Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Brazil Rousseff Impeachment Vote: Fascists 61, Democrats 20

Brazil Rousseff Impeachment Vote: Fascists 61, Democrats 20

by Stephen Lendman

President Dilma Rousseff’s ouster was orchestrated in Washington, complicit with corrupted Brazilian fascists - usurping power by removing her. 

Her impeachment was certain once the nation’s corruption-ridden Senate suspended her in May on trumped up budget-manipulation charges.

On August 31, it became official. Tyranny replaced Brazilian democracy. Telesur reported 49 senators voting for Rousseff’s impeachment “are themselves targets of criminal inquiries.”

She committed no crimes. Nothing justified her removal. Allegations against her were fabricated. 

Wednesday’s vote combined tragedy and farce - annulling 54 million votes electing her, returning the country to fascist rule, a sad moment for millions of Brazilians deserving better.

Links below provide more information on what preceded Wednesday political lynching:

Humanity at Risk

Humanity at Risk

by Stephen Lendman

Never before in history was humanity more at risk than now. Earlier wars were fought with conventional weapons. 

Today’s super-ones make them look like toys by comparison. Thermonuclear bombs, if used, can incinerate entire cities and surroundings. 

Enough of them launched risks nuclear winter. Physician, nuclear expert, anti-war activist Helen Caldicott earlier said “nuclear technology threatens life on our planet with extinction.” 

“If present trends continue, the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink will soon be contaminated with enough radioactive pollutants to pose a potential health hazard far greater than any plague humanity has ever experienced.”

A “single failure of nuclear deterrence (could) start nuclear war.” Devastating consequences would follow, potentially killing “tens of millions of people, and caus(ing) long-term, catastrophic disruptions of the global climate and massive destruction of Earth's protective ozone layer. The result would be a global nuclear famine that could kill up to one billion people.”

Worldwide nuclear winter is the ultimate nightmare, able to end all life on earth, no known antidotes to stop it if things go this far.

In 1946, in relative peace after WW II, Einstein said (o)ur world faces a crisis as yet unperceived by those possessing the power to make great decisions for good and evil.” 

“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”

We have two choices - end all forms of nuclear power or risk extinction, including commercial nuclear power plants vulnerable to devastating meltdowns. Caldicott calls them atom bomb and cancer factories, a recklessly dangerous way to boil water.

Thermonuclear bombs in the hands of lunatics willing to use them shows the clear and present danger humanity faces.

Neocons in Washington represent the greatest threat to life on earth. If war against Russia or China is launched with nuclear weapons, Einstein’s dark prediction could become reality.

They’ll be no turning back. Extinction may follow or conditions so devastating for survivors they’ll wish they were dead - anything to end their unbearable suffering.

America’s criminal class is bipartisan, heavily neocon influenced, Hillary their leading exponent.

Putting her in charge of America’s military as commander-in-chief is gambling with humanity’s survival - the unthinkable possibility of life on earth ending because of an evil cabal’s megalomaniacal craze for unchallenged power.

The time to act is now to prevent her ascension to power - along with likeminded lunatics she’ll assemble to serve their special interests - at the expense of everyone else, perhaps survival.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Trump in Mexico, Obama Stumps for Hillary

Trump in Mexico, Obama Stumps for Hillary

by Stephen Lendman

This year’s presidential race represents duopoly governance at its worst, two aspirants vying for the nation’s highest office, both unfit to serve, voters given no choice.

The election was hacked, says Rutherford Institute’s John Whitehead. “The outcome is a foregone conclusion: the police state will win and ‘we the people’ will lose” - with no say whatever on who’ll lead them or how their country will be run.

It’s all over but the postmortems. A criminal cabal of scoundrels decides things, this year apparently before voters go the polls - lot of evidence suggesting things rigged for Hillary, a deplorable situation, the worst in memory.

Trump continues what appears a futile effort to win despite long odds against him in November. He’s in Mexico today, meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

He insists he’ll build a wall along America’s border with Mexico and have its government pay for it. Nieto says “no way.”

He’s against jobs destroying NAFTA. American and Mexican establishment interests support it. How he and Nieto interface remains to be seen, Mexico’s leader earlier comparing his rhetoric to Hitler’s and Mussolini’s.

