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Memorial Day Dishonor And Disgrace

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General Smedley Butler was right. War is a racket – based on Big Lies, waged for wealth, power and dominance.

Wars have nothing to do with upholding democratic values, humanitarian intervention or fighting for peace, stability and security.

They have everything to do with conquest, colonization and control – forcing one nation’s will on others, stealing resources and exploiting populations.

America dishonors its war dead – sacrificed on the alter of greed and lust for power.

Privileged elites let others do their dying for them – making the world safe for bankers, war profiteers and other corporate predators.

Innocent youths are sent to die based on Big Lies. Sick and/or wounded returning home are often abandoned.

Epidemic levels of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affect hundreds of thousands of combat forces and vets. Many go untreated.

Independent reports reveal nearly half of Afghan and Iraq vets have emotional and/or physical combat injuries. Many are maimed for life.

Combat stress is more than many can bear. The disturbing toll wars take is one of the most underreported stories. A generation of combat vets won’t ever be the same again.

Many needing help don’t get it. Too few get enough. An epidemic of vet and active duty suicides symbolizes war’s hellishness.

Many deaths aren’t called suicides – at home or abroad in war theaters. Misreporting is commonplace.

Many suicide victims are age 50 or older. Combat-related trauma is long-lasting. According to a Center for a New American Security(CNAS) suicide report, veterans commit suicide every 80 minutes.

Study authors Margaret Harrell and Nancy Berglass said:

“America is losing its battle against suicide by veterans and service members. And as more troops return from deployment, the risk will only grow.”

Many vets return home feeling helpless. Marine Corps vet Jason Christiansen watched his life unravel. “At one point, I was sitting there with a gun in my mouth,” he said. A friend urged him to seek help.

The Veterans Crisis Line gets hundreds of thousands of calls. CNAS said from 2005 – 2010, “approximately one service member committed suicide every 36 hours.” Too little too late reflects DOD/VA policy.

For what? America hasn’t had an enemy since Japan formally surrendered in early September 1945 aboard the battleship Missouri.

In the decade post-9/11, the VA paid $200 million to nearly 1,000 families in wrongful death cases.

They’re the tip of the iceberg. Malpractice takes countless others. Included are veteran and active duty suicides for denial of vitally needed physical and/or emotional care.

Wrongful diagnoses and botched surgeries are commonplace by uncaring medical professionals in a system encouraging malpractice by devoting resources to war-making, not caring of its sick, wounded or dying.

Malignant tumors are allowed to grow. Over-dosing on dangerous drugs compensates for denial of proper treatment.

Elderly vets promised healthcare for life die from fatal neglect. How many others suffer out of sight and mind?

It bears repeating. America dishonors its war dead, sick, wounded and dying. Paul Craig Roberts is right. Memorial Day is a cruel hoax – a national disgrace.

It’s been this way from inception since 1866 – more than ever today by far.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

More Evidence Of Israel’s Dirty Role In The Syrian Proxy War

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By: Steven MacMillan | New Eastern Outlook

Video footage surfaced last week showing the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) treating a wounded anti-Assad Syrian rebel, following a UN report at the end of last year which found that the IDF and the Syrian rebels (including ISIS) were in regular contact. The Times of Israel reported on this latest video in an article titled, IDF posts footage of medics saving Syrian rebel in Golan:

“The IDF on Saturday released rare footage of its medics performing a life-saving procedure on one of the most severely wounded Syrian combatants medical personnel have encountered in the Golan Heights… The man, a Syrian rebel who belongs to an unnamed organization fighting against the Assad regime and its allies, received treatment at the border and then inside Israel, and was ultimately able to return to Syria… Since the start of the civil war in 2011, the IDF has treated an estimated 1,600 non-combatants and anti-Assad rebels… Although Israel’s treatment of militants from Syria — many of whom are believed to belong to Islamist organizations such as the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front — may seem bizarre given the animosity these types of groups have expressed for the Jewish state in the past, Israel has approached the issue from a humanitarian point of view.”

The Times of Israel tries to spin Israel’s assistance to the Syrian rebels as purely “from a humanitarian point of view”, in reality however, Israel supports the Syrian opposition for its own geopolitical ends. Weakening the Syrian regime has been a geopolitical objective of the Israeli establishment for decades, with strategic papers dating back to the 1980’s detailing this goal. Oded Yinon, an Israeli journalist who had close connections to the Foreign Ministry in Israel, wrote an article in 1982 which was published in a journal of the World Zionist Organisation titled: “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties”. In it, Yinon outlines that the “dissolution of Syria and Iraq” are “Israel’s primary” objectives in the region:

“The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon, is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target.” (p.11.)

Israel’s strategic desire to weaken both Syria and Iraq was again reiterated in 1996 when a study group led by neocon Richard Perle prepared a policy document for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu titled: ‘A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm’. The document states:

“Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right — as a means of foiling Syria’s regional ambitions.”

More recently, Israeli officials have publically revealed their desire to topple the regime in Damascus and break the alliance between Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. In an interview in 2013, the Israeli Ambassador to the US at the time Michael Oren publically expressed that Israel “always wanted Bashar Assad to go”, adding that “the greatest danger to Israel is the strategic arc that extends from Tehran, to Damascus to Beirut.”

Israel has been aiding the Syrian opposition with more than just medical assistance since the start of the Syrian proxy war however, as Tel Aviv has bombed Syrian territory repeatedly in addition to providing anti-Assad forces with arms. In August of last year, Sharif As-Safouri, the commander of the Free Syrian Army’s Al-Haramein Battalion at the time, revealed that he had “entered Israel five times to meet with Israeli officers who later provided him with Soviet anti-tank weapons and light arms”, as The Times of Israel reported.

Tel Aviv has also been accused of creating and facilitating the rise of ISIS itself. The chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, stated that ISIS was created and supported by Israel, Britain and the US in order to achieve these states own objectives. A report that seemed to emerge from Gulf News in 2014 also asserted that the leader of ISIS and the new so-called caliph, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, was trained by the Mossad, although some have questioned the validity of this report. It should also be noted that some news reports assert that Baghdadi was seriously injured or even killed by a US drone strike in April.

There is no question that Israel is playing a prominent role in the attempted destruction of the Syrian state, and is guilty of destroying the lives of millions of people through their support of anti-Assad mercenaries.  Syrians are now the second largest refugee population on the planet according to a UN report (only second to Palestinians), all thanks to the NATO/Israeli/Saudi axis of evil which has funded and supported rebel armies in Syria. 


Steven MacMillan is an independent writer, researcher, geopolitical analyst and editor of  The Analyst Report, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/18/more-evidence-of-israel-s-dirty-role-in-the-syrian-proxy-war/

Poroshenko: Ukraine At War With Russia

Ukranian President, Petro Poroshenko, says his country is at war with Russia, not with Eastern separatists

Ukranian President, Petro Poroshenko, says his country is at war with Russia, not with Eastern separatists

The US-appointed Ukrainian President plays the victim and says he has no more to do than to negotiate with Putin.

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said his country is in a real “war” with Russia and that Ukrainians should prepare for a Russian offensive.

Poroshenko said he did not trust his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, but that he has no choice but to negotiate with him.

Russia has denied Western accusations that claim the Kremlin sent troops to help the pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while the UN has indicated that 6,000 people have died since the start of fighting in April 2014.

“I can be absolutely clear with you, this is not a fight with Russian-backed separatists, this is a real war with Russia. The fact that we captured Russian special forces is a strong proof of this,” Poroshenko said.

As in other ocassions, Ukraine has not been able to prove that Russian soldiers have ever crossed into Ukrainian territory or that Russia is directly aiding rebel forces in Eastern Ukraine.

The Poroshenko government has show images of men who they say are Russia Special Forces who have allegedly confessed to being members of the Russia Army, but such claim cannot be confirmed independenly. Ukraine has not published the documents or video of the supposed Russian soldiers admitting their role in Ukraine.

