Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Whose Side Is Russia on in Syria?

Whose Side Is Russia on in Syria?

by Stephen Lendman

In September 2015, at the behest of its legitimate government, Russia began aerial operations to combat ISIS and al-Nusra terrorists in Syria. 

Numerous other likeminded groups are involved, just as cutthroat, just as ruthless, just as extremist, masquerading as “moderate rebels” when none exist - supported by Washington, NATO, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, other Gulf States, Jordan, Israel and Turkey.

They’re massacring civilians, killing government soldiers defending them, using chemical and other banned weapons, committing gruesome atrocities.

Why does Russia pretend conflict is civil when Syria was invaded by terrorists, imported from scores of countries, serving as US imperial foot soldiers? 

Why does it pretend “moderate” fighters are involved when none exist? Why does it insist on separating nonexistent “moderates” from terrorist groups it’s combating when all anti-government forces are the same?

Why isn’t it targeting all armed groups wanting Assad toppled and Syrian sovereign independence destroyed? It’s the only way to free the country from the scourge its facing - supported by Washington and its rogue allies, NATO and regional ones.

Why did it halt its aerial operations to liberate eastern Aleppo, declaring a unilateral ceasefire, a so-called humanitarian pause - a major blunder, accomplishing nothing? 

Ongoing since October 18, it’s letting US-supported terrorists infesting the city replenish their ranks, regroup and mobilize for heavy attacks, largely harming civilians Moscow says it wants protected.

Last Saturday evening, Russia ended its humanitarian pause because US-supported terrorists in eastern Aleppo prevent civilians from leaving, holding thousands hostage as human shields, including the sick and wounded.

Yet it ceased aerial attacks, yielding the advantage to dark forces it’s sworn to eliminate. What kind of strategy gives them the upper hand? It gets worse.

On October 26, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov issued the following statement:

The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force have been sticking to a moratorium on air strikes for the past eight days. They are staying out of a 10-km (six-mile) zone around Aleppo.”

“Six humanitarian corridors, field kitchens and first aid stations are open for civilians leaving eastern Aleppo 24 hours a day.”

“Russia and the Syrian government are ready to resume ‘humanitarian pauses’ in Aleppo if they receive guarantees from international organizations confirming readiness to evacuate the sick and the wounded as well as civilian population from the rebel-held areas.”

Fact: Maintaining an airstrike moratorium aids Washington, its rogue allies and terrorists in eastern Aleppo they support.

Fact: What good are humanitarian corridors if eastern Aleppo residents are prevented from using them, risking death or serious injury if they try.

Fact: International organizations have no control over terrorists in eastern Aleppo - or anywhere else in the country. So what good are their “guarantees” if made?

Fact: As long as Russia continues making the same mistakes repeatedly, the struggle to liberate Syria will likely go on interminably without resolution - a forever war, while countless thousands more civilians will die, be seriously injured and endure hardships people in Western societies can’t imagine, victims of US imperial ruthlessness.

A handful of eastern Aleppo civilians alone escaped via a humanitarian corridor. According to one now free, their relatives were seized, imprisoned and tortured.

The only way to liberate thousands of others is by relentlessly smashing their terrorist captors, eliminating them - not giving them breathing room to mobilize for greater attacks.

Washington is delighted with Moscow’s ceasefire and humanitarian pause, serving US imperial interests, State Department spokesman admiral John Kirby saying:

We welcome the stated intention to extend this pause, and we hope that this extension will be more successful…than it has been thus far” - meaning the longer it continues, the greater the benefit to US-led dark forces, the worse off trapped Syrians in eastern Aleppo will be, the longer the struggle to liberate Syria will go on.

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One-Sided NYT Debate on Putin

One-Sided NYT Debate on Putin

by Stephen Lendman

Times editors changed the rules on debating, assuring views they support get featured, others at most given short shrift - maintaining its mind manipulation practice, excluding free and open discussion on vital world and national issues.