Trump’s visit precedes his Wednesday evening address on immigration, expected to indicate he’s open to softening his earlier hardline approach. His campaign manager Kellyanne Conway stopped short of specifics, saying his upcoming position was “to be determined.”

He and Nieto have low approval ratings - the lowest in two decades for a Mexican leader, the Wall Street Journal observed.

Meanwhile, Obama intends campaigning heavily for Hillary in key battleground states until November’s election - one unindicted war criminal supporting another, partners in high crimes for four years while she was at State.

He’ll try persuading independents and Republicans to support her, along with “getting (his) coalition to the polls,” according to his communications director Jen Psaki.

Joe Biden is involved, enlisting support for a candidate belonging in prison, not high office. Never before in US electoral history did two more widely reviled candidates compete to become president.

Will millions of America vote with their feet and stay home? Will they refuse to support either deplorable choice?

Will it make a difference either way? Whoever succeeds Obama, ordinary Americans lose - their interests and welfare ignored under a system serving monied interests exclusively.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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No Respite in Obama's War on Syria

No Respite in Obama’s War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Washington seeks a military solution while pretending it wants things resolved diplomatically.

Endless conflict for five-and-a-half years proves its real intentions. So does obstructing Russia’s continued efforts for restoring peace and stability to war-torn Syria.

On Tuesday, State Department spokesman admiral John Kirby downplayed ongoing Turkish aggression for the past week in northern Syria, saying “over the last 12 to 18 hours…there has been calm.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest repeated the same distortion, saying “(t)he United States welcomes the overnight calm between the Turkish military and other counter-ISIL forces in Syria.”

Turkish military sources denied any truce or ceasefire agreement, citing a temporary “pause” in fighting ahead of resuming it shortly.

Ankara reserves the right to conduct cross-border operations as it pleases. Claiming it’s to secure its borders and combat ISIS is cover for waging war on Syrian Kurds and occupying northern Syrian territory, wanting it annexed along with northern Iraq for a new Ottoman empire - wannabe sultan Erdogan’s grand plan.

Despite what he and Putin discussed in St. Petersburg weeks earlier, Turkey’s border with Syria remains porous. Terrorist fighters move freely through it.

On August 31, Fars News reported “(f)our buses carrying over 200 militants of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) entered Syrian territories via the (Turkish) border town of Qarqamish” on Wednesday alone.

Thousands of terrorists crossed from Turkey into Syria as part of Washington’s orchestrated battle for Aleppo.

Citing the al-Hadath web site, Fars News said “(i)n addition to the dispatch of a large number of tanks, armored vehicles and their crew by Turkish army, over 3,000 ready-to-combat fighters have been dispatched to Northern Aleppo to join the Turkey-linked terrorist groups' operation in Jarabulus.”

“The terrorist groups have raised Turkish flag on their base at Turkey's border crossing and are using the base to collect and forward tens of vehicles and fresh forces to Jarabulus region.”

Turkey’s chief of general staff Hulusi Akar said “(b)y pursuing the Euphrates Shield operation (in northern Syria), which is crucial for our national security and for our neighbors' security, the Turkish Armed Forces are showing they have lost none of their strength” following the disruptive events of July 15.

Turkey, complicit with Washington and their rogue partners, continue waging naked aggression on Syria.

Expect greater US intervention after Hillary succeeds Obama in January, election rigging likely assuring it if needed. 

There’s nothing free, fair and open about America’s process, powerful interests assuring no change in dirty business as usual.

How will Russia respond if Washington ups the stakes in Syria? Will it continue challenging US imperial interests or give up on its longtime ally? Much rides ahead on how events play out.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Fabricated UN Report on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Fabricated UN Report on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria 

by Stephen Lendman

Throughout years of conflict, Syria was falsely accused of using chemical weapons numerous times, accusations without verifiable evidence each time - along with being blamed for war crimes committed by US-supported terrorists and Pentagon warplanes.

The new UN report looks like the latest attempt to maliciously vilify Assad and Syria’s military, likely orchestrated by Washington, part of what looks like an imperial scheme for greater US-led intervention - escalated war instead of legitimate efforts to end it, prelude to when Hillary succeeds Obama.

As secretary of state, she orchestrated war to oust Assad forcefully. As president, she’ll likely prioritize unfinished business ahead of challenging Iran, then Russia and China.

