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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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" Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Venezuela, and Nicaragua "

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) put a brave face on endless US aggression in Syria.

Saying “(l)ife is returning to normal in most of” the country, she explained that “hotbeds of tension” remain, notably in terrorist infested Idlib province and southern areas bordering Iraq, Jordan and Israel, adding:

US-supported “terrorists continued their aggressive inroads and provocations from the Idlib de-escalation zone.”

“In the last two weeks, the shelling in the provinces of Aleppo and Hama have killed several dozen Syrians, both military and civilians.”

“Special concern is caused by a report on the use of chemical agents by Jihadists in Al-Suqaylabiyah, and the villages of Al-Rasif and Al-Aziziyah in the north of Hama, where over 20 people were taken to hospital with signs of chemical poisoning.”

“For the first time since the beginning of the year, the terrorists shelled the city of Tartus with jet projectiles. In response, government troops, supported by Russian Aerospace Forces, dealt pin-point strikes to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist alliance positions.”

Commenting on the situation in Venezuela, MZ quoted Trump saying he’s open to “all options,” along with Pence’s rejected demand for Russia to “cease all support” for Maduro.

The Trump Administration coup plot flagrantly violates international and US constitutional law. As for Russian military personnel in Venezuela, MZ said they “arrived…in accordance with the provisions of the bilateral agreement on military technical cooperation,” adding:

The Russian side has not violated anything – not international agreements or Russian and Venezuelan law.

“Russia is not tipping the balance in the region. Russia is not threatening anybody unlike certain (Trump Administration officials) whose statements I have just quoted.”

Moscow supports strict adherence to international law in Venezuela and everywhere else – polar opposite how the US operates globally.

MZ denounced “the provocative activities of the impostor (Guaido), the so-called ‘acting president’…undermining the legal foundations of Venezuela’s statehood, (along with US-led) bullying of the legally elected president” Maduro.

“Regarding Washington’s idea of who we ‘must’ support in Venezuela, Russia supports the legitimate authorities. This phrase contains two key words – legitimate and authorities.”

“It is legitimate because only Venezuela’s people have the right to elect their leaders in accordance with the national Constitution.”

Actions by foreign powers aiming to undermine legitimate Venezuelan governance are flagrantly illegal.

“(T)here are no authorities in Venezuela except President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Mr Guaido” is an imposter, a traitor to his country belonging in prison serving hard time for his criminal actions.

“By denying Nicolas Maduro the right and obligations of authority, Washington and its proxies are denying the people of Venezuela ‘here and now’ the right to live in a country which has (legitimate) authorities” – not anyone illegally appointed by a foreign power.

Days earlier, Guaido henchmen, with US support, illegally broke into Venezuela’s New York consulate office and its Washington Defense Attache office.

MZ: “These actions are a flagrant violation of the provisions of Articles 22 and 45 of the Vienna Convention, which refer to commitments to ensure diplomatic mission safety.”

“We see Washington extend the tactics it has widely used in recent years to illegally seize diplomatic property, in particular, Russian diplomatic property, to other sovereign states as well.”

MZ stressed that Russia “continue(s) to provide assistance to (Venezuela’s) legitimate government to stabilize the political situation and overcome the socioeconomic crisis in the country.” Unlike the Trump regime, Moscow fully adheres to the rule of law the US flagrantly violates.

In cahoots with its coup plot in Venezuela, the Netherlands agreed to let the Pentagon use the Caribbean island of Curacao as a base for possible military action against Venezuela, MZ saying:

“…The Hague gave the US carte blanche to use its former colony as a platform for aggressive intervention in Venezuelan affairs under the veneer of humanitarian pretenses.”

Commenting on the situation in Nicaragua, another nation targeted by Trump hardliners for regime change, MZ said Moscow is closely following events in the country, its legitimate Sandinista government endangered by US aims to topple it, adding:

Russia addresses “endless (illegal US) interference” in the internal affairs of other countries because if favors a “pragmatic approach” in diplomatic relations with other countries.

“(I)nternational law is (repeatedly) violated” by the US, targeting one sovereign independent government after another for regime change.

Are there any examples of “Washington’s good actions? There are none. If they existed, then maybe we would have something to talk about” – not in Venezuela, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, elsewhere globally nor in the US, ruled by fascist hardliners exclusively for its privileged class.

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On Thursday, Venezuelan state comptroller Elvis Amoroso barred Guaido from holding public office for 15 years.

It’s the severest punishment for the offense he’s charged with – illegally receiving foreign funds and lying about his personal finances.

Enacted in 2010, Venezuela’s Defense of Political Sovereignty and National Self Determination Law prohibits foreign funding of political organizations and individuals.

The measure was and remains all about preventing foreign interference in Venezuelan affairs of state by financial means.

The penalty to Venezuelan recipients of foreign funding can be up to double the amount received. They and parties or organizations they represent can be barred from political involvement for a designated period.

Political organizations that invite foreign sources to meddle in Venezuela’s political process in a way that “offends state institutions, civil servants or the exercise of sovereignty” face stiff penalties.

Adoption of the law was all about aiming to counter the CIA, anti-democratic National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USAID, and other foreign entities from interfering in Venezuela’s political process.

US law prohibits political parties, office holders, and candidates from receiving foreign funding – to prevent external meddling in America’s (money controlled) political process.

The action against Guaido followed an ongoing investigation of his personal financial disclosures. Irregularities were found. He failed to disclose his funding sources.

Amoroso explained that since his elected to the National Assembly in 2015, he took 91 unauthorized international trips without accounting for around $100,000 in expenses.

He’s also accused of harming Venezuela by improper communications and actions with foreign governments, punishable actions.

Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab opened two criminal investigations into his actions, along with freezing his assets.

Amoroso explained it’s “presume(d) that he falsified data in his (financial) declaration and (illegally) received money from international bodies” – violating Venezuelan law.

“We’re going to continue in the streets,” Guaido roared in response, dismissing the first official blow to his pretended legitimacy, more likely to follow.

Running his own anti-Bolivarian foreign policy from his Senate office and other venues, neocon hardliner Marco Rubio turned truth on its head, tweeting:

“This decision to ‘bar’ @jguaido was made by illegitimate official (sic) appointed by illegitimate alternative legislative body (sic).”

“He & they have no power to do anything but issue statements & jail or kill opponents (sic)” – the latter actions a US specialty, not how Bolivarian Republic officials operate.

A media host inviting me on as a guest called Pompeo and Bolton “a 4-legged monster.” Along with Trump, Abrams, Rubio, and other US neocon extremists, it has many more destructive legs – operating globally at home and abroad.

Separately, Maduro on Wednesday said the following:

“In April, a high-level working session on intergovernmental cooperation between Russia and Venezuela will take place. We will sign over 20 documents on cooperation in economy, trade, culture, energy and education,” adding:

“Our cooperation is mutually beneficial, and our relations will only get better with time.” Maduro thanked Moscow for its mutual cooperation with the Bolivarian Republic, including hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid.

Stephen Lendman

Freelance News Reporter

Global News Aruba

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The Supreme Court upheld Trump’s travel ban against Muslims from the wrong countries by a 5 – 4 majority last June.

At the time, the Court held that the Trump Administration “set forth a sufficient national security justification to survive rational basis review”.

Trump’s Muslim ban is part of the US war on Islam. Denouncing the Supreme Court ruling at the time, ACLU immigration rights project director Omar Jadwat minced no words saying:

“This ruling will go down in history as one of the Supreme Court’s great failures. It repeats the mistakes of the Korematsu decision, upholding Japanese-American imprisonment and swallows wholesale government lawyers’ flimsy national security excuse for the ban instead of taking seriously the president’s own explanation for his action.”

“It is ultimately the people of this country who will determine its character and future. The court failed today, and so the public is needed more than ever.”

“We must make it crystal clear to our elected representatives: If you are not taking actions to rescind and dismantle Trump’s Muslim ban, you are not upholding this country’s most basic principles of freedom and equality.”

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court again ruled against undocumented aliens of the wrong race and ethnicity.

By a 5 – 4 majority in Nielsen v Preap, it ruled that unwanted aliens with criminal records (most often misdemeanors too minor to matter) can be indefinitely detained – even years after being released.

Time and again, countless numbers of individuals in the US are wrongfully charged with offenses never committed. Nearly always they’re disadvantaged people of color and others too poor to afford a proper legal defense.

Justice in America isn’t blind. Privileged individuals are treated one way, less fortunate ones entirely different, along with countless numbers targeted for political reasons – thousands languishing in the nation’s gulag prison system unjustly.

Along with numerous other examples earlier, extremist Supreme Court justices made things worse by its March 19 ruling. They reinterpreted the letter and spirit of the law pertaining to detaining undocumented aliens.

Legislation enacted in 1996 permits detenting them after completing their sentence on charges wrongdoing, true or false.

The intent of the law excluded detaining them years after release. Tuesday’s High Court ruling changed its letter and spirit.

The ACLU represented undocumented aliens in Nielsen v. Preap, slamming the High Court ruling as follows, saying:

Individuals they represented “challenged the federal government’s sweeping interpretation of a 1996 law, arguing it expanded mandatory detention far beyond what Congress intended, resulting in gross violations of due process for thousands of immigrants.”

ACLU deputy legal director Cecillia Wang argued the case. She reacted to the ruling as follows, saying:

“For two terms in a row now, the Supreme Court has endorsed the most extreme interpretation of immigration detention statutes, allowing mass incarceration of people without any hearing, simply because they are defending themselves against a deportation charge. We will continue to fight the gross overuse of detention in the immigration system.”

The Obama Administration grossly mistreated undocumented aliens, based on their race and ethnicity. Trump way exceeded his harshness.

On his watch, hundreds of thousands of unwanted aliens were arrested, harshly detained and deported – his policy unrelated to protecting national security.

It’s all about racial hatred toward unwanted people. 

Refugees, asylum seekers, and others from the wrong countries are unwelcome in Trump’s America. Islamophobia and racial hatred reflect official regime policy.

Trump repeatedly turns truth on its head, calling unwanted aliens of the wrong race and ethnicity “thugs and gang members” – the bipartisan element infesting Washington, not desperate people seeking safe haven in the US to stay alive, to protect their family members.

They’re legitimate refugees and asylum seekers. Ones he referred to are fleeing repressive US-supported in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, three of the world’s most violent nations.

ACLU immigrants’ rights project director Omar Jadwat earlier explained that “Congress very specifically said you can apply for asylum if you arrive in the United States regardless of whether you’re at a port of entry.”

“(A)nyone who reaches the United States” can apply for asylum. It’s the law of the land and international law.

Presidents have no legal authority to flout it, what Trump’s immigration policy is all about – supported by extremist Supremes, using their power against vulnerable people with none able to challenge their harshness.

Their ruling gives Trump regime hardliners license to conduct a reign of terror against unwanted aliens.

For them, the US is less safe than repressive homelands fled from – police injustice awaiting them.

They’ll be hunted down, rounded up, held in detention, kept in isolation, and brutalized by a regime hostile to the rights of ordinary people everywhere.

The US consistently denies justice to its most vulnerable – unwanted aliens of the wrong race and ethnicity defenseless against its viciousness.


Stephen Lendman

Freelance News Reporter

Global News Aruba

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Only its obituary remains to be written. In her heart of hearts, UK Prime Minister Theresa May opposed Brexit – overtly as home secretary, covertly as PM while pretending otherwise.

Majority UK parliamentarians rejected her no-Brexit/Brexit deal twice, agreeing only to extend the March 29 deadline – beyond when negotiating a withdrawal agreement is supposed to end, provided Brussels goes along.

It doesn’t matter either way. Brexit was dead before put to the first parliamentary vote, more easily understood in hindsight than earlier.

May’s request for extending the March 29 deadline for a further three months was rejected by Brussels.

According to one EU diplomat, “May 22 has to be the limit. The reason is that there has got to be a very clear message from the European Council.”

“Yes, to a short extension on condition that the prime minister passes her deal through the Commons. But beyond that it is utterly complicated. It cannot be done without British MEPs having been elected.”

European parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt also rejected the June deadline, saying “(i)t is absolutely not in the interests of the European Union for it to be beyond the date of the (late May) European elections.”

Reality will unfold ahead, leaving virtually no doubt that Brexit is dead, one observer saying it’s “time to read the last rites.” UK parliamentarians killed May’s no-deal/deal only Brexit opponents could love.

“It’s over,” the observer added, entering into history “as the deadest of dead (deals) beyond resuscitation.”

May manipulated things to turn out this way all along, still pretending otherwise, trying to save face she long ago lost, along with her premiership she’ll likely lose ahead, maybe her political future with it.

Her scheme was all about staying in the EU, pretending she wanted out. Instead of supporting the popular will to leave, she manufactured endless delays to assure otherwise.

Her Brexit scheme was structured to exist in name only, largely leaving the status quo in place. On Thursday in Brussels for an EU summit, May discussed an extension with European leaders.

Virtually nothing she says publicly is credible. She lied saying “(w)hat is important is that parliament delivers on the result of the referendum and that we deliver Brexit for the British people (she covertly opposes),” adding:

“I sincerely hope that we can do that with a deal (sic). I’m still working on ensuring that parliament can agree a deal so that we can leave in an orderly way (sic).”

“What matters is that we deliver on the vote of the British people (sic). What matters is that we recognize that Brexit is the decision of the British people (sic).”

“We need to deliver on that (sic). We are nearly three years on from the original vote. It is now the time for parliament to decide.”

MPs “decide(d)” overwhelmingly against May’s no-Brexit/Brexit deal twice. She betrayed majority Brits supporting it by national referendum.

She lied claiming support for what she clearly rejects. She’s a serial liar like Trump. Nothing she says can be believed. Commenting on her no-Brexit/Brexit deal, political analyst Konrad Renkas slammed her, saying:

“British society clearly voted in favor of Brexit,” obligating May to deliver what the public called for. “But the British elite, led by Theresa May” believed the referendum would be defeated, keeping the UK an EU member.

May structured a deal acceptable to Brussels, not majority Brits, so the result would “either (be) Brexit without…consequences, or the UK” would remain in the EU “with most of its membership duties” and privileges, including duty-free trade with other European countries.

May and other UK ruling authorities would like Brexit to disappear. They say: “Good, you voted for Brexit, but you don’t really want it, do you? (W)e will arrange this for you,” said Renkas.

The public circus since June 2016 turned off Brexit supporters. They’re fed up with May’s shenanigans, accomplishing nothing but endless delays.

Is leaving the EU without a deal possible, a so-called hard Brexit? Despite its short-term disruptiveness, mainly because it never happened before, so the consequences are largely unknown – it’s the way Britain should have gone straightaway in my judgment.

The UK isn’t Greece, an easy to shove around small country, powerless against Big Brothers in Berlin and other major EU capitals. Britain is a major European player.

May’s option was Brexit in name only, not the real thing, why nothing was accomplished following the June 2016 referendum – nor will things change ahead to deliver what Brits voted for.

Britain, I believe, will remain an EU member. The only other options are a no-Brexit/Brexit deal or another referendum – likely to be defeated by fed up Brits, if held, wanting the circus to end sine die.

A Final Comment

Overnight in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to push back the March 29 deadline to May 22 – provided UK parliamentarians accept the twice rejected deal or significant movement toward acceptance within two weeks.

If not, May was given an April 12 deadline to leave the bloc, what won’t happen without a deal approved by UK MPs and Brussels.

Following Thursday talks, European Council President Donald Tusk sounded Trump-like, saying “all options will remain open,” adding: If UK/Brussels agreement isn’t reached by April 12, Britain not expressing willingness to take part in late May European Parliament elections, “the option of a long extension will automatically become impossible.”

There you have it. Chances for Britain to leave the EU with no deal are virtually nil – chances for the UK and Brussels to reach an agreement acceptable to the bloc and Britain’s parliament no better.

After nearly three years of achieving nothing, things are virtually back to square one – why I believe Brexit is dead, its obituary alone remaining to be written.

Note: A Wednesday-posted petition in the UK to revoke Article 50, preventing Britain from leaving the EU, was swamped with hundreds of thousands of signatures – pouring in at the rate of about 1,500 per minute.

Does it reflect public anger over May’s delaying tactics achieving nothing, or did she rig things to make it appear most Brits now oppose Brexit, giving her an easy option to remain in the bloc with the appearance of public approval?

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]

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Major Media Response to Release of Witch Hunt Mueller Report

Stephen Lendman

Freelance News Reporter

Global News Aruba


Mueller’s nearly two-year Russiagate witch hunt probe concluded with a whimper, not a bang – reportedly including no new recommended indictments.

Earlier ones were unrelated to his mandate. Probes by him, the House and Senate found no evidence of Russian US election meddling, no illegal or improper Trump team Kremlin connection.

Concluding his investigation ended his involvement in perhaps the most shameful political chapter in US history, McCarthyism on steroids – supported by media scoundrels, long ago abandoning what journalism is supposed to be all about.

Commenting on what they called “the meaning of the Mueller report,” NYT editors turned truth on its head, saying the following:

Trump’s “near-daily campaign to mock and discredit Robert Mueller’s ‘witch hunt’ has now lasted longer than his campaign for the White House,” adding:

“His shameful, conspiratorial attacks on the ‘deep state,’ and on the integrity of those who have devoted their lives to upholding the rule of law, have damaged the institutions of federal law enforcement and may have gotten him in even deeper trouble.”

The Times and other establishment media failed to debunk the House, Senate, and Mueller probes as unscrupulous, illegitimate, politicized Russiagate witch hunts.

Since US intelligence community allegations of Russian US election meddling first surfaced in October 2016, including by the DNI and FBI, not a shred of credible evidence was presented proving them because nothing exists.

At the same time, he’s been right all along, calling the House, Senate, and Muller probes “witch hunts.”

US “institutions of federal law enforcement” were long ago debauched beyond repair, including the Justice Department and Supreme Court – stacked with right-wing extremists, time and again mocking what rule of law justice is all about.

The Times lied saying whatever Mueller concluded in his report, “that doesn’t mean this inquiry has been a witch hunt.”

Fact: It’s perhaps the most egregious one in US history, an indisputable fact – based on Big Lies and deception.

Contacts by Trump and/or his team with Russia weren’t illegal or improper. No evidence suggests they colluded with Moscow against Hillary. Media-supported claims otherwise were and remain bald-faced Big Lies.

Indictments by Mueller were unrelated to his mandate, unconnected to phony allegations of Russia US election meddling.

The Times repeated the Big Lie about Vladimir Putin, saying he has a “knack for knowing just the right time to encourage election interference” – a disgraceful perversion of truth, typical Times rubbish.

The Times: “Whether or not a sitting president can be indicted is a long-running debate among lawyers, but either way, Mr. Trump is sure to be under investigation for the rest of his term in office, and probably in court for the rest of his life.”

The above statement may be the only truthful one in its hatchet-job editorial – anti-journalism, polar opposite journalistic ethics, values, and standards the way they should be.

Neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post editors were right for the wrong reasons, saying “Mueller(’s) inquiry (was) no ordinary investigation.”

Witch hunts never are, what WaPo editors left unexplained. They called for “Mueller’s conclusions and supporting evidence (to) be released.”

The entire report should be publicly released unredacted to clearly reveal the Russiagate witch hunt that never should have been authorized in the first place.

Wall Street Journal editors called for releasing the entire Mueller report “rather than let Congress leak (it) in dribs and drabs,” adding:

“(T)he question from the beginning of this saga more than two long years ago is: Will this Presidency survive?”

Wrong question! The right one was and remains why were House, Senate, and Mueller probes undertaken when not a shred of evidence suggested Russian US election meddling, no collusion to help Trump triumph over Hillary – nothing but Big Lies and deception!

So-called “Trump-Russia collusion” claims were and remain politicized rubbish. Major media supported one of the great ruses of our times, failing to expose it.

The power of propaganda works. Polls show most Americans believe the Big Lie about alleged Russian US election meddling – despite no evidence suggesting it.

