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US-Sponsored Slow-Motion Genocide in Yemen

April 1st, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Bush and Obama administrations murdered Yemenis for years - through drone terror-bombings and internal subversion killing mostly civilians.

Yemen is the region's poorest country. Its people suffer horrifically. US imperial policy exacerbates conditions greatly.

Before leaving to participate in Iranian nuclear talks in Lausanne on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov highlighted Washington's typical double standard hypocrisy.

On the one hand, it ousted Ukraine's democratically President Viktor Yanukovych - replacing him with putschist Nazi thugs.

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Who Spies for Israel in Washington’s Nuclear Negotiations?

April 1st, 2015

James Petras

Introduction

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) (3/25/15) headlined: ‘Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks with the US”. The article goes on to detail the way in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the confidential information to sabotage the talks, including ‘playing them back to US legislators to undermine US diplomacy’.

The WSJ report of this incident tries to play down the serious implications of Israel’s espionage by claiming that Israeli spying of US diplomatic negotiations is ‘normal even among allies’; that ‘both sides do it’; that the US ‘tolerates’ Israeli spying; that the ‘Israelis have not directly spied on the US’ but use sympathetic US agents . . . and several other excuses for Israel’s behavior.

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At Last I Met My Rabbi

April 1st, 2015

By Gilad Atzmon


Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro

Fear of wisdom is one of the notable characteristics of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement. I often find myself flabbergasted by the indignation solidarity enthusiasts direct against creative minds, scholars, thinkers and wisdom in general. But the solidarity movement is consistent, coherent and determined on at least one front- it is united in its battle against ‘anti-Semitism.’ Not surprising, given that the movement has long been dominated by Jewish progressive organisations and funded by liberal Zionists such as George Soros and his Open Society Institute.

As many of us learn to accept that the solidarity movement has been largely reduced into a controlled opposition apparatus, it is reassuring to find out that Palestinians in general and Hamas in particular are more determined than ever to fight Israel and bring their on going plight to an end. In fact, the Palestinians are not alone. More and more solidarity supporters are awakening to the covert transformation in the movement. Increasingly, voices of dissent grasp that the solidarity discourse has taken an unfortunate turn.

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Iran Nuke Talks Head for Overtime

April 1st, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Negotiators on both sides in Lausanne indicated talks may continue past midnight into April 1.

Senior Iranian negotiator Hamid Baidinejad said "Iran does not want a nuclear deal just for the sake of having a deal, and a final deal should guarantee the Iranian nation's nuclear rights."

"We will continue the talks until we reach an agreement over disputed issues."

Un unnamed US official close to talks said "(w)e will, of course, keep working if we are continuing to make progress, including into tomorrow, if it's useful to do so."

"At this time, no decisions have been made about our travel schedule."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov left talks on Monday - saying he'd return if a deal was immanent.

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Hamas's principled stance on the Yemen crisis

April 1st, 2015

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

The principled stance by Hamas on the ongoing Yemeni crisis is politically sound and morally correct. It may raise some eyebrows and draw criticism in some quarters.
However, a contextual examination of Hamas's position in this regard should vindicate the Palestinian Islamic liberation movement of any wrongdoing or charges of ingratitude towards Iran, as some Shiite circles might argue.

In the final analysis, Hamas cannot sell its principles for money from any quarters, Arab or non-Arab alike.

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U.S.-v.-Russia: Even Stephen Cohen Is Starting to Speak the Truth

March 31st, 2015

Eric Zuesse

An alarming development is that Stephen F. Cohen, the internationally prominent scholar of Russia, is acknowledging that (1:35 on the video) “for the first time in my long life (I began in this field in the 1960s), I think the possibility of war with Russia is real,” and he clearly and unequivocally places all of the blame for it on the U.S. leadership. He calls this “possibly a fateful turning-point in history.” He also says “it could be the beginning of the end of the so-called trans-Atlantic alliance.”

