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Nest Reminds Customers That Ownership Isn't What It Used to Be

eff.org - Wed, 06/04/2016 - 08:34

Nest Labs, a home automation company acquired by Google in 2014, will disable some of its customers' home automation control devices in May. This move is causing quite a stir among people who purchased the $300 Revolv Hub devices—customers who reasonably expected that the promised "lifetime" of updates would enable the hardware they paid for to actually work, only to discover the manufacturer can turn their device into a useless brick when it so chooses.

It used to be that when you bought an appliance, you owned it, and you could take it apart, repair it, and plug in whatever accessories you wanted without the manufacturer's knowledge or permission.

Nowadays, software enables devices to do new, useful things, but it also enables manufacturers to exert more control than ever before over their customers. Manufacturers use software to ensure a device serves their financial interests throughout its lifetime, forcing you to go to an authorized repair shop, buy official parts, and stay out of the secret workings of the device that would let you know what it's doing with the data it collects about you.

The latest example, the Hub, communicates with and controls home electronics using several different communication standards. The Hub debuted in 2013 and was discontinued after Nest acquired Revolv in late 2014. One selling point was that the one-time payment of $300 included a "Lifetime Subscription," including updates. In fact, the device shipped without all of its antennas being functional yet. Customers expected that the antennas would be enabled via updates.

Customers likely didn't expect that, 18 months after the last Revolv Hubs were sold, instead of getting more upgrades, the device would be intentionally, permanently, and completely disabled. (To be fair, the Revolv Hub design resembles HAL from Space Odyssey: 2001, so perhaps someone saw this betrayal coming).

Nest Labs and Google are both subsidiaries of Alphabet, Inc., and bricking the Hub sets a terrible precedent for a company with ambitions to sell self-driving cars, medical devices, and other high-end gadgets that may be essential to a person’s livelihood or physical safety.

This is far from the first time that customers' software and electronics have been downgraded by manufacturers. Updates can disable features the customer paid for that have fallen out of favor with the vendor, as when Google disabled privacy settings on Android or Sony took away the ability to run GNU/Linux on a Playstation 3. Manufacturers can even render a device unusable until the customer "agrees" to new terms of use, as Nintendo did with the Wii U. Other software and devices, including some video games, are designed so they simply stop working when they can no longer dial home to a server run by the vendor.

In an ideal world, Hub owners would be free to point their devices at a different central server, run by a third-party competitor or a trusted friend, or even run such a server on their own. They would likewise be free to collaborate on improved software that would unlock the potential of the Hub hardware or purchase such software from a competitor to Nest.

Other companies in Nest's position, though, have alleged that such conduct violates the DMCA's Section 1201. Last year, for example, video game companies told the Librarian of Congress that it would violate Section 1201 for a customer to tweak their game so it keeps working after the company stops supporting it. Though we don't agree that this tweaking constitutes a violation, we argued that in any case an exemption should be made to Section 1201 so that it is clear players may keep video games alive. The effort was successful for "local gameplay."

Home automation hubs were not on the agenda for the rulemaking last year. This means that, if the Revolv Hub includes an access control that needs to be circumvented to get at its code, then tinkerers who want to keep their $300 devices alive will need to operate in the legal grey area created by conflicting court decisions about the scope of Section 1201.

We work to improve the law and protect your right to tinker with technology. But there's another way to push back against untrustworthy devices, and that's refusing to buy electronics and software that prioritize the manufacturer's wishes above your own. Certainly Alphabet, which owns both Nest and Google, is going to have trouble selling its hardware in the future if it doesn't provide customers some assurance that they won't be left in the cold like those who rely on the Revolv Hub.

Related Cases: 2015 DMCA Rulemaking
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Cuba's Most Important Exports: Goodwill, Doctors and Teachers

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 06/04/2016 - 02:46
Cuba’s Most Important Exports: Goodwill, Doctors and Teachers
by Stephen Lendman
Cuba prioritizes world peace, stability, cooperative relations with all nations and respect for rule of law principles.
It considers healthcare and education fundamental human rights for all its people - constitutionally guaranteed. 
In America, they’re commodities, available based on the ability to pay, the world’s richest country increasingly ignoring vital needs of its majority population, especially its most disadvantaged, serving its privileged class exclusively.
Cuba has 21 medical schools, the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine (LASM) the world’s largest with an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students from scores of countries worldwide.
They get expense-free world-class education in return for committing to provide Cuban-style medical services in home or other countries to low-income, under-served communities in need. 
A holistic approach focuses on individual needs, prevention, lifestyle changes important for good health and community wellness.
A medical education in America leaves students without financial help $200,000 or more indebted. They can get world-class training in Cuba in return for abiding by its model health code - serving people, giving up private practice for profit.
Cuban trained doctors serve low income communities in scores of countries worldwide, including in remote areas. So do its educators, trained to focus on teaching and learning - polar opposite of US public schools teaching to the test.
Cuba is a model social society. Spending a small fraction of the cost of healthcare in America, it provides better services overall, everyone treated equally, no one left out, world-class care available.
Cuban healthcare meets WHO standards, including:
  • effectiveness;

  • high “quantitative health indicators like infant mortality, nutritional status, and life expectancy;” and

  • social impact with regard “not only (to) social justice and the mobilization of community resources but the process through which people gain greater control over the social, political, economic, and environmental factors that affect their health.”