During a closed-door Security Council session, Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin blasted the UN report, saying “(a)lready at this stage, we have a number of questions regarding the findings of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism on some cases.” 

“Evidence provided in the report gives rise to serious doubts. It could have been fabricated by the forces opposed to Damascus and terrorist groups, perhaps not without outside help.”

Investigators based their findings on hearsay, assumptions and dubious testimonies, excluding hard evidence linking the attacks to Syria, Churkin explained.

“We know that chlorine most likely (was) used…but there are no fingerprints” indicating who’s responsible. “There is nobody to sanction in the report. It contains no names. It contains no specifics…If we are to be professional we need to question all the conclusions.”

Syria’s UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari also criticized the report’s findings, saying:

“The conclusions contained in the report were totally based on statements made by witnesses presented by the terrorist armed groups or their incubator environment. Therefore, these conclusions lack any physical evidence whether by samples or attested medical reports that chlorine was used.

The report “cannot be considered corroborating proof. Syria destroyed its entire chemical weapons stockpile under OPCW supervision. No evidence indicates anything remains.

Security Council Resolution 2118 (September 2013) mandated the scheduled destruction of its CWs, consistent with US/Russia Geneva agreements on Syria.

Military force was ruled out, Sergey Lavrov earlier saying “(t)he resolution does not fall under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter and does not automatically authorize measures of compulsion.”

“It reaffirms the agreement reached at the Russian-US meeting in Geneva to make a breach of its provisions and the use of chemical weapons by any side a subject of thorough investigation at the UN Security Council, which will be prepared to act under Chapter 7 of the Charter.”

“Naturally, (it will act) proportionately to the severity of violations, which must be proven to be 100% true," Lavrov stressed. Syria fully complied with resolution provisions in eliminating its entire CW stockpile.

US-led efforts appear heading toward greater war in Syria than already, perhaps the worst to come when Hillary succeeds Obama.

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Neocon Washington Post Warns of Nonexistent Putin October Surprise

Neocon Washington Post Warns of Nonexistent Putin October Surprise

by Stephen Lendman

US media scoundrels are irresponsibly anti-Russia, anti-Putin - the Washington Post among them, CIA-connected through its billionaire owner Jeff Bezos.

WaPo suggests Putin plans an October surprise despite no evidence linking Russia to numerous early accusations against it - fabricated stuff entirely for geopolitical reasons.

WaPo columnist Dana Milbank is more propagandist than journalist, without justification, saying “(t)he Russians have just given us an August glimpse of a potential October surprise.”

Like many others, he falsely blamed Moscow for hacking DNC emails and “targeting state voter-registration systems,” claiming it’s part of an “effort to boost Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy…leaking what they believe to be the most damaging documents at strategic points in the campaign.”

Fact: No evidence supports these spurious accusations.

Fact: Media scoundrels like Milbank one-sidedly support Hillary, serving as press agents, not legitimate journalists.

He went further, falsely claiming Russia is “doctoring (hacked) documents…add(ing) false information and then passing (them) off as the originals.”

Perhaps preempting Julian Assange’s announced plan to release damning information on Hillary before November’s presidential election, he asked “(a)re Vladimir Putin’s operatives planning to dump edited DNC documents on the eve of the presidential election?”

“(I)t’s clear that Russian disinformation wars are as active as ever…So does this point to a Putin-sponsored October surprise,” he asked?

Milbank like other media scoundrels wants Hillary, not Trump, succeeding Obama. They support war over peace and privilege over populism.

They’re support US imperial plans for replacing all independent governments with pro-Western puppet regimes - especially in Moscow, Beijing and Tehran.

They’re manipulating public sentiment irresponsibly ahead of perhaps planned war on these sovereign states under a Hillary administration, instead of doing what journalists are supposed to do - their jobs.

I call Western writers like Milbank and countless likeminded others scoundrels for good reason - paid to proliferate managed news misinformation and Big Lies, truth-telling strictly verboten.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Clintons' Body Count Mounts

Clintons' Body Count Mounts

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article discussed mysterious deaths associated with the Clintons, dating from when Bill was Arkansas attorney general in the 1970s.

Were they suicides as reported or murders? Cover-ups and lack of proper media investigative work conceal full knowledge of what happened.