Matthew Rojansky directs the establishment Wilson Center Kennan Institute. Kathryn Stoner is a Stanford University Spogli Institute for International Studies senior fellow.

Both were negative on Putin. So are Times editors and their presidential choice, Hillary Clinton. So fair and balanced views on him were excluded as expected. One-sided non-debate substituted.

Stoner lied claiming “(t)he US tried working with Putin. It didn’t work,” saying US/Russian relations deteriorated after his 2012 re-eelection.

Washington undermined ties. Putin was wrongfully blamed. US administrations tolerate no sovereign independent states, wanting puppet regimes it controls replacing them, how things were during the lost Boris Yeltsin decade - ending on December 31, 1999 when Putin succeeded him.

With US encouragement and coaching, Yeltsin introduced “shock therapy.” Economic genocide followed. GDP plunged 50%. Life expectancy fell. Democratic freedoms died. 

An oligarch class accumulated enormous wealth at the expense of millions of harmed Russians. 

Contemptuously ignoring essential needs, human rights and civil liberties, Yeltsin let corruption and criminality flourish. One scandal followed another. Money-laundering became sport. Billions in stolen wealth were hidden in Western banks or offshore tax havens. 

Western governments and media scoundrels loved him. Putin rejects US imperialism, deplores foreign intervention. In 2007, he condemned Washington’s quest for unipolar global dominance “through a system which has nothing to do with democracy.” 

Spurning international norms and principles, it’s “plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts. (It) overstep(s) its national borders in almost all sphere,” he explained.

These and similar comments don’t set well in Washington - nor with imperial supporters like Stoner. False accusations dog Putin - including:

  • nonexistent “Russian aggression” in Ukraine;

  • nonexistent seizure of Crimea;

  • nonexistent war crimes in Syria;

  • nonexistent hacking of DNC emails or attempts to influence America’s November presidential election;

  • baseless claims of billions of dollars stashed in offshore tax havens;

  • phony accusations of cracking down on government opponents;

  • bashing Russian democracy under his leadership; and

  • fabricated allegations of murder, among other relentless attacks against him.

He’s denigrated for opposing America’s quest for global dominance, urging multi-world polarity, supporting Russian sovereign independence and believing international laws, norms and standards are inviolable.

According to anti-Russia extremists like Stoner, “(t)he next US president will inherit…a Putin problem,” calling Trump’s support for him “dangerous.”

Rojansky is no Putin fan, at the same time saying sanctions on Russia under his leadership accomplished nothing, other than heightening tensions.

Instead of explaining Washington consistently undermines his all-out efforts to resolve conflicts in Syria and Ukraine diplomatically, he accused him of “escalating and broadening (things) via nuclear saber rattling, cyber attacks and misinformation warfare” - along with seeking greater influence “throughout the Middle East” and elsewhere.

America is a warrior state, notably since the first Bill and Hillary Clinton co-presidency - waging endless wars of aggression for unchallenged global dominance.

Russia isn’t revanchist, Putin the world’s preeminent peacemaker. Instead of praising his efforts, extremists like Rojanky denigrate him.

“What is to be done,” he asked? “Our problem is with Russia,” he claims. “(W)e need to stop pursuing policies with the expectation either that Russia will change into a friendly democracy or that it can be fully defeated and sidelined. Neither is remotely likely…”

“(R)e-establish dialogue (to) advanc(e) our national interests…Most of all, we need coordination and consistency on our side.”

Views serving US interests at the expense of Russia and other countries can’t work longer-term. Smaller, weaker countries can be bullied or battered into compliance, given Washington’s penchant for endless conflicts.

Relations with Russia are another matter entirely. Each country’s destructive power matches the other’s. War if initiated assures losers, not winners - maybe ending life on earth at the same time.

Given today’s super-weapons, either we get along or we’ll perish. Why doesn’t The Times debate this most vital of all issues - with distinguished independent anti-war activists participating?