Cuba is unique. Many hundreds of thousands of its doctors and other medical staff have served low-income, usually impoverished communities, in three-fourths of the world’s countries since exporting healthcare began in 1961 - including many thousands now in scores of countries, a policy initiative unimaginable from America.
One of the hemisphere’s poorest nations shames its richest - in how it treats its own people and helps millions worldwide.
Cuba wages goodwill, world-class healthcare and education, its most important exports and homeland services.
America wages state terror, endless wars of aggression, mass slaughter and destruction, disdain for democratic values and immiseration on an unprecedented scale.
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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Israeli State Terror Aims to Incite, not Curb, Palestinian Resistance

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 06/04/2016 - 02:16
Israeli State Terror Aims to Incite, not Curb, Palestinian Resistance
by Stephen Lendman
Israeli/Palestinian peaceful coexistence is as simple as ending illegal occupation and ruthless persecution, along with affording Muslim citizens the same rights as Jews.
Peace defeats Israel’s agenda. Violence and viciousness serve it. Collective punishment isn’t by chance. It was planned long ago for a state with maximum Jews and minimum Arabs, remaining ones exploited for their cheap labor, their fundamental rights denied.
Resistance against oppression is a fundamental human right, affirmed under international law. Israel unjustifiably calls it terrorism or incitement to violence.
It wants historic Palestine cleansed of its Arab residents, legally entitled to the land they own and have lived on for centuries.
Netanyahu exceeds the worst of Sharonian evil, extrajudicially executing defenseless Palestinians daily - over 210 since last October 1, injuring many thousands, imprisoning countless numbers, kidnapping dozens of men, women and children weekly for the crime of not being Jews.
Families of Palestinians wrongfully accused of terrorism face losing homes to Israeli bulldozers. On Monday, seven families were targeted, dozens lawlessly punished, including children. They’re homeless, victims of Israeli viciousness.
Israel’s rubber-stamp High Court of (In)justice rejected petitions filed on behalf of four families to save their homes regime authorities had no right to demolish.
Rubble replaced them. At times, victims are forced to pay for the loss of their own property. Since January, Israeli bulldozers left 650 Palestinians homeless. Half were children. 
Families guilty of no crimes were punished, their fundamental human rights violated.
At times, entire misnamed unrecognized Bedouin villages are destroyed, residents displaced from land they and their ancestors lived on for generations or centuries, long before Israel was created.
Israelis are governed under civil law, Occupied Palestinians under ruthless military orders controlling  virtually every aspect of their lives, creating intolerable conditions, arousing justifiable resistance.
When persecuted people face daily state terror, their choice is resist, endure horrific oppression or die.
Long-suffering Palestinians deserve universal support, Israeli criminals held accountable for longstanding genocidal high crimes.
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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NYT Debate on Zionism: A Small Positive Step Short of a Giant Leap Needed

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 21:44
NYT Debate on Zionism: A Small Positive Step Short of a Giant Leap Needed
by Stephen Lendman
Most Times “Room for Debate” discussions are more one-sided advocacy than legitimate debates, establishment views drowning out alternative ones.
On April 4, it asked “(i)s anti-Zionism anti-Semitism? One has nothing to do with the other. Two of five contributors correctly equated Zionism with racism.
Two others were one-sidedly pro-Israeli. One other expressed support for “legitimate political expression.” Most important is full and accurate reporting and analysis, truth-telling alone.
Debate has no room for deception and defending the indefensible. Legitimate journalism demands explaining Zionism’s true nature.
It’s ideologically racist, extremist, undemocratic, militant and harmful to Jews and non-Jews alike - incompatible and irreconcilable with Judaism, violating Torah doctrine.
Israeli scholar, critic, and life-long human rights activist Israel Shahak (1933 - 2001) explained the dangers of Jewish chauvinism, religious fanaticism, and its influence on American polity.
He wrote extensively on how Israel discriminates in favor of Jews in virtually all aspects of life, including what he called most important - “residency rights, the right to work (and to have) equality before the law.”
Zionist ideology demeans non-Jews, denying them equal rights. Israeli law and practices enforce discrimination against non-Jewish Israeli citizens (for their religion), mainly Arab Muslims, unimaginable in just societies.
According to Shahak, “(t)he obvious intention of such discriminatory measures is to decrease the number of non-Jewish citizens of Israel (to affirm its existence as a) ‘Jewish’ state” - hostile to and demeaning of other religious faiths.
In his book, titled “The Hidden History of Zionism,” Ralph Schoenman exposed four Zionist myths:
  • the notion of “(a) land without people for a people without a land” to justify stealing land inhabited by Palestinians for centuries;

  • calling Israeli democracy the only “real” one in the Middle East - an utter fiction concealing apartheid governance worse than South Africa’s, enforcing police state ruthlessness against unwanted Palestinians and Israeli Arab citizens;

“Civil libert(ies), due process and the most basic human rights” apply only for Jews;
  • “security (is) the motor force of Israeli foreign policy” based on the myth of being surrounded by hostile Arab states; and

  • "Zionism (is) the moral legatee of the victims of the holocaust...the most pervasive and insidious of” its myths.

