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Rebellion in the Suites: Tax Collectors and Businesspeople

September 9th, 2016

James Petras

Introduction

Large-scale political and economic challenges are confronting the US multi-national corporate elite. Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Pfizer and scores of other multinational tax evaders are facing the triple threat of multi-billion dollar fines, the redistribution of their wealth and the possible reintroduction of equitable socio-economic programs, which could undermine their power. Washington-backed exporters and financiers, eager to impose free trade agreements on European and Asian business classes, have been faced with stiff resistance and outright rejection.

In Latin America, the Obama administration recently installed neo-liberal regimes in Argentina and Brazil, provoking massive opposition from small and medium sized firms driven into bankruptcy by their harsh policies.

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Bahraini Political Prisoner Nabeel Rajab Speaks Out

September 9th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

The US-supported despotic Bahraini regime repeatedly targeted Rajab and other human rights defenders for their redoubtable activism - murdering some, mass imprisoning others on trumped up charges no legitimate tribunal would uphold.

Rajab is unjustly detained under harsh conditions, facing longterm imprisonment on fabricated charges of spreading “false or malicious news, offending a foreign country (meaning Saudi Arabia for criticizing its genocidal war on Yemen), and offending a statutory body.”

He’s been confined in isolation for the past three months. Surprisingly he got New York Times op-ed space to express his views, writing from prison where he’s detained - “all because of my work as a human rights defender,” he explained, adding he’s not alone.

Around “4,000 political prisoners in Bahrain” languish in gulag hell, tortured and ill-treated “for daring to desire democracy,” said Rajab. Fellow redoubtable human rights defender Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was sentenced to life in prison in 2011 for daring to speak truth to power.

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Fabricated Claims About Russian Plot to Disrupt US Elections

September 9th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

Hillary is so irreparably tainted and unfit to serve, her key strategy is diverting attention from her wrongdoing two ways - viciously bashing Trump beyond customary campaign jousting and spreading misinformation and Big Lies about Russia, using media scoundrels as press agents to do her dirty work.

Neocon Washington Post editors and staff one-sidedly support her, one of many examples of how low US media scoundrels have sunk - transforming themselves into disgraceful laughing stocks.

The way to stay misinformed and brainwashed is by following their reports. WaPo’s latest anti-Russia harangue is claiming a potential covert plot to disrupt November elections.

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Philippine President Calls Obama a Son-of-a-Bitch

September 9th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

How refreshing, even from a hardline leader ruling with an iron fist. He’s gutsy to a fault.

In office around 10 weeks, Rodrigo Duterte certainly made his presence known, attracting less than favorable worldwide attention in the process.

He wants capital punishment enforced against what he calls “heinous” criminals, including drugs traffickers.

He urged Filipino citizens to voluntarily kill pushers and addicts. A national bloodbath may follow before his tenure expires. He’s compiling a “kill list” like Obama, operating as judge, jury and chief executioner - criticized by human rights groups for supporting extrajudicial assassinations.

He’s supported by America in his dispute with Beijing over portions of the South China Sea. He made no friends in Washington, saying the Obama administration and Britain “destroyed the Middle East…forc(ing) their way into Iraq and kill(ing) Saddam.”

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An Open Letter to the People of Brazil

September 8th, 2016

Robert J. Burrowes

As I read of the latest coup in Brazil, once again removing a democratically elected leader from power, my anger surged. Not again! However, as I see and read about the ongoing massive protests, as well as calls by prominent community leaders to mobilize in defense of your country's democracy, I feel great hope for Brazil. Having been a nonviolent activist for many years, I would like to support Brazilian activists to develop a nonviolent strategy that will increase your chances of success.