He goes on to say (2:20): “This problem began in the 1990s, when the Clinton Administration adopted a winner-take-all policy toward post-Soviet Russia … Russia gives, we take. … This policy was adopted by the Clinton Administration but is pursued by every [meaning both] political party, every President, every American Congress, since President Clinton, to President Obama. This meant that the United States was entitled to a sphere or zone of influence as large as it wished, right up to Russia’s borders, and Russia was entitled to no sphere of influence, at all, not even in Georgia, … or in Ukraine (with which Russia had been intermarried for centuries).”

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Report: Ukrainian Oligarch Kolomoysky Robbed Rampantly

March 31st, 2015

Eric Zuesse

The Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung reported Thursday the 26th, that the Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, whom Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko recently removed from control over Ukraine’s monopoly oil-transport firm and from being governor of a Ukrainian province, had been using his private army, augmented by forces from Dmitriy Yarosh’s Right Sector party, to rob other oligarchs, especially Ukraine’s richest one, Rinat Akhmetov.

Akhmetov's companies are mainly in eastern Ukraine, and so Akhmetov had been trying to avoid siding with either the post-coup Ukrainian government or the anti-coup residents of the far-eastern, and pro-Russian, Donbass region of Ukraine, who reject it. (That’s the dark-purple area shown on this voting map of the last Presidential election before the coup, where 90%+ of the residents had voted for Viktor Yanukovych — the man who was overthrown in the coup.) Akhmetov was thus vulnerable after the coup.

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Obama, Rogue Arab States Support Mass Murdering Yemenis

March 31st, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Yemen is Obama's war. It was planned months ago. Military campaigns require extensive preparation. They're not launched overnight as headlines suggest.

Saudi and other rogue Arab states were enlisted as US proxies to mass murder Yemenis.

Obama usurped diktat authority for wars without end. He's waging multiple direct and proxy ones - endless ones for power and profit.

Yemen is his latest naked aggression. Conflict could continue longterm. Over the weekend, airstrikes intensified. Countless thousands may die. Perhaps another refugee crisis looms.

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The Roots of Netanyahu’s Electoral Victory: Colonial Expansion and Fascist Ideology

March 31st, 2015

“It is always a meritorious deed to get hold of a Palestinian’s possessions” The code of Jewish Law revised and updated - by Benjamin Netanyahu

By James Petras

Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election makes him the longest serving prime minister in Israel’s history. His 20% margin of victory (30 Knesset seats to 24 for his nearest opponent) underlines the mass base of his consolidation of power.

Most critical commentators cite Netanyahu’s racist pronouncements; his rejection of any two state solution and his overt appeal for a mass Jewish voter turnout to counteract the ‘droves of Arab voters’ for his electoral victories. There is no question that the majority of Israeli Jewish leaders and parties support Netanyahu’s racist pronouncements and ‘no-state’ solution and joined him in a coalition government. But the larger issue is the positive mass response to Netanyahu’s call to action. Nearly three quarters of the electorate turned out (73%) to elect him. Moreover, Netanyahu has been elected prime minister for four terms: between 1996-99 and more recently 2009-20.

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New York Times Editors Endorse Murdering Millions of Iranians

March 30th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Times editors are neocons masquerading as journalists. They have no credibility whatever.

They're key parts of America's Big Lying Machine. They suppress hard truths. They blast out daily managed news disinformation rubbish.

They support all war of aggression America wages or plans. They're in lockstep with imperial mass slaughter and destruction.

They serve wealth, power and privilege exclusively. They're unapologetic about where they stand.

On March 26, they featured former Bush official/unindicted war criminal/neocon hardliner John Bolton.

He took full advantage. He urged Washington bomb Iran's nonexistent nuclear weapons facilities.

He knows doing so puts millions of lives at risk. So do Times editors.

They published his war advocacy anyway. Doing so supports it.

Attacking Iran could set the whole region ablaze. What's a few million lives to eliminate Israel's main regional rival.

Lunatics like Bolton and Times editors consider them a small price to pay

Maybe they think turning the entire region to rubble is OK as long as oil in the ground remains for America to control - to plunder for profit.

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