Zionists, like future prime minister Yitzhak Shamir and others, openly colluded with the Nazis for their own purposes - using holocaust persecution as justification for a future Zionist state and more.
Plans since the late 19th century called for colonizing Palestine, ethnically cleansing unwanted Arabs, exploiting others as cheap labor, denying an entire people the right to their native land.
Historical records were falsified, Palestinians reinvented as semi-savage, nomadic remnants. Hardline revisionists like Ze’ev Jabotinsky (1880 - 1940) argued peaceful coexistence was unattainable.
Jews had to build “an iron wall of (superior) military force” - discouraging Arab hopes of destroying Israel, state terror the method of choice.
In 1937, David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, urged “expel(ling) the Arabs and tak(ing) their place…us(ing) force to guarantee our own right to settle in” what became the future Israeli state.
Zionism is racist, ruthless and destructive. Exposing, not debating, its viciousness is vital. A baby step The Times took isn’t good enough.
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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America Represents the Greatest Threat to World Peace

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 21:26
America Represents the Greatest Threat to World Peace
by Stephen Lendman
America needs enemies to justify its imperial agenda. When none exist, they’re invented.
Cold War politics never died. After Soviet Russia dissolved, everything changed but stayed the same, largely dormant during the Yeltsin years, reemerged under Putin as Russia’s leader - a force for good, not evil, polar opposite America’s agenda.
The real evil empire resides in Washington, waging endless wars against nonbelligerent nations, threatening world peace, humanity’s survival if nuclear war is launched.
On Monday, Obama met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House. The Alliance is for offense, not defense, a killing machine menace.
Obama lied, calling it “the lynchpin, the cornerstone of our collective defense and US security policy” - without explaining no nations threaten America or any NATO state.
Saying the Alliance needs to stay “focused on ISIL and countering terrorism (in) Europe and around the world” ignores its US creation. It wouldn’t exist without its support and from other countries.
US-dominated NATO doesn’t “cooperate” with other nations. It forces its will on them, waging war on independent ones, wanting Western controlled vassal states replacing them.
Obama lied, claiming together with NATO partners, he’s working…to try to bring an end to the Syrian conflict” he launched and wants continued to destroy Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity.
He distorted the horrors of the refugee crisis US policy created, doing nothing to relieve the suffering of millions of victims while claiming otherwise.
He continues supporting Ukraine’s illegitimate putschist regime, installed by Washington, replacing its democratically elected one, supplying weapons for war on Donbass, saying NATO countries are “united” in resisting nonexistent “Russian incursions into Ukrainian territory.”
His naked aggression against multiple countries belies his claim about pursuing world peace and stability.
Stoltenberg is a US installed puppet, a convenient stooge serving its imperial interests. Saying “(w)e stand together in the fight against terrorism” ignored the greatest of all world threats - US-dominated NATO’s killing machine, state terrorism on a global scale.
He repeated the tired old Big Lie about needing to respond “to a more assertive Russia, responsible for aggressive actions in Ukraine” - despite Moscow taking on the role of world leader to resolve its conflict diplomatically.
Washington and its rogue NATO allies undermine its efforts. Obama supports a fourfold European Reassurance Initiative military budget increase at a time no threats exist.
Stoltenberg turned truth on its head claiming “the United States is important for the security of Europe” when it represents its greatest threat.
Deploying more US-led NATO troops near Russia’s borders heightens the risk of direct confrontation.
Russia’s permanent NATO representative Aleksandr Grushko called the provocation “a significant deterioration of the situation in the military sphere” - vowing an appropriate “totally asymmetrical” response.
“We are not passive observers,” he stressed. “We consistently take all the military measures we consider necessary in order to counterbalance this reinforced presence that is not justified by anything.”
Russia wants world peace and stability, mutual cooperation among all nations, respect for their sovereign independence, observance of rule of law principles - polar opposite America’s aggressive agenda.
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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US Aids Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria and Iraq by Terrorists

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 21:12
US Aids Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria and Iraq by Terrorists
by Stephen Lendman
CIA operatives and Pentagon contractors train terrorists to use chemical weapons at secret Jordanian and Turkish locations - perhaps Saudi Arabia and Qatar as well.
A previous article discussed an ISIS Mosul University (Iraq) chemical bomb-making lab not struck by US warplanes despite claims otherwise.
America wants war, not peace, in Syria and Iraq. It wants unchallenged regional control. It wants endless wars to benefit its “defense” and related industries.
Peace and stability defeat its agenda. Endless conflicts serve it, raging in multiple theaters, more for certain if Clinton succeeds Obama, possible direct confrontation with Russia, China and Iran.
Last month, the Syrian-American Medical Society reported at least 161 verified chemical weapons attacks since Obama launched war on Syria in March 2011 - killing around 1,500 and injuring nearly 15,000 others.
Another uncorroborated 133 additional chemical attacks were reported, 69 last year. The threat of continued use by US supported terrorists exists.
No evidence connects the Assad government at any time during over five years of conflict. Claims otherwise were fabricated.
Syria destroyed its entire CW arsenal under Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) supervision.
ISIS and other terrorist groups have access to toxic agents, able to use them freely against targets of choice.
According to a Syrian army source, its fighters attacked a military airfield in Deir Ezzor, using toxic chemical agents, sustaining heavy losses in clashes with government troops.
Turkey continues supplying ISIS and other terrorist groups with conventional and banned weapons. So does Saudi Arabia - with full US support and encouragement.
YPG Kurdish forces near Aleppo were attacked with toxic agents, sarin and other chemical substances.
Frequent attacks are occurring. In February, the OPCW reported ISIS use of chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq throughout 2015, continuing this year.
Syria fully complies with international law, including Security Council Resolution 2118 (September 2013), mandating the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile under OPCW supervision.
Separately, terrorist groups comprising the US/Saudi supported High Negotiations Committee (HNC) opposition warned about cessation of hostilities “nearing total collapse” - blaming Syria for continuing to combat ISIS and other terrorist groups.
Spokesman/coordinator Riad Hijab said so-called peace talks won’t “go further” without focusing “on forming a transitional governing body without Assad” - a non-starter Syria justifiably rejects.
International law prohibits foreign powers or their agents from interfering in the sovereign rights of nations. Their people alone have the right to decide who’ll lead them.
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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Fabricated Putin Link to Leaked Panama Papers