On March 20, the Times falsely claimed “(a)s part of a complex effort to sabotage the campaign of Hillary Clinton…Russia’s top military intelligence service hacked the computer networks of Democratic organizations and the private email account of the chairman of the Clinton campaign and released tens of thousands of stolen emails through WikiLeaks to the public.”

Not a shred of evidence supports the above bald-faced Big Lies. No Russian US election meddling occurred, no hacking of Dem computer networks or Hillary campaign emails, none stolen by Russians or anyone else.

Like virtually all other US major media, the Times reported and endlessly repeated Russiagate Big Lies.

Americans are the most over-entertained, uninformed people anywhere. To their shame, a majority believe the Russiagate Big Lies.

They’re easily debunked by following credible alternative media reports online. Anyone connected can know what’s going on with minimal effort.

Many do. Most don’t, why no matter how many times the US public is lied to, they’re easy marks to be duped again.

Trump Administration 
Escalates on Venezuela by Other Means

Stephen Lendman

Freelance News Reporter

Global News Aruba

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Venezuela is in the eye of the storm. Gaining control over its world’s largest oil reserves, its other valued resources, along with eliminating the hemisphere’s leading social democracy has been the US objective since Hugo Chavez’s December 1998 election as president.

Interviewed on Thursday by Breitbart News, neocon hardliner John Bolton repeated earlier Trump regime threats, adding a new one, saying:

DLT “has been clear…when he says all options are on the table…He’s very serious about it,” adding:

“(T)here are between 40 and 50,000 American citizens (in Venezuela), and the government of the United States has no higher duty internationally than to protect its citizens from violence and intimidation. So that’s something that I think everybody needs to keep in mind.”

Fact: No US citizens or anyone else in Venezuela is threatened by government authorities or security forces – threatened only by US-enlisted anti-Bolivarian thugs, imperial proxies involved in the plot to oust Maduro.

Bolton’s remark about protecting US citizens in Venezuela from alleged “violence and intimidation” sounded ominously like a US plan to intervene militarily – on the shelf, yet to be ordered. Though unlikely, it’s very much possible if all other options fail.

Bolton: “What we’d like to do is let the Venezuelan people make their own decisions here (sic), not through a government controlled by Cuba’s surrogate for Russia (sic), not through what we call the debt-diplomacy of China trying to finagle its way in to countries all around the world and get control of Venezuela’s oil reserves (sic).”

“Our goal is to make sure these foreign influences are not controlling Venezuela and adversely affecting the United States and our interests in our own hemisphere,” he roared, adding:

“So we’re talking here about wresting control away from a socialist autocracy (sic) and keeping the Monroe Doctrine alive in the Western Hemisphere to have powers outside the hemisphere not dictating what goes on here (sic). I think it’s a very important thing for the United States and really everyone else in the hemisphere (sic).”

Separately on Friday, the Trump Treasury Department sanctioned Venezuela’s Economic and Social Development Bank (BANDES), along with other Venezuelan banks involved in development projects domestically and abroad. The action followed detention of Guaido henchman Roberto Marrero, accused of involvement in an anti-government “terrorist cell.” In a pre-dawn Friday raid on his residence, assault rifles and grenades were discovered.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said he was “responsible for organizing…criminal groups,” planning attacks on public institutions. In response to new sanctions, a statement by Maduro’s government said by “attack(ing) the heart of the finances of the Venezuelan people,” the Trump regime aims to undermine social programs and productive plans, benefitting everyone in the country, adding: “The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will remain firm in the defense of their independence and political, economic and cultural sovereignty.” Phony Trump regime offers of humanitarian aid are belied by “attacking the sources of generations of Venezuelan resources.” “No desperate supremacist action, contrary to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, will succeed in breaking the will of the Venezuelan people.”

Everything Trump regime hardliners threw at Venezuela for the past two months and earlier failed. Their latest action won’t likely fare better than earlier ones.

Mueller Ends Russiagate Witch Hunt Probe with a Whimper, Not a Bang

Stephen Lendman

Freelance News Reporter

Global News Aruba

( image courtesy of Al Jazeera )


After nearly two years, millions of dollars spent, and finding no evidence connected to the probe’s mandate, special council Mueller delivered his nothingburger report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday. More on this below.

Russiagate has been a colossal hoax from inception, cooked up by Obama’s Russophobic CIA director John Brennan. DNC/John Podesta emails were leaked, not hacked – an indisputable fact.

Months of House, Senate, and special counsel Mueller probes found no evidence of Russian collusion with Trump to help him triumph over Hillary, nothing suggesting illegal or improper Trump team ties to Moscow.

Since initiated, they were and remain perhaps the most shameful political chapter in US history, McCarthyism on steroids – supported by establishment media, furious about Trump’s triumph over Hillary, wanting revenge for the wrong reasons, largely ignoring plenty of right ones.

From inception in May 2017, Mueller’s politicized probe lacked legitimacy. He never should have been appointed special counsel in the first place.

His conflicts of interest alone should have disqualified him. He’s close to pro-Hillary/sacked anti-Trump FBI director Comey.

He sought reappointment as agency head, serving in the post for 10 years under Bush/Cheney and Obama. Reportedly he interviewed for the job the day before being appointed special counsel.

Indictments of Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and others had nothing to do with his mandate, nothing connected to phony allegations of possible Trump team/Russia collusion.

House undemocratic Dems reopened the Russiagate probe – despite House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes saying the following last July:

“After more than a year, the committee has finished its Russia investigation and will now work on completing our report. We’re dealing in facts, and we found no evidence of collusion” – no illegal or improper behavior because there was nothing to find.

House Dems continuing the probe is all about aiming to give party members a political advantage in 2020 presidential, congressional, and state elections. It has nothing to do with the probe’s stated purpose.

In a letter to House and Senate Judiciary Committee chairmen and ranking members, AG Barr said “I am reviewing (Mueller’s) report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”

Trump’s press secretary Sarah Sanders said “(t)he White House has not received or been briefed on the special counsel’s report.”

DLT’s lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow said: “We’re pleased that the…special counsel has delivered its report to the attorney general pursuant to the regulations. Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps.”

Reportedly, Mueller recommended no new indictments, nothing connected to his mandate. Thirty-four individuals indicted had nothing to do with it.

According to a Justice Department official, Mueller’s conclusions will be made public when his report is delivered to Congress.

In a few days, he and his staff will conclude their work sine die. WikiLeaks aims to raise a million dollars to “facilitate the full publication” of Mueller’s report so the public can see it all, ideally unredacted, saying:

“Americans deserve answers. We can’t trust the president or his team’s word when it comes to this story. The public needs to see the Mueller report” – even though it contains no bombshells, nothing related to why the probe was authorized.

Congressional reaction so far was as follows:

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said he intends subpoenaing Mueller to testify before the committee.

Top Senate Intelligence Committee member Mark Warner said “(i)t is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said “(t)he attorney general…intends to provide as much information as possible. As I have said previously, I sincerely hope he will do so as soon as he can, and with as much openness and transparency as possible.”

Dem House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement, saying “(i)t is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress.”

Mueller’s report is confidential. It’s up to AG Barr, Congress, and the courts to decide what information from it will be made public.

ACLU legal director David Cole stressed the following:

“Elected officials work for the people, and we deserve to see government business conducted in daylight,” adding:

“We urge the Department of Justice to release the report swiftly, once it has minimally redacted any information that is properly withheld.”

“Congress should use its subpoena powers to make sure the truth sees the light of day.”

Bottom line: The public deserves the right to know that Russiagate witch hunt probes by Mueller, the House and Senate uncovered no evidence of Russian US election meddling, no legal or improper Trump team/Kremlin connections.

What’s publicly released and reported by establishment media most likely will fall far short of this reality.

Trump will continue to be targeted by Dems and most establishment media for triumphing in an election he was supposed to lose.

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]

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US College Admissions Scandal

by Stephen Lendman

( image courtesy of CNN ) 

In the 1961 Hollywood film Splendor in the Grass, the protagonist’s oil-wealthy father got his academically unqualified son admitted to Yale.

Though unexplained in the film, he likely bought his admission, his influence not enough to prevent his son’s expulsion for failing grades.

Nor did the film explain if the father was a Yale alum, wanting his son given preferential legacy treatment, commonplace in the US.

According to Inside Higher Ed, 42% of private colleges and universities, as well as 6% of public ones consider legacy status a factor in admissions.

At the same time, MIT, Caltech, the University of California, and other US schools say legacy isn’t an admissions practice. At many other schools, it’s somewhat advantageous.

Overall, legacy freshmen have lower GPAs and SAT scores than others admitted. Their academic performance is poorer. Wealthy parents use money and influence to assure admittance of children to preferred higher education destinations.

Harvard is one of many examples of how the system works, 29% of its incoming class of 2021 comprised of legacy students. Applicants of university alums are three times more likely to be admitted than others.

At most of the nation’s elite schools, applicants of alumni have a significant leg up on others. Most often, they’re white with wealthy parents, able and willing to donate substantially to fundraising drives.

Money can’t buy everything, but all too often it’s a way to buy entrance to elite US colleges and universities.

Author Chad Coffman called the system “Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions” in his book by this title.

It discusses the origin and history of legacy preferences, including their impact on alumni fundraising, philosophical issues of the practice, and their civil rights implications.

A personal note: In 1952, I was admitted to the Harvard class of 1956 with no preferential legacy help. To this day, I consider it the luck of the draw.

Though my good grades and extracurricular activities qualified me for admittance, many others turned down were equally or more qualified.

Neither of my parents attended college. I had nothing special going for me – other than growing up in Boston across the river from Harvard in Cambridge.

Proximity helped. Many of my classmates were from greater Boston, Massachusetts, New England, and the northeast overall.

My mother later earned a Harvard degree, attending evening classes for $5 a course. She and I took some of the same courses with the same professors, I during daytime hours.

My freshman tuition was $600, $1,000 my senior year. Anyone could attend evening classes. My mother yearned for the degree she never had, graduating with me in the same class – the total cost of her degree around $175.

To this day, I believe we were the only mother and son to be members of the same Harvard graduating class – a routine achievement for me, an extraordinary one for her with everything on her plate at the time, a master juggler giving proper attention to all her obligations.

On March 12, federal prosecutors disclosed indictments and complaints against 50 individuals. They followed an investigation into alleged bribery and mail fraud by wealthy parents to secure admission for their children to at least eight universities.

The most extensive case of its kind indicted prominent individuals – allegedly paying universities over $25 million between 2011 and 2018 – the investigation nicknamed Operation Varsity Blues, taken from the 1999 Hollywood film of the same name.

Allegations include bribing college entrance exam administrators to facilitate cheating on exams.

Other charges include bribing varsity coaches to choose unqualified applicants, aiding their admission to schools, and using charitable organizations to conceal to the source and nature of money laundered bribes.

FBI special agent Joseph Bonavolonta called the scheme as “a sham that strikes at the core of the college admissions process.”

Preferential treatment given legacy applicants, along with the power of money in the US made the scheme possible – what level playing field admissions practices could have prevented.

Affirmative action isn’t the same thing – US colleges and universities giving special consideration to racial minorities, women, and other discriminated against groups to counter generations of unfair practices.

The landmark 1954 Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education held that “separate educational facilities (are) inherently unequal” and unconstitutional.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibited discrimination against students and college applicants on the basis of race or gender.

In Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), the Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan’s Law School affirmative action admissions policy.

In Fisher v. University of Texas (2016), the High Court preserved the constitutionality of race-based admissions.

Writing for the majority, conservative Justice Kennedy highlighted the importance of “student body diversity,” calling it “central to its identity and educational mission.”

Yet in July 2018, the Trump regime ordered the practice abandoned, falsely calling it “beyond the requirements of the Constitution.”

The US Commission on Civil Rights accused Trump’s Justice Department and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with “repeated refusal” to enforce federal civil rights, calling their actions “particularly troubling.”

Regardless of US constitutional and statute laws, preferential treatment is the American way.

In dozens of elite US colleges and universities, more students from the top 1% of families by income comprise their student bodies than all others from households earning $65,000 or less annually, according to an Opportunity Insights report.

Money may not buy happiness, but it can buy admittance to top US colleges and universities, even for unqualified students.

Massacre in New Zealand

by Stephen Lendman 

It’s too soon to know if Friday’s mass shootings at Christchurch, New Zealand’s Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center were terrorist attacks, or something else – the country an unlikely location for either type incident.

It experienced few similar ones throughout its modern history. In 1985, Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior vessel was sunk by French intelligence.

Friday’s incident was the deadliest in New Zealand since the 1943 Featherston prisoner of war camp riot, resulting in 49 deaths.

It was the first mass shooting in the country since the 1997 Raurimu massacre. A gunman killed six, wounding four others with a sawed-off 12-gauge single-barreled shotgun – found not guilty by reason of insanity at trial.

A recent US mass shooting happened in Aurora, Illinois last month, a gunman killing six, injuring a dozen others. Reportedly he was a former worker at a plant where the incident took place.

A separate early March Chicago mass shooting in a privately owned bar killed six individuals, wounding others. Gunfire reportedly followed a fight.

 The most recent major mass shooting in the US occurred last October in Pittsburgh – killing 11, wounding six others inside the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood Tree of Life synagogue.

The Christchurch, NZ toll included at least 49 killed, around 50 others injured – both mosques four miles from each other, indicating multiple gunmen involved.

A white male/Australian national suspect was arrested and charged with murder, identified as 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant, three others taken into custody, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush, saying:

“We have had no other threats since we responded to this incident. No agency had any information (about what appears to have been a) well-planned event,” adding:

“We never assume that there aren’t other people involved. At this point, we are not looking for any other persons.”

According to police, two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were found attached to a vehicle, now defused.

During Friday prayers, police responded to reports of live fire in the city’s center. Residents were advised to stay off streets until resolution of what went on.

Police tweets said: Officers “respond(ed) to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch at around 1:40pm.”

“In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch, all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown. Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behavior immediately to 111.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said alleged perpetrators held “extremist views,” adding:

“This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. Many of those affected may be migrants, maybe refugees…They are us…The perpetrator is not.”

Authorities called what happened a terrorist incident, perhaps so, perhaps something else.

The shootings were reminiscent of what happened on February 25, 1994. Kananist Baruch Goldstein, a Brooklyn born physician turned racist killer, massacred 29 Palestinian worshippers, wounding scores more at the Cave of the Patriarchs, serving as a mosque.

He died violently during the incident, overwhelmed and beaten to death by survivors. According to political scientist Ian Lustick, “(b)y mowing down Arabs he believed wanted to kill Jews, Goldstein was re-enacting part of the Purim story.”

Reportedly, the New Zealand gunman charged with murder published a 74-page manifesto, praising Trump and convicted Norwegian white supremacist Anders Breivik.

He live-streamed the attack on Facebook with a bodycam, ghoulishly showing his handiwork.

An AFP digital investigation determined that the video was genuine, including matching screenshots of the mosque he attacked.

Video footage showed him parking his car next to the mosque, exiting with a rifle, picking up a second one, entering the compound, firing repeatedly at worshipers inside.

The shooter’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts were taken down, a Facebook statement saying:

“Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooters Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video.”

New Zealand’s Interior Ministry spokesman said the video may be classified as objectionable content, illegal to share, calling it “disturbing and…harmful for people to see.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the shooter’s manifesto a “work of hate.” It praised Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

It objected to New Zealand’s immigration policies, multiculturalism, and what it called “decaying” white, European, Western culture.

One report said shootings occurred at three locations. Police Commissioner Bush named the above two mosques, saying “(w)e are unsure if there are any other locations outside of…areas that are under threat.”

A tweet added that police are working “at a number of scenes.” According to New Zealand and Australian police, the shooter charged with murder was not on a terrorist watch list. Authorities had no reason to believe he was dangerous.

The Friday incident is an ongoing story, more information likely to be known ahead.

Upping the Stakes in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

( image courtesy of The Atlantic ) 

Over 17 years of war began. There’s virtually no prospect for ending it any time soon, the enormous human toll of no consequence to the US war party – regardless of its congressional posturing.

Joint House/Senate Resolution 7 “to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress” was too little, too late, a meaningless action.

On Wednesday, Senate members passed the measure by a 54 – 46 majority, invoking the 1973 War Powers Resolution. It requires a congressional declaration of war, or a national emergency created by an attack on the US, its territories, possessions, or armed forces, for the executive to deploy troops to engage in foreign hostilities.

It requires the president to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing forces to military action. It prohibits them from remaining over 60 days, a further 30-day withdrawal period allowed – without congressional authorization for use of military force (AUMF) or a declaration of war by Congress.

In December, a similar Senate measure passed by a 56 – 41 margin. Then-Speaker Paul Ryan killed it by not calling for a House vote.

In mid-February, House members invoked the War Powers Resolution, challenging the Trump regime’s involvement in Yemen.

They’ll vote again on the Senate resolution, virtually certain to pass, followed by reconciling any differences between both measures – Trump certain to veto what comes to his desk, likely to hold.

A two-thirds House and Senate majority is required to override presidential vetoes. Support for the measure is well short of this strength so far.

On Friday, Pompeo lied saying: “We all want (the Yemen) conflict to end (sic). We all want to improve the dire humanitarian situation (sic). But the Trump (regime) fundamentally disagrees that curbing our assistance to the Saudi-led coalition (sic) is the way to achieve these goals.”

If Senate members “truly care about Yemeni lives, (they’d) support the Saudi-led effort (sic) to prevent Yemen from turning into (an Islamic Republic) puppet state (sic),” adding:

“If you truly care about Arab lives in the region, you’d support allied efforts to prevent Iran from extending its authoritarian rule from Tehran to the Mediterranean Sea and on down to Yemen (sic).”

“And if we truly care about American lives and livelihoods, and the lives and livelihoods of people all around the world, you’d understand that Iran and its proxies cannot be allowed to control the shipping lanes that abut Yemen (sic).”

Congress has appropriation power. The way to end war in Yemen and elsewhere is by cutting off funding, an action with scant support by Republicans and undemocratic Dems – showing their true position on war and peace, supporting the former, rejecting the latter.

In response to Senate adoption of SJ 7, a White House statement said the Trump regime “strongly opposes (its) passage. (DLT’s) senior advisors (will) recommend he veto the joint resolution.”

Last year, a White House statement said a congressional vote to end US involvement in Yemen “would harm bilateral relationships in the region and negatively impact the ability of the United States to prevent the spread of violent extremist organizations.”

Yemen’s strategic location makes it important to the US – near the Horn of Africa on Saudi Arabia’s southern border, the Red Sea, its Bab el-Mandeb strait (a key chokepoint separating Yemen from Eritrea through which millions barrels of oil pass daily), and the Gulf of Aden connection to the Indian Ocean.

It’s why war to gain and maintain control of the country rages endlessly.

Separately, Yemeni Houthis said they have advanced ballistic missiles and drones able to strike strategic Saudi/UAE targets in response to a “major attack” on the port city of Hodeidah, the entry point for amounts of humanitarian aid able to enter the country.

On Saturday, Houthi spokesman General Yahya Sari said the following:

“The missiles force achieved major success leading to the production of ballistic missiles 100% locally…New generations of attack UAVs were produced and manufactured.”

“We have aerial photographs and coordinates of dozens of headquarters, facilities and military bases of the enemy.”

“The legitimate targets of our forces extend to the capital of Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) and to the emirate of Abu Dhabi” UAE.

Sari added the following about war since March 2015, saying hostile airstrikes included use of hundreds of thousands of missiles, bombs, and artillery shells, as well as around 6,000 banned cluster bombs. They’re terror weapons.

He said thousands of what he called light bombs, sound bombs, and fragmentation bombs were used against Yemeni targets, as well as thousands of rockets fired by naval vessels.

He further said Israel is involved in war on the country, along with other US allies and thousands of foreign mercenaries, ISIS and al-Qaeda jihadists among them.

Yemen's war, he stressed, adding brutal US/Saudi aggression massacred countless thousands and destroyed vital infrastructure, including schools, food storage facilities, residential areas, and hospitals, wrecking Yemen’s healthcare system.

