Monday, January 16, 2017

Deep State Ultimatum to Trump: Play Ball or Else

Deep State Ultimatum to Trump: Play Ball or Else

by Stephen Lendman

Since announcing his presidential bid in mid-June 2015, Trump prevailed over long odds, overcoming huge obstacles to reach the brink of becoming America’s 45th president on January 20 - an astonishing story, where it goes from here yet to be determined.

With no public record on which to judge him, his agenda is as much guesswork as likely expectations - with one thing known for certain.

US presidents are fronts for powerful interests running America, intolerant of anyone changing longstanding policy.

Trump is under enormous pressure and threats to continue dirty business as usual or else. Defiance could get him undermined, impeached or assassinated - hardline globalist Mike Pence in the wings to replace him, an easy to control establishment figure.

We’ll know more about Trump’s intentions during his first hundred days in office, much more months later. Campaign rhetoric is one thing, presidential decision-making another.

Lofty promises are meaningless without supportive actions. Trump’s domestic policy largely looks easy to predict, socially and economically conservative, including:

  • business-friendly regulatory reform;

  • tax cuts for the rich, including repealing estate taxes for high-net worth households;

  • rebuilding America’s infrastructure;

  • repealing and replacing Obamacare;

  • unlimited energy exploration, development and production; and

  • rejecting one-sided trade deals like TPP, responsible for offshoring millions of America’s best jobs.

With Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, he’ll likely get domestic agenda support - though given budget constraints, perhaps less infrastructure spending than he’d like.

His geopolitical agenda is largely uncertain until his policies become apparent. It’s clear he wants already bloated military spending increased, including expanding America’s nuclear arsenal - unless he and Putin agree to nuclear reduction.

While saying he wants a new role for NATO focused on combating terrorism, he’s unlikely to change how the alliance operated from inception. 

Important questions await answers. Will he cooperate with Putin responsibly or maintain longstanding adversarial relations?

Will he combat “radical Islamic terrorism” as promised, or support it like the Clintons, Bush/Cheney and Obama?

He’ll continue drone wars, he said, mostly killing noncombatant men, women, children, the elderly and infirm threatening on one.

He’ll maintain Guantanamo (and likely America’s global torture prison network) instead of shutting it down. He’ll introduce ideological screening tests to suspend immigration from certain countries.

He claims wars on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya were mistakes he opposed after supporting them earlier. He called failure to seize Iraq’s oil fields poor judgment. “In the old days when we won a war, to the victor go the spoils,” he blustered.

He failed to explain all wars violate core international, constitutional and US statute laws without Security Council authorization. US presidents and Congress have no right to wage them without it - especially against nations posing no threat to America or any other countries.

All ongoing US direct and proxy wars are illegal acts of aggression. Will Trump continue or end them? Will he be a warrior or peace president?

Will he favor diplomacy over endless conflicts? He complained about wasting trillions of dollars, turning the Middle East into a mess, instead of using the funding to rebuild America.

“(W)e don’t have the money because it’s been squandered on so many (wrong) ideas,” he said. Will he change things enough to matter or largely continue current policies?

It’s unknown until he begins serving. He’ll need congressional support to approve his agenda.

Neocon dark forces in Washington will challenge anything diverging from longstanding policy. 

Perhaps no matter what he does, he’ll face endless obstacles along the way, his administration seen in hindsight as the most turbulent in US history for as long as it lasts - not a very encouraging assessment for what may lie ahead.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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America is No. 1 in All the Wrong Things

America Is No. 1 in All the Wrong Things

by Stephen Lendman

American exceptionalism is a great deception - except in negative terms. No nation in world history caused more harm to more people over a longer duration.

None more maniacally pursues unchallenged world dominance at the expense of raping and destroying one country after another, murdering millions, responsible for unspeakable human misery. 

None have more lunatics with fingers on the nuclear trigger. None more threaten humanity’s survival. 

None among developed nations have a greater wealth disparity. None a more corrupt electoral system - money controlled, rigged to assure business as usual always prevails. 

None with a larger global gulag, repressive hellholes featuring torture and other forms of abuse - filled with political prisoners, others falsely accused, or for offenses too minor to matter.