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 02:35
Fabricated Putin Link to Leaked Panama Papers
by Stephen Lendman
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) calls itself an initiative “focusing on…cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power.”
Its financial backers include George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation, Australian billionaire Graeme Wood and other dubious sources, tainting its credibility.
It was used to facilitate the largest ever financial leak, a reported 11.5 million documents, revealing secret offshore holdings of current and former world leaders, along with numerous other high-profile public and private figures. 
The Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm is at the heart of the scandal, quietly providing services for high-profile clients, including apparently hiding wealth in tax havens, making money trails murky in the process.
No current or earlier Western leaders or officials so far were named, only UK prime minister David Cameron’s father, Ian. Is evidence of their possible tax avoidance, money laundering or other illegal or suspect activities being concealed?
According to Forbes magazine, America had 536 billionaires in 2015, Western European countries hundreds more.  
ICIJ revealed information on 140 politicians from over 50 countries with wealth hidden in 21 tax havens. They include “heads of state, their associates, ministers (and) elected officials.”
Key national leaders named include Argentine president Mauricio Acri, former Georgia prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Saudi Arabia’s king Salman, other current and former Middle East leaders, and US-installed Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.
Yet ICIJ’s Panama Papers report prominently featured Putin’s image, alleging his ties to an “offshore network,” despite no evidence suggesting it.
An earlier article discussed a Tax Justice Network (TJN) report, titled “The Price of Offshore Revisited,” revealing an estimated $21 - $32 trillion of hidden or stolen wealth stashed in largely tax-free havens secretly.
Wall Street and other major financial firms manage it. Keeping funds hidden tax free attracts rich clients. Services are offered “no questions asked.”
Governments are complicit in cover-ups. Societal costs are huge, tax justice entirely absent. Rich, powerful elites operate by different standards than ordinary folks, their wrongdoing ignored.
ICIJ indicated more than 100 “media partners” published or broadcast Panama Papers reports, including the BBC, London’s Guardian, and Le Monde, among others.
Nothing links Vladimir Putin to ICIJ revelations. The BBC notoriously bashes him relentlessly, its latest smear alleging his link to “a suspected billion-dollar money laundering ring involving (his) close associates.”
London’s Guardian went further, yellow journalism at its worst, spuriously alleging “(a) network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.”
“An unprecedented leak of documents shows how this money has made members of Putin’s close circle fabulously wealthy.”
“Though the president’s name does not appear in any of the records, the data reveals a pattern - his friends have earned millions from deals that seemingly could not have been secured without his patronage.”
“The documents suggest Putin’s family has benefited from this money - his friends’ fortunes appear his to spend.”
No evidence corroborates the Guardian’s specious allegations, the latest example of irresponsible Western media Putin bashing.
The Guardian featured in bold letters: “How to hide a billion dollars” accompanied by Putin’s image, the implication clear, evidence linking him to possible wrongdoing absent because none exists.
His spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “it’s obvious that the main target of (ICIJ’s report) is our president,” aimed at discrediting him and affecting Russia’s stability.
He suggested ICIJ ties to Washington. Its dubious funding sources reveal its intention to smear Vladimir Putin irresponsibly - destroying its own credibility in the process.
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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Save Netflix!

eff.org - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 02:31

Netflix is in terrible danger. In fact, these might be its last days.

Oh, not today's Netflix. The Netflix you're using today is fine. It made it—got to do something daring and edgy, prove out its model, and become part of the establishment.

But the next Netflix—the company so cool it makes Netflix look like Blockbuster Videothat Netflix is practically dead in the water.

Imagine you wanted to start a business where you bought copies of movies, fair and square, and then sold the right to people to watch them from their homes, painlessly sending them right to their doors. Every copy you bought might be viewed by hundreds of people and you could charge each one of them for the right to look at the movies you transmitted to their homes, and you wouldn't have to give anything back—after all, you bought the movie, you own it, and you can do what you want with it.

Sounds crazy? Illegal?

It's Netflix, from its founding in 1997, the company mailed DVDs around America and then the world, right up to 2007, when it switched to streaming. Right from the start, major movie studios hated Netflix (and its competitors, like Redbox). They even tried to get their retailers to refuse to sell discs to Netflix (though indies and documentary makers loved having a powerhouse who'd put their wares on equal footing with products from the big five studios). Netflix plowed on, and on the way, became the studios' best friend, and now it's a studio in its own right, making some of the most innovative programming on any of our screens.

It's a path no company will be able to take again, unless something changes.

That's because the World Wide Web Consortium—the organization that's made the Web's most important, open standards—is working on a standard for digital locks that new businesses can't legally remove, even to do something legal. The next Netflix-like business will run right up against those W3C-defined locks, and be stymied.

Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a law from the last millennium, endangers anyone who tampers with or removes digital locks, even for legal reasons. Sometimes, you can't even remove the digital locks that restrict access to your own data without risking legal reprisals.

In the past, the W3C has made its members agree to license their patents to anyone who was making a new Web technology. More than any other standards body, it was committed to making its recommendations unencumbered by the need to get permission to improve the Web.

For the first time in its history, the W3C is adding encumbrances to the Web, rather than removing them.

We think that's wrong. We think the W3C had the right idea before: when corporations gather under its roof to make standards, they should have to pledge not to use the law to stop legal, legitimate, innovative Web technology.

We've asked the W3C to adopt a new pledge, modeled on its patent policy, requiring companies to promise not to use the DMCA and its international equivalents (enacted all around the world thanks to the US Trade Representative's lobbying) against organizations, individuals, and companies that remove its locks to do lawful things.