Yet one thing seems clear. Anyone able to expose Clinton crime family wrongdoing not already made public runs the risk of dying under mysterious circumstances, indicating possible foul play.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is at risk, especially  after saying he’ll release thousands of “significant” documents on Hillary before November’s election.

Asked by Fox News if new revelations could be an election game-changer, he said “(i)t depends on how it catches fire.”

So far, the constant drip of new damning information on Hillary hasn’t affected her v. Trump based on polling results. Will Assange release anything likely to change things? Not easily with media scoundrels one-sidedly supporting her.

Yet his potential threat perhaps endangers his life and well-being. If the Clintons or others in Washington want rid of him badly enough, he doesn’t stand much of a chance. 

In June 2012, Ecuador gave him asylum in its London embassy after fabricated Swedish rape charges risked his extradition to America to face wrongful imprisonment and brutalizing treatment on phony espionage charges, similar to what Chelsea Manning continues experiencing - her life and well-being grievously harmed for doing the right thing.

Washington wants Assange’s ability to expose government wrongdoing stopped. Hillary wants him kept from revealing more damning information about her corrupt dealings beyond what’s already known.

On August 22, an Ecuadorean press release confirmed reports of an unidentified man trying to scale its London embassy wall, likely with intent to break in.

Was it an attempt on Assange’s life? Were the Clinton’s behind it? If one attempt was made to do him in, will others follow?

He’s vulnerable wherever he is or may go at some future time. Ecuador criticized UK authorities for responding slowly to the embassy incident, saying police taking two hours was “inadequate.” 

They should have been there in minutes at most. Host nations are responsible for the security of embassies and their personnel on their territory.

A WikiLeaks tweet indicated a London police station is a two-minute walk away. If Assange leaves the security of Ecuador’s embassy, he’s subject to immediate arrest, his final destination America through complicit Swedish authorities.

On August 23, (BIN) reported the mysterious death of Assange’s lawyer John Jones - struck by a train. Did he jump or was he pushed? Draw your own conclusions?

Why would a successful lawyer defending a high-profile client like Assange and others like him want to end his life?

He died in April, BIN only learning about it in late August, saying “a complete media blackout and total lack of interest from the media on this story” kept it from getting the attention it deserved.

BIN described Jones as a millionaire lawyer in London, a husband with two young children, having “absolutely no reason whatsoever to commit suicide…”

“(I)t appears that (well-known) people who expose” Bill and Hillary Clinton wrongdoing or threaten to all too often end up dead.

Is Assange next to go?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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A Big Tax Bite Out of Apple

A Big Tax Bite Out of Apple

by Stephen Lendman

Corporate predators notoriously finagle tax laws at home and abroad to pay as little as possible in what they owe, nowhere near their fair share - at times getting large rebates despite earnings high profits.

Ordinary people and small family businesses like the one I was involved with most of my formal working life have no such advantage. We played by the rules, believing it’s the right way.

Along with whatever disreputable shenanigans it may have been involved in domestically, Apple was caught red-handed evading huge amounts of taxes owed in Europe.

The EU’s antitrust regulator ruled it’s European operations headquartered in Dublin owes around $14.5 billion, no small amount even for a giant like Apple.

Ireland granted the company “undue tax benefits” for over a decade, letting it operate near-tax-free. Apple said it’ll appeal. So will Dublin. The case may drag on for years, likely settling for much less than the above amount.

The European Commission said Apple avoids taxes by “funneling proceeds to its Irish headquarters. All profits from European sales (are) recorded in Ireland,” its government complicit in the arrangement.

Its European operations are virtually tax-free at an effective 2014 rate of 0.005%. Try pulling this off on your own tax return and see where it gets you.

European antitrust commissioner Margrethe Vestager said “(t)he commission’s investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years.”

It’s called grand theft at the expense of ordinary taxpayers required to pay what they owe. Apple’s operating structure in Ireland had no “factual or economic justification,” Vestager added.

The IRS notoriously cracks down hard on ordinary Americans found guilty of tax evasion - courts imposing large fines and at times prison terms.

Yet the Treasury Department supports Apple evading billions of dollars in European taxes owed - a spokesman calling “retroactive(ly) assess(ing)” the company “unfair,” ludicrously claiming “well-established legal principles” - double-standard ones benefitting US corporate giants at the expense of ordinary people and small businesses having to pay what they owe.

