman

Throughout his tenure, irresponsible Western officials and complicit media scoundrels bashed him relentlessly. Any excuse will do.

Stuff made up out of whole cloth is held against him. Whatever he does is wrong no matter how right. 

His months of efforts to save Europe from the scourge of more war is treated like he intends to wage it.

The reason, of course, is his opposition to US imperial adventurism.  Its plan to colonize planet earth, steal its resources, and enslave its people as serfs paid poverty or sub-poverty wages.

To let Western monied interests and war-makers control everything for their own benefit at the expense of all others.

To transform nations into exploitable assets. To crush all opposition to its agenda. To let bankers steal everyone's wealth. 

To wage permanent wars because they're so profitable. To risk destroying planet earth to own it. To commit genocide all in a day's work.

Putin's vision is polar opposite. He wants peace, not war. He believes in nation-state sovereignty inviolability. 

He says rule of law principles are meant to be obeyed - especially when world peace is at stake. Over 85% of Russians support him.

Why anyone besides rich elites profiting at the expense of others supports Obama they'll have to explain.

Nemtsov's killing aroused the bash Putin crowd - despite knowing he had nothing to with it. 

Odds strongly indicate a CIA false flag - much like many others it instigated throughout its sordid history.

Jack Kennedy once said he wanted "to splinter (it) in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds" - reason enough to kill him.

For sure over wanting war in Vietnam ended. Obama can't wait to wage another one. His desire for imperial conquest is insatiable. 

As this is written, smaller crowds mourning Nemtsov than Putin bashers hoped for turned out in Moscow and St. Petersburg - around 7,000 in each city growing incrementally throughout the afternoon.

Sputnik News estimated a Moscow 21,000 turnout. Nemtsov supporters hoped for 50,000 or more.

NBC News hyped "immense crowds." The New York Times ludicrously said after Nemtsov's killing, "(t)here are no longer any limits."

Ignoring no-holds-barred US domestic and global barbarism throughout its sordid history - especially post-WW II. Most of all post-9/11.

Nemtsov was a widely disliked self-serving opportunist. The Times ludicrously called him a "standard-bearer of Western liberalism."

Putin bashing followed. The Times irresponsibly accused him of an "aggressive foreign policy…labeling his opposition a 'fifth column,' (and using) state television (to whip) up a militant, nationalistic fervor…"

It quoted a Putin critic saying "(t)he fact that they (meaning Russia's government) killed him is a message to frighten everyone…"

"This is what happens to people who go against the government of our country."

Despite knowing Putin had nothing to do with Nemtsov's killing, The Times published this rubbish - willful Big Lies intended to deceive.

The neocon controlled Washington Post headlined "Russian opposition leaders allege Kremlin links to Nemtsov slaying."

On the one hand, WoPo flat-out lied. It knows nothing suggests Putin's involvement. On the other,it hyped a nonexistent threat for political advantage not achieved. More on this below.

At the time of his death, Nemtsov was a political nobody. Polls showed his RPR-PARNAS party had less than 5% support. His personal popularity was around 1%.

You'd never know it based WaPo hyperbole calling him "a towering figure of post-Soviet politics." 

Perhaps he was a legend in his own mind - in very few others in Russia wanting nothing to do with him.

WaPo practically blamed Putin for his death. It called his killing "by far the highest-profile assassination during" his tenure.

Despite no evidence suggesting it, WaPo claimed opposition elements "reasoned that, at minimum, the security services that blanket Red Square must have had advance warning of Nemtsov's fate."

Putin had every reason not wanting him or other opposition figures killed. Political smearing alone would follow.

Plenty of unjustifiable criticism - much like what's happening now. Besides nothing suggesting Putin believes it's OK to order someone killed.

No evidence suggests he maintains a kill list like Obama - deciding who lives or dies. Ordering people killed by presidential diktat. Acting extrajudicially as judge, jury and executioner.

Heading a regime more abusive of fundamental civil and human rights than any government in history. Making state terror official US policy.

WaPo irresponsibly quoted Nemtsov ally Vladimir Milov absurdly calling his killing "connected to the authorities."

Another opposition figure was quoted claiming an "aggressive atmosphere created by the Kremlin…could lead to murder" - without citing a shred of corroborating evidence. 