None more beholden to monied interests. None more racist and disdainful of ordinary people everywhere. None a greater human and civil rights abuser worldwide. None more intrusively spies on everyone - Big Brother on steroids.

None is more violent at home and abroad. None more publicly and privately corrupt and vicious. None with a more deplorable major media, a disgraceful lying machine. 

None with more costly medical care, unaffordable for millions - a pay or die system, according to Ralph Nader. 

None with more gun ownership. With around 100,000 annual victims of gun violence, US streets are battlegrounds, its homicide rate highest by far among developed nations - exacerbated by cops licensed to kill unaccountably.

None more addicted to war - waging endless premeditated aggression against invented enemies, spending more on militarism than the rest of the world combined, including open-ended black budgets, homeland security, space and other related categories.

None more disgraces the term democracy - a police state by any standard, run by neocon fascists. None more ruthless on a global scale. None a greater proliferator of terrorism. 

None more reviled for good reason. None a greater global menace. None more threatening life on earth. None more urgency crucial to challenge it before we’re all doomed.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Trump Calls for Making Good Deals with Russia

Trump Calls for Making Good Deals with Russia

by Stephen Lendman

In interviews with London’s Sunday Times and Germany’s Bild, both published on January 16, four days before his inauguration, Trump called for negotiating deals with Russia benefitting both countries.

Earlier he said “(t)he United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

A day later, he recklessly added “(l)et it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

In interviews with The Times of London and Bild, he said Western countries “have sanctions on Russia. Let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially. That's part of it.”

He can’t have it both ways - “greatly strengthen(ing) and expand(ing)” America’s nuclear arsenal while “reduc(ing) (it) very substantially.”

It’s fair to ask what he really wants, most important what he’s able to accomplish, given powerful US dark forces wanting adversarial relations with Russia maintained.

It’s part of Washington’s longstanding regime change policy, wanting all independent countries transformed into US vassal states, their resources plundered, their people exploited. 

Last year, Trump promised to build up America’s military, assure it’s “funded beautifully,” while calling the nation’s foreign policy “a complete and total disaster. No vision. No purpose. No direction. No strategy.”

He suggested sanctions on Russia could be lifted if both countries “get along and if Russia is really helping us…”

He told the Wall Street Journal “Russia will have far greater respect for our country when I’m leading it and I believe and I hope maybe it won’t happen, it’s possible.” 

“But I won’t be giving a little reset button like Hillary. Here, press this piece of plastic. A guy looked at her like what is she doing? There’s no reset button. We’re either going to get along or we're not. I hope we get along, but if we don’t, that's possible too.”

While campaigning, he blamed Obama and Hillary for deteriorated relations with Moscow. They’ve been adversarial since Russia’s 1917 revolution, an entire century of Russia bashing, except during WW II to defeat Nazi Germany cooperatively and occasional successful treaty negotiations - later breached or abandoned by Washington.

Over the weekend, Trump repeated earlier remarks about NATO being obsolete, most of its members not paying their fair share.

So far, we only know what he’s said as a candidate and president-elect. On Friday, policymaking begins for good or ill.

On Monday, I tweeted him, urging mostly the former, serving everyone equitably, renouncing war - a shove in the right direction, knowing Washington doesn’t work this way.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Trumpcare Nears Completion

Trumpcare Nears Completion

by Stephen Lendman

In a Saturday Washington Post interview, Trump said Obamacare will be replaced by “insurance for everybody,” without explaining specifics of his plan, while vowing to negotiate a better deal on drug prices for Medicare and Medicaid.

Big Pharma is “politically protected, but not anymore,” he said. Market-based medicine works for business at the expense of affordable patient care.

It leaves millions of Americans uninsured, most others underinsured. Obamacare works this way, Trumpcare when revealed likely worse.

A previous article discussed his earlier seven-point industry-enriching plan. It’s long on cost reduction, short on providing high quality affordable care for everyone. 

Opposing mandatory insurance coverage and having access to cheaper imported drugs are its only redeeming features.

His plan won’t lower escalating healthcare costs or assure all Americans have access to the most fundamental of human rights, along with food, shelter and clothing.

Replacing Obamacare with another corporate friendly scheme assures perpetuating the problem, not fixing it. Single-payer, universal coverage alone works equitably - everyone in, no one left out, patients’ rights prioritized over profits.

