Stephen Lendman

Lies and Coverup of US War Crimes in Syria and Iraq

Lies and Coverup of US War Crimes in Syria and Iraq
by Stephen Lendman
Early in his administration, Trump is guilty of horrendous crimes of war and against humanity in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere - governing lawlessly like his predecessors, escalating aggression, not ending it.
Delegating authority for military operations to Defense Secretary Mattis, National Security Advisor McMaster, Joint Chiefs chairman Dunford and other Pentagon commanders doesn’t shift responsibility of the buck stopping with him on all administration policies, none more serious than waging war.
Civilians in harm’s way pay the greatest price in all US war theaters. Pentagon terror-bombing massacres them indiscriminately in Syria and Iraq, all targets considered legitimate ones, including residential neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, mosques with worshipers at prayer, and others.
Pentagon claims about taking great care to avoid or minimize civilian casualties are bald-faced lies. High crimes are either denied or blamed on others. So-called investigations when conducted are whitewashed to absolve US forces of accountability.
Most Americans have no idea about high crimes committed in their name, with their tax dollars, in all US war theaters because media scoundrels are part of the cover-up - either reporting nothing or sanitizing what’s ongoing.
A lengthy New York Times report on Mosul carnage focused largely on tactics, not accountability - no explanation of US war crimes, nothing about indiscriminate terror-bombing, silence on the rape and destruction of the city.
Liberation isn’t the objective. Iraqi ground forces are as vicious as ISIS, shelling and killing their own people indiscriminately. 
Nothing from The Times about the disturbing reality on the ground, including America’s responsibility for creating and supporting ISIS, along with other terrorist groups.
Addressing the March 17 Mosul attack, The Times understated the carnage - at least 237 civilians slaughtered in cold-blood, likely many more once bodies are pulled from rubble, in some cases entire families.
The Times cited US military officials, “insist(ing) there have been no changes to its rules of engagement that lessen the risk for civilians.”
It quoted Defense Secretary James (“mad dog”) Mattis’ Big Lie, claiming “(w)e go out of our way to always do everything humanly possible to reduce loss of life or injury among innocent people.”
In all US war theaters, the truth is polar opposite. Overwhelming evidence, from WW II, Korea, Southeast Asia, Yugoslavia, and all post-9/11 wars of aggression, proves  Washington’s culpability for horrendous mass slaughter and destruction, affecting civilians and combatants alike.
America is the most vicious, unaccountable aggressor in world history, responsible for millions of casualties, civilians harmed most of all - directly from war, related violence, preventable diseases, starvation, displacement, along with overall deprivation and desperation.
Government and military officials ignore responsibility for the appalling human toll in all US wars. Nuremberg-level high crimes are committed in all theaters - accountability never forthcoming.
Discussing military operations in Mosul, neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post editors lied, accusing Russian and Syrian forces of “deliberate(ly) bombing…civilian targets, including hospitals, food stores and aid convoys, at the cost of thousands of lives,” claiming:
“In Mosul…Iraqi counterterrorism forces…limit(ed) the use of artillery and airstrikes to avoid civilian deaths, winning praise from humanitarian groups,” adding:
“A (March 17) US airstrike (on) Mosul may now tarnish that record…Confusion still surrounds the incident. 
“Iraqi military authorities” were cited, claiming ISIS booby traps or car-bombing responsibility for what happened.
Fact: Russian and Syrian forces scrupulous try avoiding civilian casualties - why liberating Aleppo entirely from US-supported al-Nusra terrorists took so long.
Fact: No Russian or Syrian airstrikes targeted hospitals, aid convoys or other nonmilitary sites. Claims otherwise are Big Lies.
Fact: US terror-bombing was responsible for devastating carnage in Mosul. It was no isolated incident.
Fact: Since US-led Iraq and Syria terror-bombing began in 2014, thousands of civilians in harm’s way were massacred in cold-blood. 
Fact: Coverup and/or denial follow all reported incidents of US-led airstrikes, killing civilians in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.
The vast majority of attacks go unreported - responsible for millions of post-9/11 casualties, an incomprehensible human toll.
US rules of engagement ignore international law. Washington rules override them. Claims otherwise are Big Lies.
GW Bush bragged about being a wartime president. So did Obama throughout every day of his tenure.
So far, Trump is following the same pattern, responsible for devastating carnage on his watch on the phony pretext of combating terrorism Washington supports - likely continuing without letup, perhaps new wars planned against other nations.
America’s permanent war agenda threatens humanity’s survival. Is catastrophic thermonuclear confrontation just a matter of time?
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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Mike Pence Represented Trump at AIPAC

Mike Pence Represented Trump at AIPAC
by Stephen Lendman
Last March, candidate Trump addressed AIPAC, saying he came “as a lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel.”
Its high crimes and threat to world peace didn’t matter then or now.
Railing against the Iran nuclear deal he hadn’t read or understood, he lied calling the Islamic Republic is “a problem in Iraq, a problem in Syria, a problem in Lebanon, a problem in Yemen and will be a very, very major problem for Saudi Arabia.”
The “problem” he didn’t explain is its sovereign independence. It threatens no countries regionally or elsewhere.
Trump let Mike Pence speak for him at AIPAC’s ongoing conference. Like virtually everyone in Washington, he said he and Trump “stand with Israel for the same reason every freedom loving American stands with Israel, because her cause is our cause. Her values are our values.”
Fact: Growing numbers of Jewish Americans and many others oppose Israeli ruthlessness, its imperial partnership with America, one rogue state supporting another - threatening world peace, stability and security.
Pence: “…Trump (intends) finding an equitable and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Fact: Chances are virtually zero, especially with a US administration one-sidedly for Israel, disdainful of fundamental Palestinian rights - putting Zionist zealots in charge of peace talks if they’re held, again assuring they’re dead on arrival.
Pence: “…Trump will never compromise the safety and security of the Jewish State of Israel.”
Fact: No nations, groups or individuals threaten Israel except ones it invents - fantasy enemies, not real ones.
Pence: Israel is “a beacon of freedom and prosperity for all the world to see.”
Fact: It’s polar opposite, a ruthless apartheid regime, state terror its geopolitical and domestic strategy.
Pence: “…Trump is working with our military and the American people can know this, we will hunt down and destroy ISIS at its source so it can no longer threaten our people, our allies or our most cherished ally, Israel. And finally, under President Donald Trump, America will stand strong in the face of the leading state sponsor of terrorism. This administration has put Iran on notice.”
Fact: America created and supports ISIS, along with other terrorist groups. It’s alleged war on terrorism is a fabricated hoax.
Fact: America and Israel are the world’s leading state sponsors of terrorism. Russia, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah are its committed opponents.
Pence is Trump’s bridge to the establishment, a militant Christian fascist, a Blackwater USA supporter, a heartbeat from the nation’s highest office. 
He’s anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT and women’s rights, anti-equity and justice, Islamophobic, militantly pro-war and corporate favoritism at the expense of social justice.
He’s part of the lunatic fringe infesting Washington, a bigoted Christian white supremacist, a far-right religious fundamentalist, serving in the nation’s second highest office.
He’s for virtually everything free societies abhor. Americans have just cause to fear him and other extremists holding top Trump administration positions.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
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Settlements Opponent Challenges Israel