Millions of Yemenis are threatened by endless violence, lack of treatment for illnesses and injuries, starvation, and possible widespread famine.

US orchestrated aggression destroyed the country – genocide a strategy of war, an entire population at risk.

The world’s severest humanitarian crisis worsens daily with scant Western media attention. The rape of Yemen continues with no end of conflict in prospect.

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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by Stephen Lendman
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Last month, John Bolton warned world community nations about dealing with the Bolivarian Republic, saying:
“Nations and firms that support Maduro’s theft of Venezuelan resources (sic) will not be forgotten. The United States will continue to use all of its powers to preserve the Venezuelan people’s assets (sic), and we encourage (sic) all nations to work together to do the same.”

During a Security Council session on Venezuela, Mike Pompeo issued an ultimatum to the world community, saying:

“The time is now to support the Venezuelan people (sic), to recognize the new democratic government (sic) led by interim (usurper) president Guaido (sic), and end this nightmare. No excuses,” adding:

“And now it’s time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom (sic) or you’re in league with Maduro and his mayhem (sic).”

“Do not test the United States on our resolve to” assert that what we say goes. US pressure and bullying tactics are well known.

China and India remain its main crude and refined oil buyers. Beijing is weighing its options, continuing its oil purchases from Venezuela, maintaining ties to Maduro, wanting its multi-billion dollar investments and unpaid debt in the country protected no matter what the future holds.

In late January, the Trump Administration imposed sanctions on Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, seizing $7 billion of its assets.

Revenues from the state-owned US subsidiary CITGO are now illegally held in a blocked account, unavailable to Maduro’s government and the Venezuelan people.

The Bolivarian Republic relies on oil exports for the vast majority of its revenues. Barrels sold to foreign buyers are around one-third their 2016 volume.

The Trump Administration also blocked naphtha exports to Venezuela, used to dilute its heavy oil, hampering its export volume if unavailable. Russia vowed to ship vitally needed naphtha to the Bolivarian Republic, defying the Trump regime.

Elliott Abrams pressed India to stop buying Venezuelan oil. In response, Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said New Delhi intends maintaining normal relations with the Bolivarian Republic, including continued purchases of its oil.

In mid-February, Venezuela’s Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo said his government seeks to “double” its crude oil exports to India while increasing imports of its refined products.

Last week, the Trump Administration announced it’s ending its preferential tax-free trade agreement with India, Trump saying in a letter to Congress the following:
“I am providing notice of my intent to terminate the designation of India as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program,” adding:
“I am taking this step because, after intensive engagement between the United States and the Government of India, I have determined that India has not assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India.”

His order is largely about pressuring New Delhi to sever ties with Maduro, other issues secondary. In the first two weeks of February, India increased oil imports from Venezuela by about 66% despite Bolton warning that nations maintaining normal relations with country “will not be forgotten.”

India also contracted to buy Russian S-400 air defense missiles, defying President Trump's Administration pressure not to, risking possible sanctions.

The Modi government is a key buyer of Iranian oil, increasingly bypassing the dollar in foreign trade transactions. Russian S-400s will be paid for in rubles, Iranian oil purchases in rupees.

According to Indian political analyst Sreeram Chaulia, New Delhi “want(s) our American partners to understand that we have our own interests and our own will, and we are not like some banana republic that can be pushed around.”

“I think Prime Minister Modi and our government (will) put India first. If China is buying from Venezuela, if South Korea and Japan are buying from Venezuela, why can’t we?”

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia intends defending its interests in Venezuela, using “all available” mechanisms “within the framework of existing international law.”

According to Kremlin envoy to Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky, Russia intends protecting its investments in Venezuela “in the toughest (legal) way” possible if they’re threatened.

It’s countering “unprecedented US pressure on Europe” to block completion of Moscow’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, wanting Russia squeezed out of the EU gas market in favor of more expensive US liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Moscow intends strengthening relations with the Bolivarian Republic, he added. Sergey Lavrov said Russia supports “measures taken by Nicolas Maduro’s government to prevent further destabilization.”

He “condemned the threats the US has made toward the country’s lawful leadership, which is an overt interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state and a severe violation of the international law.”

Separately, US-designated Guaido said he “called called for an extraordinary session in the National Assembly (Monday), where (he’ll) request, in (his) capacity as president (sic), to decree a state of national emergency…”

In 2016, Venezuela’s Supreme Court the ruled all National Assembly actions “null and void” for illegally seating three lawmakers suspected of being fraudulently elected.

Guaido’s call for declaring a national emergency will be ignored whatever the opposition-controlled National Assembly does.

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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For resisting the Trump's Administration attempt to incriminate her through grand jury testimony, invoking her constitutional rights, refusing to respond to unjust questioning, Manning was remanded into federal custody.

She knew the risk, taking it in defense of her fundamental rights the Trump and Obama regimes already violated – along with most everyone else’s in pursuing their agenda.

On Thursday, Manning tweeted the following: “tomorrow i’m facing a sealed contempt hearing for refusing to testify at a secret grand jury over my 2010 disclosures” adding she’s prepared to handle the expected affront to her dignity and rights.

Once again, she’s a political prisoner. Eastern District of Virginia court Judge Claude Hilton ordered her detained unless she agrees to testify, or until the grand jury she was subpoenaed to appear before concludes its work.

That’s one of countless examples of how judicial unfairness in America works under national security state rules. Manning stressed she and her legal team “will exhaust every legal remedy available” in her defense.

She intends standing by her principles, fighting for her fundamental rights – earlier denied her when tortured in detention awaiting kangaroo military court injustice.

Nearly seven years in prison followed for exposing US high crimes of war and against humanity in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Last May, she said “10 years ago, I was working in military intelligence and I could feel the power, and could see how technology is implemented,” adding:

“Everything’s gotten worse, especially in the United States…a dramatic change in policing style and aggressive surveillance.”

Algorithms are used “to catch and kill” people. “Everything we do every day has a political impact. (People are) not helpless. (They) have power” if willing to use it.

Attorney representing Manning Moira Meltzer-Cohen said it’s “an act of tremendous cruelty” to jail her for courageously defending her constitutional rights.

As a transgender public figure, her health and safety are greatly endangered behind bars. WikiLeaks issued a statement, saying jailing her is “a dark day for journalism.”


by Stephen Lendman


(Image courtesy of Press TV)

On Thursday at around 5:00 PM during the rush hour for maximum effect, a cyberattack on Venezuela’s electrical grid plunged most of nation into darkness.

Venezuelan authorities and the National Electric Power Corporation said the nation’s Guri dam hydroelectric power plant was cyberattacked, part of US “electric war against the state.”

Power is gradually being restored to affected areas. By Friday evening, things were normalized in Caracas’ central Altagracia district, southeastern Colinas De Santa Monica area, northern La Florida district and western Caricuao and Catia areas.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza sharply criticized Trump officials for “celebrating” the outage, saying:

“While the Venezuelan society has calmly accepted the circumstances that resulted from the sabotage in the country’s electric power industry, and the employees of Corpoelec (national electricity supplier) are…working (to restore power nationwide), those close to Donald Trump have been celebrating, enjoying the reckless distortion (of facts) despite what Venezuelans are going through.”

Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez accused the Trump regime for what happened, saying:

“They carried out a cyberattack on the automatic control system. Everything shows that it is a multiformat and violent attack against whole Venezuela.”

The Guri hydroelectric power plant provides around 70% of Venezuela’s electrical power. On Friday, Defense Minister Padrino Lopez said Venezuela’s military will protect the nation’s power grids, adding:

“Security authorities, emergency services, and the whole defense system have been deployed to protect the population across the country.”


by Stephen Lendman

Freelance Journalism

Global News Aruba

( image courtesy of Geopolitica )

The Trump administration and Beijing seem headed toward striking some form of accommodation on major economic, financial, and trade differences – at best a short-term fix.

Structural issues are at the heart of them, not the large trade imbalance between both countries favoring China with a record $323 billion surplus in 2018.

Offshoring US manufacturing and other jobs to China and other low-wage countries bear responsibility, corporate America to blame, not other nations.

Business practices are all about benefitting investors, not national economies, consumers, the environment or general welfare.

In discussing US jobs-destroying NAFTA, Global Trade Watch director Lori Wallach explained one of countless examples, saying “Goodyear opened up a new tire manufacturing plant in San Luis Potosi in Mexico.”

“They’re paying their workers there a $1.58 an hour. They are making the exact same tires that workers in Kansas City in the US at a Goodyear plant are being paid $26 an hour for.”

If wages in a country are raised, jobs may be lost to lower-wage nations. Multiply Wallach’s example over a thousand-fold. It adds up to millions of US jobs lost in recent decades, mostly post-January 1991 NAFTA.

Major Sino/US differences are irreconcilable. They’re all about China’s growing political, economic, financial, and military clout – the trade deficit between both countries largely a distraction.

Washington seeks global dominance, tolerating no challengers to its aim for dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations.

Obama’s Asia pivot, continued by Trump, is all about reasserting America’s regional presence, advancing its military footprint in a part of the world not its own.

It’s about marginalizing, weakening, containing, and isolating Russia and China, risking confrontation with both countries.

It’s about trying to undermine Beijing’s Made in China 2025 (MIC2025) strategy, the terminology omitted in Premier Li Keqiang’s Tuesday address to the National People’s Congress, instead saying Beijing intends “work(ing) faster to make China strong in manufacturing” – notably its technologically advanced sectors.

China aims to advance 10 economic sectors to world-class status, including information technology, high-end machinery and robotics, aerospace, marine equipment and ships, advanced rail transport, new-energy vehicles, electric power, agricultural machinery, new materials and biomedical products.

As part of reaching accommodation with the Trump regime, the MIC2025 phrase perhaps is gone, Beijing’s blueprint for advancing economically, industrially, and technologically unchanged, Li saying:

“We will strengthen the supporting capacity of quality infrastructure…and improve the quality of products and services to encourage more domestic and foreign users to choose Chinese goods and services.”

Whatever accommodation is reached with the US, China’s aim to become an economic, industrial, and high-tech powerhouse remains unchanged.

Trump administration criticism of Chinese support for its industries, including subsidies aiding their development, ignores the longstanding history of US government handouts – from the beginning of the republic to now.

Historian Howard Zinn earlier explained the following, saying:

“Let’s face a historical truth. We have never had a ‘free market.’ We have always had government intervention in the economy, and indeed that intervention has been welcomed by the captains of finance and industry.”

“These titans of wealth (earlier and now) hypocritically warned against ‘big government,’ but only when (it) threatened to regulate their activities, or when it contemplated passing some of the nation’s wealth on to the neediest people.”

“They had no quarrel with ‘big government’ when it served their needs, (and it) started way back” in 1787 when the Constitution was drafted – the origin of US government handouts to business.

“In the first sessions of the first Congress,” markets were manipulated with tariffs “to subsidize manufacturers.” Government partnered with private banks to establish a national one.

These practices were commonplace from earlier through today. Only the amounts get bigger. The more concentrated business gets, the greater its appetite and more power it wants served by Washington.

Countless examples explain how so-called US-style free-market capitalism works. The nation’s interstate highway system was built at the behest of the auto industry.

WW I was the pretext for subsidizing US shipbuilding. The nation’s railroad infrastructure and aviation industry were government subsidized.

The Panama canal aided east and west coast US shippers. The Department of Commerce is all about what Calvin Coolidge called serving “the business of America.”

The same goes for departments of the Treasury, Defense, Energy, Interior, Agriculture, Transportation, Health and Human Services, and others – established to serve monied interests, not the general welfare, along with business friendly legislation.

The 1913 Federal Reserve Act was the mother of all federal handouts to business, giving Wall Street control over the nation’s money, the supreme power ability to print and control money, credit and debt.

The federal income tax was enacted the same year to service the federal debt owed to bankers. Government handouts to business reflect the American way – socializing costs and privatizing profits, today more than ever.

Trillions of federal dollars go for subsidies, other direct grants, tax breaks, reductions, deductions, exclusions, write-offs, exemptions, credits, loopholes, accelerated depreciation, shelters, and rebates even for profitable companies.

The bigger and more powerful they are, the more they get – besides letting corporations headquarter operations abroad, at times to tax havens, minimizing or avoiding federal taxes.

Lucrative government contracts are awarded to corporate favorites, including cost-plus and no-bid ones – with built-in incentives to game the system for maximum profits.

Government-funded R & D for Big Pharma and other industries is longstanding US practice. Direct payments to business occur in other ways, including from cabinet departments.

Whatever Beijing does to benefit home-grown businesses, the US does much more of. China should be criticizing US subsidizing practices, not the other way around.

Beijing reportedly intends increasing its science and technology development budget by 13.4% this year.

Instead of MIC2025 terminology, the phrase “smart plus” perhaps will define China’s aim to advance economically, industrially and technologically going forward.

The language may change, not the nation’s longterm aim. How that affects Sino/US trade differences ahead remains to be seen.


by Stephen Lendman

Freelance Journalism

Global News Aruba

( image courtesy of Geopolitica )

Trump administration hardliners appear desperate. Their expected rollover plot to topple Maduro, aiming to gain another imperial trophy, hasn’t gone as planned.

So they’re scrambling to come up with new tactics. A Contra-type war is likely, using armed anti-government mercenaries enlisted internally, from Colombia, and perhaps other regional countries – assuring far greater bloodshed and chaos than so far if they wage proxy war this way.

Illegal sanctions war is a longstanding tactic used by Republicans and undemocratic Dems against governments unwilling to subordinate their sovereign independence and rights to US interests.

Imposed as a strategy to weaken and topple ruling authorities, they fail virtually every time tried – notably against Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Russia, and Venezuela.

Plan B virtually nearly always involves direct or proxy hot war, or a combination of both, what’s likely planned in Venezuela – along with more sanctions, including against governments unwilling to back US-designated puppet/usurper in waiting Guaido, a figure with no legitimacy, a traitor belonging in prison, perhaps the fate awaiting him.

During a Tuesday press briefing on Venezuela by Trump's point man for toppling Maduro/convicted felon/unindicted war criminal Elliott Abrams, he warned about imposing sanctions on nations unwilling to recognize Guaido as self-appointed interim president, saying:

“We haven’t done that yet, secondary sanctions. It’s clearly a possibility. It would depend on (Maduro’s) conduct over time,” adding the Trump regime will continue taking “appropriate actions” against the Bolivarian Republic.

During Tuesday’s State Department briefing, AP reporter Matt Lee challenged deputy spokesman Robert Palladino on Venezuela as follows:

Lee: Are “you running out of options” on Venezuela…”(I)s there a concern that (your strategy is) reaching a static point or there’s a loss of momentum for the opposition or the Guaido presidency?”

Palladino: “We’re optimistic. I think we’re up to…54 countries have now recognized Juan Guaido as interim president.”

Lee: “(T)hat’s only about a quarter of countries in the world…”

Unable to dispute reality, Palladino stressed Trump's administration support from most EU, Latin and Central American countries – operating like US colonies, obeying orders from Washington.

Three-fourths of world community nations, including Russia, China, India, South Africa, Mexico, the African Union and UN, have been unwilling to recognize imposter Guaido.

Regarding Palladino’s objection to most world community nations and media calling Maduro Venezuela’s president, Lee asked:

“Let me get this straight. You’re complaining because news outlets are calling him by a title that you don’t think that he should have?

Palladino: “Not a complaint. Pointing out. Just trying to correct.”

Lee: “Well, it sounds like a complaint to me, and that seems pretty weak-sauce. I don’t understand what your problem is,” adding:

“(Y)ou consider (Guaido) to be the interim president, and as you say, 50 other countries…recognize him as the interim president. But there are more than 190 members of the United Nations. So your 50 countries is not even close to half of that.”

Palladino turned truth on its head, falsely claiming the Trump administration is “supporting the constitution of Venezuela and the people of Venezuela” – an obvious bald-faced Big Lie.

Lee: “And you think…calling (Guaido) the legitimate leader, the president, is going to encourage more countries to recognize him?”

Palladino ducked the question, saying the Trump administration doesn’t “feed into (Maduro’s) rhetoric…”

There’s no ambiguity about what’s going on in Venezuela. The whole world knows that Trump's hardliners aim to illegally topple Maduro, wanting him replaced with illegitimate US-controlled puppet rule, eliminating Venezuela’s social democracy, transforming the country into a US vassal state.

Plan A failed. It remains to be seen what Trump's hardliners intend next. If past is prelude, escalated war by other means and greater violence are likely coming.

A Final Comment

Task Force the Americas is an anti-imperial human rights group – “in solidarity with the social justice movements of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Activist/conservationist Roger Harris is one of its board members. In an article on Venezuela, he explained that the nation “went from being among one of the most economically unequal nations in Latin America to being among the most equal through the exercise of state power for the populace” – a model for other states to emulate. Chavismo lives. Maduro carries his torch, championing social democracy, defending human and civil rights for all Venezuelans, polar opposite the scourge of US imperial dominance, threatening everyone everywhere.

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Trump Extends Sino/US Trade Talks Deadline

by Stephen Lendman
Freelance Journalism
Global News Aruba USA News


Last December, Trump set a March 1 deadline to resolve bilateral differences discussed in multiple rounds of talks.

Short of an agreement, he threatened to increase US duties from 10 – 25% on $250 billion worth of Chinese products, along with levying tariffs on an additional $267 billion of its goods.

On Sunday, he tweeted the following: “I am pleased to report that the US has made substantial progress in our trade talks with China on important structural issues including intellectual property protection, technology transfer, agriculture, services, currency, and many other issues.”

“As a result of these very productive talks, I will be delaying the US increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1. Assuming both sides make additional progress, we will be planning a summit for President Xi and myself, at Mar-a-Lago, to conclude an agreement.”

As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. It’s also what follows whatever Beijing and Washington agree on, along with how major unresolved issues will be dealt with.

Key going forward isn’t the US trade deficit with China. Washington aims to marginalize, weaken, contain, and isolate the country politically, economically and militarily.

It’s concerned about its growing world clout, wanting no challengers to its aim for dominance over all other countries.

Beijing is well on its way to becoming an economic, industrial, and technological powerhouse – what Washington wants to prevent, aiming to undermine its “Made in China 2025” strategy.

It’s all about advancing 10 economic sectors to world-class status, including information technology, high-end machinery and robotics, aerospace, marine equipment and ships, advanced rail transport, new-energy vehicles, electric power, agricultural machinery, new materials and biomedical products.

Major bilateral structural differences are too irreconcilable to resolve. How both countries intend to square the circle in crafting an agreement remains to be seen.

Results from multiple rounds of talks have been mixed at best. China is willing to buy billions of dollars more US goods. It’s unwilling to pull back from its strategic aims.

Few details were released about the February 21 – 24 talks in Washington, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, extended for another two days, more talks to follow – showing whatever was agreed on, major issues remain unresolved.

One analyst said talks are “like pulling teeth,” both sides far apart on structural issues. Chinese media expressed cautious optimism from the latest talks, warning that whatever is agreed on won’t please everyone in both countries

China’s Global Times said both countries seem “head(ed) toward a deal over the thorny issue of tariffs.”

Chinese analyst Liu Weidong expressed caution, saying “I think (whatever is agreed on) is only an extension of the trade truce without any specific conclusion. It is not time yet to be overly optimistic,” adding:

“China-US ties have not yet ridden out the storm. The tension between them has even not reached the climax.”

“Bilateral relations will only head toward a more difficult path. Because in addition to trade relations, there are many issues plaguing China-US ties.”

Major political, economic, and military differences between both countries are longstanding. As China’s world stature grows at the expense of US dominance, bilateral disagreements are likely to increase.

The same goes for US relations with other major countries. A US dominated unipolar world no longer exists.

Short of trying to shift the balance of power back to Washington’s advantage by waging nuclear war endangering humanity’s survival, multi-world polarity is growing at the expense of one nation dominating all others, a reality the US is unable to change.

Nor will it get China to respect US interests at the expense of its own.