None exists. Don't expect WaPo to explain. 

Wall Street Journal neocons hyped Nemtsov's "political assassination" as "the new reality of Putin's Russia." 

Again no corroborating evidence, Just baseless accusations and hype about "Russia's now-dimmed an tarnished hopes for democracy and reform…"

During his 2012 presidential campaign, Putin warned about dark forces "abroad…looking for a sacrificial victim from among prominent people."

"They would rub him out and then blame it on the authorities. I know about this. I'm not exaggerating," he said.

What happened was exactly as he envisioned. Perhaps to be followed by similar CIA-staged false flags irresponsibly blamed on him.

The good news is Washington's best laid plans fell flat. The Saker reported no opposition elements blaming Putin for what happened.

Many indicated a provocation - the term Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov used meaning a false flag intended to blame Kremlin authorities unjustly.

The area around the seat of government is heavily surveilled for security reasons. The Saker expects an arrest in a week at most, likely sooner.

If evidence shows US involvement, he believes it won't be made public. Instead it will be used quietly behind the scenes, he said.

Expect little or no effect on Putin's popularity. It won't stop lunatics in Washington and media scoundrels from bashing him relentlessly.

By this time next week or sooner, they'll find other reasons to vilify him unjustly. It doesn't matter what he does or doesn't do.

A Final Comment

March 1 marks the one-year anniversary of Donbass anti-fascist resistance. Freedom fighters risked all for fundamental democratic rights everyone deserves. 

What began as a protest against Kiev's ban on Russian language use developed into full-blown rebellion against fascist rule - notably in Donetsk and Lugansk.

Activists from Russia, other parts of Ukraine and elsewhere joined rebels against the scourge of fascism they deplore - perhaps inspired by the Lincoln and other Spanish Civil War brigades.

Freedom-fighting rebels want Novorossiya freed from fascist tyranny.  They overcame enormous odds so far.

Their liberating struggle continues. It has miles to go. Washington deplores democracy. Expect all-out US efforts to crush it in Donbass.

Maybe by US-led NATO war - turning Novorossiya into a killing field like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. 

Maybe initiated by a US-instigated Ukraine 9/11 followed by shock-and-awe bombing.

Fascists running America want hardline rule established everywhere. No matter how many millions of corpses it takes to accomplish their objective. 

No matter how much human misery follows. No matter if nuclear war risks mass annihilation. 

Lunatics in Washington may end life on earth to own it. No greater threat in history matches what humanity faces today. No greater urgency than ending it before it ends us.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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NYT Editors Support Fascist Extremism

NYT Editors Support Fascist Extremism

by Stephen Lendman

Times editors deplore democracy. They consider sham US elections legitimate ones. 

Truth is the mortal enemy they fear most. They support the world's worst tinpot despots as long as they're US allies.

They glorify perpetual war in the name of nonexistent peace. They're comfortable with letting Wall Street run things.

They turn a blind eye to Israel's worst crimes. They consider cold-blooded serial killer Netanyahu a legitimate leader.

They support every dirty war of aggression without mercy Washington wages.They call them liberating struggles. 

They consider carving up whole continents for profit economic development. They call wage slavery job creation. They want America's social contract abolished.

They ignore fundamental international, constitutional and US statute laws in justifying Washington's genocidal crimes.

They believe might makes right. They feature managed news misinformation rubbish instead of hard truths on issues mattering most.

It bears repeating what other articles stressed. All the new they claim fit to print isn't fit to read.

They support Ukrainian Nazis Washington installed to replace democrats. Throughout months of conflict, they backed their mass slaughter of their own citizens. 

They oppose Donbass freedom fighters struggling for rights everyone deserves. They consistently, irresponsibly and maliciously blame Russia and rebels for US/Kiev crimes.

They practically accused Putin of murdering Boris Nemtsov. Anyone paying attention knows it's inconceivable to believe he had anything to do with it.

No more so than blaming Obama if a prominent American was gunned down in the shadow of the White House or Capitol Hill.

The Times is in full propaganda mode hyping the Nemtsov incident. It ludicrously claims fear now grips Russia.

It hyped Nemtsov's Big Lie claiming Moscow's involvement in Ukraine's conflict. It ignored Obama's full responsibility for what's ongoing - including the scourge of fascism's reemergence in Europe's heartland..

