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Leaked TTIP Documents Reveal a Stealth Corporate Coup

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 02:16
Leaked TTIP Documents Reveal a Stealth Corporate Coup
by Stephen Lendman
The so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), like its Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) counterpart, isn’t about growth-promoting trade benefitting everyone equitably.
Just the opposite!! Both assault personal freedoms. They’re anti-consumer, anti-public welfare, anti-ecosanity business sweetheart deals, giving corporate predators control over the lives of populations in all countries agreeing to these deals.
It lets them operate unaccountably, overriding sovereign legal restraints at the expense of societies fit to live in.
Greenpeace leaked 248 pages of classified documents being negotiated, saying TTIP “threaten(s) to have far-reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and US.”
At stake is “a huge transfer of power from people to big business.” Personal freedoms, consumer protections and environmental safeguards are threatened.
TTIP rules empower profit-making above human health, welfare, labor rights, digital freedom and virtually all other consumer safeguards. 
They prevent nations from “protect(ing) human, animal and plant life or health.” They fail to “conserv(e) exhaustible natural resources.”
Corporate empowerment under TTIP and TTP assures dismantling vital safety standards protecting human health and welfare.
Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch lists the top TTIP threats as follows:
“Wall Street: Roll Back Financial Reforms
Agribusiness: Weaken Food Safety Standards
Oil and Gas Corporations: Halt Green Energy Policies
Monsanto, et al: Remove GMO Labels and Limits
Chemical Corporations: Allow Exposure to Untested Chemicals
Transnational Corporations: Empower Investor Attacks on Safeguards
Chronic Job Offshorers: Ban Buy American, Buy Local and Buy Green Policies
Corporate think tanks: Debunking Bogus Claims of TTIP Economic Gains”
TPP and TTIP will thirdworldize participating nations, benefitting business and investor interests at the expense of most others.
War on Want’s executive director John Hillary believes leaking TTIP’s hellish anti-consumer, anti-public safety and welfare details means “the beginning of the end for this much hated deal.”
He’s right if sustained mass actions against it refuse to tolerate its enactment. He’s wrong if people complain and do little or nothing.
It’s up to us to kill this monster and its TPP counterpart!! At stake is freedom or slavery!!
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Russian v. EU Refugee Policy

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 23:20
Russian v. EU Refugee Policy
by Stephen Lendman
Since US-supported Kiev putschists waged war on their own people, Russia welcomed well over a million Ukrainian refugees, rejecting fascist rule, most deciding never to return.
Earlier, Sergey Lavrov said “Ukrainian refugees should be given the right to live where they want.” On May 1, Putin made it easier, approving a new law, simplifying the issuance of residence permits to refugees from Ukraine and other countries.
It skips the former temporary permit system for one year for refugees and their families. According to Federal Migration Service acting head Yekaterina Yegorova, residence permission now grants its holders the right to housing, to be registered where they’re domiciled, and be eligible for mortgage loans.
Contrast Russia’s refugee policy with Europe’s - colluding with fascist Turkey to warehouse desperate people fleeing US/NATO/Riyadh/Israeli war theaters, wanting as many as possible kept out of EU countries - flagrantly breaching international humanitarian law.
Arrivals are unwanted, deplorably mistreated, confined under squalid conditions, denied their fundamental rights.
In Turkey, they’re “abandoned to a life of destitution,” according to Amnesty International. Many are ruthlessly deported, others lethally shot by border guards.
EU countries complicit with Washington, Turkey, Riyadh, Israel and other rogue partners created the severest refugee crisis since WW II - rejecting their responsibility to shoulder a solution.
Russia welcomes Ukrainian refugees fleeing fascist belligerence. Fortress Europe wants desperate people seeking safe havens from war zones kept out. 
So does America. Turkey is illegally deporting thousands of Syrian refugees back home, blocking entry to others, lethally shooting some.
Brussels continues turning a blind eye. EU officials want millions of desperate people denied their legal right to asylum. They’re uncaring about countless numbers drowning at sea or perishing from diseases or deprivation.
They established a policy designed to force refugees to go elsewhere, stay home, or be confined in concentration camps outside Europe - detained indefinitely against their will under deplorable conditions.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