The W3C has done it before. With your help, we'll convince them to do it again. Please share this with your friends. The W3C makes the Web for all of us, the users and the businesses alike, and the group is very interested in the public's ideas about what the Web can and should be.


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Western Civilization Is Depraved

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 20:18
Western Civilization Is Depraved
by Stephen Lendman
Western civilization “would be a good idea,” Gandhi once observed. 
It’s depraved and uncivilized, harming the many for the privileged few, responsible for death, destruction and human misery on an unprecedented scale while pretending respect for democratic values it deplores.
America is the leading force of evil in a world increasingly unfit and unsafe to live in, ruled by its privileged class serving its own interests exclusively, exploiting others for profit and dominance.
Other Western nations operate the same way. Elections are farcical, democracy pure fantasy. Endless wars rage against nations threatening no one.
Millions of corpses attest to the barbarity of Western civilization. Its pure evil may kill us all.
In an extended multi-part interview with Sputnik News, Assad showed his humanity, his genuine concern for his country and people, why Syrians overwhelmingly support him, why US-led rogue states want him ousted, a puppet they control replacing him.
His struggle to free Syria from the scourge of US created and unleashed terrorism deserves universal support. The West can’t be trusted, he stressed.
“The most important lesson we have learned, but I suppose we knew it all along, is that the West is not honest. Western countries are dishonest,” he correctly observed.
America, EU countries and their rogue allies “are pursuing a policy far removed from the principles of international law and the United Nations.” It’s “impossible to rely upon the West to solve any issue.”
“We live in a world where there is no international law or morality in politics at present. Anything can happen anywhere on our planet.” 
Leaders everywhere “should be able to choose friendly states that will stand by (them) during crises,” implying supreme gratitude for vital Russian help, a true ally of the Syrian Arab Republic and its people.
They’ve endured over five years of US inflicted “inhuman suffering,” using ISIS and other terrorist groups to commit appalling atrocities still ongoing.
Assad believes if current crisis conditions are overcome, if Syria is freed from the terrorist scourge Obama unleashed, its “society will be improved from a social point of view.” 
“And (it) will be better able to play its historic role in this region.This role, open to the public, will influence other nations, because it is a single region, the same people with similar traditions.” 
“We influence each other as Arab states, as Islamic countries. In this regard, Syria should have a very important role” to play.
International law is ignored in today’s world, he stressed. No nation should be ravaged and destroyed like Syria, like other regional countries, their people slaughtered and displaced, their resources plundered.
Bipartisan extremists running America want unchallenged global dominance, endless wars their main strategy of choice. 
A previous article said they may destroy planet earth in their maniacal crusade to own it.
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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Meaningless Israeli Gesture

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:57
Meaningless Israeli Gesture
by Stephen Lendman
Effective 2:00AM Sunday morning, Israel extended permitted offshore Gaza fishing waters from six to nine nautical miles - no change north of Wadi Gaza.
Gaza is sovereign Palestinian territory. Offshore territorial waters extend to 12 nautical miles, according to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Oslo extended Palestinian territorial waters for economic activity (mainly fishing) to 20 nautical miles offshore.
Israel changes Gaza’s permitted fishing zone at its discretion, at times restricting it to three nautical miles offshore.
It routinely attacks or harasses Palestinian fishermen at sea operating within permitted territorial waters on a near-daily basis.
Incidents go virtually unreported. The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported at least 139 incidents of Israeli naval forces using live fire on defenseless Palestinian fishermen in 2015 - killing three, wounding dozens, arresting 71, damaging 16 or more vessels and confiscating 22 others along with their gear.
IDF claims about deterring potential “security threats” are bald-faced lies. A near-decade of suffocating blockade and three wars of aggression destroyed Gaza’s economy, put about a third of its most arable land off-limits to agriculture and other use.
Gazans pose no threat to Israel, blockade imposed for political, not security reasons. Its fishermen go to sea solely to earn a living.
Flagrant Israeli violations continue, international law ignored. Extending Gaza’s territorial waters affords its fishermen no added safety. Going to sea endangers their lives, safety and welfare. 
Israel’s Sunday gesture was hollow - made at the same time soldiers and police continue extrajudicially executing Palestinians on a virtual daily basis, state terror enforced throughout the Territories.
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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Turkey Promotes Fanaticism

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:43
Turkey Promotes Fanaticism
by Stephen Lendman
Turkey under Erdogan threatens regional and world peace. Its ministry of religion uses cartoons to manipulate young minds, glorifying Islamic martyrdom.
One titled “may god bless our martyrs, may their graves be full with holy light” shows a father telling his son “(h)ow good it is to be a martyr…to gain the right to go to heaven.”
Another one shows a girl saying “I wish I could be a martyr.” Her mother replies “(i)f you desire enough, Allah will give you that opportunity.”
A statement adds “(o)ur prophet says: a martyr feels the pain of dying as much as you feel pain when being pinched.”
Another says “(a) martyr would love to go back to the real world and be martyr ten times more after the honoring and prestige they receive in the heaven.”
Longstanding Turkish policy promotes radical Islam, notably under Erdogan, using it to advance his megalomaniacal ambitions, including solidifying iron-fisted rule along with waging war on Syria and area Kurds.
Turkey promotes its religious ideology at home and abroad. On Saturday, Erdogan presided over the opening of a Maryland-based Diyanet Center of America - called the Turkish-American Center of Culture and Civilization.
He blamed US presidential candidates for promoting Islamophobia, wanting their neighborhoods patrolled, banning them from entering the country.
“(T)here are still people walking around (in America) calling Muslims terrorists,” he said - ignoring his state-sponsored terrorism, support for ISIS and likeminded groups, downing a Russian aircraft in Syrian territory, unleashing his thugs on peaceful Washington protesters outside where he was scheduled to speak.
Islam promotes love, peace, nonviolence, charity, good over evil, as well as equity and justice for people of all faiths. Erdogan mocks its principles.
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
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Third Party Trump Run if Denied GOP Nomination?