The US-appointed leader added that he believes that Russia is preparing an offensive, so “we must be prepared,” but, he stressed that Ukrainians should not do anything to provoke the Russians.

“That will be their full responsibility,” he stressed.

Poroshenko at war with his own people

While Poroshenko tries to make the Russian ‘bogeyman’ scarier, the Kremlin said today that the Government of Ukraine is at war with its own citizens, and not Russia, as stated by the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko.

“In the Kremlin we do not agree with the words of the Ukrainian president. First, it should be noted that Kiev, unfortunately, is waging a war against its own citizens,” said the Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

He added that “they shot their own citizens.”

Peskov replied to Poroshenko, who in an interview with the BBC said that in the eastern regions of the country there is a war going on with Russia.

“This is not a fight with Russian-backed separatists, this is a real war with Russia,” said the Ukrainian president.

Poroshenko said that the proof is in the tens of captured Russian soldiers in the conflict zone.

“What more evidence can we will present to Russia than their own soldiers? He asked.

Russia has repeatedly denied accusations from Kiev and the West that has it sent troops to eastern Ukraine to help pro-Russian rebels in Lughansk and Donetsk.

According to Poroshenko, the conflict, which erupted in April last year has caused nearly 7,000 deaths among civilians and 1,800 in the ranks of government forces.

Most, if not all of the civilian deaths have been caused by Ukrainian weapons that have been shot at innocent men, women and children.

Despite the high toll, Poroshenko does not seem to want an end to the conflict. Instead, his government has accused two men of terrorism, without preseting any hard proof. These men were captured on Sunday in the east of the country, reported Markiyan Lubkivski, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian Security Service.

“We inform you that on May 19, two soldiers of the Armed Forces of Russia, Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sergeant Alexander Alexántrov, were told personally that they are suspected of involvement in terrorist activities,” said Lubkivski on his Facebook account.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, both men have confessed to being active military of the Russian Army.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

The Toll Of War: 500,000 Yemenis Flee Their Country

Yemenis walk on a beach of Aden's Tawahi neighbourhood on May 6, 2015 as civilians are trying to escape by sea the ongoing fighting. At least 32 civilians were killed and 67 wounded in shelling that hit people trying to escape by sea, a health official said. The shelling hit a small fishing harbour and a barge carrying civilians, the official said, blaming Huthi rebels who have been trying to take control of Tawahi and clashing with forces loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.  AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI

Yemenis walk on a beach of Aden’s Tawahi neighbourhood on May 6, 2015 as civilians are trying to escape, by sea, the ongoing fighting. At least 32 civilians were killed and 67 wounded in shelling that hit people trying to escape by sea, a health official said. The shelling hit a small fishing harbour and a barge carrying civilians, the official said, blaming Huthi rebels who have been trying to take control of Tawahi and clashing with forces loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI

(The Real Agenda) On March 26 the Arab coalition began a campaign to bomb Yemen in a supposed effort to stop the Huthi and defend the Government of Abdrabbo Mansur Hadi. Mansur Hadi is is a puppet of Saudi Arabia, but the Arab coalition alleges that their action responds to the fact that he is the only one recognized by the international community.

Regardless of the real agenda behind the US supported Saudi bombing of Yemen, the undeniable fact is that the relentless attacks have left over half a million Yemeni’s homeless. About 545,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, while at least 1,850 have been killed and 7,394 others wounded, according to the latest United Nations report published on Tuesday.

In addition to the more than half million people displaced since March, some 330,000 had already fled their homes earlier because of the precarious situation in Yemen. According to a spokesman for UNHCR, the UN agency for refugees, another 29,000 had fled to neighboring countries.

The UN agency also reports that some 250,000 Somali refugees in Yemen have also been affected by the conflict.

The UN announcement comes a day after the coalition resumed its bombing of Yemen following a humanitarian truce of five days. According to officials of the World Food Programme (WFP), “it was not enough” to help all the population at risk, only some 400,000 of the 738,000 people were reached.

Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands are still waiting to receive food and water, the Saudis did not concede an extension to the humanitarian truce requested by the UN.

On Tuesday, Saudi planes bombed several targets spposedly being held by Huthi rebels in Sanaa and its surroundings. The bombings in the capital, the first since the end of the truce on Sunday, have begun shortly before this morning and have targeted alleged Huthi arms deposits.

A house of the son of Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Ahmed, an ally of the Shiite rebels, has also been the target of attacks. This is proof that the Saudi’s lie when they say they are only targeting weapons and declared rebel strongholds. They are also targeting civialians.

The Arab coalition had resumed activities on Sunday night immediately after the end of the cease-fire in preparation for air strikes against rebel positions, especially in the southern city of Aden, where the heaviest fighting has been taking place.

The US-supported bombing of Yemen

“The humanitarian situation is much deteriorated by the lack of sanitation and shortages of electricity, water and security, and Yemen needs millions of dollars to meet those needs,” said last week the Yemeni Communications Minister, Nadia al Saqaf.

The minister set at 1,400,000 people the total of Yemenis suffering from food insecurity as a result of the western-sponsored bombings, which have been added to the 10 million people who already live in that situation.

The Arab coalition has continued to bombard certain areas of the country, including populated areas and basic infrastructure, where its leadership says Shiite militiamen are present. The bombings are taking place while fighting continues between rival militia factions in southern provinces.

Humanitarian organizations such have repeatedly denounced the major humanitarian needs that this new conflict has added to the already difficult situation in the poorest country of the Arabian peninsula.

 Saudi Arabia and Washington block Humanitarian aid

Despite the apparent good will from the Arab and their American aggressors to allow for a five day truce, the truth is that the conditions in Yemen are only deteriorating.

As reported y Steven Lendman last week:

Hospitals can’t operate properly to treat patients and save lives. Since April 21, Saudi warships blocked a commercial oil tanker from reaching Yemen. Other vessels carrying humanitarian aid are prevented from reaching Yemeni ports.

Doctors and emergency workers who are embedded in the refugee camps in Yemen warn that war imposed conditions “prevent humanitarian organizations from delivering life-saving assistance.” This has been the latest report from a group of 47 humanitarian agencies.

While international organizations make an effort to send food, water, and power generators, among others, to fulfill basic needs, Saudi warplanes and ships block this humanitarian aid from reaching Yemen. According to Lendman, only “small amounts are arriving although far more aid is needed. The deliveries need to be authorized by Washington and the Saudis before they are sent it.

Lendman reported that:

Iranian international affairs advisor Ali Akbar Velayati cited international law saying “(n)o other country, under any name, is allowed to interfere in the internal affairs of other independent countries. Therefore, Yemen’s airspace (and coastal waters) belong to itself.”

No one in the world understands how can the United States and countries that make part of the Arab coalition justify their murderous campaign in the most impoverished country in the continent. The Arab-led bombing of Yemen resembles the last attack perpetrated by Israel against Gaza, which the Netanyahu government said intended to kill militia members and destroy weapons. We all know how that “humanitarian” campaign ended.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Kiev’s Ongoing Aggression On Donbass

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Minsk II ceasefire terms didn’t end conflict. Kiev breached them straightaway – the way it did after two previous 2014 agreements. Nothing its fascist regime agrees to is worth the paper it’s written on.

Low-level conflict continues. A previous article quoted US-controlled puppet Ukrainian president Poroshenko on state-controlled television saying:

“The war will be over only when Ukraine regains control of Donbass and Crimea.”

“It will take as much time as it takes. The country’s territorial integrity must be priority number one.”

“We will use every way possible. We will be uncompromising on that matter.”

The Republic of Crimea is official Russian territory. Crimeans near-unanimously voted for reunification in an independently judged open, free and fair referendum.

