Sunday, January 31, 2016

US Responsibility for Iraq's Devastating Humanitarian Crisis

US Responsibility for Iraq’s Devastating Humanitarian Crisis

by Stephen Lendman

Decades of US-led aggression raped and pillaged Iraq, killing millions of its people, creating dystopian conditions for survivors.

Humanitarian crisis conditions are deplorable, exacerbated by endless US aggression, using ISIS and other takfiri terrorists as imperial foot soldiers, along with low oil prices complicating things further.

Iraq needs over $1.5 billion in aid this year alone. Baghdad called for international community help, its migration and displacement minister Jassim Mohammed al-Jaff, saying:

“With the expanding needs, the allocation through the federal budget will not be sufficient. We expect that the highly prioritized (UN) Humanitarian Response Plan will help cover part of the gap,” whether forthcoming in any amount remains to be seen.

Western and rogue regional state budgets prioritize war-making and state-terrorism, not providing aid for desperate people - victims of their ruthlessness.

Iraq’s long nightmare includes Jimmy Carter’s orchestrated war with Iran, Operation Desert Storm, years of genocidal sanctions, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and ongoing raging  violence and chaos - one of history’s great crimes showing no signs of ending, six US presidents responsible for destroying the cradle of civilization, replacing it with dystopian harshness.

Iraqi 2015 humanitarian efforts fell way short of what’s needed. This year won’t be easier. Millions of internally and externally displaced refugees struggle to survive, deplorably little help forthcoming.

Without it, countless numbers may perish, victims of US imperialism - a universal scourge vital to eliminate, threatening humanity worldwide.

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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Conflicting Reports on Farcical Syrian Peace Talks

Conflicting Reports on Farcical Syrian Peace Talks

by Stephen Lendman

Holding them is a waste of time. Abandoning them makes more sense. Negotiating with terrorists won’t succeed. Diplomacy is doomed to fail.

Instead the US/Saudi/UN-orchestrated charade continues, conflicting reports on whether opposition groups comprised of terrorists intend showing up muddy things further.

Syria’s UN envoy/chief government negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari correctly said “any political solution to the (ongoing) crisis…can’t be achieved without the presence of a serious party to the dialogue process.”

He justifiably accused opposition terrorist groups of “lack(ing) seriousness and responsibility,”  intending to undermine talks before they begin.

“We have proved our good intentions and the government’s positive attitude towards any international UN effort to find a solution, but the problem has always been with the other party,” he explained. 

He spoke forthrightly and honestly, what’s sorely lacking in Geneva under the best of conditions.

On January 31, two days after talks were scheduled to begin, he said “(n)o one…knows who the other party is, and there hasn’t been a final list of participants so far,” likely to change any time after talks begin.

“When the Security Council resolution (2254) states that the broadest possible spectrum of the position be brought together by the Syrians themselves, and this resolution is being violated, then it means that there are some who want to impose a fait accompli by selectivity and double standards,” assuring failure, not success.

Jaafari justifiably blamed Washington and Riyadh without naming them - because they’re “not neutral.” Spokesman for the US-Saudi-backed terrorist groups, Salem al-Mouslad, said his side is ready to start talks without preconditions, after earlier stressing the opposite - imposing demands impossible for Syria and Russia to accept.

Syrian Judas Riyad Hijab is coordinator for the Saudi-formed High Negotiations Committee (HNC), comprised entirely of anti-Assad terrorists, cutthroat killers responsible for gruesome atrocities, wanting him removed, all Shias and Alawites genocidally eliminated.

He issued a statement, saying “(i)f (Damascus insists on continuing to commit these crimes (code language for responsible self-defense against invading terrorists), then the HNC delegation’s presence in Geneva will not be justified.”

“The delegation will inform (UN envoy/anti-Syrian/pro-Western moderator Staffan) de Mistura (of) its intentions to withdraw its negotiating team if the UN and world powers” don’t enforce its demands.