Bernie Sanders on US National Security and Foreign Policy

by Stephen Lendman
Freelance Journalism
Global News Aruba USA News
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Throughout his public life, Sanders has been a democratic socialist in name only. His House and Senate voting record reveals the true measure of the man.

So does his feelthebern website on the issues. This article covers where he stands on key national security and foreign policy ones.

At a time when Washington’s only enemies are invented ones, he supports large-scale military spending on what he calls “a strong national defense infrastructure.”

Saying “(f)or most of the past decade, the United States has been engaged in two separate military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he ignored US wars in Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan along the Afghan border, along with partnering in Israeli wars on defenseless Palestinians.

He failed to condemn these wars as naked aggression against nations threatening no one, or explain they’re being waged endlessly. Nor did he explain the presence of hostile US special forces in around three-fourths of world countries, very much not sent as good will ambassadors or to protect the interests of host countries.

Sanders claims the US needs “a strong defense system for our country and a robust National Guard and Reserve that can meet our domestic and foreign challenges.”

Foreign ones are invented, “challenges” of Washington’s own making, consistently meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, including their elections, opposing democratic ones, wanting puppet regimes worldwide serving US interests. Sanders failed to explain.

Post-9/11 and earlier, he voted for and against annual National Defense Authorization Acts. The measure is largely for global militarism and warmaking, no explanation from Sanders, supporting the US imperial agenda without admitting it – like the vast majority of others in Washington.

A small fraction of the Pentagon’s budget is needed to defend the homeland. Countless trillions of dollars have been poured down a black hole of waste, fraud and abuse – funds used for smashing one nation after another, an agenda demanding denunciation, not support.

If elected president in 2020, Sanders will be a reliable imperial tool. Like most others in Washington, his public remarks belie his voting record, consistently along party lines. Exceptions prove the rule

It’s clear by his views on nations the US targets for regime change, he’s largely on board with the dirty system.

Post-9/11, he voted for US naked aggression on Afghanistan. The nation and its people, including bin Ladin, had nothing to do with the CIA-staged mother of all false flag – what neither Sanders or anyone else in Washington would dare explain.

His explanation for what he supported didn’t pass the smell test, saying “(a)fter the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, (Bush/Cheney) authorized an invasion of a country presumed to be harboring the fugitive responsible for the attacks.

The “terrorist attacks” were state-sponsored, no Afghan remotely connected to them. Bin Ladin died of natural causes in December 2001 – reported by the NYT, the BBC, Fox News and other major media at the time.

Obama did not kill Osama, one of many Big Lies about post-9/11 events. War on Afghanistan was planned months before that fateful day – the same true of Iraq and all other US wars of aggression, plans drawn, on the shelf, updated as needed, ready to be implemented if and when ordered.

The US has war plans readied against Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and other sovereign states on its target list. Neither Sanders or anyone else in Washington will explain how US imperial works.

He’s hostile to China, falsely blaming its leadership for “our disastrous trade policies…which force American workers to compete against low-wage labor…”

Blame corporate America for offshoring millions of high-wage industrial and other jobs to China and other low-wage countries, not Beijing. Blame Republicans and undemocratic Dems for failing to act against what’s going on.

Sanders: “China continues to grow militarily, and we must work with the international community to deter foreign support for China’s military buildup.”

Fact: China is at war with no other countries, seeking cooperative bilateral relations worldwide. The US repeatedly attacks other nations, waging endless wars of aggression on humanity – at home and abroad. Sanders failed to explain, silence indicating support.

He criticized Beijing’s human rights record while ignoring horrific US civil and human rights abuses on a global scale – endless wars responsible for millions of casualties, vast destruction, and human misery most grievous of all, not a word Sanders denouncing what’s going on, no opposition stated against the military, industrial, security, media complex.

He pretends the US is at war to eliminate the scourge of ISIS (and likeminded terrorist groups) it created and supports, no explanation from him otherwise.

Supporting the Iran JCPOA nuclear deal, he’s hostile to the country otherwise, maintaining the myth of what he calls its “nuclear ambitions,” saying they “must be held in check,” claiming “a nuclear-armed Iran (is) a threat.”

He ignored what’s fundamental. Nuclear-armed and dangerous Israel is a regional and global threat to world peace, stability and security. Iran abhors nuclear weapons, wanting them all eliminated – the only way to assure they don’t eliminate us.

Unlike the US, NATO, Israel, and their imperial partners, Iran hasn’t attacked another country in centuries, threatening none now. It’s the region’s leading proponent of world peace. Sanders failed to explain.

A previous article said his support for Israel’s killing machine is especially troubling, backing its wars on Gaza, naked aggression by any standard.

He blames Hamas for Israeli high crimes. He supported Senate legislation, calling on the UN to rescind the Goldstone report – exposing Israel’s December 2008-January 2009 slaughter and destruction on the Strip.

He opposes Palestinian statehood based on pre-June 1967 borders – 22% of historic Palestine unless Israel willingly goes along, an impossibility.

He supports vetoing Security Council resolutions on Palestinian statehood without a settlement – based on Israeli imposed terms.

He’s militantly hostile to Russia, the world’s leading proponent of peace, stability, and security. He supports “enforcing (illegal) economic sanctions and international pressure” on the country, adding:

“To temper (nonexistent) Russian aggression, we must freeze Russian government assets all over the world, and encourage international corporations with huge investments in Russia to divest from that nation’s increasingly hostile political aims.”

“The entire world has got to stand up to Putin,” wanting him “isolat(ed) politically and economically” – sounding like Pompeo and Bolton or Hillary with a gender difference, adding:

“(O)nly after all peaceful and diplomatic efforts have been exhausted should we consider war” – a lunatic agenda if launched, jeopardizing planet earth, humanity and all other life forms.

Sanders supports the Trump regime’s plot to eliminate Bolivarian social democracy in Venezuela, the hallmark of what imperial ruthlessness is all about. He’s on board supporting it.

He lied claiming Maduro “has been waging a violent crackdown on Venezuelan civil society, violated the constitution by dissolving the National Assembly and was re-elected last year in an election that many observers said was fraudulent.”

He endorsed the Trump regime’s Trojan horse PR stunt “humanitarian aid” unrelated to helping Venezuelans, part of his regime change plot.

Short of endorsing usurper in waiting Guaido, Sanders failed to denounce his illegal power grab. Calling Venezuela’s economy “a disaster,” he’s silent about US economic, financial and sanctions war – begun by Obama, escalated by Trump.

Entertainer/anti-war activist Roger Waters blasted him, tweeting: “Bernie, are you f-ing kidding me,” adding:

“(I)f you buy the Trump, Bolton, Abrams, Rubio line, ‘humanitarian intervention’ and collude in the destruction of Venezuela, you cannot be credible candidate for president of the USA. Or, maybe you can. Maybe you’re the perfect stooge” for the 1 %.”

Throughout his career as Burlington, VT mayor in the 1980s, a House and Senate since 1991, Sanders’ soul was for sale at the right price like the vast majority of others in Washington.

I call him America’s most popular con man, fooling many people some of the time, too many all of the time.

Waters is right. He’s a perfect front man for the 1%. It was Hillary’s turn in 2016, upset by Trump’s triumph. Maybe undemocratic Dems will choose Sanders to try unseating him in 2020.

If so, it’ll be proof positive he was bought over too many times to count, sure to serve powerful interest he opposes rhetorically if inaugurated as the nation’s 46th president.

Don’t count Hillary out. The Wall Street Journal believes she’ll run again, undeterred about becoming a three-time loser.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Venezuela and Syria

by Stephen Lendman
Freelance Journalism
Global News Aruba International News


Commenting on the Trump Administrations coop attempt in Venezuela, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) said his mid-February remarks sounded like he was speaking as “president of the Western Hemisphere.”

He wants legitimate governments in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua replaced by US controlled puppet regimes, aiming for three more hemispheric imperial trophies.

Long forgotten are Trump’s inaugural address remarks, saying: “We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world,” adding:

“(W)e do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone.”

The above is more proof that all politicians lie. Believe nothing they say. Rare exceptions prove the rule. Trump proved time and again that nothing he says is credible. Once a serial liar, always one.

Warmongering extremists run his geopolitical agenda. Input in crafting Latin American policy is gotten from fascist Cuban and Venezuelan ex-pats in south Florida.

The facade of Colombia’s Foreign Ministry quotes Simon Bolivar, saying: “Each nation has the right to choose its government at its own discretion and the others must respect this choice.”

The nation’s narco/terrorist regime mocks the rule of law and respect for the sovereignty of other nations, operating in cahoots with Washington’s imperial agenda.

MZ commented on Venezuela ahead of US-staged weekend violence related to its Trojan horse “aid” stunt, saying the following:

“Developments in Venezuela have reached a critical point. A dangerous large-scale provocation is scheduled for February 23: (a forced) crossing of the border (attempt) by the so-called humanitarian convoy.”

“It is fraught with a clash of the supporters and opponents of the current government and provides a convenient pretext for removing the current legitimate President from power by force.”

Washington is “preparing this provocation…(including) the transfer of US special forces and equipment closer to Venezuela.”

Russian intelligence indicates that “the US and its NATO allies (may) purchase…weapons and ammunition for their subsequent transfer to the Venezuelan opposition forces.”

“These include…large-caliber machine-guns, under-barrel and automatic grenade launchers, mobile air defense systems, and ammunition for small arms and artillery weapons of different designation.”

“This is called preparations for the delivery of humanitarian aid. Under the plan, the cargo is to be delivered via the territory of a neighboring country in several consignments in early March by transport aircraft of an international freight company” – connected to the CIA.

The Trump regime “is deliberately escalating tensions everywhere. The world is being persistently told to believe that there is no way back.”

“Once again, the same phrase is being used: ‘He must go.’ As we see it, Washington is ready to go the whole way in” in trying to topple Maduro forcefully.

The Trump regime scheme flagrantly violates international, US, and Venezuelan constitutional law – including by calling on the Bolivarian military to betray the nation’s leadership.

MZ responded strongly to Trump’s abuse of power, saying he and others in Washington going along with this scheme “have no right whatsoever to speak about the legitimacy or the lack of legitimacy of anything in this life.”

My response to MZ, Vladimir Putin, Sergey Lavrov and other Russian officials is why do you persist in calling rogue state America, wanting all sovereign independent governments toppled, Russia’s “partner” – its sworn enemy!

The US scheme is far more pernicious than the fate of one country. At stake are world peace, stability, and security, along with nations safe and fit to live in – most of all humanity’s survival, free from the threat of possible nuclear war able to kill us all.

MZ: If the worst of what Russia sees developing toward Venezuela “materialize(s), this would mean the rise of US aggressive foreign policy to a new level – the road of military venture,” adding:

“But this is a downward path that will trigger a sharp escalation of tensions and confrontation in the world. What will come next?”

Latin and Central America alone have much to lose potentially from the “brazen policy of the United States.” Russia strongly supports the sovereign rights of all nations, along with peace, equity and justice.

Commenting on endless US war in Syria, MZ noted the unresolved status of terrorist-infested Idlib province, saying numerous ceasefire violations persist, including in the so-called de-escalation zone, adding:

“Residential neighborhoods in Aleppo” and elsewhere in the country’s north are shelled by US-supported terrorists “on a daily basis” – using US, other Western, and Israeli weapons and munitions.

The US-controlled Rukban refugee camp in southern Syria infested with ISIS and other US-supported terrorists remains an unresolved festering sore. Around 40,000 Syrian civilians are trapped and abused as human shields.

The northern Syria al-Hawl refugee camp gets scant attention. “Dozens of people there have already succumbed to overcrowding, poor sanitary conditions and shortages of food and medicine. A case of leprosy in the camp was reported,” MZ explained.

Endless war in Syria rages because the US rejects resolution. Eight years of aggression could be followed by eight more – more war in Iraq and elsewhere along with it.

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'Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria and Venezuela '

by Stephen Lendman
Freelance Journalism

Syria remains an unresolved festering sore because of US support for anti-government jihadists and terror-bombing, wanting endless war, not resolution.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) discussed the fake CW attack in Douma, Syria last April.

Damascus was falsely blamed for what it had nothing to do with – or real CW attacks throughout years of war, carried out by US supported cutthroat killers.

Al-Qaeda-linked White Helmet terrorists were involved in the Douma incident. So-called graphic images shown were staged – readied in advance from an unrelated US-supported CW incident elsewhere, maybe in another country, presented to falsely claim Syrian responsibility for the incident.

MZ called it “a fake event” followed by US-led terror-bombing – based on a Big Lie. “The masks have been removed and continue to be removed,” she stressed, adding:

So-called “eyewitnesses were…White Helmets terrorists,” accomplices in the scheme, ignored by Western governments and their media press agents, reporting the falsified narrative, suppressing hard truths about the incident.

MZ: “The facts of the matter were totally ignored. Instead, the information space was filled with bellicose rhetoric by the same politicians…officials (and media) who demanded, as always, to severely punish Bashar al-Assad and Russia which supports him.”

Claims about use of toxic sarin were Big Lies. “(F)ootage from the Douma hospital that served as the basis for a military strike on Syria was fabricated,” adding:

The whole ugly business “culminated (with) BBC producer Riam Dalati who, based on his research, confirmed the staged nature of the footage with the direct participation of White Helmets.”

“We would like to hear what the BBC has to say about this, as it actively covered these events” – reporting bald-faced lies, suppressing hard truths.

All wars are based on Big Lies and deception. Truth-telling would destroy pretexts for waging them. All US post-WW II wars were and continue to be naked aggression against nations threatening no one – millions of lives lost in pursuit of its imperial objectives, high crimes, accountability never forthcoming.

Commenting on the Trump regime’s attempted coup in Venezuela, MZ blasted its aim “to overthrow the legitimate government of a sovereign state, disregarding the norms and principles of international law…”

Trump regime hardliners are fixated on demanding that Maduro “must go,” ignoring his democratic election and reelection last May – along with international and US constitutional law, prohibiting a nation from interfering in the internal affairs of other sovereign states.

The Trump regime’s concocted alternative government has no legitimacy under international or Venezuelan constitutional law.

MZ: “There is every indication that the White House has opted in Venezuela for a scenario of an acute confrontation with the use of force.”

Why haven’t Russia and China offered military aid. I support sending thousands of peacekeepers as a deterrent against war.

Russia alone among major anti-imperial nations in involved in Syria, combatting US-supported terrorists.

Why not Venezuela to prevent the scourge of US state terrorism from toppling Venezuela’s democratic government. The same goes for supporting Iran against a similar US scheme to replace its government with a puppet regime – likely by brute force if ongoing tactics fail.

If Russia and China do nothing while independent governments fall like dominoes, they’ll be next against the scourge of a US takeover attempt – wanting their governments toppled.

Events in Venezuela are taking place against the backdrop of political, economic, financial, and sanctions war – aimed at inflicting pain and suffering on ordinary people, establishment media pretending it’s for a good cause, supporting what demands denunciation.

MZ: The Trump regime’s scheme, notably wanting control over Venezuelan oil and other resources, amounts to the attempted “seizure of the century.”

It’s “a clear signal to everyone: the US can do what it feels like doing with the property and assets of any country at its own discretion.”

“This is the market economy for you, free trade and opposition to protectionism. In this case we are seeing the raid of an entire state” – repeating the rape of Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and other countries earlier, along with scores of successful and unsuccessful US coups post-WW II.

“We categorically object to any attempts to politicize the issue of humanitarian aid to Venezuela and to use it to cover up the manipulation of public opinion and to mobilize anti-government forces for a coup,” said MZ, adding:

“We know what goals the Americans are pursuing in handing out their cookies and what tragic consequences this could lead to. There are many examples to this effect.”

Sergey Lavrov warned Mike Pompeo “against any external interference in Venezuelan affairs.” Whatever he said fell on deaf ears.

Intervention is fully underway short of hot war perhaps coming if Russia doesn’t go all out to prevent it – by direct involvement to preserve and protect Venezuelan sovereignty from the scourge of a US takeover.

'Dow Chemical’s Toxic Legacy'

by Stephen Lendman
Freelance Journalism

Dow is the world’s second largest chemical company, a producer of chemicals, agrochemicals, hydrocarbons, plastics, GMO seeds and other products.

Its Union Carbide subsidiary was responsible for the 1984 Bhopal, India toxic gas leak, considered the world’s worst industrial disaster, killing thousands, responsible for hundreds of thousands of non-fatal injuries, causing longterm health problems for victims.

Dow refuses to pay them and families of the deceased compensation. It considers Union Carbide’s 1989 $470 million settlement adequate – hardly for over half a million people adversely affected, suffering from health problems.

During the Vietnam War, Dow was criticized by anti-war protesters for the production of napalm and Agent Orange.

The former incendiary weapon was first used during WW II – developed secretly in the early 1940s by my freshman chemistry professor Louis Fieser. He once said “I have no right to judge the morality of napalm just because I invented it.”

It sticks to the skin, causing severe burns and painful deaths in many cases. It’s called the “wonder weapon” for its ability to incinerate anything in its path.

Agent Orange is a dioxin-containing defoliant, one of the deadliest substances known, a potent carcinogenic human immune system suppressant. Minute amounts can cause serious health problems and death.

It remains toxic for decades, contaminating soil, foliage, air and water – poisoning crops, plants, animals, sea life and humans.

In 2004 the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) sued Dow and other companies on behalf of Vietnamese victims – in vain. A federal district and appeals court dismissed the claim.

Separate lawsuits against Dow on behalf of US veterans and other companies were settled out of court.

Toxic emissions from Dow’s Midland, MI operations became serious health hazards for area residents. Its 2,4,5-T dioxin-containing herbicide remains in use in America.

A Bush/Cheney administration EPA official was forced to resign because of her efforts to demand Dow remediate its dioxin contamination.

In 2009, a Midland cleanup plan was announced. In 2011, the company agreed to an absurdly minor $2.5 million settlement for violating the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

In the 1980s, Dow Corning was sued by thousands of women, claiming leakage from the company’s breast implants caused autoimmune diseases. In 1992, the company stopped making them, later admitting it falsified data on their safety.

In 1995, it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, later agreeing to pay $3.2 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits.

In the 1980s, hundreds of women sued Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, claiming its Bendectin morning sickness drug caused birth defects. The case was dismissed, the drug later discontinued.

Dow plant workers reported illnesses from exposure to toxic chemicals, the company reluctant to assume responsibility.

Dow’s toxic history dates from 1897. Trump chose its chairman Andrew Liveris to head his American Manufacturing Council (now dissolved) – Liveris heading it a conflict of interest, hazardous to farmers, the environment and public health.

The council serves as a liaison between US manufacturers and the federal government. Friends of the Earth responded, saying Liveris “should be disqualified…due to his likely conflicts of interests.”

“Serving as head of the American Manufacturing Council could allow (him) to use a government post to benefit Dow Chemical and to line his own pockets.”

In December 2015, Dow and DuPont announced the decision by their boards of directors to merge – the combined company named DowDuPont, the merger completed on September 1, 2017.

Plans are to split the new entity into three separate publicly traded companies, expected within 18 – 24 months following the merger (agriculture, materials science, and specialty products) – subject to regulatory and board approval.

Currently six agrichemical/GMO seed companies are negotiating mergers, creating three giant multinational corporations controlling this industry if concluded as planned.

The other mergers involve Monsanto and Bayer, along with Syngenta and ChemChina. They’ll dominate the GMO seed and pesticide market.

According to Friends of the Earth, Trump “rubber stamps these mega-mergers, limiting farming and food options and increasing prices for farmers and consumers.”

They “tilt the balance of power away from independent science and the health and safety of the American people towards the influence of chemical corporations.”

'High Healthcare Expenses: The Leading Cause of US Consumer Bankruptcies'

by Stephen Lendman
Freelance Journalism

The US is the only developed nation without some form of universal coverage. The world’s richest nation doesn’t give a hoot about its ordinary people, serving its privileged class exclusively.