They won’t tolerate returning to Ukraine. They reject fascist rule. During V-Day commemorations last weekend, Poroshenko was at it again. He vowed to “liberate” Donbass and Crimea, adding:

“During six long years of the World War II, hundreds of millions of people all over the world dreamed of the first minute of peace.”

“We dream of such minute as well. It will come. Peace will return to Ukraine. I promise to do everything possible for that. And I will do impossible as well.”

He continues waging war on Donbass. He’s done so throughout his tenure. He’s mobilizing and readying for resumed full-scale conflict.

His appointed Lugansk region governor Gennady Moskal intends isolating the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) – on orders from Kiev and perhaps Washington, in blatant violation of Minsk terms.

He plans blocking roads linking LPR with Ukraine, saying:

“Soon any crossings of the disengagement line (between areas controlled by the Ukrainian government and the rebels) for transport, including cars, will be cut.”

“All motorways will be blocked. An exception would be made only for pedestrians” – beginning on May 12.

“There are no people there, only terrorists,” he blustered. “Normal people have all gone to our side. If you are feeding the terrorists, then you are aiding and abetting them.”

On Friday, 168 trucks were blocked. Moscal lied saying they were smuggling illicit goods to Donbass rebels.

Last year’s Kiev-imposed economic blockade maintains a state of war in blatant violation of Minsk.

Western governments able to intervene responsibly do nothing. Chances for restoring peace are virtually nil.

Ahead of John Kerry’s visit to Sochi, Russia on May 12 to discuss Ukraine, Syria and other major geopolitical issues with Sergey Lavrov and Vladimir Putin, a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said:

“The White House groundlessly blame(s) Russia for the Ukrainian crisis, which in fact, was largely provoked by the United States itself.”

“In 2014, the Obama administration chose the path of scaling back bilateral relations, proclaimed a course of isolating Russia on the international arena and demanded that those states that traditionally follow the lead of Washington support its confrontational steps.”

Moscow responded to its hostile actions and continues “taking measures to ensure the country’s safety.”

“In our dialogue with the United States, we consistently emphasise that we are open to cooperation based on equal rights, non-interference in internal affairs and due consideration for Russia’s interests, without attempts to put pressure on us.”

“We hope that the visit by Secretary of State John Kerry will promote stabilisation of bilateral relations, on which global stability largely depends.”

Kerry came to make unreasonable demands. Hegemons operate this way – all take and no give.

Diplomatic rhetoric from US officials when conciliatory mask Washington’s unbending hardline imperial agenda.

Longstanding plans call for regime change in Russia – in place since its 1917 revolution. Paul Wolfowitz’s 1992 doctrine still stands saying Washington’s “first objective is prevent(ing) the re-emergence of (rival states), either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere.”

America demands unipolar/New World Order dominance under rules its sets – regardless of fundamental international laws, norms and standards.

All independent governments are targeted for regime change – by coups, assassinations or wars of aggression.

Obama elevated state terrorism to a higher level. Russia and China are prime targets. So is Iran. P5+1 nuclear talks changed nothing.

America wants puppet regimes it controls replacing their independent governments. Lunatics infesting Washington risk global war.

Never in world history has one nation threatened humanity’s survival like America – using proxy regimes it installs like in Ukraine to advance its agenda.

In Sochi, Russia, Sergey Lavrov gave Kerry a symbolic gift of Krasnodar, Russian potatoes, tomatoes, and a T-shirt commemorating the 70th anniversary of victory in what Moscow calls the Great Patriotic War against the scourge of fascism.

Kerry offered no olive branch in return. His Twitter comment following talks said:

“Had frank discussions with President #Putin & FM #Lavrov on key issues including #IranTalks, #Syria, #Ukraine.”

“Important to keep lines of communication between the US and #Russia open as we address pressing global issues.”

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “(t)hrough dialogue, it is possible to find ways for a normalisation, closer coordination in dealing with international problems.”

“Russia was never the initiator of this cooling of relations.”

Hardline US policy remains fixed. Nothing in prospect suggests change. Hegemons operate this way. World peace hangs in the balance.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

‘And The War Just Keeps On Comin’

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Op Ed Commentary –

Every high school student should be made to read Orwell’s 1984, and then discuss its relevance today. Imagine that he had it published in 1949, now 66 years before we currently have more Newspeak (government misinformation and embedded media), our own Ministry of Truth (Dept. of Homeland Security), and of course Big Brother (NSA) watching our every move. Don’t forget how Orwell’s nation of Oceania was engaged in ‘endless wars’ with enemies  (Goldstein with Eurasia) who once were allies and friends. How about those mass ‘hate rallies’ in Oceania that seem to have inspired our own ‘USA USA’ chants and flag waving ceremonies.

The Monday May 11th, 2015 USA Today cover story was a dandy to say the least: “CIA vet: WAR’ far as I can see’ . They interviewed former CIA director Mike Morell and he tells it like the empire tells him to. Morell warns us that it is only a matter of time before the jihadist group ISIS is likely to be in a position to direct more elaborate attacks on American soil that could result in mass casualties. He goes on to state “If we don’t get ISIS under control, we’re going to see that kind of attack.” Morell should know about war and attacks. He was by Junior Bush’s side at that Sarasota elementary school on 9/11, and along with all the Secret Service and other Bush hangers on, did nothing to rush Junior the hell out of there when the news came of the second plane hitting the Twin Tower. NO, Mr. CIA Morell allowed Junior to sit for many minutes more, even though we were ‘under attack ‘. Why worry, when those of us who knew better knew that Junior was safe as a baby in that classroom. The article goes on to state how this same ‘ brave warrior’ Morell was at Obama’s side when word was first relayed that a Navy Seal team had killed Bin Laden. Of course, now we who knew better now know that the whole episode there was as fishy as a New England Chowder. Sy Hersh just verified that bed of disinformation and lies.

Oh, Mike Morell is quite a guy, a real ‘ man’s man. After all, he went right from an MA in Economics from Georgetown University in 1980 into that great watchdog and junkyard dog agency of our empire. Morell never had to walk the hot desert sands in ’91 or any hot spots without bodyguards present for that matter. Did he really give a rat’s a** when our 2003 Shock & Awe illegal invasion destroyed the entire infrastructure of Iraq? Did he care when citizens there had no air conditioning in 110 + degree heat, and little or no drinkable water? One wonders if Morell saw the countless photos of what our ‘Smart bombs’ and depleted uranium shells did to thousands of mangled for life little children, all based on….LIES!  Tell me please, what in the hell does a MA in Economics have to do with being a spook anyway, because that is what Morell was!?

Now, after 33 years  as a paid servant of this Military Industrial Empire, Morell, like all the Bush gang, became an author. His book is aptly entitled The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism from Al Qaeda to ISIS. He now warns us “It was a mistake to think that Al-Qaeda died along with Bin Laden …” So, there you have it. Once again, to justify increasing the already obscene levels of military spending, we have Morell and all the other hacks from our Congress and mainstream media playing the infamous fear card. Perhaps if we really wanted to get rid of this threat from ISIS and other loony groups of religious warriors, we might consider A) that we had NO business ever going militarily into the Middle East at all, and our illegal invasions and occupations only fueled the anger and wrath of our victims, B) that we do not need over 1000 military bases in over 100 different countries.