It practically accused Putin of plans to eliminate Kremlin critics one by one. its irresponsible reporting mocks legitimate journalism.

It waged war on Venezuela since Chavez's 1998 election. His overwhelming popularity for good reason never mattered. 

It irresponsibly vilified him throughout his tenure. Venezuelan democracy shames America's sham version. The Times ludicrously called it "authoritarian."

It gave short shrift to Chavez's 2006 landslide reelection - greater than any in US history since James Monroe ran practically unopposed in 1820. George Washington was more anointed than elected.

It ignored Obama's responsibility for killing Chavez - either by poisoning or infecting him with lethal cancer causing substances.

Chavez kew he was marked for death. Four cancer surgeries in 18 months couldn't save him. He's sorely missed. Chavisma lies.

Times editors battle it irresponsibly. They consider Bolivarian fairness heresy. They support returning Venezuela to its bad old days

They want fascists replacing democrats. The day following Bush's aborted April 2002 coup, they lied claiming Chavez resigned. They endorsed his ouster.

They outrageously called him "a ruinous demagogue." "A would-be dictator." They called his short-term illegitimate replacement, Pedro Carmona, "a respected business leader."

They've waged war on current President Nicolas Maduro since his April 2013 election.

Previous articles discussed Obama's failed coup plot to oust him. Perhaps kill him, install fascist governance, steal Venezuelan resources and enslave its people.

The same way Washington turns one country after another into dystopian wastelands - ravaging, destroying, and strip-mining them of everything of worth.

Times editors mocked clear evidence of US culpability together with fascist Venezuelan elements. 

They ridiculed Maduro. Said he "ramble(ed) for hours about an international right-wing conspiracy to oust him…"

Claimed "it's clear that he would use any fabricated pretext to jail opposition leaders and crack down on dissent."

They turned a blind eye to Washington's foiled plot. They ludicrously called Maduro's legitimate accusations "outlandish."

They outrageously accused him of "repressi(ng)" his critics. They called fascist coup-plotting Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma a respected politician - reacting to legitimate charges against him with "remarkable stoicism."

They claimed co-conspirator Leopoldo Lopez "was jailed on trumped-up charges…" They called Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez explaining planned air strikes against strategic government targets "absurd."

They lied calling Maduro's "fears of a coup…a diversion strategy by a maniacal statesman…unable to deal with the dismal state of his country's economy…"

They ignored Washington's lawless economic and political war - it's attempt to make Venezuela's economy scream. Its plot to make the country look like Ukraine.

They quoted the State Department's Big Lie saying Washington "regret(s) that the Venezuelan government continues to blame (it) for events inside Venezuela."

"(T)he United States remains committed to maintaining our strong support and lasting ties with the people of Venezuela."

Despite being caught red-handed, the State Department dismissed coup-plotting accusations. It called them "baseless and false."

It ignored America's longstanding blood-drenched history of toppling one independent government after another.

It ludicrously claimed Washington "does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means."

Times editors consistently bury hard truths. They deplore model Venezuelan democracy. They want US controlled fascist governance replacing it.

They called clear evidence of Obama's coup plot "a conspiracy theory." Honest analysis isn't their long suit.

On Saturday, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez explained new measures Maduro instituted in response to Washington's foiled coup plot.

Maduro said he told Rodriguez "to immediately, in compliance with article 11 of the Vienna Convention, to reduce and minimize the number of US embassy officials in Venezuela." 

"They have over 100 officials, while in the US we have no more than 17.”

He should have kicked them all out. They're all CIA agents or assets. Their mission is toppling Venezuela's democratic government. 

Perhaps he'll shut down Washington's den of spies later on. He said "(w)e have captured some US citizens in undercover activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast."

A US pilot of Latin American descent was apprehended in the state of Tachira. Maduro accused him of "covert" espionage activities.

"The northern imperial power has entered a dangerous phase of desperation, going to talk to the continent's governments to announce the overthrow of my government. And I accuse Vice President Joe Biden of this," Maduro said.

Rodriguez explained new measures instituted will help Venezuela deter US aggression.

Henceforth, US diplomats and support staff assigned to Venezuela must re-apply for visas. Maduro accused embassy officials of involvement in the foiled coup plot to topple him.