Phantom Free Syrian Army Rejects Peace

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 23:19
Phantom Free Syrian Army Rejects Peace
by Stephen Lendman
The phantom FSA exists on paper alone. All anti-government armed groups are US-backed terrorists - death squads imported from scores of countries.
Syria is Obama’s war, orchestrated by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Its goal is replacing Assad with pro-Western puppet governance like the US controlled Iraqi regime, partitioning both countries, looting their resources and exploiting their people.
Illegally deploying hundreds of US special forces to northern Syria is part of the imperial scheme - on the phony pretext of aiding nonexistent “moderate rebels.”
Russia supports Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity. How far it intends going to protect them remains to be seen.
Washington won’t likely confront Moscow belligerently over Syria. At the same time, the presence of US combat forces on its territory with likely larger numbers coming risks making the nation more of a dangerous flashpoint for potential East-West conflict than already.
So-called FSA US-backed terrorists reject cessation of hostilities and peace. On Sunday, a group declaration of continued war said “(w)e, the armed groups from across Syria will form a single bloc. 
“Any offensive that takes place in an area where our units are present will be regarded as an attack against all the units throughout the Syrian territory, and we reserve the right to respond to it.”
International law affirms the right of self-defense. Syria was invaded by US-sponsored death squads. Assad is responsibly defending his nation and people, Russia aiding him to defeat a scourge vital to eliminate.
Washington talks peace while waging naked aggression. Its rage for world dominance makes conflict resolution unattainable.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network

Departing NATO Commander Hypes Nonexistent Russian Threat

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 23:11
Departing NATO Commander Hypes Nonexistent Russian Threat
by Stephen Lendman
Thousands more US-led NATO forces are being provocatively deployed near Russia’s borders.
Interviewed by Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter broadsheet, Sergey Lavrov accused NATO of “inching closer and closer to Russia’s borders. But when Russia takes action to ensure its security, we are told that Russia is engaging in dangerous maneuvers near NATO borders. In fact, NATO borders are getting closer to Russia, not the opposite.”
The 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act prohibits provocatively deploying Alliance forces near Russia’s borders. US history shows a flagrant disregard for agreement terms.
Hyping a nonexistent Russian threat is part of US-led NATO fear-mongering, a pretext for greater military spending at a time demilitarization should be prioritized - resources used for vital social and other domestic needs gone begging.
Breedlove urges greater numbers of intelligence assets involved in spying on Russia, monitoring its activities.
He lied saying Moscow “has not accepted the hand of partnership but has chosen a path of belligerence. We need to readdress where we’re heading.”
Fact: Putin is the world’s preeminent peacemaker - waging war on no other nation, threatening none.
Fact: Endless US-led NATO wars partnered with Israel and other rogue state allies threaten world peace.
Breedlove and likeminded hawks accuse Russia of rejecting “Western values…chos(ing) a different path…”
Russia is proudly independent and intends remaining so. It rejects provocative US-led NATO actions threatening its security, responding accordingly.
America wages endless wars of aggression. An unthinkable US-instigated global one seems inevitable.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. 

Cruz/Sanders Campaigns on Life Support

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 22:53
Cruz/Sanders Campaigns on Life Support
by Stephen Lendman
Trump and Clinton are their parties’ presumptive nominees, too far ahead to be overtaken. Polls show them leading in most remaining primaries.
Ahead of Tuesday’s Indiana contest, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows Trump way ahead of his rivals.
Asked on Fox News Sunday if winning Indiana assures his nomination, he brashly said “(y)es, it’s over. It’s already over.”
On NBC’s Meet the Press, Cruz maintained a brave face, saying “I think the support we are seeing is surging.” Various polls indicate otherwise.
On CNN’s State of the Union, Clinton said “you have to look at reality.” It’s time for Sanders to step aside.
He and Cruz are too far behind to catch up. Will they continue their campaigns into July or concede because they have no chance to become their parties’ nominees?
Democrats decided on Clinton as standard bearer before campaigning began last year. Its primaries are theater, not a legitimate process to determine the will of the people.
Trump surprised, a rarity in US politics, a candidate party bosses oppose able to defeat all rivals anyway.
He or Clinton will succeed Obama. Should anyone care? Clinton’s public record should scare everyone - pro-war, pro-business, anti-populist.
Trump is a political unknown. He claims he’ll resist interventionism while focusing on domestic issues. At the same time, he intends assuring America maintains the world’s strongest military “so nobody’s going to mess with us.”
Nobody has for over 70 years. America faces no threats now, yet endless US wars continue. Expecting Trump to break with longstanding tradition is self-delusion.
He differs from Clinton in one key respect. He’s unlikely to start WW  III - a major risk if his Democrat rival wins.
She’s the most ruthlessly aggressive presidential aspirant in US history, representing pure evil. Don’t let her campaign rhetoric fool you, a litany of lies concealing her real agenda.
Whoever wins in November, monied interests win and ordinary Americans lose - why I urge voting none of the above or staying home.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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