As our cities crumble, both economically and physically, and more of us working stiffs are struggling to make ends meet… folks wake up! The enemy is not just those crazies in the Middle East that our Shock and Awe campaign helped ISIS to recruit. NO, the real enemy is greed and the quest for total dominance that, sadly, our empire is guilty of… As well as all the political and business leaders of all the nations of this tired and beaten down planet. Many good souls I know who agree with this writer keep talking of Revolution. No! What we need is Realization first, and then Rejection of the processes that allow the status quo. Not an easy task for all working stiffs worldwide, but…


Philip A Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a free lance columnist (found on World News Trust, Nation of Change Blog, Truthout.org, TheSleuthJournal.com, The Intrepid Report , The Peoples Voice, Information Clearing house, Dandelion Salad, Activist Post, Dissident Voice and many other sites worldwide). Philip works as an environmental products sales rep and has been an activist leader since 2000. In 2010 he became a local spokesperson for the 25% Solution Movement to Save Our Cities by cutting military spending 25%. Philip can be reached at [email protected]

World Armies Preparing For Armageddon: Jade Helm CopyCat Drills Gone Global: China, Russia, Europe, Canada, Japan…It’s Not Begun It’s Here! (VIDEOS)

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The world’s armies are readying themselves for an epic Armageddon battle! From Canada’s Project Maple, to Americans Jade Helm, to Europe’s NATO drills, to Chinese and Russian naval war games. Countries are drilling and preparing their troops for battle, and these drills are among the LARGEST drills yet to be initiated! They are preparing for something MAJOR! 

America’s Jade Helm 15 drills are breaking records as forces deploy to occupy 10 different states across American. Preparations include practicing for gun confiscation, martial law preparation, war, and readiness for any type of crisis or cataclysmic scenario.

In Canada Project Maple is also breaking military records as it occupies different parts of the country practicing gun confiscation, martial law, war, and crisis/cataclysmic readiness.

In Europe, NATO is hosting the largest drills in history. Tens of thousands of troops are preparing for war. Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Scotland, Belgium, Poland, Netherlands, Finland, Lithuania, UK, Estonia, all involved.

In the Mediterranean Sea China and Russia Naval vessels are conducting their own live fire war games.

In Japan they are hosting navy drills.

“…And these are the beginnings of sorrows…” Mark 13:8

“…You shall hear or wars and rumors of wars…” Matthew 24:6

Here is the breaking report

Even more disturbing, check out this video by NextNewsNetwork….

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For More Information See: 

Canada Drill: http://www.kenoradailyminerandnews.com/2015/03/19/canadian-army-partners-with-us-troops-in-deployment-exercise

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=951899

US Drill: /r2/?url=http://www.scribd.com/doc/258605525/Jade-Helm-Martial-Law-WW3-Prep-Document-1

/police-state/2015/03/military-planing-a-surprise-visit-to-san-antonio-san-angelo-caldwell-and-many-more-why-the-answer-will-make-you-rethink-what-you-thought-you-already-knew-966.html

NATO Europe: http://www.globalresearch.ca/preparing-for-war-with-russia-nato-war-games-joint-warrior-in-scotland-13000-troops-54-warships-70-planes-submarines/5443229

http://rt.com/news/255389-nato-lithuania-estonia-exercises/

https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/breaking-nato-clones-jade-helm-drills-in-europe-no-longer-a-question-ww3-will-happen/

Chinese and Russia hosting drill in Mediterranean Sea:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/01/world/chinese-and-russian-navies-to-hold-joint-drills-in-mediterranean.html?_r=0

Japan: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/690168/japan-ph-to-hold-naval-drills-near-disputed-shoal


Lisa Haven is an independent Christian news analysis and one of the top contributors on www.BeforeItsNews.com. She is also author of www.LisaHavenNews.net and runs her own youtube channel (Lisa Haven) with tens-of-thousands of views per day. Digging deep and finding truth is what she lives for. Her passion is to spread truth no matter where it lies. She covers everything from martial law, to FEMA camps, to end time bible prophecy, to government documents and much more! Before launching her journalism career, she wrote many bible studies and lead women ministries for a number of years. She will also complete her ministry degree at International School of Ministry this year.

Taking The Life Out Of Yemen

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By: The Real Agenda |

The US-supported bombing of Yemen has left 1.4 billion people without food while 300,000 have fled their towns.

The Yemeni Minister of Communication, Nadia al Saqaf, has said that Yemen will need at least $1 billion dollars in aid over the next six months to deal with the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by the aerial bombing campaign led by Saudi Arabia.

“The humanitarian situation is much deteriorated by the lack of sanitation and shortages of electricity, water and security, and Yemen needs millions of dollars to meet those needs,” Al Saqaf said on the sidelines of a meeting in Doha, where she studies the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

The minister stressed three fundamental needs: food and water, hospitals and fuel.

“If fuel is not supplied in the next two weeks, humanitarian operations will stop to a halt,” said Al Saqaf.

The head of the Yemeni government also stressed that the provinces of Aden, Al Dalia, Lahech and Taiz, all in the south, lack the basic conditions for life.

Other 19 provinces of the total of 29 are the scene of armed conflict, she added.

The minister set at 1,400,000 people the total of Yemenis suffering from food insecurity as a result of the western-sponsored bombings, which have been added to the 10 million people who already live in that situation.

She also said that 300,000 people fled their cities because of the new wave of bombings and clashes, which are added to other 350,000 displaced people who were forced to leave their homes during previous wars.

On 21 April, the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, reported that it had officially ended its military campaign, which consisted of bombing for nearly a month against alleged rebel Houthi positions in Yemen.

That same day, the alliance of Arab nations announced a new operation which began a day later, and which allegedly aims to rebuild Yemen. However, all that the Yemeni people have seen ever since the start of the aerial bombings has been destruction, not rebuilding.

The Arab coalition has continued to bombard certain areas of the country, including populated areas and basic infrastructure, where its leadership says Shiite militiamen are present. The bombings are taking place while fighting continues between rival militia factions in southern provinces.

Humanitarian organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross have repeatedly denounced the major humanitarian needs that this new conflict has added to the already difficult situation in the poorest country of the Arabian peninsula.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

US Wars Kill Mostly Civilians

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Post-9/11 alone, millions of civilians perished in US direct and proxy wars. They were either in harm’s way, deliberately targeted, or perished from war related violence, preventable diseases or deprivation.

Washington, like Israel, considers noncombatant civilians legitimate targets. International law calls killing them a war crime.

Obama’s Iraq war and Syria bombing aren’t against IS terrorists. They’re US recruited proxy foot soldiers, supported by American air power.

Washington’s Friday’s Aleppo area bombing murdered dozens of noncombatant civilians – not a single IS terrorist. None were targeted.

Noncombatant civilians alone were in the Birmahle area struck – no IS terrorists. No clashes were reported.

US CENTCOM lied reporting “no indication that any civilians were killed in these strikes.” It claimed “several ISIL fighting positions (were) destroy(ed).” It said “more than 50 ISIL fighters” were targeted.

It bears repeating, ONLY civilians  were killed – no IS terrorists. None were present – nor any IS “fighting positions.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) issued a statement “condemn(ing) in the strongest terms this massacre committed by the US led coalition under the pretext of targeting the IS in the village, and we call the coalition countries to refer who committed this massacre to the courts, as we renew our calls to neutralize all civilians areas from military operations by all parties.”

Since US warplanes began terror-bombing Syria last September, mostly noncombatant civilian men, women and children died.

Reuters said US attacks “had little impact on the hardline Islamic State group…(It) fail(ed) to weaken it in areas it controls.”

Bombing supports its US proxy force mission to topple Bashar al-Assad. Obama wants a convenient US stooge replacing him.

Washington’ strategy includes murdering civilians in all its wars. In the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Ukraine, endless so-called humanitarian wars murdered millions of noncombatants advancing America’s imperium.

Horrific war crimes go unreported or are denied. When investigations are conducted they whitewashed.

High-level government and Pentagon culpability doesn’t matter. Millions of corpses attest to America’s barbarity.

During US-led NATO’s terror-bombing of Libya, British Civilians for Peace (BCP) spokesman Dale Roberts said he “witnessed the effects of bombing on civilians.”

“This has included schools, hospitals, infrastructure and (other) civilian areas” unrelated to military sites.

So-called Pentagon “Kill Teams” murder with impunity. US death squads have been used since WW II.