It’s no different whether Republicans or undemocratic Dems are in charge, their agendas similar on major issues, differences between them largely rhetorical or what’s pursued for political advantage.

Along with food, shelter and clothing, healthcare is a fundamental human right. Yet it’s commodified and unaffordable for growing millions of Americans because of its high cost – around double what people in other developed countries pay, an untenable situation.

In America, healthcare is rationed based on the ability to pay. It’s a boon to enrich insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains – at the expense of unaffordability for countless millions.

Around 30 million Americans are uninsured, most others way underinsured – for countless numbers one high-cost illness away from medical bankruptcy.

Around two million Americans are faced with it annually because of unaffordable medical expenses, including insured individuals.

Obamacare was a bandaid solution, written by healthcare industry providers, serving their interests, not patients, making a dysfunctional system worse. It’s why medical bankruptcies are a festering issue.

Even when avoiding the nuclear option, an estimated 56 million Americans suffer from the ravages of unaffordable medical expenses annually – at times forced to choose between paying rent or servicing mortgages and high medical expenses.

The problem is worsening as incomes fail to keep pace with medical costs, rising faster than inflation, notably insurance and prescription drugs. Once cheap in America long ago, they’re exorbitantly priced today.

In 2017, 45% of Americans said they’d be hard-pressed to pay an unexpected $500 medical expense unless able to get loan help, either repaying it over time or not at all, according to one study.

Most insured Americans use all or most of their savings to pay medical expenses. A common way to cut costs is by skipping medications. It risks making a bad situation worse.

Yet tens of millions of Americans choose this option because of affordability, including individuals with prescription drug coverage, struggling with the high cost of co-payments.

For patients with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and/or other major illnesses, skipping medications can be fatal. Delaying them can make overall health worse.

A Pew Research study found “a substantial majority (of Americans) consider quality health care unaffordable.”

According to, “(m)edical bankruptcy is only available to those individuals who are considered a ‘medically distressed’ debtor.”

It applies to individuals with at least 25% of their annual income going for medical or related expenses.

Individuals accruing the same percentage through lost wages or unpaid leave for at least a month because of illness or injury also qualify.

The US Bankruptcy Code makes no distinction between medical and other type debts – mortgage, student loans and credit cards the major categories.

Most often, student loans are not dischargeable through bankruptcy. Over 44 million borrowers have a collective $1.5 trillion debt obligation, $37,172 on average for the class of 2016.

Outstanding student loans are the second highest consumer debt category after mortgages – most individuals unable to qualify for relief through bankruptcy.

The so-called Brunner standard is the legal test in circuit court proceedings. It requires proving extreme hardship likely to continue for the term of indebtedness, along with having shown good faith efforts to repay.

Most often, student loans must be repaid as long as they remain outstanding. Federal laws mandate it, the extreme hardship exception aside.

If future federal legislation affects medical indebtedness the same way, millions of Americans may be unable to discharge their debt through bankruptcy.

Medical bankruptcy is a major issue, worsening as healthcare becomes more unaffordable for millions of Americans.

A study published by the American Public Health Association (APHA) showed medical expenses contributed to two-thirds of all bankruptcies in America.

The figure is virtually unchanged since enactment of Obamacare in 2010. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act left healthcare unaffordable for tens of millions of Americans.

The APHA study found middle-Americans must vulnerable to medical bankruptcy, Obamacare not helping them.

Poor Americans are less likely to seek bankruptcy as an option for relief from unpayable medical expenses because they have few, if any, assets to protect. They also can’t afford legal help for court proceedings.

Bankruptcy filers for medical reasons are in worse health and more likely to skip needed treatments and medications, according to the study findings.

Americans can have whatever they want based on the ability to pay. Millions can’t afford essentials to life like proper healthcare.

The only solution is universal coverage, Medicare for all – everyone in, no one left out.

According to Physicians for a National Health Program, eliminating insurers, providing no one with healthcare, will save about $500 billion annually – relieving physicians and hospitals of a bureaucratic nightmare.

It would also free up this money for universal coverage, the only equitable option.

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Report: No Evidence of Trump Team/Russia Collusion

by Stephen Lendman 

Months of Russiagate House and Senate probes begun in January 2017, along with special counsel Mueller’s investigation since May 2017 found no evidence of Russian collusion with Trump to help him triumph over Hillary.

Not a shred of evidence suggests Russian meddling in America’s electoral process or any others. If any existed, it would have been revealed long ago.

Continuing Russiagate probes are exercises in mass deception, including the reopened House investigation and special counsel Mueller’s witch hunt.

They’re all about wrongfully vilifying Russia and delegitimizing Trump for triumphing over media darling Hillary, the most ruthlessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history – DLT proving no different as things turned out.

His deplorable record speaks for itself, disgracing the office he holds, escalating wars of aggression he inherited, maybe plotting new ones against Iran and Venezuela.

He’s going all-out to topple their legitimate governments, flagrantly violating international and US constitutional law, serving privileged interests exclusively, at the expense of most others everywhere – lying to Americans about his pure evil agenda.

Interviewed by CBS News last week, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr said “(i)f we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia.”

He told NBC News that “(t)here is no factual evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

Ranking undemocratic Dem Senate Intelligence Committee member Mark Warner disagreed with Burr, saying:

“I’m not going to get into any conclusions I’ve reached because my basis of this has been that I’m not going to reach any conclusion until we finish the investigation. And we still have a number of the key witnesses to come back,” adding:

(T)here’s never been a campaign in American history…that people affiliated with the campaign had as many ties with Russia as the Trump campaign did.”

An unnamed Dem said “(w)e were never going to find a contract signed in blood saying, ‘Hey Vlad, we’re going to collude.’ ”

The above remarks aside, it’ll likely be months or longer before a final Senate report is prepared. Its Intelligence Committee reportedly conducted over 200 interviews, and reviewed countless thousands of documents for over two years.

No evidence of Trump team/Russia collusion was found by the House, Senate or Mueller – no evidence of Kremlin US election meddling. Yet the politicized witch hunt over nothing continues.

Dems hostile to Trump for political reasons, ignoring his imperial crimes, claim he and his associates had over 100 contacts with Russian nationals before DLT’s inauguration – no evidence suggesting illegal or improper conduct.

Mueller’s indictments of Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and others have nothing to do with his mandate, nothing connected to the phony allegation of possible Trump team/Russia collusion – no reason to continue a probe that never should have been initiated.

The Senate investigation and reopened House one may continue throughout the year, maybe through or beyond the 2020 federal elections.

There’s plenty to criticize Trump about, mostly policies Republicans and Dems support, ones inflicting enormous harm on countless millions of people at home and abroad.

Bipartisan supported high crimes will never be investigated, no one ever held accountable for what matters most.

The ongoing politicized witch hunt may continue as long as Trump remains in office – diverting attention from state terror and other US high crimes against humanity.

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Dueling Russian/US Resolutions on Venezuela
by Stephen Lendman
Freelance Journalism

Russia and the US presented draft resolutions on Venezuela to the Security Council, yet to be voted on – neither with a chance for adoption.

The US draft is all about supporting its coup d’etat attempt to destroy Bolivarian social democracy, wanting fascist tyranny replacing it.

Falsely calling “the National Assembly…the only democratically elected institution in Venezuela,” the draft ignored Maduro’s legitimacy as the country’s president, certified by international observers last May. It also ignored the illegal seating of four anti-Bolivarian MPs, accused of electoral fraud in defeating opponents.

Government security forces are countering it to protect Venezuelans wanting calm, peace and stability, free from foreign interference.

The US resolution falsely accused Venezuelan security forces of “violence and excessive force…against unarmed, peaceful protesters.”

There’s nothing “peaceful” about US orchestrated violence and chaos, part of the Trump aim to steal and plunder the nation.

It wants its will overriding Venezuelan democracy, refusing to recognize the will of its people last May in reelecting Maduro, demanding a new election, the results only to be accepted if an opposition candidate it supports wins.

Russia is on the right side of history. Its draft resolution supports Venezuelan territorial integrity and political independence, free from illegal foreign interference.

It slams (US) “attempts to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of Venezuela.”

It calls for “resolving the political tensions in Venezuela through ‘peaceful measures’ based on a ‘political settlement’ without any preconditions or outside interference.”

It “express(es) concern over the threats to use force against the territorial integrity and political independence of Venezuela.”

Russia vowed full support for Maduro, Sergey Lavrov saying Moscow will do everything in its power to support the lawful authorities in Caracas – with no further elaboration.

He slammed the Trump administration, saying the US and its imperial partners “are creating the most serious obstacles to the possibility of international assistance in resolving the crisis in Venezuela.”

He denounced “cynical sanctions” imposed by the Trump administration on state-owned oil giant PDVSA, adding:

“The US…has experience in such illegitimate handling of other’s money. Such freezing was applied at one time to Iraq, Libya, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Panama.”

“(T)his freezing essentially resulted in the confiscation of assets from another government. The British authorities are doing the same thing…by…confiscating” Venezuelan gold stored in London.

US companies operating in Venezuela are excluded from Trump administration sanctions, further evidence that imposing them is all about trying to topple Maduro by coup d’etat.

Separately, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said “(t)he (National Assembly) radical right wing (backs street violence).”

“This color scenario is not new,” a longstanding US strategy, orchestrating violence in one country after another to topple sovereign independent governments unwilling to subordinate the rights and well-being of their people to US interests.

Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed support for Maduro’s legitimacy, “rejec(ing) statements by the self-proclaimed Juan Guaido who welcomes a US military intervention in Venezuela.”

Over concern about possible US military intervention, Venezuela’s military began what Maduro called the “most important” drills in the country’s history, continuing through February 15.

“We must prepare to defend (Venezuelan) sovereignty, territorial integrity, (and) independence,” Maduro stressed.

Earlier Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said the nation’s military is prepared to defend the homeland if attacked by a foreign aggressor. Maduro stressed the importance of preparing for possible war by the US to destroy Venezuelan sovereignty.

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" Protests in Haiti Over Hunger and Repressive Rule"
by Stephen Lendman

US controlled Haiti endured over 500 years of severe repression, slavery, despotism, colonization, reparations, embargoes, sanctions, deep poverty, starvation, unrepayable debt, overwhelming human suffering, and destructive natural disasters.

Elections when held are farcical, democracy pure fantasy, Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s tenure the exception to the longstanding rule.

He once said “(t)he people of Haiti want life, not death. They want peace, not violence. They want democracy, not repression.”

US colonization of the country denies them their fundamental rights – an entire population subjugated by Washington, suffering under its imperial boot.

Haiti is the region’s poorest country, its per capita income a small fraction of the Latin and Central American average, the vast majority of its people deeply impoverished, living on less than $2 a day, many less than $1.25 a day, affected by malnutrition, diarrheal and other diseases, along with overall severe deprivation.

Instead of improving, things keep deteriorating. Life expectancy is 57 years – compared to the Latin and Central American average of 69 years.

Most Haitians are illiterate. Only about one-fifth of secondary-age children attend school. One-fourth or less of the population has access to safe water.

Millions of Haitians are food insecure. According to Mission Belem’s Renata Lopez, “(t)here are many, many problems in Haiti (including) lack of good water, lack of electricity, and hunger,” adding:

Hunger is most serious “because most of the people (have no jobs), and if they don’t work, there aren’t enough meals in a day. They can’t manage the situation with their families.”

Hunger, malnutrition, slow starvation for many, mass unemployment, and repression are state-sponsored national calamities. Mission Belem calls the country “chronically hungry.”

According to the World Food Program’s State of Food Insecurity in the World report, over half of Haitians are malnourished, many severely. It’s the key contributing factor to low life expectancy, along with untreated or poorly treated illnesses and diseases.

What’s heard daily in Haiti is people saying “I am hungry,” the misery most of its people endure.

In February 2017, Jovenel Moise succeeded US puppet/provisional Haitian president Jocelerme Privert. Turnout was 18%. The vast majority of Haitians boycotted the farcical process.

Moise is Washington’s man in Port-au-Prince. Reviled by Haitians, many thousands are protesting against him, demanding he resign, public anger in the country continuing since last summer over intolerable conditions, deep corruption, and repressive rule.

One protestor earlier said if the president refuses to resign, “we will cut off the roads and burn everything, because we have nothing else to lose.”

Ongoing protests in Port-au-Prince and other cities caused at least eight deaths since January, hundreds injured, scores arrested, vehicles burned, a police station and businesses attacked, parts of the nation paralyzed – forcing closure of public offices, schools and enterprises.

February 7 marked the second anniversary of Moise’s tenure. He may not be around for a third of his five-year term.

Last year he survived an assassination attempt during a public event. Violence rocked Haiti last summer and fall, expressing public anger over Moise’s rule – millions taking to the streets nationwide.

They began over so-called PetroCaribe account plundering of around $3.8 billion, a fund established to finance schools, hospitals, clinics, and roads, lost to massive corruption.

Opposition leader Moise Jean Charles said “protests will continue until Moise resigns. If (he) does not…step down from power, we are going to name an interim president in the coming days.”

A so-called Core Group comprised of the UN special representative in Haiti, envoys from the US, EU, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, and OAS sided with the despotic Moise regime over long-suffering Haitians, saying:

It “deplores the loss of life and property damage caused by the unacceptable acts of violence that took place on the margins of the rallies, while acknowledging the professionalism demonstrated by the Haitian National Police” – ignoring how repressively they operate, serving privileged interests over beneficial social change.

Protests show no signs of ebbing. Moise’s days may be numbered. Staying or leaving won’t change a thing.

Haitians suffer under Washington’s imperial grip and despotic rule, Aristide’s tenure the exception to the rule.

The nation’s ruling authorities are installed to serving Western interests, ordinary Haitians exploited for profit, suffering from the scourge of imperial dominance.

A Final Comment

In February 2017, the administration turned truth on its head, saying the “inauguration of a democratically-elected president allows Haiti to return to democratic and constitutional rule.”

The hypocrisy needs no elaboration. Rigged Haitian elections have no legitimacy, a reality ignored by Republicans and undemocratic Dems.

The contrast with what’s going on in Venezuela is stark, its democratically elected and reelected President Maduro declared illegitimate by Trump regime hardliners – going all-out to topple him, perhaps by military intervention if ongoing tactics fail.

Note: What have the NYT and rest of US major media reported about Venezuela – plenty almost daily since Trump illegally recognized usurper in waiting Guaido interim (puppet) president, their reporting entirely one-sided, supporting the coup attempt.

What have they reported about Haitian suffering, rigged elections and despotic rule – practically nothing. Rare reports repeat the official narrative.

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The Great GOP Tax Cut Heist a Year Later

by Stephen Lendman 

The Trump promoted GOP scam was all about benefitting corporate interests and high-net-worth households.

Wage hikes attributed to tax cuts have been mostly hype. Big business gained hundreds of billions of dollars from the law – used mostly for stock buybacks and generous handouts to executives, workers getting shortchanged.

Thousands got pink slips. The federal deficit is ballooning by over a trillion dollars annually, social benefits slashed to help pay for the tax cuts, a transparent wealth transfer scheme.

Analyzing the tax cut scam a year later, Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) said the following:

Corporations were the big winners. So were high-net worth households. “(S)old as a boon to the (disappearing) middle-class,(cuts) primarily benefit(ted) the wealthy.”

“By 2027 when the law is fully implemented, 83% of the tax cuts will go to the top 1%.” Little was done to end profit shifting to offshore tax shelters.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, about $300 annually is moved abroad to avoid taxes.

Corporations with accumulated offshore earnings got “a tax cut of over $400 billion on those profits.”

The GOP legislation encourages offshoring of US jobs and production by taxing foreign profits of American companies “at half the rate on domestic earnings.”

The so-called “small-business” tax cut has gone mostly to “wealthy owners of big firms. Most owners of pass-through businesses—sole proprietorships, partnerships and S corporations—are now generally allowed to exclude 20% of their business income from taxation,” ATF explained.

By 2024, 60% of the tax breaks will go to America’s 1%. The weakened estate tax widens the wealth gap. David Stockman estimates the great GOP tax cut heist will increase the federal debt to around $35 trillion by 2028.

Today it’s $22 trillion, rising exponentially. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin lied claiming the tax cuts would pay for themselves through through increased economic growth generating more tax revenues from lower rates.

“(I)nstead the deficit is increasing considerably due to the tax cuts,” said ATF – mostly because corporate tax revenue dropped by about one-third, almost $100 billion year-over-year since the December 2017 law took effect.

The GOP plan for checking the spiraling debt is by cutting social services for ordinary Americans – notably Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Increased corporate profits went mostly to shareholders and corporate executives, not workers.

Trump lied saying corporate America would use the windfall tax breaks by giving the average US household a $4,000 pay raise, “shower(ing) workers with bonuses,” along with generating “massive investments.”

A year later, “corporations are mostly using their actual and anticipated tax cuts and their rising profits to buy back their own stock, which principally further enriches wealthy shareholders and top corporate executives,” ATF explained.

According to its database, “$853 billion in share repurchases” were announced in 2018 – “120 times more” than workers got in pay increases last year, a slim “$7.1 billion” for the entire 128.5 million US workforce – about $55 per worker if my math is right.

Contrary to Trump’s promise, “worker wages are getting no boost from the tax cuts,” said ATF. “(O)nly 4.4%” of them received a monetary benefit ascribed to the measure.

Year-over-year-through December, inflation-adjusted “average real hourly wages for all workers rose just 0.8%, while average weekly wages actually fell, because employees were working fewer hours,” ATF explained, adding:

“Special interests are the GOP tax law’s big winners” – what was predicted before the law was enacted at yearend 2017.

Polls show most Americans know they were scammed. Benefits gotten are too meager to matter, and it gets worse. Millions of US workers expecting tax refunds either aren’t getting them or will receive much less than they anticipated.

Last week, the IRS said around 30 million US taxpayers will owe the agency money, three million more than before the GOP tax cut.

Average refunds going out are down 8.4% year-over-year so far. The American Institute of CPAs vice president Edward Karl said “(t)here are going to be a lot of unhappy people over the next month. Taxpayers want a large refund.” Millions will be sorely disappointed.

Last April, Trump falsely said not only will Americans “save a lot of money,” but the filing process will be simplified on “one page, one card,” adding:

“You’ll have a nice, simple form next year. This will be the last year (under the old system). So take pictures of it and enjoy it. This is the last time you’ll have to file a very complex and big tax form. It will be much easier starting next April.”

Tax code changes made things more complicated, along with ordinary Americans benefitting little from the great GOP tax cut heist.

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'Flagrant Illegality of Interfering in Affairs of Other Nations'

Stephen Lendman
Global News Aruba

International law is clear and unequivocal. International laws, treaties, conventions, and agreements are automatically US law under the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2).

No nation may legally interfere in the internal affairs of others except in self-defense if attacked – provided Security Council member states authorize military action. Acting otherwise is flagrantly illegal.

The US uses NATO as an imperial tool for illegal intervention against targeted nations.

The International Court of Justice ruled that the “element of coercion” by one state against another in any form is “the very essence of prohibited intervention.”

The UN Charter Article 2 states “(a)ll Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state…”

Article 15 of the Covenant of the League of Nations prohibited intervention by one country against others.

Article 8 of the 1933 Montevideo Convention of Rights and Duties states: “No state has the right to intervene in the internal or external affairs of another.”

Under Article 10, differences between states “should be settled by recognized pacific methods.”

Article 11 calls sovereign state territory “inviolable…” Other charters and agreements affirm non-intervention, including:

the Organization of American States;

Organization of African Unity;

League of Arab States;

the 1936 Buenos Aires Conference;

the Chapultepec Peace Agreement;

First Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countries in Belgrade; and

the 1965 UN Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protection of Their Independence and Sovereignty, among others.

A 1915 definition states that non-intervention is the absence of “interference by a state or states in the external affairs of another state without its consent, or in its internal affairs with or without its consent.”

In his farewell address, George Washington called for avoiding entangling foreign alliances.

Thomas Jefferson called for “(p)eace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations —entangling alliances with none.”

