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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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'Dems Reject Trump’s Proposed Deal to End Government Shutdown'

by Stephen Lendman

Freelance Journalism Reports

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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

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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

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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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