In Korea, tens of thousands were murdered in cold blood. In Vietnam, Operation Phoenix was the most indiscriminate mass slaughter campaign since Hitler’s death camps – exceeded in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

US terror-bombing since America entered WW II killed millions of noncombatants. Sociologist Emile Durkheim (1858 – 1917) once said “(t)he immorality of war depends entirely on the leaders who willed it.”

If alive today, he’d have Bush and Obama in mind. Immanuel Wallerstein calls America “the most dangerous loose gun.”

In his opening Nuremberg address, Justice Robert Jackson denounced the “men who possess themselves of great power and make deliberative and concerted use of it to set in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched.”

He called them “men of station and rank (who don’t) soil (their) hands with blood.”

They use “lesser folk” to commit crimes of war and against humanity to enhance their status, privilege, wealth and power.

In Afghanistan and Iraq, Pentagon commanders ordered US forces to kill all military-aged men on sight.

During training, enemies are vilified, dehumanized to make killing easy. Recruits are programmed (brainwashed) to feel guiltless about cold-blooded murder – on the ground, from offshore or from 30,000 feet.

Yet international and US laws are clear. US Army Field Manual incorporates Nuremberg Principles as well as the 1956 Law of Land Warfare.

FM’s paragraph 498 states any person, military or civilian, who commits a crime under international law is responsible for it and may be punished.

Paragraph 499 defines a war crime. Paragraph 500 refers to a conspiracy, attempts to commit it and complicity with respect to international crimes.

Paragraph 509 denies the defense of superior orders in the commission of a crime.

Paragraph 510 denies the defense of an “act of state” as absolution for war crimes.

These provisions apply to all US military and civilian personnel to the highest levels, including the president, defense secretary and joint chiefs chairman.

It doesn’t matter. American forces commit horrific atrocities and other war crimes in all US wars.

Mass murdering noncombatant civilians is standard operating procedure.

Obama claims he has moral authority to attack any nation he wishes on the pretext of humanitarian intervention.

Commenting on US-led NATO’s rape of Yugoslavia, the late Harold Pinter said:

“When they said ‘(w)e had to do something,’ I said: Who is this ‘we’ exactly that you’re talking about?”

“Under what heading do ‘we’ act, under what law? And also, the notion that this ‘we’ has the right to act,’ I said, presupposes a moral authority of which this ‘we’ possesses not a jot! It doesn’t exist!”

The same holds for all US wars – lawless imperial ones pursued for global conquest and dominance.

Lunatics in Washington make policy – waging endless wars on humanity, raping one country after another, murdering millions, claiming a divine right to rule.

International laws, norms and standards don’t matter – nor US constitutional and statute laws.

No nation in world history threatens world peace more than America. None more risk ending life on earth.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com

More Evidence Of Ukraine’s Reign Of Terror

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A previous article discussed how Obama-installed fascist thugs eliminate anyone opposing their ruthlessness.

They’re harassed, brutalized, imprisoned, disappeared or murdered in cold blood – including assassinating political opponents reported as “suicides.”

Independent journalists, human rights workers and democracy advocates are vulnerable – anyone criticizing regime policy.

CyberBerkut is a Ukrainian hacker collective. It hacked into Kharkov regional state administration deputy head Vyacheslav Abbakumov’s emails.

It reported the following, saying:

“We, the CyberBerkut, hereby present for public access materials confirming that the physical liquidation of public and political figures opposed to the Kiev Junta was authorized by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), and was supervised by the Kharkov political elite; the ‘cleaners of Free Ukraine’ turned out to be Kharkov-based nationalist groups.”

They discovered “correspondence between (Abbakumov) and an unknown leader of an extreme-nationalist group in the Kharkov region.”

A critical Abbakumov email to one of the alleged state-sponsored assassins said:

“You bastards, what are you doing? You consider this to be an intimidation measure?”

“Do you know how much barking there will be on Moskal TV (a Ukrainian ethnic Russian slur) after this?”

“I understand that this bald head murdered journalist (Oles Buzina) had been asking for a brick to the head for a long time, but it was supposed to be a brick, (not a gun) understand?”

“You were given license to shut this trash up, but not permanently. You had told me about knocked out teeth, broken fingers.”

“As for the fate of your team of thugs: Dublon (a nickname for Ukrainian Security Service Major General A. Dublik), called me personally three times.”

“Now get back to Kharkov and return to base. The remaining orders are canceled for now.”

The alleged assassin responded as follows:

“Do not ever dare to humiliate me or my boys again! We took up arms in order to clean our native land of garbage and traitors to the national idea, and not in in order to make you sad about the fact that another traitor to Ukraine went to a place from where he will never bark again!”

“We will not come back (from Kiev) – and why did your poem-reciting Dublon give us the authority then?”

“We have money, weapons, and allies in every corner of the country. We will return (to Kharkov) once we finish the job.”

“And as you know, we have a lot of work yet to be done! Glory to Ukraine!”

Dublik heads Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) department of protection of national statehood.

He recommended Kiev’s SBU branch “take control of the activities of the aforementioned group, and if possible use it for prophylactic actions in relation to social and political figures who hold to the position of a peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbass.”

According to CyberBerkut, “this correspondence confirms, albeit indirectly, the fact that the elimination of opposition figures in Ukraine was supervised by representatives of the government.”

Days earlier, Ukrainian Security Services chief investigator Vasily Vovk warned regime opponents to “shut their mouths” if they want to stay alive.

“I think that in our time, when there is practically a war going on, Ukrainophobes, if they don’t shut their mouths, should at least stop their rhetoric,” he blustered.

“I think that in the present situation, there shouldn’t be anyone stepping out directly against Ukraine and Ukrainianness.”

He warned “Ukrainophobes”  ignoring him that “nothing good will come of it.” Anti-regime opponents are considered terrorists.

Eliminating them is official state policy. One Kiev critic after another is being killed.

Fascist regimes operate this way. Washington provides full support and encouragement.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Saudis Terror-Bomb Sanaa Runway To Block Humanitarian Aid For Yemen

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On Wednesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry blasted Riyadh’s “vindictive and inhumane” terror-bombing of Sanaa International Airport’s runway – to block Iranian humanitarian aid from arriving.

Orders to do so came from Washington. A previous article said Obama wants Yemenis starved to death or dying from unavailable medical treatment for serious terror-bombing inflicted wounds.

A Saudi spokesman called Sanaa’s runway inoperable. Brig. General Ahmed Asseri said Tehran’s cargo plane didn’t coordinate with Riyadh and ignored warnings to turn back.

The Iranian Red Crescent’s pilot ignored what he called “illegal warnings.” He said “15 minutes after entering Yemen’s airspace, Saudi fighter jets came to escort us insisting that we change our flight plan and go to Saudi Arabia.”

“Then they once again warned us to go to Saudi Arabia and land in an airport there, but we refused” – even after threats to be shot down.

“(W)hen we defied and approached the Sanaa International Airport, the Saudi warplanes targeted the airport with rockets and bombs, and when we found out that we couldn’t land in there we decided to return” to Iran after refueling in Muscat, Oman.

Press TV said the plane carried 10 tons of medicines and 13 doctors.

The New York Times willfully deceived its readers – reporting US-sanctioned propaganda instead of hard truths. It explained the above incident as follows:

“A Saudi-led military coalition carried out at least seven airstrikes on the international airport here on Tuesday, possibly crippling the airport in order to prevent an Iranian airplane from landing, according to Saudi and Yemeni officials.”

It downplayed its mercy mission – calling it a “passenger trip.” Not a word about Saudi-led terror-bombing willfully murdering hundreds of noncombatant Yemeni men, women and children.

Silence about Obama’s war planned months ago to regain control over a former client state – no matter the cost in human lives and welfare. Regardless of grave international law violations.

Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian warned Riyadh – saying its aggression and blockade “will not remain unanswered.”

“Saudi Arabia is not entitled to decide for others in the region,” he stressed. Last weekend, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) blasted Riyadh’s blocking humanitarian aid from reaching desperately in need Yemenis.

