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US-Style Democracy

November 4th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Tuesday, November 4, Americans vote. For congressional, state and local officials. An earlier article said vote independent or stay home.

Voting Democrat or Republican is like choosing death by hanging or firing squad. Either way you're dead.

Duopoly power runs America. Monied interests alone are served. Ordinary people don't matter. Lofty claims otherwise are rubbish.

Democracy is pure fantasy. None whatever exists. None from inception. America's 55 founding fathers were largely self-serving wheeler-dealers.

A Wall Street crowd by today's standards. Believing America should be run by elitists who owned it.

US voting rights were constitutionally flawed by design. America's founders enfranchised adult white male property owners only.

Laborers were excluded. So were women. They were considered homemakers and child-bearers alone. Appendages of their husbands.

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Truth v. Obama Big Lies

November 4th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Ahead of Tuesday's mid-term elections, he's mostly shunned. Considered toxic. Damaged goods.

Disgracing the office he holds. A caricature of a leader. Shameless. Lawless. Dishonest. Most Democrat candidates want no part of him.

Where he shows up, Big Lies follow. Truth is nowhere in sight. Duplicitous demagogic boilerplate substitutes.

So often perhaps he's no longer able to distinguish between facts and fiction. Mumbo jumbo rubbish repeats with disturbing regularity.

Political doublespeak. Newspeak. Contrary views considered thoughtcrimes. Dissent increasingly an endangered species.

Obamaspeak gives Big Lies new meaning. On November 1 and 2, he campaigned in Detroit and Bridgeport, CT.

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Southeastern Ukrainian Elections: Scoundrel Media Misreporting

November 4th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Managed news misinformation is longstanding scoundrel media practice. Truth-telling on issues mattering most is verboten.

Big Lies substitute. Western media support Kiev's coup d'etat government. Infested with neo-Nazi putschists. Illegitimate by any standard.

At the same time, they oppose Southeastern Ukrainian freedom. Universally recognized self-determination. Democratic elections affirming it. On November 2, The New York Times headlined "Rebel-Backed Elections to Cement Status Quo in Ukraine,' saying:

"The campaign billboards in this city suggested a tight race between Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Aleksandr Zakharchenko."

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Democratic v. Sham Elections

November 4th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Sunday's democratic Southeastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' elections shamed America's sham process. Legitimately choosing leaders and MPs.

Observers judging the process open, free and fair. "(W)ell organized. Calm and peaceful. (N)o provocations or violations," according to German monitor Manuel Ochsenreiter.

"We were visiting polling stations. They are all very crowded."

"It's a huge interest of the population at the elections. You can see it by masses of people standing inside and in front the polling stations."

US attorney/Ukraine Observer magazine publisher Frank Abernathy said "elections followed international standards of democratic elections."

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Empire or Republic: Imperial Wars and Domestic Epidemics “You Can’t Have Wars and Public Health”

November 3rd, 2014

James Petras

Washington escalates its military interventions abroad, launching simultaneous air and ground attacks in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan; multiplying drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia; training, arming and financing proxy mercenaries in Jordan, the Gulf States and Iraq; and dispatching National Guard battalions to West Africa, ostensibly to combat the Ebola epidemic, though they lack the most elementary public health capabilities. All in all the US spent $3.5 trillion for military invasions over 6 years.

At the same time, the US domestic public health services have deteriorated. At the state and local level, like Dallas, Texas and at the national level, officials and major institutions demonstrate an inability to effectively detect and manage cases of Ebola infections among the general population in a timely manner. An infected Liberian immigrant was not diagnosed correctly when he presented to a major Dallas hospital emergency room. Instead he received irrelevant and unnecessary ‘imaging studies’ and was sent home with oral antibiotics. This confirmed the widespread belief that Emergency Room physicians and nurses are under pressure from their administration to order costly CT scans and MRI’s on patients as a way to make money for the hospital and to cover-up their incompetence at basic patient history and physical examination. Despite the patient’s informing hospital workers of his recent arrival from Liberia, an Ebola outbreak hot-spot, personnel did not put on basic protective gowns, gloves, hoods and masks and they allowed the febrile, vomiting, desperately sick man to contaminate large areas of the emergency department, waiting room and MRI suite. Quarantine was not even considered. . . .

