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STEPHEN LENDMAN

Mr. Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.
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"NYT Propaganda War on Venezuela"


October 10/30/2019
Stephen Lendman Reports

Since Hugo Chavez established Venezuela’s social democracy in February 1999, the hemisphere’s best, the Clintons, Bush/Cheney, Obama and Trump targeted the country for regime change — notably wanting control over its world’s largest oil reserves.

Establishment media operate as imperial press agents, vilifying independent governments the US targets for regime change.

Throughout Chavez’s tenure and now Nicolas Maduro’s, both leaders democratically elected and reelected, the NYT has been a leading advocate for replacing Bolivarianism with US-controlled puppet rule.

For over 20 years, the self-styled newspaper of record waged all-out propaganda war on the country, suppressing hard truths about its model social democracy, wanting it transformed into a US vassal state, its resources plundered by Big Oil and other corporate predators, its people exploited as serfs.

In October alone, the Times blasted Venezuela with a tirade of bald-faced Big Lies. Praising warmongering extremist John Bolton for going all-out to topple Maduro, the broadsheet falsely called model democrat Maduro a “dictator.”

It slammed him for accepting help from Russia, supporting the country’s sovereignty and international law the US breaches time and again.

The Times raged against the notion of “promot(ing) a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan crisis without foreign interference” — failing to explain it was made in the USA, a flagrant international law violation.

The same goes for waging economic terrorism on the country and its people — because its legitimate government refuses to subordinate its sovereign rights to US interests.

The Times turned truth on its head, falsely accusing Maduro of “the most egregious human rights abuses” — what applies to US war on the country by other means, unmentioned by the self-styled newspaper of record.

It falsely blamed Maduro for “pull(ing) out of talks with the opposition” — undermined by Trump regime hardliners, controlling its puppet/usurper in waiting Guaido, a traitor Venezuelan authorities should have arrested, detained, and prosecuted for betraying his country months ago.

The Times shamefully called for tougher US sanctions, ignoring their illegality. It lied saying “Venezuela poses a real threat to regional peace and security…”

Polar opposite is true — the US and its imperial partners threatening everyone everywhere, a cold hard reality never explained by the Times or other establishment media.

The Times lying machine raged against Venezuela’s election to the UN Human Rights Council — one of few countries warranting membership. None allied with Washington’s killing machine deserve it, clearly not the US, the world’s leading human rights abuser globally.

In cahoots with its corporate donors and Washington, Human Rights Watch is part of the anti-Bolivarian smear campaign.

Turning truth on its head about the country, HRW features bald-faced Big Lies, operating as an imperial tool, opposing principles it falsely claims to support.

The Times quoted the organization’s unacceptable remark following Venezuela’s election to the Human Rights Council, shamefully saying it’s “a slap in the face to the country’s countless victims.”

The above comment is “a slap in the face” to truth and full disclosure HRW long ago abandoned.

The Times falsely accused Maduro’s government of “withholding from the public humanitarian aid from other nations and of manipulating voters in exchange for food and medical care” — bald-faced Big Lies.

In early 2016, Maduro initiated the Local Provision and Production Committees (CLAPs) program.

It distributes subsidized food to around six million Venezuelan families, around two-thirds of the population, part of the nation’s participatory social democracy.

From inception with Obama and now Trump, the US falsely claimed the program is used as a political weapon against opposition interests.

It’s nothing of the sort, all Venezuelans in need able to receive aid regardless of their political affiliations.

The CLAP program is administered by neighborhood committees connected to communal councils, social organizations operating nationwide, including community, environmental and feminist groups, others involved in cultural, education and various other activities.

Their common theme is defending Bolivarian social democracy they want preserved and protected, notably serving the rights and welfare of all Venezuelans as constitutionally mandated.

Neither the Times or other establishment media reported accurately on the program — just the opposite.