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:32
Third Party Trump Run if Denied GOP Nomination?
by Stephen Lendman
National polls show him way out in front, up to 20 points over Cruz. You’d think he’d be unstoppable. Not if party bosses intend blocking him. More on this below.
America’s political system is deplorable, the best democracy money can buy, insiders deciding who’ll be president and fill key congressional posts, ordinary people having no say whatever.
Elections are farcical, theater, not democracy in action, meaningless exercises, why half the electorate usually opts out.
Choices this year for the nation’s highest office show why - between a political anomaly bombastic billionaire real estate tycoon, the Senate’s most detested neocon, a dangerous war goddess risking WW III if elected, and a phony populist making promises he won’t keep.
Trump looks poised to be slightly short of the 1,237 delegates needed for nomination when Republicans meet at convention time in July - yet way ahead of only rival Cruz.
He’s adamant, saying the candidate with the most votes should be party standard bearer. “I have millions more votes. That’s my leverage,” he said.
A Bloomberg poll last month showed nearly two-thirds of Republicans support his position if not his worldview.
A March Pew Center poll showed only 38% of Republicans and others likely to support party candidates willing to endorse him if nominated.
Are plans afoot for anyone but Trump? Will dirty politics deny the clear GOP frontrunner? On Fox News Sunday, he refused to rule out an independent run if a manipulated convention fails to make him GOP standard bearer.
“I want to run as a Republican,” he said. “I will beat Hillary Clinton.” He abandoned his pledge to support another party choice if denied. His future plans depend on how he’s treated, he said - so far “very unfairly,” he stressed.
What’s happening behind the scenes won’t be known until nominating convention time. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus was less than candid saying plans aren’t afoot to deny Trump.
Party bosses are actively plotting to stop him, secret discussions taking place, aiming for a brokered convention they control.
It remains to be seen if Trump can foil them. Politics isn’t for sissies - corrupt and dirty in America, a democracy in name only.
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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Truth About Cancer Documentary

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 02:16
Truth About Cancer Documentary
by Stephen Lendman
Information on the important documentary to be released online April 12 states “CANCER WILL KILL NEARLY 8 MILLION PEOPLE THIS YEAR.”
Truth is systematically suppressed on how to avoid being one of its victims. Media scoundrels won’t air the documentary, with vital information drug industry bandits want suppressed.
Media freedom in America is wishful thinking. Industry corporate giants suppress what’s most important to report.
People are systematically lied to. Big Pharma is hated for good reason, profiting from ripping off consumers, contesting natural/alternative remedies to their toxic choices.
According to Health Ranger Mike Adams, The Truth About Cancer documentary “threatens to collapse the for-profit cancer industry,” benefitting hugely from remedies often causing more harm than good. 
Its business model depends on suppressing information on what causes cancer and keeping patients dependent on toxins they sell.
Western medicine is hooked on drugs, heavily influenced by Big Pharma funding. An informed public is the industry’s worst enemy. The more people know, the lower its profits. 
America’s healthcare industry is misnamed, requiring sickness to thrive. All drugs have harmful side effects. Yet they’re frequently prescribed.
Sometimes the best treatment is none at all. Sound individual judgment is vital to decide how to deal with illness when it strikes.
Cancer affects one in three people, a killer disease causing pain, suffering and millions of deaths.
War on cancer isn’t winnable when not being fought. Drug industry bandits and government officials conspire to keep people sick. Profits aren’t made from wellness.
The government/industry cancer establishment bears full responsibility for losing a winnable war - committing a high crime on humanity in the process.
According to internationally recognized cancer expert Samuel S. Epstein, “cancer is caused mainly by exposure to chemical or physical agents in the environment.” 
“The more of a carcinogen present in the human environment, hence the greater the exposure to it, the greater the chance of developing cancer from it.” 
“There is no known method for measuring or predicting a ‘safe’ level of exposure to any carcinogen below which cancer will result in any individual or population group.”
Hazardous prescription drugs “may pose the single most important class of unrecognized and avoidable cancer risks for the US population.”
Cancer establishment figures, regulatory agencies (run by industry officials), compromised academics and bought-off consultants downplay risks demanding highlighting.
Conflicts of interest are rife. Instead of waging war on cancer, it affects increasingly greater numbers of people needlessly.
Carcinogens government should ban taint our food, air, water, consumer products, prescription drugs and workplaces.
Cancer reached epidemic levels in America because corporate profits override public health. The more money spent on the disease, the more it proliferates because little goes for prevention.
The winnable war on cancer is being lost by design. Sickness industry bandits want it that way.
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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Another Strategic Syrian Military Victory Following Palmyra

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 02:07
Another Strategic Syrian Military Victory Following Palmyra
by Stephen Lendman
Greatly aided by Russian air power, Syrian forces “restored security and stability” to the ancient city of al-Qaryatain and surrounding southeastern Homs areas, according to its Army Command - achieving another strategic victory, dealing ISIS another severe blow.
Syria’s military called its operation “precise” and “swift,” accomplishing its mission after several days of heavy fighting. Al-Qaryatain is located 60 miles west of Palmyra.
Mop-up operations continue. Army Command called the victory significant, inflicting heavy ISIS casualties, cutting their supply routes, securing area oil and gas pipelines.
ISIS fighters were routed, their wounded and military equipment abandoned as they fled territory lost to Syrian ground forces.
Al-Qaryatain was their last area stronghold. Government forces continue advancing toward Deir Ezzor and Raqqa. On Saturday, the Suniyat-Homs mountain range on the outskirts of Homs was retaken.
Syrian liberation depends on achieving one strategic victory at a time. Russia’s intervention made defeating terrorism possible.
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
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Trump's First 100 Days As President

