Stephen Lendman
I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them. Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected] Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to the Lendman News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Monday - Friday at 10AM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national issues. All programs are archived for easy listening. http://republicbroadcasting.org/Lendman
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Kerry replaced Clinton at State. He didn’t miss a beat. He continues her imperial arrogance. He prioritizes war. He deplores peace. He supports Israel’s worst crimes. He’s contemptuous of rule of law principles. He supports wrong over right. He’s indifferent to human suffering. US imperial priorities alone matter. His first overseas trip continues. He left Sunday. He’s visiting nine countries in 11 days. After meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, he said: “We all agree that the time has passed for President Assad to heed the voice of his people and the voice of the people in the world who want a peaceful transition and a new opportunity for Syria.” “That’s why we are examining and developing ways to accelerate the political transition that the Syrian people seek and deserve.” Plans are to assure Western-backed death squads more aid. They’re not rebels. They’re invaders. They’re terrorists. Media scoundrels don’t explain.

Arafat Jaradat Palestinian Prisoner Tortured to Death in Israel:  State terrorism is official Israeli policy. Torture and cold-blooded murder define it. Arafat Jaradat is Israel’s latest victim. He died wracked in pain Saturday. Israel attributed it to cardiac arrest. Shin Bet claimed no detectable health problems during interrogation. Accusations of torture were dismissed. Coverup and […]

Multiple previous P5+1 talks were held. America manipulated them to fail. So did Israel covertly. Western nations were pressured to go along. On February 26, new talks will be held in Almaty, Kazahhstan. Expect no more this time than earlier. It bears repeating. Tehran’s nuclear program isn’t at issue. It’s red herring cover for imperial […]

Since taking office, Obama headed America toward full-blown tyranny. He enforces Bush administration police state laws. He added more of his own. He governs like a tinpot despot.  He targets free expression, dissent, whistleblowing, and other constitutional freedoms. He usurped diktat authority.   He spurns civil protections, judicial fairness, and other fundamental rights. Abuse of power […]

Throughout his tenure, Obama’s done what supporters thought impossible. He’s governed to the right of George Bush. He mocks rule of law principles and other democratic values. He prioritizes wars on humanity. He’s waging multiple direct and proxy ones. War on terror subterfuge disguises them. He plans more. He’s sending US special forces to 35 […]

For over 14 years, Daniel Estulin has investigated and researched the Bilderberg Group’s far-reaching influence on business and finance, global politics, war and peace, and control of the world’s resources and its money. His book, “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group,” was published in 2005 and is now updated in a new 2009 edition. He states that in 1954, “the most powerful men in the world met for the first time” in Oosterbeek, Netherlands, “debated the future of the world,” and decided to meet annually in secret. They called themselves the Bilderberg Group with a membership representing a who’s who of world power elites, mostly from America, Canada, and Western Europe with familiar names like

With or without Chavez, it’s institutionalized. It greatly improved the lives of most Venezuelans. It’s become part of the national culture. It won’t wane and die. It reflects Simon Bolivar’s vision. He defeated the Spanish, liberated half of South America, and advocated using national wealth responsibly, fairly and equitably. He strove to overcome what he […]

The New York Times debated it. Nine views were presented. Mark Weisbrot co-directs the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He’s fair-minded and forthright. He was outnumbered eight to one. Times style debates avoid evenhanded exchanges. Debates are an ancient tradition. Genuine ones air views freely. Beliefs are challenged. Truths are sought. Critical thinking is stimulated. Opinions […]

US history is littered with repressive laws. Constitutional protections and civil liberties have been targeted. The 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts restricted First Amendment freedoms. So did the 1917 Espionage Act, 1919 anti-communist Palmer raids, 1934 Special Committee on Un-American Activities, its House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) successor, FBI COINTELPRO crackdowns, 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective […]

Imperial Warrior Kerry at State Hillary Clinton will leave State. She’ll further her 2016 presidential ambitions. She wants to succeed Obama. She hopes to become America’s first woman president. If successful, she’ll likely exceed his worst policies. He did what supporters thought impossible. He outdid George Bush. Imagine what’s ahead in term two. Kerry was […]

