by Stephen Lendman
The Pentagon's new National Military Strategy (its first update since 2011) signaled possible major wars with US adversaries.
The world's leader aggressor on a global scale named four nations threatening no others as major US security threats: Russia, China, Iran and North Korea - plus non-state groups like ISIS (without mentioning they're US creations).
The document turns truth on its head blaming Russia for violating "numerous agreements" and "military actions." It says Iran and North Korea seek nuclear weapons.
by Stephen Lendman
Obama's war is in its fourth year - using Islamic State and other takfiri terrorists as US proxies to replace Bashar al-Assad with a pro-Western puppet.
Continued conflict killed over 200,000, displaced millions more and created the world's greatest internal and external refugee crisis. Nothing in prospect suggests ending things diplomatically.
Putin and Sergey Lavrov met with Syrian Foreign Minister Wali al-Moualem in Moscow. They pledged continued support in fighting terrorism.
"Our policy of supporting Syria, its leadership and its people remains unchanged," said Putin. "Syrian people will win in the final run."
Lavrov stressed Russia will continue "all possible assistance to increase (Syria's) ability to resist the evil" of terrorist forces battling to overthrow its government.
by Stephen Lendman
Ukraine is Exhibit A for everything a nation shouldn't be. It's run by illegitimate, Nazi-infested putschists - lunatics risking war with Russia. It's a brutal dictatorship by any standard.
Its US-anointed president is an oligarch mega-crook war criminal. Its top officials look like an FBI most wanted list.
Corruption is the national pastime. So is police state ruthlessness and naked aggression on its own people.
Poroshenko finds new ways to disgrace himself. Earlier he claimed 10,000 Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory. Now he says, "on Putin's order, there are 200,000 men and an arsenal of armored vehicles, sophisticated missile systems and anti-air arms amassed in our territory."
[Editors Note: Offended Hospital Causes 5 Month Old To Be Taken From Parents is the first in a series of articles about The Corrupt Business of the Child Protection Services in the United States. I am republishing these articles in an attempt to honor the brave men and women who gave their lives trying to fix a system that intentionally harms families and children in order to balance local and state budgets.
Martin Burns was a courageous advocate journalist who campaigned mightily for the protection of vulnerable children, especially those caught within the system. His brand of investigative journalism was known for its fearlessness and ferocity. He left no stone unturned in his quest to know what was really happening to children who wound up in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Child abuse is a horrific act, no matter how you define it. Which explains 1) why we have so many laws, and public and private agencies, set up specifically with the charge to protect children and maintain their safety and 2) why so much funding is directed toward this goal.
However, what most of us do not know is that the money funneled to states and child protective services actually encourages them to accuse you of child abuse. The Child Protective Services agencies throughout the United States have a not so hidden financial agenda to take your children, even if you’re not guilty, and even though they have absolutely no proof that you harmed your child, in order to order to balance local and state budgets. Click here to read How Child Abuse Laws Were Written To Help Balance State And County Budgets.
Only by understanding that YOU as a taxpayer are benefiting directly from this abuse can the defects of the CPS system be appropriately addressed. End of Editor Note]
Offended Hospital Causes 5 Month Old To Be Taken From Parents
In Some Cases Abused Children Are Actually Kept Or Put In Harm’s Way
By Concerned Citizen Advocates For Abused Children
If you knew a young child was being physically abused — routinely — in their home, what would you do about it?
If you became aware that an adolescent girl was subjected to a pattern of sexual abuse by a family member, what would your reaction be?
If you were informed that a neighborhood baby’s most basic needs were being neglected because of chronic drug and alcohol abuse by an unemployed single parent, how would you respond?
Believe it or not, these 3 situations are commonly reported to Child Protective Services and yet sometimes ignored or mishandled in such a way that it is the abused child that continues to suffer their plight.
Consider, for instance, the following report and excerpt which portrays a pervasive CPS predicament that is far more widespread than acknowledged, even by this investigative report.
When Child Protective Services received a complaint that a Harris County father had choked his teenage daughter, caseworker Michelle Robinson said she hurried to the house, conducted a thorough investigation, determined there was no merit to the allegations and closed the case.
Except she didn’t. In October, a Harris County jury convicted Robinson for falsifying CPS records, concluding that she’d lied when she said she’d interviewed key sources in the case and that she left the young girl in danger. Robinson was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay a $300 fine.
by Stephen Lendman
On the one hand, plebiscites reflect democracy in action - provided the will of the people becomes policy. On the other, governments serving all its citizens equitably and fairly don't need referendums to confirm policies in place most people support.
Modern Greece has been ruled by generals or political leaders serving vested interests, not popular ones. SYRIZA proved it's no different from the rest - promising one thing, doing another. If hardline governance replaces it in snap elections, its officials have themselves to blame. On Sunday, Greeks are asked to vote up or down on whether to accept or reject greater Troika demanded austerity in return for bailout help - in convoluted language perhaps leaving many people unsure which to choose.
The corporate culture would have you believe that it is the foremost structure of the economy. That the entrepreneur is a nuisance and is tilting at windmills. Since competition is a dirty word, the innovative venture poses no threat, but might qualify as an acquisition. Only if the business model is such that duplicating the endeavor is too time consuming or difficult will the corporatist take interest. Yet, in the end, the design of the corporate organization is more about brute force than creative invention. So why is it so difficult for the enterpriser to get their project off the ground? And what is the compelling motivation to start your own business?
by Stephen Lendman
Banker-controlled Troika officials intend using Greece as a model for what's intended across Europe - devastating neoliberal harshness creating a continental dystopian wasteland for ordinary people.
Greece is being systematically raped and pillaged. It's economy contracted over 25% since crisis conditions erupted in 2008. More than a million jobs were lost.
Overall unemployment exceeds 25% - for youths it's 60%. College educated and other young people have no futures in Greece. Its best and brightest are leaving en masse.
Workers lucky to have jobs receive lower or frozen pay along with few or no benefits. Vitally needed social services are disappearing altogether.
by Stephen Lendman
Since becoming Greek Prime Minister in January, Tsipras proved he's like all the rest - promising one thing, doing another.
Overnight Tuesday, his public posturing again proved hollow. After calling Troika demands "unacceptable" and urging Greeks reject them with a "resounding NO" in Sunday's plebiscite, he capitulated to most of what he previously opposed.
Things remain fast-moving. Hours earlier, the Financial Times obtained a letter he sent Troika officials. It called his new proposal "a significant climbdown from his previous position." It destroyed what little credibility he had left.
On July 1st, CNN reported that "President Barack Obama's top aides, including David Axelrod, communicated with Hillary Clinton at her private email address while she was secretary of state,” and that, "Obama officials — including Axelrod — had said they were unaware Clinton was using a personal email address.” CNN provided no linked source for their allegation that Axelrod didn’t know (nor juxtaposed his statement which contradicted it); however, what CNN said there was indeed accurate, so far as it went, as one can tell simply by clicking onto this link:
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