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US Ballot Choices for President: War on Russia or Normalized Relations

US Ballot Choices for President: War on Russia or Normalized Relations

by Stephen Lendman

Businessman Trump would rather profit from relations with Russia than bomb it. Neocon hawk Hillary risks waging potentially cataclysmic nuclear war.

Which agenda do you support? A simple choice. Wall Street, war profiteers, media scoundrels, corporate pollsters, and bipartisan lunatics infesting Washington one-sidedly back a she-devil whose extremism may kill us all.

On October 26, Reuters headlined “Exclusive: Trump says Clinton policy on Syria would lead to World War Three” because escalating conflict to topple Assad risks direct confrontation with Russia.

How can Hillary negotiate with Putin after vilifying him, Trump asked? She supports unilaterally imposing no-fly and safe zones, illegal acts, risking nuclear war if implemented.

What we should do is focus on ISIS,” said Trump. “We should not be focusing on Syria. You’re going to end up in World War Three over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton.”

“You’re not fighting Syria any more. You’re fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right? Russia is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk.”

“Assad is secondary to me, to (defeating) ISIS.” Obama “wants to focus on his golf game” rather than engage diplomatically with world leaders.

Trump blasted how media scoundrels one-sidedly denigrate him. They’re “rigging the polls,” he added. “The people are very angry with the (GOP) leadership…because this is an election that we will win 100% if we had support from the top.”

He thinks he’ll win anyway, a formidable task given what’s shaping up to be a Stalinist election - vote counters, not voters deciding it.

Separately on Monday, Trump launched “Trump Tower Live” on Facebook, calling it “nightly campaign coverage from Trump Tower.”

He denies wanting to start a new media channel, saying he has “no interest in Trump TV.” Campaign advisor Boris Epshteyn said Facebook Live programming “has nothing to do with Trump TV. It has everything to do with making sure our supporters get out to vote.”

On Monday, host Cliff Sims said the program aims to present the campaign’s message so supporters “don’t have to take it from the media filter and all the spin they put on it.”

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Battle for Mosul Not What It Seems

Battle for Mosul Not What It Seems

by Stephen Lendman

The battle for Mosul is more about redeploying thousands of US-supported ISIS fighters to Syria, along with perhaps letting Turkish forces move in to control evacuated areas. 

Erdogan long coveted Mosul. He may think now’s his chance to seize the city and its lucrative oil reserves, claiming it’s a buffer zone against Kurdish fighters, similar to his northern Syria occupation.

According to Syrian parliamentarian Hohammad Kheir Akam, “(t)he US has opened a southern side of Mosul (corridor) to the terrorists to” let thousands of its fighters enter Syria.

US-led coalition warplanes easily spot their convoys. Yet they’re allowed to move freely - America supporting terrorists it claims to oppose.

Iraqi Ansarullah al-Nujaba Movement spokesman Hashem al-Moussavi said “Washington is still continuing its military support for the terrorists in” his country, airdropping them weapons and other supplies.

“Our forces have filmed US aircraft while dropping military aids for” ISIS terrorist fighters, he said. Iraq’s Hassan Abdel Hadi said government forces are concerned about US aerial attacks, impeding their advance to ISIS-controlled areas.

“Unfortunately, there are still some people in Iraq who have been deceived by the US-led coalition, while Washington supports ISIL and is trying to compensate for the damage done” to their fighters by government forces, he explained.

Last Friday, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said US-led coalition warplanes struck a funeral procession. “Dozens of Iraqi civilians died, including women and children,” he explained.

“Russian reconnaissance pinpointed two jets conducting airstrikes on Daquq, located 30 kilometers to the south of Kirkuk, where, according to our data, there are no ISIS fighters,” - a willful war crime.

They’re “almost a daily routine for the (US-led) international coalition. Too often weddings, funerals, hospitals, police stations, and humanitarian convoys are being hit by the coalition warplanes.”

Russian General Sergey Rudskoy said “(w)e are closely monitoring the situation around Mosul. So far we see no substantial progress in liberating this city from…ISIS” since operations began on October 16 - because no effort is made to do it.