Settlements Opponent Challenges Israel
by Stephen Lendman
Israeli ruthlessness harms Jews and non-Jews alike. The late Palestinian/American scholar/activist Edward Said once called its agenda “refined viciousness” against Occupied Palestine and Arab Israeli citizens.
Its sordid history reflects a pattern of appalling high crimes - why BDS activism flourishes, important resistance against what’s too intolerable to ignore.
On March 6, Israeli legislation banned foreign BDS supporters from entering its territory and areas it controls.
US-based Jewish Voices for Peace executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson issued a strong statement, saying:
“On the same day as the Trump administration signed the second version of an unconstitutional and discriminatory executive order barring visitors from specific Muslim countries, Israel just passed its own discriminatory travel ban barring supporters of nonviolent tactics to end Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.”
“My grandparents are buried in Israel, my husband and kids are citizens, and I lived there for three years, but this bill would bar me from visiting because of my work in support of Palestinian rights.” 
The new law also bans supporters involved in advocating boycotts of settlement products - produced on stolen Palestinian land.
Australian settlements opponent Judy Bamberger defied Israeli authorities to arrest her on arrival at Ben Gurion airport last week.
They didn’t. Her publicized challenge perhaps gave them pause about highlighting the deplorable legislation.
In a letter to the Canberra Times, published by Haaretz, she wrote:
“I’m Jewish, American, Australian.
I urge those able to boycott all things economic, cultural, and academic originating from all Israeli settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem (to do so).
From 1973, I volunteered in Israel; beginning 2001, I volunteered in Palestine. 
From Israeli kibbutzim to Palestinian villages, I work with moms, dads, kids helping them survive wars, incursions, rockets, occupation. Now a ‘sister’ and ‘auntie’ to many on the West Bank, I know they want the same things you and I want: security, safety, stability, hope, a decent life and a future for their next generations.
Settlements and the occupation deny these things to Palestinians and Israelis both. Financial, social, economic, cultural, psychological damage devastates both occupy-er and occupy-ee.
I write this fully ‘aware of (the) possibility’ that my call has a reasonable possibility of leading to the imposition of a boycott.
I arrive (at) Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday, 21 March, UA954. Arrest me.”
Haaretz sent a journalist and photographer to meet her on arrival. The broadsheet cited her saying if she had been detained or deported, it would have been worth it.
“I’m hoping more people will push against this law. I’m hoping more people will have the courage and capacity to do civil disobedience, to bring to light discriminatory laws,” she said.
“(I)f I shine enough of a light on myself when I do this, hopefully I won’t get harassed. And if I do get harassed even with the light shining, well, then I get the opportunity to tell a story. And it’s the story that’s important, not me.”
Anti-BDS legislation is one of numerous Israeli laws, revealing contempt for equity and justice - enacted with full US support and encouragement.
A groundswell of domestic and foreign activists like Bamberger are needed to challenge what’s too intolerable to accept.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Dick Cheney on Nonexistent Russian Act of War

Dick Cheney on Nonexistent Russian Act of War
by Stephen Lendman
Cheney represents the worst of America’s dark side, guilty of genocidal high crimes against peace.
Throughout his public life, he showed contempt for rule of law principles as a congressman, defense secretary and vice president.
A special place in hell awaits him! 
Speaking at the Economic Times’ Global Business Summit in New Delhi, India, Cheney lied about nonexistent Russian meddling in America’s presidential election.
He lied about nonexistent “rising number(s) of threats.” He lied about nonexistent “Russia(n) aggressive actions,” saying:
“I think (Putin) has designs on the Baltics.”
False!
“We know he wanted Crimea. He took it.”
False!
“There’s no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways with our basic fundamental democratic processes,” part of his attempting worldwide destabilization. “In some quarters, that could be considered an act of war.”
False!
“I would not underestimate the weight that we as Americans assign to Russian attempts to interfere with our process,” he added.
Longstanding Russia bashing is part of a diabolical US regime change plot, risking possible nuclear war.
Neocons infesting Washington are hell-bent on whatever it takes to achieve their imperial objectives.
Even the risk of thermonuclear mass annihilation doesn’t deter them. 
America’s imperial madness should terrify everyone. Its rage for dominance may kill us all.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
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Sergey Lavrov's Geopolitical Worldview

