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Is North Korea Trump’s Next Target?

April 11th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

Since US war on North Korea ended with an uneasy 1953 armistice, Washington used the country for fear-mongering, rather than launching more aggression to topple its government.

Does Trump intend changing longstanding policy - falsely calling Pyongyang a threat to US national security?

It’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs are for defense, not offense, justifiably fearing US war, hoping its powerful weapons will deter it.

Truman’s aggression turned much of the country to rubble, killing millions, mostly civilians. Pyongyang and Beijing want no repeat. Their leaders and top officials are pragmatic, not reckless belligerents.

Post-WW II, neither country attacked another - unlike America, waging endless wars of choice, aggressive ones. It’s just a matter of time before a US administration uses nuclear weapons - perhaps against Russia, China, North Korea or all three nations.

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WaPo Urges Aggression and Regime Change in Syria

April 11th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

The neocon Washington Post is a virtual CIA house organ. Its reporting and opinions reflect Langley’s diabolical agenda.

Extremist Robert Kagan co-founded the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) - now called the Foreign Policy Institute (FPI), its sinister agenda unchanged, promoting endless wars of aggression for unchallenged US global dominance.

In a WaPo opinion piece, he called for more aggression on Syria as part of US “military strategy to rebalance the situation in (the country) in America’s favor.”

He urged establishing a no-fly zone, grounding Syria’s air force, arming anti-government terrorists more than already, and ousting Assad - a virtual declaration of war on Russia if these policies are instituted.

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Media Reaction to St. Petersburg Blast

April 11th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

Anything related to Russia is treated differently from similar events in the West.

Reaction to Monday’s St. Petersburg blast was far less compassionate than for similar incidents in Western cities - dominating feature news coverage for days.

A day after Monday’s St. Petersburg blast, it was yesterday’s news in America, not today’s.

No Tuesday front page NYT coverage. The Washington Post seemed more concerned about a student “d(ying) after a pancake-eating contest” than likely terrorist-caused deaths and injuries in St. Petersburg.

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Trump Abandons His Base, Goes toward Nuclear War

April 11th, 2017

Eric Zuesse

The 48,000+ reader-comments thus far at Stephen Bannon’s Breitbart News, to their announcement on April 6th that Trump had invaded Russia’s ally Syria with missiles, are overwhelmingly along the lines of “This isn’t what I voted for.”

The tweet by the convert to Orthodox Judaism, Ivanka Trump, when she had learned that her father was bombing Syria, was “Proud of my father for refusing to accept these horrendous crimes against humanity.” She was referring to the sarin gas attack that the U.S. government says that it can prove had been perpetrated by Syria’s government, and that the Syrian government says was set up by Al Qaeda so as to appear to have been planned and carried out by the Syrian government in order to draw the U.S. into invading Syria and killing Assad (in the way it killed Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi).

Trump has now been praised by Paul Wolfowitz and virtually all of the many other neoconservatives who had endorsed Hillary Clinton for President and who had supported George W. Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq — including most members of the current U.S. Congress. This is a 180-degree turnabout by Trump, which occurs even before his hundredth day as President. Not many Americans had voted for this type of President — but it’s what we now have. It’s what today’s American political system has offered to its voters: a choice between two neoconservatives, one of whom had successfully hidden his neoconservatism, and the other of whom (Clinton) had not.

The London Times reported on Sunday, April 9th, that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is carrying a message to Putin that unless Russia abandons the current government of Syria, there will be war between the U.S. and Russia, because Russia is “complicit” in the alleged sarin gas attack that was allegedly intended by Assad (who was, prior to that event, near victory against the jihadists, so that the motive for this crime would have been extreme on the part of Al Qaeda, and non-existent on the part of the Syrian government).

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Neocons McCain and Graham Urge Escalated Aggression on Syria

April 11th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

McCain, Graham and numerous other bipartisan neocons infest Washington - deploring peace and stability, supporting endless US wars of aggression.

Ahead of Trump’s Friday attack on Syria’s Shayrat airbase, they issued a joint statement, calling for a US-led “international coalition to ground Assad’s air force” militarily.

They deplorably urged escalating war to resolve it, claiming “(t)his is a test of the (Trump) administration, but also for our entire country.”