Republicans are amenable to “universal access,” not universal coverage, a play on words, a likely GOP scheme coming worse than Obamacare.

Mum on details, Trump said his plan has “lower numbers, much lower deductibles…It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes. We haven’t put it in quite yet but we’re going to be doing it soon.”

He’s waiting for his health and human services secretary Tom Price to be confirmed. He’s confident about getting congressional approval. “I won’t tell you how, but we will get” it, he said.

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”

Americans “can expect to have great healthcare. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”

Marketplace medicine makes it virtually impossible with predatory drug industry and hospital pricing. Insurers reap enormous profits by controlling what they’ll pay for and how much, depriving many patients of vital expensive care when needed.

Whatever its provisions when made public, Trumpcare promises to be another industry enriching scheme at the expense of government mandated universal coverage for everyone.

“I don’t want single-payer,” Trump explained, adding he “want(s) to be able to take care of people.” How well or poorly is what matters.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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America: World's Leading Hacker

America: World’s Leading Hacker

buy Stephen Lendman

Washington recklessly accuses Russia and China of hacking while providing no evidence backing its claims.

At the same time, it’s silent about most Internet servers located in America, facilitating its espionage, including hacking to obtain unauthorized data. Washington rules mandate doing what “we” say, not what “we” do.

Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev explained the problem, saying “(w)e have been fixing growing attempts from external forces to damage Russian information systems. Those are cases of hacking, and also unauthorized collection of data.”

“This is done with active involvement of global operators and providers, and the methods used are constantly evolving.”

“For example, the Obama administration groundlessly accuses Russia of hacking attacks, deliberately ignoring the fact that most Internet servers are located inside the US, and are used by Washington for spying and other purposes aimed at protecting that country’s dominant position in the world.”

Obama talks about combating terrorism while supporting it, making Russian/US cooperation against it impossible.

Patrushev hopes Trump will change things responsibly, Moscow and Washington cooperating in combating terrorism instead of pursuing opposite objectives for so long.

“We have…confirmation of” Obama’s administration supporting, not fighting terrorism, Patrushev explained. Changing this policy is essential for improving Russian/US relations.

If Trump governs responsibly, Moscow welcomes an ally in counterterrorism activities, information security, trade and other areas of mutual interest.

If Trump wants improved ties, “we  will be ready to resume full-format consultations with US partners of the Russian Security Council,” Patrushev explained.

“The Obama administration sought…domina(nce) (internationally, its policies amounting to) reckless schemes.”

“Unfriendly actions (violating) international law resulted in a frenzy of terrorism (causing) humanitarian disasters in certain states and regions.”

Does Trump intend changing things or continuing Obama’s reckless agenda? Will he wage endless wars or responsibly work with Russia and other nations in resolving ongoing ones?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Paris Middle East Conference Joint Declaration

Paris Middle East Conference Joint Declaration

by Stephen Lendman

On January 15, over 70 countries attending the Paris Middle East peace conference accomplished nothing toward resolving decades of vicious Israeli occupation harshness.

Resolutions, proclamations, communiques and declarations are worthless without teeth backing them.

Lofty language, affirmations and other rhetoric don’t substitute for action. Israel is free to commit slow-motion genocide because the world community does nothing to stop it. 

Ministers meeting in Paris on Sunday laid an egg. Their joint declaration was no glorious achievement, no conflict resolution masterpiece, just another worthless document, countless hours wasted producing it.

It’s the product of duplicitous ministers, one-sidedly supporting Israel, uncaring about Palestinian rights, their deceptive text concealing where they really stand.

If they meant lofty principles presented, Occupied Palestine would have been liberated decades ago, Israel punished severely for trying to block it.

Here’s their joint declaration. Take it with a grain of salt - and lots of bitterness for not acting responsibly.

“MIDDLE EAST PEACE CONFERENCE JOINT DECLARATION

I) Following the Ministerial meeting held in Paris on 3 June 2016, the Participants met in Paris on 15 January 2017 to reaffirm their support for a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

They reaffirmed that a negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve enduring peace.

They emphasized the importance for the parties to restate their commitment to this solution, to take urgent steps in order to reverse the current negative trends on the ground, including continued acts of violence and ongoing settlement activity, and to start meaningful direct negotiations.