It’s unclear what’s coming next. Involvement of terrorists in talks assures failure, a combination of tragedy and farce. Syria’s conflict will be resolved militarily or not at all.

Russia’s formidable air power allied with government ground forces continuing to batter ISIS and other terrorist groups is the only effective way to weaken and eliminate them to a shadow of their current strength.

Relying on Geneva talks to resolve things assures failure, endless conflict, Washington’s objective. Peace and stability defeat its agenda - what Western media never explain.

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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Russia's Awesome Syrian Campaign

Russia’s Awesome Syrian Campaign

by Stephen Lendman

Russia’s sophisticated military capability matches the West’s best, a force to be reckoned with, giving Pentagon commanders pause on how to challenge it.

London’s Independent discussed its effective Syrian campaign, saying it “deliver(ed) a hi-tech shock to (the) West and Israel,” its sophisticated weapons and technology matching or exceeding their best.

Its military capability is no longer disparaged. US Army Europe (USAEUR) commanding General Ben Hodges called its electronic warfare advances “eye-watering.”

US Air Forces in Europe commander General Frank Forenc said its air defense systems in Crimea and Kaliningrad make it “very, very difficult” for NATO aircraft to safely access parts of Eastern Europe, including areas of Poland.

Israel expressed concern about its sophisticated weapons in Syria, “wonder(ing) where it will all end,” troubled about losing its regional aerial superiority, according the Independent.

It quoted an unnamed senior Israeli military intelligence official, saying “(a)nyone who wants anything done in this region is beating a path to Moscow.”

Putin noted the significance of the West’s seeing “for the first time that (Russia’s sophisticated) weapons do exist…that we have well-trained people who can put them to effective use. They have now seen, too, that Russia is ready to use them if this is in the interest of our country and our people.”

Its state-of-the-art S-400 air defense systems (more advanced new generation S-500s to be operational later this year) control wide areas of airspace where they’re deployed, able to down threatening aircraft, as well as ballistic, cruise and other missiles - of great concern to US-led NATO and Israel.

Its electronic warfare capability, including the Krasukha-4, can jam airborne warning and control (AWACS) and satellite radar systems.

According to US Army Cyber Commanding General Edward Cardon’s deputy Mr. Ronald Pontius, “(y)ou cannot but come to the conclusion that we are not making progress at the pace the threat demands.”

Russia’s military and technological capability is awesome, the Independent saying:

“The question for the West is whether to react to this by initiating a new chapter of confrontation with Moscow, or one of greater accommodation.”

Longstanding US regime change plans, including overt hostility and repeated provocations, risk possible WW III.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Boondoggle

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II Boondoggle

by Stephen Lendman

At an estimated lifetime development, production, operational and maintenance cost of $2 trillion or more (adjusted for inflation), the F-35 perhaps most of all symbolizes notorious Pentagon waste, fraud and abuse - ripping off taxpayers, using the nation’s resources irresponsibly, at the expense of vital homeland needs.

Pentagon hype calls the F-35 “a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment” - for Army, Navy and Marine Corps use, as well as for selected allies.

After a decade of development and limited production, it still doesn’t work as intended. In service since the 1970s, the F-16 outclasses it. In simulated dogfights, an F-35 test pilot called it “at a distinct energy disadvantage.”

The Pentagon’s fifth-generation warplane performs worse than one of its current mainstays it’s designed to replace. It remains a troubled aircraft with unresolved problems, a multi-trillion dollar boondoggle, a colossal waste of national resources.

It’s unclear if continued development and testing can ever overcome its design flaws. Instead of scrapping a white elephant, limitless billions of dollars continue being poured down a black hole.

Cost overruns are enormous. Each aircraft costs around $300 million, amounts varying by branch of service, unit costs increasing annually - congressional oversight entirely absent.

Defense contractors notoriously rip off taxpayers, administration and congressional officials complicit in their scamming.

On January 28, Bloomberg News quoted Defense Department Operational Test and Evaluation director Michael Gilmore, saying F-35s “require a still-to-be-determined list of modifications.”