Last week, a coalition airstrike targeted a mosque south of Kirkuk, killing over a dozen women and children. A southern Mosul girl’s school was struck. US-led coalition warplanes were operating in the area, clearly responsible for what happened.

On October 25, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported over 60 civilians killed, over 200 others injured on airstrikes on residential areas in Mosul - locations where no ISIS fighters were present.

So far, no fighting inside Mosul was reported. By the time, so-called liberating forces enter the city, ISIS fighters will be gone - redeployed to Syria to combat government troops and civilians.

Moscow letting this happen without resistance so far makes the battle to liberate Syria harder. Is an offensive planned to rectify this blunder, compounded by failing to launch airstrikes against al-Nusra terrorists in eastern Aleppo since October 18?

According to General Rudskoy, Russian Aerospace forces are monitoring the situation in the area of the Syrian-Iraqi border day and night with the help of unmanned aerial vehicles and other reconnaissance means.” 

“Russian planes are on patrol missions in the airspace and are ready to immediately deliver strikes against terrorists.” Aerial operations “in a 10-km zone around Aleppo” remain suspended. “The moratorium…will be extended.”

The longer Russia delays full-scale aerial operations against US-supported terrorists infesting eastern Aleppo, the harder the struggle ahead to liberate the city and all key parts of Syria.

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NYT Claims Middle East Ablaze From Us Imperial Ravaging Needs Its Leadership

NYT Claims Middle East Ablaze From US Imperial Ravaging Needs Its Leadership

by Stephen Lendman

The Times and complicit media scoundrels march in lockstep with US wars of aggression and others planned - acting as imperial agents, not legitimate sources of news, information and analysis.

US new millennium conflicts rage endlessly, nations threatening no one preemptively raped and destroyed - millions dead from wars, related violence, untreated diseases, starvation and overall deprivation.

What the Middle East and all other parts of the world need most is an end to US imperial ruthlessness - humanity’s greatest scourge, things about to worsen with Hillary succeeding Obama.

A rigged process assures it, Trump defeated before polls open on November 8 - more explosive wars than ever virtually certain on her watch, including possible nuclear confrontation with Russia, China and Iran.

As commander-in-chief of America’s military, Hillary risks an agenda of cataclysmic proportions, unlike anything previously seen, potentially putting humanity’s survival up for grabs.

The menace she represents is unprecedented in human history. An uninformed, indifferent public is mindless to what’s potentially coming. Scoundrel media misreporting suppresses reality, supporting what demands exposure and condemnation.

The Times: “Syria, Iraq and Yemen are caught up in war. Turkey and Jordan are inundated by refugees. Russia has reasserted itself as a major player in the region. Libya is searching for stability. The Kurds are on the march. Egypt is fighting off a terrorist threat at home. And Saudi Arabia and Iran are waging a profound struggle for the future of the region.”

Fact: Syria, Iraq and Yemen are victims of US aggression. So are Afghanistan, Libya, and Somalia. 

Fact: Partnered with Israeli wars of discretion and decades of occupation harshness, America is complicit in brutalizing Palestinians, denying their right to self-determination.

Fact: US-led imperial wars created the severest refugee crisis since WW II.

Fact: At the behest of Syria’s legitimate government, Russia intervened in September 2015 to combat the scourge of US created and supported terrorism.

Fact: Kurds deserve self-determination like Palestinians and other persecuted people worldwide.

Fact: Egypt is headed by a US-installed Pinochet-type despot. Saudi Arabia instigates and supports regional violence and turmoil. Iran is an oasis of Middle East peace and stability, seeking mutual cooperation with all nations.

The Times: “(T)he United States is seen as disengaging” from the region under Obama, “beyond fighting the Islamic State…”

Fact: He’s waging multiple wars of aggression, including against Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen - supporting the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, not combating them.

The Times: “(T)he Kremlin is filling a vacuum left by Washington.”