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Sun, 03/04/2016 - 22:28
Trump’s First 100 Days As President
by Stephen Lendman
Should a billionaire be entrusted to lead the country? Perhaps his only redeeming quality is he’d likely not start WW III.
Interviewed on April 2, he said he’d govern like he campaigns if elected president, a nontraditional Trumpian approach, he explained.
During the height of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt’s first 100 days were historic, a unique post-electoral period. More on it below.
Trump barely touched on his first 100 days if elected president. Whoever succeeds Obama enters office during America’s second Great Depression, a Main Street one, affecting tens of millions of unemployed, underemployed struggling people in a nation systematically being thirdworldized.
Half the population is impoverished or bordering it. Most households need two or more jobs to survive. 
Most good ones were offshored to low wage countries. Most remaining are rotten low-pay, poor or no benefit, temp or part-time ones.
Nearly a fourth of working age Americans can’t find work. Monthly Labor Department employment reports turn reality on its head. Most so-called “new jobs” don’t exist. Willful misinformation claims otherwise.
Obama was more jobs destroyer than creator. Trump said nothing about addressing America’s most pressing economic and social issue.
Instead he claimed in his first 100 days he’d cut taxes (favoring business and high-income households), “renegotiate trade deals and…military deals.”
He’d change America’s role in NATO, maybe alter the Alliance’s mission. Longer-term he pledged the impossible - eliminating the national debt (now at over $19.2 trillion) “over a period of eight years” if reelected for a second term.
Trump is no FDR. Roosevelt’s New Deal didn’t end the Great Depression but gave people most in need hope.
Landmark laws were enacted, including the Bank Act of 1933 - Glass-Steagall, insuring deposits up to $5,000 and separating commercial from investment banks and insurance companies, among other provisions to curb speculation.
The Homeowners Refinancing Act stopped most foreclosures, preventing the loss of over a million homes.
The Emergency Conservation Work Act put unemployed people to work building roads, bridges, dams, state parks and various other projects. It was Roosevelt’s favorite initiative, unaddressed today at a time of rampant unemployment, suppressed by phony government reports.
The Civil Works Administration, Works Progress Administration and Public Works Administration created millions of full and part-time jobs.
Roosevelt called the National Recovery Administration “the most important and far-reaching (measure) ever” established in America - an initiative to revive economic growth, encourage collective bargaining, set maximum work hours, minimum wages, at times prices, and forbid child labor in industry.
The Tennessee Valley Authority provided navigation, flood control, electricity generation, economic development, and promoted agriculture in the depression-impacted Tennessee Valley area, covering most of Tennessee as well as parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.
The Agricultural Adjustment Act restricted production by paying farmers to reduce or destroy crops and livestock - a plan to raise prices at the worst time, when people were impoverished and hungry.
The Farm Credit Act let farmers refinance mortgages over an extended period at below-market rates. The Emergency Farm Mortgage Act provided refinancing for farmers facing foreclosure.
Despite its flaws and failures, New Deal measures helped millions of desperate Americans in need. Post-100 days included the Wagner Act letting labor bargain collectively on equal terms with management for the first time.
The Social Security Act to this day remains the most important federal program helping retirees and other eligible recipients financially. 
Other social legislation throughout the decade helped millions of Americans in need - polar opposite bipartisan anti-populist policies today.
Militarism, corporate favoritism and the greatest ever wealth transfer from most people to its privileged few reflects how America is run today.
A Trump administration will continue dirty business as usual. So will Hillary Clinton if she succeeds Obama, neither aspirant addressing vital needs of ordinary people.
Americans are ill-served. Duopoly governance betrays them. Their needs and welfare don’t matter.
Differences between New Deal and current practices are stark during the two gravest economic periods in US history - one acknowledged, the other left unaddressed.
Roosevelt promised change and delivered. Wall Street, war profiteers and other corporate favorites alone today are served - ordinary Americans increasingly on their own out of luck.
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
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Bashing Russia and Syria for Combatting Terrorists During Ceasefire