Sergey Lavrov’s Geopolitical Worldview
by Stephen Lendman
Lavrov is a world-class diplomat, a tireless pursuer of world peace and stability - shaming his Western counterparts.
In a March 23 address, he said misfortunes affecting Russia for centuries were “almost always” Western-sponsored.
Yet the nation today remains resilient, maintaining “an independent foreign policy,” part of what sovereignty is all about.
Respect for “inviolability of the stabilising foundations of international law unites Russia with most countries of the world,” Lavrov explained.
Its commitment to world peace and stability, along with “its advanced nuclear deterrent capabilities,” lets Moscow play an important geopolitical role when it’s most needed.
Global stability depends on strict compliance with rule of law principles, respecting the sovereign rights of all nations, without interfering in their internal affairs, Lavrov stressed.
Russia prioritizes establishing and maintaining “lasting peace and reliable, equal and indivisible security for all.”
When military force is used, “strict compliance with international (and domestic) laws” are observed, no deviations permitted the way US-dominated NATO operates.
Lavrov explained “not all countries in the world are so scrupulous in providing legal grounds for the use of military force.”
“We have noted cases of loose interpretations of the UN Charter and of removing any boundaries for designating something a threat to one’s own security.”
Clearly he meant Washington and its rogue allies, making their own rules, doing whatever they please, creating global chaos.
“Russia is pragmatic, not ideological,” said Lavrov. It doesn’t impose its traditions and values on other countries. It respects their sovereign rights.
It strictly observes UN Charter principles. Western breaches are at the heart of global turmoil. Its rogue allies share blame. EU failure to cooperate with Russia is disturbing.
“We are patient people,” said Lavrov. “(W)e will wait for our colleagues” to realize the error of their ways and rectify things.
Externally generated Middle East and North African turmoil risks “the annihilation of states and the regional map. (W)idespread chaos (is) conducive (to fostering) terrorism…”
“History shows that betting on hegemony and one’s own exceptionalism leads to greater instability and chaos.” America is Exhibit A.
Russia aims to be “a balancing factor in world politics. We do not favor confrontation or isolationism…(W)e will continue to advance a positive agenda in our relations with our partners and neighbors…”
“(T)here is no alternative to an independent, pragmatic and multi-vector foreign policy based on the consistent defence of national interests along with the simultaneous development of equal cooperation with all who are interested in reciprocating.” 
“All our actions are aimed at protecting our sovereignty and creating conditions for the peaceful and sustainable development of Russia and the Russians.”
If America was governed according to principles Russia respects, peace and stability would be prioritized over endless wars of aggression.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC

Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC
by Stephen Lendman
He’s a world-class thug, an unindicted war criminal. His deplorable remarks whenever delivered give demagoguery a bad name.
Via satellite, he addressed AIPAC participants, ignoring Israeli apartheid ruthlessness, its high crimes of war and against humanity, its opposition to peace, equity and justice.
“We must ensure that the forces of militant Islam are defeated,” he blustered.
Fact: America created “militant Islam.” Israel supports it like Washington and their rogue allies.
Netanyahu: Iran must be “prevented…from ever…developing nuclear weapons.”
Fact: Iran’s nuclear program has no military component - not now, not earlier, not planned. It supports a nuclear weapons-free Middle East. Nuclear armed and dangerous Israel prevents it - a regional and global threat.
Netanyahu: “More and more in the region and outside the region, around the world, realize that Israel is on their side.”
Fact: The US/UK/Israeli axis is humanity’s greatest threat.
Netanyahu: “Where terrorism threatens innocent people, Israel is there…”
Fact: Indeed, the worst kind of terrorism - state-sponsored.
Netanyahu: “Where people are suffering from hunger and thirst…Israel is there…”
Fact: Brutalized Palestinians yearn for freedom from its presence.
Netanyahu: “I am proud of the unique contribution Israel is making to the world…”
Fact: Its rage for regional dominance threatens Jews and non-Jews alike everywhere.
Netanyahu: “Israel’s hand and my hand is extended to all of our neighbors in peace.”
Fact: Peace and stability are anathema to Zionist zealots, fascist hardliners, and religious fundamentalists running Israel - prioritizing wars of aggression, related violence, along with vicious persecution of Occupied Palestinians and its Arab citizens.
Netanyahu thanked AIPAC for “standing with Israel.” It despicably fronts for its high crimes.
Stop AIPAC activists condemn Israeli militarism, racism, occupation, and hegemonic rage for dominance.
They welcome global activists for peace, equity and justice for all, joining in the most vital struggle of our time.
They want AIPAC’s stranglehold over US Middle East policy ended. They support international law over endless imperial wars.
They condemn high crimes committed by America and Israel. A better world isn’t possible as long as their rage for dominance goes unchecked.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Jews Challenge AIPAC

Jews Challenge AIPAC
by Stephen Lendman
AIPAC is Israel’s key US lobby organization, supporting its apartheid ruthlessness, its high crimes of war and against humanity - operating illegally as an unregistered foreign agent.
Few congressional members dare confront it. Doing the right thing is a career-ender. AIPAC exerts enormous political influence to assure whatever Israel wants it gets. One rogue state supports the other.
What benefits Israel harms humanity. Sunday was day one of AIPAC’s three-day conference in Washington.
A rogue’s gallery of Zionist zealots are scheduled to speak, pledging fealty to Israel, ignoring its flagrant breaches of international law, its contempt for millions of Palestinians, other Arabs and humanity.
They include Benjamin Netanyahu, other Israeli political figures, Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, Tony Blair, Stephen Harper, Dennis Ross, neocon extremists John Bolton and William Kristol, Alan Dershowitz, Nikki Haley, Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Tim Kaine, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez, Ben Cardin, and many others.
On Sunday, many hundreds of Jews and other protesters formed a human chain, blocking access to AIPAC’s Washington Convention Center venue.
They chanted anti-AIPAC slogans. Signs displayed said “AIPAC: You do not represent us.” “Jews won’t be free until Palestinians are, reject AIPAC, reject occupation.” “Jews against white supremacy.” “Jewish resistance against racism.” “Reclaim, reimagine, resist.”
Anti-settlement group IfNotNow.org organized the anti-AIPAC protest. Its web site states: “We will be the generation that ends our community’s support for the occupation.”
“Today, the Jewish community is faced with a choice. Will we leave our tradition in the hands of out-of-touch leaders, or we will fight for a vibrant, liberated Jewish community that supports freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians?”
Resist AIPAC, it stresses, an organization “promot(ing) endless occupation and Islamophobia…(It does not) represent our generation of Jews.”
On Sunday, clashes erupted when the fascist Jewish Defense League tried to disrupt the protest. Activists weren’t deterred.
IfNotNow co-founder Yonah Lieberman said a “unique moral moment for the Jewish-American community” exists today.
“(W)e have a unique role to play to ensure the occupation comes to an end. We have a responsibility to resist it.”
Separately on Sunday, National Campaign to Lift the Closure of Hebron activists protested in the southern West Bank city - denouncing AIPAC on day one of its conference.
Signs and banners called for the group’s dismantlement. Hebron Defense Committee coordinator Hisham Sharabati said Sunday’s action was organized to condemn AIPAC’s support for Israel’s “colonial racist regime,” its militarized occupation, its ruthless persecution of Palestinians.
While speakers addressed AIPAC participants on Sunday, Israeli soldiers rampaged through Palestinian communities, invading homes, terrorizing families, traumatizing children, abducting at least 19 Palestinians for praying to the wrong God.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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Pentagon Heads Toward Escalating Genocide in Yemen