US orchestrated/Saudi-led naked aggression violates core international law. Blocking humanitarian aid compounds the supreme high crime against peace.

Yemenis desperately need food, clean water, medical supplies and other essentials to life. Washington and Riyadh want them denied.

At least 10 aid ships carrying wheat and corn are blocked from unloading their cargos.

Most Yemenis are food insecure. They lack access to clean water. The entire country is running of out fuel.

Syrian Youth Movement activist Dani Maki said “(w)e have no water. We have no electricity.”

“There was even a shortage of communications because of the lack of fuel. In the words of the UN, it’s a catastrophe.”

“The richest country in the Arab world is bombing the poorest country, so the fact that Saudi Arabia could have any humanitarian narrative in Yemen is completely baseless, and it is hell bent on fighting these Houthi rebels at the expense of the entire Yemeni population.”

Humanitarian agencies can’t deliver aid. Oxfam’s Imad Aoun said “(t)he closure of the import routes has definitely impacted us, but it has also impacted the rest of the Yemenis.”

“We know that in Hadida they have been out of water for two or three days now, and that’s a city of half a million people.”

If conflict persists longterm, millions of Yemenis may perish. Media scoundrels ignore what’s heading for becoming one of history’s great crimes – one of many on Washington’s rap sheet, Republicans and Democrats sharing equal guilt.

On Wednesday, Iranian MPs condemned Saudi-led aggression and blocking humanitarian aid. They issued a statement saying:

“We as representatives of the great Iranian nation deplore this inhumane attempt and strongly ask the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to help the oppressed Yemeni nation and not allow the Al Saud tyrants to continue genocide in Yemen.”

They compared Saudi-led dirty war without mercy to Israel’s 2014 Operation Protective Edge – genocidal mass murder by any standard.

“It is for over one month now that the criminal regime of Al Saud is brutally striking the oppressed Yemeni nation with the help and at the order of the US and the Zionist regime, exposing its real image to the Muslim world,” their statement added.

Conflict persists into its second month with no end in sight. Scores die daily. Many more suffer disabling injuries.

Deprivation haunts the country. It bears repeating. Millions of Yemenis face possible starvation, death from untreated wounds, and appalling human misery words can’t explain.

Obama bears full responsibility. It’s his war planned months ago – another atrocity on his rap sheet, using Saudis and other regional rogue states to do his dirty work.

Who’s next on his target list to destroy? How many more millions may perish on his watch?


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

United Nations Blames Israel For Murdering 44 Palestinians

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An internal UN investigation into the attacks on its facilities in Gaza last summer blamed the IDF for damages caused in seven schools managed by the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Six of those schools served as a refuge for civilians during the Israeli offensive, whose result was the death of 44 innocent Palestinians and 227 other wounded.

The report submitted Monday to the Security Council also states that three schools that were empty were used by Palestinian armed groups to store weapons and presumably leg firing rockets into Israel.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a group of experts in November 2014 to lead an investigation into the attacks. This group was led by former Dutch General Patrick Cammaert.

During the presentation of the findings, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon complained in a letter to the Security Council about the consequences of the Israeli attacks.

The results will now be studied to assess what has been described as the “extreme gravity” of acts that resulted in the severance of the inviolability of UN facilities.

“The coordinates of the centers of the UN were known by the Israeli Army and were recorded on maps,” says the document.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Emmanuel Nahshon, said yesterday that his government has also investigated the facts contained in the report and that the Israeli government has opened criminal cases where they are considered necessary.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said meanwhile that the Islamic resistance movement will study the report, although he sees no evidence that weapons caches were hiding in UN schools in Gaza.

An external international commission led by the UN intends to render its conclusions next June.

Following the accession of the Palestinian authorities to the treaty regulating the International Criminal Court, the prosecution of this court opened a preliminary investigation in January to examine whether war crimes were committed during the conflict in Gaza last summer, in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed. Most of those killed were civilians.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

US/Saudi Blockade Prevents Vital Humanitarian Aid From Reaching Yemen

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Yemen is Obama’s war – more genocide on his rap sheet against 25 million Yemenis wanting freedom from imperial oppression.

US/Saudi imposed air and sea blockade prevents vital humanitarian aid in amounts needed from reaching desperate Yemenis – including food, clean water, medical supplies and other essentials to life.

Obama, Saudis and rogue regional allies (including Israel) want Yemenis starved to death or perishing from untreated serious wounds.

Reuters reported desperately needed vital aid is being blocked. Saudis continue “holding up food deliveries by sea” and air.

ICRC spokeswoman Marie Claire Feghali said things “were difficult enough before, but now there are just no words for how bad (they’ve) gotten.”

“It’s a catastrophe, a humanitarian catastrophe” – worsening daily.

Yemeni Human Rights Minister Izzedine al-Asbahi explained:

“The war and its results have turned Yemen back 100 years, due to the destruction of infrastructure…especially in the provinces of Aden, Dhalea and Taiz.”

Power shortages threaten to cut off telecommunications in days. The World Food Program said lack of fuel prevents delivering food and other vital supplies – what little is available.

Hospitals can’t operate properly to treat patients and save lives. Since April 21, Saudi warships blocked a commercial oil tanker from reaching Yemen. Other vessels carrying humanitarian aid are prevented from reaching Yemeni ports.

A Sanaa resident said “(t)he place is devastated. There are no roads, water (or) electricity. Nobody’s left but thieves.”

Everything is in short supply or unavailable. The UN said Saudis are blocking ships carrying food, fuel and other vital supplies.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Genera Mohammad Ali Jafari compared Saudi aggression to Israeli ruthlessness.

On Monday, 47 humanitarian aid agencies called on all parties to end conflict and violence.

War imposed conditions “prevent humanitarian organizations from delivering life-saving assistance,” they said.

“(I)nternational humanitarian and human rights laws must be upheld by all parties at all times,” they stressed.

A humanitarian catastrophe is happening in real time – worsening daily, threatening the lives and welfare of millions of Yemenis.

Saudi warplanes and ships block vital humanitarian aid from reaching Yemen. Small amounts only are arriving. Far more is needed. Deliveries authorized by Washington and Riyadh alone are getting in.

Iranian international affairs advisor Ali Akbar Velayati cited international law saying “(n)o other country, under any name, is allowed to interfere in the internal affairs of other independent countries. Therefore, Yemen’s airspace (and coastal waters) belong to itself.”

Iran sent multiple humanitarian aid shipments to Yemen. Some got through. Others were blocked illegally.

Iran Red Crescent Society (IRCS) international and humanitarian affairs deputy director Shahabeddin Mohammadi Araqi called conditions in Yemen “critical.”

Riyadh “prevent(s) the dispatch of aid to Yemen,” he said.

Recently replaced UN special advisor on Yemen Jamal Benomar briefed Security Council members on crisis conditions.

He warned that (US/Saudi imposed) blockade “restrict(s) the flow of much needed commercial goods and humanitarian assistance to Yemen, including food, fuel and medical supplies amongst others.”

He highlighted “the specter of food insecurity… (He said it) widened to threaten more than 12 million Yemenis” – a conservative estimate.

He stressed peace and stability can only be restored through diplomatic negotiations – “free from interference and coercion from outside forces.”
 
Overnight, Saudi warplanes continued terror-bombing residential areas and civilian infrastructure.

Scores were killed or wounded. Iran’s Fars News estimates over 3,000 civilians killed – “mostly women and children,” it said.

Official estimates are woefully conservative – downplaying the horrific civilian carnage and human suffering.

Yemen’s Freedom House Foundation (FHF) estimates over 3,500 killed through Monday – nearly 6,200 others wounded, many maimed for life.

FHF said 4,900 residential buildings were destroyed or damaged – plus 857 civil service and public utility facilities.