Corporate tax cheats routinely get away with evasion on a grand scale. The case against Apple is far from over. It remains to be seen how it’s settled.

And what about other US corporate giants operating the same way at home and abroad - tax avoidance schemes part of their business models.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Syria: Victim of US State Terror

Syria: Victim of US State Terror

by Stephen Lendman

Syria is one of numerous US war theaters - naked aggression against sovereign independent countries to replace their ruling authorities with pro-Western puppet governance.

An emailer asked me when WW III might begin. It’s perhaps ongoing with no one noticing, I said - begun with US aggression on Afghanistan, the 9/11 mother of all false flags the pretext, or maybe when the Clintons raped Yugoslavia. Hillary urged husband Bill to wage war.

Things seem certain to become worse ahead - the ominous prospect of war on Russia, China and Iran, all longstanding US regime change targets, obstacles in the way of it achieving unchallenged global dominance.

Defeating Obama’s war on Syria is crucial. If it falls, Iran is next, the fate of the region and beyond at stake. Turkey’s invasion and occupation of northern Syrian territory complicit with Washington shows the futility of Russia/US diplomatic talks - endless discussions achieving nothing toward resolving conflict because America wants war, not peace.

Secretary of War Ashton Carter’s day earlier rhetorical criticism of Turkey’s northern Syrian campaign rang hollow, ignoring US complicity in what’s ongoing.

So were comments by Obama’s special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL, Brett McGurk, tweeting “we call on all armed actors to stand down and take appropriate measures to deconflict & open channels of communication.”

Fact: Washington and its rogue allies, notably Turkey and Saudi Arabia, actively support ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria. No moderate anti-government forces exist. They’re all Western and regional-backed death squads, largely imported from scores of countries.

Fact: Obama wants war escalated, not curtailed. While diplomats talk, Syrians die, mostly defenseless civilians, an ongoing horror with no end in sight.

Pleas by Syria’s government to Ban Ki-moon and Security Council members for help fall on deaf ears each time requested. Letters sent them on Monday said:

“The continued support of France, USA, Britain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the Turkish regime is a clear support to terrorism, not only in Syria but in all world countries.”

“The Syrian government calls on UN Security council to assume its responsibilities in preserving the international peace and security, and to call on Turkey to immediately withdraw from the Syrian territories, and to respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.”

“The government of the Syrian Arab Republic condemns, with the strongest terms, the repeated crimes, violations, aggression and massacres perpetrated by the regime in Ankara against the Syrian people, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic.”

“Syria calls on Security Council’s member states to condemn those cowardly crimes and to exert all pressures and take all effective measures to guarantee the recovering of Turkish regime to its senses and forcing it abandon its support of terrorism or using it as a pretext to interfere in the domestic affairs of Syria.”

Washington, NATO, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel and their rogue allies wage naked aggression while calling it humanitarian intervention or self-defense.

They decry terrorism while supporting it. They massacre civilians while pretending to protect them. On the pretext of liberating Syria, they’re raping it.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry saying “Moscow is…especially alarmed by the prospect that the situation in the conflict zone will continue to deteriorate, resulting in greater civilian losses and heightened ethnic tensions between Arabs and Kurds” isn’t good enough.

Turkish aggression shows Putin/Erdogan talks earlier this month in St. Petersburg achieved nothing toward resolving Syria’s conflict.

Turkey is a NATO member, a longtime US ally, wanting what serves its interests from Russia and America. 

Erdogan prioritizes relations with Washington over Moscow. Putin’s outreach for normalized ties were premature, perhaps futile, unlikely to be achieved as long as both sides are intractably apart on Syria.

Russia wants Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity preserved, the right of its people alone to decide who’ll lead them with no foreign interference.

America, Turkey and their rogue partners want regime change, intend endless war to achieve their objective - no matter the cost in mass slaughter and destruction.

How Russia responds to Turkish aggression remains to be seen. Will it hold back on normalizing ties? Will it step up its own military operations?

Will it decide enough’s enough and combat all terrorist groups waging war on Syrian sovereign independence, not just ISIS and al-Nusra? 