Pentagon Heads Toward Escalating Genocide in Yemen
by Stephen Lendman
Yemen is Obama’s war, now Trump’s, complicit with Saudi terror-bombing, massacring civilians indiscriminately, causing vast destruction, human suffering and starvation.
A previous article explained millions of Yemenis face slow, painful deaths from lack of food needed to survive, blockaded coastal areas preventing it from entering the country. 
Amounts airlifted in are woefully inadequate. Media scoundrels suppress the ongoing horror, ignoring US responsibility for genocide.
On March 26, the neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post-owned Foreign Policy magazine headlined “Pentagon Weighs More Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen,” saying:
“Several Defense officials told Foreign Policy the prospect of more American help for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen was under discussion even as the administration examines its broader strategy in the region, including looking at ways to counter Iran and to defeat Islamic State militants.” 
“The Pentagon views increased support for the Saudi-led coalition as one way of potentially pushing back against Iran’s influence in Yemen, as well as shoring up ties with an ally that felt neglected by the previous administration.”
What’s likely is escalated US-orchestrated aggression in a nation already devastated by two years of imperial war - besides years of US drone war since launched by the Bush/Cheney administration in January 2002, civilians overwhelmingly harmed.
Intensifying combat operations assures far more mass slaughter, destruction, chaos and human suffering, besides what’s already intolerable - achieving nothing but endless conflict, benefitting war-profiteers at the expense of countless numbers of innocent victims.
According to one unnamed Defense Department official, “(w)e’re interested in building the capability of the Saudis” to operate in Yemen and elsewhere regionally - free to commit atrocities with US help.
In a Saturday address, marking the second anniversary of imperial war on Yemen, Ansarullah movement leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi denounced Saudi terror-bombing war crimes, including use of chemical and other banned weapons - accomplishing nothing but mass slaughter and destruction.
Denouncing aggression on its second anniversary, hundreds of thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in Sana’a’s al-Sabin Square, waving national flags, chanting anti-Saudi slogans.
Supreme Political Council president Saleh al-Samad praised effective resistance against Saudi aggression, despite unlimited resources, weapons, munitions, and US-led Western aid.
Now in its third year, Washington apparently wants conflict escalated, not ended. The longer it continues, the greater the human toll. 
The lives and welfare of millions of Yemeni civilians are at risk. Countless more numbers may perish before conflict ends.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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US Terror-Bombing Killing Thousands of Civilians

US Terror-Bombing Killing Thousands of Civilians
by Stephen Lendman
AirWars.org calls itself “a journalist-led transparency project. It “(m)onitor(s) and assess(es) civilian casualties from international airstrikes in Iraq, Syria and Libya (from) open-source reports and military claims by nations.”
From August 2014 - March 21, 2017, it estimates up to nearly 9,800 civilian deaths from US-led terror-bombing in Iraq and Syria, citing casualties from over 1,000 incidents.
Civilian deaths and injuries aren’t aberrations. They occur virtually daily from indiscriminate terror-bombing. 
AirWars’ figures likely way undercount the full extent of massacres committed by America and its rogue allies, unconcerned about the human toll. Imperial priorities alone matter.
According to Iraqi General Sair al-Mousavi, about 4,000 civilians were killed so far in the battle for western Mosul, thousands of residential houses destroyed, families inside buried under rubble.
Civilian men, women, children, the elderly and infirm in harm’s way are being indiscriminately slaughtered - out of sight and mind because media scoundrels remain silent.
Public knowledge of the March 17 Mosul massacre belies the coverup of sustained US-led barbarism, harming area civilians most.
How many US atrocities went unreported in Iraq and Syria? Administration and Pentagon claims about the need to protect civilian lives is utter rubbish.
US rules of engagement permit anything. What’s required to be observed is ignored. Laws of war and international humanitarian laws don’t matter. 
Washington rules override them. Mass slaughter and destruction occur in all US war theaters, chaos and appalling human suffering of no consequence.
Wars are waged to advance America’s imperium. They’re not about humanitarian intervention or democracy building. 
The horror of what’s ongoing in Iraq and Syria is virtually unreported in the West. 
Barbarous campaigns are falsely portrayed as liberating struggles. Most Americans are none the wiser. Media scoundrels suppress what’s vital to know.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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Iran Sanctions 15 US Companies

Iran Sanctions 15 US Companies
by Stephen Lendman
The symbolic act came days after Washington imposed sanctions on 30 foreign companies and individuals - allegedly for violating export controls on Iran, Syria and North Korea, along with selling technology aiding Tehran’s legitimate missile program.
Its government also acted in response to Congress introducing the “Countering Iran’s Destabilization Activities Act of 2017” - certain to pass both houses, likely unanimously, targeting Tehran’s missile program intended solely for defense, along with falsely accusing its government of supporting terrorism.
The measure calls for sanctioning anyone involved with Iran’s missile program, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a branch of its armed forces, responsible for defending the nation from foreign adversaries.
US companies sanctioned include ITT Corp., Raytheon, United Technologies, BENI Tal, Re/Max Real Estate, Oshkosh (truck-making) Corp., Magnum Research, Kahr Arms, M7 Aerospace, Lewis Machine and Tool Co., Daniel Defense, Bushmaster Firearms International, OF Mossberg & Sons, and H-S Precision Inc.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry statement said “(t)he Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the recent measure taken by the United States administration to impose one-sided extraterritorial sanctions against Iranian and non-Iranian individuals and institutions.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran accepts no restrictions imposed against its efforts to protect its dignity, territorial integrity and security of the people.”
Companies were targeted for supporting Israeli oppression, brutality and atrocities against Palestinians, along with illegal settlements. 
They’re symbolically barred from doing business in Iran, their former and current officials ineligible for visitation visas. 
Companies with assets in Iran may be seized. A senior Iranian lawmaker said the US military and CIA may be designated as terrorist organizations if congressional legislation targets the IRGC the same way.
Actions by Washington breach the 2015 nuclear deal’s letter and spirit. Perhaps Trump administration hardliners want Tehran provoked enough to walk away unilaterally - because of repeated US violations, wanting the Islamic Republic blamed for Washington’s actions.
Depending on US actions, Iran may sanction more American companies and entities.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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Orchestrated Protests in Russia