Fact: Russia is combating the terrorist scourge America supports in Syria.

The Times: “The Arab Spring revolutions of 2011 failed to deliver democracy…”

Fact: Made-in-the-USA, they maintained Washington’s regional (in some cases shaky) control - in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Iraq and Libya under new management, creating endless conflicts, turmoil and greater instability at the same time.

Wherever America shows up, mass slaughter, destruction and unspeakable human misery follow - what The Times and other media scoundrels never explain.

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NGOs Supporting America's Imperial Ruthlessness in Syria

NGOs Supporting America’s Imperial Ruthlessness in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

NGOs listed below support US-led imperial ruthlessness to topple Assad and destroy Syrian sovereign independence.

How else to explain their disgraceful joint statement, wanting Russia’s membership on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) ended when its term expires at yearend.

On October 28, General Assembly members will select new members, Hungary and Croatia competing with Russia to represent Eastern Europe.

Washington’s dirty hands likely pressured and/or bribed the NGOs below to oppose renewing Russia’s HRC membership - unjustifiably blaming it for “routinely target(ing) civilians and civilian objects” - high crimes committed by Pentagon warplanes, its “coalition” partners, and terrorist foot soldiers. 

Nations combating Syrian sovereign independence are unfit to serve on any human rights body. Why aren’t the below listed NGOs opposing the HRC membership of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE - rogue states guilty of horrendous human rights abuses at home and abroad, including against millions of Syrians? 

Russia deserves high praise for combating the scourge of US-led terrorism, a lonely struggle with few allies, disgracefully denigrated for doing the right thing.

Accusations NGOs made in their statement are baseless, reprehensible, and malicious Big Lies - showing support for US-led imperial lawlessness, its genocidal rape and destruction of Syria, an endless conflict claiming more lives daily, systematically undermining Russia’s forthright efforts for diplomatic resolution.

The NGOs complicit with US imperial ruthlessness are as follows:

1. Abrar Halap Association for Relief and Development
2. Ahl Horan
3. Al Seeraj for Development and Healthcare
4. Alkawakibi Organization for Human Rights
5. Amrha
6. Antiwar Committee in Solidarity with the Struggle for Self Determination
7. Attaa Association
8. Attaa for Relief and Development (ARD)
9. Balad Syria Organization
10. Basmet Amal Charity
11. Baytna Syria
12. Bihar Relief Organization*
13. Bonyan
14. CARE International
15. Council for Arab-British Understanding
16. Damascene House Foundation for Society Development
17. Darfur Bar Association
18. Deir Elzzor United Association (FURAT)
19. Education Without Borders (MIDAD)
20. Emaar Al Sham Humanitarian Association
21. Emissa for Development
22. Enjaz Development Foundation
23. EuroMed Rights Paris
24. Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights
25. Ghiath Matar Foundation
26. Ghiras Al Nahda
27. Ghiras Foundation for Childcare and Development
28. Ghiras Syria
29. Hand in Hand for Syria
30. Help 4 Syria
31. Hivos People United
32. Human Rights Watch
33. Human Rights First Society
34. Humanitarian Relief Association (IYD)
35. Insan for Psychosocial Support
36. International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
37. International Humanitarian Relief
38. International Supporting Woman Association (ISWA)
39. Irtiqaa Foundation
40. Just Foreign Policy US
41. Karam Foundation
42. Kesh Malek
43. Local Development and Small Projects Support - LDSPS
44. Maram Foundation for Relief & Development
45. Mayday Rescue Foundation
46. Middle East Desk Broederlijk Delen - Pax Christi
47. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights
48. Mountain Foundation
49. Najda Now International
50. Nasaem Khair
51. Orient for Human Relief
52. PAX
53. Qitaf Al Khair Relief Association
54. Refugees International
55. Rethink Rebuild Society
56. Saed Charity Association
57. Save a Soul
58. Sedra Association for Charity
59. Shafak Organization
60. Shama Association
61. Snabel Al Khyr
62. STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
63. Syria Charity
64. Syria Civil Defence - The White Helmets
65. Syria Relief
66. Syria Relief Organization
67. Syrian Education Commission (SEC)
68. Syrian Engineers For Construction and Development Organization (SECD)
69. Syrian Expatriate Medical Association (SEMA)
70. Syrian Institute for Justice
71. Syrian Medical Mission
72. Syrian Network for Human Rights
73. Syrian Orphans Organization
74. Syrians for Truth and Justice - STJ
75. Takaful Al Sham Charity Organization
76. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information*
77. The Syria Campaign
78. The Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)
79. The Syrian Establishment for Human Care & Enhancement (MASRRAT)
80. Trocaire
81. Tuba Dernegi*
82. Unified Revolutionary Medical Bureau in East Gouta
83. Union of Syrians Abroad
84. Vision GRAM International
85. White Hands - Beyazeller
86. Women Now for Development