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Sun, 03/04/2016 - 22:13
Bashing Russia and Syria for Combatting Terrorists During Ceasefire
by Stephen Lendman
Cessation of hostilities terms exclude ISIS and other Security Council named terrorist groups. War continues to eliminate them, Palmyra’s liberation the most important battlefield success so far.
Spurious media and other misreporting claim Syrian and Russian ceasefire violations. The London-based, Western financed, misnamed Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports propaganda, not hard truths.
Russian photographic evidence shows airstrikes it makes solely strike terrorist targets, scrupulously avoiding civilian ones - polar opposite how America operates, massacring noncombatants indiscriminately in all its wars, committing high crimes against peace unaccountably.
SOHR willfully and maliciously lied, claiming it “document(ed)” Russian warplanes killing “5081 civilian(s)…(nonexistent moderate) rebel(s)” and fighters from other “Islamic Factions,” saying noncombatants comprised 40% of the casualties.
It turned truth on its head, saying Russian and Syrian airstrikes continue killing civilians. The New York Times called excluding ISIS and other UN designated terrorist groups a “gaping loophole,” letting Russia continue to bomb (nonexistent) moderate rebels.
The US/Saudi backed so-called High Negotiations Committee (composed of terrorist groups) accused Russia and Syria of bombing “rebel” positions in Aleppo province, Idlib, Hama, Damascus, Homs, Quneitra, Daraa and elsewhere.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault lied days earlier, claiming “indications (of) attacks, including by air…continuing against zones controlled by the (nonexistent) moderate opposition.”
On April 1, the State Department lied, claiming Syrian warplanes bombed a school and hospital near Damascus, killing over 30 civilians, including 12 children.
Virtually nothing in the West is reported about multiple daily “rebel” violations. Damascus and Moscow strictly observe ceasefire terms, solely attacking armed elements waging war on the people of Syria.
On April 1, the Wall Street Journal accused Russia and Syria of violating ceasefire terms, claiming attacks on “rebel targets,” threatening a “fragile truce.”
Terrorist commander Hassan Haj Ali accused Damascus of “acting like there is no truce at all.” 
Russia explained attacks only continue against ISIS and other Security Council designated terrorist groups.
It monitors ceasefire breaches, naming culpable anti-government forces responsible. Since cessation of hostilities began at midnight February 26, Moscow confirmed multiple daily violations by so-called “rebel” groups.
US supported “moderate” fighters are cold-blooded killers. Restoring peace requires eliminating them militarily.
Diplomatic conflict resolution is unattainable. Washington wants war, not peace, continuing to recruit, arm, fund and train anti-government death squads.
Preserving Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity require eliminating the threat they pose.
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
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CNN Features World-Class Thug Erdogan

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Sun, 03/04/2016 - 21:50
CNN Features World-Class Thug Erdogan
by Stephen Lendman
CNN mocks legitimate journalism, a mouthpiece for wealth and power like its scoundrel media counterparts.
Credible news, information and analysis are systematically suppressed, banished from its broadcasts, state-sponsored propaganda and rubbish not fit to air substituting.
On March 31, CNN disgracefully gave notorious despot Erdogan a platform to lie. 
Imperial cheerleader Christiane Amanpour interviewed him without challenging his litany of Big Lies, state-sponsored terror, support for ISIS and other terrorist groups, used to wage proxy war on Syria.
“We have never done anything to stop freedom of expression or freedom of press,” Erdogan blustered contrary to hard truths. 
“(T)he press in Turkey had been very critical of me and my government, attacking me very seriously. And regardless of those attacks, we have been very patient in the way we have responded to those attacks.”
Erdogan “patience” shut down electronic and print media criticizing his regime, exposing his support for ISIS and other terrorist groups.
He heads a fascist police state. Journalists are imprisoned for doing their jobs. Dissent is a criminal offenses. Anyone “insulting” him risks imprisonment, including children.
Claiming he’s not at war with the press and free expression is an utter perversion of reality. Truth and full disclosure of regime policies risk prosecution and imprisonment for espionage and/or treason.
Erdogan claiming Turkish laws support his actions have no basis in fact. Circumventing legal authority is standard regime practice.
Calling anti-Semitism and Islamophobia crimes, he systematically abuses his own people for freely expressing their views. 
He criticized EU nations for not taking “a common stand against terrorism” while waging state-sponsored terrorism against Turkish, Iraqi and Syrian Kurds, murdering them in cold blood.
He turned Turkey into a concentration camp for desperate refugees, while expelling thousands since mid-January and letting regime border guards lethally shoot others at crossing points.
No responsible media outlet would give despots print space or air time to willfully lie to readers or viewers.
CNN and other media scoundrels feature what demands condemnation, pretending it’s legitimate journalism.
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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ISIS Atrocities Discovered in Palmyra

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Sun, 03/04/2016 - 02:20
ISIS Atrocities Discovered in Palmyra
by Stephen Lendman
America is the world’s leading proliferator of violence and terrorism, not ISIS, its creator, used to wage proxy wars of aggression.
CIA, Mossad and intelligence operatives from their rogue state partners teach them to behead victims, torture them, use chemical and other banned weapons, along with committing other gruesome atrocities.
Their handiwork is discovered in liberated areas, most recently Palmyra. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported “popular defense forces” uncovered a mass grave with at least 40 corpses of men, women and children.
Some were beheaded, others brutally tortured. After capturing Palmyra in May last year, ISIS terrorists massacred around 400 mostly women, children and elderly victims.
Jihadist mercenaries don’t join ISIS ready to go on a rampage. They have to be taught. 
CIA and Mossad operatives are notorious for involvement in teaching the fine art of mass killings and other atrocities - working from secret locations in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan.
Washington wants Assad replaced by a US-controlled puppet. The Pentagon is actively training new terrorist fighters (called “rebels”) to replenish ranks of depleted forces in Syria - proof it wants war, not peace.
Assad accused “Erdogan’s army of terrorists” fighting against his government in Syria, making them his proxy forces. Ankara and Riyadh “crossed all possible red lines, possibly from the first week of” fighting, he said.
“Today, the war against Erdogan and against Saudi Arabia is a war against terrorists. The Turkish army, which is not even Turkish, is Erdogan's army that is fighting today in Syria” - with full US support and encouragement.
Everything done by Ankara and Riyadh “from the very beginning (is naked) aggression” against a nonbelligerent country.
“(W)hen we attack these terrorists…this leads to Erdogan’s direct defeat.” Two weeks of peace talks accomplished nothing, both sides intractably apart.
War won’t end until Syrian forces with Russian aerial support defeat the scourge of ISIS and other terrorist groups, regaining control of all territory they hold - preserving Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, handing imperial Washington a major defeat.
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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