They “may be unaffordable for the (service branches) as they consider the cost of upgrading these early lots of aircraft while the program continues to increase production rates in a fiscally constrained environment.”

DOD plans a fleet of 2,443 F-35s, plus hundreds more Britain, Italy, Japan and Australia intend buying, maybe Israel and other US allies.

Outrageously, the aircraft is being produced while still in development - deficient and unable to perform its intended mission. One unnamed Pentagon official called what’s ongoing “acquisition malpractice.”

Grand theft best explains it, perhaps over $2 trillion wasted if F-35s never work as intended.

Numerous unresolved problems and design flaws remain. So-called “3F” software intended to assure full combat capability (if it works) won’t be completed until at least early 2018, maybe much later, if ever.

According to Gilmore, Air Force officials told a Joint Chiefs of Staff review group in December that beginning full-scale production in April 2019 is unrealistic because of numerous unresolved problems, serious “deficiencies,” including dysfunctional software.

Fuel system defects limit maneuverability. The ejection system can kill pilots weighing 136 pounds or less by breaking their necks.

Russia’s still-in-development fifth-generation T-50 (PAK-FA) Sukhoi may outperform the F-35, military experts believe. 

Testing will be completed later this year, production to follow, availability for service expected in 2017 - at a small fraction of the F-35’s cost. 

Retired US Air Force General/deputy chief of staff David Deptula called the T-50 a “pretty sophisticated design (with) greater agility (and a better) aerodynamic design” than the F-35.

Sophisticated Russian military technology matches America’s best. In December, US Air Forces in Europe commander General Frank Forenc called its state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative capability “alarming.”

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/Turkish Anti-Russian Provocations

US/Turkish Anti-Russian Provocations

by Stephen Lendman

America and Turkey have disturbing similarities. Both are fantasy democracies, featuring money-controlled one-party rule while pretending otherwise.

Police state governance tolerates no opposition - deploring peace and stability, waging endless naked aggression, repressing their own people, risking global war.

Major media in both countries support regime policies demanding condemnation.

Turkey and America are rogue states. A criminal class runs them. They’re allied against Russia. Repeated provocations risk direct confrontation.

It’s inconceivable that Washington’s dirty hands weren’t behind Turkey’s downing a Russian Su-24 bomber last November.

Erdogan would never do it on his own without permission or complicity with Washington - committing a premeditated act of war on the fabricated pretext of Russia’s aircraft violating Turkish airspace.

Moscow has indisputable evidence no violation occurred. The Su-24 bomber was in Syrian airspace at the time. Russia’s Foreign Minister called the incident “an unfriendly act.”

Putin accused Erdogan of back-stabbing him - mincing no words, saying the downed Russian aircraft posed no threat to Turkey’s security. 

He has clear evidence of Erdogan’s support for ISIS and other terrorist groups - complicit with Washington and other rogue partners.

On Saturday, Turkey again falsely claimed a Russian Su-34 bomber violated its airspace. Moscow’s ambassador was summoned. No information is available about the meeting

A Turkish statement willfully lied, saying “(w)e once again explicitly call on Russia, to act responsibly and not to violate Turkish Airspace, which is NATO airspace.” 

“We underline that such actions could lead to serious consequences, the responsibility of which will totally rest with the Russian Federation.”

Ankara claiming the Russian plane was warned numerous times by Turkish air radar units “through appropriate channels” in both English and Russian languages was patently false.

No warnings were issued because no violations occurred. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov blasted Ankara’s false accusation, saying:

“There have been no Turkish airspace violations by the aircraft of the Russian airborne tactical formation (operating) in the Syrian Arab Republic. The statements from the Turkish side concerning the alleged air incursion by a Russian Su-34 are proof-less propaganda.”

He explained airspace controlling radar stations can’t determine the country of origin of aircraft detected on their monitors - only altitude, speed and flight path.