Except for Panama, Washington pursued treaty and other alliances with no other nations until post-WW II, part of its strategy to dominate them, notably Europe with the creation of the EU by the CIA.

The 1823 Monroe Doctrine was non-interventionist, stating: “In the wars of the European powers, in matters relating to themselves, we have never taken part, nor does it comport with our policy, so to do. It is only when our rights are invaded, or seriously menaced that we resent injuries, or make preparations for our defense.”

In the mid-19th century, Secretary of State William Seward defended “our policy of non-intervention — straight, absolute, and peculiar as it may seem to other nations,” adding:

“(T)he American people must be content to recommend the cause of human progress by the wisdom with which they should exercise the powers of self-government, forbearing at all times, and in every way, from foreign alliances, intervention, and interference.”

From inception, US authorities meddled in the internal affairs of Native Americans, in the name of “progress,” stealing their land, massacring their people to expand the country “from sea to shining sea.”

Throughout its history, the US interfered in the lives and welfare of its ordinary people, exploiting them to benefit the privileged few – Native and Black Americans harmed most of all, African Americans commodified as property, transformed from chattel to wage slavery today, from Jim Crow to its modern-day version, from freedom to mass incarceration.

President Grant failed to get congressional support to annex the Dominican Republic. The principle of non-intervention was ignored during the 1899 – 1902 Spanish American War.

The US colonized Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. Expressing outrage in 1900, Mark Twain said “I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines.”

“We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem…And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land…We have pacified some thousands of the islanders and buried them; destroyed their fields, burned their villages, turned their widows and orphans out-of-doors, (and) subjugated the remaining ten million by Benevolent Assimilation, which is the pious new name of the musket…”

He proposed a new American flag “with the white stripes painted black and the stars replaced by the skull and cross-bones” — appalled that General Jacob Smith ordered his troops to:

“Kill and burn…this is no time to take prisoners…the more you kill and burn, the better. Kill all above the age of ten…turn (the country into) a howling wilderness.”

Half of Mexico was seized in the mid-19th century. In the early 20th century, the US colonized Central American countries, the hemisphere considered America’s backyard for the past 200 years.

Ordinary Americans opposed US involvement in both world wars. The power of propaganda turned them into raging German haters in 1917, letting Woodrow Wilson get the war he wanted after campaigning against involvement.

Franklin Roosevelt got the war he wanted by forcing the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor by waging economic war on the country, nothing surprising about what happened.

US intelligence broke Japan’s codes, knew what was coming. The Japanese fleet was tracked across the Pacific. Pearl Harbor’s Admiral HE Kimmel wasn’t warned.

Waging war then demanded mass casualties to transform a pacifist Congress and public into raging Japan haters. WW II followed. Inventing nonexistent threats work the same way today.

WW I waged to end all future ones made the second global war inevitable. There was nothing good about the misnamed “good war,” the scourge of fascism relocated from Berlin and Tokyo to Washington.

The rest as they say is history. Beginning in June 1950, endless US wars on humanity were waged, along with color revolutions and old-fashioned coup d’etats – aiming to colonize planet earth, control its resources and exploit its people.

Venezuela is in the eye of the storm. Since establishment of social democracy in the country 20 years ago, Republicans and undemocratic Dems aimed to replace it with fascist tyranny, wanting sovereign independent governance eliminated, the US gaining control over the country’s oil reserves, the world’s largest, and its other valued resources.

That is what’s in play now, the fate of the nation at stake – to remain free and independent or controlled by the scourge of Washington’s aim to rule the world.

Non-interventionism is a well-established principle of international law. Time and again, the US flouts it unaccountably, operating by its own rules alone, humanity paying the price at home and abroad.

Intervening on the pretext of democracy building, humanitarian intervention or responsibility to protect have no legal standing in international or US constitutional law.

The stakes are huge: freedom or fascism, democracy or rule by monied interests, war or peace, social justice or eliminating it altogether, governance of, by, and for everyone equitably or just for the privileged few – in America, Venezuela and everywhere else.

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China Preparing for Economic, Financial, 
Trade and Hot War
Stephen Lendman Contributor
Global News Aruba
Beijing knows what it’s up against in dealing with Washington. It’s planning for possible confrontation. Last fall, President Xi Jinping ordered the country’s military to boost its capability against potential threats to the nation’s security, saying: “It’s necessary (for China’s armed forces) to strengthen (their capability), concentrat(ing) preparations for fighting a war,” adding: “We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make emergency plans accordingly.”

“We have to step up combat readiness exercises, joint exercises and confrontational exercises to enhance servicemen’s capabilities and preparation for war.”

Addressing China’s Central Military Commission in early January, Xi said “(a)ll military units must correctly understand major national security and development trends, and strengthen their sense of unexpected hardship, crisis and battle.”

“The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development.”

Xi ordered stepped up military training and exercises, saying China’s armed forces must “prepare for a comprehensive military struggle from a new starting point”, adding:

“Preparation for war and combat must be deepened to ensure an efficient response in times of emergency.”

Last week, senior Chinese officials expressed concern about threats to the country’s security over economic and trade war with the US, no breakthroughs achieved in resolving major differences.

First Secretary of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China, Central Policy Research director Wang Huning stressed a “tough battle” ahead in dealing with security risks.

He and Xi said policymakers must develop “bottom-line thinking,” preparing for the “worst-case situation” that may threaten the nation’s security and stability.

According to Xi, China faces “unpredictable international developments and a complicated and sensitive external environment” over economic, trade, and other disagreements with the US, issues weighing on the country in the year ahead and beyond.

Chinese Academy of Governance official Zhu Lijia warned that fallout over trade war with the US may weigh heavily on China’s economy this year.

Confrontation with EU and other US allies is possible. As long as Washington considers China a rival power, the nation will remain threatened by its rage to dominate.

According to political analyst Zhang Lifan, “there’s nothing that does not constitute a risk” to China.

Last week, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross explained what’s understood by both countries, saying the US and China “are miles from getting a resolution.”

Resolving trade differences is relatively easy compared to structural issues. Washington wants China and all other countries subordinated to its interests.

It wants Beijing’s industrial, economic, and technological growth and development aims undermined. It intends expanding its military footprint in the Indo/Pacific region where it doesn’t belong – or anywhere else uninvited.

The risk of US confrontation with China, Russia, Iran, and other sovereign states is too great to ignore – the risk of potentially catastrophic nuclear war.

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'Deal to End US Government Shutdown'

by Stephen Lendman 

Freelance Contributor

Global News Aruba

Did Trump blink? Did undemocratic Dems win the 35-day standoff?

On Friday, DLT announced a deal to reopen government for three weeks without having gotten congressional border wall funding.

He vowed to build a “wall or steel barrier (in) predetermined high-risk locations” with or without congressional funding, saying if Dems don’t approve it by February 15, he’ll use executive power to address a (non-emergency) emergency.

The Trump/Dem battle over whether to build or not to build a border wall has nothing to do with national security, nothing to do with stopping criminal gangs from entering the country, a DLT perpetuated myth, nothing to do with stopping the flow of illicit drugs into the country.

They pore in through all its borders, by land, sea, and air – supported by the CIA and Wall Street, profiting hugely from what’s gone on for decades, what politicians and major media never explain.

Late Friday, Trump signed congressional legislation to reopen government, effective immediately, saying if Dems don’t approve border wall funding by mid-February, “the government will either shut down” again or he’ll act on his own to authorize funding by executive power.

Battle lines remain drawn. Things came to a head for Trump over polls showing popular sentiment against him, his approval rating dropping below 40%, along with major US airport delays because many unpaid personnel called in sick and aren’t working, an untenable situation for travelers.

A bipartisan conference committee will reportedly be established to debate the politicized issue – Trump demanding border wall funding, Dems opposing him for political advantage.

A late Friday White House statement said DLT “signed into law: HJ Res. 28, the ‘Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019,’ which includes a short-term continuing resolution that provides fiscal year 2019 appropriations through February 15, 2019, for continuing projects and activities of the Federal Government included in the remaining seven appropriations bills.”

“Also included in the enrolled bill are provisions regarding retroactive pay and reimbursement, and extensions of certain authorities.”

The White House is preparing a draft proclamation, declaring an invented national emergency along the southern border with Mexico, earmarking $7 billion in potential funds from existing programs, draft language saying:

“The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency” – even though it’s invented, not real, adding:

“Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 USC 1601, et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States.”

An unnamed US official said Trump may authorize use of $681 million from Treasury forfeiture funds, $3.6 billion for military construction, $3 billion for Pentagon civil works, and $200 million of Department of Homeland Security funds for border wall construction.

Dems will surely challenge him for political advantage if he moves this way – along with its continuing agenda to delegitimize, undermine, and weaken him overall, wanting him removed from office or defeated for reelection in 2020.

With Dems controlling the House, the period ahead will likely be more tumultuous than what’s gone on since Trump’s election – a process he was supposed to lose, not win, the price for defeating media darling Hillary.

For now, partial government shutdown since December 22 is over at least until mid-February. What then remains to unfold – Dems so far ahead in the battle for political advantage, Trump weakened as planned.

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Juan Guaido: Designated US Puppet in Venezuela

by Stephen Lendman 

Nicolas Marduro is Venezuela’s legitimate democratically elected and reelected president.

The country’s process is scrupulously open, free, and fair, the world’s best, a model for other nations – polar opposite America’s fantasy democracy, the best money can buy.

Coup d’etats reflect longstanding US policy since the 19th century, numerous Latin American countries (among many others) targeted successfully and unsuccessfully.

They include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, British Guiana, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname, along with Venezuela earlier and in progress.

The late William Blum explained why there will never be a coup in Washington – because there’s no US embassy there, infested with CIA operatives up to no good.

It’s not a pretty picture, “enough to give imperialism a bad name,” Blum stressed. The US interferes in the internal affairs of virtually all other countries, including their elections, independent ones like Venezuela targeted for regime change – by naked aggression, color revolutions, or old-fashioned coups.

US attempts to topple sitting governments are planned well in advance, on the shelf, updated as needed, ready to be implemented when ordered.

Juan Guaido is Washington’s latest designated puppet to serve its interests in Venezuela, a little known National Assembly head outside of the country, catapulted from obscurity to international prominence.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “(t)he night before (he illegitimately) declared himself interim president of Venezuela, (he) received a phone call from Vice President Mike Pence” – pledging to back his illegal power grab.

“That late-night call set in motion a plan that had been developed in secret” earlier by Trump regime hardliners, “culminat(ing) in Guaido’s” unconstitutional self-declaration as Venezuela’s (US designed illegitimate) interim president.

Pence reportedly told Guaido if the National Assembly invoked Article 233 of Venezuela’s Constitution (to usurp interim power), the Trump regime would back him. The article states the following:

“The President of the Republic shall become permanently unavailable to serve by reason of any of the following events: death; resignation; removal from office by decision of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice; permanent physical or mental disability certified by a medical board designated by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice with the approval of the National Assembly; abandonment of his position, duly declared by the National Assembly; and recall by popular vote.”

“When an elected President becomes permanently unavailable to serve prior to his inauguration, a new election by universal suffrage and direct ballot shall be held within 30 consecutive days. Pending election and inauguration of the new President, the President of the National Assembly shall take charge of the Presidency of the Republic.”

Nothing stated above applies to Maduro – democratically elected and reelected by a process independent monitors called open, free, and fair – his legitimacy affirmed judicially, an attempt by a foreign power to replace him a flagrant breach of international law.

Trump straightaway recognized Guaido, planned and orchestrated in advance of his announcement, most Latin and Central American countries, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, and other nations going along with the attempted coup.

Russia, China, and other states expressed opposition the attempted coup. Putin phoned Maduro, offering support, a Kremlin statement saying:

“The President of Russia expressed support for the legitimate Venezuelan authorities amid the worsening of the internal political crisis provoked from outside the country.”

“He emphasized that destructive external interference is a gross violation of the fundamental norms of international law.”

“He spoke in favor of searching for solutions within the constitutional framework and overcoming differences in Venezuelan society through peaceful dialogue.”

The statement failed to name the US or condemn the Trump regime’s coup d’etat attempt against a sovereign government and its leadership.

Nothing was said about how Putin intends supporting Maduro’s legitimacy. Rhetorically alone is meaningless when toughness against imperial lawlessness is needed – in Venezuela, Syria and elsewhere.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev incorrectly called an old-fashioned US coup d’etat attempt in Venezuela a “quasi” one. There’s nothing remotely “quasi” about it.

So far it’s an attempt short of succeeding. Washington has lots of ways to push its agenda with toughness, military force an option, implemented many times before.

On Friday, Maduro showed weakness, not strength, saying he’s willing to meet with Guaido to try resolving differences through dialogue.

“If I have to go to talk with him I am willing because I believe in the truth. I am a democrat. I am a man of my word. Hopefully sooner rather than later the opposition will get out of the way of extremism and open a sincere dialogue,” he said.

Note: If a US official or other citizen colluded with a foreign power, declaring himself or herself interim US president, they’d likely be arrested and charged with sedition or treason.

An individual charged and convicted of seditious conspiracy to topple a sitting US president or government would face up to 20 years imprisonment.

The Constitution’s Article III, Section 3 calls treason “giving aid and comfort” to the nation’s enemies, a crime more serious than sedition. The punishment for treason in America is life imprisonment, parole possible only after incarceration for 40 years.

What’s going on in Venezuela was and remains orchestrated and controlled by Washington, Guaido following orders, Trump regime hardliners calling the shots.

Convicted neocon Iran/Contra co-conspirator, death squad supporter, Elliot Abrams was appointed DLT’s point man for regime change in Venezuela. Pompeo turned truth on its head, saying he’ll “help the Venezuelan people fully restore democracy and prosperity to their country.”

Abrams never met a tinpot despot, allied with US interests, he didn’t fully embrace and support. Convicted of lying to Congress, GHW Bush shamefully pardoned him.

He was a founding Project for a New American Century (PNAC) member – its “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” a scheme promoting US global hegemony by endless wars and other means.

Abrams was involved in Bush/Cheney’s aborted April 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela, and the regime’s 2003 war on Iraq – based on Big Lies like all wars of aggression.

He expressed eagerness “to get to work on” transforming Venezuela into another US vassal state. Controlling the country’s oil reserves, the world’s largest, is a key objective behind what’s going on – so Big Oil can exploit them.

On Friday, Trump’s Treasury Department said it won’t freeze whatever Venezuelan assets the US controls.

Instead, it’ll assure that “commercial transactions by the Venezuelan government, including those involving its state-owned enterprises and international reserves, are consistent” with Washington’s recognition of Guaido as (illegitimate) interim (puppet) president.

At stake going forward is preserving and protecting the hemisphere’s most vibrant social democracy – governance of, by, and for all Venezuelans equitably, a system Republicans and Dems abhor at home and abroad.

Venezuela’s military supports Maduro’s legitimacy as president, opposing Trump coup attempt.

Keeping its support is key, the best chance of defeating the latest US regime change attempt – preventing Washington from gaining another imperial trophy.

A Final Comment

On Friday, Reuters headlined “Exclusive: Kremlin-linked contractors help guard Venezuela’s Maduro – (unnamed) sources,” saying:

“Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of US-backed opposition protests, according to two (unnamed) people close to them” – and a “third (unnamed) source,” saying:

“The contractors are associated with the so-called Wagner group whose members (are) mostly ex-service personnel…”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov debunked the claim, saying “(w)e have no such information.”

Russia’s envoy to Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky slammed the report, saying “I don’t know about the presence of any Russian private military companies in Venezuela. This is another hoax.”

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'Greater Than Ever Super-Wealth Fuels Increasing Inequality'

by Stephen Lendman 

Super-rich individuals never had things better, benefitting at the expense of increased impoverishment – engineered by governments complicit with their privileged class, a high crime against humanity, ongoing worldwide.

According to its latest report last March, Forbes magazine said it identified 2,208 billionaires in 72 countries – their combined super-wealth a staggering $9.1 trillion, their average net worth $4.1 billion.

Their ranks doubled in the past decade. It’s the world’s most exclusive club, the super-wealth of its members likely made the old-fashioned way. Balzac once said “(b)ehind every great fortune lies a great crime.”

America leads the world with 585 billionaires, China second with 373. According to an Oxfam report titled “Private Good or Public Wealth,” 26 billionaires have as much wealth as the world’s poorest 3.8 billion people combined – a disturbing indictment of governments allowing extreme inequality to exist and grow.

Former US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said “(w)e can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

Democracy in America was always pure fantasy from inception, the disparity between rich and poor in the country today unprecedented, worsening, not improving because of policies supported by both wings of the nation’s war party.

Economies are broken,

“hundreds of millions of people living in extreme poverty while huge rewards go to those at the very top,” said Oxfam.

Concentrated super-wealth increased exponentially in the past decade, fortunes of the world’s super-rich growing by $2.5 billion a day.

Yet millionaires, billionaires, and corporations get tax breaks to avoid paying their fair share. The human cost keeps growing, including “children without teachers, clinics without medicines,” along with higher education and healthcare the way it should be increasingly unaffordable for growing millions.

The wealth of the world’s billionaire class increased by $900 billion last year, extreme poverty moving in the opposite direction.

Around 3.4 billion people, nearly half of humanity, struggle to survive on less that $5.50 a day. “Taxing the world’s richest 1% an extra 0.5% would raise enough money to educate 262 million children lacking education, along with providing enough healthcare to save 3.3 million lives,” said Oxfam.

How many millions and billions of dollars does anyone need to live comfortably to luxuriously virtually anywhere? How many expensive homes, cars, yachts, or other luxuries are too many?

While super-wealth increased exponentially last year alone, the wealth of the world’s poorest people declined by around $500 million daily, loosing 11% of their meager resources.

Oxfam’s report “shows the growing gap between rich and poor is undermining the fight against poverty, damaging our economies and fueling public anger across the globe.”

In America, it was greatly aided by the great GOP tax cut heist, benefitting the rich and big business, using their added wealth to create more of it.

Governments worldwide are part of the problem, “exacerbating inequality by underfunding public services, such as healthcare and education,” Oxfam explained, adding:

“(W)omen and girls are hardest hit by rising economic inequality,” along with people of color in America and elsewhere. Oxfam America’s vice president for policy and campaigns Paul O’Brien said the following:

“The last ten years clearly shows that we have learned nothing. Since the global economy collapsed, the number of billionaires has doubled, with a new billionaire being minted every other day.”

“While corporations and the super-rich enjoy the lowest tax bills, millions of girls around the world have no access to a decent education, and women are dying due to a lack of maternity care.”

“The recent US tax law is a master class on how to favor massive corporations and the richest citizens.”

“The law rewards US companies that have trillions stashed offshore, encourages US companies to dodge foreign taxes on their foreign profits, and fuels a global race to the bottom that benefits big business and wealthy individuals at the expense of poor people everywhere.”

Since the neoliberal 90s, the race to the bottom accelerated markedly, especially in the past decade. Public services are increasingly underfunded, especially in developing countries, increasingly in wealthy ones, notably in the West.

Around 10,000 people die daily for lack of affordable healthcare, Oxfam explained. The race to the bottom in the West and everywhere else benefits super-wealth at the expense of the most vulnerable.

Instead of governments serving everyone equitably, they largely benefit their privileged class exclusively, things progressively worsening, not improving.

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Theresa May’s Plan B

by Stephen Lendman 

It’s Plan A with a rhetorical face lift, practically the same, no-Brexit/Brexit. May pretends to want what she opposes, clearly stating opposition to leaving the EU as home secretary.

She wasted over two-and-half years accomplishing nothing, cutting a deal with Brussels to be rejected by parliament. Only the margin of defeat surprised, the greatest one for a UK leader’s legislative aim in modern times.

Her Plan B to parliament on Monday was deja vu all over again, compounding the embarrassment of her week ago defeat. Tory MP Sarah Wollaston slammed her, saying Monday was “like last week’s vote never happened. Plan B is Plan A.”