Orchestrated Protests in Russia
by Stephen Lendman
They aim to weaken Putin’s overwhelming popularity - acts of futility, always failing. Yet they erupt sporadically, again on Sunday. More on this below.
Over 80% of Russians want no one else leading them. He’ll likely run for reelection next year, easily winning overwhelmingly.
When occasional politically motivated protests erupt, foreign interference is the usual suspect. 
Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen earlier cited an unnamed Eastern European intelligence source, saying the CIA, Britain’s MI-6 and George Soros finance anti-Putin dissident groups.
Staged protests and other tactics used to try weakening his public support never worked. He’s respected for straight talk, challenging US imperialism, and protecting Russian interests.
Political analyst Alexander Dugin called him “irreplaceable.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he’s the guarantor of the “Russian world.”
Russian media praise his ideological beliefs and commitment to protect state interests - jeopardized by US-led Western imperial objectives
His multi-polarity advocacy stands in stark contrast to America’s unipolar aims. Millions of Russians fear what will happen to them and their country if he’s not around.
On Sunday, a Moscow police spokesman up to 8,000 took part in an unauthorized opposition rally in central Moscow - on the pretext of opposing corruption.
More than 100 participants were detained, including Western darling Alexey Navalny - a phony anti-corruption activist, a convicted embezzler, a self-serving opportunist, a convenient Western stooge. 
He’s likely getting State Department funding through the so-called National Endowment for Democracy (NED) - for disruptive activities.
It’s prominently involved in orchestrating color revolutions, wanting pro-Western puppet regimes replacing sovereign independent governments.
Earlier polls showed his popularity at 4%. He’s more politically dead than alive. Yet when incidents like Sunday’s protests occur, he’s usually part of them.
He was detained along with others. Moscow authorities rejected his rally application, saying its intended central city location would be disruptive.
They offered less congested locations. Navalny refused. Moscow’s Interior Ministry City Directorate warned residents against participating in Sunday’s unlicensed event.
It took place anyway. Participants failed to disperse when ordered. Navalny and others were detained, charged with an administrative code violation pertaining to public gatherings, then released pending further action.
They can be fined, ordered to perform community service, or administratively detained.
Smaller protests took place in St. Petersburg and other Russian cities, evidence that the disruptive events were coordinated, likely foreign sources involved in orchestrating and funding them.
They’re part of longstanding destabilization activities, aiming for regime change, corruption allegations used as a pretext to launch them - authorities not fooled nor many Putin supporters.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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NYT Editors Support Endless US Wars

NYT Editors Support Endless US Wars
by Stephen Lendman
All US wars in multiple theaters are illegal - naked aggression against nations threatening no one, waged without Security Council authorization.
Without it, wars are a high crime against peace, Nuremberg-level criminality, America guilty repeatedly, immune from accountability.
The Times supports all US wars of aggression and others planned, ignoring their illegality and millions of casualties, civilians mostly harmed.
Young children in US war theaters never knew a day of peace, endless conflict savagery alone, including the deaths of fathers, mothers, siblings, other loved ones and friends - their lives shattered before beginning.
The Times pretends America is waging war on terrorism, ignores its support for the scourge it claims to oppose.
Its editors lied, saying “the American military is doing its job.” In all US conflict theaters, it’s operating illegally, waging war on humanity.
“…Congress is refusing to do its duty,” Times editors claimed. “(L)awmakers have ducked their constitutional responsibility for making war by not passing legislation authorizing the anti-ISIS fight.”
Fact: Security Council members alone may authorize warmaking - only in self-defense from an attack or imminent one, never preemptively for any reason.
Fact: Neither Congress or presidents may legally declare war on other nations without Security Council authorization.
Fact: No US war on ISIS or other terrorist groups exists. America supports this scourge. It’s not combating it.
Times editors: “The United States can claim a legal basis for its involvement in Iraq because Baghdad sought American help…”
Fact: False! Baghdad is an illegitimate US-installed puppet regime. So is Afghanistan’s regime and others elsewhere. They have no legal authority to permit US war in their territory.
Times editors: “Past efforts to enact a new ISIS-related authorization of military force (AUMF) have been stymied because of congressional fecklessness.”
Fact: AUMF is illegal - earlier and now if again enacted, what Times editors suppress.
Congressional members and presidents have no legal authority to permit military operations in violation of the UN Charter and other relevant international law - automatically constitutional law under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2).
The Times is a longtime wealth, power and privilege agent, supporting what inflicts enormous harm on humanity - featuring fake news, not the real thing.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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US Support Lets Global Terrorism Flourish