Visual contact is needed to identify an aircraft’s nationality. None occurred. Konashenkov ridiculed Ankara’s claim about repeated warnings in English and Russian - calling it a complete fabrication, concocted by “ignorant propagandists who watched too many Hollywood action movies.”

He stressed neither Russian or Syrian air defense systems (including Damascus radar stations) detected any Turkish border violations. None occurred.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry recklessly accused Russia of escalating existing tensions. 

Ankara complicit with Washington bears full responsibility - two rogue state partners in high crimes against peace.

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, January 30, 2016

Scurrilous NYT Anti-Syrian Propaganda

Scurrilous NYT Anti-Syrian Propaganda

by Stephen Lendman

The Times is a longstanding pro-Western lying machine, featuring managed news misinformation, spurning truth and full disclosure on major issues, notably geopolitical ones.

It’s militantly anti-Assad, scurrilously attacking him, falsely blaming him for US-led high crimes, using ISIS and other terrorist foot soldiers to do its dirty work - responsible for genocidal mass slaughter.

It perpetuates the myth of anti-government “moderate rebels.” None exist, opposition forces comprised of US-created terrorist groups, cutthroat killers, responsible for gruesome atrocities - trained to commit them by CIA operatives, including use of chemical and other banned weapons.

The Times calls terrorist-held cities, towns and villages, government forces and Russian airstrikes continue trying to liberate “besieged,” their residents “starv(ing),” falsely claiming Assad blocks humanitarian aid from reaching them.

When sent, ISIS and other terrorist groups steal it, using it for themselves and for sale at unaffordable prices.

The Times considers captured and held anti-Assad terrorists “political prisoners,” ignoring their high crimes, supporting all US imperial wars - naked aggression by any standard, raping one country after another.

Washington wants war, not peace, talks doomed before beginning. The Times quoted John Kerry’s willful deception, saying he “welcomes…both sides…participat(ing) in good faith,” urging them to “achieve early, measurable progress in the days ahead.”

Impossible when accomplishing this goal defeats Washington’s agenda, when terrorists seeking Syria’s destruction represent the opposition.

Talks were orchestrated to fail - like decades of futile Israeli/Palestinian negotiations, a longstanding sham, the greatest hoax in modern times, always dead on arrival.

When one side wants unconditional surrender, its demands alone met, conflict resolution attempts are futile, a waste of time, a willful public deception - shamelessly left unexplained by media scoundrels, notably The Times, a longstanding imperial agent, blaming victims for Western and Israeli high crimes.

Geneva I and II talks failed because Washington and rogue allies subverted them. The Times shamelessly blamed Syria’s Bashar al-Jaafari, its UN envoy and chief negotiator, earlier and currently.

It lied, claiming he “did little but denounce the opposition delegation.” His forthright efforts weren’t enough. 

Washington’s rage for war and regime change prevented any chance for conflict resolution - then and now.

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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Gross Israeli Injustice

Gross Israeli Injustice

by Stephen Lendman

Israel persecutes Palestinians viciously, stealing their land, displacing them, extrajudicially killing them, imprisoning them on trumped up charges, their fundamental rights systematically denied.

Five Palestinian teenagers were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, fined $39,000 their families are forced to pay for a crime their children didn’t commit. 

Rubber-stamp/military kangaroo court justice ruled otherwise. Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Ammar Souf, and Tamer Souf were 16 - 17 years-old when wrongfully charged with stone-throwing and attempted murder (later reduced to manslaughter), despite no evidence proving it.

No incident occurred. No witnesses suggested one. Guilt by accusation is virtually automatic in Israeli military courts, young children treated as viciously as adults, shamelessly called “terrorists.”

An accident involving a settler car crashing into a truck seriously injured the driver’s three young daughters. One died last year from pneumonia. Stone-throwing had nothing to do with the incident, five Palestinian teenagers victimized by Israeli injustice.

Israeli media scoundrels are like America’s. Rare exceptions prove the rule. They straightaway called a highway accident a “terrorist attack,” repeating irresponsible regime charges.