Will it realize that resolving conflict depends on prevailing on the battlefield, not in luxury hotel suites? Does it realize the only language Washington understands is force?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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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Impeaching Dilma Rousseff Democracy's Death Blow in Brazil

Impeaching Dilma Rousseff Democracy’s Death Blow in Brazil

by Stephen Lendman

It’s all over but the vote-counting, scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday. 

Washington conspired with fascists in Brazil at a time its economy is mired in Depression, using Rousseff’s low approval rating during hard times to falsely accuse her of budget-manipulating crimes she didn’t commit.

Impeachment is certain, pre-scripted, a coup d’etat by any standard. Enough Senate votes exist to oust her, a scandalous exercise in tyranny triumphing over democratic governance - ordinary Brazilians to be harmed most by punishing neoliberal harshness when vital aid is most needed.

Rousseff is currently suspended from office, awaiting the outcome of Senate proceedings to remove her by impeachment.

On Monday, she addressed the body honorably, forthrightly and truthfully, saying “I am here to look directly in your eyes to say…I have nothing to hide. I did not commit the crimes that I am accused of.”

“I have never enriched myself with public funds, and I have never manipulated budgets to benefit myself. I have acted honestly, and I will now be tried for crimes I have not committed.”

No evidence supports fabricated charges against her. “We are one step away from a serious institutional rupture,” she stressed. “We are one step away from a real coup d’etat…I fear the death of democracy.”

In the next 24 - 48 hours, her removal will become official. Enough Senate votes against her assure it. At least 54 of 81 are required.

Despite no evidence linking her to wrongdoing, around 60% of Brazil’s 594 congressional members, elements against her, are linked to serious crimes, including corruption, bribery, kidnapping and murder.

Interim coup d’etat president Michel Temer will serve out the remainder of her term. A Sao Paulo court found him guilty of corruption, declaring him ineligible to run for political office for eight years.

Yet no proceedings are planned to prevent him from becoming Brazil’s president - nor intention to remove him once installed in office.

A criminal cabal is about to take over Latin America’s largest economy, the world’s 9th largest, rich in oil, iron ore and numerous other resources, a nation of over 200 million people, its land mass larger than America’s continuous 48 states.

A harsh future awaits its people - tyranny replacing democracy, neoliberal harshness perhaps eliminating social justice entirely, unemployment to increase, poverty to become more a growth industry than already - powerful privileged interests served at the expense of all others.

Programs being instituted represent a “wish list for markets and investors,” reported the Financial Times - ordinary Brazilians stuck with the hindmost.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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NYT Editors Ignore Clinton Foundation Racketeering Practices

NYT Editors Ignore Clinton Foundation Racketeering Practices

by Stephen Lendman

More than any previous time in US history, America seems poised to anoint a known legally, ethically and morally tainted candidate to the nation’s highest office - testimony to its unprecedented evil, its threat to world peace and what remains of fundamental freedoms.

Hillary more than any previous presidential aspirant is unfit to serve - belonging in prison, not high office, racketeering one of her many high crimes.

Trump was right saying it’s hard knowing where the Clinton Foundation ended and the State Department began. As America’s chief foreign policy official, Hillary focused mainly on waging war and selling influence.

She and husband Bill became super-rich by corrupt pay-to-pay practices. Foreign regimes, corporate predators, and wealthy individuals had to donate plenty to their foundation to gain access to Hillary while at State.

It was “set up as a business to profit from public office,” said Trump - while masquerading as a charitable NGO, the Clintons stashing millions of dollars in tax havens, self-enriching by other dubious practices.

Clintons, Inc. best describes them - deplorable figures representing the worst of responsible governance.

NYT editors tepidly urged they cut ties to their foundation if Hillary succeeds Obama, while falsely claiming no evidence links them to wrongdoing.

There’s plenty but FBI investigators and Justice Department officials ignore it - numerous serious crimes, ranging from perjury for lying to Congress about maintaining classified State Department documents on her home server to using her foundation as a money-laundering racket to orchestrating naked aggression against nonbelligerent countries.

Bill and Hillary created their foundation for self-enrichment, around 10% of funds received used for charitable work to make fraud look legitimate.

Times editors lied, claiming Bill “created the foundation in 2001 as a vehicle to fund his presidential library.” They lied saying he and Hillary used funds for charitable work - failing to explain limited projects undertaken were cover for racketeering self-enrichment.