Washington's embassy must now inform Caracas of meetings it intends having with different sectors of Venezuelan society.

US citizens traveling to Venezuela will have to pay the same price in dollars for visas as Washington charges Venezuelans visiting America.

A list of US officials banned from Venezuela will be prepared - because of their involvement in human rights violations.

"We will prohibit visas for individuals who want to come to Venezuela who have violated human rights and have bombed Iraq, Syria, and Vietnam," said Maduro.

He could have added dozens of other countries victimized by US imperial crimes.

"An anti-terrorist list that will be headed by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, the former director fo the CIA George Tenet, congressman Robert Menendez, Marco Rubio, the wolf Ileana Ross-Lethinen, George Tenet and Mario Díaz Balart," Maduro added. 

"They cannot come to Venezuela for being terrorists."

Maduro's announced measures came on the 26th Caracazo anniversary. A previous article explained it as follows:

A popular rebellion confronted former President Carlos Andres Perez's hated government. It lasted days. Security forces killed thousands. Many others were injured.

Protests followed so-called economic reforms. IMF diktats were imposed. Neoliberal harshness punished ordinary Venezuelans.

Perez broke his campaign promise. He called the IMF "a neutron bomb that only kills people." He about-faced in office. He bowed to Washington Consensus demands.

February 27, 1989 was a Monday. Over the weekend, he doubled consumer gasoline prices. Commuters were outraged. They responded angrily.

Many refused to pay. Protests erupted. Revolutionary ferment united students, workers, and activists for change.

Anger over doubled gasoline prices became rebellion. Perez's entire neoliberal package was challenged. 

Martial law followed. Perez authorized live ammunition against protesters.

Caracazo was pivotal.  It represented the eventual death knell of business as usual. Rebellion created Hugo Chavez. In 1999, Bolivarianism followed.

Perez was Venezuela's president from 1974 - 1979. He served again from February 1989 - May 1993. In 1992, he survived two coup attempts. 

Chavez led one that failed. His activism catapulted him to prominence. He got national television air time. He called on remaining resistance elements to cease hostilities.

At the same time, he said he only failed "por ahora (for now)." Later success proved him right.

Perez became Venezuela's first president forced from office by the Supreme Court. He was impeached for embezzling 250 million bolivars.

Senate members stripped his immunity. He refused to resign. Venezuela's National Congress ended his tenure permanently.

In May 1996, he was sentenced to 28 months in prison. In 1998, he was prosecuted again. He ended up self-exiled in Miami. He was a vehement anti-Chavista.

A 2003 stroke partially disabled him. In December 2010, he died. He's gone. He remains reviled. Venezuelans remember. They deplore someone like him returning.

On Friday, tens of thousands of Venezuelans rallied in Caracas in support of national sovereignty and Maduro's government.

He addressed the crowd saying "(w)e will go out so that the imperialists of the world know that Venezuela respects itself."

During Caracazo 1989, many opposition figures were in power, he explained. They "ordered massacres and torture and disappear(ances)…Now that they are in the minority, they resort to terrorism."

Times editors endorse fascist extremism in Venezuela, America and elsewhere. Reflecting their longstanding support for wealth, power and privilege at the expense of beneficial social change.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Kiev Junta Ascendancy to Power Big Lies

Kiev Junta Ascendancy to Power Big Lies

by Stephen Lendman

It's no secret most governments lie. Some much more than others. Washington and other Western ones hugely on issues mattering most.

Kiev putschists told Ukrainians whoppers. Their policies are polar opposite promises made right down the line.

They lied saying they'd "reduc(e) the level of political and societal tension."

Fact: They elevated it to levels highest in modern Ukraine history.

They'd "restor(e) legality and order."

Fact: Rule of law in Ukraine no longer exists. Disorder is worse than any time since WW II.

They'd restor(e) constitutionality of governmental activities, reduc(e) corruption, increas(e) the legal protections and security of the citizens."

Fact: Constitutionality is pure fiction. Corruption is perhaps worse than ever. Government and military officials and are stealing the country blind - practically everything they can get their dirty hands on.

Legal protections and security for Ukrainians don't exist. Illegitimate junta power runs things. Mob rule explains it.

They'd "strengthen national unity and civic consensus."

