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US Foreign Policy: Permanent Wars on Humanity

April 23rd, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Throughout its entire history, America waged endless wars at home and abroad.

From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli to battleground US streets and neighborhoods.

US policy reduced its indigenous population to a tiny fraction of its original numbers. How the West was won involved exterminating millions in cold blood.

In the mid-19th century, half of Mexico was stolen. America's killing machine knows no limits.

One state-sponsored genocide follows others. US imperial policy is responsible for tens of millions of lost lives - horrific conditions for surviving millions.

Democracy promotion is pure fantasy. America tolerates its nowhere. None exists domestically.

One party rule with two wings runs things. Monied interests alone are served. They have final say. Voters have none.

State-sponsored high crimes are rewarded. Corporate ones are ignored. Popular needs increasingly go begging. America is a let 'em eat cake society. War-making is prioritized.

Waging them has nothing to do with external or internal threats. So-called "war on terror" is phony. State-sponsored war OF terror is real - waged ruthlessly on humanity.

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Has the putative "Palestinian state" become a pipe dream?

April 23rd, 2015

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

With the passage of every day, the goal of establishing a viable and credible Palestinian state in the West Bank becomes more elusive and more distant.

There are several outstanding reasons corroborating this perspective.

Israeli (Jewish) settlements have metastasized all over the West Bank, especially in East Jerusalem, leaving virtually no room for a credible and territorially contiguous Palestinian entity worthy of the name. Today, any traveler in the occupied territory would have to think- not just twice- but a hundred times, before giving polite audience to the empty rhetoric about Palestinian statehood, still coming from the dispirited headquarters of the PLO in Ramallah.

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NYT Gives Former Peruvian Strongman/Human Rights Abuser Feature Op-Ed Space

April 23rd, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Alejandro Toledo served as Peruvian President from 2001 - 2006. He led opposition against former despot Alberto Fujimori (1990 - 2000).

He was elected on populist promises to create more jobs, alleviate dire poverty, deliver social justice, and end years of corrupted hardline rule including serious human rights abuses.

As president, he continued business as usual Washington Consensus policies - same old, same old neoliberal harshness.

They include obeying IMF/World Bank diktats, paying bankers first, privatization of state enterprises, deregulation, ignoring social needs, and cracking down hard on nonbelievers.

He targeted anyone challenging his agenda. Independent journalists were harassed, threatened and attacked. So were human rights worker.

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How America’s Aristocracy Extends Its Global Control

April 22nd, 2015

Eric Zuesse

As has been well documented even by the BBC, in their 1992 classic documentary about the CIA’s (still-ongoing) Gladio Operation, America’s CIA basically took control of the international racist-fascist (i.e., ideologically nazi) movement after World War II, by protecting and hiring Hitler’s Nazis and their key aristocratic eastern European supporters undercover. The Gladio Operation was just one branch of a broader CIA strategy, developed by Allen Dulles and originally carried out by his protégé James Angleton, to use, for the purposes of America’s aristocracy, nazis’ intense racism, by retargeting it away from Jews and toward Russians, so as to weaken first the Soviet Union, and, then, after the end of that, Russia itself. (U.S. President Barack Obama’s involvement with Ukraine is very much a result of this post-WW-II pro-nazi Dulles-Angleton program.)

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Gunslinger US General Readies for War with Russia

April 22nd, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

America is run by neocon lunatics and gunslinger generals. Together they threaten world peace.

Washington’s only enemies are ones it invents to wage endless wars of aggression - premeditated ones against one country after another posing no threat to anyone.

Rogue states operate this way. Readers familiar with Orwell's 1984 understand. America exceeds the worst of what he envisioned.

World peace hangs by a thread. Humanity's survival is up for grabs.

General Ben Hodges heads US Army Europe (USAREUR). On April 18, he lied telling London's Telegraph NATO must stay united against a "real threat" from Russia.

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U.S. Blocked Declaration of a Right to Health Care, Says Bolivia’s President

April 22nd, 2015

Eric Zuesse

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has blamed U.S. President Barack Obama for the failure of the recent OAS (Organization of American States) Summit of the Americas to issue a final declaration, and he says that a major sticking point for Mr. Obama was Obama’s opposition to a provision in the proposed declaration that would have said that health care is “a human right.” Mr. Obama insisted that it’s instead a privilege, access to which must be based primarily upon an individual’s ability-to-pay, as is the case in the United States. Said Mr. Morales: "One point (in the drafted declaration) was important: health as a human right, and the U.S. government did not accept that health should be considered a human right … President Obama did not accept” that concept.

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The Scourge of Nazism in Ukraine

April 22nd, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

What millions died for to defeat during WW II is now resurgent in Europe's heartland.

Fascist lunatics in Washington installed overt Nazis to run their newest client state. They're taking full advantage.

They're waging naked aggression on Donbass - at present low-level ahead of renewing it full-blown.

Hundreds of US combat troops (trained killers) are working directly with Kiev's Nazi-infested National Guard and other extremist groups - teaching them the fine art of murder.

Perhaps planning to join them in battle when hostilities resume full-blown - maybe with supportive US terror-bombing.

Kiev Nazis want all opposition elements eliminated - either killed, imprisoned, disappeared or deported.

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NATO Increasingly Surrounds the ‘Russian Threat’

April 22nd, 2015

Eric Zuesse

On Saturday, April 18th, the Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, Ben Hodges, told Britain’s Telegraph that “There is a Russian threat,” and that “The best insurance we have against a showdown is that NATO stands together.” Ever since the Soviet Union’s military alliance, the Warsaw Pact, dissolved in 1991, NATO has expanded eastward to Russia’s borders, and now it is preparing to admit yet another nation on Russia’s border: Ukraine. This eastward expansion broke (and breaks, since it’s continuing) a verbal agreement which had produced the termination of the Warsaw Pact (the Soviet Union’s equivalent of America’s NATO alliance).

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Yemeni Crisis Deepens

April 21st, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

US-orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing continues murdering defenseless Yemeni men, women and children daily.

Genocide is occurring in plain sight. Media scoundrels ignore what demands screaming headlines of condemnation. Obama bears full responsibility. Saudis and other involved despotic regimes share it. So do Western leaders supporting an atrocity they should make every effort to stop.

The World Food Program (WFP) said half of Yemen's 25 million people go hungry for lack of food. Starvation may claim many thousands.

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WHY LINCOLN STILL MATTERS TODAY

April 21st, 2015

Allen L Roland, Ph.D

On the anniversary of Lincoln's assassination on April 14,1865,150 years ago, I pause to reflect on this giant of a man and 16th President who represents all the moral qualities we would hope our current Presidents embody ~ and yet we remain so bitterly disappointed when few if any of these Presidential pretenders can approach the moral timbre of our greatest president.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

~Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is still a symbol of the best of America and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in 2008 listed the ten qualities that made Lincoln such a great leader as well as the qualities we should look for in our present leaders.

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