She held firm on key points parliamentarians overwhelmingly reject. Claiming a no-deal Brexit should be avoided, she failed to explain MPs strongly reject the option. Based on how things are going, Britain appears likely to stay in the EU, the popular will be damned.

Referenda are meaningless when ruling authorities do what they please no matter how they turn out.

If May and majority parliamentarians favored Brexit, it would have been achieved long ago. Delay was a tactic to remain, not leave.

If held, a second referendum won’t matter any more than the first one. Western elections turn out the same way. Regardless of public sentiment, ruling authorities do what they please.

Voters in America, Britain, and other European countries never supported endless wars against one country after another, nor neoliberal harshness, brutal crackdowns on nonbelievers, or government serving privileged interests exclusively – but that’s what they’ve gotten no matter which parties control things.

The only certainties ahead on Brexit are uncertainties and virtual certainty of no hard Brexit. What’s most likely is no deal, Britain remaining an EU member – what May, her loyalists and Brussels wanted all along.

Her so-called cross-party talks for consensus were practically none at all, Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn calling her alleged outreach a “sham,” adding May hasn’t come to terms with her historic week ago defeat, irreparably damaging her most likely.

Tory MP Anna Soubry accused her of turning Britain “into a laughing stock” – her no-deal/deal resoundingly defeated last week, her repeat performance on Monday faring no better. Perhaps one more strike and she’s out.

She ought to be after to-ing and fro-ing since June 2016, accomplishing nothing. Something has to give by March 29, a decision-day deadline.

Likely no agreement on a deal would mean either Brussels delays things further, or things revert to square one, Britain remaining an EU member, and that’s the end of it.

That’s my take on things. The option of Britain crashing out of the EU with no deal is highly unlikely – given MPs overwhelmingly against this option.

Anti-Brexit Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s scare-mongering was way over-the-top, warning of a protracted financial crisis under a no-deal Brexit, claiming an economic decline of up to 8% year-over-year, a 25% decline in sterling, inflation spiking to 6.5%, house prices falling by 30%, interest rates rising sharply, and GPD to be around 10.5% lower by end of 2023.

His scare talk is all about wanting Britain to remain an EU member, an artificial CIA-created post-WW II construct for greater US control over European countries.

Their ruling authorities never should have agreed to the flawed arrangement, a failed system, a sinking ship, a union likely to dissolve eventually.

Further talks with MPs and Brussels won’t likely change where things now stand.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Corbyn echoed the sentiment, saying things “feel like Groundhog Day.”

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China Warns Against Extraditing Huawei’s CFO to US

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article explained that the Trump administration will formally request Canada to extradite Huawei’s chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou to the US.

Arrested by Canadian authorities in Vancouver on December 1, Ottawa acting as a US proxy, she’s currently under house arrest in the city, awaiting the judicial disposition of her case.

Washington’s pretext for wanting her extradited is Huawei’s alleged circumvention of (illegally imposed) US sanctions on Iran – for political reasons, part of longstanding US hostility toward the country over its sovereign independence in a part of the world where Washington and Israel have hegemonic aims.

What’s really behind what’s going on is the diabolical aim by Republicans and undemocratic Dems to undermine China’s aim to become an economic, industrial, and technological powerhouse, well along toward achieving its objectives, challenging longstanding US supremacy, what its hardliners are going all-out to prevent, risking something far more serious than major political, economic, financial, and trade differences.

On Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Huawei chairman Liang Hua urged resolving the unacceptable detention of Meng as quickly as possible – despite the Trump regime intending to formally request her extradition to the US by end of January or sooner.

Liang stressed that Huawei “operate(s) globally, and in every country…fully compl(ing) with local laws and regulations.

Separately on Tuesday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying warned of retaliation against Canada and the US if Meng is extradited to America, saying:

“China will take action in response to measures taken by the US. Everyone has to be held responsible for their own actions. Both the US and Canada should be aware of the seriousness of the case and take steps to rectify the mistake.”

Meng can appeal a judicially ordered extradition to America, a final decision to be made by Canada’s Minister of Justice/Attorney General David Lametti if judicial proceedings go this far.

Given Meng’s highly politicized arrest, detention, then house arrest, unable to leave Vancouver while a case against her proceeds, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may serve as final arbiter – unless Trump intervenes at some point on Meng’s behalf. His unpredictability makes anything possible.

Under the terms of the US/Canada extradition treaty, alleged offenses in question must be crimes in both countries, referred to as “double criminality.”

Proceedings and appeals in cases like Meng’s can drag on for months or years. Her arrest and detention occurred on the same day that Trump and China’s Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, DLT likely unaware of what happened at the time.

On Tuesday, China’s Global Times (GT) headlined “Canada must not extradite Meng Wanzhou,” saying:

She “was arrested by the Canadian side without violating any Canadian law. Canada, being a henchman for the US and abiding by the so-called extradition treaty between the US and Canada, persecutes senior executives of Chinese companies regardless of international law and friendly ties with China.”

“How can Canada be detached from the case if Meng is extradited? “(I)f Meng is extradited to the US, Canada will face a severe backlash from China that puts bilateral ties in jeopardy” – the same true about Sino/US relations.

No nation should tolerate the unlawful arrest and mistreatment of any of its citizens by a foreign power. Meng’s high profile status makes what’s going on especially unacceptable for China.

Her mistreatment is all about “an assault on China’s high-tech enterprises under the guise of law,” said GT, Canada a willing US accomplice.

China clearly won’t tolerate what’s going on, Meng’s arrest an affront to its sovereignty, an act of political and economic war.

If Meng isn’t freed to resume her normal activities, Sino/US and Sino/Canadian relations will suffer a major body blow. Beijing will surely retaliate appropriately, its only option.

It showed it can be tough with the US before. Clearly its authorities will go all-out for Meng’s unconditional release. They’re highly unlikely to accept anything less.

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'Dems Reject Trump’s Proposed Deal to End Government Shutdown'

by Stephen Lendman

Freelance Journalism Reports

Global News Aruba

On day 30 and counting, it’s the longest partial government shutdown in US history, surpassing the previous record 21-day shutdown in 1995-96.

It began over Republicans’ pledge to balance the budget, part of the so-called Newt Gingrich/Dick Armey “Contract with America.” It ended when polls showed public opinion turned against the GOP, blaming Republicans more than Dems.

Things are similar today, polls showing the same thing – over half of Americans blaming Republicans and Trump for the shutdown, less than a third blaming Dems, around 13% blaming both parties.

What’s going on is a political standoff unrelated to national security. No border crisis exist. Nothing ever justifies shutting down government in whole or in part.

It’s left hundreds of thousands of civil servants and other government workers unemployed or forced to work without pay while shutdown continues – backpay to come when things end.

Both sides of the aisle and Trump share blame for what’s going on – no quick resolution coming without compromise, the way most disputes end.

Shutdown harms millions of ordinary Americans. Over 40 million food stamp recipients may stop receiving benefits without resolution. Women, Infants, and Children benefits expire next month in most states.

Other vital services are jeopardized. Unpaid workers face a greater struggle to get by, many living from paycheck to paycheck. The longer shutdown continues, the worse things get for millions of Americans with no dog in this fight.

On Saturday, Trump partially blinked, proposing an end to shutdown. In exchange for what’s explained, he offered three-year protection for aliens given Temporary Protected Status, as well as hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants entering America as minors, so-called “Dreamers” – a version of so-called Bridge Act legislation, introduced in the 115th Congress but not enacted.

Around 800,000 are enrolled in the program created by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation. Trump’s proposal includes the following:

$5.7 billion for 230 miles border wall construction 230 in high-priority areas;

$800 million in urgent humanitarian aid;

$805 million for drug detection technology along the southern border with Mexico;

2,750 more border agents and law enforcement professionals;

75 new immigration judge teams;

DACA and TPS extensions explained above; and

family reunification for unaccompanied alien minors.

Ahead of his Saturday address, House Speaker Pelosi rejected his proposal, a statement, saying in part:

“Democrats were hopeful that the President was finally willing to re-open government and proceed with a much-needed discussion to protect the border.”

“Unfortunately, initial reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives.”

“It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter. For one thing, this proposal does not include the permanent solution for the Dreamers and TPS recipients that our country needs and supports.”

Stalemate continues, both sides seeking political advantage at the expense of ordinary Americans and the economy if things drag on too long.

Dems complained they weren’t consulted about Trump’s proposal, reportedly something he, Pence, son-in-law Kushner, and congressional leaders cooked up.

With polls favoring where Dems stand on the shutdown, they’re benefitting at the expense of Trump and Republicans, why they’re unwilling to compromise.

They’re doing whatever it takes to undermine him, aiming to defeat his 2020 reelection bid or remove him earlier by impeachment – requiring proof of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

No US president was ever removed from office this way. John Adams once said taking this step would cause a national convulsion.

Efforts to remove a sitting president are politically motivated, unrelated to the rule of law. The Dem controlled House may or may not impeach Trump. The GOP Senate won’t likely oust him.

Actions by members of both parties aim for an advantage in 2020. Of immediate concern is ending partial government shutdown.

Dems aren’t willing to compromise as long as polls favor them in this fight over Trump and Republicans. Shutdown may drag on much longer.

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"US/North Korea Summit 2.0"

by Stephen Lendman

Freelance Journalism Reports

Global News Aruba

Over seven months after Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held summit talks in Singapore, the US failed to take any meaningful good will steps toward fulfilling mutually agreed on principles.

Washington doesn’t negotiate in good faith, failing to deal with other countries fairly, seeking global dominance over all other nations, not mutually cooperative relations.

Republicans and undemocratic Dems are two sides of one-party rule, demanding everything in return for empty promises. Nothing suggests a new leaf toward North Korea turned since last June – nor is change for the better likely coming in the new year or beyond.

Hardliners in charge of Trump’s geopolitical agenda seek DPRK subservience, denuclearization a step toward achieving it, wanting the country defenseless against Korean War 2.0 if launched.

Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile deterrents are solely for defense. Throughout its history, it never attacked another country. It threatens none now.

In return for denuclearizing and agreeing to other US demands, it justifiably seeks durable peace and stability on the peninsula, iron-clad guarantees for its security, unacceptable sanctions lifted, a formal end to the 1950s war agreed to by South Korea and America, as well as normalized relations with the US, the West, and regional nations for the first time in its history.

It requires a giant leap of faith to think what’s always been unattainable throughout the entire post-WW II era is within reach now in dealing with the most extremist regime in US history – unrelentingly hostile toward all sovereign independent nations, wanting their governments replaced by pro-Western puppet rule.

Despite nothing positive achieved in US/DPRK bilateral relations since last June, a White House statement said Trump and Vice Chairman Kim Young-chol agreed on another summit to take place in late February on a date and at a location to be announced.

Deputy State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said Pompeo and special representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun met with Kim for working-level talks ahead of a follow-up summit.

Make no mistake. Lofty rhetoric by US officials belie the imperial policy initiatives they pursue. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said DLT “looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim” for more summit talks, adding:

“The United States is going to continue to keep pressure and sanctions on North Korea until we see fully and verified denuclearization.”

“We’ve had very good steps and good faith from the North Koreans in releasing the hostages and other moves. And so we’re going to continue those conversations and the president looks forward to the next meeting.”

Washington hasn’t reciprocated in kind to good will steps taken by North Korea. Ahead of Kim’s arrival in Washington, Trump’s just released Missile Defense Review called the DPRK an “extraordinary threat” to US security – a bald-faced Big Lie.

It’s been the other way around since the Korean peninsula was divided post-WW II, Pyongyang a longstanding victim of US imperial aims.

Washington continues exerting heavy pressure on North Korea, demanding full, verifiable denuclearization and compliance with its other demands before agreeing to ease unjustifiable restrictions.

Hardliners Pompeo and Bolton continue treating North Korea disdainfully, the way they abuse all sovereign independent states.

Things began unravelling straightaway after June summit talks. Last year, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry slammed the Trump regime for increasing pressure on the country, “attempting to invent a pretext for increased sanctions,” adding:

“As long as the US denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one cannot expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-US joint statement, including the denuclearization.”

The DPRK showed good faith by ceasing its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, along with dismantling its nuclear test site.

The Trump regime offered nothing in return but unacceptable hardline demands, proving it can never be trusted.

Its Missile Defense Review falsely claimed “North Korea has acquired Russian missile defense technology,” the accusation refuted by Moscow’s envoy to the DPRK, Alexander Matsegora, saying:

“The possibility that North Korea might obtain Russian missile and air defense technologies either officially or via some illegal channels is absolutely ruled out. I can state this categorically as a person who has thorough information on this score.”

“Washington is feverishly looking for another pretext for continuing and stepping up the pressure of sanctions on North Korea. The Americans’ allegations that North Korea has obtained new mobile-based missile interceptors may well turn out one of such excuses.”

“The charges against Russia are aimed at discrediting us on the platform of non-proliferation of missile technologies and in the UN Security Council, where we keep pressing for gradual easing of sanctions against North Korea in response to the measures that country’s leadership has been taking for the sake of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and easing tensions in the region.”

The US has unilaterally imposed illegal sanctions on the DPRK since 1950, the Security Council since the early 1990s, Russia, China and other nations going along with US harshness instead of vigorously opposing it.

Nations resisting Washington’s toughness are targeted for retaliation, including by restricting or denying access to the US market.

Unified opposition is the most effective way to break free. Washington remains adversarial toward North Korea because of its sovereign independence – how it mistreats all nations refusing to bend to its will.

Summit principles agreed on last year remain unfulfilled. Talks were more about advancing America’s imperium than stepping back from the brink on the Korean peninsula for regional peace – a notion bipartisan US hardliners reject everywhere.

Further rounds of US/DPRK summit talks won’t change a thing.

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'Trump to Restrict Imports of Chinese Tech Producers?'

by Stephen Lendman

Freelance Journalism Reports

Global News Aruba

Trump is reportedly preparing an executive order to restrict imports of designated Chinese telecom companies like Huawei – on the phony pretext of national security if he goes this far.

What’s in play is wanting US companies to have a leg up over Chinese competitors, especially over high-tech giants like Huawei and ZTE. Huawei is leading the race to roll out 5G technology. The company also refused to install NSA backdoors for intelligence gathering.

The Trump executive order reportedly being prepared would authorize the Commerce Department to decide which imports to restrict or ban – from countries considered US adversaries, notably China.

Washington seeks to marginalize, weaken, contain, and isolate the country, wanting its aim to become an economic, industrial and technological powerhouse undermined.

Trade war is cover for the real issue. Beijing will surely respond with toughness if its companies are unfairly treated by the US and other countries.

Sino/US tensions could escalate in the new year, depending on how far Trump regime hardliners intend pushing China.

They falsely claim equipment produced by Huawei and ZTE can be used to spy on US government and private entities. Both firms deny they’re controlled by Beijing or involved in espionage.

Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei and company chairman Ken Hu strongly denied involvement in any activities intended to harm other countries, Ren saying “Huawei firmly stands on the side of customers when it comes to cyber security and privacy.”

Key is the race for global 5G leadership, the latest state-of-the-art generation of cellular mobile communications, technology business seeks, operating much faster than what’s now available for greater efficiency.

The US and China are competing for which country will be the leader in this technology that’ll define the next generation of mobile Internet use.

It’s much more than high speed, touted as what can support the next generation of Internet-connected devices infrastructure to smart cities and driverless cars.

It’s part of Trump’s pledge to “make America great again.” China hopes to a technological world leader. Washington’s aim to prevent it matching or overtaking US firms lies at the heart of economic differences between both countries.

Mobile Internet requires agreed on global standards, 5G specifications agreed on in December. The race is on between Chinese, US, and European firms for who’ll emerge the 5G leader.

According to communications company Rivada Networks’ CEO Declan Ganley, the international race is “about who is going to define and control the model, the architecture, and the agenda of 5G, and why that matters is because 5G is the deep blue ocean of the cyber domain,” adding:

“(T)here is a big strategic play here. It’s more important than shipping lanes and being able to control your own airspace. It’s one of the most important domains that exists.”

Controlling it is what the international race is all about, trillions of dollars of economic value at stake. London-based global information provider IHS Markit estimates $12.3 trillion of global economic output by 2035.

The stakes are huge. Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE are major players. Trump regime hardliners fear they’ll win the 5G race over US companies, why an executive order may restrict or ban their imports, perhaps along with sales of US technology able to help them.

America’s trade deficit is a minor issue by comparison, distracting from the major one, China heading toward becoming the world’s largest economy along with becoming a technological powerhouse, what Washington aims to prevent.

Trump’s National Security Council communications spokesman Garrett Marquis wouldn’t confirm if an executive order is in the works targeting Beijing, saying only the following:

“The United States is working across government and with our allies and likeminded partners to mitigate risk in the deployment of 5G and other communications infrastructure.”

“Communications networks form the backbone of our society and underpin every aspect of modern life. The United States will ensure that our networks are secure and reliable.”

Sino/US tensions will surely escalate if Trump moves to restrict or ban imports from Huawei and other Chinese tech giants, along with urging other countries to do the same thing.

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Suspicious Killing of 

US Forces by ISIS

by Stephen Lendman

Washington created and supports ISIS, along with likeminded terrorist groups, arming, funding, training, and directing them, using them as proxy forces, deploying them to areas in active war theaters – in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

Why would these jihadists bite the hand feeding them? According to CENTCOM, two US soldiers, a war department civilian, a private military contractor, and others were killed by jihadists on Tuesday in the northern Syrian town of Manbij – others injured by the attack.

ISIS claimed responsibility, saying a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a local restaurant, the area patrolled by US forces, a statement saying:

“A martyrdom attacker with an explosive vest stuck a patrol of the international coalition in the city of Manbij in northeastern Aleppo.”

CENTCOM said “(i)nitial reports indicate an explosion caused the casualties, and the incident is under investigation.”

An Operation Inherent Resolve statement said it’s “aware of open source reports regarding an explosion in Syria. Coalition (sic) forces conducted a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time.”

The incident is suspicious at a time when Trump regime hardliners and Pentagon commanders strongly oppose his announced troop withdrawal from Syria.

He and Pence falsely proclaimed the defeat of ISIS, on Wednesday, the vice president saying “ISIS has been defeated (and) the caliphate has crumbled” – ignoring the incident explained above, along with US support for the terrorist group and others.

In Syria and Iraq alone, thousands of ISIS and other jihadists remain, their ranks increased by recruiting of new foot soldiers.

Bolton and Pompeo effectively overruled Trump, saying US forces will remain in Syria until ISIS is defeated and the safety Kurdish YPG fighters is guaranteed.

A State Department official said “(w)e have no timeline for our military forces to withdraw from” Syria, delay likely to be not at all.

Commenting on the Manbij attack, Senator Lindsey Graham said “(m)y concern by the statements made by president Trump is that you have set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we are fighting” – supporting the scourge while pretending to oppose it, he failed to explain.

Was the message of Tuesday’s incident the reality of ISIS and other jihadists remaining a major threat in Syria?

Was the attack orchestrated by the Pentagon and/or CIA, a way to halt the withdrawal of US forces, claiming the no-battle/battle to defeat the scourge Washington supports is far from over?

The US came to all its war theaters to stay. According to the Arabic-language Al-Maaloumeh news website, citing an Iraqi official, US forces in the country’s al-Anbar province opened passageways for ISIS fighters to move freely through.

A separate report said the Pentagon is providing ISIS jihadists with intelligence help, along with heavy weapons supplied them.

Their fighters are trained at Pentagon bases in Syria and Iraq by US special forces. Erdogan said he doesn’t believe the Manbij attack will affect Trump’s announced pullout from Syria.

His view is likely to be polar opposite what unfolds ahead. In all its active and past war theaters since Soviet Russia dissolved, US forces came to stay, Syria no different than others.

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UK Parliament Rejects Theresa May’s No-Brexit/Brexit Deal

by Stephen Lendman

Tuesday, January 15, at Westminster will long be remembered, a historic day, one for the record books.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s no-Brexit/Brexit deal was thunderously defeated by a 432 – 202 margin – the greatest rejection of a UK leader’s legislative aim in modern times.