Fact: No civic consensus exists. Disunity and then some describes things.

They'd "prevent the collapse of the national economy."

Fact: Ukraine is bankrupt. Its economy teeters on collapse. Without IMF loan-shark funds, it would disintegrate altogether.

Money not used to pay bankers first goes for weapons and war-making. Virtually nothing is used to help ordinary Ukrainians.

They're stuck under junta rule not caring if they live, die, or endure unspeakable human misery.

They'd show "(u)nconditional respect for citizens and civil society('s) right to develop…national languages and cultures."

Fact: Civil and human rights were systematically abolished. Anything related to Russia is considered anti-Ukrainian.

They'd "(f)acilitat(e) a comprehensive modernization of the state using European models."

Fact: Junta policies have Ukraine on a fast-track toward destabilizing  demodernization. 

They'd "expand the growth of the informational, educational, cultural space for Ukrainian citizens, and their ability to pursue self-fulfillment."

Fact: They instituted total information control. Independent media are prohibited. State propaganda all the time substitutes.

Education is mind-manipulating indoctrination, not real learning. Self-fulfillment is pure fantasy.

Millions of Ukrainians are deeply impoverished. Growing numbers are unemployed. Social services are disappearing altogether.

Illegitimate prime minister Yatsenyuk nows tells Ukrainians "the country does not have resources as (they're) spent on defense, the army, tanks, (other) weapons, on strengthening security, (and) building a border."

In other words, people needs don't matter. Waging war against ordinary Ukrainians wanting democratic freedoms Kiev denies comes first.

At the same time Ukraine's currency is crashing toward worthlessness. Hyperinflation threatens and all the misery it entails. 

Rationing was instituted. Europe's "breadbasket" can't feed its own people. Last year's harvest was sold abroad. Food reserves are gone.

Essentials to life are in short supply or nonexistent. Ukrainians are dying for lack of medical care. 

The entire country is on life support headed toward collapse - under fascist lunatics tolerating no opposition.

Maidan's broken promises may precipitate greater protests than a year ago for real change hoodlums in charge won't tolerate.

The best way to distract people from economic misery is by scaring them to believe nonexistent threats are real. 

Expect junta propaganda to try convincing Ukrainians that renewed war is justified. Whether they'll buy it is something else entirely. 

When stomachs are empty, people want butter, not guns, peace not war, officials in charge serving them, not their own interests exclusively.

Maidan 2014 may turn out a warmup for what's coming. In the meantime, fragile ceasefire could unravel any time.

Peace is anathema to Washington. Kiev under Poroshenko reflects stooge governance serving US interests.

It bears repeating what other articles stressed. Expect war to resume at Obama's discretion. Kiev is frantically regrouping and rearming.

At the same time, Washington and Britain not involved in Minsk are trying to rewrite its terms.

On the one hand, Poroshenko wants NATO doing his fighting for him. On the other, Obama and Cameron want OSCE's mandate changed.

After a Friday closed-door Security Council meeting, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin explained what they're up to.

Saying they're trying to "rewrite" Minsk. They intend "lectur(ing) the OSCE on what to do." Their scheme is way "out of scope of the existing mission mandate."

The want OSCE observers they control monitoring Russian/Ukrainian border areas. "There are Minsk agreements in place, where the question of borders is explained," said Churkin.

"Why would this question be brought up at the" Security Council, he asked? "All of this is probably to add psychological pressure and divert attention" from efforts to assure a very shaky ceasefire holds.

Washington and Britain irresponsibly inserted themselves into the Minsk process they had no role in crafting - including resources OSCE may need.

"It is not the role of the (Security Council) to discuss the supply (of) those resources," said Churkin. "The OSCE Permanent Council is in charge of that."

Churkin stressed calls for ceasefire and peace are being subverted by out-of-line meddling. Kerry said new sanctions against Russia are ready to be implemented.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Moscow is "leaving all of the options open, including those that have been used in the past." 

"(I)f necessary, fairly painful countermeasures will be used," he stressed. "We are continuing to prepare for possible new sanctions, but at the same time we are not seeing the connection between the US sanctions and what is happening in the real world."

Russia will announce its response to whatever Washington has in mind at an appropriate time, Ryabkov explained.

