by Stephen Lendman
The announcement sounds better than the reality. Still, any action nicking Israeli near-impregnability is welcome.
Following EU-mandated labeling guidelines for settlement products, Berlin-based Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) Vremoved all Israeli settlement produced items from its shelves. Growing numbers of European companies refuse to import them.
Store spokeswoman Petra Fladenhofer said “(o)nly after fixing the labels, we'll return the products to our shelves.” Labeling is far short of what’s needed.
Banning all settlement products produced on stolen Palestinian land is essential - a first step toward a total boycott of Israeli goods and services, as well as Security Council action mandating an arms embargo, prohibiting nations from selling Israel weapons, munitions and related products, anything potentially aiding its killing machine, raging daily against defenseless Palestinians.
by Stephen Lendman
Russian airstrikes continue hammering ISIS and other terrorist targets in Syria. Over the weekend, 141 sorties struck 472 sites, including hundreds more tanker trucks transporting stolen oil for black market sales in Iraq and Turkey - 1,000 destroyed since Russia began bombing them, along with ISIS-controlled oil refineries and a “major oil depot.”
Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said terrorists sustained heaviest losses in Deiz ez-Zor, Raqqa and Aleppo provinces. “Most gangs have quit positions in these areas in defiance of threats from their warlords and been getting rid themselves of Islamic State clothes, symbols and emblems and trying to mix with the local population,” he explained.
by Stephen Lendman
Americans irrationally fear terrorist attacks, brainwashed by irresponsible propaganda, a daily diet, enlisting public support for greater US imperial adventurism than already.
Palestinians face real terrorism, state-sponsored throughout the Territories daily - Israeli soldiers, police and extremist settlers attacking, injuring and murdering them with impunity.
A state of war exists, ignored by Western and Israeli media scoundrels. Daily horrors persist, Palestinians defenseless against a ruthless, racist rogue state - its killing machine unleashed against them without mercy. No one is safe from its rampaging. Palestinians are fair game to be gunned down in cold-blood, Israeli Big Lies following, claiming terrorist attacks were foiled each time, damning video evidence and eyewitnesses often refuting official statements.
Over the past few decades, insurgent mass movements reflecting political discontent with the domestic economy and imperialist foreign policy have emerged to challenge the leadership and policies of the Democratic Party (DP). There are good reasons for this: The Democratic Party in power in Congress and the White House presided over (1) the deepening of inequality between labor and capital; (2) the decline of real wages; (3) the approval of repressive legislation; (4) the reduction of trade union membership by two-thirds; (5) deepening inequality between the races, (6) a trillion dollar (and counting) bailout of the banks and Wall Street; (7) mortgage foreclosure against millions of homeowners; (8) endless ‘police state’ abuses by federal and local police; (9) deregulation of the financial system and (10) the off-shoring of manufacturing jobs and service employment. Over the same period, the Democratic Party has supported wars and invasions against Indo-China, Panama, Grenada, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia and scores of ‘clandestine’ military operations – including the recent and current proxy-wars in Georgia and Ukraine.
The West owes Russia a hell of a lot; but what it owes Russia first is a deep apology, and a welcome into Europe, of which Russia has been and is an extremely important nation, and very unjustly denied its rightful place there. What doesn’t belong in Europe is the U.S., not in any way whatsoever, especially since the U.S. is now a dictatorship. (Anyone who says it’s not a dictatorship and who doesn’t click onto that link to find out that he’s been snookered to think it’s still a democracy, should just stop reading here right now, because this aricle is going to be suitable only for people with open, critical, inquiring minds — not for closed-minded or stupid readers.)
Why does America’s anti-Russia military club NATO still exist, after the Soviet Union’s equivalent Warsaw Pact disbanded in 1991 when the Soviet Union and its communism voluntarily ended?
Burj al-Barajneh Palstinian camp, Beirut
Following the June 6, 1982 Yawm an-Naksa (‘day of the setback’) of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, I began to notice that youngsters in the camps in Lebanon, and in the Palestinian diaspora, specifically in Washington DC where I worked, were identifying more with scholars from Egypt’s Al-Azhar University and with Political Salafism. They would explain to me the appeal of the Muslim Brotherhood and of a new Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement called Hamas, which was created as a direct result of the 1982 Israeli aggression against Lebanon. A few indicated that they wanted to study at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, which was established around 970 by the Fatmids as a center of Islamic learning and where students studied the Qur’an and Islamic law. Salafism was part of their education. For centuries the mission of al-Azhar was to propagate Islam and Islamic culture. Until today its Islamic scholars counsel students on Islam and even render edicts (fatwas) on disputes submitted to them. Requests for their fatwas come from all over the Sunni Islamic world regarding proper conduct for Muslim individuals and societies and how to achieve justice for all people of good will. Al-Azhar also trains Egyptian government-appointed preachers in the best ways to achieve proselytization (da’wa).
French President Francois Hollande this week possesses more power than anyone else in the world, because he will be the key decision-maker shaping the future world-order when he meets separately on Tuesday and Thursday privately with the two men — American President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin — who stand on opposite sides in the great decades-long subterranean war that the U.S. aristocracy have been waging to win control over Russia and its vast natural resources such as oil, gas, timber, and crucial rare-earth minerals. The deal that Hollande will make for France is going to be crucial for the future of the entire world.
by Stephen Lendman
The day before the November 13 Paris attacks, Obama told ABC News: ISIS is “contained. I don’t think they’re gaining strength.” Following the attacks, he hyped fear, warning of “live activity and dangers that are taking place as we speak.”
Irresponsible US scoundrel media reports hype the threat of ISIS terrorists entering America from Mexico and Central America, calling US borders insecure. Other reports warn these elements already arrived, planning attacks in US cities, despite no corroborating evidence.
Fox News claimed US Border Patrol agents captured “at least 10 ISIS fighters” entering America through Mexico. How would anyone know what a terrorist looks like? They don’t wear IDs or openly brandish weapons, the latter only when intending to use them.
by Stephen Lendman
America is the world’s greatest terrorist threat. Its imperial madness risks global war. Its special forces infest nearly 150 countries. CIA agents operate everywhere destructively.
Using ISIS and other takfiri terrorists as US foot soldiers fosters endless violence and turmoil wherever they’re deployed.
What a difference a few weeks made since Russia intervened in Syria on September 30, challenging Washington’s imperial agenda effectively - now hammering ISIS positions daily with double the air power since aerial operations began, including use of long-range bombers delivering powerful payloads.
Russian air power and ship-fired cruise missiles strike ISIS and other terrorist targets with precision. For the first time, its forces are reeling - not defeated but significantly on the back foot, despite continued US supplied weapons, munitions, equipment and other aid.
by Stephen Lendman
Attending the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur, Obama ranted during a Sunday press conference, like he does at home - his usual demagogic mumbo-jumbo replete with misinformation and Big Lies.
He makes painful listening. Nothing he says is credible. America “will not relent” in the fight against the Islamic State, he blustered. “The most powerful tool we have is to say we are not afraid.” He insists US forces made significant progress in combating its elements.
False on all counts! ISIS is a US creation, used as foot soldiers wherever they’re deployed - armed and funded, trained by CIA operatives and special forces in Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, taught to commit horrific atrocities, shown how to make chemical weapons.
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