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Stephen Lendman – Military Buildup on Russia’s Doorstep, US Increasing Troop Strength in Europe, Pentagon and NATO Threaten Russia

November 11, 2015

On November 8, the Wall Street Journal headlined “US Military Officials Aim to Bolster Troop Presence in Europe” – to deter a nonexistent Russian threat. Pentagon commanders “proposed sending more forces into Europe on a rotating basis to build up the American presence and are stepping up training exercises to counter potential Russian interference with troop transfers in the event of a crisis with Moscow,” said the Journal. NATO commander General Philip Breedlove said decisions on greater US troop deployments will be made “in the next couple of months.” Read

Stephen Lendman – US Warplanes Kill Defecting ISIS Field Commanders

November 9, 2015

On Sunday, Fars News said US warplanes killed 27 ISIS field commanders – 26 in a bombing raid on a Raqqa, Syria command center, the sole survivor eliminated separately. According to Fars, they “sought to break allegiance with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the…main (ISIS) ringleader, a move (looked on as) surprising (and) suspicious.” It’s more evidence of ISIS in disarray since Russia’s Syrian air campaign began, as well as Washington unable to do anything about it. Putin’s determination to smash ISIS has been devastatingly effective. The Pentagon has no counter-strategy able to challenge it. Read

Stephen Lendman – Police State Public Education In America

October 28, 2015

America’s founders believed education was insurance against loss of liberty. Jefferson said “(e)very government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render them safe, their minds must be improved…” Public education is vital because it serves the public interest – giving meaning to “we the people.” Father of American education Horace Mann called “(t)he common school…the greatest discovery ever made by man.” He meant public, not privatized, prioritizing profits over teaching. He believed all students should be educated equally and responsibly. Read

Stephen Lendman – Is Jordan Switching Sides? Putin Signs Military Cooperation Agreement with King Abdullah

October 26, 2015

On Friday, Sputnik News, RT International, the Jordan Times and Reuters said Russian and Jordanian officials agreed to establish a “special working mechanism” to share information on counterterrorism operations in Syria. “Under an agreement between His Majesty King Abdullah II and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, the militaries of the two countries have agreed to coordinate their actions, including military aircraft missions over the Syrian territory,” Sergey Lavrov explained. He urged other nations to join their coalition against a common enemy. Read

Stephen Lendman – Netanyahu’s War on Palestine. Premeditated State Terror

October 12, 2015

Netanyahu’s premeditated state terror against defenseless Palestinians continues. Multiple Israeli provocations began things. Palestinians responded in self-defensNetanyahu’s War on Palestine. Premeditated State Terrore as expected and justified. Israel calls it terrorism. The latest incident involved murdering six Gazan youths on Friday, wounding 60 others, 10 in serious condition. Scores of Palestinians protested Israeli West Bank violence by throwing stones across the heavily guarded barbed wire fencing, separating Gaza from Israel. Read More

Stephen Lendman – Stark Differences: Jeremy Corbyn vs. Bernie Sanders

September 17, 2015

Differences between them are stark. Sanders is more opportunist than populist, nearly always supporting Democrat pro-war, pro-Israel, pro-business, anti-human/civil rights policies – voting with party members 98% of the time, more than most Democrats, polar opposite his high-minded rhetoric, hiding his real agenda. In over three decades as a Labour party member, Corbyn opposed its policies over 500 times – according to the Financial Times and London Telegraph. Sanders pledged support for Hillary if she’s nominated. He refuses to attack her pro-war, pro-business, anti-populist agenda – or denounce Obama’s endless wars on humanity. Silence = support. Read

Stephen Lendman – Hillary Clinton: “If I’m President, We Will Attack Iran”

August 24, 2015

First published in July 2015. Of utmost relevance to the ongoing debate on the agreement with Iran pertaining to its nuclear program. On July 3, 2015, presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton addressed a hand-picked audience at a Dartmouth College campaign event. She lied calling Iran an “existential threat to Israel… I hope we are able to get a deal next week that puts a lid on (its) nuclear weapons program.” Even if we do get such a deal, we will still have major problems from Iran. They are the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism. They use proxies like Hezbollah to sow discord and create insurgencies to destabilize governments. They are taking more and more control of a number of nations in the region and they pose an existential threat to Israel. We…have to turn our attention to working with our partners to try to reign in and prevent this continuing Iranian aggressiveness. Read

Stephen Lendman – Global Derivatives: $1.5 Quadrillion Time Bomb

July 28, 2015

When investing becomes gambling, bad endings follow. The next credit crunch could make 2008-09 look mild by comparison. Bank of International Settlements(BIS) data show around $700 trillion in global derivatives.  Along with credit default swaps and other exotic instruments, the total notional derivatives value is about $1.5 quadrillion – about 20% more than in 2008, beyond what anyone can conceive, let alone control if unexpected turmoil strikes. The late Bob Chapman predicted it. So does Paul Craig Roberts. It could “destroy Western civilization,” he believes. Financial deregulation turned Wall Street into a casino with no rules except unrestrained making money. Catastrophic failure awaits. It’s just a matter of time. Ellen Brown calls the “derivatives casino…a last-ditch attempt to prop up a private pyramid scheme” – slowly crumbling under its own weight. For years, Warren Buffett called derivatives “financial time bombs” – for economies and ordinary people. Read

It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – We’re All Greeks Now – 07.22.15

July 24, 2015

It isn’t just the Greeks, or the Cypriots, or the Irish, or the Icelanders suffering the price of financial terrorism – the extractive demands of global central banks on display in Greece are actively draining the marrow of impoverished communities the world over. Ellen speaks with author and expert Stephen Lendman about the financial powers forcibly overruling Greek democracy, and their intentions to do so everywhere. Co-host Walt McRee speaks with an official of one California county government pushing back against convicted bank felons, and later discusses new human evolutionary awareness about our relationship with money with philosopher Robert Bows. And Matt Stannard discusses our myths about “the Great American Entrepreneur” on the Public Banking Report.

Project Censored – 06.16.15

June 16, 2015

Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips present a theme on the Risks of Global War— US State Department Propaganda and the US/NATO agenda: They interview Author/activist Steve Lendman about his book Flashpoints in Ukraine and how the US Drive for Hegemony risks World Wart III . Additionally, they talk with Eric Draitser regarding the how the civil war in Syria is now turning into a much larger regional war. Eric Draitser teaches at Hunter College, and is the founder of
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