The Hares Boys, named after their home village, were arrested in March 2013, lawlessly held for nearly three years under horrific conditions before being sentenced.

They denied throwing stones as charged. It didn’t matter. They were brutally tortured during interrogations, denied family and legal counsel contacts at the time, forced to sign confessions in Hebrew they didn’t understand, later recanted them, now face longterm imprisonment.

Once Palestinians are charged, innocence is no defense, young children as vulnerable as adults. Criminal injustice is longstanding Israeli practice.

According to Defense for Children International-Palestine’s Bashar Jamal, nearly 700 Palestinian children are wrongfully arrested, brutally treated, prosecuted, automatically convicted or held administratively uncharged and untried, systematically denied justice annually - on average around two a day.

Israeli settlers are free to commit violence and vandalism unaccountably against Palestinians and their communities.

It bears repeating. No evidence against the wrongfully convicted boys exists. Not a single eyewitness corroborated regime charges.

No one saw Palestinians throwing stones on the day of the incident. Some reports called them “concrete blocks,” suggesting something too heavy to lift, let alone throw and hit a passing car.

Media reports after early ones were filled with disturbing contradictions and inconsistencies, indicating a political motive behind state persecution.

Palestinians systematically face fabricated charges, recklessly called terrorists, framed for crimes they didn’t commit, automatically denied justice.

Police states operate this way, Israel one of the most vicious, Palestinians terrorized for not being Jews.

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.


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Biowarfare? Genetically Modified Mosquitos Spreading the Zika Virus

Biowarfare? Genetically Modified Mosquitos Spreading the Zika Virus

by Stephen Lendman

The Zika virus is related to dengue fever, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and West Nile viruses.

So far, drugs aren’t effective against it. A vaccine if developed will do more harm than good. Most infected individuals suffer mild illness, called Zika disease.

Potentially deadly Guillain-Barre syndrome at times occurs. Fetuses are at risk for microcephaly, an abnormally small head in relation to the rest of the body and underdeveloped brain, permanent damage.

Zika has been around for decades, occasional outbreaks occurring in Africa and Asia - currently in Central and South America, Brazil its epicenter.

It’s being spread by genetically engineered mosquitos. Is it the latest example of US biowarfare? America’s sordid history suggests it.

In 1931, Dr. Cornelius Rhoads infected human subjects with cancer cells - under the auspices of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Investigations. He later conducted radiation exposure experiments on American soldiers and civilian hospital patients.

In 1932, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study infected 200 unwitting Black men, using them as human guinea pigs, denying them treatment, following the progression of their disease, deliberately letting them suffer and die.

In 1940, 400 Chicago prisoners were infected with malaria to study the effects of new and experimental drugs.

At least since the 1940s, America had an active biological warfare program, using controversial methods to test bioweapons. 

VA hospital patients have been used as human guinea pigs for medical experiments. Biological agents were released in US cities (including New York and San Francisco) to test the effects of germ warfare.

America’s deplorable history at home and abroad includes numerous other examples. Washington uses biological, chemical, radiological and other banned weapons in all its wars.

Are US-unleashed genetically modified mosquitos being used to wage biological warfare in Central and South America?

The Zika virus outbreak is linked to GM mosquitos released in field trials funded by Bill Gates.

The corporate-controlled World Health Organization (WHO) said Zika “is now spreading explosively” in the Americas, hyping an estimated three to four million people at risk over the next year.

Central and South American nations urged women to avoid pregnancy for at least two years. Is Zika being used as an attempted population control scheme?

GM mosquitos allegedly released to keep dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunga (a crippling mosquito-borne virus) and zika from spreading are facilitating its outbreaks in numerous Central and South American countries - notably Brazil and Colombia.

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned of potential small Zika outbreaks in southern Florida and Texas.

UK biotech company Oxford Insect Technologies developed GM mosquitos with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funding - a profit-making enterprise, masquerading as a charitable one.