“Assad is trying to see what he can get away with. The rest of the region and the world is also watching to see how our country will respond, and what that means for them.”

Compare their statement to Putin’s, issued by his press office, following Trump’s aggression, saying:

“The President of Russia regards the US airstrikes on Syria as an act of aggression against a sovereign state delivered in violation of international law under a far-fetched pretext.”

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Tulsi v. Hillary on Syria

April 11th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is Hawaii’s most popular politician - an anti-neocon, polar opposite most other congressional members supporting endless wars. She’s fundamentally against US aggression on Syria or any other country for regime change or any other reason.

Hillary partnered in husband Bill’s high crimes, supported criminality as a US senator, orchestrated it as secretary of state.

“What do we have NATO for if not to defend our way of life,” she once blustered. Post-9/11, she supported America’s war OF terror on humanity.

She endorses nuclear weapons use, calling them peacekeeping deterrents.

As a 2008 presidential aspirant, she told AIPAC convention participants America “stands with Israel now and forever.”

“I have a bedrock commitment to Israel's security.” She threatened tens of millions of Iranians, saying if elected president, she’d "totally obliterate them (if their government) consider(ed) launching an attack on Israel…"

She wanted Libya’s Gaddafi toppled, orchestrated genocidal war to eliminate him. Endless violence, chaos and human misery followed.

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Global Turmoil: Flatulence or Substance

April 11th, 2017

James Petras


Every day and throughout the world we read and hear of turmoil, of threats, violence, divisions, wars for peace and peace for wars, freedom as oppression and oppression as freedom.

In a world where words have lost their meanings and meanings have no words, how do we go about understanding turmoil?

Surely, economies rise and decline, new empires become dominant and old powers attempt to regain their power.

Does global turmoil ‘up end’ the established order? Or does it add up to hot air, flatulence, loud, smelly, empty and of short duration?

Is turmoil more than gaseous air, an after-dinner deep throated salute to the cook? Or is it a result of transformations of substance, albeit piles of broken societies stacked as precisely located horse buns?

In plain English: we experience turmoil . . . but we struggle to understand its significance. We ask: who benefits? And the quacks answer: Everybody, nobody and somebody.

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US Demands Russia End Support for Syria

April 11th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

Feature NYT, WaPo, WSJ, and other major media reports struck a common theme on the eve of Secretary of State Tillerson’s trip to Moscow.

NYT: “Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is taking a hard line against Russia on the eve of his first diplomatic trip to Moscow, calling the country ‘incompetent’ for allowing Syria to hold on to chemical weapons and accusing Russia of trying to influence elections in Europe using the same methods it employed in the United States.”

: “Officials in the Trump administration on Sunday demanded that Russia stop supporting the Syrian government or face a further deterioration in its relations with the United States.”

WSJ: “Top US officials dialed up their criticism of Moscow and blasted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad Sunday, heightening tensions in advance of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Russia this week.”

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Trump’s Cruise Missile Diplomacy

April 11th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

Trump is the latest in a long line of warrior presidents - pursuing America’s longstanding imperial agenda, naked aggression its main strategy of choice.

Endless wars began during the republic’s earliest days, cruise missiles and other modern terror weapons now used instead of earlier era muskets, facilitating mass slaughter and destruction, raping and pillaging one nation after another.

Advancing America’s imperium requires enemies - invented to wage wars. Justifying the unjustifiable repeats with disturbing regularity.

Wars are glorified in the name of peace. State-sponsored violence at home and abroad is the American way. Pacifism is considered sissy and unpatriotic.

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The Labour Party Has Reached Rock Bottom

April 9th, 2017

Gilad Atzmon

It dawned on me a quite a while ago that the Left is no longer a political position, it is, actually, a severe mental disturbance.

Almost one year ago, Ken Livingstone, ex-London Mayor and an icon of resistance and humanism was suspended from the Labour Party for suggesting that ‘Zionism collaborated with Nazi Germany.’

The truth was obviously on Livingstone’s side. In 1933 the German National Socialist government, the Zionist German Federation and the Anglo-Palestine Bank (on behalf of the Jewish Agency) signed an agreement to facilitate the immigration of 60.000 German Jews to Palestine. The transfer agreement was maintained from 1933 to 1939.

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