They reiterated that a negotiated two-state solution should meet the legitimate aspirations of both sides, including the Palestinians’ right to statehood and sovereignty, fully end the occupation that began in 1967, satisfy Israel’s security needs and resolve all permanent status issues on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), and also recalled relevant Security Council resolutions.

They underscored the importance of the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 as a comprehensive framework for the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, thus contributing to regional peace and security.

They welcomed international efforts to advance Middle East peace, including the adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 2334 on 23 December 2016 which clearly condemned settlement activity, incitement and all acts of violence and terror, and called on both sides to take steps to advance the two-state solution on the ground; the recommendations of the Quartet on 1 July 2016 ; and the United States Secretary of State’s principles on the two-state solution on 28 December 2016.

They noted the importance of addressing the dire humanitarian and security situation in the Gaza Strip and called for swift steps to improve the situation. 

They emphasized the importance for Israelis and Palestinians to comply with international law, including international humanitarian law and human rights law.

II) The Participants highlighted the potential for security, stability and prosperity for both parties that could result from a peace agreement. 

They expressed their readiness to exert necessary efforts toward the achievement of the two-state solution and to contribute substantially to arrangements for ensuring the sustainability of a negotiated peace agreement, in particular in the areas of political and economic incentives, the consolidation of Palestinian state capacities, and civil society dialogue. 

Those could include, inter alia: - a European special privileged partnership; other political and economic incentives and increased private sector involvement; support to further efforts by the parties to improve economic cooperation; continued financial support to the Palestinian authority in building the infrastructure for a viable Palestinian economy; - supporting and strengthening Palestinian steps to exercise their responsibilities of statehood through consolidating their institutions and institutional capacities, including for service delivery; - convening Israeli and Palestinian civil society fora, in order to enhance dialogue between the parties, rekindle the public debate and strengthen the role of civil society on both sides.

III) Looking ahead, the Participants: - call upon both sides to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution, thus disassociating themselves from voices that reject this solution; - call on each side to independently demonstrate, through policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two-state solution and refrain from unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of negotiations on final status issues, including, inter alia, on Jerusalem, borders, security, refugees and which they will not recognize; - welcome the prospect of closer cooperation between the Quartet and Arab League members and other relevant actors to further the objectives of this Declaration.

As follow-up to the Conference, interested Participants, expressing their readiness to review progress, resolved to meet again before the end of the year in order to support both sides in advancing the two-state solution through negotiations.

France will inform the parties about the international community’s collective support and concrete contribution to the two-State solution contained in this joint declaration.”

The declaration was all smoke and no fire - the way things always are when it comes to Palestinian rights.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

One China Policy Nonnegotiable, Says Beijing

One China Policy Nonnegotiable, Says Beijing

by Stephen Lendman

The one China policy was first mentioned in the Shanghai Communique on February 28, 1972 during Nixon’s visit to China - stressing the importance for both countries to normalize relations.

On January 1, 1979, the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations agreed to by Jimmy Carter and Deng Xiaoping formally established bilateral relations, ending official recognition of Taiwan, announced by Carter in December 1978.

The (1992 Consensus) one China principle affirms a single sovereign China comprised of the mainland and Taiwan.

Trump saying “(e)verything is under negotiation including one China” didn’t go down well in Beijing. On Saturday, its Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said it’s “nonnegotiable.”

One China alone exists, Taiwan an inalienable part of it, he stressed. The People’s Republic of China is its only legitimate government, “an internationally recognized fact, and no one can change it,” he explained.

We urge the relevant party in the United States to realize the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue and abide by commitments made by previous US governments to the one China policy and the principles of the three joint communiques.”

Normalized relations depend on it. If Trump demands Beijing play by Washington rules, trouble in the Pacific awaits him, perhaps undermining chances for improving relations with Moscow.

Sino/Russian ties stress unity. Each nation strategically supports the other. Together they’re a powerful counterweight to US hegemonic aims.

Harming the interests of one affects the other. Both countries will rally to defend each other’s mutual interests. Antagonizing Beijing by using the one China policy as a bargaining chip is sure to adversely affect Sino-Russia/US relations.

Trump has to decide if he wants mutual cooperation with other nations or continuation of adversarial relations with sovereign independent ones. Will he be a bully or responsible leader?