Poroshenko warned "at any moment, our troops are ready (to resume fighting to) repel the enemy…Military threat from the east remains" even if truce holds, he claimed.

These and similar comments show what previous articles stressed. Chances for sustainable, durable Donbass peace are virtually nil.

On February 28, Sputnik News headlined "US to Send Arms to Ukraine Using Private Contractors - Hacker Group."

Besides heavy weapons Washington already supplied throughout months of conflict, the Ukrainian hacker group CyberBerkut said:

"We, CyberBerkut, got access to files stored on the electronic device that belonged to an employee of the private military contractor 'Green Group,' (that) recently visited Kiev with a US military delegation." 

"The documents reveal that the United States is still mulling over the idea of supplying lethal weapons to Kiev, but first, it would like to gain the support of its European allies."

Sputnik News explained Washington intends using private military contractor (PMC) paramilitaries it employs to deliver weapons and use them against rebels.

Earlier, CyberBerkut leaked information about junta mass casualties, huge loss of heavy weapons and equipment, low troop morale, growing resistance to war, and junta snipers' responsibility for 2014 Maidan killings, not Yanukovych's government.

Obama's Ukraine agenda hasn't gone as planned. On the one hand, it has a tiger by the tail. On the other, its client state is bankrupt headed toward collapse.

Growing public anger over broken promises and human misery may ignite Maidan 2.0. Ukrainians are on their own to get good governance impossible with fascist lunatics in charge.

A Final Comment

A separate article discussed Boris Nemtsov's overnight murder - with CIA false flag dirty hands all over it.

It was days after US ambassador to Russia John Tefft said:

"In my opinion, particularly such respected gentlemen as Navalny and Nemtsov can be really useful to us in establishing a new civil society in Russia. And in the very near future."

Did Tefft know more than he said? Clearly, Nemtsov's killing irresponsibly adds fuel to the Putin bashing fire.

Even though it's inconceivable he had anything to do with it. The propaganda effect will be short-lived. The chance for enlisting anti-Putin sentiment enough to matter is pure fantasy.

Don't think Washington and Kiev rogues won't stop trying. Will the next Putin bashing phase feature Je suis Boris campaigning?

Maybe on US streets? Putin had no reason to want him eliminated. He posed no political threat whatever. 

He was widely disliked. His political party has less than 5% support. His personal approval rating was around 1%. 

Tefft's comment suggests he was worth lots more dead than alive to Washington. It had clear motive and opportunity to take full advantage.

Stephen Lendan lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Nemtsov Murder: Anti-Putin False Flag!

Nemtsov Murder: Anti-Putin False Flag!

by Stephen Lendman

Overnight Friday, opposition politician/Putin antagonist Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed in central Moscow. 

Tass said he was "shot dead (by) four shots from a handgun from a car passing by him…"

He was RPR-Parnas party co-chair, a Yaroslavi Oblast regional parliament member, and Solidarnost co-founder/co-chair - modeled after CIA-financed anti-communist Lech Walesa's Polish Solidarnosc.

In the 1990s, he held various government posts - including first deputy prime minister and deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin. 

He served in Russia's lower house State Duma and upper house Federation Council. He ignored clear US responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. He lied calling Donbass "Vladimir Putin's war."

Before Washington's coup, he said "(w)e support Ukraine's course toward European integration…By supporting Ukraine, we support ourselves."

Along with Aleksey Navalny, Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Ryzhkov, and other Putin opponents, he had close Western ties.

He got State Department funding through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). It wages war on democracy worldwide. 

It advances US interests. Its board of directors includes a rogue's gallery of neocon extremists.

In 2009, Nemtsov and Kasparov met personally with Obama. They discussed anti-Putin tactics - regime change by any other name.

Nemtsov's killing was strategically timed - ahead of Sunday's Vesna (Russian Spring anti-government) opposition march. 

I'll now be a Nemtsov memorial rally - turning an anti-Putin/pro-Western opportunist/convenient stooge into an unjustifiable martyr. 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said "Putin has stressed that this brutal murder has all (the) signs of a contract murder and is extremely provocative."

"The president has expressed his deep condolences to the family of tragically deceased Nemtsov."

Serial-killer/unindicted war criminal Obama "condemn(ed) (his) brutal murder." 