In response to Venezuela’s election to the Human Rights Council, Trump’s UN envoy Kelly Craft, wife of billionaire coal-mining tycoon/major GOP donor Joseph Craft, shamed herself like many times before in her post, saying:

“I am personally aggrieved that 105 countries voted in favor of this affront to human life and dignity (sic). It provides ironclad proof that the Human Rights Council is broken (sic).”

Over the weekend, the Times claimed without evidence that Venezuela’s water system has “dangerous levels of bacteria…making diarrhea and vomiting a regular occurrence.”

What’s vital to explain, the self-styled newspaper of record ignores — over 20 years of US efforts to replace the hemisphere’s model democracy with pro-Western fascist tyranny.

The Trump regime escalated what its predecessors began, waging all-out economic terrorism on Venezuela, aiming to crush its economy and suffocate its people — flagrant violations of international law the Times supports and cheerleads.

It falsely blames its ruling authorities for US high crimes against the country — sharing guilt for operating as an imperial press agent hostile to what just societies cherish.

Note: If all nations were governed like Venezuela, world peace would replace endless wars of aggression — social justice triumphing over corporate predation.

Its support for these principles is why the US wants its government toppled — along with wanting to plunder its oil riches and other resources.



"Neoliberal Macri Regime Trounced in Argentinian Elections"

October 10/30/2019
Stephen Lendman Reports

Last August, opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez and running mate/former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner defeated President Mauricio Macri by a 47.22% to 32.36% margin.

It was short of a majority triumph, requiring a electoral runoff. Center-right Roberto Lavagna came in third with 8.39% support.

In Sunday elections, Fernandez/de Kirchner triumphed decisively by 48% to Macri’s 40% support, above the 45% threshold to be able to declare victory in a two-party contest — results with 96% of votes counted as of Monday.

Argentinians rejected Macri’s neoliberal harshness, serving Western and internal monied interests at the expense of the general welfare — transforming the country into an economic basket case since taking office in December 2015.

Unemployment way exceeds the official Q II 10.6% level. Youth unemployment exceeds 25%. Underemployment affects most working Argentinians.

According to Trading Economics, annualized 2019 inflation exceeds 53% through September data, likely to top 55% by yearend.

Macri’s neoliberal harshness escalated after getting $57 billion in IMF financing in June 2018 — the largest amount ever by the notorious loan shark of last resort to any nation, what no responsible leader should have anything to do with.

Its predatory lending practices come with unacceptable strings, demanding privatization of state enterprises, mass layoffs, deregulation, deep social spending cuts, wage freezes or cuts, other corporate friendly policies, marginalizing trade unions, and harsh crackdowns on resisters.

It’s all about letting bankers and other corporate predators strip mine countries of their material wealth and resources, shifting them from public to private hands, crushing democratic values, hollowing out nations into dystopian backwaters, destroying middle class societies, and turning ordinary people able to find work into serfs earning poverty wages.

Reportedly, President-elect Fernandez will discuss restructuring of crushing Argentinian debt with creditors, much of it odious, notably IMF blood money, default a possibility for relief of an unacceptable public burden.

Argentina’s economy is on the brink of collapse. Desperate times call for tough measures to combat them.

Debt relief is essential, the country in deep recession, poverty and unemployment increasing, millions of ordinary people suffering from neoliberal rule dismissive of their rights and welfare.

One observer remarked that “(a)s in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, almost everyone (in the Macri regime, investment community and IMF) had a hand in Argentina’s ongoing economic and financial debacle.”

Economic recovery depends on getting out from under the country’s crushing foreign debt burden.

On Monday, Telesur reported that President-elect Fernandez “arrived at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires…for a meeting with outgoing incumbent Mauricio Macri where the two are expected to discuss the potentially tricky transition of power as financial markets watch closely.”

On December 10, Fernandez assumes office, a potentially major power shift ahead if neoliberal harshness is mitigated or abandoned in favor of governance serving everyone equitably.

Sunday’s electoral results rejected Macri’s rule, calling for positive change, wanting Fernandez to deliver.