These groups are more imperial agents than NGOs. Boycott their fundraising requests when asked. 

Syria Civil Defence - The White Helmets (No. 64 above) have been called “Al-Qaeda with a facelift,” complicit with its high crimes, aided from US funding and other disreputable sources.

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Neocon Washington Post for Regime Change in Venezuela

Neocon Washington Post for Regime Change in Venezuela

by Stephen Lendman

Venezuela’s oil-dependent economy suffers greatly from low prices and US economic war - waged to destabilize the country, create enormous hardships, mobilize majority opposition to President Nicholas Maduro’s leadership, and end nearly 18 years of Bolivarian fairness. 

Neocons in Washington want control over Venezuela’s vast oil reserves, the world’s largest. With full US support and encouragement, fascists controlling the National Assembly want Maduro ousted - its latest tactic by recall referendum as constitutionally permitted.

On October 18, Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled valid signatures of 20% of voters in each of the nation’s 24 states must be collected to proceed with a process against Maduro.

“(F)ailure…will render the call for the presidential recall referendum as nullified,” the High Court said in its ruling.

On October 21, Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) suspended the referendum until further notice, following Supreme Court allegations of fraud. Over 30% of signatures collected had irregularities - including listing over 10,000 deceased persons.

A previous article explained how Venezuela’s recall referendum works. Article 72 of Venezuela's Constitution states “(a)ll magistrates and other offices (including the president) filled by popular vote are subject to revocation.” 

“Once half (their) term of office...has elapsed, 20% of (registered) voters (by petition may call for) a referendum to revoke such official’s mandate.” 

“When a number of voters equal to or greater than the number of those who elected the official vote in favor of revocation (provided the total is 20% or more of registered voters), the official’s mandate shall be deemed revoked…”

Signatures collected must be verified for authenticity before proceeding further with the recall process. If achieved, it’ll be organized within 90 days. Removing Maduro requires support from more than the 50.6% of voters supporting his 2013 election.

Timing is important. If held by January 10, 2017, a new election will be called if Maduro loses. If things go against him after this date, Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz will serve as president until January 2019, when his term expires.

In response to CNE’s suspending the recall process, fascists controlling the National Assembly barely stopped short of urging coup d’etat action to remove Maduro forcefully.

Last Sunday, they said they’ll impeach him for “violating democracy.” The body has no legal standing after ignoring the Supreme Court’s October 18 ruling.

United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) leader Hector Rodriguez mocked them, saying parties violating the “rules of the game come and talk about democracy…There will be no recall referendum in 2016 because of” fraudulent signatures collected.

Violent demonstrations may follow, similar to what occurred in 2014 - perhaps another US coup attempt.

On October 24, WaPo editors disgracefully headlined “How to derail Venezuela’s new dictatorship.” What followed was a disgraceful litany of misinformation, exaggeration and Big Lies.

WaPo: Maduro “made clear (he and his government are) prepared to shred what remained of the country’s constitutional order…(They) stripped the opposition-controlled national assembly of its powers, imprisoned several top leaders and tried to slow” the recall process.