US Support Lets Global Terrorism Flourish
by Stephen Lendman
America created ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups. It maintains support for the scourge it claims to oppose.
Its so-called war on terrorism is a fabricated hoax. The way to defeat it isn’t by terror-bombing cities to rubble on the phony pretext of combating it.
It’s by ending support. Without it from America, NATO, Israel and other regional rogue states, these groups will wither and fade away.
Instead, they flourish because Washington uses them as imperial foot soldiers. Instead of cooperating with Russia in combating them, America and its rogue allies continue supplying them with weapons, munitions and other material support.
At her weekly press briefing, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova praised the constructive conflict resolution approach shown by Syria.
Opposition representatives aren’t cooperating, she explained, saying:
“We unfortunately must note - and this is obvious - that not all parties are pleased with the fact that the political process has restarted.” 
“We regularly record attempts to stymie its progress through certain representatives of the opposition who are continuing to make all sorts of preconditions verging on ultimatums.” 
“The militants are continuing to receive arms and ammunition, new members of criminal groups and, above all, funding from abroad.”
Zakharova blasted America, Britain and France for “refus(ing) to condemn the bloody terrorist attacks in Damascus (earlier) in March and the suppression of these events, as well as of the use of chemical agents by ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq…”
They reject “tak(ing) effective steps to confront the terrorist threat, which remains extremely high.”
“Clearly, not all parties want peace in Syria,” she stressed. Without naming names, she means America, Britain, France, Israel, other regional rogue states and terrorists they support.
She expressed outrage over new US sanctions on eight Russian companies for engaging in what the State Department calls “proliferation” activity with Iran, Syria and North Korea, saying:
“This step runs counter to the statements we hear from Washington that emphasize the fight against terrorism, in particular in Syria, where it has gained a foothold.” 
“On the contrary, it is completely at odds with such declarations and undermines the prospects of setting up comprehensive multilateral cooperation to destroy Islamic State and other terrorist groups that pose a threat to all countries, including the US.”
Talks to resolve Syria’s conflict began in 2012. Multiple rounds in Geneva from then to now failed - no breakthroughs achieved, no face-to-face negotiations.
Ongoing Geneva IV and Astana, Kazakhstan talks remain stalemated. Syrian army-rebuffed attacks by US-supported terrorists trying to reach central Damascus aimed to undermine peace efforts.
Despite years of futility, chief Syrian negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari stressed his delegation will never cease working for resolving years of conflict diplomatically.
Yet he said continued “terrorist attacks…are pushing everybody towards a total failure and fiasco in the political and diplomatic process.”
He blasted the illegitimacy of US troops and terror-bombing in northern Syria, explaining government and allied forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower, alone are combating terrorism.
America’s “assault on Raqqa is unlawful if not coordinated with Damascus,” he stressed.
Washington wants Raqqa destroyed, not liberated, the same strategy employed in attacking Mosul.
Endless US wars continue in multiple theaters, Trump as committed to militarism and aggression as his predecessors. 
Prospects for resolving conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere are dim. War profiteers want them continued endlessly.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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Trumpcare Postmortems

Trumpcare Postmortems
by Stephen Lendman
House failure to pass Trumpcare wasn’t an administration Waterloo, but it complicates its plans for tax cuts, infrastructure spending and other issues.
Healthcare savings by repealing and replacing Obamacare were counted on to help finance Trump’s other major programs.
Friday’s defeat cost him political capital and momentum. His touted dealmaking prowess failed its first major test. 
What’s ahead won’t get easier. His legislative agenda sustained a major body blow. 
Plans called for repealing and replacing Obamacare, followed by comprehensive tax reform (largely benefitting business and privileged elites), then creation of a $1 trillion infrastructure program, a thinly veiled privatization scheme.
Things aren’t going as planned. Trumpcare’s defeat complicates things. On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said “tax reform (now is) more difficult.”
Most Republicans want it to be revenue neutral, not easily achieved without help from Trumpcare savings.
Ryan proposed taxing imports as a possible solution. If imposed, a trade war could follow, along with higher consumer prices. Hard-pressed retailers oppose the idea.
Ahead of Friday’s outcome, New York magazine said Trumpcare’s failure would be “a stinging defeat” for the president, worse for Paul Ryan - “who has all but staked his Speakership on passing this bill.”
Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon could emerge “the big winner” from Friday’s outcome. He’s “been waging war against Ryan for years.” Trumpcare’s failure may be his best chance to “topple” him and advance his own agenda.
While publicly supporting the measure, he “talked it down…privately…in recent days,” unhappy because it “d(idn’t) drive down costs, (was) written by the insurance industry,” and didn’t go as far as he wished to “deconstruct the administrative state.”
The dust is still settling from Friday’s defeat. Trump’s dealmaking prowess failed him. Ryan’s Speakership powers couldn’t enlist enough GOP support for the new administration’s first major legislative test.
Maybe more key defeats will follow. Ahead, ordinary people won’t benefit from administration and congressional policies exclusively serving America’s privileged class at their expense. 
It’s the same whether Republicans or Democrats are in power - a bipartisan conspiracy against equity and justice for all.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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Is Israel Provoking More War on Gaza?

Is Israel Provoking More War on Gaza?
by Stephen Lendman
Throughout its sordid history, Israel got away mass murder and targeted assassinations repeatedly, flagrant international law violations, committed unaccountably.
On Friday, senior Hamas member  Mazen Fuqahaa was assassinated in Gaza City’s Tal al-Hawa neighborhood.
According to eyewitnesses, unknown assailants shot him four times in the head before fleeing. In 2011, he was freed along with other Palestinian political prisoners in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
Exiled to Gaza, he was likely closely monitored. According to Hamas co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar, “(t)he Israeli enemy operates a number of spies and mercenaries in the Gaza Strip, whom we will hopefully get rid of. A major operation must get underway in order to identify all those responsible for the recent criminal act.”
“There is no ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel, meaning that the two sides are technically at war. The flames of a confrontation could ignite anytime” at Israel’s discretion.
A statement by Hamas military wing Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades said “(t)he Israeli regime is the architect of the latest criminal act.” 
“The Israeli enemy seeks to impose its equation of terror through targeted killing of our brave resistance fighters.” 
“We will abort such attempts though. The occupier regime of al-Quds will eventually regret its conduct. They should know if you play with fire, you get burned.” 
Senior Hamas official Khalik al-Hayya promised retaliation, saying “(i)f the enemy thinks that this assassination will change the balance of power, then it should know the minds of Qassam will be able to retaliate in kind.”
Hezbollah called Fuqahaa’s assassination a provocative Zionist crime. Thousands of Palestinians turned out for his funeral.
His father said “Israeli intelligence officers came to our house many times, (warning) Mazen would be liquidated if he continued” resisting occupation harshness.
Gaza-based al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said escalating Israeli violations - including airstrikes and cross-border incursions - are reminiscent of incidents preceding its devastating 2014 Operation Protective Edge aggression.
Are ongoing Israeli provocations prelude to more mass slaughter and destruction? 
Beleaguered Gazans have no safe havens when attacked - victims of Israeli viciousness.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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Netanyahu Rejects Curbing Settlement Construction