One critic called its operations “vulture philanthropy,” investing in companies causing health problems they claim to be combatting.

Not coincidentally, Zika’s outbreak occurred where GM mosquitos were released last year in Brazil, now affecting about 20 Central and South American countries. 

Maybe areas in southern US states will follow. What’s happening has the earmarks of state-sponsored biowarfare.

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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Western/Regional-Supported Terrorist Groups Invited to Syrian Peace Talks

Western/Regional-Supported Terrorist Groups Invited to Syrian Peace Talks

by Stephen Lendman

A separate article called them farcical, dead on arrival, orchestrated to fail, not succeed.

Anti-Assad US-led Western and Saudi-led regional states’ claims about wanting conflict ended, peace restored, things resolved diplomatically ring hollow.

Endless conflict continues. Scheduled talks change nothing. Violence, instability and chaos serve Washington’s agenda. Peace and stability defeat it.

On Friday, Tass said Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee spokesman Andrey Przhezdomsky blasted Turkey’s continued “organized system of transferring addition(al) (gunmen) to the ISIL,” along with regularly supplying weapons cross-border.

Russian special services knows routes taken, Istanbul the “key” one. Turkey, complicit with Washington and other rogue allies, fuels continued war without mercy in Syria.

Assad’s UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari accused “the Erdogan regime that rules Turkey” with directly aiding ISIS and other terrorist groups, its armed forces involved in supporting them, Syrian refugees subjected to “cruel tyranny and terrorism” by Ankara officials.

Russia’s Defense Minister said Turkey lets ISIS and other terrorist fighters move freely cross-border to and from Syria. It continues with talks about to begin, dooming them.

New fighters arrive daily, heavily armed and equipped on Turkish territory, moving freely through so-called UN-monitored checkpoints, the world body complicit with Obama’s war on Syria.

How can its envoy Steffan de Mistura moderate peace talks bias free? He serves Western interests. Neutrality isn’t his mandate.

If talks begin and continue, long futile months lie ahead going nowhere. Washington orchestrated things to fail. 

Nothing in prospect suggests relief for long-suffering Syrians, 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. 

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Farcical Syrian Peace Talks: Dead on Arrival

Farcical Syrian Peace Talks: Dead on Arrival

by Stephen Lendman

Talks are orchestrated to fail. More on this below. Mainstream and much alternative media misreporting continues calling five years of US naked aggression against a nation threatening no one a “civil war.”

There’s nothing “civil” about it. Syria was invaded, Washington using ISIS and other terrorist groups, enlisting fighters from scores of countries.

Obama didn’t wage war to quit. He wants regime change, Assad and loyalists around him ousted, an Israeli rival eliminated, Iran isolated, pro-Western puppet governance installed, Syria transformed into a US-controlled vassal state, likely balkanized for easier controlled, its people ruthlessly exploited.

Obama bears full responsibility for genocidal mass slaughter, horrific destruction, cities, towns and villages turned to rubble, the severest refugee crisis since WW II from all US post-9/11 imperial wars.

How can there be peace in Syria when achieving it defeats Washington’s agenda? Obama wants endless conflict, violence, instability and chaos, the scenario in all US war theaters.

How is conflict resolution possible with US/Saudi-backed terrorist groups, cutthroat killers responsible for horrific atrocities, largely representing the opposition?

It’s unclear if they intend coming or if showing up will be their tactic to make nonnegotiable, impossible to agree on, demands, not engage in serious talks. 

It appears Washington, key NATO partners, Israel and Saudi-led Gulf States orchestrated a farcical scenario, fantasy talks doomed to fail, Assad wrongfully blamed.

Arab League/UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura represents them. His Friday comments weren’t reassuring, saying:

“The (Saudi-backed) High Negotiations Committee (HNC terrorist groups) decided to participate in the Geneva talks after receiving American and United Nations guarantees.”

What precisely he didn’t explain or if “participation” means showing up to subvert talks. Security Council Res. 2254 is the agreed on format.