The struggle for Yemen’s soul continues. Obama’s hegemonic lawlessness threatens endless genocidal war.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Obama Threatens China With Nuclear Weapons

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No nation in world history ever threatened humanity’s survival more than America.

None operates more recklessly. Lunatics in charge wage endless wars of aggression against nonbelligerent countries.

Peace and stability are verboten. Direct and proxy wars rage and more are planned.

In six years in office, Obama waged preemptive wars of aggression against seven nations. He has lots more death and destruction in mind.

Yemen is his latest atrocity. Ukraine heads toward resumed full-scale war at his discretion.

He challenges Russia provocatively and recklessly – risking direct confrontation.

His Asia policy threatens nuclear war with China. Last Friday, National Security Council senior Asian affairs director Evan Medeiros said John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter would meet their Japanese counterparts in New York on Monday.

They’d “announce some historic changes to the way US-Japan alliance operates” ahead of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Washington visit this week.

On Tuesday, Obama hosted him with an official state dinner. Regional security issues will be discussed during his stay.

A Monday released statement recklessly said Washington intends using nuclear and conventional weapons to defend Japan if necessary.

“Central to (its Asia policy) is the ironclad US commitment to the defense of Japan, through the full range of US military capabilities, including nuclear and conventional,” it said.

Japan has no regional enemies. At the same time, its Shino Abe-led government is its most militant since WW II – in a nation constitutionally opposed to war and militarism.

According to a joint US/Japan statement issued Monday:

Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister General Nakatani “welcomed US plans to deploy additional Aegis ships to Yokosuka Naval Base by 2017, as well as the swap-out of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington with the more advanced USS Ronald Reagan later this year.”

On April 6, the Defense Department announced it would locate 60% of America’s fleet to the Pacific/Indian Ocean region – armed with the newest/most state-of-the-art weapons systems.

Washington and Tokyo maintain disputed islands China calls Diaoyu (for Japan Senkaku) “are territories under the administration of Japan and therefore fall within the scope of the commitments under Article 5 of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.”

Tokyo claimed possession of the disputed islands since 1895 – Beijing since 1783. America occupied them from 1945 – 1972.

Key is what lies offshore – substantial oil and gas deposits for whichever country controls them.

Geopolitics are in play – part of  Washington’s Asia policy to marginalize, contain, isolate and weaken China.

Increasing Japanese militarism combined with America’s rage for war threatens open conflict in a part of the world hostile to foreign invaders.

Apparently Washington learned nothing from its earlier humiliating Southeast Asia defeat.

Confronting China and/or Russia militarily risk far greater potential consequences – potential humanity destroying nuclear war.

Belligerent US and Japanese foreign and defense ministers are in lockstep saying “they oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan’s administration of (the disputed) islands” – code language for potentially provoking China belligerently.

It’s part of Washington’s so-called East Asia rebalancing – challenging China through strengthened military, economic, and political ties with Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam.

Strategy includes undermining Chinese regional influence, isolating it from neighbors, and giving Washington more dominance over territories and waters not its own.

Russia very much is affected. Will global war follow?

A Final Comment

At the same time, US-dominated NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed plans to more than double the Alliance’s Response Force from 13,000 to 30,000 – plus create a new 5,000-strong quick reaction Spearhead Force “to build more stability,” he said.

He lied claiming “a dramatically changed security environment in Europe.” NATO’s only threats are ones it invents.

Humanity’s only real threat is America’s rage for endless wars – together with rogue partners willing to serve its interests over their own – willing to forego peace and stability for permanent conflicts.

US-dominated NATO and Israel threaten world peace, stability and security.

Restoring what’s lost requires slaying this monster once and for all. Humanity’s survival depends on it.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Kiev Announces Readiness For Escalated War

 

Ukrainian Army troops receive munitions at a field on the outskirts of Izyum, Eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. An Associated Press reporter saw at least 14 armored personnel carriers with Ukrainian flags, one helicopter and military trucks parked 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of the city on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Hundreds of US combat troops are preparing Kiev’s Nazi-infested National Guard, Azov battalion and likeminded extremist paramilitary groups for escalated aggressive war on Donbass.

Media scoundrels ignore what’s ongoing. Fascist ruthlessness is called democratic governance, “free” Ukraine.

Nothing is reported on continuing low-level war on Donbass ahead of resuming it full-blown.

Novorossia Today explained “US-backed Nazi elements are integral to the continued illegal war against the East, and prominently in the future trajectory of the Ukrainian state.”

Ukraine is Obama’s war – using Kiev fascists to do his dirty work, by all available means without mercy.

“…US policy and media propaganda work hand-in-glove to inflame the situation in a country already on fire,” Novorossia explains.

Russia’s Defense Ministry accused Washington of destabilizing conditions in Ukraine more than already by provocatively training Kiev forces for combat – including near Southeastern cities of Mariupol, Severodonetsk, Artyomovsk and Volnovakha.

Russia’a Foreign Ministry issued a similar statement – saying increased bloodshed may follow US combat troops involved in Ukraine, including training and joint drills with Kiev forces.

On Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf lied saying:

“It is really hard to get precise information about Russian troop numbers specifically, but we know there is a substantial Russian presence” in Ukraine.

On Wednesday, the State Department turned truth on its head accusing Russia of violating Minsk ceasefire terms by sending troops and weapons to Donbass.

Fact: No evidence suggests Russian Minsk violations – or any Russian military involvement since conflict began last April..

Fact: Plenty of evidence shows Washington arming Kiev’s military with heavy weapons and training its forces for escalated war on Donbass – in blatant violation of Minsk.

Poroshenko pronounced Kiev’s military ready for combat. “The lion’s share of military personnel is from the fourth wave of mobilization,” he said.

“Look what a high level was achieved in just two months,” he boasted.

“We are preparing for the defense of our country” – code language for intending resumed full-scale war, at Obama’s discretion.

“On the territory of Ukraine there is now an aggressor, the enemy and we must do everything possible on our end in order to ensure effective defense,” Poroshenko blustered.

“Those who participated in these exercises clearly demonstrated a high level … the Ukrainian army today is one of the most battle-ready,” he added.

He’s planning escalated war without mercy. It’s just a matter of when Obama decides to attack.

Naked aggression against one country after another is official US policy. Mass slaughter and destruction follow.

Civilians always suffer most – more misery planned for Donbass residents than already.

How “battle ready” Ukrainian forces are remains to be seen. Donbass freedom fighters routed them last year.

More of the same is likely if full-scale war resumes – unless America gets directly involved, perhaps with air power terror-bombing.

Head of Russia’s General Staff Main Operation Directorate Lt. General Andrey Kartapolov accused America of being the main initiator or all modern conflicts.

Washington and rogue allies attacked other countries aggressively without cause over 50 times in one decade, he said.

US policy intends mainly to marginalize, contain, weaken, and isolate Russia, he stressed.

In January, Putin said US political, economic and military support for Kiev aims to “achiev(e) the geopolitical goals of restraining Russia.”

Ukraine’s army is a US-controlled “NATO legion. We often say: Ukrainian Army, Ukrainian Army. But who is really fighting there?”

“There are, indeed, partially official units of armed forces, but largely there are the (Nazi-infested) so-called ‘volunteer nationalist battalions,’ ” Putin explained.

They don’t serve Ukrainian interests, Putin maintained. They target Russia on orders from Washington.

They comprise “a foreign NATO legion, which, of course, doesn’t pursue the national interests of Ukraine,” Putin stressed.

“Unfortunately official Kiev authorities refuse to follow the path of a peaceful solution. They don’t want to resolve (crisis conditions) using political tools.”

They want war, not peace. Kartapolov accused Washington of sending US combat troops “directly in the combat zone near Mariupol, Severodonetsk, Artyomovsk and Volnovakha.”

“The US appears to be the ultimate instigator of all military conflicts in the world,” he said.

“The Western countries have begun to hold themselves out as ‘architects’ of the international relations system, leaving to the US the role of the world’s only superpower.”