At issue is destroying social America, increasing the unprecedented wealth disparity, punishing ordinary households, impoverishing growing millions, and providing limitless funding for militarism, imperial wars, and corporate favorites. Also ahead is toughening police state harshness against non-believers. America’s at the precipice of full-blown tyranny. Washington’s fiscal cliff debate is doublespeak deception. Republicans and Democrats share […]

Bullies choose easy adversaries to pummel. Equal fights are shunned. It’s the same in schoolyards or battlefields. America and Israel operate this way. They avoid foes able to give as much as they take. Rogue governments never say they’re sorry. During Cast Lead in January 2009, Professor Jeremy Salt wrote “A Message to the brave Israeli Airmen.” […]

The same party wins every time. Duopoly power rules. America is a one party state with two wings. Each replicates the other. On major issues mattering most, not a dime’s worth of difference separates them. The late Gore Vidal explained it as well as anyone. Some of his best comments included: “Apparently, a democracy is […]

The best democracy money can buy wins every time. It’s done with electronic ease. It’s the American way! “Well, he might have,” said Mark Crispin Miller on his blog site. He doesn’t know. Nor do other voters. Corporate owned, programmed and manipulated electronic voting machines control things. The Carter Center monitors elections globally. It refuses […]

Far and away, America’s human rights record is the world’s worst. No other nation approaches its unprincipled history. Earlier crimes against humanity were largely internal and regional. Twentieth century ones went global. New millennium ones elevated atrocities and other human rights abuses to an unprecedented level. It keeps rising. America is guilty of virtually every crime imaginable and then some. Former dovish US diplomat, advisor, and father of Soviet containment George Kennan explained what reflects America’s post-WW II foreign and domestic policy. His February 1948 “Memo PPS23″ said:

For decades, Israel has literally gotten away with murder. Crimes of war and against humanity repeat regularly. Human and civil rights are spurned. Anyone not experiencing it firsthand can’t imagine the ruthlessness of occupation harshness. Besieged Gazans suffer most. For over five years, they’ve been lawlessly isolated and suffocated. Former Ariel Sharon associate, Dov Weissglass, […]

First impressions suggest another “who done it” incident. Similar ones occurred many times before. Guilty parties often get named later. Key always is cui bono? The mainstream media never explain what’s most important. Instead, headlines like “Blast in Beirut Is Seen as an Extension of Syria’s War” circulate. The New York Times said it “devastated a Christian […]

Days of Syrian/Turkish border incidents threaten further escalation into something more serious. Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants fired mortar rounds on Turkish territory from Syrian locations they control. Assad was wrongfully blamed for their provocation. Syria has been very circumspect. It wants tensions cooled. Turkey’s Erdogan made hostile threats. Events bear watching. On Sunday, Israel […]

Iran threatens no one. Western and Israeli leaders know it. So do over 100 Non-Aligned Movement countries coming to Tehran. They’ll be there from August 26 – 31. They’ll participate in NAM’s 16th summit. Their presence endorses Iran’s legitimacy, extends support, shows disapproval of Western hostility and belligerence, and confers prestige when Tehran most needs […]

Irresponsible leaders risk the unthinkable. Media scoundrels cheerlead mindlessly. So do neocon think tanks. Ordinary people are more concerned about mundane trivia than survival. Nero didn’t fiddle while Rome burned. The violin wasn’t invented for another 1,500 years. Today’s officials go where earlier ones wouldn’t dare. They risk regional or global disaster. War on Syria and/or Iran may ignite more than leaders bargain for. Imagine blowing up the world to control it. Imagine forces able to stop it staying sidelined. Imagine the unimaginable. Imagine it before it’s too late to matter. World War II weapons were toys compared to today’s. Before war ended, tens of millions died. Estimates range from 50 – 70 million. No one knows for sure. Preventing war would have saved them. A world war that was hoped never again to happen became perpetual conflicts.
Obama replicates hardline neocon extremism. He did what supporters thought impossible. He surpassed the worst of Bush. Imagine what’ll do in a second term. He’s risking the unthinkable. He’s lurching toward potential nuclear war. He’s mindless about likely consequences.

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