Netanyahu Rejects Curbing Settlement Construction
by Stephen Lendman
After four days of talks between US and Israeli officials in Washington, nothing was achieved on slowing or curbing illegal settlement construction - entirely on stolen Palestinian land.
No US administration ever made concerted efforts to restrain Israeli lawlessness. On Friday, a joint statement by both sides was more double-talk than straight talk, saying:
“The United States delegation reiterated President Trump’s concerns regarding settlement activity in the context of moving towards a peace agreement.”
“The Israeli delegation made clear that Israel’s intent going forward is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes those concerns into consideration. The talks were serious and constructive, and they are ongoing.”
“(C)oncrete near-term measures (were discussed) to improve the overall climate in order to advance the prospects for a genuine and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”
Translation: Settlement construction will continue unimpeded. Trump intends doing nothing to halt or slow it - showing disdain for Palestinian rights like his predecessors.
Chances for “genuine and lasting peace between” both sides ahead are zero. Israel rejects it. So does Washington. Neither will admit what’s been clear for decades. Talks when initiated are dead-on-arrival every time. Nothing in prospect suggests improvement.
Trump’s negotiating team was headed by Zionist zealot Jason Greenblat. He and likeminded US ambassador to Israel David Friedman support unlimited settlement expansions on lawlessly annexed Palestinian land.
Both one-sidedly support Israel at the expense of fundamental Palestinian rights. Their public comments suggest one thing, Trump administration actions another.
During his White House meeting with Netanyahu last month, Trump’s comments on Israeli settlements were weak-kneed, saying “I’d like to see you hold back on (them) for a little bit.”
Netanyahu took it as a green light for unlimited construction - with no price to pay for his actions.
A Final Comment
On Thursday, bipartisan House and Senate legislation was introduced to fine companies boycotting Israel and its settlements.
The so-called Israel Anti-Boycott Act was prompted, in part, by UN Human Rights Council efforts to create a database of companies dealing with Israel in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
On Thursday, an HRC resolution urged companies to end ties to settlements, illegal under international law.
Congressional Zionist zealots want BDS influence undermined. Perhaps future legislation will call its activities illegal, criminalizing supporters.
Congressional action came days before AIPAC’s annual conference, scheduled for March 26 - 28. 
House and Senate members scheduled to speak want something to show their fealty to the rogue Jewish state, complicit with its high crimes.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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Trump Approves Environmentally Destructive Keystone XL Pipeline

Trump Approves Environmentally Destructive Keystone XL Pipeline
by Stephen Lendman
Supplying America’s energy needs at the expense of environmental destruction is a bad tradeoff.
Trump ignored certain adverse consequences of his actions. In February, he approved completion of Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction, endangering sacred Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ancestral land, water and wildlife habitat, along with communities, farmland and other sensitive areas.
On Friday, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon announced Trump’s authorization to construct the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL), a project Center for Biological Diversity executive director Kieran Suckling calls “disastrous.”
Trump’s hyperbole ill-serves him. Calling KXL an “incredible pipeline” ignores certain disaster it’ll cause.
Saying the project is “a great day for American jobs and a historic moment for North America and energy independence is a bald-faced lie on three-counts.
Greenpeace called Trump’s authorization a signal, showing Washington “is moving backwards when it comes to climate and energy.”
Along with other environmental groups, it vowed to keep challenging the project. Earth Justice called approving its construction the “latest in a string of decisions ignoring facts, public opinion and the law.”
Its vice president of litigation for climate & energy Abigail Dillen said Trump’s “decision defies all logic, not to mention the wishes of 75% of Americans who want our leaders to regulate climate pollution.”
Its president Trip Van Noppen said Earth Justice “will be working overtime in the courts to hold President Trump and his administration accountable under our nation’s laws, which protect Americans’ right to a clean and healthy environment.”
KXL is a hugely controversial 1,661-mile Alberta, Canada to Port Arthur, TX pipeline, intended to transport dirty tar sands oil - what shouldn’t be produced in the first place.
The danger lies in pipeline construction and use passing through environmentally sensitive areas in six states. They include waterways and the Ogallala Aquifer.
It’s one of the world’s largest, supplying about 30% of America’s irrigation ground water - a vital natural resource.
Friends of the Earth said KXL “will carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels: tar sands oil.” Its route “could devastate ecosystems and pollute water sources, and would jeopardize public health.”
It’ll double America’s dirty tar sands oil supply. Environmental toxicity will increase exponentially. Big Oil wants it. So do Republicans and many Democrats.
Environmentally destructive TransCanada Corp. will build it - notorious for spill-prone construction.
It promised its Keystone I pipeline would leak at most once every seven years. In year one, it leaked 12 times, once a month on average, unprecedented in US pipeline history.
NASA scientist James Hansen called KXL “a fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet.” All pipelines spill. Avoidance is impossible. Large-scale environmental damage is too great a price to pay.
Clean air, water and soil are far more precious to humanity than any amount of oil or other fossil fuels.
KXL construction assures environmental contamination. It’s just a matter of how severe. Serving Big Oil’s interests harms the heath and welfare of ordinary people.
KXL will transport the dirtiest oil on the planet. It’s hard, expensive and energy-sensitive to produce.
It’ll kill more jobs than it creates. It isn’t in the national interest, just profiteers standing to benefit.
Trump is their ally. He’s no friend of the earth or millions of ordinary Americans.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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The NYT Downplays Indiscriminate US Mass Slaughter of Civilians