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Obama terror-bombed seven countries in six years in office. He has more naked aggression in mind.

US strategy for achieving unchallenged global dominance is one premeditated aggressive war after another.

Nations are destroyed to control them. Millions of fatalities are considered a small price to pay.

The “deplorable results (of US wars) are known all to well,” Kartapolov stressed. They continue endlessly against nonbelligerent nations.

A UN report calls Syria and Iraq “international finishing schools for extremists.” Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia follow the same pattern.

Imported terrorists from scores of countries infest these nations. Washington bears full responsibility.

Rogue NATO partners and regional despots share it. Endless conflicts continue. Human suffering is extreme.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Raising The Flag Of False Flags

USA, Vermont. Front porch of house with USA flag NO PROPERTY RELEASE

Op Ed Commentary –

Each morning I walk throughout my quiet neighborhood here in Central Florida noticing more and more homes with giant U.S. flags hanging from the garage tops. Occasionally, if I know the neighbor with the flag, I ask what is the reason he or she keeps it up so long. The answer is always the same: ” To support our troops in the Middle East and the war on terror.”  It is thus useless to conduct a debate, as most of these folks happen to be senior citizens even older than me, the baby boomer. And, if for some reason the neighbor hanging the sign happens to be a man or woman younger than yours truly, chances are any forthcoming ‘conversation’ will get testy to say the least. Having stood weekly on street corners in my town with anti phony war signs for ten years can attest to that fact. The propaganda sadly does run that deep!

So many Americans really do not have a correct sense of history. When this writer uses Nazi Germany as an example of an ’empire on steroids’ and compares it to our own, the critics go wild. “How can you dare compare what the Nazis did to what our country is doing or done?” Well, let’s take a look back at then and now. Let’s take the GI on the ground first. When Germany began its assault on Europe, many German soldiers, not the true believer Waffen SS, really bought into the skillful propaganda spun by Goebbels and others. The Versailles Diktat, as it was really known by Germans after WW1, did in fact destroy any hope for economic recovery. Most German leaders and students of history alike agreed that Germany was excessively punished by the victors of WW1, which in fact aided the rise and popularity of parties like the National Socialists, AKA Nazis. When Hitler and his gang assumed power a majority of German citizens including most of the soldiers in uniform believed in whatever lies they were told about their European rivals Poland, France, England and Russia. So, when the Wehrmacht  marched into those countries, the troops believed in the need for war. As time wore on and the atrocities and cruelties mounted, and victories turned into defeats, the morale level lowered. Now, isn’t that what happened to our own soldiers after we did the dirty deed and invaded and occupied Afghanistan and Iraq? Many returning soldiers, not the true believer ultra right wing types (American Sniper lovers) now see the futility of our country’s efforts in the Middle East. Hope springs eternal.

During the reign of the Nazi empire or Third Reich, the average hard working German citizen for the most part loved the economic boom occurring in the 1930s. Who wouldn’t love more jobs, higher wages, food on the table etc? Factor out those who ‘knew better’ about the brutality of the regime against not only Jews but unions and basically anyone who questioned Hitler and his gang (duh, like the fact that they outlawed any other political party but their own). What was left was a silent majority (wonder if Nixon and Agnew got inspiration from that?) of everyday Germans who reveled in the current better times. They ‘drank the Kool-Aid’ and hung the Swastika flags from their homes to support their brave troops. Need one say more? Cannot you the reader connect the dots? How many of our fellow Americans really give a **** at what we have and are doing in the Middle East? Who cares about some rag head child or elderly person blown away by a smart bomb or smart drone missile? If  every good and decent neighbor of mine, the ones who proudly hang those flags, could watch the 2007 You Tube of the Apache helicopter massacre of 19 Iraqi men who were just walking along in the daylight sun (and of course the two young kids in the parked car who were seriously maimed).  If they would listen closely and hear the audio of the soldiers in the copter who did the dirty deed… as if it was some video game!  Perhaps then the bridge across the Rubicon would materialize.


Philip A Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a free lance columnist (found on World News Trust, Nation of Change Blog, Truthout.org, TheSleuthJournal.com, The Intrepid Report , The Peoples Voice, Information Clearing house, Dandelion Salad, Activist Post, Dissident Voice and many other sites worldwide). Philip works as an environmental products sales rep and has been an activist leader since 2000. In 2010 he became a local spokesperson for the 25% Solution Movement to Save Our Cities by cutting military spending 25%. Philip can be reached at [email protected]

Saudis Using Banned Chemical Weapons In Yemen

YEMEN

Saudis are some of the world’s most ruthless figures. They rule with an iron fist.

They tolerate no opposition. They partner with Washington’s regional wars.

They were caught red-handed supplying Syrian takfiris with chemical weapons – used against defenseless civilians.

They’re at it again. Overnight reports indicate they attacked Yemen’s Saada province with banned chemical agents.

Toxic gas left scores of Yemeni civilians dead or injured. The exact number isn’t known so far.

Witnesses and aid workers said white smoke rose from Saudi terror-bombing. Injured victims experienced suffocation, nausea and diarrhea.

Days earlier, Houthi rebels intercepted Saudi trucks carrying chemical agents.

Yemeni General Khalid al-Barayemi said they were heading for areas controlled by terrorists.

Substances seized is used for producing lethal sarin gas. Al-Barayemi believes Turkey is complicit in supplying chemical agents under the cover of humanitarian aid.

World leaders able to stop this horror support it – mindless of naked aggression harming defenseless civilians most of all.

Nightmarish conditions exist throughout much of Yemen. ICRC officials said they were denied access to Maareb in central Yemen – where large numbers urgently need medical treatment.

ICRC’s Cedric Schweizer said “(w)e very much regret the lack of access to Maareb, where hospitals face shortages of medical equipment.”

“The wounded, including civilians and combatants, cannot get the lifesaving treatment they need.”

Similar conditions exist throughout much of the country. Overwhelming needs of virtually everything exceed the best humanitarian efforts to help.

Blockading air, land and sea makes it impossible to deliver enough desperately needed food, water, medical and other vital supplies.

Since Saudi-led terror-bombing began in late March, over 150,000 Yemenis have been displaced, according to OCHA.

Thousands more flee homes for safety daily. There’s nowhere to hide. No safe havens exist.

Saudi terror-bombing deliberately targets civilian sites – including with banned weapons. Naked aggression is mass-murdering and injuring thousands.

Saudis, Washington and Israel are the main backers of regional terrorist groups – IS, Nusra Front, Al Qaeda and others.

They supply them with funding, weapons, munitions and other aid. Saudis provide lethal chemical agents. Maybe Washington and Israel do the same thing.

Eighteen Western Yemeni scholars published an open letter condemning Saudi-led terror-bombing.

They called it “illegal under international law.” They called for a Security Council resolution “demanding an immediate, unconditional ceasefire.”

They accused Saudis of deliberately targeting “schools, homes, refugee camps, water systems, grain stores and food industries.”

They warned “(t)his has the potential for appalling harm to ordinary Yemenis as almost no food or medicine can enter.”

“As specialists we are more than aware of internal divisions within Yemeni society, but we consider that it is for the Yemenis themselves to be allowed to negotiate a political settlement,” they said.

Signatories include:

Robert Burrowes, University of Washington

Steve Caton, Harvard University

Sheila Carapico, University of Richmond

Paul Dresch, University of Oxford

Najam Haidar, Barnard College

Helen Lackner

Anne Meneley, Trent University

Brinkley Messick, Columbia University

Flagg Miller, University of California-Davis

Martha Mundy, London School of Economics

Thanos Petouris, SOAS-University of London

Lucine Taminian, The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq

Gabriele vom Bruck, SOAS-University of London

Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago

Shelagh Weir

John Willis, University of Colorado

Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck College, London

Expect their plea to fall on deaf ears in Washington, other Western capitals and Riyadh.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.