It’s his call for good or ill. Much depends on what he decides. China’s credibility at home and abroad depends on the one China policy.

It’s fundamentally important. Challenging or in any way disrupting it assures continuing Obama’s adversarial policy, maybe recklessly escalating it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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NYT Reinvents Obama's Disgraceful Legacy

NYT Reinvents Obama’s Disgraceful Legacy

by Stephen Lendman

No US president promised more and delivered less. None did more harm to more people at home and abroad.

None more disgraced his high office. None more warrant prosecution and imprisonment for high crimes of war and against humanity.

Not according to NYT editors, reinventing Obama’s legacy, praising instead of condemning him.

The Times: He “pull(ed) the nation back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression…”

Fact: He created a protracted Main Street Depression by serving Wall Street, war-profiteers and other corporate predators exclusively while letting essential homeland needs go begging.

The Times: He “preserv(ed) or creat(ed) an average of 1.6 million jobs a year for four years.”

Fact: He thirdworldized America, made it like Guatemala for most people, created mass poverty, unemployment and underemployment, cut benefits for people most in need, while the vast majority of jobs created on his watch were rotten low-pay, part-time ones with few or no benefits.

The Times laughably equated his destructive domestic agenda to Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. It was polar opposite - serving privileged interests exclusively, ignoring public ones.

His Affordable Care Act is an unaffordable scam. His education agenda is privatization for corporate profit-making. His labor reform is denying workers fundamental rights.

His environmental agenda is drill, baby, drill, damn the consequences. His promised transparency is the most secretive Machiavellian regime in US history. His open society is the most spied on. His notion of freedom is eliminating it one police state law and executive order at a time.

The Times: “Americans will miss (his) negotiating skills on tough issues and the dignity and character (he) brought to the White House.”

Fact: He’s a disgraceful con man, a world-class thug, a menace to humanity, contemptuous of fundamental rights.

He raped and destroyed one country after another, waged war on truth-telling, punished more whistleblowers than all previous US presidents combined, appointed himself judge, jury and executioner to murder anyone he wished, including US citizens. His kill list mocked due process and habeas rights.

He institutionalized indefinite detentions by executive order, a major constitutional breach. On his say alone, anyone can be arrested and indefinitely detained uncharged and untried forever. 

He kept Guantanamo and other US global torture prisons operating, detainees denied all fundamental rights. Extreme abuse of power replaced rule of law principles on his watch - hardening Bush/Cheney policies.

He replaced political, economic and social justice with force-fed austerity and endless wars of aggression - governing under a police state apparatus. He made democracy a four-letter word.

He didn’t give a damn about ordinary people anywhere and it showed - the hallmark of a fascist despot.

The Times’ attempt to reinvent his disgraceful legacy fell flat!

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Trump's First Foreign Visit to Meet Putin?

Trump’s First Foreign Visit to Meet Putin?

by Stephen Lendman

Citing a London Sunday Times report, The Hill and Bloomberg said Trump’s first foreign trip as president is expected to be a summit with Vladimir Putin within weeks of his inauguration.

If the report is accurate, both leaders will meet in Reykjavik, Iceland. Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied it, tweeting “not true - report is 100% false.” A second tweet said “Nope, not true.”

According to the Sunday Times, Trump will meet with Putin at a neutral venue “very soon” to begin working on a deal to reduce numbers of nuclear weapons by both countries.

Reykjavik is symbolic, where Reagan and Gorbachev met on October 11 and 12, 1986. Though talks ended with no agreement, progress achieved led to the bilateral 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a significant achievement.  

Reversing enormous damage in Russian/US relations by Bush/Cheney and Obama would be a historic achievement if accomplished.

Rapprochement with Russia, China and Iran is essential to have any chance for world peace and stability. Trump’s geopolitical agenda won’t be known until it begins unfolding once in office.

If America won’t to live in peace with all other countries, especially key ones, we’re all doomed.

A Russia/US summit early in Trump’s first year in office, easing tensions and indicating a desire for mutual cooperation, would be a major step back from the brink. Hopefully it’s in the works.

A Final Comment

Icelandic Foreign Minister Godhlaugur Thor Thordharson said his government “has not yet received a request regarding this meeting.” 