At party headquarters, he thanked supporters, saying: “We’re going to be the Argentina that we deserve because it’s not true that we’re condemned to this Argentina,” adding:

“We’re going to enter the world with dignity. The government is back in the hands of the people!”

The jury is out on whether he’ll deliver as promised.



"Holes in Trump’s Statement About Killing Alleged ISIS Leader"

October 10/30/2019
Stephen Lendman Reports

Trump calling Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “the world’s number one terrorist leader” ignored reality.

No individual, group, or other nation matches US state-terrorism, ongoing at home and abroad worldwide.

As US president and commander-in-chief, the buck stops with him, bearing executive authority for what’s happening on his watch.

It’s unclear if Baghdadi is dead or alive. Earlier reports of his death were greatly exaggerated.

Russia’s Defense Ministry believes its aerial operation killed him in May 2017, very possibly the case.

Trump is a notorious liar. Most of what he says lacks credibility. Time and again his remarks proved false.

Was this time different? Was his Sunday announcement true or more disinformation? It’s wise to accept nothing he says at face value.

The “most ruthless and violent terror organization in the world” (ISIS) and likeminded ones Trump ignored in his remarks were made in the USA — supported and controlled by the Pentagon and CIA, their fighters operating as imperial foot soldiers wherever they’re deployed.

Trump provided no evidence proving whether and how “US special forces” killed Baghdadi.

Obama did NOT kill Osama. The body of whoever was killed was disposed of, never presented for proof. The same goes for Baghdadi, — no body with DNA confirmation, no death of the individual claimed.

Throughout US wars on Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, US ruling authorities supported the scourge of ISIS and other terrorist groups they pretend to be combatting.

No evidence suggests Baghdadi “died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming.”

Claiming no children were harmed during the overnight raid is highly unlikely. When Pentagon warplanes terror-bomb cities, towns, villages and other targets, countless numbers of civilians are massacred — tens of thousands in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria alone.

Trump: Baghdadi “ignited his vest, killing himself…(h)is body…mutilated by the blast, but test results gave certain and positive identification.”

Where’s the proof? Where are his remains for independent testing to determine the identity of the individual Trump claimed was killed?

No remains, no independent testing, no DNA confirmation, no proof US special forces killed Baghdadi.

“The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others” was appointed ISIS head by his US handlers.

Trump: “Baghdadi’s demise demonstrates America’s relentless pursuit of terrorist leaders, and our commitment to the enduring and total defeat of ISIS!”

Trump’s claims are polar opposite reality. US support for ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups is indisputable. Claims by DJT and other US officials about combatting terrorism are refuted by cold hard truths.

Trump’s Sunday announcement was a political stunt, a diversionary tactic to shift attention from Dems’ efforts to impeach him, along with aiming to boost his reelection chances.

Russia’s Defense Ministry refuted Trump’s claim about help from Moscow to eliminate Baghdadi, a statement saying:

The ministry “has no reliable information about (involvement of) US servicemen (in) an operation to ‘yet another’ elimination of the former Daesh leader Abu Bark al-Baghdadi in the Turkish-controlled part of the Idlib deescalation zone,” adding:

“No airstrikes performed by US aircraft or aircraft belonging to the so called ‘international coalition’ were detected on Saturday or during the following days.”

Trump’s claim about the “world…now a much safer place” without Baghdadi is refuted by endless US wars of aggression in multiple theaters, along with support for ISIS and other jihadist groups.

As commander-in-chief, Trump is the latest in a long line of US warrior presidents, waging perpetual wars, pretending to support peace he and majority bipartisan hardliners in Washington abhor.

Their actions define where they stand, their rhetoric exercises in deception. Ignore it.

A Final Comment

The remains of an individual the US claimed to be Baghdadi were buried at sea so no independent DNA testing or other identity checks could be conducted.

According to forensic pathologists, positive IDing of human remains can take days or weeks to complete. Trump claimed Baghdadi was killed overnight Saturday — in a remote Syrian location nowhere near a forensic lab.