Fact: Maduro and Venezuela’s CNE observe the letter of constitutional law. No opposition powers were “stripped.” Their imprisoned officials plotted to remove Maduro by coup d’etat.

Collecting fraudulent signatures “slow(ed)” the recall process, not administration officials.

WaPo: Opposition National Assembly members “issued a declaration saying Mr. Maduro had staged a coup. That is accurate - and it ought to provoke a consequential reaction from the United States and Venezuela’s Latin American neighbors.”

Fact: No Maduro “coup” occurred, nor is one in prospect. WaPo calling for “consequential” action sounds ominously like urging Washington to oust him forcefully.

WaPo: “The recall referendum the opposition was pursuing offered a democratic way out of what has become one of the worst political and humanitarian crises in Latin America’s modern history.”

Fact: US imperial ruthlessness bears much responsibility for hard times in Venezuela. Real problems exist. Hunger isn’t one of them. WaPo lied claiming “(t)he vast majority of low-income families say they are having trouble obtaining food.”

Venezuelans changed their dietary practices because of the scarcity of commonly eaten foods, at times consuming less than earlier. Profiteers hoarding and diverting foodstuffs for resale are responsible, along with high inflation from US economic war.

WaPo: “(T)he United States should be coordinating tough international action.”

Fact: Neocon WaPo editors want Maduro toppled and replaced. Do they mean by coup d’etat by calling for “tough international action?”

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Bill and Hillary Clinton, Inc.: For Sale at the Right Price

Bill and Hillary Clinton, Inc.: For Sale at the Right Price

by Stephen Lendman

After announcing her presidential bid last year, Hillary tried getting Moroccan King Mohammed VI to donate $12 million to the Clinton Foundation in return for a face-to-face meeting and speaking engagement.

Nice work if you can get it. Easy if you’re Bill or Hillary Clinton, money from Morocco’s king one of many examples of their corrupt practices. 

Reporting on email content revealed by WikiLeaks, Fox News Ed Henry, said the following:

“Just hours after Hillary Clinton dodged a question at the final presidential debate about charges of ‘pay to play’ at the Clinton Foundation, a new batch of WikiLeaks emails surfaced with stunning charges that the candidate herself was at the center of negotiating a $12 million commitment from King Mohammed VI of Morocco.”

In an email to Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign manager Robby Mook, close Hillary aide Huma Abedin said “this was HRC’s idea.”

“She created this mess and she knows it” - referring to scheduling a pay-to-play deal one month after launching her presidential bid, certain to raise red flags if revealed. 

Her advisors were concerned. Abedin emailed “(j)ust to give you some context, the condition upon which the Moroccans agreed to host the meeting (of the Clinton Global Initiative) was her participation. If hrc was not part of it, meeting was a non-starter.”

“This was HRC’s idea. Our office approached the Moroccans and they 100 percent believe they are doing this at her request. The King has personally committed approx $12 million both for the endowment and to support the meeting.”

A compromise was reached. Bill and Chelsea participated, representing Hillary. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace pressed Robby Mook for an explanation.

Wallace: “Why wasn’t that classic pay-to-play,” he asked?

Mook: “There’s nothing new here” - only in terms of it being commonplace Bill and Hillary practice.

Wallace: “But, Robby, there is some new stuff. Emails show, and I’m going to go through some of them, you were not happy at all (about) the idea of this meeting and her going there.”

Mook: Calling it a scheduling issue, he claimed “(w)e didn’t want her going overseas…before the campaign was kicking off.”

Journalist Bob Woodward called Clinton Foundation practices “corrupt…a scandal. The mixing of speech fees, the Clinton Foundation, and actions by the State Department which she ran are all intertwined…You can’t just say it’s unsavory.”

It’s the kind of stuff landing ordinary people in prison. Bill and Hillary remain unaccountable for years of illegal practices.

Instead of long overdue prosecution, they’re returning to the White House in January for a third co-presidential term as things now stand - apparently rigged to assure it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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