“If officials in Washington turn to the Icelandic government with a formal request to organize a summit in Reykjavik, we will take it positively and turn it to our contribution to the improvement of relations between the US and Russia as it was at the Hofdi house in 1986.”

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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Calling Trump Illegitimate Part of a Coup Plot

Declaring Trump Illegitimate Part of a Coup Plot

by Stephen Lendman

Whatever his intended domestic and geopolitical agenda, he’s America’s legitimately elected president. That won’t change once in office and begins serving.

Calling him illegitimate is contemptuous and extremely dangerous. Rep. John Lewis (D. GA) disgraced himself, destroying his credibility, saying “I don’t see the president-elect as a legitimate president.”

“I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians, and others, that helped him get elected.”

Lewis and everyone in Washington knows, or should know, there was no conspiracy, no Russian hacking, no attempt on the part of Russia or any other country or group or individuals to get Trump elected by foul means.

Lewis flat-out lied on national television, a cheap pro-Hillary stunt, hoping to benefit politically by joining the anti-Trump bandwagon vocally.

He shamed himself, deceitfully ranting “the Russians participated in having this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. I don’t plan to attend the Inauguration.”

“I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians, and others, that helped him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process.”

That’s a Big Lie. So is claiming an open, democratic process - in name only, not reality. Trump responded in separate tweets, saying “Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the US I can use all the help I can get!”

He “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,”

“All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!”

Republican strategist Doug Heye blasted Trump opponents, claiming the election wasn’t legitimate and won’t be accepted, calling the reaction “dangerous and unpatriotic. (The) same people are trying to delegitimize Trump and say that he shouldn’t be…president.”

Friday’s inauguration will be a uniquely partisan affair. It’s unclear how many Democrat congressional members aren’t coming - expressing sour grapes over Hillary not attaining what she arrogantly believed she was entitled to.

Humanity exhaled with her defeat. A nuclear bullet was dodged - provided Trump improves ties with Russia, avoids confrontation with China, and cools his rhetoric on Iran.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Yemen: Obama's Little Reported Dirty War

Yemen: Obama’s Little Reported Dirty War

by Stephen Lendman

Yemen is Obama’s war, one of endless ones he waged throughout his tenure - complicit with Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, NATO and Israel.

After nearly two years of fighting in Yemen, deaths and injuries far exceed reported numbers, civilians mostly affected. Largely ignored US planned and orchestrated genocide is occurring in plain sight, human suffering beyond comprehension.

Humanitarian crisis conditions affect around 80% of Yemenis. Saudi/US enforced blockade of the country prevents food, medicines and other essentials from reaching millions - ignored by media scoundrels. 

Few Americans have any idea about what’s going on in their name - exacerbated by covert US/UK drone war, largely massacring civilians.

According to Jen Gibson, staff attorney for the UK-based Reprieve human rights group:

“For years, (Britain’s) government has denied any involvement in (the) US covert drone war in Yemen, saying it’s ‘a matter for the states involved.’ “

“It’s now beyond dispute the UK is one of those states - working hand in glove with the Americans to create the very ‘kill list’ that drives those strikes.” 

“Even more disturbing, the UK has copied wholesale the US model of outsourcing the military to the intelligence agencies in order to hide their involvement and avoid any accountability.”

America’s CIA and Britain’s MI6 are involved with the Saudis and other rogue states in waging genocidal war on Yemen - millions at risk from war, related violation, preventable diseases and starvation on an appalling scale.

Nearly two years of conflict devastated the region’s poorest country, most of its people in dire need.

RT’s Arabic-language crew visited one of Yemen’s hardest hit areas, Tuhayat on the Red Sea coast, saying residents live in “quiet desperation,” urgently needing help not forthcoming.

The mother of a gravely emaciated eight-year-old boy said “(w)e have no energy left, and I have no money with which to treat my child.” Millions of Yemenis endure similar dire conditions.

Fishing for Tuhayat residents used to be their main source of revenue and sustenance. Blockaded coastal areas prevent fishermen from going to sea. Any trying risk death from hostile fire.

Will Trump change Obama’s genocidal policy once in office? Will he end America’s Middle East wars or continue them? 

Will he serve responsibly or be just another dirty politician? We’ll know more once he’s inaugurated and begins serving.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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