by Stephen Lendman
Israel already gets at least $3 billion annually from Washington - plus a whole lot more. US taxpayers fund its killing machine.
It wants a 50% increase for more wars and ruthless daily persecution of millions of Palestinians - plus terror-bombing Syria, Yemen and southern Lebanon at its discretion as well as regional destabilizing activities.
On May 24, Defense News headlined "Israel Seeks Surge in US Security Support," saying:
"(W)orking bilateral groups have (been) assess(ing) Israel's projected security needs in (preparing) a new 10-year foreign military financing (FMF) deal" to begin when the current one expires in 2017.
According to an unnamed security source, Israel wants up to $4.5 billion annually besides additional amounts on request, resupplying its killing machine as needed, increasing amounts of US weapons and munitions in Israel for "emergency use," and nearly $500 million annually for so-called anti-rocket/missile defense.
by Stephen Lendman
Obama is an unindicted war criminal, a moral coward, a national disgrace, a serial liar.
On Memorial Day (May 25) at Arlington National Cemetery, he again disgraced the office he holds. He ignored millions America killed and maimed post-9/11 alone.
He dishonored America's war dead. A previous article said they were sacrificed on the alter of greed and lust for power.
America hasn't fought a legal war since WW II. Post-9/11, lawless ones on humanity continue raging - raping one country after another or in multiples.
Obama wouldn't know the truth if it bit him on the rump. "Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war," he ludicrously blustered. Fact: Obama wars rage against Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Donbass, and partnered with endless Israeli aggression against Palestine by funding its killing machine.
By Gilad Atzmon
The following is an announcement of a Jewish Herem (excommunication) signed by Jewish Voice For Peace (JVP) targeting one of America’s leading human rights activists, Alison Weir. The letter was leaked to me by three different JVP Chapter Leaders who, apparently, are experiencing fatigue with JVP’s thought policing.
According to my informers, the letter was written by Rebecca Vilkomerson, JVP’s Executive Director. It was sent to the 40 chapter leaders of JVP. My JVP sources told me that the letter wasn’t intended to be publicized. After all, The Protocols Of The Elders of ‘Anti’ Zion are better communicated in a clandestine manner.
May 5, 2015
Dear Ms. Weir,
Jewish Voice for Peace has chosen not to work with you because our central tenet is opposition to racism in all its forms, and you have chosen repeatedly to associate yourself with people who advocate for racism.
Everyone, from political pundits in Washington to the Pope in Rome, including most journalists in the mass media and in the alternative press, have focused on the US moves toward ending the economic blockade of Cuba and gradually opening diplomatic relations. Talk is rife of a ‘major shift’ in US policy toward Latin America with the emphasis on diplomacy and reconciliation. Even most progressive writers and journals have ceased writing about US imperialism.
However, there is mounting evidence that Washington’s negotiations with Cuba are merely one part of a two-track policy. There is clearly a major US build-up in Latin America, with increasing reliance on ‘military platforms’, designed to launch direct military interventions in strategic countries.
Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD.
Wars are Planned to Entrap the Mankind
Wars kill human beings and destroy human habitats. But the Western warmongers flag it as a positive development for change and economic necessity. Its net result is the militarization of the societal thinking and geopolitics. Peace is not the outcome of wars and human cruelty. The ongoing Arab sectarian warfare spells out dark images of human paradoxes. The global community is watchful of all the developments shaping the sectarian bloodbaths in the Arab Middle East. What surprises most across the Arab bewildered human consciousness that continuing deaths and destructions are the agenda-making items, whereas, reconciliation and peace-making leading to conflict management are not the top strategic priorities. America and Britain control and manage the Arab leadership mindset. Terrorism myth and the ISIL war advances warrant rethinking and nobody is ready to face the reality check.
by Stephen Lendman
Compared to Hillary Clinton and array of Republican presidential aspirants looking more like a police lineup, Sanders seems almost saintly. Hold the cheers.
On the one hand, no one challenging money-controlled US politics has a chance to win any top position in government - let alone the presidency. Sander's chance to become president is zero.
On the other, ignore what he and other politicians say. Follow what they do, mainly their voting record on issues mattering most. Give him credit. Sanders is on the right side of many issues - including calling income inequality "the great moral issue of our time."
At the same time, he talks the talk but often doesn't walk the walk. He supported sequestration cuts affecting public education, healthcare and housing, Head Start, disaster relief, federal employee wages and other populist programs.
by Stephen Lendman
When Gordon Brown succeeded him as Labor party leader, he was Britain's most despised and discredited man.
From 1997 - 2007, he supported US-led imperial lawlessness in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.
He blamed Western wars on religious extremism. He lied saying "based on my experience post-9/11 of how countries whose people were freed from dictatorship have then had democratic aspirations thwarted by religious extremism."
He ignored his decade of criminality. He tried justifying the unjustifiable - bogus US-led so-called humanitarian interventions from the Balkans to Baghdad - raping and pillaging one country after another.
Blair's tenure ended with an approval rating near 20%. Despite a legacy of imperial lawlessness and contempt for democratic values, he was appointed Middle East envoy working on behalf of Quartet members America, Russia, the UN and EU.
by Stephen Lendman
Judicial Watch obtained a declassified 2012 Pentagon intelligence report anticipating ISIS (the Islamic State - IS) emerging from US support for Al Qaeda and other takfiri terrorists.
It predicted what happened, saying "(i)f the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared salafist principality in eastern Syria…and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran)."
It anticipated "dire consequences" for Iraq - including the fall of Mosul and Ramadi, saying:
An "ideal atmosphere" was created "for AQI (Al Qaeda in Iraq) to return to its old pockets in Mosul and Ramadi."
"ISI (Islamic State of Iraq) could also declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory."
Supporting powers include Washington, Turkey, other rogue NATO partners, Gulf states and Israel.
Vby Stephen Lendman
Reports indicate Netanyahu proposed establishing boundaries on settlement blocs - on the one hand to justify continuing illegal construction on stolen Palestinian land.
On the other, for Israel to annex under any peace agreement. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the proposal was always Netanyahu's position - so "nobody should be surprised."
"(E)veryone in the Likud knows if there will ever be a partner for peace, it is clear there will be territorial concessions" - code language for grand theft with Palestinians having no say whatever over what's rightfully theirs. Israel already controls over 60% of West Bank land and much of East Jerusalem. Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel called Netanyahu's proposal "dangerous and precedential."
It contradicts government guidelines for Jews to have all Judea and Samaria, he said.
Netanyahu's proposal is little more than a PR stunt. He publicly rejected peace talks as a waste of time. He fundamentally opposes Palestinian statehood. He wants unlimited settlement construction.
by Stephen Lendman
Syria is Obama's war. Imported IS and other takfiri terrorists are US proxy foot soldiers.
Assad's government is the target, regime change Washington's longstanding objective. On May 25, AP headlined "Turkey, US to provide air protection to Syrian rebels."
They're not rebels. They terrorists. They're not moderates. They're extremists.
AP said Washington and Ankara "agreed in 'principle' to provide air protection to Syrian rebels being trained and equipped to fight Islamic State militants, once they enter Syrian territory for battle" - according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Fact: US special forces train, fund, arm and direct IS and other takfiri terrorists in Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to continue waging war on Assad's government.
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