It calls for opposing sides to convene in January under UN auspices - initiating a political process toward establishing “inclusive and non-sectarian governance” within six months by Syrians alone.

The aim is drafting a new constitution (likely not much different from the overwhelmingly approved current one in February 2012 by national referendum), as well as holding new elections in 18 months.

Mistura saying he “has good reasons to believe (the HNC is) actually considering (coming) very seriously” to enable “discussions” to begin Sunday doesn’t indicate he’s sure of anything - let alone what’ll happen going forward under conditions as they unfold.

At best, whoever shows up (if anyone) representing the HNC won’t negotiate, only talk to UN officials - insisting Russian and Syrian anti-terrorism targeting ceases, including against towns held hostage by ISIS and other terrorist groups, demands made to subvert, not facilitate discussions.

The New York Times disgracefully characterized their demands as “press(ing) their humanitarian case to the public,” calling cold-blooded killers “moderates,” ignoring their barbarism, operating as US proxies, waging terror war, committing high crimes against peace.

US/Saudi-backed HNC terrorists are headed by Syrian traitor Riad Hijab, serving as coordinator. He lied, calling talks “a Russian and Iranian” plot, “a disaster for the region.”

Washington, Turkey and Saudi Arabia conspired to prohibit Syrian PYD Kurds from participating, their fighters playing a key role against terrorist groups in northern areas.

Russia calls restoring peace and stability to Syria impossible without their involvement, Sergey Lavrov saying:

“How can we talk about political reforms in Syria, ignoring the leading Kurdish party, quite a mighty power that, by the way, actively opposes terrorism on the ground, including ISIS?” 

“Not inviting this group (is) a most serious mistake,” a deliberate effort to subvert talks before they begin.

De Mistura represents Western and Saudi-led regional interests, not what’s best for long-suffering Syrians. 

His orchestrated talks are a prescription for failure. Expect them to go nowhere like earlier. 

Expect US-led endless conflict to continue. Expect Assad to be wrongfully blamed like always.

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

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

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Obama Plans More War on US-Ravaged Libya

Obama Plans More War on US-Ravaged Libya

by Stephen Lendman

Endless US imperial wars rage, raping one country after another. Wherever America shows up, mass slaughter, destruction and unspeakable human misery follow.

ISIS is a US creation. Following a Thursday National Security Council (NSC) meeting, a White House statement lied, saying Obama “emphasized that the United States will continue to counter ISIL terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary.”

The President directed his national security team to continue efforts to strengthen governance and support ongoing counterterrorism efforts in Libya and other countries where ISIL has sought to establish a presence.”

Earlier on Thursday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter signaled more war on Libya ahead, despite endless violence and chaos resulting from Obama’s 2011 aggression, turning the nation into a failed state.

“Washington is developing options for what we might do” ahead, said Carter - code language for more planned naked aggression, assuring greater chaotic conditions than already, on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

It’s elements got a foothold in Libya with US support, controlling Sirte, a gateway to several major oil fields and refineries further east.

Reports indicate Britain intends deploying about 1,000 special forces, together with thousands of US, French and Italian combat troops, along with another US-led terror-bombing campaign - supporting, not combating ISIS.

Two so-called rival governments vie for control, one in Tobruk supported by Washington and NATO allies, the other in Tripoli, Libya’s capital.

In December, both sides agreed on forming unity governance, excluding numerous tribal groups. Nothing is consummated.  Internal disputes continue.

Days earlier, the so-called internationally recognized parliament overwhelmingly rejected unity government terms. The UN-backed Libyan Presidential Council is expected to present an alternative proposal.

Endless violence and chaos is fertile ground for ISIS, Washington aiding it gain strength in Libya. More US-led war assures greater devastation than already.

Internationally recognized Libyan authorities indicated opposition to foreign intervention. In December, UN envoy Ibrahim Dabbashi said “(n)obody is thinking about requesting foreign intervention at the moment. We are willing to fight (ISIS) ourselves.”