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Serial Killer Netanyahu Calls for Calm

November 3rd, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

On Saturday, Netanyahu called on Knesset members to restore calm. Referring to Temple Mount tensions. Ones he willfully provoked. More on this below.

He heads Israel's fascist government. It's most extremist ever. Democracy for privileged Jews alone.

Neoliberal harshness for others. No rights whatever for Palestinians. Militarized occupation denies them.

Exceeding Sharonian evil and then some. An unindicted war criminal multiple times over.

Guilty of premeditated murder. Genocidal slaughter. Mass destruction. Waging daily war on Palestine.

His November 2012 Operation Pillar of Cloud murdered 170 Palestinians in eight days. Injured hundreds more. Many maimed for life.

An unnamed Gazan woman put a human face on Palestinian suffering.

On November 20, her letter from Gaza said the following:

"The situation here is really terrible and it’s getting worse day after day..."

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Will Seif al Islam Lead the Expulsion of the ISIS Affiliate, Al Fajr Libya?

November 3rd, 2014

by FRANKLIN LAMB

With the Abu Baker al-Siddiq Brigade, Zintan, Libya


Seif al Islam Gadhafi

A second interview by this observer with Seif al Islam Gadhafi, formerly the heir apparent to his father Moammar, was sought and finally arranged as a follow up to an earlier one focusing of my interest in the Imam Musa Sadr case. That case involves a great crime against a great man and conciliator and his historic cause, and exposes those who betrayed him in Lebanon and two other countries while swearing their personal devotion and shedding crocodile tears over the past 36 years. That research is nearing completion and publication awaits DNA results from body samples more credible than the ones offered by the Bosnia laboratory two years ago and immediately demonstrated to be fraudulent. The story of why that particular lab was chosen and by who goes to the essence of the current stonewalling campaign with respect to informing the public about what exactly happened to Imam Sadr and his partners on 8/3l/1978 in Tripoli, Libya. It also identifies who instructed Gadhafi to kill them over the strong objections from the PLO’s Yassir Arafat who spoke with Gadhafi and tried to save the trio of Lebanese Shia.

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Ray McGovern Brutally Arrested

November 3rd, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Seventy-five-year-old McGovern is a former CIA analyst (1963 - 1990), turned activist/political critic/social justice advocate.

On October 30, he was brutally and lawlessly arrested in New York. For exercising his constitutional rights.

Attempting to attend an event featuring former CIA head General David Petraeus, former right-wing Center for a New American Security president Lt. Col. John Nagl, and neocon foreign policy commentator Max Boot.

Charged with criminal trespass, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. It bears repeating. For exercising his constitutional rights.

Tickets cost up to $45. McGovern had one. He had every right to attend. Stopping him reflects police state lawlessness. In the so-called land of the free and home of the brave.

Guards blocked his entry. At the 92nd St. Y venue. Calling itself "a world-class cultural and community center."

Connecting people "through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. For 140 years."

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Southeastern Ukrainians Vote

November 3rd, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Fascist illegitimacy grips Ukraine. Southeastern Donbas People's republics reflect an oasis of freedom. Residents intend keeping it this way.

They haven't struggled hard for months to quit. Today they're holding real democratic elections. For leaders and MPs.

Polar opposite Kiev illegitimate process. Limited self-rule permitted under Minsk protocol ceasefire terms.

Claims otherwise are false. Big Lies. Proliferated to sabotage real democracy. Absent throughout Ukraine. Except for Donbas.

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Collective Punishment: Official Israeli Policy

November 3rd, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Israel gives rogue state lawlessness new meaning. Rule of law principles don't matter. Repeated breaches occur.

Unaccountably because Western leaders support its worst crimes. International law is clear and unequivocal. Collective punishment violates Fourth Geneva's Article 33, stating:

"No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed." "Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited."

Throughout over 47 years of militarized occupation harshness, Israel willfully, maliciously and consistently spurned virtually all humanitarian and human rights laws.

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