On 31 August 2016, the Brazilian elite executed a political coup to remove your democratically elected president Dilma Rousseff from office in a desperate attempt to halt corruption investigations in which they are clearly implicated. See 'Democracy Is Dead in Brazil' http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Democracy-is-Dead-in-Brazil-20160831-0007.html and 'The Real Reason Brazil's Democratically Elected Dilma Rousseff Was Impeached' http://truepublica.org.uk/global/the-real-reason-brazils-democratically-elected-dilma-rousseff-was-impeached/

Behind the scenes, of course, the United States elite was heavily involved. With vast quantities of highly profitable fossil fuels, mineral and forest resources, as well as fresh water at stake, the US elite (and its allied elites) is not going to stand aside while Brazil and BRICS endeavour to create a more just world for at least some of its human inhabitants. See 'Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff: Brazil's Parliamentary Coup and the "Progressive Media"' http://www.globalresearch.ca/brazils-parliamentary-coup-and-the-progressive-media/5543597

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Israel Planning Third Temple on Al-Aqsa Mosque Site?

September 8th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

It’s hard imagining Israel going this far, but who knows, given its longstanding persecution of Occupied Palestinians and its own Arab citizens - 20% of its population unwanted, treated like fifth column threats.

Al-Aqsa is sacred to Muslims worldwide, Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca's Sacred Mosque and the Mosque of the Prophet in Madina.

According to the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), “Israeli institutions and organizations are preparing to build the so-called ‘Third Temple’ in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and are waiting for a political decision to start, Israeli channels reported.”IMEMC said the scheme has “wide political and popular support.” Israeli television reported readiness to begin the project once an OK is gotten - expected to take three years to complete if undertaken.

An Israeli Channel 2 report last weekend said Women for the Temple are preparing materials needed to begin construction.

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Obama Talks Peace in Syria While Waging War

September 8th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

Peace defeats America’s imperial objectives. Multiple US wars rage endlessly. Others await to be launched.

Syria is Obama’s war, naked aggression using ISIS and other terrorist groups as proxy foot soldiers - intending endless conflict to replace sovereign Syrian independence with pro-Western puppet governance.

In Hangzhou, China at the G-20 summit, Obama dissembled like he always does - on the one hand, saying Washington and Moscow may agree on ways to resolve Syria’s conflict and provide vitally needed humanitarian aid to desperate people.

On the other, he turned truth on its head, claiming Russia may breach terms agreed on - code language for it’s continuing to combat the scourge of US-sponsored terrorism.

There’s “no clear path forward,” he said. “It is a very complicated piece of business. These are difficult negotiations. We have grave differences with the Russians in terms of both the parties we support, but also the process that’s required to bring about peace in Syria.”

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OK for US to Terror-Bomb Syria Illegally - Not OK for Russia to Combat Terrorism

September 8th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

Washington uses foreign airbases to terror-bomb Syrian hospitals, infrastructure and government targets, slaughtering defenseless civilians at the same time - on the phony pretext of combating ISIS it supports.

Russia heroically in involved in legitimately combating terrorism - from aerial missions conducted from Syrian territory and now from Iran in lieu of much longer distance flights from Russian territory. A previous article discussed it.

Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner falsely suggested Russian aerial operations from Iran’s Hamadan airbase perhaps violated UN Resolution 2231.

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Amazing Media Self-Indictment

September 7th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

Rupert Murdoch’s New Corp-owned New York Post calls itself “America’s oldest continuously published newspaper,” founded in 1801 by Alexander Hamilton, today a far cry from its roots.

The Columbia Journalism Review earlier called it “no longer merely a journalistic problem. It is a social problem - a force for evil.”

It should have described all major US print and electronic media the same way - providing all propaganda rubbish all the time on issues mattering most, especially geopolitical ones and electoral politics.

They represent a collective shame of the nation, deplorable scoundrels, substituting presstitution for legitimate journalism.

On August 21, the Post amazingly headlined “American journalism is collapsing before our eyes,” saying: “The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand in hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.”

“The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.”

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Neocon Washington Post Anti-Trump Jihad

September 7th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

By now, Americans should be numb from outrageously one-sided anti-Trumpism compared to suppressing Hillary’s deplorable public record.

With two months before November’s election, things may get even uglier, media scoundrels perhaps intending an even greater push to get her anointed America’s next president.

The possibility should terrify everyone. Paul Craig Roberts calls her “certifiably insane.” For sure, she’s megalomaniacally driven, Roberts saying “she will take America to war with Russia - which means also China - and Iran.”

I share his justifiable fear, the risk of humanity-destroying war, Hillary comfortable about using nuclear weapons, our main survival threat.

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