Defeat of her no-deal/deal was certain ahead of Tuesday’s vote. The only uncertainty was by how much. The overwhelming margin surprised some observers – including 118 Tories opposing it from the party’s Leave and Remain wings.

Over two-and-a-half years since a majority of Britain’s electorate voted to leave the EU were wasted. The union was and remains a CIA-created construct, Western European countries agreeing to subordinate their sovereignty to America.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, 13 US states were UK colonies, an intolerable arrangement – ended when America’s constitutional framers declared their independence from Britain on July 4, 1776.

Now it’s the other way around. Post-WW II, 28 Western European countries became US colonies, controlled by Washington, what none of them should have agreed to, betraying their people.

Leaving the union, dissolving it altogether, should be a no-brainer. No sitting governments should allow a foreign authority to control their affairs on vital issues.

After the Soviet Union dissolved in December 1991, all Western and most Eastern European countries became virtual US colonies, the shame of their authorities for going this way – agreeing to go along with Washington’s aim to subordinate the sovereignty of all nations worldwide to its own.

After Tuesday’s vote, where things go from here in Britain is uncertain. At least five factions in parliament have different views on whether to leave or not to leave the EU, including on what terms by Brexit supporters.

A majority for one way doesn’t exist. No Brexit may follow, or delaying a resolution of the issue months longer, perhaps a second referendum later this year.

A previous article explained that Theresa May only pretended to support Brexit publicly, an idea she opposed instead.

Her earlier remarks about “Brexit means Brexit.” Britain won’t remain “half-in (and) half-out” of the EU were hollow.

Mostly in and partly out is precisely what she agreed to with Brussels, opposite of what Britain’s electorate voted for, a colossal betrayal while pretending otherwise.

In 2016 as home secretary, she stated her real position on Brexit, saying “the economic arguments are clear…(B)eing part of a 500-million trading bloc is significant for us.”

“…(A) lot of people will invest here in the UK because it is the UK in Europe…(T)here…are definite benefits for us in economic terms.”

“There are definitely things we can do as members of the European Union that I think keep us more safe.”

Her real position as home secretary revealed her sham one as PM, pretending to support what she opposed, why she delayed resolution of the issue for over two-and-a-half years, then capitulated to Brussels’ demands – a clear attempt to keep Britain largely in the EU.

Immediately following Tuesday’s vote, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence vote against May’s leadership – to be debated on Wednesday evening local time, Corbyn saying:

“This is a catastrophic defeat. The house has delivered its verdict on her deal. Delay and denial has reached the end of the line.”

The no-confidence vote is highly unlikely to succeed. Tories support May’s leadership to retain power. The pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG) and Democratic Unionist party (DUP) said they’ll support May remaining PM.

A new election is possible but unlikely. Most often following the type of parliamentary defeat occurring on Tuesday, a sitting PM would resign.

For now at least, May intends to press on despite having no plan B. She’ll hold meetings with senior parliamentarians from all parties to “identify what would be required to secure the backing of the house,” she announced, what hasn’t happened since June 2016, what’s most unlikely ahead.

It’s unclear when she’ll head to Brussels. It’s very clear she’ll get no more than minor concessions, most likely none at all, surely nothing to make a difference in how things stand now.

She pretends to support Brexit she opposed all along. Early next week, she’ll announce her intentions going forward. There’s no better deal awaiting her in Brussels that former foreign minister Boris Johnson urged her to seek.

As of now, Britain faces a March 29 deadline on whether to leave, with or without a deal, or stay in the EU. The European Court of Justice ruled that the UK can cancel the Lisbon Treaty’s Article 50 process unilaterally, or it can be extended if all 28 EU member-states agree.

The Treaty states that “(a)ny Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.”

May earlier said MPs have a choice between her deal or “no Brexit at all.” Both options offered no-deal based on what she and Brussels agreed to.

Corbyn wants a general election. If held and Labor wins, he’ll renegotiate a new Brexit deal with Brussels, he said. The March 29 deadline would need to be extended under this arrangement.

If unable to get a general election, Corbyn supports a second referendum, exactly how the issue would be put to voters not indicated so far.

May’s no-deal/deal is dead. The fullness of time will reveal what’ll be presented to replace it. As of now, it’s very uncertain how things will play out.

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Trump Regime Arrests Iranian Journalist Without Just Cause

by Stephen Lendman

Thousands of political prisoners languish in America’s gulag prison system domestically and abroad. The shame of the nation operates globally.

America is obsessed with mass imprisonment, punishment, commodifying targeted individuals to fill beds for its prison/industrial complex, a multi-billion dollar industry, a racist system harming the nation’s most vulnerable, mainly poor Blacks and Latinos, along with being Muslim in America at the wrong and/or from the wrong countries.

Others are targeted for supporting ethnic justice, racial emancipation, political, economic and social equality across gender and color lines, or being unwanted aliens of the wrong race, religion, and/or ethnicity.

The nation’s most vulnerable are victimized by judicial unfairness, get tough on crime policies, a guilty unless proved innocent system, three strikes and you’re out, or being too poor to afford a proper defense with a competent attorney representing them.

The so-called “land of the free” is a fascist police state, breaching rule of law principles, mocking democratic values, terrorizing nations, groups and individuals opposed to its aim for global dominance.

Nearly two-and-a-half million human beings are locked in cages by the US, many in emotionally destructive isolation – held in federal and state facilities, local jails, Indian, juvenile, and military ones, US territories, as well as thousands of unwanted aliens held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Most targeted individuals are imprisoned for nonviolent offenses, often illicit drug related, many guilty of no more than minor misdemeanors, many others wrongfully convicted, along with countless numbers for political reasons.

Born in New Orleans, a US citizen, dividing her time between the US and the Islamic Republic, Iranian Press TV journalist/anchor Marzieh Hashemi was unlawfully arrested and jailed on arrival at St. Louis Lambert International Airport – in America to visit her ill brother and other family members.

Reportedly she’s in FBI custody, held in Washington. She’s a friend. I’ve known Marzieh and been interviewed by her many times through the years on Press TV.

She’s a superb professional I greatly respect. I’m appalled about her unjust arrest and abusive mistreatment, another example of a nation contemptuous of fundamental rights, norms and standards.

It’s unknown why she was arrested, handcuffed, shackled, and otherwise mistreated like a criminal which she is not – likely because she’s a Muslim from the wrong country in America at the wrong time, not for any criminal offense or wrongdoing of any kind.

A Muslim convert, she’s been living in Iran for years. In custody, her hijab head covering was forcibly removed, photographed without it on arrival in detention.

She’s only been given pork to eat, what Islamic law forbids, a likely willful affront for offering it, denying her bread and other halal food after she refused to eat what religious Muslims won’t consume.

For 48 hours, she had a packet of crackers alone. A Press TV statement said the following, repeating some of the above information:

The broadcaster “would like to hereby express its strong protest at the recent apprehension and violent treatment of Ms. Marzieh Hashemi, born Melanie Franklin in the United States, who is currently serving as an anchor for the English-language television news network.

A female African-American international journalist, a mother and a grandmother, Ms. Hashemi has traveled to the United States to visit her family members, including her brother, who is suffering from cancer.

She was, however, arrested at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri on January 13, 2019 by US police, and transferred by FBI agents to a detention center in Washington, DC.

Ms. Hashemi has told her family in a phone conversation last night that she has been subjected to violent and abusive treatment from the very onset as described below:

Ms. Hashemi is yet to be arraigned or given a reason for her detention and imprisonment. She, herself, is at a loss to know why she should ever face apprehension.

Her family members were kept completely in the dark about her situation for two straight days following the arrest.

Immediately after arrest, she was forced to remove her hijab (the head covering for Muslim women) even though the authorities knew about her being a Muslim.

They allowed her only a T-shirt to wear, with her forearms being exposed against Islamic law. She was even photographed in that state.

The authorities running the detention facility have paid no heed to her religious preferences, despite her repeated protests.

She has been forced to use another T-shirt to cover her head so as to remain observant of Islamic values.

She has been denied halal food (food permissible under Islamic law), being offered only pork as meal and not even bread, which she has requested to avoid the meat.

Ms. Hashemi has had nothing to eat other than a packet of crackers since her apprehension. The resulting malnutrition, compounded by cold weather conditions, has made her weak and infirm.

Her current feeble health condition necessitates urgent medical attention.

The United States government is accountable for any potential harm or hazard that would affect Ms. Hashemi’s mental or physical condition.

Accordingly, as part of the media community, we expect that all international media outlets set about relaying this affair without delay.

We, further, call for the immediate and unconditional release of Ms. Hashemi, and for the US government to apologize to both the journalist and the international media community for her treatment.”

Two Twitter pages were launched to support her:

#FreeMarziehHashemi and


I tweeted the following message to the #FreeMarziehHashemi page:

I was appalled to learn about Marzieh’s shocking arrest and mistreatment on arrival in America. I intend to inform my readers about the grave affront to her dignity and fundamental rights. I pray for her speedy release.

I condemn the brutal actions of a ruthless nation, things the same under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, two wings of America’s war party, threatening humanity at home and abroad.

Add your thoughts by expressing support for Marzieh on the Twitter pages set up on her behalf.

A Final Comment

On Wednesday, the Switzerland-based Journalist Support Committee (JSC) called for the Trump regime to immediately release Press TV journalist Marzieh Hashemi, saying:

“The United States of America must release Marzieh Hashemi who is suffering a clear violation of human rights on the basis of unspecified charges,” adding:

“This is an assault on freedom of expression, undoubtedly her profession, and her religion have come into play as US authorities continue to treat her in such an inhumane and degrading manner.”

“The Journalist Support Committee calls on the international community to speak out against the maltreatment of Marzieh Hashemi which is indicative of a worrying trend in this current Trump administration towards increased persecution of journalists.”

Her son Hussein, a University of Colorado research fellow, said “(w)e have no idea what’s going on. My siblings and I…have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. We don’t know what this is about or how it’s unfolding,” adding:

His mother “is harassed regularly. Every time she travels using air travel, she is pulled to the side. Each time it’s an hour-long, even two-hour-long interview, interrogation. This has been going on for almost a decade now.”

Unlawfully detained by the FBI since Sunday, the bureau failed to explain its action against a law-abiding figure guilty of no wrongdoing, no charges indicated against her.

Deputy chief of Iran’s IRIB broadcaster Paiman Jebeli said “(w)e will not spare any legal action” to help her.

Her brother Milton Leroy Franklin expressed great concern for her welfare, saying “(t)here’s no way of getting any word to her and she can’t send any out. We’re all in the dark and just waiting and praying that they release her.”

According to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasem, Marzieh’s arrest reflects the Trump regime’s “apartheid and racist policy,” adding: “We hope that the innocent person will be released without any condition.”

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) issued a statement, demanding unlawfully arrested and detained Marzieh Hahsemi be released. The organization urged the UN Rapporteur on Arbitrary Detention to intervene on her behalf.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed the Trump regime, saying its action “is an unacceptable political move and a violation of freedom of speech. On that basis, the Americans should immediately end this political game.”

Several Americans are imprisoned in Iran on legitimate charges, including espionage. Perhaps Marzieh’s arrest and detention is part of a scheme to demand their release, holding her unlawfully until the Trump regime gets its way.

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Trump and Turkey Exchange Hostile Remarks

by Stephen Lendman

Freelance Journalism

Global News Aruba

The US pretends to be combatting the scourge of ISIS it created and supports. The same goes for al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other terrorist groups, used as imperial foot soldiers.

US officials pretend concern for Kurds they don’t care a hoot about, using its fighters as proxy forces in northern Syria, to be abandoned when no longer needed, the way Washington always operates.

Via Twitter, Trump warned Ankara against attacking Kurds in northern Syria, saying: “Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds. Create 20 mile safe zone,” adding:

“(D)o not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey. Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term US policy of destroying ISIS in Syria…”

A geopolitical know-nothing, aware only of what his handlers feed him, along with Fox News misinformation and disinformation, his favorite TV channel, Trump may actually believe the US is combating the scourge of ISIS it supports.

If he followed reliable independent media, he’d know what’s going on. He’d know the US has 30 or more bases in Syria and Iraq, building new ones, supplying them with a steady supply of heavy weapons, munitions and equipment, showing Pentagon forces intend staying in both countries.

Erdogan’s aide Ibrahim Kalin responded to his remarks, tweeting: “Mr @realDonaldTrump Terrorists can’t be your partners & allies. Turkey expects the US to honor our strategic partnership and doesn’t want it to be shadowed by terrorist propaganda. There is no difference between DAESH, PKK, PYD and YPG. We will continue to fight against them all.”

Separately, Turkey’s Erdogan and Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said a military operation against Kurdish YPG fighters east of the Euphrates River will be launched whether US forces stay or leave northern Syria.

Turkish forces are mobilized along the border with Syria, their numbers increasing ahead of cross-border aggression. According to the Arabic-language Al-Manar news site, Turkey’s army shelled YPG positions in the town of Raas in northwestern Hasaka, Syria, likely prelude for the coming offensive.

Ahead of its launch, Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said “we have recently stepped up contacts with the Kurdish side and intensified them to reflect the challenges that threaten the region,” adding:

He’s “optimistic…(W)e encourage these political groups to be sincere in dialogue that is happening now between the Syrian state and these groups, taking into account that there is no alternative to that.”

Weeks earlier, Syrian YPG leader Sipan Hemo offered Damascus control over Kurdish territory in return for local autonomy, perhaps an idea whose time has come.

So far, Damascus is unwilling to change its constitution to permit it. At the same time, Syrian Foreign Ministry official Ayman Soussan said “(t)he Kurds are an integral part of the Syrian nation.”

“We are sure that we are able to resolve a number of difficult issues through a dialogue, and this is guaranteed as long as the dialogue is based on the principle of territorial integrity of Syria and the unity of its people.”

A Final Comment

On Monday, Pompeo met with Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh. According to Middle East Eye (MEE), he “delivered…a roadmap” for shielding him from responsibility for ordering Jamal Kashoggi’s murder last October.

“The plan includes an option to pin the Saudi journalist’s murder on an innocent member of the ruling al-Saud family in order to insulate those at the very top,” said MEE – a designated patsy yet to be chosen.

The State Department denied the allegation, calling it “a complete misrepresentation of the secretary’s diplomatic mission to Saudi Arabia.”

Pompeo presented the plan to MBS earlier, apparently again on Monday before returning to Washington.

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Trump Colluding and Chummy with Putin?

by Stephen Lendman

Freelance Journalism

Global News Aruba

Make no mistake. Trump disgraces the office he holds. So do the vast majority of Republicans and undemocratic Dems.

US political profiles in courage are rare exceptions to the rule – practically none on both sides of the aisle today. The nation is run by and for its ruling class exclusively, mocking what democracy is supposed to be all about – not in America, not earlier, for sure not now.

The nation’s dismal state continues to worsen, not improve, over time. Americans are ill-governed and ill-served by one-party rule with two right wings at the federal, state and local levels – pols and bureaucrats betraying the constituents they’re sworn to serve.

They oppose peace, equity and justice, favor forever wars on humanity, wanting all nations subjugated as vassal states, ordinary people exploited and otherwise abused.

America’s major media function as a collective mouthpiece for the imperial state, Wall Street, and other corporate interests – journalism the way it should be long ago abandoned.

They and powerful interests they represent are the shame of the nation – an increasingly totalitarian plutocracy, oligarchy and kleptocracy, not a democracy.

A separate article discussed the farcical notion of Trump operating as a Russian spy, wittingly or unwittingly working for the Kremlin against his own country over private conversations with Vladimir Putin.

Virtually all heads of state do the same thing with their counterparts in other countries, nothing sinister, improper or illegal about it.

Yet the self-styled newspaper of record NYT took the lead in promoting the falsified claim, followed by the neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post and other establishment media – absurdly suggesting Trump may be working for the Kremlin against US interests.

An implausible notion is top-featured in print and electronic media reports, more evidence of how low the nation’s dominant fourth estate has sunk, more proof of its worthlessness – to be shunned, not followed.

Times disinformation was discussed in a separate article. WaPo accused Trump of “conceal(ing) details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin,” adding:

He went to “extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former US officials said.”

At best, the above remarks are a gross exaggeration, at worst bald-faced lies, part of longstanding media collusion with undemocratic Dems and other anti-Trump dark forces to weaken and delegitimize him – attacking him for the wrong reasons, ignoring the most important right ones.

Russia is Washington’s enemy No. 1 for its sovereign independence, opposition to US imperial wars, supporting vitally needed multi-world polarity, aiding Syria defeat US-supported ISIS and other terrorists, preventing the imperial state from gaining another trophy, among other hostile reasons.

Longstanding US plans call for regime change in Russia, China, Iran, and all other sovereign independent countries, naked aggression the favored strategy of Republicans and Dems, demanded by America’s military, industrial, security, media complex.

Notably since WW II, the business of America is war, a national addiction, today with super-weapons able to end life on earth if used in enough numbers.

Eisenhower’s warning against military, industrial complex dangers went unheeded. “The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist,” he stressed.

US militarism and belligerence today represent a far greater threat than his warning nearly six decades ago.

Carte blanche executive and congressional warmaking authority makes world peace and stability unattainable.

So does empowering war-profiteers to gorge at the public trough, countless trillions of dollars spent for smashing one country after another, along with maintaining and increasing the Pentagon’s global empire of bases – used as platforms for warmaking.

Trump is no exception to the rule. All US presidents are hostage to dark forces running America, front men for their diabolical interests.

He’s a businessman. Throughout his private life, he focused on revenues and profit-making. As president, he’s co-opted by imperial interests.

Along with serving corporate America, US presidents, lawmakers, and the courts prioritize pursuing the nation’s imperial agenda, Trump like all his predecessors.

No evidence suggests he’s secretly colluding with Russia or any other foreign power against US imperial interests. So-called bombshell NYT, WaPo, and other media reports laid an egg.

So did undemocratic Dem Senator Richard Durbin, shamefully accusing Trump of being “so chummy” with Putin, adding:

“This man who is a former KGB agent, has never been a friend of the United States, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world, and tries his damnedest to undermine our elections. Why is this President Trump’s best buddy? I don’t get it.”

Durbin is one of countless congressional Russophobic mudslingers, Big Lies, deception, and character assassination their modus operandi, supporting an agenda hostile to ordinary people everywhere, backing endless wars of aggression, serving the imperial state and monied interests.

Durbin, Schumer, and other undemocratic Dems called for Senate hearings into Trump’s so-called relationship with Putin, Schumer earlier saying:

“Our Republican colleagues need to join us in demanding testimony from the president’s national security team that was in Helsinki, and we need to do that immediately.”

“We need hearings, as soon as possible, to assess what President Trump might have committed to President Putin in secret. The Senate needs to know what happened behind closed doors.”

Trump responded to accusations against him, saying “I’m not keeping anything under wraps. I couldn’t care less” about releasing details of his conversations with Putin.

“I had a conversation like every president does,” Trump said Saturday. “You sit with the president of various countries. I do it with all countries.”

Stuff being reported about his meetings with Putin is “so ridiculous…making up” things that didn’t happen. A White House statement slammed the accusations, calling them “inaccurate…insulting, (and) ridiculous.”

Most often Trump’s public remarks combine bombast, hyperbole, and gross exaggeration with turning truth on its head.

Not on the above accusations, fabricated as part of a diabolical plot to discredit, delegitimize, and remove him from office – either by impeachment for the wrong reasons or at the polls in 2020.

That’s what’s been going on relentlessly since his triumph over Hillary and inauguration. He won an election he was supposed to lose.

Hostile dark forces and most establishment media are unforgiving, going all-out against him. Falsely suggesting he’s a witting or unwitting Manchurian candidate, serving Russian interests against America is the latest fabricated broadside against him.

The next two years look certain to be some of the most politically tumultuous in US history – clearer evidence than already that American exceptionalism, moral superiority, and the indispensable state don’t exist.

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