Yet on Monday, US war secretary Mark Esper claimed DNA testing showed remains tested were Baghdadi’s.

His deceptive claim strongly suggests that whoever was killed most likely was NOT Baghdadi!


"Johnson Seeks UK Snap Election to Break No-Brexit/Brexit Deal Impasse"

Stephen Lendman Reports
Global News Aruba
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UK Prime Minister Johnson’s do-or-die aim to leave the EU by end of October failed, a snap election his fallback option.


He’s hoping to regain a parliamentary majority — lost after expelling 21 Tories in September for opposing his Brexit agenda.


On Thursday, he asked MPs to approve a December 12 general election. According to Britain’s Fixed Term Parliaments Act (FTPA), a two-thirds House of Commons majority is needed for approval.


Since taking office on July 23, he sought new elections three times, defeated earlier, Thursday his latest attempt — opposed by Labor.

Party whip Nick Brown said Labor was united against Johnson’s aim for new elections to try forcing adoption of his no-Brexit/Brexit deal if able to win a ruling majority, adding:

Labor will agree to snap elections once leaving the EU without a deal is off the table, party leader Jeremy Corbyn saying:

“Take no-deal off the table and we absolutely support a general election. I’ve been calling for an election ever since the last one because this country needs one to deal with all the social injustice issues – but no-deal must be taken off the table. The EU will decide whether there is an extension…and then we can decide.”


Shadow cabinet official Jon Trickett tweeted: “Let’s be absolutely clear. Getting rid of this awful Tory government is our top priority. Our troops are ready, the party is fully prepared. Let’s get at them!!”


Pro-Labor Momentum group national coordinator Laura Parker said: Bring it on…(I)n 2017, Momentum’s campaign swung key seats for Labour. This time we’re going to run the biggest people-powered campaign the country has ever seen.”


It’s unclear how many MPs back a snap election without resolution of Brexit or a new referendum.


Current developments followed advancement of Johnson’s no-Brexit/Brexit deal last Tuesday, majority MPs rejecting its timetable, leaving the issue in limbo for further debate and possible revisions.


On October 19 as mandated by law, Johnson sought a Brexit delay from Brussels beyond the current October 31 deadline.

EU officials are considering whether to extend it to January 31, perhaps a shorter or longer period, some extension likely, perhaps announced Friday or early next week.


Unnamed Downing Street sources said if MPs reject a snap election, Johnson will continue campaigning for one, urging public support to try gaining enough parliamentary support.


Separately, Corbyn said Labor isn’t “resisting the chance to have an election. We want an election because we want to take our case to the people of this country but we do not want this country to be in any danger of crashing out of the EU without a deal because of all the damage that will do to jobs, services and trade all over this country.”


New elections are likely ahead once leaving the EU without a deal is ruled out.


A Final Comment

In response to Johnson’s threat to pull the unresolved Brexit deal if Labor rejects a snap election, Brussels may delay offering an extension beyond the October 31 deadline.


Unnamed EU sources said France wants resolution up or down on whether they’ll be a snap election before agreeing to one, the other bloc states ready to grant it to January 31.


Given Brexit impasse with the October 31 deadline fast approaching, EU states will likely extend the deadline no later than early next week.

Note: On Friday, Reuters reported that Brussels agreed in principle to a Brexit delay, announcing to what date delayed until next week.

The views of this news report are from Mr Stephen Lendman Only and not those of Global News Aruba and its associates or the Editor in Chief, read our disclaimer and contact the News Reporter Stephen Lendman.  Contact at [email protected]

Mr. Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MR STEPHEN LENDMAN  CONTACT MR LENDMAN AT : [email protected]


The views of this news report are from Mr Stephen Lendman Only and not those of Global News Aruba and its associates or the Editor in Chief, read our disclaimer and contact the News Reporter Stephen Lendman.  Contact at [email protected] [email protected]

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