On January 22 in Paris, US Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph (“fighting Joe) Dunford met with France’s defense staff chief General Pierre de Villiers.

Following discussions, Dunford said “(i)t’s fair to say we’re looking to take decisive military action against ISIL” in Libya.

“Unchecked, I am concerned about (its) spread,” he added, failing to explain it flourishes with foreign support - from Washington and rogue allies.

Media reports indicate US intervention could begin in weeks, together with Britain, France and Italy.

On Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Washington would “respond accordingly” in Libya. “We’re going to consider all of our options going forward,” he added - code language for planned US-led naked aggression on the phony pretext of combating ISIS, America’s valued ally.

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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Longstanding US/UK Spying on Israeli Military Operations

Longstanding US/UK Spying on Israeli Military Operations

by Stephen Lendman

It’s no surprise. Nations routinely spy on allies and adversaries. Today’s sophisticated technology makes it easier than ever.

On Friday, Israeli and Western media reported Washington and Britain accessed Israeli military aircraft video feeds - letting them monitor IDF operations in Gaza, along with watching for potential strikes on Iran.

US and UK intelligence cracked special IDF encryption years ago. They’ve been monitoring communications between Israeli warplanes, drones and military bases.

Edward Snowden-released NSA documents and photos revealed it. Israel expressed disappointment but not surprise, over-hyping what it called “an earthquake…the worst leak in the history of (its) intelligence.”

Tracking is done from a Royal Air Force installation near Mount Olympus, the highest point on Cyprus.

An anonymous Israeli official said the breach means Washington and Britain “forcibly stripped us, and, no less important, that probably none of our encrypted systems are safe from them.”

A 2008 UK intelligence (GCHQ) report called access “indispensable for maintaining an understanding of Israeli military training and operations, and thus an insight into possible future developments in the region.”

“In times of crisis, this access is critical and one of the only avenues to provide up to the minute information and support to US and allied operations in the area.”

The White House declined to comment, only saying spying is conducted for national security reasons. It’s espionage, stealing other countries’ secrets for political, economic and military advantage.

It’s not about keeping us safe. America hasn’t had an enemy since Japan surrendered at WW II’s end.

Domestic spying has nothing to do with national security. It’s for control, transforming America into a police state, its most disadvantaged citizens victimized, thousands wrongfully imprisoned for political reasons.

Earlier released Snowden documents revealed global NSA spying, at home and abroad, including on allied world leaders. Big Brother is real, no longer fiction. Privacy no longer exists.

Unconstitutional mass surveillance is standard practice. Obama escalated what his predecessors began, secretly authorizing illegal intrusions into the lives of ordinary US citizens, monitoring their electronic and telephonic communications without judicial authorization, waging war on freedom, spying more aggressively worldwide than any previous regime in history.

Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev once ludicrously said “Israel does not spy on the United States of America.”

Not according to the CIA, calling Israel America’s main regional spy threat. Numerous Israeli officials are involved - with close ties to foreign military, intelligence and criminal sources.

In 2011, former CIA counterintelligence/military intelligence officer Philip Giraldi accused Israel of stealing everything it gets its hands one, including military, political, industrial, commercial, technological, economic and financial secrets.

Annual FBI reports prominently feature Israeli spying on America. Washington’s Government Accountability Office (GAO) earlier said Israel “conducts the most aggressive espionage operation against the United States of any US ally.”

The Pentagon accused Israel of “actively engag(ing) in military and industrial espionage in the United States. An Israeli citizen working in the US who has access to proprietary information is likely to be a target of such espionage.”

Despite longstanding close ties, past and current US national security officials consider Israel a frustrating ally, a genuine counterintelligence threat.

Its technical capability and human resources match some of America’s best - with direct access to top-level US political, military and intelligence sources, enlisting them to steal American secrets.

Israel gets virtually anything it wants from Washington, its intrusive spying overlooked. 

Their imperial ties matter more, longstanding partners in naked aggression and other high crimes.

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

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: 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.


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