He ludicrously called him "a tireless advocate for his country, seeking for his fellow Russian citizens the rights to which all people are entitled."  

"I admired Nemtsov’s courageous dedication to the struggle against corruption in Russia and appreciated his willingness to share his candid views with me when we met in Moscow in 2009."

"(T)he Russian people…have lost one of the most dedicated and eloquent defenders of their rights."

John Kerry made similar duplicitous comments. Mikhail Gorbachev called his killing "an attempt to complicate the situation in the country, even to destabilize it by ratcheting up tensions between the government and the opposition."

Nemtsov was a Western financed self-serving opportunist. His killing has all the earmarks of a US-staged false flag. Cui bono remains most important.

Clearly Putin had nothing to gain. Rogue US elements have lots to benefit from trying to destabilize Russia.

If Putin wanted Nemtsov dead, it's inconceivable he'd order a Mafia-style contract killing. An "unfortunate" plane or car crash would have been more likely.

Perhaps cleverly poisoning him the way Obama murdered Chavez and Sharon killed Arafat.

Gunning him down in central Moscow automatically rules out Kremlin involvement. 

His demise has all the earmarks of a CIA-staged false flag. Expect no evidence whatever surfacing suggesting Putin's involvement.

Nemtsov's martyrdom is much more valuable to Washington than using him alive as an impotent opposition figure.

Despite challenging economic conditions, Putin's approval rating exceeds 85%. Nemtsov's party has less than 5%. He was no popular favorite. Most Russians disliked him.

Expect his hyped martyrdom to be fully exploited in the West. Does Washington plan more political assassinations to heighten the Nemtsov effect?

Expect Sunday's march to be nothing more than another US failed attempt to enlist anti-Putin support.

Russians aren't stupid. They know how Washington operates. How it vilifies their government. How neocon lunatics in charge are capable of anything.

They know Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. How Putin goes all-out trying to resolve them diplomatically.

Obama wants war, not peace. He wants destabilizing regime change in Russia - perhaps by nuclear war if other methods fail.

Killing Nemtsov changes nothing. Expect Western anti-Putin propaganda to fall flat after a few days of suggesting his involvement.

The New York Times practically accused him of murder calling Nemtsov's killing "the highest-profile assassination in Russia during (his) tenure."

His death occurred "just days before he was to lead (an anti-Putin) rally to protest the war in Ukraine."

The Times absurdly claimed "doors are now closing on the vision of a pluralistic political system of the type (Nemtsov) said he wanted for Russia."

It quoted discredited (on corruption charges) Putin opposition figure Gennady Gudkov saying "(t)hey have started to kill 'enemies of the people.' Mr. Nemtsov is dead. Who is next?"

The Times called him a "dashing, handsome young politician..often touted as an heir apparent to (Boris) Yeltsin."

Neocon Washington Post editors called his murder "another dark sign for Russia."

They flat-out lied saying he "was a courageous Russian politician who never gave up on the dream that the country could make the transition from dictatorship to liberal democracy."

They tried turning a nobody into a political icon. Ludicrously claiming he "be(came) one of the most enduring political figures of the post-Soviet era."

Disgracefully saying "he was by no means the first Putin opponent to be murdered in brazen fashion." Practically accusing Putin of ordering his killing.

Claiming he's "unwilling to tolerate opposition of any kind." Ignoring his overwhelming popularity. His opposition does a good job of rendering itself irrelevant.

Neocon Wall Street Journal editors proved true to form. They outrageously said "(i)n the gangster state that is Vladimir Putin's Russia, we may never learn who shot Boris Nemtsov in Moscow late Friday night."

They absurdly claimed "he might have steered Russia toward a decent future had he been given a chance."

"Instead, he was fated to become a courageous voice for democracy and human rights who risked his life to alert an indifferent West to the dangers of doing business with the man in the Kremlin."

Journal and like-minded editorials and commentaries repeated one Big Lie after another. Irresponsible Putin bashing substitutes for honest reporting and analysis.

Nemtsov's killing is Washington's latest attempt to destabilize Russia. It's part of its longstanding regime change strategy.

It bears repeating. Russians are too smart to fall for thinly veiled US schemes. 

Their overwhelming support for Putin shows flat rejection of what Washington neocons have in mind for their country. 

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

Visit his blog site at 

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

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.