The NYT Downplays Indiscriminate US Mass Slaughter of Civilians
by Stephen Lendman
On Saturday, Turkey’s Anadolu (news) Agency cited Iraqi General Thaer Mosawi, saying over 22,000 Mosul residents were wounded since US-orchestrated combat operations began last October, based on hospital admissions - nearly 4,000 killed since mid-February alone.
Civilians able to flee the city to relative safety report high noncombatant casualties - people as terrified by US terror-bombing as ISIS.
This information flies in the face of Pentagon reports and supportive media scoundrels - ignoring or downplaying ongoing horrors.
Mosul is being systematically raped and destroyed on the phony pretext of liberating the city from ISIS control. Most of its area fighters were relocated to Syria, America and its allies aiding them, using them as imperial foot soldiers, along with other terrorist groups.
In reporting on endless US aggression, The New York Times and other media scoundrels function as virtual Pentagon press agent.
On Friday, The Times headlined “US Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 Civilians.”
Fact: The body count reached at least 237. It’s rising as more remains are pulled from rubble.  Maybe three or four hundred were killed from this one incident alone.
Fact: Whenever the Pentagon announces an investigation into one of its attacks killing civilians, whitewash follows every time.
Fact: US rules of engagement consider civilians legitimate targets, flagrantly violating international and constitutional law.
The Times: CENTCOM spokesman “Col. John J. Thomas…said that the military was seeking to determine whether the explosion in Mosul might have been prompted by an American or coalition airstrike, or was a bomb or booby trap placed by the Islamic State.”
Fact: Eyewitnesses blamed the mass slaughter on US terror-bombing, not ISIS. These incidents happen repeatedly, some more severe than others.
Fact: The Pentagon tries shifting blame for its war crimes to others. Media scoundrels fail to hold it accountable for mass slaughter and destruction in all US war theaters.
Devastation wherever America shows up attests to its viciousness. 
The lives and welfare of defenseless civilians don’t matter - nor to media scoundrels largely ignoring appalling human suffering.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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Trumpcare Down But Not Out?

Trumpcare Down But Not Out?
by Stephen Lendman
On Friday, one of Trump’s signature domestic programs was defeated, at least for now. 
Acknowledging defeat, House Speaker Paul Ryan said “Obamacare is the law of the land.” It’ll remain so “for the foreseeable future…until it’s replaced,” suggesting AHCA’s Friday defeat isn’t the end of the story, what’s next yet to be decided.
A scheduled Friday House vote was cancelled because of too much GOP opposition to overcome. Democrats unanimously rejected it.
Ahead of what happened, Trump tweeted “(a)fter seven horrible years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally your chance for a great plan!”
Enactment of Trumpcare would have been nightmarish for most US households. In mid-March, the Economic Policy Institute said “99% of Americans…win if the GOP health plan fails.”
Its original and revised versions offered bare bones coverage at higher cost for most Americans, including onerous deductibles and co-pays - low income households, the poor and elderly harmed most.
Instead of providing healthcare on the basis of need, Obamacare made it dependent on the ability to pay, Trumpcare more nightmarish if enacted into law.
The president blamed Democrats for not “giv(ing) us a single vote,” adding the “best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It’s exploding right now…Almost all states have big problems.”
They’d be far bigger under his plan, a deplorable scheme to deny millions of Americans vital healthcare because predatory costs are more than they can afford.
Trump saying in the wake of his legislative defeat “(w)e have big, ambitious plans to improve people’s lives” is utter rubbish.
They include tax cuts for business and the rich, increased defense spending when major cuts are needed, endless wars of aggression in multiple theaters, deregulation stripping away consumer protections, wasting billions on border wall construction, and other policies benefitting America’s privileged class at the expense of most others.
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) called the American Health Care Act (AHCA - Trumpcare) “slash and burn” coverage.
PNHP president Dr. Carol Paris said his plan if enacted “would have pushed millions more Americans off their health insurance, sending the rates of medical bankruptcy and preventable deaths skyrocketing.”
AHCA’s failure presents an opportunity for Congress to replace Obamacare with sustainable and equitable universal single-payer coverage, PHNP stressed.
Along with others for healthcare coverage the way it should be, PNHP intends a National Day of Action on Saturday, April 8 in Washington.
Similar actions are planned in a dozen or more US cities nationwide to enlist public support for single-payer coverage serving everyone equitably - unrelated to the ability to pay.
Trump’s promise to provide affordable healthcare for everyone was a Big Lie. Calling nightmarish AHCP “wonderful” alone proved it.
Poorly regulated US marketplace medicine caused today’s healthcare crisis - putting profits above vital care, especially when most needed.
As long as Republicans and Democrats continue defending the indefensible, Americans will continue being oppressed by pay or die healthcare.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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Millions in US War Theaters Face Starvation

Millions in US War Theaters Face Starvation
by Stephen Lendman
According to the ICRC, about 20 million people in Yemen and Somalia face starvation without vitally needed food aid, mostly not forthcoming, saying:
“This is not business as usual.” Crisis conditions in both countries need to be addressed “now.” Cholera “on the rise in Somalia (alone is killing about) 20 people…each day.”
US drone war takes a horrendous toll. Obama’s war in Yemen, complicit with Riyadh, now Trump’s war, took a horrendous toll on civilians for the past two years.
Reporting on years of covert US war on Somalia, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism said elite US troops are involved in “surveillance, reconnaissance, and assault and capture operations,” including devastating drone war, mostly harming civilians.
The CIA operates secretly from Mogadishu airport. In recent years, Kenyan and Ethiopian forces invaded parts of the country, serving as US proxies. A virtually unreported war OF terror remains ongoing.
Oxfam reported “millions on the brink of starvation” in east Africa, Yemen, and northeast Nigeria - “an unprecedented and devastating food crisis” largely unaddressed.
Millions are starving, tens of millions desperately hungry, malnutrition harming young children most. Oxfam call the crisis “the largest hunger emergency in the world.”
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, “emergency” or “crisis” food insecurity affects 17 million Yemenis.
Oxfam said almost seven million Yemenis face starvation, the country facing “the worst humanitarian situation on the globe…”
With US support and encouragement, Saudi terror-bombing destroyed “(p)orts, roads and bridges, along with warehouses, farms and markets.”
Blockaded coastal areas prevents vital humanitarian aid from entering the country. Inadequate amounts are airlifted in. Horrendous human suffering and famine stalk the nation.
Many thousands perished. Official numbers way understate the human toll. 
It could run into the millions if conflict doesn’t end - now Trump’s war, mostly harming desperate civilians, an entire generation of Yemenis affected.
Human desperation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and other countries devastated by US imperial viciousness compounds crisis conditions explained above.
Media scoundrels ignore their suffering and US responsibility for what’s going on - part of its diabolical plan to rule the world unchallenged.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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