What The Times doesn’t report is more important than what it does, and what it explains is rife with misinformation and Big Lies. Racketeering operations like the Clinton Foundation should be shut down, their officials prosecuted for wrongdoing, especially Bill and Hillary - holding them fully accountable for high crimes too serious to ignore.

Not according to Times editors, tepidly saying if Hillary succeeds Obama, she, Bill and Chelsea should “end their operational involvement in the foundation and its affiliates for the duration of her presidency,” duplicitously adding:

“The Clinton Foundation has become a symbol of the Clintons’ laudable ambitions…” What rubbish!!

Times editors have things backwards. Racketeering foundation practices and other Clinton crime family wrongdoing show lawlessness by high government officials pays. 

They remain unaccountable no matter what they do. A third Clinton co-presidency may exceed the worst of anything they’ve previously done - humanity left to pay the price for their high crimes.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Monday, August 29, 2016

America: The Epicenter of Pure Evil

America the Epicenter of Pure Evil

by Stephen Lendman

No nation in world history harmed more people grievously over a longer duration than America - never beautiful, no bastion of democratic values, no advocate of world peace and stability.

Bipartisan lunatics run things, a criminal cabal, humanity’s greatest threat. The domestic and geopolitical agendas of each new administration is worse than its predecessors.

Elections when held are farcical. Duopoly power always wins, monied interests alone served, ordinary people increasingly harmed - full-blown tyranny and nuclear war perhaps following the next major state-sponsored false flag.

Americans have no say on how they’re governed, democracy a mirage. None whatever exists. Scoundrel media and self-serving politicians pretend otherwise - most people either unaware of how they’re ill-served or too indifferent to try changing things, going along with what harms them.

Intelligent people I know are too preoccupied in their daily lives to realize and get involved against the grave danger facing humanity.

The likelihood of a Hillary presidency should terrify everyone - a war goddess, the greatest threat to world peace of any leader in US history if she succeeds Obama.

Yet media scoundrels serve as her press agents. Polls show her ahead. US voters are so out-of-touch, uninformed and indifferent, they support what demands opposition.

I tremble at what’s coming with her in charge. Things may never be the same again. How many more wars will be waged? 

How many victims will die or be gravely harmed with her as president? Will the remnants of social justice be entirely discarded? Will police state ruthlessness be harsher than ever? Is unthinkable nuclear war likely?

Is Orwell’s dystopian nightmare on steroids our future? Will Americans ever awaken to the clear and present danger they face? Will they revolt or remain dismissive?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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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Republicans for Hillary

Republicans for Hillary

by Stephen Lendman

As part of its daily Trump bashing ritual, The New York Times published a list of scores of Republicans for Hillary, citing fabricated reasons for switching allegiance.

It’s not about Trump wanting a wall built on Mexico’s border, wanting Muslim immigration halted “until we can figure out what is going on,” saying he’ll keep Guantanamo open and “bring back a helluva lot worse than waterboarding,” demeaning Ted Cruz’s wife, or any of the other reasons listed.

GOP turncoats saying they’re “unable to support a party ticket with Mr.Trump at its head” reflect concern about his anti-establishment sounding rhetoric, saying things other politicians wouldn’t dare, fear about not being able to control him fully, disapproval of his wanting better relations with Russia, his opposition to TPP and other jobs destroying trade deals, among other reasons.

They want continuity with no deviations, unobstructed dirty business as usual, state terror remaining official US policy, endless wars of aggression, all sovereign independent nations transformed into US vassal states, harsher than ever neoliberal harshness, and full-blown tyranny replacing remaining freedoms.

Trump likely goes along with most of this. They want it all, especially no rapprochement with Russia, China, Iran or any other independent country.

The latest Times anti-Trump broadside continued its relentless propaganda campaign against him, acting as Hillary’s press agent, along with US monied and imperial interests.

Relying on Times reports, commentaries, op-eds and editorials to stay informed on world and national issues assures accomplishing neither - achieving brainwashing instead, an upside down world view of things instead a right side up one.

The Times is an unofficial instrument of state propaganda, serving establishment interests exclusively - presstitution on issues mattering most, not legitimate journalism.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

Visit his blog site at 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.